Monday, December 10, 2012

+ The Rev. Dom Jerome Young OSB

It is my sad duty to inform you of the death of FATHER JEROME YOUNG, O.S.B. in the early morning hours of Saturday morning, his favorite feast day, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

For the past few weeks Father Jerome was suffering greatly due to the progression of his leukemia. On Monday his condition became far more serious after he sustained serious trauma to the brain as the result of a bad fall. He returned home from the hospital Wednesday evening so that he could spend his final hours with his brother monks. He was very much aware of their presence as well as that of his two sisters who remained with him until the end.

Father Jerome was a blessing to many people in so many ways. His demonstration of acceptance of the serious health challenges he faced over the past ten years gave great witness to his strong faith and his monastic profession. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Father Jerome’s vigil service will be at here at Mount Angel Abbey on Wednesday evening at 7 PM, December 12. His funeral will be on Thursday, December 13, at 10:00 AM. Let us pray that Father Jerome may now enjoy the eternal Peace and Joy of the Risen Lord together with all our loved ones who have gone before us.

Blessings and Peace to You,
Prior Vincent Trujillo, OSB and the Community of Monks at Mount Angel Abbey
It is my sad duty to inform you of the death of FATHER JEROME YOUNG, O.S.B. in the early morning hours of Saturday morning, his favorite feast day, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. 

For the past few weeks Father Jerome was suffering greatly due to the progression of his leukemia. On Monday his condition became far more serious after he sustained serious trauma to the brain as the result of a bad fall. He returned home from the hospital Wednesday evening so that he could spend his final hours with his brother monks. He was very much aware of their presence as well as that of his two sisters who remained with him until the end.

Father Jerome was a blessing to many people in so many ways. His demonstration of acceptance of the serious health challenges he faced over the past ten years gave great witness to his strong faith and his monastic profession. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Father Jerome’s vigil service will be at here at Mount Angel Abbey on Wednesday evening at 7 PM, December 12. His funeral will be on Thursday, December 13, at 10:00 AM. Let us pray that Father Jerome may now enjoy the eternal Peace and Joy of the Risen Lord together with all our loved ones who have gone before us.

Blessings and Peace to You,
Prior Vincent Trujillo, OSB and the Community of Monks at Mount Angel Abbey

Friday, November 16, 2012

And So The End Begins.

First they came for the transfats
and I didn't speak out because I don't like transfats.

Then they came for the salt,
and I didn't speak out because I don't like salt.

Then they came for the Twinkies,
and I didn't speak out because I don't like Twinkies.

Then they came for the bacon,
and there was no one left to speak for the bacon.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Playing Church.

OK, here is the deal. About one mile south of my church of St. James the Just, there is a little white church. I am told that it was a Southern Baptist church at one time. When I came to Ogden nine years ago, it was Glory to God Community Church. I found out later that it was a Metropolitan Community Church. Yup, the gay denomination. Not just gay friendly, but of, by, and for gays. Even the World Council of Churches won’t let them in as even that liberal organization doesn’t think that sexual orientation should be the foundation of a denomination. Later I heard that the pastor was an ex-Catholic and failed Franciscan seminarian. Well, I had heard more than I wish I had about that happening. All of a sudden a few years ago, the sign was changed and it had morphed into Glory to God American Catholic Church. That denomination evidently went under and now they have joined a North American Old Catholic Church out of the North East (headed by an ‘archbishop’ who received his formation via mail) and the pastor has been consecrated a bishop.

All along, they have received glowing coverage in the local media. They are open. They are inclusive. They don’t turn people away like the ‘other’ Catholic church. Their clergy has ‘life experience’. Etc, etc, ad nauseum. They are insistent that they are Catholic, just not papal Catholic. Last Christmas, they even had a sign out front, “Not your mamma’s Catholic church.” (Unintentionally true--the Blessed Mother has nothing to do with it.)

No doubt you can tell that it bothers me. I don’t like heresy and schism. Not by a long-shot.  And when that heresy and schism masquerades as Catholicism, my blood pressure redlines. It is false advertising. It is like Mormonism claiming to be theologically Christian. Or Scientology claiming to be a religion. Or Wicca claiming to be the survival of pre-Christian paganism. It just isn’t true. To be Catholic is to be in communion, spiritual, doctrinal, and juridical with the Successor of Saint Peter. It is to be part of the Church founded and sustained by Christ Himself. Catholic isn’t just about having the right vestments, using our ritual books, or aping church life. And people are deceived. Deceived into thinking they can be Catholic without embracing the whole of the life and teachings of the Church in union with Rome.

They claim to have Apostolic Succession. They might have, but I doubt it. The history of the Old Catholic schism is full of simony and dubious ordinations. Add to this the fact that they will ordain women and their orders are doubtful at best. But being Catholic is more than just having Apostolic Succession. It is about being in communion with the Church founded by Christ. This they are not. They jettison any doctrine they don’t like or conflicts with their lifestyle. Protestantism without the integrity of Luther or Calvin.

Fundamentally, I think they are, for whatever reason, playing Church. Maybe it gives them emotional comfort being in something that looks like the Church but does not have the demands of truth. Maybe the like playing dress-up. But in reality, though I doubt they consciously know it, they are doing the work of the Father of Heresy, the Father of Schism, and the Father of Lies.

Let's Try This Again.

Well, I think I'm back to blogging. Why have I been gone? Primarily because the things I have been thinking about were non-bloggable. No, I haven't had a crisis of faith or ill-health. Just somethings can't be processed publicly and that is what I do when I blog. (Is is also why I sometimes get into trouble when I blog. :) ) Also, things in the parish have required a lot more of my energy over the last year or so. Things haven't slowed down, but I think I am dealing with them better.

So, I think I am back and hope to be posting more. More about the faith, guns, politics, zombies and horror movies, and science fiction and fantasy. Oh, and whatever else my squirrel-adled mind is attracted to. You are welcome to come along. However, please remember that this is my blog. If you don't like it, find something else to read.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

I Have Been Ignorantly Rednecked Memed.

11 Questions for my friends:

1. Do you cut your sandwiches into squares or triangles?




Neither, I eat them whole.

2.  Do you know Beethoven as one of the worlds greatest composers, or as a big dog in a rather ordinary children's movie.

Composer. Just listened to his Ninth Symphony on a bike ride last week.

3.  What color is your toothbrush? And, is your toothbrush interchangeable with your spouses?  With their full knowledge and consent?

White and fortunately the Church doesn't need a toothbrush.

4.  Do you stir your coffee right to left or left to right?  And do you ding your spoon on the edge of the cup until the rest of the family screams blue murder?


Why would I stir coffee? Adding stuff to coffee is wrong.

5.  Do you ever wear odd socks?  And if you do, do you always start the day by saying you hope you don't die today?

No, I don't and I don't engage in superstitions, knock on wood.

6. Is perspicacious part of your vocabulary?

No.


7.  What was Donatello before he became a world famous Ninja Turtle?

An ordinary pet turtle who was flushed down the crapper.

8.  Does your exerciser regime challenge more than your wii controller muscles?  

Upper body no. Lower body yes.

9. Do you laugh hysterically at your own jokes?  At confession?


No. And I restrain myself, though I am severely tempted during some peoples confessions.

10.  What are the names of Donald Duck's nephews?

Huey, Dewey and Louie--the same names as the robots in "Silent Running".

11.  And, lastly, for fans of the brilliant Charles Schultz, have you ever had occasion to call any of your children "Pigpen"?

No children. That's my story and I am sticking to it.

Monday, June 04, 2012

Kaiser Wilhelm II, R. I. P.

Today marks the anniversary of the death of the last Germany emperor, Wilhelm II. Unfairly maligned and the victim of allied propaganda, he was a much better ruler than given credit for. (I suspect that much of the bad blood between him and his uncle Edward VI had to do with the affection Queen Victoria had for her eldest grandson. This in turn helped lead to World War I.)

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day.

A happy, restful, and fun Memorial Day to you all. Please take a moment, remember what it is really all about, and pray for those who laid down their lives serving our country.

(My dad on the left and the men of his Forward Observer Team. Also, dad shaving.)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Would You Like Some Whine With That?

