Theresa Trio

Theresa Trio
St. Therese of Lisieux / Ven. Maria Theresa Quevedo / St. Teresa of Avila

May 30, 2015

NYT's Artistic Display of Religious Hypocrisy: Runs Offensive Virgin Mary Painting Once Again

Mary, as envisioned by the Shroud of Turin

As if further evidence is needed of the religious bias common in some major media outlets::

NYT's Artistic Display of Religious Hypocrisy: Runs Offensive Virgin Mary Painting Once Again


The accompanying picture to the article is in apparent violation of their stated policy: 

"Under Times standards, we do not normally publish images or other material deliberately intended to offend religious sensibilities. After careful consideration, Times editors decided that describing the cartoons in question would give readers sufficient information to understand today’s story." (as quoted in the above linked article. I could not find the specific info on the NYT website-Ed.)

In Her defense, I sent an email to the Editor of the NYT requesting its removal from the article due to its offensive nature. NYT's policy prevents me from publishing the email here, at least for the present.

If you also wish to write a respectful letter - and I highly encourage all to do so - the link to Submissions to Editor here.

And just to remind us Catholics, here are a few links from EWTN's Mary Menu page:

May 25, 2015

Prophetic Words of St. Paul...




"For what things a man shall sow, those also shall he reap. For he that soweth in his flesh, of the flesh also shall reap corruption." (Epistle Of Saint Paul To The Galatians, Chapter 6:8)



PHOTO CREDIT


Copyright 2015 David Heath - All Rights Reserved

May 24, 2015

UPDATE FINAL: A Song for Ireland (and not by Mary Black) and Other Commentary

I can write only one comment pertaining to this debacle and the (s)hepards of the Catholic Church in Ireland:

"But I am a worm, and no man: the reproach of men, and the outcast of the people. All they that saw me have laughed me to scorn: they have spoken with the lips, and wagged the head..." (Psalm 21:7-8)

Most Catholics - and the world - now know that this Biblical verse pertains not to Our Lord, but to Ireland's Bishops and their squiggly, wormy, let's-be-friends-with-the-world-at-any-cost leadership ("I think really that the church needs to do a reality check..."). Failure to lead from the pulpit may not have changed the outcome, but a reminder of CCC# 1867-#1869 and #1874 and its deadly and eternal consequences for the Soul quite possibly could have changed some votes with the reminder there is still a Hell and it is a reality (reminded to us by Our Lady of Fatima in 1917) [Ed.]




Dies Irae (partial lyrics):

That day of wrath, that dreadful day, shall heaven and earth in ashes lay, as David and the Sybil say.

What horror must invade the mind when the approaching Judge shall find and sift the deeds of all mankind!

The mighty trumpet's wondrous tone shall rend each tomb's sepulchral stone and summon all before the Throne.

Now death and nature with surprise behold the trembling sinners rise to meet the Judge's searching eyes.

Then shall with universal dread the Book of Consciences be read to judge the lives of all the dead.

For now before the Judge severe all hidden things must plain appear; no crime can pass unpunished here...



And the men of Sodom were very wicked, and sinners before the face of the Lord, beyond measure. (Genesis 13:13)

And the Lord said: The cry of Sodom and Gomorrha is multiplied, and their sin is become exceedingly grievous.

I will go down and see whether they have done according to the cry that is come to me: or whether it be not so, that I may know. And they turned themselves from thence, and went their way to Sodom: but Abraham as yet stood before the Lord. And drawing nigh he said: Wilt thou destroy the just with the wicked? If there be fifty just men in the city, shall they perish withal? and wilt thou not spare that place for the sake of the fifty just, if they be therein? Far be it from thee to do this thing, and to slay the just with the wicked, and for the just to be in like case as the wicked, this is not beseeming thee: thou who judgest all the earth, wilt not make this judgment.

And the Lord said to him: If I find in Sodom fifty just within the city, I will spare the whole place for their sake. And Abraham answered, and said: Seeing I have once begun, I will speak to my Lord, whereas I am dust and ashes. What if there be five less than fifty just persons? wilt thou for five and forty destroy the whole city? And he said: I will not destroy it, if I find five and forty. And again he said to him: But if forty be found there, what wilt thou do? He said: I will not destroy it for the sake of forty. Lord, saith he, be not angry, I beseech thee, if I speak: What if thirty shall be found there? He answered: I will not do it, if I find thirty there.

