With the weird babydaddy schedule I’m on this week, I don’t know if I will be able to post tomorrow, so I thought I’d knock this one out now. Tomorrow, July 1, is the Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord. This feast, which is in some respects the complement to Corpus Christi (in that the Body and Blood of the Lord are present in both sacred Species), is also a particular opportunity for devotion to Our Lord’s Precious Blood that was shed for us on Calvary and made present at every Holy Mass. By following so closely upon the feasts of Corpus Christi and the Sacred Heart, we are given such tender proof of Christ’s love for us, and material for contemplation and adoration. This feast always affects me, knowing how much I caused that Blood to be shed.
The Church’s ancient calendar spends three days celebrating the great Saints Peter and Paul. Monday and yesterday, on the vigil and the feast day, the Mass focuses on Saint Peter. Today, Saint Paul, the light to the Gentiles, is particularly remembered. Today’s Epistle, Galatians 1: 11-20, recounts St. Paul’s own transition from observant Jew to faithful Christian, and is a ready metaphor for the the larger transition from the Old to the New Covenant; not only is the Gospel to be preached to the Gentile, but the New Covenant of Christ now supersedes and supplants– in that it fulfills– the Old Covenant of the Law:
For I give you to understand, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For neither did I receive it of man: nor did I learn it but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. For you have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion: how that, beyond measure, I persecuted the church of God and wasted it. And I made progress in the Jew’s religion above many of my equals in my own nation, being more abundantly zealous for the traditions of my fathers. But when it pleased him who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the Gentiles: immediately I condescended not to flesh and blood. Neither went I to Jerusalem, to the apostles who were before me: but I went into Arabia, and again I returned to Damascus. Then, after three years, I went to Jerusalem to see Peter: and I tarried with him fifteen days. But other of the apostles I saw none, saving James the brother of the Lord. Now the things which I write to you, behold, before God, I lie not.
Li’l Timman. That’s his hip hop name anyway. Thanks to everybody for your prayers.
Having a baby instead.
Ordinations – Visit from Gricigliano – Feast of SS. Peter and Paul – Grant Applications
Dear Friends of St. Francis de Sales Oratory,
1. Ordinations in Florence, Italy
On July 1, feast of the Most Precious Blood, His Grace, Archbishop Raymond L. Burke will ordain three deacons of the Institute to the holy priesthood: Abbe Aaron Huberfeld, Abbe Michael Stein (both are Americans) and Abbe Antoine Boucheron (French).
The Sacrament of Holy Orders will be conferred at the magnificent Church of Santi Michele e Gaetano in Florence, Italy. For those able to attend, the four-hour ceremony would pass as if only half an hour, as the enormous grace which is made available through this sacrament is manifested.
In the words of Father Paul Philippe, O.P., “Priests are, therefore, made, participate in, and are, in a way, sacramentally identified with the very being of Christ the Priest, by the mere fact that they are priests, independent of their sanctity or personal mission.
Saint John Eudes said as much to his priests in excellent fashion: ‘You are clothed with his Royal Priesthood, and your own priesthood is but one with his, and you are but one priest with the Sovereign Priest. You are Jesus Christ living and walking on earth. You represent his Person, you hold his Place.’”
Please join the whole Institute on this joyous occasion in prayer: for the ordinands, and in thanksgiving for the enormous graces of Holy Orders.2. Seminary Society of the Institute of Christ the King
In order to generate effective spiritual and material support for the Institute’s International Seminary, the Seminary Society serves to help the Institute raise awareness and interest among the faithful in the formation of our seminarians.
A prayer program has recently been launched at the Oratory which will encourage the faithful to support individual seminarians through personal prayers. If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact the office or Mrs. Mary Hayworth and ask for a sign-up sheet. We then will send you a confirmation form with the name of the seminarian who will be assigned to you, together with his photo.
Part of a seminarian’s formation is to spend part of the summer in an Institute apostolate. For a month this summer, we will welcome a seminarian, Abbe John O’Connor, to the Oratory. Abbe O’Connor arrives on July 9. On Sunday, July 11, the Seminary Society will sponsor a reception to welcome him after the 10:00 AM Mass, in the hall. Please plan to join us.
As early as the fourth century, a feast in memory of Sts. Peter and Paul has been celebrated on the same day. Observed on June 29, it is a liturgical feast in honor of the martyrdom in Rome of the apostles; the date selected being either the anniversary of their death or of the translation of their relics.
A solemn High Mass will be celebrated on this first class feast at 6:30 pm, with Fr. Michael Houser as the celebrant. This will be a farewell Mass for Fr. Houser as he will leave for Rome to continue his studies. Please come join us.4. The Oratory has begun apply to various foundations
Grateful as we are for the wonderful, grace-filled community life which continues to develop here at the Oratory, we are still at a stage of development where our weekly revenue from the sacrificial tithing of our families is just sufficient to cover the operating expenses of our large campus. In our effort to restore this church, not only for the Oratory’s families, but for the cultural heritage of St. Louis, we are now applying to various foundations for funding which will be applied to the restoration work. Please pray that this effort will be fruitful!
Canon Michael K. Wiener
Rector, St. Francis de Sales Oratory
Since no one has yet taken me up on my “ask thetimman” offer, I thought I would do what I do best–talk to myself and post it on the internet. Therefore, in a blatant rip-off of Bill McClellan, I publish the following fake correspondence addressing what’s on your mind:
What is your beef with law enforcement, anyway? Are you one of those liberal puke criminal defense/greedy trial lawyers I was told to hate in political campaign ads? Or are you one of those anarcho-capitalist libertarian nut-jobs who think that highways and bridges spontaneously appear ex nihilo, and who deny original sin? In other words, what is your major malfunction? If I read another cop-beats-idiot-who-had-it-coming whine on your blog, I’m cancelling my subscription and demanding a refund.
— Go Back to Canada
Dear Go Back,
Nice to hear from you. I am not one of those you describe. I am not anti-police, but I am anti-misuse of power. It goes without saying that you shouldn’t verbally abuse a fellow human being. It just seems that if I electrocuted the person who verbally abused me, I might have to bring that matter to the confessional. If you still insist on a refund, I will send it to you. Just respond with your specific address, precinct and badge number.
P.S. Please don’t taze me.
Dear tin man,
The other seekers in my faith community were sitting around a bowl of steaming incense sharing our faith journeys during our weekly faith-rap, and the subject of right-wing bloggers came up. The current facilitator of the week said that you think women shouldn’t vote. I know your bigotry extends to womenpriests ™, but I can’t believe even you would be against women’s suffrage. Is it true?
–Hoping Your Faith Vision Excludes Misogyny
Dear Miss Ogyny,
Unfortunately, it’s true. I don’t think women should vote.
But don’t worry, I don’t think men should either.
Wishing you the best on your faith journey,
You really do alienate a lot of real Catholics with your holier-than-thou rad-trad smugness. Isn’t it enough that Pope Benedict let you guys back into the Church (he didn’t ask me, btw), do you have to take it over? I like my good-old-reliable English language Mass. I like the music, too– I even play the tambourine in our Music Ministry Minstrels group. And the thought of kneeling down on these old legs with some priest’s hands trying to stick the bread on my tongue gives me the shakes. Leave the Mass alone!
–Sense of Irony Gene Missing
You simply don’t know what’s best for you. Let me and my team of like-minded liturgical experts tell what kind of Mass you get. Then wait several decades, because we know that these things always take a generation or so to really take effect. In the meantime, I would consider granting a limited indult for one novus ordo Mass a month (preferably on a Saturday, in a hotel, mausoleum or hospital chapel) for those persons who are stubbornly clinging to the old ways.
In the “Spirit of Trent”,
You don’t know me, but I read and enjoy your blog. “Timman”, hee hee. Anyway, I was perusing my latest issue of Latin Mass Magazine, and I noticed that only 72% of the women pictured were wearing chapel veils. I really, really, really like chapel veils. Do you?
Well anyway, I noticed in your Burroughs post, that none, and I mean none, of those girls wore any kind of head covering. None. And the rest of their attire was fairly scanty. Do think they should wear chapel veils? If they did, they might avoid that night in hell. And then some.
But I digress. my real question is this: what is your beef with law enforcement, anyway?
–Go Back to Canada
Dear Go Back,
I like veils.
Dear Ridiculous “Blagger” Who Calls Himself “thetimman”,
You chose lawyer bully Burke as Saint Louis Catholic of the Year in 2007 and 2008. Yet you didn’t chose no body for 2009. Could it be that you don’t dare choosing obvious winner for fear you are exposed as the losering man you are? Ha! Only one pastor growing and growing his church and opening communion with real christian types. Only one pastor with big-time endorsement deal with BMW. I still here but Burke not here. He is no here, right? Give me what I deserve.
Dear Mr. B,
Forgive me for failing to post an update to the blog. I changed the title of the award last year to “Vatican Catholic of the Year.” The winner was Archbishop Burke.
Or, as you might say, “Rejoice, St. Louis; beware, rest of world.”
I’ll send him your kind regards.
‘Don’t Taze My Granny!’
By TIM HULL
(CN) – Police Tasered an 86-year-old disabled grandma in her bed and stepped on her oxygen hose until she couldn’t breathe, after her grandson called 911 seeking medical assistance, the woman and her grandson claim in Oklahoma City Federal Court. Though the grandson said, “Don’t Taze my granny!” an El Reno police officer told another cop to “Taser her!” and wrote in his police report that he did so because the old woman “took a more aggressive posture in her bed,” according to the complaint.
