Tuesday, 15 August 2017

National Review: Fire Steve Bannon

National Review: Fire Steve Bannon

by David French


"Bannon’s actions indicate that, if nothing else, he’s a vicious opportunist. As alt-right leader Richard Spencer explained, under Bannon’s leadership, Breitbart turned into a “gateway to alt-right ideas and writers.” His former colleague Ben Shapiro called him a “vindictive, nasty figure, infamous for verbally abusing supposed friends and threatening enemies.” Vindictive men who promote the work of racists and normalize their ideas obviously shouldn’t be within 100 miles of political power, never mind two steps from the Oval Office.

Earlier today President Trump clearly and explicitly repudiated racism and white supremacy. This was a positive step, a vast improvement from his statement on Saturday, which pointedly omitted any reference to white supremacy, Nazism, or their acolytes. While today’s political violence is still far from that seen on the worst days of the late 1960s and early 1970s, this weekend’s events have rightfully shaken millions of well-meaning Americans. If the president wants to take decisive action to distance himself from America’s most hateful elements, there is one thing he can do today: He can fire Steve Bannon, the man who gave them a platform."

Monday, 14 August 2017

The Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady



Almighty and everlasting God,
You have taken up body and soul
into the heavenly glory the Immaculate Virgin Mary,
Mother of Your Son: Grant, we beseech You,
that, ever intent upon heavenly things,
we may be worthy to be partakers of her glory.
Through Jesus Christ Your Son, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
One God, forever and ever. Amen.


O Blessed Virgin Mary,
united to the victorious Christ in heaven,
you are the image and first-flowering of the Church
as she is to be perfected in the world to come.
You shine forth as a sign of sure hope and solace
for the pilgrim People of God.
In your Assumption,
you manifest the fullness of redemption
and appear as the spotless image of the Church
responding in joy
to the invitation of the Bridegroom, your Son,
who is the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

Grant that we may follow your example on earth
thereby imitating your Son as well
and being enabled to share your glory,
with Him for all eternity.


The Litany of Loreto

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven,
have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,

God the Holy Spirit, Holy Trinity, one God,

Holy Mary,
pray for us.
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of virgins,
Mother of Christ,
Mother of the Church,
Mother of divine grace,
Mother most pure,
Mother most chaste,
Mother inviolate,
Mother undefiled,
Mother immaculate,
Mother most amiable,
Mother most admirable,
Mother of good counsel,
Mother of our Creator,
Mother of our Savior,
Virgin most prudent,

Virgin most venerable,
Virgin most renowned,

Virgin most powerful,
Virgin most merciful,
Virgin most faithful,
Mirror of justice,
Seat of wisdom,
Cause of our joy,
Spiritual vessel,
Vessel of honor,

Singular vessel of devotion,
Mystical rose,
Tower of David,

Tower of ivory,
House of gold,
Ark of the covenant,
Gate of heaven,

Morning star,
Health of the sick,
Refuge of sinners,
Comforter of the afflicted,

Help of Christians,

Queen of angels,
Queen of patriarchs,
Queen of prophets,
Queen of apostles,
Queen of martyrs,
Queen of confessors,
Queen of virgins,
Queen of all saints,

Queen conceived without original sin,
Queen assumed into heaven,
Queen of the most holy rosary,

Queen of families,
Queen of peace,

Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray. Grant, we beseech you, O Lord God, that we, your servants, may enjoy perpetual health of mind and body; and by the intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, may be delivered from present sorrow, and obtain eternal joy. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

V. Pray for us, O Queen of the most holy Rosary.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray. O God, whose only-begotten Son, through his life, death and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech Thee, that by meditating upon these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain, and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.



Holy Mary, Virgin Assumed into Heaven, pray for us, that we may enter into the glory and joy of heaven.

ConservativeHome| Nicky Morgan: You’re welcome to your new Democrat Party. I’m sticking with the Tories – to fight, fight and fight again for moderation.

ConservativeHome| Nicky Morgan: You’re welcome to your new Democrat Party. I’m sticking with the Tories – to fight, fight and fight again for moderation.

"If one-nation liberal Conservatives listen to these siren voices, what would it say about the Tory Party we now have? To accept the argument for creating a new party would be to accept that the Conservative Party can no longer appeal to the British political centre ground. I refuse to accept that proposition. Because without that centre ground we can never hope to be a majority government again.