Seeing, saith he, I have once begun, I will speak to my Lord. What if twenty be found there? He said: I will not destroy it for the sake of twenty. I beseech thee, saith he, be not angry, Lord, if I speak yet once more: What if ten should be found there? And he said: I will not destroy it for the sake of ten. And the Lord departed, after he had left speaking to Abraham: and Abraham returned to his place. (Genesis 18:20-33)

And they said to Lot: Hast thou here any of thine? son in law, or sons, or daughters, all that are thine bring them out of this city: For we will destroy this place, because their cry is grown loud before the Lord, who hath sent us to destroy them. (Genesis 19:12-13)

And in the day that Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. (Luke 17:29)


From The Catechism of the Catholic Church:

CCC #1867: The catechetical tradition also recalls that there are “sins that cry to heaven”: the blood of Abel, the sin of the Sodomites, the cry of the people oppressed in Egypt, the cry of the foreigner, the widow, and the orphan, injustice to the wage earner.

CCC #1868: Sin is a personal act. Moreover, we have a responsibility for the sins committed by others when we cooperate in them:

—by participating directly and voluntarily in them;

—by ordering, advising, praising, or approving them;

—by not disclosing or not hindering them when we have an obligation to do so;

—by protecting evil-doers.

CCC #1869: Thus sin makes men accomplices of one another and causes concupiscence, violence, and injustice to reign among them. Sins give rise to social situations and institutions that are contrary to the divine goodness. “Structures of sin” are the expression and effect of personal sins. They lead their victims to do evil in their turn.

CCC #1874: To choose deliberately—that is, both knowing it and willing it—something gravely contrary to the divine law and to the ultimate end of man is to commit a mortal sin. This destroys in us the charity without which eternal beatitude is impossible. Unrepented, it brings eternal death.

CCC #1875: Venial sin constitutes a moral disorder that is reparable by charity, which it allows to subsist in us.

CCC #1876: The repetition of sins—even venial ones—engenders vices, among which are the capital sins.


What others are saying:

Diarmuid Martin: Catholic Church needs reality check - The Irish Times

Ireland’s gay marriage vote was never an equal contest - The Spectator

Ireland Goes Gay - Aletia

IRELAND GIVES RESOUNDING 62.1 PERCENT `YES' TO GAY MARRIAGE - AP News

Ireland takes its cue from Pope Francis and charts new course to same sex sex to stay relevant. - The Tenth Crusade

The Irish Referendum -updated after the vote - Catholic Collar and Tie

Ireland slaps God in the face - The Eye-Witness

Ireland's bishops and priests have failed Christ - Vox Cantoris

Irish Send Message To God - Creative Minority Report

The Faithful Island Has Become a Harlot - Unam Sanctam Catholicam

The Irish referendum: personal implications for Catholics’ public actions - Dr. Ed Peters

The Serpents HAVE Returned To Ireland - DC Catholicism

Ireland Chooses Satan - Mundabor

What Ireland’s Gay Marriage Vote Says About Us - One Peter Five

Ireland: With shepherds like these... - Rorate Caeli




Copyright 2015 David Heath - All Rights Reserved

May 23, 2015

One Peter Five has an excellent commentary on Can a Catholic Criticize the Pope?. It is well written, clearly sourced and full of Truth. I follow his line of thought on the matter, rather than that of CMTV...mainly because what generally comes out of Rome can be - and many times is - a danger to my Faith and as such, must be resisted. That is just plain old Catholic common sense, backed up by plain old commentary from the Gospels and Saints. I made a comment on the above blog page, and have posted parts of it here, expanding on the theme - for better or for worse - below. I urge all to click over to Steve Skojec's excellent blog and read the article. [Ed.]

It doesn't take a Theologian to parse through the words and actions emanating from Rome, the Pope and others in high office to determine that many times they are at odds with what has been taught prior to today, or at least the last 50 years. At the same time we lament to our friends or write on our blogs of the incredulity - and pain - we endure for our Faith, we also continue to pray for the Pope, Cardinals and Bishops to be True Shepherds and defend the Faith of 2,000 years. The Faith that Christ brought to Earth to save many; not the faith of man being designed and constantly redesigned to save all men. It is clear that the Church has charted a course to become friends with the world, no longer content to remain just friendly.

Has the Church apparently "lost" its mandate of Christ to preach the Truth to all men of the Catholic Faith, alone of all the other man-made "religions" that will gain us Heaven? Are we now to think and believe all men will be saved, as long as they die with "Jesus, I Love You" on their lips? Can we now attend any Church and gain Heaven without converting to Catholicism? And if not, then why is there such a push toward world-wide ecumenism without the requisite conversion to Catholicism? Why are heretical "Bishops" given the same footing as those of Apostolic succession? (See Louie Verrecchio's excellent post here for more on the above points.)

And as for the questions that are at the forefront of many a laymen's mind and have been since October 2014:

- IF the Church does approve of Communion for the divorced and re-married sans annulment; 

- IF the Church gives its blessing to adulterous marriages;

- IF the church throws under the bus the Faithful spouses still living their first and only vows;

- IF the church denies the Justice due to those Innocent Spouses by the continued ignoring of Canon Laws concerning Separation of Spouses;

then I must ask: Of what use and value is the requirement for having to be married within the Catholic Church? 

Am I advocating that Catholics may no longer need to be married within the Catholic Church for validity? Absolutely not! But, it most certainly begs the question...

You cannot bring into full communion known adulterers and adulteresses without Confession, true contrition, repentance and restitution, can you? You cannot hold other sinners hostage to the former, while allowing other sinners a free pass to forgiveness, can you? You cannot continue to keep the validity of marriages only within the Church, while at the same time condoning those that have been consummated - civilly and intimately - outside the Church, can you? You cannot have your cake and eat it to, can you? 

Or can you?


Copyright 2015 David Heath - All Rights Reserved

May 22, 2015

But for this Woman...

I Should Have Died and Gone to Hell Many Times Over....





Many thanks to Rorate Caeli for reminding me to whom I owe my continued existence on this earth, for I know of no of no other reason why I should be here. She has kept at least one of my feet securely within Her shadow throughout my life, though I did not always recognize it as such, 

To Her I will always be indebted for the intercession before Her Son on my behalf; to Her I will always be honored to be simply Her child and slave; to Her I will always pray for Her help with my children; to Her do I entrust with assisting me in getting my Soul and the Souls of my Family to Heaven - which includes their Mother. [Ed.]

"Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum.
Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Jesus.
Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus,
nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen."


***********************************************************

May Month of Mary: II - "Mother," Our Lord says to the Blessed Virgin, "I can refuse you nothing."

Basilica of Notre-Dame-de-la -Garde, Marseille

The Holy Virgin is often compared to a mother, but she is much better still than the best of mothers; for the best of mothers sometimes punishes her child when it displeases her, and even beats it: she thinks she is doing right. But the Holy Virgin does not so; she is so good that she treats us with love, and never punishes us.

The heart of this good Mother is all love and mercy; she desires only to see us happy. We have only to turn to her to be heard.

The Son has His justice, the Mother has nothing but her love.

God has loved us so much as to die for us; but in the heart of our Lord there is justice, which is an attribute of God; in that of the most Holy Virgin there is nothing but mercy. Her Son was ready to punish a sinner; Mary interposes, checks the sword, implores pardon for the poor criminal. "Mother," Our Lord says to her, "I can refuse you nothing. If hell could repent, you would obtain its pardon."

The most Holy Virgin places herself between her Son and us. The greater sinners we are, the more tenderness and compassion does she feel for us. The child that has cost its mother most tears is the dearest to her heart.

Saint John Mary Vianney


Copyright 2015 David Heath - All Rights Reserved

May 10, 2015

The Faithful Spouse, That Pearl of Great Price

God remains faithful to the sacramental bond even when that bond has been rejected by man



"...I am so grateful for the decision to be faithful (which could so easily have been different) because God has graced my life and that of my family out of all proportion to my feeble “yes”. In all of this, I have come to an appreciation of the beauty and strength of the Sacrament of Matrimony. It has increasingly dawned on me that I might never have known this had my marriage been stable. It has been a privilege I do not deserve to experience the Fidelity of God to the sacramental bond even when that bond has been broken. So wonderful is the Divine Fidelity that this is a truth I would love to see communicated to all sacramentally married people regardless of their situation."
(Faithful Wife of a serial abandoning spouse: http://voiceofthefamily.info/wordpress/?p=941)

This is a Woman; This is a Mother; This is a Catholic Spouse. This is she whom the Bible refers to as the "pearl of great price". She who understood that the moment she pronounced her "I Do", she was forever bound to those words and to one man, regardless of what the future would bring. Whether she would eventually become a modern-day St. Monica, praying tirelessly for the conversion of her spouse and son, or, a Blessed Zita of Austria faithfully following her husband Karl into political exile, she fully understood it was "for better or worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, til death we do part". 

Wikipedia

Voice of The Family last month posted on their blog page the full letter I excerpted above, written to then Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in December 2013. She thanks the Archbishop for his defense of Traditional Catholic Marriage, but then goes on to explain why she is thanking him, and it is not because her marriage has been all wine and roses. 

