To read one of the best takes ever on this, just click on the picture.
I double-dare you.
“Saint Romuald was an Italian hermit born around 950 A.D. The son of aristocratic parents, Saint Romuald indulged as a lavish and thoughtless youth. Shocked by witnessing his father win a dual, Saint Romuald fled to a local abbey and entered religious life. Drawn to eremitic simplicity, he traveled through Italy reforming monasteries and eventually founded the Camaldolese Order. As Saint Peter Damian described, Saint Romuald’s goal was to, “…turn the whole world into a hermitage, and make all the multitude of the people associates of the monastic order” (divineoffice.org)
Not everyone will know that the great saint kind of more or less hermit (though admittedly super incredibly austere) not only has his feast today in the Novus Ordo, but had his feast for one year on this date in a post-tridentine calendar just a bit after the reforms. His feast was then transferred to the date of the transfer of his relics.
June 19 Evening update: This is from his grandfather:
N. was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia circa June 1, 2012, and he was immediately admitted to the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland. He has had a rough “go of it” since the beginning, and we are deeply appreciative of the prayers that have been offered so far. But, many more will be needed.
Our present, serious concern is that the problem has migrated from a Leukemia one to a breathing one, which heightens the concern of everyone.
K. was awakened by a phone call from her husband, B., at 8:45am, today. N. had an oxygen tube near his face to help with his labored breathing, but still his breathing continued to be labored.
The doctors are not pleased with his rapid breathing – over 70 a minute when it should only be about 15. N. still has a fever.
First order of the day is red blood. He will receive and hopefully bring down the rapid breathing.
Next order will be a CT scan to see if they have missed anything. Depending on all of this outcome, N. may need to be moved to the PICU (pediatric intensive care unit) since the breathing issue/fever is more important to care for than the leukemia. His little body cannot continue breathing so fast; it’s too labor intensive.
B. recognizes this new obstacle added to all the others, but he is really very well grounded in his faith. He quickly reminded himself how God’s hand is and always has been in this.
B. not only asks for prayers for N., but he also asks for prayers for the doctors so that they have wisdom; pray that B. will have the strength while he is with N. for the day. Pray that K. will have the strength so that she will have a good day with their other children. Pray for your own and realize how precious each moment is.
19 June morning update: This email updates the earlier email about N., our 2 and 1/2 year old grandson, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).
He was originally at Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH) for about 10 days, and then he was released to spend time at home with his siblings. This course-of-action is usually taken by JHH so as to give the patient some comfort with the family.
N. was only home for a few days when he developed a 102.3 degree fever. It seems that because of the chemo his white blood count had got dangerously low, and so his body couldn’t ward off infections. They said that if his body temperature exceeded 100 degrees that he was to be taken back to the hospital immediately.
I’m not sure what this count designation means, but the count should be greater than 500. His count was 78 the first time it was measured, and a second measurement a day or so later was 30! This value is dangerously low! He has been on an antibiotic I.V. since he got back to JHH, and they have been taking continuous blood samples and doing work with cultures to determine the type of infection, which they found is confined to the blood. They have been “juggling” the medications to try to better attack the specific culture that they have isolated.
As of this Monday, his body temperature continues to oscillate between high and low. This morning’s reading was reported as high, but I don’t know the value. N. thankfully slept better Sunday night after being up to 5:00 am the night before. K. has been icing him down and having hospital give him I.V. of Tylenol to help lower his temperature.
He’s now experiencing joint pain which makes him grimace, suspected to be a side effect of the chemo.
Please keep your prayers coming! Emergency Chaplet of the Immaculate Conception.
The original post and it’s previous updates follows: Continue reading
A wonderful reader who works in the government of a certain State sent this link in to Holy Souls Hermitage, a story about SWAT-ing conservative bloggers (FoxNews). A growing phenomenon. Rather dangerous, that.
What spurred this concern for HSH? Probably this post about the Executive Office of the President of the United States nefariously visiting HSH blog: HERE. Steps are being taken about this. They’re pretty brave, shamelessly signing up as followers of the blog after doing their dirty work. I hope they are inspired and convert to the goodness and kindness of Jesus!
Actually, I don’t think that there’s much danger of any SWAT-ing coming the way of your’s truly, since I think I’m known to our great local and state police and our wonderful sheriffs well enough where they would just give me a call, or give a call to my highly respected neighbors, to see what this was all about. I mean, I don’t know about you, but in Western North Carolina, we still live in America. At any rate, the bored SWAT team would surely then hunt down the hoaxers and slam their back ends right into jail, rather roughly I’m sure. In my case, they might well find that the hoaxers (not too swift with such things) are hirelings of the Executive Office of the President, as noted above. Whatever. They can be slammed to the pavement and handcuffed like anyone else, right? They might think they are above the law, but they’re not.
