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Cancer as a Metabolic Disease …

In between bouts of accounting, and IT frustration, I am recreating by reading “Cancer as a Metabolic Disease …”.

It is heavy going but understandable, and both discouraging in its recounting of the past 50 years and very encouraging of the fasting Keto lifestyle. I will post snippets here and there when I find stuff clearly relevant to fasting and Keto, but for starters, from the Forward (by Dr. Peter Petersen, Professor of Biological Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD):

Cancer persists as a major disease of mortality and is afflicting more people today than ever before. Few families remain untouched by this insidious and vicious disease. In fact, cancer is predicted to overtake heart disease as the prime cause of death in industrialized societies during this century (21st). … The Nobel laureate, Otto Warburg, was the first to provide evidence during the early part of the last century for the involvement of disturbed respiration with compensatory fermentation (glycolosis) as a common property of cancer, thus perceived to be related to its uncontrolled growth and progression. Few subjects have been as controversial in the cancer field as Otto Warburg and his theory of cancer. … “

and

The cancer field went seriously off course during the mid-1970s when many investigators began considering cancer as primarily a genetic disease rather than a metabolic disease. The metabolic defects in cancer cells were thought to arise as secondary consequences of genomic instability. Seyfried provides substantial evidence documenting the inconsistencies of the gene “only” theory.”

So this is way more enjoyable than following the daily news about Justin’s latest faux pas. I am just an opinion writer, a punter, a speculator, I have no hard evidence of malfeasance or malice. I have not done any actual research myself, I am simply reading about the work of others. But this is not my first rodeo, and a thorough knowledge of secular human nature based on 30 years experience in the Military, Corrections, and Government Health Care, has taught me that, absent genuine concern (aka Charity, or Love Agape) for the well-being of other people, we as humans often go to a dark, self centered place.

My cynical “opinion” (just an opinion piece, folks)  is that the scientific and pharmaceutical community have had the solid evidence about cancer as a metabolic disease right in front of them for a hundred years now and have chosen intentional to ignore that evidence and go down the rabbit hole of genetic causes and pharmaceutical solutions. Why?

Could it be that there are orders of magnitude of more rewards and resources to be had in genetic research and pharmaceuticals than in treating metabolic disease with inexpensive and effective dietary solutions? I have witnessed the path of cancer research as being a mighty gift that keeps on giving for my entire adult life, but none of that gift gravy train has accrued to the patients, the actual victims of cancer.

All of the billions in this gravy train disappear into the voracious mouths and pockets of academic researchers, pharmaceutical companies and government health departments. Again, who knows about motives and intentions? No one but God can know that stuff.  I don’t  believe this thought as a provable, “admissible in a courtroom” fact, it just looks like this might be one explanation which accounts for all the observed actions and results. Judgements about intentions and direction are outside our realm of knowledge.

We went to the moon, from zero to landing, in one decade. Where are the miracle cures and happy endings that these 5 decades of work and  billions of dollars should produce? We have been lavishing the lion’s share of our health resources on silos of executive remuneration and cancer research for nearly 50 years now and where are the results that all this effort should have been producing?

None! Nada! No cures or happy endings. Just toxic drugs and cruel surgery, whole libraries of distracting publicity and propaganda, and millions of dieing patients who are bankrupted in the course of their hopeless quest for a cure. Every run for cancer, every yellow daffodil, every Terry Fox clone, every publicity and media event are all about “MORE MONEY” for the “War on Cancer”.

All of these resources just disappear every year now for 50 years with no clear and open accounting and no results. It is all the secrecy and cover-up that provokes the curiosity about Who, What, When, Where, and Why, but you will never see anything about this in the mainstream media even though this is touted as their main job and responsibility, nah they would much rather go after The Donald on social media, than do real journalism. Can one even conceive of our national propaganda ministry, the Holy CBC, ever biting the hands that feed it? Are there bears in the forest? Is the Pope Catholic?  No, no, wait a minute, that’s for another post.

There have been chillingly few victories in this never ending war, a war that we are provably loosing every day. But the big winners in this tawdry melodrama are never the victims, the dieing patients and suffering families.

Think about it …

Cheers

Joe

 

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An Ideological World

Sorry for the long hiatus in posting but I find myself neck deep in Year End accounting and IT security/credential issues with my now 9 year old graphic arts desktop running Windows 7. Don’t want to give it up but probably should.

Recreational reading found an interesting article over at “The Catholic Thing“.  Here is a short excerpt :

“… The world that most people now live in is an ideological world. It is a world whose limits and configuration are assembled from their desires of what they would like to be, not to what is.

A reason for this preference of ideology can be proposed. To be a consistent ideologue, we must first figure out a way to disconnect our minds from things. Much of modern thought from Descartes on has assisted us in this doubt that we can really know things that are. The trouble with existing things, including especially human things, is that, left to themselves, they are already definite kinds of things. They do not themselves configure what they are, but something did.

It is to this latter reality of what things are to which our minds are normally directed and which they know once they have encountered and identified them. Today those who hold revelation to be true are told that they must bring their “ideology” up-to-date. What is meant is that the revelation that is directed to things must be replaced by the ideology that sees no relation between things and mind….”

read the rest here

Cheers

Joe

 

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“Lactobacillus reuteri” probiotic species

More stuff all from By

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I recently posted Wheat Belly and Undoctored Blog posts about the probiotic species, Lactobacillus reuteri, that in experimental models (aged mice) generated some fascinating effects, including thicker hair, no weight gain (compared to obese controls), more muscle preservation, increased dermal (skin) thickness and increased testosterone.

They observed that the L. reuteri-supplemented mice looked and acted more youthful. What made the findings even more surprising was the magnitude of these effects: the increase in dermal thickness, for instance, was an unprecedented 35%, the increase in skin thickness 100%, the increase in testosterone nearly 8-fold.

Another study from this same MIT group supplementing L. reuteri (strain ATCC PTA 6475) to aged mice makes some additional fascinating observations:

  • Wound healing time was cut in half, essentially restoring youthful capacity for repair. Hair regrowth was more rapid.
  • Collagen deposition was dramatically improved. (Recall that collagen loss/destruction in skin and other organs is part of the aging process.)
  • Oxytocin blood levels in females more than doubled, likely explaining the acceleration of wound healing (as well as increased grooming behavior).
Dr. William Davis, MD

Dr. William Davis, MD

Consistent with their observation that L. reuteri supplementation yielded youthful effects, vigorous wound healing is a marker for health and youthfulness, as is collagen deposition in skin.

Oxytocin levels also decline as we age and, beyond impairing wound healing, a lack of oxytocin can have other effects that include impaired insulin responses, higher blood sugar, and weight gain.

In other studies, oxytocin has been demonstrated to exert substantial weight-reducing effects when administered intranasally (24 units four times per day in human subjects and resulted in more than 18 pounds lost over 8 weeks with no change in diet).

This oxytocin-raising method, i.e., L. reuteri supplementation, suggests another way to obtain the varied benefits of higher oxytocin levels. (I shall be discussing the importance of oxytocin in weight, emotion, and sexual interest management in future.) Oxytocin is known to be anorexigenic, i.e., it reduces or eliminates the desire to eat.

Once again, we have to bear in mind that these observations were made in mice and there was no parallel human study. We also need to be careful about the judging the effects of a single species of microorganism, as they do not exist in isolation but in a complex microbial community with multi-faceted interactions with each other and the host.

Nonetheless, the effects were so dramatic that it is tempting to wonder if any of these effects translate to human benefits. I shall soon be reporting on my personal high-dose L. reuteri experience, as some interesting things happened.

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More later …

Cheers

Joe

 

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Gut Health, some more interesting books …

Inner Thoughts”  Rodrigo Rodriguez, from the album “Inner Thoughts” (2006)

First of all  I have found another interesting doctor/blogger and researcher, namely William Davis, MD, FACC. He is cardiologist and author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Wheat Belly series of books The first of which I read back in 2011, long before I discovered fasting as a primary route to health 18 months ago.

Dr. Davis is also the author of the new Undoctored: Why Health Care Has Failed You and How You Can Become Smarter Than Your Doctor”. So I just bought “Undoctored” and am starting my cruise through that book of revelation (not scriptural but maybe just as important to our day and age).

I am just re-posting here the blurb from Amazon.com cause it’s fast and easy and why re-invent the wheel … so:

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Conventional health care is no longer working in your favor—but thankfully, Dr. Davis is.  In his New York Times bestseller Wheat Belly, Dr. William Davis changed the lives of millions of people by teaching them to remove grains from their diets to reverse years of chronic health damage. In Undoctored, he goes beyond cutting grains to help you take charge of your own health.

This groundbreaking exposé reveals how millions of people are given dietary recommendations crafted by big business, are prescribed unnecessary medications, and undergo unwarranted procedures to feed revenue-hungry healthcare systems. With Undoctored, the code to health care has been cracked.

Dr. Davis will help you create a comprehensive program to reduce, reverse, and cure hundreds of common health conditions and break your dependence on prescription drugs.

By applying simple strategies while harnessing the collective wisdom of new online technologies, you can break free of a healthcare industry that puts profits over health.

Undoctored is the spark of a new movement in health that places the individual, not the doctor, at the center. His plan contains features like:

• A step-by-step guide to eliminating prescription medications
• Tips on how to distinguish good medical advice from bad
• 42 recipes to guide you through the revolutionary 6-week program

Undoctored gives you all the tools you need to manage your own health and sidestep the misguided motives of a profit-driven medical system.”

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If this is not a refreshing hurricane of fresh clean unbiased wisdom about health care I don’t know what is.  Over the last few years as an owner operator of a retail healthcare site I have gradually moved to a head-space which recognizes that our health care system is profit/cost driven.

Modern western health care is all about making money and building power and anything coming out of organized health care about patients health and well-being is fresh out of Nils Brunsson’s  “Organization of Hypocrisy”.

Current mission statements, photo ops, and publicity releases about western health care are nothing but political propaganda covering up what the real objectives of the organizations and corporations are. Brunsson nailed it through the heart, I read the  1992 edition, for about 50 bucks, but it now retails for $1200.00 Canadian, if you can get it at all.

Brunsson’s book was based on a series of empirical studies spanning several years. This book explored the ways in which organizations produce ideology and how the tension between ideology and their actual actions can benefits organizational legitimacy and survival.

Through interviews with managers and analysis of numerous organizations, the author examined the roles that individuals play in legitimizing the roles of institutions and how the relationship between action and politics (and the tension produced) within institutional environments determines their structure and policies.

This little book was a real good read and went a long way to helping me understand the structures in groups and organizations which gave me so much “cognitive dissonance” in my early adult life. It helped me understand why what you are told is never what you see and what you actually experience when dealing with government and health care.

Jerry Pournelle, 1933 - 2017

Jerry Pournelle, 1933 – 2017

The notion that government and corporate healthcare exist to make patients healthy and to help them live better is one of the biggest, longest lived scams, in the history of the human species.

As we paraphrase Jerry Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy: “in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people: The first group are those who work to further the actual goals of the organization,  who genuinely care about the stated goals of the organization and strive to further those goals. 

The second group are those who work for the organization itself, pushing and furthering the advancement and growth of the organization itself, by any means necessary, regardless of the long term consequences for the actual stated goals of the organization.”

Examples of the first group in Health Care would be the Nurses, Pharmacists, Doctors and other health Care Professionals who genuinely strive, often at risk to themselves and with great sacrifice, to make their patients healthier and to help them live healthier lives,

As against the second group comprising about 80 to 90 % of the organization and made up entirely of union representatives, administrators, non-medical support personnel, assorted executives, directors and managers, publicists and policy writers, public relations officers and privacy commissioners and all their myriad silo workers, as well as all the mirrored government ministers deputies, directors, managers and so on in their silos, all of whom work very hard to protect the system which is their bread and butter, the source of all their perks, power and money.

In an aside, as a retired IT support person tasked for a number of years with maintaining the financial systems for a major Health Care Region I can testify that the second group actually account for more than 70% of all the costs of socialized health care in countries like Canada.

And Pournelle’s The Iron Law states that in all cases, the second type of person will always gain control of the organization, and will always write the rules and set the goals under which the organization actually functions.

One significant and inevitable result of that distribution of interests is that all cost cutting measures will always be done, with much publicity, to the first group who are actually doing what little good things actually come out of the system.

Whoa!  Well, that started out as “GEE!  Look at these great health books!” and turned into a rant. I wasn’t born cynical, government made me this way. Sorry about that.

I guess I will get back to work and read some more on the new health paradigm I am living.

Cheers

Joe

I am going to post something about making super healthy Yogurt with the product pictured to the left here, as soon as I find out if I can get the product in my store and can make the Yogurt myself … we shall see.

 

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The Pause That Refreshes … New EU Privacy Laws … GDPR

“Somewhere In Neverland”, All Time Low, from the album “Don’t Panic”, (2012)

Captains Log, Stardate 20180609.1311

Well, it seems to have ended up being a protracted hiatus, having failed to post since May 30th, mainly because of connectivity issues related to changes being made by sites and contacts rooted in the May 25th effective date of the new Privacy laws of the European Union, the GDPR.

Welcome to our Brave New World, just another iteration of the Law of Unintended Consequences which we have all become so familiar with relating to the whole Global Warming debacle which is nothing more than a bureaucratic power and tax grab.

I am a now long retired CISSP, (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) who did my 10 domains training with IBM and had the nice long number after my certification. During my career I found, in North America at least, that governments at all levels actually wanted CISSP’s on staff in order to blame them when the inevitable breaches occurred.

All the while they continued dragging their departmental and  budgetary feet when it came to actually implementing anything remotely resembling actual data protection and privacy for customers, patients and citizens. Who cares about them as long as our collective derrieres are covered and we have someone to blame.

Jerry Pournelle, August 7th, 1933 to September 8th, 2017.

Jerry Pournelle, August 7th, 1933 to September 8th, 2017.

Jerry Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy is: “in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people: those who work to further the actual goals of the organization, and those who work for the organization itself.

Examples in education would be teachers who work and sacrifice to teach children, vs. union representatives who work to protect any teacher including the most incompetent.

The Iron Law states that in all cases, the second type of person will always gain control of the organization, and will always write the rules under which the organization functions

This might seem to implicate all bureaucracies but I still believe that Corporations seem to take these privacy things more seriously because they have a real bottom line and are the biggest targets of government vampires, perhaps corporations are the actual “Main Vein”.

If I only had a few local readers it would be of no import but worldwide readership dictates necessarily complying with and dealing with privacy legislation in other countries and continents and the actions and reactions of applications, platform vendors, and providers of various services, regardless of my personal feelings about the integrity of buttock covering bureaucrats and their minions.

So now the EU joins the data privacy pyramid scheme, just because they can, and the bureaucrats and their new law impose the following sanctions:

  • a warning in writing in cases of first and non-intentional noncompliance
  • regular periodic data protection audits
  • a fine up to €10 million or up to 2% of the annual worldwide turnover of the preceding financial year in case of an enterprise, whichever is greater, if there has been an infringement of the following provisions: (Article 83, Paragraph 5 & 6[34])
    • the obligations of the controller and the processor pursuant to Articles 8, 11, 25 to 39, and 42 and 43
    • the obligations of the certification body pursuant to Articles 42 and 43
    • the obligations of the monitoring body pursuant to Article 41(4)
  • a fine up to €20 million or up to 4% of the annual worldwide turnover of the preceding financial year in case of an enterprise, whichever is greater, if there has been an infringement of the following provisions: (Article 83, Paragraph 4[34])
    • the basic principles for processing, including conditions for consent, pursuant to Articles 5, 6, 7, and 9
    • the data subjects’ rights pursuant to Articles 12 to 22
    • the transfers of personal data to a recipient in a third country or an international organization pursuant to Articles 44 to 49
    • any obligations pursuant to member state law adopted under Chapter IX
    • noncompliance with an order or a temporary or definitive limitation on processing or the suspension of data flows by the supervisory authority pursuant to Article 58(2) or failure to provide access in violation of Article 58(1)
Europe

Europe

So of course multinational corporations notice when bureaucrats start taking aim at a share of Annual Worldwide Turnover – this is shaping up to be one of the largest wealth grabs in the history of civilization.

Things probably won’t settle out until all the appropriate functionaries at all levels of the EU have been greased and paid off and a new system of graft and corruption settles into place. Of course all of we the little folks will only notice that everything we buy and do costs more.

At the same time, and possibly related to the GDPR fiasco, other concerns have surfaced including problems with site certificates, blanket blacklists, and related security credential issues.

I have replaced an obsolete Cisco 1800 VPN router with a new Cisco Meraki VPN and it’s bleeding edge security implementation is not compatible (it won’t let me connect to them) with some of the sites I have used often in the past.

The same goes for several browsers who seem to have beefed up their awareness of connection credentials and so on, with lots of “We won’t connect you to there. Talk to your network administrator” or something to that effect. Since I AM the network administrator, and I don’t have access to the Admin Console in 3rd party devices we are looking forward to more negotiations going forward.

Another example of exponential growth of issues resulting from know-nothing administrators playing with Fear Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD) is the whole area of GDPR consent that has given rise to a proliferating number of implications for businesses who record calls (I don’t) as a matter of practice and a typical disclaimer is no longer  considered sufficient to gain assumed consent to record calls.

Additionally, when recording has commenced, should the caller withdraw their consent, then the agent receiving the call must be able to stop a previously started recording and ensure the recording does not get stored.[42] 

IT professionals expect that compliance with this GDPR will require additional investment overall: over 80 percent of those surveyed expected GDPR-related spending to be at least USD $100,000.[43]

The concerns were echoed in a report commissioned by the law firm Baker & McKenzie that found that “around 70 percent of respondents believe that organizations will need to invest additional budget/effort to comply with the consent, data mapping and cross-border data transfer requirements under the GDPR.”[44]

The total cost for EU companies will be HUGE! It is estimated at around €200 billion while for US companies the estimate is for $41.7 billion.[45]

It has been argued that smaller businesses and startup companies might not have the financial resources to adequately comply with GDPR, unlike the larger international technology firms (such as Facebook and Google) that the regulation is ostensibly meant to target first and foremost.[46][47]

A lack of knowledge and understanding of the regulations has also been a concern in the lead-up to its adoption.[48] According to analyst Mark Smith of Ventana Research, “business and IT professionals … have not sufficiently thought through the GDPR implications of their current operations and where better data governance needs to be applied to ensure proper security and control.”[49]

The regulations, including whether an enterprise must have a data protection officer, have been criticized for potential administrative burden and unclear compliance requirements.[51]

There is also concern regarding the implementation of the GDPR in blockchain systems, as the transparent and fixed record of blockchain transactions contradicts the very nature of the GDPR.[55] Many media outlets have commented on the introduction of a “right to explanation” of algorithmic decisions,[56][57] but legal scholars have since argued that the existence of such a right is highly unclear without judicial tests and is limited at best.[58][59]

The lead-up to the effective date of the GDPR (May 25th) led to many companies and websites changing their privacy policies and features worldwide in order to comply with its requirements, and providing email and on-site notification of the changes.

Experts also noted that some reminder emails incorrectly asserted that new consent for data processing had to be obtained for when GDPR took effect, even though any previously-obtained consent to processing is valid as long as it is properly documented and meets the requirements of GDPR (Recital 171).

Phishing scams also emerged using falsified versions of such emails, and it was also argued that some GDPR notice emails may have actually been sent in violation of anti-spam laws.[60][16]

Mass adoption of GDPR privacy standards by international companies have been cited as an example of the “Brussels effect“, a phenomenon wherein European laws and regulations are used as a global baseline due to their gravitas.[61]

On the effective date, some international websites began to block EU users entirely (including Instapaper,[62] Unroll.me,[63] and Tronc-owned newspapers, such as the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times) or redirect them to stripped-down versions of their services (in the case of National Public Radio and USA Today) with limited functionality and/or no advertising, in order to remove their liabilities.[64][65][66][67]

Some companies, such as Klout, and several online video games, ceased operations entirely to coincide with its implementation, citing GDPR as a burden on their continued operations, especially due to the business models of the former two.[68][69][70] Sales volume of online behavioural advertising placements in Europe fell 25–40% on 25 May 2018.[71]

Facebook and subsidiaries WhatsApp and Instagram, as well as Google LLC (targeting Android), were immediately sued by Max Schrems‘s non-profit NOYB just hours after midnight on 25 May 2018, for their use of “forced consent”. Schrems asserts that both companies violated Article 7(4) by attempting to completely block use of their services if users decline to accept all data processing consents, in a bundled grant which also includes consents deemed unnecessary to use the service.[72][73][74][75][76]

So there seems to be a lot of “When in trouble, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout.” going on. In some ways this reminds me of the mad scramble surround Y2K almost 2 decades ago. Obviously the world didn’t end then, and it sure isn’t going to end now. This is all about bureaucrats covering their collective derrieres, while targeting corporate purse strings, and has nothing at all to do with protecting their citizens.

It seems a stretch to accept the “Protecting Privacy” scam being pushed by any government or collection of governments that can happily kill hundreds of thousands of their citizens with badly researched drug utilization guidelines (as has actually happened in Europe in the last decade). These folks obviously couldn’t care less about the rights and privacy of their citizens.

We are talking about the same kinds of bureaucratic systems that gave us the Nazi final solution and the Gulag at one of the extremes and now kills hundreds of thousands in legal medical procedures like Euthanasia and Abortion, above and beyond all the “accidental” killing related to regulations and the law of unintended consequences.

A cynical view is that the EU is being protectionist, trying to impede US and Canadian businesses from competing. Indeed, the EU is quite inconsistent in its adherence to principles, but so are every other government; the EU is quick to chastise the US for its massive government surveillance yet ignores such surveillance by its own member countries.

But there is hypocrisy on all sides of the issue, and I don’t think that the real hypocrisy is grounds to conclude that some players in the EU are not genuine in their desire to protect privacy. I think that the some players in the EU really do care — but the EU just speaks of rights in absolutes even though in practice it never really treats them as such.

For us here, the reality on the ground seems to be that all the essentials seem to be still working fine and my business end continues to function fine. It is only in the recreational end of things that I have felt the pinch. Ironically it seems, at first blush, that one of the biggest sectors feeling the pinch of credential changes and requirements seems to be the online gaming universe, and I still have not sorted out my favorite game and magazine sites and what has changed there.

I think some providers have simply short termed it by denying access to European based game companies but there are some US companies and Asian companies also affected. Maybe I will discover that this is all my own local issues with my systems but I doubt it right now,  and only time will tell as I sort it all out.

All of this to say that while I continue to read through my new book on Cancer as a Metabolic Disease and the effects of caloric reduction and elimination of foods which transmute into glucose (the BIG Cancer feeder) I am not yet ready to make a post on the subject. Sorry to say, that getting my IT systems restored to happiness with the global information landscape is my top priority just now.

Cheers

Joe

We desperately need a Grey Tribe Common Sense Revolution

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The Inner Struggle

Awareness of self love

“Deep Peace”, Bill Douglas, from the album of the same name, (1996)

As mentioned in my last post, are not all these special “problems”, my special problems, simply a manifestation of of my own  “Love of self”? Alternatively,  true “Love of others” is a way of accepting all these special “problems” if accepted with humility and meekness, without taking offense and building the castle of self love higher.

The little daily affronts and hurts offer an opportunity for refraining from claiming special victim status, and ceasing to worry about the fairness of life, and feeling sorry for myself. If I can accept each imagined hurt and slight and difficulty not as a personal attack, but as another “splinter of Christ’s cross” I might turn them into an occasion of grace rather than an occasion of sin.

Unfortunately, dawning awareness of my self love often seems to paralyze my trust and love of God. Pride jumps in and with the help and encouragement of my daily demons I repeat with Peter “Depart from me, O Lord, for I am a sinful man” (Lk 5, 8).

It seems at times that the dawning awareness of sinfulness gives rise to awareness of another layer of sin, always the self turning back into itself and its “specialness”, a sin within a sin within a sin, rather like those nesting dolls the Russians produce, the Matryoshka or Babushka dolls.

This seems especially frequent when going through dark periods of struggle, temptation and difficulty, all of which throw me into agitation and confusion. This state of mind interferes greatly with any outpouring of my heart, any attempt to submerge myself and my worries in God.

So we come to humility … again … and my obvious lack of true humility … I have written about this here, and here.

At the risk of seeming repetitive I re-post a litany of humility because it seems overwhelmingly important on this summer morning.

From Wikipedia, (obviously it must be true of it is on Wikipedia, right?)

As usual, anything, any article, that is outside the progressive secular mainstream comes with a neat disclaimer regarding veracity as in: “This article does not cite any sources. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

But it seems that at least so far, no one has cared enough about humility to make a point of having this article removed from the Wiki. So here it is then”

The following Litany of Humility is a Catholic prayer that the penitent be granted the virtue of humility.

Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val, (1865 – 1930)

Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val, (1865 – 1930)

This Litany is commonly attributed to Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930), Cardinal Secretary of State of the Holy See under Pope Saint Pius X, but there is little evidence of this.

C.S. Lewis attributed its composition to Cardinal Merry del Val in his March 1948 letter to Don Giovanni Calabria. Father Charles Belmonte, S.Th.D., a priest of the Opus Dei Prelature, who was inspired by the writings of the Cardinal, included it in a collection, the Handbook of Prayers (Studium Theologiae Foundation, Manila, 1986, and in a later edition, by Midwest Theological Forum, Chicago, US.) As editor, Belmonte wrote: “attributed to Card. Merry del Val”.

Subsequent copyists, jumping to conclusions, wrote simply: “by Card. Merry del Val”. (remember, attribution of motive reveals more about the attributer of motive than about those to whom he is attributing motives … just saying, this is one of those areas of sins within sins within sins …)

A “Litany to Obtain Holy Humility” was published in 1867 by “A R.C. Clergyman.” A version very similar to the version attributed to Cardinal Merry del Val was published in 1880, copyright 1879 and “translated from the French of the Fifth Edition.”

Clearly, the good Cardinal was simply using a lesser known, but already published prayer. The original author of the Litany of Humility seems to be lost to history, in the obscurity for which he prayed. SO SPEAKS THE ALMIGHTY WIKI!

Or it might be possible that great and holy minds think alike? I have remarked before that: “It seems a hallmark of Truth that it always believes and expects the best of others and acts accordingly. It also seems a hallmark of untruth that it always believes and expects the worst of others and acts accordingly.” My guess is that it all depends on what your starting assumptions are as to how you believe others will act.

Anyway, what is a litany?

A litany is a form of prayer with a repeated responsive petition, used in public liturgical services of the Catholic Church, and in private devotions of Her adherents.

O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, Make my heart like yours.
From self-will, deliver me, O Lord.
From the desire of being esteemed, deliver me, O Lord.
From the desire of being loved, deliver me, O Lord.
From the desire of being extolled, deliver me, O Lord.
From the desire of being honored, deliver me, O Lord.
From the desire of being praised, deliver me, O Lord.
From the desire of being preferred to others, deliver me, O Lord.
From the desire of being consulted, deliver me, O Lord.
From the desire of being approved, deliver me, O Lord.
From the desire to be understood, deliver me, O Lord.
From the desire to be visited, deliver me, O Lord.
From the fear of being humiliated, deliver me, O Lord.
From the fear of being despised, deliver me, O Lord.
From the fear of suffering rebukes, deliver me, O Lord.
From the fear of being calumniated, deliver me, O Lord.
From the fear of being forgotten, deliver me, O Lord.
From the fear of being ridiculed, deliver me, O Lord.
From the fear of being suspected, deliver me, O Lord.
From the fear of being wronged, deliver me, O Lord.
From the fear of being abandoned, deliver me, O Lord.
From the fear of being refused, deliver me, O Lord.
That others may be loved more than I,
Lord, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be esteemed more than I,
Lord, grant me the grace to desire it.
That, in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease,
Lord, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be chosen and I set aside,
Lord, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be praised and I go unnoticed,
Lord, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may be preferred to me in everything,
Lord, grant me the grace to desire it.
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should,
Lord, grant me the grace to desire it.
At being unknown and poor, Lord, I want to rejoice.
At being deprived of the natural perfections of body and mind,Lord, I want to rejoice.
When people do not think of me, Lord, I want to rejoice.
When they assign to me the meanest tasks, Lord, I want to rejoice.
When they do not even deign to make use of me, Lord, I want to rejoice.
When they never ask my opinion, Lord, I want to rejoice.
When they leave me at the lowest place, Lord, I want to rejoice.
When they never compliment me, Lord, I want to rejoice.
When they blame me in season and out of season, Lord, I want to rejoice.
Blessed are those who suffer persecution for justice’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Attributed by many writers to: Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val, (1865 – 1930)

Cheers

Joe

approach everything with patience, fraternal charity … and humility.

 

 

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Love of others … Love of self

Waiting On The Night To Fall”, by “Casting Crowns”, from the album “Thrive” (2014)

The fundamental binary choice every human makes is to love the self or not, to love the other, or not. We ALL have to make that choice regardless of our desires and ambitions.

Unlike the Angelic creatures, the Heavenly host, who exist in God’s eternal now and whose choices are instantly for eternity and irrevocable, mankind has been gifted by our Divine Father with a lifetime, an existence within time, a time for rousing, a time for choosing.

Someone famous and holy once remarked that “our entire life is but a single night in a bad hotel”.  Another remarked “What does it matter in the light of eternity, “Quid hoc ad aeternitatem” in Latin. And yet, isn’t the love of self our “natural state? Don’t we love “our” problems.

The tiny “personalness” of them, the importance and urgency, the “zest” they give to us in our special unique existence. How are we doing today, considering the alternative, don’t the problems make us feel alive?

Isn’t it true that daily I happily wear my Inuit sunglasses to avoid having to look upon the blinding glare of eternity?

Don’t I actually love the never ending blizzard of bills I can never pay in total, the surly complaining wife, the angry dismissive daughter, the shabby apartment, perpetually under renovation of some sort or other, the old beater of a vehicle, 300,000 miles and still truckin’, likely, more and more, to be buried in it.

Don’t I cherish my shivering pains, cramps, swellings, aches and itches, numbness and tremors, the grim brooding of never to be paid off debts, the fears of the business failure in an economy destroyed by others, these favorite fears that role through my mind when I find myself awake and contemplative at 2:00 AM?

Most especially do I not relish the dark thread of fear that I might not have been a good dad, the feeling sometimes that maybe there was a better husband for my wife if only she had hung in the game a little longer.

And the one that haunts me every minute of the blessed week, month, year, the health and joy of my kid, and the fragility of her future. The “personal” special problems that prove I am still alive and kicking, that I still matter somehow to someone, sometimes. Don’t I love the self image of “soldiering on”, to “persist doggedly”, no matter what, “never give up, never give up”?

Are not all these “problems” simply a manifestation of “Love of self”? Alternatively,  “Love of others” is a way of accepting all these “problems” if accepted with humility and meekness, without taking offense and building the castle of self love higher, of refraining from claiming special victim status, and ceasing to worry about the fairness of life.

I am starting to realize that each life “time” is but a divine “wake-up call” from God’s switchboard. We each have an unavoidable and immensely important “meeting” to get to “in the New Dawn”, at the end of this single night in a bad hotel.

During that lifetime we humans each are shaken to our very depths, so that we may wake up to understanding the truth of ourselves. The primary condition for a fruitful and rewarding lifetime is renunciation of attachment, surrender of self, detachment from all the things of this world, this one night.

It seems a hallmark of Truth that it always believes and expects the best of others and acts accordingly. It also seems a hallmark of untruth that it always believes and expects the worst of others and acts accordingly.

The measure of every institution and organization is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person, made in God’s own image and likeness, the image and likeness of his Son, on Whom we were modeled.

Man must abandon all his self centered dreams, his conceit, his arrogance, all the pretense with which he hopes to deceive himself and others, his default narcissism. If he fails to do this, brutal reality will take hold of him and rouse him forcefully in a way full of both anxiety and suffering.

Life can be difficult for those who don’t fall in line and bow to the religion of the day, the generally accepted wisdom of their society, the Barabbas of the moment. It is always easier to go along with the crowd. To just get to the end, of the day, of the week, of the year … of the life?

This is even true when the crowd embarks upon an evil venture. As long as we can avoid being blamed, being held accountable, then its all just OK, right?

I was just following orders, I just pushed my wheelbarrow, I just handled the doors, I just scheduled the trains, I just shoveled the coal, I don’t make policy, I wasn’t at that meeting, there were no minutes, I don’t remember, I didn’t know …

Witness the results yesterday of the Irish referendum on the acceptability of infanticide as social policy. And of course, eventually, euthanasia, the natural next step everywhere else, especially here in Canada. And why not Ireland? Self or Other?

But we still have to go to that meeting,

I tell you the truth, when you were young, you were able to do as you liked; you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will dress you and take you where you don’t want to go. (John 21:18)

And so we have to make that choice, self or other … Self or Other … ask not for whom the bell tolls.

Cheers

Joe

Self of Other …

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Cancer … and the Ketogenic diet …

WooHoo!  The Cancer book arrived today. “This book is dedicated to the millions of people who have suffered and died from toxic cancer therapies“. Just about says it all. From the Amazon.com blurb … “The book addresses controversies related to the origins of cancer and provides solutions to cancer management and prevention.

It expands upon Otto Warburg’s well-known theory that all cancer is a disease of energy metabolism. However, Warburg did not link his theory to the “hallmarks of cancer” and thus his theory was discredited. This book aims to provide evidence, through case studies, that cancer is primarily a metabolic disease requiring metabolic solutions for its management and prevention.

Support for this position is derived from critical assessment of current cancer theories. Brain cancer case studies are presented as a proof of principle for metabolic solutions to disease management, but similarities are drawn to other types of cancer, including breast and colon, due to the same cellular mutations that they demonstrate.”

Dr. Thomas N. Seyfried

Dr. Thomas N. Seyfried

And from the back cover … “Supported by evidence from more than 1,000 scientific and clinical studies, this groundbreaking book demonstrates that cancer is a metabolic disease and, more importantly, that it can be more effectively managed and prevented when it is recognized as such.

Moreover, the book provides detailed evidence that the traditional view of cancer as a genetic disease has been largely responsible  for the failure to develop effective therapies and preventive strategies.

From the abstract of the article found here  at the U.S. National Library of Medicine I highlight and quote the connection to what this book is about and the Ketogenic diet as follows : “Emerging evidence indicates that cancer is primarily a metabolic disease involving disturbances in energy production through respiration and fermentation.

The genomic instability observed in tumor cells and all other recognized hallmarks of cancer are considered downstream epiphenomena of the initial disturbance of cellular energy metabolism. The disturbances in tumor cell energy metabolism can be linked to abnormalities in the structure and function of the mitochondria.

When viewed as a mitochondrial metabolic disease, the evolutionary theory of Lamarck can better explain cancer progression than can the evolutionary theory of Darwin. Cancer growth and progression can be managed following a whole body transition from fermentable metabolites, primarily glucose and glutamine, to respiratory metabolites, primarily ketone bodies.  (this is the connection I want to shine light on between the Ketogenic diet and cancer prevention and treatment.)

As each individual is a unique metabolic entity, personalization of metabolic therapy as a broad-based cancer treatment strategy will require fine-tuning to match the therapy to an individual’s unique physiology.”

As previously posted relating to standards and guidelines, “we are all outliers” unique individuals and there is no “standard Human” to which standards and guidelines apply. Standards and guidelines are created and enforced for the convenience of practitioners and administrators, not people and patients.

It is my personal belief that the “authorities” don’t care if the “guidelines and standards” kill a few hundred thousand patients as long as they can’t be blamed, their well ordered universe is not disturbed and the gravy train is not derailed.

I am not for a minute suggesting individual personal intent in any of this. But we all want to belong to the “In Crowd”, the “right clique”, we all love ourselves and want to think of ourselves as knowing better than the rest of the mob. Peer pressure is a truly diabolical power especially amongst “professionals” whose very livelihood depends on “being on the approved list”.

My 65 years of observation seem to show that humanity is almost universally happy to ignore “truth” and “provable facts” in support of their personal “fantasy”. This is obvious with just a cursory look at everything put out by mainstream media these days.

The current “political” and “economic”polarization of our society bears daily witness to this fact. This problem with “truth” and “provable facts” is especially obvious if “truth” and “provable facts” hurt their chosen fantasy du jour, and becomes a virtual certainty if the fantasy improves their own lot in life.

The short story is we cannot live on bread alone, or cake, or candy, or rice and potatoes or a danish and a latte. We all require fine-tuning (of our diets) to match our life therapy to each individual’s unique physiology. and we cannot live without fat.

Culturally our society appears to be willingly killing ourselves with a diet high in glucose producing carbohydrates because we love our breads, sugars and starches, and we love them enough to try to eat them 6 or 8 times a day.

Many of us have become so metabolically deranged working our glucose metabolism 24/7 365 days a year that our mechanism for safely metabolising glucose has become broken – and that is how we got type 2 diabetes, and a host of other killers like cancer. “Let them eat cake” may be historically inaccurate, but it does seem to be a death sentence for us today.

Those kinds of foods are very cheap to produce and have a very high profit margin. The drugs that our current medical model prescribes to treat the resulting diseases of a cheap high carbohydrate diet have little effect in reversing and curing our current crop of medical killers and many actually create worse problems going forward.

2 Keto Dudes

2 Keto Dudes

As the 2 Keto Dudes say: “We can, however, hack our body into being full time fat burners. This hack not only allows us to maintain safe glucose levels (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19099589), with less medication (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25071075), but improves many of our biomarkers of disease.

If we additionally choose to use this hack to also lose weight it preserves more of our our resting energy expenditure (http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1199154) and over time if we have intervened early enough can allow us to reverse the progression of type 2 diabetes (http://www.yorku.ca/mriddell/documents/istype2reversible.pdf).

This dietary strategy is still something that Diabetes Associations around the world are only just now looking at, and Dietetic associations are firmly opposed to, as it is not a modest tweak of their established food pyramid, but a complete upending of it.

There are political issues as well. The USDA has a conflict of interest when it comes to dietary guidelines. That said, the ketogenic diet is quickly becoming the first approach in diabetes management among progressive medical specialists (http://www.nutritionjrnl.com/article/S0899-9007(14)00332-3/pdf).

The bottom line for us is that following the low fat model for the past 40 years has made us fatter and sicker.”

Much more to follow as I delve into this fascinating area.

Cheers

Joe

So much to study … so much to share …

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Wisdom … and the getting of … we are still waiting for the book … so coat-tails again.

Dr. Thomas N. Seyfried

Dr. Thomas N. Seyfried

Several posts ago I mentioned Dr. Seyfried’s research program. I said I would keep you all posted on how I feel about Dr. Seyfried’s area of research after I have read his book,  or maybe sooner if it goes slower than I expect.

Dr. Seyfried’s research program is focused on the mechanisms by which metabolic therapy manages chronic diseases such as epilepsy, neurodegenerative lipid storage diseases, and cancer. The metabolic therapies include caloric restriction, fasting, and ketogenic diets.

I also mentioned that, I was interested enough that I went ahead and bought the book … yes, $120.00 Canadian might seem to some to be a little steep but often in life one gets what one has paid for. I have spent at least that much and more on a good night out on the town so in the big picture it is really chump change.

2 Keto Dudes

2 Keto Dudes

But it is taking a while to arrive, and thus no progress reading up on this area to date. So in the interim, I give you the 2 Keto Dudes.

The following is from their podcast site at: http://2ketodudes.com/  but it is probably best to visit their site and read and listen to everything they have put up there …

The Science (behind Keto)

Our bodies run on two primary fuels: glucose and fatty acids.

It’s kind of like we have a car with an engine that can run on either gasoline or diesel. We fuel up by eating food. If we eat food containing sugars and starches (carbohydrates) we convert those quickly into glucose and we run as glucose burners. All the cells in our bodies can turn this glucose into energy.

This is why it’s sometimes called our primary fuel. If we eat more glucose than we need for immediate exercise requirements, our livers sweep up the extra glucose and turn it into saturated fat, and sends this (and any fat we have eaten) off to our fat cells to be stored for lean times.

If we don’t eat any carbs and instead eat fat (and moderate protein) most of our cells can easily burn the fatty acids for energy. It could be the fat in our food but it could also be fat that we have stored in case food is ever scarce.

This state is called nutritional ketosis. We often go into ketosis during sleep (if we haven’t eaten a late dinner), and of course anyone doing a fast is running their fat burning engine.

Some cells in the body (and the most metabolically active organ – the brain) can’t burn fatty acids, but your brain can use ketones. These are small water soluble molecules that you make as a by product of metabolizing fats.

Luckily your liver makes glucose even when you don’t eat any carbohydrates, and by a quirk of fate, when it is making glucose for your brain it is also pumping out a lot of ketones.

We evolved to be predominantly fat burners for 11 months of the year. At the end of summer (when ripe fruit is available) we became predominantly glucose burners. We are good at adapting from one mode to the next, although it can take a few weeks for the machinery of fat burning to spin up to full efficiency and put our glucose burning into idle.

Once you are adapted to burning fat (keto-adaptation) and you start eating carbohydrates again, in a few weeks your glucose burning metabolism will be back up at full speed.

In our modern world, however, we are burning glucose all year round, 6 meals a day. Our bodies have forgotten how to burn fat. We just store it and never get a chance to burn it.

Some of us have become so metabolically deranged working our glucose metabolism 24/7 365 days a year that our mechanism for safely metabolising glucose has become broken – and that is how we got type 2 diabetes.

The Ketogenic diet addresses this by forcing your metabolism to predominantly burn fat, restricting your dietary carbohydrates, and relying on your liver to make all the glucose and ketones your brain needs. Most of the rest of your body burns fatty acids directly for energy.

When you give your body fat, it becomes good at burning fat! When you give your body glucose, it becomes good at storing fat!

But what about the studies that show correlation between fat intake and heart disease? If you look carefully, study after study shows that increasing fat intake while eating more than 50 grams of carbohydrates a day will indeed increase heart disease and all that goes with it. These studies fail to remove the carbohydrates!

Some people are good at switching from one mode to the next. Type 2 diabetics, however, have a broken metabolism for dealing with glucose, so when we eat carbohydrates we get progressively worse glucose control and consequently get sicker over decades.

We can, however, hack our body into being full time fat burners. This hack not only allows us to maintain safe glucose levels (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19099589), with less medication (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25071075), but improves many of our biomarkers of disease.

If we additionally choose to use this hack to also lose weight it preserves more of our our resting energy expenditure (http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1199154) and over time if we have intervened early enough can allow us to reverse the progression of type 2 diabetes (http://www.yorku.ca/mriddell/documents/istype2reversible.pdf).

This dietary strategy is still something that Diabetes Associations around the world are only just now looking at, and Dietetic associations are firmly opposed to, as it is not a modest tweak of their established food pyramid, but a complete upending of it.

There are political issues as well. The USDA has a conflict of interest when it comes to dietary guidelines. That said, the ketogenic diet is quickly becoming the first approach in diabetes management among progressive medical specialists (http://www.nutritionjrnl.com/article/S0899-9007(14)00332-3/pdf).

The bottom line for us is that following the low fat model for the past 40 years has made us fatter and sicker. In 2012 some 52% of US adults – according to the projections in this study (http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2434682) – were either diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (9.1%), or undiagnosed type 2 diabetics (5.2%), or they had a condition called prediabetes, meaning they were metabolically deranged but not quite at diabetic levels (38%).

So, it is no longer just some of us. Most of us are in trouble. That is why we’re 2 keto dudes, and why we’re doing this podcast.

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So enjoy the ride – stop with the wheat, the bread, the sweet (continental?) breakfasts, the coffee break donut binge, you know, all that stuff that made us sick by doing what we were told. Love the fat, eat the fat, get healthy!

Cheers

Joe

We weren’t designed to live on fast food and sugar … 

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Prayer and Trust … letters for our times …

“A Dhia Ghleigil” (Oh Glorious God) Noirin Ni Riain & The Monks of Glenstal Abbey, from the album “Vox de Nube”, 1996

Glenstall Abbey House

Glenstall Abbey House

Today’s Gospel is about Christ’s prayer, from John 17: 13-26…

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13And now I come to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy filled in themselves.

14I have given them thy word, and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world; as I also am not of the world.

15I pray not that thou shouldst take them out of the world, but that thou shouldst keep them from evil. 16They are not of the world, as I also am not of the world.

17Sanctify them in truth. Thy word is truth. 18As thou hast sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.

19And for them do I sanctify myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.

Prayer for all Believers

St. John, by Pieter Paul Rubens, Flemish, 1577-1640

St. John, by Pieter Paul Rubens, Flemish, 1577-1640

20And not for them only do I pray, but for them also who through their word shall believe in me; 21That they all may be one, as thou, Father, in me, and I in thee; that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

22And the glory which thou hast given me, I have given to them; that they may be one, as we also are one: 23I in them, and thou in me; that they may be made perfect in one: and the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast also loved me.

24Father, I will that where I am, they also whom thou hast given me may be with me; that they may see my glory which thou hast given me, because thou hast loved me before the creation of the world.

25Just Father, the world hath not known thee; but I have known thee: and these have known that thou hast sent me. 26And I have made known thy name to them, and will make it known; that the love wherewith thou hast loved me, may be in them, and I in them.

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These days I am thinking about mortality, and sin, and the state of affairs in our current modern English society. Thinking of Christ’s prayer that all believers be one. Here is a little story from the Catholic side of my family. My line is Irish/French on my mother’s side and German/Swiss on my father’s side.

I guess you could say I am a “religious half breed”, Catholic and Methodist (United Church now, seems to be the universal catch-all for dieing denominations), which is why I see these religious things a little differently from those who come from a unified spiritual background and a single point of view with respect to religion, or, more commonly now, no spiritual background at all.

“An Taiseirl (The Resurrection)”, Noirin Ni Riain and The Monks Of Glenstal Abbey, from the album “Vox de Nube”, (1996)

Nóirín Ní Riain

By Nóirín Ní Riain official website, Fair use, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php

On the East coast as a child on Sundays I would sing in church with my Catholic mother, and then an hour later sing in church with my Methodist (United Church)  grandmother. Everyone was just trying to save little Joe’s soul as best they knew. Now, as an old(er) man, I sing in church with my daughter who plays piano for our music ministry.

Anyway, here is a little story of my recent ancestors.

November 24, 1831.  “I the undersigned, having received the mutual consent of Michael Devanny, Son of Darby Devanny and Margaret Gillan, of the County of Sligo, Ireland, and Ann Magown, Daughter of James Magown and Bridget MacCown,  of the Same County, Married them in the presence of John Stewart, Patrick MacMullin and John Scollion. (signed by) J. Loughran P.P.”

Thus begins the story of my mother’s family in the new world. Before the first child was baptized the family name had been changed to DeVan, (from Belgium via the Channel Islands, as the family mythology goes, because of course “Irish need not apply”)  and they had three children baptized as DeVan before Michael’s untimely death 7 and a half years later.

The DeVan Family Bible states that Michael DeVan died 20th of May 1839 at Dartmouth from stepping on a rusty nail. St. Mary’s R.C. Registers (Halifax) Burials (1830-1842) No. 25, (PANS Reel 11506)

“I the undersigned buried Michael DeVan aged 34 years, husband of Ann McGowan, a Ship carpenter by trade and a native of Ireland. J Loughnan P.P.”

In a time when life was often short and even brutal, bigotry was more common, more overt than today, and more virulent, and literacy was not as widespread amongst the common man as our modern educational “establushment” claims we now are. Back then name spelling varied from day to day and person to person it seems.

Just an aside, I still can’t, for the life of me, understand why using Apple computers and iPhones and trinkets from the AppStore and having a Facebook account and 500 “friends”, counts as “literacy” but then again, perhaps I am just an ignorant throwback to an earlier day when party lines were the most common connection and the World Wide Web had yet to be born as ARPA net. Anyway, this post is about prayer, remember that Joe.

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Saint Patrick

In the early 1800’s literacy was not as widespread amongst the common man as claimed today but their prayers still survived. There were prayers still, in the time of Michael and Ann, powerful prayers, that had come down from ancient times and which are now lost to most modern sophisticated peoples, prayers abandoned along with the sacraments by we enlightened moderns.

As John wrote: “and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world;

Sometimes called “The Deer’s Cry”, this is one of those prayers, translated from Old Irish around 1898, to be read aloud as a morning prayer, attributed to St. Patrick (ca 433?)

St. Patrick’s Breastplate
(“I Arise Today”)

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through the belief in the threeness,
Through confession of the oneness
Of the Creator of Creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ’s birth with his baptism,
Through the strength of his crucifixion with his burial,
Through the strength of his resurrection with his ascension,
Through the strength of his descent for the judgment of Doom.

I arise today
Through the strength of the love of Cherubim,
In obedience of angels,
In the service of archangels,
In hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In prayers of patriarchs,
In predictions of prophets,
In preaching of apostles,
In faith of confessors,
In innocence of holy virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven:
Light of sun,
Radiance of moon,
Splendour of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of wind,
Depth of sea,
Stability of earth,
Firmness of rock.

I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me:
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptations of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone and in multitude.

I summon today all these powers between me and those evils,
Against every cruel merciless power that may oppose my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man’s body and soul.
Christ to shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that there may come to me abundance of reward.

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the threeness,
Through confession of the oneness,
Of the Creator of Creation.

Domini est salus, Domini est salus, Christi est salus. Salus tua, Domine, sit semper nobiscum. (Salvation is of The Lord, salvation is of The Lord, salvation is of Christ. May thy salvation, Lord, be always with us.)

Good Morning and may you have a blessed and peaceful day …

Cheers

Joe

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Confusion Fosters Doubt … unless we trust God’s plan

“Crux Fidelis”, Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, from the album “Lent at Ephesus”, (2014)

Mary of Jesus of Ágreda (Spanish: María de Jesús), OIC, also known as the Abbess of Ágreda (2 April 1602 – 24 May 1665), was a Franciscan abbess and spiritual writer, known especially for her extensive correspondence with King Philip IV of Spain and reports of her bilocation between Spain and its colonies in New Spain (now New Mexico and Texas). She was a noted mystic of her era.

Venerable Mary of Agreda Incorrupt Body

Venerable Mary of Agreda, In 1909 her casket was opened for the first time after her death in 1665. Her body was found to be completely incorrupt

A member of the Order of the Immaculate Conception, also known as Conceptionists, Mary of Jesus wrote fourteen books, including a series of revelations about the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Her bilocation activity is said to have occurred between her cloistered monastery in rural Spain and the Jumano Indians of central New Mexico and West Texas, and inspired many Franciscan missionaries in the New World. In popular culture since the 17th century, she has been dubbed the Lady in Blue and the Blue Nun, after the color of her order’s habit.

I am currently reading Venerable Mary of Agreda’s “Mystical City of God”.  It is four volumes and possibly the biggest book on my Kindle. I have discovered, in Volume One, Chapter VI, an articulate recounting of a view of the perennial controversy amidst various schools of thought and theological points of view within The Roman Catholic Church and within Christendom at large.

The Second Vatican Council, Vatican II

The Second Vatican Council, Vatican II

It would appear that ever was it so, and even I myself in my own lifetime have seen the controversy and confusion arising out of the Ecumenical Council Vatican II at the end of the 60’s as a result of the agendas and narratives of various participants in the Council, including the infamous “Spirit of Vatican II” by which some parties, even those who did not participate, sought to append their own agendas onto the body of genuine theological work which the Council produced.

Pope Francis,

Pope Francis,

These days, and for the last several years under Pope Francis there seems to be a never ending stream of controversy emanating from Rome with respect to this or that fundamental doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. The sides are drawn up, the Pope stands in the middle, and while saying nothing dogmatic one way or another seems to have adopted a position of “We neither confirm nor deny” whatever the latest controversial topic may be.

