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Sunday, January 12, 2020

The Pope, The Chemist, The Truth

By Anna Von Reitz

It may have bypassed most people, but Pope Francis has an advanced degree in Chemistry.
He's a scientist under those priestly robes with a mind like a steel trap.

So how has it escaped his attention in the midst of all this talk about "Climate Change" ---that the atmospheric content of oxygen has dropped from 21% to just above 16%?

And that that is what is causing the gravitational shift and unsettling the magnetic dipole as well?
We know that oxygen is Anion ions in search of Cation ions. At the level of keylons it is highly charged and generating more than enough magnetic field force to cause gravitational attraction.

Read that: gravitational attraction has nothing to do with mass. It has to do with the amount of oxygen in our atmosphere and the magnetic field generated at its zero point. When you drastically reduce the amount of oxygen, you reduce the magnetic field strength and Earth begins to "wobble" and the magnetic pole begins to "walk"---which is what it is doing right now, straight toward Siberia.

It's not a matter of too much carbon dioxide.

It's a matter of too little oxygen.

If we increase the amount of oxygen instead of depleting it, things will return to normal. Minus, of course, the big fake emergency you've all engineered and the excuse you've drummed up for "carbon taxes" and oppressive "carbon regulations".

I suggest that you and all the Bully Boy corporate bosses and the P2 all do a 180, reverse throttle, and shift.

As we all know, oxygen is created by our little green friends, the plants, and especially the algae in the oceans (which the vermin have killed off with radiation) and the trees (which they have cut down and not replanted).

As we also have cause to know from recent events and the historical records and the United Nations ENMOD and Geoengineering and Weather Warfare treaties, that their Sky Jockeys have been "driving" the jet streams around like mobile water flumes and causing drought in one place and monsoons out of season in others.

The drought caused by this criminal idiocy is then used in an opportunistic fashion to set the stage for gigantic wildfires, exacerbated by spraying a bomb-like cocktail of flammable industrial metallic wastes all over the landscape --- and burning down more trees, causing more air pollution, and further depleting the atmospheric oxygen.

Pope Francis --- you have an advanced degree in chemistry.

I don't have to tell you that Lithium and Magnesium and powdered Aluminum Oxide are flammable. Turns out that all the other elements and compounds commonly found in "Chemtrails" are too--- every single one.

Are we supposed to believe this is a coincidence?

That all the industrial waste products that these corporations are spraying on us day after day just happen to be highly flammable materials that generate metallic combustion fires?

What plausible deniability do you have as a chemist for this apparently deliberate mis-representation of the whole situation?

Please tell us how you keep a straight face?

While we are on these subjects, let's give this factoid a thorough review for all the completely clueless politicians who flunked Eighth Grade Science.

Carbon dioxide makes up one three-hundredth of one percent of our atmosphere. That is: 1/300th of 1%.

Now, I know that thanks to dumbing down we have fewer and fewer math geniuses out there, but anyone can imagine cutting a big sheet cake into a hundred pieces and then taking one piece of that cake and cutting it into 300 itty bitty tiny little slices ---- and we can all see in our mind's eye what we wind up with: virtually nothing. Maybe half a crumb.

We are supposed to believe--- and you are standing there with a straight face telling us--- that this ridiculously small component of the atmosphere is causing any such affect as "Climate Change"?
Unless you are proposing that carbon dioxide acts as a catalyst in some as yet undiscovered, unpublished, undisclosed secret process, there is no way in-you-know-where that carbon dioxide plays any significant role in changing the climate or much of anything else.

Deliberately depleting our oxygen is a different story.

Any atmospheric scientist, any chemist, any oceanographer, anyone with any background in science at all has cause to know that all this talk about "Climate Change" being caused by carbon dioxide is complete and utter bunk.

Anyone who has thought about the "Greenhouse Gas Theory" for more than five minutes knows that that is complete bunk, too.

So seven billion people want to know how a guy with a degree in chemistry missed all of this?
We all want to know exactly why, in view of the facts, we shouldn't haul you and your guests and every politician who voted for the Paris Accords to the nearest dock?

We can give you all one-way tickets to Australia and a lifetime supply of garbage bags so you can help clean up the mess.

Pick up the bones of the billion-plus animals you killed for no good reason, animals that died in terror and torment because of Thugs and Liars and Evil-Doers ----and Fools who have believed this crap and shoveled it for you.

You should all be ashamed beyond all shame, especially when you reflect, that for all you have killed and destroyed, you can't give as much back as the life of a single ant.

My decree and judgment stands: all Catholic priests and all Bar Attorneys worldwide can have new jobs as gardeners Down Under.


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The J - Haplotype

By Anna Von Reitz

In the article just published and titled, "For the Sake of Peace", I discussed the three primary Elder Races from which the current Homo sapiens -- or as I should say, Homo sapiens species, are derived, because there are two extant species, both called generally "Home sapiens". 

This is the same kind of deceit we have with "judges" and "justices" both being spoken of as "judges", but actually being different offices.   Homo Sapiens and Homo sapiens sapiens are two different species, both being called "Homo sapiens".

If you study biological science, and especially if you study embryology and histology as I have, you will eventually find this out.  If you study law, especially law concerning probate and identity and identity theft, you will discover the same thing. 

There are literally two species of Homo sapien and they are related to each other by the same maternal mitochondria going all the way back to --- you guessed it --- Eve.

The first and elder species is simply called "Homo sapien" and the younger model off-shoot is called "Homo sapien sapien". 

Homo sapien is also called "Man" and Homo sapien sapien is called "Human" and together they are called "Mankind". 

All Homo sapiens as a class are descended to a greater or lesser extent from the "angels" -- the Reptilian super warriors who were bred by the All Seeing scientist-priests of the Sirius B star system to fight off other Reptilian invaders from the Orion and Draco star systems during The War in Heaven.

So, naturally enough, we all have Reptilian DNA--- Homo sapiens simply has more of it, than Homo sapiens sapiens. 

The difference shows up genetically as the J-Haplotype and as differences in skull structure.  The older model Homo sapiens have a severe reproductive glitch. Almost all Homo sapiens females died when giving birth, compared to 25% of Homo sapiens sapiens.

The problem is caused by the longer gestation period (eleven months) and especially by the large, elongated, two-plate skull structure of Homo sapiens, which doesn't allow for natural passage through the birth canal.

By the time Caesarian Section arrived to save the day and prolong the genotype, the population of Homo sapiens -- what we call the Nazca or Neantherthals -- had largely disappeared and been replaced by the smaller, more fecund Homo sapiens sapiens.

But just as they had a major reproductive problem, the original Homo sapiens also had a big advantage. 

They were (and are) much longer-lived than Homo sapiens sapiens, and they have physically larger craniums and brain capacities-- a third to one-half more brain capacity. They are also immensely strong, largely built, with thicker diaphragms, more lung capacity, denser bones, bluer blood that coagulates more quickly, more digits (typically six), and multiple sets of teeth.  A true Homo sapien can re-grow teeth just like a shark and live 500-600 years on average.

So not only do they have a much longer life span in which to accrue knowledge, they have greater brain storage capacity to match. 

However, as with penile structures, size doesn't necessarily matter.  They still have to make the right choices to benefit themselves or anyone else from their longer lives and larger brains, and that they have often  --and spectacularly--  failed to do.

Like their smaller and newer model half-brothers, Homo sapiens tend to waste their lives on sex, drugs, booze, and whatever other thrills they can get. If anything, they are even more secretive, arrogant, and perverse than Homo sapiens sapiens.

Like us, they tend to waste their inherent brain power on unworthy topics, like how to delude and better profit from the labor and subjugation of others, instead of making the effort to better themselves or the rest of Mankind. 

There are some exceptions to the rule.  There have been some great teachers and kindly hearts among the original Homo sapiens, but their efforts and aspirations for Mankind have largely been undermined by the greed and rapaciousness of their brethren. 

Homo sapiens sapiens by contrast live a maximum of around 120-30 years at the present time, get only one set of permanent teeth, and make do with their smaller brains by developing more nerve synapses and connections between the right and left hemispheres of the brain. 

In recent decades the effort to preserve the Homo sapiens species has led to genetic manipulation to shorten the length of their natural gestation period and otherwise compensate to allow female Homo sapiens to survive childbirth without undergoing Caesarian Section.

To put it bluntly, more recent, less emotionally evolved Home sapiens have developed the whole system of religion and laws deriving from religion as a means to control and exploit Homo sapiens sapiens. 

They have used both religion and law as a means to cheat and oppress Homo sapiens sapiens and to provide themselves and their servants with very luxurious lifestyles, political power and whatever else.

Now, with the chance to reproduce without restriction -- they see little reason to keep Homo sapiens sapiens around as anything but slaves, and they don't need seven billion slaves. 

Their computational abilities and relatively few connections between the left and right hemispheres of the brain are both traits that lead them to make decisions "by the numbers" and to discount emotional and moral concerns.

If a small lie serves their ends, they see no reason not to try a bigger lie....and a Bigger Lie and a BIGGER LIE.  In fact, it is something of a game with them to see how much they can get away with.  They take wagers on such things and take these wagers seriously, too. 

Brain power and brute strength, yes, moral values, conscience, and emotional content ---- not so much. 

So, yes, Virginia, there are so-called "Coneheads" in the Vatican and in Buckingham Palace and elsewhere, too.  That's who they are and where they come from and why they are here and how they are related to us and the highlights of their strengths and weaknesses.

I might add, that also like us, there are good and bad individuals among them, those who are more evolved and those who are not.

Many of Homo sapiens are deeply hurt and offended by our failure to appreciate the beauty of their elongated skulls and by our ignorant supposition that "Neanderthals" were --or are-- less intelligent. 

The few who are left have made enough of their gifts to rule the world by guile and deceit, even if they could not prevail at arms.

Generations of Homo sapiens sapiens have been enslaved and billions have been induced to slaughter themselves in senseless wars based on false premises, false flags, and simple -- if large -- lies.  And there are those who make the argument that we are too stupid to live.

This, then, is the source of our angelic -- reptilian -- heritage and how it has resulted in two species, "Man" and "Human", making up Mankind.

And now, we go to the Pleiades and the Children of Men, more ancestors of Homo sapiens sapiens, who have progressed on their own pathway since they made up the Merchant Caste here on Earth.

The Children of Men descend from the angels, too, and have a their own ancestry as descendants of a particular angel named "Men". For whatever reasons, the genetic content he passed along was of a gentler, more refined, more Teran (as in Terrapin) reptilian nature, with the result that the Pleiadeans have not struggled and stumbled over their reptilian ancestry to the same extent we have. 

The Pleiadean genetic quotient makes up a third of our genetic heritage more or less. Its from them that we inherit our cultural and group instincts, our family units, our bargaining and trading traditions, our sociability, our ability to work in teams and our basic sense of justice.

Thus, not only do we have two reptilian species derived from the same root ancestry and existing as Man and Human --- Home sapiens and Homo sapiens sapiens --- we also have a good dollop of additional, other, different-source reptilian genetic content from our ancestor, Men.

The confusion between "Man", "Men", and "Human" has existed since very ancient times. 

I think of it as "Snake Genes", "Turtle Genes", and "Snake-Turtle Genes" respectively, just to keep it straight---and all of this inheritance comes down to us from the "Angels"--- the Seraphs, both those Fallen and those Loyal, who were, and are, Great Reptilian Warriors bred by the All Seeing --first in the Sirius B star system, and later, in the Orion star system.

This is your human heritage--- though admitting your debts to reptilian bloodlines may not be comfortable or pleasant to contemplate, it is nonetheless the truth, and we wouldn't be here or be what we are, for better or worse, without them. 

So being descended from the angels doesn't quite mean what we thought it meant.  Being "men" doesn't mean what we thought it meant, either. 

And we can more clearly see the sources of our war-like impulses, our competitiveness, our Either/Or thinking, our hardness of heart, our misuse of our intelligence as a weapon, and our lack of emotional wholeness that stems from not having enough connections between the right and left hemispheres of our brain.

Once you consciously see this you can make other choices. From "knowing yourself" and knowing your actual history, you can come to grips with the things that seem natural to you, but which are actually the result of purposeful genetic engineering that took place on distant planets eons ago. And you can make conscious correction.

You can teach yourself to use your reptilian strength and intelligence for good.  You can consciously create more connections between the hemispheres of your brain and regain your emotional connectivity. You can expand your repertoire of thinking patterns far beyond Either/Or.  Despite everything, you can humble yourself and open your heart and be healed. You can ask for help, and then all you have to do, is accept it when it comes.

The War in Heaven ended long ago.  The Founders, the Pleiadeans, the Great Dragon Lords, and the All Seeing have gathered to end the last vestiges of it, here on Earth.

So what about the Wild Card?  Your inheritance from the All Seeing?

The All Seeing are not reptilian at all.  They are warm-blooded as we are and they appear to be comely men, who serve the Almighty and True God, our Beloved Creator. To them is granted the gift to see the past and the future, to know what is good and what is bad, to be able to heal what is seen and what is unseen, to nurture and to understand and to be complete and whole within the greater whole of Creation. They are given the peace of the True God which passes our understanding.

The All Seeing are known as The Wise -- but the Liars also call themselves "the" Wise, in the sense of "getting wise" and "Wise Guys". 

The All Seeing cannot be fooled by the lies and con games of the Liars. They see through falsehood as easily as looking through a pane of glass, straight to the heart of the truth.  They act from that truth, and their deeds are mighty. Their renown lives in all times and places, and they are called the Sons of God.  

They gift you with your passion and high emotions, your understanding of words and your inborn sense of conscience and justice. They give you your power of true imagination, and the ability to weld thought and feeling into fact. As the True God is the Wisdom and the Well-Spring, they make themselves the Fountain, and pour forth their Father's Glory.   

This is your inheritance from them.

Use their gifts and powers to re-imagine yourself and your world, not according to the lies and false presumptions of those having an interest in promoting themselves through your demise, but according to the image and will and majesty of Our Father in Heaven.

Homo sapiens sapiens might appear to be a small and insignificant creature, weak and short-lived and foolish, easy to deceive, easy to kill, vain, often insensitive, prone to selfishness, stiff-necked, noisy, and they create a lot of trash. 

What can I say?  Our Father has a great sense of humor.

To us, unworthy and confused as we are, has been given a destiny of great glory and honor, a destiny that others are more aware of than we are, and which they covet and some would seek to destroy. 

Hold fast to your inheritance from the All Seeing.  Turn on your Shinola Sensors and peg them on "High" so that when the Liars come, you will know the truth.  When they want you to hate, turn away from their speech.  When they want you to fear, shut your ears. Turn your face away from their distractions, deceits, and sideshow entertainments. 

Heal. Let go. Accept. Ask for help. And keep your eye on the ball.

Your destiny is different than theirs, by the Grace of God. And your inheritance is certain.


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For the Militarists

By Anna Von Reitz

I often encounter people, mostly from military backgrounds, who talk about me as if I weren't standing in front of them, as if, indeed,  I were instead an inanimate object or some other "she" in another place entirely.  These men are also invariably the type who discredit and discount women, the sort who strut around as if they had a broomstick up their butts saying things like, "She's only a woman."

My reaction to them is just an invariable.  I wonder what kind of down-trodden  woman their own mothers must have been, to receive back that kind of disrespect from their sons.  I also wonder what kind of men their fathers were to allow it.  And then I go briskly on, explain what I need to explain to them, and move away at a jog-trot. 

My own parents had such a happy and mutually respectful adjustment to the battle of the sexes, such a calm equanimity in the face of their differences, that the idea of one being significantly in servitude to the other is foreign to me. 

To be sure, my Mother cooked my Father's meals and ironed his shirts and kept his laundry spotless, but on the other hand, he toted her groceries and mowed her lawn and fixed her roof--- or made sure that someone else was hired and paid to do it.  It all got shared out and nobody in our family attached any importance to these chores of life.  There was no inferiority or superiority at issue. 

If pushed into service, my Father was able to cook and clean and wash clothes with the best of them.  He certainly knew how to sit down in a chair and read stories and have children and dogs and cats clamber all over him.  My Mother could saw lumber and true up floor joists and shoot a woodchuck at a hundred yards, as well as forage through the surrounding forests for herbs and berries and mushrooms like a Truffle Pig, and host a gracious Sunday dinner for eight without raising an eyebrow.

They got along so well most of the time that it was like hand and glove. If anyone had ever dared to disrespect my Father, they would have had my Mother to contend with, and vice versa, though I can't think of any instance where that ever happened. 

My own married life has been similarly happy and even-keeled.  My husband and I are both introverts so that's a bit different, but otherwise our household and our sharing of tasks and roles has been easy and equitable.  I let him shoot any charging moose or bear that threatens, and he lets me spray rosewater on the flannel sheets, and we get along famously. 

So with that as a proviso, I don't understand people who are hung up on sex-based superiority complexes.  And I don't like being talked about in the guise of an object, like a table or a sideboard in need of repair or relocation.

These same men (and sometimes women) also have a tendency to say things like, "Nobody could know all that stuff."  and "I wonder what her Handlers fed her today."

Well, let's see....  

By the age of 23, I had majors in Biochemistry and English Literature and was halfway through a Master's Degree, studying Histology.  Hmm.  It's been forty years since then. 

Granting that I have spent at least half my time since then raising kids, chasing dogs, working at jobs and running my own business--- unlike everyone else (apparently) I never stopped going to school.  I never stopped reading, studying, observing, and learning. 

What can you do with a firm college education in both the humanities and sciences, and twenty years to pursue any other subjects you wish?  Well, that's time enough for three Doctorate Degrees without sweating it, or ten more Baccalaureate Majors, or five Master's Degrees. 

So, yes, Major Dodge, I can know all that I know, and legitimately, too.  I am old enough and have spent my days in the academic trenches and my nights solving ciphers.

That is not to say that I don't benefit a great deal from the scholarship and research of many, many other patriots and people from all walks of life and areas of expertise, because I do. That's part of the advantage of having a great education.  It allows you to communicate with others across a broad spectrum of subjects and enables you to benefit from their knowledge and to share yours, too. 

Over time, that allows you to connect dots and jump over tall buildings with a single bound.  And it doesn't matter which sex you are, either.

Nothing that I have achieved should be considered extraordinary or unusual. My expertise across a range of subject areas should be common as dirt for a woman my age, and the fact that it is not, doesn't mean that I am so exceptional.  It means that a lot of other people haven't made the effort to explore their own world.

I didn't start out to study law or history or theology or pharmacology or art. I encountered these subjects out of necessity.  I didn't plan to study civil engineering, statistics, communications, land surveying or materials science, either.  Business management and accounting?  Are you kidding?  All that, too, came with the turf of my life, my jobs, my business endeavors, and my family.

The difference is, that instead of spending my days and nights glued to the television watching re-runs of Columbo, I spent my time reading and thinking and experimenting and building and exploring the world around me.  I didn't sit around in a bar wondering what to do next.

I've kept busy learning and observing the Earth and the world that men built upon it, all the days of my life. I've employed my mind and engaged my heart, and as a result, I don't need any "Handlers" to "feed" me anything, thank you. 

Also as a result, I don't feel isolated from my world, like a separate thing set apart from it, that inanimate object that "she" represents, existing in my own little cell of a space suit waiting for the time allotted to me to run out.  

Instead, I've learned that I and everyone and everything else on this planet and in this world make up a whole. We are all part of it and it is part of us. High time we realized that fundamental fact and started thinking in those terms, too.  

Earth to NASA.... Earth to Pentagon....Earth to Australian Defense Ministry....

That's the way it actually is, and we do nothing but harm ourselves and each other if we miss that basic point. 

In my long mental and spiritual battle with the Cabal I have often observed their smug and self-satisfied concentration on themselves and their schemes and their secret social networks and ancient deceits. 

And I have just as often thought, my God, my God.... these people can find nothing better to do?  No better way to live?

They must be bored senseless. They must have no better expectations of themselves or of life, than to chase around after "symbols of value" and concoct infantile sting operations to fool the unsuspecting public.

Now, all those military types who wonder who my "Handlers" are, have tried to beat the cabal at the cabal's own game.  They have tried to out-lie the liars and find even better ways to cook the books, ever more mechanized ways to fool the public, more secret and complex codes to pull the strings....all in the name of protecting this country and "the free world". 

All they have accomplished by this is to make themselves into liars and crooks just like their adversaries, and to form their own criminal syndicates and networks, while de facto preying upon and deceiving the same people they are supposed to be protecting. 

