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Sunday, November 30, 2008


Students lie, cheat, steal, but say they're good

By DAVID CRARY AP National Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- In the past year, 30 percent of U.S. high school students have stolen from a store and 64 percent have cheated on a test, according to a new, large-scale survey suggesting that Americans are too apathetic about about ethical standards........


Saint Andrew Christmas Novena

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.

Dear Friends,



May God bless you.


+Bishop Giles OFM

Do not labor for the food that perishes but for that which endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. John 6:27



Ask the Virgin Mary constantly to come to you with her glorious Son. Be bold. Ask her to give you her Son, Who in the Blessed Sacrament is truly the Food of your soul. She will give Him to you readily.
St. Cajetan (1480-1547AD)

Saturday, November 29, 2008


Vatican thanks Muslims for returning God to Europe
Fri Nov 28, 2008 6:38pm IST

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor
PARIS (Reuters) - A senior Vatican cardinal has thanked Muslims for bringing God back into the public sphere in Europe and said believers of different faiths had no option but to engage in interreligious dialogue.
Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, head of the Catholic Church's department for interfaith contacts, said religion was now talked and written about more than ever before in today's Europe.
"It's thanks to the Muslims," he said in a speech printed in Friday's L'Osservatore Romano, the official daily of the Vatican. "Muslims, having become a significant minority in Europe, were the ones who demanded space for God in society."
Vatican officials have long bemoaned the secularisation of Europe, where church attendance has dwindled dramatically in recent decades, and urged a return to its historically Christian roots. But Tauran said no society had only one faith.
"We live in multicultural and multireligious societies, that's obvious," he told a meeting of Catholic theologians in Naples. "There is no civilisation that is religiously pure."
Tauran's positive speech on interfaith dialogue came after a remark by Pope Benedict prompted media speculation that the Vatican was losing interest in it. Some Jewish leaders reacted with expressions of concern and the Vatican denied any change.
The "return of God" is clearly seen in Tauran's native France, where Europe's largest Muslim minority has brought faith questions such as women's headscarves into the political debate after decades when they were considered strictly private issues.
Continued...

Traditio.com commentary:
Newcardinal Jean-Louis Tauran surprisingly hit the nail on the head when he blamed Newvatican and its adherents for essentially destroying the Christian Faith in Europe. "It's thanks to the Muslims," he said, that God remains in European society at all. Predictions are that within a few decades Mohammedans will be the majority religion in Europe. Attendance at Newchurch services had tanked in Europe into single digits.
Newchurch now numbers fewer adherents worldwide (1,121,000,000) than Mohammedanism (1,387,000,000), and Newchurch numbers are continuing to sink fast.
Moreover, around the world Newchurch has become the victim of outright terroristic attacks. Mohammedans assassinated the Newchurch archbishop of Iraq, together with other Newchurch clergy, just weeks before Benedict-Ratzinger presided over his 2008 "Love God - Love Neighbor" shivaree with the Mohammedans in Newrome. Newchurch clergy are being murdered in India, and Newchurch orphanages and convents there are being burned to the ground.....


THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
Her Doctrine and Morals
First Sunday of Advent
30 November 2008

Dear Friend,
In today's epistle St. Paul admonishes us to put on Christ. It was these very words that St. Augustine read that led to his conversion.


For those who have put on Christ and are living in true faith and love there is nothing to fear from Christ's return at the end of the world. When Christ returns the world will be trembling and fearing but, those who are filled with the love of Christ will look up and rejoice in seeing and being with the One they have longed to see and love more perfectly.


There will be no doubt about Christ's return. We need not look for Him in closets or in deserts, this place or that; He will appear to all men all over the earth. Those that have spent their lives offending the Judge will be overcome with fear. They will wish to be buried under the mountains. But, they will be forced to be present at this judgment and be judged. We will see not only our own judgment but that of the entire world.


What will be made obvious to all is the working of God throughout history in each and every time and each and every place. We often wonder why God does this or that or why He permits this or that. During this judgment all will be made clear. We will see the wisdom, beauty and justice of all God's actions.


This first Sunday of Advent is a time when we look forward to this coming of Christ. He has already appeared as man and paid the price of our redemption through the sacrifice of the cross. And He will come at the end of time as we see foretold us in the gospel of today. Yet, there is a kind of third coming that is for each and every one of us here and now. And this time of Advent is a time for us to prepare ourselves for Him and to make ourselves worthy of Him.


We must now put on Christ by allowing Him to come to us and transform our lives. We must allow Him to cover and wash away our sins through His Sacraments. We must allow Him to feed our souls with His grace. We must allow Him to fill up our minds and hearts. We must be able to say with St. Paul that it is not us but it is Christ living within us.


This intimate union with Christ makes us one with Him and offers us the opportunity to lift up our eyes at His second coming to behold Him in all His beauty and glory. We will see the true God face to face rather than just His image which we have seen reflected in ourselves by His grace.


This is what every soul that is in love with God looks forward to with great desire and anticipation. Therefore this coming is not to be feared by those who already have Christ living within them. For those who have put on Christ, it will be a joyous time because they will be eternally united to the One that they love. All their hopes and dreams will be fulfilled.


This season of Advent we commemorate the four thousand years that mankind awaited the coming of the Redeemer. We consider the earnest longing, mortifications, penances and fervent prayers of the people of those days, and we attempt to enter into their sentiments. This should awaken in us a deeper understanding and appreciation for what we have already received.


Advent is about much more than this, it is a time for us to not only think of what men went through before Christ's birth, but it is a time for us to make those sentiments our own. We must use this time to prepare a place in our own lives for Christ to come and be born within us. We must prepare ourselves so that He will find an appropriate abode in us. To accomplish this let us mortify ourselves and refuse ourselves some small things that will perhaps go unnoticed by anyone else but will be seen by God. Let us make sacrifices and do penance, and thus drive out all that is offensive to God from us. Let us sweep and clean our hearts, minds, and souls so that He will find in us a hospitable abode. Let us make sure that we do all that we can to become as true a reflection of Him as possible. Let Him see within us a burning desire to be not only like Him in appearance, nor only clothed like Him in goodness and virtue, but burning with a desire to be one with Him: to live in Him and He in us.


It matters not how humble an abode we are. In fact He prefers the humble stable rather than the proud castle. Even if we have not much to offer to Him, let us offer what we have with a humble and trusting heart. He will upon His birth into our souls supply all that is lacking. He will transform the humble stable into a magnificent room in Heaven.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Here is a cheery little prediction on this "black Friday". Sounds totally possible to me.....

http://www.drudgereport.com/flashrur.htm

Wednesday, November 26, 2008



Marian Vow by
St. Leonard of Port Maurice


“O Most Holy Virgin, already I am at hand and about to receive thine and my Jesus. From thy hands, I propose to receive Him. Hold Him forth to me as thou didst to the shepherds, and the holy kings, and to St. Simeon prepare me to receive Him with love. Give Him to me quickly and pray to Him to fill me with His dearest benediction; and do thou accompany it with thine.”

Planned Parenthood Issues Christmas Gift Certificates: Give the Gift of Abortion
by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
November 25, 2008

Indianapolis, IN (LifeNews.com) -- In what could easily become the most offensive Christmas offer ever a Planned Parenthood affiliate is offering Christmas gift certificates. Purchasers can use them to give the gift of abortion even though the group claims that's not its purpose or intent.
"Looking for an unusual, yet practical gift this holiday season? Planned Parenthood of Indiana (PPIN) is now offering gift certificates for services or the recipient's choice of birth control method," the abortion business says.
The gift certificates can be purchased in increments of $25 online at the group's web site or for any amount at some of PPIN's 35 statewide facilities.
While PPIN president and CEO Betty Cockrum says they can be redeemed for contraception, birth control and legitimate medical services like breast exams and Pap tests, they can also be used to pay for abortions.
"Why not buy a loved one a gift this holiday season that they really need," Cockrum says in a press release LifeNews.com obtained. "The gift certificates are also a wonderful idea for that person in your life who puts everyone else first."
"Please join Planned Parenthood of Indiana and give the gift of health this holiday season," she adds.
According to Chrystal Struben-Hall, PPIN's vice president, buyers of gift certificates can give the gift of death, too.
She confirmed to WISH-TV that they can be used for abortions, even though that's not the intended purpose.
"They really are intended for preventative healthcare. We decided not to put restrictions on the gift certificates so it's for whatever people feel they need the services for most," she said.
Indiana Family Institute President Curt Smith told the television station he is"appaled" by the gift certificates and thinks a better way to help women is to provide financial support for the dozens of pregnancy centers around the state.
"I think the way to help family planning is to give the money where there's no agenda. So if somebody wants to help a woman at a time of crisis, they can support the life centers throughout Indiana," he said.
http://www.lifenews.com/state3669.html

She is unique, my dove, my perfect one, her mother's chosen, the favorite of her parent. … The daughters saw her and … declared her most blessed. Song of Solomon 6:9
The look of Mary, the smile of Mary, the sweetness of Mary, the majesty of Mary, Queen of heaven and earth! Mary's beauty stands out among all other beauties, which pale next to hers. Mary is the most beautiful of God's creatures.

Pope Pius XII (1876-1958AD)

Pro-Abortion Med Student Shrinks away from Practice after "Disturbingly Brutal" Procedure
By Kathleen Gilbert
BALTIMORE, November 24, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Though she had practiced the procedure as a student at the University of Maryland School of Medicine by scraping out a piece of fruit with razor-sharp abortion instruments, Lesley Wojcik learned that her training could never have prepared her for a real abortion.
What caught her off-guard, says the second-year med student, was the brutality of a procedure that subjects women to extreme pain.............

The thing that really bothers me about this article is that even after seeing and experiencing the horrors of abortion, SHE IS STILL PRO-ABORTION!! Just find that "unique" person to do the killing and it's all good......
Icelandic Bank Rip-Off: Behind the Scenes

EARLY IN September 2008, four weeks before the country went bankrupt, the President of Iceland, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, made a "private visit" to Israel, accompanied by his well-connected Israeli wife, Dorrit Moussaieff.

Well-connected, you say? Well, her family own a big chunk of the 'Bukhari' quarter in Jerusalem, established by her great-grandfather Shlomo Moussaieff who settled there from Uzbekistan in 1893.

Her father, also called Shlomo, is a jewellery dealer in London who supplies sparkling objects to Arab royalty. An average necklace at his store in the London Hilton Hotel costs more than a million US dollars. Ahem: Also on his CV is a spell in a reform school for robbing antiquities from graves.

Here's a source for the Israel visit in September [link]. Of course, we are not implying any skulduggery (or skull-diggery either).

But: When you think how Peter Mandelson and Paul Myners (from Rothschilds and Marks and Spencer respectively) were dropped into senior UK Government positions as 'men of the moment' to deal with the recent financial upheavals, it makes you think. You've got to wonder what's next on the agenda.

S.L. writes:

I WAS struck that the President/Prime Minister of Iceland has a Jewish wife. I recall, even within the text of such «careful» publications as National Geographic Magazine (which had a member of the Rockefeller family on it's board of directors for an number of years), that, to qualify for permanent residency in Iceland, one had to: 1) convert to Lutheranism, 2) "Icelandize" one's name. In order to qualify for citizenship. The presence of an Israeli Jew in Iceland really is an legal, administrative, as well as a sectarian anomaly.

Furthermore, in order to preserve the what may only be termed the "racial hygiene" of the population, I recall, that when as an undergraduate I worked quite some years ago now as a rigger for a telecommunications company in the Kitchener-Waterloo area of Southwestern Ontario, one of the company's drivers, who had previously served in the Royal Canadian Navy as an diver, told me that when foreign military vessels (which, in the context of the conversation, must have been American), called at Reykjavik, Black crew members had to remain aboard. There was no shore side "liberty" for them. The Icelanders wouldn't stand for it.
I wonder what administrative/sectarian dispensation must have been sought in order to get her into the country. I think an act of the Icelandic Parliament, the "Allthing", may well have been necessary. I doubt whether this person is an regular attendent at the monstrously ugly Lutheran cathedral in Reykjavik.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

And You Thought 1931 Was Bad for the Market

The S.& P. 500 has lost more than a third of its value in a calendar year only twice before, both during the Great Depression. It fell 41.9 percent in 1931, and 38.6 percent in 1937. The worst post-Depression year, until now, was 1974, when the index fell 29.7 percent amid the worst postwar recession the country has yet seen.

