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Gnosticism, Atheism and Modernism = Liberal Socialist Dictatorship – Part 2

This post, part 2, and also part 1, just seem rather muddled to me, I am groping for a clearer vision, but what these posts are about, our modern polite Canadian society is very muddled as well. There are clear elements of evil involved but also much that is just plain human weakness and misery with evil fallout, perhaps the majority of influences are just plain human weakness and misery, which I pray can be redirected as it has many times in the historic past..

Pascal's Wager

Pascal’s Wager for modern progressives … The “I am going to heaven because I am nice” crowd.

Of course Christ had it right when he said “whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it”. Most Catholics, even most Christians, even the smorgasbord Catholics, realize that as Christians we’re called to be different.

In our modern society, our “polite society” we don’t experience much real physical persecution. We generally think in metaphorical terms when we think about “taking up the cross” and “losing our life”.

If many are determined to continue doing their own thing, in their self love and in their life of rebelliousness and sin, then they probably won’t really come to Jesus at all. The rest of us, the “remnant” interpret the “cross” as the putting to death of our natural man, which the Holy Spirit accomplishes, and in which we’re called to participate.

In that vein, here is a little YouTube video on what Catholics believe to be coming, that is THE WARNING, that is the coming illumination of conscience of souls when we will see ourselves as God sees us. Here it is …

I found that video rather refreshing and also useful in focusing my thoughts on my own sins. How about the rest of us, do you suppose that such an event might be a MAJOR wake up call if it is accompanied by something physically, undeniably, tangible such that we cannot pretend even to ourselves that it was all a bad dream brought on by eating or drinking too much?

Today, in Canada, Narcissism is the de-facto religion of our day. We are definitely determined to continue doing our own thing, in our self love and in our own life of rebelliousness and sin.

That’s a pretty blunt statement of the observed reality in which I live and the views of the national media which occasionally impact my life.

That lens, through which many seem to view the world, is held in the frame of more or less not believing in a personal God, Creator and Lord of all. This view seems to exist on a continuum from, on one extreme, “Deism”, that is god created everything in the beginning but then he went away to do other god stuff and left us on our own to figure everything out.

This was pretty much exactly my own “philosophical” view coming out of what I believed was the betrayal of Vatican II and during my late teens and on into my early 30’s. I just could not accept the notion of a “personal God” who knew and loved me, Joe, personally and individually.  If heaven entered into the picture then we believed we were going to heaven because “we were nice and hadn’t hurt anyone that we knew of”. For sure, eh?

Contrast that with the other extreme of “Atheism”, that is the faith based belief that there is no god and we are all just the result of some random biochemical process set off by some primordial burst of static electricity or “something like that”, since it is difficult to escape the “prime mover” effect but the personified prime mover gets in the way of loving and worshiping only my “self”. Born in lightning, dying in fire.

There is no heaven or hell or god, only man at the top of the food chain and most of man subordinate to the elite “Gnostics”, the elite members of the secret societies with the special knowledge and secret passwords.

This view is what was adopted by my sisters in university and seems to be the prevailing view of “smart people” these days, if they even think of this sort of stuff at all.

I recently had a lengthy post election discussion with my Atheist sister who happens to live in Ottawa, Capitol and center of government of our proud nation. In this discussion, among many things, the topic of euthanasia and abortion came up.

It became apparent, as the discussion went on, that in her considered opinion human life has no intrinsic value and should be subject to budgetary considerations and a kind of life-style/quality of life calculus … basically that it is “our” life and we can justifiably do with it as we will.

My sister’s premise includes making quality of life judgements about others and doing with their lives what we will as well. Hmmmmm. I have to think about what this says about our society coming off a major re-affirmation of our secular Liberal humanist culture and our re-electing of our socialist government.

I see all this as an error, a fatally flawed lens through which we see the world and are deceived by this established and deeply unjust and sinful view, this law of our “polite society” in which we daily move and have our being and from it draw our self image.

This unjust law, the way of our world, which I see all around me is that the poor are despised and the rich esteemed, that the humble are humiliated and the proud exalted, the virtuous are maligned and mocked and the deviants are applauded.

That the timorous and modest are considered fools and the arrogant are held as valiant, and that the righteous are taken advantage of while being mocked and derided as stupid for the crime of pointing out that the emperor is naked.

That poverty, and ill health and “ugliness” are considered shameful and unfortunate, while health and beauty and riches, pomp and ostentation and splendor, honors and perishable pleasures, are sought and prized by foolish and carnal men and all who get in their way in those pursuits are spurned and forced aside as “undesirables”.

George Bernard Shaw was a strong advocate of Eugenics and Genocide.

This sort of “quality of life”, “desirable/undesirable” calculus seems alarmingly close to the National Socialist “final solution” as applied to undesirable humans, and equally close to the social policies advocated, for example, by our “Famous Five” or G.B. Shaw.

These famous players were and are adulated by the Liberal members of my family in the mistaken notion that these individuals somehow are paragons of sophisticated enlightenment (Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario).

This was very popular point of view and still is amongst certain Liberal socialist circles, and amongst all those other popular advocates of “Eugenics”, a common and popular social position in the early 20th century until the Nazis made it somewhat unfashionable when they took things to their logical conclusion in Germany in mid 20th century.

Now we are more circumspect and discreet about how we handle the brutes and the undesirables but we still handle them harshly under the code-words of “health care”, and “quality of life”. We still kill hundreds of thousands of “undesirables” but we do so in the name of “Choice”, and “Women’s Health”, and “Quality of Life”, and we keep right on shoveling the bodies into the incinerators in a nice efficient industrialized fashion. Nothing to see here folks, just business as usual.

And even before the National Socialist German Workers’ Party rose to power, Uncle Joe and the Soviet system had already started their “Purification of the people” leading to the the Soviet Gulag. And, lest we forget, lets raise a toast to Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution in the later part of the 20th century. Yes indeedy, Mao was a true “Good Ol Boy” in the Stalinist mold and compared to him Papa Doc Trudeau was a schoolyard dilettante.

Mao and Trudeau … the student and the master.

G.B. Shaw of course was an outspoken advocate of and admirer of Joseph Stalin and his “social programs. So, at least in Eastern Canada, the Eastern Canada of my family and their circle of pleasant friends, nothing much has changed in the last hundred years. We still have dehumanizing socialist killers running things and making choices for the “masses”, the “brutes”, as Shaw described them.

Lauding Shaw is an odd choice for Liberals who are advocating for greater freedom and independence, we hear shades of Orwellian “Truth Speak”. Shaw was an avid apologist for the world’s most brutal and oppressive dictators,

Shaw had a passionate hatred for liberty, writing” “Mussolini, Kemal, Pilsudski, Hitler and the rest can all depend on me to judge them by their ability to deliver the goods and not by … comfortable notions of freedom.”

Castro and Trudeau … classmates in Uncle Joe’s school of socialist dictatorship.

For Shaw, “the goods” could only be delivered if the people were bound in universal slavery to the state. This enslavement was necessary for the people’s welfare; most of the population were brutes who, when left to their own devices, could not fend for themselves and thus required the state to “reorganize” their lives for them.

In Shaw’s eyes, the pinnacle of civilization had been reached by the Soviet Union. During his 1931 “pilgrimage” to Stalin’s wonderland, Shaw was given a glimpse of what he referred to as a “land of hope.”

He denied that the regime had imprisoned significant numbers of political dissidents, describing the gulags as popular vacation destinations. “From what I gather, they can stay there as long they like,” he said.

So how is that relevant to Canadian politics today? Let’s not forget that the Trudeau family was, and presumably still is, long time friends and strong sympathizers of the legacy of Uncle Joe, Chairman Mao, and Fidel Castro, among others.

The Aga Khan and Trudeau … the mentor and his acolyte

And Justin currently has a close familial tie (spends holidays with him on Khan’s private Caribbean island) and a mentoring relationship with the Aga Khan, absolute ruler and dictator for life, of the world wide organization of Ismaili Muslims.

Through Justin Trudeau, the Ismaili Muslims and the Aga Khan are the beneficiaries of much largess, hundreds of millions of Canadian taxpayers’ dollars through Justin and the Canadian Aid Programs the Liberal Party of Canada supports, and they are perhaps the oldest terrorist organization on earth?

So, these days I am not a deist and not an atheist. My own choice, obvious in my posts, is Christianity. Christianity is a faith tradition that was founded by Jesus and the apostles, and the mission of the Catholic Church is to faithfully hand on what was started by them, in terms of both its teaching and ministry.

Acknowledging the present crisis amongst the all too human churchmen of the Catholic Episcopate and the Curia in Rome, we may talk about to what extent the Catholic Church has succeeded in that mission (it is still a human institution, after all), but we cannot ignore the foundation of our Faith and still call ourselves Christians.

Christianity is not a Sunday smorgasbord, it is an all or nothing choice not a “some of this and a little of that but none of that other stuff that I don’t like” kind of choice. Furthermore, we cannot ignore Jesus’ promise that the Church would never completely fail in its mission.

In response to Peter’s confession of faith in him, Jesus said: “Blessed are you, Simon, son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:17–18).

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In other words,

A church in crisis … My God My God why have You abandoned Me?

if the Church fails in its mission to faithfully and correctly preserve and pass on the Tradition that Jesus and the apostles founded, then the Church is no longer the Church and hell wins. But Jesus has promised that this will not happen. Could he fail to keep his promise? We say no, and we believe that the Holy Spirit has been active throughout the entire history of the Church to make sure that the gates of hell do not prevail against it.

The author of the letter to the Hebrews wrote, “Therefore since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us, while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith” (Heb. 12:1–2).

“Cloud of witnesses” is a way of talking about the “communion of saints,” which includes all Christians who have ever lived. It means that in a way, all those who went before us in the Faith—indeed all those who participated in handing on the Faith to us—are cheering us on in this marathon that is the Christian journey. They are our ancestors in the Faith—all those who lived (and many who died) to give it to us”.

Papandrea, James L.. Handed Down: The Catholic Faith of the Early Christians . Catholic Answers Press.

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What has gone missing, here in Canada?  What Canada and Canadians have lost, or maybe only misplaced (I pray) is that spirit of love, generosity, and devotion which I talked about previously in part 1. They have misplaced faith, and have lost their concern for anything outside of their narrow self interest. These virtues and dispositions from a bygone era have gone MIA in our modern “polite” society, where we “just want to have a pleasant conversation with our friends”. What has gone missing is Truth.

Our current society can only exist in all its manifestations within a culture that has abandoned Truth and relativized everything. Truth no longer exists as an absolute but rather we make or treat truth as relative to or dependent on something else. It is not that such judgements do not have a truth value, but that they do not have one unless relativized in a particular way.

 

Father Ripperger

We have “Normalized” evil, and no longer perceive the loss. So I have a prayer for Thursday, from Father Chad Ripperger:

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My Lord, Thou art all powerful, Thou art God, Thou art our Father. We beg Thee through the intercession and help of the Archangels Saints Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel for the deliverance of our brothers and sisters who are enslaved by the evil one. All Saints of Heaven, come to our aid.
From anxiety, sadness and obsessions – We implore Thee, deliver us, O Lord.
From hatred, fornication, and envy – We implore Thee, deliver us, O Lord.
From thoughts of jealousy, rage, and death – We implore Thee, deliver us, O Lord.
From every thought of suicide and abortion – We implore Thee, deliver us, O Lord.
From every form of sinful sexuality – We implore Thee, deliver us, O Lord.
From every division in our family, and every harmful friendship – We implore Thee, deliver us, O Lord.
From every sort of spell, malefice, witchcraft, and every form of the occult – We implore Thee, deliver us, O Lord.
Thou who said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you.” Grant that, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, we may be liberated from every demonic influence and enjoy Thy peace always. In the Name of Christ, our Lord.
Amen.
Ripperger, Father Chad A.. Deliverance Prayers: For Use by the Laity (p. 96). Sensus Traditionis Press. Kindle Edition.

Ripperger, Father Chad A.. Deliverance Prayers: For Use by the Laity  Sensus Traditionis Press.

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More thoughts coming for the next post in this vein … whenever I get to actually writing instead of thinking about how to make sense of all this, trying to develop a rational context for all that I see around me. These thoughts are like a shovelful of grapes thrown at the barn wall … lets see how many stick:

… all creation and the material world are evil, created by an evil god.  All religions are equivalent. Gnosticism, Anthropocentrism – Self Worship, Albigensianism, Jansenism, the bisexual nature of man is evil created by an evil god. Dualism, Syncretism, the material world is evil, all spiritual is good, non material spirit only exists in the mind of man, man is at the top of the hierarchy, man is the judge and arbiter of all things, man has his existence as a gift of the state – Rousseau and the “enlightenment”.

we’ll see how that turns out …

Cheers

Joe

 

who knows where these thoughts come from …

 

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Pen as Sword - Social Commentary, The Inner Struggle

Your Best Servant …

“The Beatitudes”, Noirin Ni Riain & The Monks of Glenstall Abbey, from the album “Vox de Nube (Voice From The Cloud)” (1996)

St. Augustine by Botticelli“You who are Truth, reside everywhere to answer all who ask counsel of You, and in one act reply to all though all seek counsel upon different matters. And You answer clearly, but all do not hear clearly. All ask what they wish, but do not hear the answer that they wish. That man is Your best servant who is not so much concerned to hear from You what he wills as to will what he hears from You.” — St Augustine of Hippo, Confessions, trans. F.J. Sheed, 10.26, 192.

Honor, Faith, loyalty, competence, pride, selflessness, integrity, courage, discipline, sacrifice, tradition, virtues to live by. The virtues we strive to live by, for better or for worse, in sickness or in health, onto death or the end of the world in spite of everything the world throws at us in it’s effort to deny life.

The thing that all of these virtues or qualities have in common at their root is they are all about “Giving” to others. Giving away what we have and are for the benefit of others, even unto death.

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Luke 19:1-27

1And entering in, he walked through Jericho. 2And behold, there was a man named Zacheus, who was the chief of the publicans, and he was rich. 3And he sought to see Jesus who he was, and he could not for the crowd, because he was low of stature. 4And running before, he climbed up into a sycamore tree, that he might see him; for he was to pass that way. 5And when Jesus was come to the place, looking up, he saw him, and said to him: Zacheus, make haste and come down; for this day I must abide in thy house. 6And he made haste and came down; and received him with joy.

7And when all saw it, they murmured, saying, that he was gone to be a guest with a man that was a sinner. 8But Zacheus standing, said to the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have wronged any man of any thing, I restore him fourfold. 9Jesus said to him: This day is salvation come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham. 10For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

11As they were hearing these things, he added and spoke a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately be manifested. 12He said therefore: A certain nobleman went into a far country, to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. 13And calling his ten servants, he gave them ten pounds, and said to them: Trade till I come. 14But his citizens hated him: and they sent an embassage after him, saying: We will not have this man to reign over us.

Jesus in the Desert15And it came to pass, that he returned, having received the kingdom: and he commanded his servants to be called, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.

16And the first came, saying: Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds. 17And he said to him: Well done, thou good servant, because thou hast been faithful in a little, thou shalt have power over ten cities.

18And the second came, saying: Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds. 19And he said to him: Be thou also over five cities.

20And another came, saying: Lord, behold here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin; 21For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up what thou didst not lay down, and thou reapest that which thou didst not sow.

22He saith to him: Out of thy own mouth I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up what I laid not down, and reaping that which I did not sow: 23And why then didst thou not give my money into the bank, that at my coming, I might have exacted it with usury?

24And he said to them that stood by: Take the pound away from him, and give it to him that hath ten pounds. 25And they said to him: Lord, he hath ten pounds.

26But I say to you, that to every one that hath shall be given, and he shall abound: and from him that hath not, even that which he hath, shall be taken from him. 27But as for those my enemies, who would not have me reign over them, bring them hither, and execute them before me.

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Jesus, always patient and understanding, explains to his misconstruing followers yet again the Kingdom that they continue to confuse. Since it is a Kingdom of hearts, they themselves will be primary players in it. Jesus will give them three tools they will need to perform their role in the Kingdom.

