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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Did You Hear the Fanfare for March 14th? You Should Have!

Pope Pius XI
March 14th was the 81st anniversary of Mit Brennender Sorge, Pope Pius XI's encyclical on Nazism. He wrote it in 1937, four years after Adolf Hitler was named Chancellor of Germany. That same year, 1933, Hitler was raised to dictator; the Reich initiated the burnings to purge works that reflected an "unGerman spirit"including books by Helen Keller, Jack London, and Ernest Hemingway; construction of Dachau was completed; eugenic sterilization laws were passed and the Vatican signed a Concordat trying to protect the rights of the Church and the Catholic faithful.

Hitler, of course, never intended to keep any of the agreements of the Concordat, a reminder of another tyrant and another Concordat between Napoleon and the Vatican in the 19th century. Hitler was simply one more game-playing tyrant who wanted to suppress intervention by the Church in his political affairs, and the Church was his major opponent. Hitler, a baptized Catholic who hadn't practiced the faith since childhood, was creating his own religion, a combination of teutonic paganism with new age-type spirituality that incorporated distorted elements of Christianity like the "naming ceremony" for babies born in the "Lebensborns" which were essentially brothels for Nazi officers. Hitler saw himself as the Lord and Master of the super race, even manipulating the birth of "perfect" Aryans.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Is Anyone at the Vatican a Truth Teller? More on the Benedict Letter and Pope Francis' Theology

The gates of hell will never
prevail against the Church!
Omigoodness! The plot gets thicker and thicker. Those Vatican communicators really know how to lay it on so thick you need a sharp knife to cut through it.

Sandro Magister has the latest on what was left out by Msgr. Vigano when he quoted Benedict's letter declining to comment on the eleven volumes about the theology of Pope Francis. You can read the entire article here, but if you just want the quick and dirty version here it is:
The reason adopted by Benedict XVI in the final lines of his letter - we are told by an incontrovertible source - is the presence among the authors of those eleven booklets of two German theologians, and one in particular, Peter Hünermann, who was an implacable critic both of John Paul II and of Joseph Ratzinger himself as theologian and as pope.

If you hear this greeting today: "The Top of the Morning To You!"

The response is..."And the Rest of the Day to Yourself!"
St. Patrick's Day trivia:

  • The first St. Patrick's Day parade was held in New York's Manhattan in 1762 when a group of Irish soldiers in the British army gathered and paraded down Broadway to celebrate the day.
  • “Erin go bragh” means "Ireland forever!"
  • The St. Patrick's day celebration in Chicago includes dumping a secret "dye" into the Chicago River turning a portion green.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Should We Arm the Teachers?

Meditating on My Pencil and the Desire to Be among the Sharpest in the Box!

Let's all aim to be the
sharpest pencils we can be!
I'm using a pencil to make notes today. It looked fine when I picked it up, nice and sharp and ready to use. But when I put it to paper I realized the graphite was not in the pencil's center. (Must be made in China!) On one side the graphite seemed to have a nice point that should write well. But on the other side the wooden sheath went all the way to the tip. So my pencil will only write on one side. And even that deteriorates quickly as the graphite wears down and the wood hits the paper. Frustrating!

That faulty pencil got me thinking about centering. The Oxford definition defines centering as "placed or situated in the center." Hmm...I was taught you should never use the word being defined in the definition. does a little better in that respect defining it as " equidistant from all bordering or adjacent areas." When used to describe a person, being "centered" means "to be well balanced and confident and serene."

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Really! Is Everything Realeased by the Vatican Put through the Spin Machine?

UPDATE: From Steve Skojec - Personal Thoughts on the Benedict Correspondence

We've all been hearing how heartily Pope Emeritus Benedict endorsed the theological writings of Pope Francis. He's a brilliant theologian don't you know?

Well, it now appears that the famous Benedict letter was doctored, that Pope Benedict hasn't read Pope Francis' works, and that the Vatican wasn't satisfied with the kind words he DID say, so they just conveniently put a fake spin on the letter.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

To Pope Francis on his Fifth Anniversary from Eccles is Saved!

Pope Francis celebrated his fifth anniversary as pope on March 13th and, perhaps in recognition, a film is coming out this May called Pope Francis - A Man of His Word. There doesn't appear to be anything facetious about the title, but I have to confess it got me thinking.

Let's see....Pope Francis is a man of his word, but which words? He contradicts himself so often, following him is like watching the ball in a tennis match:

  • Pope Francis, during the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, called for his clergy to be open and transparent and not be afraid to express their views. And yet, how many YEARS has it been since concerned cardinals asked a few questions that required a yes or no answer? And got NO answer! Is that the transparency the pope meant?

Discoveries Arabs Never Made

Islam's contribution to world culture in 1915
*See end note about this picture
The title of this post was going to be "The Culture of the West vs that of Islam". But then I thought: Culture? Islam has a culture"?

Saying "the culture of the West versus the culture of Islam suggests two cultures put on the same level, as if they were two parallel entities. Two realities of equal weight and value." (Oriana Fallaci)

In her book,
 The Rage and the Pride, famously known as "a sermon to the West", Oriana Fallaci says, "Behind our Western culture there is Homer, there is Pheidias, there is Socrates, there is Plato, there is Aristotle, there is Archimedes. There is ancient Greece with its divine sculpture and architecture and poetry and philosophy, with its principle of democracy. 

"There is Ancient Rome with all its grandeur, its universality, its concept of the Law, its palaces, its amphitheaters its aqueducts, its streets built all over the then known world. There is Jesus who died on the cross to teach us the concept of love and justice. There is also a Church...there is Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Donatello, Raffello, Lorenzo il Magnifico...There is also Erasmus, and Montaigne and Thomas More and Cartesius.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

One of Our Favorite Lenten Activities: Making Pretzels and Praying the Pretzel Prayer

Four little visitors came for the afternoon and it is always a challenge on a windy chilly day to think of creative indoor activities. I got out the bags of colored home-made play dough and the cookie cutters which kept everyone busy for some time. Rolling snakes made me remember one of our favorite Lenten projects -- making pretzels like little praying arms. Fortunately I had a package of yeast (slightly out of date) but it was active enough.

While the children finished playing with play dough, I made the real dough for the pretzels. Then they all pulled up chairs to the counter (after hand-washing, of course) and we shaped the pretzels, baked them, said the pretzel prayer and ate them with honey and/or mustard. Since I didn't take any pictures, I refer you to a post from 2016 with the prayer and the recipe at my Grandma blog. This activity is always a big hit so I hope you try it with your kids or grandkids! Since the oldest granddaughter gave up sweets for Lent this was a much better activity than the old grandma staple of baking cookies!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Monday Morning Meandering: "Climate Change" and other Stuff

  • False prophets on the left keep blathering: Just thinking....we should all be dead by now. Paul Ehrlich, the bug scientist who predicted in the 1960s that overpopulation would kill us all by starvation is still spouting nonsense and people are still dumb enough to give him a platform including the Vatican. And then there's Al Gore whose silly movie, An Inconvenient Truth, claimed Miami and Manhattan would be underwater by now. Of course, they aren't, but that hasn't kept him from continuing to impersonate Chicken Little with a stupid sequel that is filled with errors and junk science. Just go home, Al, and take Paul with you! Let's listen to a real climate scientist, Roy Spencer. 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Sunday Meditation: Should the English Translation of the Our Father be Changed?

St. Francis de Sales would definitely oppose
changing the Our Father!
Last December Pope Francis suggested (in an impromptu comment) changing the translation of the Our Father from "lead us not into temptation" to "do not let us fall into temptation." I don't know if there is any support for the change among the English speaking hierarchy, but I don't think St. Francis de Sales, bishop and Doctor of the Church, would agree. I think he would oppose the French bishops who did, in fact, change the translation before the pope's comments. effective the first Sunday of Advent. (Maybe that's what gave the pope the idea.)

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Amoris Laettia: The Vehicle for the Latest Assault by the Dissenters

Charlie Curran's still in the dissent saddle
 chortlinging, We'll get Humanae Vitae yet!
Remember back in 1968 when the encyclical on marriage, Humanae Vitae, was released affirming the sanctity of marriage and the marital embrace?

Remember the lavish full color booklets dioceses developed to spread the message to the Catholic faithful to help them understand the teaching of the Church and why contraception violated God's plan of love for the family? Remember all those beautiful sermons and conferences with priests and married couples eloquently expressing their appreciation for the document?


You don't remember that?

Not at all?

Right! I don't either. All we heard was the sound of silence.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Mary Wagner, Inspiration for the Red Rose Rescues, is Released from Prison.

I received the following email today about Canadian rescuer Mary Wagner who was released mid-trial on her own recognizance. Note the significance of the date of her release and the date the trial resumes. None of this is accidental. Nothing "just happens." God is very close to those who rescue as I can testify from personal experience. Rejoice and pray for all those who are willing to risk arrest and jail to protect babies in the womb.

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Munificent Lords, Ladies, and Gentlemen,
        The Princess of the Pro-Life Movement, Mary Wagner, had been locked up in jail for 3 long months since her last rescue at a local abortion mill in Toronto back on Dec 8, 2017. Her trial finally started this week on Monday, March 5. But the trial took a sudden and unexpected turn when

The Coffin Club: Wish We Had One Around Here!

