Restoring the Sacred

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Branco: On Poetic Justice

A Branco Cartoon posted today at Western

How One Priest Discovered the Extraordinary Life

From Brian Williams,The Liturgy Guy Blog:
The following guest post is by Rev. Jeffrey R. Keyes, a Roman Catholic Priest of the Diocese of Santa Rosa, California. Father Keyes was born in 1953, ordained in 1991, and serves at the Cathedral in Santa Rosa. He is also chaplain for the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa, and teaches Scripture and Church history at Cardinal Newman High School.

I personally had no desire to learn how to offer the Extraordinary Form. My intention was to celebrate the Ordinary Form in the manner that Sacrosanctum Concilium imagined it: in Latin, with English readings and orations. If it stayed the same Mass after Mass it would be in Latin. If it was for this mass only it would be in English. Of course, Mass would be celebrated “ad orientem.”
I learned the Extraordinary Form because a bishop asked me to, telling me that there were 100 families in the region asking for it. So in 2012 I celebrated my first Extraordinary Form Mass. On a two week vacation I celebrated in the Extraordinary Form every day so that I could really learn it and be comfortable with it.
Three things happened.
First, it completely transformed my priesthood and it affected the way I celebrated the Ordinary Form. Every Mass became completely Christocentric. Many people recognized this and it caused a greater spirit of prayer in believers.

Secondly, boys who served the mass began to think of vocations to the priesthood. Ordinary boys who would play and roughhouse with great abandon became little soldiers of Christ with great seriousness in the celebration of the Mass.
Thirdly, it caused a reaction of visceral anger and anguish on the part of liberals who were now convinced that I was completely nuts. Their angry letters caused my provincial superior to judge me in a manner that had little relation to reality. So from 3000 miles away he made decisions which changed the nature of the parish and disrupted my life. And I am grateful because I landed in a place that appreciates the Extraordinary Form, that loves reverent prayer, and even has 24/7 adoration. And I am no longer subject to that provincial.

This post originally appeared at Fr. Jeffrey Keyes website and is reprinted here with his permission. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Liturgy Guy: A Brief History of the Roman Rite

The following guest post was written by Fr. Donald L. Kloster, a priest of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut who has served (for over 6 years) as the pastor of 36,000 faithful in the poorer parish of Maria Inmaculada Eucarisitica in the Archdiocese of Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Father Kloster graduated from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary Philadelphia, PA in 1995, having completed his Master’s Thesis in Moral Theology. He is a native of Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989. In addition, Fr. Kloster spent two years as a student (and then novice) at the 7th century est. Benedictine Abbey of Disentis, Switzerland.
To read the enlightening post about the Roman Rite, click on the link below:

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fr. Z: Bullying the little guy

Bullying the little guy.

For decade after decade a liberal elite dominated the mass media. People hardly knew it, the domination was so pervasive and complete.  Then, slowly but surely, a few conservatives clawed their way past the massive machine of opposition.   So, it came to pass that some conservative (sane) talk radio hosts and cable news broadcasts managed to get a new voice into the public square.   The libs were not happy.   They still are not happy. All manner of lib trickery was attempted to silence the unwanted alternative voice in the public square which they had dominated for so long without opposition.  It didn’t work.  With the growth of the internet, the whole game has changed.
Right now, in Catholic media, the same thing is going on.  The libs have had near total domination of large Catholic media outlets.  The domination was so complete that barely anyone knew that they were being fed soul-annihilation.   Small but faithful outlets such as The Wanderer kept a fingernail’s hold on the edge of the Catholic public square, as did a few others.  Then voices such as Mother Angelica managed to claw their way through the opposition.  People, who suddenly had an alternative, began to wake up.  The libs were and are not happy. With the growth of the internet, they have no chance to maintain their uncontested hegemony.
You can tell how angry and frightened the catholic liberal Left is right now by how they are rushing higgledy-piggeldy to defend the claim that homosexual acts are really not so bad after all.  THAT, friends, is the issue.  This is about the long-desired goal of divorcing sexual acts from procreation.  Once that can be accomplished, then anything goes in any and every sphere of Catholic life. The Church will forever be transformed into a sort of NGO with broad goals of niceness, providing really good salaries for the ones who run it.
To read the rest of the post click the below link:

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Fr. Hunwicke: The Lying Nun

From today's Fr. Hunwicke Blog:
Recently I read in the Tablet a piece about a Catalan nun called, I think, Teresa Forcades. In the course of this article, she was reported as saying that, when reading in Church the First Letter of Timothy, she always left out Chapter 2 verse 12 (in which S Paul does not allow women to teach in Church).
To read the rest, click below:

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Roman Catholic Man: A Compromised Church

When I entered my Catholic High School in 1972, the atmosphere celebrated our Catholicity … nuns in full habits all over the place, Priests teaching and in the hallways at all times, Mass & Confession offered frequently, images of Mary and the saints everywhere … especially in the Catechetical resource center … which was filled with the very best of Catholic literature.
In one year, most of the nuns left, while those who remained donned shorter skirts and stunted veils (and the veils were gone by my Senior year); we were left with one priest, we rarely got to see; Mass was offered only once a semester; Confession was nowhere to be found; many of the images of Mary and the Saints were removed; and the Catechetical resource center was completely emptied out and a few bean bag chairs were thrown in the middle of the empty room … the new name of the room became the “meditation room,” which for us meant the “take a nap” room.
It was as if the Church was under new management … Satan.
To read the rest, click the link below:

Friday, September 8, 2017

Monday, September 4, 2017

Branco Cartoon - Up the Anti

From Legal today.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Monday, August 28, 2017

Father Capodanno: Ultimate Missionary of Mercy

From The Remnant today:
A Remnant Audio Article

Tired of open season on Catholic priests? Sick of the distorted image of modern, weak and emasculated priests tainting the memory and the legacy of the hundreds of thousands of heroic priests of the past? It's time to tell the stories of real Catholic priests, both in the past and living today. Father Vince Capodanno is one of them. He offered the old Latin Mass every day, gave his life for his friends on the battlefield, and is the ultimate 'missionary of mercy.' Here's his story, narrated by Michael J. Matt

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Somebody tell those idiots tearing down statues and monuments!

If statues were erected only of the sinless, the only ones in existence would be those of Our Lord and Our Lady.
        (Msgr Charles Pope)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Matt Walsh: Keeping Children in a Christian Bubble

Matt Walsh writing today at The Blaze:
The funny thing is that the people who would never put their child in the Bubble where he’s prevented from learning about transgenderism and masturbation at the age of 8, are often the most inclined to put him in the Bubble where he isn’t allowed to play dodge ball.

A Millennial Defense of Catholic Tradition - Crisis Magazine

A Millennial Defense of Catholic Tradition - Crisis Magazine: Matthew Schmitz—maybe the finest columnist of my generation—has written a delightful piece for the latest issue of First Things on his experience at a New Age healing ceremony. It’s chock full of all the solipsistic drivel we’ve come to expect from the spiritual-not-religious crowd: “Inca values,” hemp prayer mats, and a striking melanin deficiency. The …

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Fight Like the Poles to Restore the Culture

From Life Site News, August 4, 2017:

The future of whole nations depends on a re-appreciation of the family as the living cell of society, on the preservation of Christianity, including the “cultural Christianity.”
Rebuilding the family, nourishing our Christian roots and restoring love for our western histories may seem an impossible task. Like the Polish Home Army, we are fighting against the most terrible odds, abandoned by our supposed allies amid the ruins of our cultural homes. However, Western Civilization isn’t yet dead, so long as we still live. As some American said, let’s fight like the Poles.

Franz Biebl  Ave Maria

Monday, July 31, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017

Guest Op-Ed - Bishop Schneider: The interpretation of Vatican II and its connection with the current crisis of the Church

"Once again, we are honored to post this guest op-ed, submitted to us by His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider. We not only allow but encourage all media and blogs to reprint this as well."

By Bishop Athanasius Schneider
Special to Rorate Caeli
July 21, 2017

Click below to read the Op-ED:

Sunday, July 16, 2017

St. Simon Stock and the Brown Scapular

Today is the 766th anniversary of Simon Stock receiving the brown scapular in Cambridge.  From Rorate Caeli Blog today:

        And...from The National Catholic Register today:

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Bellarmine Forum: The Dolphins and The Icon

Great story today at The Bellarmine Forum Blog:

American Thinker Blog: Comey's Game

Tadas Klimas, a former FBI agent, provides expert analysis of the Comey vs Trump fiasco (still raging through our nation's capitol) in his essay today at the American Thinker Blog.

You can read the essay by clicking on the link below:

For more on Tadas Klimas, click on the below link:

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Sunday, May 28, 2017

G. K. Chesterton: It's Not Gay and It's Not Marriage : Crisis Magazine

Dale Ahlquist, to whom we are in great debt for keeping G. K. Chesterton alive, wrote this extremely quotable and profound piece at Crisis Magazine last week.  Here's the opening paragraph:
One of the pressing issues of Chesterton’s time was “birth control.” He not only objected to the idea, he objected to the very term because it meant the opposite of what it said. It meant no birth and no control. I can only imagine he would have the same objections about “gay marriage.” The idea is wrong, but so is the name. It is not gay and it is not marriage.
To read the whole essay, click on the below link:

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Sharyl Attkisson: Obama-era Surveillance Timeline

You can find many timelines that follow allegations of Russia tampering in the U.S. election and alleged involvement of Trump officials. But I couldn’t find any comprehensive timelines cross-referencing Obama-era surveillance of whistleblowers, journalists and other U.S. citizens with Russia surveillance allegations. So I built one. Please note: temporal proximity of events doesn’t necessarily imply a connection.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

From Catholic World Report: How do we teach Beauty?

