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Saturday 11 October 2014

You cannot make these things up...

Stating the Obvious

plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

We never learn.

Blogging Later on Sunday

I shall not be blogging until later on Sunday. Catch you all then.

Why I am not covering the Synod..

One, I am not in Rome and Michael Voris is or will be soon.

Two, I am a lay person and my knowledge of Church politics is limited.

Three, I am sick of heretics.

However, I shall try to undo media and clerical damage, as I did in the mini-rants against gradualism.

I shall try and clarify or discard garbage floating around in the guise of cool on the spot reporting.

Look at the anti-gradualist posts.

More like that will come.


From Linen on The Hedgerow

Saturday, 11 October 2014


It is with great personal sadness that we, the Collins Family, must inform the loyal followers of Linen on the Hedgerow, that our beautiful father, husband and grandfather, Richard Collins, has died peacefully at home this morning surrounded by those who loved him most.  He was blessed to receive the Last Rites and Holy Mass was celebrated in the Extraordinary Form at his bedside.  Please pray for the repose of his soul.

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him.  May he rest in peace. Amen.

Feast of St. John XXIII

I remember this pope and the opening of Vatican II. The nuns wheeled a black and white television into the classroom so we could watch the opening of the council. I also remember that Mater et Magistra was the first encyclical taught to me.

I remember this pope and saint wearing the tiara. I remember seeing photos of him saying the TLM.

He was a "peasant pope" and this fact meant so much to the millions of Europeans displaced by WWII. Here was a pope who also knew hard times.

It is appropriate that he is a canonized saint and that we celebrate his sharing of the glory of God in heaven.

Pope St. John XXIII, pray for us.

And The Video on Strange Facts Is Fun

Crime in Malta

I was almost pick-pocketed twice and I have only been here two full days. Malta has been a country with very low statistics regarding all types of crime.

I can say plainly that the two men who tried to get into my handbag were not Maltese. And, this is the problem. Many immigrants from Africa, Hungary and Romania have come to Malta. When the Church asks us all, including governments, to be open to immigrants, they forget one thing. And the problem is now this-many immigrants do not share the same value system as Christians do.  It is a tragedy to see a once holy nation crumble under the sinfulness of sexual perversion.

Maltese people are mostly excellent, good people. They still have Christian morality, although it has been a contracepting country for a long time.

But, most of the people do believe in the Ten Commandments and try to live faithful lives. The churches are packed on Sunday.

But, the new immigrants are not Catholic, or even Christian. Sadly, after four visits here and never having to worry about my handbag, I now have to hold it tightly and make sure the zipper is zipped.

I did not see a policeman to tell him of these attempts. But, now I am on my guard.

I wish the bishops would ask immigrants to accept Catholic values and not let the immigrants import neo-paganism.

Are You Getting A Bit Shell-Shocked?

The World Is Getting More Restrictive

I wrote about this point months ago, and recently, concerning FACTA and TISA.

But, what most people do not realize is that America and Americans, except for corporations, are getting more and more isolated from Europe owing to financial laws. These laws have been passed by America, as the US government wants European banks to act as IRS agents. Of course, the European banks do not want to do this and rightly so.

Besides being double-taxed, like no other country except Eritrea, for property and income here, now Americans have less ability to transfer monies, and in some cases, none at all.

Europeans on the ground, the ordinary man on the street, dislike Americans more and more for various reasons. We are no longer trusted as individuals or as a nation.

Whose fault is this?

I can only say that this is a huge tragedy, this deterioration of relationships.

The nice, positive post-war feelings of mutual admiration have vanished. We have only ourselves to blame.

America is no longer seen as a refuge, an opportunity or the golden land. At least Europeans are waking up, if not Americans.

Makes It Harder for This Mum To Be with Son

God did not make me either French or a millionaire, only Supertradmum...

The French consulate in London has estimated that up to 400,000 French nationals live in the capital, a number equal to the population of France’s sixth largest city.
The Foreign Ministry recorded 1.6 million expats at the end of last year. But that figure only includes people who had registered at French consulates abroad. “So the real figure is twice as high,” says Hélène Charveriat, the delegate-general of the Union of French Citizens Abroad.

Prayers for This Island

I had a rather intense talk with a priest I met in the Munich airport, who personally knows the Archbishop Paul Cremona here, the leader who will not allow the Tridentine Mass. I mentioned this to the priest, who may meet him. The priest did not seem to care much for me saying what I did about how the bishop should allow the Mass, especially after the Summorum Pontificum. Well, I did my bit for the traditional community here.

Sad, that this center of Catholicism for years has no TLM, only the NO in Latin on Sunday at the Co-Cathedral.


I hope I can see this

A New Experience

I entrusted my phone with someone when I was in Malta last year, as this cell would not work in America.

No one in the family knows what happened to the phone. It has disappeared, either in the house or in a car somewhere.

Result, for the first time in my adult life, even counting my time in the convent the first time, when I was allowed a phone, I am without a phone, as I cannot afford to buy one here now. The second time I was in the convent, as I was in the cloister, of course, I did not have my phone.

Well, I guess God has put me in a veritable "no cell zone". Interesting.

So far, I have not missed the cell.

I have skype and those of my friends on skype should get a hold of me there, please.

I shall see how far I can get in life without a cell phone. I am actually looking forward to not having a cell, as it means I am not available all the time.

Europeans are ahead of the game in cells, btw.

Europe has adopted GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) as its mobile communications standard--unlike the US, which left companies to each create their own standards, resulting in largely incompatible networks. Settling on the GSM standard makes it easy to buy a cell phone that works in every European and Asian country, but there are some things you need to know.

Check Out This Article-Americans Gone Nutsy

Good News in A Harsh Area

Not A Prisoner

Thanks to Wiki
It is nice to be able to walk out, walk to church, (although I have not found a close daily Mass), walk to the stores, and just be by the sea.

In Illinois, Iowa and Upper State New York, I felt like a prisoner, as each walk in the winter and some in the summer ended up with me experiencing an asthma attack. Those who have no breathing problems cannot imagine how difficult it is to have to stay inside when one wants and enjoys being outside.

I am no longer a prisoner.

But, I am noticing something having been in several different states (three) and two countries in the past week. Some cultures have become just plain rude. So sad...But, thankfully, most people who work in the service industries are friendly and helpful still.

In the Newark airport, I was happily surprised by the helpful "red coats" and the smiling, affable clerks in stores and in coffee shops.

In fact, I can recommend in the International section, a friendly and accommodating coffee shop-Green Beans Coffee.

This shop-keeper proved to be one of the few in America which knows how to make an "cafe Americano".

Americano coffee starts with espresso and hot water is added on top. I ordered a large and it was fantastic.

Some cafes advertise cafe americano, but do not make it correctly. If you do not see the server starting by making espresso, it is not real Americano coffee.

So, another recommendation. Munich airport offers free coffee, tea and chocolate to all who are flying. This makes me like the Germans even more. I have had good experiences both in Frankfort and in Munich, the only two places I have visited in Germany.

Germany must be on my list of places to visit, but as I travel alone and want to have friends at the "other side" when I land, and as I personally know no Germans in Germany, this visit remains on my wish-list.

Philippians 4:12-20Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)

12 I know both how to be brought low, and I know how to abound: (everywhere, and in all things I am instructed) both to be full, and to be hungry; both to abound, and to suffer need.
13 I can do all these things in him who strengtheneth me.
14 Nevertheless you have done well in communicating to my tribulation.
15 And you also know, O Philippians, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but you only:
16 For unto Thessalonica also you sent once and again for my use.
17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that may abound to your account.
18 But I have all, and abound: I am filled, having received from Epaphroditus the things you sent, an odour of sweetness, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.
19 And may my God supply all your want, according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
20 Now to God and our Father be glory world without end. Amen.

Enough for now. Be bak son.

