Thursday, April 23, 2015

New Church Militant Website!

Another random update...

Image result for Church Militant serving catholicsHave you seen the new Church Militant website? It's no longer ChurchMilitant.TV, but ChurchMilitant.com! It's really a class act, and packed with news and information. Don't forget to sign up for a premium account ($10 per month).

Go now! Check it out: ChurchMilitant.com.  You'll find the Vortex, of course, as well as news headlines, and lots more. When you view the Vortex, you now see the script printed out right below the video, so you can read along, or read alone if you prefer.

On the latest "Mic'd Up", Voris and crew gave an overview of the website - you can watch it here

And...I am pleased to announce that I am listed as one of the "Contributing Writers"! I consider this quite an honor. I have an article there now, entitled "God Loves Sex" (not - read the article!). I hope to have other articles there in the future.

Also, there's currently an update on Fr. Matthew Despard, about whom I've written before - he's the Scottish priest who blew the whistle on the homosexual priest scandal there in his e-book Priesthood in Crisis. (The Kindle book was removed from Amazon in the UK, but is still available in the US.)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Sanctuary Renovation Project in Santa Rosa Diocese

Just another brief interruption of my blog-silence to bring you a fund-raising message!


St. Eugene’s, the Cathedral parish in the Diocese of Santa Rosa, is trying to raise funds for a renovation of the sanctuary of the cathedral. A “go-fund-me” page has been set up for that purpose. Go here for more information and/or to make a donation. The Bishop of the Diocese of Santa Rosa is Bishop Robert F. Vasa, who seems to be making some strides into the tradition-minded sphere. (I am happy about that!) The contact who gave me this information also informs me that Santa Rosa has at least one solidly tradition-minded seminarian. 

Apparently, a high altar, baldachino, and altar rail have been purchased from a church that was scheduled for demolition in Philadelphia, PA. The pieces have been brought to Santa Rosa and await installation. They are perfect for offering the Traditional Latin Mass - which is offered each Sunday at St. Eugene’s in addition to Mass in the Ordinary Form.

Here are a couple of photos from the “Go Fund Me” site:


The Rector of St. Eugene's parish with the high altar
that has been purchased and is ready for installation.

The altar awaits re-assembly!

This seems like a project worthy of support by those who wish to see an increase of awe and reverence in the Mass, inspired in part by the beauty of the sanctuary where the liturgy is celebrated.  The fund-raising site has these concluding paragraphs:

Would you like to be a part of this ongoing effort to recover this “mystical element” within the liturgy and architecture? The Church has been returning to such venerable practices as the use of Latin, chant and incense during the Holy Mass. Establishing a sense of awe through such tangible means has also helped to restore a sense of the sacred within our church.

We want to give our best to God. We want to uplift the minds and hearts of those who worship here; for this is where heaven touches earth. Please help us make this a reality!  Thank you and may the Lord bless you for your prayers and generosity. 

Visit  http://www.gofundme.com/mbnqv0 for more photos and information.


Saturday, January 3, 2015

Read. This. Book.

I’m “breaking silence” again to make a suggestion for the new year: If there is only one book you read in 2015, let it be this one.

Resurgent in the Midst of Crisis:
Sacred Liturgy, the Traditional Latin Mass,
and Renewal in the Church
It's available at Amazon, here. It is not available on Kindle.  Now it IS available on Kindle!

If I thought I could write a review of this book that would do it justice, I would. But I cannot. I will say a few words, though: 

Dr. Peter Kwasniewski is eloquent, articulate, and knowledgeable in his defense and promotion of the Traditional Latin Mass. He calmly and logically outlines the deficiencies of the Novus Ordo Mass as it is commonly experienced, with its multitude of “institutionalized abuses” – and his passionate love for the Mass is evident throughout the book. An added bonus is that in many places, Dr. Kwasniewski’s thoughtful commentary lends itself quite easily to topics for meditation.

If you already love the TLM, you should read this book. It will help you understand at an even deeper level why you love it.

If you already detest the Novus Ordo, you should read this book. It will help you understand at an even deeper level the problems inherent in that liturgy.

If you are averse to the TLM, you should read this book. It will help you understand why the TLM is, in fact, superior to the Novus Ordo.

If you are perfectly happy with the Novus Ordo, you should read this book. It will help you understand that, as I have written elsewhere, “We’ve been robbed!”

I sincerely wish that every priest and bishop and lay person would read this book...as well as the Holy Father.

Here's the back cover:


Saturday, October 11, 2014

RIP, Richard Collins

I am interrupting this blog's silence to request prayers for the repose of the soul of Richard Collins, the author of Linen on the Hedgerow blog.

He had been suffering with cancer for some time now, and he passed away this morning. He was a man who knew his faith, who knew the importance of praying for the dead, and who would, I am sure, appreciate your prayers.