Sometimes fighting fire with fire isn't such a great idea. Sometimes it just blows back on you and creates a bigger conflagration.   

So we have crime syndicates and weird pagan religious cults running the Roman Catholic Church as a storefront --- and attempting to move on to new digs at the United Nations, fully intending to use it as a storefront, too. 

And we have almost the entire Law Enforcement community ultimately on the payroll of this venal organization, plus the military and "intelligence agencies" trying to out-con the con artists--- and only corrupting their own organizations in the process. 

If it weren't so dangerous and nasty, I could afford to stand back and regard the whole situation as ridiculous and strangely funny.

For myself, I don't try to combat lies with more lies. 

That's like trying to add negative numbers together in hopes of getting a positive result --- and everyone I am talking to has already tried to do exactly that with the federal debt accounting system. 

No, my solution to The Problem is quite different.  If we are going to ever have a Free World, fundamental changes must be made to reconstruct the world that exists, changes to our assumptions, changes to our understanding, changes to the way we do things, and all those "secrets" need to go.

The Unsuspecting Public needs to suspect.   And observe.  And armed with a new way of seeing things, needs to take action, too.

My solution isn't about favoring this or that bad option, doesn't involve pitting competing criminal cabals against each other, doesn't promote Corporate Feudalism, and doesn't pretend that telling huge lies and diddling little children is a religion. 

My solution is about providing a stable and honest platform to support life and social interaction on this planet, something that is good for everyone, and which harms none.  A transparent way for everyone to get ahead and be limited by nothing but their own imagination.  A system based on what is true, instead of promoting what is false.


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First Sunday After Epiphany

Rev. Fr. Leonard Goffine's
The Church's Year

In the Introit of the Mass of this day the Church exhorts us to a joyous adoration of Christ by the following words:
INTROIT Upon a high throne I saw a man sitting, whom a multitude of angels adore singing together: behold Him the name of whose empire is to eternity (Is. 6). Sing joyfully to God, all the earth: serve the Lord with gladness (Ps. 99:2). Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
COLLECT Attend, O Lord, we beseech Thee, of Thy heavenly mercy, to the desires of Thy suppliant people; and grant that they may both perceive what they ought to do, and may have strength to fulfill the same. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the Unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end, Amen.
EPISTLE (Rom. 12:1-5). Brethren, I beseech you by the mercy of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing unto God, your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world, but be reformed in the newness of your mind: that you may prove what is the good, and the acceptable, and the perfect will of God. For I say, by the grace that is given me, to all that are among you, not to be more wise than it behooveth to be wise, but to be wise unto sobriety: and according as God hath divided to every one the measure of faith. For as in one body we have many members, but all the members have not the same office: so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another in Christ Jesus our Lord.
EXPLANATION The apostle entreats, even conjures us by all the mercies we have received to bring to God a living sacrifice; namely, the mortification of our carnal desires, and the practice of every virtue, a holy, pure and immaculate sacrifice agreeable to God, intended for His glory alone; not a dead sacrifice as the Jews offered by killing animals, nor an unholy one as the Gentiles offered by polluting their bodies. This living, holy, God-pleasing sacrifice should be the offering of our body; but this does not exclude the sacrifice of our spirit, because all our actions, the corporal as well as spiritual, should be directed to God, the end for which we were created. The sacrifice of the spirit is made when we overcome pride, anger, impatience, etc., and by avoiding willful distractions during prayer and divine worship. Like David we should have a contrite and humble heart to present to the Lord; this is a most pleasing sacrifice in His eyes, one which He will never despise. Thus we render a reasonable service, and are, as St. Peter says (I Pet 2:9), a kingly priesthood, because we govern, like kings, our evil inclinations, and offer with body and soul a continual sacrifice to God. The apostle further exhorts us not to become like the world, that is, not to follow the corrupt manners and principles of the children of the world; not to desire those things at which the world aims; not to love that which the world loves; not to act as the world acts; but rather seek constantly to change our evil disposition, by combating our corrupt and evil inclinations and by practicing virtue instead. We must cease to be the old worldly man, and become a new heavenly man; to be such, we must carefully seek to know in all things what is pleasing to God, and therefore perfect and good. This is the necessary science to which St. Paul alludes, when he says that we should not wish to know more than is proper. All worldly arts and sciences will not help us to gain heaven, if we do not endeavor to learn thoroughly that which faith teaches, and what God demands. Even if we have made great progress in this holy science we should not presume to think more of ourselves than what we really are, nor violate charity by contempt of others less instructed, for God gives to every one, in some measure, the gift of faith. This gift of faith we should use in order to continually glorify the body of Christ, His Church, Whose members we are, and enable us to lead such a life that others, being edified, may be brought into the true fold.
ASPIRATION Grant, O Jesus, that by mortification, humility, and contrition, I may offer my body and my soul as a living, holy, and pleasing sacrifice to Thee, and that I may never defile them by impurities.

