Thursday, August 17, 2017

Saint August 18 : St. Helena : Patron of #Converts, #Divorced : Mother of #Constantine




Born: 248, Drepanum, Bithynia, Asia Minor 
Died: 328, Constantinople, Roman 
Major Shrine: The shrine to Saint Helena in St. Peter's Basilica Patron of: archeologists, converts, difficult marriages, divorced people, empresses, Helena, the capital of Montana.
The mother of Constantine the Great, born about the middle of the third century, possibly in Drepanum (later known as Helenopolis) on the Nicomedian Gulf; died about 330. She was of humble parentage; St. Ambrose, in his "Oratio de obitu Theodosii", referred to her as a stabularia, or inn-keeper. Nevertheless, she became the lawful wife of Constantius Chlorus. Her first and only son, Constantine, was born in Naissus in Upper Moesia, in the year 274. The statement made by English chroniclers of the Middle Ages, according to which Helena was supposed to have been the daughter of a British prince, is entirely without historical foundation. It may arise from the misinterpretation of a term used in the fourth chapter of the panegyric on Constantine's marriage with Fausta, that Constantine, oriendo (i.e., "by his beginnings," "from the outset") had honoured Britain, which was taken as an allusion to his birth, whereas the reference was really to the beginning of his reign.
In the year 292 Constantius, having become co-Regent of the West, gave himself up to considerations of a political nature and forsook Helena in order to marry Theodora, the step-daughter of Emperor Maximinianus Herculius, his patron, and well-wisher. But her son remained faithful and loyal to her. On the death of Constantius Chlorus, in 308, Constantine, who succeeded him, summoned his mother to the imperial court, conferred on her the title of Augusta, ordered that all honour should be paid her as the mother of the sovereign, and had coins struck bearing her effigy. Her son's influence caused her to embrace Christianity after his victory over Maxentius. This is directly attested by Eusebius (Vita Constantini, III, xlvii): "She (his mother) became under his (Constantine's) influence such a devout servant of God, that one might believe her to have been from her very childhood a disciple of the Redeemer of mankind". It is also clear from the declaration of the contemporary historian of the Church that Helena, from the time of her conversion had an earnestly Christian life and by her influence and liberality favoured the wider spread of Christianity. Tradition links her name with the building of Christian churches in the cities of the West, where the imperial court resided, notably at Rome and Trier, and there is no reason for rejecting this tradition, for we know positively through Eusebius that Helena erected churches on the hallowed spots of Palestine. Despite her advanced age she undertook a journey to Palestine when Constantine, through his victory over Licinius, had become sole master of the Roman Empire, subsequently, therefore, to the year 324. It was in Palestine, as we learn from Eusebius (loc. cit., xlii), that she had resolved to bring to God, the King of kings, the homage and tribute of her devotion. She lavished on that land her bounties and good deeds, she "explored it with remarkable discernment", and "visited it with the care and solicitude of the emperor himself". Then, when she "had shown due veneration to the footsteps of the Saviour", she had two churches erected for the worship of God: one was raised in Bethlehem near the Grotto of the Nativity, the other on the Mount of the Ascension, near Jerusalem. She also embellished the sacred grotto with rich ornaments. This sojourn in Jerusalem proved the starting-point of the legend first recorded by Rufinus as to the discovery of the Cross of Christ.
Her princely munificence was such that, according to Eusebius, she assisted not only individuals but entire communities. The poor and destitute were the special objects of her charity. She visited the churches everywhere with pious zeal and made them rich donations. It was thus that, in fulfilment of the Saviour's precept, she brought forth abundant fruit in word and deed. If Helena conducted herself in this manner while in the Holy Land, which is indeed testified to by Eusebius, Bishop of Caesarea in Palestine, we should not doubt that she manifested the same piety and benevolence in those other cities of the empire in which she resided after her conversion. Her memory in Rome is chiefly identified with the church of S. Croce in Gerusalemme. On the present location of this church formerly stood the Palatium Sessorianum, and near by were the Thermae Helenianae, which baths derived their name from the empress. Here two inscriptions were found composed in honour of Helena. The Sessorium, which was near the site of the Lateran, probably served as Helena's residence when she stayed in Rome; so that it is quite possible for a Christian basilica to have been erected on this spot by Constantine, at her suggestion and in honour of the true Cross. Helena was still living in the year 326, when Constantine ordered the execution of his son Crispus. When, according to Socrates' account (Church History I.17), the emperor in 327 improved Drepanum, his mother's native town, and decreed that it should be called Helenopolis, it is probable that the latter returned from Palestine to her son who was then residing in the Orient. Constantine was with her when she died, at the advanced age of eighty years or thereabouts (Eusebius, Life of Constantine III.46). This must have been about the year 330, for the last coins which are known to have been stamped with her name bore this date. Her body was brought to Constantinople and laid to rest in the imperial vault of the church of the Apostles. It is presumed that her remains were transferred in 849 to the Abbey of Hautvillers, in the French Archdiocese of Reims, as recorded by the monk Altmann in his "Translatio". She was revered as a saint, and the veneration spread, early in the ninth century, even to Western countries. Her feast falls on 18 August.
Text from the Catholic Encyclopedia

#BreakingNews 13 Killed and many Injured as Terrorists run Van into Crowds in Barcelona - Please PRAY

