"...every pastoral practice has to follow the Word of God if it does not want to fail. A change of the teaching, of the dogma, is unthinkable. Who nevertheless consciously does it, or insistently demands it, is a heretic – even if he wears the Roman Purple.” Cardinal Walter Brandmuller
THE HEIR APPARENT
THE CAPO di TUTT'I CAPI - THE NEW "GODFATHER" OF ECUMENISM
Reposted from Sancta Missa, History of the Liturgical Year, available here.
Why is this Feast celebrated today, instead of closer to Christmas? Because in Old Testament Law, a child wasn’t a son of Abraham or a true part of the family until his circumcision at 8 days of age, an event of Christ’s life that we celebrated on 1 January (from 25 December to 1 January are 8 days).
There are few private devotions associated with this day including the the blessing of children by their parents, the renewal of marriage vows (even if just privately), and consecration of the family to the Holy Family.
Consecration to the Holy Family
O Jesus, our most loving Redeemer, who having come to enlighten the world with Thy teaching and example, didst will to pass the greater part of Thy life in humility and subjection to Mary and Joseph in the poor home of Nazareth, thus sanctifying the Family that was to be an example for all Christian families, graciously receive our family as it dedicates and consecrates itself to Thee this day. Do Thou protect us, guard us and establish amongst us Thy holy fear, true peace and concord in Christian love: in order that by living according to the divine pattern of Thy family we may be able, all of us without exception, to attain to eternal happiness.
Mary, dear Mother of Jesus and Mother of us, by the kindly intercession make this our humble offering acceptable in the sight of Jesus, and obtain for us His graces and blessings.
O Saint Joseph, most holy Guardian of Jesus and Mary, help us by thy prayers in all our spiritual and temporal needs; that so we may be enabled to praise our divine Savior Jesus, together with Mary and thee, for all eternity. Amen.
Say an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be three times.
The Feast of the Holy Family by St. Bernard of Clairvaux
In Mary we praise that which places her above all others, that is, fruitfulness of offspring together with virginity. For never has it been known in this world that anyone was at the same time mother and virgin. And see of Whom she is mother. Where does your astonishment at this so wondrous dignity lead you? Is it not to this, that you may gaze in wonder yet never sufficiently revere? Is she not in your veneration, nay, in the esteem of Truth itself, raised above choirs of angels? Does not Mary address the Lord and God of all the angels as Son, saying: Son, why hast thou done so to us?
Giving credit to 3 Bishops where that credit is due. Where are the rest of the 5,097 Catholic Bishops of the world? Every one of them should have signed the letter these three Bishops wrote...
BREAKING: Three Bishops call Pope’s reading of Amoris Laetitia “alien” to Catholic faith
ROME, January 2, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Three bishops have spoken out against Pope Francis’ interpretation of Amoris Laetitia to allow some remarried divorcees access to Holy Communion, saying such a reading is causing “rampant confusion,” is “alien” to the Catholic faith, and will spread “a plague of divorce” in the Church.
Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary of Astana, Kazakhstan, Archbishop Tomash Peta, Metropolitan of Astana, and Archbishop Jan Pawel Lenga of Karaganda, Kazakhstan issued a Profession of the immutable truths about sacramental marriage on December 31 as a “service of charity in truth” to the Church of today and to the Pope.
The bishops took the decision to make a “public and unequivocal profession of the truth” regarding the Church’s teaching on the indissolubility of marriage because they say they “are not allowed to be silent.”
As Catholic bishops charged with defending and promoting the Catholic faith and common discipline, they say they have a “grave responsibility” and “duty before the faithful” who expect from them “a public and unequivocal profession of the truth and the immutable discipline of the Church regarding the indissolubility of marriage.”
They note that after the publication of Pope Francis’ document on the family, Amoris Laetitia, various bishops and bishops’ conferences have issued norms allowing some civilly remarried divorcees, not living in sexual continence, to receive the sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion. They point out that these various hierarchical authorities (Germany, Malta, and Buenos Aires, although they do not cite them by name), have also received approval “even from the supreme authority of the Church.”
For those who might be interested enough to read them, here are of few of my resolutions for Anno Domini 2018:
Nothing will change here. I will still love and miss them like always: their voices; their faces; their particular personalities; their traits; their mere presence of being. I have been a non-entity with most these past 7-1/2 years, having heard from one of the older ones with whom a normal parent/child relationship exists that ..."they don't care." Well, that sentiment is more the shame for them than for me. I am a parent and used to such verbal petulance from a child, but not young adults with whom the capacity to see things as they should be under God's 4th Commandment is still extant, even if it is ignored and continually subdued. It does not change their culpability in neglecting - nay, to even attempt - to correct an obvious wrong. Even as my own culpability remains in continuing to pursue the resumption of normal parent/child relations despite past failures. So, 2018 will continue the trend of one-way communications unfortunately. Or at least until their Blessed Mother brings them back to reality...
2. POPE FRANCIS
Nothing will change here either, I fear. Though he is still - and will always remain - in my prayers for his conversion back to Catholicism, he yet remains a walking, talking, jetsetter; an attention loving, dialoguing, glad-hander for the sworn-enemies-of-Catholics club; the de facto leader of the changelings-in-red (who themselves are supposed to be upholding the Roman Catholic Faith.) A Pope who is publically promoting heresy, with the blessings, praise and adulation of his underlings, the Cardinals...and their underlings, the Bishops..and their underlings, the priests...and their underlings, the pewsitters. Too harsh? Not really...any Catholic with even the most basic understanding of Sensus Catholicus and the 10 Commandments should be publicly speaking out against all the heretical, quasi-heretical or anarchic garbage that is currently promoted by the Modernist church in Rome. The 6th and 9th Commandments were meant by God the Father to mean one thing - NO! God is Absolute. God is Truth. God is Unambiguous. God is Mercy. God is Justice. God did not provide any subset to His Laws to account for future generations, cultural aberrations or societal deviances. What was defide then on Mt. Sinai, remains so even now in Rome. No Pope or nor his minions can change that Objective Truth, try as they might.
Nothing changes here, neither. Like #2 above, he remains in my prayers, with the added bonus for a long and successful pontificate presidency. He continues to chart his own course, rile and daze the Hollywood elite and does not back down in the face of RHINO's who seemingly defeat his agenda. He just makes them all the more ineffectual by simply writing it off - at the moment - as a bad business decision and then presses on to more important matters. As a good businessman should. At least the above is my take on the "All My Children in Congress and Hollywood" soap opera available on C-SPAN.
4. TRADITIONAL CATHOLIC
Nothing changes here for 2018. I remain a committed Traditional Catholic of the 1962 liturgy type. Though born in 1954, I was nurtured on the 1962 liturgy and it is that liturgy and Faith that kept me from turning to the "dark side" in my young adult coming-of-age era, especially in the military and beyond. I could have - and probably wanted to at times - just shucked it all and start having "fun". Not worry about going to Mass (which I didn't for a rather long period, except when home on leave); not worry about the 6th Commandment; not worry about praying; not worry about my Soul. And especially, not worry about that pesky old Conscience. Fortunately for me, my Mother - the Heavenly One - never gave up on me (not that my earthly one ever did, God rest her Soul) and gently and firmly, continued to guide me (albeit unknowingly on my part) back to Catholic Reality. Which is probably why I remain closely attached to Her. Ad Jesum per Mariam!
What can I say? They have to have my prayers...they're too stupid to understand anything. I've never seen anyone or any class of people who were so aptly described by Del Spooner...a fitting descriptionif ever there was one. They are more to be pitied... I sometimes equate them with Our Lord's final words from His Cross about his executioners: "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do". Reality will be a rude awakening for most of them, I fear.
