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Vic Biorseth, Friday,
December 25, 2015
Midnight Mass was beautiful, again, in our little Lithuanian Catholic Church. The children led the Pilgrimage Procession, bringing Baby Jesus to the Creche. Our Choir - which is a truly outstanding Choir - was joined by the children. And the children alone sang the Offertory Hymn, and it was heart-warming, touching and inspirational. It was a truly Holy Mass on a truly Holy Night.
The one point (of several) made in the Homily that particularly touched my soul was that, now that Christ was Born and Made Incarnate Again in Catholic Churches on this Most Holy Night, that He should likewise be Born Again within each of us, in a most special way, as we share in His Divinity in the Sacred Meal of the Mass, as we, ourselves, become what we eat: The Body of Christ.
Let Jesus Himself be Born Again, within us! And let us all be Born Again in Him.
But there are other important themes in the Holy Mass, and most especially in the Midnight Mass of Christmas, that we adults must take to heart. We should feel called to seek a return more to the innocent faith of the children, and to somewhat turn away from the wisdom of the world. For adult reason alone, in the absence or lack of strong faith, leads to destruction, in more ways than one. Reason alone without faith is not wisdom; it is the exact opposite.
We think we are so smart. Like Adam, before The Fall.
The Angels of the Lord, who spoke to the Shepherds in the field, pronounced "Peace on Earth to Men of Good Will!" Indicating that they did not pronounce the Lord's Peace to men of Bad Will. This was a pointed recognition of the existence of evil in the world, something none of us should ever, ever forget.
For evil is always tempting us, most especially from others close to us.
Our Lord told us, in Luke 12:49-53, that He came to cast fire on the earth, and not to bring peace, at least not to everyone, but He came, rather, to divide. His New Covenant would not be accepted by men of bad will, from the beginning.
Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, represents the first member of the Clerical Order who would betray the New Covenant. From the beginning, not only where the Twelve all "imperfect" men, but one of them was a deceiver and a traitor.
Following in the footsteps of Judas, today we have many Catholic Clerics of all ranks declaring to their flocks utter falsehoods, such as, "We may reasonably hope that everyone is saved, and that there is no one in, or going to hell." In direct opposition to what Jesus Himself said.
Don't worry, be happy. It's a totally inclusive religion.
Herod, the Ruler of the land, pretended outwardly to seek the Christ Child to worship Him, when he secretly intended to have Him slain. From the beginning, not only were the secular rulers of the world "imperfect" men, but one of them was a deceiver and a traitor.
Following in the footsteps of King Herod, today we have secular rulers who declare to the American citizenry utter falsehoods, such as, "We must be inclusive of everyone on earth, for all men are the same, and therefore we should not be so exclusive as to recognize our own national sovereignty or borders." In direct opposition to the simple, obvious and easily observable facts on the ground; which is to say, in direct opposition to pure, secularly determined reality itself.
A Christian People is not who we are; we are a totally inclusive and completely multi-cultural People. See?
In the Eucharistic Discourse of Jesus, in John 6, He declared - to those who would hear, and who did not walk away - that whosoever would eat His flesh and drink His blood would never die, and He would raise them up (their bodies) on the last day. And, 1 Cor 11:27-29, His Word tells us whosoever eats "unworthily", i.e., in a state of mortal sin, or, not even discerning the actual flesh and blood of the Lord, eats his own judgment.
Another division. Those who eat in proper faith and while in a state of His Grace, with which they willingly cooperate, gain everlasting life. Those who eat in a state of disgrace, or, lacking faith in what Jesus Himself said about this holy meal, willingly eat their own damnation.
Maybe the pious guy next to you in the pew, crying out "Lord, Lord!" Maybe even you. No matter who on earth says otherwise, the Revealed Teaching does not change.
It is time to get serious about your faith, while you still can.
If today He comes again, the little ones who sang today have a better shot at Heaven than most of us old farts who have been through the mill and now think ourselves too wise.
There are Catholics of my own acquaintance who are thoroughly convinced that, for instance, artificial contraception, or cohabiting, or fornicating, or a homosexual lifestyle, or - pick a sin - is not a sin, for them, personally. See? Because they talked to Bishop Whatsisface, or went to Confession with Father Whatsisname, and talked to a "Spiritual Director", and prayed about it, and so, for them only, it's not a sin. No, really. Because they seriously looked into it, with the Holy Spirit guiding them. Seriously.
And so they go to Communion with the rest of the crowd, because, virtually everybody goes to Communion every Sunday these days, although only a very few ever go to Confession anywhere near as often. Or ever. What's the big deal? Don't be judgmental.
These allowed, schmoozed-over, ignored, not reproved, never admonished or even recognized mortal sins and violations of Ecclesial Law carry over to the Temporal World, and bear evil fruit in secular society. Respect for and treatment of Civil Law takes on the same familiar lack of respect, with violations equally rationalized and increasingly OK in the ever weakening minds of the regular violators.
There are American citizens of my own acquaintance who, without even realizing it, display an inner hatred of their own country. Rabid Anti-Americans who somehow think themselves American Patriots. I was stunned, for instance, in the aftermath of the 9/11 sneak attack on the United States, by citizens known to me who stated, and actually believed, that that the USA somehow "Asked For It" and "Had It Coming".
Their reasoning was so hare brained as to be stupid; but not to them. They had learned, in formal education, to actually hate America. Education has become, largely, anti-American indoctrination; news reporting and entertainment have become, largely, anti-American propaganda. Education, journalism and entertainment reinforce each other in growing and spreading Anti-Americanism among the citizenry.
For the record, the only thing the USA did to provoke the attack on 9/11 was to not be Islamic. That's it. That's why Islam declared war on the whole non-Islamic world, at Islam's birth, and that's why, more recently, Osama Bin Laden declared war on the USA. All the formal investigating and soul-searching to "find the reason" we were attacked, and ask them "what did we do to provoke you?" reveals an externally induced, evil, suicidal stupidity, to make victims of Islam's evil actually sympathetic to their own evil future murderers and enslavers.
They know that Islam is a Religion Of Peace because Moslems say so. Even though their own Koran says otherwise, their history says otherwise, and all Moslems are called by their faith to practice Taqiyya and lie to unbelievers about their real intentions to keep them calm until they can all be killed or enslaved.
That's why Moslems make good Americans. No, really. Teacher said so.
Our law is used against us; even our Constitution is used against us. They use our liberty to destroy our liberty.
For instance, Paula Dean was commercially destroyed for having once used the word nigger in a private conversation; why, we can't have that kind of speech, even in the past! It's intolerable in a modern, pluralistic society, where someone could get their little feelings hurt. If that's freedom of speech, then the First Amendment should be repealed.
However, Paula Dean can be openly referred to as a honky, a cracker, a white bitch, a ho, etc., and, hey, that's what the First Amendment is for; that's real freedom of speech. It's Constitutionally Protected!
Use the word faggot to denote some proud, outed, very public, in-your-face screaming queen or tattooed butch, and the whole world will come down on you, as Homophobic (which would be protected speech, even though you do not fear the faggots) and try to get you excommunicated from the human race.
Accurately describe Islam as a religion of war, claim First Amendment protection, and they will not hesitate to denounce the First Amendment, and call you Islamophobic, (which would be protected speech, even though you do not fear the Moslems) and try, again, to get you excommunicated from the human race.
Free speech for me, but not for thee, for thou art not Politically Correct.
America, the land of the free, is already under the near absolute tyranny of Political Correctness.
You can already see, in the Eco-Nazi Movement page, that all sorts of unscientific frauds and political hoaxes are pushed, by government, in direct violation of the Constitution, purely and exclusively to grow the government, centralize political power, and take more tax money from the private sector for use by government. To feed and grow tyranny, while convincing the public they, and the whole world, are being "saved", by their ever growing government, from something or other.
For instance, it may be relied upon that North America may have the best and safest drinking water on earth, in great abundance. But thanks to on-again off-again various unscientific government hoaxes, Americans now fear their own water, and even fear running out of it. The reason drinking water is so safe in American municipalities is that American municipalities put a little bit of bleach in the water to kill bacteria. A little bit of Chlorine goes a long way in a water supply system.