A van has run over dozens of pedestrians on the Rambla in Barcelona, Spain, near the city's famous Plaça Catalunya this Thursday afternoon. The area is one of the most popular with tourists in the Catalan capital. Police sources say at least thirteen are dead and dozens of injured. The Mossos d'Esquadra, the Catalan police, have confirmed that it was a terrorist attack. There were at least two attackers. Spain's National Audience court has taken on the investigation.
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The vehicle started the attack from plaça Catalunya at the top of the Rambla and slalomed down the street to the mosaic by Joan Miró outside the famous Boqueria market, around 600 metres. A chase along the pedestrianised area of la Rambla followed. When they abandoned the van, there was a burst of gunfire near the history Boqueria market, also very popular with tourists. Police were looking for a second white van, hired by the same company, also involved in the attack. One of the alleged attackers was Driss Oukabir, from north Africa. According to police sources, he collected the rental van in Santa Perpètua de Mogoda, a small town 18km from Barcelona. Numerous ambulances have arrived at the scene and businesses have closed their shutters. The area has been cordoned off and the metro and trains stations in plaça Catalunya have been shut for security reasons.
Since July 2016, vehicle attacks have been the weapon of choice of Islamic militants in Europe, which has led to the deaths of around a hundred people in Nice, Berlin, London and Stockholm. According to Spanish newspaper El Periódico, the CIA warned the Mossos two months ago that Barcelona, and the Rambla specifically, could be the scene of a terrorist attack like the one that has taken place this Thursday afternoon.
Edited from El National.cat

#BreakingNews Death Toll at over 400 in Sierra Leone over 600 missing - Please PRAY as President calls for Help for over 600 still missing

A torrential rain caused a landslide in the mountainous region of the western part of the Capital city, Freetown, which recorded initial death toll of over 450.
President Ernest Bai Koroma fought back tears as he described the devastation. Rescue workers have been searching for survivors amid the hundreds of homes that were engulfed by mud when a mountainside collapsed early on Monday. The disaster came after three days of heavy rains, and struck when many people were still sleeping.
According to reports over 600 are still missing and entire villages are destroyed. 
(Edited from All Africa.com)
Please Pray for the victims.  

Quote to SHARE by #MotherTeresa "Do not let the past disturb you, just leave everything in the Sacred Heart and begin again with joy"


"Do not let the past disturb you, just leave everything in the Sacred Heart and begin again with joy." 
Mother Teresa

Dissent from Catholic teaching at Land O' Lakes and Elsewhere an Analysis by Dr. Gary Knight


Which Land O’ Lakes ?

mid-60’s Catholic dissent wasn’t centered in Wisconsin


Gary D. Knight, Ph.D.

Deservedly, much is said about the 100 th anniversary of Fatima and its
warnings for the sex-saturated future (Fatima also marked 33 years after
Leo XIII heard satan’s boast to destroy the Church). It’s now also 50 years
since the dissemination in English of the divisive Dutch Catechism, and of
dissent from blessed Paul VI’s exhortation on Catholic education by
selected delegates of Catholic higher education, convened in Wisconsin’s
Land o’ Lakes (LoL). That dissent was a signal move against the Church’s
upcoming teaching on contraception and duly informed conscience.
The LoL retrenchment came only weeks after heretic Charles Curran was
reinstated at CUA, his lapse of contract being protested by many including
the AAUP (founded in 1915 to defend a dismissed Stanford professor’s
eugenic views against Chinese workers). Curran’s support for the Dutch
Jesuits’ permissive stance on contraception was well known, and it is fair to
surmise that the cabalist intentions at LoL were to immunize Catholic
scholars of the Americas from the Church authority soon anticipated.
Truth really is stranger than fiction, because fiction is the product of only
one feverish mind. Some of the vignettes that emerge from the LoL cabal
and its context look like Edvard Munch’s 1884 Skrik , an apocalyptic wail.
Munch (1) was seemingly inspired by a Peruvian mummy. Hey … even Peru
was in this conclave (I suppose to represent all of South America).

1 For colouration, Munch recollected a lake as if aflame under a glowering sky. A
decade later he painted a flushed Madonna, whose sensuality could have been the root
inspiration of that timeless McCartney sendup of motives for family planning.

The signatory roster suggests LoL might be better styled an ‘Indiana
Desideratum’. Indiana is represented by six delegates with the convener,
president of Notre Dame. They equal in number if not weight three each
from Washington (DC) and from Quebec. Well, Land o’ Lakes borders
Michigan-Wisconsin’s ‘Quebec National Forest’ and boasts a nearby Montreal,
so let space-warp allow a denizen of Quebec to look in on this curious
borderland convocation near the most liberal of Catholic universities.
Six isn’t the only plurality in the flock near Lac du Flambeau (flaming lake
– Munch would be proud). Jesuits comprise ten of the 26 alpha-betas. With
four Holy Cross delegates (convener included) and four non-clerical
associates it may well be deemed a SJ-CSC putsch. ‘Rome’ was present in
the persons of a Jesuit and a CSC principal, who likely flew in together.
Now, Indiana is home to the earliest Holy Cross priests in America, and
they run shrines in Quebec too: St. Joseph in Montreal and Cap de Madeleine,
the Trois Riviere Marian shrine. Like some Jesuits in my experience, they’ll
boot a penitent for confessing ‘frivolous’ sin. I grew up in Guelph Ontario,
by the St. Joseph provincial Loyola mother house, where I learned ‘jesuitical’
hair-splitting tricks. Regrettably so did Canada’s late 1960’s prime minister
Pierre Trudeau, who kept Catholicity at arm’s length and legalized abortion
in 1969: right after Canadian bishops were pressured by consultators in
Winnipeg to equivocate on Humanae Vitae. They did that too, by splicing
hairs (‘acting as seems right’ is made the same as ‘good conscience’).
I heard of the LoL declaration in Catholic highschool. “Land o’ Lakes” is
also a popular Ontario holiday region, so the teachers’ eager, furtive tones
gave the suggestion they’d found there a nudist retreat. Those days
dissidence stood for identity, and many of the same teachers would in due
course embrace the Winnipeg statement’s thumbing noses at blessed Paul
VI. Let not Mr. Trudeau solely be faulted for being the first lay primate of a
Common Law country to deny the innate rights of future subjects.