GOSPEL (Lk. 2:42-52). And when Jesus was twelve years old, they going up into Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast, and having fulfilled the days, when they returned, the child Jesus remained in Jerusalem; and his parents knew it not. And thinking that he was in the company, they came a day's journey, and sought him among their kinsfolks and acquaintance. And not finding him, they returned into Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his wisdom and his answers. And seeing him, they wondered. And his mother said to him: Son, why hast thou done so to us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said to them: How is it that you sought me? did ye not know that I must be about my Father's business? And they understood not the word that he spoke unto them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth; and was subject to them. And his mother kept all these words in her heart. And Jesus advanced in wisdom, and age, and grace with God and men.
Why did our Savior go with His parents to Jerusalem to the temple?
Because God commanded (Deut. 16:16) that all the male Israelites should appear, three times a year on certain festivals, and offer sacrifice to Him in the temple; Jesus fulfilled this commandment to set us an example that we, according to the will of the holy Catholic Church, should willingly and devoutly be present at the services of the Church on Sundays and holydays of obligation. Neither the distance from the church nor the difficulties of the way should prevent our attendance, since Jesus did not shun a three days' journey to the temple.
Why does the gospel say according to the custom of the feast?
That we may understand, that like Mary and Joseph, we should be punctual in observing the ecclesiastical festivals and holy usages, and like true Catholics, should observe them. Parents should require their children at an early age to take part in prayer, attend church and school, and see that they conduct themselves quietly and reverently while there. Mary and Joseph took the holy Child Jesus with them to the temple.
Why did the child Jesus remain in Jerusalem?
Because of His love of prayer and communion with His Heavenly Father, and to show, even then, some rays of His divinity, by which to make known that He had come for the glory of His Father, and to procure our salvation. The glory of God and the salvation of our souls should be our chief object in life.
Why did Mary and Joseph search so diligently for Jesus?
Because they were fearful lest they should lose Him Whom they loved so exceedingly. We should learn from this, how careful we should be not to lose Jesus by sin, or having lost Him, how anxiously we should seek by penance to find Him. The parents of Jesus, by their diligent search and inquiries for the divine Infant, teach and rebuke those parents who care less for the Christian education of their children than for their temporal advantages, who pay no attention to the persons with whom their children associate, nor to the places which they frequent, whether they learn things that are useful to them, and who for the sake of some temporal advantage permit their children sinful intimacy with evil-minded persons. From these parents God will one day demand the souls of their children with severest justice.
Why was our Savior found in the temple in the midst of the doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions?
To teach us that we ought to seek the knowledge necessary for our salvation, and attend carefully to the sermons and instructions on Christian doctrine; we should by no means be ashamed to ask questions of our pastors when we are in doubt, and should listen to their answers. Was Christ, the Eternal Wisdom, ashamed to ask questions and to answer? Why should we ignorant people hesitate? It is much to be regretted that persons who have many important things concerning their spiritual welfare on their minds, through pride and false shame, would rather go to perdition than ask advice, solely for fear of showing their ignorance.
Why did Mary say: Son, why hast thou done so to us?
These words were forced from her by pain at the absence of her Son, Whom she loved above all things, and not by indignation, for He was blameless. Mary's conduct should teach parents to remember their duty of caring for their children, and punish them when they do wrong.
He was subject to them (Lk. 2:51).
