Earthquake In Norcia, Italy

There was an earthquake overnight in Italy, the epicenter, to my and so many other folks’ initial horror, was Norcia, Italy, where the Benedictine monks who make the spectacular beer and chant the entire Divine Office publicly, are located.

Miraculously, despite the epicenter of the initial quake (6.2 magnitude), and the 40 aftershocks, with many of those being in the 4.0-5.5 range, being within just a few miles of Norcia, reports are that Norcia took only minor, superficial damage, mostly fallen plaster and some light masonry damage.  Some houses took zero damage – not even fallen plaster or broken glassware. That is simply incredible for being the epicenter of a 6.2.

Sadly, other towns nearby, worst among them a town called Amatrice, have taken heavy damage, with the death toll now over 20.

I’ll say it right now: I believe that those monks and their chanting of the Divine Office and their daily offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Venerable Gregorian Rite put a hedge of protection over the town of Norcia.  I believe Norcia and its inhabitants were spared what should have been, by all scientific appearances, catastrophic damage.

I get lots of emails from folks asking me where they can give money safely within the Catholic Church.  My answer is always the same.  There are, to my knowledge, TWO options.  First is the North American seminary of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter in Denton, Nebraska.

The other is the monks of Norcia (and not that it really matters, but 85% of the Norcia monks are American boys, almost all under the age of 40).

I assume that the Norcia monks will have to idle their beer production for a time as they clean up and get their facility back up to code.  They could probably use some bridge cash while that happens. Also consider buying or subscribing to their beer club.  As a resident of Denver for 15 years, I drank plenty of microbrew.  The Norcia beer, both the dark and the blonde, is some of the best beer I have ever had.  And apparently their brewmaster monk is a good ol’ boy from the Ozarks of Missouri.

And don’t forget to pray for the dead and the survivors of the towns badly damaged over in Italy.

And go to confession. Those folks went to bed last night not knowing that they would stand before Christ at their Particular Judgment just a few hours later. It is sobering, to say the least.

Christ, have mercy.

Lessons In Virility: Public Obscenity, Especially of the Sodomite Variety, Will NOT BE TOLERATED.

Six seconds.

This is how it is done, gentlemen.

Remember, the crime is not in the “property destruction”, the crime, before the throne of Christ, is walking by this execrable filth and doing nothing. Like an effeminate little sis.

If you are serious about taking back our civilization, might I suggest that this sets an excellent example of how to begin.

This is on my YouTube channel.  As always, PLEASE mirror and spread. It is only 6 seconds – the file is tiny.

If you don’t understand what you are seeing, it is an advertisement on a public street for a sodomite hook-up website/app. This fellow has clearly had enough, and did exactly what he should have done.  Not one more precious soul, not one more innocent child, will walk by that ad and be scandalized by it.

If you are sitting there thinking that the ad must have been “legal” according to local statutes, then let me now re-introduce you to the concept of the Social Kingship of Jesus Christ, Sovereign King of the Universe.  ALL LAWS are subject to His Law.  Any laws that are contrary to His Law are ipso facto null and void. Period. Maybe you should worry more about what God Almighty thinks, and less about currying human respect.  In other words, MAN UP.

Starting Monday Off Right: Thy Arm Is With Might 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.

Thy arm is with might. Let thy hand be strengthened, and thy right hand exalted.
Tuum brachium cum potentia; firmetur manus tua, et exaltetur dextera tua.
-Psalm 88: 14

Quick Note on Cattle Marketing DVD Orders

Several folks have indicated that they have sent orders for my Cattle Marketing DVD set.  Many thanks!  Just a heads-up, my order fulfillment elves have taken their annual one week August vacation, and will return mid-week this week. So, don’t panic if you don’t see a check clear, etc.

