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.

Amen.

Prayer

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.

Amen.

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

BENEDICTUS PP XVI

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

TABLE OF LITURGICAL DAYS
according to their order of precedence

I

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

II

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

III

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.

Notes

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.

Amen.

Prayer

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.

Amen.

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.

Example:

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.

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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