Friendly reminder in the wake of Manchester

If you care about hurting the feelings of a certain group of people more than you care about slaughtered teenage girls, you’re part of the problem.

Reblog from March 2016 HERE

Laziness, Lies, Misnomers and Jihad

You may not be interested in jihad, but jihad is interested in you. Failure to educate yourself in the era of internet, google, and Amazon is laziness. Sloth. Mortal Sin.

If you have time to read a book, it should be The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright. It goes back to the 14th century to explain the Hanbali school of Sunni Islam, and the Wahhabi/Salafi strains of this school. You will gain tremendous insight into what’s going on in the world.

If you don’t have time for that, do you have 15 minutes to read this article? It explains things in a very basic manner. The Wahhabi/Salafi sects reject everything that came after the very earliest times of the movement as satanic blasphemy, such that they are the only “true” Muslims. That’s why you see them killing other Muslims in addition to everyone else. So as the Muslim moves “deeper” into his faith, and the linear progression towards orthodoxy accelerates, he becomes weaponized (yes, weapons are part of the actual spiritual training). The west has coined a term for this process: Radicalization.

However, “Radical Islam” is a misnomer. While it does describe the extreme nature of the movement, it wrongly implies a periphery, a newness, a break with tradition, a revolution. Wouldn’t it be more accurate to call it Orthodox Islam, or Conservative Islam, or Traditional Islam? I suppose that wouldn’t sit too well with the other schools of Islam, even if it’s the truth.

Every politician on the national stage in every western country understands these facts. Anyone who tells you Muslims have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism is a liar, and is a part of the problem. Anyone who leans on the fact that the majority of Muslims are peaceful, family people, obscures the facts at hand and is a part of the problem.

Oh, and changing the flag on your fb profile doesn’t mean shit, ever. Educate yourself, help to educate others, and start being part of the solution.

Fatima 100: Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, does the Francis care at all?

Here is the supposed text of the Third Secret of Fatima as released by the Vatican in 2000. It’s in the form of a letter which Sister Lucia delivered to her bishop in 1944, and there is a lot of evidence that this text is incomplete, most especially because, unlike the other two secrets, it contains no words attributed directly to the BVM (if this is news to you, you need to research it):

“After the two parts which I have already explained, at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendour that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: ‘Penance, Penance, Penance!’. And we saw in an immense light that is God: ‘something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it’ a Bishop dressed in White ‘we had the impression that it was the Holy Father’. Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions. Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God.”

The “we had the impression” part has intrigued everyone for years. The current papal situation certainly is interesting, isn’t it?

But what about that “how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it” part? What does that even mean? People just appear as they appear, don’t they?

If you attended the Extraordinary Form this morning, you heard this in the Epistle:

But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act—they will be blessed in their doing. James 1:22-25 (NRSVCE)

“Like those who look at themselves in a mirror…and going away, immediately forget what they were like.” How are we supposed to interpret this? Let’s try a few other translations:

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if any one is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who observes his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But he who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer that forgets but a doer that acts, he shall be blessed in his doing. (RSVCE)

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if a man be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he shall be compared to a man beholding his own countenance in a glass. For he beheld himself, and went his way, and presently forgot what manner of man he was. But he that hath looked into the perfect law of liberty, and hath continued therein, not becoming a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work; this man shall be blessed in his deed. (DRB)

Haydock renders it this way:

“The sense is, that it is not enough for a man to examine and look into his interior, and the state of his conscience in a negligent and superficial manner, no more than one that goes to a looking-glass, but does not take care to take away the dirt or spots which he might discover.”

I’m going to leave it at that. But first, do you remember last year when those articles were published by Maike Hickson in discussion with Fr. Dollinger, where Benedict confirmed that the entire Third Secret indeed was NOT published in 2000, thus contradicting his own prior testimony? HERE  And then the Vatican with lightning speed issued a statement attributed to Benedict, but in language so obviously unlike something he might say:

“Pope emeritus Benedict XVI declares “never to have spoken with Professor Dollinger about Fatima”, clearly affirming that the remarks attributed to Professor Dollinger on the matter “are pure inventions, absolutely untrue”, and he confirms decisively that “the publication of the Third Secret of Fatima is complete”.” HERE

Today is the one year anniversary of that denial.

I wonder when Francis opened and read the Third Secret, the full version, what effect it had on his “plans”.

 

 

 

 

Your Mother asked you to pray the Rosary every day. It’s not that hard.

Sound familiar?

“I am worried by the Blessed Virgin’s messages to Lucy of Fatima. This persistence of Mary about the dangers which menace the Church is a divine warning against the suicide of altering the Faith, in Her liturgy, Her theology and Her soul. … I hear all around me innovators who wish to dismantle the Sacred Chapel, destroy the universal flame of the Church, reject Her ornaments and make Her feel remorse for Her historical past.

“A day will come when the civilized world will deny its God, when the Church will doubt as Peter doubted. She will be tempted to believe that man has become God. In our churches, Christians will search in vain for the red lamp where God awaits them. Like Mary Magdalene weeping before the empty tomb, they will ask, “Where have they taken Him?”

— Msgr. Eugenio Cardinal Pacelli, the future Pope Pius XII, as Secretary of State under Pius XI

All this could have been avoided, not to mention more stuff that hasn’t yet happened, if only people would pray the Rosary. If you don’t believe that, you’re calling the Mother of God a liar. If you don’t do something about it, you’re part of the problem, not part of the solution.

Pray it every day. It will change your life like nothing else. If you are searching for that transformative element that seems to be missing, the thing to get you over the hump, so to speak, this is it. I didn’t believe it either. I was incredulous when a priest first explained it to me — in the confessional.

The trick is to find the time during an activity where it fits perfectly and you’re not distracted or tempted by something else. If you are lucky enough to get to daily Mass, arriving a little early or staying after is perfect. Or on your commute… turn off the radio and tune in the mysteries. You’ll be surprised how easy it is. Drive time is actually really good for all sorts of prayer, even really long drives.  Try it.

For me, my daily hikes on the mountain are what get it done. Leaving the iPod at home has the added benefit of no ringing of the ears and being better able to regulate my heart rate by hearing my breathing. But really it’s the awesomeness of being able to lose myself in the prayers. You’re going to be amazed how contemplating the mysteries over and over always gleans new insights from them.  You find yourself drawn in deeper and deeper. I don’t know how else to describe it.

Look.  We are at war.  Prayer is the single greatest weapon we have. Would you go into mortal combat using water balloons while having an AR strapped to your shoulder the whole time?  We have to use the best weapons available. Do you really believe what you say you believe? Do you live your life according to the real? Mary has instructed us to use the Rosary as the best means to defeat evil and make reparation for sin.  Shouldn’t you at least be trying?

So at Fatima 100 we found out that Bergoglio learned of his episcopal consecration exactly 25 years ago to the day?

Aboard the papal plane, 13 May 2017:

Elisabetta Piqué (La Nacion): (Edit: She is biographer and close confident of Francis). Thanks first of all for this brief and very intense trip. We wanted to ask you, today is the centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, but is is also the important anniversary of a fact of your life that took place 25 years ago, when the Nuncio (Archbishop) Calabresi told you that you would become the Auxiliary Bishop of Buenos Aires, something that meant the end of your exile in Cordoba and a great change in your life. Have you every connected this fact that changed your life with Our Lady of Fatima? And in these days that you’ve prayed before her have you thought about this and what did you think about? Can you tell us about that? Thanks.

Pope Francis: Women know everything, eh! No, I didn’t think about the coincidence, only yesterday while I was praying before Our Lady I realized that one May 13th I received the phone call from the nuncio 25 years ago. I don’t know… I said, well look at that. I spoke with Our Lady a little about this. I asked her forgiveness for all of my mistakes, also of a bit of bad taste for choosing people… but yesterday I realized this.

Right.  You “didn’t think about” the fact that you were told of your episcopal elevation on the 75th anniversary of Fatima, and you didn’t think about yesterday being the 25th anniversary of that. You didn’t think about your roaring comeback to the levers of power in 1992, after being removed from your rectorship, banished and exiled from your own professed order, forced to study a semester in Germany because you had nowhere else to go, flunking out, etc. I guess for a guy as humble as you, so totally uninterested in power,  all of this just didn’t lend itself to any kind of resentment, retaliation, revenge, etc.  You really didn’t give it much thought. It never crossed your mind.

Just like I’m sure it never crossed your mind the coincidence of your next two elevations. Remember? After being named Coadjutor successor for Buenos Aires five years later, the See became vacant on 28 Feb 1998 when your predecessor dropped dead, and BOOM. You’re the Archbishop of Buenos Aires and Primate of Argentina!

Now you probably thought this was already too much of a happy ending. Hollywood wouldn’t even buy this script; just too good to be true.

But this God is a God of surprises, and exactly 15 years later, 28 Feb 2013 Pope Benedict boards the helicopter at 20:00 hours Rome time, vacating the See of Peter.

Or at least it would so appear.

 

 

Fatima 100: Francis as the bishop in white?

So it seems Francis just threw Saint JPII under the popemobile.  Remember it was JPII who presumptuously decided it was he himself who was the bishop in white as described in the Third Secret.  At least he had the decency to wait almost twenty years post the assassination attempt to declare himself so. Pay no mind that the prophesy ends with the immediate death of the bishop in white, not his full rehabilitation and long, full, life.

Now Francis has decided to perhaps predict his own glorious martyrdom. Because he has the humility and the ambition, you know.

From Rorate:

“Hail Mother of Mercy, Lady of the white robe! At this place where one hundred years ago you showed all the designs of our God’s mercy, I look upon your robe of light and, as bishop dressed in white [como bispo vestido de branco], I remember all those who, robed in baptismal white, want to live in God and pray the mysteries of Christ to attain peace.”

Not only does Francis know full well the fate of the bishop in white, dying on a hill. He also knows something we don’t, by virtue of his (apparent) office: The actual words of the Third Secret, which have never been publicly revealed.

Think about that.

I wonder if he has given any thought to that puzzling phrase which has mystified the faithful for 100 years, “we had the impression it was the Holy Father.”  Something in the vision must have cast doubt on whether or not it really was the actual Holy Father, right?

Could it be that things are really coming into focus now?

Stay frosty.

Unhinged: Season II, Episode IV

The leftists, the real hard cases, are always right on the edge of completely losing their minds.  I posted a few months ago about the Antifas being the real Nazis, and showed three videos as examples (original post HERE – alas, the third video has been taken down, but there is enough info in the post for you to track it down).

Now comes the case of Zach Ruff,  the vice principle of an elite academy outside Philadelphia who decided to confront two young abortion protesters on public property outside his school. He screams obscenities at them, tells them they can’t be there (a lie), tells them they don’t have a right to say what they are saying (a lie) tells them he will call police to have them removed (no, he can’t), tells them aborted children are just cells.

About that last one. Can we all agree to just start calling out these murders and promoters of murder who still use the “clump of cells” tagline? This isn’t 1973 anymore. Anyone who uses that line should lose all credibility, period. Everyone in the developed world can look down at their phone and search “15 week 3D ultrasound” and see what it is. Instead, this guy claims the scientific high ground: “They’re not children, they’re cells! … You’re at a science-based school, those are cells!” Watch him physically confront the teenagers. Watch him start to shake as he wags his finger at them, right on the edge.  “I’m as gay as the day is long”…”You and Trump can go to hell!” Excuse me, what? What does your gayness and Trump have anything to do with this? It almost looks like an SNL skit.

Ruff resigned today, after being on administrated leave since the incident a few weeks ago.  Given the state of affairs in this country broadly, and within academia especially, this might be the most shocking aspect to the story.

Full story from when it broke HERE

The video is 18 minutes but you only need to watch the first six. There’s language.