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Cardinal Arinze’s Epic Answer to “Personally Opposed” Pro-Choice Politicians

“To the person who says, ‘Personally, I am against abortion, but then if people want to do it, I leave them free’…”

Cardinal Francis Arinze from Nigeria was asked a question at the Apostolate for Family Consecration’s 2007 Totus Tuus Conference about politicians who claim they personally believe abortion to be wrong but still support it politically. How should faithful Catholics respond?

“You could say, ‘You are a member of the Senate or the Congress; personally, I am not in favor of shooting the whole lot of you…” The crowd at the conference started laughing.

“‘But if somebody else wants to shoot all of you in the Senate, or all of you in Congress, it’s just pro-choice for that person. But personally I’m not in favor.’

“That is what he’s saying! He’s saying, personally, he’s not in favor of killing these millions of children in the womb, but if others want to do it, he’s pro-choice. That’s what he’s saying.”

Cardinal Arinze is offering what’s called a reductio ad absurdum argument: in which a person takes the principles of his opponent’s argument and shows how, if taken to their logical conclusion, they lead to an absurdity and are therefore wrong.

In this case, neither Cardinal Arinze nor anybody else would condone a person shooting members of Congress; neither would a person say they’re personally opposed to it but will protect a person’s right to shoot members of Congress – that would be universally considered absurd.

And that’s the point. It’s absurd for a person to say they agree abortion is the killing of innocent children and thus gravely immoral but that they’ll still protect the political right for others to kill their children.

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Cedar - Cedrus and Thuja spp.

Element: Fire, Air
Planet: Sun, Mercury
Associations: Confidence, strength, power, money, protection, healing and purification.

  • Used in the consecration of magic wands.
  • Carry a small piece of cedar in wallet or near money to attract wealth. 
  • Hang in the home to protect against lightning. 
  • Use in sachets to promote calmness. 

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Flower Water (Florida Water)

So right off the bat lets settle something. Flower water is Water (Or alcohol - we’ll get into that in a bit) that is infused with flower essence. Florida Water, Is the same thing. Aqua de Florida. Florida means Flower. Yes? Great. 

What is the purpose of this water you ask. Well in (Mostly) Santeria, Hoodoo, Or other Spanish magic practices Flower Water is used for a number of things. Blessing, Consecrating, Cleansing, Banishing, even spiritual offerings. Practitioners also use it as an ingredient in ritual baths.  You can switch it up depending on your flowers. 

As we all know Flowers hold energies that we harvest and use in magic. We can preserve these energies by infusing them into water. Wahhhla. Flower Water. We do this with Rose Water, Lavender Water, Rue Water. Kananga Water. If there is a Flower, you can flower water it. You can choose to use water, Or alcohol for the carrier. Both have their own magical properties.

 Personally I lean more towards alcohol because 1.) It’s harsh. Strong. It burns. It has that KICK. Ya know? And 2.) You can keep it for longer. Also. It’s traditional to use alcohol. 

But hey, Water is also great its all about personal preference. What ever you choose to infuse your water with is your decision. The carrier does not influence the energy as much as YOUR intentions will. 

Consecrator Doppelbock – Bell’s Brewery, Comstock, MI.

ABV: 8%

Style: Doppelbock.

Drank: 12 oz. bottle.

Pour: Reddish-brown and cloudy.

Head: Thin, dissipates quickly. Leaves loose lacing.

Nose: Sweet and dried fruits, caramel malt.

Palate: Sweet fruits, caramel malts, yeast. Very mild hop character.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full in body and dry.

I was worried when I smelled it, but it’s pretty good. The fruity esters add a nice sweetness, but not sticky. There’s a nice tartness in the beginning, similar to what you find in a white grape juice. Very nice brew.

This would go well with salty pork or a gamey meat like venison.

Click the picture to be linked to the brewery’s website.

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Teotihuacan, Mexico’s Pyramid City, Worshipped Water, Scholar Says
A Mexican archaeologist says the ancient city of Teotihuacan, which includes some of the world’s biggest pyramids, worshipped water.
By Juan Montes

The key to understanding one of this country’s most mysterious sites may be all in the water.

The ancient city of Teotihuacan, which includes some of the world’s biggest pyramids, collapsed 1,400 years ago. Ever since then, the site in central Mexico has confounded scholars.

Verónica Ortega, of Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History, says her excavations in recent months at Teotihuacan’s square of the Pyramid of the Moon have yielded a breakthrough, suggesting the whole city was an aquatic sanctuary consecrated to the worship of water. The 43-year-old archaeologist has found canals and cavities similar to pools beneath the square, along with sculptures of water gods. Excavations at Teotihuacan’s other two pyramids uncovered seashells, water pitchers and more aquatic elements.

“Water is the true protagonist of Teotihuacan. If there was a city in the ancient world where water was worshipped, it was Teotihuacan,” Ms. Ortega said on a recent morning in her office at the excavation site, which looks out on one of Teotihuacan’s three pyramids.

Her theory challenges the notion that the people of the area worshipped various deities of equal importance, such as the god of fire, the god of time and several gods of water. Other Mexican archaeologists have expressed admiration as well as scientific skepticism about Ms. Ortega’s idea.

“This is an innovative, interesting proposal, but she has to demonstrate it properly,” said Leonardo López Lújan, a local archaeologist. “To this day, I still think water was not the main ingredient present here, but also the gods of fire and time.”

Teotihuacan is also home to the mural of Tlalocan, which has pyramid-like images.

Teotihuacan is in a semiarid plateau surrounded by mountains 30 miles northeast ofMexico City. The city peaked from 200 to 450 AD, housing as many as 150,000 people before its demise around 600 AD. Its zenith coincided with the decline of the Roman Empire in Europe.

Its pyramids are rivaled only by those at Mayan sites in Central America. But unlike themuch-studied Mayans, little is known about the people of Teotihuacan, mainly because they had no complex form of writing. Thus far, no carved slabs with writing have been found in the area, nor any royal tombs.

The Aztecs, a warrior people who came from the north and settled in central Mexico 700 years after the city’s collapse, named the area Teotihuacan, which means “the place where men become gods.” The two biggest pyramids bear the names of the sun and the moon; the Aztecs linked both structures with their myth of creation.

But Ms. Ortega’s excavations suggest the Aztecs got it wrong—and that the worship of water, in various forms such as lakes, heavy rains or flooding—played a crucial role. “The Pyramid of the Moon was actually consecrated to the goddess of rivers and lakes, Chalchuihtlicue in Aztec, while the god of storms, Tlaloc, was worshipped in the so-called Pyramid of the Sun,” Ms. Ortega said.

She partially bases her theory of Teotihuacan’s worship of water on a sumptuous mural of Tlalocan, which is found at a palace in the city. In vivid red and blue, it depicts a kind of pyramid from which streams of water are flowing. Ms. Ortega also found four canals coming out from a temple at the square of the moon.

For the Teotihuacan people, who were mostly farmers, water was everything. Some years, the city suffered as many as eight dry months. “Only the aquatic gods guaranteed the renewal of the life cycle,” Ms. Ortega said. When the rainy season arrived, the city collected water in canals and wells.

“We can’t rule out anything,” said Linda Manzanilla, one of Mexico’s foremost experts in Teotihuacan. “Water was the most important factor in the half-desert region where Teotihuacan sits.”

Ms. Ortega, who plans to detail her theory in a scholarly paper, agrees that Teotihuacan had other deities besides water, such as gods of fire, but they played a lesser role. In Teotihuacan, she said, fire was closely linked to water as both elements came from thunderstorms.

Most scholars agree the people of Teotihuacan built the pyramids to emulate the surrounding mountains, where they believed the gods dwelt. By building the pyramids, the teotihuacanos tried to bring the gods to their city.

Budget cuts ordered this year by the Mexican government as oil prices tumbled pose a hurdle for Ms. Ortega and her colleagues. Ms. Ortega’s 2016 project budget was cut by 50% to $22,000. She needs three times that amount to continue the research properly, she said, adding that only a fraction of the site has been properly excavated.

“The present is king, even for archaeologists,” Ms. Ortega said with a chuckle. “Maybe we’ll have to wait a bit longer for Teotihuacan to reveal some of its deepest secrets.”

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Happy Feast Day of St Maximillian Kolbe – August 14

Official Act of Consecration written by St. Maximilian Kolbe

O Immaculata, Queen of Heaven and earth, refuge of sinners and our most loving Mother, God has willed to entrust the entire order of mercy to you.  I, (name), a repentant sinner, cast myself at your feet humbly imploring you to take me with all that I am and have, wholly to yourself as your possession and property.  Please make of me, of all my powers of soul and body, of my whole life, death and eternity, whatever most pleases you.

If it pleases you, use all that I am and have without reserve, wholly to accomplish what was said of you: “She will crush your head,” and, “You alone have destroyed all heresies in the world.”  Let me be a fit instrument in your immaculate and merciful hands for introducing and increasing your glory to the maximum in all the many strayed and indifferent souls and thus help extend as far as possible the blessed kingdom of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.  For wherever you enter, you obtain the grace of conversion and growth in holiness, since it is through your hands that all graces come to us from the most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

V. Allow me to praise you, O sacred Virgin.

R. Give me strength against your enemies.

Olympic Gods

The Olympic Games were more than the biggest sports competition of the world. It was the time for gods to be born, for the mighty to raise and triumph over fabulous feats. Athletes from all over the globe challenged the human body and competed to be consecrated the very best.

It is a time of high expectations and even higher levels of emotions. A time for greatness, for glory.

But can it also be a time for love?


Malec Olympic Games AU. Available on AO3.

Warning: Mentions of homophobia and biphobia.

Herbs of the Kitchen Witch
  • Anise - Attributed to protection, youth and purification, Anise is tied to the planet Jupiter and the element of Air. Anise aids in sleeplessness and helps to ward off bad dreams. To strengthen psychic and spiritual development, drink a cup of Anise tea once per day. To create a purifying bath, add bay leaves in a sachet with Star Anise. Burning dried anise seeds aids in protection and meditation rituals.
  • Basil - Basil is a wonderful, robust herb, which is attributed to a variety of magical uses such as consecration, divination, exorcism, fertility, fidelity, luck, happiness, harmony and love. Basil is bound to the planet Mars and the element Fire.
  • Bay Leaves - Bay Leaves can be the leaf of either of two types of trees: the sweet bay tree and the laurel tree. Bay Leaves are one of those herbs that should adorn every witch’s (and non-witch’s) cupboard for the fantastic flavor it adds to soups and sauces. It’s magical properties include wisdom, clairvoyance, protection and psychic power. Bay Leaves also are used in aiding healing and purification. Bay leaves are also known to keep moths away and keep your clothing and linens fresh.
  • Chamomile - Being a medicinal herb, the volatile oils of Chamomile are an anti-spasmodic which is used in treating indigestion as well as menstrual cramps and other common stomach ailments. Also known as an anti-inflammatory and anti-infective, Chamomile is great for treating minor skin disorders. Try having a cup of hot Chamomile tea to ensure a good night’s rest.
  • Cinnamon - Cinnamon is a wonderful herb to burn as an incense or to make into a sachet. Fill a gold or green sachet bag with Cinnamon to draw money and success. A pink or red sachet of Cinnamon can be carried, worn or placed under your bed to draw love. A purple sachet can increase your magical and psychic powers. A white Cinnamon sachet helps to increase your spirituality and confers protection.
  • Cloves - Burn Cloves as an incense to draw wealth and prosperity and produce positive spiritual vibrations. Burning Cloves also can drive away negative or hostile forces and purify the area in which they are burned. Wear or carry cloves to attract members of the opposite sex. Using Cloves in your magical spells can ensure that your magical intention is realized.
  • Eucalyptus - The unsurpassed herb for healing is Eucalyptus. It can be used for protection as well. Carry Eucalyptus leaves with you for protection. To relieve colds and other respiratory infections, encircle green candles with Eucalyptus leaves and pods and visualize yourself as healed; allow the candles to burn down completely.
  • Lavender - Lavender flowers are wonderful when used in love spells. Sprinkle Lavender flowers around your home to bring peacefulness. Burn Lavender as an incense to help you sleep.
  • Peppermint - Drink Peppermint tea for healing and to increase your psychic ability. It is especially useful for stomach aches. Before reading the Tarot, scrying, consulting runes or dowsing, drink some Peppermint tea. This herb can aid in producing visions and helping you to sleep. Sprinkle Peppermint around your home for purification.
  • Rose - Use Rose buds and petals in spells to draw love. Use red for passionate love; pink or white will draw romantic or true love. A single Rose bud on your altar is a powerful love attractant. Rose buds and petals can be used for psychic powers (make a tea), for healing, protection and luck. To make a love candle, prepare a glass jar with a wick and metal tab attached. Melt several pink household candles over low heat. In the mean time, grind several pink or red rosebuds. When the candles are completely melted, remove the pan from the heat and add the ground rosebuds and about two dozen drops of Rose oil. Pour into the prepared jar and allow to cool and harden. Burn on the first Friday after the New Moon to draw love to you.
  • Rosemary - Rosemary is an all-purpose herb that no witch should be without, as it can be substituted for just about any other herb. Its powers include love, lust, protection, purification, healing, longevity, mental powers, sleep, exorcism and youth. Smoulder a bit of rosemary to emit powerful cleansing and purifying vibrations, and to eliminate negativity. It is especially helpful to burn Rosemary before performing magic. Place a sprig of Rosemary under your pillow to ensure a good night’s sleep. Wear it to help your memory and to help you to remain healthy. Add an infusion of Rosemary to your bath to preserve youthfulness and to purify yourself before working magic.

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Viva Cristo Rey!

Young Priest Smiles for Camera Before Being Martyred

Blessed Fr. Martin Martinez Pascual left a lasting testament to the grace of martyrdom when, on August 18, 1936, he smiled for a photo just moments before being shot.

A Diocesan Worker Priest of the Sacred Heart, Fr. Pascual had been appointed prefect of St. Joseph’s College in Murcia as well as professor at the seminary in San Fulgencio. He taught Latin, and was a popular and beloved priest.

The anti-Catholic persecutions in Spain erupted in 1936, while the priest was on vacation in his home. He made sure to rescue all the consecrated Hosts from the parish chapel, and went into hiding in barns and caves. He only emerged in August once he heard that his father had been arrested, questioned by the local committee on the whereabouts of his son.

His father had sent a message to his son asking that he get as far away from the area as possible, but instead, Fr. Pascual turned himself in, in the hopes the government would release his father. Pascual was thrown into prison along with other captured priests, where he spent time offering the sacraments of penance and the Holy Eucharist to fellow prisoners. On August 18, the priests were loaded on to the back of a truck and driven to a local graveyard.

Before his death, the guards asked Pascual if he preferred to turn around so as not to see the rifles. The priest answered no, and said, “I only give you my blessing that God does not take into account the madness that you commit.” He then blessed his murderers.

Hans Gutmann, a republican soldier documenting the work of the militia, desired to capture images of the priest in his final moments. He took photos while Fr. Pascual smiled for the camera. The man standing next to him in the image is the soldier who would moments later shoot him.

Father’s last words were “Viva Cristo Rey!”

Pascual was beatified by Pope St. John Paul II on October 1, 1995. His feast is commemorated August 18. He is among more than a thousand beatified martyrs of the Spanish Civil War. Official records show a total of 6,832 bishops, priests and religious who died in that time period

Blessed Martin Martinez Pascual, pray for us.

~ Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D.

Happy Feast Day St Maximilian Mary Kolbe

Saint Maximilian Kolbe
1894 - 1941
Feast day: August 14
Patronage: drug addicts, families, imprisoned people, journalists, pro-life movement

Saint Maximilian Kolbe was a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar, who volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz, located in German-occupied Poland during World War II. Due to his efforts to promote consecration and entrustment to Mary, he is also known as the Apostle of Consecration to Mary.

“For Jesus Christ I am prepared to suffer still more.”

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The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: The Great Fire of London (2nd September 1666).

“The fire raged until 5th September. By the time the winds subsided, the City – from the Tower to the Temple – and as far north as the city wall was burnt. St Paul’s Cathedral, 87 churches, 6 consecrated chapels, 52 livery companies’ halls, the Custom House, the Royal Exchange, Blackwell Hall, Newgate prison, Bridewell, two debtors’ prisons, the Sessions House, and 13,200 houses were destroyed and the Guildhall was gutted. At least 65,000 and perhaps almost 80,000 Londoners were made homeless; for many of them the destruction of their homes was a shattering blow.”

The story of The Great Fire of London is one of over 230 episodes available from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography’s podcast archive. New episodes are released every second Wednesday.

Olympic Gods

read it on the AO3 at http://ift.tt/2bA7sOG

by Ketz

The Olympic Games were more than the biggest sports competition of the world. It was the time for gods to be born, for the mighty to raise and triumph over fabulous feats. Athletes from all over the globe challenged the human body and competed to be consecrated the very best.

It is a time of high expectations and even higher levels of emotions. A time for greatness, for glory.

But can it also be a time for love?

Words: 16240, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English



read it on the AO3 at http://ift.tt/2bA7sOG
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Some boards I made the other day! Feels good to have something concrete to work on when I get down with my witch self.

Right to left:
✨cleansing/consecration board
✨my mini cauldron stand (not a board but w/e)
✨pendulum board
✨wheel of the year board

All I used was some cork pot placers (dollar store) and markers.

Happy witching!