"...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
In your charity, please remember the Soul of young Daniel McDonald, who died in a multi-vehicle auto accident this past weekend. I did not know him or his family personally, but he was employed by the same Catholic company that I work for. A fine young man with a bright earthly future that was interrupted by God's Providence for his Heavenly one. Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Ut animam suam, et omnes animas omnium fidelium defunctorum per misericordiam Dei requiescant in pace. Amen.
I have decided to permanently close this blog. I find it difficult to make any substantive posts lately, and I have many incomplete drafts setting idle to make that point. I will keep the lights on for a couple of weeks or so, then turn them off and unscrew the bulbs. Time. Work. Energy. Inspiration. All have been lacking of late. In addition, there are some important personal factors entering in the mix as well. It's time to quit. Thank you to all who have read this small blog, especially those who kept coming back. It was much appreciated and I hope what was written helped you in some small way. I am most grateful. God Bless to all.
Let me take this opportunity to say goodbye and to thank anyone and everyone who has ever stopped by my blog. It has been great knowing all of you - and that includes you, Jerry (although I am sure you do not know me or my blog, I certainly know you). I really thought I had a longer tenure on this earth, but apparently that has been robbed of me and I am slated to die...it could be today, tomorrow or even before I finish this blog post. Somehow I thought God Himself had the power of life and death over me, but apparently I have been mistaken all these years and it is really - Donald J. Trump! Like Obama had apparently been my "Savior" by surrendering me to the Paris Eco-Gaia crowd, DJT is my "Satan" and has forever condemned me to an early and untimely death, all the while he sits gleefully and maniacally on his red-hot throne, plotting his next move against - Hillary? Nancy? Mother Earth? George Soros? "Oh, the inhumanity of it all", seems apropos, does it not? My oh my...he is a despicable despot, is he not?
Oh well, I suppose I should get my affairs in order now... - go to Confession one last time and free myself of any leftover grievous sins against earth and nature (you know, all those wanton acts of evil perpetrated on those creepy crawly bugs by my feet, and let's not forget about all that Ozone burning I did during my career as an HVAC Technician). - contact my Estate attorney and get that Will updated to include my wife and kids (oh, wait! If I am slated to immently die because DJT pulled out of Paris, won't they cease to exist right along with me - and with The Jerry noted above? Here now; gone a nano-instant later. ZUT!! - contact all those 1% corporate elites I owe money to from my free-wheeling days as a credit card user and laugh in their face that they aren't going to get paid! HA! HA! The jokes on you guys! No more Monaco vacations on my dime, Mr. Soros! HA!
So, it's goodbye, folks! Don't expect any wake or service as I don't think anyone will be alive to come anyway, as DJT has accelerated the time-clocks imbedded into our palms and they are set to go RED any moment now!! Just.get.ready. NOW! The saving grace of all this is that I won't have to listen any longer to the blather-and-blah-blah-blah of the likes of Jerry Brown, anyone with a Hollywood address, any Democratic "Catholic" politician or the liberal-left-progressive MSM, as they will vaporize and burn right along with me because of the lack of ozone layers. Or will we all get asphyxiated because of all the CO? Or is CO2? H2O, maybe? ZUT! I can't remember which one is our enemy any longer...ZUT!
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 goodintentions, 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]
"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:
"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..."
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...
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".