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Thursday, April 2, 2020

When the Lord Comes Will He Find Faith on the Earth?

I have always loved the story of the presentation, especially since I entered the ranks of "seniors." Simeon and Anna seem to me to be the icons of old age. They practically lived at the Temple praying for the coming of the Messiah, and they received the grace of seeing Him in the flesh....and holding Him in their arms. How I want to be like them!

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Fr. Tom Collins: "Through Him and with Him and in Him" - The Great Forfeiture

Editor's note: A forfeiture is "the loss or giving up of something as a penalty for wrongdoing." Reflect on that definition as you read Father's column on the "Great Forfeiture." 

Our Lord and Savior gave Himself up as a holocaust on the altar of sacrifice as a penalty for OUR sins, the innocent Lamb of God. And yet, as Father points out, we do not lose Him in the giving up. In His gracious mercy He abides with us still in all the tabernacles of the world even til the end of time. 

Even during this time of pain and suffering and loss of the Mass, when so many churches are actually closed and locked, He remains with us. If they lock us out of our local church (as they've done to churches in Pittsburgh where my daughter lives) I will be kneeling on the steps outside gazing at the tabernacle through the glass doors and praying. May God have mercy on us in this time when the faith of many is wavering as they put their trust in the CDC rather than in Almighty God. Prudence is one thing; fear and panic is quite another.
 THE GREAT FORFEITURE       by Fr. Tom Collins

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Opening a Can of Worms and Reflecting on Bishops Cancelling all Public Masses


Oh my....


I opened a can of worms with a brief statement on my Facebook wall Sunday night:
Went to a drive in Mass in Front Royal this evening and received my Lord and Savior on my knees. Thank you, Jesus. Thy will be done.
The incredible uproar began!

One gentleman accused me of being in mortal sin for disobeying the bishop. (More on that below.) A fellow blogger said I was committing serious scandal and demanded I take down the thread because the Mass was offered by a priest of the SSPX. Another ranted that I was willing to endanger and even KILL people.

Fr. Tom Collins on the Tragedy of Abortion that Denies Life to the Infant, but also Baptism

Is baptism necessary or just an excuse for a party?
A number of years ago, I read of a macabre Mafia practice, whereby arrangements were made to have an enemy seduced, so that he could be murdered in the act of fornication. In this way, it was thought that he would not only be killed, but also, having been denied any opportunity to repent, he would be eternally damned.

Over the past half century, a similar but even more sinister practice has come to be viewed as acceptable and even noble by a large number of Catholics. The practice they have endorsed as tolerable, or even noble, is the deliberate denial of innocent babies the right to be baptized. Specifically, they have bought into the agenda that it is a form of “social justice” to kill pre-born babies, and thus to deny them the ability to be baptized.

Monday, March 30, 2020

What a Wonderful World

'Roberta Watrous 7Y-GYP'
I picked these daffodils yesterday from a little patch in the bed by my driveway.  They are among the very few I continue to grow out of several hundred varieties I grew about 15 years ago, when I maintained a collection of “novelty daffodils” for competition in daffodil shows, sponsored by local societies across the country and in the annual national show held by the American Daffodil Society in a different city each spring.  These blooms are by far not the most impressive flowers I ever grew, but I treasure them nonetheless and here’s why. 

The registered name of this flower is ‘Roberta Watrous 7Y-GYP’.  All show flowers must have either a seedling # assigned by the hybridizer or a name officially registered with the Royal Horticulture Society in London, England to be judged on a show bench.  This flower was named by a woman in Indiana to honor a well known daffodil grower and miniature hybridizer, Roberta Watrous, who lived in Washington, D.C.  Many thought then, and probably even now, it was a pitiful choice of flowers to name for someone so renowned in the daffodil world, a celebrity, as it was, on three continents.  But, the RHS doesn’t argue merits, it only accepts names and codes as they are presented and if they are unique, since no two flowers can bear the same name. 

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Sunday Meditation: O Jesus, Sweet Infant of Prague, Have Mercy on Us!

I've received several emails suggesting putting the image of the Divine Mercy on the door. What a  good idea, I thought. So I pulled out my fat file of holy images and began leafing through its contents to see if I had a poster of the Divine Mercy image. I stopped short when I came to the sweet image of the Infant of Prague holding the world in his hand. Then and there I decided He would be the one to greet all who came to our door.

The story of the devotion is very appropriate to this difficult time. Here's a short summary from that wonderful biographer of the saints, Ann Ball:
In 1556, Maria Manriquez de Lara brought a precious family heirloom, a statue of the child Jesus, with her to Bohemia when she married the Czech nobleman Vratislav of Pernstyn. The statue of the child is eighteen inches tall, carved of wood, and thinly coated with wax. The left foot is barely visible under a long white tunic. The statue stands on a broad pedestal, and there is a waist-high silver case which holds it upright. The left hand holds a miniature globe surmounted by a cross, signifying the worldwide kingship of Christ. The right hand is extended in blessing in a form usually used by the Supreme Pontiff; the first two fingers are upraised to symbolize the two natures in Christ, while the folded thumb and last two fingers touch each other to represent the mystery of the Holy Trinity....

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Questions for Reflection during the Coronavirus Epidemic

A black swan event is one that is unpredictable
and unexpected that has severe consequences.
Are we Facing the great chastisement? Are we seeing the culmination of Mary's warning at Fatima if
mankind does not repent? Let us reflect, pray, and do penance.

Is the Coronavirus the Black Swan of 2020? by Roberto de Mattei
"Chastisement is the consequence of sin and only contrition and repentance of one’s sins may prevent the punishment that these sins inevitably bring, for having violated the order of the universe. When sins are collective, chastisements are collective. Why wonder at the deaths brought on a nation, when governments are guilty of homicidal laws like abortion, and during the epidemic the slaughter continues to have a preferential way? As we see n Great Britain, where the government has even authorized “abortion” at home, so as not to interrupt the carnage during the Corona Virus! And when, instead of bodies, souls are hit, why be surprised that the loss of faith is the chastisement for those responsible? The refusal to see the hand of God behind the great catastrophes of history is a symptom of this lack of faith.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Join in Praying the Way of the Cross at My Parish in Woodstock, VA

No Mas! No Mass! No Sacrilegious Communions!

I wonder how many people live in perpetual darkness in a state of mortal sin. How many approach for Communion every Sunday after a week of immersing themselves in pornography or engaging in sodomy, contraception, fornication, adultery, theft, slander, scandal, etc. -- all the seven deadly sins. 

How many then, in their rationalization, professing to be "devout Catholics," betray Jesus like Judas with the kiss of sacrilege?

Yesterday, Fr. Tom wrote cogently about Our Lord saying "No Mas!" I thought of that today as I prayed the Mass at St. John Bosco in front of the tabernacle using St. Jean Vianney's 14th Eucharistic Meditation on "Unworthy Communion" as my "homily." Sobering indeed and a warning to those who dare to profane Christ with sacrilegious Communions.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Fr. Tom Collins Reflects on the COVID-19 CRISIS

The Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. is closed to the public until further notice says their website.  You cannot  even  visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament!

Fr. Tom sent this comment accompanying the article below: "I could not help but notice how the denial of access to the sacraments due to the current COVID-19 crisis could be seen as a divine “No mas”, due to decades of capitulation to moral and liturgical abuses. Pray that all of us may be graciously blessed with sincere conversion based upon a renewed commitment to be faithful and accountable to the whole truth of God." All I can say is Amen to that! Pray for restoration of the Holy Mass!

The spread of COVID-19 over the past four months has led to major and serious disruptions in the lives of numerous people around the world. Hidden from all the headlines, though, are the spiritual dimensions of this crisis, or, as Jesus called them, the signs of the time (Matt 16:3).

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Give us the Mass! Offer it with Sensible Precautions, but Offer it Publicly!

Spanish influenza of 1918


I'll be honest. I'm tired of being told how unprecedented the situation with the coronavirus is. Are we hearing this because people are totally ignorant of history? The 1918 Spanish Influenza epidemic infected a quarter of the world's population at the time and killed millions including Jacinta and Francisco Marto, the seers of Fatima.

It was an HiNi virus like the swine flu and there were no antibiotics at the time to handle secondary bacterial infections. A big difference in that pandemic from today's was how hard it hit the little ones and those in the prime of life with the highest death toll among those younger than five, age 20-40, and the elderly over 65. It seems the Lord has cast a net of protection around the least ones, so abandoned in this evil age.

With regard to the 1918 flu, the CDC tells us:

Monday, March 23, 2020

Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at the "Bedside" of the Dying

Let us go in spirit to pray at the bedside of the dying.
The Last Prayer -- Ernest Meissonier (1815-1891)
A friend forwarded the email below from a priest in Ireland. I'm adding his suggested project to my daily prayer regimen. I too read the article from a nurse about people dying alone during this pandemic. 

