Weight and glory are the same word in Hebrew. Don’t be afraid to shoulder some of the weight of the glory of God shoving you to your knees…
The Gospel for the First Sunday of Advent (Novus Ordo) last night at the Vigil Mass, 20 February 2021, is Mark’s super short account of Jesus tempted by Satan in the desert immediately after the Baptism. Unlike the lengthy accounts offered by Matthew and Luke, Mark simply says that Jesus was tempted by Satan. That’s it. While the first readings were read and the psalm was chanted so beautifully, I asked my guardian angel what I should speak about during the homily. It’s like I could almost hear my rib cage explode as he ripped my heart out and stomped on it while I beheld what I was being instructed to speak about. It’s not that I saw anything. It’s not that I heard any words. It’s that of a sudden – wham! – I understood that short account and what the real temptation of Jesus was. Oh my God, my Lord and my God.
The temptations to which Jesus was subjected in the desert and then repeated quite exactly on Calvary by the ones Satan was possessing are mere distractions, very clever. While Jesus is busy with that Satan would offer Jesus the temptation which Satan had in mind even before he approached Jesus years before in the desert. Soooo clever.
We get some clues about this in all the accounts of the temptations presented to Jesus in the desert, such as Luke saying that Satan then departed but with a plan in mind that would involve a more opportune time, more opportune because there will be an added element. It’s that added element that was so crushing to me.
Let’s see if I can preach coherently today. I’ll publish the recording if the homily isn’t too disjointed. But I have to tell you, I’m still devastated about what happened the instant I asked my guardian angel to tell me what to say.
Now it’s time to feed the dogs, run up to church to set up for Adoration and Confessions from 6:00-7:00 AM, then run up to Graham County for more Adoration and Confessions and Mass, then run back for Confessions and Mass here in Cherokee County, then rush off for the rest of the day on Communion Calls and possibly other Sacraments all over God’s good creation among Jesus’ little flock. I probably won’t be back until late. But if the homily in Robbinsville early this morning turns out well, I’ll see if I can’t publish that before the second Mass.
UPSHOT: It’s good to ask your guardian angel to help you out. He will. And if you recognize that, as I did, it’s not because anyone is special, it’s because were so very much know-nothings that we must ask for help. God provides with the angels. He does. Ask.
Of course, Biden’s new U.S. Department of State says there’s insufficient evidence. That’s what was said from the mid-1930s to the mid-1940s about the Nazis, and among all too many people it is still being said. Just the other day I heard one guy say that the only extermination camp was Auschwitz, and that it was only in operation for extermination for like two weeks.
But I’ve never heard of a rationalization of genocide as has come out of the mouth of Wuhan Joe Biden, who says that Xi’s Communist Party “gets it”, committing genocide against the Uighurs as a follow up on a cultural norm of Chinese people (the Uighurs being quite Turkish). What an insult to the Chinese people, saying that the entire Chinese population is constituted of genocidal maniacs. It Biden’s green light to the CCP, the Chinese Communist Party, to murder by the millions, to commit genocide.
Wuhan Joe is used to murdering by the millions, having spent his entire life attacking defenseless babies in the wombs of their mothers. It’s another cultural norm that is expected to be followed for Joey. But he’s actually the leader of such violence.
Our Jewish friends have been protesting the genocide. Good for them. Shame on us if we don’t join them. Surely you remember the words of Martin Niemöller, a German Lutheran pastor arrested already in 1937 and then imprisoned in Sachsenhausen and Dachau. He was liberated in 1945.
First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist
Then they came for the Socialists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews
And I did not speak out
Because I was not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak out for me
When the leader of the free world is proud to rationalize genocide, the end result of true racism… When the leader of the free world is proud to fund abortion clinics in black neighborhoods to get rid of all black people by way of attrition, the end result of true racism… that’s when you know you’re dead, about to be murdered, whether you realize it or not.
This picture was, of course, taken on Shrove Tuesday 2021. We had really a lot of palms left over from 2020 Palm Sunday, as that was somehow cancelled. We’re ordering the same amount of palms for 2021 Palm Sunday. Yes. We’ll be celebrating Palm Sunday this year, now that I’ve seen the Holy See’s insistence this year (2021) about the validity of the Decree for 2020 Palm Sunday for this year as well. And that Decree has it that people may well be present at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, you know, like every other day of the year. After some consultation, it seems that no one, not even the Pope, can just up and cancel the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass right around the world. I wish I had known that in 2020. But now I do know that.
I bet that means he wouldn’t shut down all Masses in the world and/or wouldn’t get the Covid “vaccine.” Good for you, dear Cardinal Sarah.
