If You Change Marriage, Then You Change EVERYTHING
by Fr. John Hollowell:
As I’ve admitted on here elsewhere, I was a math major.
Euclid’s Geometry is based on five axioms. These axioms are used to build the whole system. If you change one of the axioms (i.e. you say “two parallel lines CAN intersect”) then the ENTIRE system changes, and it looks COMPLETELY different than Euclidean Geometry.
You can change one of the axioms, but the change echoes throughout the system, producing a completely new system.
Marriage between a man and a woman is an axiom of our society. It is assumed to be true and everything hinges on that as a foundational principle. There are a few other “axiomatic” principles that our society is founded on. The Church notes that a just society is one in which:
1) the dignity of every human life, from conception to natural death, is honored
2) religious freedom is granted
3) the right to work is respected
4) marriage is between a man and a woman
IF YOU STOP UPHOLDING THESE VALUES…THE SYSTEM CRASHES…DEMOCRACY EXISTS NO MORE
Some people think the Church is against same-sex “marriage” because the Bible and the Church are against same-sex sex. The Church is against same-sex “marriage” because the Church knows the types of decisions that bring societies crashing down – and one of those would be a redefinition of what marriage is.
That’s why the Church says:
“If, from a legal standpoint, marriage between a man and a woman were to be considered just one possible form of marriage, the concept of marriage would undergo a radical transformation, with grave detriment to the common good.” (Compendium of Social Teaching, paragraph 228).
Here’s the point – we’re not saying, as Catholics, that society needs to listen to us because God is great and “you all need to do what God says”…
The Catholic Church says, as a political advisor, IF YOU CHANGE YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF MARRIAGE, YOUR SOCIETY WILL NOT ENDURE
If you change one of the foundational axioms, you change EVERYTHING…and when you change an axiom, what you soon have is a system that looks NOTHING like what you had before
by Most Rev. Edward J. Slattery
A letter from Bishop Slattery
Countering with Prayer the proposed Black Mass in Oklahoma City
Bishop Edward J. Slattery
Courageous Priest Note: Will You Charitably Call The Oklahma City’s Music Civic Center at (405) 297-2584 to voice your concern for the intolerance being shown to the Catholic Church. Well, while we are at it, we just as well call the entire staff. Don’t you think that would be a good idea? Here is their Facebook Page and Twitter Page. You can leave comments.
Jim Brown – General Manager
Kelly Haikin Hadsall – Management Specialist
Anbria Glenn – Office Assistant
Kaye Melvin – Accountant
Keri Daniels – Accounts Recievable
Jennifer Lindsey-McClintock – Public Information Manager 405.297.3882
Building & Stage Operations
John Siska – Operations Supervisor 405.297.1012
Brent Winters – Technical Director, Civic Center Music Hall 405.297.2758
Donna Monarch – Technical Director, Rose State College Performing Arts Theatre 405.733.7925
Brigitte Bode – Stage Administration, Civic Center Music Hall
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Heidi Wallace Leftwich – Suite Coordinator 405.297.3141
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Event Activities & Facility Rentals
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My Dear People:
As has been widely reported, a Satanic Black Mass has been scheduled for September 21 in Oklahoma City’s Civic Center. As a part of Satanic worship, a Black Mass attempts to invert the action and meaning of the Eucharist in order to mock Christ’s sacrifice and worship Satan through an orgiastic ritual of pain and perversion. It blasphemes everything which we hold as sacred and redemptive; and the spiritual dangers it poses ought not be dismissed. Since the Civic Center has not responded positively to the pleas of the Archbishop of Oklahoma City not to host this event in a tax-payer supported public venue, I am asking the faithful Catholics in the Diocese of Tulsa to fight this blasphemy through prayer and fasting:
1. Please keep the nine days prior to the Feast of the Assumption as an extraordinary period of prayer and penance. I am asking every Catholic to abstain from all meat and meat products from August 6 through the 14th. I am also asking that you consecrate your hunger with a daily recitation of a decade of the rosary and the familiar Prayer to Saint Michael. Printed copies of these prayers are available in the bulletin and at the entrances of the church. Be strong and encourage your friends to also be strong.
