Lots of Limbo Citations

This is just excellent. I’ll pick out just a few of the 24 reasons. Do read the whole thing.

“24 Reasons Why Not to Reject Limbo”

24 Reasons Why Not To Reject Limbo
John Vennari

Limbo is in the news. A new document from Rome’s International Theological Commission [ITC], released on April 20 (2012), states that Catholics may virtually ignore the teaching on limbo and may have “many reasons for hope” for the salvation of unbaptized infants.

Practically every major newspaper carried the story. Headlines such as “Vatican Abolishes Limbo;” “Vatican Report Rejects Limbo;” and “Concept of Limbo Now Assigned to Oblivion” appeared throughout the world.

Yet despite this latest study, many intend to hold to the conventional teaching that the souls of infants who die before Baptism do not attain Heaven, because they have not obtained the remission of Original Sin that only Baptism provides. They go to Limbo, a place of natural happiness wherein they suffer no pain of punishment since they are guilty of no personal sin.

Listed below are 24 of the chief reasons why I, and thousands of Catholics the world over, will not reject the Catholic doctrine of Limbo:

1. Because Pope Pius VI, in a formal magisterial decree, denounced the rejection of Limbo as “false, rash, slanderous to Catholic schools”;

2. Because the ITC’s study on Limbo is neither a papal document, nor a magisterial document, but a modern theological exercise that does not bind the conscience of Catholics in any way;

4. Because it is an unchangeable article of Faith, taught infallibly by the Second Council of Lyons and the Council of Florence that the souls of those who depart this life in the state of original sin are excluded from the Beatific Vision;

5. Because Pope Sixtus V taught in a 1588 Constitution that victims of abortion, being deprived of Baptism, are “excluded from Beatific Vision,” which is one of the reasons Sixtus V denounced abortion as a heinous crime;

7. Because to reject Limbo strengthens the implicit denial of Original Sin, a chief error of our age;

14. Because churchmen can not reform Catholic doctrine for the sake of alleged “new pastoral needs,” since human considerations and “signs of the times” have no bearing on whether or not a Catholic doctrine is true;

The following comes from Catholic Essentials:

I. The Limbo of the Fathers – A place and state of rest wherein the souls of the just who died before Christ’s ascension were detained until he opened Heaven to them; referred to as “Abraham’s Bosom” (Luke xvi,22) and “Paradise” (Luke xxiii, 43) and notably in Eph. IV, 9 and I Peter iii, 18-20.

II. The Limbo of Children – It is of faith that all, children and adults, who leave this world without the Baptism of water, blood or desire and therefore in original sin are excluded from the Vision of God in Heaven. The great majority of theologians teach that such children and unbaptized adults free from grievous actual sin, enjoy eternally a state of perfect natural happiness, knowing and loving God by use of their natural powers. This place and state is commonly called Limbo. (Definition from A Catholic Dictionary, 1951)

References in Scripture:

“And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom. And the rich man also died: and he was buried in hell” Luke 16:22

“Now that He ascended, what is it, but because He also descended first into the lower parts of the earth” Ephesians 4:9

“Because Christ also died once for our sins, the just for the unjust: that He might offer us to God, being put to death indeed in the flesh, but enlivened in the spirit, In which also coming he preached to those spirits that were in prison: Which had been some time incredulous, when they waited for the patience of God in the days of Noe, when the ark was a building: wherein a few, that is, eight souls, were saved by water.” 1 Peter 3:18-20

“And he said to Jesus: Lord, remember me when Thou shalt come into Thy kingdom. And Jesus said to him: Amen I say to thee, this day thou shalt be with Me in paradise” Luke 23:42-43

Church Teaching:

“Moreover as Christ was true and perfect man, He of course was capable of dying. Now man dies when the soul is separated from the body. When, therefore, we say that Jesus died, we mean that His soul was disunited from His body. We do not admit, however, that the Divinity was separated from His body. On the contrary, we firmly believe and profess that when His soul was dissociated from His body, His Divinity continued always united both to His body in the sepulchre and to His soul in limbo. It became the Son of God to die, that, through death, He might destroy him who had the empire of death that is the devil, and might deliver them, who through the fear of death were all their lifetime subject to servitude.” Catechism of Council of Trent, The Creed, Article IV

“Q: What are we taught in the Fifth Article: He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead? A: The Fifth Article of the Creed teaches us that the Soul of Jesus Christ, on being separated from His Body, descended to the Limbo of the holy Fathers, and that on the third day it became united once more to His Body, never to be parted from it again”. Catechism of St. Pope Pius X, The Fifth Article of the Creed

“The fourth and final reason is that Christ might free the just who were in hell [or Limbo]. For as Christ wished to suffer death to deliver the living from death, so also He would descend into hell to deliver those who were there”. Also, “The reason they were there in hell [i.e., Limbo] is original sin which they had contracted from Adam, and from which as members of the human race they could not be delivered except by Christ. Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas, The Creed, The Fifth Article, Reasons for Christ’s Descent

“The limbo of the Fathers and the limbo of children, without any doubt, differ as to the quality of punishment or reward. For children have no hope of the blessed life, as the Fathers in limbo had, in whom, moreover, shone forth the light of faith and grace. But as regards their situation, there is reason to believe that the place of both is the same; except that the limbo of the Fathers is placed higher than the limbo of children, just as we have stated in reference to limbo and hell.” Summa Theologica, St. Thomas Aquinas, Whether the limbo of children is the same as the limbo of the Fathers?

“Suarez, for example, ignoring Bellarmine’s protest, continued to teach what Catharinus had taught — that unbaptized children will not only enjoy perfect natural happiness, but that they will rise with immortal bodies at the last day and have the renovated earth for their happy abode (De vit. et penat., ix, sect. vi, n. 4); and, without insisting on such details, the great majority of Catholic theologians have continued to maintain the general doctrine that the children’s limbo is a state of perfect natural happiness, just the same as it would have been if God had not established the present supernatural order” 1917 Catholic Encyclopedia, Limbo Summary

Contrary to what some Catholics have come to believe today, the doctrine of Limbo is mentioned in Scripture (albeit by a different name) and as we can see above, has been taught century to century by the Catholic Church. To deny its existence is not Catholic.

The one about… DO ABORTED BABIES GO TO HEAVEN?

Time for this again, spurred by this thoroughly horrific email, which is the ripened fruit of the post-conciliar “Church of Nice” and all of its attached heresies:

Ann:
Some time back I read that you understood that aborted children were in limbo.  I understood that these children were in what we would understand as heaven.  If that is true, I am glad that I have had an abortion and I am willing to pay the price of hell so another does not have to experience this hell on this earth.

L

Ah, the “New Pentecost”.  Not quite the same as the first one, huh?
The essay was originally penned and posted on October 16, ARSH 2012, hence the aside on Romney and Obama.  An epilogue follows.
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It is getting progressively harder and harder for me to leave the house. Not because I’m threatened or under surveillance or anything like that. It’s because every situation or conversation I enter, or even just OVERHEAR or OBSERVE, is potential fodder for this bizarre website. It’s as if I am eavesdropping on and then plagiarizing the world or some such.

(Pause for moment of scruple-driven angst.)

Aaaaannnnddd……I’m over it.

So, I found myself in a discussion, the base of which was the question of what happens to babies who are killed in abortion. Do they go to heaven?

The answer is NO, they do not.

If you are recoiling in disgust and red-faced rage at this point, I would urge you to humble yourself and receive instruction, as this is a nuanced yet incredibly important bit of theology – and a lesson in logic. When you’re done reading it, I guarantee you will have learned something. If you are Catholic, you will see how shallow and inadequate your catechesis has been, and if you are Protestant you will see how much you are missing.

1. The Church teaches and has taught from day one that baptism is essential for salvation. This comes straight from Our Lord Himself:

He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be condemned.
Mark 16:16

This is repeated throughout the four Gospels and in the epistles. Baptism, baptism, baptism. Go forth and BAPTIZE. Don’t just talk. BAPTIZE everyone you possibly can. With water. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. In fact, baptism is so non-negotiably essential that ANYONE can baptize – even a non-Christian. As long as the baptism is with water, and the form is correct, meaning in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost (or Holy Spirit), then an atheist could baptize. A musloid could baptize. A Jew could baptize. A Hindu could baptize.

(*The notable and particularly relevant caveat to this is if the baptizer says the right words, but consciously means something completely different by the words “Father”, “Son” and “Holy Ghost”. I’m talking about the cult of Mormonism here. Did you know that Mormons teach and believe that God the Father is one of many “gods” who came from another planet and just happens to be the “god” of this particular planet, and that “God the Son” was once a non-divine mortal man, and that satan was his brother, and that the man they call “Jesus” at some point achieved divinity and was made the god of this world? Further, Mormons teach that when they die that they will also become gods and be given their own “celestial kingdoms” to rule. Mormons also teach that the Holy Spirit and the Holy Ghost are two completely separate and distinct beings.

Bottom line: Mormons are NOT, NOT, NOT Christians and Mitt Romney is NOT, NOT, NOT a Christian. Does that piss you off? Wow. I SO don’t care. It is the truth. Deal with it.

Oh, and for the record, Obama is not baptized either. One of the huge selling points of Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity “church” is the fact that he DOES NOT baptize muslims. Thus, muslims who are engaging in the war tactic of KITHMAN, that is pretending to be non-muslim while infiltrating a culture for stealth jihad, flock to Wright’s “church” because they can pose as Christians while avoiding the sacrament of Baptism. If you don’t believe me, just call Trinity and ask them yourself. Their number is (773) 962-5650. Be polite.

Not that this election is real, and not that the First American Republic still exists, but I do think that it is VERY interesting and telling that NEITHER candidate is Christian, which would be a first, and is certainly apropos.)

2. What is heaven? Heaven is nothing less than indwelling INSIDE the Trinity, contemplating the Trinity for all eternity. This is hard to understand from the “outside”, but we know that this is the case from the words of Our Lord Himself:

That they all may be one, as Thou, Father, in Me, and I in Thee; that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me.
John 17:21

This is called “the Beatific Vision”, which could perhaps be simplistically stated as “seeing and contemplating God from the inside.”

3. Who DESERVES the Beatific Vision as a mere corollary to their existence? Nobody. Not even the Angels. The Angels had to choose to serve God even before the creation of the world. They were created by God, and then shown the plan of Salvation History before the Big Bang (Let There Be Light). Those who chose to serve God were granted the Beatific Vision. Those who chose not to serve God, specifically the Second Person, the Divine Man, Whom they resented as being “beneath them”, were cast out of heaven, never having seen the Beatific Vision, and never to see it. Satan and demons are real.

Even the Blessed Virgin Mary doesn’t DESERVE the Beatific Vision merely as a corollary to her existence. She says so in her Magnificat:

And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. Because He hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. Because He that is mighty, hath done great things to me;and holy is His name. And His mercy is from generation unto generations, to them that fear Him.
Luke 1:46-50

Given these realities, does an unborn baby DESERVE the Beatific Vision? The answer is obviously “no”.  This is the crux of the entire question, and the poison heresy of Modernism, which has infused nearly everything today, is why people simply cannot grasp this point.  The heresy of Modernism, which is the driving force of the post-Conciliar Church, says that religion is man’s quest for God – that modern man is doing God a favor by creating out of the mind of man various and sundry ways of “encountering” God.  This is a lie.  Religion – True Religion, of which there is only one – is God’s quest for man.  God is the actor, and His actions and interactions with humanity are real, concrete events that are in no way dependent upon or merited by us.  Oh, God most assuredly loves religion – the religion which comes from Him and is His: the Catholic Church.

If you fall for the Modernist heresy, man is the supreme being and “god” is the subordinated, dependent subject.  Therefore, any “worship” experience MUST be centered around the people, and specifically how the people FEEL, because the first movement is the movement of the people.  If nobody FEELS anything, then nothing happened.  Therefore, with the human person being elevated to the position of primacy, suddenly “god” is dependent upon us and “owes” us heaven so that He can exist.  Do you see how subtle and utterly satanic Modernism is?

4. But an unborn baby (Or even a born and yet unbaptized baby) has committed no personal sin. So where do they go? The answer is, they go to a “place” (for lack of a better word) called Limbo, specifically The Limbo of the Innocents. There is another Limbo called the Limbo of the Fathers which was filled with the righteous people who died on earth before Christ opened the gates of heaven on Calvary. The Limbo of the Fathers no longer exists – Christ emptied it while He was in the tomb.  This event is called “The Harrowing of Hell”.

At this point many are screaming, “BUT THAT ISN’T IN THE BIBLE!”

Oh, yes it is. If you bother to READ IT. And again, from the lips of Our Lord, no less:

And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom. And the rich man also died: and he was buried in hell.
Luke 16:22

Abraham’s Bosom is NOT the Beatific Vision. When Our Lord spoke these words, the Gates of Heaven were yet closed because He had not yet opened them. Abraham’s Bosom was the Limbo of the Fathers.

The proof for the Limbo of the Innocents actually comes from the very first scripture I quoted above:

He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be condemned.
Mark 16:16

Read that VERY carefully. Note that the second phrase does NOT tie non-baptism to condemnation. Condemnation (hell) is for those who reject Christ, but the baptismal state is left open. Note that in the first phrase that baptism is only tied to the Beatific Vision. What does this tell us? It tells us first that a person MUST be baptized in order to reach the Beatific Vision. It also tells us that those who die unbaptized and yet without any personal sin (which can only mean babies, both pre-born and born, and children who have not reached the age of reason, and therefore cannot be guilty of personal sin) DO NOT GO TO THE HELL OF THE DAMNED.

Makes sense, huh? But you have to start from the true premise that NOBODY deserves the Beatific Vision.

So, the “place” these innocent yet unbaptized babies and children go is the Limbo of the Innocents. The Limbo of the Innocents is a “place” wherein these souls experience MAXIMUM NATURAL HAPPINESS, but do not experience the SUPERNATURAL happiness of the Beatific Vision.

Let’s think about this. Maximum natural happiness. Guys, you have never, ever experienced anything even close to maximum natural happiness. In fact, if you were given the gift of five seconds of maximum natural happiness, I’ll bet that you would swear up and down that you had just seen heaven and that there is no way that there could be anything better. You would be wrong. Heaven, the Beatific Vision, is so far above Limbo that Limbo is considered to be at the edge of hell by comparison, but not just by comparison, but it is IN FACT within the domain of hell simply because it is outside the Beatific Vision.  But it is still better than anything you have ever experienced.

5. Now, we have to answer the question, “Why can’t unbaptized babies go straight to heaven?”

It is a great question, with a great answer. On the surface it sounds “unfair” that a baby, especially a baby that was murdered in cold blood by its own mother, couldn’t go straight to heaven, especially when we consider the fact that the mother could sacramentally confess her sin and die in a state of grace and achieve the Beatific Vision herself.

Boo! Not fair, the critics say.

Again, let’s think this through. WHAT IF all aborted babies went straight to heaven? How would the logical truth table from that false premise play out?  The woman who sent the email at the top of this essay has already showed you.

If all aborted babies are GUARANTEED heaven, but a born person who lives to the age of reason runs the risk of living a life wherein they reject Christ and end up in hell, wouldn’t it be an act of charity and mercy for every mother everywhere to abort every child they conceive so that the child will absolutely, positively spend all of eternity enjoying the Beatific Vision?

Let’s put a context to it. Let’s say a poor woman who lives in an urban slum gets pregnant. She looks around and sees a terrible environment. She knows that her child will be raised fatherless. She knows that the odds of her child escaping the grasp of the gangs and the Marxist overlords are very slim. What should she do? If all aborted babies go to heaven, then the young mother should kill the child in utero, thus guaranteeing her child heaven and sparing it the risk of life in this world and thus the high risk of being lost to hell. In fact, it would be selfish and uncharitable for her NOT to abort the child….

Do you see what happens when we try to form a logical truth table off of a false premise? We easily end up with abortion as a charitable act of mercy. And satan SQUEALS with delight.

6. Now the question must be answered, “Why SHOULD the young mother allow her child to be born even with the high risk of the child eventually being lost to hell?”

The answer comes from Lesson Number One in the Catechism:

Q: Why did God make you?

A: God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in heaven.

Every person is made by God with the desired end of the Beatific Vision. Every. Single. Person. Period.

Religion, namely the Catholic Church, is the conduit through which God is desperately chasing after every person in order to make *possible* this unfathomable result.  If the mother aborts the baby, the baby can never see the Beatific Vision, which is what God created the child for, and nothing less. In order to achieve the Beatific Vision, a person must be born and baptized, and die in a state of grace. Because remember, NOBODY deserves the Beatific Vision. Nobody.

No matter how long the odds seem, that baby is born with the Beatific Vision within grasp. Human beings CAN NEVER deprive a child of that chance, and that is precisely what abortion does.

And Jesus beholding, said to them: With men this is impossible: but with God all things are possible.
Matthew 19:26

7. What about miscarriages?

True miscarriages and stillbirths are God’s will, and remember, those babies, like the aborted babies, are granted maximum natural happiness in the Limbo of the Innocents. We must trust God in these matters. It is possible that God in His omniscience and Divine Providence allows miscarriages and stillbirths in order to bring about the best possible outcome for the child. This is a very difficult idea to face, but again, it comes straight from Our Lord Himself:

The Son of man indeed goeth, as it is written of Him: but woe to that man by whom the Son of man shall be betrayed: it were better for him, if that man had not been born.
Matthew 26:24

It would have been better for Judas Iscariot to have been miscarried because then he would have the maximum natural happiness of the Limbo of the Innocents. Instead, Judas betrayed Our Lord, doubted His mercy and never sought forgiveness and instead committed suicide, thus choosing the hell of the damned for all eternity.

But remember, ONLY GOD can make that call. No man can ever, ever play God and induce miscarriage, which is to say MURDER a pre-born child.

8. Why have I never heard anything about any of this up until now?

First, if you are Catholic and under the age of 60 or so, it is because the Church has been infiltrated by Marxist-homosexualists tasked with destroying the Church from the inside. Their father, satan, wants to convince as many people as possible that abortion is “morally neutral” or “contingent on the circumstances”. Beyond that, satan actually does want people to believe that aborted babies go to heaven so that eventually he can convince people that abortion can be a MORAL GOOD (like the woman above). Satan gets two things out of this.

A.) He maximizes the number of people who murder their own children and then DO NOT REPENT, thus dying in mortal sin and going to hell.

B.) The second thing satan achieves is keeping as many human beings from achieving that which he himself rejected and RAGES against: The Beatific Vision. Satan is willing to compromise and cut his losses. He’ll take the baby going to the Limbo of the Innocents, never seeing the Beatific Vision PLUS the damnation of the unrepentant mother AND the damnation of the apostate priests, nuns and clergy who told the woman that her abortion wasn’t a sin because “the baby is in heaven.”  Why?  Because NONE of those people is in heaven, and that is what satan wants.  

If you are Protestant, you have never heard anything about this because Protestantism is intrinsically stupid and insipid. That’s it. Superfun Rockband church. Jimmy Swaggart. Brain dead Methodist “we’re just here to keep up appearances”. Don’t believe me? Okay. Ask your preacher/presider/facilitator/host on Sunday if aborted babies go to heaven, and after reading this, stand back and bask in the bumbling ignorance of his (or her, shudder) answer. Yep. You can almost visualize it right now, can’t you?

Epilogue:
Back in the fall of ARSH 2012 I enrolled in a one year course on Aristotelian and Thomistic Ethics for lay people put on by the Archdiocese of Denver.  Aside from the instructor, I was the only Traditional Catholic (if you will permit the term for simplicity’s sake) in the class.  The rest of the enrollees were middle-aged Novus Ordo “Kathys”, and one Novus Ordo man who alternated between talking on his phone out in the hall and sleeping soundly in his chair.  I enjoyed the course very much, and learned a lot.  This question about aborted babies came up in the class in mid-October (thus prompting my essay referencing a “discussion on the topic”), and naturally the utterly contra-catechized Kathys all swore up and down that OF COURSE all aborted babies go to heaven – because babies are so cuddly and sweet and stuff.  The instructor tried to gently make the point that no, that was in fact not correct, but the Kathys were unmoved.  Then I spoke up, and, as you have figured out, I am obviously quite firm when I decide to explain things, leaving no room for confusion.  And this HAD to be corrected.  I walked them through the logical progression of “if all babies go to heaven then abortion is the greatest act of charity any woman can do.”  But, middle-aged American Novus Ordo Kathys and logical progressions don’t exactly… play well together.  

Six weeks later I made my bucket list pilgrimage to Rome and missed one class session.  When I landed in Denver, still riding the spiritual high from Rome, I turned on my phone to check my email, and sitting at the top of my email box was a letter from the class instructor.  The Kathys had approached him after class, in my absence, and told him that my insistence upon my (read THE CATHOLIC CHURCH’S) position and unwillingness to compromise made them feel “unsafe”.  I poop you negative.  Talk about harshing a girl’s mellow.  Bear in mind, none of them had any idea who I was.  I was just a woman named “Ann” who wore fabulous neckties and was “not nice”.  I thought on it and quickly realized that in order to avoid having all of these Kathys drop the course, ask for refunds, and potentially harm this young fellow’s reputation and career, I would just audit the course online and listen to the audio files… so as not to scare the Kathys.  I admit that the frustration this caused me made me cry.  And it was then that I first thought to myself, “You know, between the IRS and this crap, I should just suck it up and go live in a van down by the river.”

And that is exactly what I did.  :-)

Exchange Rates, Gold, Food and The Captain & Tennille

I want to make a mathematical point which I think is lost on most people, as most people struggle mightily with the concept of relative movements and relative mathematical relationships, because, you know, public schools.

Okay. The U.S. Dollar is quoted as an index relative to a basket of six currencies. Why is the U.S. Dollar quoted against a basket? Because the U.S. Dollar is the global reserve currency (for the moment – check back in tomorrow to see if this premise still holds). The Dollar is, essentially, the benchmark against which everything else is measured. So, relative to itself, the Dollar is always ”par”, and since it is the global benchmark currency (as of right this second), to compare it to any other currency is really just a quote on where that OTHER currency is relative to the Dollar in practical terms. Yes, mathematically you could quote the U.S. Dollar relative to the Bolivian Peso, but um, with all due respect to Bolivia, yeah, the base metric is the Dollar, and everyone is measuring the Bolivian Peso relative to the U.S. Dollar, not the other way around.

Here is the basket that is used to calculate the Dollar Index:

Euro 57.6% weight
Japanese Yen 13.6% weight
Pound Sterling 11.9% weight
Canadian Dollar 9.1% weight
Swedish Krona 4.2% weight
Swiss Franc 3.6% weight

The DX is 77.3% comprised of European currencies, with the Euro itself being the majority of the entire basket. Thus, if Europe collapses and we collapse, we will both be sucking together, but the relative mathematical relationship between the currencies might not change that much.

