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Friday, July 30, 2021

Consecration of Russia and the "Diabolical Disorientation" of Our Time

I found this video very interesting. We certainly live in difficult and challenging times. How would things be different if one of the popes had listened to Mary's request and consecrated Russia in the way she asked? There have been several imperfect consecrations which brought limited good results, but Mary's request remains unfulfilled after a century. 

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Good News and Bad News on the Latin Mass Front

Good news from a good bishop:

Bishop Paprocki: “The problem has not been solved, but tensions have been heightened.”

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, IL offers hope, consolation, and kindness to those who love the TLM. Following the motus proprio, Tradionis Custodes, he issued a decree on continuance of the Latin Mass in Springfield. 

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Is Church Militant covering up for Rebecca Carroll?

Update: Christine Niles is crowing on her Twitter page:

For the record, I've never heard of Rebecca Mavie Carroll. I confirmed she has never counseled Hannah, and she has never met or spoken with Jassy. The entire thesis of this piece crumbled in a matter of minutes - through simple fact checking.

I laughed when I saw this. I think Susan scored a hit which is why we got the threat. The thesis of the piece didn't "crumble" at all. As for Niles "fact checking" .... anyone who's seen her stories is familiar with how she uses half-truths to twist and spin. What makes her the filter for these three women? Is she their lawyer? Would they swear to these things in a deposition under oath? More to come. 

Thought for the Day on the State of the Church -- Never Fear, Little Flock!

How I love reading the Imitation of Mary every morning. It puts suffering in perspective seen in the shadow of the cross of Christ. We all love to be consoled and to see a world full of sweetness and light. That is certainly not our experience at present is it? The secular city and the city of God seem to be crumbling around us. 

If you feel that way, remember that feelings don't necessarily translate into facts. Following them can lead us into confusion and despair. Worried about the state of the world? Worried about the state of the Church? Take a deep breath and take heart. Nothing just happens! All is in the Providence of God. "All things work together for good for those who love the Lord and serve according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28) This consoling message comes from Book 2, chapter 32 of the Imitation of Mary:

Monday, July 26, 2021

Integrity and Credibility: Church Militant's Attack on Fr. Pierre Duverger

Hmm...Is that one of
Fr. Duverger's eyelashes?
"The games afoot" at Church Militant (CM) as they continue to focus their magnifying glasses on the SSPX. Is Fr. Pierre Duverger collateral damage in the SSPX offensive, one more stick with which to beat the society? Inquiring minds want to know.

Some of CM's reporting has facts to back up their assertions. And that's fine. Present the facts; ask the questions; see where they lead. If someone's committed a crime bring criminal charges. Hold those accountable who are proved to be guilty by solid evidence not by rumor, hearsay, and innuendo. 

Friday, July 23, 2021

Friday Morning Musing on a Spiritual Work of Mercy...

...specifically -- To Bear Wrongs Patiently. 

Many of us would like everyone else to practice the golden rule: Do unto others what you would have them do unto you! 

But do we practice it?

The human tendency and a great temptation might be called the iron rule: Do unto others what they do to you. If someone brings a knife to a fight, you take a gun is the philosophy of our modern pagans. 

The biblical admonition of an "eye for an eye" was actually a rule that limited the punishment for wrongdoing. If someone committed a crime against another person, the punishment had to be balanced. You couldn't kill someone for robbing you. What sounds harsh was actually a brake on the human tendency to seek revenge.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Another One Bites the Dust! No Wonder We Don't Trust the USCCB!

Janet Smith has an article at Crisis about one of the highest ranking priests at the USCCB who just resigned when his "private" life was exposed. (I use the word "exposed" deliberately. 

The Limits of a Priest’s Right to Privacy

Note the priest's position. It's almost funny. The man using an app to "hook up" with other men looking for sex with other men (Any man will do.). was in charge of....wait for it...."overseeing sex abuse cases." 

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

The SSPX is NOT in Schism! Stop Already the Ignorant Accusations!

Archbishop Lefebvre was not excommunicated for being in schism.
He was excommunicate for ordaining four bishops without papal approval.
The Vatican never said that the Society was schismatic.  They are not!

I'm tired of hearing ad nauseum the accusation that the SSPX is in schism. THEY ARE NOT! And as the pope cracks down on the TLM (traditional Latin Mass), the flock may, with clear consciences, attend the Masses offered by the Society. 

So let's take a closer look.

This comes from the Fatima Center and is from part 1 of a series on the SSPX:

Monday, July 19, 2021

Latin Mass in the Diocese of Arlington -- It Will Continue for Now

Pope restores limits on pre-Vatican II Mass

According to the Arlington Catholic Herald the Traditional Latin Mass will continue in the Diocese of Arlington. Here's the statement from Bishop Burbidge quoted in the Catholic news service article:
“In prayer and obedience, I am reflecting on the motu proprio issued by Pope Francis and discerning how best to implement the changes,” said Bishop Michael F. Burbidge. “As permitted by the motu proprio, I intend to allow Masses in the Extraordinary Form to continue in the Diocese of Arlington.”

To All Those Who Think Every Pope is the Reincarnation of St. Peter....

One of the meditations (my favorite) in the Spiritual Exercises is on The Two Standards. The retreatant is presented two scenes. On a hill near Babylon (the city of confusion) Satan appears to be seated on a high throne surrounded by terrifying demons. Smoke fills the air and the howls of the demons assault the ears. Satan urges on his minions to attack all the followers of Christ to gather them into his hellish kingdom. He advises them with wicked strategies for debasing consciences.

The second scene is a plain around Jerusalem (the city of peace) where Jesus gathers all under His banner urging His followers to go out and spread the words of faith, bringing all to a knowledge of His love and mercy.

So now let's see...which do I choose?


and THIS


Here's my answer written on July 16th.

Dear Fr B,

It is with clear insight as to what I'm doing that I now wish to withdraw my membership from St Mary's. For many weeks now I have known that I cannot ever go back to the Novus Ordo, no matter how reverently celebrated, because the Mass of the Ages does something to a soul that the Novus Ordo never could, for me at least. I cannot remember the last time I teared up at a Novus Ordo Mass, but it happens almost every time I'm at St Thomas More. The beauty and joy of it all is ...well...otherworldly and is, frankly, what I converted for all those years ago.

With Bergoglio's Motu Proprio today against the Mass of All Time I know now is the time I must make this decision. I can no longer be a member of both St Mary of the Lakes and St Thomas More. If Bergoglio excommunicates the SSPX then I shall die excommunicated. So be it. But then that clearly brings into question the validity of such an act by a Marxist globalist who people think is the pope when in fact he possibly isn't. (Just FYI - the SSPX thinks he is and prays for him in every Mass, but I don't necessarily think that way.)

I want to thank you for all your kindness to me over the past several years. I never felt anything but pastoral love from you and your presence at St Mary's and for that I sincerely thank you.

May God be with you,

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Do You Belong to AARP? Maybe It's Time to Switch...Check Out AMAC!

Update: Note the comment below from turkeyridge. Maybe AMAC isn't such a good alternative after all! 

Did you see the letter that's going viral? It's all over the internet and the Fact or Fiction site confirmed its correct attribution. We never joined AARP because I checked it out and we saw it was a liberal shill from the beginning. We joined AMAC instead (Association of Mature American Citizens). AMAC is pushing back against critical race theory. They oppose Social Security for illegal aliens, support securing the vote by disallowing vote machines that connect to the internet, oppose the Green New Deal and many other evil designs liberals plan for us. Check out AMAC and ditch the AARP. And when you do, how about sending AARP a letter as well! It doesn't have to be long -- You can just affirm your agreement with the Millers. In fact think of the impact of AARP getting 50,000 postcards that say "Ditto! I agree with the Millers and I'm not renewing my membership. Be sure to recycle this postcard!"

It's time to burn down the liberals' echo chambers. AARP is a good place to start!'s the letter:

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Our Spiritual Father Gave Us a Serpent Yesterday!

Do you ever read a post that strikes a chord of joy or sorrow and actually brings tears to your eyes? That happened to me this morning when I read Eric Sammons article at Crisis Magazine.

Traditionis custodes: Serpents over Fish

I grieve for children who have absentee or negligent or abusive fathers. What a tragedy for those youngsters! Today, after the pope dropped a bomb on the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) yesterday, I know how they feel. I'm sure many others who love the TLM could say the same thing. Here's a bit from Sammon's piece:

Friday, July 16, 2021

Comments Coming Out about the Motu Proprio. What Next?

I'm posting links for some articles about what the pope did earlier today in releasing the document which is translated as "Guardians of Tradition." It was accompanied by a letter which is as bad as the motu proprio itself.

What? Really? 

Is the title of the document a joke? Guardian of Tradition?

We Knew It Was Just a Matter of Time: Pope Francis Abrogates Universal Permission for TLM...

We'll get those traditionalist clergy 
and their little lambs too!
It's like a soap opera: As the World of Bergoglio and the Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) Turns.


Complete abrogation of the TLM by the pope and his minions at the Vatican? Won't James Martin smile!

Alert! FSSP, Canons of Christ the King, Canons of the New Jerusalem, etc. You are on the enemies list. Get ready for the chopping block!

Alert! SSPX and your flock, get ready for excommunication!

Breathing a Sigh of Relief: Just Sent the Newsletter to the Printer

The red buds were in glorious profusion this Spring as we headed to Texas.

Blog readers may not know that I put out a quarterly print newsletter.'s usually quarterly. I combined the Spring and Summer issue this year because of coming down with COVID in March and then my husband having COVID and surgery (and another surgery on the calendar for early August). It's been a challenging few months. Toss in a few wonderful events like a trip to visit our son and his family in Texas and our big 4th of July bash and it's been a busy-busy time. 

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Discouragement in the Face of Evil is NOT an Option

 From the Imitation of Mary with my comments in red:

My child, the thing I certainly wanted above all else was for Jesus to be known.... My zeal for His glory made me feel deeply the hardening of Jewish [read Catholic] hearts. Yet why should I have therefore lost my peace of soul? I knew that God often makes use of evil in carrying out His plans; I knew He draws good from evil. Therefore in silence I adored the infinite wisdom that at times allows wickedness to  triumph....

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Thought for the day from St. Bonaventure

"The perfection of a religious man is to do common things in a perfect manner. A constant fidelity in small things is a great and heroic virtue."

500 years before Therese of Lisieux embraced her "little way," St. Bonaventure advocated it for his monks. Imagine the channel of grace it would be to make the bed for the love of Christ, to wash the dishes and scrub the sink. 

Right now I'm watching a bluebird couple bring food to their babies. What a source of grace to feed little ones and wipe up their messes for the love of Christ, to get up patiently when a baby cries in the night.  How many opportunities to grow in virtue we have in the ordinary challenges of daily life. 

St. Bonaventure, pray for us.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

A Lesson for Our Modern Politicians from A Man for All Seasons

I love this scene from A Man for All Seasons. It reminds me of the biblical question of Joshua. "Whom will you serve? As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Think of the impact if all our Catholic politicians imitated Joshua instead of Judas.

Monday, July 12, 2021

We All Have a Right to Our Good Name!

Sins against the eighth commandment are legion. Slander and detraction are serious issues. Which brings me to Church Militant (CM) and its reporting on the SSPX -- again. 

Michael Voris recently reviled the SSPX as a "cult" on a CM Twitter thread implying that  anyone who attends or defends the SSPX is a "cult" member.  He used two examples to support his statement -- Let me repeat that. He mentioned TWO!!! comments left on the Twitter feed and went on to cast aspersions on every single member of the SSPX. But not only the SSPX, the entire Latin Mass community. He implied, based on TWO comments, that everyone who attends the Latin Mass is self-righteous and thinks they are "superior and Holy." And of course, many of CM's followers piled on. Omigosh, those TLM supporters are evil and "spiritually diseased."

Saturday, July 10, 2021

The Pachamama Monstrance: Waiting for the Fire and Brimstone on that Church

Ai yi yi! See Vox Cantoris for more photos.

Searching for Shepherds Like St. John Fisher

See any good shepherds?
I suspect most Catholics know about the saintly martyr Thomas More. The movie, Man for All Seasons, a classic of religious cinematography inspires devotion to the saint even after more than 50 years. The casting was terrific! There isn't one false note among the characters. I get chills when I hear Wolsey (Orson Welles) lament on his deathbed that if he had served God as diligently as he served the king he wouldn't have been abandoned in his old age. That he made such a statement is historically recorded. In fact, the film, based on Robert Bolt's play, corresponds to what's known of St. Thomas More whose own son-in-law, Roper, wrote a biography.

But how many remember anything about St. John Fisher, the only bishop to resist Henry VIII? 

Friday, July 9, 2021

Nuremberg Trials 2021: The Wuhan Fraud is a "Crime against Humanity"

1,000 lawyers and 10,000 medical experts are preparing a Nuremberg case against the WHO, the CDC, and the World Economic Forum's "Davos Group" for "crimes against humanity" over the Wuhan virus. (See here.) Among other violations, the Wuhan measures specifically violate Article 32 of the Geneva Convention that forbids “mutilation and medical or scientific experiments not necessitated by the medical treatment of a protected person” 

Dr. Reiner Fullmich and his team allege that, "There has never been a coronavirus pandemic but a PCR test pandemic."

From the article:

Friday Morning Musings and Articles of Interest

  • I love working with our bees!
    I'm watching an eastern bluebird couple go in and out of the birdhouse my son-in-law built and posted for me. There is plenty of coming and going, so I suspect there are hatchlings demanding to be fed. It will be fun to watch them. I hope to see them fledge. God is so clearly revealed in His creation. The only creatures who defy Him, after the fallen angels, are we human creatures who persist in rebelling. The saddest thing is to see so many deform their reason and function at the level of feelings and passions. They scratch where it itches and live for their bellies and their genitals. What a pathetic way to live!

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Pray for Pope Francis!

St. Therese and the multiple murderer Henri Pranzini

Mundabor wrote today about the pope's illness in a post titled Pope Francis: the Clock is Ticking Faster. As a seventy-something old lady, I relate to that metaphor since the pendulum on my own clock is moving faster these days. 

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Medical Atrocity! COVID "Vaccine" Terminates Babies in the Womb!

Developing Baby at 14 weeks
I received this email the other day from my friend Fr. Tom Collins:
Depopulation alert: Shocking new study reveals covid vaccine terminates 4 out of 5 pregnancies

A shocking new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals that when pregnant women are given covid vaccinations during their first or second trimesters, they suffer an 82 percent spontaneous abortion rate, killing 4 out of 5 unborn babies.

Out of the 127 women receiving vaccines during their first or second trimesters, 104 spontaneous abortions occurred before their pregnancies hit the 20-week mark.

Monday, July 5, 2021

The Rest of the 4th of July Story...

Before I describe the rest of our weekend activities, I want to give a shout out to a fellow blogger, Dymphna, who asked for prayers for me and Susan in her post on July 2nd. I love her "random thoughts" posts. In fact, I love everything about her blog and go to it almost every day to see if she's posted anything new. She finds some of the most beautiful religious art I've ever seen. 

The internet can be a serious source of evil, but when I think of the people I never would have "met" or learned from without it, I am so grateful! God bless you, Dymphna! And thanks for your concern for me and Susan.

And now to "the rest of the story" about our activities on July 4th.

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Home from Retreat -- From Five Days of Silence to....

...a 4th of July weekend bash! 

Coming off a silent retreat is always a little bit of a culture shock, this year more than usual since I came home to three of my children and their families settled into Camp Kreitzer for the weekend. One of our daughters lives nearby so they head home at the end of the day, but the other four adults and nine children are in residence until Monday -- five granddaughters in the six-bed "girls dorm" and the four boys in the downstairs family room. The adult couples get bedrooms. We are blessed to have a big house that we bought  to be our family retreat center when Larry retired. We considered the little retirement cottage, but, after prayer, decided that wasn't God's plan for us.

This past year Camp Kreitzer was a refuge for a homeless mom and her son for several months and for a friend transitioning from being a full-time RVer to moving on to another phase in life. But our favorite Camp Kreitzer events involve family. Larry and I are never happier than when Camp Kreitzer is bursting at the seams with our children, their spouses, and our grandchildren. Holidays often see a crowd ranging from all the littles to the adults.

Thursday, July 1, 2021

With Young People Like This, the Future Looks Bright!

Mia in 2014, already in love with the faith!
Editor's Comment: Gratitude is the parent of many virtues and the letter below is a thank you message from my granddaughter, Mia, to all those who financially supported her mission trip to New Mexicoin May. I was edified and asked her if I could share it with my blog family. So here it is. With young people like Mia, the future does, indeed, look bright. Please pray for Mia and all young people today who face challenges that many of us have only read about in dystopian novels! I hope she will write for the blog again. As a busy college student who will be working as a dorm hall director this school year she probably won't have time, but the world will be hearing more from this devout and talented young woman. 

Dear Grandma and Paka,

Well, I finally went on mission! After plans were postponed and changed multiple times (I’m sure you can guess why), my team and I arrived in New Mexico ready to serve the community of Gallup. I wanted to write this letter to tell you about what we did in New Mexico and to thank you again for supporting the team and our mission.