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Forum-Related / Re: Mirror the ebook library.
Last post by Geremia - September 06, 2022, 08:37:41 PM
Quote from: Kephapaulos on September 06, 2022, 06:52:54 PMWhat does it mean to mirror in this case? To copy exactly as something is online?

I don't understand how to mirror the library? How does one do that?
Run this rsync command:
Quote from: Geremia on May 19, 2021, 01:12:49 PMrsync -ah rsync://isidore.co/CalibreLibrary CalibreLibrary
https://isidore.colin.coffee is a faster mirror, but currently rsync or webseed support isn't setup on it.
#2
Forum-Related / Re: Mirror the ebook library.
Last post by Kephapaulos - September 06, 2022, 06:52:54 PM
What does it mean to mirror in this case? To copy exactly as something is online?

I don't understand how to mirror the library? How does one do that?
#3
General Discussion / Re: Seeking Advice for Seeking...
Last post by Geremia - September 05, 2022, 08:27:42 PM
Quote from: Kephapaulos on September 05, 2022, 12:43:55 PMI have the weakness of buying books and have a large library of overfilled bookshelves, for I have a silly fear of the internet going down with no access to basic information, most especially on the Catholic faith.
so Dominican 😆
Mirror the e-book library so you can have an offline copy.
#4
General Discussion / Divine Judgment has Begun. Wha...
Last post by Geremia - September 05, 2022, 02:52:46 PM
Quote from: Randall A. TerryDivine Judgment has Begun.
What are Our "Fruits of Repentance?"
Randall A. Terry (Permission granted to reprint)
 
Scripture teaches that there are "sins that cry to God for vengeance." Theologians refer to these as "social sins," "structures of sin," "the perversion of justice," where "institutions" - including government - codify, defend, and promote the sins crying for vengeance.
 
These sins include the shedding of innocent blood, the sins of Sodom, and now, telling children that they can mutilate themselves chemically or surgically and thereby change the gender God gave them. (See Gen 4:10; 18:20-21; 19:13; Ex 3:7-9; 22:22-24; James 5:1-6.)
 
America has embraced, codified, glorified, and defended evils that bring God's judgment.
 
The judgments God uses to chasten nations are delineated in detail throughout Scripture. They include (but aren't limited to) drought, plagues, fear, economic loss, violence, war, and political tyranny. (See Lev 26 and Duet 28.)
 
God is not mocked. What a nation sows, it shall reap. The U.S. has earned Divine judgment.
 
What can we do to avert His judgment? God said: "At one moment I may declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it, but if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will change my mind about the disaster that I intended to bring on it." (Jer. 18:7,8)
 
To mitigate God's chastening hand and to help restore our nation God's people must bring forth "fruits of repentance;" fruit that is spiritual, physical, and governmental.
 
The Spiritual Fruits of Repentance
 
"Hardness of heart" is rampant. Most Christians  have lived alongside child killing and sɛҳuąƖ sins and for so long, we've grown calloused and indifferent; we're no longer scandalized.
Before the destruction of Judah, God told Ezekiel that he would spare those "who sigh and groan" over the abominations that were committed in Jerusalem:
 
"And the Lord said to him, 'Go through the city, through Jerusalem, and put a mark upon the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations that are committed in it.' And to the others He said in my hearing, 'Pass through the city after him, and smite; your eye shall not spare, and you shall show no pity; slay old men outright, young men and maidens, little children and women, but touch no one upon whom is the mark.'" (Ezekiel 9:4–6)
 
God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, but saved Lot was because his soul was tormented. Evildoers became "an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)." (2 Peter 2:6–9)
 
Christians must ask God's mercy, and confess: "We have not sighed, grieved, and groaned over these abominations. We have not been tormented as Lot was."
 
