11 January 2018

If You Want Clarity, This Is It

Catholics, will you remain Catholic? Will you stand with Christ and the few at the foot of the Cross, or will you declare no king but Caesar? Will you stand with these men? Why hasn't every bishop from bottom to top not signed on to this statement?

We affirm therefore in the spirit of St. John the Baptist, of St. John Fisher, of St. Thomas More, of Blessed Laura Vicuña and of numerous known and unknown confessors and martyrs of the indissolubility of marriage:

It is not licit (non licet) to justify, approve, or legitimize either directly or indirectly divorce and a non-conjugal stable sexual relationship through the sacramental discipline of the admission of so-called “divorced and remarried” to Holy Communion, in this case a discipline alien to the entire Tradition of the Catholic and Apostolic faith.

By making this public profession before our conscience and before God who will judge us, we are sincerely convinced that we have provided a service of charity in truth to the Church of our day and to the Supreme Pontiff, Successor of Saint Peter and Vicar of Christ on earth.

10 January 2018

A Holy, Gentle, and Perseverant Priest Has Passed into Eternity

Many thanks to the kind reader who passed along this sad news: Fr. Joseph Begue, the Vincentian priest who was so well-known and beloved by so many in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, passed away on January 9, 2018 at the age of 94.  

He served in the U.S. Army in World War II, and was ordained a priest in 1955. Fr. Begue is best known for serving as the unfailingly kind and helpful director of the late, great Vincentian Press in St. Louis City. 

He was a faithful and stalwart priest, imbued with so many of the qualities of Him Whom he served so well. He supported the maintenance and growth of the Traditional Latin Mass in St. Louis at both St. Agatha and St. Francis de Sales Oratory. In his later years, he was a fixture in the confessional at the Oratory, spending many hours absolving the sins of so many faithful.

May these souls rise up and intercede before the throne of God on behalf of this holy priest. May his ministry be his pleading, and may Our Blessed Mother procure the salvation of this man of God through her mighty intercession.  May he hear those words of Our Lord that we all so pray to hear one day: "Well done, good and faithful servant... enter thou into the joy of your Lord."

Requiem aeternam dona ei Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen.

May the soul of Fr. Joseph Begue, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Visitation is tonight and the funeral Mass is tomorrow morning at St. Mary's of the Barrens (Mary, Mother of God Chapel), 1701 W. St. Joseph Street, Perryville, MO 63775. The residence where the services will be held is located just behind the Miraculous Medal Shrine.

04 January 2018

Good News for a New Year-- and an Invitation, Too: Traditional Rite Baptism in Jefferson City Diocese

A kind reader in the Diocese of Jefferson City asked me to share his good news, which I am happy to do (slightly edited):  

Long time follower. Thanks for what you do. I appreciate your insight and at your suggestion, I have been to St. Francis de Sales whenever I am in STL, what a wonderful true parish.

I have noticed you like to be abreast of the goings on in the Jefferson City Diocese. My wife and I approached our Pastor two months ago and asked if we could use the church for a Traditional Rite Baptism for our upcoming bundle due January 12th. There is a young priest in the diocese who is available to offer the TLM, a.k.a the real thing. For all we can find, this will be the first Latin Mass/Traditional Baptism at this parish in well over 50 years. The only other Latin Mass in our diocese has been a monthly offering for nearly two years at a 100 person mission in Novinger, Missouri.

Long story short he obliged, quite quickly I might add. I approached him two years ago for the same and it was denied, quite quickly then too.

Things seem to be moving over here, Deo Gratias!

Anywho, we want to pack the place out. In your charity could you suggest to folks you know to head our way if the weather holds out. We want the Pastor to understand just how serious we "trads" a.k.a. actual Catholics are.

I am unsure if you know the Latin Mass Society of Northeast Missouri (Kirksville), but they are instrumental in making this happen too.
It will be held on January 26th, 2018, Baptism at 4:45 pm, Mass following at 5:30 pm, Fr. Dylan Schrader of Jeff City Diocese will celebrate, a light reception after the events.

"Done up" announcement attached.


Casey Dillon

Glad to oblige, and congratulations! I hope all seven of my readers can make it-- I wish I could, but I will be on the road East on Dad business that day. God bless your family and grant your wife and baby a safe delivery!

Eleventh Day of Christmas from the Catholic Poet

Merry Christmas! Yes, the photo you see is real. It shows the actual 2017 Christmas light display on the hedge at Bob Dylan's Malibu home.

Let Bob be Bob, people.

The State of Things

And because inquity hath abounded, the charity of many will grow cold. 

--Matthew 24:12

03 January 2018

The Tenth Day of Christmas

The terrible abyss which sin had produced between God and man has been filled up by the Child who opens His arms to us from the manger. All that sin had spoiled and destroyed is now, by the will of God, saved, "re-established in Christ" (c.f. Eph 1, 10). Oh! how spontaneous is the need to praise and adore when the Child Jesus is contemplated in this light! Here, tenderness and admiration are one!

The grace which Adam had received directly from God, we now receive only through Jesus, our Mediator; our whole supernatural life always comes through Him. If we wish to be united to God, we have no other means than to attach ourselves to Jesus, to pass through Him, our Mediator, our Bridge, our Way. Jesus has said, "I am the way" (Jn 14, 6); "I am the door. By Me, if any man enter in, he shall be saved" (ibid. 10,9). Behold the only condition, the only way of salvation, of sanctity.

--from Divine Intimacy, by Father Gabriel of Saint Mary Magdalen, O.C.D.

Bob Knows, p. 437

There’s a man that hates me and he’s swift, smooth and near

Am I supposed to set back and wait until he’s here?

I need a shot of love

02 January 2018

Apocalypse 3:2

Be watchful and strengthen the things that remain, which are ready to die. For I find not thy works full before my God.