Life in a small town, The Inner Struggle

Lost Generations …

Fr. Ripperger

Fr. Chad Ripperger notes that “It does not take a doctorate in moral or spiritual theology to recognize that the Church and the world are in a particularly bad state, morally and spiritually.”  He then asks a key question that must be answered before we can address a solution to this situation: “How did we get here?”

As an exorcist, Fr. Ripperger is familiar with something called “generational spirits.”  Normally, this term applies to demons that trouble a family from one generation to another.  But, he notes, what can happen in a family can also happen to an entire generation within a nation or a culture. Fr. Ripperger’s writing starts in the third paragraph of the article linked to below in the quote from that article.

Who Ya Gonna Call? We are faced with a clear choice …

“God assigns an angel to protect that generation and sometimes the angel is one who is given to help the generation overcome the problems it faces. But demons, by the permissive will of God, also afflict a generation. . . The purpose of this article is to examine the spiritual causes of how we got here by focusing on a rather narrow area of spiritual reality: demons, or more specifically, generational spirits.

Not everyone in a particular generation will be affected by the particular generational spirit of that generation. . . . [Each of the last five generations has had a generational spirit, easily identifiable, which has afflicted it. Lastly, we will talk about the sixth generation, now being born, whose direction, if the sixth generational spirit gets its way, does not bode well. (Fr. Ripperger – all quotes taken from Latin Mass magazine, summer 2012)”

The decline we are experiencing in the Church today is not going to be arrested by programs or activities.

There is a battle–a spiritual battle–that has been raging for five generations.  We need to learn once again how to put on the armor of God, as St. Paul exhorted the Ephesians, believers in the first century.  He was well aware of the demonic dimension of our battle:

Fossil Fools

For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens. (Ephesians 6:12)

Here is another link to Fr. Ripperger talking on the subject of his article linked to above. This talk was given at a conference in 2017 (I think).  From the video notes we have: “This is an incredible historical video/ lecture by Fr. Chad Ripperger. Fr. Ripperger is a leading expert in the area of spiritual warfare.

What is truly revealing is his criticism of “The Greatest Generation” as used by Tom Brokaw in his best selling book. Truly remarkable assessment, IMHO. Look at how it evolved from The Lost Generation.

And from it follows my generation, i.e. The Baby Boomer or Hippie Generation, and from this, my children’s generation.

Listen to the good Father’s commentary about my generation’s personal characteristics at the 30 minute time slot to about 32 minutes. Then reflect about our current presidential candidates.

Need I say more? Look at how he describes the Millennials. And you wonder why they migrated towards Bernie Sanders (and good ol’ Joe Bidden). Again, this is truly a remarkable lecture and well worth listening too.

I cannot urge you enough to watch this video in its entirety.”

And another good audio link to a Fr. Ripperger interview at “Athanasius Contra Mundum”, with interview topics in Philosophy and Theology ranging from the Multi-verse and Time to transgenderism, Martin Scorsese’s film Silence, and Bishop Athanasius Schneider’s call for a new Syllabus of Errors to condemn errors in Ecclesiology and the misappropriation of the term “Priesthood of the Laity”.

So I’d guess that’s enough for now. Do you really have to wonder what is going on now with all this “COVID-19”, “Red Bat Flu”, “New Cases” mania nonsense. It’s all about control and taking generations down a broad path to perdition. And we are all just walking blindly in the direction that the Brights are ordering us to go “for our own good and protection of our neighbours”.

But there remains Hope. Hope in God’s power to bring Good out of Evil. I share this link to give us hope that all is not lost. There are still things of beauty that spark Joy.

Cheers

Joe

Just a little rough patch, the only way is “underway”. Quid Hoc ad Aeternitatem,

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Life in a small town

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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