27 May 2015

'Lord, give me strength to follow Thee unto death!'

"Mother," she one day said to the Prioress, "were I unfaithful, were I to commit even the smallest infidelity, I feel that my soul would be plunged into the most terrible anguish, and I should be unable to welcome death."

Mother Prioress evinced surprise at hearing her speak in this strain, and she continued: "I am speaking of infidelity in the matter of pride. If, for example, I were to say: 'I have acquired such or such a virtue and I can practise it'; or again: 'My God, Thou knowest I love Thee too much to dwell on one single thought against faith,' straightway I should be assailed by the most dangerous temptations and should certainly yield. To prevent this misfortune I have but to say humbly and from my heart: 'My God, I beseech Thee not to let me be unfaithful.'

"I understand clearly how St. Peter fell. He placed too much reliance on his own ardent nature, instead of leaning solely on the Divine strength. Had he only said: 'Lord, give me strength to follow Thee unto death!' the grace would not have been refused him.

"How is it, Mother, that Our Lord, knowing what was about to happen, did not say to him: 'Ask of Me the strength to do what is in thy mind?' I think His purpose was to give us a twofold lesson--first: that He taught His Apostles nothing by His presence which He does not teach us through the inspirations of grace; and secondly: that, having made choice of St. Peter to govern the whole Church, wherein there are many sinners, He wished him to test in himself what man can do without God's help. This is why Jesus said to him before his fall: 'Thou being once converted confirm thy brethren';[23] that is, 'Tell them the story of thy sin--show them by thy own experience, how necessary it is for salvation to rely solely upon Me.'"

--St. Thérèse of Liseux, Counsels and Reminiscences, 71

26 May 2015

Events are Telescoping

The thud you heard when Ireland submitted to the sodomite zeitgeist was real.  

The reasons for the thud are mostly symbolic. A Western European nation putting into law its own suicide wish hardly qualifies as news these days. But for Ireland-- Ireland, for Paddy's sake-- to so enthusiastically cast off the natural law in favor of Sodom, with a stick in the eye of Holy Mother Church to boot, well that is just as depressing a symbol of how far we have fallen as I can think of.

I remember thinking in law school, back in the early '90s, when it became more obvious that the issue of equal rights for sodomy was the wedge issue of the left, that it was a grand overreach that would surely backfire. I mean, abortion, contraception, divorce-- these were all evils that involved the more-or-less natural relationship of man and woman, and people of the time would not have thought to put the act of sodomy on the level of marriage. It was only about that time that state criminal statutes against sodomy were being debated for repeal. Calling repeated sodomy "marriage" was beyond the pale.

How naive I was, because of course the illogic of contraception and divorce lead directly to sodomy and worse.

And how much do I wish to cite this naivete when I invite you to consider our imminent, miserable future. It took less than twenty years for sodomy to go from criminalized to human right. It will take far less than that to take real marriage from human right to criminalized.  

By that I mean, that those who actually act on the reality of what marriage is will be locked up. As the state will determine their views are unfit for children to believe, their children will be taken away from them. As faithful Catholic priests will refuse to go along with denying the truth of marriage, they will be locked up. You want the sacraments? Try getting them without priests. 

Mystics have predicted the cessation of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as a sign of the end. "They will look for the red lamp in the sanctuary in vain." Well, maybe the sacrifice can take place in the priests' cells, but how are you going to go to Mass?

And all to the world's rejoicing.  You see, you had it coming all along, you bigots.

Making the gall of this all the more bitter, the majority of the hierarchs in the Church will stand by and let you suffer. Most mildly deploring the means of punishment, but not the fact of it. Some will cheer it on.  

You doubt this?

Consider the absolute lack of moral leadership in Ireland that led to this event. Consider the decay of morality brought about by a lack of catechesis and moral authority, brought on by an abandonment of the proper worship of God in the liturgy. Self-identified Catholics are pro-sodomy, pro-contraception, pro-divorce in more or less the same percentages as the pagan culture.  

This state of affairs is simply untenable.

Events are telescoping now.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

22 May 2015

Eventually They Won't Stand for This

And by eventually I mean sooner than you think.

About what am I talking? Homeschooling-- its success and its growth.

Homeschooling produces independent thinkers, or at least thinkers not taught the "correct" dogmas of the secular anti-Christian culture. I have heard one speaker (I cannot remember his name, sorry) refer to homeschooling as the "education of free men". That is spot-on.