The atmosphere of parallel magisteriae, or nascent ‘national churchism’
(new to the New World), impressed this pubescent pupil of pedagogues
primed with neo-Marxist ideas in cold-war 1960’s. That was the era when
Garp would have been raising a family writing works for feminists like his
mother (bound to backfire, bud). I, as anachronistic younger brother to
Garp (he not penned yet), would say more cavalierly “the author of
feminism is no friend of women”. But I doubt even John Irving would
suppose the words of Paul VI, or mine for that matter, implied the devil.
Anyway, my teachers didn’t, and 1984 was still a generation away.
In the latter ‘60s a sexual revolution did run on prurient interests titillated
by lyrical antics of Stones, Beatles, Who and Led Zeppelin (a virtual fugue
from Aristotle through Plato or Zeno to Dada). But the revolt of secular
modernity against Christian tradition was not rooted there: rather, it made
keen use of it. After all, the gathering in the woods of Wisconsin was no
drum-circle of winsome witches: it was warlocks or wannabe’s envisioning
a national church more immune from disciplines that were due to befall
their friend Chuck, and Canadian counterpart Greg (Baum).
This move was quite clever. Hunkering down over pastoral concerns, like
how to accompany the contracepting faithful, could sell like fawning
paternalism. It was collegial and academic and bespoke a movement for a
changed Church worldwide. The ‘Americas’ cohort of 24 plus Peru and
Puerto Rico might be seen in global intelligentsia as standing for dissidence
on papal rule. Dutch dissidence dates from ca. 1884’s Union of Utrecht,
which opened a path of false irenicism under cover of ecumenism.
In the generation after LoL, the contraceptive mentality took complete
ascendancy – for which reason pregnancies were both unwanted and
disposable. Catholic schools produced a long line of public figures who
would undermine all the Church stood for, including natural marriage. Paul
Martin was the first primate of a Common Law country to have no

problems with a largely Catholic Liberal caucus legalizing same-sex marriage.
That was 2004. The New Dutch catechism would not be fully answered
until 1992 when a generation of budding politicians had already gone
through school in a Church that was caught with her frocks down.
I began to wonder how it was that two prevalent things had so soon come
to pass – one in Ontario, another in Quebec – that led to the more intense
demise of the Church than even American commentators have grasped
from their Pew statistics. The first was the foisting of teaching authority by
bishops onto pedagogues associated in a trade-union structure with
managerial clout (quite like having the fox in a hen-house). The second was
the nearly total desertification of the Catholic identity of former Quebec.
At LoL, Canada was represented entirely by Quebec. At least the Latinics
had both Costa Rica and Peru. The Jesuit Assistant General – a Fordham
man till 1965 -- had offices in Rome, as did the Holy Cross superior
general, another Quebec man. The ‘Indiana Disideratum’ would have
meant little without signature from Curran’s employer, and a CUA second
in command was ready; but why in 1967 was it so important to have a
Sherbrooke bishop, CSC superior and several clerics from Quebec?
Several times in Canada’s short history, civil war (eg. the Louis Riel
rebellion) nearly broke out over the determination of francophones to have
Catholic schools, and Quebec or ‘lower Canada’ in British days wrested this
right from a Westminster government that had even expelled Catholics
from Acadia. All the more remarkable it is, that Quebec took a faith
nosedive so that by 1996 the confession of her schools could be removed
at the stroke of a pen with not the least outcry. What had happened?
Jean LeSage (‘The Wise’) was premier of Quebec in 1965, when Canadian
prime minister Lester Pearson parlayed contraception to the public. That
would’ve been unthinkable only a trice before, for Quebec demographically
made or unmade federal governments. And Quebec was very Catholic: so

