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Start Novena to Holy Guardian Angels Sept 23 September 22, 2017

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Via reader Tim, the following Novena was posted to angelqueen and I am re-posting it here.  Novena starts tomorrow Sat Sept 23 2017 and concludes on Oct 1:

O Holy Angel, whom God, by the effect of His goodness and His tender regard for my spiritual welfare,
has charged with the care of my conduct,
and who assists me in all my wants and comforts me in all my afflictions,
who supports me when I am discouraged and continually obtains for me new favors,
I return thee profound thanks, and I earnestly beseech thee,
O most amiable Protector, to continue thy charitable care and defense of me against the
malignant attacks of all my enemies.
Keep me away from all occasions of sin.
Obtain for me the grace of listening attentively to thy holy inspirations and of faithfully
putting them into practice.
In particular, I implore thee to obtain for me the favor which I ask for by this novena.

[Here mention your need(s).]

Protect me in all the temptations and trials of this life,
but more especially at the hour of my death,
and do not leave me until thou hast conducted me into the Divine Presence of my Creator
in the Mansions of everlasting happiness. Amen.

O most faithful companion, appointed by God to be my Guardian,
and who never leaves my side, how shall I thank you for your faithfulness
and love and for the benefits which you have obtained for me!

You watch over me when I sleep; you comfort me when I am sad;
you avert the dangers that threaten me and warn me of those to come;
you withdraw me from sin and inspire me to good; you exhort me to penance when I fall and reconcile me to God.
I beg you not to leave me.

Comfort me in adversity, restrain me in prosperity, defend me in danger, and assist me in temptations,
lest at any time I fall beneath them.
Offer up in the sight of the Divine Majesty my prayers and petitions,
and all my works of piety, and help me to persevere in grace until I come to everlasting life. Amen.

 

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Thanks to Your Generous Help, the King Family Obtained the Van They Badly Needed September 14, 2017

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I wanted to give a follow-up to the fundraising post I did several months ago regarding the Josh and Mary King family and their two special needs children.  Both of their children Ivy and Cody have been diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, or SMA, which has left older daughter Ivy unable to walk.  There are treatments available, and Cody started to receive them at a young enough age that it is expected he will be able to walk and function more or less normally.  Insurance refused to cover treatment for Ivy for some time, claiming she was too old and outside the window at which the treatments would help, but some options have emerged so that she will be able to receive help that could result in her being able to walk eventually, too.

However the family remained in serious straits because of their ill children and being a young couple just starting out.  They especially needed a handicapped accessible van for Ivy.  That was the purpose of the fundraiser.

Well, you and many other generous people really came through, especially from the extended King family, and sufficient money was raised so the family could obtain a used van in good condition to meet their pressing needs.  And so quickly too, raising nearly $40,000 in barely 3 months is no mean achievement.  I cannot thank those who contributed enough – and I know a good number of readers of this blog did contribute, in addition to some friends of our family who do not know the Kings personally.  I was really amazed by the generosity of everyone involved; the Lange and King families showed once again how central the Faith is in their lives.  The beneficiaries are very grateful and left a lovely note of thanks on the fundraiser page.

They’ve got the van now, which includes an extended warranty that will cover any repairs needed for the next 5 years.  They also have a bit of savings now they have put into a maintenance account specifically for the van and the accessories needed to make it handicap-accessible.

Again thank you all so much, and here is a photo of the happy family with their new van.  Not only do they feel materially blessed but also so spiritually enriched by this great outpouring of generosity and concern, often from complete strangers.

Mary King, the mother in the photo, was the flower girl and my wife and I’s wedding in 1994. I am so glad they are finally getting the help they need after a good 2 years or more of frustration and roadblocks.

Start Novena to Our Lady of Dolours Today 09/06 September 6, 2017

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The Solemnity of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary is on September 15.  Start Novena today or tomorrow.

Most holy and afflicted Virgin, Queen of Martyrs, you stood
beneath the cross, witnessing the agony of your dying Son.quito
Look with a mother’s tenderness and pity on me, who kneel
before you. I venerate your sorrows and I place my requests
with filial confidence in the sanctuary of your wounded heart
.

 

Present them, I beseech you, on my behalf to Jesus Christ,
through the merits of His own most sacred passion and death,
together with your sufferings at the foot of the cross. Through the united efficacy of both, obtain the granting of my petition.
To whom shall I have recourse in my wants and miseries if not
to you, Mother of Mercy? You have drunk so deeply of the
chalice of your Son, you can compassionate our sorrows.

 

Holy Mother, your soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow at
the sight of the passion of your divine Son. Intercede for me
and obtain for me from our Lord {mention your petition}, if
it be for His honor and glory, and for my good. Amen.

 

LET US PRAY
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our
hearts; that, we to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Thy
Son, was made known by the message of an Angel, may by
His Passion and Cross, be brought to the glory of His
Resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.Virgin Showing the Man of Sorrows_MEMLING, Hans

 

Litany of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows

 

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 Ghost
Have mercy on us

Holy Mary, Mother of God pray for us
Holy Virgin of virgins pray for us
Mother of the Crucified pray for us
Sorrowful Mother pray for us
Mournful Mother pray for us
Sighing Mother pray for us
Afflicted Mother pray for us
Forsaken Mother pray for us
Desolate Mother pray for us
Mother most sad pray for us
Mother set around with anguish pray for us
Mother overwhelmed by grief pray for us
Mother transfixed by a sword pray for us
Mother crucified in thy heart pray for us
Mother bereaved of thy Son pray for us
Sighing Dove pray for us
Mother of Dolors pray for us
Fount of tears pray for us
Sea of bitterness pray for us
Field of tribulation pray for us
Mass of suffering pray for us
Mirror of patience pray for us
Rock of constancy pray for us
Remedy in perplexity pray for us
Joy of the afflicted pray for us
Ark of the desolate pray for us
Refuge of the abandoned pray for us
Shield of the oppressed pray for us
Conqueror of the incredulous pray for us
Solace of the wretched pray for us
Medicine of the sick pray for us
Help of the faint pray for us
Strength of the weak pray for usour_lady_of_sorrows
Protectress of those who fight pray for us
Haven of the shipwrecked pray for us
Calmer of tempests pray for us
Companion of the sorrowful pray for us
Retreat of those who groan pray for us
Terror of the treacherous pray for us
Standard-bearer of the Martyrs pray for us
Treasure of the Faithful pray for us
Light of Confessors pray for us
Pearl of Virgins pray for us
Comfort of Widows pray for us
Joy of all Saints pray for us
Queen of thy Servants pray for us
Holy Mary, who alone art unexampled pray for us.

Pray for us, most Sorrowful Virgin That we may be made
worthy of the promises of Christ

O God, in whose Passion, according to the prophecy of
Simeon, a sword of grief pierced through the most sweet
soul of Thy glorious Blessed Virgin Mother Mary, grant
that we, who celebrate the memory of her Seven Sorrows,
may obtain the happy effect of Thy Passion, Who lives
and reigns world without end. Amen

Start Novena for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin 08/30/17 August 30, 2017

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The Novena below is also for the intention of increased holiness in our marriages and families.  It is from marriage and the family that societies are built, or fall.  It is from the family that the sanctity or worldliness of the Church flows.  There are few things for which we could possibly have more cause to pray than for holy marriages and families, including, of course, our own. This Novena starts tomorrow 08/30 and ends on the Vigil of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary:

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Prayer for Marriage and Family

Jesus, I trust in You. Please grant through Your mother’s intercession that I may always bring Your hope into my family.

Jesus, I trust in You. Please grant through Your mother’s intercession that I may always bring Your love into my family.

Jesus, I trust in You. Please grant through Your mother’s intercession that I may always bring Your mercy into my family.

Our Lady, on this feast of your birth, please pray for stronger and holier marriages.

Amen.

Day 1

Most lovable Mother Mary, our Father in Heaven created you with delight. You are His creature whom He made worthy to become the holy Mother of His Son. You were born into a family of Saints. Pray for me today that my joy in your Son will increase and that my family may become more holy.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

(State your intentions)

Hail Mary…

Day 2

Oh most holy daughter of Adam, your precious Son chose you as the vessel for his entry to the world. Where our first mother, Eve, fell short, you fulfilled God’s call for a Mother’s holiness. Pray for me today that the feast of your birth may give great joy to my soul that I may be born to new life through your Son.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

(State your intentions)

Hail Mary…

Day 3

Immaculate daughter of Saints Joachim and Anne, you are the door to the Eternal Word who made you the source of His Sacred Blood. You are a model for all Christian sons and daughters. Pray for me today that the feast of your birth may give great joy to my soul and that I may have a greater devotion to your Son’s Precious Blood.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

(State your intentions)

Hail Mary…

Day 4

Oh most holy daughter of the line of King David, the Redeemer of the world loves you with the singular love of a Child for His mother. Pray for me today that the feast of your birth may give great joy to my soul that I may have a greater love and devotion to my Mother and Father.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

(State your intentions)

Hail Mary…

Day 5

Most holy Mary, the Holy Spirit preserved you from sin so that our Lord would have a fitting vessel to enter the world. Pray for me today that the feast of your birth may give great joy to my soul that I may remain faithful to your Son until the end.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

(State your intentions)

Hail Mary…

Day 6

Oh holy Mother, St. Joachim and St. Anne were delighted to love and care for so holy a child. Pray for me today that the feast of your birth may give great joy to my soul that I may show greater charity to my parents and grandparents in word, prayer and deed.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

(State your intentions)

Hail Mary…

Day 7

Holy Mother, your birth caused great joy to the angels, because they saw your holiness caused by your Son’s resurrection. Pray for me today that the feast of your birth may give great joy to my soul that your graces may rain down on all married couples.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

(State your intentions)

Hail Mary…

Day 8

Heavenly Mother, your birth gave great joy to all the world because it signaled the coming of Jesus Christ, who would save the whole world by His life, death and resurrection. Pray for me today that the feast of your birth may give great joy to my soul that I may be exceedingly patient with my family and loved ones.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

(State your intentions)

Hail Mary…

Day 9

Mother Mary, you pray for me as your child. Thank you for welcoming me into the Holy Family. Pray for me today that the feast of your birth may give great joy to my soul that I may increase my devotion to the Holy Family.

Dearest Mother, please pray for me and for these my intentions…

(State your intentions)

Hail Mary……

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Father Rodriguez Update August 23, 2017

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I am sorry I have not yet had the opportunity to watch either of the videos below in their totality.  In fact, I’ve only had a time to watch the first few moments of each.  But they reveal that what I hoped would come to fruition indeed has – that Father Rodriguez has found a vehicle in The Fatima Center to reach souls with his apostolate.  When I examine the internet as a totality (see yesterday’s post), I should keep in mind that it enables a persecuted, hounded priest like Father Michael Rodriguez to still reach souls, and that is not an inconsequential thing.  In reality, determining whether such a massive, disparate, confused, self-contradictory object as the internet is a good or bad thing in its totality is probably well beyond my very limited capabilities.

That aside, it seems Father might be making regular contributions to The Fatima Center’s Youtube channel.  I certainly hope so.

Father’s two sermons continue the theme he began in some previous ones, the role of the Blessed Virgin in the Lord’s plan of salvation and our own particular efforts at sanctification.  The first sermon focuses on the relationship between the Holy Ghost and the Blessed Virgin Mary.  God’s Grace is what makes us holy.  God has willed to share His Grace with us through Mary, who is the Mediatrix of all grace. Father quotes numerous popes and saints in attesting to Mary’s critical role in the diffusion of grace into souls, including St. Bernadine of Siena, Blessed Pope Pius IX, Pope Benedict XV, and St. Maximilian Kolbe, among others.

Devotion to Mary – and this is attested to by the great Moral Doctor St. Alphonsus, along with St. Louis de Montfort – is absolutely vital for salvation.  St. Alphonsus says it is morally impossible for a soul to be saved without a powerful devotion to Our Lady, and the deeper the devotion, the greater the likelihood, generally speaking, of salvation for an individual soul.

God wills our salvation through the diffusion of Grace in the Holy Ghost, and this God further wills that this sanctification through Grace take place in and through Our Blessed Mother.

That’s a pretty fair synopsis of the first video, anyway.

The second video is somewhat on a somewhat related topic, focusing more explicitly on Fatima and the Light of Christ.  Our Lady came to Fatima in 1917 to bring the Light of Christ to our times.

Father notes that the great crisis afflicting the Church – and numerous souls – is the lack of holiness, grace, and truth in the Church.  Instead of holiness, we are, like good Americanists, concerned with external works and creating pleasant communities.  Instead of supernatural grace, we are concerned with natural talents and efforts. In stead of cooperating with divine grace, we are concerned with individual liberty;  instead of growing =with grace, we are concerned with physical health and material comforts.  Instead of truth, we are concerned with political correctness. Instead of the one truth, we are concerned with promoting each person’s or group;’s beliefs equally, regardless of truth or error.  And instead of conforming our lives to the Truth, we are more concerned with deforming the Truth to correspond with the way we live.  We must consider holiness, grace, and truth as the light that comes from Jesus Christ.  This fallen world will never give us holiness, grace, and truth – only Jesus Christ, our Savior, Lord, and King can do so.

Notice how significant light is to the Fatima apparitions, and when you think of this light, recall that it is Christ’s holiness, grace, and truth.  If you believe in the Gospel, you must believe in Fatima.  The message of Fatima is the message of the Gospel.  Man has turned away from God, he must now turn back to God – nothing is more important.

To do this, we must do the five things God demands of us through Our Lady of Fatima:

  1. Pray the Holy Rosary daily – dedicate your Rosary to consoling Mary’s heart, and meditating on the Divine Mysteries
  2. Wear the brown scapular
  3. Be faithful in accomplishing one’s daily duty according to one’s state in life
  4. Make reparation – pray and sacrifice for the conversion of sinners
  5. The devotion of the Five First Saturdays, in reparation for wounds inflicted on the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Also pray the Raccolta prayers 386-393 (you can bet I’ll check those out as soon as I get home!). Father closes with three quotes from St. John Eudes and a personal prayer to Our Lady.

I’ll let that stand as a very brief synopsis.

This second sermon is especially powerful and if you only have time to watch/listen to one, focus on this second one.  Both are great, and both should be listened to, as they build on each other, but I understand how limited time is for many of us.

Finally, some photos have emerged of Father’s pilgrimage to Quito, Ecuador, and the great shrine of Our Lady of Good Success, in 2016 (2015?).  I was unaware, until I saw the photos, that the very good and holy priest of the Fraternity of St. Peter, Fr. Jonathan Romanowski, was also present during this pilgrimage. I only share a few photos, please go to the link to see the rest.  There are some truly beautiful photos of the basilica of Our Lady of Good Success and other gorgeous churches.  What perfect venues for the offering of the Mass of the Ages, even with the sad, protestant-inspired post-conciliar wreckovations, which, thankfully, have been comparatively minimal in these sacred buildings.

Also inspiring is the attestation of the large crowds that assisted at these Masses.  These were probably  the first TLMs the hundreds of locals present had seen ever seen – and what a great work of spiritual mercy that is in itself.  There were only a score or so that accompanied Father on the pilgrimage, so it is a hopeful sight to see many others avail themselves of the Mass of St. Pius V – who knows what great fruit may result.

Padre Romo with Father Rodriguez

Baby Daughter doing much better thank you and some Flightline Friday content August 22, 2017

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Thank you so much for your prayers.  My daughter has been home since late Thursday but required another 2 days to really recover.

Aye what a year.  All I can say is thanks so much and your generosity will not be forgottten. She started to really turn around shortly after I put out the mass request for prayers.  Yet another confirmation for how great our God is and how powerful – beyond our understanding – prayer can be.

I know I haven’t posted beans of late, very sorry, I really haven’t time for much of anything today (hopefully tomorrow), but here’s a little something non sequitur to tide you over if you care about this sort of thing – it’s some absolutely amazing footage of an Su-27P, probably of Belorussian origin, dogfighting with a USAF F-16 over Groom Lake/”Area 51″ in Nevada:

More images of the encounter below:

In truth this kind of thing has gone on non-stop since at least the mid-60s with the Constant Peg and Foreign Technology Division programs.  USAF pretended to kill this off in the early 00s but everyone rolled their eyes.

In reality, the fact that this occurred in broad daylight, in perfect clear conditions, and close to the border of the 8,000 square mile Nevada Test and Training Range (or close enough for super telephoto lens to grab these shots – probably no more than  6-8 miles from the Range’s boundary) almost certainly means USAF has far more modern and capable adversary aircraft for evaluation.  Su-27P is OK but dates from the late 80s.  Sukhoi has certainly turned out better variants of the endless Flanker series since (Su-27M Su-27SM Su-32 Su-33 Su-35 Su-30M Su-30MK Su-30MKK/I/M Su-34).

Space alien conspiracy theorists who try to penetrate the Range near “Area 51” report seeing Sukhois fairly regularly.  Some are surprisingly old – Su-22s, for certain.

That Flanker is a big b—h.  It’s got an absolutely enormous RCS, too, especially from the front, from what I have learned.

PS – May put this up with much more detail on Friday, but F-35 is, finally, 5 years late and billions of dollars over budget, starting to shape up.  Several score are in service with more and more active duty squadrons and the reports are extremely, extremely positive.  It’s kinematic/aerobatic performance is not so bad as it long appeared to be, and the integrated avionics/mission system are simply out of this world, a massive quantum leap in capability over everything that’s come before.

Still got fairly short legs and inadequate internal payload for stealth mode (thanks, Marine Corps and Congress!) BUT it is a far cry from the unmitigated disaster its widely been described as being.  I’ve been a very serious critic of the F-35 for nearly 20 years and think improved F-16s and/or Mudhens with a large F-22 buy would have more than sufficed for far less money, but this is what we’re stuck with and it does finally seem to be coming around.  It would be the height of idiocy to scrap the program now after ~$100 billion invested and with the investment finally about to start paying off.

The first practical functional software block (Block 3F) has been undergoing flight testing for months and should start to hit active training and tactical squadrons next month.  Given 6.5 million lines of code it’s hardly surprising it took some time to iron out difficulties, plus the program was very badly managed from a prototype to test to production standpoint, for political reasons the services were induced to place the aircraft in production far before it was really ready, and this has had the effect of adding a huge amount of cost while delaying overall full operational capability.  The good thing is these extremely extended service trials have revealed about all the bugs that could possibly be found.

We also have to note how much the procurement program has been derailed since McNamara royally screwed it up in the 60s, and then was made worse in the 90s.  The standards products have to meet to be qualified are ridiculously onerous, and teeny tiny corner of the envelope issues get turned into showstoppers.  Yes there have been not so teeny tiny problems with the F-35 but most of what is reported are situations that are unlikely to ever repeat themselves in real life.  That is one reason why it costs so much (and takes so long) to get complex systems into service these days, the test requirements are orders of magnitude more extensive (and in many ways just plain asinine) than they were in the 50s, 60s, and even well into the 80s.  Suffice it to say had the F-35 been developed along 1950s or 1970s lines it would have been judged an  unqualified success years ago.

Then again, it’s really an apples to oranges comparison.  Aircraft in the 50s and even early 80s were not nearly so software dependent, as they are today.

And every other engineer knows just how much the software engineers screw everything up.  Right, TE?

Recent Data Reveals Government Policy Plays Huge Role in Advance of Culture of Death August 14, 2017

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I know, hardly a surprise to readers of this blog or anyone who has been paying attention over the past several decades, but good, confirmatory data nonetheless.  Something to file away in your back pocket for potential future reference.

Two different cases emerged recently (h/t reader D for both) concerning two different but vital aspects of the culture of death/sexular pagan religious rites, sexual license and the deliberate murder of the sick and the elderly.  From the UK we learn that recent curbs in government sponsored indoctrination in sexual license (aka “sex education”) have led to a massive decrease in illegitimacy in pregnancy, and from the continent the opposite, government support for euthanasia has exploded into what could very well be described as a government sponsored killing spree.

First the UK report, via good ol’ Life Site News:

A new study indicates that teen pregnancy rates drop when liberal sex-ed funding is cut, the UK’s Catholic Herald reported.

