The Inner Struggle

Old Boy Scouts – “Be Prepared” …

Kojo No Tsuki (Rentaro Taki), performed by Yo-Yo Ma, Michio Mamiya, & Patricia Zander, from the album Japanese Melodies (1990)

Aizu Castle, JapanA little nostalgia, remembering all the ruined castles of our dreams.

Flashback, remembering that being a Boy Scout, a Venturer and a Ranger in the 60’s was a totally different experience for young males from the Progressive, New Age, Inclusive Boy Scouts of today which is all about gelding the violent male child and turning him into a passive little herd creature waiting for instructions from his betters.

Back then my leaders were all vets including my Ranger leader who was a recently mustered out Army Ranger (Airborne) and the focus was very macho male, very action oriented, lots of both self reliance and team work.

Lots of time in the field, camping and “survivalist training” in all weathers and seasons (suck it up princess). The modern Boy Scouts would not permit these sort of activities because of “risk” nor would they consider our old leaders as suitable or trustworthy models for modern children of any sex.

Winter camping in the bush at -40 degrees and surviving comfortably with only what you carried and built for yourself (under the watchful eyes of the leaders) changes how you look on yourself and at life forever. I remember the Airforce Survival Manual was my favorite book. It all stood me in good stead later in boot camp.

The whole thing (both the nature and the nurture) probably influenced my later choices in life, going into Cadets, then Reserves then the regular Military and then Corrections Service after the Military. And my father (ex Airborne) was one of the leaders and support volunteers and highly approved of our activities. My father’s approval was important to me even though he didn’t show it very much since he was the “silent type”. I can’t imagine the horror of growing up without a father.

Anyway, a little nostalgia about “Be Prepared” …

Douay Thiems Old Testament 1609Much of today’s post is taken from the Douay-Rheims Bible , Luke 21. It is all about being prepared. The Douay-Rheims is my Bible translation of choice, for the language and because my edition (from India) has the Latin text opposite the English translation on opposing pages.

At the same time I am preferring the Navarre Bible, Old and New Testament in 19 volumes, for the commentaries and annotations.

Anyway, here is Luke, Chapter 21 in its entirety on the theme of “Be Prepared”.

The Poor Widow’s Offering
(Mark 12:41-44) (these verse references are to other scriptural references)
1AND looking on, he saw the rich men cast their gifts into the treasury. 2And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in two brass mites.

3And he said: Verily I say to you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: 4For all these have of their abundance cast into the offerings of God: but she of her want, hath cast in all the living that she had.

Temple Destruction Foretold
(Matthew 24:1-4; Mark 13:1-9)

Destruction of Jerusalem by the pagan Romans, 70 AD

Destruction of Jerusalem by the pagan Romans, 70 AD

5And some saying of the temple, that it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said: 6These things which you see, the days will come in which there shall not be left a stone upon a stone that shall not be thrown down.

7And they asked him, saying: Master, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign when they shall begin to come to pass? 8Who said: Take heed you be not seduced; for many will come in my name, saying, I am he; and the time is at hand: go ye not therefore after them.

9And when you shall hear of wars and seditions, be not terrified: these things must first come to pass; but the end is not yet presently.

Witnessing to All Nations
(Matthew 24:9-14; Mark 13:10-13)
10Then he said to them: Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11And there shall be great earthquakes in divers places, and pestilences, and famines, and terrors from heaven; and there shall be great signs.
12But before all these things, they will lay their hands upon you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and into prisons, dragging you before kings and governors, for my name’s sake.

13And it shall happen unto you for a testimony. 14Lay it up therefore into your hearts, not to meditate before how you shall answer: 15For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to resist and gainsay. 16And you shall be betrayed by your parents and brethren, and kinsmen and friends; and some of you they will put to death. 17And you shall be hated by all men for my name’s sake. 18But a hair of your head shall not perish. 19In your patience you shall possess your souls.

The Destruction of Jerusalem
(Matthew 24:15-25; Mark 13:14-23)

Destruction of Jerusalem by the pagan Romans, 70AD

Destruction of Jerusalem by the pagan Romans, 70AD

20And when you shall see Jerusalem compassed about with an army; then know that the desolation thereof is at hand. 21Then let those who are in Judea, flee to the mountains; and those who are in the midst thereof, depart out: and those who are in the countries, not enter into it.

22For these are the days of vengeance, that all things may be fulfilled, that are written. 23But woe to them that are with child, and give suck in those days; for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.

24And they shall fall by the edge of the sword; and shall be led away captives (slaves) into all nations; and Jerusalem shall be trodden down by the Gentiles (Pagans); till the times of the nations (Pagans) be fulfilled.

The Return of the Son of Man
(Matthew 24:26-31; Mark 13:24-27)
25And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations (Pagans), by reason of the confusion of the roaring of the sea and of the waves; 26Men withering away for fear, and expectation of what shall come upon the whole world. For the powers of heaven shall be moved; 27And then they shall see the Son of man coming in a cloud, with great power and majesty. 28But when these things begin to come to pass, look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption is at hand.

The lesson of the Fig Tree
(Matthew 24:32-35; Mark 13:28-31)
29And he spoke to them in a similitude. See the fig tree, and all the trees: 30When they now shoot forth their fruit, you know that summer is nigh; 31So you also, when you shall see these things come to pass, know that the kingdom of God is at hand. 32Amen, I say to you, this generation shall not pass away, till all things be fulfilled. 33Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Be Watchful
34And take heed to yourselves, lest perhaps your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness, and the cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly. 35For as a snare shall it come upon all that sit upon the face of the whole earth. 36Watch ye, therefore, praying at all times, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that are to come, and to stand before the Son of man.

37And in the daytime, he was teaching in the temple; but at night, going out, he abode in the mount that is called Olivet. 38And all the people came early in the morning to him in the temple, to hear him.



Lightneng over St. Peter'sSmoke in the Sacristy, smoke on the Tiber …