31 August 2014

"Blueprint for Safer Vaccines"

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No doubt, dear reader, you have heard about the CDC whistleblower who has removed the official lie from the "safety" of the MMR vaccine.  The Health Ranger is offering a blue print for safer vaccines that you may find instructive: click here.

The bottom line is that most vaccines come from aborted foetal tissue and as such are immoral for us to use.  My own reading leads me to question all infantile and childhood vaccines (not as a matter of science and aside from the moral issues) as developmentally inappropriate for growing infants and children.

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30 August 2014

Can you starve cancer?

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A very interesting presentation with valuable information regarding foods we can eat to starve cancer:



I pray this information is helpful.
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29 August 2014

The Enemy You Have Welcomed

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EXILED IRAQI ARCHBISHOP: 
MUSLIM IMMIGRATION A THREAT TO WESTERN CHRISTIANS

Muslims destroying church in Mosul
“Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future,” said Archbishop Amel Shimoun Nona in an interview by Corriere della Sera. “I lost my diocese. The physical setting of my apostolate has been occupied by Islamic radicals who want us converted or dead. But my community is still alive.”

“Please, try to understand us. Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here. You must consider again our reality in the Middle East, because you are welcoming in your countries a growing number of Muslims. Also you are in danger. You must take strong and courageous decisions, even at the cost of contradicting your principles. You think all men are equal, but that is not true: Islam does not say that all men are equal. Your values are not their values. If you do not understand this soon enough, you will become the victims of the enemy you have welcomed in your home.”

http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/dgreenfield/exiled-iraqi-archbishop-muslim-immigration-a-threat-to-western-christians/

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Cardinal Wuerl: Solidarity with the Persecuted

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Cardinal Wuerl:
Where are the voices?
Where are the voices of parliaments and congresses?
Where are the voices of campuses?
Where are the voices of community leaders?
Where are the voices of talk-show hosts and radio programs?
Where are the voices of the late-night news?
Where are the voices of editorial columns?
Where are the voices of op-ed pieces?
Why a silence?



H.E. Donald Cardinal Wuerl
Mass of the Holy Spirit
Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
Washington, D.C.
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"What Would the Conversion of Russia Look Like"

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Austin Ruse has written a very bold article in Crisis which considers things about Russia that neocons do not want U.S. Americans considering. The following are the first paragraphs excerpted from the article which one may read on line by clicking HERE.  Austin Ruse writes:

Pope Francis and Metropolitan Hilarion of Russia
For much of the twentieth century, Catholics around the world prayed after every Low Mass for the conversion of Russia.

Called the Leonine Prayers, originally they were conceived as a protection of the sovereignty of the Papal States, which were then under attack. This intention ended with the Lateran Treaty of 1929 but the prayers continued from that time for the conversion of Russia that had become an atheistic state bent on destroying religion.


The prayers included 3 Ave Marias, a Salve Regina, a versicle and response, a prayer for the conversion of sinners and the “exaltation of Holy Mother Church,” ending with the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel. Pius X added the invocation “Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have Mercy on Us.”


Before the prayers were suppressed in 1965 just think of the billions of them offered for this intention? From little schoolgirls to Catholic heads of state to canonized saints, they all prayed for the conversion of Russia. Does any faithful Catholic think that the end of the Soviet Union in 1991 was not the result of these prayers?


The Cold War—World War III—ended bloodlessly. A murderous regime that had killed millions upon millions and enslaved many more and had tried to enchain the human spirit was toppled almost miraculously. There should have been a victorious parade up Fifth Avenue in New York.


But the work of the Spirit was not yet finished. Toppling the regime was only part of it. The other part was conversion. And what did we think that would look like?
The optimism of Austin Ruse is shared by many I know, but most North Americans I encounter find it very difficult to think of Russians as anything other than monsters, KGB agents, and atheists lying in wait to rape, pillage, and plunder.  There is of course historical reason for this from the Soviet era. It seems to be difficult for 'the West' in general to function without the notorious Russian bear for enemy.  Also, Metropolitan Hilarion is seen as an enemy of Greek Catholics, and one wonders how his views could possibly assist in ending the schism between East and West.

Only time will tell if Mr. Ruse is correct.
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28 August 2014

Bl. Alexandrina Maria da Costa: Hymn to the Tabernacles

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Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa of Portugal is not well known to many North American Catholics save for those of Portuguese backgrounds and others who have been touched by this holy one of God.  Her message intersects in a profound way with that of Sr. Lucia of Fátima, and faithful Catholics would do well to make her acquaintance among the holy company of the Blesseds of the Church.  The following is one of her ecstatic poems in praise of the Tabernacles of the Lord in our Catholic churches where the Lord's Eucharistic Divine Presence abides with us.

HYMN TO THE TABERNACLES

Oh my Jesus, I want each pain that I feel, each palpitation of my heart, each time I breathe, each second of the hours I pass, to be Acts of love for your Tabernacles.

I want each movement of my feet, my hands, my lips, my tongue, each time that I open my eyes or close them, each tear, each smile, each joy, each sadness, each tribulation, each distraction, contrariety or trouble, to be Acts of love for your Tabernacles.

I want each letter of the prayers I recite or hear to recite, all the words that I pronounce or hear to pronounce, that I read or hear to read, that I write or see someone writing, that I sing or hear to sing, to be Acts of love for your Tabernacles.

I want each time I kiss your holy images or those of your and my beloved Mama, and your saints, to be Acts of love for your Tabernacles.

Oh Jesus, I want each little drop of rain that falls from the sky to the land, all the water contained in the world, offered drop by drop, all the sands of the sea and everything the sea contains, to be Acts of love for your Tabernacles.

Oh Jesus, I offer You the leaves of the trees, all the fruits that they mmight have, the little flowers offered petal by petal, all the little grains of seeds and cereals in the world, and everything contained in the gardens, fields and mountains, I offer everything as Acts of love for your Tabernacles.

Oh Jesus, I offer You the feathers of the small birds, their own warbling, the fur and the voices of all the animals, as Acts of love for your Tabernacles.

Oh Jesus, I offer You the day and the night, the heat and the cold, the wind, the snow, the moon, the moonlight, the sun, the sunset, the stars of the sky, my sleep, my dream, as Acts of love for your Tabernacles.

Oh Jesus, I offer You everything the world contains, all its greatness, wealth and treasures, everything which happens to myself, everything I use to offer to You, everything one can imagine, as Acts of love for your Tabernacles.

Oh Jesus, accept the sky, the land, the sea, everything, everything they contain, as if everything was mine and everything I could make use of and offer You as Acts of love for your Tabernacles.

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Nada te turbe

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An official VMG virtual choir, "Nada Te Turbe" is one of two virtual choirs produced for the celebration of St. Teresa of Jesus's 500th birthday. The choir is made up of Carmelite Nuns from around the world and is accompanied by the Teresian Orchestra of St. James Cathedral in Seattle, Washington, USA. Music composed by Claire Sokol, OCD.

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26 August 2014

Article by Buddhist convert to the Catholic Faith

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The following is the start of an article filled with insights for anyone interested in living the New Evangelisation and reaching out to Asian non-Christians.  I am very grateful to the author for writing it.

In his moving novel, Silence, Japanese-Catholic author Shusako Endo once described the continent of Asia as a “swamp” that choked the sapling of the Gospel and made it uninhabitable for Christianity. That image has always haunted me because a part of my own journey — as a convert to Christianity from Buddhism — has been to bridge two seemingly irreconcilable worlds. 
When I first became an Evangelical Christian as a young man, my world was transformed in many ways. But the integration between my new faith and native heritage still seemed somewhat artificial — better than a swamp, yes, but not quite home. That stirring in my heart for something more was what led me into the Catholic Church and why I followed the recent apostolic visit of Pope Francis to Asia with such great interest.

