Daily Archives: January 15, 2010

Pray with me: Job Novena, Day 5

Emergency Novena to the Infant Jesus of Prague

O Jesus, Who said, “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock
and it shall be opened to you,” through the intercession of Mary, Your most holy Mother,
I knock, I seek, I ask that my prayer be answered. Please let me get a full time job.

O Jesus, Who said, “All that you ask of the Father in My Name He will grant you,”
through the intercession of Mary, Your most holy Mother,
I humbly and urgently ask Your Father in Your Name that my prayer be granted.
Please let me get a full time job.

O Jesus, Who said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My word shall not pass,”
through the intercession of Mary, Your most holy Mother,
I feel confident that my prayer will be granted. Please let me get a full time job.

Novena to St. Jude

May the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus be adored, loved in all tabernacles until the end of time. Amen.
May the most Sacred Heart of Jesus be praised and glorified now and forever. Amen.
St. Jude pray for us and hear our prayers. Amen
Blessed be the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Blessed be the immaculate Heart of Mary.
Blessed be Saint Jude in all the world and for all eternity. Amen.

Our Father
Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Amen

Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you, blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen

Prayer to St. Jude
O glorious Apostle, St. Jude, true relative of Jesus and Mary, I salute you through the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Through this heart I praise and thank God for all the graces He has bestowed upon you.

Humbly prostrate before you I implore you through the Heart to look down upon me with compassion. Despise not my poor prayer, let not my trust be confounded. To you God has granted the privelege of aiding mankind in the most desperate cases.

Oh come to my aid that I may praise the mercies of God. All my life I will be grateful to you, and will be your faithful client until I can Thank you in Heaven. Amen

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Did Haiti “Deserve” its earthquake?

There are several interesting permutations of the earthquake in Haiti.

1. Rush Limbaugh has really blown it this time. Even when I disagree with him, even when I feel he’s crossing a line, he usually maintains some basic level of decency and civility. But this time, he’s pulled a double-whammy:
a. Making racist comments (supposedly in allusion to Harry Reid) while discussing Haiti
b. Blaming Communism for Haiti’s poverty: technically, I’m not aware that Haiti is a Communist country or ever has been. Haiti’s poverty is due to capitalism: the United States stripped Haiti of its resources, particularly its rainforests, long ago. The best thing the US could do for Haiti is to pick the population up and move them here, because we are directly responsible for Haiti’s poverty.. The fact that Haiti is nothing more than a tributary of the US can be shown in that there’s a coup in Haiti every time we have a new president. Bush sent troops into Haiti to put in the guy he wanted. Clinton sent troops into Haiti to put in the guy he wanted. Dubya sent troops into Haiti to put in the guy he wanted.

2. Oddly enough, Pat Buchanan is supporting Obama on this one and saying we should go in to help.

3. Liberal Hypocrisy: Limbaugh is being roundly condemned in a Yahoo front page story. Pat Robertson (below) has been roundly condemned in numerous articles, on most major news services, all over the Net. Meanwhile, Yahoo is not posting front page stories about Joyce Tarnow, the owner of a Florida abortion clinic in Florida, says that Haitians can “stew in their own juices” and “wither on the vine.” Like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ebenezer Scrooge, and, apparently, Rush Limbaugh, she is a very vocal advocate of Kissinger Doctrine. Like Limbaugh, she sees poor nations as a drain on US superiority and says we should just kill them all. Somehow, I don’t see posts all over the blogosphere calling her an “idiot.”
I wonder if as many liberal websites are condening Tarnow’s comments the way conservative sites are condemning Libaugh and Robertson?

4. Speaking of Pat Robertson, the man who told you 20 years ago that God was going to kill him if he didn’t get a million dollars in donations, who told us abortion’s OK in China, and who tells people on his show that somewhere out there he knows a person with a bad back will feel better (surprisingly, the Holy Spirit can’t tell him this person’s name), has now said that the Haitians deserved the earthquake because they made a deal with the Devil. For some reason, this crackpot is news.

Now, it never ceases to amaze me how Protestants condemn Catholics for having the Pope but make their own mini-Popes. They listen to guys like Robertson make insane pronouncements, and they look to their gurus for advice on every aspect of their lives. The Holy Father has far less influence on my life, and makes far less pronouncements on daily issues, than James Dobson or Pat Robertson do to their followers.

Nonetheless, several questions are raised by this statement.

