Saturday, 30 June 2012

Prayer Card #1: Going to Mass

First off apologies for not posting regularly. Nothing exciting - just the whole family life, work commitments etc. left me with little spare time.

Now this post if part of what I hope will be an ongoing series.

I have collected many prayer cards over the years (better than football stickers!) including old ones I have found in books I've bought, or bundles of them in charity shops - and so on.

Of course I have my favourites that I use (when I don't forget them) at Mass, but just the other day I took out the leather folder I keep the prayer cards in. It's good to have a switch around every now and then.

Some of them are so beautiful and moving, I thought "why not put some online, perhaps as they are, maybe with a bit of blurb, but all so that my fellow "men of goodwill" can see these little reminders of Saintliness and Godliness as well as me.

So here we go. Here's the first one.

It really speaks for itself, and whereas many prayer cards tend to be a big pic with a little writing, or a prayer on the back, this one-sided gem is not so much a prayer but a reminder of what Mass is, how it helps us, and why we should attend in the correct manner and mindset.

In this age of chattering pews and people-centred gatherings, it does all of us well to remember the Sacrificial essence of the Mass, of exactly Whose Presence we are in, and exatcly What is being enacted on the Altar of God before us.

So please read this little card. By all means take copies and put them on your blog, web site, or other online page. Let's make good Catholics into excellent Catholics, bad Catholics into good Catholics, weak Catholics into strengthened Catholics, evil Catholics into repentant Catholics, and lapsed Catholics into Mass-going Catholics.

I will try and post more prayer cards when I can.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Songs of Praise on Pugin, Newman and Chesterton

An almost Catholic edition of Songs of Praise tonight, centring on the great 19th Century Gothic architect Pugin, and also featuring Bl Cardinal Newman and G.K. Chesterton. Probably because it was free of "official" Catholic hierarchy and so many of our roller-disco churches, it lifted one's soul to what might have been had not "the Spirit of Vatican 2" let the smoke of Satan into the church.

Medievalism in architecture, like Medievalism in liturgy, can strengthen Catholicism as it reflects the buildings, the altars, the Mass, the Sacraments that so many Saints fought and died for; from the wonderful Welsh and English recusants (known and unknown) who suffered so much, to the European heroes of the Counter-Reformation.

Right: Pugin, like Cobbett, Chesterton and others compared the post-Reformation Capitalist treatment of the poor (as cogs in wheels to be used and discarded) with the pre-Reformation Catholic treatment of the poor (as made in the image of God, to receive Catholic Charity).

Compare the churches of Pugin, with their beautiful carvings, statues, altars, windows -- all things that make one think of heaven, and make you focus on Heaven -- to the 1960s breeze-block, soulless, kum-by-ya 'churches' with office block windows, a plain table, and the feel of a new-town council waiting room.

I'm sorry but there is no comparison. One is of Heaven; one is of the world. One is beautiful; one is ugly. One raises one's mind and spirit to God; one lowers one spirit and morale. One is a place of prayer, sacrifice and edification; one is a meeting place to chat, gossip, clap and hug.

What I most want to ask is: "why."

Why was a church which attracted and kept great men like Pugin, Newman and Chesterton changed beyond measure? Why were hundreds and hundreds of years of fine-tuning liturgy, architecture and faith jettisoned for an experiment which, within just a few years saw tabernacles, altars, altar rails, pews, statues and more ripped out of churches?

Now the Pope seems to want to reverse the decline, yet all one seems to read is that there are forces opposing him - opposing even his slight changes to the English-language liturgy (as in the case of a few hundred Irish priests) to get it a bit closer to the original Latin text, especially in the words of Our Lord when the Blessed Sacrament is Consecrated. And one dreads to think of the battles the Pope is fighting within Rome...

Oh well, I suppose all we can do is pray and take comfort from the beauty of Catholic (and ex-Catholic) buildings, hymns, statues and liturgy. I think I'll put some Gregorian Plainchant on tonight. It is wonderfully calming and a joy to drift off to sleep listening to it.

Better than a kum-by-ya tambourine shaking cacophony anyway.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Britain's Lost Routes: Griff Rhys Jones on Medieval Welsh Catholic Pilgrimage

If you get the chance - watch Episode 4 of Griff Rhys Jones's Britain's Lost Routes.

