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Monday 30 December 2013

Did you see this? From the Gateway Pundit

Pray for those flooded in Southern England

OK-approaching crunch time for the Anons

Over Christmas, I have been lenient about Anonymous comments which are usually not allowed on this blog for many reasons.

The time of mercy ends on January 2nd, 2014. Please get a blog name. make up a name, or just add your name to the bottom of the comment.

I cannot address four Anons at one time.


Persecution Watch again and again and again

Decades of The Rosary And Re-posts

Bjorn and LM get a decade each for their intentions today. July 13th was the last no post day, imo.

I have no idea why I did not post that day. I was in Ireland.

Here are some re-posts from my stay in Ireland, which apply to the Western World.

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Catholics in PSYWAR-Part Three-PSYOP and You

The goal of psychological warfare is to undermine the mental toughness of the opponent so that it is easier to mount a full-scale attack.

After weeks of heavy mental music, the army went in.  We know the story. Can you imagine being sleep-deprived and agitated to the point of not being at your best to fight a physical fight?

The concentration camps of both the Nazis and in the Gulag used psychological warfare.

Taking away identity by using numbers to identity instead of names..

Stripping all beauty and consolations in clothing, cells, surroundings to deprive people of rest...

Sleep deprivation and over-work..

Bad food, little food...

Rats, bugs, etc.

The random killing of prisoners and the killing of a number of prisoner after an escape...

Verbal abuse as well as physical abuse...

We do not have to be in a concentration camp to experience some of this now, and I mean, now.

Even some Catholic are waging psychological warfare against members of their own Church.

How? Calumny, slander, lack of forgiveness, nursing old hatreds, suspicion, creating divisions where there are none, and, most tragic, hatred of the EF. Some people are seriously not able to handle the fights. Some get weary. Some are ill and need help to fight.

Do not engage unless you must. Learn patience and use the prudence given to you in Confirmation. You have all the gifts you need so much now against this type of warfare. How do you get in touch with those gifts?

Intense prayer and fasting.

There is no other way.

It is not on what we do, but who we are that we shall be judged.

Help those who are mentally weaker, as the fight is now big time PSYOP

We are in PSYWAR-Universal and Absolute vs. Profanities Part Two

If you did not grow up with Struwwelpeter, I feel a bit sorry for you. This hilarious yet serious book was popular in the Victorian era as cautionary tales for children. But, some critics have seen it as propaganda for undermining male behaviour. I wonder...However, I refer to it as an example of the standards of  child-rearing in an age of child formation. A good or bad approach, perhaps debatable, but without such formation we have created a generation of those who have no boundaries. This is the age of those who create psychological warfare like a child holding their breath in order to manipulate the parents to give in....pure subjectivity results without a moral framework.

Dear Catholics, these are the kind of people we are up against-the amorals and the immorals.

Apparently, judging from some comments which I have not posted, as I shall not post four-letter words, there is a lack of understanding among some young people between subjective truth and objective truth. I am also getting nasties in anonymous comments, which are only meant to intimidate and not enlighten. Same with people posting under different names. Sorry, an old composition and literature instructor and well as a logic instructor can spot copying and same phrases as well as same consistent errors. If Mary was using Johnny's notes and I also graded Johnny's papers, come on...

Some young people judge most things by how they feel about something instead of parsing the meaning out of a paragraph or two. Some read too quickly and react, a fault among some older people as well. Some just cannot read. And, many have had no logic, no training in rational discourse.

To be a Catholic, one must be able to think, as I have written many times on this blog. One must be able to understand what is being read or said. Understanding is a gift of the Holy Spirit from Confirmation, but I assume that young or old people who are rude, use profanities and spew hatred may not have the advantage of this gift.

Why in writing and  speech so many young people rely on profanities is simply that they have not been trained in the art of debate. Profanities are temper tantrums. Some parents give in to toddler tantrums. Some do not. Supertradmum would not. However, reasoned debate is a good which most people have not had the opportunity to learn.

