Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (“Stop smelling the flowers!” edition)

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That reprimand — “Stop smelling the flowers” — is not directed at Laudie-dog. I’m sure our Lady is happy for Laudie-dog to be Laudie-dog. That reprimand was instead directed at me when I was a young first year seminarian in Italy many moons ago.

There I was, a knucklehead, at a statue of our Lady which I passed by a dozen times a day up on the second floor of the seminary. I had gotten into the habit of stopping and praying a Hail Mary. One day, I smelled the flowers in the vase, lost in my own little world in front of our heavenly mother. I could have jumped through the roof when just then the reprimand was barked out by another seminarian who was truly upset that I would be so presumptuous as to smell flowers meant for our Lady.

But hey! I always figured when I gave flowers to my mom back home that she would put them out for others to enjoy, and she did. I’m guessing Jesus’ good mom is the same way.

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“I’m here for killing Jews” Sean Patrick Nielson at Charlottesville massacre

35 injured, a half-dozen critically, 1 killed. Make that three dead. Two state police died in a helicopter crash surveilling the already declared to be illegal event. As far as I know, anything adverse happening to law enforcement because of illegal activities falls on the alleged perps.

The guy in the video above? I mean, if anyone hurt was a Jew — and there were a lot of Jews among counter-protesters, really a lot — would that make the guy in the video partly guilty? I’m a Catholic priest, but I’m also a Jew. All these violent supremacists are such cowards, hiding in their little cars, etc. Cowards always pick on the unarmed and vulnerable. Cowards.

B’nai B’rith has issued the following statement:

We vehemently condemn the white supremacist and neo-Nazi-backed sentiments and subsequent violence in Charlottesville, Va. The disgraceful rally these groups convened was for the express purpose of gathering hate-mongers and extremists to intimidate people all people and undermine the very principles of our democracy. Racist and anti-Semitic epithets were on vulgar display by these groups.

This abominable gathering serves as an important reminder that we must unite to stand against hatred and extremism. There are not “many sides” to the type of hate displayed at this rally.

From each individual through neighborhoods, communities, towns, cities, states and the nation as a whole, all Americans of good conscious must reject divisiveness and strive to embrace tolerance and unity.

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Update: The cruel and unusual punishment of Father Gordon J MacRae

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Father Gordon laughs about it. But it’s deadly serious. But there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Not lawsuits. Not complaining. Nothing.

Last Thursday night the right side of Father Gordon’s face swelled up, sealing that eye shut. He was in extreme pain. He has had a severe sinus infection off and on for years. This time it seems to have eaten away to the skull. Friday morning they said, imho, facetiously, that it wasn’t a sinus infection affecting the root of a tooth, but rather the infection of a root of a tooth affecting his sinuses… so… no big deal then!

They said they would get antibiotics for him. But now, days later, the next week, swelling still there, no antibiotics. That kind of rotting infection can cause septicemia, which is fatal in 50% of cases (Mayo Clinic). This seems to be cruel and unusual punishment, a kind of death sentence inflicted by no-one-is-responsible-for-this-it-just-slipped-through-the-cracks way of going about things. The next step is for blood clots to form, clots which kill off internal organs, killing the person.

An example: A prisoner is only allowed to renew prescriptions such as heart meds 5 days in advance, though it takes 15 days for refills and so people just go ahead and die. This is known, and, therefore, it seems to me, is murder wrought by people who may well be paid to reduce the “tax burden” by reducing the inmate population. But if you want less prisoners, change the sentencing laws. Otherwise, we’re paying to watch murder.

The “solution” right now is that everyone who wants to complain that they are actively dying because of a lack of heart meds should go to sick-call at 7:00 AM for all 1500 prisoners, with only 15 seats and with 30 people waiting and you are cancelled or sick-call is cancelled altogether periodically.

This reminds me the Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn, who wrote about the scariest thing in his prison, not the torture, but the eyes of his torturers: no conscience whatsoever.

Update: He got his antibiotics the other night!

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Charlene’s birthday. Not a day over 39.

Charlene Duline’s birthday was Sunday, August 13. I hear it said that today she’s working on the first full day of her 39th year around the sun. Of course, back in the day, that would have made her the youngest ever diplomat for the State Department. I’m always more amazed.

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Fr Gordon J MacRae – Prayers please

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Prayers for Father Gordon J MacRae, please. Urgent.

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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (San Lorenzo edition)

Precious in the eyes of God is the..

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Preying caption call. Note eyes.

Caption call. Note the eyes.

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Unmaskers and leakers: FBI’s SRT

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Jeff Sessions crackdown (except for pesky levels of physical deniability and…)

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Trying to crack down on unmaskings and leaks coming from the cloak and dagger crowd has the truly impossible obstacle that the cloak and dagger crowd are really really good at creating physical levels of deniability. That’s what they do for a living, 24/7/365.

