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November 10, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) — Spiritual masters have spoken of “the liturgical providence of God” — namely, the way in which, in the great rites of Christendom, we find that the texts of the Mass or the Divine Office prayed for centuries contain the remarkable quality of being precisely relevant for the particular moments at which they are recited again in our churches or homes. This providence can often be experienced by the individual Christian in his own prayer, and it also frequently applies on a larger scale, with regard to what is happening in the Church or in the world.

Ponder these excerpts from the antiphons, prayers, and readings of this past Sunday’s traditional Latin Mass, for the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost, and ask: Could we have received a more opportune “message” from Our Lord at this moment in our national and ecclesial life? (The full texts may be read here; I am quoting the verses that leaped out at me the most.)

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PETITION UPDATE (12/10/20)

Prior to the election on November 3, the U.S. bishops as a whole did not address Joe Biden’s anti-Catholic position regarding faith and morals. The bishops’ lack of clarity is a scandal in itself and probably contributed to the possible election of a pro-abortion “Catholic” to the presidency.

The bishops could have spoken out against Biden’s stance collectively, but they were overwhelmingly silent. Because of this, they will be at least partly responsible for the policies advanced by a Biden administration, in the event that Biden is sworn into office.

Please SIGN and SHARE this petition today!

Since Archbishop José H. Gomez and the USCCB prematurely congratulated Joe Biden as “the second United States president to profess the Catholic faith,” Gomez has announced that Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron will lead a “working group” to deal with a Biden Administration.

Although Joe Biden professes to be a Catholic, he supports policies that directly oppose the teaching of the Catholic Church, including abortion, homosexual “marriage,” and transgenderism for children.

“[Biden has] given us reason to believe that he will support policies that are against some fundamental values that we hold dear as Catholics. These policies include the repeal of the Hyde Amendment and the preservation of Roe v. Wade. Both of these policies undermine our pre-eminent priority of the elimination of abortion,” said Gomez.

On November 9, Archbishop Strickland of Tyler, Texas tweeted: “A dark cloud has descended on this nation when the USCCB and Planned Parenthood speak in unison in support of a Biden-Harris administration that supports the slaughter of innocents by abortion for all 9 months of pregnancy.”

Additionally, Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver, Colorado and Archbishop Charles Chaput have both declared publicly that Joe Biden “should not receive Holy Communion."

Unfortunately, Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C. has said that he will give Holy Communion to Biden because “it’s a matter of the responsibility that I have as the archbishop to be engaged and to be in dialogue with him, even in those areas where we obviously have some differences.”

Bishop W. Francis Malooly of Wilmington, Delaware and Bishop McElroy of San Diego also congratulated Biden in statements, but they have not indicated whether or not they would administer Holy Communion to him.

The bishops should not congratulate someone who has betrayed his Catholic Faith like Joe Biden has. It's an embarrassment and a scandal.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/us-bishops-concerned-about-pro-abortion-biden-previously-hailed-him-as-second-catholic-president

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/abp-aquila-backs-call-for-pro-abortion-catholic-joe-biden-to-be-denied-holy-communion?utm_source=top_news&utm_campaign=standard

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/former-philly-archbishop-biden-not-in-full-communion-with-the-catholic-church

https://www.thesoutherncross.org/news/bishop-mcelroy-offers-prayers-and-congratulations-to-president-elect-biden/

https://www.ncronline.org/news/politics/us-catholics-weigh-mixed-reaction-biden-win

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The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has finally spoken on Joe Biden and Kamala Harris....

Not to chastise them for their blatant anti-life, anti-family and anti-Catholic views, but to "congratulate" them on "[being elected]"!

BUT, as everyone know, the anti-Catholic Biden-Harris ticket has NOT been elected.

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition to the U.S. Catholic bishops telling them to retract their premature and offensive statement on the media's call of the election in Biden's favor.

As of the launch of this petition on November 9, NOT ONE STATE has certified the election results. All of the results are tentative and many are being litigated.

