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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

From the Good Grief File: With "Friends" like the Catholic Bishops, Who Needs Enemies?

Didn't you know: Minnie Mouse is transgender?
Disney's new Mickey Ears celebrate "Gay Pride." One more reason for Walt to roll over in his grave!

If Disney celebrating sodomy in the secular culture isn't bad enough, the World Meeting of Families being held in Ireland in August features Fr. James Martin, S.J. as one of its keynote speakers. And the pope will be there giving a great photo op for the homosexual message.

Monday, June 18, 2018

After Suicide: The Paralysis of Grief

I was treading water in the pool today. It seems appropriate. Right now I feel like my life is treading water.

It's hard to do anything, although the wash has to be done, the bathrooms cleaned, the beds changed, groceries to be purchases, and meals to be cooked. Two of our children and their families were here for Father's Day and I was prepping the meals the day before, setting tables, etc.

Those things act a little like an anesthetic. You can't totally quit and they dull the pain. And you have to smile watching a three year old getting a swim lesson from his daddy.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Tucker Carlson Decries the "Pompous, Blowhard, Pagan Creeps" Running the Episcopal Church

Last January the governors of the Episcopal Church in D.C. passed three nutty resolutions:
The 123rd Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Church in D.C. passed a trifecta of resolutions Saturday to replace all gendered pronouns referring to God with gender neutral pronouns, oppose laws against illegal immigration, and open traditionally gender restricted congregational roles and facilities, like bathrooms, to transgender individuals. The convention, held at the Washington National Cathedral, passed the resolutions within an hour, according to The Institute On Religion & Democracy.
Tucker Carlson interviewed a priest from a liberal parish in Dupont Circle who introduced two of the resolutions. Watch the clergyman jump through hoops to defend it.


Friday, June 15, 2018

Ridding the World of Catholics

The face of Antifa
I look at this picture and think, "Yikes! Someone please help me!" But no one comes because of course I am sitting at my computer and this is merely a picture on the screen.

But if this were real and I were truly facing vile and wicked wolves wanting my death so as to rid the world of one more troublesome Catholic, what would I do?

If I happened to be foolish enough to be alone in the wilderness and get into a situation where rabid wolves wanted to taste my blood, I would have to fight for my life. Running would not be an option. I'd have to growl back at them and show my teeth. Squint my eyes and look as mean as they do. Maybe throw in a bit of dripping saliva to complete the aura of trying to look like an equal contender in the fight to be.

Fortunately, I'm smart enough not to wander around in forests at twilight. But we all wander in this world and there are living wolves wanting our death. Human wolves looking very much like the ones in the picture above. They are all the people in the history of the world wanting to rid the universe of God and His Catholic Church, of priests and nuns and religious and Catholic people in general. Of you. And me. Of our loved ones and families, our friends and parents, spouses, siblings and yes, even our little animals. Why? Because they are predators and we are their prey.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Tucker on California: What Democrats Have Done to California is Deplorable!

The Democrats target the middle class, those they consider "deplorable," taxing them out of existence. They always use "tax the rich" talk, but there aren't enough "rich" people to fill their coffers. They always, always go for the middle class. Democrat politicians hold normal workers in contempt. And the result is what's happening in California. The middle class can't afford to live in the state. They are fleeing.  What's left are the very rich and the very poor and mentally ill living on the sidewalks in their own filth.



Tuesday, June 12, 2018

I LOVE TUCKER CARLSON!

"If you don't like the direction of the country, have more children!"

Wow! Tucker Carlson is a Catholic [Oops...no he's not. He's a reluctant Episcopalian. Thanks for all those who corrected my mistake. Now let's pray him into the Church!] and this interview shows he is the real deal, i.e., a man of integrity. Not perfect; nobody is. But he is interested in having "an honest conversation." He has a humility that is refreshing in a journalist. "I'm not a super clever persons; I try to keep it simple." He appears to really want to pursue the truth. I love the man! I don't watch TV much, but if I'm watching a news show, you can bet it will be Tucker Carlson Tonight. Today I'm offering my Mass and rosary for him.

Think I'll make this "Tucker week."

Monday, June 11, 2018

Thought for the Day: On Nancy Pelosi vs. Donald Trump from Fr. Tom Collins

Trump defines progress as increasing the number of loaves, which can feed people.
Pelosi defines progress as increasing the number of loafers, who can feed off of people.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Sunday Meditation: Embracing the Will of God

The Sacrifice of Isaac by Rembrandt
Accepting God's will in our lives can be a real challenge -- more than a challenge -- it can be like walking on broken glass in bare feet. I remember watching The Bible, a movie that has some good scenes and some not so good scenes. Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden were just plain creepy. But I remember one powerful scene vividly.

George C. Scott played Abraham. We saw him welcome Isaac with joy and, as he grows, explain the genealogy of the family which was carved on a wooden stick.

And then God asks Abraham to sacrifice his son. Abraham interprets that in light of the practice of the pagan societies of his day who offered their children to their gods. He believes God wants him to slay the boy on the altar of sacrifice where animals were offered. Biblical scholar, Fr. Lawrence Boadt, in his book Reading the Old Testament, describes the scene this way:

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Let's Pray Today on the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary...

