October 18, 2020

The End of the Line...

It has been almost 3 months since my last post and I can think of no better barometer than that to make the decision to shut this endeavor down. I wish to thank all those who have been reading my posts these past 10 years and any who may have continually linked to them. 

Thank you all and please pray for me as I move closer to full retirement, enjoy my new home, read at my leisure, sleep when I want, pursue my few hobbies, enjoy my family and go to Latin Mass as often as possible. 

I will leave the blog public for a few more weeks, but at some point, I will turn off the last porch light and go completely dark (or as "dark" as possible, this being the internet and all...)

I especially wish to thank Our Blessed Mother for all She has done to keep me on the straight and narrow path of Catholicism and for the countless and unexpected blessings I have received through Her intercession. When so many times I could have veered uncontrollably off course, it was She who kept me turning back onto the right path. May I ever live within Her shadow and may She be there to comfort me in my final agony and see myself and all my family to our Heavenly home. 

"...Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen."


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July 13, 2020

REPOST: Black Lives Matter - The First Movement

I wrote this almost 4 years ago to bring attention to the very first members of the Black Lives Matter movement. These brave men and women, many martyred for their Faith, also knew that it was not only Black lives that mattered, but all lives; there was then and can be now no distinction between them, as all are Children of God. 

The BLM of today has no similarity to the BLM of the last few centuries. What a pity that is. Ed

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For your consideration, I submit below 5 members of the earliest known "Black Lives Matter" movement, well worthy of emulation by those of any ethnicity, not just Black. Click on the names for a more complete profile. 



                                                 Saint Benedict the Black

Benedict the Moor, O.F.M., (Italian: Benedetto da San Fratello, 1526 – April 4, 1589) was an Italian Franciscan friar in Sicily who is venerated as a saint in the Catholic and Lutheran churches. Born of African slaves in San Fratello, he was freed at birth and became known for his charity. As a young man he joined a Franciscan-affiliated hermit group, of which he became the leader. In 1564 he was sent to the Franciscan friary in Palermo, where he continued good works. (From Wikipedia)



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                               St. Charles Lwanga and Companions

One of 22 Ugandan martyrs, Charles Lwanga is the patron of youth and Catholic action in most of tropical Africa. He protected his fellow pages (aged 13 to 30) from the homosexual demands of the Bagandan ruler, Mwanga, and encouraged and instructed them in the Catholic faith during their imprisonment for refusing the ruler’s demands.

For his own unwillingness to submit to the immoral acts and his efforts to safeguard the faith of his friends, Charles was burned to death at Namugongo on June 3, 1886, by Mwanga’s order. (From Franciscan Media)




                                             St. Josephine Bakhita

Josephine Margaret Bakhita, F.D.C.C., (ca. 1869 – 8 February 1947) was a Sudanese-born former slave who became a Canossian Religious Sister in Italy, living and working there for 45 years. In 2000 she was declared a saint by the Catholic Church. (From Wikipedia)





                                       Servant of God Augustus Tolton

Servant of God Augustus Tolton (April 1, 1854 – July 9, 1897), baptized Augustine Tolton, was the first Roman Catholic priest in the United States publicly known to be black when he was ordained in 1886. (James Augustine Healy, ordained in 1854, and Patrick Francis Healy, ordained in 1864, were of mixed-race.) A former slave who was baptized and reared Catholic, Tolton studied formally in Rome.

He was ordained in Rome on Easter Sunday of 1886 at the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran. Assigned to the diocese of Alton [in Illinois and where I grew up and worked for many years in my youth - Ed.] now the Diocese of Springfield), Tolton first ministered to his home parish in Quincy, Illinois. Later assigned to Chicago, Tolton led the development and construction of St. Monica's Catholic Church as a black "national parish church", completed in 1893 at 36th and Dearborn Streets on Chicago's South Side.

Cause for Fr. Tolton's Canonization Here (Includes a video)
Augustus Tolton and St. Monica's Parish


                                                        Bl.Isidore Bakanja

Isidore Bakanja, is a young Congolese born in Bokendela . A convert to Catholicism , he became a lay catechist. Hired in a Belgian colonial company undergoes the persecution of Director of the Agency which is strongly opposed to the evangelization of his workers. Whipped up blood, he dies from his injuries 15 August 1909. [He] is recognized by the Catholic Church as a martyr of the faith. Pope John Paul II beatified him in 1994. (From Wikipedia)
There are, of course, many, many more Black and African saints in the Roman Catholic Church. For more, click on the following link:Black / African Saints.



                                       



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June 12, 2020

ANTIFA & Anarchy

I am in disbelief of the ongoing events in the former city of Seattle, Washington. Intelligent, elected officials have taken an active part in the insurrection and destruction of their own city and then waffle over the best way to get it back. There is only one way, and it won't be a pretty one; anything less is pure folly. Even when if the city arrests the criminals that now infest its streets, Seattle herself will never be the same. She is done. She has already been overshadowed by these preventable events, and that shadow will just keep getting darker. Politically, I believe the left just dropped itself into a quagmire that will take it decades to overcome.
My further commentary on the matter is below. Ed

               


The rules of law - Natural or Moral; City, State or Federal - no longer apply to the former Seattle, Washington, USA. Seattle has been lost - irrevocably - to any form of civil law. Mob rule is now the law in this new psuedo-state Utopian dream. A Socialist-Marxist enclave within the continental United States of America. And it comes with overt official approval at the highest levels: the Mayor and certain City Council members. These elected officials have surrendered control of their City to un-elected ANTIFA anarchists. The citizens of Seattle and, ultimately, Washington State itself, have every reason to fear that this same type of ineffective government may now find its way downstream to their cities. That fear would be justified in my not-so-humble opinion, unless strong preventative measures are taken by every Mayor and City Council member of every city in Washington.

For now, though, a six-square block area the city has been transformed into East Berlin, Seattle, Washington. Barricaded for now, but the barbed wire will come later. Already the rot has begun and it won't take long before it runs its course in both directions. Armed anarchist police (what happened to the anti-gun wing of ANTIFA?) now patrol East Berlin, Seattle, the lawfully hired and professionally trained police having been told to retreat by their elected officials. How humiliating that must have been! However, were I a Seattle cop, I doubt I would want to give my life in the defense of appeasers and spineless idiots anyway, so I can't blame any cop for his or her retreat. They no longer had the support of the city they served so: "Why risk my life? Why put myself in harms way?" 

The Pyrrhic victory of ANTIFA will be short-lived, but sadly within its lifespan many lives will change, businesses will close & the "city" itself will suffer a slow, strangulated death. And it will most assuredly die because everyone within its borders will soon tire of the novelty. When the emotional high runs its course and the anarchists finally awake from their stupor, reality has a way of rearing its not-so-pretty head: 
  • Who will live within its walls? 
  • How will businesses thrive? 
  • How will its infrastructure be funded with but a few businesses & "citizens" to tax? 
  • Will they now mint their own money?
  • Will their official currency be known as the "antifa", with an exchange rate on par with that of Iran or Venezuela?
  • What other entity would want to do business with such an unstable "city"? 
Another point to ponder: the anarchists involved in the insurrection have, in effect, renounced their US citizenship, they cannot ask for assistance from either the State or the Nation to which they no longer pledge allegiance. Quite the pickle for them, eh? 

I also marvel at how their brazen actions are on full display for the world to see, and yet, they all seem to want to cover their faces in hopes of remaining anonymous instead of showing true courage for "the cause" by being unmasked. Or do they fear the inevitable retributions and want to be able to slink away into the dark of night when the real police arrive to take back their city? 

Cowards, much?

And the really big question (to me): Who is/are the current Head(s) of State and how long before he/she/they get overthrown? 

Frankly...I don't give a damn if they are. Everyone of them deserve a quick arraignment, fair trial and a very long prison sentence that will allow them to think on what a privilege it is  -or was - to be an American.

May God have mercy on them all. And especially, may the Holy Ghost enlighten these immature cretins to see what pawns they have become to their handlers, who - behind closed doors - call them what they truly are: canon fodder.



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June 5, 2020

REPOST: The Lion

I wrote this post a couple of months ago. It was - is - allegorical in many ways, even more so now. I will leave it to my readers to connect the allegorical dots to recent current events. Ed





There was blood on the wounded animal and his enemies smelled it. 

They could feel the victory just ahead, if only they can keep on his heels. A nip; a slash; a painful, flesh tearing bite. But their prey yet manages to escape the pack's sharp claws, although they know he is getting tired of the fight - and of the chase. 

It seemed a lifetime ago when the rest of his pack left, and the sting of that defection was still fresh in his mind, especially of their meek acquiescence of surrender without so much as a whimper or howl. He shook his head to clear away the confusion; he supposed just the thought of an early death by an unseen enemy and the enticing prospect of being saved was just too much to let go. He could not convince them otherwise and, little by little, his pack easily gave up all they had struggled to maintain - all that their ancestors had won generations ago. 

But still, he vowed to keep his enemies at bay, for as long as possible. He might yet be a beacon of hope for his pack, the spark that would awaken them from their mind-numbing slumber. He hoped he would live long enough to see them all turn to face their enemies, legs set, muscles taught, minds clear as to their task.

But his heart refused the comfort such thoughts gave and all he could do was steel himself for the inevitable, final battle that he knew was coming.

He knows that he cannot stop the coming fight. His allegiance to a higher calling prevents it, at least until - as he heard someone once say - he's given "his last full measure." 

"So that's what it's all about, then", he tells himself as its clarity hit him full face, "the last full measure." And he understood, now, how his pack could be swayed so easily by the sirens song of their enemies: they were not yet ready to give their last full measure. They had enjoyed their ease and their free-range lifestyle too much and had forgotten the cost the others before them had paid for the privilege they now enjoyed. 




He stopped then, and turned to face the enemies that were almost upon him: his legs set; his muscles taught; his mind clear as to his task. 

And he smiled a knowing smile, for he knew the one thing his enemies did not: this might be his end, but it was not the end.




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May 17, 2020

Hate, As A Virtue




If nothing else, this faux-pandemic has unmasked just how many people there are in this country who truly hate the United States of America (and by default, Donald Trump) and who will do whatever is necessary to ensure the downfall of this still great country. Or better yet in their eyes, its transformation into a Confederation of Socialist states tightly controlled by an elite group of politburo members. (Eh...sound familiar?) I hate them all, these anarchists. But they are not the only ones upon whom I vent my base emotion; there are others...


I hate the Chinese...not the people themselves, but their overlords - the Chinese Communists. It is they who have succeeded in bringing to its knees the world's most vibrant economy and who have directly caused:

  • the permanent closing of numerous small businesses;
  • the curtailment of civil liberties;
  • the neutering of Constitutional guarantees, and;
  • the unprecedented birth of mini-dictators at the State level. 

And still, the USA (indeed, the World) have not - and may never - justly punish the Chines Communists for their duplicity in this egregious crime. Do the ChiComs truly own THAT much of the worlds economies that they are impervious to just retributions and reparations? Are they??





I hate the Federal Government's medical professionals (Fauci & Co.) who essentially have shut down the national economy to control a virus that can't be controlled, based upon computer models that have repeatedly been proven false and whose past and still current affiliations with Bill Gates mean a further erosion of both the economy and, especially, personal liberties. To paraphrase an oft-quoted Winston Churchill: "Never before have so few
un-electeds taken away more civil liberties from so many citizens." A true omniscient, was Churchill.


I hate the Democratic Party and the Socialist/Marxist Democrats within its members: the Pelosi's; the Schumer's; the Cuomo's. And let's not forget the young, up-andcoming Marxist Democrats: Alexandra Oscasio-Cortez, Ilhan Ohmar and Rashida Tlaib. (And...the now ubiquitous Obama's, of course.) These people have NO allegiance whatsoever to this country, but only to their Party and their Personal ideals. Collectively, they seek to tear-down, destroy, amend, transform and, ultimately, to re-birth this country into The United Socialist States of America. How do these people get elected and how do they stay elected? (See below for part of that answer.)

I hate the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and their minion diocesan Bishops. The USCCB is just another branch of the Democratic Party and has been for the last 5 decades. For each Democratic Party cause celebre, you will find open support from the USCCB or, at the least, a large group of their progressive Bishops. Maureen Mallarkey rightly describes them as "...an open borders lobby, a fifth column in cope and chasuble." She is not far from wrong and her 2018 article demands a full read. 

I hate Progressive Catholics who use their Faith when its convenient (Pelosi's "I am a Catholic" comes to mind) but who otherwise keep it under tight control and well hidden. It is an open secret that enough Catholics profess allegiance to the Democratic Party (and therefore, allegiance to its main platforms - unrestricted abortion and homosexuality) to keep Democrats in power (or at least power enough to affect the political ebb & flow of this country). Around 45% to well over 50% of Catholics vote Democratic and have for a goodly number of years, knowingly putting their Spiritual lives in grave danger through formal cooperation in the grave sins of others. In the post-Vatican II age, even nominal Catholics cannot claim invincible ignorance about abortion, homosexuality or adultery. 

I could go on with more "I hate (??????)", but I think you get my point by now, and, that I've proven hate can be a virtue when done for a just reason, as noted in the above examples. 

I have nothing, and no one, to fear... 



Oh.




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April 12, 2020

A Holy and Blessed Easter To All





Have a Holy & Blessed Easter everyone!

Though we may be prevented from properly giving thanks to Our Lord Jesus Christ for our redemption, we know the separation is temporary. The wheat is being separated from the chaff & the wheat that is left will bring forth much good fruit.










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April 4, 2020

3rd Station: Jesus' First Fall

We are in the midst of our agony here on earth, much like Our Lord and Savior himself during his final few weeks and days. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass has been suspended pretty much everywhere; even the SSPX has now done so, as much a victim of the ever-changing Chinese Virus rules & regulations as we laity. It made sense for the SSPX to do so: they are a missionary order and responsible for numerous satellite parishes away from their home priory. They could all be on a plane heading to their assignment and upon arriving find the civil authority has further restricted gatherings, preventing the laity from evening attending. In my opinion their action was just a matter of time. Regardless, we all are - willingly or unwillingly - walking beside Our Lord this Passion tide. 

As I was reading the Stations of the Cross at home this past Friday evening, the words of the 3rd Station (from The Roman Catholic Daily Missal) suddenly jumped out at me with more clarity than ever before. It seems that Holy Mother Church foresaw such as we are in now and placed these particular prayers, for this particular time, in this Penitential season, for our comfort and succor. Read the highlighted section especially, but pay closer attention to the underlined passage:




With the USA - indeed, almost the entire Catholic world - on lock-down, do not these words speak of our own Little Way of the Cross that we are now enduring? Does not the last sentence of the passage speak truly of the ache in our hearts as we endure forced separation from family, friends and co-workers in isolation at home, hospitals or nursing homes? And what of the deep agony of families whose loved ones lay dying, alone and bereft of family by their side, who then find they are unable to even have a normal burial? 

Indeed, we are in our own Little Way of the Cross, and only Our Lord Himself knows when all this will end. 

As our taken-for-granted liberties keep eroding on a daily basis in the name of fighting this medical "war" (that is increasingly being seen by many as nefarious overreach by local, State and, especially, Federal governments), many keep asking: 

"When, Lord...when? When will you grant  "...deliverance to them that are shut up."

Sadly, Our Lord is the only one that we can hope to deliver us from this pestilence, for the Pope and his Bishops have fallen to the world:

"They have not called upon God: there have they trembled for fear, where there was no fear. For God hath scattered the bones of them that please men: they have been confounded, because God hath despised them." [Psalms 52:6]
(my emphasis) 


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March 24, 2020

A Hearty "Thank You!" to the USDA



A weekend shopping trip to my local Sams Club and Walmart was my first since the onset of the Chinese Virus. As I gazed upon row after row of empty shelves that formerly held toilet paper, eggs, pizzas and hand sanitizer, I was reminded of why I live in such a great country. 

There are many unsung heroes in the present health crisis in which we find ourselves intimately involved. Medical professionals, researchers, first responders, and many others on the front line all deserve a round of applause for their untiring efforts to ensure the safety of the citizens of this great country (though I am sure they'd rather have a solid two weeks off about now). However, no one entity deserves a wider round of applause than our very own USDAa group of true, unsung heroes, who work tirelessly and in broad daylight so all the world takes notice of them. 

No, no. Not this USDA, that does its work largely behind the scenes. Then of whom I am talking?

Why... The United Society of Dumb Asses, of course. 

You've no doubt seen the members of the USDA first hand at your local stores as:


  • they rush to grab that cart in the parking lot from the elderly couple on Social Security who are just doing their monthly shopping; 
  • you experience their frenzied clubbing of other shoppers to get to the toilet paper aisle to ensure their own personal ass-hygiene remains unaffected (for an upper respiratory malady, no less);
  • you cringe as they flash-mob the egg cooler to claw to that last Medium Grade A carton with 3 broken eggs;
  • finally, you see (although the terror of it will live with you for decades to come), whilst clutching your loved ones tightly to your chest, the feral, frenzied look of their blood red eyes as they fight each other to get to that last 4 bottles of hand sanitizer.  

Like I said...dumb asses. 

These people have so screwed up the supply chain for the ordinary citizen that it is almost criminal. They have taken Slinky Dog (from Toy Story) who, in normal times, simply stretched in a controlled manner with the ebb and flow of normal supply & demand but who is, now, kinked-up, stretched out and almost unusable as a re-supply chain, all because of the Dumb Asses reckless and thoughtless abandonment to their emotions. 

Feral? Check. Crazed? Check.  Emetophobic? Check. 

You Tube sometimes makes famous an exceptional person or group; but it also makes infamous the unexceptional, the idiotic and the selfish. And it is to this latter group that the Dumb Asses belong. I'm guessing they have some innate need to shed their synthetic skins and reveal their true self; it is unfortunate that they most always choose to do so at the expense of their neighbors, the greater good and - in this case - an entire country. 

The Dumb Asses have shown to the world that the USA is not exceptional, nor magnanimous and certainly not charitable. They've shown instead that America is just a fourth-world country, full of vain, selfish and bipolar citizens who thinks their own emetophobia deserve self-medication before all others. 

There is no known help available for the Dumb Asses, sadly. No medical study is extant that is trying to help these hapless souls, though I'm sure that someday, somewhere, an obscure medical professional will have a Dr. Salk moment and perfect the vaccine that will rid the USA - and the World - of all Dumb Asses. And if there is any poetic justice in the world, the only side affect to the cure will be permanent splotches on the cheek in the form of the letters "D" & "A". 

But at least we won't run short of toilet paper and hand sanitizer again. And that's worth a little old side-effect, isn't it?


 


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March 3, 2020

Novena for the Release of Cardinal George Pell

From Deacon Nick Donelly's Twitter page. Click on his Twitter link below for the prayer. Ed.


 — Nick Donnelly (@ProtecttheFaith) March 2, 2020


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February 8, 2020

Fr. Emil Kapaun's Upcoming Heroic Virtue Vote in Rome

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Bishop Carl Kemme reports in the current Wichita diocese newspaper, The Catholic Advance, that on March 10, 2020 the Congregation for the Causes of Saints will officially vote on the heroic virtue of Fr Emil Kapaun. If passed, it then goes to Pope Francis and a recommendation that Fr Kapaun be declared "Venerable", which then begins the thorough study of the submitted miracle attributed to Fr. Kapaun's intercession. 

He asks for prayers that all goes well and that Fr. Kapaun's cause advances. Deus Vult!

See also: 


The Most Highly Decorated Chaplain in U.S. Military History

President Obama Awards Medal of Honor to Father Emil Kapaun


Fr. Kapaun Resources Page: numerous links to personal letters, homilies and newsletters.



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February 1, 2020

Commentary on Priestly Celibacy and a Decision To Be Made

I have maintained that BerGOGlio is Pope, though my feelings have always demanded otherwise. But I'm not Catholic because of my feelings, but because of my Baptism. Once a Catholic, always a Catholic.

Numerous times I've found my self wanting to turn my back on Rome, much as She has done to me. The pain is sometimes too great and, much like a cuckolded husband, I've yearned to find the comfort and solace that I once felt with Her. But then I realize it is not Rome, but the Romans who have turned. Rome Herself is still standing, proud and strong, but sadly has been lately covered in so much slime it is hard to see the beauty that lies beneath. But still, I have always been able - through Grace, no doubt - to reject that cuckolded feeling and retain my attachment and allegiance to earthly Rome, and its earthly head as well. That, however, may yet come to an end.

Should BerGOGlio do the unthinkable and end priestly celibacy, no matter how little of an inroad is allowed, the crossroad that I keep fearing might finally be upon me. Not that I plan on reneging on the Baptismal vows spoken by my Godparents on my behalf, but of calling BerGOGlio the true Vicar of Christ and head of His visible church. No true head of Our Lord's Church on Earth would attempt to remove a foundation stone of Catholicism - and the Priesthood - as celibacy. As Ann Barnhardt correctly wrote:

"The rule from DAY ONE was that married men who were ordained had to observe PERFECT, PERPETUAL CONTINENCE. They could never have sex with their wives again. Because, to be a priest and offer the Holy Sacrifice is to be mystically espoused to the Church, and to Christ Himself. The Mass is a nuptial act."

We have been inundated with an actively  homosexual hierarchy - are we now about to be inundated with an actively heterosexual married clergy? And what would happen if a married priest and his wife divorce? What will happen to any children? Will we see a single-parent priest trying to balance his priestly duties with that of a single parent trying to get his kids to soccer, school plays and proms? Will we now have, in addition to lay readers and lay EMHC's, lay Nanny's to watch the priests toddlers while he goes to "work" each Sunday morning? And which Soul will he choose to save if both of these calls come at once: his teenage son's to come pick him up lest he has to drive home drunk from a party, or, the nurse's telling him a dying, fallen away Catholic is on their death-bed and has asked for a priest? Which Soul is more important to him as a Father? Which Soul is more important to him as a Priest? Which Soul would he choose to save? Which Soul would YOU choose to save??

Perhaps the above scenarios would never happen. Perhaps the Hierarchy has already plans in place to assist a married priest in conflict between his clerical and secular duties and responsibilities. Perhaps I am playing the naive fool. Perhaps my lack of a S.T.B. or S.T.L. is telling. Perhaps...perhaps...

Should BerGOGlio actually promulgate approval of married clergy, it may well be the straw that breaks this camels back of acknowledging him as the true head of Christ's Church on earth. He has already made himself a demi-god with Amoris Laetita; now he will try to advance to full-god status by totally redefining the priesthood established by Our Lord Jesus Christ. And that, to me, is the act of a very, very proud man who has no fear of his Lord; King and Creator. 

When - IF - priestly celibacy is rescinded, it may well also be the day when I can no longer look upon BerGOGlio as Pope. 

Pray, Lord, stop this evil bastard, lest we all perish. 


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A Child's Unconditional Love

[This article first appeared at Catholic365.com. Publishing requirements limited the number of photos allowed per article, so I here re-post my original article with the missing photos included. I urge my readers to frequent Catholic 365 for additional Catholic commentary on various subjects of importance to the Catholic world. Ed]


Sculpture to mothers who have lost babies through abortion, created by art student Martin Hudáček of Slovakia. (LINK)

In this month of the 47th anniversary of Roe V Wade, it bears us to remember the children - some 60,069,971 since 1973 - that have been denied the right to life. A life that even animals themselves seem to enjoy in modern society, replete with laws that protect them from being harmed or killed. It has become de rigueur in modern society to champion the cause of animals, to ensure that the homeless or abused are found, cared for and put up for adoption. And well they should have such protections, for even they are created by God.

It is repugnant, however, to know that a baby, created in the image and likeness of God and while still in the womb, does not enjoy the same privilege to life as mere animals. What does that say about our modern society where animals - and even criminals - have more rights than a preborn child? Has society sunk so low that we value brute animals and criminals over that of an unborn child?

Regardless, and although many preborn children have been denied this right to life, my newest niece & nephew - Molly & Christian - were not. 

Molly J. (used by permission)
Christian I. (used by permission)

These two beautiful children's parents chose life and to them and to all Parents and Mothers who choose life, I say: 

Thank you and may God Bless you!

To those children denied their lives, denied the right to love, to smile and to repose in the arms of a loving Mother, I offer to and for them: 

A Child's Unconditional Love

Silent voices, heard by none; Yet, that cry!
They are frightened, unloved and alone.
Until their Angel Guardians carry them Home.

Into the hands of their Father,
with tenderness, are they placed;
The pains of death now overtaken by Grace.

Tenderness and Joy, with their eyes they do see,
In the face of their Savior: Love,
Love! that should have been Thee!

Now only He can behold them full grown,
And return them His gift:
Their lives, that were stole;

By the one who was made, to bring them to life.
But, willingly, did forfeit that God-given right.
'Can you forgive?' each child shall be asked,

'This creature, this woman, this One I did task?'
'Oh, Yes, Dearest Savior! There can be no other,
That ever will we Love, for:

She Is Our Mother!'

(© 2019 David Heath)



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January 24, 2020

REPOST: Abortion, Roe v Wade and the Nuclear Family

I wanted to write something - anything - to coincide with the National Right to Life March in Washington DC being held today. Whilst perusing past posts for inspiration, I came across this post written 5 years ago around the same time as the 2015 March for Life. For some, equating abortion and divorce might be an unbalanced comparison and could even provoke anger. But for nuclear families aborted through no-fault divorce and with the complicit approval of the Catholic Church, it is not so. The sucking noise of the instrument of abortion and the silent scream of a living, breathing innocent child being torn apart is no less horrific and heartrending than the sucking noise of the instrument of divorce and the not-always-silent scream of a living, breathing child being torn from its nuclear family. The common denominator of both - selfishness - is all too easily seen; that the Catholic Church is complicit and actively participates in the abortions of Catholic, nuclear families is unconscionable. 

