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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Videos from Fatima Rosary Procession 09/13/2017 September 14, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Basics, Christendom, Dallas Diocese, fightback, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Our Lady, Restoration, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, true leadership, Victory, Virtue.
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For the fifth month in a row, Mater Dei FSSP parish in Irving, TX, held a Rosary Procession in honor of the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima.  The final centennial procession will be held Friday, October 13 at 7pm and will process along public streets (SH 356/Irving Blvd) from Mater Dei to Trinity View Park at the Irving/Dallas border.

Attendance was very good last night.  I would guesstimate between 250 and 300 people attended.  And this isn’t even the “big” procession! See below.  

I love what the organizers have done with the lighting of Our Lady for these night processions.  It was really beautiful.

Videos below.  I did not capture every moment of the procession, which took over half an hour, but did get most major portions.  It gives a flavor for it, anyway, which is not bad, considering I didn’t plan on recording ahead of time, I just decided to on the spot.

Filmed by hand.  There is some jiggly screen, but not too much, I don’t think.  If that bothers you, you might not want to watch.

Errors of “Big Bang” Cosmology and Other Good Sermons September 13, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Christendom, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, Latin Mass, priests, sanctity, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
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I posted a link to the first sermon below – back when Audio Sancto was a going concern – back in 2013.  It’s been on Youtube for some time, but the timing felt right again to bring up this subject, what with all the comments received in the post I did on evolution being at the foundation of the collapse of Christianity in the 20th century.

The priest giving the sermon is a trained scientist, in the field of biology.  I am not a scientist, but as I said in the previous post on evolution, I have been steeped in the scientific indoctrination establishment throughout my education and professional career, and I have worked as a practicing engineer for nearly 25 years now.  I am not scientifically illiterate.  Neither is Father in the sermon.

This priest has given numerous sermons against the errors of modern science, cosmology, and evolution in particular.  I feel the one below is the best, but here are links to several of his other sermons on this subject (Link 1, Link 2, Link 3, Link 4).  Thanks to Steve Cunningham for putting all these truly edifying videos up.  Some of the visuals are outstanding.

Appeals to authority may constitute logical fallacies, but I can state that, from my personal experience that, with the possible exception of Father Michael Rodriguez, the priest in this video is probably the best teacher and most convincing catechist I’ve ever been blessed to learn from.

I don’t want to beat this subject to death, and I have other videos I’d like to present as well, but I think this is as good a sermon on the subject of modern cosmology as I’ve ever heard.  At the very least, it presents serious challenges and asks penetrating questions. In terms of the other videos linked above, this one is probably most worth your time.  It notes the truth, which is that evolution was deliberately construed not as simply a scientific theorem, but as a thoroughgoing philosophy which undergirds a competing and inveterately hostile religion, that of materialist rationalism or, as I call it, sexular paganism.

The comments are interesting.  There are some substantial (if very brief) criticisms of Father’s arguments.  But mostly there are ad hominem attacks against religion in particular and metaphysics in general.  Stupid Greeks, didn’t they know  they were just wasting their time thinking about truth, when the material is all there is?  One thing these proselytes of modern science either do not know, or refuse to admit, is that when they laud “science” for only considering the material, they fail to acknowledge that it wasn’t always thus, and that it required both the sundering of Christendom through the protestant revolution, and the subsequent ascendancy of rationalism, to create a new scientific philosophy that, as a matter of deliberate choice, not evidence or reason, excluded the non-material.  You can think Descartes and Bacon, largely, for that, and they were not wholly dispassionate in their motives.

Hopefully less controversially, another excellent sermon from a very good priest, one I which I knew better, on the grand matter of humility.  There is nothing really ground-breaking in the sermon, but good, solid catechesis on an absolutely vital virtue that is so little understood and practiced in our time.  This priest is associated with an apostolate I think is so key, which is the re-evangelization of Latin America to authentic Catholicism through the spread of the Traditional Mass.  Please consider supporting this apostolate.

This final sermon is actually from the great Moral Doctor Saint Alphonsus Ligouri.  It’s read by someone, I know not whether they are a priest or no.  In this sermon, St. Alphonsus expostulates on the fact that, for each one of us, there are only a certain number of sins each person is allotted before God forgives no more of them. He bases his sermon on Scripture, the Fathers of the Church and common sense. A most powerful sermon and on a topic that many either do not know or are reluctant to countenance.  I believe I have blogged excerpts from others of St. Alphonsus’ voluminous writings on this subject, but darned if I can find them now.  This might be the most important of all the sermons listed in this post:

 

The Fascists at “Antifa” Plan Home Invasions to Attack Their Enemies September 13, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, cultural marxism, error, General Catholic, horror, persecution, rank stupidity, Revolution, secularism, sickness, Society, unadulterated evil.
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If I lived alone and was not responsible for 8 other lives, I’d say, bring it.  But these things can get out of hand. I would never want to take another life.  However, I’m not going to be a silent, compliant drone to avoid the potentiality.

Fascist “anti-fascist” braggarts in the Bay Area are talking about how they are going to take the fight to their perceived enemies, even up to and including home invasions and breaking some bones to make their point:

Reveal published a story Tuesday titled “Antifa has a rapid response team that targets alt-right organizers.” The kind of targeting the article describes is not just keeping an eye out for people on the streets, this is more organized and specific behavior that results in a published hit list of right-wing targets. In this case, “hit list” is not a metaphor. This is the list of people Antifa members plan to hit and injure if they encounter them. Reveal reporter Will Carless spoke to one of the “most militant” members of the Bay Area Antifa, a guy called Dominic who sees himself as a “Nazi hunter.” Dominic is ready to take his street battle into his target’s homes if necessary..….

One antifa activist, who would give only the name “Dominic,” talked proudly in a series of interviews with Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting about forming this broader alliance of “Nazi hunters” to seek out, reveal and fight these enemies wherever they might show up. Their goal became even more specific after Charlottesville: to prevent more casualties like that of activist Heather Heyer.

“We’ll go to their house, I’ll put it that way. We’ll go to their house,” said Dominic, an imposing, muscular man in his 30s. [The radical hard left communists of “antifa” in Germany – from which they emanated as yet another Germanic scourge upon the world – have already put this tactic into effect for years.  Of course, over there, they largely get away with their assaults, either facing no convictions or receiving trivial sentences.  Will the same happen here?] “I don’t want to hurt anybody, but I want those people to stop it. If I have to put Richard Spencer or Nathan Damigo into the hospital critically, and it would have saved Heather Heyer’s life or the next potential Heather Heyer, I would do it without question.” [Yes, but one can never know that beforehand, can one?  Apparently antifa wants to err on the side of abandon, aggressively injuring or killing their ideological opponents.  That is what this mention of Heyer is really about, giving some moral cover to the wanton immoralities they intend to visit on those who have the temerity to think differently from them.]

Dominic’s targets don’t have to be actual Nazis, white supremacists or extremists. As the story points out, sometimes anyone on the right will do.………[No, this is entirely the point.  They might say they oppose the “alt-right,” but to them the alt-right is anyone who voted for Trump.  In these melees, anyone not part of their sadistic black clad group is an open target for attack.  These are pathetic impotent boys in men’s bodies acting out their rage against their failures and ineffectual lives in a form of public street theater catharsis.  But that doesn’t make them any less dangerous, perhaps even more so, as they are almost totally unhinged.]

……..In preparing for right-wing rallies scheduled to take place in San Francisco and Berkeley last month, Dominic and the other militants put together an 8-page handout on who might show up and added a one-page “Know Your Nazi” hit list with pictures of nine individuals including Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson. Gibson has denounced Nazis and white supremacists several times recently but he is on the list because some actual white supremacists have shown up at his previous events.

You’ve probably seen the video of what happened when Gibson and two members of his group showed up in Berkeley (and if you haven’t read Matt Labash’s story on it, it’s here). If you wondered how so many of the Antifa members recognized him instantly, it’s because his photo was on the hit list……..

You can go to the link if you want to see the video.

So how does this play out?  Civic leadership in nearly every major city in this country is dominated by leftists.  Most of these universities are in major cities.  The leadership of both have repeatedly demonstrated absolutely zero interest in maintaining civic order or reining in rioters, no matter how destructive, if they are viewed by them as being part of the great left wing machine.  Members of the “right”/anti-leftist ad hoc coalition, at the same time, are becoming increasingly aggressive in defending their rights.  There have been practical pitched battles in Berkeley and other locales where these two groups meet.  I cannot imagine people on both sides will limit themselves to bats, chains, and bike locks for long. At some point, someone is going to open up with a firearm, and where it goes from there, only the Lord knows.

We may find out soon enough. With Ben Shapiro speaking at Berkeley tomorrow Sept 14, and then the big “Free Speech Week” organized by Milo Yiannopoulos Sept 24-27, tensions could go beyond the breaking point.

On the plus side, I guess my wife no longer has any reason to wonder why I needed that hard plate body armor.  I can have that on and gun out within seconds of someone crashing the door.

I do need to get some kind of head gear, though.

The Left Intends Not Just to Make Conservative Thought Illegal, but Impossible September 13, 2017

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Those who follow conservative – or even just anti-leftist – commentators on Google-owned Youtube already know that over the past year, there has been a rising persecution against these channel-owners and content-creators.  It started with a calculated campaign begun in the statist bourgeois media to label number Youtube channels as “extremist” and thus poison for advertisers.  But these advertisements made up a huge proportion of the income these content creators earned, which allowed them to produce high-quality content.  Nevertheless, what came to be known as the “ad-pocalypse” has moved steadily forward, with a disproportionate of conservative/libertarian/anti-leftist channels losing the large majority of their income through having their content “de-monetized” – moved into a state in which ads will not be shown.

But that was just the beginning.  Youtube is steadily rolling out a new “restricted state” that will place supposedly “offensive” content – offensive, that is, to the overwhelmingly extremist leftist employees of Google residing in Sodom on the Bay – into a literal Gulag state, where the videos do not show in search results, liking or sharing is impossible, comments are not allowed, and many other features that make social media work are eliminated.  Many users on Youtube, including myself, have already seen sneaking signs of this – comments made never show up, videos from subscribed channels either never show in one’s feed or show up days late, and thousands have been involuntarily unsubscribed from channels they long ago subscribed to (a process known as “shadow banning”).

And even this is only a tiny portion of the general campaign against free speech and persecution of “offending opinion” the practical monopoly Goolag is rapidly deploying.  Just this week, several purely mainstream conservative blogs were notified that they had been “almost blacklisted,” but still put into a disfavored state where their site will not show up in search results (or be radically de-prioritized to only show up hundreds or thousands of search results down), with a potential huge impact on their ability to be read and influence people.

Yes, there has been some banning and de-prioritization of extremist far left sites, but so far the ratio is running about 5 to 10 to 1 in terms of the political outlook of sites being sent down the memory hole.  That is to say, 5, 8, 10, or more conservative-leaning sites or channels are persecuted for every leftist site.  And the leftist sites so banned are truly extreme, calling for out and out violent revolution, while the conservativish sites are mainstream, even milquetoast in some cases.

Several sites you have likely read numerous times are on this list:

In a message addressed to us along with Drudge ReportAmerican ThinkerInstaPunditPJ Media and Gateway Pundit, Leo Goldstein writes:

Dear Editors,

You might be interested to learn, that your websites have been almost blacklisted by Google. “Almost blacklisted” means that Google search artificially downranks results from your websites to such extent that you lose 55% – 75% of possible visitors traffic from Google. This situation is probably aggravated by secondary effects, because many users and webmasters see Google ranking as a signal of trust.

This result is reported in my paper published in WUWT. The findings are consistent with multiple prior results, showing Google left/liberal bias, and pro-Hillary skew of Google search in the elections.

I write to all of them to give you opportunity to discuss this matter among yourselves. Even if Google owes nothing to your publications, it certainly owes good faith to the users of its search.

Intentionally hiding conservative and/or libertarian websites from the customers is an obvious breach of good faith.

Those of you who do not know me are welcome to visit at Climate Realism Against Alarmism.

The almost blacklisted domains:
americanthinker.com
drudgereport.com
powerlineblog.com
pjmedia.com
thegatewaypundit.com

We are seeing an ascendant religion flexing its muscles.  Having, somehow, almost silently, crushed Christianity as a moral and political force over the past 20 years through the bludgeon of the media and wedge social causes (the “moral majority” or evangelical right is practically non-existent as a cultural-political influence compared to even 20 years ago), the religion of sexular pagan leftism is starting to institute its anti-Christian, anti-Western religious precepts in a wholly repressive, unscrupulous way.  That’s because they are completely convinced that only they are right and good and moral, and all those who do not share their beliefs, down to the last jot and tittle, are conversely wrong and bad and immoral, and undeserving of any rights or even of their very existence.  Unfortunately, sexular paganism is not moderated by a solemn doctrine of charity for all, even manifest heretics and those that hate you.  It is instead motivated by the worst kind of envy, one of ugliest and most powerful emotions and one that will, quite inevitably, lead to all manner of horrors being enacted should the Left gain sufficient power – just as have occurred in every single historical context where such a tragedy has occurred.

When I wrote that someday Catholics blogs might fall under this ban, some commenters suggested the problem could be solved by moving to a different blog hosting service.  Sure, maybe I could type away all day and crank our 6 or 7 posts, but if nobody can ever find them, what would be the point?

I strongly recommend getting off every Google-owned property possible.  Stop using Google for searches, use DuckDuckGo.com instead.

Multi-Part Tour through the Spanish Missions of San Antone, Part III September 13, 2017

Posted by Tantumblogo in Art and Architecture, awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Christendom, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, history, religious, Society, Tradition.
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Sorry this tour got sidelined for far longer than I hoped or planned.  In late June one of my children set my work laptop down in a puddle of water (water they had been told to wipe up already!) and the fan sucked water up into the computer.  End result was a completely fried hard drive.  I had transferred all my mission pictures to the lap top some time before.

Fortunately I still had the originals on my phone, it just took me a long time to get them transferred.  I finally got around to that today, and so here is part 3 in the four part series, covering the largest of the four missions, Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo.

Of all the four missions, aside perhaps from Mission Espada, Mission San Jose was in the worst shape when San Antonio and local historical societies got serious about restoring them in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Indeed, the entire ceiling and the east wall collapsed during a Mass held there around the turn of the 20th century.  The Mission looked like this before meaningful restoration began:

Today the Mission is quite restored, which is both bad and good – it’s great that we have something to look at, and that the church is whole enough to offer Sacraments, but the down side is that we never know whether what we are looking at is authentic or not.  Fortunately, the west walls and the facade of the church remained standing, and these contained some of the most artistically significant elements.

Today, approaching the Mission from the parking lot, this is the view one finds:

The former refectory and cells for the religious who worked this mission are gone, but the outline of the structures remains:

Mission San Jose has by far the finest stonework, hand-carved, sometimes by natives, sometimes by artisans brought from Nuevo España (Mexico) into local limestone, of all the San Antonio missions:

An arrow slit to defend the church against hostile indians.  I kid, it’s a light for a very narrow circular stairway that leads up to the bell tower.

Moving around to the front of the church, we see what is probably the most elaborately carved stone facade on any mission in North America.  That is a historical treasure, even though many of the statues and individual flourishes had to be recreated to replace damage caused by vandalism over the years.  Horribly, incredibly, almost unanimously protestant soldiers in the Texas Revolution and, even more, the Mexican-American War of 1848 (American forces used the missions as storage facilities for grain and other logistics materials), used these irreplaceable pieces of art for target practice.  There is more evidence of damage inside the church proper.

The more detail one captures, the more amazing the artistry is:

Now moving inside the church proper, this is the overall view down the nave:

Let me tell you, that reredo is a massive improvement over what existed in Mission San Jose for decades, especially after the council. Then, there were simply bare stucco walls with a moderately sized – and none too artistically significant – table altar.  This new reredo was added a few years ago, I think under the impetus of then Archbishop Jose Gomez, and really transformed the church into something far more aesthetically pleasing.

The view back towards the choir loft:

This choir loft is still accessible and used during Mass.

I don’t know when these pews were fabricated, I don’t think they are anywhere close to original to the Spanish Mission period, but as a woodworker I was impressed with their craftsmanship nonetheless.  I would hazard they are in the vicinity of 90-100 years old.

I mentioned further damage inside the church itself.  The carved sconces at the juncture where the vertical beams meet the arched ones for the ceiling had extensive damage.  Several popes and saints had their heads shot off, as seen below:

This one was relatively intact:

Some closeups of the reredo.  Very nicely done.  Not real high on the color but the design with alcoves for Saints is very Spanish.  I love this as something for local traditionally-inclined parishes to adopt if they ever have the opportunity to do a remodel along orthodox/traditional lines (sorry for the blurriness in some images.  It was super-humid that day and going from the outside to the inside caused the camera lens to keep fogging up. I tried to wipe it clean but was not always successful):

They were getting ready for Pentecost, thus, the decorations.

Nice crucifix. The crucifix and statues are definitely Spanish colonial era polychrome, but I do not know if they are original or not.  Most original art not permanently affixed (and even some that was) was lost from the four missions during their century or so of near abandonment and neglect.

To gauge how much the reredo improved things, compare with this shot from the mid-2000s:

Night and day, no?  Plus, much additional artwork was returned from this stark, iconoclastic post-conciliar wreckovation.

That artwork includes some period paintings:

I love them both, one is such a great example of Spanish Colonial Catholic art, the other, I believe, is of much more recent vintage.

OK just a few more things.  A nice statue of Our Lady, unfortunately image is a little blurry:

And then finally, in what amounts to something akin to a side chapel, though it’s really used more today like a room for exhibits of certain kinds, is what I believe is a remnant of an old high altar that was probably chopped up in the post-conciliar period:

I had to stretch through a narrow space between some kneelers and a wall to get this shot.  Otherwise it was almost entirely blocked.

Or perhaps I am wrong, and this is a post-conciliar altar that used to be in the main church and got moved into this side chapel?  My gut says, though, that with this degree of detail, this is a more ancient altar, probably not original to the 1700s, but perhaps early- or mid-19th century?  The altar stone was obviously missing, but altars of primarily wood construction were not at all unheard of, especially in colonial environs.

I could find no one to give me the history of this altar. Most people either didn’t know what it was or knew nothing of its history.

I thought I had some more pics, especially of the re-created mission palisade and living quarters for natives, but I am not finding them now.

If the “Alt-Right” Wants to “Save the White Race,” Maybe They Should Start Having a Few Babies September 7, 2017

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Lots of unsaid assumptions built into that post title – by “alt-right,” I’m referring to the media definition of the alt-right as the pseudo/neo-nazi or openly racialist portion of the far right, which isn’t even right wing, in that many are former Obama voters and Bernie supporters, most are avowed statists, and even worse, collectivists.  They simply have a nationalistic/racialist component to their statist views (as all good Nazis do), and are happy to use the state to purge society of racially/ethnically undesirable elements.  They are also the inevitable reaction to the Left’s use of race and ethnicity relentlessly as tools to gain and hold onto political and economic power.

That’s not to say concerns over immigration and the effect it is having on the political, economic, and cultural future of this nation can simply be dismissed as “racism,” as the statist media constantly tries to do.  There are many points the alt-right brings up which are entirely valid.  But racialism is always destructive, and it is very sad to see many leaders in the Church engaging in it (just practicing their preferred religion when they do).  It also undermines the overall (and entirely just and reasonable) opposition to current US immigration policy, attempts to build a wall or otherwise enforce more sensible immigration laws, in giving the media, on a silver platter, exactly the kind of racialist/white nationalist image they then turn around and tar the entire effort with.  It’s not helpful, and I increasingly wonder whether much of this former leftist “alt-right” isn’t false flag/astroturf.  I mean, who could possibly think a torchlight rally replete with racialist chants would be a good idea?