If I may ask, could you say a prayer for my “order fulfillment elves” whose patience and loyalty in friendship to me personally has been stalwart over the years, and especially since I moved into “The Van Down By the (Waterway)”.  God is very smart, and knows all of the secret codenames.  If you pray for “Ann’s Elves”, The Omniscient Godhead knows EXACTLY to whom that refers. The intention would be for the salvation of their souls and for a hedge of earthly protection around them.  🙂


Starting Sunday Off Right: Wakey-Wakey Eggs & Bakey 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.


“Hell is full of the talented, but Heaven of the energetic.”
St. Jane Frances de Chantal

Starting Saturday Off Right: St. Bernard & The Antipotato 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.

Deposed Christ Embracing St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Francisco Ribalta

Deposed Christ Embracing St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Francisco Ribalta

St. Bernard of Clairvaux opposed Antipope Anacletus II, whose antipapacy was purely rooted in the political realm, and did not involve the daily spewing of blasphemous heresies and an open attempt to utterly destroy the One True Church and create a One World Religion.

Imagine what St. Bernard of Clairvaux would have said of the blaspheming heretic that is squatting on the throne of Peter today….

“That beast of the Apocalypse, to whom is given a mouth speaking blasphemies, and to make war with the saints, is sitting on the throne of Peter, like a lion ready for his prey.”
-St. Bernard of Clairvaux to Magister Geoffrey of Loretto, Letter 37, on Antipope Anacletus II Pierleoni

TOLDYA: Zerohedge Reports Cattle Futures Market Disintegrating, Delinking From Cash

If you remember my open letter that I wrote upon shutting down my commodity brokerage firm in November of ARSH 2011, i ended it with the words of David from Psalm 117: 23, “This is The Lord’s doing: and it is wonderful in our eyes.”

At the time, I spoke those words through gritted teeth.  It stung to quit “early”. I had just turned 35.  In my mind, quitting, being “beaten” and failure are admittedly intertwined.

Now?  Oh, goodness.  If I had a tambourine, I’d go dancing down the street.  Thank you, thank you, thank you Jesus for extracting me out of that mess when You did.

I quit primarily because of Jon Corzine’s brazen theft of $1.6 billion of segregated customer funds, with ZERO consequence and, in fact, the clear cooperation of the CME Group, the CFTC, SEC, National Futures Association (a straight-up, textbook racketeering organization if ever there was one), judiciary, Department of Justice and United States Congress.  MFGlobal will go down in history as a watershed event that publicly blew the lid off of the true state of lawless oligarchy in the former United States – even though only a handful of people ever really heard about it, and even fewer understood it.

Yes, I did also perceive, and spoke and wrote at length both here, in my Economics video presentation, and in various interviews and podcasts, about the futures markets descent into total fraud and eventual irrelevance because of High Frequency Trading – that is to say, computer algorithms taking over the market, and making them basically impossible to trade.  This all began at roughly the same time that the Chicago Mercantile Exchange changed from being a non-profit entity to a for-profit entity.  Once that shift was made, the CME management no longer gave a crap about protecting market integrity, and thus protecting the market participants themselves, but rather in generating as much income as possible.  To that end, two things happened: first, the CME stopped performing its primary function of acting as the universal guarantor and backstop.  When Corzine swept the MFGlobal customer accounts in order to pay his proprietary margin call on his hyper-leveraged in-house repo and credit default swap trades with JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs, and the CME did not immediately step in and guarantee the $1.6 billion in customer accounts despite the fact that their emergency slush fund at the time topped $8 billion – leaving the MF Global customers not only the victims of theft with zero legal recourse, but refusing to allow then to EXIT THEIR TRADES, thus exposing them to incomprehensible risk – that was when we knew that the CME was truly finished, and that the whole Godforsaken mess would implode upon itself eventually.

Second, when the CME transitioned to for-profit, their drive became to generate as much income from “transaction fees” as possible.  Enter the High Frequency Trading paradigm.  The CME saw the immense volume of trade that HFT would and does generate, and saw that their “future” was not in you know, actual, legitimate hedging and price discovery of physical commodities, but rather in turning the CME into a giant computer gaming platform.

It also bears mentioning at this point that the CME opened up and began actively soliciting and incentivizing with reduced margin requirement rates Central Banks, as in the Federal Reserve Bank of the U.S., the European Central Bank, the Bank of Japan, etc., yes, central banks that have the ability to PRINT THEIR OWN MONEY, to trade the markets. The CME knew as well as you and I know that allowing an entity that can literally print its own money to meet margin calls effectively destroys the concept of price convergence and price discovery of physical commodities.  AND the incomprensibly sick notion that it is okay for Central Banks to trade the derivatives markets on THEIR OWN SOVEREIGN DEBT PAPER.  But they did not and do not care.  All they care about is the massive income generated by the fees paid on every transaction by these enormous, high-volume “customers”.  And the actual hedgers and producers of physical commodities who are simply looking for risk management tolls can all GO. TO. HELL.

Well, well.  Now we have reportage over at Zerohedge that my old markets – the Live Cattle futures markets – are basically now a completely untradable, unusable monstrosity, and all of the remaining “human” traders and hedgers are throwing up their hands and leaving, because the HFT influence over the markets has caused MASSIVE volatility – volatility so severe that the intra-day margin calls, of which there could be several in both directions per day, are potentially ruinous to any sort of legitimate client.

I wrote about exactly this all the way back in ARSH 2011.  I warned that the deathknell of these markets would be the DELINKAGE of the cash (physical) market from the futures markets.  I wrote my explanation in the context of metals, but it is now happening with cattle.

And yes, this feeds EXACTLY into my cattle marketing DVD set, which is all about discerning not merely price, but VALUE of physical commodities, and value is a completely different animal from price.  Once VALUE is determined, one can then see which classes of a given physical commodity (in this case, cattle of all sizes and types) are OVERVALUED and which are UNDERVALUED, and the profit spreads between them.  The price becomes almost irrelevant, and is really only a function of UNITS, not informative in-and-of-itself for discerning which cattle should be SOLD and which cattle should be BOUGHT within the spectrum.  Further, volatility becomes not only manageable, but sometimes beneficial as it causes unskilled marketers who operate on emotion to inject profit opportunity into the physical market because of their bad, emotionally-driven decisions.  So long as the SELL and the BUY are executed at the same time, the overall price level in that moment is irrelevant, and volatility becomes moot – provided, of course, that one is NOT leveraged, or only very, very minimally leveraged.  Leverage re-exposes even the soundest marketer to risk.  Leverage is dumb, no matter how low the interest rate. Again, this paragraph is talking about PHYSICAL commodities.  The futures markets are FINISHED, and if you trade them, you are A FOOL, and will deserve whatever you get.

Here is a reprint of the piece I wrote about this delinkage of markets as they die from back in ARSH 2011.  It is presented in terms of metals, but the concept is the same for all physical commodities and their forward delivery (futures) markets.


Originally penned and posted on December 15, ARSH 2011.

When Markets Disintegrate: Cash-Futures Delinkage

Finally, a very simplistic explanation of how the cash commodity markets are soon going to decouple from the futures markets. This is a little complex, but stay with me. I think this is important to understand because none of us who have lived our whole lives in the U.S. have ever seen a market disintegrate.

The threat (or promise) of delivery upon expiration is what keeps the futures markets tethered to the cash markets. Up until now, if an unreasonably wide spread between the futures price and the underlying physical commodity market got too out of whack, a process called “arbitrage” would kick in. Arbitrage is when a party simultaneously buys and sells on two separate but related markets in order to capture an inefficient spread between those two markets.

I’m going to use precious metals as my example commodity because there are a lot of metals guys reading this, and because the metals markets will be the big tell in term of when decoupling and thus total futures market disintegration is upon us. But these examples apply to all of the physical commodities.

Let’s say that the physical silver market is trading far lower than the silver futures price. This is what is called a WEAK BASIS. The BASIS is the relationship between the cash market and the futures market and is very simply defined as (CASH minus FUTURES). If cash silver can be bought at $25.00 per ounce and the futures are at $30.00 per ounce, the cash is $5.00 under the futures. When cash is under the futures, this is called a WEAK basis.

Up until now, what would a metals trader do? In very simple terms, he would buy the cash silver at $25.00 per ounce and then simultaneously sell the futures at $30.00. Because he has short-sold the futures, he could hold the contract to expiry and then deliver the $25.00 cash silver he bought to make good on the contract and receive his $30.00 price. So his simple net profit would be $5.00 per ounce. As many traders saw this spread and simultaneously executed this same strategy of buying the cash and selling the futures, what effect would this have? Right. It would cause the cash-futures spread to move back in toward convergence by pushing the futures price down (lots of sellers) and propping the cash market up (lots of buyers).

Now the opposite scenario: a STRONG basis. Let’s say cash silver is trading at $32.00 and the futures are trading at $28.00. A trader might take physical silver that he has in inventory and sell it in the cash market, and then immediately take those proceeds and buy back and equal number of ounces in the futures market and take delivery. Since the same number of ounces in the futures market cost $4.00 per ounce LESS, he would end up with the same number of ounces in his inventory PLUS $4.00 per ounce in CASH in his pocket. If he and many other traders saw this condition and they all sold cash silver and bought the futures, this would, again, converge the spread between the cash market and the futures market.

The lynchpin that is holding this dynamic together and keeping the futures markets tied to the underlying cash market is the fact that the futures contracts are deliverable, and a trader can either deliver or take delivery of actual physical silver via his futures position.

Are we seeing a problem yet? The futures markets have lost their viability and trustworthiness because of the MF collapse and theft. At some point in the not-too-distant future, people everywhere are going to realize that the delivery mechanism is not reliable. Heck, just holding cash and/or positions in a futures account is no longer reliable. If the futures market itself is not reliable, traders will no longer attempt to arbitrage these basis spreads because the risk to the trader that the rug will be pulled out from underneath them is simply too great.

And in the metals markets, the delivery process itself is . . . um . . . shall we say, easily corrupted? When you ”take delivery” of physical metals, it doesn’t get sent to your house. All you get is a certificate saying that X number of ounces are being held in a certified vault somewhere with your name on them. After the MF collapse, that sounds like a joke, right? A CERTIFICATE with my NAME ON IT? Yeah. That really is how it works.

When the arbitrageurs finally lose all confidence in the markets, the cash market will decouple from the futures because no one will be willing to take the risk of having their money, positions and/or physical metals stolen/confiscated. If no arbitrageurs are willing to trade these spreads – no matter how wide they may become – and thus there is no force causing the cash and futures to converge, we will see the basis spreads become extremely wide. As people flee the futures markets, the futures prices will drop, while the cash markets hold steady or even diverge and actually rise as all of the former paper players realize that physicals are the only remaining game to be played.

Watch for this. Watch for the gold and silver futures to sell off as people walk away from paper while the online cash dealers, seeing that market demand for their physical inventory is robust, begin to ignore the futures prices and hold their prices steady or even raise them. When you see this basis decoupling and absence of arbitrage, lo, the end is nigh.


Starting Friday Off Right: Pernicious and Damnable 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.


Today is the feast of St. John Eudes, one of our favorites around here for his simple and forthright explanation of these dark days that has been cited here so many times:

“The most evident mark of God’s anger, and the most terrible castigation He can inflict upon the world, is manifest when He permits His people to fall into the hands of a clergy who are more in name than in deed, priests who practice the cruelty of ravening wolves rather than the charity and affection of devoted shepherds. They abandon the things of God to devote themselves to the things of the world and, in their saintly calling of holiness, they spend their time in profane and worldly pursuits. When God permits such things, it is a very positive proof that He is thoroughly angry with His people and is visiting His most dreadful wrath upon them.”

But today, let us ponder this quote from St. John Eudes:

“Any innovation in matters of faith is extremely pernicious and utterly damnable!”

The Novus Ordo Must Be Exterminated: Barnhardt CMR Interview Part 5

Given recents events, most notably the FrancisChurch going full hissing, scratch-your-eyes-out on Cardinal Sarah for merely mentioning that maybe it might be a good idea to possibly consider thinking about priests perhaps turning around and FACING GOD whilst offering the Holy and August Sacrifice of Calvary TO HIM, I am most pleased to reprint this, the fifth and final installment of my interview series with Pat Archbold over at Creative Minority Report.

Pat Archbold: As part of my ongoing interview with Ann Barnhardt, today we discuss the liturgy. I must say that the answer I got to my question is so outstanding and makes so many excellent points, that I have had to read it several times. This should be must reading for any discussion of this topic. Without further delay:

PA: I used to think that a gradual restoration of the sacred in the Mass was possible, maybe even preferred. For the most part, I have abandoned the reform of the reform as an end. If anything, reforms to the Novus Ordo are good only if they prepare and lead people back the TLM. In your mind, is the Novus Ordo reformable and how do you deal with multiple generations that have no sense of the sacred or what has been lost?

AB: Omnipresent preface: Most Novus Ordo Masses are valid and the Eucharist is confected therein. HOWEVER, almost all Novus Ordo Masses are ILLICIT in that they fail to follow the rubrics prescribed for the Novus Ordo. There are probably fewer than 100 parishes in the entire world regularly LICITLY celebrating the Novus Ordo Mass according to its own rules. Further, ALL Novus Ordo Masses are COMPROMISED, meaning that because the Novus Ordo was conceived in malice as a means of attacking and destroying the Church from its very core, the Liturgy, namely by hiding and obscuring the reality of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Real Presence of Jesus Christ, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, in the Eucharist, the Novus Ordo in and of itself is a cancer, and cancers must be cut out.

We do not defend as “a part of one’s body” a malignant tumor, even though its tissues are very much alive and it is fully connected into our circulatory, nervous, endocrine and all other systems. We do not make insane attempts to transform a malignant tumor, alive inside the body, into a contributive, productive organ. We do not delude ourselves with lies about malignant tumors, such as, “It is just a second liver,” or even worse, “The tumor is a superior form of human flesh. All of my other tissues are actually inferior to the tumor. I am sick and dying only because the tumor is not big enough – my non-tumor tissues are what is killing me. If my tumor were bigger and stronger, my entire body would be healthier.”

Before there can be any discussion of the Novus Ordo the concepts of “validity” and “licitness” must be understood. If a Mass is INVALID, Our Lord does NOT come down on the altar, the Eucharist is NOT confected and the Holy Sacrifice is NOT offered. If a Mass is ILLICIT, the Eucharist is confected and Our Lord does come, but He is, depending on the severity of the infraction and motivation of the malefactor, in a range from displeased to very, very angry. But with whom is He angry? According to St. Thomas Aquinas, Our Lord is angry not only with the priest, but also with the PEOPLE who tolerate and embrace the liturgical faults and crimes of the clergy. In fact, St. Thomas said that people who consent to liturgical abuse do not “obtain the reality of the sacrament”.

“Sometimes the one celebrating the sacraments differently [than prescribed] does not vary those things that are essential to the sacrament [i.e., the form and matter], and in that case, the sacrament is indeed conferred; but one does not obtain the reality of the sacrament unless the sacrament’s recipient is immune from the fault of the one celebrating it differently.”
(In IV Sent., d. 4, q. 3, a. 2, qa. 2, ad 4)

Now, when Thomas says they are not obtaining the “res,” or reality of the Sacrament, he doesn’t mean they are not receiving Jesus really, physically, substantially present in the Eucharist. Oh they absolutely receive our Lord, but not the benefit of receiving Him, not the grace. Rather, as St. Paul says, they eat and drink their own damnation. If one pauses and thinks about the gravity of what the Angelic Doctor said, one quickly realizes how the following statistics are not only possible, but entirely predictable given the Novus Ordo paradigm:

  • As of 2001, only 17% of Catholics in the U.S. attended Mass every week, which is, of course, obligatory under pain of mortal sin.
  • Of those who attend Mass “regularly”, less than 30% believe in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. For a non-trivial percentage of the 70% who do not believe in the Real Presence, it is because they have never been told or taught of the Real Presence in any way.
  • Among white Catholic Americans, 54% voted for Barack Obama in 2008. That number dropped to a MERE 50% in 2012.
  • Among Hispanic Catholic Americans, 72% voted for Obama in 2008, and 75% in 2012.
  • In excess of 60% of American Catholics support sodomite “marriage”, and Catholics have consistently “led the way” in polls on this question.
  • All over the world, support for and active use of contraception among Catholics is in excess of 90%.
  • 55% of American Catholics support abortion in all or most cases.

The Novus Ordo Masses are mostly valid, but the amount of grace flowing into the people, if what St. Thomas teaches is true, is little to none, not only because so many of them are receiving Holy Communion in unconfessed mortal sin, but also because the only way for an adult to receive the graces flowing from the Novus Ordo is to spend the entirety of the Mass begging God’s mercy and making reparation for the illicit liturgical actions freely chosen by the priest and consented to by the people, and further begging God’s mercy and making reparation for the massively compromised nature of the Novus Ordo itself, created as it was with full malice aforethought by Freemasonic-Communist-sodomite infiltrators of the Church, and again, consented to by the people, who have historically been the last and most strident line of defense against liturgical abuse.

Go back and read that positively Pauline run-on sentence again, and then ask yourself if it doesn’t explain everything we are seeing today. Everything. These people, these “baptized pagans” are all morally blind and intellectually crippled. They cannot think through even the simplest logical progressions and thus are all but incapable of parsing obvious, objective reality. They are staggering in the dark holding simultaneously contradicting positions without even the slightest internal tension, and are not receiving the grace which Christ so desperately wants to shower them with because of the Novus Ordo itself. To put it a bluntly as possible, tolerance of the Novus Ordo has made people stupid and morally obtuse.

Many argue that the Novus Ordo must be gradually reformed or phased out over a period of decades or even centuries because it would cause faithful Catholics to become confused and possibly lose their faith. I reject this argument on three levels. First, as we have already discussed, most ethnic Catholics today are already de facto heretics or apostates. They openly reject and deny what the Church teaches infallibly, including the Third Commandment (weekly Mass attendance), Fifth Commandment (abortion) and Sixth Commandment (divorce, contraception, sodomy). The notion that apostates and heretics should be handled with kid gloves and that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass should be subjugated to their sensibilities is itself a violation of the First and Second Commandments (idolatry and sacrilege).

Second, there is the argument that because the Novus Ordo was imposed upon the Church extremely rapidly, in a matter of weeks in many places, that it would be just as bad to make a quick return to the Gregorian Rite. This is pure poppycock. The equivalancy is false. The promulgation of the Novus Ordo was a very, very, very bad thing, an act of war against the Church by Freemasonic infiltrators in concert with Communists and sodomites. Abrogating a very bad thing and returning to something so good that the human mind is incapable of plumbing its depths need not and should not be gradual. We are called to make a clean, decisive rejection of our sins. We are not called to “ease gradually” out of sin. Likewise, the notion that the right and proper worship of God could ever be “a tactical mistake”, or “too much too soon” is a sin against the First and Second Commandments.

