Monthly Archives: January 2010

Pray with Me: Novena to St. Blaise, Day 5

Praying for the intercession of St. Blaise for Allie, and my neck, and all physicians, particularly Allie’s pediatrician Dr. Albert and ophthalmologist Dr. Wilson and my brother Joe:

Novena to St. Blaise

Almighty and Eternal God! With lively faith and reverently worshiping Thy Divine Majesty, I prostrate myself before Thee and invoke with filial trust Thy supreme bounty and mercy. Illumine the darkness of my intellect with a ray of Thy heavenly light and inflame my heart with the fire of Thy divine love, that I may contemplate the great virtues and merits of the saint in whose honor I make this novena, and following his example imitate, like him, the life of Thy divine Son.

Moreover, I beseech Thee to grant graciously, through the merits and intercession of this powerful Helper, the petition which through him I humbly place before Thee, devoutly saving, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Vouchsafe graciously to hear it, if it redounds to Thy greater glory and to the salvation of my soul. Amen.

Prayer in honor of St. Blaise
O GOD, deliver us through the intercession of Thy holy bishop and martyr Blase, from all evil of soul and body, especially from all ills of the throat; and grant us the grace to make a good confession in the confident hope of obtaining Thy pardon, and ever to praise with worthy lips Thy most holy name. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Invocation of St. Blaise
St. BLASE, gracious benefactor of mankind and faithful servant of God, who for the love of our Savior did suffer so many tortures with patience and resignation; I invoke thy powerful intercession. Preserve me from all evils of soul and body. Because of thy great merits God endowed thee with the special grace to help those that suffer from ills of the throat; relieve and preserve me from them, so that I may always be able to fulfill my duties, and with the aid of God’s grace perform good works. I invoke thy help as special physician of souls, that I may confess my sins sincerely in the holy sacrament of Penance and obtain their forgiveness. I recommend to thy merciful intercession also those who unfortunately concealed a sin in confession. Obtain for them the grace to accuse themselves sincerely and contritely of the sin they concealed, of the sacrilegious confessions and communions they made, and of all the sins they committed since then, so that they may receive pardon, the grace of God, and the remission of the eternal punishment. Amen.

Prayer

My LORD and my God! I offer up to Thee my petition in union with the bitter passion and death of Jesus Christ, Thy Son, together with the merits of His immaculate and blessed Mother, Mary ever virgin, and of all the saints, particularly with those of the holy Helper in whose honor I make this novena.

Look down upon me, merciful Lord! Grant me Thy grace and Thy love, and graciously hear my prayer. Amen.

St. Teresa of Avila on “sixpence none the richer”

“What wife is there who, after receiving many valuable jewels from her husband, will not give him so much as a ring — which he wants, not because of its value, for all she has is his, but as a sign of love and a token that she will be his until she dies? Does the Lord deserve less than this that we should mock Him by taking away the worthless gift[89] which we have given Him? Since we have resolved to devote to Him this very brief period of time — only a small part of what we spend upon ourselves and upon people who are not particularly grateful to us for it — let us give it Him freely, with our minds unoccupied by other things and entirely resolved never to take it back again, whatever we may suffer through trials, annoyances or aridities. Let me realize that this time is being lent me and is not my own, and feel that I can rightly be called to account for it if I am not prepared to devote it wholly to God.” (Way of
Perfection
, Ch. 23, para. 2
).

Compare to the passage from C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity, from which the group Sixpence None the Richer took its name:

“Every faculty you have, your power of thiking or of moving your limbs frommoment to moment, is given you by God. If you devoted every moment of your whole life exclusively to His service you could not give Him anything taht was not in a sense His own already. So that when we talk of a man doing anything for God or giving anything to God, I will tell you what it is really like. It is like a small chidl going to its father and saying, ‘Daddy, give me sixpence to buy you a birthday present.’ Of course, the father does, adn he is pleased with the child’s present. It is all very nice and proper, but only an idiot would think that the father is sixpence to the good on the transaction” (C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity Bk. 3, Ch. 11, pp. 126-127 in the 1996 Touchstone edition).

On the one hand, the fact that God has given us everything should make us want to give everything back to Him, just as the Son does. Yet He realizes we are incapable of it-He created us incapable of it, because he wants us to give freely. He would rather we give a small amount freely than everything under duress. And when we are truly not free to give, we do not need to.

St. Teresa continues:

“I say ‘wholly’, but we must not be considered as taking it back if we should fail to give it Him for a day, or for a few days, because of legitimate occupations or through some indisposition. Provided the intention remains firm, my God is not in the least meticulous;[90] He does not look at trivial details; and, if you are trying to please Him in any way, He will assuredly accept that as your gift. The other way is suitable for ungenerous souls, so mean that they are not large-hearted enough to give but find it as much as they can do to lend. Still, let them make some effort, for this Lord of ours will reckon everything we do to our credit and accept everything we want to give Him. In drawing up our reckoning, He is not in the least exacting, but generous; however large the amount we may owe Him, it is a small thing for Him to forgive us. And, as to paying us, He is so careful about this that you need have no fear He will leave us without our reward if only we raise our eyes to Heaven and remember Him.” (Way of Perfection, Ch. 23, para. 3).

Every moment we give God has immense value.

A Sudden, Unprovided Death

Pray that God will save you from a sudden, unprovided death.

And do your best to ensure you don’t put yourself in that situation!

Despite what freemasons ordained as priests may have told you, Hell is real, and it is eternal.

It only took one thought against God for the fallen angels to be sent to Hell for all eternity, yet God gives us chance after chance after chance.

Jesus even told St. Faustina that He calls out to every soul three times in the split moment between life and death–but most say no.

Our Lady of Fatima told the children that the vast majority of people end up in Hell, and mostly because of sexual sins. She showed them Hell, and they saw people they knew personally who had died recently! Other saints have had similar visions.

Don’t take the chance. Go to Confession monthly; every two weeks as possible, and as soon as possible when you are conscious of mortal sin.

Pray, pray, pray to stay in a state of grace. Don’t listen to the “Spirit of Vatican II” types: the Church still grants indulgences, and strongly encourages them.

If you go to confession every two weeks, stay free from attachment to sin, receive communion daily, and each day practice one of the devotions to which a plenary indulgence is attached (e.g., read the Bible for a half an hour or spend a half an hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament), the you can potentially get a plenary indulgence every day (apply some of them to the souls in Purgatory, particularly your relatives, and get even more graces!)

God is Merciful, but we must avoid the sin of presumption!!

Rape and Abortion.

I’ve been engaging in a rather long and heated, yet interesting, discussion on InsideCatholic with an alleged Catholic who supports abortion in the case of rape, but who echoes the kinds of comments made by “Operation CounterStrike.”

To sum up, the person in question has stated the following positions:
1. That we should not “force” women to have pregnancies they don’t want
2. That a baby conceived from rape is the “progeny of a rapist,” and therefore deserves to die
3. That enduring a pregnancy resulting from rape is like reliving the rape.
4. That abortion in the case of rape is self-defense.

I have made repeated attempts to get this person to explain why she thinks this, but she refuses to give the points remises that underlie these opinions or the syllogisms that connect them.

I, and several others, have asked her what guilt the “progeny of a rapist” bears that requires the death penalty, why she thinks abortion in this case qualifies as “self-defense,” and why she thinks pregnancy is so traumatic, but she refuses to explain. Instead, using typical pro-abortionist rhetoric, she accuses us of being idiots, lunatics, fanatics and liars (I’ve been accused of all four). She accuses us of lying about who we are.

She talks disparaingingly of “minor traditions” like relics and indulgences. When I pointed out that those are not optional–you can’t have a valid church without relics, and if you say, “I don’t participate indulgences,” that means you never pray, read the Bible, go on pilgrimage, etc.

Anyway, the conversation is well worn out, but it once again shows how pro-abortionists really can provide no philosophical foundations for their positions, other than vague emotional appeals. The baby deserves to die, in their view, because the poor, wimpy women can’t separate the baby from the cause of the baby.

It dawned on me last night to point out one of my usual arguments on this issue: the rape is one thing. For a conception to result, God has to step in, so obviously God intends for the baby to exist. If you believe life begins at conception (as this person claims to believe), then God created that soul at the moment of conception (and of course, the conception could occur as much as five days after the rape).

I really *would* like to know why these people think this way. It doesn’t change the fact that they’re wrong, but it would make it a lot easier to refute them. I tried to suggest some of the reasons I’d heard before, but she accused me of misquoting her.

In any case, the “forcing” thing is a stupid argument. There’s a big difference between “forcing” someone to do something and taking away the option.

It is quite interesting, in fact, that pro-lifers oppose the UN’s International Criminal Court for its provisions on “forced pregnancy”. We’re assured that this does not refer to outlawing abortion, but rather to situations like women taken captive in war and forced into sex slavery.

Yet the pro-aborrtionists have adopted the rhetoric of “forced pregnancy” in the context of making abortion illegal.

“You wouldn’t force a woman to have a baby that would traumatize her?” they ask.

So I proposed, “What if the woman was abused and had a baby that looked like her abusive husband or parent or relative; wouldn’t that traumatize her?”
I was assured that this was an irrelevant analogy. I’m still not sure why.

What about, “You wouldn’t *force* a man who’s psychologiclaly compelled to rape to resist his urges, would you?”
“You wouldn’t *force* a person who’s psychologically compelled to murder to endure the trauma of not murdering, would you?”
“You wouldn’t *force* a person who’s desperately in need to *not* rob a bank, would you??”

It’s the most meaningless argument a person can make, and somehow they have no idea how meaningless it is. It’s baffling to me. And women say men are sexist when we accuse them of being emotional rather than logical.

Of course, another fall back in the discussion is always, “Well, abortion is legal, so deal with it.” Duh. That’s why we’re debating about whether to make it illegal.

Then there’s the Rousseauian classic, “Well, the Catholic Church is responsible for a lot of the social posroblems that cause abortion,” and “The Catholic Church facilitates rapists.”

OK, what a good, faithful Catholic you are.

Socio-economic circumstances don’t cause sin; original sin does.

Pray with me: Novena to St. Blaise, Day 4

Praying for the intercession of St. Blaise for Allie, and my neck, and all physicians, particularly Allie’s pediatrician Dr. Albert and ophthalmologist Dr. Wilson and my brother Joe:

Novena to St. Blaise

Almighty and Eternal God! With lively faith and reverently worshiping Thy Divine Majesty, I prostrate myself before Thee and invoke with filial trust Thy supreme bounty and mercy. Illumine the darkness of my intellect with a ray of Thy heavenly light and inflame my heart with the fire of Thy divine love, that I may contemplate the great virtues and merits of the saint in whose honor I make this novena, and following his example imitate, like him, the life of Thy divine Son.

Moreover, I beseech Thee to grant graciously, through the merits and intercession of this powerful Helper, the petition which through him I humbly place before Thee, devoutly saving, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Vouchsafe graciously to hear it, if it redounds to Thy greater glory and to the salvation of my soul. Amen.

Prayer in honor of St. Blaise
O GOD, deliver us through the intercession of Thy holy bishop and martyr Blase, from all evil of soul and body, especially from all ills of the throat; and grant us the grace to make a good confession in the confident hope of obtaining Thy pardon, and ever to praise with worthy lips Thy most holy name. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Invocation of St. Blaise
St. BLASE, gracious benefactor of mankind and faithful servant of God, who for the love of our Savior did suffer so many tortures with patience and resignation; I invoke thy powerful intercession. Preserve me from all evils of soul and body. Because of thy great merits God endowed thee with the special grace to help those that suffer from ills of the throat; relieve and preserve me from them, so that I may always be able to fulfill my duties, and with the aid of God’s grace perform good works. I invoke thy help as special physician of souls, that I may confess my sins sincerely in the holy sacrament of Penance and obtain their forgiveness. I recommend to thy merciful intercession also those who unfortunately concealed a sin in confession. Obtain for them the grace to accuse themselves sincerely and contritely of the sin they concealed, of the sacrilegious confessions and communions they made, and of all the sins they committed since then, so that they may receive pardon, the grace of God, and the remission of the eternal punishment. Amen.

Prayer

My LORD and my God! I offer up to Thee my petition in union with the bitter passion and death of Jesus Christ, Thy Son, together with the merits of His immaculate and blessed Mother, Mary ever virgin, and of all the saints, particularly with those of the holy Helper in whose honor I make this novena.

Look down upon me, merciful Lord! Grant me Thy grace and Thy love, and graciously hear my prayer. Amen.

Out There — 1984/85

I got a lot of mileage out of this poem. I wrote it in the summer of 1984 or 1985. I remember it was summer, and I was either just starting or just finishing second grade. In 1988, when I was in sixth grade, my dad submitted it, along with some of my other works, to a local amateur essay contest.