If The Captain jumps out of a plane and two seconds later Toni Tennille jumps out of the same plane, they will be plummeting toward the ground at the same speed with only the two-second lag between their respective jumps between them. But they will both be falling.

So, if today a loaf of bread in the U.S. costs $3.00 and that same loaf of bread in France costs 2.13 Euros, that means that the Euro exchange rate is 1.41 Dollars per Euro.

If our economies implode and hyper inflation kicks in, that same loaf of bread might cost $3000.00 and the loaf in Europe might cost 2200.00 Euros. That would be an exchange rate of 1.36 Dollars per Euro. That’s not much difference on a relative basis, huh? Does that mean that the Dollar has strengthened against the Euro and therefore everything is *teh awesome*? Of course not, but that is EXACTLY the line of bee-ess that the oligarchy and their stooges would get on TV and spew.

Whore.

Whore.

So how do we measure these fiat currencies as a whole? How do we cut the bee-ess and get down to the nitty-gritty? WHAT IS THE NITTY-GRITTY?

Real commodities.  Food.  Land.  Metals.

We know that all fiat currencies all over the world are getting their butts kicked collectively and that inflation is happening even though they are strengthening relative to the Dollar because, for example, the price of cattle (food) has pretty much doubled in the last five years, and farmground (where food comes from) prices have more than doubled. Quoting metals prices is more difficult because the metals markets are heavily manipulated.  I’m with Kyle Bass on metals – something seriously, seriously stinks in Denmark, baby.  The exchanges clearly don’t have the physical metal, and thus we are only ever one position limit-sized demand for delivery away from a full-on clusterbungle.

The whole thing is collapsing with the Dollar leading the way simply because it is historically weak relative to the basket. Yes, the Canadians are loving the relative relationship to the Dollar, but the entire system is still falling. And in my $3000 loaf of bread example, gold would probably be trading for something like $1,600,000 per ounce assuming a very simplistic linear relationship. That would tend to get people’s attention, don’t you think?

Now do you see why the oligarchy wants to delegitimize gold and denies that gold is even  money? Do you now see why food prices are excluded from the calculation of the Consumer Price Index (inflation)?  Real commodities shine the light of truth on our economic and inflationary situation. Real commodities, not some line of FEDGOV agitprop bee-ess as shamelessly spewed by the whores in the media, are the bottom-line metric.

If the oligarchy can get rid of or otherwise suppress or deny the measuring stick, they can convince The Captain and Toni Tennille that they aren’t falling, everything is fine, and no, you don’t need to deploy a parachute, because LOOK! You aren’t moving relative to each other, so therefore you must not be moving at all.

“When the others turn you off, who’ll be turning you . . . SPLAT.

Starting Saturday Off Right – Oh, Susanna 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.

Susanna and the two dirty old men from the Catacombs of Priscilla in Rome from the second-half of the second century.  For those of you in Yorba Linda, that is within the years ARSH 150-199, so, you know, totally modern.

Susanna (in the middle) and the two dirty old men lusting after her (pointing at her nether bits)  from the catacomb of Priscilla in Rome from the second-half of the second century. For those of you in Yorba Linda, that is within the years ARSH 150-199, so, you know, totally modern.

Today’s epistle for the Mass of the Saturday of the Third Week of Lent is the story of Susanna, which comprises the entirety of Daniel 13.  WHAAAAAT?  Daniel THIRTEEN?  Every good Wednesday-night-Bible-studier worth his salt knows that Daniel only has TWELVE books, Ann.

Well, not if you count the chapters that Herr Psychopath (Luther) edited out.  D’oh!  Poor Susanna got caught in the heretical crossfire as Luther had to toss her out with the rest of the Deuterocanon (books and passages found in Greek, not Hebrew), which he didn’t like because they refuted many of his heresies.

READ DANIEL 13, THE STORY OF SUSANNA HERE.

Short version:  Pretty girl goes into a garden.  Two dirty old men see her and want to have sex with her.  They approach her and tell her that if she doesn’t have sex with them, they will accuse her of crimes carrying the death sentence.  Realizing she can’t win, she chooses to stay faithful to God and His Law, do the right thing, and take whatever injustice comes.  The dirty old men then accuse her of trysting with a young man.  Susanna is hauled into court, facing the death penalty for fornication with two elderly male witnesses against her.  Enter the young prophet Daniel.  Daniel, inspired by the Holy Spirit, calls bee-ess and separates the two dirty old men.  He then asks each which tree in the garden he saw Susanna trysting beneath, and they contradict each other.  Daniel says, “Yup.  Thought so.”  The two dirty old men are then executed for bearing false witness.  Susanna’s name is cleared, Daniel is established as a prophet, and Susanna’s parents say, “YAY!!”

This is an evergreen story and lesson, and many people face situations like this at some point or another in their lives.  In fact, it happened to me several years ago.  Ah, well.  That’s a story for another day.

In fact, I would say that all Christians in the Iniquitous Gutter Republic (and so many other post-Christian nations) are facing similar situations right now – we must either remain faithful to God’s law and be prepared to suffer martyrdom up to death, or apostatize by our consent to crimes against God.  I mentioned that I was supplementing my assistance at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass every day with Dom Propter Gueranger’s commentary.  Here is his concluding paragraph on this reading, and tell me that this doesn’t speak directly to us today – particularly to the wicked, wicked clergy who are all chomping at the bit to “normalize” both divorce and remarriage and also sodomy for the sake of being popular amongst the wicked pagans.  Emphases mine:

“In this history of Susanna the early Christians saw a figure of the Church, which, in their time, was solicited by the pagans to evil, but remained faithful to her Divine Spouse, even though death was the punishment for her resistance.  The carvings on the ancient Christian tombs, and the frescoes of the Roman catacombs, represent this history of Susanna’s fidelity to God’s law in spite of the death that threatened her, as a type of the martyrs preferring death to apostasy; for apostasy, in the language of the sacred Scriptures, is called adultery, which the soul is guilty of by denying her God, to who she espoused herself when she received Baptism.”

St. Susanna and all Holy Martyrs, pray for us!

 

Eggplant Lasagna

1.  One can go low-carb and substitute roasted eggplant slices for sheets of pasta and make a killer lasagna.  Secret ingredient?  NUTMEG.  Put it in the ricotta cheese and egg mixture.

2.  As promised, I received the legal documents and I don’t think that failure to appear will generate a bench warrant – probably just a summary judgment.  Nuts.  I was REALLY looking forward to having a bench warrant issued on my white bootie.  I was walking around all week saying “Bench Warrant Barnhardt, Bench Warrant Barnhardt”.  Patience, Grasshopper.  Patience.

BUT – you’re going to love this.  The homeowner’s association where my old office/condo in Colorado was is suing me for unpaid charges and they fined me $200 per month for having the chalk Epiphany Blessing over my front door.  Here is a picture, and as you can see, it is extremely offensive.  And impossible to remove – oh wait.  It’s chalk, so it could have been removed at any time with – literally – a WET SPONGE.  Yeah.

Oh, the horror!  The HORROR!

Oh, the horror! The HORROR!

For those of you who don’t know, the Epiphany Blessing is an ancient Catholic sacramental tradition in which the head of every household makes an inscription above every outside door at Epiphany with chalk that was blessed at Epiphany. This inscription is small and subtle, and marking the door frame harkens back to the Passover in Egypt wherein Israel marked their doors with the blood of the Passover lamb. You would have to consciously look at the top of the door frame to see it. It is all but invisible to anyone walking by. Here is the text of the instructions and prayer that I received and used:

The blessed chalk is taken home and then the father or senior member of the family says the following prayer once at the main entrance of the house, and that door is marked as follows. Then the family members should accompany the father as he goes from outside entrance to outside entrance and marks this over each door:

Hear us, O Holy Lord, Father Almighty, Eternal God, and send Thy Holy Angel from heaven to watch over, cherish, protect, be with, and defend all who live in my house. I call upon Thy Saints Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthazar to protect my family and my home from every harm and danger, and I place the marks of their holy names over the doors of my home to remain there as a constant reminder to us and to all who enter here that my house is truly a house of the Lord. O God, make the door of my house the gateway to Thy Eternal Kingdom. I ask these things in the Name of Jesus Christ Thy Son. Amen.
20 + G + M + B + 13

So, yeah.  First Amendment? Free exercise?  Freedom of religion?  Not so much.  ’Merika.  Land of the sheep, home of the slaves.

I have handed my last dollar over to attorneys and accountants, and therefore won’t even respond to this, so I’m sure the HOA can look forward to getting a lien against my real property.  Oh…wait. I don’t HAVE any real property anymore.  BWA-HA-HA-HA!  Oh – but they could get a lien on my vehicle.  Oh, wait.  I don’t OWN a vehicle any longer.  BWA-HA-HA-HA!   Oh – maybe they could get a lien on my personal property.  Oh, wait.  I’m down to a few outfits, coats and shoes, and the shoes stink, the coats are missing buttons, and the shirts are rocking some mildly awesome pit stains.  BWA-HA-HA-HA!  I’m tellin’ ya kids, this business of having no estate is TEH AWESOME.  May I be permitted to paraphrase Spoon Boy?

