Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Bp. Aquila's 2011 predictions slowly becoming true

Remember this; from Fr. Z

Nuncio Archbp. Viganò at Notre Shame talks about a concrete “menace” to religious liberty

Check out this interesting post from Fr. Z here

The Litany of St. Joseph

The Litany of St. Joseph
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, pray for us (after each line)
Saint Joseph,
Renowned offspring of David,
Light of Patriarchs,
Spouse of the Mother of God,
Chaste guardian of the Virgin,
Foster-father of the Son of God,
Diligent protector of Christ,
Head of the Holy Family,
Joseph most just,
Joseph most chaste,
Joseph most prudent,
Joseph most strong,
Joseph most obedient,
Joseph most faithful,
Mirror of patience,
Lover of poverty,
Model of artisans,
Glory of home life,
Guardian of virgins,
Pillar of families,
Solace of the wretched, Hope of the sick,
Patron of the dying,
Terror of demons,
Protector of Holy Church,
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.
V. He made him the lord of His house:
R. And ruler of all His substance.
Let us pray.
O God, who in Thine unspeakable providence didst vouchsafe to choose blessed Joseph to be the spouse of Thine own most holy Mother: grant, we beseech Thee, that we may deserve to have him for our intercessor in heaven, whom we reverence as our defender on earth: who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Leadership Continued

"If an incompetent chieftain is removed, seldom do we appoint his highest-ranking subordinate to his place" - Attila the Hun

"Real leaders are ordinary people with extraordinary determination" - Anonymous

"The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects the wind; the realist adjusts the sails" - Anonymous

"You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence is not an event - it is a habit" - Aristotle

"Forget about yourself and just think of your people. It's always the people who make things happen" - Corazon Aquino

"I learned that good judgement comes from experience and that experience grows out of mistakes." - General Omar Nelson Bradley

"For success, attitude is equally as important as ability" - Harry F. Banks

"Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them" - William Shakespeare

"Never give an order that can't be obeyed."— General Douglas MacArthur

"My own definition of leadership is this: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence."— General Montgomery

"Leaders are not born; they are made. And, they are made just like anything else - through hard work. And that is the price we'll have to pay to achieve any goal" - Vince Lombardi

"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavour" - Vince Lombardi

Friday, June 1, 2012


To sum it up; leadership is stepping up to the plate and overcoming whatever obstacles lay in front of you and guiding your men towards a clear objective. Give them the mission, step back and supervise without holding their hand but maintaining a command presence. Pepe Aguilar

A Compilation of Quotes on Leadership by Leaders

Take Charge, Move Out- Campbell University US Army ROTC motto.
Ready, Willing, Able- Officer Candidate School NC Military Academy Motto

All that is necessary for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.

 Leadership: Generalship
No general can fight his battles alone. He must depend upon his lieutenants, and his success depends upon his ability to select the right man for the right place. Philip Armour

Sun Tzu: The Art of War
All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him. Thus the highest form of generalship is to balk the enemy's plans, the next best is to prevent the junction of the enemy's forces, the next in order is to attack the enemy's army in the field, and the worst policy of all is to besiege walled cities. He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight. He will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces. He will win whose army is animated by the same spirit throughout all its ranks. He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared. He will win who has military capacity and is not interfered with by the sovereign.
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle. Whoever is first in the field and awaits the coming of the enemy, will be fresh for the fight; whoever is second in the field and has to hasten to battle will arrive exhausted. Hence that general is skillful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skillful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack.
Military tactics are like unto water; for water in its natural course runs away from high places and hastens downwards... Water shapes its course according to the nature of the ground over which it flows; the soldier works out his victory in relation to the foe whom he is facing. Therefore, just as water retains no constant shape, so in warfare there are no constant conditions. He who can modify his tactics in relation to his opponent and thereby succeed in winning, may be called a heaven-born captain. Invincibility depends on one's self.

A leader leads by example not by force. General Dwight D. Eisenhower

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. "You don't lead by hitting people over the head-that's assault, not leadership." General George S. Patton

"A leader is a man who can adapt principles to circumstances.“ Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. A general is just as good or just as bad as the troops under his command make him. "A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent." General Douglas MacArthur

Army Unit Mottos
800TH MILITARY POLICE BRIGADE "Vires In Arduis" ("Strength In Difficulties.")

Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow. Chinese Proverb
It is absurd that a man should rule others, who cannot rule himself. (Absurdum est ut alios regat, qui seipsum regere nescit.) Latin Proverb
He who has learned how to obey will know how to command. Solon
 He who has never learned to obey cannot be a good commander. Aristotle
What you cannot enforce / Do not command. Sophocles
The Presidents
No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent. Abraham Lincoln
 If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. John Quincy Adams
 “A good leader can’t get too far ahead of his followers.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt "The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.“ "People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.“ “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.”

Roman Leadership
A ruler should be slow to punish and swift to reward. Ovid
The greater a man is in power above others, the more he ought to excel them in virtue. None ought to govern who is not better than the governed. Publius Syrus
It is impossible to imagine anything which better becomes a ruler than mercy. Seneca

Various Quotes
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Harold R. McAlindon
Men are governed only by serving them; the rule is without exception. V. Cousin
The real leader has no need to lead-- he is content to point the way. Henry Miller
When I give a minister an order, I leave it to him to find the means to carry it out. Napoleon Bonaparte
No man can stand on top because he is put there. H. H. Vreeland
Let him who would be moved to convince others, be first moved to convince himself. Thomas Carlyle
"A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better." Jim Rohn
"The boss drives people; the leader coaches them. The boss depends on authority; the leader on good will. The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm. The boss says "I"; The leader says "WE". The boss fixes the blame for the breakdown; the leader fixes the breakdown. The boss says, "GO"; the leader says "LET'S GO!" H. Gordon Selfridge
"The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly." Jim Rohn
"Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish." Sam Walton
"If I advance, follow me! If I retreat, kill me! If I die, avenge me!" Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position. Brian Tracy
“Leadership is action, not position.” — Donald H. McGannon
"Success for leadership is . . . knowing the great art of directing others without their noticing it." Anonymous "Leadership is not magnetic personality ? that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not "making friends and influencing people" -- that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person's vision to high sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.“ Peter F. Drucker
Leaders think and talk about the solutions. Followers think and talk about the problems. Brian Tracy
"The only real training for leadership is leadership.“ Anthony Jay “Leaders do not avoid, repress, or deny conflict, but rather see it as an opportunity.” — Warren Bennis
Diligent follow-up and follow-through will set you apart from the crowd and communicate excellence.” – John Maxwell
“Earn the right to be heard by listening to others. Seek to understand a situation before making judgments about it.” – John Maxwell
“A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.” – John Maxwell
“Coming together is a beginning, and staying together is progress, but only when teams sweat together do they find success.” – John Maxwell
“Teams make you better than you are, multiply your value, enable you to do what you do best, allow you to help others do their best, give you more time, provide you with companionship, help you fulfill the desires of your heart and compound your vision and effort.” – John Maxwell
Vince Lombardi
"Leaders aren't born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal." “Leadership is based on a spiritual quality; the power to inspire, the power to inspire others to follow.”

The Eagle (Aquila)
"Eagles don't flock - you have to find them one at a time." H. Ross Perot
To be a great leader and so always master of the situation, one must of necessity have been a great thinker in action. An eagle was never yet hatched from a goose's egg. James Thomas
When there is a storm the little birds hide, but the eagle faces it and sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up and lift it above the storm. The eagle doesn’t escape while the storm rages below, the eagle is soaring above it and seeks out his objective. Pepe Aguilar

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The meaning of a Name and Heraldic Influence

The meaning and origin of the surname Aguilar is definitely tied to an Eagle. It is Spanish and Jewish (Sephardic): habitational name from any of numerous places called Aguilar, from Latin aquilare ‘haunt of eagles’ (a latin derivative of aquila, and Spanish aguila ‘eagle’), for example Aguilar de Campo in Palencia, Aguilar de la Frontera in Córdoba, and Aguilar de Segarra in Catalonia. As a surname it's meaning is defined as"Sharp eyed" as an Eagle; and/or "The Eagle". Linguistically Aguilar is very similar to Aquila, a Roman name and the Black Eagle was the device used on the Legions banners. From about the year 100 a.d. until the collapse of the Empire in the year 410 a.d., Spain was merely a province of Rome. The influence of the Romans was profound, and many present day Iberian surnames owe their roots to the Roman influence. The surname itself is much later, few surnames except those where the holder was associated with specific estates, were hereditary, although this was one of them.
The earliest reference to Aguilar that I've been able to find is that of Aguilar Castle in the Languedoc region of what is today France and faces the region Aragon. The castle was a Cathar stronghold and belonged to Wilfred le Velu, Marquis of Gothie' in Catalonia who left the "Puy(rock) d'Aguilar" to his son Guilhem in 1020. He would become lord of Termes in Languedoc. In 1117 the Puy became Aguilar Castle and was owned by the lords of Termes, Vassals of the Viscounts of Trencavel. During the Albigensian Crusade, about which many recent books have been written, the castle was confiscated by Louis IX, king of France. After being given back to Olivier of Termes it was sold back to the Crown to serve as advanced outpost facing Aragon and to protect the recently annexed lands behind it for the French Crown. Aguilars would eventually sail to the New World and various other islands. Geronimo Aguilar was a translator with Hernan Cortez during the exploration of Mexico.
There has been several different types of heraldic coats of arms for each branch of Aguilars. The oldest is a yellow background with 3 red stripes and another yellow with a double headed crowned eagle. Others are yellow with a crowned eagle.


This famous clan surname is regarded as the royal name of Scotland. Stewart is a Scottish surname and often spelled Stuibard in Gaelic. An alternative spelling is Stuart. In Scotland after the 12th century it took on a meaning of even greater importance, and described the Steward of Scotland, the highest post in the kingdom, below that of the monarch. The progenitor of the Stewart family was a Breton knight who settled in England after the Norman Conquest; William Fitz Alain became hereditary Great Steward of Scotland during the reign of King David I and was given estates in Renfrewshire and East Lothian. Within a few generations, his descendants, who had by then relocated to Scotland, became the High Stewards of Scotland, hence the origin of the surname. One of the hereditary Stewart stewards, Walter Stewart, married Marjorie Bruce, daughter of King Robert I, and founded the royal House of Stuart (a French spelling), beginning with their son King Robert II. The "Stuart" spelling arose because there was no letter "w" in the French language and Mary Queen of Scots, in particular, became Mary Stuart, following her marriage to the Dauphin of France, later King Francis II.
The House of Stewart was the longest serving royal dynasty of Scotland. In 1603, the Stewart King James VI of Scotland became King James I of England and Wales by succession to Queen Elizabeth I. The Stewart dynasty ruled Scotland, England and Wales (with an interruption during Cromwell's Commonwealth after the English Civil War and the regicide that followed because the Stuart's were Catholic!) until 1714, when Queen Anne died and the British Crown passed to the German Electors of Hanover. The grandson of James II, Prince Charles Edward Stuart, led the last attempt to restore the Stewart dynasty to the British Crown in 1745-6 and became known to history as "Bonnie Prince Charles". This attempted coup d'état ended in the slaughter of Charles' army at the Battle of Culloden in April, 1746; when for whatever reason Charles decided not to pursue the routing enemy at the previous engagement. Those that supported the Bonnie Prince and the Stuart Dynasty were called Jacobites and were known to rally around a special flag; the cross of St. Andrew in gold on a Blue background. Long live the Stewarts!

In addition to the Royal House of Stuart, various branches of the Stewart family became Scottish peers, at various times holding the Marquisate of Bute, the earldoms of Atholl, Mar, Moray, Angus, Galloway, as well as several Lordships of Parliament. Several families of Stewarts became Highland clans in their own right, including the Stewarts of Appin, the Stewarts of Ardvorlich the Stewarts of Atholl, the Stewarts of Garth.
The Stewart clan motto is "Virescit vulnere virtus" which means "Courage grows strong at a wound". Surnames regarded as septs (sub-branch) of the Stewart clan include Cook, Cruickshanks, Duilach, France, Francis, Garrow, Jameson, Jamieson, Lombard, Lorne, MacCamie, MacCloy, MacCombich, MacGlashan, MacKirdy, MacLae, MacLea, MacLeay, MacMichael, MacMunn, MacMutrie, Moodie, Munn, Sharp. The heraldic device or crest is the pelican (in her piety) feeding her young, also a unicorn.

Which now brings everyone up to speed on how all these things have influenced Heraldry specifically with my coat of arms and banner; an amalgamation of two Catholic noble houses: Stewart and Aguilar. The first quarter is a blending of the two most ancient forms of heraldic imagery for Aguilar. The second quarter contains remnants of Stewart Coat of Arms Yellow field with Blue and White cheque design, the pelican in her piety, double red tressure flory counter-flory flanked by two lions rampant and thisle, blue field with flur d'lis. The crest is a Phoenix with red, white and blue plumes. Motto: With God's help I rise and conquer; being buckled I follow my ancestors. Banner: White outer stripes with Two Flur de lis of gold at the four corners of the banner, Blue center with crowned double headed eagle clutching the Jacobite standard.

So there you have it. I carry on the legacy of my ancestor's fight for Holy Mother Church in her defense. My battle cry "Aquila et Iustitia: the eagle, and (God's)Justice"!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Random Quotes

If you want peace, prepare for war/ si vis pacem, para bellum!
The only purpose to fighting is to win!
The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is more important than either!
The final weapon is the brain, all else is supplemental!
When in Doubt, empty the magazine!
A dead enemy is a peaceful enemy. Blessed be the peacemakers!