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Did an American Hermit Predict Donald Trump Would Lead a Great Spiritual Revival in the US? February 22, 2017

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I haven’t much time, but was sent this yesterday by reader D.  I’ve never heard of the priest before.  He claims, through rather providential circumstances, to have met at American hermit living in Loreto many years ago, a man who predicted decades before last year’s election that Donald J. Trump would lead a great spiritual or religious revival in this nation.  Take it for what you will, it’s certainly interesting, to say the least:

Look, I am grateful to have Trump.  Anybody but Hillary.  And he’s done some pretty good things so far, along with a few not so good ones, like letting the “Dream Act” illegals remain, apparently.  His undermining of the self-serving elitist uniparty of indifference and self-enrichment is a great achievement in itself.  But I do think people sometimes have exaggerated expectations for the man.  He’s never been particularly devout or Christian.  His personal morality is uninspiring, to say the least. So, I’m a bit doubtful about the great 21st century American Catholic Restoration being inspired by this man, but there is certainly nothing wrong in maintaining a pious hope that such may occur.  Lord knows, we need it.

I’m out for the day.  It always happens like this, I have a proverbial ton of great material for the blog and no time to share it!  Perhaps God may will that I may have more time tomorrow.  I tried to get a few things out today.

Start 90 Day Special Devotion for Fatima Apparition TODAY (02/13/17) February 13, 2017

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This special Novena was put together by Fr. Richard Heilman of the Diocese of Madison, WI.  This is a 90 day Novena running from the start of Septuagesima to May 13, the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady of Fatima.  Fr. Heilman has set up a special website for this effort (Nineveh 90), but, unfortunately, it seems to be down right now, at least for me.  However, much of the same content has gone up on his blog.  I’ll let Father explain the purpose of this special 90 day effort of prayer and mortification, which runs through Septuagesima and Lent and on into Easter:

Nineveh 90 – the 90 days from February 13 to May 13 – is inspired by the excellent program – Exodus 90 – designed exclusively for men by Fr. Brian Doerr and others. I strongly encourage men to sign-up for Exodus 90 (sign-up HERE), and use it for our 90-day journey.

For our Nineveh 90 journey, which includes both men and women, we are embracing the great values of mortification, a support system, and the research in the behavioral sciences that says 90 days is about the time needed to change bad habits. We will also be using some of the tried and true supernatural elements. Namely, the Brown Scapular, 54 Day Rosary Novena, and the 33 Day Preparation for Marian Consecration.

THE NINEVEH 90 CHALLENGE BEGINS FEBRUARY 13

“Consecration Day” will be on May 13, the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima.

Nineveh 90 – Ten Elements

  1. For these 90 days, resolve to let go of repetitive sin you struggle with (e.g., masturbation, over-eating, alcohol, etc.)
  2. Wear Brown Scapular (Scapular Medal allowed) – Akin to Sackcloth
  3. Daily Mass (This is more of an encouragement, as many cannot do this)
  4. Confession (at least once a month … immediately following grave sin)
  5. Support System: Create or join a “Nineveh 90 Squad” of 3-8 people. Meet 1-3 times per week (in person or online). Join together with an “Accountability Buddy.” Meet daily or, at least, 3 times a week.  [That’s……..really frequent.  I don’t have a problem with having some accountability but I think this might be a bit aggressive for busy families]
  6. Daily Prayer
    • Morning Offering
    • Angelus (6,Noon,6)
    • Rosary
    • Holy Hour (or at least 20 minutes)
    • Bedtime Prayers
  7. For 90 Days, Commit to …
    • Regular and intense exercise (this may be one of the greater challenges for many)
    • Seven hours of sleep is essential
    • No alcohol
    • No desserts & sweets
    • No eating between meals
    • No soda or sweetened drinks
    • No television or movies (news allowed)
    • Only music that lifts the soul to God
    • No televised sports (one per week allowed)
    • Limit recreational computer time (only use for personal needs and fulfillment. May be needed for Nineveh 90 too)
  8. 54 Day Rosary Novena (Basic Training in Holiness) – February 13 to April 7
  9. 33 Day Preparation for Consecration – April 10 (Monday of Holy Week) to May 12
  10. Marian Consecration – May 13, 2017. 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima

Prayer Intention for 54 Day Rosary Novena: Personal Holiness and for the Roman Catholic Church.

