April 1, 2018

HE IS RISEN!!


"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. 

He is not here, for he is risen, as he said. Come, and see the place where the Lord was laid."   Matthew:28


The Resurrection
Carl Bloch - 1873
Source: Catholic Tradition
            Have a Holy and Blessed Easter!!






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Pope Francis Believes in the Annihilation Theory Because...

...he is a big fan of the 1976 Sci Fi movie Logan's Run

In an idyllic 23rd century world where every life ends at 30 years of age, you have the privilege of entering Carousel to "renew" your life and start over:





So, I don't know why everyone is so upset with PF.


Sheesh!


The guy is just trying to show the world how much he loves Logan's Run and what an indelible mark it left in 1976 upon his
almost-40 year old psyche!


He truly wants us all to enter "carousel" and be renewed so that we can go live with our good buddy Jesus and his god-of- surprises Dad.


What-a-guy, eh?!?!?!




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March 30, 2018

REPOST: And Bowing His Head...

Jesus therefore, when he had taken the vinegar, said: It is consummated. And bowing his head,he gave up the ghost. (John 19:30)


(Source Here)



Lyrics: O Sacred Head Surrounded

(Latin: Salve caput cruentatum, St. Bernard)

O Sacred Head surrounded
By crown of piercing thorn!
O bleeding Head so wounded,
Reviled and put to scorn!
Death's pallid hue comes o'er Thee,
The glow of life decays,
Yet angel hosts adore Thee,
And tremble as they gaze.

In this, Thy bitter passion,
Good shepherd, think of me,
With Thy most sweet compassion,
Unworthy though I be:
Beneath Thy cross abiding,
Forever would I rest;
In Thy dear love confiding,
And with Thy presence blest.




Meditation by St. Alphonsus De Liguori

Ah, cruel thorns, ungrateful creatures, wherefore do ye torment your Creator thus? But to what purpose asks St. Augustine, dost thou find fault with the thorns? They were but innocent instruments--our sins, our evil thoughts, were the wicked thorns which afflicted the head of Jesus Christ: "What are the thorns but sinners?"

Thou, too, therefore, O my soul, didst then inflict torture upon the venerable head of thy Redeemer by thy many consentings to evil: Know thou and behold how grievous and bitter it is for thee to have left the Lord thy God." Open now thine eyes, and see, and bitterly bewail all thy life long the evil that thou hast done in so ungratefully turning thy back upon thy Lord and God.

Ah, my Jesus! No, Thou hast not deserved that I should have treated Thee as I have done. I have done evil; I have been in the wrong; I am sorry for it with all my heart. Oh, pardon me, and give me a sorrow which may make me bewail all my life long the wrongs that I have done Thee. My Jesus, my Jesus, pardon me, wishing, as I do, to love Thee forever.


(Lyrics & Prayer above from the You Tube Video page here.)
 
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March 18, 2018

Guns, God and the NRA


Christ Cleansing the Temple - Bernardino Mei

Jesus is Pro-gun.

Well, maybe not pro-gun, exactly, as guns weren't around when he was alive. But he was most likely pro-self-defense, pro-offense and even pro-deadly weapons. Why might I make such a seemingly blasphemous comment? Well...I have it on good authority that such is the case; an unimpeachable source of the highest moral character. No one disputes the Truth of his other writings, so I simply must take what he wrote as gospel, certain that he was divinely inspired.

Saint John - he who rested his head on Our Lord's shoulder at the Last Supper - describes the scene above in plain language:

"...And the pasch of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And he found in the temple them that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting. And when he had made, as it were, a scourge of little cords, he drove them all out of the temple, the sheep also and the oxen, and the money of the changers he poured out, and the tables he overthrew." [John 2:13-16]

Thus did Our Blessed Lord Himself show by example that it is morally acceptable: to defend what is yours (His temple); to go on the offensive in supporting that defense (physically removing the offenders); and to use a deadly weapon (a multi-tentacled scourge), if necessary.

Him being the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, we know that all the above was done for good cause and with prudence, justice and with just enough deadly force to ensure that the offenders were routed and that they most definitely knew not to attempt the same thing again.

Every able bodied man and woman has the right and privilege to do so; every able bodied Catholic man and woman has the right and privilege to do so (though neither the former nor the latter are, obviously, under any command to.) But if you do, do so under the examples shown by Our Lord. Our Lord has shown the licitness that everyone has to ensure their own and their families safety and welfare, and when called upon to do so by a given situation, even those not of their own families.

So, my fellow Catholics, it is NOT sinful to own a gun (or a multitude of guns, with or without magazines); it is NOT against the teachings and example of Our Lord to go on the offense in just situations; it DOES NOT make you a terrorist, a warmonger or an evil Hitleresque person.

And it certainly doesn't make you a bad Catholic.

In general, a Bishop has a personal right to promote gun control; he may even strongly urge you to the same thought process. But he doesn't have any right beyond those on the issue, and certainly not one that you should be concerned about as a danger to Faith or morals, if you do own guns (even those with magazines.)

And you will most certainly NOT be damned for all eternity if you join the NRA, as I have done. However...

I can't promise that you won't be damned by some that are of the opposing view.



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February 25, 2018

Saint Martin of Tours and the Cowardice of Our Catholic Shepherds



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“Lord, if your people still have need of my services, I will not avoid the toil. Your will be done. I have fought the good fight long enough. Yet if you bid me continue to hold the battle line in defense of your camp, I will never beg to be excused from failing strength. I will do the work you entrust to me. While you command, I will fight beneath your banner.” (St. Martin of Tours, Bishop and Confessor, Patron Saint of Soldiers)


Two-plus years ago, Marge Fenelon wrote a Veterans Day article (here) for the National Catholic Register on Saint Martin of Tours, the Patron Saint of the Military. For whatever reason, I saved it then as the basis of some future blog post (my "Draft" folder is full of such articles) which, ostensibly at the time, would be one pertaining to the military. 

Fast forwarding to this morning and my irregularly scheduled review of what's-in-my-Draft-folder-today perusings, I came upon this gem of an article and immediately decided it was the proper time for its presentation, but not for whom you'd think. Upon reading Saint Martins quote, I immediately thought of how it glaringly applied not only to active duty soldiers, sailors and airmen (of any country) but to another class of soldiers as well:

The Bishops and Cardinals of the Catholic Church, Soldiers of Christ by virtue of each's Sacrament of Confirmation .

If, as the title of her article states, the above quote is the motto for each and every soldier, how much more is it the motto for each and every Bishop, Cardinal and Pope of the Roman Catholic Church? (More importantly, the words burn into one's mind the actions of the current Pope "Emeritus" too, for that matter.)  

I can do no better than to excerpt a portion of Marge's article that paints a broad, black brush as to the actions of some Bishops and Cardinals - and Pope - of today's Modern Church: 

"I will not avoid the toil. Six little words that say volumes.

Not avoiding the toil means hanging in there, day after day, through thick and thin, and remaining faithful to my Christian ideals and all that the Church - that Christ himself - asks of  me.

It means not shirking my responsibilities to my fellow man and not skimping on my  prayer and sacramental life.

It means following God's every command without question and to the best of my ability, regardless of whether I agree with it or not.

It means showing fervor and love of Christ in all I do, in spite of human frailty, laziness, or indifference.

Sounds a lot like the life of a soldier, doesn't it?

It is. It's the life of a soldier for Christ."

And it is also the life of Bishops, Cardinals and Popes (as well as us ordinary pewsitters, to whom I believe the original article was addressed).

But how many Bishops and Cardinals today are shirking that life? How many today are outright refusing to even fight (except with those who already DO fight as a Soldier of Christ and for Christ, whether lay or clerical)? How many seek the life of luxury, its gilded throne and all that comes with it (including a sodomitical lover-boy)? How many seek the glory of man? The glory of earthly adulations? The glory of spitting in the Holy Face of their King and Maker? 

Such impunity!

The definition of impunity is "exemption from punishment or freedom from the injurious consequences of an action."

Do these people truly believe they are exempt? That any of their actions that violate the words and commands of Our Lord Jesus Christ will be free of any consequence? That the extreme prejudice with which some now openly violate the 6th and 9th Commandments shall remain unnoticed - and unpunished - by their Savior and King?

Perhaps they do. Perhaps they do because they no longer believe in Transubstantiation. Perhaps they do because they no longer believe in Hell. Perhaps they do because they long ago rejected the Roman Catholic Church, the Church that was instituted by Christ to bring all men to eternal Salvation.

Perhaps...

But perhaps they also should well remember the words concerning the intentions of Bishops (and by extension, Cardinal and Popes) spoken by a couple of their ancient predecessors (courtesy of the blog Traditional Catholic Priest):


“The road to hell is paved with the skulls of erring priests, with bishops as their signposts.” St. John Chrysostom attributed.1

“The floor of hell is paved with the skulls of bishops.”
St. Athanasius, Council of Nicaea, AD 325 attributed.3



Death. Judgement. Heaven. Hell. 

The Four Last Things that should be on every Catholics mind every day of every minute that they are allowed to live. As well, a cultivation of a very healthy fear for three of the four. Contrary to popular opinion, there is a Hell and more will go there than go to Heaven.

It remains a certainty that there will always be enemies of Christ, because there will always be a Satan. But it is equally as certain that there will also be courageous Soldiers of Christ, willing to sacrifice themselves for the greater honor and glory of God. Where the trouble lies is that it seems that for the last 56 years or so they have chosen to remain hidden, except for a brave few (and no, Cardinal Burke is not one of them.) It seems that many of our Shephards - up to and including the current Pope - have forgotten the most basic tenets of our Catholic Faith. 

And so, during this Season of Lent, already into its 2nd Sunday, let us all remember to pray for our Shepherds, and especially the Pope, that all return to the Church and the Catholic Faith as instituted by Our Lord Jesus Christ. 

I would like to borrow a phrase from today's secular world and sanctify it into its broader meaning: "Let's make the Roman Catholic Church great again". But actually, I'd be a little late. That was done 115 years ago, courtesy of Pope St. Pius X in his encyclical E SUPREMI:

"Instaurare omnia in Christo"


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February 18, 2018

Anonymous Commenters and Cowardice... (Updated)

[Update 2/19:The post Mr./Ms Anonymous had replied to was:
Moral Conscience & Erroneous Judgements-The Catechism of the Catholic Church Speaks... My apology for inadvertently leaving this important bit if info out. Ed.] 


I have had a few anonymous comments on this blog, which doesn't really bother me; I'm not writing to get comments. I have enabled open commenting, mainly so your voices can be heard without having to knock down my blog-door. I've had anonymous commenter's voicing their supportive or adverse opinions on a particular post (which are usually published, with the rare exception), as well as anonymous commenter's leaving obnoxious spam (which never gets published). I've had anonymous commenter's actually sign their names (Thank you, Karl!) which, to me, simply means they speak from experience of some type and/or are prepared to be a devil's advocate in a discussion (which assumes at least some objective truth as its basis) and therefore have no fear of being known publicly.

Please review my commenting policy at the end of every post - before you read the below comment - and understand why I removed this comment. You might also be asking yourself: Then why re-post it here? Why let it see the light of day?

Why? Simply to point out the last statement of Mr./Ms Anonymous:


"...I dare you to invite me to debate the issue." (emphasis mine)

Well, Mr./Ms Anonymous...how can I debate you when I do not even know who the hell you are?

Oh well...it doesn't matter anyway. You have already lost due to your weakness, insecurity and cowardice being made readily apparent upon your throwing down the gauntlet - and then immediately retreating behind the cloak of anonymity when you pushed the "send" button! 

I do not and will never debate emotions (and the comment in question is pure emotion). Nor, I might surmise, will any other blogger - or Catholic for that matter - for doing so would serve no useful purpose, and will always - always! - remain an exercise in futility.

In your Charity, and especially during the Penitential season now upon us, please remember Mr./Ms Anonymous in your prayers and Lenten sacrifices. Pray that this Soul - who screams for assistance - might be granted the Graces and the enlightenment that is needed to bring them to the One True Faith. Or back to it, as the case may be.

