Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Hey YouTube, Remove Eucharistic Desecration Videos!!

America Needs Fatima has a link to a petition to be sent to YouTube asking that they pull videos showing the desecration of the Eucharist.  Please go to the link and add your voice to those supporting this effort.  I really like YouTube for its videos, but if they continue to show these anti-Catholic, blasphemous videos, I may have to avoid them altogether.  Hopefully, saner minds will prevail and these videos will be pulled from the site.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

With A Capital "C"

I think you will enjoy this video as much as I did.  The group performing call themselves Go Fish. 
No need for me to explain the purpose of this video. And, so, dear Academicians, here are Go Fish:

Sunday, November 22, 2009

If You Insist on Deep Frying Your Turkey, Please Read This First

OK, I've never had deep-fried turkey, but I understand that it's gaining in popularity.  However, if you insist on cooking your turkey this way, please refer to the handy Popular Mechanics Guide for advice.  Otherwise, you may be in the same situation as this guy:

Can We Find One Righteous Man?

Well, it turns out that Senator Ben Nelson voted for cloture on the health "care" bill.  While this only means that the bill will pass to the floor for debate, Jill Stanek points out that 97% of the bills that receive cloture ultimately are passed.  It's unfortunate that Senator Nelson, who describes himself as pro-life, would not take a stand at this stage and stand up for the principle that all human life is sacred.  The loss of political office and political committe assignments always seem to come ahead of principles.  Very sad.

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Pro-Lifers Did It!

The Pro-Lifers Did It!

In a column by Rich Lowrey at National Review Online, he notes that for the first time since Roe v. Wade a pro-life governor has been elected in New Jersey as well as Virginia. In addition, the health care bill was almost terminated in the House until they agreed to Congressman Bart Stupak's anti-abortion provision. This is good news and shows an overall trend in the United States toward pro-life. Recently, many in the media and elsewhere tried to show that the Republican party was being hurt be adhering to its conservative social principles. That thinking is being proven wrong.

Pray that Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) can stand tough in the Senate and make sure that abortion funding is not included in that chamber's bill. Unfortunately, it seems that Senator Nelson will vote tomorrow night for the bill to pass to the floor of the Senate for debate. The pro-life advocates were hoping that he would object to even that much progress. If Senator Nelson stands in the way of passage of this bill he will surely be made to pay for it by the powers that be in the Senate.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Senate Version of " Health Care" Bill Requires Payment for Abortions

Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), the Senate Majority Leader, has introduced the Senate version of the "health care" bill.  The bill is over 2,000 pages in length and the senators were given 36 hours to read through it.   Then there will be a vote Saturday evening.  What is it with these Saturday votes?  If Senator Reid and Representative Pelosi really want to remedy our health care problems and craft vital legislation, why are they ramming through these monstrosities on weekend nights?  Why are they afraid of the light of the day?  And, why won't they give our legislators sufficient time to review these unwieldy propositions?

I think the answer is clear... they don't want analysis, they want a political victory and they are not concerned about the human cost.

Tom Peters at The American Papist blog highlights a speech by Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb) who states that all it will take to defeat the public funding of abortion is for one pro-life Democratic senator to stand up and vote no.  Who will that senator be?  Let's hope and pray that a pro-life Democrat has the courage and the conviction to stand up for human life.

No, You Can't Have My Rights -- I'm Still Using Them

That's what it says on a button given to the columnist Nat Hentoff by his daughter recently.  If you haven't heard of Nat Hentoff, he was a columnist for The Village Voice for many years, espousing civil rights and what one would think of as typically "liberal" causes.  What shook the left was when Mr. Hentoff proclaimed himself to be pro-life in the 1980's; a decision he saw as quite consistent with his anti-war, pro civil rights thinking.  However, he soon learned that others in his profession did not see the consistency.

In a recent column for the Human Life Review , Hentoff describes the personal and professional difficulties that came to him after his announcement of his anti-abortion stance.  He almost had a school of journalism named for him at Antioch College, until they learned he was pro-life.  The dean had to sheepishly call him back after the announcement to tell him that they had changed their minds.

He was a writer for The Progressive for many years and believes he was not only the sole pro-lifer on the staff, but among the readership, as well.  Mary Meehan, another civil rights activist turned pro-lifer, wrote in its pages:
"It is out of character for the left to neglect the weak and helpless.  The traditional mark of the left has been its protection of the underdog...The unborn child is the most helpless form of humanity, even in more need of protection than the poor tenant farmer or the mental patient."
Why so many in the left-leaning political realm can't see the terrible injustice of abortion is puzzling.  Unfortunately, their blindness continues to permit the innocent to perish.

Friday, November 13, 2009

God Bless and Protect Our Troops

A little late for Veterans Day, but the sentiment is not diminished.  May the good Lord bless and protect all of our service men and women, especially those in harm's way.  And may the souls of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice rest in peace.  Eternal rest grant unto them, oh Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon them.

No truer words have been spoken than "Freedom is not free."  Read this post by a Catholic mom of six who is waiting at home with her brood while her husband fights to preserve our liberty overseas.

And, let's not forget our priests who serve as military chaplains; 94 of whom perished in battle during the 20th century.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

This Is Why We Need to Stop the "Health Care" Legislation

Please watch this video, then call or email your representative in Washington to object to HR  3962, the proposed health care legislation.  Nancy Pelosi is about to attempt to ram through a vote on Saturday that will include public funding for abortions.  She will not even permit a vote on an amendment proposed by Congressman Bart Stupak (D-MI) that would prohibit the use of federal funds to pay for abortions.  No one can seriously say that health care includes taking an innocent life.  As they say, "sin makes you stupid."

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Boo! Part Four - Swimming With The Spiritual Sharks

The Fourth and Final Part of 
BOO! About Ghosts...

'Tis now the very
witching time of night,
When churchyards yawn
and hell itself breathes out
Contagion to this world… .
William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 2

Our Lord Jesus and His Apostles taught the Church that each individual will appear before God immediately after death, receive judgment, and be assigned to one of three states of existence: Heaven, Purgatory, or Hell.

This experience of judgment is called the Particular Judgment (the Individual or one-on-one judgment only involving God and the individual soul). From our Particular Judgment, we will be assigned to Heaven, Purgatory, or Hell, to await the Lord’s Final Judgment.

The Book Of Wisdom tells us, “The souls of the righteous are in the Hand of God, and no torment will ever touch them”(Wisdom 3:1). The souls of deceased human beings, immediately after death, encounter God, are judged individually, and then dispatched to Hell, Purgatory, or Heaven until the Last Judgment comes.

Neither your deceased Aunt Tilly nor any other human soul is moving the planchette around on the Ouija Board, nor speaking through Mediums. “Dead men tell no tales.”

The souls of human beings after death are present and accounted for in Hell, Purgatory, or Heaven. So, if human souls are not causing these paranormal events, then there's only one agency for these activities: Evil Spirits, Demons masquerading as the souls of deceased human persons.

A French priest and paranormal investigator, Pere Mainage, O.P., wrote a short and sweet summary of the directive principles of Catholic Teaching on “ghosts,” Spiritualism, Mediums, and paranormal activities. Simply stated:
  1. The Church has not dogmatically pronounced upon the essential nature of spiritualistic phenomena.
  2. Nonetheless, the Church forbids the general body of the faithful to take any part in spiritualistic practices. 
  3. When paranormal manifestations occur, the Church suspects that diabolical agencies are intervening. [La Religione Spirite, page 176]

There are reasons why God says “No” to human beings involving themselves with "ghosts" and spirits. Simply put, when we human beings get involved with discarnate spirits, like demons, we are swimming with sharks, playing with incredibly dangerous spiritual powers. 
  • They are psychologically stronger than us, smarter than us. 
  • They are hostile, angry, devious, evil beings which want to destroy us . 
  • They hate us. 
  • They want to pull us into the eternal misery and hopelessness that they exist in for eternity (see Chapter Three of The Book Of Genesis)

Evil spirits manage to capture us through our freely chosen, altered state of consciousness which we must be in in order to sense them.

For example: When we pray, especially in contemplation, we voluntarily shift our brain activity to a higher consciousness, a concentrated, intentional openness of our intellect and emotions, in order to discern the presence of God and permit Him to enter our hearts and minds.

In activities like séances, using a Ouija Board, or ghost hunting, we place our minds into a similar state of consciousness: an open, receptive, unprotected mindset. You unwittingly unlock all the doors and windows of your conscious and unconscious mind and emotions, and invite these monsters into your being.

It won't be long before you feel the effects of these diabolical squatters in your life.
  • They will start destroying your mind, emotions, and faith.
  • Demons accomplish their goals by “messing with your head.”
  • Sinful human pride is what coaxes people’s fascination with the paranormal.
  • Spiritualism and obsession with the paranormal are pseudo-religions: religions without God ― because, in these religions, you are god.
  • Implanting tiny, poisonous seeds of temptation in your heart, they will stimulate feelings of omniscience in you, feelings that you are special, apart from and better than other people ― because of the knowledge you obtain from these spirits.
  • They will stroke your ego and help inflate it.
  • Then, when you are so pleased and comfortable with all your “specialness,” comes the catch.

Do you recall a scene in the second Star Wars movie, where Luke Skywalker is trying to convince Yoda to train him as a Jedi? Luke says, “I can do it! I’m not afraid!” Yoda responds, “You will be… you will be!”

And so will you, if you mess with discarnate beings who have fallen from God's grace!
  • You will know a ruinous fear like you’ve never felt before.
  • Those tiny seeds of temptations will soon be gone.
  • But in their places, will erupt demonic vines which will coil around you and hold you tight.
  • You will be afraid!
The demons will keep attacking you intellectually and emotionally:
  • At any time or any place they desire. 
  • They will terrorize you over and over with feelings of fear, isolation, paranoia, indecisiveness, helplessness, defenselessness and vulnerability. 
  • You may hear their voices. 
  • You may see things. 
  • Your emotions will suddenly change from normal and balanced into a weepy, lonesome, deep despair.

You will especially feel these in regard to your relationship with God. 
  • The demons will tell you that God will not forgive you; 
  • That they own a piece of you now, and that no one can help you. 
  • Your faith will be attacked – beaten to a bloody pulp. 
  • And finally comes the despair and thoughts of suicide.

Isolation, rage, despair, and hopelessness are what these evil beings will feel for eternity. And misery does love company ― especially captive human company.

No one should deceive himself about the spiritual dangers involved.
  • These evil spirits truly can hook one of their claws into your soul.
  • Hey, after all, you did invite them to come in!
  • You even poked a hole through one of the shingles on your roof to give them access.
  • And, now, they will come and go as they please.
  • But, they mostly do not go. And getting them out is intensely difficult. 
  • Ask any exorcist, or anyone who has been delivered from these unseen monsters.

In the First Part of this Series, I offered some proverbial wisdom: "If you play with fire, you are going to get burned."   As another saying goes, if you play, then you'll pay. You will eventually suffer losses:
  • The loss of your faith and hope;
  • The loss of peace and balance in your life;
  • The loss of your feeling loved by friends or loved ones (whom you will unconsciously push away from you to produce that loss of love);
  • The loss of self-confidence and decisiveness, and in some cases,
  • The loss of your sanity!

Any attempt to communicate with the Unseen through spiritualistic practices and psychics is extremely dangerous. The Church, down through the ages, has very wisely forbidden it.

Historically, there are two decisions rendered by the Holy Office which deal directly with the question concerning Catholics being involved with spirits, Spiritualism, and Mediums.
  • The first decree is is dated March 30, 1898. It is a reference to the practice of automatic writing. The question was: " (A man named) Titius, while excluding from his purpose any compact with the spirit of evil, is accustomed to evoke the souls of the dead. His method is this: Being alone in his room, without any kind of external ceremony, he prays to the leader of the heavenly hosts to grant him the opportunity of conversing with the spirit of some definite person. He waits for a little time and then he feels his hand moved, and by this he learns the presence of the spirit. Then he explains what he wants to know and his hand writes the answers to the questions proposed. All these answers are in accord with the Faith and with the Church's teaching regarding a future life. For the most part such replies relate to the state of the soul of some dead person, the need that it has of prayers, and complaints of the negligence of its relatives. In the circumstances explained it is asked whether this practice of Titius is permissible."
  • The answer was: “In the circumstances explained it is not permissible.” This decision was ratified by His Holiness Pope Leo XIII. [Analecta Ecclesiastica, Vol. VI, p.187]

Twenty years later, in a full assembly of the Congregation of the Holy Office, the following question was discussed:
  • "Is it lawful by means of a medium, or without a medium, whether hypnotism be employed or not, to take part in any sort of spiritistic communications or manifestations, even such as present an appearance of sincerity and piety, either by questioning the souls or spirits, or by listening to the answers received, or merely by looking on, even with a silent or explicit protest that one has no wish to have anything to do with evil spirits."
  • The answer was: "The most Eminent and Reverend Fathers decided that in every one of these suppositions the answer must be in the negative." This decree was ratified on April 26, 1917, by His Holiness Pope Benedict XV. [Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Vol. IX, p. 268.]

“Do not have recourse to the spirits of the dead
or to mediums: they will defile you.”
Leviticus 19:31

“Any man or woman who is a necromancer or magician must be put to death by stoning; their blood shall be on their own heads.”
Leviticus 20:27

“There must never be anyone among you who practices divination,
who is a psychic, augur, or sorcerer, who uses charms,
consults ghosts and spirits, or calls up the dead.
For the man who does these things
is detestable to the Lord your God!”
Deuteronomy 18:10-12

If you or anyone you know have been involved with Psychics, Mediums, Séances, Ouija Boards, Automatic Writing, Table Tipping, Tarot Cards, or Ghost Hunting, please urge them to give it up, to admit these sins in  Confession, and start or resume living Christian lives as holy as possible.

This Concludes The Series on Ghosts

Boo! Part Three - Dead Men Tell No Tales

Part Three of Boo! About Ghosts

"Dead men tell no tales!"
Hiriam Breakes, a Dutch pirate,
whose words were used in the novel,
Treasure Island,  by Robert Louis Stevenson,
spoken by his fictional pirate,“Long John Silver.”

Continuing from  Part Two, we had explored that the existence of certain paranormal activities colloquially called “ghosts” has been documented extensively in recent years. 

The existence of certain paranormal activities colloquially called “ghosts” has been documented extensively in recent years. “Ghosts” ― paranormal activities ―  really exist.  Many people are seeking out these phenomena. Many are being lured into the paranormal as a form of entertainment or recreation, with no regard for the inherent spiritual and emotional dangers in these activities.

When people go to séances, use a Ouija Board, or go on ghost hunting expeditions to see or hear “ghosts,” are they seeing and hearing the disembodied souls of human persons, or spirits created as discarnate beings (without physical bodies)? (Discarnate beings include angels, both holy and fallen. The fallen angels are referred to as demons or devils.)

Expressed as a simpler question: At a séance, when a Medium tells you that you have been contacted by your deceased Aunt Tilly ― is that really your Aunt Tilly?  Or is it some thing  that is hell-bent on deceiving you and destroying your holiness and your life?

Stay with me as we explore a “sidebar” from Catholic Eschatology – the theology of death and the afterlife.  Here we go:
When we die, we will find ourselves standing before God immediately after death. This will not be the first time nor the only time we will have encountered our Creator! God has been present to us throughout our whole life.  But, immediately after our death, God will confirm the persons you and I have freely chosen to develop and present to Him.
There is a long-standing teaching, from Our Lord Jesus and His Apostles, that each individual will appear before God immediately after death, receive judgment, and be assigned to one of three states of existence: Heaven, Purgatory, or Hell. This experience of judgment has been popularly called the Particular Judgment (the Individual or one-on-one judgment only involving God and the individual soul).
From our Particular Judgment, we will be assigned to Heaven, Purgatory, or Hell, to await the Lord’s Final Judgment.
Ultimately, at the ends of the world and time, there will be a Final or Last Judgment. At the Final Judgment, all souls will gathered together to stand before Our Lord, who will publicly reveal our lifetime’s sins or sanctity. Our Final Judgment concludes with God’s public confirmation of our status in the afterlife: either eternal happiness in Heaven, or eternal unhappiness in Hell.
Alright, dear Academicians, welcome back from the Eschatology Sidebar!  Hope you enjoyed it.  Now, I have a question for you:
  • The Book Of Wisdom tells us, “The souls of the righteous are in the Hand of God, and no torment will ever touch them” (Wisdom 3:1). 
  • IF the souls of deceased human beings, immediately after death, encounter God, are judged individually, and then dispatched to Hell, Purgatory, or Heaven until the Last Judgment comes,
  • THEN who's wandering the earth, moving the planchette around on the Ouija Board, or speaking through Mediums – since “dead men tell no tales”?
As per revealed truth, immediately after death, human souls are quartered in one of three states of existence.  Although this is the norm, God, on occasion, allows the souls of deceased persons in purgatory or saints in Heaven to appear to the living with a purposeful message or warning.  As well, the Lord allows certain souls, soon after death, to appear one last time to loved ones in dreams or visions; the goal of which is to assure the living that God is taking care of both the deceased and the living. 

The souls of deceased human beings are simply not roaming the earth, independent of God's will, nor giving interviews to Mediums and Ouija Boards. 

Given that paranormal activities are real and provable, the error people make comes not in asserting the reality of these phenomena, but in the explanation and origin of them. 

If these paranormal activities are not being caused by human souls, then it is a “no brainer” as to who, or what, conducts these phenomena.

To Be Continued ...

Men of The Catholic Jedi Academy are also Men Of Saint Joseph!

Men of The Catholic Jedi Academy are also Men Of Saint Joseph!
Take a moment and visit the MOSJ website.