Reporters might not be prosecuted for reporting what they are told. We’re after the source, says Sessions. But what if there are physical levels of deniability, using a series of dead drops? This happens a million times a day. Too cloak and dagger for you?

Just as obstructionist as any dead drop that brings any investigation to a halt are the conflicts of interest that don’t let investigations go anywhere. I can think of any number of scenarios involving zero willingness to investigate anything whatsoever. Just weeks ago Jason Chaffetz resigned upon completion of his report on Fast and Furious.

But let’s take a case where the unmaskers and leakers are so desperate for self-promotion, are feeling so immortal and powerful that they couldn’t care less about physical levels of deniability, depending solely upon conflicts of interest to protect themselves. That would work well unless… unless… an unmasker of an unmasker had a number of avenues of recourse to remove the threats to national security (which threats simultaneously compromise the POTUS and which put individual lives at risk). And let’s say that those doing up an investigation know that about other levels of recourse which, however, leapfrog them because of their obstructionism. What are they to do?

Do the right thing. 

 

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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Mental block about cooking edition)

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I’m not sure if this is the “pizza spice” plant the Italians like so much (and me too), but I’ve never seen it with a flower in full bloom. I’m sure Jesus’ good mom was a great cook. I’m not. I have a severe mental block about cooking. Severe. However, I’ve been working on that recently with someone who, on Tuesdays, has been teaching me how to make stuff. I haven’t yet made pizza. But, so far, I did make some Potato Soup, Beef Stroganoff and beef and chicken stir fry. I can also make toast and cold cereal and a hamburger. I’m told that I do everything wrong in making the hamburger…

 

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When going dark turns on the switch

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A blue Ford Wildtrack pk 4×4.

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This is just one of those boring for-the-record posts which are inside jokes with just a few. Sorry about that. Here’s a hint for the inside-joke crowd: when you’re out in the field and you’ve been depending too much on technology, there’s little “muscle memory” left for actual life situations.

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Two friends: Father Gordon MacRae & Pornchai Maximilian Moontri

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Back again in the same place, with Max again asking upside down questions to Father Gordon, that is, peering over the top bunk or a 4-tier bunk bed with Father Gordon on the floor bunk, this amidst a zillion other similar bunks out in the main top floor of a “new” pod to which they moved. The chances of this favorable development coming about are zero. “It never happens.” This is the direct result of your prayers. Miraculous. So, thanks go to ye all.

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Father Gordon MacRae: There’s been a lot of fraud, a lot of fraud (false accusations against clergy)

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This article on false accusations against priests has been getting quite a lot of traction on social media in the last day or so, even while Cardinal Pell’s trial is ready to begin in Australia.

A WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION: CATHOLIC PRIESTS FALSELY ACCUSED

This article was also put up by Abuse Tracker of Bishop Accountability. :-)

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Jeff Sessions crackdown: FBI’s new SRT

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  • A new Special Response Team in the FBI?
  • Unmaskers and leakers to be stopped?
  • Stopping the compromising of and threats to national security, the POTUS and key individuals targeted by terrorists now a priority?

Sounds great. But the system is made, though not on purpose, to produce and encourage traitors who live off the adrenaline of unmasking and leaking for personal gain. The alphabet soup crowd and even offices internal to whatever departments and agencies work against each other, even in the same building, without knowing it, or knowing it, giving a wink and a nod to each other. A game. America is the loser. Nothing is as it seems, ever.

We’ll see how this works out, or not. If it doesn’t work out, that’ll be embarrassing. There are other options to test the new determination. I can think of two, possibly three.

I like how Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein insists about all this. We’ll see.

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Now THAT’S accounting! Pope Francis and the tiniest parish in North America

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I’ve seen accounting offices throughout my life which cannot do anything but obfuscate and offer ambiguity and obstructionism, all defensive when surely there’s no need to be.

I have a history of dealing with those who were falsely or otherwise implicated in rather shady financial ops connected however remotely or directly with the Holy See (now in the distant past) and am well aware that encouragement has been offered to the Holy See to clean things up a bit. Great! If the letter pictured above is any indication, things have changed for the better. I love that. Now, having said all that…

I admit it. We are the smallest parish in North America and we can’t afford very much for the collection for Peter’s Pence. But, hey! We take the collection with joy and we send it along directly to the Elemosineria Apostolica, the tiny Office for the Charitable Works of the Holy Father, which, the last time I visited it (years ago) was off to the right when entering Vatican City at Saint Ann’s gate. I love that our tiniest of all contributions is acknowledged not just by that Office, not just by the First Section of the Secretariat of State of the Holy See, but by the Holy Father himself. This is so very humble of the Holy See. We are humbled by that humility. Thanks go to all in the Holy See. Their accounting practices are out of this world.

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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (It just ain’t righted, Father! edition)

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Flying high in the air above all else is this unexpected alien at the hermitage (which hermitage of yore you can see high up in the background if you have good eyes). Everyone I’ve shown this picture says “That’s really nice, but it just ain’t righted, Father! The picture is upside down.” No no. It’s all right side up, so to speak.

But our Lady doesn’t mind getting flowers that are upside down, inside out, back to front, topsy turvey, or, for that matter, just the way they should be. She knows how to deal with stuff, even us. She’s good that way. She’s the Immaculate Conception, Jesus’ good mom. He was certainly a sign of contradiction, nothing and no one anyone expected even with so many prophesies that He exactly fulfilled.

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And another one gone, and another one gone, another one bites the dust

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Sometimes things become so toxic that they just have to be removed. This one is catar-cornered from the church.

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Happy to see it gone. There are others. A town can get a grant for 75% of the costs. The trick, of course, is not to let them descend into chemical waste dumps in the first place.

One of our past sheriffs (from the remote past relatively speaking) said that you can’t shut something down unless there is no market for it. Yes. That would be right. And that’s where Jesus comes in.

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The pearl of great price. That’s you.

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When we hear the parable of the pearl of great price, you know, the one that the merchant sees and sells everything he has so that he can purchase it, and that’s like the Kingdom of Heaven, at least I am tempted to think that that’s me, or should be, you know, the merchant who finds the pearl of great price and sells everything he has to get it. But imagine that for a second: sell your car, your house, your computer, everything. Well then, now I know that that’s not me at all. I’m so bad at all this that if I see such a pearl it’s just as likely to be me looking at a dead spider. Then I think I could never be the merchant. Wait a minute….

Jesus is the merchant of the Kingdom of Heaven who buys me, the pearl, at the great price of Himself. He sees who I can be in His grace by redemption and salvation. I may be like the dead spider above, but He makes me who He wants by His grace. Thank you, Jesus.

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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (What difference does it make? edition)

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These flowers for the Immaculate Conception were duly noted on my day-off the other day. This was a part of the day when I wasn’t anywhere near the hermitage. I’m prejudiced of course, but I reckon that dedicating these to the Jesus’ good mom is a pious thing to do, and that that’s a good thing. Someone else in my travels had a different opinion, making mocking comments about giving flowers to the one who stood under the cross when the Apostles ran away. Indeed, giving more than one flower and with the posts having subtitles was thought to be absurd altogether.

  • Have you read any of the posts?
  • No, never, what difference does it make? Who cares? What’s with the stupid sub-titles? What-eh-vur…..

Apparently that person follows the Twitter feed but has maybe only read one post ever. Ah well. No matter. The flowers are for Mary, not for those who mock. But really, it’s all for them as well: hopefully it will wear them down, so that they’ll give a flower to her as well, and then rejoice that others do the same. Worms become butterflies.

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Sovereign Citizens Oxymorons: Descartes’ last sad joke on the world

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If your very person is sovereign to yourself so that you are otherwise without territory, you are nevertheless subject to the laws of the place where you happen to be, right? Can you be a citizen (=a city’s denizen) if you are one person without a city or a city state or state for that matter? Oh I forgot. Sovereign Citizens are not persons, as that’s a “contract word”, so they are just human beings…

Can Sovereign Citizens, whatever they are, rape and pillage and murder, and break the speed limit while under the influence for that matter because they say that local laws don’t apply to them?

What an irony that in claiming to have an ultimate standard of identity in just themselves as cut off from God and man, they have no identity at all.

Sovereign Citizens are the final sad joke of Descartes’ “Cogito ergo sum” — (I think therefore I am). All alone, relative only to themselves, nothing, vacuous, empty…

But then there’s the acting out on the frustration of having no identity. I’m not talking about an identity of belonging to this or that country, but the problem of one not having an identity of who one is before God and, therefore, who one is before man. Not even knowing that this is the problem leads to extreme writhing frustration and weird guesses as to why one is the way one is, like not belonging to whatever State. This is a recipe for resentment of laws and, because one is a law unto oneself, makes one more likely to be a violent anarchistic and terrorist than any others. I would also think that these would be likely candidates, ironically, to be violent Marxists, making the violence of dialectical materialism without borders into one’s identity. One can attempt to find one’s identity by identifying with others who have no identity. The energy of rationalization of one’s state becomes the driving force of every aspect of one’s life.

A priest friend often asked me over the years why it is that communists have such ferocious energy to dedicate to their cause of nothingness that is nowhere, the old ploy of the utopia carrot on a stick that is tied to one’s own back so that one can never reach it.

Well, it’s this, the total lack of identity. The lack of identity is too painful not to act upon.

 

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