Starting Friday Off Right: Angel Playing in the Pool Edition

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

PATER NOSTER, qui es in caelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie, et dimitte nobis debita nostra sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. Amen.

"Healing at the Pool of Bethesda", Carl Bloch, ARSH 1883

“Healing at the Pool of Bethesda”, Carl Bloch, ARSH 1883

Today is the feast of St. Raphael the Archangel, best known for his old job of splashing about in the Pool (or Pond) of Bethesda:

Now there is at Jerusalem a pond, called Probatica, which in Hebrew is named Bethsaida, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick, of blind, of lame, of withered; waiting for the moving of the water. And an angel of the Lord descended at certain times into the pond; and the water was moved. And he that went down first into the pond after the motion of the water, was made whole, of whatsoever infirmity he lay under. And there was a certain man there, that had been eight and thirty years under his infirmity.  Him when Jesus had seen lying, and knew that he had been now a long time, He saith to him: Wilt thou be made whole? The infirm man answered him: Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pond. For whilst I am coming, another goeth down before me. Jesus saith to him: Arise, take up thy bed, and walk.  And immediately the man was made whole: and he took up his bed, and walked.
John 5: 2-9

Some of the best emails I receive are the “I went to confession!” emails.  Some are first time ever, some are after decades and decades away from the Church.  The Pool of Bethesda is a figure or foreshadowing of the Sacrament of Penance (Confession).  Now, instead of every once in a while, and to only one person at a time, Our Lord makes healing available to everyone, all the time.  The Pool is open for “free swim”, and St. Raphael the Archangel is splashing about like an eight year old boy after a lunch of Oreos and Dr. Pepper.  So jump in!  Go to confession!

Here is a lovely piece on this Gospel reading based on our favorite commentary, Gueranger’s “Liturgical Year”:

The Gospel of today tells of the cure of the infirm man who had waited 38 years at the Probatica pool—a figure of the Sacrament of Penance. How was his cure wrought? First of all, the infirm man says to Jesus: I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pond. The water would have cured him; but observe, he has need of some Man to lead him to the water. This Man is the Son of God, and He became Man in order to heal us. As Man, He has received power to forgive sins, and before leaving this earth, He gave that same power to other men, and said to them: Whose sins ye shall forgive, they are forgiven them (John 20: 23). The penitents, then, are to be reconciled with God by virtue of this supernatural power; and the infirm man, who takes up his bed and walks, is a figure of the sinner, whose sins have been forgiven him by the Church, by the divine power of the keys.

In the third century, a heretic named Novatian taught that the Church has not the power to forgive sins committed after Baptism. This doctrine was condemned by the Councils and the holy Doctors of the Church; and in order to offer to the faithful some outward expression of the power given to the Son of Man of forgiving sins to such as repent, there was painted on the walls of the places where the Christians used to assemble, the infirm man of the Gospel, walking with his bed upon his shoulders. This consoling symbol is frequently met with in the frescoes which were painted, even in the age of the Martyrs, in the Roman catacombs. They show us how the early Christians were taught to understand this passage of the Gospel, which the Church, so many centuries ago, assigned to this day.

The Water of the Probatica was also a symbol; and here the Gospel conveyed a special instruction to the Catechumens. It was by Water that they were to be made whole, and by Water endowed with a supernatural virtue. The miraculous pond of Jerusalem could only cure the body, and that at rare intervals, and the favor could only be conferred upon a single individual; but now that the Angel of the Great Counsel has come down from Heaven and sanctified the waters of the Jordan, the Probatica is everywhere— it is giving health to the souls of man without any limitation either of time or number. Man is the minister of this grace; but it is the Son of God, become the Son of Man, that works by the human minister.

Let us also consider the multitude of sick, who, as the Gospel tells us, were waiting for the moving of the water. They represent the various classes of sinners, who are seeking, during this holy time, to be converted to their God. There are the Sick, or as the Latin word has it, the Languid—these are the torpid, who never thoroughly give up their evil habits; there are the Blind—these are they whose spiritual eye is dead; there are the Lame—who limp and falter in the path to salvation; and lastly there are the Withered—who seem incapable of doing a single good action. All are waiting for the favorable moment. Jesus will soon be with them, and will say to each of them: Wilt thou be made whole? Let them answer this question with love and confidence, and they will be healed.

 

Reader Anecdote on DeMolay

This came over the transom and I just had to post it and chime in:

Back in the 1960′s I lived on Long Island and one of the guys in our group was a member of DeMolay. Funny thing is that I remember his name, Steve Xxxx.

“The Order of DeMolay is for young men aged 12 to 21 for the purpose developing civic awareness, personal responsibility, and leadership skills. Focusing on building a bond between members, the DeMolay has grown to more than 1,000 chapters worldwide. All chapters of the DeMolay are sponsored by a Masonic Lodge or another Masonic group such as the Scottish Rite, the York Rite, or the Shrine. The sponsor provides the chapter a place to meet and adult leadership.”

Anyway, one afternoon Steve invites a bunch of us down into the basement of his home and proceeds to break out his father’s reel to reel tape selections and begins rolling – it was my first introduction to porn. So much for DeMolay.

