Thank you Gina

first of all she takes great photos. Second of all she found my heroine on a decorative wall plate at a yard sale and brought it home for me.Yep it’s Maxine and she’s right beside my computer station now.

Picture 1  from our dining room cabinet.Son’s high school pictures. Unfortunately we’ve moved so often  one dropped out. We  haven’t unpacked every single container yet. This summer Gina and I are going down in the basement and we’re going to clean and sort. We may find the missing photo there.

Here tis,as is, now:

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And here’s Maxine and her dog

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Ironically it may snow here tomorrow.

Nice day were it not for the rain. Received communion.It’s First Friday. 🙂

Wrapped up the Relativism entry. 🙂

Husband and i are talking about getting a few more fish tomorrow. THINKING about it. Not sure.

Time to grab a cup of coffee and set outside for a few. I had the chance  to say Hello to Mary today.One of our very friendly neighbors. Love this neighborhood.  We were both outside on our porches. One day I am going to have Gina get me across the street and visit with her. She is so nice.We’ve talked by phone(she has COPD) and her son always yells HOWDY NEIGHBOR at me.

 

Dictatorship

Pope Benedict the XVI, now Pope Emeritus, referred to it as the DICTATORSHIP of moral relativism.Not the suggestions of,not the promotion of, not the rise of…the DICTATORSHIP.

morality

 

The title tells us the nature of moral relativism in our day and age. You know what dictatorship means and that’s exactly what we are dealing with.

I was going through the notes i scribbled down and realized i was not telling anyone anything they didn’t know already. Scrapped em.

I decided the topic should be a question;moral relativism is ruling and gravely dangerous. What do we do? How do we respond? How can we combat it and what’s the battle plan?

A brief outline:

it’s taken over academia. The people who graduate from our institutions are indoctrinated.

Education is the search for truth.At least that’s what it is meant to be.

They now teach tolerance as long as you don’t mention God,morals or religion.

They teach feminism which means how to become more masculine.They teach the sciences with the pov that man is an animal. These are the characteristics of an animal:http://animals.about.com/od/animal-facts/a/animal-characteristics.htm

What makes man different is that we are body,soul and mind. There are characteristics that make animals and humans different.  http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_makes_humans_and_animals_different?#slide=18

They’re obvious.Yet,the sciences today emphasize how man is more animal.

They are indoctrinating grade school and middle school levels now. They have infiltrated our cherished institutions where values were passed down to children;such as the girl scouts. They have tried to infiltrate the boy scouts. They will continue to  try to infiltrate all the institutions that were known to pass down moral values.We know there are cases of revisionist history. Any mention of the religious views of our founding fathers is ignored or down played. Their religious beliefs influenced everything they did and everything they wrote right up to and including our founding documents. When they can’t win in the court of public opinion they take it to the courts. A note of caution though; they have swayed public opinion to accept immoral and destructive ideas. We’re surrounded.Books,media,movies,art,music,politics. We elected a secular humanist for President.

So where do we go from here? Even some of our Catholic schools of higher ed can no longer rightly be called Catholic.What do we do to overthrow this dictatorship?[Note i said SOME. I don’t want to throw the baby out with the bath water.There are still good Catholic schools out there.They deserve our support.]

We begin of course by living our faith. Prayer. Now how do we enter the battle from there?

kreeft and moral relativism

francis on values

 

Putin vs. Cultural Marxism: Whose Side Is God on Now? | VDARE.com

Putin vs. Cultural Marxism: Whose Side Is God on Now?

By Patrick J. Buchanan on April 3, 2014 at 8:39pm

In his Kremlin defense of Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Vladimir Putin, even before he began listing the battles where Russian blood had been shed on Crimean soil, spoke of an older deeper bond.

Crimea, said Putin, “is the location of ancient Khersones, where Prince Vladimir was baptized. His spiritual feat of adopting Orthodoxy predetermined the overall basis of the culture, civilization and human values that unite the peoples of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.”

Russia is a Christian country, Putin was saying.

This speech recalls last December’s address where the former KGB chief spoke of Russia as standing against a decadent West:

“Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values. Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan. This is the path to degradation.”

Heard any Western leader, say, Barack Obama, talk like that lately?

Indicting the “Bolsheviks” who gave away Crimea to Ukraine, Putin declared, “May God judge them.”

What is going on here?

With Marxism-Leninism a dead faith, Putin is saying the new ideological struggle is between a debauched West led by the United States and a traditionalist world Russia would be proud to lead.

In the new war of beliefs, Putin is saying, it is Russia that is on God’s side. The West is Gomorrah.

Western leaders who compare Putin’s annexation of Crimea to Hitler’s Anschluss with Austria, who dismiss him as a “KGB thug,” who call him “the alleged thief, liar and murderer who rules Russia,” as the Wall Street Journal’s Holman Jenkins did, believe Putin’s claim to stand on higher moral ground is beyond blasphemous.

But Vladimir Putin knows exactly what he is doing, and his new claim has a venerable lineage. The ex-Communist Whittaker Chambers who exposed Alger Hiss as a Soviet spy, was, at the time of his death in 1964, writing a book on “The Third Rome.”

The first Rome was the Holy City and seat of Christianity that fell to Odoacer and his barbarians in 476 A.D. The second Rome was Constantinople, Byzantium, (today’s Istanbul), which fell to the Turks in 1453. The successor city to Byzantium, the Third Rome, the last Rome to the old believers, was — Moscow.

Putin is entering a claim that Moscow is the Godly City of today and command post of the counter-reformation against the new paganism.

Putin is plugging into some of the modern world’s most powerful currents. Not only in his defiance of what much of the world sees as America’s arrogant drive for global hegemony. Not only in his tribal defense of lost Russians left behind when the USSR disintegrated.

He is also tapping into the worldwide revulsion of and resistance to the sewage of a hedonistic secular and social revolution coming out of the West.

In the culture war for the future of mankind, Putin is planting Russia’s flag firmly on the side of traditional Christianity. His recent speeches carry echoes of John Paul II whose Evangelium Vitae in 1995 excoriated the West for its embrace of a “culture of death.”

What did Pope John Paul mean by moral crimes?

The West’s capitulation to a sexual revolution of easy divorce, rampant promiscuity, pornography, homosexuality, feminism, abortion, same-sex marriage, euthanasia, assisted suicide — the displacement of Christian values by Hollywood values.

Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum writes that she was stunned when in Tbilisi to hear a Georgian lawyer declare of the former pro-Western regime of Mikhail Saakashvili, “They were LGBT.”

“It was an eye-opening moment,” wrote Applebaum. Fear and loathing of the same-sex-marriage pandemic has gone global. In Paris, a million-man Moral Majority marched in angry protest.

Author Masha Gessen, who has written a book on Putin, says of his last two years, “Russia is remaking itself as the leader of the anti-Western world.”

But the war to be waged with the West is not with rockets. It is a cultural, social, moral war where Russia’s role, in Putin’s words, is to “prevent movement backward and downward, into chaotic darkness and a return to a primitive state.”

Would that be the “chaotic darkness” and “primitive state” of mankind, before the Light came into the world?

This writer was startled to read in the Jan-Feb. newsletter from the social conservative World Council of Families in Rockford, Ill., that, of the “ten best trends” in the world in 2013, number one was “Russia Emerges as Pro-Family Leader.”

In 2013, the Kremlin imposed a ban on homosexual propaganda, a ban on abortion advertising, a ban on abortions after 12 weeks and a ban on sacrilegious insults to religious believers.

“While the other super-powers march to a pagan world-view,” writes WCF’s Allan Carlson, “Russia is defending Judeo-Christian values. During the Soviet era, Western communists flocked to Moscow. This year, World Congress of Families VII will be held in Moscow, Sept. 10-12.”

Will Vladimir Putin give the keynote?

In the new ideological Cold War, whose side is God on now?

Patrick J. Buchanan needs no introduction to VDARE.COM readers; his books State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America, and Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025? are available from Amazon.com

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Leaving the Catholic Church?

i bumped into some old articles on a priest who had left the priesthood. Normally a priest may do so if he requests to be “laicized” for personal reasons. There is a process. I won’t go into it-not relevant to the topic. The priest in the article did not make such a  request. What concerned me were the people threatening to leave the Church over the matter. They were few and far between but there were 1 or 2. A priest is a human being.As much as emotions can run high in some situations-no priest is a reason to leave the Church. If there is a personal problem it may be better just to change parishes. Perhaps a talk with the priest would be helpful.Like most relationships we have, it’s always better to settle a matter in charity rather than attack.If it’s a serious problem not un-noticed by other parishioners it might be wise to get with others who are concerned and write to your bishop. Above all,pray for your priest.For our priests. They need our prayers,especially in these times.

As for me,I left for totally different reasons. For one,i should have done more self examination. I’m not going to get into the whole story-have done so several times.Short version is that i started skipping Mass,then the sacraments and finally skipped out the door. It didn’t take long for the big fall.The pull of the secular culture was ready to grab someone like me. I was too weak,too proud and frankly too blind to fight it off. Be on guard. Now i do now of several people personally who left for different reasons.One because of a hurt caused by a priest.Years later the person reconciled and came back to become a devout Catholic.I have no idea what the turning point was for the person.We didn’t discuss it. I just learned the person came back and left it at that.  The other was taken under the wing of an anti Catholic and being poorly catechized with a troubled background it wasn’t long before that person became anti Catholic and joined the other denomination.I doubt this person will ever return but then it’s not up to me. God knows. Be aware.It’s not unusual for anti Catholics to take advantage of poorly catechized Catholics or people they see having a grudge of one kind or another. They do look for such people and are aggressive in going after them.

I watch the Journey Home on EWTN every chance i get and it’s uplifting to see people led home TO the Catholic Church or people who were Catholic,left and have come back.

If you’re thinking of leaving take a deep breathe.If there are people trying to convince you to leave the Church ask them if it’s because they think the Church is evil and idolatrous. If they say yes,ask yourself if you really believe the Church is evil and idolatrous. Get a Catechism of the Catholic Church if you don’t have one. You can also find it online if you don’t mind reading an online version of a book. All the chapters are there. Here you’ll find out what the Church actually teaches.http://usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catechism/catechism-of-the-catholic-church/

This work was a blessing in the Church when it was really needed. I’ve read it at least twice and from time to time I still go back and look up certain sections on a topic i need refreshed on.I quote it a lot too. All the scriptural references it uses are noted too.

You are welcome to contact me. I don’t know as I’ll have the answers but i will definitely lend an ear and see what we can find for you.

The culture we live in today is not helpful. I’m writing a blog entry on moral relativism this week. It was one of the things i fell for. It’s a pretty sad excuse for justifying immoral behaviors.Unfortunately the Church is under attack from all sides. From the secular culture, from anti Catholics of other denominations and from some poor examples of Catholics in the public eye. All of these things can be a pull on us if we’re having problems anyway. It shouldn’t be cause for us to leave though so if i can lend an ear I will be glad too.Most Catholics who have left would probably not have left at all if they knew what they had.

 

divine mercy and confessionPainting.The Divine Mercy and Confession