Friday, June 19, 2009

FLATTOP RECONQUISTA






Knights of the Order of St. Michael of the Rosary successfully bore the cross to the summit of Flattop Mountain on the Vigil of the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.  After erecting the cross at the top, the crusaders then heard the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass celebrated by Fr. Matt McMorrow and received the Body and Blood of Christ before descending in the twilight.

Itinerary:

INVOCATION (Songs 6:10, Psalm 144:1-2, Ephesians 6:11-12, 14-17, Matthew 10:34)
ASCENT (in silencio)
ERECTED CROSS
CRUSADER MASS (Introit - Jesu Dulcis Memoria, Offertorium - Veni Creator Spiritus, Communio - Pange Lingua, Concluding Hymn - Salve Regina, Common Tone)
LITANY OF THE CROSS
DESCENT
AVE MARIA

Congratulations to all crusaders -- we had our largest turnout yet, with 9 Knights Attendant.  For those who didn't make it, please consider fasting on bread and water someday this coming week for the conversion of sinners.

Quis ut Deus!

P.S., here's a sweet Knights Templar version of the solemn tone Salve Regina.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION






Knights of the Order of St. Michael of the Rosary assisted at Holy Family Cathedral's Procession in honor of the Feast of Corpus Christi under the direction of Fr. Vincent Kelber, O.P. and with the blessing of the Archbishop of Anchorage, Roger Schwietz, O.M.I.

Itinerary:

BLESSING by Archbishop Schwietz at Holy Family Cathedral
EXPOSITION by Deacon Isaiah Molano, O.P.
PROCESSION and HYMNS to Delaney Park Strip
HOMILY by Fr. Vincent Kelber, O.P.
ADORATION (in silencio)
ROSARY
BENEDICTION by Fr. Vincent Kelber, O.P.
PROCESSION and HYMNS to Holy Family Cathedral
CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY by Fr. Bryan Kromholtz, O.P.
BENEDICTION and LITANY and TE DEUM (Holy God, We Praise Thy Name)

Congratulations to all attending crusaders.

Don't forget: this coming Thursday evening - June 18th - we will reclaim Flattop for Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Quis ut Deus!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

PENTECOST CRUSADE





Knights of the Order of St. Michael of the Rosary successfully bore the cross to the summit of Mount Baldy (and beyond) in honor of the Holy Spirit on the Feast of Pentecost.

Itinerary:

MASS at Blessed Sacrament Monastery
TRANSPORT to Eagle River, Mt Baldy
INVOCATION (Songs 6:10, Psalm 144:1-2, Ephesians 6:11-12, 14-17, Matthew 10:34)
ASCENT (in silencio)
ERECTED CROSS
LECTIO (Thomas á Kempis, Few Love the Cross of Jesus)
CHANT ROSARY
LITANY OF THE CROSS
DESCENT
AVE MARIA

Congratulations to all attending crusaders.  For those who didn't make it, please offer a fast for those who desecrate the cross.  Our next event is the Corpus Christi Eucharistic Procession at Holy Family Cathedral on June 14th at 130 PM.  Hope to see you there.

Quis ut Deus!

Monday, May 25, 2009

VIRTUE: Path to True Manliness, Says Priest

Great article on masculinity by a Dominican priest, Fr. Philip Neri Powell, here.  I've quoted an excerpt below:

It is no accident that P.C. attitudes and behaviors favor aggressive feminist ideals, ideals that are almost always entirely emotive in nature and arbitrarily defined and enforced. The movie "Fight Club" was a run-away hit among college men for a reason: it spoke directly to those impulses and inclinations that feminist P.C. culture wants to eliminate. 

Most of this applies to the Church as well. Why are male religious orders that demand strict discipline, theologial conformity, and allegiance to the community thriving? Orders that promote laxity, theological creativity, and individuality are dying. Yes, the impulse to conformity can be dangerous if not properly tempered by a healthy sense of self, but a healthy sense of self quickly devolves into indulgent narcissism if it is not reined in by a clearly articulated and vigorously enforced duty to the whole. The idea is to grow as an individual within the identity of the group. The moment the individual is dissolved into the group or the group becomes a loosely associated collection of individuals, the dangers become more and more apparent and abuse is more and more likely.


The "Fight Club" phenomenon is a brilliant case-in-point.  I would guess that one could find that particular DVD in over 50% of the men's dorm rooms at Notre Dame when I was there (and that's a conservative estimate).  To talk about "Fight Club" was something of a touchstone or conversation starter among guys, and mutual possession of the DVD was the mark of an unknown but immediately welcomed brotherhood.  Why, you ask?  Because the story embodies masculine disillusionment with an effeminate world.  Effeminacy lacks the redemptive suffering and sacrifice which is, according to Christ and the Cross, the fullness of manhood.  This is also why effeminacy as such is not even feminine, for true femininity by definition includes the pangs of birth - either the natural, physical birth of conventional mothers, or the supernatural, spiritual birth of conventual mothers (with whom I necessarily include those women who, for reasons known only to Divine Providence, have been prevented from having children and are called to offer this malady as a holy sacrifice to God).

Of course, no one is saying anything new here:

To the woman he said, "I will greatly multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you."  And to Adam he said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, 'You shall not eat of it,' cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth to you; and you shall eat the plants of the field.  In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return." (Gen 3:16-19)

Let us strive to worthily toil on earth, that we may reap the fruits in heaven with Our Lord, Our Blessed Mother, and all the angels and saints.

Quis ut Deus!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

ASCENSION THURSDAY CRUSADE





Knights of the Order of St. Michael of the Rosary successfully bore the cross to the summit of Flattop in honor of Our Lord's Ascension.

Itinerary:

INVOCATION (Songs 6:10, Psalm 144:1-2, Ephesians 6:11-12, 14-17, Matthew 10:34)
ASCENT (in silencio)
ERECTED CROSS
LECTIO (Thomas á Kempis, Few Love the Cross of Jesus)
CHANT ROSARY
LITANY OF THE CROSS
DESCENT
AVE MARIA

Congratulations to all attending crusaders.  For those who didn't make it, we'll be heading out again in a week or two; in the meantime, please offer a fast for the conversion of those who desecrate the cross.

Quis ut Deus!


Monday, May 18, 2009

THE SONG OF ROLAND

Courage.  Pride.  Betrayal.  Sacrifice.

And a whole lot of fake blood.

Quis ut Deus!

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

80-Year-Old Priest Arrested While Carrying Cross

Crusaders,

In the video below, you will see the elderly Fr. Norman Weslin arrested by security forces at my alma mater, the University of Notre Dame.  He was arrested for trespassing, which he committed while protesting against President Obama's abortion policies.

The pictures say more than I can write.  When an 80-year-old priest is arrested at a Catholic university for following the documents of Vatican II, which state that...

...the Church cannot cease repudiating, sorrowfully but as firmly as possible, those poisonous doctrines and actions which contradict reason and the common experience of humanity...

...it's time for men to take up the cross.  Si quis vult me sequi, deneget semetipsum: et tollat crucem suam, et sequatur me.

I've also included excerpts from an article about Fr. Weslin posted at Daily Catholic. Apparently Fr. Weslin is a retired U.S. Army officer and an unflinching captain in the Church Militant.

    PRIEST IN COURT FOR PRAYING IN FRONT OF ABORTION CLINIC

    BUFFALO, New York, (CWNews.com/LSN.ca) - Father Norman Weslin, founder of the pro-life group New York Lambs of Christ, was in court last Wednesday charged with violating a court order by praying in front of the Buffalo GYN Women services abortion clinic on four occasions last year.

        The court order first had pro-lifers stay 15 feet away from abortion clinics, but the distance was extended to 60 feet for certain locations. Father Weslin knelt to pray 17 feet away from the clinic. Clinic director Melinda DuBois charged, "He was kneeling on the sidewalk in a white robe and priestly-looking attire ... He knelt in front of the clinic and prayed. He would do that from 15 minutes to a half-hour."

    The Rev. Norman U. Weslin compared his federal court sentencing Thursday to Jesus appearing before Herod and Pontius Pilate. The judge responded by sentencing the 71-year-old Catholic priest and national pro-life leader to five months in federal prison.

     When asked if he wanted to speak, Weslin looked at U.S. District Court Judge Richard Arcara and said he had little to tell the court.

    "Jesus didn't say anything in front of Herod, and he said very little in front of Pontius Pilate," Weslin said. "I obey God's law, and whenever there's a conflict with man's law, I follow God's law."



Let us pray that we might have the courage to take up our daily cross and follow Our Lord.

Quis ut Deus!
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