Sunday, May 15, 2022

"Synodality"

We are advised that the "Synodal Way" is the New Way of Doing Church.  It means the Church listening to The People for a Change, instead of ordering them around.  The People need to feel like it's Safe to Say Exactly What They Believe.

Okay.  Pursuant to Synodality, I trust the hierarchy will now listen to me, accept me for what I am, and honor my legitimate aspirations.  So, here goes.

Ahem.

I want all churches to be beautiful and worthy places of worship, and not look like a cross between Hitler's bunker and a ski lodge.  I want the clear and unambiguous teaching of the authentic Catholic faith to children, in the same sense and the same explanation as it has always been passed down.  I want all the pervs and grifters cleaned out of the hierarchy.  I want the human element of the Church to stop lending its prestige to social engineering projects conducted by worldly powers, and start defending the flock against tyranny.  I want unrestricted and unconditional access to the approved and received rites of the Mass and the Sacraments as they existed before the upheavals of the 1960s, and I want to have it right in my own neighborhood, instead of having to make a 100-mile round trip every week to get them.  Those are the things I want.

Yeah.  

I'm sure the Hierarchy of the New Advent will get right on that.  

We all remember how, 40 or 50 years ago, they sprang into action to effectuate the wishes of the Catholics who refused to attend the Novus Ordo, but flocked to Archbishop Lefebvre, to hear his Masses and have him administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to their children.  We have seen them continue in the same vein now, moving to crush the traditional Mass, the traditional Sacraments and traditional religious congregations, taking timely action in an increasingly evil world against this sector of the Church where the real growth is happening.

Thank God we got rid of that mean, nasty, hide-bound, anathematizing Church of No.  Thank God the Church is finally listening to me.

Saturday, May 07, 2022

An Apocalyptic Leak

 

"Apocalyptic," as in, "unveiling," as in, the continuation of the exposure of people's and society's true colors that took off in earnest in 2020.  This image of a vandalized Catholic church in Denver (CBS Denver, YouTube screenshot) is becoming iconic and emblematic of the new front that has opened in the culture war with the leak of Justice Alito's draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

Now that the dust is settling from the shock of this unprecedented breach of Supreme Court protocols, it seems plain that the purpose of the leak is to flip some justices, and to disrupt our already fragile civic order.  Some outfit called "Ruth Sent Us" is calling for the nationwide invasion of Catholic Masses on Mother's Day to "protest" the apparently immanent overturning of two of the most evil decisions ever to emanate from the Supreme Court.  "Ruth" refers to Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the late and very pro-abortion Supreme Court justice who, among other things, dissented from Gonzales v. Carhart, 550 U.S. 124 (2007), which upheld the Partial Birth Abortion Ban act of 2003.

Those who strive to lead normal, sane lives are probably unaware of how much Ruth Bader Ginsberg is idolized by women in the legal profession, which has long been co-opted by the left.  There is all kinds of RBG trash out there, from wall art to coffee mugs to T-shirts to bobble-head dolls, and it litters the offices of many women lawyers.  It is depressing to see how many women have made a hero out of this pathetic degenerate who believed that the "right" to execute the unborn is a necessary guarantee of women's rightful place in society.  She is a fitting mascot for pro-abortion hooligans and for those who engineered this appalling subversion of the high court's deliberations.  No one who swears an oath to uphold the law, as lawyers do, should want such bedfellows.  

And now that Roe and Casey appear to be on the chopping block, more people feel called upon to come out openly in favor of abortion.  This includes persons calling themselves Catholics.  If you are Catholic, and you support abortion, you number yourself among the enemies of the Church and should stop holding yourself out as Catholic.  At least we can be thankful that you now identify yourself for what you are, and no longer hide behind the Catholic name.

The lawlessness that passes for governance in our time also continues to be unveiled.  The purported legalization of abortion is contrary to natural and divine law and is therefore itself lawless; but now, the lawlessness need not keep the cover of law as before.  The leaker of the draft opinion had to be someone in a position of trust.  We will probably never know, this side of the General Judgment, who it was, unless someone who is prepared to cast away all is willing to blow the whistle.  Anyone who is prosecuted for the leak will probably be a patsy.  Whoever it is, we can now see that, any time the high court is inclined to make a course correction on an issue that has torn the country apart for decades, thuggery is always available to "correct" the correction.

Finally, there are those who distinguish themselves by silence when they ought to speak.  The rot in the Catholic hierarchy was already well-established by the time Paul VI issued Humanae vitae in 1968, and discovered that the opposition to his upholding of Church teaching was pre-planned and well coordinated.  A faithful Catholic hierarchy and laity could have stopped the movement that led to Roe v. Wade dead in its tracks.  Today a hierarchy beholden to secular powers and preoccupied with irrelevancies like "synodality" comes out with a weak-tea response to the Supreme Court leak while their flocks are threatened with violence in their own churches.  Once again, the Church of the New Advent proves it has got nothing for us in a time of crisis.

So, the apocalyptic drama that began in 2019 with the worship of idols in St. Peter's Basilica -- heralded, perhaps, by the fire at Notre Dame in April of that year -- continues.  It is not that things were better before -- they really weren't -- it's just that now we are no longer able to kid ourselves about who we really are and where we really are.  All poisons that lurked in the mud are hatching out.

Otherwise, we might never see the need to repent.

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Desolate No More

 

The vigil is over, Easter has arrived, the altar is ready for Mass, and the tabernacle is ready to receive the Eucharistic Lord.

Saturday, April 16, 2022

The Desolation of the Church


The desolation of the stripped altar strikes me forcefully this year.  This is exactly where the Church is at right now.  The Holy Thursday stripping of the altar is surely prophetic, since eventually we reached a point where altars would come pre-stripped and pre-desolated, to match the stripped and desolated new rites of Mass and the Sacraments that were to be foisted on us.

(photograph from Wikimedia Commons by Martin Geisler)
The deliberate desolating of Catholic churches, which started even before Vatican II and the Novus Ordo Missae, must in turn be prophetic of an even greater desolation that we are now living in: the desolation of true shepherds in the Church, the suspension of the magisterium, and the appalling spectacle of so many in the hierarchy, all the way to the very top, filling their valuable time with utter irrelevancies, and even openly and actively working for the other side.  Even on the morrow of the consecration of Russia, this is going on very notoriously in Germany, where bishops appear to have formally rejected the Church's doctrines on sexual morality.  

Does this prove that the collegial consecration of Russia did not in fact take place?  I don't know.  I am on record rejecting the theory that Francis Bergoglio is not the true Pope, and saying that I think the consecration has now been performed as asked, even with its accretions of fol-de-rol, but I have also never ruled out the possibility that I am wrong.  Some critics of the Francis consecration cite to Sr. Lucia's account of our Lord's explanation that the consecration had to be done by the Pope in union with all the bishops so that there could be no mistaking the effects as being attributable to His mother's Immaculate Heart, and point to the fact that so far, it seems like nothing has happened.  Must a dramatic reversal of the devil's fortunes in the world follow instantaneously on the heels of the consecration in order for it to be legit?  Maybe.  That would seem to be the most obvious way of establishing cause and effect.  But I don't know that that is the only way.  I do know that in my own experience, whenever God has granted my prayers for a huge, life-changing grace, a period of penance -- mitigated in both length and severity, yet still producing real suffering -- has always preceded the moment in which the grace is actually given.  Maybe, at this late date, when the errors of Russia have not only spread throughout the world but gained ascendency, we are going to have a similar period of penance before the graces are actually given.  It's not like we don't deserve that, and much more.

Now we come back to the liturgical desolation in which Lent culminates.  What we seem to forget is that, unlike the devil, whose infernal headquarters is probably designed and furnished in the same brutalist style as that pictured above, our mother the Church does not intend this desolation to be permanent.  Permanent desolation, in which we have entrenched ourselves for decades in the name of bringing the Church into step with the Modern World, brings on despair, and despair leads to hell.  The desolation of Good Friday and Holy Saturday is mitigated in both duration and severity.  The altar is bare and the tabernacle empty, but they are not destroyed, leaving us with good hope for their restoration.  And this very short, hopeful desolation leads to the Resurrection and eternal life.

