3 08, 2021

The Rage and the Victory

By |2021-07-31T21:17:04+00:00August 3rd, 2021|Theology|

On the topic of the "vaccine," notice that the left is not quoting their false-science anymore as much as their morality.  And their "morality" is now devolving into a diabolical rage and hatred against those who won't take their baby-injected jab: Yes, this is a real tweet I saw full of hatred for those who will not take the vaccine.  This is the rage that is coming. A traditional Catholic woman on Twitter who goes by Rae (who I suggest everyone follow) posted this: As of early August 2021, we are not yet at level 7.  But levels 1-6 are being fulfilled simultaneously against anyone who will not [...]

27 07, 2021

Staring Too Long Into the Abyss

By |2021-08-04T18:28:51+00:00July 27th, 2021|Theology|

by Guest Writer “Man is a rope,” Zarathustra cries out to the crowd, “fastened between animal and Superman – a rope over an abyss.” -- Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra “If you stare too long into the abyss, then it stares back at you.” -- Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil I read a lot of Nietzsche in college. While it has been years since I last picked up one of his works, I’ve been reflecting on his image of the abyss lately, following several “red pill” moments in the world and the Church that left me questioning whether there is any institution left worth trusting, if there is any [...]

8 07, 2021

How Can I Close the House of God?—Fr. Ganni

By |2021-07-07T21:46:52+00:00July 8th, 2021|Theology|

About four years ago, I said on the phone to my Navy SEAL friend (with whom I did this podcast and this podcast this year) that I feared the rise of militant Islam would persecute Christians in the West again.  What he said surprised me, namely that he feared more the rise of secularism in the West as a bigger threat to Catholics.  We'll come back to this suggestion halfway through this blog. On the 3rd of June 2007, Trinity Sunday after Pentecost, a 35 year-old Chaldean Catholic priest named Fr. Ragheed Ganni was shot and killed in his home country of Iraq by Muslims for not converting to Islam [...]

6 07, 2021

Discerning “The Great Reset” vs. “The Empire of Love”

By |2021-07-04T02:14:14+00:00July 6th, 2021|Theology|

Michael Matt recently made the point that the Great Reset is not an attack on man as much as an attack on God.  As Mr. Matt mentioned here, "even Adolph Hitler paid lip-service to God."  Indeed, the architects of the Great Reset like Klaus Schwab want to direct all of humanity in place of God without mention of God. The Great Reset is not only a project of genocide, but also an attempted attack on God Himself. I believe the most common phrase in the entire Bible is "Be Not Afraid."  It is in the Bible over 365 times.  So, if Christ's message is:  "Be Not Afraid" then we must [...]

11 05, 2021

Was St. John the Baptist Justified in the Womb of St. Elizabeth by the Voice of St. Mary?

By |2021-05-10T16:24:03+00:00May 11th, 2021|Theology|

In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!"—Lk 1:39-42 (ESV) Many Church Fathers teach that St. John the Baptist was justified (cleansed of original sin) as soon as he heard the voice of Mary when he was in the womb of his mother Elizabeth.  (This is one reason [...]

6 05, 2021

The Near-Martyrdom of St. John the Apostle

By |2021-05-05T00:22:23+00:00May 6th, 2021|Theology|

As most of you know, the only apostle not martyred was St. John the Beloved (also called St. John the Theologian.)   But as seen in the FSSP Ordo today (the 6th of May) there is an optional 4th class feast of St. John's near-martyrdom in boiling oil at the Latin Gate that is even celebrated in red (R) by the priest (if he can find it at the back of his '62 Missal!) Here's the Roman Calendar as produced by the FSSP: As the definitive and ancient Roman Martyrology reads on the 6th of May, "In Rome, the feast of St. John before the Latin Gate. Being bound and brought [...]

26 01, 2021

How Our Age of Church History Is Different From All Others in the Past

By |2021-01-26T01:08:16+00:00January 26th, 2021|Theology|

As I finished up Vespers tonight for the Conversion of St. Paul and got my ribbons ready for tomorrow on my old-school Divine Office for the third-class feast of St. Polycarp, I realized something tonight: Whereas St. Paul probably prayed all 150 Psalms by memory in Hebrew every day or every week, and whereas St. Paul probably asked for intercession for the people he killed before his own conversion and perhaps even asked intercession for all those he names in his letter to the Hebrews (ch. 11-13) there is something St. Paul and St. Polycarp did not have: 2000 years of saints and martyrs in the Catholic calendar and roll-call [...]

12 01, 2021

“When You Say It, Don’t Hide”—Bl. Jacinta Marto

By |2021-01-12T15:54:46+00:00January 12th, 2021|Theology|

Usually when I bring the beginnings of repentance for my sins to prayer, I sense a deeper call to repentance. (In other words, when I begin to repent in prayer, I find I'm not repenting nearly enough.) Lately, I have been trying to bring to prayer the shame I have that I come to such radically different conclusions than almost all other priests online on the issues of 2021. Going to prayer, I expect to feel more shame for these differences of opinion I have with most of the hierarchy. But amazingly (and I realize what we sense in prayer is by no means infallible and probably shouldn't even go [...]

13 10, 2020

Myth Busting: St. Francis of Assisi and Private Property

By |2020-10-13T13:37:10+00:00October 13th, 2020|Theology|

St. Francis of Assisi (one of my favorite saints) is again being twisted into a communist and a pacifist.  To dispel this, you can read the gold-standard biography by St. Bonaventure called The Life of St. Francis of Assisi.  In the 20th century, GK Chesterton wrote St. Francis of Assisi.  He recounts this unusual interaction: "The good Bishop of Assisi expressed a sort of horror at the hard life which the Little Brothers lived at the Portiuncula, without comforts, without possessions, eating anything they could get and sleeping anyhow on the ground. St. Francis answered him with that curious and almost stunning shrewdness which the unworldly can sometimes wield like a club [...]

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