Theresa Trio

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

January 27, 2015

Understanding Cardinal Baldisseri via the Universal Roman Synod Translator

I was reading Hillary White's article in Life Site News about some comments Cardinal Baldisseri said concerning the upcoming Synod.  He apparently is stacking the deck preparatory for the ramification of the neutering of two thirds of the marriage bona, the 6th and 9th Commandments and the need for Confession to absolve oneself of adultery. 

I wasn't quite sure what Cardinal Baldisseri meant by the following statement, though:

“The socio-cultural context [of the family] is outlined in broad terms in its lights and its shadows.”


“In the contemporary world [the family] presents anthropological conceptions, in many cases entirely new, that affect the understanding of the human and the mode in which he lives his social relations. A change in the self-understanding of man is reported frequently, which, in one way or another, certainly affects the lives of individuals and in the life of the family.”


So... I ran it through Google's Universal Roman Synod Translator, which cleared its meaning up quite well (I think...):

"He described the context of the tradition [Family] conditions of light and shadow."

"In today's world, [Family] anthropological concept of new items, like everyone else, a way to produce, how to live in their understanding of social relations. This is the case, change the person's behavior or not and of course I will be the impact on family life and"

Uh..."and" what? 

Well... unfortunately... it appears the translator has broken. Or, there is as yet no app for the correct translation of what is coming from Rome concerning the upcoming Synod. It appears I will have to read it slower and try to better understand what he said and let you know in a later post. It would be so much easier with the translator...dang it all!

Can anyone else translate? God?? Can you help??? St. Pius X? Are you listening? Pius XII? Anyone?? PLEASE?

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January 25, 2015

My Commentary on Sacrilege and Holy Communion



The Catholic Encyclopedia defines sacrilege as "...the violation or injurious treatment of a sacred object", that proclaiming a sacred character to a thing is a function of the governing power of the Church and that there are three kinds of sacrilege: personal, local and real. 

Local Sacrilege is the violation of any place sacred, such as churches, oratories, cemeteries, etc.

Personal Sacrilege is defined as dealing "...so irreverently with a sacred person that, whether by the injury inflicted or the defilement caused, there is a breach of the honour due to such person."

Real Sacrilege is "...the irreverent treatment of sacred things as distinguished from places and persons." Receiving Holy Communion in the state of mortal sin and an invalid Consecration are examples that apply here. 

Falling under Real Sacrilege is the notable and deliberate irreverence towards the Holy Eucharist which, as we Catholics believe, is the real Body and Blood - after the Consecration - of Our Lord Jesus Christ. (See CCC #1333 and Balt. #3 Q. 871 & 872.) It is, reputedly, the worst sacrilege that can be done. 

It has recently been brought to the Catholic worlds attention that a sacrilege may have occurred as regards the Holy Eucharist. In my opinion (others can be found here and here) and from my understanding of the above, at the very least there has occurred real sacrilege at the mega-mass in the Philippines - and at World Youth Day assemblies for that matter. Imagine, if you will, this picture:

After the Consecration, a priest passes the corporeal form of Our Lord's Body to the first person among many hundred of thousands waiting to kiss the Sacred Hands and Feet. In the background comes the cacophony of "pass Him around...pass Him around"! It grows louder and louder until finally the sacred ministers accede and simply start "passing Him around". As He passes from un-Consecrated hand to un-consecrated hand, many merely get to touch the Sacred Humanity as He is passed along, which body still bears the bloody remnants of the scourging. For all to reverently kiss the Sacred Hands and Feet is nigh impossible, so just a touch suffices among the throng, who then non-nonchalantly wipe their hands on their clothes to clean themselves of the blood left upon their hands at His passing. They smile and excitedly jabber at their neighbor "I touched him! I touched him!" And they wipe again the blood stained hands upon their clothes, remembering after mass they are going out to eat and they don't want to get blood all over the steering wheel. They have left the Sacred Blood everywhere - their clothes, their neighbor's clothes, on the ground. But they are euphoric and never-mind the irreverence shown towards the Sacred Humanity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, truly present in the Corporeal Form and recently passed around. At least they got to touch him.

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I've tried to paint what - in my mind anyway - is going on during the "mega masses", whether in the Philippines, at World Youth Day assemblies, or any other venue like them. No theologian nor priest nor even a bishop can explain away the irreverence that was shown towards the Blessed Sacrament, though it has occurred (see here). We Catholics have been brought up since the age of reason to hold in the utmost of respect the Sacred Species during any Mass, not just masses on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. Papal Masses are no exception. It is obvious with a few hundred thousand people gathered in Manila - or in St. Peters Square - that the reverential distribution of Holy Communion is nigh impossible, if for no other reason than allotted time available for distribution. Therefore, reason and prudence alone dictate that - for most - a Spiritual Communion is the best one can hope for, as the blog Te Deum laudamus recently posted. Only those few dozens nearest the front could truly hope to receive the Body and Blood of Christ from Papal hands or those of the assisting priests. 

For others to expect anything more while maintaining the reverence due the Sacrament is pure folly.


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January 22, 2015

Abortion, Roe v Wade and the Nuclear Family

I'm setting here finishing my coffee at 4:30 A.M. and I want to write something really profound, that will be getting a thousand hits per day, that will quell the rising tide of Catholics and divorce. But what I will probably write is just a mediocre rambling of a former spouse and extant Dad, lamenting the fact of his family's live abortion. Not to take away from the pure evil that is the Roe v Wade abortion, but the fact remains there is very little difference between that kind and the other kind - the abortion of the live, nuclear family via No Fault Divorce. Both are predicated upon the same thing - the killing of the innocent, the destroyer of human lives and the decimation and death of a family of Souls, conceived in Love, but ended in apparent hate.

I have never been one to paint a pretty picture of divorce. Far from it. For all my ineptitude in writing, I've always tried to paint its ugliness - its every bit as ugly as Roe v Wade - despite modern society's selfish need to paint it differently. The bloodless letting of innocent blood doesn't make it any easier to swallow. The remorse and sorrow at the ending of innocent lives isn't any easier to bear. The perennial guilt of a parent over their frailty that may have contributed to a family's destruction is no less real. Yes, the abortion of a live, breathing, smiling, loving and animated family is no less easier to bear than that of an innocent child in the womb. Both have been willingly slain for selfish motives. Period.

Catholic parents do not know - or do not care to know - the landscape of the road that stretches before them when they divorce. As I've written before, Charity is the first Virtue that, by necessity, flies away, as it cannot stomach the gross injustice that is to be thrust upon the innocent. That is not to say that Hope and Faith don't also fly away - in most cases they do. But as Charity is the greatest of the three, it's understandable that it carries the graver weight. Is it not a truth that Our Lord, whose life was as much about Charity as it was about Love, is not grievously offended by either form of abortion?

I cannot begin to describe the myriad of emotions that envelop one post-divorce. I can tell you that it took at least two years for the winds to stop buffeting mine, and another two before I could handle the almost daily emotional surprises that come:

  •  setting in Church as tears well in your eyes because you miss your family - and your spouse.
  • working at your desk when the flood of emotions dilute your environment as you set and think, but for divorce, your child would not be seeing a psychiatrist.
  • the dread you feel at knowing the future pain and sorrow your estranged children will endure because they still refuse to see the Love that was always there, but has repeatedly been called into question by a parent.
  • the almost daily need to beg - BEG - for Divine assistance for the Graces needed to not fail your children, yourself, your marriage vows, and yes, even your former spouse.

Today, there will be no National Right To Marriage Marches in Washington, DC - or even here in downtown Saint Marys, KS. There will be no well-known celebrity speakers or politicians speaking of the horrors of divorce and the assault upon the innocent. There will be no Catholic Bishop, Cardinal or Pope, lamenting the deep slide into the lethargic anarchy that is divorce. There will be no call for 1,969 minutes of silence, in recognition of the year the first No Fault divorce law went live.

 No, this day will pass with Roe v Wade's silent sister walking along side those who courageously march to defend innocent lives lost through a vacuum tube, unknowing of the almost as great a tragedy that occurs with the judges gavel. I mean not to take away from the horror and injustice of the Roe V Wade abortions that litter this great - and supposedly Christian country - but simply seek to remind others of this silent sister's existence that is equally as horrifying and unjust. 

Abortion - whether that of Roe v Wade or of divorce - is a travesty of law that needs to be stricken from the books. Both have nothing to do with "inalienable rights" and have everything to do with "unbridled passions", for no person - no REASONABLE person - could ever stoop to such evil as abortion, within the womb or without. The Catholic Church teaches that "passions must be ruled by reason" as so stated in the section on Moral Conscience in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It is, unfortunately, not much heeded nowadays.

 It is a tragedy in itself that so much confusion currently reigns within the Church over moral certitudes that have in the past 4 or 5 decades been called into question and that are now just part of a Catholic menu from which you can choose to follow. God's law does not change. The Ten Commandments that were given to Moses on Mt. Sinai are the same ones that are extant even to this day. No man - whether Pope, Bishop or Cardinal; whether priest, parent or judge - can change them. God is not mocked, as St. Paul says. Furthermore, Deuteronomy states "...And my wrath shall be kindled against them in that day: and I will forsake them, and will hide my face from them, and they shall be devoured: all evils and afflictions shall find them, so that they shall say in that day: In truth it is because God is not with me, that these evils have found me."

Are you not cringing at the mere thought these words paint in your mind?

The child in the womb silently screams in supplication for the defense of its life, but no one seemingly hears. The children of divorce do no less, and no one seemingly hears them either, especially the Catholic Church and Her Bishops.  Divorce is implicitly accepted as a valid termination of a Sacramental Marriage, simply because it is required as prelude to an annulment proceeding - the needs of the many are forsaken for the desires of the one. In that, both abortion and divorce are eerily similar.

On this anniversary of Roe v Wade, as you pray for the 57 million-and- counting abortions in this country alone, remember also to pray for those who have been aborted through No Fault Divorce: the innocent and abandoned who truly want nothing more than the return to the family womb.

It is their inherent and God-given right to desire that, no less so than the right of the unborn children to live a life outside the womb.



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January 20, 2015

SSPX: "A Building that Speaks of God" - New Seminary Project

I post here the latest video of the USA SSPX Seminary being constructed near Dillwyn, Buckingham County, Virginia. The reason for its construction is obvious and its location in the beautiful solitude among the mountains and forests is a necessary part of a good priestly formation, as the video implies. 

Holy Mother Church needs many good and holy priests, just as this prayer pleads before Our Lord: 

O Lord grant us priests, O Lord grant us priests
O Lord grant us holy priests, O Lord grant us holy priests
O Lord grant us many holy priests, O Lord grant us many holy priests
O Lord grant us many holy religious vocations
O Lord grant us many holy religious vocations
Saint Pius X pray for us, Saint Pius X pray for us.

Please be generous, in both prayers and support.




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January 17, 2015

Robert Walker - Actor, Abandoned Spouse and Victim of Divorce

                            

Robert Walker 





                                   Jennifer Jones

Photo credits: www.IMDB.com


Another necessary commentary on the evils of divorce; of unbridled passions​; the affect on abandoned spouses; the blindness associated with divorce; the price paid by the innocent for the abandoning spouse's actions, etc. etc.

While reviewing information on the movie The Song of Bernadette (one of my Catholic movie favorites), I came upon actress Jennifer Jones's bio, who's first spouse was fellow actor Robert Walker. Jones was a great actress; a wife, apparently not so much:

"...Now a Hollywood star, Jones' career was marked out and molded for her by Selznick, who would become the love of her life. They began an affair and eventually she left her husband and two sons for the producer that inevitably led Walker to his untimely death through alcohol and drug abuse, instigated due to their separation." (IMDb Mini Biography By: Volker Boehm and Anonymous)

Did her divorce directly cause the death of her former husband? It's hard to argue against the point after reading this excerpt from Robert Walker's bio:

"...Selznick was also instrumental in securing a contract for Robert over at MGM. Stardom would be theirs as a result of this Selznick association, but at quite a cost to Robert....

In the meantime, Jennifer became so caught up in her obsessive relationship with mentor Selznick that she broke off with Robert. The actor was devastated and abruptly turned to heavy drinking. He would never completely recover from this loss. The first of many skirmishes with the law came about when he was arrested on a hit-and-run charge. In another self-destructive act, he agreed to appear with his estranged wife in the Selznick film Since You Went Away (1944). Although he suffered great anguish during the filming, the movie was praised by critics...

Following a lead part as a love-struck window dresser in One Touch of Venus (1948), which focused more on Ava Gardner's creative vision of loveliness, he impulsively married Barbara Ford, the daughter of famed director John Ford. The marriage ended in divorce after just five months, following more erratic outbursts, including arrests for drunkenness. By this time Jennifer had married Selznick, and this pushed Robert over the brink. He was committed to a sanatorium and not released until the middle of 1949...

Robert had just finished principal photography and was making himself available for re-shoots for director Leo McCarey when, on the night of August 28, 1951, his housekeeper found him in an extremely agitated state. Failing to calm him down, she panicked and called his psychiatrist, who, upon arrival, administered a dose of sodium amytal, a sedative, which Walker had taken in the past. Unfortunately, he had been drinking as well and suffered an acute allergic reaction to the drug. Robert stopped breathing, and all efforts to resuscitate him failed. His death cut short the career of a man destined to become one of the most charismatic actors in film. As for life imitating art, perhaps Robert's agonies are what brought out the magnificence of his acting." 
(IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net)


Like many respondents who did not seek nor promote the divorce that destroyed their marriages, Walker apparently took the news very hard; unlike many respondents, he apparently failed to rise from the blow. Why, I do not know. Was he Catholic? I don't believe so, but one biography states that he was "emotionally scarred" by his parents divorce when he was a child. How sad a life... Divorced Parents. Adulterous wife. His own divorce. Is it so hard to understand why he was unable to rise? It's enough to bury the strongest of men, in my opinion.

The above, as we all know, is the true face of divorce; the ugly face; the face that destroys marriages and men; the face that feeds off decimated lives. It is the face that rewards infidelity and punishes the innocent. It is the face that modern society has come to love, but who cannot see the evil that lies beneath the makeup. They follow the sirens song, oblivious to it and their untimely end. 

Robert Walker was a victim of divorce and of an unfaithful spouse, who achieved her personal goals but - as divorces usually require - those goals came at too great a price. Divorce has no feelings, no concern, no care for those that lie in its wake. I and others live every day this reality, knowing of the seeming futility of it all, but also knowing of its salvific effect upon our families, former spouses and ourselves as we carry our marital Crosses in imitation of Our Lord. "For better or for worse; for richer or for poorer; in sickness and in health..." 

The death and destruction no-fault divorce causes is reason enough to strike it from the law books. And with it would be struck one of Satan's most popular and easily obtainable pathway to Souls.




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January 15, 2015

SPERO NEWS: Divorce, Children and Thomas Aquinas

My latest article Divorce, children, and Thomas Aquinas was posted today on Spero News, to whom I'm always grateful for the opportunity. 

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January 13, 2015

**UPDATED with DISCLAIMER** The Positive Value of Hate

ATTENTION!! ATTENTION!! DISCLAIMER AND NOTICE REGARDING THIS POST: anyone who reads this blog knows I am Faithful to the Catholic Church...besides which, I could not do what I do (honoring my vows and woman they were spoken to) if I truly hated anyone. I love Christ and the Church first and my former wife just below that. The reasons listed are factual; the "hate" monikers are not! It's a parody written in the context of the last Synod, nothing more! Within the preamble are quotes from the Relatio used to justify a sinful act (hate) just as the Synod attempted to justify a sinful act (adultery), and pass it off as good and holy for one's Soul.

