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Grace and Humility October 12, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, error, General Catholic, Interior Life, religious, The Imitation of Christ, Tradition, Virtue.
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I’ve mentioned before, we don’t have TV.  We do have TVs, but no signal coming in other than VCR/DVD.  But as I was reading analysis of the debate last night between two Catholics, neither of which seemed to be able to articulate Church Dogma on abortion very well (and one of which simply lied and obfuscated repeatedly, including about whether or not the Obama administration is persecuting the Church), I was reminded of Thomas a Kempis.  The below is an excerpt of Book III Chapter 7 of The Imitation of Christ:

And if they will rather follow their own judgment than believe [the Church, their superior], their future is full of danger if they continue to refuse to be drawn from their own conceit.

They that are wise in their own eyes seldom humbly suffer themselves to be ruled by others. (Pr 3:7, Rom 11:25) [As we should all submit to the the Truth Christ has revealed through His Church]

It is better to have knowledge with humility and a weak understanding, than greater treasures of learning with self-conceit.

It is better for thee to have less than much, which may puff thee up with pride.

He is not so discreet as he ought to be who gives himself up wholly to joy, forgetting his former poverty and the chaste fear of God, which dreads the loss of that Grace which is offered.

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If thou couldst but always continue humble and little in thine own eyes and keep thy spirit in due order and subjection, thou wouldst not fall so easily into danger and offense.

It is a good counsel that when thou hast conceived the spirit of fervor thou shouldst meditate how it will be with thee when that light shall leave thee.

And, when it shall happen, remember that the light may return again, which, for thy instruction and My glory, I have withdrawn from thee for a time.

It is often far better for thy soul to suffer through trials, than if thou wert always to have prosperity according to thy will.

For a man’s merits are not to be estimated by his worldly acclaim, nor by what others say of him, but by his being grounded in true humility and replenished with Divine Charity; by his seeking always purely and entirely the honor of God; by his esteeming himself as nothing and sincerely despising himself, and being better pleased to be despised and humbled by others than to be the object of their esteem.

 

Benefit dinner to support White Rose Women’s Center Fri. Nov. 2 October 12, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, awesomeness, Basics, contraception, Dallas Diocese, fun, General Catholic, Good St. Joseph, Society, Virtue.
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And the guest speaker is the President of Human Life International!  Prices are a bit high ($150 per ticket) but you are supporting the best of alternatives – a true “women’s center” that doesn’t coerce women into killing their child but gives them all they help they can from conception to well past delivery – often years past.  The more resources (money) White Rose has, the more it can help women.

The dinner is being put on by St. Joseph’s Helpers, a group that helps raise funds and otherwise support White Rose.   It’s at the Dallas Country Club.  The reservation form is here, or you can call (214) 824-5942.  You can see more details below:

I can’t think of a better organization to support than White Rose.  I love how they are right next to the Routh St. mill.

CMSgt. Major Basil Plumley, RIP October 12, 2012

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Four Last Things, Glory, Society.
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A very storied life has come to an end.

You’ve seen him here, portrayed by Sam Elliot:

Plumley was a veteran of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam (as many others were), but he is best known as the Battalion Sgt. Major for the 1-7th Calvary, 1st Calvary Division (Airmobile).  From the An Khe “golf course” (the layout of the helicopter pads looked to some, from the air, like a golf course) to the Ia Drang was a short hop, but it might have been 10,000 miles:

Prior to the battle at LZ X-Ray, Plumley had done a few other things, like making all four combat jumps made by the 82nd Airborne Division in WWII, and a combat jump in Korea.  I don’t know if there is any man in the Army, ever, who ever made more than that, but maybe.

He was married to the same woman for 63 years. She proceeded him in death by a few months.  Even at age 90, he was a barrel chested, impressive man.  I never met him, but he would cause men who hadn’t been in the Army for 30 years to snap to when he entered a room.

I think this is a much better documentary, below.  It doesn’t have the very prevalent negativity of the CBS report.  To me, that CBS video above shows how hostile the media was to the war, even as it was barely getting started.  And yet, they feigned otherwise, of course.  Anyway:

RIP, Command Sgt Major.