Although much of my personal life has changed over the past 5 years, the validity and importance of what follows has not. And rather than link to the past post, I've simply chosen to copy and paste it here. Ed

                                  
Abortion, Roe v Wade and the Nuclear Family

I'm setting here finishing my coffee at 4:30 A.M. and I want to write something really profound, that will be getting a thousand hits per day, that will quell the rising tide of Catholics and divorce. But what I will probably write is just a mediocre rambling of a former spouse and extant Dad, lamenting the fact of his family's live abortion. Not to take away from the pure evil that is the Roe v Wade abortion, but the fact remains there is very little difference between that kind and the other kind - the abortion of the live, nuclear family via No Fault Divorce. Both are predicated upon the same thing - the killing of the innocent, the destroyer of human lives and the decimation and death of a family of Souls, conceived in Love, but ended in apparent hate.

I have never been one to paint a pretty picture of divorce. Far from it. For all my ineptitude in writing, I've always tried to paint its ugliness - its every bit as ugly as Roe v Wade - despite modern society's selfish need to paint it differently. The bloodless letting of innocent blood doesn't make it any easier to swallow. The remorse and sorrow at the ending of innocent lives isn't any easier to bear. The perennial guilt of a parent over their frailty that may have contributed to a family's destruction is no less real. Yes, the abortion of a live, breathing, smiling, loving and animated family is no less easier to bear than that of an innocent child in the womb. Both have been willingly slain for selfish motives. Period.


Catholic parents do not know - or do not care to know - the landscape of the road that stretches before them when they divorce. As I've written before, Charity is the first Virtue that, by necessity, flies away, as it cannot stomach the gross injustice that is to be thrust upon the innocent. That is not to say that Hope and Faith don't also fly away - in most cases they do. But as Charity is the greatest of the three, it's understandable that it carries the graver weight. Is it not a truth that Our Lord, whose life was as much about Charity as it was about Love, is not grievously offended by either form of abortion?


I cannot begin to describe the myriad of emotions that envelop one post-divorce. I can tell you that it took at least two years for the winds to stop buffeting mine, and another two before I could handle the almost daily emotional surprises that come:


  • setting in Church as tears well in your eyes because you miss your family - and your spouse.
  • working at your desk when the flood of emotions dilute your environment as you set and think, but for divorce, your child would not be seeing a psychiatrist.
  • the dread you feel at knowing the future pain and sorrow your estranged children will endure because they still refuse to see the Love that was always there, but has repeatedly been called into question by a parent.
  • the almost daily need to beg - BEG - for Divine assistance for the Graces needed to not fail your children, yourself, your marriage vows, and yes, even your former spouse.

Today, there will be no National Right To Marriage Marches in Washington, DC - or even here in downtown Saint Marys, KS. There will be no well-known celebrity speakers or politicians speaking of the horrors of divorce and the assault upon the innocent. There will be no Catholic Bishop, Cardinal or Pope, lamenting the deep slide into the lethargic anarchy that is divorce. There will be no call for 1,969 minutes of silence, in recognition of the year the first No Fault divorce law went live.

 No, this day will pass with Roe v Wade's silent sister walking along side those who courageously march to defend innocent lives lost through a vacuum tube, unknowing of the almost as great a tragedy that occurs with the judges gavel. I mean not to take away from the horror and injustice of the Roe V Wade abortions that litter this great - and supposedly Christian country - but simply seek to remind others of this silent sister's existence that is equally as horrifying and unjust. 

Abortion - whether that of Roe v Wade or of divorce - is a travesty of law that needs to be stricken from the books. Both have nothing to do with "inalienable rights" and have everything to do with "unbridled passions", for no person - no REASONABLE person - could ever stoop to such evil as abortion, within the womb or without. The Catholic Church teaches that "passions must be ruled by reason" as so stated in the section on Moral Conscience in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It is, unfortunately, not much heeded nowadays.

 It is a tragedy in itself that so much confusion currently reigns within the Church over moral certitudes that have in the past 4 or 5 decades been called into question and that are now just part of a Catholic menu from which you can choose to follow. God's law does not change. The Ten Commandments that were given to Moses on Mt. Sinai are the same ones that are extant even to this day. No man - whether Pope, Bishop or Cardinal; whether priest, parent or judge - can change them. God is not mocked, as St. Paul says. Furthermore, Deuteronomy states "...And my wrath shall be kindled against them in that day: and I will forsake them, and will hide my face from them, and they shall be devoured: all evils and afflictions shall find them, so that they shall say in that day: In truth it is because God is not with me, that these evils have found me."

Are you not cringing at the mere thought these words paint in your mind?

The child in the womb silently screams in supplication for the defense of its life, but no one seemingly hears. The children of divorce do no less, and no one seemingly hears them either, especially the Catholic Church and Her Bishops. Divorce is implicitly accepted as a valid termination of a Sacramental Marriage, simply because it is required as prelude to an annulment proceeding - the needs of the many are forsaken for the desires of the one. In that, both abortion and divorce are eerily similar.

On this anniversary of Roe v Wade, as you pray for the 57 million-and-counting abortions in this country alone, remember also to pray for those who have been aborted through No Fault Divorce: the innocent and abandoned who truly want nothing more than the return to the family womb.

It is their inherent and God-given right to desire that, no less so than the right of the unborn children to live a life outside the womb.


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January 6, 2020

IT'S WAR! WAR!! WAR!!!




I thought that since the Democrat-Liberal-Hollywood Triumvirate is wringing their hands over the sure fact we are - or soon will be - involved in The Final World War III with Iran, that I would take a few minutes and produce the news headline as they would like to see it printed. Hopefully, the LA Times won't send the FBI shock troops to my front door - their Glock 19's, Uzi's and M-9's drawn - for making use of their archival photo as it fit so perfectly. Ed.


Now, for my opinion piece on what's going on:

There be will be no all out "war" with Iran. If they shoot a missile at US troops, the US will shoot 2 to 4 in return (NB: I wrote the preceding sentence in my draft of this post before President Trump Tweeted this). Iran may have 35 targets planned, but Trump has said that he has 52, which means he probably has closer to 75, all of which are,undoubtedly, focused on Iran's ability to wage war. What this means is that in a war of attrition, Iran loses. There is no possibility Iran would ever come out on top, and especially so with Donald Trump as Commander-in-Chief of the US Military. Besides, Iran has domestic trouble at home; there is documented unrest in their own backyard. They cannot afford a war with the US as they would have, in fact, a two-front war. And no one nation has won a war while fighting on two fronts, as Germany found out in WWII. To pay attention to only the one, leaves the other wide-open for exploitation.


So...Iran is a screamer, albeit a dangerous one, and should be handled with clarity, forcefulness and strength of purpose. But in the end, a screamer is all they will remain.

Trump's handling of the current situation is correct. Speaking to Iran with the aforementioned clarity, forcefulness and strength of purpose ensures that Iran will have gotten the message. Whether or not they understand it is another matter entirely. Even if they do understand, they may still attack with their rockets and terrorist androids. Casualties may yet be had on both sides, though I pray it never gets to that point. I have one son currently in the Marines, and three more of age able to be called up, so I have a vested interest in wanting true peace maintained but NOT "a peace for our time" as Neville Chamberlain, the English appeaser & Prime Minister said in 1938. There is a difference in the two that, sadly, many of the above Democrat-Liberal-Hollywood Triumvirate fail to grasp.

Now, obviously, I am no geopolitical aficionado and most definitely am not on the NSC, sitting beside Donald Trump's right ear. All I have is what I read of the situation, think on the broader picture and try to understand who we have for a President. Who we have and what we have is a man and President who will act to defend this Country and its military to the best of his abilities, and not be a 21st Century Neville Chamberlain. Despite being hobbled by inner-circle anarchists and external enemies from before his election, he has done an amazing job.

My stated views and opinions might be so far off the mark as to laugh me right into internet obscurity. No matter...I've tried to use my God-given common sense and intellect to make sense of what I see and hear. Whether I am ultimately proved naively wrong or presciently correct, at least I've kept my wits and did not lose control of the broader picture and allowed my emotions to drive my thoughts, words and actions.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the Democrat-Liberal-Hollywood Triumvirate.




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