Since faith is one, it must be professed in all its purity and integrity". Pope Francis/Pope Benedict
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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Toronto District Catholic Schools have been promoting dissent on sexuality for years with encouragement from OECTA

OECTA's endorsement of the homosexual movement
The past few weeks saw the Ontario English Catholic Teacher's Association (OECTA) ramp up its militant support of deviant sexual activity. OECTA even displayed two homosexual "rainbow" flags at the union's annual convention. This blog also noticed the strident, secular, pro-abortion OECTA member, Ann Hawkins (OECTA President at the time) tweeting the most obnoxious items, including re-tweeting a call out for abortion at the so-called "women's march". 
Interesting re-tweet by leftist Hawkins promoting neocon warmonger, McCain
It was also passing strange to see Hawkins re-tweet approvingly neocon John McCain and leftists Van Jones and Michael Moore. The tweets and re-tweets seem contradictory, until one digs a bit and realizes that all our troubles are spiritual ones. What is it that unites neocons and leftists? Hatred of Christ. Hatred of Christianity. The Russian authorities are hated in the "West" because for all their failings, they support the resurgence of the Orthodox Church. Orthodoxy is an outspoken enemy of the establishment of a new world order. The Russian State, rather than fighting the Orthodox Church, supports it. Such a "symphony" of Church and State is hated in the "West".  

To translate this hatred of Christ on the local, school level, we see OECTA promoting the grossest of evils. One being homosexuality. 


OECTA marching in the "Gay Pride Parade"
Following on the passing of the GSAs by the trustees, thereby formally betraying Catholic education  - I leave it up to your imagination as to the various possibilities as to why this issue is now being studiously avoided by the Archdiocese. Yet, is this part of a more insidious infestation of the Church, perhaps going to the highest levels? Or, does OECTA have "something" on the Archdiocese? I leave that up to readers to decide. Now to our example. 

Consider the "retreat" conducted a few years ago by a Jesuit Fr. Philip Shano and Toronto-based social worker/therapist, 
John MontagueThe pamphlet promoting the event was entitled  "Seeing with Heart".  

A bit of digging discovered that Mr. Montague is also involved with organizations that dissent from the Magisterium. He is Secretary emeritus of
CALGM (Catholic Association for Lesbian and Gay Ministry). CALGM is one of a number of dissident organizations. Montague also supports "Fortunate Families"; another organization that dissents from Church teaching on homosexuality. Fortunate Families ties in with three other dissident organizations under an umbrella organization entitled: "Equally Blessed".

The Fortune Families, 2006 review of a Seeing with Heart retreat has a very false notion of the supremacy of conscience in determining a person's behaviour. 

As to Mr. Montague, Xtra, (the militant homosexual newspaper published in Toronto) has this:

John Montague, also a queer counsellor in Toronto, says that Pride is a difficult time for many queers who aren’t accepted by their own families, because they often have to witness other queers who are accepted by family. From moms hugging their drag queen sons to dads showing off their “I love my lesbian daughter” T-shirts. It’s an emotional punch to the stomach for queers who don’t have the luxury of a supportive family. It can depress the hell out of them. 

“They’ll see that and think ‘My parents would never come to this,’” says Montague. “And then they feel worse.” 

I report, you decide. 

Hop forward a few years and you have OECTA openly promoting homosexuality. Surprised? You should not be.

Here are a few other links for your consideration. 
Out Adventures 

Catholic "Leaders" promote gay agenda

Friday, 7 April 2017

Assad of Syria is NOT our Enemy!

Dear friends, do not be fooled  by the liars in the West who would wish the destruction of Syria, especially the destruction of the 2000 year old Christian communities in that country. Please pray for Syria. 

This man is a tyrant? The Catholics and Orthodox of Syria do not think so 

Basher el-Assad and Family


Sunday, 2 April 2017

Jesus Wept: how we are re-crucifying Him with our "blindness of heart"


Our Lord wept tears of sadness before the tomb of his friend, Lazarus. He wept though He knew He would raise his friend to life. It was not the only time Our Lord wept. He wept over Jerusalem: its betrayal, its coldness, its hatred, its rejection of the Son of Man. 

Our Lord still weeps today. He weeps over our ingratitude, our sins, our coldness, our hatred. He weeps over our unwillingness to trust in Him. He weeps over us not living the Mass. 

I shall relay to you an example. Once, I came out of church and a fellow parishioner denounced the new Mass as "evil". I mentioned to the parishioner that the priest himself says the new Mass. I questioned whether or not it was right for someone to attend a Mass, believing that the same priest performed "evil" liturgies. My interlocutor was silent. Dear friends, this was barely a few minutes after we had all received into our bodies and souls the very Divine God Himself. 

Do we really believe? Really believe

Now, I shall confess that I have been guilty too, and for that, I am ashamed and I ask God for forgiveness. The recognition of one's sins is the beginning of repentance. I must confess that my mother's illness has helped me see my great failings and weaknesses. Seeing death, seeing the futility of life, seeing the vanities and the nonsense is good for the soul. Seeing that - without the fruit - we are but atheists who go to Mass is a good wake-up call to those who claim to be Christian. 

Jesus weeps over me, me a sinner. 

He also weeps over you, a sinner. 

He weeps over us, sinners all. 

Today, in the Liturgy according to the Ordinariate, "The Litany" is sung in procession replacing the Asperges. It is interesting to note that the prayer from "blindness of heart" precedes all other prayers against sin, except from the initial prayer against the devil. 

"From all blindness of heart; from pride, vainglory, and hypocrisy; from envy, hatred, and malice; and from all uncharitableness. Good Lord, deliver us".


It is only following this that prayers are offered against sins of the flesh, against sins of false doctrine, heresy, schism etc. 

Rightly so. 

For all these other sins ultimately come from "blindness of heart". St. Paul, (Galatians 5, 19-26), identified the effects of this "blindness": 

It is easy to see what effects proceed from corrupt nature; they are such things as adultery, impurity, incontinence, luxury, idolatry, witchcraft, feuds, quarrels, jealousies, outbursts of anger, rivalries, dissensions, factions, spite, murder, drunkenness, and debauchery. I warn you, as I have warned you before, that those who live in such a way will not inherit God’s kingdom. 


Having warned us that to continue in this "blindness of heart" will result in our condemnation, the Apostle outlines the fruit of turning towards Christ and by doing so wiping His tears away:  

Whereas the spirit yields a harvest of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, forbearance, gentleness, faith, courtesy, temperateness, purity.  No law can touch lives such as these;  those who belong to Christ have crucified nature, with all its passions, all its impulses. Since we live by the spirit, let the spirit be our rule of life; we must not indulge vain ambitions, envying one another and provoking one another to envy.


St. John, in his first Book (2, 9-11) wrote as follows, confirming the words of St. Paul: 

He who claims enlightenment, and all the while hates his brother, is in darkness still. It is the man who loves his brother that lives in light; no fear of stumbling haunts him. The man who hates his brother is in the dark, guides his steps in the dark without being able to tell where he is going; darkness has fallen, and blinded his eyes.

There are many passages of Sacred Scripture that warn us about how we are to lead our lives, how we are to treat other human beings - all created in the image and likeness of God - each and every one - yes! - every one - who were wept over by Jesus prior to His Passion. In fact, on the Cross, as He was dying for us (and we too are His crucifiers) he uttered those incomparable words of love: "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do". 

We are to imitate Christ, and not re-crucify Him. This may mean that these next two weeks before Easter can be a time of true repentance, conversion. It should be a time to approach the Sacrament of Penance with a humble heart and a realization that unless we change, we are in danger of losing our souls. 

In practical terms, it means to pray much more, and criticize much, much less. It may mean to stop calling Pope Francis insulting names, to stop manifesting hatred towards him. It will mean that you need to pray for him, for the Cardinals, the bishops, the priests, your neighbour, those you hate (or think you do). It may mean that you start acting like a Christian, instead of just talking like one. 

It may mean that you have to discontinue your Twitter, Facebook accounts. It may mean that you have to stop reading pride-riddled, vainglorious, hypocritical social media, full of envy, hatred and malice. 

It will also mean that perhaps there will be one less person who is not causing Jesus to weep. 

Perhaps you, like Veronica, will finally step forward and in compassion bathe the sweat, blood and tears away from His Holy Countenance. My conversion, your conversion, will mean one less lash upon his back, one less thorn in His already bloodied brow. 

Dear friend: what is in your heart? Do you find there dwelling like a raging fever the sins of adultery, impurity, idolatry, witchcraft, feuds, quarrels, jealousies, outbursts of anger, rivalries, dissensions, factions, spite, murder, drunkenness, and debauchery? 

Now, is the time for repentance, to go before the Cross, to embrace It, to kiss the Holy Feet, to truly believe. The true Christian will find love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, forbearance, gentleness, faith, courtesy, temperateness, purity dwelling in their heart and soul.

We will still sin, we will still struggle, but in recognizing our sin, our struggle, we will come that one step closer to truly loving the Son of Man, the Lamb of God who died an ignominious death on the Cross for you and for me. St. John (1 John 2: 1-2) wrote these words of encouragement: 

Little children, the purpose of this letter is to keep you clear of sin. Meanwhile, if any of us does fall into sin, we have an advocate to plead our cause before the Father in the Just One, Jesus Christ. He, in his own person, is the atonement made for our sins, and not only for ours, but for the sins of the whole world.


"From all blindness of heart; from pride, vainglory, and hypocrisy; from envy, hatred, and malice; and from all uncharitableness. Good Lord, deliver us".