November 25, 2011

Feast of St. Catherine of Alexandria!

Avoid the Black Friday insanity! Forget the debates over opening times at the stores! Join me at Mass today! Drag out that farewell to the Roman Missal, 2nd edition!

St. Catherine of Alexandria, my confirmation saint and patroness of this blog, pray for us!

November 24, 2011

Give Thanks!

November 19, 2011

Two Roosters Can't Make a Chicken

My latest bumper sticker. Folks, it's time to be "in your face". Get one from the Catholic League of Minnesota here

November 16, 2011

12 Hours of Pius-A Product Review

Father Z gave Vincenzo Pope Pius clocks a shout out and I thought I would follow suit. Below is a reprint of my review from May of 2010. I still have my clock. It still runs and I love it!

For over 10 years I’ve had a kitchen clock that my good friend, Laura, bought for me years ago. It sings out a different bird at the top of the hour. You may have had one a decade ago; they were a “fad” around the same time as the dreaded “Billy Bass” phenomenon!

My Dad detests the clock. When I bought my house in 2001, he personally moved it over to my house and hung it in the kitchen. Before I bought the house I was living with my Dad. I’d moved in to help him care for my mother. After she died, I remained living there for a few years; Dad and I needed each other. Finally, I was ready to move on. Dad made sure I took that “dang bird clock” with me.

I’ve been pondering buying a new kitchen clock for a while. In these days of timepieces on nearly everthing; sometimes a clock seems unecessary. But, I’ve always thought a kitchen clock not only tells time but it makes a statement.

What better statement to make about your Faith than a clock with all 12 Pope Pius’ on it!

Vincenzo told me he made a Pope Pius clock and was selling it thru Café Press

I purchased a 10” wall clock; other sizes are available. I liked the darker frame; a silvery one is available as well.

Care Press makes it so easy to do online ordering. Also, the clock was here within 3 days of my order and that was standard service.

The clock is not solid or heavy; ok, it’s plastic but what do you want for $19.99? The images of the 12 Pope’s Pius are very clear. There is an imprint of the “Keys of St. Peter” in the antique print of the face. Hey, it even included the one A battery it runs on! I was very happy to see that. My bird clock took 3 A cells.

It looks really good on my wall and it doesn’t have the annoying “click, click, click” sound as every minute of my life passes as my old clock did. My only quibbles are: the plastic is not non-glare; but again what do you want for $19.99? Furthermore, it doesn't scream out "anathema" or "sinner" at the top of the hour; somedays, I could use that kind of reminder.

Overall, I’m very pleased. If you are interested in purchasing; Vincenzo can hook you up!

Kaylen enjoyed the box and we had a bubble wrap explosion party later!

November 13, 2011

Say Amen to Jesus!

The National Catholic Reporter aka "The Fishwrap" (Father Zuhlsdorf) aka "The National Catholic Heretic" (Ray from MN) aka "Eco-Outhouse Paper" (Cathy of Alex) had another delusional article this week wherein they continue to think, or rather, hope,:
a)the Church is a democracy and the faithful have a vote in Church elections
b)the National Catholic Reporter is the Catholic newspaper of record and the hierarchy are actually influenced by what they print

In the article entitled "Just say "Nein" to Nienstedt" (let's take a moment to laugh at the clever title! Gosh, how creative! Like no one at St Joan of Arc didn't think of that 4 years ago!)they express their concern that next week, at the USCCB Plenary meeting, the Bishops will vote to elect Archbishop Nienstedt of the Archdiocese of St. Paul - Minneapolis the Chair of the Committee on Doctrine.

Those of us who actually live in the Church of the Faith we profess should think the minute the NCRep announces it's dislike of a cleric "He must be truly great! How do I advocate for his candidacy!?" Or, better yet we can stay out of it and continue to do what our Archbishop teaches: prayerfully meditate upon Scripture, go to Mass, encourage our loved ones to go to Mass, support the upcoming improved English Mass translation, spend time in Adoration, support our seminaries and our seminarians with prayer and donations. THIS is the doctrine that I've learned from our Archbishop. This is not radical stuff. Really, it shouldn't be. But, to the more "progressive" among us it's frightening and it needs to be quashed.

