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Grieving Over Lost Generations

Perhaps it is because God let me live for a while in California. Perhaps it is because God let me live for a while in New York. Perhaps it is one reason I have had to live in 12 states and visit 26 states,as well as living in Canada and Europe.

The Church is weak everywhere, but there are pockets of resistance. However, geography has had an impact. The old pioneer spirit has lasted much longer between the Ohio River and the Rockies than elsewhere.

It is obvious that the Church is much weaker on both coasts. It is obvious that there are more non-church going people than in the Midwest or the South.

Memories of Christianity have been snuffed out like smoking candles for two generations here.

I blame parents, fully, and not priests. In some missionary countries, Catholicism was kept solidly by the laity underground.

But, now, it is so clear to me that those generations of youth who had no Catholicity at home may very well be so closed as to not even want to consider converting.

I see this in the two generations after mine. Obviously, the Baby Boomer parents did not do their jobs.

God allowed me to see the rot in Catholic schools in the 1980s. Even then, I decided if I ever married and had children to home school them.

God allowed me to see the hypocrisy and outright hostility to Rome when St. John Paul II asked all the colleges and universities which are Catholic to insist on all teachers taking the Oath and Promise, so many times posted on this blog.

The laity is responsible for the end of the Christian culture in America and Europe, but more than that, those clergy, priests, bishops, and cardinals, who spread modernism or were just too selfish and greedy for power to object to the status quo, caved in.

For many, there are no preachers, no teachers, no missionaries.

It will get worse.

I am, today, grieving over the children who are now adults, who are labeled GenX. They are the most in danger, as they are true materialists.

I grieve for those Millennials who are children of the GenXers, who have never, ever had to sacrifice, do chores at home, work for anything and were raised as hothouse plants.

To be a member of the Church Militant is hard work. To be a saint is hard work.

It means sacrificing "stuff" to raise your children Catholic. It means being salt, being the sign of contradiction in the world, to really stand up daily for the Faith and never compromise.

My generation will be judged strongly, as we had the last of the great education of Catholics.

And, as I had Classical Education, I, too, shall be judged severely, which is one reason I continue this blog.  I have to make up for the wasted years, the sins of leading others astray when I was a youth.

Millions of people in America and Europe would go to hell today is there was a nuclear or natural, or planned disaster. Do not kid yourselves about this.

Stop spending time on trivia, any type of trivia is time away from your salvation and the salvation of others.

The last two generations spend more money on entertainment than all the rest before them. My friends in Iowa told me this.

When I was married, we went out to eat maybe four times a year, max. My parent went out once a month, but they had more money than my little family.

Now, I have some friends in the two coastal areas, California and the East Coast tell me that people go out everyday to eat and do not eat at home.

One of my dear friends, in her early forties, and an excellent cook, told me last March that people in her generation do not know how to cook. She is a Gen Xer. Their moms did not teach them how to cook, sew, can, clean, or take care of children.

The Millennials cannot do these things, either.

When my son was ten, for Christmas, I gave him a tool kit and a cook book. He can fix anything and is a fantastic cook.

Why? I made him do these things at home. He likes working with his hands.

How many kids have never done anything like fix steps, paint walls, plan and take care of an entire garden, learn easy plumbing jobs for maintenance, make things, bake.

Two generations are lost. I am not sure they can be found. If you are not planning podding, it may be too late.

Windows of opportunity for existing Catholics will open up, but, again, the time of mercy is short, coming to a close. I know this.

Our Lady warned us at Fatima, and Christ spoke to us over and over again about the consequences of sin.

In both nature and supernature, there are consequences.

Get holy, teach your children to be saints, to be martyrs.

If you are not, you are derelict in your duty as parents.

A wise woman said to me several days ago that it is clear to here why there are no vocations. Young people are simply too far away from God to hear His Voice. They have been totally seduced and given in to satan.

God forgive us parents for all our failings, for the results are two lost generations.

I was taught leadership training, that we could change the world and make it Catholic, moral, good, focused. What happened?

(PS: There is a manga on Dante's Divine Comedy. Has anyone read it? Is it good?)

And, in case you missed this, this is how lost they are...the lost generation. They make bad good and good bad.

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Friday, 14 February 2014

Another Lost Generation

Between WWI and WWII, a generation of men and women appeared who earned the label of the "Lost Generation" in Europe. These were the men born between 1883 to 1900. This label was not used for Americans, although American authors picked it up as a term, as few went to war, and this was the generation who really built up America in both industry and agriculture. 

However, in Europe, those who were in their twenties in the 1920s seemed to have been characterized by the trauma of being young in the years of the war, and not having the greatest of role models, as so many of the best and the brightest had been killed in WWI. 

We are now seeing a second "Lost Generation". But, which generation is the lost one? Some people, including myself, see more hope in the individualism of the Millenials than the over-conforming people of Gen-X. 

But, with regard to religion, the Gen-Xers are a "mixed bag" of those who go to church simply because it is still the thing to do, and those who are completely secularized. Gen-Xers in America are those born from 1965-1980. In America, the Baby Boomer cut off in 1965, but in Europe, as people after WWII delayed marriage, it is considered a bit later.

The Generations DefinedRoughly, 25-30 years is a generation. But, this is not merely based on age, but on a shared culture, and as the culture changes more quickly, so will the generational years be shortened. 

The Millenials are those born after 1980, or from 1981. 

A lost generation is one which lacks purpose because of being traumatized by war. The Baby Boomers, on the whole, are a positive, optimistic group who were highly successful, living in a time when education was still at a higher level, and where competition was considered a good. No one was afraid to speak of leadership training, for example, which is now a dirty phrase among the politically correct crowd.

The Gen-Xers have had focus as well but on the things of this world-money and status and this generation have been seen as much more conformist than the Baby Boomers. In America, the great symbol of the Gen-Xers was the SUV. Kids in my son's generation grew up watching DVDs and eating on the way to and from school in the family SUV.

This is the techno generation....and they are more introverted and loners.

But, the Millenials are not only more individualistic, they are the new lost generation.

They have not been traumatized by war, but by complete chaos in the world. They have been traumatized by watching wars and terrorism, violence and paganism on TV and in movies. They are surrounded by anti-heroes.

And, there is one huge reason for this. They were not "parented". Too many Gen-Xers wanted to be friends with their children, to the point of letting them call them by their first names. The Millenials have not been formed at all in the virtues, except for the few. 

"Here are Paula and Sam, my parents, " is something I began to hear in the generation who were never disciplined, never "grounded", whose parents just "talked" to them as discipline was without consequences.

I saw the huge change as I had stopped college teaching in 1986, and stopped working with youth as a chaplain in 1987 to get married and be a stay-at-home mom in 1988. When I returned to the world of academia, in 1997, I was shocked at the change. 

For the first time, I met youth who had never been disciplined, and never been inside a church. I was teaching in a Catholic high school, before going back to college teaching, and quickly saw the rot of the lack of parenting.

This is also the generation whose parents have never taught them any moral framework, and who have never learned to share. Why share when there are only two kids in the family?

The new lost generation is not inclined to religion or, ironically, are more religious than their parents. So, the extremes are more clearly seen in their groupings.

They are lost because they are beginning to perceive that they have no futures economically, and many have to put off marriage and having families because they are out of work. According to a Pew Research Document, 16% of the American Millenials of working age in 2013 were living in poverty, compared to 8% of the first wave of Baby Boomers.

Twice as many.....

We are losing our children or grandchildren to the greatest age of neo-paganism the world has ever seen. A post-Christian world is worse than a pre-Christian one, and parents who refused to form their children with religion and morals have created this lost generation. The rise of the occult in this generation is shocking and a direct result of the laissez faire attitude of parents.

It will be the job of those religious Millenials to bring some of their own generation into the Church, as few listened to anyone else. The peer group is all. The lost generation continue the heritage of  "peter pans" and "predators" instead of "protectors". 

But, sadly, the movement of converts will not make much of a difference to numbers, as the older generations die off and the new ones do not take their place in the pews. Up to one-third of this generation have been killed in abortion. 

The new lost generation have lost their souls. Pray that these young men and women are open to God's call and grace, given to all despite the failings of their parents.

On Purpose? Incompetence?

Horrible News SCANDAL

Hope you can open this, or look on Youtube tomorrow. Do you think God will stand by in silence?

BREAKING: NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade Goes Gay - Dolan Cheers!
A stunning announcement out of NYC today. The oldest, largest and longest running parade in the country has gone gay. The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade will now allow open homosexuals to march together in the parade - and Cardinal Dolan will head the March as Grand Marshal.

Sad News two

PEORIA — Efforts to canonize Archbishop Fulton Sheen have been suspended indefinitely, the Catholic Diocese of Peoria announced Wednesday afternoon.
In a statement, the diocese said that the process leading to beatification and canonization was being halted, despite having been moving smoothly up until now.
In fact, expectations were for a beatification ceremony as soon as next year, following only a vote by the College of Cardinals and approval by Pope Francis after a 12-year-long effort by the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Foundation headed by Bishop Daniel Jenky.
However, apparently the Archdiocese of New York denied Jenky’s request to move Sheen’s remains to Peoria for the process of official inspection and to take first class relics from the remains.
“After further discussion with Rome, it was decided that the Sheen cause would now have to be relegated to the Congregation’s historic archive,” the diocese said in a statement thanking supporters for the donations of time and money they have made to the cause.
The statement also notes that Jenky had been “personally assured” repeatedly that the transfer of Sheen’s remains would take place, and that the change of mind only occurred after the canonization effort “had reached a significant stage.”

Cautioning that similar efforts have taken decades or centuries, Jenky urged in the statement that supporters should “continue their prayers that God’s will be made manifest.”
The Cancellation of the Sheen sainthood process by Journal Star

Sad News one

  •  Sad News, and apologies for the spacing problems. Net problems early this morning.

      NEWS RELEASE The Diocese of Peoria, Illinois Wednesday, September 3, 2014
                 Sheen Cause Suspended, Call for Prayer 

    It is with immense sadness that the Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, Bishop of Peoria and President of the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Foundation, announced today that the Cause for Sheen’s beatification and canonization has for the foreseeable future been suspended. The  process to verify a possible miracle attributed to Sheen had been going extremely well, and only awaited a vote of the Cardinals and the approval of the Holy Father. There was every indication that a possible date for beatification in Peoria would have been scheduled for as early as the coming year. The Holy See expected that the remains of Venerable Sheen would be moved to Peoria where official inspection would be made and first class relics be taken. Subsequently, the Archdiocese of New York denied Bishop Jenky’s request to move the body to Peoria. After further discussion with Rome, it was decided that the Sheen Cause would now have to be relegated to the Congregation’s historic archive. Countless supporters especially from the local church in Central Illinois have given their time, treasure and talent for this good work with the clear understanding that the body of Venerable Sheen would return to the Diocese. Bishop Jenky was personally assured on several occasions  by the Archdiocese of New York that the transfer of the body would take place at the appropriate time. New York’s change of mind took place as the work on behalf of the Cause had reached a significant stage. Bishop Jenky is what is technically called the “actor” of the Sheen Cause. The Diocese of Peoria and the Sheen Foundation have prayed and labored for this good work for the last twelve years. The Bishop is heartbroken not only for his flock in Peoria but also for the many supporters of the Sheen Cause from throughout the world who have so generously supported Peoria’s efforts. It should be noted, however, that saints are always made by God not by man. Efforts for many causes have sometimes taken decades or even centuries. Bishop Jenky urges that those who support the Sheen Cause continue their prayers that God’s will be made manifest.  No further comment will be released at this time. 

    Catholic Diocese of Peoria
    Spalding Pastoral Center

Free Will 101 Part Four

I cannot possibly summarize the sections in Ripperger on free will, but I want to share a bit from the section on choosing evil.

The will normally chooses what is perceived as a good. But, what about people who make evil choices? Daily, we see people choosing to be violent, crass, gross, insensitive, morally evil, and they are choosing such sins.

As Ripperger points out, "The definition of love is 'willing the good of another...'"

When we will, we make an act of love.

Some people accept the evil in order to get a good. Evil, notes Ripperger, becomes part of the will if the person accepts evil as part of the willing. He adds, "People who choose evil are not OK."

The next bit is really interesting. "The second aspect of this issue is that the intellect is forced to act contrary to its very nature." The intellect knows the difference between good and evil. Therefore, if one acts against one's intellect, one is being less than human; in fact, one is being irrational.

To pursue evil is irrational, which is why sin can lead to mental illness.

Actual sin, as Father notes, is a sign that man is "not functioning according to the natural state in which he was intended to thrive."

Sin is not normal, as the world wants to make us believe. It is sub-normal.

I cannot recommend Father Ripperger's book enough. If any reader is in psychology or planning on making that a career, reading this book is a must.

Free Will 101 Part Three

I really see a huge difference in younger people regarding free will. So many simply do not believe in it.

Personally, I think the dysfunctional family has caused the younger generations to think they have no control over their choices.

I am repeating this list as it seems to me that the issue of having a free will must be addressed in order to break through the false idea that we are merely thrown about by passions.

More again later.

Monday, 18 August 2014

More on Free Will from This Blog:Perfection Series III

13 Feb 2014 In order to have free will, people must have a center of their being which is independent. Mortal sin makes us thralls, ...
04 Feb 2014
We are at the point where technology is creating the future not predicting the future. Someone said today that free will is gone in most people in the States, and possibly in the EU. Think about this...................who has free will?
21 Aug 2013
God gave us free will, which sets us apart from the animals, and is part of how we are made in His Image and Likeness. We are called, especially those of us who are baptised, to know, to love, to serve God in this world and to ...
23 May 2013
The Evil of Relativism-the denial of free will and hell. Posted by Supertradmum. I cannot believe this. I am astounded. A religious person, in a habit, said that there was no difference between good and evil in a person.
07 Apr 2013
One of the themes of this blog has been the interaction of grace and free will. Thankfully, we have a long tradition of the writings of the Doctors of the Church and others on this subject. The reason I bring it up again is that there ...
09 Sep 2013
Posted by Supertradmum. Concluding this little three part series on the sin of presumption, I want to stress that this sin involves not only pride, but the denial of free will, reason, and revelation. Presumption also denies natural ...
24 Jan 2013
Though the fact may surprise some who frame the debate in terms of divine sovereignty, it must be stated that Augustine is not an enemy of the free will. In fact, Augustine is vehement in his defense of free will on occasion.
22 Jul 2014
(2) God wills all men to be saved and no on to perish...nor after the fall of the first man is it His will forcibly to deprive man of free will. (3) That those, however, who are walking in the path of righteousness in their innocence, He ...
13 Apr 2013
We have free will to repent, change, accept grace and move into the purgation or perfection stage. And, if a habit of rebellion and stubborness persists, one loses the ability to discern. Canisius was writing at a time when ...
22 Jul 2014
The Church has always held up the primacy of free will in man to choose. That God permits evil is a mystery. Here is a quotation from the Council of Quierzy: "Our will, aided by prevenient grace and concomitant is free to do ...
12 May 2012
It is, basically, a giving up of our freedoms and responsibilities, especially with regard to free will. Adults who do not want to grow up, those stuck in the Peter Pan Syndrome, fall under this false belief system and avoid real ...
16 Jul 2013
Supertradmum said... Raptor, I am sorry for all that pain-but Jesus and God did not make those people act that way. We all have freedom, free will and sadly, many people abuse it. Jesus will not step on our free will, like some ...
18 Mar 2014
God has a perfect will and plan for us and a permissive will, which allows evil things to happen. This permissive will forms the mystery of suffering and the allowance of evil, from the free choices of men and women. However ...
16 Jan 2014
The first is the denial of free will. People chose to make bad choices daily. There is a growing number of Catholics on twitter, in blogs and in daily speech who reveal that they do not understand two things about free will.

