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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 32,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 49 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 166 posts. There were 109 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 5mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was May 19th with 217 views. The most popular post that day was Catholic Tradition.

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The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for don bosco, gabriella’s blog, euthanasia, tu es sacerdos in aeternum, and maggio mese della madonna.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Catholic Tradition May 2010


The worship of … nothing September 2009


The best of FULTON J. SHEEN May 2009


Their song fills the universe September 2009


Tutto si paga! October 2009



A child hungers for caritas (God-like love) from parents, siblings, and other adults and peers in his community. In an earlier, healthier society, this included impromptu lessons, innocent affection (hugs and kisses) and even necessary correction, provided consistently by many adults, even strangers in public settings. Such a social milieu, once called Christendom, is the ideal foundation of true psychological health.

Today, in those fortunate countries that allow it, parents homeschool precisely because they have recognized the importance of re-creating Christendom at least within the ‘walled garden’ of their homes.

The child suffers when caritas fails in his world, when his sense of innocence and trust is consistently betrayed by one or more adults. Most homeschooling parents have recognized that they can no longer rely on the majority of adults in society (especially in schools) to be even minimally respectful of Catholic views and beliefs.

Homeschooling provides a much needed shelter from a dysfunctional ‘real world’ (not unlike protecting one’s child from exposure to contagious diseases). The homeschooled child senses that the adults in his life have taken a courageous and most difficult stand against the currents of neo-pagan culture, and that they are motivated by true caritas – love of neighbor (in this case one’s children) for the love of God. Statistics show that homeschooled children display the greatest leadership potential at college level, and are the most socially mature and adept (Robin Wallace ‘First Wave of Homeschoolers comes of age’, Fox News Channel Website) . This is because they have developed true self-respect, the psychological result of having been loved. The child whose parents have spent years homeschooling, as a living sacrifice, knows deeply that he is cherished.

Parents cannot provide absolute protection from harm for their children. Accidents, illnesses, and abuses of various kinds may come. But parents can strive heroically to provide the spiritually and psychologically healthy home atmosphere that will prepare a child to withstand the spiritual and physical assaults.

One prominent psychiatric textbook (Kaplan’s and Sadock’s ‘Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry) notes that most child abusers seek to approach a child gradually, by incremental invasions of the child’s intimate space, but that ‘healthy, protected, self-assured children rebuff the intrusions’. Children do need to be instructed (in private, one on one with a parent) that certain types of touching are wrong, and that the child should report these to his parent with the assurance that he will be believed, no matter who did the touching. The bond of trust forged in homeschooling, in which parents regularly participate with their children in the critique of various outside authority figures (e.g. people in the news, characters in books or movies,  public figures praising sexuality in the guise of fashion, priests in their homilies, etc.) can be wonderfully protective in this area. Abused children, by contrast, have often learned to follow a false logic, according to which they always follow authority figures even when such figures command them to do evil.

A very common question by homeschooling parents is:  “I know my children have learned at home, but I wonder if they would have learned more in school.”  Maybe, although personally I don’t think so.  Psalm 78 is a great one in relation to homeschooling.  Please read it in light of what God tells parents to do.  Nowhere in the Bible does it say for Rulers (the government) to train all the children.  Everywhere the Bible tells parents to teach, train, correct, etc.  It is a God given responsibility and authority.

Whether you teach them at home or send them away to school, the responsibility is yours. A ship’s captain can retire for the evening and pass control to the second or third in command.  But if the ship is wrecked, the captain is ultimately held accountable.  It is the same with parenting and training.  The weight of the responsibility and authority is solely on the parents.

Ps: did you know that there are many famous men and women from throughout history who were homeschooled as children? Read here.

Columbus Day

Beneath the surface of several Catholic holidays in October are truths and memories that bring a maelstrom of protest from the modern world … so, let’s celebrate them!

Saying goodbyeColumbus Day, although a secular holiday, merits our attention for several reasons. First, the holiday owes its existence to the efforts of U.S. Catholic citizens, particularly the Knights of Columbus. Though the Knights were instituted as a fraternal benefits organization, they were very keen to dispel anti-Catholic prejudice in the U.S. and one way to meet  this goal was to emphasize America’s debt to Catholic figures, starting with its papist discoverer.

Pope Leo XIII celebrated the four hundredth anniversary of Columbus’ maiden voyage with these stirring remarks:

Nina-Pinta-Santa Maria“… But there is, besides, another reason, a unique one, why we consider that this immortal achieve-ment should be recalled by us with memorial words. For Columbus is ours; since if a little consideration be given to the particular reason of his design in exploring the ‘mare tenebrosum’ … it is indubitable that the Catholic faith was his strongest motive … so that for this reason also the whole human race owes not a little to the Church”.

Ironically, after winning the battle for Columbus Day, many Catholics today would prefer not to be associated with either the man or his holiday (most Latin American countries commemorate the date of Columbus’ discovery as the ‘Dia de la Raza’ – the day of the Race, that is, the day the races met) with a clear allusion to the bleak events that followed Columbus’ discovery.

What then should we make of Columbus in light of his spotty record?  Five things:

Colombus landingFirst, it is clear that Columbus was not a good administrator on land, and his incompetence led to cruelty. In fairness, however, before his undisciplined men des-troyed relations with the native Taino or Arawaks, his goal was to protect them from the cannibalistic Caribs (one of the most savage peoples in the Americas) who were fast advancing. Indeed, the Caribs remind us that the first step in assessing the Columban legacy is overcoming any assumption that either side in the conflict has a monopoly on evil.

Second, it is important to remember that many of Columbus’ contemporaries also deplored his deeds. Queen Isabel certainly did, which is why Columbus’ third return to Spain was in chains, and Spanish law, thanks to the Church’s teaching about the full humanity of Native Americans, consistently condemned the actions of rapacious colonists. This is significant, for no other civilization has shown such a capacity for healthy self-criticism as the Catholic.

Columbus back in SpainThird, despite tragic costs, the benefits of European contact with the New World did far more good than harm. This is particularly true in the realm of evangelization. Columbus’ genuine zeal to convert all peoples to Christianity should be commended rather than condemned. To depict all New World conversions as forced and foreign is, ironically, to patronize people of color, who were and are every bit as capable of seeing the beauty, truth, and goodness of the Gospel as their unwashed invaders.

Fourth, despite his flaws Columbus was a devout Catholic who, as Pope Leo XIII noted, was motivated by his Faith. His favourite prayer was Jesus cum Maria sit nobis in via (May Jesus, along with Mary, be with us on the way) and he always made sure his men received confession and Holy Communion.

world-map-1600Finally, Columbus Day praises not Columbus’ exploitations on land but his exploits on sea. We know that he was exceptionally courageous and resourceful, and we know that he was an outstanding seaman. There is nothing wrong with raising a glass to genuine courage and persistence, as long as one does not go on to use these to excuse other crimes and misdemeanors. I wonder if much of the animus against Columbus today really springs from a contemporary disdain for honour that would like to purge manhood of its chivalry and daring. As the historian Warren Carroll notes: “It is right to criticize the failings of heroes, but wrong to deny their greatness and the inspiration they can give”.

And if there is any note of sorrow or regret to be struck on this otherwise celebratory occasion, it should not be for the exceptional evil of the white man or the Catholic faith but for the universal darkness in man’s heart so aptly explained by the doctrine of original sin. Yet, thanks be to God, this spiritual blight is never allowed to dwarf the triumph of the Cross, which providentially uses both vessels of honour and dishonour to meet its goals.

I would like to wish you all a serene and enjoyable Columbus Day tomorrow.

Let loose a chuckle …


 1) Don’t let worry kill you.  Let the Church help. 

1 - church sign 2) Thursday night Potluck Supper.  Prayer and me-dication to follow. 

 3) Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and com-munity. 

 4) For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs. 

 5) The rosebud on the altar this morning is to announce the birth of David Alan Belzer, the sin of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Belzer. 

 6) This afternoon there will be a meeting in the south and north ends of the church.  Children will be baptized at both ends. 

 7) Tuesday at 4:00 PM there will be an ice cream social.  All ladies giving milk will please come early. 

2 - church sign 8) Wednesday, the Ladies Liturgy Society will meet.  Mrs. Jones will sing “Put Me In My Little Bed” accompanied by the pastor. 

 9) Thursday at 5:00 PM there will be a meeting of the Little Mothers Club.  All wishing to become Little Mothers, please see the minister in his private study. 

 10) This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Lewis to come forward and lay an egg on the altar. 

