Madness

In reading this article in Crisis Magazine, I came across the following quote:
“That mad kind of intelligence is offended by the precocious audacity of Winston Churchill writing in The River War at the age of twenty-five: “were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it [Islam] has vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.” For the secularist whose religious crusade against religion does not understand the world or its history, prophecy is the only heresy, and his single defense against false prophets is feigned detachment.”

I had to read it three times before I fully understood what I was reading. It is an older article, but still relevant today. In fact, with the rise of even more “peaceful” Islamic factions, probably even more relevant.

Just as so many people ignored the truths of the Nazis and Stalinists in time gone by, many people now, particularly in the media, refuse to admit that the “religion of peace” is not peaceful.

Christians are mocked for the belief in the supernatural and maligned as backward folks who ignore science. “Look at what they did to Galileo!” is the mantra. People misunderstand what happened with Galileo and simplify it in order to dismiss Catholics as superstitious and stupid. In truth, Catholics have been supporters of the sciences. The Big Bang Theory was posited by a Catholic priest. Gregor Mendel who is known as the father of genetics was an Augustinian friar and abbot. Louis Pasteur was a devout Catholic. Jerome Lejeune, who discovered the genetic cause of Down Syndrome, has been named a Blessed.” Their faith was not contrary to science, and in fact, it was their faith and their longing to understand God’s world better that led them to experiment.

Many secularists ignore the science when it suits them. Catholics believe that life begins at conception. Science bears this out. Once a woman’s egg is fertilized, a new person with unique DNA is formed. While a woman’s egg alone is part of her body, an embryo is a separate being. Feminists chant, “Keep your rosaries off our ovaries,” while demanding they should have the right to murder their unborn children. They then refuse to see the subjugation and degradation of women that happens in Islamic states, and even here in the United States. Somehow it is acceptable for these things to happen in Islam but it completely unacceptable to request modest attire for Mass. The Catholic church “oppresses” women and girls by not allowing female priests, but it is acceptable to require Muslim women to cover their entires bodies from head to toe with only the eyes showing. The dichotomy is overwhelming.
“Gender fluidity” is another secular mantra. Here again, the science is ignored. We must allow our feelings to rule every aspect of our lives, even when those feelings are lies. The science of Biology tells us that gender is determined by the X and Y chromosomes. someone who is XX is female and someone who is XY is male. That is to be ignored and artificial hormones administered and surgical mutilation perpetrated on anyone who declares they are something other than the gender that biology declares them to be. The “religion of peace” would stone these people to death.

Science and history are being rewritten in order to suit the whims of the “cultural elite” and the mentally ill. The inmates are running the asylum. George Orwell was truly prophetic in his novel 1984.

My own prayer these days is often, “Lord, have mercy!”

Christ is Risen!

Alleluia! He is risen indeed!

Giveaway and sale at Notebooking Pages

I used Notebooking in our homeschool and I still sometimes use the web publishing app at Notebooking Pages.
You can read all about the giveaway here.

Contemplating

I dropped my 16 year old son off at Montfort Youth Retreat on Sunday. He has attended Montfort Boys Camp and now Montfort Youth Retreat since he was 11. That makes this his fifth year. I have never had a hard time with his absence. Well, I hadn’t had a hard time with it until this year. I don’t know why this year is different. I left him on Sunday with a sense of the bittersweet. The brothers who run the camp tell me he is nice young man. He knows most of the other boys at least by name, and they all know him. Of course not many people his age share his name, so he is known for his unique name. He also has curly, red hair that has sometimes been an afro. It is hard to miss.
He has sometimes been shy and unsure of himself. He has occasionally been self confident to the point of cocky. This year he seemed to me to be self assured but not cocky. He is serious, but not overly so.
I think this year he truly is a young man and not a boy. He is intelligent and articulate. He is a deep thinker. He was confirmed in April. He chose Augustine as his saint name. He embraces his faith and has chosen to be celibate. He tells me he chosen celibacy because there has been no shortage of offers from young women who either do not know to guard their chastity or do not care to do so. I enjoy his company most of the time. Perhaps that is why it was so difficult to drop him off this year.
I guess I just miss him.01Montfort

Something I Often Used

In our homeschooling journey we found and used many different products and curricula. One of these that I went back to again and again was Notebookingpages.com
Notebooking pages can be used for journaling, for lapbooking, and even to make workbooks and notebooks. By using the Notebooking Publisher web-app, I created workbooks to go with science books and to go with literature studies. I could three hole punch them or use my ProClick to spiral bind them.
Notebooking pages has a great membership sale coming up, but first they are having a giveaway.
Check out the free pages that are available to see if they are for you. Let someone else do some of the work for you.
Winter Giveaway & Membership Sale Event