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.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Epiphany Monuments

The word "epiphany" means "manifestation."

On January 6th the Catholic Church celebrates in its Mass the Epiphany, which commemorates a triple manifestation of Christ:
(1) to the Magi - i.e. to the Gentiles;
(2) in His Baptism, when the Voice from Heaven declared, "This is my beloved Son;"
(3) in the miracle of changing water into wine at Cana.

Since the time of the Apostles, Christians in the Holy Land have marked the spots where these events took place. When they were able, the Christians built churches and other monuments at the locations. Even when war and various disasters leveled or ruined the structures, the Christians always built again on exact the same spot.


Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem - Holy Land 
Built on the site of the stable where Christ was born

Cologne Cathedral - Germany
Where the relics of the three wise men are kept
The practice of building monuments in honor of the Faith holds true in Gentile lands too


Jordan River - Holy Land
At the spot where John baptized Christ
 The structure on the right is a church,
of necessity made of wood (i.e. easily rebuilt) due to frequent flooding

Cana of Galilee - Holy Land
Church at the site of the wedding where Christ performed His first miracle at the request of His mother

All photos by the author.