Mythology (and the biblical narrative) furnish us with stories of monstrous progeny: the Nephilim, children of the Watchers and mortal women; the offspring of Loki (Fenrir; Jormungandr; Hel); Typhon; etc. The actions of past governments and the pressures exerted by leftists and liberals via the mainstream media, social media, and the police have created monstrous offspring today. I refer extremists, people who began with legitimate grievances who have since descended into spiritual darkness.
It is to the Left’s shame that its myopia confuses conservatives – and even, at times, centrists – with the real far right. Conservatives do not believe in state-managed economies; they do not believe in thought police; they do not believe in using concentration camps; or in oppression generally.
Conservatives today are voices for liberty: freedom of conscience; freedom of speech; freedom of market choice. Conservatives oppose tyranny: they would have every man as the king of his own domain. They believe in the true unity of a common vision, freely chosen, that accords with nature and nature’s God.
Conservatives are, of course, concerned by the threats that our civilisation faces today: but it is a mistake to confuse their alarm with the hatred and policies promulgated by the far right. If we are not careful, however, more will join the ranks of the far right.
Already vast numbers have been lost to the darkness: Marxism, third wave feminism, Islamism, and the far right. Mankind descends into brutality without the light of the Gospel. It is the voice of God in our consciences that rebukes the wickedness of our thoughts and leads us to a place of repentance. True love, true humility is of Christ, the One who, though being YHWH, was spat upon, beaten, scourged, and made to wear the crown of thorns – all for our redemption.
The Passion of the Christ tells us what we are: we did this to Him and it was for our sins that He died. When mankind loses sight of this truth, it falls into darkness. Meditation upon Christ and His teachings, by the grace of God and the power of His Spirit, keeps us honest, keeps us mindful of the truth that mankind is made in the image of God.
Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our foolish ways!
Reclothe us in our rightful mind,
In purer lives Thy service find,
In deeper reverence, praise.
In simple trust like theirs who heard
Beside the Syrian sea
The gracious calling of the Lord,
Let us, like them, without a word
Rise up and follow Thee.
O Sabbath rest by Galilee!
O calm of hills above,
Where Jesus knelt to share with Thee
The silence of eternity
Interpreted by love!
With that deep hush subduing all
Our words and works that drown
The tender whisper of Thy call,
As noiseless let Thy blessing fall
As fell Thy manna down.
Drop Thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace.
Breathe through the heats of our desire
Thy coolness and Thy balm;
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm.The Brewing of Soma by American Quaker poet John Greenleaf Whittier. The adaptation was made by Garrett Horder .
Richard Barker said:
So good to read THE favorite hymn from my early schooldays (1950s) that took residence deep within my soul and occasionally surfaces. And most interesting juxtapositioning with putting your finger on the growing darkness of our times.
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Thanks, Richard. I am deeply concerned on both a personal and national level at what is happening to our souls. The anger one feels at seeing one’s heritage, one’s patrimony destroyed is a great temptation to despair and other darker thoughts. It is not my natural strength that resists the call to vengeance, but the voice of God in me. One of Christ’s teachings that I have found to be particularly useful over the years is the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant.
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Antonio Socci’s latest book ends with:
The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad,
the desert shall rejoice and blossom;
like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly,
and rejoice with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see the glory of the Lord,
the majesty of our God.
Strengthen the weak hands,
and make firm the feeble knees.
Say to those who are of a fearful heart,
“Be strong, do not fear!
Here is your God.
He will come with vengeance,
with terrible recompense.
He will come and save you.”
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
then the lame shall leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy.
For waters shall break forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert;
the burning sand shall become a pool,
and the thirsty ground springs of water;
the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp,
the grass shall become reeds and rushes.
A highway shall be there,
and it shall be called the Holy Way;
the unclean shall not travel on it,
but it shall be for God’s people;
no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray.
No lion shall be there,
nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it;
they shall not be found there,
but the redeemed shall walk there.
And the ransomed of the Lord shall return,
and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain joy and gladness,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
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Bosco the Heretic said:
Since theres not much going on here and i cant do my own post, id hope good brother nicholas doesnt mind if i tweek some catholics beards.
In past yrs there were lots more marys in here than now. When i would talk about the homo predator priests, there would always be some devout mary who would pop up and say…” theres only a few predator homo priests…just one or two”
I want to mention that good brother Chalcedon, to the best of my memory, wasnt one of the marys who blurted that out regularly. And now, good brother scoop is a champion of my cause, even better than me. Well, to all the mary worshipers who used to dig at me and call me names for “attacking their little christs priests, here comes a big fat gloat fest.;……..
Starting about 3 days ago, there is this commercial on the radio. It starts by saying…if you have been a victim of catholic priest sex abuse, call this number…..and it give the areas that have their own offices. they incompas the whole of so cal.Theres five offices spread out for your convenience, since so calif is so big.the name is Anderson Advocates.com…..Its a cottage industry. The big thing for lawyers was auto accidents and dog bites, but now the biggest litigation going is …..ta daaaa, priest abuse. This law firm had to open branches, like a fricken mcDonalds.
To all those di9e hard liar mary worshipers who used to give me a hard time……yeah, its only one or two, in your delusional world of denial. Enjoy your religion..
Did the abuses of the Levitical priesthood and the lies of the false prophets of the Old Testament invalidate the Religion to which they were clerics?
Corruption is easy, but perfection is hard.
When you – or anybody of your sect – demonstrates the heroic virtue of the (many) Catholic saints and martyrs, among them many holy priests, whose feet you and I are not worthy to kiss, you may be worthy of attention. While your entire focus is the denigration of something better than you, you cannot be.
I know one priest very well, who has given a great deal of time to help me personally. I know by report – not from him himself – that this same individual travels the length and breadth of the country to be a friend to widows, elderly, infirm, and those at death’s door. He has given up his whole life in service to Christ, both as a monk and a priest.
His actions exemplify Catholic moral teaching, and represent the true and unblemished fruit of his priestly and monastic vows.