Just in case some were wondering...


I have many reasons to hate, all perfectly valid don't you know, because, well...the internal forum, and all that. So its all good, because all my hate has "positive aspects" in that it makes me full of "respect and love" about my life. I can be assured the Church will respect and recognize the "suffering of [one of] those who have endured separation and divorce unjustly" and not condemn me, but continue their "careful discernment and an accompaniment of great respect" for my particular issue and provide "every suitable means ... to...ensure that [I] overcome the trauma of a family break-up and grow as peacefully as possible", yet without giving up my individuality and autonomy - or my hate. And as my union with hate displays (to me anyway) an "authentic family value", I can be assured that "Pastoral guidance [will] always start from these positive aspects" and that no priest will deny me Holy Communion when I present myself before Him. 

So, as my Salvation is now ensured, I present to you and all the world, my "its OK to hate [name of person or object of hate here] list:

Reason #1:
I hate my former/ex wife for thinking she had a valid moral reason to exclude me from her telling our children about her divorce;

Reason #2:
I hate the Church that enabled her on her journey of deconstructing a marriage, a family and innocent lives;

Reason #3:
I hate my self for being a weak and inattentive husband and father;

Reason #4:
I hate my former/ex wife for her continual transparency to our children on matters of divorce and of my personal frailties that enabled their continuing estrangement;

Reason #5:
I hate Ronald Reagan for his signing into law the travesty that is No Fault Divorce, cementing his status as godfather and savior to countless disaffected spouses;

Reason #6:
I hate the canon lawyer/parish priest that so blithely acceded to and assisted a disaffected spouse with her desires, with no speck of concern for the effects his decision would have upon 10 innocent Souls;

Reason #7:
I hate Vatican II and all the documents and thought processes that stemmed from it that have enabled the destruction of marriages and families for the past 50 years;

Reason #8:
I hate Bishops that ignore still-in-effect Canon Law and do not work towards spousal reconciliation and allow unfettered  use of civil divorce without their permission;

Reason #9:
I hate the Cardinals of the Catholic Church that seek to neuter the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony and its three marriage bona by effectively and explicitly condoning adultery;

Reason #10:
I hate the Church for their obvious hatred of the Society of St. Pius X by their use of Canon 1108 to destroy my marriage and family, but turn a very blind eye to Catholic politicians who publicly support abortion, homosexuality and contraception and yet refuse to enforce Canons 915 and 916 against them with equal hatred. 

My, oh my and joy of joys!

I am so glad its so easy being a 21st century (c)atholic...I truly don't know why anyone would not want to be one. It's no wonder all the parishes are full, the seminaries are full, the convents are full, the...the...the...

Wait...huh?



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January 4, 2015

A Short Commentary on Divorce and 1 Corinthians 13

" "If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal..."

YOU HAVE NO IDEA OF WHAT YOU ARE DOING, THOSE OF YOU THAT THINK DIVORCE IS THE ANSWER TO ALL YOUR MARITAL WOES. YOU HAVE NO CLUE AS TO WHAT YOUR SELFISH ACTS ARE ABOUT TO DO TO YOUR CHILDREN. ASSUMING GOD WAS GOOD ENOUGH TO GRANT YOU THE PRIVILEGE, THAT IS. AND IF YOU'RE THINKING OF DIVORCE, THEN, IN MY LESS-THAN-HUMBLE-OPINION, YOU ARE AND WERE NEVER DESERVING OF THEM. BUT THEN, AGAIN, YOU ARE STILL VALIDLY MARRIED DESPITE THAT, AREN'T YOU? YOU WILLINGLY CHOSE, DIDN'T YOU?

"...And if I should have prophecy and should know all mysteries, and all knowledge, and if I should have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing..."