The Effect of Spending Cuts on Teen Pregnancy” analyzed data in England before and after contraceptive-based sex-ed expenditures were slashed — cuts that were criticized by liberals and praised by Christians………

……..England has been forced to make severe cuts in recent years to its budget, including tax funds for sex-ed in schools and free birth control. [What government wants more of, it subsidizes.  What it wants less of, it taxes.  Governments the world over, but especially in the former Christendom, have been extravagantly subsidizing contraception and indoctrination in the sexular pagan ethos for decades, thus encouraging more of these disastrous situations and helping to hasten the decline and seemingly inevitable coming collapse of Western civilization.  When funding is cut, wonder of wonders, one major indicator of public morals, the rate of teen illegitimacy, suddenly falls sharply.  But few if any in power will learn the proper lesson from this, they are wedded to the sexular pagan revolutionary spirit.]

The study sought to “examine the impact of reductions in local expenditure on one particular public health target: reducing rates of teen pregnancy.”

The Paton and Wright research team used statistics from 149 municipalities between 2009 and 2014 and found that after sex-ed budgets were cut, teen pregnancy rates fell by 42.6 percent. [And massively so.  I am certain there has already been launched a massive PR campaign against the authors of this study, so contrary to the false doctrines of the high priests of the sexular pagan orthodoxy/media sexual industrial complex.  Data like this must be discredited, or the entire rotten house of cards could come falling down.]

The researchers discovered that taking away tax funding for contraceptive-focused sex education in schools actually reduced teen pregnancy. [So liberals have argued that “abstinency only” programs don’t work, and can cite a number of studies in support of their claim.  Perhaps.  Or perhaps “abstinence” taught in a framework of still immersing children in filth, ripping away their innocence and constantly extolling the unheard of joys of sex (which “joys” many kids find to be less wondrous in actual experience) – that is, indoctrinating them in a libertine sexual ideology – is simply asking too much?  Preaching abstinence to kids you’ve deliberately invoked to a sexual fury is a pretty thin screen to stand against such pressures. Perhaps abstinence works best when children are preserved in their innocence, not exposed to all manner of filth (which process starts at home), and taught that relations between a man and a woman are sacred, require tremendous intimacy, and are always oriented towards the procreation of children within the glorious God-given structure of Holy Matrimony].

So, some happy news for a change.  On the contrary, the cult of government-supported, even -ordered, murder of the sick and aged continues to grow at an alarming rate:

About 1 in 30 people in the Netherlands (3.3%) now choose to die through euthanasia. The rate has roughly tripled since 2002, when euthanasia was legalised. The other report came from Flanders, the Dutch-speaking region of Belgium, where euthanasia also became legal in 2002. Between 2007 and 2013, the prevalence of euthanasia there has risen from 1.9% to 4.6% of all deaths – nearly 1 in every 20 deaths. The Flemish authors attempt to explain this enormous change in social mores. First, they argue that “values of autonomy and self-determination” have become more important for the Flemish. And public approval of euthanasia continues to rise, perhaps with the help of very positive reporting in the media……..

………As one Dutch ethics professor has said, ‘The risk now is that people no longer search for a way to endure their suffering.’ In other words, are the Netherlands and Belgium turning to physicians to solve with euthanasia what are essentially psychosocial issues?

Indeed, the article notes that half of all Dutchmen seeking government-sponsored and -funded suicide list loneliness as a significant factor contributing to their desire to die.  I wonder how many of these aged Dutch are childless or have no grandkids to enliven their old age?

As I noted above, government is creating more demand for euthanasia by subsidizing it.  An eager media seems happy to see thousands of people a year killed with government approval.  And governments in nations with taxpayer funded single payer health insurance schemes have a positive incentive to see old and sick people die as quickly and efficiently as possible – to reduce costs on the system and reserve more funding for the bureaucrats.

Brave New World, indeed.  Huxley meant it as a warning, but more and more the cultural movers and shakers seem to view it as a blueprint to their eternal socialist paradise hell.  In Brave New World, no one got sick, but everyone was killed at 60.  Except the World Leader, of course.  He got to live as long as he wanted or could.

Funny how it’s generally us plebes who wind up bearing the burdens and consequences of the policies our “betters” have determined to inflict on us.

Briefest Reminder Posts – Assumption and Kolbe Novenas August 7, 2017

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The Assumption Novena properly started yesterday, but you can start today and finish on the feast.  The Novena for Maximilian Kolbe started Saturday but better late than never.

Brief Assumption Novena below:

Mary, Queen Assumed into Heaven, I rejoice that after years of heroic martyrdom on earth, Thou hast at last been taken to the throne
prepared for Thee in heaven by the Holy Trinity.

Lift my heart with Thee in the glory of Thy Assumption above the dreadful touch of sin and impurity. Teach me how small earth becomes when viewed from heaven. Make me realize that death is the triumphant gate
through which I shall pass to Thy Son, and that someday my body shall rejoin my soul in the unending bliss of heaven.

From this earth, over which I tread as a pilgrim, I look to Thee for help. I ask for this favor:

(State your intention here…)

When my hour of death has come, lead me safely to the presence of Jesus to enjoy the vision of my God for all eternity together with Thee.

Novena to St. Maximilian Kolbe:

O St. Maximilian Kolbe,

faithful follower of St. Francis,

inflamed by the love of God

you dedicated your life to the practice of virtue

and to works of the apostolate.

Look down with favor upon us

who devoutly confide in your intercession, especially for:

(here mention your special requests)

 

Having consecrated yourself to the Immaculate Virgin Mary,

you inspired countless souls to a holy life

and various forms of the apostolate

in order to do good to others

and to spread the kingdom of God.

Obtain for us the grace by our lives and labors

to draw many souls to Christ.

 

In your close conformity to our Divine Savior

you reached such an intense degree of love

that you offered your life to save a fellow prisoner.

Implore God that we,

inflamed by such ardent charity,

may through our living faith and our apostolic works

witness Christ to others,

and thus merit to join you in the blessed vision of God.

Amen.

Praying as a family has such enormous spiritual efficacy!  Perhaps you could have as an intention for your Novena the conversion of this nation and our fallen world – or maybe better yet the conversion of the leadership of the Church and the restoration of the Church’s human element.

Whatever your intention, Novenas as a beautiful aspect of Catholic Tradition!

Saint Alphonsus Liguori on How to Perform Our Actions Well      July 19, 2017

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In performing our actions well, the Saint means in the manner most pleasing to God.  This excerpt is from The True Spouse of Jesus Christ, a book originally intended for religious, but this section in particular has great relevance for all souls, not only those specifically consecrated to God in religious life (pp. 187-9).

Many times, we may get bogged down with the seemingly dull routine of life. We might find our job less than satisfying. We may be tempted to find as many distractions to get us through the day as possible (like, say, blogging).  We might find raising and educating kids very tiresome after 5 or 10 or even 2 years.  We might find it a lot more appealing to spend the afternoon on Facebook rather than do the laundry and check the kid’s math homework.

Even though our daily actions may not seem glamorous, even though they may eventually come to seem to be a tiresome routine, these constitute (for laity) the duties of our vocation in life and the means God has given us to grow in Grace and virtue.  We should not only perform these duties with great diligence, but we should even thank God for these means  He gives us to draw nearer to Him in this life.

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The following are the means to perform our actions well:

The first means is to preserve during the discharge of our duties a lively sense of the presence of God, that thus every act may be worthy of His divine eyes.

The second means is, to perform every work as if it were the only duty you had to fulfill. When at prayer, let your sole care be to pray well; when you say the Divine Office [which is not enjoined as precept on laity, but which is an extremely beneficial devotion], direct all your attention to the devout recitation of it; when engaged in any employment, your soul concern should be to discharge it well.  Think of nothing but the duty in which you are occupied. To examine, during the time of prayer, how you will direct a certain work, or to reflect on the mans of performing some other duty, is a temptation of the enemy.  “When,” says Saint John of Avila, “any unseasonable thought enters your mind, say: God does not will that I think at this moment on such a subject; and therefore it is not useful for me to reflect upon it: when He commands  me, I shall attend to it.”

The third means is, to perform every action as if it were the last of your life.  St. Anthony frequently recommended this means to his disciples. “In every work,” says St. Bernard, “let each one say to himself: If I were about to die, would I do this?”  Would I it in in this manner? Were this the last Mass that I should hear, with what devotion would I be present at it?………Were this my last Communion or my last meditation, with what fervor would I perform it?  When, says St. Basil, you discharge the duties of the morning, imagine that you shall not live till evening; when night approaches, think that you shall not see morning……….

Four, to think each day only on the labors of the day, is another means which greatly assists weak souls to discharge their duties with fervor.  The apprehension of the pains to be endured, in living till death with so much exactness, and in continually resisting self-love, is one of the causes which make many lose courage in the way of God.  The best means of conquering this temptation is to imagine each morning that you have but one day to live.  Whoever represents to himself that only one day of life remains, will certainly perform all the actions of that day with great perfection.  This means is very profitable for weak souls, but strong and perfect Christians do not require to conceal from themselves the labors necessary for the attainment of sanctity; they rejoice in suffering, and pant for opportunities of pleasing God.

Fifth, and finally, to those beginning to walk in the way of perfection it will be very useful to consider that what is in itself difficult and painful will by habit soon become easy and agreeableI will, says the Holy Ghost, lead thee by the paths of equity; which, when thou shalt have entered, shall not be straightened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not meet a stumbling block (Prov iv:11-12).  I will, says the Lord, first conduct  you into the narrow paths of virtue; but you shall soon walk through a broad and pleasing way, and there you shall run without difficulties or obstacles. “At first,” says St. Bernard, writing to Pope Eugenius, “some duty will seem intolerable; if you accustom yourself to it, in process of time it will not appear so difficult; afterwards you shall not feel it; and in the end you will delight in it.” Behold with your eyes, says Ecclesiasticus, how I have labored a little, and have found much rest to myself (Eccl li:35).

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Do you find it difficult to present to yourself each day or night as your last? This is something I – I’m not sure struggle with is the right phrase – I have not developed the habit of or accustomed myself to.   It seems something very much worth trying, for both embracing some of my more prosaic duties and overcoming some attachments I have so far been unable to separate myself from.  If you have experience with these methods, please share, or if you try them, let me know how they work out.

Catholic Homeschooling Conference in Arlington July 21-22 July 10, 2017

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The annual Immaculate Heart of Mary Homeschool Conference will be held July 21-22 at the Arlington Convention Center, it’s usual location.  If you’ve been in the past you know there will be talks from reverent and orthodox (and usually traditional) priests, home education experts, and a large display of wares from homeschooling resource centers like Seton, Kolbe Academy, Our Lady of Victory, etc.

The two priest speakers this year both have close familiarity with homeschooling and are general supporters of home education.  One is Mater Dei’s own pastor Fr. Thomas Longua, and the other is Father James Yamauchi, now parish administrator (but not pastor) of St. Martin of Tours in Forney.  I have known Fr. Yamauchi and his family for years.  Fr. Yamauchi was homeschooled for several  years.

Admission is free for this conference and they still have space available.  Donations are of course appreciated.  Parking is $5 per day.  There is no child care available and children are allowed but not recommended to attend, as the conference is focused on teachers.

It’s been a while but we’ve been before and it’s a good conference, especially for those just starting out in homeschooling or interested in learning about the many great resources available for Catholic families to use this method of teaching their children, which is so strongly recommended by so many good priests as the best method of educating children in this time of general societal and ecclesiastical chaos.  If you’re even considering trying homeschooling I’d strongly recommend attending.  You don’t have to follow any one particular curriculum.

We are truly blessed to live in a time where educating children at home is in some ways easier than ever before.  The pioneers of homeschooling back in the 70s and 80s did not have the resources so many of us take for granted.  The availability of all these resources, and the political movement that forced governments to de-criminalize homeschooling and remove onerous restrictions in most locales (Texas, for one, Deo Gratias), is something to be very much thankful for.  While corruption, error, and decadence have ruined many means of forming young people to be intelligent and godly, Our Blessed Lord has opened other means to carry out the duty He demands of all parents, to raise up souls capable of knowing, loving, and serving God throughout their life.  We bear many terrible burdens in this age, but also benefit from amazing benefits.

BTW, the picture they have on the conference website of Fr. Longua is pretty old, and some folks might not recognize him in person based on it. Here’s a much more recent one, taken at my favorite shopping destination in Irving, Porter’s Army Navy (and gun) Store:

Owner Steve Porter lives on my street and is a good Catholic.  His business is closed on Sundays, naturally, but you should check it out any other day of the week!  I’ve bought a couple of guns there.  Good people.

But what do you think of the hat?  It’s ostensibly for canoeing and fishing, but I think Father was trying to make a fashion statement.