Daily Archives: June 3, 2010

Obama going the way of Nixon?

Since the beginning of this administration, conservatives have been calling Obama the worst president since Carter (admitting tacitly that, moral issues aside–and that’s a big aside–Clinton was a fairly decent president).

Now, Peter Ferrara at the American Spectator is suggesting that Obama is proving hismelf the combination of LBJ and Nixon. He has lost a huge chunk of his support among liberals for his mishandling of the oil leak. Clinton had developed an effective plan for handling oil spills in 1994, and Obama refused to use it. He has ignored Jindal’s pleas for permission to battle the oil leak at the state level.

Meanwhile, even his support among the African American community is dropping because of rising unemployment.

And the Sestak should be right up there with Watergate–after all, isn’t that what Watergate was about? Interfering with elections? And Watergate was a bungled break-in. This is outright (though equally unsuccessful) bribery.

Thirty Days’ Prayer to Mary

His descent into hell,
where He confronted the Saints
of the old law with His presence,
and led the captivity captive.

I ask it,
through His glorious victory over death,
when He arose again to life on the third day,
and through the joy
which His appearance for forty days after gave thee,
His blessed Mother,
His Apostles,
and the rest of His Disciples;
when in thine and their presence
He miraculously ascended into heaven.

I ask it,
through the grace of the Holy Spirit,
infused into the hearts of His Disciples,
when He descended upon them
in the form of fiery tongues,
and by which they were inspired with zeal
in the conversion of the world,
when they went to preach the gospel.

I ask it,
through the awful appearance of thy Son,
at the last dreadful day,
when He shall come to judge
the living and the dead,
and the world, by fire.

I ask it,
through the compassion He bore thee in His life,
and the unspeakable joy
thou didst feel at thine assumption into heaven,
where thou art eternally absorbed
in the sweet contemplation of His divine perfections.

O glorious and ever blessed Virgin!
comfort the heart of thy supplicant,
by obtaining for me,

(Mention your prayer intention here…)

And as I am persuaded my Divine Saviour
doth honour thee as His beloved Mother,
to whom He refuses nothing,
because thou asketh nothing contrary to His honour,
so let me speedily experience
the efficacy of thy powerful intercession,
according to the tenderness of thy maternal affection,
and His filial loving heart,
who mercifully granteth the requests
and complieth with the desires
of those that love and fear Him. 

Wherefore, O most blessed Virgin,
beside the object of my present petition,
and whatever else I may stand in need of,
obtain for me also of thy dear Son,
our Lord and our God,
a lively faith,
firm hope,
perfect charity,
true contrition of heart,
unfeigned tears of compunction,
sincere confession,
condign satisfaction,
abstinence from sin,
love of God and my neighbour,
contempt of the world,
patience to suffer affronts
and ignominies, nay, even,
if necessary,
an opprobrious death itself,
for love of thy Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Obtain likewise for me,
O sacred Mother of God,
perseverance in good works,
performance of good resolutions,
mortification of self-will,
a pious conversation through life,
and, at my last moments,
strong and sincere repentance,
accompanied by such a lively
and attentive presence of mind,
as may enable me to receive the last Sacrament
of the Church worthily,
and die in thy friendship and favour.

Lastly, obtain through thy Son,
I beseech thee,
for the souls of my parents,
brethren,
relatives and benefactors,
both living and dead,
life everlasting,
from the only Giver of every good and perfect gift,
the Lord God Almighty,
to Whom be all power now and forever.

Amen.

G. K. Chesterton on Arrogance

“Complete self-confidence is not merely a sin; complete self-confidence is a weakness.”
G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, Ch. 2.