A Catholic Take on CBDCs

resilience Nov 30, 2022

In this video below I summarize two lengthy video discussions on a plausible route for how a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) could be brought about:


The two videos below discuss one way the CBDC could be ushered in to reset the world economy and debts.

Market Sniper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JssN3WhKjl4

Maneco64: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9aye4wQ8Ok

The Market Sniper Francis Hunt analyzes an interview between Maneco64 and Clive Thompson where they discuss how a bottleneck/throttle point could be set up between the current dollar and the new CBDC dollar.

Only money, accounts, and debts that they want to move over will move over, and any that they don't want to move over, won't.

Their goal would be to wipe out the unsustainable government debts and big corporate debts, while putting in the CBDC which would give them total surveillance and control over every person's money and spending.

Yes a true dystopian nightmare for us.

For them, a Midsummer Night's...

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Catholic Stock Portfolio for Moral Investing

Uncategorized Feb 23, 2022

(Note: I update this post periodically with changes to the investments and the rationale for adding or removing any specific stocks.)

Goal: Invest in companies that do not violate Catholic moral teaching

We can take a few different approaches:

1. Invest in a Catholic Mutual Fund

We could invest only in mutual funds whose ostensible goals are to invest from a moral Catholic perspective (e.g. Ave Maria funds, Aquinas funds).

This route outsources our investment decisions to others and comes with the risk that these people or organizations will make poor decisions, either from a Catholic moral position and/or from a financial standpoint.

At first blush, investing in Catholic mutual funds, like Ave Maria and Aquinas, seems like a no-brainer: pay a bit higher fee (around 1% typically for these kinds of funds) but you can be confident that the managers of the funds are investing in a Catholic way.

In fact, I used to own funds from both of these companies. I no longer do.

I evaluate...

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Get Prepared As a Catholic in These Dark Times

resilience Sep 29, 2021

I remember when I became Catholic.

I thought: “How wonderful this is. I now have access to the full truth and all the graces that God wants to give to me, through the sacraments, sacramentals, and devotions. What more can I ever need?”

In the first Lionheart Catholic book, I share my experiences with the tremendous graces that you can avail yourself of as a Catholic.

By applying the "recipe of the saints" from this first book, you can prepare yourself spiritually for these dark times, laying a supernatural foundation that comes only from God’s grace.

That supernatural foundation of sanctifying grace and actual graces is indispensable for preparing yourself and family.

But I learned through the school of hard knocks that one’s problems don’t simply disappear after becoming Catholic.

For instance, years ago I seriously injured my back, and it jeopardized my ability to provide for my family.

Then I found myself on the cusp of getting Type 2 Diabetes.

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Traditional Latin Mass and the Secret Recipe of the Saints

This is the unpublished, hidden chapter in my book, Lionheart Catholic, with the twenty-first ingredient in the secret recipe of the saints.

The Ancient Mass

“Hearken to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old.”
        -- Proverbs 23:22

One of my greatest joys in being Catholic is receiving Jesus in the Holy Eucharist at Mass. 

But when I first became Catholic from Protestantism, I found the Mass somewhat of a letdown.

Part of that was because most of the Protestant pastors I had heard were very gifted in public speaking. Their words moved me and convinced me of whatever they were teaching.

Granted, much of what they said I now know was in error, but nonetheless they had a very good delivery and really packaged up the entire Sunday service in a way that was enjoyable, almost entertaining.

As a Catholic, I came to appreciate that the Sunday liturgy was not intended to be entertainment, and even...

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Discerning the Priesthood with the Rosary

“The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, ‘You
are a priest forever after the order of Melchiz′edek.’”
—Psalm 110:4

I was a new Catholic and very happy. I was single, had recently
graduated college, and had started my first job in my new

Shortly after becoming Catholic, I encountered St. Francis
of Assisi. Even as an atheist, I had heard of St. Francis, but now,
as a Catholic, I began to learn more deeply about how he actually
lived his life.

I learned that he practiced extreme poverty and made vows
of chastity and obedience. At the time, I could not imagine a
more radical way of following Jesus than these.

What if God was calling me to such a radical way of life as
well, to religious life or to the priesthood?

I wanted to follow wherever God led me, but I was still not
completely healed of all my anxieties. Being a priest meant you
had to be in the spotlight, with all eyes on you, and I wondered
whether I could ever do that.

I also had a fear...

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Detachment: Secret Ingredient of the Saints #14

Pandemic Panic Attacks

My friend was starting to have panic attacks due to worrying about the pandemic crisis.

She had been watching a steady stream of news, and one report after another painted a terribly bleak picture.

It didn't help things that food was getting harder and harder to find in the grocery stores, and going to the grocery store induced even more anxiety in her, since she was afraid she and her young children would get sick.

Her husband, meanwhile, was facing the prospect of losing his job, and while they had saved a little bit of money, it would not be enough to pay the bills for more than a month.

He was worried about going into even more debt, and eventually bankruptcy.

The Need for Detachment

These concerns are not only understandable, but also quite valid.

While there are good practices at a natural level that can help with such anxieties, like not watching the news in a non-stop loop, the fact is that these concerns are realistic and natural practices are not...

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What Is Catholic Mental Prayer?

Catholic Mental Prayer, also called Catholic meditation, is a form of silent prayer that is the next level advanced from vocal prayer.

It is not Eastern Mysticism or any such thing. It is instead a lifting of the heart and mind to God.

All the saints practiced it. St. Alphonsus Liguori said: "every saint became a saint through Mental Prayer."

Do your Mental Prayer in a completely quiet room or church to block out distractions. Your mind may jump around everywhere to worries, tasks you need to do, or fears, but you simply train it back to your topic of meditation.

Here is how you do Mental Prayer:

  • Prepare: Place yourself in God's presence and pray for the grace to meditate
  • Begin the meditation
    • Reflect on particular subject, some truth of God or the Faith (more on this later)
    • Examine yourself in relation to this truth
      • Think of how you can improve in this aspect
    • Affections like sorrow for sin, hope in God, and love arise in your heart from...
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