Tuesday, February 25, 2020

To Thee Have I Lifted Up My Eyes

To Thee have I lifted up my eyes, who dwellest in heaven.  Behold as the eyes of servants are on the hands of their masters, as the eyes of the handmaid are on the hands of her mistress: so are our eyes unto the Lord our God, until he have mercy on us.  Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us: for we are greatly filled with contempt.  For our soul is greatly filled: we are a reproach to the rich, and contempt to the proud." (Psalm 122)

The attitude of equality is everywhere.  It is "socially correct".

But equality quickly becomes tyranny.  The heads come off to make everyone equal.  For example, I am the wife of a man and the mother of children.  This position is both lesser and greater in different ways.  My place is sacred to me.  It is valued, it is precious.  But I hear from those who would knock down privileges, "This is too much for one person."

Alone I am nothing.  But the responsibility I feel to my children is very strong.  Looking into my baby's confident face, I think: how could anyone be overwhelmed by too many blessings?  Following her example, I lift up my eyes to my husband and there are always exquisite graces waiting there from certain angels and from God.

St. Mark's Basilica in Venice
This way is beautiful.  It is like a castle always rising with channels of hierarchy and graces ever flowing.  It is contrary to the "strong woman" ideal.  But of course the feminists do not have many blessings.

We arrange ourselves according to the laws and responsibilities of vocations.  We align ourselves with supernatural forces by denying ourselves, taking up the Cross, and following Him.

Recognizing our sinfulness allows us to put confidence in higher things.  Freedom accords to law.  Everything is majestic with the distinction of Christian order.  Seeking after perfections is the way to God.  We look for graces from the angels of our orders and our superiors..

When a woman does not adore her realm: her home, her children, all the attributes of her nature, her modesty, her husband, her source, her Creator...she is nothing!

Where is the devotion to vocation in the sentiments of my soul?  I love- but I am too selfish!  I cannot command obedience from my children- without moving their consciences to higher perfections.  Where is my head in this world of chaos and disorder?

In this feminist reign of terror, the family is levelled by equality.  How can we restore the order?

"For if a woman be not covered, let her be shorn.  But if it be a shame to a woman to be shorn or made bald, let her cover her head.  The man indeed ought not to cover his head, because he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of the man.  For the man is not of the woman, but the woman of the man.  For the man was not created for the woman, but the woman for the man.  Therefore ought the woman to have a power over her head, because of the angels."  (1 Corinthians 11: 6-10)

Thursday, February 13, 2020

The Marvels of Charity

Creation is a dazzling display of divine meaning and mystery.  Through the truths of nature, man can find God.

Grace directs the movements of the soul to the essence of God: which is charity.  Charity is the friendship of man for God, warming our souls and those closest to ourselves.  Charity is the final and perfect good.  With its blessing, every man and culture is made Sacred. 

Today most men are not in a state of grace.  Our souls starve and die.  The world becomes a place of pagan sensuality and charity flees.  Man is severed from his spiritual nature, making him incapable of perceiving the Divine spirit.  The light of understanding is shut off in the soul.

This is why many people go around "enjoying" life without being happy.  How sad and depressing when everything is only a game.  Without peace or tranquility of order, man cannot have vibrancy or joy in his soul.  No virtues can flourish, least of all the flaming charity!  We are now strangers to the sacred truths in all realities.

Only the Sacraments of the Church and the orders of vocation can restore the marvels of charity.

"And if I should have prophecy and should know all mysteries, and all knowledge, and if I should have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.  And if I should distribute all my goods to feed the poor, and if I should deliver my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.  Charity is patient, is kind: charity envieth not, dealeth not perversely; is not puffed up; Is not ambitious, seeketh not her own, is not provoked to anger, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth with the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.  Charity never falleth away: whether prophecies shall be made void, or tongues shall cease, or knowledge shall be destroyed.  For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.  But when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away.  When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child.  But, when I became a man, I put away the things of a child.  We see now through a glass in a dark manner; but then face to face.  Now I know in part; but then I shall know even as I am known.  And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity.  (1 Corinthians 13)

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Queen of Patriarchs

Adoration of the Magi, Juan Antonio de Frias y Escalante
Our Lady is an admirable and singular creature, without whom the world would be isolated in sin.  Indeed, she is the Mother of Divine Grace.

The Litany of Loreto is full of charming phrases that lift us to another realm of understanding: Mother inviolate, Queen of Angels, Queen of Patriarchs, Mirror of Justice, Seat of Wisdom, Cause of our Joy, Spiritual Vessel, Vessel of Honor, House of Gold, Ark of the Covenant, Gate of Heaven, Morning Star, Queen of families...  She participates in our redemption to the point that she is called the Co-Redemptrix of mankind.  Our spiritual Mother is millions of times a more powerful advocate than any earthly mother.  She is the Mother of mercy; our life, our sweetness and our hope.

Grace moves through hierarchies.  The nine choirs of angels have greater or lesser privileges and authorities.  The higher angels communicate what they know of God to the lower angels.  They all love and honor these channels.  Through tiers flow the graces.

When he saw that a woman would surpass him, Lucifer rebelled.  Pride and envy moved him to reject his place as one of the highest creatures and wage war on the intricacy of God's design.

The sin of Lucifer mirrors the feminist war on the patriarchy.  All societies since Adam have been patriarchal.  The reason is simple: creation is a hierarchy originating in God.  "Equal rights" cannot smash the natural impasse of biological fact.  Why try to change the woman?  She is a perfect creation.  Femininity should be admired, regarded as precious, cherished.  Because it is not, children are destitute or murdered in the womb.  The most vulnerable are exposed to tools of murder and hate.  Feminist equality is responsible for the insolent exploitation of women and children.

When will the world turn back to God?  What will it take to restore innocence, to reignite the fires of Christian charity?  It will take a rejection of romanticism, immorality, egalitarianism and free love.  It will take a return to order, family, marriage, patriarchy and God.

Jesus Healing the Servant of a Centurion, Paolo Veronese
"And Jesus went with them.  And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent his friends to him, saying: Lord, trouble not thyself; for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof.  For which cause neither did I think myself worthy to come to thee; but say the word, and my servant shall be healed.  For I also am a man subject to authority, having under me soldiers: and I say to one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doth it.  Which Jesus hearing, marveled: and turning about to the multitude that followed him, he said: Amen I say to you, I have not found so great faith, not even in Israel.  And they who were sent, being returned to the house, found the servant whole who had been sick."  (Luke 7:6-10)

Monday, February 10, 2020

Self-Worship or Self-Sacrifice?

We live in the age of narcissism.  We idolize celebrities, resort vacations, Fifth Avenue brands and outlandish entertainment.  We employ get rich quick schemes, mortgages, credit cards, cosmetic surgeries and drugs.

Smartphones let everyone access the self-centered utopia.

In this divine world of yoga classes and environmentally ethical products, exotic health food and life therapy sessions, who can we blame for our continued unhappiness?  We are tempted to scapegoat our parents and history.  But we believe that with enough self-care and human rights we can overcome the problems of mankind.

The same self-worshippers become ego-centric fanatics, hippies, feminists, homosexuals, or transgender.  Rebellion from every natural and moral restraint is a last attempt at breaking the glass ceiling of human imperfection.

Of course these lifestyles end in frustration.  Reality wins over grandiose fantasy.  Man cannot be divorced from his Creator or his nature.  We are all broken sinners.  We all bear the defects of Original Sin.  We cannot be free or happy until we subject ourselves to Truth and the Commandments.

We should reflect on the Christian world!  When we return to God, we find our Beginning and End.  The beautiful bond of vocation distinguishes every act to be glorious.  St. Therese's "Little Way" is a perfect example.  She discovered the layers of perfection that exist in a tiny action done with total abandonment.  Self-sacrifice enables us to rise above the curse of sin.  Throwing off worldliness, St. Francis said, "Lord, let me be an instrument of your peace."

It is only in a Christian civilization of natural and moral laws that we can honor the inalienable rights of individuals.

We admire above all human acts those who fight for civilization and those who give the ultimate sacrifice.

"Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13)

Thursday, January 30, 2020

The Way of Beauty and Secularism

God is real.  We look up at the stained glass windows and see truth, goodness and beauty.  We see virtue, we see grace.

There is an absolute majesty of being Catholic.  It is the lifestyle that does not grow bitter or exhausting.  Because every time that we would give up, we are given a grace to persevere.  Our Creator will not abandon us.

Life is not a re-enactment, a play or a religious game.  If we actually believe in the reality of God, we see grace everywhere.  We look for God's providence and the right order in every situation.

This goes the other way too: how can we participate in immoral and evil activities with absolutely no thought of  God?  How can we run around living purely for pleasure, dressing like savages, rejecting the ways of civilization?

Secularism can masquerade as beauty.  There are those obsessed with taking everything beautiful for themselves.  They go about life pretending to love beauty, but they use it only to feed a disgusting, selfish and conceited attitude.

When we go through this marvelous world using it for ourselves, we are mocking God.

This is an error of today: we think "Catholic" in a secular way.  We put our Catholic as just one part of ourselves, as if it is not everything.  We play with morality, taking it out of the box when we feel like it or when it makes us look good.  But Faith is either entire or it is nothing.

If we are not in a state of grace, our souls are dead and they cannot create or appreciate beauty.

Civilization is founded on the fusion of human and divine.  Those who came before us built a world of God.

It is to lead us higher.  It lifts our hearts.  Beauty is the way to God.

There are angels who show us the metaphysical truths.  They come to us in nuances, flashes of understanding, like twinkling lights and teasing shadows.  Our souls must be calm and ready to grasp at the visions.  If we are busy and distracted we will miss them.

Walking down a street, with the soft glow of lamps and rows of fine windows is like heaven.  The little cafes with coffee and pretty tables is Christian order.  When we meditate on the wonderful civilization that is made of truth and goodness...  It is a feast of God.  It is not something we can consume greedily, but observe calmly and learn a lesson.

Lessons of life are learned along the way of beauty.  It is little miracles that show us heaven in bursts of understanding.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Can you be Feminist and Pro Life?

Can you be feminist and pro-life?  Many pro-lifers say yes.

In Genesis God created woman in her nature and before the fall as the wife of man.  St. Thomas calls woman "the end of man".  Man was commanded to love his wife as his own body.  So men built castles around their families to defend them.  The Christian world venerated Marriage as a Sacrament and motherhood was an essential truth; valued, adorned and loved.

Feminism began by giving women the right to vote.  Feminists admitted women to colleges and gained better employment.  In the early twentieth century most public positions were held by male representatives of districts or households.  But subsidiarity was replaced with a system of equal rights.  The family was being leveled.

Prior to the sexual revolution, the home was still considered a safe environment for women to nurture children.  Frustrated with their inability to get women out of family life, feminists preached about "traditional suppression", calling motherhood the most deeply ingrained injustice in all of history.

To make woman equal, her nature would need to be changed.

Equality at any cost!  Women needed liberated from Christian order- from oppressive human nature!  Birth control and abortion were made "human rights", and women were finally free.

Yet fifty years later, feminists were still fighting for equality.  The me-too movement finally converged on an essential hypocrisy.  It denied the sexual vulnerability of women, at the same time condemning sexual harassment.  Feminism used women again, this time in an even more brash denial of her physiological womanhood.

The feminist pioneers had already gravitated to this point.  Radical philosopher Simone Beauvoir spent her life ranting about it, titling one of her books The Second Sex.

Today we near the pinnace of feminist utopia.  Rebellion has driven women down a path of social and spiritual lies.  Many become increasingly angry when they arrive at the disorder of the world's fallen state.

Women struggle to balance career and family life.  Families are broken.  Marriage is no longer considered a vital institution.  Christian laws and morals are under attack.

Can you be feminist and pro-life?  Many call abortion the feminist "sacrament".

In denying woman's nature, feminism is profoundly anti-woman.  It is anti-family, anti-truth and anti-God.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

In the Silence

Screens starve our souls of the grace of silence.
It is easy to loose ourselves in the godless hysteria of our times.  Everything is commercialized to serve insane secular demand.  But it is all so fake, so unnatural and so empty.

In the silence our souls begin to reawaken.

When we shut off the bombardment of filth and dare to stand with all that stripped away, then we see our true situation.

Maybe this causes anxiety.  We are addicted to constant stimulation.  We are dependent on the distracting indoctrination of the Revolution.  Screens starve our souls of the grace of silence.

Throw it all off!  Step back and survey the wreck of the world.  Can we nurture our souls to reawaken, to dream once again?

Go out and defend the civilization that rests on the shoulders
of Christians.
I look at my baby and want her to feast on the fruits of Christendom.  I want for her the spirit of God!  But we live in a time of moral decay, some say on the brink of crisis.

The greater the battle, the more glorious the fight.  Do not surrender and hide!  Go out and defend the civilization that rests on the shoulders of Christians.  Send your children to a robust future.  Restore man to his glorious state.  Defy the politically correct agenda and instead find beauty in every situation, in thoughts, conversations and ways of being.

The Christian family is the place to learn love.  But it is just the beginning.

Do we dare to reject the secular postmodern world, to live according to truth and to fight for a return to order?

Monday, January 27, 2020

Hedwig Anna

We now have another blessing from God.

Hedwig Anna born October 17, 2019

Angels and Men

They are very attached to a soft romantic
"What is life?  It has been given that we may work and merit heaven."

I memorized that statement years ago, thinking it sounded so depressing.

I see people live this motto, complete with petty works and a legalistic heaven.  They choose to exist in a bubble of predestination, with everything safely labelled "Christian".  They are very attached to a soft romantic lifestyle.

Although we desire salvation, we live in the material world.  Sanctity is to glorify God.  We must not wait for heaven to glorify Him, but in every thought, word and action we can glorify God now.  We can see God in the beauty of creation, of culture, and of truth.

We are not angels.  We are men.  We are made for a material world.  By our sin we have fallen.  But by God's grace we can rise again.  This is Christendom:  man must reach for perfection, while fighting for God's justice along the way.

We are not angels.  We are men.
We are made for a material world.
Life is a constant struggle against disorder.  If we stop fighting and indulge in the perfect "Catholic" lifestyle, we will soon descend into self-worship and humanistic error.

We must imitate the crusaders' heroism to deny ourselves, take up the Cross and follow Him.  It is in this concept that man's salvation consists.  It will not suffice to ignore current realities in hope of one day finding God.  We must open our eyes and see God in the realities.

Love Them Both

We see signs like "Love them both," and wonder,
if mother and baby are both victims,
who is responsible for the death of the child?
The March for life 2020 attendees agree on one thing: abortion is murder.

Murder is against the fifth commandment: thou shalt not kill.  Yet we see signs like "Love them both," and wonder, if mother and baby are both victims, who is responsible for the death of the child?

Do we blame the pressure of a selfish world or the obscurely oppressive "patriarchy"?  Women are turned from murderer to victim in an instant, just by waving the badge of being female.  They are inviolate beings in a postmodern feminist heaven.

Yet we live in a free country where a woman has aborted her unborn child.

Despite feminist rhetoric, "equal rights" for women already exist.  Fifty years have passed since the sexual revolution "liberated" women to free love with no fault divorce, birth control and abortion.  Rape and incest account for less than 1% of abortions nationwide with over a million abortions occurring every year.  Most women say they have never felt "oppressed".  They enjoy education grants and corporate competition like never before.  Often it is babies conceived out of wedlock who are unwanted and aborted, meaning the problem goes beyond abortion to a moral crisis of violations against chastity and Marriage.  A father has no legal say in abortion.  "My body my choice!" is even shouted by macabre activists.  It is classic feminist hypocrisy then to turn around and cry victim again.

God tells us to turn to Him lest we perish by our own sins.  Without a return to moral laws, abortion will not end.  And unless women take responsibility, we cannot really love them both.

"Mercy and truth have met each other: justice and peace have kissed.  Truth is sprung out of the earth: and justice hath looked down from heaven." (Psalm 84:11-12)