Far from that idyllic description, it can more accurately be described as a marriage of numerous Crowns of Thorn, with only a few periods of respite. Respites that one would have to think simply taunted her into a false belief she had finally found her earthly marital happiness. At its apparent final end, she more than likely could have found justification and sympathetic ears for an eventual divorce and annulment. After all, her spouses actions certainly could warrant a dissolution under C. 1095.2, could they not? 

But not for this particular wife:

"...Though at each desertion there were those who would see an end to the marriage and a new man in my life as the obvious solution, I trusted the Church’s teaching on marriage and knew that my vow was for life and doggedly insisted that a new relationship was not possible because “I was married”."

This is the Grace of the Sacrament, pouring profusely into a heart, mind and Soul, all three equally ready to accept the Calvary that, admittedly, she was already "doggedly" trodding. No smooth highway, no Prince Charming II, no future marital bliss...just the unbidden, but nonetheless real, marital cross she accepted at the altar. 

And this particular spouse - and thousands more like her -
are at risk of being jettisoned by the Roman Catholic Church - if - the German Catholic Church (a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Roman Catholic Church, but operating as an independent entity) has its way.  

If the German "Bishop-Kasperite's" are successful come October, there will be no need for Catholic weddings, the need seemingly negated because the Sacrament of Matrimony will have been debased to man's ideals. Rather, it is hopeful that those of Christ will be upheld, something even the writer of the letter understood as necessary:

"The sad thing about the push to allow people who are divorced and remarried to receive Holy Communion is that Jesus, waiting within their sacramental marriage, is forgotten. If they would return to Jesus, He would welcome them and they could truly receive Him. In effect people want to receive Jesus in the Sacrament of the Eucharist but not in the Sacrament of Matrimony and so an impossible contradiction arises. In fairness to most of these unfortunate people they do not know, such has been the inadequacy of catechesis especially in marriage preparation. Communicating the “real presence” of God in Marriage seems to me to be the heart of the question that the bishops must address in the synods on the Family 2014 and 2015 in relation to your Instruction." (my emphasis)


[H/T to Louise, who sent the link that prompted this post]

Copyright 2015 David Heath - All Rights Reserved

May 8, 2015

On Being Tall...and a Nascient Political Movement


Photo Credit: cartoonstock.com

I have always thought of myself as a tall person. For as long as I can remember, I've felt this "inner" voice telling me that I am tall. I mean, I always wanted to be a cop when I was younger, for instance, as opposed to being, say, a bumper car operator or a "munchkin" in some updated modern version of the Land of OZ. I am, alas, trapped in a 64" body, a body that all of my inner psyche says really should be 74" tall. I mean, how demeaning is that - trapped in a small body when I just know that I was meant to be tall. Is it any wonder I'm conflicted??

It is most certain that God made a mistake. Surely, I would not feel this way if I was really and truly meant to be short? I'm told every day in the Catholic news that God wants me to be happy here on earth, so from here on, I'm going to accept my true self. No more hiding. And besides...

Who is to judge me or my feelings, anyway.

I'm glad that's all out. Now I can go shopping in the Big & Tall Men's Store and dress like I was always meant to dress - in tall men's clothes. I can finally walk down the street with my shirt sleeves hanging 8" below my hand and walking on my pants legs, knowing no one will stare questioningly at me, or call me "tiny" or "shorty" or "weird" because, well...they must be accepting of me and my inner desire to be tall.

In addition, for those who refuse to believe or who may be trapped within their own self-absorbed "neo-pelagianistic attitudes", I've recently started the SPU-T! movement in celebration of my new-found freedom and as a social gathering point for others who share my values and inner feelings. What is SPU-T! 

Short People United-Tall! 

Soon I'll we'll have my our own political lobby group in Washington, D.C. to help promote my our cause and I'll soon contact all the 2016 political candidates to see what their position is concerning the SPU-T! movement. Soon, within 5 years is my guess, SPU-T! members will be in many local political offices...then, SPU-T! members will invade state legislatures...then, SPU-T! members in Congress...and ultimately, there will be a SPU-T! President in the Oval Office!

By the way...my our first order of business when SPU-T! becomes a National political powerhouse will be to force pass laws that restrict modify all commercial and public store shelves to a height commensurate with the average height of SPU-T! members, but in any case will not exceed a maximum height-from-floor of 52". Never more will SPU-T! members be marginalized and embarrassed by having to ask a store clerk to reach the second to last can of baking soda on the top shelf!  

So...all you vertically-abnormal people whose heads are perennially in the clouds and who think you are "normal"...be afraid. 




Be. Very. Very. Afraid.



Copyright 2015 David Heath - All Rights Reserved
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...