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402, 2023

A Narc and Her Flying Monkeys

By |February 4th, 2023|

You would think that after I was on Dr. Taylor Marshall's show late last year explaining boundaries to narcissism, those very narcissists would leave me alone.  But recently an angry woman (who left the traditional Catholic-movement a couple years ago) snagged a very broken man (who had been abused by a priest as a child, and later left the Catholic Church—not JS) to harass and divide some high-profile friends of mine in the traditional Catholic world, including myself (the smallest fish in that group of online professionals she attacked.) That woman Narc employed that man as a flying-monkey (a groupy who spreads lies) to conquer and divide those Catholics she could no longer be a part of.  Happily, we saw through the strategy and ignored her.  I'm not writing about this to be, um, narcissistic, about what happened.  But it's [...]

2201, 2023

“Walk for Life” in San Francisco

By |January 22nd, 2023|

Two disclaimers before a short blog post:  1) I am sorry I didn't contact many friends or benefactors before coming to the Bay Area.  It was a quick trip for the Walk for Life.  I briefly stayed at Star of the Sea parish (above) a thriving parish of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. The pastor is Fr. Joseph Illo.  Fr. Illo and I were both in Mass of the Ages Part 1 and Part 2, discussing the TLM.  2)  I used to go to the March for Life in Wash DC every year but I stopped going because there is not a penitential enough tone to the March.  We should not be celebrating until God has ended abortion in this country.  And even then, we will never be over the wound of 50 million surgicals and several hundred million chemicals [...]

1501, 2023

Requiem Mass for Pope Benedict XVI

By |January 15th, 2023|

Two weeks ago, Pope Benedict XVI died.  I have been saying his name in the Memento for the dead every day, but it was recently brought to my attention that I needed to do a requiem Mass for a deceased Pontiff.  Today, I offered a requiem Mass for Pope Benedict XVI, two weeks after his death.  These black vestments were brought to me by Mark who runs the Non Veni Pacem blog, and he attended this Holy Mass.  So did some others in the state I was visiting. It's not my job to canonize or condemn Pope Benedict XVI.  It's our job as Catholics to pray for all our deceased, and he is one of them.  Mark NVP and some traditional priests and Canon212 all brought it to my attention that Pope Benedict XVI was treated worse than a dead [...]

201, 2023

The Orphanage Attempt

By |January 2nd, 2023|

Nota Bene: The beginning of January was going to be for silent retreat, but I'm visiting a family member in the hospital. So, either way, there will be few blogs or podcasts for a little while. Please pray for us. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's widow, Maureen McCarthy Scalia, walks behind the casket.  p/c Reuters. On 20 February 2016 (about seven years ago) I attended the funeral Mass of Justice Antonin Scalia.  The funeral Mass was preached by his son, Fr. Paul Scalia at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC (see both above pictures.) After the funeral Masa, I went across the street in NE DC to have lunch with a Cardinal of South Africa.  I had set this up with his secretary in advance, with knowledge of his arrival in the USA.  Before [...]

2212, 2022

Propane Tanks and Miraculous Medals

By |December 22nd, 2022|

If I make it to heaven, I will probably lose the glory for any good work that I bragged about. At least that's what seems clear when Our Lord says at the beginning of chapter 6 of St. Matthew: Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father Who is in heaven. Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.—Mt 6:1-2.  But I also run a charity approved by Church and State, and you (my donors) probably need to know that your money goes to more than an internet ministry.  So, I'll [...]

2012, 2022

A Dumpling Story

By |December 20th, 2022|

I went out with a Filipino friend for Korean dumplings today and our server was a 30-year-old woman who barely spoke English. I gave her a Miraculous Medal (with a chain on it, of course) and explained that it was Mary the mother of Jesus, and Jesus promises lots of graces for anyone who wears it. She happily accepted it and she told me she was a Catholic. I asked if she was a Korean (thinking that, since there are lots of Korean Catholics and because we were in a Korean restaurant.) She told me she was Mongolian. Now, I've met Catholics from all over the world, but this truly blew my mind, because for anyone who has traveled, we know that there are barely any Mongolian Catholics. I honestly thought I would die before I met a Mongolian Catholic. [...]

1212, 2022

Some New Liturgical Gifts

By |December 12th, 2022|

Wednesday morning is my time of praying at the third largest Planned Parenthood in the world.  It is called Park Hill Planned Parenthood, located in the Stapleton neighborhood.   Who is Stapleton?  Ben Stapleton was a 20th century mayor of Denver who was a member of both the Democrat party and the KKK.  (Yes, you read that correctly and can corroborate it in the first paragraph of his Wiki page.)  Here at the Stapleton Planned Parenthood, clinicians surgically kill 10,000 babies a year, as well as countless chemical abortions and now "gender-therapy."  This pre-born killing center is located in a black and hispanic neighborhood, just as a Democrat-Klansman would want. The above image was given to me by the Ton family.  They are also on my Wednesday pro-life team.  It is obviously a large, laminated image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. [...]

212, 2022

The Eastern Orthodox Never Had a Vatican II

By |December 2nd, 2022|

Recently, I visited an Eastern Orthodox Monastery in East Texas called Holy Archangels Monastery.  Upon arrival, they were extremely friendly and hospitable.  But they made it mildly clear that I was not on the right path as a Roman Catholic.  And I made it clear we didn't agree on things like the Filioque.  Ironically, for our love of objective truth over friendly interactions, we got along even better than if we had established a peace-pact on false ecumenism.  They were true traditionalists, although of a different tradition.  They received me warmly, especially when they saw I wasn't going to say something stupid like "Isn't it great we all believe basically the same thing?" As I walked through the monastery refrectory, I saw (and smelled) how clean and natural their life was.  It reminded me how healthy was a life of [...]

2411, 2022

A Thanksgiving for Many Things

By |November 24th, 2022|

First of all, I want to thank from the bottom of my heart all of my listeners and readers, all of my benefactors—both material and spiritual.  We who raise our own funds as religious figures are often tempted to thank our spiritual benefactors just as much as our material benefactors—but only as a show to keep the financial donations coming.  Not me anymore.  I have faced enough spiritual attack since my ordination in 2010 that I can not tell you how much more I need prayers and novenas and Masses and especially your fastings even more than financial donations. Still, I am extremely thankful for both groups of donors.  All of you make my life of prayer and teaching possible.  We priests who are called names for being too traditional especially thank you for knowing where your donations go, especially [...]

1911, 2022

The Monastic Amice

By |November 19th, 2022|

The amice is the neck and shoulder sweat-guard that is the first item put on by a Roman Catholic priest while vesting for Holy Mass.  The priest touches the amice to his head as a blessing as he prays:  Place upon me, O Lord, the helmet of salvation, that I may overcome the assaults of the devil.  I say that prayer in Latin before every Mass, which is: Impóne, Dómine, cápiti meo gáleam salútis, ad expugnándos diabólicos incúrsus.  After the amice touches the priest's head, he wraps it around his shoulders and ties it across his torso.  Besides being a blessing and a sweat-guard, the amice also covers the cassock (or a habit in my case) with white below the neckline but above the dip in the center-chest of the fiddleback chausible: Monks, however, must cover not only their chest and [...]

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