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Friday, 19 September 2014

My World Again

I knew about this when a friend of mine who has lived for job reasons for many, many years, half the year in EU and half in USA got letters from his Swiss banks.


More FYI My World--New World Order Sneaking Up

Leading the charge to create the new global tax regime is the Group of 20 (G-20), a coalition of governments and brutal dictatorships that are in the process of building what virtually every major media outlet recently described as a “New World Order.” Top officials in the outfit, which includes the ruthless Communist regime ruling mainland China, among other barbaric autocracies, publicly announced a plot in recent years to share financial data and more on all citizens with each other. The goal, for now: extract as much wealth as possible.


To implement what critics call their nightmarish vision of a “World Tax Organization” — supposedly aimed at stopping tax evasion — the G-20 asked the United Nations-linked Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to take the lead. The widely criticized “cartel” of tax-hungry politicians, infamous primarily for fanatical efforts to crush national sovereignty and for bullying jurisdictions with relatively low taxes into surrendering their competitive advantage, is now working to develop the taxation regime and prod its member governments into adopting it.

Meanwhile, the inspiration and model for the global information-sharing scheme, OECD bosses admit, is FATCA. “A key catalyst for automatic exchange of information and the on-going OECD work has been the FATCA legislation enacted by the United States in 2010,” the international outfit said last year in a brief, adding that the plot also has the ardent support of central bankers and G-20 regimes. In fact, the brief explains, FATCA pseudo-treaties between the Obama administration and foreign governments — unconstitutional under the U.S. Constitution, critics say — will even serve as the “model” and “template” for the global regime.

According to a brief by the OECD, among the data that governments would share with each other as part of the “automatic exchange of information” (AEOI) regime are various categories of income, changes of address, purchase or sale of property, and more. Of course, the scheme turns American traditions and constitutional protections upside down. Instead of being secure in one’s house, papers, and effects without a warrant and probable cause, governments and autocrats around the world will be free to rifle through citizens’ most sensitive information at will. Hackers, criminals, and identity thieves, among others, might also be able to access the data, opponents warn. 

The plot to abolish financial privacy and national independence in tax policy will also be expensive, although the taxpayer-funded bureaucrats at the OECD — whose salaries are not taxed — do not seem to care. “What we are doing is to develop a single standard that will be compatible with national and regional systems — there will be only one way of collecting and exchanging information,” continued Saint-Amans. “That will cost something, but it is the price to pay to be free from suspicion of complicity in fiscal fraud.”

More on the website

FYI My World

Indeed, aside from Uncle Sam, virtually every national government in the world uses a residence-based tax system. The only other exception is the ruthless gangster regime ruling the tiny African nation of Eritrea, which, though less successful at collecting, also demands tribute from citizens everywhere on Earth. In 2011, the United Nations Security Council, with support from the Obama administration, blasted the Eritrean dictatorship, saying it “condemns the use of the ‘Diaspora tax’ on Eritrean diaspora by the Eritrean Government … and decides that Eritrea shall cease these practices.” The African dictator, however, demands only a tiny fraction of what Uncle Sam seeks to extract from U.S. citizens abroad.


Ironically, joining the rest of the civilized world by ending taxation of citizens abroad would almost certainly provide huge benefits to the federal government, too. “History reveals that replacing Citizenship-Based Taxation with Residence-Based Taxation will raise net Federal tax revenue because of increased economic growth,” the RNC said, echoing numerous studies and analyses spotlighting the drag imposed on the U.S. economy by the arcane taxation policies. Residence-based taxes would also “significantly reduce IRS administrative expenses,” the resolution explained.


Another one of the myriad benefits of adopting residence-based taxation, sometimes abbreviated as RBT, would be the elimination of “complex requirements and tax forms, such as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (‘FATCA’) and the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (‘FBAR’),” the RNC resolution states. As The New American reported in April as part of an in-depth investigation, the FATCA regime — hidden inside a Democrat “jobs bill” and signed by Obama — has made life overseas nearly impossible for countless Americans, now widely regarded as “pariahs” by foreign banks and companies.
Among other focal points of the growing outrage, FATCA seeks to turn every financial institution in the world into an unpaid agent of the IRS — all in a supposed bid to collect less than $1 billion in additional tax revenue each year (enough to run the federal government for a few hours). If the institutions refuse, gigantic “withholding taxes” or outright exclusion from U.S. markets would be applied, crippling any business. So far, the roll-out of the new taxation regime has been an unmitigated disaster, as even compliance mongers admit. Numerous banks, for example, responded to the scheme by simply refusing to serve anyone who holds U.S. citizenship or has permanent residence.
“The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), implemented as a result of CBT, has caused banks, both U.S. and foreign, to deny access to banking and other financial services to the 7.6 million Americans overseas, thus denying employment and investment opportunities and forcing them to choose between U.S. citizenship and their livelihood,” the RNC said. Separately, the resolution noted, “the implementation of FATCA to enforce CBT promotes the abandonment of the U.S. Dollar as the global reserve currency and hurts the U.S. economy.”


While the taxation and FATCA resolutions are primarily addressed to congressional lawmakers with the power to undo the damage, Republicans are pursuing other options as well. Among the tactics: Republicans and Americans living overseas are working to challenge the constitutionality of FATCA through the courts. Outraged U.S. citizens and others in Canada are also pursuing a judicial challenge there. The Obama administration, however, continues to bully foreign governments into signing unconstitutional pseudo-treaties to advance the scheme.
More than a few experts predict that FATCA will eventually be relegated to the ash heap of history. In the meantime, though, foreign governments and international institutions, seizing on FATCA, are working to create a truly global version of the scheme, which critics say could be more nightmarish than the original. Americans concerned about jobs, privacy, the economy, overseas U.S. citizens, the trade deficit, national sovereignty, the Constitution, the separation of powers, the U.S. dollar, and economic competitiveness should get involved.


Read the whole thing at the website....see how awful this is for Americans. There is, increasingly, no advantage to being a US citizen financially.  And here is another link from an earlier article...

Interesting Article

There Is Punishment, Now or Later

Amazing! I have been talking to people lately who do not understand that there is a purgatory and that it is a horrible place of suffering.For some reason, most Catholics I have been talking to think they will go to heaven when they die. They have not even thought of purgatory, purgation, the entire point of my perfection series of now over 700 posts.

Some see purgatory as a sad place of healing. NO. Some see purgatory as merely the absence of the God they just saw for the first time. NO.

Many simply do not believe in purgatory. Lately, I have read stupid articles in Catholic media of all types which state that saints were not perfect. Yes, they were, which is the entire point of canonization. A saint is a person who skips purgatory and goes right to heaven after death for two reasons. One, they were purified on earth. Two, they reached the highest level of perfection they could while on earth.

Most people go to hell. Many people go to purgatory. A few people go straight to heaven when they die.

That is the truth. Sorry, it is not a nice idea, but it is the teaching of the Catholic Church.

The whole point of purgatory is that it is purification not faced on earth and the paying back of punishment due to sin.

One sins, one goes to confession, one gets a penance. But, one still has to pay back for the sins in a temporal manner. And, this why we have purgatory-penance and purgation.

I do not know what will happen to those many people I have met who honestly think they will go straight to heaven when they die and who are far from being saints. Read my perfection series, including the Doctor of the Church series. What else can I do to help those who deny punishment due to sin to realize the reality and the need for purgatory? Atonement, expiation and NO merit is what one experiences in purgatory......

(Apologies for spacing errors- The Net is acting up and I do not have Office or anyway to compose except on the blog online.) 

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Confusion as to Purgatory and Sin--More Magical Thinking

Purgatory is not nice, but necessary.

I have written about this many times, but one more time will not fact, this post  is another contradiction of more magical thinking

Only the perfect see God. Confession and the Last Anointing, according to the CCC,  takes away sin, as Christ forgives us of our sins. But, these do not take away the punishment due to sin, or the time of purification necessary for those who die with imperfections and even venial sins. There are many references in the CCC, so look under sections 1499 on and 1020 on.

