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St. Luke Productions Story of a Soul March 5 in Richardson February 25, 2016

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You know St. Luke Productions from their films on numerous Saints, acted out in many cases by Leonardo De Filipis.  If you’re like our family, you probably have at least a few of their movies on DVD.

St. Luke Productions will be putting on three performances of their moving “Therese: The Story of a Soul” on Saturday, March 8 at the Eisemann Center in Richardson.  Show times are 2 and 8.  This is a fundraiser for the Birth Choice crisis pregnancy center.  Tickets are $30 or $125 to have VIP seats at the 8pm showing with a 5:30 dinner.  Tickets can be purchased through the Eisemann Center website (click on the calendar, go to the date, find the time you want, and then buy from there).

This is completely safe entertainment the entire family can enjoy.  Or take your wife out for a date night.  Perhaps you’ll see me there.  If it’s prudent to do so given my unemployed status.

Speaking of, if you are saying prayers for my job situation, you might pray especially tomorrow afternoon.  I will have a preliminary discussion with a very attractive employer at that time.  Thank you for all your continued support.  Best readers around, no question about it.


Three beautiful saintly prayers to Our Lady…… February 24, 2016

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………which also manage to convey some powerful doctrinal sentiments, such as strong devotion to Our Lady being vital for salvation.  All the prayers are taken from The Holy Eucharist by St. Alphonsus.  El_Greco_-_St_Ildefonso_-_WGA10574

First up, a prayer from St. Ildefonsus [7th century Spanish Saint]:

Most humble handmaid of thy Divine Son!  I prostrate myself before thee, conjuring thee to obtain pardon of my sins, that I may be cleansed from all the imperfections of my life.  I entreat thee to procure me the grace of being always united to God and to thee, and to be ever a faithful servant of thy Son and of thee: of thy Son, as my Lord and Redeemer; and of thee, as the cause of my redemption; for if He has paid the price of my redemption, it was with the body which He received from thee.

O Mary!  Obtain for me confidence in thy intercession and the grace that I may continually have recourse to thee.800px-P1010345_Paris_Ier_Eglise_Saint-Germain_l'Auxerrois_statue_Saint-Germain_reductwk

Second, from St. Germanus:

St. Germanus addressing the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, says: “No one is saved but through thee; no one is delivered from evils but through thee; there is no one on whom any gift is bestowed but through thee.  Therefore, my Lady and my hope if thou dost not help me I am lost, and shall be unable to bless thee in Heaven.  But, Lady, I hear all the Saints say that thou never abandonest those who have recourse to thee.  I, then, miserable creature that I am, have recourse to thee, and in thee place all my hopes.

In the words of St. Bernard, Mary is my whole confidence; she is the whole ground of my hope! [Saint Germanus of Lyons dates from the 4th and 5th century.  Thus we can clearly see deep Marian devotion and even ascribing to her a role as co-redemptrix from the early Church Fathers]

Finally, from St. Alphonsus himself:

Allow me, my most sweet Queen, to call thee, with thine own St. Bernard, “the whole ground of my hope,” and to say with St. John Damascene, “I have placed my whole hope in thee.”  Thou hast to obtain for me the forgiveness of my sins; thou, perseverance until death; thou, deliverance from purgatory.  All who are saved obtain salvation through thee; thou, then, O Mary, hast to save me; “He will be saved whom thou willest.”  Will, then, my salvation, and I shall be saved.  But thou savest all who invoke thee; behold, then, I invoke thee, and say:

O salvation of those who invoke thee, save me! [The implication of these prayers from so many Saints (and far more not quoted, besides) is inescapable: protestants who reject Mary’s unique role in the economy of salvation gravely err, and as a practical matter cannot be saved (not speaking absolutely)]

And a bonus from St. Anselm of Canterbury, 11th century Doctor of the Church:Littlemore

Help us, O Queen of mercy, without regarding the multitude of our sins.  Remember, that our Creator assumed from thee a human body, not to condemn, but to save sinners.  Hadst thou been chosen to be the Mother of God for thy own benefit alone, thou mightest then be said to have no particular interest in our salvation; but God clothed himself in thy form for the sake of all mankind.  Help us, therefore, and protect us: thou knowest the need which we have of thy assistance, and we earnestly recommend ourselves to thy prayers.  Pray that we may not be eternally lost, but with thee may serve and love Jesus Christ forever.

