In Memoriam: Fr. Peter Carota

 

IMG_0413Fr. Peter Carota would be the first to gently correct me for canonizing him, for he could preach the saints’ descriptions of the terrible moment of judgment (double for priests) as well as the subsequent pains of purgatory for most of the elect.

Thus, I don’t want to answer to God for diverting any of his readers from the supreme spiritual work of mercy, namely, praying for the faithful departed.

But Fr. Carota was just that: faithful. So, for the upbuilding of the Church, I must describe more of this man to you. Many of you knew him to be an intractable champion of orthodoxy and tradition, but I want to highlight some lesser-known virtues of this priest of God who brought truth and light during a time of darkness.

First, Fr. Carota wasn’t just a “champion of the right,” or a “mighty whitey” priest of traditionalism. When I first walked into his low Mass on a hot weekday in a poor segment of Phoenix, I could not believe my eyes: I saw from 50 to 100 Mexicans listening to him preach in Spanish. This was a Thursday afternoon, not a Sunday morning! Many priests today talk about social justice, but still want the finest parish. Fr. Carota spent his very last years bringing the fullness of Jesus Christ and His Church to the poor by day, and you readers by night. The Mexicans (with or without papers) responded in droves to his charity and his truth.

Fr. Carota was unafraid to point out that bad leadership in the Church would lose many souls, but he never doubted the very words of the living Son of God: “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against Her.”—Matthew 16:18. He loved the Church. He believed in Her. I personally believe he died for Her, perhaps to pave a smoother path for younger, more arrogant traditional priests like myself—that we may begin to live not only truth—but holiness and humbleness and love.

You see, I met Fr. Carota two years ago when we were both wandering the desert in semi-exile from our respective dioceses (literally the Sedona desert, as seen in the above picture.) That very day I took the above picture, he convinced me of the power of forgiveness. Oh yes, many people had told me in one cerebral way or another that I needed to forgive the priests that had rejected me. But Fr. Carota quickly gained a two-fold authority in my life:

1) He had been hurt by brother priests in similar circumstances but the difference is that he had actually forgiven them. So, when he told me that I must forgive, it was not an academic exercise. He had lived it.

2) He did not abandon me when others did, so it cost him something to walk the heat of the Black Canyon, helping a younger brother priest who was spiritually starving.

So, for me, Fr. Carota’s authority was not his website, but the weight of charity and priestly-loyalty. In some sense, Fr. Carota saved my priesthood in the desert when others left me to silently wander. I hope I do not write for his website to be harsh about tradition.  One reason I write for his website is because truth and charity have met in Fr. Peter Carota.  He walked the desert with only the manna from heaven.  May he now enjoy the Promised Land, where Christ has promised to wipe away every tear (Apocalypse 21:4.)

It was a Thursday morning this year, 26 May 2016, when I last texted Fr. Carota that I had offered my Corpus Christ Mass for him. Five hours later he texted me: “I love you.” At first, I thought this was the delirium of his bodily demise. Of course, with all the scandals these days, perhaps I shouldn’t even share that text with you, but I realized that “to the pure, all things are pure,” (Titus 1:15). The reason I include that text in this post is because it was the last text I ever got from Fr. Carota. “I love you” was a fitting last text from the very priest who may have saved my priesthood. Truth and charity met in this man who also showed thousands of his readers how to live non-compromise to God, but compromise to our daily human wills when faced with the option of sacrificial, fraternal love.

There is no flowery terminology to say this next sentence:  Fr. Peter Carota starved to death today. This past year, I would frequently check in with him, and it was always the same story without any complaint:  He could not eat.  His body simply could not assimilate food.  The saints often live a redemptive suffering that is reflective of the century in which they live and die. Did he die “with” the 3 million children who starve to death every year in the world? Or was his physical starvation a reflection and reparation for the spiritual starvation of Catholics and non-Christians across the globe? I don’t know. Perhaps it was a just a long, painful death in reparation for his own sins. This is why the Mass I offer in honor of Our Lady tomorrow will be for the repose of the soul of Fr. Peter Carota, and I ask you to join your prayers to mine.  I will lift up all your prayers on the patten of the offertory tomorrow.

