March 18, 2015, Update:
There will be no new article today, March 18, 2015, the Feast of Saint Cyril of Jerusalem and the Commemoration of Wednesday in the Fourth Week of Lent. I am pacing myself a little more now after a condition that I had heretofore never known, hyponatremia, rectifies itself. (This is caused by a low level of sodium in one’s blood, a condition that I have discovered is very dangerous and perhaps was the chief culprit behind the great fatigue that I have experienced in recent years. One physician told me that the level that showed up in blood work drawn on February 26, 2015, had placed me in a category of people who could barely function, and I can verify that assessment as it was very difficult to do my writing. The doctor-mandated treatment was to salt food more heavily. That has worked to bring the sodium count up to a tick below the normal range. It has also resulted in a sharp increase in my blood pressure as the diuretic I have been taking for over two decades was discontinued.) Please bear with me as my strength returns over the course of time.
Today, March 18, 2015, is the thirty-third anniversary of the death of my mother, +Mrs. Norma Florence Red Fox Droleskey, who was the adoptive daughter of Chief Red Fox, at the then named Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, where she had spent her adolescent years until she joined the Women’s Army Corps in 1943 at the age of twenty-two, at the age of sixty-one years, twelve days. My mother died of stomach and esophageal cancer that had been diagnosed on Friday, January 29, 1982, just six weeks before she died. Most of that time was spent at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Hospital in Houston, Texas. It is hard to believe that I am now over two years older than she was at the time of her death. How the time has flown. Prayers for the repose of her immortal soul would be very much appreciated. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and all of the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Today is also the eighth anniversary of the death of the late +Father Daniel Johnson, who was ordained to the Holy Priesthood in 1954 and served as the pastor of Saint Mary by the Sea Church in Huntington Beach, California, form 1979 to 2004. Father Johnson was very zealous for souls. He personally walked the boundaries of the parish three times during his quarter-century pastorate, visiting (or leaving his card with an invitation to join the Catholic Church if no one was present to answer his knock) every residence and business to encourage fallen away Catholics to the return to the Faith and to invite non-Catholics to convert. Father Johnson brought five hundred fifty-four souls into the Faith, including Mohammedans, Jews, and Mormons. Sharon herself was baptized at the hands of Father Johnson on July 31, 1999, nearly twenty months before I met her on March 11, 2001 at Saint Mary by the Sea Church as I was giving the “Living in the Shadow of the Cross” lecture program. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all of the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
It was also on this date in 2008 that Mrs. Theresa Colgan, the mother of a former student of mine from Saint Francis College in Brooklyn, New York, during the 1985-1986 academic year, died. Please pray for her immortal soul as well. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and all of the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen,
There are also several birthday intentions that will be remembered in our own prayers today.
Finally, this is a reminder that No Space Between Ratzinger and Bergoglio: So Close in Apostasy, So Far From Catholic Truth is available for purchase in its original paperback edition and is now available as well as a Kindle Edition. One reader wrote on Monday, March 16, 2015, to express appreciation for the book’s organization, thoroughness, and ease of readability. Please do purchase one for your own reference purposes, making sure to get copies for your relatives and friends who are still attached to the structures in the counterfeit church of conciliarism in the mistaken belief that they are part of the Catholic Church. Thank you!
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, pray for us.