Monday, January 30, 2012

Two Novus Ordo funerals

During the month of January, two cousins of mine passed away at relatively young ages. The first one, a first cousin, had MS, and told his siblings he wished to be cremated. The second one, a third cousin, who was buried last week with military honors, had a long battle with cancer.  

Both services were Novus Ordo "Celebrations of Life" and not the traditional Requiem Mass that my great-grandparents got way back then. Sadly, my parents forced me to go to the funerals instead of just the wakes. When I was at both, they were all not aligned with the Catholic teachings on death and dying. 

Funeral A had almost no one in a beautiful historic renaissance church under repair, but did not have a high altar. Funeral B was held in a suburban parish church which was a modernist hall.  Both priests employed white vestments, a Eucharistic minister, and female servers. The singer at Funeral B even announced that "Today, we celebrate the life of...", which I knew at first this was not a Catholic service. There wasn't even a crucifix in the sanctuary at Funeral B!

Since you could guess the rest of the stories, which are commonplace, I'm not going to repeat myself. But, I did not receive the Novus Ordo Cookie because it's a sin to do so, however, my parents were pist and thought it was disrespectful since I was Catholic. 

Well, the service wasn't Catholic. When a Catholic dies, he traditionally gets a Requiem Mass, where the priest prays for the repose of his soul (i.e. he is delivered from the pains of Purgatory). There are black vestments, no eulogies, and a sad atmosphere.

The proper way to salute the flag.
Funeral B ended in church with the Star-Spangled Banner, and at the grave site with Taps and the folding of the flag, which was given to the widow. While the soldiers did a great job at what they did, I have to say that I was the only one (that I saw) who placed my right hand over my heart for the anthem and Taps. Assuming most of the people were U.S. citizens, this was very disrespectful how to treat a deceased veteran. 

To end, I hope I don't have to go to Novus Ordo anything anymore, which most likely would apply to funerals. I haven't gone to a V2 service since I became a Traditionalist. I will get a Requiem Mass when I die. My future wife will get the same. 

Friday, January 27, 2012

Keep the prayer in public schools

Screenshot of a video of the prayer banner at
Cranston West High School, Cranston, Rhode Island
A few weeks ago, the U.S. District Court in Rhode Island ruled that a prayer banner that has been displayed for nearly five decades in the Cranston West High School auditorium be removed because the it a "violation of the separation of church and state." Now, 16-year-old Jessica Ahlquist, the atheist girl who won the lawsuit filed by the ACLU on her behalf, has been receiving a police escourt to school after receiving death threats from several people, including her state representative. (Link to NYT on MSNBC article here)

After reading the recent article on the link, there seems to be more to this. The article states that ...
Jessica, who was baptized in the Catholic Church [emphasis added] but said she stopped believing in God at age 10, the prayer was an affront. “It seemed like it was saying, every time I saw it, You don’t belong here,'" she said the other night during an interview at a Starbucks here.
This line is very disturbing, since she was baptized into the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. Or was she?
First of all, if a ten-year-old at the time stops praying and believing in GOD, then Houston, we have a problem. Could she have possibly received First Communion?
Common sense should tell you that Jessica was not baptized in the Roman Catholic Church, but the Novus Ordo Church. If she received First Communion at all, it was the Novus Ordo Cookie.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Michael Voris told everyone so (and no one listened)

This Vortex, taped at the March for Life this past Sunday in Washington, D.C., recaps the fact that President Obama was going to require all health plans, including his own Obamacare, provide coverage for abortions, contraceptives, and sterilization for all women. 

Well, unfortunately, it happened. Over 50 million babies have been killed inside the womb the past 39 years, and it appears it's going to be worse in the future. 

Monday, January 16, 2012

2nd Sunday after Epiphany: Marriage at Cana

Yesterday, the Gospel at Mass was that of the Wedding Feast at Cana, where Jesus turned water into wine. Usually, on this Sunday, the sermon is about the Sacrament of Marriage, not necessarily that about the miracle (but the sermon at my parish was about the miracle).

Will this be my wife?
A Catholic architect?
This brings up a very important fact, that I have not found my Catholic Date as requested two posts ago, and the poetic requirements in the previous one. (Those viewing on the Home page will see both posts for the next four posts.) Things are getting serious since I'm aging pretty quick and I don't want any girls to be old maids. So please pray the Rosary so that I obtain my date pretty soon, by St. Valentine's Day at the very latest.

To end, I'm reposting the link to this sermon by Fr. Daniel Cooper, SSPX, given on the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany a few years ago, which states the requirements for marriage in the Roman Catholic Church: watch here. 

Friday, January 6, 2012

Some poetry

Roses are red

violets are blue

looking for a Jill like you. 

It has been tough

Because I was brainwashed

about Rome's teaching

on Valentine, martyr

who married hundreds. 

Today there are 

millions of people

who follow Rome

and two billion

who haven't come home home

and smelled the roses

on the day of the vicar

who was stellar

at marrying men and women

to start families 

with lots of children.

Who I'm looking for

a girl born here

in land of free

and home of brave

who draws structures within it,

who loves GOD

as taught by Rome.