Marine Corps Birthday

There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines: Marines and the enemy. Everyone else has a second-hand opinion.’ —GEN William Thornson, U. S. Army

Salute to the Corps by Go Daddy, go here...

The Recruiting video in 1973 when I joined...

Semper Fidelis.


Tradition trumps modernism

An old article but worth reading again.

What has been an open secret is now backed by empirical evidence:

...The most successful institutes in terms of attracting and retaining new members at this time are those that follow a more traditional style of religious life in which members live together in community and participate in daily Eucharist, pray the Divine Office, and engage in devotional practices together. They also wear a religious habit, work together in common apostolates, and are explicit about their fidelity to the Church and the teachings of the Magisterium. All of these characteristics are especially attractive to the young people who are entering religious life today... More...


The Day the Host Dropped

During Mass last Sunday during Communion a Consecrated Host was dropped. Father immediately picked Him up and consumed the Host on the spot. As I am responsible for the servers in my parish and in catechesis I teach that the spot must be covered and that the server never leaves the spot (they have been instructed to kneel there) until the Priest or Deacon Purifies the spot.

I missed the actual failing of the Host. Unfortunately the server with Father did not react. The other servers not serving did, to their credit. They came to me and told me about it whereupon the site was covered and then purified. More training is indicated.

...The pre-Vatican II rubrics for when a Host is dropped, like the rubrics of the Latin liturgy, safeguarded the reverence due to the Blessed Sacrament. The May 1949 American Ecclesiastical Review explained:

“This procedure requires that the spot on which the Sacred Host has fallen be purified, usually with a dampened purificator, and then scraped and the scrapings thrown into the sacrarium [small sink in sacristy that drains into ground under the church]. Authors, generally, in order to avoid delay in going on with the distribution of Holy Communion, interpret the fulfillment of the rubric to allow marking the spot on which the Sacred Host has fallen, either with a linen cloth or with the plate used with the cruets, the priest returning after Mass to purify the place in the manner prescribed in De defectibus.”

This strict procedure not only gives God the reverence that is His due, but profoundly impresses the spectator, as it impressed me at a young age.

The year was around 1965, I was a boy of about 7 years old. My father took me for Sunday Mass to the “Italian Parish”, Our Lady of Consolation in Philadelphia. The Mass was still in Latin, the sacred atmosphere still pervaded the church and the liturgy, though the first updrafts of change were in the wind.

During Communion time on this particular Sunday, the priest accidentally dropped a consecrated Host. We were sitting up front, and my father drew my attention to it.

The priest briefly interrupted the distribution of Communion to fetch a small white cloth which he placed over the Host on the floor. The distribution of Holy Communion resumed, with the priest and altar boy carefully stepping around the Veiled Guest.

My father purposely kept me after Mass so that I could see the purification rubric from the front pew.

All was done simply, quietly, for there was no talking in church whatsoever back then, in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament.

The priest and the altar boy approached the spot near the altar rail inside the sanctuary, the spot covered with a white cloth. The priest then dropped to his knees, lifted the veil, retrieved the Sacred Species and consumed it with dignity and decorum. Slowly, reverently, still on his knees, he then cleaned and purified the section of the floor where the Host had dropped.

He took his time. There was no rush. An air of solemnity, holiness and adoration pervaded his every move.

I was fascinated and edified by the procedure. I remember thinking to myself, “truly, the Sacred Host is the Body of Our Lord Jesus Christ,” because the priest tended to It with awe-inspiring care and reverence.

It was the best catechism lesson on the Real Presence I ever had.

What do seven-year-olds now see? In modern parishes, under the lax rubrics of the New Mass, the priest simply picks up a dropped Host and moves on, as if he dropped some loose change. Particles are left to be stepped upon and desecrated. Before and after Mass, people prattle away in church as if they are socializing in the parish hall. Many modern priests and laity disregard their duty of silence before the Blessed Sacrament. They forget the stern warning of little Jacinta of Fatima, “Our Lady does not want people to talk in church”.

Where is this reverence and care for the Blessed Sacrament in the post-Conciliar Church with the introduction of Communion in the hand and the “anyone can handle it” attitude? How will our young people gain any understanding of the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament when He receives cavalier treatment from clergymen? How can reverence for the Eucharist be instilled in the Catholic faithful when they see It given in the hand as common foodstuffs, and distributed by ill-trained lay people who should not be handling the Blessed Sacrament in the first place?

It is no mystery why so many Catholics have lost faith in the Sacred Mysteries. Too many of our priests have abandoned the outward devotion necessary: 1) to give proper reverence to Christ in the Blessed Sacrament; 2) to teach the people through example that the highest reverence must be shown to Our Lord Jesus Christ truly present in the Blessed Sacrament.

Yet, the post-Conciliar catastrophe will not go on indefinitely. Someday the Church will once again be blessed with a hierarchy that gives Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament the reverence due to the King of Kings.

In the meantime, let us resist sacrilegious innovations such as Communion in the hand and lay-Eucharistic ministers, encourage others to resist them, and cling to the Latin Tridentine Mass wherein the rubrics that safeguard the reverence to the Blessed Sacrament are meticulously preserved...

The foregoing article was sent to me by Bob Banaugh through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit sent this to me. I got the message, Lord.



Beer Hall Putsch

It was on this date in 1923 that the future leader of Nazi Germany began his move for power with the attempt of a coup take over Bavaria.

The race baiter Julius Streicher rails against the Bavarian Government during the Putsch.

...On November 8-9, 1923, Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party led a coalition group in an attempted coup d'état which came to be known as the Beer Hall Putsch. They began at the Bürgerbräu Keller in the Bavarian city of Munich, aiming to seize control of the state government, march on Berlin, and overthrow the German federal government. In its place, they sought to establish a new government to oversee the creation of a unified Greater German Reich where citizenship would be based on race. Although the putsch failed -- and Bavarian authorities were able to prosecute nine participants, including Hitler -- the leaders ultimately redefined it as a heroic effort to save the nation and integrated it into the mythos of Hitler and the Nazis' rise to power... Holocaust Museum

After his trial Hitler is sent to prison where he is treated as a celebrity. He takes the time to dictate his book, Mein Kampf*, in which he lays out his blueprint for the conquest of the world, and the destruction of the Jewsand others deemed unworthy of life. Not considered a serious work by his opponents, the future bears out his plan in full.


*My Struggle


The Louvre

The palace and fortresse of the Louvre about 1180.
It was on this date in 1793, that the French Revolutionary government opened the Louvre as a museum.

Palais du Louvre began as a fortress built in the late 12th century under King Philip II. Remnants of the fortress are still visible. The building was extended many times to form the present Palace. In 1682, Louis XIV chose Versailles for his household, leaving the Louvre primarily as a place to display the royal collection, including, from 1692, a collection of antique sculpture. In 1692, the building was occupied by the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres and the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture, which in 1699 held the first of a series of salons. The Académie remained at the Louvre for 100 years. During the French Revolution, the National Assembly decreed that the Louvre should be used as a museum, to display the nation's masterpieces.

The facade, marred by the Glass Pyramid in the court yard...

Louis la Vache's Frog-Blog article on this palace is here...


Official site of the Louvre.

It is just not popular anymore...

Not as often as it should, my mind turns to purgatory. Purgatory is the home of the Church Suffering. Catholic's believe there is a purgatory and non-Catholics do not. It is a Dogma of the Church so it must be believed by Catholics. I know that there are a lot of my readers who are not Catholic, and that some of my readers are but really do not have an idea about purgatory. As a result Funeral Masses are said for the dead in white vestments instead of in black, and only a few masses are offered thereafter. True story, A true story of penance I witnessed this is how it should be.

We as Catholics know that the sense of the faith operates within the Church so that which the Church teaches is true. This is not a grey area. Pugatory exists.

So what is this Purgatory?

Purgatory is that state where in the soul passes in which the last stain of self- love is removed in preparation for the Beatific Vision. Whoa!

As I tell my Catechism students... "Sin cannot exist in the presence of the Creator, because God is all good and sin is the absence of God". Notice I say that sin is the absence of God and not take the easy way out and say sin is just bad. As darkness is not black but the absence of light so too is sin the absence of God. Where God is, sin is not." (That is why it is overimportant to be properly disposed to receive The Eucharist.)

Ok, now that I established I think logically that God and sin can not co-exist, I have to say something about death. As the song says, ..."death will come soon to hush us along..." we all die. What happens then? These are called the last 4 things, Death, Judgment, Heaven or Hell. We will each have a particular judgement, "It is appointed to men to die once, and after that comes the judgment". Hebrews 9:27 Douay-Rhiems and "Each one will receive his pay, according to his works" 1 Cor 3:8 Douay-Rhiems

At this judgement there are only 3 results: We are sinless and have no faults, we are accepted into Heaven, to praise and worship God in His presence. It is a perfect Love, with no distractions, we will bask in his glory forever. We will be in the Beatific Vision. God will look us in the face. There is no need for anything else.

