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Friday, July 19, 2019

Apostolic Nuncio Releases Communique on Bransfield

Will predator Bishop Bransfield land on four feet like the proverbial cat with nine lives?


Well, the latest is out on former bishop Michael Bransfield. Will it mean anything?

Is Poland the Next Target?

Poland's 2017 rosary crusade, encircled the nation in prayer.
Our Lady of the Rosary, protect Poland from the prowling demons seeking to destroy her!

We watched the radical, death-dealing left  (along with many unfaithful, cowardly clergy) destroy Ireland.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Topsy and Tuptim Read Part 2 Chapter 1 of the Instrumentum Laboris and Plan to Send Pope Francis a Chicken Little Hat.

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The library meeting room has nothing scheduled so Topsy and Tuptim spread out and make themselves comfortable at the conference table. Tuptim disappears and comes back with two steaming cups of coffee.

Tuptim: I volunteer here so I have coffee privileges. The gal who does the coffee actually buys a good brand of Columbian dark roast. You'll like it.

Topsy: (smiling) Even if I do ruin it with cream?

Tuptim: (shrugs, sits, and turns to Part II of the document.) I had to shake my head when I looked at the Table of Contents for Part 2 and saw how long it is -- NINE CHAPTERS! That's more than twice as long as Part 1. And then there's Part 3. This thing isn't a sprint; it's a marathon!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Topsy and Tuptim Meet at Chik-Fil-A to "Dialogue" on Chapter 4's "New Paths to Dialogue"

Synod Dialogue!
Topsy and Tuptim meet in the Chik-Fil-A parking lot and walk toward the building together.

Tuptim: Wow! It's great to see you again, Topsy. I missed you. How was the reunion?

Topsy: (laughing) I was only gone five days. The reunion was great! I met some of my husband's relatives for the first time and what a testimony to family! There must have been 200 people there! We were celebrating the reconnection with a young man given up for adoption 53 years ago! It meant a lot to me because my own mom was adopted and we never knew anything about her family. Those were the days when adoptions were closed. Maybe someday one of these DNA ancestry groups will bring a re-connection to my mom's family of origin. That would be exciting!

(They enter the building.)

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

"Chucky Bebes Muertos" is my neighbor but needs to "get with the program"

"Chucky Bebes Muertos", most vicious MS-13 
gang member, is my neighbor. 

The following is my response to our deacon's Good Samaritan homily, June 14, 2019, Gospel of Luke 10:25-37.

Dear Deacon,

Yesterday I was face to face with a man looking very much as if he were a member of MS-13. He had tattoos all over his body, especially his neck, head and face. I had seen this man before and once jokingly asked a co-worker if she had asked him if he were a member of MS-13. Of course one would never ask such a thing for fear of being eliminated on the spot. 

Since we're supposed to treat all people with respect I just did my daily duty. When I looked up and saw him standing there I thought...uh oh...then interacted with him as if he were sort of...er...normal. At least he was honest in PAYING for something, not stealing it...like they do in Miami, lifting up their shirt to show a gun in their belt when asked to see a receipt.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Soccer! Soccer!! Soccer!!!


Years ago when our son was about ten, he told me he was going to Doug’s to play.  I said, “OK.”  It wasn’t fifteen minutes later I found him sitting in our family room playing quietly by himself.  I said, “I thought you were going to Doug’s to play?”  He said, “I did, but all they want to do is play soccer, soccer, soccer, and I hate soccer!”  Well put by an avid baseball player who just didn’t get the fascination with a game that appears to be a lot of running around for nothing. 

I must confess up front, I have zero aptitude for sports.  I absolutely hated physical education in school because I was so bad at EVERYTHING except for folk dancing which we devoted six weeks to in middle school.  I wasn’t even good at jumping rope.  I was always among the first to be eliminated in dodge ball.  Jacks and Chinese checkers are more my style.  Any ball bigger than that and I’m a complete failure. 

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Vatican City State: The Sanctuary City for Criminal Clerics

How many sexual predators rest safely
under the Pope Francis sanctuary umbrella?
You remember when Cardinal Law fled the states as things got hotter over the sex abuse scandal. He ended up as pastor of a Church in Rome where he died in 2017. The Vatican welcomes many scandal-ridden clerics, so much so that William Kilpatrick wrote this recently:
Thanks to Pope Francis, the Vatican now joins the growing list of the world’s sanctuary cities. If you’re a clergyman wanted by civil authorities or Church authorities in your native land, the Vatican will offer you a safe haven and, quite possibly, a cushy job. (See Corruption in the Church)
Some of those under the Francis umbrella of safety are serial sex predators. But not to worry. We know that Francis really, Really, REALLY cares about the victims of sex abuse.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Green Agenda - The Real Reason St Peter's Bones Were Given to the Eastern Orthodox

In her book RELICS Joan Carroll Cruz writes that the bones of St Peter, Prince of the Apostles, lie under the altar of St Peter's Basilica. In 1968 his bones "were examined geologically and anatomically and were found to have been the bones of a large man who lived in the first century." Additionally, St Peter's feet are missing. Since he was crucified upside down, the soldiers, to make it easier to remove the body from the cross, hacked off St Peter's feet instead of removing the nails. 

Nine of St Peter's bones from his 2,000 year-old grave were put in a reliquary and kept in the Chapel of the Apostolic Palace. It was this reliquary, containing those nine bones, that Pope Francis took on June 29th, the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, and gave to Bartholomew, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople - or as it is called today by its Islamic name, Istanbul.

White Doves In the Most Special Places


I mentioned previously on this blog that there were three things that made strong and lasting impressions on me during our pilgrimage in May to Italy.  I have written about two of them in other posts.  The first was the answer to prayer after our group prayed an emergency novena to Our Lady when our bus was completely unable to proceed to our destination.  Secondly, I have written about the awesome experience of celebrating mass in front of the famous corporal stained with the blood of Christ which may in all likelihood have been the inspiration of the Feast of Corpus Christi we celebrate each year. 

Wherein Topsy and Tuptim discuss Chapter 3 of the Synod Working Document and Expose the Dissenting Bishop Behind It

Bishop Erwin Kräutler, primary
author of synod working doc.
It's such a beautiful afternoon that Tupsy and Tuptim meet at the pool with some of their grandchildren and stake out a picnic table under the trees to study chapter 3 of  the Instrumentum Laboris for the Amazon synod. Topsy opens her cooler and takes out water bottles, a plastic container filled with apple slices, and a big bag of chips. She puts them them at the end of the table. And piles a stack of towels on the bench.

Topsy: The kids will be running back and forth for snacks. This will make it easy for them while we study the document. I decided not to bring any of the little ones so we wouldn't have to worry about doing lifeguard duty.

Tuptim: Great day to be outside. Not too hot and not too humid. (Looking up) Thanks, Lord!

Topsy: Amen to that! Oh...before we start I've been doing some research on the bishop behind the working document. It's always helpful to know the players. Do you remember the controversy over Always Our Children here in the U.S. about homosexuality?

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Don't Defend Reality in Scotland Schools: Big Brother is the Principal!

Murray, a high school student in Scotland, was expelled for defending the biological, scientific reality that there are only two "genders" (The proper word is "sexes"), male and female. No diversity of thought in Scotland is allowed obviously if it disagrees with a politically correct fantasy. Murray is guilty of "crimethink" and must be punished. What's next? the face cage with the rats inside? Big Brother clearly runs the show in Scotland with the help of his minions like this teacher.



For an update, visit LifeSiteNews.

Pray for Murray and all the students in Scotland who are clearly prisoners in a reeducation camp intent on forcing them to embrace politically correct lies. This, friends, is the death of reason! "Whom the gods would destroy, they first make crazy."

Our Lady, help of Christians, pray for us.

Are Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes Beautiful? Topsy and Tuptim Study Chapter 2 of the Instrumentum Laboris

The Congo peacock is nothing like its beautiful
cousins, the green and Indian peacocks. 
Tuptim: (Knocks at Topsy's kitchen door and comes in). Hey, Topsy. (Holds up a bottle of merlot.) Since we're meeting in the afternoon I brought some red wine. I thought we could use something a little stronger than coffee to get through Chapter 2.

Topsy: (putting a plate of crackers and cream cheese covered with chutney on the table.) Good call! I'll get the glasses. (She reaches in the cupboard and brings out two wine glasses. One has a gold peacock on it and the other has a pink chateau.) I love to pick up a glass when we go to a vineyard. Individual glasses are better than wine charms. Here, you can be the peacock.

Tuptim: (admires her glass) Do you think they have peacocks in the Amazon?

