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A Saint for Losers

September 26, 2016

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ON May 8, 1643, Noel Chabanel left his secure and comfortable position as a Jesuit priest and rhetoric teacher in Toulouse, France to travel to the Canadian wilderness to become a missionary among the Hurons.

He never was successful at his missionary work. Some say he never converted a single person among the Indians of North America.

Though he was an intelligent man, accomplished in other languages, he could not master the Huron language, no matter how hard he tried. Being a person of delicate sensibilities, he found the life of the Hurons, including the food, smells and customs, almost unbearably repugnant. It was so revolting and difficult for him that he vowed to spend the rest of his life uncomplainingly among these primitive people:

“I pray, then, 0 Lord, that You will deign to accept me as a permanent servant in this mission and that You will render me worthy of so sublime a ministry.”

He was murdered when he was struck with a tomahawk on Dec. 8, 1649 by a Huron apostate and dumped in an icy river. His body was never found. Noel Chabanel, who died at the age of 36, succeeded in one thing in this wilderness: his desire to give his life for God.

Today is the feast of the eight men known as the North American Martyrs, who together did succeed in converting many hundreds of the natives. They also include Jean de Brébeuf, Isaac Jogues and Rene Goupil, who was tortured and later killed with a hatchet after he made the sign of the cross over a child. A full book on the life of St. Isaac Jogues, who lived among the Iroquois, can be found here. More on Noel Chabanel, a patron saint for misfits, can be found here.

 

Manufactured Riots

September 24, 2016

ABOUT SEVENTY-PERCENT of the protestors arrested in Charlotte were from out-of-state. See more at Zero Hedge.

 

The Quadrennial Charade

September 23, 2016

VIGILANT CITIZEN says something I have said here before: Donald Trump is purposely being used to discredit honorable opposition to open borders. Trump has deployed nasty verbiage (his loyal sidekick Ann Coulter is even more offensive) and the media has a field day with it:

Trump’s role in this charade is to lead the anti-Soros movement, associate it with ugly terms such as “racism”, mix it up with the ridiculousness of the “Alt-Right”, and to ultimately crash the entire thing in an intense fire of stupidity.

In this sense, Trump is just as useful to the elite as Hillary. Both of them play a role. The “outsider” will probably stay outside and the “insider” will mostly likely stay inside. And you don’t actually have a choice: The 2016 presidential election is a complete sham.

 

The Model Minority: Fisher-of-Men Edition

September 23, 2016

FROM Fox News:

Two Indonesian fishermen who escaped slavery aboard a Honolulu-based tuna and swordfish vessel when it docked at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf are suing the boat’s owner for tricking them into accepting dangerous jobs they say they weren’t allowed to leave.

Attorneys for Abdul Fatah and Sorihin, who uses one name, say in a lawsuit filed in federal court Thursday that they were recruited in Indonesia seven years ago to work in Hawaii’s commercial fishing fleet without realizing they would never be allowed onshore. They have since been issued visas for victims of human trafficking and are living in the San Francisco area.

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“I want to be compensated because of the suffering I felt on the boat and all the suffering I have endured after I got off the boat,” Sorihin said Thursday through a translator at his lawyer’s San Francisco office. “And I hope no one will suffer what I have suffered.”

 

Military Men and Mothers

September 23, 2016

STEPHEN IPPOLITO writes in the discussion on exercise:

It’s a small point, but when Laura observes upon her “intuitive sense” that running or jogging “is not all that calming” and as such, when undertaken publicly, is likely beneath the dignity of of women generally, and of Catholic women in particular, I could not agree more.

I can confirm that the Australian Army, at least in relation to its officers’ training, (or at least when I went through it), supports the truth of what Laura intuits about running or jogging.

The very first statement delivered in the very first class on the very first day of my army direct commissioning course was the warning that “officers never run.” This may sound a strange thing for a military leadership course to lead off with , as it initially seemed to me then, but as it was explained to my cohort and I, running was frowned upon not simply because it may panic the troops but for the much more important reason that rapid, rushed, hectic action – or any behaviour for that matter that springs from or tends to suggest a lack of control by a leader – is undignified and beneath a person in authority and undermines the quality of dignity that a person in authority must at all times exhibit to earn and hold the respect and confidence of others.