5. What does he mean by “Deal with the Devil”? Supposedly, there was some kind of pact with Satan allegedly involved with Haiti’s original bid for independence. He may also have been referring to widespread animism and voodoo. He may also have been referring to Catholicism, as Robertson is well known for his views on Catholicism.

6. Does that mean they “deserved” the earthquake?

Well, let’s look at why the earthquake was so bad. The earthquake was so devastating in part because of horrible infrastructure. Limbaugh can blame communism all he likes, but, again, the buck stops with the US on this one. It’s one thing to talk about people being able to pick themselves up and pursue opportunity, but when you’re in the poorest country in the world, and you have no opportunities, and you have no natural resources ,you’re kind of stuck. And I’m sure Limbaugh would not advocate letting the Haitians come here en masse to pursue opportunity.

7. Now, the problem of Evil. Does God punish sin with disasters? Short answer? Yes. When the people ask Jesus about some recent disasters, such as a tower falling on some people, they ask if the people were being punished. Jesus doesn’t reply directly, but He does warn the people to repent so they won’t die in sin if a similar disaster befalls them.

When disaster falls, we say that “God withdraws His protection.” Rather than saying God punishes with disaster, it’s more proper to say that God rewards devotion and virtue by protecting His people from disasters. But, of course, God does not always protect His people. Jesus Himself suffered the most humiliating and miserable fate possible in His culture.

In fact, Jesus illustrates this perfectly. Jesus had miraculous protection His entire ministry, such as when the people tried to stone Him and He passed through them.

But the Father withdrew protection from Jesus–“abandoned” Him, in Our Lord’s own words–on Good Friday.

So, too, God sometimes withdraws protection from those He loves to test them with suffering or to bring them to Heaven.

It is a delicate matter to deal with the question of disaster. Disaster is most certainly a warning from God. Both Fr. Corapi and Fr. Groeschel warned that 9/11 was a sign from God, and America needs to repent. Is there anything wrong with saying that? No.

Then there was that Bishop-elect in Austria who was forced to resign over controversy about saying New Orleans “deserved” Katrina. Technically he had a point too.

The problem is saying that the victims deserved to die, versus saying that God sent the disaster as a warning. Those are two completely different concepts. The former is the very embodiment of Jesus’ teaching “judge not lest ye be judged,” while the latter is what Jesus Himself said regarding disasters.

A note on Freemasonry

Freemasonry is a long-term derivative of the Babylonian mystery cult/Gnostic tradition, a belief system that is based upon human achievement. It is a dualistic system, based upon the belief that there are equally good and bad Gods fighting for control of the cosmos.

In the Gnostic and Manichean traditions, the idea is that the “Bad God” created everything. What modern Scripture scholars say about the “Yahwist” and “Elohist” traditions in the Old Testament is a modern version of what the Gnostics believed: “Yahweh”, in their view, is an evil God who created the universe. On the one hand, matter is bad and spirit is good. On the other hand, human achievement is the way to become gods and try to overthrow the bad one.

The big distinction in these traditions is whether that achievement is spiritual or material, or both. The New Age is also a branch of the same tree.

In Freemasonry, which has several different forms, the idea is that the Tower of Babel is a good thing: it signifies humanity’s attempt to achieve heaven for itself.

The achievements of small-“m” masonry: the Pyramids, the Tower of Babel, etc., symbolize humanity’s desire to be God. Therefore, the figure the Freemasons point to in the Old Testament is that of Lucifer. Of course, Lucifer in the Bible is a vague reference, traditionally associated with Satan. The Freemasons argue that Lucifer is, in fact, the Holy Spirit. This ties in with the whole Yahweh/Elohim conflict of Gnosticism: Yahweh is “God”, the bad one; Elohim is “God”, the ‘good’ one, associated with Lucifer. The bad one is superior, and created everything to begin with, but the good one is trying to rise and take over.

This motif is found in a great deal of literature. Apparently, it’s the overt mythology behind Anne Rice’s vampire and witch novels, where Satan is presented as a hero against God’s alleged cruelty (It would be interesting to see if she has changed her view or her alleged series of new Catholic novels is just thinly veiled Gnosticism).

Lucifer is not really mentioned at the lower levels of Masonry but is very overtly worshipped by the Shriners, and other names traditionally associated with Satan are mentioned in Masonic rites.

On a personal note, I never felt a presence of palpable evil so strongly as when I visited the museum at one of George Washington’s former homes and stood next to tables of his belongings.