Saturday, November 11, 2017

St. Ignatius, pray for us

Man, warrior, priest, saint, many of your sons have lost their minds and are leading the Faithful astray or repulsing them so much that they leave the Church, pray for these sons and pray for us.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Crying wolf?

There's a story from the life of St. Thomas Aquinas about how on a particular day the saint was minding his own business in his monastery when one of his brother monks cried out that a witch was flying by the window on a broomstick. St. Thomas hopped up and rushed to the window to see. The other monk laughed heartily at his successful prank. Pranks are usually a form of hostility and this particular monk seemed to resent St. Thomas's fame for his intellect and relished the chance to make him look foolish in front of the other brothers. St. Thomas responded that he thought it better to believe that a witch could fly past the window than that a monk could tell a deliberate lie.

The St. Thomas story came to my mind when I read that the nun who found Pope John Paul I's body now says that she lied about the details but had a really good excuse. If the nun was lying 40 years ago about who found the body, could she not lie now? If she believed that she had a good reason to lie then could she not believe that she has an even better reason to do so -- getting Pope John Paul I canonized--- today?  Should we not be as aghast as St. Thomas at the thought of a consecrated soul telling a deliberate lie?  Is a small, minor detail being cleared up or is the boy crying wolf...again?

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Random thoughts on a Saturday afternoon

  • "SCROOGE is not only as modern as Gradgrind but more modern than Gradgrind. He belongs not only to the hard times of the middle of the nineteenth century, but to the harder times of the beginning of the twentieth century; the yet harder times in which we live. Many amiable sociologists will say, as he said, "Let them die and decrease the surplus population." The improved proposal is that they should die before they are born.

    "It is notable also that Dickens gives the right reply; and that with a deadly directness worthy of a much older and more subtle controversionalist. The answer to anyone who talks about the surplus population is to ask him whether he is the surplus population; or if he is not, how he knows he is not.
     That is the answer which the Spirit of Christmas gives to Scrooge."~G.K. Chesterton: Introduction to A Christmas Carol. (1922)
    Ole G.K. is never going to be canonized in this era because he was fat, openly disliked Jews, and  if he was not a maintenance alcoholic he appears to modern eyes be pretty darn close, but he was right about a lot of stuff. I remembered this when I read that Prince William thinks the world is overpopulated and that is endangering the wildlife. What the prince means is that the world has too many brown and black and low class white people. I like lions but I'd rather have an African child be able to go to the river and play without being eaten by one. If Prince William and his friends would rather see the child dead and the lion in her place they are the enemy.What ugly people our so-called betters are. 

  • Fr. Weinandy got fired. Fr. James Martin is riding high. A relative of mine expressed shock and deep concern about the Church and asked what are we (the Faithful) going to do? I thought about some of the older Catholics that I've met over the years. These people have told of how they used to go miles for a decent Mass or moved out of state. People have gone to Mass in hotel rooms, and funeral home chapels, which to be honest were probably nicer than their old parishes. I read about one group of people who had to go to the (unheated?) cemetery chapel for Mass for years because that was the only place the bishop would allow an indult Mass to be held. I've read stories from people who had and still have to go to Mass in the most crime ridden parts of the city. These people were treated like garbage by Rome and by their fellow Catholics in many ways.

     My generation very foolishly thought that the bad times were over and that JPII and B16 were going to fix everything. Well, a lot of us are going to have to learn how to persevere. 
St. Pius V and St. Charles Borromeo, defenders against Islam and Luther, pray for us. 

  • I seem to have picked up a troll so I'm going to try comment moderation for a bit. 

November is the month of the Holy Souls

Friday, November 03, 2017

Father's stage "act" gives me indigestion

I saw this video on Hilary White's Twitter and it left me with a sour stomach. When that passed I felt the deep urge to throw down my gauntlet, like a medieval knight.  This is a priest and he's acting like a third rate performer in a run down comedy club.
Divine Savior Jesus Christ, Thou are the Good Shepherd who gives His life for His sheep. Oh, be in a very special way the Good Shepherd of those poor lost priests who are also appointed by Thee to be leaders of Thy people, but who have broken the oath of their holy ordination and have become unfaithful to their exalted calling. Bestow upon these poorest of the poor the very fullness of that pastoral solicitude with which Thou dost so faithfully seek the sheep that are lost! Touch their hearts with the irresistible ray of grace which emanates from Thine all-merciful love! Enlighten their minds and strengthen their wills, that they may turn away from all sin and error and come back to Thy holy altar and to Thy people. O most compassionate Savior! Remember that Thou didst once redeem the souls of Thine erring priests with Thy Precious Blood and in infinite preferential love didst impress upon them the indelible character of the priesthood. Put wholly to shame those miserable helpers of Satan who lay snares for the virtue of priests and endanger the holy ideal of the priesthood. Most graciously accept our prayers and sacrifices for poor priests who have gone astray and hear our earnest petition.
Imprimatur - Bishop John F. Null (April 18, 1948)

St. Anthony of Padua, defender of the Holy Eucharist, obtain for us holy priests
St. John-Mary Vianney, model of sacerdotal holiness, obtain for us holy priests

St. Francis Xavier, patron of missionary priests, obtain for us holy priests
St. Therese of the Child-Jesus and of the Holy Face, victim offered for the sanctification of priests, obtain for us holy priests

Saints and Servants of God, obtain for us holy priests.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Saturday, October 28, 2017

random thoughts on a Saturday morning

  • I think the Weinstein's story's timing is suspect. Mainly because Hollywood is a brothel and has been for 100 years.  Weinstein, has been a rutting beast for decades and he's not the only one so what's the real reason  this is all coming out now?

  • I was listening to Ann Barnhardt's podcast #33 and she points out some stuff at  the 1:04:05 mark which has bothered me about Fr. Reggie Foster for years. I've seen tributes to him from several traditional Catholics and it left me quite puzzled.

  • People act like the US was the first place in the West to have legal abortion. Not so. England embraced this sin back in 1967. In fact, one of the arguments for abortion in the US was that we were behind our "sophisticated" European neighbors. England has been punished. The number one boy's name in London is Mohamed and and English person can be arrested for bothering a Muslim.  Looking at our history from WWI onward, it appears that the "The English or the Europeans do it argument...." usually brings moral and physical misery.

  • Apparently priests in Rome are just waiting for Pope Francis to die.   That's not going to fix anything. The troubles in the Church didn't die with John XXII or Paul VI. Once bad stuff starts it lives beyond the man who introduced it. 

  • I hate sissified paintings of Our Lord. This very popular one has always repulsed me. Our Lord was a man. He did not wear mascara, eyeliner or rouge. 

A far superior image

Friday, October 20, 2017