Now, one reason is that high schools, colleges and universities no longer have instructors who believe in universal and absolute truths. One cannot debate anything if there are only maybes, attacks on persons, subjective interpretations, and so on. The list of classical fallacies covers could be applied to many comments, article and blogs I have read in the past 24 hours.

I love engaging in critical thinking with those who want to learn and want to work out Truth in rational discourse. We in the Catholic Church have a long tradition of this. St. Thomas' Summa is based on question and answer, the Aristotelian, and Socratic Methods of coming to truth.

Sad, that critical thinking has been replaced by knee-jerk reactions. Perhaps we are so overwhelmed with data that we, and I mean those who are tying to come to understanding, are close to burn out. But, those who resort to low attacks, such as profanity, want us who refer to Christ, His Church, the Gospel to become burnt out.

Like playing heavy metal music day and night during Desert Storm to wear down the enemy, our enemies give us lots of noise to discourage us. No fear! Christ has overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil. He won the war, we are just finishing up, cleaning up the pockets of resistance and trying to save souls.

Catholics in PSYWAR

Psychological Warfare Against Nazi Germany: The Sykewar Campaign, D-Day to VE-DayISBN 0-262-12045-3 or 0-262-62019-7 (1949). George W. Stewart, New York; Reprinted (1971) MIT Press.

Daniel Lerner in his book above, divides pychological warfare in to three categories. Lerner also wrote, 

Propaganda Technique In World War I (M.I.T. studies in comparative politics) which I have not read. There are many other authors on psychological warfare.

Yesterday, and today, we as Catholics are witnessing all three.

We need to get mentally tough.

The first type of psychological warfare is called White and involves omission in truth as well as emphases which are made on purpose to deceive, but the content is not wrong or deceitful. The source of information is acknowledged but may not, as I understand this category, cover all possibilities. Selection is the key. Did you not see this yesterday on line and in the main line media?[

The second category is Grey  which includes the above with racial, ethnic and what Lerner calls religious bias. This is the most common thing we see and we call it spin. Sadly, the sources are not identified at this point, but there is a lot of truth in the statements or propaganda.

The third category is labelled Black  and this has become so common, most readers or listeners no longer recognize the danger. All is lies, deceits, purposely written or said-the sins of Commission. And, the sources given are not the true sources. 


The trouble is that most Catholics are not prepared for this type of PSYOP. 

Catholics, you must learn to think, eat, walk, pray, react like Catholics. NOW.

See the tag for many posts on this....

What Is Unseen Is Greater Than What Is Seen

St. Thomas Aquinas claims that the air is full of angels. It is also full of demons.

Daniel 7:10 notes that there the number of angels is huge. We know that those angels which fell are traditionally, because of a line in Revelation, said to have been one-third of the number of created angels.

That makes a lot of demons. 


What is unseen is greater than what is seen.

Of course, if two-thirds of the angels stayed with God, there are more "on our side". 

However, we are up against a enormous army of demons, all of whom are full of malice.

These creatures want us to be miserable like they are, and they also hate God, and all His creatures.

St. Jude in his epistle describes the fallen angels thus, 1:6:

And the angels who kept not their principality, but forsook their own habitation, he hath reserved under darkness in everlasting chains, unto the judgment of the great day. DR

Do not forget what we are up against daily.

Do not be foolish or imprudent.

Do not be presumptuous.

By the way, read the Epistle of Jude. It is a great read.

When was the last time...

...I had a day without a post, like on December 29th?

Winner of this little contest gets a decade of the rosary for his or her intentions....

Dear Readers,

I hope you are praying for me to return to Europe....please help me with this almost impossible prayer.

But, as we all know, nothing is impossible with God.

From STM in exile.....

Are Saints Difficult People?

Over the past two days, I was thinking of the fact that many saints would not be people invited to cocktail parties at this time of year or given pressies.