The original comment is below and as it was written, save for my paragraph indentations to make it easier to read:

"Catholicism is counterfeit Christianity and you are completely deceived, believing in "another jesus and another gospel" per 2 Cor 11:4, which will never save you. For example, Boniface VIII proclaimed (circa 1300) that it was, "altogether necessary for salvation that every human creature be subject to the Roman Pontiff". 

Face it: THAT IS A LIE. You can jump up and down, stand on your head in Macy's window and scream to the moon until you're blue in the face trying to convince us, but it will never be true. Salvation is believing in the merits of Christ alone, period, end of story.


Indeed, Catholicism is a viperous theology that has bitten its members for far too long. Only the anti-venom of Scripture can cure her ills. But she refuses to take the antidote. We are flabbergasted that the laity refuse to wake up out of their spiritual coma and prefer to be lulled to sleep by all of the RCC's unbiblical doctrines! Let's take another example. The RCC has abrogated the original command to partake of BOTH bread and wine, and instead teach Jesus would be pleased we take either one!

WHAT?! NO WAY.

They even teach that the Savior never even OBLIGATED us to consume both elements. Listen to the madness of the Council of Trent: "This holy synod, taught by the Holy Spirit...declares that lay people...are not obliged by any divine command to receive the sacrament of the Eucharist under both kinds, and that it can in no way be doubted without injury to faith that Communion under either kind is sufficient to them for salvation. For although Christ the Lord at his last supper instituted this sacrament with the form of bread and wine...nevertheless that institution and tradition do not aim at this, that all believers in Christ are bound by the commandment of the Lord to receive both kinds. Neither is it rightly concluded [from the Last Supper or] from the discourse in John 6...that Communion under both kinds is commanded by the Lord” (“Concerning Communion Under Both Kinds”, ch 1). 

To be sure, these are not the words of those under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, but rather of MAD SCIENTISTS on the verge of an explosion in the laboratory. They have completely reversed and thrown under the bus our marching orders to partake of BOTH bread and wine, so it is inconceivable they have been divinely commissioned by Jesus Christ to break his own commandments! The Lord said the Scriptures cannot be broken (John 10:35), but the Council of Trent has indeed done just that! No reasons whatsoever, no matter how pious they may sound, can justify mutilating the Lord’s Supper down to the choice of either bread OR wine. Jesus did not give us that option! Consequently, since the magisterium is obviously of the devil, the belief that the Messiah was speaking LITERALLY in John 6 and the Last Supper (as it regards eating his flesh) cannot possibly be true. Instead, all the biblical evidence proves he was speaking metaphorically in those places, and oh....should you deny it, I dare you to invite me to debate the issue."




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February 10, 2018

The SSPX "Full Communion" Dichotomy


SSPX Logo




[2/10/2018: updated to correct some grammatical errors-Ed.)


"I look forward to hearing news from the SSPX when they are in full communion with the catholic church. Untill then, with a heavy heart, I will pass."

And I look forward to the day when such comments as the above to a recent SSPX News video are expunged from the world. To me, it bespeaks of Catholicism "My Way", a particular mindset that seems to pervade Catholic thought nowadays more so than in times past, thanks in no small part to the current Pontificate.

In a Catholic world where one's personal Conscience can now determine it is at peace with Our Lord while immersed within the confines of adultery or sodomy and can therefore receive His Body and Blood worthily; in a Catholic world where even its current Pope can authoritatively declare the 6th and 9th Commandments null and void to a select few minority of Catholic adulterers, while implicitly leaving it in effect for all others; in a Catholic world where the Pope can openly promote gay clerics to esteemed positions; in a Catholic world where nuns can promote pro-choice agendas; in a Catholic world where Cardinals and Bishops willingly choose to not correct a Pope that is openly promoting an objectively immoral lifestyle; in a Catholic world where Bishops and their priests openly support blessing gay lifestyles and promotes such as good and holy; etc, etc, etc...

It begs questions that I must ask in all sincerity:

Who exactly is in "Full Communion" with the Roman Catholic Church and who is not? Who is following and promoting the Church as it was established by Our Lord Jesus Christ? Who remains Faithful to Rome - including its current Pope - yet will rightfully not follow this same Church and Pope when they deviate from Tradition? Who remains unfearful in defending the Catholic Faith as handed down from Apostolic times, when most other Cardinals, Bishops and priests are openly working to destroy it (and yet remain in "Full Communion"?!?!?).

"Full Communion" is nothing more than a red-herring. What does "Full Communion" really mean, anyway? Being Faithful to Our Lord Jesus Christ? (hell, even Rome isn't doing that...can Rome be "out of communion" with herself?) Being Faithful to post Vatican II Rome? (then you are "out of communion" with Our Lord because VII promotes ecumenism.) Being Faithful to God's Ten Commandments, especially the 6th and 9th? (then you are "out of communion" with today's Modernist Rome, BUT...you are in "Full Communion" with God and Our Lord Jesus Christ. Quite the dichotomy, eh?? Try asking your parish priest for advice on that one!!).

The aforementioned quote at the beginning of this post is ludicrous; to say one will not listen to news from the SSPX solely on the basis of an ambiguity is ludicrous. Really...does news - Catholic or otherwise - become less truthful or morally harmful simply because it is read or promoted by the SSPX? Does the 
"good" news of a human interest story read to us by an atheist become less "good" and morally harmful simply because he/she is an atheist and not Christian? (Does anyone know exactly how many newscasters are atheist? Does anyone really care??

The SSPX doesn't need me to defend them. In truth, they probably could care less about being defended by anyone (why would they?), especially me. They have Objective Truth on their side and that particular fact needs no defense. But it is high time for this stupid and ubiquitous phrase "Full Communion" (as applied to the SSPX) be confined to the trash bin of antiquity, for it has no objectively true meaning in today's post-VII Catholic Church.

Anyone with any sensus catholicus, basic Catholicism 101, or just simply the Conscience that God gave them can see through the facade of "Full Communion" and see it for what it truly is:

A tool of Satan.

Where even a blind person can "see" the facade just by listening, I yet marvel at those who have the privilege of sight and yet remain blind to what they see, let alone hear. The SSPX will always have its detractors just as they will always have its defenders. They remain by choice Faithful to the Catholic Faith and loyal to the current Pope - despite his own unfaithfulness to Catholicism.

Can one be in "Full Communion" anymore than that?




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February 4, 2018

Angst...Ad Nauseam

[Ed. note: This post is simply because I am setting at the kitchen table in Wichita, KS knowing that I should write something Catholic because, well, writing of things Catholic needs to be said nowadays. I actually did though...another defense of the SSPX (not that they need me to defend them) to a fool and his ad nauseam and still obnoxious comment about them being "out of communion" (no..no link. I am not giving license to such) but I accidentally erased it and got disgusted and went and took a shower. I do remember most of it though and probably will rewrite it sometime soon.

Meanwhile, I hope you will enjoy (or not?) this little piece of a fictional (well...let's just say semi-fictional and leave it go at that, Hmmm?) parody of today's PC correctness that fries so many brain receptors in today's modern youth.]



I am an Independent Democratic Republican with Conservative ideologies that sometimes lean to the Liberal side. Being a baby boomer, I am an original Snowflake product of the 60's full of Peace and Love and Brotherhood to all men, but yet enjoyed my time as an armament technician (AKA: Warmonger) in the USAF for almost 2 decades. I am 5'4" tall (Well, OK...in my shoes. So what?), but have been self-identifying as 6'4" for many years and insist on being called "Tiny" and if you don't, you are a racist and hate people of short tall stature and you are going to hell. I don't debate emotions and have no time for drama queens, but if you don't agree with everything I stand for I will shame you on social media until I have a million-gazillion hits and get interviewed on CNN/MSNBC/BBC for my stance in upholding my personal social justice memes that I demand all peoples of any color and any stature to embrace, because...well...I am right and you are not!

Oh no! Have I offended anybody? Good grief! I AM SOOOO SORRY! I woke up early and couldn't get back to sleep and I wasn't in my best form being sleepy and all and I know I shouldn't have written anything unless it was warm and sunny and 93 degrees and I had had a full breakfast. If I had done things correctly, I would have reflected for at least 3 hours before my hands engaged the laptop keys. I AM SOOO SORRY! DID I SAY THAT ALREADY? Will you forgive me?

Will you still be my Friend? Please don't unfriend me! PLEASE!!!




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