But if comparison to the lives of the saints means anything, then this priest of God finished the course; he kept the faith and he died on a Friday like His Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the only high priest. May He rest in Mary’s arms the next day, a Saturday of Our Lady whom he loved as purely as any man I’ve met.

—Fr. David Nix

Fr. Peter Carota Has Passed – Requiescat In Pace

Fr. Peter died this morning at 7AM.

Please join me in having many masses said for him.  Father was an exceptional priest and has helped us all in many ways.  Pray that his soul will be at peace in the arms of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths, I have cried to Thee, O Lord, Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.
If Thou, O Lord, shalt mark my iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand it?
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness: and by reason of Thy law I have waited for Thee, O Lord
My soul hath relied on His word; my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning watch even until night; let Israel hope in the Lord.
Because with the Lord there is mercy; and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel from all its iniquities.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them:
May they rest in peace
Amen.

Most gentle Heart of Jesus, ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor souls in Purgatory, have mercy on the souls of the Faithful Departed. Be not severe in Thy Judgments, but let some drops of Thy Precious Blood fall upon the devouring flames and do Thou, O merciful Savior, send Thy angels to conduct them to a place of refreshment, light and peace. Amen.

 

St. Irenaeus July 3

St. Irenaeus

st irenaeus lyonsBishop of Lyons, and Father of the Church.

Information as to his life is scarce, and in some measure inexact. He was born in Proconsular Asia, or at least in some province bordering thereon, in the first half of the second century; the exact date is controverted, between the years 115 and 125, according to some, or, according to others, between 130 and 142. It is certain that, while still very young, Irenaeus had seen and heard the holy Bishop Polycarp (d. 155) at Smyrna. During the persecution of Marcus Aurelius, Irenaeus was a priest of the Church of Lyons.

The clergy of that city, many of whom were suffering imprisonment for the Faith, sent him (177 or 178) to Rome with a letter to Pope Eleutherius concerning Montanism, and on that occasion bore emphatic testimony to his merits. Returning to Gaul, Irenaeus succeeded the martyr Saint Pothinus as Bishop of Lyons. During the religious peace which followed the persecution of Marcus Aurelius, the new bishop divided his activities between the duties of a pastor and of a missionary (as to which we have but brief data, late and not very certain) and his writings, almost all of which were directed against Gnosticism, the heresy then spreading in Gaul and elsewhere.

In 190 or 191 he interceded with Pope Victor to lift the sentence of excommunication laid by that pontiff upon the Christian communities of Asia Minor which persevered in the practice of the Quartodecimans in regard to the celebration of Easter.

Nothing is known of the date of his death, which must have occurred at the end of the second or the beginning of the third century. In spite of some isolated and later testimony to that effect, it is not very probable that he ended his career with martyrdom. His feast is celebrated on 28 June in the Latin Church, and on 23 August in the Greek.

Irenaeus wrote in Greek many works which have secured for him an exceptional place in Christian literature, because in controverted religious questions of capital importance they exhibit the testimony of a contemporary of the heroic age of the Church, of one who had heard St. Polycarp, the disciple of St. John, and who, in a manner, belonged to the Apostolic Age.

None of these writings have come down to us in the original text, though a great many fragments of them are extant as citations in later writers (Hippolytus, Eusebius, etc.). Two of these works, however, have reached us in their entirety in a Latin version:

  • A treatise in five books, commonly entitled Adversus haereses, and devoted, according to its true title, to the “Detection and Overthrow of the False Knowledge” (see GNOSTICISM, sub-title Refutation of Gnosticism). Of this work we possess a very ancient Latin translation, the scrupulous fidelity of which is beyond doubt. It is the chief work of Irenaeus and truly of the highest importance; it contains a profound exposition not only of Gnosticism under its different forms, but also of the principal heresies which had sprung up in the various Christian communities, and thus constitutes an invaluable source of information on the most ancient ecclesiastical literature from its beginnings to the end of the second century. In refuting the heterodox systems Irenaeus often opposes to them the true doctrine of the Church, and in this way furnishes positive and very early evidence of high importance. Suffice it to mention the passages, so often and so fully commented upon by theologians and polemical writers, concerning the origin of the Gospel according to St. John (see JOHN, GOSPEL OF SAINT), the Holy Eucharist, and the primacy of the Roman Church.
  • Of a second work, written after the “Adversus Haereses”, an ancient literal translation in the Armenian language. This is the “Proof of the Apostolic Preaching.” The author’s aim here is not to confute heretics, but to confirm the faithful by expounding the Christian doctrine to them, and notably by demonstrating the truth of the Gospel by means of the Old Testament prophecies. Although it contains fundamentally, so to speak, nothing that has not already been expounded in the “Adversus Haereses”, it is a document of the highest interest, and a magnificent testimony of the deep and lively faith of Irenaeus.

