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Report: 90% of employer-provided health plans gone in 10 years June 4, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Basics, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society.
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There have thus far been two defining characteristics of Obamacare, aside from the inept administration and hardly functioning website: skyrocketing costs (far above private insurance rates for most people) and extremely limited services for that cost.

That is the vision of the future of “health care” in the United States, high-cost, low-service, long waits, ineptly administered and filled with graft state run health care, which the USCCB has been clamoring for since its inception in the 1920s.  The USCCB would have been fully on board with Obamacare had it not been for the mandatory abortion services which constitute “basic care” under the new socialist health care system.

A new study estimates that, within 10 years, cost pressures will encourage 90% of employers to drop their plans and dump their employees onto the Obamacare exchanges.  Obamacare actually encourages this by making the penalty for dropping employee coverage much, much lower than the cost of providing coverage.  That was the plan all along, socialize 1/6 of the economy by stealth and late night, bone-crunching arm-twisting votes:

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Across the political spectrum, analysts now say that 80 to 90 percent of employer-provided insurance, the mainstay of American health coverage for decades, will disappear as ObamaCare takes hold.The research firm S&P IQ predicts less than 10 percent of those who get insurance at work will still get it there ten years from now.

“The companies will really be hard pressed to justify why they would continue to have to spend the kind of money they spend by offering insurance through corporate plans when there’s an alternative that’s subsidized by the government” said Michael Thompson, head of S&P IQ.”

The reason analysts see this historic change in health coverage is because the tax penalty for not offering insurance — $2,000 per worker– is so much less than the cost of providing it.

 

So, if you like your plan, you will not be able to keep it, you very likely won’t get anywhere near the same level of care you have enjoyed previously, and it will probably cost you a great deal more for the limited care you do get.  Thus, the government.  But we can be assured thousands of politicians, lobbyists, cronies, operatives, labor union racketeers, mobsters, and their assorted ilk – also known as the base of the demonrat party – will cash in handsomely.  On your dime.

All this, so that 18 million previously uninsured people can now have some level of insurance, even if most of that 18 million have so far refused to sign up, as all the plans are too expensive.

Where is the reasonable balance between radically diminishing the level of care experienced by 270 million, so that 5% of that number can have somewhat better care (if they can afford it, and if they bother to sign up)?

Maybe someone from the USCCB can englighten me.

Another sad note: the final accident report for the fatal crash of Capt. Carroll LeFon USN, Ret., was released recently.  Bad weather and badly trained ground control approach personnel who were unaccustomed to dealing with aircraft with very high landing speeds precipitated the final crash due to fuel starvation.  Lex went in with his gear up.  I guess he didn’t have time to bail out.

I still miss you Lex. Requiescant in Pace!

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How to learn mistrust in self June 4, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, reading, religious, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.
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I blogged yesterday an excerpt from the beginning of Dom Lorenzo Scupoli’s The Spiritual Wombat, err….Combat.  In that excerpt, Fr. Scupoli noted that there are critical weapons in the spiritual combat against the world, the devil, and most particularly, our flesh.  Those are:wombat-c

  • Mistrust of Self
  • Trust in God
  • Spiritual Exercises
  • Prayer

Today, I’ll take up the chapter on mistrust of self, wherein Dom Scupoli outlines for us four steps we can take to learn to distrust ourselves, our appetites, our pride, and our tendency towards self-justification or rationalization:

The first step is to consider and know thine own vileness and nothingness, how of thyself thou canst do no good thing, whereby to merit an entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven.

The second, to implore the Lord for it, [that is, mistrust of self] with fervent and humble prayer; for it is His gift.  And in order to attain it, thou must first regard thyself as not only wholly without it, but as utterly powerless of thyself to acquire it.  Therefore present thyself often before the Divine Majesty, with an assured faith that He is willing of His great goodness to grant thy petition; wait patiently all the time which His Providence appoints; and without any doubt thou shalt obtain it.

The third is, to be accustomed to fear thyself, thine own judgment, thy strong inclination to sin, the numberless enemies against whom thou art unable to make the slightest resistance; their long practice in war, their stratagems, their transformation into angels of light, and the innumerable arts and snares wherewith, in the very way of godliness, they secretly endeavor to entangle us. 

The fourth – whenever thou art overtaken by any fault, to look more into thyself, and to consider more deeply thine own utter weakness.  For to this end did God permit thy fall, that, warned by a clearer light of inspiration than before, and by true knowledge of self, thou mightest learn to despise thyself as a thing most vile, and be willing to be so regarded by others, and despised accordingly.  For without this willingness there can be no godly mistrust of self, which is founded on true humility, and on the experimental self-knowledge of which we have been speaking. [meekness->willingness to suffer->humility->charity->sanctification]

Self-knowledge is, indeed, plainly necessary to all who seek after a union with the Supreme Light and Uncreated Truth, and Divine Mercy frequently makes use of the falls of proud and presumptuous men to lead them to this knowledge; [Yes He does!  But I seem to need so many, many falls!]  justly suffering them to run into some fault, which they trusted to their own strength to avoid, that so, coming to a knowledge of themselves, they may learn to distrust self in all things…….

…….He permits a man to fall more or less deeply, in proportion to the height of his pride and self-esteem, so that wherever there should be no presumption, three also would be no fall.

Therefore, whensoever thou dost fall, at once betake thee humbly to know thyself as thou art, and with earnest prayer entreat the Lord to give thee light truly to know thyself, and entire mistrust of self, lest thou fall again, it may be, into a deeper ruin.

———–End Quote———–

Tomorrow, how to trust in God…….errr…….God willing!

I really like this book, because Fr. Scupoli tells us not just what to do to get on a path towards hopeful sanctification, but how to do it.  So many books say……do this, do that, but they don’t really say how.  So this is most welcome.  And I appreciate the detail.  It is most edifying.

I do have a sad admission to make.  I am presently reading the second copy of The Spiritual Combat I purchased. The first was a volume that was written by an Orthodox monk, and he changed some things up a bit.  This always makes me leery, because you never know when they might sneak in some subtle error. There are also lots of abridged and “modernized” copies out there that vary greatly in quality. I wanted to get a really good, old school copy of the book, so I ordered a print on demand version of a 19th century copy of The Spiritual Combat.  Now, the print on demand house just sent me a plain white covered book with no title page, no info on the publisher, just the main content and that is all. I thought I was doing great, but as I read along, I started to pick up signs that this copy wasn’t what I wanted. I had it confirmed for me yesterday, this is an Anglican version of the book.  Uff da! 19th century High Angl0-Catholic to be sure, but still, Anglican!  There was a footnote about how Confession is not a Sacrament!

Well, forget that, I ordered the TAN version yesterday. I’ll have it tomorrow. Hopefully, that will be truly “safe.”

It just goes to show how careful you have to be when buying spiritual books.  So many modern versions are problematic, and even when you buy antique copies you might get burned.

<Sigh>

Novena to St. Anthony of Padua starts today… June 4, 2014

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Novenas, Saints, sanctity, Virtue.
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…….that is, in the Ordinary Form.  Of course, you could always offer up a Novena to St. Anthony for BOTH calendars!

I’m sure he won’t mind receiving two Novenas from you in one year!

Via my Novena supplier, MJD:

Novena Prayer
O White lily of purity, sublime example of poverty, true mirror of humility, resplendent star of sanctity. O glorious St Anthony, who didst enjoy the sweet privilege of receiving into thy arms the Infant Jesus, I beseech thee to take me under they powerful protection. Thou in whom the power of working miracles shines forth among the other gifts of God, have pity upon me and come to my aid in this my great needs.

(Mention your intentions here)

 

Cleanse my heart from every disorderly affection, obtain for me a true contrition for my sins and a great love of God and of my neighbour that serving God faithfully in this life, I may come to praise, enjoy and bless Him eternally with thee in Paradise. Amen
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THE MIRACULOUS RESPONSORY OF ST. ANTHONY

By St. Bonaventuresaint-anthony-of-padua

1. If then you ask for miracles,
Death, error, all calamities,
The leprosy and demons fly,
And health succeeds infirmities.

Chorus:

The sea obeys, and fetters break,
And lifeless limbs thou dost restore,
Whilst treasures lost are found again,
When young and old thine aid implore.

2. All dangers vanish at thy prayer,
And direst need doth quickly flee;
Let those who know thy power proclaim,
Let Paduans say: “These are of thee.”
Chorus:

The sea obeys, and fetters break,
And lifeless limbs thou dost restore,
Whilst treasures lost are found again,
When young and old thine aid implore.

3. To Father, Son, may glory be, St_Anthony_of_Padua
And Holy Spirit eternally.

Chorus:

The sea obeys, and fetters break,
And lifeless limbs thou dost restore,
Whilst treasures lost are found again,
When young and old thine aid implore.

Pray for us, St. Anthony,

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O God! May the votive commemoration of St. Anthony, Thy Confessor and Doctor, be a source of joy to Thy Church, that she may always be fortified with spiritual assistance and may deserve to possess eternal joy. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Litany of Saint Anthony of Padua

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.sta01019

Holy Mary,
pray for us.

Saint Anthony of Padua,
pray for us.
Saint Anthony, glory of the Friars Minor,
pray for us.
Saint Anthony, ark of the Testament,
pray for us.
Saint Anthony, sanctuary of Heavenly wisdom,
pray for us.
Saint Anthony, destroyer of worldly vanity,
pray for us.
Saint Anthony, conqueror of impurity,
pray for us.
Saint Anthony, example of humility,
pray for us.
Saint Anthony, lover of the Cross,
pray for us.
Saint Anthony, martyr of desire,
pray for us.
Saint Anthony, generator of charity,
pray for us.
Saint Anthony, zealous for justice,
pray for us.
Saint Anthony, terror of infidels,
pray for us.
Saint Anthony, model of perfection,
pray for us.
Saint Anthony, consoler of the afflicted,
pray for us.
Saint Anthony, restorer of lost things, Sebastiano_Ricci_-_St_Anthony_of_Padua_Healing_a_Youth_-_WGA19414
pray for us.
Saint Anthony, defender of innocence,
pray for us.
Saint Anthony, liberator of prisoners,
pray for us.
Saint Anthony, guide of pilgrims,
pray for us.
Saint Anthony, restorer of health,
pray for us.
Saint Anthony, performer of miracles,
pray for us.
Saint Anthony, restorer of speech to the mute,
pray for us.
Saint Anthony, restorer of hearing to the deaf,
pray for us.
Saint Anthony, restorer of sight to the blind,
pray for us.
Saint Anthony, disperser of devils,
pray for us.
Saint Anthony, reviver of the dead,
pray for us.
Saint Anthony, tamer of tyrants,
pray for us.

From the snares of the devil, Saint Anthony deliver us.
From thunder, lightning and storms, Saint Anthony deliver us.
From all evil of body and soul, Saint Anthony deliver us.
Through your intercession, Saint Anthony protect us.
Throughout the course of life, Saint Anthony protect us.

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

V. Saint Anthony, pray for us.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O my God, may the pious commemoration of Saint Anthony,
Thy Confessor and Proctor, give joy to Thy Church, that she may
ever be strengthened with Thy spiritual assistance and merit to
attain everlasting joy. Through Christ our Lo