The American Medical Association wants to remove gender from the birth certificate.
www.fsspmexico.mx/2020/03/17/templo-de-nuestra-senora-del-pilar/ Notwithstanding Robles Ortega's decree of September 2021, the FSSP parish is going strong, and its YT page has 17,000 subscribers.
“When several members of the parish attempted to approach the cardinal on Sunday to respectfully ask for an audience with him about the matter, he refused, claiming he was speaking to their priests – a claim that CWR [The Catholic World Report] is told is untrue – and quickly withdrew, appearing to be discombobulated by the encounter.
“Robles is known for his aloofness, and is believed to rarely grant audiences to laity in the archdiocese, in marked contrast to his predecessor, Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez, whose doors were open several days of the week to any who sought an appointment with him.”
The FSSP is in only four places in Central/South America and turns down requests from around the world for more priests, because there is no one left to send. Pray for an increase.
Did Mary and Joseph ever smack Jesus when He was a boy? Well, I could look that one up, but the answer is obvious. No, because He was perfect. Did He ever cry? Of course, maybe upon finding a dead bird outside His house in Nazareth, and there is Lazarus.
We know He experienced hematohidrosis, a rare phenomenon identified by the National Institutes of Health. It is a condition in which capillary blood vessels that feed the sweat glands rupture, causing them to exude blood, and occurs under conditions of extreme physical or emotional stress.
43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony, he prayed the longer. 44 And his sweat became as drops of blood, trickling down upon the ground. 45 And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow.
He sweat blood the night He was arrested.
soprano highest female register
Cum dederit dilectis suis somnum
Ecce hereditas Domini filii merces fructus ventris.
For he brings rest to those he has chosen
Behold, they are a legacy and a testament of the Son of God.
The photos contain water, light, and firmament, aspects of Catholic theology.
Now listen to andreas scholl latin.
ALABAMA SUPREME COURT
DESTROYED EMBRYOS ARE WRONGFUL DEATHS
photo from newscientist.com - womb milk
Ironic it is that the part of the country that was once reviled and had the fewest Catholics has Catholic morality, and the bishops had nothing to do with it.
EWTN still televises their installations, and they look like a muster of peacocks. Let's hope the irony shames them out of their stately plumage.
Did He wear a loin cloth on the cross?
The answer is complex. As is typical for me, I scanned a very long explanation. It comes from Catholic Answers, and the question is looked at from an artistic point of view.
I excerpted what seemed to be most relevant. I numbered the direct quotes, which appeared sequentially in the research, to make them easier to read. Very slight editing was done to fix spelling.
The author is Herbert Thurston.
“Catholic Answers is pleased to provide this unabridged entry from the original Catholic Encyclopedia, published between 1907 and 1912. It is a valuable resource for subjects related to theology, philosophy, history, culture, and more. Like most works that are more than a century old, though, it may occasionally use anachronistic language or present outdated scientific information. Accordingly, in offering this resource Catholic Answers does not thereby endorse every assertion or phrase in it.”
“Michelangelo sculpted the piece at 18, when he was living with the Augustine monks at Santo Spirito following the death of his first patron, Lorenzo de Medici. The monks let him do anatomical studies of the corpses from the church’s attached hospital. As a thank you, Michelangelo carved this crucifix for their high altar around 1492.”
“Specialists and art historians are still in disagreement as to its authenticity.”
Discover the reasons for the Legion's success today and learn about their patron saints.
Not interested in an establishment of religion, though in the broadest sense, an alignment of governance with Catholicism would be excellent. (There is only one caravan to Heaven.) Nevertheless, I am interested sure as hell in the free exercise thereof (St. Thomas More).
All the narrator says applies to Catholic altar boys (7-18). Introduce girls, and boys leave. We have 104, one out of every 15 parishioners. Thank you very much.
My sense of the present is that the average American does have the inner strength to resist oppression by a totalitarian state.
Latin root of the verb infinitive to humiliate: humiliare, to make low or humble
Latin root of the verb infinitive to humble: humiliare, to make low or humble
Conventional wisdom and the dictionary agree that “humiliate” and “humble” are different, but that is not so for a Catholic.
I used to think that the Resurrection was the greatest event in history. Now I think the Incarnation was.
He who made me, joined me, and had all the emotions I have, not some, all. At the Crucifixion, out of the thousands of people who acclaimed Him, three people stood and watched Him die. What mother would not do that for her son? So, really, there were only two, John and Mary Magdalen.
If you tell me that Christ did not feel humiliated and humbled, in short, inadequate, I’d say you were wrong.
His Incarnation humiliates and humbles me.
Why any person is not overwhelmed by desire for the humiliated and humbled One, I cannot answer. Why’s only get a person closer to death.
Aphrodite of Menophantos
Venus pudica is the best-known copy type of the Venus of Cnidus and bears the signature of the sculptor Menophantos: “work by Menophantos, after the Aphrodite in the Troad”.
The marble sculpture is Greek art from the 1st century BC, found at a Catholic monastery and now at the National Roman Museum. Look at her, goddess of the humiliated and humbled. Time spent at Mass or with Alexander (10) or Josh (32) stirs the cauldron of emotions.
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.
Be careful about blaming the devil for anything: faults are internal. Yes, I pray the St. Michael prayer at every Mass, but I give it no further thought, and you will find few words on the devil in the blog, nor will you find much on prophecy or predictions.
If you need an exorcism, go to a Catholic priest. That’s all I have to say. The lines are known by almost everyone, but few recognize Shakespeare’s recusancy in Julius Caesar. Good writers disguise their thoughts.
Marcus Junius Brutus, born c. 85 BC, died 42 BC, COD suicide, murdered Julius Caesar on March 15, 44 BC.
(Oremus Let us pray, related word oration)
Mark Antony's Oration over the Body of Caesar
George Edward Robertson (1864–1926)
Hartlepool Museums and Heritage Service
Date: c. 1894–1895
Medium: oil on canvas
Measurements: H 134 x W 193 cm
Accession number: HAPMG: 1920.55
Acquisition method: gift, 1920
Mark holds Caesar’s will, and the only man who looks at the body and is truly horrified is the hooded monk standing behind Mark and hiding from the crowd. The monk holds himself up with a hand on Mark’s right arm and stands at his right hand. Who is at God’s right hand?
“St. Philip Neri, the most laughable and laughed at saint in Saintdom...
“Neri often visited the Catacombs to pray and meditate, and it was there in the month of May or June 1544 that he was mysteriously thrown to the floor and a ball of fire ‘entered his mouth and lodged in his chest.’
“Soon recovering from the shock, he put his hand to his left side and found a swelling as large as his fist. St. Philip Neri was a mystic even before this, but at this time in his life his mystical experiences reached a climax and left the visible mark he carried to his grave.
“... a heart so inflamed with the love of God that it forced two ribs into an arch over his heart to give the appearance of a tumor.
“Doctors learned this only at an autopsy on the day of his death. ‘...[T]here has never been more than one case of a heart so inflamed with the love of God as to break the ribs of the encasing body.’”
By Philip C. Fenton, S.J., excerpted from an article published in the May 1958 issue of Extension magazine
This is the third video from a monastery in the Czech Republic. The first was an introduction. The second was about the little boy. This third brought to mind a question regarding the ordination of men. I am a subscriber.
On any day, Pope Francis might issue another decree prohibiting the ordination of men from Catholic seminaries and monasteries. Henceforth, I will not use the word ‘traditional’, because it goes without saying that a real Catholic is traditional and I’m tired of qualifying terms.
He is my opponent. Such a decree damning himself would directly impede the FSSP, my priests and seminarians. As happened when I received a new father, I switched loyalties. I will be loyal to them. I know they will be loyal to me.
Servile obedience repulses me, and this current pope will not have any inch of me. I subscribe to nothing that comes from the Vatican. I speak for myself, but I know a smile would come my way for expressing these thoughts. I won’t say where and how I know, and, frankly, I don’t care whether anyone believes me. Most adults don’t, but kids do.
Perhaps that is because I have too little respect for too many adults, especially Catholics who are humorless, ill-mannered, and unflinchingly sanctimonious. Still, I am more like Piers Paul Read than Graham Greene, who, though he died faithful, welcomed liberalism.
video: November 2023
One of the men entering the sanctuary appears to be a bishop (I don't know) and looks confused in this place, like most bishops would be, and totally useless. The monks and the Catholic Church have tremendous discipline. That other church does not, and that will be its downfall.
There are many people behind the scenes, not the least of which are those who maintain the linens. That altar cloth is the finest I've ever seen. Father Abbot Berka looks like God the Father Himself, doesn't he, and all the others are his children, aren't they.
The ceremony is like unto a marriage. The young man is joined to his fraternity, his Church, and his God forever. If you cannot understand that, the video, which means I see, is a waste of time for you.
Lex orandi, lex credendi. My translation: we worship in the way and in what we believe. The ceremony lasts two hours, too long for anything on the internet. The monks, organist-choir director (usually paid), and choir (usually not paid) must have required a long nap afterwards, so lie down and listen to the music and screaming babies.
However, be sure to watch at about 1 hour 10 minutes when his habit is changed. To the 21st century eye, the moment is spooky, but the Catholic eye recognizes transformation. Te Deum laudamus, Thee, God we praise, is sung. I think of it as dedication of a soul.
One last thing. Deacon and sub deacon enjoy serving Father Abbot as evidenced by furtive smiles and eye directions. They are more experienced than brother, who is solemn. Living in close quarters and free of the anxieties of the world, a sense of the comical develops.
The coat-of-arms of the abbots from the monastery of Vyšší Brod is in four sections:
All is held in common: no one is enriched by what is here. The little boy benefits from seeing examples of humble, celibate men, and his education about the world outside, beyond his parents, begins here.
A generation ranges from 20 to 30 years. If the chosen average is 25 years, there have been 81 generations of Catholics: 2024/25 ≈ 81.
What he [Muntefering] says is the most normal thing in the world. Everyone believes in something; no one believes in everything. For example, I do not believe, biologically, in the virgin birth — that’s just nonsense. But the virgin birth as a mythology, a narration meant to highlight something special, that’s something you will find in all religions.
And I would like to tell him, also, that the fundamental principle is that if you want a good man to do something evil, lead him to religion. Religion is the most dangerous thing there is in the world. All you have to do is watch the news, and you’ll see what religion is capable of: to incite wars, and so on and so forth. That is, one has to pick and choose.
(Rev. Franz Meurer in interview with Frank Überall, KiVVON, posted on Feb. 14, 2024; our translation.)
He is still a priest (70ish) in Cologne, Germany. His superior, Cardinal Rainer Woelki, has taken no action. What good has come out of Germany in a hundred years?
San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller suppresses retreat house Sanctus Ranch. Included are canceled priests and Lumen Christi Academy. A bogus reason is given by a suppressor of the Latin Mass and traditional forms of the sacraments.
Photo of him with Dan and Jennifer Sevigny, owners of Sanctus Ranch. Gustavo turns on them, and he cancels the Latin Mass in his cathedral. That stone-cold Mason leads a dwindling cohort, and like the papal suppressor, fears 13.8 million of us, ready to preserve, protect, and defend. Get out!
Find out what this fear is.
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen
Caesar hortatus milites et proelium [battle] commisit.
Caesar encouraged the soldiers and committed them to battle.
Root: derived from the Latin verb cavillari, to raise silly objections. Usage: “Tradition-minded Catholics, let us not cavil with each other.”
Generally considered the fathers of astronomy: Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo.
What got Galileo into trouble? The debate over heliocentrism was raging. He said, "The Bible is wrong." For that he was placed under house arrest.
Where? During his trial he was housed in luxury in a cardinal's palace, and throughout his life some of his greatest supporters were cardinals and other churchmen.
After the trial he was sent to his home near Florence. The father of two cloistered nuns, he remained a faithful Catholic to the end.
“Although the doctrine of the Blessed Trinity is a supernatural mystery-a truth which we cannot discover by reason nor understand in the present life-we believe it because it has been made known to us by God who can neither deceive nor be deceived.
“Even in natural things there are many mysteries which we accept on the testimony of our fellowmen. We believe what the astronomers tell us about the stars and the planets, although we cannot prove these truths ourselves. Not even the most learned scientist understands fully the nature of the force we call electricity; yet we all know that there is such a force and we unhesitatingly accept the information that scientists give us about it.
“How much more willing should we be to believe the marvelous truth which God Himself has made known to us-that He is one in nature and three in Persons-even though we cannot perceive this truth by our own reason nor understand how each divine Person can be identical with the divine nature, yet really distinct from the other two Persons!”
Someone commented that the Baltimore Catechism is not valid anymore. Is it logical for a catechism to suddenly lose validity simply because another comes along?
I’m not an armchair theologian. I quote the Bible, Catechism, popes, and saints. When I make a comment, it is usually an emotional reaction. Some devalue emotions, but without art, literature, music, film, and the Bible, the world would be a sorry place.
What do you think the confession box is for? Joyful moments?
A father-son relationship develops between priest and altar boy, and that builds confidence in a boy, seen here at an FSSP parish (Ash Wednesday last). Why repetition in three? Three Persons in One God. “O dissenter, release your complaint to the wind.”
We save the palm leaf all year and return it to be burned, and that is where the ashes come from for the forehead.
People laid palms to cover Jesus's path as he arrived in Jerusalem (Palm Sunday), just days before he was crucified (Good Friday).
Because the palms have been blessed by a priest, instead of throwing them out, they are saved until the next year to create ashes for Ash Wednesday. Sacramentals like the blessed palm leaf must either be buried or returned to be burned.
Catholic priests started putting ashes on foreheads every Ash Wednesday at least as early as the 8th century, when the practice can be found in the Gregorian Sacramentary (a book with directives for the liturgy).
That’s simply the earliest recorded date for doing so—it’s likely a much earlier tradition.
Fr. Curtis, FSSP, said that only the catechumens received ashes in the beginning, but already-baptized Catholics liked the practice and petitioned the hierarchy. One side of the church had a perfect cross on the forehead. Fr. Schwab, FSSP, has a talent for dusting.
When the priest marks the sign of the cross on your forehead, he says...
Latin root for pulverize is pulvis, dust.
This is a repost for those who are unaware of its history, trimmed a bit to make it readable.
The summary comes from Wikipedia, a resource I use because the entry on the Catholic Church is accurate and because entries go through a reviewing and editing process. If anyone has a better resource that is not too complicated, please provide a link.
“The earliest surviving account of the celebration of the Eucharist or Mass in Rome is that of Saint Justin Martyr (died c. 165), in chapter 67 of his First Apology: …
“The descriptions of the Mass liturgy in Rome by Hippolytus (died c. 235) and Novatian (died c. 250) are similar to Justin’s. …
“It is unclear when the language of the celebration changed from Greek to Latin. Pope Victor I [pontiff 189-199, saint] may have been the first to use Latin in the liturgy in Rome. Others think Latin was finally adopted nearly a century later. The change was probably gradual, with both languages being used for a while. …
“The Roman Missal that Pope Pius V issued at the request of the Council of Trent (1545-1563) gradually established uniformity within the Western Church after a period that had witnessed regional variations in the choice of Epistles, Gospels, and prayers at the Offertory, the Communion, and the beginning and end of Mass.
“With the exception of a few dioceses and religious orders, the use of this Missal was made obligatory, giving rise to the 400-year period when the Roman-Rite Mass took the form now known as the Tridentine Mass.”
We use the 1962 edition of the Missal. Its 1,850 pages are so good, so comprehensive, so eloquent that they are all I need for daily living. For example, the Morning Prayer contains references to Proverbs, Psalms, Lamentations, and Isaiah.
The Mass itself is printed in Latin and the vernacular on each page.
The 1962 was the last printing before certain men claimed that the spirit of Vatican II entitled them to start removing, rewording, reinventing, and retranslating every part of the Mass. See
If possible, leave the New Order church, which is on a downward slope. Recommendations: FSSP, SSPX, ICKSP. There are a few other traditional religious orders. Do a search.
Beginning in 2020, my church of St. Stephen the First Martyr in Sacramento doubled. We have 1,500 registered members and 104 altar boys, and this tremendous growth is the trend in America. I meet two to five new people every Sunday at 6.
One of my ranching friends drives 130 miles one-way to get to Mass. Third Commandment.
Memento mori (long version)
Remember thou art mortal.
Remember you must die.
Mass at 6pm yesterday, Ash Wednesday, entirely sung by priest and choir, was the third Mass of the day and so crowded that the parish hall next door had to be used. Confession started at 5:30 and extended to the end. We have 100% attendance at Sunday Mass.