This was quite the dystopian scene, wasn’t it?
But did anyone else notice the potted plants and torches, arrayed before St. Peter’s? Was this another Pachamama party?
It looks like they’ve got Him surrounded.
Don’t worry. God is in control.
This was quite the dystopian scene, wasn’t it?
But did anyone else notice the potted plants and torches, arrayed before St. Peter’s? Was this another Pachamama party?
It looks like they’ve got Him surrounded.
Don’t worry. God is in control.
You can’t make this up. The disclaimer is right there at the top of the website, designed by leftists, so you can select the state you live in to see the Graph of Death that isn’t real and they fully admit it isn’t true.
Commentary from Madeline Osburn at The Federalist:
As U.S. state and local officials halt the economy and quarantine their communities over the Wuhan virus crisis, one would hope our leaders were making such major decisions based on well-sourced data and statistical analysis. That is not the case.
A scan of statements made by media, state governors, local leaders, county judges, and more show many relying on the same source, an online mapping tool called COVID Act Now. The website says it is “built to enable political leaders to quickly make decisions in their Coronavirus response informed by best available data and modeling.”
An interactive map provides users a catastrophic forecast for each state, should they wait to implement COVID Act Now’s suggested strict measures to “flatten the curve.” But a closer look at how many of COVID Act Now’s predictions have already fallen short, and how they became a ubiquitous resource across the country overnight, suggests something more sinister.
Founders of the site include Democratic Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and three Silicon Valley tech workers and Democratic activists — Zachary Rosen, Max Henderson, and Igor Kofman — who are all also donors to various Democratic campaigns and political organizations since 2016. Henderson and Kofman donated to the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2016, while Rosen donated to the Democratic National Committee, recently resigned Democratic Rep. Katie Hill, and other Democratic candidates. Prior to building the COVID Act Now website, Kofman created an online game designed to raise $1 million for the eventual 2020 Democratic candidate and defeat President Trump.
Perhaps the goal of COVID Act Now was never to provide accurate information, but to scare citizens and government officials into to implementing rash and draconian measures. The creators even admit as much with the caveat that “this model is designed to drive fast action, not predict the future.”
The disclaimers at the Act Now website include the following:
I’m curious about the part where they say, “there is no historical precedent for what’s going on right now.” Are they talking about the COVID, or the response? If they are talking about COVID, what is it that makes this strain unlike anything else that has ever happened in the history of the world? What is it that made us totally destroy our economy for this? What piece of information was given to governments, NHL, NBA, PGA, NCAA, etc., that all of those organizations, in the span of one 24 hour day (12 March, I believe), decided to totally shut down everything?
The modeling that was used (to induce the panpanic) predicted the possibility of 1.7MM – 2.2MM dead in the United States. This was the justification for shutting down the entire economy, putting millions of people out of work, destroying businesses, etc:
“Between 160 million and 214 million people in the U.S. could be infected… 1.7 million people could die… 2.4 million to 21 million people in the U.S. could require hospitalization, potentially crushing the nation’s medical system…” Source: https://dnyuz.com/2020/03/13/the-worst-case-estimate-for-u-s-coronavirus-deaths/
Now Dr. Blabbermouth is out on CNN this morning saying it could be 100K-200K dead, TOPS. So he just walked back the CDC’s own modeling and reason for destroying the country… walked it back by 90%. Will anyone in the media call this out? Next he will start honing on the lower end of that estimate. In case you still don’t know, the regular old seasonal flu kills 25K-65K in the U.S. every single year, it’s never even a news item, and I don’t ever remember destroying our country over it. But hey, we need headlines.
“Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that models suggest the coronavirus will infect millions of Americans and could kill 100,000–200,000, though he stressed that the projections are “such a moving target.” Fauci has been the coronavirus task force’s most outspoken advocate for emergency social distancing measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus, sometimes contradicting President Trump’s more optimistic outlook.
“There are things called models, and when someone creates a model, they put in various assumptions. And the model is only as good and as accurate as your assumptions. And whenever the modelers come in, they give a worst-case scenario and a best-case scenario. Generally, the reality is somewhere in the middle. I’ve never seen a model of the diseases that I’ve dealt with where the worst-case scenario actually came out. They always overshoot.”
Once this is over, will anyone be held accountable? Will the economic terrorism be punished?
No, none of it will be punished. In fact, they will be PRAISED. It was only because of social distancing, you know. It was only because your super shmaaat Marxist governors forced you to cower in the corner. Otherwise, you deplorable breathers would have killed millions. Never mind how we said we quarantined everyone, but in reality everyone could still go out for McDonalds, for groceries, get beer, meds, whatnot.
The vulnerable population is the vulnerable population. Nothing has changed. Elderly, those with underlying conditions, and certain “lifestyle” groups… In other words, the same groups who are always at risk of infection. Any infection. And yes, I can confirm that there are at least three highly visible, highly predisposed lifestyle groups who are about to take the stage: Male flight attendants, male television reporters, and Hollywood celebrities.
Remember, “99% of Those Who Died From Virus Had Other Illness, Italy Says” https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/99-25-of-those-who-died-from-virus-had-other-illness-italy-says/ar-BB11mr4X
Now a word from the combox:
…The panic narrative changes, once the actual facts are revealed. Oops. We killed our economy (jobs, savings, retirement funds, homes) …… for this?
I really believe this is the next phase of the global warming apocalypse mania. How do you get everyone on the planet to submit to global central control? Create a global emergency in which everyone is, at the same time, threatened and afraid. Not parts of the world, but all fear – and thus all are willing to submit to authority (global) that can protect them.
“The planet will burn to a crisp and then drown unless we cancel commerce and transportation, kill off the excess humanity and revert to a globalist communal agrarian society – to get our temp averages down”.
“We will all suffer and die from asphyxiation unless we cancel commerce, transportation, social interaction and Catholic Mass – to kill the virus will take one and a half years of home confinement and globalist communal agrarian society”.
In both cases: you are a murderer, a mass murderer if you disagree with the panic orthodoxy.
Normally we would laugh at anyone who would suggest we eliminate air travel to stop “global warming” or home confinement for months to stop a seasonal virus. But … add FEAR to the mixture, Ahh, then mania overrides all, including facts, and we may submit to most anything. But then, when the fear subsides, the facts still remain. “What have we done? Ooops!”
Aqua, thank you, as always.
Are you watching the “official” numbers, publicly available?
Those are the worldwide numbers. 95% of cases are mild.
What about the U.S.?
107,463 active cases with only 2666 being serious or critical means 104,797 are mild cases.
97.5% of cases in USA are mild.
Unless you are already dying from something else, or your immune system is already compromised, this is a cold/fever. Yes, there are outliers. There will always be outliers. But in the vast, vast majority of cases, nay, nearly all cases, it’s mild.
The number of new cases is going to spike every day for the next week or so, because of all the testing being done. The MSM are going to have a field day with this. Be prepared for real hysteria, because the next 8-10 days are going to be bad. Lockdowns will spread. People with half a sniffle are going to present for testing, and they will be positive. They will be recorded as part of that 97.5%, advised to take Kleenex and liquids, and to stay home.
Meanwhile, many of us are starting to wonder about mandatory testing, mandatory antibody confirmation/certification to return to work, and perhaps mandatory vaccinations. It seems likely that certain states will aggressively agitate for all of this and more.
Here is another interesting viewpoint:
“Here’s the problem, we are testing people for any strain of a Coronavirus. Not specifically for COVID-19. There are no reliable tests for a specific COVID-19 virus. There are no reliable agencies or media outlets for reporting numbers of actual COVID-19 virus cases. This needs to be addressed first and foremost. Every action and reaction to COVID-19 is based on totally flawed data and we simply can not make accurate assessments. This is why you’re hearing that most people with COVID-19 are showing nothing more than cold/flu like symptoms. That’s because most Coronavirus strains are nothing more than cold/flu like symptoms. The few actual novel Coronavirus cases do have some worse respiratory responses, but still have a very promising recovery rate, especially for those without prior issues.” https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=3071049629614405&id=100001281948141
“Another 200 dead in NYC overnight! Everybody panic!” 25,000-60,000 die in the U.S. every year from seasonal flu, and it’s not even a news story. We are destroying our country over this.
3.3MM people out of work in one week. Pray for them, seriously.
Oh but don’t worry, $2.2T created out of thin air will fix everything. Government will take care of you. This is like the Ground Hog Day of Christmas mornings for Marxists. Government/MSM invents problem, government inflicts maximum damage to citizens/economy with Martial Law Lite, government miraculously “solves” the “problem” a few weeks from now, thanks be to Martial Law Lite, while government prints money at a criminal rate which our great grandchildren won’t be able to fix. Government saves the peoples, pays the peoples, enslaves the peoples.
So now we know the vector for the errors of Russia spreading to the whole world: A “health crisis.”
Also, we are delighted that you are enjoying Martial Law Lite. Especially the thing where neighbors are ratting our neighbors for going on a walk. Virtue signaling now means all joggers are murderers, by definition.
Fact: CoronaCold manifests as only MILD SYMPTOMS in 95% of patients who become inflected. It is barely a cold, in 95% of people. https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
Fact: CoronaCold has killed 22,000 in the entire world. Do you know how many people die from the regular seasonal flu every year? Answer: 500,000 to 650,000 people die every year around the world from the boring not newsy seasonal flu that every year we don’t destroy the world economy over. https://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2017/flu/en/
Hopefully your local diocese is still providing the sacraments as best they can, especially Baptism and Confession. If you are in Newark, you need to move:
Happy Feast of the Annunciation. Our Lord, while remaining what He had always been, became something He had not been: One of us. His humanity, His human nature, His human body, were begotten this day. The Word became flesh, from the flesh of a woman, by the power of the Holy Ghost, and dwelt among us. He came into the world through the “Yes” of a woman, and she greatly desires to reconcile you, to Him, through her.
During the Miraculous Medal visions, when she was shown the model to be cast, Saint Catherine Labouré noticed that some of the rays steaming from the hands of the Blessed Mother towards earth did not reach all the way to the globe. Saint Catherine asked why this was so, and the BVM replied:
“Those are the graces for which people forget to ask.”
Pray, pray, pray! It’s so worth it. With our access to the sacraments being limited by outside forces, do you really think this makes God powerless? Now I see some dioceses are even eliminating or limiting Confession. This may or may not be the end times; that’s not for us to know. But the sort of things we are seeing in the world right now are a lot similar to what the actual end times will look like. You are going to need extra graces, and they are being offered. It is time to double down, dig in, and fight. Any suffering that comes your way is meant to be transformed into love, and united with the love shown to us from the Cross. Seek that union.
Certainly you have many people in your life who need prayers. Imagine those who are panicked, who fear death, but don’t have the supernatural faith which brings peace. It must be terrifying. Pray for them even more than you normally do, for their conversion or reversion. Also pray for the poor souls who are stoking this fear, inciting this panic, on purpose.
But first and foremost, take care of yourself. It’s not selfish, it’s your duty. “Secure your own mask first, before helping others.” Remember that.
I fly around 120K miles a year for my day job, so I hear that phrase a lot. Maybe that’s why when I heard it referenced by Ann Barnhardt in a podcast earlier this week, it just sort of went right past me. The analogy was referring to the need to make sure your own faith, soul, prayer life, etc is well taken care of as prerequisite to anything else.
That same day, I went off to Confession, as I had already planned to do. The penance was totally focused on the need to pray for my own needs, and really making it a priority. The priest asked me if I had prayed my daily Rosary yet, and I told him I had not (I love that at the FSSP parish, it’s just assumed you’re praying a daily Rosary). He instructed me to go offer my Rosary, entrusting to our Blessed Mother the channeling of all necessary graces for my spiritual benefit.
The podcast and the Confession should both have been a big wake up call. But the full gravity of the situation didn’t really hit me until about halfway through that Rosary when I realized, slap upside the head, I actually could not remember the last time I prayed the Rosary entirely for myself. The Holy Ghost always knows when you need a slap upside the head. Now you already know how much I love the Rosary, so you can imagine how odd this seemed to me. I mean, obviously I’ve prayed a decade or two as a penance, for an increase in this virtue or that, but a whole Rosary just for me? I can’t remember the last time, and that’s a real problem.
In Spiritual Warfare, the Rosary is a weapon of mass destruction. I’ve written about it many times in these pages. It’s a real weapon, not a metaphorical weapon. So much so, it almost seems selfish to offer it entirely for yourself. But it’s never selfish to pray for yourself, so long as your intention is in accord with God’s will. And we need not worry about petitioning something against His will, because He’s not granting that anyway. Of course in the individual prayers of the Rosary, the Our Fathers and Hail Marys, we are praying for ourselves within those prayers. But what I am talking about here are specific, personal, spiritual intentions beyond what is asked in those prayers.
I would be willing to bet that most Catholics who are somewhat secure in their faith, who are honestly trying to live authentic Christian lives, and who have managed by the grace of God to overcome a whole bunch of entrenched wretchedness, don’t pray for themselves nearly enough. We foolishly think we’ve extracted ourselves permanently from said wretchedness and we’re now “saved”. Not in the proddy sense of “once saved always saved”, but rather in the sense of “thanks to my hard conversion/reversion to the one true faith, even though I still fall sometimes, and even though I’m totally unworthy of the honor, I am now on the side of the angels and God will surely grant me final perseverance.”
Oh man, that is so dangerous. It’s for very good reason that Jesus taught us to pray to the Father to deliver us not into temptation, and that we ask Mary to pray for us at the hour of our death. It’s for very good reason that in the Roman Canon itself, during the Hanc Igitur, the priest and faithful pray to be saved from eternal damnation and be counted among the elect. Damnation is a real possibility if we so choose it, and “once saved always saved” is one of the most pernicious lies ever told. If you are truly living an authentic Christian life, Satan views you as a hard target; he knows he needs to deploy extra resources to bring you down, and deploy he will. He’s already won the soft targets without even trying, so he’s got extra munitions reserved for you. Meditate on the blitzkrieg he has planned for the hour of your death. Be terrified by this, and use the terror to build your counterattack.
With everything that’s going on right now, all of the “confusion” surrounding all aspects of the Bergolian antipapacy, Satan is squealing with delight and has launched a huge offensive. Bergoglio himself is a soft target for Satan, easily manipulated and used to destroy souls on a horrific scale. He is a soft target not only because he is an arch-heretic and profoundly stupid, but because he does not have the supernatural protection afforded to the holder of the Petrine office, due to his invalid election. Now, when this is the unmistakable reality of the Catholic Church today, the one true Church founded by God Incarnate, do you think perhaps the effects of this might be rather… widespread? The past nearly five years since the failed partial resignation of Pope Benedict has literally been, pun intended, a huge coming out party for all manner of perversion and reprobation; a spiraling tempest of filth. Do you want a sense of how long ago five years was? Five years ago, Hillary Clinton was campaigning AGAINST same-sex “marriage.” Yeah. The ever quickening pace of events across all sectors of civilization is so breathtaking, you would be delusional to think it’s not all connected. The demonic activity is everywhere and is even palpable at times. PALPABLE. Have you felt it? Every solid priest I speak with confirms they feel it too.
So there is certainly no shortage of things to pray about. And while some of this is about prioritization, it’s also about recognizing your role at the tip of the spear. We need to militantly pursue our own spiritual perfection first and foremost. It might not seem right when it first hits your ear, but if we are too busy praying for everyone else at the expense of praying for ourselves, it does everyone a disservice. This may sound uncharitable or lacking humility, but that’s not the case, because it necessarily means expanding our own prayer life. The mere fact that you are here, reading this tiny, tiny blog right now, means you are probably the tip of the spear. Proper training is essential. By calling down these graces in petition, and cooperating with them, our own increase in holiness in turn makes our prayers for others more efficacious. Everybody wins.
You are part of a very small, elite, specialized unit. This is the greatest battle ever fought, because the results of this battle are eternal. You need to be on your game.
St Michael the Archangel, pray for us
St Joan of Arc, pray for us
St Martin of Tours, pray for us
St Ignatius of Loyola, pray for us
Christ, have mercy on us
St. Teresa of Avila: “When you do not receive communion and you do not attend Mass, you can make a spiritual communion, which is a most beneficial practice; by it the love of God will be greatly impressed on you.”
St. Jean Vianney: “If we are deprived of Sacramental Communion, let us replace it, as far as we can, by spiritual communion, which we can make every moment; for we ought to have always a burning desire to receive the good God. Communion is to the soul like blowing a fire that is beginning to go out, but that has still plenty of hot embers; we blow, and the fire burns again.”
St. Leonard of Port Maurice: “If you practice the holy exercise of spiritual Communion several times each day, within a month you will see your heart completely changed.”
I’m lifting heavily from Fr. Z here. The link is at the bottom of this post.
You need to be in the State of Grace to do this. Go to Confession. I see that many churches have increased the availability of Confession at this time. Resolve to remain in the State of Grace in a way that is altogether on a different level than ever before in your life. Extraordinary graces, literally, are being offered to you right now. God is in charge.
Fixed formulas for Spiritual Communion: (consider printing this page)
St. Alphonsus Liguori:
“My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.”
Rafael Merry del Val:
At Thy feet, O my Jesus, I prostrate myself and I offer Thee repentance of my contrite heart, which is humbled in its nothingness and in Thy holy presence. I adore Thee in the Sacrament of Thy love, the ineffable Eucharist. I desire to receive Thee into the poor dwelling that my heart offers Thee. While waiting for the happiness of sacramental communion, I wish to possess Thee in spirit. Come to me, O my Jesus, since I, for my part, am coming to Thee! May Thy love embrace my whole being in life and in death. I believe in Thee, I hope in Thee, I love Thee. Amen.
As I cannot this day enjoy the happiness of assisting at the holy Mysteries, O my God! I transport myself in spirit at the foot of Thine altar; I unite with the Church, which by the hands of the priest, offers Thee Thine adorable Son in the Holy Sacrifice; I offer myself with Him, by Him, and in His Name. I adore, I praise, and thank Thee, imploring Thy mercy, invoking Thine assistance, and presenting Thee the homage I owe Thee as my Creator, the love due to Thee as my Savior.
Apply to my soul, I beseech Thee, O merciful Jesus, Thine infinite merits; apply them also to those for whom I particularly wish to pray. I desire to communicate spiritually, that Thy Blood may purify, Thy Flesh strengthen, and Thy Spirit sanctify me. May I never forget that Thou, my divine Redeemer, hast died for me; may I die to all that is not Thee, that hereafter I may live eternally with Thee. Amen.
O Immaculate Queen of Heaven and Earth, Mother of God and Mediatrix of every grace: I believe that Thy dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, is truly, really, and substantially contained in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I love Him above all things and I long to receive Him into my heart. Since I cannot now receive Him sacramentally, be so good as to place Him spiritually in my soul. O my Jesus, I embrace Thee as One who has already come, and I unite myself entirely to Thee. Never permit me to be separated from Thee. Amen.
Thanks to Father Z for putting this together. Read the rest of his commentary here: https://wdtprs.com/2020/03/stuck-because-of-covid-19-how-to-make-a-spiritual-communion/