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No Fear of Death … Louisa Piccaretta

The Return Of The King” Howard Shore, composer, from the soundtrack of “The Return Of The King”, part 3 of “The Lord Of The Rings”, released on December 17th, 2003.

Crown of Sanctity

Lately, I have been reading Daniel O’Connor’s recently published “Crown of Sanctity” these days. I am certain that, had I come across something like this book earlier in my life, I would have rejected it as too terrifying and too difficult to absorb and act on. I now find it to be a brutal mirror reflecting back to me how far I have missed the mark of living in the Divine Will through most of my life.

Missing the mark is the terrifying part, but there is also much to uplift and console. The following is a direct quote from a couple of pages which I found to be very consoling and if you are starting to think about eternity then you may find them reassuring, consoling, and uplifting as well …

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No Fear of Death

Jesus speaks the most consoling words imaginable to Luisa about the moment of death; so much so that anyone who realizes that these words are genuinely from Our Lord (as, indeed, anyone who has read the chapter on the authenticity of Luisa’s revelations should!) will, upon reading them, lose all fear of that moment.

My daughter, the moment of death is the hour of the loss of illusion. In that point all things present themselves, one after the other, to say to the creature: ‘Good-bye, the earth is ended for you; now begins eternity for you.’ It happens to the creature as when she is locked inside a room and someone says to her: ‘Behind this room there is another room, in which there is God, Paradise, Purgatory, Hell; in sum—Eternity.

But she can see none of these. She hears them being asserted by others, but since those who speak about them cannot see them either, they speak in a way that is almost not credible, not giving great importance to making their words believed as reality—as something certain.

Now, one day the walls fall down, and she can see with her own eyes what they had told her before. She sees her God and Father, Who has loved her with great love. One by one, she sees the benefits that He has done to her, and how she has broken all the rights of love that she owed Him. She sees how her life belonged to God, not to herself. Everything passes before her: Eternity, Paradise, Purgatory, Hell. The earth runs away from her; pleasures turn their back on her—everything disappears; the only thing that remains present to her is in that room whose walls have fallen down—that is, Eternity.

What a change for the poor creature! My Goodness is such, wanting everyone to be saved, that I allow the falling of these walls when the creatures find themselves between life and death—at the moment in which the soul exits the body to enter eternity—so that they may make at least one act of contrition and of love for Me, recognizing my adorable Will over them. I can say that I give them one hour of truth, in order to rescue them.

Oh! if all knew my industries of love, which I perform in the last moment of their lives, so that they might not escape from my hands, more than paternal—they would not wait for that moment, but they would love Me all their lives.[708]

Elsewhere, Jesus puts it plainly: “…what fear can the soul have, in her dying, of coming to Me, if she is already in Me?”[709] When one lives in God’s Will, death is not even much of a change! Never have I read in any writing of a saint or in any mystical revelation a description so beautiful of the moment of death as is contained in Luisa’s writings. Jesus says to Luisa that this is His great daily catch; that moment when at long last He can show Himself to the creature.

At that moment so many souls are saved (even though a lengthy purgatory will be required of many of them). In it, Jesus goes so far as to wrench, as it were, an act of repentance and love from them, and this He achieves successfully in all but those most obstinate souls who choose to condemn themselves.

This daily catch occurs, Jesus says, at the instant which separates a soul from time and eternity, and therefore is not dependent upon any external, earthly observation of repentance. He speaks of finally being able to allow His creatures to see His irresistible face, which, if they only accept it, will inundate them with love and save them from the perdition that they have been walking the path of for so many years.

The only revelation I know of that comes close to this is St. Faustina’s, which bears an enormous similarity in this regard (as with all others!) to Luisa’s. To St. Faustina, Jesus reveals this encounter He has with despairing souls at the point of death: O soul steeped in darkness, do not despair. All is not yet lost. Come and confide in your God, who is love and mercy. But the soul, deaf even to this appeal, wraps itself in darkness.

Jesus calls out again: My child, listen to the voice of your merciful Father. In the soul arises this reply: “For me there is no mercy,” and it falls into greater darkness, a despair which is a foretaste of hell and makes it unable to draw near to God. Jesus calls to the soul a third time, but the soul remains deaf and blind, hardened and despairing.

Then the mercy of God begins to exert itself, and, without any co-operation from the soul, God grants it final grace. If this too is spurned, God will leave the soul in this self-chosen disposition for eternity. This grace emerges from the merciful Heart of Jesus and gives the soul a special light by means of which the soul begins to understand God’s effort; but conversion depends on its own will. The soul knows that this, for her, is final grace and, should it show even a flicker of good will, the mercy of God will accomplish the rest.[710]

These revelations to Faustina should also give us great hope in praying for the salvation of even the most seemingly lost souls—for no one with breath is lost to God. They should furthermore encourage us to pray for the deliverance from Purgatory of those whom we might be tempted to assume went to hell; for this is never a fair assumption to make.

Similarly, Jesus tells Luisa: So, as evil and bad as a creature might be, if she has the fortune of letting one act of my Will enter into herself, even at the point of death, since my Will is life, It sows the seed of life in the soul. And as she possesses this seed of life, there is great hope that the soul may be saved, because the power of my Will will be careful so that this act of life of Its own, which has entered the soul, may not perish and turn into death.

From: Daniel O’Connor’s “The Crown of Sanctity: On the Revelations of Jesus to Luisa Piccarreta” (pp. 265-266). Kindle Edition.

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Cheers

Joe

We are all “Prodigal Sons”

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“The Essence of the Message in One Page”

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

I am currently reading “The Crown of Sanctity”, and am finding it to be both deeply moving and frighteningly compelling… 2,000 years ago, the Son of God prayed to His Father, “Thy Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” This prayer, the greatest ever uttered by the lips of man, will not go unanswered.

Jesus has revealed to an Italian mystic named Luisa that the time has now at last arrived for its fulfillment; that is, for the restoration of what was destroyed by Adam 6,000 years ago in the Fall of Man.

In brief: the entire world is about to be radically transformed like never before in its history. This is probably something you should know about. This book has been written to inform you about the transformation and to enable you to take part in it and hasten it.

But this transformation will not be achieved through human effort. It will be given directly from Heaven by way of God’s greatest Gift: the Gift of Living in the Divine Will, which is the Crown of Sanctity, and which even now we must all strive to receive. In this sanctity is found The Culmination of Deification, the Fruitfulness of Mystical Marriage, the Aspiration of the Unification of Wills, and the Essence of Marian Consecration. This is none other than the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary promised at Fatima. It is the coming of the Kingdom of God.

This is a long book, but its length should turn away no one, as a thorough and detailed table of contents is given so that each reader can easily select only those sections in which he is interested for his perusal. And any reader is sure to find much that interests him.

Within these pages is a treasury of resources; not only concerning Luisa’s revelations directly, but also on new arguments for God’s existence and the truth of Christianity, extensive Catechesis on Private Revelation in general and on the spiritual life in general (including overviews of the greatest teachings on spirituality in the history of the Church), and details on the Era of Peace as revealed to Luisa and many other mystics, visionaries, and seers (Fatima, Medjugorje, Venerable Conchita, Fr. Gobbi, and dozens more). You will not regret reading this book.

“This is our great hope and our petition: “Your Kingdom come” – a kingdom of peace, justice, and serenity, that will re-establish the original harmony of creation.”
– Pope St. John Paul II

This then is : “The Essence of the Message in One Page” quoted directly from the book

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At this unique moment in the history of the world, the fitting time has at long last arrived in which God wishes to give us His own Will—the Gift that contains every imaginable gift—the true Crown and Completion of all Sanctity both in Heaven and on earth. This Gift entails not only the grace to do God’s Will perfectly but also the total immersion of your human will within His Will, so that this Divine Will becomes the life principle of your soul even as your soul is the life principle of your body.

Within this Gift is all love, invincible joy, and perfect peace. Within It is absolute assurance of salvation. Within It is total deliverance from Purgatory. Within It is God’s infinite pleasure. Within It is the complete victory of every noble mission in one simple principle. Within It alone is the full realization of man’s creation in the Image and Likeness of God. Within It is the Culmination of Deification, the fruitfulness of Mystical Marriage, the aspiration of the Unification of Wills, and the essence of Marian Consecration. Within it is the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary promised at Fatima.

You cannot earn this Gift or merit it—you can only allow God to give It to you, and in exchange for His Divine Will, He asks only for your loving and trusting relinquishing of the tiny pebble of your own human will. Whoever you are, no matter what, it is easy to allow Him to give His Will to you: simply say with sincerity, “Jesus, I Trust in You. Thy Will be Done. I give you my will, and in return I want to live only in Your Will.”

If you strive to converse with Him continually in this manner, then rest assured that He has given you His Will. Though your journey is not yet over, the victory already permeates your every step. God wishes also to give this Gift to the whole world. Pray unceasingly, therefore, for the Coming of the Kingdom of the Divine Will, by way of which God’s Original Design for the world and for mankind will at last be realized. Pray with the joy and confidence that comes from knowing that the arrival of this reign is a guarantee, for it is nothing other than the full realization of the Fiat Voluntas Tua of the Lord’s Prayer, which Jesus Himself prayed, and thus bears the absolute certainty of being fulfilled.