Thursday, April 07, 2022

The Supreme Court: A Refutation of "We the People"

For behold the sovereign the Lord of Hosts shall take away from Jerusalem, and from Juda the valiant and the strong, the whole strength of bread, and the whole strength of water.  The strong man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the cunning man, and the ancient.  The captain over fifty, and the honorable in countenance, and the counsellor, and the architect, and the skillful in eloquent speech.  And I will give children to be their princes, and the effeminate shall rule over them.  And the people shall rush one upon another, and every man against his neighbor: the child shall make it tumult against the ancient, and the base against the honorable.  For a man shall take hold on his brother, one of the house of his father, saying: Thou hast a garment, be thou our ruler, and let this ruin be under thy hand.  Isaiah 3:1-6

Today the Senate confirmed as a Justice of the Supreme Court a woman who does not know what a woman is, nominated by a man who does not know what day it is or what he is doing half the time.

I don't know much more about the new Justice than her infamous answer to the obvious question of what "woman" means, and I don't need to know.  You don't have to drink the entire gallon of milk to find out if it's sour.  That someone so utterly void of common sense could be taken seriously as a candidate for any judgeship proves how far we as a nation have fallen.

We should also not lose sight of the fact that the importance of this appointment to the High Court proves what a failure our system is, and how not in charge of our own affairs we really are.  If We the People really ran the show, we would not need to be so obsessed with who is on the Supreme Court.  We cannot possibly be as free as we flatter ourselves that we are in a world where, every time the Supreme Court is in session, we sit on the edge of our seats, biting our nails, wondering what new 16-ton weights the court is going to drop on us from on high.  As the eyes of servants are on the hands of their masters, so are our eyes unto the U.S. Supreme Court, til it have mercy on us.  What a great deal we got when we got rid of King George III!

And what a great deal we got when we decided we did not need the social Kingship of Christ.  How free we are!  What an awesome rulership we have!

The worst punishment God can impose on us is to let us have our own way.

Saturday, April 02, 2022

Surprised by Bone Broth

 

It was only three or four years ago that I never saw myself making bone broth.  The whole idea seemed rather disgusting.  But Nourishing Traditions led to my first batch of beef bone broth, with some rather amazing results.  So then I had to (a) get Sally Fallon's book Nourishing Broth, which goes more in-depth into bone broth, its properties and its benefits, and (b) expand the role of bone broth in my daily life.  

To make bone broth, you need -- bones, among other things.  You can -- and should -- save up your leftover bones in the freezer, but if you live alone, you are going to take a long time to save up enough for the stockpot.  The greatest effort you will expend in making bone broth is in finding the ingredients.  Because supermarket butcher counters tend to get their meats and fish pre-filleted, they don't have the throwaway parts of animals.  But the throwaway parts are packed with nutrients, and broth-making is how we extract these.  Fortunately for me, one of my local grocery stores puts out knuckle bones, split cow hoofs, chicken feet, marrow bones and other such items on an as-available basis.  The day I first went looking for things to make stock out of, they had split cow hoofs, so I picked up a couple of these, plus a couple of pieces of ox tail.

Since the ox-tail pieces had some meat on them, I first browned those by roasting them in the oven.  Meanwhile, the cow hoofs soaked for an hour in water with a cup of vinegar.  This draws out added nutrients.  Then the ox-tail pieces, a couple of sliced carrots, a coarsely-chopped onion, and a few garlic cloves cut in half lengthwise joined the party, which moved onto the stove.  I brought the whole thing to a boil, skimmed the scum off the top (there wasn't much this time) and then lowered the heat to near the lowest setting and let it simmer for about 24 hours.  About an hour before stopping the simmer I tossed in some sprigs of fresh thyme.  Then I turned off the heat, let it cool for a while, pulled out the solid pieces and then ran the broth through a fine mesh strainer into another big pot, which I put in the refrigerator.  When it was completely cool, I skimmed the fat off the top, and voil√†: a big pot of jiggly, tan-colored, translucent magic.  You can store it in the fridge in mason jars or freeze in freezer bags.  You can also cook it down more later to make it more gelatinous.  

I'm not terribly adventurous when it comes to cooking, so I haven't done a lot of different experiments with broth; but so far, what I have tried has been a success.  I've used it as the base for a lentil stew, for creamy pasta sauces (including good ole macaroni and cheese), I've added it to hot coffee with cream, and I've drunk it hot.  It makes creamy sauces even creamier and smoother, and it's delicious itself as a hot breakfast beverage with a spoonful of sour cream and a little salt.  

What about the health effects?  I'm noticing a decrease in joint pain and dry eyes.  I'm feeling overall less inflamed.  It does a lot to quell my cravings, so it is an aid to fasting.  Especially I'm noticing an improvement to my eczema, which has been really plaguing me for weeks.  My skin feels softer, the itching has dramatically subsided and the lesions are beginning to heal.  

I started out my bone broth adventure with a little bit here and a little bit there, but it is clear to me that the stuff needs to be a staple in my kitchen.  I can't recommend it enough.  It well repays the little effort it takes to make it.

Friday, April 01, 2022

The SSPX Weighs In

 The SSPX holds that the collegial consecration has now been done, saying: 

It seems that many bishops joined the Pope in this act. In Switzerland, for example, the bishops, who were gathered together to conduct their business, acted collectively. In France, Jeanne Smits toured the dioceses and noted widespread participation.

Moreover, several episcopates had announced their participation, even before it was asked of them. It is therefore possible to affirm that the world episcopate associated itself with the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which was one of the conditions requested by Heaven.

The bishops of the SSPX also participated, although they used, not Pope Francis' text, but one based on a draft by Archbishop Lefebvre.  As a side note, the fact that the SSPX not only joined in Pope Francis' consecration but also now come out and says that the consecration has been done as asked will probably still not be enough to satisfy those who continue to maintain that the SSPX is in schism.

Bishop Athanasius Schneider also appears to be of the opinion that the consecration of March 25th was The Big One, and has composed a prayer, to be found on the website of his Confraternity of Our Lady of Fatima, for the grace for the Pope to approve the Five First Saturdays of reparation, and for the hastening of Russia's conversion and the advent of the promised period of peace.

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Surprised by Anchovies

 

I have never been a fan of anchovies.  Anchovies on pizza is just sacrilegious.  The charter fishing boats  that my father would take me out on when I was a kid, that went out to the Channel Islands off the coast of California, had big tanks of live anchovies to use as bait, so I learned to think of anchovies as fish bait.

Imagine my surprise, then, to discover the splendors of colatura di alici, which is nothing other than -- fermented anchovies.   Made in Campania, Italy, it is a modern iteration of garum, prized throughout the ancient world, and the number one favorite condiment of the ancient Romans.  It does not have a strong flavor or smell of its own, but it does bring out the flavors in other things.  

Today I made a serving of macaroni and cheese from scratch, with  "springs" (rotini pasta), butter, cheese, heavy cream and beef bone broth, and mixed in some colatura.  Wow.  It was smooth, creamy and very flavorful.  No wonder my Roman ancestors consumed the stuff by the amphora-load.

So the humble anchovy is rehabilitated at Casa Anita, and has earned a place for itself in the pantry.  Although I will still never put it on pizza.

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Nourishing Traditions


I am a huge fan of tradition -- starting, but not ending, with traditional Catholicism.  I believe we need to get back all good traditions that we have stupidly cast away in the name of modernity.  So, it was providential that about a month and a half ago, I stumbled across Sally Fallon on Steve Cunningham's Resistance Podcast.  Podcasts cost me more money than pretty much any other form of entertainment, because when I listen to an interview with the author of an interesting-sounding book, I inevitably end up ordering the book.  So it was in this case.  And the book of which Sally Fallon is the author, Nourishing Traditions, is gradually becoming a game-changer.

