May 29, 2017

The Hoosiers-Avengers-Rome Thingy



Part of the storyline in the movie Hoosiers is that of the relationship between a Father and his son, a key player on the high school basketball team. A former basketball star himself, the Dad is now an alcoholic - and an embarrassment to his son. The son for his part acknowledges the drunk as his Dad, despite the embarrassment over his Dad's frailties. There is redemption near the conclusion, as both acknowledge a truth - a son's love for his Father and the Father's acknowledgment of his alcoholism (as depicted by him in the hospital, presumably "drying out".)

Such is where I find myself with the current Chair of St. Peter. He is an embarrassment to me (and to not just a few other Catholics.) I truly cannot stomach looking at his ever-present media photos, some of which are - intentionally or not - not very flattering. Even as I continue to pray for him and his good intentions, I cringe at the headlines I see each morning coming from Rome (and elsewhere in the Catholic World) that bespeak of an institution spiraling out of control, as headline after headline churns my insides so as to make even my Keurig 2.0 coffee taste bitter:

Pope Francis: many young people in the Church have fallen into the ‘temptation of rigidity’ 

Rigid as compared to what, Holy Father? Following the 2,000 year old Traditions of the Church founded by Christ, as opposed to following the 50 year old Vatican II New Evangelization, now into its what? 15th reiteration? And where in Italy is the Mt. Sinai where God gave you the additions to His 6th Commandment of "Thou shalt not commit adultery"? Seems to me God the Father was a bit presumptuous in wanting to chastise most severely all those revelers at the Mount, was He not? He probably regrets that now, I would think, don't you? Most assuredly, HE was too rigid too as well, do you not agree?

I can't wait to hear more good news for modern man from the newest Book of the Bible: The Ongoing Acts of  the Francis.

I truly am heartless (I have no time for anyone attempting to defend an emotional-based position.) A cruel bastard (I don't care about all the troubles you have in living a life polar-opposite to most natural and moral laws.) An unloving twerp (a woman's right?!?! to choose? How about a baby's right to choose you being his/her Mom?) A rigid olden-times Catholic hell-bent on sending my rigid and neo-palgeanistic (is this even a word??) soul to the Dark Side of the Force. A baby-boomer who gets high on smelling the incense wafting throughout the aisles of church, and rides a wave of ecstasy as the schola chants the propers. I revel in the swift justice of God to the rebelliousness found in the Old Testament - remember Onan's seed? I still marvel at the ultimate act of Forgiveness of Christ on Calvary, as well as His swift justice and righteous anger in driving the moneychangers from the temple.

I keep hoping I will wake up some morning and find that Francis' God-of-surprises has whacked him up the side of the head with the nearest-at-hand copy of St. Jerome's Vulgate, and maybe even followed that with a whack on the other side of the head with The Catechism of Pope Pius X for good measure.

Much like when Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow whacked
Clint Barton/Hawkeye to snap him out of his cult-ish following of Loki in The Avengers:





But as I set here and ponder the Objective Truth that is Our Lord Jesus Christ and that it is His hands to which are tied the marionette strings of this world and all its happenings, I know that I must - simply put - do what St. Paul says:"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith."

Until the current Pope (or hs successor) decides to do what he is supposed to do by direct commands of both Our Lord and Our Lady (no...no links. You already know what the commands are), all that any of us can do is to continue to fight the good fights and to keep ourselves strong in the One True Faith as it was handed down from Christ and His Apostles; to fight against the enemies of Christ and His Church according to our station in life; be ready to suffer all for His sake, even unto death as the martyrs of old have done. 

"And fear ye not them that kill the body, and are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him that can destroy both soul and body in hell." [Matthew 10:28]


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April 23, 2017

The Cross




"The everlasting God has in His wisdom foreseen from eternity the cross that He now presents to you as a gift from His inmost heart. This cross He now sends you He has considered with His all-knowing eyes, understood with His divine mind, tested with His wise justice, warmed with loving arms and weighed with His own hands to see that it be not one inch too large and not one ounce too heavy for you. He has blessed it with His holy Name, anointed it with His consolation, taken one last glance at you and your courage, and then sent it to you from heaven, a special greeting from God to you, an alms of the all-merciful love of God."  (Prayer of Saint Francis De Sales)


I have for, the most part, been fairly healthy these past 6 years. While some of my fellow workers had been felled by numerous maladies over the same period, other than a few sniffles and sneezes, I had escaped the same fate. My fading memory seems to remember giving Our Lord thanks every now and again for this blessing, and I suppose, a privilege of sorts. I say a privilege because, were I to miss more than a day's work, the impact on my finances would require a loan from the bank to recover. So...Our Blessed Lord has kept my health pretty stable, and because of that, so have my finances. 

Until this past winter, that is.

Since Christmas 2016, I have had 2 cases of strep throat, in between which was a throat virus that was as bad as the strep, and a mouthful of canker sores after that that left the tip of my tongue somewhat sensitive (a burning sensation caused from damaged nerve endings, I am told). And now, the right side hernia I had fixed in 2011 has been giving indications it may be returning. I am 63 and I don't really need this in my life, especially right now. I enjoy good health, both temporally and Spiritually, and I want to stay that way.

However, despite what I think or want, Someone else knows what will profit me the most, both here and in the hereafter. He knows my many weaknesses and too few strengths. He knows my penchant for wanting the easy way out and my occasional lack of fortitude. He knows the many times I very vocally proclaim my current-malady-of-the-day, as well as the small number of times I just shrug my shoulders and say "Fiat Voluntas Tua".

I came across the above prayer recently while cleaning out the center drawer of my desk (which as all office workers know is the default location for everything that does not fit in a side drawer). I remember it used to be taped to the side of my computer tower until the last office re-organization and my work station got moved. True-to-form, it wound up buried in my center drawer until its recent resurrection (prophetically, around Easter).

So, I am once again reminded of how in-control is Our Blessed Lord of my life and its various intricacies. He alone knows what is best for my eternal Salvation and also the what, why and how of my needed participation in that endeavor. He knows I will get discouraged in my efforts and is always prepared to remind me of His words of encouragement:

"...Let no temptation take hold on you, but such as is human. And God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that which you are able: but will make also with temptation issue, that you may be able to bear it."


So it is, with me anyway...

In the day to day struggle at home or at work, in my personal life or just embedded and/or overwhelmed in illness of body or of Soul, the Cross is my refuge. It is the medicine that may or may not cure what ails me (as Our Lord Wills), but it surely gives me the strength, courage and Grace to weather it out until the time of my deliverance. I have had far too many struggles the past few years where my success in keeping my balance is only due to His Mercy and Love. Left to myself and relying on my own strength, I would surely have failed. 

Although, I will likely still whine and complain when the next small-c cross appears (and I fashion out of it A BIG-C CROSS), I am equally sure He will simply give another sigh, wonder what is it going to take for my complete understanding, and then send me what I need. He will then wait patiently until the next time and see if I have learned anything of His Love. 

Probably not...but as written by Fr. Leonard Goffine:

That Christian is, most foolish who fancies that the happiness of this world consists in honors, wealth, and pleasures, while Christ, the eternal Truth, teaches the contrary, promising eternal happiness to the poor and oppressed, and announcing eternal affliction and lamentation to those rich ones who have their comfort in this world. How much, then, are those to be pitied who as Christians believe, and yet live as if these truths were not for them, and who think only how they can spend their days in luxury, hoping at the same time to go to heaven where all the saints, even Christ the Son of God Himself, has entered only by crosses and sufferings. 

I fear it will always be a struggle for me to make the first words of response to any new cross: Fiat Voluntas Tua, Domine.





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April 16, 2017

A HOLY and BLESSED EASTER TO ALL!

"And behold there was a great earthquake. For an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and coming, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.  And his countenance was as lightning, and his raiment as snow.  And for fear of him, the guards were struck with terror, and became as dead men. And the angel answering, said to the women: Fear not you; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified..." 











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February 21, 2017

Commentary On a Tuesday Morning...



As such, I am a so-so blogger, a kind of lukewarm addict who now writes when the "Double-I's" - inspiration and initiative - hit me or taps me on my shoulder. Or, drops a brick upon my gray head because I have had a cornucopia of Catholic news that tends to do more than cause me to shake my head in disbelief. I say that because one has to do a bit more than shake their head at the raw stupidity of some supposedly learned individuals - whether lay or cleric - that seemingly turns a blind eye to all things One, Holy Catholic and Apostolic that pre-date Vatican II. It is truly like other bloggers and Catholic commentators have written, that the entire Church of the past 2,000 years - up to and including Our Lord Jesus Christ - had been getting it all wrong. Whether it be of mercy, of adultery, of social justice, of the need for frequent confession, of the 6th Commandment or even of the condemnation of those who eat and drink unworthily the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, it was only in the Church of post-Vatican II that truly brought the "true meaning" of Our Lord into all of the above and gave them their rightful emphasis in today's modern society.

