January 29, 2014

Of Colds and VII Statistics...

My apologies...the cold that has never really left me since before Christmas is back. Stuffiness, chicken soup, Tylenol... and Chocolate Ice Cream to cool the throat. UGH!


Fr. Peter Carota has an excellent post on his blog concerning the "Before and After" statistics of VII. I've alluded to such statistics in the past.  More eminent writers than I have written of them also and most Catholics already have a sixth-sense about them simply from reading the news items about church and school closings, convents shuttering and pictures of only 1 or 2 or 3 seminarians being ordained in a diocese that ought to produce 3 times as many. 


Let us continue to pray for the return to the normalcy Holy Mother Church needs and to the Restoration of All Things in Christ!



Before and After Vatican II Statistics Do Not Lie


Here are some more factual statistics about the Holy Roman Catholic Church before Vatican II and after here in the United States.  These Statistics are from CARA Georgetown University.500px-Gap_Between_Priests_and_Catholics_in_USA.svg
Priests: 1945 = 38,451  1950 = 42,970  1955 = 46,970  1960 = 53,796  1965 = 58,000
Priests: 2013 = 38,800  Diocesan Priests = 26,500 and  Religious = 12,300
Ordinations to the Priesthood: 1965  =  994
Ordinations: 2013  =  511
Seminarians: 1965  =  49,000  Graduate level: = 8325
Graduate level Seminarians: 2013  = 3694
Religious Sisters in the whole world 1973  = 1 million.  In 2013  =  721,935.
Parishes: 1965  =  17,637
Parishes: 2013  =  17,413
Mass Attendance in 1965: 65 % of Catholics attended Sunday Mass
2013, Only 24 % of Catholics attend Sunday Mass.  
AND A COMPANION POST HERE...



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January 26, 2014

Some Hard Truths...

The article: Some Hard Truths about Divorce and Communion

My posted comment:

"Why is the Church trying to accommodate Catholics who have voluntarily and willfully committed grievous sin by marrying outside the Church without a valid annulment? Adultery is forbidden by the 6th Commandment. Adultery is forbidden by God's Law. Why is the Church trying to change what God Himself has decreed to Moses?  If the divorced and re-marrieds wish to gain full communion with the Church, then rectify the situation they willingly and knowingly placed themselves in by seeking the proper pastoral care within already established Church Law. It is or will be an injustice to those who remain in less than "happy" marriages, those who have "happy" marriages and especially those of us who have chosen to honor our first and only vows and spouse after their civil divorce, if the Church suddenly changes the requirements of Sacramental Marriage to accommodate those living in grievous sin,without the requisite correction of the sin that now separates them from full communion. Two-thirds of the three marriage bonum will effectively be declared null, for permanency and fidelity will no longer be a requirement of the Sacrament.  The Church will have finally codified what is already known publicly - divorce is fully accepted by the Catholic Church and will now offer no restrictions on receiving the Body and Blood of Our Lord. "Go and sin no more" will have become passe' and meaningless, much like Catholic Marriage when the number of weddings drop precipitously because there will only be the requirement to be open to children left as a bonum, Fidelity and Permanency having been declared "unconstitutional".



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January 25, 2014

“In Sickness and in health...”

Msgr. Charles Pope of The Archdiocese of Washington had a post yesterday that, as a very select few Hollywood movies  have already done ("The Notebook", for one), defines what "...in sickness and in health..." truly means. 

Msgr. Pope writes (my boldness):

"First, its title “In sickness…” is a reminder of one of the aspects of the marital vow, namely, that the spouses will remain true and faithful to each other “in sickness and in health. The video shows the power of faithful and abiding love to bring healing, consolation, and peace in some of life’s darkest hours. The opening darkness and delirium of the sick man gives way quickly when his wife embraces him in love.  The confident conclusion of the medical doctor (who in the dream is not able to stave off the attack) is based firmly on the fact that the man is in the care and embrace of his loving wife. All is well. Love conquers even death."


As for us who have chosen to remain Faithful to our first vows, picture the video without the spouse-heroine and you will know the sacrificial - and perhaps terrifying - decision we have willingly made. To Honor Our Lord, our vows and our spouses, we have chosen to face these demons alone, devoid of any Love, companionship and comfort from our spouses, as we lie in some forgotten old folks home, surrounded only by the clinically detached medical personnel waiting for the tell-tale straight-line readout of the heart monitor. Alone, that is, except for Our Lord Jesus Christ...


Intended as such or not by its creators, this defense of the marital vows is from an award-winning 2011 cartoon short. Read the Monsignor's full post and watch the video “In Sickness and in health,” as seen in a powerful cartoon.


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January 20, 2014

Looking in the Mirror: "Hollande’s Tryst and the End of Marriage"

My, oh my...how far the Eldest Daughter of the Church has fallen. And with that, its Catholic population as well. It is not a far-reaching speculation to posit that in a few years my current country will follow the same course and suffer the same effects. "The fish rots from the top down" says the ancient phrase, and France is apparently the modern world's poster child that adds the required validity, and to which the USA appears to be embracing.

If you care to be further depressed - and you will - please read the full Bloomberg Opinion article, from which the below excerpt is taken. (Bold Highlights mine)

"Even though two-thirds of French people describe themselves as Catholic, the institution of marriage is in full retreat. Moreover, the standard model of the nuclear family consisting of two married adults with children has, in the past decade, been superseded by many other, less traditional arrangements.
Hollande is living proof of this shift in attitudes: He took office as the first president not to be married to his partner, who moved into the Elysee with him. He has four children from a previous partner, Segolene Royal, to whom he wasn’t married, either. His current partner, Valerie Trierweiler, has three children from her second marriage. Hollande’s predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy, has two sons from his first wife, another son from the second, whom he divorced shortly after taking office in 2007. He also has a young daughter with his current wife, Carla Bruni, whom he married in 2008.
Unlike in the U.S., such nontraditional arrangements enjoy wide acceptance in France."
"Moreover, almost 40 percent of children are now born to unmarried parents, compared with less than 1 in 5 in 1990, according to EU statistics. In 2010, the majority -- 55 percent -- of French children were born outside of marriage."
Now then... say 5 Decades of the Rosary for France, the USA and Holy Mother Church.


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January 16, 2014

Scandalous? Heretical? A True Sheppard?

Is this man a true Sheppard of the One True Church, leading his flock to Heaven by his good example?


Boston's Gang of Eight Cardinal 
O'Malley asks Methodist to 're-affirm' his baptism through anointing? 
... more


 God, please help us all survive weak Sheppard's, pray for an increase in their Courage and Fidelity to the One True Church and to Fear thy wrath, rather than man's wrath:

"I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history." (Card. Francis George. [Source here] )

Would that many more Shepherds truly understand Cardinal George's words... 


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January 12, 2014

... Thank You, Mom ...

Touching...Enjoy with a box of tissues.

Full article from Life Site News here.







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January 10, 2014

I wept for you at Mass this morning...

though I know you could care less. But that's not the point, is it? The point is that I did weep - for you - and for Our Lord, obviously, to whom I offered the tears. It just goes to show how wrong you were, how wrong we both were, to let this stupidity go as far as it did. I was wrong in letting my Love grow dormant...you were equally as wrong in letting your Love die. Or at the very least letting it be usurped by another person who had no right - Moral or otherwise - to invade your life or those of our children. But you now must live with that folly, because you are now married to it.

Those tears come at unexpected moments, Dear...it's God's way of showing me that despite the doubts that invariably creep into my mind, I do Love you as I ought - complete, total, unrestricted and sacrificial, desiring to Sanctify you even though we are now parted. It is the Love you have left, that you have lost and that I doubt you will ever find again, quite honestly. But that is your problem now, not mine. Regardless of how I misused and abused the Love we shared, it remains that it never died. You yourself often said that "...you can't turn it on and off like a faucet..." and you are correct - you can't. You either have the Love or you don't. If you don't and now have, it's because you have just been Blessed with a Miracle of God's Grace...or you never lost it to begin with. So...which is it for me? Since I don't believe myself worthy of a miracle, it remains that it never died and was always there, wouldn't you agree? Why else would I be writing this?

Be assured, My Love...those tears will always be there, coming at these unexpected moments. It shows my weakness for you still, as well as my strength. No man in his right mind would go through all I have been through - including the forced separation from his children - who did not still possess what was there at the beginning - the Agape Love all Catholic spouses should have for each other and the desire to Sanctify one's spouse and children, despite the cost to self.

So...there it is and there it will always be.

My Love Always,

Me



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January 9, 2014

Mea Culpa...

I'm sorry I haven't been posting much lately. A combination of many things have been conspiring against me, a few being:

1. After-effects of whatever malady still seems to have a hold on me.
2. Mental/Spiritual battles as I approach the 30th day of her re-marriage to a man who has no more right to be with her than I do with another woman.
3.Sloth
4. Helping my son purchase his first car.
5. Up-coming Legal maneuverings over this stupid divorce and her desire to leave Kansas with our kids and my moral duty to stop her.
6. Sloth.
7. Too-tired-after-work syndrome (or TTAWS, the silent killer of initiative)
8. Financial worries directly related to her stupid divorce.

I suppose this is what the "...for worse..." means when you stand before God, the Priest and your Beloved and pronounce your vows.

Welcome to the reality of Catholic Marriage and the privilege of walking beside Our Lord as He carries His Cross, while you carry yours. Embrace the sweetness of His Compassion, His Love, His Strength and His Resignation...




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January 4, 2014

What I felt like at the end of 2013:




What I feel like at the beginning of 2014:




<SIGH>

The Doctor is back on Monday...Yay!




Dog Photos courtesy of FUNNYPICA.COM

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Everly Brothers : Let It Be Me ( Live Albert Hall) HQ

RIP: Phil Everly....

I hand-wrote in calligraphic text and framed the first verses of this song to my beloved as a gift, long before the events of 2010. Apparently, my Heart's emotions were not the same as hers, even then:


I bless the day I found you
I want to stay around you
And so I beg you
Let it be me






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January 1, 2014

Feast of the Circumcision

That we who have chosen to Honor our first and only marriages may be granted the Graces and the Spiritual and Temporal Assistance needed to begin anew another year in defending the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony, our Marriages and our Families against all enemies, Spiritual or Temporal, from within the Church or without, be it spouse, son or daughter; be it priest, Bishop or Pope. Let us - in Spirit - be ever ready and willing to shed our blood as did the Christ Child for the sake of those we Love.


PRAYER TO JESUS IN DIFFICULTIES: 
O Jesus! Consolation of the afflicted! Thy name is indeed poured out like oil; for Thou dost 
illumine those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death; Thou dost disperse the 
blindness of the soul and dost cure its ills; Thou givest food and drink to those who hunger 
and thirst after justice. Be also, O Jesus! my Savior, the physician of my soul, the healer of its 
wounds. O Jesus! Succor of those who are in need, be my protector in temptations! O Jesus! 
Father of the poor, do Thou nourish me! O Jesus! joy of the angels, do Thou comfort me! O 
Jesus! my only hope and refuge, be my helper in the hour of death, for there is given us no 
other name beneath the sun by which we may be saved, but Thy most blessed name Jesus! 

EXHORTATION: St. Paul says: All whatsoever you do in word or in work, all things do ye in
the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (Col. 3:17). We should, therefore, follow the example of the
saints, and continually say, at least in our hearts: "For love of Thee, O Jesus, I rise; for love of
Thee I lie down; for love of Thee I eat, drink, and enjoy myself; for love of Thee I work, speak,
or am silent." Thus we will accustom ourselves to do all in the name of Jesus, by which
everything is easily or at least meritoriously accomplished. 


PRAYER TO BE SAID ON NEW YEAR'S DAY:
O God, Heavenly Father of Mercy, God of all Consolation! we thank Thee that from our birth
to this day, Thou hast so well preserved us, and hast protected us in so many dangers; we
beseech Thee, through the merits of Thy beloved Son, and by His sacred blood which He shed
for us on this day in His circumcision, to forgive all the sins which, during the past year, we
have committed against Thy commandments, by which we have aroused Thy indignation and
wrath against ourselves. Preserve us in the coming year from all sins, and misfortunes of body and soul. Grant that from this day to the end of our lives, all our senses, thoughts, words, and
works, which we here dedicate to Thee for all time, may be directed in accordance with Thy
will, and that we may finally die in the true Catholic faith, and enjoy with Thee in Thy kingdom
a joyful new year, that shall know no end. Amen.