Remember, that the souls in purgatory are fixed in their sanctifying grace and cannot gain merit for themselves or others. Here is a statement from the Second Council of Lyons:

If those who are truly repentant die in charity before they have done sufficient penance for their sins of omission and commission, their souls are cleansed after death in purgatorial or cleansing punishments . . . The suffrages of the faithful on earth can be of great help in relieving these punishments, as, for instance, the Sacrifice of the Mass, prayers, almsgiving, and other religious deeds which, in the manner of the Church, the faithful are accustomed to offer for others of the faithful.

And from Trent:
If anyone says that, after receiving the grace of justification the guilt of any repentant sinner is remitted and the debt of eternal punishment is blotted out in such a way that no debt of temporal punishment remains to be paid, either in this life or in purgatory, before the gate to the kingdom of heaven can be opened: let him be anathema (DB 840).
The Catholic Church, by the teaching of the Holy Spirit, in accordance with Sacred Scripture and the ancient tradition of the Fathers, has taught in the holy councils, and most recently in this ecumenical council, that there is a purgatory, and that the souls detained there are helped by the prayers of the faithful, and especially by the acceptable Sacrifice of the Altar.
Therefore, this holy council commands the bishops to be diligently on guard that the true doctrine about purgatory, the doctrine handed down from the holy Fathers and the sacred councils, be preached everywhere, and that Christians be instructed in it, believe it, and adhere to it.
But let the more difficult and subtle controversies, which neither edify nor generally cause any increase of piety, be omitted from the ordinary sermons to the poorly instructed. Likewise, they should not permit anything that is uncertain or anything that appears to be false to be treated in popular or learned publications. And should forbid as scandalous and injurious to the faithful whatever is characterized by a kind of curiosity and superstition, or is prompted by motives of dishonorable gain (DB 983). more here

Some priests do not teach the Church's teaching on purgatory and assume all people go to heaven after the Last Rites. Such a thing was said today.

The apostolic blessing is plenary indulgence. A plenary indulgence takes away the temporal punishment due to sin, but not the sin, and therefore follows the Last Rites.

Here is the section from The Enchiridion of Indulgences:

The Moment of Death (In articulo mortis).  PLENARY INDULGENCE. EXCEPTION TO THE THREE CONSTANTS. (Verbatim recitation of the grant follows:) "To the faithful in danger of death, who cannot be assisted by a priest to bring them the sacraments and impart the Apostolic Blessing with its plenary indulgence (see can. 468, Sec.2 of Code of Canon Law), Holy Mother Church nevertheless grants a plenary indulgence to be acquired at the point of death, provided they are properly disposed and have been in the habit of reciting some prayers during their lifetime.  The use of a crucifix or a cross to gain this indulgence is praiseworthy." The condition: 'provided they have been in the habit of reciting some prayers during their lifetime' supplies in such cases for the three usual conditions required for the gaining of a plenary indulgence." The plenary indulgence at the point of death can be acquired by the faithful, even if they have already obtained another plenary indulgence on the same day."

In Purgatory and Why? Continued....

Let us suppose one commits one mortal sin, just one. Then, let us suppose that person goes to Confession and is forgiven by God through the action of the priest in that sacrament. Let us further imagine the priest gives the person a rosary to say for penance.

There is still something else that person must face. And that is atonement to God for this sin and expiation.

Atonement has to do with justice.

Here is Trent on Christ's Atonement for sin.

Whence it came to pass, that the Heavenly Father, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1, 3), when that blessed fullness of the time was come (Galatians 4:4) sent unto men Jesus Christ, His own Son who had been, both before the Law and during the time of the Law, to many of the holy fathers announced and promised, that He might both redeem the Jews, who were under the Law and that the Gentiles who followed not after justice might attain to justice and that all men might receive the adoption of sons. Him God had proposed as a propitiator, through faith in His blood (Romans 3:25), for our sins, and not for our sins only, but also for those of the whole world (I John ii, 2). 

Christ had to ransom us and He did so out of love for us. The work is done. But, we continue to use our free will to choose evil in mortal or venial sin.

For these sins, we must make reparation and atone for ignoring the mercy and justice of God.

We can do sacrifice on earth for our sins. I think St. John Paul II did this in his long life, especially with his suffering at the end of his days. His example is for all of us.

The acceptance of suffering on earth is primarily to atone for our sins, to make reparation.

Reparation is justice given to God for sin. If I get a speeding ticket, I have to pay for breaking the law. If it is a minor offense, it does not go on my driving record, but if it would be a major one, that sin would follow me around, as it were.

So, too, with our forgiven sins.

Reparation and atonement need to be made to an All-Perfect, All-Merciful and All-Just God.

We can ask God for our purgatory on earth, but be prepared for great suffering.

A NO vote and a duh moment!

Cult of Death Two

More and more countries do not have a replacement rate of birth. The lie of Malthus has crept into the consciousness of those who make policies, from the UN, to the EU, to Washington.

Infrastructures of nations cannot be sustained without workers, without a solid base of citizens who want to build a country, have national and personal goals which overlap.

As young people remain single in these countries, or are dinkies, (dual-income, no kids intended-an old nineties phrase in my part of the world), the cult of death spins the web of deceit, dulling the sense of what is necessary for a future people to exist.

Most no longer care, falling into carpe diem. 

Horace's Ode is famous, but even his idea held some reckoning of the old idea of "enduring" hard times, which many are not facing through gaming, clubing, endless consumerism and so on.

Tu ne quaesieris—scire nefas—quem mihi, quem tibi
finem di dederint, Leuconoƫ, nec Babylonios
temptaris numeros. ut melius, quicquid erit, pati!
seu plures hiemes, seu tribuit Iuppiter ultimam,
quae nunc oppositis debilitat pumicibus mare
Tyrhenum. Sapias, vina liques, et spatio brevi
spem longam reseces. dum loquimur, fugerit invida
aetas: carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.

Ask not—we cannot know—what end the gods have set for you, for me; nor attempt the Babylonian reckonings LeuconoĆ«. How much better to endure whatever comes, whether Jupiter grants us additional winters or whether this is our last, which now wears out the Tuscan Sea upon the barrier of the cliffs! Be wise, strain the wine; and since life is brief, prune back far-reaching hopes! Even while we speak, envious time has passed: pluck the day, putting as little trust as possible in tomorrow!
This, of course, is not the Christian philosophy of life, which is to love God and one's neighbor as one's self.
That last part of the Christian statement is the crux of the matter. People do not love themselves. They do not love their souls. They do not love God, which enables one to love one's self properly.

The cult of death pushes entire civilizations into despair and hatred. "What is there to fight for anyway", one young person said to me....
Those who care....are fewer and fewer; fact, the remnant.
The cult of death is a suicidal cult, destroying babies, ideas, holiness.
On which side of the line in the sand are your standing? Life or death? 

From Deuteronomy 30:

11Surely, this commandment that I am commanding you today is not too hard for you, nor is it too far away. 12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will go up to heaven for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?’ 13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross to the other side of the sea for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?’ 14 No, the word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe.
15 See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. 16 If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God[b] that I am commanding you today, by loving the Lord your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to possess. 17 But if your heart turns away and you do not hear, but are led astray to bow down to other gods and serve them, 18 I declare to you today that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. 19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, 20 loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the Lord swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

11 Jan 2012
In Japan, on this link, one sees one of the reasons for the plunging birthrate. Young people are not "falling in love". Generations of selfish pursuits and the cult of childhood created a narcissistic culture where young people not ...
10 Jul 2012
Where the Hoplites fought and died in great numbers, not knowing if their sacrifice would bring victory, we as Catholics should have even more reason to jump into the fight: we *know* victory is assured and that sacrifice for the Kingdom will be efficacious. It's every general's dream, really. (and what a great general we have to ... Bravery is dying and the cult of the individual is destroying patriotism. 10 July 2012 11:17 · Post a Comment · Newer Post Older Post Home.
06 Sep 2012
Western culture has been enamored with classlessness and with mediocrity for several generations and I am bored to death of both. Part of the "cult" of the gentleman in 19th century and the first half of the 20th century ...
31 Mar 2012
This cult of trying to look very young and very cute, like a child, and even speaking like one, in imitation of anime heroes, both male and female. I have written on Japanese narcissism in January here on this blog and now, ...
10 May 2012
We will have to count on terrific upheavals. But I am equally certain about what will remain at the end: not the Church of the political cult, which is dead already, but the Church of faith. She may well no longer be the dominant social power to the extent that she was until recently; but she will enjoy a fresh blossoming and be seen as man's home, where he will find life and hope beyond death.” - Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI), Faith and the Future. 10 May 2012 15:42.
10 Sep 2012
The death of European Christianity means the disappearance of the European tribe, a prospect visible in the demographic statistics of every Western nation.” ... The Diversity Cult “The non-Europeanization of America is heartening news of an almost transcendental quality,” Wattenberg trilled.4 Yet, one wonders: What kind of man looks with transcendental joy to a day when the people among whom he was raised have become a minority in a nation where the majority ...
01 Dec 2013
But, many are not and many have been swept away and will be swept away by the cult of the Messiah, whoever he or she may be. When the final ... Compromise sets us backwards, even to death of the soul. In His Will is our ...


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

The Cult of Death

Americans have moved from being an upbeat nation of those who looked to the future, to a nation which sinking into sentimentality and love of the past. Sad.

Part of the problem is that now singles form one-half of the adult population of America. Children make adults look towards the future, but with so many singles not interested in the future, but only the now, posterity is not even on the radar.

I have been pondering the preoccupation with the past among people I have met recently.

Coming to the conclusion that people are in love with death, rather than life.


Why does a culture look to the past? Why are most television shows merely repeats of 1980s shows?

Why are many movies remakes of older movies?

Why is there a preoccupation with old music, old memories, old cars, old brand names if even mediocre ones...?

These odd "celebrations of life", that even Catholics are falling into instead of saying the rosary for three days for the soul who, hopefully, is in Purgatory, deny temporal punishment for sin, and, also, the un-Biblical emphasis on universal salvation-that everyone goes to heaven.

These so-called celebrations look towards the past, and not the reality of eternal life.

The cult of death also causes the preoccupation with vampires, witchcraft, satanism, and the numerous forms of the occult.

There is a demon of Death, who is wanting people to think of negativity, despair, suicide, death.

Jesus is the Lord of Life. Look to Christ.

John 14:6

Jesus saith to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me.


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A Reminder of The True Story

Revelation 12:7-12

Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they were defeated and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world--he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, "Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. 11 And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. 12 Rejoice then, O heaven and you that dwell therein! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!" Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they were defeated and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world--he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, "Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. 11 And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. 12 Rejoice then, O heaven and you that dwell therein! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!"

What Is Unseen

What I have learned in my short years, relatively speaking, is that what is unseen is more than what is seen.

There are more spiritual beings, good and bad angels, than we can imagine. We cannot see what is really here, all the time.

We cannot see the saints, the martyrs, Mary, the Trinity, except for Christ hidden in The Eucharist, in the Body and Blood.

We cannot see history or the future. We only have the present moment.

What is unseen is much, much bigger than what is seen.

We cannot see the powerful choirs of angels, both those who worship God and are good, and those who hate God and us and are bad. Remember, angels from all the choirs, all the thrones and various levels fell. Some are in hell. Some wander the earth.

We cannot see those disembodied spirits, those damned souls, who, for our holiness and growth, are allowed to be on the earth.

We cannot see most things which are real. Well, most people cannot see these beings.

Sometimes we can see the work of these beings.

There is more unseen than seen.

It is interesting to me that years ago, many years ago, one could find protestants writing about heaven, hell, and yes, some, purgatory.

Where are those teachers, those pastors now who would preach the reality of what is unseen as being just as real and BIGGER, more vast, than what is seen?

We are in a daily battle. We are in combat. As the Church Militant, we fight not only those enemies of Christ who hate the Church who are human, but those millions of demons who hate God and His Church which we mostly cannot see

If you are complacent about spiritual warfare, wake up.

If you are in mortal sin, wake up. What you would see if you could now see the spiritual world, would change your life.

Here are the words of Christ:

Luke 16:19-31 Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

The Rich Man and Lazarus

19 “There was a rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. 20 And at his gate lay a poor man named Laz′arus, full of sores, 21 who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table; moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried; 23 and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes, and saw Abraham far off and Laz′arus in his bosom. 24 And he called out, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy upon me, and send Laz′arus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Laz′arus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’ 27 And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, to send him to my father’s house, 28 for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they also come into this place of torment.’ 29 But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if some one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced if some one should rise from the dead.’”

Umm, obvious or what?

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A Medieval Heart

When I was studying for the doctoral degree, (I did not finish my dissertation), I had taken all the courses for both a doctorate in Medieval and one in Modern Poetry, Drama, and Literature. Later on, I added Theology to the mix as one of my undergraduate degrees was in theology (the others being history and philosophy)

Needless to say, I took a lot of classes. One of the things I discovered was that the Medievals had a unified view of the person which was lost in later times, especially after Descartes.

This unified view involved a great simplicity arrived at by sophisticated philosophy and intense mysticism. Remember that the great age of the mystics happened in the 12th century.

I was drawn to authors who seem to have what I would call a Medieval Heart, one focused on God and on the goal of heaven.

A Medieval Heart has a set of priorities which were all but destroyed both in the Renaissance and in the Protestant Revolt. This set of priorities had to do with a strong identity of the person as a child of God and history as the working out of God's plan for humanity.

Notice-God's plan, not our plans....

Writers such as Gregory the Great, Bede, Benedict, Anselm, Johannes Scotus Eriugna, Hildegard of Bingen, Bernard of Clairvaux, Francis of Assisi, Dominic, Anthony, Bonaventure, Angela of Foligno, Mechtild, Tauler, Suso, Richard Rolle, Walter Hilton, Julian of Norwich, Catherine of Siena, the authors of the Cloud of Unknowing and Thomas a Kempis, to name some, provided a rich soil for the growth of meditation, contemplation and the pursuit of holiness.

These saints have a Medieval Heart set on God's Kingdom here on earth in a refreshingly radical dedication to the Trinity and the Gospel message. The Catholic Church was at the heart of these people, who loved Christ and His institution on earth.

This is missing in our Catholic leaders. I do not see this weaving of deep, deep prayer and activity found in those times, which is many cases, were are chaotic as our own.

This Medieval Heart produces a zeal for the Church and a love for the Bridegroom Christ.

I pray some priests and bishops will rediscover the heart of those who were not afraid to love in a scary world, not afraid to be cheerful in chaos, not timid in the face of hatred from those outside the Church.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

One of My Personal Patrons--Especially for Students

I love St. Joseph Cupertino so much. I feel like he is one of my brothers.

I want to share a story I have shared with students in the past, and this story is especially for my readers who are students.

A long time ago, in another world, at a famous Catholic university, it was time for me to begin a year's study of my doctoral candidacy exams. Now, if anyone has ever done this a long time ago, one knows how rigorous these tests were.

For one solid week in May, one would write out answers to questions one did not know ahead of time--three questions per day for five days, no notes, no computers, just paper and pen in one's little space.

On this day, at night, I said a prayer to St. Joseph Cupertino, as I knew my limitations. I said something like this, "Dear St. Joseph Cupertino. you know I am not a genius and you know I need help with my exams next spring. Please help me prepare."

At about four in the morning, in my room, I awoke with 15 questions in my head. As I kept pen and paper near my bed all the time, I scribbled down the questions which were flooding into my imagination.

Then, I fell back to sleep. When I awoke about four hours later, I looked carefully at the questions.

Then, I heard an interior voice, research these, study these, memorize the answers.

Being an obedient sort of girl, I did just that, putting my eggs into one basket of inspiration.

Nine months later, all of us candidates lined up outside the Graduate School of and collected our brown paper envelopes with the first day of questions. On the way over to the library, where we were all to write out our answers in our bare carrels, I opened by packet. I laughed out loud.

My companion walking next to me told me to be quiet, as the questions were so hard some of the students walking behind us were getting nervous. "OK," I said. "You should not be looking at them outside here ahead of time."  I could not tell her my ahead of time was nine months ago.

The first three questions were the first three on my list from St. Joseph Cupertino.

Because I had researched, studied and memorized these, with sources, authors, the whole nine yards, I was finished writing so fast that when I handed in my packet, now with answers, the secretary asked me if I had skipped some and given up. "No, I am finished." She stared at me, and I went on my way.

On Tuesday, we all picked up our second three questions in the sealed envelopes, and proceeded to walk to the library again. On the way, on the pavement outside the library, I opened my packet again.

I laughed, but quietly. Here were the second three questions from Joseph Cupertino. Again, I finished writing early and went to the cafeteria to meet my fiance. He asked me if this was cheating. I asked him if heaven could cheat. I could have passed up the inspirations and done my own thing, but God wanted me to show Him and His saint obedience, and the world the value of the virtue of obedience.

On the third day, I did not open the packet until I got to my carrell, as I knew what to expect. And, so it was, the next three questions from Joseph Cupertino. Thursday and Friday, the same last six questions I had been given in September, were in the packets.

Later on, I was told by the head of the department that I had done "better than expected", (he hated me, sadly as I was an obvious, zealous, practicing Catholic and he was fallen away, but that is another story), and another instructor told me my answers were some of the best, if not the best that year.

I could not take credit for this except that I was obedient to inspiration and worked hard on the answers.

Students, pray to the dear St. Joseph Cupertino. Even today, so many decades after this event, I smile and thank him for his patronage.

He is the patron saint of students and test taking.

Fasting in The West And Some Soup Recipes

Our Eastern Rite brethren have something to teach us about fasting. This upcoming fast from the 20th for nine days is a time not only to join with millions of Christians in fasting, but to practice fasting.

I have some more suggestions.

If you are married and you are both Christians, fast from intimacy. I know people who have done this and found this sacrifice greatly efficacious.

If you are single, do not go out to eat for that time, as most young people do, but eat very simply at home.

Moms, I use to make soup for the Byzantine fast days. These are easy and nutritious for the family. Soup is a traditional fasting food. Recipes at bottom.

Dads, do not play sports, or watch sports on television.

Children, do not play computer games and do extra chores for your parents.

Fasting must become a habit again among Catholic, who have lost the art of fasting.

This is a time to practice before the tribulation begins.

Some soup recipes:

Carrot Soup
Makes: 8 servings, about 1 cup each
Active Time:
Total Time:
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme or parsley
  • 5 cups chopped carrots
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth, “no-chicken” broth (see Note) or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  1. Heat butter and oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat until the butter melts. Add onion and celery; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4 to 6 minutes. Add garlic and thyme (or parsley); cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 10 seconds.
  2. Stir in carrots. Add water and broth; bring to a lively simmer over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a lively simmer and cook until very tender, about 25 minutes.
  3. Puree the soup in batches in a blender until smooth. (Use caution when pureeing hot liquids.) Stir in half-and-half (if using), salt and pepper.

 Vegie Lemon Grass Soup for 2

  • 8-10 oz. dried Thai rice noodes, linguini-width
  • 1-2 stalks minced lemongrass , OR 4 Tbsp. frozen prepared lemongrass
  • 4-6 cups vegetable (or faux "chicken") stock (or regular chicken broth if non-veg.)
  • 1 thumb-size piece galangal OR ginger, thinly sliced into matchstick pieces
  • 1/2 package medium or soft tofu (packed in water) - drain off the water and slice tofu into cubes
  • 1 head broccoli, chopped into florets including stems
  • 1-2 cups Chinese cabbage, chopped into bite-size pieces (bok choy, baby bok choy or su choy)
  • 1-2 carrots, sliced
  • 4 Tbsp. soy sauce OR wheat-free soy sauce (or use 3 Tbsp. fish sauce + 1 Tbsp. soy sauce if non-veg.)
  • 1/2 can good-quality coconut milk
  • 3-4 kaffir lime leaves (available in frozen packets at Asian/Chinese food stores)
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped if leaves are large (or substitute fresh coriander/cilantro)
  • Optional: fresh-cut chilies OR chili sauce, to taste
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes

3 tbsp. minced onion
3 tbsp. grated carrot
3 tbsp. butter
4 c chicken broth
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. paprika
2 tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 c. milk
1/4 lb. (1 c.) grated Cheddar cheese
1 c. beer or ale
2 tbsp. minced parsley
Cook the onion and carrot in the butter for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the broth, mustard, and paprika. Cook over low heat 15 minutes. Combine together the cornstarch and milk; stir into the soup. Cook 5 minutes.Add the cheese and beer or ale, stirring over low heat until cheese melts. Taste for seasoning. Sprinkle with parsley.
Serves 6.