The Prophet Daniel provides an example of confessing sins that brought judgment, and begging God' mercy. This prayer came at the end of the 70-year Babylonian captivity, prior to the Jєωs being restored to Judah, at which time they rebuilt Jerusalem, and Solomon's Temple:
 
"And I prayed to the Lord my God, and made confession, and said, 'O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments, we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments. Neither have we heeded Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings and our princes, to our fathers and all the people of the land. ...As it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us...we have sinned, we have done wickedly!...O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act!'" (See Daniel 9:3–19)
 
If the U.S. is to be restored, confession must be made regarding our indifference to sins that cry for vengeance; shedding innocent blood, "same sex marriage," transgenderism, and more.
 
With repentance prayers usually comes the duty to change. Repentance means to turn, to have sorrow and regret, a change of mind and deeds. Other definitions of repentance include "making amends," "making restitution," "changing your ways," and "reparation."
 
The Physical Fruits of Repentance
 
Part of repentance  -  the reparation for the damage done - is to do what we can to save babies from murder and to work to make it a crime to kill babies in the womb.
 
Millions of babies have been killed, and women marred for life, while Christians did little or nothing. The death of a child was faced with indifference: "It's not my problem," or worse, "I'll support you in whatever decision you make."
 
If a mass murderer were hovering with a sword over a child's head, deciding if the child lives or dies, is the right response to say to the killer "I'll support you in whatever decision you make"?
 
Christians must ask: "What would I want someone to do if I were about to be murdered?"
 
Christians are called to "rescue strangers;" by taking any number of actions. I.e. go to abortuaries and speak up for babies; hold a sign, or begging a girl at Church to not to kill her baby – offering to adopt the baby. "Love your neighbor as yourself" means doing for your neighbor what you would want done for you.
 
For Christians with health issues, repentance is more limited. Exceptions aside, all of us have the ability to speak against child killing – at least in the "public square" of the Internet.
Speaking out is critical, but we can do more: "Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action." (I John 3:18)
 
As Isaiah said, "This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me." Most Christians would say, "I'm against abortion," or "I'm pro-life." But the proof of genuine repentance is in deeds or lack of deeds.
 
Legal and Political Fruits of Repentance
 
Perhaps the arena where repentance is most needed to stop the sins that cry to the heavens, are the legal and political realms.
 
The final "fruit of repentance" is that it is a crime again to kill a baby in the womb. Child killing must be outlawed; if the laws are not changed, judgment will continue to grow worse.
 
In Leviticus 20, God demanded that the Israelites punish a man who slaughtered his children for the god Molech:
 
"Any man of the people of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, who gives any of his children to Molech shall be put to death; the people of the land shall stone him with stones." (Leviticus 20:2)
 
If the Israelites did not enforce the law, God said He would bring judgment on those who killed their children and those who did not stop them: "And if the people of the land do at all hide their eyes from that man, when he gives one of his children to Molech, and do not put him to death, then I will set My face against that man and against his family, and will cut them off from among their people, him and all who follow him in playing the harlot after Molech." (20:4–5)
 
The Law as a Deterrent
 
One of the main purposes of law is to deter criminal deeds (such as murdering babies) using the fear of punishment. St. Paul wrote:
 
"For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of him who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain; he is the servant of God to execute His wrath on the wrongdoer." (Rom. 13:3–4)
 
"If you do wrong, be afraid." One of the main purposes God established criminal laws  is to deter criminal acts through the fear of punishment. Some people will obey the law simply because they are afraid of the consequences if they break the law.
 
The inverse is true: if a criminal fears no punishment, they have nothing to deter them.
 
Look at cities in America that don't prosecute the crime of theft. Entire stores have been ravaged, and forced to close, because so much was stolen, and no one was prosecuted.
 
Some people make the false argument: "If abortion is illegal, people are going to do it anyway." That is true. We have laws against assault, murder, and rape, yet those crimes are committed every day. But can you imagine how many more of these crimes would happen if they were not against the law?
 
The number of babies killed in the womb will drop by 90% if abortion is illegal. AND, we will not be betraying innocent blood in our laws.
 
Did We Give Them the Power to Kill?
 
Laws in America are made by "lawmakers," "members of congress," etc., elected by voters. Those in power are kept there by voters.
 
Tragically: Christian voters keep the killing of unborn babies legal. Without their vote, those who promote murder could not stay in power.
 
Over 50 percent of Roman Catholics voted for candidates that actively promote the murder of children in the last five general elections. Likewise, over one-third of evangelicals voted for those who promote the murder of babies.
 
Isaiah said: your hands are full of blood...
cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; defend the fatherless... (Isaiah 1:15–17)
 
If Christians repented of voting for child killers, the child killers would be swept from power; the legalized killing of babies would grind to a halt. The fact is: the hands of Christian voters are stained with the blood of innocent babies.
 
Consider this illustration: If someone asks for a ride and tells the driver, "I need to get food for my sick neighbor, then go to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription for my mother, then drop off some items at Salvation Army for the poor. Then I need to go to the bank, where I will rob the bank and shoot the bank employees."
 
If the driver takes them, the driver is culpable before God and a criminal court because he knew the intent of the person seeking the ride.
 
It would do no good to tell the judge, "I didn't agree with robbery and murder! I gave him a ride because of the good things he was doing." The driver would be an accessory to murder.
 
When a Christian votes for someone who promotes murder, same-gender marriage, or transgenderism, they are "giving a ride" to get a politician to power, and they share in the guilt of what that politician does when he gets there.
 
This is how the sins of Christian voters have led to the murder of millions of babies, the desecration of marriage, and the legitimization of "transgenderism." And this is where the fruits of repentance are most keenly needed.
 
ɧoɱosɛҳųαƖ "Marriage" Made "Legal;" Child Killing; The Fruit of our Votes
 
For multiple generations in America, the most perverse and evil changes in law were "handed down" by a godless Supreme Court majority.
 
 
Slavery as a "right"; a flood of pornography; prayer, Scripture reading, and the display of the Ten Commandments being outlawed in public schools and buildings; child killing by abortion; so-called "ɧoɱosɛҳųαƖ marriage"— all these were forced on America by the Supreme Court, like a revolution, without a shot being fired
 
So, when a Christian votes, they must know the agenda of the candidate. They must vote knowing what kind of federal judges a President will nominate, and the Senate will confirm. And the priority of their vote must be ending the legalized sins that cry for vengeance.
 
Thank God, because of three appointments to the Supreme Court made by then-President Trump, the demonic decision Roe vs. Wade was finally overturned.
 
But... the battle to end the killing in America is nowhere near complete. Whether protection for babies is had in all fifty states depends on if Christians truly repent of voting for baby killers.
 
In the past, we could say "child-killing was forced upon America by the Court." But now, people are clamoring to kill their children. 
 
With Roe gone, it's terrifying to see that millions of people – including Christians – want to keep the "right" to slaughter babies in the womb. Look at what happened recently in Kansas.
 
The hour is long past for Christian leaders and Christian laymen to boldly declare: "If you vote for [name], knowing he promotes child killing, ɧoɱosɛҳųαƖ marriage, and the crime against children of transgenderism, you have betrayed Jesus Christ and the laws of God with your vote. We must repent of helping those who hate God with our vote, and rather, use our vote to end the "sins that cry to God for vengeance."
 
If the Christian community awakens from its coma, and repents of aiding the legalized "sins that cry for vengeance," perhaps the judgments of God will be mitigated in the U.S.
 
If not  - if Christians continue in their hardness of heart, voting for baby killers and the servants of Sodom  - the judgments forewarned in God's Law shall be poured out as seems best to Him.
 
Joe Biden and "Soul of the Nation:" Murder and Perversion?
 
In Biden's 9/1/22 speech about the "soul of the nation," he said MAGA Republicans are a threat to "freedom, the rule of law," etc. Then he said:
 
"MAGA forces are determined to take this country backwards — backwards to an America where there is no right to choose [murder innocent babies], no right to privacy, [transgenderism] no right to contraception [not accurate], no right to marry who you love
[ɧoɱosɛҳųαƖ marriage]...they fan the flames of political violence that are a threat to our personal rights, to the pursuit of justice, to the rule of law, to the very soul of this country."
 
Biden's definition of "the rule of law" and "the soul of this country" (and that of Democrats and the Democrat Party Platform) is "the sins that cry for vengeance;" murder, sodomy, and telling children they can "change genders."
 
Psalm 106:37-42 warns what is coming:
 
They sacrificed their sons
    and their daughters to the demons;
they poured out innocent blood,
    the blood of their sons and daughters...
    and the land was polluted with blood.
Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against    his people, and he hated his heritage;
    He gave them into the hand of the nations,
    so that those who hated them ruled over them. Their enemies oppressed them...
 
As the anger of the Lord is kindled against us, and He pours out His judgments, none should be surprised. It's because Christians have aided and abetted the "sins that cry for vengeance." America will reap what she has sown...and as the Scripture says: "Judgment begins at the House of God."
#5
General Discussion / Re: Seeking Advice for Seeking...
Last post by Geremia - September 05, 2022, 01:50:55 PM
Quote from: Kephapaulos on September 05, 2022, 12:43:55 PMIt becomes hard to find the right moment to talk
Perhaps you lack goodwill (benevolentia).
St. Thomas explains how friendships begin, Sententia Ethic. lib. 9 (properties of friendship) l. 5 (goodwill) n. 5:
Quotegoodwill (benevolentia) is called the beginning of friendship, as pleasure at the sight of a woman is the beginning of love for her. For no one begins to love a woman unless he has been first delighted by her beauty. However, when a man is pleased at the sight of a woman's form he does not immediately love her. But it is sign of complete love that he desires her, as if he feels her absence keenly and longs for her presence when she is absent. The same is true of friendship and goodwill, for it is impossible for people to be friends unless they have goodwill first.

Quote from: Kephapaulos on September 05, 2022, 12:43:55 PM2) I still live at home with my mother and stepfather. I feel obligated to take care of them, and it seems the traditional way is to take care of your parents in their old age.
One is only obliged to take care of his parents if no one else does. Canon Law allows cloistered religious to leave their cloister to help ailing parents only if no one else can.

Also, see Cornelius à Lapide's commentary on Mt. 19:29 {"every one that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold [Mk. 10:30: 'now in this time', i.e., in the present world, too], and shall possess life everlasting."}. Or, if you marry: Gen. 2:24: "Wherefore a man shall leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they shall be two in one flesh."

Quote from: Kephapaulos on September 05, 2022, 12:43:55 PM3) I have pondered moving. The problem is where would I find work in an economy that could be in shambles sooner or later? It's hard enough finding another job altogether. I am 38 and work as a banker for a good company right now.
Deo gratias you have work.

Quote from: Kephapaulos on September 05, 2022, 12:43:55 PM4) I could exercise more too. I should also eat healthier. I just need to take more time to do so. Do you recommend any good ways of increasing serotonin?
Periodic fasting and abstinence increases testosterone levels.

Quote from: Kephapaulos on September 05, 2022, 12:43:55 PMstill being 38, a visiting SSPX priest had told me this year that I am too old for the priesthood or marriage, and he asked me if I would be interested in the religious life.
You should consider it. Have you read St. Alphonsus' letter "Answer to a Young Man who asks Counsel on the Choice of a State of Life"?

Quote from: Kephapaulos on September 05, 2022, 12:43:55 PMI wish there were more women who liked theology and philosophy as well.
If they're good enough at it, they become religious. 😄

St. Jerome, in bk. 1 of his Against Jovinianus §47, gives the only source for the philosopher Theophrastus's On Marriage, "worth its weight in gold," in which he answers the question
Quotewhether a wise man marries. And after laying down the conditions — that the wife must be fair, of good character, and honest parentage, the husband in good health and of ample means, and after saying that under these circumstances a wise man sometimes enters the state of matrimony, he immediately proceeds thus
Quote from: TheophrastusBut all these conditions are seldom satisfied in marriage. A wise man therefore must not take a wife. For in the first place his study of philosophy will be hindered, and it is impossible for anyone to attend to his books and his wife. Matrons [married women] want many things, costly dresses, gold, jewels, great outlay, maid-servants, all kinds of furniture, litters and gilded coaches. Then come curtain-lectures the livelong night: she complains that one lady goes out better dressed than she: that another is looked up to by all: 'I am a poor despised nobody at the ladies' assemblies.' 'Why did you ogle that creature next door?' 'Why were you talking to the maid?' 'What did you bring from the market?' 'I am not allowed to have a single friend, or companion.' She suspects that her husband's love goes the same way as her hate. There may be in some neighbouring city the wisest of teachers; but if we have a wife we can neither leave her behind, nor take the burden with us. To support a poor wife, is hard: to put up with a rich one, is torture. Notice, too, that in the case of a wife you cannot pick and choose: you must take her as you find her. If she has a bad temper, or is a fool, if she has a blemish, or is proud, or has bad breath, whatever her fault may be — all this we learn after marriage. Horses, asses, cattle, even slaves of the smallest worth, clothes, kettles, wooden seats, cups, and earthenware pitchers, are first tried and then bought: a wife is the only thing that is not shown before she is married, for fear she may not give satisfaction. Our gaze must always be directed to her face, and we must always praise her beauty: if you look at another woman, she thinks that she is out of favour. She must be called my lady, her birth-day must be kept, we must swear by her health and wish that she may survive us, respect must be paid to the nurse, to the nursemaid, to the father's slave, to the foster-child, to the handsome hanger-on, to the curled darling who manages her affairs, and to the eunuch who ministers to the safe indulgence of her lust: names which are only a cloak for adultery. Upon whomsoever she sets her heart, they must have her love though they want her not. If you give her the management of the whole house, you must yourself be her slave. If you reserve something for yourself, she will not think you are loyal to her; but she will turn to strife and hatred, and unless you quickly take care, she will have the poison ready. If you introduce old women, and soothsayers, and prophets, and vendors of jewels and silken clothing, you imperil her chastity; if you shut the door upon them, she is injured and fancies you suspect her. But what is the good of even a careful guardian, when an unchaste wife cannot be watched, and a chaste one ought not to be? For necessity is but a faithless keeper of chastity, and she alone really deserves to be called pure, who is free to sin if she chooses. If a woman be fair, she soon finds lovers; if she be ugly, it is easy to be wanton. It is difficult to guard what many long for. It is annoying to have what no one thinks worth possessing. But the misery of having an ugly wife is less than that of watching a comely one. Nothing is safe, for which a whole people sighs and longs. One man entices with his figure, another with his brains, another with his wit, another with his open hand. Somehow, or sometime, the fortress is captured which is attacked on all sides. Men marry, indeed, so as to get a manager for the house, to solace weariness, to banish solitude; but a faithful slave is a far better manager, more submissive to the master, more observant of his ways, than a wife who thinks she proves herself mistress if she acts in opposition to her husband, that is, if she does what pleases her, not what she is commanded. But friends, and servants who are under the obligation of benefits received, are better able to wait upon us in sickness than a wife who makes us responsible for her tears (she will sell you enough to make a deluge for the hope of a legacy), boasts of her anxiety, but drives her sick husband to the distraction of despair. But if she herself is poorly, we must fall sick with her and never leave her bedside. Or if she be a good and agreeable wife (how rare a bird she is!), we have to share her groans in childbirth, and suffer torture when she is in danger. A wise man can never be alone. He has with him the good men of all time, and turns his mind freely wherever he chooses. What is inaccessible to him in person he can embrace in thought. And, if men are scarce, he converses with God. He is never less alone than when alone. Then again, to marry for the sake of children, so that our name may not perish, or that we may have support in old age, and leave our property without dispute, is the height of stupidity. For what is it to us when we are leaving the world if another bears our name, when even a son does not all at once take his father's title, and there are countless others who are called by the same name. Or what support in old age is he whom you bring up, and who may die before you, or turn out a reprobate? Or at all events when he reaches mature age, you may seem to him long in dying. Friends and relatives whom you can judiciously love are better and safer heirs than those whom you must make your heirs whether you like it or not. Indeed, the surest way of having a good heir is to ruin your fortune in a good cause while you live, not to leave the fruit of your labour to be used you know not how.
#6
Philosophy / St. John Chrysostom on how a w...
Last post by Geremia - September 05, 2022, 01:04:29 PM
Quote from: Geremia on October 31, 2017, 11:08:18 AMfrom St. John Chrysostom's De virginitate (c. 381AD):
Quote from: PDF p. 167XLVII. How woman is a helper in spiritual things. ... [A woman's] support is necessary even in spiritual matters? I certainly concur in this. I do not say she is of no help altogether in spiritual matters (indeed no!), but I do assert that she successfully accomplishes this not when she is involved with marital concerns but when she progresses to the virtue of the holy men while adhering to her feminine nature.
Also from that §:
Quote...it is not by beautifying herself, or by living a life of luxury, or by demanding from her husband money, or by being extravagant and lavish that she will be able to win him over. When she removes herself from all present concerns and imprints upon herself the apostolic way of life, when she displays great modesty, decorum, disdain for money and forbearance, then will she be able to capture him. When she says: "If we have food and clothing we have all that we need," [1 Tim 6:8] when she practices this philosophy in her actions and, laughing at physical death, calls this life nothing, when she considers along with the prophet every glory of this life to be as the flower of the field, [Isa. 40:6] then she will capture him.
#7
General Discussion / Seeking Advice for Seeking Mar...
Last post by Kephapaulos - September 05, 2022, 12:43:55 PM
I see it paramount about working on myself in preparation for potential marriage prospects.

I see over the years my likes and dislikes and my good traits and flaws and moral defects.

Here are some observations of mine:

1) I have struggled through trial and error to read emotional cues and listen better, but it has been difficult still. It becomes hard to find the right moment to talk and to give the right expression in times of joy or seriousness. I think this might turn many women away. I may just come off too serious and perhaps appear mean and aloof to most women for all I know. I am not exactly the best looking but not the worst either. And this is all in regard to even traditional Catholic women.

2) I still live at home with my mother and stepfather. I feel obligated to take care of them, and it seems the traditional way is to take care of your parents in their old age. They are not traditional Catholics exactly, but they are open to Tradition. At least my mother is. She is definitely the one I worry about the most with her health and all, but I feel restricted sometimes by her opinions about any situations I come across, and perhaps I fear she will be right if I make the wrong decision about something and hence fear such humiliation. She's afraid to lose me because she sees me as the only one who will be there for her. Her mother, my grandmother, did not treat her right growing up as most of her siblings have not as well due to the influence of my grandmother, who has passed on. The influence still persists. My sister also is not necessarily to be relied on always for in time of need. My stepfather and father also are of the middle period babyboomer generation of men who missed the mark on self sacrifice in varying degrees. I do love all my family members and do not mean and am sorry to speak badly about them in any way. They are good people still.

3) I have pondered moving. The problem is where would I find work in an economy that could be in shambles sooner or later? It's hard enough finding another job altogether. I am 38 and work as a banker for a good company right now. I have the weakness of buying books and have a large library of overfilled bookshelves, for I have a silly fear of the internet going down with no access to basic information, most especially on the Catholic faith. I have college debt but have been on a forgiveness program for the federal loans and refinanced the private loans on a fixed rate. I am in a better situation with those now.