I think all that any law-enforcement has to do is enter my name into a database to see if my name has been flagged, and then get some info on the flag. Already in Rome, already back in 1996, I was told by the FBI guy in charge of investigating the spate of Embassy bombings at that time that my name has, in fact, been flagged, internationally, by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) (who are also occasional visitors of the blog). This FBI guy went way out of his way to have the Embassy help me out, as I’ve said, by going so far as to give me a passport with a new identity (which I didnt’ accept). You can be sure I’m on their radar, for the good! I do find myself from time to time in rather violent circumstances. I was, for a while, more recently, it seems to me, the most researched man in America, with my new blog being flooded with rivers of visits, back to back and simultaneously, from uncountable offices of the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Navy Network Information Center (NNIC – Warfare Command), the USAIC (United States Army Intelligence Center), all sorts of military contractors, and so on. I especially like those visits which, to this day, only provide the time of the visit, without any place or IPv4 noted. Nothing. Beyond mere proxies. Pretty cool, that. They surely know by now my rather high placed and respected friends in Europe, in the Middle East and now, increasingly, in the USA. It seems they are quite happy with me, though they still visit the blog, even just to see the ninja chicken photo ops that I occasionally put up. I’m very happy that. I think that under any other administration I would get a Presidential Medal of Freedom. If any of them don’t know why, they should find out. It would be quite the education, I’m sure.
Perhaps I should mention a very recent post of “interest”: The Judas Crisis (Interesting)
I may get the occasional beginner pilots practicing with some out of date AH 64s literally hovering just feet above the roof of the hermitage, but, as I say, this practice area is about the safest place on the planet for that very reason! Let hoaxers beware!
So, here’s the website: http://www.cc2w.org/ (you’ve seen their great video). However, I’ve got a question: Who do we vote for?
Mitt Romney created the contraceptive/abortifacient mandate and Obamacare, both of these men reject the Constitution on freedom of religion.
Is it a matter of voting for vice presidents instead of presidents? Don’t vice-presidents just go to state funerals?
Two quotes from Evangelium Vitae of Blessed Pope John Paul II:
(1) When a parliamentary or social majority decrees that it is legal, at least under certain conditions, to kill unborn human life, is it not really making a “tyrannical” decision with regard to the weakest and most defenceless of human beings? Everyone’s conscience rightly rejects those crimes against humanity of which our century has had such sad experience. [EV 70]
(2) In the case of an intrinsically unjust law, such as a law permitting abortion or euthanasia, it is therefore never licit to obey it, or to “take part in a propaganda campaign in favour of such a law, or vote for it”. [EV 73]
So, basically, it’s a crime against humanity to vote for Romney or Obama as that is a direct vote for total war on children in the womb by these totally cowardly, anti-American, abusers of power out to harm children. Is one really better than the other? Really? Tell me why…
UPDATE: JAG noted that there’s a rather ferocious discussion going on over at FreeRepublic, as Mark re-posted this over yonder. As soon as one group of opinions appears to be holding sway, another disembowels them, and vice-versa. Interesting.
UPDATE: One commenter was a bit upset with me, I guess?! Does this mean that Romney has a better foreign policy?
UPDATE: If both have a mania to attack children in the womb, if both promote homosexual ”marriage”, if both trash freedom of religion, if both therefore attack freedom of speech, what’s the use of calling one a commie or not? Do we really know Romney’s foreign policy?
Sure, paragraph 73 of Evangelium vitae of Blessed Pope John Paul II also stated that one may vote, for instance to pass legislation further restricting abortion though not eliminating it altogether, so that, analogously, if there were two pro-abort candidates, but one less so that the other, it would be permissable to vote for the candidate who is less of a pro-abort than the other. However, with these two, I don’t see much difference.
What happened to the Tea Party? What happened to “Throw the bums out!” ? Is Newt a viable contender, or is he just posturing to be vice-president? (as if that would change anything…)
19 JUNE 2012 UPDATE: LifeSiteNews reprinted the following article just some hours ago. Is it true? Let’s have some discernment. This is a bit longish, but very important: Continue reading
O.K. folks! You want a cool (so to speak) fire and brimstone sermon that will shake you up? http://olrl.org/snt_docs/fewness.shtml That’s the great Saint Leo of Port Maurice. Super wonderful.
Now then, having read that most Yikesfull sermon, see the post AND comments of the post: Why would a nice priest go to hell? – Yikes! - HERE!
It’s about humble thanksgiving for Mary’s Son, about enthusiastic friendship with Him! Look to Him!
But, that’s only if you’re brave enough to have a serious thought for the day…
I double dare you!
Yep. This thought for the day is like extreme sport fully sick awesomeness.
This fellow with huge fangs was weaving a web right in front of my little chair in the hermitage, lowering himself down right in front of my face. “Where’s the camera?!” thought I to myself. Having grabbed the spider forthwith, I took a couple of pictures and tossed him just outside to weave a web another day, perhaps just outside the hermitage. I would let him stay inside if he hunted Brown Recluse spiders. Probably not. More bites from the latter. I’ll spare you the details… for now! A shot of the design he sports: