My Journey to Tradition

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I wanted to take some time and let you all know about my personal journey into traditional Catholicism, how I became a “trad Cat.”

So, I converted to the Catholic Church a few years ago from Protestantism, but there was something weird going on in my area parishes. I would attend and feel even less tradition, even less focus on God, than at my old Baptist Church. It felt to me like the whole focus was on man and the works of humanity, with the priest facing me instead of God, with praise and worship songs focusing on mere creatures instead of the Creator.

This stuff was very disheartening to a pretty much newbie to Catholicism. So I started doing my research. I read through many encyclicals of the Popes in this wonderful book called The Popes Against Modern Errors and I was shocked to find that everything I was seeing now with an increase in liberalism, an increased focus on man, a kind of relativism of faith, it was ALL condemned by the Holy Father’s of the past. Why did it change?

The one thing that caused it to change was Vatican 2. This council of the Church ushered in a new era of Catholicism, a new form of Catholicism far different than anything in the past. As Father Franz Schmidberger explains that, in Time Bombs of the Second Vatican Council, the Second Vatican Council brought about the destruction o f true Catholic belief by: “not clearly defining Catholic Truth; failing to definitively reject error; adopting ambiguous, contradictory language; and establishing teachings very close to heresy.” This council was subjected to the forces of communism, freemasonry, and liberalism which ushered in the era of modernism that we are under today. With a new form of the mass modeled after Protestantism and an abundance of liturgical abuse, we are left here to watch on as our Catholic Church slowly becomes unrecognizable.

What are we to do? It is left up to those of us who hold firm to tradition to pick up the pieces. It is up to us to stand firm on the tradition of the past and to pray for the future of our Church. I urge you all to attend the Traditional Latin Mass at a diocesan, FSSP, or SSPX parish. Pray the rosary daily and include petitions for the Church and the Holy Father. Study great Catholic literature and writings of the saints. Above all, continue praying for the crisis that is at work in our Church and stand firm for your beliefs, do not give in to modernism.

Let me leave you with the Traditional Catholics’ Motto:

We are what you once were.
We believe what you once believed.
We worship as you once worshipped.
If you were right then, we are right now.
If we are wrong now, you were wrong then.

God bless each and every one of you. Stand fast to tradition. As always, if you ever need to discuss traditional Catholicism or have questions about it, please do not hesitate to contact us! Our e-mail address is cppxii @ gmail.com and our Instagram page is @cppxii

Contact us below for any questions, comments, or concerns!

Book Review: Darkness Visible

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So as part of the blog for us traditional minded Catholics, I wanted to begin a book review session. What better way to begin reviews than with one about one of the greatest forces against Catholicism today: Freemasonry.

The book is Darkness Visible by Walton HannahThis man who wrote this back in 1952 took a good look at freemasonry to decide the question many men are asking themselves, “Is Freemasonry compatible with Christianity?” Since many times, its members say its just a fraternal order between men, it doesn’t have any bearing on your duties as a Christian, you can still practice your beliefs in the Almighty.

By studying the ritual and the testimonials of ex-masons, Hannah (an Anglican and then converted Catholic priest), the arguments and evidence are provided showing that, without a doubt, Freemasonry is NOT compatible with Christianity.

Believe me when I tell you this, I absolutely loved reading this book. His attention to detail makes me feel like I have personally gone into one of those imposing Masonic temples you see when you are driving through town, and have personally studied and engaged in the rituals and the oaths of freemasonry.

Thankfully for the scholarly work here present, I can defend against the claims of freemasons or those trying to enter the lodge who claim that they all worship God. After reading this book and its appraisal of freemasonry, I can say without any doubt that Freemasonry is its own religion, making oaths contrary to Christian belief with ones hand upon the Word of God.

1030_illustration_2I urge you that if you know anyone in your life that is thinking of joining the Masonic cult, or who has left their faith to join it, purchase this book and read it, believe me, I will be coming back to this work many times to come.

SIDE NOTE: The book has a few wonderful color pictures inside, and the binding is a lot better than most paperbacks that I have. I’m sorry, I am a mild book snob! Haha

-Landon

I want to thank Baronius Press for providing me review copy’s of this book. Believe me, this review is all my own.

Charlie, Charlie

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Good afternoon everyone,

I wanted to post right now about something spreading quickly through the realm of many teenage circles nowadays. Popularized by various videos on Twitter and Vine, this occult practice invites the evil one, Satan himself and other evil spirits, to enter into your home and your life.

The Charlie, Charlie “game” is similar to a ouija board, asking for a chance to commune with an evil spirit, thereby permitting the cohorts of the devil to enter into your home and speak with you through this game. Although it seems harmless, it is truly diabolical. It is practices like these that merit the need for a Roman Catholic priest to come and bless your home, and if you go too far, may need an exorcism approved by the church to save you.

I exhort all of you, do not practice this occult game. If you know anyone who has tried this, have them repent, go to confession for the occult practice. If you have done this practice, sprinkle the paper and the pencils/pens used with holy water and then destroy them.

The devil should not be taken lightly, we need to be afraid and never get to the point where we dabble in the occult practices.

God bless you all,

-Landon

Our Lady of Fatima

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I want to wish you all a very blessed feast day of Our Lady of Fatima. The message of Fatima, as stated by the Fatima Center is “prayer, reparation, repentance, and sacrifice, and the abandonment of sin.” When Our Lady appeared to the three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal, she stressed the importance of the holy rosary. We need to pray this rosary every single day for the conversion of sinners and of Russia, for peace in the whole world.

Francisco, Jacinta, and Lucia were shown a vision of hell, the Blessed Virgin told the three “You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.” We need to all obey God, and Russia needs to be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We need to stop offending God and, by frequent prayer of the rosary, we will be able to overcome sin. “My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God.”

We are still waiting on the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Although many in the Church leadership claim that the world was consecrated to Mary, etc., etc., what the Blessed Virgin truly asked for was for Russia to be consecrated. This is why when Sister Lucia asked the Lord why “he would not convert Russia without the solemn public consecration of that nation specifically,” Jesus replied to her:

“Because I want My whole Church to acknowledge that consecration as a triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, so that it may extend its homage later on, and put the devotion to This Immaculate Heart beside the devotion to My Sacred Heart.”

The Pope and the bishops HAVE to consecrate specifically Russia, not just the whole world. For Russia to be converted, this HAS to happen.

What are we to do now? We must begin, starting this day, to pray at least five decades of the rosary, to wear the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, and to make sacrifices every single day of our lives in reparation for the sins committed against Our Lord and Our Lady.

To read more, please visit http://www.fatima.org where I got all of this information from.

Pax Christi vobiscum -L.D.

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Petition for Latin Mass

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Hello everyone, I want to invite you all to join with me in petitioning the Diocese of Dallas under His Eminence Bishop Kevin Farrell to establish the celebration of more Traditional Latin Masses throughout the Diocese.

There are more than 1 million Catholics in the Diocese of Dallas, with more than 80 parishes to service the people of the nine surrounding counties. Yet there is a problem, there is only ONE Diocesan Latin Mass Parish, all the way in Irving, TX; nearly an hour away from some of the Diocese’s residents.

We need more Latin Masses said throughout the Diocese of Dallas, even if this means just having a parish celebrate them a few Sunday’s a month, just allowing what His Holiness Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI recommended in his Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum for the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM).

Please join me and others throughout the Diocese and throughout the nation, in petitioning His Eminency Bishop Kevin Farrell of the Diocese of Dallas to permit the celebration of Latin Masses throughout the Diocese.

Please sign: PETITION

Thank you all and God bless!

Salve Regina!

The Virgin Mary, mother of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, holds a special place in Christianity, for many reasons, but one is due to her status as a queen.  When some non-Catholic Christians hear this, they brush it off as an idolatrous Catholic invention, completely unbiblical and untruthful, but it’s quite the opposite.  As always, when bringing up Mary and Marian dogma, one has to always turn to Christ to understand why she is important.

Coronation of the Blessed Virgin

Every Christian will agree that Jesus Christ is a king.  Not just that: He is the King. He is described as the “King of Kings, and Lord of Lords” (Revelations 19:16).  When the archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary, he told her “Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever.  And of his kingdom there shall be no end.” (Luke 1:31-33). Since Jesus is the Son of David, he inherits the throne of David his father.  Jesus always speaks of the Kingdom of God, or Kingdom of Heaven, which is the Kingdom of David.

What does Jesus being the King of the throne of David have to do with Mary? In the Old Testament, the king of the Davidic Kingdom had many wives, and not all could be queen. However, he only had one mother.  His mother held the special status as Queen Mother, and even had a throne at his right hand side.  She would intercede for the people, and would even ask the king for favors to be granted for the people.  Bathsheba, the mother of Solomon, is one example of the Queen Mother’s role in the King’s life.

 

“So Bathsheba went to King Solomon, to speak to him on behalf of Adonijah. The king rose to meet her, and bowed down to her; then he sat on his throne, and had a throne brought for the king’s mother, and she sat on his right. Then she said, ‘I have one small request to make of you; do not refuse me.’ And the king said to her, ‘Make your request, my mother; for I will not refuse you.’ ” (1 Kgs 2:19-20)

A painting of Bathsheba

At the Wedding in Cana, Mary asks Jesus to transform the wine into water, and he does just that.

 

“On the third day there was a wedding at Cana ….When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.”His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” (2 Jn 1-5)

Stained glass window of The Wedding at Cana

Just as King Solomon did not deny his mother’s (the queen) request for assistance, neither did Jesus deny His own mother.  The queen intercedes for the people.  It is true that the Queen Mother was not always a nice person, and acted badly sometimes, but that is because she was a sinner, like all of us.  The king was not always good either.  However, this does not matter, since the Kingdom of God is the only perfect kingdom.

 

Mary is also mentioned as a woman with a crown of twelve stars on her head in the bible. “And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars” (Revelations 12:1).  It goes on to mention that “she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with an iron rod: and her son was taken up to God, and to his throne” (Revelations 12:5).  Obviously, this passage is speaking of Mary, since she gave birth to a male child who will “rule all nations with an iron rod.” Gabriel told Mary she was to give birth to a child that would  “reign in the house of Jacob for ever.” (Luke 1:32).

Our lady with A Crown of Twelve Stars (Revelations 12:1)

One objection non-Catholics may make to Mary’s queenship is because of this passage:

“But we will certainly do every word that shall proceed out of our own mouth, to sacrifice to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings to her.” (Jeremiah 44:17).

 

Just because an ancient pagan goddess was known as the queen of heaven does not mean that Mary is a pagan goddess too. Nebuchadnezzar, the pagan babylonian king, is called the king of kings in Daniel 2:37.  Jesus is called the King of Kings in Revelations 19:16. This does not make Jesus pagan.  Another thing to remember is that at this time, there was no Queen Mother in heaven.  Mary was not even born yet. And we must keep in mind that Catholics do not worship Mary, but simply honor her as Christ did.  Only the Blessed Trinity is to be worshipped and adored.

The title given to the Virgin Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth is based on scripture.  Since she is the mother of Jesus, the King of the Eternal Kingdom of God, that makes her the Queen Mother of the Eternal Kingdom of God.

Mary receiving her crown

“Never has that hope wavered which was placed in the mother of the Divine King, Jesus Christ. Nor has that faith ever failed by which we are taught that Mary, the Virgin Mother of God, reigns with a mother’s solicitude over the entire world.”

-Encyclical Ad caeli Reginam of Pope Pius XII proclaiming the Queenship of Mary, Oct. 11, 1954.

 

Salve Regina!

Anamarija

Tonight at Adoration

Hello everyone,

I just wanted to talk to you all a little bit about some things I experienced tonight at Eucharistic Adoration. For one thing, I want to start off by recommending adoration to each and every one of you. If you have not gone to adoration or do not attend frequently, I encourage you to go, spend time in the glory of the One and Only Lord Jesus Christ.

I saw such an outpouring of devotion there tonight. A lady wearing a mantilla, making prostrations before the Most Blessed Sacrament. A man giving out prayer cards for the holy souls in Purgatory. Young and old entering the confessional to receive absolution of their sins. Young children crossing themselves before the true presence of Jesus Christ. What a blessing.

As I prayed my rosary, I observed these things but, and this was kind of disheartening for me, my faith in the devotion present was lost a little. While everyone was adoring Christ, a woman went behind the exposed Sacrament and opened the tabernacle of the Chapel. She took hosts out and put them into a pyx and then left (I’m assuming she is a Eucharistic Minister or something in the Novus Ordo diocesan church.)

Like, I get if you are a Eucharistic Minister from the novus ordo, good for you and God bless you. I personally don’t agree with it as a traditionalist Catholic and supporter of the FSSP and SSPX, but that is up to the Church at this point and we can only pray for changes. I also don’t agree with anyone other than an ordained priest touching the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ; but that’s up to y’all to decide. But what was disheartening for me was when she disrupted the sacred silence of the chapel, where for two hours every Tuesday adoration is held, this distracted every prayerful person there, trying to focus on the presence of Christ.

So, I digress, let me get off my soapbox for now. I encourage you all to attend to adoration frequently. Take your rosary with you and pray it. Take your missal and read the readings for the day. Take your favorite spiritual book (mine is Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis) or your Bible and read, enlighten your heart. Bask in the presence of Christ and have him enter into you spiritually and transform your life.

God bless you all,

-Landon