Free Will 101 Part Two

The CCC has an excellent little section on our freedom as human beings. This teaching on freedom has been misunderstood and taught incorrectly.

A snippet and then, in the next post, commentary:





1730 God created man a rational being, conferring on him the dignity of a person who can initiate and control his own actions. "God willed that man should be 'left in the hand of his own counsel,' so that he might of his own accord seek his Creator and freely attain his full and blessed perfection by cleaving to him."26
Man is rational and therefore like God; he is created with free will and is master over his acts.27
1731 Freedom is the power, rooted in reason and will, to act or not to act, to do this or that, and so to perform deliberate actions on one's own responsibility. By free will one shapes one's own life. Human freedom is a force for growth and maturity in truth and goodness; it attains its perfection when directed toward God, our beatitude.
1732 As long as freedom has not bound itself definitively to its ultimate good which is God, there is the possibility of choosing between good and evil, and thus of growing in perfection or of failing and sinning. This freedom characterizes properly human acts. It is the basis of praise or blame, merit or reproach.
1733 The more one does what is good, the freer one becomes. There is no true freedom except in the service of what is good and just. The choice to disobey and do evil is an abuse of freedom and leads to "the slavery of sin."28
1734 Freedom makes man responsible for his acts to the extent that they are voluntary. Progress in virtue, knowledge of the good, and ascesis enhance the mastery of the will over its acts.
1735 Imputability and responsibility for an action can be diminished or even nullified by ignorance, inadvertence, duress, fear, habit, inordinate attachments, and other psychological or social factors.
1736 Every act directly willed is imputable to its author:
Thus the Lord asked Eve after the sin in the garden: "What is this that you have done?"29 He asked Cain the same question.30 The prophet Nathan questioned David in the same way after he committed adultery with the wife of Uriah and had him murdered.31
An action can be indirectly voluntary when it results from negligence regarding something one should have known or done: for example, an accident arising from ignorance of traffic laws.
1737 An effect can be tolerated without being willed by its agent; for instance, a mother's exhaustion from tending her sick child. A bad effect is not imputable if it was not willed either as an end or as a means of an action, e.g., a death a person incurs in aiding someone in danger. For a bad effect to be imputable it must be foreseeable and the agent must have the possibility of avoiding it, as in the case of manslaughter caused by a drunken driver.
1738 Freedom is exercised in relationships between human beings. Every human person, created in the image of God, has the natural right to be recognized as a free and responsible being. All owe to each other this duty of respect. The right to the exercise of freedom, especially in moral and religious matters, is an inalienable requirement of the dignity of the human person. This right must be recognized and protected by civil authority within the limits of the common good and public order.32
1739 Freedom and sin. Man's freedom is limited and fallible. In fact, man failed. He freely sinned. By refusing God's plan of love, he deceived himself and became a slave to sin. This first alienation engendered a multitude of others. From its outset, human history attests the wretchedness and oppression born of the human heart in consequence of the abuse of freedom.
1740 Threats to freedom. The exercise of freedom does not imply a right to say or do everything. It is false to maintain that man, "the subject of this freedom," is "an individual who is fully self-sufficient and whose finality is the satisfaction of his own interests in the enjoyment of earthly goods."33 Moreover, the economic, social, political, and cultural conditions that are needed for a just exercise of freedom are too often disregarded or violated. Such situations of blindness and injustice injure the moral life and involve the strong as well as the weak in the temptation to sin against charity. By deviating from the moral law man violates his own freedom, becomes imprisoned within himself, disrupts neighborly fellowship, and rebels against divine truth.
1741 Liberation and salvation. By his glorious Cross Christ has won salvation for all men. He redeemed them from the sin that held them in bondage. "For freedom Christ has set us free."34 In him we have communion with the "truth that makes us free."35 The Holy Spirit has been given to us and, as the Apostle teaches, "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."36 Already we glory in the "liberty of the children of God."37
1742 Freedom and grace. The grace of Christ is not in the slightest way a rival of our freedom when this freedom accords with the sense of the true and the good that God has put in the human heart. On the contrary, as Christian experience attests especially in prayer, the more docile we are to the promptings of grace, the more we grow in inner freedom and confidence during trials, such as those we face in the pressures and constraints of the outer world. By the working of grace the Holy Spirit educates us in spiritual freedom in order to make us free collaborators in his work in the Church and in the world:
Almighty and merciful God,
in your goodness take away from us all that is harmful,
so that, made ready both in mind and body,
we may freely accomplish your will.38
1743 "God willed that man should be left in the hand of his own counsel (cf. Sir 15:14), so that he might of his own accord seek his creator and freely attain his full and blessed perfection by cleaving to him" (GS 17 § 1).
1744 Freedom is the power to act or not to act, and so to perform deliberate acts of one's own. Freedom attains perfection in its acts when directed toward God, the sovereign Good.
1745 Freedom characterizes properly human acts. It makes the human being responsible for acts of which he is the voluntary agent. His deliberate acts properly belong to him.
1746 The imputability or responsibility for an action can be diminished or nullified by ignorance, duress, fear, and other psychological or social factors.
1747 The right to the exercise of freedom, especially in religious and moral matters, is an inalienable requirement of the dignity of man. But the exercise of freedom does not entail the putative right to say or do anything.
1748 "For freedom Christ has set us free" (Gal 5:1).