...in the month devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to be so united to the hearts of Jesus and Mary that we change the world by our love!

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Pray for us. 


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Friday, June 8, 2018

Shall We Urge Every Diocese to Imitate the Diocese of Lincoln and Hold a Rosary Crusade?


They were inspired by Poland's rosary at the border. Just imagine if every diocese in the United States organized a rosary crusade around a public school campus in their boundaries! In my own state of Virginia I can imagine the impact of rosary crusades surrounding George Mason in Northern Virginia and James Madison in Harrisonburg and UVA in Charlottesville and VCU in Richmond. What would that do to bring about conversions and shower blessings on this state, the birthplace of our country.

Imagine the graces flowing to those campuses and those communities. And what a power for healing in places like Charlottesville. What a thought! 

Think I'll send this article to Bishop Burbidge and ask for a rosary crusade in our diocese. After all, should protestants like Billy Graham outdo us in their public acknowledgement of the Lord of all creation and our Blessed Mother?

If you want to say thank you to Bishop Conley for this public witness, you can send an email to the bishop here. Gratitude is the mother of many virtues. Let's send an army of thank you's to Bishop James Conley and pray that other bishops are inspired to imitate his diocese!

Thought for the Day: Sharia Law is Coming for Europe

...and short of a miracle it won't be long.

Raymond De Souza made this observation in a recent article in The Wanderer:
Nobody lives forever. People are born, grow up, live their lives, however short or long they may be, and then die. So the church depends, for her continued existence and normal increase, on the offspring of Christian parents; children must be born for life to continue, even in the Church. Without children being born, there is no future society, there is no Church. Therefore, parents are the agents of the Church in the education of her children. 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Planned Parenthood: The Sex Predator's Best Friend.


If you think Planned Parenthood's only crimes are killing babies and selling their body parts (as if that isn't enough to stimulate the gag reflex), you need to dig a little deeper.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Colorado Baker Won his Case, but Don't Celebrate Too Soon!

Don't pop that cork yet!
I've been following the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop artist, Jack Phillips for some time. And I'm glad he won the right to refuse to bake a cake for a same sex wedding. 

But before you jump up and down and proclaim that we've won for religious liberty, take a look at the decision which was written by Justice Anthony Kennedy with a 7-2 majority (interestingly the same split as Roe v. Wade). 

Monday, June 4, 2018

You might be a cannibal!


You know the old redneck joke. "If you have an old toilet in your front yard filled with flowers, you might be a redneck."

Well, I have a new line, but it's no joking matter!

If you drink Pepsi, you might be a cannibal.

If you drink Lipton tea, you might be a cannibal. (I had Lipton decaf tea on my Costco list, but it's off!)

If you drink Gatorade or Tropicana Juices or drink Aquafina water, you might be a cannibal.

If you eat Sour Patch kids (I'll miss these.), you might be a cannibal.

Why?

Because they all use "flavoring" develooped using an aborted baby cell line. 

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Want to Grow Your Faith This Summer? Shenandoah is the Perfect Place!

A friend sent me the information below about Bethany weekends offered by the John and Sofia Cuddeback in Front Royal, VA. 

She has attended several of these weekends and highly recommends them. I can certainly vouch for the beauty of the setting. For more information you can visit the Cuddeback's website linked below:

Sunday Meditation: After Suicide -- What Helps and What Doesn't

This post will share my own personal observations about what has been a help to us in our sorrow and what has not since our 18-year-old grandson, Brendan, committed suicide May 2nd. I can't speak for his parents whose grief is unimaginable to me or to the grief of my husband or our other children and grandchildren. Grief is very personal, I think, and how one struggles through it must vary depending on a person's age and maturity, their philosophy of life, their own way of dealing with suffering, etc.

But I can share what's been helpful to me personally and what hasn't. So let's start with what is NOT helpful.
  • Above all -- silence is NOT helpful. Larry and I have had the experience since Brendan's death of feeling invisible in what should be our closest community after our family. That has added to our pain. It's true people often don't know what to say or do at a time like this. However, being there is a way of speaking with or without words and that, in itself, is consoling. When you know people are aware of what's happened and those who should be the first at your door or on the phone make no effort, it is incredibly painful, hard to understand, and provokes temptations to bitterness. That's when you can only unite your pain to Christ's on the cross who was betrayed and abandoned by those closest to Him.

Friday, June 1, 2018

The Slavering Beast of Islam

COEXIST?
The beast is busy in all four corners of the earth. Moslems are doing their father’s satanic work as the Islamic sons and daughters of the beast wage their war against humanity. 

Trying to keep it tidy through the rule of law and democracy will end when the people of Europe have had it and rise up in revolt. It will be an all-out bloody civil war with liberal EU supporters and Moslems on one side and the people of Europe on the other.

Europe formed the EU so that nation-states would live in brotherhood with no more wars. They forgot that human nature never changes and once imbued with power, the EU elites ran with it, imposing abortion, homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and euthanasia on the former free European nations. Then, because they killed the future of Europe by aborting all her children, they now have Moslem migration to fill the empty spaces.

Europeans cast aside their belief in God. They abandoned Christendom and when God is shoved aside, evil enters in. As the death knell rings for Christendom, muezzins will climb their minarets calling the people of Europe to prayer. 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Another Day, Another Papal Scandal

A Bishop "Married" with Children Will Be Created Cardinal by Francis (Exclusive in English)

Ah...but who are we to judge? After all, the liberals frequently remind us that some of the apostles were married. And since Amoris Laetitia is being used to legitimize all kinds of living arrangements, why not a bishop with a concubine? He will join a group that can already be described as a school for scandal. 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Sometimes Satire is Totally on Target. It's ALWAYS about the MONEY!

Democrats Warn That Defunding Planned Parenthood Will Reduce Access To Essential Campaign Donations

Does anyone really doubt that this isn't the mentality behind the Democrats' support for Planned Parenthood which borders on adoration? Even after the baby body parts scheme was exposed, the Democrats can't bring themselves to commit sacrilege by criticizing one of their best funding sources.

So read this as satire if you will, but know that there's more truth here than fiction. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

More on the Irish Referendum: The Battle was Lost Years Ago!

Reap the wind and sow the whirlwind! God help Ireland and the complacent bishops!
























Phil Lawler has an insightful (as always) article on the Catholic Culture website about the Irish referendum. It begins:

The UK is a Police State with Tyranny from the Bench!

Tommy Robinson jailed in the UK police state
What kind of country has the U.K. become? A few weeks ago, a judge mandated the killing of little Alfie Evans. A few days ago, Tommy Robinson, a citizen journalist, was on public property outside a courthouse where Muslims accused of grooming children for sex were on trial.

All Tommy did was what any news media would do outside a courtroom here in the U.S. -- report on what was happening. And yet he was swept up by police for "breach of the peace," immediately taken to court with a lawyer who didn't know anything about him and had no time to prepare a defense, and within hours was sentenced to 13 months in prison and headed to jail. Free speech no longer exists in the U.K.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day: Praying for all those who gave their lives for us -- and remembering my dad.

RADM R.J. Schneider, USN
1917 - 1985
He survived World War II or I would not be here -- nor would eight of my ten brothers and sisters. Daddy was a Pearl Harbor survivor on the USS Detroit, one of only two ships to get out of the harbor that day. As an ensign, he was the ranking officer on board because all of the other officers were on shore that Sunday morning.

My oldest brother was among the youngest of the Pearl Harbor survivors since he was in my mom's womb during the attack. Many of Daddy's classmates (USNA 1940) lost their lives that morning. I'm sure that influenced his decision to stay in the Navy after the war. He went on to devote his life to the defense of the country. One of his first acts of defending his family was to escort the ship evacuating my mom and brother from Hawaii back to the west coast where they remained for the duration of the war.

Death Never Has the Last Word: Unanswered Prayers and the Love of God

Sudden death of a loved one leaves us reeling!
Many friends have sent letters of condolence and Masses since they learned of our dear grandson Brendan's suicide. A sudden and unexpected death, whatever the cause, can only be described as evil. As Dr. Eduardo Echeverria states in his article below, "death is evil, an enemy of God! -- darkness and light, truth and falsehood, life and death raging all around us."

And that's exactly where our family is right now, or at least my husband and I. We are in the midst of the whirlwind of wild thoughts and emotions -- the why's and what if's and if only's. And in the midst of it all the crying out to God. "Why are you sleeping; don't you know we are about to perish?"

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Sunday Meditation: The Bell Tolls for Ireland and for Western Civilization

In 1624 John Donne wrote a short book of meditations titled Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions. At the time he was dean of St. Paul's, a prestigious position in the Church of England. The meditations were inspired by a long period of illness with spotted fever when he lay in his sickbed and listened to the funeral bells ringing at a nearby church. He made this observation in Meditation XVII:
The Church is Catholike, universall, so are all her Actions; All that she does, belongs to all. When she baptizes a child, that action concerns mee, for that child is thereby connected to that Head which is my Head too, and engraffed into that body, whereof I am a member … All mankinde is of one Author, and is one volume; when one Man dies, one Chapter is not torne out of the booke, but translated into a better language. [Unusual spellings are from the original.]
From there follows a poem that contains two very famous lines: "No man is an island." and "For whom the bell tolls."

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Console Your Sorrowful Mother who Shares in the Passion of Her Son.

Have you ever wondered what words would console the aching heart of the Blessed Mother as she cradled her adorable Son in her arms, His body covered with the signs of His torture? 
I'm praying every day to Our Lady of Sorrows for our darling Brendan. Will you please join me? My greatest consolation right now is to imagine our sweet boy in Mary's loving arms. All you grandmothers in heaven, please intercede for Brendan and embrace him with the grandma hugs I can no longer give him. You patron saints and guardian angel of Brendan, pray for him and for us.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on Brendan and us.
Most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for Brendan and us.
St. Brendan, pray for Brendan and us.
St. Lawrence, pray for Brendan and us.
St. Patrick, Brendan's confirmation patron, pray for Brendan and us.
Guardian angels who watch over Brendan and everyone in our family, pray for Brendan and us.


Friday, May 25, 2018

Why Are Catholics in Rhapsody over the Royal Wedding?

Oooooo! Aren't they just the cutest thing!
I'm about to be a wet blanket.

Catholics, why are you in rhapsody over the royal wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry? Why do you celebrate with gushing Facebook posts and wedding-watching parties the fake nuptuals between a divorced woman and the prince? Is it because they are such a "cute couple?" Is it because her veil is "to die for" (even if her dress looked like a flour sack as many commented)? Is it because Princess Charlotte was the sweetest bridesmaid ever? Really? Is your faith that shallow?

Marriage is a sacrament. Let me repeat that. Marriage is a sacrament instituted by Christ to give grace. "But...but...", you may say, "Meghan was only married to Trevor Engelson for two years and doesn't she have a right to be happy?"

Thursday, May 24, 2018

We have our own Alder Hey Hospital in Ohio -- Twin Boys Just Weren't Worth Saving at Riverside in Columbus, Ohio!



It's important to realize that babies as little as this have survived and that 22 week babies often do if they are treated aggressively. But in the culture of death life is cheap so the twins, even the larger and stronger, were simply abandoned. Like Alfie Evans and Charlie Gard in the UK, they weren't worth the effort despite the hospital's own policy to treat babies born at 22 weeks five days.

Suicide Survival: Prayers and Wisdom from a Friend

I received this email from a friend in California whose mom recently died and herself experienced the suicide of an uncle last fall. Since our precious grandson took his life, many have shared their own stories of close family members who took this desperate way out to escape their pain. 

At this point there is little consolation from anything except, for me, to meditate on the suffering face of Christ, but the reaching out of friends has been like a lifeline. Thank you to everyone who is praying for our family and having Masses said for our darling Brendan. May God reward you for your kindness.

Mary Ann,

What you just wrote to me is precisely one of the greater goods that Our Lord is bringing from your and your family's suffering: an increased awareness of suicide. Your experience is more devastating because it has happened in your family with a precious young adult, your grandson, but no matter the age of the person who commits it, it is always devastating to surviving loved ones.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Age Is Supposed to Bring Wisdom, but These Grandmothers Champion Murder!

O most pernicious woman
O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain!
My tales, -- meet it is I set down
That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain;
At least I'm sure it may be so in [Maine].
Hamlet Act 1 scene 5
Grandmas for Abortion

The acronym of these grandmothers from Maine is GRR (Grandmothers for Reproductive Rights) and all I can say is it's an insult to animals that go "grr...."

I remember a squirrel who carefully moved her babies from a tree we were cutting down at our old house. She very methodically carried each tiny bundle of fur down the tree in her mouth and relocated them to a safe place. What a good mother! Rescuing them from the treecutter's axe.

I've often watched small birds attack a bigger bird threatening their nest.

And we all know how dangerous it is to get between a mama bear and her cubs.

No, these women don't even have the hearts of a squirrel or a bunny rabbit. The abortionist is their ally as they champion the murder of their own offspring. They have the heart of Medea who, after murdering her brother and her father, murdered her children to revenge Jason for his infidelity. An evil woman is an appalling thing.

Do You Believe in Coincidence? I don't!

Mother Adele Garnier with
the Basilica of Sacre Coeur
in the background
We've had two deaths in our parish lately of two mothers/grandmothers and I decided to write cards today offering Masses for the repose of their souls tucking in a copy of a newsletter I get from an abbey in France, Saint-Joseph de Clairval. The inspiring little document always features a saint or blessed or holy man or woman. Many I've never heard of, but delight in being introduced to them.  The one I picked up first today spoke to me profoundly because of its focus on suffering and the encouragement to offer them in reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The newsletter (dated April 12, 2015, I save them all) was dedicated to Mother Adele Garnier, a 19th century sister born in the Diocese of Dijon, France in 1838 who was deeply devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She was instrumental in starting perpetual adoration at the Basilica of Montmartre, Sacre Coeur, in Paris.

During a long period of illness, she went to Lourdes and was inspired to offer the society she hoped to found to adoration in "reparation to the Heart of Jesus, under the protection of Mary Immaculate." As she wrote to Cardinal Guibert, the archbishop of Paris:

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

I Meme This: God Exists

Jon McCray uses his talent and modern day resources (YouTube channel Whaddo You Meme??) to demonstrate St Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica theory for proof of the existence of God. Jon has also joined David Wood and Vocab Malone in a series of hilarious YouTube videos, Islamicize Me: The Challenge, where they "spend 30 days during Ramadan (May 17 - June 16 for 2018. The dates change annually as they're determined by the sighting of a new moon from Saudi Arabia.) living according to the teaching of Muhammad, and fighting the evil forces of Islamophobia". 

Here's Jon proving God's existence re: St Thomas Aquinas.




What Saint Peter and Donald Trump Both Know


Quite by coincidence today, ….if anything really is coincidence, I happened to open up a little New Testament I carry frequently in my purse and randomly began to read 2 Peter, chapter 2.
I thought, “Lo and behold!”, and then I chuckled to myself, because in verse 12 of this chapter 2, I read a message from St. Peter to the Christians, whom we  are, telling them the following:  “These men are like wild beasts, mere creatures of instinct born to be caught and killed.”

Monday, May 21, 2018

Study Shows 81% Increase in "Moderate to Highly Increased Risk" of Mental Health Problems for Post Aborted Women

The "sample comprised 22 studies, 36 measures of effect and 877 181 participants (163 831 
experienced an abortion)." The abstract of the study reports:
 Women who had undergone an abortion experienced an 81% increased risk of mental health problems, and nearly 10% of the incidence of mental health problems was shown to be attributable to abortion. The strongest subgroup estimates of increased risk occurred when abortion was compared with term pregnancy and when the outcomes pertained to substance use and suicidal behaviour. 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Sunday Meditation: Jesus, the Man of Sorrows

Albrecht Dürer 1493
Have you ever reflected on the title of Jesus, Man of Sorrows? I have thought of little else these past ten days. God, Who made us for Himself, suffers even to the point of sacrificing every drop of His blood out of love for us, a love wrapped in suffering -- And all for our salvation.

Think of the awesomeness of that. God, in his divinity, can't suffer. He can't weep. He can't "feel sad" or be unhappy. But after the fall of man brought suffering into the world, God wanted us to realize that human suffering has meaning. It isn't pointless. It isn't a waste. It isn't the lying  mantra that, "Life's a bitch and then you die." Suffering means something. Even when our hearts rebel against it, we can embrace the pain in the knowledge that God will bring good out of it. Yes, let me say that again. No matter how heart-shattering our grief, God will bring good out of it! My Jesus, I trust in You!

The Second Person of the Blessed Trinity became a man -- "like us in all things but sin." He suffered in every way a person can suffer. He suffered physically from the wounds so eloquently witnessed to on the Shroud of Turin. He suffered mentally by the abandonment of his friends and the knowledge that so many would reject him to the point of willingly entering hell rather than accepting His love and mercy. He suffered spiritually, afflicted by the assaults and temptations of the devil with his lies and empty promises.

Friday, May 18, 2018

On My Knees, I Come to You, O Lord


There was a time when every Catholic Church in the world had some things in common, such as an altar against the wall, a tabernacle, a pulpit, and a communion rail. 

Tis the Season for Confirmation! All you Saints of God, pray for us.

Two of our grandchildren, Zack and Grace, are making Confirmation next week. Zack chose St. Benedict for his patron and Grace chose St. Teresa of Calcutta. In their honor I post these pictures with the promise that we will be praying for them to their adopted saints with the confidence that they will grow in the virtues shown so powerfully by their selected special friends among the prayer warriors of God.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Pray for Ireland! Pray the Rosary and Make Holy Hours to Defeat the Move to Gut the 8th Amendment!

Darling Brendan, please pray for the babies of Ireland! Please offer all your sufferings joined with the sufferings of Christ to defeat the Culture of Death in Ireland. Read more here...


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Little Warrior, Alfie Evans, Goes to His Final Resting Place -- Baby Alfie, Pray for Us!

Tom Evans carries his little warrior to his final resting place.
Alfie's parents bury their precious son!

It looks like one more victory for the culture of death, but it isn't! Where sin abounds, grace abounds even more. The agony of Alfie in the hospital room and his personal crucifixion ends up, like Christ's, in Resurrection and Pentecost.

I'm praying to little Alfie for the defeat of the satanic forces working to gut the 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution (May 25th) that defends the right of babies in the womb. I have no doubt the little warrior is on the job!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Depression is Up -- Especially in the Young!

Electronics can't even begin to explain the rise in despair!
Major Depression Diagnoses Way Up Since 2013
  • A study has found that major depression cases have risen by 33 percent since 2013
  • Teens and millennials are showing the largest jump in diagnoses
  • Doctors are looking at increased social media and electronics use as a cause

Monday, May 14, 2018

The Easy Road to Hell


In a comment on a previous post, our editor, Mary Ann said referring to past generations, “Life was harder but it was healthier. Hard work taught valuable lessons and kept kids out of trouble.”
WOW!  That statement says a LOT.
What made life healthier?  Life was not nearly so infected with vulgar temptations on a nonstop basis.  Our government had not deprived us of the “food for thought” we all need in our lives----symbols of faith such as stone tablets with the Ten Commandments on them at our court houses,
prayer in schools, songs in music classes that echoed what we heard in church, and elected leaders who were not afraid to give credit to the Creator for the blessings we have, knowing it is from the Almighty that all things come.  Mothers were doing what mothers do best and fathers were providing for and protecting them.  Kids were reared by their parents and not the state.  They belonged to and were the responsibility of their parents and not “the village.”  Those same parents had the best interest of the child in mind and not the needs of society at large, run by men that see in youth only a future work force or a passive electorate and not a little soul in need of salvation. 
When it comes to “hard work and valuable lessons” one wonders today if the word hard has lost most of its meaning.  The Church teaches us that we should fast, but that’s hard and most resist doing it, or engage in it very seldom, and only when nearly forced to do so.  We want everything to be easy and consequently we have very little self-mastery.  When you have trouble understanding or begin to believe that doing what is hard is not worth the effort, you eventually look for the very wide path of least resistance. 

Sunday, May 13, 2018

It's Hug Your Mom Double Day!