6. PRO-ABORTION CATHOLICS, PRO ABORTIAN CATHOLIC WOMEN, PRO ABORTION CATHOLIC RELIGIOUS, ET AL
Aside from the misuse of the word Catholic, these people are spiritually dead and will continue to be in my prayers for 2018 for their conversion back to the One True Faith. Also that they will be reminded of the Sanctity of Life and that the Creator of their life and the life of others, especially those within the womb, belong to the Creator alone to decide their fate.
A new one, this is. The only true way for Mexico to help herself is to revert to her Catholic roots, turn the civil government back to Our Lord Jesus Christ and Our Lady of Guadalupe. Civil and religious authorities in communion with each other need to turn to Our Lady to bring them out of the chaos and confusion they presently find themselves in. Enshrine images of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary in their Congress and Presidential Palace and I am sure peace would surely soon follow. And the drug cartels would in all probability be a thing of the past. If a Rosary Crusade initiated by a Capuchin Friar can stop a Communist takeover of a country, why cannot Mexico achieve the above? (For that matter, why not the United States of America as well.)
That I can continue to maintain the good health I presently enjoy - my 63 years notwithstanding - and especially, to re-loose the 15 pounds I have gained since winter and the standard time change took away my incentive for walking in the evening while saying the Rosary.
I know...but I have to blame something for my weight gain. It's not my fault that winter and the time change interfered with my exercise schedule. Is it?
Recently released by the SSPX, a beautiful video of the Fatima Pilgrim Statue that made its way across the USA this almost-passed year. A more fitting tribute to Our Lady I cannot imagine and one that I am sure showered many Graces upon our Country and all those devoted to Her.
Would that every parish in every diocese, with every bishop in every state, had all united in this prayer and devotion to Our Lady, the Patroness of the USA. Can one contemplate the infinite amount of Graces that would have befallen our ever-increasing immoral country...
Alright...Francis has now made of himself a God-clone and the 4th Person of the Blessed Trapezoid (or is it the Blessed Polygon? I'm not sure. Probably need to ask 2+2=5 Fr. Spadaro) and has promulgated his Amoris Laetitia heresy against the Holy Trinity and the 10 Commandments as official Magisterium, binding Catholics to believe that adultery is now part of God's plan for our Salvation. - Even though the words of Our Lord Jesus Christ contradict it. - Even though the Catechism of the Catholic Church forbids it. - Even though another Pope's Encyclical denounces it. Thus - and also "officially" - ends this pontificate. No Catholic can be commanded to obey that which is against (1) God's 10 Commandments, (2) their conscience, (3) previous (and still extant) Magesterium. It is ludicrous for a Pope, Cardinal or Bishop to actually believe they can, with the stroke of a pen, ignore that which has been promulgated by none other than God Himself. I have written before (here) that these supposedly learned and intelligent men anarchists are simply stupid men dressed in white, red and purple who haven't a clue as to their ultimate fate for ignoring their Creator and making of themselves gods. There can only be one God; one Catholic Church; one teaching on the indissolubility of marriage; one teaching on the the prohibition of divorce. There can be no Holy Trinity approved trojan horse for getting us into Heaven, but there can be a Pope-Cardinal-Bishop one for getting us into Hell if we - the common ordinary pew-sitting Catholic - are ourselves stupid enough to follow it. And some probably will... Why? Because they are bobblehead catholics that rely on someone else to be their conscience, as they themselves cannot seem to make the right hard choices that might upset their Facebook/Twitter lives. So when a religious in charge of their Souls promulgates anything that plays to their emotions (such as does one infamous part of Amoris Laetitia), their heads bobble up and down in ascent for no other reason than it came from a "religious", whether Pope, Cardinal or Bishop. If it comes from the "Holy"(??) Francis or one of his dimwitted underlings, then it must be good, right? Wrong!Wrong! Wrong!
