St. Andrew, Ora Pro Nobis.

Its St. Andrew’s Feast Day today.  The first of the Apostles called by Our Lord.  He was crucified on a cross shaped like an X.

With each saint who was martyred for the Faith, we should hope and pray for the grace to persevere until the end, even unto a death by crucifixion and/or torture.  According to Wikipedia the name “Andrew” means in Greek: manly, brave, from ἀνδρεία, Andreia, “manhood, valour”. 

Traits or characteristics such as manly, brave, manhood, valour seem to be in short supply these days.  St. Andrew, pray for us.  We pray for Catholic families to be raised according to the Faith, and for young Catholic boys to be taught and nurtured such that they become manly, brave, Catholic men. 

We become so easily consumed by the material.  Here in Saskatchewan, and in Canada as a whole, the whole political conversation (such that it exists) is about oil and gas.  Its all “jobs, jobs, jobs”.  Energy and consumption is everybody’s focus.  In actuality if we put our raising virtuous Catholic families first our society would be far better off.  Both in Saskatchewan specifically, but also in Canada as a whole.   

Your Papal-Approved Catholic News.

I wouldn’t count myself in with the likes of Hilary White or Steve Skojec or any of the other bloggers who’ve been fighting the good fight for far longer than I’ve been woke, but this is a hilarious list of approved Catholic media sources from our (Canada’s) very own Father Thomas Rosica, or as I will refer to him, Father Tom.  

I mean, wow.  So from now on Catholics, this is what you’re allowed to read.  I guess I’ll have to do some editing of my link roll  on the side of this blog.

They just keep on digging.  Thank you, Hilary White.

St. Albert The Great

Today is the feast of Saint Albert the Great.  St. Albert was the teacher of St. Thomas Aquinas.   St. Albert, ora pro nobis.

Given the decline of our education system in the west, particularly the post-secondary section of it, we should be praying to St. Albert every day.   If you’re a young person considering spending thousands of dollars to attend a major University, DON’T. 

Learn a trade. Preserve your mind.  Spend a fraction of that money you would otherwise spend on a University, and take classes from the Saint Augustine Institute of Wisdom.  Study the truth.   Brother Francis’ Philosophia Perennis will change your life.   

If you don’t want to do that, do something else worthwhile with your time or money, but faithful Christians and others of good will need to stop willingly giving their money to these corrupt institutions.  

Reclaiming The Sacred.

My own Archdiocese of Regina is hosting the event.   Its about helping youth thrive in our hyper-sexualized culture.

https://www.facebook.com/events/396364580904421/

I’m typically very skeptical of the events that the Archdiocese puts on.  The faith formation is not good,  so its hard to be positive that events – even events that sound so good and beautiful as this –  will bear fruit or will truly prepare kids for what they will encounter in the World.  

That said I hope that this will be true to the doctrine of the Catholic Church.  There is nothing more needed than for our young to be taught the truth about human sexuality.  We live in a culture where you can we think we can re-define reality – gender and marriage being the most obvious examples.   Kids needs to be taught that the World will not be kind to people that oppose the regime we currently live under (and in case nobody’s noticed, that “Regime” is not the social Kingship of Jesus Christ). 

If you live nearby and you’re reading this and you plan to attend, good for you.   Sadly I have to work while the event is on or I would be very tempted to check it out.  I hope that this event is faithful to the truth of human sexuality.  The truth is not popular, but it needs to be known.  One way today that you know you’re cooperating with God’s grace is if you are genuinely interested in the truth and you pursue it.  That’s actually what it means to be of good will – to love the truth and to seek it.  To want it. 

I will pray my Rosary today for the fruitfulness and faithfulness of this event.   

Canada – World leader in the Culture of Death.

But, but, lets talk about ecumenism and social justice…

This is so evil I can’t imagine anything but chastisement coming to this country.  There is not a single political leader in this country willing to speak out forcefully on this issue.  And this is leaving aside that we’re the only – let me repeat that – ONLY democratic western country with zero restrictions on abortion.  NONE.  We’re in a class with China and North Korea.  I guess Pat Buchanan was right, this is basically Soviet Canuckistan.  If you think that would change under a Queen’s Ministry led by Andrew Scheer, I’ve got land to sell you.

If we (conservatives, so-called) were truly Christian in this country, we would stay home on election day next year unless “Conservative” party leader Andrew Scheer starts fighting the culture of death, but we won’t because its more important to make sure the electoral laundry gets done, rather than ensure the cause of the sheet stains actually be addressed.   Also, Max Bernier, if you’re not scared of controversy, why don’t you jump on this one?   This seems rather connected with the immigration issue that you seem so passionate about.

Our “leaders” don’t really want anything done on any issue related to natural law principles – not on abortion or euthanasia or homosexuality.  Its quid pro quo between the so-called left and right. You (the political left) get your sexual “liberation” and we (the political right) get our economic “freedom”.  Meanwhile our civilization literally goes to hell.

An enormous amount of the blame will be placed by our Lord at the feet of the Bishops of this country on the day of Judgement.  The complicity of the Catholic Bishops in this country with the widespread use and legalization of contraception and no-fault divorce, never mind abortion, is astonishing.  Prime Minister Trudeau, Sr. even consulted the Catholic Bishops on these questions, and the Bishops rolled over and offered some flim flam about conscience rights.  In fact on contraception its even worse because they directly disobeyed the Holy Father when he reiterated perennial Catholic teaching that artificial birth control is gravely sinful.  If you’re not familiar you just do an internet search for the phrase “The Winnipeg Statement”.

Bring on the chastisements, Lord.  We deserve it.  The amount of penance and prayer that faithful Christians should be doing for our own sins and the sins of our fellows, government leaders, Church leaders, etc. is almost overwhelming.

P.S.  Oh…and on the social justice front – don’t give ONE CENT to any program being run by Development & Peace, nor for any ecumenical efforts of any local Ordinary or the CCCB.   Nothing.  These fronts for marxism need to be starved of their funding from the faithful in the pews.

We need evangelization not ecumenism.

Pascal’s Vision.

I came across this reading Rod Dreher’s great blog at The American Conservative.  This is a vision that converted the 17th century scientist Blaise Pascal to Christianity.  We need this today in the 21st century.

FIRE.

GOD of Abraham, GOD of Isaac, GOD of Jacob
not of the philosophers and of the learned.
Certitude. Certitude. Feeling. Joy. Peace.
GOD of Jesus Christ.
My God and your God.
Your GOD will be my God.
Forgetfulness of the world and of everything, except GOD.
He is only found by the ways taught in the Gospel.
Grandeur of the human soul.
Righteous Father, the world has not known you, but I have known you.
Joy, joy, joy, tears of joy.
I have departed from him:
They have forsaken me, the fount of living water.
My God, will you leave me?
Let me not be separated from him forever.
This is eternal life, that they know you, the one true God, and the one that you sent, Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ.
I left him; I fled him, renounced, crucified.
Let me never be separated from him.
He is only kept securely by the ways taught in the Gospel:
Renunciation, total and sweet.
Complete submission to Jesus Christ and to my director.
Eternally in joy for a day’s exercise on the earth.
May I not forget your words. Amen.

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