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November 29 Article
Ribbet, Ribbet, That's Not So Bad
The caesars and the caesarettes of the modern civil state have gotten their slaves, excuse me, "fellow citizens" to be so used to increasingly higher and higher doses of evil that the average person is wont to say with the frog who, unbeknownst to him, is being boiled alive slowly as the temperature of water in the pot he is sitting is elevated by degrees so that his amphibious body can adjust to the elevation in temperature, "Ribbet, ribbet, that's not so bad."
Well, the same is true with the conciliar revolutionaries who have, after their initial blitzkrieg at the "Second" Vatican Council and its immediate aftermath with the promulgation of the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service, gotten Catholics used to increasingly higher and higher doses of sacrilege and blasphemy and apostasy as most ordinary Catholics are croaking "Ribbet, ribbet, that's not so bad," which is what a lot of them are doing now to justify Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI's latest assault against Catholic truth that was the subject of five straight articles on this site last week.
Although this article contains material repackaged from an article published last year, it is a new composition to try to make the point yet again that no offense against the Holy Faith is a slight one and that the Catholic Church cannot be responsible in any way for the offenses committed in her name by the conciliar "popes" and their "bishops."
My article on the Miraculous Medal, which was intended for publication today, will be posted tomorrow, the Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Andrew the Apostle, pray for us. Saint Saturninus, the first bishop of Toulouse, France, pray for us.
November 27 Articles
Republished: On the Last Day of the Year
We are in the final few hours of the liturgical year. The season of Advent, which lasts for twenty-five days this year, begins with First Vespers for the First Sunday of Advent this evening (See the revised Anticipating Advent in 2010.) We must prepare ourselves well to commemorate Our Lord's First Coming in Bethlehem on Christmas Day by preparing to receive Him worthily each day by His coming us in Holy Communion, making sure to make our full and integral Confession of our sins on a weekly basis, if this is at all possible, as we pray as many Rosaries each day as our states-in-life permit.
On the Last Day of the Year was written two years ago. It discusses the fact that we must withdraw from the world during this Advent as we permit the graces won for us by the shedding of every single drop of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ's Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross and that flow into our hearts and souls through the loving hands of Our Lady, the Mediatrix of All Graces, to help us to see the world more and more clearly each day through the eyes of the true Faith. A believing Catholic is not going to be caught in any stampede at a Wal-Mart that kills a night watchman as happened in Valley Stream, New York, two years ago now. A believing Catholic is not going to be giving "thanks" to Mohammedans for "bringing" God "back" to Europe as Jean-Louis "Cardinal" Tauran did two years ago at around this time. A believing Catholic seeks to Catholicize every moment of his life, which is why it is so important for us to reject conciliarism and suffer the consequences from perhaps even relatives for doing so. Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, pray for us.
Guest Column: Joseph Ratzinger Is Not the Pope, by Jerry Meng
A reader of this site, Mr. Jerry Meng, has written a very interesting and well-documented commentary by way of responding in a very respectful manner to an article that appeared in a recent issue of Catholic Family News. Mr. Meng offered this article to Catholic Family News for publication, following up his initial offer with an e-mail to state that he would offer it for publication elsewhere if he did not hear back on the matter.
Although I do very much oppose and criticize very directly the "resist but recognize" position, it is my normal policy not to mention specific traditionally-minded publications or even authors by name as I want to focus on issues and not personalities. As Mr. Meng's article is highly respectful of the author whose commentary prompted him to compose it, I believe that it makes an important contribution to help demonstrate the differences that exist between Catholicism and conciliarism and that the Catholic Church cannot be responsible for any of the outrages of the latter without descending into the sort of ad hominem polemics some authors all across the vast divide of the ecclesiastical spectrum use to focus on personalities and not issues. I thank Mr. Meng for his kind permission to publish is very valuable and very well-researched article.
Today, of course, is the Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. While I will have a reflection on the Miraculous Medal posted for Monday, November 29, 2010, I believe it apposite for the moment to note that Our Lady herself did what is forbidden by the conciliar authorities when she appeared to a young Catholic-hating Jewish man by the name of Alphonse Ratisbonne in the Church of San Andrea delle Fratte in Rome, Italy, on January 20, 1842, to seek his conversion to the true Faith. Our Lady appeared to him in the same image as she had appeared to Saint Catherine Laboure, a Daughter of Charity, in the convent on Rue du Bac in Paris, France, one hundred eighty years ago today, that is, on November 27, 1830, to have the medal that we call the Miraculous Medal struck. Our Lady's apparition converted Alphonse Ratisbonne to the Faith that he hated and mocked.
Father Maximilian Kolbe, M.I., the founder of the Knights of the Immaculata and a foe of all forms of naturalism and of the sort of false ecumenism that was in its nascent stages during his life but was adopted as a cornerstone of conciliarism over twenty years after his death by lethal injection in the Auschwitz concentration camp of the Nazis on August 14, 1941, promoted the visible, public display of the Miraculous Medal on the outer garments of his Knights of the Immaculata. It was his goal to build up the City of Mary Immaculate. This should be our goal as well as we wear the Miraculous Medal and promote it among our relatives and friends as the means to win souls for Christ the King and Mary our Immaculate Queen. Saint Catherine Laboure, pray for us.
November 26 Article
Words and Actions Without Consequences
Yet another article on the fallout from Ratzinger/Benedict's Light of the World, this one focusing on the contention that the views of the false "pontiff" expressed in that book are merely "private" and they are without consequences for his alleged holding of the Chair of Saint Peter legitimately. Enough. I'm exhausted. I am going to take a few days off to spend with my family during our daughter's vacation from school. There should be a republished article tomorrow in addition to a guest commentary that has been prepared for posting. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Sylvester the Abbot. Saint Peter of Alexandria, pray for us.
November 25 Article
Nothing New Under Benedict's Sun
Another day, another article about Light of the World, this time focusing mostly on the false "pontiff's" views about Judaism, which are nothing new at all. This is a a fairly detailed article. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
Today is the Feast of Saint Catherine of Alexandria. This feast provides us with quite a contrast between the liturgical practice of Catholicism and that of conciliarism. What do I mean? Well, look at the contrast between the Collect of today's feast in the Immemorial Mass of Tradition and consider the fact that "Opening Prayer" for the "optional memorial" in the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service is the prayer found in the Common for Martyrs that makes no specific reference to Saint Catherine of Alexandria at all:
O God, Who didst give the law to Moses on the summit of Mount Sinai and by means of Thy holy angels didst miraculously place there the body of blessed Catherine, Thy virgin and martyr, grant we beseech Thee, that, by her merits and intercession, we may be able to come unto the mountain which is Christ.
This prayer accepts as a fact that the body of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, martyred for her clear witness to the Faith, was transported by angels to Mount Sinai. Some "scholars" contend that Saint Catherine of Alexandria never existed. Is it beyond the power of God to send angels to transport the body of one of His holy martyrs by means of His angels? Why is there a bias against believing in the omnipotence of God? A Catholic who has been given the grace to have a serene and childlike Faith will not be surprised to see in eternity, please God he or she dies in a state of Sanctifying Grace, that the supposed "legends" that lack "scholarly evidence" are indeed factual and marvelous proofs of how God has chosen to confound His prideful creatures by His power and glory.
Although Father F. X. Lasance, the editor of the New Roman Missal, was himself skeptical of the story of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, here is what is contained in the Saint Andrew Daily Missal, which contains an excerpt from the Roman Breviary:
"The illustrious virgin Catherine," says the Roman breviary, "was born at Alexandria. Having from youth combined the study of the liberal arts with the ardour of faith, she soon rose to high perfection both in doctrine and in holiness, and at the age of eighteen surpassed the most learned. She rebuked the Emperor Maximian for tormenting the Christians, and he, filled with admiration for her learning, assembled from all parts the most learned men, to bring her over from the faith of Jesus to the worship of idols. The contrary happened, for several were converted to Christianity by the cogency of her arguments."
Maximian then ordered her to be scourged with rods and with whips weighted with lead. Then he had her tied to wheels armed with sharp swords. But the machine broke down and the tyrant caused her to be beheaded. She died about A.D. 310. She is one of the fourteen Auxiliary Saints. Christian philosophers, scholars, orators and lawyers honour her as their patroness.
Mount Sinai, where the body of Saint Catherine was carried by angels, is also the place where God's ministering angels brought His law to Moses. Let us with the Church invoke the intercession of Saint Catherine so that we may reach Jesus, the law-giver of our souls.
Holy Mother Church issued the Breviary. Was she wrongly guided to do so? The rational man of Modernity and Modernism thinks so. Catholics know that this is impossible.
A blessed Feast of Saint Catherine of Alexandria to you all!
November 24 Article
Razing The Last Bastions
Fast and furious! The events of the last few days have been incredible to behold. Although I had intended to write about the petty caesars and caesarettes of the civil state once again, yesterday's further "clarification" by the Vatican spinmeister, "Father" Federico Lombardi, S.J., of the "pope's" comments concerning how to "protect" against the transmission of a certain social disease ceased all of my other work, including the continued recording of my e-book, dead in its tracks. As my dear wife Sharon said last evening, "God is so merciful, so generous to us. He's telling us, 'Wake up and smell the sulphur. This is not Catholic.'" Well put, my dear wife. Well put.
Although I wanted to take today off from writing, I will have to find some time later today to address the section in the book-length interview that Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI gave to Peter Seewald, published as Light of the World, dealing with the false "pontiff's" comments about how he is "continuity" with his predecessor, Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II, on his view of relations with the false religion of Talmudic Judaism. This has even caused some of those who post comments on the Rorate Caeli blogspot to recognize that the "pope of tradition" party line is pure mythology. Oh, well, I will take some time off today to enjoy with my family before getting back to the work. It appears as that Ratzinger/Benedict is trying to deprive me of enough sleep so that I won't be able to celebrate my sixtieth birthday a year from today. What incredible events. As I noted yesterday, even I am amazed at this all.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint John of the Cross, pray for us. Saint Chrysogonus, pray for us.
November 23 Article and Midday Update
Let the Olympic Games of Absurdity Begin!
The hour is late. This article is a follow-up on yesterday's article, focusing on the efforts of a disciple of the hideous "theology of the body" to defend the comments made by Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI to journalist Peter Seewald that have generated so much confusion. Although the focus on this article is on the violation of the Virtue of Modesty represented by such talk from a putative "pontiff" and the absurd efforts to defend his answer that is causing confusion in conciliar and secular circles alike, the same proviso that I posted yesterday applies to this article. If you don't want to read about this subject, wait until tomorrow, at which point I will have a follow-up to Criminalizing the Innocent, Indemnifying the Guilty. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Pope Saint Clement I, pray for us. Saint Felicitas, pray for us.
Midday Update: Talk about the floodgates. Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI has just thrown his "conservative" and traditionally-minded defenders under the bus by widening the comments contained in his interview with Peter Seewald. You can read it for yourselves,
Pope Comments About HIV Widened, and I will have another commentary tomorrow, sad to report. Even I am shocked at this defection from Faith and Morals.
Then again, the false "pontiff" handpicked William Levada to succeed himself at the conciliar Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on May 13, 2005, knowing full well that Levada, his former protege, wrote a thesis in which he contended that there is no moral teaching that is absolutely fixed. Levada also shares Ratzinger/Benedict's apostate view of the nature of dogmatic truth (see Out of Their Own Mouths). I'm not an expert in end times. All I can say, therefore, if this isn't the proximate vicinity of at least the beginning of end times, can you imagine how much worse things will be as we approach Our Lord's Second Coming in glory at the end of times? Wow.
November 22 Article
If Them, Why Not Others?
As the comments made by Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI to German journalist Peter Seewald in a book length interview have created quite a furor, I have prepared this provisional commentary on the part of that interview that has generated a good deal of news in the last two days. Although it is my intention to purchase the blasted book in order to do a systematic treatment of various passage, enough is known now about the context of the interview as it was published on the officially crazy, semi-official Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, to offer a brief commentary. I am sure that more will be written about this subject in coming days as others weigh in on it. May God have mercy on us all in these times of apostasy and betrayal! Oremus! Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Cecilia, pray for us.
Quite obviously, the subject matter of this article is unfit for the eyes of the young and for those who do not have the interior peace of their souls disturbed by the "pope's" graphic discussion of one of the four sins that cry out to Heaven for vengeance and the sins against the virtues of Modesty and Chastity that will be engendered as a result of the "pope's" comments.