It follows the Pilgrim Rout from Holywell in North Wales to St David's in West Wales, and has more than a flavour of Welsh Catholicism!

Griff himself says the Welsh were amongst the most devout of Catholics - and along the way we see what the pilgrims of Medieval Wales would have seen, to eat what they would have eaten, to sing what they would have sung, etc.

This link takes you to the BBC iplayer and episode 3 (very interesting - goes to Glenfinnan, which is where - if memory serves me right - Bonnie Prince Charlie landed and the Clansmen first gathered to swear their allegiance).

Episode 4, on the pilgrimage to St David's, should be amongst the links at the bottom anytime soon.

BBC iplayer

Friday, 15 June 2012

Don't Take THE TABLET - It's Promoting Schism and Heresy

Since it has carried Hans Küng's statement of liberal sedevacantism, The Tablet ought no longer to be distributed on church premises.

Don't Take The Tablet

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

On Twitter: How Equalitarians Pour Forth Bile and Hatred

See how idiots spout forth (edited some nasty words out)
I was on Twitter in work today -- panic ye not, 'twas work-related -- and was amused to see the musings and rantings of the Twitterati on the Church of England's statement on "gay marriage" (an oxymoron surely?).

Why so?

Well, most seemed to take umbrage with the fact that the CofE was in fact established to undermine marriage, in allowing Henry VIII to get a divorce from his legal wife Catherine of Aragon. Quite so.

But I wondered if the number of liberals making this point (even some who said "I would take the CofE seriously if it wasn't for the fact...") really did feel that way, for if true they would surely support the position of the Catholic Church, which has always defended marriage (just as its founder did at Cana).

There was also a lot (and I do mean a LOT) of foul language. of every shade and variety. It would have made a navvy blush! The CofE was even invited to commit sexual acts by some very angry homosexuals. It struck me how deeply illiberal 'liberals' can be when people challenge their own worldview! Indeed, one might almost suggest the Tweets were brimming with hatred - were it not for the fact the foul abuse, threats and filth weren't intermixed with words like "tolerance," "inclusivity" and "equality."

Shades of Orwell's Animal Farm perhaps. I wonder if they had "Equality and Inclusivity" over the gulag gates back in the day? Certainly sounds similar to the slogan of the French Revolution which ushered in the Terror which saw faithful Catholics murdered en masse. 

Before I bore you too much concerning the meanderings and splutterings of the semi-literate, one last thing. A number of the Tweets mentioned how the CofE was "medieval" or still in the "Dark Ages" not to mention that they should get to realise this was the "21st century." never amiss for a cliché, the fact that the Dark Ages were when Roman Catholicism was lost to many, and certainly when England fell to pagan invaders, hardly seemed to matter in this world of empty sloganeering amidst the swear words.

Today the good lady wife and I watched a programme we had taped about the history of Deptford High Street in London. It dealt with the criminal acts of town planners in the 60s. The pulled down lovely homes, scattered families, destroyed communities - all in the name of progress of course. Those re-housed spoke of the depression they faced: often turning to prescription drugs to help them cope.

Why is this relevant? because when stacking the facts, misreporting the state of homes, and prejudicially deciding to pull down perfectly good homes in traditional English communities, was accompanied by the mantra of moving with the times and of being in "the 20th Century."

You see - cultural barbarians, architectural iconoclasts and "progressive" vandals always use the terminology of 'Progression' - exactly what so many brain dead and numbskulls on Twitter are repeating even today.

But then, what would I know. In defending marriage I am merely siding with the majority, defending what was the norm up until now, yet am painted as being a "Medievalist!"

C'est la guerre.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Danes to Force Churches to Perform Gay Marriage [sic]

This is exactly why we must oppose "gay marriage" now.

Remember, in 1967 we were told that abortion would only countenanced if the mother's life was in danger; now it seems to be either if a skiing holiday or second car are in danger - or as a means of birth control for the poor.

That the Bones you Have Crushed May Thrill blog report.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

The Queen's Protestant Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's - and the New Mass

At the moment I am watching the Queen's Jubilee service at St Paul's. A few things strike me.

Primarily:The songs, readings and manner of the service is just like the New Mass, in English. People centred, in the vernacular, outward glorification of God, yet no Real Presence, so people can be sincere, devout and full of praise if they wish, or just go through the motions, sing a nice song and go back to their night clubs, drugs and making vast sums of money by spreading poverty or entrenching the poverty that exists.

Table, tapestry: protestant? or Catholic?
In fact with the sumptuous vestments and surroundings, one might even (without wishing to stray into the realms of the schismatic) suggest that this looks more Catholic than all too many of the new Masses, held in roller-disco settings, with "We Love Jesus" 70s child-like 'tapestries' and Rainbow Dove posters and priests in 'vestments' devoid of any colour or meaning pottering about, back to the tabernacle (if it isn't in a side-room or shoved off in a hidey-hole somewhere) pottering about and ad-libbing to please the few. Not to mention some of the ridiculous "bidding prayers" that see the light of day (climate change being just one example out of many).

Perhaps this was the plan of the architect of the New Mass, the subsequently disgraced Archbishop Bugnini, to take the (sometimes ambiguous) words of Vatican 2 and mould them to fit his own agenda. For as the great Welsh Catholic writer and defender of the Faith Michael Davies made perfectly clear: V2 gave no green light to the destruction of the sanctuaries that took place through the 70s and 80s: the ripping out of altar rails, the replacement of altars with tables, the pulling down of statues, the removal/replacement of tabernacles etc.

So, in seeing that the protestant Anglican service in St Paul's is like the New Mass, am I not really seeing that the New Mass (unlike its predecessor which was codified [not created] by saints and vouchsafed for eternity by Mother Church in her wisdom) has been sculpted, changed and metamorphosed into being close to the protestant service?

Is it not so much that I am seeing the small remnant of Catholicism (mostly in the vestments and surroundings) in the protestant Anglican service, but that the Catholic Church has allowed the New Mass to be an imitation of the man-centred 'common meal' of the protestants?

If that is so it leads me to ask why the Church so easily forgets the glories and sacrifices of St John Lloyd, St Phillip Evans, St Richard Gwyn, St Thomas More, St John Fisher, St Margaret Clitheroe and the many others who gave of their lives to defend the Sacraments, the Mass and the authority of the Pope over the Princes of Europe (including the Kings and Queens of England) who would otherwise descend into relativist chaos: as they so clearly have today ("Defender of Faiths," women priests, homosexuality, abortion etc.)

Heavenly Food for thought.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Should Catholics be Monarchists or Republicans?

As a Catholic I know many Catholics who are both Monarchists and Republicans. To be honest most English Catholics tend to be Monarchists or pro-Monarchy and most Irish, Welsh and Scottish Catholics tend to be Republican or pro-Republican in their sympathies.

Of course when one travels to France or Spain, many Catholics (but not all) tend to have Monarchist sympathies.

I have mixed emotions, but none of them very strong. As a Welshman I tend to feel our Monarchy was robbed from us back in 1282, with a brief interlude by Owain Glyndwr. On the UK level my sympathies are (were!) very Jacobite, and I am aware that the British monarchy 'wuz robbed' from Catholics by the tricks and twists of the protestants via the Dutch and the Germans with dubious links to what was a Catholic English legitimate Royalty.

Add to this that the British Monarchy has been used as a substitute religion (worship of the UK state) to replace the Catholicism ripped from our people 500 years ago which had a monarch that was always subject to the moral guidance of Holy Mother Church.

The monarchy today is still a closed shop to Catholics, that and many of the hangers-on get huge handouts whilst setting a poor example to the public at large.

Still, given that the dearth of a monarch may lead to President Blair or President Cameron, sometimes I feel it's a case of better the devil you know...

So, in short I would say that I believe in having a monarch, albeit that the monarch should be able to be a Catholic, and that the extended amount of freeloaders should be curtailed. Whether that monarch should be the head of Wales as well as England and Scotland... well, I have mixed feelings.

I also feel the monarch has let us all down by green-lighting all sorts of dubious laws to do with Faith and Morals (esp on abortion and homosexuality).

But I'd be fascinated to hear what other Catholics feel. If you have the time also please vote in the poll placed in the right-hand column.

Thank you.

P.S. Before anyone says it, yes I do know that Heaven is an absolute monarchy; but surely that is because we know God is always benevolent, all-loving and does no wrong. Here on earth, on the other hand, our society falls far short of these standards given man's fallen nature and the murky world of politics.