I love opinionated non-PC people. This blog is to vent my opinions on life, the universe and everything. Which is 42 which in gematria is "My Heart" (LBY) according to Rabbi Abulafia. The Divine Heart is the centre of everything.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Pamela Geller and the Jewish Crisis

This bold opinionated Jewish woman speaks alot of sense in my opinion. Both Jews and Catholics are under attack. The worst traitors are those in our own camps who are working with the enemies of truth and freedom.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Gad El Baz and some of my favourite Jewish clips

Gad El Baz is really popular among the Haredi Jews. Here are a few Jewish music clips to enjoy.

This clip is from my favourite movie Ushpizin.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Irish Eucharistic Congress: A Bland Flop??

Many people we know went to attend the Eucharistic Congress from Australia. Some of them only stuck it out for a day and a half and left in disgust as the talks had little to do with the Eucharist and Eucharistic Adoration. One expects that at a Eucharistic congress all talks would be focused on the Eucharist. Others commented that it was organised or hijacked by feminist nuns who obviously had their heyday in the 1970's. While there were Masses and Eucharistic Adoration and a Eucharistic procession the talks were totally disconnected from the Eucharistic theme. However some who attended said they couldn't find where the Eucharistic Adoration chapel was located.

What a wasted opportunity! Here was a chance to begin the new evangelisation of Ireland. This Evangelisation must be Eucharistic Evangelisation.  This could have ushered in a new Eucharistic era in the history of the Irish Church. As lay people and youth are embracing Eucharistic Adoration and Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration as the wave of the future,  the old guard of modernist and liberal hippies and new agers and their fellow travellers cling to the rather bland and dated 70's approach as if the pontificates of John Paul II and Benedict XVI never happened.

Father Simon Henry writes : "...I recalled that last year someone  involved with the Congress from Ireland told me that the Archbishop of Dublin had "forbidden" any talks on Eucharistic Adoration.  I looked at the web-site of the Congress and found that there are, in fact, times of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with adoration and prayer.  However, looking through the extensive programme of talks, I couldn't see any talks on Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  Perhaps I've missed them and am wrong and someone who is actually there could put me right.  It does strike me as a little odd, as many of the thriving new communities in the Church are very focused on Adoration and indeed, Perpetual Adoration, of the Blessed Sacrament.   Indeed, the Holy Father was speaking about this on Corpus Christi last week - a theme he has returned to quite often..."

Another priest on a blog also wrote: "...On a related note, as relayed to us by Father Henry, there was a decision to exclude exhortations to Eucharistic Adoration from Congress talks. This too takes me back to my time in seminary (the late eighties, early nineties) when it was common to hear that “the Eucharist was given so we could eat and drink It, not worship It”; and that “the Old Mass was too priest-centred”. But in all honesty, what have we got today? The Real Presence -to which the worship of latria is to be given- is placed in the corner like a naughty boy or shunted off to another room while the priest takes Its place at the apex of the ‘stage’ to face his audience/congregation. Surely, to remove the Lord from the apex and replace Him with the priest (who no longer faces the Lord rising in the East so as to lead His people toward Him but faces the people so as to engage them -often by humour and affectatious intonation in gesture and prayer) is to become more priest-centred than ever before?.."

It is time the Irish Church and much of the rest of the Western Church were dragged kicking and screaming out of the 1970's. They need to embrace the Third Millennium which Pope John Paul II consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as preparation for the new Eucharistic springtime of the Church. We want Peter, we want Mary and most of all we want Jesus in the Eucharist proclaimed as the source and summit of all Christian life and spirituality.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

New Jerusalem in Australia: South Land of the Holy Spirit

Most Catholics have heard of Australia originally being named the Great South Land of the Holy Spirit. We have been told that this was because a Portuguese sailor called Pedro Fernandez de Queiros mistakenly thought the New Hebrides was the Great South Land. However others, most notably Cardinal Moran, disagreed as the description of the colony of New Jerusalem that he established does not fit the geography of the New Hebrides site but does fit Port Curtis (Gladstone in Queensland).