A recent post on Catholic World Report by Dale Ahlquist discussed The Chesterton Academy and the priority and importance of teaching Beauty to students.  The post included the following quote from G. K. Chesterton:

Chesterton says, “Wherever men are happy, they will build beautiful things.” The modern world is ugly because we are unhappy. The modern world is ugly because we do not love the modern world.
You can access the post by clicking on the below link:

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Matt Walsh at Notre Dame: Church Militant

Matt Walsh, who writes at The Blaze, was interviewed at Church Militant prior to his speech at Notre Dame.  Click below to read the interview:

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Iditarod 2017: Wrap-Up Stories & Videos

Here are some wrap-up stories and videos from the Last Great Race on Earth 2017:

Catholic World Report: Interview of Michael O'Brien

From Catholic World Report Blog, March 13, 2017:
Michael D. O'Brien has been working as an iconographer, painter, and writer for nearly fifty years. He is the popular author of over two dozen books, including several best-selling novels such as Father Elijah, Elijah in Jerusalem, The Father's Tale, Eclipse of the Sun, Sophia House, Theophilos, and Island of the World, all published by Ignatius Press. His novels have now been published in fourteen languages and have been widely reviewed in both secular and religious media in North America and Europe.

His essays on faith and culture have appeared in international journals including Communio, Catholic Dossier, Inside the Vatican, The Chesterton Review, Catholic World Report, and others. He has worked as a professional artist since 1970 and has held more than 40 exhibits across North America. Since 1976 he has painted religious imagery exclusively, with works ranging from liturgical commissions to visual reflections on the meaning of the human person. His paintings hang in churches, monasteries, universities, community collections and private collections throughout the world.

Michael O’Brien lives near Combermere, Ontario. He and his wife Sheila have six children and ten grandchildren. He recently spoke with CWR about his work as a novelist, reflecting on the vocation of the novelist, the creative process, influences, and inspiration.
To read the interview, click on the below link:

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Mitch Seavey: Oldest Winner of the Iditarod at 57

Mitch Seavey beat son Dallas into Nome by almost three hours to become the oldest winner of the Last Great Race on Earth, setting a new record in the process.

Here are the latest current standings of the rest of the field:

Here is the story of the race, with photos, from the Anchorage Dispatch News:

Here's a link to the Iditarod Store if you'd like a souvenir of the race.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Idiatrod 2017: Race is on for 2nd Place. Mitch Seavey alone in front

Mitch Seavey left White Mountain two hours ahead of son Dallas, who left there only three minutes ahead of Nicolas Petit, so the race to Nome for 2nd place is on.

View current standings: 

Find White Mountain, Safety, and Nome:

Dallas Seavey Two Hours Behind Dad at White Mountain

With only one check point (Safety) to go before Nome, Mitch Seavey is two hours ahead of son Dallas.

Find White Mountain and Safety by clicking to enlarge the below map.

For current standings, click on the below link:

Dad is running about 1/2 mile per hour faster than his son, and is running with two more dogs at the moment.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Iditarod 2017: Dallas Seavey trailing Dad Mitch by about one hour

Mitch Seavey still leading the pack is first into Elim.  Son Dallas about one hour behind his Dad.  Find Elim on the route map:

Here are the current standings:

View musher profiles:

Matt Walsh: 5 Ways Men Should Man up and Lead Their Families

Matt Walsh, writing today at The Blaze:
In writing about the “Day Without A Woman” protest earlier, I hit on a particular theme that sparked a fair amount of blow back, even from self-professed longtime readers. I said that the husbands of these left-wing feminist women, who decided to abandon their professional and family duties for the day in order to make some vaguely defined political statement, need to show some leadership in their households. Rather than submissively cooperating with his wife’s decision to put her feminism ahead of her family, a man should offer some guidance. I think I really upset people the most when I used the phrases “be a man” and “put your foot down.”
To read the whole piece, click on the link below.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Iditarod 2017: Leaders out of Kaltag: Mitch and Dallas Seavey

Father, Mitch Seavey (left) was out of Kaltag five minutes in front of son, Dallas (right).

For current race standings, click below:

Find Kaltag on the map below:

Here's Dallas (left) and Mitch (right) at the start in Fairbanks on Monday.

Click on the photos to enlarge.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017

Iditarod 2017: Restart moved to Anchorage

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From Iditarod News today:

The Latest Iditarod News! 

The Iditarod Restart has been moved to Fairbanks. The Board of Directors of the Iditarod Trail Committee voted unanimously to move the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race restart location from Willow to Fairbanks due to the poor conditions of critical trail areas in the Alaska Range.

The ceremonial start in downtown Anchorage will take place as scheduled on Saturday, March 4, beginning at 10 a.m. The restart will now take place in Fairbanks on Monday, March 6, beginning at 10 a.m.

This marks the third time in the history of the Iditarod that the restart has been moved to Fairbanks due to poor conditions in the Alaska Range. The first was in 2003, and second in 2015.

To view the mushers registered for this year's Iditarod, click on the link:

Our pick, as usual: Aliy Zerkel (that's her on top)

Click on the below link to volunteer: