15 August 2017

"We owe it to each other to take care of gentle souls like this.": The Man on the Overpass


STLToday has a very moving story about Raynard Nebbitt, whom you may not know by name. On the other hand, if you travel I-44 at all regularly, you know him by sight. He is the man who travels every day to the overpass on Rock Hill Rd., flagging down trucks to honk their horns. He has a mental disability, and this overpass is his daily routine, his daily task-- or, if you will, his daily apostolate. Since it seems I have a contractual obligation to drive to the Dance Center of Kirkwood 14 times a week, I simply refer to him as "Maddie's friend".

Anyhoo, it seems that due to a recent physical disability of his sister (who had been able to work and support them both), he was forced to move to the city, where his daily bike ride now takes over an hour each way.

The quote in the above headline comes from a commenter at the STLToday story. It is a very worthy read.

Signum Magnum Apparuit in Caelo

A very blessed Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady to all of you. If you have forgotten your obligation so far, there is still time to make 6:30 pm Mass at St. Francis de Sales Oratory.

In Case Any Modern-Day Stalinists Read This Blog

Robert E. Lee was better than you. Yes. He was.

07 August 2017

What Stands in the Way of the Global Secular Order? Look at Whom Francis Targets

The Church Militant-- the Bride of Christ, the Church on earth, governed by a vigorous, orthodox Pope and Bishops united with him, teaching what she has always taught.

The United States of America-- no, not that shining city on a hill, Puritan thing. Merely this, an independent nation-state, Western and Christian in its general ethos, supporting independence, powerful enough to resist the globalists.

Russia-- Christian Russia. An independent nation-state, Eastern and Christian in its general ethos, supporting independence (especially Christian), powerful enough to resist the globalists.

What do these groups have in common these days? 1. Belief in Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world. 2. The need for a role in society of the Church and the State (though they disagree on some boundaries thereto). 3. The necessary integrity of the nation-state as the primary actor of international law. As a corollary to this, consider that these groups are all that are left in opposition to invasion-by-immigration by Mohammedans to the West. 4. This last trait is most tenuous in what is left of the U.S., but support of the traditional family, right to life, marriage, subsidiarity, etc.

Francis has threatened with excommunication (whatever he means by this term) all of the above. Some directly, some by public attack designed to ostracize them.

It goes without saying that all of these institutions are weakened from the height of their power and are greatly under attack by the diabolical forces so freely at work today 

Of the three, only Russia seems to be getting stronger from its low point. I submit that this is precisely because it has embraced Christianity in at least some sense after the displacement of the communist government. Russia supports Christians in the Middle East and at home. It supports traditional families and marriage. It opposes the sexual perversion policy of the West and the Mohammedan invastion. That is why the global secular elites want it destroyed.

The United States and the Church are both on their knees, attacked so successfully from within. Trump's victory, whatever he does or doesn't actually accomplish, stands for the things for which America used to stand. He got through the guardians of the system, proving they don't have everything their own way yet. They must destroy him, and with him, they imagine, the last chance of America being America again.

I don't think any reader of this blog needs me to prove that Francis has nearly completed the work of destruction of the visible Church that was planted fifty years ago or more, and which worked, worked, rotting the foundations, until he could push over the rotten superstructure. And yet, the Church cannot really be killed. There are always faithful Catholics, lay and clergy. These he will attack, openly or not, until he can get rid of us at last (spoiler alert: he can't).

Anyway, a rambling post, but one I wanted to go on record to say. Just as I knew I wanted to support Trump in 2016 based merely on his enemies list, so now, thanks to this open war between the elites and civilization--inside the Church and out-- you can see who are the forces for sanity based on the same enemies list.

Whenever Trump and Putin are "dealt with", we are left at last defenseless; that is to say, we will have no earthly protection left. I pray daily that Our Lord and Lady will act decisively despite our unworthiness.

Come Lord Jesus! Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

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As an aside, in its own little sphere, the Mafia has earned its own FrancisScorn.  What? The mafia? Aren't they scumbags? Well, perhaps, but consider their function only as it relates to governance of peoples. They step in when the state and/or Church fails (even if they contribute to that failure), and provide services, structure, governance, and its own form of "criminal justice". And consider the vigor with which Francis goes after them.  A vigor, I might add, he saves only for hectoring and belittling traditional Catholics. Why? I think, mostly, that these days they stand as a force against Mohammedan invasion of Sicily and Italy. And they have a type of "family and country" patriotism, within the obvious limits of a criminal enterprise.

01 August 2017

Commemoration of the Holy Machabees

Gospel 
Luke 12: 1-8


[1] And when great multitudes stood about him, so that they trod one upon another, he began to say to his disciples: Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
[2] For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed: nor hidden, that shall not be known.
[3] For whatsoever things you have spoken in darkness, shall be published in the light: and that which you have spoken in the ear in the chambers, shall be preached on the housetops.
[4] And I say to you, my friends: Be not afraid of them who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.
[5] But I will shew you whom you shall fear: fear ye him, who after he hath killed, hath power to cast into hell. Yea, I say to you, fear him.



[6] Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?
[7] Yea, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: you are of more value than many sparrows.
[8] And I say to you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God.

28 July 2017

Until He Be Taken Out of the Way: Some Fatima Thoughts for Your Weekend

The first part of the title to this post comes from 2 Thessalonians 2:7. The passage refers to the progress of antichrist, hindered by the working of grace until such time as he who hinders antichrist be "taken out of the way."  

With this as a backdrop, I gladly refer readers to a piece by the great Christopher Ferrara at Fatima Perspectives, which ponders an Antonio Socci (of The Fourth Secret of Fatima fame) piece on aspects of the Benedict abdication.  Ferrara, as always logical and relentless, makes you think about unpleasant realities.  

Just few excerpts, but read the whole:

Alluding to the title of the book Attack on Ratzinger, written three years before Benedict’s “resignation,” Socci suggests that the attack on Benedict XVI, the “rejected rock” (of Peter), which culminated in his abdication, is part of “the final attack on the Catholic Church by the antichristian powers and ideologies of this world.”

Cacciari, Socci continues, calls the Church over which Benedict presided the Kathécon, a Greek word which appears in Saint Paul’s Second Letter to the Thessalonians, meaning the great sign of opposition to the advance of the Antichrist, which has the power to “put the brakes” on that advance. Cacciari maintains that Pope Benedict renounced the “ministry of the Bishop of Rome” because he was convinced that “he could no longer succeed in containing the powers of Antichrist within the Catholic Church. As Saint Augustine said, antichrists are in each of us. This is a key to the decision by Ratzinger, if we want to view it in all its seriousness. His decision is of one piece with the crisis of politics, of the power that brakes [the advance of Antichrist].”


Socci concludes that with Benedict’s renunciation, it would appear that “the Church as Kathécon, that is, as the power that arrests [the Antichrist’s advance], was totally dissolved. Giving the impression of being recruited as a draft horse for the chariot of the Antichrist’s power.”

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[The post goes on to relate this extended quote-- ironically prophetic-- by Paul VI]:

“There is a great disturbance at this moment in the world and in the Church, and what is in question is the Faith. It happens now that I repeat to myself that obscure phrase of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke: ‘When the Son of Man returns, will he find any faith on the earth?’ Books are published in which the faith is in retreat on important points, and the episcopate remains silent, finding nothing strange in these works. Sometimes I reread the Gospel on the end times and I discern that in this moment there are emerging certain signs of this end. Are we near to the end? This we can never know. It is necessary to hold oneself ready, but everything could go on much longer.

“What strikes me, when I consider the Catholic world, is that within Catholicism there sometimes seems to predominate a kind of non-Catholic thought… and it could happen that tomorrow this non-Catholic thought… will be at its strongest. But this will never represent the thought of the Church. There must be a small flock, however small that flock will be.”

Pray for the Church and her pastors!

Keeping It Real

Frank Walker, the wonderful Canon212 news aggregator and blogger, has a post at his Stumbling Block blog addressing his thoughts about the Benedict/non/abdication/pope/anti-pope questions you may have considered yourself. You may or may not have read my opinion on this blog before (short version: I assume Francis is Pope, but then again he might not be; not enough info to definitively tell, so assumption holds)

His post is here. I think it nails it. 


Charlie Gard, RIP

Little Charlie Gard is dead, killed by the godless secular state in service of Moloch. Praise God that he was baptised, and assuming that baptism was properly done, he is enjoying the Beatific Vision, nevermore to suffer. May he pray for us who are left behind-- obviously for his parents who love him, but also for the coming victims of the powers of this world. They hate Christ, and therefore they hate us.

Pray for us, Charlie, and may your innocent soul beg God to forgive us all.  May his killers repent, for a terrible justice is the alternative.


And another angel came, and stood before the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given to him much incense, that he should offer of the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar, which is before the throne of God. And the smoke of the incense of the prayers of the saints ascended up before God from the hand of the angel. And the angel took the censer, and filled it with the fire of the altar, and cast it on the earth, and there were thunders and voices and lightnings, and a great earthquake…. 

And I beheld, and heard the voice of one eagle flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice: Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth...

Apocalypse 8:3-5, 13a