Many saints would not be considered by our society as pleasant people. And, I am not referring to those who are seen as curmudgeons, whether they were or not.

Therefore, I am not emphasizing the Old Testament prophets, or St. John the Baptist, or St. Jerome, or saints who are martyrs, who were persecuted to the death. Thomas a Becket was a difficult saint and he was killed by the seculars who supported the king over the Church. Yesterday was his feast day. But, as he is a martyr, let me move on.....

What is necessary for Catholics to realize today that if you choose to be a saint, you will be labelled a difficult person.

Saints look at the world from a completely different viewpoint than seculars, consumerists, materialists, atheists. Increasingly so, real Catholics have become different than many of their Protestant brethren who now, in most denominations, accept and support same-sex marriage, contraception, abortion, even euthanasia.

A saint should be seen as "difficult" insofar as he has different moral framework with which to judge events, laws, political party platforms and so on.

Saints irritate their families by not taking over the family farm or business, such as Damien of Molokai.

A saint who walks in the footsteps of Christ will naturally incur the hatred of the world.

The world, the flesh and the devil hate goodness, purity, truth.

Worse, than mere hatred, the world, the flesh and the devil want to destroy goodness, purity and truth.

A list of difficult saints must include SS. Catherine of Siena, Patrick, Teresa of Avila, Wilfrid of York, and Etheldreda, to name very few.

Saints challenge the status quo.

Saints present light in darkness, truth in deceit, simplicity in complexity, purity in decadence, innocence in cunning.

Saints trouble the mediocre Catholics who do not want to "rock the boat" and who want to avoid conflict.

Saints are difficult as they aspire to a perfection the world not only cannot understand, but wants to annihilate.

Saints are not conformists, except in conforming to the mind of Christ.

Can you choose to step out and be a bit "difficult"?

Ralph Martin's Book Again

I have recommended Ralph Martin's book  before on this blog, but I cannot praise it enough, and so want to note that if you buy one book in 2014, buy this one.

Martin carefully examines the documents of Vatican II regarding many subjects, the main one being the two-pronged question of salvation and missionary work-the call of Christ to make disciples of all nations. The authors covers many aspects which plagued the reading of the Vatican II documents, such as Lumen Gentium. 

Actually, there is room of a second book on this subject. Martin tackles both Rahner and von Balthasar among others.

The strength of this book besides the scholarship, is that Martin is looking at the documents both as a scholar and as a person passionate about the salvation of souls. I especially appreciated his long study of Romans in light of Lumen Gentium.

If I was millionaire, I would buy a book for all my readers--but, as I am not, please go get it and read it. Four out of five stars, as I would have wanted him to address a few more points in depth.

John Allen Jr.'s New Book

Well, I have a few points about John Allen Jr.'s new book. I finished it while someone was looking at my computer, which sadly, is getting old on the outside.

This book is superb for statistics but I am not happy with Allen's definition of martyrdom, which includes political martyrs who are Christian.

He changes the traditional definition of martyr to include those who are not orthodox, or even Christian, in some cases. Orthodoxy, that is, obedience to the Church is the mark of the saint.

A person who is disobedient to the Teaching Magisterium of the Church cannot suddenly witness to either the Christ Who is taught by Church or the Church.

A martyr is canonized either because the person loves Christ and dies for the sake of Christ, or the martyr loves the Church and dies for the sake of the Church, such as Thomas More.

To change the definition to include those working for social concerns because they are Christian stretches the traditional ideal of the martyr.

I give this book three stars, because of the excellent set of statistics, but I do not like the end thoughts. I do not think Allen understands the way of perfection. I also think he is caught in a false ecumenism.

Sorry for blog interuption

The mouse pad built into my computer, which I use constantly is now broken. Ergo, no posts until now.

I had to beg a mouse from someone.

I am concerned about, as usual, the number of  Catholics who simply do not want to talk about anything unpleasant.

Wake up now!

Two brief book reviews coming up.