2. On Assumption Day, August 15th, we will ask Our Lady on her Feast, to intercede for us and protect us. On that day I in the Cathedral, and every priest in his own parish, will pray a special prayer written by Pope Leo XIII for the defense of the Church against the attack of the Enemy and his apostate angels.
3. Should these prayers and this period of fasting not effect the cancellation of this event, then I will ask every priest in the Diocese to conduct a Eucharistic Holy Hour on September 21 at the same time (7:00 p.m.) as this profanity is being celebrated in Oklahoma City. Wherever possible, I ask that Eucharistic Processions – especially outdoor processions – be arranged as part of these holy hours. Let us give a public witness to our faith in the Eucharist which is being so profoundly mocked and ridiculed by this event.
From the snares of the devil, deliver us, O Lord!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Rev. Edward J. Slattery
Bishop of Tulsa
9 Sins That Can Send You To Hell
And 5 Simple Tools to Combat Them
by Father Ed Broom, OMV
Our life is very short and the stakes are very high: salvation or condemnation! It is for eternity—forever and ever and ever! We will either be with God the angels and saints and Mary the Queen of the angels and saints in heaven forever! Or we will be lost forever in hell with the devil and his minions in the fire that is never extinguished, and the worm never dies.
These are eternal truths that we should meditate upon day and night so as to attain the crown of eternal life in heaven.
MAYOR OBSTACLE: THE BATTLE FOR PURITY OF LIFE!
Our Lady of Fatima made the sad but all too true comment that most souls are lost for all eternity in the fire of hell due to the sins of the flesh or the sins against the virtue of purity. Our Lady appeared to the three shepherd children—Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia in 1917.
Our Lady of Fatima showing the children hell.
9 Sins That Can Send You To Hell
Since then the world has descended into an almost endless swamp of immorality and impurity. Young people cohabiting, the legalization and promotion of homosexuality, adultery spreading like the wildfires of California, movies almost always portraying indecent scenes, immodest dress that provokes to no limits, addictions to pornography and masturbation, the sins against the sixth and ninth Commandments go on and on almost like an endless abyss. St. Teresa of Avila, woman Doctor of the Church made this wry comment: “Those who live in sin, we should not be surprised what they do but surprised what they do not do.” In other words this saint asserts that the ability to sin and its malicious creativity has no limits—like the infinite abyss!
However, in the midst of the world inundated by materialism, sensuality, hedonism and worse yet—moral relativism, which really means nothing is really wrong, but all is permissible—we should always have hope. Why? By nature we are the epitome of fragility and weakness. However, God is a strong, immovable Rock! The Archangel Gabriel said to Mary in the account of the Annunciation—“All is possible for God!”
To attain this virtue of purity, that all of us must strive for on a daily basis mastery is demanded, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church so clearly teaches. (CCC) I would like to suggest one simple practice: a loving, tender and growing devotion to Our Lady, consecrating our whole being to her, especially our purity! This love for Our Lady we should discover and cultivate and try to plant this deeply in the very heart of our families, our children and especially our youth who are assaulted constantly every day (almost every hour) with temptations against purity!
What can we do? I would like to suggest five simple but very powerful devotions directed to Mary. A side note! Never forget that the more we love Mary then the more we will love Jesus and the Blessed Trinity. Mary is the Daughter of God the Father, the Mother of God the Son and the Mystical Spouse of the Holy Spirit. She is also the Mother of the Church and our dear Mother in the order of grace!
5 Simple Devotions to Combat Satan
St. Maximilian Kolbe and Mary
- CONSECRATION TO MARY. As soon as you hear the alarm clock, out of bed, on your knees and consecrate your whole being to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Cure of Ars said that those who begin well will end well. The Founder of Opus Dei, St. Jose Maria Escriva Balaguer, calls the first moment of the day “the heroic moment”. If at first we conquer the flesh and give ourselves to Jesus through Mary then it will be easier to win the subsequent battles in the course of the day.
- ANGELUS. Get in the habit of praying that beautiful Marian prayer that the Holy Father prays publically at noon every Sunday that is called the Angelus. If possible pray the Angelus three times a day: 9:00. A.m. to sanctify the morning hours through the aroma of Mary. Noon, to sanctify the afternoon through the breath of Mary; then 6:00 p.m. to sanctify the evening hours through the beautiful memory and fragrance of Mary!
- TEMPTED? When tempted, especially against the virtue of purity, quickly but calmly, pray the HAIL MARY! By doing this, the most pure and Immaculate heart of Mary will expel the bad image or temptation. The devil has a mortal fear of the Holy Name of Mary and especially the prayer the HAIL MARY! Never was it known that anyone who fled to her protection was left unaided. (The Memorare)
- LIVE IN THE PRESENCE OF JESUS, MARY, AND ST. JOSEPH. St. Teresa of Avila asserts that we sin especially because we forget about the Presence of God. If we can strive to be constantly living in the Presence of Jesus, Mary and St. Joseph then the enemy and sin cannot get into our lives. It is highly recommended the reading of “Brother Lawrence and the Presence of God”. This humble lay brother achieved holiness by this one simple practice: living constantly in the Presence of God!
- DAILY ROSARY! David had to confront a formidable enemy: Goliath! According to any military standards, David would have never been able to conquer this giant in battle. The odds were all against him, to say the least! Goliath was bigger; he had sword and spear and armour-bearer. Goliath had experience and age on his side. However, David went trusting God and with one launching of a small stone grounded the giant and finishes Goliath off by cutting off his head, with Goliath’s own sword(what irony!!!) With regard to sexuality and purity, on a daily basis we are surrounded not by one Goliath but by a huge army of Goliaths! Humanly speaking from all external appearances it seems as if we and our young ones are doomed! But no! If we can lift our minds, our hearts, our souls and trust to Our Lady by praying the most Holy Rosary on a daily basis, the victory will be ours! The Rosary is the sling shot and the stones the Hail Marys!
In conclusion, friends in Jesus, Mary, and St. Joseph, if we want to conquer the world, the flesh and the devil and attain the virtue of purity let us lift up our heart, mind, soul, and bodies to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the victory will be ours through her powerful intercession!
Most Rev. Alexander Sample
Archbishop of Portland
We are so blessed! Many in our world today continue to experience religious oppression and persecution. Not the least of these are our Christian brothers and sisters who, in some parts of the world today, are persecuted and even killed for their faith and witness to Jesus Christ. Unthinkable as it may seem, it is true. In some parts of the world, many of our brothers and sisters are threatened with death for their faith in Jesus Christ.
Our Religious Liberty is Threatened and Under Siege
Archbishop Alexander Sample
But even in our own land — this land of liberty — our religious liberty is threatened and under siege. Some people call such a statement “alarmist” or “unfounded,” but an honest and objective analysis can come to no other conclusion. Believers, especially Christians, are becoming more and more marginalized and pushed out of the public square. There are clearly those who wish to deny us a rightful place at the table in the great debate that goes on to shape the moral fabric of our society according to values of human dignity taught us by the Gospel. Some wish to silence us.
Recent examples are the HHS mandate forcing private persons of faith and even religious institutions to provide insurance coverage that includes means of contraception that can abort a newly conceived human life. Also, in the debate over the nature of marriage, some of those who seek to redefine marriage as something other than a permanent union between one man and one woman label those who seek to defend traditional marriage as “bigoted,” “homophobic” and/or “hateful” people. Worse yet, some defenders of traditional marriage are driven out of business or lose their jobs. This is an attempt to silence and discredit us.
