Who is he? Leonardo of Pisa, mathematician, circa 1170-1240-50. In 1202 he developed a sequence that began as a solution to a problem involving mating rabbits: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, etcetera. The Fibonacci sequence is a series of numbers in which each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers. When we make squares with those widths, we get a spiral:
courtesy of mathisfun.com
Baroque music, art, and architecture emerged as the Catholic response to the protestant revolt and invincible ignorance. Baroque is elegant and intricate, classical and bright, visual and cerebral. The artists received the patronage of the Catholic Church and Catholic royalty. The significant event inaugurating it all was the Council of Trent 1545-1563.
Perhaps, something like Baroque will emerge from the current attempt in the Vatican and a parallel attempt in the Western world to destroy truth, beauty, and goodness. Sadly, many Catholics are unaware and want to stay dumb, and they could be described as ostriches (see the entry on Strauss). There is hope that exceptional Catholics will emerge. See the entry on new Catholic schools.
Listen to Vivaldi (1678-1741) while you view pictures by Baroque painters: Caravaggio, Peter Paul Rubens, Diego Velázquez, Nicolas Poussin, and Rembrandt van Rijn. (I went to school with a boy named Peter van Rijn in complete ignorance of his famous last name.)
Note: Vivaldi was violin master at an orphanage called the Pio Ospedale della Pietà, Devout Hospital of Mercy, in Venice. He taught music to the girls and did most of his composing there. In 1709, the board of directors dismissed him, but he returned the following year. Remember, all of history is present to God the Father. It does not come and go as we do.
1595-6 Basket of Fruit, oil on canvas, Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Milan, Caravaggio - Own work, user:Lafit86, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10478675
1613-4 Venus at the Mirror, Peter Paul Rubens - Liechtenstein Museum, Wenen, particuliere collectie Vorst van Liechtenstein, Vaduz
1618 Vieja friendo huevos (1618, English: Old Woman Frying Eggs). National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, Diego Velázquez - Google Art Project: Home – pic Maximum resolution
1640 A Dance to the Music of Time, Nicolas Poussin, Wallace Collection, London
1660 Titus as a Monk, Rembrandt van Rijn, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
The artist portrayed his 19-year-old son Titus, with whom he had an especially close relationship, as a Franciscan monk.
Someone send this address on socialism to Ocasio-Cortez, Queen Hecuba of the US Congress - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0FF13u13WE&t=754s Socialists do not have the supernatural values shared by unperverted Catholics and Americans.
Here is the Latin version of John 1, see www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_toTeFr0nk The Church uses ecclesiastical pronunciation, not classical. I can do both. See how many Latin roots of English words you can identify in that version, and whenever you see the lovely qu words, they will be pronouns or adverbs.
Here is some help on prefixes: Ab- = apart, Ante- = before, Anti- = against, Auto- = self, Bi- = two, Bene- = good, favorable, Circum- = around, Di- = two, double, Dis- = not, apart, Geo- = earth, Hetero- = mixed, Homo- = same, In- = in, not, Inter- = between, Macro- = large, Micro- = small, Mono- = one, single, Non- = not, Ped- = foot, Poly- = many, Post- = after, Pre- = before, Sub- = under, Tele- = distance, Trans- = across
I reposted the Orff piece for Venus.
Occasio in Latin means "opportunity" and is not a reference to Ocasio-, but the fake Catholic has taken every opportunity for herself and perverted it. Would it not be Roman justice if she went bald?
Q: If human babies cannot survive on their own, how did the first human baby survive on its own?
Answered and updated on Aug 4, 2020, by Krister Sundelin, Quora contributor, self-proclaimed atheist, as follows:
“Either they appeared as grown-ups by magic, or they were nursed by their one-mutation-away-from-Homo-sapiens parents.”
Krister went on to compare evolution to the color spectrum, which was very imaginative.
I added my little comment.
In the history category is my reliance on Wikipedia’s valiant attempt to explain the theory of evolution, which is titled, “Last Common Ancestor.”
Here is the list of Catholic communities approved to use a Missal different from the one used in the modern Mass. Wikipedia contributors did not make an error that I can see. Also, they gave a brief but accurate explanation of recent history.
A Franciscan speaks on current culture and how to live in it. It is long, so you can listen to some now and some later. He is very practical and speaks about being sent to a psychologist. What he says about that is true and funny, and the entire reflection is worth a listen.
This young priest understands the inner life and the battle. He does not speak about scrupulosity, the occupational hazard of Catholic moral life. I stole that adjectival phrase from somewhere else.
He mentions Carthusian. There is one Carthusian monastery in the US, and the land for it was donated by a Union Carbide executive.
The mother house is Grande Chartreuse in France. The name of the color originated there. The monks have produced the alcoholic cordial, Chartreuse, since 1737, and it was the cordial that gave rise to the color name. The liqueur is produced not only as green chartreuse, but also as yellow chartreuse. There are 23 charterhouses, 18 for men and five for women.
Let me add one thing. Other people suffer a longer death than three hours on the cross. The incomparable suffering is not the number of hours but the billions and billions of sins He carries in his arms.
Georges Bernanos (Feb 20, 1888 – July 5, 1948) is the author of Diary of a Country Priest, turned into a 1951 movie of the same name. I have posted the link to this film, my favorite. Following is Wikipedia’s description of Bernanos. I made this entry because Bernanos and I see things the same way. “… Roman Catholic with monarchist leanings, he was critical of elitist thought and was opposed to what he identified as defeatism. He believed this had led to France’s defeat and eventual occupation by Germany in 1940 during World War II. His two major novels, ‘Sous le soleil de Satan’ (1926) and the ‘Journal d’un curé de campagne’ (1936), both revolve around a parish priest who combats evil and despair in the world.” The 1926 novel, Under the Sun of Satan, was made into a movie in 1987. Do not open the link to Diary, because it contains the spoiler.
The prime minister of Spain is an outspoken atheist and socialist. The prime minister of Canada might as well be one, too. The US president and the governor of California make three and four. They are the apathostics. All you do is add up.
“… when the struggle seems to be drifting definitely towards a world social democracy, there may still be very great delays and disappointments before it becomes an efficient and beneficent world system. Countless people … will hate the new world order, be rendered unhappy by the frustration of their passions and ambitions through its advent and will die protesting against it. When we attempt to evaluate its promise, we have to bear in mind the distress of a generation or so of malcontents, many of them quite gallant and graceful-looking people.” Quote from The New World Order, by H.G. Wells, 1940, courtesy of Wikipedia.com.
Wikipedia calls the New World Order a conspiracy theory, but Wells might have seen the coming future. He was a science fiction writer. Would he think I was a gallant and graceful-looking person? Yes, I think so because I can add up. You can be one, too, with this math trick.
Any of the presentations by Father Vincent Lampert or Father Gary Thomas are good and can be found on YouTube. Lampert is the exorcist for Indianapolis, IN, and Thomas is the exorcist for San Jose, CA. There are about 125 in the US. The talks have been good for me because they are corrective and sobering. They are not scary or sensational.
In his lecture and question and answer session on Oct 19, 2021, he said that calls to the Church for the rite increased during COVID, and some calls are coming from non-Catholics. He receives 8-10 calls or emails every day. He said he is trained to be a skeptic. Not all calls result in an exorcism, because there could be something else that is wrong with the person, mental or physical. A medical doctor or psychiatrist is consulted first. As I mentioned in another post, Anthony Hopkins consulted with Thomas for the 2011 film, The Rite.
One thing Lampert said that I did not know is that an exorcism is a liturgical rite. I know it is contained in a book and is recited word-for-word, but an English translation has been approved and the book recently updated, the old book having been unchanged since 1647.
