Saturday Update March 9, 2013
St. Cyril of Alexandria, St. Apollinia
Let your manners be without covetousness, contented with such things as you have; for he hath said: I will not leave thee, neither will I forsake thee. Hebrews 13:5
On the Lighter Side…
The Glass Harp
It isn’t often enough we stop to smell the roses along the way so to speak, but here is a “sanity break” submitted by a long term reader of CRS:
‘Let America Get Back To Work!’: Santelli Explodes During Panel Discussion on the Fed’s Easy-Money Policies & Unemployment
“Let America get back to work the way that country has put people back to work ever since it started to be the shining light on top of the hill without all this micromanaging, European-style banking!” Santelli passionately argued.
Edit. A voice of reason at last …or simply just one talking head venting? You be the judge!
Rumors of Wars…
North Korea threatens nuclear strike, U.N. expands sanctions
“Since the United States is about to ignite a nuclear war, we will be exercising our right to preemptive nuclear attack against the headquarters of the aggressor in order to protect our supreme interest,” the North’s foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.
North Korea conducted a third nuclear test on February 12, in defiance of U.N. resolutions, and declared it had achieved progress in securing a functioning atomic arsenal. It is widely believed that the North does not have the capacity for a nuclear strike against the mainland of the United States.
Edit. Sanctions, as a means to forced compliance, never work and this has been proven throughout history. In theory, the United Nations was set up to create and foster harmony between nations through trade and mutual aid. Ostensibly, sanctions go against the raison d’être of the UN. Theoretically, sanctions mean to punish rogue States and foment rebellion, discord, and other forms of civil unrest. However, initially it lays the burden on the innocent civilians who suffer privations and even starvation, before civil action ensues. In addition, once civil violence does follow, the citizenry are the ones who suffer as the collateral damage of civil war and insurrections. Truly, sanctions are uncivilized weapons of mass destruction perpetrated by the so-called epitome of cooperation; this effectively rips the mask off of the monster that is the UN.
Faith and Morals…
‘The Filth’ corrupting the Vatican…and why the Pope REALLY quit
Sickened by moral corrosion in his own shadowy cabal, Benedict can only rid Rome of its malign influence by resigning… a leading Catholic writer’s explosive analysis
Here is the remarkable thing you are seldom told about a papal death or resignation: every one of the senior office-holders in the Vatican – those at the highest level of its internal bureaucracy, called the Curia – loses his job.
A report Benedict himself commissioned into the state of the Curia landed on his desk in January. It revealed that ‘The Filth’ – or more specifically, the pedophile priest scandal – had entered the bureaucracy.
He resigned in early February. That report was a final straw. The Filth has been corroding the soul of the Catholic Church for years, and the reason is the power-grabbing ineptitude and secrecy of the Curia – which failed to deal with the perpetrators. Now the Curia itself stands accused of being part of The Filth.
Edit. Could it be, as this article states, Pope Benedict XVI sacrificed his pontificate in order to “clean house” so to speak? Well time will tell. It is interesting to note that Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, former head of the Catholic Church in England, declared that the Vatican must ‘put its own house in order’. In a bold castigation of the papacy and the Curia, the cardinal said: ‘There is no doubt that today there needs to be renewal in the Church, reform in the Church, and especially of its government.’ The cardinal was referring to the decision made at an historic meeting of the world’s bishops in 1962, known as the Second Vatican Council, which called for devolution of power from Rome. Bishops and lay Catholics throughout the world complain that the shift of authority away from Rome to the local churches has not happened. So apparently the liberals are jockeying for position in order to divest the papacy of central authority as called for in VCII with collegiality, that is, the Church authority being shared by the Pope AND the bishops of the World.
As to the author’s prediction of a younger and more energetic version of the alleged “conservative” Benedict XVI as Pope, this too remains to be seen, but judging on past observations we will see more of the liberal leaning of a Modernist Pope. In either case, intrigues have been part of the Vatican for hundreds of years, and will not be overcome in one pontificate alone.
Pray for Christ’s poor Church, His Mystical Body on Earth, but remember all is in God’s capable hands. It is only for us to do His Will to make things aright.
Health and Wellness: formerly called Emerging Illnesses (Pestilence)…
A Locust Plague, Shy of Biblical Proportions, in Israel
For many Israelis, the biblical comparisons were irresistible: locusts were swarming across the border from Egypt three weeks before Passover, like a vivid enactment of the eighth plague visited upon the obdurate Pharaoh.
Edit. God is the Author of nature and oft times works through nature for the chastisement and edification of man. …Something to think about as Egypt descends into an Islamic State.
The Tmes They Are a Changin’…
Eric Holder informed Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) in writing that the White House would be within its legal authority to execute an American citizen via drone on U.S. soil if that person was determined to pose a threat to national security. On Wednesday, testifying before a Senate panel, Holder was prodded repeatedly about this assertion by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Holder eventually admitted that it would not be constitutional to execute an American citizen without due process.
Edit. When the Chrysler Corp was going through its transition to become more competitive and attract a younger consumer, they had a campaign that featured the statement: it’s not the Chrysler your father used to drive. Well, certainly we are seeing with the gutting of the United States Constitution that this: is not the country that your dad would recognize.
Politics and more…
Shep Smith Confronts John McCain Over His Rand Paul Criticism, Drones in Tense Interview
There is a chance that McCain did not watch all of Paul’s filibuster, as the the Kentucky senator repeatedly made it clear that he doesn’t believe the government would actually drop a missile on an American citizen. Instead, he said he wanted assurance from the White House that the executive branch does not have that kind of power under the U.S. Constitution.
Edit. Though McCain says it is ludicrous that a drone would be dropped on a dissident like Hanoi Jane during the Viet Nam War, yet if America is a battlefield as declared after 9/11, and admitted to by Senator McCain in this interview, then theoretically she would indeed be considered a enemy combatant and would potentially be on the President’s Drone “hit list”. The bottom line is that this puts a dangerous tool into the hands of government.
Let the Men of Wisdom Speak…
Let it be, as well, a crusade for Christian families. You Christian families who are here, consecrate yourselves to the Heart of Jesus, to the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Oh, pray together in the family! I know that many of those among you already do so, but may there always be more and more of you who do so with fervor! Let Our Lord truly reign in your homes!
Cast away, I beg you, anything which impedes children from entering your family! There is no greater gift that the Good God can bestow upon your hearths than to have many children. Have big families, it is the glory of the Catholic Church, the large family! It has been so in Canada, it has been so in Holland, it has been so in Switzerland, it has been so in France – everywhere the large family was the joy and prosperity of the Church. There are that many more chosen souls for heaven! Therefore, do not limit, I beg you, the gifts of God; do not listen to these abominable slogans which destroy the family, which ruin health, which ruin the household and which provoke divorce.
And I wish that, in these troubled times, in this degenerate urban atmosphere in which we are living, that you return to the land whenever possible. The land is healthy, the land teaches one to know God, the land draws one to God, it calms temperaments, characters, and encourages the children to work.
And if it is necessary, yes, you yourselves will make the school for your children! If the schools should corrupt your children, what are you going to do? Deliver them to the corrupters? To those who teach these abominable sexual practices in schools? To the so-called “Catholic” schools run by religious men and women, where they simply teach sin? In reality, that is what they are teaching to the children, they corrupt them from their tenderest youth! Are you to put up with that? It is inconceivable! Rather that your children be poor, rather that they be removed from this apparent science that the world possesses, but that they be good children, Christian children, Catholic children, children who love to pray and who love to work, children who love the earth which the good God has made.
Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, SSPX On the Occasion of His Sacerdotal Jubilee,
23 September 1979, Paris, France
Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof.
Well for at least a fourth week I’ve been in the dungeon working on the remodeling. Essentially, we are now at the point where the electrician will now be required before any further work on my part will continue. Hopefully, we will have the funds to continue with the electrical part of this remodel. This remains to be seen and should be decided this week.
Meantime, here in New England and the Middle Atlantic States we’ve been through, what is hoped to be, the last hurray of winter. Our area was blanketed on Thursday and Friday with about 8 to 10 inches of snow. Since this is a March storm and temperature projection are for mid-fifties today and Sunday, the melt off will be quite rapid.
Certainly, this week I will start preparing the greenhouse for the new seedlings which will be started in about two weeks. I’ve finally found some watercress at the green grocers so I planted these in the floating platform in the aquarium. Watercress is often thought of as a submerged water plant but technically it is an immersed plant which likes to grow leaves above the water while having its roots in water. It has been about five days and the plants are already developing a strong root system and the leaves are greening up quite well. Certainly, by next Sunday we will be able to take clippings for our salads.
Putting It all In Perspective & Final commentary…
The world both secular and religious are in a difficult state of flux. Even nature seems to be rebelling with the locusts, earthquakes, volcanoes, and weird weather of late. Many seem to say it is the end times, but this has been the cry since Apostolic Times. Certainly we are experiencing a chastisement as we increasingly abandon God from our lives; and yet, man still does not get the message. They still stubbornly resist, even many Catholics do not believe God, the God of nature, acts through nature to chide and chastise. They refuse to see the correlation between the usurping of Christ the King from His Throne and the temporal and spiritual circumstances we currently in which we currently find ourselves.
So pray fervently and without tiring the Rosary for this purpose …the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as the hour glass of 100 years is quickly draining.
Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.
Caveat: I’m not in any way giving or advocating any medical or financial advice but merely informing you of the controversies involved in this topic and the dilemma they present to the thinking Catholic in our times. I do not intend to give medical or financial advice or take any responsibility for anyone else’s health, medical or financial positions and decisions and as always encourage everyone to be fully informed, through personal research and contact a professional adviser before making any medical or financial decisions.
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