This triangle of truisms, of father, mother and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it. – G.K. Chesterton
More revelations of Paris police brutality and provocations against peaceful families during march
Police forces grossly underestimated the turn-out – even though they probably had better advance knowledge of the mobilization than the “Manif’s” organizers themselves – and allegedly deliberately created the conditions for dangerous over-crowding and panic scenes.
A young person attacked without provocation is thought to have sustained permanent eye damage from tear gas gel.
by Jeanne Smits, Paris correspondent, LIfeSiteNews
Thursday, March 28, 2013
One million, four-hundred thousand people in the streets on Sunday, March 24, 2013, and revelations of police brutalities and provocations against peaceful families marching against same-sex “marriage” have not changed French president François Hollande’s stance on the draft law legalizing “marriage” and adoption for homosexual couples due for its first reading in the Senate next week. Continue reading
The Peoples of China were forced to undergo the cruelties of the One Child Policy because of the subordination of the social and biological sciences to technicians of the hard sciences, Aeronautical Engineers – Rocket Scientists.
Treating human beings with souls as if they were machines
“For more than a century, the Chinese have used the word ‘science’ to refer not just to the study of the natural world but also to a way of thinking that is supposed to be rational, objective, and modern. In a nation disillusioned by Mao’s utopian fantasies, [Deng Xiaoping's] emphasis on science as the party’s new touchstone was a political masterstroke. But as anthropologist Susan Greenhalgh has shown, the leadership’s blind faith in science led it to adopt an extreme solution to a [perceived] problem that … could have been managed in other ways. At the center of the process was a group of eminent rocket scientists, men who had been sheltered from Mao’s campaigns, who had access to computers and international journals, and who were supremely confident in their own abilities. Chief among them was the cyberneticist Song Jian , who later served as minister of science and technology. These men viewed the population as a machine to be fine-tuned by engineers like themselves, not a society of humans with rights, values, and preferences. In 1979, they made the mistake of accepting as mainstream science the most alarmist theories of overpopulation and ecological crisis then circulating in the West. They used weak data, plugged them into formulas adapted from their missile optimization work, and created population models and forecasts that gave the illusion of fact. Then, over the objections of other scholars, they used these ‘scientific’ results to persuade the leadership that China faced a grave crisis and that immediate implementation of a one-child program was the ‘only way’ to avoid environmental disaster and meet Deng’s economic goals.” – Philip P. Pan, Out of Mao’s Shadow: The Struggle for the Soul of a New China, pp. 302-303.
© 2011 William Keevers
If there were a devil, he would want to be unknown, in fact, his anonymity would be essential for him to further his purpose.
The news media have become an unregulated supra-governmental force, without checks and balances required for a functioning democratic republic to continue. The truth about their activities is hidden behind a tissue of illusion, like wheels within wheels, because if their great power to obfuscate and spin delusions were publicized, it would fail.
It’s essential for the news media to achieve their purpose, that they blend into the background, in fact, achieve invisibility. A succinct, accurate label for the media is needed, toward the goal of neutralizing the consciousness-limiting effects of newspeak.
Neo-Stalinist Media Megalopoly is a term very dense, if not obscure, but I need to use it to convey a lot of background.
Neo-Stalinist refers to the fact that historical dictatorships have regarded achieving absolute control of their media image as key to regulating their subjects’ thought patterns, their most important long-term goal after taking the essential, more immediate step of the liquidating the intelligentsia and the priests.
The rulers of a megalopoly are the undisputed dominant elite of an all-inclusive, inescapable geographic domain–a hegemony beyond the furthest that anyone can run or hide. Consider the adamantine resolve of the population-controllers and sexual-radicals that no nation, people or group shall escape compulsory, abortion-on-demand. Continue reading
The Last Words of Pope Francis before the Conclave
Reference has been made to evangelization. This is the Church’s reason for being. “The sweet and comforting joy of evangelizing” (Paul VI). It is Jesus Christ himself who, from within, impels us.
- Evangelizing implies apostolic zeal. Evangelizing presupposes in the Church the “parresia” of coming out from itself. The Church is called to come out from itself and to go to the peripheries, not only geographical, but also existential: those of the mystery of sin, of suffering, of injustice, those of ignorance and of the absence of faith, those of thought, those of every form of misery.
- When the Church does not come out from itself to evangelize it becomes self-referential and gets sick (one thinks of the woman hunched over upon herself in the Gospel). The evils that, in the passing of time, afflict the ecclesiastical institutions have a root in self-referentiality, in a sort of theological narcissism. In Revelation, Jesus says that he is standing at the threshold and calling. (Revelation 3:20) Evidently the text refers to the fact that he stands outside the door and knocks to enter.…But at times I think that Jesus may be knocking from the inside, that we may let him out. The self-referential Church presumes to keep Jesus Christ within itself and not let him out.
- The Church, when it is self-referential, without realizing it thinks that it has its own light; it stops being the “mysterium lunae” and gives rise to that evil which is so grave, that of spiritual worldliness (according to De Lubac, the worst evil into which the Church can fall): that of living to give glory to one another. To simplify, there are two images of the Church: the evangelizing Church that goes out from itself; that of the “Dei Verbum religiose audiens et fidenter proclamans“, or the worldly Church that lives in itself, of itself, for itself. This should illuminate the possible changes and reforms to be realized for the salvation of souls.
- Thinking of the next Pope: a man who, through the contemplation of Jesus Christ and the adoration of Jesus Christ, may help the Church to go out from itself toward the existential peripheries, that may help it to be the fecund mother who lives “by the sweet and comforting joy of evangelizing.”
Rome, March 9, 2013
V: O God, come to my assistance;
R: O Lord, make hast to help me
V: Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
R: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
1. I grieve for you, O Mary, most sorrowful, in the affliction of your tender heart at the prophecy of the holy and aged Simeon. Dear Mother, by your heart so afflicted, obtain for me the virtue of humility and the gift of the holy fear of God.
Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
2. I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in the anguish of your most affectionate heart during the flight into Egypt and your sojourn there. Dear Mother, by your heart so troubled, obtain for me the virtue of generosity, especially toward the poor, and the gift of piety.
< Hail Mary… >
3. I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in those anxieties which tried your troubled heart at the lost of your dear Jesus. Dear Mother, by your heart so full of anguish, obtain for me the virtue of chastity and the gift of knowledge.
< Hail Mary… >
4. I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in the consternation of your heart at meeting Jesus as He carried His cross. Dear Mother, by your heart so troubled, obtain for me the virtue of patience and the gift of fortitude.
< Hail Mary… >
5. I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in the martyrdom which your generous heart endured in standing near Jesus in His agony. Dear Mother, by your afflicted heart, obtain for me the virtue of temperance and the gift of counsel.
< Hail Mary… >
6. I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, in the wounding of your compassionate heart, when the side of Jesus was struck by the lance before His Body was removed from the cross. Dear Mother, by your heart thus transfixed, obtain for me the virtue of fraternal charity and the gift of understanding.
< Hail Mary… >
7. I grieve for you, O Mary most sorrowful, for the pangs that wrenched your most loving heart at the burial of Jesus. Dear Mother, by your heart sunk in the bitterness of desolation, obtain for me the virtue of diligence and the gift of wisdom.
< Hail Mary… >
Let Us Pray
Let intercession be made for us, we beseech You, O Lord Jesus Christ, now and at the Hour of our death, before the throne of Your mercy, by the Blessed Virgin Mary, Your Mother, whose most holy soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow in the hour of Your bitter Passion. Through You, O Jesus Christ, Saviour of the world, Who with the Father and the Holy Ghost lives and reigns world without end. Amen.
Miserere mei, Deus: secundum magnam misericordiam tuam.
Have mercy upon me, O God, after Thy great goodness.
Et secundum multitudinem miserationum tuarum, dele iniquitatem meam.
According to the multitude of Thy mercies do away mine offences.
Amplius lava me ab iniquitate mea: et a peccato meo munda me.
Wash me throughly from my wickedness: and cleanse me from my sin.
Quoniam iniquitatem meam ego cognosco: et peccatum meum contra me est semper.
For I acknowledge my faults: and my sin is ever before me.
Tibi soli peccavi, et malum coram te feci: ut justificeris in sermonibus tuis, et vincas cum judicaris.
Against Thee only have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that Thou mightest be justified in Thy saying, and clear when Thou art judged.
Ecce enim in iniquitatibus conceptus sum: et in peccatis concepit me mater mea.
Behold, I was shapen in wickedness: and in sin hath my mother conceived me.
Ecce enim veritatem dilexisti: incerta et occulta sapientiae tuae manifestasti mihi.
But lo, Thou requirest truth in the inward parts: and shalt make me to understand wisdom secretly. Continue reading
Devonne & I both spent time in music college, though not together.
She got me into this.
These 2 books are good for beginning to intermediate piano students.
There’s a simple but effective definition.
This is sight reading for beginners, and it really works. The pieces in these books are all great compositions, a number by famous composers, but others by the not-so-famous. But they’re all very interesting compositions to listen to, and all very easy play.
(It’s the reason some people dislike Mozart, he made great compositions that are easy to play.)
The player starts off on a previously unseen & unheard piece, with the goal of playing it all the way through without stopping.
However slowly the player needs to go, even if it’s glacially slow, the important thing is to play the piece through all the way without stopping, the first time.
Then the player can slowly speed it up, until the piece is at performance level.
If the player falters or stops–rather than the beginner’s mistake of stopping completely at a mistake and beginning the piece over–he or she must never go back to the beginning, but pick up again at the point of pausing, and continue through to the end with uninterrupted focus.
After playing through several times, the player practices the rough parts, sometimes just playing over and over through the hard parts, until the piece becomes relatively polished.
I compare it to ironing a shirt – you don’t iron the part of the shirt that has no wrinkles, you only iron the wrinkles.
It sounds scary at first, but with patient coaching for someone starting for the first time, it really begins to work. It actually becomes a delight, not worrying about other people listening, but just playing for oneself.
And the pieces in these books, Easy Classics To Moderns – Music For Millions Vols. 17 & 27, are very entertaining, they sound great, non-players can’t tell that they’re easy.
I had a piano professor, Frank Wasko, graduate of a school most outsiders wouldn’t have heard of, not Juliard or Eastman, but Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University, we just called it IU, of some repute among piano students.
I stood outside his studio without his knowing it, and got to hear him sight-read a piece from the beginning.
He followed that basic outline, playing a piece through the first time without stopping for mistakes.
Professor Wasko played through the first time, with some mistakes.
The second time, he stopped at the mistakes, and circled them in pencil on the score, (I peeked through the studio door window), then proceeded through to the end.
Then the third time, he would go to the mistakes, practice over them repeatedly, ironing them out.
Finally, on the fourth pass, Professor Wasko played the new piece, first played sight unseen, perfectly through, a rough performance draft.
St. Thomas More’s Last Book “The Sadness of Christ”
Written under Condemnation in the Tower of London
Full Title: “The Sadness, the Weariness, the Fear,
and the Prayer of Christ Before He Was Taken”.
St. Thomas began his history in English and then continued it in Latin.
Latin Title: De Tristitia Christi
Audio book review by Fr. C. John McCloskey and Dr. Gerard Wegemer
Audio Podcast – St. Thomas More: Last Words on Statesmanship
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In his time in the Tower of London awaiting execution, Thomas More wrote moving meditations on the Agony of Christ in the Garden.
The Sadness of Christ by St. Sir Thomas More (excerpts at Google Books).
Dr. Wegemer remarked:
If a person were to read
just one book by St. Thomas More,
it would be this one.
The EWTN audio series “St. Thomas More: Faithful Statesman” with Fr. C. John McCloskey and Dr. Gerard Wegemer, may be purchased from the EWTN Catalogue online or by calling 1-800-854-6316.
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Behold and see, if there be any sorrow, like unto His sorrow.
But Thou didn’t not leave His soul in hell…
(Turn down the volume slider on the right!)
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Minnies Yoo Hoo by Mickey Mouse Theme Song
I’m the guy they call little Mickey Mouse
Got a sweetie down in the chicken house
Neither fat nor skinny
She’s the horse’s whinny
She’s my little Minnie Mouse!
When it’s feedin’ time for the animals
And they howl and growl like the cannibals
I just turn my heel to the henhouse steal
And you’ll hear me sing this song
Oh, the old tomcat with the meow, meow, meow!
Ol’ hound dog with the bow-wow-wow!
The crow’s caw-caw!
And the mule’s hee-haw!
Gosh what a racket like an ol’ buzz saw!
I have listened to the cuckoo cuke his coo-coo!
And I’ve heard the rooster cock his doodle doo-oo
With the cows and the chickens
They all sound like the dickens
When I hear my little Minnie’s Yoo-Hoo!