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February 2 Articles
Republished: The Sword of Sorrow
Today is the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, always the humble handmaid of the Lord who humbled herself this day, the last day of Christmastide, which ends after Holy Mass this morning, by submitting to the rituals of the law although she was not in need of such a ritualistic purification because of her Perpetual Virginity. This is the day that Our Lady presented her Divine Son, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, in the same Temple where He would be found twelve years later answering questions of the rabbis, the same Temple whose curtain would be torn in two from top to bottom as He breathed His last on the wood of the Holy Cross to redeem us, thereby signifying the permanent end of the Old Covenant and the supersession of Judaism by Catholicism as the true religion.
The aged Simeon, who waited patiently every day in the Temple for the fulfillment of the promise that God had made to him, that he would not die before his eyes had seen and his arms had beheld the Messiah, sent the first Sword of Sorrow plunging through Our Lady's Sorrowful and and Immaculate Heart when he prophesied that the Child he beheld would be destined for the rise and for the fall of man, a sign to be opposed, a Sign of Contradiction.
We must never fear to be signs of contradiction in our own lives in imitation of the THE Sign of Contradiction, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, as He hung on the wood of the Holy Cross to redeem us as he was mocked and reviled by the very people from whose stock He had taken His Sacred Humanity. We must be willing to suffer all manner of calumny and humiliation for the many times that we have preferred human respect to fidelity to Our Lord, for the many times we have refused to call upon Our Lady's maternal intercession, for the many times we have refused to "take sides," especially in our day by refusing to reject conciliarism and its ravenous wolves once and for all. Our Lady, Help of Christians, pray for us! Saint Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church and Protector of the Faithful, pray for us.
Not Interested in Assisi III
Well, this very brief article could not be completed until late last evening. In addition to the frostbitten toes that still are a source of some much deserved penitential discomfort, I have been dealing with slits at the top of various fingers, including both thumbs, forefingers and index fingers, that keep opening up just after they have healed (a combination of cold weather work and dishwashing, I suppose). The condition, which, of course, has been offered up to Our Lord through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, has worsened to such an extent as typing has been made nearly impossible. I may have to resort to audio recordings instead of the daily articles until this condition is rectified, whenever it is in God's Holy Providence for this to occur. Penance is indeed better than ever in 2011.
Oh yes, this article is a follow-up to American Pots Lecturing Egyptian Kettles. I will try to have another brief article posted by tomorrow morning, the Feast of Saint Blase, if I am able to type. If not, there will be a brief audio recording. Thank you for your patience.
January 31 Article
Zealous For Souls Until the Very End
My apologies for the lateness of this article. It's still January 31, 2011, the Feast of Saint John Bosco. Here is a brief reflection on the life and work to this Saint, who holds a very special place in the hearts of each member of our own family. Our Lady, Help of Christians, pray for us. Saint John Bosco, pray for us.
There should be another brief article at some point tomorrow. Thanks again for your patience. It's been a little tough getting sleep these last few weeks because of the discomfort caused by the frostbite. The penance is good. The good God knows that I need it! All is given back to Him with joy and gratitude through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. Also, and much more importantly, I beg you prayers for Sharon, whose sciatica has returned, although it is not as horrific as it was four months ago now. The Cross is our path to Heaven. We must embrace it with great joy as we seek to make reparation to our sins as the consecrated slaves of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Late January 30 Update
The next article on this site should appear by late tomorrow afternoon, Monday, January 31, 2011. It will be a short reflection on the life and the work of Saint John Bosco, whose feast is, of course, celebrated tomorrow. The few readers of this site are thanked for their patience! (Smile.) Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Martina, pray for us.
January 29 Article
American Pots Lecturing Egyptian Kettles
This is a brief article about the explosive situation in Egypt. It contains a bit of commentary that you might not find in too many other places. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us. Saint Francis de Sales, pray for us.
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January 27 Article
Another brief article. This one is about Walter "Cardinal" Kasper's receiving something called the "Lambeth Cross" award from Anglican layman Rowan Williams two days ago. It's so nice to see non-bishops stick together as the seek to build the One World Ecumenical Church. Well, it's time to start the next article, which will be a little change of pace for the few of you who remain as readers of this site. That article should be published tomorrow morning at some point. There's more to follow after that! Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint John Chrysostom, pray for us.
January 26 Article
This very brief article is all that last night's exercise in naturalism of the "left" deserves. It is perhaps the singularly briefest article to appear on this site. There is no need to waste words on a waste of time. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Polycarp, for us.
Another article, perhaps as brief as this one, will be published tomorrow, albeit a lot earlier than this one got itself posted on the Feast of Saint Polycarp.
January 25 Article
Bearing "Fruits" From Hell Itself, part 2
You can ignore last night's update, which I am too tired to delete. Here is part two of yesterday's article. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
A blessed Feast of Saint Paul the Apostle to you all.
Evening Update: Well, I really mean it this time! No article will be written tonight. I will, however, attempt to post one by late tomorrow afternoon that will deal with the caesar's state of the union address, for which I am not staying up in order to continue my quixotic quest for sleep. Walter Kasper is on the horizon after that. Did you hear? He received something called the "Lambeth Award" from the Anglican sect. Didn't he hear that I have frostbite and haven't rested well for two weeks? How inconsiderate. How rude. The work must continue.
Check back tomorrow. God bless, Mary keep, Thomas A. Droleskey
January 24 Article and Audio Lectures and Evening Update
Bearing "Fruits" From Hell Itself, part one
This is the first of a two-part series. Today's article deals with the continued exaltation of ecumania by Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI and his conciliar officials. Tomorrow's final part will focus on well-meaning efforts of some very sincere Catholics in the conciliar structures to "correct" their "pope's" ecumenical bent and to find a "correct" interpretation of the "Second" Vatican Council. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Timothy, pray for us.
Also uploaded to this site are two audio lectures, given yesterday, Sunday, January 23, 2011, the Third Sunday after the Epiphany and the Commemorations of Saint Raymund of Pennafort and of Saint Emerentiana:
Audio Lecture: Living in the Shadow of the Cross, part 3 (fifty-four minutes) and
Audio Lecture: Living in the Shadow of the Cross, part 4 (twenty-nine minutes). Both lectures deal with the nature of dogmatic truth and how it has been under attack by Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI.
Evening update: Tomorrow's article will not appear until the latter part of the afternoon. The discomfort caused by the frostbitten toes has impeded with what the ancients would have called sleep. Thanks for your patience. All to thee, Blessed Mother. All to thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, we love you. Save souls. It is certainly a joy to be blessed with crosses as they are the path of love that Our Lord has marked out for us to serve Him through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of His Most Blessed Mother. Deo gratias!
January 22 Articles and Evening Update
"Legal" Baby-Killing Can Never Be Safe or Rare and
Republished: Thirty-Seven Years of Indifference
The hour is very late. It is my hope and prayer that, be it within the Providence of God, the frostbitten toes that appear to be permanently scarred will permit me a bit of what the ancients would call "sleep." Regardless, and, yes, penance is better than ever in 2011, here are two articles, one new, the other republished, on this, the thirty-eighth anniversary of the decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States of America in the cases of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton.
We should, if it is at all possible, spend time in prayer before Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ's Real Presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament today, making reparation to Him through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary for the crimes against the Fifth and Sixth Commandments that have occurred, crimes that have been made more possible, of course, because the conciliar revolutionaries, starting with the conciliar "popes" themselves, have seen fit to break openly and unrepentantly the First and Second Commandment, thus far. We ask Our Lady by means of her Most Holy Rosary to beg her Divine Son, Christ the King, for the conversion of our own beloved nation to His Social Reign. It is only the restoration of Christendom as the fruit of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and thus the vanquishing of the lords of Modernity in the world and Modernism in the counterfeit church of conciliarism that will see an end to the daily slaughter of babies and souls that take place under cover of the civil law. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saints Vincent and Anastasius, pray for us.
Evening update: The new article for today, Legal Baby-Killing Can Never Be Safe or Rare, has been expanded slightly. "Traffic" on this site is rarely heavy on the weekends. Those who are accessing this article for first the time will be able to read it in its final form.
The next original article on this site will appear on Monday, January 24, 2011. Its completion today was impeded by the quite literal "crash" of the "universal serial bus--usb" device that connects this computer to the internet, necessitating a drive to Danbury, Connecticut, to get a different device that works without being attached to the computer. Yes, indeed, penance is better than ever in 2011. Assuming that it is God's Holy Will for me to arise tomorrow morning and that I am thus able to give my next lecture tomorrow afternoon, I will have another two audio lectures, which are in the mp3 format and can be downloaded directly into your own computers or hand held devices, posted by Monday. Thank you.
January 21 Article
Heathens Believe in Their Own Might, We Believe in Christ the King
Just another article on how nations whose leaders ignore the Social Reign of Christ the King are no different than the heathen nations of yore who trusted in their own might to make the "better" world. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Agnes, pray for us.
A reflection on the thirty-eighth anniversary of the decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States of America in the cases of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton will be published tomorrow, January 22, 2011.
January 20 Audio Lectures
Although it had been my intention to post the 2011 version of my "Living in the Shadow of the Cross" lecture program to the Christ or Chaos store, the inescapable fact is that almost no one would purchase the lectures even for a nominal fee if I placed them there. The other material in the store has collected a lot of dust in the past nearly three years now.
Thus, trusting in the Providence of God and the intercession of His Most Blessed Mother and of her Most Chaste Spouse, Good Saint Joseph, to help us in temporal needs, I have decided to post the audio presentations on this site without charge. It is the dissemination of the material that matters.
Two segments were recorded on January 9, 2011. They were broken into fifty-nine minute and thirty-one minute segments because of a break caused by the need for a change of the digital cartridge in the video camera that was being used to video record the lecture. The lecture itself dealt with the nature of truth, both natural and supernatural. It will be continued on Sunday, January 23, 2011.
Here are the links to the lectures:
Audio Lecture: Living in the Shadow of the Cross, part 1 and
Audio Lecture: Living in the Shadow of the Cross, part 2.
Having figured out how to download the audio from the digital audio recorder purchased a few months ago (I am very "low tech:), I intend to do more audio recordings on a regular basis to review various news events in light of the points that I have made endlessly on this site. I should, though, have new articles posted for each of the next two days, including on the thirty-eighth anniversary of the decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States of America in the cases of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton.
January 19 Article
From Sharp Focus to Fuzziness
Well, here is another article that took longer to write than I had anticipated. This one is a relatively brief discussion of the "general audience address" that Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI gave a week ago today, that is, on Wednesday, January 12, 2011, in which the false "pontiff" discussed Purgatory in relation to the writings of Saint Catherine of Genoa. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Marius and Companions, pray for us. Saint Canute, King of Denmark, pray for us.
Check back tomorrow for the next original article on this site. Please do read the update that was posted yesterday and digest the important material that has been put together by Mr. Mario Derksen for the sake of unity among Catholics who do not accept the legitimacy of Joseph Ratzinger as a true and legitimate Successor of Saint Peter.
As I learned yesterday, Tuesday, January 18, 2011, that it would cost between $150-$600 to repair the top of this home page, I have added links to the Speaking Schedule and Articles pages above. I do not have the technical ability to repair the page on my own. And, obviously, I have no money to pay for the repairs. Indeed, we have almost no money to pay any bills at this time. Thus it is that I update the Donations page yet again.
All to thee, Blessed Mother. All to thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, we love you. Save souls!
January 18 Update
Although I am working on the next article for this site, I do want to give an unqualified endorsement to a new website,
ThucBishops.com, that has been created by Mr. Mario Derksen, a much respected Catholic writer.
Mr. Derksen began work years ago, he informs me, to provide a detailed and definitive refutation of the position advanced by His Excellency Bishop Clarence Kelly, the founder of the Society of Saint Pius V. Mr. Derksen's position paper, which runs one hundred one pages (there is a five page summary also to be found on his new website), is much needed as many of us have been "pulled aside" multiple times by priests of the Society of Saint Pius V to be "reminded" of their thoroughly unjust rules that prohibit the distribution of Holy Communion to Catholics who are associated with and receive the Sacraments from clergy "who derive their orders in part or in whole from the line of the late Archbishop Pierre Martin Ngo Dinh Thuc."
As one who once doubted the validity of the Thuc line consecrations, principally because of the advice offered by an anti-sedevacantist presbyter operating independently of and in opposition to the conciliar structures, I had to resolve this matter for myself five years ago when I was doing my due diligence to investigate the legitimacy of the claim that the conciliar "popes" were not legitimate Successors of Saint Peter, whose Chair at Rome is the liturgical feast we celebrate today (and commemorate in the traditional Chair of Unity Octave (see The Daily Catholic website for links to the daily prayers for this Octave). Satisfied that I had been in error concerning the validity of the Thuc line consecrations in my "resist but recognize" days that were drawing to a close at this time five years ago now, I then discovered the divisions among the clergy who do not mention the name of the conciliar "pontiff" in the Canon of the Mass. It was a minefield to negotiate. It remains a minefield for many.
It is my prayer that this important work of Mr. Mario Derksen will help to resolve this matter once and for all in order to bring an end to at least one of the needless divisions among the underground Catholic clergy who have true orders that keeps so many people from accepting the truth that those who defect knowingly from even one point of the Catholic Faith have expelled themselves from the bosom of Holy Mother Church and cannot hold her ecclesiastical offices legitimately. Divisions and difficulties on other matters will remain, sad to say, human nature being what it is. Perhaps the bishops and clergy of the Society of Saint Pius V will take a serious look at Mr. Derksen's important piece of Catholic scholarship, which exposes examples of intellectual dishonesty and gratuitous assertions that have no foundation in principle or fact, and make it possible for Catholics who dissent from not one whit of the Deposit of Faith and simply want to get home to Heaven to receive the Sacraments from their priestly hands at the offerings of Holy Mass they provide Holy Mother Church today with such dignity, decorum, glory and honor. Our Lady of Prompt Succor, pray for us. Saints Peter Paul, pray for us. Saint Prisca, pray for us. Pope Saint Pius V, pray for us.
I hope to have the next original article posted later this afternoon. Thank you.
January 17 Article
"Beatifying" Yet Another Conciliar Revolutionary
Although much more could be written on the subject (other articles about which have been published on this site), this is but a brief effort, replete with appendices, to discuss the official news that Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI will "beatify" Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II on Sunday, May 1, 2011. The hour is very late. I will try to have another original article posted by some time late tomorrow afternoon, Tuesday, January 18, 2011, the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter at Rome. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Antony the Abbot, pray for us.
I am glad to be the bearer of good news. The Reverend Mister Michael Oswalt was ordained to the subdiaconate by His Excellency Bishop Mark A. Pivarunas, CMRI, on Saturday, January 15, 2011, at Mount Saint Michael Church in Spokane, Washington. Please pray for the Reverend Mr. Oswalt as he continues his study for conditional ordination to the priesthood. Congratulations, Reverend Mr. Michael Oswalt! We are praying for you.
Finally, I came across two useful articles discussing the conciliar rite of priestly ordination. The articles originated, evidently, within the Society of Saint Pius X. There are some very good points made in these articles, recognizing, of course, that the Society of Saint Pius X no longer recommends the conditional ordination of conciliar presbyters. How time does change one's perspective, eh? Anyhow, here are the links to those two articles: Doubtfulness of New Catholic Ordination Rite and Comparison of Old and New Catholic Rites of Ordination to the Priesthood.
Sorry for the delay in the publication of the article today.
Late Evening January 15 Update
Yes, something bad has happened to the top of this home page. It is my hope that the experts at the company that hosts this website will repair the damage on Monday or Tuesday.
Secondly, it's been slow going on the work completing my article on the pending "beatification" of Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II. It turns out that I contracted frostbite, which I thought was a fungal infection, of my feet during the winter cold here in Connecticut (and sloshing around the streets of Manhattan on December 29, 2010, three days after the blizzard that had hit the northeast, did not help matters at all). This wonderfully painful affliction, given to me by the good God so that I can glorify Him and seek to make reparation to Him for my sins through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, has slowed down my work a little bit. I do hope to have that new article posted on Monday, January 17, 2011. Thank you for your patience.
January 14 Article and Evening Update
Unity and Peace Cannot Be Based in Error and Falsehood, part two
Yesterday's commentary, posted around 3:00 p.m. because most of Wednesday, January 12, 2011, was spent shoveling twenty-seven inches of snow in our part of Connecticut, dealt with Barack Hussein Obama's naturalism and religious indifferentism. It's Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI's turn once again today as this article focuses on his continued support for "religious liberty" and his call for "Assisi III," if you will. This is certainly a time of great chastisement. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Hilary of Poitiers, pray for us. Saint Felix, Martyr, for us.
If press reports are to believed, a space in the Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican is being readied to receive the transferred remains of Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II after his supposedly forthcoming "beatification." Although I will have a commentary on this matter should it come to pass with an official announcement from the Vatican, the few of you who read these articles can be referred to
"Canonizing" A Man Who Protected Moral Derelicts from April of last year. For the press reports about the possible immanence of the "beatification" of John Paul II, see the stories at Rome Reports and Benedict Set to Beatify John Paul II.)
Evening Update: As I was up rather late last evening completing the article for today's posting, my next article, which will deal with the pending "beatification" of Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II, will not be completed until tomorrow evening, Saturday, January 15, 2011, the Feast of Saint Paul the Hermit and the Commemoration of Saint Maurus the Abbot.
Finally, Father Francis Miller, O.F.M., has sent out a text message to inform Catholics that the mortal remains of the late Father Leonard Giardina, O.S.B., the founding abbot of Christ the King Abbey in Cullman, Alabama, will be buried on Monday, January 17, 2011, on the grounds of the abbey. The burial will take place at 10:00 a.m., Central Standard Time. Father Francis is asking that for a good showing of Catholics for Father Abbot's burial. Let us continue to pray for the repose of the late +Abbot Leonard Giardina's immortal soul and for the needs of Christ the King Abbey at this time and into the future.
January 13 Article
Unity and Peace Cannot Be Based in Error and Falsehood, part one
All manner of "conservatives" are praising President Barack Hussein Obama's remarks in Tucson, Arizona, last evening. You will find no such praise in this brief article. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
January 12 Article
Unrepentant Sin Coarsens Discourse and Conduct
A brief follow-up to yesterday's article, which was expanded in several places after its original posting.
It's really past my bedtime.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
January 11 Article
All Falls Apart Absent Christ the King
Although much of what is written in this new article has been written many times in the past, this is a new composition to provide a bit of Catholic reflection on the tragic shootings that took place in Tucson, Arizona, on Saturday, January 8, 2011, at the hands of a determined, calculated, cold-blooded killer. Men and their nations must fall into neo-barbarism and worse is they do not submit themselves to the sweet yoke of the Social Reign of Christ the King as It must be exercised by the Catholic Church. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Pope Saint Hyginus, pray for us.
Let us continue to pray for the souls of those killed in Tucson as well for the recovery of those who were injured.
There should be another new article tomorrow, January 12, 2011.
January 10 Commentary and Prayer Requests
As my lecture yesterday afternoon got me home a little too late to start my article on the tragedy that took place in Tucson, Arizona, on Saturday January 8, 2011, I do want to offer a brief comment and ask for your prayers for the intentions listed below.
The tragic shooting that took place in an alcove outside of a Safeway supermarket in the La Toscana Village part of Tucson, Arizona, on Saturday is being exploited by all of the usual suspects to paint anyone who opposes the statist policies of the administration of President Barack Hussein Obama and Vice President Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr., as guilty of extremism that incites the likes of Jared Lee Loughner to plan and execute cold-blooded schemes of murder. This is the same sort of rhetoric that was employed by professional naturalists of the "leftist" bent after Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols executed their own deadly attack in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Office Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on April 19, 1995.
Then President William Jefferson Blythe Clinton exploited that tragedy for his own purposes, helping to beat back efforts by the new Republican majority in both Houses of the 104th Congress to hold down the projected rate of growth of Federal entitlement expenditures. It is certain that Barack Hussein Obama and others of his own "leftist" brand of naturalism will do the same this time, perhaps, however in more subtle tones than being used by some of "leftist" bomb-throwers in the pundit class, people who always blame the "right" for acts of violence that are the result, proximately speaking, of the prevalence of sin in the world and the lack of Sanctifying Grace as men are left to deal with social problems on their own without a clue as to First and Last Things. We are to pray for the conversion of those in public life who support various evils, not surrender to nihilism by violating the Fifth Commandment and, quite possibly, depriving souls who could have converted to the true Faith before they died to have done so. This will be discussed in greater detail in my article, which will appear late tomorrow evening.
Let us continue to pray for the victims of the shooting, including United States Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Arizona), and the six people who were killed, including United States District Court Judge John Roll, a Catholic who was the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for Arizona, and the thirteen others who were wounded.
Among those killed was nine year-old Christina Green, the granddaughter of Dallas Green, now seventy-six years of age, a former pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies and, briefly in 1966, the New York Mets. Dallas Green went on to manage the Phillies, the New York Yankees and the Mets, and I admired his determination to get his players to concentrate on essentials that so many were forgetting. He was always so very nice to me during his time as Mets' manager from May 20, 1993, to August 31, 1996. We spoke last about nine years ago when my baseball book was published. His murdered granddaughter sang in the choir of Saint Odilia Roman Catholic Church in Tucson, Arizona. Please for the repose of her soul and for the consolation of her grieving parents and grandparents at this time.
Word reached me late on Saturday, January 8, 2011, that Mr. Ernie Nellenbach, a longtime parishioner of and a most devoted volunteer at Saint Gertrude the Great Church in West Chester, Ohio, died on Saturday, January 8, 2011. Mr. Nellenbach was a meek, humble, selfless man who assisted at Holy Mass every day and spent much time in prayer before Our Blessed Lord and Saviour in His Real Presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament. He devoted almost all of his free time to the service of the church, filling numerous and sundry roles, including driving Bishop Daniel Dolan long distances to various mission locations for the offering of Holy Mass. Please pray for the repose of the immortal soul of the late +Mr. Ernie Nellenbach and for the consolation of wife and family at this time.
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.
Finally, word was also received late Saturday evening that there will be a Low Requiem Mass (not a High Mass) for the founder of Christ the King Abbey, the late +Abbot Leonard Giardina, O.S.B., today, Monday, January 10, 2011, at the abbey in Cullman, Alabama, at 10::00 a.m. (Central Standard Time). The Requiem Mass will be preceded by visitation at 9:00 a.m. and the recitation of Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary at 9:30 a.m.
Please continue to pray for the late Father Abbot's immortal soul and for the intentions of the situation at Christ the King Abbey.
January 9 Republished Article
Revised: From Nazareth We Come, In Nazareth We Must Live
Today, the Sunday within the Octave of the Epiphany, is the Feast of the Holy Family of Nazareth.
Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ chose to become Man in His Most Blessed Mother's Virginal and Immaculate Womb by the power of the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, God the Holy Ghost, and place Himself, the Co-Equal and Co-Eternal Son of God the Father, under subjection to mere creatures His Most Blessed Mother, the fairest flower of our race, and to Good Saint Joseph, his foster-father. The subjection of the God-Man to the authority of His Most Blessed Mother and his foster-father, whom He had chosen from all eternity to provide Him with the earthly love and care and stewardship of a father seeking only to please God with his every thought, word an deed, teaches us that we, who came from families and who, in many instances, are raising families of our own, must be subject to all legitimate authority, duly constituted, in all things that do not pertain to sinful commands.
Children are supposed to learn this subjection in the household from their tenderest days, seeing in their fathers the image of Saint Joseph and in their mothers the image of Our Lady. Children are supposed to realize that God in the very Flesh obeyed His creatures in the Holy Family of Nazareth. So must they.
Parents must, for their part, foster an atmosphere within the family of selflessness, charity, forgiveness and joy, centering the family's life on daily assistance at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (if at all possible), regular time spent in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, the daily recitation of Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary, supplications to Our Lady's Most Chaste Spouse, Saint Joseph, home enthronement to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Total Consecration to Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through the same Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scriptural reading and family reading time, especially about the lives of the saints, and a refusal to participate in the rot of popular culture. This requires sacrifice and the willingness to be misunderstood, calumniated and rejected even by one's own family members as we protect our children from those cultural currents that come from the devil and are designed to lead each of us to Hell for all eternity.
To eschew worldliness one must be ready to embrace the Holy Poverty of the Holy Family of Nazareth, detaching oneself from the material acquisitiveness of our consumer society, shaped by Judeo-Calvinist materialism, and to live in light of First Things and Last Things as we week to acquire the only thing that matters: Sanctifying Grace in this life and eternal life in the glory of the Beatific Vision of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost in Heaven.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, we love you, save souls!
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, pray for us now and in death's agony.
There should be an original article posted tomorrow, January 10, 2010. It will deal with the tragic shooting that took place north of Tucson, Arizona, yesterday, Saturday, January 8, 2010. Let us pray for the deceased and for the wounded and their families.
Finally, I ask your continued prayers for the repose of the soul of the late +Abbot Leonard Giardina, O.S.B., and for the needs of Christ the King Abbey. Unlike other situations that I have had, most unfortunately, to offer commentaries upon, I have no direct, first-hand knowledge or involvement in the events that have unfolded at Christ the King Abbey. I am but bystander who is praying for the intentions of the abbey at this time. Let us remember the needs of Christ the King Abbey in our Rosaries today, the Feast of the Holy Family.
January 8 Article and Prayer Request for Repose of the Immortal Soul of the late +Abbot Leonard Giardina, O.S.B.
"Lucky" Mario May Not Be So "Lucky" In The End
The hour is late. I have to arise early to shovel snow so that we can to Holy Mass in the morning. The article is short. It is informative. I trust that you will read it, correct? Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
It was after this page was updated and I had turned off my notebook computer that I noticed a text message from Father Francis Miller, O.F.M., informing me of the death last evening, Friday, January 7, 2011, at 7:00 p.m., Central Standard Time, of the late +Abbot Leonard Giardina, O.S.B. Please do pray for the blessed repose of his immortal soul.
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.
January 7 Article and Urgent Prayer Request for Abbot Leonard Giardina, O.S.B.
With A Shrug of the "Papal" Shoulders
Will the "papal" nomination to the "Pontifical" Academy of Sciences of an open supporter of baby-killing and perversity stand the criticism from "conservative" Catholics in the conciliar structures that is sure to occur? Perhaps the nomination of Dr. Miguel Nicolelis will be rescinded. Perhaps not, however, as Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI has shown us repeatedly that he is fully capable of giving a "papal" shrug of the shoulders when faced with apostasy and error and sacrilege. Indeed, he expects us to shrug our shoulders when he commits apostasy and spreads errors aplenty and commits sacrilege. Why should it be any different with the nomination of Dr. Miguel Nicolelis? Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
Prayer request for Abbot Leonard Giardina: Father Francis Miller, O.F.M., has informed me that Abbot Leonard Giardina, O.S.B., of Christ the King Abbey in Cullman, Alabama, is not expected to live through the day. Please do pray to Saint Joseph, the Patron of the Dying, for Abbot Leonard to have a holy death. He has received the Sacrament of Extreme Unction. Let us help this good priest on his path to eternity by praying the
Three Very Beautiful Prayers for the Dying. Our Lady, pray for Abbot Leonard Giardina at this, the hour of his death. Saint Joseph, pray for Abbot Leonard Giardina. Saint Benedict, pray for Abbot Leonard Giardina. Saint Leonard of Port Maurice, pray for Abbot Leonard Giardina.
January 6 Articles
Another Year of the Same Conciliar Apostasy, part three
This is the third and concluding part of the series that began on Monday, January 3, 2011. It is relatively short. Why wait? Read it now.
Republished: Manifesting Christ the King At All Times
Our Lord was made manifest on Christmas Day to the handful of Jewish people, including the shepherds in the field who were sent to adore Him by the angels who had announced the following:
And there were in the same country shepherds watching, and keeping the night watches over their flock. And behold an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the brightness of God shone round about them; and they feared with a great fear. And the angel said to them: Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, that shall be to all the people:
For, this day, is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David. And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God, and saying: Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will. And it came to pass, after the angels departed from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another: Let us go over to Bethlehem, and let us see this word that is come to pass, which the Lord hath shewed to us.
And they came with haste; and they found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. And seeing, they understood of the word that had been spoken to them concerning this child.And all that heard, wondered; and at those things that were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God, for all the things they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. (Luke 2: 6-20.)
Today's feast, the Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord, known colloquially in Ireland as "Little Christmas" and in many other places as Three Kings' Day, celebrates Our Lord's manifestation to the whole world through the Gentiles. Indeed, the Offertory for today's Mass explains that all kings shall adore Christ King and that all nations shall serve Him:
The kings of Tharsis and the islands shall offer presents: the kings of the Arabians and of Saba shall bring gifts: and all kings of the earth shall adore Him: all nations shall serve Him.
The United States of America is no exception to this. We must pray for the day when the leaders of this country, founded on the falsehoods of Protestantism and Judeo-Masonry that are so hateful to Our King, will adore Him as their King and the day when this nation will serve Him as it acknowledges His Social Kingship over it by submitting in all that pertains to the good of souls to the authority of the Catholic Church that He Himself founded upon the Rock of Peter, the Pope. We are suffering at the hands of statists today because the men of Modernity who believed that they had no obligation to offer public worship to Christ the King through His true Church set us on a course that can result only in the triumph of the civil state over the King of Kings Who was made manifest to Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar on this day. We must make Him manifest in our own lives at at all times, never fearing to suffer in behalf of the truths of the Holy Faith or to suffer in the cause of justice when souls are placed into jeopardy needlessly even by some of our own true shepherds.
Finally, I will begin a series of bi-weekly lectures in the "old board room" of the C. H. Booth Public Library, 25 Main Street, Newtown, Connecticut, starting on Sunday, January 9, 2011. The lectures will run from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. I will be presenting an updated version of my "Living in the Shadow of the Cross" lecture program that I gave across the country in 2000 and 2001. It is my intention to audio record the presentations and to make them available for purchase at the little-used Christ or Chaos store. (Put my poisonous name on something, folks, and it will be little used, little read and little purchased! Deo gratias!) I anticipate that this program will consist of twenty-six two hour presentations. It will run, God willing and Our Lady interceding, throughout the course of this calendar year. The second lecture will be given on Sunday, January 23, 2011, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
A blessed Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord to you all! Another original article will appear tomorrow, January 7, 2011.
January 5 Article
Close Ideological Kinsmen
There has been a great deal of silence from the administration of President Barack Hussein Obama concerning the consolidation of power by Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua and Evo Morales in Bolivia, to say nothing of the return to quasi-Stalinist rule in the Russian Federation that is being orchestrated by Vladimir Putin and the continued totalitarian rule of the Chicoms in Red China. After all, close ideological kinsmen must stick together, if only by their conspiracy of silence. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us. Pope Saint Telesphorus, pray for us.
The concluding part of "Another Year of the Same Conciliar Apostasy" will appear tomorrow, the Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord, along with a republished article on the feast itself.
January 4 Article
Another Year of the Same Conciliar Apostasy, part two
For the multitudes out there in cyberspace who have been waiting for part two of the article posted yesterday, well, good multitudes, your wait is over at long last. This installment deals with efforts on the part of the conciliar revolutionaries to "update" the liturgies of the Uniat Rites of the East as they continue to try to find a way to "adjust" the exercise of Papal Primacy to the liking of their fellow ecumaniacs in the Orthodox churches. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Holy Innocents, pray for us.
The final installment in this series should appear tomorrow, the Vigil of the Epiphany of Our Lord, or on the Feast of the Epiphany itself. Regardless as to the date of the appearance of that final installment of the current series of articles, there should be another original article on this site tomorrow dealing with a different matter.