Catholic that it took a turn to ultramontanism – more Catholic than popes
-- which required correction. Papal delegate Merry Del Val’s turn-of-
century visit to remove ultra-montanist bishops was resented, and Quebec
became more ‘clericalist’ than ever. Local family decisions of note were
ruled by the village curE. All that changed when LeSage came to power.
After taking leadership of the Liberal party in 1958 LeSage campaigned
for provincial election on the slogan “now is when it changes!”, a challenge
to the pro-Church hegemony. The upset was narrow, but cracked a
floodgate of radical social change: the Quiet Revolution of which LeSage is
deemed the father. The flight from clericalism ran quickly to an embrace of
national socialism: sort of a mini French Revolution, which Quebec had
sorely missed. Quebec is now so socialist, one can’t fix a car in the
driveway without municipal approval; and yes, the police will show up.
So then, Lester Pearson, popular for the US-Canada Auto Pact, not long
since awarded a Nobel Peace prize for brokering a UN intervention in
Suez, had penned a mean little promo on population control. He well knew
his course must collide with the Church. The ascendancy of LeSage and the
furor with which all things Catholic were being gutted gave the platinum
opportunity: Lester needed only the accession of the most influential
prelate in Quebec, Montreal’s Cardinal Paul-Emile Leger.
Cardinal Leger was one of the liberal voices (along with Gregory Baum
and Remi DeRoo( 2) ) at the just-closing 2nd Vatican Council. Well aware that
priestly congregations in his province were seeking a new ‘superior’ identity
outside of clericalism, he was not eager to have contraception preached-
against. This was very remarkable, as Quebec’s pride had been styled the
revenge of the cradle. Her great celebrities had been the Dion sister quintuplet,

2 Bishop DeRoo was co-consecrated by Georges Cabana, archbishop of Sherbrooke,
who oddly enough resigned his office after LoL.

and Mr. Pearson was having none of that hyperfertility even if Canada was
virtually barren.
It is easy to see how conscience was compromised in the legal access to
chemical steroidal hormones that act as often to abort a pregnancy as to
inhibit one. When state-sanctioned ‘medical’ recourse fails, responsibility
shifts from the individuals, with resulting pregnancy seen as the state’s
onus. Demands for access to abortion escalated into a virtual mass
movement, providing the main engine of a Marxist-feminist ground-shift.
This narrative glosses the neo-Marxist ‘higher criticism’ sophistry then
rooting in academic institutions. The ‘era’ of senator McCarthy was roundly
dissed in 1954, and the effect of that trouncing on open critique of socialist
thought retains its chill today (3) . LoL’s Wisconsin conclave could play to the
distaste for that state’s most forgettable bulldog. Participant John Cogley
(Religion editor at NY Times and founder of CDSI), had written the
scathing 1956 “Report on Blacklisting”, to be republished in 1971.
Senator McCarthy’s intel was far better than hearsay; but with verbal
recklessness even the most trenchant and unrefuted observations lose
street cred. McCarthy shot the wad too soon to be taken seriously after. In
opposing supreme court nominee Bill Brennan, whose liberalism would in
fact be key to the Roe v. Wade pro-abortion ruling, he was isolated.
One unrefuted bit of intel was soviet influence on broadcaster Edward
Murrow, who coined the memorable hair-split: “we must not confuse
dissent with disloyalty”. Verbatim these words betoken the Chuck and
Greg mantra that national church dissent from papal teaching does not
amount to disowning the faith. This doctrine, a reverse ultramontanism
that makes of local bishops national popes, the LoL desideratum would
immunize from Church censure under cover of academic freedom.

3 Evidence that the cold war was won by the frosted side, contrary to wishful belief.

Only 45 years later over 200 dissident international theologians could (at
Utrecht no less) openly sign a declaration of “loyal dissent”: John
Wijngaards’ Catholic Scholars’ Declaration on Authority, with staged
endorsements at the London House of Parliament (4) . Two years before, Der
Spiegel could ink a screed (50 openly hostile to pope Benedict’s intelligent and
sensitive pastoring of a keeling boat.
Back to heady 1967, Toronto ran a love-in featuring Catholic educators
and advisors who to a man favoured Curran’s style of “loyal dissent” from
the Church’s rescript against unnatural birth spacing. One was at variance
with the dissenting theologians who’d been sending missives through
bishops to pope Paul, prior to his dreaded encyclical, and she was admitted
to the Mensa-like club because her paper’s title “You can have sex without
babies” was thought to support contraception. But it prophesied the value
of natural family planning, no darling of athose preferring infecund sex.
Catholic schools in Ontario are union-run, but that structure was not
securely entrenched in 1967, so its heads pursued mid-level degrees from
the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. In 1965 OISE (6) congealed
out of Toronto’s backroom ‘Department of Education Research’ which
aired much new radicalist theory from U.S. sources whose left-wingery was
not quite so embraced as some hoped after McCarthy. In the heyday of
breakneck spending by the minister of Education and University Affairs,
DER morphed into OISE. In two years it founded the Feminist Party of
Canada, and hosted the above back-slapping camaraderie of dupes.

4 The BBC reported “Catholic scholars from around the world [are] pushing for the
new Pontiff, who will be appointed this month, to embrace a more open, accountable
and democratic approach to the running of the church.” [my emphasis: to whom?]
5 The Pope’s Difficult Visit to his Homeland [Sept. 20, 2011] written by four ‘staff’.
6 The OISE edifice was erected in 1970 just before minister Davis took the
premiership. Key graduates would stakehold in Catholic schools (albeit in doctrinal
dissent): long after Davis’ initial opposition to full separate school funding, in 1984
they prevailed to change his mind. Now the vixens really were in with the chics.

Notwithstanding the conspicuous absence from LoL of these anglophone
Canadian sycophants of Baum and Curran, the bigger surprise is absence of
academics (7) who, at St. Francis Xavier university in Nova Scotia (Acadia),
would sign an intent of dissent the same year.
The Acadians were not teachers at elementary and secondary schools, but
university academics, from a Jesuit foundation too. Perhaps they were
overly far away by ferry (always too costly to Maine). Also, LoL was in July,
and StFX may have been on a trimester system for its historic school of
extension and cooperative education (8) . Even mavericks can find themselves
too busy to lend legitimacy of numbers to a rogue happening.
This background groundswell of dissent and local-church self justification
was something the LoL cabalists knew, as well they did that its root was
less ‘highbrow’ academic than it was a child of ‘critical theory’: code for
creeping socialist thought dressed up with the airs of higher learning and
the Frankfurt School of neo-enlightenment. It did not take more than a
generation afterwards for Marxist-feminist theory to be hugely touted
throughout academia in North America and beyond.
The etiology of revolution – even quiet revolution (the ‘silent scream’ of
Munch or of Bernard Nathanson’s film) – manifests in social dynamics cast
as innate conflict. Woodenly applying a Hegelian dialectic, the sophisticate
projects conflict, contrives vying parties or ‘hard cases’, caricatures their
war, and agitates for synthetic change. That was the feminist method
(conflict with ‘male dominance’ – now extending to a tension of gender
identities) and it was readily generalized to conflict between a mother’s
privacy and child’s existence (Roe v. Wade 1972) or between a mother’s
person and child’s prenatal development (Morgentaler 1988).

7 The local bishop gave these 58 scholars an epithet: “the cream of Antigonish”.
8 One of the first North-American education co-ops, the program had won the name
“Antigonish movement” spurred by a booklet called The Antigonish Way.

A marker of ‘higher’ critical method was construal of conflict between
faith and obedience, synthesized by Baum and Curran or Kuhn and
Wijngaards into ‘loyal dissent’. The proof of method worked, in so far as it
hoodwinked many bishops (9) in Canada, the United States and the world.
An example was the Winnipeg Statement: out of an impasse between what
is objectively wrong and what free wills are going to want to do, the
sophisticate synthesizes that good conscience consists in doing whatever
seems right. The one shepherd pushing this specious splice embraced neo-
Marxist liberation theology: a ‘critical’ construct that puts social justice –
expressed in socialist terms (10) – ahead of the peace of Christ when seen as
bourgeois luxury or downright insensitivity, or at best an ‘opiate’.
The liberation mantra is in effect “give us justice and then we’ll give you
peace”, emerging with force from the conflict construed to exist systemically
between what is just and what is peaceable. For polarizing caricature, the
conflicting ‘systemic sin’ (capitalism), and ‘complicity’ (due process or
democratic restraints) are repudiated. Where ‘preferential option for the
poor’ or fair distributivism should emerge, what comes instead is activism
on intimate terms with socialism’s other trophies: abortion, ‘free love’,
gender-bending identity, and now euthanasia and same-sex marriage.
Abortion is a ‘trophy’ of Marxist-feminism, which recently expressed itself
at a Planned Parenthood congress by chanting “abortion is sacred”. I heard
words of similar gravity uttered in 1984 when leaders in the Ontario
Catholic teachers’ union (who require teachers to pass their indoctrination
course to obtain a contract) insisted that women should be priests because
‘only women bleed’ (to quote Alice Cooper). Already they were saying,
before we heard it from Hillary Clinton, that abortion is a human right.
9 Some of these bishops, to be fair, were not hoodwinked but themselves fully
embraced the ‘dialectical’ method of revisionism.
10 Remi De Roo saw capitalism as systemic evil, and bilked his diocese of millions of
dollars on luxury investments. Cynics who decry the free market will often abuse it.

Not many years later, as the indoctrination is now also taught at a former pontifical institute in Canada, several star women students got themselves ordained
in schism, on a boat on the St. Lawrence seaway. Female ordination
motivated by feminist theory has been the primary battering ram (priestly
non-celibacy is secondary by far) by dissident Catholics claiming to be in
“loyal disobedience” ever since 1965-7. One of the main exponents from
Ontario (a major player in the teachers union and OISE) opted to become
Anglican when Benedict XVI was elected, in order to be ordained.
About the innocuous sound of “loyal dissent”, what is most chilling is
that it leads by degrees to a claim that one has a right to sin. The will’s
freedom to sin is lightyears from the position advocating the choice of the
will that is disobedience. Saint John Paul made it clear in Dominum et
Vivificantem (46,47) that declaring sin as a right is equivalent to the
unpardonable: by its nature it blocks salvific - even prevenient - grace.
One would be rather dull not to take the slogan “abortion is sacred” or
“jesus be damned” (11) as intended blasphemy. It is perhaps less obvious that
all the justices of Canada’s supreme court in 2015 made an egregious error
against natural law by taking as given that someone has an inalienable right
to commit suicide. In effect ‘higher’ criticism led them to conclude in Carter
2015 that being delayed in your quest to die may impede the quality of your
life – a right to quality brought into dialectical ‘conflict’ with quantity. But as
Charlie Gard has shown us, life isn’t a quantity: it is a sacred behest.
The Carter argument that reaches this far into the abyss of quantifying and
qualifying life was constructed out of hypothetical outcomes of a hard case
(a patient who went to Switzerland to be terminated (12 ). A principle that hard
cases make bad law was set aside to achieve the desired result: bad law.

11 Chanted by Josef Ratzinger’s 1968 students: the shock and dismay woke him up.
12 In the Canadian abortion context, when in 1989 a Chantal Daigle went to New York
to be aborted, Borowski’s case for the unborn was declared moot. Not Carter’s .

Two years before, Ireland declared same-sex marriage a constitutional
right: a tacit declaration of moral war against the Church. Many of the silent
(a third stayed home on the day of vote ) were churchgoers who’d been
given to think they had a right to abstain – a right to be loyal, if dissenting.
There is another natural law expression: “for justice to be done, it must be
seen to be done”: to oppose an immoral law is a duty, not a freedom. This
too is a principle that will now be lost, in the cauldron of ‘loyal dissent’.
Much else must go out with the tide. ‘Sober second thought’ will be
stifled. As in 1938 Munich, courts will determine – and settle - the
contentions of politics. To cover for turpitude in prejudicial benches,
media will silence expressions of informed conscience because savvy
protest upsets the ‘conscience’ to do ‘as one sees fit’. A legal architect of
Carter and of subsequent euthanasia law, persuaded the Ontario college of
physicians and surgeons that ‘conscience’ should be renormalized as
professional ‘conscientiousness’ to do as one is told by public policy.
Coincident threats are hissed by the premier of Ontario: since Catholic
schools embraced radicalized sex-ed propaganda 13 there’s no further reason
to fund them separately. This is logical; but she has also criminalized home-
schooling parents as first educators and speakers in general (from pulpits)
who contradict the ‘critical’ theory of gender identity. Coming online are
thought police, spreading like a squall, a skrik over the Americas and
abroad. These, my lands o’ lakes, spew not their feisty blue or fiery waters,
but the ochre pall of sightless cloud. And so, Hail Mary, full of grace …

13 Whose roots are entrenched in the unratified principles of the UN Yogyakarta
‘agreement’, another example of a rogue cabal wagging the dog.

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Thursday August 17, 2017 - #Eucharist


Thursday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 416


Reading 1JOS 3:7-10A, 11, 13-17

The LORD said to Joshua,
"Today I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel,
that they may know I am with you, as I was with Moses.
Now command the priests carrying the ark of the covenant
to come to a halt in the Jordan
when you reach the edge of the waters."

So Joshua said to the children of Israel,
"Come here and listen to the words of the LORD, your God.
This is how you will know that there is a living God in your midst,
who at your approach will dispossess the Canaanites.
The ark of the covenant of the LORD of the whole earth
will precede you into the Jordan.
When the soles of the feet of the priests carrying the ark of the LORD,
the Lord of the whole earth,
touch the water of the Jordan, it will cease to flow;
for the water flowing down from upstream will halt in a solid bank."

The people struck their tents to cross the Jordan,
with the priests carrying the ark of the covenant ahead of them.
No sooner had these priestly bearers of the ark
waded into the waters at the edge of the Jordan,
which overflows all its banks
during the entire season of the harvest,
than the waters flowing from upstream halted,
backing up in a solid mass for a very great distance indeed,
from Adam, a city in the direction of Zarethan;
while those flowing downstream toward the Salt Sea of the Arabah
disappeared entirely.
Thus the people crossed over opposite Jericho.
While all Israel crossed over on dry ground,
the priests carrying the ark of the covenant of the LORD
remained motionless on dry ground in the bed of the Jordan
until the whole nation had completed the passage.

Responsorial PsalmPS 114:1-2, 3-4, 5-6

R. Alleluia!
When Israel came forth from Egypt,
the house of Jacob from a people of alien tongue,
Judah became his sanctuary,
Israel his domain.
R. Alleluia!
The sea beheld and fled;
Jordan turned back.
The mountains skipped like rams,
the hills like the lambs of the flock.
R. Alleluia!
Why is it, O sea, that you flee?
O Jordan, that you turn back?
You mountains, that you skip like rams?
You hills, like the lambs of the flock?
R. Alleluia!

AlleluiaPS 119:135

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Let your countenance shine upon your servant
and teach me your statutes.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 18:21–19:1

Peter approached Jesus and asked him,
"Lord, if my brother sins against me,
how often must I forgive him?
As many as seven times?"
Jesus answered, "I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.
That is why the Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king
who decided to settle accounts with his servants.
When he began the accounting,
a debtor was brought before him who owed him a huge amount.
Since he had no way of paying it back,
his master ordered him to be sold,
along with his wife, his children, and all his property,
in payment of the debt.
At that, the servant fell down, did him homage, and said,
'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back in full.'
Moved with compassion the master of that servant
let him go and forgave him the loan.
When that servant had left, he found one of his fellow servants
who owed him a much smaller amount.
He seized him and started to choke him, demanding,
'Pay back what you owe.'
Falling to his knees, his fellow servant begged him,
'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.'
But he refused.
Instead, he had the fellow servant put in prison
until he paid back the debt.
Now when his fellow servants saw what had happened,
they were deeply disturbed,
and went to their master and reported the whole affair.
His master summoned him and said to him, 'You wicked servant!
I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to.
Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant,
as I had pity on you?'
Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers
until he should pay back the whole debt.
So will my heavenly Father do to you,
unless each of you forgives his brother from his heart."

When Jesus finished these words, he left Galilee
and went to the district of Judea across the Jordan.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Saint August 17 : St. Hyacinth : #Dominican : Patron of #Poland

Born: 1185 at Lanka Castle, Kamin, Silesia, Poland
Died: 15 August 1257 at Krakow, Poland
Canonized: 17 April 1594 by Pope Clement VIII
Patron of: Poland
Dominican, called the Apostle of the North, son of Eustachius Konski of the noble family of Odrowaz; born 1185 at the castle of Lanka, at Kamin, in Silesia, Poland (now Prussia); died 15 August, 1257, at Cracow. Feast, 16 Aug. A near relative of Saint Ceslaus, he made his studies at Cracow, Prague, and Bologna, and at the latter place merited the title of Doctor of Law and Divinity. On his return to Poland he was given a prebend at Sandomir. He subsequently accompanied his uncle Ivo Konski, the Bishop of Cracow, to Rome, where he met St. Dominic, and was one of the first to receive at his hands (at Santa Sabina, 1220) the habit of the newly established Order of Friars Preachers. After his novitiate he made his religious profession, and was made superior of the little band of missionaries sent to Poland to preach. On the way he was able to establish a convent of his order at Friesach in Carinthia. In Poland the new preachers were favourably received and their sermons were productive of much good. Hyacinth founded communities at Sandomir, Cracow, and at Plocko on the Vistula in Moravia. He extended his missionary work through Prussia, Pomerania, and Lithuania; then crossing the Baltic Sea he preached in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. He came into Lower or Red Russia, establishing a community at Lemberg and at Haletz on the Mester; proceeded into Muscovy, and founded a convent at Dieff, and came as far as the shores of the Black Sea. He then returned to Cracow, which he had made the centre of his operations. On the morning of 15 August he attended Matins and Mass, received the last sacraments, and died a saintly death. God glorified His servant by numberless miracles, the record of which fills many folio pages of the Acta SS., August, III, 309. He was canonized by Pope Clement VIII in 1594. A portion of his relics is at the Dominican church in Paris. BUTLER, Lives of the Saints;

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Wed. August 16, 2017 - #Eucharist


Wednesday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 415


Reading 1DT 34:1-12

Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo,
the headland of Pisgah which faces Jericho,
and the LORD showed him all the land—
Gilead, and as far as Dan, all Naphtali,
the land of Ephraim and Manasseh,
all the land of Judah as far as the Western Sea,
the Negeb, the circuit of the Jordan
with the lowlands at Jericho, city of palms,
and as far as Zoar.
The LORD then said to him,
"This is the land
which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
that I would give to their descendants.
I have let you feast your eyes upon it, but you shall not cross over."
So there, in the land of Moab, Moses, the servant of the LORD,
died as the LORD had said; and he was buried in the ravine
opposite Beth-peor in the land of Moab,
but to this day no one knows the place of his burial.
Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died,
yet his eyes were undimmed and his vigor unabated.
For thirty days the children of Israel wept for Moses
in the plains of Moab, till they had completed
the period of grief and mourning for Moses.

Now Joshua, son of Nun, was filled with the spirit of wisdom,
since Moses had laid his hands upon him;
and so the children of Israel gave him their obedience,
thus carrying out the LORD's command to Moses.

Since then no prophet has arisen in Israel like Moses,
whom the LORD knew face to face.
He had no equal in all the signs and wonders
the LORD sent him to perform in the land of Egypt
against Pharaoh and all his servants and against all his land,
and for the might and the terrifying power
that Moses exhibited in the sight of all Israel.

Responsorial PsalmPS 66:1-3A, 5 AND 8, 16-17

R. (see 20a and 10b) Blessed be God who filled my soul with fire!
Shout joyfully to God, all the earth;
sing praise to the glory of his name;
proclaim his glorious praise.
Say to God: "How tremendous are your deeds!"
R. Blessed be God who filled my soul with fire!
Come and see the works of God,
his tremendous deeds among the children of Adam.
Bless our God, you peoples;
loudly sound his praise.
R. Blessed be God who filled my soul with fire!
Hear now, all you who fear God, while I declare
what he has done for me.
When I appealed to him in words,
praise was on the tip of my tongue.
R. Blessed be God who filled my soul with fire!

Alleluia2 COR 5:19

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ,
And entreating to us the message of reconciliation.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 18:15-20

Jesus said to his disciples:
"If your brother sins against you,
go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.
If he listens to you, you have won over your brother.
If he does not listen,
take one or two others along with you,
so that every fact may be established
on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
If he refuses to listen to them, tell the Church.
If he refuses to listen even to the Church,
then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector.
Amen, I say to you,
whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Again, amen, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth
about anything for which they are to pray,
it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father.
For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them."

Saint August 16 : St. Stephen of Hungary - 1st #King of #Hungary

Feast Day: August 16
Born: 975, Hungary
Died: August 15, 1038, Esztergom or Székesfehérvár, Kingdom of Hungary
Canonized: August 20, 1083, Esztergom, Hungary by Pope Gregory VII
Major Shrine: Saint Stephen's Basilica in Budapest, Hungary
Patron of: Hungary
First King of Hungary, b. at Gran, 975; d. 15 August, 1038. He was a son of the Hungarian chief Géza and was baptized, together with his father, by Archbishop St. Adalbert of Prague in 985, on which occasion he changed his heathen name Vaik (Vojk) into Stephen. In 995 he married Gisela, a sister of Duke Henry of Bavaria, the future Emperor St. Henry II, and in 997 succeeded to the throne of Hungary. In order to make Hungary a Christian nation and to establish himself more firmly as ruler, he sent Abbot Astricus to Rome to petition Pope Sylvester II for the royal dignity and the power to establish episcopal sees. The pope acceded to his wishes and, in addition, presented him with a royal crown with which he was crowned at Gran on 17 August, 1001 (see HUNGARY: History). He founded a monastery in Jerusalem and hospices for pilgrims at Rome, Ravenna, and Constantinople. He was a personal friend of St. Bruno of Querfurt and corresponded with Abbot St. Odilo of Cluny. The last years of his life were embittered by sickness and family troubles. When on 2 September, 1031, his only son, St. Emeric, lost his life on a boar hunt, his cherished hope of transferring the reins of government into the hands of a pious Christian prince were shattered. During his lifetime a quarrel arose among his various nephews concerning the right of succession, and some of them even took part in a conspiracy against his life. He was buried beside his son at Stuhlweissenburg, and both were canonized together in 1083. His feast is on 2 September, but in Hungary his chief festival is observed on 20 August, the day on which his relics were transferred to Buda. His incorrupt right hand is treasured as the most sacred relic in Hungary. Text from the Catholic Encyclopedia

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

#PopeFrancis "By bringing Jesus, Our Lady brings to us also a new joy, full of meaning." Assumption FULL TEXT + Video at Angelus

 Pope Francis recited the Angelus at St. Peter’s Square for the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary:
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Before the Angelus
Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning!
Today, Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Gospel presents to us the young woman of Nazareth that, having received the Angel’s announcement, left in haste to be close to Elizabeth, in the last months of her miraculous pregnancy. Arriving at her home, Mary receives from her mouth the words that came to form the “Hail Mary” prayer: “Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb” (Luke 1:42). In fact, the greatest gift that Mary brings to Elizabeth – and to the whole world – is Jesus, who now lives in her; and lives not only by faith and expectation, as in so many women of the Old Testament: Jesus took human flesh from the Virgin for His mission of salvation.
In Elizabeth’s home, and that of her husband Zachariah, where sadness reigned before because of the lack of children, now there is the joy of a baby about to arrive: a baby that will become the great John the Baptist, Precursor of the Messiah. And when Mary arrives, joy overflows and bursts from hearts, because Jesus’ invisible but real presence fills everything with meaning: life, the family, the salvation of the people . . . everything! This full joy is expressed with Mary’s voice in the stupendous prayer that Luke’s Gospel has transmitted to us and that is called Magnificat, from the first Latin word. It is a song of praise to God who does great things through humble persons, unknown to the world, as Mary herself was and her husband Joseph, and as Nazareth, the place where they lived was also. The great things that God has wrought with humble persons, the great things the Lord does in the world with the humble, because humility is like an emptiness that gives place to God. The humble is powerful because he is humble, not because he is strong. And this is the grandeur of the humble and of humility. I would like to ask you – and also myself – but don’t answer in a loud voice: each one answer in his heart: “how is my humility doing?”
The Magnificat sings to the merciful and faithful God, Who fulfils His plan of salvation with the little ones and the poor, with those that have faith in Him, that trust His Word, as Mary did. See Elizabeth’s exclamation: “Blessed is she who believed” (Luke 1:45). In that home, Jesus’ coming through Mary not only created an atmosphere of joy and fraternal communion, but also an atmosphere of faith that leads to hope, to prayer to praise.
We would like all this to happen on our homes today. Celebrating Mary Most Holy Assumed into Heaven, we would like Her, once again, to bring to us, to our families, to our communities, that immense gift, that unique grace, that we must always ask for first of all and above all other graces, which we also have at heart: the grace that is Jesus Christ!
By bringing Jesus, Our Lady brings to us also a new joy, full of meaning. She brings to us a new capacity to go through painful and difficult moments with faith; She brings us the capacity of mercy, to forgive one another, to understand each other, to support one another.
Mary is model of virtue and faith. In contemplating Her today assumed into Heaven, in the final fulfilment of Her earthly itinerary, we thank Her because she always goes before us in our pilgrimage of life and of faith – She is the first disciple. And we ask Her to protect and support us, that we may have a strong, joyful and merciful faith; that She help us to be saints, to meet with Her one day in Paradise.
[Original text: Italian]  [Translation by Virginia M. Forrester]
After the Angelus
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I wish to entrust once again to Mary Queen of Peace, whom we contemplate today in the glory of Paradise, the anxieties and sorrows of the populations that in so many parts of the world suffer from natural disasters, from social tensions and from conflicts. May our celestial Mother obtain for all consolation and a future of serenity and concord!
I greet you all, Romans and pilgrims from various countries! In particular, I greet the young people of Mira (Venice) and the Don Bosco Association of Noci. And I all so greet . . . I see Spanish and Polish flags. Happy feast!
I thank you for having come. I wish you a happy feast of Our Lady Assunta and, please, don’t forget to pray for me. Have a good lunch and goodbye!
[Original text: Italian]  [ZENIT Translation by Virginia M. Forrester]