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November 21 Article
Ever Faithful To His Infidelity
The false "pontiff," Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, has had himself a very busy week, praising false ecumenism and meeting with the leaders of the heretical "Neocatechumenal Way." Remarks that he made to journalist Peter Seewald, who put together a book-length interview with Ratzinger/Benedict entitled Light of the World that has just been published, are also causing some waves, although those remarks will be the subject of an article in a day or so as they betray the illogic of mind that rejects the Scholasticism of Saint Thomas Aquinas despite his own professed devotion to the Angelic Doctor. (Watch defenders of all things Benedict do handstands to defend him on this one. Can you imagine the disedifying conversations that will be taking place today all across the vast spectrum of the ecclesiastical divide?) This article deals with false ecumenism and the Neocatechumenal Way. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
A blessed commemorated feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to you all on this Last Sunday after Pentecost. Only one more week in the liturgical year--and quite a week it is (Saint Cecilia tomorrow, Pope Saint Clement I on Tuesday, Saint John of the Cross and Saint Chrysogonus on Wednesday, Saint Catherine of Alexandria on Thursday, and Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal on Saturday).
November 19 Articles and a Request for Prayers for the Immortal Soul of the late +Mrs. Denise Trias, R.I.P.
Criminalizing the Innocent, Indemnifying the Guilty
Searching ordinary citizens as though they are potential terrorists? Refusing to protect the border of the United States of America with the United Mexican States? Trying a Mohammedan terrorist in civilian court? It's all in this very brief article. Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.
We Must Suffer Well If We Want to Go to Heaven
Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, whose feast we celebrate today, suffered much from her own family members. So must we, especially in this time of apostasy and betrayal when so many families are driven apart and so many hard feelings, some of which may be difficult to overcome in this passing, mortal vale of tears, are engendered. This article, a reworking and updating of an older article, covers familiar themes to readers of this site. It is good, I believe, to repeat those themes again in light of all of the suffering that we know exists within Catholic families today. Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, pray for us.
Finally, I ask your prayers for a woman who suffered much during her forty-one years of life, the late +Mrs. Denise Trias, who died at 6:18 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, yesterday, Thursday, November 18, 2010, the Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, in a hospital in Lowell, Massachusetts, after a long, long battle with cancer. Father Peter Lemay administered the Sacrament of Extreme Unction to her with an Apostolic Blessing on Wednesday, November 17, 2010, the Feast of Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus.
Mrs. Trias fought valiantly to defend the Holy Faith in her family, ultimately losing custody of her children in a court battle. Her story was not unlike of so many other suffering souls in this time of apostasy and betrayal. Mrs. Trias accepted her suffering with joy and equanimity, devoting her life to the cause of defending the Faith with numerous articles and photographic essays over the years. Her written work now outlives her and will serve to help many far into the future.
More importantly, however, Mrs. Trias, who was kind enough to arrangement a talk that I gave in Massachusetts on Sunday, January 21, 2007, is now more closely united with her children and her father, who survives her, and her vast, extensive network of Catholic friends in the United States of America and in many other countries. Mrs. Trias's death, occurring as it has within the month of the Poor Souls, reminds us that even the suffering souls in Purgatory can intercede for us even though they cannot help themselves. We are united with the souls of the Church Suffering in Purgatory and the Church Triumphant in Heaven in a more perfect way by means of the Communion of Saints than we ever were while those who have now died were alive.
As we do not know the state of any person's immortal soul at the moment of their deaths, we have the duty to pray for the repose of that individual's immortal soul while at the same time deriving consolation from the fact that those who have had a sacramentally-provided-for death are in a much better position to face Christ the King than those who have died in state of final impenitence. It is thus our duty and our privilege to have Holy Masses offered for the repose of the soul of the late +Mrs. Denise Trias and to remember her soul in our prayers every day, a promise that I made to Mrs. Trias after I had received word of her death yesterday evening.
On behalf of Sharon and Lucy, I want to express our deepest condolences to the Trias children and to her father. We will be praying for them in the this time of grief while expressing thanks to the good God that her short life of intense suffering in this mortal vale of tears has come to an end so that she, like Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face, can spend her eternity doing good here on earth.
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.
November 18 Update
Although I am in the midst of promoting my new e-book, which will be audio recorded today and tomorrow and then uploaded to the Christ or Chaos Store, there is an urgent prayer request that I have received now from two different individuals that I want to post at this time.
Please pray for Mrs. Denis Trias, a traditional Catholic who is pretty well known for her writing on spiritual matters, who appears to be on her deathbed at this time. Commend Mrs. Trias, who will leave behind five young children, to our Good Saint Joseph, the Patron of the Dying, as we pray the
Three Very Beautiful Prayers for the Dying.
November 17 Article
False Opposites of the Conciliar Church
Although I am working on several projects, including marketing my e-book, I thought it timely to follow-up Why Not? with this brief commentary. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus, pray for us.
November 16 Article
Defend Truth Now or Lose The Only Election That Matters
Another short article about naturalism and how it blinds Catholics all across and up and down the vast expanse of the ecclesiastical divide. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Gertrude the Great, pray for us.
Today is the third anniversary of the priestly ordination of Father Markus Ramolla. Please pray for Father Ramolla and his parishioners at Saint Albert the Great Roman Catholic Church in Fairfield, Ohio, today. Congratulations, Father Ramolla.
There will be a gap of several days before the next article appears. I need to promote my e-book and to work on another such book in order to generate the income that this site simply does not produce. Thank you for your patience.
November 15 Article
A very short article. As this article deals with the moral rot within the counterfeit church of conciliarism, however, is not to be read by the young or by those who do not want to read about the moral stench within this false church as indicative of the theological and liturgical stench caused by its rotting liturgy and its decaying Modernist propositions. This article is short as there is really no need to attempt to "prove" in great detail the apostasies of the moment. the hour is late. Readers are either going to see it or they will not. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Albert the Great, pray for us.
A blessed feast day of Saint Albert the Great to all members of the Order of Preachers and to Father Markus Ramolla and his parishioners at St. Albert the Great Roman Catholic Church in Fairfield, Ohio, which celebrates its first anniversary today.
There should be another brief article tomorrow, although there might be a gap of a few days thereafter as I am working on writing projects that I hope will produce the sort of financial support that this site simply is not producing. All within the Providence of God. All is accepted with joy and gratitude as the consecrated slaves of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
November 12 Article
All Caesars Go Mad
Our reigning caesar spoke at the University of Jakarta in Indonesia on Wednesday, November 10, 2010, as he praised the "spirit of toleration" that exists in this Mohammedan land. "Spirit of toleration"? Um, go tell that to the Christians who are being persecuted there. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Pope Saint Martin I, pray for us.
November 11 Article
Wear Your Catholic Stripes Well
Has word ever gotten back to you about what someone said about you behind your back? Have you ever heard that you are not a Catholic for having rejected the legitimacy of a man who blasphemes God regularly and reaffirms non-Catholics in their false religions as he esteems the nonexistent ability of those religions to produce "peace" and to build the "better" world? If you have, and I think that there is a slight possibility that some of you out there in cyberspace have felt these stings, then this article is for you.
This article includes material published nearly seven months ago that details some of the "highlights" of the false "pontificate" of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI. That material has been updated extensively in light of events that have taken place in the past seven months, featuring also an exhortation at the conclusion of the article to pray for those who have been chosen by God to be the instruments of our sanctification by rejecting us and ostracizing us and ridiculing us and speaking ill of us behind our backs because we refuse to accept apostasy and blasphemy and sacrilege as compatible with the honor and majesty and glory of the Most Blessed Trinity.
Mind you, none of us who "gets it" is one bit better than those who do not. Not all! We must understand, however, that there were great divisions amongst former friends during the Great Western Schism (1378-1417), many of whom went "after" each other with hammer and tong. Horrific screeds of personal attacks, filled with much venom, were published by the warring sides in some instances. We must remember, therefore, to pray for those who reject us and to be grateful to them for helping to give us a few Catholic "stripes" by which we might be able to save our souls despite our own best efforts to lose them. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Martin of Tours, pray for us. Saint Mennas, pray for us.
Tomorrow's article will deal with the currently reigning caesar's speech in Indonesia, a country rife with anti-Catholic violence, yesterday, November 10, 2010.
Finally, although the response has been predictably low, I do want to thank those who have responded to the appeal that I made on November 3, 2010. One non-tax-deductible gift made possible the payment of a phone bill and the bill for the monthly usage of the wireless device that makes it possible for these articles to be uploaded to this website. We pray for our benefactors every day at Holy Mass and in our daily novena to Saint John Bosco. It is my hope that the e-book projects will start to generate the kind of income that the work of this site is simply not producing. Fiat voluntas tua!
November 10 Update
Although I am working on the next article, which will be posted later this evening, I did want to announce to the multitudes out there in cyberspace that a revised version of
There Is No Shortcut to Cure This Condition: A Catholic Man's Lifelong Battle of the Bulge has been uploaded to the Kindle Book Store. Believe it or not, a few typographical errors made their way into the original version, errors that were missed by no less than five pairs of eyes, three of which reviewed the text more than once! I will post a flier for the book on this site at some point tomorrow.
As the response to last week's new fund-raising letter has been rather typical, I am going to spend more time revising older books and compiling a few new ones for e-publication as such books will be, unlike this site, a source of some income with which bills can be paid. There will be a new article tomorrow, followed by another one in relatively short order, possibly as soon as Friday, November 12, 2010, the Feast of Pope Saint Martin I.
Thank you for your patience.
November 9 Article
Still Caught in the Trap of Naturalism
The postmortems about the election continue. I will have a article dealing with conciliarism posted at some point tomorrow, the Feast of Saint Andrew Avellino. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Theodore, pray for us. (Did I catch you napping with this relatively late-in-the-day posting?)
November 8 Article
More Committed to Error Than We Are to Truth
Do you wonder why naturalists of the "left" are more committed to error than we are to truth? Here is but one explanation.
As there have been eleven articles on this site in the past thirteen days, I am going to begin spacing out the next few articles to spend a bit of time promoting my new e-book, listed above, to various media outlets. Just keep checking. There could be an article by tomorrow, November 9, 2010, the Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of Our Saviour (the Basilica of Saint John Lateran). If not, there should be one by Wednesday, November 10, 2010, the Feast of Saint Andrew Avellino.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
November 6 Article
Fratricide in the Lodge
This will be the next-to-next-to-last (smile) article about the naturalist farce that concluded four days ago. The 2012 presidential election circus will begin soon enough. For the time being, however, there is little more to say than is contained in this very short commentary.Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
Some readers have commented that I have not been writing much, at least not directly, about the goings-on in the counterfeit church of conciliarism. Well, there does come a time when enough is quite enough. How much more can be written about the doctrinal, liturgical and moral corruption with the ranks of the conciliar church? Perhaps Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI will say something worthy of commentary during his two-day pilgrimage to Spain that starts today, Saturday, November 6, 2010, the First Saturday of the month of November. If so, there will be a commentary or two within the next few days.
For the time being, however, suffice it note that the "missal" for the pilgrimage contains the same mixture of Latin and the vernacular (Spanish in this case, of course) as occurred in Scotland and England from September 16-20, 2010. There is no need to repeat
Calling Cesar Romero, Calling Cesar Romero, part one and
Calling Cesar Romero, Calling Cesar Romero, part two with a Spanish accent. There is really very little that is new under the conciliar sun.
November 5 Article
As Blind Now As He As Always Been
Who's that? George Walker Bush. What's he blind about this time? What he's been blind about for nine years now: Iraq and the harm caused to that country by his reckless, ill-considered American invasion that continues to devastate innocent human beings there, including our own fellow Catholics. So many caesars to write about, so little time. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
I will try to have a new article by tomorrow, the First Saturday of the month of November, at some point.
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Have you been keeping up with the articles? No? Hey, what's wrong out there? Scroll down to see what you've been missing! (Yes, yes, you humorless souls out there: my tongue is in my cheek, thank you very much, and a smile is on my tired face.)
November 4 Article
See Caesar Pout
The article's title speaks for itself.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Charles Borromeo, pray for us. Saints Vitalis and Agricola, pray for us.
The next original article on this site should appear at some point tomorrow, Friday, November 5, 2010, the First Friday in the month of November.
November 3 Article
Written In Sand
That's what yesterday's elections results were, my friends: written in the sand. Gone are many of the Democrats who got elected in 2006 and 2008. Gone will be the Republicans who were elected yesterday if the "money" does not start flowing by election day, November 6, 2012. Nothing is permanent, nothing is stable in a system which is built on the shifting sands of popular sovereignty and naturalism. Aren't I such a party pooper? Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
There should be a new article tomorrow, Thursday, November 4, 2010, the Feast of Saint Charles Borromeo, at some point.
November 2 Article and Evening Update
Saint Alphonsus, Please, Go Ahead, Make Clint Eastwood's Day for Him
Although I will have an election-related article tomorrow and an election post-mortem late tomorrow, this article deals with yet another effort on the part of Hollywood to propagandize in behalf of the "new age" movement, making the matter of death one of sentimentality involving "spiritualists" and "psychics." The sad part is, of course, that many poor catechized Catholics in the conciliar structures fall for this propaganda, which comes straight from Hell itself. It us that that I am calling upon Saint Alphonsus de Liguori to go ahead and make Clint Eastwood's day for him by his powerful sermons about the Particular Judgment, the General Judgment of the Living and the Dead, and the death of a sinner.
Let us remember the Poor Souls on this Commemoration of All Souls, making a trip to a Catholic cemetery and to participate in the Toties Quoties indulgenced prayers, if at all possible.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and all of the souls of the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Hey, there's a new book for sale!
Evening update: As I am fairly exhausted and have no intention of doing what I did ten years ago when I stayed up until 5:00 a.m. in a motel in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area (where I was lecturing at the time), my post-mortem on the election results will appear at some point late tomorrow, Wednesday, November 3, 2010, the Feast of Saint Charles Borromeo. Also, the Donations page has been updated for the first time in two months, not that it couldn't have been updated before now, you understand. I've simply waited this long to do so.
November 1-2 Article
Revised: Suffering Is The Only Path to Triumph
Our one and only goal in this life is to get home to Heaven by dying in a state of Sanctifying Grace as a member of the Catholic Church. Absolutely nothing else matters. The path to Heaven runs through the Cross of our Divine Redeemer, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, as we consecrate ourselves to Him totally through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of His Most Blessed Mother. We must embrace suffering and humiliation and hardship with equanimity, joy and gratitude, mindful of the fact that Our Lady desires use whatever merits we earn from our embrace of our sufferings for the honor and glory of the Most Blessed Trinity and for the good of souls, especially the Poor Souls in the Church Suffering in Purgatory, whose intentions we must remember every day and especially during this month of November. There is no other path to the triumph of the empty tomb other than the suffering of the Cross.
We must also forgive right readily those who have offended us in any way and to ask forgiveness from those whom we have offended, whether advertently or inadvertently. Nothing anyone does to us or says about us is the equal of what one of our least Venial Sins caused Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to suffer in His Sacred Humanity during his Passion and Death and that caused His Most Blessed Mother's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart to be pierced through and through with Seven Swords of Sorrow.
We must continue to pray for each other on a daily basis, praying especially that the disagreements of the present moment in this time of apostasy and betrayal will be washed away by the merits of the Most Precious Blood of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and by the maternal intercession of His Most Blessed Mother. If we want to be in Heaven for all eternity, you see, in the presence of the Most Blessed Trinity, Our Lady, Saint Joseph and all of the angels of the saints, then it is a pretty good idea to pray for everyone whom God's Providence has placed in our paths, hoping that those from whom we might be estranged at the present time, especially because of the divisions among Catholics created by conciliarism and its apostasies, will be united with us for all eternity in the glories of Heaven, please God that each of us dies in a state of Sanctifying Grace.
One of ways in which we can practice true Charity is to remember the Poor Souls every day in our prayers. Terrible, terrible sinner that I am, one of my devotions has long been to the Poor Souls. To help the Poor Souls repay the debt that they can no longer pay for themselves is to acquire friends for eternity who will help us at the moment of our own deaths. Charity to the Poor Souls can help to undo our own uncharity to others in this passing, mortal vale of tears. This is indeed the month of the Poor Souls. Let us show them our due attention each and every day of the year, especially in this month of November.
Remember, of course, that from noon today on All Saints' Day through midnight of the Commemoration of All Souls tomorrow the Catholic faithful, as often as they visit a church or Catholic cemetery to pray for the dead, reciting six times during each visit the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be for the intentions of Holy Mother Church may gain a plenary indulgence applicable only to the souls in Purgatory, under the usual conditions of making a good Confession within a week before or after, worthily receiving Holy Communion within the week and having the right intention of heart. This is called the Toties Quoties Indulgence.
As noted last evening, my new book on weight gain and penitential weight loss, There Is No Shortcut to Cure This Condition: A Catholic Man's Lifelong Battle of the Bulge, is now available at the Kindle Store. No one will need any special "reader" to read the book. A free download, Kindle for PC, is available to make the Kindle application work on one's personal computer or iPad or iPhone or Blackberry or Android or any other such device. The Kindle for PC link will give you the necessary information. Enjoy the book, which is meant to be humorous while at the same discussing a serious subject in light of the Holy Faith.
A new article should appear on the Commemoration of All Souls tomorrow, November 2, 2010. I needed a day off from writing yesterday, the Feast of Christ the King, after my lecture and attending to the household chores.
A blessed All Saints Day to you all.
October 31 Article and Evening Update
We Proclaim Anew What Protestants and Conciliarists Alike Reject: The Social Reign of Christ the King
Today is the great feast of the Universal Kingship of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, instituted by Pope Pius XI by the issuance of Quas Primas, December 11, 1925, to counteract the naturalism and the anticlericalism that was spreading so wildly in the world and attracting so many Catholics away from the Faith. This is the eighty-fifth observance of the Feast of Christ the King since the issuance of Quas Primas.
As we live in the midst of the insanity, the utter madness of the absolute farce that is our Judeo-Masonic electoral system, we must always be champions of Christ the King as His totally consecrated slaves through His Most Blessed Mother's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Our Lord is meant to be King of both men and their nations. We must never fall for the diabolical trap posed by the organized forces of naturalism in our country. We must rally at all times to the cause of Christ the King, Whose cause is defended by neither the naturalists in political parties or the conciliarists in the counterfeit church of conciliarism.
Evening update: Well, my new book on weight gain and penitential weight loss, There Is No Shortcut to Cure This Condition: A Catholic Man's Lifelong Battle of the Bulge, is now available at the Kindle Store. No one will need any special "reader" to read the book. A free download, Kindle for PC, is available to make the Kindle application work on one's personal computer or iPad or iPhone or Blackberry or Android or any other such device. The Kindle for PC link will give you the necessary information. Enjoy the book, which is meant to be humorous while at the same discussing a serious subject in light of the Holy Faith.
Vivat Christus Rex! Viva Cristo Rey!
A blessed and glorious Feast Day of Christ the King to you all.
October 30 Article
More Devils Go, More Always Enter
Although it appears as though the naturalist farce that will take place this coming Tuesday, November 2, 2010, the Commemoration of All Souls, will result in the end of the reign of Nancy Patricia D'Alesandro Pelosi as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and the retirement of the Majority Leader of the United States Senate, Harry Reid (D-Nevada), it should be remember that other devils are more than ready to take their place. In the case of Harry Reid, for example, the two most likely candidates to replace him as Senate Majority Leader (assuming that Republicans cannot win ten seats to take control of the upper house of the Congress of the United States of America, something that seems improbable right now) are the rabidly pro-abortion Senators Charles H. Schumer (D-New York) or Richard Durbin (D-Illinois), who is the current Senate Majority Whip.
We should learn a few things about getting too excited about farcical events given us as side shows by the naturalists. After all, how many people were jumping up and down for joy when then United States Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York) was defeated by then United States Senator Barack Hussein Obama (D-Illinois, Hawaii, Kenya?) for the Democratic Party presidential nomination in 2008. One devil leaves, another always enters. Such must be the case whenever nations do not submit to the sweet yoke of the Social Reign of Christ the King as It must be exercised by the Catholic Church.
One other item of interest for the vast readership of this site.
A reader, Mr. Patrick Bright, who is associated with the group that was started by the late Father Oswald Baker in Downham Market, Norfolk, England (not London as I wrote in error in an earlier posting) has taken the time and trouble to re-format articles that I had transcribed on the doctrine of Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus. Mr. Bright weeded out my own typographical errors and omissions, placing the articles in a very readable "pdf" format. I knew nothing about Mr. Bright efforts until I had received an e-mail from him yesterday, Friday, October 29, 2010. The reformatted series of articles may be viewed at: Outside the Church There is No Salvation. I thank Mr. Bright for his excellent work in reformatting these articles.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
October 29 Article
Error Divides, Catholicism Unites
Another article leading up to the "world series" of naturalism, that is, the elections, and leading up to Sunday's Feast of Christ the King. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
I received news yesterday from a long time reader and friend that Mr. John Arena, the courageous pro-life activist, was killed while riding his bicycle at the age of eighty-nine near Rome, New York, on Tuesday evening, October 26, 2010. Mr. Arena was an indefatigable fighter for the inviolability of the innocent preborn who spent three years in prison in the 1990s, although his conviction was later overturned. He was still praying Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary in front of an abortuary in Utica, where I taught at Mohawk Valley Community College during the 1976-1977 academic year, up to the time of the accident that took his life.
We express our condolences to the family of Mr. John Arena, whose dear wife died two years ago, and to his many friends around the nation.
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.
Keep checking for the next article, although there will be an original composition for Sunday, October 31, 2010, the Feast of Christ the King and the Vigil of All Saints.
October 28 Article
Bag Man in a Karakul Hat
Who's that? Hamid Karzai, the corrupt President of Afghanistan. Bags full of American money have been given to this man as the blood American service personnel has been shed in a land that has swallowed up foreigners in the past. Which set of naturalists in the United States of America is going to put an end to this waste of money and the needless shedding of American blood as fratricide with Afghanistan continues unabated. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saints Simon and Jude, pray for us.
Finally, I hope to have news concerning the e-publishing of my new book, There Is No Shortcut to Cure This Condition, by tomorrow or Saturday. Audio recording of the text will begin next week.
October 27 Article
Still Utterly Defenseless Against Itself
Just another article on how it is easy for naturalists to distort the plain meaning of the words of any written document, including the Constitution of the United States of America. Perhaps I will get around to putting my American government course online one of these days after I get a few e-books uploaded.
The next article on this site should appear tomorrow, the Feast of Saints Simon and Jude.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saints Simon and Jude, pray for us.
October 26 Article
No Rules For Liars and Fascists
With apologies for the delay in the posting of this short article (duties of state must take precedence), I hereby present to the twelve or thirteen people who read these articles another of the newer, shorter commentaries. What's this about? It's short enough for you to click on the hyperlink above and find out for yourselves. There should be another new article tomorrow, Wednesday, October 27, 2010, the Vigil of the Feast of Saints Simon and Jude.
Finally, I am going to give the following presentation on Sunday, October 31, 2010, the Feast of Christ the King, at 1:45 p.m. at Edmond Town Hall in Newtown, Connecticut. The title of talk is "I Will Reign in Spite of All Who Oppose Me," which is drawn from the words that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Himself, Christ the King, spoke to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque. The lecture is yet another presentation on the Social Reign of Christ the King.
October 23 Article and Prayer Request
When We Refuse to Listen to Our King's True Popes
A very, very, very, very, very brief article that deals, yes, yet again, with the phenomenon of "political correctness" that cost Juan Williams his job at National Propaganda Radio (otherwise known as National Public Radio). Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
Finally, I request your prayers for the soul of the late +Judge Robert McOsker, who died one year ago today. This is what I wrote a year ago about His Honor Judge McOsker, who was an exemplary champion of Christ the King and of Mary our Immaculate Queen. The last thing that he said when he, confined to a wheelchair because of multiple sclerosis, had listened to a lecture I had given in Rhode Island on Wednesday, January 24, 2007, was this: "Pray the Rosary!" He said the same thing to Sharon as he clasped her hand. Good advice, wouldn't you say? Pray for the soul of Judge Robert McOsker.
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.
October 21 Article
Chester Riley, Call Your Office
Another short article. What's this on? Chris Coons and Christine O'Donnell debating the First Amendment. What a revoltin' development this is! Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Hilarion, pray for us. Saint Ursula and her Companions, pray for us.
There should be another new article by the middle of tomorrow afternoon after I finish reviewing the book that I have written on weight gain and penitential weight loss. I should be able to post news about its publication in about a week.
October 20 Article
Ever L'Osservatore Di Tutte le Cose Grezze
You've been waiting all day for another new article? Here it is. There should be another one tomorrow. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint John Cantius, pray for us.
October 19 Article
Behold the "Rights of Man"
Another short article. Yesterday's article was short. Do you have time to read each of them? Perhaps. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Peter of Alcantara, pray for us.
October 18 Article
Still Believing His Own Stuff
One of the reasons for the shorter articles, I suppose, is that there are only so many ways to say that Barack Hussein Obama is a poster boy of Modernity (and there are only so many ways to say that Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI is a poster boy of Modernism). That is why this article, which discusses how some naturalists of the "left" are beginning to see and to be worried about the reigning caesar's arrogance and egomania, is very short. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Luke the Evangelist, pray for us.
October 17 Republished Article
Republished: Suffering For The Love of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
Do you think that you have sufferings from family members or associates? The saint who is commemorated today, Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, who was favored with visions of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in her childhood and believed this to be a normal experience that any child might have, suffered tremendously in her youth from a pair of domineering paternal aunts, who persecuted her and her mother after her father's death. This early childhood suffering, which was accompanied by a physical affliction that left her bedridden for four years, was just a preparation for the suffering that Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque endured to spread public devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus at the specific request of Our Lord Himself.
The hearts of men had grown cold because of Jansenism when Our Lord revealed the secrets of His Most Sacred Heart to Sister Margaret Mary Alacoque in the Visitation Convent in Paray le Monial, France, between December of 1673 and June of 1685. We cannot let our own love for the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus grow cold in our hearts. We must forgive as we are forgiven, and we must remember the high price of infidelity that France paid for the refusal of King Louis XIV to consecrate the whole of France, and not just Paris, to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (as is related in an appendix to this article). Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, an intimate of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and a faithful client of Our Lady through her Most Holy Rosary, pray for us.
October 16 Article
If Only Catholics Spoke This Way
This new article, which is the two hundredth original article to be published on this site in calendar year 2010, is another of the newer, shorter articles that have appeared on this site in the past three months. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Hedwig, pray for us.
Work proceeds on my book about weight gain and penitential weight loss (which now stands at eighty-eight pounds, weighing in now at 182 pounds) to make reparation for the sins of gluttony that resulted in my weight gain over the years. It is my intention to publish this as an e-book in a few weeks after it is completed. I will also record the book in an mp3 format to upload it to the Christ or Chaos Store so that it can be downloaded as an audio file. Efforts will also be made thereafter to organize some of the articles on this site (such as the travelogues, the devotional reflections, the articles on Christ the King, those on conciliarism) thematically and publishing them as e-books over the course of the next few months. Any thought of putting any of these books into print, however, will have to await the proceeds from the sales (if any!) of the initial e-book. I will keep the vast readership of this site posted on these development as they progress.
Finally, I have been informed of the death of Mr. James Duff, the brother of Mr. Timothy Duff, who is the choir direction at Saint Albert the Great Roman Catholic Church in Fairfield, Ohio. We express our condolences to the family of Mr. James Duff and assure them of our prayers for the happy repose of his immortal soul and for their own consolation at this time. Please do join us in offering prayers and having Masses offered for the repose of the soul of Mr. James Duff.
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.
October 15 Article
Another October 13 Miracle
Another brief article, one that deals with the fact that the remarkable rescue of the thirty-three men who were trapped in the San Jose mine in Copiapo, Chile, was supervised by the Empress of the Americas, Our Lady of Guadalupe. She will supervise our rescue from these days of apostasy and betrayal and sacrilege, days during which even many traditionally-minded Catholics who used to be critics of the Protestant and Masonic Novus Ordo service and the ecumania of Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II are attempting to ignore, if not justify, the the exact same sacrilegious and apostate behavior by Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI.
Saint Teresa of Avila, who was profoundly and tenderly devoted to Our Lady as a child long before entered the order to which she entrusted the shield of her Brown Scapular of Mount Carmel, warned us that we should never wind up minimizing the horrors of even one deviation from the Faith:
"Know this: it is by very little breaches of regularity that the devil succeeds in introducing the greatest abuses. May you never end up saying: 'This is nothing, this is an exaggeration.'" (Saint Teresa of Avila, Foundations, Chapter Twenty-nine)
Our Lady will indeed lead us out of the caves of the present time. She will rescue us. She will give us the great fortitude and love of her Divine Son that was possessed by Saint Teresa of Jesus, whose feast we observe with great joy and gratitude this very day.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us.
Another short article should appear tomorrow, the Feast of Saint Hedwig.
October 14 Article
A System Based on Lies Still Produces Liars
A very, very short article. What's it about? Come on, don't you know me well enough by now? It's about the lie that is American electoral politics? Oh, yes, yes, yes. It could be about conciliarism, which does get a dishonorable mention in this new article. However, this is a brief article reminding us that we should not be shocked to find presidents telling big lies when the whole of Modernity is based on a big lie. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Pope Saint Callistus I, pray for us.
I hope to have two brief articles posted tomorrow, including one on the truly miraculous rescue of the thirty-three men trapped in the San Jose mine in Copiapo, Chile. We must remember to thank Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Empress of the Americas, for bringing these men safely to the surface. Truly remarkable. Deo gratias!
October 13 Republished Articles
Although a new article will appear tomorrow, the Feast of Pope Saint Callistus I, I do want to highlight three older articles to those of you accessing this site today, the Feast of Saint Edward the Confessor, a great champion of Christ the King, and the ninety-third anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun and Our Lady's final apparition to Jacinta and Francisco Marto and Lucia dos Santos in the Cova da Iria near Fatima, Portugal.
The three older articles are:
King of the Day, Queen of All Ages,
Our Lady Does Not Act on Her Own, and
A New Fatima For A New Religion.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us. Saint Edward the Confessor, pray for us.
October 12 Articles
Two articles for you today.
The first is a republished article on The Work of Columbus.
The second is a brief new article, So Much Confusion, So Little Time.
The next new article? Just keep checking. Also, those who may have been hibernating over the long weekend should be apprised that the long and breathlessly awaited Distracting Us With More Side Shows, part three was published two days ago. Did you miss it?
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
October 11 Article
Today is the Feast of the Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Council of Ephesus (431 A.D.) declared Our Lady to be the Mother of God. This is a doctrine that that the devil particularly hates, which is why he has raised up all manner of Protestant sects to attack it with a fury, which we why we must defend the doctrine of the Divine Maternity of Our Lady with all of the graces that she sees fit to send us through her loving hands as the Mediatrix of All Graces.
As Father Benedict Baur, O.S.B., explained in The Light of the World, Volume II:
Fifteen hundred years have passed since Nestorius, a Patriarch of Constantinople, launched the heresy which taught that the person of Christ was different from the person of the Son of God. Nestorius asserted that Mary did not conceive nor bring forth the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, but only the man Christ. According to his teaching she was not the Mother of God, not a God-bearer, but only the mother of a mere man, in whom God dwelt only as in a temple. A few years later after the beginning of the Nestorian heresy, a council was assembled at Ephesus (431 A.D.), which proclaimed that Mary had given birth to Jesus, who was, at one and the same time, God and man, having two natures but one person. God does not live in Him merely as in a temple, but the man Jesus is at the same time God. Mary is mother, not only of the humanity of Christ, but of the Son of God also. She is the Mother of God. The people of Ephesus awaited the decision of the council hall were opened and the decision was made known, the people greeted the Fathers with great rejoicing and accompanied them to their dwelllings with flaming torches, crying out: "Mary is the bearer of God; Mary is the Mother of God." Today, fifteen hundred years later, we make the same joyful confession.
Mary is the mother of Jesus, the Son of God. The Gospel recounts an incident of His childhood during which He first refers to His divine origin. When Jesus was twelve years old, Joseph and Mary went to Jerusalem to offer sacrifice. "When they returned, the child Jesus remained in Jerusalem, and His parents knew it not." They believed Him to be in the company of relatives. But they were mistaken. After a long and anxious search they found Him in the Temple, sitting among the doctors of the law. "And His mother said to Him: Son, why hast Thou done to so us? Behold Thy father and I have sought Thee sorrowing." This rebuke shows the concern of a mother who has borne suffering with love. But Jesus meekly answers: "Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?" He refers to His Heavenly Father, for He is Son of God. He was conceived, not by the power of man, but by the power of God (Offertory). When the angel had first brought the message to Mary, she had answered: Behold the handmaid of Lord; be it done unto me according to thy word" (Luke 1: 38). And at her word, the only-begotten Son of God was made flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mother. We pray tribute to this mystery at the Communion, when we confess, "Blessed is the womb of the Virgin Mary, which bore the Son of the eternal Father." Blessed art thou, O holy Mother of God, who wert united to the Son of God in a most intimate union when thou didst bear Him in thy womb.
Mary provided the body for the Son of God, and he in return Christ filled the soul of Mary with the fullness of His spirit. Mary became wholly absorbed in Him and became like Him. She became united to Him in a most intimate union. "Alleluia, alleluia. Virgin Mother of God, He whom the whole world cannot contain, enclosed Himself in thy womb, being made man, Alleluia." "Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus."
"As the vine, I have brought forth a pleasant odor, and my flowers are the fruit of honor and riches" (Epistle). The blossoms on this vine are the precious virtues of faith and humility which the Virgin exhibited when she received the message of the angel. She was resolute in her attachment to her virginity: "I know not man" (Luke 1: 34). Yet she is obedient to the will of God and speaks her fiat: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done unto me according to thy word" (Luke 1: 38). "My flowers are the fruit of honor and riches," Christ the Lord. "There shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse," Mary, who is sprung from the house of David; "and a flower shall rise up out of his root," Christ, the Son of Mary (Gradual). Humanity and divinity are united in this one person. "Come over to me, all yet that desire me, and be filled with my fruits" (Epistle). Mary does not keep her child for herself; she bequeaths Him to us when He is born at Bethlehem, when He is offered in the Temple, and when He offers Himself up on the cross. She gives Him to us again daily in Holy Communion. Mary has borne Christ for us. Together with her Divine Son, she has given us salvation and an abundance of grace. She stands even today at the throne of God as our advocate and or all-powerful intercessor, armed with irresistible intercessory power, the mother of all those who are in the state of sanctifying grace.
We renew our faith in the mystery of Mary's divine motherhood. "Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee." God is thy child, having taken His humanity from thy flesh.
"Come over to me . . . and be filled with my fruits," for it is Christ Jesus whom I give you. He was first given to us when we were reborn through baptism: He is given to us today at Mass and Holy Communion: "Hath He not also with Him given us all things?" (Rom. 8: 32.) Since Mary has given us all things through Christ, we today express our gratitude to her. (Father Benedict Baur, O.S.B., The Light of the World, Volume II, B. Herder Book Company, Saint Louis, Missouri, 1954, pp. 440-442.)
A blessed Feast of the Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary to you all.
Prayers are requested for the full recovery of Mrs. Stella Simpson, the wife of Mr. Thomas Simpson, who underwent cancer surgery on Friday, October 8, 2010, the Feast of Saint Bridget of Sweden. Mrs. Simpson will undergo chemotherapy in a week or two, a regimen that she has had in the past. Please do pray for Mrs. Simpson's complete recovery. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for Mrs. Stella Simpson and her husband and children and grandchildren.
The next original article on this site will appear tomorrow, Tuesday, October 12, 2010.
October 10 Article
Distracting Us With More Side Shows, part three
This is the concluding article in my current three-part series. Keep checking for the next original article. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Francis Borgia, S. J., pray for us.
Finally (yes, the hour is late), I ask your prayers today, Sunday, October 10, 2010, for the repose of the soul of my late father, Dr. Albert Henry Martin Droleskey, who would have turned ninety-one years of age today had he not died on Saturday, September 5, 1992. 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.
October 8 Article
Distracting Us With More Side Shows, part two
Part three of this brief series will appear in two days. That's all I have the time to write, at least for the time being. This is just another short article that reiterates points I have made repeatedly over the years. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Bridget of Sweden, pray for us.
October 7 Republished Article
Republished: The Gates of Our Very Souls
Although I republished Sent From Heaven Above three days ago (on what was Rosary Sunday in many fully traditional venues), I am republishing The Gates of Our Very Souls again in honor of today's Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. We must never tire of reminding our fellow Catholics that Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary is, after the perfect prayer, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the most powerful prayer we have to make reparation for our own sins and those of the whole world as we seek the conversion of all men to the true Faith, the Catholic Faith, before they die and to fight the heresies of Modernity in the world and Modernism in the counterfeit church of conciliarism. We must promote the Rosary and pray it with fervor and devotion. Our Lady implored us at Fatima to pray the Rosary daily. How can we refuse her? Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Pope Saint Mark I, pray for us. Saints Sergius, Bacchus, Marcellus, and Apuleius, pray for us.
Part two of Distracting Us With More Side Shows, part one should be published tomorrow, Friday, October 8, 2010, the Feast of Saint Bridget of Sweden, not that a lot of people in cyberspace will care, you understand. If you one of the very few persons who have read part one--and just can't wait until part two is posted--your wait will be over tomorrow. (A reminder to the humorless out there in cyberspace: this is all noted with tongue-in-cheek!)
