Thom Peters: Progress 1 year after his life-changing accident

Remember that Thomas Peters (blogger and son of canonist Ed Peters) had a swimming accident that caused severe damage?  That was one year ago, today.

I saw THIS and want you all to know about it:

One year since, one year strong
Today, the feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, marks the one year anniversary of Thom’s accident. As this day approached, we reflected together upon where we were last year and where we are today. We agree that we want this day to be a joyful remembrance and not a sorrowful one. After all, the all-encompassing effects of the accident are with us every day, but today is a chance to be grateful for God’s mercy, continued providence, and His love. As Thom wrote in his reflections when he left the hospital, so many miracles were needed for him to get through the accident alive and to survive the following months. We are so grateful for all of these miracles.

Today we invite you to pray and celebrate with us for all the grace and beauty that has come out of the accident. We are grateful beyond words for the outpouring of love and support this past year.

We want to leave you with a video and photo of what gives us hope and joy these days — this progress wouldn’t be possible without your prayers and generosity!


My readers will, in their goodness, pray for your progress and recovery.

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Pew by Pew: a lesson Christian identity suicide

How to commit identity suicide, pew by pew.

I saw in the Christian Post:

Removing Church Pews for Muslim Prayer Mats in the Name of Religious Tolerance

My alma mater, The University of Chicago, was recently in the news for an overtly politically correct act for replacing its historic Bond Chapel’s pews for Muslims to worship. This act is raising hackles reminiscent of the university’s other, recent, tone-deaf decision to demolish the childhood home of former President Ronald Reagan, on its campus, and replace it with a parking lot and a commemorative plaque.

The school, founded by the Rockefeller family in the late 19th century as a Baptist-affiliated institution of higher learning, with an English-style undergraduate college, and German-style graduate research school, today positions itself as completely non-denominational research university.

However, being a non-denominational organization means that the organization is Christian, in terms of values, but does not express its Christianity in a particular form, welcoming all baptized Christians, regardless of denomination.

There are a number of wonderful, non-denominational churches on campus, including the Rockefeller Cathedral, and the Bond Chapel, providing space for communal worship for Christians on Sundays, and holidays and as a beautiful setting for weddings.

Yet, it appears that the administration has developed a new understanding of exactly what non-denominational means. The university permanently removed pews from Bond Chapel in the name of religious tolerance, so that Muslims in the school community could conduct their prayer services. The pews from the Bond Chapel were shuttled across town to the Museum of Contemporary Art, where they are on exhibit as some sort of cultural relics from an ancient civilization.


I direct the readership to The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America by Andrew C. McCarthy.


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AC-DC or Transgender Comics

There is, you should know to your horror, a trend in catholic “theology”, written by subversives, to “queer” theology.  Nothing is sacred.

You all know what is going on in society as a whole.

So, even as I remind the readership of the queering of the DC comic character Green Lantern – poor Green Lantern – now I note Marvel’s deeply stupid act of one-upsmanship as they are poised to tran Thor.

Yes, Thor, son of Odin, is to be … what… Thoretta? No! Still, “Thor”. Why should sex and gender actually coincide? Aren’t we beyond all that?

Instead of releasing this news on Wōdnesdæg, they should have released this news on Þunresdæg, now to be known as Thorettaday.

This October, Marvel Comics evolves once again in one of the most shocking and exciting changes ever to shake one of Marvel’s “big three” – Captain American, Iron Man and Thor – Marvel Comics will be introducing an all-new THOR, GOD OF THUNDER. No longer is the classic male hero able to hold the mighty hammer, Mjölnir, a brand new female hero will emerge who will be worthy of the name THOR. Who is she? Where did she come from and what is her connection to Asgard and the Marvel Universe?

“The inscription on Thor’s hammer reads ‘Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE [HE!] be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.’ Well it’s time to update that inscription,” says Marvel editor Wil Moss. “The new Thor continues Marvel’s proud tradition of strong female characters like Captain Marvel, [HUH?] Storm, Black Widow and more. And this new Thor isn’t a temporary female substitute [Ummm....] – she’s now the one and only Thor, and she is worthy!”

Series writer Jason Aaron emphasizes, “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is theTHOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.”  [Nope.]

Fail. It’s enough to make you want to get hammered.

I suppose fake Thor will be lesbian, too.

I wonder if this is something that will be forced on Thor, or if Thor is choosing to get himself … altered.

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ASK FATHER: Anglican confession… valid?

From a reader…


On my journey to the Catholic Church, just prior to deciding to join the Church we investigated a High Anglican church (most of ours are Low, and the High are much more Catholic in feel though not as common); thankfully our desire for the Eucharist was not satisfied (how could it be, I hear?).

Whilst we were there though, I was very convicted of attending confession, which I did.

My question is: Is the confession / absolution (though I can’t remember if that is part of the Anglican Confession?) valid? I’ve recently become a much more regular confession attendee, and I was wondering if I needed to re-confess in a Catholic confessional?

We were not re-baptised when we joined the Church. Or re-married.  [The Church often recognizes the baptism and marriage of other major churches and Christian ecclesial communities.]

Thanks (and thanks again for the continued encouragement to confess)

First, Anglicans do have a practice of confession.  However, the Catholic Church holds that Anglicans do not have valid orders.  They do not have valid Apostolic Succession or valid ordination.  Their “priests” are not, sacramentally considered, priests as the Catholic Church understands them.  In courtesy, we recognize the titles of “Father” and “Bishop” and so forth, but they are not priests and bishops in the Catholic Church’s sense.

Therefore, what happens in Anglican confession, while praiseworthy for what it is, and no doubt helpful on a human level, is not sacramental confession.  Sacramental absolution is impossible.

That said, we cannot place limitations on God.  If an Anglican penitent makes a sincere confession of sins and is sincerely sorry and sincerely desires to amend her life, it is hard to image that God will not offer some graces to that sincere penitent.  Unto forgiveness of sins? I don’t know what God offers, but surely He looks kindly on such a sincere penitent and offers graces.

As far as re-confession of sins after entering the Catholic Church as an adult is concerned, before your reception into the Catholic Church you should have made a confession of all your sins, as best as you could.  A general confession.  If you did not do this, you probably should.  Make an appointment and make a general confession.

Remember: We should do our best with such a confession.  You won’t remember everything.  Don’t fret. If you remember things later, take them to confession with you.  If you have done your best in such a confession of sins, all your sins will be absolved, even if you didn’t catch everything over the course of your life before conversion.

Let us pray that God will also move these good people – out of their sincere desire for God and His will – to consider becoming Catholics, so that they can benefit from the ordinary means of grace which Christ gave to His Church.

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FOLLOW UP: Religious Freedom under attack in the US Senate – FAIL

The other day I urged you, in unity with the USCCB, to contact your Senator’s offices and express your opposition to the passing of S. 2578, the ‘Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014’. This would have gravely undermined religious freedom in these USA. In the wake of SCOTUS’s recent Hobby Lobby decision, Sens. Mark Udall (D-CO) and Patty Murray (D-WA), both pro abortion, are behind the bill.

What was voted on today? Question: On Cloture on the Motion to Proceed (Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S.2578 )

The vote was 56-43 to move ahead on the measure, short of the 60 votes necessary to proceed.

So, cloture was not invoked on the motion to proceed to this horrid bill.

Ironically, the majority leader (for now) Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) changed his vote to “No”, thus becoming the only Dem to vote with the opposition, and entered a motion to reconsider the failed cloture vote some time.

Republicans Susan Collins (R-ME), Mark S. Kirk (R-IL) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted with nearly all Democrats in favor of cloture (thus, in favor of this freedom attacking bill).

How the vote went HERE.  Check to see how your Senators voted and file that away in the back of your mind.

I read at Life News:

Senate Defeats Democrats’ Bill to “Overturn” Supreme Court Decision Protecting Hobby Lobby

Senate Democrats today lost their bid to approve legislation to “overturn” the Supreme Court’s decision protecting Hobby Lobby and other companies from being forced to comply with the HHS mandate that compels them to pay for abortion-causing drugs for their employees.

Republicans were able to sustain their filibuster against the bill and prevailed on a 56-43 vote, with Democrats voting to move to a vote on the pro-abortion bill and Republicans uniting to vote against it.


Well done, those of you who called your senators. Don’t be complaisant.

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STUDENTS: Text Books, Back To School, and You

Great student backpack. I gave one to my godson for university.

Since we are midway through July, many of you students out there will be thinking about your college or university courses. It’s textbook time.

If you are ordering textbooks online through Amazon, or anything else for school, would you do me the kindness of using my search box?  It’s on the side bar.

You can get good prices and I will get a small percentage of each sale.  That helps to keep things going here.  Everyone wins.

Parents: When you start thinking about school clothing and other things, keep my search box in mind. Once you use me search box to find something, I’ll get a little credit for everything else you get after that.

And, for your study sessions, you will need lots of coffee, if you get my drift.

For your convenience.

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ASK FATHER: “The Body of ‘grace’”?

From a reader…


I am distressed. I went to mass today and received, as the priest said over and over, “the body of grace.” Don’t get me wrong, I love grace, but I was expecting the body of Christ. Is this wording approved? BTW, anticipating his word “grace” I openly said “Christ,” just as I was to receive. I worry about this and what it means for this priest. Should I be concerned?

Perhaps Father had just been to the dentist and was still recovering from Novocaine?

The text in the Novus Ordo Missal is pretty clear concerning what Father is to say and what you are to respond.

The priest says: The Body of Christ.  The communicant replies: Amen.

That’s it.  It isn’t hard, is it?  It isn’t complicated?  Why must priests make things up and cause such wonder among the faithful?

What is being distributed is not “the body of grace”.  It is “the Body of Christ”.  Grace and Christ are not to be reduced to each other.

Should you be concerned?  Not very much.  This is just something silly he doing.  He probably is doing this from mawkishness rather than malice.  He just mistakenly thinks that he is making the moment more meaningful.  I suspect he is of a certain age.

Or maybe it was just the Novocaine.

Someday, perhaps, asks him about it.  Smile when you do.

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Anglicans have a home

Across the pond in Ol’ Blighty, the Church of England has approved female bishops.

This was inevitable.  The CofE is on the State’s leash and the State blows with (and creates) the wind of social changes, trends, fads, etc.

But wait, traditional Anglicans!  Don’t fret!

The Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Welby, was reassuring:

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, pledged to ensure traditionalists with theological objections to women’s ministry would enjoy special provision in the church.

What will those provisions look like?  Will they have in their cathedrals, for example, different tabernacles? One tabernacle with their eucharist ”consecrated” by a “priest” “ordained” by a man, another with their eucharist ”consecrated” by a female “pryst”, and still another with their eucharist “consecrated” by a male “priest” “ordained” by a woman and then again a tabernacle with their eucharist “consecrated” by… wait… I’m getting confused…  a prystyss “ordained” by a wyshyp?  Then they can have different “communion” lines, too.  One for “communion” from a male “priest” “ordained” by a man, one with….

You get the idea.

How about this.

The Catholic Church already has special provisions for Anglicans.

We have the doors open to you and the lights are on.  You have a home.

But we don’t have – and never will have – women bishops, women priests, or women deacons.

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The other day I recommended Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism by Ronald Rychlak and Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa.

Now I want to recommend it warmly.  (UK link HERE)

Rychlak has written about the smearing of Pius XII (e.g., Hitler, the War, and the Pope).  He is a law professor who teaches about evidence.  In this book he teamed up with the guy who ran intelligence for Romanian despot and Soviet thug Nicolae Ceaucescu. Pacepa fled to the West when he was asked to start killing people. He is an expert on the Soviet technique of framing, disinformation, creating false narratives and history. The book exposes the Communist background of seemingly-benign organizations and explains the treatment received by Cardinals Stepinak, Mindszenty and Wysznski and, of course, Pius XII.

As I write, I have finished the section on the way the KGB and Communist agents worked to make sure that the disinformation play to smear Pius XII, The Deputy, was staged on Broadway.

There was a fascinating description of the involvement of the once-Catholic and future-Communist publication Ramparts.  I quote:

While it no longer claimed a Catholic identity, until at least 1969 Ramparts devoted special attention to the Catholic Church. According to former communist and onetime Ramparts editor Peter Collier, Hinckle encouraged articles on “the new spirit of dissent within the Catholic Church being.” Articles from this era opposed Church teaching on sexuality (especially Pope Paul VI’s teaching on birth control in Humanae Vitae), complained about abuse of authority by the Catholic hierarchy, and promoted leftist “liberation” theology. Ramparts religion editor James F. Colaianni identified priestly celibacy, authoritarianism, suppression of socially aware priests, lack of communication, absence of grievance procedures, and summary disciplinary actions as some of the greatest structural problems with the Church. (pp. 145-146 Kindle).

Sound familiar?

This book is a real eye-opener.  The deep connections of one well-known name and publication and organization after another with the KGB and other Communist block intelligence agencies are amazing.  Their methods of infiltration and distortion of truth are astonishing.

You can see how the Left has worked for decades, and how the catholic Left has been influenced.

Need a Kindle?




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“If one person smiles at me on the way, I will not jump.” JOY and YOU.

I saw this at ITS TACTICAL but I think it comes from the always interesting The Art of Manliness:

It’s the 1970s. A 30-something man makes his way across the Golden Gate Bridge. He’s passed by pedestrians and cyclists, and steps around tourists taking pictures of Alcatraz, Angel Island, and the channel of water below that runs between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. He gazes up at the reddish-orange towers soaring above, and then climbs over the bridge’s four-foot safety railing. He steps out onto a 32-inch wide beam known as “the chord,” pauses, takes one last long look out at the bay, and then jumps. His body plummets 220 feet and violently hits the water at 75 mph. The impact breaks his ribs, snaps his vertebrae, and pulverizes his internal organs and brain. The Coast Guard soon arrives to recover his limp, lifeless body.

When the medical examiner later located and searched the jumper’s sparse apartment, he found a note the man had written and left on his bureau. It read:

“I’m going to walk to the bridge. If one person smiles at me on the way, I will not jump.”


Food for thought, folks.

I am reminded that Joy – Gaudium or Chara is a Fruit of the Holy Spirit.

I don’t think we have to walk around grinning like idiots.  After all, risus abundant in ore stultorum, and that goes for grins, too, and not just laughter.  You just don’t know what may be the impact of small gestures of basic human kindness.

There is a lot more in that entry, which you can read there.   And while you are there, check out the previous entry which shows you how to Samurai armor knots – Agemaki or Dragonfly knots – on your own MOLLE plate carrier!  Step by step instructions with video.  Rather cool.

I wonder if I could get a cassock with MOLLE … hmmmm…. maybe a black plate carrier over the cassock?  MOLLE biretta?  No… not practical.  Still…

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