Requiescat in Pace John Vennari April 4, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in Four Last Things, General Catholic, Glory, sadness, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
John Vennari passed away today. A nice memorial from The Fatima Center Youtube account:
He was a devout soul. God bless him. May he rest in peace.
UPDATE: Changed the post title. When I first read it, I thought this person actually had some role or position, like in the government, as a “gender educator,” but she just operates a dismal storefront in Golden, CO.
Who on earth determined this person was a “gender educator?” Or did this person just aggrandize themselves by making up this position?
Also note the shock below, that this deranged deviant has managed to ruin their young child’s life at age 7, convincing their boy he’s really a “trans girl.” So, this foul self-loathing soul has that going for them.
Not only are the inmates running the asylum, they’ve declared everyone outside insane for failing to conform to their mental illness:
A gender educator-turned-blogger is aghast that people would dare ask pregnant women about their baby’s gender.
She doesn’t just consider it just obnoxious; it’s “actually a hurtful, damaging question,” as well as an “archaic and misogynist” one, she writes.
Not only does the question reinforce “arbitrary gender roles,” Pearl says, but it also reinforces the gender binary and confuses gender with sexual anatomy…… [Said the gravely damaged miscreant, seeking to normalize their perversion and force everyone else to go along with their insanity]
……Pearl describes herself as a “genderqueer woman” who works as a therapist [of course she does. This woman serving as a therapist is like sending people given to homicidal rage to death row inmates for counseling on how to manage their anger], specializing in sex, gender and sexual trauma. She also blogged last month about how she’s parenting a “gender creative” child, who at age 7 already expresses strong preferences about personal pronouns. [I have to suspect this transformation of her son is hardly accidental. Mom is perfectly happy to use him as a political weapon to advance her politics, writing entire articles advancing this perverse agenda around her son’s supposed “gender creativity.”]
With that background, it’s not surprising that questions about a baby’s gender irk Pearl. It’s a query she considers unanswerable.
“If having a trans child has taught me anything, it’s that it doesn’t matter what you assign your child at an ultrasound,” she writes. “They will tell you their gender when they’re good and ready.”
Regarding this obvious child abuse, Ace nailed it:
So a boy, who gets almost all of his information about the universe from a trans person, [or at least one that takes obvious relish in being perverse, or, as they would say, “gender non-conforming”] and takes cues on what to believe and what to think from that person, is now himself convinced he is a girl trapped in a boy’s body.
What are the odds of that, huh?
Because of course she would look like that, although her latest photo indicates she’s gone full bald and now sports numerous other piercings. Have fun blowing your nose.
But the real tragedy is her son, whose photo I was going to include, but decided, for his sake and the sake of charity, not to. He’s an innocent, and doesn’t deserve to be used as – to be reduced to – a mascot for an extreme political ideology.
The pain this child has already internalized is heartbreaking. This is an absolutely brutal form of child abuse, worse in many respects than actual beatings. Those scars can heal. The scars inflicted on this poor boy never will. The terrifying thing is mom probably honestly believes her son magically materialized as gender dysphoric or whatever, that she had nothing to do with it, but the odds of that are virtually nil. This woman is deluding herself if she thinks something that afflicts 0.03% of the population, according to the latest census data, just randomly happened to her son.
Mom was probably created by similar scars. Or……by simmering in radical feminism for years, as she indicates she’s had a lifelong desire to “end rape culture,” which to a radfem means “destroy men and manhood as they have been known since humankind came into existence.”
Lord, how long must this persist? How much further will this descent into madness go, before people finally say “enough” and we return to the sanity You gave the world in the great construct known as Christendom? Will everything have to come to a shattering collapse, first?
More and more, I fear so, unless Our Blessed Lord come in His Glory before that happens. I’ve never really longed for that event, I’m not like one of those 90’s era evangelicals with a “In case of rapture, this car will be unmanned” bumper sticker, almost pining for the parousia……….but with evil like this, I am starting to.
PS – It’s people like this who have ruined Colorado.
When I read the article below, I was struck with the sense that what was being demanded, what these special snowflake university students were seeking, was essentially the imposition of their ludicrous false demonic religious creed upon everyone else. Without any supporting evidence, they decried the presence of a presumably Christian preacher on their campus who, they claim, “promoted hate speech against marginalized students,” demanding that the ability to speak such heresy be banned from campus.
This is essentially religious speech, if from a pathetically weak, unreasonable (and unreasoning), and false religion. Fortunately the administrator they were trying to bully – the university president – would have none of it. At least so far. We’ll see if the president yields as almost every one of their peers at other colleges and universities has.
But the key point, the takeaway is, if ever confronted by social justice warriors attempting to foist their demonic religion on you, CALL THEM ON IT. Call them on the essentially religious nature of their beliefs, and the totalitarian nature of their methods. Tell them you will not be made a proselyte for their (provably) sick and destructive faith. Call on them to convert:
The president of a US university is facing calls to resign because she refuses to endorse safe spaces on her institution’s campus.
The university’s Student Action Coalition attacked Dr Cheng’s leadership and demanded that she quit after a tense confrontation at a Q&A session………
……….According to Arizona’s 12News channel, the incident came to a head with a question from a sophomore, who asked:
How can you promote safe spaces if you don’t take action in situations of injustice such as last week when we had the preacher on campus and he was promoting hate speech against marginalized students? As well as, not speaking out against racist incidents like blackface two months ago by student workers followed by no reform and no repercussions? [I would bet dollars to donuts this later event never happened, at least not anything like described. And these kids demonstrate the validity of my claim, demanding the quashing of one religion in favor of their own.]
Dr Cheng responded by attacking the safe space ideology wholesale, saying essentially that they only serve to coddle students and stunt their development…….
A photo of the “mass protest:”
Now, NAU has over 30,000 students, but barely over a dozen bothered to attend. This is also typical, however, a tiny but very loud minority comes to dominate not only the political scene on college campuses but the culture and even the material taught. Over 50 years, the Left has managed to bend almost every of academia outside of the hard sciences and engineering to their lunacy.
Now, I realize there are many ways to verbally/mentally oppose these little leftist ideologues. They can very truthfully be called fascists, totalitarians, bullies, liars, and many other things besides. But I think the religious angle will really throw them off, because these people almost invariably pride themselves on being wholly fact and reason-based, even if they do nothing but shout back slogans they’ve been indoctrinated to accept uncritically their entire life. Calling them out in this manner is probably more effective than simply shouting wholly descriptive but more obviously pejorative epithets at them.
Or not. Do what you will. Notice the makeup of the crowd, over 80% female. Exit question: what role has the increasing dominance of women on campus played in the steady shift towards leftism and hostility to reasoned argument on the college campus, if any? Can it not be fairly said that in the general society, granting women the vote played a substantial role in setting virtually all Western countries on an inevitably leftward arc over the past century?
Saint Aloysius Gonzaga – Model of Christian Youth April 4, 2017Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Restoration, Saints, sanctity, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
A little excerpt from Saint Aloysius Gonzaga: Patron of Christian Youth by Fr. Maurice Meschler, SJ, which concerns the first great flowering of sanctity in the youth of 10 (pp. 34-5), when he made the decision to consecrate his purity to Our Lady for his entire life. While this Saint certainly enjoyed the benefit of particular Graces and his example, while an incredible case of sanctity, is one that is vital for young people of all times to strive to emulate, especially in this fallen age. Not all may be called to his very nearly perfect practice of chastity and purity, but all will benefit from attempting to conduct their lives in accord with his example, especially the young who face so many temptations, and who lack the experience of life that many wiser, older, sadder souls have obtained – much to their pain:
About this time a book on the Rosary, by Fr. Caspar Loarte, SJ, fell into the hands of Aloysius. It so increased his love and devotion to Our Lady, tha this heart overflowed with consolation when he reflected upon the mysteries of her life, and he was seized with an ardent longing to do something that would please her and give her great honor, that he might thus win her love and favor. One day, as he was kneeling in rapt devotion before the picture, he was inspired with the thought of consecrating his virginity to Our Lady, as the most acceptable gift that he could offer her. Acting quickly on this inspiration, with a heart filled with love and joy, he solemnly consecrated himself to her by a vow of perpetual chastity. Mary accepted the offering of his innocent heart, and in return, as he afterwards acknowledged to his confessor, obtained for him from God the extraordinary Grace of never experiencing throughout his entire life the slightest breath of a temptation against the virtue of holy purity.
This is a most unusual favor, seldom granted even to the Saints, and the more wonderful, seeing that Aloysius’ life was passed in the higher circles and at princely courts, where there are so many dangers and temptations. it is true that he had had from his earliest childhood a natural aversion to the very shadow of anything impure, and even to any intercourse whatever with persons of the opposite sex; but this gives us all the more reason to wonder that, after taking his vow….he redoubled his precautions and had recourse to all kinds of means in order to guard his purity against the slightest shadow of danger. It might be thought that he, who enjoyed such privileges, would have contented himself with the ordinary care prescribed to all Christians; on the contrary, he it is who most exceeds most, even of the Saints, in precautionary measures such as flight from the very slightest occasion of sin, and mortification of the flesh. He, who was preserved by a special grace of God from any temptation of this kind, went on his way through life as though he had been threatened on all sides by special dangers.
From this time he accustomed himself to never raise his eyes, either in company or when going through the streets. He not only avoided all intercourse with women more scrupulously than ever, but he withdrew from all games and amusements, although his father would have wished him to take part in them. He now began to inflict all kinds of austerities upon his innocent flesh. Aloysius’ vocation was that he should be a striking and a bright example for youth, in the preservation of angelic purity. What was unnecessary for himself, was to be done by him for the sake of those who were to follow him – for the general welfare of Christian youth.
The young are not proof agaisnt danger as he was, and yet they often rush thoughtlessly into it; the fire of concupiscence burns within them, and they willfully add fuel to it; they are not so blameless as Aloysius, and yet they will not hear of mortification, vigilance, and seclusion. The picture of this holy youth is a warning, an earnest admonishment to the world of frivolous, self-indulgent young people, bent upon the enjoyment of sensual pleasures.
Raising children in the moral sewer of the fatally corrupted culture with which we are confronted is especially challenging. In centuries past, there were cultural/societal norms in many places and times that helped keep many temptations to concupiscence in check. Parents then did not have to deal with the mass availability of pornography and other destructive forces brought directly into the home. They did not have to tell their children to avert their eyes from scandalously pernicious advertisements or scantily clad individuals. There was no mass media bringing temptations to lust, perversion, self-abuse, and destructive behaviors of every kind into the home, the car, the school, etc., on a constant basis. There were certainly temptations in those days, to be sure, but these past several decades have seen the attack on innocence rise to levels never seen before in history.
It can be a difficult line to walk, shielding children from dangerously seductive immoral influences, while at the same time not keeping them under practical lock and key. There are certainly reasonable and prudent steps that can be taken: homeschooling, having a good internet filter/reporting system installed on ALL computers, not just the one(s) you think your kids access, not subscribing to cable or satellite TV systems, monitoring children’s friends and social engagements, carefully choosing what music kids are exposed to, etc. All these things are good and reasonable. Even more, parents should guard against perceptions of hypocrisy in frequently allowing for themselves what they deny their children.
One might think in this age it is not possible to go too far in efforts to preserve their innocence, but even here there can be danger. Tightening the apron strings too much can lead to its own form of rebellion. I have seen this happen several times, and have heard numerous cautionary tales from priests, of parents who placed such a tight hold on their children they eventually rebelled and slipped through their fingers. In fallen creatures, protection can unintentionally turn to severity, good intentions can morph into forced submission to the parents’ will in all matters.
An absolutely vital step for parents to take is to engage in family prayer, especially prayer of the Rosary. While preserving children’s innocence is absolutely vital, the preservation will not be successful unless buttressed with a vibrant interior life. Parents must set the example here, demonstrating to children the great value of prayer and the concrete benefits such devotion provides in the formation of a devout, pious soul.
I could go on forever. It’s an exceedingly difficult high wire act to perform, raising kids in this age. And sometimes, even with practically ideal family life, kids still fall away. But if they have been given the gift of a strong interior/devotional life, odds are for most that fall will be temporary, and, God willing, the kids will return to leading a morally upright life and the practice of the Faith.