As I was thinking about Mother's Day this morning, it occurred to me how many things have changed for moms over the years. The challenges of parenting are a lot different today than for moms raising their families in colonial times or as the country moved west in Conestoga wagons. Think of a world with no cars, no cell phones (no phones at all!), of wood-burning stoves and gas lamps. Think of a quieter time with no radio, no TV, no films, no computers, no ipods, ipads, or tablets; a world where entertainment was games: mumblety peg, jacks, red rover; play-acting, reciting, music: fiddles, harmonicas, and jews harps -- a world with no labor saving devices: no washers, dryers, microwaves or hairdryers.

And yet, the essentials of motherhood remain: loving our children and grandchildren with a word of wisdom, or encouragement or solace or just silent presence (with a cookie accompaniment) -- laughing and celebrating in the good times; crying through the hard times; sharing, loving, living, and praying through all the moments given to us by God with our families.

A Mother's Day hug to all moms today and all children of moms! What a blessing God gave us when He came to earth through a woman we call Mother Mary.


Saturday, May 12, 2018

Faith and Suffering

Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us.
Those of you who know me personally are aware that our family has experienced a profound tragedy that has sunk us all into deep pain and grief. It is the kind of suffering that shakes you to the core and begs for answers. There aren't any. I feel like I've been gripped by a huge wave, swirling out of control, wondering if I'll ever come up for air. As a mother and grandmother, I look at all those I love around me and suffer for myself and them. Can a person really die of a broken heart?

And so I search, not for answers, but for meaning. Why do we suffer? If there's no purpose then life is meaningless, "full of sound and fury and signifying nothing."

Sodomy is the New Catholic Marriage

"Yes, Holy Father. I told the holy sodomites, 
Soon, soon...your sin will be ok'd by the Church."
On April 24th Belgian Cardinal Jozef De Kesel, the Cardinal-Archbishop of Brussels, said, "The Church must respect homosexuals and lesbians more, also in their experience of sexuality. Twenty years ago I would have spoken differently about it than is the case now. I would then have followed the official teaching of the Church. I now look at it much more 'comprehensively' where respect is central." [He rejects "the official teaching of the Church" in favor of his own personal opinion of respecting sin.]
He went on to say that an ecclesiastical prayer from the Catholic Church is possible for a sodomite relationship between two men or two women as long as it does not start to look like an ecclesiastical marriage between one man and one woman. 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Thought for the Day: The Scourge of Our Time is Nihilism

From Merriam-Webster
The answer to nihilism: faith, hope, & the example of the saints

Nihilism:

1.  a : a viewpoint that traditional values and beliefs are unfounded and that existence is senseless and useless

Nihilism is a condition in which all ultimate values lose their value.
—Ronald H. Nash
     
 b : a doctrine that denies any objective ground of truth and especially of moral truths

2.  a: a doctrine or belief that conditions in the social organization are so bad as to make destruction desirable for its own sake independent of any constructive program or possibility
     
b: capitalized : the program of a 19th century Russian party advocating revolutionary reform and using terrorism and assassination

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Sooooo...did you hear about the Met Gala Featuring Fashions "Inspired" by the Catholic Church?

These must have come from the collections of sex abusers. A pretty dress for the men who like to dress as women and a bondage mask to go with your S & M kit! Fr. James Martin was on board with this and attended the gala...as did Timothy Cardinal Dolan whose statement is after the break.

Question: Isn't this cultural appropriation? Why are the liberals not screaming about secularists and Cathlic haters dressing up Catholic? Remember how they attacked the mom of the little girl who dressed like a Geisha for a birthday tea? Once again the hypocrisy of the Left is front and center!

Note the bondage mask with the crosses and beads mimicking the rosary.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Thank God for Poland!

Remember all the old "Polak" jokes. Well the joke's on us. Poland appears to be one of the few countries in the world that hasn't gone completely insane, which is no doubt why the Left has Poland in its crosshairs. Can't let Poland influence or obstruct the agenda, eh? -- especially using the rosary!
The left’s new target is Poland & Polish Americans. Here is why...
Here's just a bit from the article:

Thank God for a Few Good Priests! Like Alfie's Defender Don Gabriele Brusco

This photo of Fr. Brusco is on the parish website of Our Lady of Lourdes in London where he serves as an associate pastor. He was ordered by Archbishop McMahon of lIverpool to leave Alder Hey and the bedside of Alfie Evans and return to the parish. Why? For daring to warn the staff about their culpability in cooperating with evil. Watch for further punishent of this good priest.
If you've followed Alfie's story, you know that there was one heroic spiritual presence accompanying (to use Pope Francis' word) the family. Fr. Gabriele Brusco never wavered in his support of Baby Alfie. He gave the toddler the sacraments of Confirmation and the Anointing of the Sick and challenged the staff at Alder Hey not to cooperate with evil. I read this testimonial to Father's heroic witness at Torch of the Faith:

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Heartbeat Bill Passes in Iowa: Court Challenge Inevitable

Iowa governor Kim Reynolds signs abortion bill
flanked by pro-life supporters. 
Iowa Governor Signs Bill Banning Most Abortions after Six Weeks

I remember back in 1973 after Roe v. Wade when all the dim bulbs on the left predicted the issue was over and abortion would be accepted within a few months. Little did they know they had lit a fuse that would create one of the longest civil wars in American history.