Now we have to consider that:
  • there is no true Mercy unless it is the now oft-repeated "Francis Mercy", which in some cases comes at the expense of Justice; 
  • the de fide Commandment against adultery is still extant in today's 21st century catholic church - except in the world's diocese where it isn't;
  • the condemnation afforded to those who receive Holy Communion unworthily still stands in all the Catholic Bibles - excepting if you have applied the "internal forum" method of Confession in certain of the world's diocese as it pertains to adulterers;
  • there is still only the one declarative sentence against adultery inscribed in Commandment #6 - excepting in the world's diocese who now have sub-divided it into #6A, #6B, #6C, (etc, etc, etc, as needed);
  • those who follow the Catholic Bible and therefore the New Testament words of Our Lord Jesus Christ as they were spoken by Him and handed down from the Apostles are now condemned as unworthy reprobates for being too rigid in their thoughts and practices - even though these words came directly from Our Lord, Creator and King;
  • only by obeying unquestioningly the thoughts, ideas, directives, apostolic exhortations, interviews, homilies, orders, requests, suggestions or in-the-ear-whisper of the current Pope, can one be true to the Catholic Faith and gain heaven even though many of the above words openly contradict the very words of Our Lord Jesus Christ, previous Papal documents and/or the teachings of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. 

I probably wouldn't mind it so much if in doing and promulgating certain avantgarde teachings and Theology that the powers-that-would-be would rescind all the extant documents that are in direct contradiction with what they are proposing. If they do not, then they should have no true beef with those who choose not to follow such "progressive" directives and stay with what has always been. No one - whether Pope, Cardinal, priest or apologist - should be able to criticize any Catholic who speaks or writes against modernist tripe being promulgated by the current Pontificate because such individuals are not wrong. Why??? because....what was written formerly has not been rescinded or even placed on a forbidden index list of sorts and, therefore, is still valid.

So no high ranking cleric of the Modern Church truly has any leg to stand on in condemning those who choose to follow the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Faith of Our Lord Jesus Christ as handed down to His Church through His Apostles to His Children on earth. They cannot call us neo-pelagian, heretical, rigid, conformists, unmerciful, (etcetera, etcetera, etcetera to the ad-nauseum degree) because we are not doing anything wrong and can get to Heaven as easily as they can. Well, maybe not so easily considering Our Lords comments about the narrow gate and the camel through the needles eye, but you know what I mean. 

Frankly, I simply wish they would all just shut up and stop spouting all the drivel that any Catholic with any type of sensus catholicus - whether it be a First Communicant, a Confirmand or a 60-years wed couple -  knows is just plain garbage.

Where is the Catholic Sanitation Department when you need them...


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January 28, 2017

Just Some Relevant Thoughts on a Saturday Morning




Despite what goes on in Rome (or elsewhere in the world for that matter), the strings that control all are securely tied to the fingers of Our Lord. By his Will or Permission, men rule, make rules, and make mistakes, for ill or for good for the person or persons involved. 

This Pope has not been good for Catholics or the Church when he departs from its perennial teaching and mission; he is a bad ruler simply because of his patented "thug" methodology (other writers' term, but it is apropos) which at the very least is un-Catholic and un-Charitable; he has made "deplorable" those Catholics who hold fast to Our Lord's words and the Church's perennial teachings and Latin Mass, as if we were dumber than a box of rocks for doing so; he has made and promoted - implicitly or explicitly - rules that contradict the very words of God and Our Lord. I simply do not understand how any cleric wearing black, purple or red can simply brush that aside. Can they be that dumb or am I just a simpleton?

Regardless, the Pope needs our prayers and the Church clerics need to awaken from their lethargy. Until that happens, we need to stand with Our Lord when a conflict between man and God arises, for it is Him we all must answer to eventually, and I doubt He will accept the answer "Well, the Pope said it was OK for me to receive Communion without getting an annulment" or "The Bishop in our diocese allowed me to receive Communion while in an adulterous marriage without going to Confession". 

Confusion reigns supreme in the Church today. There seems to be little left of the 4 marks of the Church, for all have been assaulted in various ways for decades with no clear end in sight. 

Still, it is comforting to know where the strings that control all are secured, for it is the only security we seemingly have left. Where men will fail other men, themselves and the world, Our Lord will never fail His Church or those who strive to remain Faithful to His Teachings. 

Pray for Pope Francis, the Cardinals, the Bishops and priests for all are worthy of our prayers. We should remember well the words of Thomas a Kempis, "We are all frail but think none more frail than thyself". 


"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."



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January 20, 2017

The Mensa Society, Catholic Dogma and Me





I don't think of myself as very smart or enlightened, but then that never stopped me from using my brain the way God intended either. The left and right hemisphere of my brain were not put there to just take up space, or to give the liquid that surrounds and protects it its own purpose. No, my brain was put there for me to exercise my reasoning and deductive powers in order to make informed decisions according to my Conscience, my Faith and my Civil duties.

I do not need a Political Action Committee to guide tell me who to vote for - I can do that myself by reading various articles, listening to the candidates, having discussions with family and friends and then making my decision. Fortunatley, it's really not that hard nowadays, for the pool of approved candidates is very thin. No Democrat will ever get my vote, even though they may espouse other causes I may hold dear, simply because the Democratic Party platform approves sucking the life of a child out of a Mother's womb. No Republican who prefers the status quo, is more concerned with protecting his/her gilded throne and who compromises their personal beliefs ("I'm personally against sucking the life of a child from the Mother's womb, but just can't force that belief upon my constituents!") will ever get my vote. 


Much the same goes for my Catholic Faith. I was taught the 10 Commandments, the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost, the Seven Sacraments and the Old and New Testaments among other teachings, whether dogmatic or otherwise. To my knowledge, none of the aforementioned items have ever been abrogated or modified in any way. At least, I don't remember a "new" Moses a few centuries after the parting of the Red Sea coming down from Italy's Mt. Etna with a new and modernized set of 10 Commandments. Or is that what happened in 1962 ala Pope John XXIII and VII???


No, my dear modernist Bishops ...I don't need a Bishop Timmy-Johnny with his rainbow-colored vestments telling me how I should embrace sodomitical people and accompany them on their journey to Hell, and that I should never - and Bp. Timmy-Johnny means NEVER! - should I tell them that Eternal Hell is where they will wind up if they die unrepentant. 


Nor do I need Cardinal Effeminate telling me how those in irregular adulterous marriages and same-sex sodomitical relationships are deserving of the Holy Eucharist because they feel left out, abandoned or otherwise not "in communion" with Holy Mother Church and the rest of the rank-and-file parishioners. (They all are deserving of the Eucharist, and "full communion" assuming, of course, that they live chastely, go to confession, repent and make amends for any grievous sins.)


Oh, and I don't need that great bastion of Catholic Orthodoxy known as The Cardinals:Kasper & Marx LLC (and apparently, their fellow Fortune 500 collaborators, The Maltese Mafia PA, to assure me that there are now unique situations that changes a send-me-to-Hell adulterous marriage into a send-me-to-the-Communion-Rail-because-I'm-now-good adulterous marriage courtesy of Amoris Laetitia ("...and ya know, like, Christ can't do anything about it cause, you know, I Lurv Him and all that, and my unique situation was previously unknown in the Church and so I'm now good to go without all the added expense and headache of getting that pesky no-cost annulment from my diocese."


And I especially do not need a Pope Francis Bergoglio telling me day in and day out how much of an idiot I have been all these 63 years trying to live my Catholic Faith as it has always been taught and handed down the previous 2,013 years (for the most part, or at least until Vatican II); how I have been duped, dumbed down, led astray, lived in error; how I have misinterpreted the Bible, Christ's own words and the meaning behind St. Paul's correction of St. Peter. That everything I have been taught was taught incorrectly, that the God of surprises failed to surprise me or anyone else until March 13, 2013, and instead just left me to flap around in the darkness. Is it any wonder I never made it through college; never made a million dollars; never got to be the president of my own company - it's all because I've been duped into thinking I was a Faithful Catholic, fully understanding of my religion and what God and Our Lord expected of me. Now I find I've been a fool or been fooled. I am so-o-o-o-o glad  all of the above personages have brought me to a greater understanding of....


JUST HOW STUPID DO YOU THINK I AM?!?!?!?


I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, my Dear Bishops, Cardinals and Pope, but it is not I who appears to be less than smart. It is readily apparent that some of you haven't a clue as to what the Catholic Faith teaches; what Our Lord said about divorce or that he raised marriage between a man and a woman to a Sacrament. You must not know the 6th commandment condemns adultery in no uncertain terms and that its author - God Himself - cannot teach error. But obviously, you can, have and are. I don't know where you got your seminary training or who taught religion to you, but they sure as hell did not know what the hell they were talking about. I know a group of elementary and middle school children who could run rings and loop-de-loops around the lot of you if you were brave enough to take them on in a debate. And why wouldn't they? They have 2,000 years of Objective Truth they can reference, whereas you have what? 50 or 60 years of watered down Catholicism based upon emotions and subjective truth? No contest, I am afraid. 


You do know that most Faithful Catholics read the headlines that your words and actions produce and simply shake their head and laugh - and then continue on following the immutable Truth of Our Lord Jesus Christ? You know that, right? 