After all, the Sacrament of our Eucharist King is united to the Sacrifice of the Mass depicted in the Stations of the Cross. And Confessions are a great fruit of Jesus’ Sacrifice for us, right? And then we want to be blessed by Jesus, right? Did you know that in some places Sacramental Confessions are forbidden by bishops? Seriously…
Anyway, the Holy Hour took place after the Fish Fry, the remains of the work of which are to be seen here. Thanks to the Knights of Columbus. People from all over the region came. It was largely “take out”. But, just to say, I very much had the impression that everyone is so sick and tired of Covid-19 restrictions. Even top politicians showed up. ;-)
In the above Decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship (25 March 2020) referring to a previous Decree (19 March 2020) we now see published what went into effect for Holy Week and Easter of 2020. This is important for 2021. Let’s look at the language:
- “Bishops and priests may celebrate the rites of Holy Week without the presence of the people..”
- That’s said regardless of civil restrictions. Interesting. This means that Bishops and priests may celebrate with the presence of the people… regardless of civil restrictions, right?
- Palm Sunday “is to be celebrated within sacred buildings…”
- Interesting. That’s like baiting civil authorities…
- The Chrism Mass can be transferred.
- Interesting. That makes a difference, I guess… I was excluded last year. It seems like it’s considered that the Chrism Mass in only about a representation of priests for the sake of the oils. I’m concerned about the good of the priests who at that Mass are to renew their priestly promises, and no representation will do for that…
- Holy Thursday washing of feet is to be omitted.
- I mean, what does that rite mean anyway, after Pope Francis totally gutted it of its real meaning? At any rate, the omission of this one rite during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper means that people are nevertheless there, right? There’s a faculty to celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper without the presence of the people. But that means that it can be done with the people present, right?
- Good Friday indications assume that people are there.
- After all, you cannot limit certain actions just to the priest unless others there are actively being excluded.
- The Easter Vigil, as always, as normal, is to be celebrated in Cathedral and parish churches.
- That’s always the case. So…
But that was for 2020. We now, in 2021, have a “Note” having it that the above Decree is still valid for 2021. Since that’s the case, it’s a green light for celebrating Holy Week and the Easter Triduum with the people present, right?
UPSHOT: There is NOTHING in this “Note” or last year’s Decree which has it that Bishops as “moderators” can forbid the celebration of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum. I mean, I’m no “liturgist” or Canon Lawyer, but, truly, I don’t see anything that grants any Bishop the rite to simply cancel Holy Week and the Easter Triduum. Did any of them do that in 2020? Will any do it in 2021? I stand to be corrected, but only by those who have the apostolic mandate to do so, and who are not acting ultra vires, that is, beyond their powers.
JUST MY OPINION but this just seems to be scripted by the fear mongering of the Chinese Communist Party. I mean, after Easter, it will all go back to normal again, right? I mean, we all know that the Wuhan virus is entirely aware of liturgical timing…
LET ME TELL YOU: People are extremely cynical of church leadership regarding sex abuse, regarding money, regarding political correctness. Church leadership out and out mocks Christ Jesus. It pretty much seems that pretty much all of church leadership is Marxist. I mean, to have it that the virus knows liturgical timing is so very….. [I better stop here…]
Let’s just use some commonsense here: There are exactly zero transgenders in the world. One cannot change male to female or vice versa regardless of how much cutting and pasting one does. In fact, that is precisely why such “transition” is faked, because it is such an obvious insult to the Creator and there are those who want to do just that. Period. People are not being humble when they “come out” with some sort of proclamation about their “identity” – as if sexual weirdness is any kind of identity – they are being terribly arrogant. And the Pope is right about the sanctification of transgenders: it can’t happen. And the reason is that there are none. They are just those who insult themselves, others and God. The “trans” bit never takes place. Those actual people can be sanctified should they want to stop insisting in their mockery of God and neighbor. Sure! Great! Jesus is good and kind, always.
The same goes for those who fake being atheists. It is so very much contrary to reason that they live a lie. And they become good at lying, rationalizing. It can turn into a kind of sociopathy. Yes. Jesus is God, and we are so united to Jesus that Saint Paul says that Jesus is the Head of the Body of Christ and we are the members of the Body of Christ.
Dear Pope Francis, you complain about people who simply repeat as an accusation against you what you yourself present as goodness. You use your pulpit to power spread manure like a new fangled power manure spreader and then you say that journalists are lovers of shit, the ol’ coprophiliacs accusation which you so very much love to use. Let’s take a look at what a manure spreader does:
What you say, Pope Francis, about Jesus contaminating Himself, about God contaminating Himself when He comes into this world with all of us who are terrible sinners is wrong, heretical, blasphemous. He came to save us from sin, and He cannot do that if he is contaminated by sin. He can do that by taking on the punishment we deserve for sin, death, standing in our place, the Innocent for the guilty, so that He might have the right in His own justice to have mercy on us. Did Jesus touch a leper to heal him? Yes. Did that make the Author of Life, our Almighty God, Christ our God, unclean either ceremoniously or actually? No. Virtue goes forth from Him. Our ceremonial uncleanness or our sin does not enter into God. No. It is you who are the coprophiliac Pope Francis. You are the man.
Pope Francis cited Saint Paul who said that Christ became sin for us. Well, yes. But He did not sin and was not contaminated with sin. Instead He put Himself in our place. He took on what we deserve. When I look upon Jesus being tortured to death on the cross for our sin I do not see a criminal or a sinner, but the most Innocent Son of the Immaculate Conception, conceived of the Holy Spirit. No contamination. Sigh.
I mean, remember Father Brian Lynch against Wuhan Biden so that Wuhan Joe takes the place of King David murdering Bathsheba’s husband Uriah the Hittite? Just replace the name of Wuhan Joe with Pope Francis: You are the man! You can start this at 3 minutes 16 seconds:
Look, even if Pope Francis doesn’t mean what he actually does say, ever so ambiguously (hurtfully) or just plain wrong (hurtfully) or speaking out of two sides of his mouth, saying one thing and then the opposite right away, pleasing everybody (but not), hurting everyone who just dismisses him, we still need to pray for him. We need to pray for him all the more. It is just so sad.
V. Oremus pro Pontifice nostro Francisco.
R. Dominus conservet eum, et vivificet eum, et beatum faciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum eius. [Ps 40:3]
Pater Noster, Ave Maria.
Deus, omnium fidelium pastor et rector, famulum tuum N., quem pastorem Ecclesiae tuae praeesse voluisti, propitius respice: da ei, quaesumus, verbo et exemplo, quibus praeest, proficere: ut ad vitam, una cum grege sibi credito, perveniat sempiternam. Per Christum, Dominum nostrum. Amen.
V. Let us pray for Francis our Pope.
R. May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies. [Ps 40:3]
Our Father, Hail Mary.
O God, Shepherd and Ruler of all Thy faithful people, look mercifully upon Thy servant N, whom Thou hast chosen as shepherd to preside over Thy Church. Grant him, we beseech Thee, that by his word and example, he may edify those over whom he hath charge, so that together with the flock committed to him, may he attain everlasting life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Whilst straightening out the curves and flattening the backside blue ridges of the Appalachian Communion Call routes, Sassy the Subaru had to have her new brakes tested so as not to run over an all too calm
Sandhill Moonshiner Crane. He just stood in the middle of the road, eyeing Sassy screech up to this sudden standoff, just barely nervous enough to bat open and shut his six and a half foot wingspan a couple of times, and then ever so slowly tip-toe into some bramble cover in the neighboring field. In this picture you can’t see the head and bill and not much of the neck as he saunters to the left into natural camouflage.
Much more common than cranes on the road are turkey vultures and hawks and ravens and crows all eating the remains of road-kill. Reptiles include snapping turtles and a variety of snakes. Mammalian sightings, often in the form of road pizza, include squirrels and possums. Since there is little traffic, brakes are applied for dogs and cats, as well as, of course, for bears and deer. I’m happy to get a picture of picture of elk. I’ve not been quick enough for actual panthers (not melanistic lions), mountain lions (much heavier, stockier), a variety of lynx. Coyotes (the animal kind) and red wolves are to be seen, once a gray wolf (now also being introduced).
It’s all great therapy for the madness of today’s dark and violent world, the lies, the cover-ups, the manipulations, the power-grabbing, the….
Not everyone in this lock-down world has such opportunities to race round about creation doing Communion Calls with our Eucharistic Jesus, Creator of His beautiful creation. I share these posts for some respite with what few pictures I can get in hopes of assisting the imagination of the home-bound to take flight on the roads with Jesus and I. And it is like flight on these hilly, curvy roads…
Did I say straightening out the curves and flattening the hills? Eeeee Haaaawwww…
THE SITUATION: If an employee of Vatican City refuses to be “vaccinated” against Covid-19 without provable health reasons for that refusal, penalties might well include “the interruption of the work relationship.” In other words, they might well be terminated. To be consistent, Pope Francis would have to have “vaccination” imposed on bishops and priests throughout the world, and if they refuse, they should to be dismissed from the clerical state, that is, terminated. After all, it’s too easy to harass the laity. So, clergy should be the first to be sent into the darkest of existential peripheries.
Yours truly is one priest who will not be “vaccinated”. There’s no way anyone can force me to do this. Over my dead body. This is a moral issue, but one which is based on one’s knowledge about the “science” involved, on one’s knowledge about the assassinations of human beings in utero for the convenience of someone else. Or didn’t you know that these “medical devices” as they are more properly called were started from or tested on aborted human beings?
ADDRESSING POPE FRANCIS PERSONALLY:
Go ahead, Pope Francis! Show your worst! I would rather go to heaven than submit to your bullying.
You say, “It’s better for one person to die than that a whole nation perish.”
Jesus says, “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world only to lose or forfeit his soul?”
You say, “It’s better for one person to die than that a whole nation perish.”
But Jesus is the Head of the Body of Christ and the little ones in the womb are also the members of the Body of Christ, and Jesus says, “What you done to the least of these you have done to me.”
And, in solidarity, I am that aborted baby, Pope Francis. That’s how I am your Missionary of Mercy.
Herod wanted all the children to die in Bethlehem because that would give him a feeling of power. What are you doing, Pope Francis? Are you distancing yourself from those human beings that were aborted for your convenience. “It happened before today!” You won’t be able to avoid them at the Judgment. They will be there to accuse you of their murder. All of eternity will be right in front of you. Are you saying that you would run up to Mary with a machete and have Jesus ripped out of her womb for development or testing of a “vaccine” for your convenience?
Oh, I forgot, you got the vaccine already, so, I guess we know the answer to that question.
This world is no longer our home. We are in exile here. We must look to the things of heaven, true love of God AND love of neighbor, also the little ones in the womb.
All you really going to countenance that people working in Vatican City will be terminated because they want to follow their informed conscience and NOT get the “vaccine”? Why don’t you do it right? Start with the clergy. Start with me. Go ahead and forcibly dismiss me from the clerical state against my will. Be the Promethean self-absorbed neo-Pelagian! It will be a badge of honor that I will be happy to wear to the gates of heaven, you know, out of respect for the little ones of Jesus’ little flock.
And I will still be a priest forever.
I will not compromise. I love Jesus and His little flock.
Hier stehe ich. Ich kann nicht anders. Gott helfe mir. Amen.
Amazing day, today. Trees have been seen walking all over the Blue Ridges of the Appalachian mountains of this far western North Carolina parish. For instance, lookie here at the forehead of this guy:
Yes, that would be an image of the wood of THE TREE saving us from being mere ashes, having us becoming tabernacles of the Holy Spirit, of the Most Holy Trinity.
Oops!!! Oh no!!! It’s on the internet!!! It’ll be seen!!! I’m sooo in trouble!!! What are “they” gonna do? Put me in a smaller parish when I’m already in the smallest parish in North America?
These guys have now left behind their protection mode and opened up exactly precisely in time for Ash Wednesday, the full royal purple honoring the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Prince of the Most Profound Peace, exuberance which is perhaps short lived, as at the end of the last Mass today an ice storm sent over from the freezing Texans is set to begin with expected very cold temps (for us anyway). Meanwhile, next to the church:
All things that can go into a bouquet for the Immaculate Conception, well, at least if there’s a pot filled with soil…
The first flowers for the Immaculate Conception are appearing at the coldest part of February here in the northern hemisphere. Don’t be fooled by the grass, as it seems that may have a layer of ice over it very soon.
These are purple flowers, closed for now, in protection mode, wanting to be ready this Ash Wednesday, bursting forth in their royal purple apparel so as to honor the Divine Son of the Living God who was mocked by King Herod, who put his own cloak over Jesus to send back to Pontius Pilate. I bet that’s one of the sources of Pilate wanting to write “Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews” over the cross upon which the crucifixion took place. After all, we read in the Gospels that it was that day that Herod and Pilate became friends. It was with this that the Chief Priests proclaimed to God that they have no king but Caesar, effectively a death sentence for Jesus, you know, because He was good and kind, because He is Living Truth.
So, the beginning of Lent. Are you in protection mode over against sin? Confession is the best way. Regular Confession.
I saw the above artwork at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) in Washington D.C. A child survivor relates on paper what’s happening in his or her own life at the time, God’s happy children playing in God’s good creation. Or… wait… They are not playing at all. They are happy not to play but to have survived, and then now have each other, arms locked to protect each other. The dog – can you see it? – is a German Shepherd that they would have seen in the extermination camps. That dog’s tail’s position is only to be seen like one second before an attack to the death. That German Shepherd was trained for killing. The children are happy to protect each other. The moral capacity of children is bigger than the universe, as big as the very heart of God.
It was at the entrance of the Israeli Holocaust Memorial Museum (Yad vShem [The Power and the Name]) just outside of Jerusalem, that the video below was made. These are the words written over the entrance which counteract the words written over the gates of Auschwitz. The audio you hear are the names of the exterminated children being read inside the Childrens’ Memorial.
The picture below was taken outside of the Jewish Synagogue in the “Jewish Ghetto” in Rome:
It refers to when the Nazis stormed the Ghetto in Rome, brutalizing and kidnapping Jewish “neonati” (new-borns) who were brought to Nazi extermination camps. The words at the top – which just now filled my whole body with shivers in solidarity with these youngsters and in horror of what happened – are as follows:
“… and they didn’t even begin to live.”
Here’s another survivor, now deceased, the husband of a good friend, recounting the times…
Skip to 1 hour 29 minutes: 52 seconds mark (I tried to copy the URL at that time, but I’m not techy).
There are a number of memorials throughout the year around the world. Really.
Everyday is a memorial. That’s the only way.
Interesting, that, coming from the Dems. Just a little irony there. Or maybe this is hypocritical.
Oh wait! What’s this? Ilhan Omar is now the U.S. House of Representatives Vice Chair of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee.
Ilhan Omar is the one who entirely dismissed the terrorist events of September 11, 2001 as “Some people did something.” But, we shouldn’t read anything into anything, right?
But, wait! Then we have this:
We see apoplectic power plays from the church hierarchy enforcing the absolutely silent and therefore absolute non-blessing of ashes for Ash Wednesday (when nothing – nihil – is pronounced). No one will hear anything about sin in this ashes rite.
It’s the apoplectic bit that is stunning. It’s like, existential for them. If they’re not apoplectic in their bullying about the ashes, they will, like, die or something.
I mean, go ahead, see if you can find one of these power bullies all beside himself to enforce silence on sin and a non-blessing of ashes, who will also condemn the “vaccines” for having been developed from or tested on only super healthy developed babies, dissected and harvested. Will you find even one? No? They are too concerned about Wuhan Rites and masks and the laws of this world… They feel powerful when babies are murdered for them.
All I’ve heard is that they are breathlessly anxious to get in line to get their damned abortion tainted vaccines so that they can be heroes in their own eyes and in the eyes of Wuhan Joe – so that they can abuse these kids to death and FEEL THE POWER – even while playing the unbelieving bully with their abuse of office, smashing down priests because they actually bless the ashes on Ash Wednesday. Rather disproportionate: they sanction the murder of children, the priests they smash down just bless ashes for Ash Wednesday. Wait… What? Yep. It is these freak boys who are lining up for a non-merciful judgement, you know, which will have the same kind of dismissiveness used against them as they used for helpless babies in the womb. What a bunch of clowns, you know, the scary ones.
It’s to this that we have arrived. Murder is great! And forget about Jesus dying for our sins.
I am soooooooooooooooo psyched up for this weekend’s preaching.
I don’t care what any Pope or bishop or bully has to say, to get a “vaccine” into me you’ll literally have to kill me.
Having said that, I know how make for an effective deescalation and avoid awkward situations without compromise, without weakness, retaining honesty and integrity. It’s possible not because we are good or “special” but because Jesus allowed Himself to be tortured to death, innocent for the guilty, laying down His life for us, so that we wouldn’t continue to lay others’ lives down for ourselves, murdering littlies in the womb.
I’ve been in so very many truly impossible damned if I do and damned if I don’t situations, but not compromising, knowing that Jesus will save the day, and then watch Jesus smash down idiot ecclesiastics so that they themselves take me out of the traps they themselves had set, making fools – dare I say – clowns of themselves. Jesus doesn’t appreciate when His priests are suffering from the monsters.
And if I’m not rescued, but thrown on a trash heap, it is in that way that I will be saved, going to heaven. There is to be no compromise with murder of babies: it’s not to be done, ever. Looking to the things above, to being hidden with Christ in God, that’s what I want. I want that for everyone, including those who need conversion, be they priests, be they bishops.
I will preach about Christ our God, who was a Baby in the virginal womb of His Immaculate Virgin Mother. And there is no “power” on this earth or in hell which can steal me away from humble thanksgiving before the Lamb of God, who will come to judge the living and the dead and world by fire. Amen. Thanks be to God.
Let’s see how long we hear crickets. I would like to see bishops and priests defend life.
Judas betrayed Jesus and then committed suicide. Peter betrayed Jesus. All eleven had run away. John came back as did the others. I’m nobody, but I nevertheless invite them to get to know Jesus again or for the first time. Jesus is Eternal Life.