St. Anselm Weninger


Practicing muslims reputed to outnumber Catholics in Brussels February 24, 2016

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The numbers presented below square with what a commenter from Europe has said in the past.  Practicing muslims make up a greater percentage of the population of the city/region of Brussels than do Catholics.  More fruit from Vatican II.  I’m sure Cardinal Daneels, he of the “St. Gallen Group” who helped elect Francis, and a man deeply involved in the cover-up of the pedophile activities of some very close to him, is very pleased:

Considering what European Union policies have done to Europe, it seems all too apt for its capital to be a hive of Islamic terror and on the road to becoming a majority Muslim city.

Then turn to Brussels, some parts of which host large communities of Moroccan and Turkish immigrants, mostly from religiously conservative regions of those countries. Among respondents in the city, practising Catholics amounted to 12% and non-practising ones to 28%. Some 19% were active Muslims and another 4% were of Muslim identity without practising the faith. The atheist/agnostic camp came to 30%. [Let’s just accept these numbers at face value.  How many will continue in this practice when being Catholic begins to carry a marked social cost, be it from militant atheists or militant muslims?]

Among people who actually practice a religion, Muslims are a majority. And as usual, with Islamic indoctrination and birth rates, the news becomes more troubling in the lower age groups.

Thus among respondents aged 55 and over, practising Catholics amounted to 30% and practising Muslims to less than 1%; but among those aged between 18 and 34, active adherence to Islam (14%) exceeded the practice of Catholicism (12%). Admittedly the sample (600 people in all) is small. But if this trend continues, practitioners of Islam may soon comfortably exceed devout Catholics not just in cosmopolitan Brussels, as is the case already, but across the whole of Belgium’s southern half.

The southern half being the predominately Catholic region.  Forgive  me for doubting that even 12% of Brusselites (?) are “practicing” Catholics. I’d certainly appreciate any input from those familiar with the Church in Belgium. In France and other countries, it’s more like 3-4%, and almost all of them quite elderly.  Of course, “practicing” the Faith has been reduced in the minds of millions to showing up occasionally on Easter and Christmas, so perhaps 12% do still do that. This is not a practice of the Faith our Church Fathers would recognize.

And all this is why Brussels has become a hub for terror in Europe:

……..The greater Brussels area has long been considered to be a hotbed for radical Islamists. Troubled neighborhoods like Molenbeek and Anderlecht are known as being homes to secluded communities of immigrants in which radicals can easily go underground. So has Belgium become the center of terror in Europe and a security risk for the entire Continent?

These people who are firing their weapons and blowing themselves up don’t appear out of nowhere,” respected Belgian sociologist Felice Dassetto wrote on his blog after the Paris attacks……

…….There isn’t going to be a Brussels in 50 years. There’s going to be an Islamic State. It’s much too late to start pleading with the Jihadi invaders to play nice. It’s time to decide if there is going to be an Islamic State in Belgium or not.

And all this, in the capital of post-modern, post-Christian Europe.  As to the remaking of Europe into a balkanized construct of self-loathing atheistic sexular pagans and Western-loathing radical jihadists, for most of Europe’s governing elite, this appears all part of the plan.  People are easy to control when they are terrified.  Attachment to freedom goes out the window when one is in doubt of one’s life.  The native populace is almost entirely disarmed.

It’s almost as if someone had a plan………and do note the Church “elites” (hierarchy) are almost universally in favor of this unprecedented project in social engineering.

A brief Lenten meditation from St. Peter Claver February 24, 2016

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OK, it’s not exactly from St. Peter Claver, it’s from his biography. But the description of his life is, I think, quite edifying, and very appropriate for this time of year:

Usually what we suffer of our own accord, seems lighter and more endurable than what we endure from others.  Not so with Father Claver; from whatever quarter sufferings might come, he always met them with the same firmness.  Two great maxims which he had learned from Brother Alonso Rodriguez, and which were deeply engraven upon his heart, formed the rule of his conduct.  “First – When I am persecuted or calumniated, either I have, or I have not, deserved it.  If I have, why complain?  I ought rather to correct myself and beg pardon of God for my fault.  If I have not deserved it, I ought to rejoice and thank God for allowing me this opportunity of suffering something for His love, and for the rest I ought to rejoice and thank God for allowing me this opportunity of suffering something for His love, and for the rest I ought to keep silence.

“Second- When I am contradicted, why not do as the ass does?  If he is abused or maltreated, he is silent.  If forgotten or left without food, if made to work, if despised, if overladen, he is silent  In a word, whatever is said or done to him, he answers not – he complains not.  Thus ought the true servant of God to act, and say with David,”I am become as a beast of burden before Thee.’  We have here in a few words the portrait of Father Claver.”

————-End Quote————-

An example I pray I may put into effect  much more in my own life.  Yes there are times when justice must be served and we cannot suffer in silence, such as in the grave crisis regarding the Church today, when we see souls falling into hell like snowflakes all around us as a result of the error and abuse that is so rampant today. But when it comes to personal slights or suffering that do not cause scandal and are simply mortifications of our pride, humbly accepting these as gifts from God is the noble, if so very difficult, Christian response.

Not that I am even remotely a good exemplar of this practice. Do as the Saints say, not as I do, and all that.

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I will blog again! February 23, 2016

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Sorry folks that I have not yet returned to regular blogging.  I knew I would take a week off when the baby came, but then with the layoff I’ve been busy as a beaver with job applications, surveying job sites, doing some necessary paperwork, taking care of financial matters, etc.  The end result is that I have had zero time to blog.  And that’s a shame, because I have quite a bit of material saved up.  I have some more things to do today so I won’t get any real content posts out but I at least wanted to let you know I was alive and not abandoning this blogging thing.

Tomorrow should be slower, I’ve already thoroughly reviewed several job boards and so I’m starting to see a lot of repeats.  That means I can dedicate less time to that now that I’ve kind of “caught up” to where the market is at.  On the job front, I’m already getting some initial contacts so your prayers are certainly working.  Please keep them up!  God bless you, and His will be done!

Hopefully tomorrow I can get a couple of posts out.  I doubt I have time for five a day for some time, but I’ll try to do something meaningful each day.

Thank you to my readers.  Your support has been moving and gratifying to me.  I pray for you all.

They got me February 18, 2016

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It took 9 – or you could call it 10 – rounds, but I was laid off today.  My group has now been reduced over 90% from its staffing level of even 2 weeks ago, which was already nearly cut in half from what it was 4 years ago.  So, about a 94% cut over the past 4 years.

I do appreciate your prayers.  This position has been unique.  To be honest, I’ve milked it for longer than I should have, but what other job would pay so good and yet be so undemanding as to permit me to spend half my time blogging?  Perhaps now the piper will be paid, the reckoning will be made.

What this means for the blog is that I may post like usual while I’m looking but after that it will probably drop down to a much lower level if I can continue at all.  And there are always hundreds of things to do around the home, so my hopes of blogging may be much lighter than I’m planning right now.   Obviously, first thing is to secure another position.

Well, some gotterdammerung appropriate to the day:


So typical, this major blood-letting at my company began in 2011 after, you guessed it, they brought in a consulting company.  It’s been nothing but collapse ever since.  Those Harvard MBAs just bring success and glory wherever they go.

I tell you, I did let the VP who laid me off have it.  I’ll come out better on the other side, God willing.

Josefina Maria Theresa was born today! February 13, 2016

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@2:41a. 6 lb 4 oz. Mom and baby are both excellent.   Mom and dad are, however,  exhausted after being up all night.

Your prayers made ALL the difference.  I will never forget that.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  We are just on cloud 9.  Such an unspeakable blessing,  we could not be happier.

She’s a beauty, like her mom:

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I’ll never forget February 12, 2016

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The third anniversary of the tragic abdication of Pope Benedict XVI was yesterday, but I still feel betrayed and massively let down. I remember my wife telling me the news, and at first I thought it had to be a hoax.  I refused to believe it until the evidence became overwhelming.

I know some feel he had every right, that he alone could judge his age and capacity, but I am convinced Pope Benedict XVI was “forced out,” or fell to the wolves around him.  His resignation remains unparalleled, the comparisons to Celestine being really apples and oranges.  It was the seizure of Vatican financial assets that compelled him to believe he could no longer govern, I think.  We’ll likely never know for certain, in this life.

I also cannot believe what happened later that same day was just “one of those things:”


In less than a year, Jose Bergoglio will be 80.  But mark my words, he will never resign.  He is having waaay too much fun remaking the Church to suit his ideology.  Progressives almost never give up power voluntarily.

Francis to make huge political statement by hosting Mass at non-existent US border fence February 12, 2016

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If you’ve ever been to where US77 from Brownsville crosses to Matamoros, you know there is a very impressive looking fence along the US side of the Rio Grande.  About 10-12 ft tall and topped with concertina wire, it looks like a serious deterrent to illegal crossings.  The only problem is, the fence only extends about 100 yards from the actual port of entry on either side.  Or, at least it did 20 years ago when I was last there.

And that’s how it generally goes along the US-Mexico border.  In and near populated areas, there are various fences of different levels of effectiveness separating the two countries.  But for hundreds upon hundreds of miles along most of the sparsely populated border, there is nothing at all.  The Rio Grande forms little deterrent most of the year, being not much more than a glorified creek only a few feet deep.   West of El Paso, there is often nothing to demarcate where the US ends and Mexico begins.  Maybe a rancher’s barbed wire fence, which are constantly cut by illegal crossers, just one of many sources of grave economic impact for those who live along the border.

But standing along the hundreds of miles of open range between Columbus and Nogales would not make the political point that is desired, so Francis will be offering Mass next week at one of the few locations where there is a semi-serious looking fence, along the border between lawless Ciudad Juarez and El Paso.


Looks impressive, right?  But at some point just a few miles outside of town, the fence does this:

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It just stops.  Very little except for a scattered and woefully undermanned Border Patrol presence to prevent someone from crossing over.

The video below shows the proximity of the Mass center stage to the border:

The fence is generally in the background and to right, dwarfed by the papal stage.  I’m sure there will be many poignant photos of Americans with their faces pressed up against the fence in their desire to be near the Bishop of Rome.  Progressive gold.

A couple of points from this article on the pending visit:

Miguel Angel Lopez, 51, is a construction worker at the mass site. He has lived in Juárez for 30 years and remembers a time not long ago when it was much harder to find employment.

“When the violence was terrible, many of us could not find work,” Lopez said. “There are still murders here, but not like before.”

Lopez is not Catholic, but part of the 11 percent of the Juárez population that is evangelical or Protestant. Symbols of their faith are seen throughout the city, most prominently on a mountain displaying the message “The Bible is the truth: Read it” in large white letters. [Plainly visible from El Paso. I have always understood that huge sign to have been protestant in origin]

………Mark J. Seitz, the bishop of the El Paso Catholic Diocese, doesn’t think El Paso turned its back on its neighbor city.

“I think there is a deep sense here in El Paso that what is good for Juárez is good for us,” Seitz said. “We care about them, and I think we’ve had a similar feeling from the people in Juárez.”

Francis’ visit is a chance to show that collaboration between cities, he said.

“One thing I believe that Pope Francis will highlight is the sense of community across borders that can be found here, which I think is somewhat unique among border communities,” Seitz said……..

………Abuyen wandered around downtown on that Friday afternoon, posing for a photo with the Francis cutout in the city where she grew up.

“This is more than a symbol,” she said in Spanish. “This is God in physical form.”[Wha?!?  I know St. Catherine of Siena called the pope “sweet Christ on earth” but this is idolatry and blasphemy.  The pope is not God.  Think papalotry is not a problem?]

As a bit of a rejoinder to the happy-clappy image that will be presented throughout Francis’ visit to Mexico (some of his key meetings will be with the disastrously heretical Bishop of Saltillo Raul Vera Lopez, frequently called “the gay bishop” for his endorsement of sodomy and other grave moral evils), Breitbart Texas reported earlier this week that Mexican authorities have found underground ovens used by Los Zetas to destroy the remains of thousands of innocent souls slaughtered by the narco-gang.  Los Zetas dominated the government of Coahuila for years, and (along with other gangs) continue to frequently rule from behind the scenes in many regions of that afflicted country (you should really read the whole article, it reveals, to a small degree, the depth of the corruption in Mexican government and how that nation more or less functions as a lawless narco-state, at least over vast regions).

Will Francis directly condemn the drug traffickers and their war against the Mexican people?  Who knows:

The Mexican Los Zetas cartel used a network of oven facilities to cover-up the systematic mass extermination of innocent people during the 2011-2013 period when the cartel had complete governmental control over most of the Mexican state of Coahuila. From the then-governor of Coahuila, down to the city jails, Los Zetas had complete control of every aspect of governmental process and of the lives of Mexican citizens–including news media. Their atrocities in Coahuila have remained largely unreported and undocumented by any governmental agencies; local, state, federal, or international.

And he wants this country to open its border even more to this kind of nightmarish chaos?

Once again, we see Francis entering deeply into national politics.  This trip was planned well after it became apparent that immigration may well be the deciding issue in the 2016 US presidential election.  If Donald Trump is elected president, it will largely be due to his very strong stand against illegal immigration, which a very large number of Americans feel has gotten totally out of hand and is in the process of remaking this nation into something incompatible with its founding precepts.  Now Francis is giving a very public demonstration of his support for open borders and unconstrained immigration from poorer countries into richer ones.  The symbolism and intent are unmistakable.

Amazing how when it’s a more conservative pope, there are constant choruses from the media about how they must butt out of national politics and “rise above” such factionalism by speaking only in the broadest terms and never “lowering themselves” into taking stands on specific matters of policy (which is another way of saying: shut up). But when it’s a much more progressive pope, oh, then he’s a brilliant leader of the benighted and a valuable contributor to the national debate, who absolutely must be heard.

Gotcha.  Whatever is good for progressivism, that’s good, whatever is not, well, that’s very, very bad.

Is TFG just one more voice in that ever-present chorus?

The world unwinds: Saudi Arabia to send army against ISIS in Syria? February 12, 2016

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I thought Saudi had been covertly funneling money and even arms to ISIS?  Has not the House of Saud been implicated in helping foment many of the islamist revolutions that have occurred, from Tunisia to Iraq?  Or is that more the Gulf States like Bahrain and the UAE?

Russians and Saudis fighting side by side (figuratively) against a common enemy?  Who would have thunk it?  And what huge carrot (I can’t believe it would be a stick) has the administration dangled in front of the Saudis in order to get them to commit to sending land forces if the Obama Admin desires it?  I can’t believe that was cheap.  Has to be more than the 86 F-15s we recently agreed to sell them.

Saudi Arabia’s military spokesman Brig. Gen. Ahmed Al-Assiri said on Thursday, according to Al Arabiya English, that Riyadh’s decision to send troops into Syria is “final” and “irreversible” and that they are “ready” to deploy them against Islamic State (ISIS) there as part of U.S.-led efforts against that group.

However he stressed that he is conveying “Saudi’s [decision] only” implying that Riyadh will follow Washington’s lead when it comes to any potential ground operation against ISIS in Syria.

Washington has refused to rule out the prospect of Saudi Arabia sending soldiers to Syria. However it pointed out that it was just one of the available options. [Saudi’s as US-funded mercenaries?  Historically, the performance of the Saudi army in land combat has been quite unimpressive.  Many of the soldiers would have strong sympathies with ISIS, I would suspect.  Not a good situation]

“There are lots of ways that Saudi Arabia and Bahrain can contribute. One of them is on the ground – and we’ll definitely be discussing that – but there are lots of other ways as well,” U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter told reporters on Wednesday in Brussels according to The Guardian.

Assiri also said that if Riyadh’s main regional rival, Iran, is serious about combating terrorism in the region it must stop supporting “terrorism” in both Syria and Yemen. Saudi Arabia and Iran are backing opposing sides in the wars raging in both Yemen (where Saudi Arabia is bombing the Iranian backed Houthis) and Syria (where Saudi Arabia is supporting various armed groups opposed to Iran’s ally, the regime of President Bashar al-Assad). [Supporting Al Nusra and the remnants of the “Free Syrian Army?”  But haven’t they also given a wink and a nod to ISIS?  Given how much Saudi has exported radical islam around the world, their criticisms of Iran are obviously self-serving and hypocritica.  What this is really about is the great conflict between Sunni and Shia islam, and which will emerge dominant.]

What tangled webs we weave.

Is it a matter requiring assent of faith that Armageddon is really located in Israel?  Could it be in Syria, I say with tongue only slightly in cheek?

As this conflict continues to ramp up, the ones truly caught in the middle are Syria’s dwindling Christian policy.  I imagine almost all sides in the conflict – Shia, secularists, Sunni – see that as a feature rather than a bug.  And once again the US government executes policies that have the effect of leading to Christian genocide.  At least I have this to fall back on: