23 February 2017

Gallows Humor Presupposes Gallows

"I'm glad you're here with me, Luis, here at the end of all things."

"A Simple Yet Demanding Way of Holiness for All the Faithful": the Importance of Blessed Columba Marmion

Homiletic & Pastoral Review has a nice post on Blessed Columba Marmion, his spirituality and importance. They describe him as "St. Thomas Aquinas meets St. Therese, who meets St. Benedict". I would add that he is profoundly Salesian as well.  In fact, all four of these saints are patrons of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, and I think of Marmion as the first paleo-Canon of the Institute. Any soul who has benefited from the spiritual care of the Institute will recognize the charism in the writings of Blessed Columba Marmion.

If you are still deciding on spiritual reading for Lent, might I suggest Marmion's Christ, the Life of the Soul? Though the book is long, it is easy and pleasant to read, much like de Sales. If that seems too much, there is great short book of letters of spiritual direction called Union with God

Blessed Columba Marmion, pray for us!

Legal Abortion: Lincoln's Constitutional Legacy?

Maybe it would have happened anyway, but since Lincoln the Constitution has meant not what it says, but whatever the U.S. Government decides it shall mean. The very meaning of constitutionality has become entirely fluid, so that the law itself has become exactly what law should never be: unpredictable.


Think of the U.S. Supreme Court’s notorious 1973 abortion ruling. Nobody before then had ever suggested that abortion was a constitutional right, but the Court suddenly discovered that it was, protected somehow by the Ninth and Fourteenth Amendments. The laws of all 50 states were struck down at a blow, but thanks to Lincoln the remedy of secession was no longer available to them.

22 February 2017

Urgent: Prayer Request for John Vennari

Mr. Vennari is near death. Michael Matt issues a call for prayer here.

Feast of the Chair of St. Peter at Antioch

Dear Lord, please protect the Holy Father. Strengthen him to rouse himself in defense of the timeless Catholic faith, and in defense of unchangeable Catholic doctrine. Free him from the agents of the evil one who seek to trammel him. May Your Truth and Charity shine forth in and through him. And may the Church be freed from the confusion and error that seemingly reign in our time. Through Christ Our Lord, and through the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima. Amen.

21 February 2017

Bonus for Presidents Day

An intriguing article about a far better President than King Lincoln: Did George Washington die a Catholic?

For the Fatima File

The latest from Pat Buchanan. Trump must stand firm against the warmongers in both parties. De-escalate this thing in some kind of formal agreement before his enemies can sink it-- or him.

20 February 2017

For President's Day: H.L. Mencken on the Gettysburg Address

Since today is President's Day, which began as a celebration of King Lincoln's birthday, I submit this H.L. Mencken commentary on his most famous speech:

Like William Jennings Bryan, he was a dark horse made suddenly formidable by fortunate rhetoric.  The Douglas debate launched him, and the Cooper Union Speech got him the Presidency. His talent for emotional utterance was an accomplishment of late growth. His early speeches were mere empty fire-works—the hollow rhodomontades of the era. But in middle life he purged his style of ornament and it became almost baldly simple—and it is for that simplicity that he is remembered today. The Gettysburg speech is at once the shortest and the most famous oration in American history. Put beside it, all the whoopings of the Websters, Sumners and Everetts seem gaudy and silly.  It is eloquence brought to a pellucid and almost gem-like perfection—the highest emotion reduced to a few poetical phrases. Nothing else precisely like it is to be found in the whole range of oratory. Lincoln himself never even remotely approached it. It is genuinely stupendous.


But let us not forget that it is poetry, not logic; beauty, not sense. Think of the argument in it.  Put it into the cold words of everyday. The doctrine is simply this: that the Union soldiers who died at Gettysburg sacrificed their lives to the cause of self-determination—"that government of the people, by the people, for the people," should not perish from the earth. It is difficult to imagine anything more untrue. The Union soldiers in that battle actually fought against self-determination; it was the Confederates who fought for the right of their people to govern themselves. What was the practical effect of the battle of Gettysburg? What else than the destruction of the old sovereignty of the States, i.e., of the people of the States? The Confederates went into battle free; they came out with their freedom subject to the supervision and veto of the rest of the country—and for nearly twenty years that veto was so effective that they enjoyed scarcely more liberty, in the political sense, than so many convicts in the penitentiary.

I Love Stuff Like This, and Hope It's True

Scoffers need not point out things like double hearsay and difficulty in defining fulfillment of the terms.  Got it. Watch anyway. There does seem to be something very interesting developing right in front of us.

Call to Action: State Legislature Considering Bill to Preempt the City's Abortion Sanctuary Law

N.B. Excellent article by Jennifer Brinker in the St. Louis Review on Missouri House Bill 174, which would pre-empt and invalidate the execrable St. Louis City Board Bill 203.

If passed and signed by the Governor, this bill would preempt the "abortion sanctuary" bill passed by the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen (voted for by every Democrat mayoral candidate on the Board) and signed by the anti-Catholic's favorite "Catholic" mayor, Francis "Gay Marriage" Slay.

The bill is sponsored by Tila Hubrecht, and co-sponsored by Bruce De Groot and Hannah Kelly.

We need to follow this bill, support this bill, publicize this bill, call Representatives, Senators and the Governor. This needs to get done.

Contact information can be found in the Review article linked above.