President’s Inauguration and the Two Bibles

Rev. Louie Giglio will no longer pray at the Presidents inauguration because of his biblical preaching in the 90’s about homosexuality.  This is what he said;

“If you look at the counsel of the word of God, Old Testament, New Testament, you come quickly to the conclusion that homosexuality is not an alternate lifestyle… homosexuality is not just a sexual preference, homosexuality is not gay, but homosexuality is sin. It is sin in the eyes of God, and it is sin according to the word of God. You come to only one conclusion: homosexuality is less than God’s best for his creation.”

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Yet the President will be sworn in on two Bibles, that of Martin Luther King and that of Abraham Lincoln.  What is wrong with this picture.

Raining in Cincinnati

Tomorrow plan on leaving for Detroit.   It is raining outside but not snowing.  So far the weather has been great.  When we got back to California, a terrible storm hit every place we had traveled through.  Being a missionary for spreading the Holy Latin Mass and trying to get a Catholic Traditional TV station takes a great deal of patience.  I am using this day with Fr. Shannon and Sean to get things done.  Had to get the portable printer working and a case to put it into when traveling.  Calling all the people I am going to try to visit.  Staying in touch with family and friends.  I hope to spend the weekend near London Ontario Canada with Fr. Paul Nicholson who is the spiritual support for Michael Voris.  Then on Monday visit the TV studio of Church Militant in Detroit.  Also hope to visit with three seminarians who were in the FSSP.   Have called to set up an appointment with Archbishop Vigneron.  My friends the Burkharts are good friends with him.  He use to be the bishop of Oakland.  I have met him before at the conference celebrating Humanae Vitae 50th anniversary.   Also am going to visit Assumption Grotto where Fr. Perrone celebrates the Holy Latin Mass.  The nuns of Opus Sancturorum Angelorum live there too.

So much good is happening.  We need to look up to heaven and not down to the devil.   The more we try to serve God, the more the devil is going to attack us.  Let us know the devil’s game plan and beat him at it by:

FAITH that God is in charge.

LOVE each other and meditate on God’s love for us, love those who hate us.

HOPE knowing God has great plans for the Holy Latin Mass.  HE LOVES IT.

Pope Benedict on Suffering for Speaking the Truth

Pope Benedict to Bishops beginning of the new year 2013

“The courage to stand firm in the truth is unavoidably demanded of those whom the Lord sends like sheep among wolves. “Those who fear the Lord will not be timid”, says the Book of Sirach (34:16). The fear of God frees us from the fear of men.  It liberates.

Here I am reminded of an episode at the very beginning of Christianity which Saint Luke recounts in the Acts of the Apostles. After the speech of Gamaliel, who advised against violence in dealing with the earliest community of believers in Jesus, the Sanhedrin summoned the Apostles and had them flogged. It then forbade them from preaching in the name of Jesus and set them free. Saint Luke continues: “As they left the council, they rejoiced that they were considered worthy to suffer dishonour for the name of Jesus. And every day… they did not cease to teach and proclaim Jesus as the Messiah” (Acts 5:40ff.).  The successors of the Apostles must also expect to be repeatedly beaten, by contemporary methods, if they continue to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a way that can be heard and understood. Then they can rejoice that they have been considered worthy of suffering for him. Like the Apostles, we naturally want to convince people and in this sense to obtain their approval. Naturally, we are not provocative; on the contrary we invite all to enter into the joy of that truth which shows us the way. The approval of the prevailing wisdom, however, is not the criterion to which we submit. Our criterion is the Lord himself. If we defend his cause, we will constantly gain others to the way of the Gospel. But, inevitably, we will also be beaten by those who live lives opposed to the Gospel, and then we can be grateful for having been judged worthy to share in the passion of Christ.”

Tradition has the Answer and gives Joy

Continuously we hear bad news about the Catholic Church and the world around us.  Why does it bother us?  Precisely, because we care.  We love our Church, we love people, we love the poor and we love our families.  Otherwise we would just ignore the problems, indulge in self pleasures and forget about the rest.  No; we love, we care.  So we take abuse from those who judge us and who do not see or may not care to see the root of the problem.  They think that if  the Church becomes more tolerant and accepting of the modern world and its values like homosexual marriage, letting catholics married in the Church marrying again, birth control, woman’s rights to kill the baby in the womb and what ever is popular in society today everything will be good again.  That is why we have the president we have, because catholics are just like what Hollywood has sold them on what is moral.

A huge divide in the Catholic Church is between those who are for “Social Justice” and those they perceive as just concerned about doctrine.  Well 30 years ago I started St. Francis Catholic Kitchen and Jesus, Mary and Joseph Home in Santa Cruz, California.  I have every year gone and work with the poor in Mexico.  I invited nuns from Chile to come to Mexico and gave them a place to stay.  These wonderful nuns have opened a large free hospital for the dying and clinics for the sick.  The main persons who supplied them with the 8 million dollars for constructing the clinic and hospital ( and I know them personally) are conservative catholics connected with Regnum Christi of the Legionaries of Christ in the USA and Mexico.  

As I said yesterday, seeing all the young drug addicts roaming the streets of Cincinnati, we care.  But we dare to ask why has the devil taken over the lives of these young people?  Up till I left my parish of St. Patricks in Ripon California, I would go every month to the Juvenile Hall.  Why are so many young men and women locked up.  When I would ask how many times they had been in Juvenile Hall, I was always shocked at the repeat cycle they fall into, 6 or 7 times.  What is wrong with this picture?  Do we see?  Do they see?

Working 12 years with the homeless and mentally ill, I learned the cause of poverty is SIN.  I challenge anyone to work as long as I have and disagree with my hypothesis, that sin causes poverty.   Most homeless and mentally ill that I worked with came from broken homes.   Most abused alcohol and drugs.  Greed too causes poverty in Mexico and the Philippines where I have worked with the poor.  Over and over again I saw that the father who had a problem with alcohol caused his family to be much poorer than all the other families.  Laziness causes poverty.  Corruption in the Government causes poverty.  Wars cause poverty, especially civil war and causes the huge national debt.  It all boils down to sin and the devil.  The devil wants young people destroyed and in prison rather than living their lives to serve JESUS and extend His Kingdom.

More than two thirds of the people in prison are men.  Why is that?  Because men are made so different from women.  These men should be out defending the Holy Catholic Church and women and their kids.  Instead the devil keeps them locked up or chained to addictions.

Let us begin to battle with the devil and win by Jesus working through the Holy Latin Mass.  Don’t forget the devil hates latin.  Then praying and working with families so that they stay united in Jesus’ love.  Asking the Holy Spirit to bring healing and communication in every marriage today.  Broken families hurt the kids terribly; if you do not believe me, ask the kids from divorced families.   Let us turn away from sin and alcohol and drug abuse.  Men need to stop violence against women.  

So in all this we have Joy because we know that God is working with us and loves us.  We have Joy because we are making a difference to fight against the evils of the world.  Traditional teaching and morals are what the world needs to correct itself.  We know what the medicine is that is needed help society, government, the youth and the poor.  So we are doing our part and are sure of success.  Tradition teaches what works and doesn’t work.  We are happy to do our part and let God do the rest.  If we fight sin, we fight poverty.

Closed Catholic Churches

Here in Kentucky on the other side of the river from Cincinnati we saw an abandoned Catholic Church.  Many churches are being closed and sold.  When I was in Lewiston Idaho next to the hospital where I was visiting Dori who lost her baby, I went to pray for her in a church.  That church and two other were being sold.  It was a Holy Place, a consecrated place.  Soon those churches may become discos or bars or restaurants.  I just wonder what God is thinking of His Holy Houses.  Jesus drove the vendors and money changers out of the Temple with a whip and said My Father’s House is a House of Prayer.  That is why we need to be quiet and dress modestly when we go to our Father’s House.  What would Jesus do today.  I know He would not be happy.

Why are the churches being closed and sold off?

Because the people are leaving.  All the modern stuff is not working.

They are told that it is not a mortal sin to miss Holy Mass on Sunday.  They are busy going to the new temple of sports stadiums.  They lost their faith.  They find more entertainment at home on TV than the drums played at Mass.  They believe one religion is as good as another, and the non denominational churches have better preachers, huge screen TVs, Starbucks coffee and comfortable moral chairs.  So the churches close up and no one is doing anything except selling them and putting the money in the bank so that lawyers can take it for all the sex abuse cases that have taken place.   And we keep saying everything is just fine.  No it is not fine.

We Catholics need sacred liturgies that do not entertain, but give adoration to God.  We need churches where instead of us, God is honored.  Catholics want to hear the truth even if it makes them mad.  Teenagers hate their parents for rules, but when they mature, they thank them for loving them so much as to not having given in.  Now they are successful young men and women because of their parents strict rules.

Every rule, every commandment from God, in fact the whole Bible, is written out of Love by the God who created us and knows us better than we know ourselves.  Isn’t it true that teenagers and younger kids think that that know way better how to live their lives than their parents?  Have these kids really gone through all the experiences their parents have?  Have they the wisdom old people have?

Before old people, parents, priest, teachers, and police were respected.  I heard a homily that we do not want to go back to the Latin Mass because it is going backwards.  Today I saw many drug addicts on the streets of Cincinnati.  It greatly disturbed me and I wondered what I could do to save them.  I do want to go back to the time of my youth when God, priests, parents, old people were respected.  I want to go back to the safety of those days when there was little drug addiction, little crime, you could leave your house unlocked, kids ran around on the streets safely, there was very little divorce and believe it or not, Bishop Sheen was the most popular TV program on.  Now we have school shootings, abortions by the millions, and single parents with mixed up kids living in poverty.  On the plane out from California to EWTN, next to me was a preview for a movie, “Can you have sex and not fall in love”.

I do want to go back and I am doing something about it.  The church tried going back to what the protestants did in an imaginary early Christianity, the old liturgies, last supper, and community.  How do we really know what the early Catholic’s liturgies were.  These “suppose to be how it was” liturgies are not converting people.  If they were, the churches would be full and we would not have to be closing and selling them off.  I heard that in Boston they will be closing HALF of all the churches there.  Their so called “going back” has failed.

When the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was in Latin, the churches were full.  I know, I went to Holy Mass then and I celebrate Holy Mass today 2013.  Let’s be honest, the experiment did not work.  Young people all over the world are tired of entertainment Masses and are loving and working to have the Holy Latin Mass again.  I saw the seminarian list for the diocese here.  Almost all of them were middle age or older men.  In the Latin Mass the seminarians are very young.  1+1 still = 2