The Better Part by John BartunickFirst, Jesus will give them the grace of redemption, an interior renewal of their souls, a fresh start in their relationship with God and their fellowmen — This is the sanctifying grace that comes to us from his passion, death, and resurrection through the sacraments of His Church. The “pound” that the king in the parable gives his servants represents this grace, the same gift received by all.

Second, Jesus gives them an unspecified period of time in which to make this grace grow by living out his teachings and his commandments — most especially the commandments of love and evangelization. This corresponds to the time in the parable during which the new king is traveling to be invested with his kingship, the period after Christ’s ascension.

Third, Jesus gives his disciples the knowledge that he will come again at the end of history in order to reward his faithful followers, but those who have been selfish and wicked, sticking to their old way of life in spite of the gift of grace, will have forfeited their membership in his kingdom.

This parable should be one of the most highly prized treasures of every Christian. It brings all the human condition into sharp, refreshing, unmistakable focus. We are here to receive God’s gifts and make them bear fruit for his Kingdom, to invest our lives in giving witness to Christ in our thoughts, words, deeds, and manner.

This life is brief and only has meaning in relation to the life to come. How clear our Lord makes it for us! How eager he is for us to use our freedom wisely, so that he can reward us richly when the time comes!

The above paragraphs (after the 5 stars *’s)  are quoted from “The Better Part” by Father Bartuneck. This book should be declared a national treasure! We lead tremendously busy lives, with 1,001 things to do. Even so, every saint and renowned spiritual director through the ages has said the same thing: If we desire to become saints, we must spend time daily in meditation.

The Better Part enables us to read, meditate, absorb, and apply the Gospels to our lives. It serves as a catalyst to personalize times of prayer, enabling us to follow the Holy Spirit’s lead along the path of holiness. The portable resource has a ribbon to mark your place and contains detailed indices to help you meditate either on the liturgical seasons or the virtues you feel most in need of developing. As in the Visa advert, this book comes under the heading “Priceless”.

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

Thinking about this life in the context of eternity is a sobering exercise. I have in mind a graphic I once saw relating to Pascal’s Wager. As so often, we are invited to believe and accept, but in this case we are being invited by the creator of the universe. But whether we believe and accept or not is left up to us.

The possibilities defined by Pascal’s Wager can be thought of as a decision under uncertainty with the values of the following decision matrix.

God exists (G) God does not exist (¬G)
Belief (B) +∞ (infinite gain) −1 (finite loss)
Disbelief (¬B) −∞ (infinite loss) +1 (finite gain)

Given these values, the option of living as if God exists (B) dominates the option of living as if God does not exist (¬B), as long as one assumes a positive probability that God exists. In other words, the expected value gained by choosing B is greater than or equal to that of choosing ¬B.

In fact, according to decision theory, the only value that matters in the above matrix is the +∞ (infinitely positive). Any matrix of the following type (where f1, f2, and f3 are all negative or finite positive numbers) results in (B) as being the only rational decision.[4]

Humans have exceeding difficulty seeing beyond the moment and the appetites thereof. People simply are not reasonable, nor are they, by and large, even remotely close to “reasonable”. They (humans) appear for the most part to be all sound and fury, all emotion and feelings. Reason is only appealed to (appeal to authority) in an attempt to “rationalize” what we “feel” we want to do at that moment.

So the parable  about the pounds and God’s gifts and how we use those gifts should be one of the most highly prized treasures of every Christian. It brings all the human condition into sharp, refreshing, unmistakable focus. We are here to receive God’s gifts and make them bear fruit for his Kingdom, to invest our lives in giving witness to Christ in our thoughts, words, deeds, and manner… but only if you Believe. If you choose to not believe and to indulge every desire and passion as you see fit then you are betting against the only house that matters. This life is brief and only has meaning in relation to the life to come. How clear our Lord makes it for us!

Cheers

Joe

Desert WalkAre we so reasonable that we are willing to bet against the house when we cannot even predict the weather a week from now with any degree of reliability.

 

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