BOTH agree on something!
Pope Francis is a train wreck.
The CWR had this article yesterday:
BOTH agree on something!
Pope Francis is a train wreck.
The CWR had this article yesterday:
Psalm 25 Your Ways O Lord – Remixed from the original live recording from 2013.
A remix of a Christmas medley I pulled together back in 2010. The original was very mushy, so I tried to clean it up to capture the pure guitar sound. Hats off to the first finger style players I ever heard (John Fahey) and (later) Will Ackerman. Both developed their own styles of solo guitar Christmas music, which led me to believe I could develop my own style as well. This was recorded with my Santa Cruz OM/PW, which I have since passed on to Noah. The guitar in the picture is my 1994 Taylor Presentation guitar. There is a story about this Taylor…
Back in 1994, I read a review of this guitar in Guitar Player magazine. Taylor had a special run of 250 presentation guitars for their 20th anniversary and the reviewer loved them. After that, they became my dream guitar. I never expected to own one since they were so rare and outrageously expensive.
Ten years ago, I had taken over as Director for our local parish choir and started down the road of writing and playing music. In my desire to find the right instrument, I came upon one in Guitar Center. I was thinking of buying it, but I hesitated because it was so beat up and someone else picked it up. On my way home, I was kicking myself and Allison said “if it was meant to be, it will come to you”.
Two months later, I found it back in Guitar Center – the buyer decided to return it, but this time I bought it. Six months later, after some heavy duty work by a wonderful local luthier, it was ready to play that stayed as my main guitar until I stopped directing the choir this summer.
By Allan Gillis
It has been a crazy few weeks. Saint Anselm of Canterbury said “disasters teach us humility”. My God… sometimes these lessons can be so frightfully painful.
The month of August started nicely but when a birth-mark on my wife’s arm looked a bit “iffy”, her primary-care doctor suggested she should see a dermatologist. She did just that and had a painful biopsy…which a week later we were told was Melanoma. Frightful stuff. They then scheduled a day-surgery which removed the birth-mark. This was all very, very difficult for my Sweetest and she really wasn’t of the mindset to enjoy our vacation which had been scheduled since the early spring wherein I have all the kids and grandkids down to a beach-house that we rent on Long Island Sound where I grew up. We all went anyway and Helen did a yeoman’s job staying focused on the kids, the beach, the salt marsh, the crabbing and the Book Barn in Niantic, Connecticut ( a SPECTACULAR PLACE!). She was horribly-worried but allowed the family to enjoy a nice week on the beach, the kayak excursions, the late night fires on the patio overlooking the ocean steps below. I got closer to the kids and I had a nice couple of afternoons with my wife as well going hunting for fine “fiber” (it used to be called “yarn” when I was a kid!) for her knitting and crocheting as well as hours of pouring together over millions of used books at The Book Barn.
We were then told by the doctor that we needed to go surgically deeper and try for “clean margins”. In other words they wanted to cut down to the muscle and remove enough skin and tissue such to avoid metastasis. Again, very frightening. Now, be mindful that my Helen is a health nut. She power-walks three miles a day – rain, sleet or hail. I mean it. She’s a machine. She lives on what a dear old friend of ours referred to as “teriyaki dust”! …beans, rice, fresh vegetables, tofu…you get the gist here I’m sure. She has a heartbeat at about every three minutes I think! She’s wicked healthy! She’s driven. She’s admirable. So, for her to be ill is quite a knock off the rails for her. We came home from the Connecticut shore and braced for what we hoped would be the surgical solution. She went through it like a trooper. She’s a brave girl. Then, we had to wait.
We got the news this morning that the final biopsy is clear and she’s cancer-free and I am so happy and grateful to God. She is too.
We’re thankful for your prayers. Truly we are.
Saint Anselm was so “spot-on”. In the face of disaster I am loathe to think about the many times I have been so smug – even in here in this blog. God have mercy on me.
Here is another of Anselm’s quips: “Remove grace, and you have nothing whereby to be saved. Remove free will and you have nothing that could be saved.”
The summer ends and a new season begins – with it’s hopes and challenges. Saint Joseph pray for me as I endeavor to be the “strong and silent type” as you were – quietly and doggedly taking care of your family. Protecting and providing. No fanfare, no braggadocio. Just “gettin ‘er done”. Being “father” is sometimes trying.
More to come on that topic I assure you.
I wrote this back in 2013 for my youngest son. I recorded it in 2014, but was never happy with the mix. This is a re-mix from the original now that I am starting to get better at this.
A complete remix of an earlier version. It finally has the punch, I was looking for…
I attended the Catholic Identity Conference put on by the folks at the Remnant and the Catholic Family News. It appears to be attended mostly by traditionalists and folks who have a lot of problems with Vatican II. When I talked with several attendees however they all stressed that they were and wanted to be in full communion with Rome. Being in communion with Rome, however, does not require suspension of the obligation to criticize the magisterium on matters that are not settled doctrine.
I found the speakers, on the whole to be quite impressive, knowledgeable, sane, and interesting. One presentation, by a lade whose name I forget, however on the unwholesome influence of George Soros on Vatican immigration and “population” policies tended to be a bit shrill and paranoid. A talk by self-described Catholic apologist Raymond De Souza was big on phrases that told us what we wanted to hear and short on substantive argument. he other hand On tDe Souza cautioned us against ambiguity in doctrine and criticized the present Pontificate as the “pontificate of ambiguity”. He decried the culture of relativism we all live in these days. He had a good reply to Catholic optimists who constantly say “Well didn’t Christ say that the gates of hell would not prevail against the Church?” Yes Christ did say that but he said nothing about the USA! Jonathan Vennari of Catholic Family News talked about “Our lady of Good Success” apparition in 1635 in South America to Mother Marianna. Mary gave Mother Marianna some prophecies about the modern era which have turned out to be true. Vennari described the intellectual trajectory of modern philosophy and theology as a decline in the idea of objective unchangeable truth and an acceptance of the idea of the “evolution of doctrine”. he claims that the New theology that informed Vat II was infected with this evolution of truth doctrine, an emphasis on subjectivity as new criterion of truth and a loss of the idea of the supernatural. He pointed to a speech by Paul VI at the end of the council where the Pope said that the church should be a servant of humanity. Pope Francis quoted that line approvingly but as Vennari points out that the Church must lead and instruct humanity if it is to truly serve humanity. Christopher Ferara’s talk was the best of the conference. It recounted reasons for hope for a revival of a true catholic ethos and culture in the USA. he pointed out that counter-revolutions have succeeded in the past such as the Bourbon restoration in France. It ultimately failed because the bourbon kings tried hard to accommodate the demands of the radicals and revolutionaries which are of course infinite. Ferara also pointed to the recent case of Hungary where the parliament just 5 or so years ago wrote and approved a brand new constitution which explicitly affirms the country’s Christian heritage and nature. It also affirmed dignity of life from conception to natural death. Under its prime minister Victor Orban Hungary has resisted importation of millions of muslims into its country, reaffirmed marriage as between one man and one woman and ensured parental rights to education of their children. In his talk, Father Putujulani of the priestly fraternity of St Peter provided a profound analysis of Luther’s theology of salvation. He said that Luther mistakenly argued that Christ does not free man from sin and instead argued that Christ saves us from the imputation of punishment due to sin. Therefore Christ does not restore human nature to its pre Edenic state. Instead Christ just provides a cloak to hide man’s sin from God’s wrath. Man is still inherently degraded in Luther’s doctrine. Grace is just a covering–not an elevation of our nature for Luther and protestantism. Fr Putujuliani also went onto to argue invoking Quas Primas and doctrines of many councils and Popes for the social Kingship of Christ where the Church is in a position in any given society to teach and instruct. The Church cannot be considered one among many religions. it must be empowered to each and instruct as that is the order Christ gave us “Go and teach the nations…”
A re-mix (and rearrangement) of a psalm I wrote the music for several years ago. I brought it back to it’s original simple format.
Still working on recording the psalms that I wrote music for over the years. I wrote the music for Psalm 138 (In the Sight of the Angels) back in 2013 and it is still one of my all time favorites. Please listen, share and enjoy.
it is fitting that many have sounded the alarm regarding the falling fertility rate among Europeans. Fertility rates are below replacement levels for native Europeans while they are high for muslim immigrants. Thus, as the aging native European population dies off the young Muslim population will replace it and Christian Europe will die quietly and Islam will have conquered Europe without firing a shot. The Vatican will exist in a predominantly Muslim Europe and likely will soon thereafter cease to exist.
Fertility rates are high among Muslim populations everywhere. They are also high among Israelis. Both Islamic and Jewish populations support pro-natalist policies. There are laws or injunctions against abortion, divorce and so forth. in addition, there are laws and systems in place to support children and families.
Some scientists believe that fertility rates fall when populations become affluent. But the Israelis are affluent as are the citizens of many of the oil rich Arabic countries. We have learned by watching anti-natalist and pro-natalist policies in China and India and Iran in the last 50 years. What drives up fertility rates are pro-natalist policies which includes support for families and laws or injuctions against abortion and divorce.
Why is it OK for Muslim and Jewish populations to have strong pro-natalist policies and high fertility rates while it is wrong and hateful for Christian populations to to do so? Why is it OK for Muslim and Jewish populations to be against abortion and divorce but it is bigotry and hateful if Christians are against these policies?