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“He [Satan] will set up a counter-Church which will be the ape of the Church because, he the devil, is the ape of God. It will have all the notes and characteristics of the Church, but in reverse and emptied of its divine content. It will be a mystical body of the anti-Christ that will in all externals resemble the mystical body of Christ. In desperate need for God, whom he nevertheless refuses to adore, modern man in his loneliness and frustration will hunger more and more for membership in a community that will give him enlargement of purpose, but at the cost of losing himself in some vague collectivity.”
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"But if, in any layman who is indeed imbued with literature, ignorance of the Latin language, which we can truly call the 'catholic' language, indicates a certain sluggishness in his love toward the Church, how much more fitting it is that each and every cleric should be adequately practiced and skilled in that language!" - Pius XI
"Let us realize that this remark of Cicero (Brutus 37, 140) can be in a certain way referred to [young lay people]: 'It is not so much a matter of distinction to know Latin as it is disgraceful not to know it.'" - St. John Paul II
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Grant unto thy Church, we beseech Thee, O merciful God, that She, being gathered together by the Holy Ghost, may be in no wise troubled by attack from her foes. O God, who by sin art offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy people making supplication unto Thee,and turn away the scourges of Thine anger which we deserve for our sins. Almighty and Everlasting God, in whose Hand are the power and the government of every realm: look down upon and help the Christian people that the heathen nations who trust in the fierceness of their own might may be crushed by the power of thine Arm. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. R. Amen.
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Tag Archives: preparedness
I have written many times about preparedness for emergencies, having a plan that your loved ones understand for various scenarios. I have written many times about situational awareness and having gamed our in your head various possibilities in the case … Read More
Take in this photo from APOD. These are hurricane paths mapped from 1985 to 2005. A few really bad ones are in there. Disasters always happen to other people… until it’s your turn. You should have plans and backups, especially … Read More
Disasters always happen to other people, until they happen to you. When crunch time comes, comms are important. You need… stop and read that again… YOU NEED a plan. A PACE Plan, or Primary, Alternate, Contingency, and Emergency Plan. I … Read More
From a reader… QUAERITUR: What are the best ways for the laity to remain in a state of grace should the Holy Mass and the sacraments eventually be outlawed by the upcoming Biden/Harris administration? The simple answer, which isn’t simple … Read More
Let us begin our reflection on this post with a favorite passage of Scripture from Nehemiah 4:16-18 about the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem, a pivotal moment in salvation history: And it came to pass from that day forward, … Read More
FINALLY! Long-time readers here will recall that I’ve written on occasion about the devastation that a large Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) would cause. A large enough EMP could take out much or all of the electrical grid that our lives have … Read More
A dear friend sent this nifty story from Philly.com! GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) — The Gloucester Township Police Department is hosting a free active shooter training event for local clergy next month. In a bulletin, police say they want to help … Read More
Last Saturday I was in the Diocese of Santa Rosa, in Napa Valley, CA, to speak at a conference. At one point I had noticed smoke plumes on the far sides of a large Eastern ridge. On Saturday evening the other … Read More
Recent storms devastated the electrical grid of Puerto Rico. Virtually the entire island is without power. That’s over 3 million people without electricity, water, etc…. for months to come. Consider what life would be like for you were that to happen where … Read More
Many times I have badgered and pushed you readers to do some basic “prep” in the case of natural or manmade disasters. Were there to be some catastrophic event where you are, could you get yourself and loved ones to … Read More
Every once in a while I post about BOBs, “bug out bags”. It’s time again. I received a note: Here in Sacramento, Ca and outlying areas are in danger of life threatening flooding. Nearly 200,000 have been evacuated from Yuba … Read More
In a field one summer’s day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content. An Ant passed by, bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest. “Why not come … Read More
The analogy of the Church Militant as a spiritual field hospital is pretty good, provided that we remember that in field hospitals lots of people don’t make it. We are like pilgrim soldiers in the Church Militant, on the march to our … Read More
I’m coming up for air and finally turning attention to stuff going on in the world (other than Church stuff). I have caught up a bit about the horrible challenges that many are experiencing in Texas, due to rains and … Read More
Sometimes I post about preparing for emergencies or disasters. For example, I’ll mention things as practical as having an Uninterreptable Power Source (UPS) for your important electronic equipment. I like APC products the best, reliable and great customer service. I’ll … Read More
Every once in a while I get snippy snarky notes from people asking why item A or B is on my wish list. “Why do you have solar panels?… rifle slings? … water purifiers on your list?” HA! Semper paratus. … Read More
I sometimes put on my Cassandra cap and want people that things can happen in the wink of an eye. “Be prepared!”, I cry. Washington, IL. Tornados happen. Whole neighborhoods are gone. So… again… prayers for all the people affected … Read More
Again, I ask you – dear readers – do you have a plan? Do you have some kind of plan, even a slim one, if your area floods or there is a freight train wreck with some lethal chemical or … Read More