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Tuesday 30 April 2013

Feast Day of Pope St. Pius V

We celebrated this great Pope's feast day this evening at Mass. If you have not read his life, here it is.

There are so many good seminarians here. Please pray for all those at St. John's, Wonersh and for the faculty and staff.

Sigh, a Gold Star from the Most Famous Blogger Priest in the World

I can stop blogging now!

Supertradmum says:
I wish there were more vocations to the contemplative life so that the Church Militant had the prayer backup for all this spiritual warfare, but sadly, this is not happening. A few orders here and there, but no large numbers. We need prayer Marines.
Fr. Z's Gold Star Award

Well, a laugh at my expense

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From Compline Tonight

                                                            Psalm 142 (143)
                                                             A prayer in time of trouble

Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.
Lord, listen to my prayer:
  in your faithfulness turn your ear to my pleading;
  in your justice, hear me.
Do not judge your servant:
  nothing that lives can justify itself before you.
The enemy has hounded my spirit,
  he has crushed my life to the ground,
  he has shut me in darkness, like the dead of long ago.
So my spirit trembles within me,
  my heart turns to stone.
I remind myself of the days of old,
  I reflect on all your works,
  I meditate once more on the work of your hands.
I stretch out my arms to you,
  I stretch out my soul, like a land without water.
Come quickly and hear me, O Lord,
  for my spirit is weakening.
Do not hide your face from me,
  do not let me be like the dead,
  who go down to the underworld.
Show me your mercy at daybreak,
  because of my trust in you.
Tell me the way I should follow,
  for I lift up my soul towards you.
Rescue me from my enemies:
  Lord, I flee to you for refuge.
Teach me to do your will,
  for you are my God.
Your good spirit will lead me to the land of justice;
  for your name’s sake, Lord, you will give me life.
In your righteousness you will lead my soul
  away from all tribulation.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

Excellent News-Pope will canonize 800 martyrs killed by Muslims at Otranto

a snippet....

The killing of the martyrs by Ottoman troops, who launched a weeks-long siege of Otranto, a small port town at the most eastern tip of southern Italy, took place in 1480.
When Otranto residents refused to surrender to the Ottoman army, the soldiers were ordered to massacre all males over the age of 15. Many were ordered to convert to Islam or die, but Blessed Antonio Primaldo, a tailor, spoke on the prisoners’ behalf. “We believe in Jesus Christ, Son of God, and for Jesus Christ we are ready to die,” he said, according to Blessed John Paul II, who visited Otranto in 1980 for the 500th anniversary of the martyrs’ deaths.
Primaldo inspired all the other townspeople to take courage, the late Pope said, and to say: “We will all die for Jesus Christ; we willingly die so as to not renounce his holy faith.” There were not “deluded” or “outdated,” Blessed John Paul continued, but “authentic, strong, decisive, consistent men” who loved their city, their families and their faith.


And the story well

A Short Post on Benedict and Benedict

The Bishop of Rome, Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI is going into the monastery I highlighted last week on May 2nd, not the 1st, as originally reported. I shall go in a day before.

It is interesting that Benedict is attracted to St. Benedict, one of the patrons of Europe.

St. Benedict lived at the end of the Roman civilization. He witnessed the ruin of order. God called him to start, literally, a new order, and thus was created the Rule of St. Benedict.

This Rule got all of our ancestors through the dark days of the death of Rome and into the new era of Christendom.

Benedict XVI chose an appropriate saint for these turbulent times.

God bless him. Pray for him and pray for little ol' me going in tomorrow.

May St. Benedict bless us and all Catholics.

Lust is Boring and Grey: Excellent Article from Crisis

Racism and Anti-Semitism Alive and Well in the Labour Party in Britain

Of course, the man who made the statement is now denying he said such things. But, it is ok, according the the Koran and hadith, to lie to infidels. 

A snippet

As one of Labour's safest seats on Tory-led Birmingham city council, the final candidate would be almost certain of victory at the June 4 by-election. 
But when Mrs Cohen telephoned 57-year-old Mr Hussain for his support, she was astonished to be told that she was too 'white and Jewish' to be considered. 
Lorraine Briscoe, who runs a local community association, was sitting next to Mrs Cohen when the conversation took place on speakerphone last Tuesday. 
'I was disgusted that a councillor could make comments like that in 2009,' she said. 
'He told her, "They will not vote for someone who is white and Jewish. My Muslim members don't want you because you are Jewish". 
'Elaina then asked him if he had talked to his Muslim members about it and he said, "I don't want to talk about it with you" and hung up. 
'Elaina does a lot of good work in this community and she does not see race or religion, she just sees people.' 
Two days after the alleged conversation, Mrs Cohen and another candidate were rejected by a pre-selection panel after failing to gain the support of the local party. 
Instead, members were presented with one candidate, black South African Hendrina Quinnen, who was selected by an almost unanimous vote. 
Mrs Cohen has now sent an official complaint to Labour Party general secretary Ray Collins and Birmingham city council accusing Mr Hussain of improper conduct. 

AND from

The Qur'an:

Qur'an (16:106) - Establishes that there are circumstances that can "compel" a Muslim to tell a lie.
Qur'an (3:28) - This verse tells Muslims not to take those outside the faith as friends, unless it is to "guard themselves." 
Qur'an (9:3) - "...Allah and His Messenger are free from liability to the idolaters..."  The dissolution of oaths with the pagans who remained at Mecca following its capture.  They did nothing wrong, but were evicted anyway.
Qur'an (40:28) - A man is introduced as a believer, but one who must "hide his faith" among those who are not believers.
Qur'an (2:225) - "Allah will not call you to account for thoughtlessness in your oaths, but for the intention in your hearts"  The context of this remark is marriage, which explains why Sharia allows spouses to lie to each other for the greater good.
Qur'an (66:2) - "Allah has already ordained for you, (O men), the dissolution of your oaths"
Qur'an (3:54) - "And they (the disbelievers) schemed, and Allah schemed (against them): and Allah is the best of schemers."  The Arabic word used here for scheme (or plot) ismakara, which literally means deceit.  If Allah is deceitful toward unbelievers, then there is little basis for denying that Muslims are allowed to do the same. (See also 8:30 and 10:21)
Taken collectively these verses are interpreted to mean that there are circumstances when a Muslim may be "compelled" to deceive others for a greater purpose.

From the Hadith:

Bukhari (52:269) - "The Prophet said, 'War is deceit.'"  The context of this is thought to be the murder of Usayr ibn Zarim and his thirty unarmed men by Muhammad's men after he "guaranteed" them safe passage (see Additional Notes below).

Bukhari (49:857) - "He who makes peace between the people by inventing good information or saying good things, is not a liar."  Lying is permitted when the end justifies the means.

Bukhari (84:64-65) - Speaking from a position of power at the time, Ali confirms that lying is permissible in order to deceive an "enemy."

Muslim (32:6303) - "...he did not hear that exemption was granted in anything what the people speak as lie but in three cases: in battle, for bringing reconciliation amongst persons and the narration of the words of the husband to his wife, and the narration of the words of a wife to her husband (in a twisted form in order to bring reconciliation between them)."

Bukhari (50:369) - Recounts the murder of a poet, Ka'b bin al-Ashraf, at Muhammad's insistence.  The men who volunteered for the assassination used dishonesty to gain Ka'b's trust, pretending that they had turned against Muhammad.  This drew the victim out of his fortress, whereupon he was brutally slaughtered despite putting up a ferocious struggle for his life.

From Islamic Law:

Reliance of the Traveler (p. 746 - 8.2) -  "Speaking is a means to achieve objectives. If a praiseworthy aim is attainable through both telling the truth and lying, it is unlawful to accomplish through lying because there is no need for it.  When it is possible to achieve such an aim by lying but not by telling the truth, it is permissible to lie if attaining the goal is permissible (N:i.e. when the purpose of lying is to circumvent someone who is preventing one from doing something permissible), and obligatory to lie if the goal is obligatory... it is religiously precautionary in all cases to employ words that give a misleading impression...

"One should compare the bad consequences entailed by lying to those entailed by telling the truth, and if the consequences of telling the truth are more damaging, one is entitled to lie.

Ah, the French and Language

Their economy is going to h... in a handbasket and someone is concerned about English language phrases.

Priorities....Ayrault sent out a memo the same day to all members of the government asking them to favour the French language as much as possible. In his note, he reminded ministers that the 1992 Constitution recognised French as the official language in both the administration and justice.
“Our language is able to express all of our contemporary issues, as well as describe all innovations in the fields of science and technology,” the note said according to Le Figaro.

But, the language is beautiful...It would be nice if Americans loved their language as much. The British use to love English, but no more...listen to the Beeb or Sky or teachers. Ugh. France 24 has commentators with better English than the English. Ironic, really.

If you have not read this...

I like my newest long poem. Long poems are "my thing". Take a moment and read this in your spare time...mimesis is one way we are in the Image of God, who creates ex nihilo, poesis. We can merely imitate, while He creates.

Sorry, I never did like Ken Livingstone

He obviously does not know a bit about Western History. The Battle of Vienna, the Battle of Lepanto and many, many more have not been learned by this man.

Anger management might be a good idea....

British Catholics Might Want to Boycott Some of These


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David Jones for Reflection

Cows in a landscape, 1925

Compostela by Anonymous Four

Our parish priest is on the Camino de Santiago and should be coming back soon.

Here is some music connected with the pilgrimage.