https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIYV325ZZnk The last storm system, which originated in the Pacific, affected England and Ireland.
How do you write the ending of a story? End it on December 31! Writing Lessons 1 - 4 are on my YouTube channel, Robert E Dunn.
I spend time doing research for the blogs and perusing different sides of an issue. Mere opinions are worthless. Experts are sought, individuals or groups who do their own research, be they journalists, crime reporters, writers, grammarians, theologians, artists, musicians, historians, and so on, and I quote them. Yes, I am giving an opinion with every post because I approve of it, but you have my guarantee that others who will never see the light of day in my blogs have been heard.
I edit and re-edit many times. This method is standard for those who believe in conservative principles and tradition and not standard for people desirous of tearing down truth, and they tear down by censoring people or launching personal attacks. I stopped watching television and participating on social media because interaction with such people is the very picture of facing a granite slab. We do not lower the standards of responsibility and include humor.
Why did the chicken cross the road?
My student learned a new word today, censorious. Hours later I found this true story …
If you want to watch, see her arrest for anti-social behavior: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6E105a58p8
forecast for next two weeks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLfpHpyLtzU
John reports on McCarrick, St. Louis University, the Missouri ban protecting children from improper materials in public libraries, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development - all issues of blind obedience, corruption, or both.
He reads from ongoing research by George Neumayr, editor of Catholic World Report, press critic for California Political Review, and writer for The Guardian, a left-center newspaper! Looks like Neumayr is in Cote d'Ivoire.
Young John says what needs to be said. The most diligent, vociferous writers and commentators in print media or online regarding these matters are American, which is why Frannie has such a low opinion of us. There are other journalists scattered around the world, but Americans fearlessly synthesize.
I. Anyone who is ignorant of history is unfit to govern Church and State. II. Persons pushing radical reforms spread oppression and misery. III. What happened in 1776 was a declaration of independence, not a declaration of revolution.
The Romanovs Autocrats of All the Russias, W. Bruce Lincoln, 418-419
image courtesy of Lincoln
US debt $31 trillion
On May 17, 2022, a US Senator quoted Horatio Bunce speaking to Davy Crockett on Congress spending taxpayer money. https://libertytree.com/randpaul/2537
Edward S. Ellis (1840-1916) wrote dime novels and then turned to persuasive writing, penning “The Life of Colonel David Crockett.”
According to Wikipedia, “Of note was ‘The Life of Colonel David Crockett’, which had the story of Davy Crockett giving a speech usually called ‘Not Yours To Give’. It was a speech in opposition to awarding money to a Navy widow on the grounds that Congress had no Constitutional mandate to give charity.
“It was said to have been inspired by Crockett’s meeting with a Horatio Bunce, a much-quoted man in Libertarian circles, but one for whom historical evidence is non-existent.”
Davy Crockett died at the Alamo, 1836.
Someone on Quora said that Wikipedia is not a reliable source. I have read the entire entry on the Catholic Church, and as an insider for 60+ years, I can say that the entry is accurate. In addition, I check multiple sources before posting anything but edit sometimes for brevity or ease of reading.
The debt point is illustrated in the Fox News report. Fox News scores #1 in viewership.
St. Croix is French for the Spanish Isla de la Santa Cruz, “Island of the Holy Cross”, a name given by Columbus. The cross represents sacrifice...none shown here by going on a luxurious vacation in a private jet.
Word of the day has previously discussed Samuel Maverick, the famously independent Texas rancher. His grandson, Congressman Maury Maverick [1895-1954], chaired the Smaller War Plants Committee. Commenting on his fellow committee members in May 1944, he pictured them as turkeys, “always gobbledy gobbling and strutting with ludicrous pomposity.”
The phrase struck a chord and has become a familiar description of language so complicated and heavy with jargon that it cannot be understood by outsiders. Organisations such as the Campaign for Plain English have voiced the general public’s displeasure with gobbledegook, and the problem is certainly not confined to English speaking countries.
In Germany you might be told that a statement is as clear as “Bohemian villages”, and Russians might protest that what they have heard resembles “Chinese grammar”. Fans of the Harry Potter series will recall that the word is used in a slightly different way. The official language of JK Rowling’s goblins is of course gobbledegook.
From EVS-Translations dot com
Here is Anthony Stine’s analysis of Francis’ latest address on Vatican II. Frannie says in gobbledegook that the Church converted at Vatican II. Stine, PhD candidate and convert like me, is my go-to-guy for analysis and quotes. According to Frannie, we have “imprisoned” Jesus, a sickening and arrogant statement.
A Catholic ostrich recently condescended to me about Latin Mass goers, saying, “Everyone finds his own path.” Ostriches bob up and down and have a deadly kick. Traditional Catholics, on the other hand, are elephants, moving slowly, poising over the dead, and possessing a good memory.
Now ghost stories outnumber any other genre in the blog. Anglicans and Roman Catholics used the genre as a means for telling stories that camouflaged Christian themes. M.R. James (1862-1936) was a politically conservative Anglican influenced by Shakespeare and contemporaries A. Christie and A.C. Benson.
Sadly, American education is so secularized that many of these short story writers are forgotten, and horror/fantasy jumble, written by the likes of Rowling and S. King, is assigned, even in Catholic schools. This is all the result of years of puritanism, occultism, relativism, indifferentism, and modernism - in a nutshell, shrill dissent.
“Christie was a lifelong, ‘quietly devout’ member of the Church of England, attended church regularly, and kept her mother’s copy of The Imitation of Christ by her bedside. After her divorce, she stopped taking the sacrament of communion.” Wikipedia. I sort of recall that in high school I chose The Devil's Advocate by Morris West over Imitation.
QUIS EST ISTE QUI VENIT? Who is this who is coming? present continuous tense
To quote a young YouTuber, “We are the laity. We will not be silent.” Surrender to evil in the Church and the world is not going to happen.
Who thinks the Pavone scandal is so big that it will make Francis irrelevant? Father Pavone took off his collar. I want to say to him, “Put it back on. You can hear my confession any day.”
This poignant 1949 UK film is based on a Christmas fantasy by D. H. Lawrence. Who runs off course?
I received a call from my high school swimming partner who still swims at Aquatic Park in San Francisco, always with a partner, and he is out there today. He said that the last few winters have been mild, but this winter is very cold. Today's water temperature is 50°F, air temperature (2pm) 53°F. The time limit for being in the water while swimming from Alcatraz to Aquatic Park is 1 ½ hours. Mickey retired from the SFFD and knew my brother, Tom, who was a firefighter for 10 years, light drinkers we three, but two of us drank gallons of chlorine.
See Mother and Son, 12/24/2022 post, for the words of the petition and the blessing. Cidrian is assigned to Mater Dei in Harrisburg, PA. Would we not expect heartache at the thought of separation from their son permanently, and joy at the same time over his elevation? Yes.
https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/23428166/college-enrollment-population-education-crash New America is described as a left-leaning think tank, but the article is statistical and relatively free of politics.
USA 330 million/Canada 38 million
Today in California we expect heavy rain, strong winds, and snow.
I’m going to talk briefly about the most important topic in modern times and my lifetime – obedience.
I’m talking about the right kind of obedience.
You will find it in the Catholic Church only. Even there you will find the right kind among a minority. Too few undergo personal improvement because they, including some family and friends, are not properly instructed by their priests, who go on and on about love.
You will not find it in any cult. A cult is any group that shuns its members when they leave. The Catholic Church does not do this. We do not break off communications and are always ready to welcome someone back. I need not list the religious cults nor the political ones.
Too many Americans blindly accepted what they were told by the government, mass media, and social media regarding the environment, energy, elections, and virus.
My priest, Father Joshua Curtis, FSSP, spoke correctly on this subject, and I have mentioned it many times in the blog. His talk is under the More Tab, Servile Obedience. I recommend you listen. It is for this reason that I remain loyal to the FSSP.
I saw obedience heading in the wrong direction when in my senior year of high school I was discerning a vocation (1969). My confessor handed me a brochure with a picture on the front of two young Jesuits in cassocks. I said to myself, “That is what I want.”
Three months later, he handed me a new brochure, and gone was the picture, replaced by a forgotten, generic one. It symbolized a big change. This was the same year that the New Mass was introduced. What timing! Innately, I knew that something was irrevocably different, but the secrets were withheld from everyone.
Recall that I went to school not more than six blocks from the Haight-Ashbury, giving me a front row seat to the radical changes infecting too many.
The transformation I have undergone since 2020 is the result of a long process in the preceding years and since, and the new me is not complete.
I am fortunate that I had parents who taught me obedience, the right kind. Mixed with Love are Fear and Obedience. The three are inseparable. So God ordained.
Today, Father Evaristus Eschiowu said, “No one is allowed to be sad on Christmas.” I personally thanked Father Curtis, our sage leader, for all he does. I value all four priests, ages 40, 35, and 33, and then there’s Evaristus, who is somewhere around my age.
As a member of the Confraternity, I pray every day, when I have my head on straight, that their numbers grow.
Merry Christmas to all those people who had to work today.
It was Christmas Eve, 1818, when the now-famous carol was first performed as Stille Nacht Heilige Nacht. Joseph Mohr, the young priest who wrote the lyrics, played the guitar and sang along with Franz Xaver Gruber, the choir director who had written the melody. In 1994, an original manuscript was found in Mohr’s handwriting with Gruber named as composer.
Stille Nacht manuscript with Joseph Mohr's autograph, January 2, 1820 [a time of beautiful handwriting] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Autograph_Mohr_Stille_Nacht.pn
This is the easiest Latin prayer to learn (p 1814, Roman Missal) because the Latin is so transparent.
The real meaning of "to comfort" is "to strengthen." Posted to strengthen me and you.
From lateris we get "lateral (side)", and from lava we get "lavatory."
“Receive, O Mother, this blessing from your son, who may be for you a rod (of strength) in your old age. May God bless you with the blessings of heaven and earth, may He fulfill all of your petitions, may He grant everything according to your heart, confirm every one of your decisions. May He lavish unto you, from His hidden treasury, the fullness of every grace and the length of your days; when, however, your strength shall fail you, may the Lord not abandon you, but may He bestow unto you the final grace (of perseverance), and may He make it that I might see you in the joy of eternal splendor, He who livest and reignest forever and ever. Amen.”
“Through the imposition of my priestly hands, and through the intercession of the Blessed Mary ever Virgin, [of saints], and of all the Saints, may the blessing of Almighty God — the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost — descend upon you and remain with you always. Amen.”
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