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Suffering … Quality of Life …

You Have The Communist Flu! Quarantine! Quarantine!

By the sound of things there is a whole lot of suffering going on … just listen to anyone, all eager to share their suffering, all the while desperately trying not to sneeze, or cough, or sniffle because we have all slid into being terrified lest we find ourselves featured in the final scene of “Invasion Of The Body Snatchers” .

… I’M FINE! … I’M FINE! I AM JUST SHOPPING FOR FRIENDS. Now we are finding out who actually has friends and who has e-friends, or  maybe iFriends … but iFriends can’t go do your shopping for you and deliver in person.

In Canada we have, for decades now,  been receiving the daily message, dressed up in Health Care lingo, that “It’s OK for us to kill you if you have no political voice and your existence is inconvenient or, even,  your in the wrong place at the wrong time“. In the last few years a new message has been added to this steady drone, that new message being the steady drumbeat of “It’s OK to kill yourself if you are unhappy with your “Quality of Life“.

Now, the “In Crowd” think is great to have set up a “Living Will” to instruct any Canadian Doctor to kill them if they are admitted into hospital, “suffering and with low quality of life”, and are unable to verbally instruct medical staff as to their desires at that moment.  I have had this “discussion” with some of my own family members who have converted to this new cult from their previous affiliation of “Atheist”.

We can see all sorts of interesting spin-offs from this desire to avoid suffering at any cost, including “Kill Me, Please!”, co-existing simultaneously with very expensive “preserve life” protocols active in our current national “Health Care System”. A very interesting article was posted a couple of days ago on Dr. Malcolm Kendrick’s blog here.  This post is well worth the read and gives much food for thought. Will the real cost of the COVID-19, the Red Flu, be the loss of civil liberty and the removal of any protections in law for the more defenseless members of our society.

I can easily imagine a fertile, high yield, farm of bureaucratic rationalization of draconian health related decisions, all driven by ROE and sounding rather like what Dr. Kendrick relates:

…”we should focus on doing things whereby we can do the most good (save the most lives) for the least possible amount of money. Or use the money we have, to save the most lives. In fact, this is why the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) was established. NICE reviews interventions and decides whether they provide value for money. The economic term for this is cost-effectiveness. This work is complex and often relies on assumptions that can be difficult to verify. However, keeping this as simple as possible, NICE tries to compare healthcare interventions against each other by using a form of ‘currency’ called the cost per QALY.  A QALY is a Quality Adjusted Life Year. One added year of the highest quality life would be one QALY.

C.S. Lewis

It seems C. S. Lewis touched on exactly what we are witnessing before our very eyes. In That Hideous Strength: A Modern Fairy-Tale for Grown-Ups”, first published in 1945, he breathes life into these ideas in a primary character of the book, in his description of the aggressive vision of the scientific group called N. I. C. E. (The National Institute for Coordinated Experiments), and in his attribution of N. I. C. E.’s views and actions to the demons, or … “devilry.”

You really should read the post from Dr. Kendrick, and the C. S. Lewis article. As you inevitably walk or crawl or are wheeled or dragged down the ever narrowing path of life to your natural demise, what will you choose?  What choices will be thrust upon you? Will you get your rightly allotted number of “Quality Adjusted Life Years“, your entitled QALY’s? Or will you find yourselves among those who end up on the wrong side of the committee and their review, on the wrong side of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). That secretly constituted, minute-less meeting of faceless corner-office 3 piece suites who, as the legal servants of  “NICE”, regularly review interventions and decide whether they provide value for money.

Will we look back from our crematorium jobs, during our mandatory 10 minute water break, and wistfully remember “The Good Old Days” before 2020 and COVID-19? “Remember the days before the Red Flu? Gee, things sure were good then, remember?

Cheers

Joe

its all so crazy making …

 

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Big Brother Knows Best …

Greta wants you all to kill yourselves … Right Now … Oh Well ….

The cold is making me cranky. This morning is is -25 degrees celsius here with a 30 Kph wind. Must be caused by Global Warming!  Too many people burning fossil fuels trying to stay alive and keep their livestock sheltered. But what do we know?  All our social betters certainly don’t hesitate to inform us what we are doing wrong and how we are screwing up the world.

David Warren writes:… But the bubonic plague, as noticed in London, returned in much the same form, seventeen times between 1348 and 1666. It had already visited Europe in the time of Justinian, and returned frequently between 541 and 750 AD, each time carrying away thousands and millions of those late Byzantine-Romans, and bystanders throughout and beyond the Mediterranean. We still have no vaccine, incidentally; and it is still not dead. Only Communism can approach the aggregate body count.

His marriage is a failure … but we trust him to run the country? hmmmm

Now our political masters, having rested and considered their creation “Democratic Socialism” and “found it Very Good”. They have decided to combine the ever present Virus plague, which has been killing us for thousands of years, in whatever mutant variation is currently popular on Social Media, with the deadly 20th century disease of Socialism because obviously it works so well absolutely everywhere it has been tried.

China, Russia, Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Poland, Bulgaria, Chile, Venezuela, Britain, Italy, Canada, … coming soon to a country near you!  Maybe even your own country? And we can always rely on the young to do it to the old, right? Burn the witch! Kristallnacht,  The Great March, The Cultural Revolution, the 60’s,  A whole lotta thinkin’ goin’ on.

Of course abortion and euthanasia have always been effective tools of the left to destroy societies and peoples wholesale, and there would be no need for abortions and eventually euthanasia if we all practice rigourous “Social Distancing”, right?

WHAT?  You’re pregnant? WHAMMO, double jeopardy! We can authorize both an abortion AND a mercy killing because you obviously violated the new “Social Distancing” rules.  Nah, couldn’t happen in this day and age, right?

Some of my customers are holding forth that COVID-19 is a very good thing because “the world is overpopulated anyway“. I wonder how many billions of souls we will be able to condemn to Hell in the 21st century, with the help of the latest virus combined with social welfare programs directed at “quality of life” and  an absolute lack of a moral compass in the millions of voters who are just OK with killing half the present population as long as it is the other half, not their half.

Cheers

Joe

its all so crazy making …

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What is real?

“River Flows In You”, Yiruma, from the album “Yiruma Piano Collection” , (2001)

A steady stream of fear and anxiety presents itself all day long across my counter, and while all have much in common, each presents with a unique particular grievance and an equally unique attributed cause and virtually all seem to be bereft of any basis in fact, or “reality”.

I sat down to write tonight and discovered that it had all been already nicely written up for me so I will simply link to a nice, concise, articulate summary of what I am seeing and hearing on a daily basis. If you’re interested simply jump over to here. Alternatively, have an enjoyable and peaceful evening pursuing whatever floats your boat.

Cheers

Joe

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FUD … Sound and Images … The lies of this world … Labels … and a couple or three links …

“Yamanakabushi” performed by Jean-Pierre Rampal & Yuzuko Horigome, from the album “Yamanakabushi: Japanese Melodies”, Vol. 3, (1982)

Sunday, the 29th of March 2020, the fifth Sunday of Lent, and a very important and detailed Gospel, John 11:1-45. This is one of the longest Gospel readings in the Liturgy. It is the story about the resurrection of Lazarus by our Lord Jesus Christ after he had been dead for four days.

This is the story of the miracle that finally tipped the Jews, the Leadership, over to realizing that they had to act to kill Jesus immediately to silence His message of Truth. Their hammerlock on popular power was seriously threatened by this miracle, so they did what social and military dictators have always done throughout history, and still do, they silenced those who disagreed with them by killing them and/or marginalizing them. That was then … and they murdered the Christ to keep control. What now?

Del Bigtree

Now, the world is facing a multi-hundred-billion-trillion dollar “The Sky-Is-Falling” crisis. Let’s follow the money. So, a couple or three questions, to help filter the torrent of  incoming sound and fury. First, “Does it spark joy?” I don’t feel joy in any of this. Second, “Who benefits?”, The MSM, Big Government, and Big Pharma.  Third, what can we do to get to “Truth” if ALL authorities are lying, and lying about who is lying? Realy, not a damned thing we little people can do except pay up and die.

It’s all just so hugely frustrating and crazy making. The money trail seems to point at hundreds of billions of dollars of annual profit for Big Pharma and the MSM and huge budgets and unlimited control for Big Government … IF … IF they can manage to keep the hysteria going for a few more months.

I have come across another tidbit (over 2 hours – big tidbit, maybe well beyond most folks attention span, eh?) of information which appears to give the lie to the current zombie apocalypse of COVID-19 … the “end-of-the-world” event giving the MSM and the Health Department bureaucrats, and Big Pharma the justification for the abrogation of all civil rights and liberties “for the duration” of the “virtual crisis”. But this “tidbit” is worth following to the end – think of it as one protracted “Big Reveal”.

This video might very well be very upsetting for people on both sides of the information divide, but is it any more upsetting than the current main-stream news on CNN, CBC, BBC, and Bill Gates’ favorite media outlet MSNBC? Seriously, is anyone out there happy with the current zombie apocalypse as being shoved down out throats by the MSM and the WHO and the rest of the Social Media Terrorists?

And I don’t think for a moment that all the talking heads are involved in some sort of conspiracy to mislead. Most of them, I think, actually believe what they are reporting, and they are terrified, and selling their souls for any kind of Atta-Boy. The only alternative theory is that they are part of it and are guilty of crimes against humanity on a scale like we have seen in totalitarian regimes the world over throughout the 20th century.

The whole “sound and fury” of our current pandemic panic feels familiar to any player of MMORPG apocalypse games. But just now I have come across a report outside the mainstream (where else?) about mortality and epidemiology in Italian “Health Care” and in other world pandemic disease centres as well.

The virtually universal vitriol with which all the mainstream players, media and gaslighters throughout our social media empire, put down, ridicule, and vilify the few nay-sayers out there convinces me that Del Bigtree is a Truth speaker.

Whenever ALL the MSM and talking heads and “experts” agree on something, 50+ years of personal experience has convinced me that it is a virtual certainty that they are ALL wrong. They always seem to find themselves on the wrong side of history whenever they all agree on something.

The part of interest is here and the analysis of the statistics, the facts, starts at the 18 minute mark. … But this 2 hour and fifteen minute YouTube video is virtually impossible to find unless someone gives you a direct link. I bolded the time stamps along the video track at the bottom: Just check out minute 54:16 of this video … or minute 58:50 … or minute 1:00:09 … or minute 1:08:27 … or minute 1:08:42 (this expert is really good), or minute  1:12:00 and 1:16:12 and then minute 1:20:00 for the start of the charts and numbers. Please please hang in there for this wonderful antidote to hysteria. It is just so illuminating.

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny

All the usual misdirection is rampant on this one and it is easy to find over 200,000 search results assassinating Del Bigtree and about 250 thousand doing the same to Dr. Sherri Tenpenny denying what they are talking about, BUT, not one of them seems to have anything factual to throw up against the information that Tenpenny and Bigtree are presenting.

Nothing but loud screaming and character assassination by the same crowd pushing for Trump’s impeachment and the whole “Russia got Trump elected” meme. The same crowd that are rushing to completely shut down New York and and the whole state of Californication.

Of course every right minded person KNOWS that the MSM and Social Media are the only true gospel preachers out there, right?  There are no experts backing up what Trump is saying, Trump is lying!  Or we can take a look at what “The Experts” are actually saying … rather than accept the talking heads version of reality.

So lets listen to some experts rather than the nice hair pretty media types like our Clown Prince’s wife. Of course we all know that those who speak out, trying to bring some facts, and truth, and sanity into the debate are just stupid, and are particularly troubling for public health bureaucrats and drug companies and the controversial issues surrounding the current abrogation of all human rights in the west.

But, again, let’s jump ahead to the hot button points on the video. Just check out minute 54:16 of this video … or minute 58:50 … or minute 1:00:09 … or minute 1:08:27 … or minute 1:08:42 (this expert is really good), or minute  1:12:00 and 1:16:12 and then minute 1:20:00 for the start of the charts and numbers. Please please hang in there for the antidote to hysteria. It is just so illuminating.

So, that’s enough of that. One is either a Kool-Aid drinker, or not, you can watch the video and make up your own mind and do your own digging, or not, before the MSM take it down … and there is nothing to be done for those who believe the Social Media miracle workers. I have been up and down this path for years. And so, in the interest of a little peace, here is a reprise from the wayback machine of a post I did in January 2018:

Michi Haruka”, by Kobudo, from the album “Ototabi”  (2013)

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I tried writing in silence and posting plain text with no sound and no images, Just the facts, ma’am” … and I don’t enjoy writing in silence and I do enjoy trying to pass on the mood to my readers, or at least to offer the opportunity to taste the mood … so I have decided to go back to sound and images as part of this effort … my blog, my rules.

I found this item, like a delightful little breakfast treat left over from the surfeit of Christmas  … David and I seem to be in a similar  frame of mind regarding “The World” …

https://www.davidwarrenonline.com/2018/01/11/le-monde/

David Warren

David Warren

… I was, even in those days, a fan of this “Richard Nixton” (the misspelling of his name was a smug convention). I didn’t actually like him, but in the words of a Czech friend, “he gives those liberals heart attacks,” and that seemed a good enough reason to support him.

For those were the days when I was just discovering that a lad with my views is not called a “liberal,” but a “conservative” instead. (I’ve since moved on, to “reactionary.”) It was a question of mere labels, “truth in advertising” as it were. An old-fashioned “liberal” like my father to start, I was already in favour of liberty and small government, against totalitarianism and thus, gung-ho on Vietnam.

But I had also already noticed that most people who thought themselves “liberals,” were otherwise insufferable. …

Satan

Satan

I am reflecting on references in previous posts (here) regarding the “Chiaroscuro” of silence versus noise revealing the face of God.  And also reflecting on references in previous posts (here) and (here) about the appropriateness of “labels” or metaphorical “figures” standing for icons in respective cultures, icons of evil, and icons of good, and the error of believing that the “label” is the “thing” … the good or the evil “actualized” in the label.

I have often ruminated on the use of metaphorical and mathematical labels to stand for personal opinions, or assertions of theory which we desire to be true, but which remain “unproven” or  “not true” and the inherent error of confusing the label for the truth and the truth for the label, as if the truth becomes self evident (obviously) by virtue of the chosen label, and if one just “doesn’t get it” one must be self evidently lacking in some essential aspect.

Back in April 2015 I touched on “other religions” and “ad hominem” here. The social and media attack on “the other” aka “anyone who disagrees with me” is still going strong and is showing signs of reaching the level of physical coercion and intimidation even here in North America in the early 21st century … “Burn The Witch!”

Spirited Away, Dragon and Girl

Spirited Away, Dragon and Girl

Something about the frequency with which we delude ourselves, how the best plans and ideas of mice and men “gang aft a’glay“, our innate ability to discern truth (what 21st century man identifies as “our BS detector”) seems to have gone wildly astray in the minute by minute noise and distraction of our 21st century society.

It might be seen as odd that I write here about silence immediately after deciding to put sound back into my blog. But there ya go, I am not rigidly consistent I guess. We have lost our affinity for silence, that peace which man was originally born with, but I like my music.

Much of my thoughts here are drawn from the work of Robert Cardinal Sarah. But this is not a PhD dissertation and no one is grading me and I am not selling this sort of writing for a living so call it what you will. I have an omnivorous appetite for truth and am willing to adopt things or change my mind when I find something that makes perfect sense to me, even if it is a new path.

Man has lost the simplicity, the natural innocence, of childhood. That is why silence is so difficult for him. And man rejects silence even more because he wants to become God himself, and has done so for all time, since Adam first sought to “become god”. That is why Christ admonished us to “become as little children”. In silence man cannot be a false god, cannot pretend to “be” god, but can merely stand in a luminous face-to-face encounter with God.

Saint Augustine

Saint Augustine

In “The Confessions”, Saint Augustine exposes his own experience with these beautiful lines: “Late have I loved Thee, O Beauty so ancient and so new; late have I loved Thee! For behold Thou wert within me, and I outside; and I sought Thee outside and in my unloveliness fell upon those lovely things that Thou hast made.

Thou wert with me and I was not with Thee. I was kept from Thee by those things, yet had they not been in Thee, they would not have been at all. Thou didst call and cry to me and break open my deafness: and Thou didst send forth Thy beams and shine upon me and chase away my blindness: Thou didst breathe fragrance upon me, and I drew in my breath and do now pant for Thee: I tasted Thee, and now hunger and thirst for Thee: Thou didst touch me, and I have burned for Thy peace.

Where are the dwelling places of solitude and silence? Where are those places where we escape the noise and distractions of modern life, the disruptions which continually prevent us from finding God? Only a fortunate few can find the solitude and silence of the sea, or of the desert, or the mountain hermitage. Where do we find this silence in our busy daily run?

For joy … I find myself not so alone in my observations of the irrational illogicality of life on this tiny planet of mostly blue water. I give you a couple of tidbits worth visiting just in time to save us from giving way to despair and desperation.

https://www.davidwarrenonline.com/2018/01/05/twelfth-night-no-surrender/

“… “A lie gets halfway round the world before the truth even gets its pants on,” or something like that, as Mark Twain is supposed to have said, though if he did, it was hardly original.” courtesy of David Warren.”

and

https://www.thecatholicthing.org/2018/01/05/the-stupid-animal/

” … “Bombogenesis” is my favorite word this week. It is meteorologist’s jargon for what is happening off America’s Eastern Seaboard. It was last popularized, if I recall aright, four years ago, when we had about twenty of them in the North Atlantic, within a January and February.

These storms result from a form of collision between high and low-pressure cells. The air pressure suddenly drops, and sailors are in for quite a blow. A lot of snow is dumped along coasts. But it is not the end of the world; not yet.

The fish in the sea are probably exempt, but I’ve noticed that animals on land often react to these pressure drops: even cats and dogs. They know to seek shelter. Humans, not so much, till they have heard a weather report; but as the keeper of a municipal weather station when I was a high-school kid, I found that I could tell, too. This was because I was “open to the experience.”

Many things that humans can do are not apparent to most humans.” … Also courtesy of the same David Warren writing on a different blog site.”

C.S. Lewis, at his desk writing

C.S. Lewis, at his desk writing

It is well to remember the words of Aslan (the Lion icon) “… He answered, “Child, all the service thou hast done to Tash, I account as service done to me. …  I take to me the services which thou hast done to him. For I and he are of such different kinds that no service which is vile can be done to me, and none which is not vile can be done to him. … Dost thou understand, Child?”  

I said, “Lord, thou knowest how much I understand”. But I also said (for the truth constrained me), “Yet I have been seeking Tash all my days”.  “Beloved”, said the Glorious One, “unless thy desire had been for me thou wouldst not have sought so long and so truly. For all find what they truly seek”. C.S. Lewis, “The Last Battle”

  早春賦, William W. Spearman IV, from the album “Beautiful Japanese Songs” (2006)

Cheers

Joe

its all so crazy making …

Perhaps the “Brights” do have the answers to everything of this world … do tiny minorities inherently have the truth by virtue of their minuscule numbers, their sample size?  Perhaps we the people are a legitimate target of predators.  But what about the rest of life? Well, we are also beloved of God, or so I am told …

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What Does A Rollback Look Like?

Heard that the UK Ministry (of Health?) or someone in a position of authority(?) announced that they are “revising” their emergency projection of needing about 200,000 respirators to deal with COVID-19 cases down to “about 20,000”.  That’s a big drop, I think.

Also listened to a podcast where it was explained how in Italy everyone in a hospital dying of some respiratory complication is dying of COVID-19 … and the death rate was much higher in 2018 and even higher in 2017.  So Italy is actually doing better than normal?

Are these the first signs of a much needed spring thaw, and will our collective leader classes start to gradually ratchet back the rhetoric and off-the-cuff draconian “solutions”?  We can only pray.

Cheers

Joe

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Civil Rights, and Liberty …

Justin makover?

In a blog which has become predominantly about Religion and Spirit I am straying over into the Politics pasture in this post. Has anyone noticed the elephant flying under the radar these days?  COVID THIS AND COVID THAT AND COVID BLAH BLAH BLAH endlessly.

The invisible elephant is the rapidly disappearing civil liberties and freedoms which we have taken for granted all our lives and are just being chucked out the window in a blizzard of fear. Even without the physical threat of force folks everywhere are moving right along and doing whatever they are told. Maybe this is just in Canada, because we are so afraid of what is reported to be happening elsewhere on the planet.

Pretty soon we might not be allowed to just run down to the post office without getting clearance from the isolation police.

Canada’s Clown Prince Justin just failed narrowly in a bid to suspend parliament for the next couple of years on the pretext that the government needed this power to deal with the COVID-19 emergency.

The governments of the world are supposed to get on board to control the new and deadly virus? Maybe we need a One World government to deal with a One World virus threat? But this is all just overreaction and hysteria, right. On the other hand …

The Menace of The Herd

History has not been kind to any nation that voted to suspend their elected representative governments. Most often the elected government never returns and we observe an ever extending state of emergency where elections, if they are even held, involve 1 approved “candidate” and the government “gets it’s majority” no matter what the voter turnout.

The herd turned everything over to the “experts”, and millions died …

Just about every totalitarian regime in recent history has had elections of a sort and called themselves the “Democratic Republic of Blah Blah Blah” but the entire planet understands that they are “democratic” in name only.

What makes people think that we here are somehow immune to natural human desires for power and control and will act in a “Christian” manner naturally. 1000,000 years of human history give that the big lie.

Cheers

Joe

George Soros, Justin Trudeau, and Chrystia Freeland,  Davos, Sw. 2016

Does anyone out there really believe that Prince Justin is actually in charge and running things?

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China loses 21 million mobile users … Another take …

Note: China loses 21 million mobile users in the last 3 months (From “China In Focus” program). Do you suppose that might be related to the COVID-19 virus? Another site from India has a story on the same situation.

So maybe, according to my customers, this is because there are 21 million dead cell phone users in China. Or, maybe, just maybe there are  actually a lot of Chinese out of work right now and their choice is rice or cell phone. Maybe … the rice or cell phone hypothesis is much more re-assuring I find.

Cheers

Joe

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China notes … COVID-19 cases and deaths

A security guard, wearing a protective facemask to protect against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, browses his mobile phone as he secures the entrance of a nearly empty shopping mall in Beijing on February 27, 2020. – The novel coronavirus has spread to more than 25 countries since it emerged in December 2019 and is causing mounting alarm due to new outbreaks in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. (Photo by Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP) (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP via Getty Images)

Note: China loses 21 million mobile users in the last 3 months (From “China In Focus” program). Do you suppose that might be related to the COVID-19 virus? Another site from India has a story on the same situation.

Canada has 2792 cases with a population of 37 million, and no one has lost any mobile users.

Is it that the Chinese government is taking away access to mobile phones? Did all these users switch carriers? Or is it that one can’t take one’s mobile to the next life?  Gee, that sucks. What about the contacts?

That is the equivalent of the entire adult population of California having their phones taken away, or worse yet, maybe dieing?

Whoah Dude!!!  Bill and Ted would definitely have something to say about that, but not a peep out of China.

Why did the China stats on the Johns Hopkins site just stop rolling in in mid to late February? Even a best case would project at least 100,000 cases by now, just applying world infection rates, wouldn’t they?

Why has Russia only claimed 495 cases and only 1 death with a population estimated at 145,934,462 people. The Russians are world travelers and have many foreign missions. If the normal demographic statistical methods, using Canadian rates, are applied they “should” have at least 10,000 cases by now … shouldn’t they?

ISS, the only place with an effective travel ban.

Those numbers Johns Hopkins are pumping out on their fancy graphic just don’t seem to match expectations based on rates of infection world wide.

Why are no notes available on the weird numbers? Why does America have such bad stats compared to Russia? Compared to China? This just does not make sense.

Are they really hiding a huge problem?  Are there really millions of cases and hundreds of thousands of deaths in China and Russia? Who knows? But it seems that Johns Hopkins are more concerned with making Trump look bad than doing actual statistics.

Cheers

Joe

Ready Aye Ready, Just another rough patch.

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A Plenary Indulgence …

“Crux Fidelis”, Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, from the album “Lent at Ephesus”, (2014)

Pope Francis

So, the latest release from the Vatican is that Pope Francis, exercising his authority as the successor of Peter to “bind and loose” on earth, (cf. Matt 18:18; John 20:23) has granted the faithful a daily Plenary Indulgence, that is, complete remission of their sins (and temporal punishment). I will include the full text of the Indulgence at the end of this post.

Indulgences are a uniquely Catholic understanding of one of the many ways that a soul can gain a remission from the punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven in the sacrament of Confession. The important, Christ founded, sacrament of Confession and the granting of indulgences for remission of punishment are generally not believed or accepted in any of the hundreds of Protestant denominations of Christianity.