As someone who has had to fight, win and hold a marginal seat in the Midlands I know what it takes to win over those who have supported other parties and to build a broad coalition of local support. The same principles apply at a national level.

The Conservative Party is, and always has been, a broad church. There now appear to be some, both inside and outside the Party, who want it to become a narrow ideological shrine, appealing only to a narrow and ageing group of supporters. This does nothing to win over the average voter who doesn’t think about politics much but, when they do come to elect a Government, want a party standing on a platform of a sound economy, good public services, an effective and fair welfare safety net, a global outlook and committed to a strong defence capability."


The British political system just does not work well for new parties. I don't think there is a realistic prospect of a centrist 'Democrat Party,' and if there was they ought to come up with a more original name. I am glad Nicky Morgan is making the case for moderation in the Tory Party.

The Feast of Saint Maximillian Kolbe



O God, who filled the Priest and Martyr Saint Maximilian Kolbe with a burning love for the Immaculate Virgin Mary and with zeal for souls and love of neighbor, graciously grant, through his intercession, that striving for your glory by eagerly serving others, we may be conformed, even until death, to your Son. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Litany of Saint Maximillian Kolbe

Lord, have mercy on us
Lord, have mercy on us
Christ, have mercy on us
Christ, have mercy on us

Lord, have mercy on us
Lord, have mercy on us

God, our Father in heaven, Have mercy on us
God the Son, Redeemer of the World, Have mercy on us
God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us
Holy Trinity, one God, Have mercy on us

Immaculate Mary, Mother of the Savior, Pray for us
St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe, Pray for us...

Brave Knight of the Immaculata, Pray for us
Heroic Son of Poland, Pray for us
Man of living Faith, Pray for us
Obedient Son of St. Francis, Pray for us
Poor and Humble Friar, Pray for us
Example of Angelic Purity, Pray for us
Great Lover of our Eucharistic Lord, Pray for us
Consecrant of Our Lady, Pray for us
Faithful Priest, Pray for us
Model of Religious Life, Pray for us
Servant of the Church, Pray for us
Marian Mystic, Pray for us
Zealous Missionary, Pray for us
Modern Evangelist, Pray for us
True Ecumenist, Pray for us
Brilliant Apologist, Pray for us
Christian Journalist, Pray for us
Educator of Youth, Pray for us
Promoter of the Mass Media, Pray for us
Spokesman of Christian Values, Pray for us
Defender of Human Dignity, Pray for us
Promoter of the Miraculous Medal, Pray for us
Minister of Refugees, Pray for us
Friend of the Homeless, Pray for us
Hero of Auschwitz, Pray for us
Victim of Violence and Hatred, Pray for us
Provider for the Hungry, Pray for us
Preacher to the Hopeless, Pray for us
Companion of the Imprisoned, Pray for us
Comforter of the Sick, Pray for us
Consoler of the Dying, Pray for us
Instrument of Peace and Reconciliation, Pray for us
Man for Others, Pray for us
Victim of Planned Extermination, Pray for us
Martyr of Charity, Pray for us
Intercessor of the Addicted, Pray for us
Friend to those with Eating Disorders, Pray for us
Protector of Family Life, Pray for us
Inspiration to Volunteers, Pray for us
Patron of Pro-life, Pray for us
Patron of our Difficult Age, Pray for us
Prophet and Sign of the Civilization of Love, Pray for us

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the World, Have mercy on us
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the World, Have mercy on us
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the World, Grant us peace

LET US PRAY: Merciful God, you raised up St. Maximilian Kolbe to the glory of your saints. Grant that we, through his heroic example and the powerful intercession of this Martyr of Charity, may always serve you in charity shown to our brothers and sisters. Grant the grace we need always to seek to accomplish the greatest glory of God in all that we do.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.



Saint Maximillian Kolbe, pray for us, for all Franciscans and for Poland.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Mail on Sunday: My country must come before my party if Theresa May sides with the hardliners, writes former minister ANNA SOUBRY

Mail on Sunday: My country must come before my party if Theresa May sides with the hardliners, writes former minister ANNA SOUBRY


"Mrs May is making a great mistake if she allows her policy to be dictated by the Brexit ideologues. They effectively brought down John Major, David Cameron and, arguably, Margaret Thatcher – and will not hesitate to do the same to her.

I am proud of my loyalty to my party and my country.

People have asked me two questions, if the worst happened and we staggered recklessly towards a ‘Hard Brexit’ that would destroy the lives and livelihoods of my constituents: Could I ever see myself joining with like-minded people who want to save our country from such an appalling fate? And has that moment arrived yet?

The answer to the first question is ‘it is not impossible’; the answer to the second is ‘no’.

But I would be betraying my principles if I did not make it clear that country must always come before party."


I hope this is more than just bold talk. Anna Soubry failed to vote for a number of amendments to the Article 50 bill that might have softened Brexit.

Kyle Orton: Iran and Russia Are Using the Taliban Against the West

Kyle Orton: Iran and Russia Are Using the Taliban Against the West


"Russia first admitted they were supporting the Taliban in December 2015, allegedly to contain the Islamic State in Khorasan (IS-K). Moscow maintained connections to various factions in Afghanistan even after its withdrawal in 1989. Though relations with the Taliban were testy for much of the 1990s, there were efforts by the Taliban to “stabilize” relations via Saddam Husayn. The Coalition in Afghanistan has complained of Russia extending political legitimacy to an intransigent Taliban and Russia has also opened up training camps for the Taliban in Tajikistan. Last month, convincing evidence was uncovered of Russian weaponry being transferred to the Taliban.

It is likely that the Russia gambit is what sealed Mansour’s fate: it gave Mansour options that some in Pakistan saw as a threat to their control of the insurgency in Afghanistan. Moscow is indeed thinking along these lines, of displacing Pakistan, which still remains (officially) in the Western column, as the major sponsor of the Taliban, and therefore making itself the address the West has to call on to make peace in Afghanistan. For this reason, elements in Islamabad were even forthcoming with information about Mansour to the Americans."

From Teilhard to Omega



Ilia Delio (editor), From Teilhard to Omega: Co-creating and Unfinished Universe, 2014 Orbis Books, New York


This book is edited by Sr Ilia Delio, a Franciscan sister who has given up wearing religious dress, as these American sisters seem to do. I have not read any of her other books, but I have heard she is not very orthodox. This book itself is a collection of essays reflecting on the implications of the thought of Jesuit thinker Teilhard de Chardin in various fields- theology, ethics, philosophy and science.

Being very interested in the concept of Sophia and Sophiology, I appreciated Kathleen Duffy's essay on how Sophia can be found in Teilhard's thought, particularly in his poem 'The Eternal Feminine.' She writes:

"Teilhard's eternal feminine embodies the spiritual power of matter as the feminine aspect of God's nature embedded in all of creation and captures Teilhard's profound understanding of what is occurring in the cosmos. The eternal feminine has many prototypes- Beatrice of Dante's Divine Comedy, Goethe's Eternal Feminine, Sophia of the Wisdom literature, and the Virgin Mary to name but a few. Like each of these prototypes, Teilhard's eternal feminine personifies the cosmic unifying and spiritualizing force at work in creation; like Wisdom, she is at play in creation and delights in its every facet; like Dante's Beatrice, she is a guide for the journey into God."

Duffy provides us with her own poem, "Sophia," which is an updated version of Teilhard's Eternal Feminine poem, incorporating a panoramic view of contemporary scientific cosmology.



There are many insights in this book and they offer some very fresh perspectives on Teilhard de Chardin, but there is a worrying modernist agenda thoughout. Most of the writers suggest that the categories and concepts of traditional Christian theology are inadequate in the wake of evolutionary science and cosmological developments. They do not specify how exactly theology needs to change. These seems to be the methodology of the modernists in today's Catholic Church; avoid expressing outright heresy or disagreement with magisterial teaching, but continually harp on the need for unspecific changes.

The Daily Caller: Ted Cruz Calls On Justice Department To Investigate Charlottesville Attack As Domestic Terrorism

The Daily Caller: Ted Cruz Calls On Justice Department To Investigate Charlottesville Attack As Domestic Terrorism

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is calling on the Justice Department to investigate the driver of a car that plowed through a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday, an act which the Republican is calling domestic terrorism.

“Having watched the horrifying video of the car deliberately crashing into a crowd of protesters, I urge the Department of Justice to immediately investigate and prosecute this grotesque act of domestic terrorism,” Cruz said in a statement shortly after the driver was identified as 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr.

Fields, who is from Maumee, Ohio, allegedly drove his 2010 Dodge Challenger through a group of counter-protesters gathered in Charlottesville to demonstrate against thousands of white nationalists and neo-Nazis who were holding a rally to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in a local park.