Ukrainian Borchst Original recipe makes 10 servings 

Attitude Problems

Father Chad Ripperger has an interesting insight on traditional Mass participants which I have been pondering for weeks after listening to the talk.

As we all know, attending the NO has brought about a change in attitude for Mass goers. The laity have been led to think, or have taken it upon themselves, to introduce novelties and person-centered accretions in the NO Mass. This atmosphere creates a mind-set in the laity that lay people have the right and duty to have input into the working out of the Mass.

Liturgical experts form one group, catechists another, liturgy committees a third and so on. People grow up thinking they have daily input into the celebration of the Mass.

This is a lie which some priests have encouraged to the detriment of true worship.

But, here is the main point of Fr. Ripperger's. Too many trads carry this attitude into the TLM.

They think they have a right to tell Father to do this or that. They think they know the rubrics because "Father X did this and Father A did this..." and so on.

The laity should have nothing to say to any priest about the form of the Mass. One point which comes up is the use of the Second Confiteor. Father Z clarified this on his blog.

There it was made clear that the 1962 rubrics explicitly say the Second Confiteor and Misereatur, are to be omitted. Some sedevacantinists do not use the 1962 missal, so some trads have brought this argument into the TLM.

I would encourage all TLMers to be humble and not think they are experts on the  Mass, but it is good to know that the problems of hyper-criticism is fall-out from the attitudes learned in NO land

The Beginning of The Suffering Seasons

According to experts on asthma, Syracuse, NY, is supposed to be a city with some of the lowest pollen counts in America. Now, this is interesting. Currently, I am about four hours north of this city, but having, now that we have had the first frost, asthma attacks.

The cold brings on asthma for me and this condition, apparently, takes two allergens to send one into an attack. Mold is another huge factor for causing asthma, as is smoke, such as that from bonfires and cigarettes.

So, where does a Midwesterner live to avoid asthma? I have shared with friends that I do not have asthma in Ireland, England, Malta, or other European countries by the sea. I do not have asthma in California by the sea, where I lived for almost two years (Ventura), nor did I have asthma living near the sea in Mississippi, when I was right on the Gulf. But, Mississippi has lots of mold, like here, because of the forests.

Forests and forest fires are irritants big are cockroaches, mice and rats. Basically, inner cities prove to be not good places for asthmatics. A person who is poor cannot control even an inner enviroment. That is a problem I have, as I am never in charge of heat or air conditioning. Some asthmatics actually have to stay inside most of the day. That is like being in prison and I have great sympathy for such sufferers.

Another trigger for me are "plug-ins" and air fresheners. Also, on the known trigger list for me are scented candles. One doctor told me not to have lots of pictures on the wall, as dust mites cause asthma. Who normally dusts behind pictures? That was good advice when I had my own house

Here is a snippet from a page on asthma.

Asthma alleviates near Ocean: The perfect climate for an asthma patient would be near the ocean with high humidity, having low levels of air pollution and pollen, and free of irritants like cigarette smoke. People who live by the ocean side have lesser instances of asthma attacks. The ocean air is humid and it also contains nano particles of salt. Inhaling this salty air has curative effects on asthma, and prevents its symptoms from occurring. If you suffer from wheezing, just be sitting on the ocean beach will bring you relief.

Places with constant climate are also better places for asthmatics. Extreme changes of hot and cold may be another irritant. 

Exhaustion is a common side effect of asthma, as one cannot breath properly, has broken sleep, and coughing causes fatigue.

Pray I can move back near the ocean. It is only half-way through September and I am very tired.