The second result, Hell. Banishment from the sight of God forever. A place of eternal Hate. The souls in hell hate themselves, hate you, hate me, hate those who are in Heaven, but especially they hate those who are dragged into hell with them, (there is no love lost in hell) because they hate those in hell with them who had the opportunity in life to go to Heaven but failed and now are in hell with them. If it doesn't make sense it's OK, that is why it is called hell. Do not expect pity.

The last place is Purgatory. Purgatory the word is not mentioned in the Bible by that name, but then again neither is "Trinity" or even the word Bible! We can find it referred in the Bible. In one book it is especially visiable Maccabees(the book was removed out of the Canon by Protestants*.) Purgatory is a place where those last vestiges of sin remain and are "purged" hence Purgatory. The first place we see a mention of purgatory is in 2 Macc 12:39-46, ..."On the following day, since the task had now become urgent( to bury the dead, probably they were beginning to smell), Judas and his men went to gather up the bodies of the slain and bury them with their kinsmen in their ancestral tombs. But under the tunic of each of the dead they found amulets sacred to the idols of Jamnia, which the law forbids the Jews to wear. So it was clear to all that this was why these men had been slain. They all therefore praised the ways of the Lord, the just judge who brings to light the things that are hidden. Turning to supplication, they prayed that the sinful deed might be fully blotted out. The noble Judas warned the soldiers to keep themselves free from sin, for they had seen with their own eyes what had happened because of the sin of those who had fallen. He then took up a collection among all his soldiers, amounting to two thousand silver drachmas, which he sent to Jerusalem to provide for an expiatory sacrifice. In doing this he acted in a very excellent and noble way, inasmuch as he had the resurrection of the dead in view; for if he were not expecting the fallen to rise again, it would have been useless and foolish to pray for them in death. But if he did this with a view to the splendid reward that awaits those who had gone to rest in godliness, it was a holy and pious thought. Thus he made atonement for the dead that they might be freed from this sin..." 2 Macc 12: 39-46 NAB Thus we see several things. #1 They died as sinners, #2. They died in the service of God, #3 An expiatory sacrifice was to be made, and #4 "Thus he made atonement for the dead that they might be freed from this sin..." If sin could not be forgiven in the next world why make an expiatory sacrifice? Sin could be forgiven in the next world, "...And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven; but whoever speaks against the holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come..." Matthew 12:32 Sin cannot be forgiven in hell because it is the final destination of sinners. Sin is not forgiven in heaven because there is no need to because...(Test Question)"Where God is, sin is not."

So we see that Purgatory is a state of cleansing. "...but nothing unclean will enter it, nor anyone who does abominable things or tells lies." Apocalypse of St John 21:27 The "it" is Heaven.

It is a poor explaination. But I have an analogy, because I work in a prison I deal with this every day. A man kills another man, he is caught and tried. Before he is sentenced he asks for and receives forgivness from the family. he recieves their forgivness. He is not released, he is condemned to pay the price of his sin. This is similar to God's judgement. We are forgiven but we still have a "price to pay" ..."Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny..." Matt 5:26 Purgatory is where we pay that price.

The good news? The Good News is that those in Purgatory are going to their final destination, Heaven. They cannot go to Hell. They are in Hope of the Beatific Vision.

There was a time when we were taught that the time Purgatory was calculated in days, weeks and years. That is what I was taught too. It was easier for the young children to learn that this time had a length. A beginning and an end. During the Middle Ages and Renaisance it was taught that Indugences could be gained which would alleviate or expiate our time in purgatory or the time in Purgatory being served by our family members. All indulgences assume the sin is already forgiven. Wouldn't it be great if you could pay your way out of Purgatory? The church turned a blind eye in the selling of indulgences during the period of the building of the great cathedrals. It was an abuse. People like Luther decried against it. Others just said there was "no such a thing as Purgatory". ..."Nothing impurified can enter Heaven, but yet a careless word can defile the soul"... Matt 12:36, if there is no place of purification NO one is going to Heaven. If there is no Hope for Heaven then why bother? Indugences can still be gained, the easist is participation in the sacrifice of Mass. The recitation of the Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, devotion to the Saints all will aleviate the suffering of the souls in Purgatory.

