Quiet Revolutions ~ boiling the frogs slowly

The ‘pooper-scooper’ [Scoop] has been trying to make some scatological sense out of the filth that we now live in. Heaven only knows that we are literally up to our eyeballs in specimens that more properly belong in a society that has a strange obsession with coprophilia. But what is trash [or waste] for some, has always been a treasure to others I suppose. Or, as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

It seems a quiet revolution occurred during my lifetime which was punctuated every now and then by a few uprisings or notable tectonic societal shifts. These usually died down though the inevitable aftershocks reverberated within our societies for decades.

We all know how to desensitize a frog to boiling them alive [by raising the temperature degree by degree] so that they scarcely realize that they are not enjoying a nice warm bath . . . until it is too late of course. Or perhaps it is similar to those born into a life that is filled with filth and yet are not aware that life is not ‘normal.’ After all, it is normal for them . . . a new normal; like these children perhaps?

Something similar has happened in the political, ideological and religious arena that can only be viewed as a complete disaster and deconstruction of a positive, values-based society. I should say, the ‘new normal’ has values but not the positive ones that we began with. They have been remade and reconstituted according to a perceived higher ideological end.

Take, for instance, the moment when Barack Obama made his infamous statement that small town folks, “cling to guns or religion” which made it more than obvious that our new President didn’t think too highly of our rights to own guns or our penchant for a society based on Christian values. Then last year, Hillary who has a very good chance of becoming our next president said: “religious beliefs have to be changed.” Why? because religions are opposed to her unassailable belief in a woman’s right to an abortion. So Hillary claims preeminence over God in such things. And in the Catholic arena, Pope Francis has taken mercy to the point where his version is better than Christ’s or the teachings of the Church he is leading. For where Christ was clear regarding adultery, our Pope has now made illusory . . . hidden in a fog of mumbo jumbo.

What is to be made of this new one-world-order crowd or one-world-church crowd? We have compromised away our positive values for expediency. We have ‘grown’ in our acceptance of transgenders, homosexuality, abortions, adultery, illegal border crossings [a borderless world in the vision of Soros is now acceptable to most]. Pragmatism and utilitarianism has beat down our God-given constitutional rights and back-shelved our moral beliefs and even our common sense. We are only months away from our Pope celebrating the reformation and the life of Martin Luther . . . how does that speak to the heroes of our faith during those times?

My friend Steve recently asked me if I could ever be friends with a liberal. I did not even hesitate: the answer is no. They are my enemies and they wish to extinguish my rights, expunge my beliefs and take my money and redistribute it in the name of ‘fairness’ and ‘mercy’. How can you call someone who wishes you ill, your friend? It seems impossible to me.

I think it’s becoming a little warm in this pot of water that we are now sitting in. Perhaps we ought to think more about this whole societal remake before we are too weak to jump out of the pot.

I’m not sure what answer you would give Steve but I think there may be another post in the offing regarding his question.

The Remnant Newspaper – Mercy Mania at World Youth Day

Written by  Elizabeth Yore

Perhaps, the decades of investigating and searching for missing and abducted children around the world provided me insight into the dangers to children. Perhaps, knowing the tactics and stories of sexual predators heightens my concern over naive and gullible adults, who place children and teens in dangerous and compromising situations.

Perhaps, knowing the vulnerability of young people who engage street people, whether the mentally ill or homeless, imperils their safety and well-being. Perhaps, the years of investigating thugs, posing as street people, who prey on impressionable children and teens by luring them into human trafficking, drugs and other violent crimes, influences my opinion about the bizarre and troubling catechetical advice given by an American bishop at World Youth Day in Poland.

I am sure this bishop is a decent fellow. Yet his lecture and views not only amplifies the profound absurdity of the mercy mantra perpetuated by Francis and his fellow bishops, but it poses a grave risk to children.

Read more here: The Remnant Newspaper – Mercy Mania at World Youth Day

World Youth Day in the ‘Capital of Mercy’ | Daily News | NCRegister.com

07/26/2016 

– USCCB Instagram

St. John Paul II banner in Krakow, Poland.

KRAKOW, Poland — “Krakow is the capital of mercy,” said Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz. “From here, as Sister Faustina wrote, a spark will emerge, the spark of Divine Mercy, and this spark will contribute to the deepening of religious life in the world.”