So, as controversy seems to be “status quo” for the Catholic Church for many centuries, I expect we should not judge, not take sides, but simply have Faith and Trust in the King’s plan about which we really don’t know anything – it is, after all, “Above our Pay Grade”. This situation appears, quoting from “The Mystical City of God” to have been the case for centuries, and hopefully this quote will shed some useful light on “The Plan” which we are expected and commanded to Trust:

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“74. “And in order that thou mayest better understand the answer to thy doubt, remember, that there is neither any succession of time in my decrees, nor any need of it for the perception and the execution of them. (ed. God exists outside time in the eternal now)

75. “The existence of different opinions regarding these sacraments and other mysteries in the Church, arises from the fact that I manifest and give light concerning one set of mysteries to some teachers, and illumine others concerning other mysteries; for mortals are not capable of receiving all the light. It is not expedient: that the knowledge of all things be given to one man, as long as men are viators (travelers or pilgrims in this world).

For also in the state of comprehensors (one who comprehends; one who has attained a full knowledge), they obtain them in parts and according to the state and the merits of each. … mortals receive it neither entirely, nor is it always given so clearly, as to assure them altogether. Therefore they must acquire it by means of study and the use of letters and science There are also many truths revealed in holy Scriptures and to some men light is given from above.

Yet, as I leave most men to work by their natural light, it must follow, that they understand these mysteries in different senses, and that there exist different explanations and different meanings regarding the different passages in Scripture; for each adheres to his opinion according to his understanding. Many have a good intention and the light and truth is essentially one, but it is made use of with diversity of judgment and inclinations, so that some adhere to these teachers, others to those and so the controversies arise among them.”

77. “Take notice also, my spouse, that very often I permit and cause differences of opinions among the doctors and teachers. Thus some of them maintain what is true and others, according to their natural disposition, defend what is doubtful. Others still again are permitted to say even what is not true, though not in open contradiction to the veiled truths of faith, which all must hold. Some also teach, what is possible according to their supposition.

By this varied light, truth is traced, and the mysteries of faith become more manifest. Doubt serves as a stimulus to the understanding for the investigation of truth. Therefore controversies of the teachers fulfill a proper and holy end.

They are also permitted in order, to make it known, that real science dwells in my Church more than in the combined study of all the holy and perfect teachers, and that she can make them wise above the wisdom of the worldly wise; that there is above them One, who is the Prompter of the wise (Wis. 7, 15), namely, Myself; who alone knows all and comprehends all; who weighs and measures, without ever being measured or comprehended (Wis. 9, 13); that men, although they may search my judgments and testimonies ever so much, cannot attain them, unless I give the intelligence and light (Job 32, 8), who am the beginning and the Author of all wisdom and science.

I desire that men, in acknowledging all this, give Me praise, exaltation, confession, supremity and glory forever.”

78. “I desire also that the holy doctors acquire for themselves much grace, light and glory by their earnest, laudable and sacred study, and that the truth be more and more clearly detected and purified, and be traced to its source, By humbly investigating the mysteries and the admirable works of my right hand, they come to be partakers of them and of the bread of the understanding, the holy Scriptures (Eccli. 15, 3).

I have especially shown my Providence in regard to doctors and teachers, although their opinions and doubts have been so diverse and for such different ends. Sometimes, for my greater glory and honor, sometimes for earthly purposes, they are permitted to dispute, and to contradict each other; and there is a great inequality in the manner in which they have proceeded and do proceed to show their emulation and earnestness.

But with all this I have directed, governed and enlightened them, giving them my protection in such a manner, that the truth may be investigated and clearly manifested. The light has spread out, so that many of my perfections and wonderful works have been made known, and the holy Scriptures have been interpreted according to high standards, which has been very pleasing to Me.

For this reason the fury of hell, with inconceivable envy (especially in these, our times), has raised its throne of iniquity, pretending to engulf the waters of the Jordan (Job 40, 18), and obscure the light of holy faith by heretical doctrines and seeking to sow its false seeds by the help of man (Matth. 13, 25).

But the rest of the Church and its truths are in most perfect order; the Catholics, although much involved and blind in other respects, hold nevertheless the truths of faith and its holy light without diminution. I call all men with fatherly love to share this happiness, yet few are the elect, who choose to respond to my call.”

79. “I also desire thee to understand, my spouse, how well my Providence disposes things in such a way, that the teachers, by the diversity of their opinions, and by their own diligent exertion and study, scrutinize more deeply my testimonies and thus lay bare the marrow of the holy Scriptures to wayfaring men.

But it would be very pleasing to Me and in harmony with my service, if learned persons would extinguish and do away with pride, envy and ambition after vain honors; also all the other passions and vices, which arise from them, together with the bad seeds, that are likely to be generated from that sort of occupation (Matth. 13, 25).

But I do not root out this bad seed at present, in order that the good may not be rooted out with the bad.”

Venerable Mary of Agreda. The Mystical City of God: Complete Edition Containing all Four Volumes with Illustrations (Volume One chapter VI, para 74 – 79). Veritatis Splendor Publications. Kindle Edition.

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So, something to think about, Trust, perhaps the most difficult of virtues in a singularly distrustful, self-reliant world which has come to worship “Self” above even God.

I think some of us have an unfair advantage. It is easier for those of us with a military background, after spending years sometimes, following orders without knowing the big picture, to accept that the “Plan” is above our pay grade and to Trust that the King knows what he is doing. Military personnel give up worshiping themselves or they simply don’t last.

It has been my experience that modern society, especially our academics, progressive bureaucrats and the “Brights” of our day look down from their tower of self, on we military, serving and vets,  as “stupid” and “brainwashed” because we, the dogs in the back yard, learned honor and integrity, and volunteered to “go in harms way” to serve and protect others, even when those others hate us for our service … hmmm … the long haired screamers still offend even in their old age.

But we know that we chose to let ourselves be brainwashed, if that is what it is. To willingly accept the breaking down of the childish self and the rebuilding of that individual self into a member of a team with a purpose greater than the sum of the parts. To accept the uniform code of military conduct without having to think about it, to make a habit of all the little sacrifices daily in order to advance unit integrity, effectiveness and putting the mission first. Service and sacrifice Ad Aeternitatum.

That is really the essence of self-sacrifice, even in the world at large. Just look at what any loving mother or father go through for their children, even when the children don’t recognize or understand the sacrifices. And look at the daily sacrifices involved in simply trusting God’s plan.

The Brights and their progressive societal hangers-on are more deeply brainwashed and simply can’t see their reality because it’s all dressed up in bright shiny cool stuff that folks hang on their “I love me” wall. Everything and everyone that doesn’t agree with their world view is simply branded as “stupid” and Bulverised into oblivion. We just know that we are right, isn’t that so Justin?

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

But “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophyHamlet, Act I Scene v.

And Trust in God’s plan is an important constituent in charity, that is Love in the Agape sense. That charity which accepts that the right things have to be done even though some will not thank you and will ridicule you even while accepting your protection and help. Trust in God’s plan lends patience and kindness even to trying situations.

4 Charity is patient, is kind: charity envieth not, dealeth not perversely; is not puffed up; 5 Is not ambitious, seeketh not her own, is not provoked to anger, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth with the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

8 Charity never falleth away: whether prophecies shall be made void, or tongues shall cease, or knowledge shall be destroyed. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away.

11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. But, when I became a man, I put away the things of a child. 12 We see now through a glass in a dark manner; but then face to face. Now I know in part; but then I shall know even as I am known. 13 And now there remain faith, hope, and charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity. (1 Cor. 13: 4-13)

Cheers

Joe

Quid Hoc Ad Aeternitatum

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