Saturday, July 23, 2016
The camp is held at Fintry Provincial Park, on the former estate of Captain J.C. Dun-Waters, the Laird of Fintry.
The trip was a huge success and a highlight of the year for the kids. Many thanks to the clergy, families, the K of C and all the organizers, Carl, Mark and everyone.
It was Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn who once said, "To destroy a people you must first sever their roots." This has been true of the liturgy in many respects. Latin rite Catholics of today have little or no knowledge of their liturgical roots. This is problematic. A turning toward the Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite is to make a return to our roots, to the same sources of light and founts of grace that fed our ancestors and the centuries. It is to know our roots.
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Friday, July 22, 2016
Saturday, July 16, 2016
Thursday, July 14, 2016
"In general, however, the heads of Catholic institutions do not prohibit the teaching of heresies not because they have definitely lost their faith, but because they yield to public opinion and to fashion. They fear to be called 'reactionaries.' They shudder at the thought of violating this allegedly holy academic freedom. Of these St. Augustine says: 'Who is the hireling who, seeing the approach of the wolf, takes flight? He who seeks himself and does not seek what is of Jesus Christ; he who does not dare to frankly admonish the sinner (1 Tim. 5:20). See, someone has sinned, gravely sinned; he should be admonished, excluded from the Church. But, excluded from the Church, he will become its enemy and will try to ensnare it and harm it where he can. Now the hireling, the one who seeks himself and not what is of Jesus Christ, will be silent and will not give any admonition, in order not to lose what he seeks, namely the advantages of personal friendship, and in order to avoid the unpleasantness, worry and personal enmity. The wolf at that moment takes hold of the sheep to throttle them...You are silent O hireling, and do not admonish...Your silence is your flight. You are silent, you are afraid. Fear is the flight of the soul. (St. Augustine, Tractatus in Joannem, XLVI, 7-8)'."
-Dietrich von Hildebrand
-Dietrich von Hildebrand
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Taxis are not expensive (and the drivers are honest). You can fit a lot of people into one. Wait for the convertible you like, wave it down, and you're off to the races.
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Remember them in a special way in your prayers.
Cuba is in vast need of a native clergy. And missionary clergy.
Pray for religious vocations. One still sees a lot of nuns in Cuba, although they are foreign born missionaries from Latin America.
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Saturday, June 18, 2016
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And the most pricey. Prices are set by the government. There are no deals. Cuban cigars are not cheap, even in Cuba. Yours truly has only smoked one of these in my life. Too expensive.
Inside warning: do not buy cigars on the street or beach in Cuba -- they are likely made not of tobacco, but of shredded banana leaves.
Cohiba was initiated by Castro as a limited production/private brand for the rich. Before he quit smoking these were his favorite. They are still given as diplomatic gifts. So much for his communism babble about everyone being equal.
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Yours truly took these photos from the bus; it was the best I could do.
The seminary is located in a lovely old wealthy Spanish part of Havana, a distance from Old Town.
Havana is a big city and taxis are plentiful. It definitely helps to have an auto.
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The Communism in Cuba came later after the Revolution and it was not Soviet-style, but a languid Caribbean style. Cubans are very laid back.
Castro's story is quite sad. He had been partly educated by Spanish Jesuits (he came from a wealthy, Spanish-Cuban family, land owners). Castro was a gifted student, an educated man, a college graduate, he spoke English quite well in my opinion, he was a lawyer and honeymooned in New York City.
Then it all changed when he got mixed up in the spirit of violent revolution -- killing one regime to replace it with more of the same. The people cry out to be freed from bondage. Blame is the one thing he did best.
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The auto marque was named after the great Spanish explorer and conquistador who led the first European expedition into the United States (Florida, Georgia and Alabama). He was also the first documented European to cross the mighty Mississippi River.
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There is only Mass on Sunday. The church is sometimes open during the week. In the winter, the church is packed with Canadians who vacation here.
Varadero is where the best vacation resorts are located that are nearest to Havana.
What you see here is a simple construction model that could be easily copied anywhere in the world. Adequate church with attached rectory and garage. St. Elvira's was constructed in the 1930s.
Ave Maris Stella!
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