De Queiros was also most likely of Marrano (Jewish Catholic) descent so it would seem that Australia was discovered and named Australia by this Catholic Jew in honour of the Holy Spirit. There is an interesting article  entiltled  "The Discoveries of Australia: if there is any one story about the discovery of Australia, it is the opposite of the one that's usually told" by Mary Kalantis and Bill Cope. It states:

"...The first begins in 1600, and casts a different light on the word 'Australia'. In that year, Pedro Fernandez de Quiros travelled from Portugal to Rome among the other pilgrims of the Catholic faith. Unlike the more humble masses, his pilgrimage led him to an audience with Pope Clement VIII. He wanted to enlist the Pope's support in his search for a Great South Land. Rome was then a centre of scientific knowledge. The Pope sought the advice of Christopher Clavius, the mathematician who devised the Gregorian calendar, the geographer Toribio Perez and other great thinkers, all of whom approved of the project. De Quiros left with a letter from the Pope addressed to the Spanish king--Portugal had been united under the Spanish crown since 1580. When de Quiros returned to Spain with the letter, the king issued a royal order for the Viceroy of the Spanish colony of Peru to fit out ships for the voyage.
De Quiros left Callao, Peru in December 1605 with three ships. Accompanying him were three hundred people--Spaniards, Portuguese and others whose ancestry was of the Incas and other ancient peoples of Peru. On 1 May 1606, after crossing the Pacific Ocean, the ships entered a large bay in a place de Quiros believed to be the Great South Land. There are several interpretations of the name he gave this land. In one account, de Quiros called it Austrialia del Espiritu Santo, Austrialia of the Holy Sprit, in recognition of the Spanish King's descent from the Royal House of Austria. Other accounts use the Spanish word for southern, Austral, and in these the land is called Tierra Austral del Espiritu Santo. In de Quiros' own account, published as The Voyages of Pedro Fernandez de Quiros, 1595 to 1606, the proclamation he read when he took possession in the name of the King of Spain named the place Australia del Espiritu Santo. In the world of the English and their Australian descendants, Captain Matthew Flinders is credited with having named Australia. He was the first to map the full extent of the continent, 'discovered' and recorded in his voyages of 1801-03. When he published his Voyage to Terra Australis in 1814, he noted that the land had two different names: New Holland, as it was called by the Dutch who had discovered the western part, and New South Wales, as it was called by the English who had discovered the east. Since his voyages had now proven beyond doubt that New South Wales and New Holland were one and the same landmass, neither name remained satisfactory. So, in the interests of 'geographical precision,' in A Voyage to Terra Australis, he suggested a return to a much older name, Terra Australis, a name the Dutch themselves had originally used on their maps. And, in a footnote, he makes another suggestion: Had I permitted myself any innovation upon the original term, it would have been to convert it to AUSTRALIA; as being more agreeable to the ear, and an assimilation to the names of the other great portions of the earth..."

This article goes on to discuss in more detail the identification of de Queiros' colony of New Jerusalem on Australian soil.
"..And where was this first Australia, this Spanish Australia? De Quiros mistook the present day Vanuatu for the Great South Land, say the keepers of conventional historical wisdoms. But not Cardinal Moran, Irish-Catholic Archbishop of Sydney from 1884 to 1911. A scholar of prodigious capacity, a speaker of seven or eight languages and an historian of the Irish Catholic Church, Moran turned his mind to the voyages of de Quiros. He came to the subject with an Irish-Australian's suspicion of the conventional wisdoms of the Anglo-Imperial establishment.
In a book published in 1906 to commemorate Australia's three-hundredth anniversary, Moran examined all the documentary evidence of de Quiros' voyage. He set out to prove that de Quiros was the discoverer of eastern Australia and that the first Christian settlement, albeit shortlived, was at the place now named Port Curtis, near Gladstone in Queensland.
The settlement was called New Jerusalem by de Quiros and had its own River Jordan, as well as a second river, named the Salvador. According to The Voyages of Pedro Fernandez de Quiros, at this place in May 1606 de Quiros proclaimed: Be witness the heavens and the earth, and the sea and all its inhabitants, and those who are present, that I, the Captain Pedro Fernandez de Quiros, in these parts which up to the present time have been unknown ... [W]ith authority from the Supreme Roman Pontiff, Clement VIII, and by order of the King, Don Philip III, King of Spain ... I take possession of all the ... lands that I have newly discovered ... and all this region of the south as far as the Pole, which from this time shall be called Australia del Espiritu Santo.
According to Moran in his Discovery of Australia by De Quiros in the Year 1606, De Quiros reported his discoveries to the Spanish King in 1607:
The greatness of the land newly discovered, judging from what I saw ... is well established. Its length is as much as all of Europe and Asia Minor ... and of such capacity that double the kingdoms and provinces of which your Majesty is at present Lord could fit into it ... The Bay of Sts Philip and James contains 20 Leagues of shore ... it is surrounded by a large population; at a very great distance is seen by day much smoke, and at night many fires.
Moran explains detail by detail how de Quiros' description matches that of Port Curtis on the Queensland coast, and not the port of Santo in the islands of Vanuatu which in Moran's time were called the New Hebrides--the size of the bay, the two rivers (there is only one in Santo bay), the soil and the rocks, the mountains in the distance, the seven Islands visible on the horizon, even the kind of pebbles on the beach. We also know now that the smoke and fires de Quiros saw were characteristic of Aboriginal land clearing at the beginning of the dry season..."

Cardinal Moran writes also about how the Spanish built a temporary Church named in honour of Our Lady of Loreto and they celebrated Pentecost on May 10 1606 and named the new continent Australia del Espiritu Santo and then on 21 May they had a Corpus Christi procession with the Blessed Sacrament including sailor boys dancing before the Eucharistic Lord. It is also interesting that on 19th May two days before Corpus Christi the land was seized with earthquakes some lasting more than an hour. It would seem at this stage Australia was still volatile geologically speaking. The Cardinal suggests that the natives at this time were those who now lived in the Torres Straits. Due to these earthquakes and no doubt the invasion over the Mountains by the inland Aborigines these natives moved north to the York Peninsula and the Torres Straits Islands and New Guinea. Due to native hostility and problems within the crew the new colony called Nova Jerusalem (New Jerusalem) had to be abandoned. De Quieros also established a new knightly order called the Knights of the Holy Ghost for the defence of the new continent. Maybe it is time we reestablished this order of Knights to defend Australia by the establishment of New Jerusalem chapels of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration so that the Holy Spirit will blaze forth in this land.

Thus it seems that the true story is not that which our anti-Catholic secular establishment supports. The true history of Australia is still to be written going back to ancient times. My dream is to see Australia be that New Jerusalem filled with the Holy Spirit blazing forth from all our chapels of Eucharistic Adoration. Our Lady of the Southern Cross pray for our New Pentecost. 

Also see Australia's First Chapel of Perpetual Adoration

Monday, June 04, 2012

Super Moon and St Joseph

Written March 4 2012

In the writings of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov he links the concept of the Tzadik Joseph with the Hebrew letter NuN (fish or fish hook) in the word CheN (grace). He then links this concept of Joseph and the NuN with the Moon. In a previous blog I wrote: "...Rebbe Nachman in a very clever but veiled way reveals that the Chen (grace) needed by Israel is found in the mystery of the word CheN itself. The chet here represents chiut and chai (life). And the NuN is the concept of NuN (fishhook) or nuna (fish/Joseph). The sun /Jacob is the inner essence of Adam Kadmon (divine man) and it manifests as sunlight /wisdom who is Joseph (God’s Wisdom). The concept of NuN reveals malkhut (kingdom). Rebbe Nachman then quotes Psalm 72:17 “before the sun yeNoN (be perpetuated) his name”. The chai here is seen as the Sun and the nun as the moon. Here is revealed cryptically that Yehoshuah (Joshua) ben Nun alludes to the Messiah Yeshuah (or Yehoshuah) who is divine Life and sun of the divine Will. Mashiach is the son of Joseph (NuN) and Joseph like the moon has no life of his own but that reflected by the Sun..."

The feast day of St Joseph is celebrated on March 19 every year. However this March 19 is a day when we are due to experience a "Super Moon". Mark Paquette writes on his weather site: "Coming up later this month (March 19 to be exact) the moon will make its closest approach to Earth (called lunar perigee) in 18 years. A new or full moon at 90% or greater of its closest perigee to Earth has been named a "SuperMoon" by astrologer Richard Nolle. This term has been recently picked up by astronomers. An extreme "SuperMoon" is when the moon is full or new as well as at its 100% greater mean perigee (closest) distance to earth. By this definition, last month's full moon, this month's and next month's will all be extreme "SuperMoons"..."

Mark's article continues : "...There were SuperMoons in 1955, 1974, 1992 and 2005. These years had their share of extreme weather. Is the Super Moon and the extreme weather a coincidence? Some would say yes; some would say no. I'm not here to pick sides and say I'm a believer or non-believer in subjects like this, but as a scientist I know enough to ask questions and try to find answers. We obviously know that there are scientific laws that say the moon affects the Earth (i.e. tides). There are also less proven theories that say the moon affects the Earth (i.e. abnormal behavior during a full moon). Can the Super (full) Moon contribute to extreme weather? AccuWeather Facebook fanpage member Daniel Vogler adds, "The last extreme super moon occurred was on January 10th, 2005, right around the time of the 9.0 Indonesia earthquake. That extreme super moon was a new moon. So be forewarned. Something BIG could happen on or around this date. (+/- 3 Days is my guess)"
So what can we expect this time? Earthquakes? Volcanic eruptions? I guess we can only wait and see."

Last month on 18 February was a Super Moon as well as next month on the 18 April. Some see the recent flooding and other disaster connected with these Super full moons others with a shift in the magnetic pole. The real cause for these disasters is our sins (no matter how they manifest in nature) so let do penance and reparation for ourselves and others. Let's all pray hard this St Joseph's Day that God's Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven.

Today is the day the servant of God Luis Piccarreta died March 4 1947. March is the Month of St Joseph and 4 is the number of St Joseph.

Diamond Queen

Yesterday our Australian Catholic parish prayed the prayers approved by the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales for the Diamond Jubilee of our Queen. We downloaded them from the Bishop's website on the internet. Father read out the prayer which he assumed he would read by himself but at every Mass the people joined in vigorously with him. Our parish is a very simple parish with a diverse range of people of many diverse ethnic origins and strangely enough with a good contingent of Anglo-Australians and young people. We credit our growth and success as a parish to our Perpetual Adoration chapel. Our congregation has tripled and we are now financially supporting ourselves and actually sending money into the Archdiocese. The area we lived in had a noisy troubled element that came forth especially on the weekends to wreck havoc- now peace reigns in the area.

It was rather sad to read that the ABC wasn't going to show any live coverage of the Jubilee events until the Australians for Constitutional Monarchy began a campaign which was quickly growing in strength when the ABC backed down and agreed to show the events (or most of them) live. I have just finished watching the events of the Royal Flotilla down the Thames which was fantastic if somewhat wet. It is also rather saddening that our Australian Government hasn't done much to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee and we have been out done by the Canadians. It is also sad that our Australian Catholic Bishops unlike the British Bishops have been silent about the whole events. Shame on them.

Polls have shown that in both Australia, Canada and Britain that support for a Republic has dropped drastically and that support for the Monarchy is at an all time high. A recent British poll found 80 percent support for the Queen and in last year's Morgan Poll just before the Queen visited Australia that the support for a Republic was down to 34 percent and dropping and that the younger generation were even less in favour of a Republic (only 31 percent). It is said that the figures is now in the low 20's. The success of the Queen's Australian visit was obvious to all especially here in Perth with the Royal Big Aussie BBQ where over 150,000 West Australians of all ethnic backgrounds gathered to honour the Queen and the Duke.

The Republicans are always in the habit of claiming to speak for the people and in fact the people don't agree with them at all especially the rural and working class populations who demonstrated that  in the 1999 referendum on the Republic by overwhelming support for the Queen and our Constitutional Monarchy. Now some of these political types are complaining about naming our new Quay development in honour of the Queen as Elizabeth Quay. Well I as a fifth generation Western Australian think it is fantastic that the Quay will be named in her honour and I am sure the vast majority of Western Australians are too. It is time these political and celebrity elites got in touch with the opinions and desires of the ordinary Australians rather than trying to look trendy and progressive to their fellow celebrities and political mates.

Cardianl Pell of Sydney was a notable supporter of a Republic back in 1999 (much to my and many fellow Catholics disgust at the time). I wonder if he has had a change of heart. In February he spoke about the Queens Diamond Jubilee.

"...As we celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, the bleak background I outlined helps us to avoid taking our blessings for granted.  We cannot presume that the values and virtues we cherish will be maintained automatically and passed onto the next generations undiminished.  For this, a community needs leaders who will work hard, possess a sense of duty, are able to lead wisely; and they need a community who knows the music so they can join the singing.
The Australian system of government works well, because it regularly meets all these criteria and the Queen has also played her part well.  This year we celebrate her sixty years of achievement, ably supported by Prince Philip.  She embodies many of the values we aspire to share.  She knows the duties she has inherited, the tasks she must perform as a constitutional monarch, in our case, through the Governor General and I repeat, she has done well.
Therefore as one of the guarantors of our governing authority, and its proper exercise and as a democratic symbol who is subject to God's authority, we give Queen Elizabeth the honour and respect which is her due.
It does not seem sixty years since those pre-television days in Australia when we followed her coronation in Westminster Abbey, that ancient Christian shrine rededicated and restored by King Edward the Confessor in 1065 and now a repository of history for Britain and indeed the English-speaking world.  Although we could only follow by radio, newsreels, newspapers and magazines, there was probably even more interest in the coronation than in the recently televised wedding ceremony of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; and that generated huge audiences around the world.
In our Judaeo-Christian tradition Saul was anointed King of the Israelite federation by Samuel the priest more than 1000 years before Christ.  Roman Emperors and Christian Kings continued this monarchical tradition everywhere until the French revolutions from 1789, the communist revolution in Russia in 1917 and two world Wars reduced the number of monarchies in the old world.  In the new world of the Americas they too followed other paths, except for Canada.
But these thousands of years of monarchical history explain why the position of kings and queens, even more than the concept of bishop, is embedded in the Western psyche.  That such an ancient and evocative institution also serves our nation's practical purposes well helps explain the re-endorsement of the role of the British monarchy in Australian life in the referendum of 1999.  It was also an expression of the respect and affection Australians have for the Queen personally.  Any new system needs to be better.
This celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of the Queen of Australia reminds us that of the British monarchs only Queen Victoria has reigned for longer; a considerable achievement.
This jubilee also points to some elemental truths about ourselves, as Australians, which are often studiously avoided or dismissed as irrelevant.
The first truth is that Australia is a distant outpost of European civilization on the south-eastern extremity of Asia.  Migrants of every background continue to be welcome here and most of them come, not merely to benefit their children, but because our society is a haven of peace and widespread, if imperfect justice.  They find our constitutional arrangements attractive.
It is an interesting possibility that if the twenty-first century sees the continued rise of China and India to super-power status (and this is by no means certain) the link with the British royals might also continue to be asserted to define our European identity, just as the English-speaking Canadians rally around the Crown to assert that they are different from their United States neighbours.
Elizabeth was anointed and crowned in a spectacular and dignified Christian ceremony which drew on centuries of tradition.  She is head of the Church of England and carries the title of Defender of the Faith, first given to her predecessor Henry VIII by Pope Leo X in 1521.
In an age of increasing but still minority secularism the Queen prompts us to remember the Judaeo-Christian roots of our way of life, which give us Christmas and Easter, which define Australian "common sense", the insistence of "a fair go for everyone" and our sympathy for the underdog.  She also reminds us that nearly two-thirds of Australians call themselves Christian.
In Australia we practise a substantial separation of Church and State and acknowledging the majority identification as Christian implies no threat to the irreligious or indeed anti-religious, who have the same freedoms as we do to influence public opinion.
The Queen's reign has seen immense changes ranging as it does from Sir Robert Menzies and Sir Winston Churchill to Julia Gillard and David Cameron.  Unlike George III she did not lose the Americas but she has presided over the transition from the British Empire to the British Commonwealth.  The winds of change blew through English-speaking Africa as they had blown through India soon after the Second World War.  She saw the peaceful fall of Communism and the collapse of the Soviet Empire, which came as such a surprise to most of our commentariat.  She has seen the creation of the Common Market and the European Union.
As she continues her years of service we pray that God will not fail or forsake her, that she will remain strong and courageous and that she will always act "in accordance with all that is written" in the sacred Books.
In other words we pray that the one true God, our Lord and God, will be with her wherever she goes."
Our Queen is God's anointed as were her ancestors on the thrones of England, Scotland, France  and Ireland. She  is the only European Sovereign to have been anointed in the same way as the Kings of the Royal House of King David. We thank God for her 60 years on the Throne and say God Save the Queen, Long Live the Queen of Australia. Long may She reign over us.