Life in a small town, Politics and Economics

The Revenge of the Bitter Clingers … Well that didn’t turn out the way I thought it would …

“Highway 61 Revisited”, Bob Dylan, from the album of the same name, (1965)

Links and a ping backs brought up an old post with another reference to the 4 horsemen of our apocalypse. Well things sure didn’t turn out quite the way I was wishing they would back in November 2016. Back then I was significantly “less charitable” and much less aware of my own need for humility. And I am currently admitting that “being aware of a need for humility” is not even remotely close to “being humble”. It is definitely a work in progress. That said, the facts of this late 2016 post are still very much in evidence three years later in early 2020.

But what the hey, who could predict the combined cosmic stupidity of Ontario voters, a disastrous Liberal anti-oil agenda backed by 30% of the popular vote and the absolute black hole of self interest of the Franco Wieners east of Global Warming Dunderstan combined with a  serious Russian-Saudi oil war which all taken together creates a perfect economic storm and this all really means that some gang of media and political daisy chainers in Ontario just flushed the toilet of the Alberta economy.

And added to this, the latest COVID-19 fall out is that my staff, currently on vacation for the last two weeks in Texas, won’t be coming back to work for a couple of more weeks because our Alberta government, in an hysterical fit of corner office cluster fuddle, has decided that all returning Canadians must self quarantine for at least 2 weeks when they get back from any foreign country. Don’t these corner office political wizbangs understand that Texas is not a foreign country? I am thinking again of that old saw: “If you can’t do, then teach, if you can’t teach, then go into politics or “work” for government. Sigh!

So I am just having my evening Latte, and a little flash-back to enjoy some of my old Bob Dylan tunes and remember where my head was 3 years ago. Here is a repost of that old post. There’s more music here than content but I couldn’t care less, I like Bob and it’s my blog. Here goes, hot off the wayback machine from Nov 2016:

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Durer; Revelation, Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse

Thinking about the Eschatological nature of my last post and the utter incomprehension in the mind of modern man of all things spiritual it is highly unlikely that any of the usual suspects, you know them, the MSM and the vast panoply of secular humanist progressives populating most corners of our establishment, have any clue what they are witnessing.

Do you suppose that any of them have any suspicions regarding the Divine nature of Trump’s unexplained and unexplainable victory yesterday. Just listen to the words of the opening song and start running folks. Anyone who is listening to the MSM explain how Trump won, after they spent a year telling us why Trump can’t win, is fundamentally unsaveable.

For, lo, a generation who venerated Bob Dylan and Joan Baez in the 60’s have been seduced by the very sins against which they protested and marched and because of which they reviled the “establishment” with the help of such bright lights as Bill Ayers, and Malcolm X, and  the Weather Underground.

They have overcome and become the very thing against which they rebelled, and like Eve in the Garden, they have eaten of the apple and become as gods. I am sure Mr. Jobs is very proud of that marketing triumph, his apple with one little bite out of it, wherever his shade now resides, a laughing lie all the way to the bank – that temporal bank, that bank of this world, which eventually and inevitably proves unable to sustain us into the next world.

In the venerable words of Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan “You don’t Need A Weatherman To Know Which Way The Wind Blows“.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures and declares "You're fired!" at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, June 17, 2015. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX1GZCO

Republican President Donald Trump gestures and declares “You’re fired!” at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, June 17, 2015.

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We should have known that something was up. The Cavaliers captured the NBA championship, the Cubs won the World Series, the U.K. voted to leave the E.U., and Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature. This is not an ordinary year.

highway-61-revisited-1965After the networks declared on Wednesday morning that Donald J. Trump will become the 45th President of the United States, the words of Nobel’s latest laureate came to mind, “Something’s happening here, and you don’t know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones?”

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Read the rest of this interesting article here.  So as the caption in the Trump pic shouts out:  memo from the Bitter Clingers to The Establishment Politicos and the Main Stream Media: 

YOU’RE FIRED!!!!

Let’s all listen to a special farewell tune for Billary , the Liberal Establishment, and the MSM:

Like a Rolling Stone”, Bob Dylan, from the album “Highway 61 Revisited”, (1965) 

Now, having been clearly shown how it is done, and being of sound mind and body, it is time for we, the voters, in Alberta, Ontario, and even the “Rest Of Canada” (is there anyone there with a pulse?) to step up and deliver us from evil.  Otherwise, just BOHICA until the Mercy Vans come for us all.

Most of the chattering classes were caught completely off guard by the Trump victory. Almost all of my acquaintances were not supporting Trump, although, to be fair, there was a preponderance of support for the the “None Of The Above” choice.

They thought that given Trump’s indiscretions, impulsiveness, and unpredictability, his indelicate comments about immigrants, and the common knowledge that his election would doom the Republican Party, as well as the country, and even the world. Fact is, virtually none of them thought anyone would have to worry about the country, since they thought that he was un-electable.

WRONG!

Ballad Of A Thin Man”, Bob Dylan, from the album “Highway 61 Revisited”, (1965)

Like Dylan’s “Mr. Jones,” they had no idea what was happening here. They exist in the cultural equivalent of a guarded and gated community: suburban, professional, educated, middle-class, mobile, and cosmopolitan, people of means, insulated from the everyday lives of most white, religious, non-college educated, working class folks, the very ones whose votes put Trump over the top in Pennsylvania, Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

They are the very ones about whom Barack Obama spoke so condescendingly in 2008 while he was privately addressing a group of donors in San Francisco: “You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, … it’s not surprising then (that) they get bitter, they cling to (their) guns (and) religion …” (ed. that would be us, the bitter clingers in fly-over country).

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Justin Trudeau

So, Justin,  “May You Live In Interesting Times”.  Anything that is Good for Alberta is good for me. Trump supports the Keystone Pipeline, – Good for Alberta.

Quebec and Ontario are against the Energy East Pipeline – Bad for Alberta.  Ontario and Quebec burn less energy because of their collapsed economy and we get to sell more energy to the U.S. instead of selling it east and getting shit on by the folks in Central Canada who we are keeping alive with energy and transfer payments – Good for Alberta.

Trump is against NAFTA – Bad for Ontario and Quebec (see remark about economy above). Bad for Quebec and Ontario is definitely Good for Alberta.

Ontario and Quebec are driving the Global Warming agenda in Canada, just like the Greens did in Germany a few election cycles ago. Anyone ever checked electricity rates in Germany as a result of their anti Carbon renewable energy agenda? Did anyone involved in our Global Warming game study anything in university except Poli-Sci? How about the physics of electrical grids for starters?

Trump is against the idea of Global Warming – says it is just a hoax to funnel money to the left. Anything that rocks Central Canadian certainties is good for Alberta. They can’t prove that Anthropogenic Global Warming exists, the left just scream louder when you ask those kind of questions, but it is easy to prove where all the research money is going.

Bad for Global Warming – bad for Ontario and Quebec – Good for Alberta.

“Desolation Row”, Bob Dylan, from the album “Highway 61 Revisited” (1965)

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Steven DenBeste

While on the topic of global warming and alternative energy it is with great sadness and a strong sense of loss that I note in October of this year died a superb blogger,  Steven DenBeste, who, at his great blog U.S.S. Clueless routinely posted on things political, alternate energy, international security, and other items of note before illness, mindless vicious trolls, and Eco-bigots drove him down. I will pray for your soul, Steven, even though you did not believe in the God I believe in.

Steven was brilliant, a former engineer with a superb mind. His old blog, U.S.S. Clueless, was extremely important in the early days of blogging and through it I found many other like minded and articulate bloggers.

I had several discussions with him about God and humanity. Steven was an atheist, but a reasonable one, adult, intelligent, and always willing to have friendly discussions, unlike many others I can name but won’t.

About God we agreed to disagree. I remember, after one of my complaining rants about management not understanding what they were ordering us to do, he humorously introduced me to the very apt notion of the “Magical Mile” and, like that, about most other things in life and the world we were of the same mind.

U.S.S. Clueless was hugely influential to many of us, and I am certainly not the only person he inspired to blog or helped along. It is hard to overstate the importance of his blog “U.S.S. Clueless” and the brilliance of his analysis. Sadly, that site went down in late October, when Steven’s server failed. I’d guess that Steven, Steve Jobs, along with Carl Sagan, and quite a few of the other “science” heroes of the left now know the Truth face to face. God doesn’t care about one’s political views or party allegiance. God just cares about “Truth”.

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Rachel Notley

His (ed. Steven DenBeste’s) memory lives on every time we are faced by another left wing religious rant about global warming and alternative energy. ( Pay attention Rachel Notley  and Kathleen Wynne!  This is about the reality of Physics and how the universe works, not about some Liberal or NDP anti-oil agenda. )

Here’s a fairly concise summary of thousands of words of fact, logic and physics taken from only one of Steven’s posts on the subject:

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… For too many people “alternate energy” is more about religion than about physics. They believe that if we are just creative enough, we can overcome fundamental physical limitations — and it’s not that easy. In order for “alternate energy” to become feasible, it has to satisfy all of the following criteria:

1. It has to be huge (in terms of both energy and power)
2. It has to be reliable (not intermittent or unschedulable)
3. It has to be concentrated (not diffuse)
4. It has to be possible to utilize it efficiently
5. The capital investment and operating cost to utilize it has to be comparable to existing energy sources (per gigawatt, and per terajoule).

If it fails to satisfy any of those, then it can’t scale enough to make any difference. Solar power fails #3, and currently it also fails #5. (It also partially fails #2, but there are ways to work around that.)

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Kathleen Wynne

The only sources of energy available to us now that satisfy all five are petroleum, coal, hydro, and nuclear.

My rule of thumb is that I’m not interested in any “alternate energy” until someone shows me how to scale it to produce at least 1% of our current energy usage. America right now uses about 3.6 terawatts average, so 1% of that is about 36 gigawatts average. 

Show me a plan to produce 36 gigawatts (average, not peak) using solar power, at a price no more than 30% greater than coal generation of comparable capacity, which can be implemented at that scale in 10-15 years. Then I’ll pay attention. 

Since solar power installations can only produce power for about 10 hours per day on average, that means that peak power production would need to be in the range of about 85 gigawatts to reach that 1%.  Without that, it’s just religion, like all the people fascinated with wind and with biomass.

And even if it did reach 1%, that still leaves the other 99% of our energy production to petroleum, coal, hydro, and nuclear. The problems facing “alternate energy” are fundamental, deep, and are show-stoppers. They are not things that will be surmounted by one lone incremental improvement in one small area, announced breathlessly by a startup which is trying to drum up funding (ed. usually from taxpayers via government funding).

The way you can tell that a fan of “alternate energy” is a religious cultist is to ask them this question: If your preferred alternate source of energy is practical, why isn’t it already in use? Why not? Because of The Conspiracy™. The big oil companies don’t want it to happen, and have been suppressing all this live-saving green people’s energy all this time for their own nefarious purposes.

As soon as you hear any reference to The Conspiracy™, you know you’re talking to someone who is living in a morality play. That isn’t engineering any more, that’s religion. And while religion is an important part of many people’s lives, it has no place in engineering discussions.

UPDATE: There’s actually another common answer to the “Why not” question. It’s because you engineers are just too hidebound and conservative and unimaginative. If you’d just get on board and recognize how utterly cool and romantic these other ways of producing energy would be, then you could wave your magic engineering wand and make it happen.

That’s another kind of religion. It’s not a religious struggle against evil (as personified by Big Oil) so much as a religious image of paradise. If the adherents of this kind of religion can just convert enough doubters, then paradise can happen. If you just believe, we can all be saved! Hallelujah, baby! Praise Gaia and pass the biodiesel!

Thanks, but no thanks. My “conservatism” on this subject is due to my understanding of the laws of physics and the principles of engineering, not to me being hidebound and unimaginative.

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Steven DenBeste had an overwhelmingly positive influence on the world despite his physical frailty, one out of all proportion to his resources. The world today is undeniably a better place for his having lived, but it is a bit dimmer today with his loss.

Periodically I have a recurring dream of a mist  and smoke covered battlefield, eerily quiet, just the sound of bullets zipping by or occasionally striking down another victim. My comrades and I keep moving forward under steady fire. One minute you are in company of friends and the next the man beside you is struck away, one after another the steady attrition continues. And still we move forward, probably until none are left – I don’t know – the dream never changes, but Steven just went down.

Now we just have to mobilize the “silent majority” in Alberta cities to oust Running Rachel and her thugs and repeal any and all anti-oil, global warming carbon legislation. We should perhaps pursue the angle of seeking damages from the parties responsible for the current debacle. Accountability … what a quaint notion, eh? Once they are put down we are back in the business of being “Open for Business” here in Alberta.

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Well, that’s what I thought then … so far things have not played out on the ground that way. Yes, we did dump the NDP here in Alberta, resoundingly, with the largest popular vote and Conservative majority in history. And then Ontario voters trashed the Ontario Liberals lead by Kathleen and her LGBT ever-green rainbow coalition. And then Ontario and Quebec shot themselves in the head because they are permanently attached to the tit of transfer payments and the election rules in Canada prevent majority vote wins.

This country really does get the government it deserves. Venezuela here we come.  Maybe we could join Texas and then we wouldn’t have to worry about our “leaders” caring more about a fake news world health crisis than the reality of a more or less “normal” flu virus epidemic.

The upside, if there is one in all of this, is that we are all getting income tax refunds this year as Jason Kenny and the Conservatives make good on one of their election promises and return the money which Rachel and her merry band of socialist pirates stole by the billions during their blessedly short reign of terror. Still no word on damages … sigh, we can always pray

Cheers

Joe

clinging to our guns and religionThe only certainty for humanity is grim death. It is how you lived your life and the principles you stood for, that will tip the scale one way or the other on judgement day.

Denying that there will be a judgement day is just more ad-hominem claptrap for people with no discernible factual base to their belief system..

We continue to fight the long defeat …

 

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Cancelled Hockey Games, Cancelled Holy Mass?

Too Loud and Too Fast?  Desolation Row”, Bob Dylan, from the album “MTV Unplugged”, 2013

The drama continues, check out this site. Cancelled Hockey Games … Cancelled Holy Mass … ? Seriously? What do we see here … isn’t this the truth of our modern faith in action in our polite society … doesn’t the Roman Curia see the “Holy Sacrifice of the Mass” as “just another public social gathering” like a sports event or a music concert or a library tour, to be cancelled at the first hint of scandal or liability?

I’m asking myself if the atheistic Roman civil bureaucrats and the Curial bureaucrats of the Vatican Diocese smiled over their Latte as they smoked their “Monopolio di Stato MS” cigarettes and collaborated to close the churches … “to protect us”.  And what of us here?

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5 Thus says the Lord: Cursed are those who trust in human beings and make mere flesh their strength, whose hearts turn away from the Lord. 6 They shall be like a barren bush in the desert, that enjoys no change of season. But stands in a lava waste, a salt and empty earth.

7 Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, whose hope is in the Lord. 8 They shall be like a tree planted beside the waters, that stretches its roots to the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious and shows no distress, and it does not cease to bear fruit.

9 The (human) heart is devious above all else; it is perverse—who can understand it? 10 I the Lord test the mind and search the heart, to give to all according to their ways, according to the fruit of their doings. (Jeremiah 17:5-10)

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Is it really the actions of a Christian to get into a knock down drag em out fight with much screaming and cursing … over a roll of toilet paper? Seriously! What would Jesus do? Probably point the people to the 1000 boxes of Kleenex Tissue in the next isle?

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19 There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and feasted sumptuously every day. 20 And there was a certain beggar, named Lazarus, who lay at his gate, full of sores, 21 Desiring to be filled with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table. And no one did give him: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 

22 And it came to pass that the beggar died and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom. And the rich man also died: and he was buried in hell. 23 And lifting up his eyes when he was in torments, he saw Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom: 24 And he cried and said: Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water to cool my tongue: for I am tormented in this flame. 

25 And Abraham said to him: Son, remember that thou didst receive good things in thy lifetime, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted and thou art tormented. 26 And besides all this, between us and you, there is fixed a great chaos: so that they who would pass from hence to you cannot, nor from thence come hither. 

27 And he said: Then, father, I beseech thee that thou wouldst send him to my father’s house, for I have five brethren, 28 That he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torments. 29 And Abraham said to him: They have Moses and the prophets. Let them hear them. 

30 But he said: No, father Abraham: but if one went to them from the dead, they will do penance. 31 And he said to him: If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they believe, if one rise again from the dead. (Luke 16:19-31)

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No matter what we try to do we always end up getting our “just” deserts … Boy Justin and Sophie “#Me Too!”  Canadian Stock Markets collapse, but Trudeau is OK (CTV News)

Cheers, Joe

And from the Toronto Star, Theo Moudakis: Four horsemen:

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God’s Presence … in Prayer …

“… keeping alive the thought of God’s presence consists in beholding God within our very selves. It is not necessary to ascend to Heaven to find the Lord God; we need only to recollect ourselves, and we shall find Him within us. He who, at prayer, pictures the Lord at a great distance from him is preparing for himself a source of abundant distractions.

St. Alphonsus Liguori

St. Teresa says: “I never really knew what it meant to pray well until the Lord Himself taught me the proper way to converse with Him. I entered within my very self and found this practice exceedingly profitable for my soul.” God is within us in a different manner from what He is in other creatures; in us He dwells as the Lord in His temple and in His house.

“Know you not,” says St. Paul, “that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1 Cor. 3:16). And our Divine Saviour Himself has said: “If anyone love me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our abode with”

St. Alphonsus Liguori. “The Twelve Steps to Holiness and Salvation” (p. 164). Saint Benedict Press and TAN Books. Kindle Edition.

St. Alphonsus Liguori was born in 1696 to Neapolitan nobility at Marianella, Italy. He became a recognizable lawyer after going through law school at the age of sixteen, but later decided to leave law in favor of giving his salvation more attention. Alphonsus joined the Oratory of St. Philip Neri as a seminarian and was ordained in 1726, when he was thirty.

The homilies he gave had the special ability of converting those who had fallen away from the faith. He also founded the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, and authored such works as The Glories of MaryThe True Spouse of Jesus ChristAttaining SalvationThe Blessed Virgin MaryPreparation for Death AbridgedWhat Will Hell Be Like?The Twelve Steps to Holiness and Salvation, and The Way of the Cross.

After being a bishop for over a decade, St. Alphonsus Liguori died on the first of August, 1787. He was canonized by Pope Gregory XVI in 1839, and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1871. His feast is celebrated on August 1.

“The Twelve Steps to Holiness and Salvation” is a concise, easy to read little book available on Kindle for $5.00, and this is one of the easiest reading and understanding spiritual books I have ever read. Perhaps if I had found this in my teens I would never have left the church but who knows … we encounter these things when we are ready and the promptings of the Holy Spirit are easy to ignore if we are busy loving ourselves to death … and we really are “loving ourselves to death” aren’t we?

Here is a bit more from that lovely little book:

“We ought always to pray and not to faint.” —Luke 18:1 According to the teaching of the angelic St. Thomas, the worship of God takes the first place in the order of moral virtues; it is occupied more with God and leads us nearer to Him than the others. For every Christian, therefore, who is striving after perfection it must be a matter of no little concern to make this virtue his own in the highest degree.

Now the easiest means of doing so, a means that we can employ at all times and in all places, is found in prayer. Whether it be the prayer of praise or thanksgiving or impenetration or propitiation, we are worshipping God, for every prayer is a humble acknowledgment of the greatness or goodness or fidelity or mercy of God. Vocal prayer, or prayer pronounced by the lips, is very pleasing to God because by it the endless Majesty of God is acknowledged and glorified.

“The sacrifice of praise shall glorify me,” says the Lord by the mouth of the prophet David, “and there is the way by which I will show him the salvation of God.” (Ps. 49:23).

Liguori, St. Alphonsus. The Twelve Steps to Holiness and Salvation (p. 167). Saint Benedict Press and TAN Books. Kindle Edition.

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QUALITIES OF VOCAL PRAYER:  In order, however, that vocal prayer may tend to God’s glory and our own salvation, it must be accompanied by attention and devotion. Not only the pronouncing of the words, says St. Gregory, but also the devotion of the heart is required for true prayer; for in the eyes of God, our sentiments are of greater worth than the sound of our voice. If we wish, therefore, to please God we must pray not only with the lips, but also with the heart. How could the Lord, continues the same Saint, hear the prayers of him who knows not what he wants, and does not even wish to be heard?

How can you expect the Lord to hear you when you cannot hear yourself? says St. Cyprian. Prayer made with attention and devotion is like sweet-smelling incense that is agreeable to God and wins for us treasures of graces. On the other hand, prayer without recollection is insulting and offensive to God and calls down His wrath on the offender. If a subject came into the presence of his sovereign, and while petitioning some favor, gazed about and occupied himself with irrelevant matters in such wise that he scarcely knew what he was saying, would not that sovereign be justly offended?

For this reason St. Thomas teaches that he who permits his mind to wander about during prayer cannot be excused from sin, because by such conduct he seems to be guilty of contempt of God. The Lord might well say of many Christians what He once said of the Jews: “They honor me with their lips but their heart is far from me.” (Matt. 15:8).  It is easy to understand why the devil is so intent upon turning our thoughts towards worldly affairs during prayer. On the one hand, he desires to rob us of the benefit we derive from fervent prayer; and on the other he wishes to make us guilty of disrespect towards God, and therefore, deserving of punishment.

Liguori, St. Alphonsus. The Twelve Steps to Holiness and Salvation (pp. 168-169). Saint Benedict Press and TAN Books. Kindle Edition.

The angels that St. John the Evangelist saw held golden vials of incense and odors which were the prayers of the Saints. (Apoc. 5:8). In a word, think before prayer that you are going to converse with God and to treat with Him about some very important affairs. Then the Lord will look upon you with a gracious eye and turn an attentive ear to your petitions. Offer Him beforehand the prayers you intend to say, and beg Him to preserve you from distractions.

During prayer, avoid haste. Many people, when praying, seem to be intent only on reaching the end of their prayers, as if it were a torture that must be endured, but during the shortest possible time. Such irreverent haste can hardly be pleasing to God or profitable to ourselves. “Zeal and fervor,” says St. Augustine, “gradually cool off and, like a fire, become extinct unless they are kept alive.” Endeavor from time to time to renew your attention while at your prayers and devotions.

Liguori, St. Alphonsus. The Twelve Steps to Holiness and Salvation (pp. 169-170). Saint Benedict Press and TAN Books. Kindle Edition.

That’s enough for now, Cheers and GOD bless you all

Joe

Domine, quo vadis?

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Be Not Downhearted …

Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen, 1984

Some times I just have to stand pointing at some event or writing worth noting in these crap-filled times we find ourselves wallowing through.  After yesterday’s post on what is wrong with Canada I have to shout-out that there is an upside to all of this.  Here is a short quote from a Blog Post on “The Now Word”:

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 … “Why can’t things just stay the way they are?”

Well, I want to ask you a question: do you really want this world to continue as it is? Do you really want a future where in order to get ahead, you have to go into debt? A future of barely getting by, even with a college degree? A world where robots will soon eliminate tens of millions of jobs? A society where fear, anger, and violence dominates our daily news?

A culture where tearing others down on social media has become the norm? A world where the planet and our bodies are being poisoned by chemicals, pesticides and toxins resulting in new and horrific diseases? A place where you cannot feel safe walking in your own neighborhood? A world where we have madmen in control of nuclear missiles?

A culture where sexually transmitted diseases and suicide are epidemic? A society where drug use is escalating and human trafficking spreading like a plague? A milieu where pornography is degrading and entrapping your friends and family if not yourself? A generation that says there are no moral absolutes, while reinventing “truth” and silencing those who disagree? A world where political leaders believe in nothing and say anything just to stay in power? …

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This post by Mark Mallett is well worth the read if only for the optimism in it. I have to remind myself that many times in my life I have felt that it is all coming to an end and there is nothing I can do and just “What’s the point?”  And then God has shown me the point in that moment for that time in my life.

Mark has summed up “The Point” nicely in this post.  Enjoy.

Cheers

Joe

Fighting the Long Defeat …

 

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Nexus of Evil? Connections …

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

So, when I started this post outside it was snowing heavily, I thought it would pass quickly and the forecast was for above zero temperatures soon. Just another spring snowstorm, here today and gone tomorrow. In the end I spent Sunday shoveling out and Monday and Tuesday with a sore back. The immediate effect was that I chose “Snow” for my cover song when I started.

This post is less about spiritual thoughts and more about political conflict, and Globalism, and Open Borders, and the real world results of the sin of self love as witnessed in Canada over the last few years. These days it looks like Justin might have had a makeover and gone back to politician school for remedial work after the last term of juvenile shenanigans. His handlers must have gotten a scare or two, I wonder if Uncle George took him in hand and kicked his butt.

Justin makeover? Does this man have my best interest at heart?

I am thinking today about a “nexus”, about connections, and the consequences of “self interest” to the exclusion of “loving our neighbour”, when carried to the logical and inevitable conclusions. A “nexus” is a connection or series of connections linking two or more things, as in: “the nexus between industry and political power”, or a “connected group or series”, or a “nexus of ideas or theories”, or “the nexus of all this activity was the marketplace “. “Self-interest” is defined as being focused on yourself or putting yourself at an advantage. An example of self-interest is thinking about your needs above the needs of others around you.

Socialism and its extremes of Communism and Fascism are also fundamentally based on self-interest, that is, Self-Love,  both in the sense that many or most who support such systems believe it is in their self-interest to do so, and in the sense that individuals living in and under those regimes continue to act mainly out of self-interest. It really is a wonderful system to live under … really, it is. You don’t believe me … I am sad.

As long as the Leaders of Socialist and Fascist political systems can use other people’s money and resources and assets to pay for the programs which cater to the “Self Worshipers”, called “voters” in some jurisdictions, and the “workers” or “proletariat” in others, things seem to go along well on the surface and at the photo-ops.

Dare I say “evil”?

Behind the scenes, however, it is a different, grimmer story. Some old friends of mine, having escaped from old Eastern European regimes in the 70’s and 80’s, have remarked that “They pretended to pay us and we pretended to work”, all the while the totalitarian screws turn tighter and tighter to wring the remainder of the ever declining pool of “other people’s money” out of the commoners, and to permanently silence any voice of dissent.

We are seeing a lot of that in Canada these days, the oxymoron of “Government Worker” is even more popular nowadays than when those same “workers” shouted their feelings about “Military Intelligence”, during their 70’s and 80’s “student protests”. But seriously, there is a lot of bad stuff happening behind the scenes in Canada … dare I say “evil”?

I recently found an interesting blog by a Canadian Veteran by the name of William Ray, who served 10 years with the PPCLI, in the early 90’s including the “Medac pocket“. Here is a link to his blog.  On another page of his site there is a long, frightening, and detailed listing of the atrocities we in Canada have been afflicted with over the last few years.

His Master’s Voice? George Soros, Justin Trudeau, and Chrystia Freeland, Davos, Sw. 2016.

The image on the right is of Schwartz György aka George Soros, lecturing Boy Justin and Foreign Minister Freeland (who was then slated to write the Soros auto-biography just before deciding to run for office) in Davos, Switzerland, January 2016. Notice the relative postures of the participants in terms of authority, the attentive students at the feet of the master?.

This whole series of reports rings very true for me as a refugee from the Quiet Revolution of Jean Lesage in Quebec in the 60’s. I have not followed up on his sources yet but I do not expect to be surprised by anything I read, and I have a long experience of the evils which Canadian Governments get up to, all the while pretending they are only doing things for our own good. Yes, with popular support averaging around 35% over the years they really still believe that they speak for Canadians? Sounds like the CBC with 1% of viewers.

So where am I going with this narrative? Well, not too far from today’s news, namely the spread of our latest flu outbreak. Here is a link to an interesting Johns Hopkins CSSE web page about the current flu outbreak in China and it’s subsequent spread. It does seem remarkably coincidental that the worst centers of disease are also the worst centers of Socialist Secular Progressive government systems on the planet. These disease centers cover the full political/economic range from European Socialist, through Totalitarian (Islamofacist) Middle Eastern Dictatorships, and all the way across to Chinese and North Korean Communist. And Canada is already a long way down the same disastrous path.

Are ya gonna call Greta?

Even in North America we see the outbreaks seem to correlate with the centers of Socialist Progressivism, you might say, the “Bernie Sanders Fan Base”. Can’t really see it in Canada because most of Canada is empty but even here we see it popping up in Vancouver and Toronto. Of course Canada is a rather icy, cold, and snowy place and no self respecting Chinese virus would willingly take up residence here unless forced to.

So we are witness to the sin of self love playing out through history and across time, are we not? This is just the latest episode. And self love has always failed through all of history to the endless misery of all the little players and their subjects and will fail to the last syllable of recorded time.  The only constants over the centuries seems to be 4 words … sin, disease, death and taxes.

Or according to God’s plan it’s ten words … this plan is telegraphed in the first few pages of the Bible and can be summed up in just 10 words: light, dust, breath, garden, river, eat, alone, naked, afraid, sweat. Or you can go with the Facebook post which was circulating a few years ago … image on right

No one seems to be immune no matter what their political or social beliefs or their affiliations and clubs, no matter how big their bank account is … death comes to every last mother son of us no matter how we rail against it and pretend otherwise. And then what? Well, there are a lot of folks in China, and the Middle East, and Europe and even on the West and East Coast here and now who seem to be discovering that they can’t rely on their Socialist gods to protect them even from the flu.  Bernie and Greta and Justin just seem to be all out of answers, so who ya gonna call?

I have been trying to follow the Manufacturers instructions regarding this creature called Joe. I look in the mirror and acknowledge that it has been a long and bitter battle that continues daily.

These days, following the rules has become really unfashionable, and most folks seem to feel that the rules really don’t apply to them anyway, especially if there is no one watching or their peers scoff at the rules. Back in the prewar (WW1) days folks mostly followed the rules and had some respect for authority (Piety). Guilt was the driver and anyone who was self aware understood guilt. Now it seems that we have adopted the Asian or Middle Eastern model of a shame based society – when it is all about face, then we can do anything as long as no one knows or sees what we do and we can keep it a nasty little secret, and if it stays secret then it is not even nasty, is it?

Nowadays, the scoffing of our peers carries more weight than anyone or anything – God help you if you get noticed on Facebook – or worse yet get “Unfriended”.  Unless you take the path most traveled and  decide that you, very conveniently, really don’t believe in God anymore, even though He is still the ultimate source of the rules and always will be …  so about those rules … they have been around for a few thousand years. Moses got a copy around 3300 years ago … then his dog ate his homework and God had to give it to Mo again.

So, according to the Manufacturer’s Instructions we have Various Rules of Conduct, (Leviticus 19). Here it is from USCCB site, maybe too many footnotes, but if you are not a believer you are probably not reading this anyway, or you can just skip to the end from here.

1 The LORD said to Moses: 2 Speak to the whole Israelite community and tell them: Be holy, for I, the LORD your God, am holy.a * [19:2] Be holy, for I…am holy: in the writings commonly attributed to the Priestly collection, Israel is called to be holy through obeying God’s precepts (11:44–45; 20:7–8, 24–26; Nm 15:40–41). Cf. Dt 14:2, 21; 26:19; and Ex 19:6.

Pharaoh didn’t think The Rules applied to him … God through Moses showed him the error of his ways

3* Each of you revere your mother and father,b and keep my sabbaths.c I, the LORD, am your God. * [19:3–4] Cf. the Decalogue laws on revering parents (Ex 20:12; Dt 5:16), keeping sabbaths (Ex 20:8–11; Dt 5:12–15), and not making or worshiping idols (Ex 20:2–6; Dt 5:7–10).

4 Do not turn aside to idols, nor make molten gods for yourselves.d I, the LORD, am your God.

5 When you sacrifice your communion sacrifice to the LORD, you shall sacrifice it so that it is acceptable on your behalf. 6 It must be eaten on the day of your sacrifice or on the following day. Whatever is left over until the third day shall be burned in fire. 7 If any of it is eaten on the third day, it will be a desecrated offering and not be accepted;e 8 whoever eats of it then shall bear the penalty for having profaned what is sacred to the LORD. Such a one shall be cut off from the people.f

9* When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not be so thorough that you reap the field to its very edge, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest.g 10 Likewise, you shall not pick your vineyard bare, nor gather up the grapes that have fallen. These things you shall leave for the poor and the alien. I, the LORD, am your God. * [19:9–10] The Israelites maintain the poor in part by letting them gather unharvested portions of fields and vineyards. Cf. 23:22; Ru 2:1–10.

11* You shall not steal. You shall not deceive or speak falsely to one another.h 12 You shall not swear falsely by my name, thus profaning the name of your God.i I am the LORD. 13 You shall not exploit your neighbor. You shall not commit robbery. You shall not withhold overnight the wages of your laborer.j * [19:11–13] Cf. the Decalogue commandments against stealing (Ex 20:15; Dt 5:19), wrongly using God’s name (Ex 20:7; Dt 5:11), and swearing falsely against another (Ex 20:16; Dt 5:20).

14* You shall not insult the deaf, or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but you shall fear your God. I am the LORD. * [19:14] In Dt 27:18 a curse falls on the head of the one who misleads the blind.

15 You shall not act dishonestly in rendering judgment. Show neither partiality to the weak nor deference to the mighty, but judge your neighbor justly.k 16 You shall not go about spreading slander among your people; nor shall you stand by idly when your neighbor’s life is at stake. I am the LORD.

17* You shall not hate any of your kindred in your heart. Reprove your neighbor openly so that you do not incur sin because of that person.l

18 Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against your own people. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.m * [19:17–18] These verses form a unit and describe different attitudes and actions towards one’s fellow Israelites. A separate passage is necessary to advise a similar attitude toward aliens (vv. 33–34). Cf. 25:39–46. The admonition at the end of v.18 came to be viewed in Judaism and Christianity as one of the central commandments. (See Mt 22:34–40; Mk 12:28–34; Lk 10:25–28; cf. Mt 19:19; Rom 13:8–10; Gal 5:14). The New Testament urges love for enemies as well as neighbors (Mt 5:43–48; Lk 6:27–36; cf. Prv 25:21–22).

19* Keep my statutes: do not breed any of your domestic animals with others of a different species; do not sow a field of yours with two different kinds of seed; and do not put on a garment woven with two different kinds of thread.n * [19:19] One reason why mixtures are prohibited seems to be that they are holy (see Dt 22:9, 10–11). Israelites are allowed mixtures in the wearing of fringes on the edges or corners of their clothing (Nm 15:37–41; Dt 22:12). Some mixtures are considered abominations (cf. Lv 18:23; Dt 22:5).

20* o If a man has sexual relations with a female slave who has been acquired by another man but has not yet been redeemed or given her freedom, an investigation shall be made. They shall not be put to death, because she has not been freed. 21 The man shall bring to the entrance of the tent of meeting as his reparation to the LORD a ram as a reparation offering.p 22 With the ram of the reparation offering the priest shall make atonement before the LORD for the wrong the man has committed, so that he will be forgiven for the wrong he has committed. * [19:20–22] On adultery, see note on 18:20. Here it is not adultery in the technical sense since the woman is not free. A reparation offering is required as a penalty (see 5:14–26).

23 When you come into the land and plant any fruit tree there,q first look upon its fruit as if it were uncircumcised. For three years, it shall be uncircumcised for you; it may not be eaten. 24In the fourth year, however, all of its fruit shall be dedicated to the LORD in joyous celebration. 25Not until the fifth year may you eat its fruit, to increase the yield for you. I, the LORD, am your God.
26 Do not eat anything with the blood still in it.r Do not recite charms or practice soothsaying.* s * [19:26] Recite charms…soothsaying: methods of divination (cf. Gn 44:5, 15; Is 2:6; Ez 21:26–28). Legitimate means of learning the future or God’s will were through the Urim and Thummim stones (see Lv 8:8), lots (see Lv 16:8) and prophets (cf. Dt 18:9–22; 1 Sm 28:6–7).

27 Do not clip your hair at the temples, nor spoil the edges of your beard.

28 Do not lacerate your bodies for the dead, and do not tattoo yourselves.* t I am the LORD. * [19:28] Do not tattoo yourselves: see note on Gn 4:15. This prohibition probably refers only to the common ancient Near Eastern practice of branding a slave with its owner’s name as well as branding the devotees of a god with its name.

29 You shall not degrade your daughter by making a prostitute of her;u otherwise the land will prostitute itself and become full of lewdness. 30 Keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary.v I am the LORD.

31 Do not turn to ghosts or consult spirits, by which you will be defiled.w I, the LORD, am your God.

32 Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the old, and fear your God. I am the LORD.

33 When an alien resides with you in your land, do not mistreat such a one.x 34 You shall treat the alien who resides with you no differently than the natives born among you; you shall love the alien as yourself; for you too were once aliens in the land of Egypt.y I, the LORD, am your God.

35 Do not act dishonestly in using measures of length or weight or capacity.

36 You shall have a true scale and true weights, an honest ephah and an honest hin.* z I, the LORD, am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt. * [19:36] Ephah: see note on Is 5:10; hin: see note on Ez 45:24.

37 Be careful, then, to observe all my statutes and decrees. I am the LORD.

and here are the references by letter :
a. [19:2] Lv 11:44. b. [19:3] Lv 20:9; Ex 20:12. c. [19:3] Lv 23:3. d. [19:4] Lv 26:1; Ex 20:3–5; 34:17; Dt 5:8; 27:15. e. [19:7] Lv 7:15–18. f. [19:8] Lv 7:20. g. [19:9] Lv 23:22; Dt 24:19–22. h. [19:11] Ex 20:15–16. i. [19:12] Ex 20:7; Mt 5:33–37. j. [19:13] Dt 24:14–15. k. [19:15] Ex 23:2–3; Dt 1:17; 16:19; Ps 82:2; Prv 24:23. l. [19:17] Mt 18:15; Lk 17:3; Gal 6:1. m. [19:18] Mt 5:43; 19:19; 22:39; Mk 12:31; Rom 13:9; Gal 5:14; Jas 2:8; 1 Jn 3:14. n. [19:19] Dt 22:9–12. o. [19:20] Dt 22:22–29. p. [19:21] Lv 5:14–26. q. [19:23] Dt 20:19–20. r. [19:26] Lv 17:10. s. [19:26] Dt 18:10; 2 Kgs 17:17; 21:6; 2 Chr 33:6. t. [19:28] Lv 21:5. u. [19:29] Lv 21:7, 14. v. [19:30] Lv 19:3. w. [19:31] Lv 20:6, 27; Dt 18:11; Is 8:19. x. [19:33] Ex 22:20; 23:9; Jer 22:3; Mal 3:5. y. [19:34] Dt 10:19. z. [19:36] Dt 25:13–16; Prv 16:11; Am 8:5; Mi 6:10–11.

Cheers

Joe

Sunrise on The Last Day

Who Ya Gonna Call?

 

 

 

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Humility … lots to consider looking towards the horizon of humility …

My search for true peace has led me down quite the path from that man who once was angry at the world for being so unjust, obtuse, and self centered, all the while not noticing just how self-centered I was being in my anger at the self centeredness of others.

On page 127 of the little book “12 Steps to Holiness and Salvation” St. Alphonsus Liguori  writes “Humility of the intellect, as we have seen, consists in acknowledging that we are nothing and deserving only of contempt.

Humility of the will consists in the desire to be despised by others and in the pleasure such contempt affords us. Humility of the will Our Lord had especially in view when He said: “Learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart.” (Matt. 11:29).   , . The Twelve Steps to Holiness and Salvation (p. 127). Saint Benedict Press and TAN Books.

and …

Paul Thigpen wrote a book called “A Year With The Saints” with which I was gifted this Christmas past. Here is one of the entries from page 162. Saint Catherine of Siena recounts in her book “The Dialogue” a conversation with Christ. In this quote He tells her that she must know herself truly, as she truly is, and to do that she must know Him.

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Imagine a circle drawn on the ground, and in the centre of the circle, a tree growing with a shoot grafted onto the trunk. The tree is nourished in the soil contained within the circle, for if the tree were out of the earth, it would die and bear no fruit.

Now think of the soul in the same way: It’s a tree that’s created for love and can live only by love. In fact, without the divine love that is truly perfect charity, this soil cannot produce the fruit of life, but only the fruit of death.

It’s necessary, then, that the root of this tree, which is the soul’s love, should grow up within the circle of true self-knowledge that is contained in Me. Like the circle, I have neither beginning nor end. Within the circle you can go round and round, never finding a beginning or end, and always remaining within it.

This knowledge of yourself and of Me is grounded in the soil of true humility, which is as wide as the breadth of the circle. If your knowledge of yourself were not contained within Me, it wouldn’t be a complete circle. It would have its beginning in knowledge of self, but would end in confusion.

The tree of love, then, is nurtured in humility, bringing forth from  its side the offshoot of true discernment. The heart of this tree of loving charity within the soul is patience, the evidence that I am in the soul and the soul is in me. Pleasantly planted, this tree produces fragrant blossoms of virtue, with a great variety of scents; and its fruit is grace and usefulness to her neighbors.   (St. Catherine of Siena, The Dialogue, 10 ... from : “A Year With The Saints” Daily Meditations With The Holy Ones Of God, by Paul Thigpen.)

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So I have been praying sincerely to my Guardian Angel to “Show me how I appear to God, all my faults, all my vices, all my failings, all my sins”. And imagine my surprise when my Guardian Angel has up and got onboard with this request with great enthusiasm. Its like he exclaimed “I thought you would never ask!”. It has been both painful and humiliating, and yet I cannot imagine a better way to learning “humility”.

I have had a few Recollections (Retreats) and Reconciliations (Confessions) where I just knew that I was, and am, a great sinner but I could not for the life of me come up with anything specific to confess. My mind would go blank, and I would be left mumbling about knowing that I am a sinner, and being sorry for my sins, and so on and it was, well, very uncomfortable. So thank you my guardian Angel for clearing up the fog of battle and giving me lots to focus on.

Fr. Ripperger

Then I found some very enlightening and bracing talks by Fr. Chad Ripperger, two talks on “Self”, and then a third talk on “Stages of Attachments”, and a fourth talk on “Impediments to Holiness”.

Very humbling and very, very helpful. I’d bet finding these talks at this time was also the work of my Guardian Angel but who can fathom how that actually works.

Anyway, the talks are here:

SELF KNOWLEDGE:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxzRmjHSG1A&list=PLWwA0UeSARsbjK1dYbjrrYxT3kaIjaT99&index=83

THE PROBLEM WITH SELF:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3_M-ychkTA

STAGES OF ATTACHMENTS:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woHJtSz_KEw

IMPEDIMENTS TO HOLINESS:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPWOGL7JP60

I suppose those are going to be a huge discovery for some of us, I know they sure were for me.

Take care and may GOD bless you and keep you.

Cheers

Joe

it’s all so crazy making …

I’m NOT crazy … really, I’m not …

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Weathernation …

-38 Degrees C on the car thermometer this AM at 08:00 when I started one of our vehicles. Yup, winter is definitely here … so much for Global Warming. And our Liberal Carbon Tax grab is underway just as the coldest weather in decades descends on the west. It sounds like whining but the west truly is getting screwed by Ottawa and the east.

Here is a link to a post by Rick Mercer a few years ago about “Torontarded”. This pretty much says it all for easterners and their beliefs and attitudes. Eastern Canadians make French Surrender Monkeys look like Sampson before Delilah.

Anyway, here is the link: http://www.rickmercer.com/Rick-s-Rant/Blog/December-2007/Weather-Nation.aspx. 

and of course we have the classic satirical skit … set somewhere in southern Ontario …

This is why Liberal Socialists get elected and elected and elected … because “When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing, they then become capable of believing in anything.” ― G.K. Chesterton

Cheers

Joe

G.K. Chesterton

Told ya …

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Found a new interesting YouTube channel …

Hey, found a new and very interesting channel on YouTube, the tip came through a FaceBook contact, who knew?

I guess some good things can come out of FaceBook after all.  The first link was to a talk given by Father Chad Ripperger who I have mentioned here and also posted on the same theme (of “The Big Lie”) here  and here.

So this talk that got my attention is titled “How to Kick Back the Devil by Fr.Ripperger”

But even better is all the other content at this site where I found the Fr. Ripperger talk:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMcv5f67Cbw8aIyGk2n3v0w

Anyway, hope you enjoy this if this is where your head is now. If not, well no harm no foul.

Cheers

Joe

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Incarnation and Resurrection … reality and fantasy and Happy New Year?

This post was supposed to come out the day after New Years Day but took much longer to write than I anticipated. Sometimes one spends more time thinking about how to say what one is thinking about than in the actual writing of it. Can’t be helped.

The gateway to Belief is flanked and supported by the two pillars of reality, the Incarnation and the Resurrection supporting the lintel of Faith … how can one express such a reality to any person confined to, imprisoned in, secular material reality? “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy”. ( Hamlet (1.5.167-8), Hamlet to Horatio). But how are we to describe color to the blind or music to the deaf?

Much of what we learn in life, what makes up our daily lives and the manner in which we conduct ourselves, at home, at work and in public and private is learned by following the examples and instructions of others. Parents, friends, teachers, people in positions of authority, people we respect as worthy authorities, and even, without much thought, we believe and trust relatively unknown people, characters on social media, and the news are all sources and examples, because “all right minded people know this” but have these sources of our learning acceptable behavior and thinking brought us to joy and happiness or led us into ever deepening wells of despair and distress? Do these examples spark joy?

So what about those “examples” and joy? Or is it more about “examples” and envy? Most of our society, at least here in the West, what was once known as “Christendom”, is deep in the throes of an era of self worship and infatuation with self. Our lives, and the lives of our “examples” are certainly not the lives of saints nor anything remotely resembling saints. And daily our society tells us and reinforces the mantra that man is the measure of all things, and this is OK. Joy is found in a new trip, a new car, a new girlfriend or boyfriend, a faster computer, a new dress or suit, a new house or a new husband … a nice coffee and a couple of donuts? Really? Joy?

It’s OK to be “bad”, even fun to be “bad”, to “reward” ourselves with bouts and binges of “bad” behavior for sticking to some middling good behavior for some arbitrarily short period of time, some New Year’s resolution which lasted for a week, maybe, if we really, really, tried hard. “Bad” in this context refers to behavior lacking in “virtue” and in a cultural twist, the 7 deadly sins have been “rehabilitated” into acceptable and perhaps in some cases even desirable behaviors in a self gratification centered life style. Most lately we see Narcissism being raised to the exalted state of a “secular virtue”. And where did Love, as in self sacrificing Love go in this blizzard of self worship?

We were created and called to strive to be good, “as our heavenly Father is good”.  We do know what is good and what is not in the same way we know what is quality and what is not. It is written in our DNA, some call it “Natural Law”. Yes, the God deniers are legion and yet none would exist absent God the Creator calling them into existence with love and keeping them in existence with an even greater love, imprinting us with the Natural Law at conception and calling us endlessly home to Him.

Examples …

These days we are all like riders on a train thinking that reality is contained in the vista dome car of our little lives, looking out through the windows of our screens at whatever Potemkin Village our “Examples” care to show us, with no awareness of the rest of the train, nor where it came from nor where it is headed and how it all ends. And who are our “examples”? Justin? Donald? The beautiful people of “The 5”, of the Golden Globe awards? Whichever celeb has risen to the top of the Social Media pond this week?

At the very pinnacle of the man-centered universe are our real examples, right? The intellectual giants of modern academia, the self declared “Brights”, whose wisdom we are expected to accept and implement in our daily lives. We are talking about the academics, authors, journalists, and media stars who are arguably the shapers of what matters to modern enlightened society, our attempt at “culture”.

We have been obediently marching down this road at least since the French Revolution, a watershed event in modern European history that began in 1789 and ended in the late 1790’s with the ascent of Napoleon Bonaparte. And that road, that “road to perdition” has led us inexorably to what we have today. Looking around you, can anyone believe that this is the best of all worlds, the realized daily experience of our society following the wisdom of the “Brights” for the last 200 or so years?

This road, this man centered “road to perdition” has lead us into 200 years of more savage death than all of previous human history combined. In a mere 2 centuries we have flipped over our whole system of beliefs, from a culture of life, focused on the seasons, on growing, on harvest, on children as necessary and even desirable, on large nuclear families and religions folks believed in, had true faith in, faith in the divine, in God, now flipped over to a culture of death and destruction ever more deeply buried in euphemism and baffle-gab but clearly death focused in a most horrifying way and we have much more faith in government and our alleged leaders and their civil servants than medieval man ever had in the church. And we think the Medievals were gullible superstitious peasants … what does that make us?

Our New Society, our “Enlightened” modern culture, with man at the center, at the pinnacle, finds itself enslaved to our self gratifying passions. Are we not enslaved by anxiety, sadness and obsessions, by hatred, fornication, and envy, enslaved by thoughts of jealousy, rage, and death? We have gotten so desperate that we turn to thoughts of suicide and abortion, for distraction we turn to many forms of sinful sexuality, we are oppressed and enslaved by divisions in our families, and by harmful friendships, and in our despair we turn to every sort of emotional fantasy, and spells, and rituals, and strange beliefs in primitive pre-Christian paganism and even to witchcraft, and the occult masquerading as New Age Gnosticism, and pride ourselves in being “spiritual”.

I recently read a list of the 50 top atheists at the “Best Schools” web site. The BS site is all about the best of the best in academia and one gets the impression that the writers consider “atheism” to be one of the hallmarks of an intelligent human being, in fact it seems at first blush that philosophical academia and journalism is peopled exclusively with atheists and anyone who is not an atheist is somewhat primitive and “unsophisticated”. And yet, we see in these “Elysian Fields” nothing but the promotion of death.

Now, Elysium, also called Elysian Fields or Elysian Plain, in Greek mythology, was originally the paradise to which heroes on whom the gods conferred immortality were sent. It has come to refer to any promised desirable future to which we are being steered by our “betters”. But all we have seen in reality is death and death and more death, death industrialized and raised to a higher order of efficiency with “modern tools and technologies. And while there has been a soundly demonstrated efficiency at killing and destruction in our secular humanist culture, not one of these elite thinkers have ever created life, except by the usual human procreative way of the last hundred millennia or so … 1 man and 1 woman intimately exchanging fluid. None can claim any positive knowledge or origins and virtually everything they claim is as unprovable as the claims of any of the billions of believers.

The “no god” theory is simply another hypothesis upon which many academics, authors and journalists have built prestigious and lucrative careers, another sterling example of BS baffles. No ordinary person can hope to have even a minor meaningful conversation with these “Brights”, we are “not in their league”. And in human terms they are certainly charter members of the cultural elite, and it is interesting to note that “in human terms” it is certainly difficult, perhaps even impossible, to fruitfully imagine how “a god” might work.

And certainly none of these opinion leaders can even begin to offer any reasonable certainty beyond the very same certainty that is on offer throughout the Social Media universe. “All right thinking persons know this to be true”, right? The difference between them and us is the difference between a Tweet and real blog post … anyone can Tweet but it takes sheer genius to write thousands of words on subjects and in ways of writing that only another genius can understand. And they all seem to inhabit a “swamp of sorrows” with no joy and no future after a brief flickering life. What’s the point?

So then, what example are we to take to heart, what example are we to follow to gain peace and happiness, surely one of the primary desires of all human beings, even atheists. Well, let’s look at some people first who even the “no god” crowd would certainly agree led good lives. Let’s look at some saints. Are their lives a good example to take to heart when deciding how to live our own lives.

I believe that the study of inspired writings, that is in Scripture, and the accounts of the lives of blessed men and women, that we find a living breathing example of how to live godly lives. If we devote ourselves to trying to imitate the lives of these saintly people then no matter which virtue we seem to be lacking we can find it in Scripture and the lives of the saints, like finding the particular medicine in God’s own clinic for the particular ailment that is troubling us at that moment.

St. Joseph, my name saint, teaches chastity and firm self discipline, Job teaches endurance, so absolutely necessary to persevere on the godly path in this world of distraction and diversion, St. Augustine teaches repentance and humility, and insight into the perennial human condition, even of the highly intelligent. I have found over the last 25 years or so that St. Augustine’s “Confessions” continues to speak to me like a personal letter from a much respected older brother … someone whose example is truly worthy of following and emulating. What did Saint Augustine have to say about GOD?

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For who is Lord but the Lord? Or who is God save our God? Most high, most excellent, most mighty, most omnipotent; most merciful, and most just; most hidden, and most near; most beautiful, and most strong, constant, yet incomprehensible; unchangeable, yet changing all things; never new, never old; renewing all things, yet bringing old age upon the proud, without their realizing it; ever working, yet ever at rest; gathering, yet needing nothing; supporting, filling, and protecting; creating, nourishing, and perfecting; still seeking, though you lack nothing.

Thou lovest, but without agitation; art jealous, yet free from anxiety; repentest, yet grievest not; art angry, yet serene; changest Thy works, but not Thy purpose; embrace what Thou findest, yet didst never truly lose; never in need, yet rejoicing in gains; never covetous, yet demanding a profit. (Men give to you more than required and) Thou receivest over and above, that Thou mayest owe (hoping to put you in their debt) ; and who hath aught that is not Thine? (all is your gift)

Thou payest (those) debts, yet owest us nothing; remittest (forgive) debts, losing nothing. And what had I now said, my God, my life, my holy joy? Or what saith any man when he speaks of Thee? (Is all this that I have said enough? Can anyone who speaks of you ever say enough?)

Saint Augustine. “The Confessions of St. Augustine” ( 1 pp. 2-3 ).

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And where did Love, as in self sacrificing Love, go in this blizzard of self worship? I have been reading St. Augustine off and on for 25 years, he has much to say about Love. And again, I have been reading meditations daily from a very special book for three years now.  Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.Dwrote a book Divine Intimacy,  Meditations on the interior life for every day of the liturgical year”.  Where is Love? This is what Fr. Gabriel has to say about the reality of the Incarnation:

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God is Love; everything He does, both in Himself and outside of Himself, is a work of love. Being the infinite good, He cannot love anything outside of Himself from the desire of increasing His happiness, as is the case with us; in Himself He possesses all. Therefore, in God, to love, and hence to will creatures, is simply to extend, outside of Himself, His infinite good, His perfections, and to communicate to others His own Being and felicity.

Bonum diffusivum sui, St. Thomas says. Thus God loved man with an eternal love and, loving him, called him into existence, giving him both natural and supernatural life. through love, God not only brought man out of nothing, but chose him and elevated him to the state of divine sonship, destining him to participate in His own intimate life, in His eternal beatitude. This was the first plan of the immense charity of God with regard to man.

But when man fell into sin, God, who had created him by an act of love, willed to redeem him by an even greater act of love.  See then how the mystery of the Incarnation presents itself to us as the supreme manifestation of God’s exceeding charity towards man. “By this hath the charity of God appeared toward us, because God hath sent His only-begotten Son into the world, that we may live by Him. In this charity … He hath first loved us, and sent His Son to be a propitiation for our sins” (1 Jn 4-9.10).

After having given man natural life, after having destined him for the supernatural life, what more could He give him than to give Himself, His Word made flesh, for his salvation.

God is Love. It is not surprising, therefore, that the story of His benevolent action on behalf of man is all a poem of love, and of merciful love. The first stanza of this poem was our eternal predestination to the vision and to the fruition of the intimate life of God. The second stanza relates, in an even more touching way, the sublimity of His mercy: the mystery of the Incarnation.

The sin of our first parents had destroyed God’s original plan for our elevation to a supernatural state; we had forfeited our claim, and could never atone for the sin. God could have pardoned all, but it was becoming to His holiness and infinite justice to exact an adequate satisfaction; man was absolutely incapable  of providing this. Then the most sublime work of God’s mercy was accomplished: one Person of the Blessed Trinity, the second, came to do for us what we could not do for ourselves. Behold the Word, God’s only-begotten Son, “who for us men and for our salvation, descended from heaven and became incarnate” (Credo).

The merciful love of God thus attains its highest manifestation: if there is no ingratitude and misery greater than sin, there can be no love greater than that of Him who inclines over so much ingratitude and abjection to restore it to its primal splendor. God did this, not by the intervention of a prophet or the most sublime of the angels; He did it personally: all three Persons of THE Blessed Trinity acted in the Incarnation, the end of which was to unite a human nature with the Person of Word. In this mystery, the immensity of the love and mercy of God for man appears and shines forth.

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So we find in Scripture, specifically in Malachi 3, The Coming Day of Judgment:

1 Behold I send my angel, and he shall prepare the way before my face. And presently the Lord, whom you seek, and the angel of the testament, whom you desire, shall come to his temple. Behold, he cometh, saith the Lord of hosts. 2 And who shall be able to think of the day of his coming? and who shall stand to see him? for he is like a refining fire, and like the fuller’s herb: 3 And he shall sit refining and cleansing the silver, and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and shall refine them as gold, and as silver, and they shall offer sacrifices to the Lord in justice. 4 And the sacrifice of Juda and of Jerusalem shall please the Lord, as in the days of old, and in the ancient years. 5 And I will come to you in judgment, and will be a speedy witness against sorcerers, and adulterers, and false swearers, and them that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widows, and the fatherless: and oppress the stranger, and have not feared me, saith the Lord of hosts.

And the thought, the belief that we can deny God … that if we say so then it must be so … is just insane … as C.S. Lewis said: ““A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.” ― C.S. Lewis, “The Problem of Pain”.  Our culture, our enlightened society has bought into the lie that by denying God we can get away with robbing Him.

6 For I am the Lord, and I change not: and you the sons of Jacob are not consumed. 7 For from the days of your fathers you have departed from my ordinances, and have not kept them: Return to me, and I will return to you, saith the Lord of hosts. And you have said: Wherein shall we return? 8 Shall a man afflict God, for you afflict me. And you have said: Wherein do we afflict thee? in tithes and in first fruits. 9 And you are cursed with want, and you afflict me, even the whole nation of you. 10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in my house, and try me in this, saith the Lord: if I open not unto you the flood-gates of heaven, and pour you out a blessing even to abundance. 11 And I will rebuke for your sakes the devourer, and he shall not spoil the fruit of your land: neither shall the vine in the field be barren, saith the Lord of hosts. 12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for you shall be a delightful land, saith the Lord of hosts.

13 Your words have been unsufferable to me, saith the Lord. 14 And you have said: What have we spoken against thee? You have said: He laboureth in vain that serveth God, and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinances, and that we have walked sorrowful before the Lord of hosts? 15 Wherefore now we call the proud people happy, for they that work wickedness are built up, and they have tempted God and are preserved. 

But all will be remembered, nothing is forgotten, not one little jot … all is inscribed in The Book of Remembrance:

16 Then they that feared the Lord, spoke every one with his neighbour: and the Lord gave ear, and heard it: and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that fear the Lord, and think on his name. 17 And they shall be my special possession, saith the Lord of hosts, in the day that I do judgment: and I will spare them, as a man spareth his son that serveth him. 18 And you shall return, and shall see the difference between the just and the wicked: and between him that serveth God, and him that serveth him not.

So we come to the end of part 1 … next post maybe I will touch on the Resurrection, or maybe not until Easter … if the Resurrection is not all true then Christianity is an evil lie, the Cross without redemption, and the god deniers are right about everything and this really is the best of all worlds possible under the rule of man as the measure of all things.

Enough for now.

Cheers

Joe

The Angelus, JEAN FRANÇOIS MILLET (Museo_de_Orsay, 1857-1859)

 

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Christmas Holiday 2019 …

Revisiting posts from Christmas’s Past, to remind myself that the past was not all gloom and doom even if it feels that way this week. Wishing and praying that everyone had a Very Merry Christmas, all my friends and acquaintances (and apparently a 100 or so followers and a few dozen other daily search engine hits). Notoriety of the really small potatoes variety on the scale of things on the web, where The Donald gets thousands of hits with a poorly thought out ten word tweet, sigh, everyone is a one hit wonder these days.

Except, of course, the Dems’  who are the acknowledged centre of the known universe (after Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada). It is rather crowded at the center and those occupying that enviable position are perennially front and center in their long running endless impeachment soap opera drama, or in Canada the endless trashing of the evil Albertan Global Warming engine which the progressive media happily give endless hours of coverage without even a minimum of concern about facts and reality on the ground. Ah, such joy to live out one’s days in a drugged haze of self worshiping fantasy. Just for the record here in our small town we had about four inches of new fallen Global Warming to clean up our muddy street and make everything look pristine and perfect for a few hours.

I do hope that your Christmas has so far been as peaceful and blessed as ours has been here among the western frozen chosen … the happy (Any Small Town, Flyover Country ) Bagginses of the Plains. Currently listening to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRXrqURyRy0 which is 3 hours of easy listening Christmas themed musical compilation. Also have a YouTube fireplace running an endless loop of a 30 second fire place bite. These are the best kind of fireplace really, which I can display on my 60″ flat screen monstrosity in the “living” room giving me all the aesthetic benefits, sight and sound, of a cheerful fireplace scene with none of the downsides attendant in cutting wood, and smoke, and cleaning up the incessant ash piles, and the inevitable buildup in the chimney.

After the steady grind of the worst year we ever had in business with larger than usual losses and many deaths, illnesses, and sufferings amongst folks we know and also some we don’t know but rather know of,  we here ended up having one normal week of business instead of a Christmas rush.  The first “normal” business week since May at the end of which the main street construction project destroyed access to our store until mid October. Our latest “Annus Horribilus”  ended with a good week leading up to Christmas day both in the business and in the family. We celebrated Christmas Day with a small gathering of close family and feasted on a decidedly non traditional fish chowder and rare steak. Our youngest family member is now coming up to 25 years old so we were spared the happy chaos of youngsters rowdily enjoying their holiday festivities.

Except for a short visit with other relates in our nation’s capital via Face-time, things were mercifully quiet and restrained here. We enjoyed much quiet commentary on the quality of the meal, the nice music and how mild the weather has been this year and how enjoyable everything was. Ironically, my vision of Christmas was for many years something along the lines of the song by The Chieftains – “St. Stephen’s Day Murders” featuring Elvis Costello.

These days my Christmas is more along the lines of this offering by Yo-Yo Ma, and Alison Krauss performing “The Wexford Carol”,   or, this song, written and sung by Jackson Browne, “On The Side of the Rebel Jesus”. If we seriously lived the revolutionary teachings of Jesus Christ, it would be a different world … I love this take on the Holy Season … living in a thoroughly pagan society, and heartsick at the suffering that flourishes everywhere in our nominally christian, capitalist countries. The numbers of homeless and hungry, victimized and disenfranchised powerless little people in both Canada and the US should be a source of shame to every person but instead … well, “I’m all right Jack.

INGSOC logo from 1984

INGSOC logo from 1984

Today is our first day back to work after a very welcome break. It is overcast with sunny periods and not too cold, a nice mild -15 degrees Celsius, which around these parts is almost shorts and sandals weather. You probably know that I read a lot of blogs. There’s a lot of good, provocative, and perceptive writing going on in the blogosphere now. I wish I had the time to read everything. Of course, blogs, like all things resulting from human activity, are subject to Sturgeon’s law, that of being 90% crap, and many who try to blog either become bored and quit, or have little to say which would be of interest to anyone other than their immediate circle of friends (a sort of “Facebook” post writ large).

But with so many people trying, even among the residual 10% of non-crap there are now thousands of people writing good content. And some of that good content I have alluded to in previous posts, most recently on the unlikelihood of any sort of cultural reform going forward in our society, and the stark reality of the passing of Christendom.

These days, most of what passes for entertainment falls into the twin categories of Dystopian fiction, or thinly disguised, and often not so thinly disguised, pornography. Observed at arms length, we as a society, revel in blood, oppression, violence and sex of various colors and species in all our imaginary distractions. And most dystopian fiction of the last 70 years or so centres around the eventuation of a godless totalitarian state enforcing draconian social control measures to limit and control the proles, the “citizens” and fashioning those organic resources into a more or less compliant state asset for the realization of inhuman objectives to “protect us for our own good”.

I am in mind of “That Hideous Strength”“1984” or “Soylent Green” or “Logan’s Run”,  or “The Omega Man”, or the more recent remake “I Am Legend” with Will Smith in the lead role, and others really too numerous to list here. it seems to be a frequently recurring theme in literature, film and most recently in online MMOGs.

I have referenced Wikipedia links for information on the above stories and movies with a very precise objective in mind. They often have good information but in using the Wiki one must always keep in mind their obvious, and very thorough Atheistic bias in going to great lengths to  Bulverize any reference to the divine in their information items.

The Wiki is perhaps one of the most obvious poster children for the “Material Naturalist” world view. I wrote at length about that world view and it’s goals and ambitions here and here. Those posts might provide an interesting backgrounder to why we are now living in a real life dystopean drama. All the heroes in these modern religious myths are always Lone Wolf protagonists who rise up and take action against the monolithic state apparatus, by use of violence and subversion, and the mass audience for this product are the very people who are currently the “oppressed proles” in our current “dystopean” society.

One of my recent posts details why there will never be a real life uprising along the lines of all the admittedly entertaining fictional alternate realities with which our current crop of “bread and circus” addicts distract themselves. The primary plank of the Material Naturalist world view is that there is no God, that everything in the universe is purely and simply the result of random biochemical processes and survival of the fittest, according to the so-called “Theory of Evolution” courtesy of the Universal Church of Charles Darwin.

There is no God, we are all an accident of evolution, there is no point to anything except return on investment, no moral values, no virtues, no good or evil outside the context of profit and power. Everything which we perceive is the result of random chance working on the basic inorganic constituents of the observable universe, and when we die that’s it, that’s all she wrote.

There is no soul, nothing spiritual, no intrinsic value in any human life beyond the market value of our chemical constituents and/or the possible net positive value we can add to the economy by our efforts during our lifetime, said lifetime to be optimized in relation to our productivity. And beyond this world, relating to the unimaginably complex and numerous possibilities of “randomness”, there is the assumed but undiscovered possibility of endless numbers of more or less evolved “aliens” also living the same pointless random existence.

And the possibility of  “intelligent life” (i.e. creatures who could appreciate Bach)  is unquestioned … BUT, “real science” would say otherwise. I “borrowed” the next few paragraphs from a David Warren post from 2014 titled “Stardust”:

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“For if life truly “evolves” by happenstance, as the Darwinoids do vainly preach, something approaching to human smarts would have appeared here and there many millions of years before us, wherever conditions were favourable. Indeed, given the speed at which humans suddenly “evolved” here, we could ourselves have appeared on Earth, millions of years before we actually did.

David Warren

David Warren

We are extremely recent, in geological terms; have been here less than a second, if the history of the planet were scaled down to one day. We’ve come a fair technological distance ourselves, since the last Earth ice age, a mere twelve thousand years ago, and the pace appears to be accelerating. Imagine what we could do given, oh, another million years, or hundred million. I daresay we’d finally figure how to get out and about.

The Italian physicist, Enrico Fermi, did this thought experiment before 1950. He realized that we did not need expensive, incredibly sophisticated tools, to detect extraterrestrial life. If it was there, it would already have got here. He reasoned that, even if it could not defeat lightspeed, a sufficiently advanced material culture could send self-reproducing probes to colonize its home galaxy in a blink of exogeological time, then leapfrog galaxy to galaxy in all directions. It would transmit messages that could not be missed.

Any mathematical extrapolation of the number of planets in the universe that could, possibly, “evolve” life, is defeated by Fermi’s Paradox. The more possibilities there are, the less likely it has ever happened. But of course, physics advances, and we now have a second indefatigable argument against ET. It developed from the “anthropic principle” in cosmology, which holds, tautologically enough, that the structure or “design” of the universe must be compatible with the existence of the conscious sapient creatures who observe it from within. (We would be they.)

Over the last few decades we have come to understand that life on earth absolutely depends on such an extraordinary number of extremely fine conditions, operating together at levels of coincidence that so stretch the odds, that the chance of finding another inhabited planet — even within something so large as our universe in space and time — is inconsiderably remote. Or to put this another way, it appears dead obvious that the purpose of the universe was to make us possible. It would follow that our lives must be in some strange way — beyond any passing subjective enthusiasm — worth living. For Someone went to a lot of trouble to put us here.”

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Jesus Christ, AD 30

Jesus Christ, AD 30

The Real Hero of OUR dystopean drama already rose up more than two millennia ago. The Rebel Jesus spread revolutionary teachings against the values, powers and things of the material world, the things that mattered a great deal to the authorities of His day. And they murdered Him, though there was “no crime in Him”, as Pilot declared. And the Light shone in the darkness and the darkness knew Him not.

Of all the works done by God in time and outside of Himself, the redemptive Incarnation of the Word is the greatest. Always we must be remembering that the vast universe which the materialists are so impressed with as “all there is” was formed in an instant in a “nothing” that GOD Himself had to create by withdrawing some tiny portion of his timeless Presence.

A Presence without beginning and without end drew back a portion of Himself and within that new “nothing” He created time and the material universe and all that developed in it after the Big Bang. The Incarnation of the Word is the greatest work because it has for an end not a mere creature, however sublime and unrepeatable by man that may be, but GOD Himself, the eternal Word who, in time, assumed a human nature and a material human body in this  material universe.

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Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D

Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D

It is the greatest work because it is the supreme manifestation of the merciful love of GOD, and the work which above all others glorifies Him; and it glorifies Him precisely in reference to charity, that is love, which is His very essence. It is also the greatest of His works because of the immense good it brings to all mankind. The salvation, sanctification, and eternal happiness of the whole human race depends wholly upon the Incarnation of the Word, upon Jesus, the Incarnate Word.   (Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D. from the book “Divine Intimacy” Meditations on the interior life for every day of the liturgical year.pp 80).

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God the Father “chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, (before time existed) that we should be holy and unspotted. … Who hath predestined us unto the adoption of children through Jesus Christ unto Himself. … In whom we have redemption … the remission of sins according to the riches of His grace. … GOD hath quickened us together in Christ … and hath raised us up together, and hath made us sit together in the heavenly places, through Christ Jesus.”   (Letter of Paul to the Ephesians 1, 4.5.7 – 2.5.6)

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Unlike the important things of this world GOD’s greatest work takes place in obscurity and silence, and under the most humble and most human conditions. Mary and Joseph are forced by civil authority to leave their humble home and to undertake a long journey. They travel on foot like the rest of the poor, in spite of Mary’s advanced pregnancy. They do not object and they make no complaint, but obey with promptness and simplicity. They are commanded by a pagan emperor, and they go, trusting in GOD’s Providence; GOD knows, GOD will provide; “To them that love GOD all things work together unto good.” (Rom 8, 28).

It is GOD’s will that His greatest work be accomplished here, in a wretched stable, in utter poverty, and Mary and Joseph embrace His will. They are humble and therefore docile to the will of GOD with complete humility. And GOD, as is His custom, made use of what was humble and despicable in the eyes of the world to accomplish the greatest of His works: the Incarnation of the Word.

And the winds howl, and the waters roughen, and Christ, the Incarnate Word, has come and is always coming. It is something to think about, for no matter how you look at it — whether you are a traditional Christian (there can be no other kind), or  a perfectly conventional, orthodox material Narcissist — the message of Christmas is not, never was, and by its meaning never will be, “all about us.”  It is all about everything that is not us, as the Lord said to St. Catherine of Sienna, “I am GOD, You are not”, and that GOD loves us all with an absolute everlasting LOVE … He loved us from before time was and will love us so for all of eternity. So Trust Him … and come home, to the Father who loves you no matter what.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night…

Cheers

Joe

This Too Shall PassAlways remember, “be charitable in your judgements, never take yourself too seriously” and of course, the ever relevant “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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Human Performance and Cancer as a metabolic disease …

I have happily found a new information stream of interest regarding health and fitness. For a while now I have been following up on and reading about Cancer as a metabolic disease rather than a genetic disease. I wrote about it here under the topic of “Models that work”.  I also mentioned this here, and here, and here, and here. I have personal friends and close relatives who are currently dying of, or have just died of cancer. I have a great personal interest in this killer and the politics and economics swirling around it.

The elephant in the room when it comes to cancer is our Research and Medical treatment system’s extraordinary failure to make any progress in 50 years of “War on Cancer”.  With literally billions sunk into this bottomless hole of terror we still routinely accept that something like 98% pf cancer sufferers won’t last 5 years. This appears to me (in my Homer Simpson simplicity) to indicate that the current model is NOT WORKING, (DUH!) and we are simply barking up the wrong tree. It is not a stretch to conclude that there are other interests wedded to this model and keeping us on this track rather than a genuine desire to cure cancer. Would we need a Department of Health if everyone was healthy? Hmmmm.

So what about the “Human Performance Outliers” Podcasts with hosts Dr. Shawn Baker and Zach Bitter. In this episode (#40) Professor Thomas Seyfried joins the show. Dr. Seyfried breaks down cancer as a metabolic disease. He explains how cancer thrives and what mistakes we are making in current cancer treatment. Check out Dr. Seyfried’s book, Cancer as a Metabolic Disease. This podcast is a great motivator to take up reading Dr. Seyfried’s book agan. Check out the podcast and see what you think:

 

And I guess that’s all for today …

Cheers

Joe

The Blind Leading the Blind

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