Thursday, December 30, 2010

Global Warming Claim Continues to Contradict Data

From a Drudge Report article:

BRITAIN’S winter is the coldest since 1683 and close to being the chilliest in nearly 1,000 years.

Latest figures reveal that the average temperature since December 1 has been a perishing -1C.

That makes it the second coldest since records began in 1659.

The chilliest on record was 1683/84, when the average was -1.17C and the River Thames froze over for two months.

But with January and February to come, experts believe we could suffer the most freezing cold winter in the last 1,000 years.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

More Criticism Questioning the Radical Theory of Global Warming

Great editorial in (click
here) exposing the fear mongering tactics of the tyrannical global warming alarmists:

This is a big problem for those who see human-caused global warming as an irreversible result of the Industrial Revolution's reliance on carbon-based fuels. Based on global warming theory — and according to official weather forecasts made earlier in the year — this winter should be warm and dry. It's anything but. Ice and snow cover vast parts of both Europe and North America, in one of the coldest Decembers in history.

. . . Since at least 1998, however, no significant warming trend has been noticeable. Unfortunately, none of the 24 models used by the IPCC views that as possible. They are at odds with reality.

Karl Popper, the late, great philosopher of science, noted that for something to be called scientific, it must be, as he put it, "falsifiable." That is, for something to be scientifically true, you must be able to test it to see if it's false. That's what scientific experimentation and observation do. That's the essence of the scientific method.

Unfortunately, the prophets of climate doom violate this idea. No matter what happens, it always confirms their basic premise that the world is getting hotter. The weather turns cold and wet? It's global warming, they say. Weather turns hot? Global warming. No change? Global warming. More hurricanes? Global warming. No hurricanes? You guessed it.

Nothing can disprove their thesis. Not even the extraordinarily frigid weather now creating havoc across most of the Northern Hemisphere. The Los Angeles Times, in a piece on the region's strangely wet and cold weather, paraphrases Jet Propulsion Laboratory climatologist Bill Patzert as saying, "In general, as the globe warms, weather conditions tend to be more extreme and volatile."

Friday, December 24, 2010

Pope's England Address on Christmas Eve

In the UK's Radio 4 Thought for the Day program on Christmas Eve, Pope Benedict made an appearance to address the people of England, Scotland, and Wales.
Click here for video.

One message of Christmas hope for us all is when he pointed out that God is the source of our joy when he said:

"Let us give thanks to God for his goodness to us, and let us joyfully proclaim to those around us the good news that God offers us freedom from whatever weighs us down; he gives us hope, he brings us life."

And encourages our trust in Him when he reminded us:

"God is always faithful to his promises but He often surprises us in the way He fulfills them."

Monday, December 13, 2010

NASA Reveals Yet More Proof Solar Activity on Grander Scale than SUV's

Liberals, who want to control our lives based on their pet theories, still refuse to acknowledge nature in that the sun and not the SUV is bigger than our planet - no front page news except to leftist idealogs. The article (with accompanying video) as reported by NASA stated:

"The August 1st event really opened our eyes," says Karel Schrijver of Lockheed Martin’s Solar and Astrophysics Lab in Palo Alto, CA. "We see that solar storms can be global events, playing out on scales we scarcely imagined before."

Saturday, December 11, 2010

The Saga Continues: More Troubles in the Modern American Catholic Church

Today's headline reads, "Nun Accused of Embezzling $850,000 from College, Then Gambling It Away in Atlantic City".

The Fox News story states that the nun is

cloistered at the Sisters for St. Joseph Order near Philadelphia. Part of its mission statement is "to raise consciousness about all forms of poverty."

Looking at the picture in the article, one could ask, where is her veil and why isn't she truly cloistered with her Order or raising consciousness about poverty? With this headline, she certainly is raising that consciousness now. The only good that might come from this story is that it shines a light on modernism and all its misguided expectations. So I'm taking yet another easy opportunity to expose just one of the countless failures of modernism.

One of modernism's victims was the traditional religious habit. Nuns wear a habit and a veil. It sets them apart from the world which the religious person has publicly renounced. The habit is a reminder to the religious and to the world that their mission is not the world, but the spiritual salvation of souls for a supernatural world in Heaven. Their mission is spiritual, other worldly, in the world but not of this world. Anything otherwise suggests worldliness which endangers the mission, confuses the world, and confuses the religious. So much so, that it leads to nuns embezzling money meant to promote this spiritual mission and gamble it away in the very environment the religious initially dedicated themselves to counter against.

The religious completely give their lives to Christ, both within and without. The habit does not just represent a symbolic giving of oneself to God. It is the physical shedding of the world and putting on the garment of Christ. Once a nun ditches her habit for secular garb she is no longer publicly identifying herself to the world as Christ's very own. The world won't recognize her as a religious. So if the world won't recognize the commitment a nun declared in her vows, why should the nun?

Over time ditching the habit or the veil would erode the religious person's spiritual fabric of being Christ's exclusive lover. Bishop Fulton Sheen would agree that what is expressed outwardly represents what is stirring inwardly. Seeing American nuns without veils or habits represents a larger scale tug of war within the modern American Catholic Church. The American Church can't decide which lover to choose. Christ or the world. This seems to be the issue in practically all of the Church's modern-day controversies. We need to reflect inwardly and ask ourselves this Advent, is Christ our focus or is the world winning the tug of war? St. John Vianney reminds us:

"You either belong wholly to the world, or wholly to God."

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Je Suis L'Immaculee Conception

"I am the Immaculate Conception"

These words, spoken on March 25, 1858, the Marian Feast of the Annunciation to St. Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes, France changed the course of history forever.

Here are a couple of musical scores by Franz Biebl and Josquin des Pres in honor of Mary Mother of the True God Immaculately Conceived:

Josquin des Pres (c. 1440-1521) Missa Mater Patris

The lyrics to Josquin's Ave Maria comprises one of the most touching hymns to Our Lady.

Hail Mary, full of grace,
The Lord is with thee, gentle Virgin.
Hail, thou whose Conception,
Full of solemn joy,
Fills heaven and earth
With new gladness.
Hail, thou whose Nativity
Became our great celebration,
As the light-bringing rising light
Coming before the true sun.
Hail, blessed humility,
Fertility without man,
Whose Annunciation
Was our salvation.
Hail, true virginity,
Immaculate chastity,
Whose Purification
Was our cleansing.
Hail, glorious one
In all angelic virtures,
Whose Assumption
Was our glorification.
O Mother of God,
Remember me.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Pope Approves Condoms?

American Papist put together this clever Xtranormal computerized scene between two homies on the tram discussing the Pope's remarks about condoms. Caution - Not for Children or Immature Adults:

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

End Times Hype

With all his end times anxiety, it's occurring to me that all the hype, even among Christians, blatantly ignores Christ's teachings.

Christ's own words seem to contradict the popular end times podium.


"Therefore I say unto you, be not anxious for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than the food, and the body than the raiment? Behold the birds of the heaven, that they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; and your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not ye of much more value then they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit unto the measure of his life? And why are ye anxious concerning raiment? . . . But if God doth so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Be not therefore anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? For after all these things do the Gentiles seek; for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." (Matthew 6)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Mass for Deceased Cardinals and Bishops

Overheard in the Sacristy had this great post regarding a beautiful tradition in the Church. The Vatican offers a Mass for the departed souls of cardinals and bishops each year during the month of November dedicated to the holy souls. Read the article Here.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

St. Gertrude (Feast Day Nov. 16) Prayer for the Holy Souls

St. Gertrude's Prayer for the Holy Souls

Our Lord told St. Gertrude the Great that the following prayer would release 1000 souls from Purgatory each time it is said:

'Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in Purgatory. Amen.'

Fr. John Hardon explains the devotion to the Poor Souls.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Traditional Latin Mass of Thanksgiving

The Four Ends of Sacrifice:
Adoration, Thanksgiving, Reparation, Prayer

Thanksgiving: To give thanks to God for His benefits. "Put in one heap," says St. Leonard of Port Maurice, "all the gifts, all the graces, you have received from God - so many gifts of nature and of grace; yes, the very life, too, of His Son Jesus, and His death suffered for us, which in themselves immeasurably swell the great debt which we owe to God - and how shall we ever be able sufficiently to thank Him? The law of gratitude is observed by the very beasts, who sometimes change their cruel anger into gentle homage to their benefactors; and how much more, of course, has this law not to be observed by man, gifted as he is with reason and so nobly endowed by the divine liberality!

"Now, the way most fully to thank our good God - our supreme benefactor - is taught us by the Royal Psalmist, holy David, who , led by divine inspirations to speak with mysterious references to this divine sacrifice, indicates that nothing can sufficiently render the thanks which are due to God, excepting holy Mass: 'I will uplift on high the chalice of the Lord,' that is, I will offer a sacrifice most grateful to Him, and with this alone I shall satisfy the debt of so many and such signal benefits . . . He Himself also gave us the example when, in the last supper, before the act of consecration in that first Mass, He raised His eyes to heaven, and gave thanks to His heavenly Father: 'Elevatis oculis in coelum, Tibi gratias agens fregit'. " (1)


God, of Whose mercies there is no number, and of Whose goodness the treasure is infinite; we render thanks to Thy most gracious Majesty for the gifts Thou has bestowed upon us, evermore beseeching Thy clemency, that as Thou grant the petitions of them that ask Thee, thou will never forsake them, but will prepare the reward to come. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who lives and reigns with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.


Receive as a sweet savor, O Lord, this sacrifice of thanksgiving: do Thou in the future shield from all harm those whom until now Thou has been pleased to hear and to save: and grant that they may serve Thee better and love Thee more. Through our Lord.

Post Communion

O God, Who suffers no one that hopes in Thee to be over afflicted, but listens kindly to their prayers: we thank Thee for having heard our prayers and granted our desires, and devoutly entreat Thee that what we have received may make us worthy to be delivered from all adversities. Through our Lord.

(1) Lassance, Rev. F. X.; 1945; The New Roman Missal; p. 18-19.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

November 11 - Veterans Day Prayer for Deceased Veterans

Many departed world war two veterans have no one to pray for them. Let us remember them in our prayers this Veteran's Day so that we may meet them in Heaven to thank them for their service.
"O God, by whose mercy the faithful departed find rest, look kindly on your departed veterans who gave their lives in the service of their country. Grant that through the passion, death, and resurrection of your Son they may share in the joy of your heavenly kingdom and rejoice in you with your saints forever. We ask this through Christ our Lord."*

Purgatory is God's merciful plan for those who because, although imperfect, their virtue, acts of charity towards their neighbor, or sincere devotion Him did not deserve punishment of an eternity without the Beatific Vision of God in Heaven. Let us then pray for all departed veterans this Veteran's Day.

Mansions of the Lord

"To fallen soldiers let us sing,
Where no rockets fly nor bullets wing,
Our broken brothers let us bring
To the Mansions of the Lord

No more weeping,
No more fight,
No friends bleeding through the night,
Just Devine embrace,
Eternal light,
In the Mansions of the Lord

Where no mothers cry
And no children weep,
We shall stand and guard
Though the angels sleep,
Oh, through the ages let us keep
The Mansions of the Lord"**

* CatholicOnline
** for lyrics

Fr. Gonzales also offers another Veteran's Day Prayer at his site: Overheard in the Sacristy

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Daily November Devotion for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Daily Prayers for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Prayer for Sunday

O Lord God Almighty, I pray thee, by the Precious Blood which thy Divine Son Jesus shed in the garden, deliver the Souls in Purgatory and especially that soul amongst them all which is most destitute of spiritual aid; and vouchsafe to bring it to thy glory, there to praise and bless thee forever. Amen.

Our Father …. Hail Mary …. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

Prayer for Monday

O Lord God Almighty, I pray thee, by the Precious Blood which thy Divine Son Jesus shed in his cruel scourging, deliver the Souls in Purgatory, and especially that soul amongst them all, which is nearest to its entrance into thy glory; so it may forthwith begin to praise and bless thee forever. Amen

Our Father …. Hail Mary …. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

Prayer for Tuesday

O Lord God Almighty, I pray thee, by the Precious Blood which thy Divine Son Jesus shed in his bitter crowning with thorns, deliver the Souls in Purgatory, and in particular that one amongst them all, which would be the last to depart out of those pains, that it may come to praise thee in thy glory and bless thee forever. Amen.