Yes, tomorrow is/ought to be Ascension Thursday. This means that it is time for my 18th Annual Whine On Moving The Ascension (tm). As usual, the Famous Father Z (tm) beat me to the punch on this with his usual wit and erudition. But that will not deter me, I will throw in my three cents worth.

First, the Ascension is a historical feast. It is not a conceptual or doctrinal feast like Christ the King, Corpus Christi, or Trinity Sunday. These days are not tied to a particular time. (Though I don't like moving Corpus Christi for other reasons.) Moreover, it has a particular temporal relation to Easter; forty days. The historicity requires that it be celebrated on Thursday.

Second, if it is important enough to celebrate it is important enough to celebrate it on the correct day. The argument that more people can celebrate it on Sunday is a load of _____. We make things far too convenient for people; part of our convenience society. Religious should be difficult in some respects and require sacrifices and inconvenience. (This ties in to the wimpification of Lent.) And those who honestly can't attend are excused anyway.

This beings me to my third point. This is yet another retreat. The practice of our religion is being pushed out of the public square and we let it happen! We let and even encourage the separation of Christian life from everyday life. No more! If it inconveniences some folks, big freakin' deal. I suspect this is more about lazy priests than anything else. God forbid that we should have two Sunday schedules in a week. Yeah it is tiring, but that is the job.

In short, give us back our holy days on the proper day. And I pray that next year I won't have to do the Nineteenth Whine.

(P. S. The last few years have been better because in the Extraordinary Form I can celebrate Ascension Thursday.)

Monday, May 07, 2012

Lost Sheep.

Recent events have caused me to reflect upon how much I hate loosing sheep, whether it be to another parish, another church, or that other church known as cafeteria Catholicism. My secretary remarked, "Wow, you really take it personally." Damn straight I do. This isn't just my job, it is my vocation. And if that weren't enough, there is always the knowledge that I will be held accountable by the Lord for each and every soul entrusted to my care on the Day of Judgement.

There isn't much I can do about folks going to another parish. People move or personalities do not mesh. Occasionally, well more than occasionally, I stick my foot in my mouth or failing in my duty. I also know that I don't fit the modern stereotype of the priest.

When folks leave for another church, thankfully an infrequent event, I always wonder what I could do to better teach the Faith and help the folks deal with their doubts and questions. It is enormously frustrating that many people won't come to you, or someone, with their doubts, questions, and concerns. And when people leave for a stupid reason like romantic love or business, I just wish I could pound some sense into them.

The hardest are the Cafeteria Catholics; those who think that they can be their own Pope or really their own God. Here we find the mystery of sin. A mystery which goes back to Lucifer. I will not serve. Or I will only serve when convenient and in accord with my own desires. And what infuriates me is that they are always able to find a priest and fellow 'Catholics' to encourage and enable them. Father Flapdoodle says it is OK.

I suppose the most difficult thing is recognizing that it really isn't about me at all. Everyone has free will whether I should think they should or shouldn't. And everyone will receive their due reward whatever I do. God has decreed it, so I must accept it. We have to realize how powerless we are. I am no Saint Jean Marie. All that I can do is do my job as best I can, learn from my mistakes, and get out of God's way.

That being said I miss my lost sheep. I pray for them and ask that the Lord return them.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Stupid Liturgical Tricks: Eliminating The Penitential Act.

When do we not need to acknowledge our sins? Well, according to the 2002 Missal at weddings. Wouldn't want to make such a happy time a downer by recognizing our sinfulness and need for forgiveness. Can't have it on Ash Wednesday either. After all, we already do the ash thing, we don't want people to feel bad about themselves do we? Or funerals, can't have a penitential act at funerals. People might start thinking about sin and next think you know they will start praying for the dead instead of celebrating their lives.

Seriously, one of the great faults of the modern age in the lack of a sense of sin. Do wedding parties not sin? Do brides and grooms not need to kneel before God and ask for his forgiveness before they receive the awesome sacrament which makes them an icon of the love between Christ and His Church?

Monday, April 30, 2012

Today Is Waplurgisnacht.

Which brings to mind several things:

1) I need to stop by the store and purchase some telephone polls, rope, and a few cords of wood. Today is a great day for a witch hunt. We can make s'mores!

2) Today is the anniversary of the suicide or murder of Adolf Hitler. (It depends on which account you believe.) Remember to smack an Austrian in commemoration of the paper-hanging son-of-a-bitch.

3) Say a prayer to St. Pius V, that through his intercession Pope Benedict's efforts at reform will bear rich fruit.
 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Coon Chicken Inn. Hey, lighten up!

When my late grandmother first told me about these places, I thought she was joking. But then there was an article about them in the local paper. (The first one was in  Salt Lake City. Doh, between that and Rocky Anderson, I am ashamed of my home town.) What in the hell were people thinking? How could this ever been considered acceptable? Fortunately, by the late 1950s people could see them for what they were and when the owners retired they were closed. (Read about them here.) Such a think could never happen today.

But wait a minute. In Fells Point, Maryland, there is the Ale Mary's Bar. The light-hearted fun includes, holy water font snack bowls, a monstrance on the bar, and a 'Chalice Club' (yes, member can drink beer from chalices.) Just light-hearted fun, no blasphemy here, move along. In fact, when owners were confronted by rightfully offended Catholics, they said we should lighten up. Sure, it's all in good fun when the holy is mocked and holy objects are desecrated. (BTW, where did they get these objects? Far more care needs to be given unwanted liturgical objects. Any bishops out there listening?) I forgot it is OK to mock Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular. No one is required to have sensitivity for that. But should anyone open "Shylock's Kosher Deli" or "Towelhead Felafel Hut", well you know.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

The Proper Posture For Man Before God Is On His Knees.

From Pope Benedict's Holy Thursday Homily (Zucchetto Spin to the Famous Father Z):

Before reflecting on the content of Jesus’ petition, we must still consider what the evangelists tell us about Jesus’ posture during his prayer. Matthew and Mark tell us that he “threw himself on the ground” (Mt 26:39; cf. Mk 14:35), thus assuming a posture of complete submission, as is preserved in the Roman liturgy of Good Friday. Luke, on the other hand, tells us that Jesus prayed on his knees. In the Acts of the Apostles, he speaks of the saints praying on their knees: Stephen during his stoning, Peter at the raising of someone who had died, Paul on his way to martyrdom. In this way Luke has sketched a brief history of prayer on one’s knees in the early Church. Christians, in kneeling, enter into Jesus’ prayer on the Mount of Olives. When menaced by the power of evil, as they kneel, they are upright before the world, while as sons and daughters, they kneel before the Father. Before God’s glory we Christians kneel and acknowledge his divinity; by that posture we also express our confidence that he will prevail.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Palm Sunday Observations.

--"Pueri Hebrorum" is way better than "The King of Glory Comes". (Especially after Stephen Colbert's dance number.)
--The longer options for the Mass readings are always better.
--People will always come out for free stuff.
--Palmagami (the art of folding palm fronds into crosses and other religious symbols) is an under appreciated art form.
--Saying "Crucify Him" in the Gospel reading is really bad. However, it is far worse when we do it by our sins.
--I need to thank whoever releases all those Catholics who only show up two or three times a year.

Friday, March 16, 2012

One More Time.

"Listen up you primitive screwheads!"

CONGREGATION DE CULTU DIVINO ET DISCIPLINA SACRAMENTORUM
Prot. N. 569/00/L
Dear Father:
March 14, 2000
This Congregation for Divine Worship has received your letter sent by fax in which you ask whether it is in accord with liturgical law to remove the Holy Water from the fonts for the duration of the season of Lent.
This Dicastery is able to respond that the removing of Holy Water from the fonts during the season of Lent is not permitted, in particular, for two reasons:
1. The liturgical legislation in force does not foresee this innovation, which in addition to being praeter legem is contrary to a balanced understanding of the season of Lent, which though truly being a season of penance, is also a season rich in the symbolism of water and baptism, constantly evoked in liturgical texts.
2. The encouragement of the Church that the faithful avail themselves frequently of her sacraments and sacramentals is to be understood to apply also to the season of Lent. The "fast" and "abstinence" which the faithful embrace in this season does not extend to abstaining from the sacraments or sacramentals of the Church.
The practice of the Church has been to empty the Holy Water fonts on the days of the Sacred Triduum in preparation of the blessing of the water at the Easter Vigil, and it corresponds to those days on which the Eucharist is not celebrated (i.e., Good Friday and Holy Saturday).
Hoping that this resolves the question and with every good wish and kind regard, I am,
Sincerely yours in Christ, [signed]
Mons. Mario Marini Undersecretary

Saturday, February 25, 2012

This Lent, Let Us Fast From Stupidity.

Anita from V for Victory has an awesome post on the stupid concept of fasting from holy things. In parishes throughout the U. S. (and no doubt other place as stupidity know no boundaries), the faithful are being deprived of one of prime sacramentals of the Church, namely Holy Water. This in spite of the fact that Rome has made it clear that this is only to be done between the Mass of the Lord's Supper and the Easter Vigil. In parishes throughout the U. S. (and no doubt other place as stupidity know no boundaries), children are being denied the Sacrament of Baptism in spite of the fact that we are instructed to baptize children as soon as it is practical. In parishes throughout the U. S. (and no doubt other place as stupidity know no boundaries), Lent is being twisted to promote radical environmentalism and a liberal political agenda instead of being used to draw the faithful closer to Christ.

I propose that we fast from these destructive, useless, and stupid innovations and embrace a traditional, Catholic Lent. Just sayin'.

Friday, February 03, 2012

Don't Roll Over For Komen.

Many of us are feeling like we were played by Komen today: because we were. Don't accept this passively. If you donated money to them, call them and DEMAND a refund. If you have to, cancel the check or credit card charge.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

New Orthometric Initiative!

FIRST FRIDAY FAST AGAINST FAKE SCIENCE AND BUREAUCRATIC OVER-REACH.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Index Of Fobidden Hymns (Gather, Pt. XI).


This includes the hymns for funerals.  Notice how they just assume that the deceased is just going to go to Heaven. No prayers for them are necessary at all. It also includes songs for "Penance and Reconciliation". No a peep about the Sacrament of Confession. It is a microcosm of what is wrong with theology.

Numbers 851-900:

854-I Know That My Redeemer Lives: HH.
859-The Hand of God Shall Hold You: HH, P. It just assumes the deceased is going to Heaven.
860-I, the Lord: SIGV. No, He is the Lord. You are the creature.
861-Song of the Exile: HH.
864-Song of Farewell: SWTR. (Just use "In Paradisum".)
867-Wherever You Go: HH.
869-We Will Serve the Lord: HH.
875-Jesus, Heal Us: HH.
880-Deep Down in My Soul: HH.
882-Healer of Our Every Ill: HH.
883-Ashes: H, HL. "To create ourselves anew"? I don't think so.
884-I Want to Call You: HH, NAU.
892-God of Eve and God of Mary: C, DO.

And that's it for "Gather". Keep your eyes open for a wrap-up post.

C=Castrated, DO= Dubious Orthodoxy, DMWP=Don't Mess With Perfection, DS=Dan Schutte, DTD=Done To Death, EP=Ex-Priest, G=Germanophobic, H=Heretical, HH=Haugen&Haas, HL=Hella Lame, LC=Leftist Crap, NAU=Not About Us, P=Presumptuous,  PC=Politically Correct,  SIGV=Singing In God's Voice (i. e. we are not God), SWTR= Stick With The Rite, TMV=Too Many Verses, WIG=Where is God?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Devil Dog's Dog And Frog.

(Yes, I know it is likely a toad. But toad doesn't rhyme with dog.)

Monday, January 09, 2012

Devil Dogs' Dog.

Dad's unit adopted a pack of stray dogs while in Vietnam. They even built the dogs their own bunker for when they came under fire. Here is one of them.

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Photo Project.

I have started scanning my dad's slides from Vietnam into the computer. A man who served with dad is going to help me identify who and what they contain. Most of them I have a general idea about, but this one I know the story. Dad stepped on a punji stick. Fortunately, his boots had a steel insert in the sole, but one of them cut into the side of the boot, as you can see here.