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

"Life, Territory, Time and Dialogue": Topsy and Tuptim Discuss Chapter I of the Amazon Working Doc

The Amazon River Basin
Tuptim welcomes Topsy who settles in at the kitchen table with her notebook and highlighted copy of the working document. Tuptim sets a steaming cup of coffee in front of her friend with a little pitcher of cream.

Tuptim: I never understand why you want to ruin a good cup of coffee by putting in cream!

Topsy: (smiling) Hey, I like it that way. Different strokes for different folks. (Takes a sip.) Mmm, this is good.

Tuptim: It's fair trade coffee from the Amazon basin of South America. I thought that would put us in the mood for talking about the synod document. (She sits at the table and flips over a page on her stapled copy of the document.) I got this off the Vatican website. I love having access to all encyclicals, exhortations, etc. (pauses) So... what did you think about chapter 1?

Topsy and Tuptim Read the Working Document for the Pan-Amazon Synod: Introduction

Yes, there really are purple frogs!
Topsy and Tuptim meet at a local vineyard with notebooks, highlighters, and pens at the ready to study the Instrumentum Laboris for the Pan-Amazon Synod. Topsy orders a bottle of merlot at the counter and a plate of cheese and crackers and carries them to the table.

Topsy: Since you're a red wine girl you should enjoy this merlot and aren't the glasses cute with the purple toad? I wonder if they have purple toads in the Amazon? 

Tuptim: Funny you should say that. I've been studying up on the rain forest since I heard about the synod. They have all kinds of incredible species including poison dart frogs. I think the synod will bring its own version of poison to the faith and the poor people of the Amazon. (Rolling her eyes) After all, God wills different religions, even paganism presumably. But maybe I'm just being a pessimist. Let's take a look at the doc and see.

Monday, July 8, 2019

What's Really Going on with the Pan-Amazon Synod?

Bishop Overbeck
In view of the experience with previous synods under this papacy along with the documents released on the environment, marriage, and youth, it really isn't too hard to figure out what the Pan-Amazon synod is all about. Let me spell it out for you.

Pope Francis and his circle want to transform the Catholic faith by undermining her doctrine and changing the practice among the faithful to conform the Church to the world. Bishop Franz-Josef Overbeck let the cat out of the bag at a private preparatory meeting when he said post synod we will have reached "a point of no return" after which "nothing will be the same as it was." 

Really? The Judases in the Church are nothing if not arrogant. These little tinpot gods, like Herod, believe they can destroy the King.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Another Day, Another Synod, Another Opportunity to Attack the Faith of Our Fathers

Will the Pan-Amazon Synod October October  6-27 lead the Church to "a point of no return?"

I just started reading the working document for the latest synod. At 45,000 words it is not a job for
the timid. Frankly, I'd rather go to the dentist, but I think we all need to know what the pope and his minions are up to. The synods on youth and the family did not advance or defend the faith at all. Vatican correspondent Edward Pentin pointed out some "areas of concern" from the youth document including ambiguous language about homosexuality, the role of women in the Church, and the sex abuse crisis. The two synods on the family created more ambiguity and revealed, according to George Weigel:

Saturday, July 6, 2019

From the GOOD GRIEF! Gay Food File

Deep six those oreos!
Too many bad connotations.
You know the old expression about ramming something down a person's throat? Well it's happening literally these days with some food companies who prefer to put their political agenda ahead of corporate well-being. 

I could never eat any of these things listed below now that they've been associated with the homosexual agenda that includes all kinds of perverted practices. What would you be thinking as you eat that dark brown oreo or swallow that yellow beer? 

Hmmm? 

As for Fruit Loops? Well, they should add nuts to the recipe so the fruits and nuts can all be in the same place!

Here are some foods to skip next time you go to the grocery store. 
Oreos and other Nabisco products -- Really? Oreos is pushing gender fluid pronouns by giving free cookies to teachers willing to brainwash kids? (I'm taking all Nabisco products off my list!)

Friday, July 5, 2019

This story from Andy Ngo is just one example of the tactics of Antifa. Consider how the media spun the Charlottesville debacle presenting these thugs as the good guys and how they attacked President Trump for saying both sides were responsible for the violence. Will Antifa be coming to a town near you condemning fascism with their chants of "No hate, no frear!" while they demonstrate fascist tactics on their opponents? Note the weapons they carry in the video. Ask yourself who's financing these anarchists? And what is the ultimate goal? The destruction of America! When this country collapses and the protection of true freedom disappears, where in the world will you hide? Keep in mind that the same thing happened in Portland that happened in Charlottesville. Police were ordered to "stand down" by a political liberal allowing the violence to escalate without hindrance. The mayor of Portland said he didn't tell police to stand down. The police association says he did. (Check here as well.) Whom do you believe? Isn't it time to hold these liberal liars (Sorry for being redundant) accountable?

 Leftist Mob Attacked Me in Portland 

I have been targeted by Antifa and its allies for my critical reporting of their violent extremism

By Andy Ngo    July 2, 2019 7:22 pm ET   The Wall Street Journal, at:  https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-leftist-mob-attacked-me-in-portland-11562109768


Quo Vadis? I Thought Headlines of Pope Francis Giving Away the Bones of St. Peter was a Satire Piece from the Babylon Bee...

...but it's all too real. Quo vadis, Kephas? To Constantinople to a Church not in union with Rome that rejects the papacy.

Think about it. Francis, the successor of St. Peter (If he is!), thinks so little of the papacy that he gives away precious relics of the first pope to the representatives of a Church that is in schism over the issue of papal authority.

Please tell me this is a nightmare. Pope Paul VI kept the relics in his private chapel to venerate St. Peter and perhaps to remind himself of what it means to give your life for the Church to the point of shedding your blood. LifeSiteNews reported:
The archbishop said that after the two prayed together at St. Peter’s tomb, the Pope told him he had a “gift for the Church of Constantinople.” The Pope invited the archbishop to accompany him to the Apostolic Palace. There, in the private chapel of the popes, Francis took the reliquary and gave it to Archbishop Job.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Guest Post: Be a Friend, Make a Friend, Bring a Friend to Christ


St. Andrew brings Peter to Jesus.
Ottavio Vannini, 17th c. 
Editor's comment: The priest who prepared my husband and me for marriage and witnessed that blessed event used to tell us, "Be a friend, make a friend, bring a friend to Christ." All of us have many opportunities to witness to the "hope that is in us" through Christ Jesus. Sometimes that witness is verbal and sometimes it's silent. But our witness begins with drawing closer to the Lord. Can you meet Him today at daily Mass? Can you speak to His Mother Mary and honor her through praying the rosary? She faithfully brings every soul who desires it to meet her Son Jesus. No matter what has happened in your life or where you are today, you can "bring a friend to Christ" through your love, kindness, patience, understanding, etc. 

HANDING ON TO A NEW GENERATION
by James M. Thunder* 

Last month I listened to a parish Director of Youth Ministry describe a sociological study documenting how so many young Catholics think of our Faith as a set of propositions without a personal relationship with God Who is the subject of the propositions. Then I watched World Over Live broadcast a videoclip of Bishop Robert J. Baker of Birmingham at the Junes meeting of the American bishops (the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), request that the words, the Name, Jesus Christ, appear at least once in one of the USCCB documents that was then under review.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Make the Bishops Choose: Would they Rather Fight with the Harpies or the Mother Bears?

If the shepherds won't defend the flock,
the laity must! Mamma bears rising!
How can you tell a good priest/bishop from a bad one? It's not really too complicated. Do they followJesus, His teachings and the teachings of the Church Jesus founded? Or are their beliefs more in line with the prince of this world, the father of lies?

Do they like to express their creativity by embracing every "progressive" and popular perversity inflicted on souls by the world, the flesh, and the devil? There are certainly many among the ranks of the clergy who do, sad to say.

Well, today I'm going to give you a heads up on how to recognize bad clerics.

Well, well, well. Wellwellwell, welllwellwell, well, well...

This is what it takes to make them listen.
And I'm tired of it.
...one small post and Fr Gerry Cunningham was silenced. A huge THANK YOU to our pastor who sent the deacon in to preach the homily. Thankfully, our pastor will return this week.

But why must the laity have to protect itself from such profane masses? Profane homilies? What did these men go to seminary for? Who's teaching them? What are they learning? Who ordains such men to the holy priesthood? And for what purpose? 

As far as I can see, the purpose for their ordination is to keep Catholics on their toes making sure that Truth is preached, that Mass is holy - in other words, their purpose as clergy is for Catholics to become, not holy or better people, but to turn us into watchdogs, always on edge waiting for the latest fashionable new (or old) heresy to infect our souls. 

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Guest Post: Sunday Meditation Reflecting on the Nicene Creed



Editor's note: I've never thought about the different format of the Nicene Creed from the rest of the prayers at Mass. We don't call it a prayer but a "profession of faith."