Some do it well, some do it not-so-well. But the point is that it isn't the indoctrination of Leviathan's choosing.

When homeschoolers are such a minority that they pass as virtually nonexistent or quirky like a subset of Amish, they are tolerated easily enough.  Like, "Oh, how cute, a homeschooler won the spelling bee!"  But when they go from far fewer than one percent of the school age population to 3.5 to 5%, and when they have greater success against established school systems, it is a far different matter. Like, "Can you believe that homeschool co-op beat MICDS, Priory, Kirkwood and 61 other state high schools for the state Mock Trial Championship? Must have been out of pity. We need to look into that."

But there are greater factors than mere embarrassment at work here, some mundane and some not. First, the educational system is ruled over by unions.  Unions love job security for their members, which means dues for the leaders. Everyone fat and happy.  In order to justify teachers and administrators, there must be students. If the number of homeschoolers reaches a critical mass, then the security of unions will be at stake.

Secondly, when the powers that be wish to teach falsehoods as truth, it is vital that everyone be brainwashed into thinking falsehoods are truth-- or, to be more accurate, to teach students to avoid thinking at all. This is accomplished by occluding truth and emphasizing feelings, both emotional and animalistic.  If a few people opt out, no big deal, but if, say, a third opt out, that will expose the system for what it is. 

And the system will fail.

Finally, though homeschooling is not necessarily Christian, and many people homeschool for academics alone, it is typically Christian.  If you haven't noticed, Christians are marked for extinction, either through apostasy or, failing that, by what one might call the final solution. Think I'm overreacting?  Too bad.

And so here we are.  Homeschoolers are safe enough at 1% of the population. Perhaps they would be if they reach 25%, too.  

The real threat occurs when they reach 5%, with every sign of continued growth. That time is now.  

It will be targeted for extinction by the powers that be. Truancy laws, Common Core, UN Treaties that invade on parental rights, sodomite indoctrination, worries of "homegrown terrorists" and "safety" drills targeting dangerous homeschoolers: all these are early means to squelch it. If they won't work to limit the numbers of homeschoolers, look for more drastic means to come.

21 May 2015

"Wanna get married? Do it now"

Look out your window, baby, there’s a scene you’d like to catch
The band is playing “Dixie,” a man got his hand outstretched
Could be the Führer
Could be the local priest
You know sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace

He got a sweet gift of gab, he got a harmonious tongue
He knows every song of love that ever has been sung
Good intentions can be evil
Both hands can be full of grease
You know that sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace

Well, first he’s in the background, then he’s in the front
Both eyes are looking like they’re on a rabbit hunt
Nobody can see through him
No, not even the Chief of Police
You know that sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace

Well, he catch you when you’re hoping for a glimpse of the sun
Catch you when your troubles feel like they weigh a ton
He could be standing next to you
The person that you’d notice least
I hear that sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace

Well, he can be fascinating, he can be dull
He can ride down Niagara Falls in the barrels of your skull
I can smell something cooking
I can tell there’s going to be a feast
You know that sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace

He’s a great humanitarian, he’s a great philanthropist
He knows just where to touch you, honey, and how you like to be kissed
He’ll put both his arms around you
You can feel the tender touch of the beast
You know that sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace

Well, the howling wolf will howl tonight, the king snake will crawl
Trees that’ve stood for a thousand years suddenly will fall
Wanna get married? Do it now
Tomorrow all activity will cease
You know that sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace

Somewhere Mama’s weeping for her blue-eyed boy
She’s holding them little white shoes and that little broken toy
And he’s following a star
The same one them three men followed from the East

I hear that sometimes Satan comes as a man of peace

--Man of Peace, by Bob Dylan

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19 May 2015

Huxley Was Too Modest

I immediately thought of Brave New World when I saw this story. I really think the exciting combination of Orwell's and Huxley's visions that we are to experience in the near, near future will be something to write about-- assuming anyone Catholic lives to do so.

"Going to the Feelies this evening, Henry?" enquired the Assistant Predestinator. "I hear the new one at the Alhambra is first-rate. There's a love scene on a bearskin rug; they say it's marvellous. Every hair of the bear reproduced. The most amazing tactual effects."

-- from Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

13 May 2015

Vigil of the Ascension

At that time, Jesus lifting up His eyes to Heaven said: Father, the hour is come; glorify Thy Son, that Thy Son may glorify Thee, as Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He may give eternal life to all whom Thou hast given Him. Now this is eternal life: that they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent. I have glorified Thee on the earth; I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do; and now glorify Thou Me, O Father, with Thyself, with the glory which I had, before the world was, with Thee. I have manifested Thy Name to the men whom Thou hast given Me out of the world. Thine they were, and to Me Thou givest them, and they have kept Thy word. Now they have known that all things which Thou hast given Me are from Thee: because the words which Thou gavest Me, I have given to them: and they have received them, and have known in very deed that I came out from Thee, and they have believed that Thou didst send Me. I pray for them; I pray not for the world, but for them whom Thou hast given Me; because they are Thine: and all My things are Thine, and Thine are Mine: and I am glorified in them. And now I am not in the world, and these are in the world, and I come to Thee.

John 17: 1-11

12 May 2015

Fatima is the Key to Our Day

I want to thank Rorate Caeli for posting this translation of an article in Famiglia Domani about Fatima. It says everything necessary, and everything well. Please read it, and join in the Rosary Novena going on through June 23 for the consecration of Russia. Time is ticking:

Francesca Bonadonna
Famiglia Domani
May 22, 2014

Almost a century has passed since the great Fatima event when Our Lady, messenger of God, appeared to the three little shepherds to give an immensely important message and to offer Her maternal intercession for a humanity afflicted by sin - a humanity, more narcotized than ever by creeping secularization, Most Holy Mary is the Queen of the eagerly awaited kingdom, foreseen according to Her promise and unforeseen according to its time and modality; the hope of a new millennium for the children of Light i.e. the militant forces of the People of God moved by the Holy Ghost amid the breakers of unrest and disorder but heading towards the safe harbor described in St. John Bosco’s dream, which points to the two pillars of salvation: the Holy Eucharist and the Virgin Mary.

In 1917 at the Cova da Iria, Our Lady launched a strong, clear message - a message that very few have accepted into their lives: the Consecration to Her Immaculate Heart, unfulfilled, according to the instructions given to Sister Lucia, for us to avoid the errors of communism and the outcome of wars and persecutions to Holy Church and the Holy Father. Human weakness and the failed response to the Divine call have irremediably determined the frightful, perverse scenario of our times of which we are helpless onlookers.

This frightful scenario is like an overflowing river that engulfs us each day, crossing our paths, our squares, our cities, our country and the entire world. The TV channels and radio stations are polluted by a cesspit of lies, where there is nothing that refers to God for the edification of society: on the contrary, we have promoters of easy conquests like the non-fulfilling politicians and statesmen, at the service of skilful direction, who make false promises which shortly after come to nothing.

A crisis that was foreseen and made known in 1917, is now full-blown: at little less than a century away we are at the countdown for the shortening of these times of iniquity, prepared by the false myths of science which, more than ever, dare to challenge God’s creative omnipotence by changing and shunning the natural law based on the procreative action of the family, the only source of life and the only school of universal, perennial values.

An induced disorientation, that displaces the best consciences and confounds the toughest intellects, blinded by their lust for power and fame, led astray by the satanic illusion of false promises that depart from the service of the good to which we must be devoted until the end. Our Lady spoke to the three little shepherds in order ‘to scatter the proud in the imagination of their hearts and exalt the humble’, in a time of apostasy activated to annul the dogma of the Faith and turn absolute truths upside down. It is the Church that suffers because of the betrayal of Her ministers who, having been sucked into the vortex of corruption, drive the sheep away from the fold, helpless as they are, to discern the voice of their shepherd.

We are on the threshold of the Great Promise of Fatima, that of the Woman Clothed with the Sun, at the dawn of a new era of peace: She, who will triumph with a sudden mysterious act and will clothe humanity in a new light - the radiant light of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Spouse of Christ, who continuously prays, cries and suffers with His Church, for the loss of Her children, hoping to the very last for their salvation, as a mother does on the threshold of giving birth to new life.

07 May 2015

Algún Día

Estimado Señor, que esta piedra, que es un símbolo de mi esfuerzo en la peregrinación, que pongo a los pies de la cruz del Salvador, pesan la balanza a favor de mis buenas acciones cuando los actos de toda mi vida son juzgados. Que sea así, Amén.