Historical Parallels

I’m reading Faith Of Our Fathers: A History of True England by Joseph Pearce. He first mentioned the IDEA for this book on YouTube. The content is surprisingly topical given the total marginalization of people of faith by secular fundamentalists and their trampling jackboots. The book is also full of hope since Catholicism has survived (and thrived) in the UK whilst most other churches have been razed or converted into museums and cafes.

Quotes from Faith Of Our Fathers: A History of True England:

“The king’s usurpation of the religious rights of the Church, and therefore the religious liberties of his subjects, set in motion a process of secular nationalism that would lead to the rise of the sort of secularism which ripens into secular fundamentalism. When the state gets too big for its boots, trampling on religious liberty, it is not long before the boots become jackboots, trampling on the defenseless and the weak, and piling up the bodies of its countless victims.”

“In terms of realpolitik, Henry would not have been able to get his hands on the wealth of the Church without bribing the nobles with a promise of a share of the plunder. Had the aristocracy not been bought in this way, they would no doubt have rebelled in defiance of the king and in defense of the Church. It was, therefore, in appealing to the baser appetites of the ignoble nobility that Henry succeeded in sacking the Church and removing her power from his realm.”

“Three days after the martyrdom of John Fisher, Henry ordered preachers to denounce the treasons of Sir Thomas More from their pulpits. Since More’s trial for treason wasn’t due to start until a week later, on July 1, the king’s orders signified, if such signification were necessary, that the trial was already a foregone conclusion and that only one verdict would be tolerated. The parallels with the justice system in other secular tyrannies, such as the show trials in the Soviet Union under Josef Stalin are clear enough.

“The plunder, which, Cobbett called an ‘act of monstrous tyranny’, was made possible by the passage of an Act of Parliament in March 1536 for the suppression of the monasteries and the passing of all property and wealth owned by these religious communities into the hands of the king and his heirs.”

“‘Almost overnight,’ wrote Simon Jenkins, ‘the City and its surrounding land saw a transfer of ownership and wealth on a scale not witnessed even during the Norman Conquest.’ The vast bulk of this property ‘passed to aristocrats, merchants and cronies of the monarch.'”

A walk through Walsingham with Joseph Pearce (YouTube)
New Decorative Scheme for St George’s Chapel

Hymns of the fathers…

On Not Losing Heart (The Catholic Thing)

“Christianity’s centuries-long dominance in the West has led us to forget that the world doesn’t like the Good News, because it’s Bad News for many things the world would like to think are good. And the world doesn’t take the bad news lying down. It lashes out. Now that Christianity is weakening in the historic Christian nations, it should come as no surprise that the old attacks are appearing again.”

Weekend 535.1

Oblatis adquiesco salve honore Dei

(1) Dinner with a Long Spoon by Francis X. Maier (The Catholic Thing)

“We have the privilege and the obligation to make our country better through our service. But we do that best by recalling who we are, and acting accordingly. We’re Catholics first. We’re Americans second.”

(2) How Mother Teresa Challenged Hillary Clinton on Abortion (National Catholic Register)

“Then the sister said something that made everyone very uncomfortable: ‘But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because Jesus said, ‘If you receive a little child, you receive me.’ So every abortion is the denial of receiving Jesus, the neglect of receiving Jesus.'”

(3) MSNBC Condemns ‘Talk About The Constitution’ In SCOTUS Draft Opinion (NewsBusters)

Lenten Rosary 2022

For many, as I have often told you and now tell you even in tears, conduct themselves as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction. Their God is their stomach; their glory is in their “shame.” Their minds are occupied with earthly things. Phil 3:17-4:1

(1) A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Philip Egan (Bishop of Portsmouth)

“The churches of Italy were kept open day and night for prayer and sacraments; Christians were asked to undertake a deep, personal renewal and conversion of life, with prayer, self-denial and charity. Above all, everyone was encouraged to recite the Rosary, to invoke the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary.”

Fascism and Fauci

(1) Medical Fascism, or, the Doctrine of Vaccination (The Pipeline)

“The National Library of Medicine informs us that more than half of all German physicians joined the Nazi Party, ‘surpassing the Party enrollments of all other professions.’ Another study observes that research has shifted to elucidating the motivations of the medical community for such a transition from healer to political operative, incentives that include the glorification of the profession, improved incomes, and purging the profession of undesirables. As always, the political juggernaut advances under the mantle of national health, leading to a society that has been effectively vaccinated against democratic governance.”

(2) We broke everything in the name of COVID (America Greatness)

“And what is President Asterisk doing in response? He’s imposing vaccine mandates, extending unemployment benefits, waging a war on fossil fuels, expanding the regulatory state, spending like a drunken sailor (apologies to drunken sailors), and pursuing increased taxation. He isn’t nursing the engine back up to speed. He’s doing everything possible to throw gravel into the gears — just like the gremlin he is.”

Weekend Pilgrimage

The Slipper Chapel“O God, may we dwell with You in the gathering of Your holy people, the Church.”

I spent the weekend on pilgrimage in Walsingham at the Catholic National Shrine & Basilica of Our Lady. I’ll post photos (see updates) shortly but as a primer of the importance of Walsingham to England and to Catholics this video with Kevin Turley and Joseph Pearce is exceptional. My pilgrimage occurred during the feast of Christ the King on the last Sunday of Ordinary Time.

(1) A walk through Walsingham with Joseph Pearce (YouTube)

(2) Here’s the story of how the feast of Christ the King came about (Catholic News Agency)

(3) The Wilton Diptych at the National Gallery

(4) Our Lady of Walsingham Installed in Chapel of St George in Cathedral

(5) Converts of the Catholic Literary Revival – Featuring Joseph Pearce (YouTube)

(6) The Statue of Our Lady of Walsingham

(7) Prayer in reparation for the destruction of the Original Shrine in 1538
Heavenly Father, we pray in thanksgiving for the opportunity today of praying in the National Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham.

Heavenly Father, we pray in reparation for the untold sacrilege of the Mass and the Blessed Eucharist which was committed during the English Reformation.

Father, in Your mercy accept our prayer of reparation for the destruction by our ancestors of so much which was holy, and especially the dishonoring of Your holy and Blessed Mother Mary.

We praise and thank You and humbly ask You to hear and accept our prayers of reparation and intercession.

Our Lady of Walsingham, Our Lady of Reconciliation, we come before you in humble prayer and ask you to intercede for us and reconcile us with your Son Jesus and His Church. Lay before Him our prayer of reparation this day and obtain for us the graces of conversion of life, reconciliation with our enemies, especially those within our own families. May faith and peace return to our Nation and may it once again be proud to be knows as the Dowry of Mary. Amen.

Sources: Daily Meditations on the Psalms and Pilgrim Handbook: Celebrating the Joy of Mary at the Annunciation

Walsingham (Flickr)

Rented a car for this trip. Considered biking from Norwich but great British weather. This was some serious white knuckle motoring. It was easier driving in Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany.

All Saints

Fantasia“God trains His people, His soldiers, for spiritual warfare. But as St. Paul taught us, we are not contending against human enemies but against the spirits of darkness that inspire the wicked. Against these we don the helmet of salvation, the sword of the Spirit, and breastplate of faith, and we train ourselves in righteousness and love.” Daily Meditations on the Psalms

“These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress; they have washed their robes and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb.” Rv 7:14

(1) French Catholics are often targets of Islamist terror (The Times)

(2) Catholics are Under Attack (The Podcast of the Lotus Eaters)