Laura is right to pose as the litmus test whether a mother or any other matron of yesteryear could be imagined running or jogging up and down the local streets or laying on the footpath doing “ab crunches” or “jumping jacks”, or as I witnessed this morning, gathering in a herd of 20 or so beneath a banner titled “Yummy Mummies” to run whilst pushing their babies ahead of them in prams/strollers – and to answer “no.”

This is because people will not respect or follow a person without dignity and wives and mothers, at least until recent times, modelled and set the tone for their families’ behaviour domestically as well as beyond the home at a local level through maintaining their communities’ social and support networks. Laura speaks an essential, (but regrettably forbidden), truth when she observes that: “All of society hinges on the dignity of women.” Read More »

 

Ursula Haverbeck on the Migrant Crisis

September 22, 2016

THE author Michael Hoffman writes of Ursula Haverbeck, 87, whom I believe is still serving a 10-month jail sentence in Germany for her position on World War II history:

This distinguished lady of the media-despised World War II generation of Germans is the epitome of dignity and decency. These are the people the U.S. slaughtered from the air in German cities 1942-1945, and then mass-murdered them after the war in vicious forced expulsions from neighboring countries — ethnic cleansing.

Angela Merkel is very patently a traitor to a thousand years of German history and the struggles of the ancestors of the German people across that millennium. No[t] even a half-way competent or patriotic leader would encourage and legalize the invasion of one million aliens into the nation they lead. Merkel is an insanely evil coffin-rider and the previously suicidal Germans, if they have eyes to see, will turn to God and ask for the grace to throw her out of office by means of the ballot box, and by the same means never allow a similar Judas-goat to head Germany again.

 

Flight 1771

September 22, 2016

MIKE KING writes at The Anti-New York Times:

The incredible revenge-mass murder-suicide drama of Flight 1771 and the subsequent investigation are the stuff of Hollywood movies. The tragic 1987 event was, at that time, the 2nd worst mass murder event in US History (just 2 shy of the 1927 Bath, Michigan school bombing). Flight 1771 remains the worst incident of mass murder in the history of California.

But for some strange reason, the amazing story began to fade away from the media’s radar, literally within 24 hours of the event. An archival review of The New York Times (aka the “paper of record”) turns up just 4 short and incomplete stories over a 4 day period. The headlines are listed below, followed by our rebuttal. Stay with this piece because there is a shocking twist at the end; a twist which will tie in ‘the Big Picture’ of things.

The plane disaster was the work of David Burke (below), a disgruntled black employee. That’s why it was buried, King contends.

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Traditional Farming and Asthma

September 22, 2016

A FASCINATING study suggests that Amish children have a lower incidence of asthma and other allergic reactions because they are exposed to bacteria in soil that has never been worked with industrial machinery. Healthy dirt may be beneficial in unexpected ways. Read More »

 

Can You Imagine Her Jogging?

September 22, 2016

 

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Christian Skredsvig (Norwegian painter, 1854–1924) ‘Aften på innsjøen’ 1892

THE answer to the above question is: No, you can’t.

That’s because jogging, or “running,” is immodest and beneath the dignity of feminine women (as opposed to uppity and tiresome Internet trolls who like to brag about their marathon training).

[Image from It’s About Time]

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“Gay Marriage” Is Political Exploitation

September 22, 2016

 

E. MICHAEL JONES explains in this dynamite lecture why “gay marriage” and other victories against the moral order were the means for ending representative government. “The net result is tyranny …. We’re talking about successful revolutions where Communism failed.”

Note his comments on anti-Semitism.

(However, the revolution of Vatican II was not a media-generated event, as he mentions. The Vatican II documents are filled with heresies. The fact that John Paul II said many Catholic things does not eradicate the errors he repeatedly endorsed.)

 

Long Gone, but Still Loved

September 21, 2016

 

 

ALAN writes:

My maternal grandmother enjoyed crocheting and playing cards.  During intense thunderstorms, she would walk from room to room, carrying a lighted candle and praying.  I have only one picture in which she is smiling—at the sight of her infant grandson being placed on a pony at a school picnic in 1950.  She loved watching Western movies and TV shows because she understood and valued the iron moral code upheld in those Westerns.  When I was a toddler, she held me on her lap as we watched the weekly adventures of “The Lone Ranger.”  She died when I was seven years old.

I agree with Lydia Sherman’s remarks about the neglect of grandparents and the disintegration of American families.

My paternal grandparents died years before I was born.  I knew my maternal grandparents, but not nearly as well as I could and should have known them.  My grandfather worked for a printing company and my grandmother was a housewife.  When I was a boy they walked with us to Sunday morning Mass at our Catholic church, two blocks from where we lived.  Both of them came from large families.  One of my grandfather’s nephews and his wife had twelve children—six of one and half a dozen of the other.  Read More »

 

Modern-Day White America: Shopping-with-Dad Edition

September 21, 2016

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A FATHER allegedly dragged his daughter by her hair through a Texas Walmart. Read More »

 

A City Without Justice

September 21, 2016

WHILE yet another alleged police shooting of a black man gets national attention in Charlotte, the daily realities of black crime are given relatively little attention.

Here’s an amazing story.

Chester, Pa. has the highest homicide rate in the country. The victims and perpetrators are overwhelmingly black. But the most striking thing is that roughly 70 percent of the homicides in the small city are never solved. Commit murder in Chester and you are highly likely to get away with it.

Caitlin McCabe and Grace Toohey of The Philadelphia Inquirer report on the issue. The homicide rate averaged 53 people a year in a population of about 34,000, from 2000 to 2014, they report. Police say a major factor in the low solve rate is cultural. Everyone in the town knows each other. A “no-snitch” rule prevails. Retaliation is a serious risk for witnesses.

Between 1965 and 1975, the homicide rate hardly topped 15 a year. Police solved 91 percent of them. Read More »

 

Does Hillary Have Vascular Dementia?

September 21, 2016

HILLARY Clinton is suffering from vascular dementia, according to an anonymous medical school professor. She was diagnosed in 2013 and the illness has a three- to five-year survival rate.  Her symptoms, including the unusual wandering of her eyes at an event on Monday, are consistent with this compelling theory. It explains why she collapsed last week and looked fine a short time later. It was a neurological event, not pneumonia, which would involve visible exhaustion and coughing, which she did not exhibit.

 

Edith Stein on Overworked Women

September 20, 2016

 

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EDITH STEIN,  the university professor, philosopher and eventual Carmelite nun, said at a convention in 1930:

Many of the best women are almost overwhelmed by the double burden of professional and family duties — or often simply of gainful employment. Always on the go, they are harassed, nervous and irritable. Where are they to get the needed inner peace and cheerfulness in order to offer stability, support, and guidance to others? In consequence there are daily little frictions with husband and children despite real mutual love and recognition of the other’s merits, hence unpleasantness in the home and the loosening of family ties.

She also stated in the same speech:

Every profession in which woman’s soul comes into its own and which can be formed by woman’s soul is an authentic woman’s profession. The innermost formative principle of woman’s soul is the love which flows from the divine heart.

(Essays on Women, Edith Stein)

 

Exercise and Femininity

September 20, 2016

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Jogging is unfeminine and immodest

 MRS. W. writes:

My husband and I have been following your blog since he discovered you last year. Our journey to find the True Catholic Church has been a difficult one and we are still continuing to learn more about it. As I have said we have been reading you for a while and have come to respect you and your opinions most highly. You are one of the few women who seem to really understand what is going on in the world and, it would seem, that no subject is taboo for you and I therefore trust your opinions. With that I have something to ask you: what are your views on modesty? Read More »

 

Assad Groupies?

September 20, 2016

BRANDON MARTINEZ comments on what he says is the alternative media’s unquestioning approval of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

 

“Diversity” Is Not Catholic

September 19, 2016

WOLFGANG GRASSL writes at Crisis Magazine:

The frantic quest for “diversity” is a deeply anti-Catholic impulse. It finds no support in Catholic moral and social teaching. There is no mention of diversity as a goal of Catholic life in the Catechism of the Catholic Church or in any of the pastoral, moral, or social constitutions and encyclicals before and after Vatican II. Diversity has never been advocated by the great thinkers of the Church, who have instead preached unity. And there is a good reason for this glaring absence: Catholics marvel at the natural diversity of God’s Creation, at the difference in people, animals, landscapes, plants, and languages. They want to preserve as much of this diversity as is possible, because it enriches all of us. But they will resist disturbing the order God has willed for the world. Erecting skyscrapers in the Sahara Desert, crossbreeding species, developing artificial languages, dying our hair green—all of these increase diversity, but at what cost? Artificial diversification drives out the natural diversity of God’s very good Creation. Enticing students of a particular race from a distant big city to move to a small rural one, or making every effort to prioritize gay and lesbian candidates for faculty positions, does not exactly exemplify the improvement of the world to which Christians are called.

[emphasis added] Read More »

 
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