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Wednesday 8 October 2014

The Blood Moon

Well, from my window, I can see the eclipse. But, the clouds keep covering the moon. It is a dark red. I do not know when I shall see a blood moon next. The four year "blood moon" time is almost over. Next year is the last year for such a long series of eclipses.

I hope where you are right now proves to be less cloudy. At least I saw part of this eclipse. Tonight is also the peak for the seasonal meteor shower in Draco.

Writing from North Carolina...

A Grateful Note

I am taking a day or two off of blogging in order to retreat.

I must say that I am so grateful to all my readers. You keep me going...

Thanks so much.

See you shortly. Prayers, please.

Remember to make a cell in your mind in order to find and listen to God.

Hello to Readers from France!

Hello Readers from the Isle of Man

I wonder if my old friend from London is there?
thanks to wiki commons 

Yet another re-post because of the Supreme Court

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

A Prediction Concerning Catholic Marriages

 The Ecclesiastical Courts Act 1855, the Matrimonial Causes Act 1857,  
and the Ecclesiastical Courts Jurisdiction Act 1860 gradually moved marriage 
regulation into the hands of the State.

And, read this for your edification again.....

Another Repost Because of The Supreme Court

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

A Time-Machine Back to 1581: the Death of an Enlightenment Democratic Monarchy

In this day and age of relativism, camps of opinion arise like midges on a hike in Alaska. 
One brushes away one set of  "arguments", only to find dozens flying into one's face. 
The media frenzy over the events of the past three weeks is not going to subside. On the contrary, 
we Catholics are entering into a new era of Church-bashing which will not go away.

The days of toleration for differing religious opinions, or at least, Catholic teaching, is over.

I watched two days of the Parliament hearings of witnesses regarding the civil union or rather 
same-sex-marriage act. I usually do not watch television, but I was visiting a friend who wanted 
to watch this swarm of opinions based on sola fide, sola scriptura; each man and woman on the 
panel proved to be his or her own pope.

The Church of England witnesses, as they were called, had eloquent and keen questions and answers. 
So did Archbishop Peter Smith and his legal team. I was impressed by the firm and clear positions given 
by these two groups.

Not so other groups, like the Church of Wales representatives, who waffled.

What did astound me was the out and out rudeness of some of the questioners, all of them MPs, 
not to be named here. One can look at my blog for names. I merely want to point out the lack of 
respect towards those representatives of organized religion. At several places in the presentation of 
answers by Archbishop Peter Smith, some members laughed out loud in derision for the Catholic 
position on marriage, pre-marital sex, and our anti-contraception, anti-abortion positions.

What came to my mind was that I could have been in a time-machine, taken back to the interrogations of 
Edmund Campion, Ralph Sherwin, or Robert Southwell et al.

The entire meeting of this Parliament panel on both days was a sham. The smug hypocritical statements of 
the members of Parliament shone out like words of old transcripts in a history of Recusant trials.

Parliament determines moral and religious policy in Britain, not the churches.

Parliament in 2013 mirrors Parliament in 1581, or 1585 or 1681, this last the year of the martyrdom of 
St. Oliver Plunkett. I have seen his head in St. Peter's Church, Drogheda. His face is peaceful, but reveals pain.

We honour martyrs in the Catholic Church almost daily. We of this Guild honour Titus Brandsma, 
who was martyred and is a Blessed. But, do we really want martyrs in 2013? Do we feel uncomfortable 
watching Peter Smith being derided? Do we want our leaders to stand firm on the ancient teachings of the 
One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church?

I hope we feel proud and strengthened by the witness of Truth.

I hope we stand with our leaders.

I hope we can see clearly that the actions of Parliament will lead to the type of society created under 
Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, where those who kept the Faith were fined, suffered financial loss, ruin, 
disgrace, if not martyrdom. Catholics will not be able to be registrars or superintendents of registrars. 
Catholics may not be able to be teachers in some schools. The Catholic priests may be in a position 
of disobedience to certain laws after judicial decisions.

Parliament acts just as it has since the Protestant Revolt. Parliament was given powers over the private
 consciences of the people of Britain and it will take those powers and use those again and again and again. 
Five hundred years of practice makes this pattern of oppression all too easy. There are precedences. 

We are witnessing the death of the modern Enlightenment democracy as a philosophy of governance
We are witnessing the sliding back to a time when religions were not allowed to stand in the marketplace 
and speak Truth.

The powers that be have not changed their philosophies. They have renewed an older pattern of intolerance 
which is wedded to the very power of Parliament.

The Catholic Church has not changed Her Truths, Revelation and Tradition.

We are, again, Non-Conformists, and as in the past, consequences will follow strongly held beliefs.

I hope those who belong to the Guild of the martyr Titus Brandsma know how to stand firm in the storms 
that will blow across Great Britain. We have an excellent example. Brandsma upheld the bishops' decisions 
and the clarity of teaching that Catholicism and Nazism clashed. Catholicism will always clash with falsehood.

As Catholic journalists, we of this Guild can follow our patron to whatever consequences may follow.

I, for one, will write as long as I can for Christ and His Church.

Thoughts for The Day

"Why, this Satan's drink is so delicious," he reputedly exclaimed, "that it would be a pity to let the infidels have exclusive use of it. We shall fool Satan by baptizing it and making it a truly Christian beverage."

Pope Clement VIII on coffee


Coffee and coffeehouses took London by storm. By 1700 there were more than two thousand London coffeehouses, occupying more premises and paying more rent than any other trade. They came to be known as penny universities, because for that price one could purchase a cup of coffee and sit for hours listening to extraordinary conversations—or as a 1657 newspaper advertisement put it "PUBLICK INTERCOURSE." Each coffeehouse specialized in a different type of clientele. In one, physicians could be consulted. Others served Protestants, Puritans, Catholics, Jews, literati, merchants, traders, fops, Whigs, Tories, army officers, actors, lawyers, clergy, or wits. The coffeehouses provided England's first egalitarian meeting place, where a man was expected to chat with his tablemates whether he knew them or not.
    Edward Lloyd's establishment catered primarily to seafarers and merchants, and he regularly prepared "ships' lists" for underwriters who met there to offer insurance. Thus began Lloyd's of London, the famous insurance company. Other coffeehouses spawned the Stock Exchange, the Bankers' Clearing-house, and newspapers such as The Tattler and The Spectator.

both from the book Uncommon Grounds by Mark Pendergrast.

Simple Words of Wisdom

A very holy priest wrote to me yesterday with a simple reminder I can share with all.

If something or someone brings us closer to God and helps us to grow spiritually in perfection, then we can pursue that thing, or be friends with that someone.

If someone does not help up grow spiritually and if something draws us away from perfection, we need to avoid such a thing, such a person.


Also, one must always be on guard against the wiles of the devil. Something, or some person which may seem good and true may not be so.

When in doubt, go to Mary.

Who Are You Following?

Matthew 15:14Douay-Rheims 

14 Let them alone: they are blind, and leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into the pit.
To be obedient to Rome is all things, great and small, gives one sight. Those who are blind have refused to be obedient. They will all fall into the pit.

To Discern or Not To Discern

Some people miss Christ in the midst of life. Pilate missed coming over to The Truth. Either he was not listening carefully, or his darkness of mind kept him from seeing God, Who was stood before him in The Flesh.

Why is it that some people "get it" and see what is happening on the global level regarding the ending of Western Civilization? Why is it that some people see the coming splits in the Church, when many so-called good Catholics will part from Rome?

Why is it that some people have missed all the signs from the 1970s up to the present day regarding God's punishment and justice coming upon the earth?

Why do people lack discernment?

One reason-sin.

One of the most common sins which interferes with discernment, part of the gift of knowledge we receive in Confirmation is attachment to things or people. The need for human approval or the attachment to status and wealth prove to be high barriers in the spiritual life.

One cannot see over these walls of attachment without repentance.

Another sin is that of heresy. Some Catholics who believe in Liberation Theology, or a false seer, who contracept or are in irregular marriages lack discernment because they refuse to repent.

But, the most common sin which stops people and stopped the Hebrews listening to their prophets is the sin of idolatry.

Idolatry and discernment cannot abide in the same soul, mind, imagination.

False gods may be anything, but in America, it is the false pride of Americanism. Too many people see America as the best, when in reality, the entire nation should be fasting and praying to stop the great retribution of God's justice.

One cannot ignore the prophets any longer. It is time now to allow God to make one perfect. Now.

The symbolism of the lit lamps in the parable of the Five Wise and Five Foolish Bridesmaids points to the light of discernment-the readiness of those wise ones who brought enough oil.

Oil in the Old Testament means grace, anointing, being chosen.

The chosen ones paid attention, came prepared to meet the Bridegroom.

The others were left out in the dark, literally.

Be prepared spiritually.

Only the perfect see God.