On behalf of my bride Cyndi, I want to thank those who responded to her heartfelt letter. They know who they are because most of those who responded are the same few who have donated in the past, and a few of them were most generous in their caring and sharing. More importantly, God knows. They know we will especially keep them in our prayers and Holy Masses because we've either already thanked them personally or, if they did not have e-mails, are writing them by snail mail. Cyndi or I make a point to answer all donations with a personal note unless it is an anonymous contribution. You see prayers are the only way we can repay their generosity. They understand that.
I also try to answer most correspondence, however I've learned over the years, unfortunately sometimes the hardway, to not respond to every e-mail for we get many that love to bait, or to rag, while there are still others that love to hate. God love 'em because I don't know who else would, other than praying for them from a distance out of love for God. Anyway, the reason I felt necessary to write here is that they can say anything they want against me or this publication. I will let The DailyCatholic stand on its own by making every issue ever published available to all. As we have said often, prove us wrong. No one can.
However, when they make insinuations against the integrity of my wife, that's when my Irish gets ruffled. A string of e-mailers are out for us and that's fine, but I need to set the record straight to and about a certain collective cabal of monitor lizards (can't prove they're not all in contact with each other, but when it's almost word for word including a few of the same misspellings, one has to wonder just who the internet ignoramus is who fueled these popinjays to personally attack us). I've followed the advice of a few sage ones who have counseled the best recourse is to delete such postings, but it almost reached the spam stage with accusations that we're running a scam organization and have money to burn. Really? As a bonafide non-profit our files are an open book and anyone can check with the IRS. We haven't been able to break even over the past five years, but, as Cyndi pointed out, we accept that in living in the spirit of poverty.
That brings me to the accusations by said vermin above that Cyndi was fabricating the fact that we had only $80. a month to earmark for food. The integrity of my wife is beyond reproach. That I will not stand for. Therefore, I felt it necessary to write this response to those lurkers who love to hurl invectives and other critics out there who care nothing for what Christ says about bearing false witness.
Also, in the hopes that it might help others out there, the good people, many who are in the same boat as we have been, I'd like to share with you the specifics of just how we have been able to make it on around $80. a month since January. A good friend wrote and suggested we should be eating whole foods and grow our own garden, you know fresh veggies and fruits and drink raw milk and all that other good stuff you find in agricultural areas. In the city, where we live in an apartment, that is impossible. Besides, as anyone knows, health foods are overly expensive and taste, well, you be the judge. Does cardboard and yechh come to mind? She did suggest a way we could grow some tomatoes by hanging them but that will take several months to bear fruit.
Here's some food for thought. If the Jews could live on manna in the desert, why can't we live on the true Manna from Heaven - the Holy Eucharist? That should be all the food we need as Jesus makes so clear in St. John, chapter six. Many saints have. But I'm no saint, that's for sure, even though we both are striving for holiness, small steps at a time they might be. But He created us with that thing called fallen human nature and with tastebuds. The two often opt for not what's good for us, but what satisfies the palate. I'm guilty as charged on that.
Maybe it's the Scotch-Irish in Cyndi's lineage or my own miserly thriftiness or maybe it's all out of necessity, but when shopping, we watch every penny and choose those things that fulfill the four food groups while being able to stretch the meals. In fact, allow me to share with you the menu and budget lest anyone think it cannot be done. First of all, I am not now and have never been a vegetarian. Jesus wasn't. Why should we be? So let's begin with meat. We have no compunction in informing our readers that we patronize WalMart because they are the cheapest around for many items. That includes Flanders frozen homestyle quarter pound beef patties made in Georgia (yes, the one in the U.S. not Russia!) which come 20 to a box. They've had them for $6.98 each and we buy two. That's 40 hamburger patties for the month for $13.96. The last time we checked they had gone up a dollar to $7.98, but they're still worth it. Tell me where you can get 40 hamburgers for under $16. and I'm not talking White Castle gut bombs or sliders! We especially like these because they do not shrink when cooked. Besides, they mash up well and can serve as a meatloaf or for a casserole for variety with peas, carrots or corn. Cyndi, because of her digestive problems (caused not by what she eats but by what she can't eat due to having 85% of her upper intestines removed when we were still in Spokane), prefers chicken and really eats like a bird - always has, always will. We buy skinless chicken breasts that vary in price from $6.00 to $8.00 depending on size so we'll average it out to $7.00 for 12 breasts or legs and that can go an awfully long way the way Cyndi makes it. Two packages cost $14. with 24 pieces. She'll make a dish of chicken and rice and vegetables for a few meals, freeze it, and have it a week or two later again. That's what we mean by stretching. If hotdogs are on sale, we might buy a few packs at $1.00 a package of eight for 16 hotdogs just for variety.
