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Please Pray for Mr. John Vennari August 18, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Four Last Things, General Catholic, Holy suffering, Interior Life, manhood, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, true leadership.
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It has been revealed that Mr. John Verrari has a very serious cancer.  He is requesting prayers.  His prognosis, according to his own testimony, is very grim.  I’ve never been a big reader of Vennari or Catholic Family News, but I have long appreciated his work.  But that is neither here nor there at this point, one of the brethren is in grave trouble, and needs our prayers on many counts, at the very least, for his healing, and for his preparation should the Lord call for the separation of his soul from his body in the near term:

I had not yet intended to reveal this news, but today it was leaked on to another website. I am reluctantly compelled go public earlier than I had hoped.

On August 11 I received a grave prognosis.I have a cancerous tumor in my colon and the cancer has spread to the peritoneum.

The only thing the cancer institute offers is chemotherapy. And even this is not something that will cure, but only contain it for a time.

As I am not interested chemotherapy, I am now pursuing alternative/natural means under the guidance of competence medical personnel, including an MD.

I only mention this now because the news was sent out prematurely by a well-meaning individual who circulated a private email on the topic that ended up posted on a website. I had intended for this news to remain private for the moment.

In any case, as time goes on, I will reveal more.

The case is remarkably serious. I am keeping busy and staying upbeat. For now I’ve been feeling well.

The malady first manifested itself in the form of intense indigestion, something that does not necessarily send one running for cancer screening. Through a series of events, however, we received the diagnosis last week.

Saint Philomena has featured heavily in this drama in a manner I will perhaps describe in the future (look at the date of prognosis, the feast of St. Philomena).

My family is making a novena to both Our Lady of Good Success and Saint Philomena.

I ask you to please remember my condition in your prayers and get others to pray, including convents of nuns.

Thank you for your prayers and encouragement.

In JMJ,

John Vennari

PS: A number of generous souls have already asked if we need financial assistance in this fight. I regret to say we do, but I have nothing formally set up. In the meantime, anyone who would like to help can go to this temporary webpage. Go to: http://www.oltyn.org/page5/page5.html

It is very remarkable that Fr. Nicholas Gruner, with whom Vennari had a very close relationship, died just over a year ago.  It may seem strange that the Lord would call two such men in this time of increasing crisis, but perhaps there is mercy in that, at least for them.  Suffice it to say, no one could ever doubt Mr. Vennari’s concern and love for Holy Mother Church.  I am reminded of the death of my friend and colleague Vicki Middleton, who felt similar symptoms (serious problems of digestion), received a very grim cancer prognosis in summer 2012, and was dead a few weeks later.  I wondered why the Lord would call a woman at the prime of her apostolate, who had done and was doing such great works on behalf of the Church and souls.

Then we saw the re-election of Obama, the abdication of Benedict, and the election of Francis.  Vicki had been a late-life convert to the Faith, and even though very much on fire, still had a lot of protestant in her. Perhaps our Blessed Lord knew all those blows would have been very hard for Vicki, and instead of letting her endure more suffering in this life, with all the risks that involved, exercised a mercy far beyond our comprehension.  I still pray for her every day.

This may ultimately develop into a sad event with Vennari’s passing, but even that may be a very blessed thing.  We should not lament the passing of such souls, but have great hope for them, and pray with great fervor for the repose of their souls.

But, I suppose, I am getting ahead of myself.  Perhaps the Lord will work another kind of miracle, which will astound and edify many souls.  May that be His Will.  Please keep Mr. Vennari in your prayers, which I know you will.

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Francis Getting Ready to Betray Church in China? August 18, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, disaster, episcopate, error, Francis, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, unbelievable BS.
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Cardinal Zen in Hong Kong has, through the Cardinal Kung Foundation in the US, been shouting from the housetops that the Vatican, under Francis, is about to make a poisonous deal with the ChiCom party and throw the underground Church in China, which has suffered for so many decades, under the bus.

Now, Sandro Magister all but confirms the same, saying a secret deal – worked to deliberately avoid Zen’s opposition – which will confirm the heretical and schismatic Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association in place, and allow schismatic and heretical bishops to be recognized by Rome with no conversion, no repentance, and no reconciliation.  In addition, the greatest opponent to this deal in China, aside from Zen, has been exiled to Guam, per Francis’ preferred modus operandi.

Magister (my emphasis and comments, throughout):

In Appointing Bishops, the Pope Leans Toward Beijing

He is preparing, that is, to grant the communist authorities the privilege of selecting candidates. And he is exiling to an island in the Pacific the highest ranking Chinese archbishop in the curia, contrary to the agreement. But in China, Cardinal Zen has already taken the lead in the rebellion…….

………..fellow countryman bishop and friend Savio Hon Taifai – he too a Salesian like the cardinal – called by Benedict XVI from Hong Kong to Rome in 2011 as secretary of the congregation for the evangelization of peoples, but now dispatched by Francis to an island of the Pacific Ocean, as apostolic administrator of Guam, with an unexpected appointment last June 6[From a major player in both Rome and China to Guam?  That’s an Francis Urquhart if I’ve ever seen one]

……..In China, among the one hundred and nine Catholic bishops there are eight who have been consecrated at the behest of the communist authorities and who have never received the pope’s approval, thereby incurring excommunication, a couple of them with children and lovers.

But for none other than these eight, by the end of this summer or at the latest before the end of the jubilee Francis is ready to perform a spectacular gesture: a pardon. [So heretical schismatics and pawns of the evil, corrupt Chinese Communist party will simply be instated as bishops with no change of behavior, belief, or allegiance.]

Francis missed another stunning gesture by just a hair’s breadth last September 26, during his journey to Cuba and the United States.

That day, his touchdown in New York on his way to Philadelphia coincided with the landing of Chinese president Xi Jinping, who was expected at the United Nations. Everything had been calculated for the two to cross paths “accidentally” at the airport and exchange a greeting. Xi was aware of this ardent desire of the pope, but in the end he let it drop and the meeting did not take place. [Thus establishing his dominance?]

From that moment on, however, the secret contacts between the Vatican and Beijing underwent an acceleration. [According to Zen, because the Vatican simply started kow-towing to Chinese demands]

…..Since it has been in power, in fact, the Chinese communist party has wanted to equip itself with a submissive Church separate from Rome, with bishops of its own appointment ordained without the pope’s approval, beholden to a Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association that Benedict XVI called “irreconcilable” with Catholic doctrine.

A Church of the regime, therefore, on the verge of schism with its eight excommunicated bishops, contrasted with an “underground” Church with about thirty bishops earnestly faithful to the pope, which however pays all the costs of clandestinity – oppression, surveillance, arrest, abduction.

And in the middle the vast gray zone of the remaining dozens of bishops who were ordained illegitimately but then were more or less reconciled with Rome, or were ordained with the parallel recognition of Rome and Beijing but must still remain under the iron control of the communist authorities.

The bishop of Shanghai, Thaddeus Ma Daqin, ordained in 2007 with the twofold approval of the pope and the government, has been under house arrest for four years for the simple offense of having resigned from the Patriotic Association. Two months ago he retracted, but he is still deprived of his liberty. The eighty-five-year-old Joseph Zen Zekiun (in the photo), who has more freedom of speech in Hong Kong, has called “inevitable” the suspicion that this retraction was also desired by the Vatican, just to reach an agreement at any price. [Can you imagine, requiring a bishop that had suffered due to his fealty to Rome, to abjure, violating his conscience, in order to work a wicked deal with corrupt worldly authority?]

That an agreement has already been reached was confirmed in recent days by Zen’s successor in the diocese of Hong Kong, Cardinal John Tong, with an open letter released in Chinese, English, and Italian that bears all the marks of wanting to prepare the faithful to make the best of a bad lot…

Steve Skojec added the following thoughts:

For his part, Cardinal Zen has reported — and not for the first time — that he is being kept ignorant of the process. He laments that even as one of only two living cardinals in China and as a member of the Vatican’s advisory committee for China, he is “barred from knowing anything about how [in the secretariat of state]they are negotiating the affair of the Church in China.” [He has also remarked this is the deliberate policy of Francis, who wants to keep the outspoken Zen from gumming up his great diplomatic triumph of surrendering to the Chinese]

……..I keep coming back to this thought, to Francis various comments favorable toward Marxists and against free markets, to his gracious acceptance of the blasphemous hammer and sickle “crucifix” (and accompanying medal bearing the same image) given to him by the Marxist president of Bolivia last year, and I find myself unable to shake the suspicion that Francis would almost rather deal with the communists in Beijing than the suffering underground Church throughout China.

“Almost?”  I don’t think there’s any almost to it.

If this comes to pass, I cannot imagine how heartbreaking it will be for the millions of Chinese Catholics who have remained faithful to Rome under the harshest possible persecution, only to see Rome turn around and sell them out.

As a salve to that unthinkable spiritual pain and heartbreak, you could adopt a relatively faithful Catholic priest or religious in the underground Church through the Cardinal Kung Foundation.  These poor souls who refuse to go along with what they know to be a false and heretical sect, the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, will in all likelihood now have to contend not only with the persecution of the state but also that of the Church.  Lord have mercy, what a burden. May they be kept strong.

As for the creme de la creme, via Skojec:

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Zhou Enlai was directly responsible for the implementation of policies that killed millions of Chinese.  Can you imagine the reaction if Benedict had said: “I remember reading in Mein Kampf…….”?  What kind of man can quote him from memory?  Did Francis ever scream and wave a Little Red Book?

Is there a prudential need, in these times, for those with responsibility for souls to own firearms? August 18, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, paganism, Revolution, scandals, secularism, sickness, Society.
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An interesting post from Bearing Arms, arguing that, given the ongoing societal decay, increasingly violent riots, and a racial supremacist movement among certain minorities, there may well be something near to a moral imperative to own firearms, at least (or especially) among those with responsibility for the safety of souls other than their own.  If such responsibility were to extend to one’s neighbors, however, it could be argued that almost all souls should at least seriously consider not only owning firearms, but firearms suitable to defend against throngs of people in a riot-type environment (that would be, semi-auto rifles with large capacity magazines).

I am not wholly on board with this assessment as a recommendation, but I do think it quite worthy of consideration, even if it seems to contradict so much of the pacifist rhetoric that abounds in certain quarters of the Church today (my emphasis and comments):

……One of the terrifying realities of an interconnected digital age is that radicals can easily and quickly organize flash riots. They can descend on an area with little or no warning in large numbers, commit significant felony acts in a short amount of time, and then disappear before law enforcement can mount a significant response.

This new reality leaves citizens in a position where virtually any urban or suburban neighborhood community can find itself turned into a flashpoint for a riot within hours [minutes, really], before local authorities have the opportunity to recognize an escalating threat, much less mobilize, equip, and deploy their forces in effective numbers.

Now more than ever, you may find yourself and your neighbors forced to band together and defend your homes, businesses, and lives, just as Korean shopkeepers famously did in the 1992 Los Angeles riots, and residents, storekeepers, and Oathkeepers did in Ferguson in 2014.

It probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone that the firearms best suited for keeping these violent mobs at bay are the very firearms that anti-gun Democrats are so fervently attempting to ban.

An AR-15…….is among the most effective possible firearms against murderous, arson-minded rioters in suburban and urban situations………

……The same general rules of engagement apply during riot as they would at any other time. You may not use deadly force upon another human being unless they pose an imminent deadly force threat to you or a third-party.

That noted, the willingness of these rioters to use deadly force is unquestioned. They have fired shots at police and citizens, and they have shown that they are willing to torch buildings with little or no thought to the lives inside those structures.

This creates a plausible scenario where a citizen sees rioters about to put lives at risk up to several block away, justifying a much-longer-than-normal third-party self defense shot of dozens to hundreds of yards.

If you do not yet own a quality AR-15 (or similar rifle) with good low-powered scopes or a red dot optic, a decent weapon-mounted light, other required accouterments and the training to use these carbines for the defense of your family and community, you may want to consider if you’re making a mistake.

Increasingly, it may be the responsibility of armed citizens to save their communities from violent mobs when law enforcement cannot mobilize fast enough to prevent attacks that are nothing more or less than domestic terrorism.

Be prepared.

And indeed, this kind of anarchy is entirely predictable in a society that has cut itself loose from the mooring of religion and turned its back on God.  God allows our sins to become our punishments in many cases, and the rejection of religion, the better to permit certain kinds of immorality to become “acceptable,” can and will cause painful blowback in ways the originators of the societal religious divorce perhaps never intended (but then again, maybe they did).

Those doing the most to wreck the culture generally have the wealth and power to escape almost all the dread effects of their anti-Christian jihad.  But for those of us without such assets at our disposal, we must accept the reality as it presents itself and deal with it accordingly.  Given the overall cultural trends, we can expect this kind of anarchy to only grow worse.

The Catholic Church has always taught that souls have the right to defend themselves, and, even more, innocents around them, even up to the use of deadly force.  Acquiring the means to do so is not only morally permissible, it may be not only prudent, but could even become an imperative depending on one’s individual circumstances.  If you live in a sparsely populated rural area, the likelihood of a flash mob bent on destruction is quite low.  But if you live where I do, in a densely populated, decaying area with large numbers of aggrieved (whether that grievance has any basis in reality or not is immaterial) and idle people, especially young people……well, things are quite different.

At any rate, it’s certainly something that bears consideration.  In general, Catholics are much better off as martyrs than as fighters, but dying in a senseless act of random violence is hardly a martyrdom.

And really, since I’m in total self-justification mode, ought not the above be sufficient to justify crew-served weapons like heavy machine guns and mortars?  Think I could press my 12  year old daughters into mortar bearers?  Oh, I think 60 mm quite sufficient.  120 mm, now that would be crazy.

U.S. Army Pvt. Jeffery Hansen crouches down after launching a 60mm mortar round on a range at Forward Operating Base Lane in Afghanistan on Feb. 15, 2009.  Hansen is assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment.  DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Mancini, U.S. Army.  (Released)

U.S. Army Pvt. Jeffery Hansen crouches down after launching a 60mm mortar round on a range at Forward Operating Base Lane in Afghanistan on Feb. 15, 2009. Hansen is assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Adam Mancini, U.S. Army. (Released)

 

 

090326-A-5049R-116        U.S. Army soldiers from Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division fire an M120 120mm mortar system during training for Iraqi soldiers in Mahmadiyah, Iraq, on March 26, 2009.  DoD photo by Sgt. Kani Ronningen, U.S. Army.  (Released)

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U.S. Army soldiers from Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division fire an M120 120mm mortar system during training for Iraqi soldiers in Mahmadiyah, Iraq, on March 26, 2009. DoD photo by Sgt. Kani Ronningen, U.S. Army. (Released)

How about a recoiless rifle?

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Just jokes………

St. Francis de Sales on How to Live in the World August 18, 2016

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Christendom, Domestic Church, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Saints, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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From Thy Will Be Done: 58 Letters by St. Francis de Sales, advice given to a young, pious man who had to go live at the notoriously decadent French court, on how to maintain his virtue and practice of the Faith in such a harmful environment.

Today, however, almost the entire world is even more decadent and amoral than even the worst of the baroque period courts of Europe.  We are all forced to live in a moral sewer, with those of us who have to go out into the world every day to work or otherwise interact with an increasingly satanic society facing the gravest threat.

St. Francis de Sales advice to this young man on how to keep his virtue and maintain his strong faith is, then, of great use to all of us.  I pray you will find these excerpts from pp. 72-75 useful:

[S]ir…….continue to nourish your soul with divine meats, for they will make us strong against vanity and just against ambition.

Keep carefully to frequent Communion: believe me, you could do nothing more certain to strengthen yourself in virtueTo make yourself quite safe in this practice, put yourself under the orders of some good confessor, and beseech him to charge himself with making you give an account in Confession of the failures you may make in this exercise, if by chance you make any.  Always confess humbly, and with a true and express purpose of amendment.

I solemnly implore you: before leaving your home in the morning, never forget to ask on your knees for the help of our Lord; and before going to bed at night, never forget to ask for the pardon of your sins. 

Especially beware of bad books; and for nothing in the world let your soul be carried away by certain writings that weak brains admire, because of some vain subtleties that they find in them.  Such are the works of certain of our age, who profess to doubt everything, to despise everything, and to scoff at all the maxims of antiquity.  On the contrary, read books of solid doctrine – especially Christian and spiritual ones – for recreation from time to time……..[Of course, we have much, much more than bad books to be concerned about in this our age.  While bad books can be particularly devastating, probably nothing is more destructive than the electronic media, most especially, the television and internet.  A local priest just gave a very strong sermon asking parents whether they really need the internet in their homes.  This is a very tough matter, because many homeschooling programs are internet-based or highly dependent on internet access.  But the priest has heard the confessions of so many young people, most all of them from families assisting at the TLM, who are addicted to internet porn, that it is really something to consider, whether the internet is really vitally necessary.  At the very least, you MUST have a very robust filter.  TV is full of filth these days, too, and, even worse, is one of the prime means by which the powers that be indoctrinate people in the culture of sexular paganism and religious indifference.  Beware of both.]

………I would wish that, first, in speech, in bearing, and in relations with others, you should make open and express profession of wishing to live virtuously, judiciously, perseveringly, and as a Christian.

I say “virtuously” that no one may attempt to engage you in immoralities.  “Judiciously,” that you may not show extreme signs, exteriorly, of your intentions [towards piety]…..

…”Perseveringly,” because unless you show with perseverance an equal and inviolable will, you will expose your resolutions to the designs and attempts of many miserable souls, who attack others to draw them to their company.

Lastly, I say “as a Christian,” because some make profession of wishing to be virtuous philosophically, who, however, are not so, and can in no way be so, and who are nothing else but phantoms of virtue, using their graceful manners and words to hide their bad life and ways from those who are not familiar with them.

But we, who well know that we cannot have a single particle of virtue but by the Grace of our Lord – we must employ piety and holy devotion to live virtuously; otherwise we shall have virtues only in imagination and in shadow…..

….It is also of the greatest importance to make some friends who have the same aim, with whom you can associate and strengthen yourself.  For it is a very true thing that the company of well-regulated souls is extremely useful to us to keep our own soul well-regulated [This is so key, and one of the greatest challenges of these dark times, finding pious souls to associate with, to grow with, to even compete with, in a holy sense, in the practice of virtue.  This is one of the enormous, often unseen benefits of belonging to an explicitly traditional parish, where there are many souls driven to serve our Lord with a powerful fervor.  The breakdown of the old Catholic neighborhoods and Catholic culture is one of the most pernicious influences of our times, and it was done, according to E. Michael Jones and others, quite deliberately]……..

……..I wish you further, a vigorous heart.  Do not flatter your body by delicacies in eating, sleeping, and other such softnesses; for a generous heart has always a little contempt for bodily comforts and pleasures…….

…..I mean, then, that I would like you to sometimes correct your body so far as to make it feel some rigors and hardships by contempt for delicacies and by frequent denial of things agreeable to the senses.  Again, reason must sometimes exercise its superiority and the authority that it has to control the sensual appetites…….[Once again, this fallen age tells us to satisfy our every desire in an instant.  It is the ultimate culture of self-gratification on demand. TV is one a great one for creating such disordered appetites.  No wonder so many self-described Catholics today view self-denial as an intolerable imposition]

……In a word, that is what we must seek: to be no less brave for being Christian and no less Christian for being brave. For this we must be very good Christians – that is, very devout, pious, and if possible, spiritual.  For, as St. Paul says: “the spiritual man discerneth all things” (I Cor ii:15). He knows at what time, in what order, and by what method each virtue must be practiced.

Form often this good thought, that we are walking in this world between Paradise and hell, and that our last step will place us in an eternal dwelling.  We do not know which step will be our last, and so, in order to make our last step well, we must try to make all the others well. [Such excellent advice]

O holy and unending eternity! Blessed is he who thinks of you. Yes, for what do we play here in this world but a children’s game for who knows how many days?  It would be nothing whatever, if it were not the passage of eternity. [Which is why the West is now sunk into a suicidal nihilism – having rejected God, and recognizing the emptiness of a strictly material existence, more and more souls see life as meaningless, nothing more than a continuous series of pleasures that leave the soul more empty than it was before.  Little wonders Westerners are now so enervated they cannot even bother to reproduce. Without God, there is no point to existence, and all falls to decay and ruin.]

On this account, therefore, we must pay attention to the time we have to dwell here below, and to all our occupations, so as to employ them in the conquest of the permanent good………

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Well that’s long enough.  Saint Francis de Sales, pray for us, pray for the conversion of this increasingly dark and fallen world, and for the restoration of Holy Mother Church!