From this all Christians should learn to be obedient to the commandments of God and of the Church. God has united life or death, blessing or malediction with obedience or disobedience to His commandments, and the Bible (I Kings 15:22) shows that obedience pleases God more than sacrifices or the fat of rams, and that He despises disobedience as He does witchcraft and idolatry. We must be obedient to the Church, because Christ Himself with His holy Spirit lives in her, and governs her, and has said: Who hears not the Church, let him be to thee a heathen and a publican, therefore, shut out from eternal life. We must be obedient to our parents, because they are placed over us by God, and we are indebted to them, under Him, for life and many benefits. Those children who do not assist their parents when they are old, poor, and helpless, or are ashamed of them, have reason to be afraid, since even Christ Jesus, the God-Man, was obedient and subject in all things to His poor mother, and to a humble mechanic who was only His foster-father. Cursed be he that honoreth not his father and mother (Deut. 27:16); how much more cursed those who despise, deride and abandon their parents? Their eyes will one day be picked out by ravens (Prov. 30:17). If God commanded obstinate and disobedient children to be stoned (Dent. 21:20), what do those not deserve who even strike or abuse their parents?
How did Jesus advance in age, wisdom and grace?
He showed new effects of the wisdom and grace with which He was filled, as He advanced in years, and thus teaches us to progress the more in virtue, and fulfill the duties of our state in life that we may attain perfection hereafter.
ASPIRATION Most amiable Jesus! Who in the twelfth year of Thy age, didst permit Thyself to be found in the temple by Thy parents, and, as an example for us, wast humbly obedient to them, grant that we may diligently attend to the important affair of our salvation, willingly carry the yoke of Thy law from our youth, and be always obedient to the laws of Thy Church, to our parents, and superiors. Prevent uneducated youth from growing reckless, and preserve them from a scandalous life. Give parents wisdom and grace to educate their children according to Thy will in all virtue. Grant to us all, that we may never lose Thee by sin, or if we have lost Thee, anxiously to seek Thee, happily find Thee, and with Thy grace more and more increase in wisdom and in virtue. Amen.
They found Him in the temple (Lk. 2:46).
Many people deceive themselves in regard to true piety, because their imagination represents it to them according to the effect produced by their passions or disposition of mind. He who fasts often and willingly believes that he is pious, though in his heart he nourishes a secret hatred, and while he fears to wet the tip of his tongue with wine, even with water, lest he should not live temperately enough, finds pleasure in detraction and slander, that unquenchable thirst for the blood of his neighbor. Another, because he is accustomed daily to recite a long string of prayers, esteems himself pious, though he gives vent afterwards to haughty, bitter, offensive language, hurting people at home and abroad. Another keeps his purse open for the poor, but keeps his heart ever closed to the love of his enemy, whom he will not forgive; another forgives his enemy with all his heart, but will not pay his creditors, until forced by law. All these think themselves pious, and are perhaps so regarded by the world, but in truth they are far from being pious. In what then does true piety consist? In the perfect love of God. This love is called the beautiful love, because it is the ornament of the soul, and attracts to itself with complacency the eyes of the Divine Majesty. When it strengthens us to do good, it is called the strong love; when it causes us to do that good quickly, carefully, and repeatedly, it is called piety. The ostrich has wings, it is true, but never uses them to fly; the chickens fly heavily and not high; but the eagles, the doves, and the swallows, fly high and swiftly, and do not easily tire. The sinners are but earthly people, they creep upon the ground; the just, who are still imperfect, rise, it is true, towards heaven but seldom, and then but slowly and heavily. But there are some, true, pious souls, who like the doves and the eagles soar high on strong, swift wings to God. In a word, piety is nothing else than a certain active, swift energy of the spirit, with which the strong love in us, or we with it, performs, as far as it is possible to us, all good. As the strong love urges us to keep God's commandments, the perfect love, that is, piety, urges us to keep them carefully and with all possible zeal.
No one is just or pious who does not keep all God's commandments without exception; for, to be just we must possess the strong love, and to be pious we must possess besides, a certain eagerness to profit by all the occasions of doing good, that present themselves. Thus St. Francis de Sales writes in his Philothea, from which it is seen that true piety consists not in special devotions, or the practice of special good works, but in the zealous, earnest, continuous obedi­ence to the commandments and performance of duty for the love of God.