I got to go to some workshop with some weird old hippie poet. The other poem was from a creative writing class I took with my dad, and it was about a wolf. It was modeled after “Tyger, Tyger,” IIRC. In any case, the old poet spent most of the workshop screaming at me for stereotyping wolves.

Later, “Out There” was published in the USC Sumter literary magazine when I was in college. A few years ago, I sent it to one of those “You could win $10,000 if you send us your poem” book things, and supposedly it was published.

Out There

(Grade 2)

What could be,
Way Out There
Beyond Pluto,
Beyond Solar Flare?

What could be?
If only we’d see,
Out There
Out There

What could be?
maybe a sea;
a sea of stars,
a sea of being –

What I see
is another Earth;
The opposite of ours:
One of Peace.

Conversion Stories: Helen Joy Davidman Gresham Lewis

There followed a day of frantic and vain telephoning. By nightfall there was nothing left to do but wait and see if he turned up, alive or dead. I put the babies to sleep and waited. For the first time in my life I felt helpless; for the first time my pride was forced to admit that i was not, after all, “the master of my fate” and “the captain of my soul.” All my defenses — the walls of arrogance and cocksureness and self-love behind which I had hid from God — went down momentarily. And God came in.

— Davidman, Joy. _Out of my Bone: The Letters of Joy Davidman_. Don W. King, ed. Eerdmans, 2009. P. 128.

Trivia Questions!

What do these people all have in common have in common with Glenn Beck?

Bill O’Reilly
Sean Hannity
Rudolph Giuliani
Arnold Schwarzeneggar
Nancy Pelosi
Kathleen Sebelius
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
Joe Biden
Cokie Roberts
Alec Baldwin
Susan Sarandon
Tom Daschle

What has Glenn Beck done that these folks have not?

Jeanne Tiller: My husband was a good bread winner

Making a statement on the sentencing of Scott Roeder for murdering her husband, Dr. George “the Killer” Tiller, Jeanne Tiller had the following to say said her husband would be

“remembered for his legacy of service to women, the help he provided for those who needed it and the love and happiness he provided us as a husband, father and grandfather.”

Service??? Killing babies for fun and profit is service??

Yes, they needed it so they’d be in good shape to go to baseball games (one the “mental health” reasons cited in Tiller’s documents).

But the best was “love and happiness”.

I don’t know how a cold-blooded killer can be capable of, but they’re Lutherans, so they probably don’t have any concept that love involves self-sacrifice.

But the most honest part of her speech is the one about the “Happiness” he provided, if, by “happiness,” she means, “we’re loaded. We own most of the politicians in Kansas and several in Washington.”

Pray with Me: Novena to St. Blaise, Day 3

Praying for the intercession of St. Blaise for Allie, and my neck, and all physicians, particularly Allie’s pediatrician Dr. Albert and ophthalmologist Dr. Wilson and my brother Joe:

Novena to St. Blaise

Almighty and Eternal God! With lively faith and reverently worshiping Thy Divine Majesty, I prostrate myself before Thee and invoke with filial trust Thy supreme bounty and mercy. Illumine the darkness of my intellect with a ray of Thy heavenly light and inflame my heart with the fire of Thy divine love, that I may contemplate the great virtues and merits of the saint in whose honor I make this novena, and following his example imitate, like him, the life of Thy divine Son.

Moreover, I beseech Thee to grant graciously, through the merits and intercession of this powerful Helper, the petition which through him I humbly place before Thee, devoutly saving, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Vouchsafe graciously to hear it, if it redounds to Thy greater glory and to the salvation of my soul. Amen.

Prayer in honor of St. Blaise
O GOD, deliver us through the intercession of Thy holy bishop and martyr Blase, from all evil of soul and body, especially from all ills of the throat; and grant us the grace to make a good confession in the confident hope of obtaining Thy pardon, and ever to praise with worthy lips Thy most holy name. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Invocation of St. Blaise
St. BLASE, gracious benefactor of mankind and faithful servant of God, who for the love of our Savior did suffer so many tortures with patience and resignation; I invoke thy powerful intercession. Preserve me from all evils of soul and body. Because of thy great merits God endowed thee with the special grace to help those that suffer from ills of the throat; relieve and preserve me from them, so that I may always be able to fulfill my duties, and with the aid of God’s grace perform good works. I invoke thy help as special physician of souls, that I may confess my sins sincerely in the holy sacrament of Penance and obtain their forgiveness. I recommend to thy merciful intercession also those who unfortunately concealed a sin in confession. Obtain for them the grace to accuse themselves sincerely and contritely of the sin they concealed, of the sacrilegious confessions and communions they made, and of all the sins they committed since then, so that they may receive pardon, the grace of God, and the remission of the eternal punishment. Amen.

Prayer

My LORD and my God! I offer up to Thee my petition in union with the bitter passion and death of Jesus Christ, Thy Son, together with the merits of His immaculate and blessed Mother, Mary ever virgin, and of all the saints, particularly with those of the holy Helper in whose honor I make this novena.

Look down upon me, merciful Lord! Grant me Thy grace and Thy love, and graciously hear my prayer. Amen.

My Experiences in Faith–1989

In 1989, when I was a 12 year old 8th grader, I was one of the winners of the SC Lieutenant Governor’s essay contest, and I got to meet and shake the hand of then-Lt. Gov. Nick Theodore (D), a few months after he shook the hand of Barry Manilow, which I thought was really cool at the time, even though Theodore was a Democrat.
The essay was called “My Experiences in Faith.” I revised a few times, this latest version below coming from 1992. Here’s a picture of me with the other winners

I am writing about my personal experiences in faith. I have had a great adventure on this exciting voyage to God. Having the Marfan Syndrome has been a fact since I was age two, so it has always been part of my life, and although I don’t know what life is like for “normal” people, I can’t see my own life without it. Death doesn’t bother me, but I do tend to fear the concept of blindness or deafness that might occur sometime in the future. The LORD has seen fit to give me a wide variety of experiences in the sixteen years I have already lived, and I have already gone through the process of personal development that most people spend their lives on. Sometime around age five, I became an agnostic, doubting God’s existence on the grounds that I couldn’t see Him, when I could see Santa and the Easter Bunny at the Mall (what a Modernist!). At age seven, I was suicidal, tired of being a wimp, and figuring I’d be re-incarnated. Eventually, and with the help of my parents, I got things straightened out and became a good little church-goer. My religious education has been almost entirely self-directed. I spent two years in CCD from First to Second Grade, and then dropped out because I could teach myself just as much at home. I returned again in sixth grade, and didn’t come back after Christmas break for the same reason.

Radical change at various points in my life stirred on a more radical revelation of my place in Mother Church. The most important of these changes is that my family moved to South Carolina, where my life almost instantly and quite unexpectedly took a turn for the better spiritually. I had grown up a member of the Cathedral in my hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania, and I long had a fascination with the Church, which to me was mysterious and full of ceremony. Everything at the Cathedral was much like it would have been a hundred years ago, save the fact that the language was changed to English from Latin. There were beautiful and solemn hymns played on the pipe organ. The church itself was dark, with light coming from the small ceiling lights up in the dome, and the torch-like lamps that hung from the rafters. The Mass was begun and ended with a long procession. There would often be at least two priests at Mass, one to say Mass, the other to read the Gospel and preach.

When we moved to South Carolina, I began to develop a spiritual side that I had only known very lightly before. A week after arriving to live in Sumter, I took an interest in the Rosary. I started to read religious books, including the Bible, and I began to go to daily Mass. I started to find religious meanings in books, television programs, movies, and songs. I became familiar with the divisions among Christianity, and spent my first year in Carolina (1988-1989) at a fundamentalist academy where I learned Protestant theology, and where my father (who taught there) and I, in conjunction with our dynamic pastor, introduced the school to Catholicism. I then spent a year at a public school, where I openly spoke out for the Church, despite any fear of persecution, and found none. Rather, in both cases, I found several people who were “closet Catholics” and brought non-Catholics to abandon old prejudices.

In February 1989, my grandma called from Erie, and told us that Grandpa had cancer. I began to pray constantly for Grandpa, whose health had become the main concern of my family. We spent our Easter vacation in Erie, because the situation looked grim, and that might have been our last chance to see Grandpa alive. We decided that all we could do to help was to bring Grandma and Grandpa back to Sumter so that Grandpa could enjoy what little time he had left. The days they spent here were filled with joy, and I spent as much time as possible with them, walking, talking, praying, and just sitting out back enjoying the weather. Grandpa got somewhat better, and they returned to Erie on May 18. At about the same time as they left, I began to have a series of problems related to my Marfan Syndrome, which began with back pain and the start of scoliosis. I spent the summer in pain. Soon after my back problems settled to a natural thing, I began to have heart problems, and was almost constantly visiting doctors and hospitals. The prayer list increased, and everyone was offering support to Grandpa and I in our times of trial. Prayers were answered, as Grandpa’s condition stabilized, and I overcame the period of suffering, although I ended up on a reduced workload at school. We went to Erie at every available occasion, finally returning over Easter 1990 to see Grandpa for the last time on Earth. All I wanted to do, I said, was to say one last Rosary. We got to Erie, and quickly worked our way through the house to Grandpa’s room. The first thing we did after saying “hello” was kneel down, and say a Rosary together at Grandpa’s bedside. He was semi-conscious throughout the day, and eventually went into a coma. For the next few days, we kept vigil, and he awoke occasionally. On Palm Sunday, in the early evening, after everyone had gone home for a while (for the first time since our arrival) and the only people in the house were myself, my parents, my grandparents, my uncle, and my great-aunt, Grandpa awoke for the last time. When I heard him moan, I knew that this was the Moment we had waited for. A very spiritual moment saw the passing of Grandpa into the next world, and I will never forget the feeling that evening. The next few days were a time of mourning for most, but I found myself experiencing what C. S. Lewis called Joy. I was in a great communion with God, and it was a time of happiness in a deeper sense. When I was in Ninth Grade, to add to the problems our family faced, my mother’s health problems, which had grown gradually over the past few years, were diagnosed as Multiple Sclerosis. We were now a family suffering great illness, and offering it up to the LORD.

All the while, as this went on, my faith deepened, and I came to a close relationship with God. In my high school years, I attended St. Jude Central High School in Sumter, where I encountered many people of deep faith and religious convictions, and where the influence of the experiences that my well-rounded teachers brought to us each day in class greatly affected my outlook on the world. I came to meet several very caring people, and some wonderful priests with a deep faith. As I noted before, my religious education was mostly individual. Three years of high school religion were about the best formal religious education I’ve received. I went to two classes for Confirmation, but ended up asking for (and receiving) an individual Confirmation at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston by the Most Rev. David B. Thompson, who served as another inspiration and in whom I saw a truly great Christian leader. I achieved a better level of religious thought through reading the works of such as C. S. Lewis, Thomas Merton, St. Augustine, T. S. Eliot, and many others whose religious writings have impacted my very way of being. I have studied the messages of several great devotions, such as the Infant Jesus of Prague, Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Fatima, the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts, and the lives of the Saints. All this has been tied together by an avid interest in the official practices, beliefs and traditions of the Holy Catholic Apostolic Roman Church.

Misfortune after misfortune compiled the sufferings that we underwent. Over the years, we’ve gone through a lot, yet our faith is stronger. My health has not gotten any better over the years. I would get a few months where I am overwhelmed with pain, then I got a few months of relief, and back again. Now, the pain is almost constant, and whether I feel “good” is a matter of how I feel at that given moment. I know that it is my Cross to bear and the “whip” that God uses to keep me “in line”. I also know that I have to accomplish my work in this world as soon as possible, because I don’t know when I will be taken to the Next, but my life isn’t going to be a very long one. Therefore, I write these papers as a document to one young man’s dream of a world where Christ’s sacrifice comes to mean something in the minds and hearts of all men and women; where the Holy Church stands as a binding institution of all races and cultures, and where we live in peace and harmony with our God, His Mother, the Angels and the Saints.

The Prophecies of La Salette: they sum it all up

The modern era of Marian apparitions, both genuine and alleged, began wwith the apparitions to St. Catherine Laboure in Rue de Bac, Paris, France, which gave us the Miraculous Medal (and had very harsh words against the American and French revolutions).

The next “big one” was La Salette, where Our Lady appeared to Melanie Calvat and Blessed Maximin Giraud. The apparition is approved, though there are debates about the authenticity of the messages, due to various Church decisions and conficting testimonies, and a 1915 censure by the Holy Office.

However, what follows is definitely from the mid-19th century, written by Melanie, and it pretty much sums up what has happened over the past 1850 years, including false apparitions and miracle workers, priestsly infidelity (both financial and sexual), the obscuring of the faith following Vatican II, modern technology, and the so-called “Near Death Experience” movement (in its New Age form).

What follows is the full text of the “Secret,” from a website called Broken Cross. Skeptics take note: these words were written by a young French peasant girl in the 1840s. If you ignore some of their dates (the very kind of thing to be wary of focusing on in interpreting prophecies), they pretty much sum up what’s happened since. They are dead on, and, like the messages at Lourdes and Rue de Bac, they involve many concepts that it’s unlikely a poorly educated 19th century French peasant girl would even know.

The Secret Prophecies of La Salette

“Mélanie, what I am going to tell you now will not always be a secret; you can publish it in 1858.

Priests, my Son’s ministers, priests, by their evil life, by their irreverences [“Good afternoon, folks!” “Let’s have a round of applause!” ] and their impiety in celebrating the holy mysteries [of course, this is long before Vatican II but both shows the abuse present before the Council while predicting what happened after], love of money, love of honor and pleasures [Embezzlement scandals? Priests and bishops cozying up to rich parishioners? Endless building funds? “We have to be practical.” “We don’t want to offend people.” Priests wearing secular garb?] , priests have become sewers of impurity. Yes, priests call forth vengeance, and vengeance is suspended over their heads. Woe to priests, and to persons consecrated to God, who by their infidelities and their evil life are crucifying my son anew! The sins of persons consecrated to God cry to heaven and call for vengeance, and now here is vengeance at their very doors, for no longer is anyone found to beg mercy and pardon for the people; there are no more generous souls, there is now no one worthy of offering the spotless Victim to the Eternal on the worlds behalf.

“God will strike in an unparalleled manner. Woe to the inhabitants of the earth! God will exhaust His anger, and no one will be able to escape so many evils at once. The heads, the leaders of the people of God, have neglected prayer and penance, and the devil has darkened their minds [“Freedom of religion”]; they have become those wandering stars which the ancient devil will drag with his tail to destruction. God will permit the ancient serpent to sow divisions among rulers, in all societies and in all families; both physical and moral punishments will be suffered. God will abandon men to themselves and will send chastisements one after the other for over 35 years.

“Society is on the very eve of most terrible scourges and greatest events; one must expect to be governed by a rod of iron and to drink the chalice of God’s wrath.

“Let not my Son’s Vicar, the Sovereign Pontiff Pius IX leave Rome after the year 1859; but let him be steadfast and generous, let him do battle with the weapons of faith and love; I shall be with him.

“Let him beware of Napoleon; his heart is double, and when he will want to be both Pope and emperor at the same time, God will soon withdraw from him; he is that eagle who, desiring always to rise, will fall on the sword he wanted to use to force the peoples to exalt him.

“Italy will be punished for its ambition in wanting to shake of the yoke of the Lord of lords; thus she will be handed over to war; blood will flow on all sides; Churches will be closed or desecrated; priests, religious will be driven out; they will be put to death, and to a cruel death. Many will abandon the faith, and the number of priests and religious who will separate themselves from the true religion will be great; even Bishops will be found among these persons.

Let the Pope beware of miracle workers, for the time has come for the most astonishing wonders to take place on the earth and in the air. [Very interesting: seems to apply both to new technologies, as well as to New Age healers and some of the false apparitions-Medjugorje, anyone?]

“In the year 1864 Lucifer, together with a great number of devils, will be loosed from hell; little by little they will abolish the faith, and that even in persons consecrated to God; they will so blind them, that without a special grace, these persons will take on the spirit of these evil angels; a number of religious houses will lose the faith entirely and cause many souls to be damned.

Bad books will abound over the earth, and the spirits of darkness will everywhere spread universal relaxation in everything concerning God’s service: they will have very great power over nature; there will be churches to serve these spirits. People will be transported form one place to another by these evil spirits, and even priests, because they will not have lived by the good spirit of the gospel, which is a spirit of humility, charity and zeal for the glory of God. The dead and the just will be made to rise.”

[Mélanie interpolated here: “That is to say, these dead will assume the prospect of righteous souls who once lived on earth, in order to seduce men more easily; these so-called resurrected dead, who will be nothing other than the devil under these faces, will preach another Gospel contrary to that of the true Christ Jesus, denying the existence of heaven, if these be not in fact the souls of the damned. All these souls will appear joined to their bodies.“]

Do not listen to anyone who claims to have died and come back unless that person speaks unequivocally about Jesus Christ. Anyone else is possessed by demons. Our Lady predicted this in the 1840s!!

“There will be extraordinary wonders every place because the true faith has been extinguished and false light illumines the world. Woe to the princes of the church who will be occupied only with piling up riches upon riches, with guarding their authority and lording with pride!

“My Son’s Vicar will have much to suffer, because for a time the Church will be handed over to great persecutions [Few people in the US realize we are living in the greatest era of persecution of history, and that’s not just the petty persecutions we get from the media and atheists. More Christians are killed around the world every year by Muslim or Communist regimes than were killed in the entirety of Roman persecution]: it will be the time of darkness; the Church will undergo a frightful crisis.

With God’s holy faith forgotten, each individual will want to direct himself and rise above his peers. Civil and ecclesiastical authority will be abolished [“upward mobility”? “representative democracy”?], all order and justice will be trampled underfoot. Only murders, hatred, jealousy, lying and discord will be seen, with no love of country or family.

“The Holy Father will suffer greatly. I shall be with him till the end to receive his sacrifice.

“The wicked will make a number of attempts on his life without being able to harm him; but neither he nor his successor will see the triumph of God’s Church.

Civil governments will all have the same objective, which will be to abolish and make every religious principle disappear, to make way for materialism, atheism, spiritism and vices of all kinds.

“In the year 1865, the abomination will be seen in the holy places; in the convents the flowers of the Church will putrefy, and the devil will establish himself as king of all hearts. Let those who are at the head of religious communities be on their guard concerning the persons they are to receive, because the devil will use all his malice to introduce into religious orders persons given to sin, for disorders and love of carnal pleasures will be widespread over the whole earth [Foretelling the infiltration by Freemasons and Communists].

“France, Italy, Spain and England will be at war, blood will flow in the streets; Frenchmen will fight Frenchmen, Italian with Italian; then there will be a general war which will be appalling. For some time God will no longer remember France or Italy, because the Gospel of Jesus Christ is no longer known. The wicked will unleash all their malice; even in homes there will be killing and mutual massacres.

“With the first lightning blow of His sword, the mountains and all nature will tremble with dread, because the disorders and crimes of men are piercing the vault of the heavens. Paris will be burned and Marseilles swallowed up; a number of large cities will be shattered and swallowed by earthquakes; all will seem lost; only murders will be seen, the clash of arms and blasphemies heard. The righteous will suffer greatly; their prayers, their penances and their tears will rise to heaven and all God’s people will ask pardon and mercy and will ask my help and intercession. Then Jesus Christ, by an act of His justice and His great mercy toward the righteous, will command His angels to put all His enemies to death. At one blow the persecutors of the Church of Jesus Christ and all men given to sin will perish, and the earth will become like a desert.

“Then there will be peace, the reconciliation of God with men; Jesus Christ will be served, adored and glorified; charity will flourish everywhere. The new kings will be the right arm of Holy Church, which will be strong, humble, pious, poor, zealous and imitative of the virtues of Jesus Christ. The Gospel will be preached everywhere, and men will make great strides in the faith, because there will be unity among Jesus Christ’s workers and men will live in the fear of God.

“This peace among men will not last long: 25 years of abundant harvests will make them forget that the sins of men are the cause of all the woes which happen on earth.

A precursor of the Antichrist, with his troops drawn from many nations, will wage war against the true Christ, sole Savior of the world; he will shed much blood and will seek to annihilate the cult of God so as to be regarded as a god.

“The earth will be struck with plagues of all kinds;” [Mélanie added here: “Besides pestilence and famine, which will be widespread”] “there will be wars up to the last war, which will then be waged by the ten kings of the Antichrist, kings who will all have a common design and will be the sole rulers of the world. Before this happens, there will be a sort of false peace in the world; people will think only of amusing themselves; the wicked will indulge in all kinds of sin; but the children of Holy Church, children of the true faith, my true imitators, will grow in the love of God and in the virtues dearest to me. Happy the humble souls lead by the Holy Ghost! I shall battle along with them until they reach the fullness of maturity.

“Nature begs vengeance on account of men, and she shudders with dread, awaiting what must happen to the crime-stained earth.

“Tremble, earth, and you who profess to serve Jesus Christ, while interiorly you adore yourselves, tremble; for God will hand you over to His enemy, because the holy places are in a state of corruption; many convents are no longer houses of God, but pastures for Asmodeus and his own.

“It will be at this time that the Antichrist will be born of a Hebrew nun, a false virgin who will be in communication with the ancient serpent, master of impurity; his father will be a bishop (Ev.).

“At birth he will vomit blasphemies, he will have teeth; in a word, this will be the devil incarnate; he will utter terrifying cries, he will work wonders, he will live only on impurities. He will have brothers who, although not incarnate devils like himself, will be children of evil; at the age of twelve, they will be noted for the valiant victories they will win; soon they will each be at the head of armies, assisted by legions from hell.

The seasons will be changed, the earth will produce only bad fruits, the heavenly bodies will lose the regularity of their movements, the moon will reflect only a feeble reddish light; water and fire will lend convulsive motions to the earth’s sphere, causing mountains , cities, etc., to be swallowed up. And here, for my Republican readers, we have Our Lady predicting our modern era of pollution and senseless destruction of God’s gifts

“Rome will lose the Faith and become the seat of the Antichrist.

“The demons of the air, together with the Antichrist, will work great wonders on the earth and in the air, and men will become ever more perverted. God will take care of His faithful servants and men of good will; the Gospel will be preached everywhere, all peoples and all nations will have knowledge of the Truth.

“I address a pressing appeal to the earth: I call upon the true disciples of the God living and reigning in the heavens; I call upon the true imitators of Christ made man, the one true Savior of men; I call upon my children, my true devotees, those who have given themselves o me so that I may lead them to my Divine Son, those whom I bear as it were in my arms, those who have lived in my spirit; finally, I call upon the Apostles of the Latter Times, the faithful disciples of Jesus Christ who have lived in contempt of the world and of themselves, in poverty and humility, in contempt and silence, in prayer and mortification, in chastity and in union with God, in suffering, and unknown to the world. It is time for them to emerge and come enlighten the earth. Go, show yourselves to be my dear children; I am with you and in you, provided your faith is the light enlightening you in these evil times. May your zeal make your famished for the glory and honor of Jesus Christ. Do battle, children of light, you, the few who see thereby; for the time of times, the end of ends, is at hand.

[The following is the most famous statement from La Salette] The Church will be eclipsed, the world will be in consternation. But there are Enoch and Elias, they will preach with the power of God, and men of good will will believe in God, and many souls will be comforted; they will make great progress by virtue of the Holy Ghost and will condemn the diabolical errors of the Antichrist.

“Woe to the inhabitants of the earth. There will be bloody wars, and famines; plagues and contagious diseases; there will be frightful showers of animals; thunders which will demolish cities; earthquakes which will engulf countries; voices will be heard in the air; men will beat their heads against the walls; they will call on death, yet death will constitute their torment; blood will flow on all sides. Who could overcome, if God doesn’t shorten the time of trial? At the blood, tears and prayers of the righteous, God will relent; Enoch and Elias will be put to death; pagan Rome will disappear; the fire of Heaven will fall and consume three cities; the whole universe will be struck with terror, and many will allow themselves to be seduced because they didn’t adore the true Christ living in their midst. It is time; the sun is darkening; Faith alone will survive.

“The time is at hand; the abyss is opening. Here is the king of the kings of darkness. Here is the beast with its subjects, calling itself the savior of the world. In pride he will rise skyward to go up to Heaven; he will be stifled by the breath of St. Michael the Archangel. He will fall and the earth — which for three days will be in constant change — will open its fiery bosom; he will be plunged forever with all his followers into hell’s eternal chasms. Then water and fire will purify the earth and consume all the works of men’s pride, and everything will be renewed; God will be served and glorified.”

Pray with Me: Novena to St. Blaise, Day 2

Praying for the intercession of St. Blaise for Allie, and my neck, and all physicians, particularly Allie’s pediatrician Dr. Albert and ophthalmologist Dr. Wilson and my brother Joe:

Novena to St. Blaise

Almighty and Eternal God! With lively faith and reverently worshiping Thy Divine Majesty, I prostrate myself before Thee and invoke with filial trust Thy supreme bounty and mercy. Illumine the darkness of my intellect with a ray of Thy heavenly light and inflame my heart with the fire of Thy divine love, that I may contemplate the great virtues and merits of the saint in whose honor I make this novena, and following his example imitate, like him, the life of Thy divine Son.

Moreover, I beseech Thee to grant graciously, through the merits and intercession of this powerful Helper, the petition which through him I humbly place before Thee, devoutly saving, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Vouchsafe graciously to hear it, if it redounds to Thy greater glory and to the salvation of my soul. Amen.

Prayer in honor of St. Blaise
O GOD, deliver us through the intercession of Thy holy bishop and martyr Blase, from all evil of soul and body, especially from all ills of the throat; and grant us the grace to make a good confession in the confident hope of obtaining Thy pardon, and ever to praise with worthy lips Thy most holy name. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Invocation of St. Blaise
St. BLASE, gracious benefactor of mankind and faithful servant of God, who for the love of our Savior did suffer so many tortures with patience and resignation; I invoke thy powerful intercession. Preserve me from all evils of soul and body. Because of thy great merits God endowed thee with the special grace to help those that suffer from ills of the throat; relieve and preserve me from them, so that I may always be able to fulfill my duties, and with the aid of God’s grace perform good works. I invoke thy help as special physician of souls, that I may confess my sins sincerely in the holy sacrament of Penance and obtain their forgiveness. I recommend to thy merciful intercession also those who unfortunately concealed a sin in confession. Obtain for them the grace to accuse themselves sincerely and contritely of the sin they concealed, of the sacrilegious confessions and communions they made, and of all the sins they committed since then, so that they may receive pardon, the grace of God, and the remission of the eternal punishment. Amen.

Prayer

My LORD and my God! I offer up to Thee my petition in union with the bitter passion and death of Jesus Christ, Thy Son, together with the merits of His immaculate and blessed Mother, Mary ever virgin, and of all the saints, particularly with those of the holy Helper in whose honor I make this novena.

Look down upon me, merciful Lord! Grant me Thy grace and Thy love, and graciously hear my prayer. Amen.

New Feature: Early Me

Back when I was a teenager, I had the idea to write a book called A Hundred and Some Essays on Faith, compiling my various writings on religion and morality, both for school assignments and home thoughts. Basically, it was my blog before blogging existed.

I’m working on a project right now where developing a book of apologetics/systematic philosophy with the working title _How to Become a Catholic, Even if You Don’t Want To_. I figured I could save time by culling through my established writings and excerpting/editing them where appropriate. Listening to “Bein’ Green” in the car this evening reminded me of one of English 101 hits, for which I used that title. Thus, I got the idea of going through the documents files I’ve collected since 1992 (some files containing writings older than that, which I transcribed in MS Write when I got my first 386) and posting many of them here.

Pray with me: Novena to St. Blaise, Day 1

Praying for the intercession of St. Blaise for Allie, and my neck, and all physicians, particularly Allie’s pediatrician Dr. Albert and ophthalmologist Dr. Wilson and my brother Joe:

Novena to St. Blaise

Almighty and Eternal God! With lively faith and reverently worshiping Thy Divine Majesty, I prostrate myself before Thee and invoke with filial trust Thy supreme bounty and mercy. Illumine the darkness of my intellect with a ray of Thy heavenly light and inflame my heart with the fire of Thy divine love, that I may contemplate the great virtues and merits of the saint in whose honor I make this novena, and following his example imitate, like him, the life of Thy divine Son.

Moreover, I beseech Thee to grant graciously, through the merits and intercession of this powerful Helper, the petition which through him I humbly place before Thee, devoutly saving, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Vouchsafe graciously to hear it, if it redounds to Thy greater glory and to the salvation of my soul. Amen.

Prayer in honor of St. Blaise
O GOD, deliver us through the intercession of Thy holy bishop and martyr Blase, from all evil of soul and body, especially from all ills of the throat; and grant us the grace to make a good confession in the confident hope of obtaining Thy pardon, and ever to praise with worthy lips Thy most holy name. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Invocation of St. Blaise
St. BLASE, gracious benefactor of mankind and faithful servant of God, who for the love of our Savior did suffer so many tortures with patience and resignation; I invoke thy powerful intercession. Preserve me from all evils of soul and body. Because of thy great merits God endowed thee with the special grace to help those that suffer from ills of the throat; relieve and preserve me from them, so that I may always be able to fulfill my duties, and with the aid of God’s grace perform good works. I invoke thy help as special physician of souls, that I may confess my sins sincerely in the holy sacrament of Penance and obtain their forgiveness. I recommend to thy merciful intercession also those who unfortunately concealed a sin in confession. Obtain for them the grace to accuse themselves sincerely and contritely of the sin they concealed, of the sacrilegious confessions and communions they made, and of all the sins they committed since then, so that they may receive pardon, the grace of God, and the remission of the eternal punishment. Amen.

Prayer

My LORD and my God! I offer up to Thee my petition in union with the bitter passion and death of Jesus Christ, Thy Son, together with the merits of His immaculate and blessed Mother, Mary ever virgin, and of all the saints, particularly with those of the holy Helper in whose honor I make this novena.

Look down upon me, merciful Lord! Grant me Thy grace and Thy love, and graciously hear my prayer. Amen.

I’m scared

I’m really scared. Saw the neurologist today, and it was the waste of time I feared it would be.

He gave me the old, “Your brain aneurysm is not big enough to cause the symptoms you’re having,” even though the aneurysm in the artery, ectasia in the vein and tortuosity in the carotid artery all explain my symptoms. Said he didn’t think it was big enough to require surgery (yet, again, that’s from a year-old angiogram).

Confirmed that there’s no known medication to prevent growth of a brain aneurysm, focused on a few scattered items (such as my fatigue) and insisted I was just depressed, and insisted on giving me a bipolar drug (though it’s a drug also used to treat migraines and seizures). But my big thing is wanting something that’s *not* going to leave me dead tired. My new BP my cardiologit prescribed takes away a lot of my symptoms but leaves me exhausted.

It’s hard enough dealing with an aortic aneurysm where you’re talking about centimeters, and even millimeters. Heck, I’ve always worried that those precious millimeters were too small.

Now, I’ve got this tiny little, difficult to detect, 80% diagnosed-only-after-they rupture thing in my head, and not to mention this tortuous carotid artery that can also cause the headaches and numbness I’ve been experiencing, and the fact that carotid artery dissection is more likely to happen in men in their thirties. . . . .

I’m just scared.

I’ve been having these TIA-like spells since 2003 or 2004. At first, I was taking the “maybe it’s just stress” or “maybe it’s just fatigue” view myself. I tried different things while occasionally mentioning them to doctors. Went to Hopkins in 04 to see what they had to say.

Had some tests done in 05 and 06. Found the spells more likely in the evenings, when tired, when stressed or when I’d just eaten a big meal. Thus, the correlating factor was blood pressure. Blood pressure too high? Migraines, chest pain, TIAs. Blood pressure too low? Fatigue, fluttery feeling in chest, migraine. Blood pressure in between? OK.

Moved back to SC. Got into see Dr. Stavrou, my cardiologist since 1989 save 4 years in VA, and he concurred with my self-diagnosis but was going on the “hard to detect by test anyway,” so we’d just work with BP medicine and coumadin.

Angiogram in February found the brain aneurysm and, in a way, gave me piece of mind that I wasn’t “just nuts.” Stavrou’s learned over the years not to question my judgement.

Even the primary care were concurring with me on it, and referred me to the neurologist just to find out about treatments. And then he comes in with the whole, “You’re just nuts” thing.

Mary suggested, “Maybe he just figures there’s nothing they can do, so he might as well put you on happy pills till you die?”

So, through all of this, I’ve been fairly stoic about it, or tried to see the positive side, taken the humorous side, or just matter-of-fact.

Now I’m just scared.

Nothing more guaranteed to make me depressed than a doctor telling me I’m depressed.

I was really hoping I’d have an option other than brain surgery, that there was some drug that could prevent the aneurysm from bursting and actually make me feel better.

Yes, I trust God. I try to, at least. Yes, I offer it up.
And I darn well know He’s in control of the situation: I know fully well God can take me whenever He wants to. But He also guided me to this vocation and this family, and now I have responsibility over them.
And I know if I die I’ll be more powerful and more able to watch over them than ever.

But God wouldn’t send us these challenges if they didn’t challenge us, and this is a challenge.

So, Johns Hopkins it is.

In the meantime, I’m scared.

Scott Brown: How the Pro-Life Movement has Fallen

At first, I was excited over Scott Brown. Then I found out his real positions on abortion. I have been genuinely torn about whether to be excited about this or not. It’s certainly a good thing in the short run, but not a good thing in the long run. Every time a pro-choice Republican wins is more reason for the Republicans to abandon the pro-life cause.

Anyway, Mark Shea has nicely delineated the slippery slope the Pro-Life Movement has made since selling its soul to Dubya ten years ago.

First, it was Bush over McCain because Bush was anti-embryonic stem cell research. Bush overturned 1 of Clinton’s *3* executive orders about abortion, permitting funding of abortions on military bases. Then Bush supported ESCR, and it was “I’m disappointed, but.” Bush tried to appoint pro-abortionists like Harriet Myers but got opposed and forced to appoint guys like Roberts and Alito who have yet to document any positions other than that they see _Roe v. Wade_ as settled law, and that abortions are OK so long as they’re not “gruesome”. Otherwise, in 8 years, he did zilch. When pro-lifers expressed outrage, Bush’s spokespeople said, “The president has always made clear that he supports _Roe v. Wade_.”

Which he did. Pro-lifers with Bush were like pacifists with Obama: they made him what they wanted him to be and ignored what he actually said. And they still do.

I posited at the time of Harriet Myers that maybe the pro-life movement was waking up to Bush like Sue Ellen finally dumping J.R., but that didn’t last long. Then people who used to speak of the dignity of the human person started agreeing with their President on human dignity not applying to “evil terrorists.”

Then, in 2008, McCain suddenly wasn’t that bad. Romney, who only became pro-life when he decided to run for president, was an avowed pro-lifer with a history of pro-life credentials.

We’re told that the end all and be all of pro-life activism is stopping partial birth abortion–one specific kind late term abortion that has been illegal for years now, even though the Supreme Court says it’s illegal because there are other ways to abort third trimester babies!!

Now, Scott Brown is the savior because he opposes federal funding of abortion and sort of supports conscientious objection.

Meanwhile, in early 2008, we had a candidate who
a. Said that presidents could be doing far more to fight abortion than they’d been doing
b. Supported measures to fight no-fault divorce
c. Supported homeschooling
d. Openly promoted Natural Law

and he didnt’ get support because
a) Catholics said they didn’t want to vote for a Baptist minister.
b) conservatives didn’t like the work he’d done for social justice as governor of Arkansas.

If Barack Obama had an “R” after his name instead of “D”, NRLC would find reason to declare him the greatest friend to the pro-life movement since Reagan. Oh, wait, Reagan appointed Kennedy and O’Connor.

SC Republicans Screw up again

Andre Bauer, our fantastic, fake money supporting, Lt. Governor who tried to use Mark Sanford’s downfall to get an easy ticket into the governor’s mansion, has made national headlines by comparing free and reduced lunches to “feeding stray animals.”  Bauer’s point is that he thinks people should who receive public assistance should have some accountability for it: in this case, that parents whose kids are on assistance should be required to attend parent conferences and that people on welfare should be required to take drug tests.

Of course, one blatant stupidity in his argument is comparing welfare to reduced lunch, which has to do with the income level that a family is able to achieve. 

Sadly, Bauer’s been endored by Huckabee, cause I’m still supporting Nikki Haley.

Why is it . . .

That groups like Roman Catholic Womenpriests are glorified by the media as noble defiant crusaders defying “Vatican Law” and “Vatican police” in order to pursue “change” in the Church, but the Society of St. Pius X are depicted as nothing but a bunch of backwards Nazis?

Particularly outrageous:

Louise “Lears, the nun from Baltimore, was supported by her family and members of her church. Shortly after being punished, she attended Mass at her local parish with her sister and mother. She was forbidden to take Communion, but her mother and sister decided to share their hosts with her. Other parishioners dropped pieces of their hosts into her hands. By the ritual’s end, her hands were full.”

Full of desecrated Hosts!  Is there no greater argument than this against Communion in the hand???

Why is this piece of trash in Yahoo’s top stories, but they haven’t posted things on the dialogue between Rome and the SSPX?

St. Teresa on merely reciting prayer

“To recite the Our Father or the Hail Mary or whatever prayer you wish is vocal prayer. But behold what poor music you produce when you do this without mental prayer” (Way of Perfection, Ch. 25, para. 3).