(Everyone in Heaven is a Saint incidently, so prayers intended for that reason create Saints. One Mass before death is more efficatious that all the Masses ever said for you after death.)

About here a commentor will use this biblical quotation,..."for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,..." Romans 3:23 NIV. Huh? Everyone includes a lot of people, like Christ. Are they saying that Christ sinned? Mary? (actually I have heard a minister say that Christ doubted in the garden and his request to have this cup pass... indicates a lack of trst in god and tehrefore sin. ...but that is a different topic)

In the book Purgatory Explained by Fr. F. X. Schouppe, S.J....Part I, Chapter XXV we see why itis imprtant to have your mind fixed on the objective at all times.

A series of apparitions occurred during the course of the year 1859. The American press took up the matter, and treated those grave questions with its usual levity. In order to put a stop to scandal, the Abbot Wimmer, superior of the house, addressed the following letter to the newspapers.

"The following is a true statement of the case: In our Abbey of St. Vincent, near Latrobe, on September 10, 1859, a novice saw an apparition of a Benedictine in full choir dress. This apparition was repeated every day from September 18 until November 19, either at eleven o'clock, at noon, or at two o'clock in the morning. It was only on the 19th November that the novice interrogated the spirit, in resence of another member of the community, and asked the motive of these apparitions. He replied that he had suffered for seventy-seven years for having neglected to celebrate seven Masses of obligation; that he had already appeared at different times to seven other Benedictines, but that he had not been heard, and that he would be obliged to appear again after eleven years if the novice did not come to his assistance. Finally, the spirit asked that these seven Masses might be celebrated for him; moreover, the novice must remain in retreat for seven days, keep strict silence, and during thirty days recite three times a day the psalm "Miserere", his feet bare, and his arms extended in the form of a cross. All the conditions were fulfilled between November 20 and December 25, and on that day, after the celebration of the last Mass, the apparition disappeared. "During that period the spirit showed itself several times, exhorting the novice in the most urgent manner to pray for the souls in Purgatory; for, said he, they suffer frightfully, and are extremely grateful to those who co-operate in their deliverance. He added, sad to relate, that of the five priests who had died in our Abbey, not one had yet entered Heaven, all were suffering in Purgatory. I do not draw any conclusion, but this is correct."

This account, signed by the hand of the Abbot, is an incontestable
historical document.

De Profundis

Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.
Let Your ears be attentive to my voice in supplication.
If You, O Lord, mark iniquities, Lord, who can stand?
But with You is forgiveness, that You may be revered.
I trust in the Lord; my soul trusts in His word.
My soul waits for the Lord more than sentinels wait for the dawn.
More than sentinels wait for the dawn, let Israel wait for the Lord,
For with the Lord is kindness and with Him is plenteous redemption;
And He will redeem Israel from all their iniquities.

We should always remember the Church Suffering and pray for them most earnestly.


* OTC (Other than Catholic) Faith groups claim that it was never intended to be part of the Bible, or that it is in Greek, or that they are historical bocks and not for salvation. Usually Protestants call them the Apocrypha, which is about like saying "interesting but about as much to do with salvation as an Archie comic." Catholics call the the Deuterocanonical texts. These maybe the reasons or perhaps it gave the clearest view of what the Jews believed before Christ and didn't lock into what the "reformers" hypothesised.

**The general judgment at the end of time simply solemnly confirms the particular judgments of each one, with the difference that then the body as well as the soul will receive what is due it. And all God's judgments will be revealed as most just.

Thanks once again to Robert Banaugh a some time contributer who provided the exerpt from Purgatory Explained,

Salon of the Grand Couvert at Versailles

...The Marquise de La Tour du Pin, who was a lady-in-waiting to Marie-Antoinette during the very last years of the Ancien Régime, attended these occasions. She notes in her Memoirs that “the King ate with a hearty appetite, but the Queen did not remove her gloves, nor did she unfold her napkin, in which she was very ill-advised.” Why ill-advised? Because the Marie-Antoinette, by refusing to eat in public, reinforced her image as an aloof and haughty sovereign. Not only did she hate the constraints of the étiquette, but she had little interest in food, did not drink wine, and only enjoyed her morning coffee and croissants...More is found at Versailles and More, here...

A gracious thanks to Catherine Delors.