4) I could exercise more too. I should also eat healthier. I just need to take more time to do so. Do you recommend any good ways of increasing serotonin?

5) As for particular virtues I want to work more on would be diligence, patience, and chastity (particularly in regard to thoughts and sight).

I should have probably added another flaw or aspect to me. It can be difficult these days to not be shallow, but I can see through looks to how the person acts no matter how good looking they are. I can still observe how well they behave. There is the sweetness of sanctity (or simply a natural goodness) or the stench of sin. I need to be careful because I get tempted to shallowness often.

Strangely, I have received different responses from different priests about my case. I had pursued a vocation through the Dominican order a few years ago by writing to the different groups. Avrillé could not accept me due to college debt, and the SSPX Dominican to whom I wrote had determined I did not have a vocation to the priesthood. I even wrote to the Novus Ordo east and west Dominican provinces to see what would happen. They each responded in turn wanting to talk with me more, but I did not go any further with them.

I went on an Ignatian retreat last year and it seems I could not really be part of the area of religious or priests, and it was thought I should marry.

My own priest at the chapel thought I should marry as well, and he had said to me several years ago that it is because of how I dress that layfolk have thought I should be a priest.

Recently, still being 38, a visiting SSPX priest had told me this year that I am too old for the priesthood or marriage, and he asked me if I would be interested in the religious life.

It has become confusing for me, but I have looked toward marriage still. It is still hard to find anyone. Women do not want to act like women, nor make themselves available and are always too busy. I am not perfect and can always be a better man as well, but it is difficult to find opportunities. I cannot travel often with limited vacation time, but I will see what to do.

Nevertheless, it used to be in days of old in the early Church that priests were older when they were ordained since they were wiser by that time. It was a later thing that the Church ordained men in their twenties and capped off at a certain age, although there have been exceptions.

There seems to me to be a thing in the SSPX that they do encourage more the men and the women in their twenties to get married, which I understand and support, but they do seem to give me the impression that they do not encourage people as much in their thirties to get married. Perhaps that is due to the limitation of being able to have children in regard to age, and I know that couples who marry young can adapt more easily to one and another from the start as time goes. It just not seem fair to me and to be kind of esoteric in some way.

I liked what you had posted, Geremia, about poverty being a good indicator of a potential wife [St. John Chrysostom, De Virginitate, §47 "How woman is a helper in spiritual things."] Also, I believe he had posted in another forum about beauty being a way of eliciting charity [cf. St. Thomas, Sententia Ethic. lib. 9 (properties of friendship) l. 5 (goodwill) n. 5]. I say that in reference to what I wrote here earlier concerning shallowness.

I wish there were more women who liked theology and philosophy as well.

What do you think? Thank you.
#8
Anti-Modernism / Re: Are Catholic schools run b...
Last post by Geremia - September 01, 2022, 05:12:42 PM
Quote from: Mysterium Fidei on September 01, 2022, 07:21:45 AMAren't most Novus Ordo nuns over 80 years of age?
The ones who left religious life or the ones who stayed in it? Didn't the vast majority leave religious life (cf. Rebel Hearts)?
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Anti-Modernism / Re: Are Catholic schools run b...
Last post by Mysterium Fidei - September 01, 2022, 07:21:45 AM
Aren't most Novus Ordo nuns over 80 years of age? The destruction of religious orders and Catholic education is just another consequence of the Vatican II Revolution.
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General Discussion / Re: Feast of St. Rose of Lima
Last post by Geremia - August 31, 2022, 05:46:46 PM
Quote from: Kephapaulos on August 30, 2022, 09:43:39 PMA Dominican Tertiary!
And emulator of St. Catherine of Siena and patroness and first canonized saint of the Americas!

Here's a forensic facial reconstruction of her: