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As evident by the results from the Ireland vote, we saw for the first time a population vote to kill its own offspring. Usually, it has been black robe judges in courts or governments who have mandated to its citizens to ok these horrific crimes that call out to God for vengeance. So what can we do about it?
Well I am writing in these united States (yes, I meant to write ‘these’ & ‘united’ in lower case). So what you might ask? After Lincoln’s War of Aggression on the Southern Confederacy (which the Southern states did exactly what their forefathers did and we celebrate Independence Day for) you saw a turn to a ‘one nation’ mindset. Look at Francis Bellamy, a committed nationalist preacher, who had been thrown out of his Baptist church for insisting Christ was a socialist. He also founded Boston’s first “Nationalism Club,” based on the principles laid down in his cousin’s bestseller Looking Backward (a utopian novel set in the year 2000, featuring an America that has blossomed into a Marxist paradise). For Bellamy, “the republic” was synonymous with “the State.” In 1891, the family magazine Youth’s Companion asked 35-year-old Francis Bellamy, a former pastor of Boston’s Bethany Baptist Church, to fashion a patriotic program for schools around the country to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s “arrival in America” by “raising the U.S. Flag over every public school from the Atlantic to the Pacific.” (Just an fyi the words “under God” did not appear until 1954 when the Knights of Columbus worked to add it to fight the “Godless USSR”).
Through the pledge, Bellamy sought to define “true Americanism” against the rising tide of southern and eastern European immigrants “pouring over our country” in the early 20th century from “races which we cannot assimilate without a lowering of our racial standard.” Although Bellamy conceded that “the United States has always been a nation of immigrants,” he argued that “incoming waves of immigrants…(were) coming from countries whose institutions (were) entirely at variance with our own.” Sounds slightly eugenic thinking, huh?
Before the war, if you read the founder’s writings, you would see phrases such as “my country of Virginia” as Patrick Henry would say. Henry was also against the “We the People” line and in favor of “We the States” (you can see the entire speech of Henry’s in the film “Spirit of 76” that Mike Church researched and put together here) as everyone saw their own State as it’s own nation, which was the classical idea of ‘state’ is ‘country’. People still use this idea for their sport teams, “this is Broncos country” for example, but when they speak about the union (and we are a union of 50 nations united under a Constitution that nobody follows), they speak of it as a gigantic land mass from sea to sea governed by a 10 mile square along the Potomac. If this was true, then why do the states have their own constitutions? The short answer is that the State indoctrination you get in State indoctrination camps, err I mean State run public schools.
Don’t forget the original pledge salute looked like this
Have you ever thought why Italy or France or Germany still go to the Olympics under their own flag even though they are in the European Union? Would not the patria and pride of your homeland be off the charts if you saw your State flag flying during the medal ceremony? Maybe it’s just me.
So what does all this mean? Why am I bringing this up?
Well, it wasn’t State mandates that gave us abortion in this union, but the 9 unelected tyrants in DC that ‘settled’ that during Roe v Wade; no votes, no ‘democratic process’, just a ruling that said it was legal to kill your baby. That was in 1973. Before that, in 1965, Griswold v. Connecticut legalized contraception. It all starts with contraception. Notice SCOTUS over-ruled a State law yet how many still yell “get back to the Constitution!”?
Since Roe v Wade, how much head way have we made in the efforts to stop killing our offspring? Dean Wormer can answer.
Ok, maybe we might have gained 0.1% and yes, I know President Trump has done some good in this effort (especially with the Mexico City Policy and recently pulling funds from Planned Parenthood-Deo Gratias), but how many politicians have promised to do x or y or z? I remember Dr Ron Paul, who birthed many babies as an OB-GYN, give an interview years ago in response to “Why do pro lifers in Congress kill your pro life bills?”. He said something to the point of: “if Republicans end abortion then what will they run on?” Showing that it is only about winning elections as nothing really goes our way in DC.
So what to do? As Professor Livingston of the Abbeville Institute says, “we are out of scale” in this 2012 lesson.
Instead of looking at DC to solve our problems, we must focus on the individual states. Iowa’s governor signed the ‘most restrictive abortion bill in the land’ back on 4 May (even though as I write this, a black robe tyrant in Iowa agrees to halt the law temporarily) and in my former country of South Carolina they have been pushing to ban abortion entirely, however the party of death, the Democrats, squashed it in a late night filibuster. In Mississippi, they only have one abortion clinic left and lawmakers are pushing for the most restrictive abortion laws in our union. We can find chinks in the abortion lovers armor by going through the states. For most elections, people only look at DC and very few even know who their local State representative is. Imagine good Catholics running for State and local offices. You want to see ‘change’? There you go. We could end abortion in most of the States ASAP if we went this route. Sure, it would be harder in California or New York, but we can still attempt it. The focus needs to be removed from this “one nation” mindset and focus on fixing our own backyards and states, your true country.
We have been losing for decades as the March for Life has turned out to be a youth field trip. If you go, you will see how many are laughing and joking while running around to take photos to post on Instagram or Snapchat or Fedbook (err Facebook). I went two years ago and the only solemn part was when a lady on a bullhorn shouted “remember why you are here!”. God bless that group. I, for one, liked the graphic photos and her response because most seemed to think it was ‘cool’ to be in DC screaming “we are the pro life generation” with a smile while 3,000 of our babies are ripped apart. I thought Michael Voris’ take on this was spot on:
Also, be aware of the Aesopian language, a Marxist idea, that are words that seem innocent to outsiders but have a concealed meaning to informed members of the movement who speaks it.
Ireland is done for and St Patrick saw his land, in a vision, having the fire gone out, however he did see little embers pop up here and there later. Our federal government has done everything it can to spread abortion, contraception, and gay ‘marriage’ here and overseas. As St Augustine said “heretics are zealous but Catholics are lazy”. It is way past time for the Church Militant to get in the game. What is for certain is the idea of “voting harder” will not work. Of course in the spirit of Garcia Moreno and not Thomas Jefferson.
URGENT: IRELAND NEEDS OUR PRAYERS
by Celeste Youngblood, news correspondent for the Veritas Radio Network
Winchester, VA– Today, Friday May 25, there is a historic referendum taking place in Ireland in which the nation’s citizens are deciding whether or not the 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution should be retained, or repealed. The 8th Amendment declares the truth that the unborn have the same right to life as their mothers. Ireland is one of very few nations in Europe, along with Northern Ireland, Poland, and Malta, which bans abortion in nearly all cases. Here is a little background on how a Catholic, pro-life nation has arrived at such a precipitous moral crossroad.
As in every case, it began with contraception. It always begins with contraception, the rending of the procreative purpose of the sexual act from its unitive purpose. Ireland legalized contraception in 1980, and it was not three years before the Irish had to actively defend the unborn from the voices clamoring for the so-called “right” to murder their unwanted unborn. After a contentious campaign, one in which the Catholic Church was an unabashed, outspoken, vocal proponent of the right to life, the 8th Amendment was added to the Irish constitution, with 67% of Irish in support. It is important to note that at this time, 93% of the populace identified as Catholic (WSJ link “Ireland paves Way for Vote) and weekly Mass attendance hovered near 90%.
Fast forward to 2016. Ireland has so far legalized contraception (1980), homosexual acts (1993), divorce (1995), same sex marriage (2015), and abortion in cases of a threat to the life of the mother (2013). The 2012 case of Savita Halappanavar, who many had said had been “denied an abortion” while suffering a septic miscarriage, had the populace inflamed. As a side note, this article by LifeSiteNews shows there were holes in the official story being pushed by the media. In any case the tide clearly turned against the rights of the unborn after Mrs. Halappanavar’s case received vast media exposure. The pro-choice cause had a supposed martyr to latch on to. The Wall Street Journal reports that in 2016, a citizen’s assembly of 100 people who were chosen to represent the broader populace issued a recommendation to lift the ban on abortion. A cross party commission of lawmakers arrived at a similar conclusion. On March 8, the Irish government agreed to hold a referendum on whether or not the 8th Amendment should be repealed.
The polls opened this morning and will remain open until 5:00 p.m. local time. The results of an exit poll conducted with 3,000 participants will be released at the close of the polls, and ballot counting will begin Saturday, with results expected in the early hours of Saturday morning. If the 8th Amendment is revoked, the government says it will back the denial of the right to life for babies up to 12 weeks of pregnancy, and later in so-called exceptional circumstances. This is a familiar slippery slope.
The role of the Catholic Church has been muted during the heated 8th Amendment campaigning, largely because of the antagonism felt by the Irish towards the Church itself, stemming from not only the sex abuse crisis, but scandals having to do with Church-run mothers’ homes, women being forced to place their babies for adoption, and the case of babies found buried in mass graves at the Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home in Tuam County, Galway. Many felt the Church had no moral authority left to make pronouncements on the sanctity of children’s lives. To prevent voters from voting “yes” simply to defy the Church, the Church stayed largely silent, restricting its messages to homilies from the pulpit and fliers distributed at Mass. This could have been effective, had Catholicism not experienced such a massive decline since the 1980’s. Indeed, even though 78% of Irish identify as Catholic weekly Mass attendance has dropped from nearly 90% to a mere 36%. In Dublin, which is heavily supportive of the revocation of the 8th Amendment, Mass attendance is 20-22% and some areas have Mass attendance in the single digits. In short, few are receiving the Church’s pro-life message.
As of today, overall, 44% of Irish have declared they will vote for the revocation of the 8th Amendment. 32% have stated they will vote “no,” and 17% are undecided. 7% are registered as “other,” meaning they will not vote or refused to answer. I am no statistician, but from what I figured, if the “others” are all abstaining, a full 94% of the undecideds will need to swing towards a “no” vote in order to preserve protections for women and their unborn in Ireland. Although the “yes” movement has seen some of its support wane in the last few weeks, with the “no’s” gaining slightly, will there be enough of them to overcome a 12% gap in the polls?
There is a strong media campaign pushing the “yes” vote for repealing the 8th Amendment. Google news stories on the 8th Amendment on You Tube and the prevalence of news videos are in favor of repeal. Two examples: RT’s news story entitled: “Ireland’s historic abortion referendum: What it means for people.” (Do we have to ask? It’s life…or death.) The two minute video
showcases eight people explaining the reasoning for their votes. Six are voting “yes” and two are voting “no.” Of the yes votes, the reasons given are:
to give women an option for “safe” abortions
women having the “right” to do what they want with their bodies
women “have rights too”
women should have access to “good health care” and Ireland shouldn’t be “shipping their problems off” to England, Amersterdam, etc.
a woman who has heard other women’s stories of crisis pregnancy and sympathizes with their plight
every woman is an individual and should be able to do whatever she needs to do
Of the two “no” voters, both were men, and one actually thought that the 8th Amendment should be repealed, and that there should be access to some abortion, but not in this way, which will open up a bigger can of worms than the public is being led to believe. So really, 7 of the 8 were for the repeal of the 8th Amendment. Only one of the eight, the one voting no, acknowledged that despite the massive attention being given to hard cases such as fetal abnormality, a full 93% of aborted babies in England are in fact healthy babies.
My second example is a video from The Guardian entitled “Meet the people fighting to keep Ireland’s abortion ban,”
which from its opening frame hardly makes more than a token effort to separate the notion of a right to life for all from religious zealotry. Sadly, however, we know that with Mass attendance at 36% and firm support for the 8th Amendment at 32%, that a small percentage of weekly Mass-attending Catholics are in support of denying the unborn the right to life. One man in this video, local historian Tony Brown, opines whether men should be permitted to vote on the question at all, and speaks of the ways in which he, as a child, was misled about Protestants, leading one to wonder whether perhaps the Irish have been misled on abortion all this time as well.
Supporters of abortion are portrayed as empathetic towards women, portrayed as a good mix of men and women, who are nothing but concerned about women’s health and helping those in crisis. Supporters of life are portrayed as almost all men, out of touch, curt, condemnatory nuts who won’t even identify with Ireland should the 8th be repealed. I saw one couple who could come across as a normal, realistic couple, and the one spark of hope from them was their belief that there are a lot of silent “no” voters.
Regardless of how today’s vote plays out, there is no question that Ireland, which is a changed country, and needs our prayers. The right to life from conception to natural death while part of our Catholic Faith, is part of the wider natural law which is written on the hearts of all men and can be arrived at simply through the use of reason. We are witnessing en masse the closing of humanity’s hearts to this natural law, on the premise of “compassion” and “free will,” concepts which have been taken from Christianity and have been twisted to support evil. We pray today that Ireland does not fall to the lie of abortion, and that Our Lady under her titles of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of Knock may intercede for the people of Ireland. Finally, may Our Blessed Lord Jesus, who IS Way, Truth, and Life itself, have mercy on us!
ST. PATRICK’S BREASTPLATE
St. Patrick wrote it in 433 A.D. for divine protection before successfully converting the Irish King Leoghaire and his subjects from paganism to Christianity. (The term breastplate refers to a piece of armor worn in battle.)
More recent scholarship suggests its author was anonymous. In any case, this prayer certainly reflects the spirit with which St. Patrick brought our faith to Ireland! St. Patrick’s Breastplate, also known as The Lorica of Saint Patrick was popular enough to inspire a hymn based on this text as well. (This prayer has also been called The Cry of the Deer.)
I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.
I arise today
Through the strength of Christ’s birth with His baptism,
Through the strength of His crucifixion with His burial,
Through the strength of His resurrection with His ascension,
Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.
