Saturday, September 20, 2014

Holy Matrimony is Forever


My wife's and my hands over the source of our values
Peace be with all of you in Jesus Christ our Lord, the Church's faithful spouse whom we are called to emulate.

There has been some discussion inside and outside the Church about changing the discipline surrounding the Sacrament of Marriage in the name of "mercy," by allowing some Catholics living in irregular unions to receive Holy Communion. Some of the cheer-leading is mere spin by the mainstream media. Other such hand-wringing comes from a senior churchman who then cried "foul" at public criticism of his public stance.

My position is with the Church's historical Tradition and teaching regarding the institution of the Sacrament of Matrimony by our Lord and all the moral implications deriving from it.

The appeal to "mercy" is an emotional appeal, for who can be against mercy? But is mercy to be construed as permission to deviate from the Lord's sovereign will regarding matrimony?

The disciplines surrounding the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony are not to be the sole playground of canon lawyers looking for, or creating loopholes because, I assure you, elephants will frolic through these loopholes until the Sacrament because meaningless. Lawyers have rendered civil marriage meaningless through redefinition, we don't need canon lawyers and misguided churchmen, no matter how senior, redefining the sacrament to adjust to a feeble definition of "mercy."

Let us pray for the upcoming Synod on the Family, that the Holy Spirit keep our bishops within the doctrine we have received from the Apostles, within which we find true mercy and acceptance by God. Let us also pray for every single marriage in the world, that each husband and wife find the union and openness to new life in the love they have for each other, forever.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sign This Petition Against the Satanic Black Mass in Oklahoma City

Brethren: Peace be with you.

The following petition is from the TFP Student Action and I now share it with you:


Updated: Sept. 15, 2014 - I regret to inform you that satanists are still planning a "Black Mass" on city property at the Civic Center in Oklahoma City on Sunday, September 21, 2014.

Please spread the word to all your friends so we can stop this sacrilege.  Your voice and prayers were decisive at Harvard University ­-- the "Black Mass" there was stopped.  Canceled.  Saint Michael won a great victory that day. And God can win again.

Our first goal of 50,000 petitions has been achieved.  The new goal is now 100,000.  Your petition, together with many more, will be presented to the Civic Center, as well as the Mayor of Oklahoma City and the Governor of Oklahoma before September 21.

One news item refers to the "Black Mass" in these terms:  “A Religious Black Mass will be conducted as a public event to help educate the public about Religious Satanism.  Enjoy the delights of the Devil.”

Registered sex offender Adam Daniels will be leading the anti-Catholic satanic ritual on public property.

Every black mass is a direct, deliberate and sinful act of hatred against God.  Typically, a Consecrated Host is stolen from a Catholic Church and then used to desecrate, mock and insult the Catholic Mass.  The Person of Our Lord Jesus Christ is attacked in a most vile and unspeakable manner.  These insults against God are not only offensive to Christians, but also repulsive to everyone of good will.

Spread the word.  Ask your friends to sign this petition.  Thank you & God bless!

  • Sign the petition here.
  • See more information here.

Commentary: I urge all of my readers to sign this petition and to call the pertinent Oklahoma City authorities to stop this travesty. I'm pretty sure that if someone had scheduled a KKK rally or a Koran stumping we would not be witnessing this controversy. Let us also keep our spiritual warfare going.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Today we Celebrate the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Second Reading from today's Office of Readings
A discourse of St Andrew of Crete

The cross is Christ's glory and triumph

We are celebrating the feast of the cross which drove away darkness and brought in the light. As we keep this feast, we are lifted up with the crucified Christ, leaving behind us earth and sin so that we may gain the things above. So great and outstanding a possession is the cross that he who wins it has won a treasure. Rightly could I call this treasure the fairest of all fair things and the costliest, in fact as well as in name, for on it and through it and for its sake the riches of salvation that had been lost were restored to us.