Our Father …. Hail Mary …. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

Prayer for Wednesday

O Lord God Almighty, I pray thee, by the Precious Blood which thy Divine Son Jesus shed in the streets of Jerusalem, when he carried the Cross upon his sacred shoulders, deliver the Souls in Purgatory, and especially that soul which is richest in merits before thee, so that it may magnify thee and bless thee forever. Amen

Our Father …. Hail Mary …. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

Prayer for Thursday

O Lord God Almighty, I pray thee, by the Precious Blood which thy Divine Son, which he gave with his own hands upon the eve of his passion to his beloved Apostles, and which he left to his whole Church to be a perpetual sacrifice, deliver the Souls in Purgatory, and especially that one which was the most devoted to this mystery of infinite love, that it may ever praise thee in thy love, in eternal glory. Amen.

Our Father …. Hail Mary …. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

Prayer for Friday

O Lord God Almighty, I pray thee, by the Precious Blood which thy Divine Son Jesus, shed on this day upon the wood of the Cross, especially from his most sacred hands and feet, deliver the Souls in Purgatory, and in particular that soul for which I am most bound to pray; that no neglect of mine may hinder it from praising thee in thy glory and blessing thee forever. Amen.

Our Father …. Hail Mary …. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

Prayer for Saturday

O Lord God Almighty, I beseech thee by The Precious Blood which gushed forth from the side of thy Divine Son Jesus, in the sight and to the extreme pain of His most Holy Mother, deliver the Souls in Purgatory, and especially that one which was the most devoted to her; that it may soon attain unto thy glory, There to praise thee, world without end. Amen.

Our Father …. Hail Mary …. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

On Every Day of the Novena

O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant unto the souls of Thy servants and handmaids the remission of all their sins, that through our devout supplications they may obtain the pardon they have always desired, Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.

Eternal Rest, etc.

St. Gertrude's Prayer for the Holy Souls

Our Lord told St. Gertrude the Great that the following prayer would release 1000 souls from Purgatory each time it is said:

'Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in Purgatory. Amen.'

Fr. John Hardon explains the devotion to the Poor Souls.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Rotten Fruits of Roe v. Wade: PA Mother Kills Her 5 Children

We've all heard from the feminist left that abortion needs to be legal and safe or we're going to see women committing abortions on their own in their own bathtubs with coat hangers. Well that was their excuse for justifying abortion anyway. As if making it 'legal and safe' in the books somehow suddenly makes it moral. We all heard from the feminist that 'we can't go back to coat hangers and 'unofficial' backroom abortions' while justifying their position to kill children. Well, even following the aftermath of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 court decision, that legalized the killing of children in the mother's womb, we still, time and time again, have stories of mothers personally aborting their own children in bathtubs, with coat hangers, and in an unsafe manner.

According to the radical leftist, legalizing abortion was supposed to be the cure-all for any backroom abortions. It was supposed to liberate women from the oppressive moral guideline that reminded our conscience: murder is wrong. Legalizing abortion was supposed to kill the American conscience while doctors, instead of mothers, performed the ghastly procedure in a 'safe' and 'legal' way.

Today we learn of yet another mother who, despite the legalization of 'safe' and 'legalized' abortions that the left have championed for mankind, has murdered another child - no, excuse me, at least 4 of her children in the womb and concealed them for years. The Associated Press story reads:

"DNA tests show the bones found in a locked closet came from five babies, at least four of whom were born alive, authorities said. The boyfriend fathered three and possibly four of the victims. Tests on the fifth baby were inconclusive.

Dogs trained to search for human remains have scoured Kalina's current and former homes in the Reading area.

"I'm very confident we have all the babies," District Attorney John T. Adams said at an afternoon news conference."

Roe v. Wade didn't cure anything. In fact, all legalizing abortion did was kill the collective conscience of Americans and dupe them into thinking that killing children against the will of the child is BAD outside the doctor's office - while it is GOOD inside. That as long as it's 'safe' and 'legal' it is suddenly somehow moral. What compelled a different mother from Texas, Andrea Yates, on June 20, 2001 to kill all five of her children ages 7 years to 6 months? A conscience that was killed by the legalization of abortion in America. When you know it is 'legal' and 'safe' in the doctor's offices, one reasons, with a twisted conscience, that 'maybe I can do it myself just as efficientl

The aftermath of Roe v. Wade, until it is overturned, will remain this: America will continue to reap the rotten fruits of legalized abortion. By reasoning that somehow it is suddenly now moral for a doctor to commit the crime than for the mother to perform the act herself sends a shockwave across the country that has permanently warped the conscience of Americans into believing that because 'safe' and 'legal' murder is the law of the land, it therefore accepted by society and somehow now moral. This twisting of morality results in the killing of the conscience. With stories like Andrea Yates and Michele Kalina, we are now seeing the rotten fruits of abortion on an ever unconscionable society.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

No 'lukewarm' Catholics welcome

This was the headline from Tuesday's USA Today article paraphrasing the Archbishop of Minnesota John Nienstedt; and how right he is. After all, as the Archbishop points out, Sacred Scripture reminds us

"I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth." (Revelations 3:14-16)

Furthermore, the great saints of the Catholic Church remind us:

"You cannot be half a saint; you must be a whole saint or no saint at all."
-St. Therese of Lisieux

"All the evil in the world can be attributed to lukewarm Catholics" --St. Pius V

"You either belong entirely to the world, or entirely to God" - St. John Vianney

"I know no surer way to discover if a person belongs to God than by finding out if he loves saying the Hail Mary and the Rosary" --St. Louis de Montfort.

"Some people are so foolish that they think they can go through life without the help of the Blessed Mother. Love the Madonna and pray the rosary, for her rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today. All graces given by God pass through the Blessed Mother" --St. Padre Pio.
"Our hearts were made for You, O Lord, and they are restless until they rest in you."
-St. Augustine of Hippo

"Since Christ Himself has said, "This is My Body" who shall dare to doubt that It is His Body?"
-St. Cyril of Jerusalem

"Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you."
-St. Augustine

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Christopher Columbus Discovers America

This scene from the movie Apocalypto captures that moment when Spain brought civilization to a barbaric culture. WARNING: For Mature Audiences Only.

But then, some revisionist historians prefer to turn a blind eye to what the toltec, aztec, and late-mayan civilizations were up to prior to the Spanish arrival:

Every Drop Counts

For your annual community gathering you could kick it at the Atlcahualo festival. Yeah, this fellowship gathered for the god Tlaloc where child sacrifices took place to favor early rains. You see, at this festival, crying was a good omen. But big boys don't cry. So the civilized Aztecs picked on the ones that would shed tears when their bodies were slowly being ripped apart. If on the way to the shrine these children cried, their tears were viewed as signs of imminent and abundant rains and those that wouldn't would have their fingernails torn off in order to achieve this effect.

Don't believe it? There's evidence. In an Associated Press article subtitled, "Mexican digs confirm grisly Spanish-era accounts" we see that the Spaniards weren't exaggerating when they told of barbaric practices of cannibalism, child sacrifice, and barbaric behavior. According to archaeologist Juan Alberto Roman Berrelleza, "the results of forensic testing on the bones of 42 children, mostly boys around age 6, sacrificed during a drought at Mexico City’s Templo Mayor, the Aztec’s main religious site, all shared one feature: serious cavities, abscesses or bone infections painful enough to make them cry."

But according to liberal modernist historians we're supposed to forget all the sadism and focus on how Spanish Franciscans 'unfairly' introduced Catholicism to a culture that 'already had their own religion'. We're supposed to forget the bloodbath that follows idolatry and focus instead on the deeply 'spiritual' pagans . . . on the art and language of a 'lost and forgotten' culture. Modernists might like us to think that gruesome child slash-fests were better than Catholicism. We're supposed to forget about the medical malpractice of perfectly healthy patients having open heart surgical procedures by unlicensed witchdoctors and focus instead on smallpox. Modernists might like us to think that somehow modern medicine making it to our shores which then developed the vaccine for things like smallpox - the disease often heard from liberals to decry the Spanish arrival - is somehow a greater crime than widespread child sacrifices to an imaginary false god.