January 3 Article
Another Year of the Same Conciliar Apostasy, part one
Am I really consigned to writing another 256 articles this year? Really? Well, it sure looks as though I will be kept somewhat busy this year as the false "pontiff," Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, continues his warfare against the Catholic Faith, this time in his "2011 World Day of Peace Message" whose theme was "religious freedom" as the path to peace. Part two of this article should be published tomorrow. It will deal with the spirit of concilairism at work in the world. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.
January 1-2 Republished Articles and Update on the Next Original Article
Republished: To Fulfill All Righteousness, To Proclaim the Name of All Names
We start the New Year of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, the year 2011, with the Feast of His Circumcision, the first time that He shed His Most Precious Blood as His Holy Name, Jesus, was proclaimed publicly for the first time. One drop of His Most Precious Blood would have been enough to redeem us. It was His Co-Equal Father's Will for Him to undergo His fearful Passion and Death so as to show forth the depths of His love for us and the horror of our own sins.
Our Lady was present with her Most Chaste Spouse, Good Saint Joseph, when the Precious Blood of her Divine Son was shed for the first time on this day over two millennia now. She was present as He shed His Most Precious Blood during His Passion and Death. She, our spotless Blessed Mother, wants us to be ready to shed our blood in behalf of the Holy Faith and in defense of the Holy Name of Jesus, the only Name given to men by which they are to be saved. We will rely upon Our Lady's help to have the courage to be more zealous in defense of the Holy Faith that has been given to us as such a high cost?
Republished: Another New Year to Serve Our Lord through the Immaculate Heart of Mary
It is but a brief reflection on the gratitude that we must have to God for all that He has given us throughout our lives, including the now concluded year of 2010, and to beg Him to be grateful to Him for everything that He gives us--both the consolations and the crosses--as we offer unto Him in perfect equanimity all of our sorrows and joys through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
A blessed New Year and Feast of the Circumcision of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to you all!
The first original article of 2011 will appear by Monday, January 3. It will be on Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI's "World Day of Peace Message," which claimed that "Religious Freedom is the Path to Peace." Gee, and I thought it was Catholicism and nothing else. As the multitudes in cyberspace are not exactly clamoring for these articles, I don't think that too many people will mind if I post this new article for you on Monday, January 3, 2011. Thanks for your patience.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
December 31 Articles
Content With Sloth
Content with sloth, one of the Seven Capital (or Deadly) Sins? Perish the thought, except, that is, if one is a unionized municipal employee who believes that he can put the public welfare and convenience in jeopardy in order to protest budgetary cutbacks. Where did his happen, you ask? Read the article. It's all there (and the article itself, which was started on Tuesday, December 28, 2010, and completed last night, December 30, 2010, after Wednesday was spent in a still somewhat snowbound City of New York, New York). Oh, I did I give it away? Go on, read the article. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Pope Saint Sylvester I, pray for us.
Republished: A Pope Who Was Not Puddy Tat
Pope Saint Sylvester I did not abide heresy. He did not enable it in the slightest. He confronted it as he sought the conversion of all non-Catholics to the true Faith. His firm defense of the Holy Faith as Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ's Vicar on earth must inspire us in our day to seek his intercession for the needs of the Church Militant on earth as she suffers in the catacombs as pretenders to the papal throne make their open accommodations to propositions that have been anathematized time and time again in the past by true popes and/or dogmatic councils. The Church arose from the catacombs during the pontificate of Pope Saint Sylvester I. May his intercession for us now help to bring about a like arising from the catacombs in our own day as the falsehoods of the counterfeit church of conciliarism are wiped away once and for all.
There were 256 original articles posted on this site in calendar year 2010 (not including two guest articles). Although there might have been more if I had not been ill during the summer, the final total must represent at least something along the lines of over a thousand pages of printed text, if not a little more. This work, of course, could not have been completed had it not been for the generosity of the relatively few people who have been kind enough to bestow non-tax-deductible financial gifts upon us. We are very grateful to each and every person who has made such a gift to us this past year (and in past years). It is only possible to keep these articles "flowing," as several readers have requested recently, if those who support this site and have the financial wherewithal do so help us with non-tax-deductible financial gifts.
I cannot promise that there will be an equal number of articles this coming year of 2011. I can only promise that I will continue to work as hard as my time and duties of state and health permit, although I will be doing more audio recordings this year than in the past.
It would be wise to end this year by spending time before Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ's Real Presence in prayer as we pray our Rosaries in thanksgiving for the favors and graces received this year, in reparation for our sins and those of others this year, in petition for our spiritual and temporal needs and, of course, in adoration of the good God Who preserves our existence and Who wants us to show forth our love for Him by our fidelity to His teaching and our sorrow for our sins as members of His true Church.
A Holy New Year of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ 2011 to you all!
December 29 Articles
To Men of Good Will
Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI is adept at dropping poison into the well of the Catholic Faith on a drop-by-drop basis. This is sometimes glaringly apparent. At other times, however, he uses subtlety to convey the condemned tenets of the "new theology" that formed him in his seminary years. It was this subtlety that was used in his Christmas Midnight "homily" this year. Want to read more? Go right ahead. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
Republished: A Martyr for the Church's Liberties
There was a time when there were real, honest-to-goodness Catholic Archbishops of Canterbury. Let's see here, that would be from the time of Saint Augustine of Canterbury in 597 A.D. to the time of Reginald Cardinal Pole in 1558, a period of nearly a millennium. The fortieth legitimate Archbishop of Canterbury is the saint whose feast we celebrate today, Saint Thomas a Becket, who was indeed a martyr for the Church's liberties.
Saint Thomas a Becket asserted the rights of Christ the King as the Archbishop of Canterbury, insisting that clerics accused of civil crimes be tried in ecclesiastical, not civil, courts. This led him to clash with his onetime friend, King Henry II of the House of Plantagenet. Prefiguring another English king named Henry (this one, number The Eighth, from the House of Tudor), Henry II could not abide his former friend's resistance to his, Henry's attempt to assert royal power over the Church, leading him to uttering the words that would inspire three of his barons to murder the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas a Becket, on this date in 1170, eight hundred thirty-nine years ago now. The latter Henry, the one called "The Eighth," had Saint Thomas a Becket's relics destroyed as his martyrdom was a reminder to one and all that the Church has Divine Rights superior to those of the civil state.
King Henry II had to do public penance for uttering the words that resulted in the martyrdom of Saint Thomas a Becket. His son, King John I, having been slow to learn the lessons of his public penance, was forced by his barons and noblemen in the year 1215 to sign the Magna Carta to guarantee the rights of the Church under civil law in England. This was a victory for the liberties of the Catholic Church that had been won by the blood of this great champion of the Social Reign of Christ the King, Saint Thomas a Becket, whose intercession we seek this day and every day for the restoration of the Social Reign of Christ the King in all nations, including the United States of America.
Indeed, the situation we face in the United States of America today is the direct result of the overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King wrought by the Protestant Revolt and the rise of Judeo-Masonry. Nations founded in the belief that men can pursue the common temporal good without subordinating themselves to the Deposit of Faith that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ entrusted exclusively to His Catholic Church for Its eternal safekeeping and infallible explication--and who believe that they can be "good" and "virtuous" on their own powers without belief in, access to or cooperation with Sanctifying Grace--are bound to degenerate over the course of time. Statism is the only end result of the process of decay that must occur when nations reject the simple truth that Catholicism is the one and only foundation of personal and social order. And it is the statists of the present moment, starting with Barack Hussein Obama, who sacrifice the legitimate national sovereignty and national security of their own nations in order to demonstrate their "solidarity" with "bettering" the world on a "global" basis.
A continued blessed Christmas a a blessed Feast of Saint Thomas a Becket to you all!
December 28 Articles
Hush, Hush! Don't Tell the People
No, this is not the new article that I have sent out for review. That will be published tomorrow, the Feast of Saint Thomas a Becket and the Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas. This article deals with the increasing boldness of the statists, enabled as they are by Catholics who remain in perfectly "good standing" in the conciliar structures. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
Revised: Wholly Innocent
Today, the Fourth Day within the Octave of Christmas, is the Feast the Holy Innocents, the children who were put to death at the orders of the jealous titular King of Judea who had been installed by the Roman occupiers to pacify resistance to their unjust occupation of the Holy Land. King Herod the Great, whose sons Herod and Philip were no less corrupt and violent than he was, wanted to kill the Baby King Whom he thought to be a threat to his own political suzerainty, such as it was as a puppet ruler under the Roman occupiers. It meant nothing to him to wipe out so many innocent children in his quest to kill the Baby King, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Who was born in Bethlehem to save, his, Herod the Great's, own immortal soul by the shedding of every single drop of His Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross.
There have been imitators of Herod the Great throughout history who have sought to put to death the followers of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in an insane effort to wipe the Faith off of the face of this earth. The names of these imitators are legion. Their likes are to be found in our own midst today as politicians of both major organized crime families of naturalism in the United States of America, the Democrat Party and the Republican Party, believe that a just social order can be established and maintained while innocent preborn human beings are slaughtered under cover of law and while the Sovereignty of Christ the King is denied in favor of the sovereignty of men and their false, naturalistic, semi-Pelagian and anti-Incarnational ideas.
That having been noted, however, it is important to point out that the Holy Innocents are honored as saints because they died in the place of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ as a political potentate drunk with his own self-importance sought to kill the Newborn Baby King with a furious rage. The slaughter of the innocent preborn today, as horrible as it is and as deserving of our attention by means of legitimate Catholic Action undertaken under the direction of our true bishops and true priests, especially by means of praying Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary and by means of sidewalk counseling, is different in that the children being killed today are not being targeted specifically in the place of Our Lord. Unlike the speculative conclusions offered by the "International Theological Commission" of the counterfeit church of conciliarism in 2007, the Catholic Church has never held out "hope" that the souls of unbaptized infants go to Heaven, which is why the crime of the killing of the preborn is so monstrous as it kills the souls of those involved in the execution and denies the slaughtered babies the glory of the Beatific Vision. The Holy Innocents are saints because they were targeted quite specifically because of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and thus shed their blood on His account.
We need to invoke the intercession of the Holy Innocents today and every day to stop the shedding of the blood of the innocent under cover of law, praying to them especially that Catholics blinded by the allure of various naturalistic "strategies" to end the social evils of the day will be reminded of this truth stated by Pope Saint Pius X in Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910:
For there is no true civilization without a moral civilization, and no true moral civilization without the true religion: it is a proven truth, a historical fact.
Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ must reign as King of men and nations, my friends. Accept no naturalistic substitutes from the "Herods" of this world and their enablers in the counterfeit church of conciliarism who reject the Social Reign of the Newborn King, Our Divine Redeemer Whom Herod the Great sought to kill.
