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Growing up in Kentucky, we spent most of our time outdoors. When we got hungry, we just grabbed an apple off our apple tree that we grew in our field. We also had several tart cherry trees, peach trees, and pear trees, but perhaps the neatest thing we had were beehives. My father is a beekeeper and every year we get to eat delicious clover honey. What an awesome treat! Little did I know just how important the honeybee truly is for our lives and our holy Catholic Faith.

The honeybee may be the most important animal on earth. Pollination is vitally important for life on earth and the bees are the number one pollinators. Honey is a superfood. Bacteria can’t live in it. It’s used for ailments such as the common cold. It will help clean your teeth by killing the bacteria buildup. Bee venom is also used for healing. The honeybee is truly a gift from God.

In the early Church, the honeybee was considered a sacred creature and is a uniquely Catholic symbol.

The bee is found six times in the Bible: Deut. 1:44, Judges 14:8, Psalm 117:12, Sirach 11:3, Isaiah 7:18, and it’s also found in an addition to the Septuagint version of Proverbs of chapter 6, “Go to the ant, O sluggard, and consider her ways, and learn wisdom …. Or go to the bee, and learn how industrious she is, and how her industry deserves our respect, for kings and the sick make use of the product of her labor for their health. Indeed, she is glorious and desired by all, and though she be frail, she is honored, because she treasures wisdom.” Deborah is also the Hebrew word for bee.

Honey is mentioned 61 times in the Old Testament and 5 times in the New Testament and honeycomb is mentioned 11 times in the Bible. Samson and John the Baptist ate honey.

Christians have looked to the honeybee as a model for the Christian life. They symbolize hard work, chastity, and sacrifice. St. John Chrysostom wrote in his 12th Homily, “The bee is more honored than other animals, not because it labors, but because it labors for others.” 

The traditional tabernacle and the triple tiara are shaped like a beehive and the altar candles are made from 100% beeswax, which is a symbol of purity. Honey represents sweetness, which the Word of God in Scripture, Tradition, and the Eucharist certainly is.

Honeybees also stay with the Queen. They guard, protect, and follow her. Wherever she goes, they go. When bees sting an intruder in their hive, they will ultimately die. In other words, they will give up their own lives to save the others, especially the queen. Let us stay with Our Lady and guard and protect her honor and follow her as she followed Our Lord.

The patron saint of beekeepers and candle-makers is St. Ambrose. Legend has it that when he was an infant in his cradle, bees swarmed his mouth leaving no sting but only honey. It came to pass that he would be called the “Honey Tongued Doctor.” The beekeeper term Ambrosia (from the name of the saint) is a mixture of pollen and nectar used to feed bee larvae by worker bees.

Cardinal Maffeo Barberini changed his coat of arms from 3 horseflies to 3 honeybees to gain status. He would later became Pope Urban VIII in 1623 and he spread the imagery of honeybees throughout Rome. You can see his bees in the huge columns of the Altar of the Confession in St. Peter’s Basilica.   

Monument to Pope Urban VIII-St Peter’s Basilica – Walks in Rome (Est. 2001)

Pope Pius XI tells us that the Christian teacher imitates the bee “which takes the choicest part of the flower and leaves the rest” (Divini illius Magistri, n. 87).

Lastly, Pope Pius XII gave an address on honeybees on Nov. 27, 1948. He declared, “Bees are models of social life and activity, in which each class has its duty to perform and performs it exactly…Ah, if men could and would listen to the lesson of the bees…how much better the world would be! Working like bees with order and peace, men would learn to enjoy and have others enjoy the fruit of their labors…” [See footnote for full papal address. ]

The next time you see a honeybee, be reminded of the words of our popes and let it be. It has a lot of important work to do and so do we.

 

 

Footnote

On Bees | EWTN

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“When one loves the pope, one does not stop to debate about what he advises or demands, to ask how far the rigorous duty of obedience extends and to mark the limit to this obligation. When one loves the pope, one does not object that he has not spoken clearly enough, as if he were obliged to repeat into the ear of each individual his will, so often clearly expressed, not only viva voce, but also by letters and other public documents; one does not call his orders into doubt on the pretext- easily advanced by whoever does not wish to obey-that they emanate not directly from him, but from his entourage; one does not limit the field in which he can and should exercise his will; one does not oppose to the authority of the pope that of other persons, however learned, who differ in opinion from the pope. Besides however great their knowledge, their holiness is wanting, FOR THERE CAN BE NO HOLINESS WHERE THERE IS DISAGREEMENT WITH THE POPE.” Address to the priest of the Apostolic Union, Nov. 18, 1912 In Acta Apostolicae Sedis 4 [1912] p. 695 

Now apply this teaching of Pope St. Pius X to the following… 

Pope names homosexual to Vatican commission (traditioninaction.org)

Francis holds hands with pro-homo priest (traditioninaction.org)

Pro ‘Gay’ Finnish Lutheran bishop received by Francis (traditioninaction.org)

Homosexual couple welcomed at the Vatican (traditioninaction.org)

Homosexual invited to be lector at papal Mass (traditioninaction.org)

Pope Bergoglio Kisses the Hand of a Pro-homosexcual Priest (traditioninaction.org)

Pope Benedict praises homosexual Archbishop Juliusz Paetz; L’Osservatore Romano praises Oscar Wilde (traditioninaction.org)

Benedict XVI blessed by a rabbi in Sao Paulo, Brazil @ TraditionInAction.org

Benedict XVI visiting a mosque in Constantinople @ TraditionInAction.org

Benedict XVI promotes women on the Altar; pictures of a Mass at the St. Peter’s Basilica @ TraditionInAction.org

 

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I recently found a gem in a military documentary. On Christmas, my son gave me a dvd on the Navajo Code Talkers of World War II. It was a perfect gift for one interested in war movies and the different cultures of the world particularly the Native American Indians. For those unaware, the Navajos played a major part in our battle with Japan. Several of these brave men tell their stories in the documentary. However, one of stories stood out to us. Marine Samuel Nakai Tso tells us some of the horror and the grace he experienced in one particular battle:

This is for real. Keep your eyes open all the time and keep your bullets in there, just lock it. While we were doing that, all of a sudden, he said, “Here they come. Here they come.” He starts blasting away, so we just grabbed our rifles. All you could do was just to start shooting, and all the rest of the guys start shooting. As soon as I went over that sandbar, this crater hole there, there’s a guy still leaning down. I though he was still alive with his helmet, and then a blast from that shell took his head off. From then on, the sergeant starts screaming, “Loosen your chinstrap,” so we’ll loosen them up. Those forces out there, it has a lot of force it can push your neck in. So that’s why we loosen our chin straps. If it blows it up, he blows it away, but some guys get saved like that. It did not take long for them to go across. We cut them across so they won’t exchange any water, footd, or ammunition. Marines went that way and we went north on the other side. By that time, from here, the ships were all out there blasting away. On the other side, they had some ships over there on the other side. That’s real deafening. When it explodes over there, you can hear it. You look over to the ship, and that sound goes back to the ship…

I didn’t know we were going to hit Iwo Jima at all, but somewhere on February the 16th or 17th, we were coming in early in the morning. We saw the mountain right there looming up. It was this little island, we just overrun that thing with all these ships coming in. We just run over that little island and go on home. But we land there and we fought, and it anybody says, many people ask me if I was scared. I say, “Yeah, I was scared.” I don’t want to tell no lies or anything. I was scared, I say. But one thing for sure, one night I dreamed a young Indian maiden came to me and gave me something. She says you wear this, you’ll come to us. I dreamed about it. One of my buddies in the foxhole kicked me and woke me up. They asked me if I had a nightmare. I woke up and that dream was so clear in my mind. I just sat there. Everybody went to breakfast. Came back, I was still sitting there thinking about it. All of a sudden, they said mail call. I don’t get no mail from anybody. I didn’t know anybody. My parents, my sisters and brothers, they are uneducated. They couldn’t write to me. So I don’t go to mail call. All of a sudden, one guy comes running back and says, “Hey, Chief, you got a letter. You got a letter.” We tore open that letter, and there was an Indian made sort of like, a rosary from a Catholic Church made out of cedar beads with a cedar cross on it, and then I just looked at it. Who would write to me? No address on it. Then “Oh, yeah, I’m supposed to wear this.” So I reached over and put it over my neck. Just the moment I put that thing on my neck, all fear disappeared, and I keep saying, “I’m going home. I’m going home.” Up to this day, I have not found who ever sent me that rosary. Nothing. So if you believe in your dreams, I quit believing, but that helped me. When I say that it helped me, I went to the rest of the time without any fear even when we ran across death valley.

I was so intrigued over his story, that after the film, I looked up Sam Tso to find out more about him. I immediately discovered more interview clips from him here: >https://www.c-span.org/video/?459728-1/navajo-code-talker-samuel-tso-oral-history-interview

The Navajo Times had a nice write up about him 8 days after Mr. Tso’s death on May 9, 2012 with pictures of his funeral. It appeared that Samuel Nakai Tso had a funeral mass at St. Isabel Mission Catholic Church for Navajo Indians, in Chinle, Arizona and buried with full military honors at Veteran’s Navajo Cemetary.

50% of all US Marines of World War II were Catholic. Let us never forget the sacrifice of these brave American heroes and the Navajo warriors like Samuel Tso who said, “I found out my land and my people. I found out my land was the whole United States, my people were all citizens of the United States. That was my people.”

In these dark days of America and the world, let us also pray for our country and the Church and not let the sacrifice of these men be in vain. And pray most fervantly for those souls in Purgatory.

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Some of my favorite Christmas music…

(2) Lovely Far Off City – YouTube

(2) The Holly Tree – YouTube

(2) Christmas In Carrick – YouTube

(2) Celtic Thunder – ‘Christmas 1915’ – YouTube

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When the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego in 1531, in the Aztec language, she called herself, “Te Coatlaxopeuh,” meaning “She who crushes the head of the stone serpent.” This looks very similar to the prophecy found in Gen. 3:15, “I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.”

Because of a corruption of the text by the 6th and 7th century Jewish scholars known as the Massoretes, most bible translations render that “he” and not “she” will crush the head of the serpent. Fortunately, we find ancient scholars, such as first century Jewish philosopher Philo and first century historian Josephus explain the passage as “she.” St. Jerome’s Hebrew text apparently had the feminine pronoun, too, as the Vulgate is translated as “she.” Not to mention the fact, “she” grammatically fits where as “he” does not. However, the main point I want to focus on is the serpent being crushed.

The serpent is Satan who is our greatest enemy. St. Peter warned, Be sober and watch: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour (I Peter 5:8).”

Satan wants to destroy us, but he must be crushed or else he will strike and kill us. Jesus said, “I saw Satan like lightning falling from heaven. Behold, I have given you power to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and upon all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall hurt you (Lk 10:18-19).”

We are commanded by God to love, obey, and trust Him. In doing so, we crush the enemy. If we wallow around in this world, the enemy will hurt us. Remember that the spiritual world translates into this world. St. Paul warns, “For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood: but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places. (Eph. 6:12).”

What happens if a rattlesnake is allowed to live freely in your home? Eventually, it will strike and probably kill you. What about 10 rattlesnakes or more? The chance of your survival over a period of time greatly diminishes.

We cannot allow the enemy to thrive. The reason that evil has so much power in this world is because men fear the wrong side. Jesus said, “And fear ye not them that kill the body, and are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him that can destroy both soul and body in hell (Matt. 10:28).”

“Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 1:7).”

Men today do not fear God, but they do fear others. They fear what others might think of them. They fear of being scorned or ridiculed. They ultimately fear of going against the enemy. They would rather empower the enemy if it’s going to be an inconvenience to their way of life. In doing so, they will eventually lose everything.

It’s all or nothing.

And the God of peace crush Satan under your feet speedily. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. (Rom. 16:19-20).”

 

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The third mark by which the true Church of Christ can be identified is Catholic or universal. The Church is universal in time, place, and doctrine. She is not confined to one nation or one class of people.

The Roman Catechism: “She is also called universal, because all who desire eternal salvation must cling to and embrace her, like those who entered the ark to escape perishing in the flood. This (note of catholicity), therefore, is to be taught as a most reliable criterion, by which to distinguish the true from a false Church.”

Pope Eugene IV, Council of Florence, Cantate Domino: “The Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that all those who are outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans but also Jews or heretics and schismatics, cannot share in eternal life and will go into the everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels, unless they are joined to the Church before the end of their lives.”

Pope Leo XIII, Satis Cognitum #9: “The practice of the Church has always been the same, as is shown by the unanimous teaching of the Fathers, who were wont to hold as outside Catholic communion, and alien to the Church, whoever would recede in the least degree from any point of doctrine proposed by her authoritative magisterium…But he who dissents even in one point from divinely revealed truth absolutely rejects all faith, since he thereby refuses to honor God as the supreme truth and the formal motive of faith… The Church alone offers to the human race that religion – that state of absolute perfection – which He wished, as it were, to be incorporated in it. And it alone supplies those means of salvation which accord with the ordinary counsels of Providence.”

A church that claims that salvation can be attained elsewhere is obviously missing the third mark. A church that declares that it has the fullness of means of salvation but other deficient religions are a means of salvation most definitely does not possess the third mark.

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In 1889, Pope Leo XIII wrote in Quamquam Pluries:

We prescribe that during the whole month of October, at the recitation of the Rosary, for which We have already legislated, a prayer to St. Joseph be added, the formula of which will be sent with this letter, and that this custom should be repeated every year. To those who recite this prayer, We grant for each time an indulgence of seven years and seven Lents. It is a salutary practice and very praiseworthy, already established in some countries, to consecrate the month of March to the honour of the holy Patriarch by daily exercises of piety. Where this custom cannot be easily established, it is as least desirable, that before the feast-day, in the principal church of each parish, a triduo of prayer be celebrated. In those lands where the 19th of March – the Feast of St. Joseph – is not a Festival of Obligation, We exhort the faithful to sanctify it as far as possible by private pious practices, in honour of their heavenly patron, as though it were a day of Obligation.

Prayer to Saint Joseph

To thee, O blessed Joseph, we have recourse in our affliction, and having implored the help of thy thrice holy Spouse, we now, with hearts filled with confidence, earnestly beg thee also to take us under thy protection. By that charity wherewith thou wert united to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by that fatherly love with which thou didst cherish the Child Jesus, we beseech thee and we humbly pray that thou wilt look down with gracious eye upon that inheritance which Jesus Christ purchased by His blood, and wilt succor us in our need by thy power and strength. Defend, O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, the chosen off-spring of Jesus Christ. Keep from us, O most loving Father, all blight of error and corruption. Aid us from on high, most valiant defender, in this conflict with the powers of darkness. And even as of old thou didst rescue the Child Jesus from the peril of His life, so now defend God’s Holy Church from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity. Shield us ever under thy patronage, that, following thine example and strengthened by thy help, we may live a holy life, die a happy death, and attain to everlasting bliss in Heaven. Amen.

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The David Knight Show

The David Knight Show

A firsthand, eyewitness account from a Chinese prisoner about the socialist brutality that is being ushered into USA & western civilization with the socialism, centralization of control and censorship.

https://banned.video/watch?id=5f63ab1bdc50dc07a104c754

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