It Tastes Like Chicken

Maybe Tlaloc is just an 'extreme example used by Westerners to justify the Spanish invasion'. Okay, let's see a less extreme example in one of their other gods, Tezcatlipoca. Tezcatlipoca’s main feast began when a young man was chosen to be the likeness of Tezcatlipoca. He lived like a god, lavishing beautiful clothing, and eating sumptuously for a year. During the feast where he was worshipped as the deity he personified, he climbed the stairs to the top of the temple on his own where the priests seized him and sacrificed him, his body being eaten later. Sounds scrumptious. Immediately after he died a new victim for the next year’s ceremony was chosen. Hope he tastes better than the last guy.

The Real Genocide

Perhaps I'm just a triumphalist Westerner who fails to see the deeper spirituality of this culture. Fine, let's look at more of the aztec spirituality. Let's take another god, Huitzilopochtli. Huitzilopochtli must have had a high metabolism and it must have taken him great energy to spin the solar system because this guy required near-constant nourishment. But Huitzilopochtli needed something more substantial than Wheaties. He needed nourishment in the form of human bloodbaths to ensure the Aztecs that the sun would survive the cycle of 52 years. For the grand opening of the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlan in 1487, dedicated to Tlaloc and Huitzilopochtli, the Aztecs reported that they sacrificed about 20,400 prisoners over the course of four days. And liberals want to spin history and blame the Spaniards of genocide? Talk about double standard. Let's not forget that many Aztecs defected and joined the Spaniards when war broke out.

Archeological Evidence

Some liberal spindoctors try to blame Spaniards of embellishing the stories of human sacrifice. But thankfully there's something called evidence. Liberals like to say,"okay doggonit, fine the aztecs did that sort of thing, but you leave the "peaceful" mayan culture alone, they were the salt of the earth, the light of the world - the deceitful Spaniards lied just to steal their gold" - so says the revisionist liberal historian. But we now have this annoying little thing called evidence.

We certainly know the aztecs were sadistic. According to anthropology professor Karl Taube, "We know the Aztecs did that level of killing. Their accounts speak of 20,000." But what about the "peaceful" ancient pagan mayan spirituality depicted in the movie Apocalypto?

Both mayan, toltec, and aztec cultures participated in barbaric spiritual practices. There was tremendous Aztec influence by the time of the late Mayan period.

"The Aztecs were clearly ruthless in their conquest and pursuit of sacrificial victims, a practice that spilled over into some of the Maya areas" (Archaeological Institute of America 2007).

In carvings and mural paintings, Harvard University anthropologist David Stuart (2003) said in an article:

"we have now found more and greater similarities between the Aztecs and Mayas – including a Maya ceremony in which a grotesquely costumed priest is shown pulling the entrails from a bound and apparently living sacrificial victim."

Associate Professor William R. Fowler states that for major favors, Mayan worshippers "offered the gods human sacrifice, usually children, slaves, or prisoners of war" (Microsoft Encarta Online Encyclopedia 2008).

Finally, here's an excerpt from an Associated Press article from 1/25/2005 and decide for yourself, was it the Spanish who performed the atrocities, or did the Spaniards encounter a shockingly savage and barbaric culture and deliver them from their own corruption?:

But there is no longer as much doubt about the nature of the killings. Indian pictorial texts known as “codices,” as well as Spanish accounts from the time, quote Indians as describing multiple forms of human sacrifice.

Victims had their hearts cut out or were decapitated, shot full of arrows, clawed, sliced to death, stoned, crushed, skinned, buried alive or tossed from the tops of temples. Children were said to be frequent victims, in part because they were considered pure and unspoiled.

