May 9, 2016 Update: Feast of Saint Gregory Nazianzen within the Octave of the Solemnity of Saint Joseph
Although I am working on very long and detailed commentary on President Donald John Trump's May 4, 2017, Executive Order to "protect free speech and religious liberty," the commentary requires another full day of work before it can be completed.
I do not write in "sound bites," which means that I try to be thorough and comprehensive in my commenataries. Although it is taking me longer than in the past to complete such commentaries, I am trying to provide food for Catholic thought beyond the emotionalism of any given moment. All I can do is to ask your patience and beg your forgivenss as I continue work on the next article, which will be followed by another commentary on the American death industry.
My hope is to finish the death-care industry commentary before Friday, May 12, 2017, the Feast of Saints Nereus, Achilleus, Domitlla and Pancratius, as the false "pontiff," Jorge Mario Bergoglio, will arrive in Fatima, Portugal, on that day to begin his two days of deconstruction and misrepresentation of Our Lady's Fatima Message on the one hundredth anniversary of her first apparition, which took place in the Cova da Iria near Fatima on May 13, 2017.
In order to prepare those who access this site now and again for the lies and blasphemies that Bergoglio will utter in Fatima, it might be useful to review On Full Display: The Modernist Mind, which discussed the deconstruction, distortion and misrepresentation that his predecessor, Joseph Alois Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, used to undermine Our Lady's very physical presence in Fatima, no less her entire message.
As today is the feast of a bishop and doctor of Holy Mother Church who is honored by both West and East, Saint Gregory Nazianzen, today's readings from the Divine Office might be edifying for the readers of this site:
Gregory, to whom, is commonly given, on account of his extraordinary depth of sacred learning, the title of "the Divine", was a noble Cappadocian, born at Nazianzus in that country, and educated at Athens along with St. Basil, with whom likewise, when they had acquired knowledge in divers branches of earthly learning, he gave himself up to learn the things of God. This they did for some years in a Monastery, framing their opinions, not out of their own heads, but according to the interpretation arrived at by the wisdom and decision of the ancients. They were both distinguished by power of doctrine and holiness of life, they were both called to the duty of preaching the Gospel of truth and, through the Gospel. they both begat many sons unto Christ.
Gregory after a while returned home. He was first made Bishop of Sasima, and afterwards administered the Church at Nazianzus. Then he was called to rule the Church of Constantinople. That city, which he found reeking with heresy, he purged, and brought again to the Catholic faith. But this, which deserved for him the warmest love of all men, raised up many enemies. Among the Bishops themselves there was a great party against him, and to still their contentions, he, of his own free will, gave up his see, saying with the Prophet Jonah: "Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea so shall the sea be calm unto you for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you," i. 12. So he went his way back again to Nazianzus, and when he had seen that Eulalius was set over that Church, he gave himself up altogether to think and write concerning the things of God.
He wrote much, both in prose and verse, with wonderful godliness and eloquence. According to the judgment of learned and holy men, there is nothing in his writings which anywhere strays from the line of true godliness and Catholic truth, and not a single word which any one can justly call in doubt. He was one of the latest champions of the doctrine that the Son is of one substance with the Father. No one has ever won greater praise for goodness of life, neither was any man more earnest in prayer. During the reign of the Emperor Theodosius, he dwelt in the country after the manner of a monk, and unceasingly taken up with writing and reading, until, in a good old age, he laid down his earthly, to enter on an heavenly life. (Matins, The Divine Office, Feast of Saint Gregory Nazianzen.)
The same cannot be said of the conciliar "popes," can it?
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
Saint Gregory Nazianzen, pray for us.