Life Updates2021-12-06T17:31:59+00:00
702, 2022

No Flexing, Just Limping

By |February 7th, 2022|

In the Catholic Church, no single group has any room left to flex in such a huge crisis of doctrine and morals. It's the perfect time for the reunification of all Christians. I could name a logical flaw with the ecclesiology of every group in the Catholic Church trying to answer the current outrageous crisis: Charismatic Novus-Ordo, Conservative Novus-Ordo, diocesan TLM, FSSP, SSPX, Bennyplenist, Sedevacantist, Eastern Churches... They all have at least one logical flaw on the post-Vatican II papacy and hierarchy. (I actually belong in one of those groups, but point is: I'm not above any of those groups. I probably haven't figured out something you haven't.) The fact is that I'm genuinely confused and humbled by the crisis in the Church. I will never leave the Catholic Church but with seven revamped sacraments starting 55 years ago and [...]

1801, 2022

“The Saving of Many Lives.”—Genesis 50:20

By |January 18th, 2022|

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.—Gen 50:20 NIV A friend recently described to me that her narcissistic mother-in-law was the "victim and hero" of every story she told.  I thought that was both hilarious and accurate in the description of what Miss Ann Barnhardt might call a "diabolical narcissist."  Remember, a narcissist is one not concerned as much with looks as with control, manipulation and gas-lighting. So, I'm very hesitant to write a blog post that could come anywhere close to the edge of the cliff of being both "victim and hero" but I want to thank God that He has used my enemies to give me a bigger voice than if I had just been left alone in my little confessional in [...]

312, 2021

Oath Against Modernism

By |December 3rd, 2021|

As many traditional priests are currently being told they must take oaths in favor of modernism (to the possible endangerment of their souls) I hereby take the oath against modernism as Pope St. Pius X asked all priests to take: I, Fr. David Nix, firmly embrace and accept each and every definition that has been set forth and declared by the unerring teaching authority of the Church, especially those principal truths which are directly opposed to the errors of this day. And first of all, I profess that God, the origin and end of all things, can be known with certainty by the natural light of reason from the created world (see Rom. 1:19), that is, from the visible works of creation, as a cause from its effects, and that, therefore, his existence can also be demonstrated: Secondly, I accept [...]

1311, 2021

Does a Roman Priest Need Permission to Offer the Roman Rite?

By |November 13th, 2021|

In the 16th century, Pope St. Pius V wrote that no "superiors" can ever push "secular priests" or "religious" to be  "coerced to alter" the Traditional Latin Mass, for the Council of Trent showed that it has its roots in Apostolic times.  The following is a quote from Quo Primum from Pope St. Pius V.  This document is part of the ordinary Magisterium that has been considered infallible and unchangeable.  It entirely binds the Roman Catholic priest to never offer anything except the traditional Roman Rite, frequently called the Tridentine Mass: Furthermore, by these presents [this law], in virtue of Our Apostolic authority, We grant and concede in perpetuity that, for the chanting or reading of the Mass in any church whatsoever, this Missal is hereafter to be followed absolutely, without any scruple of conscience or fear of incurring any penalty, [...]

2310, 2021

Why Am I Always Dreaming of the Past?

By |October 23rd, 2021|

Even though you can already see horizontalism, communitarianism and ecumenism creeping into the vocabulary of a modern Pope in 1961, it's interesting that Pope John XXIII insisted that the Catholic Church was "vibrant with vitality" just before convoking his council in 1962: ​ Then, if we turn our attention to the Church, we see that it has not remained a lifeless spectator in the face of these events, but has followed step by step the evolution of peoples, scientific progress, and social revolution. It has opposed decisively the materialistic ideologies which deny faith. Lastly, it has witnessed the rise and growth of the immense energies of the apostolate of prayer, of action in all fields. It has seen the emergence of a clergy constantly better equipped in learning and virtue for its mission; and of a laity which has become [...]

910, 2021

First Year of Solemn High Masses

By |October 9th, 2021|

There are a few different ways to offer the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM): 1) The Solemn High Mass (which is the standard from the early Church, even though it is the most ornate.  See picture above for an example.) The Solemn High Mass requires three clerics (priest, deacon and sub-deacon) as well as many acolytes and a choir.  (A Pontifical High Mass is a Solemn High Mass with a bishop as the main cleric.) 2) The Missa Cantata, which requires a priest, several servers and a choir. (Thus, it is less ornate than the Solemn High Mass.) 3) The low Mass which can be offered by a priest with no one else except God and the angels.  (See picture directly below.) Me in the Midwest a few years ago. Most people would think that the low Mass is [...]

2609, 2021

Life Update 2021.09.25

By |September 26th, 2021|

This summer, I was blessed to be the chaplain for a couple weeks on the set of an upcoming movie by Metanoia Films called Cabrini.  They filmed it in New York State (not NYC.) It is a big-screen-targeted movie on the life of St. Francis Xavier Cabrini and much of it takes place in lower Manhattan around the turn of the century.  The set above is part of the re-creation of Five Points where St. Cabrini served the Italian immigrants of New York City.   (Not that I think anyone should watch Godfather 2, but I believe the set above of Cabrini rivaled that of Coppola's 1974 movie.) The director Alejandro Monteverde and the producer Leo Severino also gave me a private showing one weekend of their new movie Sound of Freedom where Jim Caviezel plays Tim Ballard in his international [...]

409, 2021

Life Update 2021.09.04

By |September 4th, 2021|

Why am I am hermit with so much sacramental need in the world?  For one, bishops do not want a priest who will exclusively do the old sacraments.  Just a couple years ago, I (quite accidentally) ended up having a quick espresso with the Archbishop of Military Services.  I knew I would never see him again, so I gave him an offer that had been mulling around in my heart for a long time:  I told him that I would go anywhere in the world he sends me—even to the front lines—as a priest and paramedic to serve US troops.  I said I was in good standing, but I only did the old sacraments.  He smiled, sipped his espresso, and said "You gotta do both Masses."  My heart sank.  Now, the easy rebuttal against me wanting to serve our troops [...]

2108, 2021

Life Update 2021.08.21

By |August 21st, 2021|

The above is the renewal of my rule of life under the Archdiocese of Denver from 26 July 2021 to 30 June 2024.  I blurred out my chancery's seal so as to prevent online hackers from copying it.  But more interesting:  Notice that first date in reference to the life of the Latin Mass world in the Church. Now, some people ask me: Why does a hermit maintain some external apostolates?  Isn't this more the life of a monk-missionary than a hermit?  Yes.  But I give two reasons here: 1) I struggle with insomnia, I may do my several hours of prayer one day at a different time from the next day.  That is why in my rule of life below (again, approved by my Archdiocese) I fulfill my prayer but the horarium (schedule for someone in religion) is a [...]

1007, 2021

Life Update 2021.07.10

By |July 10th, 2021|

I was recently  thinking about being an ex-paramedic and my desire to work with mercenaries involved in the rescue of child slaves. Mercenaries rescuing child-slaves is not something only found in the congregations of the Middle Ages like the Trinitarians or the Mercedarians or the Knights Hospitaller. The fact is that today there are Catholic organizations of laymen dedicated to rescue Christians kidnapped by Muslims. However, due to the corrupt situation found in the leadership in both Church and State, these modern mercenaries must work around the Catholic hierarchy and around European and African governments, not with them. In other words, these Catholic mercenaries fly under the radar of both bishops and Presidents, unlike the happier days of the Church when both would sponsor such high-liability congregations. To be clear, I have done no work with such groups. But I [...]

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