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Prayer Request and Anyone Familiar with GoFundMe? May 23, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, Holy suffering, Interior Life, mortification, sadness, Virtue.
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My wife has a niece who has now had two children (the oldest is maybe 2, or close to) diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a condition that leaves otherwise healthy children unable to walk and can progress to even greater impairments.  It is considered as being within the spectrum of Muscular Dystrophy diseases.  The two children are Ivy and Cody K., Cody being a practical new-born, Ivy a very cute and precocious little girl.

There are some treatments out there that might help both children a great deal but insurance is not wanting to pay for these.  Thus I have explored with the family the idea of setting up a GoFundMe page, but I’ve never set one up and thought I’d query folks here to see if they had any knowledge of the best way to go about setting up such a page and then getting word out for it.  I’d greatly appreciate your help.  Sometimes things I post on this blog just tend to sort of peter out, not really spreading beyond the immediate regular readers.  Also these things seem to be driven mostly by social media, which I ain’t on.  So perhaps I should find someone who is on social media to set up a site?

What the family needs and requests more than anything right now, however, are your prayers.  I can only imagine what pain the young parents are experiencing, knowing that both of their children have been afflicted with a congenital disease.  That’s got to be an extremely painful cross to bear, as is the knowledge that the likelihood of future children being similarly afflicted is quite high.  Please pray that God may have mercy on this family and deign to work miraculous healings if such be His will.  May He also guide the parents in remaining faithful to His will for them in spite of the crosses this may bring.

Thank you and God bless you!

PS – The niece in question was the flower girl at my wife and I’s wedding in 1994.

The Ultimate Homeschooling Sales Video May 16, 2017

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I know this video from Michael Matt came out about a week and a half ago, but perhaps some haven’t seen it.  The opening segment in particular makes a good a advertisement for homeschooling as I can imagine – or, at least, an advertisement against the vast majority of public and private schools.

As you can see (and you are warned that the content, featuring a school principal shouting profanities and insults at children because they are pro-life, is definitely not family fare), the inmates have taken over the asylum.  Not that we didn’t already have ample evidence of that going back decades, but if anyone is wavering in their commitment to homeschooling, if anyone is unsure whether they want to go to the great effort of teaching their own kids, this video is something that should be watched.  Yes, this is something of an extreme example.  No, not every school has creatures like this.  But the vast majority of them do, and while those may not be as unhinged and confrontational as the man in the video below (who makes the connection between hatred of God, sins of the flesh, and hatred for one’s fellow man quite clear), they may be all the more pernicious and destructive for being more subtle in their approach.  The hard left has taken over the schools in every part of the country, and while many good individual teachers remain and some school districts have maintained some semblance of sanity, more and more, this is the norm, as is indoctrination, subtle and gross, into the Christ-hating philosophy of sexular pagan leftism:

That’s not to say that everyone is able to homeschool, or that it’s a cure all for dangers in raising children.  It’s not.  But I will reiterate what the formal parochial vicar at Mater Dei said repeatedly:  there is a hierarchy in the preference of children’s education, and it goes like this:

  1. Homeschooling
  2. Solidly devout non-Catholic parochial schools, typically evangelical protestant
  3. Public schools
  4. Catholic schools

This is by and large, big picture, broad sweeps analysis, but he had extensive argumentation to back this up, and I agree with his conclusions.  There are exceedingly rare exceptions to the above, especially regarding Catholic schools.  There are perhaps 2 or 3 in this diocese that I would rate as not posing a positive danger to children’s faith.  Public schools are charnel houses but knowing that it is possible to inoculate kids against danger, as it is possible to inoculate them against the errors pushed by protestants in their schools.  Catholic schools come out worst because decades of experience (and noted advice from such spiritual leaders as Archbishop Fulton Sheen) have shown kids from Catholic schools have the worst outcomes with regard to the Faith than any other option.  There seems to be something insidiously pernicious in being taught heinous errors from a supposedly trusted authority figure in an official Church-setting.

As I noted, there are exceptions, not everyone can homeschool, some are in particularly difficult financial or other situations that preclude it, nothing is perfect, etc., etc.  If you are not able to homeschool I’m sure you’ll do the next best thing and are doing your utmost within your means.  But I think I would be remiss in not exhorting those with young children who are contemplating schooling options not to very prayerfully, honestly search their souls as to whether homeschooling is possible for them.

I know the vast majority of trads already homeschool or are very favorable to it, but some folks still find the concept alien or intimidating.  It’s not as hard as you think, and there are myriad resources out there that help you out.  Even more, there are countless options for homeschooling, including solidly Catholic courseware and instruction from online sources like Seton or Regina Caeli Academy, which take most of the burden of instruction off mom or dad (but do carry a fairly substantial cost).  That’s not to say homeschooling is ever easy, but loads of people not inordinately blessed with intelligence, motivation, and education have done it and done it well.

But, like most things in life, this challenge of raising happy faithful Catholic children into Catholic adults can be done more than one way.  I happen to think homeschooling by far the best, but it is not necessarily the only way.  I had to put that caveat in so I don’t get lumped in with the mean ‘ol judgy McJudge Judge trad crowd*.

There’s a lot more in Matt’s video concerning the collapse of Christian civilization and the Church’s role in bringing that about through her own process of self-demolition, so watch the whole thing if you haven’t already.

*- a bit of an inside joke for locals who heard the same sermon I did a week or two ago.  The basic point was well taken, laity can go to excess easily in correcting/demanding certain standards of others.  But there’s a world of difference between advocating for a recommended course of action or practice, and condemning those who follow a different course.  Sometimes in a world of easily bruised feelings that distinction can be lost.  But people can also turn their preferences into totems and demand others do the same, perhaps to make them more assured of their own choices.  This is a difficult distinction and where to draw the line is very much a matter of prudence, not hard and fast rules.

Anyway, I’m obviously a hard-hearted jerk, this is how we treat bad babies at our house:

That’s right, puppy/baby jail.  That’s what happens when you’re not potty trained.  You both stay in there until you learn!  Nothing but dog food and water for the both of you!

Texas Motorists Rush into Flood to Save Babies May 5, 2017

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I know this has gotten wide coverage already so everybody probably saw it well before I did (last night), but this occurred fairly close to home, just outside the Diocese of Dallas in the neighboring Diocese of Tyler, and it’s pretty awesome.  There are some swear words which are not always fully bleeped out, but I think they can be forgiven given the situation.  It gives hope to see a bunch of men, strangers to each other, working together to save other strangers from a life-threatening situation.  I’m sure the same could be seen in many states, but probably not California, and certainly not New  York.

Heh.

I also like the lady praying for the deliverance of those involved.  It may be protestant type prayer, but the Holy Name always carries power with it, no matter who utters it reverently.

They say one of the babies started breathing right after the woman implored our Blessed Lord to restore his breath.

A Post In Thanksgiving to St. Joseph and Our Lady May 4, 2017

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I have had a particular need at various times over the past year or so that has caused me to seek out the extremely powerful intercession of St. Joseph and Our Lady, but particularly the former.  I don’t want to go into detail on the need, as it is personal, but over and over again, and in a most miraculous way, this need has been met.  If I ever had doubt of the efficaciousness (I may have made that up) of Grace or the value of intercessory prayer on the part of Saints (I haven’t, not for a long time), these experiences over the past year have obliterated that.

Thank you St. Joseph.  Thank you Blessed Mother.  Please continue interceding for me in this need.  May God be praised in His glory for deigning to respond to this need from a weak soul.

I wanted to give public testimony to this, because while the need is personal, the intercession I have received is over and above what I even dared to hope.  Our God is truly a generous God.

If you ever have a particular need, I cannot recommend turning to good St. Joseph enough.  He has such concern for souls and has such great intercessory power with his Son that the results are frequently amazing.

Sick with No Time to Post, uh……Post April 18, 2017

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I’m snowed in at work as usual and I’m coming down with the same bronchitis that has ravaged my family.  Even got the boy, who needs more prayers, not only is he sick but the anti-seizure meds are causing severe behavioral changes.  He tried to cold cock my wife the other day. We’re giving him Vitamin B which is supposed to help (and it has) but he’s still not himself.  We’ll have to see what we do, I think they’ve got him overdosed because he had a really bad seizure, but it’s the only one he’s ever had.  We’ll figure it out.

Anyway, I’m ready to call it quits.  These fit my mood today for some reason:

Been there, done that. But it was……ummmmm…….someplace just outside Nuevo Laredo, not Ciudad Acuña.  I don’t recommend it.  Good place to end your life, especially these days, let alone what it does to your soul  ¿Sabes?

Radical Deviant Finds Asking Sex of Unborn Child “Hurtful” and “Damaging” April 4, 2017

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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.

Writing on the progressive parenting website Romper, Reaca Pearl bemoans how even strangers are nosy about her pregnancy. That’s a common enough complaint, but the gender question especially sticks in her craw.

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?

Mom:

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.

 

 

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga – Model of Christian Youth April 4, 2017

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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.

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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.

Party for New Catholic TV Show Tonight (04/03/17) at UD Campus April 3, 2017

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Tonight there will be a premiere party at the campus of the University of Dallas of a new TV show directed by prioress Sister Jane Dominic Laurel and featuring nuns of the recently stood up Irving offshoot of the Dominicans of Nashville.  The show is called “Praying as a Family.  I don’t know anything about the program itself, all I know is that late last week an email made the rounds inviting people to attend this premiere party at the UD campus.

Details below.  I do know Sister Jane Dominic has been giving some talks for women and girls at the UD campus and that those talks have been well received.  I suspect the show will be faithful but probably not explicitly traditional, which I expect most readers to understand.  The party is at 6:30.

Anyway, if you’re in the area and looking to have some fun tonight, here you go:

Thank You For Your Prayers My Son’s Tumor Has Shrunk March 24, 2017

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There were a range of options of what might come out of my son’s follow-up MRI for the brain tumor discovered after he had a massive seizure 6 weeks ago, and aside from a total miracle (the tumor being completely gone) we got about the best possible option – the tumor is smaller and certainly appears both benign and stable.  The shrinkage was probably due to swelling associated with the original seizure going away, but that means this tumor isn’t aggressive and isn’t growing at any appreciable rate.

So now we’ll just keep on keepin’ on, my son will get MRIs at three month intervals now and he’ll continue on the Keppra anti-seizure medication.  He’s been doing awesome, his reading has gotten at least back to baseline and in fact is probably surpassed where he was before the seizure.  It was a blessed day all around.  I thank all of you so much for your prayers and ask if you would continue them, since this is still a serious situation and eventual surgery remains a strong possibility.  But the longer that can be put off the better, and if prayer we hope it will never be needed.

Thank you all again, from the bottom of my heart, from a terrible shock and of course worry this has turned out just about as best as could have been imagined.  And we of course thank God that He has seen fit to insure that my son is at least stable and that his health can be pretty easily managed so we may – I pray – enjoy our time together for many years to come.

 

Brief Bio of Wonderful St. Peregrine Laziosi, the “Cancer” Saint March 22, 2017

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You could say this is a Saint I have developed a particular devotion towards given what is going on with my son’s health.  We hope to find out more tomorrow just what this tumor he has is, and whether it has grown at all in the past 6 weeks.

A little bio on St. Peregrine Laziosi from Joan Carroll Cruz’s book Miraculous Images of Our Lord, p. 160, including the history of how Saint Peregrine came to be invoked by those stricken with cancer:

Born in Forli, Italy, Peregrine was taught the ways of prayer by his devout mother, but instead of being influenced by her, he preferred to devote his time to athletic endeavors and won the acceptance of his peers by indulging in his impetuous nature.  When St. Philip Benezi was preaching in the public square, Peregrine displayed his contempt by striking the Saint soundly in the face.  The Saint prayed for Peregrine’s return to virtue, and some years later, through the workings of grace, St. Philip Benizi welcomed Peregrine into the Servite Order at Siena.

The number of persons Peregrine converted to the Faith was outstanding, his work among penitents and sinners was extensive, his travels on errands of mercy were numerous and his miracles were countless.

When Peregrine was about 60 years of age he was stricken with a cancer on the leg that pained him, but did not interrupt his works of mercy nor ihs customary exercises of virtue.  Eventually, when gangrene consumed the flesh of his leg to the bone, the amputation of the leg was recommended as they only means of preserving his life.

On the eve of the operation, St. Peregrine visited the chapter room of the monastery to pray before a painting that depicts the Crucifixion.  We are told that he remained praying there throughout most of the night.  After Peregrine had been praying for many hours, the picture became animated.  Christ stretched forth His hand from the painting and touched the Saint’s diseased leg, which was later found to be completely healed with no trace of the former ailment.  The renowned surgeon who was scheduled to perform the amputation arrived the next morning for the operation and promptly acknowledged the miraculous nature of the cure.  Because of this miracle, countless victims of cancer devoutly pray to St. Peregrine for the cure of their disease.

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Here is a Novena to Saint Peregrine, which I will be praying:

Glorious wonder-worker, St. Peregrine, you answered the divine call with a ready spirit, and forsook all the comforts of a life of ease and all the empty honors of the world to dedicate yourself to God in the Order of His holy Mother.
You labored manfully for the salvation of souls. In union with Jesus crucified, you endured painful sufferings with such patience as to deserve to be healed miraculously of an incurable cancer in your leg by a touch of His divine hand.
Obtain for me the grace to answer every call of God and to fulfill His will in all the events of life. Enkindle in my heart a consuming zeal for the salvation of all men.
Deliver me from the infirmities that afflict my body (especially…..).
Obtain for me also a perfect resignation to the sufferings it may please God to send me, so that, imitating our crucified Savior and His sorrowful Mother, I may merit eternal glory in heaven.

St. Peregrine, pray for me and for all who invoke your aid.

There is also a website dedicated specifically to the Saint.

I do want to thank all of you for your continued prayer and support regarding my son’s condition.  We pray we get good news tomorrow, but no matter how it turns out, we thank God for all we receive.