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Sunday Meditation: What if Our Bishops Did This in the Face of the Plague!

(A big thank you to my email buddy who sent this.)

The Black Death in Scandinavian countries

The King feared that "all our misdeeds should lead the same 'plaga' and mortality to our subjects." He had, therefore, taken responsibility for the well-being of the people. He had summoned their bishops, a number of Councillors of the realm and canons of the cathedrals whose bishops could not, at so short notice, attend the meetings where measures should be discussed that "could please God and induce Him by his grace to bestow his mercy on us". They had agreed on the following measures:

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Headlines from the Twilight Zone! The Draconian and the Bizarre!

I posted earlier about some of the extreme measures being used to stop the coronavirus. Civil liberties are suspended now in New York, Connecticut, California, Illinois, Wisconsin, Texas, Florida, Nevada, and Pennsylvania. The Wall Street Journal has a state by state guide here.

Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste: Coronavirus Offers Great Opportunity to Crush our Constitution!

Gavin Newsom proves
Shakespeare's quote that one
can smile and smile
and be a villain tyrant!
I'm not particularly afraid of the coronavirus despite the fact that I'm high risk. I'll be 73 next week, I have an autoimmune disease, and I'm blood type A which has been shown to be more susceptible to the virus.

My husband and I are exercising prudence with frequent hand washing, cleaning surfaces, avoiding unnecessary exposure to large groups, etc. But panic is not an option. What good does that do? Good grief, I lived through the cold war with bombing raid practice in school and I survived the polio epidemic, measles, mumps, etc. I don't believe this is Armageddon. Although I do believe it's part of the chastisement.

As for those panic-stricken folks emptying the shelves of supermarkets, well...I just shake my head. I'm buying less and using this as an opportunity to empty my freezer and my pantry. I'll leave the Doritos and ice cream for others. After all, it's Lent. I refuse to act like shoppers on Black Friday fighting over....a package of toilet paper.

But one thing does scare the daylights out of me! The tyranny of government officials who are using this as an opportunity to flex their muscles. Some of the brown shirts are essentially putting their citizens under house arrest for the crime of possibly becoming a carrier and spreader of the coronavirus.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Guest Post: Joe Biden is NOT El Cid!

Clyburn endorses Biden
before South Carolina primary


by James M. Thunder

Jim Clyburn and Joe Biden have had a decades-long friendship. Jim Clyburn, a Democratic congressman from South Carolina, is House Majority Whip and African-American. On February 26, three days before the South Carolina Democratic Primary on Saturday, February 29, he endorsed Biden and Biden won that primary 49% over Bernie Sanders’ 20%, and that win in turn gave Biden mojo going into the Super Tuesday primaries just three days later on March 3. Some members of the media have called Clyburn a kingmaker for his endorsement of Joe Biden for president.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Information to Help with the Coronavirus and even the Common Cold

The best Vitamin D pill!
I've been checking out information for fighting the coronavirus in a natural way. I don't claim any particular medical expertise, but most of the sources I've been reading are doctors.

Of course your own medical professional is the best source of advice for your particular situation. (Or at least he or she may be. As my somewhat cynical dad used to say, "They call it the practice of medicine because they're practicing on you!")

I'm sure many people are already taking Vitamin D and Vitamin C as immune  boosters. That's an absolute given. In fact, as this article points out, the quarantines may backfire if people don't get out in the sunshine. Consider the folks on the cruise ships restricted to inside cabins for weeks! No wonder so many got sick!

Have no fear, little flock -- not even against the plague!

God's love never fails. Trust in Him and join in the rosary today at 4:00 p.m. EST.
A friend sent me an email early this morning with a link to an article from The Catholic Thing. Here's the bit that really struck me. The author, Robert Royal, describes a contact from a colleague about Archbishop Wilton Gregory's message to his flock about the coronavirus. The archbishop wrote that his "number one priority" is:

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Guest Post: On Joe Biden, the Racist/Sexist Nominee of Bigoted Democrats

Is Biden's favorite fish groper grouper?
I guess "bigoted Democrat" is redundant since the Dems make certain issues non-negotiable if you want to represent their party. You defend the right to life of the unborn or the right of women to be safe from men masquerading as women in the locker room or competing on your sports team? Well then... be prepared to be cast into the outer darkness. 


by James M. Thunder

There’s no doubt about it! In the Sunday night Democratic debate with Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden committed to selecting people for jobs on the basis of their race or sex. This is quintessential racism and sexism.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Soon there will be no Public Masses anywhere! Pachamama is laughing!

Did idol worship in the very heart of the Church herald the chastisement?
Arlington just joined the Mass ban. Here is the list of places suspending public Masses as of now. Soon we will be completely bereft and orphaned.

And how did it come to this?


On October 4th immediately before the opening of the Amazon Synod on October 6th Pachamama was carried in honor into the Vatican garden where she was worshiped and venerated. Only two days laters reports came out that Sr. Agnes, the seer of Akita, had received a message from her angel that the chastisement was imminent warning us to repent. Over the next few days and during the whole of the Amazon Synod, Pachamama appeared in various churches honored and extolled. Worshipers bowed to the idol even in front of the tabernacle. Devotees paraded her during the Stations of the Cross and processed her into the synod hall carried by members of the hierarchy.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Engage in Battle! Have You Increased Your Prayers and Penance?

Renounce the power of Pachamama!

Pray for the protection of the Precious Blood over us!

Let us mourn and lament over our sins!

Lord God, protect us!

Our Lady, help of the sick, protect us!

St. Rock, intercede for us!

St. Corona, pray for us!

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Sunday Meditation: The Privilege to be a Woman

What? You think I'm a misogynist?
I once had a conversation in the parking lot with a fellow parishioner. She's blunt and a bit crusty and I like her all the better for it. She lamented that we don't have altar girls. I disagreed saying there were too many women in the sanctuary already. Testily she responded, "You're a misogynist!" and stomped off. I laughed. It's the first time anyone has ever accused me of that. I know what the word means, but I looked it up anyway. The definition is even stronger than I thought:
misogynist: a person who dislikes, despises, or is strongly prejudiced against women.
Me a misogynist? Not hardly!

Saturday, March 14, 2020

State by State Breakdown of Coronavirus -- As of March 13

Explain to me again why everyone is in panic mode? Wash your hands, avoid mass transit, stay home if you are sick and if you are in the vulnerable category limit outings. Is there really any reason to spin around like a whirling dervish? Since October the CDC reports that the flu may have killed as many as 30,000 in the U.S. Put the coronavirus in perspective. Globally, from a population of over 7 billion, these are the statistics as of today:

Coronavirus Cases:


The Coronavirus is Being Weaponized to Achieve a Particular Outcome!

St. Charles Borromeo took Communion to the sick during the plague.
Do you think he cancelled Masses in his diocese?

Friday, March 13, 2020

Coronavirus Planetary Dashboard - updated every 10 minutes

Beekeeping Coronavirus suit
Yesterday I saw a woman in a shop wearing a face mask, blue latex gloves and a cloth raincoat (the sun was shining) buttoned up to her chin. There was no chance a COVID-19 bug was going to enter her system. 

On purpose - to test her sincerity - I sidled up next to her and coughed while pretending to look at a few articles on a shelf. If she truly had been scared of getting the virus, she would have scrambled away from me, but she just stood there and continued to shop. So much for being afraid of getting Coronavirus, even though she was dressed to the nines in protection gear. I think she was wearing "all that stuff" to get attention, much like Western women suddenly dressing in hijabs wanting others to think they are Islamic. It's for attention.

I'm not afraid of getting CV. Why? Because exactly two - TWO! - people in the entire state of Florida have (sadly) died from it. Out of 23 million people living in Florida, there are 46 confirmed CV cases, and out of those 46 people, only 2 have died. So my chances of expiring from CV look slim to none.

Here is a Coronavirus dashboard - updated every 10 minutes - to keep track of CV numbers all over the world. You can reference it to see your own area of the planet, then sit down and calculate your chances of becoming a victim.

Here is the article about 17-year-old Avi Schiffman, builder of the website. and his web scraping technology to accurately report on CV while fighting misinformation and panic. 

Meanwhile, there are exactly four rolls of toilet paper in my home - and I'm having company for a week. Should be enough. 

Another Ban -- no Mass in West Virginia Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston!

There has not been one case of coronavirus in West Virginia. Banning the public celebration of the Mass is shameful!

No Public Masses in D.C. or Salt Lake City or Santa Fe

What the plague couldn't do in 17th c. Italy
coronavirus is doing in the 21st! 

Abp. Gregory indefinitely suspends public Masses in Washington, DC

Mass obligation suspended by Catholic dioceses in Pittsburgh, Greensburg (Masses will continue.)

Who are the "Quiet Men" of the "Evil Empire?"

