May 27, 2023

Missouri miracle? Exhumed nun whose body did not decompose attracts travelers to small town

Dana Mathewson

This story appeared -- incomplete -- on Fox News today, but my wonderful Catholic "church sister" had many more details for Martha and me in church today, which she sent me via e-mail.

First, the (amended) Fox story:

Thousands of people from around the country have traveled to the small town of Gower, Missouri, after it was discovered that the body of a nun who died there four years ago had not decomposed for the most part.

Sr. Wilhelmina (Lancaster) of the Most Holy Rosary, the foundress of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, died at age 95 on May 29, 2019.

She was buried shortly thereafter in a simple wooden casket. She was not embalmed, and her grave was dug by hand by her sisters, said the website of the monastic order.

Recently, with construction of a new altar underway, the sisters of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles "decided the rightful place of our holy foundress was in the Church."

"This practice is very common in religious communities, even before their cause [for canonization] has been introduced," the website also noted.

Sr. Wilhelmina was exhumed on April 28 — and although the top of her casket had caved in and there was dirt on her remains, her body and the items she was buried with were in a "remarkably preserved condition," according to the sisters.

"The careful process of cleaning and removing the dirt and mold began, and the body began to lose volume since the initial exhumation with exposure to air," said the monastery.

"Thus some shrinking and darkening took place. All facial features were visible, but as falling dirt had caused damage, especially to the right eye, a Sister carefully created a wax mask to cover the face."

Her religious habit, which the monastery described as being "made from natural fibers," was completely preserved.

"The synthetic veil was perfectly intact, while the lining of the coffin, made of very similar material, was completely deteriorated and gone," said the monastery.

Sister Wilhelmina was known for her devotion to the traditional Latin Mass and her faithfulness to Benedictine contemplation and the Liturgy of the Hours, according to several sources.

The original Fox News story this morning had very few details, especially the reason for the exhumation. 

My "church sister" had better stuff, especially regarding the reason as attached here, from an e-mail she received from the website of the Benedictines of St. Mary:

Dear Families, Friends and Benefactors,

By now, most of you have heard of the events that have transpired at the Abbey, especially surrounding the exhumation of our Sister Wilhelmina. We simply want to reach out to you to clarify a few points.

Our Abbey had been planning the addition of a St. Joseph Shrine within the oratory for quite some time, including the reinterment of the remains of our beloved foundress, Sister Wilhelmina. Last month, in preparation for the construction of the shrine, we exhumed her, having been told to expect bones in the highly moist clay of Missouri, as she was buried in a simple wooden coffin without any embalming whatsoever four years ago.

The intent was devotional, and to carry this out in the privacy of our cloistered life. Nevertheless, the discovery of what appeared to be an intact body and a perfectly preserved religious habit created an unexpected twist to our plans. We had no intent to make the discovery so public, but unfortunately, a private email was posted publicly, and the news began to spread like wildfire. However, God works in mysterious ways, and we embrace His new plan for us.

Many have voiced concern about the disruption to our life, but we have, thankfully, remained unaffected and able to continue on in our life of ora at labora, prayer and work, as Sister Wilhelmina would have it. Unless we looked out the front windows, or out at the crowds attending our Mass and Divine Offices, we would not even know people are here. An army of volunteers and our local law enforcement have stepped forward to manage the crowds, and we are deeply grateful to each of them, as they allow us to continue our life in peace, while granting the visitors a pleasant and prayerful experience at the Abbey.

Regarding what seems to be the miraculous preservation of Sister’s body, we are given the opportunity to contemplate the great gifts God gives us every day, especially the ones that are literally hidden from our eyes. St. Augustine said that "We marvel at what is extraordinary. Think of the fact that a few seeds bring forth an entire field of wheat." Of this and ordinary daily miracles, he says, "We don’t bother to reflect on this fact because it is always there. What we notice are events that aren’t part of the ordinary course of nature. They are works that God has reserved for particular times and places to cause us amazement and dumbfound us so that we will open our minds to God’s presence and care in all events and beauties." We believe that even as Sister Wilhelmina’s whole life and death was a miracle, pointing the way to Almighty God, that what she has left behind continues to point to His Resurrection and the life of glory that awaits us.

The relics of a person are exhumed in the ordinary course of action for the opening of the causes of saints, leading many to believe that such a cause has been or will be opened. As this is not the case, we continue on with a simple reinterment of our foundress, and are seeking advice on a possible opening of a cause in the future, especially as Sister has not yet reached the required minimum of five years since death in order to begin.Initial statements regarding Sister’s extraordinary physical state have already been procured, but we acknowledge that further studies must be done later, in an official capacity.

While we can attest to Sister’s personal sanctity, we know that incorruptibility is not among the official signs taken by the Church as a miracle for sainthood, and that all things must be subjected to further scrutiny, especially by the competent authorities in the medical field. The life itself and favors received must be established as proof of holiness.

While we rejoice in the shared love for our foundress, we ask prudent patience for everyone, so that a proper process may begin legally, when the time is right, and if God wills that we should devote our efforts to working with Holy Mother Church on the advancement of the recognition of the holiness of our foundress. We know this is a long process, with the collection of data, and a more detailed study of her life and remains. We ask your prayers as we discern carefully where to go from here.

In the meantime, we follow her beautiful example, especially in appreciating the little daily miracles with which God blesses us every day. Please know of our prayers for all the people of good will who have contacted or visited the Abbey, the countless number of people who have shown their support and appreciation for the life and legacy of our Sr. Wilhelmina. May we pray, as she did, that God’s will be done in all things.

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Bolshevik Amerika

Timothy Birdnow

They're at it again. The Federal Oprichnina, er, Department of Homeland Security is tarring conservatives with the "terrorist" and "Nazi" labels. And they are paying colleges to teach this to dumb kids.

Read all about it!:

The DHS awarded 80 grants totaling nearly $40 million under its Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Grant Program to establish "media literacy and online critical thinking initiatives.” In an internal memo obtained by MRC, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas referred to the grant program as a "high priority.”

According to the watchdog organization, the University of Dayton’s PREVENTS-OH was "among the most radical grantees.” The program vowed to fight "domestic violence extremism and hate movements.”

"For example, a chart used by DHS and its grantee in a training program equates mainstream groups with militant neo-Nazis, including: The Heritage Foundation, Fox News, the National Rifle Association (NRA), Breitbart News, PragerU, Turning Point USA, the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), the American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) and the Republican National Committee, among others,” MRC stated.

Strange; I thought this was our country too. How is it our government is now calling us terrorists and nazis?

You must understand; this is key to the ultimate plans of the Left to shut down the First Amendment right to free speech. They were able to get the Patriot Act in place which stripped away freedoms from accused terrorists, so if they can then tar us with the label they can take away our rights to speak.

That's how Communists have always proceeded with the Revolution.

America is now a Bolshevik nation.

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Restorative Justice Lets Vandals Go Free

Timothy Birdnow

A woke prosecutor in California is letting BLM vandals off with  a misdemeanor for desecrating the statue of Saint Juniper Serra at a Catholic church.

His actions essentially violate the First Amendment as he is "prohibiting the free exercise" of religion.

From the Blaze:

District Attorney Lori E. Frugoli reached the resolution "after a thorough case review by prosecutors and a long discussion among church members, community members, legal counsel for the defendants and the defendants' participation in the Restorative Justice Process guided by Rochelle Edwards of the Transformative Justice Institute."

The vandals were ordered to pay the church for the damages, complete 50 hours of community service, write an apology, participate in a community forum, and stay off church property.

"It is the District Attorney's Office's goal to achieve a fair result on all cases, and I strongly believe justice was served on this one," Frugoli stated. "While this issue has raised emotions because of the sensitivities around religion, community boundaries, and historic inequities, the fact is that a resolution through accountability has been reached through restorative justice and that is a victory for this community."


In preparation for the October protest, the church maintenance worker covered the statue in duct tape and boarded up windows, the Catholic News Agency reported.

The outlet reported that "masked rioters" removed the tape and spray-painted the statue before tearing it from its foundation.

According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, there have been at least 255 attacks on Catholic churches since May 2020.

In a letter to Frugoli, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone stated that he is "disturbed but not surprised" by the DA's decision to reduce the charges.

"I have seen this happen too many times before. We are promised justice and equal treatment, only to have our legitimate concerns dismissed, and we ourselves treated as unworthy of consideration," Cordileone wrote.

He stated that during the vandal's attack on the church, the San Rafael Police Department was instructed by a "higher authority" not to intervene while the felony crime was being committed.

Equal justice under the law? Fuggitaboutit!

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Red States Band Together to Stop Illegal Invasion

Timothy Birdnow

A number of red states are sending in the cavalry to Texas to help do the job the American government Just Won't Do.

From the Blaze:

Tennessee, Nebraska, Florida, Idaho, and Mississippi are among the red states that have stepped up to and into the breach, committing troops, law enforcement agents, support vehicles, and other resources.

The U.S. is refusing to do its fundamental job here, and expecting payment nonetheless. Now we are seeing the states taking on the task. How long before everyone realizes the U.S. is more a liability than an asset? Secession is increasingly necessary for any sort of America to survive.

If we do this now, how long before we simply tell the Feds to bugger off on everything?

I find it interesting that so many Republican states are on board, yet my home state of Missouri is strangely absent. Missouri Republicans have  a supermajority  in both houses of Congress as well as a Republican Governor, yet hizzoner Mike "anybody have a spine for sale" Parsons can't be bothered, even though we are a state very close to Texas. Parsons is useless, alas.

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Liberals ARE Nuts!

Timothy Birdnow

In case you missed it; left wing activism has been tied by a peer reviewed study to narcissism and psychopathy.

We all knew liberals were nuts; this only confirms it.

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Abortion Doctor Gets Let Off

Timothy Birdnow

A doctor who performed an abortion on a ten year old girl and failed to report it (the girl was pregnant with the child of a 27 year old illegal alien) then told reporters the story has been given a small fine and sent on her way by the state medical board. The Prosecuting Attorney's office wanted her license suspended but the board refused to do so.

This is how it works in modern America. Openly violate the law and, if you are a Progressive, get let off. How much do you want to bet NARAL paid her small fine too?

We need to start really hitting these people where it hurts.

Pro-life protesters need to picket her practice night and day, and make her a pariah.

Accoring to The Blaze:

The girl's story received national media attention after being shared by multiple news outlets and President Joe Biden.

On Thursday, Indiana's Medical Licensing Board gave Bernard a slap on the wrist, fining her $3,000 for violating patient privacy laws. However, the board rejected a request from the attorney general's office to suspend her license.

No restrictions were placed on Bernard's medical practice.

In July, Attorney General Todd Rokita vowed to investigate Bernard. He claimed that the doctor failed to comply with the state's mandatory reporting law, which requires individuals who suspect child abuse to alert law enforcement.


Deputy Attorney General Cory Voight accused Bernard of committing an "egregious violation" of patient privacy orders.

"There's been no case like this before the board," Voight stated. "No physician has been as brazen in pursuit of their own agenda."

The doctor went on to sneer at the state Attorney General and pretty much laughed at them.

"I think if the attorney general, Todd Rokita, had not chosen to make this his political stunt, we wouldn't be here today," Bernard said.

So she doesn't believe she did anything wrong.

We must make this very costly for her. Until that happens people like this will continue to thumb their noses at the law.

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"Serve the Motherland - or Else!"

Timothy Birdnow

The new Chinese Ambassador calls on Chinese "compatriots" in the U.S. to serve the Motherland.

What service are they expecting? Anybody?

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Paxton is being Trumped

Timothy Birdnow

KenPaxton is being Railroaded

Until we start doing this to them it will continue. We have never once responded to this sort of lawfare. Not once. They've done it all over the country and gotten away with it. But the RINO Reps are not unhappy to watch Conservatives be take out.

We have proseuctors of our own; why aren't they convening grand jury invesigations into liberal Democrats? x

Paxon is being Trumped.

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Election Integrity Vetoed in AZ

Timothy Birdnow

This is what happens when you let them get away with fraud.

Katie Hobbs Vetoes Election Integrity Bills

So, Hobbs likely stole the Governorship and now will enshrine vote fraud into law.

This is a what Trump-hating has done. The GOP in Arizona is weak as water and let this happen because they didn't want a MAGA candidate to win.

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SCOTUS Shoots Down EPA Welands Policy

Gregory Wrightstone

Breaking now and huge... SCOTUS shuts down EPA on wetlands jurisdiction. EPA only has jurisdiction over wetlands obviously connected to waterways.

Tim adds:

This makes me breath a sigh of relief!  Once I got stuck at my Ozark Hilton property in a pouring rain. Tires sunk in the mud. This left some tire ruts that were deep and fill with water when there is heavy rain. I feared the EPA would declare the Ozark Hilton a wetland and make me tear down my cabin.

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May 26, 2023


Joanne Moon-Yarwood

Do you know anything about these companies ,that now rule your life more each day ? If you don’t it rules you .HRC,CEI,LGBTQT A+ people and any protected groups under federal law..Let’s take one of our leading corporations in the news today TARGET it is recognized to meet 100% rating under the corporate Equality Index ( CEI ) for the tenth consecutive years and-earning the distinction of best place to work for LGBTQ equality  . Members of the Business Colation for the equality the federal legislation rates all corporations and bank .Netflex didn’t make the rating because of David Chappell ,CLOSER was released and didn’t come under the rules ar the time .So do you see the control all these corporations are protect under federeal rule and inclusive of diversity and  equality.The listing of many of these corporations that have now reached 100 per cent of following these rules grow each day . If you research further you would see why you have no control over much of anything in what you are allowed to see and must follow .

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The Wimpy Burger Economy

Nikki Grace

The debt ceiling....All Congress is doing is saying there will be cuts in spending over the next ten years. So "give me a hamburger today for which I will gladly pay you next Tuesday". And two years from now a new Congress will change that. Fool me once. Biden gets the 1.7 trillion spending today. Inflation continues apace. The collision course with reality is coming the show goes on. And both the Congress and Biden are in the kabuki show.

Money today is worth more than money in the future. Besides, the cuts will never come. We are running 33% in the hole every year. Only productivity could somewhat mitigate this. And the country is drowning in new regulations cutting productivity.

Not to mention a war cooked up in Ukraine to continue money laundering, and the cutting of oil and gas production in the country. We are screwed.

Tim adds:

It's like termites eating your home's  infrastructure. You don't see them, the house looks as sturdy as ever. But one day there comes a storm and the whole house collapses.

That's where our economy is headed. We have hollowed it out with all this spending.

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RINO'S for DeSantis!

Francesca Bosco

Fox News confirmed that Jeb Bush, the Bushes and Karl Rove are running the DeSantis campaign. We know.

Tierney’s Real News

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Hodge Podge

Kurt Womack

The Left is the existential threat to America. Dictator Xiden has funded a Leftist brainwashing cesspool, to declare we are terrorists. When is Mayorkas going to be impeached is my question.

Link to PDF of Media Research Center report:
How Biden's DHS is Weaponizing an Anti-Terror Program Against Christians, Conservatives & The GOP - EXPOSED

List of Leftist brainwashing centers that received funding for this, which includes AZ State Uni:

I listen to Charlie Kirk, his organization in on the list (for example). There are about 38.8 million registered Republicans. With this sort of bullshit, how are we supposed to "unify" with Leftists?

"Dr." Jill talking about the divide, and bombing:

This explains it perfectly:

Left-wing extremism linked to psychopathy and narcissism: study

The Demonrats are acting like Russians, with the goal to smash any opposition.
Russia Dissolves Oldest Opposition Party - The Moscow Times

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Vax a You Doing?

Jerry S Rainforth

Vaccinated children aged 12 to 17 face a heightened risk of myocarditis, a form of heart inflammation, and a related condition called pericarditis, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) researchers found.

The number of myocarditis and pericarditis events in that age group met the threshold for a safety signal, the researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association on May 22.

FDA Detects Serious Safety Signal for COVID-19 Vaccination Among Children

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Fission and Solar Flares

Richard Cronin

It’s all in the literature. How nuclear fission causes solar flares and produces the gigantic forces spurring the auroral borealis plus influence tectonic activity on our planet.

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Zelensky on the Run

Nikki Grace

Predictions from various sources:

....."former comedian President Vladimir Zelensky, who hasn’t stepped a foot in his own country in over two weeks—yesterday President Zelensky failed to show up for a meeting with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva at the G7 Summit, who told reporters: "I had an interview, a bilateral one with Zelensky here in this room at 3:15 pm...We waited and received the information that he was late...But Zelensky did not show up”—all of which followed world-renowned Pulitzer Prize winning American investigative journalist Seymour Hersh releasing his bombshell article "The Ukraine Refugee Question”, wherein he revealed, citing his sources in NATO and the CIA, that Poland and the Baltic nations are pushing ".....resident Zelensky to end the war and resign, and reveals them saying: ""Zelensky is telling us that if you want to win the war you’ve got to give me more money and more stuff…He tells us, "I’ve got to pay off the generals”…He’s telling us—if he is forced out of office—"he’s going to the highest bidder…He’d rather go to Italy than stay than possibly get killed by his own people”—but if fleeing to Italy before the corrupt generals he can’t pay off kill him, President Zelensky will first have to evict the Russians he rented his multi-million Italian villa to for €50,000 a month.

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The Cult of Woke

Lance Sjogren

Companies are now getting boycotted for things like embracing LGBTQ by exposing young children to drag shows.

Then when they back off they get hammered by the cult activists.

One rule of cults is that you are required to embrace ALL the dogma. As I have recently pointed out, the cult's endorsement of medical atrocities on children may constitute something akin to a "gang initiation ritual" in which the recruit is required to make a human sacrifice to prove their loyalty to the gang.

It's the height of folly for corporations to join the cult. Yes the cult will be mad if a corporation doesn't join, but they will not only face a backlash from the sane community when they join, but they when they back off the more grotesque practices of the cult, they will face a lot bigger backlash from the cult than they would have if they had just stayed out to begin with.

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May 25, 2023

The Rise of the Expert Class

Timothy Birdnow

This from the incomparable  William Briggs:

The Beginnings Of The Expertocracy (a.k.a. Managerial Society) Starts With Napoleon


Capitalism Is Dead: Long Live The Expertocracy. Burnham’s The Managerial Revolution at 80

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