Had there been no cross, Christ could not have been crucified. Had there been no cross, life itself could not have been nailed to the tree. And if life had not been nailed to it, there would be no streams of immortality pouring from Christ’s side, blood and water for the world’s cleansing. The legal bond of our sin would not be cancelled, we should not have attained our freedom, we should not have enjoyed the fruit of the tree of life and the gates of paradise would not stand open. Had there been no cross, death would not have been trodden underfoot, nor hell despoiled.

Therefore, the cross is something wonderfully great and honourable. It is great because through the cross the many noble acts of Christ found their consummation – very many indeed, for both his miracles and his sufferings were fully rewarded with victory. The cross is honourable because it is both the sign of God’s suffering and the trophy of his victory. It stands for his suffering because on it he freely suffered unto death. But it is also his trophy because it was the means by which the devil was wounded and death conquered; the barred gates of hell were smashed, and the cross became the one common salvation of the whole world.

The cross is called Christ’s glory; it is saluted as his triumph. We recognise it as the cup he longed to drink and the climax of the sufferings he endured for our sake. As to the cross being Christ’s glory, listen to his words: Now is the Son of Man glorified, and in him God is glorified, and God will glorify him at once. And again: Father, glorify me with the glory I had with you before the world came to be. And once more: “Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it and will glorify it again.” Here he speaks of the glory that would accrue to him through the cross. And if you would understand that the cross is Christ’s triumph, hear what he himself also said: When I am lifted up, then I will draw all men to myself. Now you can see that the cross is Christ’s glory and triumph.

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Monday, September 08, 2014

The Construction of a New Society

Fr. Nicolas Schwizer

The architect and foreman of that construction is Father Kentenich: He gave us the project, he accompanies us with his guidance and intercession, he becomes present, incarnate in us.

And each member of his Family is a co-builder, his instrument in the realization of the work. He invites us to share responsibilities with him, to forge history with him. He invites us to be his daring collaborators, creative and committed to the future of our society.

What can we do in concrete? Father proposes to us a strategy to solve the problems of today’s world and to build a better tomorrow. He indicates three means to us:

1. To create an atmosphere of family. To create a family behavior among persons. This is valid for the work circle and social circle, the family, the neighborhood, the parish and the movement, etc.

2. Educate fatherly authorities. Human fathers and paternal authorities, reflections of God’s paternity, are who create family and unite it around themselves, in the home as in the Church and society.

3. Take seriously the role of the Virgin and of the woman. The Virgin has the charism of forming childlike hearts and paternal hearts, of educating paternal personalities. And in intimate relationship with Mary’s mission, Father Kentenich also sees the role of the woman. Man changes the world, but it is the woman who can change – in a silent and effective way – the heart of man.

Application to Schoenstatt. In the first place, Father applies this strategy to his Schoenstatt Family in order to make it a model of the Church and for the world of tomorrow. And in the form in which he applied those three means, the extraordinary cohesion of the world of Schoenstatt can be seen. They coincide with the three contact points:

1. There is a family atmosphere when the family has its own place. The Shrine is our home which guarantees the family atmosphere, it is the symbol that we want to be family and that we have the mission to create family wherever we find ourselves.

2. The Family grows and matures when it has a father. And God gave us in our Father and Founder an authentic father of our Family. And his paternity is so powerful among us that we speak of a Family of the Father.

3. A father is educated through Mary. And there is the Virgin Mary, the third contact point which in reality was the first. And our Founder has been a father capable of creating a Family because he was educated in her maternal heart.

Thus Schoenstatt has lived through these three contact points, these great means which Father proposes to us to solve the problems of today and to build the world of tomorrow: a Family of the Father God.

Application to our life

We also must apply the same strategy in our daily life. Each one of us, in the small confines in which we move, has to become a Nation of God, Family of the Father. We must find in our small confines the solution to the great problems of the country. There, in the world which is in my reach, I should persist in my efforts to improve the world which is in my reach. The small confines of my home, my faculty, my office, my club, my neighberhood, my parish, my course, is entrusted to my responsibility. There I should create an atmosphere of family, educate paternal personalities, make room to the shaping power of the Virgin.

Questions for reflection

1. Am I a forger of family atmospheres?
2. How do I allow myself to be educated by Mary?

Friday, September 05, 2014

Benighted activist judges continue to tear down the institution of marriage

Brethren, Peace be with you.

Our nation is in distress
According to the AP, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals uled Thursday that gay marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana violate the U.S. Constitution — thereby bumping the number of states where gay marriage will be legal from 19 to 21. Furthermore, Republican appointee Judge Richard Posner likened same-sex marriage bans to now-defunct laws that once outlawed interracial marriage. They derived from "hate" and "savage discrimination" of people suffering from same-sex attraction — Posner pontificated.


Let me restated my position: I'll not be bullied into changing my views regarding the institution of marriage as being one uniquely reserved for one man and one woman, and I'll do every lawful mean at my disposal to stop and oppose the redefinition of marriage and the recognition of special rights to those seeking to redefine marriage to their advantage. I will not follow the lemmings rushing toward the cliff of self-destruction, nor will I either be defined nor intimidated into silence by them.

"Rights" are no mere social conventions to be deconstructed and reconstructed at will by vapid academics and the lawyers and judges these academics produce - lawyers and judges often being these same academics. "Rights" are attributes inherent to our human nature and oriented to our human nature's dignity, completion, and ultimate felicity. Humans beings have been made for transcendence. "Rights" consist of the duty to pursue ultimate transcendence. Rights conceived without the correspondent duty are no rights at all, but infantile selfishness, the kind demanded through tantrums and emotional appeals and not sober reasoning about human nature and its objective wants and needs.

Marriage is an institution of natural law. It precedes the state in antiquity and law. The state has no business redefine in it to suit the desires of a small minority seeking to normalize unnatural sex as the new center of a new kind of bond-pairing. Yes, academics, judges, and lawyers who trample on marriage to mark their place of history do so because their minds are darkened to the nature of marriage and believe that positive law trumps natural law. When this happens, judges and politicians defending same-sex "marriage" become tyrants and despots and must be resisted and whenever possible, impeached and removed.

One last thing: these judges call those disagreeing with them "haters" and "bigots". It is the other side's hissing and screaming and name-calling seek to reduce us to ashamed silence. Guess what, it's not going to happen.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Condemnation of ISIS by Global Muslim Leaders Encouraging, Uplifting

Brethren, Peace to you in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Although the Islamic streets have remained quiescent in light of the murder and destruction the so-called Islamic State is doing in their name, considering their prior bloody reaction against Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's Regensburg Address, I find the reaction of individual Muslim leaders and a few communities encouraging, and uplifting.

Since the Holy See called upon Muslim leaders to condemn ISIS last August, the following leaders have done so:
Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam, of Egypt;

Grand Mufti 'Abd al-'Aziz ibn 'Abdillah āl ash-Shaikh of Saudi Arabia;

Sheik Usama Hasan of London, and six senior British  Islamic scholars;

Imam Mohammed Elahi of the Islamic House of Wisdom in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, along with representative of several other organizations, including the from the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
Whether they all responded to Pope Francis' call to condemn the Islamic State doesn't matter. What we need is more Muslim leaders and faithful worldwide to stand against the clique of murderers and terrorists who claim they are acting on behalf of all Muslims.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Have a happy and safe Labor Day

Author: Charles Chaput OFM Cap, Archbishop of Philadelphia
St. Joseph, Patron of Workers
I’m wishing you all a happy and safe Labor Day with family and friends. Today is much more than the unofficial end of the summer season. It’s a day to reflect with gratitude on the physical work that goes into building and sustaining our country. Please join me today in praying that all workers will be treated justly, that those in positions of supervision will exercise their duties with fairness and that the unemployed may find meaningful work to support themselves and their families. May the Lord give you peace.