As of 9:40am CST, All Peaceful at Second Amendment Rally in Richmond

Just as one expects of law-abiding people defending their rights. However, as the cabal of totalitarians on the left, and their media servants, desperately wish for violence there to provide cover to take away people’s rights, I thought it was worth noting for the record.

The VA governor Northam (D), like fellow traveler Justin Trudeau, can wear all the blackface he wants to and gets a pass. Why? They both advance the cause of killing babies, and of disarming the sheep.

Despicable times are these. May Our Lady spread her mantle of protection over decent people at this rally, and thwart the evil one.

Pray for Pope Benedict XVI— and Related Items

Things are heating up on the “Is he or isn’t he?” front, and thus I wanted to briefly state my positions on a few things, in case it matters (which I strongly suspect it doesn’t, but still):

For some time I have been of the opinion that it is, mathematically-speaking, more likely than not that Pope Benedict XVI is still Pope, and that by definition there can be a maximum of one pope at any one time. I don’t know he still is, but I believe it. Feel free to do your own weighing of the question.

I believe the abdication, so-called, was not valid, and not effective. I believe it was likely phrased intentionally the way it was phrased by a lucid and intelligent Benedict, intending not to abdicate, for reasons he knows well and which in time will be made clear. Thus I don’t agree with the “Barnhardt thesis”, that he intended to bifurcate the papacy and thus made an invalidating substantial error. I do agree with her conclusion, however, that he did not resign, and will further state that if her premises were true, her conclusion would be true as well. IF he intended to resign part, he resigned none. In my opinion, he intended to resign none.

However that may be, I credit Miss Barnhardt for the sincerity and courage of her convictions, and for for her public witness. Others, too, the reasoning of whom I don’t necessarily follow in every particular, I also credit for their witness as to the probability that Benedict is still pope, and perhaps held against his will in Rome by the enemies of the Church: Bishop Gracida, Brother Bugnolo, and others.

For what it’s worth, it is highly likely the “abdication” was coerced and invalid for that reason alone, but this involves facts we cannot know. In any event, whatever contra-canonical hijinks were involved with the Sankt-Gallen mafia, we needn’t reach them before concluding the above.

In defense of Cardinal Burke, I don’t think he is a coward at all. Quite the contrary. I think that there is some mysterious reason he has not publicly opined on this.

On the other hand, I agree with many that it is high time to act, for the defense of God’s rights and the faith of the lay members of the Church. I agree that ANY Cardinal elector could put an effective end to this charade by speaking out publicly that there is need for an investigation into the alleged abdication and that the teachings of Bergoglio should be viewed with suspense until it is completed.

That is all. I submit unreservedly to the correction of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, and to the Pope, welcoming correction by competent authority. I am further happy to issue retractions if I am wrong in any particular. And, again, these are merely my thoughts after my own evaluation of the matter, far from infallible, and intending no offense to anyone who comes to the opposite conclusion in good faith.

Enjoy your evening. Pray for the pope. Pray for the Church. In your charity, pray for me. Just trying to get to Heaven.

Cardinal Burke, I Willingly Accept Your Advice

From Lifesite News: Cdl Burke encourages Catholic faithful to renew their devotion through pilgrimages

“Pilgrimages bring us closer to our faith and thus bring us true peace. Not going on pilgrimages means losing contact with our salvation.” Cardinal Raymond L. Burke shared his thoughts and some personal reflections on the importance of pilgrimages which became a significant part of the Catholic tradition in the 4th century, when Christians traveled to different places that were part of Jesus’ life or the tombs of martyrs and saints.

Neil Peart, Requiescat in Pace

 

Sad news, for me, Jennifer Brinker, and the millions of Rush fans in the world.  Sadder still for his family.  Neil Peart, drummer and lyricist for Rush,  the greatest rock band in history (Bob Dylan is a solo act, after all), is dead at age 67.

Please, if you read this, say a prayer for his soul; he was not shy about voicing his agnosticism/atheism?  I pray this news will be the opposite of sad for him, and that he availed himself of God’s mercy before the end.

The Journey of the Magi

By T.S. Eliot

A cold coming we had of it,
Just the worst time of the year
For the journey, and such a long journey:
The ways deep and the weather sharp,
The very dead of winter.’
And the camels galled, sore-footed, refractory,
Lying down in the melting snow.
There were times we regretted
The summer palaces on slopes, the terraces,
And the silken girls bringing sherbet.
Then the camel men cursing and grumbling
And running away, and wanting their liquor and women,
And the night-fires going out, and the lack of shelters,
And the cities hostile and the towns unfriendly
And the villages dirty and charging high prices:
A hard time we had of it.
At the end we preferred to travel all night,
Sleeping in snatches,
With the voices singing in our ears, saying
That this was all folly.

Then at dawn we came down to a temperate valley,
Wet, below the snow line, smelling of vegetation;
With a running stream and a water-mill beating the darkness,
And three trees on the low sky,
And an old white horse galloped away in the meadow.
Then we came to a tavern with vine-leaves over the lintel,
Six hands at an open door dicing for pieces of silver,
And feet kicking the empty wine-skins,
But there was no information, and so we continued
And arrived at evening, not a moment too soon
Finding the place; it was (you may say) satisfactory

All this was a long time ago, I remember,
And I would do it again, but set down
This set down
This: were we led all that way for
Birth or Death? There was a Birth, certainly,
We had evidence and no doubt. I had seen birth and death,
But had thought they were different; this Birth was
Hard and bitter agony for us, like Death, our death,
We returned to our places, these Kingdoms,
But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation,
With an alien people clutching their gods.
I should be glad of another death.

They’re Liars. And They Don’t Care about You.

Dipping my toe into politics– always a good idea, right? Kidding. I’m noting this for the record in this year portentous with Fatima significance…

But Tucker Carlson is right on about the warmongers who have pushed for US intervention everywhere that we have zero national interest at stake. These are the very people who hate Trump–the guy who is, for better or worse, the last defense we have against them and the other haters of Our Lord’s Church and her flock.

“Disgraced [former] National Security Advisor John Bolton has made it his life’s mission to start a war with Iran” and could be “finally getting his wish,” added the Fox News host.

“Should you be happy about that?” asked Tucker. “That’s the question. Well, the last time we took John Bolton’s advice in the region, Iran became far more powerful than before we took John Bolton’s advice. Why? Because things are never quite as simple as they claim they are in Washington.”

Carlson then contrasted the focus on the Iranian threat to U.S. interests to the threat to the American people coming from the southern border, which is all but being ignored.

Tucker said those “demanding action against Iran” are the same people who say nothing about “the invasion of America now in progress from the South, the millions, the tens of millions of foreign nationals living among us illegally, the torrent, more significantly of Mexican narcotics that has killed and disabled entire generations of Americans.”

Carlson concluded his response with a stark warning.

“‘Pay no attention to all of that,’ these very same people tell us. ‘The real threat is Iran.’ Well, they’re liars, and they don’t care about you, they don’t care about your kids. They are reckless and incompetent, and you should keep all of that in mind as war with Iran looms closer.”

Ten Years is a Blink in Realtime

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Merry Christmas, dear Readers!  I was motivated by all of the end-of-decade (sic— the end of the teens will be next year at this time, don’t @me) recaps in the media these days to check out this little blog for posts from this day ten years ago.  You know, maybe to write about the very different scene we thought we had back then, compared to the reign of mercy terror we have now.  And the post below is what I found.  

After reading it, I thought I could have posted the exact post this year.  And you know what?  I will.  Happy New Year to you all:

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As we end the calendar year, here within the Octave of Christmas and on the Feast of Pope St. Sylvester I (of whom I can never think without recalling Benson’s Lord of the World), ready to usher in the New Year tomorrow on the Feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord, I thought I would put out a few lines.

1. I pray that all my readers are having a blessed and holy Christmas; I thank you for the many well-wishes and words of encouragement you have sent during the year. I thank those whom I annoy for sending me the many amusing comments that usually lift my spirits–and only occasionally dampen them– as well.

2. The end of the year is a traditional time of thanksgiving for the blessings of a loving, almighty God. So for myself, I thank Him most of all for His Being, His Love, and all that He does for us. It is pretty nice of Him to keep the world and all of us in existence, and He sent His only Son to suffer, die and rise to save us from sin. I thank God for His Holy Catholic Church, which is the means of the salvation of man. I am grateful for His Mother, and I thank her as well for all she does to assist me as I try to work out my salvation in fear and trembling. I renew my consecration of myself, my family, my work and all that I do to her. Mother, do with me as you will.

I thank God for the embarrassing bounty of spiritual and material blessings He gives me. My sainted wife, my beautiful children, the means to earn a living to support them, good friends, family and everything else.

I thank Him for our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, who just might be Benedict the Great one day. Summorum Pontificum is not his only achievement, but it would be enough, I think, to merit the title. I thank God for the many faithful sons and daughters in the priesthood and religious life whom I have been privileged to meet and get to know, often because of this ridiculous blog, especially for my spiritual director.

And I thank Him for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. I credit the Institute with being the oasis of the faith in my life.

3. St. Francis de Sales Oratory will be singing a solemn Te Deum in thanksgiving for the past year today at 5 pm. The faithful who attend may receive a plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions of detachment from sin, sacramental confession, Holy Communion, and prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father.

Te Deum laudamus:
te Dominum confitemur.

Te aeternum Patrem
omnis terra veneratur.

Tibi omnes Angeli;
tibi caeli et universae Potestates;

Tibi Cherubim et Seraphim
incessabili voce proclamant:

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus,
Dominus Deus Sabaoth.

Pleni sunt caeli et terra
maiestatis gloriae tuae.

Te gloriosus Apostolorum chorus,
Te Prophetarum laudabilis numerus,
Te Martyrum candidatus laudat exercitus.
Te per orbem terrarum
sancta confitetur Ecclesia,

Patrem immensae maiestatis:
Venerandum tuum verum et unicum Filium;
Sanctum quoque Paraclitum Spiritum.

Tu Rex gloriae, Christe.
Tu Patris sempiternus es Filius.
Tu ad liberandum suscepturus hominem,
non horruisti Virginis uterum.
Tu, devicto mortis aculeo,
aperuisti credentibus regna caelorum.

Tu ad dexteram Dei sedes, in gloria Patris.
Iudex crederis esse venturus.

(kneeling)Te ergo quaesumus, tuis famulis subveni:
quos pretioso sanguine redemisti.

Aeterna fac cum sanctis tuis in gloria numerari.
Salvum fac populum tuum,
Domine, et benedic hereditati tuae.
Et rege eos, et extolle illos usque in aeternum.

Per singulos dies benedicimus te;
Et laudamus Nomen tuum in saeculum, et in saeculum saeculi.

Dignare, Domine, die isto sine peccato nos custodire.
Miserere nostri domine, miserere nostri.

Fiat misericordia tua,
Domine, super nos, quemadmodum speravimus in te.
In te, Domine, speravi:
non confundar in aeternum.

(Translation, because it’s Christmas:)

We praise thee, O God :
we acknowledge thee to be the Lord.
All the earth doth worship thee :
the Father everlasting.

To thee all Angels cry aloud :
the Heavens, and all the Powers therein.
To thee Cherubin and Seraphin :
continually do cry,
Holy, Holy, Holy :
Lord God of Sabaoth;
Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty :
of thy glory.

The glorious company of the Apostles : praise thee.
The goodly fellowship of the Prophets : praise thee.
The noble army of Martyrs : praise thee.

The holy Church throughout all the world :
doth acknowledge thee;
The Father : of an infinite Majesty;
Thine honourable, true : and only Son;
Also the Holy Ghost : the Comforter.

Thou art the King of Glory : O Christ.
Thou art the everlasting Son : of the Father.
When thou tookest upon thee to deliver man :
thou didst not abhor the Virgin’s womb.
When thou hadst overcome the sharpness of death :
thou didst open the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers.

Thou sittest at the right hand of God : in the glory of the Father.
We believe that thou shalt come : to be our Judge.

(kneeling) We therefore pray thee, help thy servants :
whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.

Make them to be numbered with thy Saints : in glory everlasting.

O Lord, save thy people :
and bless thine heritage.
Govern them : and lift them up for ever.

Day by day : we magnify thee;
And we worship thy Name : ever world without end.

Vouchsafe, O Lord : to keep us this day without sin.

O Lord, have mercy upon us : have mercy upon us.
O Lord, let thy mercy lighten upon us :
as our trust is in thee.

O Lord, in thee have I trusted :
let me never be confounded.

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Merry Christmas again, and a very happy and blessed New Year!