Spoon Boy: Do not try and seize the estate. That’s impossible. Instead… only try to realize the truth.
Neo: What truth?
Spoon boy: There is no estate.
Neo: There is no estate?
Spoon boy: Then you’ll see, that it is not the estate that is seized, it is only yourself.

That’s deep, Brah.

Anyway, this is just another example of how it is now illegal to be a practicing, believing Roman Catholic in the Iniquitous Gutter Republic.

3.  Thanks to one and all for the emails regarding the 777 and Vinegar Fan piece.  The mail fell into two categories.  The first was tinfoil hat wearers deriding me for not being… schizophrenic, apparently.  This is awesome because it allowed me to set up dozens of email blocks, which will help with the inbox management significantly.  The second class followed the following outline formula:

- Hi
– I have never written to anyone on the internet before.  Please understand that I’m not the kind of person to write letters to perfect strangers that I see on the internet.  Seriously.
– Thank you for saying what you said about the conspiracy nutters.
– I know that the financial system, government, Church and/or the world in general is severely messed up like never before in human history.
– Every time I try to go to a meeting of some sort, it is always ruined by some nut who stands up and starts railing about contrails or underground civilizations or shape-shifters or Planet X.
– The consistent presence of these nuts around any serious prepping, “Tea-Partyesque” or Traditional Catholic gathering sometimes makes me question my own perception of what is happening.  What the hell am I doing around these people?
– I worry that I may find myself in a foxhole next to some guy who, when I ask him to cover me, will start spraying vinegar over my head instead of shooting at the bad guys.
– No one ever stands up to these nuts because crazy people are kinda scary.
– Thanks for saying what you said.  You made me feel a lot better, and it’s good to know that I’m not alone.

No prob, kids.  It’s mah job, yo.

4.  Ace of Spades posted the following stats last night:

Russia vs. USA

1. Total Population: 142,517,670 – 313,847,465
2. Manpower available: 69,117,271 – 142,212,012
3. Military reserve: 20,035,000 – 1,458,000
4. Total aircraft strength: 4,500 – 15,236
5. Navy ship strength: 224 – 2907
6. Submarines: 58 – 71
7. Total helicopter strength: 1,635 – 6,665

My comment?  Since the Former U.S. will never, ever, ever, ever use any of those assets, they are all utterly worthless and it could therefore be defeated by ONE UNARMED MAN.

In fact, it already has.

Dear 'Merika.  You got your ass kicked by THIS.  Please form an orderly line as you come forward on your Wal-Mart electric scooters for the morbidly obese to collect your "participation" trophies.

Dear ‘Merika: You got your ass kicked into non-existence by THIS. Please form an orderly line as you come forward on your Wal-Martian electric scooters for the morbidly obese to collect your “participation” trophies.  Spasibo and Xiexie.

Starting Thursday Off Right – “O God, The Wicked Are Risen Against Me” 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.

Sixteen minutes of glory from Psalm 85, verses 14-17, as set by Artemy Vedel.  Oh, I wish I could sing.  Sigh.

O God, the wicked are risen up against me, and the assembly of the mighty have sought my soul: and they have not set Thee before their eyes. And thou, O Lord, art a God of compassion, and merciful, patient, and of much mercy, and true.  O look upon me, and have mercy on me: give Thy command to Thy servant, and save the son of Thy handmaid.  Shew me a token for good: that they who hate me may see, and be confounded, because Thou, O Lord, hast helped me and hast comforted me.

Starting Wednesday Off Right – Tebe Poem 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.

No, not “poem” as in the English word “poem”.  ”Tebe Poem” is a hymn sung after the Consecration in the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom (Byzantine Rite).  This particular version was composed by Bortniansky.  Sigh.  Partaking of such gorgeous choral music is important because when one becomes fixated on the sorry state of both mankind and one’s self, things like this remind us that people aren’t all bad and we are capable of beauty far above our sorry state.  I reckon one of the secondary reasons Our Lord inspired and desires only objectively beautiful Liturgy is to give us something to do that demonstrates our own dignity and potential to ourselves so that we don’t despair.  It is very hard to hate humanity and view it as “totally depraved” or people as mere “dunghills” after listening to an achingly beautiful choral hymn sung in perfect five-part harmony that surely must make the angels stop and listen.

Here is the text in Romanized Slavonic (so you can phonetically recognize what is being sung), English and Latin.

So Our Lord has just come down upon the altar and is physically, substantially present thereon, and what could be more fitting than this:

Tebe poem
Tebe blagoslovim
Tebe blagodarim, Gospodi
I molim Ti sia, Bozhe nash.

We sing to Thee,
we praise Thee,
we thank Thee, O Lord,
and we pray to Thee, our God.

Te laudamus,
te benedicimus,
tibi gratias agamus, Domine,
et obsecramus te, Deus noster.