Next we have the grain group. We average about six loaves of bread a month. Each loaf is .89 each for a total of $5.34. We look for sales when they have 10 for $10. items such as rice and we'll buy five boxes of various kinds of rice for $5. We use coupons to buy two jars of peanut butter for $4. Growing up we were poor at times and we got used to pb&j sandwiches, not to mention mustard sandwiches. I've outgrown the latter and the jams today can be too sweet so we stick to the standard smooth Skippy-like generic brand. We've found that generics have proven to be as good or better than name brands, although nothing beats General Mills' Bisquick which provides for pancakes on Fridays, alternated with French Toast. Outside of Lent, a box can last up to three months. We look for sales on cereals when they are $1.49 a box and average about six boxes a month for a total of around $8.94. Actually, if you buy two you get the third free with a coupon so the real total is $5.96.
Though we know fresh fruits and veggies are better for you, they don't last long before they go bad. Not so with canned goods. Thus, we buy 20 cans for $10. when they're two for a dollar. That includes generic canned peas, corn, green beans, and carrots as well as peaches, pears, red plums and fruit cocktail. A 5-lb bag of potatoes goes for $2.99 and Cyndi can be quite creative in the many uses of the spuds. Two heads of lettuce come to about $2. and we buy two bottles of salad dressing at $1. a piece; Ranch for Cyndi, Thousand Island for me. Having practiced fasting as part of our spiritual growth routine, it's become natural to have one meal a day; so much so it doesn't seem like fasting any more and we seek out other ways to fast, even though we're both past the age of mandatory fasts. There are other ways one can fast other than from food. They can, in fact, be more difficult. Oh, yes, believe me.
Finally we come to the dairy needs. Milk is necessary for cooking and a plethora of other things. We'll buy two one gallon jugs during the month for $3.98 and when on sale, 18 eggs for .99. On Fridays we might have a macaroni and cheese dish. They're three for $1. That and toast can make a meal go a long way. I had mentioned Cyndi's digestive problem after surgery and sometimes a cup of yogurt will fill her up. She might have that with a small piece of chicken. The yogurt cups are 10 for $5. and we'll buy 20 at $10. Though butter is better, beggars can't be choosy and we choose margerine which, with a coupon, only costs us $1.50 for a large tub and will last the month.
I'm going by the varoius receipts we've spent over the past four months. In February and March we cut down on the hamburgers and chicken and bought lots of tuna fish at 2 cans of Chicken of the Sea in water for $1.
Figure that out at 30 cans for a total of $15. That stretched us through almost two months with a large jar of mayonnaise for $2.98. Take off the $16. for hamburgers, chicken and hamburgers that wasn't spent during Lent and it's practically a wash. In addition, when on sale we buy in bulk so we already had a few boxes of crackers and soups that we've stretched over three months, not to mention the same for condiments, pasta, tomato paste and ten jars of turkey gravy we've been using since Thanksgiving. Bread and gravy can go a long way. So when you add it all up, it averages out to just around $80. per month. Am I being small when I say 'take that, ye naysayers!' Probably, but I have to admit it felt good. Again, blame it on my fallen human nature. Mea culpa.
Should we be eating better? That goes without saying, especially with our age and health problems, but we've managed to survive thus far and should be able to eat better foods with the donations that have come in. Again, we are most grateful to those who have responded. It's my own stubbornness that we did not inform our readers of our plight sooner, but considering Cyndi's condition I am genuinely concerned that something is seriously wrong with her digestive system while she is concerned that I'm not getting the proper nutrients. Probably not, but then again my dad lived to be 91 and ate anything and everything. It's probably the genetic makeup. My constitution can take it despite my ongoing diverticulitis, but Cyndi's system cannot. I ask you to especially keep her in your prayers and pray for those who have nothing better to do than to spew hate mail that "nobody can eat for $80. in a month but what do u [sic] expect because Catholics are nothing but money grubbers who exploit others with money scams and rape innocents and act holier then [sic] thou. They should be condemmed [sic] to Hell for their narrow minded hypocrasy [sic] and crooked idolitry [sic] of a man who was a Nazi."
The above misspellings were repeated by numerous e-mailers which can only mean a copy-and-paste operation from one source in an all-out spam campaign against us. That's alright. If only they would really read what is on The DailyCatholic they'd see we do not idolize Ratzinger. Oh, far, far, from it. Rather we pray for this man and those in his conciliar hierarchy for we must admit, though not a 'Nazi', we do agree he has been involved in 'money scams' and is hypocritical, not to mention he's not Catholic! We just pray he and those charlatans in purple and their lackey presbyters will convert in God's time before they face the eternal Judge for nothing will be hidden that will not be known. Was it not Jesus who said that? As for our response here to the lizard monitors out there governed by their own warped thinking, we can only pray for them, asking God's forgiveness and making reparation ourselves for ours and their sins of uncharity. Were it not for the merits of Christ, none of us would have faith, let alone hope or charity.
Over the years we have been relatively blessed not to be spammed as has been happening in the last few days following my publishing Cyndi's letter. As they say, all's fair in love and war. And we are in an intensified spiritual warfare on all fronts. In publishing the infrangible Catholic truths to the world it has to be expected eventually something like this would happen, especially with the way the conciliar church is imploding and the fact they call themselves 'Catholic'. We're a target. So be it. I just want to set the record straight. We know the invectives come with the territory and it proves one thing: you can take the bigot out of his or her element but you can't take the elements out of the bigot. It's really encouraging in a way, because it proves we are finally preaching not just to the choir but outside those boundaries to the rabble rousers out there whose anger seems to mirror the climate of many today. Many of those same viral e-mailers just might be out there protesting on this May Day when progressives are massing to push socialism and liberation theology, while Traditional Catholics are praying, honoring the special lady in our lives, the Blessed Virgin Mary during her special month of May.
Unfortunately May Day has become synonymous not with what it should be with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Rosary processions and bouquets, but with violent well-organized union protests that ape the Bolsheviks who created this atrocity in the very same year Our Lady appeared at Fatima to warn the world of what the errors of Russia would wrought. We did not listen. We reap the results nearly one hundred years later when our own Constitution is being ripped to shreads by a man in the White House who is openly socialistic and who has surrounded himself with known and admitted Communists, all with the Marxist intent of crushing the way of life we have become accustomed to. Considering the times and what Our Lady foretold, maybe being able to live on $80. a month is something everyone should get used to. We have proven it can be done.
Want more food for thought? Something else that might be the proof of what the Blessed Mother imparted to the real Sister Lucia Santos (Sister Marie of the Sorrows as a Dorothean nun in Tuy, Spain until 1948) has shown up on Tradition in Action on the Third Secret of Fatima in which they display what is purported to be an original of said arcanum in Portuguese penned in 1944. Atila Sinke Guimaraes, who speaks Portuguese fluently, has translated it into English. Bear in mind he is not a sedevacantist, and yet, if the document can be verified, it needs to be spread worldwide and made known in the highways and biways for it will prove what sedevacantists have been proclaiming all along: The chair of Peter is empty for we have not had a true Pope since His Holiness Pope Pius XII. It is very short and to the point. We can see what Our Lady requested was not done. Consider what Atila translated:
The emphasis above is provided by this editor, not by Atila nor was it on the original, of which a facsimile can be seen at Atila's site. The reference to moving the Holy See to Fatima is an interesting one, I would surmise something no one ever considered. We also know that a new 'cathedral' was built in Fatima but it sure wasn't according to Heaven's specs. Also, one has to be careful because St. Peter's was never called a 'cathedral' but rather a basilica. That is why it could very well be suspect. Other than that part, I might add that it might be our own imagination, the research we had done before editing it nine years ago, or the Holy Ghost's Own prompting back when we first wrote and copyrighted a certain novel in 1986, but the facts are that we basically wrote this very scenario including the physical destruction of much of the Holy See in White Smoke, Black Fire. That was way back when we were still very much rooted in the novus ordo. Without realizing how close we were to the truth when we first started writing it in the mid eighties, after our epiphany in 2000 we decided to publish it in serial form on these pages beginning in 2001. We suspect it was the Sanctifier inspiring us. How else can one explain the similarity of the scenario playing out today as to what Our Lady prophesied? As an example, see Part II, The Smoldering, Fifth Chapter, Episode Seven. With radical Islamic terrorism so rampant today and hate ruling minds and hearts, all courtesy of the devil, is total physical destruction of St. Peter's and Vatican City out of the realm of possibility? Hardly. Would God allow such a catastrophe? Again, re-read what Atila translated above.
Now I am going to reveal the third fragment of the secret: This part is the apostasy in the Church!
Our Lady showed us the individual who I describe as the 'holy Father' in front of a multitude that was cheering him.
But there was a difference from a true holy Father, his devilish gaze, this one had the gaze of evil.
Then, after some moments we saw the same Pope entering a Church, but this Church was the Church of hell; there is no way to describe the ugliness of that place. It looked like a gray cement fortress with broken angles and windows similar to eyes; it had a beak in the roof of the building.
Next, we raised our eyes to Our Lady who said to us: You saw the apostasy in the Church; this letter can be opened by the holy Father, but it must be announced after Pius XII and before 1960.
In the kingdom of John Paul II the cornerstone of Peterís grave must be removed and transferred to Fatima.
Because the dogma of the faith is not conserved in Rome, its authority will be removed and delivered to Fatima.
The cathedral of Rome must be destroyed and a new one built in Fatima.
If 69 weeks after this order is announced, Rome continues its abomination, the city will be destroyed.
Our Lady told us that this is written,[in] Daniel 9:24-25 and Matthew 21:42-44
Recall, of course, that any private revelation is subject to scrutiny and that the messenger's own viewpoints often play into the interpretations. Yet, if this document is authentic, it is none other than "Mary's 'Pope'" whom she has revealed as a false pontiff for she does not say the 'Papacy of John Paul II' in 1944, but the "kingdom" for it is a separate entity from the Church.
Of course, the only way that news of this long sought after document is going to be spread is over the internet for there is no media brave enough to expose this. What are they afraid of? Their own status and temporal treasures. It is the same with the lamestream media today who remain silent on the total criminal element within the White House and Congress today. Only a few are willing to peel away the onion.
In the secular sector, one of those not afraid to decorticate the rot beneath the allium cepa veggie bulb is
Glenn Beck who has become the Howard Beale of our day. (For those who saw the film Network you can relate and are most probably ready to shout from the rooftops "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more!") To use another metaphor, Beck is one of the few who is not afraid to pull back the curtain and reveal the wizard and the rest of the evil and corruption in our government today and how it dates back to Woodrow Wilson who was President during World War I, the Fatima apparitions and the Bolshevik revolution. Wilson was no friend of Catholics as Dr. Thomas A. Droleskey has dutifully documented several times in his columns at Christ or chaos. Tom is not a fan of Beck because Glenn is a fallen away Catholic who embraced Mormonism when he got married. Yet, Beck speaks more and more like a Catholic and has admitted it is his original Faith and schooling in which his principals are rooted. We intensify our prayers for his conversion back to the true Faith, but we also have to realize that it is not a step forward if one converts to conciliarism even though they falsely misrepresent such as 'Catholicism.' Again, read Tom's articles to see what it really is. Those who are regular readers of this publication know only too well. Anyway, it was Beck who said if you are going to take on big power such as the government or Church, expect to be bruised. That is part and parcel of the monster we face.
St. Paul said it better in chapter 5 and 6 of Ephesians, with the latter chapter instructing us as to what we need to gird ourselves with. It begins with grace as the armor of God, the loins of truth, the breastplate of justice (note, that is not Social Justice, code word for Communism), the shield of faith to offset the barbs of flaming darts be they words or literal weapons, and the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Word of God. One weapon not mentioned in that passage was what was bestowed to St. Dominic over a millennium later: the holy Rosary. The very weapon the Mother of God emphasized at Fatima, one we cannot ignore and must utilize to the best of our ability for satan hates it. It is vital to use this failsafe artillery to also fend off the thought police in these unruly politically correct times where morals are completely topsy turvy for our enemy is not necessarily our fellow human beings no matter how much they might rile us, but, as Paul identifies in chapter 6: 12, "against principalities and powers, against the rulers of wickedness in the high places."
And it is wicked people in high places as well that we must resist, whether it is Barack Hussein Obama and his Marxist minions or Benedict XVI and his ignoble ilk. But be assured they answer to a greater power, the very one pinpointed by St. Paul. That is why we must be prepared, pay attention to what is going on in our country, the world and even our own homes. The best way to combat them is through prayer. After all, knee-mail is so much more effective than e-mail for the latter, though frustrating, can be deleted; whereas communication with God goes immediately into the important file and is guaranteed to be answered.
Even though we can say 'sticks and stones can hurt my bones, but names will never hurt me,' we are all human and words can hurt. And yet, as Glenn said, expect to be bruised. That's another reason we all need nourishment both in our spiritual and temporal lives so we have the strength to take on the enemy in all forms. Another way to put it is is be prepared to take the heat or stay out of the kitchen. We've shown how to be frugal with goods in order to prepare us for what is to come. Yet, the ultimate and everlasting good that is to come when we have passed through this veil of tears is evidence that there is no price limits on the generosity of God. We should all have the hunger and thirst for Christ and His truths, digesting all that He has taught and passed down through the only Church He founded upon this earth, upon a Rock to be specific. On this day, what better bouquet can we offer His heavenly Mother than to love her divine Son more? Now that's truly food for thought.