Lonnie Tinsley claims that he called 911 after he went to check on his grandmother, whom he found in her bed, “connected to a portable oxygen concentrator with a long hose.” She is “in marginal health, [and] takes several prescribed medications daily,” and “was unable to tell him exactly when she had taken her meds,” so, Tinsley says, he called 911 “to ask for an emergency medical technician to come to her apartment to evaluate her.”
In response, “as many as ten El Reno police” officers “pushed their way through the door,” according to the complaint.
The grandma, Lona Varner, “told them to get out of her apartment.”
The remarkable complaint continues: “Instead, the apparent leader of the police [defendant Thomas Duran] instructed another policeman to ‘Taser her!’ He stated in his report that the 86 year-old plaintiff ‘took a more aggressive posture in her bed,’ and that he was fearful for his safety and the safety of others.
“Lonnie Tinsley told them, ‘Don’t taze my Granny!’ to which they responded that they would Taser him; instead, they pulled him out of her apartment, took him down to the floor, handcuffed him and placed him in the back of a police car.
“The police then proceeded to approach Ms. Varner in her bed and stepped on her oxygen hose until she began to suffer oxygen deprivation.
“The police then fired a Taser at her and only one wire struck her, in the left arm; the police then fired a second Taser, striking her to the right and left of the midline of her upper chest and applied high voltage, causing burns to her chest, extreme pain and to pass out.
“The police then grabbed Ms. Varner by her forearms and jerked hands together, causing her soft flesh to tear and bleed on her bed; they then handcuffed her.
“The police freed Lonnie Tinsley from his incarceration in the back of the police car and permitted him to accompany the ambulance with his grandmother.”
Tinsley says the cops capped it all off by having his grandmother “placed in the psychiatric ward at the direction of the El Reno police; she was held there for six days and released.”
“As a result of the wrongful arrest and detention, the plaintiff Lona M. Varner suffered the unlawful restraint of her freedom, bodily injury, assault, battery, the trashing of her apartment, humiliation, loss of personal dignity, infliction of emotional distress and medical bills.”
They seek punitive damages for constitutional violations, from the City of El Reno, Duran, Officers Frank Tinga and Joseph Sandberg, and 10 Officers Doe.
Don’t worry, I’ll help you out. This is just a lawsuit– the plaintiffs’ side only. I seriously doubt police would ever taze an unarmed old lady. Oh, wait… um, well:
Whew! I thought we had a problem, but clearly, she “had it coming.”
I sit here at my computer after experiencing a particularly disappointing, unsuccessful result on a job-unit-thingy I did for my specific kind of employment. I am reflecting that the blog has been exceptionally lame in the last few weeks (insert easy retort here), due to the lack of time to blog at home or here at my otherwise semi-productive office. Also, news on the Catholic front is slow, especially news relating to the traditional liturgy. And what news there has been is not exactly wonderful.
The former pastor at St. Raphael just got 80 months in prison; while not excusing the grave matter involved and the immorality of his intended actions, it is ironic that the act he was arrested was to have an email correspondence with a middle-aged sheriff pretending to be someone else. In deeply scandalous and unprecedented news, the palace of the Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels was sealed off and searched by Belgian authorities, as well as the residence of the former Archbishop, Cardinal Daneels (for the record, I will hasten to add there is no suspicion of the current Archbishop, sent to clean up the mess) to investigate child sexual abuse. The chickens are coming home to roost. If you don’t believe in the Holy Ghost, remember the not-that-long-ago buzz about Cardinal Daneels being papabile.
I try to avoid discussion these kinds of matters on my blog, as there is nothing good to be said. The evils inflicted by perpetrators are obvious, and it tends just to gin up an opportunity for some to heap opprobrium on the Church. The New Springtime obviously didn’t begin–if it has begun– in 1962, to say the least.
In short, sin has consequences. And prayer is constantly needed.
Father Eric Kunz sent me the following email, which I am happy to post for readers’ benefit:
I was wondering if you would be so kind as to let your readers know about a 40 Hours Devotion that is taking place at Queen of All Saints Church in Oakville, MO this weekend? There will be a Solemn Mass (Ordinary Form) at 7PM on Friday June 25th, to open the devotion. The Most Blessed Sacrament will remain enthroned on the Altar throughout the day and night until Sunday June 27th and there will be a Solemn Benediction at 4PM on Sunday. Fr. Brian Harrison of the Oblates of Wisdom will preach at the Benediction on Sunday. The Blessed Sacrament will be reposed in the tabernacle for the normal weekend Masses: Saturday at 8AM, Saturday at 5PM and Sunday at 7:30, 9, 10:30AM and noon.
We are also hosting in the Gymnasium this same weekend the Vatican International Exhibit on Eucharistic Miracles of the World. This will be open Saturday from 2PM to 7PM and Sunday from 8AM to 2PM. There is more information on this exhibit at: