Thursday, July 24, 2014

Persecution Steps Up -- Further Developments

First the good news -- Miriam Ibrahim, the Christian Sudanese woman who was condemned to death for her religious choice, is finally free from her barbarous captors:

Pope Meets Sudanese Woman Sentenced to Death

And for the sobering news -- while Christians and those of other faiths who still have use of their reason continue to hide for their lives, the incarnations of evil and Satanic hatred themselves, Islamic militants, destroy the shrine of Jonah the Prophet (as you may know, Mosul is the site of the ancient city of Nineveh):

You Seek a Sign? Behold it: the Sign of Jonah

Take note of the image when you click on the link -- St. James the Greater, one of the "Sons of Thunder", the first Apostle to be martyred for the Christian Faith, who was enshrined in Spain as St. James the Moor-Slayer -- "Moor" is an ancient name in Spain for the Muslims, who had control of Spain until Fernando of Aragon and Isabella of Castile finally drove them out and restored Catholic Spain.

We need a modern-day Isabella of Castile to rise up and do what our leaders in the West are shamefully neglecting -- to do the work of driving the Muslims from the land and restoring Christian culture.  ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

The feast of St. James is tomorrow, July 25.  Let us pray mightily for his intercession that the Satanic Muslim fanatics be utterly crushed by God's justice....it's time to start fighting back! 

I'm sorry, but this is too much -- if the tables were turned, none of us would be safe, no matter what our country or national origin, because we would be in serious danger of our lives.  And the West is doing nothing, absolutely nothing about this.  It is time to start fighting for our lives, our religious rights, our very souls.  There's a time for "being nice", and that time is LONG GONE!!!  It's time for the murderers themselves to learn how to be in fear for THEIR lives. 

We are to trust in God and accept what He allows -- but that does not mean standing idly by to be slaughtered like so many sheep. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

100 Years -- Anniversary of The Great War

"The War to End All Wars"

That's what it was supposed to be.

What it truly was:

"The War to Rival All Wars and Usher in More Horror than the World has Ever Seen"

Here follows an excellent short video on this subject, featuring many excellent historians and commentators, including the eminent Jewish scholar David Berlinski, who was also prominently featured in Ben Stein's excellent film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.

This has been put together courtesy of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  I recommend it highly and enthusiastically to my fellow homeschooling Moms to share with their children.  My children will view this tomorrow.  And as you know, my children are young, although I don't expect my six year old will understand it fully and I don't plan to make it required viewing for him, nor for my littler ones, but the older children understand it very well.

One of the things I think we tend to do in this era is assume that our children can't understand things which they, indeed, are capable of understanding and discussing perfectly well.  Before I married -- before I was even engaged or had ever met my husband -- I was preparing to become a mother by haunting used-book stores and Internet lists, and purchasing books.  I bought Landmark books, Childhood of Famous Americans books, religious books, all kinds of books.  I was also very picky.  For example, I also bought Little Golden Books (children have to have a little fun, too), but I only purchased those Little Golden Books which were illustrated in certain ways and contained certain stories.  I censored them carefully.  If it was a Disney, Sesame Street or any other such book which smacked of a certain commercialism, I refused to buy it.  My daughter already knows that Barbie dolls are inappropriate and that I will never buy one for her -- because a voluptuous, overly-developed doll such as Barbie has no place in a Christian home. 

We enjoy watching episodes of The Andy Griffith Show from time to time as relaxation and for a good laugh.  Recently we checked out some of the later seasons from the library (the ones in which Don Knotts did not appear) and settled down to enjoy them.  The eighth and final season has a few "OK" episodes, but the majority show Opie as a teenager -- not as a young man thinking of his future and preparing seriously for his vocation as a future husband and father (well, there is one episode in which he is thinking about his upcoming college education), but as a teenager sucked into the decadent Sixties culture with rock 'n roll music, inappropriate "dancing", defiance of parental authority (he is too tired to get up to go to church on Sunday and gets off scot free).  Fortunately, the benefits of homeschooling came into play.  I didn't have to say a word.  Mr. Firstborn got up, shut the television off, and ejected the disc:  "That's bad music, not appropriate for the younger kids.  And did you see how immodestly the girls were dressed?  Their skirts are too short, you can see their knees.  And why didn't the sheriff clobber him when he didn't get up and go to church?"  Everyone heartily agreed with him, including four year old Little Princess, who soberly said, "Mommy, I don't want to be immodest ever, ever.  I think we need to give my pink dress away (which is her favorite dress) because it's getting too short.  Good girls are always modest."  And my six year old Repete, whose one goal in life is "to be a saint".  Then they prayed for the people who planned those episodes of The Andy Griffith Show because they encouraged defiance to parents, immodesty and rock 'n roll music by planning those episodes in that way. 

At the risk of tooting my own horn, it was nice to see this and hear this from my children.

If you want to see Andy Griffith, stick with the earlier seasons and enjoy the antics of Barney Fife.  Obviously that's why those seasons are always checked out of the library -- they're the good ones. 

But, back to the point -- after the Great War, culture and civilization began to fall apart and it has increasingly become worse since.  Don't think your children are too young to understand this.  Eight year old Pete can usually understand these things fairly well.  If he doesn't, I can guarantee I will have my ear talked off by a thousand questions to answer so he can clarify anything he doesn't understand. :-)

One of the many advantages of homeschooling is that we can impart these important lessons to our children -- a real appreciation of history and an appreciation for what we have lost over the past century -- and an urgent desire to restore Christian culture.  This is certainly not being taught in the local public school down the street.  While homeschooled children may not be "up" on the latest fashions and the latest in pop culture, they will be grounded in that which really matters. 

Catholic News Service:  1914 - 2014:  Echoes of the Great War -- view in prayer.  May God have mercy on us all. 

Well, Thank Goodness

It sure took long enough.  Finally, a major newspaper is speaking out about the persecution of Christians in the Middle East:

Major Newspaper Editorial Breaks Media Silence: Why the Global Conspiracy of Silence on Persecution of Christians in Iraq?

Thanks to √Čtienne de Montety for his courage in writing this. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Day of Prayer and Penance for Middle Eastern Christians - Please Participate

Friday, August 1, 2014 -- The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter has set aside this day as an international day of prayer and penance for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East where their religious rights are trampled, their lives and property threatened, and their churches are destroyed.

We Beg All Catholics to Join in Adoration on August 1, Day of Prayer, Adoration and Solidarity for Persecuted Christians in Iraq, Syria and the Middle East

Official Presentation of Events through the Year 2014 -- FSSP Message Board Regarding the Day of Prayer and Penance

Please spread this around to others, regardless of religious affiliation, and consider participating in this with us. 


Friday, July 18, 2014

Our Christian Brethren in Exile - UPDATED

Here is the latest from the terrible series of events taking place among our Chaldean Christian brethren in the Middle East:

Christians Flee Mosul after ISIS Ultimatum to Convert or Leave -- or Face Death

The Sign of Genocide and Interview with the Syrian Catholic Patriarch of Antioch

Please remember our brothers and sisters who have lived for centuries in the cradle of Christianity.  They have lost everything -- and yet they have everything as they still have their Faith.

And here on Rorate Caeli, we see the destruction of the Syrian Catholic Archeparchy of Mosul and the burning down of the Cathedral, victims of a fanatical, Satanic hatred of all that honors God.

Not one Western political voice has been raised in protest.  Not one peep.  Instead, our beloved friends in the media and in the seats of government scream in protest at the so-called "rights" of men to marry men, women to marry women, and women to have everyone else pay for their "right" to murder their unborn children because of their choices to live immoral lives.

....while on the other side of the world, the TRUE rights of people are brutally crushed, and we tiptoe timidly around, taking great care not to insult people whose only goal is the shedding of all blood that is not theirs. 

In the ages of Faith, the response to this would have been a new Crusade.  Now, I understand and acknowledge that there were issues with the Crusades and there were many Christians who were less than exemplary in their actions.  Granted.  I'll also grant that we learned a great deal from the Muslims in the Crusades.  Give credit where credit is due.

But we are dealing with a completely new breed of people now.  This is now a battle between God and Satan to the ultimate.  It is time to take a stand once and for all.  As a citizen of the United States of America, I stand ashamed at my country for not condemning and doing all it its power to crush tyranny.  In the not-too-distant past, our grandfathers and fathers fought, bled and died on foreign fields of battle to crush bloodthirsty tyrants and uphold natural moral law.  What are we doing now?  Have we moved even a muscle?  Or have we become so comfortable and decadent that we couldn't possibly care less about REAL oppression, REAL violence, and REAL denial of human rights?

Where is our country's conscience?  We haven't heard a word about this on the news!  All we hear about is how terrible the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision is, how a lawsuit is being brought against a Christian baker in Colorado because he turned down a job to bake the cake for a same-sex couple's "wedding". 

Yes.  We are in a post-Christian, post-moral society.  This has happened before, and each time the revolution has devoured its own, but in the meantime seeing the helpless being martyred without a word of protest is too much to bear.

The Cross will return to Mosul.  We know that it will, and that provides much comfort.  But pray tonight for our suffering brethren in the Middle East. 

All ye holy Patriarchs and eastern Saints, St. Paul the Hermit, St. Anthony of the Desert, hear the cry of your confreres of this modern age and comfort them in their fear for the lives of their children, the grief at having to leave behind all worldly goods, and may we welcome them into other lands to practice their Faith in peace and safety.


My Boys

Mr. Firstborn, Miss Eldest Daughter, Pete and Repete have been attending a catechism camp -- complete with Gregorian Chant practice, sports, games and altar boy practice for the boys.  This has been hosted by Father Peter Carota for the past two weeks -- we came in a little late since we found out about it halfway through.

Father Carota has given updates throughout the week on the progress of the camp and what everybody is doing -- and he took a picture of Pete, Mr. Firstborn and Repete working on the altar boy responses:


As you know, Mr. Firstborn and Pete have been serving Mass for some time, and by this time next year Repete will have joined them -- he will receive his First Holy Communion next May.

Please pray for my boys that they will be good and holy young men. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Homemade Fabric Softener

Here is a great recipe for a homemade fabric softener.  This reduces the amount of chemicals in your laundry.

6 cups very hot water
3 cups white vinegar
2 cups hair conditioner in the scent of your preference

Mix conditioner and hot water well until conditioner is completely dissolved.  Add vinegar and mix well.  Pour into an empty container of your choice such as an empty fabric softener container.  Add to your washing machine dispenser, a Downy ball, or at the appropriate point in your washing machine cycle as you would normally add softener. 

Another option is to add 30-40 drops of essential oil of your choice to one gallon of white vinegar and use 1/2 cup per load of laundry for fabric softener.  I'm considering this one as there are suggestions for different essential oils for different situations.  According to DIY Natural, some particular favorites are:

lemon, sweet orange -- brighten laundry and fight stains
lemon, sweet orange, lavender, peppermint -- all antibacterial (and many other essential oils are also antibacterial)

According to ehow.com, the following oils are good for these situations:

lemon -- unpleasant odors
eucalyptus -- destroy mites
lavender -- promote sleep

I hope these are of interest and also help trim the budget. 

We have a small dollar store here that sells essential oils for an amazingly low price, especially when you buy large quantities at a time.  You may want to shop around and look carefully for some of these bargains.