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Thursday, 18 September 2014

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.

Where is your faith located?

Too many bloggers and commentators are bewailing the demise of the Church. Too many express that they are "despairing", which is a sin, btw. Too many are thinking this pope will change doctrine, which is impossible for any pope to do.

Where is the faith of the faithful? Christ said He would be with His Church until the end of time, which is not tomorrow. The Holy Spirit is with us, the members of the one, true, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church.

We are being given the opportunity to become saints, not to whinge and whine.

My faith is in Christ, not people. 

Choose to be a saint and saints are not complainers. Get ready. Choose to be holy, choose to become perfect.

Saints for Our Times

SS. Rufina and Justa were sisters who lived in Seville in the Third Century. They made pottery for a living and were generous to the poor.

When the pagans wanted to buy their wares to use in pagan ceremonies, the women objected.

They were martyred for this....sound familiar? Remember this?

For all those photographers, florists, bakers et al who have been punished for refusing to make and sell things for "gay weddings", these are your patron saints.

Feast day, July 19th.

The Answer to Mortal Sin-The Sacramental Life

Vermeer painted this Allegory of the Catholic Faith. Let us examine it together. First of all, we see the dominant impression of a woman in blue and white. Is she a converted sinner, like Magdalen? She is wearing pearls, the sign of the loose woman. But, she is in ecstasy, as if seeing something, or Someone beyond the scene, beyond the borders of the painting. (Can you tell I taught art history and art appreciation?)

She is the soul, caught up in the Bible, the Cross, the Chalice, which is the symbol of the Sacrifice of the Mass.

She is wearing sandals, like a pilgrim, reminding us of the Pilgrim Church, but she has her foot on the globe-she has overcome the world.

The white dress is the baptismal garment, and over her head is a glass globe, reminding her that she is made in the image and likeness of God in her faculties of reason and free will. Behind the soul is the reason for her freedom, the Sacrifice of Christ in the Crucifixion, complete with Our Lady of Sorrows and St. John. Like St. John, Mary is the Mother of this Catholic soul, and the representation of Mary Magdalen is a small, not quite replica of the soul.

The green velvet reminds one of victory over the earth, and the pet cat has killed the snake, the symbol of satan, and all evil. The floor reminds one of an Italian cathedral, and the black and white of truth and sin. But, there are designs and figures in the white tiles, too small for me to ascertain the meaning. The fruit could be a reminder of the fruits of the Holy Spirit, given in Confirmation.

Faith, hope and charity seem to be revealed in the fact of the woman's hand being on her heart, while the screen may mean the Confessional, another sacrament leading to life.

The curtain intrigues one with the medieval scene of a man and his horse. The man is leading the horse, like a priest leading the soul, or Joseph taking Mary to Egypt. Or, it could be a page leading the knight into the Crusades. The medieval world was ordered by the Church and there is a castle in the scene, and a multitude of natural emblems of flowers, plants, the stars all referring to natural law and cosmic order. civil order and peace.

One chair with the same blue as that holding the symbols of the Mass and Scripture, Revelation and Tradition, may be a reminder of the Chair of Peter. Blue, is, of course, Mary's color.

The answer to this world's preoccupation with sin lies in the teachings of the Catholic Church. If only we would take our task of converting all to Christ and His Church seriously.

There are more symbols here, but these are the ones I want to highlight today.

Thanks be to God for His Gift of the Church and the sacramental life she presents to us.

A Blush or Torture part two

Vermeer was besotted with sin. He did not glorify sin, but showed how common the sins of the growing middle class were. His paintings provide parables of what not to do before choosing mortal sin.

Pearls were a symbol of prostitution and loose women. Men were shown drinking to excess, a mortal sin, and women were shown being compromised.

Why was he so intrigued by sin? One suspects that he wanted to show the new arrivals into society that they were being foolish, stupid, trivial.

