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Urgent Exhortation to Follow and Support the Center for Medical Progress Enduring Persecution August 9, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in Abortion, asshatery, contraception, cultural marxism, disaster, Endless Corruption, General Catholic, Holy suffering, horror, martyrdom, persecution, Revolution, scandals, secularism, self-serving, sexual depravity, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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A reader who shall remain nameless sent the following e-mail a few days ago, and it’s very good:

With everything going on around us we tend to have short attention-spans. I think this works in the favor of the “change agents”.

One of the continuing sagas that remains in the front of my mind is that of David Daleiden, the young man who filmed the PP doctors openly discussing the sale of aborted baby parts.

It is really astounding to follow this case. It is particularly revealing to see just how much this episode has frightened the abortionists and just how much they are willing to put into bringing the house down on Daleiden. They and their attorneys are doing everything they can to turn the tables on Daleiden and up to this point they have been very successful. It is also revealing to see just how much the “justice” system has cooperated with the abortionists into turning a hero into the villain. Daleiden runs a real risk of doing long jail time and paying hefty extortion money.

I think this case is of particular importance and deserves our attention. If the abortionists and their lapdogs in the judiciary meet with any success they must calculate that his example will go a long way to deter the more feint-of-heart in taking on this powerful cabal.

I’ll not go into detail. It is a lengthy story and I think it deserves to be brought to the front of our consciousness. There is plenty of detail on the website of the Center for Medical Progress http://www.centerformedicalprogress.org/author/david/ and you can also do a search to read more about it.

I get regular updates from the Thomas More Society, which happens to be the only Catholic pro-life organization that gets any of my money. I’d also encourage you to consider them for donation. https://www.thomasmoresociety.org/

Not to toot my own horn, but I have written about the Center for Medical Progress and David Daleiden a number of times.  However, I have not done so of late.

In order to remedy that, and to point out the extreme levels to which the leftist powers that be are going in order to crush this man who humiliated Planned Barrenhood and revealed them for the greedy butchers they are, I bring this recent release from CMP, which indicates not only how CMPs and Daleiden’s rights are being trampled, but how intertwined the ruling class is with the evil of mass child slaughter:

Today, David Daleiden and The Center for Medical Progress filed their petition for a writ of certiorari at the United States Supreme Court, appealing the unconstitutional gag order issued by San Francisco Judge William Orrick III against the publication of undercover footage of top-level Planned Parenthood leadership at the National Abortion Federation’s annual trade shows. The petition argues that no federal court has ever upheld a prior restraint like Judge Orrick’s gag order to suppress speech of overwhelming public interest:

“At issue in this appeal is a gag order, a preliminary injunction imposed specifically for the purpose of hiding information from the public, precisely because the information is of such significant public interest and concern—the procurement and sale of aborted fetal body parts.”

CMP project lead David Daleiden says, “Judge Orrick’s gag order, issued at the behest of Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Federation, is an unprecedented attack on the First Amendment by a clearly biased federal judge. Judge Orrick even wants to press his gag order in the California Attorney General’s bogus criminal case against me—though he, NAF, and Planned Parenthood insist the gag order only applies to my defense, and not to the Attorney General’s bogus prosecution.”

As a key leader of the “Good Samaritan Family Resource Center” in San Francisco, Judge Orrick helped open and fund a Planned Parenthood Northern California clinic inside the Center’s headquarters. Planned Parenthood Northern California has membership in the National Abortion Federation and is a named plaintiff against CMP and Daleiden in Judge Orrick’s courtroom. A motion to disqualify Judge Orrick is still pending.

Just like the Perry v. Hollingsworth case, the case which overturned the California constitutional amendment declaring marriage to be between a man and a woman (remember, just a 6 or 7 year ago, when even a majority of Californians still believed that – that is how fast our culture is collapsing), the bias and corruption of a judiciary completely out of control is on full display here.  In Perry, the federal court judge who heard the case was a long-time sodomite and a man who wanted to marry one of his many “partners!”  Here we have a federal judge who has a deeply vested interest in protecting and defending Planned Murderhood.  Anyone with a shred of decency and legal professionalism would have recused himself from the case, but we all know such traits are unknown among the left-dominated ruling class, who insist upon no rules for themselves, but an endless plethora of rules for everyone else (one can also find out just how connected and blue-blooded Orrick is, his family owns the largest and oldest legal firm on the West Coast and one that is in neck deep with the agents of cultural revolution, and have been for a very long time. Orrick himself raised nearly half a million dollars in support of various demonrat candidates, most especially Obama and Kerry).

So keep following the Daleiden case.  I also agree that the Thomas More Society is an excellent group worthy of support.  Please pray for the Daleiden family and all those being unconstitutionally persecuted by these seeming worshipers of child sacrifice to Moloch.  Pray they keep the faith and their persecutors be undone in their efforts to keep the truth about Planned Murderhood and abortion/contraception from the public.

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Blessed Miguel Pro, the Cristiada, and the Synagogue of Satan May 1, 2017

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Great sermon from Padre Not Tony Romo, on the life and suffering of Blessed Miguel Pro.  He then ties in his own apostolate trying to re-establish the authentic practice of the Faith in Latin America generally and once so devout Mexico in particular.

As is widely known, Blessed Miguel Pro, SJ, was one of many Catholic priest-martyrs of the Cristiada in Mexico, which developed after a masonic-inspired cabal of Christ-hating pseudo-revolutionaries gained control of that tortured nation’s governance.  I did not know, as Father relates, that Blessed Miguel Pro levitated during his final Mass before his capture and martyrdom, nor that his face was transfigured as on Mount Tabor.  Very interesting.

I like how Father notes the false Catholics of our time (and all times), those who, when confronted with a contradiction between the Truth of Jesus Christ and the ways of the world, choose the world over Jesus Christ.  Father does not say this, but the greatest reason for the crisis in the human element of the Church is that the vast majority of priests and prelates today are of just that type of Catholic, those who choose the world over Jesus Christ in the constant belief and practice of the Faith.  In fact, there was an entire ecumenical council that was captured, or hijacked, by this same spirit.  Or, at least, many think, and so it seems.

Many of those who choose the world over Christ lambaste those who still cling to Christ and His Truth as extremists, fanatics. Amazingly, guns are no longer needed to persecute the Faith out of Catholics, Catholics have largely voluntarily lost their faith under the bad example of so many priests and prelates, the errors taught since 1965, and the practice of all manner of immodesty, unchastity, and personal filthiness.  That is to say, the reason men like Plutarco Calles used violence was to force Catholics of the time to lose their faith through exposure to evils like pronographic sexual education in the state schools that replaced parochial schools.  Today, people happily partake of far worse of their own volition.

Good sermon:

I have had the privilege of meeting this priest and I follow his apostolate with some closeness.  I continue to be impressed with his devotion to the many souls in his care and efforts to restore the Catholic Faith in Mexico, which never really

Sorry if this is too many sermons for one day!

Powerful Sermon: Martyrdom on the Installment Plan February 22, 2017

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Wonderful sermon below from that priest who, for nearly two years, was much missed online as his sermons were no longer posted, but who returned late last year with good, new, relevant catechesis.

Most of us will not “get” to be red martyrs like so many of the greats from the early Church.  Father relates the life and death of St. James Intercisus, a figure in the Zoroastrian court of Persia who became Catholic, apostasized under threat of loss of wealth and power, and then was martyred when he returned to the Church of Jesus Christ.  Few of us will face such a dramatic test (though, the way the world is going, who knows!).  One thing is for certain, those who have the strength of faith to be blood martyrs, almost universally were already experiencing many white martyrdoms in death to self as they grew in sanctity and self-denial on their path of sanctification through cooperation with God’s Grace.  For those of us who will never have the final test of a blood martyrdom, these white martyrdoms – smaller or larger acts of self-denial and overcoming of attachments on a daily basis (martyrdom on the installment plan) – are all we shall have to grow in virtue, reject sin and vice, and develop in sanctity.  They are thus everything for our salvation.

Put much more briefly, is something, like our faith, is worth dying for, is it not worth living for?

Men should pay particular attention to 20:30 – 23:40 where Father talks of common failures in virtue and attachments to sin, especially those men lost in addiction to porn.  Even numerous, regular Mass-going Catholic men have severe problems with impurity, self-abuse, and addiction to porn.  That addiction can be all but impossible to overcome if a man walks around with a little porn theater in his pocket (smart phone).  Far from fleeing it, he literally carries his near occasion of sin with him.

Father notes that such men, even if they go to Confession, likely do not receive absolution, because so long as he carries this deadly occasion of sin with him everywhere he goes, and sleeps with it next to his bed at night, perhaps, he is constantly involved in a near occasion of sin that, practically speaking, invalidates any act of contrition he attempts to make.

I should add, increasingly, this mass moral scandal afflicts not only men but even some women.  Exposure to porn and involvement in the moral sewer of the hookup culture and so much of today’s society has even reduced what was once the mighty bulwark of feminine propriety to the level of what would have been the most lust-addled, out of control man from a few decades ago.