Nevertheless, Sargon has a pretty good video (language warning, however) pilloring the “alt-right” for lambasting others for not being sufficiently anti-semetic or in favor of white nationalism, while noting that the widespread sterility among white nationalist leaders and rank and file makes their claims to be so very concerned about the fate of the white race just more LARPing from the millennial crowd.  If you’re so worried about the great white ‘Murican race being swamped in a sea of brown, why don’t you settle down, get married, and have a bunch of kids?  And become Catholic, while you’re at it, very possibly saving your immortal soul:

As for me, I just want everyone to become Catholic.  Really, truly Catholic, not pseudo-, post-conciliar Catholic.  I have grave concerns over illegal immigration and extremely high immigration rates in general not out of any racial sensitivity but due to the effect it has on the poorest in our society, leaving them jobless or badly underpaid as they compete against a huge cohort existing in an underground economic status where they can be paid trifling wages that are unjust. There are also many cultural and social factors to consider in continuing mass immigration, especially considering the explosion in muslim immigration into this nation over the past 15 years or so.  I also have concerns over Hispanic Catholics coming to the US, falling into the materalist lifestyle and philosophy here, spiritually starving to death in the Novus Ordo Church, and falling away from the Faith in vast numbers.  I estimate probably 60% of the Hispanics in Irving are either fallen away Catholics or completely converted to protestant sects.

There are also extremely significant national security issues dealing with the unprotected southern border.  Build a wall – the single most cost-effective and efficient mechanism to gain control over the current chaos along the southern border – and then we can talk about sensible immigration policy going forward. But first, the crisis must be dealt with.  Unfortunately, it increasingly seems Trump will not be able to keep his primary campaign promise to build a wall.  If funding is not included in this year’s budget, I’m certain it never will be, at least with Trump as a Republican.  I tell you, I am so done with the Republican party at this point.  I am completely, totally disgusted with them.  They have done everything possible to undermine and oppose Trump at every turn.  After numerous wave elections, the revolt in 1994, the Tea Party movement, with unprecedented control of all three branches of government, all they have brought is failure and capitulation.  The Republican party is 3/4 dominated by secretly or openly leftist, and always corporatist, gadflies. I’m just about sick of the whole mess at this point.  What we have in the US at present are two left-wing parties, one far left and the other center-left.  I increasingly believe the only way forward is to break up at least one of the parties and rebuild the two party system with one or two wholly new parties with very different alignments and bases of support.  Clean out as much of the current self-serving, lobbyist-chasing, money-grubbing crowd as possible.

And on a final, but unrelated note, regarding yesterday’s post on evolution being the seed-bed for the collapse of Christianity, consider the following from another Youtube channel.  How much of what we believe is literally programmed into us through the incredibly powerful indoctrination tool most all (still, sadly) have as the centerpiece of the layout of their living rooms (and often bedrooms, and kitchen, and…….), the TV?  How much of a role has TV played in programming people to accept not just evolution, but things like pseudo-sodo-marriage, abortion, euthanasia, sexual license, et. al.,?  As Father Phil Wolfe says, the best thing you can do with your TV is take a shotgun to it:

 

Food for Thought: Every One of the Manson Family Women Came from Broken Homes…… September 7, 2017

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…….or had atrocious, abusive relationships with their fathers. The primary cause, however, of sending very healthy, successful, happy young girls on a downward spiral that ended in becoming possessed by a literal demon incarnate and dominated by a wholly reprobate sense (up to and including allowing their own toddler children to be included in the “family” orgies) was legalized divorce on demand.  So, in a very real sense, one could say that feminism was responsible for the Manson family and the soul-rending atrocities they engaged in, of which the notorious murders only made up a very small part.

[Content warning for typical immodest hippie dress]

Now of course this is not to say that every child of divorce will wind up in such a sad state, but my own experience with several friends whose parents divorced is that every single one of them was devastated by it, even when the divorces occurred when they were grown and out of the house.  Divorce takes a terrible, sometimes hidden toll, and has played a huge role in the general collapse of the culture.  Furthermore, while separation of the spouses is in rare cases lamentably necessary, a huge number of divorces occur for basically selfish, skin-deep reasons.

How’s this for a topic totally out of left field?  Didja every expect to see me do a post on crazy Charles Manson and his nightmare hippie cult?

In a sense, however, Manson and his slave tribe were simply the inevitable result, the inexorable climax of the moronic hippy culture of hedonism and feel-good false virtue signalling. And they were hardly the only ones.  I can’t imagine how much publicity the Manson family, the “Symbionese Liberation Army,” and such would get today.  Perhaps, then, our culture which seems to be coming so much  unglued is not quite as bad off as it often appears.  Then again, rates of divorce, illegitimacy, porn addiction, drug addiction, et. al., are far worse today than they were in the late 60s/early 70s.

As our Blessed Lord told us, we shall not know the day nor the hour.  Several then living Saints, including Doctors Saint Jerome and Saint Augustine, were totally shocked to learn that Rome had been sacked in 410.  The collapse of Rome appears, 1600 years on, as practically inevitable, as totally unsurprising given the dangers and weaknesses afflicting the aged empire.  But at the time, no one really believed impregnable Rome could ever fall.  And yet, it did.

I’ve been meaning to comment on an awesome post by Boniface at Unam Sanctam Catholicam that discusses several very common traditional Catholic tropes.  I don’t think I’ll have time to do so again, today, unfortunately.  That will probably be a 2000 word post, minimum.  God willing, I’ll get to it tomorrow.  At any rate, if you haven’t read it, go do so.  It brings up much worthy of consideration.

 

Late Notice: Novena to the Exaltation of the Holy Cross September 7, 2017

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Sorry this is late.  The Novena should have started on Tuesday.  But, perhaps better late than never.  You’ve probably already got the Novena well underway.

Short Novena below:

Jesus, Who because of Your burning love for us willed to be crucified and to shed Your Most Precious Blood for the redemption and salvation of our souls, look down upon us and grant the petition we ask for …(mention here)

We trust completely in Your Mercy.
Cleanse us from sin by Your Grace,
sanctify our work,
give us and all those who are dear to us our the grace of Thy Eucharistic Presence, lighten the burden of our sufferings,
bless our families,
and grant to the nations, so sorely afflicted,
Your Peace, which is the only true peace, so that by obeying Your Commandments we may come at last to the glory of Heaven.

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Holy Hour in Various Parishes of Dallas Diocese Tonight at 7pm September 7, 2017

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Bishop Edward J. Burns has asked the 74 Catholic churches in the Diocese of Dallas to hold a Holy Hour with Eucharistic Adoration on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at seven o’clock in the evening. Bishop Burns will preside at the Holy Hour at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe at 2215 Ross Avenue in Downtown Dallas. He also asked that all churches in the diocese ring their bells five minutes before the Holy Hour begins. [Dang.  Wish we had some bells to ring.]

According to Bishop Burns, “This is an opportunity for Catholics to come together to pray for those affected by the hurricane, and in particular for those who have lost their lives. This is something that is being done, to the extent possible, in every diocese in Texas as an act of solidarity and prayerful support with our suffering brothers and sisters.” [Perhaps we should also make acts of reparation during this Holy Hour for the sins of our nation which are bringing Lord knows what calamities down upon us.]

The Bishop has asked that parishes also pray the Rosary before Masses on September 9th and 10. Donated Rosary beads will be distributed before Mass and gathered up to be given to evacuees with the message that the prayer had been offered for them and all victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Mater Dei parish in Irving will be joining all the parishes in the diocese to offer a Holy Hour on Thursday evening for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. At Mater Dei, Benediction and Adoration begin immediately after the 6:30p Mass on Thursday, September 7th and will last for one hour.

As for other parishes, I really don’t know which are joining in this spiritual work of mercy.  I haven’t time to check.  Time is getting short, but you might call to see if your parish is joining in this.  I know of several which are not participating.

I do very much appreciate Bishop Burns calling for the Holy Hour, and for leading one himself at the Cathedral.  I’ll be at Mater Dei.

h/t reader MJD