Sunday, November 06, 2022

He Never Promised you a Rose Garden....

 It's hard today to go to bed after reviewing the daily news events to see a path of joy and happiness. We have the elections approaching and we have hope that our votes will change the course we're headed on as it seems our mother church is slowly heading towards the rocks. It seems more and more Catholics are not afraid to place their faith on the back burner.

As I look over my Tuesday California pre-ballot at some of the propositions and measures, I'm disturbed that I have to vote on preventing the destruction of the life of an infant up to the babies birthday, as proposed in Proposition 1. (VOTE NO On Prop #1)

I also look at the various elections in the nation of candidates that want to continue to steer us down the road of perdition. When I fall asleep at night I remind myself to say the last prayer of the evening, a deliverance prayer to petition Our Lord to stay his wrath, and save us from the evil forces around us.  I look at my grandchildren and wonder what the world will look like as they start their families in the future, how they will hand down their faith, how will they keep their own families course to run the good fight and achieve their heavenly reward.

I fear that though the time today may seem hard, we ain't seen anything yet.

But I still believe our hope and final outcome is already written and we will come out triumphant.  We know the end of the story, the church wins! the Glory of God will bring his faithful home.

Those that think that we will be carried away to avoid the persecution don't understand what scripture says about fighting the good fight (2Tim 4:7) Why does one need to fight if we will be taken away from the fight? God didn't say we will be at peace with everyone. Just let everyone do their own thing and don't judge them. Go along to get along (Lk 12:53). 

Kind of reminds me of an old tune by Lynn Anderson, "I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden..." on earth that is.

We need to persevere, to voice our opposition to what is wrong (with charity and love, of course), and to stand firm in our faith. 

The rose garden comes later and its forever!

Just some random thoughts Ive been having of late. I'll leave you with this short video with

Dr. Peter Kreeft. Let's keep the faith, and continue a strong prayer life, receive the sacraments frequently and most of all trust in the Lord.


Sunday, October 23, 2022

Christopher Columbus - Evil Man?

We just celebrated Christopher Columbus Day or as it’s been refined as Indigenous People Day a couple of weeks ago. 

The story goes that the celebration should be more for the Indian’s who Christopher encountered on his first visit to the America’s and for that matter, all indigenous should thus be recognized. Christopher Columbus has been downgraded to a racist, who abused the natives and proposed these people would be ripe for enslavement. Christopher, they say is a very evil person who got lost at sea and accidently found America.

Most of us, who are older than Sponge Bob, have heard the story of Christopher Columbus something like this.

Columbus while I was growing up, was always portrayed as an explorer who journeyed the unexplored reaches of the globe in search for a path to the East Coast of Europe and specifically to establish a new trade route to counter the land Silk Route. Where did this evidence of the abuses of Columbus originate from? Where is the proof of his evilness?

This same story is still being told today starting in elementary school only it has become with a little more emphasis on the evilness.

Last year I had a conversation with a young man of 11 years about his schooling, his favorite subjects, the usual probes to initiate conversation from a 6th grader. He’s a pretty bright boy and schooling comes easy to him; he is very inquisitive, and he expresses himself above the average. The topic of history came up, one of his favorite subjects. Christopher Columbus came up somehow and we discussed a little about the travels and discoveries of this explorer. He reiterated the brief history lesson of his class, even the defacing of the Columbus statues in various states. I asked him how he felt about that, in which he replied, “Columbus was an evil man who did evil things.” I was quite taken back. “Why do you believe that?” I asked.

He explained how Columbus, pillaged, abused the natives, and used them as slaves. “The teacher says there is proof.” This is what is being taught in the public school he attends. Wow…

This is my grandson.

Well, I didn’t have a full answer to his revelations. While the story of Christopher was that he kind of found America by accident, and that he did bring disease to the Indian tribes, this “evil man” theory was obviously not the history taught to most of us in 6th grade. So, this was something that I couldn’t let go. I started to do some research as to where this revelation of “evil Columbus” originated from. Names like Hans Koning (Columbus: His Enterprise: Exploding the Myth), and Howard Zinn (A People’s History of the United States) came up. This began my mini probe into Mr. Zinn and his philosophy and political beliefs, one of the sources of this history revisionist stories of Columbus. A sources of my critique of Mr. Zinn, who does hold the view of an “evil Columbus” is in a book by Mary Grabar (Debunking Howard Zinn – Exposing the Fake History that Turned a Generation against America, by Mary Grabar, Regnery History 2019, chapt 1)

I won’t go into what my findings are on Howard Zinn, nor I’m I saying Mr. Zinn is an “evil person” himself, only that he distorts the history of the leader of the Santa Maria, the Nina, and Pinta. Mr. Zinn has every right to express whatever ideas and philosophy he wants. I only I needed to have a response to my grandson that wasn’t as bias as his original lesson on Columbus. He needed to hear some rational opposing viewpoints. Here’s a lecture that Ms. Grabar gave at a 2022 Columbus Day event.

I found plenty of Christopher bashing video’s on YouTube that repeated the same derogatory remarks, but I did manage to find this one that at least attempted to be objective.

It’s easy to take passed events and filter them through contemporary standards. If we’re honest current standards are not all that civilized at all (Abortions, gender LGQBxyz, sex trafficking). The 20th century is one of the most violent.

All I’m after is the truth, wherever that leads. 

 Midterm Elections 2022

President Biden a self proclaimed Catholic is doubling down on his support for abortion.

He, along with Nancy Pelosi, also self proclaimed Catholic have plans after the Midterm elections. Should they retain the House and Senate, they will go to work on passing a law to nationally support abortion, up to birth despite the Supreme Courts ruling to overturn Wade v. Roe. This decision does not prohibit abortion as the media would have you believe, but simply returning to the states the decision on this matter.

Here in California, we have Proposition 1 on the ballot, which is an attempt to write abortion into the states constitution. Late-term abortions at tax payer expend at any time. This state will be a baby killing state.

Absolutely appalling.

Please, fellow Catholics we have many issues that we are faced with this election cycle. Inflation, Crime, Immigration all of which I myself will be addressing to correct on my ballot. But please don't forget the unborn, our future and hope.

WestCoastCatholic +

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Roe vs Wade .... No More


So, my blog page has not been updated for awhile…my fault for not posting on a regular basis.

But I’m still here!!!!

Therefore, it’s probably a good time to start anew.

I’ll lead off with an earth-shaking announcement on the Dobb’s case that overturns the Roe vs Wade decision of abortion as the “law of the land.” Frankly, I didn’t think I would be here to see this day, though I knew the Truth would eventually be known that the 1973 law was bogus.

And yes, even Ruth Bader Ginsburg expressed that it was overreaching. While the “man behind the curtain”, “the elephant in the room” whatever you want to call it has been exposed, it appears the ruling has been distorted. Why can’t it be expressed truthfully?

I have some thoughts. 

1. The forces that want abortion on demand can’t come to the realization that the Roe law was not founded on legit arguments. Abortion is not in the constitution or the 14th amendment. It was basically the Justices at the time creating a law. As we all know the Congress is the only branch that creates laws. The Supreme Court only interprets the law. The proponents of abortion want to cloak this new decision in as dark a matter as they can. Regardless of what the pro-abortion news pundits or government officials say (more on the political aspect later). 

It’s not taking away abortion. It’s placing the decision in the hands of the State and therefore the citizens. It’s not the beginning of turning over same-sex-marriage or any other newly minted controversial laws. Women won’t have to go to dark ally secret non-safe abortion houses.

The Dobb’s decision only says that abortion laws are in the hands of the States. Citizens vote on their state representatives those who they want to make these decisions. NOT the government.

2. I think this fueling of outrage is a sign of desperation on the part of politicians, specifically the Democrat party, who sense a major mid-term defeat in the Fall. They want to highlight an issue that will distract from the issues of inflation, high gas prices, high crime, the immigration chaos, the Afghanistan pull-out catastrophe. The D-party needs a cause to counter these issues and lead the voters on a false understanding of the supreme court decision. The rhetoric from these politicians is mind boggling. The voting down of proposed laws and upholding of existing laws that protect the Justices from harassment at their homes is foreboding and is an example of events we see only in places like China (Hong Kong), tyrannical countries, and governments. The elimination of the opposition.

The pro-life movement can count this as a success, but the fight is not over. Continued vigilance of potential hate acts as a product of this decision and the inciting of violence on churches and organizations that support pro-life issues is something we as supporters of the unborn will have to remain vigilant to. Continued prayers and support, especially for mothers who need help with their unborn and born babies. Their need for medical care and living conditions, education in baby, childcare. We need to be ready to offer help where it’s needed to support life, prior to birth and after birth.  

Here's a nice factual talk on the decision..