Life in a small town

Thoughts During Holy Week … Spiritual Practices …

I Am In thy Hands, O Mary”, Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, Doctor Scott Piper, Sir Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz, OP & Sr. Maria Miguel Wright, OP;  from the album “Mater Eucharistiae”, (2013)

Mater Eucharistiae, the Dominican Sisters of Mary - Mother of the EucharistLife is such a rollercoaster these days, one day I am feeling upset and angry at the antics of those in power having a bright light shone on their fear and panic, and imposing that fear and panic on the masses via the zombie media. The next day I am feeling remorse for my “unkind and critical thoughts”.

The fastest and most predictable way to provoke outrage these days is to post on Facebook that this whole pandemic panic is nothing but another great big Y2K nothing burger. All the howler tribes immediately turn out in force to bury the heretic in monkey poop and shrieking.

Burn The Witch!

Yes, the True Blue Howler Jungle, doing what it does best. So far, mercifully, it is still illegal these days to “Burn The Witch!” So far … but the thought is definitely there, all that is missing is “official sanction” for the chestless to rise up and happily rend all who disagree. But the way things are going on the coasts, and in the capitals, and throughout academia, it might turn any day now.

The safest place to be is far, far away from any city.

I resent being made the butt of scorn and being lectured about not taking things seriously by people who have in the space of a month swung from being scornful of those who were taking things seriously and not travelling to now putting down those who always did take things seriously because they are not taking things seriously enough.

We Happy Few …

It holds up a mirror to me of how far I have to go to emulate the Christ in having scorn heaped upon him and responding in meekness and love. Meekness and Love are not my strong suite … mine is Clubs.

What is surprising about folks being attached to their opinions and assumptions? That is and has been the human default throughout history. Scapegoating has been practiced by all cultures in all times since humanity started to spread about the earth. Now we do it on Facebook instead of in the village square.

Why do I, again and again, fling myself into this muddy pit of anger and resentment. Isn’t it perfectly normal for all human creatures to respond poorly to having their assumptions about their opinions questioned or proven to be in error.

No one starts out accepting correction humbly, not my relatives, not our society, and certainly not me, obviously. Christ tried to teach us, and we fail to learn. Again, and again, and again.

Learning curve for IT Geeks …

I am angry at having been sternly lectured by my betters for criticizing them by asking for sources and fact checking their “Opinions” to which they are adamantly entitled.

They are angry at me for daring to question them … aren’t we all acting just the same. We are at that part of the learning curve where we all fall off and start over.

Why do I care, why do I bother caring about truth. The only truth that matters is Christ’s Truth. His response would be meek silence. On the right, above, is a meme image of an IT learning curve. Life is even more difficult to learn than running Linux. Is it any wonder that most of us get stuck at the cliff?

Why oh why can’t I just STFU. So what helps me struggle out of this muddy pit of normal modern human behaviour, this euphemistically named “Polite Society”, in which I am blessed to live.

There are a number of things that have risen up in my life as liferafts in the storm that is sinking the ship of this world. Probably the most important thing is daily rosary, but the list is a short one.

First there is Divine Mercy as related by Saint Faustina, Then, Daily Rosary according to the form of the Flame of Love as relayed by Elizabeth Kindlemann.

The mysteries for the rosary are drawn from Luisa Piccarreta’s “Living in the Divine Will”.

The last thing is daily scripture readings from a good bible such as “The Navarre Bible”,  and daily meditations from Father Gabriel’s “Divine Intimacy”“Divine Intimacy” has been especially helpful in gaining self knowledge and holding a mirror up to my life. It has become my daily wakeup call for 5 years now.

These practices over the last five years have literally saved my life. As an example, here are the Joyful Mysteries from Luisa Piccarreta’s “Living in the Divine Will, meditated upon in tonight’s rosary:

The Joyful Mysteries

1st Decade: The Annunciation (the fruit of the mystery is Humility)
Our Celestial Mother says: “Your Mama felt ignited with love, and echoing the love of my Creator, I wanted to form one single sea of love, so that the Word might descend upon earth within it. My prayers were incessant, and while I was praying in my little room, an angel came, sent from Heaven as messenger of the great King. He came before me, and bowing, he hailed me: “Hail, O Mary, our Queen; the Divine Fiat has filled you with grace. He has already pronounced His Fiat, for He wants to descend; He is just behind my shoulders, but He wants your Fiat to form the fulfillment of His Fiat.”

