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Build Back Better

(1) Why Did Biden Nix God in Prayer Address? (CNSNEWS)

10 Ways to Fight the Marxist Usurpation

(1) Study history because it repeats itself
(2) Read any of the Austrian School economists like Hayek, Hazlitt, von Mises, and Reed (and extra fortification via Milton Friedman)
(3) Support independent content creators on YouTube and Indiegogo
(4) Donate to Project Veritas and Judicial Watch
(5) Subscribe to Church Militant, Epoch Times, etc.
(6) Boycott companies like The Walt Disney Company (DIS) and professional sports leagues like the NBA, NFL, and MLB
(7) Stop using social media sites like Twitter and Facebook and find alternatives to Google
(8) Cancel your NETFLIX, Hulu, Prime, Apple TV, and Disney+ streaming accounts
(9) Start a library of books, movies, and music (you need hard copies to protect against censorship)
(10) Build a network of like-minded individuals. Despite what we’re told by the media, we represent the majority.

Weekend 491.1

“The process which, if not checked, will abolish Man goes on apace among Communists and Democrats no less than among Fascists. The methods may (at first) differ in brutality. But many a mild-eyed scientist in pince-nez, many a popular dramatist, many an amateur philosopher in our midst, means in the long run just the same as the Nazi rulers of Germany: ‘Traditional values are to be debunked’ and mankind to be cut out into some fresh shape at the will (which must, by hypothesis, be an arbitrary will) of some few lucky people in one lucky generation which has learned how to do it.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

Weekend 491.0

“You cannot go on ‘seeing through’ things for ever. The whole point of seeing through something is to see something through it.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

(1) Beautiful prose from Eamon Duffy in The Stripping of the Altars:

“In this prayer the communicant greets Christ in the Sacrament as the ‘saving victim’ offered for them and for all humanity on the altar of the cross, and prays that the blood flowing from the side of the Crucified may wash away all their sins, so that they may be worthy to consume His body and blood. Pleading that Christ’s sufferings for humanity may be to them the means of mercy and protection and not of condemnation, the communicant asks for a renewal in heart and mind, so that the old Adam may die and the new life begin. And at a climax of the prayer this new life is seen as essentially communal, not individualistic.”

“That story was recorded to refute the impieties of the Lollards, and there is an evident preoccupation with the refutation of attacks on the sacramental teaching of the Church in much fifteenth- and early sixteenth-century writing about the power and pre-eminent sanctity of the Eucharist. In part this sprang from the audacity and strangeness of the Church’s Eucharistic faith, and the discrepancy it seemed to posit between perception and reality. Grace came by gazing on the Host: to see it was to be blessed. But what one saw was misleading, and Lollardy was only possible because the appearance of bread in the Host cloaked the divine reality which was the true source of blessing. The Host did not look like the thing it was.”



The barbarians are inside the gate (and so on).

“The C.I.A.’s growth was ‘likened to a malignancy’ which the ‘very high official was not sure even the White House could control…any longer.’ ‘If the United States ever experiences [a coup to overthrow the government] it will come from the C.I.A. and not the Pentagon.’ The agency ‘represents a tremendous power and total unaccountability to anyone.'”
– Arthur Krock, New York Times, October 3, 1963

The difference between 1963 and 2021 is that our institutions have been thoroughly infiltrated by Marxists.

How do I know? The quote was in the New York Times in 1963 and today they have jettisoned journalism for “fortifying” the agenda of our elites via deception (lies and propaganda).

The scanned image is from the Walt Disney Company (DIS). Can you imagine the Walt Disney Company of Eisner/Iger/Chapek promoting American Exceptionalism in 2021? What would the Hall of Presidents or the American Adventure look like if they were reimagined? We don’t need to because the The Walt Disney Company (DIS) has a slogan and logo for the new pogrom and it’s called Reimagine Tomorrow: Where We All Belong. The pavilion in World Showcase is being gutted to launch a China / Uighur inspired re-education facility for cast members and guests.

Related
(1) The New York Times’ ‘Russian Bounties’ Story Just Unraveled (PJ Media)

(1a) New York Times Issues Retraction In Bombshell Collusion Story (Res ipsa loquitur – The thing itself speaks)

(2) Anthony Mackie Claims Disney And Marvel Studios Are Trying To “Change The Way Society Looks At Itself” (Bounding Into Comics)

(2a) Disney asks employees to complete ‘white privilege checklist’ and insists US was founded on ‘systemic racism’, leaked documents show (Washington Examiner)

Bank Holiday

Pigs on the Wing(1) Pink Floyd – Yet Another Movie Remastered Later Years 2019 (YouTube)

(1a) Pink Floyd : ‘Pigs On The Wing’ Parts 1 and 2 (Official Full Version) HD Promo (YouTube)

(2) Manchester United fans have achieved their greatest victory (Manchester Evening News)

a coded instruction…

…about the location of a silver cup.

Weekend 490.1 (Cancel Culture / Lists)

(1) White Women In Sturbridge Anti-Racist Group Compile List Of Local Businesses To Harass For Not Publicly Supporting Black Lives Matter, Being Owned By Conservatives (TB Daily News)

IF you didn’t know where Sturbridge was you would think this post was about East Germany in the 1950s. You know who also liked lists?

Chilling, frightening, wretched, disbelief are all words that come to mind to describe these progressive / liberal behaviors. Sturbridge is very close to St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, MA by the way. The barbarians are at the gate (and many of the have purple hair).

(1a) NEW MEXICO BISHOP PERPETUATES LOCKDOWN (Church Militant)

The feeble response from the CC (and other church leaders) doesn’t help. I remember when ANTIFA was toppling statues in California (San Francisco) in 2020 and the response from the CC was more of appeasement / linguistic acrobatics.

Weekend 490.0

(1) Becket’s bones return to Canterbury Cathedral (ACNS)

(2) St Edmund Pennies by Peter E. Lewis

(3) A quote from Tiny Churches by Dixe Wills:

“It doesn’t help that he [Edwold] was not even the only saint in his family. His older brother St Edmund found greater fame as the East Anglican king who was captured by the Danes after a battle at Thetford in 869 and executed, reportedly by being tied to a tree and shot trough with arrows, then beheaded. As a consequence, Edwold was asked by the East Angles to take his brother’s place on the throne. Perhaps understandably he declared himself less than keen. He left East Anglia ‘hating the world because hard fortune had took him and his brother’. The next time anything is heard of him he is in Cerne in Dorset, home of the famous chalk giant. Edwold apparently established himself as a hermit next to a spring called the Silver Well, a place said to have been visited two centuries earlier by St Augustine.”

(4) Quote from The Stripping of the Altars by Eamon Duffy:

The fonts are common in areas where Lollardy had been particularly strong in the generation prior to their appearance, as at Martham in Norfolk, the home of the redoubtable Margery Baxter, and it has been plausibly suggested by Professor Ann Nichols, the leading authority on the subject, that they represent a considered response to the Lollard attack on the sacramental teaching of the Church, and mark the understanding and acceptance of that teaching by the most influential laity of East Anglia. Certainly the iconography of the sacraments on the fonts is extraordinarily precise and “correct”. In many continental and some English representations of the sacraments in other media they are represented by some peripheral part of the ritual, such as the anointings in baptism, or the handing over of the chalice in ordination, the tying of the chrisom-cloth in confirmation, or the blessing of the ring in marriage. On these fonts, by contrast, the scene depicted is almost always of that of the action held by theologians to be constitutive of the sacrament – the sacring at Mass, the actual immersion of the child in baptism, the laying on of hands in ordination, the hand-fastening of bride and groom in the presence of witnesses in token of the vow which constitutes the sacrament of matrimony. Often the priest or bishop in these panels has a book open before him, on which the key words of the ritual might be painted. The carvings therefore represent an extremely precise and full form of catechetical teaching, perhaps designed to counteract heresy. At an rate the very large number commissioned in the later fifteenth century bear witness to lay interest in and enthusiasm for the teachings they enshrine. After the Reformation, Protestant activists recognized in the iconography of these fonts a rallying point for Catholic belief and a means of propagating it, and attacked them accordingly.”

