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Barnhardt Podcast #147: To Wive and Thrive

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In this episode we discuss a listener question about receiving Communion from a Deacon, Angels and UFOs, the concept of beauty when applied to a human being, and the need for empathy and prayers for the suffering, both those on Earth and in Purgatory.

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(This has been a very popular piece since it was originally written over a decade ago, and explains to a culture so stripped of any sense of reverence, respect or even decorum why it is that liturgy should be masculine, solemn, reverent, and especially BEAUTIFUL, in the only terms that can still, just barely, be understood: the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. I have received many emails over the years mostly from men, but also a few women, who reported having a change of heart about the “fancy vestments” or “hyper-formal and distant” rubrics of the Traditional Mass after reading this piece. It is so sad that today’s infiltrated and fallen culture considers masculinity and beauty to be in opposition to each other. Nothing could be farther from the truth.)


Those are the words engraved on the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. Here is a video of the Changing of the Guard.

I think we can all agree that the Tomb of the Unknowns, the 24/7 guarding of the Tomb, and the intense precision of the ceremonial rubrics therein is one of the most excellent things in American culture. The old saying goes, “You may judge a nation by how it treats its fallen warriors.” In an otherwise degraded and despair-inducing society, the Tomb of the Unknowns is a beacon of cultural light and hope.

The Tomb of the Unknowns is also extremely instructive, and believe it or not, it instructs us about . . . the Mass. The reason the Tomb of the Unknowns instructs us today about the Mass is because the Tomb of the Unknowns rubrics are highly informed by the rubrics of the Mass, which were themselves informed by military rubrics, which were informed by even older liturgical rubrics. Military ceremonials and the Ceremonials of the Church are intertwined. Only since the Asteroid hit in the 1960s has the masculinity and, if I may use the term, militant aesthetic been utterly purged, in an attempt by the infiltrators to destroy the Church Militant from within by concealing its very nature from itself – MILITANCY. And so I am reminded of a quote I once heard:

It is important for Christians to know their own history, because if you know your own history, no one else can tell you who you are.

And that is precisely what has happened, and continues to happen. The enemies and infiltrators desperately want all knowledge of WHO and WHAT the Church truly is suppressed and forgotten so that they can lyingly “tell you who you are”. And if you have no knowledge of your own history, you will have no way to discern what is truth and what is lies, and you can thus be conned into believing that you are what you are not, and deceived into believing that you are not what you in actuality are.

For those of you who have never seen a pre-1969 Tridentine Mass and are used to the clownish, degraded, irreverent Novus Ordo Masses of the last 50 years, or of Superfun Rockband church, I hope the sense of reverent awe and solemnity you feel when watching the ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns helps you understand what exactly it is that has been robbed from you.

After watching the ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns above, I want you to imagine the guards walking about casually, maybe wearing a partial uniform jacket, but with jeans and sandals. Imagine the guards walking out and introducing themselves, “Hi, my name is Lieutenant Jones, but you can call me Lieutenant Jake, or just Jake.” Then the guard might say something like, “Isn’t it a beautiful day today? It sure was rainy yesterday. I had to wear a rain jacket. I’m so glad you all could make it to my shift today. I’m going to be guarding the tomb for the next few hours, and I know that it can sure get BOOOORING! That’s why I have asked a local band to come in and play some awesome new music for you guys, because I want this to be A FUN EXPERIENCE for all of us! And, of course, GO RAVENS!”

If this happened, you would be shocked and disgusted, right? Do you understand that what I have just described is a watered-down comparison of what has happened to the Holy and August Sacrifice of the Mass? The Mass went from being even more reverent than the rubrics of the Tomb Guard to what I just described above – and many times even worse than what I described above. And this happened for many people within a span of several WEEKS in late 1969 into early 1970.

Let’s walk through some of the many parallels.

The soldiers are in full dress uniform, meticulously turned-out and maintained. They are not in combat gear that soldiers would use to walk a patrol in Afghanistan. The Tomb guards are doing something DIFFERENT, and thus their uniforms reflect that.

Really, what the ceremonies surrounding the Tomb are is the highest form of ART. It is living ART, not consisting of a mere two-dimensional representation, not consisting of inanimate objects, but ART consisting of human beings in action. The uniforms, the gait, the precise rubrics, words, gestures and movements – these all combine into a perpetual work of art that not only moves and inspires the people who witness it, but also accomplishes the goal of making tangible a RESPECT for and a REMEMBRANCE of all of the fallen unknown soldiers. The Tomb Guards walk their patrol whether anyone is there to see them do it or not. It isn’t a show. It is a service. It is a rite.

It isn't all about him. For real men, it never is.

It isn’t all about him. For real men, it never is.

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is exactly what I just described, except that the Mass is the most perfect artistic action in the universe because the Mass is the artistic creation of God Himself. The Mass is SUPERNATURAL ART. The Holy Spirit taught the Church the Mass. The Mass is art that is so perfect that it actually causes something SUPERNATURAL to happen – it causes Heaven and Earth to touch, it causes time to be bent such that the moment of “now” touches and intersects with the moment of Calvary 1984 years ago, and it causes bread and wine to be transubstantiated into the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, made PHYSICALLY SUBSTANTIALLY PRESENT. Man calls down God, and God, in His infinite love, responds and fully submits in complete love, making Himself present on the Altar both at the moment of His death, and in His resurrection, so that He may go into us not only spiritually but also physically as Food.

-In the Tridentine Mass, the priest observes “custody of the eyes”, never looking around and NEVER looking out at the people. Like the guards, priests are supposed to keep their eyes on exactly what they are doing without distraction. The Guards at the Tomb wear mirrored sunglasses to block out all eye contact. Priests are supposed to keep their eyes DOWN or CLOSED, with a couple of exceptions such as just before the consecration when they are to look up to Heaven. This is like the Guards’ rubric of looking from side-to-side very deliberately when inspecting the rifle and the relieving officer. Did you catch that?

Priests are also supposed to walk with a very deliberate gait – slow, measured and reverent in exactly the same way the Tomb Guards walk in a slow, deliberate, reverent gait.

Priests are only supposed to say very specific words – no improvisation, no modifications. The Guards are the same way. They have a very strict announcement that they make at the changing, and they have very strict words that they say when telling people to be quiet and observe reverent silence (there is a YouTube video of that happening, look it up.) There is no chatting or extemporaneous speech. In the Church, the command is “Say the black, do the red,” in reference to the layout of the Roman Missal with the words of prayer in black and the instructions for the intensely precise rubrics, down to every gesture, in red.

-I would analogize the exaggerated heel-clicking movement that the Guards do to the genuflecting of the Priest (and servers, and laity, ahem) to the rubric of ALWAYS genuflecting to the right knee EACH AND EVERY TIME the axis of the Tabernacle and/or Altar Cross is crossed. In many Catholic Churches, the Tabernacle, which is the center of the Church – heck, it is the center of the universe – has been moved off to the side, or even hidden in a sacristy. Where a Tabernacle is present, Our Lord, physically present inside, is largely ignored. I have never seen a Novus Ordo priest consistently observe the loving rubric of genuflecting to the Tabernacle every time the plane is crossed. (I have learned since originally writing this that the General Instruction of the Roman Missal for the Novus Ordo Mass specifically states that there are to be no genuflections to the Blessed Sacrament or Cross except by the priest at the consecrations. Sit in stillness with this for a moment. Do you see why I say that the Novus Ordo was conceived in malice by the infiltrators, and thus cannot be “fixed”?)

In fact, most Novus Ordo priests wander around the sanctuary with their backs turned to the Tabernacle while they put on their “performance.” This would be analogous to the Tomb of the Unknowns itself at Arlington being moved “out of the way” and instead a stage being erected upon which the Guards would perform. It makes you sick to think of that happening at Arlington – but that is largely what has happened to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

-There is even an analogue in the Changing of the Guard ceremony to the Consecration of the Host in the Mass. Did you hear it when you watched the video above? It comes at the 2:36 mark. A rifle is fired, its report thus commemorating the moment of death of the Unknowns. In the Mass, the moment of consecration and transubstantiation are the report of Christ’s words spoken by the priest:

(This is My Body.)

If you are fortunate, you can still find a church with a bell tower which rings the bell at the consecration of the Host and again at the consecration of the Chalice. This enabled everyone within earshot – oftentimes miles away – of pausing and saying a prayer as Our Lord came down upon the Altar, uniting themselves to the Mass.

Finally, the words engraved on the Tomb of the Unknowns:


This is analogous to the words of the Mass:

(Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him who takes away the sins of the world.)

In the Mass, Christ is obviously alive, physically substantially present in the Eucharist, veiled under the mere appearance of bread and wine. Every Mass is a supernatural event – a miracle. At the Tomb, the Unknowns remain dead – only their memory, veiled in anonymity, is honored. There is absolutely NOTHING supernatural about the Tomb of the Unknowns. Let me say that again: There is absolutely NOTHING supernatural about the Tomb of the Unknowns. It is most excellent, to be sure, but it is not a supernatural thing.

The point is this: if we all know and understand and FEEL the power of the excellent, excellent ceremonial rubrics of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, if we understand the power of “living art”, and we understand how important the concepts of reverence, solemnity, precision, dignity and beauty in movement and action are in the context of the Tomb, why, oh why, do we continue to tolerate the lack of reverence, the lack of solemnity, the absence of liturgical precision and dignity and the resulting UGLINESS that has been unleashed on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which is not just a mere memorial of Calvary, but is Calvary Itself, made supernaturally present, and Our Resurrected Lord physically substantially present?

The Tomb of the Unknowns merits the excellent, beautiful, solemn, reverent, disciplined ceremony of the Guards.

Our Lord, Crucified, Risen and physically substantially present to us in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar deserves INFINITELY MORE excellence, beauty, solemnity, reverence, discipline and dignity in His Mass.

Seek it out. Demand it. Make it your priority.

Happy Memorial Day

Low-population rural backwaters of New Delhi and Mexico City show jaw-dropping, yet unsurprising, Ivermectin results.

I’m just going to send you over to Lifson’s piece at

Lifson obviously mentions the massive money-laundering boon of the non-vaccines to Big Pharma, but what he misses, and cannot be permitted to be lost amongst the “covid” rhetoric, is the fact that Ivermectin’s antiviral properties would eliminate AS A TOTAL PREVENTATIVE a massive percentage of the cold and flu symptom remedy market. If you never catch a cold or the flu in the first place, then you never become symptomatic, which means you don’t have any demand for over-the-counter decongestants, cough suppressants, fever reducers, etc.

It’s an ELEVEN FIGURE ANNUAL MARKET. $50 billion, conservatively. Don’t kid yourselves, folks. BigPharma is defending their over-the-counter cold and flu remedy high-profit-margin market every bit as much as they are fabricating this “non-vaccine” market by withholding and trying to character assassinate Ivermectin in th€ fir$t wor£d.


Th€y N€€D you $ick.

Did I mention I received ANOTHER 800 doses of Ivermectin this week? Yup. Folks, just walk into any farm supply store, tell an employee, “I need something out of the pharma case. Can you open it please?” And just BUY the 1% livestock injectable, which is TOTALLY safe for humans to take orally by drinking it. Don’t run your mouth. Just BUY IT.

Stop and think about it. Veterinarians have been taking the livestock injectable themselves orally for DECADES. And do you truly, honestly think that I would aggressively push this unless I knew for a metaphysical certitude that it was totally, totally safe?

I’m not a doctor, but I’m highly, reliably informed, and I am HAPPILY and FEARLESSLY recommending and personally distributing it. Damn right. FEARLESSLY. All day every day. I carry a 50 mL bottle and syringe in my backpack purse at all times for distribution to ANYONE who wants it. You know why? Because Ivermectin is literally the safest drug in the world. 3.7 billion human doses- no side effects. The Livestock INJECTABLE formulation is TOTALLY safe for human ORAL consumption. I take it myself, and plan on continuing to do so solely to ward off seasonal colds and flus. Because who in their right mind WANTS to be even slightly sick, ever? And because it is, without any doubt or question, the MORALLY SANE thing to do.

Kinda like burning a koran, or shuttering a brokerage firm, or calling out an Antipope.

Git ‘er dun, as the man said.

Remember the P.I.A. Triumvirate of human medicine: Penicillin, Ivermectin, Aspirin.

Be not afraid. Do the right thing, and God will provide.

My God, My God, what a glorious time to be alive!

Wherein TimMan at St. Louis Catholic writes my words for me: “Still Think It Doesn’t Matter Whether or Not Pope Benedict Abdicated?”

Pssssst. He didn’t. Legally. Not even remotely close. Not even in the same galactic cluster as a canonically valid papal resignation.

Here is point 1 of 6. Do click over and read the whole thing at Tim’s place in St. Louis.

1. One must always remember that only a pope can abolish a motu proprio issued by the pope. This “duh” principle must always be remembered in our corrupt times. Let’s just spitball, and “speculate”, that Pope Benedict is still the pope. Who cares what a heretical prelate from Argentina says about Summorum Pontificum? His authority to do anything about it is about the same as his authority in my homeowners association: zero. But, for the sake of completeness, let us assume, arguendo for the rest of this post that Bergoglio is definitively and actually the pope….

The only question remaining at this point is whether Joe Biden’s open pedophilia is considered a feature or a bug by The Powers That Be

Remember, the greatest rush that demoniacs feel is from openly manifesting their evil and then watching people let them get away with it.

Biden is obviously demented, but the pedophilia is intrinsic to him – he was sexually into children, including his own, according to his daughter, long before any brain injuries or dementia. So The Powers That Be placed a pedophile with rapidly fading self-censoring capability as the “president” of the “united states”.

I think at this point, this is a trolling operation. I think they are positively luxuriating in the utter refusal of the unwashed masses to do a damn thing to resist them in any way.

They can literally let their front puppet openly lust on a pre-pubescent child from the podium, and nobody bats an eye. And on a military base, no less.

Joe Biden has been slammed for ‘creepy’ remarks he made about a young girl during a speech at a Virginia military base on Friday. 

The Commander-in-chief, 78, went off-script to point out the ‘elementary school- aged’ girl as he delivered an address at Joint Base Langley-Eustis ahead of Memorial Day. 

‘I love those barrettes in your hair, man,’ the President said to the girl, who was sitting at the side of the stage. ‘I tell you what, look at her, she looks like she’s 19 years old, sitting there like a little lady with her legs crossed,’ Biden bizarrely continued. 

Mailbag Letter of the Year: “Some thoughts on the Skojec emotional breakdown and public apostasy”

Dear Ann:

I couldn’t help but comment on the recent essay Steve Skojec posted about how traditional Catholics continue to “abuse” him because a parish priest did not give his children sacraments. I know there is another side to that story that we will never hear about, but my initial reaction was to truly feel sad for Mr. Skojec and his family. I realized that this very public emotional breakdown and what for all intents and purposes appears to be a public apostasy from the Roman Catholic faith was the fruit of the Antipope Bergolgio papacy.

I think this episode also shows how important the topic of identifying and defending the true Vicar of Christ is. Your efforts to expose the Truth is not an exercise in futility but has real and dire consequences.

Skojec’s public diatribe on issues, which most certainly should remain a private affair between him and his parish priest, was truly a cry for help after spending years attempting to reconcile the irreconcilable. If you truly believe that you are in the position of having to defend a man who claims to be the vicar of Christ, the father and spiritual leader of Christ’s visible Church on earth while at the same time that man does everything in his power to destroy that same Church, the intellectual and emotional fallout resulting from this illogical paradox and impossible position must be devastating. Sadly, if he just reconsidered his premises as you so often preach, rather than insist there is some way that 2+2 can equal 5, so much of this inner turmoil and anger would dry up and disappear like a dew drop in the desert.

There is one other component to this I want to mention. Skojec and I are about the same age. I am a 43-year-old man who also grew up as a “cradle Catholic” in the post-Vatican 2 era who attended World Youth Day in Denver in the 1990s and went through periods of losing faith. We were essentially the first generation of boys to be raised and educated by pro-feminist, anti-patriarchal, pant-suit wearing nuns where the notion of true fatherhood was systematically dismantled on a daily basis. Our father figures, even if our biological fathers were still around (which was a crap shoot for many), were nevertheless practically replaced by professional athletes on television, horror movie and pornography stars found in VHS tape rental stores, GI Joe cartoons, and homosexual abusers placed in positions of authority. Unless you had a grandfather still around who could actually teach you how to do manly tasks and take you on real adventures, most of my generation of fellow-boys grew up in a totally morally bankrupt and effeminate culture that did everything to destroy what it means to be a man.

It is no wonder then that the Bergolgio Antipapacy has caused so much confusion and damage in the Church and society today. Once again, the Evil One, using Bergoglio, tells those same boys, now middle-aged men, that there is no real fatherhood—that it’s all a lie and pointless. Just as fake and unrealistic as those GI Joe cartoon heroes were in the 1980s, so is the idea of strong, fatherly leadership in the time of turmoil. The antipapacy of Bergoglio attempts to confirm for my generation that none of this is actually real, that you are left alone, wondering in the wilderness just waiting to get eaten by the wolves who are out to get you. The Church was wrong, Vatican 1 was wrong and the priesthood is just a bunch of rigid mini-tyrants. Life is pointless and so is everything you ever thought about manhood, reality and yes—even God and His Church.

Had Skojec just been open to considering the facts and arguments showing that 2+2 does equal 4, that Christ did establish a Church with a true vicar of Christ that is a solid rock upon which Truth is grounded, and that that vicar is and always has been Pope Benedict since 2005, I think so much of his confusion, despair and hopelessness would transform into zeal, courage and strength knowing that there is Truth out there that needs to be defended by real men. It truly brings a sense of purpose and freedom, despite all the evil around us, that God would never abandon us and that we are placed on this planet at this time for a reason.

Just some thoughts from someone who grew up in the same demographic and world as Skojec, but with a vastly different understanding of who Christ’s Vicar is on earth. Yes, Ann, this issue matters, and it matters a lot.


Remember folks, you heard about Ivermectin here early. Dr. Beep told me, I confirmed with my cattle veterinarian friends, and the rest is history. Man, what a time to be alive. 🔥 🙌🏻

ZeroHedge HERE.

Say a prayer for Dr. Beep and his peeps, and for my bovine practitioner boys. Salt of the earth humans if ever there were any. Also shout-out to NonVeni Mark and #TeamPonyPaste

But y’all know I roll with the livestock injectable… preferably imbibed in a fine distilled beverage. Patsy Cline souvenir shot glass recommended, but not essential.

Don Fili, I love you, and thank you for everything from the bottom of my heart. Please continue to pray for me and for my benefactors and supporters.

In this life there is no purgatory; it is either hell or paradise; for to him who serves God truly, every trouble and infirmity turns into consolations, and through all kinds of trouble he has a paradise within himself even in this world: and he who does not serve God truly, and gives himself up to sensuality, has one hell in this world, and another in the next.
-St. Philip Neri