God Will Not Be Mocked

Psalm 105 Douay-Rheims 

105 Alleluia. Give glory to the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Who shall declare the powers of the Lord? who shall set forth all his praises?
Blessed are they that keep judgment, and do justice at all times.
Remember us, O Lord, in the favour of thy people: visit us with thy salvation.
That we may see the good of thy chosen, that we may rejoice in the joy of thy nation: that thou mayst be praised with thy inheritance.
We have sinned with our fathers: we have acted unjustly, we have wrought iniquity.
Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt: they remembered not the multitude of thy mercies: And they provoked to wrath going up to the sea, even the Red Sea.
And he saved them for his own name's sake: that he might make his power known.
And he rebuked the Red Sea, and it was dried up: and he led them through the depths, as in a wilderness.
10 And he saved them from the hand of them that hated them: and he redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
11 And the water covered them that afflicted them: there was not one of them left.
12 And they believed his words: and they sang his praises.
13 They had quickly done, they forgot his works: and they waited not for his counsels.
14 And they coveted their desire in the desert: and they tempted God in the place without water.
15 And he gave them their request: and sent fulness into their souls.
16 And they provoked Moses in the camp, Aaron the holy one of the Lord.
17 The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan: and covered the congregation of Abiron.
18 And a fire was kindled in their congregation: the flame burned the wicked.
19 They made also a calf in Horeb: and they adored the graven thing.

20 And they changed their glory into the likeness of a calf that eateth grass.
21 They forgot God, who saved them, who had done great things in Egypt,
22 Wondrous works in the land of Cham: terrible things in the Red Sea.
23 And he said that he would destroy them: had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach: To turn away his wrath, lest he should destroy them.
24 And they set at nought the desirable land. They believed not his word,
25 And they murmured in their tents: they hearkened not to the voice of the Lord.
26 And he lifted up his hand over them: to overthrow them in the desert;
27 And to cast down their seed among the nations, and to scatter them in the countries.
28 They also were initiated to Beelphegor: and ate the sacrifices of the dead.
29 And they provoked him with their inventions: and destruction was multiplied among them.
30 Then Phinees stood up, and pacified him: and the slaughter ceased.
31 And it was reputed to him unto justice, to generation and generation for evermore.
32 They provoked him also at the waters of contradiction: and Moses was afflicted for their sakes:
33 Because they exasperated his spirit. And he distinguished with his lips.
34 They did not destroy the nations of which the Lord spoke unto them.
35 And they were mingled among the heathens, and learned their works:
36 And served their idols, and it became a stumblingblock to them.
37 And they sacrificed their sons, and their daughters to devils.
38 And they shed innocent blood: the blood of their sons and of their daughters which they sacrificed to the idols of Chanaan. And the land was polluted with blood,
39 And was defiled with their works: and they went aside after their own inventions.
40 And the Lord was exceedingly angry with his people: and he abhorred his inheritance.
41 And he delivered them into the hands of the nations: and they that hated them had dominion over them.
42 And their enemies afflicted them: and they were humbled under their hands:
43 Many times did he deliver them. But they provoked him with their counsel: and they were brought low by their iniquities.
44 And he saw when they were in tribulation: and he heard their prayer.
45 And he was mindful of his covenant: and repented according to the multitude of his mercies.
46 And he gave them unto mercies, in the sight of all those that had made them captives.
47 Save us, O Lord, our God: and gather us from among nations: That we may give thanks to thy holy name, and may glory in thy praise.
48 Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say: So be it, so be it.

Reading Psalm 105 for meditation today, I came across the name Beelphegor, the baal of the Moabites. This god, who is also a demon, as the gods are demons, demanded sacrifices as well as gross immorality in his worship.

Now, why this struck me today has to do with the overwhelming immodesty I have witnesses on this island. Fair enough, it is 80 degrees, but young and old women alike dress like prostitutes here.

They do not know this, but they have fallen into idolatry. Immodesty causes sex and immodesty is a statement of power--women using a good power to move men to love for selfish and controlling motives. Israel of old picked up the worship of Beelphegor, which included group fornication. God wiped out these idolaters, and St. Paul refers to them in 1 Corinthians.

1 Corinthians 10:8Douay-Rheims 

Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed fornication, and there fell in one day three and twenty thousand
The young people's dress, (as well as some of the middle-aged and older), as one of my friends states, "It's all about sex."  Most relationships now are based on sex and not friendship or common interests.
God was provoked, notes Psalm 105, to the point of destroying not only the leaders of the idolatrous cults, but those involved.  
If Beelphegor is still the demon being referred to in verse 37, this god demanded child sacrifice.
Abortion is child sacrifice to insure prosperity and wealth. Sounds too familiar. 
This demon in the Catholic Encyclopedia is called "the possessor". 
Now, the situation has become critical, as so many people have heard the Word of God and rejected Christ and His ways.
Pray for Malta, pray for the tourists. Verse 4 states, "and he (God) delivered them into the hands of the nations; and they that hated them had dominion over them."