No one gets "Montezuma's Revenge" in America, because we chlorinate our water. The reason people in other nations do get it, is that they don't. Including Europe. The reason they drink so much wine over there is that they still haven't figured out how to put a little chlorine in their water supplies. If they drink the water, they know they might get sick; so, they drink wine instead.
I know people who have been so indoctrinated, and perhaps so over-commercialized by bottled-water advertisements, that they are afraid to drink ordinary tap water, probably the safest water on earth. The reason bottled-water went over big in Europe is that they have bad water. The reason it is going over big in America is because of advertising, pure and simple. People now pay for what they can get for free, because they no longer know that their own tap water is perfectly safe. It's all just H2O. What's in your toilet tank is no different than what's in that plastic bottle.
Many years ago an old Chippewa told me, on a northern Michigan river, that if brook trout live in it, you can drink it. And he drank it, and so did I, and we were none the worse for it. (If you can't trust an old Indian, who can you trust?) Bottom line, we've got great water here, lots of it, and we've got lots of American citizens who have been made unreasonably afraid of it.
What is worse than that is the myriad of frauds making people afraid of food. The "Green Revolution" in agriculture that keeps proving that it can multiply production of good food sufficient to feed the whole world, is continuously stifled and restricted by unscientific, unproven and even fraudulent hyperventilating stories designed to panic people against good food.
Unnatural and unnecessary scares about everything from pesticides and herbicides to fertilizers convince consumers that, if you eat that carrot, buddy, you'll be dead in 10 years from cancer, or, your genes will be mutated and your children will be weird. The very things that enable production of more and better food are attacked as soil pollutants, water pollutants, air pollutants and even poisons or carcinogens in the very food they produce.
With no evidence.
We don't need no stinking evidence!
The growing myth is that, if it ain't "Organic", it's gonna kill you.
People I know actually believe that, to one degree or another. And they believe it even despite all the rest of us not keeling over yet. And our food looks better, keeps longer, is more plentiful, is cheaper, tastes better and is better. Go figure.
It ought to be obvious that the farmer and the rancher is also a businessman. It's bad business to kill customers. And, it's bad business to kill your soil, or your water, or your air, and thus yourself and your family.
I will take the word of the farmer or the rancher who actually produces food for a living before I'll take the word of the government bureaucrat or academic theoretician. If the actual producers eat it themselves, and they're not keeling over in droves, that's good enough for me.
"There were only two classes of men who heard
the cry that night: Shepherds and Wise Men.
Shepherds: those who know they know nothing.
Wise Men: those who know they do not
--Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
Truth begins at it's source, which is God. The farther away we get from Truth the more areas of our lives are adversely affected. Eventually, we lose this life unnecessarily, but what is worse, is we might lose our souls, and that's permanent.
I pray that you found a rebirth of the Lord within you this Christmas Day. That you embraced the Eucharist with the simple faith of a little child, unencumbered by the deceits and lies of the temporal world, and untouched by the evil of the tempter, and fully recognizing Who we communed with at the Glorious Supper Of The Lord.
May the Infinite Peace of the Christ Child enter your homes, and dwell with you there throughout the New Year.
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Date: Sun Dec 27 17:12:04 2015
Many thanks. I enjoyed reading parts of this aloud to my husband. We are a large, traditional Catholic family surrounded by affluent, Christian-lite, multiculti, organic food consuming, acupuncture believing, gluten avoiding, Starbucks drinking types. We don't exactly blend in.
Date: Sun Dec 27 17:12:04 2015
From: Vic Biorseth
Welcome to the club!
If you really want to feel like an outsider and a miss-fit among most contemporaries, both in-family and out, try these on them:
Ask them just what, exactly, they think they are, and then just shut up and listen. Pretend that the first one to speak loses. Just smile and listen, without saying a word. Keep listening, without saying anything, and it will just get deeper and deeper, and you will soon wish you were wearing your hip boots or waders.
(What they have become, consciously or unconsciously, is very patriotic multi-nationalists, and very devout, practicing muli-treligionists. That is, unthinking exploited useful idiots.)
Never be lukewarm.
Life itself demands passion.
He who is indifferent to God has already forfeited his soul.
He who is indifferent to politics has already forfeited his liberty.
In America, religion is not mere window dressing and citizenship is not a spectator sport.
Do not allow our common destiny as a whole people to just happen without your input.
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My poor old truck is again starting to look like a poor old truck. After half-a-million miles, we're now approaching another decision time; another paint job, or a new truck.
Battle Line: Where the advancing secular army meets Judaeo-Christian moral norms. The Secular Position (or Agenda) involves Proactive, Aggressive Anti-Theism, and not merely "neutral" Atheism.
A return to the American Ideal means a severe reduction in Government. To return to positive growth and progress means, necessarily, purging our nation from all Marxist-Socialist philosophical influence and a return to the American Ideal.
Why this hatred of Palin? What galls modern women of the Left about Sarah Palin? The blind hatred of Palin we’re seeing expressed is not merely because of hatred and intolerance of the pro-life religious moral standard.
A Palin Parker Ticket? My Dream Candidates for 2012. Why a Palin Parker ticket is better than any professional politician Republican ticket you can come up with for 2012.
Elitism Vs Palinism: Why the Left and the Elites Loath and Fear Sarah Palin. It isn’t just Marxism Vs Palinism; it’s also established intellectual elitism vs Palinism. The elite need someone to look down upon.
How is it that opposing amnesty for millions of illegal aliens is "arrogant"? If my pro-Catholic, pro-American, anti-alternative-ethos position is "arrogant," then, exactly what is the position of those who claim superiority or even equality with it?
Here we see Bush family class captured in a simple private citizen’s photo. George W. (and Mrs.) Bush quietly demonstrate Bush family class without hoopla or fanfare.
Marxists love crisis, and they love an oil spill crisis most of all. Marxists even create and drive crisis. Their favorite crisis of all must be the Oil Spill Crisis, which is even better than a Banking Crisis.
American Military Assault Weapons originally intended in the 2nd Amendment. To miss the point of the 2nd Amendment is to miss the point of the whole Constitution.
For God and Country – More Thoughts on America, and on National Existence. For God and Country: Comparisons of martyrdom and heroism, Sovereign Nationhood Vs. Internationalism, distinct people-hood Vs. the Global Village, and Godliness Vs. godlessness.
The Godless Left leads the young and naive to their utopian Hell. For an honest comparison of the effects on youth, we need to look to the history of the Godless Left versus the Religious Right.
The Rabbi Meir Kahane Open Letter to the World is a must read. No decent world history course is complete without the Rabbi Meir Kahane Open Letter to the World.
Aleksandr I.Solzhenitsyn warns the American Worker and American organized labor. Solzhenitsyn speaks to us as a worker from the “Worker’s Paradise” of Communism; words of warning for all who understand the meaning of the word Liberty.
World Revolution returns with a vengeance: the rebirth of Marxism. Marxist world revolution returns, and faces far less opposition than in 1848 or the period between the Great Wars.
Our argument against public despair, hopelessness and pessimism re the future. Despair is a mortal sin, the opposite of the virtue of hope; it is a sin unto the death of the soul, a repudiation and rejection of God’s grace.
On Threats to America's National Existence. A look at the nature of our national existence, what makes us America, physical threats to that, and the possibility of just going out of existence.
On the ethics of language: English dictionary Vs. Political-Correctness taboos. Language evolves, yet morals are (or should be) fixed. This poses questions re the ethics of language.
Thinking Catholic direction: threats to America, Church, Ethos, even History. The Thinking Catholic Direction is multi-faceted, facing threats to American National Existence, Catholic Liturgy, our common Guiding Ethos - emphasis changes to meet the threat of the moment.
Catholics learn and practice Glossalalia, in the Life In The Spirit seminars. Life in the Spirit seminars, fueling the Catholic Charismatic renewal, bring tongue-speaking "Glossalalia" and being "Slain in the Spirit", into Catholicism.
The website is going on hold for at least the next five weeks. Business calls, and I must respond. Will be traveling, and not taking the laptop this time.
Current Website Status. Still too busy for individual responses to questions, comments & criticisms.
Our 2006 Ohio Voter Guide. The choices are quite clear, and the 2006 Ohio Voter Guide was easy to produce
On carrying my Lord, Jesus Christ, in my pocket. As a Eucharistic Minister, I am on occasion carrying the Lord Jesus in my pocket. It's a wondrous thing.
A 2006 Christmas and Hanukkah wish. May the Holy Days we celebrate remind us all of who we are, and how we are different from other peoples.
Current Democratic Party platform reveals anti-Semitic streak among Liberals. In their voting, their speechifying, and in the slant of their controlled mainstream media reporting, the current Democratic Party Platform is made clear to all observers.
The "Left", and The DaVinci Code, The Passion, and Cartoons of Mohammed. You can tell a lot about a movement by its public words. The Passion? "Unreservedly Bad." The DaVinci Code? "Unreservedly Good." Anything to do with Islam? "No Comment."
Who's driving the Health Care bus? Health insurance companies grading doctors? Health insurance companies grading doctors: a legitimized conflict of interest. A preparatory step toward the nationalization of the health insurance industry?
On the forced use of medical boiler plate language rather than simple notes. The "little dictators" from insurance companies and government bureaucracies force MDs to use stilted, verbose, medical boiler plate language in their own documentation.
Home For Christmas 2008. Website Getting Active Again.
Hydrogen power could be, and should be, the wave of our automotive future.Any move toward hydrogen power is a move toward a cleaner and more efficient fuel, and away from our dangerous dependency on oil.
Thoughts in remembrance of 09/11/2001, five years later. The changing shape of the war, the changing shape of the enemy.
The Jewish Shabbat. Description of Jewish Shabbat (Sabbath) from my Holy Land item supplier.
Kerry lies again, and then lies about his lies, in concert with the SLIMC.There he goes again! Kerry lies again and again about American servicemen and veterans; he just can't help himself.
Kerry's Lies: The Old, Vietnam-Era Anti-War Chickens are Comming Home to Roost. POW Lawsuit Could Force Kerry To Come Clean - by George "Bud" Day, Chairman, Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation.
What's going on with Mel Gibson? Is he really an anti-Semite?I am surprised that Mel Gibson is an alcolholic. But I am never surprised at any words that come out of the mouth of any drunk.
Still Worrying Over NuVo Consequences. The Holidays have gone by, several days have passed, and the SANE NuVo Initiative still stands pat.
The Dem's October Surprise involves another flip-flop of their public "standard" The clearly pro-sodomy Party that openly seeks the "Gay" vote goes Victorian for another pre-election October Surprise ploy.
Some Problems with NuVo: the so-called Null-Vote Initiative. A "philosophical" movement aimed at keeping religious conservatives from voting? Seriously? Let me state my problems with NuVo.
Come, let us sit and reason together. Jews and Christians of various stripe and spot can say to each other, 'Come, let us sit and reason together.' But we can't do that with the Moslems.
Regarding SANE works dropping NuVo: Nul Vote Initiative dies with a whimper. If you can't really present a good argument, sit down. On SANE Works dropping the NuVo Initiative: a program that works hard to SOUND pro-American while ACTING to oppose American National Existence.
Even experts grossly underestimate the Marxist zeal of the American Left. The sharp Left turn happened in the Hoover-FDR era, and the Marxism of the American Left has been deepening ever since.
Thinking American, in a nutshell: When one has lots to say, but time is limited. The older I get, the busier I get. Answering multiple questions as a thinking American, but in a hurry.
"We are an Easter People, and Hallelujah is our Song." (John Paul the Great). Our absolutely unique and singular Easter story, and the incredible force with which it struck human history.
Witnessing, grieving and weeping for our dieing culture. What might it take to call a whole people back from the brink of cultural death?
If we have an inherent right to something, then, who must supply it? Rights and Responsibilities exist in paired sets; a right does not exist in the absence of a related responsibility. If indeed we have a right to our job, then, someone must provide it. Who?
So how come we have all these homeless people if our system is so great? The strong "Utopian Idealist" firmly believes that absolute worldly perfection is actually possible. Therefore, there should never be any such thing as a hungry or homeless person.
Taking a look at Illegal Immigration and Tax Problem solutions. In our view, the minimum wage and income tax have outlived their usefulness, and only contribute to the illegal alien problem.
First journal / blog entries when the thinking catolic blog first opened up. Notes to readers about what I was doing.
On-going WebSite work and planned WebPages as of 09/07/2006 Adding items to book store.
Vic's busted finger status - life goes on. Another busted finger status report, since the original one rolled off of the 50-entry BLOG update records.
Website Status as of 02/05/2009. No more Bookstore; no more Contact Me; no more complexity.
Website Status 03-09-2009. Just a note to bring you up to date on website status 03-09-2009.
Website Status 04/06/2009. Busy driving daily now; most website work will be weekend and as available.
The Plastic Bags and Eco Doom theory: will plastic bags end life as we know it? Plastic Bag and Eco Doom predictions tell us that plastic grocery and garbage bags will still be buried in the land fills and dumps a thousand years from now. Well … so what?
Farewell Smokey Biorseth; Rest In Peace. Hello Coal Biorseth; Welcome Home. As we were laying our beloved Smokey Biorseth to rest in his grave beside the lilies, a carbon-copy of Smokey, in younger form, emerged from the lilies.
Honky Biorseth really runs this house. If you want to know what's in any cabinet in the house, just ask Honky Biorseth.
Kill the illegal alien marketplace, and illegal aliens will leave on their own. Why should we "imagine" life with no Mexico? Shouldn't the Mexicans be trying to imagine life without the USA?
More Marxist infiltration of higher education. Public school and the media are not the only places dominated by Marxist thought; even Catholic institutions are infected.
Of Families and Fortunes, and Inheritance Vs. Redistribution. Families and Fortunes are despised by Marxists, because Marxism demonizes the family, demonizes fortunes, and even demonizes profit.
Website Status Update 11/09/10 Just a Website status update; where we are and where we’re going.
Regarding the 2010 Tax Deal Pledge Breaker: Pledge? What Pledge? How can Republican deal makers even face us? We need to hang a Tea Party target on all professional politicians for 2012.
Pray for peace in Jerusalem, and for deliverance of Israel from harm. To pray for peace in Jerusalem is to pray for deliverance from Obama.
A tale of Promised Financial Melt-Down Debt Ceiling Nonsense and Happy Marxists. Everyone, on both sides, believes the Debt Ceiling Nonsense. Why?
God and Nature: on the Nature of Things, established by the Creator of Things. God and Nature: on man’s Perversion of the Nature of Things, even with the best of intentions.
Our Ohio voter Guide for the 2012 Election. The 2l012 Ohio Voter Guide – The Choices Have Never Been Clearer, or more critical.
Evangelization enters the animal kingdom with the first bear prayer. It is fitting that the first bear prayer would be a prayer of thanksgiving.
Is the Internet down in Lithuania? Sudden loss of Lithuanian traffic suggests the internet is down in Lithuania.
The rise of the Femi Nazi Green Beret, and the decline of military victory. The first Femi Nazi Green Beret will be awarded out of fairness, not excellence.
Food Insurance: Is this stuff really any good? All of us conspiracy-theorizing, global-calamity doomsday-preppers need their Food Insurance.
We just had to try to do Robert Irvine's Plastic Wrapped Baby Back Ribs. Put plastic wrapped baby back ribs in the oven? What? Are you nuts?
Thoughts on the first Eucharist, established by the Last Supper. The first Eucharist was recognized by the Apostles for what it was on that holiest Holy Thursday.
Get behind these Tea Party Candidates. The Constitution is not going to be restored to legal preeminence unless we replace leadership incumbents of BOTH PARTIES.
Ecce homo; Behold the man. Ecce Homo. Behold the Innocent Lamb, who takes away the sins of the world.
When your system slows down or hangs, it's time for a Total System Reboot. America, the World, and even the Catholic Church may need a Total System Reboot.
"We belong to the Church militant; and She is militant because on earth the powers of darkness are ever restless to encompass Her destruction. Not only in the far-off centuries of the early Church, but down through the ages and in this our day, the enemies of God and Christian civilization make bold to attack the Creator’s supreme dominion and sacrosanct human rights.”--Pope Pius XII
"It is not lawful to take the things of others to give to the poor. It is a sin worthy of punishment, not an act deserving a reward, to give away what belongs to others."--St. Francis of Assisi
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