December 27 Republished Article
Statue of Saint John the Evangelist in the Basilica of Saint John Lateran
Revised: Love Unalloyed for Love Incarnate
Saint John the Evangelist, a son of Zebedee, was the youngest of the twelve Apostles. He was a virgin, a man who offered to His Divine Master, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, pure love in a heart that was not sullied by the world, the flesh and the devil. This youngest Apostle with the purest heart was permitted to lean on Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ's chest, wherein beat His Most Sacred Heart, at the Last Supper. And it was this purity of heart possessed by Saint John the Evangelist that led him to be present at the foot of the Holy Cross and to be given the singular privilege by Our Divine Redeemer of caring for His own Most Blessed Mother until the time of her death and bodily Assumption into Heaven.
Despite what Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI contended blasphemously in his Jesus of Nazareth book concerning the "disputed" nature of the human authorship of the Fourth Gospel, Saint John the Evangelist is indeed the human author of the Fourth Gospel and of his epistles and the Book of the Apocalypse. Saint John is the Evangelist of the Incarnation of the Word whose Gospel provides us with Scriptural proofs for the doctrine of the Eucharist and for the Sacrament of Penance. And the Charity preached by Saint John the Evangelist was not exercise in empty sentimentality. For it was Saint John himself who wrote:
Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ, is born of God. And every one that loveth him who begot, loveth him also who is born of him. In this we know that we love the children of God: when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the charity of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not heavy. (1 John 5: 1-3)
Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us to remain faithful to the Catholic Faith.
Although a new article has been completed, I have sent it out to be reviewed prior to its being posted. Regardless of how long that process take, however, there will be an original article concerning the continued advances made by the socialist brand of naturalism that are unfolding right before our very eyes.
A continued blessed Christmas to you all.
December 26 Republished Article
The Stoning of Saint Stephen
Republished: To Forgive and To Pray
The shadow of the Holy Cross hung over the cave in Bethlehem even as the shepherds who had been called by angels from the nearby fields adored the Infant King alongside the Mother of God and her Most Chaste Spouse, Saint Joseph. Holy Mother Church directs our attention to this fact today as we focus on the truth that the Birth of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in Bethlehem on Christmas Day was to make possible our own spiritual rebirth in the Baptismal font and our birth unto eternal life at the moment of our deaths if we persist to the very end in states of Sanctifying Grace. The path to our salvation runs directly through the Holy Cross and it requires us to be willing to sacrifice riches and honors and pleasures and human respect and even our very lives to bear witness to Christ the King a He has revealed Himself to men exclusively through the Catholic Church that He founded upon the Rock of Peter, the Pope.
Saint Stephen the Protomartyr was willing to lay down his life as he preached the Gospel of the Divine Redeemer in an attempt to convert the Jews who were listening to him and engaging him in disputation. He exhibited the Virtue of Fortitude as he proclaimed the Gospel in the midst of insults an threats. And Saint Stephen the Protomartyr exhibited the Virtue of Charity as he prayed for his executioners, one of whom was the fire-breathing anti-Catholic zealot named Saul of Tarsus. Saint Stephen's prayers at the time of his martyrdom and from eternity thereafter won the conversion of Saul, who became the Apostle to the Gentiles, Saint Paul the Apostle.
Saint Stephen wanted to effect the conversion of his executioners. He did not seek to reaffirm them in their act of murder or to reaffirm them in the practice of Judaism. Saint Stephen did not dismiss or denigrate the gravity of their crimes. He simply did not hold those crimes against his persecutors as he prayed for their conversion.
We must pray always for those who hate us, for those who calumniate us, for those who have done us some injury in the past, for those who have rejected us for one reason or another. Praying for and forgiving those from whom we are estranged is not an option for a Catholic. It is an obligation of the interior life imposed directly by the God-Man Himself in the Sermon on the Mount. If He forgives us so readily in the Sacred Tribunal of Penance, why are we so slow to forgive others who owe us but an infinitesimally small portion of what we owe Him for our own forgiven sins? As the late Father John Hardon, S.J., noted in a conference in Sterling Heights, Michigan, at which I gave two presentations, "God permits us to sin so that we can forgive each other. Let me repeat myself here: God permit us to sin so that we can forgive each other." A sinner who is contrite and thankful to God never withholds forgiveness from his fellow sinner. Saint Stephen teaches us that lesson today. Are we going to learn it once and for all?
I am working on the next original article, for which I am sure the few readers who remain on this site can hardly wait! Seriously, that new article should appear tomorrow, the Feast of Saint John the Divine, Apostle and Evangelist, along with my republished article on the disciple whom Our Lord loved. There may be another original article posted on the Feast of the Holy Innocents, especially considering the strong likelihood that we will be snowbound on Monday.
A continued blessed Christmas to you all.
Christmas Day Republished Reflections
Rejoice! Venite Adoremus! Our Saviour has been born for us of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Midnight in piercing cold. Venite Adoremus!
Surrounded by the host of Heavenly angels, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity Who was made Man in His Most Blessed Mother's Virginal and Immaculate Womb by the power of the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, God the Holy Ghost, at the Annunciation nine months before is born for us this night. The long awaited Messiah comes as a helpless Infant, born in anonymity, poverty and humility. Bright radiant beams shine forth from His Holy Face, a Face that would be marred beyond all recognition by our sins as He walked on the Via Dolorosa on Good Friday to redeem us on the wood of the Holy Cross and thus make possible for us eternal life in Heaven in the glory of the Beatific Vision of God the Father, Himself, the God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.
Those bright beams that shone forth from the Newborn Baby Jesus this morning are meant to shine forth from our own souls as we grow in the graces that He won for us on the wood of the Holy Cross and that flow into our hearts and souls through the loving hands of Our Lady, she who is the Mediatrix of All Graces. There is no Holy Mass, where Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is born under the appearances of bread and wine every time a true bishop or a true priest utters the terrible words of Consecration, without this holy night. Just as Our Lord obeyed His Heavenly Father to become Man, so does He obey mere men when they, whose immortal souls have been conformed to His Priesthood and Victimhood, utter the words of Consecration over the mere elements of this earth, making Him Incarnate to feed our bodies and souls unto eternal life.
There is no regeneration of souls in the Baptismal font or in the Sacred Tribunal of Penance without this holy night.
There is no hope for mankind without this holy night.
There is, as the first Pope, Saint Peter, teaches us, no "salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4: 12.) Only Christ the King is God. None other. Catholicism is the one and only foundation of personal and social order. None other.
We gather around Our Lady, out of whose Virginal and Immaculate Womb the Newborn Babe passed as light through crystal this morning, and her Most Chaste Spouse, Good Saint Joseph, to adore Our Saviour, the very Lamb of God Who takest away the sins of the world, including yours and, most especially, mine!
May the Joyful Mysteries we continue to pray during this Octave of Christmas help us to be ever thankful for the great, incomparable gift that Our Lady gave to us this night as she brought forth her Divine Son so that He, Who stretched out His holy arms in the Crib this night, could stretch out this holy arms on the wood of the Cross to embrace all men to lift them up to the Heavenly Father in Spirit and in Truth.
On behalf of my wife Sharon and our daughter Lucy, I wish each of you a most Blessed and Joyous Christmas. This greeting is extended to all who access this site. No matter the difficulties of the present moment as false ecclesiastical officials deny the Sacred Rights of the Social Reign of Christ the King and esteem the symbols of false religions that are hideous and loathsome in His sight, the peace of Christ the King that He has entrusted to the Immaculate Heart of His Most Blessed Mother is something that a believing Catholic must will for everyone, praying fervently for all whom God's Holy Providence has placed in his path over the years, including those, of course, from whom various events have estranged us.
May each of us, united to the Merciful Heart of the Divine Redeemer that was formed out of us and is united yet to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, help us to pray for each other as we pray for the day with all Catholics will speak with one voce (una voce) and will think with but one mind, that of the Catholic Church, she who teaches the unchanging truths of the Immutable Triune God.
The following articles are reflections that have been written over the years. Born to Give Birth to Us All is a variation of a "homily" I wrote for a conciliar "bishop" twenty years ago and has gone through various redactions in The Wanderer, the printed pages of Christ or Chaos and on this website. The Christ and His Mass was written three years ago and undergone a few revisions since then. Venite Adoremus was written in 2007. Each of the reflections repeat similar themes, which is why I decided that any effort of mine to write a new article would produce something similar to these three. None of my own poor articles, however, compares to the work of gifted authors who probe the depths of the Sacred Mysteries. Even none of the work of such gifted authors, though, captures the inexpressible joy and peace and glory of his holy night and season. That can be done only in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
I would be remiss if I closed this update without thanking those who sent us Christmas cards and non-tax-deductible financial gifts, whether by snail mail or online, in recent weeks. We are very, very grateful to those who continue to support the work of this site with their material gifts. We can only repay you with our poor prayers.
December 24 Revised Article
Revised: Make Haste, The Lord Is Nigh
Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is nigh today. He comes to us in Midnight in piercing cold in Bethlehem. Have we prepared to "make haste," that is, to flee from the world and its false attractions and promises and "saviours" to welcome Him in our hearts and souls by means of Holy Communion? Have we asked His Most Blessed Mother, Who brought Him forth miraculously in the cave when there was no room for Him in the inn, to help us to make room for Him in the "inns" of our hearts and souls. Have we asked the Patron of the Universal Church and the Protector of the Faithful, Good Saint Joseph, to protect and to guide us as we seek out His Divine foster-Son as He is born for us on Altars of Sacrifice in the Catholic catacombs? Are we prepared to make this day, Christmas Eve, the Vigil of Christmas, one final day of penance as we abstain from the eating of meat and as we have but one full meal? Are we prepared to celebrate this Christmas with joy and with thanksgiving as the Word Who was made Flesh in Our Lady's Virginal and Immaculate Womb by the power of God the Holy Ghost beckons us to adore Him in His Real Presence day in and day out?
Make haste, the Lord is night. Midnight is coming. Are we ready? Make haste. Prepare well. Our Saviour is to be born for us!
December 23 Article
Making a Mockery of Catholicism
That's what the conciliarists do: make a mockery of Catholicism. It took a month for the theologians in the conciliar church's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to come up with a "defense" of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI's comments made to German journalist Peter Seewald in Light of the World. This is my brief critique of that "defense," that is, of course, for the very, very few people who remain as readers on this site.
This is, sadly, one of those articles that must not be read by the tender eyes of the young or by those who would prefer not to have their peace of their souls disturbed by the terrible talk on matters pertaining to Holy Purity engendered by the false "pontiff."
There will be an original Christmas reflection posted by late tomorrow evening, Christmas Eve. It is my intention to have one or two more original articles after Christmas. I am going to take a few days or so off from the writing to concentrate on the joys of the season that I am blessed and privileged to share with my wonderful family.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
December 22 Articles
Honesty and Truth
Another late hour. I thought that this article would be last my article on conciliar matters for calendar year 2010. It was only late last evening that I have more work ahead of me for tomorrow's article, which will deal with the new "clarification" of the first two efforts to "clarify" Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI's comments in Light of the World. This current article deals with certain aspects of the false "pope's" Christmas address to the members of his conciliar curia. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
Republished: Mother Cabrini, Don't Be A Meanie
Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini longed as a child to be a missionary to China. It was Pope Leo XIII, concerned about Italian emigres to the United States of America being coopted by the Americanist culture of religious indifferentism and pluralism and materialism, who sent her packing to these shores. Mother Cabrini, the foundress of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, worked throughout the Americas to preserve the Catholicism of Italians and others who had migrated to the New World at the end of the Nineteenth Century and into the beginning of the Twentieth Century. She labored hard for souls, earning her the trust and admiration of Pope Leo XIII and his successor, Pope Saint Pius X.
Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini longed from her childhood to save souls, starting with her own, and her zeal to bring souls to a love of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus was intense. She mortified her fear of spiders and other insects as she traveled extensively throughout the Americas, sometimes doing battle with the most nefarious of characters and, on one occasion in Nicaragua, battling gun-toting parents who were upset with her for enforcing authentically Catholic standards of modesty, very much in line with Our Lady's Fatima dress code, that made no concessions to any kind of worldly spirit whatsoever. Mother Cabrini contracted malaria, which would wind up killing her years later, in her travels. Even malaria, however, did not stop Mother Cabrini from founding sixty-seven institutions of mercy (hospitals, orphanages, schools).
We must have the same zeal for souls as Mother Cabrini, the first and only American citizen to be canonized (leaving aside, of course, those "canonized" by the counterfeit church of conciliarism) as we recall the old Italian prayer, "Mother Cabrini, don't be a meanie, answer my prayer!" Mother Cabrini, help us to go to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary! (This article is accompanied by Mother Cabrini's Shrine: A Pictorial Essay that is composed of photographs my wife Sharon took at the Mother Cabrini Shrine in the Fort Washington section of the Borough of Manhattan in the City of New York, New York, on Saturday, December 22, 2007.) Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, pray for us!
December 21 Republished Article
Republished: Dominus Meus et Deus Meus
Today is the Feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle. Saint Thomas did not believe that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ had risen from the dead on Easter Sunday. Our Lord told the doubting Apostle to press his finger into His nail marks and to press his hand into His wounded side. Saint Thomas believed. Along with the other Apostles, including the one who replaced Judas Iscariot, Saint Matthias, Saint Thomas became a bold proclaimer of the Catholic Faith, going to India, where he sacrificed his life for the Holy Faith.
Saint Thomas the Apostle touched the flesh of the Risen Saviour with his own hands. He then went on to touch the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of that same Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ with his own priestly hands as he uttered the words at Holy Mass that made the Messias incarnate under the appearances of bread and wine. The very words Saint Thomas uttered after he had touched Our Lord on Low Sunday, Dominus meus et Deus meus, are what we pray every time a true priest utters these words at Holy Mass: "Hoc Est Enim Corpus Meum." As we prepare the celebration of Christmas Day four days from now, we should ask Saint Thomas to help us reverence Our Lord in His Real Presence with greater fervor as we grow stronger in the Faith with every passing day, consecrated as we are to Our Lord through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. Saint Thomas the Apostle, pray for us.
Although it had been my hope to have a new article posted by today, a bit of sickness has overtaken our household in this final week of Advent preparation for the great solemnity of the Nativity of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. My dear wife is particularly ill at the moment with flu-like symptoms, which she accepts, of course, most willing as coming from the loving hand of the good God as she gives back unto Him whatever merits she earns from her patient endurance of the maladies through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. As there have been 251 original articles on this site thus far in this calendar year, I hope that the few readers who remain on this site will not mind it very much if the next original, earth-shaking, cyberspace-busting article is put off until the Feast of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini on Wednesday, December 22, 2010.
The next article will be but a brief critique of several passages of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI's annual address to the members of the conciliar curia that was delivered yesterday, Monday, December 20, 2010. It is fatiguing to wade through so much contradiction as the false "pontiff" tries time and time again to decry the de-Christianization of the West while refusing to recognize that there is only one answer to this phenomenon: to seek with urgency the unconditional conversion of men and their nations to the Catholic Church. She alone has the means to guide men, not some kind of mythical "moral consensus" that Ratzinger/Benedict prescribes for the world.
Who says so?
Our true popes, that's who:
Here we have, founded by Catholics, an inter-denominational association that is to work for the reform of civilization, an undertaking which is above all religious in character; for there is no true civilization without a moral civilization, and no true moral civilization without the true religion: it is a proven truth, a historical fact. (Pope Saint Pius X, Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910.)
Since the Church is the safe and sure guide to conscience, for to her safe-keeping alone there has been confided the doctrines and the promise of the assistance of Christ, she is able not only to bring about at the present hour a peace that is truly the peace of Christ, but can, better than any other agency which We know of, contribute greatly to the securing of the same peace for the future, to the making impossible of war in the future. For the Church teaches (she alone has been given by God the mandate and the right to teach with authority) that not only our acts as individuals but also as groups and as nations must conform to the eternal law of God. In fact, it is much more important that the acts of a nation follow God's law, since on the nation rests a much greater responsibility for the consequences of its acts than on the individual.
When, therefore, governments and nations follow in all their activities, whether they be national or international, the dictates of conscience grounded in the teachings, precepts, and example of Jesus Christ, and which are binding on each and every individual, then only can we have faith in one another's word and trust in the peaceful solution of the difficulties and controversies which may grow out of differences in point of view or from clash of interests. An attempt in this direction has already and is now being made; its results, however, are almost negligible and, especially so, as far as they can be said to affect those major questions which divide seriously and serve to arouse nations one against the other. No merely human institution of today can be as successful in devising a set of international laws which will be in harmony with world conditions as the Middle Ages were in the possession of that true League of Nations, Christianity. It cannot be denied that in the Middle Ages this law was often violated; still it always existed as an ideal, according to which one might judge the acts of nations, and a beacon light calling those who had lost their way back to the safe road.
There exists an institution able to safeguard the sanctity of the law of nations. This institution is a part of every nation; at the same time it is above all nations. She enjoys, too, the highest authority, the fullness of the teaching power of the Apostles. Such an institution is the Church of Christ. She alone is adapted to do this great work, for she is not only divinely commissioned to lead mankind, but moreover, because of her very make-up and the constitution which she possesses, by reason of her age-old traditions and her great prestige, which has not been lessened but has been greatly increased since the close of the War, cannot but succeed in such a venture where others assuredly will fail.
It is apparent from these considerations that true peace, the peace of Christ, is impossible unless we are willing and ready to accept the fundamental principles of Christianity, unless we are willing to observe the teachings and obey the law of Christ, both in public and private life. If this were done, then society being placed at last on a sound foundation, the Church would be able, in the exercise of its divinely given ministry and by means of the teaching authority which results therefrom, to protect all the rights of God over men and nations. (Pope Pius XI, Ubi Arcano Dei Consilio, December 23, 1922.)
The Incarnation of the Second Person of the Most Blessed Trinity in the Virginal and Immaculate Womb of His Most Blessed Mother matters. His Nativity in Bethlehem matters. His Public Ministry matters. So do His Passion, Death and Resurrection.
The late Louis-Edouard-François-Desiré Cardinal Pie, as can be see in this passage from Selected Writings of Cardinal Pie of Poitiers (which is available from Mr. Hugh Akins's Catholic Action Resource Center), explained in the most basic terms the simple truth that conciliarists, including Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI, reject so boldly:
"If Jesus Christ," proclaims Msgr. Pie in a magnificent pastoral instruction, "if Jesus Christ Who is our light whereby we are drawn out of the seat of darkness and from the shadow of death, and Who has given to the world the treasure of truth and grace, if He has not enriched the world, I mean to say the social and political world itself, from the great evils which prevail in the heart of paganism, then it is to say that the work of Jesus Christ is not a divine work. Even more so: if the Gospel which would save men is incapable of procuring the actual progress of peoples, if the revealed light which is profitable to individuals is detrimental to society at large, if the scepter of Christ, sweet and beneficial to souls, and perhaps to families, is harmful and unacceptable for cities and empires; in other words, if Jesus Christ to whom the Prophets had promised and to Whom His Father had given the nations as a heritage, is not able to exercise His authority over them for it would be to their detriment and temporal disadvantage, it would have to be concluded that Jesus Christ is not God".
"To say Jesus Christ is the God of individuals and of families, but not the God of peoples and of societies, is to say that He is not God. To say that Christianity is the law of individual man and is not the law of collective man, is to say that Christianity is not divine. To say that the Church is the judge of private morality, but has nothing "to do with public and political morality, is to say that the Church is not divine."
In fine, Cardinal Pie insists:
"Christianity would not be divine if it were to have existence within individuals but not with regard to societies."
Fr. de St. Just asks, in conclusion:
"Could it be proven in clearer terms that social atheism conduces to individualistic atheism?"
Hey, wait a minute! Maybe there's no need to write yet another article on this matter. Perhaps this summary will suffice.
Seriously, writing about the differences between Catholicism and conciliarism can get very tiring. I will, however, try to have a brief article on this subject posted by tomorrow. It just happens to be the case that many articles do not break new ground as the conciliarists just keep repeating their conciliar shibboleths over and over and over again.
December 20 Article
Still Preparing the Way for Antichrist
A very short article. Look at this. It's way past my bedtime. You want to find out what this brief article is about, do you? Join the multitudes who read these articles and find out for yourselves. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Thomas the Apostle, pray for us.
A second promotional video for There Is No Shortcut to Cure This Condition: A Catholic Man's Lifelong Battle of the Bulge, was recorded simultaneously by two different people yesterday, the Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 19, 2010. It can be viewed by clicking here: 100 Pound Weight Loss Video or here. Now, my friends, go buy the book!
December 18 Article
May We Be Made As Simple and Trusting, part four
This is the concluding part of my reflection on Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose feast consists of an octave in her beloved country of Mexico. This is thus the seventh day of that octave. Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.
December 17 Article
Benedict in Wonderland
I am simply too tired to write anything about this new article except that it deals with the false "pontiff's" decrying the de-Christianization of Europe that has been wrought by the very thing he exalts, the separation of Church and State. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
Make sure to watch that promotional video linked above. It's very short. Don't worry about the video's picture quality. I will do another such presentation this Sunday in the hope that the picture will be clearer. Yes, I do miss the "stage" of my classroom and the "stage" of the lectures that I used to give around the nation. All in God's Holy Providence. All is given to Him joyfully through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
December 16 Article
Practical Atheism as the Lowest Common Denominator
A commentator has written an article about Barack Hussein Obama's efforts to further secularize public discourse, claiming that to do so in affront to the American founders and their trust in "religion." All right. Fine and dandy. What about the affront that the founders paid to Christ the King and the Catholic Church? Practical atheism as the lowest common denominator of social discourse and public law is the only logical end result of the Protestant Revolution's overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King as It must be exercised by the Catholic Church. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Eusebius, pray for us.
A promotional video that I have recorded to promote There Is No Shortcut to Cure This Condition: A Catholic Man's Lifelong Battle of the Bulge is now up at You Tube. The video is not very clear. However, I am both visible and audible. Give it a view and then buy the book! Thank you.
December 15 Article
May We Be Made As Simple and Trusting, part three
This is part three of my series on Our Lady of Guadalupe, drawing heavily from passages in the late Frances Parkinson Keyes's The Grace of Guadalupe. Part four will appear on Friday, December 17, 2010. Tomorrow's article will deal with President Barack Hussein Obama's clever efforts to rewrite a good deal of American history to appeal to his true constituency in countries that do not accept the Sacred Divinity of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Just a little tease. Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.
Today, of course, is Ember Wednesday in Advent, a day of fast and partial abstinence.
December 14 Article
More Catholic Blood Flows from the "Religion of Peace"
More Catholics are being killed and persecuted in Iraq by adherents of that "religion of peace," Mohammedanism. This is of no concern to American policy-makers, who are very careful to make nonexistent "distinctions" between "Islamic extremists" and those who adhere to the "religion of peace." The mess created by former President George Walker Bush's unjust and immoral invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq continues, therefore, to take its toll on our own co-religionists. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
December 13 Articles
Republished: An Immovable Foe of Religious Liberty
Saint Lucy was induced to worship the idols when a suitor, who was angered by her rejection of him after she had given away her riches to the poor, betrayed her as Christian to the pagan officials of the Roman Empire in Syracuse, Sicily at the beginning of the Fourth Century A.D., in the year 304 A.D. Saint Lucy could have saved her life if only she worshiped the idols.
Unlike the conciliar "pontiffs," men who have esteemed the symbols of various and sundry false religions, with their own consecrated hands, Saint Lucy refused to do so and was immovable when taken to a house of sin. She refused even to look upon the vice that was before her. May this immovable foe of religious liberty help us to see more clearly with the eyes of our immortal souls that the Catholic Church cannot be in the least responsible for the abominations and blasphemies and sacrileges and defections from the Faith perpetrated by the counterfeit church of conciliarism. May Saint Lucy, a model of purity and gentleness and grace and courage, help us to see so clearly that we flee to the catacombs where the Faith is protected without any concessions to conciliarism.
A blessed Feast of Saint Lucy to all who are named after this great witness to the Faith, especially my dear wife, who took Saint Lucy as her patron at Baptism, and our dear daughter, Lucy Mary Therese Norma, who has, of course, a special devotion to the virgin and martyr from Syracuse, Sicily.
I ask your prayers also for the repose of the soul of the late Father Salvatore V. Franco, who died on this day eight years ago now. Father Franco, who suffered from serious heart problems but died of a form of leukemia that he only found out he had weeks before he died, was good enough to offer Sharon and the newborn Lucy and me refuge in his kitchen in Westbury, Long Island, New York, in April of 2002 as he offered the Immemorial Mass of Tradition for us each weekday.
Although I had long before abandoned the Novus Ordo service on Sundays and moved in "indult" circles, we made the decision to abandon all putative "offerings" of this travesty during the week when Father Franco took ill before he died. Father Franco, who was ordained as a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn in 1953, had a heart attack in 1963 at the age of thirty-seven, an act of God's Divine Mercy that kept him from being immersed in parish life as the conciliar revolution proceeded apace. Father Franco kept active, however, offering Mass and helping souls. We will be forever grateful to him for providing us with the refuge that he did after Lucy's birth. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen. We miss you, Father!
May We Made As Simple and Trusting, part two
This is part two of my tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe, drawing heavily from the wonderful book, The Grace of Guadalupe, written by the late Frances Parkinson Keyes. (I got my copy when I searched on the Abe Books site, choosing rather blindly--or so I thought--the book seller who had what appeared to be a copy in the best condition. There must have been twenty book sellers selling the book. The book seller I chose turned out to be a man I had met when I campaigned for Patrick Buchanan in New Hampshire on Saturday, February 17, 1996. My Guardian Angel was leading me to that particular book seller. Simply amazing.) Parts three and four will appear in coming days, although not necessarily on consecutive days. Just keep checking, you seven readers out there in cyberspace.
Finally, friends of ours in Ohio forwarded an e-mail that had been distributed by the Reverend Mr. Bernard Hall to the parishioners of Saint Albert the Great Roman Catholic Church in Fairfield, Ohio. The forwarded e-mail contained the news of the sudden death, apparently by heart failure, of +Mr. Edward Thielen, who was sixty-eight years of age, whose brother is our dear friend, Father James Thielen, a most kind and consoling priest who helped our souls so much in early July of 2009 when they were in much torment about many things that, sadly, come to light less than four months later.
We express our deep condolences to Father Thielen and his family, assuring them of our prayers as this time as we pray for the repose of the soul of the late +Edward Thielen, R.I.P. I ask you to join us in these prayers.
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.
December 12 Articles
May We Be Made As Simple and Trusting, part one
This is a look at the apparitions of Our Lady to Juan Diego on Tepeyac Hill in 1531 that climaxed with the miraculous image of herself that she left on the fifty-five year-old widower's tilma as drawn from Frances Parkinson Keyes's The Grace of Guadalupe. It is a statute of Our Lady, the Patroness and Empress of the Americas, that belongs in New York Harbor, not that of the Masonic goddess of the false Franco-American notions of civil and religious liberty. This is part one of four parts. Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.
Republished: The Americas Belong to Our Lady
Our Blessed Mother gave us two great miracles on this day 479 years ago. Acceding to the demand of Apostolic Administrator [later Archbishop] Fray Juan de Zumarraga, O.F.M., the Mother of God saw to it that Castilian roses grew atop Tepeyac Hill so that her little "Juanito," Juan Diego, a fifty-five year-old widower to whom she had first appeared on December 9, 1531, could provide proof that it was she who had made the request of Fray de Zumarraga to built a shrine in her honor on the hill where she appeared. The administrator's guards, who had treated Juan Diego with such cruelty and even racism, spied those roses and tried to grab them out of Juan's tilma as he waited to see Fray de Zumarraga. The roses, quite miraculously, disappeared every time the guards sought to snatch them away from Juan Diego.
Those Castilian roses were presented by Juan Diego to Fray Juan de Zumarraga, who knelt before the Indian convert to the Faith as he gazed upon the miraculous image that Juanito did not know was there: the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who was clearly expecting the Baby Jesus. Remember, this was Advent in the year 1531, just forty-nine years after Christopher Columbus first set foot on the Island of San Salvador to implant the Cross of the Divine Redeemer in this hemisphere for the first time since Saint Brendan the Navigator had done so in the First Millennium.
Our Lady's miraculous image showing her expecting the Baby Jesus is quite symbolic of the expectant desire she had then--and has now--for the conversion of the peoples of the Americas to the true Faith, that each person and each nation be born anew as they submit themselves to Christ the King through His Catholic Church. Over nine million indigenous people converted to the true Faith within a short time following her apparition to Juan Diego on this day 478 years ago, almost person for person the number of people lost to the Faith as a result of the Protestant Revolt in Europe. It was almost as though God was saying to those who left, "Fine. I will have My Mother get new souls to populate Holy Mother Church and hence Heaven itself."
The Americas were indeed converted to Catholicism, which is why the devil had to attack the Faith in Latin America with such ferocity by means of the Masonic revolutionaries who were supported in both philosophical and monetary terms by the lodges in the nascent Untied States of America. Great crimes were committed against Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and His Most Blessed Mother as a result. These crimes continue to this day, which is, of course, one of the reasons that Saint Michael the Archangel appeared with Our Lady as she spoke to Juan Diego. Our Lady has crushed the head of the serpent with her heel and Saint Michael the Archangel is our helper to crush him in our own lives and in the Americas where he reigns, albeit temporarily, in civil government and in popular culture.
May we rely upon the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Empress and Patroness of the Americas, to help us to be courageous enough to plant seeds for the conversion of the Americas, including the United States of America, to the Social Reign of Christ the King as It must be exercised by the Catholic Church. Perhaps an extra Rosary today on this glorious feast day will help us to be more faithful and more courageous in our promotion of the Social Reign of Christ the King and Mary our Immaculate Queen. Viva Cristo Rey!
December 11 Article
Slick Willie Returns (Or The Return of the Triangulator)
Are you behind on your Christ or Chaos reading? Don't worry. So is almost everyone alive on the face of this earth, noting the exception of somewhere between seven and twelve people (several wrote to me yesterday to say that they are among the "seven" who read these articles regularly). Mind you, I am poking fun at myself as I accept with joy and gratitude the humiliation of having my work rejected. This is very good for my immortal soul! And I mean this very, very seriously.
Anyhow, the title of this article says it all: William Jefferson Blythe Clinton returned to the White House yesterday, Friday, December 10, 2010. Although some naturalists of the "right" have been waxing nostalgically about "good ole' Bill Clinton," this longtime critic of the nation's forty-second president is here to provide the sparse readership of this site with a a little reality check.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us. Pope Saint Damasus, pray for us?
(The post office box? Glad you asked. Pretty lonely, almost as lonely as the responses to the "poll" that I included at the end of Monday's republished article! All in God's Holy Providence. All to thee, Blessed Mother. All to thy Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, we love you. Save souls!)
December 10 Article
Recipe for Tyranny
Well, yesterday's article was read by all of seven people as of 1:30 a.m. this morning when the statistics for this website are updated. Perhaps eight will read this one!
Regardless of the lack of a vast readership, of course, efforts will continue to produce articles. This one deals with the fact that the mob that attack the armored limousine carrying Prince Charles and his consort, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, to the London Palladium last evening learned its lessons of mobocracy from the Protestant Revolution, the ultimate protest against the rights of Christ the King and His Holy Church. Indeed, you see, the Protestant Revolution has been and continues to be nothing other than a recipe for tyranny. Our Lady of Loreto, pray for us. Pope Saint Melchiades, pray for us.
December 9 Article
Red China: As Red As Ever
There have been 1,121 original articles published on this site just since the beginning of calendar year 2006. Some, such as
So Much for Glasnost, have been forgotten, while others, such as
Red China: Workshop for the New Ecclesiology, stand out as they I had written them yesterday. As it turns out, this article, which draws heavily from the latter article, is almost a repeat of the former article as it deals with the continued betrayal of the underground Catholics in Red China as a result of Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI's 2007 sellout of them. No, there's very little that's
new under Benedict's sun, and thus there are times, lots of them, that familiar themes are explored on this site. Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us today, the 479th anniversary of your first two apparitions to Juan Diego.
There should be another new--or fairly new--article on this site tomorrow. After that, however, apart from writing articles on breaking developments, I am going to concentrate on getting "Living in the Shadow of the Cross" re-recorded (after I finish recording my e-book). Recordings of the lecture program will be available on a lecture by lecture basis from the Christ or Chaos Store.
December 8 Late Evening Update
Although a new article should appear at some point tomorrow, Thursday, December 9, 2010, the 479th anniversary of Our Lady's first apparition to Juan Diego outside of Mexico City, I do want to call to the attention of the few people who continue to read this site to the past two original articles: God Rewards the Good and Punishes the Wicked and Promoting "Dialogue" Over "Dogmatism". Thank you for your patience.
December 8 Articles
Revised: Spotless Blessed Mother, Spotless Mother Church
"I AM THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION." Those words, uttered by the Mother of God herself to Saint Bernadette Soubirous in the Grotto of Massabielle near Lourdes, France, on March 25, 1858, was a Heavenly ratification of the solemn, infallible proclamation of the doctrine of her Immaculate Conception by Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1854, in the Bull Ineffabilis Deus. "I AM THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION."
Our Lady was conceived in the womb of her holy mother, Good Saint Anne, without any stain of Original or Actual Sin in anticipation of the merits that would be won by her Divine Son, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, on the wood of the Holy Cross. She, the Singular Vessel of Devotion, had the perfect integrity of Adam and Eve before their Fall from Grace in the Garden of Eden. It is important, therefore, to get the doctrine of Original Sin right in order to understand the great miracle worked by God in the soul of the fairest flower of our race, Our Lady, from the very first moment of her Immaculate Conception. To get anything about the doctrine of Original Sin wrong leads to the efforts on the part of Modernists to deconstruct the doctrinal definitions of Original Sin and of the Immaculate Conception.
Alas, the Catholic Church, our Holy Mother on earth, our Mater and Magister, is as spotless as the Immaculate Blessed Virgin Mary. Holy Mother Church does not deconstruct infallible dogmatic definitions. Holy Mother Church cannot do so, which is why we need to pray to Our Lady, she who is the Mediatrix of All Graces and our Immaculate Queen, to help us to cleave to true bishops and true priests in the catacombs who make no concessions to the counterfeit church of conciliarism that has promulgated an abominable "liturgy" and whose officials feel feel to "reinterpret" dogmatic truths according to Modernist propositions that have been condemned by the authority of our spotless Mother on earth, Holy Mother Church.
Mindful of the effects of our own sins on our immortal souls and of our need to make reparation for them to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus through Our Lady's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, may we make the Secret prayer for today's Holy Mass our own:
Receive the saving Victim we offer to Thee, O Lord, on the solemn feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary: and grant that, as we confess that by Thy prevenient grace she was kept free from every stain of sin; so, by her intercession, we may be delivered from all our offenses. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God.
A blessed Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary to you all.
Promoting "Dialogue" Over "Dogmatism"
Another of the shorter original articles. This one deals with Donald "Cardinal" Wuerl's decision to permit a seminar to take place at Georgetown University that is designed to "promote dialogue over dogmatism." O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!
December 7 Article
God Rewards the Good and Punishes the Wicked
A short article on the WikiLeaks business. Unlike other analyses you may have read, this one focuses on the fact that men who are blind to the true Faith will always be clueless about the events of the world and will deal with others in the pathways of deceit and duplicity. O Mary conceived with sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. Saint Ambrose, pray for us.
There should be another short article tomorrow in addition to a revised article on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
December 6 Article
Revised: Remembering Us When
With twelve original articles written in the past fifteen days (and eighteen articles in the past twenty-two days), fatigue finally overtook me yesterday, Sunday, December 5, 2010, the Second Sunday of Advent and the Commemoration of Saint Sabbas, convincing me to take the day off from the writing of a new article. We took our daughter to an alpaca farm (where the entrance free was within our budget, that is, free of charge) before I revised this article, which appeared first on the Feast of Saint Nicholas two years ago today.
Anyone who has grown in his belief in and practice of the Faith while his closest relatives and friends remain immersed in unbelief and/or are minimalist in their own observance of the Faith as they mirror the falsehoods of the world knows the sting of rebukes that will come his way. "I remember when you weren't so 'holy.'" "I remember when you joined in our jokes and good times." I remember when you didn't go to Mass all time." "Who are you to tell me to change? "You are the one who's got a 'problem,' not me." These and other barbs are designed to "bring us back down to earth," to "help" us to overcome the "madness" of a rejection of worldly ways and/or our rejection of everything to do with conciliarism and its false shepherds.
Motivated by the examples of numerous saints who suffered much from the hands of their own relatives and friends, including Saint Barbara, whose feast was commemorated two days ago, we must rise above the criticism and endure the sufferings from our closest relatives and friends as part of the price we must pay in reparation for our sins and those of the whole world. We must recognize that the apostasies of the present moment require us to be steadfast in the Faith and to refuse to be silent in the face of blasphemy and sacrilege and heresy and abomination. This will cost us much in our families. This may even cost us much in our careers. The saints have endured far worse for the love of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and with the help offered by His Blessed Mother, who was conceived without stain of Original and Actual Sin. O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. Saint Nicholas of Myra, pray for us. Saint Barbara, pray for us.
An update is included at the end of this revised article. The update contains information about the marked improvement of Sharon's sciatica condition in recent weeks. It also contains a readership "poll," if you will, to determine the interest of placing my e-book, There Is No Shortcut to Cure This Condition: A Catholic Man's Lifelong Battle of the Bulge, in print form. Also, remember that there is a page on this site that contains a Flier for There Is No Shortcut to Cure This Condition.
Finally, although I have thanked each donor personally, I want to express our gratitude publicly to the kind and generous souls who made non-tax-deductible financial gifts to us last week that pulled us back from the latest financial "cliff" that was directly in front of us. Thank you for your kindness and generosity to us. We remember our benefactors in our prayers every day without fail.
December 5 Article
Transforming the Extraordinary Into the Ordinary
More plans are afoot to conform the "extraordinary form" of the "one" Roman Rite in the conciliar structures to the "ordinary" form. Ah, yes, progress, right? No, madness. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
December 4 Article
Talk About Clothing the Emperor!
To paraphrase the old Robert Hall Clothing commercial that baby-boomers such as yours truly remember so well, "As the ratings go down, down, down, the articles keep going up, up, up. . . ." Well, you kind of had to be there. Only a New Yorker who remembers those Robert Hall commercials will remember the jingle.
Anyhow, the hour is late. (Yes, most of these articles are posted the evening before they appear.) Holy Mass is at 7:00 a.m., which means I have to get up in about seven hours or so. Thus, I will hold you in suspense on this article except to note that, as it deals tangentially with the scandal engendered by Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI's now infamous comments to German journalist Peter Seewald, that it must not be read by the tender eyes of the young or by those who would prefer not having to read about the subject.
Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us. Saint Peter Chrysologus, pray for us. Saint Barbara, pray for us.
December 3 Article
Two articles for you today, the Feast of Saint Francis Xavier.
The first is a re-working of several past articles and addressed specifically as a Memo to Patrick Joseph Quinn III (and Charles Bernard Rangel), which discusses yet again the arrogance of Catholics in public life who support baby-killing and perversity under cover of the civil law while maintaining their "good standing" in the structures of the counterfeit church of concilairism even though some, such as Governor Quinn of the State of Illinois, might get their knuckles rapped now and again.
The second article is a slightly revised piece from two years ago, Without Regard for Results, which contrasts Saint Francis Xavier's missionary zeal for souls and his hatred of false religions and their idols with conciliarism's "respect" for them.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us. Saint Francis Xavier, pray for us.
December 2 Article
In Ways That Baffle the Minds of "Modern" Men, part two
This is part two of my reflection on the Miraculous Medal, a project that occupied my time from early yesterday morning until late last evening. Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, pray for us. Saint Bibiana, pray for us.
December 1 Article
Whatever You Want
The "happy" bishop, Timothy Dolan, was flapping his gums again last week, speaking in a breezy, casual manner as he blasphemed the true God of Divine Revelation. There is a link in this article, which covers familiar ground but is an entirely new composition, to the video of "Archbishop" Dolan's interview on Fox and Friends that aired last week To think that we are living through such spectacles. Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
Revised: A Champion for All Ages
This is a slightly revised article to honor Blessed Edmund Campion, S.J., who was martyred four hundred twenty-nine years ago today on orders of "not so good" Queen Bess, that is, the wretched Queen Elizabeth I. Blessed Edmund did not give "joint blessings" with Anglican ministers as does the conciliar "pope" at this time, Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI. Blessed Edmund Campion, pray for us.
As the article about the "happy" bishop took up most of my day yesterday (after checking our post office box to find it empty again for the third straight day, that is--smile, you chronic complainers about my little asides such as this one), I will have part two of my reflection on the Miraculous Medal posted either later today or by tomorrow morning, the Feast of Saint Bibiana.
November 30 Article
In Ways That Baffle the Minds of "Modern" Men, part one
This is part one of a brief reflection on the Miraculous Medal. Today's installment discusses the fact that God loves to battle the minds of "modern" men by sending His Most Blessed Mother to earth to show us that there is no other pathway to Him except through her. Simple enough, isn't it? Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, pray for us. Saint Andrew the Apostle, pray for us.
Part two of this article should appear tomorrow, December 1, 2010. There might also be another original article and a republished article on Blessed Edmund Campion, S.J.
November 29 Article and Prayer Requests
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.
Prayer requests: It has come to my attention that our good friend, Mr. Michael Cain, a zealous apostle of Catholic truth, has been very ill the last few days. Mr. Cain's Daily Catholic website has made important contributions to the defense of Catholic truth in the past decade. Mr. Cain and his wife, Mrs. Cyndi Cain, are very good friends. In ask you, therefore, to pray for Mr. Cain's full and complete recovery from his illness.
Prayers are also requested for Mrs. Pauline Urban, the the blood sister of Sister Mary Bernadette, CMRI. Mrs. Urban is dying of cancer. Please do pray to Saint Joseph, the Patron of the Dying, for her and, if you can find the time to do so, to pray the
Three Very Beautiful Prayers for the Dying.
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.
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