Musings from Melancholia…

“The success of any kind of social epidemic is heavily dependent on the involvement of people with a particular and rare set of social gifts.”

– Malcolm Gladwell, The Tipping Point (2002), p. 33

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No one will remember Michael Brown; everyone will remember riots. #GoneToSoon

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bad luck brian st. anthony medallion

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Why should we always have to appease a so-called religion of peace?

truth about crusades

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In a word:


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Mass media is the engine of mass mediocrity.

“If your go-to image of a student is someone who’s free-spirited and open-minded, who loves having a pop at orthodoxies, then you urgently need to update your mind’s picture bank. Students are now pretty much the opposite of that. It’s hard to think of any other section of society that has undergone as epic a transformation as students have. From freewheelin’ to ban-happy, from askers of awkward questions to suppressors of offensive speech, in the space of a generation.”

Free speech is so last century. Today’s students want the ‘right to be comfortable’
By Brendan O’Neill 22 November 2014

In a nutshell: While I was not “great” at that time, I have every confidence that I was a better person and a better Christian when I had no cellphone, virtually no interest in the Internet, and simply lived life “IRL”.

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bad luck brian first tlm communion

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Hello, Nostra Aetate, meet my friend, Matthew 23 – “37 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered together thy children, as the hen doth gather her chickens under her wings, and thou wouldest not? 38 Behold, your house shall be left to you, desolate.”

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What is this “Let Me Google That For You” that I keep hearing about?

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Benedict Gaenswein explosion

too damn high diabolical

too many cooks vatican too

aggiornamenti STOP

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“Anyone who consciously and wantonly attacks known truth, who arms himself with falsehood in his speech, his writings, or his conduct in order to attract and win over less learned men and to shape the inexperienced and impressionable minds of the young to his own way of thinking, takes advantage of the inexperience and innocence of others and engages in an altogether despicable business.”

— Pope John XXIII, Ad Petri cathedram §11 (29 June 1959)

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“The secret of the demagogue is to make himself as stupid as his audience so that they believe they are as clever as he.”

(„Das Geheimnis des Agitators ist, sich so dumm zu machen, wie seine Zuhörer sind, damit sie glauben, sie seien so gescheit wie er.“)

– Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Sprüche und Widersprüche, 1909.

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This guy makes me want to to be Eastern Orthodox. The anti-Larry David. heh.

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Dear Jesus, I’m sorry for my rough edges. Your way is Life, but also the Via Dolorosa. “You’re killing me,” I say. – “Exactly,” you answer.

I entrust myself to you, the heavenly assassin, and open myself to the ever-living blade of divine love. Forgive me for struggling to cling to pseudo-life for fear of the passage of death which you paved for us into the glory of the Father.


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4 Responses to Musings from Melancholia…

  1. The Francis Effect as experienced by M.J.

    Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered together thy children, as the hen doth gather her chickens under her wings, and thou wouldest not? 38 Behold, your house shall be left to you, desolate.” ‪

    After the V2 rocket exploded, many were left dazed and confused and seminary rectors began to promote the God-is-aGod-of-surprises exegesis of the new theologians who taught that Jesus was Poultry and they justified this exegesis by appealing to the verses cited (but certainly not that last mean-spirited one) and to the world which, they averred, has so much to teach us.

    And they cited Paul Simon’s lyrics in this odd hit song in defense of their eisegesis.

    And when the new theologians actually read the lyrics they realised that Paul did not sing: I think I’d rather save the world, like a swan that’s here and gone. – even though it sorta sounds like he did if one listed to it while stoned – and so when they came to understand that Jesus could not be considered poultry/salvific swan, they just moved on to reimagine Jesus as their buddy who, if He were on Earth in 1968, would be working for peace at the United Nations as an Ambassador from Egypt and He would be saying much kinder and gentler things about those who reject Him;O,and He prolly would have been wearing a Nehru Jacket.

    Help, me…..

  2. Branch. That was a revealing recapitulation of our new orientation and new church for it has everything to do with the revolutionary council and nothing to do with that which preceded it.

    There is absolutely no doubt that the Bishops and the experts at vatican 2 had little love for or respect for the Catholic Church that existed prior to their enthusiastic epileptic ecclesiastical episodes.

    They were determined to effect a revolution and they did so. They established a new church with a new orientation that has tenuous connections with the past but is in reality a completely different Church; M.J knows, he was born into the old one.

    Constitution on the Church ‘Memorable Achievement

    The forthcoming Constitution on the Church will become the most memorable achievement of the Second Vatican Council and will launch a totally new era in Catholic thought.
    The constitution has already received the basic approval of the council Fathers through an affirmative vote on the first six chapters, although it will not become official until its promulgation by Pope Paul VI.
    The modifications still to be made on the text as a result of the suggestions of the council Fathers will not be substantial and will be designed to perfect the present text rather than change its basic content.
    While the new constitution cannot be expected to have an immediate sensational effect in theology, its ultimate result will be revolutionary.

    Excellent. Who wants a Church that is stable or a Theology that doesn’t result in doctrinal change?

    It will mark a new stage in theological reflection, in pastoral initiative and in the development of spiritual life. Since the 16th century, ecclesiology, or reflection on the Church, has gone in the one-sided direction of self-defense against the real or imaginary assaults of Protestants, deists, rationalists, modernists, materialists and atheists. 

    Pathetic. This priest thinks his enemies are his friends and his ideological orientation was shared by a majority in the council

    This did strengthen the Church’s interior discipline and coherence, but it also hastened her loss of contact with the masses of many countries and with the intellectual concerns of the educated.

    Bull shit. Compare her Missionaries and Missions prior to V2 and after the V2 rocket was fired.Thi is just sick, evil, and twisted.

    O, so you think that sleight-of-hand rhetoric (can you find the historical truth underneath these shifting cups?) explains away the huge number of quality converts prior to V2?

    The institution of the Church and its hierarchy came out of this immeasurably more powerful than before in their narrow confines, yet considerably weakened in their impact on society and on the shape of modern thought.

    How successful was Jesus with the world’s thinking in His time?

    As a result, the Church became increasingly irrelevant to the concrete problems of men.

     Out with supernaturalism in with naturalism

    It is this fatal trend that Pope John XXIII wanted to stop by calling a council for a profound renovation of the Church.

    The Constitution on the Church, especially once it is completed by a decree on ‘The Church in the World,” should be the main factor in making the tide turn, by changing Catholics’ view of their Church.

    Yes, it did do that; it changed the perception to such an extent that little difference is now seen twixt the Chruch and innumerable christian communities

    The faith will not change. But the practical conception of what the Church is and does and of how to be a Christian in today’s world, will grow, perhaps out of recognition.

    Sorry. Both changed and we all know it And, NO, M.J. has no idea why you this author was so excited to see the Church changed but it does illustrate quite clearly how little they loved or valued the Catholic Church as it existed prior to their revolution.

    Congrats, Phyrric periti. You won.

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