Even when they are knights who are trying to do the right thing.
Some girls will do anything for attention.
Even when they are knights who are trying to do the right thing.
Some girls will do anything for attention.
Times are tough. Our enemies are relentless. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this darkness, against the spirits wickedness in the high places (Ep. 6-12).
I hate to say it, but emergency contraception has been dispensed in Catholic hospitals for years. The 1995 Peoria protocol was instituted to actually tighten up the reins. The horse is in Mexico by now, and we are just noticing that the barn is empty.
Tomorrow is the Feast of St. Michael. We will be celebrating a Mass from the Missal of John XXIII, Missa Cantata at 7:00 pm in Griswold. Who is like God? No one. Even so, the most God-like creature ever was told to expect miracles, because no word shall be impossible with God (Luke 1:37). Oremus.
It is time to invoke the Holy Angels and to fast. That would be a manly thing to do.
Robert Hugh Benson (d. 1914) was the son of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and brother to E. F. Benson the novelist and author of many great ghost stories. Robert Hugh converted to Catholicism and was ordained a priest. In his own right became an eminent literary man of the Catholic persuasion.
One of his best known works is Lord of the World. It is a story about what would happen if the principles of secularism were to gain the upper hand over religion, specifically over the Roman Catholic Church. Benson, writing in 1908, shows himself a prophet.
On February 8, 1992, the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger spoke at the Catholic University of Milan. There he recalled Robert Hugh Benson’s little masterpiece in the context of discussing current predicaments. He said it described “a similar unified civilization and its power to destroy the spirit. The anti-Christ is represented as the great carrier of peace in a similar new world order.” So here we are.
In the book, one of the secularists who has been completely indoctrinated by the Anti-Christ, Felsenburgh, ruminates on the “wickedness” of Catholic belief and its effect on the public order:
But the very essence of the Catholic Religion was treason to the very idea of man. Christians directed their homage to a supposed supernatural Being who was not only–so they claimed–outside of the world but positively transcended it. Christians, then–leaving aside the mad fable of the Incarnation, which might very well be suffered to die of its own folly–deliberately severed themselves from that Body of which by human generation they had been made members. They were as mortified limbs yielding themselves to the domination of an outside force other than that which was their only life, and by that very act imperilled the entire Body. This madness, then, was the one crime which still deserved the name. Murder, theft, rape, even anarchy itself, were as trifling faults compared to this monstrous sin, for while these injured indeed the Body they did not strike at its heart–individuals suffered; but the very Life was not struck at. But in Christianity there was a poison actually deadly. Every cell that became infected with it was infected in that very fibre that bound it to the spring of life. This, and this alone, was the supreme crime of High Treason against man–and nothing but completed removal from the world could be an adequate remedy.
We are made as the refuse of this world, the offscouring of all, even until now (1 Corinthians 4:13). So what else is new. I am serious about the fasting. Think about it.
Mark Shea posted a transcript of an exchange between Father Rutler, that good and gentle priest, and the indefatigable enemy of God, Christopher Hitchens. Hitchens riled Father Rutler and many others with his usual distasteful and profane rant against God. This took place back in May, before the fracas over Mother Teresa’s letters.
FATHER RUTLER: I have met saints. You cannot explain the existence of saints without God. I was nine years chaplain with Mother Teresa [inaudible]. You have called her a whore, a demagogue. She’s in heaven that you don’t believe in, but she’s praying for you. If you do not believe in heaven, that’s why you drink.
CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS: Excuse me?
FATHER RUTLER: That’s why you drink. God has offered us happiness, all of us. And you will either die a Catholic or a madman, and I’ll tell you the difference.
And secondly, I’m an officer with this club. And this conversation has been beneath the dignity of this club.
UNIDENTIFIED AUDIENCE MEMBER: No it hasn’t been.
CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS: Well, it is now.
DAVID HOROWITZ: Okay. I–
CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS: It is now.
FATHER RUTLER: And I’d just say that…
CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS: Fine host you turned out to be.
FATHER RUTLER: …this club, we’ve had very open discussion. But we’ve never heard such vulgarity and bigotry.
CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS: Till now.
FATHER RUTLER: And I am, I don’t want to see this in this club again. And I think I represent the officers of this noble…
DAVID HOROWITZ: All right.
CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS: Your claim to know what a [saint] is or what heaven is is as absurd as your [inaudible] arrogance, your unkindness and your lack of hospitality.
DAVID HOROWITZ: See? Everybody –
CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS: You should be ashamed.
FATHER RUTLER: [inaudible]
CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS: And you are supposed to represent a church of charity and kindness?
DAVID HOROWITZ: I said this evening was going to be interesting and unpredictable.
CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS Especially [inaudible].
DAVID HOROWITZ: And anyway, thank you all for coming. And to all a good night.
How often have we heard an anti-religious bigot say: “And you are supposed to represent a church of charity and kindness”? Hitchens like all secularists rails against any attempt of religious people to bring public policy in line with the Judeo-Christian tradition, and like all secularists he expects us to go along willingly and politely into oblivion. Well, to quote the old curmudgeon himself: “I won’t have it.”
God bless Father Rutler.
A fully detailed advertising page is now up. A link to the page will remain in the side bar at the upper right. Just click on the linked graphic, like the one above.
I have included links to the Advertising Flyer, Encampment Schedule and the Registration and Release form as well.
If you or your friends know little or nothing about what we are doing, the page will be very helpful. I have included links to information about the friars and Knights, as well as directions to the friary and information about Doug Barry and the Boot Camp.
A new book by Diana West, The Death of the Grown-Up documents the cultural trend of perpetual adolescence. Prolonged adolescence is a phenomenon noticed by both those who study human behavior and by any parent or grandparent who was expected to behave responsibly at an early age. The problem now is not that kids grow up later and later, but that they don’t grow up at all.
Not surprisingly, West’s viewpoint is conservative, and so she is praised and criticized by the usual suspects. That our culture is youth infatuated and thus stuck perpetually in an adolescent rejection of authority should be obvious to all, regardless of political persuasion. It should also be needless to point out that such an attitude is immature and bad for society. But of course, that’s the problem. Peter Pan has dug his heels in:
‘Cause growing up is awfuller
Than all the awful things that ever were.
I ask: where have the fathers gone? The inability to come to terms with authority, especially within the Church, is symptomatic of the dysfunctional family. Fathers are often not doing their job, or are not there at all, and the children are angry. That dysfunction has found its way into civil life and into the Church.
Ahem. Might I suggest a little chivalry?
Well, today we had lots of help at the friary. Fra Joseph directed a group of friars, men and boys in the construction of the Boot Camp / Crucible for the Encampment. I think Doug Barry will be pleased. Father Bonaventure spent the day at Billy’s doing more prefabrication of the various stations for the Crucible. Thanks to all the guys for help.
Next Saturday we will have another work day. We can really still use the help of fathers and sons. The wooden structures will be installed then, and more clearing will have to be done on the trails. Mass will be at 7:00, followed by breakfast. Work begins around 9:00.
Here is a photo record of today: Continue reading
Before any of the ladies, get their hackles up, the title is intended to reflect honorably on women. Laura Ingraham is standing up where men should and aren’t. Is this not the womanly practice of chivalry, namely, to hold men to the highest standards? To be accurate, I should say that Laura is a woman doing her job, which is to expect more from men.
I have not read the book yet, but I know in it she defends feminine modesty. She also has been taking to task some the news male media personalities that showcase the scandalous pop tarts on a regular basis.
Britney Spears and Paris Hilton are the laughing stock of the whole country, but many men who are quick to criticize are also quick to show the images. Pornography has been main-streamed, and men are quite happy to make excuses.
At least someone in the media is not afraid of being labeled a prude (falsely). Too bad the only one doing it is a she.
Men at Arms,
Do not allow your wives to read this. Thursday night we have a secret meeting to further our plans for the you know what, coming up you know when. Signal your presence at the door in the usual way. Same time, same place.
You may tell the public that our topics for discussion are
1) Challenge course construction and installation (we need lots of help, for example THIS SATURDAY),
2) Discussion of safety procedures,
2) Encampment delegation of duties,
3) Retreat topics for boys,
4) Advertising for the encampment.
Here is some of the hidden knowledge of the Crucible, not revealed in our last communication:
Or we could just have manufactured boys do all the dangerous stuff at the encampment.
Or I could put Fra Roderic on this one:
I Just finished a Missa cantata for the Feast of Our Lady of the Seven Dolors, and I wanted to wish everyone a happy Feast of Our Lady. Peace to all.
The Traditional liturgy for the Feast speaks of Our Lady’s transfixion, Her piercing. St. Bernard says she was pierced by the same lance that opened the heart of Her son. Jesus was pierced with a lance, and Mary in solidarity felt His pain. This is true compassion. Her Heart is open for us. Let us be grateful for so loving a Mother, and so august a Queen. For Her we should be willing to live, fight and die. What a blessing that would be.