A 32-year-old woman was killed and at least 19 others were injured in the vehicle attack. Graphic video of the incident appears to show Fields driving through a swarm of people before slamming into another vehicle. A group of people then swarmed on Fields’ vehicle before he slammed the car in reverse and sped back down the road.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Eve of Destruction?

"Think of all the hate there is in Red China, now take a look around to Selma, Alabama."

PF Sloan, 1964, sung by Barry McGuire, 1965


"Think of all the hate there is in North Korea, now take a look around to Charlottesville, Virginia."

2017

The Feast of Saint Maximus the Confessor

Champion of Orthodoxy, teacher of purity and of true worship,
Enlightener of the universe and adornment of hierarchs:
All-wise father Maximus, your teachings have gleamed with light upon all things.
Intercede before Christ God to save our souls.

Let us the faithful fittingly praise the lover of the Trinity,
The great Maximus who taught the God-inspired faith,
That Christ is to be glorified in His two natures, wills, and energies;
And let us cry to him: "Rejoice, herald of the faith."


Saint Maximus, pray for us and for theologians, that they may reject all heresies.

The Feast of Saint Pontian and Saint Hippolytus

Almighty God, by whose grace and power thy holy Martyrs Saint Pontian and Saint Hippolytus triumphed over suffering, and despised death: Grant, we beseech thee, that enduring hardness, and waxing valiant in fight, we may with the noble army of martyrs receive the crown of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Saint Pontian and Saint Hippolytus, pray for us, that we would be reconciled with our brethren with whom we differ.

The Guardian: Britain must ask for more time to negotiate Brexit

The Guardian: Britain must ask for more time to negotiate Brexit

by Gina Miller


"In view of these challenges, the most logical and practical approach would be to seek an extension of the withdrawal period. This would allow time for meticulous planning to limit the damage of Brexit. It would allow us to start on all the huge tasks that need to be completed before we leave, including establishing new institutions – which would have to be staffed and trained to implement the necessary new UK laws – while adapting other institutions, such as the Border Agency and HM Revenue & Customs, as well as setting up control mechanisms for medicines, chemicals, aviation, nuclear imports and food regulation. New fisheries agreements must be put in place for shared stock management in North Sea and Atlantic waters, new border arrangements between Northern Ireland and Ireland worked out, World Trade Organisation tariff schedules and quotas must be negotiated with 163 countries and new trade measures must replace EU measures protecting UK industry against dumped imports, without which the steel industry in South Wales, for instance, could be wiped out immediately after Brexit. Not to mention the tens of thousands of laws that would have to be repatriated. Quite a to-do list.

The request for more time should be made as soon as possible. The 27 other members would have to approve an extension, but they would be more inclined to agree as it is in everyone’s interests. In any case, the longer the uncertainty over a looming cliff-edge persists, the more UK-based businesses will have to plan to move parts of their operations to mainland Europe. The governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has noted that uncertainties about the eventual relationship are weighing on businesses. “We all need some level of certainty and confidence that the politicians are not making things up as they go along,” he said."

Huffpost UK: Solidarity With Gina Miller

Huffpost UK: Solidarity With Gina Miller

by Matt Carr

"Throughout this process, Miller insisted on the simple principle - which had until Brexit been taken as an axiomatic component of British democracy - that parliament should have a say in a crucial decision of such unprecedented national importance. For that she was mocked by the tabloids as the ‘millionaire Remainer’; condescended to by the ghastly Kwasi Kwarteng; subjected to a vicious hit-piece in the Daily Mail which described her as a fake and a self-publicist.

Naturally she has also been threatened with sexual violence and death, because for too many people in this country, it is unacceptable that an ‘uppity’ coloured women should stand in the way of ‘the will of the people’ and remind them that the country’s democratic institutions are supposed to act as a check on executive power. After all, as the racist aristocrat Rhodri Phillips put it, while offering £5,000 to anyone who would run Miller over, ‘If this is what we should expect from immigrants, send them back to their stinking jungles.’

So Miller has been threatened with gangrape, and lynching, and many other fantasies pulled from the most rancid sewers of white racism. She has been told that she should be beheaded and burned at the stake. And now she has been threatened with acid attacks, to the point when she and her family don’t dare go out onto the street, and she is considering leaving the country.

That is Miller’s reward for upholding the UK’s democratic institutions, and for showing more courage than the entire political class between them: she and her family must now choose whether to live under 24 hour security in a state of terror or leave the country. Too many people have been silent about this, perhaps because they don’t want to be associated with someone depicted by the Daily Mail as ‘the poster girl of Remain’."

