Monday, 21 August 2017

The Feast of the Cosmic Queenship of Our Lady



O God, who made the Mother of your Son to be our Mother and our Queen, graciously grant that, sustained by her intercession, we may attain in the heavenly Kingdom the glory promised to your children. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy; hail our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we lift up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us. And after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.


Litany of Loretto

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins, pray for us.
Mother of Christ, pray for us.
Mother of divine grace, pray for us.
Mother most pure, pray for us.
Mother most chaste, pray for us.
Mother inviolate, pray for us.
Mother undefiled, pray for us.
Mother most amiable, pray for us.
Mother most admirable, pray for us.
Mother of good counsel, pray for us.
Mother of our Creator, pray for us.
Mother of our Savior, pray for us.
Virgin most prudent, pray for us.
Virgin most venerable, pray for us.
Virgin most renowned, pray for us.
Virgin most powerful, pray for us.
Virgin most merciful, pray for us.
Virgin most faithful, pray for us.
Mirror of justice, pray for us.
Seat of wisdom, pray for us.
Cause of our joy, pray for us.
Spiritual vessel, pray for us.
Vessel of honor, pray for us.
Singular vessel of devotion, pray for us.
Mystical rose, pray for us.
Tower of David, pray for us.
Tower of ivory, pray for us.
House of gold, pray for us.
Ark of the covenant, pray for us.
Gate of heaven, pray for us.
Morning star, pray for us.
Health of the sick, pray for us.
Refuge of sinners, pray for us.
Comforter of the afflicted, pray for us.
Help of Christians, pray for us.
Queen of Angels, pray for us.
Queen of Patriarchs, pray for us.
Queen of Prophets, pray for us.
Queen of Apostles, pray for us.
Queen of Martyrs, pray for us.
Queen of Confessors, pray for us.
Queen of Virgins, pray for us.
Queen of all Saints, pray for us.
Queen conceived without original sin, pray for us.
Queen assumed into heaven, pray for us.
Queen of the most holy Rosary, pray for us.
Queen of Peace, pray for us.

Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord!.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord!
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray. Grant, we beg you, O Lord God, that we your servants, may enjoy lasting health of mind and body, and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, be delivered from present sorrow and enter into the joy of eternal happiness. Through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.



Holy Mary, Queen of the Universe, pray for us, that we may be counted worthy to reign with Christ.

Huffpost UK: Economist Who Claims £135billion Hard Brexit Boost For UK Guilty Of ‘Violence To Basic Facts Of Economic Life’

Huffpost UK: Economist Who Claims £135billion Hard Brexit Boost For UK Guilty Of ‘Violence To Basic Facts Of Economic Life’

Claims that UK will be £135billion a year better off after Brexit are “laughable”, according to a former top Government economist.

Jonathan Portes, former Chief Economist at the Cabinet Office, tore apart suggestions from anti-EU academics the UK is set for a huge boost after Brexit.

The claims were made by the Economists for Free Trade group, which also predicts an eight per cent fall in prices in the event of a Hard Brexit if the Government were to quit the EU without a deal.

Portes took to Twitter to pour scorn on the report, suggesting the group – which includes leading Brexit economist Patrick Minford – made basic and fundamental errors in their research.


The idea that the UK should unilaterally drop tariffs as these people seem to think is insane. It would mean the complete destruction of British manufacturing. No countries pursue a policy of absolute free trade with anyone anywhere; it's the whole reason countries make trade deals.

The Feast of Saint Pius X




O God, who to safeguard the Catholic faith and to restore all things in Christ, filled Pope Saint Pius the Tenth with heavenly wisdom and apostolic fortitude, graciously grant that, following his teaching and example, we may gain an eternal prize. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


Glorious Pope of the Eucharist, Saint Pius X, you sought "to restore all things in Christ." Obtain for me a true love of Jesus so that I may live only for Him. Help me to acquire a lively fervor and a sincere will to strive for sanctity of life, and that I may avail myself of the riches of the Holy Eucharist in sacrifice and sacrament. By your love for Mary, mother and queen of all, inflame my heart with tender devotion to her.

Blessed model of the priesthood, obtain for us holy, dedicated priests, and increase vocations to the religious life. Dispel confusion and hatred and anxiety, and incline our hearts to peace and concord. so that all nations will place themselves under the sweet reign of Christ. Amen.

Saint Pius X, pray for me.


Litany of Pope Saint Pius X

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven,
Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us.
Saint Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church,
Pray for us.
Saint Pius X, model for priests, etc.
Saint Pius X, wise bishop,
Saint Pius X, humble cardinal and patriarch,
Saint Pius X, zealous Pope for his flock,
Saint Pius X, pious teacher,
Saint Pius X, devoted to the poor,
Saint Pius X, consoler of the sick,
Saint Pius X, lover of poverty,
Saint Pius X, humble of heart,
Saint Pius X, faithful to duty,
Saint Pius X, heroic in the practice of all virtues,
Saint Pius X, filled with the spirit of self-sacrifice,
Saint Pius X, who didst aim to restore all things in Christ,
Saint Pius X, who didst bring little children to the the Altar rail,
Saint Pius X, who didst counsel daily and frequent Communion for all,
Saint Pius X, who didst urge us to know and to love the Holy Mass,
Saint Pius X, who didst seek everywhere the diffusion of Christian teaching,
Saint Pius X, who didst withstand and reprove all heresies,
Saint Pius X, who didst teach us righteous Catholic Action,
Saint Pius X, who didst consecrate the faithful to the lay apostolate,
Saint Pius X, who didst wish to be known as a poor pastor of souls,
Saint Pius X, who answereth the prayers of those who cry to thee,
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.
V. Pray for us, Saint Pius X,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let Us Pray.

O God, who didst fill the soul of Saint Pius X with a burning charity and
called him to be the Vicar of Christ, grant that through his intercession
we may follow in the footsteps of Jesus, Our Divine Master; and may
our prayers to this saintly Pope be fruitful for life both here and hereafter,
through the same Christ Our Lord. R. Amen.


Saint Pius, pray for us and for Pope Francis.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Marian Maximalism, by Jonathan Fleischmann



Jonathan Fleischmann, Marian Maximalism, 2016 Academy of the Immaculate

This book, by a Catholic layman, defends Marian Maximalism, which takes as its starting principle, the saying of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, that of Mary, we can never say enough. We can never be too devoted to Mary, or trust too much in her intercession. A foreword is provided by Cardinal Raymond Burke, who speaks about the importance of the book, particularly in relation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Our Lady of Guadalupe's role as patroness of the American continent. Fleischmann begins by demonstrating the traditional validity of the Marian Maximalist principle through the writings of the saints. In particular he makes use of Saint Maximillian Kolbe, the ultimate Marian Maximalist. He defends Kolbe from the charge that he was excessive in his statements on Mary's exalted position. He counters the claim that Vatican II opposed Marian Maximalism by arguing that the documents of Vatican II affirm Mary's mediatorial role and are in harmony with Maximalism. He makes the interesting claim that the 'exaggerations' warned about at Vatican II were particularly directed at a cultish group called the 'Army of Mary,' who ended up worshiping their founder.

Fleishmann contends that there is no such thing as a Marian heretic; that is one who has fallen into heresy through exaggerated ideas about the Blessed Virgin. He argues that feminists who want to feminize the divine have little interest in Mariology and that if some feminists were to start worshiping Mary as a goddess, she would not be the Mary of Nazareth, the mother of our Lord, but simply the application of the name Mary to a pagan goddess. He does concede, late in the book that some Catholic theologians have made errors in their Mariology, but these are not heresies as such.

Fleischmann takes the Scotist view that the incarnation would have occurred even if the Fall had not taken place. This view has important implications in making the Mother of God part of God's original design for the universe. Our author provides an excellent quotation of Venerable Futon Sheen, demonstrating how Mary is the ultimate realization of womanhood:

"Every man who pursues a maid, every maid who yearns to be courted, every bond of friendship in the universe, seeks a love that is not just her love or his love but something that overflows both her and him that is called "our love." Everyone is in love with an ideal love, a love that is so far beyond sex that sex is forgotten. We all love something more than we love. When that overflow ceases, love stops. As the poet puts it: "I could not love thee, dear, so much, loved I not honor more." That ideal love we see beyond all creature-love, to which we instinctively turn when flesh-love fails, is the same ideal that God had in His Heart from all eternity—the Lady whom He calls "Mother." She is the one whom every man loves when he loves a woman—whether he knows it or not. She is what every woman wants to be when she looks at herself. She is the woman whom every man marries in ideal when he takes a spouse; she is hidden as an ideal in the discontent of every woman with the carnal aggressiveness of man; she is the secret desire every woman has to be honored and fostered; she is the way every woman wants to command respect and love because of the beauty of her goodness of body and soul. And this blueprint love, whom God loved before the world was made, this Dream Woman before women were, is the one of whom every heart can say in its depth of depths: "She is the woman I love!" "

However, he does not look solely at the western tradition, but also shows how the Byzantine tradition, particularly in the Hesychastic movement acknowledged the greatness of Mary. He singles out St. Gregory Palamas for particular praise in his Mariological thought. He also brings up Our Lady's title of Daughter of Zion, showing how Mary is the archetype and fulfillment of Israel. He writes:

"This feminine dimension of the theology of the Old Testament- from the "virgin Earth" out of which God created the first man Adam, to his helpmate Eve, to the Woman of Genesis, at enmity with the serpent, to the "woman saviour" stories of Esther and Judith, to the personification of Israel entering into a covenant of love with God, to the feminine Sophia of the Book of Wisdom- becomes embodied concretely in the Immaculate, the Jewish Virgin-Mother, Spouse of the Holy Spirit and Coredemptrix with Christ: Mary."

Fleischmann acknowledges that some may feel that Catholic theologians speak of Mary as though she was a goddess, but he counters that this is balanced by their recognition o the absolute transcendence of God. He discusses the way in which Our Lady of Guadalupe bore the visual trappings of an Aztec goddess. He writes:

Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared in the clothing of a goddess, but not because she wanted to deceive St. Juan Diego and the native people of the New World.... Why would this woman appear like a goddess? It can only because in Mary's perfect humility she appeared to St. Juan Diego exactly as God saw her and wished her to be seen: exalted above all other women on Earth, the one "highest after Christ and also closest to us," who "shines with purity greater than which none can be imagined, except for God's," and who possesses "that fullness of holy innocence than which, under God, one cannot imagine anything greater, and which, outside of God, no mind can succeed in comprehending fully."

Given that Marian Maximalism is directly opposed by it's opposite, Marian Minimalism, I think it would have been helpful if Fleischmann had included a chapter on Marian Minimalism. Defining it's opposite would have shed a lot of light on what Maximalism is. While he quotes Blessed John Henry Newman and Saint Bonaventure favourably, both men made statements that sound like minimalism, that is warning against Marian excess. While I love Blessed John Henry Newman and am devoted to him, some of his criticisms of Marian 'excess' make me feel uncomfortable. Fleischmann would have done well to have engaged more directly with those voicing such concerns.

I thought this was a really beautiful exposition of the glories of Mary and an encouragement to greater devotion.

4th Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima

The Washington Post: This week shows Trump was always about race

The Washington Post: This week shows Trump was always about race

by Jennifer Rubin

"Now while Bannon’s demise was inevitable, so was the train-wreck, potentially fatal news conference in which Trump’s true connection to white nationalism came gushing forth. Forget the canard that Trump’s campaign capitalized on economic insecurity. (On average, his voters were richer than Hillary Clinton’s.) Don’t buy the notion that this was all President Barack Obama’s fault and the result of identity politics — a kind of blame-the-victim that posits 21st century white racism is caused by 1960s racial and gender politics.

No, at the heart of Trump’s campaign and the center of the Fox News operation, which incubated a Trump-ready electorate, has always been an appeal to white grievance, which Trump and Bannon were all too happy to gin up with fables about immigrants stealing whites’ jobs, African American killing fields in big cities, murderous illegal immigrants and, quite blatantly, an appeal to Southern infatuation with the Confederate myth of the “lost cause.” Trump’s vilifying all Muslims with a broad brush and his description of Mexicans as murderers were not incidental to his campaign; they were its distinguishing features."

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Small-Unit Tactics

TheJournal.ie : 'Sorry, UN. Ireland's abortion laws are progressive, modern and compassionate'

TheJournal.ie : 'Sorry, UN. Ireland's abortion laws are progressive, modern and compassionate'

by Niamh Uí Bhriain

"Firstly, there is no right to abortion under international human rights law. That is a fact, and a fact easily verified by looking at the UN’s human rights charters and treaties which so many countries, including Ireland, have signed up to.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights doesn’t mention abortion at all, but it does say that all human beings have a right to life. That the preborn child is a human being is a matter now long established by science. As a matter of fact, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child points out that ”the child by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth.”

This is what human rights treaties are designed for – to ensure that people who are most vulnerable are not denied their human rights. It’s hard to think of anyone more vulnerable than a preborn child."

The Guardian: 'Unraveling our national fabric': Romney condemns Trump after Charlottesville

The Guardian: 'Unraveling our national fabric': Romney condemns Trump after Charlottesville

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, warned of an “unraveling of our national fabric” on Friday as he excoriated Donald Trump over his defence of people involved in a neo-Nazi rally.

Nearly a week after white nationalists led a bloody protest against the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee, Trump continues to face backlash for blaming “both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Senior Republican officials, titans of business, military leaders and even members of his own administration have rejected Trump’s view of the events and his attempt to draw moral equivalence between white supremacists and anti-racist counter-protestors.

On Friday, Romney wrote in a Facebook post: “Whether he intended to or not, what he communicated caused racists to rejoice, minorities to weep, and the vast heart of America to mourn.

“His apologists strain to explain that he didn’t mean what we heard. But what we heard is now the reality, and unless it is addressed by the president as such, with unprecedented candor and strength, there may commence an unraveling of our national fabric.”

Friday, 18 August 2017

CapX: What’s the point of Theresa May’s government?

CapX: What’s the point of Theresa May’s government?

by Alex Massie

"And in place of confidence, then what? Strife? Quite possibly. Confusion? Certainly. Every smoke signal emanating from Whitehall suggests the actual process of Brexit, as opposed to the psychological satisfaction gained from the decision itself, is proving to be hideously more complex than might be reckoned ideal. Ministers have not yet been straight with the public and the longer they peddle the line that all will be right on the night, the more they set themselves up for a fall should the public begin to worry that, actually, life’s just a little more complicated than that.

On the Irish border, for instance, London assures us everything is fine and perfectly workable. The UK’s frontier with the EU will not be a real frontier, or at least not the kind of border people imagine when they hear the term. Dublin, awkwardly, disagrees. This, the Irish say, is not an “Irish Question” at all; it is instead a “British Question” and you got yourselves into this mess, so you can get yourselves out of it.

As the European Commission says, frictionless trade is not possible outside the single market and customs union. This is not a threat, or a rejection of British proposals; it is merely a statement of a clear and present truth. Brexit is not a Lampedusa novel: it is not possible for everything to change so things may remain the same. All of which leads inexorably towards the dismal conclusion that the reason Mrs May keeps her cards so very close to her chest is that they are very low-ranking cards."

Thursday, 17 August 2017

The Feast of Saint Helena



O Lord Jesus Christ, who unto blessed Helena didst reveal the place where Thy Cross lay hid: thus choosing her as the means to enrich Thy Church with that precious treasure: do Thou, at her intercession, grant that by the price of the Tree of Life we may attain unto the rewards of everlasting life. Who livest and reignest.



Saint Helena, pray for us and for all Christian mothers.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Norwegian Soldiers

Independent: We need to dispel the dangerous myth that it's only Asian men who sexually assault young women

Independent: We need to dispel the dangerous myth that it's only Asian men who sexually assault young women

by Naz Shah

"So seeing a headline which says “British Pakistanis ARE raping white girls...and we must face up to it” is beyond personal to me.

Such an incendiary headline and article is not only irresponsible but also sets a very dangerous precedent and must be challenged. Let me explain why. Where another community is over-represented within a model of criminality, like for example, in cases of wider child abuse, where nearly 90 per cent of the perpetrators are white men we wouldn’t suggest that white people “are raping children” or use the whole community to describe the actions of a few criminals. That would not only be horrific but ridiculous.

I also have two sons. Blanket racially loaded statements like these set them up to fail before they even reach their teenage years.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am the first to challenge wrong wherever it happens. This includes within my own Pakistani community. I continue to challenge the patriarchal system and misogyny in the face of death threats – and I am not about to stop, that I can assure you.

But what I won’t accept, or tolerate, is a narrative that demonises every Pakistani man as a rapist. I won’t."

Huffpost UK: Sarah Champion, I Think You’re Racist. There. I Said It.

Huffpost UK: Sarah Champion, I Think You’re Racist. There. I Said It.

by Areeq Chowdhury

"For argument’s sake, let’s assume the premise of your arguments are true. That child sexual exploitation is a problem unique to the British Pakistani community. The solution would therefore be to engage with British Pakistani communities and to enable them to tackle the problem head-on. But what do you hope to achieve by writing a column about it in the Sun? Have you been briefed that the Sun has a large Pakistani readership? Are Pakistani mothers and fathers buying copies of the Sun to catch a glimpse of Page 3? If there are huge numbers of Pakistani people reading it, why haven’t you addressed the article to them? When you refer to British Pakistani men as “these people” it sure doesn’t sound like you’re speaking to them directly."

Sarah Champion's comments in The Sun were inflammatory and unhelpful.

The Feast of Saint Stephen of Hungary



Grant your Church, we pray, almighty God, that she may have Saint Stephen of Hungary, who fostered her growth while a king on earth, as her glorious defender in heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


Saint Stephen, pray for us and for Hungary.

BBC News: Bush presidents wade into Trump furore over Charlottesville

BBC News: Bush presidents wade into Trump furore over Charlottesville

Former Presidents George HW Bush and George W Bush have called on the US to "reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism and hatred in all forms".

They are the latest Republican figures to weigh in on the backlash to Donald Trump's latest remarks blaming "both sides" for violent clashes in Virginia.

It culminated with a woman's death and nearly 20 wounded when a car ploughed into a crowd at the far-right rally.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

National Review: Fire Steve Bannon

National Review: Fire Steve Bannon

by David French


"Bannon’s actions indicate that, if nothing else, he’s a vicious opportunist. As alt-right leader Richard Spencer explained, under Bannon’s leadership, Breitbart turned into a “gateway to alt-right ideas and writers.” His former colleague Ben Shapiro called him a “vindictive, nasty figure, infamous for verbally abusing supposed friends and threatening enemies.” Vindictive men who promote the work of racists and normalize their ideas obviously shouldn’t be within 100 miles of political power, never mind two steps from the Oval Office.

Earlier today President Trump clearly and explicitly repudiated racism and white supremacy. This was a positive step, a vast improvement from his statement on Saturday, which pointedly omitted any reference to white supremacy, Nazism, or their acolytes. While today’s political violence is still far from that seen on the worst days of the late 1960s and early 1970s, this weekend’s events have rightfully shaken millions of well-meaning Americans. If the president wants to take decisive action to distance himself from America’s most hateful elements, there is one thing he can do today: He can fire Steve Bannon, the man who gave them a platform."

Monday, 14 August 2017

The Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady



Almighty and everlasting God,
You have taken up body and soul
into the heavenly glory the Immaculate Virgin Mary,
Mother of Your Son: Grant, we beseech You,
that, ever intent upon heavenly things,
we may be worthy to be partakers of her glory.
Through Jesus Christ Your Son, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
One God, forever and ever. Amen.


O Blessed Virgin Mary,
united to the victorious Christ in heaven,
you are the image and first-flowering of the Church
as she is to be perfected in the world to come.
You shine forth as a sign of sure hope and solace
for the pilgrim People of God.
In your Assumption,
you manifest the fullness of redemption
and appear as the spotless image of the Church
responding in joy
to the invitation of the Bridegroom, your Son,
who is the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

Grant that we may follow your example on earth
thereby imitating your Son as well
and being enabled to share your glory,
with Him for all eternity.


The Litany of Loreto

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven,
have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,

God the Holy Spirit, Holy Trinity, one God,

Holy Mary,
pray for us.
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of virgins,
Mother of Christ,
Mother of the Church,
Mother of divine grace,
Mother most pure,
Mother most chaste,
Mother inviolate,
Mother undefiled,
Mother immaculate,
Mother most amiable,
Mother most admirable,
Mother of good counsel,
Mother of our Creator,
Mother of our Savior,
Virgin most prudent,

Virgin most venerable,
Virgin most renowned,

Virgin most powerful,
Virgin most merciful,
Virgin most faithful,
Mirror of justice,
Seat of wisdom,
Cause of our joy,
Spiritual vessel,
Vessel of honor,

Singular vessel of devotion,
Mystical rose,
Tower of David,

Tower of ivory,
House of gold,
Ark of the covenant,
Gate of heaven,

Morning star,
Health of the sick,
Refuge of sinners,
Comforter of the afflicted,

Help of Christians,

Queen of angels,
Queen of patriarchs,
Queen of prophets,
Queen of apostles,
Queen of martyrs,
Queen of confessors,
Queen of virgins,
Queen of all saints,

Queen conceived without original sin,
Queen assumed into heaven,
Queen of the most holy rosary,

Queen of families,
Queen of peace,

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray. Grant, we beseech you, O Lord God, that we, your servants, may enjoy perpetual health of mind and body; and by the intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, may be delivered from present sorrow, and obtain eternal joy. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

V. Pray for us, O Queen of the most holy Rosary.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray. O God, whose only-begotten Son, through his life, death and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech Thee, that by meditating upon these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain, and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.



Holy Mary, Virgin Assumed into Heaven, pray for us, that we may enter into the glory and joy of heaven.

ConservativeHome| Nicky Morgan: You’re welcome to your new Democrat Party. I’m sticking with the Tories – to fight, fight and fight again for moderation.

ConservativeHome| Nicky Morgan: You’re welcome to your new Democrat Party. I’m sticking with the Tories – to fight, fight and fight again for moderation.

"If one-nation liberal Conservatives listen to these siren voices, what would it say about the Tory Party we now have? To accept the argument for creating a new party would be to accept that the Conservative Party can no longer appeal to the British political centre ground. I refuse to accept that proposition. Because without that centre ground we can never hope to be a majority government again.

As someone who has had to fight, win and hold a marginal seat in the Midlands I know what it takes to win over those who have supported other parties and to build a broad coalition of local support. The same principles apply at a national level.

The Conservative Party is, and always has been, a broad church. There now appear to be some, both inside and outside the Party, who want it to become a narrow ideological shrine, appealing only to a narrow and ageing group of supporters. This does nothing to win over the average voter who doesn’t think about politics much but, when they do come to elect a Government, want a party standing on a platform of a sound economy, good public services, an effective and fair welfare safety net, a global outlook and committed to a strong defence capability."


The British political system just does not work well for new parties. I don't think there is a realistic prospect of a centrist 'Democrat Party,' and if there was they ought to come up with a more original name. I am glad Nicky Morgan is making the case for moderation in the Tory Party.

The Feast of Saint Maximillian Kolbe



O God, who filled the Priest and Martyr Saint Maximilian Kolbe with a burning love for the Immaculate Virgin Mary and with zeal for souls and love of neighbor, graciously grant, through his intercession, that striving for your glory by eagerly serving others, we may be conformed, even until death, to your Son. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Litany of Saint Maximillian Kolbe

Lord, have mercy on us
Lord, have mercy on us
Christ, have mercy on us
Christ, have mercy on us

Lord, have mercy on us
Lord, have mercy on us

God, our Father in heaven, Have mercy on us
God the Son, Redeemer of the World, Have mercy on us
God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us
Holy Trinity, one God, Have mercy on us

Immaculate Mary, Mother of the Savior, Pray for us
St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe, Pray for us...

Brave Knight of the Immaculata, Pray for us
Heroic Son of Poland, Pray for us
Man of living Faith, Pray for us
Obedient Son of St. Francis, Pray for us
Poor and Humble Friar, Pray for us
Example of Angelic Purity, Pray for us
Great Lover of our Eucharistic Lord, Pray for us
Consecrant of Our Lady, Pray for us
Faithful Priest, Pray for us
Model of Religious Life, Pray for us
Servant of the Church, Pray for us
Marian Mystic, Pray for us
Zealous Missionary, Pray for us
Modern Evangelist, Pray for us
True Ecumenist, Pray for us
Brilliant Apologist, Pray for us
Christian Journalist, Pray for us
Educator of Youth, Pray for us
Promoter of the Mass Media, Pray for us
Spokesman of Christian Values, Pray for us
Defender of Human Dignity, Pray for us
Promoter of the Miraculous Medal, Pray for us
Minister of Refugees, Pray for us
Friend of the Homeless, Pray for us
Hero of Auschwitz, Pray for us
Victim of Violence and Hatred, Pray for us
Provider for the Hungry, Pray for us
Preacher to the Hopeless, Pray for us
Companion of the Imprisoned, Pray for us
Comforter of the Sick, Pray for us
Consoler of the Dying, Pray for us
Instrument of Peace and Reconciliation, Pray for us
Man for Others, Pray for us
Victim of Planned Extermination, Pray for us
Martyr of Charity, Pray for us
Intercessor of the Addicted, Pray for us
Friend to those with Eating Disorders, Pray for us
Protector of Family Life, Pray for us
Inspiration to Volunteers, Pray for us
Patron of Pro-life, Pray for us
Patron of our Difficult Age, Pray for us
Prophet and Sign of the Civilization of Love, Pray for us

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the World, Have mercy on us
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the World, Have mercy on us
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the World, Grant us peace

LET US PRAY: Merciful God, you raised up St. Maximilian Kolbe to the glory of your saints. Grant that we, through his heroic example and the powerful intercession of this Martyr of Charity, may always serve you in charity shown to our brothers and sisters. Grant the grace we need always to seek to accomplish the greatest glory of God in all that we do.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.



Saint Maximillian Kolbe, pray for us, for all Franciscans and for Poland.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Mail on Sunday: My country must come before my party if Theresa May sides with the hardliners, writes former minister ANNA SOUBRY

Mail on Sunday: My country must come before my party if Theresa May sides with the hardliners, writes former minister ANNA SOUBRY


"Mrs May is making a great mistake if she allows her policy to be dictated by the Brexit ideologues. They effectively brought down John Major, David Cameron and, arguably, Margaret Thatcher – and will not hesitate to do the same to her.

I am proud of my loyalty to my party and my country.

People have asked me two questions, if the worst happened and we staggered recklessly towards a ‘Hard Brexit’ that would destroy the lives and livelihoods of my constituents: Could I ever see myself joining with like-minded people who want to save our country from such an appalling fate? And has that moment arrived yet?

The answer to the first question is ‘it is not impossible’; the answer to the second is ‘no’.

But I would be betraying my principles if I did not make it clear that country must always come before party."


I hope this is more than just bold talk. Anna Soubry failed to vote for a number of amendments to the Article 50 bill that might have softened Brexit.

Kyle Orton: Iran and Russia Are Using the Taliban Against the West

Kyle Orton: Iran and Russia Are Using the Taliban Against the West


"Russia first admitted they were supporting the Taliban in December 2015, allegedly to contain the Islamic State in Khorasan (IS-K). Moscow maintained connections to various factions in Afghanistan even after its withdrawal in 1989. Though relations with the Taliban were testy for much of the 1990s, there were efforts by the Taliban to “stabilize” relations via Saddam Husayn. The Coalition in Afghanistan has complained of Russia extending political legitimacy to an intransigent Taliban and Russia has also opened up training camps for the Taliban in Tajikistan. Last month, convincing evidence was uncovered of Russian weaponry being transferred to the Taliban.

It is likely that the Russia gambit is what sealed Mansour’s fate: it gave Mansour options that some in Pakistan saw as a threat to their control of the insurgency in Afghanistan. Moscow is indeed thinking along these lines, of displacing Pakistan, which still remains (officially) in the Western column, as the major sponsor of the Taliban, and therefore making itself the address the West has to call on to make peace in Afghanistan. For this reason, elements in Islamabad were even forthcoming with information about Mansour to the Americans."

From Teilhard to Omega



Ilia Delio (editor), From Teilhard to Omega: Co-creating and Unfinished Universe, 2014 Orbis Books, New York


This book is edited by Sr Ilia Delio, a Franciscan sister who has given up wearing religious dress, as these American sisters seem to do. I have not read any of her other books, but I have heard she is not very orthodox. This book itself is a collection of essays reflecting on the implications of the thought of Jesuit thinker Teilhard de Chardin in various fields- theology, ethics, philosophy and science.

Being very interested in the concept of Sophia and Sophiology, I appreciated Kathleen Duffy's essay on how Sophia can be found in Teilhard's thought, particularly in his poem 'The Eternal Feminine.' She writes:

"Teilhard's eternal feminine embodies the spiritual power of matter as the feminine aspect of God's nature embedded in all of creation and captures Teilhard's profound understanding of what is occurring in the cosmos. The eternal feminine has many prototypes- Beatrice of Dante's Divine Comedy, Goethe's Eternal Feminine, Sophia of the Wisdom literature, and the Virgin Mary to name but a few. Like each of these prototypes, Teilhard's eternal feminine personifies the cosmic unifying and spiritualizing force at work in creation; like Wisdom, she is at play in creation and delights in its every facet; like Dante's Beatrice, she is a guide for the journey into God."

Duffy provides us with her own poem, "Sophia," which is an updated version of Teilhard's Eternal Feminine poem, incorporating a panoramic view of contemporary scientific cosmology.



There are many insights in this book and they offer some very fresh perspectives on Teilhard de Chardin, but there is a worrying modernist agenda thoughout. Most of the writers suggest that the categories and concepts of traditional Christian theology are inadequate in the wake of evolutionary science and cosmological developments. They do not specify how exactly theology needs to change. These seems to be the methodology of the modernists in today's Catholic Church; avoid expressing outright heresy or disagreement with magisterial teaching, but continually harp on the need for unspecific changes.

The Daily Caller: Ted Cruz Calls On Justice Department To Investigate Charlottesville Attack As Domestic Terrorism

The Daily Caller: Ted Cruz Calls On Justice Department To Investigate Charlottesville Attack As Domestic Terrorism

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is calling on the Justice Department to investigate the driver of a car that plowed through a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday, an act which the Republican is calling domestic terrorism.

“Having watched the horrifying video of the car deliberately crashing into a crowd of protesters, I urge the Department of Justice to immediately investigate and prosecute this grotesque act of domestic terrorism,” Cruz said in a statement shortly after the driver was identified as 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr.

Fields, who is from Maumee, Ohio, allegedly drove his 2010 Dodge Challenger through a group of counter-protesters gathered in Charlottesville to demonstrate against thousands of white nationalists and neo-Nazis who were holding a rally to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in a local park.

A 32-year-old woman was killed and at least 19 others were injured in the vehicle attack. Graphic video of the incident appears to show Fields driving through a swarm of people before slamming into another vehicle. A group of people then swarmed on Fields’ vehicle before he slammed the car in reverse and sped back down the road.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Eve of Destruction?

"Think of all the hate there is in Red China, now take a look around to Selma, Alabama."

PF Sloan, 1964, sung by Barry McGuire, 1965


"Think of all the hate there is in North Korea, now take a look around to Charlottesville, Virginia."

2017

The Feast of Saint Maximus the Confessor

Champion of Orthodoxy, teacher of purity and of true worship,
Enlightener of the universe and adornment of hierarchs:
All-wise father Maximus, your teachings have gleamed with light upon all things.
Intercede before Christ God to save our souls.

Let us the faithful fittingly praise the lover of the Trinity,
The great Maximus who taught the God-inspired faith,
That Christ is to be glorified in His two natures, wills, and energies;
And let us cry to him: "Rejoice, herald of the faith."


Saint Maximus, pray for us and for theologians, that they may reject all heresies.

The Feast of Saint Pontian and Saint Hippolytus

Almighty God, by whose grace and power thy holy Martyrs Saint Pontian and Saint Hippolytus triumphed over suffering, and despised death: Grant, we beseech thee, that enduring hardness, and waxing valiant in fight, we may with the noble army of martyrs receive the crown of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Saint Pontian and Saint Hippolytus, pray for us, that we would be reconciled with our brethren with whom we differ.

The Guardian: Britain must ask for more time to negotiate Brexit

The Guardian: Britain must ask for more time to negotiate Brexit

by Gina Miller


"In view of these challenges, the most logical and practical approach would be to seek an extension of the withdrawal period. This would allow time for meticulous planning to limit the damage of Brexit. It would allow us to start on all the huge tasks that need to be completed before we leave, including establishing new institutions – which would have to be staffed and trained to implement the necessary new UK laws – while adapting other institutions, such as the Border Agency and HM Revenue & Customs, as well as setting up control mechanisms for medicines, chemicals, aviation, nuclear imports and food regulation. New fisheries agreements must be put in place for shared stock management in North Sea and Atlantic waters, new border arrangements between Northern Ireland and Ireland worked out, World Trade Organisation tariff schedules and quotas must be negotiated with 163 countries and new trade measures must replace EU measures protecting UK industry against dumped imports, without which the steel industry in South Wales, for instance, could be wiped out immediately after Brexit. Not to mention the tens of thousands of laws that would have to be repatriated. Quite a to-do list.

The request for more time should be made as soon as possible. The 27 other members would have to approve an extension, but they would be more inclined to agree as it is in everyone’s interests. In any case, the longer the uncertainty over a looming cliff-edge persists, the more UK-based businesses will have to plan to move parts of their operations to mainland Europe. The governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has noted that uncertainties about the eventual relationship are weighing on businesses. “We all need some level of certainty and confidence that the politicians are not making things up as they go along,” he said."

Huffpost UK: Solidarity With Gina Miller

Huffpost UK: Solidarity With Gina Miller

by Matt Carr

"Throughout this process, Miller insisted on the simple principle - which had until Brexit been taken as an axiomatic component of British democracy - that parliament should have a say in a crucial decision of such unprecedented national importance. For that she was mocked by the tabloids as the ‘millionaire Remainer’; condescended to by the ghastly Kwasi Kwarteng; subjected to a vicious hit-piece in the Daily Mail which described her as a fake and a self-publicist.

Naturally she has also been threatened with sexual violence and death, because for too many people in this country, it is unacceptable that an ‘uppity’ coloured women should stand in the way of ‘the will of the people’ and remind them that the country’s democratic institutions are supposed to act as a check on executive power. After all, as the racist aristocrat Rhodri Phillips put it, while offering £5,000 to anyone who would run Miller over, ‘If this is what we should expect from immigrants, send them back to their stinking jungles.’

So Miller has been threatened with gangrape, and lynching, and many other fantasies pulled from the most rancid sewers of white racism. She has been told that she should be beheaded and burned at the stake. And now she has been threatened with acid attacks, to the point when she and her family don’t dare go out onto the street, and she is considering leaving the country.

That is Miller’s reward for upholding the UK’s democratic institutions, and for showing more courage than the entire political class between them: she and her family must now choose whether to live under 24 hour security in a state of terror or leave the country. Too many people have been silent about this, perhaps because they don’t want to be associated with someone depicted by the Daily Mail as ‘the poster girl of Remain’."

Friday, 11 August 2017

Battle Group Exposition in Latvia

Thursday, 10 August 2017

The Feast of Saint Philomena




O Saint Philomena, Virgin and Martyr, whom God glorifies by so many miracles, whom the Vicar of Jesus Christ has named the Protectress of The Living Rosary and the Children of Mary, manifest, more and more plainly from the heights of Heaven, that a voice holy as thine cannot be denied and that we have the right to rely upon thine aid. Obtain for us the grace to be faithful to Jesus Christ, even to death. Amen.


The Litany of Saint Philomena

Lord,have mercy on us.
Lord,have mercy on us.
Lord,have mercy on us. Christ hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven,
have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God.
have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, Queen of Virgins
pray for us.
Saint Philomena,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, filled with abundant graces from your birth,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, faithful imitator of Mary,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, model of virginity,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, temple of perfect humility,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, inflamed with zeal for the glory of God,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, victim of love for Jesus,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, example of strength and perseverance,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, invincible champion of chastity,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, mirror of most heroic virtue,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, firm and intrepid in the face of torments,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, scourged like your Divine Spouse,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, pierced by a rain of arrows,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, consoled in chains by the Mother of God,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, miraculously healed in prison,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, comforted by the Angels in your torments,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, who preferred torments
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, who converted witnesses by your martyrdom,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, who wore out the fury of your tormentors,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, protectress of the innocent,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, patroness of youth,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, refuge of the unfortunate,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, health of the sick and infirmed,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, new light of the Church Militant,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, who confounds the impiety of the world,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, who rejuvenates the faith and courage of the faithful,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, whose name is glorious in Heaven and feared in Hell,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, made illustrious by the most splendid miracles,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, powerful with God,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, who reigns in glory,
pray for us.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world;
spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world;
graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world;
have mercy on us.
V. Pray for us, O Worker of Wonders, Saint Philomena,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray.
O Lord, through the intercession of Saint Philomena, Virgin and Martyr, whose eminent purity and practice of every virtue was most pleasing to you, pardon our sins and grant us the grace of___ (add your intention)



Saint Philomena, pray for us, for the Universal Living Rosary Association and for all Christian young people, that they may faithfully surrender their lives to Christ.

The Feast of Saint Clare of Assisi



O God, who in your mercy led Saint Clare to a love of poverty, grant, through her intercession, that, following Christ in poverty of spirit, we may merit to contemplate you one day in the heavenly Kingdom. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


The Litany of Saint Clare

Lord, have mercy
Christ, have mercy
Lord, have mercy

Christ, hear us;
Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven;
have mercy on us!
God, the son, Redeemer of the world,
have mercy on us!
God, the Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us!
Holy Trinity, one God,
have mercy on us!

Holy Mary, Queen of Virgins,
pray for us
St. Clare chosen of Christ,
pray for us
St. Clare, lover of chastity,
pray for us
St. Clare, vessel of holiness,
pray for us
St. Clare, prayerful daughter of St. Francis,
pray for us
St. Clare, morning light,
pray for us
St. Clare, Mother and Foundress of the Poor Clares,
pray for us
St. Clare, humble follower of Christ,
pray for us
St. Clare, faithful imitator of St. Francis,
pray for us
St. Clare, humble servant of the servants of Christ,
pray for us
St. Clare, brilliant light of holiness,
pray for us
St. Clare, wonderful helper in need,
pray for us
St. Clare, full of joy,
pray for us
St. Clare, poor with the poor,
pray for us
St. Clare rich in merit and grace,
pray for us
St. Clare, loving spouse of the Crucified,
pray for us
St. Clare, seraphic adorer of the Blessed Sacrament,
pray for us
St. Clare, mighty protector of Assisi,
pray for us
St. Clare, mirror of patience in suffering,
pray for us
St. Clare, comforter of the ill and infirm,
pray for us

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world
have mercy on us
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world
graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world
have mercy on us
Pray for us, St. Clare
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let Us Pray

O God, who inspired St. Clare of Assisi to shine her light on the Gospel and live a life of uncompromising fidelity, grant that through her merits and intercession, we may walk in the path of righteousness in this life so as to enjoy the life that will never end. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.




Saint Clare, pray for us and for all Franciscans.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Kyiv Post: The case for arming Ukraine

Kyiv Post: The case for arming Ukraine

by Paul Niland

"While Russia projects the idea of a better armed Ukraine being some kind of “escalation” of events, in reality the examples of Ilovaisk and Debaltseve show that it is actually Russia that is responsible for escalations. The counter argument to arming Ukraine is that it would lead to an increase in hostilities, this idea has simply not stood the test of time, because while Ukraine has not been armed with U.S. weapons, the Kremlin increased its hostility towards Ukraine anyway.

The reason why the Pentagon’s request for Javelin missiles makes sense is because it will blunt Russia’s ability to carry out large scale offensive operations designed to capture more population centres. The residents of Mariupol and Avdiyivka (where fighting also rages every day) will be safer in the knowledge that they will not suffer the same fate as their compatriots in Debaltseve and Ilovaisk.

The key to ending the war in eastern Ukraine has always been to increase the costs to Russia for their actions. There are many ways to do this, and providing Ukraine with fearsome tank destroying capabilities is an excellent way to start."

The Feast of Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

God of our Fathers, who brought the Martyr Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross to know your crucified Son and to imitate him even until death, grant, through her intercession, that the whole human race may acknowledge Christ as its Savior and through him come to behold you for eternity. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


Saint Teresa Benedicta, pray for us, for Poland and for the Jewish people.

Monday, 7 August 2017

National Review: The Ghost of Hillary Still Haunts Evangelicals

National Review: The Ghost of Hillary Still Haunts Evangelicals

by David French

"But now, six months into a dysfunctional presidency, it’s time for Evangelicals to come to their senses. It’s time to fully understand that Hillary is actually vanquished. There is absolutely no criticism of Trump that will cause her to parachute into the White House. Indeed, if the political crises grow increasingly grave, then the choice wouldn’t be Trump or Hillary but rather Trump or Pence. Moreover, withholding criticism of Trump’s bad acts enables his worst behavior. Holding firm behind him no matter his actions reinforces his own view that “his people” support him unconditionally. Given his erratic behavior, that’s dangerous for him to believe. He should understand his political limits."

First Things: Make Europe One Again

First Things: Make Europe One Again

by Gerald J. Russello


"But for many Europeans, the Austro-Hungarian Empire was a real, if shaky, expression of the possibility of a united, liberal Europe. It was especially so in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, when under the seemingly endless reign of Emperor Franz Joseph, the Habsburgs seemed to be managing the various nationalist impulses surging underneath the peace of Vienna. This was not fully true, of course; prejudice and injustice existed within the Dual Monarchy as anywhere else, sometimes encouraged by the state. But the Habsburg imperium maintained its attraction. Freud, for example, famously said that he would not live anywhere else. Joseph Roth found the “Habsburg” identity worth defending, as he sets out in his novel, The Radetzky March, published in 1932, the same year as Zweig’s essay.

Zweig held onto a dream of unity, even as political realties showed him the dream was an illusion. The Roman Empire and the Latin language were the initial bonds, followed by the millennia-long dominance of the Catholic Church. Yet first the Reformation, then the French Revolution, and finally the rise of nationalism shattered Europe’s fragile bonds. Though some of his fellow intellectuals found solace in Communism, Zweig was never tempted. Philosopher John Gray, in his foreword, explains that Zweig was torn between loyalty to the “liberal Habsburg realm that he describes with such nostalgic fondness,” and recognition that such a world was disintegrating under the pressures of nationalism and bigotry. Zweig was pessimistic about the future, but he was equally convinced that the European idea remained possible."

Femicide

The Feast of Saint Dominic




May Saint Dominic come to the help of your Church by his merits and teaching, O Lord, and may he, who was an outstanding preacher of your truth, be a devoted intercessor on our behalf. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


Saint Dominic, pray for us, for Spain and for all Dominicans.

Father Hunwicke joins the Putin apologist club

Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment: Trump and the Russkies

I am sorry to see Father Hunwicke joining the club of Catholics bedazzled by the old idea of Holy Russia and trying to persuade us that Putin and his crew are all decent chaps who we ought to be friends with really.

It's amazing how so many Catholics are willing to buy the idea of Russia as being this great Christian power on the evidence of the fact they don't like gay people and their president isn't embarrassed to be seen in church. We can just forget about the arsenal of weaponry they have leveled against our brethren in the Baltics and Poland, the destruction they are unleashing against Ukraine and the poor Sunni Muslims they have bombed in Syria.

There are signs of spiritual renewal in Russia, but it hasn't stopped the high rates of divorce and abortion there. The Russian Orthodox Church itself has plenty of problems with worldliness and corruption. Let's keep praying to Our Lady of Fatima for the conversion of Russia.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Crux: Francis, Trump model ‘keep-em-guessing’ 21st century leadership

Crux: Francis, Trump model ‘keep-em-guessing’ 21st century leadership


by John L. Allen


It’s already been observed that despite vast differences in worldview, experience, and agenda, Trump and Francis have some striking similarities. Both are populist mavericks, though in highly different keys. Both have an instinctive skepticism about the establishments they lead, the Vatican in Francis’s case and the federal bureaucracy in Trump’s. Both also have a genius for drawing attention, whether mostly flattering (as in Francis) or often not so much (as in Trump).


I have often said that Trump and Pope Francis seem like long lost brothers. Despite their radically different outlook, their leadership style is so similar; the off the cuff statements, the vague undefined agenda for change, the dislike of the establishment and the way they sideline those who are perceived as opponents.

The Guardian: Lib Dem leader claims older voters with views coloured by nostalgia for imperial past ‘shafted’ younger pro-EU generation

The Guardian: Lib Dem leader claims older voters with views coloured by nostalgia for imperial past ‘shafted’ younger pro-EU generation

Sir Vince Cable has criticised older voters who see economic pain as a price worth paying for leaving the EU, saying those who think of themselves as “Brexit martyrs” are shafting young people.

The Liberal Democrat leader said it was dangerous to see those people as martyrs because they would not be the ones to suffer most from the effects of Brexit.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, he claimed older Brexit voters with views “coloured by nostalgia for an imperial past” had imposed their will on younger generations more comfortable with the EU.

His strongly worded attack came after a YouGov poll suggested 61% of leave voters would consider significant damage to the British economy to be a price worth paying for leaving the EU.

The World of Hypocrisy

Collected Writings on Orthodox Christianity, by George Alexander



A while ago, I reviewed George Alexander's book on ecumenical relations between the Easter and Oriental Orthodox churches which proved an interesting read. Alexander belongs to the Indian Malankara Orthodox Church and so offers a rarely heard Indian Oriental Orthodox perspective.

This book is a miscellany of different writings. Included here are travel writings, most notably a list of great places for an Orthodox Christmas vacation, current affairs, for instance information about the incarceration of the Eritrean Orthodox patriarch, biographies of less well known Orthodox figures and some more thoughts on ecumenical issues. There is also an interesting defence of Christians practicing Yoga, which is interesting coming from an Indian Orthodox perspective. There are some historical essays, but they are all from the modern period of Orthodoxy. There are theological writings here; evidently theology is not Mr Alexander's charisma.

Catholic readers may be irritated by the habit of Alexander of taking a pot shot at the Catholic Church whenever he can. Readers may also be concerned by his pro-Putin and pro-Assad bias on the political front.

The Feast of the Transfiguration




O God, who in the glorious Transfiguration of your Only Begotten Son confirmed the mysteries of faith by the witness of the Fathers and wonderfully prefigured our full adoption to sonship, grant, we pray, to your servants, that, listening to the voice of your beloved Son, we may merit to become co-heirs with him. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


Lord Jesus, Light of the World, may our lives be transfigured, that we may come to share in thine eternal glory.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

The Daily Signal: The Value of US Weapons Goes Far Beyond Battlefield, Ukrainian Troops Say

The Daily Signal: The Value of US Weapons Goes Far Beyond Battlefield, Ukrainian Troops Say

by Nolan Peterson

"On July 31, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Defense and State departments have drafted a proposal to sell Ukraine lethal defensive weapons, including the Javelin anti-tank missile. Congress has already approved sending Ukraine such weapons for defensive purposes.

According to news reports, it could take months for President Donald Trump to make a final decision about sending weapons to Ukraine. Ukrainian troops, however, treated the news as a positive development.

“Support from the United States of our struggle for independence undoubtedly raises the fighting spirit of our soldiers,” Alexander Pochynok, a Ukrainian sniper, told The Daily Signal. “And the supply of advanced weapons systems such as Javelin will only accelerate our victory and the death of Russia.”

The U.S. has provided nonlethal military assistance for Ukraine since 2014, the year Russia invaded and annexed Crimea, and then started a proxy war in Ukraine’s southeastern Donbas region.

To date, Trump has not deviated from Obama’s decision to not arm Ukraine.

Lethal weapons deliveries, however, would signal a major U.S. policy shift, and one that would further sour U.S.-Russia relations—which already have hit a post-Cold War nadir. Ukrainian troops and outside experts agree that, if approved, the true value of U.S. weapons transcends the battlefields of the Donbas."

Friday, 4 August 2017

Paratrooper Training in Georgia

Catholic Herald: Bishop asks Congress to reject Trump’s immigration bill

Catholic Herald: Bishop asks Congress to reject Trump’s immigration bill

Calling a proposed piece of legislation “discriminatory,” the head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration called on the president and Congress to reject a bill that seeks to drastically cut legal immigration levels over a decade, and which also would greatly limit the ability of citizens and legal residents to bring family into the US.

“Had this discriminatory legislation been in place generations ago, many of the very people who built and defended this nation would have been excluded,” said Bishop Joe Vasquez of Austin, Texas, chair of the bishops’ migration committee.

The Guardian: Britain couldn’t leave the single market if it tried

The Guardian: Britain couldn’t leave the single market if it tried

by Andrew Adonis

"Just because ministers keep repeating the mantra that a post-Brexit “global Britain” will trade far more with the “wider world” does not make it true. Britain’s trade is already global – and this is helped, not hindered, by being part of the EU customs union. There are a few large markets with which the EU does not yet have trade agreements, but it has them with most of Britain’s trading partners, and the number is growing. An agreement with Canada came into force last month; heads of terms have just been signed with Japan.

When ministers talk airily of a trade treaty with, for example, the US, red lights should flash immediately. It’s not just a case of whether or not we want chlorinated chicken. EU negotiations for a trade agreement with the US have been ongoing for four years, involving 15 rounds of negotiations so far – and there is still no agreement in sight. Thousands of pages of detailed texts on everything from tax to pharmaceuticals (and chickens) are going through dozens of drafts, involving hundreds of negotiators. And that is just one treaty. Britain has to negotiate more than 40 just to stand still. Within 20 months."

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

The Feast of Our Lady, Queen of Angels




August Queen of Heaven!
Sovereign Mistress of the angels!
Thou who from the beginning
hast received from God
the power and mission to crush the head of Satan,
we humbly beseech thee
to send thy holy Legions,
that, under thy command
and by thy power,
they may pursue the evil spirits,
encounter them on every side,
resist their bold attacks
and drive them hence into the abyss of eternal woe.

Amen


Our Lady, Queen of Angels, pray for us, that we may be granted the privilege of reigning with Christ over the cosmic powers.

Canada-Ukraine FTA

Monday, 31 July 2017

The Feast of Saint Alphonsus Liguori

O God, who constantly raise up in your Church new examples of virtue, grant that we may follow so closely in the footsteps of the Bishop Saint Alphonsus in his zeal for souls as to attain the same rewards that are his in heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


The Litany of Saint Alphonsus Liguori

Lord have mercy on us.
Christ have mercy on us.
Lord have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven,
have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost,
have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Virgin Immaculate,
pray for us.
St. Alphonsus, model of piety from tenderest youth,
pray for us.
St. Alphonsus, scourge of heresies,
pray for us.
St. Alphonsus, defender of the Catholic Faith,
pray for us.
St. Alphonsus, always occupied in evangelizing the poor,
pray for us.
St. Alphonsus, tender comforter of the afflicted,
pray for us.
St. Alphonsus, instructed in the Divine art of
converting sinners,
pray for us.
St. Alphonsus, enlightened guide in the path of perfection,
pray for us.
St. Alphonsus, who became all things to all men,
to gain all for Christ,
pray for us.
St. Alphonsus, new ornament of the Religious state,
pray for us.
St. Alphonsus, bold champion of ecclesiastical discipline,
pray for us.
St. Alphonsus, model of submission and devotion
to the Sovereign Pontiff,
pray for us.
St. Alphonsus, who didst watch unceasingly over the
flock committed to thee,
pray for us.
St. Alphonsus, full of solicitude for the common good
of the Church,
pray for us.
St. Alphonsus, glory of the Priesthood and
of the Episcopate,
pray for us.
St. Alphonsus, shining mirror of all virtues,
pray for us.
St. Alphonsus, full of tenderest love for the infant Jesus,
pray for us.
St. Alphonsus, inflamed with Divine love whilst offering
the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass,
pray for us.
St. Alphonsus, fervent adorer of Jesus Christ
in the Holy Eucharist,
pray for us.
St. Alphonsus, penetrated with lively compassion while
meditating on the sufferings of our Divine Savior,
pray for us.
St. Alphonsus, specially devoted to the
Blessed Virgin Mary,
pray for us.
St. Alphonsus, favored by apparitions
of the Mother of God,
pray for us.
St. Alphonsus, leading an angelic life,
pray for us.
St. Alphonsus, a true Patriarch in thy paternal
solicitude for the people of God,
pray for us.
St. Alphonsus, endowed with the gift of prophecy
and miracles,
pray for us.
St. Alphonsus, an Apostle by the extent and fruit of thy labors,
pray for us.
St. Alphonsus, a Martyr by thy austerities,
pray for us.
St. Alphonsus, a Confessor by thy writings full
of the Spirit of God,
pray for us.
St. Alphonsus, a Virgin by thy purity of soul and body,
pray for us.
St. Alphonsus, a model of Missionaries,
pray for us.
St. Alphonsus, founder of the Order of the Most
Holy Redeemer,
pray for us.
St. Alphonsus, our tender father and powerful protector,
pray for us.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.

V. Pray for us, St. Alphonsus,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O God, Who by the Blessed Alphonsus Maria, Thy Confessor and Bishop, inflamed with zeal for souls, has enriched Thy Church with a new progeny: we beseech Thee, that taught by his saving counsels, and strengthened by his example, we may happily come to Thee. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.



Saint Alphonsus, pray for us, that we may truly appreciate the glories of Blessed Mary Ever Virgin.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Indentity Theft

National Review: Donald Trump’s Transgender Military ‘Policy’ Is His Latest Misdirection

National Review: Donald Trump’s Transgender Military ‘Policy’ Is His Latest Misdirection


by Mona Charen



Back on planet Earth, I’d be inclined to assess the merits of the question. The Left’s default mode for any vexing public-policy matter is “discrimination” or “hate.” Complex questions are shoe-horned into a civil-rights box, and once so designated, they are beyond debate. Those opposed to “transgender” rights (even if that term is completely misplaced) get Bull Connor or “hater” status.

The question of gender identity is caught up with our confusion about masculinity and femininity, and about the role of biology in our lives. The Left’s approach – to declare trans people to be a persecuted minority rather than confused people in need of understanding and therapy – inhibits reasonable debate.

But so does Donald Trump’s cynical use of the question. After years of professing his attachment to LGBTQ concerns, offering that Caitlyn Jenner could use any bathroom he/she preferred in Trump Tower, telling crowds that he would be a “better friend” to LGBT people than Hillary Clinton, and even thanking Republican convention goers for cheering that gays should not be murdered, Trump now finds it useful to declare transgenders unwelcome in the U.S. military.

Never mind that even conservative Republican members of Congress had not asked for that much. They had opposed only forcing the military to pay for gender-reassignment surgery. And never mind that the military was in the midst of a thorough evaluation of its transgender policy. And never mind that the president failed to consult with or even to inform his military advisers before tweeting the new policy — which has provoked an extraordinary response from the Joint Chiefs of Staff, clarifying that there will be “no modifications to the current policy until the President’s direction has been received by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary has issued implementation guidelines.”

A very nuanced perspective from a National Review writer.

The left's condemnation of the Trump ban ignores the questions of the safety and dignity of servicewomen posed by transgender people in the military, but the policy is somewhat clumsy and ill-considered.

Matt Walsh: We can’t save the public school system. We can only save our children from it.

Matt Walsh: We can’t save the public school system. We can only save our children from it.

"I have recently been slightly critical of the public school system. And by “recently” I mean relentlessly for the last decade. And by “slightly” I mean that I consider the public school system to be a cannibalistic mutation that brainwashes our children, devours their individuality and their creativity, and annihilates the moral values their parents instilled in them (if any were instilled at all)."


Sending your children to a secular state school will poison their minds for life. Our education system is training the next generation to hate God and love self.

Eastern Ukraine Situation Report 30th July

The Federalist: Why Trump Keeping Trans People From The Military Is A Good Decision

The Federalist: Why Trump Keeping Trans People From The Military Is A Good Decision

by Walt Heyer

"An endocrinologist in the early days of the sex change movement, Dr. Charles Ihlenfeld, administered cross-gender hormones to some 500 gender changers over six years. Based on his observations, Ihlenfeld sounded a warning in 1979 about hormone therapy and reassignment surgery: “There is too much unhappiness among people who have had the surgery,” he said. “Too many of them end as suicides.” Ihlenfeld retrained as a psychiatrist to be better equipped to treat the transgender population.

A 2011 long-term follow-up of transsexual persons undergoing sex reassignment surgery found that “Persons with transsexualism, after sex reassignment, have considerably higher risks for mortality, suicidal behavior.” The results of a survey in the Netherlands published in 2003 found that major mood disorders, dissociative disorders, and psychotic disorders are present in 79 percent of transgenders. A 2014 study found that more than 60 percent of this population suffer from co-existing mental disorders.

This population attempts suicide at a rate of 40 percent. Even after the full surgical change, they still attempt to end their lives. All of this indicates that the vast majority of gender dysphoric people are not mentally capable of the high-stress conditions of military life. Indeed, it suggests it’s cruel to put people like this into the pressure cooker that is war."

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Politico| Meet the neighbors: EU citizens in the UK

Politico| Meet the neighbors: EU citizens in the UK

'A survey of skilled workers in the U.K., conducted by law firm Baker McKenzie, found that more than half of EU nationals in the country were likely to leave the U.K. before Brexit negotiations had finished. Most of them feel more vulnerable to discrimination and less secure in their jobs than before the Brexit vote.

“The strength of feeling was surprising given the length of time after the referendum,” Baker McKenzie’s Stephen Ratcliffe said. “There are a lot of people in those sessions [during which the data was collected] who were really upset, and they said ‘Well, if you don’t want me here, I’m going.’”

And it’s not just workers leaving that changed after the Brexit vote — workers are now less likely to even come to the U.K. as well.

In particular, immigration from the EU8 declined drastically after the Brexit referendum in June 2016. This group makes up large swaths of the agriculture and manufacturing sectors (7 and 8 percent respectively).

Immigration was cited as one of the main reasons the U.K. voted for Brexit. EU citizens have already started to take the hint.'

M119A3 Howitzer

Friday, 28 July 2017

The Feast of Saint Alphonsa



O God, who didst endue thy holy Virgin Saint Alphonsa with grace to witness a good confession: Grant that we, after her example, may be found ready when the Bridegroom cometh, and enter with him to the marriage feast; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Saint Alphonsa, pray for us, for the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, for all Franciscans and for India.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

The Feast of Saint Clement of Ohrid

O God, the light of the faithful, and shepherd of souls, who didst set blessed Saint Clement to be a Bishop in the Orthodox Church, that he might feed thy sheep by his word and guide them by his example: Grant us, we pray thee, to keep the faith which he taught, and to follow in his footsteps; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Saint Clement of Ohrid, pray for us and for Bulgaria and Macedonia.

The Feast of Saint Anne



O Lord, God of our Fathers, who bestowed on Saints Joachim and Anne this grace, that of them should be born the Mother of your incarnate Son, grant, through the prayers of both, that we may attain the salvation you have promised to your people. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Good St. Anne, you were especially favored by God to be the mother of the most holy Virgin Mary, the Mother of our Savior. By your power with your most pure daughter and with her divine Son, kindly obtain for us the grace and the favor we now seek. Please secure for us also forgiveness of our past sins, the strength to perform faithfully our daily duties and the help we need to persevere in the love of Jesus and Mary. Amen.


Litany of Saint Anne
For private use only.

Lord have mercy on us.
Christ have mercy on us.
Lord have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven,
have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost,
have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, Queen of Angels and Saints
Pray for us.
St. Anne, instrument of the Holy Ghost,
Pray for us.
St. Anne, faithful spouse of St. Joachim,
Pray for us.
St. Anne, mirror of the married,
Pray for us.
St. Anne, example of widows,
Pray for us.
St. Anne, miracle of patience,
Pray for us.
St. Anne, mother of confidence,
Pray for us.
St. Anne, mother of constancy,
Pray for us.
St. Anne, mother of prayer,
Pray for us.
St. Anne, mother of blessing,
Pray for us.
St. Anne, vessel of sanctity,
Pray for us.
St. Anne, merciful mother,
Pray for us.
St. Anne, comfortress of the afflicted,
Pray for us.
St. Anne, help of the poor,
Pray for us.
St. Anne, protectress of virgins,
Pray for us.
St. Anne, support of the oppressed,
Pray for us.
St. Anne, refuge of thy clients,
Pray for us.
We sinners,
We beseech thee, hear us.
Through thy love for Jesus and Mary,
We beseech thee, hear us.
Through thy virtues and merits,
We beseech thee, hear us.
Through thy goodness and mercy,
We beseech thee, hear us.
Through thy compassion and charity,
We beseech thee, hear us.
Through the graces bestowed on thee by God,
We beseech thee, hear us.
Through the joys thou didst experience with Jesus and Mary,
We beseech thee, hear us.
Through the happiness thou dost enjoy for all eternity,
We beseech thee, hear us.
Through the honor given thee by the Saints in Heaven,
We beseech thee, hear us.


Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.

V. Pray for us, St. Anne,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O God, Who didst vouchsafe to endow blessed Anne with grace so that she might be worthy to become the mother of her who brought forth Thine only-begotten Son, mercifully grant that we who devoutly venerate her memory may also be helped by her powerful intercession. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.



Saint Anne, pray for us, and for all mothers.