I am watching a Twilight Zone marathon. How many episodes of the 1960s warned of mind control? Turn on, tune in, and drop out. Let us take apart the second part of the hippie slogan - tune in. What does tune in mean? High school was six blocks from the Haight. My biological father was president of the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council in 1970, and that was the year my informal education on tuning in to the dangers of mind control began.
Video from 1968 https://diva.sfsu.edu/collections/sfbatv/bundles/218469
The mayor’s son was in my class. His father authorized the formation of a tactical squad in late 1967 after the advertised “Summer of Love” had drawn people from everywhere. The mayor was forced to quell violent protests that were occurring at the same time that the drug culture was emerging in the Haight Ashbury and protests were erupting at San Francisco State University. It all seemed like an ordinary day to a high schooler. Haight St https://diva.sfsu.edu/collections/sfbatv/bundles/218468
In the 60s, my siblings and I were sequestered, silent observers in Catholic schools. One of the schools was directly across the street from the action. My sisters wore school uniforms, and my brother and I had a dress code to follow, so the people in the street video violated norms set at school and at home. Both my sisters were beautiful girls in their uniforms. Photo courtesy of Frank Dunnigan, friend/author from high school.
My priest said that success as an author is possible if it is conducive to my salvation. Mary Kaye had moderate success. She had a lovely contralto voice, perfect for this moderately melancholic song. Ignore the background. It is not San Fran, but she does pronounce San Francisco correctly.
NOTE: My content, with some exceptions, is directed at readers who are 16 and above. I strive for realism when I write. Children are smart and can spot someone who is not real, but some material is not suitable for them, and that applies to this post. Also, it is important to me that the sources I rely on are trustworthy and honest. I check and recheck everything that goes on my website, and, sometimes, I create my own material.
Here is an article about Mankowski from The American Conservative.
Here is the speech Mankowski delivered shortly before he died in 2020.
Paul survived the Jesuit order, the men who educated my brother and me in the 1960s and made us lifelong Catholics, and now they have descended into disorder. Paul is conspicuously absent from Wikipedia.com except to be mentioned under someone else’s profile.
The article in The American Conservative shows very clearly how politics crosses over into religion. It always has. Persecution under Henry VIII, which Paul talks about in his speech, is just one example.
The content of his speech is not for those who faint at the slightest mention of sex.
From my EMT friend: You are not going to believe me when I tell you that earlier this week a 37-year-old female called 911 for her sore throat and not feeling well for a few days and, yes, I did drive her to the hospital by ambulance. Then, of course, the ER asks me, “She went by ambulance for this?” Why do I get asked this? Why do they not ask the patient? Furthermore, we are here in America and, of course, we cannot refuse a person who wants to go to the hospital by ambulance. In a way, I am sure that my company gladly bills for the services.
In 1967, the Federal Communications Commission and AT&T collaborated to establish a universal emergency number that could be quickly implemented. The digits “911” were chosen because they were easy to remember and served both parties.
I am not interested in debating Catholic doctrine or history. Boring. Read the Catechism here https://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/_INDEX.HTM
I had the singular blessing of receiving the faith at age eight. Why me and not others? I don’t know. God has not given me the answer. He has never uttered a single, audible word to me personally. My guess is that He had me in His mind from the start and captured a susceptible, willing boy. Look at HOW IT HAPPENED
Nor am I interested when someone throws Bible verses at me or gives me platitudes. It means they have memorized a quote and been told what it means, or they have copied something. They do not reflect serious thought. I am interested in writers who think carefully about what they are going to say or people who have undergone a serious trial. Check https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_R._Capodanno
In other posts I have referred to the date of the Crucifixion. Akin is a serious Catholic writer who has done the research and fixed the date. Wikipedia seems to agree. Listen at 10:30 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deS9iF0snsQ&t=3s
Caiaphas was high priest from 18 to 37 and is best known for the trial of Jesus. Romans governed Judea through a procurator, Pontius Pilate from 26/27 to 36/37, and appointed the high priest directly, causing the officeholder to be seen as a Roman puppet. Pilate was pressed to sentence Jesus to death by crowds of people who had been stirred up by religious authority. The crucifixion occurred April 3, 33.
