Im not sure if there is a reasoning behind him foregoing the
security, perhaps it has to do with his his trust in providence. Maybe he just wants to be closer to
people. I think both are admirable and commendable. Having said that I am just a little afraid for
him in this situation. Rio is not
Madrid as could be seen in the overpowing of the crowd to get to the Fiat the
Pope was riding in (that’s right a Fiat, I guess safety has a name and its
submission to God’s will literally.
I just hope that he recognizes that he is no longer just the
Bishop of little ole Buenos Aires but the supreme pontiff over the whole
church. His safety is important to all
of us. Please say a prayer for his and everyone’s
safety at WYD.
Daily Mass at the Gesu with Jesuits (from time to time
frustrating, but St. Stans daily masses are at 12pm)
Eucharistic Adoration at Mary Queen of Heaven or St. John
A solid beer
But I would be remised to not say I don’t love watching and
listening to The Glenn Beck Program every weekday. It’s like an addiction, he delves into
technology, politics and the occasional spiritual bit. Glenn is an apostate Catholic, now referring
to himself as a Mormon. In general, as I
have said in the past, I think he is a decent person with a good heart, but as
Chesterton says, “a heart in the wrong place”.
People along the lines of Beck or Rush Limbaugh appeal to
many Americans because they speak to their crowd appealing to the common
denominators. Specifically speaking they
appeal to the ideals of America in how they were founded and the culture that developed
Well every once in a while Mr. Beck will get into an
emotional mood and start down the way mixing his religious views with his American
views (which is common in Mormonism, mind you they see the US constitution as a
divinely inspired document). Today was
no different and I figured I’d run through a couple things that were said and
add my own commentary to it. The context of the words spoken is in a dialogue
with a protestant pastor from Washington state. So enjoy:
“We all wanted America to succeed and we all believed in
America, but it is so troubling at this time.”
- First I think it is reasonable to want America to succeed
since most of us were born and grew up here.
We have attached a certain fondness to the American way of life, the
flag stands now for something greater then a bobble on ones desk. We attach meanings to this country, freedom,
the American Dream and the joys of Capitalism.
All of these things are neutral and shouldn’t offend anyone. There might well be many people in other
countries that attribute such things to their own homelands. Yet I don’t really believe in America like
Mr. Beck does. To him America is a
country set apart by God with divine providence as its guide. To me America is a great country but if
tomorrow it would all come to an end like Rome did during St. Augustine’s time
then oh well. America has no divine
promise of prosperity. Mother Teresa
reminded people of this when she said a country where mothers kill their own
children will not survive. I dont know
whether or not abortion will ever be ended in this country but I know that the
contraceptive mentality will not end. It
is this contraceptive mentality, which even Catholics can fall into with NFP, which
really destroys life on a generational scale making abortion look like child’s
“Pastor Hutchinson has the truth and America needs to listen
because he is being lead by the spirit”
- I want to give you as the reader some background
here. Mr. Beck though not an outward
anti-Catholic clings to the typical list of lies told about the church (ie:
inquisitons, crusaides, evil Popes, burning of witches), so he is not
interested in hearing a Catholic view point of authority. The few Catholics that he has had on only
addressed things vaguely. But back to
the statement. The claim that Pator
Hutchinson has the truth might well be true to a degree. It is Catholic teaching that other religions
might well hold to Catholic truths and proclaim them loudly, yet such truths
are not their own but they are first Catholic truths. Second it would be a falsehood to say that
this protestant pastor/laymen has the truth since he rejects the whole of
Christian truth. Now the question of
whether someone is worthy of being listened to because they have the “spirit
leading them”. One has to ask what
authority does Mr. Hutchinson have in the so called church? Who gave him authority? Is it because people like what he says
because he challenges them? Is it
because he proclaims Christ crucified for all?
And what with the lead by the spirit comment? What spirit?
If he has the truth then why would Beck not leave his Mormon beliefs and
embrace Protestantism? If he is lead by
the spirit can he err? Will the spirit allow
him to err when he is giving his teachings?
Just like with all protestant beliefs there is a lack of substance to
what they proclaim. Their stances might
well be emotional and appeal to the masses, but they lack an objective
presentation of the faith that can be traced all the way back and that can be
supported with evidence. One has to ask
both people two questions by what objective authority do you preach? What objective reason do we have to believe that
every book in scripture is actually infallible?
I just wanted to take a moment and give a HUGE, HUGE thumbs
up for the Vericast Network. If you are unfamiliar with them it’s mostly
an effort by two orthodox, high octane Catholics that put forth what they call
the hardest hitting catholic podcast on or off the internet. They put together three shows a week hitting
on various topics that the mainstream Catholic media won’t hit on (I guess you
could say it’s sort of like Voris).
I would encourage any Catholic out there to download the
podcast on any platform. So too I would
encourage people to get on their startup Catholic social media network Skeeoh.
Unlike fisheaters you won’t see sedevacantes, and unlike Catholic
Answers you can delve into what some term uncharitable matters like the
innovation of the OF, or calling out protestants for being heretics.
Tim Haines and Wilson Orihuela are the
major players in this new apostolate and deserve some support even if it’s just
It should not be a surprise that the verdict on Saturday
came out as not guilty. It seemed to
most of us that there was no real evidence showing that Mr. Zimmerman had done
anything illegal in a temporal or moral sense.
Yet for two nights now we get stuck with riots and general terror by
people greatly upset with the juries verdict.
I found the following pictures online at the Daily Mail website showing
conditions in New York, LA and so forth.
Being blunt this is pathetic, but its all part of the plan.
A while back I remember seeing a talk by former, then
ousted, Green Czar Van Jones where he made a comment that a revolution was
coming, that it would be Bottom up, Top Down and Inside out. Now to most of us this seems like mere
rhetoric and is generally poo-pooed as such.
Yet a couple people, generally associated with blogs or conservative
outlets picked up on this immediately. People like Glenn Beck (who I have posted the
video below for) did his best to bring to the public knowledge of this plan,
and to some extent I think we might have been helped.
Its not that this is the sign that we are in trouble. Its only one thing in a laundry list of
signs. The Fabian Socialists were just
on the tip of the era. They wished to
set the world a blaze so as to make it closer to their hearts. Part of their plan included eugenics which
was directly associated with the racist attitudes that most of them held. Creating Race wars is just another way to
promote division and confusion among people, and I don’t need to tell you the
million news stories that are so prevalent just in the US alone. It seems like there is so much to keep in
mind that we are seriously in dire straits.
This Zimmerman case is just another show case to cause
confusion and division and it is fueled by a media complicit in acting against
life and the will of God made known in his Holy Catholic Church. Mr. Zimmerman made a statement to the officer
before even knowing Trayvon was dead that his Catholic faith made it clear the killing
of another is always wrong (speaking of murder of course).
The complicit are abundant.
3.The wealthy Progressives and Conservatives
4.The ignorant masses
But in the end who is at fault?
That’s right Catholics.
Many Popes and Holy people like St. Bernadette of Lourdes noted that all
the evil of the world is the fault of bad Catholics. I confess that all to often I fall into this
category. My pride, my lustful desires,
my thirst for worldliness too often clouds my sight and I fall.
I was thinking it is now time to really take my call to
holiness seriously, not that I haven’t at times, but he calls us to be perfect
and this scares us. Dr. Peter Kreeft
says that we are all called to be great saints but we hold ourselves back from
this with worldly concerns. For me its
always wanting credit for my actions.
Too often I think my knowledge is grander then others and I want to set
them straight regardless of how I do so.
Often times I am uncharitable and fall.
Lord grant me the grace of humility to live out a just life and be completely
commited to your call of the Golden rule.
Help me to be mercy to the ignorant so as to enlighten them and bring
them to you. Let it no longer be me who
lives, but you who lives in me.
Let us pray for Mr. Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. Let us particularaly pray for those Holy
Souls in Purgatory for they are nearly home and our love for them as part of
the Body of Christ is just like the loaves and fishes Christ was given.
Humility, Mercy, Trust.
Thank you for all the suffereings both of the mind and body
O’ Lord, Your grace is sufficient.
For, Whatever be the will of the Lord, I trust in the’ oh
Wow...this makes me quite a bit more comfortable with what Francis has been doing in shaking things up a little...still disappointed with his liturgical emancipation garbage, but it will take another 2-3 generations before VII is recognized as being a legitamite council, but one in which the things taught held no real solid authority outside of the things already defined. Many will say that I am over reacting, that I just refuse development of the faith, but this is a false assertion. Things like Religious Liberty and the new ecumenical attitude where we dont raise Pius XII to the high altars because the Jews are not comfortable even after he single handidly saved more people of the Jewish race then anyone else in the world, or the placing of being nice to the Orthodox even to the extent of not condemning Communism outright (as what occured for the Russian Orthodox to attend VII). In the End Her immaculate Heart will triumph, but this could have been easier. Let us pray for those complicit in trying to build the faith on their own whims.
Pray for the Holy Father for he will face more pressure then we can even imagine...And of course pray for the SSPX that they would not become cold hearted to the Vatican prelates.