Daily Archives: July 30, 2011

On Reverse Trolling

I recently blogged about how Facebook has changed the game regarding  the phenomenon of “trolling” because in theory it’s about going online with your real identity rather than a fake one, but people *do* assume pseudonyms on FB. Unlike email or message boards, however, for an admin or moderator, there’s really no way to tell if it’s the same person posting under 2 identities.

Well, another way Facebook has changed things is the concept of membership.

In the traditional scenario, a person joins a listserv or bulletin board, or visits a blog.  That person reads and decides, “Hey!  I have something to say!”  Maybe the person has something constructive to say, something supportive, something oppositional, or something destructive.  However, the person decides he or she wants to contribute to the discussion.  If the site is open, he or she posts a comment.  Otherwise, he or she signs on for a membership.   In either case, the person *chooses* to join the discussion.

Well, much ado was made a while back about a relatively new feature on Facebook where users can add their friends to groups.  They used to just suggest them.  Now, if someone thinks you should be on the “Moms who think Anthony Wiggle is Hot” group, they can just add you to that group, and, voila!, you’re a Mom Who Thinks Anthony Wiggle is Hot.

So, in the old days, a “troll” was someone who joined an online group just to be destructively oppositional, and would often get kicked off of said online community for bad behavior.

Now, on Facebook, if someone doesn’t like what you have to say about a particular topic, they can actually sign you up to their group of like-minded individuals and bait you into responding, so they can gang up on you.

A few weeks ago, this happened in a discussion of modesty.  I took the moderate stance I usually do on the topic.  A woman told me about some pro-modesty FB group and told me I should join it–I wasn’t clear if she wanted me to join it because she thought I would fit in or because she thought I needed a lesson.

Well, I looked at the group’s page, and it was mostly a bunch of radTrads being rather immodest in how they were talking about the Pope, Vatican II and the Divine Liturgy.  I decided I wanted no part of it, especially since just a few days before I had officially renounced calling myself a “traditionalist” because I was sick of being told by sedevacantists, etc., that I’m not “real traditionalist.”

Well, before I knew it, I was on this modesty group, signed up by the woman who “recommended” me.  Thanks.

Recently, some people started a “Catholic Spiritual Warfare” page, which is really a “We Hate Harry Potter” page.  Then they sign up anyone who does not think it’s a mortal sin to touch a HP book so they can lynch him  or her.

They did it to a friend of mine a couple days ago.

Then I went on the site last night, and commented on a thread about Fr. Amorth to say that he’s a good source but not very credible in some respects, and we shouldn’t listen to him when he makes blanket statements about bishops being satanists, because even if that’s likely true, the way he makes these blanket statements leads people to mistrust bishops in general.  This led to a good old fashioned flame war, where I was declared to be
a) educated–and “school doesn’t teach  you anything”
b) uneducated
c) a contraception supporter
d) an occultist
e) someone who thinks it’s OK for some people to read _Harry Potter_ books (at this point, they said, “Well, that says enough about your character.”)

So, now, instead of an antagonistic person joining a group of like minded people to antagonize them, now the antagonistic people can form groups, bait people who disagree with them but are looking for intellectual conversation into a discussion, and then gang up on the person they disagree with so they can feel superior and *then* after all that, accuse the person *they* brought into their group of being a troll.

“And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love!
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love!”

Carmelite Litany

Note: I composed the following Litany based upon the terms explained in this article by The Adoremus Bulletin. It should be appropriate for liturgical use, if so desired, and most certainly for private use. To be included in liturgical use, the person must at least be beatified. I have included two famous but not yet beatified Carmelites, for private devotion, and put their names in red. I included saints who were not Carmelites but closely affiliated with the Order and put their names in Navy blue. I’m not sure if the invocation to the Infant Jesus is appropriate for public devotion, so I marked that in green. Traditionally, the saints are only invoked by Bl or St. and first name, unless the last name or “of X” part is needed for clarification. Therefore, the Saint’s distinguishing title is put in brackets, per the explanation in the above article.

Carmelite Saints
O beautiful flower of Carmel, most fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, holy and singular, who brought forth the Son of God, still ever remaining a pure Virgin, assist us in our necessity! O Star of the Sea, help and protect us! Show us that you are our Mother!

