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Fr. Peter Carota on prayer March 21, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, Latin Mass, Sacraments, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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One last post before the weekend break.  Fr. Peter Carota on prayer, how to pray, and its efficacy:

We need to realize that God and Mary do answer prayers and we should never give up hope no matter how impossible it may seem.  So in order to have more miracles we need to go over what is necessary for it to take place.

1) Pray with blind faith, believing that God, Mary, the Angels and the saints can do anything.

2) Do all the ordinary things we have at our disposition.  Like going to the doctor and doing what they ask.

3) Being patient while waiting for God to answer our prayers.

We can also see this healing in a spiritual sense.  We are all crippled from birth with the sin of Adam and Eve (Original Sin).  But we can be healed and walk normally if we do all that Mother Church offers us.  We get the Sacrament of Baptism when God (through the priest) exorcises the devil out of our souls and bodies and lets the Holy Trinity reform us into the likeness of sons of God.  Then we receive Jesus’ Body and Blood at the Holy Mass so that Jesus may live in us and we in Him.  In Holy Confirmation we are further strengthened and sanctified by the Gift of the Holy Spirit.

If for any reason we may fall down and get injured or crippled by our sins (especially Mortal Sin), we have the gift of Confession to start the healing process again.  Just like any serious bone fracture takes time to heal, so the healing takes time after falling into a vice of sin like pornography and sexual sins (drug, alcohol, gambling, shopping, internet, Facebook, sweets addictions).  [Yes! Don’t give up! Overcoming serious sins may take a long time, especially if you have developed a long habit in those sins.  Don’t give up!  Keep trying!  You WILL overcome them. Go to Confession, don’t beat yourself up too much, and just keep going!  It took me quite a while to overcome addiction to painkillers. Then I had other sins to root out. I have still others I am working on. That’s OK! The point is to keep trying, God will forgive us if He knows we are trying and have sorrow for our failings!]

You must make a firm break with the sinful actions and all that leads up to them like friends, places and things.  With God’s grace you can and must stop sinning.  So while healing you keep visiting the priest/doctor in Holy Confession to keep the healing process on course.  It is a miracle to stop committing habitual sins.  God, Mary, the Angels and saints want to heal us.

Many of you reading this are praying right now for some miracle.  You may have asked God why He has not answered your prayers (yet).  In St. Louis Marie De Montfort’s book “The Secret of the Rosary”, he lists 3 reasons why God takes, at times, a long time to answer our prayers.  Here are the reasons:

On the other hand, God’s munificence is shown in His making us seek and ask for, over a long period of time, the grace which He wishes to give us and quite often the more precious the grace, the longer He takes to grant it.  There are three reasons why He does this:

1) To increase this grace still more:

2) To make the recipient more deeply appreciate it;

3) To make the soul who receives it very careful indeed not to lose it — for people do not appreciate things that they can get quickly and with very little trouble.

So, dear members of the Rosary Confraternity, preserve in asking Almighty God for all your needs, both spiritual and corporal, through the Most Holy Rosary.  Most of all you should ask for divine Wisdom which is an infinite Treasure: “(Wisdom) is an infinite treasure” Book of Wisdom 7:14 and there can be no possible doubt that you will receive it sooner or later– as long as you do not stop asking for it and do not lose courage in the middle of your journey.  ”Thou hast yet a great way to go.” 3 Kings 19:7.  This means that you have a long way to go, there will be bad times to weather, many difficulties to overcome and many enemies to conquer before you will have stored up enough treasures of eternity, enough Our Fathers and Hail Marys with which to buy your way to Heaven and earn the beautiful crown which is waiting for each faithful Confraternity member.”

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Greatness.  Thank you, Fr. Carota!  He has more at his site, including a miracle in his own family!  Check it out!

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LGBT scholars: “no one born that way” March 21, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Christendom, disaster, General Catholic, horror, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society.
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Here is a really important article on the Daily Caller.  It turns out a group of, ahem, “gay” historians and anthropologists set out on a mission to find out how like communities in history struggled and survived against all the oppression of homophobia yada yada yada…….but you know what they found out?!?  There were no “gay” communities prior to about 150 years ago in Victorian England (surprise!), and, in fact, while acts of sodomy and effeminacy in men have been known for millenia, there have been whole large groups of people in which such acts were completely, totally unknown. This argues powerfully that no one is “born that way,” which destroys the main arguments sodo-activists have tried to use to justify all their special rights and privileges, including the destruction of marriage.

I’m running low on time, so no more comments:

Are gays indeed born that way? The question has immense political, social, and cultural repercussions. For example, some of the debate over applying the Constitution’s equal protection clause to gays and lesbians focuses on whether gayness is an inborn characteristic. And the major argument gays and lesbians have made for religious affirmation has been, “God made me this way.”

Thus, if it’s proven sexual orientations are not innate, much of the scaffolding upon which today’s LGBT movement has been built would begin to crumble. Given the stakes, most gays and lesbians are dismissive or hostile toward anyone who doesn’t think being gay is an essential, natural characteristic of some members of the human race.

But a surprising group of people doesn’t think that – namely, scholars of gay history and anthropology. They’re almost all LGBT themselves, and they have decisively shown that gayness is a product of Western society originating about 150 years ago.

Using documents and field studies, these intrepid social scientists have examined the evidence of homosexuality in other times and cultures to see how the gay minority fared. But they’ve come up empty. Sure, there’s substantial evidence of both discreet and open same-sex love and sex in pre-modern times. But no society before the 19th century had a gay minority or even discernibly gay-oriented individuals…….

……Journalists trumpet every biological study that even hints that gayness and straightness might be hard-wired, but they show little interest in the abundant social-science research showing that sexual orientation cannot be innate. The scholars I interviewed for this essay were variously dismayed or appalled by this trend.

…..While biology certainly plays a role in sexual behavior, no “gay gene” has been found, and whatever natural-science data exists for inborn sexual orientations is preliminary and disputed. So to date, the totality of the scholarly research on homosexuality indicates gayness is much more socio-cultural than biological.

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Now, there are lots of problems with this article, as it is written by a Stanford “scholar” in this field of the history of sodomy.  The writer goes to great lengths to try to assuage any readers who have fallen into gravely disordered lusts that there behavior is still somehow OK, it’s just not the product of genetics.

But the main thrust of the argument is valid and key, that there is no such thing as a “gay gene,” and that the modern cultural embrace of a distinct homosex-subculture is both a false construction and unprecedented from the historical perspective.

As if we needed to be told this!  Prior to the onslaught of revolutionary thought in the latter half of the 18th century, virtually all of Christendom derived its thinking from the dictates of Scripture.  Yes, there were always sinners and malcontents who tried to reject such, but for the most part, the thinking of Western people was dominated by the dictates of Sacred Scripture.  It is only in the past 200 years that vast swaths of people have come to reject those dictates, which was both the goal of the revolution of the endarkenment and the source of the collapse in Western civilization.

But be strong, and pray.  It’s nice to see that “scientific data” supports the Truth, but we shouldn’t be surprised or unnerved when it doesn’t.  So much of “science” is politically motivated agitprop today – especially the soft, or social-sciences – that we can expect more and more “evidence” to be presented that tries to refute Truth. But it cannot. People have been trying to refute Scripture and Tradition for 2000 years, and always failed. This construct they cannot understand, the Church, always survives, and will do so, as our Blessed Lord has promised it would.

More Biblical opposition to modern approaches to Judaism March 21, 2014

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I posted a few weeks ago a reading from the Gospel on the Thursday after Ash Wednesday and how Our Blessed Lord declared, in a very straightforward manner, that many of the present Kingdom – Israel – would reject Him and in so doing be rejected by God.  While this previous Gospel statement on the Jews was more on the lines of an easily visible inference, the Gospel from yesterday, Thursday in the 2nd Week of Lent, is a straight up declaration that the Jews would reject the Christ, and that this rejection would mean their damnation:

At that time, Jesus said to the Pharisees, “There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and feasted sumptuously every day. And there was a certain beggar, named Lazarus, who lay at his gate, full of sores, Desiring to be filled with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table. And no one did give him: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. “And it came to pass that the beggar died and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom. And the rich man also died: and he was buried in hell. And lifting up his eyes when he was in torments, he saw Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom: And he cried and said: ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water to cool my tongue: for I am tormented in this flame.’ And Abraham said to him: ‘Son, remember that thou didst receive good things in thy lifetime, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted and thou art tormented. And besides all this, between us and you, there is fixed a great chaos: so that they who would pass from hence to you cannot, nor from thence come hither.’ And he said: ‘Then, father, I beseech thee that thou wouldst send him to my father’s house, for I have five brethren, That he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torments.’ And Abraham said to him: ‘They have Moses and the prophets. Let them hear them.’ But he said: ‘No, father Abraham: but if one went to them from the dead, they will do penance.’ And he said to him: ‘If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they believe, if one rise again from the dead.’ 

Thus, the infallible inerrant Word of God, speaking directly to us.  Now Christ’s audience was the Pharisees.  Christ had made plain that the Pharisees and most all Jews had gotten severely off track in their religion, thinking mere external acts could justify one in the sight of God.  Thus, Jews were far more concerned with the letter of the law than its spirit, and enormous hardness had entered into their hearts.  They had been warned numerous times by prophets to amend their ways, but they did not listen.  In fact, they often as not killed those prophets for convicting them of sin.  God chastised the Jews very severely a great number of times, but still they did not listen.  They continued to corrupt the Commandments and have enormous hardness of heart.

Christ knew that even His presence would not sway many Jews to convert. And so He lets them know in the clearest possible terms what will happen if they do not.  The Pharisees are obviously the rich man, while Lazarus is a representation of both Jewish underclasses the Pharisees disdained, and all the Gentiles.  Those were the groups who would embrace Christ.

This Gospel is just one more example of many, many others (John 3, John 8, etc) from Scripture that seem to dramatically undermine modern Church approaches to Judaism.  And it is not just numerous areas of Scripture that militate against the current Church approach, it is virtually the whole of Tradition.  While there were many sad excesses towards Jews in the Church’s past, today the pendulum has swung to the other extreme.

It is not an act of charity to leave people in their sin. It is not an act of charity to pretend that somehow, counter to all the guidance of Scripture and Tradition and Our Lord’s ENORMOUS concern that the Jews convert while He was on this earth, Jews have “their own path to salvation.”

This self-styled “ecumenism” towards the Jews is just incredibly problematic.  It seems to be totally predicated on a certain worldly indifferentism, because Scripture argues so powerfully against it.   This is one of the most significant areas where the post-conciliar praxis has diverged markedly, just obviously, from the whole pre-conciliar Tradition.  There has never been such an indifferentist approach to Judaism, the separated sects, or any other of the false religions as we’ve seen in the past 30 years.

And again,the tragedy comes down to the fact that while it may make Jews feel good to hear the Church say they are essentially saved even while rejecting Christ, Scripture and Tradition argue that this is a false charity.  And it’s not just the Jews – muslims, pantheists, and others have been told their religious “traditions” are valid.

The other factor is the scandal and confusion such “ecumenism” gives to the faithful.  I would bet a tidy sum that people have talked themselves out of the Faith, or at least the active practice of it, based on these faulty notions of ecumenism they’ve heard.  It plays into the massive modernist error of universal salvation, as well, which is responsible for loads of people falling away from the Faith.

These efforts ultimately won’t work.  They say to the world that the Church isn’t what She has always claimed to be. They weaken the Faith and scandalize the faithful.  I pray all this false “ecumenism” stops.

*And yes I know ecumenism relates only to separated Christians, technically, but in the present parlance ecumenism is used to describe approaches to all religions, not just separated Christians

Flightline Friday – Blackbird Capabilities March 21, 2014

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I normally read only books directly related to the Faith, but occasionally I’ll revert to reading some military

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history/aviation technology books for a break.  I’ve been doing so of late, reading several books on the Lockheed Blackbirds I’ve had lying around for years.  I’ve read a couple of Squadron/Signal books on the Blackbird, and this very good photo compilation from Tony Landis.  Squadron/Signal books have always been very fun to me, lots of really excellent photos but with a hefty amount of technical detail.

There were ultimately 3 main Blackbird variants – the original A-12 single-seat recon plane that was developed by and for the CIA.  Then there was the YF-12A interceptor variant for USAF I’ve

A-12 after fleet received radar-defeating black "iron ball" paint

A-12 after fleet received radar-defeating black “iron ball” paint

already blogged about.  Finally and most well known was the two seat SR-71A used by SAC as a strategic reconnaissance platform for many years.

One of the prime questions regarding the Blackbird family has been their true level of performance.  USAF data sheets almost invariably quoted the type as being capable of Mach 3+ with an altitude of 70,000 ft.  Enthusiast publications long thought those numbers were probably gross underestimates, with most authors claiming the Blackbird actually capable of Mach 3.3+ and altitudes in excess of 80,000 ft.  These reports were based on some very solid information – in 1976, an SR-71A set a world speed record of

A-12 had pointier, more slender fuselage - less drag

A-12 had pointier, more slender fuselage – less drag

2193 mph at 82,000 ft – Mach 3.32.

But there were many who felt even these figures were underestimates, as there had been rumors for years of Blackbirds routinely exceeding both figures.  Some of these estimates were ludicrous – speeds over Mach 4, even Mach 5 were quoted in some hyperventilating sources, but there long remained belief that the Blackbird’s true capabilities had never really been known.

Based on data I’ve correlated from four different books, all published after the Blackbird retired and much data was declassified, it seems the real maximum performance figures by type were as follows:

  • A-12 – the fastest variant, top speed Mach 3.6 (2380 mph) with peak altitude over 95,000 ft
  • YF-12A – the slowest variant (the huge radome significantly increased drag), Mach 3.2, ceiling 85,000 ft
  • SR-71A – top speed Mach 3.45 – 3.5, ceiling ~90,000 ft.
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All of the Blackbirds were capable of exceeding these figures in an emergency.  The Birds were moderately robust – if an inlet unstarted violently (this happened when supersonic airflow made it into the giant J58 turbo-ramjet engines and literally blew the engine out, like blowing out a candle), it would be all day with you – but its titanium structure was pretty forgiving of overspeed.  While Mach 3.3 was the normal operational speed limit at least on the SR-71, in emergencies pilots did exceed this limit.

The key parameter was the knots estimated air speed at a given altitude.  Exceeding this limit – normally set at lockheed_sr71_l2500 KEAS at 80,000 ft – would expose the airframe to dynamic pressures and heat loads beyond which it was designed to handle.  On one test flight, a Blackbird reached a peak KEAS of 582 knots – quite well beyond it’s design limit, but the aircraft landed with no damage.

Note that KEAS has nothing to do with true airspeed or ground speed, it is a calculated value dependent on altitude, ambient temperature, density altitude, etc.

Because KEAS was one of the critical factors limiting Blackbird performance, atmospheric conditions on a given lockheed_sr71_l3flight could have a substantial impact on performance.  Flying in the high polar regions generally permitted faster speeds due to lower density altitudes and ambient temperatures. However, one Blackbird crew did report briefly touching Mach 3.5 (this may be exaggeration) on a mission over Libya in 1986, after Operation El Dorado Canyon, in which they were targeted and fired on by multiple surface-to-air missiles.

One final note – as you can see in the photo below, the SR-71 had a removable nose section.  Different nose were produced for different sensor packages.  Two of the most common were a nose housing a large “optical bar camera” with a 60″ focal length, and a package housing an Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar for radar mapping.

I love me some good Blackbird Pr0n.

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird (2)

 

Can you believe this was designed in 1959-1961?

Can you believe this was designed in 1959-1961?

SR-71 of Det. 9 at Kadena AB, Okinawa. Blackbirds were affectionately known as Habu, the Okinawan name for a very nasty poisonous snake

SR-71 of Det. 9 at Kadena AB, Okinawa. This is an operational mission during the Vietnam War. Blackbirds were affectionately known by their crews as Habu, the Okinawan name for a very nasty poisonous snake

You want still more Blackbird notes?  OK, at Mach 3+, the engines ran at full afterburner, but the vast majority of the thrust was actually made by the convergent/divergent nozzles (Bernoulli effect) at the front and back end.  The pointy cone in front of the engine in the photo above?  Those would translate back and forth 26 inches during flight to control airflow.  The air going through the engine had to be subsonic or the engine would “unstart,” or literally blow out.  These events were violent and dangerous, one SR-71 was lost over New Mexico due to an unstart. At Mach 3, the pressure effect of forcing the air into a narrow channel and then letting it expand provided 80% of engine thrust, while the fuel burning in the afterburner only provided the remaining 20%.  All Blackbirds flew in full afterburner throughout their operational sorties.  The J-58 engines were rated at 34,000 lbst each at sea level, I do not know what kind of thrust they produced at altitude.

A total of 50 Blackbirds of all types were built.  A great many were lost in accidents – about 1/3 of the fleet.

The aircraft grew 3″ longer in flight.  The skin on the SR-71 would heat up to 850 degrees in places at Mach 3+.  That is why it had to be constructed almost entirely of titanium.  Stainless steel could have been used, but would have been far heavier.

11 operational SR-71s at Beale, date unknown. I would guess late 80s by the paint schemes on the tankers in the background

11 operational SR-71s at Beale, date unknown. I would guess late 80s by the paint schemes on the tankers in the background