At such a great announcement, so much desired by me – although I had never thought I was to be the chosen one – I was stupefied and I hesitated one instant. But the angel of the Lord told me: “Do not fear, our Queen, for you have found grace before God. You have conquered your Creator; therefore, to complete the victory – pronounce your Fiat.” I pronounced my Fiat, and – oh, marvel! The two Fiats fused together and the Divine Word descended into Me. My Fiat, receiving the same value as the Divine Fiat, from the seed of my humanity, formed the tiny little humanity which was to enclose the Word, and so the great prodigy of the Incarnation was accomplished.” (From The Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will”; Day 19

2nd Decade: The Visitation (the fruit of the mystery is Charity)
Our Celestial Mother says: “…So I departed from Nazareth, accompanied by Saint Joseph, facing a long journey, and crossing mountains to go visit Elisabeth in Judea, who, in her advanced age, had miraculously become a mother. I went to her, not to make a simple visit, but because I burned with the desire to bring her Jesus. The fullness of grace, love and light which I felt in me, pushed me to bring, to multiply – to increase a hundredfold the life of my Son in creatures. Yes, my child, the love of Mother which I had for all men, and for you in particular, was so great that I felt the extreme need to give my dear Jesus to everyone, that all might possess Him and love Him.

The right of Mother, given to me by the Fiat, enriched me with such power as to multiply Jesus as many times as there are creatures who want to receive Him. This was the greatest miracle I could perform: to have Jesus ready to give to whomever desired Him. How happy I felt! How I wish that you too, my child, in approaching and visiting people, would always be the bearer of Jesus, capable of making Him known, and yearning to make Him loved.”

“Dearest child, the Divine Will does great and unheard-of things wherever It reigns. If I worked many prodigies, it was because It had Its royal place in me. If you let the Divine Will reign in your soul, you too will become the bearer of Jesus to the creatures – you too will feel the irresistible need to give Him to all!”
(From “The Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will”; Meditation 1, Appendix)

3rd Decade: The Birth of Jesus (the fruit of the mystery is Love of God)
Luisa says: “As I was in my usual state, I found myself outside of myself; after wandering around, I found myself in a cave, and I saw the Queen Mama giving birth to Little Baby Jesus. What a wonderful prodigy! It seemed that both Mother and Son were transformed into most pure light. But in that light one could see very clearly the human nature of Jesus containing the Divinity within Itself, and serving as a veil to cover the Divinity; in such a way that, in tearing the veil of human nature, He was God, while covered by that veil, He was man.

Here is the prodigy of prodigies: God and Man, Man and God! Without leaving the Father and the Holy Spirit – because true love never separates – He comes to live in our midst, taking on human flesh. Now, it seemed to me that Mother and Son, in that most happy instant, remained as though spiritualized, and without the slightest difficulty Jesus came out of the Maternal womb, while both of them overflowed with excess of Love. In other words: those Most Pure bodies were transformed into light, and without the slightest impediment, Light Jesus came out of the Light of the Mother, while both One and the Other remained whole and intact, returning, then, to their natural state. Who can tell of the beauty of the Little Baby, who, in the moment of His birth, transfused, also externally, the rays of the Divinity?”
(From Vol. 4; December 25, 1900)

4th Decade: The Presentation and Consecration of Jesus in the Temple (the fruit of the mystery is Obedience)
Our Celestial Mother says: “Forty days from the birth of little King Jesus are about to sound – when the Divine Fiat calls us to the temple in order to fulfill the law of the Presentation of my Son. So, we went to the temple. It was the first time that we went out together with my sweet baby. A vein of sorrow opened in my heart: I was going to offer Him as victim for the salvation of all! We entered the temple, and first we adored the Divine Majesty; then we called the priest, and placing Him in his arms, I made the offering of the celestial baby to the eternal Father – offering Him in sacrifice for the salvation of all.