The archbishop of Krakow was speaking to EWTN Germany July 21, ahead of World Youth Day, which runs July 26-31 in and around the Polish city. The archbishop said he hopes the young people who attend “will entrust themselves to the message of Divine Mercy and take that spark to all nations.”

Organizers for the event, which contains the theme “Blessed Are the Merciful, for They Shall Obtain Mercy,” said that, by July 22, 364,729 individual pilgrims from 187 countries had registered for the celebration. The largest number, with more than 172,000 registered pilgrims, are coming from Poland. There were even 22 pilgrims making the trip from war-torn Syria. Approximately 30,000 pilgrims have registered from the United States, more than to any World Youth Day in the past. In addition, according to the official Twitter account for World Youth Day in English, in attendance there will be 844 bishops and 47 cardinals from 107 countries.

“The event is aimed at encouraging pilgrims to rediscover their faith and then to share it with those coming to Poland,” said Dorota Abdelmoula, spokeswoman for WYD Krakow. “It’ll also be a time for them to discover their faith and roots, also because we’re celebrating the 1,050th anniversary of the birth [baptism] of Poland.”

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A Parable of Catholic Penance and Indulgence

Catholic Church Saint Ulrich in Bollschweil (B...

In order to understand the Catholic Teaching on Penance and Indulgences let us use a practical example from ordinary life to illustrate what is taking place. One might call this a parable of sorts:

 We have a family (a husband, wife and child) that live together on a small farm. The husband is called away by his Father for an extended visit, leaving the wife and child to run the household in his absence.

 The husband issues some instructions before his departure. To the wife he says: “You will be in charge during my absence. Do as I have taught you. Whatever decisions you make will be honored by me.”

 To the child he says: “Your mother will be in charge while I am gone. Do as she says and obey these simple rules that I will now give you in the presence of your mother.”

 Let us say that among these rules is a forbiddance to drive his tractor. Some time later, the child, knowingly violates that rule. The child drives the tractor into a ravine and breaks the axle. The mother is told of this occurrence and because of the tears and sobbing of the child, forgives the child for the disobedience. However, to make things right, justice needs also to be served. Therefore, the mother (fully aware of the husband’s sense of justice and his unprecedented mercy) wisely tells the child to get a job at a neighbor’s farm in order to pay back the price of the broken axle. The child would then have the tractor restored to the original condition as soon as practicable.

 The child, showing remorse and the best of intentions, begins working in order to save the money necessary for the repairs. However, the mother, in her mercy, sees that the child is working as hard as possible and may get discouraged by the task. Therefore, exercising her mercy (knowing full-well the mercy that her husband would show), relieves the child of the duty of working at the neighbor’s farm and instead gives the child a few simple chores around their own home instead.

 The mother then goes to the bank and withdraws a sum of money from the family’s savings. This is comprised mostly of the money that her husband has earned but partly from the inheritance of relatives that had passed away. This money is mercifully used to repair the tractor and to restore the child to the condition that the child was in before the unfortunate mishap. But the child must accomplish the few menial chores around the house as specified to receive the benefit.

 Now the husband, in the above story represents Christ while His Spouse, the Wife, is the Church as established before Christ’s departure from our midst. The child is, of course, the members of the Church. Since Christ told his Apostles that whatever they bind and whatever they loose would be bound and loosed in heaven[1], the Church has the right, as did the wife, to exercise this power in the absence of her Spouse. She first, exacted a fair penance for the misdeed in accordance to the justice that was due. Secondly, she exacted mercy, in the name of her husband, to lighten the burden on the child while applying the merit (money in this case) as accumulated by her husband and those close relatives who left their money to the estate. Now the Church too has an estate and can use the merits gained by Christ and the saints (His brothers and sisters)[2] to be applied to souls for their aid and comfort.

 


[1] “Amen I say to you, whatsoever you shall bind upon earth, shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever you shall loose upon earth, shall be loosed also in heaven.” __ Matthew 18:18

[2] “For whosoever shall do the will of my Father, that is in heaven, he is my brother, and sister, and mother.” __ Matthew 12:50