“Many people said, ’We can’t trust these codices because the Spaniards were describing all these horrible things,’ which in the long run
we are confirming,” said Carmen Pijoan, a forensic anthropologist who found some of the first direct evidence of cannibalism in a pre-Aztec culture over a decade ago: bones with butcherlike cut marks.

In December, at an excavation in an Aztec-era community in Ecatepec, just north of Mexico City, archaeologist Nadia Velez Saldana described finding evidence of human sacrifice associated with the god of death. “The sacrifice involved burning or partially burning victims,” Velez Saldana said. “We found a burial pit with the skeletal remains of four children who were partially burned, and the remains of four other children that were completely carbonized.” While the remains don’t show whether the victims were burned alive, there are depictions of people — apparently alive — being held down as they were burned.

The dig turned up other clues to support descriptions of sacrifices in the Magliabecchi codex, a pictorial account painted between 1600 and 1650 that includes human body parts stuffed into cooking dishes, and people sitting around eating, as the god of death looks on. “We have found cooking dishes just like that,” said archaeologist Luis Manuel Gamboa. “And, next to some full skeletons, we found some incomplete, segmented human bones.” However, researchers don’t know whether those remains were cannibalized.

Crying was considered a good omen

In 2002, government archaeologist Juan Alberto Roman Berrelleza announced the results of forensic testing on the bones of 42 children, mostly boys around age 6, sacrificed at Mexico City’s Templo Mayor, the Aztec’s main religious site, during a drought. All shared one feature: serious cavities, abscesses or bone infections painful enough to make them cry.

“It was considered a good omen if they cried a lot at the time of sacrifice,” which was probably done by slitting their throats, Roman Berrelleza said.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Global Warming Alarmists Nixed . . . Again

Whenever the major media announces, in clear lockstep with liberal fear tactics, that global disaster is upon us, we should question such anxious claims with skepticism. This year was no different. The global alarmists including scientists modeling hurricanes in the US, announced serious hurricanes a-coming - and according to many liberal fear mongering globalists, "it's all our fault, if only there were less humans, if only there were less SUV's, if only families would be kept at one child per household, if only there were more, more, more regulation, we wouldn't have to fear the wrath of mother earth" - so says the anxious fear mongering liberal.

Today we learned yet another such prediction was foiled . . . by mother nature herself. Reuters today reported the following:

"* Despite dire forecasts, season has been benign for U.S.

* Atlantic weather turned many storms harmlessly north

* Pacific enjoys one of the quietest seasons on record

By Tom Brown

MIAMI, Oct 6 (Reuters) - The 2010 Atlantic hurricane season has been very active in the number of storms but is likely to go down as a non-event for most people in the United States, which has so far dodged a major landfall, the top official U.S. hurricane forecaster said on Tuesday.

Before the June 1-Nov. 30 season got under way, residents of hurricane danger zones were warned by many forecasters they faced a very high probability of a major hurricane making landfall along the U.S. coastline."

If people would just calm down, subdue their restlessness, get a grip of themselves, and man-up in this age, we would see a lot less anxiety, bitterness, and turmoil than if modern man was practicing religion, was faithful to God, trusted in His goodness, got to know Him Who made us, loved Him with all our hearts, lived by His teachings, and hoped to happy with Him forever in Heaven, we would see less tyranny in the world, our freedoms wouldn't be threatened, China would nix its one child policy, and globalists would scale back their dire predictions of widespread death and destruction caused by so called 'global warming'. Although such predictions do come from a social conscience, from those that haven't killed it yet, that knows some restitution must be coming to mankind from the heavens for all the ingratitude, fist shaking, insults, and sin committed against our good God.

If we lived by some simple precepts by our fathers in Faith before us, the world would be a better place:

"Do not worry over things that generate
preoccupation and anxiety.
One thing only is necessary:
To lift up your spirit and love to God."

~ Saint Padre Pio, in a letter written to a spiritual daughter

"Pray, trust and don't worry."

~ Saint Padre Pio

"As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live. "

~ Pope John Paul II

"Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes."

~ Pope John Paul II

"The future starts today, not tomorrow."

~ Pope John Paul II

“The truth is not always the same as the majority decision.”

~ Pope John Paul II

"Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence. "

~ Pope John Paul II