Saturday, December 28, 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas
Christmas is here. He is born! and in about four months we will commemorate how we, and I do mean we, sent him to the cross.. Mankind is a fickle creature and yet God loves us still, enough to become His own holocaust in atonement of those sins we commit against Him. It's tantamount to lending  out money and the payong the debt back to yourself. Honestly God loves us very much

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

12 Nuns of the Orthodox Church have been kidnapped by Islamists.

Please pray for our sisters in faith; these brides of Christ.  O Blessed Lady of Syria, pray for your sons and daughters of Syria.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

"And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." ~ Matthew 16:18

It was, I believe, from Mr. Mark Shea's essay that I came to realize that gates are defensive.  Gates are used to protect that which is found within the walls from the attacks which come from without those walls. When Our Blessed Lord says that the gates of hell shall not prevail against the Church, what he is saying is they will not survive against the attacks of the Church Militant.  We, living Christians, we are the Church Militant.  We are the fighters and warriors and we must, need to take the war to the gates of hell.

The inhabitants of hell are not corporeal. Hell's generals are made of the same substance as the Angels of God.  They are not harmed by physical weapons, but they are destroyed by the spiritual weapons with which God has armed us. They use guerrilla warfare and make their attacks through influencing the souls of human beings living on earth.

The Church provides us with body armour which protect us against the lies and influences of Evil.  Each and every sacrament, from Baptism to Extreme Unction, and each time Communion is consumed Christ through the Church covers us with body armour. Our Good Lord understood that to send us into the fray and attack hell's battlements we would need defenses - yes, and He has provided well to our defenses, the sacraments.

But what the Church militant needs is arms to attack the battlements, hell's gates, hell's defenses. And our Lord and by extension the Church on Earth have given us weapons too.

I will list some of our weapons.

Our Lady's Rosary: The Church's battering ram.
Chaplet of Divine Mercy: Our Trebuchet
Every devotion : a canon
Every prayer: a canon ball, a boulder a thrust of the above.
The words of Holy Scripture: Our Battle Axe, our gladius, our Ak 47, our sling shot.

Our Good Lord and our Church does not leave us without armaments, or without fire power. IT is our duty, nay, our mandate to take our fight to the very gates of hell,  the thwart the influence of evil, on this world.

But hey that's just me, and what do I know?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

My Simple Plan to help Egypt

Pray for Egypt, once a refuge for the Most Holy Family
I can't get my government to do anything.  I can't even influence my neighbours to do something, but maybe just maybe Our Most Blessed Lady will.  The prayer I made up and the image is one from the internet.  The prayer isn't that great, but it's straight and to the point.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Forgive me

I have been horribly lax in my blogging. You see I have been twotiming my blog. I've been cheating with Facebook.

Allow me to share with you two Novenas: Both can be said for 9 days or 9 hours.  (If you say for nine hours you say the prayer at the top of the nine hours and then again at the end of the ninth hour for 10 recitations. (But it is 9 hours)


(pray for 9 days or 9 hours straight)

St. Anthony, perfect imitator of Jesus, who received from God the special power of restoring lost things, grant that I may find (state your specific request or intention here!) which has been lost.

At least restore to me peace and tranquillity of mind, the loss of which has afflicted me even more than my material loss. To this favor I ask another of you: that I may always remain in possession of the true good that is God. Let me rather lose all things than lose God, my supreme good. Let me never suffer the loss of my greatest treasure, eternal life with God. Amen.


(pray for 9 days or 9 hours straight)

Saint Anthony, glorious for the fame of your miracles, obtain for me from God's mercy this favor that I desire (state your specific request or intention here!)

Since you were so gracious to poor sinners, do not regard my lack of virtue but consider the glory of God which will be exalted once more through you by the granting of the petition that I now earnestly present to you.

Glorious Wonderworker, Saint Anthony, father of the poor and comforter of the afflicted, I ask for your help. You have come to my aid with such loving care and have comforted me so generously. I offer you my heartfelt thanks.

Accept this offering of my devotion and love and with it my earnest promise which I now renew, to live always in the love of God and my neighbor. Continue to shield me graciously with your protection, and obtain for me the grace of being able one day to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, there to praise with you the everlasting mercies of God. Amen.

Friday, August 9, 2013

When Someone Hurts You Horribly

You can react in two ways. Actually there are a multitude of ways you can react, but in the end, it comes down to two.
Firstly and the most human way is to seek payback. As the addage goes: payback is a bitch. And it is true. It is a bitch for the one being paid back for the wrong s/he committed, and it is a bitch for the one paying it back. The offender will suffer, yes you will make sure of that. You will have planned it so carefully. And you will relish each and every bite the offender takes of crow.
But revenge is also detrimental to the avenger. The avenger is inflicting suffering in compensation for having experienced suffering. Causing pain and suffering purposely for any reason causes damage to the person. In short the avenger becomes the offender.
Secondly and the hardest way is to forgive the offender for the injury done. This forgiveness isn't a feeling, it isn't a process, it isn't part of a twelve step program to be performed after the revenge. It isn't even supposed to be performed after and only after the offender has apologized. Very often the worst injuries are caused by those offenders who have no clue the pain or suffering they have caused. It isn't done when you feel like you're ready to forgive. It is done simply by saying the words: I forgive you. Though to forgive someone doesn't even require that you have to say it to the offender. It is enough to say oneself : I forgive him /her? The statement is performative: saying it does it. YOu say: I forgive you/him/her. And the offender is forgiven. YOU can't take the forgiveness back.
Does this mean that you condone the injury done you, no. Does this mean you will forget each and every horrible thing you've been through, no, well not immediately. But over time your memory isn't so vivid, and slowly you find yorself not dwelling on the wrongs done to you. And peace enters and makes itself at home.
This is a very oversimplified explanation of overcoming wrongs. But really it is quite easy Forgiving is the hard part. Can you love someone enough to forgive them and can you love yourself enough to want to forgive and heal from the injuries done to yourself?

Monday, July 22, 2013

Novena to Saint Anthony - 9 hours or nine days

A nine day novena started today

July 22\/
July 23\/

  • Before beginning this Novena, first read it to understand what you will be saying.  Then consider carefully tthe specific words that you will be using make your special request or to state your intention.
  • You may, to make the experience more enriching, pray on your knees, or, you may prostrate yourself (lay face down) on the floor.
  • St. Anthony is universally known for coming to the assistance of those who have lost something.(be it, keys, documents, loved ones.)


(pray for 9 days or 9 hours straight)
St. Anthony, perfect imitator of Jesus, who received from God the special power of restoring lost things, grant that I may find (state your specific request or intention here!) which has been lost. At least restore to me peace and tranquillity of mind, the loss of which has afflicted me even more than my material loss. To this favor I ask another of you: that I may always remain in possession of the true good that is God. Let me rather lose all things than lose God, my supreme good. Let me never suffer the loss of my greatest treasure, eternal life with God. Amen.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

My sister is having surgery on Monday

My dear sister has a duodenal ulcer and on Monday she is going in for a retraction.  Basically cut out the part of the duodenum that has the ulcer and then sew the two ends together.  They want to this BEFORE the ulcer bursts. 

Eternal Rest

Bear's acquired aunt passed away.  Please pray for her and her family. Thank you and Amen!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Deaconess Phoebe: Women got Second Class Baptisms

Women cannot be ordained. Got it! The Church has no authrity to ordain women as either preiests or deaconesses! 100% concur.

Deaconesses in scripture didn't do the same things that the Deacons did. The Deacons were an ordained ministry. The Deaconesses did not do anything that required being ordained.  The Deacons did all the important stuff, the Deaconesses did all the minor stuff that didn't require ordination.  All theimprtant stuff required ordination so the men did that. Got it not a problem accept it one hundred percent.

