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Friday, November 13, 2015


When Leofric the Dane was Lord of Coventry, in the year 1040, he heavily increased his taxes on the townsfolk. Then people met together and sent their chief men to implore his wife, the Lady Godiva, who was greatly beloved by them for her many gracious acts to the sick and the poor, to plead with her lord to remit some of the heavy taxes.

Accordingly Lady Godiva pleaded with her lord on their behalf, but he roughly refused, saying, "Shameless are you to plead for these base, whining serfs."

"Shameless am I? Then shameless will I be indeed, and we shall see whether these serfs be base or honorable," replied she with spirit. "For I will ride through this town, clad in nought but my long tresses, if I can thus turn you from your cruel purpose."

"Ride thus, and I yield," he replied. Lady Godiva sent out word to the townsfolk of her bargain, and on the following morning she rode from end to end of the town of Coventry, and every inhabitant remained within doors as she rode, to spare their beloved benefactor any possible feeling of shame. Leofric kept his word to his wife. The burden of the people was removed, and to this day the citizens of Coventry delight to do honor to the memory of Lady Godiva.

~ from volume 17, page 6292, of the 1941 edition of The Book of Knowledge

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Monday, October 26, 2015


It originated in a satire site, but the media was quick to pick it up and run with it as fact. They took Pope Francis' final speech to the Synod on the Family and inserted the following: "I see in Senator Bernard Sanders a man of great integrity and moral conviction, who understands these principles and genuinely wants what's best for all people." It's not there, folks. But the media will run with this disinformation and many gullible people will believe it.

Here is the entire speech, the real one, by Pope Francis:

Dear Beatitudes, Eminences and Excellencies,
Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I would like first of all to thank the Lord, who has guided our synodal process in these years by his Holy Spirit, whose support is never lacking to the Church.

My heartfelt thanks go to Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod, Bishop Fabio Fabene, its Under-Secretary, and, together with them, the Relator, Cardinal Peter Erdő, and the Special Secretary, Archbishop Bruno Forte, the Delegate Presidents, the writers, consultors and translators, and all those who have worked tirelessly and with total dedication to the Church: My deepest thanks!

I likewise thank all of you, dear Synod Fathers, Fraternal Delegates, Auditors and Assessors, parish priests and families, for your active and fruitful participation.

And I thank all those unnamed men and women who contributed generously to the labors of this Synod by quietly working behind the scenes.

Be assured of my prayers, that the Lord will reward all of you with his abundant gifts of grace!

As I followed the labors of the Synod, I asked myself: What will it mean for the Church to conclude this Synod devoted to the family?

Certainly, the Synod was not about settling all the issues having to do with the family, but rather attempting to see them in the light of the Gospel and the Church’s tradition and two-thousand-year history, bringing the joy of hope without falling into a facile repetition of what is obvious or has already been said.

Surely it was not about finding exhaustive solutions for all the difficulties and uncertainties which challenge and threaten the family, but rather about seeing these difficulties and uncertainties in the light of the Faith, carefully studying them and confronting them fearlessly, without burying our heads in the sand.

It was about urging everyone to appreciate the importance of the institution of the family and of marriage between a man and a woman, based on unity and indissolubility, and valuing it as the fundamental basis of society and human life.

It was about listening to and making heard the voices of the families and the Church’s pastors, who came to Rome bearing on their shoulders the burdens and the hopes, the riches and the challenges of families throughout the world.

It was about showing the vitality of the Catholic Church, which is not afraid to stir dulled consciences or to soil her hands with lively and frank discussions about the family.

It was about trying to view and interpret realities, today’s realities, through God’s eyes, so as to kindle the flame of faith and enlighten people’s hearts in times marked by discouragement, social, economic and moral crisis, and growing pessimism.

It was about bearing witness to everyone that, for the Church, the Gospel continues to be a vital source of eternal newness, against all those who would “indoctrinate” it in dead stones to be hurled at others.

It was also about laying closed hearts, which bare the closed hearts which frequently hide even behind the Church’s teachings or good intentions, in order to sit in the chair of Moses and judge, sometimes with superiority and superficiality, difficult cases and wounded families.

It was about making clear that the Church is a Church of the poor in spirit and of sinners seeking forgiveness, not simply of the righteous and the holy, but rather of those who are righteous and holy precisely when they feel themselves poor sinners.

It was about trying to open up broader horizons, rising above conspiracy theories and blinkered viewpoints, so as to defend and spread the freedom of the children of God, and to transmit the beauty of Christian Newness, at times encrusted in a language which is archaic or simply incomprehensible.

In the course of this Synod, the different opinions which were freely expressed – and at times, unfortunately, not in entirely well-meaning ways – certainly led to a rich and lively dialogue; they offered a vivid image of a Church which does not simply "rubberstamp," but draws from the sources of her faith living waters to refresh parched hearts.

And – apart from dogmatic questions clearly defined by the Church’s Magisterium – we have also seen that what seems normal for a bishop on one continent, is considered strange and almost scandalous for a bishop from another; what is considered a violation of a right in one society is an evident and inviolable rule in another; what for some is freedom of conscience is for others simply confusion. Cultures are in fact quite diverse, and each general principle needs to be inculturated, if it is to be respected and applied. The 1985 Synod, which celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the conclusion of the Second Vatican Council, spoke of inculturation as "the intimate transformation of authentic cultural values through their integration in Christianity, and the taking root of Christianity in the various human cultures." Inculturation does not weaken true values, but demonstrates their true strength and authenticity, since they adapt without changing; indeed they quietly and gradually transform the different cultures.

We have seen, also by the richness of our diversity, that the same challenge is ever before us: that of proclaiming the Gospel to the men and women of today, and defending the family from all ideological and individualistic assaults.

And without ever falling into the danger of relativism or of demonizing others, we sought to embrace, fully and courageously, the goodness and mercy of God who transcends our every human reckoning and desires only that “all be saved” (cf. 1 Tm 2:4). In this way we wished to experience this Synod in the context of the Extraordinary Year of Mercy which the Church is called to celebrated.

Dear Brothers,

The Synod experience also made us better realize that the true defenders of doctrine are not those who uphold its letter, but its spirit; not ideas but people; not formulae but the gratuitousness of God’s love and forgiveness. This is in no way to detract from the importance of formulae, laws and divine commandments, but rather to exalt the greatness of the true God, who does not treat us according to our merits or even according to our works but solely according to the boundless generosity of his Mercy (cf. Rom 3:21-30; Ps 129; Lk 11:37-54). It does have to do with overcoming the recurring temptations of the elder brother (cf.Lk 15:25-32) and the jealous laborers (cf. Mt 20:1-16). Indeed, it means upholding all the more the laws and commandments which were made for man and not vice versa (cf. Mk 2:27).
In this sense, the necessary human repentance, works and efforts take on a deeper meaning, not as the price of that salvation freely won for us by Christ on the cross, but as a response to the One who loved us first and saved us at the cost of his innocent blood, while we were still sinners (cf. Rom 5:6).

The Church’s first duty is not to hand down condemnations or anathemas, but to proclaim God’s mercy, to call to conversion, and to lead all men and women to salvation in the Lord (cf. Jn 12:44-50).

Blessed Paul VI expressed this eloquently: "We can imagine, then, that each of our sins, our attempts to turn our back on God, kindles in him a more intense flame of love, a desire to bring us back to himself and to his saving plan… God, in Christ, shows himself to be infinitely good… God is good. Not only in himself; God is – let us say it with tears – good for us. He loves us, he seeks us out, he thinks of us, he knows us, he touches our hearts us and he waits for us. He will be – so to say – delighted on the day when we return and say: 'Lord, in your goodness, forgive me.' Thus our repentance becomes God’s joy."

Saint John Paul II also stated that: "the Church lives an authentic life when she professes and proclaims mercy… and when she brings people close to the sources of the Saviour’s mercy, of which she is the trustee and dispenser."
Benedict XVI, too, said: "Mercy is indeed the central nucleus of the Gospel message; it is the very name of God… May all that the Church says and does manifest the mercy God feels for mankind. When the Church has to recall an unrecognized truth, or a betrayed good, she always does so impelled by merciful love, so that men may have life and have it abundantly (cf. Jn 10:10)."

In light of all this, and thanks to this time of grace which the Church has experienced in discussing the family, we feel mutually enriched. Many of us have felt the working of the Holy Spirit who is the real protagonist and guide of the Synod. For all of us, the word “family” has a new resonance, so much so that the word itself already evokes the richness of the family’s vocation and the significance of the labors of the Synod.

In effect, for the Church to conclude the Synod means to return to our true “journeying together” in bringing to every part of the world, to every diocese, to every community and every situation, the light of the Gospel, the embrace of the Church and the support of God’s mercy!
Thank you!


Now, having read that, and realizing the content and flow of it, can you even imagine "Bernie Sanders" being in there anywhere? 

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015


Announcing the marriage of our son, Samuel Lund, and Shelby Green, on October 31, 2015 at 2 p.m. in Branson, Missouri!

Please help them overcome their financial hardships. I've started a GoFundMe campaign for them (click link below). Please share this link https://www.gofundme.com/r76sdecw with others; help us reach as many people as possible. And please pray for them, too. Thank you!

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Monday, October 5, 2015


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One of my favorite TV shows is Mister Peepers, which ran from 1952 to 1955, starring Wally Cox. I have the first two seasons on DVD, and at the end of one of the episodes Wally Cox announced that there was an article about him in the current issue of Quick magazine. Although born the same year Quick News Weekly began, I had never heard of it, and the way Wally said "Quick" made me want to get one and see what the magazine was like. I managed to get the issue he spoke of, via eBay, and found that the little weekly publication was so good and now so nostalgic that I ended up collecting them.

Quick News Weekly was first dated May 24, 1949 and ended with the June 1, 1953 issue. The 4-by-6-inch magazine, published in Des Moines IA by Cowles Magazines, Inc., was sold mainly near check registers at the market each week for 10¢. A total of 209 issues were published, and I have all but 22. The 60-some pages were packed with news about Animals, Art, Book of the Week, Books, Business, Crime, Education, Entertainment, Fashion, Food, For Women Only, Good News, Health, Home Life, Labor, Magazine News, Male and Female, Movie of the Week, National News, Of-the-Week Stories, Pictures of the Week, Predictions, Quick Quiz, Quotes on the News, Religion, Science, Sports, Vital Statistics, What They're Saying, and World News. And by now even the ads are fascinating. The news was given in an unbiased way, without the garbage and disinformation we see today.

If anyone comes upon any of these issues that I don't yet have, for sale at a good price, please let me know:

May 24, 1949
May 31, 1949
June 20, 1949
Aug. 1, 1949
Aug. 8, 1949
Sept. 5, 1949
Dec. 5, 1949

Feb. 20, 1950
Apr. 10, 1950   
Apr. 17, 1950   
May 1, 1950
Aug. 14, 1950
Nov. 27, 1950

Feb. 5, 1951
Apr. 16, 1951
Aug. 20, 1951
Nov. 19, 1951

Oct. 6, 1952
Oct. 13, 1952

Feb. 23, 1953
Mar. 16, 1953
Mar. 23, 1953

Oh, and by the way, here's what it said about Wally Cox:

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