So when I was 13 and in Job’s Daughters, the Bethel (that is what each local chapter is called) had a sleepover at the Masonic Lodge on Ft. Leavenworth.  We went downstairs and set up our sleeping bags on the floor in the big rec room, and then, with the adult women Bethel leaders fully participating, sat around while the Honored Queen told pornographic jokes and showed us her pornographic keychains.  She “came out” as a lesbian a couple of years later.

The other big activity was Job’s Daughters-DeMolay dances, also held at the Ft. Leavenworth Masonic hall.  It was gross, because it was all 14-18 year old boys and girls going out on the dance floor and licking each other’s tonsils, vigorously, ALL. NIGHT. LONG.  Ew!!!!  In full view of the adult chaperones, who were all Masons and Eastern Star.  Needless to say, I did not participate in any of that crap.  But, um, CHASTITY was NOT being encouraged.  On any level.

That email just jogged my memory of all of that.  And yes, I have confessed my involvement with a Freemasonic organization when making a General Confession, even though I was only 13 and didn’t understand what the deal was.

Sorting and Sifting: Part 1

So I’m getting all kinds of emails from people who feel themselves losing their faith, considering going sedevacantist or just giving up on the entire idea of the Church qua church altogether.

This is obviously very, very bad, and is the doing of satan.  This is what happened right after the promulgation of the Novus Ordo Mass in late ARSH 1968.  Many, many Catholics saw the Holy and August Sacrifice of the Mass turned into – sometimes literally – a clown show in the space of just a few short months, and simply walked away.  “I didn’t leave the Church – the Church left me.”

Now satan wants to finish what was started 45 years ago.  What we are seeing today is the coming to full fruition of the Modernist-Freemasonic-Communist-Homosexualist war of aggression against God and His Church.  Yes, I said “Freemasonic”.  I need to write a full post on that because I know the vast majority of Americans don’t understand what Freemasonry was and is.  I know many of you, like me, have male relatives who were members of Masonic lodges, and it seemed like a benign club where men got together and drank coffee, socialized, did charitable projects, and also did some weird “ritualistic” stuff.  Yes.  In fact, I myself was in Job’s Daughters for one semester when I was 13, and was eligible because my grandfather (now long dead) was a Mason in rural Kansas.  For now, since I don’t want to get into it in this post, please just understand that Freemasonry in the U.S. today is GENERALLY very, very different from Freemasonry in Europe, and Freemasonry in years and centuries past.  European Freemasonry today is massively intertwined with the global banking and financial system (which is evil, as we know) as well as the globalist/one world government manifestations (the E.U., the United Nations, the Washington D.C. regime, etc.).  And, target numero uno of Freemasonry is, you guessed it, THE CHURCH.  Like I said, more on that later.

In this post I want to try, once again, to help draw the distinction in everyone’s minds between Jesus Christ and the people inside the Church and how equating the two is extremely, extremely harmful to the point of endangering one’s soul by either driving a person out of, or keeping a person from ever entering in the first place, the Church.

Here is what I see, hear and perceive in people, and this is what I think many, many people simply do not get.

Jesus Christ is a Person.  God is a Personal Deity.

“Well, duh” many of you might say at that statement.  Not so fast.  I see very little understanding of this truly foundational premise.

All of you who are “losing your faith” and “ready to give up on the Church”, let me just ask you:

What EXACTLY do you think the Church is?
Why do you go to Mass?
Why do you genuflect when you enter the pew?
Why do you go to confession (if you even do)?
Why do you try to avoid sin?
Why do you give a flying fig about anyone besides yourself?

In order.

The Church is God’s vehicle of reaching out to man so that we might know Him, love Him and serve Him in this world, and be happy with Him forever in the next.  Note the direction, because this is utterly crucial: the Church is GOD’S vehicle for REACHING OUT TO MAN.  The Church is His creation, it is His instrument to the point that He regards it as “His Body”.  He is the Driver, He is the Revelator, He is the Actor within it.  NOT MAN.  The Catholic Church, which is the one-and-only true Church and true religion, is NOT man-made or man-sustained.  It is a supernatural gift from Almighty God to mankind that is completely beyond our comprehension in the infinite love, condescension, and burning desire for the salvation of every single human being that is the cause for its existence.

Here is what the Church is NOT:  It is NOT a man-made invention.  Every false religion (Hinduism, Buddhism, Talmudic Judaism, the musloid political system, Mormonism), as well as EVERY Protesting quasi-Christian sect, cult and “denomination” is MAN MADE.  Look ‘em up.  Look up “presbyterian” and you can see EXACTLY when and who created this man-made sect.  Some “non-denominational” churches are so clueless that they proudly BOAST of when they were “founded”. Established in 1982…  These “churches”, and also the infiltrators of the Catholic Church peddle the lie that religion and “church” are MAN’S REACHING OUT TO GOD.  Man is the founder, man is the driver, man is the actor.  Man, man, man.

Do you understand the difference here?  The Catholic Church is God desperately chasing after YOU, God doing everything He possibly, possibly can short of taking away your free will and coercing you.  Here is God coming down on the altar at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, miraculously and supernaturally changing bread and wine into His Physical Substance so that He can be near us, among us and even inside of us PHYSICALLY.  Here is God giving us a concrete means of confessing our sins TO HIM and receiving pardon and absolution FROM HIM so that we actually, physically hear the words, “I absolve you…” through the supernatural reality of the priesthood and the sacrament of confession.  God is the actor. God is the driver. God is the smitten Lover, and we are the quarry.

Are you sure you want to walk away from that because, after a century of attack, foretold and prophesied repeatedly by no less than His Mother, we now have a Church infested with stupid, seemingly faithless men, including the pope himself?  Really?

If that is the case, then I would posit that you erroneously view the Church NOT as the supernatural reality that it is, but instead as one of the following:
-A cult of personality built around a pope, a priest or a religious order
-An ethnic characteristic
-A point of contract law
-A social organization
-A political organization
-A source of entertainment (both in terms of the liturgy AND in terms of intrigue and gossip)
-A business or career
-A hobby akin to being a fan of a given sports team

Why do you go to Mass?  Because you “have to”?  To hear “Fr. Jazzhands” sermon?  The music?  To see your friends?  To “be seen” by others, especially singing in the choir, lectoring, and/or distributing Holy Communion?  Because you have been nagged into it by your parents or spouse and you go just to shut them up and keep them off your back?

Let me explain why I go to Mass, and you can take it for what it is worth.  I go to Mass because God Almighty Incarnated, suffered and died for my sins because He loves me and wants me to exist inside of Him for all eternity after I die.  He made me, He made the entire universe, and He established, protects and sustains The Catholic Church and comes down onto the altar at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass so that I can be there with Him at Calvary, and so that, when possible, I can approach Him and take His Physical Substance into my body, not primarily because this is what I want, but because this is what HE WANTS.  The objective of all of this is me, Ann Elizabeth Andrew Barnhardt, going to heaven.  I go to Mass because He loves me so much that He would suffer the entirety of His Passion for me and me alone AS MANY TIMES AS I ASSIST AT MASS over the entire course of my life.

Given that, the very, very least I can do is show up to Mass, acknowledge what He has done for me and is re-presented for my benefit at Mass, and console My Lord and My God, burning with Love for me personally, with my presence as He dies in agony for me and because of my sins, as completely and utterly incomprehensible as that is.

Now go back and re-read that and substitute YOURSELF.  The read it again and substitute the names of your family members, friends, acquaintances, enemies, and every single human being who ever has, is currently, or ever will exist.

And if the devil thinks that ANYTHING some dimwitted narcissist says or does, even if that dimwitted narcissist is the pope, is going to drive me away from Our Lord, His Church, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Eucharist, or the sacrament of confession, then Old Scratch has another thing coming.

Do you believe these truths, or do you not?  This is the sort.  This is the sift.

And now my eyes have sprung a leak, so I’ll finish this later.  I hope it helps someone out there reading.

Starting Tuesday Off Right: Face In The Dirt Beheading Edition

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

PATER NOSTER, qui es in caelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie, et dimitte nobis debita nostra sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. Amen.

The Beheading of St. John the Baptist (Detail), Caravaggio, ARSH 1608

The Beheading of St. John the Baptist (Detail), Caravaggio, ARSH 1608

Our Lord said of John the Baptist “there hath not risen among them that are born of women a greater than John the Baptist.”

John the Baptist, rather than peddle the stone-cold lie that there is something between yes and no, some middle ground between true and false, some compromise between sin and not sin, a limbo between life and death, went face-down in the dirt, hands bound behind his back, as his executioner drove his knee into the small of his back, grabbed him by his hair, pulled his head back, slit his throat, first windpipe, then the jugular vein and carotid artery, and proceeded to saw his head off.

The heretics infesting and attempting to destroy the Church today would condemn John the Baptist as “unmerciful” and “afraid of change”, or of being a “traditionalist ideologue” because he refused to declare that perhaps, in certain circumstances, 2+2 doesn’t ALWAYS equal 4, because to do that, in even the smallest way, denies nothing less than REALITY ITSELF, and John knew that his Cousin was nothing and no one less than REALITY, TRUTH and LOVE Incarnate.

Adultery, fornication and sodomy cannot be both sinful and not sinful at the same time.  Nothing can be one thing AND its opposite at the same time.  These are the foundations of reality itself.

(Really good essay going into more detail on these concepts HERE.)

To say that

2+2= 4.0000000000000000000000000000000001
is every bit as false as saying that
2+2 = 8,986,345.

If you come off of 4 IN ANY WAY, you have denied TRUTH, which is to say that you have denied the very existence of God.  And if you do this, if you peddle these lies in the pursuit of worldly power and glory, then the only way “mercy” figures into the discussion is the infinite mercy of God toward the remorseful, contrite, repentant, shriven sinner, because Chabón, you’re gonna need it.

St. John the Baptist, pray for us.

 

On the Transvestite Waiter, and Other Metaphysics Lessons

1.  I will continue to write commentary on current events in order to get as many people as possible to move to the Poop Deck (see post below) instead of jumping overboard, which is death.  I have learned from the metaphysics class that it is indeed important to know and understand the CAUSES of things.  It is important to understand people and circumstances as exhaustivly as possible, because this is how they become intelligible.  Without knowing causes, the world becomes unintelligible.  This is why I won’t “drop” the whole issue of Obama’s origins, puppet masters and ineligibility.  This is why I have railed since literally day one of the Francis pontificate about his actions in Buenos Aires and his Peronist-Fascist-Jesuit politics.  You can’t make heads or tails of Obama’s and the Washington regime’s actions if you refuse to investigate much less accept who these people are, and thus the CAUSES.  You can’t make heads or tails of the Francis pontificate if you refuse to investigate and deal with who he is, what he has done, and what he believes.

Q.  How could Obama and the Washington regime be so seemingly inept?
A.  They AREN’T inept.  They WANT what remains of the US to collapse.  They WANT to facilitate the reformation of the Caliphate.  The WANT to create as many crises as possible, because crises and chaos enable them to grab more power.

Q.  How could Pope Francis keep making blunder after blunder, saying and doing things that are turned into massive media victories for the enemies of The Church?
A.  Because they aren’t blunders.  It is all but certain that he knows exactly what he is doing, and the effect it is having.  It is all but certain that his objective is amassing as much personal power as he can through worldly popularity, and everything else, including The Church and the souls of every human being on the planet, can LITERALLY be damned in service to that goal.

If we investigate and accept the objective reality of the CAUSES of things, then and only then are they intelligible, and then and only then can we formulate correct responses built on a solid foundation of the Truth.  Failure to do this leads to such consequences as the overthrow and destruction of one’s country, or losing one’s faith.  This is why Pollyannaism is so dangerous and devoid of any virtue whatsoever.  We must move to the Poop Deck not because we deny that there is a storm – we go to the Poop Deck precisely because we acknowledge that there IS a storm, and that it is only Our Lord who can and will save us in the fullness of His time.

2.   Let’s talk about Concupiscible and Irascible Appetites, because understanding what they are and how they get perverted explains a lot.

The Concupiscible Appetite is what makes our souls long after things that are pleasant to the senses (like bacon) and avoid those things that are unpleasant to the senses (like Justin Bieber). So, we LOVE bacon, and when we achieve bacon we experience DELIGHT.  When we do not achieve bacon, we experience DESIRE.  Contrariwise, we HATE Justin Bieber*, and when being exposed to Justin Bieber is possible but not accomplished, we experience AVERSION, and when we actually do experience the evil of Bieber we feel sadness and sorrow.  So that’s how the Concupiscible Appetites work.

(* We don’t actually HATE Justin Bieber, and in fact we must pray for that repellant little jerk-wit, because man, it’s not looking good for him if he wraps his Ferrari around a light pole this afternoon.  But you have to admit, the Bacon-Bieber thing was a pretty awesome pedagogical device, huh?)

Now the Irascible Appetites.  This is what makes our souls long after DIFFICULT goods – in other words, things that require us to overcome something unpleasant in order to achieve something virtuous or good.  A very base example that springs to mind is the muscle soreness that goes along with all forms of exercise.  Because we are rightly attracted to the idea of being physically sound and fit we exercise in spite of and push through the unpleasantness of the fatigue and soreness in order to achieve the good of physical fitness and strength.  The highest example is carrying our crosses through life in this Vale of Tears in order to achieve the very attractive goal of heaven.  If our goal is obtainable, then we have HOPE.  If the difficult good is something unobtainable, then we experience despair.  Contrariwise, when we encounter evils that are surmountable, even though they are repulsive we must have COURAGE to meet those evils and overcome them in order to achieve the good beyond, such as sacrificing material possessions, money or public esteem in order to do “the right thing” rather than capitulate to evil.  Yes, the idea of losing all one’s worldly goods, or even one’s life, is certainly repulsive, but courage overcomes the repulsion.  This is why Courage is the Fruit of the Third Sorrowful Mystery of the Rosary (the Crowning with Thorns).  If the difficult evil is insurmountable, then we experience FEAR.

Pope Francis is a Modernist and a Materialist.  He views the world and human beings as material, economic units.  He does not have a proper balance between the Concupiscible and Irascible Appetites.  He is focused almost entirely on the CONCUPISCIBLE appetites.  This is why he talks almost exclusively about people in terms of their MATERIAL WEALTH.  The Poor, The Poor, The Poor.  Not the Poor IN SPIRIT, because that encompasses BOTH the concupiscible and irascible appetites.  No, with him, being a Peronist-Fascist, which is a subset of Marxism, the world and human beings are framed completely by the concupiscible SENSE appetites.  So, give “the poor” more free stuff.  The biggest problems in the world today are “youth unemployment” and “the loneliness of old people” – NOT sin or the consequences of sin, namely the loss of heaven and eternal damnation to hell, which are supernatural realities.

What this skewed emphasis on the Concupiscible Appetites leads to, as we see with Francis, is Materialism, which then feeds selfishness, pride and the gaping maw of the ego.  Me, me, me.  I want to get to go up to Communion like everyone else, because I FEEL excluded.  I refuse to believe that anything that makes a person “FEEL GOOD”, including adultery, contraception, fornication and sodomy, could possibly be a sin, because me, me, me, me.  But enough about me.  Let’s talk about ME.  If I give you free stuff, or tell other people that they should give you free stuff, and if I tell you that your sins aren’t sins and OF COURSE you can come up and have Communion because that will make you FEEL good, and then you will like ME!  Because who cares about virtue and carrying crosses.  Blah, blah, blah.  No one wants to hear about sin and judgment and hell and redemptive suffering and old-fashioned Catholic nonsense like that.  The only way for man to achieve happiness and thus perfection, is through MATERIAL WEALTH.

This kowtowing to the Sense Appetites to the specific exclusion of the Virtuous Appetites generates the adoration of the teeming throngs (aka “economic units”) and thus feeds the pride and ego, which is the goal of the morally crippled man.

Given this, we are confronted with a very troubling pattern.  Pope Francis does not seem to oppose abortion because it is morally wrong to murder an innocent human being.  If you look back at his remarks about abortion and how he frames them, it seems that even his anti-abortion stance is framed in the context of materialism and human beings as economic units.  He speaks of abortion as a symptom of a “throw-away culture”.  He complains that one of the great evils in our time is how we throw away food – a material commodity.  And sometimes within the very same train of thought compares abortion to the throwing away of food – except it is the throwing away of a baby.  A human being is not a material commodity, but Pope Francis seems to parse these ideas within the same framework: a materialist framework.  Murdering babies is wrong not because a “unit” has been “wasted”.  It is wrong to murder a baby because every human being is a SUBJECT, with the primordial right to life so that he may know, love and serve God in this world, and be happy with Him forever, gazing upon the Beatific Vision for all eternity in the next.  And, as Our Lord tells us again and again, this world is a Vale of Tears, the gate is narrow, and the only way to heaven is to take up our crosses and be crucified with Christ.  These words speak to the IRASCIBLE appetites far, far more than the concupiscible sense appetites.  Pope Francis gives every indication of being deeply, deeply unsound on these truths.

3.  With regards to the Synod, we have to understand that the damage is already done.  The lying propaganda has already been promulgated and the world now believes, thanks to the satanic media, that the Catholic Church has abrogated not only the 6th Commandment, but also the entire notion of sin, the Natural Law, and Truth itself.  It is done.  It is a fait accompli.  Millions if not billions of people have been CONFIRMED in MORTAL SIN.  And Pope Francis is loved and hailed as a hero for doing it, or at least enabling it to be done.  I engaged a waiter at a restaurant in small talk a few days ago, and the first thing out of his mouth was praise for Francis.  It went like this:
“Yeah, I left the Church and haven’t been to Mass since 1991, but I really like Francis.  He is more gentle.  He’s really good.”  Why does this likely apostate like Francis?  Because Pope Francis has probably thrown a bucket of water on the last little flame of guilty conscience inside that man’s heart – Pope Francis has removed that last little thorn digging at his heart for his likely sins, his failure to confess them, and even his rejection of Jesus Christ and His Church itself.  This makes Francis “gentle” and “good” in the eyes of the world.

4.  Finally, I was in a different restaurant a couple of weeks ago and the waiter was a transvestite.  Not a drag queen, but a man who was clearly trying to pass as a woman.  I called him “Miss” when flagging him over to the table, and when he approached and spoke, only then did I realize it was a man.  Even though he was clearly TRYING to pass for a woman, I still felt guilty for calling him “Miss”.  And then, during a conversation about all of these horrific goings-on in the Church and the damage that Francis and the rest of them have done whilst sitting in the same restaurant with the tranny waiter flitting past, I was suddenly quite overcome, to the point of tears, by the fact that the odds were extremely high that the waiter, if he dies any time soon, will be lost to hell, and that Pope Francis actually has INCREASED those odds tremendously.  Work-a-day people have heard from the Pope himself and now mistakenly believe more strongly than ever before that mercy is permissiveness.  Now map that onto the entire planet, and feel the horror.

That’s 1900 words.  If you will excuse me, I am going to confession now, and then spend some quality time kneeling beside Sleeping Beauty trying not to be scared back on the Poop Deck.

It's safe here.

It’s safe here.

 

Starting Thursday Off Right: Asleep Under the Poop Edition

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen. PATER NOSTER, qui es in caelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie, et dimitte nobis debita nostra sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. Amen.

Master, doth it not concern Thee that we perish?  Mark 4: 38.    Rembrandt, Christ in the Storm on the Lake of Galilee. ARSH 1633. Oil on canvas. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