The Ordained Deacons baptised the men. The Unordained Deaconesses baptised the women. The layman did not baptise on his own. So the regualr layman who also was unordained did not have the authority to baptise. But only men could be baptised by ordained Deacons and consecrated hands, women were baptised by UNordained women without consecrated hands.  Wouldn't that suggest that women's baptisms were not as important as men's baptisms, because their baptsim were not performed by ordained minsters with consecrated hands?

Thinking out loud.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Happy Birthday, and A Happy Anniversary

Happy Birthday Galadriel.  Hard to believe that it's been 18 years already since you were born.  Welcome to partial adulthood.  You can now vote, join the military, but you still cannot drink alcohol unless you are at home and Dad or I serve it to you.  The legalities of a birthday.  I love you.  Hope you enjoyed your breakfast in bed.  Where/When will you serve mine and dad's?

Bear, Happy Anniversary dear!  It has been twenty years since you last said "I do"
I have asked you repeatedly to have me declared insane and get me committed, but you steadfastly refuse to let me off that easily.  I love you.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Update on the Novena to Saint Phillip Neri: The Husband and Wife

Well, He answered my anxiety with a most agreeable and hilarious resolution

The husband and wife.  Things are static right now.

The husband has admitted that he was a tool. And has apologized and has tried to atone, but she is too hurt to accept or acknowledge.  He spent over 10 years not emotionally supporting her and not being there for her and their son, because he was too busy making a success of his career so he could better financially support her and their child.  And she spent ten years learning to take his financial help and do without his physical and emotional support. 

Now having achieved a certain amount of financial success, and he now has more time to spend with the family.  He wants to be there, make up for not being there in the past, and she doesn't want his physical or emotional support and all she knows is how to use his financial support.

 He wanted his wife not to need him, now she doesn't want him. He was terribly ambitious and a tool and she is terribly hurt and unforgiving.  What a mess!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Okay, Choice is Yours!

What would you like to read.

More Prayers and Devotions made available.

How the most Pro-life person at my daughter's Catholic Highschool, besides herself, is a spiritualist- all but professed Wiccan( ie, believes in werewolves and vampires etc etc), and the "catholics" are actually pro abortion.

Have you Ever Been Blunt With Our Lady

Puff:  O Blessed Mother. I am a flippin' wreck!

I know child I know!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Today: Anniversary of the Conflagration of York

At the Armoury : The Changing of the Colours for the #rd Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment.  CP24 has the ceremony on live.  At the moment the New colours were trooped in and are being consecrated by the Chaplain Gen.  Then Prince Phillip, who earlier was awarded the ORder of Canada will present the Battolion with it's new colours

Friday, April 26, 2013

Prayers Please

I got a phone call from a Credit Counsellor ( read collection agency) looking for someone of whom I have never heard.  I told them she doesn't live here and that I am not she. I actually pay my bills on time.  and have never gotten anything negative regarding any of my accounts. (credit, household utilities etc)

Please pray for two things: If a clerical error: they discover and correct it soon, and two: the person for whom they are searching gets the help she needs for her debt..

I think I'll pray to Saint Expiditus on this one, though Saint Matthew is also good one to put in charge of this. Then to be wrongly accused??? Saint Domenic Savio maybe?

Sometimes I think God sends us these foibles to test us.  To whom will we turn?  With what will we trust Him?

I know: In Italian there is a saying/prayer: Saint Anthony, you who performs 13 miracles a day, help the world and don't forget about me.  So remembering my heritage.
(pray for 9 days or 9 hours straight)

O Holy St. Anthony, gentlest of Saints, your love for God and Charity for His creatures made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Miracles waited on your word, which you were ever ready to speak for those in trouble or anxiety. Encouraged by this thought, I implore of you to obtain for me (state your specific request or intention here- the clerical error(s) is /are corrected and that the person in question gets help with her debt!)
The answer to my prayer may require a miracle, even so, you are the Saint of Miracles. O gentle and loving St. Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the ears of the Sweet Infant Jesus, who loved to be folded in your arms, and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours. Amen.
Say the "Pater Noster", the "Ave Maria" and the "Gloria Patri"
The Mother Theresa Emergency (9 minute) Novena
In an emergency say the Memorare prayer 9 times in a row.
Remember O most loving Virgin Mary that never was it known in any age that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession was left unaided, inspired by this confidence, therefore I fly to thee O Virgin of Virgins my Mother, to you do I come, before you I stand sinful and sorrowful, do not O Mother of the Word Incarnate despise my prayers but in thy mercy graciously hear and answer them.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Someone Visited MyHumble Blog From Dildo, NL, CANADA

No, yup, really  There really is a town called Dildo in Newfoundland, Canada

And just so's we're clear, they haven't changed the name yet, 

Below is a quotation from Wikipedia.
Dildo is a town on the island of Newfoundland, in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. It is located on the southeastern Dildo Arm of Trinity Bay about 60 kilometres west of St. John's. South Dildo is a neighbouring unincorporated community.

Monday, April 22, 2013

I'm Wrong again

Geez, the only time I've been right, lately, is when I admit I was wrong. 

Have you ever had one of those days when your wrongness just outweighs your rightness.

Human Beings have an innate need to feel like they are right, or at least, that they're just (as in it is right and just) people.  Most people think they are right most of the time.  I mean who does something they honestly believe is wrong from beginning to end.  Most people find a justification for their actions.  The justification may not be acceptable to anyone else, but to the person it makes perfect logical sense, at the time.  It usually requires some instruction to correct the thinking process, and to realize that one is in the wrong. The initial response of the corrected may be varied: anger, resentment. downright hatred, sore feelings etc etc, you get the gist.  But it is the best thing once the emotions has subsided and one recognizes ones faults and works to amend the behaviours. 

My only warning is NEVER ever tell the corrector that s/he suffers from the same error.
Okay I have two warnings:  Make sure before correcting the brother or sister. that you don't suffer from the same flaw. or at least make sure that you have amended or are working very hard to amend that flaw.

Last Year Someone wanted To Blow Up My Daughters School

And I asked others to pray for the perpetrator, to pray for him because I couldn't.  Today I will pray for Dzohkhar Tsarnaev, because I understand others can't.  I will not forget the victims; I will pray for them all.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Yes: I would Give Tsarnaev the Benefit of the Law!

A Conversation Between William Roper and Saint Thomas More in "A Man For All Seasons"
William Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!
Sir Thomas More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
William Roper: Yes, I'd cut down every law in England to do that!
Sir Thomas More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned 'round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man's laws, not God's! And if you cut them down, and you're just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Will an American please explain

How an American Citizen can be declared an Enemy Combattant, and denied Miranda Rights?  Because this humble Canadian thinks: take away rights from one American ( even a naturalized American) and you start a slippery slope.  What is to say a governor won't invoke the Public Safety clause for a serial killer, or some other scenario.  What if this 19 year old didn't know what the big brother had planned?What if after his brother died he just lost it? What if the dead brother planned everything and kept baby brother in the dark to protect baby brother? THere are a few what ifs. Should he be tried? YES.  They want to send your fellow American Citizen to Gitmo, at least McCain does.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Does this Offend You?


Bear is absolutely NO HELP

Puff:   I am insane, nuts.  I belong in 1001 Queen Street.  Will you please declare me insane and commit me?

Bear:  Ah, what's wrong.

Puff: I am the most incompetent horrible mother. 

Bear: Why?

Puff: Well, yesterday Arwen complained of stomach ache and felt really bad, so I kept her home and except for some constipation she could have gone to school. Today, same complaint, except she feels nauseas.  She has had that too, and then I keep her at home and she is fine.  So I said to her:  "Go to school, it will pass. "  Now,  watch! She is going to throw up at school.  And I'll be that horrible mother who sends her sick kid to school.  Or I am that horrible mother who keeps her kid home over every little thing.  I can't win.  I must be crazy.

Bear Silence, continues to go about getting ready for work.  I put Frodo in the bath.  Scrub Frodo and then hand him his bath toys.  I open the bathroom door and ask Bear, who happens to be passing and heading downstairs

Puff:  So are you going to have me declared insane and commit me or what?

Bear:   Pausing on the landing, considers a moment then answers: No, You aint getting out that easily.  Then continues down the stairs.

Puff:   But, but, I'd do it for you!

Bear:  I got to go. Love you, Bye

Well, Frodo starts pouring water onto the bathroom floor, cause that's so much fun, especially when mom bends down to dry up the floor and then you pour water on her head.  So I take him out dress him, take him down stairs for his midmorning snack.  And come to the conclusion that: For some reason God gave me these particular children.   I have no idea what they could possibly have done to warrant this mess for a mother, but I love them to bits. I have to believe God knew what he is doing. 
Time to take Frodo out to the playground before lunch and nap.  TTFN

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Choosing A Side in the Liturgical Wars

I saw that phrase when I googled something else. There are a lot of volumes of things written on this subject.  And no, I did not go and read any of them.  I am fascinated by the term, the whole term of that phrase:

Choosing a side in the Liturgical Wars.

The word choosing denotes the concept that their is more than one option from which to choose: And there is and there isn't more than one option from which to choose:  Their is the One Rite but two forms,  SO ostensibly the choice is between these two:  Do I choose the Ordinary Form ( that is the form at which most everyone assists) or the Extraordinary ( the one, by deduction, at which less than "most everyone" assist)

So it seems that their are only two sides: EFor OF, OF or EF, but anyone who has even cursorily done any limited reading on the liturgy will tell you.  That isn't the only choice, one must make in this "war"

Let's go down and see the choices associated with each form of the Mass

If one chooses the the OF. 
Now one must decide which of the various options for celebrating Mass is your favourite. Keeping in mind that unless you a Priest your choice carries no weight other than whether you will approve of the mass at which you just assisted. The First Choice actually takes us into the purview of the Music Ministry.  This person, duly appointed in this ministry has the right and the duty to choose the music for the mass at which you will be assisting. For example: Does one take the Entrance Antiphon from the Graduale Romanum, the Gregorian Missal, the Graduale SImplex or simply use another "appropriate" hymn.  Choosing any of the first three committs you to gregorian chant by extension.  But the last option: Well that leads to absolutely more and more choices.  Does one choose, strictly the traditional hymns ( older that 1950s) or the traditional Hymns of Haugan, Haas, Schutte and the rest of the lapsed Jesuits) But unhappily the choice is not ours, it is his, and yet some of us may find it necessary to strongarm the Music Director with OUR hymns, after all we are the only people assisting at this mass properly so the music should be proper for us.

Now within the Mass itself there are often options and choices that the Celebrant has to make:  The most obvious and important is the Eucharistic Prayer:

The Celebrant must choose one of 4 main Eucharistic Prayers: The Canon, the Second: colloquially known as the Deuce, the little known third or the fourth.  Keeping in mind that some of them have limits as to when they can be used, and the church does state which ones are best for which particular day of the week.  Eg.  The Canon is suggested for Sundays and when the days have a Proper Communicantes or Hang igitur.  etc etc.  These are most especially the decisions in the Celebrant's purview but as good and Loyal Catholics it would appear he have a right to determine which Prayer the Priest should use to confect the Body and Blood of of Lord Jesus Christ.  It isn't enough that all 4 are approved and accepted formulae (recipes if you want to be less reverential) but of course we must choose our preferred ONe: Roman Canon.  And then we must be visibly upset when the Celerant uses hi8s duly bestowed right to choose to choose the Deuce.  Oh how horrible we feel.  It isn't the One: It is the Deuce.  O woe is me. And then if the celebrant should choose instead the thr Trei or the Fourth- we go absolutely apoplectic.

And then there is the choice you must make.  Receive communion under both forms, recieve, on the tongue, or make a throne with your hands and bring both hands to your mouth, even surreptiously licking your palm to take all the crumbs of the species into your mouth, or do you pick the host up with your thumb and forefinger and place it in your mouth making sure to shake the crubs off your hands.

O BTW, will you be kneeling to receive or not.  And for some, it isn't even your choice, because to even attempt to kneel migh tget you arrested.  - But no I won't get into that.  If you wish to kneel you must choose what your reason for kneeling is: Are you trying to send a message to the rest of the congregation or what?

After communion do you sit and kneel to pray and if so at what point do you sit up.  Right after your prayers,  As soon as you get back pryaing, if you do, sitting, or at some other point say, when the Tabernacle dooe is closed again.

NOw If you choose the EF: You might think that the choices are nonexistent.  There you would be wrong>  There may be fewer choice, or rather fewer places where choices can be made, but there are choices to be made.

Firstly:  Is the whole mass to be sottovoce or will the celebrant speak aloud.  This is in the Celebrant's purview, and is completely out of our hands.  But if he speaks that might irritate you because you strongly believe that the whole mass should be secret.  Or if he chooses sottovoce it might make it extremely difficult to follow along with just the bells for guidance. So the priest's ostensibly first choice will upset someone.

Now the music. You would think that the music is most definitely proscribed.  But even 70 years ago congregations wer choosing other hymns instead of the chants for the Introit, Offertory, Communion. - But hey, that isn't your choice anyway, that is the Music Ministers job, but what he chooses could make your break YOUR mass.

As for the Ordinary of the Mass and the melody chosen to sing them, the Music minister can choose from several. Most are listed as being best for particular time or season.  But there are no such directions for the Credo and there are other Kyrie or Glorias.  So here in the EF there is alot of choice.

There are too many choices to make.  I will make One:  I will attend the OF and I will leave all other choices to those duly ordained or appointed to make those choices, from the duly approved list of choices.  And if by chance they choose something I really don't like, I am going to keep my mouth shut. 

If Christ is accepting this so will I, but I know that He doesn't approve of infighting.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Arwen's Team is off to Tennessee

Arwen's Team takes the Silver and will be heading to Tennessee for the Destination Imagination Global Finals .

Friday, April 12, 2013

Arwen heads to the D I Provincials tomorrow

Arwen and her Destination Imagination Team head off to UoT Scarborough Campus for the Provincial tomorrow. 

If the rules are the same as last year, top three teams in each challenge, each age level head to the globals in Tennessee.

Last year Arwen's team made it to the Globals and finished in the top 25% .  This year new challenges, new team. 

Your good wishes and prayers would be appreciated.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Well, I hope you all had a Great and Holy Easter, cuz

We all went to Holy Thursday Mass of the Last Supper. Arwen started feeling a little nauseous.  Bear and I chalked it up to the incense. and didn't think much of it except that she started regurgitating that night, when she finally stopped being nauseas, she was still in serious stomach pain all Good Friday, and still making offerings to the commode. So, while Bear stayed home to tend to Arwen while Galadriel and I went to church.  Saturday was quiet until nighttime, when Bear gets hit with this.  Then Galadriel gets it in the morning.  Arwen and I went to church.  Then I got it in the afternoon.  Then, last night, Frodo, our last bastion of health, got ill.    Today, everyone is still slightly queasy and rather grumpy.  There is a certain persistent odor lingering in the air, and no, it is not easter lilies. 

At any rate, I hope you all had a Happy and Holy Easter.   By default, it was most likely better than ours. If it wasn't. I don't want to know.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Ah, Shut Up. This is Mass, It may be in English but It's Mass

The major trouble with bilingual parishes is that there are always two masses, to accomodate the different languages.  Which is fine.  Usually they have the English Mass first followed by the Heritage language next.  Which would be fine except that people start arriving early for the second mass and instead of waiting in the Church Hall they all mill around in the narthex and talk, by the time the Eucharistic Procession was in progress, the people in the narthex had come through and were making noise in the back of the church during the Tantum Ergo.  I wanted to YELL: 

You might not understand the language, but this is Mass, it is just as reverential and holy and sacred as when this is done in your language.  We are still adoring the Body and Blood Soul and Divinity of Jesus and you are still being disrespectful to HIM.

But that would have disturbed the Mass and the Action  and would have be considered uncharitble.

And no having just one mass in latin would not solve the problem.  People, would be just a rude at a singular latin mass as an english one.  When they don't understand they ignore,and don't consider it important. That's my conclusion based on my observation. Which could explain the whole No Latin at Mass movement.  People don't respect what they don't understand.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

I Am Finally Getting Around to redoing my Bloglist.

This is still in the works.  Give me a few weeks to arrange it.  Not all blogs offer the "FOLLOW this blog" button, or are on another hosting site, so some gave to be added manually.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Well Pope's First International Mass: Hope He Stocks Up on Headache Reliever

He said that Pro-abortion Catholic (politicians) should NOT present themselves for Communion. And yet Pelosi and Biden approached and partook of the Blessed Sacrament at the hands of NOT the Pope. 

It could be that the Minister of Communion didn't recognize them as Pro-abortionist.  Is this the Pope's fault, I don't think so.  What was he supposed to do, give the Ministers a bunch of photos so that they could tell which foreign politician should be denied communion.  Honestly, How are they supposed to tell.  Do people reallythink that that whole world knows the US politicians on sight in a crowd that large.  They should have refrained.  They took communion from Ministers that they knew wouldn't recognize them. 

He didn't have the Benedictine XVI arrangement. I really don't care.  The mass, from what I could see was celebrated according to the GIRM, and his homily, from what little Frodo would let me hear, seemed orthodox.

He wants to help the poor, and the environment, and the whole planet (God's creation) I don't know how this is going to go but I know how this is going to go.

Environmentalists will praise him on wanting to protect the earth, they will see it as the Church being on board with Recycling and save the animals and go vegan, and no animal products in clothing or animal testing and this and that.  AND and and...MIssionaries to the poorest parts of this planet will say: if he really wants to help the poor, help them limit those pesky money consuming little pests, you know... babies.  They will argue that if he really wants to help the poor he should allow the use of condoms for the truly desitute. I mean, as far as they are concerned, unlike the pill or the IUD or  patch or this or that, the barrier method doesn't cause abortions if it fails.  So what could it hurt. How could it possibly be wrong?  (The fact that it is basically committing the sin of onanism [read the story of Onan- google it if you need help in getting to the story.] God was very direct when Onan "spilled his seed on the ground "( thereby wasting it)  God had him er.. cancelled is totally beside the point)

Maybe we will get the Spirit of Pope Francis talks. You know like the Spirit of Vatican II talks.

I think I am going to stop critiquing his vestments and choice of outerwear, and his refusal of this symbol or that symbol.  He is going to get so much more headaches over defending church teaching

Hail Mary,
Full of grace
The Lord is with thee
Blessed art thou amongst women
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb,Jesus
Holy Mary
Mother of God
Pray for our Pope and us sinners
Now and at the hour of our deaths Amen

Friday, March 15, 2013

God Forgive Me: I Don't Think I am Going to Like Pope Francis

He, Pope Francis, it seems from his supporters, wants to strip down the Vatican. He hasn't automatically rehired the CURIA.  That is telling?? He may be waiting for his installation.  I would prefer his coronation, but I aint going to get he coronation.  But I am going off on a tangent.

He offers a simple mass. Don't get me wrong, I prefer the simple dignified mass. IF the parish is too poor to get Gold in their vestments, use the very best you can afford. But to NOT use the very best that you have, because you shun richness is denying God the best in your offering.

As one take great care to choose the best bread and the best wine to offer in sacrifice and to confect the Body and Blood of our Lord, so too should the same care be taken in choosing the Vestments. The Vestments are an offering to God. It is the priest telling Christ: I stand in your person and therefore I will dress You in the very best that I have, because You deserve the best that I have.

Further, I am sorry this may be long:

Why refuse the Mozetta? To have it and not use it is the waste of money. You shun not only the article but he sympbolism of the article.

He didn't wear the red shoes- symbolising he walks in the blood of the martyrs?  Were they too richly made?

What is he going to do, have cheaper mozettas and mitres and everything made so he feels comfortable, rather than use what he has inherited? Wouldn't that waste more money?

Jesus may have eaten with the tax collectors but he didn't dress like one. He didn't PLAY at being poor, He WAS poor.  The Church ISN'T poor, the pope shouldn't PLAY at being poor. There is being humble and there is playing false.

Joseph and Mary could only afford the offering of pigeons. Do you think they would have offered pigeons if they could have afforded doves?

When the woman poured oil on Jesus and anointed him, It was Judas who said: What a waste, the oil could have been sold and given to the poor. Jesus answered: The poor will be with you always. It is right that she does this.

The rich man and the poor woman: She gave all she had, he gave what he wanted, or what he felt comfortable offering.

Maybe I am wrong. 
Maybe the church shouldn't be this rich, but it is.

Rich people who dress poor and live poor are often accused of slumming. It is a form of lying, isn't it?

I will obey the pope in matters of faith, doctrine, and morals, but if it not a sin to NOT LIKE the pontiff, I don't think I will like him much

But what do I know?

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Habemus Papam: Francis

Deo Gratias. 

How soon before the knives are sharpened and ready?

Black Smoke again this morning: My New Prediction

Date of Election: March 15
Cardinal Elected: Cardinal Vingt-trois
+Papal name: Julius IV

A Decade of Today's Rosary with the intention of whoever "gets" the reference.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

THe Cardinals have Figured our how to work the Stove

As evidenced by the ink-jet black smoke pouring out of that same stove's chimney this night (Rome time) In fact the smoke itself was indistinguishable from the black sky that the only way you knew for sure that it was smoking is by the wavy disappearance and reappearance of the chimney itself. 

Benedict XVI was elected after 26 hours and he was a quick election.  This may take a while. 

After complaining about S&L I found that they keep a small streaming window in the corner of the screen.  But EWTN does the better job of showing  Masses, Liturgies and Ceremonies.

Hey in a month I may think they aren't that great either and cancel them and stick with secular TV.  At least then when they make annoying it is through willful ignorance- okay, maybe not!

What is it with you, Salt and Light? Can't you just STFU

First they talk and talk and talk during the Introit. Then they talk and translate the Latin

Why don't they just shut up. If they need to give information that they think is so very important (like backgrounders and what ever- ) can't they do this as a lead-in to the Mass.