26 GS 17; Sir 15:14.
27 St. Irenaeus, Adv. haeres. 4,4,3:PG 7/1,983.
28 Cf. Rom 6:17.
29 Gen 3:13.
30 Cf. Gen 4:10.
31 Cf. 2 Sam 12:7-15.
32 Cf. DH 2 § 7.
33 CDF, instruction, Libertatis conscientia 13.
34 Gal 5:1.
35 Cf. Jn 8:32.
36 2 Cor 17.
37 Rom 8:21.
38 Roman Missal, 32nd Sunday, Opening Prayer: Omnipotens et misericors Deus, universa nobis adversantia propitiatus exclude, ut, mente et corpore pariter expediti, quæ tua sunt liberis mentibus exsequamu

Free Will 101 Part One

I am beginning to think that the last two generations have no idea what free will exactly is.

The society and cultures of the West want to blame parents, circumstances of life, financial recessions, even holidays for people making bad decisions.

I am making my way through Fr, Chad Ripperger's major book, Introduction to the Science of Mental Health.

Two of Fr. Ripperger's shattering ideas, that is surprising for modern people, which are so obviously true one must assent, is that modern psychology fails because most psychologists ignore the soul.

Without addressing the soul, a person is only being helped less than half-way. The soul forms the body and informs the mind.

Without helping the soul be healthy, that is, in grace and not in sin, the psychologist will fail in helping a person out of mental illness.

The second main point in the book is that much mental illness is caused by sin.

That Fr. Ripperger writes about free will in context of who humans are given this ability to choose good and evil by the fact that they are human.

The GenXers and Millennials have a problem. They want to continually talk away sin by blaming pyschological reasons, the lack of proper nurturing, and a huge set of circumstance as causing sin.

Choice causes sin.

Many Christians today live in the victim mode. All evil has happened to them. They cannot possibly choose evil.

But, they have and they do.

I would recommend Father Ripperger's book to anyone in any ministry under the age of 70. The denial of sin in Western culture has obviously caused the decadence of civilizations, and some, if not most, mental illness.

Free will can be burdened, but not taken away. Free will can be bent, but not destroyed, except in some extraordinary situations.

Those who have had their wills destroyed  can regain mental health and a healthy will, through counseling and prayer.

But to deny that humans have free will is heresy. Both secularism, which denies the existence of the sacred and the spiritual, (also called materialism, and the opposite, Jansenism, deny free will.

Those who keep making excuses for themselves and others, denying that they have the power to turn away from temptation, may face hell.

Does a person caught in habitual mortal sin need help? Yes, but to deny the part of the will in those choices only makes the person more depressed and even despondent.

I hate this emphasis on the victim mentality, which denies personal responsibility for sin.

to be continued...