SATURDAY: ABANDONMENT BY PAPA
(It’s been a bad month of accelerating violence.)
This post will read like a fine plaid.
Many individual thought-strands woven together in a pattern that makes sense when you see it as a whole.
(This plaid is quite like the one associated with Hubbie’s last name (and now mine and our children’s), so I will mention him too.
So, strand #1: It’s Saturday today, the day Christendom remembers that Jesus lay buried in His tomb, leaving us with the awful sense that evil has been winning and we’ve been abandoned by God. A good day for quietness, extra prayers, reparations, penance, holy remorse for our offenses that actually led to the death of Jesus.
Grief stricken and alone. Even the strongest and the best felt desolation and abandonment on that Saturday. And looking about us, today, at current events with the cacophony of confused cries from every quarter, it’s easy to feel . . . rudderless. Leaderless. Abandoned.
I’m not going to tell you you’re not (abandoned).
It’s a historic fact that for a millennium and a half (1,500 years !!) civilization grew on the bedrock grounds of the Church that Christ founded. Not every single person was happy with that, of course. There were rules against doing things that harmed you and harmed society. (Where’s my “freedom”?!)
Another strand of thought: My husband ( usually known here as “Hubbie”) was a driver’s training teacher in his younger life. He enjoyed it (weird); and I think he was good at it. Oh, boy, do I have some stories to tell! One thing he told me, one day, was that a police officer who had been invited to speak to his class made the statement that there aren’t enough policemen in our country to keep us safe if the number of lawbreakers reached a critical point. Just 10%. If that many citizens all of a sudden decided to break the traffic laws, for instance, the streets would become dangerous.
Society would become very dangerous if just around 10% of people disregarded the Law – or didn’t know the Law.
That Civilization – that Christendom – that Church that provided guidance and “laws” that built a safe and orderly society (more than would have been without it), is supposed to have a Voice, a one leader that represents that supernatural Voice.
So here’s another “strand” in that plaid of my mind.
Struggling against the supernatural:
Some of you may know what particular miracle almost always happens up to three times a year – unless some disaster is pending – or some disaster is present. It’s associated with Saint Januarius.
For two years in a row, now, the supernatural sign did not appear.
This man seems not to be the one to have kept a supernatural connection with the Church he leads. He is NOT the Church; but he should be its leader, guarding against strange, new, or alien teachings. However, almost daily, he seems to be working hard to abandon the teachings of Christ.
There are implications of the Church losing her voice, allowing the world to become rudderless, leaderless –lawless.
This man, who should be Papa, has inexplicable declared that there is no terrorism today inspired by a religion. “Islam is a religion of peace.”
But. . .
My inner being is still reverberating from the horror of a recent video showing a man beheading his wife – in public, on a street, with onlookers, and with the local police protecting his action. I watched as the woman was knocked to the ground, yelling out her fear and protests, two of the man’s friends helping him hold her down . . . one reached into her burka and pulled out her long hair, subduing her and bringing her head down to the pavement, where he then was able to strike down with his large knife, abruptly cutting off her yells. . . .
The police helped the traffic and bystanders move on as her body was moved away.
Then I read of a man who boarded a bus in Austria last week along with many other passengers. As the bus drove off, the young man put his head back and fell asleep. the man behind him yelled various “Islamic words” and reached over and began cutting the neck of the sleeping man . . .
“Islam is a religion of peace. There is no terrorism.”
I’m glad I’m not an old woman in Sweden….
Once popes called on Europeans to protect themselves against invasions . . . I hope you can see the “plaid” as a whole. Christ is gone after the Crucifixion. We’re seemingly abandoned on that Saturday. Abandoned, we become leaderless.
And a leaderless people suffers the consequences of Lawlessness.
Only knowledge can begin to turn us around. Knowledge of the real world. Knowledge of actual Truth, as it’s come to us for two thousand years.
You’d better stop reading here, if you don’t want to think about what is confronting us.. Because the world can get real bad if we don’t DO anything. The Founder of the Church taught meekness, mildness, forgiveness, and charity. And He demonstrated His love by dying for us.
The world in general seems not to know this.
I’ve watched a video of a teenager girl being stoned to death. Amazing and horrifying.
I’ve watched many videos of beheadings. I’m not afraid to see the truth.
I’ve witnessed the actions of a brutal people . . . who are on the move. And you’d better not try to escape them:
These are not animals that are hanging. These are SOME of the humans who tried to get away and were caught. Tarred. Hung over fire. Eventually they died. May God have mercy on their souls.
Migrating. Invading. On the move.
Not everyone is executed if they are called guilty. Just, this:
Sharia on the move.
I sorrow for the many women who – even in our own country – are victims of genital mutilation, of acid thrown into their faces, and are victims of “honor” killings – killed by their fathers or brothers.
It’s Saturday. There are so many things to mourn for. The sum total of human evil. The consequences of “good men doing nothing….”
It almost feels like we’ve been abandoned by the Good God.
But tomorrow is Sunday. The more we understand Saturday, that dark day right after the Crucifixion, the more we will experience Joy and Hope on Sunday.