And what would be so hard about subtitling the name of the Hymn or Mass Setting? Subtitles of the Latin or the Italian, instead of talking. We wouldn't tolerate this intrusion of unnecessary noise during Mass on Sunday, but on TV it's fine? And yet people get upset during Mass when a baby fusses


Added: I just bought EWTN for 2.79 a month.  Too bad I couldn't get you off my line up.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Papal Conclave set for March 12, 2013

Right in the middle of March Break. My kids are going to have to find some way of entertaining themselves with one less TV. Either they, dare I say it, agree to watch the same thing as their dad, or Gasp, find something offline, offTV to do.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Stompin' Tom Connors dead at 77

Requiescat in Pace

If an Abortion is just destroying a bunch of Cells

If abortion isn't destroying anything but a blob of cells, why does even one person suffer regret after getting or performing them.   How many oncologists regret the tumors they've removed or destroyed with chemicals? How many patients cry for the parasite, or virus or bacteria they are killing by agreeing to surgery or antibiotics or chemicals?  Yet we hear more than a few  post abortive women, former abortion nurses and former abortion providing doctors routinely coming out and  regretting their decision and their participation in abortions.  Has any patient, nurse or doctor regretted destroying a parasite, a germ, a cancerous tumor? If an unborn child is the same as any other glob of cells why aren't the reactions the same? Could it be because they aren't the same? 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Adopt a Cardinal

Pray for a Cardinal, always but especially during the Conclave

Adopt A Cardinal Titel

Puff the Magic Dragon, you have adopted a Cardinal!

Picture of
Name:William Joseph Levada
Day of birth:1936-6-15
Cardinal since:2006-3-24
Function:Prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

I will be praying for the conclave in general and  William Joseph Cardinal Levada in Particular.

If you want a Cardinal go to Adopt a Cardinal. 

Novena to the Holy Spirit

Dearest Holy Spirit, confiding in Your deep, personal love for me, I am making this novena for the following request, if it be Your Holy Will to grant it: that the Cardinals may be full of the Holy Spirit in the election of the new Pope. May the Lord show them what He wants from them.(mention your additional requests).

Teach me, Divine Spirit, to know and seek my last end; grant me the holy fear of God; grant me true contrition and patience. Do not let me fall into sin. Give me an increase of faith, hope and charity, and bring forth in my soul all the virtues proper to my state in life.

Make me a faithful disciple of Jesus and an obedient child of the Church. Give me efficacious grace sufficient to keep the Commandments and to receive the Sacraments worthily.

Give me the four Cardinal Virtues, Your Seven Gifts, Your Twelve Fruits.

Raise me to perfection in the state of life to which You have called me and lead me through a happy death to everlasting life.

I ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

(novena to the Holy Spirit obtained from EWTN website)

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sede Vacante: What are Catholics to do during the Interregnum!

Ah I've said this before

Which means "Pray" for the Election of
 the New Pope

I posted this before but I redid it here.

Novena to the Holy Spirit for the Election of a New Pope

Come, Holy Ghost, Creator, come.
From thy bright heavenly throne!
Come, take possession of our souls,
And make them all Thine Own!

Thou who art called the Paraclete,
Best gift of God above,
The Living Spring, The Living Fire,
Sweet Unction, and True Love!

Thou who are sevenfold in Thy grace,
Finger of God's right hand,
His Promise, teaching little ones
To speak and understand!

O guide our minds with thy blest light,
With love our hearts inflame,
And with thy strength, which ne'er decays,
Confirm our mortal frame.

Far from us drive our hellish foe,
True peace unto us bring,
And through all perils guide us safe
Beneath thy sacred wing.

Through Thee may we the Father know,
Through Thee the Eternal Son,
And Thee the Spirit of them both
Thrice blessed Three in One.

Now to the Father, and the Son
Who rose from death, be glory given,
With Thee, O holy Comforter,
Henceforth by all in earth and heaven.



O Lord, with suppliant humility, we entreat Thee,
that in Thy boundless mercy
Thou wouldst grant the Most Holy Roman Church
a pontiff,
who by his zeal for us, may be pleasing to Thee,
and by his good government may ever be honoured
by Thy people for the glory of Thy name.
Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son,
who with Thee livest and reignest world without end.


Most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary,
pray for us who have recourse to Thee!

B-N-Catholic Doors

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Canadians have been saying this for decades: American beer is watered down

The decades old joke in Canada goes like this:
American Beer is like making love in a canoe : F****** near water.

Anheuser-Busch charged with watering down it's beers, resulting in the beer having less alcohol than stated on the label, resulting in false advertising in the least and at most fraud

The Real Reason the Pope Resigned

Dear Brothers,
I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the barque of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.
Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.
From the Vatican, 10 February 2013


Listen to Pope Benedict XVI make his announcment: RealAudioMP3

I for one actually believe the Pope when he says that his strength of mind and body has deteriorated to the point that he CANNOT adequately fulfill the Petrine Ministry. 

We Catholics have a very bad habit of trying to read between the lines to try a find the REAL meaning: to get past the letters of the statement to get to the heart, spirit, (heck I'm sure someone would try to get to the spleen) of the statement. so there is this interpretation, or all out guess work like this speculation . 

Firstly: I will remind you that any reading that concludes he is abdicating for any reason other than what he stated is in essence calling the Holy Father a liar.  As for the all out speculation: really? He asked for the report and the report will be passed on to the next pope.  The report will be dealt with by someone who has the strength with which to deal with it.

And I would further wish to remind all of the greatest misreading of Vatican documents, the last great attempt to get past the words to the spirit of the documents resulted in 40 years of liturgical desert. 

Funny this Catholic is choosing to believe the Pope, not the Press.  Mia culpa, mis culpa, mia maxima culpa

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Order of Precedence

Yesterday was a Friday  in Lent.  Now except for Ottawa Canadians are permitted to eat meat on Fridays during Lent, proided you do something else, eg an extra work of piety. Having that dispensation and availing one self of that relaxation is perfectly acceptable and NOT a mark of being a poor Catholic. 

Now for me this lent I fast on all Wednesdays and fast and abstain on Fridays.  (I have messed up not getting a transit coffee, but I have also succeeded so I will keep trying to remembet not to follow my nose- which is why I thought to give up the coffee.  An exercise in being more aware of me and my actions)

Yesterday, was the Feast of the Chair of Peter.  According to the Breviary I have The 21 was An Optional Memorial of St Peter Damian and it has a note that in Lent it becomes a commemoration.  So I know that if it had landed on a Friday (in lent) it would not replace the Friday in lent.

Now the Feast of the Chair of Peter, was yesterday, and my Breviary did not list a note that it is demoted in lent so although I fasted I did not abstain- Today I found I,,,, well,,,,  I goofed. 

Infact there is a discussion with some insisting we should go back to meatless Fridays for the whole year.

Now there is another feast coming up on a Friday in Lent, the annunciation, but this one is alittle strange.  In the Extraordinary Calendar it does replace a Friday in Lent, but in the Ordinary Calendar , it does NOT replace a Friday in Lent.

Since this is SOOOOO confusing I will post the Order of Precedence

according to their order of precedence


1. Easter triduum of the Lord's passion and resurrection

2. Christmas, Epiphany, Ascension, and Pentecost, Sundays of Advent, Lent, and the season of Easter
Ash Wednesday
Weekdays of the Holy Week, Monday to Thursday inclusive
Days within the octave of Easter

3. Solemnities of the Lord, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and saints listed in the general calendar
All Souls' Day

4. Proper solemnities, namely:
a) Solemnity of the principal patron of the place, city, or state
b) Solemnity of the dedication and anniversary of the dedication of a particular church
c) Solemnity of the titular saint of a particular church
d) Solemnity of the titular saint, founder, or principal patron of an order or congregation


5. Feasts of the Lord in the general calendar

6. Sundays of the Christmas season and Sundays in ordinary time

7. Feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of the saints in the general calendar

8. Proper feasts, namely:
a) Feast of the principal patron of the diocese
b) Feast of the anniversary of the dedication of the cathedral
c) Feast of the principal patron of the territory, province, country, or more extensive territory
d) Feast of the titular saint, founder, or principal patron of an order or congregation and religious province, observing the directives in no. 4
e) Other feasts proper to an individual church
f) Other feasts listed in the calendar of the diocese, order, or congregation

9. Weekdays of Advent from December 17 to December 24 inclusive
Days within the octave of Christmas
Weekdays of Lent


10. Obligatory memorials in the general calendar

11. Proper obligatory memorials, namely:
a) Memorial of a secondary patron of the place, diocese, region or province, country, or more extensive territory; or of an order, congregation, or religious province
b) Obligatory memorials proper to an individual church
c) Obligatory memorials listed in the calendar of a diocese, order, or congregation

12. Optional memorials, as described in the instructions indicated for the Mass and office, may be observed even on the days in no. 9.
In the same manner obligatory memorials may be celebrated as optional memorials if they happen to fall on the Lenten weekdays.

13. Weekdays of Advent up to December 16 inclusive
Weekdays of the Christmas season from January 2 until the Saturday after Epiphany
Weekdays of the Easter season from Monday after the octave of Easter until the Saturday before Pentecost inclusive
Weekdays in ordinary time

Concurrent Celebrations

60. If several celebrations fall on the same day,
the one that holds the higher rank according to the above table is observed. A solemnity, however, which is impeded by a liturgical day that takes precedence over it should be transferred to the closest day which is not a day listed in nos. 1-8 in the table of precedence, the rule of no. 5 remaining in effect. Other celebrations are omitted that year.

61. If on the same day vespers
of the current office and first vespers of the following day are to be celebrated, the vespers of the day holding the higher rank in the table of liturgical days takes precedence; if both days are of the same rank, vespers of the current day takes precedence.
Source: "General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar" in The Roman Missal: The Sacramentary (Collegeville, MN 56321-7500: The Liturgical Press, 1974) 62.


The general principles for the creation of the "Table of Liturgical Days" are found in the following passages from "The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy" (Vatican II, Sacrosanctum Concilium, 4 December 1963):
"106. .... The Lord's Day is the original feast day, and it should be proposed to the faithful and taught to them so that it may become in fact a day of joy and of freedom from work. Other celebrations, unless they be truly of the greatest importance, shall not have precedence over Sunday, which is the foundation and kernel of the whole liturgical year.
"107. The liturgical year is to be revised so that the traditional customs and discipline of the sacred seasons shall be preserved or restored to suit the conditions of modern times. Their specific character is to be retained so that they duly nourish the piety of the faithful who celebrate the mysteries of the Christian redemption and, above all, the paschal mystery. If certain adaptations are necessary because of local conditions, they are to be made in accordance with the provision of Articles 39 and 40.
"108. The minds of the faithful should be directed primarily toward the feasts of the Lord whereby the mysteries of salvation are celebrated throughout the year. For this reason The Proper of the Time shall be given due preference over the feasts of the saints so that the entire cycle of the mysteries of salvation may be suitable recalled" Vatican Council II: The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents, gen. ed., Austin Flannery, OP, (Liturgical Press, 1980) 30.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Family Day ala Bear-i-tone Household

Start the day
7:00 head off to tend nonna, making sure she is well cared for the day, Sit a chat a little. Remember the future comes for all,

Get back

Make executive Decision.  Arwen, Frodo, Bear and I go tobogganing Arwen chooses the HILL OF CERTAIN DEATH

We will come back for lunch- whatever

While Frodo takes nap, rest of family plays Monopoly, when we we share being a family by trying to crush each other under a mountain of Monopoly debt.

In case you are wondering Galadriel wants to stay where it's warm and do some last bit of homework, and then she intends to do most of the crushing during the Monopoly game

Then dinner, Duck Dynasty, and Storage Wars.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

In Fact We Do have a Right to demand a Certain kind of Pope

I have, fortunately or unfortunately- the jury is still out on whether it has been fortuitous or not, been reading some blogs that are either on the topic of who should or shouldn't be Pope or the commboxes have gone that way.  Now a few blog hosts try to put the kabosh on such discussions, especially when the election of the Pope wasn't actually the topic of the original post and that is fair.  But aided from that, I think that every Catholic should be able to have preferences.  The only thing is that whatever  our preferences might be they may or may not coincide with the preference of the Holy Spirit. He, may wish to guide the Cardinals in a totally different direction, for totally different reasons.

That being said, we do have the right to try and influence the Holy Spirit, through prayers, on who our next Pope will be.

Although my prayers usualy just ask for a good Pope who will serve well for our time (All the Popes have had to serve will for their time)  But what kind of Pope would be good for our time and for what is to come. Hmm,

Well in this day and age of catholics not really practicing Catholicism, I would prefer one who practices the faith, and is already a Catholic.  Doesn't necessarily have to be a priest, but one who could become a priest relatively quickly.  I would prefer someone unmarried.  It would be highly unfair to disrupt a family by either uprooting them or forcing them to lose their patris familia.

From whence whould he hail?  Well, I am a little unsure there, but I insist he hail from earth.  Now I know that the Martians and the Andromedans may find this racist, but I must presume that the Church Christ started on earth was for earthlings and was entrusted to earthlings. 

My whole consideration of the possibility that God created intelligent life forms on other planets is the topic for another post, which I either will or won't publish, probably won't because no one would really care to hear my opinion on the matter. But I am digressing so back to the topic at hand.

What else do I demand of my Pope" That he not be just MY pope.  That he be a pope for all the people.  Guide the Practicing Catholics ever onward to hope in heaven. Guide non Cathlics, laapsed Cathlics,  heretics, etc etc, (back) to  the Catholic Church.  Courageous, with an iron constitution and a spiritual fortitude that will serve him well well the wolves circle round. and try to devour the faithful Catholics who are his flock.

Those are my ideas on what makes a Good Pope. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

On March First How will His Holiness be Addressed

No, really, how will His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI be styled once his resignation is effective,

Pope Celestine V when he resigned  and went back to being a Hermit became known as Peter Celestine ( His papal name comming after his baptism name)

And I highly I doubt we can have two titled Popes. Unlike the English Monarchy where we had two Queens Elizabeth but one was the Queen Mother, So what do we do with a former Pope who is still alive.

Does Benedict XVI go back to being Card Ratzinger.  Or Would he be His Holiness Pope Emeritus  Benedict XVI ,or lose the Pope and be just  His Holiness Benedict.  Does he keep the Holiness and lose Pope or Keep Pope and Lose Holiness or lose both, And then does he keep his papal name Benedict or go back to Joseph or put his papal name as his second name?

My Lenten Fast

I shall be fasting from my transit coffee.  And 1/2 themoney saved will go into the ShareLife Fund.  The other half haven't decided yet.

Any hoo, I came up with an idea about the lenten fast from a discussion on Facebook, where someone asked why Pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, which lead me to explain that the nedieval lenten fast used to be a "FAST" or 1 meal and two snacks going for 40 days with the addition of further omitting meat on Fridays. With milk and eggs considered luxuries. So since there was generally less eating of everything, pancakes used up all the extra eggs and milk that would have gone bad

That got me thinking about the Lenten fast.  Now I don't think I could fast everyday in Lent on the first try.  So this year, as an attempt at penance, I will attempt a medueval fast on all Wednesdays and Fridays, with the added abstaining from meat on Fridays,

Monday, February 11, 2013

Our Papa is abdicating: Keep Calm and Catholic On!

In case you've forgotten what that means: Pray and Fast 

I offer a novena to the Holy Spirit in petition for a new Sovereign Shepherd and Fisherman to don the Tiara, the Pallium, and the Ring

Come, Holy Ghost, Creator, come.
From thy bright heavenly throne!
Come, take possession of our souls,
And make them all Thine Own!

Thou who art called the Paraclete,
Best gift of God above,
The Living Spring, The Living Fire,
Sweet Unction, and True Love!

Thou who are sevenfold in Thy grace,
Finger of God's right hand,
His Promise, teaching little ones
To speak and understand!

O guide our minds with thy blest light,
With love our hearts inflame,
And with thy strength, which ne'er decays,
Confirm our mortal frame.

Far from us drive our hellish foe,
True peace unto us bring,
And through all perils guide us safe
Beneath thy sacred wing.

Through Thee may we the Father know,
Through Thee the Eternal Son,
And Thee the Spirit of them both
Thrice blessed Three in One.

Now to the Father, and the Son
Who rose from death, be glory given,
With Thee, O holy Comforter,
Henceforth by all in earth and heaven.



O Lord, with suppliant humility, we entreat Thee,
that in Thy boundless mercy
Thou wouldst grant the Most Holy Roman Church
a pontiff,
who by his zeal for us, may be pleasing to Thee,
and by his good government may ever be honoured
by Thy people for the glory of Thy name.
Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son,
who with Thee livest and reignest world without end.


Most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary,
pray for us who have recourse to Thee!

B-N-Catholic Doors

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Do You Ever Feel Like You Will Never Be the Perfect Catholic?

I've been contemplating what it means to be a practicing Catholic.  I have come to the conclusion that I am a woefully horrible Catholic.  I am not a big fan of the Mass of the Ages.  I prefer to wear the mantilla, but am refraining at present until such a time as I have taught Frodo to not pull it off my head.  I hate wearing skirts and dresses unless they are full length because I absolutely detest showing my legs and therefore prefer slacks.  The Winter is too cold for dresses/skirts and the summer is too hot for stockings and going barelegged causes chaffing soreness in the heat. I prefer to attend mass together as a family even if it means that Bear and I have to tag-team Frodo in the narthex.  I don't give a crap how loud the other kids get, but I insist my kids behave and remain reverent. Honestly, absolutely the wrong Catholic preferences.

As far as following the teachings of Christ, or Christian attitude:
I love and hate the exact same people and very often the exact same time.  (Though I wonder though if is this isn't exactly what Jesus meant when at one point says that we should love our neighbours as our selves and yetat another time he says we are to hate our families if we are to follow Him.) I have family members who actively disobey church teachings and yet have stopped preaching to them, or haven't even attempted to start correcting them, because they would probably tell me to go to hell and God isn't like that and he will forgive the contracepting or the practicing homosexual, because Jesus is all about forgivenss and not about obeying rules. 

About my practice of Catholic duties and obligations, regarding general living of the life and vocation that I have chosen: I go to confession , but I desparately hate it. I feel most of the time that I will never be good enough.  I pray but it is never with the same zeal. I pray but impertfectly.  I am a mother but imperfectly. I am a horribly imperfect wife.  I still think Bear was not sane to marry me, and that if he wanted to he could probably use that as grounds for an annulment but he is still too nuts to take that option.

My main reason for not leaving the church and becoming a practitioner of the other two montheistic Abrahamic religions, Judaism and Islam: BAAAAAACCCOOOOOOON. I love bacon. 

So there you have it:  I am a horrible Catholic, not nearly as pious as I should, far from the gentle lamb, and nothing of the wolf we are required to be to be followers of the Christ.  But yet I'l keep going if that is alright.  If you consider me still worthy of being your sister in faith, pray for me so that I can somehow become the perfect Catholic that you hope to be.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Novena to St.Philip Neri: Expect the WIERD

Please join me in a novena to Saint Philip Neri. Obviously you may pray for whatever intention you wish.  It is, I have been told a very powerful novena, and not to be prayed unless you are prepared for the WEIRD. In that regard you might want to choose something specific.

Apparently he loses nothing of his sense of humour when resolving our problems, so be careful

O holy St. Philip Neri, patron saint of joy, you who trusted Scripture's promise that the Lord is always at hand and that we need not have anxiety about anything, in your compassion heal our worries and sorrows and lift the burdens from our hearts. We come to you as one whose heart swells with abundant love for God and all creation.

Bear us, we pray, especially in this(these) need(s) ("...a happy resolution to my anxiety and a most joyous reunion of  a husband and wife ..."). Keep us safe through your loving intercession, and may the joy of the Holy Spirit which filled your heart, St. Philip, transform our lives and bring us peace. Amen
B-T Hillary

Anxiety rears its fugly head

I would like to know why my anxiety always ratchets up in February, and is the worst during Lent?

Prayers needed for a friend and his wife and son

Relationships in trouble are like illnesses.  Sometimes they require systemic treatment, but most of the time a symptomatic approach is necessary.


Your partner has taken to sleeping on the couch and you are sleeping alone.  She refuses to come to bed, even when you promise not to rush her into anything.  Instead of curing the systemic sleeping on the couch, treat the symptom of sleeping alone.  Sleep in the living room with her.  Camp out in a sleeping bag, or the other couch. If she says nothing, then get comfortable in your new bedsit.  If she says something, answer her: I wanted to understand your desire to sleep in the living room.  I must say it makes raiding the fridge so much more easy I don't have to tiptoe down the stairs and wake you.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Parents: Bless your Children

Parents are extolled in the Old Testament to bless their children.  It is actually highly recommended in the CCC for parents to bless their children daily, or at least on special occasions.

Bear and I used to bless our eldest before bed using a blessing that parents were told to give to their children found in the old testament adding the Sign of the Cross at which point we'd trace the cross on her forehead with one's thumb.

NB: This was usually bestowed before bed, obviously

May God bless you and keep you.
May He let his face shine upon you
May He send flights of angels to protect you in your sleep.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit Child answers Amen!

I found another blessing similar but the child is named in my New Saint Joseph's Missal (2012-13), thought I would share.

Heavenly Father,
Bless N, and keep him/her in your love.
Grant him/her a good rest tonight,
and send your angels to protect him/her.
In the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit

 Or if you want a really simple one that isn't too fussy
May God bless + you, N
and keep you in love
Child answers AMEN!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Liturgical Planning: Fifth Sunday Ordinary Time Year C

Entrance Antiphon

From the Roman Missal
O come, let us worship God and bow low before the God who made us, for he is the Lord our God. Psalm 95:6-7

From the Graduale Romanum
Venite adoremus Deum, et procidamus ante Dominum: ploremus ante eum, qui fecit nos: quia ipse est Dominus Deus noster.
Ps. Venite, exsultemus Domino: iubilemus Deo salutari nostro.Ps. 94(95):7&1 ( p.271)

From the Graduale Simplex
Choose one Antiphona ad introitum and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time ( pp.215-252)

From By Flowing Waters
Choose any Entrance Antiphon and its Psalm  from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time (pp. 148-182)


Liturgy of the Word 

First Reading: Isaiah 6:1-2a,3-8
"Here am I; send me me!"

Between the Readings
From the Roman Missal: Psalm 138:1-2,2-3,4-5,7-8 (R.1c)
R. In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.
From the Graduale Romanum: Ps. 95(96):8,9 V. Ps28(29):9
Tolite hostias, et introite in atria eius. v.  Revelabit Dominus condensa: et in templo eius dicent gloriam (p.272)

From the Graduale Simplex
Choose any Psalmus Responsorio  from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time ( pp.215-252)

From By Flowing Waters
Choose any Respnsorial Psalm from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time (pp. 148-182)

Second Reading: I Corinthians 15:1-11
I preach what the other apostles preach, and on our preaching is your faith founded.

Before the Gosple
From the Roman Missal: Mt 4:19
Come after me and I will make you fishers of men.

