Feast of the Visitation

CATHOLIC: On Friday, scumbags vandalized St. Augustine Catholic Church in Park Slope, Brooklyn, damaging two angel statues, desecrating the consecrated Body of Christ, and making off with a valuable 19th century Tabernacle. The sacristy – a room behind the altar where clergy prepare to perform mass – was also raided, with a safe cut open. Nothing was inside.

EASTER MEDITATION: [4:33] – This video made me think of Purgatory. This is no doubt a very imperfect metaphor, but I’m thinking that Jesus dying for our sins is kind of like this guy salvaging this disgustingly dirty rug from the trash bin. It needed a lot of work before it was clean enough to take into someone’s home or, in Jesus’ case, present to the Father. I’m reminded of C.S. Lewis, who said his church didn’t teach there was a Purgatory, but that he hoped it existed.

“Our souls demand Purgatory, don’t they? Would it not break the heart if God said to us, ‘It is true, my son, that your breath smells and your rags drop with mud and slime, but we are charitable here and no one will upbraid you with these things, nor draw away from you. Enter into the joy.’? Should we not reply, ‘With submission, sir, and if there is no objection, I’d rather be cleaned first.’ ‘It may hurt, you know.’ – ‘Even so, sir.’ I assume that the process of purification will normally involve suffering. Partly from tradition; partly because most real good that has been done me in this life has involved it.” – Letters to Malcolm, Letter XX

EDUCATION: An NEA survey found that more than half of our current teachers are planning to either retire or change professions. Next fall should be really interesting. Wouldn’t it be awesome if parents were issued education tax vouchers to spend where they choose? I have this dream of teachers opening small schools where they can teach what they want the way they want and parents being able to pick the one that fits best. The teachers would undoubtedly make less and have fewer benefits, but they’d have way more job satisfaction. And we would have a lot more kids who are actually educated.

FAUXTUS: Sorry, but yeah, the video 48 minutes long. I really thought I could find you a simple graphic that would explain ammunition. Nope. It’s way more complicated and, clearly, Slow Joe hasn’t bothered to learn any of it. However, if we’re going to defend the 2nd Amendment, we probably should know a little more than he does. So here you go. – CLICK https://rumble.com/v16pthy-biden-proves-just-how-clueless-he-is-about-guns.html [:37] to hear this freaking hypocrite blather about how we should all be limited to .22 caliber bullets. At least I think that’s what he’s saying. But the fact is, as he says it, this freaking hypocrite is actually surrounded by lethally accurate snipers carrying high caliber rifles! Years ago, my daughter was privileged to be part of a group of young Marines greeting a POTUS as he went from Marine 1 into the WH. She said that, shortly before Marine 1 arrived, a whole lot of scary guys with high powered rifles deployed all around the south lawn. They don’t typically show them on news footage, but they are definitely there.

KINDNESS: When a group of Colorado high schoolers learned that a sixth grader had been frozen out by his classmates on yearbook signing day, they literally lined up to fill his book with more than 100 signatures included paragraphs with words of encouragement, advice and even phone numbers. After that, the jerks in his own class who had refused to sign his book suddenly decided it would be cool and asked to sign it!

LOUISIANA: [9:23] – This is unbelievably horrible. And it makes me so angry that these two got bail, while people who committed misdemeanors on January 6 were denied and sat in jail for months!

MAGNIFICAT: It says a lot about the state of Western Civilization that so many people have never heard this beautiful canticle. Also known as the Song of Mary, the Canticle of Mary and, in the Byzantine tradition, the Ode of the Theotokos, its text is taken from Luke 1:46-55 where it is spoken by Mary when she visits her cousin Elizabeth. The Magnificat is one of the eight most ancient Christian hymns and perhaps the earliest Marian hymn.

GRAMMY NOTES: Our daughter forgot her homework. Her teacher docked them a grade per day for lateness, so she wanted us to bring it to her. To teach them the value of our time and the cost of gas, we had started charging them very reasonable fees for such services. (In other news, when they found out what it would cost them to get rides to and from the mall, they suddenly discovered public transportation. LOL) As I recall, our daughter paid us $18 to get her homework there on time! Life lesson learned. She didn’t forget again AND she is now an outstanding wife, mother, and Army officer.

SHORTS: I’m getting hooked on these Facebook shorts (less than 1 minute). Here are today’s faves.

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  1. Shorts: Sometimes FB vids show up for me, many times – like, all these shorts – FB wants me to log in, which I don’t. Alas.