Home
of AirMaria
Homilies
Various Priests
Conferences
Various
Standing Fast
Fr Angelo Geiger
Ave Maria Meditations
JosephMary, FTI
Marycast
Dr Mark Miravalle
Tour of the Catechism
Fr. Dan Mahan
Fatima Reflections
Fr. Joseph Michael McShane
No Apologies
Fra Joseph Mary
Roving Reporter
Fra Roderic and Others
Month of Mary
Our Ladys Chapel
A Day With Mary
Various
Fi News
Various Friars
General News
Various Friars
The Cornerstone
Fr Maximilian Dean
Marian Shrines of the World
Fr. Andre Feain
Variety
Various Other Series
Immaculate Music
Various Musicians
Mission Down Under
Aussie Friars

 





Fr. Angelo Geiger

Christ, the Once Teacher of All

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

The third installment of my series “Mysticism and Magisterium” is up over at SpiritutualDirection.com.

Links to all three posts in the series can be found here.

Filed under: Catholicism, Church, Holy Father, Religion Tagged: Mysticism and Magisterium, SpiritualDirection.com
From MaryVictrix.com

Naught for Your Comfort

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

This comment epitomizes the reasons why I have not wished to be identified with the traditionalists (qualifiy that as you like, “radical traditionalists,” “Catholic reactionaries, etc.; my definition is here.)  Unfortunately, the whole effort to extricate ourselves from this mess, has only confirmed the reasons why we wanted to free of the problem in the first place.

The commenter writes:

How do you show that no conspiracy exists? Easy you let people whom the conspiracy theorists (for want of a better term) trust to go in and show that there is no conspiracy,

That really sums it all up.  “Conspiracy theorists” is actually the precise term.  Innuendo becomes plausible theory, which immediately becomes probable fact and the lack of evidence along with the number of times the innuendo is repeated turns into the “modernist reeducation project of the See of Peter against the impeachable Friars of the Immaculate.”

But conspiracy theory is a logical fallacy because as a worldview, a philosophy of history, it takes a lack of evidence itself as evidence.  But this happens—notably—only when the conspiracy theorist’s view of the way things ought to be is threatened.

Conspiracy theory does not run on fact.  Facts are counterproductive to conspiracy theory because they undermine the philosophy.  Conspiracy theory burns pure, high-octane gossip and innuendo, first whispered from the shadows by someone who does not want to take responsibility and then broadcast by everyone else on the authority of the Nameless Darkness.

This is what happened with us.  Instead of entrusting ourselves to Christ in His Church, certain individuals within the community chose, contrary to their profession in the Church, to put gossip into the hands of ideologues, who, before the they received it already had an agenda against Pope Francis.  The reason for that agenda doesn’t matter.  The ghosts put ammunition into the hands of Internet guerrillas who acted in a way that is wholly incompatible with religious life.

Conspiracy theory, especially when it is fueled in this way, if not diabolical, is pathological.  It may not start out that way.  Like scruples, it might just be at first a temptation or a certain proclivity of conscience.  But when it is characterized by stubbornness, especially in the face of the authority willed by Christ in His Church, it can turn into a real affliction.

And just like someone with scruples, no amount of explanation, examination, review, rehashing, independent investigation will do, because the problem is not one of evidence or the lack thereof.  It is not even fundamentally an intellectual problem.  Conspiracy theory is willfulness bubbling up from wanton fear.

There is only one solution to conspiracy theory, just at there is one, and only one, solution to scruples: breaking the will, not satisfying the intellect.  In the Church that means supernatural obedience.

Fear of the Church is a horrible thing.  There are plenty of things to be afraid of.  But this is why we have hope in Christ through His visible Church.  That is why Christ said He who hears you hears me.  Man is not in charge.  Christ is in charge.  Either one believes in the providence of God or one does not.  There is no place in conspiracy theory for the providence of God.

I am not saying that everything is great in the Church.  It is not.  But if one thinks that the providence of God is somehow related to how great things are, he is making the same mistake common among so many in the Old Covenant, namely, that God is present only when it seems that way.

All that said we might quote Tolkien more exactly—words which he places on the tongue of Arwen Undómiel, as she speaks of her fate, which was to share the mortality of men.

Aragorn first says to her “I speak no comfort to you, for there is no comfort for such pain within the circles of the world,” and then suggests to her the possibility of her seeking the West.  Then there is this exchange between the two of them:

“Nay, dear lord,” she said, “that choice is long over. There is now no ship to bear me hence, and I must indeed abide the Doom of Men, whether I will or nill: the loss and the silence. But I say to you, King of the Númenoreans, not till now have I understood the tale of your people and their fall. As wicked fools I scorned them, but I pity them at last. For if this is indeed, as the Eldar say, the gift of the One to Men, it is bitter to receive.”

“So it seems,” he said. “But let us not be overthrown at the final test, who of old renounced the Shadow and the Ring. In sorrow we must go, but not in despair. Behold! we are not bound forever in the circles of the world, and beyond them is more than memory. . .”

Perhaps Tolkien is echoing Chesterton in  “The Ballad of the White Horse,” where Our Lady speaks to the nearly beaten King Alfred:

“I tell you naught for your comfort,
Yea, naught for your desire,
Save that the sky grows darker yet
And the sea rises higher.

“Night shall be thrice night over you,
And heaven an iron cope.
Do you have joy without a cause,
Yea, faith without a hope?”

There are no natural answers to the situation within our Institute—no satisfaction for those who want relief apart from the appointment of Christ.  Our only solidarity can be in the Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart of Mary.  If not Her, the Friars of the Immaculate have nothing to offer.  She is our only excuse to exist, and our only joy and hope.

Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Aragorn, Arwen, Conspiracy Theory, Franciscan Friars the Immaculate, G.K. Chesterton, J.R.R. Tolkien, Pope Francis
From MaryVictrix.com

The Nameless Darkness and the FI

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

From the usual suspect:

If, as Tosatti clearly implies it is, this information is true (which would not be shocking considering the evolution of current events), the situation of the former Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate is even more suffocating than before, on a level never before seen in the Church in recent centuries (for instance, there certainly was no blacklist of dioceses incardinating as secular priests the former Jesuits after the suppression of the order in the 18th century, and in similar cases). These poor priest-friars will simply remain with no way out, other than completely abandoning the priesthood, if even the bishops willing to welcome those who want to leave the modified order are blacklisted by the highest levels in the Vatican. (Of course, if true, the bishops can still incardinate them, but are aware that they may suffer consequences) [emphasis mine].

Of course, it don’t matter one jot whether any of this is true because the medium by which it is delivered is the Internet.  In the brave new virtual world, it is perfectly acceptable to publish whatever comes into ones head, or to repeat whatever has bubbled over from another’s into the digital world.

The narrative is just assumed to be true and New Catholic, whoever he is, without any way of holding him accountable, will just say:  “don’t shoot the messanger.”

Yet, riding the wave of the cutting edge “reporting” of Rorate Caeli, even a “real” journalist fails to do even the least amount of due diligence before tweeting the following:

via @RorateCaeli: Papal blacklist4 bishops who shelter refugees from heretical order condemned for being nonheretics? http://t.co/HZ5ZplrUZk

— Sam Schulman ? (@Sam_Schulman) September 18, 2014

 

This is from someone who writes for The Weekly Standard, The Wall Street Journal and The Spectator.  But he is just “repeating” what he read on Rorate Caeli.  Now, of course, New Catholic will deny he called the FI under commission a heretical order, but that is clearly what he meant.  Why else would a friar otherwise have no way out but to abandon the priesthood?

But be sure, no one will take responsibility for spreading the lie that the friars who support the Apostolic Commission are heretics, nor will anyone take responsibility for having sowed the seed of dissension and despair by suggesting that friars confronted with the duty to obey the Church in difficult circumstances will have no choice but to leave the priesthood.

The “facts” “reported” by blogs and Twitter accounts are not all the facts, my Catholic friends.  Rather, these are the “facts” that are fit to print because they fit the tint.  And this is precisely the problem that many of us have had with our Institute’s past association with groups like Rorate Caeli.

And many traditionalists wonder why their cause is not more popular today among those who have to make policy decisions.

The Internet is more often the near occasion of mortal sin (objectively speaking) than many care to admit.

Behold, brethren, the Internet beast.  We thank God for the free exchange of information, and well we should.  But here gossip becomes fact, and such a “fact” becomes a tweetable factoid, a virtual torpedo of falsehood that will continue to damage the reputation of decent people as it ripples across the blogosphere.

This kind of dissension and division within the Church, which is the fruit of falsehood and gossip is satanic.  Tossati blames this on those around the Holy Father, but I know for a fact, that many of these rumors originate elsewhere. Romanità knows no ideological boundaries.

This is a plague upon the Church and the Internet is its delivery system.  The Catholic blogosphere needs a purge.  We need to stop the rumor-mongering and vicious gossip.

Filed under: Catholicism, Church, Holy Father Tagged: Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, New Catholic, Rorate Caeli, Sam Schulman
From MaryVictrix.com

Sep 12 – Homily – Fr Angelo: Mary, a Name Full of Grace

Friday, September 12th, 2014
Click to Play

Homily #140912b ( 11min) Play – Fr Angelo explains how the name of Mary is full of grace and immaculate and he gives the background on the feast of the Holy Name of Mary which was instituted to commemorate the victory of Christian forces against overwhelmingly lager forces of Muslims at the siege of Vienna. Father relates this to our current situations where the practice of our faith is endangered by both secular and fundamentalist forces.
Ave Maria!
Mass: The Holy Name of the BVM – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: sir 24:17-21
Resp: luk 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54
Gsp: luk 1:26-38

Audio (MP3)

+++

Sep 08 – Homily – Fr Angelo: Joyful Birth of Our Lady

Monday, September 8th, 2014
Click to Play

Homily #140908b ( 12min) Play – Fr. Angelo sheds light on the joy and beauty of the birth of Mary who became the Mother of God. Like all births it is a start of new life and new hope of a soul that can choose to do the will of God, to participate in bringing His plans to fruition. So much more so with Mary’s birth who will bring to us our Redeemer.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: mic 5:1-4
Resp: psa 13:6, 6
Gsp: mat 1:1-16, 18-23

Audio (MP3)

+++

The FI Internet Problem Illustrated

Friday, September 5th, 2014

More unsubstantiated gossip from an anonymous source, released by a pseudonymous blogger who skirts all accountability.

There is no way to verify the accuracy of the account of what is going on within the FSI. The source has to be someone within the community, who is not exactly an objective observer (nor one who is cooperating with the Church for that matter), which makes a real confirmation of the facts all the more crucial.  That confirmation ought to be done before something is released to the public as though it were fact.  There are many lives affected by this Internet spectacle.

The blogger further claims that the prefect of the Congregation for Consecrated Life, Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, and the secretary, Archbishop José Rodríguez Carballo (to whom he refers as the “Duo) have “thoroughly destroyed” the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate.  Really?  This man simply does not know what he is talking about, because he is only interested in one side of the story—the one that serves the purpose of his blog.

So the question for him and those like him is whether Pope Francis wishes to obliterate the sisters, which according tot he omniscient blogger, was the will of the Holy Father for the friars.

The gravest irresponsibility in all this is that the blogger and all those who have concocted and published their theories from the bits and pieces on the Internet do not know what they do not know.  They have no way of assessing how much, or how little of the pertinent information they have or its relative value.

The behavior is irresponsible and all the more because so much is done without the slightest accountability.

But then again, they don’t care about any of this because this “reporting” is all about their own agenda.  They have made no real investment in our Institute or any real knowledge about the issues involved.  Ours is a symbolic cause for them and we friars and sisters are their canon fodder.

This is why I say I am ambivalent about the Internet and the excuse it provides for intellectual, cultural, moral and religious voyeurism.

It is a disgrace.

Filed under: Catholicism, Church, Culture, Holy Father, Religion
From MaryVictrix.com

Christianity, Islam and the Future

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

The atrocities perpetrated by ISIS (or IS, ISIL) on Christians and other religious minorities of Iraq is both an unspeakable tragedy and an opportunity to do some soul searching. Outrage and apprehension are the order of the day. We are really good at the ineffectual intellectualization of the problem, and on the other hand, we also excel at expressing the crusading spirit from the comfort of our padded chairs and the safety of Internet. But we have been short on effective action.

The big question being asked right now is why is it that ostensibly peaceful Muslims are so silent about the persecution of their Arab brothers and sisters. But an equally large question is why is it that the West is so impotent in the face of all the genocide, which it alone is capable of stopping. What else has to happen? How many more babies need to be cut in half, journalists beheaded, or women sold into slavery (etc.)?

Dialogue?

In this context “dialogue” is frequently juxtaposed with “crusade,” as mutually exclusive answers. (more…)

Dear Father . . .

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Father,

I read your blog and know that you comment on the SSPX and related matters. What do you make of this: http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2014/08/sspx-priest-celebrates-mass-in-saint.html  This does seem to change things. They were given permission to offer mass. Here is the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQfiaY-6bRQ Thank you for your time. The SSPX confirms that permission was in fact given: http://sspx.org/en/news-events/news/sspx-mass-st-peters-basilica-video-4715.

I can only speculate what it all means.  I am not inclined to think that it means anything juridical is in the works.  However, I would hazard to say that it indicates that Pope Francis has no ill will or nefarious plan for undoing the provisions which favor those attached to the TLM.  Which is what I have always been saying.

And for this reason the confusion of Damien Thompson as to why then Pope Francis would have placed restrictions on our Institute, might best be explained by considering that perhaps the narrative some traditionalists have spread about my Institute are wrong.

Filed under: Church, Holy Father, Liturgy, News, Religion, Spirituality Tagged: Damien Thompson, Pope Francis, Society of St. Pius X
From MaryVictrix.com

Aug 29 – Homily – Fr Angelo: Call to Martyrdom

Friday, August 29th, 2014
Click to Play

Homily #140829 ( 08min) Play - St. John was always conformed to Christ and the mission God gave him. He spoke the truth and it cost him his life. We are all called to be prophets like him, bearing witness to Jesus, even if to martyrdom.
Ave Maria!
Mass: The Beheading of St. John the Baptist – Mem – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jer 1:17-19
Resp: psa 71:1-6, 15, 16
Gsp: mar 6:17-29

Audio (MP3)

+++

Of Rabble Rousers, Crystal Gazers and the Internet

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Steve Kellmeyer ruffles some feathers  here and here.

I am not sure how far he is to be taken literally in terms of the faithful’s right to lodge their concerns to their pastors.  On the other hand, he makes a simple and valid point that most of us have come to give way too much importance to the way we think the Church ought to be instead of fostering the unity of the Church by not habitually and publicly contradicting our pastors and undermining their authority.  Catholic orthodoxy/traditionalism has pretty effectively aped the rabble rousing progressives and felt banner wavers of the 60’s and 70’s.

The internet and social media, now a part of the fabric of our lives, seems to carry with it the assumption that somehow all of our opinions are important all the time.  The digital age also validates the idea that we can say anything we want and then slough off responsibility for having said it.

The internet is a quicksand of cultural exibitionism and voyeurism.  We Catholics have been suckered into it in the name of all that is holy.

In the comments on the post at the second link, Steve makes the observation that the real reason why the postconcilar crisis occurred was because the preconciliar Church was actually quite weak.  One of Steve’s objectors say this appears to be post hoc ergo propter hoc, but the same can be said of the opposite argument—the more frequent one—that the preconciliar Church was strong and that the Council simply wrecked everything.  

A more complex answer is probably the a more accurate one: there were preconciliar weaknesses, as well as the unrealistic optimism of the 60’s concurring with the sexual revolution, and the consequent disastrous implementation of the Council under the influence of ideologues who were able to throw off the fetters.  These created a perfect storm.

A theology professor of mine made the astute remark that within the Church, the simple answers sound the best, but are usually wrong.  A theological example of this is the doctrine of the hypostatic union.  Nestorianism is simple and easy to understand: two persons, two natures, one indwells in the other.  The Council of Ephesus is far more complex and difficult to understand: two distinct natures (one fully divine, the other fully human), but only one divine person, with no human person whatsoever.  

Ephesus was right.  Nestorius was wrong.  The truth is not always simple.

Historical narratives are probably even more susceptible to such oversimplification, because they describe the particular and concrete, which are quasi-infinite.  A historical cause and effect creates a ripple, which multiplies causes and effects exponentially.

Furthermore, we do not even know what we do not know.  This is also a endemic problem on the Internet.  Bloggers treat a few facts that they cobbled together like these were a compendium on the nature of everything.

Simple answers are appealing and convincing, especially in the wonderful world of search engines, viral causes and comboxes.  We effectively sell our Catholic pontifications in sound bites, tweets, instagrams and blog posts, because that is the way contraception, abortion, same sex marriage and gender relativism has been foisted so successfully on the public.

Today evangelical genius consists in the ice bucket challenge.

I would suggest that we try to resolve our difficulties by having recourse to the living magisterium, but that would be too ultramontane.

There is one simple idea in the Church, a mystical one, which resolves all the complexities and anomalies.  

But what do I know? Never mind.

 

 

 

Filed under: Catholicism, Church, Religion, Spirituality
From MaryVictrix.com

Aug 26 – Homily – Fr Angelo: What is Perfect Joy?

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
Click to Play

Homily #140826 ( 14min) Play - Jesus speaks to us of supernatural charity and that the fruit of this love is joy. On this feast of the Seven Joys of Our Lady, Father Angelo explains what perfect joy is.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Seven Joys of the BVM – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: son 2:1-14
2nd: eph 0:00
Gsp: luk 1:26-38

Audio (MP3)

+++

At weddings, funerals, first Communions . . .

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

At weddings, funerals, first Communions and Confirmations, many priests will try to give some guidance on who may present themselves for Holy Communion. A while back, I made a passing remark that I found to be surprisingly effective. After explaining that it is practising Catholics, living in accord with the teaching of the Church and attending Sunday Mass every week who go to Communion, I added that there are always plenty of people who, for various reasons, cannot receive Communion and so there is no need to be embarrassed about remaining in the bench. My hunch was correct: at those public occasions, if you do not explain that there are required dispositions for Holy Communion, people will come up simply to be polite, in case it might be rude not to. Such is the result of our failing to educate the faithful on the proper dispositions for Holy Communion.

Filed under: Catholicism, Religion, Spirituality, Uncategorized Tagged: Eucharist, Holy Communion, Mass, Sacrilege
From MaryVictrix.com

Homily for the Memorial of St. Pius X

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Today we celebrate the memorial of St. Pius X, one of the great popes of the 20th century. He was born in 1835, Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto, and he grew up in poverty. His father was the village postman and little Giuseppe walked six kilometers to school everyday. This poverty characterized his whole life, and it was not just a matter of physical poverty. St. Pius X was a man who was truly poor in spirit. Our Lord said: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Throughout his life as simple priest and Franciscan tertiary, then as bishop of Mantua, later as cardinal archbishop of Milan and finally as supreme pontiff of the universal Church, Giuseppe Sarto, remained a simple man and a lover of poverty. His last will and testament gives witness to this with the words: “I was born poor, I have lived in poverty, and I wish to die poor.”

Thus, this great man was single minded throughout his life and placed himself at the dispositions of Christ and His Church, without consideration for himself. This was his poverty in spirit. His whole life was to serve Christ and the Church. (more…)

Aug 19 – Homily – Fr Angelo: Christ Became Poor to Make Us Rich

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
Click to Play

Homily #140819n ( 12min) Play – Father goes over the readings, psalm, and antiphons of today’s liturgy, and shows how Jesus became poor for us, and by being united to Him, we become shares in the Divine Life of God, which is worth more than all the ephemeral riches of this passing world. And looking at today’s saint, St. Louis of Toulouse, we can see a man who did give up all, became poor, and shared in the self-giving of Christ, being rewarded for his labors by entering into paradise at the young age of twenty-four. Let us choose the last and lowest place, setting all aside for the sake of the Gospel, and become rich in the eyes of God.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Louis of Toulouse – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Tuesday in the 20th Week in Ordinary Time
1st: eze 28:1-10
Resp: deu 32:26-27, 27-28, 30, 35-36
Gsp: mat 19:23-30

Audio (MP3)

+++

Video – Variety #248: Situation in Iraq with Chaldean Christians

Thursday, August 14th, 2014
Click to Play Video


Variety #248 – Situation in Iraq with Chaldean Christians ( 40min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Fr. Angelo Geiger makes a special guest appearance on Radio Gate of Heaven, a weekly program run by the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate in Perth, Australia. He speaks about the current situation in Iraq with the Chaldean Christians. The program concludes with a telephone interview with an Iraqi Catholic living in Sydney, Australia.

Audio (MP3)

+++