Believers today are in danger of finding themselves in the same situation as those early Christians we read about in the New Testament — living our lives as disciples of Jesus in a society which does not understand us and with a government that is even at times hostile to us and our religious and moral values.
Our first, greatest and most cherished liberty, given to us by God and guaranteed by our Constitution, is our religious liberty: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
We must defend and fight for religious liberty, not just for ourselves, but for all persons of faith and good will. Many have made tremendous sacrifices to gain for us this freedom and to defend it. Many of our ancestors gave their very lives to gain for us this freedom, and many have died to defend it.
There must be a wakeup call all across America to defend religious liberty. Not just the freedom to “worship” within our churches, but the liberty to freely live and witness to our faith in the public square, unhindered by the restrictions some seek to impose.
We must be clear.
We are not seeking to impose our religious belief or practice on others. We are dealing with human moral issues that transcend any particular religious system of belief, but which are written on every human heart by the Creator, from whose hand each of has come into this world.
Therefore, let us entrust ourselves and our liberty to Almighty. May our religious and human liberty always be protected, and may we have the courage to take action to defend that liberty as have so many who have gone before us.
Re-claiming the Sacred Music
by Fr. Jay Finelli:
I received the following eMail today:
Dear Fr. Jay Finelli,
In the spirit of the new evangelization we are celebrating our 44th year in guitar music ministry. It has been a long journey from those original “guitar masses”. Today’s worshippers demand a musical sophistication that is liturgical, relevant, contemporary. Please enjoy this sample of our work (link removed) and if you have a need for music ministry in your parish please contact us.
I have no doubt that the person who sent me the eMail is very sincere. However, let’s take a look at this.
“In the spirit of the new evangelization” And what is that? Haven’t we had enough with the “Spirit of Vatican II”. It just time to give up the ghost! Let’s leave aside all this nonsense of the “spirit” of this and that and get to the essence and the root of something.
A Crock of Bulloney
First, the “spirit of Vatican II” is a crock of bulloney (Yes, I purposely misspelled baloney. You get my drift). If people would only read what the documents are and stop making them up as they go along. The REAL Vatican II had noting to do with eliminating Latin, the priest facing the people, the introduction of “folk Masses” and every kind of music, except for that desired by the Most Holy Council.
Yes, this is a real Mass.
And the “New Evangelization” is not a re-making of the Catholic Church and Her worship. It is a living who we are and what we have been given with zeal and fidelity. So in reality, it is not a “new” evangelization. It is a continuation of the same evangelization that began with our Lord and His Apostles 2000 years ago. The only difference is in how we present these sacred truths and institutions. There is much more that we could say about that, but let’s move on.
Let’s take a look at the “un-spirit” of Vatican II, or should I say, the real thing. Yes, let us see what Sacrosanctum Concilium really has to say about music in the Sacred Liturgy.
“In the Latin Church the pipe organ is to be held in high esteem, for it is the traditional musical instrument which adds a wonderful splendor to the Church’s ceremonies and powerfully lifts up man’s mind to God and to higher things.” (Sacrosanctum Concilium 120.)
Acoustic, electric guitars should never be part of the Sacred Liturgy.
The fathers of Vatican II clearly wanted the “pipe organ” to be the ordinary instrument used in the Roman Rite of the Latin Church. Ordinary means that this is the instrument used above all others, and all other musical instruments are to be used in support of the pipe organ, not the other way around. I can foresee the use of a classical guitar to augment the pipe organ on special Feast Days, or when the organ is not functioning properly, but it may not replace the “ordinary” instrument of the Liturgy. Acoustic, electric guitars should never be part of the Sacred Liturgy.
“But other instruments also may be admitted for use in divine worship, with the knowledge and consent of the competent territorial authority, as laid down in Art. 22, 52, 37, and 40. This may be done, however, only on condition that the instruments are suitable, or can be made suitable, for sacred use, accord with the dignity of the temple, and truly contribute to the edification of the faithful.” SC 120)
Guitars, drums, tambourines, electronic keyboards and a number of other musical instruments and I would dear say, the piano, smack of the secular. These are instruments that take the mind to a rock concert or your local watering hole. The pipe organ would surely not be heard in a pub or rock concert.
The same goes for the style of music admitted to the Liturgy.
To the extent that the new sacred music is to serve the liturgical celebrations of the various churches, it can and must draw from earlier forms — especially from Gregorian chant — a higher inspiration, a uniquely sacred quality, a genuine sense of what is religious. (St. John Paul II, 1980)
So, does this mean that we are to admit contemporary “praise and worship music”? I think that would be a gross misunderstanding of the Council. The fathers of the Council were not thinking in terms of allowing a style of music that one might heard in a secular venue. they recognized that the music of the Church IS Gregorian chant. However, there are other legitimate forms of sacred music. There is a caveat. They did not leave this up to the imagination or whim and fancies of the musician. They went on to write:
“other kinds of sacred music, especially polyphony, are by no means excluded from liturgical celebrations, so long as they accord with the spirit of the liturgical action.” (SC 116)
Pope Paul VI saw the dam that broke in the Church music situation. In 1974, he tried to plug the hole and set the Church back on course when he wrote to all the Bishops of the world. He sent all the Bishops a book called Jubilate Deo. This document contains all of the basic chants that should be familiar to every practicing Catholic.
Over 50 years after the the promulgation of Sacrosanctum Concilium and it is still probably one of the most debated documents of the Church. It’s time for every musician and every Catholic to slowly and prayerfully read the source to see what the Father’s of the Second Vatican Council really said and what they did not so as to stop making it up as we go along.
- See more at: http://www.ipadre.net/2014/07/in-the-spirit-of-the-new-evangelization/#sthash.mE3WRIga.dpuf
Pope Francis discussed three main points in connection with the theme of belonging: that it is impossible to be a Christian “by oneself”; that belonging to the Church means being formed by members who have in their own turn received the faith – that is to say – to be part of a living tradition; that the Church – the community of faith – is the essential and necessary mediator of grace, including the grace of knowledge of and relationship with the Lord.
“There are those who believe you can have a personal, direct, immediate relationship with Jesus Christ outside of the communion and the mediation of the Church,” said Pope Francis. “These are,” he went on to say, “dangerous and harmful temptations.” It was a theme to which he returned in the English-language summary that was read out after his main catechesis in Italian. “Our relationship with Christ is personal but not private; it is born of, and enriched by, the communion of the Church.”
The Holy Father went on to say, “Our shared pilgrimage is not always easy: at times we encounter human weakness, limitations and even scandal in the life of the Church.” Nevertheless, he continued, “God has called us to know him and to love him precisely by loving our brothers and sisters, by persevering in the fellowship of the Church and by seeking in all things to grow in faith and holiness as members of the one body of Christ.”
Originally posted at: Vatican Radio (Edited for Length and Content)
His Excellency Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki; Ars celebrandi et adorandi
On the Art of Celebrating the Eucharistic Liturgy
The art of celebrating the liturgy properly and adoring the Lord in the Eucharist devoutly (ars celebrandi et adorandi) is the key to fostering the active participation of the People of God in divine worship. (Part 3 of series)
Processions with the Blessed Sacrament
33. As a young boy, it was the custom in my home parish of Saint Casimir to have an Easter sunrise Mass at 5:30 a.m. which included a solemn procession of the Blessed Sacrament around the church. At the parish where I served as Pastor on the northwest side of Chicago, Saint Constance Parish, this custom was observed with a standing room only crowd of over a thousand people overflowing the church at daybreak on Easter morning. On the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), our procession with the Blessed Sacrament carried by the priest in the monstrance went around the block of our parish grounds, with stops at four altars set up by the faithful for Benediction.