While feminists and gays joined ranks under the slogan "my body, my choice," pro-life Americans opened centers for women and began sidewalk counseling outside abortion mills. The technology advanced and ultrasound opened a window to the womb.

Priest Who Ministered to Alfie and His Family Denied Attendance at the Baby's Funeral

Fr. Gabriele Brusco, Alfie's good shepherd
Fr. Gabriele Brusco has been forced out of England by the UK bishops and refused incardination in the Diocese of Westminster. That's what happens when you speak the truth.

And it also appears that Father was an eyewitness to the hospital's dosing the child with the drug cocktail followed by his death two hours later.

Read the report here and please continue to pray for Alfie's family. The bishops' behavior brings to mind another bench of English bishops who bowed to the will of another tyrant.

St. John Fisher, faithful shepherd who died for refusing to cooperate with evil, please pray for all those clerics who walk in the footsteps of Christ.

Lord, Jesus Christ, give us shepherds after your own heart. Remove the false shepherds from our midst! Our Lady, Queen of the Clergy, pray for us.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Guest Post: On the Unraveling of Mark Shea

All Mark Shea fans,
follow me!
by Antigon

Editor's Note: I received this response to yesterday's post about Mark Shea and baby Alfie Evans. I think it warrants its own post.

Mark Shea is a genuinely sad case. Deciding to become a virulent Bergoglio man, he has pretty clearly abandoned what he would have called, back when he still had some wit, the-thing-that-used-to-be-Catholicism. So, however painfully depressing, it's not surprising he also seems fairly well to have lost his mind.
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His constant and truly frenzied rants are now, in substance, little different from folk like Kathy Griffin or Kurt Eichenwald, however occasionally dressed with an unconvincing RC veneer. He claims still to be against abortion, but writes post after post denouncing any who seriously fight it; didn't just oppose Trump, but openly promoted the election of Hillary Clinton; insists we are obliged to accept Roe is forever, and work instead for the destruction of the Republican (but not Democratic) Party; and that we can only seriously be 'more pro-life' (his regular refrain) if we first embrace and effectively support the manic left positions of the Dem Party - complete open borders, gun confiscation with relevant pretenses, criticism of Soros is anti-semitic, Russia elected Trump, God wants him impeached, now!, the whole crazy shtick.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Keep Talking about Alfie's Murder! It's an Atrocity that Should NEVER be Repeated!

The Italian press that says Alfie was administered four drugs shortly before he died stand by their story and will not retract saying they have an eye witness.
Mark Shea may look like
 Santa Claus, but........... 

Meanwhile, Mark Shea wrote on his blog at Patheos that anyone who doesn't just shut up and pray is "using" Alfie Evans, not caring about him. (I won't link to Shea's blog because I understand Patheos pays by click count -- Hmm...does that mean Shea "used" Alfie's controversial story as click bait?)

After taking a shot at Fr. Peter West of Priests for Life who decried the silence of the Left on what was happening to Alfie, Shea goes on to aim his verbal AK-15 rapid fire at the "right wing base." He characterizes people like me as crazies and nut jobs who "stampede" over the latest "panic du jour" being stirred up (not sure by whom). In transparency, in case you haven't noticed by what I write, I do consider myself both an orthodox, practicing Catholic and a conservative who hates the deconstruction of Western culture! Nevertheless, I didn't fit into many of his bullet points about conservatives. Earth to Mark, we are NOT all cut from the same cookie cutter.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Cooperating with Evil is a Sin -- Especially When You're Wearing a Roman Collar!

Is this wolf in sheep's skin
wearing a roman collar?
My colleague Janet at Restore DC Catholicism posted a great video on the nine ways individuals participate in the sins of others. Cooperation with evil is, in fact, evil.

You don't have to commit a murder to be a party to it. The boyfriend who urges and pays for his girlfriend's abortion is every bit as guilty of killing their baby (perhaps more so) as the mother who agrees to it. The nurse who neglects a patient at the order of a doctor, participates in the death that follows. All those silent staff members complicit in the starvation and dehydration of Terri Schiavo were cooperators in her deliberate murder including Bishop Lynch of St. Petersburg, FL who aided and abetted it using his bully pulpit to endorse it. In 2007 when Lynch retired, Bobby Schindler wrote an open letter decrying the bishop's support for Terri's euthanasia saying, "When bishops don't do their job, innocent people die."

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Was Alfie Euthanized with a Drug Cocktail?

Disturbing new details about Alfie's final hours.

What's being reported is that, "Within two hours of being administered a cocktail of unknown drugs, the toddler was dead." According to an Italian website his oxygen level was at 98 before the drugs and quickly dropped to 15 within 30 minutes of the injections. There is some question about whether this is true, although the original article remains on the website. 

The original death plan involved giving Alfie drugs to suppress his respiration so this scenario is certainly plausible. A toxicology screen on the baby ought to be done to see if his death really was "natural" or induced.

And give two big thumbs down to Cardinal Nichols who is now castigating anyone questioning the hospital and talking about what great care Alder Hey provided.  His Liverpool associate Archbishop McMahon who apparently never made one visit or sent a local priest to minister to Alfie's parents is singing the same song. The Italian priest who was providing support to the family was REMOVED leaving them without spiritual consolation. 

As for the "professional care" at Alder Hey read what Benedetta Frigerio writes about the mold in Alfie's ventilator tube and the deliberate failure to feed an already stressed infant for over a day which Tom Evans protested in a press conference. And there were other signs of neglect as well. 

But we're assured by the honorable bishops that the honorable hospital had Alfie's "best interests" at heart, their honorable hearts, of course. 

My take on all this? -- let Alder Hey treat the bishops the way they treated Alfie. The bishops appear to be brain dead after all. And what a scandal they are to the Church!

Remember Uncle Tom's Cabin? Will Alfie and Charlie's Stories Start Another Great War?

Kate the commoner with her little one, slaves
 of a totalitarian regime exercising raw power!
There's a popular story, which may be apocryphal, about Abraham Lincoln meeting Harriet Beecher Stowe, the Connecticut-born writer and abolitionist who wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin. Lincoln supposedly greeted her saying, "so you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war." Whether or not the story is true, the book did, in fact, influence northern attitudes toward slavery which, at least in part, contributed to the conflict.

Today we fight another great war, and, once again, slavery plays its part. Alan Keyes, in an eloquent piece on LifeSiteNews writes: 

Two Pathetic Archbishops Affirmed the Killing of Alfie Evans!

One of the most scandalous aspect of Little Alfie Evans murder was the behavior of Liverpool
archbishop, Malcolm McMahon and President of the Vatican Academy for Life, Vencenzo Paglia. Both undermined Alfie's parents and affirmed the hospital's neglect. A good Italian priest stationed in London who ministered to the parents dared to prick the consciences of the medical staff at Alder Hey reminding them they would have to answer to God. He was removed through the efforts of the pathetic Liverpool archbishop. LifeSiteNews reported:

Monday, April 30, 2018

Young People "Get It" Archbishop Sample Says at Pontifical TLM Yesterday!

Wish we could have been there! Every time I go to the TLM, I see lots of young people!

Tom Brokaw Fights Back, Responds to Vester's "Ambush" in a Passionate E-mail

I've been chastised by readers for the post about Linda Vester's accusations against Tom Brokaw -- and rightly so. This is, of course, one more he said -- she said situation that can hardly be proven and doesn't involve anything illegal. Vester's own prudence is certainly questionable in her account of the situations she describes. 

So here is Brokaw's response to Vester's accusations. These days a man immediately judged guilty if a woman accuses him. 

On the other hand, we all know that many powerful figures (more men than women) have taken the liberty of their positions to step over the line in the workplace. The "casting couch" connotation exists because it's a reality. Of course, the reason it's a reality is women have used their beauty and charms to entice and ensnare. Sorry, girls, but it's true. 

I emphasize, once again, the behavior we should all exhibit as serious Catholics, whether en or women.  Visit the Catholic Gentlemen website and here's one for you Catholic ladies

Sunday, April 29, 2018

How Do You Process the Deliberate Legal Murder of a Toddler?

Is Baby Alfie smiling at Jesus?
Alfie Evans is dead -- murdered very systematically by a tyrannical health service backed up by a liberal, gay friendly judge. It's no real surprise, is it? We're accustomed to the headlines. We followed the story of Charlie Gard

As a mother and grandmother I have a hard time wrapping my mind around this kind of evil where doctors and judges can snatch the authority over children from good parents who love and care for their little ones and deliberately conspire to kill them. Why?

Saturday, April 28, 2018

They're Falling Like Dominoes: Is Tom Brokaw the Next Harvey Weinstein?

Linda Vester, NBC correspondent, describes her harassment by Tom Brokaw.

Brokaw denies it, but Linda Vester is no Stormy Daniels.

She is a respected foreign correspondent who covered the news from war zones for NBC. It will be hard to treat her story as a "bimbo eruption."

Vester left television in 2000 to focus on family. She has four children and three step children.

This latest story leads me to ask why some men act like such boars (in heat). I think of the medieval ideal of treating women with respect. The Man of La Mancha reflected that ideal, even addressing the self-proclaimed "slut" Aldonza as "now and forever my lady, Dulcinea." And gradually, she became what he imaged to her.

Friday, April 27, 2018

I Have No Doubt That Vox Speaks for Many Watching the Abomination Taking Place in Liverpool

Alfie Evans and the Damnation of England

Alfie's Case Shines the Light on the Cultural Shift from Medicine's Standard of "First Do No Harm" to a New Standard

And the new standard is don't waste money treating those the medical establishment considers defective. Just say they're "dying" (aren't we all?) and deny them ordinary care, i.e., food and water. We all die very quickly without hydration and nutrition!

 Maybe if Alfie's parents were same sex
he would have been more sympathetic. Ya think?
What we're seeing in Alfie's case is a quality of life evaluation that Judge Hayden put very succinctly when he basically swept aside Alfie's humanity saying, "The brain cannot regenerate itself and there is virtually nothing of his brain left." [Oh...and by the way, Hayden is a pro-gay activist. He also condemned to starvation a woman with minimal consciousness. One is tempted to ask if he would like someone to judge his life as he's judged others.]

For a judge to make himself a medical expert in a case he is deciding is seriously problematic.