June 28, 2015

CONSUMMATUM EST

For many Catholics - indeed all Catholics - the line in the sand has now been drawn. It is now a wide furrow that is unable to be mistaken for anything other than what it represents - God vs Man; God's Law's vs man's laws; Purity of Soul vs Lust of Nature. Black and white has now been made a neutral gray, its purity and beauty now decided by the whim of the person, rather than the immutable Truth of God. More fitting words cannot describe it better than:

CONSUMMATUM EST...

It is indeed finished.  Some will believe the Pope and Bishops could have/should have done something more (in grand scheme of this life, what is more important: junk science or one's immortal Soul?) and they would be right (Canon 915, anyone?) Now, however, a few prominent Catholic SCOTUS members have told us there is no longer any need to hate the sin and love the sinner...we must now love the sinner AND his/her sin (at least civilly, for the moment anyway.)

CONSUMMATUM EST...

Quite possibly, some openly homosexual and militant Catholic "couple" will present themselves for Holy Communion and will publicly force the issue still further - into the very Sanctuary of the Catholic Church. And also quite possibly, the priest who lawfully refuses to lay the Sacred Body and Blood of Christ upon an unworthy tongue will be media-crucified, not unlike his Savior before him, when the news goes viral.  

CONSUMMATUM EST...

And it will happen because the Church has lost focus of Her mission: to convert all men to the One True Church of Christ. The focus was not lost within the recent hoopla of SSM, but within the Pontificate of John XXIII and most certainly in that of Paul VI, he of the Mass we now call the Ordinary Form. That is where the blacks and whites all coalesced into grays that were able to be individualized by the local celebrant. The black and white Truth of the now-Extra Ordinary Latin Mass was shoved aside - illegally, as was always known - in favor of the new: the new that was, in part, helped in its production and birth by Protestants who had no business dipping their heretical fingers into our Catholic Mass. When the Mass was changed, so was our Foundation and our Faith. We are now reaping the whirlwind of neutralism, and it shows everyday in the Biden's, the Pelosi's, the Kennedy's... and especially in the Kasper's and the Marx's.

CONSUMMATUM EST...

The Catholic Faith is filled with "triumvirate's", so to speak: the Holy Trinity, The Holy Family and especially, the triumvirate of marriage: Indissolubility, Permanency and Procreation. And it is mainly the triumvirate of marriage that has taken the blows, wounds and arrows of the past few decades. The first to fall was Permanency via No Fault Divorce in 1970. The second - Procreation - was felled by the 1973 Roe v Wade SCOTUS decision...The third quite possibly will fall in some manner come this October, if Indissolubility gets replaced by the "Permissive Adultery fiat".

CONSUMMATUM EST...

We have apparently been told by the POTUS, the boss of the SCOTUS, that "...today should also give us hope that on the many issues with which we grapple often painfully real change is possible,” and which the article goes on to propose the meaning is quite simply that "... Those who disagree with the idea of gay marriage based, for example, on their religious views, must change to be more like progressives who accept gay marriage." Can the Cross or Crown decision we may be called to make now be that far behind?

CONSUMMATUM EST...

So...what to do? What Catholic's always do - utilize the four P's: Prayer, Penance, Patience and Perseverance. For ourselves; for our families; for the Catholic SCOTUS members; for our Bishops, priests and Pope Francis. For those locked into the lower-nature battle of SSA. And especially for the restoration and preservation of Traditional marriage. 

Dom Prosper Gueranger had a prescience of today when he said:

"There are times, when the Holy Spirit requires from a Christian something beyond interior resistance of the enemies of his soul: he must make an outward protestation against error and evil, as often as position or duty demands it.

On such occasions, he must bear to become unpopular, and console himself with the words of the apostle: “If I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” (Gal. 1:10) But the Holy Ghost will be on his side; and finding him resolute in using His gift of fortitude, not only will He give him a final triumph, but He generally blesses that soul with a sweet and courageous peace, which is the result and recompense of a duty fulfilled."


CONSUMMATUM EST?? 

"Not Hardly" as a well known Catholic deathbed convert was fond of saying.


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June 21, 2015

Happy Fathers Day to Divorced and Separated Dad's Everywhere...

On this Father's Day, a video reminder for Fathers separated from their children due to divorce that we do not need to be loved in order to Love; we are still Fathers before God, even if sometimes it appears not so before our children and that our children still need us, especially when they push us away trying to cope with their own pain and loss. It is then, especially then, when we must beat down the brick wall that separates parent and child and show them they are not alone - and they are still very much Loved...





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A List of Vastly Superior and Eminently More Important Subjects for A Papal Encyclical

These are just my thoughts for Papal pronouncements that would bring more Grace to the Faithful, than the current one of Laudato Si. 

In no particular order, excepting that #1 is something many people wish to see as much as I:

1.) On the Official Reconciliation of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X and Rome.

2.) On the Requirement, under pain of Excommunication, for Catholic Politicians, Catholic Teachers and other Catholic's in Public Service to Uphold The Moral Teachings of Holy Mother Church.

3.) On the Establishment of a Rosary Crusade in every Diocese in the USA to plead to the Mother of Christ for Her intercession that the Catholic Supreme Court Justices of the United States respond to Her many Graces and affirm and assert their Catholic Faith and Morals, thereby upholding Traditional Marriage in the USA.

4.) On the Reversion of the Tridentine Mass back to the Ordinary Form in the Roman Catholic Church.

5.) On the Reaffirmation that Outside the Roman Catholic Church there is no Salvation, that the Sixth Commandment is still Extant and of the Existence of Hell and the Souls therein.

6.) On the ending of Ecumenism and the Reaffirmation that there is only One, True Church of Jesus Christ and all other Churches are heretical, as are their Bishops.

7.) On the Requirement that all Bishops fully support and enforce the Reconciliation of Separated Spouses, as stated in the 1983 Code of Canon Law. 

 8.) On the Reaffirmation that Holy Communion is reserved for those free from Mortal Sin and that the Sacrament of Penance is available for those who currently are not.

9.) On the Divorced and Remarried sans Annulment, reminding them they made the willful decision to Separate themselves from the Church, it is not the Catholic Church who is at fault in this and of the still extant Sacrament of Penance that will open the door to correcting their sin.

10.) On the Reaffirmation of the Roman Catholic Church's mission to convert all men to the One, True Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

11.) On the Establishment of a Universal Church fortnight Rosary Crusade for our Catholic Brethren in the Middle East, that their current sufferings might soon be ended and Peace return to their homes and countries.  



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June 6, 2015

Divorce, Estrangement and Facing The Giants


For being a noun, "estrangement" is such a negative and harsh  word. Even its etymology is negative: quarrel, estrangement, discord, strife, from Old French destance (13c.), from Latin distantia "a standing apart." Discord. Strife. Quarrel. As a word, "estrangement" truly sucks. When applied to divorces, as in spousal estrangement, it is more so: you're always at odds with each other and seldom see eye-to-eye on most things concerning your children.

But estrangement reaches its full apogee when it involves a parent and children. More than likely it will be a terminal condition, absent a Saul moment for an individual child or a miracle of God's Grace upon your children as a whole. Wrapped within the emotional cocoon of parental estrangement, children will always be at odds:

  • with the Fourth Commandment; 
  • with the virtue of Charity;
  • with a Step-Parent (i.e. how can a child estranged from a biological parent ever truly give proper respect to a step-parent?)

Even if positive changes in action and attitude occur with the parent who may (or may not) have been responsible for its birth, the seemingly unending shelf-life of estrangement will be forever owned - in the eyes of the children, anyway - by the Respondent Mom or Respondent Dad who "caused" the divorce and upset their world. Can they really be blamed for doing so? Worse still, if the estrangement has been caused through the neglect of established divorce procedures with children involved, it is an almost forgone conclusion that the estranged parent will age alone, devoid of any comfort from some or all of their children. 

Family Estrangement is a fate that Catholic Parents would not wish on friend or foe. However, when it comes to satisfying an ever-thirsty desire for personal happiness-on-earth, at least one Catholic Parent will willingly infect their own children with this deadly poison and won't even blink an eye in the process of doing so, even going so far as to parrot "It's not for me...it's for the children." 

Yeah.....right. Tell me again how it's "for the children" when:
  • your children are forced to live at odds with many Truths of their Faith;
  • your children are forced to choose one parent over another;
  • your daughters will be forced to choose between Dad or Step-Dad for their wedding march down the aisle;
  • your children will be forced to decide if they should let your grand-children visit you, when they themselves did not;
  • your children will be forced to answer "Why?" to the previous statement to their children, all without embarrassing themselves in the process.

Oh, yes...Estrangement is surely worth the price you paid for it, wouldn't you agree? Your marital happiness surely compensates for the children being forced to give up theirs, wouldn't you agree? The children must be forced to see that their earthly happiness lies only with you and yours, wouldn't you agree? No?...You don't agree? Then can you tell the world why-in-the-hell you did it anyway?

When you are the parent of children who are shackled to estrangement - despite your best efforts to cut them free - it is easy to simply give in to their wishes. And why not? You've been called pathetic and a liar by them. You have received no Father's or Mother's Day cards in years or decades. You receive barely a grunt in reply to your "Goodnight, I love you" each and every evening. Yes...it is hard - at times extremely so - to not fall into severe and lasting discouragement over your children's intransigence and/or the remembrance of your own marital mistakes that led you to this point in time.

But do not fall; do not fail! You took a vow and are living that vow right at this moment. To reject it now is to reject the spouse and the children that followed, but more importantly, you reject the Love and Truth upon which it is all based. To seek your happiness now - when your children need you most - borders on anarchy. You gave your word all those years ago...do they mean so very little, now?

I am reminded of a scene in the movie "Facing The Giants" that well paints the stark reality of the vows you are now living. In a little over 3 minutes of intense dialog, action and music, 3 characters tell you all you need to know about the path that lies ahead; the path you now find yourself painfully treading; the path that has caused you to question "Why am I doing this?"

In this film clip, you are Brock: in a position of leadership, but always stopping short of full acceptance of your role. You fear the pain that accompanies it, never having expected to at the beginning of your career. You are blindfolded, and on your back you carry Jeremy, who represents your vows, your separated or divorced spouse and your children. 

And beside you is Coach Taylor, who represents Christ, His Blessed Mother, St. Joseph, your Angel Guardian. Gently prodding at first with "Let's go, Brock", "Good effort, Brock", very soon the words sternly segue into " Keep moving!", "Keep driving!" "Give me your very best!" You grow tired and complain you can't do it - "It's hard!" "He's heavy!" "I'm about outta strength!" "It hurts!"  But Coach is there, crawling beside you, almost in your face, yelling loudly to break through the fear and the searing pain that encompasses you. As you finally collapse - "I don't have anymore!" -  and still not knowing how far you've come, you feel the blindfold being removed and the triumphant voice of Coach that says: "Look up, Brock..."





Listen carefully at the beginning and at the end of Coach Taylor''s talk to Brock: you can easily place yourself in Brock's shoes and equate all you are hearing from Coach Taylor to your defense of your Marriage, of your children, and yes, even of your former spouse. You can sense, too, the moment when the other players realize that this is no ordinary drill, this is no ordinary "let's see what you've got" call from the coach. They see in Brock a man expending every last drop of energy, strength and fortitude for the greater good, his progress always hidden from his eyes, the goal a still-dark spot somewhere ahead of the voice urging him onward. 

They see you.

When you think you've had enough of divorce and parent-child estrangement; when you think you can no longer absorb the pain, the misery, the financial jeopardy and the discouragement of walking the divorce maze; when you grow weary of the fight, the battle and the war. Remember, Dear Friends, the words that await you at the end of your final game, from the only Coach that truly matters: "...Well done, good and faithful servant, because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord." 

Indeed will our hearts leap for joy when we hear those words: "Look up! You're in the end zone."


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