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Christ the King: A Feast Important Enough to Celebrate Twice!

Page from Latin Mass Missal. Christ holding the orb and scepter and wearing a crown.

Here’s a feast day so important, it’s worth celebrating twice!  The Feast of the Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ is celebrated in the Extraordinary Form (the Latin Mass) on the last Sunday of October, as it was throughout the Universal Church until Vatican II.  In the Ordinary Form (Novus Ordo) of the Mass, it is celebrated on the last Sunday before Advent.  There is a certain logic to the new date:  being reminded that Jesus Christ is Lord and King of the Universe just before the beginning of Advent is a kind of “reset button” that reminds us of just Who it is which we will be celebrating in four short weeks.

Pope Benedict XVI wrote the following concerning the feast:

Page from Latin Mass Missal. Christ holding the orb and scepter and wearing a crown.
The Feast of the Kingship of our Lord Jesus Christ – excerpt from the 1962 Roman Missal.

“Jesus of Nazareth…is so intrinsically king that the title ‘King’ has actually become His name.  By calling ourselves Christians, we label ourselves as followers of the king…God did not intend Israel to have a kingdom.  The kingdom was a result of Israel’s rebellion against God…the law was to be Israel’s king, and, through the law, God Himself.  God yielded to Israel’s obstinacy and so devised a new kind of kingship for them.  The king is Jesus; in Him God entered humanity and espoused it to himself.  This is the usual form of the divine activity in relation to mankind.  God does not have a fixed plan that He must carry out; on the contrary, He has many different ways of finding man and even of turning his wring ways into right ways…the Feast of Christ the King is therefore not a feast of those who are subjugated, but a feast of those who know that they are in the hands of the One who writes straight on crooked lines.”

A Prayer for Our Country on the 100th Anniversary of the Great War’s End.

Sailors waiving flags on a city street.

O Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy, at this most critical time, we entrust the United States of America to your loving care.

Most Holy Mother, we beg you to reclaim this land for the glory  of your Son.  Overwhelmed with the burden of the sins of our nation, we cry to you from the depths of our hearts and seek refuge in your motherly protection.

Look down with mercy upon us and touch the hearts of our people.  Open our minds to the great worth of human life and to the responsibilities that accompany human freedom.

Free us from the falsehoods that lead to the evil of abortion and threaten the sanctity of family life.  Grant our country the wisdom to proclaim that God’s law is the foundation on which this nation was founded, and that He alone is the True Source of our cherished rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

O Merciful Mother, give us the courage to reject the culture of death and the strength to build a new Culture of Life.  Amen.  

The above prayer is offered by Men of the Sacred Hearts ( menofthesacredhearts.org )

Lex Luthor and Martin Luther

Comic book villan Lex Luthor grinning diabolically. Martin Luther standing behind Lex and staring at him.

Is it wrong to mention the arch-villain from the Superman comics and the founder of Protestantism in the same breath?  Hardly.  Both are scoundrels.  While we’re at it, we might as well throw in Henry VIII, probably the only serial killer to start his own religion.

While our separated brethren prepare to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s revolt, Roman Catholics around the world have absolutely nothing to celebrate, and should think twice about joining in on the festivities.

Martin Luther was a heretic.   Contemporaries of Luther who willingly followed him in his errors are heretics as well.  The rending asunder of Christendom which Luther initiated has continued unabated for five centuries, so that now the number of protestant denominations and sects number in the tens of thousands.  There’ll probably be a couple new ones out by the time you read this.  The two dozen folks who break away from the Maple Avenue Four-Square Bible Rock of Salvation Church in order to found the Reformed Four-Square Bible Rock of Salvation Church of Birch Street will consider themselves a church every bit as legitimate as the one which Christ Himself founded two millennia ago.  They’ll come up with their own particular interpretation of the Bible, perhaps form a new doctrine or two, and continue merrily along until a handful of their congregation get pissed about something and break away to form yet another church.

Gee…thanks Luther.  Thanks a bunch.

Has the Church Christ founded required course corrections periodically?  Yes, and at every critical juncture the Holy Spirit has raised up men and women of heroic virtue who remained loyal and enacted needed reforms within the Church, keeping her intact.  These reforms were not doctrinal in the sense that the Church had developed a false doctrine.  The reforms had to do with practices, procedures, and norms which had gotten out of kilter due to the errors of sinful men and women.  The mechanics of the Church require fine tuning and occasionally, even a complete overhaul from time to time, but the bedrock of the Magisterium requires no such tinkering.

Luther’s big mistake (and it was a whopper!) was not the pointing out of practices requiring reform, but rather his determination that the Roman Catholic Church was in and of itself utterly defective and requiring abandonment and replacement with a church of Luther’s own invention. Lex and Martin

That  act of hubris on Martin Luther’s part, and the ensuing sorrow and chaos it created, the number of souls it led astray…well nothing Lex Luthor could accomplish with mere kryptonite could even come close.

The Secular War AGAINST Halloween (!)

Sad jackolantern with the slash symbol over it says "No Halloween"

I can remember when Halloween wasn’t a source of untold billions worth of revenue.  Back in the ’60’s, perhaps the businesses most likely to profit from October 31 were the linen companies, because angry moms had to replace sheets which had been appropriated for ghost costumes, eyeholes cut out, and, well…Anti-Jacko

Fast-forward to 2017.  The Halloween industry (“Big Halloween”?) has to be a little nervous at the growing secular (yes, secular) backlash against the holiday, surpassed only by Christmas in terms of retail sales generated.  I suppose it had to happen eventually, but even Halloween is getting trampled by the wild stampede of political correctness cascading over North America.

For years, of course, concerns have been voiced by a Christian that the holiday (which has, after all, its origin in the Catholic feast of All Saints’ (All Hallows) Day) was growing increasingly dark with its emphasis on the occult and violent (Freddy Kruger, anyone?  Is it really a good idea that kids dress up as a serial killer?).  At best, these concerns were put aside with a knowing smirk; at worst, it became another opportunity for the secular world to take a vicious swing at the Christian piñata.  In the public schools, of course, Halloween was the one holiday celebrated with vigor.

But now, this year, things have begun to change rapidly.  It’s all about cultural appropriation and micro-aggression, don’t you know?  Some poor girl wants to dress up as the Disney princess Moana, and she’s told she’s guilty of the mortal sin of cultural appropriation.  For those not keeping up, “cultural appropriation” is all the rage on the Left these days…or perhaps more accurately, it’s all the outrage.  Don’t forget that being outraged is actually a hobby in 2017.  It’s a great way to signal your virtue if you take grave offense at a manufactured/imagined insult, even if it’s not directed at you.   So you’re allowed to be offended (perhaps violently so) if somebody dresses in a fashion not intrinsic to their particular racial/cultural identity.  Wear a sombrero?  Better not, unless you can prove you’re of Mexican origin.  Dress as a Ninja?  You better be able to pinpoint on a map what part of Japan does your family comes from.  I predict that by 2020 at the latest, Swedish-Americans will be able to win lawsuits against people who dye their hair blonde without permission.

So, what does all this babbling have to do with a site claiming to be some sort of Catholic Cyber-Militia?  Well, not much, I guess.  I’m just enjoying watching the Left attack itself!

Now we’re beginning to see many public schools banning Halloween costumes from the classroom in an attempt to prevent offense.  They are instead, recommending that kids wear orange and black clothing to celebrate the solemnities of Trick or Treat Day.

Orange and Black.  Isn’t that color combo sometimes referred to as the “Devil’s Colors?”  That shouldn’t be a problem.  Unless, of course, the Wiccans  throw a penalty flag claiming cultural appropriation…