October 14, 2019

On Truth...

*(NB: updated to add clarity to a statement)

"An error which is not resisted is approved; a truth which is not defended is suppressed..." (Pope Felix III, Quoted by Leo XIII in Inimica Vis, 1892)    


I'm not a prolific blog writer. My limitations of time, education, knowledge and moxie leave me content to write when I can, as well as I can and as often as I can. Which is all any one person can do to defend Catholic Truth - the objective, Christ-centered version and NOT the subjective, modernist one. Unfortunately, the latter pretty much is what passes for Catholicism today. Now, even God's Commandments can be interpreted subjectively... and it's just perfectly fine, doncha know, cuz Jesus is your Friend and wants all dogs to go to heaven, just like YOU will, regardless of your earthly lifestyle cuz you were SUCH a nice person and died saying "Jesus"!

Ahem...sorry.

Truth is such a rare commodity these days, with some people having obvious trouble spelling the word while others have equal trouble defining its meaning. We've gone from Pilates' derisive "What is truth?" to some internecine definition relative to each individuals particular whim and fancy: homosexuality is good and holy; climate change will end the world in 5...4...3; Pope Francis is not a heretic; etc. Even though moral, spiritual or scientific facts have proven objective truth, still we try and make truth sweet and palatable for, as Flannery O’Connor reminded us,“The truth doesn’t change according to our ability to stomach it". 

Or, to put it more bluntly:Truth hurts!  

Which is why the current standard for truth - to make it the more easily digestible for Catholics without it hurting so much - is to reshape it into something it is not - relative. Whether it's done on a moral, spiritual or doctrinal level, making truth relative, arbitrary and subjective for the pewsitters simply feeds their "feel good" genes, which in turn feeds their money into the parish collection basket, which then feeds the Chancery, the Vatican, its numerous and nefarious many-tentacled dicastries and ultimately, the Papacy. 

Feed the hunger and the hunger will return to you what you want!! 

Primarily, all the above pablum is the natural son of a "feel-good", 1960's mother called Vatican II, yet it's also the bastard son of each Catholic that has embraced it since, especially now in this current Francis era. As I have said on previous occasions, we Catholics are a bunch of lemmings willingly going over a cliff, and to which I will now add: while the Bishops are glad-handing each of us as we fall. We are lemmings because we take as Truth all that we are fed, even though we know - WE KNOW! - that certain items are NOT THE TRUTH! To wit:

- homosexual relationships are good and holy, even though the Bible - the revealed Word of God - says otherwise. Read: Sodom and Gomorrah.

- adultery can be good and holy and therefore can allow an adulterous couple to receive the Body and Blood of Christ worthily, even though God Himself said to us "Thou shalt not commit adultery." As the Baltimore Catechism taught us: "God enlightened and moved [men] to write all those things, and only those things, that He wished to be written" (emphasis mine). He did not leave us an open-ended statement, but a clear and concise one. Accept it, fellow lemmings. God has already spoken on the matter. There are no sub-sets to the 6th Commandment that will ever make adultery licit.

- currently, we have seen idol worshipping within the sacred walls of the Vatican, presided over by the Pope, numerous Cardinals, and other (c)atholic religious. Permit me a direct quote from God on this travesty:
"I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt not have strange gods before me. Thou shalt not make to thyself a graven thing, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, nor of those things that are in the waters under the earth. Thou shalt not adore them, nor serve them..." 

And if you believe that God left this open-ended, here is the final portion of his statement:

"I am the Lord thy God, mighty, jealous, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me..." (my emphasis).  

Isn't it obvious that many clerics - from the top Papal one down to the lowliest of Bishops - already hate God by offering public worship to idols within His Temple?

Get ready, fellow Catholics...His [God's] chastisement is coming.

We were all created with Free Will. Our Lord leaves to us the choice to love or to hate the Creator. To that I will add: indifference. Which more than likely will lead those who are indifferent into hearing these words of their Creator:



"But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, nor hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth..."

We should also - especially now - remember the one Gift all receive from the Holy Ghost at our confirmations: Fear of the Lord, which is that "...chaste fear whereby we revere God and avoid separating ourselves from him".

We Catholics need to wake up not only ourselves but our Catholic Faith also, and before it becomes too late.
(NB: see also Msgr. Charles Pope's article on Indifference here.)



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October 3, 2019

"Can a Mother Be Without Tenderness..."

In the case of abortion, yes... 

Calvary Cemetery, Wichita, Kansas
                                                      
Their silent voices heard by none; cold; uncaring; unloved; alone.
Crying, their Angel Guardians carry them Home.

Before the face of their Father, with tenderness, are they placed,
The pain of their death now overtaken, by Grace.

Such Tenderness! Such Love! Now do they see, 
In the eyes of their Savior, what should have been Thee.

Now only He will behold them full grown, 
And bestow upon them rewards that were stole.

By the one who was made, to bring them to life, 
But, willingly, did forfeit that God-given right. 

'Do you forgive?' each one shall be asked,
'This creature, this woman, this One I did task?'

'Oh, Yes, Dearest Savior! There can be no other,
that ever will we Love and Pray for:

For She Is Our Mother!' 

( © David Heath)




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September 25, 2019

For Children of Divorce...

This post is for those whose innocent lives have been upended by divorce through no fault of their own: children. They are undeserving of the harm inflicted upon them, but, even they must eventually travel Forgiveness Highway for any healing to have a chance at taking root.

Below the picture is an email that I received today from Dr. Gary Chapman, the author of The 5 Love Languages® book (a very good read for all spouses and well worth your time. There is a children's version as well). The emphases are all mine, although the email carries its own weight and begs each - spouse, parent or child - to stand and deliver. The conclusion is also remarkably very Catholic in its essence. Ed.


Source


"Have you ever struggled to forgive someone who has wronged you? If so, you are not alone. But if your intention is to remove the barrier and begin the process of restoring the relationship with that person, a sincere apology must be offered and forgiveness extended.
One might say, "I don't feel like forgiving." The truth is, not many of us do. What we need to know, though, is this: forgiveness is not a feeling. It's a decision to offer grace instead of demanding justice.
When it comes to forgiveness however, there are a lot of misconceptions that muddy the process. To better understand forgiveness, here are four things forgiveness DOES NOT do:
  1. Forgiveness does not wipe our memory.
  2. Forgiveness does not remove all the consequences of wrongdoing.
  3. Forgiveness does not rebuild trust.
  4. Forgiveness does not always result in reconciliation.
I write more about these in my book, Things I Wish I'd Known Before We Got Married. However, as I mentioned in the beginning of my email, one thing forgiveness does do: removes barriers. If we choose not to forgive, then the barrier remains, and the relationship continues to be estranged. Time alone will not heal the relationship. Healing requires the decision to forgive. And forgiveness opens the door to the possibility of growth."




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September 15, 2019

On Cohesion and Loss








Look Thou upon me, and have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am alone and poor. See my abjection and my labor, and forgive me all my sins, O my God. (Ps. XXIV.) To Thee, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul. In Thee, O my God, I put my trust, let me not be ashamed. (Introit from the 3rd Sunday After Pentecost)


We have a Pope. We have Cardinals. We have Bishops and Priests. We have the Faithful.

Pope Francis seems to operate daily in direct opposition to the words of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The gang of Cardinals that are his advisors apparently nod in acknowledgement to all that he vocalizes or writes, whether heretical or not. Many Bishops toe the line and pass on what comes down from above so as to not rock their gilded thrones. They are the captains that lead the Faithful to believe what was once black is now white (mortal sin); what was once true is now false (adultery); what was once sacred is now profane (the Traditional Latin Mass). And then there are priests who take it all as license to adapt and conform themselves and/or the liturgy into what their pewsitters want (engagement), and not what is truly needed (solid Catholicism).

This has all come at a seemingly exponential pace (since 2013, at least) and as each old building block falls, a new one is quickly - and at times, quietly - put into its place. And the Faithful just keep clapping and shake their heads "Yes!" "Yes!" "Yes!" 

And I just keep wondering "Why?" "Why?" "Why?"

Answer: it is easy for the leaders of the Catholic Church - whether priest, Bishop or Pope - to promote "change" when it has so obviously willing accomplices in the pews. Catholicism is so much easier now that it has a modern twist to it all. 

Gone are the days when a Catholic high school student finds a need to explain to a Protestant friend why Catholicism is the One True Faith: we now have Ecumenism to render such a discussion moot .

Gone are the days when adultery or cohabitation was still grievously sinful: now one can have a loving, duplicitous relationship and still be friends with Christ, who undoubtedly will be smiling down upon such a "loving" couple. And, if a priest or Bishop dare try to enforce Canon 951, shame will be weaponized and used to punish the good and reward the bad (remember: what was once black is now white; what was once True is now False.) 

Gone are the days when just about every Catholic commentator, writer or Theologian would be on the same page when it came to defending a particular teaching or dogma of the Catholic Faith (there will always be dissenters, sadly). Now we find many of the above defending their various personal interpretation of the latest Roman interpretation of the ancient traditional practice of (you name it here). Worse, they may castigate those who digress from their interpretation.  The cohesion amongst the Faithful that was once Roman Catholicism is now gone, yet another victim of the ambiguity that is Vatican II. 