He was showing the depth of the falling away of people from Christianity because they could afford to do so. Greed, Avarice, lead to Lust, to Anger, to more and more sins, piled upon one another, until a person's conscience is like the core of an onion, covered in layers. A small thing, like accepting a glass of wine from a rich man, could lead a young woman to sin.

Vanity, vainglory, pride lead to greater sins.

Look closely at the little hints in these pictures.  Social satire should bite the soul. Today, we are surrounded by images of sin. I cannot abide television, as sin abounds. Most popular music extols sex outside of marriage and other mortal sins. We are brainwashed by sin. And, yet, the pulpits remain silent. Why?

God destroyed the earth once in water. He destroyed four out of the five cities of sodomy, including the two largest. He has allowed empires to fall, nations to disappear, peoples to become extinct in certain parts of the globe.

God will not stand by while the world commits moral outrages, a list one need not make, as we all know these sins. They are in our own hearts, minds, souls.

This is the time of mercy, but it is coming to a close soon. I know this.

Mercy and Justice go hand in hand. Justice will come. Those in sin act as though there is no such thing as Divine Justice. Please, warn them. Teach your children to pay attention to their own souls.

God is Good, and most of us do not understand what this means. He is Perfection.

Only the perfect see God.

If priests were doing their job, I would not have to write about these things. I want to be Supertradmum, not Supertradfather. Sadly, the fathers have abdicated their roles. When the men in a family do not teach the truth, the women must.

Souls are at stake, and time is short.

The Good News of the Gospel is that God has redeemed us, given us the means to be free.

In an old pamphlet for over a hundred years ago, a priest wrote this: the sign over heaven reads, "Enter those who have chosen freedom". Freedom is obedience, humility, peace in God. Sin puts one in a cage, and forever, one does not choose grace.

Freedom is in God, in Christ, through the Holy Spirit.

In this last painting, a woman at work with a balance weighs things. But, behind her, is a painting of Christ at the Last Judgment, weighing the merit of those who are good and those who are bad.

Vermeer understood the need for conversion. He knew the people around him needed to be reminded of the spiritual realities which were being forgotten because of consumerism and materialism. Let us be reminded that one mortal sin deprives us of not only sanctifying grace, but everlasting life.

A Blush or Torture? The Heart of The Matter

From St. Jerome...

There are venial sins and there are mortal sins. It is one thing to owe ten thousand talents, another to owe but a farthing. We shall have to give an accounting for an idle word no less than for adultery. But to be made to blush and to be tortured are not the same thing; not the same thing to grow red in the face and to be in agony for a long time. . . . If we entreat for lesser sins we are granted pardon, but for greater sins, it is difficult to obtain our request. There is a great difference between one sin and another. Against Jovinian 2:30

For the past several weeks, I have been pressed to write about the danger of mortal sin.

One mortal sin, Father Ripperger reminds us, sends one to hell.

One reason I am zealous concerning the message of sin and death is that too many priests have and are lax in their teaching or in the confessional.

Here is the great Teresa of Avila on this point.

Half-instructed confessors have done my soul great harm; for I could not always have such learned ones as I would have desired. They certainly did not wish to deceive me, but the fact was that they knew no better. Of something which was a venial sin, they said it was no sin, and out of a very grave mortal sin they made a venial sin. This has done me such harm, that my speaking here of so great an evil, as a warning to others, will be readily understood. 

Too many priests brush away mortal sin as weaknesses. Mortal sin is deadly.

Daily, too many people choose comfort and sin mortally. Too many people choose pleasure and sin mortally. Too many people do not do good works, ignoring and even hating the poor, and commit mortal sins of omission, just as Christ showed us the Rich Man in the parable committed.

One of the things which has puzzled me is how people who are obviously living in mortal sin can be happy or seem "jolly". I do not understand this phenomenon.

Years ago, a friend of mine whose husband was a multimillionaire, a good man and a Christian, stopped going to the country club parties. She and he came to realize the nastiness among those there-basically, they removed themselves from those who were living in mortal sin and seemingly enjoying life.

One mortal sin condemns a person to hell, What of many? What of a lifestyle of sinning seriously, like living in fornication or being a compulsive liar?

I fear for the souls of so many I have seen walking this earth, choosing darkness, choosing to go against graces which God gives to all to be saved.

All men and women are given the necessary graces for salvation. This is the teaching of the Church.

So many turn away....

St. Cyprian of Carthage wrote this:

Of how much greater faith and salutary fear are they who . . . confess their sins to the priests of God in a straightforward manner and in sorrow, making an open declaration of conscience. . . . I beseech you, brethren, let everyone who has sinned confess his sin while he is still in this world, while his confession is still admissible, while the satisfaction and remission made through the priests are still pleasing before the Lord. The Lapsed 28 

Please reach out to those in mortal sin, especially lapsed Catholics. Apostasy is a great sin. But, one can always repent and turn back to God. No sin is too horrible for the priest to hear.


God Bless The Pro-Lifers in Ireland; I know some of these people!

USCCB Supports Week of Prayer and Fasting  Here is the official website.

September 20-28.

I have some additional suggestions on top of daily Mass, daily rosary, fasting, daily chaplet of Divine Mercy, and Adoration.

Give up meat for the entire time.

Give up television for the entire time.

Give up desserts, chocolate, doughnuts for the entire time.

Give up talking so much about trivia.

Read a half-hour of a Biblical text daily.

Go to confession.

Do all the above.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Sigh, compromisers

Not Surprised...

More Sad News
All TLM attendees must incorporate themselves into the parishes where they attend Mass. The Mass is not the only way one must participate in a parish. Parish duties must follow attending the Latin Mass.

Why people responded so quickly in this situation without building up a relationship with the new priest needs attention. Love is the answer, not "rights".

TLMers need to be on parish councils, working in catechesis, in choirs, in Bible studies and so on.

If the priest anticipated division, he got it.

Both sides are in the wrong.

And, the bishop should be invoked to consider that there was a thriving TLM and now there is not.

Why? Was this necessary?

And, are pps not trained in Latin? Are they not aware that the TLM usually brings new life the old, dying parishes?

Seminary training MUST include teaching the EF as well as the NO. Why not?

We are all Catholics. Rights aside, the families of TLMers are usually stronger, more stalwart Catholics and more obedient. I am saddened this happened.

Repost Four

Friday, 3 January 2014

No Middle Ground

We belong to the Church militant ; and she is militant because on earth the powers of darkness are ever restless to encompass her destruction. Not only in the far-off centuries of the early Church, but down through the ages and in this our day, the enemies of God and Christian civilization make bold to attack the Creator’s supreme dominion and sacrosanct human rights. No rank of the clergy is spared ; and the faithful—their number is legion—inspired by the valiant endurance of their shepherds and fathers in Christ, stand firm, ready to suffer and die, as the martyrs of old, for the one true Faith taught by Jesus Christ. Into that militia you seek to be admitted as leaders. -Venerable. Pope Pius XII delivered on 14 October 1953 (Acta Apostalicae Sedis 45 (1953) pp 679 ff.) at the opening of the North American College in Rome.

 Pope Pius XII Prayer for the Church Militant

Bless, O divine redeemer, the sacred hierarchy, the ministers of the sanctuary and those who aspire to the priesthood, and all who, renouncing the world, have consecrated themselves to you in the various forms of religious life. Bless the courageous groups of the lay apostolate and revive among them in full measure the courage of their Christian profession, the ardor of their zeal, and the firmness of manly fidelity. Bless the rulers of nations and inspire in them ideals of justice and peace, of fraternal understanding and mutual cooperation so that, freed from all threat of domination and violence, all people may live and serve God quietly and peacefully, and then pass from their days of labor here on Earth to the joys of their Heavenly home. Bless the families in whose protective bosoms are nurtured the generations that will form the church of tomorrow.  Bless and assist young boys and girls, whose purity, strength, and spiritual joy are one of the most heartfelt concerns of your spouse, holy mother, the church.
Bless and encourage those whose sentiments, thoughts, words, and works have been sullied by Earthly allurements and deceitful errors.  Help them find again the way that alone can lead them from the depths of tepidity and indifference and separation from God to truth and salvation. Pour forth your blessing on all who are suffering in body and soul.  Raise up in every-increasing numbers generous souls who are ready to go wherever they may hear of tears, mourning, or sorrow, ready to dedicate their spiritual and physical strength and their material possessions to the care of the many infants that have been abandoned along the ways, to the support of the numerous old people who are destitute of all help.  May they be prepared to assist the needy who are incessantly torn between want and sickness, the innumerable exiles who are wandering about in search of a new country, and all who are oppressed and are the victims of human injustices.
Give courage to all who are groaning in hospitals, languishing in prisons, possibly even unjustly, or pining away in places of exile and suffering.  Strengthen the fortitude of those who are suffering in their honor, their liberty, and in their bodies for the defense of their faith.  May they be noble examples of fidelity in your service, O you who are the divine conqueror of death and the underworld.Triumph, O Jesus, be triumphant!  Come!  May your kingdom march forward!  May your sovereignty shine forth on the Earth, always better known and loved, in proportion to the infinite power of your divine blood, which was shed for the redemption of the whole world.

Repeat Post Three

Friday, 21 December 2012

The Church Militant is the Warrior Bride

I see Eowyn in The Lord of the Rings as a type for the Church. She is a warrior, but only fulfilled when she comes to love a gentle warrior, Faramir, thus finding healing in love. That she is attractive as the "shield maiden" and an accomplished warrior herself, and as she fulfils a prophecy by killing the Witch-King of Angmar, her part in the story is not small. Eowyn beings about healing for her uncle as well.

In the movie, Faramir is not shown as Tolkien intended, although the actor is superb. Faramir is a philosopher, a gentle and wise man, the foil for his brother, the total man of action. That Eowyn weds Faramir is a sign of harmony and completion, as she too, is a woman of action, but must become one of meditation and contemplation, which only happens after her brush with death.
The Church Militant is the Bride in action, the warrior in the world. Are you ready for this, as a member of this Church, dear Catholics?

Repeat Posts Which Are Timely Two-


Monday, 4 February 2013

Challenge to the Church Militant; Sacrifice a Splendid Isolation

The Church is only as strong as Her weakest member. We are all members. If we are strong, the Church is strong. If we are weak, the Church is weak.

So often I hear criticisms concerning priests, bishops, nuns. The laity create good families or not. From those good families come good vocations.

If seminaries accept weak men, the Church's hierarchy will remain weak, and become weaker. This is still happening in America and in Europe.

The laity can always do something. Pray. Fast. Write. Use the positions each lay person has in the Church to influence the Church for good.

The Holy Spirit directs the Church, but we must cooperate.

If we are disobedient, the Church becomes anaemic.

If we are grieved or disappointed or angry, we must pray.

Great saints flourished in times of weakness and the Church grew stronger.

St. Dominic, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Thomas More, St. Philip Howard, St. Maximilian Kolbe and so on.

Today, many of my friends are discouraged and even grieved with political events and governmental decisions.

Those who have lost the faith seem to be in control. But, the Church can still be strong in the winds of persecution.

The Church will last until Christ comes again. If She remains in your parish, as the True Church, it will be because the laity remain strong.

After the fall of Rome, millions of people witnessed a huge change in culture, civilization, personal comfort.

St. Benedict's own family were from the remnants of the fallen, enormous nation, which had created such great things from which we still benefit.

But, in the face of ruin, Benedict did something new. He went into a cave and prayed about what to do.

He created spiritual shock troops. Rome did not look like what She does today.

Make something new.  Think about what you can make new and how.

This newness must happen now.

Do not give in to discouragement, but pray how you and I can become shock troops.

The Benedictine Rule not only saved and re-created  Europe through prayer, fasting, discipline, reading, writing, making schools and libraries, building churches and even infrastructures of business, but created holy men and women.

Choose to be holy and choose to be a saint.

Surround yourself with good people. Create communities where and when you can. Do not waste time. I have studied the Bruderhof since the 1970s. I was a member of a large lay community at one time. I have stayed for months with Benedictines. I understand how a community withstands the world or does not do so. The laity cannot remain isolated and alone. Take people in. Move. Be prepared to sacrifice an splendid isolation.

The Church is only as strong as Her weakest members. Be strong. Choose to be strong.

Churches will be abandoned. This will shock some. It has happened before.

My son is one of only two seminarians in his year. The priests are horribly overworked now.

Things will change.

The laity must be strong and families must pray for more vocations.

Imagine a world without the sacraments.

Fathers, brothers, sister, mothers, choose to be strong.

Please be the Church Militant and not the Church Queasy. Create communities where you are. Do it now.

Pray and become perfect, cooperating with God's Plan for your life

Reposts Which Are Timely

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Are your children in the Church Militant or the Church Mushy?

There is a famous story of a young girl in France, who was Jewish. On her way home from school, on July 15 or 16, 1942, she witnessed the infamous Vel d’Hiv roundup, when up to 13,000 Jews in Paris were taken to the old stadium Vélodrome d'Hiver and sent to Auschwitz. 

The young girl had enough sense not to go home, but turned around and went to the closest house. She knocked on the door and an older woman answered. The woman opened the door, looked at the girl, and let her in.

Through out the entire war and occupation of Paris, this woman pretended that this girl was her own. 

The child was saved by a brave woman, who would have been killed, if she was discovered hiding a Jewess.

The young girl was about twelve years old. 

I am sharing some of the details as I am writing to parents a harsh but necessary lesson.

As parents, it is our duty to protect our children from harm. 

It is not our duty to protect them from the truth of coming times of trials. Children in the next years will be facing a number of extremely difficult situations which will change their lives. 

These changes should not come as a shock or surprise to even those in grade school.

Like this young girl, who knew what was happening, and used her common sense to survive, we need to be training children to live in the Church Militant, not the Church Mushy.

There is a wrong way that parents look at suffering. Too many want to pretend that their children will not suffer. But, we have a duty to prepare our children spiritually for suffering.

What does this mean? I have written many posts on the formation of virtue in children from a young age. 

That is merely the first step. Formation in the virtues means reading books about virtues, going to Mass in the week, going to regular confession, saying the rosary, going to proper Adoration.

When my son was eight, I took him to the abortion vigil across from where a clinic was being built, and he said the rosary with the group there. The priest who led the vigils told me recently that my young son confided in him that he wanted to be a priest. 

There is a connection. Another priest who influenced my son at the age of thirteen came out of the Serbian-Croatian wars as a young man. He shared stories of horrible persecution, and so did his wife. They lost family members because of their religion. They are Byzantine Catholics. 

The lives of the martyrs should be shown as soon as possible, especially such great movies as A Man for All Seasons. Ten to twelve would be an appropriate age to begin with movies, but books can be read much earlier. One can share the news about the Christians being persecuted in Syria, or Bethlehem or Saudi Arabia, or Pakistan and show children the lives modern martyrs. Families can pray for these Christians.

Age 13-14

Agnes, Lucy, Tarcisius, Agatha, Odilo, Hugh of Lincoln, Peter Yu Tae-cho, the Ulma children, Ambrosio Kibuuka, Denis Ssebuggwawo, Kizito, Reparata,  and José Luis Sánchez del Río are either Servants of God or Blesseds, or Saints. 

They are all martyrs, and so are the seven sons of the Mother in the Book of Maccabees, which you can find here.