But this year, the index is down 45.5 percent.

Dear Friends,

Here is the link for the audio sermon for the




Here is the link for the




May God bless you.+Bishop Giles OFM

"We are entering very dark days,"
***Bioethicist Wesley J. Smith ***

Obama Selecting the Most Anti-Life, Anti-Family Radicals He Can Find for Administration
President-elect unveils plans to dismantle federal legal protection for marriage


By Kathleen Gilbert
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 20, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In light of further actual and rumored appointments, Obama's future presidential administration is steadily emerging as a regime ominously packed with Obama insiders who promise to help roll out the carpet for the President-elect's radical anti-life and anti-family agenda.


http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/nov/08112009.html


From traditio.com:


U.S. President-elect Barack Hussein Obama on November 22, 2008, appointed a radical pro-abortion feminist, Ellen Moran,(see photo above) as his White House Communications Director. Moran currently serves as executive director of EMILY's List, an organization "dedicated to building a progressive America by electing Democratic pro-choice women to office." Previously, she had served in the Political Department of the liberalist labor union, AFL-CIO, focusing particularly on forcing, through political pressure, the Wal-mart chain to retreat from its conservative stance to accept liberalist policies, such as abortion and homosexuality."


Obama is building his administration on the tiny crushed bones of the innocent pre-born!

Monday, November 24, 2008



In tribulation immediately draw near to God with confidence, and you will receive strength, enlightenment, and instruction.”
St. John of the Cross
posted by bridget

Vatican forgives John Lennon for Jesus quip
Sat Nov 22, 2008 9:54pm EST
"VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican's newspaper has finally forgiven John Lennon for declaring that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ, calling the remark a "boast" by a young man grappling with sudden fame.

The comment by Lennon to a London newspaper in 1966 infuriated Christians, particularly in the United States, some of whom burned Beatles' albums in huge pyres.
But time apparently heals all wounds.

"The remark by John Lennon, which triggered deep indignation mainly in the United States, after many years sounds only like a 'boast' by a young working-class Englishman faced with unexpected success, after growing up in the legend of Elvis and rock and roll," Vatican daily Osservatore Romano said.
The article, marking the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' "The White Album," went on to praise the pop band.

"The fact remains that 38 years after breaking up, the songs of the Lennon-McCartney brand have shown an extraordinary resistance to the passage of time, becoming a source of inspiration for more than one generation of pop musicians," it said.
Lennon was murdered in New York in 1980.
(Writing by Deepa Babington; editing by Keith Weir).

I wonder if Our Lord forgives him........

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Debate Flares Over Israel’s Access to American Secrets

By Marc PerelmanThu. Oct 23, 2008



A bestselling author writing about America’s most secretive intelligence agency is raising eyebrows with his claims that Israeli intelligence has potentially gained access to sensitive American communications information.

Investigative writer James Bamford contends in his new book, “The Shadow Factory, the Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America,” that at least two high-tech companies with alleged ties to Israeli intelligence mined American communications data on a mass scale.

The companies were hired to help major American telecommunications firms that were cooperating with the National Security Agency on its controversial eavesdropping program.
Bamford has written about the NSA, which conducts a wide array of electronic-surveillance activities, over the last quarter century. While some of the revelations in his latest book – NSA’s failure to act upon crucial information that could have prevented the 9/11 attacks and the abuses of the eavesdropping program – have received praise in the mainstream press, his Israel-related claims have been ignored by most and criticized by a few.

Michael Oren, an Israeli-American historian with the conservative Shalem Center in Jerusalem, charged that Bamford lacked proof to back up the Israeli-intelligence assertions made in the book. Oren has also criticized a previous Bamford book in which he accused the Israelis of purposely bombing an American spy ship off the Gaza Strip in 1967 during the Six-Day War.

“Bamford makes far-reaching and unsubstantiated allegations about Jews and Israel,” Oren told the Forward. “In the latest instance, he makes two serious assertions, namely that Israelis working in high-tech are Mossad and the Mossad works against the U. S. But in keeping with his previous work, there is no evidence.”

Bamford did not return inquiries seeking comment. And a spokesman for one of the companies named in the book said it did not engage in surveillance activities.

In a previous book, “Body of Secrets,” published in 2001, Bamford wrote that the bombing of the U.S.S. Liberty was intended to keep it from gathering data on what the author said was the Israeli massacre of hundreds of Egyptian prisoners of war. Israel consistently has said it had mistaken the American vessel for an Egyptian boat, an explanation accepted by the American government but contested by families of some crew members as well as several former American officials.

In his latest book, published in October by DoubleDay, Bamford writes that the largest American telecommunications companies cooperated with the NSA in the “warrantless eavesdropping program by allowing the agency to tap its phone lines and fiber-optic cables.” To do so, he writes, the telecom giants resorted to the assistance of at least two high-tech firms, Narus and Verint, founded in Israel and with alleged ties to its intelligence services.
Narus and Verint were involved in tapping phone and Internet communications for, respectively, AT&T and Verizon.

“AT&T have outsourced the bugging of their entire networks — carrying billions of American communications every day -— to two mysterious companies with very troubling ties to foreign connections,” he writes. “What is especially troubling, but little known, is that both companies have extensive ties to a foreign country, Israel, as well as links to that country’s intelligence service — a service with a long history of aggressive spying against the U.S.”

He then describes close ties between the Mossad’s Unit 8200, which he describes as the Israeli equivalent of the NSA, and several other Israeli high-tech companies doing business with the United States and other governments.

Bamford also stresses that the founder of Verint systems is wanted in the United States on multiple fraud charges and is a fugitive. The author refers to the Israeli-born Jacob “Kobi” Alexander, the founder of Comverse Technology, Verint’s parent company, who was indicted in 2006 on charges he backdated stock-options. Alexander is fighting American efforts to have him extradited from Namibia.

