My wife attended a retreat in Tulsa this past weekend. She went specifically to listen to some great traditional priests talk about family life. There was great fruit!
Fr. Ripperger, of Sensus Traditionis (great website!!) FSSP, was the main reason she attended. We have heard of him many times and she was finally able to hear this holy man speak. She told me some snippets of the talks he gave and I was blown away. I will start with the one that completely blew my mind.
1. Recording artists have now figured out that if they do some satanic/occult prayers they can increase sales 6 fold. He specifically mentioned Kayne but many other "pop" artists I have read fall in this category as well (Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Madonna, just to name a few that have figured it out and occult references are all throughout their lyrics and music videos). What they do is record the original record at the recording studio and take that original copy and then bring into a room and do some kind of occult prayer and call down a "god" to be with that album. From that possessed recording all other copies are made and spread. The movie industry has figured this out. And now sadly, the food industry has figured this out. He asked, "Why do you think there is so much obesity these days? Why can people just NOT stop eating?
This completely blew my mind. I was in shock, speechless, and that never happens to me. I'm known as "cool under pressure" and can handle anything but not this. I have heard before how waitresses and cooks are now putting spells on food they serve at restaurants to spread their religion... that you eat and take into your body. He said to ALWAYS bless anything you eat or drink cause you never know. Well now I knew about the food industry doing it? Stuff I buy at the grocery store? And songs? Movies? This computer and that TV screen surely are portals into your home!!
2. If a song or movie has just one moment in it that makes you wish that wasn't there. Just one "oh m G!" or reference like that, it is bad and cannot stay. Even if it was edited out or you skip that scene. "But FATHER!....." How would you like it if your spouse carried around with them a poem that spoke very badly about you in it, but that one line was blacked out or that he or she just "skipped' reading that line but it was originally there? Same thing, God doesn't like it.
3. Don't just "surf" the internet. That, along with many other ways, is just "feeding your comforts" and ruins your soul. We aren't supposed to please all our wants. Get on with a purpose, get off. Technology is hurting many a soul!
4. The huge importance of giving your paternal blessing to your wife and kids every day. Family, food, anything that comes into my house gets a blessing of some type now. My house needs to be a safehaven from the evil in this world and I won't let anything infect it!