From the Graduale Romanum Psalm 116(117): 1
V.Laudate Dominum, omnes gentes: et collaudate eum, omnes populi

From the Graduale Simplex
Choose any Versus Alleluiatici or Psalmus Alleluiatici  from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time ( pp.215-252)

From By Flowing Waters
Choose any Alleluia Verse or  Alleluia Psalm from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time (pp. 148-182)

Gospel: Luke 5:1-11
Peter, James, and John left everything; and followed Jesus

Offertory Antiphon:

From the Roman Missal
There is no Offertory Antiphon  in the Roman Missal The Rubrics are clear: if there is no singing the Antiphon is omitted and the Preparation of the Gifts is pronounced aloud with the congregation making responses Blessed be God for ever at the appropriate time

From the Graduale Romanum: Ps. 16(17): 5-7
Perfice gressus meos in semitis tuis, ut non moveantur vestigia mea: inclina aurem tuam, et exaudi verba mea: mirifica misericordias tuas, qui salvos facis sperantes in te, Domine.( p.273)

From the Graduale Simplex Choose any Antiphona ad offertorium and its Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time (pp.215-252)

From By Flowing Waters
Choose any Offertory Antiphon  and its Psalm from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time (pp. 148-182)

Communion Antiphon:

From the Roman Missal
If there is no singing any one of the following is proclaimed by the celebrant before Communion of the Faithful
Let them thank the Lord for his mercy his wonders for the children of men, for he satisfies the thirsty soul, and the hungry he fills with good things. Psalm 107:8-9
— or —
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be consoled. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall have their fill. Mt 5:5-6

From the Graduale Romanum
Introibo ad altare Dei, ad Deum qui lætificat iuventutem meam. Ps 42(43):4  ( p.274)
Psalm 42:(43)1,2,3,5a,5bc can also be sung between repetitions of this antiphon.

From the Graduale Simplex
Choose any Antiphona ad communionem and its Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time (pp.215-252)

From By Flowing Waters
Choose any Communion Antiphon and its Psalm from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time

Marian Antiphon

Alma Mater Redemptoris
Ave Maria

Mass settings:

Missa Orbis Factor
Credo III

Other Hymns Fourth Option
  • All My Hope on God Is Founded
  • Come Down, O Love Divine
  • Holy, Holy, Holy
  • Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
  • Lift High the Cross 
  • New Songs of Celebration
  • O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts
  • O Praise Ye the Lord 
  • Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven
  • Praise to the Lord
  • The Living God My Shepherd Is 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Liturigical Planning pages: Fourth Sunday Ordinary Time Year C

Entrance Antiphon

From the Roman Missal
If there is no singing the following is proclaimed from the ambo
Save us, O Lord our God! And gather us from the nations,to give thanks to your holy name,
and make it our glory to praise you. Psalm 106:47
From the Graduale Romanum
Lætetur cor quærentium Dominum: quærite Dominum, et confirmamini: quærite faciem eius semper.
Ps. Confitemini Domino, et invocate nomen eius: annuntiate inter gentes opera eius.Ps 104(105): 3,4, 1 (p.268)

From the Graduale Simplex
Choose any Antiphona ad introitum and Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time (pp.215-252)

From By Flowing Waters (Dr. Paul Ford)
Choose any Entrance Antiphon and its Psalm from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time
(pp. 148-182)

Liturgy of the Word

First Reading: Jeremiah 1:4-5,17-19
for I am with you, says the Lord, to deliver you

Between the Readings
From The Lectionary
R. I will sing of your salvation  Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6,15+17 (R. 15)
~ My mouth will tell, O Lord of the deeds of your salvation St Joseph's Missal (p. 188-9)
~My lips will tell of your help CBW III 123
~I will sing of your salvation.Chabanel Psalm Project  There are links to several options

From the Graduale Romanum
Quis sicut Dominus Deus noster, qui in altis habitat: humilia respicit in caelo et in terra? V.  Suscitans a terra inopem, et de stercore erigens pauperum (p. 269)

From the Graduale Simplex
Choose any Psalmus Responorio  from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time (pp.215-252)

From By Flowing Waters (Dr. Paul Ford)
Choose any Responsorial Psalm from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time (pp. 148-182)

Second Reading
I Corinthians 12:31 - 13:13 [But now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. /v.13]

Before the Gospel
From the Roman Missal
V. The Lord sent me to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim release to captives. Luke 4:18
~The Lord sent me to bring good new CBW III 123b
~The Lord sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor (Garnier Alleluias) Multiple choices

From the Graduale Romanum
V. Adorabo ad templum sanctum tuum, et confitebor nomini tuo Ps. 137(138): 2

From the Graduale Simplex
Choose any Versus Alleluiatici or  Psalmus Alleluiatici from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time (pp.215-252)

From By Flowing Waters (Dr. Paul Ford)
Choose any Alleluia Verse or  Alleluia Psalm  from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time (pp. 148-182)

Gospel: Luke 4:21-30
No prophet is accepted in his hometown.

Offertory Antiphon:

From the Roman Missal
There is no Offertory Antiphon is the Roman Missal.  The Rubrics clearly state that if it is not sung it is omitted. If there is no singing the Preparation of the Gifts is pronounced aloud and the congregation responds:Blessed be God, for ever. at the appropriate times

From the Graduale Romanum
Bonum est confiteri Domino, et psallere nomini tuo, Altissime. (p.270)

From the Graduale Simplex
Choose any Antiphona ad offertorium and its Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time ( pp.215-252)

From By Flowing Waters (Dr. Paul Ford)
Choose any Offertory Antiphon and its Psalm from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time
(pp. 148-182)

Communion Antiphon:

From the Roman Missal
If there is no singing one of the following is proclaimed at the ambo
Let your face shine on your servant. Save me in your meciful love. O Lord, let me never be put to shame, for I call to you. Psalm 31:17-18
— or —
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are the meek, for they shall possess the land. Mt 5:3-4

From the Graduale Romanum
Illumina faciem tuam super servum tuum, et salvum me fac in tua misericordia: Domine, non confundar, quoniam invocavi te. Psalm 31:17-18 ( p.271)
Psalm 31:2,3ab,3cd,4,5,6,8ab,15-16a can also be sung between repetitions of this antiphon.
Heinrich Isaac

From the Graduale Simplex
Choose any Antiphona ad communionem and its Psalmus from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time ( pp.215-252)

From By Flowing Waters (Dr. Paul Ford)
Choose any Offertory Antiphon and its Psalm from any of the eight Masses for Ordinary Time
(pp. 148-182)

Marian Antiphon

May be sung at the end of Mass when there is a particular devotion to Our Lady Marian Hymns are not sung during Sunday Mass unless it is a Marian Feast.

During ordinary Time
Ave Maria
From Candlemas to Easter Vigil
Ave Regina Caelorum
For Advent and Christ which can be continued until Lent
Alma Redemptoris Mater

Other Hymns

The following are of the same theme as the official options above
Faith of Our Fathers CBWiii 446, Adoremus 603
I Sing the Mighty Power of God CBW iii 541 Adoremus 616
Now Thank We All Our God CBWiii674,Adoremus 607
O God, Our Help in Ages Past  CBWiii 644, Adoremus 624, CHB #249
The Voice of God Goes Out through All the Earth  CBWiii 433
To Jesus Christ Our Sovereign King  CBWiii 438, Adoremus 480

Choral Music

suitable for Communion or Cleansing of the Vessels
Ubi caritas (Gregorian chant)
Verbum caro factum est (Gregorian Chant) (Hans Leo Hassler)

Mass Settings

ICEL Chant
Missa Orbis Factor
Missa Jubilate Deo (scroll down for the parts)

Scripture to keep in mind

Six things there are, which the Lord hateth, and the seventh his soul detesteth: [17] Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, [18] A heart that deviseth wicked plots, feet that are swift to run into mischief, [19]A deceitful witness that uttereth lies, and him that soweth discord among brethren. [20] My son, keep the commandments of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother. ***Cf:Douay-Rheims Proverbs 6: 16-20


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