Both Verint and Narus were founded by Israelis and are now based in the United States. Verint did not respond to requests for comment. Narus lists AT&T as one of its customers on its Web site, along with clients in China, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Narus CEO Greg Oslan told the Forward through spokesperson Kathleen Shanahan that “the only ties Narus has with Israel is that the company was founded in the U.S. by a team that included Israelis. However, the original founders are no longer with the company.” She stressed that the company sells security, intercept and traffic management solutions to service providers and government organizations to help them protect and manage their complex Internet Protocol networks. “We do not engage in surveillance activities,” she said.

The Israeli embassy in Washington declined to comment.

Bamford, 62, served in a Navy unit that worked with the NSA during the Vietnam War. He then studied law before deciding to become an investigative writer. He also served as a producer for ABC News.

His first book on the NSA, published in 1982, was praised for shedding a rare light on an agency so shrouded in secrecy that its acronym is sometimes jokingly referred to as “No Such Agency.” His second book, published in 2001, hailed the agency for putting in place strong safeguards on its domestic spying activities. The latest one’s revelations that the NSA was listening in without proper warrants on the conversations of American soldiers, aid workers and reporters based in Iraq grabbed headlines in mid-October. But his claims about Israeli firms mining data on a mass scale on behalf of the NSA and his assertion that Washington’s support for Israel served as the main motivator for 9/11 have received little scrutiny in the mainstream media.

One exception is former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey, who in an otherwise favorable review published in the Washington Post, squarely disagreed with Bamford on Israel. “The author’s apparent negativity toward Israel is a significant distraction from the content of his book,” wrote Kerrey, the president of the New School in New York who was a member of the independent 9/11 commission. “And though I believe there has been too great a tendency to demonize the 9/11 terrorists by calling them cowards and worse, Bamford is entirely too sympathetic to them for my taste.”
Op-Ed: Don’t defend religion by silencing free speech
By Marc D. Stern · November 20, 2008

http://jta.org/news/article/2008/11/20/1001103/op-ed-dont-defend-religion-by-silencing-free-speech

NEW YORK (JTA)—A draft resolution scheduled for consideration by a committee of the United Nations General Assembly threatens to silence criticism of religion. The resolution, circulated by the Organization of the Islamic Conference, representing more than 50 Muslim nations, is perversely being advanced under the guise of protecting human rights.

In its current form, the resolution would declare defamation of religion to be a violation of international law. The resolution’s drafters hope to circumvent national constitutional protections for freedom of speech, including the United States’ own First Amendment, by superseding international law. If the resolution is ultimately adopted, the effort to ban speech defamatory of religion will be a centerpiece of an upcoming U.N. conference against racism, the so-called Durban II meeting, to be held in Geneva next spring.

The resolution is the culmination of many years of quiet work by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), which has set as a goal the criminalization of any “defamation of religion, especially Islam.”

By making such “defamation of religion” a crime under international law, nations would be able to seek extradition and trial abroad of persons who make statements critical or offensive to one or all faiths anywhere in the world.

This is not merely a hypothetical...

While the implications of such a law are quite obvious - it is rather odd that this comes from a Jewish source - consdering how hypocritical they are when it comes to the "holocau$t".
Last week Father mentioned this article from the pulpit - here is a portion of a commentary taken from traditio.com :




As if it weren't obvious already, a new study has confirmed that "Catholic Colleges" are no longer Catholic. The National Catholic Register, a prominent Newchurch publication, has admitted in a front-page article that under JPII and Benedict-Ratzinger, the colleges under their jurisdiction have become institutions embracing the pagan secular culture.



Among the findings:
20 per cent of the "Catholic" students have had abortions.
60 per cent of the "Catholic" students reject Catholic teaching that abortion is the murder of a human being and advocate that abortion should be legalized.
46 per cent of the "Catholic" students have fornicated (we suspect that the number is actually much higher, but that the respondents were too embarrassed to admit it).
57 per cent of the "Catholic" students reject Catholic teaching that homosexual acts are one of the Four Sins that Cry to Heaven for Vengeance and advocate that "gay" marriage should be legalized.



The figures are worse for women than men, further confirming the fact that the gender that used to be the bedrock of society and the family is becoming its destroyer. Among the results:


Female students are 22 per cent more likely than males to participate in fornication.
Female students are 35 per cent less likely than males to attend the Novus Ordo Service Mass weekly.
Female students are 23 per cent less likely than males to go to the Novus Ordo "Sacrament of Reconciliation" annually.
Female students are 19 per cent less likely than males even to pray daily.



The Great Sex & Embezzlement Scandal presided over by JPII and Benedict-Ratzinger have resulted in the majority of Newchurch students saying that they no longer respect Newchurch bishops and popes. 10 to 13 per cent said that their "Catholic" college experience directly caused them to have no respect for Newchurch bishops and popes and to reject the Novus Ordo "sacraments."


Already at the time of Vatican II (1962-1965), the noted Catholic educator, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, who taught at the Catholic University of America for nearly 25 years, noted with deep concern what was happening in Catholic education and the fact that many young people were losing the Faith. His warning on higher education, given around 1967, was as prophetic as it was startling:


"You are better off going to a state school where you will have the chance to fight for your faith, than going to a modern Catholic university where you will have the new watered-down, modernist version of the faith spoon-fed to your unsuspecting minds, so that you will be apt to lose your faith. "







The rest of the article gives their take on what you should do with your child regarding college which is just their opinion. These are pretty shocking statistics for a church that was looking for a "new springtime"


Antipope Benedict XVI says that Luther's view of faith alone is true

“Benedict XVI says Martin Luther's doctrine on justification is correct, if faith "is not opposed to charity." The Pope said this today during the general audience dedicated to another reflection on St. Paul. This time, the Holy Father considered the Apostle's teaching on justification… And it is because of this, the Bishop of Rome continued, that Luther's expression "by faith alone" is true "if faith is not opposed to charity, to love.”

This statement is an excellent example of a heretic employing ambiguity while spreading heresy. That’s a common tactic of heretics, which allows them to escape detection, as Pope Pius VI pointed out. Benedict XVI says, on the one hand, that he accepts Luther’s heretical man-made doctrine of justification by faith alone. Justification by faith alone is a heresy that was condemned repeatedly by the Catholic Church at the Council of Trent; it’s also specifically denounced in the Bible in James 2:24. Benedict XVI attempts to justify this evil heresy by saying that it’s “correct”; but he then adds an ambiguous comment to soften his endorsement of heresy. He adds: “if faith is not opposed to charity.” What does that mean?

