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Beautiful Exegesis on St. Joseph as Patron of Family and Educators November 29, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Glory, Good St. Joseph, Grace, Interior Life, Saints, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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As to educators, that most certainly includes homeschooling parents.

From a long book called A Manual of Practical Devotion to St. Joseph by Fr. Patrignani, SJ (don’t worry, the book was published in 1865, a century forty years before the Jesuits lost their minds), some excerpts from pp. 48-51 on the benefits of cultivating a strong devotion to St. Joseph.  I know I have extolled the virtues of such devotion on many occasions, but it never  hurts to hear a reminder.  From personal experience, I can attest to the incredible efficacy of St. Joseph’s intercession in numerous matters, but especially those related closely to the family and raising of children.  I pray you find this little meditation useful!  It also contains discussion on turning to Saint Joseph as both a model and intercessor for a successful Catholic marriage.  Would that more couples had made recourse to such devotion over the past 60 years or so, the Church (and world) would not be in the terrible shape it is in, where the Catholic (or “Catholic”) divorce rate exceeds that of the general population!

At any rate, begin excerpt:

The world may be compared to a vast ocean, agitated by a tempest, and the most dangerous rock within its bosom is the marriage state, for scarcely a day passes on which we do not therein witness some new wreck; whence it follows, that those who are exposed to such a danger, would require a good pilot to conduct them safely into port; and where meet a more experienced one than our glorious Saint, who, in accordance with the designs of God, embraced that state, and is a model for those who desire to render it conducive both to their temporal and their eternal welfare?  Scripture informs us that the patriarch Joseph brought down the benediction of Heaven not only on Potiphar’s household, but also on Pharaoh’s court and the entire kingdom.  This prosperity continued as long as the king followed the advice of Joseph, his prime minister; but when, on the accession of a new sovereign, Joseph was dismissed from office, how changed was the scene!  “A new king over Egypt, that knew not Joseph” (Ex i).

Does not this metaphor clearly indicate to all Christian families, that God will give a special blessing to those who duly honor the second Joseph, who is as superior to the former, as the substance is to the shadow?  You then, heads of families, if you wish your children to be well brought up, if you wish to ensure peace in your married state, fidelity in your servants, patience in tribulations, in a word, if you desire that your household should be well regulated, and live in peace and tranquility, place it under the protection of him whom God has constituted head of the Holy Family.  Let Joseph be your counselor, your steward, your example; God Himself has appointed him such for those who are engaged in the married state……

……Those who are charged with the instruction and education of children, are particularly called upon to choose St. Joseph as their guide and patron in an employment so useful to religion; since having been the master and guardian of the Most High, he has received from Him peculiar graces and favors for the protection of youth.  The young Tobias had an angel as his guardian,but Jesus would have no other guardian than St. Joseph [no other earthly guardian recorded in Scripture, aside from being ministered to by angels during His agony. Beyond that, there is a great deal of speculation regarding the degree to which Heaven aided Christ at various points in His ministry, and whether, or to what degree, He enjoyed special/supernatural protections or aid].  Hence, the brothers of the Christian schools, and many other societies, have placed their schools, especially those for young children, under the special protection of St. Joseph. The interpreters of Scripture and ecclesiastical writers, have given him various names, as those of father, foster-father, guardian, guide of Jesus Christ.  All these functions which he fulfilled towards an Infant-God, he still continues to exercise in favor of those colleges and seminaries which are entrusted to his paternal vigilance. Superiors and masters may learn of him the charity, prudence, vigilance, and the other virtues, requisite for governing well. On their side, likewise, the pupils may receive from the Child Jesus the most perfect examples of docility, respect, and love, towards their masters and superiors.

———–End Quote————

I can only repeat the great personal benefits I have received through devotion to St. Joseph, in both the material and spiritual sense.  I cannot stress enough what great benefits derive from St. Joseph’s intercession, and what an ideal model he makes for fatherhood and as a husband.  If you want to implement Ephesians v:25 appropriately, there is no greater model than St. Joseph.  He loved Our Lady as perfectly as a man can, through His love for his Son, Jesus Christ.

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Poland Passes Bill to Eliminate Most Sunday Commerce by 2020 November 29, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Christendom, Domestic Church, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Restoration, sanctity, Society, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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Poland continues its rapid ascent to become the most Catholic country in the world.  The lower house has passed a bill to ban most all Sunday shopping by 2020, and the Senate looks likely to approve.  Amazingly, the bishop’s conference is somewhat opposed to the bill, because it does not, in their minds, go far enough.  Can I imagine the USCCB taking such a strong, unequivocal stand?  Not very easily:

Polish MPs have approved a bill that will phase out Sunday shopping by 2020.

Initially proposed by trade unions, the idea received the support of the ruling conservative Law and Justice Party, who want to allow workers to spend more time with their families.

The Sejm, the lower house of Poland’s parliament, passed the bill by 254 to 156 to restrict Sunday shopping to the first and last Sunday of the month until the end of 2018, only on the last Sunday in the month in 2019, and to ban it totally starting in 2020. It will still be permitted, however, on the Sundays before major holidays such as Christmas. Some bakeries and online shops will also be exempt.

The bill will now pass to the Senate, and then to President Andzrej Duda for approval.

In a statement, the Polish bishops’ conference said the bill did not go far enough, and that everyone should be free from work on Sundays.

I don’t disagree, excepting those who perform vital public services, such as doctors and nurses at hospitals, emergency workers, and, of course, muslim or Hindu 24 hour convenience store/gas station attendants.

Seriously, I still remember a time when, on Christmas day at least, the streets were pretty much empty.  This would have been the late 80s, even after the Sunday blue laws had been repealed here in Texas (which I think happened around ’82 or ’83).  The only places that were open were a few gas station/convenience stores staffed by surly Sikhs.  How unimaginable it would have been, back then, at the height of the Cold War, to think that in 30 year’s time, formerly communist Poland would be leading at least some kind of Catholic restoration, while the United States and the West generally would be sinking into a soft leftist sexularist dystopia?

I don’t think these “extra” shopping days have boosted the economy at all, they’ve just transferred commerce from one day to another.  I find especially grating all these “Black Friday” and “Day After Christmas” sales that start at noon on the holiday itself (and soon, will probably just subsume the entire holiday).

I think allowing shopping on Sunday has had a deleterious effect on the sanctity of the Lord’s Day and people’s appreciation of it. I think it’s helped peel people away from Christianity, which is probably why it was pushed in the first place.  For most people, Sunday is just another day.  It no longer has any special significance, except maybe during football season or because it’s the 2nd day of the weekend.  There is little sense of family togetherness, even on a secular level, and barely any more religious significance to the day.

So good on the Poles for taking at least this first, partial step.  Hopefully they will move forward even more to end all non-essential trade on Sundays.

h/t reader MFG

Amazon: “Mohammad a Wise Prophet,” but “Jesus Christ a Fictional Character” November 29, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, disaster, Ecumenism, error, foolishness, General Catholic, horror, paganism, rank stupidity, Restoration, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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Steven Crowder ran a little impromptu experiment using Amazon’s in-home phishing/hack box Alexa (why people would put one of these things in their house is beyond me) over the Thanksgiving holiday, after noting that Alexa’s answer to many questions seemed to carry more than a little bit of bias.  So Crowder started asking Alexa numerous questions on the fly, and got some amazing responses.  You have to see the video for all of loaded answers, but the most significant to me and you is that Alexa finds in Mohammad “a wise prophet,” and a caring provider for his child-rape bride Aisha, while Jesus Christ is dismissed as “a fictional character:”

Now, obviously, Alexa is just a bot programmed by human beings, human beings who by and large work on the Left Coast and have powerful biases themselves.  It also draws many of its “encyclopedia” type answers from Wikipedia, which in virtually any socially significant subject is unbelievably biased towards the Left (go read the Wikipedia article on North Korea, for an example).

Nevertheless, this is more than slightly revealing.  Many leftists are trying to accuse Crowder of somehow staging this event or concocting this as a put-on, but he swears it’s on the up and up and released the raw footage  yesterday to confirm that.  From my standpoint, I’m not surprised in the slightest. In fact, I’d expect little else.  To a leftist, Mohammad is a wise prophet (yet another demonstration of how the Left will happily adopt islam should Christianity ever be definitively crushed), and Jesus Christ is just a sky fairy, about as real to them as the communist slaughter of millions or the plain meaning of the 2nd Amendment.  The confirmation bias inherent in all this is more than just a little troubling, however.  How can people who repeat such mantras day in and day out (Mohammad great, Jesus fake) ever be converted?  It would appear beyond human means, anyway.

Having said that, per the actual historical record, there is far, far, FAR more disinterested, 3rd party evidence for the existence of Jesus Christ than there is for the existence of Mohammad.  Some students of islam, like Steve Kellmeyer and Robert Spencer, are very doubtful that a single individual named Mohammad ever existed. There is essentially ZERO evidence, independent of the Koran, that there was a man named Mohammad, and that he single-handedly founded his strange new cult.  What probably happened is that he was invented ex post facto to serve as the instigator of that hellish melange of Jewish Zealotry and Arian (not) Christianity that became islam.  With the Christ, there are both direct testimonies of His existence (Josephus) and numerous contemporaneous, or nearly so, records from the dominant power (Rome) that He existed and that He founded a powerful religious movement that rapidly swept over the entire eastern Levant and beyond.  In fact, in the secular scholarly community, all but the most dedicated modernists/leftists/atheists have come to the conclusion that the vast preponderance of evidence supports the existence of an individual man (-God) Jesus Christ.

But as we saw in the previous post, leftists never let facts get in the way of a politically helpful narrative.

Seriously, why someone would get easily hacked “smart” appliances, or one of these Alexa or Google thingess in their houses, is beyond me.  Even our “smart” phones are insidious evil things, with the mike on all the time and quite possibly the camera, as well.  The scary thing is not so much how they affect old farts like me, but the younger generation who seem utterly unable to live without these devices 6 inches from their face 23 hours a day.  All this could be taken away from me and I’d be annoyed at times but otherwise just fine.  But from these kids who have never known anything different, and who no longer know how to relate to other people without the filter of their electronic opiate?

Down high horse, down.  Still, the known hacking potentials alone in these devices is more than enough reason for me to say no thanks.  I wonder how long I’ll still have the privilege of setting my own analog thermostat, or buying a dishwasher that isn’t connected to the internet/NSA?

“Millennial Democrats” Have Never Heard of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the entire Cold War, or the modern states of Russia and China November 29, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in attachments, cultural marxism, disaster, error, foolishness, General Catholic, huh?, rank stupidity, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sickness, Society, unbelievable BS.
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Apparently, they believe North Korea’s nascent ICBMs (still appears they have no workable reentry vehicle, and it’s no mean task to get them to work, we spent years and billions on that alone) represent the first time the US has ever been threatened by nuclear-tipped ICBMs.  I would have thought they would have at least heard of the Cuban Missile Crisis, foolishly caused by the incompetence of John Fitzgerald Kennedy the proudest moment of the God-Emperor JFKs administration, but apparently not.

Then there was that 40+ year unpleasantness known as the Cold War, with thousands of hair-trigger warheads, some stationed only 5 minutes flight time away from the US coast in submarines, ready and able to go off at a moment’s notice.

And, of course, persisting to this day, Russia and China have ICBMs targeted on the US.  Both have continued to develop new warheads, new ICBM and SLBM delivery systems, and new defensive technologies even while the US has stood entirely pat with a now 25  year moratorium on the research, development, testing, and production of new (or existing) nuclear weapons save for some modest rebuilds in the increasingly unlikely hope that the current arsenal would work if called upon (it’s not that unlikely, yet, but each year makes the problems of so-called “stockpile maintenance and reliability” that much greater).

A more general question – has there ever been a tweet that actually increased a tweeter’s stature in the world?

Deliberate, weaponized idiocy is the primary recruiting tool of the democrat party.  It’s also a perfect demonstration of leftist projection – it was Obama’s policy of appeasement, including gifting North Korea with billions of dollars in aid, that likely funded their weapon’s development programs.  That, and turning loose $150 billion in Iranian assets in a the biggest giveaway since Munich 1938.  How much of that unfrozen Iranian money has ended up atop North Korean ICBMs is unknown at this time, but given how these two nation’s missile and nuke development programs are run basically as one big bi-national effort, probably more than a little bit.

So far from being the Shield of Faith they’d like to claim, insulating the American people from a dangerously unhinged North Korean regime, Obama was actually a primary instigator of whatever terror these democrats now feel.  But they could never admit that, it be like me denying Jesus Christ, though they have every reason to make their denial, and I have none.

I guess this would just be totally lost on them: