We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, He draws us to Himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

Bishop Lopes: A Pledged Troth. A pastoral letter on Amoris Laetitia.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Fearful or fearless?

In happy-go-lucky suburban North America and academia, most threats merely live in people's heads.

People tend to act to protect themselves when they feel threatened—in the workplace, in checkout lineups, behind the wheel of a car, strolling down the street, on the bus on the way to work, etc. Fear, real or imagined, motivates.

Those trained to act rather than react—military service men and women, police officers, martial artists (at least some), mediators and counsellors, ambassadors—may protect themselves guided by a commonsensical rationale that is necessary given a real threat.

Fears concerning things imagined, probably due to a persistent scar that has been torn into someone's psyche, are powerful inhibiters of reasoned action. People project their fears on to others and blame others for being the cause of their discomfort when there is no real justification for doing so. A person fights or flees because he has, on some level, associated mere words with probable threats. Mere words, by which is meant a distinction between bluster and enacted threats of physical violence. Words, of course, are powerful and therefore can be terribly intimidating. Recovery from a history of verbal abuse (and psychological trauma) by a family member, co-worker, employer, coach or teacher, for example, often takes much longer than recovery from a broken bone. Words can really mess with one's head.
Most modern freedom is at root fear. It is not so much that we are too bold to endure rules; it is rather that we are too timid to endure responsibilities.—G.K. Chesterton

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

New words for the word-thirsty thirster.

Spychology - the branch of the social sciences which has attempted to substitute political correctness and other specious social theories for common sense and fact.

Rigamortis Laetitia - a deadening of the moral sense in man due to an infection caused by ambiguous teaching. A cure may be found in reading the clear teaching of Familiaris Consortio.

Bergogliolatry - a form of hyper-papalism that, missing or obliterating the necessary distinctions, elevates every word coming from the pen or mouth of a pope to the level of infallibility. A ailment common among fascist-liberal-progressives.

Ordinariateer - a member of the Ordinariate; a staunch defender of the Apostolic Faith.

Nordinarian - [Novus Ordo abbreviated 'NO' + ordinarian, pertaining to the Ordinary Form]: a Catholic who solely attends the Ordinary Form of the Mass.

Gargoylio - a fearsome architectural feature of liberal parishes intended to 1) convey orthodoxy away from a parish and 2) to scare away tradition-minded Catholics.

Monday, January 16, 2017

News from the Fellowship of Blessed John Henry Newman (Ordinariate): Missa de Sancta Maria Magdelena; Saturday Rosary.

Healey Willan's Missa de Sancta Maria Magdelena (ed. H.E. Darke, Oxford Church Music) was introduced yesterday into the Sunday Divine Worship at the Fellowship of Blessed John Henry Newman, Victoria, BC. The occasion marked the first time the setting has been used at FBJHN. Fellowship clergy instigated its use.

Missa de Sancta Maria Magdelena is a congregation-friendly work. A few tricky moments might present themselves for voices that require a little extra attention to the modulations and syncopations to achieve confidence.

The Chant Cafe has a review with discussion HERE with references to an ICEL translation applicable to the Ordinary Form of the Mass.

The Missa de Sancta Maria Magdelena is an easy fit in the Liturgy during Epiphanytide. It is an efficient, sober, memorable and dignified setting. The rhythm of the text is natural and predictable.

Copies for purchase are available HERE.

A single line (without accompaniment) booklet can be found at:
Our Lady’s Saturday Rosary

In other news, the Fellowship of Blessed John Henry Newman (at Our Lady of Fatima Parish), Victoria, BC, is offering the public recitation of the Holy Rosary, Saturday mornings at 8:45am prior to Mass at 9:15am. In addition to personal petitions, Epiphanytide weekly petitions include prayers for:
  1. the protection of life, families and marriage (JAN 7).
  2. vocations; in thanksgiving to God for our priests and religious (JAN 14).
  3. Christians persecuted; reparation for sins against the Holy Eucharist (JAN 21).
  4. the conversion of all peoples to Jesus Christ; for Christian unity (JAN 28).

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Maltese Bishops' Criteria for the Application of Chapter VIII of Amoris Laetitia. An insult to the memory and witness of the martyrs.

The Christian Martyrs' Last Prayer | Jean-Léon Gérôme

Catholics have lived and died for the Faith received from Jesus Christ through the Apostles and faithful disciples.

Down through the centuries, when the prevailing culture denied all that is holy and good, the martyrs have stood for reason, authentic mercy, charity and heroic virtue. They did not shrink from their Christian duty to preserve the Faith whole and inviolate. They did not think themselves above the Gospel of Jesus Christ by believing one thing and then acting against the teaching of Holy Mother Church. The martyrs clung to their dignity as disciples of Jesus even while being tortured and killed because of their commitment to Christ and His teaching.
Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.—St. Matthew 7:13
"Go and sin no more" or "stay and sin some more"?

Why should we tolerate the promotion of a degradation of the Lord's teaching by adulterers and fornicators who have chosen to live in second "marriages" and who misappropriate the Holy Eucharist by receiving Holy Communion while obstinately persisting in their mortally sinful behaviours ("public and permanent adultery", Note #3, below)? That such unrepentant people living in objectively sinful lifestyles are to be permitted to receive the Holy Eucharist is an insult to the memory of the martyrs who preserved the Faith.
“If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”—St. Mark 8:34b-38.