Catechism of the Catholic Church (675)

Before Christ’s second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh. ~ Catechism of the Catholic Church (675)

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Pope Francis's New Beatitudes (Abridged Version)

Courtesy of National Catholic Reporter...

In an interview published Sunday in part in the Argentine weekly Viva, the pope listed his Top 10 tips for bringing greater joy to one's life, my comments, blue, bold.

1. "Live and let live." Everyone should be guided by this principle, he said, which has a similar expression in Rome with the saying, "Move forward and let others do the same." (Unless you are dealing with a serious 'crypto-lefebrevian', or a religious consecrated to the Immaculata, in which case, ignore the above).

2. "Be giving of yourself to others." People need to be open and generous toward others, he said, because "if you withdraw into yourself, you run the risk of becoming egocentric. And stagnant water becomes putrid." ("Look, if the Pope says white is black and black is white, then that's the case, hear me?")
3. "Proceed calmly" in life. The pope, who used to teach high school literature, used an image from an Argentine novel by Ricardo Guiraldes, in which the protagonist -- gaucho Don Segundo Sombra -- looks back on how he lived his life. "He says that in his youth he was a stream full of rocks that he carried with him; as an adult, a rushing river; and in old age, he was still moving, but slowly, like a pool" of water, the pope said. He said he likes this latter image of a pool of water -- to have "the ability to move with kindness and humility, a calmness in life." (But don't let that water become stagnant or putrid! You will run the risk of becoming ego-centric!)
4. "A healthy sense of leisure." The pleasures of art, literature and playing together with children have been lost, he said. "Consumerism has brought us anxiety" and stress, causing people to lose a "healthy culture of leisure." Their time is "swallowed up" so people can't share it with anyone. Even though many parents work long hours, they must set aside time to play with their children; work schedules make it "complicated, but you must do it," he said. Families must also turn off the TV when they sit down to eat because, even though television is useful for keeping up with the news, having it on during mealtime "doesn't let you communicate" with each other, the pope said. (But remember, His Holiness doesn't take holidays. He's too busy working - for your salvation and for mine! Deo gratias!)
5. Sundays should be holidays. Workers should have Sundays off because "Sunday is for family," he said. (And Mass, don't forget to worship God at Mass! After all, we are Catholics!)
6. Find innovative ways to create dignified jobs for young people. "We need to be creative with young people. If they have no opportunities they will get into drugs" and be more vulnerable to suicide, he said. "It's not enough to give them food," he said. "Dignity is given to you when you can bring food home" from one's own labor. (And God. God's important too. After all, St Francis of Assisi didn't have a job. Nor did St Joseph Benedict Labre. But they did have God. They had nothing, but they did have God).
7. Respect and take care of nature. Environmental degradation "is one of the biggest challenges we have," (now that we've moved on from "obsessing" about abortion) he said. "I think a question that we're not asking ourselves is: 'Isn't humanity committing suicide with this indiscriminate and tyrannical use of nature?'" (In other words, "stop euthanasia and assisted suicide now, before humanity commits suicide!" You tell them, Your Holiness!)

8. Stop being negative. "Needing to talk badly about others indicates low self-esteem. That means, 'I feel so low that instead of picking myself up I have to cut others down,'" the pope said. "Letting go of negative things quickly is healthy." ("Did I ever tell you about the self-absorbed neo-promethean pelagian, narcissistic, butterfly, careerist, tycoon priest I met the other day. My! I truly consider him to be a querulous and disillusioned, pessimistic, bat-like Christian the likes of which I have never met before. And I cannot stand old maids!")
9. Don't proselytize; respect others' beliefs. "We can inspire others through witness so that one grows together in communicating. But the worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyzes: 'I am talking with you in order to persuade you,' No. Each person dialogues, starting with his and her own identity. The church grows by attraction, not proselytizing," the pope said. (But do, feel free, also, to 'go and teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit...)
10. Work for peace. "We are living in a time of many wars," he said, and "the call for peace must be shouted. Peace sometimes gives the impression of being quiet, but it is never quiet, peace is always proactive" and dynamic. (So, why the war against, and persecution of, the Order of St Francis of Assisi and St Maximilian Kolbe, under the mantle of Our Blessed Lady?)

Our Blessed Lord mentioned God twice in His Beatitudes and these words were delivered by the Son of God! I haven't read the full interview of Pope Francis's 'top ten tips' to happiness and I am sure that within this new 'self-help' guide there is much to recommend, but why no noticeable mention of God and our need for Him in order to obtain that happiness which is eternal?

After all, God alone has the grace to give to make us blessed, or happy, in this life and blessed forever in the next. I suppose that, ultimately, Christianity can sound like Buddhism or self-help if we don't mention our need for Christ. The question is, is that Christianity? I don't know how a Pope has managed to make a ten point plan for happiness without mentioning God but with His Holiness all things, it seems, are possible, for one could be forgiven for thinking that this interview suggests we can find happiness without Him. Whatever has possessed him?

New FFI Head Threatens to Sue Lay Blogger, Following Police Interrogation

"Dominus vobiscum!": A Vatican 'visitation' in the era of Franciscus

What next, helicopters over the Amazon?

Whoever is reading this: Don't bother suing me. Mummy and daddy have spent enough on me already. 

They'd be simply furious!

In other news, I found an interesting open letter by an Argentine lady seeking clarification from the Holy Father over his conduct since becoming the sweet Vicar of Christ on Earth.

She says she is 'perplexed' by this papacy.

I think I can now say with St John, that I am 'completely mystified'.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Tunnels of Terror

The Telegraph reports that...

Benjamin Netanyahu bluntly rebuffed international pressure for a ceasefire in Gaza on Monday and instead vowed to extend Israel’s three-week offensive against its Hamas rulers into a “lengthy campaign” that would bring more “difficult days”.
The Israeli prime minister said the military campaign in Gaza would not end until a network of tunnels Israel says have been dug to launch “terror” attacks against its citizens had been destroyed.

I knew nothing of these tunnels before, so read the National Geographic's article from 2012 on the subject. Are we to assume that these tunnels, which bring militants guns and ammunition, and the Palestinians, food and medical supplies are to achieve both the end of ammunition supplies for the militants and food and medical supplies for the Palestinians? Is it possible that the not only will the militants be 'starved out' like 'rats' from their tunnels, but the Palestinian people as well. Of the Gaza tunnels, which are said, now, to be the chief reason for the continuation of Operation Protective Edge, the National Geographic had this to say...

After Israel introduced the blockade, smuggling became Gaza’s alternative. Through the tunnels under Rafah came everything from building materials and food to medicine and clothing, from fuel and computers to livestock and cars. Hamas smuggled in weapons. New tunnels were dug by the day—by the hour, it seemed—and new fortunes minted. Families sold their possessions to buy in. Some 15,000 people worked in and around the tunnels at their peak, and they provided ancillary work for tens of thousands more, from engineers and truck drivers to shopkeepers. Today Gaza’s underground economy accounts for two-thirds of consumer goods, and the tunnels are so common that Rafah features them in official brochures.

“We did not choose to use the tunnels,” a government engineer told me. “But it was too hard for us to stand still during the siege and expect war and poverty.” For many Gazans, the tunnels, lethal though they can be, symbolize better things: their native ingenuity, the memory and dream of mobility, and perhaps most significant for a population defined by dispossession, a sense of control over the land. The irony that control must be won by going beneath the land is not lost on Gazans.

There is nothing in the National Geographic article, which is well worth reading, about children being used to make these tunnels, which seems to discuss the tunnels issue as one would many an impressive man-made geological feature, albeit a feature which can be used for purposes good or ill. This appears to be a 'revelation' from the Israeli Government seen fit for release during their extensive bombing campaign.

The vast majority of wars are wars of conquest and plunder: Is this one any different?

We all must know by now that the war in Iraq, orchestrated by the US and the UK, was about oil and the pursuit of natural resources and wealth. That war had no possible justification since even the reasons given for it at the time were found to be bogus. Is it possible that the war currently escalating in Gaza is running according to the driving principles of the vast majority of wars that the powerful of this world undertake?

The allegation has been raised that this war is first and foremost about a gas field 30km offshore from Gaza. I think it is a potential motive for conflict worth examining.

Already, British Gas has issued a statement that the company itself has no involvement in the region, as has been reported.  The Washington Institute confirms, in its PDF, that...

BG Group is the operator of the license and discovered the Gaza Marine field about 36 kilometers offshore in 2000, in water about 600 meters (2,000 feet) deep. A second successful well was drilled the same year to confirm the size of the field at around 1 tcf.

British Gas claims that BG Group is 'nothing to do with us'. In its statement, British Gas maintain that...

British Gas, as it exists today, is the trading name of Centrica plc’s retail energy and services business in the UK.

Centrica plc was formed in 1997 following the privatisation of and subsequent demerger from British Gas plc, formerly the nationalised utility British Gas Corporation. The original company was split into two - Centrica kept the rights to the British Gas name in the UK, as well as the Gas Sales and Gas Trading, Services and Retail businesses, together with the gas production business of the North and South Morecambe gas fields in the UK North Sea.

As part of the demerger, the transportation and storage business (Transco) and the Exploration and Production (excluding the North and South Morecambe gas fields), International Downstream, Research and Technology and Properties businesses remained with British Gas plc which was renamed “BG plc” at the same time. BG plc was renamed BG Group plc in December 1999. BG Group plc (which is a separately listed company and not a part of nor affiliated with Centrica) retains certain rights to the ‘British Gas’ name outside of the UK, which may have caused some confusion.

So that's clear then. Nothing to do with British Gas, the formerly public utility handed over to be sold off by Lord Rothschild's NM Rothschild banking and investment firm by the late Margaret Thatcher. Apparently, in Britain, NM Rothschild is after our motorways as well. Is nothing sacred!? Anyway, I digress...the claim being made is that some particular 'group' with interests in the region wants access to this gas supply without any concerns of having to share ownership of or entitlement to it with anybody else.

I don't mean my blog to become a commentary on the war in Gaza, reading about it wearies me, I should be praying, rather than writing. I have no time or sympathy for the ambitions of Hamas, or their murderous hatred of the Jews.

I'm just wondering whether in light of the destruction of the underground network there might be a double impact on the Palestinians, involving a dramatic decrease in food and medical supplies, as well as ammunition and guns. I hope I am just worrying excessively and that Israel wishes to ensure that food and medical supplies reach the civilians with whom we are assured they are not at war. I write this not to side politically with any one side of this conflict, but just because in the 'fog of war', with propaganda inevitably emerging from both sides, it is very hard to see the truth, which, they say, is war's first casualty.

Lord Jacob Rothschild: Fingers in many pies
I also wonder, is this war really a 'war on terror' or is this war the same as every other war? I am only asking questions and I will make a bold assertion. Behind the State of Israel and indeed, the British State, is the man pictured above. Our media, as well we know, is corrupt. Rothschild owns Reuters which mouth spoons the Press the news, and, because of their great power, you will rarely hear of them or see their name in print. I do not consider that we can swallow, uncritically, that which we are being told in this conflict. There is more to this than meets the eye. The Rothschilds are heralded by many, perhaps even many in Israel, as the prestigious protectors of the Jewish people. Whole streets in Israel are named after them. I am not convinced that they care for the Jewish people. History suggests that as far as the Rothschilds are concerned, the Jewish people (and everyone else) are merely a means to an end and can go hang once they are done with them. The protector of the Jewish people is Almighty God, but in the meantime, while..., like the world and all its land and its treasure are not the property of the tyrannical elite, or the world powers, but Almighty God. What sufferings shall be endured before we acknowledge that one, simple truth!? A Third World War?

Monday, 28 July 2014

A Chosen Race, a Royal Priesthood, a Holy Nation, a People for your Own Possession...

For through his Paschal Mystery, he accomplished the marvelous deed, by which he has freed us from the yoke of sin and death, summoning us to the glory of being now called a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for your own possession, to proclaim everywhere your mighty works, for you have called us out of darkness into your own wonderful light.

The Chosen

In the international furore over the Israel/Gaza conflict, with civilian deaths piling up every day, whether by Israeli excessive force, or through the use of civilians as 'human shields' by Hamas, it is easy for us to forget that the Jews, too, are called into a loving relationship with Christ our Lord. As Catholics we know that we can be members of a 'chosen people' through Baptism, but that we can reject the One Who chose us 'before the foundation of the World'. The whole concept of 'chosen people' runs throughout Scripture. In the Old Testament, God chooses the Jewish people to be His people, set apart, to worship Him as the One God.

The concept - or the actuality - of being 'chosen' is taken up by Christ Himself. 'You have not chosen me,' says Our Lord, 'but I have chosen you so that you may bear fruit, fruit that will last'. The fruit that we are to bear, attached to the Vine of the Church is fruit of charity for men and love of God which will be our reward for Eternity.