 It seems to me that the Creed is like a "pledge of allegiance" to God, or like an oath taken by the president, supreme court justices, etc. We are promising the King of King our fidelity. So I'm not sure I would want to see it changed into a prayer as Jim suggests in this article.

What do you think, readers? We recite the creed every Sunday and on certain feasts and solemnities. How often do we seriously reflect on what we say? Let's really listen next time we join together with the Catholic community in reciting the Creed.

THE NICENE PRAYER

by James M. Thunder* 

We will often hear news media, government officials, and private persons, say in consolation, “Our thoughts and our prayers are with you.” So very seldom do they state to Whom our prayers are addressed. And so it is with Thanksgiving. Although the Presidents -- from George Washington to Abraham Lincoln to Franklin D. Roosevelt to President Trump’s 2018 Proclamation, state to Whom we ought to give thanks on Thanksgiving Day, the words God or the Almighty are seldom stated by news media, government officials, and private persons in conjunction with Thanksgiving Day.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

The Legacy of Dallas: Scapegoating Innocent Priests

This is the lead article from the Spring issue of the Les Femmes newsletter, The Truth. You can find the full newsletter at www.lesfemmes-thetruth.org. 

by Mary Ann Kreitzer

Antonio Gramsci, Marxist revolutionary - How
many of our bishops are offspring of his plan?
Sometimes the best way to understand the present is to study the past. The chaos in the Church over the sex abuse scandals and the incompetent, even criminal, way bishops deal with it didn't come from nowhere. It was planned and orchestrated. We could go back several generations to Bella Dodd's 1953 testimony to the House Committee on Un-American Activities where she outlined how, as a Communist agent, she infiltrated the seminaries with homosexuals in the 1930s. It was Antonio Gramsci's strategy of destroying the enemy from within. Gramsci saw that the Christian West could not be destroyed by direct assault. The institutions had to be subverted first. As author

Fr. James Thornton writes in Gramsci's Grand Plan:

Friday, June 28, 2019

On the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Let Us Pray the LItany to the Sacred Heart!

We certainly need God's mercy!

Tempted to Leave the Church? DON'T! Fr. Z has some good advice for you.

Then Jesus said to the twelve: Will you also go away? And Simon Peter answered him: Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. [John 6:67-68]
I occasionally receive emails from folks who want to leave the Church because they are so disgusted with the scandals, the corruption, and the example of the evil bishops, so numerous in our day!

I get it! I really do!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Is This Lesbian Scene Coming to a Catholic Kindergarten in the Diocese of Arlington?

As I wrote yesterday, I got a call from a mom concerned that a Catholic school in northern Virginia has a child enrolled who is "transitioning" from a little boy to a little girl. We are still checking the situation out to see exactly what is involved, but when I got this email today from One Million Moms I couldn't help but think about the situation and how it will desensitize the little classmates of the child to the lie and dysfunction of "gender fluidity." God made us, male and female. That's the truth and no degree of imagination or virtual reality will change it. Parents who enable this madness are like adults who give a child who thinks he's Superman a ladder so he can climb up to the roof and jump off to test his flying ability. We all know that ends badly! But that's what adults who deform reality are doing to their children. The demons hate life and they hate innocence which is why they target our kids. It's DEMONIC! And Disney is fully committed to serving the demons. Sadly, we can expect this to become an increasing issue in our parish schools and CCD programs. Pray that pastors and bishops will develop policies to deal with this kindly, but firmly. 
Disney Deliberately Kept Lesbian Scene in Toy Story 4 Hush Hush
Thursday, June 27, 2019

Why I AM STILL and ALWAYS WILL BE a Catholic!

Is Blase Cupich Caiphas reincarnated?
Bad news just keeps piling up about the Judases in the hierarchy! Are you paying attention? Sometimes it feels like we're being buried in sewage!

Let's face it -- like McCarrick, everybody knew about Cardinal Joseph Bernardin's treachery. The stories about the rape and satanic ceremony involving "Agnes" has been around for decades. Who could miss his worldly relationships. (Really, what kind of priest has Ann Landers at his deathbed or asks for the gay men's chorus to sing at his wake?) Everybody knew that Bernarin's seamless garment ensured (and was designed) so that Teddy Kennedy and his Democrat cronies could finesse their child-killing advocacy with their phony social justice agenda. Nothing being exposed is new; it's simply being formally documented. As for Blase Cupich, Bernardin's cover-up artist, he is Caiphas reincarnated!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

When Will We Get the Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing BUT the Truth from These Lying Bishops?

Just the Facts, Bishops!
McCarrick: Many Grave Additional Questions

CUPICH COVERS UP BERNARDIN RAPE CHARGE, FALSELY CLAIMS ALL ALLEGATIONS REPORTED


The smoke of Satan hasn't only invaded the sanctuary, one can hardly see for the smoke filling up the entire Church and spilling out the windows! And the arsonists are at the highest levels in the Church. No wonder we have horrible situations going on everywhere!

I just got a phone call from a concerned mom about a school in my diocese that is admitting a KINDERGARTNER this September who is "transitioning" from a boy to a girl. Did you get that -- a 5-year-old thinks he's a girl and his parents (and the school) are going along with it!

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Guest Post: CHRIST THE EXEMPLAR VS. TEILHARD’S COSMIC CHRIST

Editor's Note: Evolution has never made any sense to me. How could a God who sent His Son to be born into time through a woman...to be raised in a Holy Family, put his first man, His image, in the body of an ape to be raised by animal parents with no reason or free will? Not to mention all the scientific arguments against macroevolution. As a beekeeper, I'm convinced the social arrangement of a bee colony could never "evolve." Besides, Darwin was a con man who stole the idea of natural selection from another scientist. Evolutionists have numerous problems defending their hypothesis including explaining how speech "evolved." But that's a subject for another time. Father's paper focuses on the theological arguments against Chardin's imaginative daydreams conjured up no doubt by Chardin's meeting with "THE THING." If you are an adherent of evolution I urge you to invoke the Holy Spirit and read this paper carefully. I was particularly struck by Father's discussion of the Philistines capturing the Ark of the Covenant and placing it in the temple to their idol, the fish-man Dagon. Those who try to unite evolution to Christ are like the foolish Philistines who sent the Ark back to Israel in a panic. Let us pray those embracing the theory of evolution wake up before they come to the same bad end as the Philistines and the calf-worshiping Israelites.

CHRIST, THE EXEMPLAR CAUSE OF CREATION, ELIMINATES THE POSSIBILITY OF EVOLUTION AND SUPPORTS TRADITIONAL TEACHING ON MARRIAGE


by Fr. Joannes Petrus

Monday, June 24, 2019

"Jesus is a smart guy. He must keep his underwear dry or people will die."

The Holy Spirit in his tighty-whities. 
Are they damp or are they dry?
Somehow the above title translates into "We are the Body of Christ." I'm still trying to figure it out, even after seeking clarification by asking visiting priest Fr Jerry Cunningham if Jesus' damp underwear was the theme of his Corpus Christi homily. [Orlando Diocese, St Mary of the Lakes Catholic Church, Eustis, FL, June 23rd, 10am Mass]

He said yes, then mumbled something which was difficult to understand because he speaks too fast. It went like this...

Me: "So the theme of your homily was that Jesus must keep his underwear dry because it could make people die?"

Reflecting on the Upcoming Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Scourging by Rubens
While I was on retreat, I kept thinking about Mel Gibson's film, The Passion of the Christ. The third week of the Spiritual Exercises consists of meditating on Jesus' suffering and death. As I was reflecting on the events of the passion, I kept seeing images from the movie. The slow motion scene of Veronica ministering to Christ especially came to mind because I was also reading Cardinal Sarah's The Power of Silence. There was Veronica in the midst of all that turmoil and chaos perfectly silent and at peace as she reached out to Christ in love and compassion. The Roman soldiers didn't exist for her at that moment. It was as if she lived in another dimension of silence, her eyes and whole attention focused on the face of Christ. Yes, true internal silence can reign in our hearts in the midst of exterior tumult!

Yesterday someone sent me a powerful video interview with Jim Caviezel, the actor who portrayed Christ in the film. That movie was a life changing event for so many. I think I will watch it again on the Feast of the Sacred Heart this Friday. O Jesus, meek and humble of heart make my heart like unto Thine. Make me, in the words of St. Teresa of Avila, a "burning furnace of charity."

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Thank God! A Bishop with a Backbone! Lamplighter Award to Archbishop Charles Thompson of Indianapolis!

Indianapolis archbishop revokes Jesuit prep school's Catholic identity

Check out One Mad Mom's commentary on this in which she assails the hand-wringing whining of little Jimmy Martin and his Jesuit crybaby brothers who certainly do NOT have the brave hearts of St. Jean de Brebeuf and St. Isaac Jogues! Give them their teddies and snuggies and pray for the stupid parents who keep their children in this school for scandal where their young hearts will be perverted. They will learn to be cafeteria Catholics embracing mortal sins endorsed by the Jebbies who left St. Ignatius behind long ago. How many of the scandalized souls will to to hell thanks to the "education" in worldly values they get at Brebeuf. (Yes, I'm "old fashioned" enough to still believe there is such a place as hell and that souls are falling into it like snowflakes as Jacinta said.) Archbishop Charles Thompson deserves our thanks for defending the faith! Thank you, your Excellency!



Guest Post: Speaking Truth to Power, the Call to Prophesy by Fr. James Sobus

Old Testament Prophet Elijah: Speaking Truth to Power

When I was in school I spent a great deal of time at the graduate level studying the prophets of the Old Testament. They were people like us all, sinful and weak who, nonetheless, were called by God to preach during troubled times to the king, then to the king’s priests and prophets (who were on the king’s payroll and who, therefore, spent their days tickling the king’s ears with only what the king wanted to hear) and finally, the people, all of whom had turned away from God.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Do You Know Where Your Pastor Is and How He's Spending Your Money?

Pray for your priests through the
intercession of St. Jean Vianney
Well, I'm back from retreat and among the hundreds of emails was the one below. I've deleted the name of the priests and I won't identify the diocese, but I think it behooves folks to ask yourselves how your pastor is running the parish and how he's spending YOUR money (which is given to do God's work!). Is your pastor, on the parish level, doing what men like Bransfield and McCarrick did on the diocesan level? Is he living like a king on the sacrifices of the folks he considers patsies in the pew? Do you recognize your pastor in this description below?
 Dear Mary Ann,
It was well known that [my previous pastor] had a full time cook and housekeeper and that he hosted monthly get together lunches at the rectory for his priest friends. Wine and dine on a weekday when they should have been at work. My parish is unique in that its rectory is [not on the church grounds].  No one sees who is coming and going. If the pastor goes home for lunch and doesn't return nobody at the church knows where he is or what he's doing.

Friday, June 21, 2019

The High Cost of Clergy Scandals or "Don't Trust Anyone in a Pointy Hat"

Ready for a bishop!
Speaking of pointy hats, remember the dunce cap? It seems many of the men in pointy hats need to be sent to the corner to sit wearing the dunce cap (a corner that for some should be inside a jail cell). An especially horrifying aspect of the clergy abuse scandals (and the money scandals that accompany them) is what they're doing to the faithful in the pews. California Catholic Daily reported recently on a Pew research study showing that 27% of Catholics have reduced Mass attendance; 26% have cut donations. (Some have left altogether!)

Clergy abuse leads to fall-off in visible acts of faith

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Be an Islamic hero! Drag a woman across the street and beat her!

I looked up and standing 
before me was this.
Suddenly I looked up from my work and stranding before me was a figure shrouded all in black from head to toe. Only her eyes and hands were visible. My first fleeting thought was, "OMG! A devil! Where's my holy water when I need it?"

Instantly checking the instinctive reflex reaction to recoil from her presence, I told myself that it wasn't a devil...just a pathetic woman trying to get attention by posing as a Muslim. Calmly looking into the two eyes sullenly staring at me from behind the slit in the black fabric covering her face, I asked, "Yes? May I help you?"

Even though I was professional in dealing with her, because I did not bow and scrape and ingratiate myself, her interaction with me, an infidel, was less than friendly. 

Oh, My Lord, My God


The town of Orvieto, Italy, where we recently traveled on our pilgrimage.  
The cathedral was begun in 1290 on the foundation of an Etruscan temple.  
Sunday, June 23 is the celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi.  This Feast was instituted on August 11, 1264 by Pope Urban IV in the bull, “Transiturus de Hoc Mundo,” which says,
 “We should celebrate continuously the memory of this memorial, because the more frequently his gift and favour are looked upon, so much the more firmly are they kept in memory. Therefore, although this memorial Sacrament is frequented in the daily solemnities of the Mass, we nevertheless think suitable and worthy that, at least once a year – especially to confound the lack of faith and the infamy of heretics – a more solemn and honourable memory of this Sacrament be held.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Just a Reminder: I'm on Retreat Praying for You!

