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Friday, January 15, 2016

Flip Turns and the Latin Mass Featured

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Regaining What We Lost Regaining What We Lost
There is nothing natural about it.

You come into the wall, you turn yourself upside down, blindly reach for the wall with your feet, push off, and hope you are headed in the right direction.

Flip Turns. I have dreaded flip turns for as long as I have been swimming, which is going over a dozen years now.

For most of those years, even though I swam 5 times a week at points, I never learned how to do flip turns. You know those cool turns that Olympic swimmers do and we watch on underwater cameras? They look so easy.  They’re not.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Mrs. Walter Matt Desperately Needs Prayers Featured

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Dear Remnant Family:

In your charity, please remember in your prayers my mother, Marilyn Matt, who was afflicted with a stroke during an operation on her heart valve last night. The early prognosis is not good, but at 86 she is strong and has always been a fighter with an incredibly strong faith.

Longtime subscribers to The Remnant will recall my mother has been faithfully working here at The Remnant since its founding in 1967.  She's been in harness all along, hard at it here in the office even just the day before her operation. Over the years she’s asked for nothing in return, preferring to remain in the shadows as the faithful heart of this apostolate.
The priest doth protest too much, methinks The priest doth protest too much, methinks
Recently, Father Anthony Cekada released a video entitled “Why Traditionalists Fear Sedevacantism”.  The video is a response to the soon-to-be-released book by John Salza and Robert Siscoe, True or False Pope. Interestingly, rather than demonstrating that Traditionalists fear Sedevacantism, Father Cekada’s remarks suggest that he fears Traditionalists critiques of Sedevacantism.

Rather than responding to arguments and drawing necessary distinctions, Father Cekada resorts to ad hominem attacks and oversimplifications.

Editor's Note: I'm pleased to note that our friends at Adelante la Fe (who operate The Remnant's Spanish-lanugage website) are beginning to make some of their fine articles available in English. The following is an example of their work, posted with the kind permission of its author. MJM

I am still stunned. I had to watch the video on the prayer intentions of Pope Francis several times; I can assure you that the first time I saw it I thought it was fake, but no, ladies and gentlemen: it is absolutely real.

The 'God of Surprises' Strikes Again The 'God of Surprises' Strikes Again

For nearly three years, during his daily sermons at Casa Santa Marta, Francis has been providing the congregation, and the world, with his idiosyncratic readings of events in the Gospel. These are usually delivered off-the-cuff because Francis tends to view prepared texts with contempt. As we have seen again and again, Francis evidently believes it is more “pastoral” simply to say whatever he thinks without to regard to the doctrinal implications or the potential for scandal. The results have often been, to put it mildly, stupefying.

The Joyless Mystery of the Rosary? The Joyless Mystery of the Rosary?
In the Traditional Latin Rite the Feast of the Holy Family is celebrated on the Sunday after Epiphany (January 10 this year). In the Novus Ordo calendar it comes two weeks earlier, on the Sunday within the Octave of Christmas; and Pope Francis, following up the two recent Synods on the Family, decided to celebrate this Feast publicly in St. Peter's Basilica on December 27. In both old and new rites, the Gospel for this Feast is St. Luke's account of the finding of the Child Jesus in the temple - the Fifth Joyful Mystery of the Rosary.

Unfortunately, our present Bishop of Rome used the occasion in order to preach a sermon that for countless faithful Catholics, including the present writer, had the effect of pouring a bucket of ice-cold water all over the happy occasion, leaching out the joy and replacing it with shock, uncertainty and consternation. For Pope Francis here continued his seemingly unending series of 'firsts' - radically novel statements and decisions that none of his predecessors would ever have dreamed of making, and which, indeed, they would never have believed could be made by any Successor of Peter.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

New From Remnant TV....

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"Behold the Lamb of God who taketh away SOME BUT NOT ALL the sins of the world" "Behold the Lamb of God who taketh away SOME BUT NOT ALL the sins of the world"
Last Sunday Sermon of 2015: Vatican Abandons Jewish Brothers

Father revisits the theme of St. John the Baptist preparing the way for the coming of Christ by calling the world to repentance.

He then speaks of the old vs. new covenants, and asks the question: In light of the Vatican's recent document (The Gifts and Calling of God are Irrevocable) calling for the abandonment of any missionary outreach to our Jewish brothers, does that mean the infallible teaching on salvation through Jesus Christ alone has also been abandoned by the Catholic Church? 
Saturday, December 26, 2015

Do We Still Stand with the Men of Good Will? Featured

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christmas 3Puer natus est nobis et filius datus est nobis...

“For, this day, is born to you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David. And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God, and saying: Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will.”

Luke, Chapter 2: 11-14 will once again be splashed all over Christmas cards this year but I’ll wager that one of the few places the passage will be rendered accurately is right here in The Remnant. Playing fast and loose with biblical passages is nothing new, of course, but this one is the granddaddy of them all. “Peace on earth good will to men”—the mangled, Protestantized version of it positively trips off the tongue, whereas “and on earth peace to men of good will” seems convoluted and wrong to modern lips and ears alike—and in more ways than one.

Two years before his death, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed the

.  It was his contribution to the annual Christmas concert for widows of Viennese musicians, and it was destined to become so well loved that it would still be performed in the world’s great concert halls at Christmastime centuries later. At its premiere, Mozart surprised Vienna by taking to the stage unannounced beforehand and playing the viola part himself.

The date was December 22, 1789.
Yes, 1789—the year the French Revolution sent waves of horror across Europe, including in Imperial Vienna. Yet the maestro managed to insulate himself from the din of bloody revolution and compose a piece of music so sublime it would capture the sweet essence of the old world and stand in stark contrast to a new one in violent making.

Then as now the holy Feast made it possible for weary men to make believe the world hadn’t gone mad after all. Like that Quintet of 1789, Christmas still has the power to put revolutions on hold.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

New From Remnant TV...Vatican Scandals Featured

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An Appeal to Pope Francis to Stop the Madness

The Mike 'n' Chris Show covers the Vatican's statement against sharing Jesus with the Jews, Francis's plans for de facto Catholic divorce, the Immaculate Conception laser scandal at St. Peter's and the Remnant's appeal to Pope Francis to change course or resign.

a massThought of the Day: All practicing Roman Catholic soldiers in WWII were "traditional Catholics" who attended the  Latin Mass exclusively. So what happened?

One of the distressing complaints so often heard from those who attend the Novus Ordo Liturgy is: “I didn’t get anything out of that Mass.” Such persons should be reminded that Catholics traditionally did not come to Mass to be entertained; rather then, as now, the main focus for attending Mass is to worship Almighty God.

The God-centered Traditional Latin Mass offers a remedy to those wayward souls in the form of the “Commemoration of the Living.” For those who attend the Mass of the Ages, the Commemoration of the Living, at the beginning of the Canon of the Mass, makes it abundantly clear what we hope “to get” out of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

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