Its arrival is only a question of time, but you can—and now are called to—hasten this time. Entrust yourself completely to Our Lady, who lived more perfectly in the Divine Will than any other creature ever has or ever will, and she, who loves you—her dear child—will ensure that you Live in the Will of Her Son. Especially Especially let her sorrows and the Passion of her Son be always before your mind. Finally, rejoice always in the invincible and continuous peace that will inevitably inundate the soul of anyone who really believes these truths. “Do you want that My Will Reigns and Lives in you as Life? If you truly want it, everything is done… not too much is needed to Live of My Will…

if [your volition] decides and strongly and perseveringly wants it, already [you have] conquered Mine and made It [yours].”—Jesus to Luisa. Solemnity of St. Joseph, 1935. “See then, how easy it is to live in Our Will: the creature does not have to do new things, but whatever she does—that is, to carry out her life as We gave it to her, in Our Will.”—Jesus to Luisa. May 17, 1938. “O! how I would Love everyone to know that if they want to Live in My Will, they have a Queen and a Powerful Mother who will compensate for all they lack. She will raise them on Her Maternal lap … ”—Jesus to Luisa, from the very last paragraph of Luisa’s writings, the Fourth Day of Christmas, 1938.

excerpted from: (Daniel O’Connor, “The Crown of Sanctity: On the Revelations of Jesus to Luisa Piccarreta” (p. 20). Kindle Edition.

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Cheers

Joe

sunrise on the last day …

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The Real Presence, the Resurrection & the Trinity … Part 1, the Trinity

“En Priere”, Bill Douglas, from the album “Kaleidoscope”, (1993)

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The Light of The World …

14“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this:

15 ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. 16 ‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. 17 ‘Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked,

18 I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. 19 ‘Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.

20 ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. 21 ‘He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

22 ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’” (Rev 3:14-22)

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G’day all … lots of things to think about these days. Every now and then my friend in Toronto the “Good”, as it is known in the “minds” of gentle Canadian Progressives, hits one out of the park … he articulately and accurately encapsulates an observation to which I mentally cheer “Hear! Hear!”.

Today, David posts: The “smart” economy” in which he turns his scalpel on the reality of post secondary “education” in our “Smart” economy and “Smart Society” at large. A taste of this follows:

Graduation 2019 …

” … Some sense of the current world can be had if we consider college education as a fiat currency. The graduating student receives, in addition to a mountain of debt for him to climb, a piece of paper or e-paper that can be exchanged for a paid position in the labour market — the better the more wisely he shops. This “degree” indicates that he has useful virtues, the crucial one being patience.

A doctorate, for instance, indicates that the holder is willing to spend x consecutive years in an extremely tedious, and rather pointless activity, without doubting the benefits that will accrue. He may be secretly rebellious, but few have been provided with the religious skill of self-analysis, leading to self-knowledge. Natural feistiness in the human being is displaced from creative to destructive activities, such as crime or progressive politics.

Depending on the human, a voracious sex life is an alternative, or this can be combined with politics via social media. … ” read the rest of this delicious confection here.

Elsewhere in the Mundane world we are continuously injected with healthy doses of our secular progressive reality intended to keep us distracted and spiritually diseased lest we discover the foundational lie of our existence and all that is missing in our lives.  I just received word, by Facebook of course, that one of my “Professional” 20-something nieces, unfashionably married a couple of years and a bit, one young child still occasionally breast feeding but mostly weaned, with a hard working but “accessorized” husband, having just moved into their first house, eminently upwardly mobile and the apple of several related eyes, has now been diagnosed with acute Leukemia.

causes of Acute Leukemia (AML)

The doctors (in Ontario) have immediately put her on chemo and she is looking at a week(s) long stay in the hospital for starters. The aggressive level of response doesn’t fill me with optimism since everyone is already talking “acute” and at the same time are making comforting noises about 70% survival rates. This is a tragedy however one looks at it.

I had a friend who died a couple of years ago of “chronic” Leukemia, and he lasted 12 years after diagnosis. Most cancer stats only talk about the “5 year” survival rate. My friend and I, we talked from time to time and often thanked God that it wasn’t “acute” because in that mercy God gave him time to get his life together and get right with his family, his responsibilities, and eternity.

My  niece belongs to that part of our family (the majority) who don’t believe in GOD or anything spiritual except for a couple of New Age, Wiccan witches and animist shamans who are thought of as “cool” by the atheist majority. Anything remotely resembling Christianity is reviled, mocked and pitied.

As for that “moral philosophy”, that world view which informs most of the extended family’s thinking, I think “delusional” pretty much covers it … the 70% 5 year survival rate stats include all those many sufferers of “chronic”, with likely the “acute” victims falling into the 30% no one likes to talk about. Nuf said.

Some of the elder members of this godless clan have been contemplating their eminent deaths and departure from this mortal coil to their various rewards over a spectrum of acceptance and panic alternating with anger and self pity, so to suddenly discover that one of youngest of the clan is in mortal peril in an area where “this world” is notoriously short on success and/or comfort has been rather a bombshell blasting through the worshipers at the pool.

We will continue to pray for their conversion and for my niece to recover in spite of the mortality stats. I also pray that she discovers something beyond this world before it is too late.

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

I have been reluctant to post lately because the muse I have relied on for years has been “of this world” and mostly focused on what is “wrong” with this world, all the things that annoy and irritate us, or at least they annoy and irritate me. I have been indulging in much thinking and contemplation on what matters and what does not matter.

Broad categories are becoming apparent. This World and Eternity, the Presence or Absence of Christ, the Resurrection or not, awareness of love of GOD and of love of Self and their opposition, love of the created versus love of the uncreated, the mystical body of Christ and the mystical body of Anti-Christ. Things like: What defines Christianity and Christians? What defines Antichrist and antichristians? Why does it all matter?  I am currently focusing on 3 things …  the Trinity, the Resurrection, and the Real Presence of our Risen Lord, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Holy Eucharist … the Trinitarian GOD, the Resurrection of our Lord, and the Real Presence of our Lord and Redeemer in this world.

I will try to keep these parts to around 2 or 3 thousand words per post because I don’t think anyone reasonably wants to read much more than that at a sitting, and I’ll start with the mystery of the Trinity.

For quite a few years, in my limited understanding of the Blessed Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the quintessential Catholic mystery has been aided by a metaphor of “images”, as in photographic images as created and produced by human’s but elevated to absolute perfection as God’s thoughts.

The analog of the flat 2D photo recording the “thoughts” and “affections” of the human creature is embraced to help one understand, as much as humanly possible, a concept of Divine Trinity.

Even in our own imperfect way we have a mental image of the loved one like a photograph in our mind. God, who always was, is now, and always will be in the eternal now, is perfection defined, all perfection, all goodness, and God’s “thoughts” are so perfect that His mental image becomes substantial, that is real in reality as a real person.

God’s first thought was about Himself, since there was nothing else but God “in the beginning”. That thought, of Himself, was so perfect that the thought substantiated as the Son, begotten of the Father. Immediately the Son and the Father regarded each other with a love so perfect that it substantiated as the Holy Spirit, the spirit of perfect love. So in the beginning there was only The Blessed Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Now, I would like to highly recommend a book of Carmelite meditation, “Divine Intimacy“, by Fr. Gabriel of Saint Mary Magdalene, O.C.D. , Copyright 1953 Monastero S. Guiseppe – Carmelitane Scalze, (Discalced Carmelite Monastery in Rome), 2014 edition. I really can’t say enough good about this book, and it has made a huge difference in my life. It is available at Baronius Press. It is worth every penny. I am quoting now from “Divine Intimacy (pp 637-638)” what is perhaps the best explanation of the Blessed Trinity that I have encountered anywhere, any time.  I am quoting it in full because it is so profound:

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God, the sovereign, infinite Good, is self-sufficient. He finds all His happiness in knowing and loving Himself. Because he is the infinitely perfect Being, knowledge and love are essentially fruitful in Him, and from this fecundity comes the mystery of His intimate life, the mystery of the Trinity. The Father knows Himself perfectly from all eternity, and knowing Himself, He generates the Word,the substantial Idea in which the Father expresses, and to whom He communicates, His whole essence, divinity, and infinite goodness.

Thus the Word is “the brightness of the glory and the figure of the substance” of the Father (Heb 1,3); but He is a substantial brightness and figure, because He possesses the same nature and the same perfections as the Father. From all eternity, the Father and the Son contemplate and love each other infinitely, by reason of the infinite, indivisible perfection which they have in common.

In this eternal love, there is a mutual attraction, a mutual giving of Themselves, one to the other, diffusing Their whole nature and divine essence into a third Person, the Holy Spirit, who is the terminus, the pledge, and the substantial gift of Their mutual love.

Thus the same nature, the same divine life circulates among the three divine Persons: from the Father to the Son, and from the Father and the Son to the Holy Spirit. The mystery of the Most Blessed Trinity is therefore the mystery of the intimate life of God, a mystery surging from the most perfect operations of knowledge and love by which God knows and loves Himself.

More than any other mystery, that of the Trinity shows us our God as a living God, as One whose life is essentially fruitful, so fruitful that the whole divine nature and essence can be communicated by the Father to the Son, and from the Father and the Son to the Holy Spirit without any loss or diminution, all Three thereby possessing the same infinite perfection.

This mystery, above all others, reveals to us the perfection of God’s goodness. It tells us that God is good, not only because He is infinite Good, but also because this infinite good that He is, is communicated: from the Father to the Son to the Holy Spirit. Whereas in works outside Himself God communicates His good only partially, in the bosom of the Trinity He communicates it integrally and necessarily, so that his intimate life consists precisely in this eternal, necessary and absolute communication of His whole good, His whole Being.

