James Martin, SJ, Offers Absurd Interpretation of Wedding Garment Parable

America’s most confusing and misleading Jesuit has, perhaps, outdone himself yet again. Known, among many things, for offering ridiculous, sentimentalist, and wrong reflections on Scripture, Father Martin tweeted his shocking interpretation of the Wedding Garment parable from Matthew which was heard at both forms of the Mass (28th Sunday in Ordinary Time & 19th Sunday after Pentecost).

I’ll let a screenshot of the overwhelming response speak for itself. However, the question is now building, why does Cardinal Dolan allow this to continue in his important diocese? Why the silence?

Fr. Martin’s interpretation has God the Father condemning Jesus the Son to Hell.

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Bonum Vitae: A Budding Project Taking Place

As I alluded to last week with a call to action in order to court passionate and thoughtful writers, framework for an upcoming project is coming into place. In order to find more candidates to be contributors, I am going to run a small Facebook campaign with the new project’s new Facebook page: Bonum Vitae.

Please consider “liking” the page because Facebook will not allow new campaigns to be run by a new page with nearly no followers for obvious reasons. You will then also get the benefit of being the first to know about the project’s news and growth!

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Bonum Vitae is an online digest dedicated to classical pursuits, noble endeavors, Permanent Things, and The Good Life.

Also, if you have a knack for writing and are passionate about any of the topics listed below (or offshoots of them) please contact me! This project will be fun.

  • Art
  • Architecture
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Photography
  • Style (men & women)
  • Gardening
  • Politics (historical and modern)
  • Economics (from a variety of perspectives)
  • Philosophy
  • Religion in the public square
  • Science and nature
  • Hunting
  • Hobbies
  • Cooking
  • Entertaining in the home
  • Agricultural and rural living
  • City living
  • “New Urbanism”

Archbishop Listecki Directs His Flock on How to Battle Today’s Cultural Turmoil

His Excellency, Archbishop Listecki, offered a good article in this week’s (Milwaukee) Catholic Herald. He discusses a few points including the need for Catholics to be BOLD in today’s culture, a common theme here at TSP. Below are snippets, emphases mine:

‘Hold the Line’ in Times of Turmoil

I have encountered a number of people who are apprehensive about the current state of affairs in our country. Some of these areas are the seeming divisions that have occurred in the realm of politics, the social reconstruction that is occurring under the guise of personal freedom and the international threat of nuclear proliferation endangering the entire human community. Many people of faith don’t know where and to whom to turn. They seek solace in the face of confusion. No one dialogues anymore; shouting matches have replaced civil discourse. Emotional arguments have replaced reason and logic. And, the old “ad hominem” statements have been injected into every debate.

… It seems to me in the climate of today’s arguments that the Catholic Church is often presented as the enemy to individuals who characterize themselves as “progressives.” Because of the rampant secularization that we are experiencing in today’s society, religion is no longer embraced as “good” for the development of the society, but at the present time tolerated, with just one step away from persecuted. Some may say that I am overreacting, but I believe that it is time that we were sensitive to the attacks so that we might prepare for our response.

…We can never take for granted the spiritual activity that surrounds us. Our young people are fascinated by Harry Potter and the realm of magic. Yet, we have good spirits and bad spirits (angels and devils), a guardian angel that accompanies us through life and, of course, the saints.

…The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Blessed Trinity, animates the work of the Church. The Church is instituted to lead us to salvation and the Holy Spirit guides the Church in truth. Jesus said, “If you love me you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth, which the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows it. But you know it, because it remains with you, and will be in you.” (John 14: 15-17) The promise of Jesus is fulfilled in the advocate, given to His Church. The Church is “indefectible.”

As we consider our position in this day and age, my advice is “hold the line.” Look to the teachings of the Church and understand that it is rooted in the truth that guides us toward our heavenly inheritance

What then is our task today? It is to be witnesses of “Blessed Boldness.” We need to stand tall in the face of those who would deny Christian truth

During the 26 years of St. John Paul II’s pontificate, he always told us to be not afraid. He lived in the face of oppression, Nazism, communism and growing secularism, and, despite the obstacles he faced, his hope was always manifest in the person of Jesus Christ. “The Church’s fundamental function in every age and particularly in ours is to direct man’s gaze, to point the awareness and experience of the whole of humanity toward the mystery of Christ, to help all men to be familiar with the profundity of the Redemption taking place in Christ Jesus.”

So, live close to the Church and proclaim her teachings. With the Church, we “hold the line” despite the world’s problems and we will maintain our path towards sanctity by living a “Blessed Boldness” in a world that needs Jesus Christ.

Read the whole thing there. Bishops need to be supported when offering counter-cultural messages like this to their dioceses. Make sure to call/email His Excellency or your own bishops to let him know of your support and prayers! ☩

Jesuit-Run America Magazine Gets Reason Millennials Don’t Go to Mass Wrong…Followed By Comment Worth Noting

The Jesuit-run website America has an article titled Yes, millennials like brunch. But that’s not why they’re skipping Mass. The entire article entirely misses the point of why most Millennial Catholics don’t regularly assist at Mass, suggesting it is because the experience at Mass might not be the social experience they hope for among other eye-rolling reasons. The author also says it’s just plain “hard”.

The truth is, we do not go to Mass weekly because it is hard. Not hard in a “walk uphill both ways in the snow to fulfill our Christian duty” way. But hard in a “I don’t want to have to wrestle two preschoolers to sit still for an hour while I receive judgmental stares” way.

While a perfect attendance record may elude us, our twice-monthly attendance at Mass is practically pious by my generation’s standards…

Read the whole thing there. It’s ridiculous a website which claims to be Catholic would have an article about how hard it is to go to Mass regularly, while citing all wrong reasons for the dismal Millennial numbers. The real reason is because too many parishes are run by people/pastors whose thinking is exactly the same!

At any rate, the reason for the post is a comment at the bottom of the article. One person makes an accurate comment about the Sacrifice of the Mass and Millennials. Then, a shocking response from a misled person.

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Calling Those Who Have Knowledge and Ability to Offer!

I am reaching out in order ask if any of you fine ladies and gentlemen might be interested in contributing to a new online endeavor. It will focus on providing original content on a variety of topics and endeavors. The name of the new online magazine will be Bonum Vitae. “The Good Life” in Latin.

I won’t get into any details now but we’re looking for people who have enough knowledge of the following topics (or related topics) to either make regular personal contributions (and/)or know where to find people who could and might be interested in helping:

  • Art
  • Architecture
  • Music
  • Literature
  • Photography
  • Style (men & women)
  • Gardening
  • Politics (historical and modern)
  • Economics (from a variety of perspectives)
  • Philosophy
  • Religion in the public square
  • Science and nature
  • Hunting
  • Hobbies
  • Cooking
  • Entertaining in the home
  • Agricultural and rural living
  • City living
  • “New Urbanism”
  • Ideas welcome

Along with those who can create or seek out original content to the topics above, it would be helpful to have the help of anyone capable of the following skills:

  • Editing
  • Web Development
  • Copy writing

Reaching out is not an expectation you are going to help. Please feel free to comment below or message us on Facebook if you are interested in learning more! If none of the above pertains to you please share this post with friends who might be!

Thank you! ☩