October 6 Article and Prayer Request for the Soul of the late +Robert L. Mandt, R.I.P.
Distracting Us With More Side Shows, part one
This is a brief article, part one of what should be three parts. Regular readers of this site will see quite readily that there is nothing new in in the new article, although it is an original composition. What's it about, you ask, with baited breath? The Social Reign of Christ the King, quite of course. Part two of this article will be posted, God willing and Our Lady interceding, on Friday, October 8, 2010, the Feast of Saint Bridget of Sweden. There will be a republished article tomorrow on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. (I am spacing articles out in order to have time to work on the book that I hope can generate what the ancients referred to as income, something that is not within God's Holy Providence for us to have on a regular basis at this time. I hope to have that book done and available for e-publishing by the end of this month.)
I ask your prayers for the repose of the soul of the late Robert L. Mandt, who died at the age of seventy-four in Whitestone, Queens, New York, three days ago.
Bob Mandt was an original employee of the New York Mets, selling tickets for their first season in the Polo Grounds from a booth in the Hotel Martinique in the Borough of Manhattan during the winter of 1961-1962, a scant two and one-half years after his graduation from Saint John's University. He spent the rest of his professional career with the Mets, becoming the team's ticket manager after they moved to Shea Stadium in 1964 and remaining in the employ of the club until his retirement in 2004 after spending more than two decades as the team's Vice President of Operations (meaning that he was in charge of the physical operations of Shea Stadium).
Bob and his secretaries, especially the late Mrs. Michele Daugherty, who died in 1998, were always very kind to me, arranging for excellent tickets when I needed them for various friends in the days that I had my season seat at Shea Stadium (and in the years between 1976 and 1994 when I did not have a season seat myself but attended a whole lot of games). No one alive today except for Mets' radio broadcaster Howie Rose and possibly the legendary Ralph Kiner, still going strong at nearly eighty-eight years of age, possesses the encyclopedic knowledge of the Mets and their history that was possessed by the late Bob Mandt, who took his Catholic Faith very seriously despite the conciliar revolution.
Although I spoke to Bob only once after leaving Shea Stadium on Tuesday, July 16, 2002, because of advertising during a game that was offensive to the innocence and purity of children and just plain inappropriate for spectators of any age, he remained in my prayers as will his immortal soul after his death from emphysema. I hereby express my condolences to his widow and children and other family members, assuring them of our prayers for the happy repose of his immortal soul and for their own consolation in this time of grief.
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.
October 4 Articles and Prayer Request for the Soul of the late +Mr. Bill McKee, the father of Father Gerard McKee, CMRI
The Cost of "Recognition" Keeps Getting Higher and Higher
As promised two days ago, this new article is but a brief response (all right, all right, it's a little longer than some of the recent articles on this site) to the efforts that have been made recently by Father Michael Mary of the Sons of the Holy Redeemer (also known as the Transalpine Redemptorists) to justify Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI's participation in a "vespers service" at the Anglican-held Westminster Abbey on Friday, September 17, 2010. Father Michael Mary attempted to justify this outrage by citing various permissions granted by true popes to permit Catholics to receive the Sacraments from heretics in cases of necessity.
Well, Anglicans have no true Sacraments.
Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI was not seeking the Sacraments from the Anglicans.
Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI treated the non-ordained Anglican layman, Rowan Williams, as if he was a "bishop" (yes, Ratzinger/Benedict is playing "bishop" himself, obviously) who had a mission from God to serve and save souls.
Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI gave a "joint blessing" with this Anglican layman, Rowan Williams.
Such behavior is without precedent in the history of the Catholic Church prior to the dawning of the age of conciliarism. Pope Saint Pius X, who said the reception of the Sacraments from the hands of the Orthodox clergy in cases of necessity could be "tolerated," would never have given a "joint blessing" with a bogus "clergyman" of a false religion. Anyone who could seek to justify Ratzinger/Benedict's doing so is either bereft of the sensus Catholicus and has lost his intellectual honesty as part of the high price of being "recognized" by the false "pontiff's" false church. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us.
Republished: From Riches to Lady Poverty to Eternal Treasures
Today is the Feast of the Seraphic Saint, Saint Francis of Assisi, who was born as Giovanni di Bernardone in 1182 (some say 1181). This article is a poor way to pay tribute to the follower of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who gave up earthly riches to embrace Lady Poverty, earning himself eternal riches in the process, eternal riches that helped to save the Church Militant on earth from falling down at a time of great clerical corruption. It is my hope, however, that this poor tribute to Saint Francis, a saint of profound Eucharistic piety and deep, tender devotion to the Mother of God who rejoiced in the midst of trials and sufferings and insults and even the rejection of his own father and brother, will provide some food for meditation about the glorious life of this joyful saint of prayer and penance. Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us! A blessed feast day to our friends to all Franciscans, including those of the Third Order.
Prayers are requested for the repose of the immortal soul of Mr. Bill McKee, the father of Father Gerard McKee, CMRI. Please do pray and have Holy Mass offered for the blessed repose of Mr. McKee's immortal soul. We express our condolences to Father Gerard and his family. 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.
I also ask your prayers for Mr. Michael Oswalt, who was ordained to the conciliar presbyterate for the Diocese of Rockford, Illinois, before coming to recognize that the conciliar church was false and its sacramental rites invalid. Mr. Oswalt, who has been studying at Mount Saint Michael's Church in Spokane, Washington, will be tonsured by His Excellency Bishop Mark A. Pivarunas at Mount Saint Michael's Church on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, Thursday, October 7, 2010. Mr. Oswalt will also receive the Minor Orders of Porter, Exorcist, Lector, and Acolyte at the same time. It took a lot of courage and humility for Michael Oswalt to leave the conciliar structures. Please do continue to pray for him, especially in the next few days.
October 3 Republished Articles
Revised: Sent From Heaven Above
It is, at least in some traditional venues, including where we have pitched our tents for nearly nine months now, that is, at Our Lady the Rosary Chapel, in this time of apostasy and betrayal, Rosary Sunday today. Although I will have republished article on Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary on October 7, this particular article, which was written last year, which incorporated some material from an older article, is being republished today in honor of Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary on the first Sunday in October, which is the formal end this year of our champion Bishop Robert F. McKenna's Rosary Crusade. We must make good use of the spiritual weapon that Our Lady gave to Saint Dominic de Guzman in 1208 to help us to get home to Heaven. Those of us who pray the Rosary every day faithfully while meditating upon the mysteries contained therein can be assured of the help of Our Lady nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae." Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
Republished: Holiness Unalloyed
The feast of Saint Therese of Lisieux, Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, is commemorated today, Rosary Sunday and the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Marie-Frances Therese Martin was born to the holiest of parents, Louis and Zelie Martin, who endeavored to shield their children as much as possible from the influences of the world. The sacrifices made by Louis and Zelie Martin produced five vocations to the consecrated religious life. Zelie Martin's prayers from eternity after her death assisted her husband as he raised one canonized saint and four other daughters who served Holy Mother Church as brides of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The simplicity and love of the Little Flower teaches each of us to pursue holiness as befits redeemed creatures, seeking the things of Heaven in this life so that we may spend our Heaven doing good here on earth.
Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face was raised in a family that stressed the importance of withdrawing from the world. Louis and Zelie Martin were very protective of their daughters, making sure to instill within them a firm commitment to the Virtue of Modesty. Indeed, Sister Genevieve of the Holy Face, Marie-Frances Celine Martin, was shocked at the immodesty that had overtaken France with the Allied bombing of Normandy forced the cloistered Carmelites of the Carmel out of their cloister and into the world in June of 1944. She noted this in a letter to Mother Agnes Mary that was dated July 7, 1944:
After fifty years of eremetical living, to find myself all of a sudden uprooted and thrown into the midst of the world, with veil raised, is a true martyrdom for a recluse like me. It seems to me as if we're in a station where everybody is crowding around and intermingling. We sleep fully clothed on benches; we take our meals in haste, standing up in the dark; we look with astonishment and grief at the feminine styles stripped of all dignity. (As quoted in Celine: Sister Genevieve of the Holy Face, Sister and Witness of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, by Father Stephane-Joseph Piat, O.F.M., p. 130.)
What would Saint Therese and Sister Genevieve say today about the feminine attire that is considered "modest" and "acceptable" in Catholic chapels all across the vast expanse of the ecclesiastical divide where some version of the Immemorial Mass of Tradition is offered or simulated? They were not been approving, and that is because their holy parents taught them Catholic right from wordily wrong. Why is this so difficult for many traditionally-minded Catholic parents to understand, accept and abide by today? Saint Therese of Lisieux, pray for us!
Finally, a reader, Mr. Jerry Meng, has sent along this thoughtful reflection on the life and death of Joseph Sobran that he has given me permission to post on this page. I think Mr. Meng for permitting me to post the following reflection:
I came upon Joseph Sobran somewhere in the late nineteen-eighties and later subscribed to his monthly newsletter "Sobran's". I can only say that one of the few bright lights of truth and common sense as been snuffed out.
Yes, yes, I know, I disagreed with him, also, about his idea of the State. He was a libertarian in regards to the state, but as you know, the State is divinely created and has a purpose which the true popes and Fr. Fahey have so well described. Somehow, Joseph did not see it that way, which I think was merely a reaction to the corruption rife throughout states in the world, especially, in our own country.
Joe had rapier swift humor that cut to ribbons the enemies of truth. He was sort of a G. K. Chesterton, in this regard, and as a result he had many enemies, ironically, among those he thought were his allies, as well as those who are enemies of Christ the King. As the days grow darker, we will miss his probing and telling arguments against the enemies of truth and the Catholic Church.
The world is somewhat darker for his demise.
Eternal rest grant unto Joe Sobran, 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.
The next original article will be published tomorrow, October 4, 2010, the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi.
October 2 Article and Prayer Request for the Repose of the Immortal Soul of the late +Joseph Sobran, R.I.P.
Republished: Put Your Guardian Angel to Work at All Times
This article is a brief, republished reflection in honor of the Angels sent to us by God Himself to help guard us in this passing, mortal vale of tears as they seek to guide us to the glories of the Beatific Vision of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. Each of us must have a special devotion to--and daily conversation with--our Guardian Angels, making sure to ask them to greet the Guardian Angels of all of the people we meet each day. Our Guardian Angels have been given to us by God help get us back to Him in Heaven. We should make good use of our Guardian Angels. Unlike many of us who have lazy bones at times, our Guardian Angels want to work hard to help us get home to Heaven. We should put them to work every day! And we should make sure to thank our Guardian Angels at the end of each day for keeping us safe in body and, eternally more important, of course, in soul.
As I have noted from time to time, I do not "surf" the internet to troll for newsworthy stories from other traditionalist or quasi-traditionalist websites. Readers send me lots of information. One alert reader sent me a link to a website that has attempted to use exceptions granted by true popes for Catholic missionaries to work among--and for Catholics to receive the sacraments from--heretical sects that have true sacraments as a justification for the travesties committed by Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI during visit to the United Kingdom from September 16, 2010, to September 19, 2010. I will have a commentary on this matter by Monday, October 4, 2010, the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. The commentary can wait until then. I have household duties to complete!
Today is the Fifteenth and final Saturday of Bishop McKenna's 2010 Rosary Crusade. We receive Holy Communion, if at all possible, in honor of the Fifth Glorious Mystery, the Coronation of Our Lady as Queen of Heaven and Earth by her Divine Son, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, praying for the virtue of Perseverance. Bishop McKenna will lead a Rosary Procession tomorrow, Rosary Sunday, on the grounds of Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel in Monroe, Connecticut.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Our Holy Guardian Angels, guide us, defend us, protect us, pray for us, help us get home to Heaven as members of the Catholic Church who are always ready to die in a state of Sanctifying Grace.
Evening Update and Prayer Request: I have just learned that my friend and former colleague Joseph Sobran died on Thursday, September 30, 2010, the Feast of Saint Jerome. He was sixty-four years of age. Please pray for the repose of his immortal soul and for the consolation of his family members. 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 Mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Here is an obituary as I have just found it in The New York Times online: Joseph Sobran, Writer Whom Buckley Mentored, Dies at 64. I paid tribute to Joe on this page on September 22, 2010, as I requested prayers for him when it appeared his death was imminent. Thank you for your prayers for him in the past ten days.
October 1 Article
Without Fear of God
The conciliar revolutionaries are without fear of God. We have seen this over and over again as the conciliar "popes" and their "bishops" have seen fit to offend the honor and glory and majesty of the Most Blessed Trinity by esteeming the symbols of false religions and entering into their places of false worship as they have praised the nonexistent ability of these false religions to "contribute" to the building of a "better," more peaceful and more just world. We have see the conciliar "popes" and their "bishops" cast aside doctrinal truths in favor of the new ecclesiology and religious liberty and the separation of Church and State with a wave of their Hegelian hands. Why should those who are promoting what the conciliar "popes" have opposed, although some of the conciliar "bishops" have, sometimes not so subtly, not been on the "same page" with these "popes, namely, the "ordination" of women to the conciliar presbyterate, have any more fear of God than the conciliar "popes" have had? It is they, after all, who have opened the floodgates of a theological free-for-all just as much as Martin Luther and John Calvin and Ulrich Zwingli and Thomas Cranmer. Behold the wretched results. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Remigius, pray for us.
Finally, Father Benedict Hughes, CMRI, will be giving a three hour conference tomorrow in Cranston, Rhode Island, on Our Lady's Fatima Message. Here are the details as provided by Mrs. Joanne McOsker, who was the face of the Catholic pro-life movement in the State of Rhode Island for well over three decades:
Come and learn the history of Fatima and what has happened to the Catholic Church. Come and hear Father Benedict Hughes, Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen, CMRI, speak about the history of Fatima and the changes in the Church. Were the times today predicted by the Mother of God at Fatima and LaSalette? 2:00PM-5PM October 2nd, 2010. Location: William Hall Library 1825 Broad Street Cranston, RI 02905 Contact info: 1-617 913 1483.
There will be republished articles the next few days as I seek to finish work on the book that I am writing, although there is a small chance that another cyberspace-busting article might get itself completed for posting tomorrow, the Feast of the Holy Guardian Angels, or Sunday, Rosary Sunday and the Commemoration of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face.
September 30 Article
Republished: Putting Love of God Above All Else
Well, yesterday was one of those days when the duties of state kept me from tackling a new article until nearly nine o'clock in the evening, by which point I was already physically spent. That new article will have to await posting until tomorrow, October 1, 2010, the First Friday of the Month of October and the Feast of Saint Remigius. This republished article is a brief reflection, written last year, on Saint Jerome, who put the love of God above all else. Consider just one quotation from the work of this prolific writer and translator of the Bible into the Latin Vulgate:
It is a smaller sin to follow evil which you think is good, than not to venture to defend what you know for certain is good. If we cannot endure threats, injustice, poverty, how shall we overcome the flames of Babylon? Let us not lose by hollow peace what we have preserved by war. I should be sorry to allow my fears to teach me faithlessness, when Christ has put the true faith in the power of my choice. (Saint Jerome, Prologue to the Treatise Against the Pelagians.)
How many traditionally-minded Catholics who are as of yet attached to the structures of the counterfeit church of conciliarism who know for certain that it is not good to praise false religions or to enter places of false worship or to treat the "clergy" of false religions as having a mission from the true God of Divine Revelation to serve and save souls refuse to do what is good, that is, to defend the honor and glory and majesty God and His Sacred Deposit Faith in order to indemnify the author of Summorum Pontificum, Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI? We must always defend what we know to be true as servants of the greater honor and glory of God. Saint Jerome did. What's our excuse?
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Jerome, pray for us.
September 29 Articles
Republished: Sancte Michael Archangele, Defende Nos in Praelio
Today is the Feast of the Dedication of the Church of Saint Michael the Archangel. We need Saint Michael's intercession more now than ever before. We need his help in our own daily battles with the forces of the world, the flesh, and the devil. And, of course, we need his help with to remain faithful to the true Faith without making any concessions at all to conciliarism or its false officials who blaspheme God so regularly, so boldly, so repeatedly and with a chorus of bobble heads making excuses for them in their sins against the First and Second Commandments. Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us and keep us!
Memo to Andrew Cuomo
Today's original article is very short. It deals with a topic that I have written about a lot in the past twenty-eight years: the Cuomos of Queens (and Manhattan and Albany). Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
Although the hour is late, I do want to thank readers for their prayers for my dear wife, Sharon, who is under the care of a good chiropractor here locally in Connecticut. She has been seen by him four times now in the past week. This chiropractor does not believe that Sharon has bulging spinal discs, "only" a worst case scenario of sciatica. She is responding well to the treatments, although she will need to restrain herself from doing too much too soon in order to permit the sciatic nerve to heal, a process that may very well take three to four months. Please continue to pray for her, especially tomorrow, the Feast of Saint Jerome, which will be her forty-seventh birthday. (No, Sharon is not afraid to tell her age. She is a Catholic. Catholics are grateful to God for sustaining their lives for as long as He does. It is vanity to deny one's age as we give God great glory by letting it be known that He has been so merciful and beneficent to us erring sinners for so long. Thank God we are as old as we are as this is how long God has deigned to keep us alive! Deo gratias!)
As I continue to do the cooking and housework, articles are being written as time and duty permits (I am also working on my short book about weight gain and weight loss, which is written in the same vein as my book about baseball, There Is No Cure for This Condition). Just keep checking the site for new articles as I keep checking our post office box each day for envelopes from you (just a hint--can't anyone out there in cyberspace take a good natured ribbing without taking offense or gnashing his teeth?).
A blessed Feast of the Dedication of the Church of Saint Michael the Archangel to you all.
September 28 Republished Article
Revised: A King Prostrate Before THE King
Today is the feast of the great Saint Wenceslaus, King of Bohemia, who was murdered by his own brother, who hated the fact that that he, King Wenceslaus, was everything that he, Boleslaus, hated, namely, pious and devoted, a servant of Christ the King, a just ruler who ruled to advance the common temporal good in light of man's Last End. Boleslaus hated the fact that his brother, our dear saint, loved the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and baked the Eucharistic bread with his own hands. This should give us pause for reflection in our own circumstances today when so many of our own relatives and one-time friends and acquaintances might hate us simply for being Catholic, no less Catholics who try, despite our sins and failings, to adhere to everything taught by Holy Mother Church from time immemorial. Saint Wenceslaus was a king who was prostrate before THE King, Christ the King, in life who adores him in Heaven face to face. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Wenceslaus, pray for us.
Duties of my state-in-life prevented an original article from appearing today. One should appear tomorrow, the Feast of the Dedication of the Church of Saint Michael the Archangel, along with a republished article about Saint Michael the Archangel.
September 27 Article
Gatekeepers of the Mainstream, part two
This is a follow-up to Gatekeepers of the Mainstream, part one, which was published on Saturday, September 25, 2010, to the utter joy of millions upon millions of readers in cyberspace (I write these things sometimes simple to amuse myself, which is a variation of my using irony and satire in my classrooms to amuse myself even though I knew that most of my students would look at me as though I had nine heads, admitting that there were one or two students now and again who understood my use of irony and satire and chuckled accordingly). This particular piece deals with the results of the September 14, 2010, and the desperation and hypocrisy being shown by the naturalists of the false opposite of "left" while the naturalists of the false opposite of the "right" are busy running away from "social issues" without realizing that a nation that promotes sin under cover of the civil law will never be blessed by God with long term material prosperity at home or security against those from abroad who seek its destruction. Our Lady of the North American Martyrs, pray for us. Saints Cosmas and Damian, pray for us.
September 26 Republished Articles
Republished: We Must Do No Less
Today, Sunday, September 26, 2010, is the Feast of the North American Martyrs, the eight Jesuits who gave up their lives for the Holy Faith in what are now parts of Canada and upstate New York between 1642 and 1649, and the Commemoration of the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost.
Each of the North American Martyr (Isaac Jogues, Rene Goupil, Jean Lalande, Gabriel Lalemant, Noel Chabanel, Anthony Daniel, Charles Garnier, and John de Brebeuf) shed their blood to Catholicize the upper reaches of North America. They were not interested in "inculturating" the Catholic liturgy with the pagan superstitions and barbaric practices of the Iroquois. They were concerned only about attempting to convert the heathens to the true Faith and to plant the seeds for the conversion of the land in which their noble missionary work had taken them. Can we do any less than they? We must seek to "keep it Catholic" at all times as we seek to plant the seeds for the conversion of this nation to become the Catholic States of America. Saint Isaac Jogues and Companions, pray for us!
As the past week has been spent attending to my wife's health and attempting to do all of the work that she does for our daughter and me, I was remiss in not republishing From Caesar's Collector of Tribute to God's Collector of Souls on Tuesday, September 21, 2010, the Feast if Saint Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist. Permit me to do so today, a Sunday, which is typically a very slow "traffic" day for this site.
Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ called Levi from his duties as a collector of tribute for Caesar to follow Him. Levi quit his position as a tax collector to become a collector of souls for God and His true Church.
Saint Matthew wrote His Gospel to convince his fellow Jews to accept Our Lord as the Divine Redeemer and to convert to the true Faith, Catholicism. This is quite a contrast with the work of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, who esteems Talmudic Judaism as an instrument of "justice" although it denies the Sacred Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ and wages warfare upon those who seek to restore the Social Reign of Christ the King, to say nothing of the fact that many of its rabbis support abortion and perversity under cover of the civil law. Quite a difference. It's the difference between fidelity and apostasy, between Catholicism and conciliarism. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Matthew the Apostle, pray for us.
The sequel to yesterday's article, Gatekeepers of the Mainstream, part one, should be posted at some point tomorrow, Monday, September 27, 2010, the Feast of Saints Cosmos and Damian.
September 25 Article
Gatekeepers of the Mainstream, part one
Part two of this article, which should be posted on Monday, September 27, 2010, will be a brief commentary on the madness sparked by the results of the September 14, 2010, primaries in various states of the United States of America. This particular commentary, which continues the trend of brief articles that have become a fairly regular feature of this site in the past few months, discusses the fact that most of those who comment on current events (and get paid very, very, very well for doing so) are nothing other than self-appointed gatekeepers of what is considered to be the "mainstream" of thought. This article is a prelude, obviously, to part two.
Today is the Fourteenth and thus next-to-last Saturday in
Bishop McKenna's 2010 Rosary Crusade. We receive Holy Communion, if at all possible, in honor of the Fourth Glorious Mystery, Our Lady's Assumption body and soul into Heaven to increase our devotion to her. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
Prayers are requested for the soul of Mrs. Ruth Bastaja, a parishioner of Saint Anthony of Padua Mission in Columbus, Ohio, who died on Thursday evening, September 23, 2010. We express our deepest condolences to the Bastaja family and assure them of our prayers. 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.
Please continue prayers for my wife, who is now undergoing chiropractic care thrice weekly at a nearby clinic, thus saving us the trips to her other chiropractor in Orange County, New York. Thank you.
September 24 Article
Can A True Pope Change the Fifth Commandment?
Although I will have that article about the naturalist circus called elections that some of you have been waiting for so breathlessly in the past week completed by tomorrow, I did want to respond to a few comments about yesterday's article. Most of those comments contended that a pope can do and say and think whatever he wants. Think again. Yes, another short article. Our Lady of Ransom, pray for us.
September 23 Article
What's The First Commandment Got To Do With Anything?
Another short article, written in light of a few interesting photographs that really tell more about Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI's recent visit to the United Kingdom than any words found on this site. As one who does not watch television and who did watch internet coverage of the non-"papal" junket to the United Kingdom, I found the photographs included in this mercifully brief article (hey, many of you have been hectoring me for a long time to make the articles briefer!) to be more eloquent than anything that I can add to what has been written about the recently concluded travesty. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Pope Saint Linus, pray for us. Saint Thecla, pray for us.
At long last--and knowing the the natives in cyberspace are getting restless, I will have my brief commentary on the results and the aftermath of the September 14, 2010, primaries. Let the naturalism wars continue. In the meantime, of course, I will exclaim, Viva Cristo Rey!
September 22 Update and Prayer Request for Joseph Sobran
Although I am working on a another article at this time, 2:00 p.m., Eastern time, on Wednesday, September 22, 2010, the Feast of Saint Thomas Villanova (Order of Saint Augustine, O.S.A.) and the Commemoration of Saint Maurice and Companions, I have just read an e-mail, sent to an address that I use very infrequently, that informed me that my former colleague and friend Joseph Sobran is nearing death. He will be receiving the Sacrament of Extreme Unction from Father Ronald Ringrose of Saint Athanasius Chapel in Vienna, Virginia, tomorrow morning, Thursday, September 23, 2010, the Feast of Pope Saint Linus and the Commemoration of Saint Thecla, the female protomartyr of Holy Mother Church. Please join me in praying the
Three Very Beautiful Prayers for the Dying for Joe Sobran.
I first met Joe Sobran at a conference in the Borough of Manhattan in the City of New York, New York, in 1982 when he was writing for the National Review, an association that would end because of Joe's relentless and courageous criticism of the policies of the Zionist State of Israel and the control of the American mass media by adherents of Talmudic Judaism who hate the Catholic Faith with a demonic fury. We become more closely associated during my years (1992-2000) of writing for The Wanderer, during which time we developed a good friendship. I always enjoyed visiting with Joe whenever I was in the Washington, District of Columbia, area.
As Dr. David Allen White has mentioned in his own
update that was posted on the website of Catholic Family News, Joseph Sobran is a gracious man who can put aside intense differences (Dr. White and Mr. Sobran had strong differences over the authorship of the plays published under the name of William Shakespeare). I have had my own differences with Joe Sobran on the matter of the American founding and on his embrace of anarcho-libertarianism, a term that he used in correspondence with me, within the past decade. Whatever the differences, however, Joe has always remained gracious, and I am very grateful to him for his friendship and was honored to have spoken in 1998 at the annual luncheon that celebrated his birthday.
We appeared as speakers at many conferences in the 1990s, giving us many chances to visit. His publisher, Miss Frances Griffin, T.O.P., published my articles online for a brief while between 2001-2002, including them in a syndication package with the articles that he wrote. I thus have, despite the lack of contact in recent years, great affection for Joe Sobran and great gratitude for his years of friendship and for his service to the cause of pointing out the harm of the monster civil state of Modernity even if he has not understood fully that that monster civil state is but the inevitable product of the Protestant Revolution and the rise of Judeo-Masonry.
Please pray for Joseph Sobran as he faces the moment of his Particular Judgment. I am very glad that a true priest will be giving him the Sacrament of Extreme Unction. May he be given the grace of final perseverance, which is why our prayers for him at this time are so important.
Our Lady, Health of the Sick, pray for Joseph Sobran.
Saint Joseph, Patron of the Dying, pray for your namesake, Joseph Sobran.
September 21 Article
Days Three and Four of the Conciliar Circus in the United Kingdom, part two
This brief article might be as brief as two or three pages. Take it for a test drive.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist, pray for us.
September 20 Article
Days Three and Four of the Conciliar Circus in the United Kingdom, part one
Part two of this article will appear tomorrow, at the latest. This is a brief article.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Eustace and his Companions, pray for us. Saint Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist, pray for us.
September 19 Article
Day Two of the Conciliar Circus in the United Kingdom, part two
Well, my new duties as a full-time cook and housekeeper got in the way of completing this article until after Midnight today, Eastern time. It is a relatively shot article. God willing and Our Lady interceding, I should have another brief article for you at some point tomorrow, Monday, September 20, 2010, the Feast of Saint Eustace and Companions and the Vigil of Saint Matthew. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Januarius and Companions, pray for us.
Please continue to pray for Sharon, who is suffering valorously as a soldier in the Army of Christ.
September 18 Article
Day Two of the Conciliar Circus in the United Kingdom, part one
Have you liked the briefer articles that have been appearing on this site for most of the past two months now? Good. I am glad that this is the case as articles such as this one, which is really brief, are going to be the rule for the next three to six months as we learned yesterday that my dear wife, who loves penance so very much and offers up all of her physical suffering, which is more intense now than it has been at any other point in her life, to the Most Blessed Trinity through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, has three bulging discs in her spine and has what both our primary care physician and her own atlas chiropractor say is the worst case of sciatica that a person can have (the sciatic nerve has been rubbed raw).
Sharon must, therefore, spend most of the next three to six months letting the discs and the sciatic nerve heal, which means that she will spend a great deal of time in bed in order not to aggravate her condition or to retard the healing process. She has become, much against her own Catholic will, a "home aloner" in the Providence of God for His own greater honor and glory and her own sanctification as a valiant solider in the Army of Christ. This means, of course, that I now the chief cook, dishwasher and all around housekeeper of our household. Articles will have to be written in between household chores. Brief articles such as the one just posted will be the norm rather than exception.
Part two of this article will appear later today after the morning chores are completed.
Today, September 18, 2010, the Feast of Saint Joseph Cupertino and Ember Saturday in September (a day of fast and partial abstinence), is the Thirteenth Saturday in Bishop McKenna's 2010 Rosary Crusade. We pray the Glorious Mysteries today as we meditate upon and, if at all possible, receive Holy Communion in honor of the Third Glorious Mystery, the Descent of God the Holy Ghost upon the Apostles and Our Lady on Pentecost Sunday.
The Virtue to be reflected upon today is, most appropriately, Zeal for the Salvation of Souls.
Please continue your prayers for my dear wife as she endures this suffering so bravely and willingly as a totally consecrated slave of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Joseph Cupertino, pray for us.
September 17 Article
Generic Christianity Is Not Good Enough For God
The conciliar circus arrived in Scotland yesterday. It was boilerplate conciliarism as Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI uttered one old, shopworn conciliar cliche after another. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us.
As I must take Sharon, who is suffering worse than ever before with sciatica pain and intense leg pain that is making it difficult for her to walk, for another one hundred mile trip to see her atlas chiropractor, my next article on the conciliar circus might not be posted until Sunday, September 19, 2010, the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost and the Commemoration of Saint Januarius and Companions. I will, however, time and my own energy, which is still sagging considerably (this is my cross and I must bear it well in reparation for my sins!), permitting, write that brief article about the primary results from Tuesday, September 14, 2010, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.
Please pray for my dear wife at this time.
September 16 Article
Calling Cesar Romero, Calling Cesar Romero, part two
This is the concluding sequel to yesterday's original article. Its completion took a little longer than anticipated. My article on the results of Tuesday's primaries will be published in a day or so depending upon the amount of work that the conciliar circus that Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI is bringing to the United Kingdom requires me to undertake. All to thee, Blessed Mother. All to thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, we love you. Save souls. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saints Cornelius and Cyprian, pray for us.
September 15 Articles
Republished: Our Mother of Sorrows
Today is the Feast of the Seven Dolors of the Blessed Virgin Mary in September.
We are called to meditate on the Seven Dolors of Our Lady every day of our lives. While there are many good meditations on the sufferings of Our Lady, including those provided by the revelations of Anne Katherine Emmerich and the Venerable Mary of Agreda, the late Father Frederick Faber has given us much food for inspirational meditation in his The Foot of the Cross, published originally as The Dolors of Mary in 1857.
Consider this brief excerpt from Father Faber's reflections:
But let us make the world stand still, and see how it looks. If our common love for God, which is so poor, is irritated by the sight, what must Mary have suffered? For what is irritation to our weakness to her would be the most deep and transcending sorrow. God comes to His creation. It does not stir. It cannot. It lies in the hollow beneath Him, and has no escape. He comes in the beauty of a mercy, which is almost incredible, because it is so beautiful. But seemingly it does not attract the world. He draws nigh. Creation must do something now. It freezes itself up before His eye. He may have other worlds, more fertile, more accessible to Him, than this. In the spiritual tropics, where the angels dwell, He may perhaps be welcome. But not here. This is the North Pole of His universe. He shed His life's blood upon it, and it would not thaw. It is unmanageable, unnavigable, uninhabitable for Him. He can do nothing at all with it, but let His sun make resplendent colored lights in the icebergs, or bid the moon shine with a wanner loveliness than elsewhere, or fill the long-night sky with the streamers of the Aurora, which even the Esquimaux, burrowing in his hut, will not go out to see. The only difference is that the material pole understands its business. which is to make ice in all imaginable shapes; whereas we men are so used to our own coldness, that we do not know how cold we are, and imagine ourselves to be the temperate zone of God's creation.
Our sins helped to thrust those Seven Swords of Sorrow through and through Our Lady's Immaculate Heart at various points during her life, including during her Divine Son's Passion and Death. We must resolve never to grieve her Immaculate Heart again as consider our joy and our privilege to live penitentially as the consecrated slaves to her Divine Son, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through the same Immaculate Heart.
We can help to make reparation for our sins that have grieved the Immaculate Heart of Mary if we pray more and more Rosaries each day, if we help to propagate devotion to her Seven Dolors. Indeed, Our Lady promises us the following graces if we promote devotion to her Seven Dolors:
1) I will grant peace to their families
2) They will be enlightened about the divine mysteries.
3) I will console them in their pains and I will accompany them in their work.
4) I will give them as much as they ask for as long as it does not oppose the adorable will of my divine Son or the sanctification of their souls.
5) I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal enemy and I will protect them at every instant of their lives.
6) I will visibly help them at the moment of their death, they will see the face of their Mother.
7. I have obtained (This Grace) from my divine Son, that those who propagate this devotion to my tears and dolors, will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness since all their sins will be forgiven and my Son and I will be their eternal consolation and joy.
As a terrible sinner, I am counting on my own promoting of devotion to the Seven Dolors of the Blessed Virgin Mary to help me just a little bit at the moment of my Particular Judgment. What about you?
A blessed Feast of the Seven Dolors of the Blessed Virgin Mary to you all.
Calling Cesar Romero, Calling Cesar Romero, part one
The hour is late. I remain in a state of perpetual fatigue, continuing to take my inspiration, humanly speaking, from those who are suffering from long-term, if not life-threatening, maladies as they keep doing their work day after day after day without a word of complaint or any kind of slowdown whatsoever. It is with this in mind that I have written a short piece to debunk the delusion that the upcoming visit of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI represents a key to his "restoration of Catholic Tradition." A simple review of the "missal" prepared for the visit, which commences tomorrow, September 16, 2010, will show an objective reader that those who call Ratzinger/Benedict XVI a "restorer of Catholic Tradition" is as much as a "joker" as the late Cesar Romero was on Batman. Part two of this article should appear tomorrow. There might also be another original article dealing with the results of yesterday's primary elections.
Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
September 14 Articles
Republished: Lift High The Cross
The Saviour of the world hung on the wood of the Holy Cross:
Ecce lignum Crucis, in quo salus mundit pependit.
Behold the wood of the Cross, on which hung the Saviour of the world. (Adoration of the Cross, Good Friday Liturgy.)
The Cross of the Divine Redeemer was displayed prominently on street corners and in the nooks and crannies of every village in Europe during the era of Christendom. There is no "expiration date" on the Cross of the Divine Redeemer's relevance to the life of any man or of any nation. We must lift high the Cross in our own daily lives and we must plant it firmly in the soil of our nation without any apology whatsoever as Catholicism is the one and only foundation of personal and social order.
We must also remember that Our Lady stands at the foot of her Divine Son's Most Holy Cross in every true offering of Holy Mass just as she stood at the foot of the Holy Cross on Good Friday. She stands with us as we bear our own crosses in our daily lives. We must, therefore, seek the assistance of the Mother of God in lifting high her Divine Son's Holy Cross in our daily lives, praying as many Rosaries each day as our states-in-life permit.
The cross is ever present in each of our lives, and for this we must say with Saint Francis of Assisi, Deo gratias! Penance is the path to Heaven. We do our penances by carrying our crosses with gratitude. Isn't it great to be a Catholic?
Deflecting Reality With Emotionalism
A commission appointed by the nefarious collection of gangsters and thugs known as the conciliar "bishops" of Belgium has issued a two hundred page report documenting the extent of the moral abuses committed by the conciliar clergy in that country. What was the response of "Archbishop" Andre-Joseph Leonard, the conciliar "archbishop" of Mechelen-Brussels, Belgium, to the documentation provided in the commission's report? Rank emotionalism. See this for yourselves in this very brief article, which must not be read by the young or by those who do not want read about the abuses committed by the conciliar clergy.
A blessed Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross to you all, no matter how few in number you may be out there in cyberspace.
September 12 Articles
Revised: A Name That Must Be On Our Lips At All Times (and make sure to check out yesterday's article, Combustible Material: Keep Back Five Hundred Feet This Truck Carries Naturalism)
Today is the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary, commemorating the victory won by King Jan Sobieski of Poland over the Mohammedans at the Gates of Vienna on September 12, 1683. The troops under the command of Jan Sobieski exclaimed "Jesus, Mary, Sobieski!" as they prayed their Rosaries and routed the Turkish forces.
Each of us does battle every day with the Turks, that is, with the forces of the world, the flesh, and the devil. We must call upon the Holy Name of Mary, something we do at least one hundred fifty-three times every day if we pray all fifteen mysteries of Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary. This sweet name of the Mother of God must be on our lips at all times, and it must be exclaimed by public officials as she is honored as the Queen of Heaven and on earth, yes, of each and every nation on earth, including the United States of America. No one should be ashamed at any time to proclaim the Holy Name of Mary publicly. Indeed, we must do so with joy and confidence.
Saint Louis de Montfort taught us in True Devotion to Mary that those who are the consecrated slaves of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary should address others with a Marian salutation. How felicitous it is, therefore, to greet others with Ave Maria! or a Salve Regina! How glorious it is to make invocations such as "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, we love you, save souls!" or "Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation" or "Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and the hour of our death."
Let us honor Our Lady on this great feast day as we keep the twelfth Sunday in Bishop McKenna's Rosary Crusade, meditating today especially on the Second Glorious Mystery, the Ascension of Our Lord into Heaven for the virtue of Hope. May Our Lady, she who is our life, our sweetness and our hope, help us to grow in this virtue, especially in this time of apostasy and betrayal.
Father Louis J. Campbell on the Virtue of Modesty
Father Louis J. Campbell, the pastor of Saint Jude Shrine in Stafford, Texas, has given me permission to publish the sermon that he will deliver at the 10:00 a.m. (Central Daylight Saving Time) Mass there this morning. The sermon deals with the Virtue of Modesty. Father Campbell is exhibiting great apostolic courage as he discharges his solemn duties before God to help his flock get home to Heaven. Please pray for him as he seeks to inspire Catholics to take the Virtue of Modesty seriously and to make no compromises whatsoever with the spirit of the world. I have provided a brief foreword to Father's excellent sermon, and I thank him publicly for giving me permission to publish it on this website.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation. Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
As I am working that book about weight gain and weight loss, I do not know if there will be an original article posted tomorrow, September 13, 2010, not that too many people will notice, you understand! This will, however, be a very busy week of writing once Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI commences his journey to the United Kingdom. There will just a few articles (my tongue is planted firmly in my cheek) dealing with the remarks that he will be delivering while in once proudly Catholic Scotland and Wales and England. This is just the recipe for a tired man to do more penance for his sins!
September 11 Article
Combustible Material: Keep Back Five Hundred Feet This Truck Carries Naturalism
Another article on mosques and Korans. It is relatively short. Go read the article for yourselves.
Today is the Twelfth Sunday in Bishop McKenna's 2010 Rosary Crusade. We pray the Glorious Mysteries of Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary today, honoring especially the Second Glorious Mystery, the Ascension of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ into Heaven, praying for the Virtue of Hope, which we certainly need in this time of chastisement and apostasy and betrayal. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
September 9 Articles
Caring Not For Homegrown Terrorism
Another new article. Another new short article. It's yours to read. How's that for short and brief?
Republished: A Misplaced Zeal For Souls?
In contrast to the blase and practically indifferent attitude of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict about the state of the souls of those who adhere to various false religions, Saint Peter Claver, S.J., had a great and truly Catholic zeal for souls, baptizing over 300,000 people in Colombia who were destined for chattel slavery in the Americas. Saint Peter Claver freed those souls from enslavement to the devil by means of Original Sin, equipping them to offer up the injustices of chattel slavery as disciples of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and as the devoted clients of His Most Blessed Mother. Saint Peter Claver's example does indeed stand in stark contrast to that of the revolutionaries of the counterfeit church of conciliarism. Saint Peter Claver, pray for us!
The next article on this site will appear on Saturday, September 11, 2010. I have to travel some distance today for the cardiac echo stress test that was postponed from last month when another medical procedure, the colonoscopy, was moved up to August 16, 2010, from this coming Monday, September 13, 2010. The sole reason for not having an article tomorrow is that I will not return home until late this evening. Prayers would certainly be appreciated. Thank you.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Peter Claver, pray for us.
September 8 Articles
Revised: Maria Bambina
Today is the great feast day of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, she who is the fairest flower of our race.
The angels rejoiced around the crib where Good Saint Anne placed her all-holy daughter, who had been conceived without any stain of Original Sin nine months before, that is, on December 8. The New Eve, whose act of perfect obedience to the will of God the Father at the moment that Saint Gabriel the Archangel announced to her that she would be the very Mother of God untied the knot of the first Eve's prideful disobedience in the Garden of Eden, shone at her Nativity with exterior beauty and brightness that reflected the interior beauty and brightness of her immortal soul, filled with grace at the very moment of Immaculate Conception. The favor of God rested upon Our Lady from all eternity.
How can words capture our gratitude and joy to God for giving us Our Lady to be our own Heavenly Mother and Queen? They can't. Words can only approximate our gratitude and joy this day--and every day of our lives--over the fact that the Singular Vessel of Devotion in whose Virginal and Immaculate Womb would be conceived Our Divine Redeemer.
We would not have any chance of getting to Heaven if Our Lady had not been conceived and born. We have no chance of getting to Heaven without Our Lady's help, which is why we, as the consecrated slaves of her Divine Son, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through her own Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, must cling to her at all times, especially by means of wearing--and the fulfilling the terms of our enrollment in--her Brown Scapular and by praying as many Rosaries each day as our states-in-life permit.
Perhaps the best birthday gift that we can give to Our Lady, apart from our worthy reception of her Divine Son in Holy Communion at a true offering of Holy Mass at the hands of a true bishop or a true priest, is to resolve now to do live more penitentially in reparation for our sins and those of the world world. By living more penitentially and by praying more Rosaries each day, you see, our souls might--emphasis on might--begin to be filled with more fervor and tenderness for Our Most Blessed Mother, she who made possible our salvation and who is the Mediatrix of All Graces.
A blessed Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary to you all.
Enough Spin To Make Our Heads Spin
A really, really short new article, something that seems to tickle the fancy of more than a few readers. Ah, you see, there is a hidden advantage to the continued fatigue that prevents the old-fashioned, one hundred twenty page articles, isn't there? (I'm exaggerating, people. My particular nature is that of a New Yorker, which means I use hyperbolic humor and satire to make a point. Get with it, please, you fuddy-duddies out there who can't recognize a good natured joke or a good humored ribbing when you see one.) Read the article. It won't take you that long to read, and enjoy the rest of Our Lady's birthday!
September 7 Article
Taking Catholics For Fools
Another new article. What's it about, you ask? Hey, I'm tired. Try reading it for a change (this is, lest any of you touchy, touchy types out there in cyberspace who got offended so readily at my jocular use of the term "freeloader" think that I am referring to you again, for those who visit only the home page and then move on to some other destination in the "world wide web"). All right. I will tell you this much: the new article deals with Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI's efforts to deconstruct the pontificate of Pope Leo XIII on the occasion of the latter's two hundredth anniversary of his birth. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
There should be yet another original article and, of course, a republished article on the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary tomorrow, Wednesday, September 8, 2010.
September 5 Update and Prayer Request
Although I am working on another article (and on that book about a Catholic's penitential guide to weight loss--yes, I am now five pounds under the two hundred mark, down from two hundred seventy on Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2010, Deo gratias!), I do want to ask those of you who access this site to pray for the repose of the soul of my late father, Dr. Albert Henry Martin Droleskey, who died at 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 5, 1992, at Flower Memorial Hospital in Sylvania, Ohio. 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.
September 4 Article
Two Different Caesars, Same Old Spin
This brief new article has been composed now that our current caesar, Barack Hussein Obama, has addressed the nation on the end of combat operations in Iraq. Come to think of it, didn't the most recent caesar before, George Walker Bush give a speech on May 1, 2003, on the end of major combat in Iraq? Two different caesars, same old spin.
Today is the eleventh Saturday in Bishop McKenna's 2010 Rosary Crusade. We pray the Glorious Mysteries of Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary today, honoring especially the First Glorious Mystery, the Resurrection of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ from the dead on Easter Sunday, as we pray for the Virtue of Faith. We must hold fast to the unchanging and unchangeable truths of the Catholic Faith at all times as we have faith in the promises of Our Lady that she made at Fatima, namely, that her Immaculate Heart will triumph in the end. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
September 3 Revised Article
Today is the feast of the great Pope Saint Pius X, whose work against Modernism is summarized in Revised: Modernism's Eternal Foe, Our Eternal Friend. Unlike his immediate predecessor, Pope Leo XIII, and each of his three successors (Popes Benedict XV, Pius XI, and Pius XII), the former Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto was not in the diplomatic service of the Holy See at any time during the nearly forty-five years of his priesthood prior to his rather remarkable election as the Successor of Saint Peter on August 4, 1903. He was not prone to accept the word of diplomats, and he did not suffer lies and misrepresentations easily.
The farm boy from Riese, Italy, who served as a pastor of souls in a rough-and-tumble Italian cow town, Tombolo, and then in Salzano before becoming Bishop of Mantua and the Cardinal Patriarch of Venice, was always close to Our Lady. This tender devotion to Our Lady, which he learned from his saintly mother, helped him to keep close to the sheep even when he was the Vicar of Christ on earth. Thanks to the sign given him by the life and death of Little Nellie of Holy God, Pope Saint Pius X was the advocate of early First Communion (and early Confirmation) and of frequent Communions.
It is no accident at all that Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI made no reference to the centenary of Pascendi Dominci Gregis on September 8, 2007, nearly three years ago now. Ratzinger/Benedict made absolutely no reference on August 15, 2010, to the centenary of Pope Saint Pius X's Notre Charge Apostolique, which was a ringing condemnation of the false philosophy of the Sillon that is of the essence of conciliarism. He has made no reference to the one hundredth anniversary of The Oath Against Modernism just two days ago (see Witness Against Benedict XVI: The Oath Against Modernism). How can he? He stands condemned by the very words in these documents issued by Pope Saint Pius X.
The contrast between the Catholicism of Pope Saint Pius X, a defender of the Social Reign of Christ the King and the confessionally Catholic civil state, and the conciliarism of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, who is a defender of "healthy laicism" and "religious liberty" and the "separation of Church and State, could not be more clear.
Here is the Collect for today's feast in the Immemorial Mass of Tradition:
O God, who for the defense of the Catholic Faith and the restoration of all things in Christ didst fill Saint Pius, Supreme Pontiff, with heavenly wisdom and apostolic courage: grant in Thy loving kindness that by following his teachings and examples we may attain eternal rewards. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, forever and ever. Amen.
Pope Saint Pius X opposed Modernism. So must we as we refuse any "communion" at all with conciliarism or its false shepherds who are at war with the Catholic Faith. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Pope Saint Pius X, pray for us!
Although I am working on another new article, its completion must wait for another day. I did not realize until checking the output for the past week that there have been new articles posted for a period of seven straight days now. Prudence, therefore, dictates that the next article await publication on the First Saturday of the month of September, September 4, 2010. Thank you for your patience.
September 2 Articles
Republished: Christo Rex Esto Perpetua
There is quite a contrast between the great Saint Stephen of Hungary, the son-in-law of Saint Henry the Emperor and the father of Saint Emeric (after whom the Americas were named), and the "Catholic" public officials of today. Saint Stephen sought to advance the common temporal good in light of man's Last End: the possession of the glory of the Beatific Vision of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost for all eternity in Heaven.
To this end, Saint Stephen, whose own parents had become Catholic as a result of the missionary work that had been sponsored by Saint Henry, sought to convert the entirety of what is now Hungary, understanding that Catholicism was the one and only foundation of personal and social order, the one and only path to a genuine peace among men and among their nations founded in the Social Reign of Christ the King and Mary our Immaculate Queen, to whom Saint Stephen was so tenderly devoted throughout his life. Unlike the conciliarists who defy the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church and redefine it to accommodate the "spirit of progress" represented by Modernity, Stephen of Hungary sought to convert souls to that teaching so that they could be good subjects in this life and thus be fit citizens of Heaven for all eternity. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Stephen of Hungary, pray for us.
Apostasy Continues to Have Consequences
There was some kind of interdenominational rally in Washington, District of Columbia, five days ago now. Suffice it to say that Saint Stephen of Hungary would not have been there. Neither would any other exemplar or apostle of Christ the King and Mary our Immaculate Queen. What did I write about eleven months ago now? Oh, yes, I remember now: No Christ the King? No Rosary? No Good Cause. Vivat Christus Rex! Viva Cristo Rey!
September 1 Article
Witness Against Benedict XVI: The Oath Against Modernism
A brief article on the one hundredth anniversary of the issuance of The Oath Against Modernism. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Giles, pray for us. Pope Saint Pius X, pray for us.
Although I was informed late last week that Abbot Leonard Giardina, O.S.B., of Christ the King Monastery in Cullman, Alabama, had suffered a stroke, I have held off on making any public request for prayers as I could not reach anyone in authority there to secure permission to do so. As a request for prayers has been posted on the website of St. Albert the Great Roman Catholic Church, I am proceeding herewith on this site to make such a request of our readers to pray for the Abbot's full recovery. Abbot Leonard has been a stalwart champion of Christ the King and Mary our Immaculate Queen. Please pray for him and his monks at this time. Saint Benedict of Nursia, pray for Father Abbot Leonard Giardina, O.S.B.
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