Obviously justification by “faith alone” means faith by itself, excluding anything else. Therefore, Benedict XVI’s heretical attempt to agree with Luther on the one hand, yet subtly distance himself from him on the other hand – by a meaningless and nonsensical addition – is nothing but the Devil’s attempt to insinuate Protestant heresy under the guise of Catholicism. Benedict XVI agrees with Luther’s heresy – period.

By the way, both John Paul II and Benedict XVI publicly approved of the blatantly heretical Joint Declaration with the Lutherans on Justification. This document teaches justification by faith alone and many other heresies. It also teaches that the Council of Trent’s dogmatic canons on justification no longer apply and don’t need to be accepted.


THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
Her Doctrine and Morals
Twenty-Eighth (Last)Sunday after Pentecost
23 November 2008

Dear Friend,


Today Our Lord and Holy Mother Church remind us of our end here on earth. What comes before the final judgment is a frightening thing to behold (Especially for unrepentant sinners). And this fearful thought should be a constant reminder to us of how evil sin is, and remind us to be ever vigilant in avoiding not only sin but even the occasions of sin where we might be tempted.


When you shall see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place. . .


This appears to be the greatest of sins _ the abomination . . . standing in the holy place. Our first thoughts go to all of our churches _ those places built for the offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and for the greater honor and glory of God. What are these places today? They have become houses of men rather than houses of God. The tabernacles have been pushed aside and the praise of men has filled the sermons, "prayers", and song in these places. All are welcomed into these places, including unrepentant sinners. In fact they make a special effort to "apologize" to all those unrepentant sinners who have left and ask them to come back not as penitents, but just as they are and unite themselves with others in the reception of their "Eucharist". The adulterers, fornicators, sodomizers, etc. are all welcome, not to change mind you, but just as they are. They preach that God loves them just the way that they are.


This is NOT the doctrine that Jesus Christ has taught us. He tells us that sinners must repent of their sins and lead virtuous lives. Only those who have cleansed themselves from sin (at least all mortal sin) are worthy to be united to Him in Holy Communion.


If we just consider this one aspect we see that truly there is an abomination standing in what were once holy places. But, there is more. With the change in the form of the sacraments the Modernists (Novus Ordo) have invalidated the very source of these necessary graces. There are men who are not true priests because of invalid "ordinations" that are standing in these holy places not only pretending to speak in the name of Christ but even presenting themselves as another Christ all while they teach things contrary to Christ. But, then they continue on and apparently consecrate their hosts and expose the people to idolatry. In fact the doctrines that are being taught are not the doctrines of Christ but the doctrines of Satan, the prayers and songs that are offered can only please Satan, and the leaders in all this are not disciples and apostles of Christ but disciples and apostles of Satan and/or the anti-Christ. (More abomination in the Holy Place!)


We can see these once beautiful and holy places built by Catholic hands with Catholic funds and sacrifices (Including those in Rome), now in the hands of heretics who are students of none other than the devils; We can see the holy and sacred pushed aside to make way for the worldly and profane; We see impostors teaching an easy and comfortable way for all who will follow them right into the depths of Hell; We see Christ and His Sacrifice mutilated, denied and set aside and yet, I must say this is not the greatest abomination.


The greatest abomination is that which is taking place within the souls of almost every one in the world today. These churches were built by the hands of men, but the souls of men were created by none other than God. We have been created in the image and likeness of God. We are temples of the Holy Ghost. We are the Holy of Holies and yet as we look with unpassioned eyes around us we see that the majority have become an abomination.


How many, have abused and mutilated their bodies (temples) (With tattoos, piercings, etc.)? How many adorn their bodies (With makeup, jewelry, clothing _ or the lack thereof.) with the intent to entice or seduce rather than to honor God? How many watch what they eat lest they desecrate this temple? (Do they bless their food?) How many pay attention to what they look at and listen to lest they allow some evil to enter their temple and defile it? How many engage in and promote the vilest abuses of their bodies in adultery, fornication, incest, sodomy, abortion, etc.?


We see this abomination in the majority, and they are not just poor sinners who have fallen prey to the snares of the devils, but they are open promoters of the evil abomination of their bodies. The sin is pardonable if they are repentant, but most rather try to justify their abominations and present them to the world as virtue, or to excuse themselves and blasphemously claim that God is the author of their perversity. They seek secular legalization and acceptance of these abominations and thus earn the punishment of Sodom and Gomorrah.


Let us take heed so that we do not end up in these desecrated churches or in a desecrated body when Our Lord returns.

So much for "separation of church and state"!!

Church teaches public school boys about Islam, Judaism
By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel
Posted: Nov. 21, 2008

A dozen sixth-grade boys sit around the block of tables trying on yarmulkes and peppering Ellie Gettinger with questions................



Friday, November 21, 2008

HERES TO ALL OF YOU "DEMENTED" HOMESCHOOLERS!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gq9yefHhhI&eurl=http://worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=81556


http://worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=81556

Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin
The Protoevangel of James, the Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew, the Gospel of the Nativity of Mary, and other apocryphal writings (Walker, "Apocryph. Gosp.", Edinburgh, 1873) relate that Mary, at the age of three, was brought by her parents to the Temple, in fulfillment of a vow, there to be educated.
The corresponding feast originated in the Orient, probably in Syria, the home of the apocrypha. Card. Pitra (Anal. Spici. Solesmensi, p. 265) has published a great canon (liturgical poem) in Greek for this feast, composed by some "Georgios" about the seventh or eighth century. The feast is missing in the earlier Menology of Constantinople (eighth century); it is found, however, in the liturgical documents of the eleventh century, like the "Calend.
Ostromiranum" (Martinow, "Annus græco-slav.", 329) and the Menology of Basil II (e’ísodos tes panagías Theotókon). It appears in the constitution of Manuel Comnenos (1166) as a fully recognized festival during which the law courts did not sit.
In the West it was introduced by a French nobleman, Philippe de Mazières, Chancellor of the King of Cyprus, who spent some time at Avignon during the pontificate of Gregory XI. It was celebrated in the presence of the cardinals (1372) with an office accommodated from the office chanted by the Greeks. In 1373 it was adopted in the royal chapel at Paris, 1418 at Metz, 1420 at Cologne. Pius II granted (1460) the feast with a vigil to the Duke of Saxony. It was taken up by many dioceses, but at the end of the Middle Ages, it was still missing in many calendars (Grotefend, "Zeitrechnung", III, 137).
At Toledo it was assigned (1500) by Cardinal Ximenes to 30 September. Sixtus IV received it into the Roman Breviary, Pius V struck it from the calendar, but Sixtus V took it up a second time (1 September, 1585). In the province of Venice it is a double of the second class with an octave (1680); the Passionists and Sulpicians keep it as a double of the first class; the Servites, Redemptorists, Carmelites, Mercedarians, and others as a double of the second with an octave.
In the Roman Calendar it is a major double. The Greeks keep it for five days. In some German dioceses, under the title "Illatio", it was kept 26 November (Grotefend, III, 137).
Sources
KELLNER, Heortologie (Freiburg, 1901); NILLES, Kal. Man. (Innsbruck, 1897); HOLWECK, Fasti Mariani (Freiburg, 1892).

O sinners, be not discouraged but have recourse to Mary in all your necessities. Call her to your assistance, for you will always find her ready to help. It is God's will that she should help in every need.

St. Basil the Great (329-379AD)

22 And after the days of her purification, according to the law of Moses, were accomplished, they carried him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord: 23 As it is written in the law of the Lord: Every male opening the womb shall be called holy to the Lord: 24 And to offer a sacrifice, according as it is written in the law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons: 25 And behold there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Ghost was in him.
26 And he had received an answer from the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Christ of the Lord. 27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when his parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, 28 He also took him into his arms, and blessed God, and said: 29 Now thou dost dismiss thy servant, O Lord, according to thy word in peace; 30 Because my eyes have seen thy salvation,
31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples: 32 A light to the revelation of the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. 33 And his father and mother were wondering at those things which were spoken concerning him. 34 And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother: Behold this child is set for the fall, and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted; 35 And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed.

36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser; she was far advanced in years, and had lived with her husband seven years from her virginity. 37 And she was a widow until fourscore and four years; who departed not from the temple, by fastings and prayers serving night and day. 38 Now she, at the same hour, coming in, confessed to the Lord; and spoke of him to all that looked for the redemption of Israel. 39 And after they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their city Nazareth. 40 And the child grew, and waxed strong, full of wisdom; and the grace of God was in him.

Thursday, November 20, 2008


Chastity will be lost where the distinction between the sexes is not observed.

St. Ambrose of Milan (340-397AD) on Chastity and Purity
HOT OFF THE PRESS!!! THE BLAME GAME AND FINGER POINTING!
Church hierarchy stalled priest ousters, Weakland testifies
By Marie Rohde of the Journal Sentinel
Posted: Nov. 20, 2008 2:34 p.m.

Now-retired Archbishop Rembert Weakland, in a videotaped deposition released today, said his attempts to oust sexually abusive priests from the priesthood was stalled by a protective church hierarchy despite his pleas for reform made to the highest church offices.

A portion of Weakland's deposition, taken over two days in June in a case against the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, was released to the media last week. In it, Weakland admitted that he transferred priests with a history of sexual misconduct back into churches without alerting parishioners. In the testimony released today, he attempts to spread blame beyond himself to his fellow bishops, the Vatican and the court system.

Weakland, now 81, also acknowledged that reports of abuse were not turned over to law enforcement authorities, that some incriminating mental health records were destroyed and that bishops spoke in code in correspondence discussing abusers who had been moved to assignments outside of the Milwaukee Archdiocese.

Those statements prompted a call today for a criminal investigation by a group known as the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. Peter Isely, speaking for the group, said he would ask Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm to review the deposition for possible criminal charges.
Weakland testified that he held a local church trial - a formal internal proceeding that he said had not been done elsewhere - to get rid of two abusive priests in the 1990s. The priests appealed to the Vatican their removal from the ministry. The Vatican did not act quickly; one priest died, and Weakland said he did not know if the other case was ever resolved.

In 1998, Weakland testified, he went to the Vatican and met with officials in the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, a top church office then headed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who is now Pope Benedict XVI.
"I pleaded that even though (one abusive priest) was retired and in ill health, that he be reduced to the lay state to bring some kind of closure . . . ," Weakland testified. "And instead it dragged on and he died about six months later."

Whether Weakland made his plea for reform directly to Ratzinger is unclear. Weakland said he made his case during an "ad limina" visit to Rome. In a column written for the Milwaukee Journal in 2005, Archbishop Timothy Dolan described such visits as "required of bishops every five years to render an account of their office to the pope and the heads of Vatican congregations."

Jerry Topczewski, speaking for the archdiocese, said today that the appeals procedure for these cases changed in 2002, and that these cases are now handled more quickly.

"Back then were these cases treated with the urgency that we are used to in the United States? Probably not," Topczewski said. "Mistakes were made. We do things differently today."

Regarding SNAP's call for a criminal investigation, he said it has been the archdiocese's policy since 2002 to release any records requested by law enforcement agencies but has maintained a policy of not making such documents available to the public, the media or advocacy groups.

Weakland's comments are contained in a deposition taken over two days in June by lawyers representing seven men and women who are suing the Archdiocese of Milwaukee for abuse they say they suffered as children decades ago. The trial is expected to begin in June or July.

Messages left for Weakland and with the priest who heads the church court here were not returned.
In the deposition, Weakland also blamed the criminal justice system for abusive priests, decrying a probation sentence ordered by one judge and the decision by a district attorney not to prosecute a case if an abuser was removed from his county.

"It was the priest's individual lawyer who was working with the D.A., and it was that lawyer who then reported to me what that conversation was all about and what was expected of me," Weakland said.
Weakland said the failures of others left him with what he perceived as two choices in dealing with abusers: Send abusers for treatment or move them to other dioceses.

Bishop Richard Sklba, who served under Weakland and is currently serving under Archbishop Timothy Dolan, was the "go-to guy" for church investigations of sex abuse cases, Weakland testified.
"He was auxiliary bishop, so I would say he was my main go-to guy on many things," Weakland said. "Certainly he would be involved in all of them (sex abuse cases)."

Weakland also was questioned extensively on the scandal that resulted in his sudden departure from his post in 2002: The payment of $450,000 to a man who accused the archbishop of date rape in 1979. In 1998, the man, Paul Marcoux, wanted Weakland to buy back a love letter for $1 million. Weakland's personal lawyer went to then-District Attorney E. Michael McCann, and criminal charges were considered.

"Counsel had advised that since it involved - would have involved -- depositions all over Europe, etc., that the cost of trying a case like that would have been as much as the $450,000," Weakland said.

Bishops Accountability, a national non-profit group that is attempting to document the sexual abuse scandal, posted in a searchable format the full deposition at its Web site at
www.BishopAccountability.org/Weakland.
http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/34823894.html

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


26 And as it came to pass in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 27 They did eat and drink, they married wives, and were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark: and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise as it came to pass, in the days of Lot: they did eat and drink, they bought and sold, they planted and built. 29 And in the day that Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. 30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man shall be revealed.
Luke 17: 26-30


This and that:





1.They are ready for the one world religion:


"A survey out this month revealed that 52% of Americans age 12 to 25 say that they don't trust organized religion, but that they are increasingly spiritual. According to the Minneapolis-based Search Institute, young people are turning away from their churches, mosques and temples and finding God in nature, music, friends and community service.
A 2008 University of California Los Angeles study showed that 62% of college students see themselves as spiritual and believe attaining inner peace is an essential life goal. In that study, spirituality was defined as caring about the condition of others and of the world."



FOOLISH CHILDREN!! It reminds me of a bumper sticker that was popular a few years back: No Jesus, No Peace- Know Jesus , Know Peace


http://www.freep.com/article/20081119/COL03/811190335




2. Obama's zip code is - are you ready - 60606!!!


http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_barack_obama





3. Most of you have heard that the day after the election, the Illinois lottery had the winning numbers 666. Here's how the media handles that:


http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-talk-debunkernov19,0,3729098.story





4. One more election poll - this one is from The Faith in Public Life poll, sponsored by Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and Sojourners, a bogus ordo group. This disturbing little piece of info:


" Some 21 percent of evangelicals and 12 percent of Catholics said putting emphasis on abortion reflected their values, while 18 percent of evangelicals and 32 percent of Catholics want to see more emphasis on issues like poverty and the environment.
The rest of the voters interviewed thought all of the issues should be addressed equally."






In other words, 88% of so-called bogus ordo "Catholics" think that the environment, poverty, and the economy is on the SAME LEVEL as life!


http://www.lifenews.com/nat4575.html


5. Remember the bogus ordo priest from South Carolina that the "conservative" false "catholics" were swooning over a few days ago? The one that said that anyone who voted for Obama needs to repent.
In typical flip-flop bogus ordo style, HE IS REPENTING!!! They probably threatened to take away his pension!!!
http://www.wjbf.com/jbf/news/state_regional/south_carolina/article/greenville_sc_priest_apologizes_for_obama_comments/8748/



6. And finally, this from sunny California. It seems that your "first lady" is a CINO - Catholic in name only. In her own words:
http://www.calcatholic.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?id=0e25ff67-0752-4363-aadf-7f3799cd39de


It's coming fast fellow Catholics - prayer and penance is all we have left!

(BTW - the painting above is the Last Judgement)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


This is a photo from July 17, 2008, during Benedict XVI’s trip to Australia for World Youth Day. Below we see Benedict XVI endorsing and taking part in the “Sweeping Dance” of pagan Aborigines. This ritual “symbolizes purification and new beginnings.”

Have you sinned? Go into church and wipe out your sin. As often as you might fall down in the marketplace, you pick yourself up again. So too, as often as you sin, repent your sin. Do not despair.

St. John Chrysostom (347-407AD) on Confession, Penance

Monday, November 17, 2008

I normally would not post something like this - but this story really illustrates what this blog has been trying to expose regarding Jews...

Accused molestor asked senior his religion before assault

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2008/11/14/2008-11-14_accused_molestor_asked_senior_his_religi.html

BY RICH SCHAPIRO AND SIMONE WEICHSELBAUM DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
Friday, November 14th 2008, 4:44 AM

A Torah scholar accused of fondling an elderly man lying in a Manhattan hospital bed first asked his frail victim whether he was Jewish before grabbing his genitals, prosecutors said Thursday.


When the 72-year-old senior replied that he was an atheist, Yakov Kramer allegedly lifted the man's gown and molested him Wednesday afternoon at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia, prosecutors said...

...Religious leaders defended Kramer, calling him a brainiac with a passion for writing about God.

"He is an author of religious books," said Rabbi Leib Glanz, executive vice president of United Jewish Care in Williamsburg. "He is a Torah scholar."...

Note that this filthy Jewish pig did not molest this elderly man until he first found out that he was not Jewish. You see - as we have said many times - Jews do not view non-jews as human beings - we are just cattle to them (goy) - they are racist pigs! To this filthy slime it was ok to molest this man because to him - he was not even a human being!
New PBS series exposes Old Testament fairy tales

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081117/tv_nm/us_television_bible

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Bill Maher, on HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher," frequently refers to the Old Testament of the Bible as the Book of Jewish Fairy Tales. The description might anger the pious and the fundamentalists, but guess what? Maher's close to the truth. Yea - lest side with the moron Bill Maher over the Bible!

A visually stunning two-hour special edition of "Nova" examines decades of archaeological studies that contradict much of what is in the Bible. The entire Exodus story is debunked, as is the idea that the Israelites were monotheistic following the contract made between God and Abraham. It turns out idol worship was common through the reign of King David and right up to the Babylonian exile.
This is a crock of crap! The Exodus story is not debunked and cannot be debunked because it is TRUE. If anyone has access to Netflix - get the dvd or watch instantly - the documentary: Exodus Revealed:

http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Exodus_Revealed/60022581?lnkctr=srchrd-sr&strkid=821833980_7_0

Regarding the idol worship - had these morons actually read the Bible - they would see that throughout all of history the Jews kept falling into idol worship this is nothing new!

Is the Bible the word of God? Only if God dictated it to dozens, maybe hundreds, of different writers, each of whom wrote and modified stories using different patterns of language over a period of centuries.

Again - had these morons actually read the bible - they would know that there were indeed dozens of authors of the various books - all inspired by God!

To be sure, writer-producer-director Gary Glassman does not dismiss the Old Testament as a collection of fairy tales. He asserts that the stories, though provably false in many cases, were intended to give identity to the Israelites, a group likely made up of former Canaanites, nomads and runaway slaves. Also, the Bible provided the Israelites with a moral framework.

The special, narrated by Liev Schreiber, is not likely to sit well with those who believe that the Bible, despite its internal inconsistencies, should be interpreted literally. Then again, science and religion have had a long history of conflict until, ultimately, the former prevails.

Long history of conflict - LOL - the conflict came when science decided to follow a religion and LIE - called "evolution"!

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

The BS is PBS is reaching new heights every day!
Americans uneasy over bailout for automakers

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081117/us_nm/us_autos_bailout_opinions

ATLANTA (Reuters) – As Congress debates legislation to help struggling automakers on Monday, many Americans said they were uneasy with the plan, arguing that while it may save jobs, it would reward companies for pursuing bad business practices.

In interviews from New York to Los Angeles, everyday Americans said the proposed $25 billion rescue plan was unfair and said it would make it harder to reform U.S. automakers...

If this is actually true - it shows just how easily led by the nose the American people are.

One out of seven people in the United States are directly or indirectly employed by US automakers.

It was ok to bailout the criminal international bankers and "investment" firms to the tune of 700 BILLION - but to help the US auto industry that employs millions of average Americans - that is "unfair"?

That fact that these criminal international bankers and "investment" specialists caused the artificial rise in the price of gasoline and destroyed our economy which led to the problems that the US auto industry is having - that is ok - we will bail them out, but it is unfair to bail out the automakers!

The fact that the media and criminal magazines like "consumer reports" have been lying about American made cars for decades and promoting the supposed superiority of Japanese cars is no small factor in the problem either.

Fr. Martin Von Cochem (1900): “Who can portray the despair of the damned, the rage wherewith in the deep and somber abyss of hell they will seek in their fury to tear and lacerate one another. What words can describe the howls and groans that will re-echo through that place of torment?... Reflect upon this, O reader, reflect upon it often, and do not fritter away thy life in idle pleasures, but look to it that thou save thy soul.”

Dear Friends,
Here is the link for the audio sermon for the
,Here is the link for Bishop Louis' audio sermon for the
May God bless you.
+Bishop Giles OFM
Posted by Franciscan Friars at 5:25 PM

Saturday, November 15, 2008


The demons are ever anxious in their pursuit of souls. However, they quickly abandon their prey at the sole Name of Mary.
St. Bridget of Sweden (1303-1373AD)


THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
Her Doctrine and Morals
Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
16 November 2008


Dear Friend,
The Church began as a mustard seed. Likewise our growth in the spiritual life begins small, but if we nurture its growth it will soon grow to great proportions _ just as the mustard seed grows into the greatest of all the herbs.


All things generally start out small. It is only with time and effort do they become large. In the world of "instant gratification" in which we live, this is often most bothersome to us. The evidence all around us shows that things that grow too fast are often weak even though they may be large. The strong tree is the one that grows slowly for a long time. A rapid growth in nature often points to a weakened core. "A melon grows in one season but an oak takes many years."


This is often true in the spiritual life. Those who appear to have made great strides quickly, are often very weak inside and prove to be more sinful and less holy than first appearance led us to believe. There are a few saints that rose rather quickly and safely, but for the majority we must slowly but surely keep plodding away until we reach the heights of Heaven.


The giants in the Faith are strong and resist the temptations with relative ease because they have been hardened by many and frequent attacks. The falls of those strong in the Faith are generally minor and they quickly and readily rise up again.


Those who are weak can and often do fall terribly and have a difficult time rising up again.
It sometimes appears that there are those who are truly large and strong in the Faith and they fall suddenly and terribly. It is often very shocking to those who see it happen. And we wonder how could this have happened? It is as if the mighty oak in the forest just fell over one day for no apparent reason. But, if we examine the core of such an oak we often find that the core was soft and insect ridden and the "mighty oak" was only just a shell of an oak tree. This too is often the case with so many who outwardly appear to be very good people (even saintly). It is not until after their fall that it becomes obvious that they did not have a solid core, they were hollow. They talked a lot about religion but their hearts and souls were more interested in other things.


Such poor souls may have been at one time solid and true to the very core of their being but they have allowed the corruption to enter into their hearts. And just as good growth begins small and goes step by step always making sure each step is solid and secure, so too the destruction often begins small and grows gradually but surely.


At first we allow the sins of the heart to enter in and they are unnoticeable to the world so we think nothing of them. He who represents to himself unchaste objects, and takes pleasure in the mental contemplation thereof, sins by bad thoughts. (The thoughts may also be vain, proud, revengeful, avaricious, envious, etc.) He who not only represents to himself something bad, but also desires to see, to hear, or to do it, sins by bad desires. These noxious sins are like tiny insects infesting the heart of the giant oak. At first they appear so small and insignificant that they are not given a second thought, but once they get in they begin to multiply and spread to the point that there is nothing solid remaining on the inside and the shell on the outside is soon toppled over and destroyed completely.

There is nothing small when it concerns the life of our souls. The smallest of things have the greatest potential either for good or evil.


We must begin rooting out all the evil that we find within us no matter how small or insignificant we may think it is. Let us always remember that nothing stained will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. And every sin is an offense against the infinite goodness of God and therefore is a terrible crime.


Let us begin cooperating with the grace that has been given us _ even if it is only the size of a mustard seed. It will grow and grow large and strong if we nurture it. No matter how devoid of goodness we may find ourselves at this time, there is at least one small mustard seed of grace that God has given us. Let us find that and nurture it. By cooperating with the graces that we do have we make ourselves more receptive and worthy of greater ones. Each grace that is cooperated with merits another greater grace for us and step by step, little by little, we can grow large and strong in the spiritual life.


There is no saint without a past, and there are no sinners without a future, if they cooperate with the grace of God.