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Friday 21 June 2013


21 on June 21 + this one = 22

Time to go do something else! I write FAST.

So, today, I prayed, did Lectio Divina, did dishes three times, cleaned the kitchen and tidied up the bathroom, dining room and living room, read, tidied up my bedroom, ate three meals, did some laundry, did lots and lots of tweets, thought about my new play, talked to several friends in person and on the phone, dusted, cleaned the top of the stove really well, made coffee, took a shower and washed my hair, watched two Voris videos, read several news magazines online, wrote on several blogs as a commentator, played with a baby, watched the cat do silly things, helped a friend with a problem, did research on several topics, set up a new poll, looked at myriads of pictures and photos, made several phone calls for business and pleasure, wrote many e-mails, left several skype messages, watched the rose petals falling off the climbing vine, listened to the larks, sorted out winter clothes from spring, made two appointments for next week, did more research, thought more thoughts, did my nails, and did not do all I wanted to do....but the NSA knew ALMOST all of this, and now ALL...thinking about lighting out to the territories! I am sure I forgot to mention something! Oh, remembered it, tried to stay off my sprained ankle. I am sure I am missing something.........


Reykjavik is closer to London than Valletta, Malta. Interesting...but colder! Thanks to Wiki for both photos.

Sigh, the other cricket post is lost...

I had another one on my blog years ago, but it is gone...such is the fleeting fame of the blogger...

Well, by popular demand, a comment I made the Great Father Z's blog--there is another one from an earlier time

Supertradmum says:
Cricket is to sport what Catholicism is to religion.
Firstly, it is universal.
Secondly, it is disciplined, with rules and regulations which need to be studied only in prayer and contemplation in order to understand such concepts as LBWs.
Thirdly, all men are treated alike, either as batsman, bowlers or fielders, in true sportsmanship and gentlemanly behavior before God and humankind.
Fourthly, the umpire, like the hierarchy has the last word in the play and all must obey him. Only heretics follow the instant reply in test matches.
Fifthly, those who are initiated must go through a period of faith and hope, until knowledge supplants waiting for understanding. Usually this takes either one year of limited overs, or three five day test matches. Then, one may read Wisden’s and learn more in a period of deep meditation.
Six, Cricket is a culture, not merely a game. It inspires one to higher goals, such as breaking Tendulkar’s records, or eating strawberries and cream with champagne in 40 degree weather, wearing summer clothes and not admitting to being cold.
Seven, Cricket inspires duty, as waiting for your partner batsman to settle in instead of being a “hotdog” and trying for runs. The virtue of Patience is learned early on and inspires other virtues, such as not cursing, clapping for the opposition, and obeying the umpire (see above).
Eight, the culture of Cricket is passed on in the home. Parents inspire their children to duty and grace through the summer game, allowing these children to explore their own God-given talents of either score-keeper, batsmen, bowler, or fielder, without prejudice.
Nine, the culture of Cricket demands that one accept the Tridentine white garb or the test matches, as well as the Novus Ordo pajama wear of the world cups or limited overs games. If respectfully done, even the pajama Cricket inspires hope and peace. However, one hopes that some day the International Cricket Cricket admits that the only true Cricket is played in whites.
Ten, the sacred books must be read and passed on. The traditions surrounding the game are manifold and demand duty based on love.
Eleven, Those who love Cricket will be changed into martyrs for the game, including sitting until the umpire decides if decreased light has stopped play ( a game which can only be played in the light and not in the darkness is truly sublime) and waiting for the rain to stop so that a few more innings may be accomplished. Again, faith , hope and love become daily habits of virtue.
Twelve, the game is surrounded by many traditions, too many to list here, which enables the initiate to become more enculturated over a period of time. Such things as listening to the commentators as they discuss birds flying over buses on the St. John’s Road, or discuss the ties of the Out for a Duck Club, or the contents of a luncheon box in India, all contribute to this enculturation, which determines one view of life.
Lastly, the center of Cricket activity is Lord’s. Baseball has nothing like the religious contents of Cricket.
read Council instead of second Cricket in number Nine-respectfully the ICC--and another comment-- I love cricket and have seen the great Imran Khan and David Gower in my match-going days. Ah, the sound of the ball centered on bat….I should have included that in a religious rubrics section.

Thomas Aquinas Series-Sloth continued...and Energetic Teachers

I am eternally indebted to the nuns who taught me in grade school for covering vices and virtues. God bless them all and give them special places in heaven for teaching me and others about the many sins which are connected to sloth: malice, day-dreaming, curiosity, loquacity and instability.

I am daily in awe of how a small group of nuns managed to get these ideas across to fifth and sixth graders preparing for Confirmation, but they did.

I am sorry if some people do not realize some of these things are sins, but they are. We are so used to a sub-human culture, that we are almost immune to shock about these sins. We need to be  made sensitive again.

Here is Aquinas from this source.

Sloth by weighing on the mind, hinders us from doing things that cause sorrow: nevertheless it induces the mind to do certain things, either because they are in harmony with sorrow, such as weeping, or because they are a means of avoiding sorrow.
Reply to Objection 2. Gregory fittingly assigns the daughters of sloth. For since, according to the Philosopher (Ethic. viii, 5,6) "no man can be a long time in company with what is painful and unpleasant," it follows that something arises from sorrow in two ways: first, that man shuns whatever causes sorrow; secondly, that he passes to other things that give him pleasure: thus those who find no joy in spiritual pleasures, have recourse to pleasures of the body, according to the Philosopher (Ethic. x, 6). Now in the avoidance of sorrow the order observed is that man at first flies from unpleasant objects, and secondly he even struggles against such things as cause sorrow. Now spiritual goods which are the object of the sorrow of sloth, are both end and means. Avoidance of the end is the result of "despair," while avoidance of those goods which are the means to the end, in matters of difficulty which come under the counsels, is the effect of "faint-heartedness," and in matters of common righteousness, is the effect of "sluggishness about the commandments." The struggle against spiritual goods that cause sorrow is sometimes with men who lead others to spiritual goods, and this is called "spite"; and sometimes it extends to the spiritual goods themselves, when a man goes so far as to detest them, and this is properly called "malice." On so far as a man has recourse to eternal objects of pleasure, the daughter of sloth is called "wandering after unlawful things." From this it is clear how to reply to the objections against each of the daughters: for "malice" does not denote here that which is generic to all vices, but must be understood as explained. Nor is "spite" taken as synonymous with hatred, but for a kind of indignation, as stated above: and the same applies to the others.

Reply to Objection 3. This distinction between sorrow and sloth is also given by Cassian (De Instit. Caenob. x, 1). But Gregory more fittingly (Moral. xxxi, 45) calls sloth a kind of sorrow, because, as stated above (Article 2), sorrow is not a distinct vice, in so far as a man shirks a distasteful and burdensome work, or sorrows on account of any other cause whatever, but only insofar as he is sorry on account of the Divine good, which sorrow belongs essentially to sloth; since sloth seeks undue rest insofar as it spurns the Divine good. Moreover the things which Isidore reckons to arise from sloth and sorrow, are reduced to those mentioned by Gregory: for "bitterness" which Isidore states to be the result of sorrow, is an effect of "spite." "Idleness" and "drowsiness" are reduced to "sluggishness about the precepts": for some are idle and omit them altogether, while others are drowsy and fulfil them with negligence. All the other five which he reckons as effects of sloth, belong to the "wandering of the mind after unlawful things." This tendency to wander, if it reside in the mind itself that is desirous of rushing after various things without rhyme or reason, is called "uneasiness of the mind," but if it pertains to the imaginative power, it is called "curiosity"; if it affect the speech it is called "loquacity"; and insofar as it affects a body that changes place, it is called "restlessness of the body," when, to wit, a man shows the unsteadiness of his mind, by the inordinate movements of members of his body; while if it causes the body to move from one place to another, it is called "instability"; or "instability" may denote changeableness of purpose.

Thomas Aquinas Series on Sloth Continued...laziness in reason is a mortal sin

I have noted that anti-intellectualism is not only dividing the Church into groupings, but weakening the Church's ability to evangelize. Sloth is behind this anti-intellectualism, as sloth is not only a sin of the body but of the mind.

We have been given reason to use and not to use this reason indicates a blockage of consent to learn the Faith.

The Church gives us all we need to work our way through the states of purification, but it is WORK. There is nothing easy about being a Catholic.

But, another sin connected to sloth is pride. Why? Pride keeps one from realizing how much one does not know. A humble person understands that knowledge of self and God means a life-long struggle in suffering and the stripping of self-love. Here is Aquinas on sloth again from this source

Brueghel's Pride

Note that sloth regarding sensuality is mostly a venial sin, but sloth regarding reason is a mortal sin.

Those only seeking consolations need to seriously consider whether their gnostic tendencies point to sloth in rational discourse.

As stated above (I-II, 88, 1,2), mortal sin is so called because it destroys the spiritual life which is the effect ofcharity, whereby God dwells in us. Wherefore any sin which by its very nature is contrary to charity is a mortal sin by reason of its genus. And such is sloth, because the proper effect of charity is joy in God, as stated above (Question 28, Article 1), while sloth is sorrow about spiritual good in as much as it is a Divine good. Therefore sloth is a mortal sin in respect of its genus. But it must be observed with regard to all sins that are mortal in respect of their genus, that they are not mortal, save when they attain to their perfection. Because the consummation of sin is in the consent of reason: for we are speaking now of human sins consisting in human acts, the principle of which is the reason. Wherefore if the sin be a mere beginning of sin in the sensuality alone, without attaining to the consent of reason, it is a venial sin on account of the imperfection of the act. Thus in the genus of adultery, the concupiscence that goes no further than the sensuality is a venial sin, whereas if it reach to the consent of reason, it is a mortal sin. So too, the movement of sloth is sometimes in the sensuality alone, by reason of the opposition of the flesh to the spirit, and then it is a venial sin; whereas sometimes it reaches to the reason, which consents in the dislike, horror and detestation of the Divine good, on account of the flesh utterly prevailing over the spirit. On this case it is evident that sloth is a mortal sin.

The Deceitfulness of Sloth-Thomas Aquinas Series

Bruegel's Sloth
Recently, and correctly, His Eminence Cardinal Raymond Burke stated that the lack of catechesis was one if not the reason for the weakening of the Church. I, as an ex-catechist, agree wholeheartedly. No one is interested in hiring me or taking me on as a volunteer catechist because people simply do not want it.

But, I think the reason behind this lack of catechesis must be addressed and I have tried to do so on this blog. The root problem lies in the anti-intellectualism which crept into the Church most likely after World War II. I use that date as the push for pan-Christianity in the face of pagan Nazism and the dialectic materialism of Communism created a panic even between the wars in the upper echelons of the Church, driving many leader and theologians to desire a false ecumenism.

The movement to accept protestantism into the mainstream liturgy, prayer and thought of the Catholic Church brought with it anti-intellectualism, which is directly related to sola fide and sola Scriptura. A good protestant did not need anything but the Scriptures, his own interpretation and his own relationship with God to be saved, omitting all the Tradition, the great writings of the Church for a millenium and a half before Luther.

This anti-intellectualism is rife in the Catholic Church in England. To find people in the pew who read, much less study the Faith is rare, indeed. The emphasis for most is on experience, as I have pointed out here before and sadly, both private revelations, approved and unapproved, as well as the charismatic focus on consolations from God.

Until the pastors address this anti-intellectualism in the Church here, factions and heresies will grow and continue to fragment the Church, making the Church unable to address the issues of the day.

Catechesis is lacking, but people can find all the information they want online.

Why do they not?


I have too many lay people tell me they do not have time, and then they proceed to tell me what shows they watched this weekend.



Until bishops and priests address anti-intellectualism and the complete waste of time syndrome, which makes people feel that they are entitled to down time, the Church will continue to rot away from within.

Down-time is a new phrase of the past twenty years. I do not know what down-time is and neither do the nuns of Tyburn, who have 45 minutes of recreation a day.

Why do we feel entitled to down-time? The most productive people I know pray and go to Mass and read and still have time for work, family and even fun.

Kicking the ball around outside with the kids is important, but not canned entertainment.

Musical lessons, sports, all these things find the mind.

The more one prays, the less down-time one needs.

I am not sure we can stop the rot of the Church at large until priests from the pulpit challenge their parishioners to grow up and study their faith and, of course, pray.

 Thomas Aquinas writes on sloth-not the entire discussion which is found here.

Sloth, according to Damascene (De Fide Orth. ii, 14) is an oppressive sorrow, which, to wit, so weighs uponman's mind, that he wants to do nothing; thus acid things are also cold. Hence sloth implies a certain weariness of work, as appears from a gloss on Psalm 106:18, "Their soul abhorred all manner of meat," and from the definition of some who say that sloth is a "sluggishness of the mind which neglects to begin good."

Now this sorrow is always evil, sometimes in itself, sometimes in its effect. For sorrow is evil in itself when it is about that which is apparently evil but good in reality, even as, on the other hand, pleasure is evil if it is about that which seems to be good but is, in truthevil. Since, then, spiritual good is a good in very truth, sorrow about spiritual good is evil in itself. And yet that sorrow also which is about a real evil, is evil in its effect, if it so oppresses man as to draw him away entirely from good deeds. Hence the Apostle (2 Corinthians 2:7) did not wish those who repented to be "swallowed up with overmuch sorrow."

Accordingly, since sloth, as we understand it here, denotes sorrow for spiritual good, it is evil on two counts, both in itself and in point of its effect. Consequently it is a sin, for by sin we mean an evil movement of the appetite, as appears from what has been said above (10, 2; I-II, 74, 4).


Since sloth is sorrow for spiritual good, if we take spiritual good in a general way, sloth will not be a special vice, because, as stated above (I-II, 71, 1), every vice shuns the spiritual good of its opposite virtue. Again it cannot be said thatsloth is a special vice, in so far as it shuns spiritual good, as toilsome, or troublesome to the body, or as a hindrance to the body's pleasure, for this again would not sever sloth from carnal vices, whereby a man seeks bodily comfort and pleasure.

Wherefore we must say that a certain order exists among spiritual goods, since all the spiritual goods that are in the acts of each virtue are directed to one spiritual good, which is the Divine good, about which there is a special virtue, viz. charity. Hence it is proper to each virtue to rejoice in its own spiritual good, which consists in its own act, while it belongs specially to charityto have that spiritual joy whereby one rejoices in the Divine good. On like manner the sorrow whereby one is displeased at the spiritual good which is in each act of virtue, belongs, not to any special vice, but to every vice, but sorrow in the Divine good about which charity rejoices, belongs to a special vice, which is called sloth. This suffices for the Replies to the Objections.

To be continued...

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Anglican Church is committing suicide

From First Things...important study on schools

and click on the brown link in the article as well.

I noticed the BBC is getting less restrictive about language--good thing!

Better read agenda on ssm, gay identity and other such things....

Words to the Comfortable Catholics...

So many others have been boasting of their worldly achievements, that I will boast myself. But if anyone wants some brazen speaking – I am still talking as a fool – then I can be as brazen as any of them, and about the same things. Hebrews, are they? So am I. Israelites? So am I. Descendants of Abraham? So am I. The servants of Christ? I must be mad to say this, but so am I, and more than they: more, because I have worked harder, I have been sent to prison more often, and whipped many times more, often almost to death. Five times I had the thirty-nine lashes from the Jews; three times I have been beaten with sticks; once I was stoned; three times I have been shipwrecked and once adrift in the open sea for a night and a day. Constantly travelling, I have been in danger from rivers and in danger from brigands, in danger from my own people and in danger from pagans; in danger in the towns, in danger in the open country, danger at sea and danger from so-called brothers. I have worked and laboured, often without sleep; I have been hungry and thirsty and often starving; I have been in the cold without clothes. And, to leave out much more, there is my daily preoccupation: my anxiety for all the churches. When any man has had scruples, I have had scruples with him; when any man is made to fall, I am tortured.
  If I am to boast, then let me boast of my own feebleness. 2 Corinthians 11:18,21-30 

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Do not store up treasures for yourselves on earth, where moths and woodworms destroy them and thieves can break in and steal. But store up treasures for yourselves in heaven, where neither moth nor woodworms destroy them and thieves cannot break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
  ‘The lamp of the body is the eye. It follows that if your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light. But if your eye is diseased, your whole body will be all darkness. If then, the light inside you is darkness, what darkness that will be!’ Matthew 6:19-23 

The Death of Europe Is in the Death of Her Children

Snooping bigger than first thought

Thoughts on Victory in Christ

Christ's Crucifixion is the culminating event for the Redemption of all the sins of mankind. The Resurrection is the reality and sign of Christ's victory over death and sin. He shares that with us in and through the Catholic Church.

St. Paul's eloquent statement follows:
 O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting? Now the sting of death is sin: and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who hath given us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.1 Corinthians 15:55-57 Douay-Rheims 
This victory is over sin and the consequence of sin, which is death. Death is not merely physical, but spiritual. Until Christ's Victory, all humans waited for the release from Original Sin-those alive and those dead.
In our time here on earth and in the Church, we must recognize that sin and death surround us. Most of us can see this in the culture of death, which is growing daily, like a poisonous mist across the globe. 
But, the culture of death which we see is a result of the deaths of so many souls, even those of Catholics who have not been obedient for whatever reason to the call to life.
I pray for my fellow Catholics caught in disobedience and, therefore, in death.
We must allow God to purge us of every rebellion against the Church either in matters of Faith or matters of  Morals.
The greatest danger is spiritual pride. In this sin, one thinks one is holier and more gifted than others.
God cannot work through this clogging of the soul with self-love.
Keep focused on Christ and His Church and avoid any ministry or person who calls you away from obedience. We adore you, O Christ, and we bless You, by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.

LifeSiteNews Again

On Enemies And The Rocks of Semei

What constitutes a personal enemy? Someone who has animosity towards one-is that person an enemy? When I was working for the Church or in education in various capacities in the past, a few lay people and a few priests did not like me as I was Catholic and not an apostate. Same was true at ND.  Being in academia, I know there will always be camps and factions.

But, as a lowly lay woman, I find that the animosity to Truth is just as strong in the pews as in the halls of learning. Odd that. I pray for those who do not like me strongly or even hate me, as it is really not me they hate, but either what I stand for, that is the Teaching Magisterium of the Church, or they are prejudiced. I do not belong to the Church of Supertradmum but to the Catholic Church. Ever since I was a child, except for my months of darkness while in college, I took the teachings of the Church to heart. I love the Church, the Bride of Christ. I have sacrificed for the Church and will always choose to do so. But, there are great prejudices at work here.

I have met more prejudice here in England than in the States. The English in the pew can be a judgemental lot, and as a single mom, an American, and far from rich, I have met scorn. However, as a sinner, what can I expect? In fact, I rejoice in scorn, believe it or not, as God allows it. Like David, who was cursed by Shimei:

And David and his men with him went by the way. And Semei by the hill's side went over against him, cursing, and casting stones at him, and scattering earth. 2 Samuel 16:13 DR

I love this passage, as David knew that God was allowing Semei to curse him. That David was innocent did not matter. David spared Semei's life because David was humble. So too, even when I am innocent in a situation and being cursed or hated, I can say that the reproaches are for my benefit. If I am innocent in one situation that does not mean I always have been and God knows the secrets of my heart.

God has sometimes moved me out of situations where I was facing reproach for standing up for Church teaching. However, one cannot stop going to Church on Sunday because of factions. Like David, I must bear the reproaches and thank God for humbling me. However, I do not have to agree with falsehoods or pretend that apostasy or false teachings held by others are right for the sake of peace. That would be sinful.

What is most disconcerting are those who refuse to be open to rational discourse. Some people hate me because I want to bring reason into religious discussions. Sad, this....

The anti-intellectualism of so many Catholics here, especially women, creates a church within the Church. Too many women do not think like Catholics. and too many live on emotional religion, seeking experiences and feelings which have nothing to do with real Faith or the journey to holiness. The relentless search for Truth in the Benedictine Rule why I love the nuns at Tyburn so much. They seek Truth daily in themselves and in God. They are ruthless in discovering the Truth.

But, why some people then turn to strong dislike or hatred of Truth is a bit of a mystery. I have no power at all, no status, no platform except my proverbial pen. If someone is involved in something wrong and I know them well, I shall try and reasonably point out error. But, so many Catholics do not want to engage in study, even of the CCC. or read the encyclicals, or try to understand the real road to holiness. I have patiently pointed out the Church's teaching and met with the phrase, "Oh, this is just your opinion".  But, relativism is not the real motive for persisting in error. Relativism is part of the problem, but the real problem is the seeking of power.

Those who do not want to know what the Church states on matters of faith and morals want power.

Those few who hate me, and there are a few, are apostates mostly. Those few who really dislike me are charismatics, mostly. Interesting, that. But, I am more and more convinced that what charismatics really want is power-the power to heal or pray in a certain way or whatever. This is not my religion, the seeking of power. 

I pray for all and understand where they stand with regard to such things as contraception or the running after religious experience outside orthodoxy. I pray because I must pray, and I hope that reason wins the day. I pray for them and for my own soul.

But, I am not hopeful when I pray for others in the Church, not because of a lack of Faith, but because I understand human nature. Only God converts, really, not me. One ends up in silence, the silence of the mystery of Faith.

Jesus was not naive nor was he a "simpleton". He, as God and as Man, knew that some people were not trustworthy concerning the Truth and Himself. He could not work miracles in those towns of unbelief and sophistication. He .was a carpenter, remember, and from Nazareth. "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?",  Nathanael asked in John 1:46. It is convenient for some English people to hid behind prejudices. They claim they love the poor Christ, but when He is in their midst, if He is not in their "camp" or religious framework or class structure, He is sacrificed.

When those in the Church who want power finally decide to want the Truth instead, then the Church will see a new holiness and an interior strength. Sadly, too many women in the Church are seeking power, not Truth. I have not wanted power, only Truth, and in that desire, God meets me in Himself in the one, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church.

BTW, if the priests and bishops were not tolerating heresy and New Age increments in the Church here, I would not have to face such opposition. When the leaders back down from preaching the Truth, this duty falls on the shoulders of the laity. We are our brothers keepers.

And another BTW, those who now dislike me never read my blog. So, as usual, I am preaching to the choir. 

But Jesus did not trust himself unto them, for that he knew all men, And because he needed not that any should give testimony of man: for he knew what was in man.

John 2:24-25, DR

Marxism in the Church is not news, folks

For a review, just look at the tags on Marxism in the Catholic Church and the tags Gramsci or Marxism or Marxists.

The Davenport Diocese for years has given what is called the Pacem in Terris Award sometimes with other groups.

Here is the list for your perusal again. I had it on the blog last year. Notice how many of these people are Marxists. This list is from the diocesan website. By clicking on the names, one reads a small blurb on the person. As one can see, the infiltration of Marxism in the Church is as old as some of my readers....

1.  John F. Kennedy 196421. Mairead Corrigan Maguire 1990
2. John Howard Griffin's 196422. Maria Julia Hernandez 1991
3. Dr. Martin Luther King, JR. 196523. Cesar Chavez 1992
4. R.Sargent Shriver 196624. Father Daniel Berrigan 1993
5. A. Philip Rondolph 196725. Jim Wallis 1995
6. Father James Groppi 196826. Bishop Samuel Ruiz 1996
7. Saul David Alinsky 196927 & 28. Jim & Shelley Douglass 1997
8. Dorothy Day 197229. Sister Helen Prejeans 1998
9. Senator. Harold Hughes 197430. Adolfo Perez Esquivel 1999
10Dom Helder Camara  197531. Msgr George G. Higgins 2000
11. Blessed Mother Teresa 197632. Lech Walesa 2001
12. Bishop Thomas Gumbleton 197933 & 34. Gwen & Dorothy Marie Hennessy, OSF 2002
13. Cristal Lee Sutton 198035. Arthur Simon 2004
14. Bishop Ernest Unterkoefler 198036. Don Mosley 2005
15. George F. Kennan 198237. Bishop Salim GhazaL 2007
16. Helen M. Caldicott 198338. Msgr. Marvin Mottet 2008
17. Cardinal Joseph Bernardin 198539. Hildegard Goss-Mayr 2009
18. Bishop Maurice Dingman 198640. Rev. John Dear, SJ 2010
19. Archbishop Desmond Tutu 198741. Bishop Alvaro Ramazzini  2011
20. Eileen Egan 198942. Kim Bobo

Hey Two--Have you read the play, yet? The next one is shorter, I think....

Just another excuse for family photos-please get ready for the next play!

A Repetition of Church Teaching from Voris