Nourishing Traditions is more than just a cookbook.  Basically, Fallon's thesis is that most of what we eat these days is garbage.  The garbage we eat is making us sick, thanks to food production and processing methods that leach out nutrients and sometimes even add in toxins into the bargain.  In some cases, the "food" itself is not even really food.  Much of what's out there is designed, not to provide good nutrition, but to stimulate our cravings so we'll buy more.  Highly nutritious foods like butter, eggs and red meat are demonized, while crap gets foisted upon us as "healthy."  If we are to recover our health, says Fallon, we need to recover the traditions of our ancestors when it comes to the selection and preparation of foods.  In addition to recipes and instructions, Nourishing Traditions is full of information about how nutrition works, various types of foods, various types of food preparation, research into traditional diets, the dietary habits of isolated societies, and where to find supplies.  Fallon has a lot to say about the benefits of raw dairy products, germinated grains, fermentation (not just for beer), organ meats, stocks and broths, and much more.  The book is not the last word on all these things, but it is wide-ranging and a very good starting point if you're looking to turn over a new leaf in your culinary habits.  

And turning over a new leaf in culinary habits is a very good thing to do.  Lots of people have discovered the merits of fasting -- The Obesity Code by Dr. Jason Fung is another must-read -- but it seems to me that fasting is only part of the picture.  The big part is learning to prepare and eat foods that actually promote our health.  And it seems that vitamins and minerals are best gotten by way of food, rather than by relying on supplements.  After all, the food has been provided by God, Who knows how to give us exactly what we need; and we have generations of experience and tradition to guide us in how best to prepare it to get the most out of it. 

I awaited Fallon's book with baited breath.  Only tens of pages in, it made so much sense that I decided to start immediately with the low-hanging fruit -- which, in my own circumstances, turned out to be raw (unpasteurized) dairy.  Raw milk is illegal in some states, and unfortunately, it is not cheap; happily, however, it is legal in Idaho, and I have easy access to raw milk right in my own town.  I've always been lactose intolerant -- an unfortunate status for an ice cream fan -- but it turns out I can drink raw milk in moderation without too much difficulty.  I  fermented a quart of it to make whey, which is an ingredient in many of Fallon's recipes.  So far I've used whey in iced coffee (a little doesn't change the taste), to make salad dressings, and in a lentil soup recipe.   I also made a batch of beef bone broth that does very well as a base for sauces and soup.  I even add a little bone broth to hot coffee (and it also doesn't change the taste).  

And the results?  Well, I am still a fat, middle-aged broad and I still have a long way to go.  But I actually have started feeling better.  I feel like I'm getting nutrients I need, so a lot of cravings are quieting down.  My digestion seems to be improving.  I think the bone broth especially is dynamite.  My skin has begun to feel softer.  Hot coffee with some bone broth is a great way to start a busy day.  Bone broth, being jammed with good things your body needs, also allows you to go for a lot of hours without feeling hungry, and so makes it a lot easier to fast.  

So have I tossed all the contents of my pantry and my refrigerator to comply totally with the advice in Nourishing Traditions?  Nope, and I don't intend to, as that would be wildly imprudent.  This is all about building up good habits and routines, and that is best done gradually, starting first with things that are easiest and then working one's way up to harder or more involved things.  

People the world over are realizing that modernity and the ideology of the "Enlightenment" are a sham, and that we need to get back to the traditions of our ancestors, than whom it turns out we are not smarter after all -- quite the contrary.  In a world where our rulership is bent on keeping us chronically ill and selling us on the idea of feeding on dystopian, Frankenstein-like concoctions like lab-grown "meat," a very important set of traditions that we urgently need to recover is the traditions of food: its selection, its production, its preparation, its role in building up not only our bodies but our families and our communities.  Sally Fallon's book Nourishing Traditions is an invaluable help to getting us started on the road back to the good things in life that God gave us and that we never should have left behind.

Friday, March 25, 2022

Now Waiting and Seeing

Now the consecration is done, and we wait to find out if it was really done as asked.  At this point, it is unknown how many bishops joined in.  My own bishop joined.  Cardinal Cupich joined in, so in all probability every bishop who is beholden to him also joined.  In what can only be described as a very curious thing for a bunch of "schismatics" to do, the SSPX bishops joined, though they did not use Pope Francis' text.  Bishop Fellay led the Rosary and made the act of consecration from St. Thomas Aquinas seminary in Virgina.  In his sermon, which was in English, Bishop Fellay denied the rumors that the Society's bishops had received personal invitations, but, wanting to take part, accepted the Pope's open invitation to all bishops.

I was able to tune in to the ceremonies in Rome just in time for the act of consecration.  It was rather depressing to see all the clerics -- and even the boys' choir -- in Fauci diapers.  The Pope looked up at the statue of our Lady of Fatima during the consecration with apparent devotion, which some will no doubt attribute to consummate acting skills.  Not attributable to acting skills, consummate or otherwise, was his gray complexion and obvious feebleness.  The Pope was not the picture of health.  Intrepid journalists who watched all the ceremonies and sermons associated with the consecration commented on the Lutheran theology preached by the Pope; and, of course, there are the criticisms of the flaws in the act of consecration.  Maybe some of the evidence for today's act being The Big One is that, objectively, so many errors abound in the upper echelons of the Church that if the consecration were to be delayed any longer, it would have become impossible for any Pope to find the words to do even the bare minimum.

So now we watch, and wait.  I continue to think this was probably the fulfillment of our Lady's wishes, but of course we will really only know when we see the fruits.  Let us pray that they are what we have been waiting for.


Tuesday, March 22, 2022

The Text Is Out

Today the Vatican released the text of the forthcoming consecration.  It is a long prayer, but this is the money quote:

Therefore, Mother of God and our Mother, to your Immaculate Heart we solemnly entrust and consecrate ourselves, the Church and all humanity, especially Russia and Ukraine. Accept this act that we carry out with confidence and love. Grant that war may end and peace spread throughout the world. The “Fiat” that arose from your heart opened the doors of history to the Prince of Peace. We trust that, through your heart, peace will dawn once more. To you we consecrate the future of the whole human family, the needs and expectations of every people, the anxieties and hopes of the world.

People who previously were complaining that the Pope "only invited" the bishops of the world to join the consecration of Russia are now complaining that, in addition to Russia, the above prayer consecrates pretty much everyone to the Immaculate Heart.  This complaint is lodged on the grounds that Mary allegedly said that ONLY Russia was to be consecrated to her Immaculate Heart.

Let's stop and think about this for a second.  Here we have Catholics saying that it is a bad thing to consecrate everybody to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  We have Catholics saying that God, and therefore our Mother, are going to be displeased because everybody is consecrated to the Immaculate Heart.  Or, put another way: we have Catholics who think that our Lord and our Lady can be offended over any person being consecrated to the Immaculate Heart.  

If the above act omitted to specifically and explicitly consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart, then we would have a problem.  Clearly, however, we have (a) a consecration; (b) of Russia; (c) to the Immaculate Heart.  All the boxes are checked with the above prayer.  Our Lady specifically asked that the Pope, in union with all the world's bishops, consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart.  She did not say that on no account was anyone or anything else not to be consecrated to her Immaculate Heart in addition to Russia.  The "ONLY" in "ONLY Russia" was not said by her, but is an accretion of legalists.  The act of consecration has a lot of extra verbiage in it, like most things that come out of the Vatican in our time, and seeks to take the occasion of consecrating Russia to also consecrating many other things (which, in itself, is rather praiseworthy than blameworthy).  Nevertheless, the act still contains that which was specifically requested by our Lady.  As long as Russia is named, she will not be somehow less consecrated, or continue to go unconsecrated, just because humanity is also consecrated.

Am I here saying this act of consecration is perfect?  It would certainly read somewhat differently if I had written it.  But nobody asked me to write it.  The question is not whether it is perfect, but whether it is adequate and meets the requirements given by our Lady, which are fewer than the requirements imposed by keyboard warriors in the tradosphere.  If I were evaluating this as a legal document, I would say I think it checks all the necessary boxes.  And, as I have said before, I think the Pope has effectively ordered the bishops to join him in this act.  If the Pope sends each bishop a letter advising that he intends for the consecration to be an act of the universal Church that the bishop is expected to participate in at around the same time that the Pope is going to do it -- which he has -- then it can safely be assumed that this is not optional, even if it is couched in diplomatic language.

There are Catholics out there who are getting dangerously close to rooting for March 25th to be a failure, and behaving as though God and His omniscience and omnipotence do not somehow factor into the equation or cannot supply what is humanly lacking -- which, if they are not careful, would give them two more things in common with the worldlings whose feverish activities make the consecration of Russia not a luxury, but a necessity.

Sunday, March 20, 2022

On Becoming Embittered

Thus saith the Lord: Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.  For he shall be like tamaric in the desert, and he shall not see when good shall come: but he shall dwell in dryness in the desert in a salt land, and not inhabited.  Jeremiah 17:5-6.

St. Augustine, commenting on the above passage from Jeremiah, says that when we trust in our own selves, we are also ensnared in the chain of this curse, since we too are human.  If we trust in another person, that is the wrong kind of humility, but if we trust in ourselves, that is dangerous pride.  

A few verses later, Jeremiah says: "The heart is perverse above all things, and unsearchable, who can know it?"  When people are deprived of some crucial good for long enough, in the absence of a special and completely gratuitous grace, they'll stop wanting it and even stop regarding it as something desirable.  This is one of the disordered ways that our fallen, perverse heart copes with being subjected to evil over protracted periods.

How do I know this?  It happened to me.  When I was a kid, peace and tranquillity were rare and fleeting things in my home life.  Emotional abuse, quarrels, passive-aggressive behavior, unrelenting criticism, manipulation, constant turmoil and general negativity are a daily way of life in a family where alcoholism looms large.  I used to dream of a home life where the tranquility of order reigned, and gazed longingly and not a little enviously at families who appeared to have that blessing, like a kid gazing longingly through a store window at toys his parents can't afford to buy him.

But then, after years and years of the turmoil, there came a moment where I just stopped wishing for peace in my home.  I didn't merely give up on the possibility of getting it: I ceased wanting it altogether.  The worst thing of all is that I actually looked upon it with scorn.  I viewed everybody who had it as a bunch of saps and suckers.   I can't lay my finger on the exact moment when this change happened, but I know it happened.  I know that beforehand, things were one way in my heart, and afterward, they were another way.  If, after that point, I had been offered what I had always wanted, I would have not only turned it down but sent it off with a flea in its ear.  The long and the short of it is that I became bitter, and took it upon myself to trust only in myself and my own judgment, since it seemed clear to me that I could not trust anybody else.  It's taken a lot of years of removal from the situation -- now more than half my lifetime thus far -- and a lot of help from long-suffering friends to overcome it, and it's still an ongoing process.  Letting go and trusting in God, and not making things a hundred times harder than they have to be, is still a wrench.

Now I look upon the wasteland of social media and Catholics scorning and deriding and minutely criticizing the upcoming and long-awaited consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart, and I think I see the same thing at work.  We Catholics have been so long abused and trampled and experimented on and tyrannized over by those who were supposed to look after us as shepherds, that we have become embittered.  Now that the abuse has continued for multiple generations, we actually think that this state of affairs is normal, and we fear to have it disturbed, even while we hate it.  We see our shepherds not leading us as they should, and so we take it upon ourselves to rely on our own judgment even about the Catholic faith.  Out of our judgment comes a detailed script for how things ought to be -- like, say, the consecration of Russia -- and we expect this to be followed to the letter.  But, since what we see so far doesn't conform precisely to our script, we reject it before it even happens.  

Has Pope Francis been another Gregory the Great?  Nope; but if you delve a little into the history of the Popes, you find that he is far from the first Pope to sow confusion and error, even in matters of doctrine.  Is he the true Pope?  A moral unanimity of the cardinals and bishops think so, as well as the Church as a whole, which peacefully (if apprehensively) accepted him as the Pope upon his election.  Does it matter that he "invites" rather than "orders" the bishops of the world to join in the act of consecration?  An "invitation" is very often an "order" under the guise of diplomacy; and from a Pope as authoritarian as Francis, we can safely take "invite" to mean "do it or else."  Does it matter that both Russia and Ukraine are to be consecrated?  Surely, the consecration of Ukraine takes nothing away from the consecration of Russia, as long as Russia is specifically consecrated; besides which, Ukraine has historically been a part of and closely bound up with Russia.  Is Pope Francis motivated by selfish considerations in doing this consecration?  Maybe, but so what?  Our Lady of Fatima did not specify what internal dispositions the Pope is to have in making the consecration.  Has Pope Francis earned our skepticism?  Yes, but this can be carried much too far.

It seems like the red-pilling of the world that started in 2020 continues to the present day, as we see people even in the trad Catholic world coming out into the open with every appearance of wanting this forthcoming consecration to be a failure.  Some who claim that Francis is not the true Pope are even saying it will be a curse on humanity that will bring on a nuclear war.  What a horrible thing to even think.  It appears there are those who fear being proved wrong more even than the prospect of committing blasphemy.

What we ought to be doing is spending the rest of this week praying that the consecration finally be done as asked, and that we not become the tamaric in the desert that shall not see when good shall come.

Friday, March 18, 2022

Our Bishop Is On Board

Bishop Peter Christensen of the Diocese of Boise will join in the consecration of Russia at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Boise, Idaho, at roughly the same time that the Pope is making the act in Rome on the 25th inst.

Thursday, March 17, 2022

In Union with All the Bishops

 


So there it is.  All the bishops are to take part in the consecration on March 25th. 

For those who would pick nits about the difference between an "invitation" and an "order," it pays to recall that this particular Pope is a proven autocrat.  With him, an "invitation" is probably tantamount to an order.  For those concerned about whether Pope Francis is doing this for the "right reasons," I submit that this is none of our beeswax.  It is none of our beeswax whether the priest who offers Sunday Mass or hears our confession has mortal sins on his soul, so it can't be any of our beeswax whether the Pope is doing this for self-serving reasons.  Besides which, our Lady at Fatima did not specify the motivations or the state of mind or even the state of soul that the Pope is to have who performs the consecration.  All that matters is that he do it as asked.

If you are still worried about whether this will actually happen, then instead of complaining, go hit the Rosary beads and say fifteen decades every day through the 25th, for the specific intention that the collegial consecration finally be accomplished as asked.


Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Will Mary Now Put the "Holy" Back in "Holy Mother Russia"?

 

UPDATE 3/17/2022: The bishops' conference of the Philippines has announced that they will join in the consecration.  Also:  The bishops' conference of England and Wales has announced that they will join in the consecration.

UPDATE 3/16/2022: The Latin American bishops' conference has announced that they will join in the consecration

There has been a firestorm of negativity and cynicism on social media about the announced consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary that Pope Francis will perform on the 25th inst.  This is rather sad, and reflects the extreme distrust of the present authorities in Church as well as in state.  Although the cynics will not be entirely free of sin on their part, nevertheless it cannot be denied that the authorities have done all they can to earn the ill opinions, especially over the last two years.

I am among the "Fatima fundamentalists" who believe that the collegial consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary has never been done as our Lady asked.  I used to accept the party line that it was done in 1984, but my view has changed.  It's true that this and earlier consecrations were not without good effects, but what about the conversion of Russia and the period of peace that was promised?  It is a fact that the Soviet Union fell after 1984; but it is also a fact that the same interlocking directorate of pervs and psychopaths that were ruling the world then are not only still ruling the world, but are bolder than ever in their wickedness.  Is oligarchy a mark of the period of peace promised by our Lady?  Yes, Russia is more openly Orthodox; but the Orthodox communions, as such, are schismatic and not the true Church.  The idea that Orthodoxy is good enough was inadmissible before the novelties of Vatican II.  

Why is Pope Francis doing this consecration?  Russia and Ukraine are the biggest things going on in the world at the moment, number one.  Number two, it may be no more complicated than that the besieged bishops of Ukraine have asked him to do so.  When the Pope came out a few weeks ago with his decree that the muddy Traditiones custodes does not affect the FSSP and other, similar traditionalist congregations, it cannot be a coincidence that this followed on the heels of audiences with a delegation from the FSSP and the superior general of the SSPX.  Even if Pope Francis does not operate on principles, it does appear that the personal touch works on him.  It's a lot harder to say no to somebody when you're looking them in the face.  

