The Beatitudes, The Monks of Glenstal Abbey
Thomas Ernest Hulme died young in the Great War, that fratricidal suicide of Western Christendom, the first great war that ushered in Satan’s century. Hat tip to David Warren who drew Hulme to my attention. In the book Speculations (1924), which Herbert Read scrabbled together from Hulme’s loose papers published here and there, and notebooks published nowhere, and I quote from David Warren’s quote from that book:
“The whole subject has been confused by the failure to recognize the gap between the regions of vital and human things, and that of the absolute values of ethics and religion. We introduce into human things the Perfection that properly belongs only to the divine, and thus confuse both human and divine things by not clearly separating them. …” and
“… To illustrate the position, imagine a man situated at a point in a plane, from which roads radiate in various directions. Let this be the plane of actual existence. We place Perfection where it should not be — on this human plane. As we are painfully aware that nothing actual can be perfect, we imagine the perfection to be not where we are, but some distance along one of the roads. This is the essence of all Romanticism.
Most frequently, in literature at any rate, we imagine an impossible perfection along the road of sex; but anyone can name the other roads for himself. The abolition of some discipline or restriction would enable us, we imagine, to progress along one of these roads. The fundamental error is that of placing Perfection in (the plane of ) humanity, thus giving rise to that bastard thing Personality, and all the bunkum that follows from it. …”
I never thought of the path to perfection as having a fatal conceit until reading this. But it rings so true, does it not? We confuse the human and the divine and mistakenly conclude that we can attain perfection (personal godhood) on our own terms. And what of the Great War, that suicidal blood bath of Western Christendom that consumed millions of the best leaving only the weak, the “compromisers”, the “managers”, the chestless ones to rule for ever after.
Satan’s century, a chilling thought for the few remaining souls who believe that Satan actually exists and rules this world. The expression derives from a prophetic vision experienced by Pope Leo XIII. Here is a brief quote from another source:
In 1884, after saying Mass on the morning of, according to at least one source, October 13th, as he was leaving the Altar, the 74 year old and frail Pope Leo XIII fell to the ground as if dead. One version has it that those around him thought for a few moments that he may have passed away. According to this version, a few minutes later, his breathing returned to normal and he revived.
Another version has it that as he was leaving the altar after a weekday low Mass, he paused as if in a trance for about 10 minutes, turning ashen white. And yet another states that Pope Leo went into this trance while kneeling in attendance of a mass of thanksgiving after his own Mass that morning. See Appendix II for sources of written documentation on this subject.
The Pope (born Joachim Vincent Pecci in 1810), according to the most common and popular version, related that he had experienced a sort of vision, in which he heard two voices, one of which he took to be that of Christ, gentle and kind, and the other that of Satan, guttural and harsh.
Satan said, “I could destroy Your Church if I had the time, and more power over those who give themselves over to my service.” And then Pope Leo heard Christ to answer, “You have the power, you have the time: 100 years.” (While some versions say 75 to 100 years, and others do not include a time frame, 100 years seems to be the time frame used in the most common versions; for reasons that will be given near the end of this booklet, it seems to this writer that the 100 year time frame is reasonable to use in light of what we see before us in 2007.)…
and another quote from yet another source discussing important behavioral evidence:
by Michael H. Brown
Is it true that we have been through a special period given to the devil to test man? Was the twentieth century designed as Satan’s century? And is this era of special evil about to end? We know that every century has its evil. There is always a certain degree of darkness. There was the Roman Empire. There was Genghis Khan. But many argue that none was more evil than the twentieth century — from Hitler to abortion — and it’s about to end: the last year of the century was not 1999 but is the current year of 2000.
Few believe that we can reduce prophecy to exact years — God doesn’t rule by our calendar — but in general the century that is about to end was indeed a great battle. Its very onset was preceded by the rise precisely in 1900 of an occultist named Aleister Crowley — whose own mother called him “The Beast” and who was part of esoteric organizations that sought to replace Christ with a “new age.” “Thine hour is come,” Crowley once railed at Christ during a satanic ceremony. “As I blot thee out from this earth, so surely shall the eclipse pass… Give thou place to me, O Jesus,” said this deranged satanist from England. “Thine aeon is pass; the Age of Horus is arisen by the Magick of the Master.”
We can laugh at such pagan egoism but what’s not laughable is the cursed period that followed. When we count the number of Christians who were killed for their faith during the twentieth century (under Lenin, Mao, and Stalin), it tallies to more than the combined total of all preceding 19 centuries. As for war: more than forty million died during World War Two alone — and that’s not counting the horrors in the Soviet Union.
There was persecution. There were other wars. There was an explosion of worldliness. Electricity, chemicals, movies, television, automobiles, and medicines made man believe he could create utopia on earth and no longer needed God. Churches emptied, morality plummeted, and by the 1960s drugs, raucous music, and fornication — sex before marriage — became the norm. There were “gay rights.” There was radical feminism. The first “church of Satan” rose in California in 1966 (check out that date!) and there was even a famous song called “Sympathy for the Devil.”
It had all been predicted. A seer at LaSalette in France had warned that Lucifer, together with a large number of demons, would be “unloosed from hell,” while according to legend Pope Leo XIII envisioned a century during which Satan would be granted enhanced power.
At Fatima Sister Lucia dos Santos, the sole surviving visionary from the famous apparitions, described the era as a “decisive battle,” and at Medjugorje an official letter in 1983 from the parish to the Vatican reporting on the apparitions quoted Mary as saying that “Satan exists. One day he appeared before the throne of God and asked permission to submit the Church to a period of trial. God gave him permission to try the Church for one century. This century is under the power of the devil.”
…29“The people of the land have practiced oppression and committed robbery, and they have wronged the poor and needy and have oppressed the sojourner without justice. 30“I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Me for the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one. (Ezekiel 22:29-30)
Meanwhile, back at the front, the chestless ones now strive to avoid inciting anti-Muslim sentiment, the press and government overlook repeated, vicious riots targeting women. Isn’t it rather obvious where all this will end? David Warren has a good thought provoking article at his blog site called “Earthquake Planning”
And last but not least, (for now), from the Archdiocese of Phoenix a timely apostolic exhortation:
“A Call to Battle
I begin this letter with a clarion call and clear charge to you, my sons and brothers in Christ:
Men, do not hesitate to engage in the battle that is raging around you, the battle that is wounding our children and families, the battle that is distorting the dignity of both women and men. This battle is often hidden, but the battle is real. It is primarily spiritual, but it is progressively killing the remaining Christian ethos in our society and culture, and even in our own homes.
The world is under attack by Satan, as our Lord said it would be (1 Peter 5:8-14). This battle is occurring in the Church herself, and the devastation is all too evident. Since AD 2000, 14 million Catholics have left the faith, parish religious education of children has dropped by 24%, Catholic school attendance has dropped by 19%, infant baptism has dropped by 28%, adult baptism has dropped by 31%, and sacramental Catholic marriages have dropped by 41%.1 This is a serious breach, a gaping hole in Christ’s battle lines.
While the Diocese of Phoenix has fared better than these national statistics, the losses are staggering. One of the key reasons that the Church is faltering under the attacks of Satan is that many Catholic men have not been willing to “step into the breach” – to fill this gap that lies open and vulnerable to further attack. A large number have left the faith, and many who remain “Catholic” practice the faith timidly and are only minimally committed to passing the faith on to their children.
Recent research shows that large numbers of young Catholic men are leaving the faith to become “nones” – men who have no religious affiliation. The growing losses of young Catholic men will have a devastating impact on the Church in America in the coming decades, as older men pass away and young men fail to remain and marry in the Church, accelerating the losses that have already occurred….”
I don’t expect anyone to take my word for anything here. Just go to the sources and read. Food for thought. Where are we going?
Not much to cheer about, eh? So what things have I written here didn’t happen? Any of them? Where have I erred?
Is it all just the meanderings of a troubled mind? Is it all just something we can safely ignore?
Aragorn: Hold your ground, hold your ground! Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good Earth, I bid you *stand, Men of the West!*