Of his other works only scattered fragments exist; many, indeed, are known only through the mention made of them by later writers, not even fragments of the works themselves having come down to us. These are

  • a treatise against the Greeks entitled “On the Subject of Knowledge” (mentioned by Eusebius);
  • a writing addressed to the Roman priest Florinus “On the Monarchy, or How God is not the Cause of Evil” (fragment in Eusebius);
  • a work “On the Ogdoad”, probably against the Ogdoad of Valentinus the Gnostic, written for the same priest Florinus, who had gone over to the sect of the Valentinians (fragment in Eusebius);
  • a treatise on schism, addressed to Blastus (mentioned by Eusebius);
  • a letter to Pope Victor against the Roman priest Florinus (fragment preserved in Syriac);
  • another letter to the same on the Paschal controversies (extracts in Eusebius);
  • other letters to various correspondents on the same subject (mentioned by Eusebius, a fragment preserved in Syriac);
  • a book of divers discourses, probably a collection of homilies (mentioned by Eusebius); and
  • other minor works for which we have less clear or less certain attestations.

1914 Catholic Encyclopedia

Litany of the Most Precious Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ

Lord, have mercy
Christ, have mercy
Lord, have mercy
Christ, hear us
Christ, graciously hear us
God the Father in heaven,
have mercy on us
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
have mercy on us
God, the Holy Ghost,
have mercy on us
Holy Trinity, one God,
have mercy on us
Blood of Christ, the only-begotten Son of the eternal Father,
save us
Blood of Christ, the Word of God made flesh, *
Blood of Christ, of the New and Eternal Covenant, *
Blood of Christ, which in His agony ran down upon the ground, *
Blood of Christ, which welled up under the scourging,
Blood of Christ, which flowed from beneath the crown of thorns,
Blood of Christ, which was poured out upon the cross,
Blood of Christ, which paid for our salvation,
Blood of Christ, without which there is no forgiveness of sin,
Blood of Christ, which in the Eucharist nourishes and cleanses our souls,
Blood of Christ, torrent of mercy,
Blood of Christ, which overcame the powers of darkness,
Blood of Christ, giving strength to martyrs,
Blood of Christ, giving endurance to confessors,
Blood of Christ, from which virginity flowers,
Blood of Christ, giving courage to those in danger,
Blood of Christ, giving help to those who are burdened,
Blood of Christ, giving comfort to those in sorrow,
Blood of Christ, giving hope to the repentant,
Blood of Christ, through which the dying are consoled,
Blood of Christ, through which our hearts find peace and refreshment,
Blood of Christ, through which we are assured of everlasting life,
Blood of Christ, by which the gates of Purgatory are opened wide,
Blood of Christ, worthy of all praise and glory,

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

V. Thou hast ransomed us with Thy Blood, O Lord.
R. And made of us a kingdom for our God.

Let Us Pray: Almighty and everlasting God, Thou hast appointed Thine only-begotten Son to be the Redeemer of the world, and chosen to accept the offering of His Blood; therefore, we beg Thee, teach us to reverence that which paid for our salvation, and defend us by Its power from the evils of this earthly life, so that we may rejoice forever in the life that It has bought for us in heaven. Through the same Christ our Lord.

R. Amen

Abortion and the Most Precious Blood – By Father Nix

Father Nix has graciously accepted an invitation to post on this blog on a more frequent basis. His schedule now allows more time for him to do so, and as such I am very happy to have him write about our faith, tradition, and the Holy Sacrifice Of The Mass.   This brings us to his initial post which is about Offering Mass inside a building that was an Abortion clinic (death camp).    I do need to add a caveat that he speaks very plainly and there is one picture that is very hard to see, but see it we must as it is the truth of what is occurring today.