Master, doth it not concern Thee that we perish? Mark 4: 38. Rembrandt, Christ in the Storm on the Lake of Galilee. ARSH 1633. Oil on canvas. Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that the ship was filled. And He was in the hinder part of the ship, sleeping upon a pillow; and they awake Him, and say to him: Master, doth it not concern thee that we perish? And rising up, He rebuked the wind, and said to the sea: Peace, be still. And the wind ceased: and there was made a great calm. And He said to them: Why are you fearful? have you not faith yet? And they feared exceedingly: and they said one to another: Who is this (thinkest thou) that both wind and sea obey Him?  Mark 4: 37-40 A friend sent me an email the other day with the following line, elegantly articulating the current Synod disaster: “The apostles are, as usual, showing off as the waves smash around; we pray for them and they remain despite their sometimes startlingly sub-average intelligence – the thread that binds us to the Master sleeping under the poop…. To Him be all glory.” The Poop is the raised deck or cabin in the stern (the hinder part) of a boat or ship.  That is where Our Lord was having His little snooze.  This is, it is ever-more difficult to deny, the worst tempest to ever toss the Barque of Peter.  The past heresies, especially those in the first thousand years of the Church, including Arianism, Donatism, Manichaeism, etc., were all – I can’t believe I’m typing this – SUBTLE compared to what is going on now.  What is going on now is new territory – the denial of the NATURAL LAW, which by definition human beings can easily know and understand even OUTSIDE THE CHURCH.  All human cultures know and understand marriage.  All human cultures know that sodomy is wrong.  All human beings, including those who NEVER knew or know the Church will be judged on the Natural Law.  The pre-Columbian Amazon Basin dweller was/will be judged on the sin of Sodomy, because sodomy is known to every human being as grave sin through the Natural Law. But, we must trust Our Lord, even though it seems that He is having a nap while this all goes on.  How can we be surprised by this?  How can our faith be shaken when there have been countless prophecies and apparitions of Our Lady warning of exactly these events, as it is now crystal clear?  Cardinal against Cardinal and bishop against bishop, mass apostasy, confusion about who actually is the pope, a “destroyer pope”, and on and on.  La Salette, Akita, Fatima, St. Franics….  And, as I and many others have said over and over again, how could we POSSIBLY expect God to continue to bless a culture that is the largest cult of child sacrifice, sodomy and theft ever seen in human history?  How could we expect God to turn a blind eye to the sacrilege and heresy that is endemic to almost every Novus Ordo Mass offered on the planet for the last 46 years – while the entire Church sat in the silence of complicity, more concerned with worldly approval than the Sacred, Wounded Heart of Our Blessed Lord, and His Mother? So, yes, He is sleeping under the poop as the storm rages, as my friend put it, but we must remember His admonition: Why are you fearful? have you not faith yet? He will rise up, and He will say, “Peace, be still.”  And the Barque of Peter will be saved from these devils, and it will lower its nets and bring in a great harvest of souls.  We know this.  We CANNOT doubt this.  So, while I, in my weakness, like everyone else, keep thinking, “Please wake up, please wake up, we’re dying, we’re dying”, I am just going to go back to the poop deck and kneel down next to Him, stare at His Holy Face and watch Him sleep until He sees fit to wake up.  And if I do that, I know that I will be totally and completely safe. See you on the poop deck!

Giblets

1.  As in edible fowl offal.  Various bird guts.  I have always pronounced it “jib-lets”, not “gibb-lets”.  “The Gibb-lets” was the original name of the Bee-Gees.  True story.  Not that there is actually “truth”.  But, I consulted my conscience, and … yeah.  I’m going with that, because it has the odor of newness, and so it must be my truth, as I have encountered and tenderly caressed it.

2.  Yes, of course the Washington regime (I’m just going to stop using the Obama appellation, because it just feeds the confusion.  Obama the man is inconsequential, except in the context of point 3 below, as we have discussed previously) is gunning to expose American soldiers to Ebola  by deploying them to West Africa and then carry it back here.  It is just like the plot in Aliens, wherein the “company” sends sleazy Carter Burke to make certain that at least some of the Marines and Ripley are implanted with Xenomorph embryos, and then frozen for transport home in order to get past quarantine and get the Alien species back to earth so that it can be weaponized.

3.  The only purpose Obama actually serves his handlers now is as a “victim” of a false-flag assassination or assassination attempt.  I will keep restating this in the hopes that I am wrong.  However, as I tweeted not long ago, all of this Secret Service reportage looks suspiciously like laying the “background” for this narrative.  Remember, the press is 110% an operational arm of the Washington/Megabank power structure.  The “press” doesn’t pass a popcorn toot without being told to do so.  This Secret Service stuff is being reported for a reason.

4.  Speaking of which, so when are you going to enjoin a media strike?  Why are you STILL paying for and subsidizing satanic propaganda and agitporn?  One of the approved apparitions of Our Lady included a prophecy from her about people being addicted to entertainment right before World War 3.  Yup.  One of the huge problems I see today is the tendency for teevee shows to romanticize criminality and particularly political corruption.  I quit teevee in February of ARSH 2009, and then watched old shows on Netflix until moving into “The Van”, but have now quit even that.  I understand that these streaming services are producing extremely high-quality serial “teevee” shows, and that “teevee”, as opposed to big screen cinema, is experiencing a comeback in terms of production quality and thus popularity, with each episode being its own little movie.  The problem I see is that these shows paint psychopathic arch-criminals as likable, sympathetic characters.  I suppose it started with The Sopranos, but now the focus is on politicians.  There is a show with Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the Vice President (?) and also a show starring Kevin Spacey – who is a naturally LIKABLE actor – cast as a murderous, psychopath who is also a very high-ranking U.S. Congressman or some such.  What this does – this blurring of fantasy and real life, this business of normalizing and then trivializing, and then MAKING SYMPATHETIC people who should be tried and executed – is to deaden what little remaining sense of outrage remains or extinguish the understaning of the urgent need to defend oneself and one’s family and society from these people.  It’s just entertainment.  It will work itself out.  It isn’t real.  It doesn’t have anything to do with me.  IT’S JUST TEEVEE.  “Man, that Frank Underwood is one evil bastard, but I can’t wait to see what he does next, and I can’t help rooting for him!”

The problem is, real-life Washington D.C. and the halls of power all over the western world are filled with real-life Frank Underwoods, who will burn, rape and pillage everything and everyone you know and love to the ground without hesitation, and yes, many of them, being psychopaths, are “charming” and superficially “likable”.  Desensitization to these people and the very, very real crimes they are committing by turning it all into an entertainment vector is bad, bad business.  The News-Entertainment channels are bad enough.  This stuff is REAL, and the coming war is most definitely going to be REAL.  This isn’t a television serial, and it sure as heck isn’t going to be “entertaining”.

MONSTERS. ARE. REAL.

Except their names aren’t “Frank Underwood”, etc.  Their names are Harry Reid, John Boehner, Lindsey Graham, John McCain, Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry, Billary Clinton, Mitch McConnell, Obama, Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama, Valerie Jarrett, Michael Bloomberg, and on and on and on…

5.  I tweeted the Patrick Archbold piece yesterday about finally acknowledging that satan is actively trying to destroy the Church, and this Synod mess is satan’s doing.  And then I saw his previous piece FINALLY admitting that the United States is over, dead, finished and is never coming back, and that there will be a big honking war before any “resetting” or rebuilding can occur.  It’s just so darn good to hear other people say this.  FINALLY.  It only took six years of an Indonesian national communist-musloid imbecile plant usurping the White House to figure it out, but hey, better late then never.  It’s open invite.  Invite all of your friends.

6.  Ted Cruz’ wife, Heidi, is a Goldman Sachs executive.  Hadn’t said that in a while.  Just need to keep that fresh.

7.  And, as a corollary, let’s just restate the Barnhardt Axiom while we’re at it: Seeking and/or holding office, especially national-level office, is, in and of itself, proof that a given person is psychologically and morally unfit to hold public office.

Let me put it this way.  If a man in Germany in January of 1944 announced that he was going to join the Nazi Party so that he could “improve it and correct its problems from the inside out”, you’d know he was full of poop up to his eyebrows, right?  No decent human being could join the Nazi Party in ARSH 1944 because A.) it was clear that it was evil and B.) such a system of pure evil could never be “fixed” – the only solution is to destroy it.  Anyone who would voluntarily engage and associate themselves with the Nazi Party and the Third Reich would be doing so because they wanted a piece of the power and largesse and didn’t care that the entire edifice was intrinsically evil.  It is the same thing now.  No moral human being can possibly, possibly engage this system as a legitimate government worthy of the participation of the non-criminal class of citizenry.  Decent human beings do not join the Nazi Party.  Or the mob.  Or Goldman Sachs.  Or the musloid political system.  It is simply impossible.  So, given that, ANYONE who seeks office in the former United States today is, BY DEFINITION, morally and psychologically unfit to hold office.

8.  And as they liked not to have God in their knowledge, God delivered them up to a reprobate sense, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all iniquity, malice, fornication, avarice, wickedness, full of envy, murder, contention, deceit, malignity, whisperers, Detractors, hateful to God, contumelious, proud, haughty, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, foolish, dissolute, without affection, without fidelity, without mercy. Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand that they who do such things, are worthy of death; and not only they that do them, but they also that consent to them that do them.

Romans 1: 28-32

But they also that consent to them that do them.

9.  Time for this again.  The wonderful Orbis Factor troped Kyrie with the soul-piercing drone.  Words in Latin and English below.

Latin:

1. Orbis factor rex aeterne, eleison. Kyrie, eleison. Kyrie, eleison.
2. Pietatis rex immense, eleison. Kyrie, eleison. Kyrie, eleison.
3. Noxas omnes nostras pelle, eleison. Kyrie, eleison. Kyrie, eleison.
4. Christe qui lux es mundi dator vitae, eleison. Christe, eleison. Christe, eleison.
5. Arte laesos daemonis intuere, eleison. Christe, eleison. Christe, eleison.
6. Conservans te credentes confirmansque, eleison. Christe, eleison. Christe, eleison.
7. Deum scimus unum atque trinum esse, eleison. Kyrie, eleison. Kyrie, eleison.
8. Patrem tuum teque flamen utrorumque, eleison. Kyrie, eleison. Kyrie, eleison.
9. Clemens nobis adsis paraclite ut vivamus in te, eleison. Kyrie, eleison. Kyrie, eleison.

English:

1. Maker of the world, King eternal, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.
2. O immense King of pity, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.
3. Drive off all our evils, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.
4. Christ who art the light of the world and giver of life, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us.
5. Consider the wounds produced by the devil’s art, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us.
6. Keeping and confirming thy believers, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us.
7. We know that God is one and three, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.
8. Thou and thy Father, an equal light, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.
9. Thou, merciful unto us, art present with the Holy Spirit that we might live in thee, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.

 

Diabolical disorientation? Oh, yeah baby. We are THERE.

(Green text indicates sarcasm or the voice of the liar, as is the form around here.  Gotta make that clear.  Sigh.)

So a friend in Riverville turned me on to a Metaphysics class that I could listen to, and good grief are you people in trouble now!  Metaphysics is kind of trippy-wippy as it is, in extremely simple terms, the study of “being”, and not for everyone to be sure.  But, amongst all of the tall, dense weeds that one must wade through, glorious clearings open up, and there are truths therein that every single human being can use in day to day life to be… wiser.  And we LUUUURV wisdom, because Proverbs 1:7 tells us, “The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom.  Fools despise Wisdom and instruction.”

I have listened to three hours of lecture so far covering exactly eight paragraphs of text, and have half-a-dozen essay topics already, all of which illuminate what exactly it is that is going on in these dark days, both in the secular realm and in the Church.

The first:  So… what in the blue, fiery blazes is happening with this Synod on the Family thingy?

In short, the infiltrators of the Church are trying to accomplish nothing less than the total destruction of the Church.  They subscribe to the satanic heresy of MODERNISM, which is, quite possibly, the worst heresy ever.  Pope St. Pius X called Modernism “the synthesis of all heresies”, meaning all heresies combined.  Think of Modernism as the Super Wal-Mart of heresies.  EVERYTHING is in there.  And here’s where the metaphysics comes in.

Allegory:  A Modernist wallowing at the slop trough of heresy.

Allegory: A Modernist wallowing at the WalMartian bottomless slop trough of heresy.

Modernism denies that there are any UNIVERSALS.  Universals, in this metaphysical context, means things that DO NOT CHANGE.  You know, like… God, Truth, His Law, Scripture and even mankind itself.  Modernists, denying that there are any universals, thus insist that EVERYTHING is in a constant state of flux, and thus NOTHING can ever be parsed or … wait for it … JUDGED within the stable matrix of UNCHANGING TRUTH.

Y’all see where we’re going with this?

So, for example, Our Blessed Lord, the Second Person of the Triune Godhead, God Almighty Incarnate said in Matthew 19, “And I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and he that shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery.”  The “except it be” means that a husband can “put away” his cheating wife, but it in NO WAY says that he is free to marry another woman while the wife is still alive.  He is not.  The “except it be” is referring to the putting away, NOT “dissolving” the marriage.

So Modernists, denying that there is any such thing as a UNIVERSAL unchanging truth, blow off the words of Our Blessed Lord, the Second Person of the Triune Godhead, God Almighty Incarnate, by saying things like this: “To search for what it is the Lord now asks of His Church, the need to listen to the rhythm of our time and feel the smell the people of today…”

Because, you know, everything’s DIFFERENT now, because everything is in a constant state of flux, there is NO SUCH THING as UNCHANGING TRUTH, so what Our Blessed Lord, the Second Person of the Triune Godhead, God Almighty Incarnate said and the Holy Ghost recorded through the pen of St. Matthew is real cute and all, but come on.  That was 2000 years ago.  Maybe that applied to THOSE PEOPLE THEN, but no one seriously believes that you can apply these ideas to us today, because WE’RE DIFFERENT.  The world is different.  The CHURCH IS DIFFERENT.  And, let’s be honest, people today aren’t just different – we’re BETTER.  We have EVOLVED.  And the Church, why it’s never been better!  And how could it not be, because it has US, the new, different, BETTER men populating it!  

And so even what Pope St. John Paul the Second The Greatest Pope EVAH said just a few years ago about the indissolubility of marriage, heck that was SO THIRTY YEARS AGO, dude.  And tomorrow, when Sister Joan wants to marry a dead female poodle, or whatever, then this will be fine because “the rhythm of the time” and the acrid stench, er, excuse me, the perfume of the people will be different than it is today, and WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE anyway, because there is no such thing as universal, unchanging truth, therefore the entire notion of judging particular situations and actions is completely IMPOSSIBLE.  How can anyone, including God Almighty, possibly say that ANYTHING is “intrinsically disordered” if there is no referential matrix that we can judge any particular thing against, because EVERYTHING is constantly changing?  New Spirit.  New Springtime. New Pentecost.  Let us “Sing a New Church into being”, as the common Novus Ordo hymn says. 

Folks, this demonic, Modernist garbage is the living, breathing definition of “diabolical disorientation”.  We’re there.  Satan is now trying to completely undermine and destroy in the minds of men the entire notion of universal, unchanging truth.

Ending on a positive note:

…And the Gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.

“That is, the powers of darkness, and whatever Satan can do, either by himself, or his agents. For as the Church is here likened to a house, or fortress, built on a rock; so the adverse powers are likened to a contrary house or fortress, the gates of which, that is, the whole strength, and all the efforts it can make, will never be able to prevail over the city or Church of Christ. By this promise we are fully assured, that neither idolatry, heresy, nor any pernicious error whatsoever shall at any time prevail over the Church of Christ.”

Starting Friday Off Right: Seat of Wisdom Edition

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

PATER NOSTER, qui es in caelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie, et dimitte nobis debita nostra sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem, sed libera nos a malo. Amen.

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A Prayer to Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom
by Saint Thomas Aquinas

O Mary, Seat of Wisdom, so many persons of common intellect have made through your intercession admirable progress in their studies.
I hereby choose you as my guardian and patron of my studies. I humbly ask you to obtain for me the grace of the Holy Spirit, so that from now on I can understand more quickly, retain more readily, and express myself more fluently. May the example of my life serve to honor you and your Son, Jesus. Amen.

“He said he was from Liberia, not Africa…”

From this thread over at Lucianne.com.  Emphases mine.

Reply 29 – Posted by: gone2pot, 10/3/2014 5:50:33 PM (No. 10030644)
It´s us. We are the reason for the panic. We vote for it, educate our kids with it, watch it on TV, “like” and “follow” it, and listen to its music. Here´s anecdotal evidence; my wife´s hospital is caddy corner to Dallas Presby, home of the ebola incident. The docs at her hospital left Presby to start a new, less screwed up system. So, they know Presby and keep in contact with former colleagues. Well, according to the old Presby docs, the thirty-something Dallas Presby nurse´s answer to the CDC was, “He said he was from Liberia, not Africa.” So, next time you want to believe the tin foil hat conspiracy theory answer, remember instead that we ARE that stupid and our stupidity is why we create the cases for panic.