A post in the Something About Mary Every Day In May series.

I never got to watch Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen when I was growing up. I think I’d only heard about him and I’d seen photos of him. Sometime around my conversion (give or take a few years) I saw his program, Life is Worth Living, on EWTN and realized what I’d been missing. (Video of Bishop Sheen below, links at the end of this post.)

Our Lady of Fatima, Portugal, 100 year anniversary. Free wallpaper from WallPaperCave.

At that time I still didn’t now what to make of Marian apparitions and it would be some years before I would dip my toe in the water. But now that I have, one apparition in particular means a lot to me. In Catholic-speak I would say I have devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. This talk by Archbishop Sheen will go some way in revealing why I like him so much and why Fatima means so much to me and not just me but countless others. And to the world, whether it knows it or not. Especially now.

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A sobering and chilling inside look at the workings of the Communist Party USA in the early to mid 20th century

School of Darkness, by Dr. Bella Dodd, is a thoroughly riveting account of a young girl who was born into a nominally Catholic family and hungered for meaning and direction, only to get sucked into the empty, destructive, and ultimately self-destructive, Communist path. The Party chewed her up and spit her out when she began to realize that it was not what it pretended to be. She dared to ask questions, which was unforgivable. Bella Dodd was a true believer in the Cause for many years only to realize that she had given her life to a phantasm. Nothing about Communism is real. Except its aim of total domination and its resulting (and inevitable) soul-crushing despair. But the Lord is always searching for His lost sheep and no one is beyond the reach of His helping hand. (Links to the ebook and to the Angelico Press edition at the end of this post.)

Bella was living in a “world of men who were determined to create new types of human beings who would conform to the blueprint of the world they confidently expected to control.” (Page 162. See note below for more.)

After immersing myself in that tale of unions, violence, and strikes, delusions and deceits, nihilism and other things I’m not used to, I felt shaken and sad. Glad that Bella’s story ended well. (Imagine receiving instruction in the faith from–oh, wait. If you don’t already know, I don’t want to spoil it for you.) Sad that so many thousands, tens of thousands–who knows how many?–were and will be so profoundly misled. But my study of this nightmarish cult of the collective has had one good result: my studies of the apparitions at Fatima have received new energy and urgency. I am more convinced than ever that Fatima holds the key to defeating Marxism. And that the only remedy for godlessness is God Himself. (I’d like to take credit for that wonderful line, but I think I read it recently. I’ll let you know when I track down the source.)

Update: Silly me! The line is from School of Darkness, though not the way I wrote it. Here’s the proper quote with context.

 “Those devoted to progressive education and to preparing youth to live in the “new socialist world” are abstractly sure of what they want, but they seem not to know that they work with human beings. Aside from teaching that children must learn to get along with other children, no moral or natural law standards are set. There is no word about how our children are to find the right order of harmonious living. I, too, had to learn by hard experience that you cannot cure a sick soul with more buildings or more playgrounds. These are important, but they are not enough. Abraham Lincoln, schooled in a one-room log cabin, received from education what all the athletic fields and laboratories cannot give. All his speeches reflected his love for his Creator. He knew that God is the cure for godlessness.” Bella Dodd, School of Darkness, end of page 136.

Much more on this and related subjects in the works.

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Dodd, Bella (2014-12-16). School of Darkness. The Kindle edition I quoted from is no longer listed on the Amazon site. Here are two other links for the book.

School of Darkness: Paperback. (Amazon affiliate link: I may make a small commission at no cost to you if you buy the book using my link. Thank you for helping support the site and to spread the word about the threat to the Church.)

School of Darkness: ebook in various formats at archive.org.

Please keep Jennifer in your prayersJust read that Jennifer Fulwiler is having some health problems and that she is asking for prayers, so I thought I’d pass this along. For those who don’t know, Jen is a former atheist who converted to the Catholic Church and was received in 2007. Since then she’s made quite the name for herself and she has become one of my favorite Catholic bloggers and speakers. Please keep her and her family in your prayers. (Please keep me in your prayers, too, I need all the help I can get!) Thank you and peace be with you.

Welcome Conversion Diary readers! As you’ve probably heard, Jen is in hospital with bilateral pulmonary embolisms. Please keep her in your prayers! She’s currently awaiting test results and in the process of making treatment decisions but I know she plans on updating you all soon!

Just found this post while searching for a particular Catholic Answers Live radio show to download and thought it was…interesting. It’s by someone using the name “DanielDonuts” on one of Richard Dawkins’ “content and discussion” forums at richarddawkinsDOTnet/discussions/644049-catholic-answers-live-with-sean-faircloth

I think it is time for atheists to take over this show: http://www.catholic.com/radio

Yesterday they had a show called Deconstructing Atheism.

Sean Faircloth called in and for quite some time debated a so-called former atheist turned Catholic named Edward Feser. On an almost daily basis this radio show spews hatred towards atheists – yesterday, for example, by saying that “sin darkens the intellect and makes you stupid”, i.e. implying that atheists are only atheists because of our “sin”. And Feser called RD a “loud mouth ignoramous”.

Every day this show could be inundated with atheist callers. Their phone number is 1-888-31TRUTH, they are on every weekday from 6-8 pm EST.

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I read this quote from the New Testament on the Freedom From Religion Foundation* website (http://ffrf.org) tonight:

Even Jesus Was** Against School Prayer “Thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men…” “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret.” – Matt. 6:5-6. [Quoted from url: http://ffrf.org/faq/state-church/prayer-in-public-school/%5D

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Before God revealed Himself, man sought to understand who & what he is and why he's here
Before God revealed Himself, man sought to understand who & what he is and why he's here.
I have atheist friends who tell me that religion is useles;, that while primitives may have needed it, we modern men certainly do not. To them I can only reply, “So you’ve answered it, then.”

“What?” they ask.

“The perennial question, asked by man since man began.”

“What question is that?”

“ ‘Who is man?’ ”

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We’re having our annual March for Life this weekend here in Birmingham (national March for Life is next weekend). I’ve been getting ready for it, ordered a sign to carry and a shirt to wear that may get here in time. If not, I’ve got others. I bought a Catholic Warrior, Defending the Faith t-shirt and a 100% Catholic t-shirt yesterday up at the EWTN gift shop. Bought a bunch of pro-life bookmarks and some signs a while back from Heritage House. My Saul Alinsky review is still in the works. I left my book bag at home today or I’d post something on it now. But I don’t want to work from memory. Suffice it to say that I’ve added more books to the reading list since the last time I posted. Added more history books and several books on evolution and atheism, including titles by Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion) and Darwin (a hardback volume entitled Evolutionary Writings, containing the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.) Funny, isn’t it, how most editions these days neglect to print the full title: Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of the Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. And I finally got a copy of Stephen Meyer’s Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design.

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