Bishop Paprocki: Leading by example with a Eucharistic Procession
34. Pope Benedict XVI spoke eloquently about the meaning of the Corpus Christi procession for contemporary Catholics in his homilies for the feast. The procession is a profession of faith: the Solemnity of Corpus Christi developed at a time when Catholics were both affirming and defining their faith “in Jesus Christ, alive and truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist,” and the procession is a public statement of that belief. The sacrament of the Lord’s Body and Blood always “goes above and beyond the walls of our churches.” The procession blurs the separation between what we do inside the church, and what we do outside: we immerse Christ, so to speak, “in the daily routine of our lives, so that he may walk where we walk and live where we live.” Pope Benedict declared, “The procession represents an immense and public blessing for our city.”19
35. The Code of Canon Law encourages liturgical processions outside the church, “When it can be done in the judgment of the diocesan bishop, as a public witness of the veneration toward the Most Holy Eucharist, a procession is to be conducted through the public streets, especially on the solemnity of the Body and the Blood of Christ.”20 The leading of processions outside the church is among the specific liturgical functions especially entrusted to the pastor.21
36. I highly encourage and give permission for pastors to conduct processions with the Blessed Sacrament through the public streets, especially on the solemnity of the Body and the Blood of Christ, as a witness to our faith in the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist and as an expression of our belief that God is in our midst even in our everyday lives. Suitable arrangements are to be made with public authorities and local law enforcement officials for the safety of the participants.
His Excellency Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki; Ars celebrandi et adorandi
On the Art of Celebrating the Eucharistic Liturgy
The art of celebrating the liturgy properly and adoring the Lord in the Eucharist devoutly (ars celebrandi et adorandi) is the key to fostering the active participation of the People of God in divine worship. (Part 2 of series)
A reverent genuflection.
To bend the knee
28. In recent years, there has arisen the practice of bowing to the Lord present in the tabernacle, rather than genuflecting before him. Such a profound bow — made purposefully and reverently from the waist — can be a fitting way to reverence the Divine Majesty, but only if one cannot genuflect, which is not always the same as having some difficulty genuflecting.
29. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal provides that “if, however, the tabernacle with the Most Blessed Sacrament is situated in the sanctuary, the Priest, the Deacon, and the other ministers genuflect when they approach the altar and when they depart from it, but not during the celebration of Mass itself. Otherwise all who pass before the Most Blessed Sacrament genuflect, unless they are moving in procession. Ministers carrying the processional cross or candles bow their heads instead of genuflecting.”17
30. To genuflect means, literally, “to bend the knee.” In the ancient world the knee symbolized the strength of a man. If a man is struck in the knee, he stumbles and falls; his strength is taken from him. When we genuflect before the Lord, our strength is not taken from us; rather, we willingly bend our strength to the Lord and place ourselves humbly in his service. When we bend our knee to the Lord of heaven and earth we should hear the words of the Psalmist ever in our hearts, “Lord, I am your servant,” remembering that before the Lord every knee must bend (Psalm 116:16; cf. Philippians 2:10).
31. I must note here, that as important as the Eucharist is to the Church, and that the proper reverence to the Blessed Sacrament is “to bend the knee,” to genuflect, it does not replace another reverence made by all between the opening and the closing processions. During Liturgy between these processions, all who enter or leave the sanctuary, or who pass before the altar, make a deep bow, a bow from the waist toward the altar. Neither a deep bow or a genuflection is made to the tabernacle within the Mass between the opening and closing processions.18
How to Genuflect
32. In order to keep these words in our hearts and put them into practice, it is helpful to be purposeful and deliberate in the moment of genuflection. One may avoid a hasty and irreverent slide through an attempted genuflection by consciously touching the right knee to the ground and humbly pausing momentarily before rising again. In doing so, we not only pay proper respect to the Lord, but we also remind ourselves in whose presence we are.