As an aside, I think that is part of the reason why Trump’s “p*$$y” comment set so many women off it precipitated some of the largest demonstrations this nation has ever seen.  Trump did not say he does this, nor that he advocates others go about “grabbing” certain regions of the anatomy – he said women would even let him do that, because he is so rich and famous.  He was certainly bragging and probably exaggerating, but how many of those women out there demonstrating, if they found themselves alone with one of the richest, most powerful men in the world, would really reject his advances?  How many have already given themselves away at firesale prices (heck, often for free, nothing more than the cost of a brief phone call or a couple of texts) to just regular ol’ dudes, if not outright losers?  I think the reaction against that offhand, supposedly off-the-record comment reveals far more what women think of themselves, than it says of what they think of Trump. You could see this in the unhinged behavior at many of the protests and especially the proliferation of women, publicly, reducing themselves to nothing more than a small part of their anatomy.  But I digress.

Having said that, there is a line between a man struggling to come to terms with whether he has a porn addiction, or occasionally/rarely falling into the sin of porn viewing on his smart phone, and one who is so lost that he can no longer make a valid act of contrition so long as he keeps his smart phone.  There is a potential to err on the side of harshness, here, but I’m glad Father said what he did because very few men are aware of the fact that they could fall into a state this dire.

Also note, it is not simply sins against the 6th and 9th Commandments that create conditions where contrition is invalidated.  ANY severe attachment to a repetitive sin – drunkenness, contraceptive use, actual adultery, etc., – can involve such constant contact with sin/a near occasion of sin that it places great questions on having true contrition.  I wouldn’t freak out about this, but it’s something to be cognizant of and watch against.  Are our phones worth losing salvation? For many men, they may well be.

But it’s certainly not just the lay people with problems.  Priests, bishops, and most others with formal apostolates in the Church do not act as if they believe any substantial part of the Doctrine of the Faith.  They don’t act as if Christ is really present in the Eucharist, nor that damnation can happen to lots of people, that hell exists, that God is really concerned about all of our individual acts, etc.  They believe a politically correct, politically motivated, societally-acceptable version of the faith.  And they lead souls to hell by their millions through their failures.

There’s so much here that I could write several thousand words but hopefully you’ve gotten a flavor for what’s in the sermon.  Let me know what you think.

People always ask me what this priest’s name is.  I won’t tell you, but folks, if you’re really interested and you listen to more than a few of his sermons with any degree of attention, he pretty much ID’s himself.  Don’t write it here, but you’re smart, I’m sure you can figure it out.

Good News for Christians on the Nineveh Plain October 27, 2016

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A couple of videos showing Christians – probably Orthodox – retaking some churches and returning home.  The devastation of their communities has been extensive.  The churches were ransacked and looted.  Religious art was deliberately destroyed by the satan-worshipping monsters of ISIS.  To a very large extent, however, the United States created this situation, first by invading precipitously, then by committing insufficient forces to pacify the country, then allowing a counterinsurgency to drag out, building hatreds and attracting jihadists from all over, and then by evacuating the country prematurely under Obama’s campaign pledge.  Obama and his administration were even more directly complicit in the formation of ISIS by arming rebels against the Assad regime.  Thus the entire situation can really be laid at our government’s feet.

 

A 360 view of the devastation, including the hateful sign of nun, for Nazarene, the islamists applied to everything Christian, so it could be identified for ransacking:

Poor Christians.  Assyrian Orthodox, I would guess.  Even after ISIS is driven out, it’s not going to be beer and skittles for them.  I don’t think the Shia-dominated Iraqi army is going to be overly friendly.  It seemed secular strong men – Hussein, Mubarak, Assad –  were really the best friends Christians in the Mideast could have.  Popular government there quickly leads to venting of ancient hatreds.

Obama Admin, UN Deliberately Abandoning Syrian Christians…… October 11, 2016

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……while showing a marked preference to allow tens of thousands of Syrian muslims to emigrate to the US and Europe.

What’s that?  You’re shocked, shocked to discover the first muslim president showing a marked preference to his fellow muslims when it comes to escaping warfare (largely engendered by muslims)?  Perhaps so, but the numbers might add a bit of depressing reality to this constant anti-Christian bias.  Via the Wall Street Journal:

For instance, the Obama administration’s expanded refugee program for Syria depends on refugee referrals from the UNHCR. Yet Syria’s genocide survivors have been consistently underrepresented. State’s database shows that of 12,587 Syrian refugees admitted to the U.S. in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, only 68 were Christians and 24 were members of the Yazidi sect. That means 0.5% were Christians, though they have long accounted for 10% of Syria’s population. In 2015, among 1,682 Syrians admitted, there were 30 Christians and no Yazidis.

Asked about these numbers at a Sept. 28 Senate hearing, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Simon Henshaw asserted that only 1% of Syria’s registered refugees are Christians. How to square that with the estimate that half a million Syrian Christians—a quarter of that community—have fled, as Syriac Catholic Patriarch Younan warned in August.

State Department officials variously speculate that Christians don’t want to register for resettlement abroad, or that they are waiting in line behind hundreds of thousands of Sunni Muslims who left Syria earlier.

Yet there is evidence to suggest that the problem lies within UNHCR. Citing reports from many displaced Christians, a January report on Christian refugees in Lebanon by the Catholic News Service stated: “Exit options seem hopeless as refugees complain that the staff members of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees are not following up on their cases after an initial interview.” This failure could be another example of why the U.N. Internal Audit Division’s April 2016/034 report reprimanded the UNHCR for “unsatisfactory” management.

At a December press conference in Washington, D.C., I asked the U.N.’s then-high commissioner for refugees, António Guterres, to explain the disproportionately low number of Syrian Christians resettled abroad. The replies—from a man poised to be the U.N’s next secretary-general—were shocking and illuminating.

Mr. Guterres said that generally Syria’s Christians should not be resettled, because they are part of the “DNA of the Middle East.” He added that Lebanon’s Christian president had asked him not to remove Christian refugees. Mr. Guterres thus appeared to be articulating what amounts to a religious-discrimination policy, for political ends.

I suppose there is a positive way to take Guterres’ comments – that Christians have been present in Syria and the rest of the Mideast for far longer than muslims, that it is their ancestral home, and that they have a perfect right to live there, but given that half a million or more have already fled, that’s pretty weak tea.  It seems they want to leave, but are not being permitted to do so.

Where is the USCCB publicly denouncing administration policy and forcefully calling for all persecuted Christians, mostly Catholics, to be permitted to emigrate to the US?  Oh, right.  Well, actually, they have spoken about it a bit.  You can judge for yourself how effective or forceful that communication has been – and note these are all policy pieces for legislators, deep-inside baseball lobbyist stuff, there has been no real effort to mobilize Catholics to exert political pressure to accept more Syrian Catholic refugees.

What a world.  The universe’s most corrupt organization – the UN – is given charge over life and death decisions affecting millions of people, with absolutely no one holding them accountable.  And, of course, the Obama admin is only too happy to hide behind those blue helmets, importing more muslims while abandoning Christians to a grim fate.

We’ve been fundamentally transformed.

 

Saint Justin Martyr Proves Ancient Church Belief in Real Presence – ca AD 150 October 6, 2016

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Saint Justin Martyr was a cultured man of letters and one of the first great post-apostolic apologists for the Faith.  He carried on a unique and extensive correspondence with the 15th Emperor of Rome, Titus Fulvus Aelius Hadrianus Antoninus Augustus Pius, commonly %d0%b8%d1%83%d1%81%d1%82%d0%b8%d0%bd_%d1%84%d0%b8%d0%bb%d0%be%d1%81%d0%be%d1%84_%d0%b0%d1%84%d0%be%d0%bdknown as Antoninus Pius, who reigned from AD 138-161.  This correspondence is well known among those with more than a very limited knowledge of early Church history, and is one of numerous testimonies from the earliest Church Fathers that prove, without equivocation or the slightest doubt, that the Faith of the Catholic Church of Rome is the exact Faith that was practiced by the earliest Church.  This is confirmed in numerous doctrinal beliefs, but one of the most important, and, concomitantly, easiest to confirm, is the total belief in the Real Presence of Our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar held by the early Church.  This is confirmed by numerous writings dating to the earliest part of the 2nd century (over 200 years before Constantine supposedly “corrupted the Church,” according to protestants) from St. Ignatius of Antioch and others on (adding to several FIRST century references a la Pope Saint Clement’s Epistles to Corinth, among others) to the best of the 2nd century, Justin Martyr.

You have to understand the context in which Saint Justin Martyr was writing.  Christianity was still almost entirely a secret religion due to persecution.  The Mass was not open to the public. As part of the persecution, and partly due to human nature when encountering anything new and different, wild, calumniating rumors flew regarding what went on during the Mass, which was known to feature a Sacrifice.  Many of these wild rumors and innuendo’s were started by the earliest Church’s first enemies, the Jews.  Jews claimed that stjustinmartyrChristians sacrificed babies and ate their bodies during the Mass, mixing up scattered bits of the Nativity and Easter narratives, or just being plain malicious.  These rumors added further fuel to the already extant persecutions, making them much more severe.

At any rate, the educated, urbane Justin set out to set matters straight, and rather than mess around with middlemen, went straight to the top man himself.  He used his connections to establish a correspondence with the Emperor Antoninus Pius.  The critical part of the exchange, quoted by St. Alphonsus Liguori in the Victories of the Martyrs (but far more and better coverage is in either Jurgen’s The Faith of the Early Fathers Volume 1, or the The Anti-Nicene Fathers by Roberts and Donaldson but beware the anti-Catholic notes in this Anglican work):

Wherefore having explained the sacred ceremonies of baptism, he proceeds to speak of the Eucharist in the following terms: “He that presides in the assembly is presented with bread and a chalice of wine, mixed with water; whereupon, in the name of the Son and the Holy Ghost, he renders glory to the Father.  And by these gifts doth he make thanksgiving, which all the faithful confirm by the word ‘Amen.’  The prayers, praises, and thanksgivings being terminated, the deacons take of the bread and the wine, mixed with water, over which all these holy prayers have been recited, and having distributed them among those present, they carry some to the absent also.
[Liguori here notes that these men would have been the equivalent of today’s full deacons, acting as delegates of the priest or, as he was then called, the presbyter.  They were considered separate and “above” lay persons and had received consecration for the task of handling the Sacred Species.  The circumstances of the Church under justin-martyrpersecution made recourse to use of deacons (and, yes, sometimes lay people) commonly to distribute the Eucharist necessary, and are not an endorsement of lay handling of the Blessed Sacrament as per modern practice.  By the late 4th century, doctrine had clearly evolved, as demonstrated in the Spanish Council of Elvira, against ANY lay handling of the Blessed Sacrament.  This Doctrine came into place as soon as the period of vicious persecution ended] This food is by us called Eucharist; of which no one can partake who believeth not our doctrines, and who hath not been cleansed from sin in the laver of regeneration.  This is not common food or drink; but as Jesus Christ our Savior was, for our redemption, by virtue of the Divine Word, composed of flesh and blood; so we are aware that, by virtue of the prayer containing His Divine words, the food by which we are nourished is the Flesh and Blood of the Word Incarnate.”  [This is really our Faith in a nutshell.  From the Eucharist, everything else flows.  That is why the protestants had to turn the Eucharist into a symbol, because with the Eucharist intact, all their changes to the moral law and claims of private interpretation would, in time, crumble upon themselves.  And this is no outlier.  From the early Fathers you can find confirmation of virtually any Catholic Doctrine you choose, almost always directly but occasionally by inference.  Confession?  Absolutely.  Works vital for salvation?  Certainly.  Communion/”membership” in the Church necessary for salvation.  Heck yes.  A hierarchical Church with the pope at its head?  You bet.]

Thus we see that the present doctrine of the Catholic Church is that which was believed and practiced in the apostolic times, in which our Saint flourished.

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Unfortunately, Saint Justin failed to convince the obstinate infidel “Pius.”  He also got his head lopped off for his trouble.

There you go.  You get a double-dose of catechesis today.  Perhaps this bit of knowledge might come in handy when dealing with protestant family and/or friends.

 

ISIS has buried thousands in mass graves August 30, 2016

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Hmmm…….the most fervent, most convicted Christians practice love, mercy, and great concern for their fellow man.  The most fervent, most convicted muslims almost universally practice murder, domination, and cruelty to an unbelievable extreme.

Anyone see the difference?*

It seems ISIS has buried thousands of bodies in mass graves throughout the territory it has conquered, and even brags about this fact in various media:

Between them, the two scenes of horror on Sinjar mountain contain six burial sites and the bodies of more than 100 people, just a small fraction of the mass graves Islamic State extremists have scattered across Iraq and Syria.

In exclusive interviews, photos and research, The Associated Press has documented and mapped 72 of the mass graves, the most comprehensive survey so far, with many more expected to be uncovered as the Islamic State group’s territory shrinks. In Syria, AP has obtained locations for 17 mass graves, including one with the bodies of hundreds of members of a single tribe all but exterminated when IS extremists took over their region. For at least 16 of the Iraqi graves, most in territory too dangerous to excavate, officials do not even guess the number of dead. In others, the estimates are based on memories of traumatized survivors, Islamic State propaganda and what can be gleaned from a cursory look at the earth.

Still, even the known numbers of victims buried are staggering — from 5,200 to more than 15,000. [With thousands, probably tens of thousands, waiting to be found as ISIS is forced to retreat]

Sinjar mountain is dotted with mass graves, some in territory clawed back from IS after the group’s onslaught against the Yazidi minority in August 2014; others in the deadly no man’s land that has yet to be secured.

They aren’t just killing non-muslims.  They even kill those they feel are not sufficiently pure muslims, like Shiites.  The article at the link speaks of whole ravines and sinkholes filled with bodies.  But Christians definitely earn a special ire from ISIS and other allied groups.

We are told that this is not true islam.  But if it is not, where is the mass outrage? Where are the riots in the streets of Cairo or Karachi, like there are every time some Westerner draws a cartoon of Mohammad or says something critical of islam?  That’s the most damning indictment that ISIS is not somehow counter to the beliefs of many muslims.  While the “silent majority” of muslims may perhaps think ISIS goes too far, they certainly aren’t moved to oppose ISIS in any concrete way.  And far, far too many muslims are quite happy to be governed by sharia, which ISIS claims to be implementing in its fullest, purest form.  Heck, a majority of muslims in Britain AND Canada today claim to desire to live under sharia.  Even more chilling, so do a majority of American muslims.