The progs have been quaking ever since Archbishop Nienstedt became Archbishop 4 years ago. You won't read in the NCRep about how he has subtly, and sometimes not so subtly, instructed parishes and certain priests that they need to be in conformity with the rest of us. That said, the ultra-traditionalists are upset with him too because he has not closed down some of the troublemaking parishes in the Archdiocese; but, rather, the recent reorganization (that the NCRep rehashes) is closing or merging some solid parishes while the crazies get to stay open.

I don't know Archbishop Nienstedt. I'm not invited to Sunday dinners at the Chancery, he wouldn't know me from a statue at the Cathedral. I've kissed his hand after Masses at the Cathedral and he probably notices me as one of the 'veiled women' but that's it. I don't need to know my Archbishop on a personal level. He could be the world's biggest crab before his morning coffee for all I know (Hey, that's me! lol) and maybe he hates bacon? Maybe his staff runs the other way when they see him coming? I don't know and I don't care.

All I need to know about my Archbishop is: he teaches the Faith. Straight up. Period.

Switching gears slightly, or am I? bwah-ha-ha! Has anyone else but me read Archbishop Nienstedt's pastoral letter "Do This in Memory of Me?" I just read it yesterday and I loved it. The prog parishes that are thinking of ways to avoid implementing the new missal as they continue to refuse to follow the rubrics may want to start sweating now. Read it and you'll see why. Is it a coincidence that the pastoral letter is released just before the USCCB vote and the NCRep's piece? I bring this up because someone is going to say Archbishop Nienstedt wrote the pastoral letter to lobby for the Chair of the Committee on Doctrine.

I say: no. I said I don't know Archbishop Nienstedt personally, and I don't. But, I do know he has consistently demonstrated his commitment to teaching his flock. I believe the pastoral letter has been planned for some time and it fits his already established pattern of instruction: something big is coming, instruct the Faithful in the appropriate response.

To those who insist on seeing ministry as a job, rather than a calling: Ok, it's his job and he's doing it.

Now for a digression: I found it interesting that the NCRep tried hard to insinuate that Archbishop Nienstedt trashed his predecessor in the Diocese of New Ulm, the late Bishop Raymond Lucker. If anything I would say Archbishop Nienstedt tried hard NOT to trash Bishop Lucker. Bishop Lucker was a well-known advocate for women's ordination. I know because I did actually meet Bishop Lucker on a few occasions at events devoted to women's ordination and I was a "fan" of his back in my prog days. However, what is rarely remembered about Bishop Lucker, and should be, is that he was an opponent of abortion. Unfortunately, he supported the use of birth control. In his anti-abortion stance he separated from a lot of the readers of the NCRep who are "pro-choice" or "personally opposed to abortion but..." I remember prog feminists complaining that they couldn't get Bishop Lucker on board with their pro-abort platforms so he was excluded from events where it was felt he might say something pro-life. Bishop Lucker was a proponent of a slightly inconsistent ethic of life; he was anti-war, anti-death penalty, anti-abortion, but, he didn't get that birth control prohibits life. His biggest problem, however, is that he led the Faithful into thinking that lack of conformity with the Church, the Magisterium, was acceptable and one could still call themselves a Catholic. It is that last where he and Archbishop Nienstedt differ, I believe, the most.

To all of us I say: don't assume you know someone by what others say about them. Their life, their teaching, their writing, what they say and do, gives us the truth.

Update 11/14/11: Archbishop Nienstedt was elected to the Chair of the Committee on Doctrine

November 06, 2011

The Gospel According to People and US Weekly

Gentle Reader: Has anyone, besides me, noticed the entertainment weeklys in the United States over the last several years treat non-married opposite sex couples and same sex couples as "no big deal" and it's perfectly normal and acceptable to "shack up" and have kids with multiple partners that you will not have to deal with because you'll have your illegal nanny and au pair to raise them for you? Sometimes, it's like kids are the latest "must have" like an iPad and a chihuahua. (whatever happened to Paris Hilton's chihuahua anyway?). Seriously, are Angelina and Brad's kids capable of walking on their own or should a orthopedic doctor be consulted? I swear those kids are carried around like Prada bags.

I digress.

How many of us can name Elton John's and Neil Patric Harris' partners? Come on now! How about Ellen DeGeneres and Rosie O'Donnell's? They are listed in entertainment mags like any married opposite sex relationship would be.

We are being indoctrinated to pass over sin unnoticed. If we print it enough, eventually it will be truth and accepted. Newsmagazines and newspapers are well aware that a large segment of the population doesn't go to a church, any church, anymore. Large numbers of people identify themselves as "spiritual but not religious" meaning they have their own personal spirituality (iSpirituality) but they reject cohesive religious tradition. The media is aware that moral outrage died along with a belief in sin and damnation a few decades ago. The voices that may have cried "foul" and cancelled subscriptions a few decades ago are now silent. Silence equals acceptance.

I knew a line had been crossed when, a few weeks ago, Parade, a magazine I typically associate with God and solid American values, had a cover story on Ellen DeGeneres and mentioned her "marriage" without blinking.

Truth will not ever appear in secular print. Belief should not be defined by majority opinion. When has it ever been popular to be a Christian? When has it ever been acceptable to most of the proclaim oneself a Catholic - and furthermore a Catholic who actually lives and believes the teaching of Christ proclaimed by the Magisterium?

God created man and woman; complimentary, to populate the world He created with what He made in his own likeness and image. If God wanted couplings of all types to populate the world; He would have created, in the Garden, Adam and Eve and Ethan and Zacchias and Lilith and Judith and made a way for each of these couples to conceive naturally without a petri dish and a sperm donor (or maybe Adam could've filled that role and then who knows where the line of David would've unfolded?)

Even a super-prog, like Matthew Fox, gets as far as Adam and Eve before he vears off into his original "blessing" beliefs. I'm sorry to break it to the rest of you, but Lilith is a creation straight out the imagination of Judith Plaskow. Ethan and Zacchias were not in the Garden; I made them up.

Anyone can invent something out of their imagination and spin it so it sounds authoritative and truthful. In Catholicism, we are blessed to have a Magisterium. We don't have the confusion of the Protestant denominations where interpretations of truth can vary from church to church depending upon the pastor. Unfortunately, in Catholicism, we see all too many of our brothers and sisters in Christ being led astray by the magisterium of the small group and the deception of iSpirituality. We see far too many Catholics, locally, who learn their catechism, not from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, or the Archbishop, but the StarTribune - one of the most anti-Catholic newspapers in the upper Midwest.

Friends, it is never too late to come to the Truth. I was nearly 40 before I figured out that, supposedly, learned people were leading me into Hell by persuading me their personal agendas were actual Catholicism.

Accept no substitutes. Ask yourself, have you ever actually READ any documents of the Church Fathers? In their entiriety, NOT a summary or a selection of reflections on it by a theologian whose credentials and history have to make you wonder why they are bothering. Really, ask yourself why ARE they bothering. Do you really think someone who has been disciplined by the Church numerous times for heresy has your spiritual welfare at heart? Do you really think organizations that are not permitted by the local Archbishop or Bishop to speak as representatives of the Church, organize, or celebrate Mass in your diocese are worth staking your life on?

Or, do you think that any speaker or outfit that IS banned by the Church or the local Bishop is the one you truly desire because it more than likely speaks to YOUR agenda? If so, ask yourself, why are YOU bothering? Do you truly have the immortal souls of the faithful in mind or are you thinking of youself? Are you really a member of the body or a dead appendage off on your own unable to move or survive without the body but unwilling to be in Hell alone?
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