Monday, January 29, 2024

 Monday Night at the Movies

John Ford, The Informer, 1935

Psalm 3, Verse 7

I do not FEAR, then, thousands of people arrayed against me on every side.

This is a psalm of David, when he fled from his son Absalom who for all intents and purposes wanted him dead. David is surrounded. God is (hopefully) ready to answer his prayers. David’s faith is tested because so many say there is no God or that there is no salvation in God. Yet, David cannot and will not doubt in God who helped him conquer the giant Goliath. David is confident in the Lord yet his heart breaks because his own has turned against him. Today remember our Lord who suffered death via His own. It is when we are at our weakest and our most vulnerable that the Lord will give protection. David boasts that the Lord will give protection to him even when he is lying down to sleep. David prays that the Lord, like a warrior, will defeat the evil that surrounds him. He knows salvation will come without fail as when he faced Goliath. He builds his confidence in the Lord, 

“I do not fear, then, thousands of people arrayed against me on every side.”[1]

Say this every morning for ten days and see what happens!

"Moreover, Christians are born for combat, whereof the greater the vehemence, the more assured, God willing, the triumph: 'Have confidence; I have overcome the world' (Jn 16:33)." -Pope Leo XIII

Like David we should approach God in humility and reverence with childlike confidence and love. Thus, prepared for prayer we will be pleasing to God. To give our mind this disposition is the purpose of the preface: "Our Father, who art in heaven." Hence this preface should be said with devotion and piety. The seven petitions of the "Our Father" contain everything a Christian ought and may ask for. But what may and should a Christian ask for? For all things necessary and serviceable for the proper fulfilment of his life work. This prayer contains petitions for everything necessary for the attainment of the last end for which we were created, and that is, in the first place, the glorification of God, and, in the second place, our eternal salvation. In the first four petitions Christ teaches us and commands us to beseech for the things that pertain to this last end, and in the last three petitions for protection against the things which hinder the attainment of this end.[2]

Toto We are not in Kansas anymore[3]

Kansas Day Facts

  • Kansas was the first state to ratify the 15th amendment, thus allowing African American men the right to vote. The 15th amendment reads, the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
  • Kansas is one of the highest producing agricultural states in the U.S. It is believed that they produce enough wheat in one year to provide everyone in the world with several loaves of bread.
  • The state of Kansas gets its name from the Kansa people, a Native tribe of Siouan who lived along the Kansas and Saline rivers. The name comes from the Siouan-language phrase meaning, people of the south wind.

Kansas Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Visit the Old Cowtown Museum in Wichita, Kansas. It is one of the U. S’s oldest history museums and is home to more than 50 historic and re-created buildings.
  • Visit the Strataca Underground Salt Museum Museum in Hutchinson, Kansas. It is a popular museum built within one of the world's largest deposits of rock salt. It lets visitors explore tunnels and travel 650 feet underground.
  • Watch a movie representative of Kansas and its notable figures. Here are our suggestions:
    Amelia (2009)
    The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • The Texans (1938)


Catechism of the Catholic Church





I. Justification

1987 The grace of the Holy Spirit has the power to justify us, that is, to cleanse us from our sins and to communicate to us "the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ" and through Baptism:

But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him. For we know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves as dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

1988 Through the power of the Holy Spirit we take part in Christ's Passion by dying to sin, and in his Resurrection by being born to a new life; we are members of his Body which is the Church, branches grafted onto the vine which is himself:

(God) gave himself to us through his Spirit. By the participation of the Spirit, we become communicants in the divine nature.... For this reason, those in whom the Spirit dwells are divinized.

1989 The first work of the grace of the Holy Spirit is conversion, effecting justification in accordance with Jesus' proclamation at the beginning of the Gospel: "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Moved by grace, man turns toward God and away from sin, thus accepting forgiveness and righteousness from on high. "Justification is not only the remission of sins, but also the sanctification and renewal of the interior man.

1990 Justification detaches man from sin which contradicts the love of God, and purifies his heart of sin. Justification follows upon God's merciful initiative of offering forgiveness. It reconciles man with God. It frees from the enslavement to sin, and it heals.

1991 Justification is at the same time the acceptance of God's righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ. Righteousness (or "justice") here means the rectitude of divine love. With justification, faith, hope, and charity are poured into our hearts, and obedience to the divine will is granted us.

1992 Justification has been merited for us by the Passion of Christ who offered himself on the cross as a living victim, holy and pleasing to God, and whose blood has become the instrument of atonement for the sins of all men. Justification is conferred in Baptism, the sacrament of faith. It conforms us to the righteousness of God, who makes us inwardly just by the power of his mercy. Its purpose is the glory of God and of Christ, and the gift of eternal life:

But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from law, although the law and the prophets bear witness to it, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, they are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as an expiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins; it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies him who has faith in Jesus.

1993 Justification establishes cooperation between God's grace and man's freedom. On man's part it is expressed by the assent of faith to the Word of God, which invites him to conversion, and in the cooperation of charity with the prompting of the Holy Spirit who precedes and preserves his assent:

When God touches man's heart through the illumination of the Holy Spirit, man himself is not inactive while receiving that inspiration, since he could reject it; and yet, without God's grace, he cannot by his own free will move himself toward justice in God's sight.

1994 Justification is the most excellent work of God's love made manifest in Christ Jesus and granted by the Holy Spirit. It is the opinion of St. Augustine that "the justification of the wicked is a greater work than the creation of heaven and earth," because "heaven and earth will pass away but the salvation and justification of the elect . . . will not pass away." He holds also that the justification of sinners surpasses the creation of the angels in justice, in that it bears witness to a greater mercy.

1995 The Holy Spirit is the master of the interior life. By giving birth to the "inner man," justification entails the sanctification of his whole being:

Just as you once yielded your members to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now yield your members to righteousness for sanctification.... But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the return you get is sanctification and its end, eternal life.

Daily Devotions

·         Unite in the work of the Porters of St. Joseph by joining them in fasting: Today's Fast: The lonely and destitute

·         Eat waffles and Pray for the assistance of the Angels

·         Carnival: Part Two, the Final Countdown

·         Offering to the sacred heart of Jesus

·         Make reparations to the Holy Face

·         Monday: Litany of Humility

·         Don’t be a Curmudgeon

·         Drops of Christ’s Blood

·         Rosary

[1] The Collegeville Bible Commentary, 1986.

[2]Frings, Math Josef. The Excellence of the Rosary Conferences for Devotions in Honor of the Blessed Virgin (Kindle Locations 520-521).


We’re at that 1938 moment

By John Mills Jan. 26, 2024 6:20 pm577 Comments

Leon Trotsky, founder of the Red Army and Stalin’s archrival said words to the effect, “You may not be interested in war. But war is interested in you.”  In 1940, Trotsky found war personally when he was assassinated in his well-guarded compound in Mexico City by one of Stalin’s people.  Mexico for years was a playground for KGB and now FSB personnel, with the American Government essentially ceding Mexico to the foreign adventurism of Russia, China, Iran, Venezuela, North Korea; a veritable Mos Eisley of international rogues.  Currently, the ungoverned spaces of Mexico are the domain for Chinese overseers of the Drug Cartels as they wage war into America via Fentanyl, killing 10,000 Americans a month.  We may not want war, but it is finding Americans.


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