As we’ve seen around the world, it’s a short walk from sharia to ISIS.  Saudi Arabia may not have mass graves, but they do have plentiful genital mutilation, repression of women, and a hideous intolerance of all non-sunni islamic beliefs.  American servicemen cannot even wear a crucifix in public off base.

All the political and social elites who continue to tell us that islam is the “religious of peace” accomplish is the destruction of their own credibility, as if they had any. That applies doubly for those in the Church who repeat this exhausted, discredited mantra.

For Christians, however, the space between the unstoppable force of leftism and the immovable object of islam continues to shrink, and shrink, and shrink.  And yet, it is Christianity alone – Catholic Christianity – that can provide a sufficient bulwark against islam.  Mamby pamby secular left-leaning hedonism will fold up under the pressure of islam like a cheap green tent in a windstorm.

*- Yes, nominal Christians have certainly committed many atrocities in the past, but rarely if ever on the basis of the Christian Faith itself.  Serbs murdering muslims in Bosnia 20 years ago were motivated primarily by nationalism, not religion.  But ISIS, the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda, etc., all murder based specifically on the practice of their faith, as a representation of their piety and fervor.  AND, more importantly, they can find numerous supports for their behavior in their false holy book (Koran) and their false tradition (haddith).  In fact, since islam has always understood that which comes later in the Koran to supersede that which came earlier, the fact that most of the really bloody-minded verses, or “suras” of the Koran come later in the book means they have greater import, and supersede the more beneficent verses from the early parts.

The Trials of the Martyrs: Saints Julitta and Quiricus, Her Son August 30, 2016

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From the Victories of the Martyrs by Saint Alphonsus (translated by Fr. Eugene Grimm, CSsR), the story of St. Julitta and St. Quiricus, her son.  This is one of the more heart-rending martyrdoms of the early Church, not for the horrendous tortures to which the Saints were subjected, but for the situation of a young mother and son martyred together, within sight of each other.  Saint Alphonsus makes clear the tortures of many of the martyrs were almost beyond imagining.  He also makes clear that what gave power to the endless cruelty of the torturers was the hatred with which the pagans have always held the Christian religion, and the demonic influence which dominates those unpossessed of Grace.  s1098004

Pagans hate Christians because our existence – lived rightly – is a reproach upon their conscience.  Something for us to consider as we see the world growing increasingly dark all around us.  Another source of their hatred is the exclusivity of belief that faith in Jesus Christ demands; the world will tolerate weak, worldly Christians after a fashion, if they are willing to not be too serious, too committed, too “fundamentalist,” too, ultimately, convicted.  Amazingly, we see this same hatred of truly devout, believing Christians even among most of the leadership of the Church today, even, to the very highest office entrusted by God to man.  This last factor is what makes the present crisis the worst the Church has ever experienced, in the minds of many.

At any rate, Saints Julitta and Quiricus, who died because they were viewed as so “obstinate” and “intolerant,” refusing to burn a pinch of incense to false gods.  What a contrast to the conduct of so many in the Church today, who are happy to light veritable bonfires to the false gods of this present world, whether that god be called ecumenism, leftism, secularism, or what have you:

St. Julitta was a noble of the city of Iconium.  During the reign of the Emperors Diocletian and Maximiam, a most cruel tyrant called Domitian was governor of the province.  While the persecution was raging most violently, St. Julitta took her infant son Quiricus, only three years old, and saint-julitta1accompanied by two female servants, fled for safety to Seleucia in Isauria; where, however, she found Alexander, the Proconsul of Cilicia, who exercised a no less barbarous cruelty than Domitian against those Christians who refused to sacrifice to the Gods.  The Saint passed from Seleucia to Tharsis, where Alexander arrived about the same time.  Having been recognized, she was arrested and conducted before the judge with the infant Quiricus in her arms.  Fire and incense were produced, in order that, renouncing Jesus Christ, she might sacrifice; but the Saint answered: “I am a Christian and therefore am prepared to lose not only my property, but even my life, rather than deny my God.”  The judge frequently urged her to abjure her faith; but she who wished to compensate her temporal loss by the acquisition of eternal gains uniformly replied: “I am a Christian: I cannot deny Jesus Christ.”

