English – part of speech: adjective; origin: Latin; usage: mainly literary; meaning: loud, reverberating, and often melancholic; example: “While the slow, melodious pace of an erhu and the occasional beating of a Chinese drum provided a plangent accompaniment to the sad song, she wept for her distant lover.” Latin – infinitive form: plangere; meaning: to beat (not as in beating a human)
To: the underground Church in China
From: Robert Dunn, USA, Josef Ketzer, Austria
We face an uncertain but universal future.
We support you and may God bless you.
Robert Dunn and Josef Ketzer
products of the Society of Jesus
Notables: Li Yingshi (ca. 1600) and Xu Guangqi (1562-1633)
I don't know a more humble, self-effacing people on earth. Often I sit near an old man in church, and, without saying a word, he makes me feel as if I am an attention-seeking mime. It gets hot in Sacramento, and sometimes he wiggles off his shoes. Depicted in the video are native and non-native Jesuits, Dominicans, Benedictines, and Daughters of Charity,
as well as diocesan priests, bishops, and laypeople.
From liberal arts to entrepreneurs. Anna (Dunlap) and Dominic O’Reilly (both 2012), the O’Reilly’s, have been brewing and selling their hard cider under the label Anna’s Cider with indomitable enthusiasm, and this past April, the City of Santa Paula awarded Anna’s Cider its 2022 Business of the Year Award.
Thomas Aquinas (d. 1274), greatest philosopher who ever lived, the man Pope Leo XIII (d. 1903) used all his authority to quicken, says we do not love demons. The modernists seem to think we do. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4_SjDsoStk
Joseph-Noël Sylvestre's The Sacking of Rome
Should we sack Washington and every other capital in the world, I ask?
It might be fun and low.
Where else can I get free comedy except on YouTube?
Who could imagine it would become the premier environment for free speech?
Located, you ask? South San Francisco, the Industrial City.
green car on the left I parked so I could take the picture
asteroid, massive cosmic ray burst, or vacuum decay
Presenting: Jesuit-Calvinist mash
"Nietzche once said what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. The reality is, whatever kills you makes you exceptionally strong." Ernst Jünger, author of the quote, came from an agnostic family, yet shortly before he died, he saw the bright meteor approaching fast and became Catholic...
We have very good singers and musicians at St. Stephen the First Martyr, Sacramento, CA. Go to the Latin category and the post dated 4/27/2022 to hear them and a classical piece arranged by our seminarian, Jacob Kasak, FSSP. His last name is a palindrome.
Here’s the squared total of my apologetics. Got anything better to offer than Monday Night Football; perfect health; a PhD; a pet; a prestigious position; a beer-filled tummy; a flat tummy; a winning lottery ticket; a sand castle; a summer picnic; a flawless, proportional face or body worthy of the Golden Ratio … eternal life.
Take me there and then press fast-forward, projecting all that stuff and me to the present.
Deus vult! Deus vult! Deus vult!
A lad of about 30 served Mass alongside Alexander, age eight, last Sunday. I do not know this man, but he stood in the confession line with me. I did not know he was making his confession to be ready to serve. By happenstance, this video became the right moment to speak about him. Update: I was told that our parish now has 110 altar boys.
A Sister’s Reputation
When I was eleven, a boy bullied me. One day, he followed me home. It was after school, around 3:30. Kathy, four years older than I, saw it. I managed to get into the basement, and she asked, “Is he bothering you?”
“Yes,” I said.
“Do you want me to tell him to leave you alone?”
Kathy, the tough white girl, got rid of him for good.
Someday I will tell how she earned that reputation, which made me and my brother exceedingly valiant.
My father was at work at the time. He did not see what happened. However, he must have been aware. He arranged boxing lessons for me. I did not want to take boxing lessons, but I consented. I consented to everything he said. The same week lessons were to start, the dentist became an interventionist. He said, “Bobby needs braces.”
Now, looking back on it, boxing lessons would have been a good thing.
I hear various Catholics on the internet constantly talking about penance, no offense to anyone. I never thought I did any arduous penance. When a certain priest gave me a week-long penance, I did it. On the last day, as I was driving to church, I said, “God, just get me there.” Now, I know better. I spent 50 years in the modernist Church. That was penance! Moses only spent 40 years in the desert.
There is much the pope could be doing: strengthening the faith of Catholics; staying home and cleaning the mess; saying Mass in the basilica every day and not allowing it to become a museum; helping Catholic education improve from bottom to top; supporting priests ostracized because they teach the Catechism; unifying Catholic healthcare institutions/insurance plans; consolidating Catholic charities into one body that brings the Word with physical relief; reinvigorating Catholic medical and scientific research; transforming a Catholic legal education; reinforcing Catholic art, music, scholarship, and writing. That’s not all, but what do we get from the major representative of the Silent generation? None of it.
Video from a man in his early 20s, Generation Z. I am seeing an ever-growing number of videos like this one from generations after me. Joan is in there twice. Congratulations to Gen Z for recognizing what my pathetic, boomers generation does not. Am I biased in their favor? Completely. It is no coincidence that already I have posted some of the paintings and clips in my blog. Deus vult - God wills it.
Note: an actual exorcism of a person is attempted inside a Catholic church, but not in front of an audience as depicted, and is led by a team that is led by a priest reciting The Catholic Roman Rite of Exorcism word-for-word. See several YouTube interviews of Fathers Vincent Lampert or Gary Thomas explaining the Rite of Major Exorcism.
There are no words to describe a teacher who badgers.
I use free stuff on the internet all the time: YouTube, Wikipedia, Quora, Kahn, IXL, NASA, The Poetry Foundation, Britannica, thesaurus.com, wordgenius.com, dictionaries, school websites, and advice from writers, and more, and I download pdf's. No tutored students have to buy anything, with one exception: test prep books. If they cannot, I make copies (expensive). Almost every student is told not to use Wikipedia, and no explanations are given by anyone in the stuffy establishment.
The stench of arrogance in love with itself more than children/young adults is rising. He is an example of what schools turn out these days. When I saw the video, imagine the impolite words that came out of my mouth.
“Bill Gates has made himself the single largest private owner of farmland in the United States.
“The globalist billionaire expanded his holdings of American farmland, accumulating a total of 242,000 acres of the most arable land in America, according to The Daily Caller.
“North Dakota’s attorney general is stepping in after Gates’ trust acquired six parcels of land in Pembina County.
“Attorney General Drew Wrigley sent a Tuesday letter to the trust, demanding answers on how he intends to use (or hoard) the land he purchased in the state.
“North Dakota law restricts the ownership and leasing of farmland to corporations and limited liability companies. In addition, there are certain limitations with regard to trusts.
“If Gates’ trust is unable to demonstrate that it’s using the land in accordance with state law, he could face fines of $100,000 unless the trust divests from the land within one year.
“Some of Gates’ public remarks suggest a dark motive for his hoarding of American farmland.
“Gates has urged developed nations such as the United States to replace real meat with a synthetic laboratory-made replacement.
“‘You can get used to the taste difference, and the claim is they’re going to make it taste even better over time,’ the Microsoft founder argued in an interview with the MIT Technology Review, according to The Western Journal.
“Gates’ position as the single largest owner of American farmland puts him in a unique position to potentially harm ranchers and cattlemen.
“The billionaire could prevent ranchers from grazing their cows on his extensive property, cutting them off from land they’ve used for decades.
“This would significantly increase supply pressures on ranchers, and ultimately raise the price of beef at the supermarkets.”
“Orate fratres” – “Pray, brothers”
Orate is the imperative form of the verb ōrō, which means to speak or pray,
and is, therefore, a command.
jodishaw.net/stories/ stories from Smith College alums about indoctrination
After listening to Aldous Huxley, and knowing that he killed himself, finally deciding that the horrendous suffering caused by advanced laryngeal cancer was too much to bear, I cannot but have such sorrow. I do not approve of assisted suicide, but some people judge people who commit suicide. I cannot. Instead, I pray for those I love that God Himself will earnestly take care and reward them for their efforts. For Bob Dunn, effort counts…immensely.
Painting of Aldous Huxley at age 32 by John Collier (1850-1934). Source: The Graphic (British newspaper), May 7, 1927, p. 228. This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or fewer.
Science fiction novel, 311 pages, approx. 63,500 words (to give some context, Pretty City Murder is 342 pages, approx. 87,500 words), one hour recording, narrator Mr. Huxley, composer Bernard Herrmann, various actors, published in 1932 but brilliantly and boldly ahead of its time. Huxley (1894-1963) graduated from the same college as G. M. Hopkins, SJ, (1844-1889), Huxley in English Literature, Hopkins in Classics (Latin and Greek languages).
I rebuke the pope.
I rebuke him for what he is doing.
“Deus, quis similis?” “Who is like God?”
You know who Lot is. Lot could have been a great man, but he let himself get distracted.
Silence (2016) Two 17th-century Portuguese missionaries, Father Sebastian Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Father Francisco Garupe (Adam Driver), embark on a perilous journey to Japan to find their missing mentor (Liam Neeson). While there, the two men minister to Catholics who worship in secret. If caught by feudal lords or ruling samurai, the people must renounce their faith or face death. Amazon rating 4.4 stars out of 5, 3,658 reviews
Does this position advocate a change from republic to monarchy, or does the position really advocate for a constitutional monarchy? It might be that I am a monarchist hiding in the closet. Traditional people naturally lean in this direction. However, people are not labels.
Here is a list of reigning Catholic monarchs and the number of children they have:
Belgium - King Philippe and Queen Mathilde, 4
Lesotho - King Letsie III and Queen 'Masenate Mohato Seeiso, 2
Liechtenstein - Prince Hans-Adam II (his wife, Princess Marie, died in 2021), 4
Luxembourg - Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa, 5
Monaco - Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene, 4
Spain - King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, 2