The mystery of the Trinity teaches us that in God there is a boundless, inexhaustible ocean of goodness, love, fruitfullness, and life. Precious knowledge this, because more than any other, it enables us to develop a sense of the infinite greatness of God.

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The Black Gate, Lord Of The Rings, The Return Of The King

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.
-J.R.R. Tolkien

In an older time, from my own family tree, when life was often short and even brutal, bigotry was more overtly common, virulent and not selectively restrained and restricted to a few targeted religious minorities by PC considerations and fear of retaliation and violent reprisal, and of course, literacy was not widespread amongst the common man outside of their spiritual life in the church, but ancient prayers still survived from the very first years of Celtic Christianity.

Celtic crosses in an old Irish cemetery – Mark E Tisdale

There were prayers still, from the time of my Celtic Forefathers, the third period of Celtic Druidism, and they survived over the years into later centuries, under English Protestant persecution. Powerful prayers, that had come down from ancient times and which are now lost to most modern peoples, prayers abandoned along with the sacraments and the worship of GOD by the progressive humanists of our “polite” self-worshiping society.

By the way, an excellent book, available on Amazon.com as an eBook, on the topic of “Self Worship” is  Paul Vitz’s “Psychology as Religion: The Cult of Self-Worship”. A trenchant analysis of modern psychology, an enterprise that Paul Vitz maintains has become a religion, a secular cult of self, now part of the problem of modern life rather than part of its resolution.

Virtually rewritten, this second edition of the original 1977 text takes into account much of what has happened in the field of psychology during the past nineteen years. Two completely new chapters are also included — one on education and “values clarification” and the other on New Age religion. Paul C. Vitz is professor emeritus of psychology at New York University. His other books include Sigmund Freud’s Christian Unconscious and Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism.

Anyway, where was I, O ya … “Ancient Prayers” …

Sometimes called “The Deer’s Cry”, this is one of those prayers, translated from Old Irish around 1898, to be read aloud as a morning prayer, attributed to St. Patrick (ca 433?)

St. Patrick’s Breastplate
(“I Arise Today”)

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through the belief in the threeness,
Through confession of the oneness
Of the Creator of Creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ’s birth with his baptism,
Through the strength of his crucifixion with his burial,
Through the strength of his resurrection with his ascension,
Through the strength of his descent for the judgment of Doom.

I arise today
Through the strength of the love of Cherubim,
In obedience of angels,
In the service of archangels,
In hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In prayers of patriarchs,
In predictions of prophets,
In preaching of apostles,
In faith of confessors,
In innocence of holy virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven:
Light of sun,
Radiance of moon,
Splendour of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of wind,
Depth of sea,
Stability of earth,
Firmness of rock.

I arise today
Through God’s strength to pilot me:
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptations of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
Afar and anear,
Alone and in multitude.

I summon today all these powers between me and those evils,
Against every cruel merciless power that may oppose my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man’s body and soul.
Christ to shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that there may come to me abundance of reward.

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the threeness,
Through confession of the oneness,
Of the Creator of Creation.

Domini est salus, Domini est salus, Christi est salus. Salus tua, Domine, sit semper nobiscum. (Salvation is of The Lord, salvation is of The Lord, salvation is of Christ. May thy salvation, Lord, be always with us.)

OMNIA AD MAJOREM DEI GLORIAM

Joe

Empty oneself of every trace of belief in one’s “goodness”. The Lord patiently knocks at our door. Will we let Him enter?

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Holy Trinity Sunday … Too Busy To Pray?

“Too Busy To Pray”, Too Busy to Pray? Practical Answers for Busy People.

Host: Kathy Sinnott with guest Fr. Philip Kemmy. Donegal priest Fr. Phillip Kemmy has a practical message about how put  GOD first in our busy lives. June 15th, 2019. (found at http://www.ewtn.com/multimedia/audio_radio.asp#~CJ)

I started with this great little talk on Prayer, but this is still “Trinity Sunday”, the first Sunday after Pentecost. Trinity Sunday, officially called “The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity,” is one of the few celebrations of the Christian Year that commemorates a reality and doctrine rather than a person or event. And this is right and good. the Trinity is the ultimate foundation of our Faith … this mystery is the mystery from which all the other mysteries spring.

The Holy Trinity

On Trinity Sunday, Christians remember and honor the eternal God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Trinity Sunday is celebrated the Sunday after Pentecost, and lasts only one day, which is symbolic of the unity of the Trinity.

Eastern Churches have no tradition of Trinity Sunday, arguing that they celebrate the Trinity every Sunday. Westerners also commemorate the Trinity at every Eucharist, although they set aside a special feast day for the purpose as well. And this is right and good.

The Church has been celebrating the Trinity in its life and worship since the earliest days of the Church, as evidenced by the Trinitarian baptismal formula. The earliest known liturgies (including that contained in the Apostolic Tradition of Hippolytus include many references to the persons of the Trinity, including prayers that end with Trinitarian doxologies.

Nonetheless, there was no general feast of the Trinity in the early Church. Over time, dioceses and churches began celebrating feasts of the Trinity locally, perhaps in response to Arianism.

Early dates of the localized feasts include the first Sunday after Pentecost, or the first Sunday before Advent. Both placements have symbolic value. The post-Pentecost date celebrates the Trinity as the final celebration of the Church Year, after Christ’s resurrection, ascension, and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

Ultimately, Trinitarianism posits a dynamic God, whose ultimate nature is beyond human conception, yet who voluntarily operates within the created world. Trinitarianism also shows a loving God that is willing to become as we are so that we may become like Him.

The implications of believing in Arius’ God, a God unwilling to involve himself in our redemption, but who instead sent an angel of the highest order, did not escape the earliest Christians. As St. Athanasius was fond of saying “that which has not been assumed has not been redeemed,” meaning that unless God truly became completely human, we could not be fully redeemed, because only God Himself is capable of truly redeeming humanity; an angel does not have this ability.

Thus, the Trinity is not about Greek philosophy or pointless metaphysical speculation, but about the heart of our salvation. For more information, please check out The Nicene Creed: Ancient Symbol of the Catholic Faith.

But in the world, “This World” of the Father of Lies, what are we fed from every media source every day? The state of affairs in the bureaucracy of the Catholic Church, the “Curia” as they are sometimes called, leaves much to be desired if current media efforts are to be believed … but … most media efforts are well known, in truth, to be on the wrong side of history.

An example I think of is the popular 1981 movie “Reds”, with Warren Beatty. Reds is a 1981 American epic historical drama film co-written, produced, and directed by Warren Beatty. The picture centers on the life and career of John Reed, the journalist and writer who chronicled the Russian Revolution in his book Ten Days that Shook The World. Beatty stars in the lead role alongside Diane Keaton as Louise Bryant and Jack Nicholson as Eugene O’Neill.  All of the above personages are iconic idols in the pantheon of the Left, the progressive culture of death.

The Abortionist In Chief …

On the other side, opposite the media narrative, we have seen in the 20th century the most epic serial of mass murder, death, and destruction in the entire history of the world. More death coming out of left wing progressive socialism than all the rest of history put together.

The 21st century is looking like more of the same only worse. Wrong side of history indeed, and it has only gotten more egregiously evil in the two and a half decades since “Reds” came out in 1981, part of full court press by the progressives to enshrine the culture of death in our society.

The Father of Lies is so proud, and pride is his favorite sin … and self worship is the epitome of pride. If the truth is unpalatable why spoil a good story … just lie, the “low information voter” will never know the difference, just call it “Choice”. And of course that is exactly what it is … our choice … we choose Hell. GOD doesn’t “send” anyone to Hell … we choose it, every day and in every way, we choose death or life because of “Interest”.

Now, two and a half decades later, we have 125,000 murders a day of the most helpless and innocent people in our society. They don’t mention any of that in “Social”, the great lie at the  heart of the Progressive Indoctrination Camps we call “Schools”. Anyway, evil is still evil, even if all the world says it is good. Good is still good, even if no one is good.

  • I believe that every human being is a unique and unrepeatable gift of God, made in His image and likeness, in order to know, love and serve Him in this life, and to be happy with him forever in Heaven.
  • I believe that every human life begins at the moment of conception and lasts until natural death.
  • I believe that all people are endowed by their Creator with the inalienable right to life, for, without the right to life, no other individual rights are possible.
  • I believe that abortion is nothing less than depriving an innocent person of their life, their most basic human right, and therefore, that abortion is gravely evil and never permissible, even in the cases of rape or incest.
  • I believe that assisted suicide and euthanasia should never be condoned. Instead, dying patients who request euthanasia should receive loving care, spiritual support, and appropriate remedies for pain so that they can live with dignity until the moment of natural death.
  • I believe in mercy and compassion for all who have been impacted by the effects of abortion and for all who are confused and frightened in today’s culture of death.

Of course, your mileage may vary, but the lines are clearly drawn and all euphemisms aside, murder of the innocent because of their location is still murder and a crime, an atrocity, which cries out to heaven.

Cheers

Joe

Rock of Cashel, an Irish Abbey

For 2 millennia the world has tried to destroy Jesus Christ and His church.

The Catholic Church is an institution I am bound to hold divine—but for unbelievers a proof of its divinity might be found in the fact that no merely human institution conducted with such knavish imbecility would have lasted a fortnight.”
-Hilaire Belloc (27 July 1870 – 16 July 1953))

Well, obviously … “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose, Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr (24 November 1808 – 29 September 1890)…

and so on and so forth on down to the present day, world without end. Amen.

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Pentecost and the Second Coming …

“En Priere”, Bill Douglas, from the album “Kaleidoscope”, (1993)

Cassandra of Troy, was a woman in Greek mythology cursed to utter prophecies that were true but that no one believed. Cassandra was reputed to be a daughter of King Priam and of Queen Hecuba of Troy

Well, it has been over a month since I last sat down to write. Life has intervened with broken roof drains and blown out electrical fixtures and complicated by heavy rains we had some flooding in our building and also blah, blah, blah … life is like that isn’t it.  Everyone has problems and everyone likes to believe that their troubles are the most important and troublesome of them all, but rarely is it really so. Still, October is coming up quick so we have something to look forward to.

So how does one write about what one is upset with and still embrace the cross. As Saint Faustina remarked in her diary, she saw a vision of Christ on his cross and He instructed her to look at the accompanying groups, multitudes, of souls.

There was one group who were crucified like Christ, there was a second group who while not crucified exactly still carried their crosses clasped firmly in their hands and held to their bosom, and then there was a third group who were not embracing their crosses but rather were dragging them behind them across the land dissatisfied and complaining loudly all the while.

His word to her was that those who resembled Him most in their suffering would resemble Him most in Glory in Heaven. Something to think about when one is aware that one is most likely in the third group, the complainers, if one is even good enough to get into the picture and is not still wallowing amongst the miserable lost souls.

And if I spend my writing time articulating what is wrong with our current society and those things which I find provoke me am I being “humble” or “prideful”, am I complaining and judgemental or am I, like Cassandra on the walls of Troy, sounding the alarm to deaf ears all around me.

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John Ralston Saul

As John Ralston Saul pointed out, in “Voltaire’s Bastards“, the Devil is in the Regulations, and those who write the Briefing Books run the show. Whatever one’s views or thoughts, it is a grim fact that, in Canada, it is now legal to kill inconvenient citizens, and inconvenient children, not just inconvenient babies.This is our “Final Solution”, our “Choice”.

Remember, “Arbeit macht frei“. You think these things cannot happen here? I was born in and lived in Montreal for years. I experienced the October Crisis, and Papa Trudeau’s respect for Rule of Law, up close and personal.  Je me souviens.

“Like other periods of the history of the Church, the present has ushered in a new ascension of interior purification, on the sole condition that the faithful show themselves proud enough in the confession of their faith in Christ, generous enough in suffering to face the oppressors of the Church with the strength of their faith and charity.

May the holy time of Lent and Easter, which preaches interior renovation and penance, turn Christian eyes towards the Cross and the risen Christ; be for all of you the joyful occasion that will fill your souls with heroism, patience and victory.

Then We are sure, the enemies of the Church, who think that their time has come, will see that their joy was premature, and that they may close the grave they had dug. The day will come when the Te Deum of liberation will succeed to the premature hymns of the enemies of Christ …” para 42, Mit Brennender Sorge

We look out across a landscape of declining morality, the tragedy of moral relativity, where the value of a human being is in their perceived utility and if they fail the litmus test of utility they are disposed of and sold for parts. I heard a talk recently in which the highly reputed speaker mentioned that since Roe vs Wade in the 70’s our culture has murdered 1.5 Billion babies. That’s right, 1.5 Billion inconvenient children killed to make it easier for us to pursue our carnal gratification and appetites, to “do our own thing” with no consequences or responsibilities.

Our own visions of “Soylent Green” dance through our heads as we trundle off to the re-education camps being set up by the famous twins separated at birth. Or perhaps we are only looking at a simple Good Cop, Bad Cop routine … “take me or you will have to take him”.  I don’t know, what do you think?

potw-kim-jong-un_3578513kThere are some sinister overtones and similarities, no? On the one hand we have a villain born of a bloodline of villains according to international opinion,  an utterly failed economy, a population held in terror of the state, and holding office by virtue of son-ship.

A Great Leader unanimously condemned on all sides, with only one significant player abstaining, and that player having a close and special relationship with Canada and Canada’s government.

The Prince On The White Horse, John Albert Thomas

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (front, R), Chinese President Xi Jinping (front, L), his wife Peng Liyuan (2nd row, L), and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (2nd row, R), arrive for a gala show to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, in Beijing, China, September 3, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (front, R), Chinese President Xi Jinping (front, L), his wife Peng Liyuan (2nd row, L), and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (2nd row, R), arrive for a gala show to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, in Beijing, China, September 3, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

In counterpoint to the bad actor, we have, home at 24 Sussex Drive, the Drama Coach. Also holding office by virtue of pedigree, a playboy with a silver spoon and a Mercedes and a projected 100+ billion deficit before our next election coming in October 2019.

And we have a population, citizens, voters, without a true voice in the Capital, where everything is controlled by the iron fist of the PMO, or in the state controlled national media (aka the CBC), of the deviants, by the deviants, for the deviants.

justin-trudeau11Well, that’s about as far as even I can stretch the similarities, but you get the drift, right? China vs Justin?  Hmmmm. Can anyone spell “Canola”?

Methinks the Communist Party of China is a much heavier hitter than Senator Brazeau. To give this all some context, think of that great first year Boxing farce as a High School skit between two class clowns,

Do we see Justin going the distance with Xi and Vlad, hmmm? A charming class clown who no-one on the international stage takes seriously as he sucks up to virtually every regime out there in a desperate bid for acceptance of his handlers and their policies, no longer the cool kid in class, the snowboarder seeks approval.

I read somewhere a reference to “Big Trump” and “Little Potato”, but it seems that when the rubber hits the road we end up with pressure from the Big Boy south of 49 and counter pressure from the Big Red Dragon, and manufactured political scandals to distract the low information voters from reality.

Castro and the trudeausAnd there is of course that famous, or perhaps infamous, family tradition of sleeping with murderers. Maybe that’s an asset in Boy Justin’s world.

There was a man once, who said: “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose, Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr (24 November 1808 – 29 September 1890) was a French critic, journalist, and novelist. His epigrams are frequently quoted, and that “plus ca change” line is one of his best.

Another was on a proposal to abolish capital punishment, “je veux bien que messieurs les assassins commencent”  “let the gentlemen who do the murders take the first step”, or “I wish the assassins to go first”, a view which I share. Are we not on the brink of a bold new social experiment? After first hand witness to the fall-out of Roe vs Wade, can we not imagine where this will end?

To paraphrase Karr, with respect to euthanasia, “je veux bien que messieurs les bureaucrats commencent”. Not much has changed since 1937, Just the level of sophistication of the players and the level of ignorance of the voters. I will paraphrase from a book I am reading called “The Crown of Sanctity: On the Revelations of Jesus to Louisa Piccarreta” by Daniel O’Connor

I have “adjusted” the specific context from the book to the general context of our modern society. It’s really all about “interest” isn’t it?

The poison of interest has invaded everyone, and since almost all of our leadership and management are taken by this fever, they lack the courage to correct and to check those who depend on them for leadership and guidance and discipline. And the love and mercy of Jesus Christ is not understood by any of those who are not stripped of everything and of everyone.

They cannot hear Him and do not want to hear Him. His voice resounds very badly to their hearing; even more, it seems an absurdity to them — the claim that Jesus is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life” is, to use the words of St. Paul, “a folly to the Jews and a stumbling block to the Gentiles, something that is not appropriate for the human condition. And what is the source of all of this — that is, this whole tragedy? Interest.

Politicians and CEO’s, Bureaucrats and Executives, middle managers and the rank and file, who do not undertake their vocation, their jobs, in accordance with their responsibilities and promises, but rather in accordance with the opportunities it provides for their own interest: comfort, pleasure, enjoyments, popularity, security, etc.

Faith is almost extinguished among the Western peoples in this our modern day, and if there is any spark left, it is as though hidden under cold ashes. Life, which is almost completely secularized, and maybe worse than that, as well as the examples of our leadership, which are not good, lend a hand to extinguish this small remaining spark of faith.

And the most insurmountable stumbling block is mere self-interest. Self-interest is the wood worm of leadership at all levels, which renders them like rotten wood, that is fit only for burning. Interest makes our leadership and management a laughing stock, the mockery of the people, and the idol of their families.

And what about all these programs for the Little People, the voters who they supposedly serve and by which, at election time, they justify their existence? Where and who do they actually help?

They do good to the rich; they have time for the rich, but by them also the poor are almost excluded; for the poor they have no time; for the poor they have not a word of comfort or help to tell them; they send them away, reaching the point of pretending they are ill or setting up vacant gatekeeper positions which supposedly have to “approve” program delivery decisions.

But then, if a rich person would show up, it is all the opposite: they would not hesitate one instant; time, words, comforts, help…, they would find anything for the rich.

OnTheRock8But the Faithful, the little ones, are cast away, the Cassandras calling out warnings from the walls are shunned and banned from the public discourse with much calumny, slander and abuse.

I’ll end this post with another reference to Mark Mallet’s blog post of March 12, 2012.  “As more and more people are waking up to the growing persecution of the Church, this writing addresses why, and where it’s all heading. First published December 12th, 2005, …  “

Cheers

Joe

As Ned Stark said, “Winter is coming”. Always remember, “be charitable in your judgements, never take yourself too seriously” and of course “Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.” Sometimes when I post, I look at my sig and wish that I’d follow my own damned advice.

 

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“MIT BRENNENDER SORGE” … reprise

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

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Brian Bethune?

So you don’t believe there is an anti-Christian agenda in Canada?  So how about a cover headline from 3 years years ago in Mcleans Magazine, THE “flagship” of Canadian “Journalism”.

Here I found an article by someone claiming to be a journalist writing for Mcleans magazine. Funny thing though, can’t seem to find anything else about him/her anywhere.

Is he/she real? Is he a nom du plume? Is he a paid shill for progressive shadow players? Who knows. I guess one has to live in Toronto to get a clue, eh? Interesting reading, though, for any central Canadian “Brights”, those leading, bleeding edges of secular Progressivism in this country who just can’t seem to stop recycling these old stories debunking Christian beliefs … and why Christians?

Maybe because they know that Christians won’t shoot them or blow them up, or burn them alive, or stone them in the public square, or drown them in cages, or visit their offices for a little tete-a-tete? Do you suppose those considerations don’t enter into the editor’s thoughts when considering provocative material to publish … how about some equal coverage for the other monotheistic religions, eh, Mcleans?

How about it, Brian Bethune?  I completely understand, and even sympathize somewhat, with your bread and butter being the provocation of the target audience du jour as vetted by your editors. That is “journalism’s” function, after all, as one thinks about the traditional Broadsheets of yore, they exist to stir things up and see what new smells rise to the top.

In a quaint way, I guess I am a throwback, but I just happen to believe that justice requires treating all players “equally” and “fairly”. These are supposed to be THE Canadian values, right?  So how about it? Are you going to leave it all up to French Journalists like those at Charlie Hebdo? Would this be too much to ask of Canada’s “National” magazine? The French Surrender Taint runs deep in Canada  so shouldn’t Canadian “journalists” show at least the courage of their Froggie cousins across the pond? Naah … I guess when the rubber hits the road Canadian journalists and their masters would rather duck and cover and put their butts in the air.

From the front page article in question:

There is a twist in the tale, though, and frailty of human memory turned out to be more profound than Ehrman suspected or, perhaps, welcomed. His eye-opening “Jesus Before the Gospels: How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented Their Stories of the Savior”  may prove most useful for those who hold to a position Ehrman finds more wrong-headed than insistence on the Bible’s literal truth. The reason Biblical historians cannot find even the outline of a historical Jesus, argues an increasingly persuasive chorus of challengers, is that there is nothing to find: Jesus Christ never lived at all.” 

Of course, does it need to be mentioned that Bart Denton Ehrman (born October 5, 1955) has made a hugely successful career out of “proving” that Jesus Christ never existed. and he is one of the darlings of the Progressive Pantheon … for agnostics and atheists (really the same thing) he “walks on water” no wait a minute, that was someone else wasn’t it?

OMG!!!! WHO KNEW?  Gee, Brian, or whoever you are, good thing for Mcleans and their staffers that they have an atheist anti-christian scholar with the street cred of Bart Denton Ehrman  to do all the heavy lifting for them. It’s pretty damned certain that he is several standard deviations above the average intelligence level of the “journalists” at our flagship Canadian fish-wrap.

It is also a very damned good thing for the Mcleans editorial offices that Christians don’t exercise the same policy prerogatives as Islamics. Yup, sure a good thing, that the Christians are the real deal when it comes to the “Religion of Peace”. Love your enemies, turn the other cheek, Father forgive them, they know not what they do. Yup, a real good thing.

On the Way Of The Cross, Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles

Seriously? 2000 or so years on and still they strive stridently to proclaim “There is no God, Christ is a lie!” Even the Roman Empire failed to deny Christ and this country, for all it’s jingoistic bombast trying to ape the American colossus to the south or desperately denying any connection, depending on the party currently in occupation, is but a pale sickly shadow of that famous empire, filled with pale imitations of men called “managers”.

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Joe?

Anyway, here’s some gratuitous “Ad Hominum” in the spirit of “tit-for-tat”. That’s a really interesting article, Brian. Your bio picture is one of 50 shades of grey haired tired compromise, your soul pawned to the highest bidder and that final personal reckoning coming ever closer regardless of your desperate tap-dancing.

Is that really even a picture of you or is it some special effect photo-shopped in the studio you work in, some “Resident-Evil” twist of zeros and ones. Whatever it is, it’s a good job, well rendered, a kind of brooding dignity in the greying eminence of your brow, the eyes fixed upon the viewer with unwavering judgement. So much more dignified than my own effort to the left.

I wonder what kind of twist the tale of the “Life of Brian” would take if he were to seriously suggest that “Mohammad never lived at all”.

Com’on Brian, how about it, aren’t you still wearing your “Je Suis Charlie” T-Shirt in the copy room these days? Nahh, I didn’t think so. That’s just so “yesterday” right? And who reads Mcleans outside of Toronto anyway? Yea, Toronto, … a pretty safe beat for beating up Christians and Albertans if I do say so.

Cool courage doesn’t get any cooler than this, that one give up his latte to make his deadline. But Islam, … Islam, … that gives you chills now doesn’t it? Islam might reach right into your comfortable inner city Toronto digs and share their pain. Islam, the sibilant sssss just before the sudden ssslam! Yessssss chills. It tickles my dark side, my prescioussss. You just have to respect their commitment to their truth even if you disagree with their methods.

The Banks of Green Willow, Vaughan Williams, London Symphony Orchestra

inspiration-cslewisquoteThe Islamics would even agree with Lewis’s quote (right), and their belief has teeth! Only a believer could hope to understand another believer. The secular progressives in the high towers today have no clue and even less hope.

So how about “In your country, Venerable Brethren, voices are swelling into a chorus urging people to leave the Church, and among the leaders there is more than one whose official position is intended to create the impression that this infidelity to Christ the King constitutes a signal and meritorious act of loyalty to the modern State.

Secret and open measures of intimidation, the threat of economic and civic disabilities, bear on the loyalty of certain classes of Catholic functionaries, a pressure which violates every human right and dignity. ”  para 21, Mit Brennender Sorge

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It is on faith in God, preserved pure and stainless, that man’s morality is based. All efforts to remove from under morality and the moral order the granite foundation of faith and to substitute for it the shifting sands of human regulations, sooner or later lead these individuals or societies to moral degradation. The fool who has said in his heart “there is no God” goes straight to moral corruption (Psalms xiii. 1), and the number of these fools who today are out to sever morality from religion, is legion.”para 29, Mit Brennender Sorge

Mulcair_810_500_55_s_c1What about this article from four years ago – Gee!  Who knew? :  “NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario, September 9, 2015 (LifeSiteNews)New Democrat federal leader Thomas Mulcair was defending his senior communications director after he hit the national spotlight yesterday when two-year-old tweets surfaced in which he viciously attacked the Catholic Church, the pope, and Catholic moral teachings.” and these are the same people who have been running Alberta for the last four years!  Questions anyone?  Guess who has been writing government policy and guidelines in Alberta?  Anyone? Anyone? Will Jason change anything now that he has “power” or will he just quietly let it ride as has happened so often in the past and spend his time sabre rattling about pipelines and Federal policy disputes? My money is on “let it ride”.

But “They either do not see or refuse to see that the banishment of confessional Christianity, i.e., the clear and precise notion of Christianity, from teaching and education, from the organization of social and political life, spells spiritual spoliation and degradation. …  To hand over the moral law to man’s subjective opinion, which changes with the times, instead of anchoring it in the holy will of the eternal God and His commandments, is to open wide every door to the forces of destruction.

The resulting dereliction of the eternal principles of an objective morality, which educates conscience and ennobles every department and organization of life, is a sin against the destiny of a nation, a sin whose bitter fruit will poison future generations.” para 29, Mit Brennender Sorge

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” … Human laws in flagrant contradiction with the natural law are vitiated with a taint which no force, no power can mend. In the light of this principle one must judge the axiom, that “right is common utility,” a proposition which may be given a correct significance, it means that what is morally indefensible, can never contribute to the good of the people. But ancient paganism acknowledged that the axiom, to be entirely true, must be reversed and be made to say: “Nothing can be useful, if it is not at the same time morally good” (Cicero, De Off. ii. 30). … ” para 30, Mit Brennender Sorge

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Spark’s Street? North American capital of Murder Inc.? Or is this somewhere in the dark night of Mordor east of the pond and the channel?

It has been 13 years since the Netherlands became the first country to legalize euthanasia. In that time, the practice has become legal in Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and in five U.S. states (Washington, Oregon, Vermont, Montana, and New Mexico). At the time I said “It’s coming to Canada too, but Canada always lags the Dutch by about ten years”. Because “managers” always want to cover their backsides, don’t rush things, wait ’til the public are “ready” to legalize killing inconvenient grownups eh?

In the first week of February 2016, Canada joined the growing pack, pretty much on schedule for that range of prognostication. Jackals scrounging the scraps left by the Hyenas, except perhaps we are giving Jackals and Hyenas a bad rap here, for they are only fulfilling their proper function in the Divine plan while our masters deny the Divine and have set themselves up as little tin gods unto themselves to run our lives for their own benefit in ever more granular regulations piled upon regulations like the Scribes and Pharisees of old.

In a previous post I linked to David Warren posting this: “the Ottawa government’s impending “euthanasia” legislation. This our parliament was ordered to write and pass by Canada’s supreme court: a junta of nine who are a law unto themselves. The parliamentary committee discussing the matter, now dominated by the liberal party, has made recommendations such as forcing all doctors and other medical staff to participate in the killings; and arranging for children and the mentally ill to be terminated on the advice of one “care giver” or another. It is a monstrous, unambiguously evil measure they are contemplating — which, like abortion, targets the defenseless”.

Aki, Inner Thoughts, Rodrigo Rodriguez

Although the new ruling states that all patients in Canada are entitled to a physician-assisted suicide, their condition must meet certain criteria for them to eligible. For example, the law (yet unwritten) states that “patients must be of adult age and must be assessed by a doctor to be mentally competent and capable of giving consent“, Common Dreams reported.

How can “Common Dreams” report on laws which have yet to be written or enacted or on regulations yet to be written and implemented? This statement just serves to give cover to the faceless ones while they work their evil.

Cheers

Joe

 

OnTheRock8I’ll end this post with a reference to one of Mark Mallet’s blog posts from March 2012.

“As more and more people are waking up to the growing persecution of the Church, this writing addresses why, and where it’s all heading. First published December 12th, 2005, …  “

 

 

 

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“MIT BRENNENDER SORGE” Part Two …

“Billy – title theme”, Bob Dylan, from the soundtrack album of “Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid”, (July 1973)

It seems that some truth is just so offensive that one risks the threat of even death to mention it in “Polite Canadian Society”, topics like killing babies and seniors, or remarks about truth in relation to the Gay culture in Canada are just right off the agenda. I have had a fairly risky career in the military and the corrections service over the years and the only person to ever seriously threaten me with death was a frenzied female defender of her right to have an abortion.

In Canada, don’t go there if you value your life.  See if you can detect the PC direction of this post. Western civ has been here before many times, most recently in Europe in the 30’s and 40’s of the last century and during the prophetic “Cultural Revolution” in Mao’s China from 1966 to 1976.

On a recent visit with friends I was censured by some in the group when I remarked in the course of discussion that a certain magazine, the subject of discussion and approval in the group, was indeed a high quality media effort in terms of production values, but that it continued to be sold not because of circulation and popularity but solely because of the sexual orientation of the owners and staff of the publication and the matching sexual orientation of the senior members of the Tourism Department of that Jurisdiction which provided most of the funding grants for the publication of the magazine.

This is rather like the way the CBC continues to exist (although in their case they are “legal” as a “National Media Outlet”) because of the shared PC “values” of the broadcaster and the appropriate Canadian governmental departments in spite of abysmal viewer numbers and their loud claims to “speak for Canadians”. As Kate McMillan, over at Small Dead Animals says: “Until this moment I have been forced to listen while media and politicians alike have told me “what Canadians think”. In all that time they never once asked. This is just the voice of an ordinary Canadian yelling back at the radio – “You don’t speak for me.””

I knew of this sexual orientation connection because I knew the people in both organizations personally and had worked with some of them professionally for a few years and they were my friends, well, one of them  was a friend, and the rest were at least amicable co-workers in my department. My view of the relationship was shared by the very people with whom I was working and who were in the department and worked at the publication and who were of the same sexual persuasion as the group in question. They were and are a tight knit community and the head of the department and the owner of the publication were a couple within that community and sharing a flat in town.

In spite of my making this “insider” knowledge clear, the Judgemental Axe of the PC Police in the group fell from great heights with deadly accuracy and “corrected” me, not for any of my stated facts but rather because I dared to mention an item of political corruption linked to the Canadian Sacred Cow of Sodomy. There wasn’t any critical thought about bias and bigotry and giving grants to “relatives” in the distribution of tax payer’s dollars but only that I mentioned corruption in connection with “Gays”. I was the “homophobic” bad guy. Hmmmm.  Have you ever wondered about where “Politically Correct” came from? Check out this short article here.

This is the sad state of Canadian “values”, PC is now enshrined in our legal system and our “Charter of Rights”, but amongst the common people, the masses, there is a complete lack of understanding of the difference between “right” and “wrong” and we witness the complete bankruptcy of our society, our media and our educational systems.

We are willingly walking down a slippery slope of moral turpitude and decadence without a single whimper, like Babe’s Mommy and Daddy in the opening scenes of “Babe”, without a single objection being raised in any quarter EXCEPT the Catholic Church, which finds itself under attack for every hiccup, including the very things that are protected by PC dogma in the Canadian population. One does not dare step outside the narrow window of “permitted” discussion without risking social censure and punishment for offering up inconvenient truths.

Start there with Babe’s context to set the scene, and then examine the media reported explicit suppression of Catholic education and home schooling in Ontario under previous Ontario governments. And don’t forget “same sex marriage?” whatever that means … check out this link.  And how about this:

Austin Ruse wrote an important article in Crisis Magazine way back in January of 2016. It begins with this startling information:

Two of the great propaganda achievements of the radical homosexual movement are the now internalized beliefs that they are everywhere and they are just like us. Many propositions laid the ground work for the change in public opinion from the time homosexuality was openly mocked to today when you can get fired even for poking gentle fun. Much of the polling changes in attitudes about homosexuality are grounded not in acceptance but in this kind of fear.

But, these two—that they are everywhere and just like us—are two monumental but highly effective lies.

Polling data shows that most Americans (and Canadians) think homosexuals are far more numerous than they really are. Gallup shows that most Americans (and Canadian Liberals as well) think that 25 percent of the population is homosexual. Among those dim and dimmer millennials, it is 30 percent.

That’s right, they think something on the order of 97 million Americans, including toddlers, are homosexual. In Canada this amounts to a belief that 11,118,000 Canadians are Gay, including toddlers and babies of course. Really? Canadians believe that there are over 11 million Gays in this country, and they are just like us non Gays. This is seriously delusional and completely unsupported by any facts. It is a triumph of Liberal PC propaganda.

Not even Kinsey with his utterly debunked 10 percent thought homosexuals were so plentiful in the population. In fact, according to the best research—the Laumann study conducted out of the University of Chicago in 1994, and the recently concluded study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control—the true picture is profoundly different.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, a measly 1.8 percent of adult men and 1.4 percent of adult women identify as homosexual. This translates into a tiny 2.1 million men and 1.7 million women (in the U.S.) and 960,000 people of undetermined gender (in Canada). This is less than half the number of Methodists in the United States and in Canada, the Gay population is slightly more than half the number of Anglicans.

Because they are “everywhere,” a concomitant argument they make is that attitudes have changed because of the personal interaction people have with them. Even a casual look at the numbers would show that those would be some very busy homosexuals.

The adult population of the United States is roughly 247 million. In Canada, according to StatsCan, the adult population is approximately 27.5 million, that is sexually active adults between the ages of 20 and 79 years. In order for the “personal interaction” claim to be even remotely true, that it is personal relationships that have changed public opinion, you would have to assume that each of these 3.8 million homosexuals are out of the closet, wearing their homosexuality on their sleeves, and are best buds with 65 non-homosexuals each.  In Canada, that would mean each out of the closet homosexual must have at least 28 or 29 non-homosexual BFF’s.

Just think about that completely off the wall claim. Public attitudes have changed because American and Canadian homosexuals are absolutely best friends with between 30 and 60 non-homosexuals. Think of your best friend … why are you best friends, and think … for a moment think, about how many best friends you have, and do you even know anyone who has more than one or two absolutely best friends? How about 4 or 5 best friends …  think for a moment.  So, no, the proposition that they are everywhere is simply not true, never was, never will be. Most Americans and Canadians have hardly any meaningful interaction with homosexuals, because homosexuals only pal around with other homosexuals.

Are they like the rest of us? Certainly. They are children of God, made in his image and likeness, and deserving of their human dignity. But, in the choices they make, in their attractions and in their behavior, and in the results of both, they are profoundly different. 

Austin Ruse goes on to discuss Robert Reilly’s new book “Making Gay Okay”.

“Robert Reilly wrote a very important book—Making Gay Okay—that raised the central issue that has been ignored in the messaging of the marriage debate. The marriage debate became about what was best for children. Children certainly do deserve a mother and a father. In fact, they have a human right to know their mother and father, though death and divorce often violate this right. But we cannot deliberately choose to violate this right of theirs. All true and very effective.

Reilly argues, however, that you cannot talk about homosexuals and the changes they propose without talking about that … little thing called sodomy.  And this is how they are profoundly different from us. Accepting homosexual marriage is tacit acceptance and even moral approval that anal sex is not only acceptable but that it is comparable to sexual intercourse. … from Austin Ruse: “I will not discuss what goes into this … act which is widely and almost exclusively practiced by homosexuals and porn stars. Studies show that even homosexuals with the HIV virus still widely use this … practice.

Robert Oscar Lopez, a child of “gays” and now a child rights activist, published a blog post at English Manif a few years ago that went into long and gruesome detail about what this entails. You do not want to know how one prepares for this. It is enough to know that the anus is the body’s sewer, yet homosexuals want us to believe that using it for sexual gratification is exactly the same as intercourse.”

The whole point of sex is as the affirmation of and culmination of a relationship between two members of opposite sexes to procreate, to share in the creative power of GOD and to bring into the world children, also in the image and likeness of GOD, it’s GOD’s design, not man’s. Anything else is just a glorified hand job dressed up in a tux and pretending to be truth. It is a colossal lie, fresh from the pen of the father of lies.

(For a glimpse of Robert Oscar Lopez’s life and work ignore the “community ratings” which are the result of a hate campaign by gays to silence anyone with another view. Hop over to English Manif to get a really good in your face view of the sheer scope of the “gay” hate campaign which surrounds us everywhere.)”

orcsMeanwhile, in other news, Mordor has announced they are ending live Orc shows due to budgetary restrictions and the need to give more resources and coverage to ongoing Trump assassination attempts. PSAC demonstrations in support of their brother orcs  are scheduled for the Legislature grounds in coming months. “The economy is not the issue” leadership stated vehemently.

Back to Mit Brennender Sorge:

It is part of their sacred obligations to do whatever is in their power to enforce respect for, and obedience to, the commandments of God, as these are the necessary foundation of all private life and public morality; to see that the rights of His Divine Majesty, His name and His word be not profaned; to put a stop to the blasphemies, which, in words and pictures, are multiplying like the sands of the desert; to encounter the obstinacy and provocations of those who deny, despise and hate God …”  para 12, Mit Brennender Sorge

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“… your priests and Faithful, who have persisted in their Christian duty and in the defense of God’s rights in the teeth of an aggressive paganism. Our gratitude, warmer still and admiring, goes out to those who, in fulfillment of their duty, have been deemed worthy of sacrifice and suffering for the love of God.” para 13, Mit Brennender Sorge.

Cheers

Joe

There may come a day image1Reality bites.

Always remember, “be charitable in your judgements, never take yourself too seriously” and of course “Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.”

Sometimes when I post, I look at my sig and wish that I’d follow my own damned advice.

 

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The Second Coming … “MIT BRENNENDER SORGE” (“With Burning Care”)

“En Priere”, Bill Douglas, from the album “Kaleidoscope”, (1993)

I have been thinking about my last Easter Sunday experience after Mass. I think that there is nothing to be done except to pray, pray for the light of conversion to re-ignite the souls of my fellows and bring the “retrouveille” of renewed belief and of repentance and sorrow to restore and rebuild a healthy faith life.

Sunrise on The Last Day

Thinking back to where we were in our Canadian society fifty years ago, and 20 years ago, and how things have now changed somewhat. Thinking back to how things were 5 or 10 years ago in my Catholic church and where things have come to now in the midst of what is arguably one of the most serious crisis in her history.

The Chickens of Modernism and Moral Relativism have indeed come home to roost. Looking out the door to the future I can see a huge flock, stretching to the horizon and entering the present like a stream wearing away stone, and all the eminently predictable outcomes of the deviance and derailments apparent in the 60’s have come fully to fruition, and continue to flourish and to proper going forward into the likely future.

What is different now, for me, is that I do not see “Christ’s church” as  “problematic” and complicit in this rapid decline, but rather I see those “Hired Men” claiming to represent Christ in their role as “Shepherds” as troubling and complicit. My Faith is stronger than ever … “Jesus, I Trust In You”.

Christ Himself said: “ 7Jesus therefore said to them again: Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8All others, as many as have come, are thieves and robbers: and the sheep heard them not. 9I am the door. By me, if any man enter in, he shall be saved: and he shall go in and go out, and shall find pastures. 10The thief cometh not, but for to steal and to kill and to destroy. I am come that they may have life and may have it more abundantly.

11I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd giveth his life for his sheep. 12But the hireling and he that is not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming and leaveth the sheep and flieth: and the wolf casteth and scattereth the sheep, 13And the hireling flieth, because he is a hireling: and he hath no care for the sheep. 14I am the good shepherd: and I know mine, and mine know me. 15As the Father knoweth me, and I know the Father: and I lay down my life for my sheep.

16And other sheep I have that are not of this fold: them also I must bring. And they shall hear my voice: And there shall be one fold and one shepherd. 17Therefore doth the Father love me: because I lay down my life, that I may take it again. 18No man taketh it away from me: but I lay it down of myself. And I have power to lay it down: and I have power to take it up again. This commandment have I received of my Father.” (John 10: 7-18)

Well, what to say then?  As often happens in my life, I notice something dark in an otherwise normal, provocative insult by some talking head, journalist, academic or other progressive pseudo-intellectual and it just gets the juices flowing. And lucky for me and my muse, there are just so many of them every damned day, that it takes a whopper to rise my awareness above the anesthetization of the daily progressive drone.

So what are the blinding strobes of recent memory, the last four or five years? Well, there are a couple which really stand out, real attention getters in their cognitive dissonance … and one of them is “the current outcry against the Catholic hierarchy in general and the Papal curia in particular is the controversy surrounding the so called “Lavender Mafia” and the outrage about homosexuality amongst Catholic clergy. Against that outcry we have the almost total triumph of the largest propaganda campaign in the history of the western world, that of “Making Gay OK” in normal daily polite society.

Here’s just one example from a couple of years ago –  Alberta reaches into parochial education with their fiat directions (Guidelines) regarding the Rainbow Agenda dressed up in various costumes of tolerance.  Why are there no information hearings or guidelines relating to the meaning and affects of sodomy? That is, after all, what we are approving and supporting with these guidelines. It seems that Canadian polite society is more concerned about who exactly is practicing sodomy, that is, to which group do they adhere rather than any unfortunate outcomes related to the act itself.

It seems, on the face of it, that if one is a member of the broadcast community or a public educator and academic, or an exalted member of the media or the entertainment industry or of certain political parties then sodomy is just fine as a personal preference for sensual gratification and we dare not utter a word of censure for fear that the Human Rights Nazis and the Political Correctness Police will come after us and prosecute or even imprison us for being (Horrors!) “homophobes”.

BUT, if you are a member of a clerical group, a southern Baptist, an Anglican, and especially a Catholic clerical group, then you must be persecuted and prosecuted to the ends of the earth for committing acts which are deemed “perfectly normal” in polite Canadian society.  Does anyone see this as even a little hypocritical and self serving … Homosexuals prosecuting homosexuals because they don’t belong to the right group, don’t belong to the right union, don’t have the right affiliations? That is a lot like denying a person’s right to life because of geographical location of the person, isn’t it?

Bishop Fred Henry, of Calgary, attracted a lot of vitriol from all the usual suspects but here is his letter regarding Gay-Strait Guidelines. Show me where he is mistaken or wrong.  Anybody? …  Anybody? Come on class! Is ANYONE paying attention?

On Passion Sunday, March 14th, 1937, this encyclical of Pope Pius XI , MIT BRENNENDER SORGE, (“With Burning Care“) was read from every Catholic pulpit in Nazi Germany on “The Church and the German Reich”.  The 43 paragraphs of this encyclical are as timely today as they were when preached in Nazi Germany in 1937. It is a moving and interesting piece of history, freely available to every one with eyes to see and ears to hear. One only has to translate “Germany” of 1937, into ANY Socialist or Progressive nation of the early 21st century to see the undeniable parallels. “Hello Darkness My Old Friend”, indeed, from one of my generation’s first GAY superstar duos..

, The Sound of Silence, Simon & Garfunkel, 1964.

At the time (1937) the German public thought it was all just business as usual in the Reich. The winds of war and evil had not reached into their kitchens and coffee houses, and Just like right here and now in Canada the public think things are all just business as usual as well. Hey, what’s the big deal? Just go with the flow and don’t rock the boat man, Lets just all go to Timmy’s and cool down.

This encyclical was/is like a clarion call, and reads as fresh today as it did in 1937. Nothing covered up and hidden away like the secret government meetings we are accustomed to here in beaver country, not hidden like some Gnostic rite reserved to the elite, some Cabal in the back rooms of power where there are no minutes, and no recordings.

In this fair land the idea of keeping a record of what actually went on in a meeting or conversation or telephone call of any senior bureaucrats in any government has fallen out of fashion. Witness the gymnastics of the S.N.C. Lavalin scandal and the the splashing of the rotten fruit being tossed out the windows of government. This Gentle Reader is because reality on the ground is that no record is desired, and there must be no accountability attributable to any particular three piece suite or group thereof.

This is a brave new world where the common man is unwelcome and unwanted and all participants can find that Holy Grail of bureaucracy, that is, plausible deniability. In the event that the new policy, or the direction from above turns out to be a “Bad  Idea”,  All bureaucrats want to be able to look innocently at the other riders in the elevator and exclaim “Eeuwww! What’s that smell?”

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This is not to say or imply that each or even any individual “self” has any innate malicious or evil intent, but that the “system” conspires to induce compliance in all the little “selves” adrift without a moral compass or higher Absolute authority to rely on for guidance in a trackless moral wasteland of relativism. what we see in our culture today is the sum total of every little compromise  “in the name of peace in our time” that have been accepted over the last 100 or so years. These little accretions laid down generation by generation like layers in our moral great barrier reef leave us not knowing what is right, and even worse, what is wrong. For example just watch this little YouTube Video:

The only lighthouse visible to these lost souls, these little “supermen” in their individual fortresses of solitude, is the flickering candle of the tribal campfire, and each in  their own loneliness strive for approval and acceptance by doing their best to implement their small portion of “die Endlösung”, the “Final Solution”.

As our polite society banishes “morality” and Christ’s presence from the world, wherever they succeed, chaos takes His place. And with chaos, comes fear. And with fear, comes the opportunity to control. But now, in this present time,the spirit of Control is not only in the world at large, it is operating in the Church as well. Chaos is really nothing more than the “Mystical Body of Antichrist”.

Hence the performance of the Hired Men on the world stage and before the secular authorities whom Christ Himself has deemed necessary to cut out the cancer of “Hired Men” from the Mystical Body of His Church. The Mystical Body of Our Lord Jesus Christ wages war against the worldly “Mystical Body” of the Anti-Christ, and the gates of hell will not prevail. The Lord turns even evil into good.

“… Christians, this is the hour to defend your King, and to keep Him company in the profound isolation in which He finds Himself. How few, O Lord, are the servants who remain faithful to You! … The worst of it is that there are some who profess to be Your friends in public, but who sell You in secret. You can scarcely find one in whom You can trust. O my God, true Friend, how badly does he repay You who betrays You! …” St. Teresa of Avila,  1515 – 1582

The Lark Ascending, Vaughan Williams, Andrew Davis & BBC Symphony Orchestra

And yet, in these amazing times all the common men and women CAN access this information, anywhere there is internet access, if they care to do so. The chestless ones of NICE, hide in obscurity and anonymity because they want no connection to their evil to mar the smiling face of modern progressivism, but the bright light of the internet shines everywhere regardless of their fondest desires.

The Nazis, in their day, could raid every parish, snapping up every copy of MIT BRENNENDER SORGE in a vain attempt to hide their actions and plans. The National Socialists tried to cover their tracks to no avail. In a previous life (with the DOJ and a very large RHA) I learned by practice how the secular progressive authorities now hide behind “Framework Legislation” and “Guidelines” where all the teeth are hidden in the 1000’s of pages of bureaucratic “regulations”  and “notwithstandings” and carefully crafted “loopholes”.

It requires energy and some modicum of intelligence to drill down to the foundational intent of modern legislation and regulations. Most folks understandably simply don’t have the resources to ride herd on the Mandarins and have to trust that they really do have the public’s best interests at heart. But …

Balrog500ppxAnything that was voted into existence by elected representatives can be made to perform any function or even the exact opposite function of that envisioned by those who voted for it, and all without minutes or records to provide an evidentiary trail.

So, reading some quotes from “MIT BRENNENDER SORGE” stirs some feelings of familiarity, some recognizable “policy positions”, and being long past 1937 we can see the ancient evil lives on … enshrined in the bureaucracy, now managed just as efficiently as the National Socialist’s “final solution” by the faceless “appointed”, “serve at the pleasure of”, incumbents of corner offices everywhere across this fair land from sea to shining sea.

“The moderation We showed in spite of all this was not inspired by motives of worldly interest, still less by unwarranted weakness, but merely by Our anxiety not to draw out the wheat with the cockle; not to pronounce open judgment, before the public was ready to see its force; not to impeach other people’s honesty, before the evidence of events should have torn the mask off the systematic hostility leveled at the Church. Even now that a campaign against the confessional schools, which are guaranteed by the concordat, and the destruction of free election, where Catholics have a right to their children’s Catholic education” para 5, Mit Brennender Sorge

Would that I could/would personally apply the above paragraph’s sentiments in my daily assessment of the actions and conduct of Public  leaders and their minions. I think I am going to revisit all 580 or so posts in this blog with an eye to exactly the sort of miscarriage that attributes intentions and malice, when nothing more than ignorance, or lack of resources, or blindly following guidelines, would account for the event. But we still have to acknowledge the evidence of events which have torn the mask off the systematic hostility leveled at all that is good in our progressive polite society.

Judge not, and all that. If we forgive another for the injury caused we put ourselves in the sanctuary of GOD’s mercy; If we do not forgive then we set ourselves before the Judge—and neither will He pardon you.  “If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.” (Matt 6:14-15)

When poisons become fashionable they do not cease to killJudgement and unforgiveness  is a breeding ground for evil, judgement and unforgiveness set one at play in the fertile fields of Satan. Judgement and unforgiveness are gateways for Satan to enter into your soul; it is a poison we drink ourselves in bitterness and malice toward our neighbour; it is a breach in our defenses through which darkness enters in and shrouds all in confusion and bitterness. Forgive as you have been forgiven! Let it go… and let Jesus set you free from your chains of pain. But keep hold of reality nonetheless.

Remember Martin Niemöller (1892–1984). He was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps. Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for the quotation:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

We have to exercise charity, compassion and forgiveness, but we also have to maintain a firm grip on reality. Compassion and forgiveness doesn’t include giving evil a politically correct pass.

Cheers

Always remember, “be charitable in your judgements, never take yourself too seriously”. We are all headed to the same “worldly” place. Why can’t we be allowed to speak truth on the way there? We can still think (possibly) but we can’t communicate any more.

 

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Imitatio Christi

David Warren has a timely post here. I completely agree with his view of “The Imitation of Christ”, by Thomas a Kempis. I have been reading it, both linearly and using the “open it anywhere” method for years now. It never grows old. My personal version of “The Little Brown Book” is a Baronius Press  imprint from 2008 of the Richard Challoner translation from the 18th century. It is available as a free eBook at Gutenberg.org. A couple of passages from where I am in the book right now are particularly comforting in my current state of mind:

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Chapter XLIV Deadness to Exterior Things”

CHRIST

SON, in many things it behooveth thee to be ignorant, and to esteem thyself as one dead upon earth; as one to whom the whole world is crucified. Many things also must thou pass by with a deaf ear and think rather of those things that appertain to thy peace.

It is more profitable to turn away thine eyes from such things as displease thee, and to leave to everyone his own way of thinking, than to give way to contentious discourses.

If thou stand well with God, and look at His judgement, thou will more easily bear to see thyself overcome.

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2. O Lord, to what are we come? Behold a temporal loss is greatly bewailed; for a small gain men labour and toil, but the loss of the soul is little thought of, and hardly returns to mind.

That which is of little or no profit takes up our thoughts; and that which is above all things necessary, is negligently passed over; for the whole man sinks down into outward things, and unless he quickly recovers himself, he willingly continues immersed in them.

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“CHAPTER XLV  Men Are Prone to Offend”

DISCIPLE

GRANT me help, O Lord, from trouble, for vain is the salvation of man. (Ps 59:13).

How often have I not failed to find faith there where I thought I might depend upon it. And how often have I found it where I did not expect it? Vain, therefore, is all hope in men; but the safety of the just is in Thee, O Lord. Blessed be Thou, O Lord my God, in all tings that befall us.

We are weak and unsettled, we are quickly deceived and changed.

2. Who is the man that is able to keep him self so warily, and with so much circumspection in all things, as not to fall sometimes into some deceit or perplexity? But he that trusts in Thee, O Lord, and seeks Thee with a simple heart does not so easily fall (Wis. 1:11).

And if he fall into some tribulation, in what manner soever he may be entangled therein, he will quickly be rescued and comforted by Thee; for Thou wilt not forsake forever him that trusts in Thee. (Ps. 36:28). A trusty friend is rarely to be found that continues faithful in all the distresses of his friend. (Ecclus. 6:10). Thou, O Lord, Thou alone are most faithful in all things, and besides Thee, there are no other such.

3. Oh, how wise was that holy soul that said, My mind is strongly settled and grounded upon Christ. (Eph. 3:17). If it were so with me the fear of man would not so easily give me trouble, now flying words move me. Who can foresee all things, or who is able to provide against all future evils? If things foreseen do nevertheless often hurt us, how can things unlooked for fail of wounding us grieviously?

But why did I not provide better for myself, miserable wretch that I am! Why also have I also so easily given credit to others! But we are men and but frail men though by many we are reputed and called angels. To whom shall I give credit O Lord? To whom but to Thee? Thou art the truth which neither canst deceive, nor be deceived. (John 14:6). And on the other side, every man is a liar (Ps. 115:11), infirm, unstable, and subject to fail, especially in words; so that we ought not readily to believe even that which in appearance seems to sound well.

4. How wisely didst Thou forewarn us to beware of men (Matt. 10:17), and that a man’s enemies are they of his own household (Matt. 36); and that we are not to believe, if anyone should say “Behold here, or behold there.” (Matt. 24:23). I have been taught to my cost, and I wish it may serve to make me more cautious, and not to increase my folly. “Be wary,” saith one, “be wary, keep to thyself what I tell thee.” and whilst I hold my peace, and believe the matter to be secret, he himself cannot keep the secret which he desires me to keep, but presently betrays both me and himself, and goes his way.

From such tales and such incautious people defend me, O Lord, that I may not fall into their hands, or ever commit the like. Give to my mouth truth and constancy in my words, and remove far from me a crafty tongue. What I am not willing to suffer I ought by all means to shun.

5. Oh, how good a thing and how peaceable it is to be silent of others (Prov. 25:9), now to believe all that is said, nor easily to report what one has heard:

To lay one’s self open to few; always seek Thee, the beholder of the heart; Not to be carried about with every wind of words; but to wish that all things, both within and without us may go according to the pleasure of Thy will.  How secure it is for the keeping of heavenly grace to fly the sight of men; and not to seek those things which seem to cause admiration abroad; but with all diligence to follow that which brings amendment of life and fervour. To how many hath it been hurtful to have their virtue known and over-hastily praised.

How profitable indeed hath grace been kept with silence in this frail life! All which is a state of temptation and a warfare.

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Cheers

Joe

 

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