Thursday, July 27, 2017

Tolerance vs. Indifferentism

If a fellow speaks the truth, then he has my assent.

If a fellow speaks a falsehood and I can correct him, then I will; otherwise, I am indifferent to the truth, which makes me an accomplice to the evil.

If a fellow speaks a falsehood and I cannot correct him, then I will avoid him. If I cannot avoid him, then I will tolerate the evil of the falsehood, but I will never treat the falsehood as a matter of indifference.

Uncertain if what a fellow says is true or false? Then it is my business to establish the veracity of the matter without evading my responsibility out of laziness or cowardice to discern the truth by pretending something of import is merely a matter of opinion, preference, or conjecture. Not everything is relative.

No fellow has the right to use his power of speech to spread falsehood, the sincerity of his conviction notwithstanding.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Signing of the Constitution

Commissioned in 1939 as part of the congressional observance of the Constitution's sesquicentennial, the scene of this painting is set on September 17, 1787 in Philadelphia's Independence Hall.

Signing of the Constitution
by Howard Chandler Christy
Oil on canvas (20' x 30'), 1940
Location: U.S. Capitol, house wing, east stairway

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Queen of Heaven and Earth

Queenship of Mary

From Vespers for the Sunday of the Ascension (Ukrainian Greek Catholic):

Who would not call you blessed, O Virgin most holy?

Who would not sing a hymn of praise to the glory of your giving birth without pain or travail?

The Only-begotten Son Himself, begotten of the Father before all ages, was made flesh out of you in a manner that cannot be explained, O Woman most pure!

And for our sake, He Who is God by nature assumed the nature of a man.

He is not divided into two persons;

He is understood to have two natures without commixion or confusion.

O noble and blessed Woman, intercede with Him that He may mercy on our souls.

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Evangelical Counsels

"Charity alone places us in perfection. But the three great means of attaining it are obedience, chastity, and poverty. Obedience consecrates our heart, chastity, our body, and poverty our worldly means to the love and service of God. These are the three branches of the spiritual cross, and all have their foundation in the fourth, which is humility."
– St. Frances de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Virtue Signaling

Easter Sunday

Virtue Signaling: the act of appearing good without being good.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Assuming, Healing, Sanctifying

What did God take on a human nature and become a man, both fully God and fully human at once? The following passages of St. John Damascene set out the teaching of the Catholic Church:

"Complete God assumed me completely and complete man is united to complete God so that he might bring salvation to complete man. For what was not assumed could not be healed."
- "De Fide Oerth.," III, 6 P.G. XCIV, 1006.

He therefor assumed all that He might sanctify all."

- "De Fide Oerth.," III, 20 P.G. XCIV, 1081.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Epicurean Constraints

What precisely is it about Vatican II and its Revolution that is so alluring to some people? In what exactly resides its strength?

"as soon as you eat this fruit your eyes will be opened, and you yourselves will be like gods, knowing good and evil…”

The Revolution is the putting into practice of the absolute autonomy of every person along all lines of human activity, without reference to the authority of the Deity. It’s flattering to one’s ego, in a serpentine sort of way.

Sycophantic enticements are merely a start, however; with time these give way on the part of the recruit to habits of action (by repetition), speech (cliches are preferred), and thought (if you must) that serve as shackles indeed – not so much because the constraints are so strong, but because the contrary virtues that would liberate have atrophied.

A great aid is a quarantined sterile, shallow, banal pop-media environment where the progression of Revolutionary faculties can ferment without disruption – and where opposing instincts, talents, and aptitudes are starved and suffocated.

Eat, drink, and be merry, my lads – and tomorrow, play this recording again.