I think this has real promise.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Margaret Sanger Gets the Heave Ho from University Library Thanks to Campus Pro-Life Group!

University Removes Poster of Margaret Sanger

Sanger was a eugenicist and admirer of Adolf Hitler. The only place for her image is in the circular file.

Really, Some People Just Can't Read!

I read a blog post the other day that raked Msgr. Charles Pope over the coals because of an article titled "Kindness is not the same as love." After I read Msgr. Pope's article I wondered if the blogger knew how to read. The monsignor was making the point that "Love should not be reduced to mere kindness." It's much more. He specifically said that "Kindness is certainly a good thing and has an important place in our relationships" and "Kindness is an aspect of love." But, Monsignor Pope goes on, "it is necessarily distinct from it, for it sometimes happens that love, which wills what is best for the other, may deem it best not to remove all suffering." And then he writes about parents disciplining their children, etc.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Important Headlines You Shouldn't Miss

Memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church, added to Roman Calendar

Operation Rescue Defends the Red Rose Rescues from "Friendly Fire" anti-rescue Video: 
History shows that in direct response to the [past] rescues, sidewalk counseling ministries and pregnancy help centers exploded in number across the nation. In addition, the Rescue Movement motivated pro-life Christians to seek public office in record numbers and engage in other spheres of influence where their advocacy on behalf of the pre-born would have lasting impact.
Canadian Doctors Being Forced to Kill Their Patients or Face Punishment:

Sounds like Superfragilisticexpialidocious, It's Actually The Growing Religion in America

Christian Smith, Professor of Sociology at Notre Dame University, co-authored a book with Melinda Lundquist Denton in 2005 titled, Soul Searching:  The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers.  They suggested that the “de facto” dominant religion among contemporary teenagers in the United States was what one might call “Moralistic Therapeutic Deism.”  They proposed that the creed of that religion,

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

We Need Nicholas Freitas in Higher Office!

And this Virginia State Delegate is running for Senate!

The Poison of Cultural Marxism; Is There a Cure?

The bloody tyrant and the humble saint played by
Robert Shaw and Paul Scofield. 
St. Thomas More once said, “There is no time so evil that a good man cannot live in it.” Of course, as things turned out, he could not, in fact, live in that evil time, and suffered martyrdom through the betrayal of liars and sycophants. And other good men and women over the next decades under succeeding monarchs of that trying English period died too: clergy like Bishop John Fisher and scores of priests including Jesuits St. Edmund Campion and St. Robert Southwell, lay priest protectors like Anne Line and Margaret Clitherow, and a host of others dragged to the “tree” at Tyburn, their personal cross, to be hanged, drawn and quartered.1

What's Missing on the Field of Dreams These Days?

It’s almost baseball season and we will have another opportunity to watch both our grandsons play.  I am proud to say they are both very good at it and are well liked and admired by their teammates and coaches.  There is something about them that sets them apart from the others.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Thought for the Day: Sola Scriptura Makes No Sense!

And if you interpret it any which way, and reject
the authority of the Church, the same applies!
I'm always catching up on my reading and this morning I'm reading the January 4th issue of The Wanderer. Great publication! Raymond De Souza has an article in his Live Your Faith series providing testimony from early Christians on the sacrament of Confession which proves it was practiced from the first century. He is refuting the contention by some skeptics that the sacrament was an invention from the Middle Ages and demonstrates through the writings of The Fathers of the Church (and others) to illustrate his point. But the paragraph that caught my eye was this:

Gucci Models Carry Their Own (Replicated) Severed Heads on Runway

Me and my 
new Gucci bag
Where can I buy one! 
A fashion must have...
There's nothing like Cultural Marxism to bring out ugliness and evil. The fashion world is abuzz at how the grotesque severed heads were made, model's third eye in the middle of her forehead, horns, baby dragons and snakes, and how and where the figures were born in the imagination of weird fashion designer Alessandro Michele for Gucci's latest Fall-Winter 2018 Milan fashion show.

Michele, described as "a true artist filled with sensitivity", says that severed heads in his creepy operating room runway set remind us of Lord of the Rings and Judith in the Bible...because the Bible is the first thing we think of when we see people beheaded, right? And in the next instant the image of Judith beheading Holofernes leaps into our minds. Right? Of course not. 

Severed heads = Islam, but no one would dare say the obvious. That would be Islamophobic. Therefore Michele merely speaks fluff-talk to cover up Europe's current dhimmi situation along with their subliminal mindset which is capitulation to Islam. It's as if, with the severed heads, Gucci is presenting a tribute to Islam - and the message is loud and clear: "Oh conquering Muslim masters, we submit! We give up! We carry our heads to lay at your feet." 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Guest Post: Dr. King’s Response to Those Who Fear Red Rose Rescues

We welcome our guest author today who is writing about the "Red Rose Rescues" a peaceful movement to offer mothers in abortion centers the support to carry their babies to term. These peaceful pro-lifers go into the abortion facilities and give the mothers red roses, the symbol of precious babies in the womb, with a promise of assistance and a list of resources. Please read and share. Only when we begin to act like abortion is the tragedy it is and are willing to risk our own lives and freedom for the little ones and their moms will things change. The sacrifice of those who stand in unity with the infants, the tiniest of God's least ones, is the yeast that will leaven the culture of life and make it grow and spread. God bless all the dear ones participating in the Red Rose Rescues! I pray for the courage and energy to rejoin the rescue movement personally.

by Richard Cowden Guido

For reasons not overly obscure the Orwell memory hole of our era has chosen to bury the most extensive and popular expression of non-violent civil resistance in American history: it nonetheless remains that in terms of incidents, arrests, and incarceration no other social struggle against injustice in this country comes remotely close to the movement that began even before Roe v. Wade, and came to be known as Operation Rescue.

Yet while it has never died out altogether, the popular quality that saw nearly 100,000 Americans arrested for rescue between 1988 and 1991 faded for numerous reasons by 1992:

Whom the Gods Would Destroy, They First Make Mad! Evidence? Planned Parenthood!

This guy is getting hard to ignore!
Planned Parenthood is insane!
Planned Parenthood Tweets that "Some men have a uterus."

Not true of course. All women pretending to be men and taking drugs that help create the illusion of being men have uteruses (unless they've had them surgically removed). And some men pretending to be women have surgery that removes some of their male parts and creates faux women-parts. But the SCIENTIFIC FACT remains that girls will be girls and boys will be boys and nothing on God's green earth can change the reality. All the rest is playing "let's pretend."

But I love some of the responses this ridiculous statement generated. Ben Shapiro tweeted, "Then I guess your argument that men can’t have opinions on abortion is destroyed, isn’t it." Comedian Owen Benjamin tweeted:

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Monty Python Goes Mainstream: He Now Writes Pamphlets on Pronouns

Seems like some academics these days love to be ridiculed and their actions certainly invite it. Kennesaw State University in Georgia appears to be run by Monty Python. If you want a good laugh about what some colleges today think is appropriate read this article:

School goes full Monty Python on gender-neutral pronouns. 

If you visit the KSU website

Country Music Debacle -- Hate Wins!: Are Christians No Longer Welcome at Country Music Concerts?

Have you heard about Mike Huckabee being maligned, slandered, and driven out of his appointment to the board of the Country Music Association Foundation? It's another victory for the intolerant LGBTQXYZ activists. I'm surprised they didn't demand tar and feathering and burning a cross on his lawn! The incident got me thinking....

Disgusting Beyond Words: Abortion Mills Grind Up Babies and Flush Them!

Abortion mill disposal plan:
grind 'em up; flush 'em down!
Do you ever think when you turn on your tap to get a drink that maybe that water, recycled through the sewage treatment plant, has ground baby body parts in it? Or when you see the dump trucks turning into the local landfill that mixed with all the trash and garbage are babies' bodies?

That can't be right you say? That can't be legal?

Think again. Deirdre Cooper has an article at LifeNews documenting a Texas law on the disposal of aborted babies:

Friday, March 2, 2018

Oriana Fallaci's "Sermon for the West" on Islam

"My soldier's weapon is the TRUTH. From Afghanistan to Sudan, from Palestine to Pakistan, from Malaysia to Iran, from Egypt to Iraq, from Algiers to Senegal, from Syria to Kenya, from Libya to Chad, from Lebanon to Morocco, from Indonesia to Yemen, from Saudi Arabia to Somalia the hate for the West swells like a fire fed by the wind. 

And the followers of Islamic fundamentalism multiply like the protozoa of a cell which splits to become two cells, then four, then eight, and sixteen and thirty-two to infinity. ... The clash between us and them is not a military clash. It is a cultural one. A religious one." Oriana Fallaci

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Songs that Celebrate Marriage; What's Your Favorite?

Jim Thunder had a great article on The American Spectator a few weeks ago about marriage and music that celebrates it. The article includes a long list of great songs about marriage. Many of them are old songs I remember from my past. Just reading the list is a walk down memory lane. Here's the first paragraph with a link to the article:

Canada is Deaf, Dumb and Blind to Ex-Muslims

The liberal mainstream media and leftist government in Canada ignore ex-Muslims because they spoil the narrative and political agenda. Lesson: For the Left, the only good Muslim is one who believes in the theocratic totalitarian ideology of Islam.