“Since 2018, the government has imprisoned uncompliant priests and removed crosses from churches. Recently, the Chinese authorities egregiously edited the Bible to “reflect socialist values,” leaving a new generation of believers exposed to a version of the sacred text that has been filtered through an authoritarian lens. An educational curriculum written and distributed by government agencies even recast the Gospel of John to say that Christ claimed to be a sinner and was guilty of murder.
“The Chinese authorities see technology as the next frontier of totalitarianism. They are investing billions to develop and deploy new machinery such as facial recognition, data collection, and tracking software to establish a full-blown surveillance state. In fact, just before re-negotiations with the Holy See began this year, hackers working for the Chinese government infiltrated the Vatican’s computer networks in what The New York Times called “an apparent espionage effort.”
“It’s important to note that Christians are not the only religious minority being targeted there. An estimated 1 million Uighur Muslims are held in re-education camps in Xinjiang province, for example, and the government has edited the Quran similarly to the Bible. But the Vatican is unique in that it has been offered a seat at the negotiation table. So, the way the Church interacts with this sinister regime is paramount, given that it will impact all persecuted minorities in the region.”
USA Today, David Curry, Opinion contributors, Oct 10, 2020 [edited to shorten]
Details of the secret agreement between the Vatican and China have not been revealed.
I try to keep religion and politics separate, but how futile that is with every passing day. I will die one day. Some would say that at death the world will not matter to me anymore, but how can I be so callous toward my brothers and sisters now or in the future. Therefore, one must ask, who is Caiaphas now?
Did Aristotle know that he’d have students far in the future? Thomas was one of them. He wrote Summa Theologica, which would take a good reader 51 hours to finish. There are three parts, and the second is divided into two parts, with 512 Questions, 2,669 Articles, and about 10,000 objections and replies. Overall, this monumental accomplishment contains about 1.8 million words, nowadays nearly 6,000 pages of Latin.
I tried to come up with a figure for the number of words I’ve written. My best guess is 200,000 words in 1) publishing (tax law headnotes, semi-journalistic stories, and editorial); 2) seven news and feature stories for a daily; 3) novel, short stories, and true stories; and 4) blog/diary. In addition, as a patrol officer, I wrote hundreds of reports, not published! Nevertheless, all of it is a puny amount compared to Thomas.
His branch of philosophy is called Thomistic. Before Aquinas died at age 49, he wrote numerous other treatises. Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle lived in Athens for most of their lives. Socrates taught Plato, who taught Aristotle, who left a body of work for Aquinas.
All of history is present to God the Father, and it matters.
For more about Aquinas, see https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saint-Thomas-Aquinas/Years-at-the-papal-Curia-and-return-to-Paris
Thomas Aquinas by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo / Amulay, Wikimedia Commons CCO
funny-brilliant-moderate conservative-moral capitalist
Elon talks about his beginnings, getting punched in the nose, Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink, Artificial Intelligence, entropy, and aliens. He mentions The Great Filter, which is a great ten-minute video on YouTube. I would like my genius student, who turns 8 in two days, to see the interview. Alexander thinks there are aliens. Elon says there is no evidence. There is some adult content in the interview; thus, I must forgo watching it with Alexander. Elon has seven children and would like to talk to Cleopatra. The interview got 215,000 views in one day.
“Cut him off when he said, ‘Yes.’”
Don’t you love a train? BNSF and Amtrak run through my little town on their way to Donner Summit (7,000 feet). The track zigzags up to the Summit. Toward the end of the video, you can see snow on a freight train. I hear the trains occasionally, but there is no stop in town, so the horn is not blown. Most freight train engineers (drivers) will blow the horn if they see you and you raise your arm and pull on an imaginary horn. Ignore the graffiti tags by lonely criminals seeking attention.
In 2021 my EMT friend in San Jose, CA, had to tend to a woman who tried to commit suicide by throwing herself in front of a train. The attempt failed. I owned two model electric trains as a 12-year-old, Lionel and HO, and wanted to be a train driver. Like most boys I had dreams. The only other sound that was so beautiful was the Golden Gate Bridge fog horn, which I could hear at night if the wind was blowing in my direction.
At 17 minutes is a drone flyover of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta where small water craft motor through. The locations are in the Central Valley “Fruit Basket”. California, awarded statehood in 1850, has the fifth-largest economy in the world.
Julius Gaius Caesar. The spelling of the name is Latin before J and U were added, which occurred during medieval times. J was added for the consonant sound I, and U was added for the vowel sound V, which is why Latin words on Roman monuments confuse us. Entry today on Quora by Alf Salte.
No valves. Just pipes. One commenter said, “The Sound of Civilization Arriving.”
New Zealand family reacts to American military power. Watch the face of the boy. THIS is why we must maintain our power, to protect freedom-loving people around the world from any foe, especially China. I repeat, do not use TikTok.
TikTok is one of multiple avenues the Chinese government can use to manage public narratives, disseminate propaganda, and steal your personal information. It is best to delete the app.
“The Pentagon recently released guidance to all service members advising that they delete the popular social media application ‘TikTok’ from their smart phones, and a number of military branches have heeded the call by mandating its deletion on all issued digital devices. Some commands are even going further, encouraging troops to delete the application from their personal devices as well.” Alex Hollings, Sandboxx.us, Sept 6, 2020.
The Democratic Party has delivered itself on a platter to globalists and communists, vitameatavegamin-style, and none can spoon a way to health, but you can still protect yourself and your children.
Give them an inch, they take a mile – and tax it
By Senator Brian Dahle (R-Bieber), as published in the Tahoe Daily Tribune
Driving is about to get more expensive – again.
Senate Bill 339, recently signed into law, authorizes the California Road Charge Technical Advisory Committee to strategize a pilot program, which will eventually charge California drivers a tax for every mile driven.
This legislation will make it remarkably more expensive for our rural communities and Californians’ pocketbooks can’t seem to catch a break. In the past year, consumer prices in the Western United States increased 5.3 percent. The cost of food has risen 4.7 percent, and energy prices jumped 25.1 percent, largely the result of an increase in the price of gasoline. It all adds up, and it’s hard to believe the current gas taxes will really go away once this new per-mile tax is applied.
While the purpose of SB 339 is to replace the gas tax revenue as more drivers move to Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV), this bill takes the wrong approach by going after those who drive long distances to work, school, or the grocery store. It’s a regressive tax that will hit low and middle-income households the hardest, who can least afford an additional expense. Many residents who can’t afford to live in California’s dense urban centers end up compromising with long commutes to and from work. The average transaction price of an electric vehicle according to Kelley Blue Book is $51,532, and the day-to-day realities of ZEV’s are unworkable for some given the unreliable electrical grid.
California's 1st Senate District is a striking mosaic of suburbia, rural living, and family ranches. When I think of Siskiyou County, home to the majestic Mt. Shasta, I see residents who enjoy the beautiful mountains, towering pines, snowfall, and seasonal outdoor recreation. They shouldn’t be punished for choosing to live in a rural area.
I opposed SB 339, and will continue to object to this inequitable tax as it moves closer to implementation. Instead of more taxes, lawmakers should be doing all they can to make California affordable. These issues need to be addressed by the California Road Charge Technical Advisory Committee to ensure rural Californians don’t get the short-end of this regressive tax.
Richard Gwyn (ca. 1537 – Oct 15, 1584), father of six, schoolteacher, and author of both Catholic and satirical poetry, was martyred at Wrexham, Wales, for high treason by being hanged, drawn and quartered.
Not by eating flesh speadily
And filling the paunch on Fridays
And turning one’s opinion with the wind
Were folk made Saints of old.
Father Pedro Poveda founded the Teresian Association whose women were involved in all levels of education from elementary school to higher education, for women. Teacher-training academies were established in many cities in Spain. On July 8, 1936, a firing squad murdered him. Age 61. The executioners were backed by an alliance of anarchists (of the communist and syndicalist type), who opposed the Nationalists (Falangists, monarchists, conservatives, and traditionalists). He was a priest, not a politician. However, when revolutionaries gain a foothold, freedom is suspended until truth is restored. On October 10, 1993, he was made a saint.
Spanish National Anthem www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQMZJncP9vU
South Vietnamese National Anthem www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Knv_QNRfss
French Royalist Song www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKFS6ViVN4o
Note: In the Spanish video, a giant monstrance is present. The float is carried by a male phalanx. Hundreds and hundreds of artists and artisans were employed to make the cathedral, monstrance, and float, altogether one of the finest examples of national pride and faith. Carrying the float on a downward slope is difficult because all the weight shifts forward, and it is hot underneath.
Officially, the lyrics of the anthem were dropped because of liberalizing forces, sad indeed because Franco protected nation and Church from communists.
Francoist Spain’s economy grew. “The success of the stabilization program was attributable to a combination of good luck and good management and the impressive development during this period was referred to as the ‘Spanish miracle’. Between 1959 and 1974, Spain had the next fastest economic growth rate after Japan. The boom came to an end with the oil shocks of the 1970s and government instability during the transition back to democracy after Franco's death in 1975.” - Wikipedia.com.
Following is the Falangist Anthem and a look at life under the strongman. If it looks slightly Nazi, ignore that aspect. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4qvZT_y2g4
In the next video, the military sings El Novio de la Muerte - Bridegroom of Death, referring to Christ and soldier alike, hymn and regimental slow march of the Spanish Legion. They have so much more class than communists … who face Hell. One of my students is traveling to Spain this coming summer. The people of Spain are handsome; the tenor is magnificent; I hope my student and his soccer team win.
In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.
He sailed by night; he sailed by day;
He used the stars to find his way.
A compass also helped him know
How to find the way to go.
Ninety sailors were on board;
Some men worked while others snored.
Then the workers went to sleep;
And others watched the ocean deep.
Day after day they looked for land;
They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.
October 12 their dream came true,
You never saw a happier crew!
"Indians! Indians!" Columbus cried;
His heart was filled with joyful pride.
But "India" the land was not;
It was the Bahamas, and it was hot.
The Arakawa natives were very nice;
They gave the sailors food and spice.
Columbus sailed on to find some gold
To bring back home, as he'd been told.
He made the trip again and again,
Trading gold to bring to Spain.
The first American? No, not quite.
But Columbus was brave, and he was bright.
The singers sing in pseudo-Latin, but they sound great. Someone said it is ancient Romanian. The following lyrics are repeated: In nòreni per ìpe, in noreni coràh; tirà mine per ìto, ne dominà. The last time the refrain is sung, it becomes: In ròmine tirmèno, ne ròmine to fa, imàgine pro mèno, per imentirà. For me, words sometimes matter less than the feelings produced by, and the intent of, a song. Anyway, it is fun to sing the powerful lyrics with them and sound very Roman. I am no sailor, but I think tossing the stick over the side is to determine speed. One counts the seconds to pass-by. It would not be a jiffy, not on these craft, because a jiffy is 1/100 of a second.
Historical pictures of the Battle of Gettysburg and the Daughters of Charity nursing on the field. The vimeo video is narrated. My cousin entered the DC in 1961 wearing a habit with cornette like the picture opposite. She recently celebrated 60 years after serving as chairman of the board for two Bay Area hospitals.
Oil on canvas titled Elegy circa 1900, owned by National Museum in Warsaw, in the public domain, artist Karol Tichy 1871-1939. The Daughters of Charity habit also appears in Paris street scenes.