The good folks at New Liturgical Movement and Fr. Z, both have posts up today on Blessed Herman of Reichenau, “the Cripple”, honored in the Benedictine Tradition. Blessed Herman was a man who “could barely move and hardly speak, stricken with many maladies”. As Fr. Z’s interlocutor writes:
He was a genius of math, geometry, music and natural sciences.His story is simply amazing. Spina bifida, cleft palate, all sorts of illnesses. He needed a monk to help him for everything. But he had a wicked sense of humor and was admired universally. But in today’s Europe his birth would have been considered a disgrace and aborted or euthanized. Or called an ossified unreconstructed manualist and neopelagian self-absorbed judgmentalist.
Gregory Dipippo writes:
Born in 1013 to a noble family in Swabia, modern southern Germany, he survived childhood by some miracle of God’s providence, and was entrusted at the age of seven to the Benedictine abbey on Reichenau Island on the lake of Constance. He was professed at the age of twenty, and lived as a monk for twenty years more.
So what in the heck does this have to do with Brett Kavanaugh you ask? Let us turn to Matt Walsh at the Daily Wire who posits that the attacks on Kavanaugh all have to do with protecting the sacrament of abortion that the Democrat Party is bound to:
Why are Democrats disgracing themselves with such reckless abandon? Well, it’s no coincidence that Supreme Court nominations became this sort of feeding frenzy after Roe v Wade. This is about many things, but it is mostly about protecting their right to kill babies. Whatever Brett Kavanaugh did or didn’t do in high school or college, the real crime he committed — the only crime Democrats care about — is his failure to bow before the blood-soaked altar of the abortion industry.
The Democrat Party is untethered from any traditional notions of morality or human decency. Its primary mission is to protect and preserve an industry that makes billions of dollars murdering millions of babies. Just as its primary mission 150 years ago was to protect and preserve an industry that dehumanized people in a similar way. It is the Devil’s own party, and has been for a very long time. So, we should not be shocked at the things it does or the depths to which it sinks.
Blessed Herman the Cripple is one whom the
Democrats the Party of Evil loathe. He is one whom they would have loved to have aborted or euthanized, for he “would have been considered a disgrace”. But:
Although he was barely able to move without assistance, he was a polymath and a genius, well-versed in theology, music, astronomy, mathematics, Latin, Greek and Arabic. Students came to learn from him many parts of Europe, and his intellectual achievements were such that he was known as the wonder of his age. Among his works are the earliest surviving medieval chronicle of the whole of human history, and a treatise on mathematics and astronomy; he was also able somehow to build both musical and astronomical instruments. Above all, however, his name will live in blessed remembrance as that of the composer of the Marian antiphons Alma Redemptoris Mater and Salve Regina. His cultus was officially approved by the Holy See in 1863. Beate Hermanne, ora pro nobis!
How many Blessed Hermans have been sacrificed on the altar of abortion?
Beate Hermanne, ora pro nobis!