French Civil War

(1) Macron can’t ignore furious generals’ warning that terror attacks & ‘Islamist hordes’ are pushing France towards civil war (RT)

(1a) Sky News host Alan Jones says the “the instability of the free world continues” as France faces the threat of “civil war”. (YouTube)

(1b) France Stands at Crossroads, as Members of Military Demand Action (Epoch Times)

(2) Macron to Attend Funeral of Policewoman Stabbed in Paris Outskirts, Reports Suggest (Sputnik)

(3) Why France is losing one religious building every two weeks (Catholic News Agency)

Related
(4) Two parishes in the Sacramento diocese vandalized (Catholic News Agency)

(5) Desecrations in California and Flames in France: Who does this? (YouTube)

John Kerry and Chris Murphy

John Kerry and Chris Murphy were running shadow diplomacy before Biden was selected and installed. They actively worked against POTUS 45 and US interests.

(1) Pompeo Pushes Investigation Into Kerry for Leaking Secrets to Iran: Kerry must immediately resign from the Biden administration, says Rep. Banks (Free Beacon)

(2) After Stonewalling For Days, Sen. Chris Murphy Finally Admits He Secretly Met With Iranian Regime In Munich (The Federalist)

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Weekend 489.0 (Canterbury Tales)

Spent the day in Canterbury! I’ve started to post photos on Flickr. The Cathedral was technically closed BUT I was still able to take photos of the Cloister and Nave. I didn’t see St Augustine’s Chair, Tomb of the Black Prince, Trinity Chapel or the Altar of Swords but planning a return trip. I also visited St. Augustine’s Abbey (also a Heritage Site). The weather was brilliant and I was able to amble about the ruins taking photographs in a space almost devoid of people.

I’m reading The Stripping of the Altars by Eamon Duffy so expect random lists of museums, relics, art (paintings and poetry), and traditions/customs mentioned in the book marked with a Double Dagger ‡.

This daily meditation from Lead, Kindly Light for April 26th is a great (great) summary of the book:

“In matters such a Revealed Religion, surely it is most unwise to stumble at its mysteries, instead of believing and acting upon its promises. Instead of embracing what they can understand men criticize the wording in which truths are conveyed. The Apostles taught and preserved them. And we, instead of rejoicing that they should have handed on to us those secrets concerning God, have hearts cold enough to complain of their mysteriousness.”

(1) Milton Keynes – A Village City (1973) | Britain on Film (YouTube)

(2) One of my exceptional cafés, Foliage in Bristol, was featured in an ad for Microsoft Teams.

(3) The Museum of the Order of St. John

(4) Ambitions

(4a) Ambition 1: Visit 1 of the churches from Tiny Churches by Dixe Wills and 1 from 100 Churches, 100 Years by Susannah Charlton, Elain Harwood & Clare Price

(4b) Ambition 2: Thomas Becket pilgrimage (England and France)

(4c) Ambition 3: Bury St Edmunds Abbey

(5) Broken and Bent by Peter Sallet (YouTube)

Viganò, Fauci and the cuckoo’s nest

Draw your own conclusions…

(1) Viganò on Vatican ‘health’ conference with Fauci (LIFE Site)

(2) ABP. VIGANÒ: DECLARATION ON ‘FIFTH INTERNATIONAL VATICAN CONFERENCE’ (Church Militant)

(3) Fauci Awarded $1 Million Israeli Prize For ‘Speaking Truth To Power’ Amid Pandemic (NPR)

(4) One flew over the cuckoo’s nest (YouTube)

Night Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours

Divine Office is the official, formal prayer composed by the Church to pray throughout the day¹. Night Prayer is the office² prayed right before going to bed.

The prayers are very accessible and can be said in 10 to 15 minutes. I use Night Prayer from the Catholic Book Publishing Corp. but there are videos on YouTube like this one from Father Andrew Walsh. You can also listen to the monks at St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, MA.

“Visit this house, we beseech you,
O Lord, and drive far from it
all snares of the enemy;
Let your holy angels dwell herein,
to keep us in peace:
and let your blessing
be always upon us.”

¹Liturgy of the Hours Glossary
²With a lowercase letter, it refers to a particular part of the entire Office.