I'm a holy man minus the holiness.--E. M. Forster

(Hat tip to The Ironic Catholic"!)

Sancte Michael Archangele,

Sancte Michael Archangele, defende nos in proelio;
contra nequitiam et insidias diaboli esto praesidium.
Imperet illi Deus, supplices deprecamur:
tuque, Princeps militiae Caelestis,
satanam aliosque spiritus malignos,
qui ad perditionem animarum pervagantur in mundo,
divina virtute in infernum detrude.

(Hat tip to The American Catholic!)

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Happy Hiroshima Day?

Uh,,, maybe I'm out of it, but I haven't seen ANYTHING about the anniversary of the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima. In years past, there were solemn floating candles on the local river to churn up guilt over the bombing of Hiroshima. But, nothing this year. Has it become passe?

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day!

This is the first Father's Day I can't wish my father a Happy Father's Day. In the weeks before, I kept having the thought that I should get something for him or at least give him a call. But I can't...

Réquiem ætérnam dona ei  Dómine; et lux perpétua lúceat ei. Requiéscat in pace

Sunday, April 27, 2014

A good day...

Today Popes John XXIII and John Paul II were formally recognized as saints. I often thought the canonization process for St. John Paul II was fast, but no doubt he was a only man.

I think John XXIII was recognized to assuage the liberal wing who hated John Paul II. But then, I love a good conspiracy.


Of course, Pope Pius the XII will NEVER be proclaimed a saint. Thanks Mr. Holculth!!


Looks like someone was wrong.

From CNS News:

Behold the coming apocalypse as predicted on and around Earth Day, 1970:
1.      "Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind." - Harvard biologist George Wald
2.      "We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation." - Washington University biologist Barry Commoner
3.      "Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction." - New York Times editorial
4.      "Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years." - Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich
5.      "Most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born... [By 1975] some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s." - Paul Ehrlich
6.      "It is already too late to avoid mass starvation," - Denis Hayes, Chief organizer for Earth Day
7.      "Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions.... By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine." - North Texas State University professor Peter Gunter
8.      "In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution... by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half." - Lifemagazine
9.      "At the present rate of nitrogen buildup, it's only a matter of time before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable."- Ecologist Kenneth Watt
10.  "Air pollution...is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone." - Paul Ehrlich
11.  "By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate... that there won't be any more crude oil. You'll drive up to the pump and say, 'Fill 'er up, buddy,' and he'll say, 'I am very sorry, there isn't any.'" - Ecologist Kenneth Watt
12.  "[One] theory assumes that the earth's cloud cover will continue to thicken as more dust, fumes, and water vapor are belched into the atmosphere by industrial smokestacks and jet planes. Screened from the sun's heat, the planet will cool, the water vapor will fall and freeze, and a new Ice Age will be born." - Newsweek magazine
13.  "The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age." - Kenneth Watt

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

After what seems to have been a long winter, we finally made it to Easter. It strikes me that Lent flew by.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A day late

Celebrated my 57th birthday yesterday. This was the first one since my father died. I didn't realize how much it affected my mother till I talked to her...
Sancti Patricii Hymnus ad Temoriam.
Ad Temoriam hodia potentiam praepollentem invoco Trinitatis,
Credo in Trinitatem sub unitate numinis elementorum.
Apud Temoriam hodie virtutem nativitatis Christi cum ea ejus baptismi,
Virtutem crucifixionis cum ea ejus sepulturae,
Virtutem resurrectionis cum ea ascensionis,
Virtutem adventus ad judicium aeternum.
Apud Temoriam hodie virtutem amoris Seraphim in obsequio angelorum,
In spe resurrectionis ad adipiscendum praemium.
In orationibus nobilium Patrum,
In praedictionibus prophetarum,
In praedicationibus apostolorum,
In fide confessorum,
In castitate sanctarum virginum,
In actis justorum virorum.
Apud Temoriam hodie potentiam coeli,
Lucem solis,
Candorem nivis,
Vim ignis,
Rapiditatem fulguris,
Velocitatem venti,
Profunditatem maris,
Stabilitatem terrae,
Duritiam petrarum.
Ad Temoriam hodie potentia Dei me dirigat,
Potestas Dei me conservet,
Sapientia Dei me edoceat,
Oculus Dei mihi provideat,
Auris Dei me exaudiat,
Verbum Dei me disertum faciat,
Manus Dei me protegat,
Via Dei mihi patefiat,
Scutum Dei me protegat,
Exercitus Dei me defendat,
Contra insidias daemonum,
Contra illecebras vitiorum,
Contra inclinationes animi,
Contra omnem hominem qui meditetur injuriam mihi,
Procul et prope,
Cum paucis et cum multis.
Posui circa me sane omnes potentias has
Contra omnem potentiam hostilem saevam
Excogitatam meo corpori et meae animae;
Contra incantamenta pseudo-vatum,
Contra nigras leges gentilitatis,
Contra pseudo-leges haereseos,
Contra dolum idololatriae,
Contra incantamenta mulierum,
Et fabrorum ferrariorum et druidum,
Contra omnem scientiam quae occaecat animum hominis.
Christus me protegat hodie
Contra venenum,
Contra combustionem,
Contra demersionem,
Contra vulnera,
Donec meritus essem multum praemii.
Christus mecum,
Christus ante me,
Christus me pone,
Christus in me,
Christus infra me,
Christus supra me,
Christus ad dextram meam,
Christus ad laevam meam,
Christus hine,
Christus illine,
Christus a tergo.
Christus in corde omnis hominis quem alloquar,
Christus in ore cujusvis qui me alloquatur,
Christus in omni oculo qui me videat,
Christus in omni aure quae me audiat.
Ad Temoriam hodie potentiam praepollentem invoco Trinitatis.
Credo in Trinitatem sub Unitate numinis elementorum.
Domini est salus,
Domini est salus,
Christi est salus,
Salus tua, Domine, sit semper nobiscum.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Another Ash Wednesday...

This is the first Ash Wednesday since my father passed away.

I wasn't able to get ashes, oh well. My schedule has been extremely busy yet I feel I will get nothing from it. Spent time working out.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Another one...

Well, it looks like one more of my "Ruthless Brood" has left the roost.

Benedict, the farthest on the left has left to start a journey to Parris Island. I pray he will do well and that the Marines will be good for him. It's hard to bring a child into this world, raise him the best you can and before you know it, they are out the door trying new adventures...

Saturday, November 10, 2012