 11) The service will close with “Little Drops of Water”.  One of the ladies will start (quietly) and the rest of the congregation will join in. 

 12) Next Sunday, a special collection will be taken to defray the cost of the new carpet.  All those wishing to do something on the new carpet will come forward and get a piece of paper. 

3 - church sign 13) The ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every kind and they may be seen in the church basement Friday. 

 14) A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall.  Music will follow. 

 15) At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be “What is Hell?” Come early and listen to our choir practice. 

16) Weight Watchers will meet at 7:00 PM at the First Presbyterian Church.  Please use large double door at the side entrance. 

 17) The 1991 Spring Council Retreat will be hell May 10 and 11. 

 18) Pastor is on vacation.  Massages can be given to church secretary. 

 4 - church sign19) 8 new choir robes are currently needed, due to the addition of several new mem-bers and to the deterioration of some older ones. 

 20) Mrs. Johnson will be entering the hospital this week for testes. 

 21) The Senior Choir invites any member of the congregation who enjoys sinning to join the choir. 

 22) Please join us as we show our support for Amy and Alan who is preparing for the girth of their first child. 

 23) Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles, and other items to be recycled.  Proceeds will be used to cripple children. 

 24) The Lutheran Men’s group will meet at 6:00 PM.  Steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, bread and dessert will be served for a nominal feel. 

 25) The Associate Minister unveiled the church’s new tithing campaign slogan last Sunday: “I Upped My Pledge—Up Yours.”

My government angers me …

obama_berlusconi_medvedMany of us become quite exercised about the condition of our countries. Quite understandably so.  A Catholic cannot rise in the morning and go through his daily round without arriving home in the evening feeling his sensibilities have been violated in a hundred ways, and we cannot help but ask ourselves: how did our country become such a godless wasteland.  The answer that readily comes to mind is that our nations have turned their back on Christ.  The remedy, then, is for the nations to face Christ and acknowledge His social kingship.

Brown and MerkelBut much of the talk about the social kingship of Christ is just that – talk.  It doesn’t go anywhere.  A speaker at a Traditional Catholic conference can give a rousing oration in which he presents incontrovertible proof that rulers of nations, as well as individuals, are obliged to acknowledge Jesus Christ not only as the head of the one true Church but as the head of humanity.  None of us would argue with that claim, but where does it leave us?  How do we establish this kingship?

Paris uprisingSt. Thomas tells us that we don’t have to be constantly proclaiming our faith, but there are times when we must.  Should the faith be denied or denigrated in a public setting when we are present, we ought to rise in its defense, but our actions should be proportioned to the circumstance and tempered by charity.  Of course, not everyone is a gifted polemicist and an incompetent apologia might do more harm than good.  We should realize our limitations.  Most importantly, we should avoid anger.  mugabeThis can be very difficult, for there is much to be angry about.  Yet, there are few displays of human emotion less attractive than anger. You may succeed in intimidating someone through anger, but you will not win his mind or heart. Quite the reverse.  You will engender resentment.

Some traditional Catholics are very angry at their governments which they denounce as a cabal of freemasons and atheists.  They want to insist on the social kingship of Christ, and they see the governments as the agents of those who would deny this kingship, and so they rail at the governments.  I am in sympathy with their general cause, but I don’t think that cause is advanced through these fomentations.

So what should be our attitude toward the state?  As in all things, we should look at where we are, not at where we would like to be, then look to our tradition.

ruddWhat was our Lord’s attitude?  We find no denunciation of the civil power in the Gospels.  Our Lord never gave voice to any condemnation of imperial Rome.  Of its paganism, its brutality, its lust for domination, no mention is made.  A trap was set for Him, an inducement to seditious talk, but Our Lord responded with words that we might well ponder: “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s”.  And then He told Peter to pay the tax for both of them with the coin found in the mouth of a fish.

And let’s recall that before we receive communion, we repeat the words of a Roman centurion, a detested agent of the evil state but a man who had greater faith than anyone in Israel.  Our Lord showed no interest in politics – He was interested in men, in their individual salvation, no matter what party they belonged to.

Holy anger


Mannono’s comment to my post ‘Niente crisi per i veggenti’ – “irascimini et nolite peccare” – gave me much food for thought.