Please click here to read the remainder of this interesting article.
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25 August 2014

India, 1960: A Litany

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A Litany of Missionary Intercession

O GOD the Father, who hast made of one blood 
all nations of the earth;
Have mercy upon us.
O God the Son, who hast redeemed all mankind 
from the power of darkness;
Have mercy upon us.
O God the Holy Spirit, who didst move upon the face of the waters, 
Giver of life and light, by whom the whole body of the Church 
is governed and sanctified;
Have mercy upon us.

O blessed Trinity, three Persons and one God; 
Creator, Redeemer, Sanctifier;
Have mercy upon us.

Our past unfaithfulness;
O Lord, forgive.
Our neglect of opportunities;
O Lord, forgive.
Our deafness to thy calls;
O Lord, forgive.
Our slothfulness and want of zeal;
O Lord, forgive.

By the mystery of thy holy Incarnation;
O Lord, forgive.
By the offering of thy sacrifice upon the Cross;
O Lord, forgive.
By the presentation of that sacrifice in heaven;
O Lord, forgive.
By thy gift of the Holy Spirit to thine Apostles;
O Lord, forgive.
By thine ever-abiding presence with thy Church;
O Lord, forgive.

We sinners do beseech thee to hear us; 
and that it may please thee to bless thy holy Church, 
which thou hast purchased with thy most precious blood;
Hear us, O Lord.
That it may please thee to grant her that peace and unity 
which is according to thy will;
Hear us, O Lord.
That thou wouldest heal all dissensions among Christians 
which hinder the spread of thy Gospel;
Hear us, O Lord.
That thou wouldest fill the Church in this land 
with the spirit of prayer and sacrifice;
Hear us, O Lord.

That thou wouldest put into her heart 
to give the best and noblest of her sons and daughters;
Hear us, O Lord.
That thou wouldest increase the number of labourers in thy harvest, 
and grant them the abun­dance of thy blessing;
Hear us, O Lord.
For all bishops, priests, and deacons, 
that by their life and doctrine they may set forth 
thy true and life-giving Word;
Hear us, O Lord.
For catechists, evangelists, and all other thy ser­vants, 
who are labouring for the extension of thy kingdom 
in this and other lands;
Hear us, O Lord.

That it may please thee to give them an earnest love of souls, 
wisdom to win them, diligence to keep them, 
and undying zeal for their perfection;
Hear us, O Lord.
That it may please thee to enlighten their understanding, 
giving them aptness to teach, 
and power to convince the gainsayers:
Hear us, O Lord.
That it may please thee to grant them the gift of languages 
for making known thy truth;
Hear us, O Lord.
That it may please thee to supply their necessities, 
and to preserve them in all dangers, 
both of body and soul;
Hear us, O Lord.
That it may please thee to confirm and strengthen 
with the fulness of thy grace all converts and catechumens, 
giving them perseverance unto the end;
Hear us, O Lord.
That it may please thee to raise up in every nation 
faithful ministries for the building up of thy Body, the Church;
Hear us, O Lord.

That it may please thee to bless 
the educational and medical work of thy Church;
Hear us, O Lord.
That by the power of thy good Spirit thou wouldest guide and support 
those who labour for the backward and the oppressed;
Hear us, O Lord.
That it may please thee to break down every­where the barriers 
that divide man from man;
Hear us, O Lord.
That it may please thee to lead all nations out of darkness and error 
into the clear light and true knowledge of thee;
Hear us, O Lord.
That it may please thee to convert thy ancient people the Jews, 
and bring them to acknowledge thee as their Christ and King;
Hear us, O Lord.
That it may please thee to pardon our sins, 
and make us examples of holy living to those among whom we dwell;
Hear us, O Lord.