I arise today
Through the strength of the love of cherubim,
In the obedience of angels,
In the service of archangels,
In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In the prayers of patriarchs,
In the predictions of prophets,
In the preaching of apostles,
In the faith of confessors,
In the innocence of holy virgins,
In the deeds of righteous men.
I arise today, through
The strength of heaven,
The light of the sun,
The radiance of the moon,
The splendor of fire,
The speed of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of the sea,
The stability of the earth,
The firmness of rock.
I arise today, through
God’s strength to pilot me,
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptation of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
afar and near.
I summon today
All these powers between me and those evils,
Against every cruel and merciless power
that may oppose my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom,
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man’s body and soul;
Christ to shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that there may come to me an abundance of reward.
Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
[Note that people sometimes pray a shorter version of this prayer just with these 15 lines about Christ above. The conclusion follows below.]
I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.
When St. Paul referred to putting on the “Armor of God” in his letter to the Ephesians (6:11) to fight sin and evil inclinations, he could have been thinking of prayers just like this one! We may not wear combat gear in our daily lives, but St. Patrick’s Breastplate can function as divine armor for protection against spiritual adversity.
Deus, qui ad prædicándam géntibus glóriam tuam beátum Patrícium Confessórem atque Pontíficem míttere dignátus es: eius méritis et intercessióne concéde; ut, quæ nobis agénda praecipis, te miseránte adimplére póssimus.
O, God, Who graciously sent blessed Patrick, Your Confessor and Bishop, to preach Your glory to the nations, grant through his merits and intercession, that by Your mercy we may be able to accomplish what You command.
Præsta, quǽsumus, omnípotens Deus: ut, de percéptis munéribus grátias exhibéntes, intercedénte beáto Patrício Confessóre tuo atque Pontífice, benefícia potióra sumámus.
Grant, we beseech You, almighty God, that as we thank You for the favors we have received, we may, by the intercession of blessed Patrick, Your Confessor and Bishop, obtain still greater blessings.
St. Patrick of Ireland is one of the world’s most popular saints. He was born in Roman Britain and when he was fourteen or so, he was captured by Irish pirates during a raiding party and taken to Ireland as a slave to herd and tend sheep. At the time, Ireland was a land of Druids and pagans but Patrick turned to God and wrote his memoir, The Confession. In The Confession, he wrote:
“The love of God and his fear grew in me more and more, as did the faith, and my soul was rosed, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers and in the night, nearly the same. I prayed in the woods and on the mountain, even before dawn. I felt no hurt from the snow or ice or rain.”
Patrick’s captivity lasted until he was twenty, when he escaped after having a dream from God in which he was told to leave Ireland by going to the coast. There he found some sailors who took him back to Britain and was reunited with his family.
A few years after returning home, Patrick saw a vision he described in his memoir:
“I saw a man coming, as it were from Ireland. His name was Victoricus, and he carried many letters, and he gave me one of them. I read the heading: ‘The Voice of the Irish.’ As I began the letter, I imagined in that moment that I heard the voice of those very people who were near the wood of Foclut, which is beside the western sea-and they cried out, as with one voice: ‘We appeal to you, holy servant boy, to come and walk among us.'”
The vision prompted his studies for the priesthood. He was ordained by St. Germanus, the Bishop of Auxerre, whom he had studied under for years, and was later ordained a bishop and sent to take the Gospel to Ireland.
Patrick arrived in Slane, Ireland on March 25, 433. There are several legends about what happened next, with the most prominent claiming he met the chieftan of one of the druid tribes, who tried to kill him. After an intervention from God, Patrick was able to convert the chieftain and preach the Gospel throughout Ireland. There, he converted many people -eventually thousands – and he began building churches across the country.
He often used shamrocks to explain the Holy Trinity and entire kingdoms were eventually converted to Christianity after hearing Patrick’s message.
Patrick preached and converted all of Ireland for 40 years. He worked many miracles and wrote of his love for God in Confessions. After years of living in poverty, traveling and enduring much suffering he died March 17, 461.
He died at Saul, where he had built the first Irish church. He is believed to be buried in Down Cathedral, Downpatrick. His grave was marked in 1990 with a granite stone.
In His Footsteps:
Patrick was a humble, pious, gentle man, whose love and total devotion to and trust in God should be a shining example to each of us. So complete was his trust in God, and of the importance of his mission, he feared nothing -not even death.
“The Breastplate,” Patrick’s poem of faith and trust in God:
“Christ be within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ inquired, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.”