God gave us all an innate sense of the moral code. The Catholic Church put that code in writing. Adultery is prohibited in every circumstance. Adultery will send your Soul to Hell. Period! End of discussion! Close your book now! And go say a Rosary for the conversion of the Pope and all his Cardinals and Bishops before they die. Copyright 2017 David Heath - All Rights Reserved
In this blogger's opinion, the below excerpts from the current Catechism of the Catholic Church pretty much destroy any notion that any adulterer, adulteress, active homosexual, pro-abortion politician, abortion "doctor", et al can receive Holy Communion, at least as long as these passages are extant and still taught in Roman Catholic Church.
If pronouncements from Rome/The Francis supercede any of the below authoritative texts, then these texts need to be amended as such so both pronouncement and text are in agreement with each other.
Otherwise, there will always be conflict. And where there is conflict, there will be doubt. That doubt will beget confusion and when that confusion then reigns, so will anarchy. And when anarchy ascends to the top, there can be no True Faith. When that happens, you have what we have now - a post-VII church in its potential death throes: seminaries closed; convents shuttered; vocations shattered; bishops conferences getting in bed with the known enemies of the Catholic Church; Bishops who sow more doubt than authentic Catholic Faith; kitten Cardinals afraid of even meowing too loudly (as Mundabor fondly writes) and a Pope that is already beatified by the secular and catholic press while yet alive.
"Rise And Rise Again Until Lambs Become Lions" is a quote from the Russell Crowe 2010 movie Robin Hood. I believe it is an apt quote that describes the Bishops and Cardinals of the modern Catholic Church quite well.
I am still waiting for the lions to be born...
1776 "Deep within his conscience man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey. Its voice, ever calling him to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil, sounds in his heart at the right moment.... For man has in his heart a law inscribed by God.... His conscience is man's most secret core and his sanctuary. There he is alone with God whose voice echoes in his depths."LINK
IV. Erroneous Judgment
1790 A human being must always obey the certain judgment of his conscience. If he were deliberately to act against it, he would condemn himself. Yet it can happen that moral conscience remains in ignorance and makes erroneous judgments about acts to be performed or already committed.
1791 This ignorance can often be imputed to personal responsibility. This is the case when a man "takes little trouble to find out what is true and good, or when conscience is by degrees almost blinded through the habit of committing sin."LINK In such cases, the person is culpable for the evil he commits.
1792 Ignorance of Christ and his Gospel, bad example given by others, enslavement to one's passions, assertion of a mistaken notion of autonomy of conscience, rejection of the Church's authority and her teaching, lack of conversion and of charity: these can be at the source of errors of judgment in moral conduct.
1793 If - on the contrary - the ignorance is invincible, or the moral subject is not responsible for his erroneous judgment, the evil committed by the person cannot be imputed to him. It remains no less an evil, a privation, a disorder. One must therefore work to correct the errors of moral conscience.
1794 A good and pure conscience is enlightened by true faith, for charity proceeds at the same time "from a pure heart and a good conscience and sincere faith."LINK
The more a correct conscience prevails, the more do persons and groups turn aside from blind choice and try to be guided by objective standards of moral conduct.LINK
I have self-identified as 6' 4" for well over a year now. And I demand - DEMAND! mind you - that others do the same. Otherwise they will make make me feel bad about myself and we just simply cannot have that now, can we? Uh, Uh. Nope. Not gonna happen. Not in the enlightened environment I find myself living in as I type this, anyway. (Maybe in the pre-VII days, but not now.)
I mean, it's so obvious that God Himself made a mistake when he formed me from leftover parts he had lying around. He just absentmindedly grabbed from the "S" size pile, instead of the "L" size pile. I mean - I just knowthat to be true because I just, ya know, feel it.
Others are the aberration, not me...got it? Good! I just luv being called "Tiny" - it makes me feel so, so, so...tiny, er... I mean, tall. But enough about me!
I am writing this post to have you celebrate my success at finally coming out about something exciting in my life - and yours! (drum roll / hushed anticipation)
I have decided to open ...wait for it!...a Water Bar! (Hold the applause...)
UH...No, really..a water bar.
Listen to me!