The priest was Simeon, and as I placed Him in his arms, he recognized that He was the Divine Word and exulted with immense joy; and after the offering, assuming the attitude of prophet, he prophesied all my sorrows… Oh, how the Supreme Fiat sounded over my maternal heart – thoroughly, with vibrating sound, the cruel tragedy of all the pains of my little Son! But that which pierced me the most were the words that the holy prophet said to me: “This dear baby will be the salvation and ruin of many, and will be the target of contradictions.”

If the Divine Will had not sustained me, I would have died instantly of pure pain. But It gave me life, and used it to form in me the Kingdom of sorrows, within the Kingdom of Its Will. Therefore, in addition to the right of Mother which I had over all, I acquired the right of Mother and Queen of all Sorrows. Ah, yes, with my sorrows, I acquired the little coin to pay the debts of my children, and even those of the ungrateful children…

“Now, listen to your Mama: in your sufferings, in the painful encounters which are not lacking for you, never lose heart; but with heroic love let the Divine Will assume Its royal place in your pains, so that It may convert them into little coins of infinite value, with which you will be able to pay the debts of your brothers – to ransom them from the slavery of the human will, and make them enter again, as free children, into the Kingdom of the Divine Will.”
(From “The Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will”; Day 23)

5th Decade: The Finding of Jesus in the Temple (the fruit of the mystery is Joy)
Our Celestial Mother says: “…After three days of most bitter sighs, tears, anxieties and fears, we entered the temple. I was all eyes and looked everywhere, when, finally, overcome with jubilation, I saw my Son in the midst of the doctors of the law! He was speaking with such wisdom and majesty as to make those who were listening remain enraptured and amazed. Only in seeing Him, I felt life come back to me, and soon I understood the secret reason of His being lost.

And now, a little word to you, dearest child. In this mystery, my Son wanted to give to me and to you, a sublime teaching. Could you perhaps assume that He was ignoring what I was suffering? On the contrary, my tears, my searching, and my cruel and intense sorrow, resounded in His heart. Yet, during those hours, so painful, He sacrificed to the Divine Will, His own Mama, the one whom He loves so much, in order to show me how I too, one day, was to sacrifice His own Life to the Divine Will.

In this unspeakable pain, I did not forget you, my beloved one. Thinking that it would serve as an example for you, I kept it at your disposal, so that you too, at the appropriate time, might have the strength to sacrifice everything to the Divine Will. As Jesus finished speaking, we approached Him reverently, and addressed Him with a sweet reproach: “Son, why have you done this to us?” And He, with divine dignity, answered us: “Why did you look for me? Did you not know that I came to the world to glorify my Father?” Having comprehended the high meaning of His answer, and adored in it the Divine Will, we returned to Nazareth.

Child of my maternal heart, listen. When I lost my Jesus, the pain I felt was so very intense; yet, a second one added to this – that of losing you. In fact, in foreseeing that you would have gone far from the Divine Will, I felt at one time deprived of the Son and of the daughter, and so my maternity suffered a double blow. My child, when you are in the act of doing your own will rather than that of God, think that by abandoning the Divine Fiat, you are about to lose Jesus and me, and fall into the kingdom of miseries and vices. Keep then, the promise you made me – to remain indissolubly united to me – and I will grant you the grace of never again letting you be dominated by your will, but only by the Divine.”
(From “The Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will”; Meditation 5, Appendix)

I guess that would be enough for one night.

Cheers

Joe

Just a little rough patch, eh?

 

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Palm Sunday, and Holy Week … (without churches)

The Beatitudes”, from the album “Biscantorat – The Sound Of The Spirit From Glenstal Abbey” – The Monks of Glenstal Abbey – (2009)

Glenstal Abbey House

Yesterday I traveled around to various small shops in our local area. Found, to my surprise, that there is a common silver lining to this pandemic panic, that being that, courtesy of all the “nonessential services” being closed in all the larger centers.

Folks are returning to the shops which they used to frequent decades ago before everyone decided to go to the nearest city to visit McDonalds, and Timmy’s, and Wendy’s, and Superstore, and Walmart, and so on and so forth.

Social distancing and restricted access have left folks without a “activity” destination.

Of course, I still have a problem with Church and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass being classed as a “non-essential” service along with night clubs and sports events, while liquor stores and marijuana shops are staying open as “essential”.

Seems deeply perverted from where I sit, but that is the Canadian way, eh? Maybe it’s because the Liquor stores and Marijuana shops are government sponsored avenues of moral dissolution but church worship is the enemy … that’s very Canadian as well, isn’t it?

Just listen to Justin and the rest, and do whatever you are told and everything will be OK, right? So between his Chinese contacts and his Soros instructions he should have all the answers about controlling his population during this Red Bat Flu epidemic.

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

And if you have the slightest doubts about anything, just ask my sister, whose current big city opinion is that “This whole thing is really serious and it is caused by people (that would be us rurals) not taking isolation seriously.

She watched a televised 3 hour Ontario government press conference on the weekend and now knows everything that anyone needs to know. She has stopped talking about how she got stranded in Roatan for a while because it turned out that her opinion at that time about the seriousness of the pandemic was wrong.

I guess that is what it takes to get through the BS. All the restaurants closed and no one at the resort, and multiple teams of Honduran military men in surgical masks and armed with automatic weapons, ordering everyone out of the water and off the beaches and off the streets.

Oh well, that was then and it doesn’t matter now. Now it is all the fault of all those little people out there who never left the country for their vacation, who are not taking it seriously, because it can’t be travelers going on their vacations in spite of all the warnings. Oh, and also … The Chinese have stopped it cold and everyone is recovering over there because they are able to force their population to comply with the isolation restrictions. Good Job  and kudos to the Chinese Communist Party for keeping all the little prolls in line.

Meanwhile, back here in The Shire, for local meat shops, and small country stores, and rural CO-OPs, and family farm businesses, the pandemic has provided a welcome shot in the economic arm as the customers return in droves and are surprised that we have what they are looking for (mostly) or a close equivalent, and they don’t have to spend hours driving and $50 bucks or so on gas to go shopping in a city somewhere.

And things are pretty much unchanged in the rurals, with no line-ups, no serious shortages, and personal attention from people you actually know, and no problems. The smaller the town the safer it is, if your biggest fear is catching the latest plague from some coughing plague carrier. Yes, “The Shire” really is the best place to live. Just ask Baggins.

We Happy Few …

So life in the country goes on pretty much as normal except for the proliferation of plastic counter barriers and a lot of people wearing nitrile gloves because their hands are drying out from using hand sanitizer so often. As my dad would remark, if a meteor struck Toronto nothing would change in the slightest in the rurals. I guess he was right.

On the other hand, as noted earlier, my family relatives in the big cities across the country have started blaming the pandemic on “people not taking isolation seriously” courtesy of the important wisdom and “factual” information from televised government press conferences and the latest terror being passed on by various Health “Authorities” on their local TV channels. So now the Red Bat Flu (RBF) is our fault for not taking their fear seriously, in between blaming everything on Trump.

As I posted previously, we now have a golden God given opportunity to LOVE. Love like never before as humans. This brief opportunity we have before us right now is to pray for the conversion of those who have rejected God’s Love in pursuit of their worship of self, of the “goods and gods” of this world, now showing to be frighteningly thread-bare in the face of the Red Bat Flu.

So how to deal with the scorn and approbation of our relatives and contacts and the rest of our “Betters”? Well, accept the cross. We are being given an opportunity not to act like the elder brother in that parable who is bitter toward his prodigal brother and would prefer justice. No, let us fast and pray that the lost will be found and the blind may see again!

I feel compassion right now for my big city sisters and the rest of the big city relates who know best what everyone else “should be doing”, and all the Social Media opinion makers, the Facebook Monkey Tribes, and all the artists, and writers, and actors, and entertainers, and yes, even all the talking heads and experts so in love with themselves and their own opinions, even if their “original” thoughts come out of a script written by someone much further up the food chain. They seem to be, well, just scared out of their nickers.

I want them to know, if any are reading this, that they are loved with an eternal love. God loves you all. God knew you before He formed you in your mother’s womb, and even though your medical system kills a hundred thousand of you every day, He knew that you would be one of the survivors. I want you to know that God the Father wants to wrap you in His enormous tender arms. Soon, the masks and facades will all fall away and God is going to ask not who you were, but WHO ARE YOU?

Cheers

Joe

its all so crazy making …

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Palm Sunday … and anti-religious bigotry … A New “Reformation”?

So tomorrow is the first Palm Sunday of my life that the churches are all closed, ostensibly because of the Red Flu outbreak. Interesting background story to that global closure … Jews, Protestants, Catholics, all the meek, mild “sheep”, all worship meetings, all “Verboten”. This is a real cross.

A blogger I read regularly posted this: “As I was writing this tonight, I received a text from a friend. A priest he knows said that, “as an organization, if the Church(s?) didn’t follow Covid-19 protocols, they could be fined $500,000. Instant bankruptcy. And people in the community,” he said, “are taking pictures & watching.”  But not a peep out of the “independent” journalistic media anywhere. So much for integrity.

The rest of the heathen masses don’t matter much because they only go to sports events and parties, bars, restaurants, and nightclubs, which are easy to close. We already have total control of their  drugged out “minds” via social media. Haven’t heard much about the Muslims though … seems the “authorities” all start wetting their collective panties whenever they have to face Muslims. How did we end up here?

BUT!  and it’s a huge BUT … We have a golden God given opportunity to LOVE. Love like never before as humans. This brief opportunity we have before us right now is to pray for the conversion of those who have rejected God’s Love in pursuit of their worship of self, of the goods of this world, now showing to be rather thread-bare in the face of the Red Flu.

We are being given an opportunity not to act like the elder brother in that parable who is bitter toward his prodigal brother and would prefer justice. No, let us fast and pray that the lost will be found and the blind may see again!

I don’t know why I am moved to say this, but I feel such compassion right now for artists, and writers, and actors, and entertainers, and yes, even all the talking heads and experts so in love with their own opinions.

I want them to know, if any are reading this, that you are loved with an eternal love. That God knew you before He formed you in your mother’s womb, and knew that you would be one of the survivors. That God the Father wants to wrap you in His enormous tender arms. Soon, the masks and facades will all fall away and God is going to ask not who you were, but WHO ARE YOU?

To me, what’s my take-away from all this … We can see all around us the results of fear, lack of trust, in God and in our neighbour, and not a little malice in the ones who believe that we need a lot less humans in this world, that we are “overpopulated” and could do with a couple of million deaths from the Red Flu, especially since it mostly kills the old and the useless.

Couldn’t happen here, right? But it doesn’t take many little gestapo informers to put every one of us in hiding and on notice that we better conform. How many of us, as a parish community, could afford a half a million dollars fine on top of all the other debts and expenses our parishes face every week, because we were “reported by our neighbours” for gathering to worship God.

The buildings would all be closed and all the assets seized, very much as they were in all the Reformation countries and especially in the most successful “Reformation” in England 500 years ago.  We have been here before … “The Reformation” was actually one big asset grab by the Civil authorities to further their “Worldly Agenda”.

And just as in the England of the Reformation, just a little bit of authoritarian health care attention and we could see religious people being reduced to 1 or 2 percent of the population within a few weeks or months and relegated to a footnote in history. The Father of Lies is having a little victory celebration, I think.

So what’s next … soon will we have to wear a little Star of David patch or a little Cross on our chest, or even a Crescent … well, maybe not the Islamics because all the usual heroes are even more terrified of Muslims than they are of the Red Flu. I have heard that the Muslims are still meeting for worship. “Je Suis Charlie”, right?

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One Bishop is speaking out:  read the full interview at the site of the post, or read the highlights here:

ROME, March 27, 2020 — As the coronavirus continues to spread, Bishop Athanasius Schneider has urged priests to imitate Jesus the Good Shepherd and, for the sake of souls, even disobey the unjust orders of bishops whom he says are now behaving more like “civil bureaucrats” than “shepherds.”

In a new interview on the Church’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic (see full text below), the auxiliary bishop of Saint Mary in Astana, Kazakhstan, said he believes the majority of Catholic bishops reacted “precipitously and out of panic in prohibiting all public Masses.” The decision to close churches, he said, is “even more incomprehensible.”

“As long as supermarkets are open and accessible, and as long as people have access to public transportation, one cannot see a plausible reason for banning people from assisting at Holy Mass in a church,” Bishop Schneider said. “One can guarantee in churches the same and even better hygienic protective measures.”

He said the Church’s handling of the coronavirus epidemic has revealed a “loss of supernatural vision” particularly among the hierarchy — some of whom, he noted, despite their vigilance to combat COVID-19, have “tranquilly allowed the poison virus of heretical teachings and practices to spread among their flock.”

Bishop Schneider urged priests to remember that they are “first and foremost shepherds of immortal souls,” who are called by their priestly vocation to lay down their lives for the sheep. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, he said priests must “observe all the necessary health precautions” but also “be extremely creative” in finding ways to celebrate Holy Mass and provide the sacraments, even for a small group of the faithful. “Such was the pastoral behavior of all confessor and martyr priests in the time of persecution,” said the bishop, whose early years were spent in the Soviet underground church.

In some cases, he said, the care of souls might necessitate a priest disobeying the unjust order of his bishop. “If a priest is prohibited by an ecclesial authority from going to visit the sick and dying, he cannot obey. Such a prohibition is an abuse of power. Christ did not give a bishop the power to forbid visiting the sick and dying.”

Recalling the heroic example of the sixteenth-century cardinal archbishop of Milan, St. Charles Borromeo (1538-1584), who braved a plague undaunted in order to serve the spiritual needs of its victims, Bishop Schneider said “a true priest will do everything he can to visit a dying person.”

Asked if he believes the coronavirus pandemic is a form of divine retribution for the Pachamama events held inside the Vatican during the October 2019 Amazon Synod, the bishop said that while he does not have “certainty” that these events are related, the idea is “not far-fetched.”

“The cultic veneration of the pagan idol of Pachamama inside the Vatican, with the approval of the Pope, was to be sure a great sin of infidelity to the First Commandment of the Decalogue, it was an abomination,” he said. But he added that “such acts of idolatry were the culmination of a series of other acts of infidelity to the safeguarding of the divine deposit of Faith by many high-ranking members of the Church’s hierarchy in past decades.”

Recalling the Lord’s threat of punishment and call to repentance, directed to bishops in the Book of Revelation (cf. 2:14-16), Bishop Schneider said he is convinced that “Christ would repeat the same words to Pope Francis and to the other bishops” who allowed the veneration of the Pachamama in the Vatican and who “implicitly approved sexual relationships outside a valid marriage” by allowing “divorced and remarried” Catholics who are sexually active to receive Holy Communion.

In the interview on the Church’s response to the coronavirus, Bishop Schneider has also asserted that the uniqueness and severity of the ban on public Masses and sacramental Communion beckons Catholics to consider its “deeper meaning.”  

For more than fifty years, he observed, the Eucharistic presence of Jesus Christ has been “trivialized” and even “desecrated” through the practice of Communion in the hand and the introduction of “protestantizing elements” in the Roman liturgy.

“Now,” he said, “the Lord has intervened and deprived almost all the faithful of assisting at Holy Mass and sacramentally receiving Holy Communion. The innocent and the guilty are enduring this tribulation together, since in the mystery of the Church all are mutually united as members.”

To make restitution to God, he said the Pope and bishops ought urgently to carry out a public act of reparation in Rome “for sins against the Holy Eucharist” once the coronavirus pandemic is brought under control. He also said the Pope should issue concrete norms inviting the entire Church to “turn toward the Lord” in the liturgy and “forbid the practice of Communion in the hand.”

“The Church,” he said, “cannot continue unpunished to treat the Holy of Holies in the little sacred Host in such a minimalistic and unsafe manner.”

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So, in conclusion,  just a simple hymn from 1795, words by John Tay­lor, in Se­lec­tion of Hymns for So­cial Wor­ship, by Will­iam En­field (Nor­wich, Eng­land: 1795), num­ber 149. The first verse in the text be­low was origin­al­ly the last verse. The 1795 text be­gan, God of mer­cy, God of love.

Music is by Sey­mour from the op­e­ra Ob­er­on, by Carl M. von We­ber, 1826. Hen­ry W. Grea­tor­ex pub­lished it as a hymn tune in 1851.

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God of mercy! God of grace!
Hear our sad, repentant songs.
O restore Thy suppliant race,
Thou to whom our praise belongs!

Deep regret for follies past,
Talents wasted, time misspent;
Hearts debased by worldly cares,
Thankless for the blessings lent.

Foolish fears and fond desires,
Vain regrets for things as vain:
Lips too seldom taught to praise,
Oft to murmur and complain.

These, and every secret fault,
Filled with grief and shame, we own.
Humbled at Thy feet we lie,
Seeking pardon from Thy throne.

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Cheers

Joe

Just a little rough patch

Just going through a rough patch, The Faith Is Strong!

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Time to Prepare …

Nothing from Joe this time around … just some Scripture readings to meditate on, and then some important links to good posts from Mark Mallett. And a cool LOTR video from YouTube.

First: John 11. This was the Gospel reading for Sunday, the 29th of March 2020, the fifth Sunday of Lent, and a very important and detailed Gospel, John 11:1-45. This is one of the longest Gospel readings in the Liturgy. It is the story about the resurrection of Lazarus by our Lord Jesus Christ after he had been dead for four days. I posted about it here.  But my post is not the important one in this collection … Mark has the message.

The second Scripture reading is: Ezekiel 18:17-32 (Douay-Rheims Bible).   A couple of verses : “20 The soul that sinneth, the same shall die: the son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, and the father shall not bear the iniquity of the son: the justice of the just shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him. 21 But if the wicked do penance for all his sins which he hath committed, and keep all my commandments, and do judgment, and justice, living he shall live, and shall not die. 22 I will not remember all his iniquities that he hath done: in his justice which he hath wrought, he shall live.” But again, my post is not the important one.

Here are the important links. We should be preparing. Now is not the time to be looking back and regretting what is falling to wrack and ruin all around us.

OUR LADY: PREPARE – PART I  Posted on March 28, 2020 by Mark
PRIESTS, AND THE COMING TRIUMPH Posted on June 27, 2019 by Mark
THE FATHER IS WAITING… Posted on March 30, 2020 by Mark
OUR LADY: PREPARE – PART II Posted on April 1, 2020 by Mark

The difficulty is always in the seeing of what is taking place right before us and all around us, the great warp and weft of the great tapestry of all reality.. We are limited in our humanity, in space and time, in what we can understand and we lose sight of the fact that our responsibility is to stand and deliver in our own little insignificant part of the great battlefield of the world.

This is not the time to flee, to hide away …  this is a moment at the start of a great battle …  a beautiful metaphor of what mankind has faced over and over again for thousands of years. Tolkien got it right in LOTR:  Remember the scene?

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Merry himself felt as if a great weight of horror and doubt had settled on him…. They were too late! Too late was worse than never!…. Then suddenly Merry felt it at last, beyond doubt: a change. Wind was in his face! Light was glimmering….

But at that same moment there was a flash, as if lightning had sprung from the earth beneath the City. For a searing second it stood dazzling far off in black and white, its topmost tower like a glittering needle: and then as the darkness closed again there came rolling over the fields a great boom.

At that sound the bent shape of the king sprang suddenly erect. Tall and proud he seemed again; and rising in his stirrups he cried in a loud voice, more clear than any there had ever heard a mortal man achieve before:
Arise, arise, Riders of Théoden!
Fell deeds awake: fire and slaughter!
spear shall be shaken, shield be splintered,
a sword-day, a red day, ere the sun rises!
Ride now, ride now! Ride to Gondor!
With that he seized a great horn from Guthláf his banner-bearer, and he blew such a blast upon it that it burst asunder. And straightway all the horns in the host were lifted up in music, and the blowing of the horns of Rohan in that hour was like a storm upon the plain and a thunder in the mountains.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 5, The Ride of the Rohirrim

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We look at the state of “This World” and get goosebumps and the hair on the back of our neck rises …

Cheers

Joe

We are all riders, and God wants us all in His army, but we have to choose … which side do you choose?

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Suffering … Quality of Life …

You Have The Communist Flu! Quarantine! Quarantine!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

C.S. Lewis

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

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

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

Cheers

Joe

its all so crazy making …

 

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Big Brother Knows Best …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers

Joe

its all so crazy making …

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What is real?

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

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

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

Cheers

Joe

Just a little rough patch

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What Does A Rollback Look Like?

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

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

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

Cheers

Joe

its all so crazy making …

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Civil Rights, and Liberty …

Justin makover?

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

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

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

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

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

The Menace of The Herd

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

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

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

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

Cheers

Joe

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

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

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