Third, the notion of the need for a gradual “reform of the reform” points toward a lack of faith on the part of its proponents. One of my oft-repeated mottoes is, “Never fear the consequences of doing the right thing.” Do we not believe that if the Church did the right thing and returned to the Gregorian Rite tomorrow that Our Lord and His Mother would shower the Church Militant with grace and that the Holy Ghost would, very literally, “renew the face of the earth?” Anything would be possible. Mass conversions of Jews, musloids, China, and all pagans. Reversions of apostates and schismatics, first among them Russia. Renewal of Christian culture and an end of the Culture of Death. Renewal of just governments, economies and the Rule of Law under the Kingship of Christ. These would be just the very first fruits of the return of the Church to the Gregorian Rite.

But, it will not happen except by supernatural intervention. Everyone today, including the majority of conservative liturgists, are far more interested in human respect than in God’s will. The worst possible thing that could happen, according to them, is to be “not liked” by the world, and so they measure everything according to that metric, and as a corollary adopt “moderation” as their creed.

I heard it said recently that the essence of Modernism is “We don’t really believe what we believe.” The Novus Ordo is the liturgical manifestation of Modernism par exellence. It was conceived in malice and built by evil men to scream out to the world that “We don’t really believe what we believe.” And now, almost no one does. It is, in absolute terms, satan’s most wildly successful attack upon the Church and mankind. And so, in answer to your question, the way to teach the generations who have never seen the Gregorian Rite is very simply by making them SEE IT. Because the Gregorian Rite proclaims in every rubric, gesture, word and adornment that WE REALLY BELIEVE WHAT WE BELIEVE. It is the antidote to the poison of Modernism.

The Novus Ordo is valid. Our Lord, in His infinite, unfathomable, condescending love still comes, ignored, denied, abused and despised, just so the souls there present will have the chance to fall to their knees upon realizing what His own have done to Him, beg forgiveness and console Him. Because God Almighty wants to be consoled by us. The mind reels.

The Novus Ordo is also the single most compelling proof set of the indefectibility of the Church. Satan and his Freemasonic, Communist and sodomite toadies, infiltrating the Church all the way to the core, could not fully invalidate the Mass. But to tell ourselves that we should be “okay” with the Novus Ordo is presuming upon God’s mercy. I cannot tell myself that my sins are “okay” because I know that Christ in His infinite mercy will always forgive me in the Sacrament of Confession. My sins are not “okay” precisely because of Our Lord’s infinite mercy and loving availability to me in the confessional. Likewise, the validity of the Novus Ordo and Our Lord’s presence upon the altar in the Eucharist therein is PRECISELY WHY the Novus Ordo is not “okay” and should be abrogated tomorrow – because it was conceived in malice by evil men in league with satan to hide and obscure the very thing that it is – the Sacrifice of Calvary. To take His love for granted to the point of subjugating it to human respect is simply wicked, and belies a massive failure in faith and charity.

Starting Thursday Off Right: You’re No Exception 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.

Sisto II

If they aren’t persecuting you, then either you are doing it wrong, or you are one of them.

And all that will live godly in Christ Jesus, shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall grow worse and worse: erring, and driving into error.
2 Timothy 3: 12-13

This speaks to two near-universal delusions of today’s effeminate, post-Christian culture.  First, that bad things aren’t going to happen to us. Because, I dunno, we’re SPECIAL? Or DIFFERENT? Or, oh, wait, I know… WE’RE BETTER.  So nothing bad is going to happen to us.  Because we’re just too AWESOME to be raped and slaughtered like animals.  Gotcha. We’re EXCEPTIONAL.

The second delusion is that this situation will self-correct – that the truly evil people who have utterly infiltrated and infested every institution, from the secular government to industry to The Church, that these spectacularly evil people with Antipope Bergoglio first among them will, for some unknown reason, stop, pull back from their evil, and self-correct.  No.  This will continue and will accelerate. To argue otherwise is pure effeminacy – an unwillingness to deal with reality due to a softness of character and lack of virtue.  It’s also agin’ the scriptures.