I guess, to each their own, and I suppose it all falls under the umbrella of obedience and renunciation of “self”.  Anyway, for those who may be interested and certainly for any Catholic readers, here are some general remarks on Indulgences.

1. This is how an indulgence is defined in the Code of Canon Law (can. 992) and in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (n. 1471): “An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints”.

2. In general, the gaining of indulgences requires certain prescribed conditions (below, nn. 3, 4), and the performance of certain prescribed works (nn. 8, 9, 10 indicate those specific to the Holy Year).

3. To gain indulgences, whether plenary or partial, it is necessary that the faithful be in the state of grace at least at the time the indulgenced work is completed.

4. A plenary indulgence can be gained only once a day. In order to obtain it, the faithful must, in addition to being in the state of grace: A) have the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, even venial sin; B) have sacramentally confessed their sins; receive the Holy Eucharist (it is certainly better to receive it while participating in Holy Mass, but for the indulgence only Holy Communion is required); C) pray for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff.

5. It is appropriate, but not necessary, that the sacramental Confession and especially Holy Communion and the prayer for the Pope’s intentions take place on the same day that the indulgenced work is performed; but it is sufficient that these sacred rites and prayers be carried out within several days (about 20) before or after the indulgenced act. Prayer for the Pope’s intentions is left to the choice of the faithful, but an “Our Father” and a “Hail Mary” are suggested. One sacramental Confession suffices for several plenary indulgences, but a separate Holy Communion and a separate prayer for the Holy Father’s intentions are required for each plenary indulgence.

6. For the sake of those legitimately impeded, confessors can commute both the work prescribed and the conditions required (except, obviously, detachment from even venial sin).

7. Indulgences can always be applied either to oneself or to the souls of the deceased, but they cannot be applied to other persons living on earth.  

So here is what Pope Francis officially granted:

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Hearing the cry of the lambs, Christ, through Pope Francis, exercising his authority as the successor of Peter to “bind and loose” on earth,[1] has granted the faithful a daily Plenary Indulgence, that is, complete remission of their sins (and temporal punishment) under the following conditions

The Plenary Indulgence is granted to the faithful suffering from Coronavirus, who are subject to quarantine by order of the health authority in hospitals or in their own homes if, with a spirit detached from any sin, they unite spiritually through the media to the celebration of Holy Mass, the recitation of the Holy Rosary, to the pious practice of the Way of the Cross or other forms of devotion, or if at least they will recite the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer and a pious invocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, offering this trial in a spirit of faith in God and charity towards their brothers and sisters, with the will to fulfill the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer according to the Holy Father’s intentions), as soon as possible.

Health care workers, family members and all those who, following the example of the Good Samaritan, exposing themselves to the risk of contagion, care for the sick of Coronavirus according to the words of the divine Redeemer: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends”(Jn 15: 13), will obtain the same gift of the Plenary Indulgence under the same conditions.

This Apostolic Penitentiary also willingly grants a Plenary Indulgence under the same conditions on the occasion of the current world epidemic, also to those faithful who offer a visit to the Blessed Sacrament, or Eucharistic adoration, or reading the Holy Scriptures for at least half an hour, or the recitation of the Holy Rosary, or the pious exercise of the Way of the Cross, or the recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, to implore from Almighty God the end of the epidemic, relief for those who are afflicted and eternal salvation for those whom the Lord has called to Himself. —Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary, March 20, 2020

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Let each of us then to whom this applies, moved by the Spirit, take advantage of this grace as often as possible and understand that this comprises part of the preparation of the Bride of Christ in these days. As a family of health care workers in daily face to face contact with our patients we are grateful to the Holy Father for this timely Plenary Indulgence, and intend to make full use of it.

For another post by Mark Mallett on this subject please check out this page here.

I have found some information on “Spiritual Communion” here. Also, I have some more information on Exorcised Salt and Holy Water and its appropriate uses in this sort of pandemic emergency, which I will post in a later post.

So the rest turned into a bit of a rant, so in the end I just decided to cut it all out and just stick to the spiritual.

Cheers

Joe

Going through a bit of a rough patch these days … Jesus I Trust In You.

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