Friday, 11 August 2017

Battle Group Exposition in Latvia

Thursday, 10 August 2017

The Feast of Saint Philomena




O Saint Philomena, Virgin and Martyr, whom God glorifies by so many miracles, whom the Vicar of Jesus Christ has named the Protectress of The Living Rosary and the Children of Mary, manifest, more and more plainly from the heights of Heaven, that a voice holy as thine cannot be denied and that we have the right to rely upon thine aid. Obtain for us the grace to be faithful to Jesus Christ, even to death. Amen.


The Litany of Saint Philomena

Lord,have mercy on us.
Lord,have mercy on us.
Lord,have mercy on us. Christ hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven,
have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God.
have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, Queen of Virgins
pray for us.
Saint Philomena,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, filled with abundant graces from your birth,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, faithful imitator of Mary,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, model of virginity,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, temple of perfect humility,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, inflamed with zeal for the glory of God,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, victim of love for Jesus,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, example of strength and perseverance,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, invincible champion of chastity,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, mirror of most heroic virtue,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, firm and intrepid in the face of torments,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, scourged like your Divine Spouse,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, pierced by a rain of arrows,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, consoled in chains by the Mother of God,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, miraculously healed in prison,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, comforted by the Angels in your torments,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, who preferred torments
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, who converted witnesses by your martyrdom,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, who wore out the fury of your tormentors,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, protectress of the innocent,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, patroness of youth,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, refuge of the unfortunate,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, health of the sick and infirmed,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, new light of the Church Militant,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, who confounds the impiety of the world,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, who rejuvenates the faith and courage of the faithful,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, whose name is glorious in Heaven and feared in Hell,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, made illustrious by the most splendid miracles,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, powerful with God,
pray for us.
Saint Philomena, who reigns in glory,
pray for us.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world;
spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world;
graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world;
have mercy on us.
V. Pray for us, O Worker of Wonders, Saint Philomena,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray.
O Lord, through the intercession of Saint Philomena, Virgin and Martyr, whose eminent purity and practice of every virtue was most pleasing to you, pardon our sins and grant us the grace of___ (add your intention)



Saint Philomena, pray for us, for the Universal Living Rosary Association and for all Christian young people, that they may faithfully surrender their lives to Christ.

The Feast of Saint Clare of Assisi



O God, who in your mercy led Saint Clare to a love of poverty, grant, through her intercession, that, following Christ in poverty of spirit, we may merit to contemplate you one day in the heavenly Kingdom. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


The Litany of Saint Clare

Lord, have mercy
Christ, have mercy
Lord, have mercy

Christ, hear us;
Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven;
have mercy on us!
God, the son, Redeemer of the world,
have mercy on us!
God, the Holy Spirit,
have mercy on us!
Holy Trinity, one God,
have mercy on us!

Holy Mary, Queen of Virgins,
pray for us
St. Clare chosen of Christ,
pray for us
St. Clare, lover of chastity,
pray for us
St. Clare, vessel of holiness,
pray for us
St. Clare, prayerful daughter of St. Francis,
pray for us
St. Clare, morning light,
pray for us
St. Clare, Mother and Foundress of the Poor Clares,
pray for us
St. Clare, humble follower of Christ,
pray for us
St. Clare, faithful imitator of St. Francis,
pray for us
St. Clare, humble servant of the servants of Christ,
pray for us
St. Clare, brilliant light of holiness,
pray for us
St. Clare, wonderful helper in need,
pray for us
St. Clare, full of joy,
pray for us
St. Clare, poor with the poor,
pray for us
St. Clare rich in merit and grace,
pray for us
St. Clare, loving spouse of the Crucified,
pray for us
St. Clare, seraphic adorer of the Blessed Sacrament,
pray for us
St. Clare, mighty protector of Assisi,
pray for us
St. Clare, mirror of patience in suffering,
pray for us
St. Clare, comforter of the ill and infirm,
pray for us

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world
have mercy on us
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world
graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world
have mercy on us
Pray for us, St. Clare
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let Us Pray

O God, who inspired St. Clare of Assisi to shine her light on the Gospel and live a life of uncompromising fidelity, grant that through her merits and intercession, we may walk in the path of righteousness in this life so as to enjoy the life that will never end. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.




Saint Clare, pray for us and for all Franciscans.