There is a kind of minimalist approach to the Faith to which many Catholics are prone, not because they are Catholic, but because they are men.  There is something irksome about religion, and we have a tendency either to shirk off or minimalize all that is irksome to us.  And religion is irksome because it asks of us the most difficult of all things: that we reform our lives.  Genuine reform. 

For beginners, and even for veterans of many failed campaigns, in which number I include myself, the first objective must be to make friends with one’s conscience.  It may sound odd to speak of such a necessity, but our conscience is often regarded by us as a hostile force rather than a valued ally.  We are wont to indulge in activities in which conscience cannot participate; so it stands and looks on, and its aloofness and expression of regret can be irritating in the extreme.  We rather wish it would go elsewhere for the time being and return when we summon it, not hang about with its long face casting a gloom upon our pleasures.

So how does one befriend his conscience?  The problem was addressed admirably by a monk of the late fourth century named Isaiah the Solitary.  Isaiah quotes Our Lord’s advice that we come to agreement with our adversary before he turns us over to the judge, and the judge turns us over to the officer, who will cast us into prison.  The adversary, Isaiah explains, is our conscience, whose claims we must satisfy if we are to escape judgment and condemnation.  Chief among the means of satisfying conscience is the proper use of what he calls “the incensive power” – an anger of the intellect that is in accord with nature, which he identifies as the nature which God gave us, not our fallen condition as a result of original sin, which he regards as unnatural.  He writes: “Without anger a man cannot attain purity; he has to feel angry with all that is sown in him by the enemy”.  This “holy anger” can help us in our efforts to establish a habit of attentiveness.  We must develop a detestation of sin, realizing its ugliness and malice, and then set about rooting out its causes.  We must stop aiding and abetting the enemy and stand on the side of the angels, and then conscience will be transformed from being our accuser to being our defender.

Just for fun …

2Upon arrival to the U.S. and after getting all of Pope Benedict’s luggage loaded into the limo, and He doesn’t travel light, the driver notices that the Pope is still standing on the curb.  ‘Excuse me, Your Holiness,’ says the driver, ‘Would you please take your seat so we can leave?’

‘Well, to tell you the truth,’ says the Pope, ‘they never let me drive at the Vatican, and I’d really like to drive today.’

‘I’m sorry but I cannot let you do that. I’d lose my job! And what if something should happen?’ protests the driver, wishing he’d never gone to work that morning.  But the Pope pleads: ‘Please let me, just this once, please – just for fun’.

Reluctantly, the driver gets in the back as the Pope climbs in behind the wheel. The driver quickly regrets his decision when, after exiting the airport, the Pontiff floors it, accelerating the limo.

‘Please slow down, Your Holiness!!!’ pleads the worried driver, but the Pope keeps the pedal to the metal until they hear sirens. ‘Oh, dear God, I’m going to lose my license’ moans the driver.

The Pope pulls over and rolls down the window as the cop approaches, but the cop takes one look at him, goes back to his motorcycle, and gets on the radio.

‘I need to talk to the Chief,’ he says to the dispatcher.

The Chief gets on the radio and the cop tells him that he’s stopped a limo going at super speed.

‘So bust him,’ says the Chief.

‘I don’t think we want to do that – he’s really important,’ said the cop.

The Chief exclaimed, ‘All the more reason!’

‘No, I mean really important,’ said the cop.

The Chief then asked, ‘Who have you got there, the Mayor?’

Cop: ‘Bigger.’

Chief: ‘Governor?’

Cop: ‘Bigger.’

‘Well,’ said the Chief, ‘Who is it?’

Cop: ‘I think it’s God!’

Chief: ‘What?! What makes you think it’s God?’

Cop: ‘the Pope is his chauffeur!’


1Nell’ultima visita a New York, il Papa chiede di poter guidare la sua limousine, così, per una volta, per togliersi la voglia. La richiesta appare strana, ma il suo desiderio ovviamente viene esaudito. Così l’autista si siede dietro e il papa parte e imbocca l’autostrada. Dopo un po’ però pigia troppo sull’acceleratore e supera abbondantemente i limiti di velocità. Ovviamente ad un certo punto viene fermato da un poliziotto. Questi si rende conto della situazione e imbarazzato chiama via radio il suo capitano per avere istruzioni.

“Capitano, ho fermato una persona molto importante per eccesso di velocità e non so cosa fare”.

“E chi sarebbe, il Presidente?”.

“No! Questo e’ molto più importante!”.

“Ma chi è?, il segretario generale dell’ONU?”.

“No! No! Molto più importante!”.

“Ma insomma chi e’? “.

“Capitano, è Dio … ha il Papa come autista!”.

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The Catholic Church doesn’t need progressives, Nor does it need Reactionary Conservatives - It badly needs Catholic Traditionalists that practice faith, hope and charity. So don’t be shy! Come forward.

“When Christ at a symbolic moment was establishing His great society, He chose for its corner-stone neither the brilliant Paul nor the mystic John, but a shuffler, a snob, a coward - in a word, a man. And upon this rock He has built His Church, and the gates of Hell have not prevailed and will not prevail against it. All the empires and the kingdoms have failed because of this inherent and continual weakness, that they were founded by strong men and upon strong men. But this one thing - the historic Catholic Church - was founded upon a weak man, and for that reason it is indestructible. For no chain is stronger than its weakest link.”
(G.K. Chesterton)

Anno Sacerdotale

Pope Benedict XVI has declared a “Year for Priests” beginning with the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 19, 2009. The year will conclude in Rome with an international gathering of priests with the Holy Father on June 19, 2010.

Quest'anno sia anche un'occasione per un periodo di intenso approfondimento dell'identità sacerdotale, della teologia del sacerdozio cattolico e del senso straordinario della vocazione e della missione dei sacerdoti nella Chiesa e nella società.

Let your light so shine before men that, seeing your good works, they may glorify your Father in Heaven. (Matthew 5:16)

In Domino laudabitur anima mea.

"That sense of the sacred dogmas is to be faithfully kept which Holy Mother Church has once declared, and is not to be departed from under the specious pretext of a more profound understanding."- Pope Leo XIII, Testem Benevolentiae

Nessuno di noi entrerà in Paradiso senza portare con sé un fratello o una sorella. Ciascuno di noi deve uscire dalla folla e reggersi sulle proprie gambe, fiero di essere un Cattolico e capace di testimoniare la sua Fede.
Ci stiamo comportando come se la Fede Cattolica fosse un affare privato. Questo non è affatto vero. Penso che potremo andare molto, molto lontano, se riusciremo a convincere tutti i Cattolici a farsi carico della salvezza del mondo intero.
Il mondo ha bisogno di essere salvato e deve essere ciascuno di noi a farlo.

Cantate …

Cantate Domino canticum novum. Cantate Domino omnis terra. Cantate Domino et benedicite nomini Ejus. Annuntiate de die in diem salutare Ejus.

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“We can believe what we choose. We are answerable for what we choose to believe”.
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Iesus vero ait eis - Sinite parvulos, et nolite eos prohibere ad me venire - talium est enim regnum caelorum.

“There is another essential aspect of Christianity: the interior, the silent, the contemplative, in which hidden wisdom is more important than practical organizational science, and in which love replaces the will to get visible results”.
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Confession heals, confession justifies, confession grants pardon of sin. All hope consists in confession. In confession there is a chance for mercy. Believe it firmly. Do not doubt, do not hesitate, never despair of the mercy of God. Hope and have confidence in confession.

“Almeno sei volte durante gli ultimi anni mi sono trovato nella situazione di convertirmi senza esitazione al cattolicesimo, se non mi avesse trattenuto dal compiere il gesto azzardato l'averlo già fatto”.
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"Whatsoever I have or hold, You have given me; I give it all back to You and surrender it wholly to be governed by your will. Give me only your love and your grace, and I am rich enough and ask for nothing more."

(St. Ignatius of Loyola - Spiritual Exercises, #234)

"Mia madre è stata veramente una martire; non a tutti Gesù concede di percorrere una strada così facile, per arrivare ai suoi grandi doni, come ha concesso a mio fratello e a me, dandoci una madre che si uccise con la fatica e le preoccupazioni per assicurarsi che noi crescessimo nella fede".
J.R.R. Tolkien scrisse queste parole nove anni dopo la morte di sua madre.

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. (1 Corinthians 16:13)

“Beati sarete voi quando vi oltraggeranno e perseguiteranno, e falsamente diranno di voi ogni male per cagion mia. Rallegratevi ed esultate perché grande è la vostra ricompensa nei cieli”.