Ronald Reagan, RIP
Two headlines captured my attention this morning?

Russia Now Proclaims a "Belief in God to be Fundamental," while the US Embraces Paganism

It got me thinking about the "evil empire" Ronald Reagan described back in the 1980s.

Who represents the "evil empire" today? Does one nation fit Ronald Reagan's description of the "evil empire" or does it reside in the minds and hearts of those who "breathe together" the spirit of Lucifer. Who listens to and advances his siren song, "You can be like unto God?" 

Have you ever listened to Ronald Reagan's "evil empire" speech? Here's an excerpt with a video clip below it. In his day, the evil empire was the Soviet Union. Today, we need to look elsewhere:

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Gratitude: A Great Virtue for Lent and Every Day!

I read an article this morning on gratitude which reminded me of a Chesterton quote. We say grace
before meals to thank God for the food we eat. But here's what Chesterton said:
“You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.”—G. K. Chesterton

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

"It was the grace of God that saved me!" The end of abortion will come!

Image result for abortion survivorsAbortion will end -- perhaps not in my lifetime -- but it will end. And the reason is people like  Melissa Ohden and Gianna Jessen and a young man I heard call in on the Chris Plante radio show and many others. They are the voices of the voiceless unborn. They are the faces of the faceless unborn. They are the abortion survivors. Some actually survived the abortion procedure. Others survived because their moms in difficult situations chose life rather than the siren song of the death peddlers.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Thought for the Day

Years ago I visited a college campus and stayed overnight in the girls' dorm. In those days, schools acted in loco parentis and actually protected the virtue of their students by keeping dorms separate and having strict visitation rules. One co-ed posted a "thought for the day" on her door. The one I remember was this:

Contrary to popular opinion, God's last name is not damn.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Should We Defend Ourselves against Defamation and Slander?

Dr. Hitchcock, take note! Slander is
a serious sin against the 8th
Commandment that requires repair.
  The post following this introduction is an email I received from friend and Wanderer journalist Dexter Duggan. Dexter wrote to me responding to yesterday's Sunday meditation on slander and righteous anger. He's experienced slander first hand from a Catholic historian who, by all common sense standards, should be an ally. Some readers may recall my posts relating the story of Dexter's abuse by Dr. James Hitchcock in his book, Abortion, Religious Freedom, and Catholic Politics. (See here and here.)

Indeed, Dexter knows what it is to be falsely accused, slandered, and vilified. He knows what it is to have your reputation continuously damaged by falsehoods published in a book used on Catholic college campuses across the country. He knows what it is to be defamed over and over on EWTN and in Catholic interview shows promoting the slanderous book. Hitchcock's refusal to correct the mistakes and defamation reflects more on him than on Dexter. And what it says about him is anything but complimentary to a man professing to be a faithful Catholic.

What possessed Dr. Hitchcock to attack Dexter and The Wanderer in the first place is beyond me. That he refuses to correct his errors and apologize for the slander certainly doesn't demonstrate a humble Catholic mind and heart (that the Lord "will not spurn"). It shows a pride and arrogance that is rather frightening to see in an aged man on the cusp of eternity.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Sunday Meditation: Righteous Anger and the Slandering of Good Priests!

What would Jesus do in the face of evil and injustice?
I've was walking around my house a few days ago so angry I couldn't sit down. If I could spit fire, it would have spewed out of my mouth white-hot -- lighting up every combustable item nearby! Ever since childhood I've hated injustice, and too many times I've seen the liars and demons go after good priests and kill their vocations.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Want a Sure Litmus Test to Measure Your Bishop? Is He Forcing Communion in the Hand?

Archbishop Wester "presided" at the
2018 Assembly Mass of AUSCP.
US archbishop bans Communion on tongue, claims it’s ‘not crucial’ how Catholics receive

How many liberal bishops like Wester will use the coronavirus as a pretext to ban Communion on the tongue and demand parishioners receive in the hand? many bishops enabled the sex abuse scandal with coverups and moved abusers around? I expect to see more liberal bishops follow Wester.

One good thing is that he can hardly ban Communion in the hand without banning Communion under both species. How can he claim putting the host on the tongue is a risk while allowing a communal cup to be passed from mouth to mouth? I wish that practice would disappear forever! Intinction yes, communal cup with hordes of LEMs (lay extraordinary ministers) NO!

Guest Post: Prayer and the Coronavirus

By James M. Thunder

Vice President Pence and his Coronavirus Task Force are taking some flak for beginning a meeting of the Task Force on February 26 with prayer.

Coronavirus Task Force, Feb, 26, 2020

Friday, March 6, 2020

Some Common Sense about the Coronavirus and Holy Communion

How many germs are passed around
during the sign of peace.
Goodness, a bishop is showing some common sense about the risk of contracting the coronavirus from the reception of Holy Communion on the tongue.

Portland archdiocese: Coronavirus or no, Communion can be received on the tongue

As the article points out, the risk of contracting the virus is equal regardless of how the communicant receives and actually the hands are more likely to be germ ridden. I have no intention of changing my practice and will receive on the tongue when I go to Mass. 

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Topsy and Tuptim Discuss Querida Amazonia Part III

Topsy and Tuptim just finished planting three dozen daffodil bulbs in random spots at Sacred Heart of Jesus cemetery. They stack all their gardening implements in a bin and stow it in the back of Topsy's Yukon. Topsy retrieves a picnic basket with a thermos, cups, and sandwiches which they take to a bench in the baby garden.

Topsy: (Filling a cup with coffee and handing it to Tuptim...) I love to sit in this section of the cemetery with all the little baby saints. They died in their innocence. What powerful intercessors they must be for all of us, such humble little ones resting in the arms of Our Lady. One of my grandchildren who died before birth is buried here. A precious little one I look forward to meeting some day.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The Coronavirus Postpones the Latest Vatican Scheme, the Global Education Compact

Remember the old adage, "Every grey cloud has a silver lining." I thought of that this morning when I read this headline:

Coronavirus makes Vatican postpone Global Education Pact promoting Pope’s ‘new humanism’

Abp. Vincenzo Zani, secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, is organizing the Global Compact on Education, originally scheduled for May, but now delayed until October because of the virus.  He says the meeting was initiated "also" by the other monotheistic religions, Judaism and Islam, but will include participation of other religions and groups like the U.N.'s UNESCO. UNESCO's goals, advertised on Twitter, include gender equality, clean water, sustainable cities, and climate action.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

The (Vatican) Empire Strikes Back! Cardinal Zen in the Cross Hairs!

Update: 10:00 a.m. Cardinal Zen Responds to Cardinal Re. -- Back to the Catacombs!
              Archbishop Vigano supports Cardinal Zen against the "ignominious and shameful" letter.

Cardinal Zen greets the pope. Which of these men defends the flock?
God help us when we have a Vatican committed to worldly values, that attacks those who act like St. John the Baptist while they support Herod! (Cardinal Zen actually compared the Sino-Vatican agreement to an attempt by St. Joseph to make an agreement with Herod!)

Monday, March 2, 2020

Where Would You Rather Be if You Get the Coronavirus? China or the U.S.

“The condition upon which
God hath given liberty to man
 is eternal vigilance,”
John Philpot Curran 

Birth of a Virus   

My husband and I listened to a dystopian novel on our recent trip to Surry, VA. Reading the article above about China's reaction to the coronavirus reminded me of the book: the draconian treatment of the people by "the authorities," the complete lack of respect for individual rights, the abject cruelty.

The article linked above tells the story of a man who went with his wife to China to adopt a baby. He describes the filth they saw and the way they saw people live -- children in split pants urinating in the street creating puddles, people spitting on the floor in restaurants, the markets with raw skinned and bloody chickens lying on the floor waiting to be thrown on the grill. Here's a bit from their experience: wife and I had to rush our newly adopted, 8-month-old daughter to the public hospital…and suddenly it all started making sense.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Sunday Meditation: Live Below Your Means!

Take a walk in God's woods and
stop to smell God's flowers! 

Do you "window shop" on the internet? Perhaps it would be more accurate to call it "surfing the web." At any rate, in my meanderings this morning I came across a short article about a psychologist's one piece of advice to his colleagues. That advice was "live below your means." The title stopped me short. What are the benefits of "living below your means?" There are two big ones that are worth thinking about during Lent.

1.) More Time 

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Did You Wonder Where I Was?

I wish I could say that I was on a Lenten retreat spending time in prayer and meditation.

Monday, February 24, 2020

A Cardinal Clown Turns His Cathedral into a Circus Tent!

Anybody have a can of spray paint? This is the perfect canvas to write, 
"The emperor has no clothes!"

"Whom the gods (Baal, Molech, Gaia, Astarte, Kali, Pachamama, Lucifer) would destroy, they first make mad." (quote source) If the photo above doesn't illustrate madness, I don't know what does.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Topsy and Tuptim Meet to Discuss Querida Amazonia -- Part II

Are those bitter herbs from the Amazon to
remind us that Lent is coming?
See Part I

Topsy and Tuptim have a date to discuss the latest Pope Francis exhortation, Querida Amazonia. They meet at the coffee shop and Topsy, who generally has her coffee with a large dose of half and half, orders an espresso strong and black. She carries her coffee and a muffin to the table where Tuptim is sitting thumbing through her highlighted copy of the exhortation.

Topsy: Hi lady! (She sits.) I'd rather have a good stiff drink to get through this, but instead I'll drink my coffee your way -- dark, strong, and bitter.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Islam Produces a Darkened Intellect

L - Islamic Intellect; R - Christian Intellect
Belief in Islam produces a darkened intellect. Islam does not reveal God and His infinite perfection. Christians “honor God by faith, which is of the mind, by hope, which is of the will, by love, which is of the heart; and thus the whole man is subjected to the Supreme Maker and Ruler of all things.” – Saint Pius X.
But Islam is the opposite because Allah is not God, the Maker and Ruler of all things. Allah is Satan, the Liar and Destroyer of all things, therefore Islam honors Lucifer by faith (in evil) which darkens the mind, by despair which leads the will to commit rash actions, by hatred which leads the heart to destruction of Truth, beauty and goodness.
Therefore a person inspired by Lucifer’s Islamic religion and taking up a knife and slitting another person’s throat or beheading journalists, raping children, pillaging, and destroying are all par for the course. They are all actions which are natural consequence of love of evil, death and destruction. 

Friday, February 21, 2020

If Anyone Wants to Slog Through the Financial Audit in the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese.......

St. Joseph Cathedral, Wheeling, WV
Go for it.... The independent Audit Report for 2019 is out.

Please pray for this poor diocese. Breaking trust results in serious repercussions that have a long life.

May those who've left the Church because of the scandals, return. May those whose faith is weakened, persevere and grow in faith.

And may those who have always hated the Church and use this as an excuse to hate her even more, be converted by the holy witness of serious Catholics who remain faithful through every storm!

This Tells You All You Need to Know about the Apostolic Nuncio, Christophe Pierre...

US Representative of Pope Francis to Participate in Assembly of Heretical Priests

Yup! This tells you all you need to know about the nuncio. It also is one more indication of where Pope Francis stands who chose this man for our poor country. Archbishop Pierre received all the details about AUSCP's heresy (Association of U.S. Catholic Priests) several months ago. They promote married priests, women priests, priestless parishes run by laity, promotion of the LGBT agenda, etc. ad nauseum. Don't just trust the Lepanto Institute; check out their own website. Do you think the nuncio is ignorant of all this? If he is, he's irresponsible and unfit for his post. If he isn't ignorant, he's a wolf in sheep's clothing and unfit for his post.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

The Church and the New World Order

I watched this video by Michael Matt today.  Twice.  

There is A LOT to take away from it.  Looking at "the big picture"  I see a situation similar to the one the Church faced when it signed the Lateran Agreement with Italy.  In this present situation, one has to wonder, who and when, exactly did the Vatican sign an agreement with the powers of the unilateral globalist movement.  We know they signed agreements with the USSR, for instance, that hardly anyone speaks about to "supposedly" protect the Christians there, but we, or I don't, at least know for sure what has gone on behind the scenes to put the Church in line with the New World Order with no nations, no borders, no personal sin, no fixed dogma.  

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Hold the Applause: An Analysis of Pope Francis' Post Synodal Exhortation -- Part I

I've seen a lot of chatter about how relieved people are that Pope Francis did not approve married priests for the Amazon in his post synodal Apostolic Exhortation.

Well, I've read it and frankly I found it alarming and hypocritical on many fronts.

But before I get into that let me remind you to......


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Want to Know Where the Vatican is Taking the Church?

....Just look at China!


  • Children under 18 may not go to Church...
  • Underground bishops (legitimate) are forced to step down in favor of bishops appointed by an atheistic Communist government...
  • Where Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin's ostpolitik with an anti-religious Communist government includes signing on to the Communist agenda...
It is the abandonment of the Catholic faithful of China in favor of a false unity that pretends to be making progress in this poor country. 

It is shameful and a sellout of Catholic truth!

Cardinal Joseph Zen is the prophetic voice of the suffering Church in China. This 88 year old Catholic warrior will not be silent. His voice graphically reveals the moral bankruptcy of Vatican policy. 

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Sunday Meditation: Lent is Coming, Are You Ready?

Going to the traditional Latin Mass last Sunday got me thinking about Lent. In the old calendar, it was Septuagesima Sunday, 7 decades before Easter.

Yes, under the old (would progressive Catholics say "dismal"?) calendar, Ordinary Time was only a few weeks in and already the Church drew the eyes of the faithful toward the passion of Christ. The green changed to purple.

I was glad for the reminder that Lent is coming because it got me thinking about what I want to read for the season. And, since I happened to be doing a little organizing of my papal documents at the same time, I readily found just the thing. Pope Leo XIII's little book, The Practice of Humility. He was still known as Joachim Cardinal Pecci, Bishop of Perugia, when he wrote it. The work was directed to seminarians, but all of us are in training for the devout life, so how beneficial such a work can be for everyone! And it also turns my thoughts to Pope John Paul I, the "smiling pope" who served for only 33 years -- one day for every year in the life of Christ. His motto was a single world: humilitas. He left behind a humble collection of writings. Among his few general audiences he left these words:

Friday, February 14, 2020

My Brain Works Life a Rube Goldberg Contraption

If that headline intrigues you, I have a post on my Grandma blog about it. I'm taking a break from the bad news in the culture and the Church.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

History Repeats Itself! And so Does Heresy!

Cardinal Marx with his equivalent of Luther's rebellion.

I just started reading Hillaire Belloc's book, How the Reformation Happened. With the latest revolt coming out of Germany, that unfortunate country, I hope the book may cast some light on the synodal path to hell being led by the German bishops. (Hmmm...what a good hash tag! #TheSynodalPathToHell.) 

Belloc begins by dispelling the notion of there ever being a peaceful time in the Church. He goes through the first 300 years of blistering persecution and countless divisions, ending with Constantine's edict of 321 establishing religious toleration for Christians.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Wisdom from Fulton Sheen, Peter Kreeft, and St. Francis deSales

I  recently read a quote from Archbishop Fulton Sheen that made me laugh. "The proud man counts his newspaper clippings; the humble man his blessings."

And then the insight....Omigosh! How many bloggers count their visit statistics and views?

Mea culpa! Mea culpa! Mea maxima culpa!

Some days I think about throwing up my hands, deleting my blog, retiring my newsletter and saying with St. Thomas Aquinas, "It's all straw." Actually, if Thomas' magnificent writings were straw, mine are the poop-covered shavings from the chicken coop...or the waste products on the bottom board of the bee hive.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Is the "Twilight of Christian Civilization" upon us?

Pope Paul VI
I recently read an article in The Wanderer by Raymond de Souza, Our Responsibility to Defend the True Faith. He used several terms that struck a chord. First, he described the "historic moment" we are living in, as a "moment of apocalyptical magnitude: the twilight of Christian civilization." He went on to say, in the words of Pope Paul VI, that the Church has entered a "process of auto-demolition." It's ironic that the very pope who did so much to create the auto-demolition later lamented it. Physician, heal thyself, eh?

I have a hard time considering Pope Paul VI a saint. One good document, Humanae Vitae, published rather late into the push for approving contraception, does not a saint make, does it?

But must I call Pope Paul VI a saint? After reading Peter Kwasniewdki's article, Why We Need Not (and Should Not) Call Paul VI ‘Saint’, I think the answer is no. As he says, "The infallibility of canonizations is not taught by the Church, nor is it necessarily implied by any de fide doctrine of the Faith." He went on:

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Sunday Meditation: God is Our FATHER and Jesus is the SON of God!

The lying tongue of Bishop Bode on display
Bishop Franz-Josef Bode of Osnabrück, the vice president of the German Bishops’ Conference is a man. If he weren't, he couldn't be a Catholic bishop. He's a little confused these days on the nature of Jesus Christ, the God-MAN.

Bode is head of the German "synodal path" forum on Women in Ministries and Offices of the Church along with Professor Dorothea Sattler. Recently, in an interview with the diocesan newspaper Kirchenbote, Bode said:
“For us, Christ became a human being, not a man.”

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Does Your Parish Have Eucharistic Adoration? Have You Signed Up for an Hour?

The Miracle of Eucharistic Adoration transformed the drug torn city of Ciudad Juárez. Want to see changes in your parish and your town? Open a chapel for Eucharistic adoration.

Mexican City Sees Stunning Drop in Violence as Adoration Increases