Sundays and Solemnities: may be a day of relaxed discipline, but not abandoned. (Sleep in an extra hour, cream in your coffee, a dessert, a beer, etc.)

Fasting: Wednesdays and Fridays (Water/Juice and bread only, if medically allowed, otherwise as is outlined by the USCCB)

Father Heilman claims 10,000!! have signed up to take part in this.  That’s some serious penance and prayer going on.  I didn’t officially sign up but plan on joining my wife in doing most all of the above.  Internet will be hard, along with the 2 days of old school fasting.  I will try one and see how it goes.  I’m soft, I know.  Actually in the past I’ve let myself do more “positive” penances – go and do a bunch of extra things, do good works, etc! – rather than “negative” ones in taking things away, though I’ve done my share of that, too, especially relative to the comfy chair Church of today.

Intentions behind this effort, apart from desperately needed personal sanctification, are the restoration of the Faith and the overcoming of the many threats which seem to be coming together in this most significant of years, 2017.  Join in these prayers and penances (many of which I know most of you already perform regularly, or would as part of Septuagesima and Lent) to offer up graces for the conversion of Church leadership and the reinstitution of sanity and piety at all levels of the Church.

I do know some may have concerns about continuing hard penances beyond Lent and into Easter.  I, too, have some trepidation over that, especially during the Octave itself, when every day is a literal continuation of the greatest, most glorious solemnity in the Church.  I think those who are troubled at the prospect of rigorous penance and self-denial during this holiest, most joyful season of the year could substitute more positive acts or switch over to more prayer and less penance.  This is perhaps something to review with your particular confessor/spiritual director as the time nears.  For now, all the activities listed above are eminently suited for Septuagesima and Lent and I highly encourage your partaking in them.

I may try to run the penance during Easter bit past Fr. Rodriguez to see what he counsels.  I’ll report back anything I learn.

 

Announcement Post: Two Upcoming Events of Interest February 2, 2017

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The Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation will be presenting a series of talks at Mater Dei Latin Mass Parish in Irving on Feb. 18-19.  I am not certain if the director of the Center, Mr. Hugh Owen, is giving the talks or not.  Details are below:

All are invited to attend a seminar presented by the Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation on Creation and Evolution.

This will be a six part presentation on the philosophy, theology, and science behind creation and evolution.

 

The seminar is free, but a free will offering will be taken up to help cover the cost of this event.

 

Dinner will be served at 5pm on Saturday with a

suggested donation of $5 for adults; $2-3 per child.

Where: Mater Dei Parish Hall

When: (part 1) Saturday, Feb. 18th: 5-8/9pm

            (part 2) Sunday,  Feb. 19th: 2-5pm

BTW, in addition to overnight Adoration (TLM at 8p, Adoration starts after, ends before 8a Mass on Saturday) on the FIRST FRIDAY of each month, Mater Dei is experimenting with having Adoration from 1-5p on every Friday.  If attendance is sufficient to insure the Blessed Sacrament is never left unattended, it will become a regular thing.

The other upcoming local event is a series of protests to de-fund Planned Baby-Butchery at a couple of locations in the Diocese, to be held from 9-11a at Feb 11.  The principle one, to me, is at the baby-murder super center in South Dallas:

Dallas

Planned Parenthood – South Dallas Surgical Health Services Center
7989 W Virginia Dr, Dallas, TX 75237 (Map & Directions)
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. on February 11

The other protest is in Plano:

Plano

Planned Parenthood – Plano Health Center
600 N Central Expy, Plano, TX 75074 (Map & Directions)
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on February 11
Note: This event will consist of a prayer vigil. Street parking is available next to Fry’s Electronics on Executive Drive.

I plan to be at the protest in South Dallas.  Maybe I will see some of you there.

St. Francis de Sales on Dealing with the Sins of Others February 1, 2017

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Another excerpt from Finding God’s Will for You, a collection of letters sent by the great Doctor of the Church over the course of his exceptional apostolate.  This one deals with how to deal with the sins of others, and not falling into despair because we can’t “save” all we would like to see saved.  From pp. 102-5:

God has supreme hatred for sin, and yet He most wisely permits it.  This is to allow rational creatures to act according to their natural condition; it is also to render the good more worthy of commendation when they do not violate the law, even though they are able to violate it.  Let us therefore adore and bless this holy permission.  [I have heard priests describe the gift of free will as “strange,” even hard or cruel, because why didn’t God just create everyone as mindless followers of His Will and thus to be saved.  St. Francis informs us as to why:  because He didn’t, we should not have been made in His image if we did not have free will, and because he wanted us to freely choose Him and His Love from among all the enticements and pleasures of the flesh.]images-3

However, since the same Providence that permits sin has infinite hatred for it, let us together with Providence detest and hate it, desiring with all our power that sin permitted may never become sin committed.  As a result of this desire, let us use all possible remedies to prevent the birth, growth, and domination of sin.  In this let us imitate our Lord, who never ceases to exhort, promise, threaten, prohibit, command, and inspire us in order to turn our will away from sin as far as possible without depriving us of liberty.

But when a sin has been committed, we must do all in our power to have it wiped away.  We should be like our Lord, who assured Carpus, as has already been noted, that if it were needful, He would submit to death a second time in order to deliver a single soul from sin.  But if the sinner is obstinate…..in company with the Savior of our souls, let us weep, sigh, and pray for him………

……Meanwhile, no matter how obstinate sinners may be, we must never lose courage in aiding and serving them.  How do we know whether perhaps they will do penance and be saved?  Happy is he who, like St. Paul, can say to his neighbor, “day and night I did not cease with tears to admonish every one of you.  Therefore I am innocent of the blood of all, for i have not shrunk from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.”  As long as we are within the limits of hope that the sinner can amend, and they are always of the same extent as those of his life, we must never reject him, but rather pray for him and help him as far as his misfortune will permit. [Thus, many of our corrections and blandishments of those many lost in sin and error in the Church must continue, so long as there is hope that they may repent.]

But at the very end, after we have wept over the obstinate and have rendered them our duty in charity of trying to reclaim them from perdition, we must imitate our Lord and the apostles.  That is, we must turn our mind from them and place it on other objects and tasks more useful to God’s glory.  “It was necessary that the word of God should be first spoken to you,” said the Apostles to the Jews, “but since you reject it and judge yourselves unworthy,” of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, “behold, we turn to the Gentiles.” [A true and hard saying, but one that must be borne in mind.  There are many fields for the spread of the Gospel, if not turns out to be sterile, we must move onto another.  That is incredibly sad, especially when it involves someone we love, but if we tried and prayed and wept for years over loved ones no progress, our efforts may be put to better use elsewhere.]

“The Kingdom of God,” says the Savior, “shall be taken from you and shall be given to a nation yielding its fruits.”  We cannot spend too much time weeping over some men without losing time suitable and necessary to procure the download-16salvation of others.  True, the Apostle says that he has a “continuous sorrow” over the loss of the Jews, but this is the same as when we say that we bless God at all times, which  means simply that we bless Him very frequently and on every occasion.  In the same manner, the glorious St. Paul has a continuous sorrow in his heart because of the reprobation of the Jews, since on every occasion he lamented their misfortune.

For the rest, we must always adore, love, and praise God’s avenging and punitive justice, just as we love His mercy, since both are daughters of His goodness. [Well now, isn’t that contrary to the church of infinite mercy and zero justice we hear preached today.  In point of fact, mercy cannot be separated from justice.  If it is, it becomes mere weakness and sentimentality.  Those who wish to replace justice with a false sense of mercy will get neither, but will only gather a harvest of rank indifference and moral decline – which may well be what the purveyors of the church of infinite mercy want in the end, anyway] By His Grace, He wills to make us good, for He is good, yes, supremely good. By his justice, He wills to punish sin because He hates it, and He hates it because, being supremely good, He hates that supreme evil which is iniquity.

In conclusion, note that God never withdraws His mercy from us except by the most equitable vengeance of His punitive justice, and that we never escape the rigor of His justice except by His justifying mercy.  Always, whether He punishes  or gives grace, His good pleasure is worthy of adoration, love, and everlasting blessing. Always, whether He punishes or gives grace, His good pleasure is worthy of adoration, love, and everlasting blessing.  Hence, “the just man” who sings the praises of God’s mercy over such as shall be saved likewise “shall rejoice when he shall see vengeance.”  With joy the blessed shall approve the judgment of damnation passed on the reprobate as well as that of salvation on the elect.

Since the angels have exercised their charity toward the men they had in their keeping, they shall remain in peace when they see them obstinate or even damned.  Therefore, we must acquiesce in God’s will and kiss the right hand of His mercy and the left hand of His justice with equal tenderness and reverence.

———–End Quote———–

Now this is a Francis I can really get behind.  Too bad there aren’t more like him around these days.

Start Novena for Our Lady of Lourdes Tomorrow Feb 2! February 1, 2017

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Start Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes tomorrow, Feb 2.  She Is The Immaculate Conception!

O ever Immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mercy, Health of the Sick, Refuge of Sinners, Comfort to the Afflicted,

you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings. Deign to cast upon me a look of mercy. By appearing in the Grotto of Lourdes, you were pleased to make it  a privileged sanctuary, whence you dispense your favors; and already many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. 

 I come, therefore, with the most unbounded confidence to implore your maternal intercession. Obtain,  O loving Mother, the granting of my requests.  (mention your intentions here)

Through gratitude for favors, I will endeavor to imitate your virtues that I may one day share your glory.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us. Amen.

(Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.)

Another nice accompanying prayer:

Two prayers to prepare the universal celebration of Our Lady of Lourdes, on February 11

Mary, you showed yourself to BernadetteLOURDESMARY_BERNA4inchcopy1
in the crevice of the rock.
In the cold and grey of winter,
you brought the warmth, light and beauty
of your presence,

In the often obscure depths of our lives,
in the depth of the world where evil is so powerful,
bring hope,
return our confidence!

You are the Immaculate Conception,
come to our aid, sinners that we are.474718093_70c533b5f9
Give us the humility to have a change of heart,
the courage to do penance.
Teach us to pray for all people.

Guide us to the source of true life.
Make us pilgrims going forward with your Church,
whet our appetite for the Eucharist,
the bread for the journey, the bread of life.

The Spirit brought about wonders in you, O Mary :
by his power, he has placed you near the Father,
in the glory of your eternal Son.
Look with kindness
on our miserable bodies and hearts.
Shine forth for us, like a gentle light,
at the hour of our death.

Together with Bernadette, we pray to you, O Mary,
as your poor children.glory4
May we enter, like her, into the spirit of the Beatitudes.
Then, we will be able, here below,
begin to know the joy of the Kingdom of Heaven
and sing together with you :
Magnificent !

Glory to you, Virgin Mary,
blessed servant of the Lord,
Mother of God,
dwelling place of the Holy Spirit!

Amen.

SSPX Close to Reconciliation with Rome – Wonderful, Yes, But Is This the Right Time? January 30, 2017

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There have been growing pronouncements from both the Vatican and the SSPX leadership that the two camps – if that is the right term – appear close to a formal accord regularizing the SSPX’s canonical situation.  Just today, the Secretary of the Ecclesia Dei Commission, Archbishop Guido Pozzo, said full communion is near:

We are working at this moment in the completion of some aspects of the canonical frame, which will be the Personal Prelature.” Archbishop Guido Pozzo, Secretary of the Ecclesia Dei commission, charged with dialogue with the Society of Saint Pius X, confirms [SSPX Superior-General Fellay’s words] to Vatican Insider that the stage of full communion with the Lefebvrians is near. The accomplishment of the agreement is now in plain sight, even if some time is still needed

I am of two minds over this: I have prayed for this for years, and there would be tremendous potential for great benefit to the Church by this successful regularization.  However, I am exceedingly troubled that it is occurring during this most perilous of pontificates. Outbreaks of persecution against Tradition seem to be growing around the Church.    More and more regions are implementing Amoris Laetitia, and thus radically changing both public belief and practice, along the lines of Francis’ own interpretation of that document.  This means a crisis over doctrine appears to be inevitable.  While it would be wonderful to have the SSPX back in full, regular canonical status and thus adding a great voice to the defense of the Faith (not that they are not already doing this), I have great trepidation for the future.

I am curious what people affiliated with the Society think about this.  I am an outsider looking in, but I do have a great deal of interest in this matter, as I am convinced that there will be strong impact on the Ecclesia Dei groups no matter how SSPX “reconciliation” turns out.  Is there an element of regularization at any price in this?  Is this the pontificate under which it would really be optimal, even sensical, for regularization to take place?  What happened in Campos?  Was the SSPX-SO critique basically accurate, then?

What will the impact be to the Ecclesia Dei communities?  Once the SSPX is regularized, a major reason for their existence would seem to have been removed.  If Summorum Pontificum is truly under threat, as many feel, is it beyond reason to envision a perfect storm settling not only on  the availability of the TLM but on the entire traditional movement?  After the rape of the Knights of Malta and the crushing of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, is the risk in moving at this time warranted?

The question is not whether this is desirable.  Of course it is.  The question is whether this is wise now, with this pontificate, with this most underhanded and authoritarian of men wielding ultimate power in the Church?  Bishop Fellay and some of his close associates maintain that if there is any kind of double-cross, the SSPX can simply return to their current status.  Perhaps.  But that entire structure required a very unique personality (Archbishop Lefebvre) and a very particular series of events to evolve to the current status quo.  I am not entirely certain the personalities and the potentialities would be prevalent for a repeat.  In fact I tend to think they simply will not –after all, +Lefebvre did not set out to wind up in a canonically irregular status when he founded his seminary for training priests back around 1970.  He wanted to remain within the structure of the Church, but was forced by conscience, circumstance, and frequent bungling, even ill-will, on the part of Church authorities to arrive at the destination arrived in 1988.  That is, my read on this whole history was, none of it was premeditated, the arrival at a canonically irregular position was achieved by circumstance.  But to leave after regularization would mean to premeditatedly return to irregularity (or whatever one wants to call it).

Plus, moral surrenders – if this be one, and I’m not certain that it would be, but it has potential to be one – are (humanly) impossible to recover from.

I am more or less convinced that should this regularization take place, there will be no going back, for good or for ill.  I also badly fear the example of the sons of Bishop Castro-Mayer in the Diocese of Campos, Brazil.  Many feel a near total capitulation to the post-conciliar ethos has transpired in that odd subset of a diocese.

Again, I’m especially interested to learn what people with a close association with the SSPX are thinking, but all comments are welcome on this most complex of topics.

Trumping Predecessors, Pence First VP to Speak at March for Life January 27, 2017

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No previous presidential administration, Republican or demoncrat, has sent the 2nd highest officeholder in the land to speak at the March for Life.  Mike Spence is one of the most solidly pro-life politicians in the US.  His presence is a big bump in prestige for the March and will hopefully indicate the level of support for pro-life activities we can expect from the Trump administration.  In addition, Kellyanne Conway also spoke, a living rebuke to Saturday’s feminist rally which indicates far from all women are pro-abort:

In a clear sign of the sea change in Washington this week, Vice President Mike Pence hosted about 40 U.S. pro-life leaders in the White House for an exclusive meeting Thursday night on the eve of the March for Life. Pro-life leaders who attended said the event was intended to encourage them in their efforts.

“We know of course that Mike Pence, our Vice President, is strongly pro-life. He wanted to encourage and thank pro-lifers all over the country,” National Right to Life President Carol Tobias, who attended the event, told LifeSiteNews. “So he invited pro-life leaders to come to his office for a small reception to do that, to thank us and encourage us.”

Tobias said that such a meeting was inconceivable during the pro-abortion Obama’s eight years in office.

“I think that after eight years of the Obama administration, pro-lifers are just excited that we have a new President and Vice President who are going to make a real difference for unborn babies,” she said……

…..The March for Life takes place every year in the nation’s Capitol. Hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children peacefully demonstrate against the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the US. The marchers fight for what organizers call a “world where every human life is valued and protected.”

It will be the first time a Vice President of the United States will attend the March in its 44-year history.

The March is ongoing right now.  Livestream below.  Compare the behavior and moral standards of the crowd below with the hideous displays at the feminist march last Saturday.  Happy people, young people, modest people, people who comprehend they are much, much more than just their private parts…….it’s a most refreshing change after watching endless lowlights from the muslim-led pretend feminist march this past week:

Buchanan on What Trump’s Wall Says to the World…….. January 27, 2017

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……and what it says about the growing national divide between Americans.

Good piece below from fellow trad Patrick Buchanan.  Thanks to reader TT who sent it along (my emphasis and comments):

The opposition’s arguments are usually rooted in economics or practicality. The wall is unnecessary. It will not stop people from coming illegally. It costs too much.

Yet something deeper is afoot here. The idea of a permanent barrier between our countries goes to the heart of the divide between our two Americas on the most fundamental of questions.

Who are we? What is a nation? What does America stand for?

Those desperate to see the wall built, illegal immigration halted, and those here illegally deported, see the country they grew up in as dying, disappearing, with something strange and foreign taking its place. [Not only strange and foreign, but a country that will be much poorer, much less Christian, more violent, and with third world style impenetrable social strata.  Our elites seem to want that very much, especially the last bit.  They don’t seem to like having to rub elbows with the hoi polloi, and want a nation in which economic and social mobility is strictly limited.  I want a country where my kids have a chance at a happy life and a moral environment that is conducive to their final end, eternal happiness with God.  Everything the Left advances gravely undermines both of those fundamental needs]

It is not only that illegal migrants take jobs from Americans, that they commit crimes, or that so many require subsidized food, welfare, housing, education and health care. It is that they are changing our country. They are changing who we are………

………What those with memories of that America see happening today is the disintegration of our nation of yesterday. The savagery of our politics, exemplified in the last election, testifies to how Americans are coming to detest one another as much as the Valley Forge generation came to detest the British from whom they broke free[Indeed.  Some prominent commentators wonder whether we are not already in a de facto state of civil war.]

In 1960, we were a Western Christian country. Ninety [plus]  percent of our people traced their roots to Europe. Ninety [plus] percent bore some connection to the Christian faith. To the tens of millions for whom Trump appeals, what the wall represents is our last chance to preserve that nation and people.

To many on the cosmopolitan left, ethnic or national identity is not only not worth fighting for, it is not even worth preserving. It is a form of atavistic tribalism or racism. [This is really key.  The Left is a tribal grouping based on ideology.  Conform to the ideology cum religion and you are a member of the tribe.  Members must constantly make demonstrations of their professing the required ideology, and imposing it on as many other people as possible.  The more aggressive the profession of leftist faith, the higher one’s standing in the tribe. A key component of the tribal ideology is that all those outside the tribe are inferior, practically sub-human, and must be destroyed.  Thus, the stage is set for endless conflict, which is indeed, exactly what the Left wants.]

The Trump wall then touches on the great struggle of our age.

Given that 80 percent of all people of color vote Democratic, neither the Trump movement nor the Republican Party can survive the Third Worldization of the United States now written in the cards.

Moreover, with the disintegration of the nation we are seeing, and with talk of the breakup of states like Texas and secession of states like California, how do we survive as one nation and people?…… [Breakup of Texas?  Zuh?  I don’t think so.]

………..President Trump’s wall is a statement to the world: This is our country. We decide who comes here. And we will defend our borders.

The crisis of our time is not that some Americans are saying this, but that so many are too paralyzed to say it, or do not care, or embrace what is happening to their country.

Especially the latter.  Nice summation of the current state of affairs.  The Left is in wholesale meltdown mode, because I think they see in Trump – I pray rightly so – someone who, contrary to his predecessors, actually MIGHT roll back many of the gains they’ve made over the past 50 years.  That it would be a man of such troubled personal morality that would do it would be incredibly ironic. But that’s history for you.

I do wish Buchanan would also more regularly inveigh against the USCCB and most individual bishops, who are fervent promoters of the cult of holy immigration.  Aside from a few high profile issues like abortion – to which they primarily pay lip service, not real action – if there is a socially divisive question of the day, you can almost rely on the USCCB to be on the wrong side of it.  Of course, it’s not as bad as it was during the 70s and 80s, when the conference was deeply and radically left wing, but it’s also far from great and with Cupich and his ilk assuming more and more important sees, we’re headed back in that direction.  But there I go, being hard-hearted and impossible to please again………

Trump’s Administration Surprisingly Catholic? January 26, 2017

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Some interesting considerations in the video below.  Michael Matt examines the first few days of Trump’s administration.  He notes the somewhat surprising Catholic character of some early appointments and actions.  Homeland Security Director John Kelly made the sign of the Cross at his swearing in.  The Trump administration promises a heavy presence at the March for Life this weekend, including Vice President Mike Pence.  Some hope Trump might make a surprise appearance (I wouldn’t hold my breath on that one, but even the planned attendance marks a wonderful change from the hostility expressed by the previous administration against all things pro-life and Catholic).