That by holiness of life we may win our neigh­bours to thine obedience;
Hear us, O Lord.
That thou wouldest keep stedfast and devout 
those who are far removed from the ministrations of thy Church;
Hear us, O Lord.
That it may please thee to bless 
with all spiritual riches the Church in our land, 
making her truly catholic in faith and love;
Hear us, O Lord.
That it may please thee to fulfil the number of thine elect 
and to hasten thy kingdom;
Hear us, O Lord.

O Saviour of the world, who by thy cross and precious blood hast redeemed us;
Save us, and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

OUR Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done; In earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. Amen.

Then may follow:
O God, we have heard with our ears, 
and our fathers have declared unto us, 
the noble works that thou didst in their days, 
and in the old time before them;

Lay bare thine arm, 
revive thy work, 
and manifest forth thy power and glory, 
now as in the days of old.

Set up thyself, O God, above the heavens;
And thy glory above all the earth.

Give thy Son the nations for his inheritance;
And the uttermost parts of the earth for his possession.

Let all the nations whom thou hast made 
come and worship thee, O Lord;
And glorify thy holy name.

Let thy name be great among the Gentiles, 
O Lord God of hosts;
And in every place let incense be offered to thy name, 
and a pure offering.

Then shall be said,
Let us pray.

O GOD, who hast made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on the face of the whole earth, and didst send thy blessed Son to preach peace to them that are far off and to them that are nigh; Grant that all men everywhere may seek after thee and find thee. Bring the nations into thy fold, pour out thy Spirit upon all flesh, and hasten thy kingdom; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Supplement to
The Book of Common Prayer
 India, 1960

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24 August 2014

Prayer: The Christaraksha

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May the Cross of the Son of God,
which is mightier than all the hosts of satan
and more glorious than all the hosts of heaven,
abide with you in your going out and your coming in.

By day and night, at morning and at evening,
at all times and in all places may it protect and defend you.

From the wrath of evildoers,
from the assaults of evil spirits
from foes visible and invisible
from the snares of the devil,
from all passions that beguile the soul and body:

may the Cross of Christ guard, protect and deliver you. Amen

from India
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22 August 2014

Aid to the Church in Need: Iraq

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Please read the "Urgent Update from Iraq" from Aid to the Church in Need.  
The following is a brief excerpt:


"Please view the short video filmed by my colleague, Maria, a few days ago in northern Iraq. You will find an important message from the Chaldean Patriarch, Archbishop Louis Raphael Sako, who added: “There is still hope for the Christians in Iraq, but only if we act now.”

Please click here to read the update.
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21 August 2014

Holy Innocents, Manhattan

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Please consider signing the petition or writing to Cardinal Dolan.  

[I hate that I must add this: please do not write in a spirit of malice to Cardinal Dolan.  Write with confidence in Christ and ask him to save this important church.]

It is very important to me personally.  Although I do not travel much any more, when in New York City, Holy Innocents Catholic Church is where I worship.


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Pray: 'Muslims Break Into Church, Take Nuns, Rape Them'

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Click here please to read the sad article.

Is this not the true face of Islam as revealed from Bangladesh to Algeria, from Irak to Nigeria, and all about the world?

ALSO: Please remember to say a Rosary for the repose of the soul of our Catholic brother James Foley, the journalist recently murdered by beheading by British ISIS Islamic terrorists.  May he rest in peace and rise in the glory of the Risen Christ.

At this time I am especially remembering the words of the Lord Jesus Christ to the Holy Martyr Segatashya of Rwanda: "When you hear of the wars of religion, know that I am coming soon."


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Ennio Morricone en Chile: Ave María Guaraní

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Versión interpretada por el Coro Sinfónico de la Universidad de Chile con Nora Miranda, soprano, dirigido para tal efecto por el propio maestro italiano Ennio Morricone  en su presentación en vivo en el Parque Bicentenario de Vitacura, en la ciudad de Santiago, en Marzo de 2008.


¡Una maravilla verdadera!
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Piano Guys: Gabriel's Oboe (The Mission) / How Great Thou Art

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And something extra, 'Nearer, My God to Thee, Nearer to Thee':

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20 August 2014

Soloviev

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In the past I would have written at length on Vladimir Sergeivich Soloviev, but today the best that I can do is to point to another blog and a very long post.  I hope you will read all of it and especially Soloviev's own prophetic words for therein is Wisdom: click here please.


Lord Jesus Christ, 
Son of God, Saviour,
have mercy upon me, 
a miserable offender.


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18 August 2014

Come, my Light

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Come, my Light, and illumine my darkness. 

Come, my Life, and revive me from death.

Come, my Physician, and heal my wounds. 

Come, Flame of divine love, 
and burn up the thorns of my sins, 
kindling my heart with the flame of your love. 

Come, my King, 
sit upon the throne of my heart and reign there, 
for you alone are my King and my Lord. 

Amen. 

St. Dimitri of Rostov
 
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16 August 2014

Mural Paintings in English Churches during the Middle Ages:

An Introductory Essay on the Folk Influence in Religious Art
By Frank Kendon

A dear friend sent me the book mentioned above together with another volume on Christian Art commemorating the Annunciation.  It is always exciting to get a package, but doubly so when it comes from a dear friend who sent it from beautiful Castine in Maine.

The Frank Kendon book is definitely my cup of tea.  In many ways it is the perfect book for me to be reading with his keen insights mixed with wit and humour from time to time.  I do relish the following lines from his introduction:

To pose as a critic of mediaeval religion seemed to me to be the most barren of all useless occupations ; for the faults of the age were dead with the age, and death is more than correction.
During this Assumptiontide the book is a welcome companion.  And the volume on art inspired by the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary is truly medicine from heaven for my heart and soul.

I thank our dear Saviour for my dear friend of many years who sent me these treasures.  They arrived enveloped in beautiful papers with bright gold ribbons.  So many times since my first stroke the Lord has used her good offices to convey mercies and blessings... chief among them the encouragement to never give up on life ...  for as long as one lives there are horrid truths to learn about oneself (!) as well as the designs of God Most High to discern and trace in things mundane and mystical.  

The distance between God and man was thus reduced and bridgeable, as demonstrated by the Divine and human qualities mingled in Jesus and his mother.

F. Kendon, p. 31.

15 August 2014

Of Julius Evola and 'parahistory'

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Avery Morrow writes concerning the views of Julius Evola:

"Evola once purposefully composed a sort of parahistory, prefacing it with the bold claim that any history told by anyone merely reflects the needs of the current age, and regardless of the amount of verification provided, truth is metaphysical and lies beyond evidence. 

"A few examples of this will make clear what Evola was talking about. From the 1820s to roughly the 1960s the Founding Fathers were revered in America as brilliant minds, and children were taught to follow the examples of Washington and Jefferson. Washington was famously said to have never told a lie. An Italian-American painted “The Apotheosis of Washington” on the ceiling of the Capitol showing the first president ascending to godhood. Today this reverence makes some Americans cringe, and revisionists are constantly reminding us that the Founding Fathers were mean to people sometimes and many of them kept slaves. Both of these modes of thought reflect the needs of their respective eras. Neither of them is the correct history. Different stories are told to children in order to acquaint them with the attitude society expects them to adopt toward the past."

Avery Morrow 
The Sacred Science of Ancient Japan: 
Lost Chronicles of the Age of the Gods 
(Kindle Locations 140-149). 
Inner Traditions/Bear & Company. Kindle Edition. 

13 August 2014

Praying for Iraqi Christians

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We are imploring the intercession of Fr. Ragheed Ganni, the Holy Martyr of Mosul, for the safety, relocation, and well-being of Iraq and Syria's Christian people.



 




Father Ragheed Ganni, pray for us to the Lord.
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