Wednesday, February 25, 2015


When it comes to trudging through another miserable Lent, no one does it better than the Krazy Katholic Konverts. From those poor sad dears over at RETROrate, who every day move further along, down the road to Econe, comes this "traditionalist" approach to Lent:

An overindulged spirit dislikes honey, and is distasted with manna, raving after the rotten pots of Egypt. There are some who vomit up their sins as the sea cockles, to swallow them again. Their life is nothing but an ebbing and flowing of sins, and their most innocent thoughts are a disposition to iniquity.

Whew! Talk about "The Grim Jesuit," some manic depressive 17th century "Confessor to Kings" now "Mentor to Queens," if you get my drift. Not that there's anything wrong with it.

By the way, small correction, they call their post the Sign of Jonah, when any true "traditionalist" knows that real Roman Catholics (pre-Vatican II) always used JONAS. Same name as those cute singing brothers Reynaldo used to collect posters of . . . but I digress.

Saint Benedict (c. 480 - c. 543)
Then there's the real Tradition represented by Saint Benedict and considerably earlier than The Grim Jesuit:

During these (Lenten) days, therefore,
let us increase somewhat the usual burden of our service,
as by private prayers and by abstinence in food and drink.
Thus everyone of his own will may offer God
"with joy of the Holy Spirit" (1 Thessalonians 1:6)
something above the measure required of him.
From his body, that is
he may withhold some food, drink, sleep, talking and jesting;
and with the joy of spiritual desire
he may look forward to holy Easter.

Or as the Missale Romanum of Paul VI puts it, presenting that same Tradition for the People of God today:

For by your gracious gift each year
your faithful await the sacred paschal feasts
with the joy of minds made pure,
so that, more eagerly intent on prayer
and on the works of charity,
and participating in the mysteries
by which they have been reborn,
they may be led to the fullness of grace
that you bestow on your sons and daughters.

See a common thread there? An authentic Tradition?

I don't know about you, but I'm all set with "vomiting up sea cockles and swallowing them again." Think I'll stick to that "joy of the Holy Spirit" stuff.

A joyful Lent to you and yours from me and mine!


  1. Today's angry man quote:

    “I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history.”

    Francis Card. George

    Truly, a traddie suffering from delusions of adequacy.

    1. I know plenty of people who would be happy to see their bishops die either in prison or in the public square. Some would even be happy to help in the process.

    2. To look at some of these bishops a little fasting wouldn't hurt too much.

    3. And this Is from another angry man poisoning yet another well. I hope the Nuncio and Card Nichols take action against this creep soon and decisively:

      25 February 2015


      "I am not going to apologise for using, untranslated, the term Parrhesia because in doing so I am simply following our beloved Holy Father, who, in his fearless way, uses it, untranslated, quite often. If an apology is called for, I'm sure he would be happy to apologise on behalf of both of us.

      It is a Greek term signifying a willingness to speak openly, boldly, fearlessly, epecially in contexts where it might be apprehended that some powerful person could turn nasty. Thus, when the Holy Father told the Synod Fathers to speak with parrhesia, his friend Archbishop Fernandez [see my post of 14 October 2014] interpreted this for the edification of common ordinary bishops as meaning "Mueller [Cardinal Prefect of the CDF] won't come after us".

      Quite common in the NT. S Mark 8:32; S John 7:4,13,26; 10:24; 11:14,54; 16:25,29; 18:20; Acts 2:29; 4:13,29,31; 28:31; etc. etc.. For the verb parrhesiazomai, mainly in Acts, see 9:27,28; 13:46; 14:3; 18:26; 19:8; 26:26 ...

      In Italian, I suppose it might be written without the h."

      Hopefully before much longer, the Catholic Church won't be paying the upkeep for a whining, niggling effete sine-cure like Cunningwhiskers.

      Posted by Fr John Hunwicke at 11:19

    4. Parrhesia... This sounds like a medical word. When applied to the Cunninglinguistwhiskers it could mean diarrhea of the mouth accompanied with constipation of the mind.

  2. Speaking of stripping away the layers that hide Christ, I notice that a poster on Eponymous Flower has challenged the gripers and Pope Francis haters with the word of the very conservative English PP, Fr Ray Blake. Ray sounds as though he has had something of a conversion to what Francis has been saying all along:

    “Catholics are often a bit perplexed when Protestants talk about 'a personal relationship with Jesus Christ', some Catholics are much happier with a personal relationship with the Church and they can recite documents and Popes, Councils and Catechisms but seem to be dead as far as faith is concerned. I suspect this is why the current Sovereign Pontiff, as a Jesuit has a bit of a downer especially on young seminarians, younger priests and 'traddies' in general, as well as leprous courtiers, curial officials, old maids etc., the list is quite long.

    St Ignatius of Loyola was very much into the spirituality of a personal encounter with the person of Jesus, not just in 'The Exercises', but in the entire formation of his novices, for example the pilgrimage to Manresa, were they were sent out like the first disciples and taught to rely on Providence. The early Jesuits were outstanding men of faith, no religious order seems to have had so many canonised saints at its foundation, nor such a variety of different kinds of men, from St. Francis Xavier to St. Peter Favre or St. Francis Borgia to St. Aloysius Gonzaga. What they all have in common is a personal 'humanistic faith', in that Renaissance sense of Catholic of spirituality, in the person of Jesus Christ.

    I think this is what our beloved Holy Father is prodding and kicking us, at time even painfully beating us into accepting. I know many clergy find this a deeply painful time and unsettling, I admit I do myself, old certainties vanish like smoke, many of us feel a real impoverishment. It is like those nobly born Iberian novices sent out on the road with nothing, to rub shoulders with the not necessarily friendly poor and to learn to trust in the Providence of the Good God. Francis' oft repeated "poorer Church for the poor", is incomprehensible apart from what 'poverty' has always really meant in Catholic Tradition: possessing nothing but Christ.”