 The following was posted on his blog:

It is with great personal sadness that we, the Collins Family, must inform the loyal followers of Linen on the Hedgerow, that our beautiful father, husband and grandfather, Richard Collins, has died peacefully at home this morning surrounded by those who loved him most.  He was blessed to receive the Last Rites and Holy Mass was celebrated in the Extraordinary Form at his bedside.  Please pray for the repose of his soul.

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him.  May he rest in peace. Amen.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Archbishop Alexander Sample Homily on the Extraordinary Form of the Mass

No, I have not returned to blogging, but I felt compelled to post this video of a homily by Archbishop Alexander Sample of the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon.

This was a solemn pontifical Mass that came at the conclusion of a Gregorian chant conference held at the Brigitinne Monastery  "Our Lady of Consolation" in Amity, Oregon. The Mass was the crowning celebration of a 3-day conference on Gregorian Chant and the role of sacred music in the liturgy (see a news story here). You may view an album of wonderful photos of the event here, thanks to Marc Salvatore.

UPDATE: An unofficial transcript of the homily is available here.




Wednesday, January 29, 2014

NFP Book: The Case Concerning Catholic Contraception

I'm returning briefly today to announce the publication of a "new" NFP book:


Order here.
This is not, technically, a "new" book; it has been available for years from Roman Catholic Sacramentals Foundation, and I have mentioned it previously on this blog. But this is a new format, and the book is available on Amazon. The Kindle version is in the works, too, and I'll update here when it's "live".  UPDATE: The Kindle version is now available.

I wrote a "Foreword" for the book; that is the only addition to the previous version.

Here's the blurb from the back cover of the book:
The Case Concerning Catholic Contraception is the final major work which Michael Malone undertook before his death in 2000.  He addresses the matter of contraception through the eyes of the perennial teaching of the Catholic Church, and tackles the thorniest issues that are involved.

From the Foreword: "Michael Malone probably learned long before I did that criticizing NFP is not at all politically correct, and causes such a critic no end of grief! NFP promoters seem not to be interested in exploring the traditions of the Church pre-dating Vatican II and Humanae Vitae; more than one such promoter has told me that "the question is settled", and that questioning NFP is heretical...More than one NFP defender has maintained that I have no right to question NFP simply because of my lack of children...
"But despite the defensiveness of the promoters, the occasional critic does speak against NFP. And if one looks carefully at what the critics say, there is much to be considered. Michael Malone's book exposes many logical fallacies in the arguments of NFP promoters, and asks critical questions that, to my knowledge, NFP promoters cannot and have not answered. "

Thursday, December 12, 2013

So Long, Farewell...

The time has come for me to say farewell to the world of blogging.

For me, it is time now to focus more of my time and attention on living a life of prayer and penance. That, really, is my “calling”, and I know it. There are others who are called to blogging; and I know you will all keep up with the good, orthodox, faithful Catholic bloggers out there! Be sure, also, to get your daily dose of “The Vortex”, and if you haven’t done so already, sign up for a Premium Membership to ChurchMilitant.TV, and learn more about the faith through their excellent programming.

I have been considering this change for some time now, and on a recent long drive, I listened once again to Rod Pead’s talk on the “Sword of Unity” (it is also available in the form of a written article). I’ve mentioned Mr. Pead’s work before (here and here);  Rod Pead is the editor of Christian Order magazine, and the talk was delivered at a “Faith of Our Fathers” conference almost 14 years ago. Yet, it makes every bit as much sense today as it did then. If you haven’t listened to the talk or read the article, you should.

In his presentation, Rod Pead notes that many of us know about the problems in the Church – about the crisis in every measure of Church health (vocations, Mass attendance, etc.) – but he makes us think again:

If we know this; if we are really aware of all this; why do we resist tailoring our prayer life and our thoughts and our actions accordingly? If we consider ourselves so aware and savvy about this travesty of truth and unity, then why, as the Jesuit, Father James Schall states, are Catholics so wimpy?

In another place, Pead adds:

…It is true that while at the moment we find we can't live with the bishops, we know, too, that by God's design we can't live without them, and that there is only so much we can do. But have we done even that much? Have we prayed and fasted and done penance and really begged God on our knees to convert the hearts and minds of the bishops? Have we consistently pleaded with Him to take the hirelings who will not respond to His grace to their early reward, and send us real Catholic Shepherds in their stead?

… Christ Himself told us, in the parable of the unjust judge, that we should pray continually and never be discouraged [Lk 18 1:8]. … Our Lord told the people: "will not God give redress to his elect, when they are crying out to him, day and night? Will he not be impatient with their wrongs? I tell you, he will give them redress with all speed." And then Christ immediately adds…, "But ah, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith left on earth?"

And so…are we really praying for the conversion of the hirelings or their replacement by strong, solicitous, Catholic Shepherds – as if we believe? Given Christ's promise, I can't imagine that enough of us are.

And so, because I am called more to prayer and penance than to blogging, that is what I will do…at least for the time being. God only knows what the future holds.

I have met many wonderful people through this blog – thank you for your friendship, your encouragement, and your prayers!

Stay in touch! My email address is drjayboyd@msn.com.