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Civil Rights, and Liberty …

Justin makover?

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

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

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

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

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

The Menace of The Herd

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

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

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

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

Cheers

Joe

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

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

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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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The Distractions of Self Centered Existence …

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Today is the Feast of Our Lady Of Guadalupe, the patroness of the Americas. On December 9, 1531, Juan Diego, an Indian convert to the faith, was walking to a nearby village so that he could attend Mass.  On his way, a woman appeared to him amidst the sound of celestial music.  She announced to him: I am your merciful Mother, to you and to all mankind who love me and trust in me and invoke my help. Therefore, go to the dwelling of the Bishop in Mexico City and say that the Virgin Mary sent you to make known to him her great desire.

Though Juan Diego did not accomplish this at first, he eventually followed the instruction of the Virgin of Guadalupe in subsequent apparitions and brought fresh roses from the mountain top to the bishop as a sign that the Virgin wanted a shrine built there. Its an interesting read with significant unanswered questions for doubters.

Anyway, it is easy to be distracted by all the “Anthropocentric” propaganda drowning us every day, and by all the hub-bub and noise of every day life in our polite society. We get distracted and take our eyes off the prize and a lot of bad stuff falls upon us as a result. I have been writing and thinking about the apparent tide of bad behaviour we see all around us every day. It must be important, right?

You just have to take a short look at various news feeds, one of the latest being reactions to a Trump “War Room” tweet depicting Trump as the evil villain Thanos snapping his fingers and making the Dems disappear.

There are so many layers of innuendo and implication in that little clip that it staggers the mind (sort of) from Trump as archvillain. “Noun. (plural archvillains) A supreme villain; the most evil or powerful villain” And Trump’s team thinks this is a good idea?

Whatever … I always sort of saw George Soros in that role but whatever, where did I leave my coffee cup anyway. And right across the spectrum of idiocy to the even more bizarre implication that somehow Democratic Party stalwarts are Avengers style “Superheroes” …  really?  Joe Bidden as Ironman? Nancy Pelosi as Scarlet Witch??? Just who thinks this sort of stuff up? And will there be a sequel?

Smokin’ up may be legal in Canada now but they aren’t even close in the good ol’ U.S.A. eh?  We have two groups of politicians/rock stars,  apparently rabidly insane in their contempt for the other side, trapped in an eternal pissing contest that no one can ever win, enlisting virtually all the media giving hundreds of hours of coverage in support of their various points of view meanwhile our society is busy killing 150,000 people a day and calling it “health care” and the killing doesn’t even make a 5 second sound byte on a hundred hit a day news feed … just not relevant, right?

And Canadian political leadership?  Just a Vegas joke that fell so completely flat and got the comedian fired and dumped in the harbor … Oh right, no harbors close to Vegas … lots of empty sand though. Canadian leadership would be sickening if it wasn’t so totally pathetic … “Canadian Leadership” is an even more pathetic oxymoron than the old canard “Military Intelligence”.  And to all appearances our church in Rome is descending into similar secular chaos.

Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come, Thy Will be done … on earth as it is in heaven. What is one to do … well there is not very much that we little ones can do in this world. We have it on good authority however that we can pray, and faith and sincere prayer can move mountains and trees and much else besides and if we don’t understand what is going on around us, well, welcome to the front lines. There never was a front line trooper who had an inside track on the big picture.

But God has been speaking through the centuries steadily and clearly through the Magisterium and Our Lady, preparing the Church for the great hour of her own “passion, death, and resurrection” that would see the return of Jesus. But not in the flesh! No! Jesus already came in the flesh. He is returning, rather, to establish His Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven. I have had the great good fortune to be following an interesting blog for a few months now and here is what he has to say about the Divine Will.

I will leave you to his tender mercies and tell you that there is much there worth reading but especially his latest series on the Divine Will.

Cheer

Joe

its all so crazy making …

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Christ … Antichrist … Cold & Winter Storms (part 1)

Mother of Sorrows”, Benedictines of Mary Queen of Apostles, from the album “Lent At Ephesus”, (2014)

Writing this on Friday morning … thinking about my life … of sin … and self indulgence, the places and times when self sacrifice was not in the ascendance. Lots of food for thought there, lots of decades of self. Lots of reasons for contrition and amendment. When and why did I start to diverge from the spirit of our times?

Outside my head, WOW! What a morning, quite in keeping with my state of mind! It’s cold here and snowing heavily, blowing also, about 6 inches down now and more coming, first snow since November 2017 and the first heavy snow of this winter.

Lots of shoveling now and probably all day, and making sure everything is cleared before folks start coming in, in an hour or so depending on how long it takes them to dig out and get their trucks running.

Finding crosses, suffering and sacrifice in the daily duties of our station in life, where God put us. Finding the will of God in the myriad minutia of the duties of my state in life.

Enough navel gazing for now, I have to start digging out, so I will stop writing for a while.

Wow, that day went fast, 12 hours later and it is still snowing, it’s about -10 degrees Celsius, that’s about 14 degrees Fahrenheit, but it is blowing harder and drifting now. I’m real glad there is no reason to be on the roads tonight or tomorrow. I bet there will be a lot of shoveling tomorrow. It’s a good thing we don’t open our doors until 10:00 AM on Saturdays.

Anyway, … the inner struggle … that’s what I was getting on about in this post. I have noticed that from time to time discussion arises and articles appear and the topic of the “Antichrist” comes up more or less frequently. “Antichrist” seems to be a favorite pejorative amongst certain groups, and it is at least as meaningful and helpful as “knuckledragger” and “Neanderthal” are amongst other groups.

I suppose the clique’s “group think” defines the pejorative favored, with one group seeing things in terms of good and evil and another group seeing things in terms of smart or stupid, the implication always being that “the other” is the bad one or the stupid one. At first blush, my reflexive reaction is “A pox on both your houses!” Upon further reflection I then find myself asking “What would Jesus do?” and then a bit further on “Does this bring me closer to God?”

Whenever the mudslinging starts, whichever gang starts slinging, it seems always to be in the context of some particularly egregious insanity or inanity, proposed or committed, by some other group or some powerful individual who is disagreed with, or some collection of individuals moving the narrative in a direction disruptive of the sacred views espoused by the narrator of the moment.

Alternatively, one specific public figure or another, George Soros, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Justin Trudeau,  Rachel Notley, Pope Francis, Cardinal Kaspar, Vlad Putin, Kim Jong-un, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,  even Barry Obama, … I mean … seriously … pick your favorite target to hate, you get my drift.

There are literally thousands, maybe even millions, of high profile people pontificating about their views, and what is wrong with the world, and what they are going to do about it.

Obama as Satan

Seriously folks … Obama as Satan … what Kool-Aid are you drinking?

When humanity starts to believe that there is no-one in charge, no one responsible for the “strategic” big picture things in life humans are very quick to turn to golden idols and self proclaimed messiahs.

And any self proclaimed messiah who is not our favorite choice receives a rising tide of speculative negative attention depending upon the day, or the tides, or the level of confusion, frequently along the lines of he/she/it must be the Antichrist.

Thomas Cranmer

Thomas Cranmer, 1489 – 1556

This is especially true if that individual is the target of vilification from many directions at once by many disenchanted narrators. These unhappy narrators, narrowly focused on preaching their own gospel, and defending their own position.

These vocal, “important”, narrators who have picked their chosen hill to die on, and are now understandably hungry, highly motivated to convince their followers, their power base, their meal ticket,  of the truth of their gospel.

They need someone to contribute, to “drop the offering in the collection plate”.  And the target demographic is comprised of some group or other or perhaps many groups, perhaps the equivalent of our modern notion of the “low information voter”.

These narrators do a dog pile on the chosen target, perhaps under the assumption that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”. For example, along these lines for several centuries now, many Protestant writers and leaders have identified the Roman Catholic Pope as “The Antichrist”.

However that may be, over the centuries many folks have assigned the status of “Antichrist” to any number of other folks who were on their personal dirt list for any reason but mainly for political reasons. Claiming this seems to be nothing more than a desperate “Ad Hominum” attack when they have nothing factual or truthful, that is “substantive truth”, upon which to base their argument.

"What would Jesus do?"

“What would Jesus do?”

It’s all pride and personal ambition. My razor when reading these diatribes is to ask the questions: “What would Jesus do?” and “Does this bring me closer to God?”

I don’t see the Antichrist as an individual, it just doesn’t line up with my current personal  understanding of reality. Yes, there are outliers of evil and standout perpetrators throughout history, and these persons, these figures in history, seem to be fairly evenly distributed amongst all cultures and religions all over the world.

It appears to me that this sort of behaviour, this sort of personal “character” is more attributable to their sheer humanness than to any particular system of beliefs.  But from my point of view, I just don’t see the idea of “Antichrist” as a specific, living, substantial being, that is to say, one individual encompassing all evil and directing the whole thing as an articulated individual with a master plan.

Yes, we believe in Jesus Christ as the Head, in the Christian understanding. Given the obvious vagaries of human free will apparent in the world over time, it seems reasonable that there must then be, necessarily, the “not Christ” … the absence of Christ … the Antichrist.  I think so anyway, the “Antichrist” is the “Not Christ”, the absence of Christ. I think that the “Antichrist” is in effect “the mystical body of Satan”, in a kind of analog of “the Mystical Body of Christ” in the Christian Tradition.

I guess that some explanation might be necessary in understanding of the concept of “The Mystical Body of Christ”, within the context of Roman Catholicism. As most of my readers probably are aware, I am a Roman Catholic. That is the filter through which I understand reality.

My understanding of the Mystical Body of Christ is one of the real existence of a mystical union of all Christians into a spiritual body with Jesus Christ as their head. This belief grows, in our Tradition, from the New Testament and Christianity’s roots in Judaism.

In Christian Scripture, St. Paul’s letters to the Corinthians and the Romans both use the image of a body, with a head that is Christ and many bodily members, with many abilities and talents, namely we Christian believers. The belief in the Mystical Body describes the relationship between Christ and Christians, namely the Head and the body of believers. Wow, it’s getting late … gotta go eat to keep body and soul together.

blizzard? by WizKids ...

When does a snow storm become a blizzard?

Well, now it’s tomorrow morning, Saturday, even colder now, still snowing, -21 degrees Celsius, that’s -5.8 Fahrenheit, and it’s blowing hard, driving the new snow into hard packed drifts.

When does a “Snowstorm” become a “Blizzard”? Maybe it’s when it is widespread, maybe the amount of snow, or the temperature, or the wind-speed, or perhaps even the dramatic license of the weather reporters? Who knows really what makes a snow storm into a blizzard.

Talking to customers yesterday and reports that an hour away in some directions they had no snow but three hours to the west everyone there and in between got lots of snow. Whatever … lots more shoveling today I guess, off and on, as circumstances permit and the demands of customers allow.

Well, another day just blew by in a twinkling of my eye. It’s Saturday night, time for bed, it’s -14 degrees Celsius, it’s still blowing and it’s still snowing lightly. Let’s see what tomorrow brings.

More to follow on Christ and Antichrist and the spirit of the times …

Cheers

Joe

Putting away the roaring worship of the “Self” in all it’s manifestations … is the first step back towards a sense of sin, remorse, contrition and repentance …

 

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