The business model is simple: I will sell and dispense hot and cold water only - you supply the actual type of flavored hot or cold water by simply self-identifying your particular cup of water as plain old coffee; a latte or cappuccino; a tasty craft beer of your choice; tea; or even - if I can gain the franchise rights from INBEV - a Bud Light!
Naturally, the pricing for your particular cup of water will be wholly dependent upon the type of self-identified beverage you are purchasing. Plain old water will be cheaper than a Double Sweet Chocolate Swirl Whipped Cappuccino, for instance.
This is a sure fired success that will propel me onwards and upwards and ensure financial security as the golden years continue to dawn upon my 5' 4" 6' 4" body.
YES! Instant richness and success! I can self-identify seeing my mug on the cover of Forbes magazine and a 5-column, front page write-up in the Wall Street Journal. I can self-identify my selling franchise rights and thereby gain more status quo and be ranked right up there with Amazon's Bezos or Facebook's Zuckerberg.
Jeff and Mark...they'll just have to luv me, right?... cause I self-identify as something I'm not, right? That's the way it's done nowadays, right?
I mean...I mean...
Tall people will finally have to treat me as an equal, instead of always LOOKING DOWN at me!!
I don't write too often anymore, just when the inspiration or initiative strikes me. Too many other things seem to get in the way: work, family, laziness, fatigue. Still though, I feel guilty. There is so much to write about, so much that needs to be said regarding the assault on the Roman Catholic Church One True Church, and therefore, Our Lord Jesus Christ. As a long-standing confirmed Soldier of Christ (and USAF veteran) you'd think I'd be full of vigor in going to war. It's not like I'm going to get killed (even though untold numbers are being Spiritually killed each day) by writing of The War Against the One True Church by Those Charged With Its Defense (a good title for a book, maybe), so I have no excuses - at least valid ones anyway - for not writing more often. So... this morning I trolled my archives and picked one from December 2016 that is still extant today and reposting it - hopefully as a prelude to more inspiration-driven posts. But even if reposting is all I do - at least I am fighting, even if it is behind the lines in the safety of the bunker. I even provided a graphic, this time...
************************************************************* I'm not stupid. With that declarative sentence, I must explain why I am so confident that I am not stupid. I am, after all, a Baby-Boomer: born in the late 50's; a product of the 60''s radicalization; a 70's agnostic when it came to Vatican II; an 80's ho-hum Catholic (at least until the early-decade when my parents re-introduced me to the Tridentine Mass). I have a well-formed conscience, an engaging thought process, an innate ability to see through subterfuge, and can spot a wolf-in-sheep's-clothing from 1-1/2 miles out. I am a confirmed Soldier of Christ (as well as a former USAF Veteran of 15-plus years of service). I manage to balance my checkbook each month, add to my savings weekly, pray my daily Rosary and kneel in the Confessional monthly (admittedly, it sometimes stretches a bit more, despite having weekly reminders from my Google Calendar.) My employer has enough confidence in my thought and technical service prowess that I can write a company check for $6,000 to settle a customer dispute, and not have to get upper-management clearance before I do. So, no...I am most definitely not stupid. It is too bad the clerics in Rome, and probably most of the world's Bishops think I am. They must believe this in their black heart-of-hearts, for it can be explained in no other manner. They truly believe that I can have no true understanding of what "One, Holy Catholic and Apostolic" means; that I can have no true understanding of what the 6th and 9th Commandments truly mean; that I can have no true understanding of the meaning of Christ's definitive and declarative spoken words as handed down from His Apostles; or that I am simply incapable of having the proper love, compassion, and mercy to my fellow man because I am so rigid in my Catholicity-of-old. They all - up to and including the Pope, the man-in-white-with-black-shoes, Francis - think of me as a lemming; an obstinate jackass; a domesticated turkey who doesn't even know how to get back into his pen and who dies of starvation because he can't remember where the damn gate is... No, your Greatnesses. I am not stupid, but you all are. You are stupid to think that I don't see beyond your gilded cages and corrupted minds; that most of you are protecting your turfs, your positions and your reputations. You believe yourselves to be above reproach because you have a few letters of the alphabet behind your names, or your name on a Dicastery door. You hobnob with the known enemies of the Catholic Faith, laugh robustly at their jokes at a secular dinner and shake their hands as they present you with a 5 or 6 figure check for the "poor" (read:your - and not necessarily the Catholic Church's- favorite cause célèbre). I don't need what you believe you are in sole possession of - a brain. I already have one, complete with right reason (read:Conscience) already installed. So I don't need you to re-interpret for me what Christ said from the Cross ("Father forgive them..."), what He said to Mary Magdalene ("Go...and sin no more...") or what I believe are his most important words relative to our modern times: For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what exchange shall a man give for his soul? I already know that you are wrong in promoting Communion for the divorced and remarried sans annulment and without reparation and amendment; I already know that those who delude themselves into believing that what you are promoting is good and holy are potentially dooming their Souls, and also that you share in that culpability; I already know that you are subverting the laws and regulations of this country when you openly advocate universal open-borders, but yet fail in your duties to continually and prolifically defend human life with the same fervor. Where are the weekly, media-invited, pro-life marches to the local abortuary, with you and your fellow Bishops heroically distributing Holy Communion to the kneeling Faithful during the weekly open-air Mass and Benediction?? Hmmmmm??? No...I actually laugh at you, to be honest. I mean, how gullible can you be? How invertebrate can you be? How uncaring can you be? How un-Godlike can you be? In sum, just how stupid can you be? You have been entrusted to lead Souls to God, for God, and into Heaven. And instead many of you are, judging from your public words and actions, trying imperiously to lead them into perdition - gullible sheep being led by gullible shepherds in a gullible man-centered modern world that crumbles all around you. For supposedly smart men, you are surprisingly stupid, and more so to think that there are not going to be consequences for leading the sheep entrusted to you astray. Although in your eyes I am but a stupid and gullible Catholic, in the eyes of Our Lord Jesus Christ I remain true to His words and teachings (or try to despite my frailties). As well, I shall always remain true to you and to all you preach and teach when you follow what He has taught and that He has handed down to you. When you veer away from that, I will not follow; when you preach and teach the direct opposite of what has always been taught, I will not follow. When you tell me I am sinning just because I hold fast to what has always been taught, I will tell you that you are wrong; and if you tell me I am sinning by trying to convert a friend, acquaintance or even an enemy to the One True Faith, I will probably spit in your face in disgust. But beyond all of the above, you can be assured that I will continue to pray for your conversion back to the One True Faith. For many of you are not acting like you have a modicum of it left and truly need the prayers. I actually feel sorry for you...I just cannot yet believe that those so learned can be so stupid as to think they are doing God's Will by subverting the 6th and 9th Commandment or denying the Roman Catholic Church's supremacy over all other religions. I would rather have a cadre of St. John Vianney's leading the Catholic Church than you...at least they wouldn't be so impressed with their education that they believe themselves smarter than the sheep they lead. I wish you would remember that the gates of Hell shall not prevail against the One True Faith...it would make Catholic Life so much easier to live. But then again, I think we all tend to forget that the life of Our Lord Jesus Christ was not a bouquet of Roses either. How many have forgotten The Passion, what it entailed and what Our Lord endured, in order to save Souls? Why can't you just shut-up and get back to what you were ordained to do all those many years ago? Why can't you just go and smell your sheep, instead of licking boots? Why not sacrifice a laugh or two or three at the Al Smith Dinner for the humble prayers and gratitude of your flock as they see you kneel with them in the rain at the local abortion facility in early Spring, drenched and shivering in the cold March air? Why can't you just be a simple Bishop, or Cardinal or even Pope and live up the the Trust and Confidence your Blessed Lord displayed in you when he gave you the privilege of the Miter and Crozier? If HE can so humble Himself as to hang from His infamous gibbet, who are you not to?