Today is the Feast of Our Lady Of Guadalupe, the patroness of the Americas. On December 9, 1531, Juan Diego, an Indian convert to the faith, was walking to a nearby village so that he could attend Mass. On his way, a woman appeared to him amidst the sound of celestial music. She announced to him: I am your merciful Mother, to you and to all mankind who love me and trust in me and invoke my help. Therefore, go to the dwelling of the Bishop in Mexico City and say that the Virgin Mary sent you to make known to him her great desire.
Though Juan Diego did not accomplish this at first, he eventually followed the instruction of the Virgin of Guadalupe in subsequent apparitions and brought fresh roses from the mountain top to the bishop as a sign that the Virgin wanted a shrine built there. Its an interesting read with significant unanswered questions for doubters.
Anyway, it is easy to be distracted by all the “Anthropocentric” propaganda drowning us every day, and by all the hub-bub and noise of every day life in our polite society. We get distracted and take our eyes off the prize and a lot of bad stuff falls upon us as a result. I have been writing and thinking about the apparent tide of bad behaviour we see all around us every day. It must be important, right?
You just have to take a short look at various news feeds, one of the latest being reactions to a Trump “War Room” tweet depicting Trump as the evil villain Thanos snapping his fingers and making the Dems disappear.
There are so many layers of innuendo and implication in that little clip that it staggers the mind (sort of) from Trump as archvillain. “Noun. (plural archvillains) A supreme villain; the most evil or powerful villain” And Trump’s team thinks this is a good idea?
Whatever … I always sort of saw George Soros in that role but whatever, where did I leave my coffee cup anyway. And right across the spectrum of idiocy to the even more bizarre implication that somehow Democratic Party stalwarts are Avengers style “Superheroes” … really? Joe Bidden as Ironman? Nancy Pelosi as Scarlet Witch??? Just who thinks this sort of stuff up? And will there be a sequel?
Smokin’ up may be legal in Canada now but they aren’t even close in the good ol’ U.S.A. eh? We have two groups of politicians/rock stars, apparently rabidly insane in their contempt for the other side, trapped in an eternal pissing contest that no one can ever win, enlisting virtually all the media giving hundreds of hours of coverage in support of their various points of view meanwhile our society is busy killing 150,000 people a day and calling it “health care” and the killing doesn’t even make a 5 second sound byte on a hundred hit a day news feed … just not relevant, right?
And Canadian political leadership? Just a Vegas joke that fell so completely flat and got the comedian fired and dumped in the harbor … Oh right, no harbors close to Vegas … lots of empty sand though. Canadian leadership would be sickening if it wasn’t so totally pathetic … “Canadian Leadership” is an even more pathetic oxymoron than the old canard “Military Intelligence”. And to all appearances our church in Rome is descending into similar secular chaos.
Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come, Thy Will be done … on earth as it is in heaven. What is one to do … well there is not very much that we little ones can do in this world. We have it on good authority however that we can pray, and faith and sincere prayer can move mountains and trees and much else besides and if we don’t understand what is going on around us, well, welcome to the front lines. There never was a front line trooper who had an inside track on the big picture.
But God has been speaking through the centuries steadily and clearly through the Magisterium and Our Lady, preparing the Church for the great hour of her own “passion, death, and resurrection” that would see the return of Jesus. But not in the flesh! No! Jesus already came in the flesh. He is returning, rather, to establish His Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven. I have had the great good fortune to be following an interesting blog for a few months now and here is what he has to say about the Divine Will.
I will leave you to his tender mercies and tell you that there is much there worth reading but especially his latest series on the Divine Will.