The Catholic Faithful,however, are losers of more than just cohesion. They have also lost their wisdom; their understanding; their counsel; their fortitude; their knowledge; their piety; their Fear of the Lord.

They have lost the Gifts bequeathed to them at their Confirmation. 

They have lost Third Person of the Blessed Trinity. 




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September 6, 2019

Oremus...

...for the current Chair of St. Peter, which he needs - desperately. Some would say he doesn't want it; others would say he doesn't deserve it. And I say neither one matters, for it is the Catholic thing to do, for someone in so obvious a need. 


Oremus pro Pontifice nostro [Francisco]: Dominus conservet eum, et vivificet eum, et beatum faciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum eius. Tu es Petrus, et super hanc petram ædificabo Ecclesiam Meam, et portæ inferi non prævalebunt adversus eam.

Deus, omnium fidelium pastor et rector, famulum tuum [
Francisco], quem pastorem Ecclesiae tuae praeesse voluisti, propitius respice: da ei, quaesumus, verbo et exemplo, quibus praeest, proficere: ut ad vitam, una cum grege sibi credito, perveniat sempiternam. Per Christum, Dominum nostrum. Amen.


V. Let us pray for [Francis], our Pope.

R. May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies. [Ps 40:3]

O God, Shepherd and Ruler of all Thy faithful people, look mercifully upon Thy servant [Francis], whom Thou hast chosen as shepherd to preside over Thy Church. Grant him, we beseech Thee, that by his word and example, he may edify those over whom he hath charge, so that together with the flock committed to him, may he attain everlasting life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.






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September 2, 2019

Mundabor's Bullseye...

From Mundabor (a blogger I very much admire) comes this succinct and sobering commentary:

"Enjoy the ride, Pollyannas all over the world, and apostles of the “sweet Peter on earth” mantra as the man showed that he despises them and everything that is Catholic.

Congratulations, Cardinal Burke & Co. Your empty virtue signalling has now virtually – bar Divine intervention – guaranteed us a closeted homosexual Francis II, an openly homosexual Francis III and, who knows, a gender fluid Francis IV.

Have fun, sanctimonious old women in the sanctuary. Your nephews are being given to rapacious perverted priests to have their Catholicism, their innocence, perhaps their very physical safety endangered.

Catholics who think they can pick and choose what they believe have not deserved a Catholic Pope. They deserve both Francis anc his damn cardinals. Let us see how they keep enjoying this clown and his satanic successors. It will get worse before it gets better." 


Please click on the linked excerpt above and read the entire post...it will be well worth your time. It should also, if one considers themself a Roman Catholic, raise the curtain to full-open for all to view the Roman Stage that the current Pontiff has carefully choreographed and set in motion for the next, what? Two decades? Maybe more? By the time you finish reading this post - hell, even by the time Mundabor posted his - it was already too late. The stage already had been set and all the Cardinal Burke, Mueller and Vigano wannabee's have now lost whatever momentum their previous mewing and leaks had produced. For now - and until this chastisement is complete - all we can do, as Our Lord said at the beginning of His own Passion, is to watch and pray that we ourselves not enter into temptation

Over the last few decades, we have seen how Catholics - both lay and clerical - whose views favor homosexuality, adultery, birth control, immigration anarchy and the glory of man have been preened, promulgated and promoted up through the ranks of the Roman Church. All of which has culminated in what we have seen just this past week: the further stacking of the Cardinal Electors to ensure that whatever "reforms" Francis has put into place shall continue post-Francis with - as Mundabor wrote - "...a closeted homosexual Francis II, an openly homosexual Francis III and, who knows, a gender fluid Francis IV."

Are you all ready for that? 

Are you ready to receive Holy Communion from the hands of a openly sodomitical priest? ''  

Are you ready for the open teaching of LBGTQ curriculum in all parochial schools?           

Are you ready for another Pope, another Cardinal or another Bishop to submit themself to a false religion in a public manner, thereby denying the One True Faith and Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, outside of which THERE IS NO SALVATION?

Well folks (or Pollyannas, as Mundabor so aptly put it), this is what you are going to get..and for years and years to come. Yes, we deserve the chastisement that is coming.  

I am 65 years old. In theory, I could live into my 90's. By heredity, I'm hoping to live at least into my mid-80's (as did my Dad). I am a cradle Catholic. I was raised on the Baltimore Catechism. I know the Ten Commandments. I know the Virtues of Purity and Chastity are to be treasured. I know the difference between Venial and Mortal sin and dire consequence of the latter. I know that objective Truth is not a fluid concept and that one person's subjective truth can be wrong, be he priest or Pope. I know that we are bound in Conscience to obey the Pope in matters of Faith and Morals, but not when it will be diametrically opposed to the words of God or the Teachings of Christ. Remember these words: "...I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me."

We should be prepared for the upcoming all-out assault upon the very foundations of Catholicism. We should be prepared for the true Schism about to be inflicted upon the Church. We should be prepared for another Avignon-like Papacy. 

We should be prepared to continue our prayers for the re-conversion of Pope Francis to the One True Faith, as well for the triumph of Holy Mother Church over Her enemies, especially those who reside inside Her walls. 

Instaurare omnia in Christo.

Viva Cristo Rey!

Mater Dei, Ora Pro Nobis Peccatoribus!



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August 31, 2019

The Five Rules Of Parents, Children and Mass

1. The Julius Caesar Rule: Veni-Vidi-Vici.

Veni-Vidi-Vici does not mean "I came; I saw; I conquered". What Ole Julius really meant to say - in plain English, mind...not Latin - was this: I CAME to Church with my family; I SAW that my young toddlers were making lots of noise, fussing, crying and occasionally screaming; I CONQUERED my own desire to stay in the pew with the family, and removed myself and the child/children in question to the cry room or outside the building so as not to disturb others nearby, not the least of who may be the Celebrant himself. 

2. The Rule of Two.

Since it takes both man and woman to start the process of "family", it then follows that both parents will, generally speaking, want to attend Mass together, with their children. Great! Laudable! BUT...when the very young constantly become the very noisy, very fussy, very loud and very fidgety while at church, the Rule of Two needs to be invoked: Leave the younglings at home with one parent, while the other parent takes themself and any other older kids to Mass. The homebound parent can go to a later (or earlier) Mass, as the Mass times dictate. There is nothing in Church law or the bi-millennial Church teachings or Dogma that stipulate BOTH parents MUST go to Mass at the same time. (And yes, this would include keeping the location of the nearest and most conservative - in the Catholic sense - diocesan Mass in your back pocket to utilize in an emergency).

3. The Mr. Rogers Rule.

Mass is not a day-care. The pew is not a jungle-jim. The hymn books and missalettes are not Dr. Seuss books. The Nave is not a playground your child can roam around. During Mass is NOT the time for your toddler to munch on Cheerios. Your "Go Bag" is NOT a traveling toy box. 

Enough said...

4. The Sigmund Freud Rule

Adults can be a morning person - or not. Young children are simply adults who haven't grown up yet.  Hence, they cannot speak in plain English to let you know that THEY ARE NOT a morning person. You have discovered that your child is only fussy/noisy on Sundays, on which day you always go to the 7:30 AM Low Mass or the 9 AM High Mass. Every other day of the week they can wake up on their own, whenever they want, with their baby-blue eyes oozing love at you. You notice on Sunday, however, those same baby-blues are staring daggers at you for interrupting their sleep (and they quickly let you know about it in the now-formerly quiet Church). You are beside yourself as to why this always seems to happen, when a searing ray of heavenly light streams through the stained glass window over your shoulder and lands squarely upon your head: your child is telling you that they are NOT a morning person, and especially a Sunday morning person. After Mass, you both then decide to split your Mass schedule until the child is old enough to function - even marginally - as a morning person, which typically is about 4 or 5, but could be earlier. You just have to listen...

5. The WWJD Rule.

There is none. So don't try and apply it. You aren't Protestant.

Yes, he wants you to go to Mass. Yes, He wants you to receive Him and adore Him. Yes, He wants you to ask for help and to thank Him for favors received. But mostly, He wants you to take care of HIS children... and if that means that one of you have to miss Mass because your young child/children are constantly in a non-quiet state while there, then He will not hold that against you. 

I think. 

Better see Rule #2 above. 

Or better yet, ask a priest...just to be sure.
                      
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Lest someone get all flabbergasted by my seemingly flippant post, I should provide full disclosure and let you know that I am a Father of ten mostly stair-stepped children (now adults, obviously). That makes me an undisputed expert in all things relating to Mass and children's behavior. So there. 

Besides which...I got an "A" in Psych 101 in college.



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August 25, 2019

Pange Lingua...For Its Beauty and Just Because

A perennial favorite..one beautiful flower amongst a limitless bouquet of similar beauty.

Sadly, these flowers are now edifying only for the few that still know of their beauty and not for the many who now know only of the sounding of brass and the tinkling of cymbals.








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