Alexander, infuriated by her constancy, ordered that the child should be torn from her embrace, and that she should be cruelly scourged; but the holy lady under this torture fervently and continually repeated: “I am a Christian; I cannot sacrifice to your gods.”  Quiricus, meanwhile, was beholding the agonies of his mother, and struggled to return to her embrace; but Alexander, to quiet him, placed him on his knee, and endeavored to kiss him.  The child, however, kept his eyes fixed on his mother, and by plunging and kicking, tried to free himself from the tyrant, crying out at the same time: “I also am a julitta2Christian.”  The inhuman wretch dashed the child from him, and the agonizing mother, seeing the steps of the throne bespattered with the blood and brains of her infant, exclaimed: “I give Thee thanks, O my God! for having called by boy before me to Thyself!” [Oh what strength can Grace impart!  While I have grave doubts as to how I would hold up under physical torture, the torture of seeing my children threatened with harm, even death, would, I fear, be a very great temptation to me.  May God grant that this never pass.  Obviously, such strength is beyond human nature and is due to a supreme supernatural influence.  If such tortures should ever threaten, I pray God grant me such Grace, otherwise I know I would fail]

194116The brutal judge, still more infuriated by this exclamation, caused her sides to be torn with iron hooks, and boiling pitch to be poured upon her feet.  Meanwhile one of the bystanders said to her: “Julitta, have pity upon thyself; perish not as thy son has perished; sacrifice to the gods.”  “I cannot,” she replied, “sacrifice to devils and mute statues.  I adore the Lord Jesus, and wish to meet my son in Heaven;” upon which the judge decreed that she should be beheaded.  This sentence filled the Saint with joy. Arrived at the place of the last struggle, she cast herself upon her knees, as Father Massini relates in his beautiful work of the lives of the Saints, according to the acts of the martyrs by Ruinart.

She then prayed after the following matter: “O God who hast been pleased to admit my child to a participation of the glory of Thy Saints, turn Thine eyes of mercy towards me also, and grant me a place among the souls destined to love Thee and adore Thee forever.”  Having finished her prayer her head was at once cut off.  I is thus that Julitta, with her heart inflamed with holy love and full of joy, consummated her sacrifice in the year 304.

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There is some assertion that Saint Alphonsus confused the location of the martyrdom, and where the martyr lived prior to her assent to Heaven.  But this is of no import to the overall meaning and value of this story.

Saint Julitta and Quiricus, pray for us!  Pray that our world return from the precipice of final descent into atheistic barbarism and total impiety!  Pray that we may be a light that, through Grace, guides souls back to faith in Jesus Christ and His Church.  Soften the hearts of the leaders of our Church so that the Truth, the full Truth, may be taught at all times.  And, should the worst happen, pray for us to have the strength of faith and cooperation with Grace that you so gloriously evidenced.

How to Keep Faith During Martyrdom: St. Alphonsus August 25, 2016

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If you’ve read many of the lives of the Saints, especially those involved in martyrdom, you may have wondered as I have, at the amazing ability of these Saints to keep their faith through all manner of unimaginable tortures: being cooked alive on a grill, flayed alive, crushed to death, torn limb from limb by wild animals, etc.

While Grace is the most obvious source of their success, Saint Alphonsus notes that God gives more Grace to those who cooperate with it, and that the martyrs had certain behaviors that helped them become Saints where others failed.  And it’s important to note that many put to the trial of a blood martyrdom HAVE failed, they have fallen away, and sometimes in great numbers.

That is the subject of Saint Alphonsus’ guidance on the characteristics of successful martyrs I quote today, part of a series of characteristics that I hope to cover over the next several days.  All of the above comes from The Victories of the Martyrs, pp. 38-9:

The examples of the martyrs teach us also to have immediate recourse to the assistance of God, by earnest supplication, when we feel ourselves disconsolate or weak under affliction.  Thus did the holy martyrs.  As their torture increased, they multiplied their prayers and secured the victory.  St. Theodore, after a long endurance of his tortures, was stretched upon burning tiles; feeling the pain penetrating to his very heart, he besought the Lord to mitigate the torture, and persevered to the end.  There have, on the contrary, been examples of Christians, who, failing to invoke the assistance of the Almighty, have fallen off from the confession of the Faith, and forfeited the glorious crown. An example is found in the acts of the martyrs of Japan.  An aged man, having the torture for a considerable time, but failing to invoke heavenly aid, denied his faith a few moments before he expired – a startling warning to all, that perseverance in prayer, in times of temptation and distress, is that which alone can insure us the victory.

But the most important lesson which we learn from the martyrs in the necessity of the love of God: He who loveth not abideth in death (1 Jn iii:14). We cannot manifest our love of God so well by a multitude of actions performed for his glory, as by a willingness to suffer for his sake.  St. Gordianus replied to the tyrant, who threatened to put him to death if he did not deny the name of Jesus: “You threaten death! but my greatest regret is, that I can die but once for Jesus Christ.” In a similar manner, St. Procopius exclaimed to the tyrant, who was directing further tortures: “Torment as much as thou wilt, but know that to one who truly loves Jesus Christ, nothing is dearer than to suffer for his sake.” “And did the Saints speak thus,” says St. Bernard, “because they were insensible to torments? No.” continues the holy Doctor, “they were neither frantic nor insensible, but their love of Jesus Christ caused them to esteem it all joy to suffer and to die for his glory.” This ardent love of God is certainly the greatest spiritual advantage to be derived from the perusal of the acts of the martyrs; the recollection of their conduct will make us ashamed to repine under the tribulations which divine Providence sends  us, and will strengthen us to receive them with resignation.

I add that death, which is the tribute that everyone must pay, is the greatest of all our tribulations, and that makes not only sinners but the just tremble. Our Savior Himself as man wished to show the fear that He felt in the face of death, so that He began to pray to His Father to free Him from it.  But at the same time He teaches us to accept death according to the good pleasure of God by saying: Nevertheless not My will, but Thine be done (Matt xxvi:39).  The following is the way in which we acquire the glory of martyrdom: It is by accepting death to please God and conform to His will.……

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Incredible though it may have seemed a few short years ago, Catholics in this country have reasonable cause to start preparing themselves for martyrdom, even to the point of blood.  No, there is no particular, imminent threat of this, but the general societal trends all point in this direction: the rise of militant atheism, rank indifference and even apostasy among the ranks of self-professed Catholics, a government on acquiring unlimited power and brooking no competition, and a sexular pagan ethos that is increasingly becoming a sort of litmus test to be accepted into a whole range of activities necessary to life.

I pray this meditation on the elements of a successful martyr will be useful to you.  Above all, stay as close as possible to Our Lord and Lady at the Foot of the Cross.

How a Miracle from Our Lady Helped St. Maximilian Kolbe Start His Apostolate August 12, 2016

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A nice little story about an intervention from Our Lady that provided critical financial assistance to the struggling Militia Immaculata started by St. Maximilian stmaxfriar-212x300Kolbe in the early 1920s (he actually conceived the idea in 1917, but because of the war and other factors the group did not start in earnest until a few years later).  It’s one of those little events that might seem small at the time but which help yield great dividends later on.  That so specific a need was met so precisely, and in so mysterious a way, seems to strongly indicate Divine intervention to me, as it did to the Saint.  The heritage of St. Maximilian Kolbe’s original apostolate had been carried forth – or reignited – by the Franciscans of the Immaculate, at least until the disastrous intervention of Rome against that formerly rapidly growing order.

kolbeA bit more background: one of the primary ways Kolbe wanted to carry out his evangelizing efforts was through the use of media, specifically, print media, state of the art for the time.  He wanted to produce faithful Catholic publications to counter the lies and false propaganda of many secular publications that frequently attacked the Church.  But money in post-war Poland, so recently liberated from Russian domination, was very hard to come by.  The primary publication, called The Knight of the Immaculata, was produced on a shoestring budget, but after the first issue was published there wasn’t even enough money left to pay off the debt incurred.  Without an infusion of what was then a substantial amount of cash the publication would almost certainly fold.  We’ll take up the story from there, from the book St. Maximilian Kolbe, Apostle of Our Difficult Age:

The situation facing Father Maximilian after the publication of the first issue of The Knight was extremely difficult.  The debts he had contracted were so high that the initiative was in danger of falling at any moment.  Fortunately, a good priest, Father Tobiasiewicz, pastor of St. Nicholas’ Church in Krakow, was inspired to help.  He understood the holiness of the initiative and the financial difficulties of Father Kolbe and gave a generous donation.  Following in his footsteps, other priests gave contributions.  It was thus possible to collect half the amount needed Kolbe (1)to defray the expenses of the first issue.  But what of the other half, which according to the sources was about 500 marks?

Father Maximilian decided to appeal to his Lady.  Kneeling at her altar he invoked her with fervent supplications.

After he had ended his fervent prayer, a true outburst of the heart of a son who sought shelter in the heart of the Mother full of love, he was starting to leave when his eyes saw a non-liturgical object lying on the altar cloth.  He went closer.  It was an envelope. In his love for order and harmony and the decorum of the church, he ascended the steps and to his grateful surprise read – written on it, in very small letters – ‘For You, Immaculate Mother.’ He opened it, and marvel of marvels, he found inside the exact amount of the remaining debt for the printing of the first issue of The Knight of the Immaculata.

He understood everything, and in an outburst of tears knelt in grateful adoration.

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Possibly simply a coincidence, or the pious act of some noble soul, but, then again, possibly not. Saint Maximilian Kolbe certainly understood. Let those with eyes to see, see……..

Saint Maximilian Kolbe, pray for our beloved Holy Mother Church, in this time of desperate need.

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