Although many simply will not believe that Pope Francis, of all people, will actually do this consecration, I have long said that Pope Francis is precisely the man for the job.  He is ruthless enough to compel the bishops to join him in the act.  Plus, since he is the last man on earth anyone would expect to do it, God will get all the credit.  Whether Pope Francis himself believes in it or not is completely beside the point, just as the state of soul of a priest who celebrates Mass makes no difference for us in the pews: that is strictly between him and God.  Venerable Pope Pius XII used to say that he, as a man, Eugenio Pacelli, was nothing.  He understood that the office was all.  It is the Pope as such who needs to do this, and it does not matter who that is, as long as it is done as asked.

BUT: what if Pope Francis is not really the Pope?  Taylor Marshall makes a good point: if this is done as asked, with all the bishops, including Benedict Ratzinger, that solves that problem -- if the problem in fact exists.  Still, those who have made the case against Pope Francis their life's work need to beware of finding themselves actually hoping that this upcoming consecration doesn't work, lest they be proved wrong.  

Time will tell if this is actually the fulfillment of Fatima, and the long-awaited collegial consecration that our Lady did promise would in fact be done, albeit late.  Contrary to what some are saying, this is a Piece of Good News, and this consecration will be A Good Thing, even if it is not The Thing We Have Been Waiting For.  We should focus on that, leaving the rest to God, continuing with our daily Rosaries and Five First Saturdays, and not worrying about the fact that the consecration is being done by somebody we don't like.

Wednesday, March 09, 2022

Evils Come in Pairs.

This is a critical thing to remember vis-√†-vis this war in Ukraine, where we are being driven by our rulership and their publicity wing, the drive-by media propaganda machine, to take sides (and, indeed, a particular side).  Evils very often come in pairs.  That way, in our zeal to stamp out one evil, we rush into the arms of the "opposing" evil.  Either way, we are doing evil, and the devil doesn't mind which side we take.

The most outstanding example of this that I can think of is the Nazis and the Communists.  Some people joined the Nazis in order to fight the Communists, and others joined the Communists in order to fight the Nazis.  But the tragedy for those who meant well is that neither of them was the good guys.  Communism and nazism are both evil.  No matter which side you fought on, your real boss was the devil.  

In terms of those who are running things, who are the good guys in the war in Ukraine? On the one side, you have a KGB colonel.  On the other side, you have a vulgar "comedian" who played the piano with his penis, and who is now using untrained civilians as cannon fodder.  And in the background, and from a safe distance, you have American politicians who, for years, have been spoiling for war with Russia, and trying to inspire a similar bloodlust in the rest of us.  Cui bono?

There are in fact times when there are no good guys, and this may be one of them.  Sometimes the only things we can know for certain are that there are innocent people caught in the middle, and that wars are a punishment for sin.

Saturday, February 26, 2022

On Masking Up

The story is out that the CDC is relaxing its masking guidelines.  Well, pin a rose on them.

I hate the covid mask with every fiber of my being.  With every fiber of my being, I hate, loathe, despise, execrate and in all other ways cannot stand the mask.  It is the imposition of the last two years that I have hated above all other impositions that have affected me personally.  Even not being able to go to Mass and receive the Sacraments during the time when the churches were closed did not trigger the internal temper tantrum in me that being forced to cover my nose and mouth does.  What this indicates about my priorities may not be much to my credit.

The mask is an unprecedented intrusion onto our persons, that has set us up to accept the even grosser intrusion on our persons that is forced vaccinations.  It's one thing to have a dress code; it's quite something else to make people cover up orifices that God intended to be exposed to the open air for our survival.  And in consenting to this, we have completely taken leave of our senses.  It is a one-size-fits-all "remedy" imposed on everyone with utter disregard to individual needs and sensibilities.  It is claimed, incredibly, that a mask does not restrict our breathing, when clearly it does.  Thus, besides the proverbial nitwits driving alone in a car with a mask, we have seen the spectacle of people exercising and playing sports and engaging in other high-intensity physical activity with masks on, somehow convinced that this is compatible with, and indeed necessary for, health.  We see pregnant women restricting their oxygen flow with masks.  As a fat broad, I need more oxygen, not less; yet, during this "pandemic," I have been forced to attend in-person court with a filthy mask that not only turns me into a faceless cypher and diminishes my courtroom presence but fogs up my glasses and gives me a headache at a time when I need to be concentrating on giving my clients the best representation I can.  But, it is replied, doctors and nurses mask up in surgical theaters for hours at a time, and it doesn't hurt them!  The rejoinder is that an operating room has extra oxygen pumped in to compensate for the covered noses and mouths.  This setup does not exist in a courtroom, or pretty much anywhere else.  We have even been stupid enough to require masking in security-intensive places, like banks, where up to now face coverings had been illegal -- for what used to be obvious reasons.

The mask also has dire psychological consequences that nobody seems to want to talk about.  It is bad for children and their development to have to mask up -- and they, very sensibly, hate masks -- and to not be able to see the faces of others.  The wearing of masks to avoid being contaminated by other human beings is a superstitious practice, which is a sin.  The ostracizing and public shaming of anyone who doesn't want to wear a mask is an outrage against charity.  The mask is a sign of fear and hatred (yes, hatred) and suspicion of our fellow man.  It robs us of our individual identities.  It robs us of our common sense: why are we taking portraits and publicity photos in masks?  It turns on its head the (rightful) cultural perception of hiding our faces as a sign of shame, dishonesty and criminality.  It stifles communication and meaningful human interaction.  It's a form of ritual humiliation. It wasn't that long ago that we all understood this as it relates to countries where women are forbidden to show their faces in public; but now that understanding is out the window.  I personally feel very humiliated by having to cover my face, even where everyone else is forced to do the same.  If I were forced to go around wearing a dunce cap, or wearing my underwear over my head, the fact that everyone else had to do the same wouldn't make it any less humiliating.  The worst outrage of all is to see clerics masking up at Mass.  How this is not yet another slap in the face of Jesus Christ present on the altar is beyond me.

What about the efficacy of masks?  To begin with, we were told that it was useless; then the Powers that Shouldn't Be did an about-face and told us we would Kill Grandma without it -- these same Powers who are all in favor of using physicians to euthanize that same Grandma.  It is worth noting that these Powers are also the same who, claiming the greatest knowledge of The Bug and how to beat it, do not fear the risk of contagion enough to mask up themselves, or to follow any other restriction that they blithely place on the rest of us.  But even if masks did function as intended, there must surely come a point when their health benefits are outweighed by their dehumanizing effects.  Did we ever really believe that it's better to die on our feet than live on our knees bowed to tyranny?  If the last two years are anything to go by, that's just a lot of hot air.  Evidently, love of pleasure, fear of death and horror of eternity are more important than leading a worthy life.

The covid mask is humiliating.  It is dehumanizing.  It is stupid.  It is prideful (we know better than the God Who made us about being able to breathe freely and show our faces).  It looks like an S&M fetish (especially the black ones so popular with professionals). It is far more harmful than the disease it is alleged to combat.  It is the product of evil people bent on tyranny.

And it's time we face up to all that.

Convert us, O God, and shew us Thy face, and we shall be saved.  Psalm 79:4

Make Thy face to shine upon Thy servant; save me in Thy mercy.  Psalm 30:17

Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered; and let them that hate Him flee from before His face.  Psalm 67:2


Friday, February 25, 2022

Ukraine

I do not completely understand the politics between Russia and Ukraine, even after having it explained to me.  

But I can see that there has long been an effort underway to cajole us into supporting an American military intervention in the event Russia invaded Ukraine, and there is a Big Party Line that we are supposed to adopt now that this has happened.

I do not think I am equipped to opine as to which side is in the right in this conflict.  But after two solid years of wall-to-wall lies out of government, big business and their publicity agents in the "news" media, I am hard-pressed to see why I should believe anything they say about this affair now, or go in the direction to which they are now trying to drive me.  

Meanwhile, at least it's reassuring to know that while the world is melting down, the Catholic hierarchy is hard at work on projects that really matter, like stamping out the traditional Mass in parochial churches, and the Synod on Synodality.  

  

Monday, February 21, 2022

The Truths of the Moment

  1. The purpose of a militarized police force is to make war on the citizenry.  
  2. A militarized police force is willing to make war on its own people, even in Canada.
  3. Most of us live and work within easy reach of a militarized police force.
  4. Big business, especially the banking industry, wields the coercive police powers of the state.
  5. The "emergency" for which the reputed bastard son of Fidel Castro has invoked emergency powers is manifestly not an existential threat to Canada, but a political emergency for him, which is all the justification a tyrant needs.
  6. It is to the everlasting discredit of the Canadian parliament that it failed to reject instantly Fidel Jr.'s blatantly rogue seizure of supreme dictatorship.  UPDATE: Canada's parliament voted to extend emergency powers 30 days.
  7. "Enlightenment" liberalism was always going to bring us to this point.
  8. Our "democratic" "Enlightenment" form of government, with all its "safeguards" against tyranny, has not only utterly failed to protect us against tyranny, it has been the means of opening us up to it.
  9. Our rulership hates our stinking guts.
  10. Political solutions to our present predicament are insufficient by themselves.
  11. As long as we fail, both as individuals and as nations, to acknowledge and submit to the Kingship of Christ, this state of affairs will continue no matter what we do. 


Wednesday, February 16, 2022

A Third Thought about the Moment of Truth: Have You Noticed?

Have you noticed that in his address to the nation announcing emergency powers, Justine never once mentions the threat of contagion posed by truckers not masking up, not socialist-distancing and generally breaking pandemic restrictions?

Further proof that the restrictions are about control and have nothing to do whatsoever with stopping the spread of any disease.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Another Thought about Canada's Moment of Truth: Canadians, What Do You Think?

In his address to the nation yesterday announcing his decision to invoke what are tantamount to wartime emergency powers, Justine Trudeau rattled off a list of entities and persons that he consulted before taking this decision: Cabinet, caucus, premiers from all provinces and territories, and opposition leaders.  

As an outsider to Canadian politics, and no expert, I'm interested to know what my Canadian readers think about this.  What do you think these various parties told Justine to do?  Do you think most of them warned him not to do this?  The premier of Quebec, at any rate, has come out and said he disagrees with it.  Do you think any of them encouraged him to invoke emergency powers?  If so, was it in the (well-founded) hope that he will thereby bring about his own downfall?  Is his own party getting sick of him?  Who is waiting in the wings to replace him?

Let me know what you think.

Moment of Truth

 

Now that Justine Trudeau has invoked never-before-used emergency powers to put down the trucker uprising, the moment of truth has come for Canada.

The double standard here is obvious.  The same creature who has publicly supported actual mobs burning down cities for political ends is prepared to brutally suppress a groundswell of his own citizens who want only to recover their normal lives.  The same creature who has spent the last two years depriving people of their ability to earn a living and take care of their daily affairs is suddenly concerned with the disruptions caused by thousands of big rigs parked in city streets.

Yes, the protests have brought gridlock to Ottawa and to border crossings into the United States, and yes, they have made a lot of noise.  Still, there is any number of live-streams out of Ottawa and the border crossings showing that there is no violence or lawlessness on the part of the protesters.  The protesters are carrying signs, waving flags, singing the national anthem, dancing, socializing, feeding each other hot food, setting up bounce houses and play areas for kids, shoveling snow, picking up trash, and generally engaging in a lot of the normal behaviors that have been suppressed without sufficient reason over the last two years.

It is against this that Justine seeks to mobilize all the coercive powers at his command, following in the footsteps of his reputed biological father, Fidel Castro.  Now millions of Canadian citizens -- regardless of whether they support the Freedom Convoy -- are confronted with the stark, undisguised reality of the tyranny they live under.  Now each and every member of the armed forces and the various police services of Canada are confronted with a choice: whether, on the orders of a superior, they will wage war against their own people that they swore to protect and to serve.

Whatever else happens to anybody else, this draconian response of Justine's to barbecues and bouncy castles is not going to end well for him.  There is the possibility, however unlikely, that the crown may be moved to use its reserve powers to intervene in the interests of peace.  There is also the possibility that he will fail to turn the armed forces and the police against their own people, in which case his impotence and his illegitimacy will be established beyond any possible doubt.  In either case, his political career comes to a well-deserved end.  In my humble opinion, these are actually the best-case scenarios for Trudeau, now that he has chosen the path he has chosen.  

On the other hand, if Justine is able to make the armed forces and the police obey his directives, I think events will quickly spin out of his control.  Canadians are known for having a very long fuse.  They have demonstrated this in their compliance with mandates over the last two years, and continue to demonstrate it in the peacefulness of their current protest.  The fact that so many of them have gone as far as they have in mounting even this peaceful popular uprising shows that they are already much provoked.  Anyone with a molecule of common sense knows there is nothing more foolhardy than to stir up the ire of people with long fuses.  But Justine evidently lacks that molecule and does not see the risk of radicalizing Canadians.  If he wages physical war against ordinary Canadians, he may well unleash a very ugly response that he does not expect and cannot cope with.  The wrath of the Canadian people, pushed to their final throw, will be swift and terrible.  Justine could ignite a civil war.

Canada needs prayer: that the people on the ground will do what is right, and that any bad consequences land only where they are deserved.

Sunday, February 06, 2022

Ordinary Citizens: The Greatest Threat to Civilization Today

UPDATE 2/7/2022: yesterday's Freedom Convoy address to the nation.

Been watching some live-streams from Ottawa.  Since there is a blackout being run by the increasingly irrelevant Legacy Media, lots of ordinary citizens with smart phones are picking up the slack.  If you want to know what is happening in Canada's capital, there is any number of YouTube channels running video of the Freedom Convoy.

Watch what's going on, and take careful note of what is and what isn't happening in Ottawa.  Compare and contrast to the George Floyd riots and Marxist takeovers of city blocks of 2020.  

I have admittedly not watched hours and hours of footage, but in what I have watched, I have searched in vain for signs of:

- Burning buildings

- Burning flags

- Rock throwing

- Molotov cocktails

- Overturned cars

- Tweakers

- Twerkers

- Assaults

- Destruction of monuments

- Destruction of any property, public or private

- Vandalism

- Garbage on the streets

- Angry people

The fact that the legacy media isn't all over the Convoy story proves that none of these things are happening.  On the other hand, these are things I have seen:

- Lots of big rigs (not, by the way, all honking simultaneously)

- Lots of people walking casually, apparently unafraid

- Lots of kids

- Bounce houses and play areas for kids

- Food tents

- Music playing

- People singing and dancing, even in the freezing cold

- People carrying signs and waving flags

- Clean streets (though lots of signs have been stuck -- not permanently -- on fences)

In short, a lot of ordinary citizens in solidarity and having a good time: this in itself is an act of defiance, since it is precisely the thing our Rulers and Masters have been trying to prevent us from doing for the last two years.  Although the truckers and other citizens make no bones about what it is they are there to accomplish, the whole thing looks more like a gigantic street fair than a protest.  This, apparently, is what an enemy occupation and a threat to Western civilization looks like from the point of view of the commie-pinko Trudeau regime, which applauds destroyers like BLM and Antifa.

Today is day 10 of the protest, and there is zero violence and zero destruction going on.  If there is any violence or destruction in the Convoy, it will be the government that puts it there.

Which God forbid.

Saturday, February 05, 2022

When Marching Matters

 
Interestingly, I am only now, with the release of the above video, learning about the march on Washington, D.C. of about 40,000 opponents of vaccine mandates that took place on January 23d.  Nope, no media blackout here!

Just like there is no media blackout on the Freedom Convoy in Canada, except to deplore the "lawless," "racist," "homophobic," "mysogynist" truckers (the Convoy's lead organizer is a woman, and the truckers come from all races and walks of life), and scrounge for the meager disapproving finger-waggers here and there amongst the mostly-supportive Canadian citizenry.  There is also no media blackout on the fact that, week after week, thousands are taking to the streets in cities all over Europe to demand an end to medical dictatorship...oh wait, you mean you didn't know that?

But every time somebody who opposed vaxx mandates dies of The Bug, it makes headlines, as if to prove that Questioning the "Science" kills.

Now, I was never a fan of marching and demonstrating, ever since my college days.  It always struck me as symbolism over substance, as the late, great Rush used to call it: a way of seeming to be addressing some problem without undergoing the risks and undertaking the toil and the grime involved in actually addressing it.  Carrying signs against South African Apartheid at Cal State Northridge, under the eyes of no one who was in a position to do anything whatsoever about it, accomplished nothing.  "Raising awareness" is not real action, especially when everybody is already painfully aware of the problem in question.  But at least it has the benefit of making awareness raisers feel good about themselves.

This time, however, it's different.  When it comes to resisting branch covidianism, marches and demonstrations are not mere "awareness" raising, and they are not merely symbolic.  They are concrete acts of defiance against abuses of authority.  It is precisely the right of peaceable assembly that has been under attack these last two years.  In addition to being instrumental in carrying out the most massive looting operation in history, the purpose of locking everyone down and forcing them to mask up and socialist-distance has been to isolate people, prevent them from finding out how many other like-minded citizens there are, and gathering to resist.  These assemblages of throngs of people, packed together in close proximity, interacting and breathing the free air as God intended, are precisely what their rulers do not want.  In this situation, marching and demonstrating are substantive acts of resistance.  Besides serving as a last-ditch effort to petition the government for a redress of grievances, they make the people ungovernable by the tyrants, which is exactly the appropriate response to tyranny.

And there is a real risk in doing this.  As long as demonstrators serve the purposes of the tyrants -- and they often do, as 2020 showed us -- they are in no danger; but as soon as they cross the tyrants, it's a different story.  What, for example, will the Trudeau government do about the Freedom Convoy?  There has already been talk of calling in the military.  Trudeau is denying current plans to do so, though in language that suggests he is not decisively ruling it out.  What will the army do if it is called in?  How much of it has been co-opted by the enemies of the people?  This will be the moment of truth for thousands of Canadian soldiers, who probably did not think they joined up in order to make war on their own countrymen.  Will they do so anyway, like the police in Australia have been doing since this whole thing started?  Only time will tell.

This is one situation where marching really does matter.  It is heartening to see that more people than we think are opposed to the direction our rulers are trying to take us, and are willing to put their money where their mouth is.  God protect them all.

Wednesday, February 02, 2022

The Big Rig Counter-Revolution


Thousands of big rigs have converged on Ottawa, the capital of Canada, and have blockaded the Alberta border crossing into Montana at Coutts, to demand an end to the draconian branch covidianism that has oppressed Canadians for the last two years.  Up to now, the Canadians have been largely compliant with their government's demands, with 78% of the population, and about 90% of truckers, being vaccinated; moreover, Canadians are known for being nice, polite and easy-going.  But at this writing, those Canadians who have made their opinion known appear overwhelmingly to support the Convoy, even in the face of obvious personal inconvenience.  Ottawa is a vast parking lot, with thousands of pedestrians demonstrating, contrary to restrictions, and truckers prepared with plenty of supplies to wait out the government.  Hillary White, a native of British Columbia, comments on the strict discipline and detailed preparedness of the truckers.  The truckers blockading the border crossing in Alberta have opened up one road for the benefit of the 200 or so locals, but otherwise have voted to face down the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.  The word going out on social media is that the RCMP is unable to find a towing company willing to travel to the border to remove trucks, despite offering four times the market rate for the job.  In the circumstances, we can assume that for the Canadians to take steps like these, they have, by any objective standard, been mightily provoked.

The corporate media coverage devoted to the Convoy is nothing compared to the 24/7, wall-to-wall coverage devoted to leftist-loving non-events like the January 6th "insurrection" and "Russia-gate," and is biased as one would expect.  Many of the few stories about the Freedom Convoy that one turns up via Google are days old.  One story, dramatically headlined "Police Move In as Public Turns on Truckers Blocking Alberta-Montana Border", extrapolates to "the public" from the comments of two (2) alleged truckers and a couple of members of the Alberta provincial government.  Meanwhile, film and still shots on the ground show large crowds of flag-waving, sign-carrying supporters lining the Convoy route in arctic temperatures to cheer the truckers on their way.

So far, Justine Trudeau (who claims to have covid, despite being triple-vaxxed) has responded to the protests by (a) going into hiding, (b) calling in the RCMP to deal with the border blockade, and (c) doubling down on the covidianism.  The government is announcing that, so far from backing down on vaxx mandates, it is considering implementing an even stricter mandate on truckers traveling between provinces (functionally, all truckers).  This obvious use of vaccine mandates as a tool of retaliation and punishment proves that their real purpose is control, and nothing to do with stopping the spread of any virus.

Contrary to how Justine Trudeau and his cronies and allies would like to portray the Freedom Convoy, this is not a "fringe minority" movement or some type of revolution.  It is a counter-revolution against the Marxist takeover of Canada, and it is taking hold all over the world.  In stories even harder to find objective coverage on than the Canadian Convoy, the Australians have organized their own convoy to Canberra, and there is word of a convoy to Washington, D.C.  Meanwhile, unless you do your own digging, you would never know that, week after week, thousands of marchers have been taking to the streets in cities all over Europe to demand an end to the Great Reset.

People are waking up, and rising up, all over the world; but right now, it is the Canadians, of all people, who occupy center stage.  Now that Canadians have thrown down the gauntlet, the ball is in Justine's court.  He may be a coward, but he is a tool of the World Economic Forum and head of a government that has already proven itself willing to burn down its own house for the sake of ideology, so Canada needs our prayers.  We will see if Justine is prepared to call out the military to deal with the Freedom Convoy.  Then the big story will be whether or not the army and the police are willing to wage war on their own people.

Monday, January 31, 2022

Those Who Do Not Know History Are Doomed to Repeat It

How, over the last century, the government has used Americans as guinea pigs for medical experimentation.  The dangers of trusting authorities when authorities contradict the reality in front of our faces.  (I'm not sure, but I think this last could maybe apply in the Church as well as in the State...)
 

Friday, January 28, 2022

The End of Covid Restrictions...?

Amid public outrage over Downing Street parties while the rest of the country was under lockdown orders, Boris Johnson has called off all covid restrictions in England.  Some other countries -- including other British crown countries, like Australia, New Zealand, and Canada -- are doubling down on covid police state measures, but others, such as Ireland, Denmark and the Netherlands, are moving toward officially putting covid in the rear-view mirror.  Still others, such as Sweden, Norway and Finland, are signaling their intent to follow England's example.

Of course all this leads to speculation that some huge, cat-and-mouse super-strateegery is in play, pursuant to which these are only temporary respites, pressure valves to prevent the wrath of the unwashed masses from spilling over, while our rulers prepare an even more draconian crackdown.  This does look kind of coordinated.  It certainly would not be the first time we were turned loose, only to be clamped down on again -- like last year, when it started to become clear that the much-ballyhooed vaccines were failing of their promise.  Add to this the ever-changing narrative, plus the admissions of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behavior, a scientific advisory group to the British government, to having advised and encouraged the use -- in their words -- of unethical, totalitarian, dystopian fear tactics to force compliance with emergency measures, and it becomes obvious that the distrust is well-earned.  

Are we being played?  Could be.  Tyrants don't readily surrender their power, and this is all clearly not over yet.  On the other hand, people are waking up.  It is clear that the very people who claim to be the best-informed about the pandemic, and have all the answers about how to survive it, are not themselves worried enough about the risks to follow the oppressive rules they impose on everyone else.  It is clear that the "science" we are supposed to follow is constantly changing, yet must not on any account be questioned.  It is clear that the "life-saving" emergency measures are doing far greater damage than the virus they are supposed to address.  It is also clear, with millions of taxpayer-funded vaccine doses, the collapse of countless small businesses and growth of big ones, and the subsidizing of unemployment, that this whole ordeal has been a gigantic wealth-redistribution operation.  The politicians who have been doing the bidding of Big Pharma are feeling the pressure as people grow more and more irate at the unnecessary suffering inflicted on them, and gigantic demonstrations against lockdowns and vaxx mandates proliferate in cities all across the world.  

Personally, I have no doubt that this war waged by big business and government on the general population is being orchestrated straight from hell.  But as for the devil's human tools, I'm not sure most of them possess the kind of luciferian ingenuity that some are tempted to ascribe to them.  In all probability, most of them are driven more by selfish considerations, like greed or creature comforts or the desire to lord it over others, than by commitment to forwarding the revolution.  Also, since sin makes people stupid, and tools of the devil became tools of the devil through being sunk in sin, we cannot ignore the role of monumental incompetence in all this.  All the great totalitarian regimes in history have been riddled with it, and so bore within themselves the seeds of their own downfall.  Never underestimate the power of monumental incompetence.

Or the power of God, Who never ceases to be in charge no matter how bad things seem.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Some Life Lessons over Half a Century

 A few things I have learned over the course of 51 years:

- We do not know nearly as much as we think we know about anything, especially in the area of what we are pleased to call "science."

- Our trust in worldly institutions is usually misplaced.

- In our day, much of what we are taught to do or avoid doing in order to lead a fulfilling life goes against our nature as God designed it.  This is at the heart of why so many people are so miserable.

- We cannot change our nature.

- We, who are imperfect, cannot by our own efforts perfect ourselves or society.  Nemo dat qui non habet (one cannot give what one does not have).

- Legal positivism, excessive risk aversion, monumental egoism and leftist politics are real plagues in the legal profession.  Put lawyers and judges in charge of anything and they quickly turn tyrannical.

- Anything prefaced with "In an abundance of caution..." is automatically suspect.

- A criminal justice system that is both focused on rehabilitation and divorced from the Social Kingship of Christ is an exercise in futility.  It tries to convert people without Jesus Christ, which is impossible.  Because it undertakes to do that which is impossible, it ends up relying more and more on intrusion, coercion and brute force over long periods of time.  As C.S. Lewis observed in That Hideous Strength, simple punishment for crime must be finite, but there is no limit to what you can put people through, and for how long, in the name of "rehabilitation."

- God didn't make us for impertinence, but He also didn't make us for blind obedience.  He gave us our five senses to receive information with, He gave us brains to think with, and He gave us true doctrine against which to measure the justice of our rulers' commands.  Having given us all these, He expects us to use them.

- It is imperative that we recapture our good, pre-modern customs and traditions of Church and State.  There was never a good reason for getting rid of them, as we are now learning, to our cost.

- Getting rid of kings has not redounded to our freedom.  Instead of being ruled by one Christian man who fears going to hell for misruling his people, we are ruled by a cadre of godless oligarchs who do not even believe there is a hell, much less fear going there.

- Getting rid of religion has not redounded to our freedom.  To be free from moral restraints is to be enslaved to our passions and appetites.  When our neighbors are also free from moral restraints, then we need to be afraid of what they might do to us, since there is no reason for them not to do whatever they want.

- The destroyers of law, custom and tradition are the ones responsible for divisions in our society, not those who resist the destroyers.  The destroyers always blame their opponents for what they themselves are doing.

- Every good thing, every rightly-ordered pleasure, every bit of innocent fun, everything warm and cozy and beautiful, is a foretaste of heaven.  This includes the pleasure of our senses: delicious foods well-prepared and lovingly garnished; good drink (including spirits); the warmth of a fire; lovely decorations; good music; the enjoyment of good company; holidays and holy days.  God gave us all these things, not for us to abuse and not as ends in themselves, but to cheer us up and to spur us on to stay on course for that which they represent.  Those who seek to deprive us of these things hate the joys in which they do not share because they do not love and are slaves to vice.  They hate the hope of heaven, of which they despair because they think there is no heaven.  They hate the people who possess the hope of heaven, and, most of all, they hate God.  These are the people now ruling us in Church and State, and their evil must be resisted.    

- The authentic Catholic faith is the one thing that works every time it is tried, and also the one thing people will go out of their way to avoid trying.

- Fears are very often a symptom of and a distraction from something more important that we need to be dealing with.  Very often, the important thing we are distracting ourselves from is a bad conscience.

- Many of our fears are not as rational as we think they are.  Acting on them could bring about a worse result than the one we fear.

- There must be some kind of pleasure or security in being afraid, since many of us guard our fears jealously and even angrily, and won't hear a word said against them.

- If you are mortally afraid of something that is going on in the world, it is necessary to take a deep breath, step back and look at the big picture.  Questions you should ask yourself include: what do you know and not know about the thing you fear?  Are you getting your information about it from personally witnessing it, or do you know only what others tell you about it?  Is the information you are getting about it calculated to drive your behavior and your emotions in a particular direction?  Who would benefit from your going in that particular direction, and who would be hurt?  Is this direction moral or immoral?  Are you getting contradictory information?  What objective markers of credibility does each piece of information have that you are getting about this thing that you fear?  Is there any objective reason to disbelieve the information?  Are you being asked to compromise your beliefs or principles?

- What is unclear must be evaluated in the light of what is clear -- not the other way around.

- There are a lot of people who cannot distinguish between what is relevant in any given situation, and what is not relevant.

- Substituting one negative emotion for another is a defense against vulnerability.  I have noticed, for example, that I substitute anger for sorrow.  This is really not a healthy way to deal with sorrow.

- There really are people in the world who live to create chaos and give others pain, purely for the fun of it. The more godless our society is, the more of this kind of people there are.

- Fr. Chad Ripperger says that when someone tries to manipulate you by heaping abusive criticism on you, you should never engage him in an argument on the merits of the criticism, because then that just validates it as a subject of discussion.  Instead, you should tell him that if he has a problem with your appearance, or your weight, or whatever, then that is his problem and not yours.  Another method for dealing with manipulators that I have found effective is to call them on the precise manipulation technique they are trying to deploy, and flatly refuse to play their game.  Both of these methods have the effect of refusing the load of garbage the abuser is trying to burden you with and putting it back on him, where it belongs.

- Some classic techniques manipulators use: gaslighting; accusing you of what they themselves are doing; deliberately doing things they know hurt or annoy you, then accusing you of not being able to take a joke; blaming you for their problems and making you the issue; stampeding you by creating an "emergency" for you to have to deal with; raging at you for no discernible reason; cutting you off from family and friends; deliberately wasting your time on pointless tasks; questioning you minutely in order to catch you out in inconsistencies, then attacking you on them; giving you inconsistent statements to create confusion, and then denying the inconsistency and blaming you for the confusion; sending mixed messages; sucking you into a vortex of imponderables and then attacking you for your inability to resolve them; threatening you with some adverse consequence if you don't do what they want.  Manipulation techniques have the net effect of creating confusion, sapping your time and energy, and bringing you under their control.  It does zero good to argue with these people.  The thing to do when someone treats you this way is to refuse to play their game and then have as little to do with them as possible.  No one who really loves you will ever treat you in these ways.  The ultimate manipulators are of course the devils.

- Bullies need to be faced down and resisted until they back down.  Bullies don't expect pushback, or at least don't expect it past a certain point, so when they get it, they don't know what to do.  Bullies are basically cowards who target those they perceive to be weaker than they are.  By fearing bullies, we give them power over us.

- Evils frequently come in pairs, ostensibly opposed to each other, so that, in our excessive zeal to stamp out one, we will be driven to embrace the other.

- The notion of principled atheism is a myth.  The idea is clean contrary to Scripture, specifically, St. Paul, who, in the first chapter of Romans, says that God's justice, power and divinity are made manifest in the created order, so that those who claim not to know him are without excuse; and Psalms 13 and 52, where King David says that the fool says in his heart there is no God, and they are become corrupt and abominable in their ways.  At the root of atheism is not reason, but trauma, or an attachment to some vice, or both.

- If you won't have Jesus Christ as your Lord, and His Blessed Mother as your Lady who intercedes for you with Him, there is no limit to the inferiority of the substitutes you will accept instead.  You will even consent to have every facet of your life governed by the dictates of people who not only should not be listened to, but should be tried for crimes against humanity.  

- It is critically important to pray every single day, especially first thing in the morning.  The daily Rosary is a necessity.  We cannot have light to see where we are going if we do not pray.