“Take and eat; this is my body.” MT 26:26

“Take and eat; this is my body.” MT 26:26

Thursday, 24 October 2019

WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM POPE PIUS X & THE CANADIAN ELECTION

There's some fantastic analysis in the works to (hopefully) explain what just happened in Canada's federal election. (Not by me, but by those with greater intellect and resolve for this sort of effort.)
The campaign was unlike anything political observers can recall, at least in terms of Canadian history. For many Canucklehead-politicos, this most recent election carried a whiff of American politics with a distinct nasty streak about a mile (or kilometre) wide.
For many voters, I believe, the overwhelming feeling was one of disappointment in the choices presented to them on the ballot.
That something that I believe was lacking? Virtue. The candidates and parties were big on promises about this and that and shoveling gobs of politically correct rhetoric, but at some point - and I think we passed that point - the approach fails to inspire.
Few if any candidates, with the exception of the Christian Heritage Party, mentioned anything about Godly ethics. This was a mistake. People want to be inspired, especially by the people who want to be their leaders. It is a lie that God and Christian morality have no place in politics, a myth we've thoroughly embraced as an electorate. It's time to reject this lie. It's time for Catholics to regain our place in the public square. That "lost ground" in the battle of the culture wars that we're told we'll never get back? We can retake it, but only with Christ.
So where do we look for inspiration? The Church. (Where else?)
A friend brought this to my attention today. It's an excerpt of Pope St. Pius X in Il Fermo Proposito, from June 11, 1905:
“To restore all things in Christ” has always been the Church’s motto, and it is especially Our own during these fearful moments through which we are now passing. “To restore all things”—not in any haphazard fashion, but “in Christ”; and the Apostle adds, “both those in the heavens and those on earth” (Ep.1:10). “To restore all things in Christ” includes not only what properly pertains to the divine mission of the Church, namely, leading souls to God, but also what We have already explained as flowing from that divine mission, namely Christian civilization in each and every one of the elements composing it.
Since We particularly dwell on this last part of the desired restoration, you clearly see, Venerable Brethren, the services rendered to the Church by those chosen bands of Catholics who aim to unite all their forces in combating anti-Christian civilization by every just and lawful means. They use every means in repairing the serious disorders caused by it. They seek to restore Jesus Christ to the family, the school and society by re-establishing the principle that human authority represents the authority of God. They take to heart the interests of the people, especially those of the working and agricultural classes, not only by inculcating in the hearts of everybody a true religious spirit (the only true fount of consolation among the troubles of this life) but also by endeavoring to dry their tears, to alleviate their sufferings, and to improve their economic condition by wise measures. They strive, in a word, to make public laws conformable to justice and amend or suppress those which are not so. Finally, they defend and support in a true Catholic spirit the rights of God in all things and the no less sacred rights of the Church. 
All these works, sustained and promoted chiefly by lay Catholics and whose form varies according to the needs of each country, constitute what is generally known by a distinctive and surely a very noble name: “Catholic Action,” or the “Action of Catholics.” At all times it came to the aid of the Church, and the Church has always cherished and blessed such help, using it in many ways according to the exigencies of the age.

How great is that? Pope Pius X, pray for us.

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Scalfari & Friends

I don't think we can appreciate where we're at with this OnePeterFive article:
"Hold fast. Like you’re about to be swept overboard in the storm. Hold on for your life. The [R]osary. The Eucharist. Confession. Adoration. Whatever it takes. Spend more time with your family, and less of it watching the horror show. Yes, I’m advocating that if it’s a problem for you, don’t spend your time here at 1P5. Knowing everything you can about the disaster is not worth your soul. I’ve already come to recognize that it isn’t worth mine. 
I suspect that God, too, wants us to know how powerless we are, but for a very different reason than Bergoglio does. He is subjecting us to utter desolation, such that we will finally come to understand and accept that no human solution is possible. We will very likely be branded as schismatics merely for holding on to the authentic teachings of our faith. This has already begun, and it will intensify. A time may come when we can no longer have access to the sacraments, or the true Church is even driven underground, as it was in the early days in Rome, and in various other circumstances since."
Sounds like something Thomas a Kempis would say:
"Seek a suitable time for leisure and meditate often on the favors of God. Leave curiosities alone. Read such matters as bring sorrow to the heart rather than occupation to the mind. If you withdraw yourself from unnecessary talking and idle running about, from listening to gossip and rumors, you will find enough time that is suitable for holy meditation. 
Very many great saints avoided the company of men wherever possible and chose to serve God in retirement. "As often as I have been among men," said one writer, "I have returned less a man." We often find this to be true when we take part in long conversations. It is easier to be silent altogether than not to speak too much. To stay at home is easier than to be sufficiently on guard while away. Anyone, then, who aims to live the inner and spiritual life must go apart, with Jesus, from the crowd."
This all seems very troubling. Have no fear: God is in charge. Know your Catechism. Know Church Teaching. Stop sinning. Confess. Repent. Pray. Get holy. This is how we're called to be saints, in this time. God put us all here for now. This is our battle.

Christus Vincit, Christus Regnat, Christus Imperat

Thursday, 13 June 2019

WHY CATHOLICS SHOULD READ CHURCHILL

I'm reading through Winston Churchill's "History of the English Speaking Peoples." 

For centuries, England was a Catholic nation. Slowly, over centuries, we see a slow disintegration of the faith. Politics and polemics over doctrine and dogma.

What I can't stand is seeing the errors of Protestantism ruin a nation. The first volume outlines the history before Great Britain fell from the faith. The Reformation plays out in the next book of the series, which is where I'm at.

These books are a must read. If you have any interest in European and British history, you'll enjoy this. This is one of Churchill's most famous works, you know, that and leading the march against Hitler (which was also good). For those not in the know, Churchill is a pretty good writer. You probably have no idea that he wrote so much. Check this out:


From Youtube: The Complete Works of Winston S. Churchill, all in first edition. (PeterHarringtonBooks)

Amazing, right? You have to check out the visual at the 5:09 mark. Just look at all those books! I won't lie: there's part of me that wants to buy them all. History of the English Speaking Peoples is easily accessible. It's not a difficult read. You might have some difficulty recognizing some of the historic figures, but that's not a big deal. 

This isn't exactly a Catholic source, but still worth a read. Churchill pulls a great quote from Hugh Latimer in Vol. II: The New World:

London was never so ill as it is now. In times past men were full of pity and compassion, but now there is no pity; for in London their brother shall die in the streets for cold, he shall lie sick at the door between stock and stock, I cannot tell what to call it, and perish there for hunger: was there ever more unmercifulness in Nebo? I think not. In times past, when any rich man died in London, they were wont to help the poor scholars of the Universities with exhibition. When any man died, they would bequeath great sums of money toward the relief of the poor. When I was a scholar in Cambridge myself, I heard very good report of London, and knew many that had relief of the rich men of London: but now I can hear no such good report, and yet I inquire of it, and hearken for it; but now charity is waxen cold, none helpeth the scholar, nor yet the poor. And in those days, what did they when they helped the scholars? Marry, they maintained and gave them livings that were very papists, and professed the pope's doctrine: and now that the knowledge of God's word is brought to light, and many earnestly study and labour to set it forth, now almost no man helpeth to maintain them. (Emphasis is mine.)

I like this quote. It comes in light of the then-recent translation of the Bible into the vulgar tongue. See what happens when we break from the Church? For the record, according to Wikipedia anyway, here's a quick bio on Latimer:

Hugh Latimer (c. 1487 – 16 October 1555) was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, and Bishop of Worcester before the Reformation, and later Church of England chaplain to King Edward VI. In 1555 under the Catholic Queen Mary he was burned at the stake, becoming one of the three Oxford Martyrs of Anglicanism.

Also in Vol. 2, you see a conflict between the Crown and Calvinism. The potential for harm sort of goes like this: If, like in Calvinism, you can pick and choose your way through the faith when it comes to doctrine, what can you pick and choose when it comes to man-made laws. That's pressed down into a pretty rough nutshell, but that's basically it. There's a conflict that arises in men's hearts with the onset of heresy that goes beyond the bubble of an individual's life. The embrace of false teaching leads to big problems, whether it's in your home or in the state. The kings of the English speaking peoples could see this, but by then, it was too late.

Here are some pics of the set I found online (the third one looks great):












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