Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Exempla: The Runaway Nun

An Exempla is a medieval parable meant to teach moral lessons.  I'm going to start collecting them here.

“Never be so bold as to tamper with the acts of God. I shall relate to you a beautiful miracle that Our Lord Jesus wrought in this regard at the request of his mother, St. Mary. I relate it so that you will understand how much it grieves Him and how evil He considers the man who would steal of His nuns from a convent”. (1) 

In A Benedictine house of nuns called Fontenblay in England, there was a young noble woman who was very beautiful and good, and renowned for her devotion to Mary. Whenever she passed Our Lady’s statue she would always address it, “Hail, Mary!” and genuflect. 

However, it happened that through the devil, “who is ever accustomed to contrive and fabricate such things,” a noble knight fell in love with her. He had heard about her beauty and pretended to be her relative in order to speak to her. He managed to convince her that they should steal away together one night. On the planned night, as the nun returned from Complines, she slipped out of line to hide inside a narrow postern door instead of going to the dormitory. As soon as she was sure all the sisters were gone, she left her hiding place, went to the high altar, knelt and said “Hail, Mary!” following her custom. 

But when the statue of Mary, which was close to the crucifix, saw her leaving, it called out and said: “Where does thou go, my daughter? Dost thou leave me and my Son for the devil? And dost thou make mockery of the prayer with which thou art accustomed to hail me?” 

Then the image from the crucifix moved, and Our Lord removed one of the nails that had fastened him to the Cross, and raised His hand to throw it, so that the nail pierced the nun from one cheek to another. The nun fell unconscious to the floor. 

The next morning the sisters came to the convent, and found the crucifix on the cross with the right hand raised in the attitude of striking. To this day it remains so as proof of what took place. Then the nuns discovered the sister on the floor, plucked the nail from her cheek, and she regained her senses. The poor sinner wept greatly and repented utterly for her sin, confessing all that had taken place and why she had been so punished by Our Lord. Thenceforth she was a pious and holy sister and ended her days in the convent in God’s service. 

And the knight? After waiting with four of his kinsmen the whole night, he left, humiliated and believing he had been mocked by the sister. The author draws this lesson: “So it was that even though the devil had prepared the hearts of the nun and the knight to be joined as one, Our Lord Jesus Christ, who is always the devil’s adversary, nullified and undid everything that the Evil One had wrought. For the nun turned her mind away from the knight because of God’s punishment, and the knight put away the love of the nun from his heart from anger at being humiliated. Further, when he learned what had happened, he considered himself to be a great sinner and repented for all the sins he had committed, left the world to become a monk, and served God well, ending his days piously.” 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

A Christian builds a village, not a wall.

Right now, along the border with Mexico, the United States has a row of gun shops.  Right now, along the border with the United States, Mexico has a row of drug smugglers.

Oh, there are gaps- that's where the "undocumented immigrants" come through, but for the most part, we export guns to Mexican drug cartels who in return export drugs to addicts in the United States.

This situation is not viable long term.  It is NOT how good Christian neighbors should act.

I suggest that instead of a wall, we need a village.  A two block wide, 2000 square mile village.  Jointly owned by the United States and Mexico.  With farms, and shops, and schools.  Built green (it's a wonderful place to put buildings with solar panels on the roof).  Mass transit- as long as we're doing solar, how about a maglev on both sides of the Rio Grande?  And Maglev tunnels *under* the river- with autocars so that you can load up your car on one side and take it to the other side.  A village that is purposefully a demilitarized zone, with bi-country law enforcement.

Schools could include civics, language, and economic lessons for adults intending to emigrate, as well as being a safe haven for the children of the refugees intending to cross the border.

Constructing this "Wall Village" will soak up a LOT of the excess labor in both the United States and Mexico, providing massive employment on both sides of the border.  Sorely needed employment- which will raise the price of food, but in the end result, cause the compensation for farm labor to go up, which means new consumers.

And it puts the gun smugglers, the people smugglers, and the drug smugglers out of business.  Hopefully permanently.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Truth Is Real, Not Rigid - The Catholic Thing

The Truth Is Real, Not Rigid - The Catholic Thing: "One man’s rigidity is another man’s solidity. "

'via Blog this'

This is in short why I get so heated when Pope Francis talks about the "rigid".  To me, reality is extremely important- Truth in Jesus Christ is important.  To throw away Truth in return for mere pastoral concerns to me seems not very loving or pastoral; tolerance of a lie removes morality more surely than anything else.

Friday, May 12, 2017

A liberal AGW Catholic shows the problem with scientism

Is Science ‘True’? | Commonweal Magazine

Confirmation bias is a basic part of being human. You can't avoid it. You can minimize it, but only by eliminating all politics, money, and emotion from a system. And then, your conclusions can no longer be conclusions.

Once you have a conclusion, any conclusion- your mind is fixed to that conclusion, right or wrong, and confirmation bias from it will color anything more you do in that field.

Friday, May 5, 2017

On ursurping the power of God

David Carlin gives us a fine treatise in The Catholic Thing with the central philosophical error of the Enlightenment (and it isn't what I've heard before). He ends with this phrase (click on it to see the full article).

And if that’s the way we intend to tell right from wrong, then nobody can tell right from wrong.

That sums up quite nicely the entire reason for the Protestant Rebellion and the subsequent Dictatorship of Immoral Relativism. The whole intent was to confuse the conscience on right and wrong, and remove the definition of right and wrong from the power of God (Divine inspiration) and put it in the hands of individual men (conscience). It's the Garden of Eden all over again.

Patrick Madrid makes a similar point in a story about an elderly extraordinary minister of the eucharist.

Monday, April 24, 2017

A geeky, pro-life plan to reduce global climate change

They tell us global climate change is caused by atmospheric carbon. Based on plant ability to sequester atmospheric carbon, I suggest the following methodology for sequestering carbon away from the environment for long periods of time.
  1. Plant native, drought resistant, edible plants on every available surface with sun. They need to be native and drought resistant because they will only be watered with rain.
  2. Have lots of babies. At least 10 children per family, whenever possible.
  3. Encourage the mortal sin of gluttony. Ideally everybody should die of an obesity related illness and should weigh in at over 200 lbs at death.
  4. Discourage cremation at death, encourage full body ground burial in metal caskets encased in concrete to prevent accumulated carbon from escaping back into the atmosphere.
  5. Close sections of graveyards when full, and plant native drought resistant edible plants on top of the graves, to accumulate more carbon for sequestration.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Novena of Divine Mercy, Day 9

Novena: Ninth Day



Today bring to Me SOULS WHO HAVE BECOME LUKEWARM, and immerse them in the abyss of My mercy. These souls wound My Heart most painfully. My soul suffered the most dreadful loathing in the Garden of Olives because of lukewarm souls. They were the reason I cried out: “Father, take this cup away from Me, if it be Your will.” For them, the last hope of salvation is to flee to My mercy (Diary, 1228).

My Prayer Response with St. Faustina:

Most compassionate Jesus, You are Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm souls into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your pure love, let these tepid souls, who, like corpses, filled You with such deep loathing, be once again set aflame. O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of Your mercy and draw them into the very ardor of Your love, and bestow upon them the gift of holy love, for nothing is beyond Your power (Diary, 1229).
*Diary passages with bolded words are Jesus speaking
My Commentary:  Morally Therapeutic  Deism, it was named in a study of American Teenagers in 2005.  The belief in a creator God, who is remote from his creation, but comforting to know He exists in times of trouble.  The God described by MTDs does not require conversion, he's quite happy to console you while your sin leads you into hell.  They refuse to flee to Christ's mercy, choosing instead to believe that all good people go to heaven and nobody who is nice will be damned.  They are most tragically mistanken.  And far too many Catholics in high locations, follow this myth- this daring hope that Hell is empty.  This is NOT in keeping with the visions of divine mercy- where many are falling into hell.
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