They were aged three to eighteen when they were martyred-all of the above. The Church honors them. There are many more child or adolescent saints who were martyred. 

Denis SSebuggwawo, Age 16

I was reading books about the early martyrs at age seven. So was my son.

The third step, as stories and movies is step two, would be the praying to martyrs, especially if the child is named after one. I named my son after two martyrs, knowing the days to come would bring suffering, and he would need strong patrons. 

Talk about the reality of the political situation if it begins to impinge on the family. Do not hide the truth, for example, if your church is shut down because of the lack of vocations or a priest shortage, share this with the family. If there are heresies or contraception taught in the schools, talk about this. Children need to know the future of the Church as real and affecting their lives. This would be step four.

Step five would be explaining to them that to be a Catholic means making a decision for Christ and His Church even in hard times. 

Our children are surrounded more and more by people who hate the Church, hate Christ, and the ways of God. Step six would include discussions on what it means to be in the world, but not of the world. And, I would hope that parents would be living a life which is teaching this truth on a daily basis.

Parents, it is our duty to raise saints, not marshmallow children.

Those in the Church Mushy may not be able to save their souls in the times to come. We are responsible for teaching our children how to become saints in a hostile world.

And, of course, if you are helping your children become closer to Jesus, they will know that they are not alone.

Say the Guardian Angel prayer daily. I do. 

to be continued....

Bad News

Europeans I talked to today says it is not a rumor.

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.

Natural Law and Parents

The world is fast becoming sub-human, which the Church has always said is the result of sin. Sin first, paganism and abnormal behavior follow.

Unless parents actually take responsibility, and help form the children's consciences, they will be held responsible for the reactions which we see.

One thing parents who are Catholic do not seem to understand is that they are the primary teachers of religion, not teachers, nuns, priests in schools or parishes.

Natural law is a teaching of the Church. One cannot ignore this teaching. Natural law philosophy is tied to the concept of Divine Providence, that God put into humans the knowledge of right and wrong.

We have lost the gift of thinking philosophically and are now immersed in the lowest nature of humanity-the senses.

I was talking to a friend of mine this morning who reminded me that "ordinary" Christians in the Fourth Century, walking down the street of Rome or Hippo, could stop and discuss philosophy, teaching heard on Sunday, (sermons were an hour long normally), and have rational discourse, as they were trained in logic and debate.

No one cares to discuss ideas.

Here are some ideas.

Parents need to teach the children not only Catholic teaching, but the philosophy underlining the religion of Catholicism.

I suggest a reading of the CCC to begin with and then an easy introduction to Thomas Aquinas.

Our generation knows how to find out things that people want to know. Looking up things on line is easy.

Please consider your own soul...and those of your children.

Lovely Stories

Talking with a lovely 83 year old woman today, I learned about the old culture of this area. She grew up one of twelve children with an English mom and Irish dad. The family had a dairy farm, daily cattle, plus pigs, chickens, sheep, and some wheat.

For a long time, the family lived in an isolated Upper State New York area which is still beautiful. They grew apples and had other fruit. One school days, the children walked two miles to school, the older ones being taken to school before the younger ones came along in a horse-drawn cart driven by the mother.

The children attended a one room school house, all the grades in one room, and my old friend told me that the teacher had no discipline, so when she rang the bell after recess, some of the children ran away to play in the meadows and by the river.

Children knew their Ten Commandments and were good, but naughty, not evil. My old friend told me that they had so much time to just play and explore.

The family house did not have electricity until the mid-1950s. A large pot-belly stove warmed the living room and upstairs. A large wood-burning oven warmed the kitchen.

Bathrooms were outside until after World War II. 

The children did chores daily, when they came home from school, each children having to help can, prepare dinner, clean, help with the animals.

The remaining four out of the twelve are still practicing Catholics, knew their faith from their parents and they were and are happy.

I hope to talk to this wonderful person again. What memories!