The Jewish people are the chosen race, but like the new race, chosen - the Baptised - the Jewish people, too, can reject the One Who chose them. We see this horrific reality in the rejection and Crucifixion of Jesus Christ, a death that results not just from the hard-heartedness and sinfulness of the People of the time and place to whom He came, but from our own sinfulness. We see in Jesus, bloodied, scourged, derided and held in contempt, not just the punishment that fell upon Him from the rejection of those individuals at that moment in history, but the punishment that fell upon Him because of our weakness, sinfulness and our own malice caused by our sins.

Listening to the Canon of the Mass on Sunday, I was struck by the words, 'a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for your own possession'. These are all things believed, I think, by the Jewish people who still regard themselves, rightly, as a 'chosen race'. The State of Israel, if we believe what we are told, does regard itself, too, as a 'holy nation'. Many Christians believe that the State of Israel finds its inherent 'right to exist' from the words of the Old Testament. The land of Israel is, in these terms, seen as the inheritance and birthright of every Jew, set apart by God, among his brethren, to be God's chosen people, his holy nation, people for God's own possession in God's holy land. How many of the Israelis still believe this, I have no idea.

Insanity of war

I shudder to think what the future holds for both the Palestinians and the Israelis. We are living in an era in which any kind of insanity could be considered by both sides of the conflict - and already is and of course this is a conflict that threatens not merely that part of the World internally, but externally, due to the increase in Islamic militancy in so many countries, even in the West itself. An international backlash - and collusion with Islamic militants - against Israel could spell doom for the Israelis who at this time, are the ones with the firepower and the army equipped to unleash Hell. An increase in Israeli aggression could wipe out the population of Gaza. I am deeply aware of the disproportionate force meted out by the Israeli army against the Gaza population, but am also aware of the charter of Hamas which calls for the total destruction of Israel - a view held by many, not all who are Muslim, around the World.

In all of this bloody insanity, this horrendous conflict, I cannot shake this painful feeling that whoever wins this conflict is losing sight of the true inheritance in store for Jews, but also for pagans, among whom we can perhaps place the Muslims. We see this even in the Church. As Catholics it is so easy for us to lose sight of what God has done for us in leading us to the 'land of milk and honey', the Promised Land that is the Catholic Church. What God gave to the Jews in terms of land is given to Jews and Gentiles in the Church. We know this since from Her very beginning, Jews have joined the One True Church, numbered among the Apostles, as well as Our Blessed Lady, the Ark of the New Covenant.

We can all lose sight of our true homeland

The Jews were fed manna from Heaven in the desert, but we are fed on the Bread of Angels, the Body and Blood of Christ. We are called into this wonderous light, this beautiful relationship with Christ, yet spend so much of our time flirting with passing pleasures and our material possessions, forgetting our inheritance. We are unsatisfied, yet often self-satisfied. We are often full, yet we are empty. We set our hearts on the things of earth, rather than on the things of Heaven. We treasure our life, yet we do not want to lose it and die to ourselves that we may life for Jesus Christ. We avoid suffering, we run away from doing penance, we want comfort, even serious sin, personal amusement, rather than the Cross. We are homeless, yet we want homes that will not satisfy us because we have no abiding city until we come to the Kingdom of Heaven of which we are called to be citizens by virtue of our Baptism.

How easy, then, it must be for the Jewish people to think precisely the same way. Called into reconciliation with God, yet disregarding His Son. We see this horrific conflict in the middle east and we watch with disbelief at the dismembered corpses on television. How can it all be worth this? This for a battle for real estate? How can people not be revolted by the images we are now seeing?  We know that Our Lord warned us, we, who claim to be His followers, that no matter how much land, power, money, resources a man has, if he loses his immortal soul then all of that is worth nothing. Nothing! We hear those words and yet so often we do not want to hear them, for they show us that the way of this world is the very opposite of what God desires for us. Our natural inclinations are so often our supernatural enemies. All that we think will bring us protection, security, prestige, status, wealth, in fact brings us nothing but dust and ashes.

Like all men we will die and we will die, like all men, with only the promises of God to give us comfort and hope that we shall be able to behold His Face in Heaven, eventually, should we obtain mercy from our God and King, and escape the eternal fires of Hell. These fires are reserved for all who reject Jesus Christ and His Gospel and die His enemies. That is what He told us. We have not made it up. We know that we could have everything in the whole world but if we do not have Jesus Christ, we really have nothing at all, yet so many do not even have the thoughts of the Passion and Death and Resurrection of Our Lord from which to draw comfort as night closes upon the end of our days.

The State of Israel was born, according to the image above, in 1948, and soon all the Jews were invited to live there, in the land promised to them long ago. Yet the New Israel, the true Israel, the Church, was instituted when water and blood gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus on the Cross and born truly at Pentecost, when the Apostles gathered together in the Upper Room, where they had gone to hide, 'for fear of the Jews'. Those Apostles, the Jewish Christians, the first Christians, had no possessions, sought nothing but Christ and the holy will of God. They knew they had no abiding city here, that their homeland was Heaven, preached of it, encouraged all their hearers to embrace the Eternal place created for us in which the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost are adored outside of time and space, the place where they now are, interceding for the Church and the World.

We hear so much that this Holy Land was promised by God to the Jewish people, we hear too that the Palestinians lay claim to that same land out of legal entitlement, but we hear so rarely that the land given to the Jews in the Old Testament is but a shadow of the true Homeland of every Jew, of every Gentile, of every pagan and every creature made in the image and likeness of God. That land is Heaven. That is where we belong! If we think of it, as Catholics, so very rarely, and talk of it even less, no wonder that the battle over the land made Holy by the feet of Our Lord and Saviour, rages on relentlessly, and the prince of this world looks on with glee and fanatical delight at the murder and carnage of which we are now all witnesses.

We do not, at this time, know the earthly fate of the Jewish people, nor of the Palestinian population, though at the time, things look bleak for them, but we do know  what God desires for all of His children - for Palestinians and for Israelis. For them, as for us, God wants to give Eternal Life. That is His gift. He has promised us nothing else. What is land in comparison to that!? That might not be a solution to the middle east crisis, but it is the only solution that God desires for us all. The problem is, like any peace plan, we can, tragically, reject it.

If only the 'right to exist' was extended to all...

Pray for the conversion of the Jews and the conversion of the Infidels... 

Not in order to insult their respective religions, but because God has invited all to the Heavenly Jerusalem that comes down, adorned as a Bride for her Husband, for whoever emerges triumphant from the bloody scenes of the Holy Land, we are all losers, if we fail to take up residence in the City of God.

Let us live as citizens of that land and let us all speak of it, lest any man think that this life and this earth is all there is that exists for us, for if that were true, that would be a life not worth living. Jesus came to give us life, in all its fullness. Let us embrace Him today, for He is our Life.

Without Him, we Catholics, as well as Jews and Muslims who continue to reject Him, may obtain everything we seek in this life and yet end up with nothing at all, for how we die fixes our State for all Eternity. If that State is not the New Israel, then it is no Israel at all.

The 'Right to Exist'

All nations, surely, have a 'right to exist', because all nations contain people who have an inalienable 'right to exist'. I do not doubt that the enemies of Israel do not believe in Israel's right to exist, but with that said, I am not wholly convinced that Israel believes in the 'right to exist' of the Palestinians. The 'right to exist' is, I believe, a right denied to so many in so many countries, among which is Israel. The unborn, too, are citizens of every nation under the sun, including Israel. The 'right to exist' sounds like a potential source of peace everywhere, for all people. Let us pray that all people respect it, always, and everywhere. To deny the unborn, the elderly, the poor, the sick, the terminally ill, the Jew, the Christian, the Palestinian, the Muslim, or anyone else their 'right to exist' is the suicide of any nation and the collapse of all nations who deny it. If only all Governments believed in it! I am, as you can see, no expert on the Middle East. All I know is that only Our Lord Jesus Christ can save us and bring us to everlasting life in the Ark of Salvation, the Church.

YCA National Weekend at Douai Abbey

September will see the Young Catholic Adults National Weekend at Douai Abbey. For more information click here.

The event will take place between 19th-21th September 2014. Guest speakers are set to include John Pridmore, Fr Matthew Godddard (FSSP) and Fr Gregory Pearson OP.

The residential weekend promises to be an excellent choice for the discerning young traditional Catholic. Accommodation options include:

  • Cottages (student style dormitory accommodation) £18 per person per night (incl. food)
  • Guest House (mostly single rooms - hotel style accommodation) £60 per person per night (incl. food).
  • Day Guests. For those wishing to come for the day on Saturday or Sunday - please bring a packed lunch. It will not be possible to provide food in the Guest Refectory for people coming for the day.
  • Please note to guarantee your place this year Douai Abbey have requested that everyone books in 3 weeks before the start of the weekend i.e. 29th August 2014.

How to book

Please send a (NON-RETURNABLE) £10 deposit for the Cottages or a £20 deposit for the Guest House to Mrs. M Barker, 28 Wheatland Drive, Cheltenham, Glos, GL510QA.

Or use the online booking system -

ISIS: Middle East Peace Plan?

The goddess Isis, with broken horn
Again, the captain of ISIS, has made the threat to Rome saying, 'You're next, so watch yourself'.

Reading between the lines in this article, however, one wonders whether the latest enemy of civilisation and freedom is pleading for a solution to the horror of the crisis in the Middle East.

The Telegraph reports...

'Speaking as the first Caliph, or commander of the Islamic faithful since the dissolution of the Ottoman empire, he called on Muslims to rally to his pan-Islamic state.

"Those who can immigrate to the Islamic State should immigrate, as immigration to the house of Islam is a duty," he said in an audio recording released on a website used by the group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham. Rush O Muslims to your state. It is your state. Syria is not for Syrians and Iraq is not for Iraqis. The land is for the Muslims, all Muslims."'

Which ironically is what the World Zionist Congress said to Jews around the world in the aftermath of the Second World War. One could be forgiven for wondering whether ISIS is a CIA/MI5/Mossad operation after all.

ISIS are so barbaric that most Islamic terrorists must surely think they are insane. There is a depravity to their conduct which is so evil that it seems almost artificially evil. What Muslims would seriously want to live under that regime? In general, though, I've given up trying to understand what is taking place before our eyes. I believe we are seeing something of the 'mystery of iniquity' of which St Paul speaks. The silence of the US government, the UK Government and Europe implies a tacit consent to what is happening in Iraq and Syria. That is absurd. All we know is that the battle between good and evil is becoming very, visibly intense and human beings are paying for it with their lives.

Let us lift up our eyes to Heaven, from whence our help comes.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Mission to Mammon 2014

A quick flick through the Metro yesterday brought to my attention the full page advertisement for the 2014 'Mission to London'. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this is not an advert taken out by the Archdiocese of Westminster, but a coalition of what appears to be a number of 'ecclesial communities', many of which are based in the US.

It is advertised in the Metro as an event 'for people of all faiths' but I would tentatively suggest that this is not an event for members of the One True Church. The reason it caught my eye was not so much the size of the ad itself but the presence of Kenneth Copeland, the evangelical pastor who responded so enthusiastically to the ecumenical YouTube clip from His Holiness Pope Francis, introduced by the Pope's 'brother bishop' friend Tony Palmer. May his soul rest in peace.

The website claims that the entrance fee to the three-day Earls Court event was just £50 but has been reduced to £20, but for that £20 you can expect some serious 'financial breakthroughs'. Below is a taste of what Londoners who pay money out of their wage packets to attend this event will witness. Morris Cerullo is 'headlining' the event.

Pope Francis has gone to quite some lengths to 'reach out' to these Protestant evangelical communities. My understanding is that the honest janitor is more precious in the sight of God than the dishonest or shrewd millionaire, not because God detests the rich, but because God takes pleasure in those who seek Him and serve Him with an upright heart. I've said before that the 'three pees' message of Pope Francis - 'poverty, prayer and peace' - runs in complete contradiction to the emphases of what Catholics have traditionally understood as protestant heretical sects, whose main attraction seems to be personal enrichment in this life.

I'm at a stage in my 'spiritual journey' where I can watch the below clip and think, 'that is completely, bat*** insane', but obviously many others will be more impressionable and vulnerable to the message of these charismatic figures promising £££s to those who pray hard enough and give them £££s. I believe that God in His providence can and indeed does assist us in our daily needs - we pray 'give us this day our daily bread'. However the idea that if you pray 'in the spirit' enough, God will send you through the financial stratosphere to new levels of financial glory is a rather suspicious and dangerous message.

Call me a pessimist, but I fail to see how 'unity' is to be achieved with communities that actually believe the things believed by the pastors of these 'ecclesial communities', who object to a number - quite a number, indeed - of the holy doctrines held by the One True Church. Obviously, His Holiness takes a quite different view, but for these reasons I have found the 'outreach' to the evangelical protestant communities to be utterly baffling. I'd love to see a Catholic congregation's reaction to a parish priest speaking like this in order to encourage his parishioners to assist in his church restoration fund. Oh, that would go down well! Many parishes would like to be 'raised up into a financial dimension' they have 'never experienced'. Money has, let us be honest, never been a problem for the evangelicals.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

And then there were two...

This is the loading bay of New England House near where I live. On the right is a man - 'Henry'. I wrote a blog post on his defiant and eloquent response to the Lord Falconer assisted suicide bill.

As you can see from the picture, the loading bay comprises of two sleeping bays used by homeless people between the evening and when the first vans and lorries of the day come along, anytime 3am and 5am - which is a perfect wake up call for those Franciscans of the Immaculate who want to sing Matins and Lauds then Prime at 6am. Jason used to sleep here even in winter but has been housed for a long time now in a hostel in Hove.

'Henry' has been joined by Andre, a Romanian who sleeps now in the bay on the left. He came over here recently I think. He was working for Brighton Pavillion Dining Rooms as a kitchen porter, was laid off and couldn't keep up with his rent, so his landlord kicked him out. I don't think, as a Romanian, that he is entitled to housing benefit, but I'm not totally clear on the rights of Romanians. Regardless he is now on the street.

I was interested in why he had moved here to England. He said that in Romania you only make enough wages from work to cover your rent. There is usually not enough money to cover rent and put food on the table. He earned £250 a week as a kitchen porter in Brighton and this was enough for him to just about cover his expenses, until he was laid off. Without wishing to stereotype, I don't think he was laid off for not 'working hard enough'. He was working a 37 hour week by the sound of things and has now spent a week on the street. Say a prayer for him that he might find work.

I told him that my boss Francis is advertising for new staff and that he should apply but that he shouldn't expect £250 a week because from one week to another, its impossible to know how many hours you will get. Rarely, do I receive a weekly wage sleep with anything above £150 and, of course, if you do take time off for holiday, that's time unpaid. At Rotunda, we do not have what you would call a 'contract of employment' so I cannot talk of a 'zero hours contract'.

Rotunda Cafe makes local press

Pictured left is Mary from the cafe. She is holding up aloft for The Argus a petition to the Council to renovate the public toilets outside the cafe. The petition was organised by the boss, Francis, so why Mary is holding the petition I have no idea. Perhaps he is camera shy.

I'm going to start a petition that our boss pays us holiday pay, sickness pay and the rest. Or a petition for high chairs, so that when customers come in and ask for high chairs for babies I can say, "Yes, we have high chairs", rather than, "No, we don't have high chairs", thereby giving the impression that small children and babies are not welcome in the cafe but dogs are. Or a petition that as employees we can give tap water to customers who ask without being rebuked by the boss because "I'm trying to run a business here"...

Essential for the kitchen assistant with eczema
Finally, guess who is not going to Evangelium because he was asked to work on 2nd August, and agreed, only later on to realise that he was meant to be going to Evangelium and this is Gay Pride day?

Oh what joy...

Obviously, I don't have a problem with serving tea, coffee and snacks to homosexuals and lesbians since I do that every time I work at Rotunda, but I hope I am washing dishes that day just because gay Pride day is total unmitigated carnage.

Many customers are pissed or high on drugs by 1pm. Even street drinkers can drink alcohol on the street with impunity on that Gay Pride day, what with 50,000 'respectable people' doing the same. The day after, of course, things return to normal and the police and PCSOs ask them to 'move along now, please' because they're bringing down the reputation of the area.

As readers can imagine, I was really looking forward to meeting, among others, Bishop Philip Egan. There may still yet be places at Evangelium, so why not book today?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Taking Sides

I don't know whether I have positioned the 'nun' sign very well. I hope Our Lady of Fatima isn't offended.

Pray for our brethen - what remains of them - in Iraq as a new Christian Holocaust takes shape. As for the Holy Land, what a living nightmare that must be to be living in that appalling state of affairs. Words do not do justice to the slaughter and evil taking place in Israel, Gaza and Iraq.

I keep seeing people taking sides on my Facebook page feed, well I don't see winners, only victims and perpetrators on both sides of horrendous atrocities and carnage, deaths born mostly - overwhelmingly - by the Palestinian people. I don't say that to make a political point but to state a fact. Presumably, among the Palestinian dead are also Christians as well as Muslims.

Regardless, we are surely now praying for the conversion of the Jews and Muslims to the Faith of Christ, or are we no longer allowed to do that? We have tried planting olive trees and it would appear that was not entirely successful, I guess because those who reject Christ (that will be Jews and Muslims) seek retribution and vengeance to further their cause while Christians in Iraq go to the gallows blessing their persecutors, holding fast to the Faith that will bring them eternal joy, like lambs to the slaughter. I'd love to hear powerful and influential Jews and Muslims denounce the Christian holocaust taking place in Iraq but I guess they are too busy at the moment, but then, so are our own politicians and media. I wonder why. We were so quick to 'bring freedom from tyranny' to Iraq. I guess that whole humanitarian wars to uphold 'human rights' thing was a bit of a smokescreen after all.

All this and a general feeling that the Church is entering into 'apostasy mode'. All we can do is fall on our knees and pray to Jesus and Mary that the 'era of peace' Our Lady promised may come and come soon, so that harmony she promised may descend on a believing mankind and the Church may enjoy the liberty and peace promised by Our Lady of Fatima. The true victory will belong to Her Son and to those who long for His coming. Come, Lord Jesus! If You return during this particular period in the Church, Lord, if we are faithful, we will be very, very happy to see You! Us and Your Pope!

Friday, 18 July 2014

Give us a sign...

The morning before the Falconer bill was discussed in the House of Lords, this country was battered by around 3500 lightning strikes. More or less ten minutes after the bill was debated and sent to its second reading, lightning began pounding the South of England once more. This is set to continue over the weekend...

Lord, if there is anything in this bill that in any way displeases you, give us a sign. Any kind of sign, Lord, that you are against the breaking of the commandment not to kill, even the highly emotive "difficult cases" in which people are begging health professionals and others to kill them.

O for the wisdom of previous generations who fell to their knees...

Thursday, 17 July 2014

A friend of mine performing one of his songs in New Road, Brighton

A friend of mine, called Ben, performing one of his songs in Brighton. He asked that I might put it up. He would like to develop a career in music. Say a prayer for him, he lives in one of Brighton's hostels and life is not always easy singing for your supper in Brighton. Ben is the son of Gavin Weightman, an author, journalist and former LWT news broadcaster, who,  among other works, has written extensively on the Industrial Revolution. He has a blog here. Say a prayer for them both.

Priest Notes "Worrying Rise" in Catholics Adopting Pagan Superstition in Bid to 'Make the Nightmares Stop'

Traditionalists 'falling into superstition'
Oregon, USA: Dream catchers are objects usually to be found in new age or pagan shops. They are said to originate in Native American Indian beliefs concerning how positive and negative dreams can be 'filtered' through a web in which nightmares are 'caught' and positive dreams are 'let in'.

As such these objects fall into the category of 'magic and superstition'. Despite this, however, one Catholic priest has noted a worrying rise in his flock adopting this superstition in a bid to make the 'nightmares' stop.

The priest, who did not want to be identified, said, "Since March 2013, there appears to have been a boom in the popularity of these objects, which are often 'Christianised' or brought into a Marian spirituality. I have warned my parishioners that the Catechism of the Catholic Church rejects and condemns even superstition even when embraced by the faithful for seemingly pious reasons."

He continued, "One parishioner told me she had bought one because a recurring nightmare keeps haunting her. In the nightmare a man dressed in white with a Latin American accent comes up to her and tells her to give up her faith, imploring her to accept a humanistic version of it in which Christ's Divinity is stripped away. The man dressed in white, in her nightmare, frequently gives ill-advised and confusing interviews to an atheist journalist and regularly takes to insulting her with such venomous attacks as, "Pelagian! Sayer of prayers! Restorationist! Rosary counter! Christian bat!" At the end of this tirade, he tells me that there's a one in fifty chance my parish priest is a paedo."

The priest stood firm in his condemnation of the 'Marian Dream Catcher' and said, "As you can imagine, it took all the pastoral experience, tact and patience I have in order to reassure her that this was not a 'nightmare', but a waking daily reality that for the time being she must live with. She was very upset, but I counselled her not to have recourse to superstition, but draw closer every day to Our Lady and her Divine Son, the Immaculate and Sacred Hearts of whom can lead us, at this difficult time, to find shelter not in superstitious objects, nor even in the reassuring words of mortal men, but in the consolations of God. Instead of falling into superstition, let us fall on our knees and pray."


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