Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Ladder of Prayer: Lectio Divina, How to Pray the Scriptures

"All troubles of the Church, all the evils in the world, flow from this source: that men do not by clear and sound knowledge and serious consideration penetrate into the truths of Sacred Scripture." ---St. Theresa of Avila, A.D. 1515-1582

The Little Flower and Many Mansions

""I do not understand souls who fear a Friend so tender. At times, when I am reading certain spiritual treatises in which perfection is shown through a thousand obstacles, surrounded by a crowd of illusions, my poor little mind quickly tires; I close the learned book that is breaking my head and drying up my heart, and I take up Holy Scripture. Then all seems luminous to me; a single word uncovers for my soul infinite horizons, perfection seems simple to me, I see it is sufficient to recognize one's nothingness and to abandon oneself as a child into God's arms.

"Leaving to great souls, to great minds the beautiful books I cannot understand, much less put into practice, I rejoice at being little since children alone and those who resemble them will be admitted to the heavenly banquet. I am very happy there are many mansions in God's kingdom, for if there were only the one whose description and road seems incomprehensible to me, I would not be able to enter there.--- Saint Therese of Lisieux...Read it all

Worth it? How tragic, beyond words.

Lesley Stahl on U.S. sanctions against Iraq (60 minutes, video): We have heard that a half million children have died [as a result of 1st Gulf War sanctions]. I mean, that's more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: I think this is a very hard choice, but the price--we think the price is worth it. --60 Minutes (5/12/96)

--->4 Israelis killed in West Bank shooting attack

--->Strangers to mercy in the name of honor? Iran Courts confirm two more stoning sentences on adultery charges. The strict forms of Islam are a sad collapse and straying from the spiritual depths of Jesus Christ, the ultimate / final revelation of the Abrahamic faith, Emmanuel, i.e., God with us. Many, many of the original Middle Eastern and African converts to Muhammed were Christians who were given little choice but the sword and to see their women and children dishonored and taken captive. Muhammed got stuck in an Old Testament ditch, a misunderstanding of God's movement in history. Our Lord taught that while justice may in some cases be a minimal good, mercy is spiritually far better, for it most reflects the Sacred Heart of the universe. And who among us is without sin to cast the first stone?

--->Obama Tells Troops, ‘Our Task in Iraq Is Not Yet Over

--->Updated. Dr. Thomas Woods, RBN, and the League of the South. Thomas Woods is said to have been present at the founding of the League of the South, the goal of which is "a free and independent Southern republic," according to its website. Now that sounds a tad like a prescription for Civil War, which in my opinion would be an unmitigated disaster---but more on that in a moment. Not long ago I heard about Woods' appearance on one of the most anti-Catholic Internet 'radio' stations on the planet, RBN, the Republic Broadcasting Network, a mom-and-pop site which is strongly (radically) Libertarian in perspective, and, it sometimes sounds at least, like a station which would happily see the Civil War fought again and the South go its merry way...Read it all

Homelessness Up 50% In New York City

MYFOXNY.COM - If you think you've been seeing more people sleep on city streets, statistics back up the perception. The homeless population living on New York City streets has gone up 50 percent in the past year, according to city statistics reported by the HellsKitchenLife.com blog.

The New York City Department of Homeless Services conducts a yearly survey of the streets of the city to count the number of homeless who are not in shelters. The HOPE survey was conducted in January 2010...Read it all

---> Racism, which no Catholic may embrace, should not follow from a serious critique of cynical academic multi-cultural ideology, nor from the deepest respect for Natural Law and traditional pro-family principles; anymore than Marxism should follow from serious social justice principles which seeks to critique laissez faire capitalism and a radical bifurcation of society according to class. Everything for us must be subject to Catholic moral principles. It is hardly wrong to want to preserve, restore and http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifcultivate traditional religious-spiritual and national values. In fact vis a vis the new anti-values which prevail in the present under the rubric of 'globalization,' it is a moral imperative. But hatred of others based on skin color can never follow from that.

It is true that birds of a feather naturally flock best together. But in the final analysis it is most important that people think alike in terms of morals and traditional values than look alike. People should love their own races and tribes---God made us many wonderful colors---but always without prejudice to other races and good nations. Cooperation and peacemaking between truly sovereign nations is also a moral imperative: To desire and foster conditions under which all will prosper ---...More

--->Homosexuals Hijacking the Civil Rights Bus

--->The Eloquence of Hubris is Seen In Its Own Blind Death-Wish.

What I mean is that "whatsoever a man sows, that also shall he reap" (Gal 6:7). Freedom is a perilous gift. And to abuse it is to spit into the face of God. We boast of our technology, we may very well die of our technology. Because sin literally means "misses the mark" of being, and very often God leaves the pertinaciously impenitent to their own mad freedom and gives us up to the consequences of our own free decisions, which we forged like Marley's chains, link by sorry link.

Technology, when made our only boast, abused and made the instrument of oppression and cruel belligerence, may very well bury us. We could blow ourselves to smithereens, die by the hand of madmen. O Yes, God may very well allow it as the penultimate stop on route to Hell or Heaven. What might that look like? It could look like this... So we had better take heed, lest God surprise the proud and haughty who play with the souls of simple, ordinary, good people. Because after that awful fiery blast (or series of blasts) there will be yet one more lasting Stop.

--->Blair 'desperately sorry' for Iraq war deaths
, but...

--->N.Korea seeks stronger ties with China

--->Schools claim Lucifer as model and guardian. "Dr. Bruce Shortt, author of The Harsh Truth about Public Schools, explains to OneNewsNow that the Waldorf system is based on a dangerous philosophy called "anthroposophy" from the writings of 19th-century Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner. Bruce Shortt (Exodus Mandate)"And in those writings he basically posits that the universe is driven by conflict between Lucifer and the god of darkness called 'Ahriman' -- and his educational philosophy is built around that conflict," says Shortt. "...In fact, in his view Christ came to earth as a 'son god' to balance the forces of light and darkness." Note: I recall that in my youth I used to see people in strange robes walking in Greenwhich Village who represented this kind of thing, which had elements of Scientology and Rosicrucianism mixed in. They were called The Process and they proclaimed a "reconciliation between Lucifer and Christ". Incidentally, I was (a bit) surprised to read recently in Nicholas Murray's biography of Aldous Huxley that the author of Brave New World knew Ron L. Hubbard and dabbled in his 'Scientology' while living in California. In fact Huxley dabbled in about everything except Christianity.

--->CNN - Author: More teens becoming 'fake' Christians. "If you're the parent of a Christian teenager, Kenda Creasy Dean has this warning: Your child is following a "mutant" form of Christianity, and you may be responsible. Dean says more American teenagers are embracing what she calls "moralistic therapeutic deism." Translation: It's a watered-down faith that portrays God as a "divine therapist" whose chief goal is to boost people's self-esteem. "The study included Christians of all stripes -- from Catholics to Protestants of both conservative and liberal denominations."

--->Shooting Threat Raises Question Of Coerced Abortion. News video from Albuquerque’s Channel 13 reveals that threatening man had a trunk full of firearms

--->Hasidic Jews in this town ask people to observe public modesty. Apart from the gender-separation legalism, it only reflects what was not too long ago considered common sense... for most peoples.

--->EWTN's “Karol: A Man Who Became Pope

--->Boss Made Her a Sex Slave, Homeland Security Worker Says