Oh! and thanks to you, my IQ has now risen to such stature that I have (1) applied to the MENSA Society for membership as my IQ most certainly must be quadrupled compared to yours; (2) applied to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for my Doctorate in Math. This is by virtue of my complete understanding of the complex mathematical formula 2 + 2 = 4; and (3) received my Doctorate in Theology, courtesy of Dr. Ludwig Ott and Tan Books (see my Doctorate Book at the beginning of this post, awarded to me via US Mail in 2015). I use this whenever you write, speak or otherwise promulgate anything to do with the Catholic Faith. It is the first book I grab after reading or hearing what you've written, spoken or promulgated and compare them against what Dr. Ott has written - if it matches with my Dogma Doctorate, then I agree and will follow you. But when if it does not match, then I simply follow my Doctorate Book, my Sensus Catholicus and the Bible. I can't go wrong with them, for they are all based upon the immutable truth of the Catholic Faith.


All of you need to recuse yourself from teaching, speaking or promulgating anything to do with the Catholic Faith, let alone anything doing with the secular world. Why? Because it is clear that you are far, far, far away from having the required reason and clarity with which to proclaim anything, except that, maybe, you are hungry and to please feed me. 

I suppose you are unaware that the Catechism of the Catholic Church clearly states that "It belongs to the perfection of the moral or human good that the passions be governed by reason."? Or have you forgotten that in light of your own subjective "reasoning"? To be sure, it is clear to any with even a basic knowledge of Catholicism 101 that your subjective passions lead you...and lead you astray. Too bad you are unable - or is it unwilling? - to know and understand that??

Regardless of your human frailties, you all remain in my prayers, mainly for your conversion back to the One True Faith as it has always been taught and handed down since the time of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Who, incidentally, is the True Head of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church to which you are just caretakers and shepherds. 

I respectfully suggest you think about your stewardship when the Chief Shepherd comes back and asks you for the accounting of his patrimony from you. What will you have left to offer him?

"For a bishop must be without crime, as the steward of God: not proud, not subject to anger, not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre: But given to hospitality, gentle, sober, just, holy, continent: Embracing that faithful word which is according to doctrine, that he may be able to exhort in sound doctrine, and to convince the gainsayers. For there are also many disobedient, vain talkers, and seducers: especially they who are of the circumcision:Who must be reproved, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre' s sake. One of them a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are always liars, evil beasts, slothful bellies. This testimony is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; Not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men, who turn themselves away from the truth. All things are clean to the clean: but to them that are defiled, and to unbelievers, nothing is clean: but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.They profess that they know God: but in their works they deny him; being abominable, and incredulous, and to every good work reprobate."

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December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas 2016 (and Kaylee Rogers "Hallelujah")

Merry Christmas To All! May the Blessings of the Christ Child bring to all a Holy and Joyous New Year!



And here is my gift to you...an amazingly beautiful rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" as performed by 10 year old Kaylee Rogers of County Down, Ireland. Reading the commentary on Youtube that accompanies the video makes her and her performance all the more amazing...enjoy!







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December 18, 2016

O Holy Night

Insofar as my personal favorite Christmas Hymns go, "O Holy Night" has to rank up near the top, if not at the top. Perhaps it is the lyrics themselves, but more likely than not, it is simply a few key words that seem to strike the chord in my Immortal Soul, as a reminder of where I belong and what I must do in order to gain Heaven: "Fall on your knees!" Yes, we must all fall on our knees and debase ourselves at the foot of the Christ Child's crib, lest we fall forever into the Eternal Pit in later life.

Though not a truly Catholic hymn, it was nevertheless first read in a Catholic Church in 1843, so done because the priest pastor asked its author,  Placide Cappeau, a hometown native and French Poet, to write a Christmas poem as the church organ was broken. Soon after, Adolphe Adam, the noted French composer and music critic, set it to music.  Unitarian minister John Sullivan Dwight created the modern sung version back in 1855. So, though it was written for a Catholic Church service by (here I assume) a Catholic poet, it only came to prominence via the hand of a Protestant minister. Another "God writes straight with crooked lines" moment in Church musical history, in my opinion, and thus was it elevated above the mere normal Christian holiday song and remains a truly Catholic one able to touch my Soul.

I came across the below You Tube video just this morning, after Mass. I've struggled of late trying to find something worthwhile to write about, even though both Canon 212 and Pewsitter are full of headlines that turns one stomach in disgust and would ably serve as fodder for my less-than-adequate commentary for the week. But, in this week before Christmas, I am glad I found something a bit different to share with my readers, in both song and story - and I dare say, a most sublime and beautiful Catholic rendition of both.

Enjoy!












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