Please use discretion and prudence in the sharing of this blog post.

Additionally, a little bit later today the Litany Of The Most Precious Blood will be posted shortly. Please take time to pray that litany and that God will have mercy on this country and on His people.


Abortion and the Most Precious Blood

I first met “pro-life Rich” on the stairs of a Church in the Midwest two years ago. I immediately knew there was something different about him from most of the pro-life superstars I have met: Rich sees abortion the least unlike how God sees it, I can only speculate.  This is because Rich sees it as the greatest mass-murder in history. Ok, so many of us in the pro-life movement see this too, but Rich is different insofar as he actually lives as if his own children were night and day being killed.

Why?

Because as a Catholic—they are. Rich is the father of 11 children biological children but somehow makes time to spend every waking moment shutting down abortion mills.  (Clinics help people, so we can’t use the term “clinic.”)

To understand Rich’s passion, we have to return to 1980s Baton Rouge. There, a smattering of abortion “Death Camps” as Rich says, were under the company title “Delta.” During 38 years of operation, just one of these centers had done 20,000 surgical abortions.

 

Abortion DrainReflect on the fact that each one of these was a fully living baby, ripped limb to limb, sometimes crying in his or her mother’s womb. Rich estimates the actual number of murders in that single building was close to 30,000 surgical abortions. The babies were ground into the garbage disposal, and the blood of the babies can still be seen caked to the piping under the sink.

Rich began daily prayer and sacrifice there in 1986 and prayed for eight years at Delta. He was arrested seven times and sent twice to jail for peaceful sit-ins. (Don’t worry.  I won’t get him on any government lists.  We’re already on them.)
American Holocaust Memorial1994 arrives and his prayers paid off: Rich found a glitch in the system, for pursuant to a Writ of Levy and Writ of Execution Seizure by the Federal Government, Rich was able to purchase the Delta Death Camp at a Federal Auction. He immediately made the “medical” staff evacuate.

The reign of terror at the Death Camp ended. 30,000 abortions would not become 40,000.  At least, not on Rich’s turf.

Rich quickly took the “Delta” sign down and put up his new sign, “American Holocaust Memorial,” a memorial to the American holocaust through which he has brought 15,000 students since 1994.

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Despite his heroism, Rich will be the first to tell you that there is only one thing will stop abortion: The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with priestly martyrs in the pro-life movement. He will follow priests to this martyrdom. White? He’s already there. Red? He hopes for it.

On this feast of the Most Precious Blood, we must start with the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Hebrews: “Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins.”—Heb 9:22. Old Testament sacrifices could not cleanse the conscience, but they could sanctify for the purification of the flesh. This is because life and death are in the blood. Blood is life: Hemoglobin takes oxygen to all 37 trillion cells of the human body through the blood.

Blood is death and sin: Think of how many deadly STDs come into the blood through sexual sin. Think of how much blood in abortion is shed because of sexual sin. Below is the floor of the American Holocaust Memorial. Rich mopped up all the blood, but one giant streak of baby’s blood never came up, despite repeated mopping.  Rich believes that God wants the blood to remain on the floor of his Memorial center as a testimony to the fact that God Himself has not forgotten these children:

Butcher Room

 

The Mass is the same thing: The separation of the body and the blood of an innocent victim. The Innocent Victim.  Even the Eastern Fathers of the Church recognize that the nature of the sacrifice of the Mass comes from the dual consecration and the separation of the body and the blood. “The priest sunders with unbloody cut the body and blood of the Lord, using his voice as a sword.”—St. Gregory Nazienzen. In other words, the priest’s voice separates the body and the blood.  The crucifixion was not finished until the blood had poured totally out of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

When the final water and blood had been separated from the body of Jesus on the cross, the sacrifice was finished even though the Paschal mystery would not be completed until the Ascension. So also, the Mass is the same single sacrifice as Calvary, perpetuated through time without losing it’s magnitude or purpose: The separation of the body and the blood of the God-man, followed by the communion of the very Resurrected body of Christ to the faithful who are prepared to receive such a gift as God-Himself.

That is why the Mass is the only thing that will serve as expiation for the blood of the 1.5 million killed surgically every year in the United States and about half a billion children killed yearly from oral contraceptives around the world.  (Remember that half the time the Oral Contraceptive works by preventing fertilization and the other half is preventing implantation.  The latter is murder, and it is estimated worldwide to be about 500,000,000 a year.)

Fr. Nix Offering MassUp to meeting Rich, I had offered Mass in front of two abortion mills, as I want to dedicate my life to the pro-life movement. But Rich is the first to bring me inside a former death camp to offer the Holy Sacrifice. But during the Mass in the photo, there in the abortion center, just before my threefold priestly Domine, non sum dignus, I found myself paralyzed because all I saw in my mind’s eye was the nine month old baby killed in a video that Rich made me watch on my way in.

This baby was bigger than my niece who was born two weeks ago. When I regained my composure, I felt only shame at doing so little to end abortion, and yet determination to do more. First, I realized that what I was doing (the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass) was the only thing that could make full reparation for the shedding of the innocent blood of babies upon which I was standing. Why? Because Christ’s blood was the only blood ever more innocent than that of these children.

The Most Precious Blood of Our Savior was separated from Jesus’ body in an unbloody sacrifice in that “Death Camp” that very day at Mass, but this was not wholly unlike the blood that was separated from the innocent babies meters.  The instruments of their passion are two pictures above. “What you did to the least…”  Yes, this is Jesus re-crucified.

Only the blood of a God-man could be divine enough to make reparation for such indescribable sins of abortion, but human enough to recapitulate within it the children who died physically and the mothers who died spiritually.  And yes, there is enough grace flowing from the sacrifice of Calvary into the sacrament of Confession for Jesus to forgive even this sin against Jesus Himself:

 

Unborn Child

 

Yes.  This is really happening in this country.

But realize that Catholic theology teaches us that the most powerful thing against both demons and sins of impurity is the same: The Most Precious Blood of Jesus.

CrucifixOn this feast day of the Precious Blood, we must realize at what cost it is still poured out. We beg God that as a country, three days before our Independence, God might end our Independence from Him by reconciling us to Him, via the only thing that can: The Precious Blood of His Son, poured out and given in every Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Father God, I pour over this country your Son’s Most Precious Blood, to deliver her from the overtaking demons of abortion and impurity.  And I know you will answer your Son’s offering Himself to You in the Mass.

I would follow Rich to the gates of hell to end abortion…but now that I think about it:  We are there every time we pray at the other Delta Death Camps still open in Baton Rouge.  Rich had me exorcise one such clinic, holding his above cross.  Yes,
RichI would follow Rich to the gates of hell because he may be the most courageous man I know.  But he insists that the martyrdom needed to topple the reign of death in the USA must be led by priest-martyrs.

As Christ the head has died once, so also must the mystical body play her part to end the greatest killing in history, a blood that (I’m sorry to say) we all have on our hands, even pro-lifers like me.  There is no “us/them” in God’s judgment of nations in the Bible.  We are all guilty of this holocaust.  Yet, I believe that just three American white or red martyrs like Rich might very well end the diabolical possession of abortion.  I am at the point that I think that possession can be the only explanation for a formerly-rational country to justify the unending nightmare of abortion.

The walls of Jericho were filled with the bones of unborn babies that had been sacrificed to demons.  For the modern day mission, we have the arc of the covenant, Our Lady of Guadelupe.  As Joshua enrolled priests to take down the culture of death, so Rich is recruiting such priests to nothing less than red martyrdom for the end of abortion.  This is not an exagerration. Like the women Carmelites who ended the French Revolution by their peaceful and willing offering to the guillotine, Rich and I are convinced that only martyrs of peace and love will exorcise (literally exorcise) this country of the demons that have blinded her to the greatest holocaust in the history of the world.  The education is out there, and people still choose death.

As July is the month of the Precious Blood, let us continually ask Jesus to pour His blood upon our country, even to raise a few heroes.  Everyone is called to pray and fast, but maybe a few are called to echo the Apostle:  “For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus ‘sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.”—2 Cor 4:11-12. Priests, are there any who wish to carry this cross to Jericho with us?  At least, please fill your free Mass intentions for the end of abortion. The Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is indeed assured, but the speed of her arrival surely must depend on your courage and generosity.

 

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