Random Thoughts

First, Vincent Frankini of Tumblar House made a suggestion that if one were to read 10 pages per day for an entire year, you would read about 3650 pages in a year which would work out to 10-20 books per year.  So, I was reading Libido Dominandi the last couple of mornings.  I bought Libido Dominandi quite a while ago, and like a few E. Michael Jones books its a daunting task to read it because its so huge (over 600 pages long).  The book argues that sexual liberation as we’ve seen in Western culture over the last 60 years is actually something that the Regime uses as a form of political control, and that inappropriately indulging your passions (sexual acts outside of marriage and without the possibility of procreation) makes you a slave.  As someone who has had his struggles with sexual vices, I would say based upon what I’ve read so far – about 360 pages of a 600 page book – that he is spot on.  Sexual immorality is the fastest way to, first, corrupt people, and then basically use people to enforce this new orthodoxy on everybody else.  If you don’t believe me, try to oppose homosexuality and win the leadership of a national political party.

Second is a thought that’s been running through my head for a while.  Evangelization not ecumenism.  It strikes me that things must have become really, really bad in the Catholic Church and in the world in general if the then-gloriously reigning Pope John Paul II felt the need to call for a “New Evangelization”.  Aren’t we supposed to be doing that anyway?  Doesn’t Christ’s great Commission command us to baptize all nations in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost?  Yet, much of the Church hierarchy it seems, and particularly my own Ordinary would prefer to focus on ecumenism.  I don’t think you can have ecumenism without evangelization.  The Catholic Church is the true Church.  The true religion. Ecumenism that isn’t based upon persuading our Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, or Protestant friends of that fact isn’t real ecumenism.  Its just indifferentism.  It amounts to making all religions seem equal.  Sorry, fellas, that’s a sin.

Third, this country that we call Canada was founded by the French and the English.  The French being Catholic and the English Protestant.  Samuel Champlain landed in what was “New France” or Quebec in the early 17th century.  I forget the exact year.  Canada was for much of its history a nation that was nearly majority Catholic.  The Catholic Church was the boss in Quebec, and Quebec was and is home to a significant share of Canada’s population.  Since the Quiet Revolution when French Canadians decided they would rather worship the government than God, it seems that something else has implicitly taken its place – secularism.  We’ve become a nation that views religion and theology as something that’s not real.  Its just a private devotion that doesn’t belong in public life.  That needs to change.  Hence the call to evangelize.  I have to do better.  All honestly believing Catholics need to do better in this country.  Or else we’ll deserve the persecution that is sure to come later.

Fourth, I mentioned Tumblar House earlier.  If you have a chance check out the website.  Its a great little Catholic bookstore with some good titles that are well worth reading.  I’ve got the site on my blog roll on the right hand side of the page.


The Principle

If you haven’t seen Robert Sungenis’ movie “The Principle”, you’re missing out.  I don’t think it matters what side of the debate you’re on (heliocentric vs. geocentric), just go see the movie .  Its absolutely incredible.  This gets right to the root of the issue that everyone has to contemplate at some point.  Is there a God?  Am I here for a purpose or am I just one of 7 billion cosmic accidents that really don’t matter?

I’ve rarely considered these kinds of fundamental questions, I’ve always just assumed that scientific discovery will align with divine revelation or else the revelation really isn’t divine.

This is a movie that should be shown in every movie theatre across the world.  This movie should and could spark what John Paul II called for 25 years ago or so, a new evangelization.

Ryan Grant of Athanasius Contra Mundum did two very good interviews about this movie (interviews #7 and #12 in the interview podcast archive), one with the Writer and Producer Rick Delano, and the other with Robert Sungenis who I believe was Executive Producer and also author of the book “Galileo Was Wrong, The Church Was Right”.


Rite of St. John Chrysostom

“For You are holy, our God, and to You we give glory, to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever…” — St. John Chrysostom

I’ve been in the same location for seven years.  For roughly four of those years I’ve been attending the local Roman Catholic Parish.  Its still my home.  I’m a baptised Roman Catholic.  Today, I attended an ancient, traditional Catholic liturgy for the first time today!  Its the Ukrainian Catholic Rite of St. John Chrysostom.  It was a beautiful liturgy that I think I will attend more often in the future.

If you aren’t aware, there’s a crisis in the Catholic Church today.  Its not a recent development.  Its been the case for at least forty years.  Since the interpretation of the documents of the second Vatican Council was hijacked, the Mass was altered, and everything after that point seemed to trend in the wrong direction.  I’ve heard from many bloggers, podcasters, and others who have said that its important if you want to remain faithful to attend a traditional Catholic Mass (or Liturgy).  For just as long a time I’ve thought that that really isn’t that necessary; that you can maintain the Faith while attending your typical Novus Ordo Catholic Church.  Today, I’m not sure.

The ancient Rite of St. John Chrysostom wasn’t perfect.  Nothing this side of the new Jerusalem is, but it was so reverent. Nearly the entire Liturgy is chanted.  The Priest stands facing the altar with his back to the laity.  The chant adds so much reverence to things.  The altar is beautifully decorated with iconography of our Blessed Mother with the baby Jesus.  There’s hymns that are sung at the beginning, the end, and while everyone receives the Eucharist.  Other than that its all chant and its gorgeous.

Typically in the Roman rite you kneel more often than you stand.  At St. Mary’s you stand more than you kneel.  There’s actually places in the Missal where it says you’re supposed to kneel, but everyone stands, so I just followed along.

I guess the point of my rambling post is to say that everyone should attend a traditional Catholic liturgy if they can.  I’ve only been twice, the first time was on the Anniversary of the Brother Stanislaus Assembly 1286 (I think?), but this is clearly worship, or liturgy that is Divine.

I think I understand better now why people strongly suggest and encourage others to find a traditional Catholic Parish to attend.  There’s just no comparison when it comes to Liturgy.   Actually, the only comparison would be to the traditional Latin Mass of the Roman Rite which I haven’t attended yet.



Mass at the E.U. HQ?

If this is accurate, this is awesome.  For now I’m just going to link to the story from One Peter Five.  What an incredible development.  For European nations to have a future they must rediscover their authentic Christian faith.  It looks like it might be happening now. Here’s the important details from the original report:

Thanks to the initiative of a Polish MEP, former Sejm Marshal Marek Jurek, there is now a Catholic Mass in the so-called “extraordinary rite” (i.e. the rite that was in common use prior to 1969, and which was defined as the universally valid rite of the Catholic Church by Pope Pius V following the Council of Trent) on the premises of the European Parliament in Brussels. A first such celebration took place on 4 May, and a second is scheduled this week on Thursday 18th May at 8 a.m. in the “meditation room”ASP 00H152 (located behind the desk of the Office of Tourism, on the ground floor).

Our Lady of Lourdes, Ora Pro Nobis.

Happy Victoria Day!

Today is probably my favourite secular holiday.  On the third Monday in May Canadians celebrate the reign of Queen Victoria, the granddaughter of King George III.

Victoria was the daughter of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, the fourth son of King George III. Both the Duke of Kent and King George III died in 1820, and Victoria was raised under close supervision by her German-born mother Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. She inherited the throne at the age of 18, after her father’s three elder brothers had all died, leaving no surviving legitimate children. The United Kingdom was already an established constitutional monarchy, in which the sovereign held relatively little direct political power. Privately, Victoria attempted to influence government policy and ministerial appointments; publicly, she became a national icon who was identified with strict standards of personal morality.

Putting aside the fact that England renounced the True Faith when King Henry VIII insisted on receiving a divorce from his wife, and when his faithful barrister Thomas More refused he persecuted him terribly, I quite like the Monarchy.  It would be all the better if the next Monarch reverted to the True Faith, and left the Church of England [Anglican Church or Episcopal Church] to die on the vine.

The Catholic Church has long taught that Monarchy is the best form of government, followed by Aristocracy, and then Democracy.  St. Thomas Aquinas taught that a blend of all three is likely best.  I think here in Canada, along with Great Britain and the other Commonwealth states have the closest to that commingling.  We have the Monarch who’s able to assert herself (through dissolving Parliament or allowing a new government to be formed from an existing elected Parliament) if need be in a time of crisis.  We have the Aristocracy in the Senate, the upper Chamber which is meant to be a House of “Sober Second Thought”, and we have the democracy in our elections where we choose for ourselves the men or women who represent us in Parliament, which is supposed to be a safeguard of our liberty, not a threat to it as it tends to be today.

Its unfortunate that the two dominant national political parties (Liberal and Tory) are both effectively Republican at this point, and only pay lip service to the Monarchy as a relic of the past that isn’t relevent to the present or the future.   I would warn that given the climate we live in today, the Monarchy might become more relevant and necessary in our politics than we realize.

But amidst the apparent chaos and unruliness that seems so pervasive in our culture, lets remember who the real King is.  He doesn’t seem well known anymore, and his adherents have not done well proclaiming him and making converts of their neighbours.  His name is Jesus Christ, he is the Son of God, the second person of the Blessed Trinity.  He who created the world ultimately governs it.   His governing style is benevolent, his justice is merciful, and he truly serves those who toil in the garden in his name.

God Save the Queen, and make her a convert to the Catholic Church.  Our Lady of Walsingham, Ora Pro Nobis.

Chesterton’s Voice

Back during a time when the word kindle was a verb you would use to describe starting a fire, people would read actual hard-cover or paperback books.  Today, its a device you can use for reading books.   I don’t have a kindle.  I have an iPod, and I’ve got into buying audio books that I can download to my iPod and listen to while I drive, or while I’m puttering around at home, or even if I’m on a break at work.

The first time I read Orthodoxy I actually read it.  I bought a paperback copy of the book and read it.  It was the first book I’d ever read by G.K. Chesterton.  I don’t think I fully grasped what I was reading.  I was reading it because I heard it recommended and talked about by a Priest (now a Bishop) of the Catholic Church, Robert Barron.   I assumed from the title “Orthodoxy” that it would be a little more scholarly in structure and style than what I found, but I read through it anyway, and found it at least enjoyable even if I didn’t understand everything I read.

Today I have an audio book version narrated by John Franklyn-Robbins.  I was listening to it earlier and appreciating the work much more than I did the first time I saw the words on paper.  You don’t really realize it right away, though it seems obvious once you think about it, but the voice of the narrator is quite important to the enjoyment of the book.

John Franklyn-Robbins is the voice of G.K. Chesterton.  I can’t read Chesterton without hearing his voice.  I’ve listened to audio book versions of “Heretics”, and “What’s Wrong With the World”, both weren’t narrated by Mr. Robbins.  I thought both were good, but if I read a hard copy of a Chesterton book, like his biographical sketch of St. Francis of Assisi, I hear the voice of John Franklyn-Robbins.  It has a distinctiveness and character that just seems to scream “Chesterton!”.

Its almost like listening to a baseball game on the radio that’s being called by one of the great announcers, Harry Caray, Vin Scully, Ernie Harwell, etc.  You can see and feel what’s being described through the spoken word of the narrator, even though you can’t literally see it or feel it.   You hear the voice and you just relax and nearly slip into a stupor while you imbibe the action being described as if you were there watching it yourself.

The kindle you might use to read a book today won’t start a real fire, but when you read G.K. Chesterton and you hear the voice of John Franklyn-Robbins, it could start a fire in your heart.

Our Lady of Fatima

The apparition at Fatima is one of the great apparitions of the Catholic Church.  Our Lady revealed certain truths to three children in Portugal.

From Hilary White:

“To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the Consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart.” This must be done by the pope in conjunction with all the bishops of the world before 1960. If this were done, Russia would be converted and a period of peace would be given to the world. If Her requests were not granted, “Russia will spread its errors throughout the world, raising up wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer and various nations will be annihilated.


But, really, who can say it better than Archbishop Fulton Sheen?  I was going to read the Wiki entry which I heard isn’t bad as a basic introduction, but I think listening to the Venerable Bishop Fulton Sheen is a better option than me trying to write 500+ words on the subject.

Our Lady of Fatima, Ora Pro Nobis.