Archive for December 9, 2010

I think this is an opportune time to instruct non-Catholics on Marian and saintly prayer.

Here is the best online summary I’ve found:

* “It is forbidden to give divine honour or worship to the angels and saints for this belongs to God alone.”
* “We should pay to the angels and saints an inferior honour or worship, for this is due to them as the servants and special friends of God.”
* “We should give to relics, crucifixes and holy pictures a relative honour, as they relate to Christ and his saints and are memorials of them.”
* “We do not pray to relics or images, for they can neither see nor hear nor help us.”

True devotion to Mary by St. Louis de Montfort also addresses this:

14. With the whole Church I acknowledge that Mary, being a mere creature fashioned by the hands of God is, compared to his infinite majesty, less than an atom, or rather is simply nothing, since he alone can say, “I am he who is”. Consequently, this great Lord, who is ever independent and self-sufficient, never had and does not now have any absolute need of the Blessed Virgin for the accomplishment of his will and the manifestation of his glory. To do all things he has only to will them.

15. However, I declare that, considering things as they are, because God has decided to begin and accomplish his greatest works through the Blessed Virgin ever since he created her, we can safely believe that he will not change his plan in the time to come, for he is God and therefore does not change in his thoughts or his way of acting.

16. God the Father gave his only Son to the world only through Mary. Whatever desires the patriarchs may have cherished, whatever entreaties the prophets and saints of the Old Law may have had for 4,000 years to obtain that treasure, it was Mary alone who merited it and found grace before God by the power of her prayers and the perfection of her virtues. “The world being unworthy,” said Saint Augustine, “to receive the Son of God directly from the hands of the Father, he gave his Son to Mary for the world to receive him from her.”

The Son of God became man for our salvation but only in Mary and through Mary.

God the Holy Spirit formed Jesus Christ in Mary but only after having asked her consent through one of the chief ministers of his court.

That last part is significant. In the sermon for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception Fr. Bob noted that the Angel Gabriel referred to Mary as “full of grace” even before the actual incarnation. That is very important.

When we give devotion to saint we invariably ask the to pray for us. (just as a friend might ask you to pray for them). Consider the actual words of the Hail Mary:

Hail Mary Full of Grace the Lord is with thee, Blessed art thou among women…

Direct Biblical quote, no problem there.

…and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

That would also go without saying for any Protestant. No problem there.

Holy Mary; Mother of God…

Again simple fact. Mary is Holy, no question about that, and she is the Mother of Christ who IS God so no question there either.

…Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amem

Pray for us sinners. That says it all. We ask through this prayer that the one who was full of grace even before the Holy Spirit came upon her, the single person closest to Christ to pray for us.

If that doesn’t make sense I’d like to know what does.

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Christina Aguilera is the latest and greatest to be sharing her walk-in-closet half-nakedness with the world via the ever reliable ‘anonymous friend’ taking a picture they promise will never be seen.

Christine is shocked SHOCKED!

The rep tells TMZ the pictures — which show Aguilera wearing nothing but pasties and a few strands of fabric — were “taken in the privacy of Ms. Aguilera’s home and were used only in a personal exchange between the star and her stylist.”

The rep continues, “We find the actions of the hackers and the press who purchased and/or obtained these photos to be irresponsible and actionable.”

Oh please this is about as shocking as Berkeley being on the other side in an American war. These pictures are posed. Anyone who thinks this is a “hack” rather than a PR stunt is as gullible as these folks.

Now this would be worth a trip to Green Bay:

A shrine in the town of Green Bay is one of only a handful in the world — and the sole location in the United States — officially designated as a place where the Virgin Mary appeared.

David Ricken, the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, announced today his official approval of the Marian apparitions at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion.

Ricken’s decision makes the shrine the first and only site in the United States of an approved apparition of the Virgin Mary. The designation puts it in the same category as other famous Marian apparition sites such as Lourdes, France; Guadalupe, Mexico; and Fatima, Portugal.

For those who are not familiar with Catholic belief. Such a finding means that the apparition is credible and not in conflict with Catholic belief. Belief is not mandatory for a Catholic, but such belief would be consistent with Catholic doctrine.

The Anchoress is delighted as was my mother when I told her.

Expect the media to pass this one by.

As I’ve already said the idea of extending the Bush Tax cuts rates on a temporary basis is a trap. By doing it in a temporary way the democrats are given a stark choice on raising taxes again in two years.

There is only one thing they could do that would be worse politically; and by golly they’ve managed to do it!

Defying President Obama, House Democrats voted Thursday not to bring up the tax package that he negotiated with Republicans in its current form.

“This message today is very simple: That in the form that it was negotiated, it is not acceptable to the House Democratic caucus. It’s as simple as that,” said Democratic Congressman Chris Van Hollen.

Well done democrats, now after Jan 3 when the republicans pass the tax rates without your help, they will get sole credit and if it can’t get passed due to senate intransigence or a filibuster by democrats then we have the president ON THE RECORD saying bluntly that a double dip recession is their fault:

President Obama warned his fellow Democrats on Wednesday that they risk plunging the country into a double-dip recession if they reject his tax-cut deal with Republicans.

Absolutely amazing! Totally tone-deaf! If you think 2010 was bad for the left watch what happens now. 2012 is going to be the sinking of the Titanic!

Update: Stacy has more, what fools!

Looking at the list of more than 50 House Democrats who signed the Welch letter, I see several names — including Paul Kanjorski, Jim Oberstar and Alan Grayson — of Democrats who got beat in the mid-term election.

Their careers are over and so they’ve got a political free-pass for these lame ducks to take a stand on “principle,” possibly resulting in a no-deal meltdown that results in Americans paying higher taxes next year. And maybe, as Larry Summer warns, pushing the economy into a double-dip recession.

Hey lets follow the losers off the cliff, unbelievable!

Gateway Pundit is amazed too:

Yesterday the Obama Administration warned Wednesday that if Congress rejected a compromise tax deal they risk plunging the US economy back into recession.Today the Pelosi democrats rejected the deal. They don’t trust his economic judgment, either.

This is like watching a horror movie you’ve seen before, you know the killer is behind the door and you’re shouting at the set. Don’t open it!