Matt goes on to note the unhinged, practically demoniacal reaction against Trump among the Left in the sad, perverse march of crazed feminists and muslims the day after the inauguration.  He rightly goes on to relate how even the very definitions of things like “political extremism” and “prejudice” have been altered in recent years – it is only extremism or prejudice if it is something the left does not like or opposes.  If it’s something they support, nothing is too violent, too subversive, too damaging, to garner their support.  More and more, those on the Left and everyone else cannot even agree on basic facts, or what constitutes a fact.  The Left has it’s “facts,” which are generally simply dictums of the leftist religion, and then there’s reality.

What does the Left want more than anything else?  Sex and abortion.  But won’t islam take that away?  They don’t care.  They don’t think that far ahead.  And for the most part, they will willingly acquiesce to the call of Mohammad, should that woeful, cursed time ever come.  As Matt observes, these people are practically demonically oppressed (if not worse), and are so lost in these sins, so perverse in their thinking, they are unable to look at themselves, their beliefs, or actions, through any kind of remotely honest lens.  They are the reprobate sense, defined.

Great (rough) quote: “They don’t hate Trump.  They hate the people who voted for Trump………Anyone who would put any restrictions whatsoever on sex and on baby killing.  So long as we continue to breathe, I believe, they feel the guilt of who they aer and what they’ve become.  They’ve become like soulless animals.  They are going to get more irate and more dangerous as time moves forward.  All the noise, all the funny hats, all the foul language, are an attempt on their part to block even the faintest voice of conscience or the natural law in their lives.  If they can just get us to shut up, they can be happy again.”

The Left is willing to fight for what it wants.  Conservatives have not been.  That is why the Left has been winning for decades.  Too often, conservatives look at electoral victories and consider their job done.  Meanwhile, the Left keeps running through and subverting institution after institution.  Win or lose, they kept up the pressure at the cultural level. Now they have vast cultural power, even as their growing extremism turns off more and more relatively decent people.  If we don’t start reversing their cultural dominance, electoral victories like 2014 and 2016 may become a thing  of the past.

I’m glad that Matt notes that Leftism is a religion for these people.  They are willing to fight for theirs.  I do wish we had more souls with a similar fortitude on our side.  Present company generally excepted, but I think you know what I mean.  And heck, why not?  We work hard enough as it is, raising and providing for our families. One of the Left’s greatest advantages was to turn their activism into a paying profession.  The right has not done that to nearly the same degree, and is a major reason why we are always playing from behind.  We tend to do real work, actually making things and growing the economy, while they leach off of it, to a great extent.

Not sure how to fix that.  It’s going to take greater sacrifice on our part.  I don’t think we should ape the Left in this regard.  We should keep being makers and builders (by and large).  So we’re going to have to find ways to make up the deficit, otherwise.

I think one awesome way to do that would be for Trump to give awesome stipends to conservative, and especially Catholic, bloggers.  Not from the public till, but from his own vast resources.  Don’t you think that would be a brilliant plan?  Say, maybe, 200k a year?  For life.  Because this is a long fight, right?  No time to be chintzy.

Yeah, I’ll hold my breath.  Seriously, though, how about starting to heavily investigate the tax exempt status of many left-wing groups?  Their “charity” is often laughably transparent. That would hit them where it really hurts.  How about passing a law declaring public-sector unions illegal?  There are many ways to start chipping away at their in-built advantage.

I’m rambling.  Done.

No, I’m not.  A quick update.  Look at Trump call out the press – to a reporter’s face – for every year, for decades, failing to give the March for Life the coverage it deserves as a major annual national event:

Do you see Muir crowing about the size of the feminist march, and then having the temerity to say “I don’t want to compare crowd sizes”?!  That’s all the press did for days after the feminist march, saying it was larger than the crowds for the inauguration.

And that’s how you got Trump, and will keep him if you don’t change.

“Putin’s Russia has moved considerably to the right of the Pope’s Vatican.” January 20, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Ecumenism, General Catholic, Restoration, sanctity, secularism, Society, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, Victory.
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If by “right,” one means in the direction of promoting traditional Christian values and beliefs, I’d say that’s correct, and what a damning indictment that is, given how many errors the Russian Orthodox hold, in spite of the ancient nature of that Church and its many beautiful elements.

Reader TE sent a link to an article examining the role of the Russian Orthodox Church in Putin’s Russia.  As in the days of the tsars of old, the relationship between Putin’s government and the Russian Orthodox Church is one of complex interdependence, each supporting and strengthening the other.  Post-Christian libertine Westerners are aghast at this relationship, but it’s very similar to how Church-state relations were conducted in western Christendom for centuries.  It would be fascinating – and one hopes instructive – to see if Putin’s close integration of the Church into Russian society/government leads to an increasingly stable, united, morally upright Russia.  That would serve as a powerful counter-example to the direction of the decadent West.

Some highlights from the piece, which is not exactly what I would call a ringing endorsement of these close Church/state relations:

Putin may not be religious in the traditional sense, but he certainly realizes that Christianity- specifically the Russian Orthodox Church- is the common glue that holds the Russian people together. It has deep historical roots that were dampened, but never extinguished by 75 years of communist rule. And it extends beyond the borders of Russia itself into neighboring lands, especially the Ukraine.

Putin has carefully nurtured his relationship with the Church. He has demanded that the oligarchs fund the rebuilding of almost 25,000 Orthodox churches in Russia. A recent law passed forbids the practice of religion outside of an established church- a law that targets Western religions like Jehovah’s Witnesses that practice in their home……..The Church is consulted on legislation of any nature that may touch upon religion.

Putin, like the Church, view themselves as a bulwark against Western decadence. [In spite of the many problems in Russia’s government, the endemic corruption and continued rot and decay, this is not an unfair assessment, and Russia’s re-embrace of religion (along with that ongoing in much of the former Soviet satellite states) is a damning indictment on the Western belief that the irreversible trajectory of history is towards more secularization, more libertinism, more hedonism, and less and less influence on religion.  We simply have not yet learned the lessons learned in the former communist states, which is that a society that explicitly rejects God is a dystopian nightmare where all manner of evils are prevalent in appalling abundance]  He has criticized Western values and “tolerance” as “genderless and infertile.” To Putin, the new Cold War is one of Western values versus Russian conservatism.

As a result, Russia has rising birth rates. [But still far from adequate] It is perhaps the only developed country where religion is taking on a greater role rather than a diminished one. His stance has been intolerant of divorce. He has banned the advertisement of abortion services. Pornography is banned as is “homosexual propaganda.” Putin’s Russia has moved considerably to the right of the Pope’s Vatican….. [Which is equally a commentary on the radicalism emanating from Rome as it is on Russia’s nascent return to its Christian roots]

……..There is nothing new here as concerns the Putin regime and the Church. Since the time of the czars, the Patriarchate and the Kremlin were allies- each doing the other’s bidding. The Church saw the czar as God’s chosen leader. But underlying the alliance was the belief in a shared and almost sacred vision of Russian exceptionalism and a unique national identity- neither Western nor Eastern.

Perhaps this explains why some have called upon Putin- not the EU, not the UN, not the Pope and not the US despite who occupies the Oval Office- to save Christianity. In fact, the Orthodox Church has specifically asked Putin to do just that and he enthusiastically responded, “Consider it done.”

Such a contrast to our decadent Western elites, who, even among those who do not outwardly mock and scorn Christianity, rarely do more than pay lip service to orthodox Christian belief.  Religion for the vast, vast majority in the West, especially among the elites, is at best a quaint relic from a benighted past, and at worst the most dangerous, corrosive, hateful element of society – something to be fought and crushed at all costs.

I think we shall see over the coming decades which vision produces the best effects.  Russia still faces enormous problems, and while the religious revival may be a mile wide, it is yet only an inch deep.  Massive problems including rampant alcoholism and the lackadaisical work ethic resulting from a lifetime of communist rule remain. But the post-Christian West very apparently has a suicidal death wish, forlornly refusing to learn the lessons of history and embracing the exact same ideologies that have led to endless misery and societal collapse around the world.  Should Russia’s religious revival intensify and work more deeply into the day to day lived experience of Russians, I have no doubt which society, which culture will be the more robust, the more vibrant 50 years from now.