REMINDER: I will not be moderating comments or posting during my annual retreat which began on Monday and ends Saturday after lunch. I wrote this post last Sunday before I left. Isn't technology great? Susan will be doing most of the posts this week. Special prayers for her and Chriss, my intrepid allies.

Nous sont les trois amis de Les Femmes.

I am so grateful for their friendship, their faith, and their writing skills!

And now my thoughts for this Wednesday on the retreat:

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Islamic Children See First Line of Communication Between Father and Mother is VIOLENCE

THE BIG TEN
Worshiping a false god, killing, hatred,
adultery, revenge, no forgiveness,
pridefulness, stealing, lying, coveting
"Violence is the first option to solving problems in the Islamic family. Muhammad was married to 13 women at the same time, he waged 80 wars in the last eight years of his life, he took women as prisoners of war and made sex slaves of them - why should an enlightened person of the 21st Century not criticize this man? Why does he deserve immunity from criticism?" - Hamad Abdel-Samad, Egyptian-German scholar

Video:
Hamad Abdel-Samad on MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute)

Must read: Deo Volente: Top Ten Acts of MERCY by the Prophet of Islam



Monday, June 17, 2019

Praying for You While I'm on Retreat; In Your Kindness, Please Pray for Us!

Our Lady's Lamp will be shining brightly
as my annual Ignatian retreat begins.
I'm leaving today for my annual five day silent retreat with Fr. James Buckley (FSSP) using the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. This particular retreat will have three generations of Kreitzer women attending, since I will be there with my daughter and her daughter, our oldest grandchild.

What a blessing! And what a memory! We plan to get a photo with Fr. Buckley together. I imagine this may be the first time he has a retreat with three generations from the same family.

My daughter has attended several times over the past 15 years with me, but this will be a first time for the third generation.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Guest Post: When a Father has Courage, He stands Up to Dragons!

"The wicked witch is dead!"
Editor's note: Fr. Sobus didn't choose the title for this post. I did. He is, indeed, a man of courage. May God give us many more such priests. Remember, you fathers out there, one of the most important things you can do for your children is to give them an example of courage. It isn't easy standing up to a corrupt bishop or a corrupt culture, but like the early Christian martyrs, we face murderous tyrants. Teach your children to be martyrs. It may come to that.

Fathers' Day Post by Fr. James Sobus

One of the most powerful scenes in that great classic movie, The Wizard of Oz, was the castle scene. Do you remember that one? Dorothy and her friends were trapped inside the castle of the Wicked Witch of the West and being chased by her furry castle guards and the flying monkeys. Then the grande encounter occurs: It’s Dorothy and her companions face to face against the Witch and her minions. It seemed the odds were completely against them. The scarecrow’s arm is set on fire by the Witch and Dorothy, in an attempt to save him grabs a bucket of water and tosses it at the burning arm but inadvertently splashes water on the Witch melting her to death. Then comes the moment of truth: what will the Witches’ minions do to Dorothy and her friends for having killed their leader??? To their shock and amazement, the soldiers bow down proclaiming, “Hail to Dorothy, the Wicked Witch is dead!”

Of Cults and Cult Leaders and the Sad Story of Fr. Jonathan Morris



It's painful to read the stories about former priest, Jonathan Morris, and his exit from the Legionairies of Christ and the priesthood. Steve Skojec wrote about his own experience with the Legionairies in Why I'm Not So Quick to Judge Jonathan Morris for Leaving the Priesthood. I laughed a little when I read the article (about not judging) because, as my colleague Chriss experienced personally, Skojec can be pretty quick to judge someone if he or she dares to disagree with him even in small matters. But that's a discussion for another day.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Islam in Canada's Public Schools - Boys in front, girls in back and girls with their period in the faaaar back

Muslims want you to know
that these 8 girls are menstruating.
Girls are not only separated from boys in this public school's mosque in the cafeteria, but girls having their periods are separated from girls not having their periods. 

All girls are separated from boys by a long barrier of folded wooden cafeteria tables. 

Next, girls having their periods are placed in the far back separated from girls not having their periods. Apparently, they are not to pray kneeling with their backsides toward Heaven like the others, so there's even a rule about that.

Who is checking which girls are having their periods? Or does this Islamic command go by the honor system? And has anyone checked the hijabed woman standing up front by the boys to see if she is currently menstruating? What makes her worthy of standing in the male section?


Friday, June 14, 2019