Friday, August 31, 2018

Recent movies. Lifesite News Trad Babes. Spiritual Thoughts.

TGIF!  Gotta love Fridays!

Recent Movies:

Also gotta love the huuuge (as our Constantine-Great Monarch says) collection of movies on Amazon prime.

As of late, I watched "A Man for All Seasons," after a recent discussion with a fellow Catholic, to reflect on how we, especially men, are called to defend justice in society, firstly through holiness.   Another night it was "Becket," one of my favorite movies (also gotta love that excommunication rite scene).  And another, "I Confess."

Lifesite News Trad Babes:

It seems like a lot of their writers from their posted photos are rather pleasant on the eyes.  If sex sells sin, why not use true beauty to sell goodness and truth!

Check their site, and tell me I'm wrong!  Oh, I love Trad Babes.  Beautiful women of modesty and virtue.

Spiritual Thoughts:

We are in such a desert, these times we live in, righteously angry at the sins against Holy Mother the Church, but with renewing hope that the present battle in the Church is being won by the armies of light.

Cracks have been made in the dam.  The first domino has been ticked.  Now we can watch at least part of the false church collapse.  

Monday, August 13, 2018

Fireside Reflection. Thankful for this Moment in My Life.

I Love Fireside Reflections:

There is something primordial and soulful about quietly sitting in front of the fireplace, with a pipe or fermented beverage in your hand, staring into the flames in a state of wonderment.  

Men have been doing this since our first parents were kicked out of Paradise, no doubt.

Tonight I do so, in Thanksgiving for some personal achievement as of late, that was really God working through me.  

Except for me this warm August evening, my only available substitute for a real fire is the fireplace projected onto my screen via Netflix.  It will do for now.

And the central thoughts of life come to mind.   Ponderings about the state of things, both in one's personal life and the state/Church outside of the domestic home.  Nothing on this side of the grave compares to what God plans to reward us with, if we are holy.  

But He does give us a few consolations to remind us on a natural level of the heavenly Paradise.   Does He not?   Just as after a long, hopefully sainted life, when one enjoys what "eyes have not seen nor ears have heard," so, God sometimes gives us now a taste of that reward at the end of a hard day or period of labor.

To me, a quiet sit in front of the evening fire, maybe with a smoke or a drink, talking or silently musing about either the Creator, or anything in Creation in light of the Creator, either directly or indirectly, is a fitting Catholic form of leisure, and my own personal ideal.   

Give me just a few quality things to enjoy a bit, and I'm there.  No need of much more than that, materially speaking, not to say I don't or wouldn't have more costly material possessions, according to my state in life, socioeconomic status, and what is most prudent for me and mine.

In the meantime, I'm able to rest, sitting back in my Okie Armchair, sipping R&R whiskey, and staring into the flames.  

What I think About:

I think of the past.  My father who has since passed away, of his life, his own gifts and personal trials.  I think of my great-grandfather who brought his Irish Catholic family to Oklahoma to start a lumber business.  I think of the simplicity and humility of their lives, before 65 inch Smart TVs.   

I think about how my father's family growing up lived across the street from their Catholic parish, such that very early daily Mass was a habit, and their Irish Redemptorist pastor often enjoyed an evening conversation and a pipe on my grandparents' front porch.

St. Anthony's Catholic Church
Okmulgee, Oklahoma

There was no universal state of modernist Crisis in the Church back then.  Priests and bishops were generally trustworthy.

But I take a sip and think back to Adam and Eve's Fall, how this whole History of Salvation business, truth be told, is, for every person alive, a Valley of Tears.  Even for the most privileged, healthy, and popular individuals.   Life is a struggle for all of us, a battle against disorder, and a daily state of suffering on some level.

I reflect how original sin takes on a life of its own in each family tree, including my own.  Looking back on mine, I have to consider it a singular grace I am a believing, practicing Catholic.  What grace and good habits I have, it's less than 1 percent me, and 99% God's Providence, and still I often fall into sins.

I think back on the last several years of my life, which were like climbing up a steep mountain.  I have to be thankful to God for the grace to persevere to achieve a certain degree of success where I am now at in my short life.  

My Idea of "Success."

But as I pause looking into the fire, I ask, what is the nature of the success I achieved?  For me, it is not only my talents realized in my chosen profession, or the financial gain that is secured by that, but in finding a quiet place in my life of inner security, so to speak, to feel more peace.

It is not as much a peace that comes from economic stability (which in the natural order does help), but in being reminded that God is always with me.  He always provides, sustains, and delivers what he promises, in this life and especially in the next, if we work for Him.


To conclude my "fireside" meditation, I feel at this moment in my life, having achieved recently a certain milestone in my own professional life, content, thankful, blessed, and assured in God and by God.   I am sure my father, grandfather, and great-grandfather would be proud, and likewise join me for a glass.   

It is these moments we achieve in life that prefigure "what God has planned for those who love Him."

My prayer then is I use my gifts for the greater glory of God, for His Will to be done, in this world and in the next.  

And may we all do the same in our vocations and avocations in life.


Friday, August 10, 2018

Why is the Confession Line moving so Slowly? An analysis of the Sacrament of Confession in the Contemporary Church.

The scene is familiar to many.  Confession at your local, contemporary Catholic Church starts at 4 pm on a Saturday.  You make the strategic mistake of showing up at 4:10 to find a line.  There's say four people in front of you.  45 minutes later it is your turn, but the priest comes out and says matter-of-factly "there is no time for more confessions, I have to get ready for Mass." 

You do the math, and realize he spent 10-15 minutes with each person in front of you.  You walk away perplexed, annoyed, and possibly demoralized by the whole experience, especially since this has happened to you a number of times in the past.  

A woman goes into the confessional.  You see her head for the chair to sit down face-to-face with Padre.  There is the occasional noise of chatter coming through the door.  A seeming eternity later, she comes out smiling in a state of psychological bliss, oblivious to the line of leg-cramped penitents waiting..

And if you do manage to actually get inside the confessional, you yourself kneel down behind the screen, say "Bless me Father for I have sinned..." telling any grave sins you may have committed, number and kind, and/or your venial sins since your last confession, all in a minute or two.  But then even considering you may have just confessed a mortal sin that could objectively damn your soul to hell, the priest typically says something like "Very good confession.  For your penance, say one Our Father. Go in peace."  

I do not have the gift of x-ray vision, but I am able to gather together all the sensory data and observational experience I have had over the years in these scenarios, and use deductive reasoning, common sense to analyze this troublesome state of the post-Vatican II era confessional.

My Analysis.

What I think usually is happening, is you have a Catholic who is uncertain about certain moral teachings of the Church -- birth control, sex outside of marriage, divorce and remarriage, etc.  They are using the confessional like they are meeting with Father to grapple with their doubts and questions, as if it is free therapy.

And Father, instead of suggesting they make an appointment for pastoral counseling, following the rules and ritual of the Church regarding confession, making sure to keep their confession succint in the interest of time and other people's souls, allows them to go on and on, regardless of how long the line is, or who in that line needs absolution before they can go to Communion.  

You may have hurried through mowing the lawn that afternoon, got dressed for confession, and drove down to church just to be gas-lighted by this tedious torture for the umpteenth time.

The Contemporary Attitude of Priests toward Confession.

With exception of course, deduction and common sense likewise tell me what is the common attitude of most, contemporary Catholic priests.  They do not believe that we all are in serious risk of damnation.  They believe most or all are going to heaven.  They do not believe there are mortal, grave sins that if unconfessed, except in the case of perfect contrition, certainly result in damnation.  

They believe that if someone commits adultery, looks at pornography, cheats on their taxes, etc, that it is not necessary to confess those sins and be absolved by the priest in confession before receiving Holy Communion.  They are participating then not only in sacrilege towards the Sacrament of Confession, but also to the Eucharist, the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

They Resent Having to Hear Confessions.

In fact, they resent having to be there in the first place.  The very fact that the traditional penitent knelt behind the screen, reverently and quietly recited the formula for confessing sins, indicates to them that they are scrupulous and weighed down by a spiritually dead form of conservative Catholicism.

It is as if the priest is protesting traditional Catholic teaching and discipline on the Sacrament of Confession, in a passive aggressive way, at the expense of the devout parishioners.

And folks, this treatment, attitude, and phenomenon is everywhere across contemporary parishes, as I've experienced in many modern Catholic churches, in different dioceses, and as shared with me by friends over the years.

The Good News.

Our Lord instituted the Sacrement of Confession to heal us spiritually.  One of the best feelings, emotionally and spiritually, is when you leave the confessional, with a clean, pure, white soul.  It is a wonderful, beautiful, and necessary part of the life of a Catholic.   

If you are forced by circumstance to go to a contemporary parish, if you want to avoid this mental torture and spiritual abuse, I suggest getting there very early to beat the crowd.  If confession is scheduled for 4 pm, get there at 3:45 to pray and be first in line.  Filter what the priest says, and then go home.

But instead, I highly recommend going to confession to a priest who celebrates the Latin Mass, who has received the proper traditional, priestly formation.  You can generally trust that the traditional priest is orthodox, reverent, and respectful of the etiquette and purpose of the confessional.  Typically, they will explain the moral teaching and give practical advise how to overcome the sin, and in just a few minutes at most.  They have respect for the time and well being of those standing outside in line.

Where to go in Tulsa.

If you are from the Tulsa area, there is one assistant tradition-minded priest at Sts. Peter and Paul church who says a Latin Mass, but he speaks very little English, and reports indicate the pastor wants the Latin Mass community there to come to an end.

That leaves Most Precious Blood parish, where the traditional Mass is offered by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.  They have two priests, with frequent confession times, including before and often during all Sunday Masses.  This excellent, vibrant, friendly parish is located just 5-10 minutes southwest of downtown Tulsa near Chandler park.

Link to parish website:  HERE.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Random Thoughts to Start the Week

I'm on vacation, so I've had more time to blog these past days.  Deo gracias, I passed a certain milestone in my career, and am deeply thankful for all God's blessings.  Our life will certainly change soon, which brings all sorts of plans and aspirations in the months and years just ahead, and a renewed outlook.  Onward and upward!

Lately I've been thinking about the death penalty issue, our health care system, the crisis in the Church, recent and planned summer outings, my eagerness for Fall, etc.  So why not channel some thoughts about each of these topics in one blog post?

By the way friends, if you like to write, and think you have anything of substance or something helpful to share on any subject, I highly recommend starting your own blog.  It is quite catharctic, fun, and leisurely.

A blog about anything:. Gregorian chant, adopting children, the shooting range, whiskey, liturgical customs, camping.  Any topic can promote the good, true, and beautiful.

The death penalty.  So it seems Pope Francis has caused many people to Google the word "inadmissible."  I'll raise my hand and admit I googled its definition, for clarity sake, even though a logical breakdown of the word makes obvious its meaning.   "Not able to be admitted legally." Speaking to the universal Church through the CCC, which is a universal catechism, he is saying without qualifier that in no country on Earth today is it morally licit for the State to use capital punishment, under any circumstance whatsoever.  Ever.

So if a dictator were to commit genocide in his country, and "ethnically cleanse" millions of a certain race, if imprisoned he absolutely could not make restitution for his crimes by being put to death, because it would violate his dignity as a human being.   If a 21st century version of Adolf Hitler were brought to trial, the pope is forbidding any judge to consider the death penalty.   

Unbelievable, both figuratively and literally. 

Our health care system.  It can be characterized as a mine field, somethings good, many not so good or outright bad, which you have to navigate to find good health care, or if you work in health care to work in a truly professional, ethical, and therapeutic environment.   The culture of life vs culture of death, as it were.

I find that health care professionals who are committed to clinical and ethical excellence, in treating the whole person, in keeping with the noble ideals of a Christian medical ethic/care of the sick, are in the minority.  Afterall, you really have to do your homework to find a 100% pro-life doctor who treats in accord with nature.  Yet if you can navigate around the mines, you will find countless good, caring, and effective health care people and establishments.  The key I think is for believing Catholics who work in the health field, to do so according to Catholic, Christian standards, to be first and foremost a model of excellence, clinically, ethically, and spiritually.  The "restoration of all things to Christ" in all professions and trades begins with us, right?

St. Camillus
A patron saint of those who 
work in Health Care

The crisis in the Church.  It's part of our daily news.  Almost a hobby to follow.  An integral part of the discussion at any Traditionalist gathering.  We are trying to psychologically and spiritually cope with papal gas-lighting, while being forced by circumstance to unnaturally retreat from most parts of our Church, leaving us in a state of Ecclesiastical PTSD.   Our sympathetic nervous systems are perpetually in over-drive, in a "fight or flight" response.  We flee to our Trad enclaves, ever ready to fight, yet trying through prayer and abandonment to God's Providence to maintain a state of spiritual peace.  Quite the challenge God has given us.

Our summering outings.  Blue Hole spring, Flint Creek, Grand Lake, and the Verdigris River.  We enjoy parking our car in the shade, grilling, soaking up the beauty of nature, and maybe a swim or fishing.  Wanting to go back to Blue Hole spring.  An oasis.  Just east of Salinas, OK which is north of Locust Grove.

Eagerness for Fall.  I try and appreciate all the gifts of God's creation, including each of the four seasons.  But when Oklahoma enters the deep heat of July and August, I start counting the days until Fall.  Something about high heat and humidity is not good for my temperament, which is why I feel I "come back to life" once temps go back to the 70s or less.

Wishing you all a good week.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Okie Trad bill for Tulsa Diocese: for travel expenses to traditional Mass

I was wondering today, how much $ have I spent these past 18 years driving across town to a Traditional Latin Mass, because my territorial parish down the street does not offer a reverent, rubrical, and orthodox celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass?

So when I got home I grabbed a pen from a drawer, whipped out a calculator, and wrote down all the extra miles I've put on vehicles to keep Sunday truly holy the last two decades.  Average say $2.50 a gallon, plus 50 cents per mile for wear and tear on the vehicle, factor in inflation and some reasonable interest, then the dollar figures start to really grow.

37,720 miles

Average 25 miles per gallon
Average $2.50 per gallon
1508 gallons
$3,722 gas
50 cents per mile wear and tear
$18,860 wear and tear
$1000 inflation
$ 10,000 compounded interest over 18 years
$ 5,000 collection fee

Grand Total owed me by my Diocese:

$ 38,582.  Man that's a lot.

Now if the say 75 households in Tulsa who drive to Sunday TLM, are owed even just half that, say $19,291 (while many families actually drive far distances every Sunday) then the Tulsa Diocese would owe us collectively...drum roll please...

                          $ 1, 466, 116

Wow!  Somebody send the bishop our bill. 

In all seriousness though, this is our penance, and a small one for most budgets considering most Catholics in the world don't have ready access to the Mass of the Ages.  When the status quo in diocesan parishes is banality and objective sacrilege, that state of affairs forces us to drive to out of the way places, to gather together and worship outside of the parochial mainstream.   

So be it.  Is what it is.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Francis' Teaching on the Death Penalty

So, let me get this straight.  If a third world prison is overflowing with violent criminals, according to His Holiness a first degree murderer who rapes his victims and never shows remorse, must receive life in prison, and never today the Death Penalty, no matter how humanely it may be carried out, because to do so would "violate the dignity of the human person"?   

In any country on Earth, no matter how extreme the circumstances?  Never, ever??  For real?

Instead they must be allowed to live in prison, absolutely always, even if they may murder and rape their fellow inmates?

If an ISIS terrorist were to behead a dozen Christian school children, and sit in his cell smiling awaiting his reward from Allah in heaven, according to Francis he absolutely cannot receive capital punishment, as a just, proportionate punishment, to deter future crimes, even if the murderer is quietly put to sleep with lethal injection.  Such an act is "inadmissible."   According to this pope, and the new catechism he today edited, there is now no circumstance in the modern world that could justify capital punishment.

I suppose we could write the CDF with these questions, but good luck with that.  Francis' new teaching is plain and clear enough.

Not if a prison is overcrowded, a country too poor to adequately imprison murderers and rapists, no matter how heinous the crime, or harmful it was to the victim's family and society.

So here in Oklahoma if a terrorist beheads someone (this actually happened somewhat recently), then according to the pope and new catechism, the Death Penalty would necessarily be sinful, inadmissible, unacceptable.   I would now be required by the pope to stop supporting the Death Penalty in my state.

While apostolic exhortations and catechisms are not strictly infallible, ordinarily we must give them religious submission.  In this crisis though we must resist every statement that contradicts the Faith.   

We traditional Catholics must resist another doctrinal error of a conciliar pope.  Great, thanks for that.  As if our consciences weren't already grappling with a long list of other doctrinal errors to be resisted.

All of this is part of the ever evolving conciliar Revolution, a reminder the enemy has taken over the papacy and the hierarchy today, that we must be faithful to Tradition, all the Popes, and to Eternal Rome.  

The Francis papacy forbidding all cases of the Death Penalty, is simply the Revolution marching forward shooting down one doctrinal truth after another.  They are trying to dismantle the entire framework of Tradition, not only on points of faith/liturgy/discipline, but now on basic fundamentals of Catholic morality always taught before by the universal Church.

Ok modernists, bring it on.   As for me and mine, we resist Francis' heretical errors, and hold fast to the Faith of the Scriptures and our Sacred Tradition.  Whatever apparent or real errors that invade fallible documents, that violently contradict the sensus fidelium, will be resisted and rejected.  Instead the Catholic truth will be studied, defended, and shared for the salvation of souls, for the love of God.

Praying God will convert Francis and his followers.