DO YOU KNOW OR EVEN CARE THE CONFUSION YOU WILL HAVE SOWN IN THE MINDS OF YOUR CHILDREN? DO YOU KNOW OR EVEN CARE THAT YOU WILL HAVE ABANDONED YOUR VOWS? DO YOU KNOW OR EVEN CARE THAT IF YOU FOUND CAUSE TO BREAK YOUR VOWS ONCE, YOU CAN VERY WELL DO SO AGAIN? AND AGAIN? AND AGAIN? DO YOU KNOW OR EVEN CARE THAT IF YOU DO, THE BLEEDING OF YOUR CHILDREN'S HEARTS WILL START ANEW, EACH AND EVERY TIME?

"...And if I should distribute all my goods to feed the poor, and if I should deliver my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity is patient, is kind: charity envieth not, dealeth not perversely; is not puffed up; Is not ambitious, seeketh not her own, is not provoked to anger, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth with the truth..."

DO YOU HAVE AN INTERNET, WORKPLACE OR OLD "FRIEND" YOU HAVE BEEN SECRETLY CHATTING AND MEETING WITH? DO YOU ALREADY LIVE WITH ONE OF THEM, SEPARATING YOURSELF FROM YOUR LAWFUL SPOUSE, CHILDREN AND HOME? DO YOU EVEN KNOW OR CARE THAT YOU'RE HAVING AN AFFAIR? IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT "GOOD" YOU ASCRIBE TO IT - DO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT YOU. ARE. HAVING. AN. AFFAIR? 

"...Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never falleth away: whether prophecies shall be made void, or tongues shall cease, or knowledge shall be destroyed. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away..."

WHAT BECAME OF YOUR VOW TO HONOR AND OBEY? WHAT BECAME OF YOUR VOW TO STAND FAST WITH YOUR SPOUSE FOR BETTER OR WORSE? WHAT BECAME OF YOUR VOW TO STAND BESIDE YOUR SPOUSE WHETHER RICH OR POOR? WHAT BECAME OF YOUR VOW TO NURSE YOUR SPOUSE IN THEIR "SICKNESS" OR TO REJOICE WITH THEM WHEN THEIR "HEALTH" RETURNED? WHAT BECAME OF THE PERFECTION YOU HAD FOUND IN YOURSELF AND YOUR SPOUSE? DID YOU FIND IT WANTING IN YOUR SPOUSE AND LOST ANY INTEREST IN THEM? OR DID YOU FIND IT WANTING IN YOURSELF AND SIMPLY CHOSE TO IGNORE IT?

"...When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. But, when I became a man, I put away the things of a child. We see now through a glass in a dark manner; but then face to face..."

YOU WERE NOT A CHILD! YOU WERE AN ADULT! YOU UNDERSTOOD ALL WHAT MARRIAGE WAS ABOUT! IT DOESN'T MATTER THAT YOU SAW IT ONLY THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY, AND NOT FACE TO FACE! WHO DOES?? WHO HAS??? WHO CARES????

"...Now I know in part; but then I shall know even as I am known. And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity." (1 Corinthians 13)

YOU APPARENTLY KNOW NOTHING OF THE PART YOU ARE ABOUT TO PLAY IN THE MOST UN-CATHOLIC AND UN-CHARITABLE ACT ONE COULD IMAGINE, OUTSIDE OF ABORTION. IF YOU CONTINUE YOUR MADNESS YOU WILL BE KNOWN, ESPECIALLY BY YOUR CHILDREN. AND IT WILL BE TO THE CHILDREN THAT YOU WILL EVENTUALLY OWE THE EXPLANATION OF WHY YOU DECIMATED THEIR LIVES, UN-CEREMONIOUSLY RIPPED THEM FROM THEIR NUCLEAR FAMILY AND FOREVER ALTERED THEIR LIVES FOR DECADES AND YEARS TO COME.

AFTER THAT, YOU CAN EXPLAIN TO THEM YOUR DEFINITION OF "CHARITY" AND WHY IT WAS SUPERIOR TO THAT OF ST. PAUL...OR OF CHRIST.


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