Convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum

Will the baptized of Ireland shut their eyes to the light set ablaze by Saint Patrick? Will the baptized of Ireland stop up their ears to the truth of the Gospel that he preached? Will the baptized of Ireland turn their backs to the burning and pierced Heart that once ruled over every hearth? Is the prophet’s mournful lamentation so soon forgotten? “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, return to the Lord thy God”?

It may well be Ireland’s eleventh hour, but God can, even in these last moments, give faith to the unbelieving and rekindle faith in hearts grown cold and hard. “For whatsoever is born of God, overcometh the world: and this is the victory which overcameth the world, our faith” (1 John 5:4).

Sermon for Low Sunday, 8 April 2018, Dom Mark Kirby, O.S.B.

Resist

God is silence, and the devil is noisy. From the beginning, Satan has sought to mask his lies beneath a deceptive, resonant agitation. The Christian owes it to himself not to be of the world. It is up to him to turn away from the noises of the world, from its rumors that run headlong in order to turn better toward what is essential: God.

Our busy, ultra-technological age has made us even sicker. Noise has become like a drug on which our contemporaries are dependent. With its festive appearance, noise is a whirlwind that avoids looking oneself in the face and confronting the interior emptiness. It is a diabolical lie. The awakening can only be brutal.

I am not afraid to call on all people of good will to enlist in a form of resistance. What will become of our world if it cannot find oases of silence?

In the turbulent floods of easy, hollow words, keeping silent assumes the appearance of weakness. In the modern world, the silent man becomes someone who does not know how to defend himself. He is a “subhuman” with respect to the self-proclaimed strong man who crushes and drowns the other in the floods of his talk. The silent man is one man too many. This is the deep reason for modern men’s disdain and hatred of silent beings, for their abominable crimes against unborn children, the sick, or persons at the end of life. These human beings are the magnificent prophets of silence. With them, I am not afraid to declare that the priests of modernity, who declare a sort of war on silence, have lost the battle. For we can remain silent in the midst of the biggest hodgepodge, despicable disturbances, in the midst of the din and shouting of those infernal machines that invite us to activism by snatching any transcendent dimension and any interior life away from us.

Robert Cardinal Sarah from interview in La Nef, October 2016, on the occasion of the publication of his book, La Force du silence (The Strength of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise).

Be Not Dismayed

[E]t ait: Attendite, omnis Juda, et qui habitatis Jerusalem, et tu, rex Josaphat: hæc dicit Dominus vobis: Nolite timere, nec paveatis hanc multitudinem: non est enim vestra pugna, sed Dei.

2 Para. xx. 15.

A Pulverised Society

The starting point is only the love of God. There is no other solution. We can love our neighbor as God has loved us, just because God has loved us first. So, when we speak of love, we are not referring to an abstract and passing sentimentalism, but of a lasting and eternal love. Love is a term so abused and disfigured in contemporary society that we should all have at least a little bit of discretion in pronouncing the word. Today we are confronted with a type of compassionate technicality, according to which in the name of love we come to the point of killing each other — through euthanasia or abortion — so as to free the other from his suffering! Do you realize what an abominable point we are approaching? We use the words love, sentiment, affection — to justify what is an act of death! Instead, as Benedict XVI wrote in the Encyclical “Deus Caritas Est”: “Love is “divine” because it comes from God and unites us to God; through this unifying process it makes us a “we” which transcends our divisions and makes us one, until in the end God is “all in all” (1 Cor 15:28)”. But love of God and love of neighbor are inseparable: the Church herself is the fruit of a love story. Love is demanding! To truly love is to love even unto death — even death on a cross. Modern man is discouraged by the journey that awaits him because he does not understand the reason why he lives: he needs high goals, yearns for high goals because his goal is holiness. A mountaineer aims for the peak of the mountain because he knows that there he will find peace and refreshment whereas, if he were to listen to the voices of those who discourage him, he would fall into the rift. The fact is that nowadays it seems easier not to commit to greater vocations: we live in a pulverized society, in a culture where personal desires become rights. Man must understand that holiness is a path to follow every day, offering to God the value of the things that we do: in the family, at work, in social and community life. This is what the great saints of the Church teach us. And nothing could be more beautiful.

Robert Cardinal Sarah in interview with Izabella Parowicz (http://www.pch24.pl).

Daft Youths Endlessly Prose On

This sick age of ours craves Moral High Ground; so people luxuriate in the easy and cost-free deploring of a previous Holocaust; daft youths endlessly prose on about the rights of sodomites and eunuchs and demonstrate for the demolition of statues of people they hadn’t heard of until yesterday. And, in an even greater access of diseased bloodthirstiness, they are programmed to shriek for the ‘no-platforming’ of anyone who does not chant their own slick up-to-the-minute Horst Wessel Song,A Woman’s Right to Choose“.

Fr. John Hunwicke, Mutual Enrichment, 28 December 2015.

What Concord Hath Christ with Belial?

Robert Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.
Robert Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Intervention of Robert Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments

Ordinary Synod on the Family, October 2015

Your Holiness, Your Eminences, Your Excellencies, participants of the Synod,

I propose these three thoughts:

1. More transparency and respect among us

I feel a strong need to invoke the Spirit of Truth and Love, the source of parrhesia in speaking and humility in listening, who alone is capable of creating true harmony in plurality.

I say frankly that in the previous Synod, on various issues one sensed the temptation to yield to the mentality of the secularized world and individualistic West. Recognizing the so-called “realities of life” as a locus theologicus means giving up hope in the transforming power of faith and the Gospel. The Gospel that once transformed cultures is now in danger of being transformed by them. Furthermore, some of the procedures used did not seem aimed at enriching discussion and communion as much as they did to promote a way of seeing typical of certain fringe groups of the wealthiest churches. This is contrary to a poor Church, a joyously evangelical and prophetic sign of contradiction to worldliness. Nor does one understand why some statements that are not shared by the qualified majority of the last Synod still ended up in the Relatio and then in the Lineamenta and the Instrumentum laboris when other pressing and very current issues (such as gender ideology) are instead ignored.

The first hope is therefore that, in our work, there by more freedom, transparency and objectivity. For this, it would be beneficial to publish the summaries of the interventions, to facilitate discussion and avoid any prejudice or discrimination in accepting the pronouncements of the synod Fathers.

2. Discernment of history and of spirits

A second hope: that the Synod honor its historic mission and not limit itself to speaking only about certain pastoral issues (such as the possible communion for divorced and remarried) but help the Holy Father to enunciate clearly truths and real guidance on a global level. For there are new challenges with respect to the synod celebrated in 1980. A theological discernment enables us to see in our time two unexpected threats (almost like two “apocalyptic beasts”) located on opposite poles: on the one hand, the idolatry of Western freedom; on the other, Islamic fundamentalism: atheistic secularism versus religious fanaticism. To use a slogan, we find ourselves between “gender ideology and ISIS”. Islamic massacres and libertarian demands regularly contend for the front page of the newspapers. (Let us remember what happened last June 26!). From these two radicalizations arise the two major threats to the family: its subjectivist disintegration in the secularized West through quick and easy divorce, abortion, homosexual unions, euthanasia etc. (cf. Gender theory, the ‘Femen’, the LGBT lobby, IPPF …). On the other hand, the pseudo-family of ideologized Islam which legitimizes polygamy, female subservience, sexual slavery, child marriage etc. (cf. Al Qaeda, Isis, Boko Haram …)

Several clues enable us to intuit the same demonic origin of these two movements. Unlike the Spirit of Truth that promotes communion in the distinction (perichoresis), these encourage confusion (homo-gamy) or subordination (poly-gamy). Furthermore, they demand a universal and totalitarian rule, are violently intolerant, destroyers of families, society and the Church, and are openly Christianophobic.

“We are not contending against creatures of flesh and blood ….” We need to be inclusive and welcoming to all that is human; but what comes from the Enemy cannot and must not be assimilated. You can not join Christ and Belial! What Nazi-Fascism and Communism were in the 20th century, Western homosexual and abortion Ideologies and Islamic Fanaticism are today.

3. Proclaim and serve the beauty of Monogamy and the Family

Faced with these two deadly and unprecedented challenges (“homo-gamy” and “poly-gamy”) the Church must promote a true “epiphany of the Family.” To this both the Pope (as spokesman of the Church) may contribute, and individual Bishops and Pastors of the Christian flock: that is, “the Church of God, which he has obtained with his own blood” (Acts: 20:28).

We must proclaim the truth without fear, i.e.  the Plan of God, which is monogamy in conjugal love open to life. Bearing in mind the historical situation just recalled, it is urgent that the Church, at its summit, definitively declare the will of the Creator for marriage. How many people of good will and common sense would join in this luminous act of courage carried out by the Church!

Together with a strong and clear Word of the Supreme Magisterium, Pastors have the mission of helping our contemporaries to discover the beauty of the Christian family. To do this, it must first promote all that represents a true Christian Initiation of adults, for the marriage crisis is essentially a crisis of God, but also a crisis of faith, and this is an infantile Christian initiation. Then we must discern those realities that the Holy Spirit is already raising up to reveal the Truth of the Family as an intimate communion in diversity (man and woman) that is generous in the gift of life. We bishops have the urgent duty to recognize and promote the charisms, movements, and ecclesial realities in which the Family is truly revealed, this prodigy of harmony, love of life and hope in Eternity, this cradle of faith and school charity. And there are so many realities offered by Providence, together with the Second Vatican Council, in which this miracle is offered.

Translation from Italian by Diane Montagna.

Ad Multos Annos!

Pope Benedict XVI.
Pope Benedict XVI.

The various forms of the dissolution of matrimony today, like free unions, trial marriages and going up to pseudo-matrimonies by people of the same sex, are rather expressions of an anarchic freedom that wrongly passes for true freedom of man… from here it becomes all the more clear how contrary it is to human love, to the profound vocation of man and woman, to systematically close their union to the gift of life, and even worse to suppress or tamper with the life that is born. Pope Benedict XVI.

Les Terroristes de la Pensée

Church of Saint-Louis-des-Invalides (L'Église Saint-Louis-des-Invalides), Paris, seat of the Diocese of the French Armed Forces.
Church of Saint-Louis-des-Invalides (L’Église Saint-Louis-des-Invalides), Paris, seat of the Diocese of the French Armed Forces.

Nous découvrons (…) qu’il nous faut choisir notre camp; que nous nous armons contre le mal manifeste sans prendre position pour le mal sournois. Le chrétien se sent pris en tenaille entre deux idéologies. D’un côté, l’idéologie qui caricature Dieu au mépris de l’homme. De l’autre, l’idéologie qui manipule l’homme au mépris de Dieu. D’un côté, des adversaires déclarés et reconnus: les terroristes de la bombe, vengeurs du prophète. De l’autre côté, des adversaires non déclarés mais bien connus: les terroristes de la pensée, prescripteurs de la laïcité, adorateurs de la République. Dans quel camp se situer comme chrétien? Nous ne voulons pas être pris en otage par des islamistes. Mais nous ne souhaitons pas être pris en otage par des bienpensants. L’idéologie islamique vient de faire 17 victimes en France. Mais l’idéologie de la bienpensance fait chaque année 200,000 victimes dans le sein de leur mère. L’IVG devenue droit fondamental est une arme de destruction massive. Luc Marie Daniel Ravel, C.R.S.V., Diocèse aux Armées Françaises.

We find ourselves having to choose which side to be on; we find ourselves arming against manifest evil without taking a position against the [more] devious kind. The Christian senses that he is caught in a pincer between two ideologies: on the one hand, one that makes a caricature of God which ends up despising man; on the other hand, the manipulation of man which ends up despising God. On the one side, there are the declared and identified adversaries: the terrorists of the bomb, the vindicators of the prophet; on the other side, there are the undeclared but well-known adversaries: the terrorists of thought, promoters of secularism and idolaters of the Republic.  In which camp are Christians to be placed? We don’t want to be taken hostage by the Muslims. But we don’t even want to be taken hostage by the conformists either. The Islamic ideology has murdered 17 victims in France. But the ideology of the conformist has 200,000 victims each year in the wombs of their mothers. Abortion intended as a fundamental “right” is a weapon of mass-destruction. Luc Marie Daniel Ravel, C.R.S.V., Diocese of the French Armed Forces.

We Must Not Come Down with These Illnesses

We are mistaken if we think that in order to have European prosperity we need to come down with these illnesses [the diseases of the Western society]…

Among the requirements of the European community are pseudo-values. The EU looks like a teenager who is testing the limits of morality and needs a Christian education. Europe was built not on same-sex marriages, but on the respect for human dignity, the protection of human rights and freedoms, on honesty in politics and business. On these foundations Europe arose, but it has forgotten about it. These are the values ​​which today the Church defends in our society. When it comes to the protection of life from its natural beginning to natural end, then it is the basis for the opposition to euthanasia, abortion, and other acts that violate the dignity of life.
Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

(h/t to Rorate Cæli)

Ora pro nobis!

Absolute filth! Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

A False Peace

Pope Benedict XVI.
Pope Benedict XVI.

Those who insufficiently value human life and, in consequence, support among other things the liberalization of abortion, perhaps do not realize that in this way they are proposing the pursuit of a false peace. The flight from responsibility, which degrades human persons, and even more so the killing of a defenceless and innocent being, will never be able to produce happiness or peace. Indeed how could one claim to bring about peace, the integral development of peoples or even the protection of the environment without defending the life of those who are weakest, beginning with the unborn. Every offence against life, especially at its beginning, inevitably causes irreparable damage to development, peace and the environment. Neither is it just to introduce surreptitiously into legislation false rights or freedoms which, on the basis of a reductive and relativistic view of human beings and the clever use of ambiguous expressions aimed at promoting a supposed right to abortion and euthanasia, pose a threat to the fundamental right to life.

There is also a need to acknowledge and promote the natural structure of marriage as the union of a man and a woman in the face of attempts to make it juridically equivalent to radically different types of union; such attempts actually harm and help to destabilize marriage, obscuring its specific nature and its indispensable role in society.

— Benedict XVI.
Message for World Peace Day
December 8, 2012 [published today].

h/t to Rorate Cæli.

Dégénérations

My rough translation from French to English:

Your great-great-grandmother, she had fourteen children;
Your great-grandmother had almost as many;
For your grandmother three were enough;
And your mother didn’t want any: you were an accident.

As for you, my girl, you change partners all the time.
When you do something stupid, you get out of it with an abortion.
But there are mornings you wake up crying,
When you dream at night of a big table surrounded by children.

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Dégénérations by Mes Aïeux

Ton arrière-arrière grand-père il a défriché la terre
Ton arrière grand-père il a labouré la terre
Et puis ton grand-père il a rentabilizé la terre
Et puis ton ton père il a vendu pour devenir fonctionaire
Et puis toi mon ptit gar tu sait plus se que tu vas faire
Dans ton ptit trois et demi bien trop chère frète en hiver
Il te vient des envie de devenir propriètaire et tu rêve la nuit d’avoir ton petit lopin de terre

Ton arrière-arrière grand-mère elle a eu quatorze enfants
Ton arrière grand-mère en a eu quasiment autant
Et puis ta grand-mère en a eu trois c’tait suffisant
pis ta mère en voulait pas, toi t’étais un accident
Et puis toi ma p’tite tu change de partenaire tout le temp quand tu fait une connerie tu t’en sors en avortant mais ya des matin tu te reveille en pleurant quand tu rêve la nuit d’une grande table entouré d’enfants

Ton arrière-arrière grand-père a vécu la grosse misère
Ton arrière grand-père il ramassait les sents noir
Et puis ton grand-père il a miracle est devenu millionaire
Et puis ton ton père en a hérité et l’a toute mis dans ses REER
Et puis toi p’tite jeunesse tu dois ton cul au ministaire pas moyen d’avoir un pret dans une institution bancaire pour calmé tes envie de hold-uper la caissière tu lis des livres qui parle de simplicité volontaire

Tes arrière-arrière grand-parents il savait comment fêtez
Tes arrière grand-parent ça swignait fort dans les veillées
Puis tes grand-parents on connu l’époque yé-yé
Et puis tes parents c’etait les disco c’est la qu’ils se sont rencontré
Et puis mon ami qu’est-ce tu fais de ta soiré éteint donc ta TV faut pas resté encabanner heuresement que dans la vie ya des choses qui refuse de changé enfile tes plus beaux habilles car nous allons ce soir dansez