After a break in the rain for a couple of weeks we had 3/10th of an inch as I’m informed by my backyard neighbor. No wind either. Perfect time to reduce some branches to ash for the garden. Guessing the flames went up about 25 feet or so. Meanwhile, I had a second fire going of rubbish from the hermitage. Yes, the drama continues. There are of a sudden eager buyers of the neighbors property on which the hermitage lies in that county of NC. But this happened like a dozen times. “I’ll pay cash!” they state with eagerness. “Tomorrow we’ll get it done!” they proclaim. Never happens. But it’s all looking more serious as people are wanting to live in more remote areas, fleeing lawless Dem controlled cities with all their encouraged rape and murder and arson and looting and such. And lots of these people have throw-away money to make it happen. So, it’s a sad day coming up for me.
Having said all that, all the fires of hell and all the idiocy of this world aren’t enough to attack the love of God for us. Jesus has a place for us in Heaven. It would do us well to pray for those in Purgatory. They will also pray for us. Hail Mary…
Meanwhile, the picture above reminds me of a certain chapter in Jackass for the Hour. Perhaps I should get back to that.
This guy is as big as the palm of your hand. People get scared of such large spiders which can jump you from a distance and give you a very painful bit. They are called Hunter Spiders. But this is a distraction, of course, so as not to recognize that there is another beast round about, also called Hunter. I’ve seen him on my phone as a feature news story on FoxNews. No one else much is covering that story much.
This fellow is also as big as the palm of your hand. His visage was already published in these pages. Happy he’s sticking around. Some are also scared of such beasts as they also can give you a fierce bite, like they are chomping your fingertips right off. But they are fun to watch and eat nasties. But people are afraid so that they can be distracted from other beasts who are preying on us, those politicos who want to encourage abortion and infanticide in numbers in these USA of 20,000 a week, half of those on any given Saturday alone.
It’s like the lust to find life in the universe outside of ourselves when we can’t even find life in the womb of a human mother. Sigh. People who vote for such death, letting themselves be distracted by the benevolent beasts of nature so as not to see the real beasts in the political world. I see them on my phone as well, all featured as news stories on FoxNews. Sigh.
These are tiny laptop drives that a non-techy parishioner asked me to delete, who was getting rid of dinosaur computers but was not wanting to leave files on the hard drives. Not being much of a techy myself, and that person not requesting the drives back, and me later deciding not to want to bother with the old computers, the drives were put out somewhere between 5 and 10 yards. Three 9mm to the one on the left and a half a mag-dump to the one on the right. Haha. That was the extent of my target practice in this time of no ammo amidst Covid lockdowns and such. This kind of target practice is all calm, entirely efficient. I mean, the interior disks were reduced to a small and momentary metallic dust cloud with the largest shards of the disks pictured above, but all the rest being reduced to pretty much smaller than a zeptometer in size. That’s, like, really small. Hillary’s hammers are operated with such angst and distress and are so inefficient, so readable in their larger shards. And software? Pfft. 9mm target practice is fast and gets the job done and… and… is fun. I didn’t want to break my word about erasing the drives. :-)
Pope Francis is in a really cool photo above. Like, wow! The same gesture as Jesus behind him. But it’s really difficult to surmise what is actually happening in that photo above given his pontificate, all of the misleading, ambiguous statements, apparent total hatred for both tradition and Sacred Tradition, for Sacred Scripture and Magisterial interventions across the centuries. Pope Francis has now used the occasion of a non-infallible biography about himself in order to let it be known that, in his opinion, same sex “unions” must be civilly recognized so that that enamored same sex couples living together will be protected by law and… then… of course… by law enforcement.
“It’s not same sex marriage that I’m talking about!” Pope Francis shrieks. “It’s only a same sex civilly recognized ‘union’!”
What a crock. Same sex couples can certainly lust after each other – how disgusting – but that doesn’t mean that such activity based on inversion is that which grants any “union” legal or personal. It would not be marriage even if you called it marriage. Even if you witnessed wedding vows of a same sex couple (as did Joe Biden) that wouldn’t make it a marriage. Even if a priest in a church were to witness such preposterous blasphemous sacrilegious vows it would not be a marriage.
Marriage must be witnessed before God and man and be between one man and one woman with the intention to have children until death do they part.
Marriage and family is about the image of God as we read about with our creation by God in Genesis chapter 1. Same sex couples are all about destroying the image of God. Jesus redeemed the image of God in us by Himself marrying His Bride, the Church. He did this by a mercy founded on justice, taking our place, the Innocent for the guilty, so that He might have the right in His own justice to have mercy on us. At the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Last Supper, the Wedding Banquet of the Lamb, we see His wedding vows united with Calvary: This is my Body given for you in sacrifice. This is the Chalice of my Blood poured out for you in Sacrifice. Total self-sacrificing giving to His Bride the Church. Providing His grace to us while we remain in this world with all the just effects of original sin chosen with the sin, we can validly make true wedding vows to love the other instead of merely use the other. Same sex “unions” are all about using the other person. If there was true love, it would be to live chastely, encourage the other person to live chastely, and NOT live together.
The only reason to have a same sex couple live together is to actively feed a disordered psychological state involving attraction to the body of the same sex partner. Pope Francis… or Scicluna… or Martin… or McCarrick… might think that living together is not an occasion of sin for the same sex couple. Maybe. What a crock. The fact is that this is a grave occasion of sin, sharing a shower, sharing a bed, you know, sharing.
Let’s take a look at another image of Christ, that is, the anti-Christ, who looks like Jesus. Satan, naked, is behind him. Here’s the question: whose hand is coming out from under the cloak? Look again. The anti-Christ is the puppet of Satan…
The pedestal that they are on has an image of the false prophet Balaam beating his donkey. The Dominican friar below, axed in the head, is what the anti-Christ and Satan are pointing to. This is what it’s all about: murdering the saints.
Read the whole of Romans chapter 1. Just do it. Frightening. I regret all the souls who will cave into lust after the comments of Pope Francis and risk going to hell. I regret that this kind of scandal is what can make one risk going to hell. Pope Francis, come back to Jesus!
Also, this is, I agree with many, that which may be seen as an attempt to derail the re-election of President Trump.
Also, you have to know, no one cares for and loves homosexuals more than the Catholic Church. We want them to live chastely, to be pointed to heaven, to become great, great saints. The Catholic Church (whatever about Pope Francis) preaches the truth in presenting the very clear truth of the Scriptures. The truth will set you free. Jesus will set you free. The Holy Spirit will give you great, great joy.
Pray for Pope Francis. Don’t hate him. Don’t be misled by him. Love your enemies. Pray for him. Hail Mary…
Shadow-dog: Taller than the highest on height descriptions of any GSD. Five overflowing cups of dog-food in the morning. Five more overflowing cups of dog-food in the evening. He’s very loyal. A really good friend. I’ve seen him angry. He barks at the druggies and the home-invaders. He’s been shot four times with hunting pellets of a pellet gun, and shot at by a 9mm (which hit his doghouse). Shadow-dog is in great health and at the very top of his game. Good daaawg!!!
Meanwhile, I’m getting home-invasion attempts frequently, sometimes multiple times a week. The other night a guy jumped the chain link fence out back. I heard him, as my bedroom window was open. Shadow-dog immediately made a comment, a very deep full-throated double woof-WOOF!!! Shadow-dog bolted from his doghouse to the back yard. As he was doing that at about the speed of light, the home-invader guy said, “Oh, S#|+!!!” and then jumped the fence again. Ha ha!
Last night I heard a skateboarder stop out front. Shadow-dog made some comments, but didn’t see him out front. Instead, this time, a neighbor who keeps close watch saw the guy bathed in my super-bright LED flood-lights examining the house closely, within inches of the house. Seeing that he was seen by the neighbor, the invader guy disappeared down the creek to the side of the rectory toward the drug house, into the dark. Of course he did.
That this guy couldn’t have cared less about the ultra-super-bright-lights is actually a big deal. This means either that he’s drugged out of his mind (which means he’s extra-dangerous) or that he’s done this and gotten away with it so many times that he absolutely doesn’t care about being seen (which means he’s super extra-dangerous).
Early machine voting is at the county electoral office across from the court house and police station in Murphy NC. The workers and many volunteers there (always friendly, always competent, always well organized) were all so very friendly.
I had a sample ballot with me (which was exact, by the way), and, when I entered, I received a baggy with an “I VOTED 2020” sticker in it. I taped that to the back window of the vehicle. I once made the mistake of peeling off the backing and sticking that to Sassy the Subaru. It’s almost impossible to remove. So, just packing tape.
The baggy also had a really nice pen, with which I signed an affidavit that I’m me and do live at my address. The other “pen” you see above is actually a stylus to use on the touch screen on the voting machine itself. I just used my knuckle since I’m a knucklehead. The screens are cleaned before and after every single vote. A mask is also provided. Great! Now I have an extra one for visits to the aged and infirm. Yay!
In other words, it’s all made super easy.
Sometimes the line to vote goes around the building and down the parking lot of the bank nearby. I was lucky and was next up inside the election office. I only had to wait in the lobby 30 seconds or so. The machines were all busy inside and by the time I got out the line was forming once again.
The election officials love it. They are averaging about 900 votes a day in that one early voting office. This is many times over all other elections ever. It’s historic participation in this county already weeks before election day.
Voting in this most important election made me happy. You might say that secular things like this shouldn’t be a source of happiness for me, but I’ll tell you this: voting in this election in these USA is a moral imperative before God in that the moral issues are absolutes. We have to stop pro-abort maniacs. We have to stop the promised persecution of the Catholic Church. Etc. So, yes, I did my part in this small but extremely important way and I placed this action before God. I was very happy before God. Yes.
A comment came in from a supposed Kanuck who doubts that she may be welcome to comment seeing that she is a Kanuck. I guess she has an ultra-nationalist sway, but she can ask herself about that one. I wanted to give that comment a bit more of an audience and so I’m placing it here, but with my [comments]:
/// I’m a Canadian; so, I concede that I’ve little ‘right’ to comment on this topic [No, really, go ahead!]; but, I find it difficult to understand HOW a Priest of the Catholic Church can deliberately, and publicly, sully the professed ‘Catholicism’ [you put that in scare-quotes, didn’t you? Isn’t that a hypocrisy on your part?] of a public, political figure [She’s talking about Joey Biden at this post:Joe Biden: anti-Catholic, anti-human and horrifically racist… says this priest] — on the word (gossip?) of another Priest [Umm… “this priest” in the title refers to me, the publisher and owner and writer of this blog, so I guess you’re gossiping about me gossiping, are you not?]. I sincerely believe that such would be the ‘job’ of the appropriate Bishop (who could then, publicly deny Mr. Biden his ability to receive The Eucharist ‘in good faith’). [Well, I don’t care what you sincerely believe. And I didn’t mention denying Joey Holy Communion in that post, did I? Anyway, living in Ottawa as you do you would think you could do a bit more research on the Canon Law of this matter with the Dominicans at Université Saint-Paul, where a good friend directs doctoral theses in Canon Law. But, nooo…. you jump right into it. Check out Canon 915 there missy. Or maybe you did and you don’t actually like all that hierarchical stuff like promulgated universal law of the Church. And I see you put “in good faith” regarding the Bishop[!] in scare quotes, or are you referring to Biden? Pfft.] Such is the situation here, in Canada, where Mr. Trudeau — who claims to be Catholic — has very publicly stated that he is ‘pro-abortion’ [and why would you put pro-abortion in scare quotes?]; and that he has no intention of ever ‘reversing’ or ‘changing’ the Law regarding abortion! [I guess your scare quotes mean you think that reverse or change of abortion law is just impossible anyway?] After that, the Bishop of Ottawa PUBLICLY stated that Mr. Trudeau would no longer be able to participate in receiving “the Body and the Blood of Christ”. However, several weeks later, a Catholic Elder Statesman died; and in honor of the deceased, a TELEVISED Catholic Funeral was held for him at The Cathedral in Montreal, Quebec (where he had resided). The church was packed, and Mr. & Mrs. Trudeau sat right at the front of the church. So, when the time came for the reception of the Eucharist, Mr. & Mrs. Trudeau were the first to present themselves at the Communion rail — and they both received The Body & Blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ!! Needless to say, I was shocked … that Mr. Trudeau had even DARED to present himself to receive Communion; and that the Bishop of Montreal did not seem to know that this privilege had been revoked for Mr. Trudeau, by the Bishop of Ottawa! I considered it a public scandal; but no one in the Church and NO ‘Catholic’ clergy ever publicly said one more word about it. [So, you want me to sully their names on the hearsay of others? I wasn’t there. But I’m to take this from you?] ///
Here’s the deal: Joey Biden doesn’t think he is sullying his name or that I am sullying his name just because I present what he has done with all of his pro-abortion, pro-gay-marriage, pro-persecution of the Catholic Church, pro-forced transgender rubbish, etc. Joey Biden sullies his name all on his own. He’s proud of it. What are you talking about?
Regarding denying Holy Communion to notorious sinners such as Biden and Pelosi and Kerry and Teddy Kennedy back in the day, and so on, even an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion is to deny Holy Communion to such notorious sinners even if there has been no previous warning and even if there has been no consultation with the pastor of the parish, the priest of that Mass, the bishop, the metropolitan, the bishops conference, whatever. Notorious sinners must be denied, on the spot, every time. Joe Biden is one of the most notorious sinners in world history. And not even a bishops conference can undo the universal law of the Church. A priest or EMHC denying Joe Biden Holy Communion is not being disobedient to any bishop who demands that Joe Biden be given Holy Communion. No. We are not to be obedient to a sinful order. Ecclesiastical authorities who demand sin are acting ultra vires, beyond their powers, and in doing that they lose authority for that demand.
Anecdote: Just because the commenter seems to be purposely ignorant of Canon 915 (I’ll leave that up to her own exam of conscience) doesn’t mean that others are ignorant of it.
Back in the day I was parochial vicar in the most liberal parish in Australia, and that’s saying quite a bit. There had been horrific world-class scandal and sin in that parish on a very public scale. The larger picture involved deacon-whistleblowers getting sacked, priests being laicized, priests getting married to the secretaries who became rectory cleaners[!] while the priests continued as grounds crew; bishops and cardinals galore were involved, and some of those were sacked. It all came to a head again when I said I was going to refuse one of the extremely unrepentant and super-public miscreants Holy Communion. All hell broke loose. But that’s a very long story, epic in every way. What happened made it’s way through rank and file of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and finally to a General Congregation where is was the pivotal example that would keep Canon 915 as is, and not weakened. It silenced all objections to Canon 915. I have a lot of friends in a lot of high places. Thank you […]. And thank you – at the time – Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, and thank you, now Saint Pope John Paul II. :-)
Just to say: I have been so tempted through the years – and I still might do this – tempted to get a license plate for the car which says CANON915. That’s eight letters, and in North Carolina you get eight letters to use on a personalized license plate. :-)
The above was sent in by a reader. I agree entirely. Hahahha.
Meanwhile, speaking of cats, let’s remember that all the saints are trying to live as one with the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Prince of the Most Profound Peace, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the only One standing after the battle, albeit with scars:
The measure He gave was everything, which is what He demands of us:
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD; and you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words which I command you this day shall be upon your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-7)
It’s His love and His truth that He draws un into.
P.S. I just noticed that I have a Dog administration-tag for dog posts on the blog, but no administration-tag for cat posts. Hmmm. I’ll still a dog-person. Pope Benedict was a cat-person. I guess we all have to be Lion of the Tribe of Judah persons. :-)
Leaf lurking has been going on in this back-ridge Appalachian parish for some weeks now. It’s beautiful weather for another 10 days or so. Pictured above is the tree out front of Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Robbinsville. Looks like a Canadian Maple. Canadians are welcome to come to church here as well of course.
We get lots of biker clubs, lots of “Mini” clubs, lots of Porsche clubs, lots of Corvette clubs etc. I’ve even seen small more exclusive groups of Bugatti clubs. Mostly, it’s the druggy-car clubs that are to be seen on the streets and by-ways. It is what it is.
I love the Creator’s creation. And you have to love the Creator in order to see the actual beauty of His creation and let you heart and soul sing in praises not of the Creator’s creation so much as the Creator Himself, He who is goodness and truth and kindness and truth and love and truth and mercy and truth. The Truth is Beautiful and is One.
I’m not too sure how many people rejoice with the beauty of creation all around them. Lot’s of nature lovers I know I’m convinced do not so much rejoice in creation, but in their manipulation of creation, especially for political ends: all very dark, all very ugly. It is what it is. Our Lord has tried to do something about that, standing in our place, the Innocent for the guilty, offering us a justly won pardon if we want it.
“Go to Joe at 30330.” Joey later said that this was a gaffe, not the 30330 part, but the Joe part. He said he wanted to say that if you support Joe, text him at 30330. He also said that overnight his campaign got lots of money for this.
But what is 30330? After Mass yesterday, one of my parishioners said to turn on the calculator on the desk. I did. He said, tap in 2020. I did. He said, divide that by 666. I did. He said, now press enter. I asked him to do it!
The result was 30330.
Yikes! said I. Yes, he said, explaining that he had just seen this going around the web and that he thought I would immediately get the upshot of this, or better, see the precipitousness of the darkness of the swamp.
Joey later said that it was great for the money during the night. “The night.”
I have this post also tagged with “Humor”, but there can be much truth in humor.
Oh, I guess the littlies in the womb were forgotten about in “Fratelli tutti”, you know, that “paper” put out by Pope Francis. I guess the littlies are not our brothers and sisters. I guess we can ignore them, or, I know, just to show we are all friends and everything, I guess we can just take a chainsaw and have them ripped out of their mothers’ wombs, you know, because women, like my mom, who had four kids, are just “rabbits” anyway. Remember that? /// Off sarcasm.
Something like 1,500,000,000 of our little brothers and sisters have been ripped to shreds around the world in the last 50 years.
But I exaggerate! Abortion is mentioned in “Fratelli tutti!”
“24. We should also recognize that “even though the international community has adopted numerous agreements aimed at ending slavery in all its forms, and has launched various strategies to combat this phenomenon, millions of people today – children, women and men of all ages – are deprived of freedom and forced to live in conditions akin to slavery… Today, as in the past, slavery is rooted in a notion of the human person that allows him or her to be treated as an object… Whether by coercion, or deception, or by physical or psychological duress, human persons created in the image and likeness of God are deprived of their freedom, sold and reduced to being the property of others. They are treated as means to an end… [Criminal networks] are skilled in using modern means of communication as a way of luring young men and women in various parts of the world”. [[ Slavery is… ]] A perversion that exceeds all limits when it subjugates women and then forces them to abort. [[ Slavery is… ]] An abomination that goes to the length of kidnapping persons for the sake of selling their organs. Trafficking in persons and other contemporary forms of enslavement are a worldwide problem that needs to be taken seriously by humanity as a whole: “since criminal organizations employ global networks to achieve their goals, efforts to eliminate this phenomenon also demand a common and, indeed, a global effort on the part of various sectors of society”.
So, what is condemned is not abortion freely chosen, which is pretty much 100% of abortions. What is condemned is anecdotal abortion in conditions of slavery, which amount to about 0.00001% of abortions. And that is only condemned, I guess, because, it is thought, I guess, in context, that the woman’s “right-to-choose” isn’t being respected, and that’s sacred, I guess, so that if she decides to abort, it’s all good. Bull shit.
To call all this “Fratelli tutti” (brothers and sisters all) is a load of bull shit. It is hurtful to the Church, to humanity.
Outrageous: Biden said there should be a total lockdown, which also and in the very first place means no worship of God in church, not now, not – perhaps – until nearing 2022. But, by the way, all places that have done this have suffered crippling “second waves” which are not second waves, but that which has exaggeratedly put off the inevitable. It is a given that Covid-19 is so contagious that everyone in the world will get it. It’s but a matter of sooner or later, flattening the curve over time, not getting rid of the curve. Graham County in my parish had a horrific total lockdown enforced, ironically, with someone actively with Covid. Now they have a zillion cases. Almost all those are no-symptoms-cases. What’s the point of the no-worship policy, whether Joey, given his mental status, knows it or not? Just that: Damned be all who worship God. This is anti-Catholic, anti-God.
Outrageous: Joe Biden said police should be trained to shoot the legs of perps. This is entirely ignorant because you’re actually very likely to survive a hit to the torso, even multiple hits, but a hit to the leg will more than likely hit a major artery and you will bleed out immediately. Also, you’re extremely likely to miss the often toothpick sized legs of druggy perps, causing risk of ricochets and risk to the officer who has now lost the time he needed to end the threat. And every second can save lives. This whole thing is anti-human.
Outrageous: Joe Biden said that if an 8 year old boy says that wants to be a girl that should not be questioned and he should be given the “medical” treatment needed to bring that about. This attacks the rights of parents. This attacks the rights of the child as it is a denial that the child is a minor, meaning, specifically, that the child is defenseless against the unjust aggression of societal brainwashing regarding matters of sex. Activists will go after religious families first, as always. The parents will pay the bills. The children will simply be removed if they are “denied” “treatment.” This should preclude his election to the presidency.
But mostly outrageous: Joe Biden and his “running mate” hotly, hotly desire the status quo, that 2,000 kids every weekday are ripped to shreds in their mothers’ wombs (10,000) and another 10,000 every Saturday (20,000 a week) by way of procured abortion. Joe Biden wants you to pay for it. Joe Biden wants you to pay for abortion right across the world. I’d like to take the faces of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and every single person who votes for them and mash their faces into the corpses of – what is it? – something like 63,000,000 procured abortions in these USA since 1973. Abortion has always been pushed among the black and brown, putting clinics in their neighborhoods, reducing, mind you, non-white populations by something like 25%. This is racist genocide. Yep. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. This is all a direct attack on the image of God. It is anti-God, anti-human.
Meanwhile: The Cyrus of our own day is the most pro-free-exercise-of-religion non-Catholic politician in the history of the world. The Cyrus of our own day is the most pro-life non-Catholic politician in the history of the world. Et cetera on a thousand points.
So, who is this priest going to endorse do you think? Oh, right, I forgot. I can’t go there. I won’t tell you who to vote for. I’ll just tell you, as a priest, that if you vote for one you risk going straight to hell. If you vote for the other, you vote against that hell.
I can’t wait to get threatened canonical litigation from… from… I think it’s a Catholic… I think it’s a Religious… in Charlotte… As it is, I didn’t endorse anyone, did I? No.
I can’t wait to get threatened canonical litigation from… from… an ex-Catholic, an attorney of some kind, out in crazy California. He actually dropped a comment a while back. But, as it is, I didn’t endorse anyone, did I? No.
On behalf of Joe Biden: I think he suffering elder-abuse, that he is manipulated by others. Is that what you are voting for in voting for Joe Biden? Yes. Yes, it is. Joe Biden voters and dismissive of God and dismissive of neighbor. And who is your neighbor? Also that little guy and little gal in the womb. Save them. You must.
COURAGE AND CONVICTION: THE TRUE STORY OF COLUMBUS
“A thorough examination of the life and legacy of the fearless discoverer of America, narrated by actor Chazz Palminteri, this film provides insight into Christopher Columbus’ remarkable genius as a sea navigator as well as his deep desire to bring all nations to Christ. Through expert interviews and archival footage, we look at the origins of Columbus Day and the symbolic role that Columbus has for Catholic immigrants, especially Italian Americans. Finally, the film addresses the current indictments against Christopher Columbus with boldness and exposes the motives behind the attacks of revisionist historians. Courage and Conviction shows why Christopher Columbus remains not only a man worthy of admiration, but a noble icon of what it means to be a Catholic and an America.”
/// Nota bene: this was up on YT but now only the advertisement is up as well as some anti videos including one gal giving the finger to Christopher Columbus. I was able to get the URL as it was still in my history and it works for those who have the link. I’m not sure why it was taken down.
“The No Religious Test Clause of the United States Constitution is a clause within Article VI, Clause 3: ‘The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.’ It immediately follows a clause requiring all federal office holders to take an oath or affirmation to support the Constitution. This clause contains the only explicit reference to religion in the original seven articles of the U.S. Constitution. The ban on religious tests contained in this clause protects not only federal officeholders and employees but it is applied to the states as you can see with the wording ‘State Legislatures and several states’.” (W)
We should keep in mind that:
(1) We also see in the very first amendment to the Constitution a recognition that there is a God-given, unalienable right to “the free exercise of religion,” which underlines not only the “no religious test” clause, but also the non-establishment clause. A “religious test” implies an already established State Religion (however secular), which passes only those in whom the dogma of true religion does not live deeply, but is rather abandoned for the fake State Religion that is dedicated to smashing down the Living Truth of true religion.
(2) The “free exercise of religion clause” does NOT refer to the government having the unalienable God-given right to smash God down in those who believe in God, as in the fiction that there can ever be a separation of Church and State, as if the State could never be made up of individuals who themselves also make up the Church.
A religious test means that those who do not belong to the anti-truth fake State Religion are not only second class citizens who cannot hold any public office, but are to be considered enemies of the State, a cancer in the body- politic that must be removed at any cost, with any violence. If you are Jewish, you have to wear a yellow Star of David so that the State can exterminate you. Get it?
Moving on to Dianne Feinstein vs Amy Coney Barrett:
Dianne Feinstein is a really smart lady with a complicated experience with religion. She holds herself to be Jewish, but attended Orthodox church services, meanwhile transferring from a Jewish day school to a Catholic school. In other words, she’s altogether familiar with, let’s call it, Judeo-Christianity. If there is one truth which shines out in both the Hebrew Scriptures, the Septuagint, and the New Testament, it’s that God is Himself Living Truth, and that we are creatures of this Creator, who is Himself un-manipulatable, and who expects His creatures to be His good sons and daughters, walking with integrity and honesty in this Living Truth.
Then there’s ACB, Amy Coney Barrett, a pious, sincere Catholic, who is aware that she can live her faith by way of the unalienable God-given right to the free exercise of religion, yes, even in the public square.
Here’s the deal: our unalienable rights are largely to be found in Natural Law and, get this, in the Ten Commandments. Reason and proper Faith are both from God, and do not contradict each other.
Instead, Dianne Feinstein, who should know better, quietly shrieked at ACB in the latter’s confirmation hearings a while back that the dogma lives deeply in ACB. Diane Feinstein thus dissed the Living Truth of God, thus dissed the U.S. Constitution, thus dissed the Bill of Rights, those unalienable God-given rights of the free exercise of religion, free of persecution from the State and from any wrongly established State Religion with all its concomitant religious tests.
It is as much as if Dianne Feinstein were to have said to Amy Coney Barrett: “Here’s your train ticket to Auschwitz. These gentlemen will bring you to the train. You’ll have plenty of company, all those who believe in God instead of the political correctness of the deep-as-hell State Religion which we always demand for civil service and from all civilians.”
I realize that some will be up in arms, saying that it is a crime against humanity to use the fact of the destruction of millions of Jewish lives so as to make such an analogy of the exact same thing proceeding to take place. This is exactly how the Holocaust became possible. I say that to make such an analogy honors my Jewish brothers and sisters who were slaughtered and who would not want this to be done to anyone. I say that not to make such an analogy is not only an insult to our Jewish brothers and sisters who were so viciously, cruelly murdered, but it is also a specious use of their deaths to ensure persecution of so many others, and, by the way, also other Jewish lives: if the State can have a religious test for Amy Coney Barrett, it can also have one for anybody. It’s just a sad irony that Dianne Feinstein holds herself to be Jewish at the same time.
So, the mandatory canonical diocesan retreat that never was because of COVID-19 is over (we priests of Charlotte Diocese did up our own retreats). More on that later.
This week I’ve begun a series of staycations vs vacation. Priests in the boonies never get much of a chance to go anywhere because there is only one priest per parish vs the city slickers who can have as many as four priests per parish. That’s just fine by me. I love staycations.
The picture above was taken last night at a priest-friend’s house. We barbequed some brats and chicken breasts and squash and cucumbers. He’s a fantastic chef. I took the opportunity to go to Confession. It’s been ten days or so. I love Confession.
I will be putting up some posts. I’m working on one about the fruit of the retreat. God is good. So are guardian angels.
“Heavens! You’re going on retreat! How wonderful!!!”
All the priests of Charlotte Diocese ( + – ) are on retreat this week, though not together, but alone with Jesus, you know, because of Covid-19, they say. We’re supposed to be doing up a retreat on our own this week however we might make that work. So far, lots of emergency sacraments and what not.
But my Vicar Forane was quick to point out that Masses in the parish church should be cancelled, and they are, so that I might get a chance to slow down, offering the Holy Sacrifice in the rectory chapel. Great!
What this also means is a break from screen time. Less phone. Less of everything. I did have to edit Father Gordon’s post early this morning, and I thought it might be polite to put up this post. That’ll be about it for some days. But don’t think I don’t have some incisive comments that are on the back burner and also provide an occasion of ad hoc prayer. But a tech break is what I needed in conjunction with a spiritual retreat.
Did not Jesus say to His apostles: Come away, by yourselves, for a while…
Meanwhile, this past Sunday at 6:00 AM Adoration:
Happy Feast Day of Our Lady of the Rosary, Our Lady of Victory! Rather than write about that just today, it’ll be better, on retreat, to pray more of the Rosary. Yay!
In the last few days, the thugs and buffoons have been spinning away in the parking lot of the church, faster and looser, always more “courageous”, always a bit more wildly spinning the backs of their cars into the main road with a blind curve on the one side and a blind hill on the other, also barely missing the electric pole, risking the whole time T-boning a family just picked up from school. That’s the point. Endangering families. For the narcissistic, that’s what feeds narcissistic “fun.” The joy of the narcissist it to find one’s identity in the destruction of others. If people die for such stupidity, that’s all part of it, for the narcissists. But, no matter how good you are on spin, you’ll get caught in the end:
The video above is the live unedited news version of the takedown which includes the total smackdown arrest at the end. For old times sake, I also include the version below with “Good ol’ boys” playing in the background, just for fun. You gotta know that the officers – I’m quite sure – were also having a bit of fun with all this, but especially in the total smackdown arrest. ;-)
The problem is, the thugs and buffoons think the fun bit is all there ever is. Endangering others’ lives, and “not just” the lives of the police officers, means nothing to them. It’s just about congratulating themselves for how good the spin is. That the spin makes their entire lives a lie is what puts the edge on it all for them.
Some might say that the spin in the church parking lot has intensified in proportion to the intensification of the spin inside the church, in that opinion, from the pulpit, and, in that opinion, from the bully pulpit during my homilies and sermons.
There has been zero hesitation in smacking down the spin of our democrat governor in all his freakish discrimination against religious practice, adamantly promoting ABC liquor stores remaining open as essential while kicking churches in the face, again and again, entrenching with sarcasm. And that’s not spin from any pulpit. Just the facts. We rebel against this State hatred of the Church, this persecution of the Church by the State. We condemn the hateful spin of the State against religion.
“The earth could exist more easily without the sun than without the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.” – Saint Pio of Pietrelcina
And then there’s the stupidity on the insistence of practical atheism entitled the “separation of Church and State” so that the “free exercise of religion” guaranteed by the very First Amendment of the Constitution, with the end result that the Church can and must be persecuted by the State so as to free of the Church in order to be the State, smashing down, therefore, necessarily, all “free exercise of religion.”
The Covid-19 political manipulations have brought the democrat spin forward into further persecution. No longer is it just about changing the “free exercise of religion” to the “freedom of worship”, but now it is about changing “freedom of worship” into “NO freedom to worship.”
And this has been a reason for civil war in many countries around the world, viz., 1920s Mexico, during which time Cristeros rebelled against government oppression. Finally, now, 100 years later, they have at least partially won the day, just as the last Cristero died just some years ago.
But even worse, we are told by certain wimpy ecclesiastics (such as in the USCCB) that we cannot evaluate moral issues in such manner that one candidate is going to look worse than the other. What the anti-life, anti-Catholic Catholic Bishops are saying is that, for instance, we cannot say that the Biden-Harris ticket (Ooooh! I used names!) is the most pro-death, pro-abortion, anti-Catholic, pro-persecution of religion political platform in the history of the world, and that the Trump-Pence ticket (Ooooh! I used names!) is the most pro-life from conception to natural death, pro-Catholic specifically and pro-“free exercise of religion” generally political platform in the history of the world, that is, when the times are tough, when this is not a popular thing to do even among some idiot Catholics-in-name-only.
If you are pro-death, wanting with all your heart and soul and mind and strength to have 20,000 children in the womb and just born to be shredded to death each and every week, day-in and day-out, you hate both God (in whose image we are made) and neighbor. You hate women, who have as a most frequent day to commit suicide the day they have an abortion. You hate “black” and “brown” people in an especially racist, genocidal manner, with abortuaries being strategically placed in neighborhoods of predominantly “black” and “brown” people. But let me underline that you are adamant in hating God, no matter how much you congratulate yourself on being up-to-date, no matter how elitist and sophisticated and a pillar of society and a social justice warrior you hold yourself to be. You risk going straight to hell. In the end, in your spin, you will be smacked down. Go to Confession. Venerable Fulton Sheen used to say: Don’t be so tolerant and broadminded that you are flat-headed. Yes. Flat-headed for being smacked down in the end.
If you are pro-life, and will do your level best to ensure that the country goes in a pro-life direction, you obviously love God and neighbor even un-bennounced to yourself. You risk going straight to heaven. Do yourself a favor: also go to Church even against the persecution of the Church by the State; go to the sacraments also; always be ready to go to heaven. Will you go into the “danger zone” of State spin against the Church? Yes. But – hey! – that’s all part of it. Go right to the cross with Jesus, witness to the truth and to love and to respect for neighbor. Help your neighbor not to be smacked down in hell forever just because of stupid spin.
Since dad was a Top Gun instructor at Andrews just outside of DC before there was such a program, I thought I might include some Danger Zone Top Gun music. Go ahead. Go into the danger zone! ;-)
The little Catholic rectory here in Andrews is almost 70 years old, built in 1952, very solid, much better than modern houses. I love it. When we snatched in up some years ago so as to provide for whomsoever the priest ever happens to be a Virtus®-appropriate off-campus dwelling, we ripped up all the carpeting and molding and sanded down the wood flooring. It was all cleaned a zillion times and given a good shellacking. Lots of work by a number of parishioners. Nothing, not even something as small as bird-shot remained on the floors, the kitchen got new tile. Even the stove and fridge and the shelving was ripped out to make this happen with perfection.
So, a half dozen years later, where did the bird shot come from? I don’t have a shotgun. I don’t have any shotgun shells. The windows and screens are still intact. No one has been in the rectory. A mystery.
But now that that topic is at hand, what if I were to get a shotgun? I’m a newbie to guns, and I’m still learning about my Glock, a mere pistol. Did I do some skeet-shooting and duck hunting as a kid with a variety of shotguns? Sure. Dad and his friends were really cool to let me have at it with clay pigeons, to bring me duck hunting, to let me shoot at other times (for target practice) my dad’s .22 rifle, and, one time, deer hunting, my dad’s 30-06. Great! But, that was only a few shots as a kid like 50 years ago. I digress.
With tons of advice over the past couple of years from law enforcement and military, if I were to get a shotgun now, it would be, I think, a Benelli M4, that is, a 12g ARGO, semi-auto, with a tactical stock, a pistol grip, 18.5″ barrel, right hand dominance, all-black. Over the top price-wise, but you get what you pay for, particularly reliability, accuracy, the whole package. Item #11703, with Receiver finished Anodized Black and the barrel with Phosphate. I’m so particular. ;-)
I’ve resisted getting more than just the pistol (which is always with me, 24/7/365). If I had anything more I would have to get a gun safe, and that’s like a magnet for the idiots ’round about. Reading the arrest reports here is like reading a phone book, but all the numbers are the codes for crimes involving safes. Yep. So, No. Not yet anyway. I would have to do an awful lot of research about safes, about placement, about what is needed under the floor, etc. I ain’t ready for all that yet. And now, to practice? With what ammo? Anyway, it’s on a back burner which is turned on, but at a very low heat, just above room temperature. It’s NOT on any wish-list.
People say it’s over the top for self defense because of the price, unless you want self-defense to work, every time. Benelli is the most reliable.
But then I think… What if anti-2a wins the day? I won’t be able to acquire such an item then. So, buy now! Right? The problem is, the then gun-czar (to use a Russian term) would confiscate all guns, nothing grandfathered. Or am I just being an alarmist?
REPORT: “Reports later surfaced that police jailed suspect Isaiah Cantrell, who, according to the court affidavit, said Jesus’ ‘skin color of the statue was the wrong color.” Cantrell added that ‘Jesus was Jewish and therefore should be a darker skin color.”
My comment: Dearest Isaiah, you’re right, of course, about the outside thing, you know, the skin color thing, the melanin thing, sure, gotcha, I’m with you on that, totally. And the ol’ whiteys don’t like it, they just need to get over it. The Word of the Father become flesh, the Divine Son of God, the Divine Man, entered our fallen history in a very specific time in a very specific place by way of a very specific mother, bearing all those characteristics of that time and place and person. You’re right on emphasizing that: Jesus is a Jew, and salvation, as He said, is from the Jews. Yep. Great! That insight puts you head and shoulders above revisionist historians.
But you effectively kill off the statue of the very One you proclaim to respect? You got yourself some deep misunderstanding, deeper than just skin deep.
Here’s the deal: Jesus said that when He would be lifted up on the Cross, He would draw all to Himself, so that what He validated in one particular place and time as God-Incarnate with all those historically unrepeatable circumstances He validated, in Himself, for all particular individuals of all particular places and cultures and for all time, from Adam until the last man is conceived. Saint Paul speaks of this as the “Body of Christ” with Jesus being the Head of the Body and we, all of us, Jew and Gentile, slave and free, man and woman, are members of that Body of Christ. All lives matter to Jesus. He proved it. He laid down His life for all of us. We find our redeemed identity in Him, not in mere skin color.
As it is, I’m a lily-white white boy, lots of Russian, lots of Baltics, lots of Polish, lots of German. I rejoice that when Jesus reached down into this world at great cost to Himself he stretched out His hands on the cross so far that He was able to grab me, the lily-white white boy, and draw me to Himself, He having pardoned me my many sins, He inviting me to be in humble thanksgiving to Him. I rejoice that unlike what we do, He reached across skin color, across borders, across time, to do this. And for all those reasons I have much for which to be humbly thankful.
Don’t take all that rejoicing away from me, Isaiah Cantrell.
Don’t take all that rejoicing away from Jesus, who was happy to do this for us all.
I find my identity in being brought to life by Jesus. I’m a lily-white white boy, and Jesus is a Son, the Son of Abraham.
Dearest Isaiah, it’s a mistake to reduce Jesus to skin color. But Jesus died for you too. You can repent of all this foolishness. Go to Confession. I do. Jesus loves you, even to die for you.
You might notice, art critic that you are, Isaiah, that Jesus and His blessed Mother have been depicted with the skin color and cultural characteristics of all peoples right around the world right through the centuries, right through the millennia, not to claim Jesus and His good mother as only their own and to hell with everyone else, but to rejoice that Jesus’ redemption – good Son of His mother – has reached even as far as them.
I’m happy for Jesus and His mom to be depicted as a white, as Jewish, as black or brown or yellow or olive or whatever. This is our Jesus!
From the Apocalypse, 1:7:
“Every eye will see him, every one who pierced him; and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.”