So, this is not the time for the bishops to falsely assert that Biden "has received enough votes to be elected the 46th President of the United States."

That's just not true, and for the bishops to willingly play along with the media's attempt to sweep allegations of voter fraud under the rug, is shocking behavior.

And, while Joe Biden may profess the Catholic Faith, he has also stated his support for abortion, homosexual "marriage," and recently, transgenderism for children.

For bishops, therefore, to congratulate a traitor to the Catholic Faith like Joe Biden, it requires a disturbing level of arrogance and pride.

That is not to say they should stand in judgement. But to congratulate such a man, rather than chastise him, sends exactly the wrong message to the faithful, 50% of whom are believed to have supported Biden in his election bid.

Stop ingratiating yourselves to a person who is advocating mass murder! Stop congratulating this anti-Catholic "Catholic."

For goodness' sake, grow a backbone and start defending the Faith!

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

'US Bishops hail Biden as second Catholic president, ignoring his pro-abortion record and disputed election outcome' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/us-bishops-hail-biden-as-second-catholic-president-ignoring-his-pro-abortion-record-and-disputed-election-outcome

**Photo Credit: Screen grab from USCCB's Twitter feed. Original photo: CNS Photo/Colton Machado/Archdiocese of LA

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INTROIT (Jeremiah 29:11, 12, 14): The Lord saith: I think thoughts of peace, and not of affliction: you shall call upon Me, and I will hear you; and I will bring back your captivity from all places. V. Lord, Thou hast blessed Thy land: Thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob. Glory be to the Father…

COLLECT: Absolve, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the sins of Thy people; that we may be delivered by Thy goodness from the bonds of sins, which by our frailty we have committed. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son…

EPISTLE (Philippians 3:17–21, 4:1–3): Brethren, be followers of me, and observe them who walk so as you have our model. For many walk, of whom I have told you often (and now tell you weeping) that they are enemies of the cross of Christ; whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame; who mind earthly things. But our conversation is in heaven, from whence also we look for the Saviour, our Lord Jesus Christ… Therefore, my brethren, dearly beloved, and most desired, my joy and my crown: stand fast in the Lord.

GRADUAL (Psalm 43:8–9): Thou hast delivered us, O Lord, from them that afflict us: and hast put them to shame that hate us. V. In God we will glory all the day: and in Thy name we will give praise for ever.

GOSPEL (Matthew 9:18–26): …when Jesus was come into the house of the ruler, and saw the minstrels and the multitude making a tumult, He said: Give place; for the girl is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed Him to scorn. And when the multitude was put forth, He went in, and took her by the hand. And the maid arose.

OFFERTORY (Psalm 129:1–2): From the depths I have cried out to Thee, O Lord: Lord, hear my prayer: from the depths I have cried out to Thee, O Lord.

SECRET: We offer to Thee, O Lord, this sacrifice of praise to increase our zeal in Thy service: that what Thou hast begun in us Thy unworthy servants, Thou wouldst mercifully bring to completion. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son…

COMMUNION (Mark 11:24): Amen I say to you, whatsoever you ask when you pray, believe that you shall receive, and it shall be done to you.

POSTCOMMUNION: We beseech Thee, almighty God, that Thou wouldst not permit us to be subject to human dangers, to whom Thou givest to rejoice in the participation of divine mysteries. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son…

The Collect, Secret, and Postcommunion make a perfect unit: the first begs the Lord to unshackle us from the bonds of our sins; the second admits our unworthiness to serve Him but asks Him nonetheless for an increase of zeal in His service; and the third, rejoicing that we have been united with Him, begs for deliverance from evils inflicted by others.

There is also a reverse progress from the Communion back to the Introit. In the Communion, Jesus tells us that whatever we ask will be given us. In the Offertory, the faithful soul, emboldened by this promise, cries out to the Lord. In the Gradual we hear the result: the Lord has delivered us and put to shame our enemies, and as a consequence we praise Him. In the Introit, we learn what exactly we will have been delivered from: our captivity (to modernism, to progressivism…), as well as the good in which we are established, the Lord’s peace. In short: from pleading to praising to peace. That is a miniature portrait of the life of prayer.

I like to think of Jairus’s daughter in the Gospel as a symbol of the Church and of the Nation. In either case, a resurrection seems impossible, and people laugh Jesus to scorn. He shuts out the faithless and performs a miracle for those who trust in Him.

In St. Mark’s account of the same miracle, Jesus tenderly addresses the daughter of the ruler as “little girl.” The painting I’ve included here brings out the gentleness of His power as He bends over to wake her up from death: “Taking her by the hand he said to her, Talitha cumi; which means, Little girl, I say to you, arise” (Mark 5:41).

We are like that little girl: to all appearances, traditional Catholicism is a tiny remnant, already written off as dead. Then I got to thinking about how often the Lord singles out “the little” in Sacred Scripture:

At that time Jesus answered and said: I confess to thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them to the little ones. Yea, Father; for so hath it seemed good in thy sight. (Mt. 11:25-26)

Fear not, little flock, for it hath pleased your Father to give you a kingdom. (Luke 12:32)

The law of the Lord is unspotted, converting souls: the testimony of the Lord is faithful, giving wisdom to little ones. (Ps. 18:8)

The Lord is the keeper of little ones: I was little and he delivered me. (Ps. 114:6)

O poor little one, tossed with tempest, without all comfort, behold I will lay thy stones in order, and will lay thy foundations with sapphires, And I will make thy bulwarks of jasper: and thy gates of graven stones, and all thy borders of desirable stones. (Is. 54:11-12)

The least shall become a thousand, and a little one a most strong nation: I, the Lord, will suddenly do this thing in its time. (Is. 60:22 )

Let us remember that the greatness of God is most gloriously revealed in the wonders He works in, among, and through the little ones. The life of Israel — tiny among the nations, yet never extinguished in spite of their efforts — demonstrates this truth; the life of Christ, born in Bethlehem and (seemingly) crushed on Calvary, demonstrates it even more; and the lives of the saints, from Paul, “the least of the apostles” (1 Cor 15:9) to Thérèse, “the Little Flower,” repeat it again and again — a refrain that God’s Providence never tires of singing. The ways of God are unfathomable, and our role in His plan requires faith as we walk in the darkness; but He has told us clearly — in the Bible, in the liturgy, in the saints — that He, as our Father, has foreseen all, and will bring forth good out of evil.

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Peter Kwasniewski, Thomistic theologian, liturgical scholar, and choral composer, is a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College in California (B.A. Liberal Arts) and The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC (M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy). He taught at the International Theological Institute in Austria and the Franciscan University of Steubenville's Austria Program, then helped establish Wyoming Catholic College in 2006. There he taught theology, philosophy, music, and art history and directed the choirs until leaving in 2018 to devote himself full-time to writing and lecturing. 

Today he contributes regularly to many websites and publications, including New Liturgical Movement, OnePeterFive, LifeSiteNews, Rorate Caeli, The Remnant, and Catholic Family News, and has published ten books, including four on traditional Catholicism: Resurgent in the Midst of Crisis (Angelico, 2014, also available in Czech, Polish, German, Portuguese, Spanish, and Belarusian), Noble Beauty, Transcendent Holiness (Angelico, 2017), Tradition and Sanity (Angelico, 2018), and Reclaiming Our Roman Catholic Birthright: The Genius and Timeliness of the Traditional Latin Mass (Angelico, 2020). His work has been translated into at least thirteen languages.

Kwasniewski is a scholar of The Aquinas Institute in Green Bay, which is publishing the Opera Omnia of the Angelic Doctor, a Fellow of the Albertus Magnus Center for Scholastic Studies, and a Senior Fellow of the St. Paul Center. He has published over 1,200 articles on Thomistic thought, sacramental and liturgical theology, the history and aesthetics of music, and the social doctrine of the Church. 

For news, information, article links, sacred music, and the home of Os Justi Press, visit his personal website, www.peterkwasniewski.com.

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