Lord, Have Mercy on Us/Lord, Have Mercy on Us
Christ, Have Mercy on Us/Christ, Have Mercy on Us
Lord Have Mercy on Us/Lord Have Mercy on Us

Christ, Hear Us/Christ, Graciously Hear us

God, the Father of Heaven/Have Mercy on Us
God, the Son, Redeemer of the World/Have Mercy on Us
God, the Holy Spirit/Have Mercy on Us
Holy Trinity, one God/Have Mercy on Us

Divine Infant Jesus [of Prague]/Have Mercy on Us

Holy Mary, Mother of God/Pray for Us.
Holy, Virgin of Virgins/Pray for Us.
Mother of Divine Grace/Pray for Us.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel/Pray for Us.
Mother and Ornament of Carmel/Have Mercy on Us
Patroness of all who wear the Scapular/Pray for Us.
Hope of all Who Die Wearing the Scapular/Pray for Us.
Mystical Rose/Pray for Us.
Star of the Sea/Pray for Us.
Our Lady of Guadalupe/Pray for Us.
Our Lady of Fatima/Pray for Us.
Queen of all Saints/Pray for Us.
Queen conceived without original sin/Pray for Us.
Queen assumed into heaven/Pray for Us.
Queen of the most holy Rosary/Pray for Us.
Queen of families/Pray for Us.
Queen of peace/Pray for Us.

All holy angels/Pray for Us.

Holy Father Elijah/Pray for Us.
St. Elisha/Pray for Us.
Sts. Joachim and Anne, Protectors of Carmel/Pray for Us.
St. John the Baptist/Pray for Us.
St. Joseph, friend of the Sacred Heart/Pray for Us.
St. Joseph, chaste spouse of Mary/Pray for Us.
St. Joseph, our patron/Pray for Us.
All holy Patriarchs and Prophets/Pray for Us.

St. Peter/Pray for Us.
St. Paul/Pray for Us.
St. John [the Evangelist]/Pray for Us.
All holy Apostles and Disciples of Our Lord/Pray for Us.

St. Angelus/Pray for Us.
Bl. Denis and Redemptus/Pray for Us.
Bl. Jean-Baptiste [Duverneuil]/Pray for Us.
Bl. Michael-Aloysius [Brulard]/Pray for Us.
Bl. James [Gagnot]/Pray for Us
Bl. Jacques Retouret/Pray for Us
Bl. Teresa [of St. Augustine] and Companions [of Compiegne]/Pray for Us.
St. Pedro Castroverde/Pray for Us.
Bl. Isidore [Bakanja]/Pray for Us.
Bl. Maria Mercedes [Prat]/Pray for Us.
Bl. Angel Prat and Companions/Pray for Us.
Bl. Carmelo Maria Moyano Linares and Companions/Pray for Us.
Bl. Maria Pilar [of St. Francis Borgia]/Pray for Us.
Bl. Teresa [of the Child Jesus and of St. John of the Cross]/Pray for Us.
Bl. Maria Angeles [of St. Joseph]/Pray for Us.
Bl. Maria Sagrario [of St. Aloysius Gonzaga]/Pray for Us.
Bl. Titus Brandsma/Pray for Us.
Bl. Hilary Januszewski/Pray for Us.
St. Teresa Benedicta [of the Cross]/Pray for Us.
Bl. Alphonsus Mary [Mazurek] and Companions/Pray for Us.
All Holy Martyrs/Pray for Us.

St. Albert of Jerusalem/Pray for Us.
St. Peter [Thomas]/Pray for Us.
St. Andrew [Corsini]/Pray for Us.
St. John Paul [II]/Pray for Us.
All Holy Bishops and Doctors of the Church/Pray for Us.

Holy Mother Teresa [of Jesus, of Avila]/Pray for Us.
St. John [of the Cross]/Pray for Us.
St. Therese [of the Child Jesus, of Lisieux]/Pray for Us.

St. Simon [Stock]/Pray for Us.
St. Albert [of Trapani]/Pray for Us.
Bl. Nuno [Alvares Pereira]/Pray for Us.
Bl. Aloysius Rabata/Pray for Us.
Bl. John [Soreth]/Pray for Us.
Ven. Miguel de la Fuente/Pray for Us.
Bl. Bartholomew/Pray for Us.
Bl. Baptist [Spagnoli]/Pray for Us.
St. Peter [of Alcantara]/Pray for Us.
St. Francis [Borgia, SJ]/Pray for Us.
Ven. John Dominic Lucchesi/Pray for Us.
Ven. Jerome Terzo/Pray for Us.
Ven. Cyril [of the Mother of God]/Pray for Us.
Brother Lawrence [of the Resurrection]/Pray for Us.

Bl. Francis [Palau y Quer]/Pray for Us.
Bl. Kuriakos Elias [Chavara]/Pray for Us.
St. Henry [de Osso y Cervello]/Pray for Us.
St. Raphael [Kalinowski]/Pray for Us.
St. George [Preca]/Pray for Us.

Bl. Frances D’Amboise/Pray for Us
Bl. Jane Scopelli/Pray for Us.
Bl. Archangela Girlani/Pray for Us.
Ven. Mariangela/Pray for Us.
Ven. Serafina/Pray for Us.
Ven. Rosemary Serio/Pray for Us.

St. Mary Magdalene [de Pazzi]/Pray for Us.
Bl. Mary of the Incarnation/Pray for Us.
Bl. Anne [of St. Bartholomew]/Pray for Us.
Bl. Mary [of Jesus]/Pray for Us.
Bl. Mary [of the Angels]/Pray for Us.
St. Teresa Margaret [Redi of the Sacred Heart]/Pray for Us.
St. Joachina [de Vedruna]/Pray for Us.
Bl. Mary [of Jesus Crucified]/Pray for Us.
Bl. Josepha [Naval Girbes]/Pray for Us.
Bl. Teresa Maria [Manetti of the Cross]/Pray for Us.
Bl. Candelaria/Pray for Us.
St. Teresa of Jesus [of the Andes]/Pray for Us.
Bl. Elia [of St. Clement]/Pray for Us.
Bl. Maria Teresa Scrilli/Pray for Us.
Bl. Elizabeth [of the Trinity]/Pray for Us.
Bl. Maria Candida [of the Eucharist]/Pray for Us.
Ven. Mary Angeline Teresa/Pray for Us.
St. Maria Maravillas [of Jesus]/Pray for Us.
All Holy Priests and Religious/Pray for Us.

Sts. Louis and Zelie [Martin, SFO]/Pray for Us.
All Holy Men and Women/Pray for Us.

All you Saints of Carmel, intercede for us
All you Saints of God, intercede for us

We sinners/We beseech You to hear us
That You would spare us/We beseech You to hear us
That You would pardon us/We beseech You to hear us
That You would bring us to true penance/We beseech You to hear us
That You would deign to govern and preserve your holy Church/We beseech You to hear us
That You will guide and protect Our Order/We beseech You to hear us
That You would deign to preserve our Apostolic Prelate, and all orders of the Church in holy religion/We beseech You to hear us
That You would deign to humble the enemies of Holy Church/We beseech You to hear us
That You would deign to give peace and true concord to Christian kings and princes/We beseech You to hear us
That You would deign to grant peace and unity to all Christian people/We beseech You to hear us
That You would deign to call back to the unity of the Church all who have strayed from the truth and lead all unbelievers to the light of the Gospel/We beseech You to hear us
That You will bring many vocations to the Carmelite Orders/We beseech You to hear us
That You would deign to confirm and preserve us in your holy service/We beseech You to hear us
That You would lift up our minds to heavenly desires/We beseech You to hear us
That You would render eternal blessings to all our benefactors/We beseech You to hear us
That You would deliver our souls and the souls of our brethren in Carmel, relations and benefactors, from eternal damnation/We beseech You to hear us
That You would deign to give and preserve the fruits of the earth/We beseech You to hear us
That you would deign to grant eternal rest to all the faithful departed, particularly from the Order of Carmel/We beseech You to hear us
That you would deign graciously to hear us/We beseech You to hear us
Son of God/We beseech You to hear us

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
R/ spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
R/ graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
R/ have mercy on us.

V/ Christ, hear us.
R/ Christ, graciously hear us.

V/ Lord, have mercy.
R/ Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Our Father . . .

Lord, may the patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Mother,
and the prayers of all the saints of Carmel,
help us to walk steadfastly in their footsteps,
and by their prayers and good works
ever further the cause of Your Church.
We ask this through Our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!

Adoremus Bulletin explains the Litany of the Saints

Adoremus on the Litany of the Saints

The above is a great article explaining the proper use and alteration of the Litany of the Saints. It explains the order to use if you want to write your own litany of the saints, and other issues.

For example, praying a litany on Nov. 2 or in a cemetary, you say, “pray for them,” and it’s OK to pray for an individual and say, “pray for him/her” instead of “us”, as they did at JPII’s funeral.

The article also gives the current liturgical Litany of the Saints as issued by the Church in 2000, including invocations of St. Abraham, St. Moses and St. Elijah.