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WHY I DON’T PROTEST (much)

May 11, 2018

Young people don’t realize how many crossroads they’ll come to.   Throughout our lives we come to crossroads, make our decisions,  and then  get on with things.

Here is a photo of me at a “crossroad”  in my life.

Hubbie and Me PROM - Copy

I was going through “old papers” recently, and came across this photo of Hubbie and me at a prom,.  It wasn’t our prom,  we were chaperones at the prom of the school where we both taught.    You want a date?   Seems to me that the theme song for the prom was “Knights in White Satin,”   bravely sung by a  twelfth grader with a shaky voice.

I was dressed in my best formal Hippie dress, mostly of blue and white flowers.  I’m surprised the photo was taken  in black and white.   My hair was down to my waist,  my feet were in open sandals.

Demonstrations and protests were in the air.      We were not philosophically inclined towards any of the Causes of the protest movements,  but it seemed we ought to be able to find something to protest.    Everyone was doing it.

protest and police

 

We almost found a Cause.   At the time, with little information,  we couldn’t understand why our troops had   “crossed the border”   into Cambodia, so  we were interested.  We got out there and had our first experience with tear gas –  leftover tear gas,  it wasn’t much.   In those days the lingering smell of tear gas was sometimes as common as the lingering smell of Mary Jane.     (We live in a university town, after all.)

Our impressions at the end of that day were that the protests were dumb:    unorganized,  unfocused, purposeless,   messy,   really dirty,  obscene,  overly emotional,  and, in the end, ineffective.

Which, I think, is my point.     “Jenny”  from Forrest Gump and I made our opposite decisions in those days.    She went one way,  I went the other.

Hubbie and I sure had big bumps and problems from time to time,  but the overall structure of our lives was  steady,  purposeful, focused,  pretty clean and organized, family-first,  and effective.

Now that I am reaching the end of my time and trying to clean up all the ordinary lifetime debris of papers and keepsakes,   I can read back over all the events,  all the headlines,  all the hopes and causes,  all the chatter from the Leftists who began all that “protesting,”  and what I see is:  THE SAME HEADLINES, THE SAME HOPES AND CAUSES,  THE SAME ANTI-AMERICAN ATTACKS FROM THE LEFT are still occurring!

Sometimes I would not be able to place old headlines and editorials in the proper decade.

I care.  I care about some things . . .  but not too much about the latest chapter of politics.     Not too much about the latest scare tactics from the Left.  . . .    Not too much about “changing the world.”

I care.   I have a different way to “protest”  the wrongs of this world.    But, to resurrect good advice from the Sixties:  “Cool it.”      Do what you can, but we’re on this planet for such a short time and this experience  is so very important,  so very crucial to the rest of  our eternity.

We’ve got time now, maybe lots, maybe only a  little,  maybe unexpectedly time’s up!    Our business is actually our Selves,  our Souls,  which, along the way includes taking care of the other souls in our immediate lives.

You know,  “save the world, one person at a time” – starting with you.

It all works out.   Unless you’re a prince or a king or a president or elected to some high office that could make huge differences int he world,  the rest of us people have only a very tiny role to play in “earthshaking” movements.

Very tiny compared to to one Soul you’re responsible for.

 

Heaven going to Heaven

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TO LEARN A LITTLE SOMETHING:

April 30, 2018

SPEC WITH COLORS

This is a follow-up to my posting about my occasional EMF problems that I wrote  about yesterday in Luddite, Not Troglodyte.     We might as well learn  something  about  the  technological  soup we live in.

ElectroMagnetic Frequencies come in  wavelengths.   That center little rainbow shows the frequencies that we can see with our eyes.    Any strong or directed frequency is harmful to our bodies,  from   “radiation”  and x-rays on the left of the chart to  infrared and  subsonic weapons found on the right-hand side.

(Left:  extremely short wavelengths;  right:  extremely long wavelengths)

Here’s an easier way to see the frequency numbers of our visible light.

SPEC WITH NUMBERS

Our eyes are organs that can “see”   these particular frequencies.

Our circadian   rhythms depend on the daily lightening and darkening of visible light,  with the “darkening”  having very much less blue light.    The blue light that you want to eliminate two hours before “bedtime”  is light frequencies below (smaller than)  530 mm.  (In case you’re buying filters.)

Other  frequencies that drastically affect our health and well-being comes from the many communication  antennas that we live under,  drive under,  and that are inevitably pointed at your home.  Nothing personal there —  businesses and governments,  individuals and law enforcement all need those antennas to be spewing out and relaying those frequencies.

tower lines

 

You can find Websites that reveal how many cell phone towers your address is affected by.   Here are mine:

My Towers

 

There are  19 cell phone towers which  reach my address with their microwave frequencies.   The only way to shield your home and avoid the subtle changes they make in your thinking,  your health,  and your sense of well-being,  is to surround your home with a Faraday cage.    Our government calls these Quiet Rooms.

I have another spreadsheet like this which shows all the communication transmitting antennas which “transmit”  frequencies into my home.    That is a list of 124 antennas!!

Just so you know.

I’m not going to post the long list of official CDC-acknowledged health effects –  it’s way too depressing,   because we can do nothing about it.   There is no federal health agency that   will protect us,  and your local doctor has no education in this matter.

And look out for the killer 5G cell towers that are being erected all over this country and elsewhere, chiefly in English-speaking countries, for some reason.     (They say it is necessary because of  “congestion.”     They say we are all clamoring for “faster” Internet service.    They’re saying it’s not much more than our current  “Generation.”)

towers

 

Because these towers are so strong,  they don’t transmit very far and so they must be built  CLOSE to houses and businesses.

tower to home

Our local township government can’t stop the construction of  these 5G towers.  We’ve already asked.     When pushed,  my Township people alluded to foreign governing sources and international corporations.

“Corporations + governments?”

You can take it from there.

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LUDDITE, NOT TROGLODYTE

April 29, 2018

 

Sorry,  this turned into a rant . . .

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Feels like I’ve been away for weeks,  but it’s been only days.     But sorry to have been gone.     Family news that  . . .  well, it’s a game-changer.    A life-ender.   But we’re okay — for now.   Holding together.

wi fi rad

My personal reason for being away is stuff like this, in the pictures.

You see,  there are two ways for me to enter The Spruce Tunnel.   One is the pleasant, physical, natural, and health-giving way:
sp path 1 400

Walk down this path a half a mile or so,  and you’ll come to the Tunnel.  It really is a good place to think;  a good place to Be.   I always say I hope you’ll find a place like this of your own sometime.

The other way to enter the Tunnel is like this:

wi fi jiggly

That’s me and my computer in there somewhere.     It’s an unpleasant, unnatural,    physically painful way that I must enter the Tunnel when I think . . .   and write.

(What was it those EMFs and WI-Fi emissions were classified as recently?  Class II carincogens . . .)

Which makes me one of the lucky ones, I guess.    I can actually feel the damage that computers and cell phones do to my body.   About 85 percent of people can’t feel a thing and have no idea.

wi fi in hand

When I touch a cell phone for more than a minute or two or when I use the keyboard or the mouse with unprotected hands,   I feel pain, and not just in my hands.    And the pain can last for a little while – especially  when I’ve been ignoring it — it’s cumulative in our bodies,  you know.

wi fin hands

When I’ve been on the computer for a long time,   it takes me a few days to recover.  My hands can start up a lot of trouble,  and since my  mind gets a little fuzzy,  I don’t know enough to quit.

wi fi circle

So, I just wanted to share with you why I had to recover for a few days — just in case you want to look into it for your own self.    There are ways to physically protect yourself from the RFs and EMFs, cell phone  (microwave)  signals,  and from frying yourself with Wi-Fi –  but if you can’t feel it,  someone talking about it isn’t going to convince you.  I’m just explaining my brief absence.

And I seem to be at it again tonight.   No signal blocking shirt.   No signal blocking gloves.  No signal blocking screen.    “Too hard”  to go assemble all those things and put them on.  My hands are aching now,  but I’m still at the keyboard.

Protection Through the Eyes

I just learned about this too —  computer screens, as we know, and LED TV screens,  and eReaders and tablets and cell phone screens emit blue light which messes with our physical brains — and our health.

glasses

You can actually buy glasses that will filter out the blue light for you.   Much healthier.   First time I put mine on,  I actually felt a difference in my whole body.  You have to be careful though to not buy the kind that merely has amber color lenses that don’t’ filter out the blue.  There’s a certain technology involved.

But I’m not wearing these tonight either.

And I understand about the Windows 10 feature that allows you to turn off the blue light when it is dark outside, so your eyes aren’t taking in blue light when it’s not natural to do so.

That one is working for me now.

Truly,  I have never met a technology that I haven’t been fascinated with and enjoy using.    I’m up with things.   I’m no Troglodyte.

On the other hand,   as much as I can be,  I am a Luddite –  I choose not to use much technology,  I choose to stay away from digital stuff as much as possible, or at least consciously protect myself from it.

Human Sin Working through Technology

Sometimes it seems like every single modern woe involves human sin working through technology:  loss of freedom and privacy;   global surveillance;   intense smog and pollution;   dumbing down the population with false and missing information;    perverting the free working of our democracy by misleading and biased Search engines;  hundreds of thousands of Americans killed every year by the (highly technological) medical industry;   fouling our air, trees, crops, waterways with the chemicals sprayed down on us every day;   undigestible and harmful food through technological modification;    the flow of artificial “money” at the rate of trillions of dollars per second, much of it based upon drugs and human trafficking;    our increasing reliance on computers and robots to do “work” for us, for as long as they can, as long as they want to;

and for those interested in war and combat and defense matters,  end of the world stuff,   “nuclear”  is so twentieth century.      “Technology”  has moved so far ahead of that the new weapons will come undetected “out of nowhere” with  unimaginable destructive force.     (Anyone read Janes Defence Weekly?     That will put you way ahead in your knowledge,  but you’ll still be far behind.)

(I’ve just listened to a few of Pres. Putin’s speeches to European leaders at economic conferences and leadership conferences (2006-20015)    in which he keeps stating  Russia no longer has to rely on nuclear weapons and missile shields — they have something much more powerful.  He knows scalar,  he knows tesla,   and he’s not worried.  He knows that the U.S.  is just too bogged down in partisan politics, corruption, and greed to be able to make necessary decisions for similar advancements in technology.      The public will is too weak.

We are mind-addled.   Maybe our “technology”  has something to do with that.

It’s enough to make one wish the clock could be turned back — before we all have to live like Troglodytes.    

I’m back.     And  I guess that’s my rant for today.

 

THE AGENDA’S POWERFUL TOOL

April 12, 2018

The most powerful tool that can be used against good people by those who want to change those good people so they can  promote their Agenda –  is Forgetfulness.

Just de-emphasize a point in history.    Stop teaching it.   Spread  controversy about it that makes most people turn away in confusion and disgust.

TODAY is  HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY.     “Never again!”  is the cry of the people of modern Israel.        But there’s a problem, as noted by these headlines:

Europe’s Jews Facing Resurgent Anti-Semitism, Highest Levels ‘Since the Second World War’

Jewish communities across Europe are enduring a level of mainstream anti-Semitism “not seen since the Second World War,” the European Jewish Congress has warned.

This news story and many others like it are rather  disheartening – and  scary. .  Jewish schools, synagogues,and people on the street are being attacked, and not only verbally.     And especially with the spread of people from the   m o  s l   e m    world,   the danger is increasing in intensity and geography.

Who knows about this?   Who cares?   Well,    here’s another news article:

CBS  News reports: NEW YORK —

More than one-fifth of millennials in the U.S. — 22 percent — haven’t heard of, or aren’t sure if they’ve heard of, the Holocaust, according to a study published Thursday, on Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day.   The study, which was commissioned by The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and conducted by Schoen Consulting, also found that 11 percent of U.S. adults overall haven’t heard of the Holocaust or aren’t sure if they did.

Two-thirds of millennials could not identify in the survey what Auschwitz was.

Additionally, 41 percent of millennials believe two million Jews or fewer were killed during the Holocaust, the study found.

 

According to Official  History, now,  six million Jews were killed in World War II by Nazi Germany and its accomplices.    You are not really allowed to analyze that number or even ask where it came from.     Decades ago it was a legitimate question in colleges and universities,  but no more – not since the Spirit of Totalitarianism has been slowly creeping into Western Civ.

But that’s okay.   I’m not a professional historian.     I’m good with  saying six million.  It’s certainly symbolic of the huge psychic shock   of genocide experienced by both Jews and  non-Jews.

There are very few survivors of Auschwitz left to tell the true story. Eva Kor is one of them.   I met her, I’ve heard her speak, and I wrote about here life here:

https://thesprucetunnel.wordpress.com/2015/07/20/eva-the-eternal-word-and-a-rejection/

. . . and her message here:

https://thesprucetunnel.wordpress.com/2015/07/23/eva-the-elephant-and-empathy/

(1)     Perhaps it’s also  a good day to see again Schindler’s List.      (2)    There are many good novels about life in Germany during the 1930s and 1940s.    (3)   Netflix has an excellent series on Hitler’s Inner Circle.      ALL of these sources of information help us to understand ourselves and perhaps – maybe –  prevent such a thing from happening again.    (I’m not one of the optimistic ones, though.)

TODAY is  HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY.

Please give it a thought.

There are those who would like us to disconnect us from our past:

“He who controls the present,  controls the past.  He who controls the past controls the future.” 

Our future.

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AGENDA THROUGH A ONE-STICK DRUM

April 12, 2018

What does a one-stick drum sound like?

      “boom    boom  boom   boom   boom   boom . . . .”

(Eventually you get the point.  Oh –   it’s “boom.”)

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About getting your agenda through –   if you pound the public with only one side of the story,   eventually the public “softens”  and accepts that one point of view.

Ever see a drum and bugle corps performance  – in person?

drum corps

It’s an amazing thing.     Dozens of drummers playing a rich complex, musical rhythm that is quite mesmerizing.   It’s an artistic experience that fully engulfs you.

But —   one drum stick?    Imagine –

single drumstick

Bang.        Bang.         Bang.           Boom.    Boom.    Boom.

Not much of a musical experience!

But one single drum beat, repeated,  can have quite an effect on our mental  processes:

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    . . .  boom   . . .   boom . . . boom  . . .    boomity boom . . . boom . . .

. . .boom . . . trump . . . boom . . .  russia . . . boom . . .  collusion . . .  boom . . .  trump . . . boom . . .  russia . . . boom . . .  collusion . . .      According to polls of Democrats,  68% of them think that  “President Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia in order to get elected.”

Huh?      Proof,  evidence,  testimony,  paper documents, and the money trail  all show that the Hillary campaign  colluded with the Russians   (to obtain a false document that was presented to the FISA court to get permission to spy on an American citizen who worked on the Trump campaign . . .    Hillary colluded . . .     with a Russian government official and a former British spy who declares his hatred of President Trump  and who obtained that false document and transmitted it to members of the Hillary campaign.

I understand, however, that the drumbeat from the entertainment-news media uses the word  “trump”  and   “russia”  and   “collusion”   like a    boom boom boom   from one drumstick on a drum.

68% of Democrat voters think that it was Trump who colluded.

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You can do it with science too.    “Boom out”  or broadcast only one set of facts,   false facts or true facts, as long as they’re one-sided,  one drumstick . . . .

In  spite of many thousands of scientists,  with thousands of studies, that show that the planet’s average temperature is not rising,  it may be cooling slightly,  antarctic ice is not disappearing,  it’s actually growing,   ocean levels are not rising, and the penguins and polar bears are safe,    in spite of all  that,   “Global Climate Change”  problems are still being promoted.

It has to be promoted.    The flow of  hundreds of Billions of US dollars is at stake.

Remember the news article a few months ago that some antarctic expedition returned with the dismaying report that even the Emperor Penguins have disappeared?

penguins

Did you hear that a very large colony of them have been “found”?   They had just moved to another part of Antarctica.    (That’s the “other half”  of the story.)

Ice is melting in Antarctica?     Ice is melting in Antarctica.   Ice is melting in Antarctica.   Ice is melting in Antarctica. . . .

No.    According to a BBC  report  (a Far Leftist source of information)

Some 272 billion tonnes more snow were being dumped on the White Continent annually in the decade 2001-2010 compared with 1801-1810.

This yearly extra is equivalent to twice the water volume found today in the Dead Sea.

And:  10%   more precipitation (snow)   in that same time period.   (Remember,  Ice Ages don’t begin with lower temperatures –  it doesn’t get “icy cold’ in an Ice Age.  What happens is that snow falls are greater,  earlier in the Fall, later in the Spring, and less of it melts from one winter to another.  The ice pack increases in depth;  glacier-type ice forms and grows in depth from one year to another.

(The BBC article is obliged to tell us that the ice is melting down there on one part “really fast” — but they don’t strike with the other drumsticks:  (1)   the part of the ice shelf that is melting is already floating over the water –  that ice melt won’t add to ocean levels,  (2)   underneath those parts of the melting ice shelves are not “automobiles and cow flatulence from evil meat-eaters”;   underneath the ice are many new volcanoes,  91 new ones so far have been discovered.  The water is being warmed in that vicinity by volcanoes.)

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Back to the U.S.        Lots and lots of drum booms for “March of Women who Hate Trump and Wear Pink Hats” and “March for Women’s Rights”  and the march against gun-ownership   where many schools facilitated their students field trip to Washington DC to participate and   boom . . .  boom . . .  boom    lots of celebrities promoted themselves by being interviewed with the marchers . . .

Hardly a sound about the much larger marches and demonstrations such as the February   “March for Life,”   the many  rallies supporting Pres. Trump and his policies,    and this week’s  Students March Against Abortion –   with 365 schools around the country participating.    But I can’t find any information on that yet.

Just . . .   no information.

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Maybe this is an exercise in Zen paradoxes:    What is the sound of one hand clapping?

Facebook and Twitter and YouTube take away one hand in our country –  the conservative hand.

“Zen” ideas are nice and sweet,   cute,   but this can get dangerous for the world too.   There are many governments around the world who are questioning the source of the chemical gas attack in Syria.   Some are even questioning whether it happened.

drum jungle

I don’t know.  I don’t have an opinion on that.     There is an extremely LOUD SCREEN of BOOM BOOM BOOM –  President Assad did it to his own people  –   BOOM  BOOM  BOOM    . . .    Assad did it    –   Assad did it   –    Assad did it  . . .

Aren’t those called  WAR DRUMS?

warriors

All our Founding Fathers agreed that in order to hold on to our nation, the voting public   would have to be well-informed and intelligent enough to understand the  issues.   We have to work very hard today to become well-informed.     Too hard.

Some people have an Agenda to insert into our country.    They need to “transform”  the American people.    They need for the American people to acquiesce to their agenda.

They seem to have a very loud single drumstick.

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The other half of the story:

In a follow-up to the unexplained death of Deputy Sheriff  Fitzsimons in a couple posts ago –    one of the things he was questioning is why there was permission granted for the Parkland students (and associates)  to assemble in Washington DC before the shooting even happened.

Seems strange.   I still can’t find the .jpeg of that email,  but here is a copy of the words from that email inquiry:

Good morning,

In reference to your inquiry concerning the March For Our Lives Demonstration, here in the District of Columbia on March 24, 2018. MPD received a permit application several months prior to the actual event, and there was several months of planning for this large event.

If you are requesting additional information reference this event, please follow the below steps to file your Freedom of Information Act request:

https://foia-dc.gov/App/Index.aspx

If your have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free in contacting me directly.

Officer Scott C. E-xxxxxxx, Badge No. 2372

Homeland Security Bureau
Special Operations Division
Planning and Logistics
Metropolitan Police Department
xxxx  New York Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002

 

THE NIGHT OF THE 39 CROWNS

March 10, 2018

(Story time):

I’ll try to do this story with a lot of pictures, but this happened before cameras . . .  and it’s only a side story to the main one,a story about one witness.

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“It was a dark and stormy night…”   Actually it was an eerie cold winter night, when the darkness is deep.   Like this:

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I woke up one night,  restless, and looked out my window at the snow and ice.  The night felt strange, and the “strange”  dark spots on my pond fed my imagination  that something was not “the same.”    Things can feel different in the middle of the night!

(They say, if only the Veil could be removed from our “eyes,”  we would be able to see the spiritual activity around us, the energy,  the forces,  the beings  and what they are doing, right now, to affect us.  When we partially perceive this spiritual world, it feels  eerie like something weird and other-worldly is nearby.)

40 spirits

On this night,  March 10,  “a little while ago,”  40 soldiers of the Roman army stood naked on the ice in the middle of a small lake.   Only a few torches lit the scene around a frosty little lake.   Strange enough!

What were those 40 men doing there?   After all,  they had been loyal soldiers of the Roman army.

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(A necessary bit of history, especially for those of you who have been taught that the  Constantine,a pagan,  made Christianity the official religion of the Empire — which he didn’t;  and to make Christianity more acceptable,  he mingled pagan practices with what was left of the Christian  teachings,   thereby corrupting Christianity and causing  “The Great Apostasy”  (that actually never was).

 It didn’t happen.   (Constantine pretty much remained a pagan all his life,  being baptized as a heretic, not a  Christian,   just before he died.)   In fact,  shortly after that Edict of Constantine – which did happen – the other Ruler of the Empire more forcefully imposed his version of pagan religion onto vast areas under his rule.  

One needed to have a lot of courage to be a Christian (then —  and now, I  think too).

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These 40 soldiers in one of his armies in Asia Minor happened to be Christian, and after they had refused to honor the gods with a little pinch of incense on a little statue, they were arrested,  they were stripped naked in the cold winter air,  some accounts say flogged   —

40 for the whip

— and then forced to stand on the ice in the middle of the little lake until they froze to death.

At the edge of the lake was a steaming bathhouse,  promising warmth and safety to any of the soldiers who changed their mind and would renounce their faith in Christ.  If they were willing to publicly reject Christ  Jesus,  they could be comfortably warm and live on.

Many hundreds stood around to watch the execution:  fellow soldiers, families, and local village people.    It was a public execution, meant to instill fear of the government into  the people.

40 naked frieze

But in the darkness of night things got “eerie,”  as I said.    One man,  Aglaius,  was awake,  keeping guard over the prisoners, naked and bleeding,  huddled together on the ice in the middle of the lake.

As Aglaius watched.  he saw the first man falter, and break,  and run to the bathhouse.   Just as that man reached the doorway of then bathhouse, with its promise of relief,  he died.

40 naked

It was something to make you think.

And that’s when the night sky above Aglaius changed.  It revealed spiritual beings  holding 39 crowns, one for each of the soon-to-be martyrs.
And Aglaius was thinking.

40 crown and crown

What do these crowns mean?     The crown of the Christ these soldiers worship was made of thorns,  but the crowns the angels held were looked like shining golden crowns –  full of light and glory,  suitable for Heaven.

And why start out with 40 soldiers?     In the ancient world as well as in the biblical world, “40”  signifies  “Enough!”   Time enough or deeds enough  or  people enough to accomplish the intentions of God for that purpose.     It is completeness, a full testimony.

But now the angels brought only 39 crowns.

Aglaius  was deeply moved by the absence of one crown.    Whatever he had heard about Christ before,  whatever he had seen in Christian behavior and honor and love,  whatever he had learned about Christianity,  now worked inside of him touching his spirit, and he responded  to the spiritual aid that always comes down to us —
In a sudden, firm act of his will,   Aglaius bolted!    He ran toward the lake,.    Tearing off his clothes he proclaimed his faith in Jesus Christ and joined the martyrs.

Now Forty martyrs are crowned this day.

40 heaven giving crown

 

Not 39.  Not almost a strong testimony to Jesus Christ.     But the faith of these soldiers stand as a full, complete witness to the absolute Faith in Christ –  which saves.

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St John in his Revelation saw martyrs arrayed  in a privileged position around the Throne of God.     They were doing two things:

They were “casting down”  their golden crowns before the feet of Jesus Who alone had made their home in Heaven possible.

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Martyrdom is not the only way to gain a Golden Crown,  but the way in this world is difficult and sometimes dangerous.     Today, all over the world,  it is often dangerous.

The second thing the martyrs around the Throne of God were doing was praying, begging, interceding:  How long, O Lord,  how long —   “And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?”  (in the Apocalypse, chapter 6, verse 10)

There are things you can do to bring honor to Christ.        There are things you can do, however, to diminish the honor of Christ.    Join the Christian soldiers on the icy lake – and pray for the gift of Final Preservation!

March 10th.   An important day of instruction and remembrance.

 

Many around the world still remember in churches and monasteries.

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  Church of the 40  Holy Martyrs,  Bulgaria.

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CONVERSATION STOPPER

March 7, 2018

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(A “demonstration”  of how to stop a conversation.  Pardon the pun.)  —

I stopped off at Son’s house Monday afternoon and evening, so I missed all the local excitement.    We made national news — again.   Local college “kids”  whom I like to call superannuated children,   tried to shut up  a visiting speaker . . . .

It’s Spring Break – they could have been having fun doing spring break things,  but it’s “in the air”  today, in our country:    if you don’t like someone’s opinion,  you get yourself all riled up and angry —

Pro 1

You get angry and shout things.

You get all worked up and pound something:

Pro 3 anger pound

In this case a poorly-made effigy of the speaker was being pounded.    Because, see, in real life,  if you don’t like what someone is telling you,  you get angry enough to want to pound him,   hurt him . . .  kill him.

What’s the difference?     Jesus explained there really is no difference in spilling out your anger on someone and wanting to hurt him with words,  or with your actions:    Murder begins in the heart –    “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’  But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother shall be in danger of the judgment . . .  (under judgment for  murder).  (Sermon on the Mount)

You need your “brother”  to stop talking, to stop saying what he’s saying.   So often I’ve seen on television,  or I’ve read in comment boxes,  or I’ve seen in real life that people don’t like to hear what they’re hearing, and rather than this be the start of an exchange of ideas,   one side wants to close off any chance of discussion.

Pro 4 insult

Insults come next:    (And whosoever shall say to his brother  “Raca!”  shall be in danger of hellfire.     That is,  the insulter is condemned.  )

The protesters escalated  their actions to  name-calling,  blaspheming what the speaker holds dear,  or acting out the worst insults they could think of.  The fire in the photo above shows a burning American flag  (who are these protesters?)  — and to make it personal,  the young kid is lighting his cigarette by the fire of our burning flag.

I don’t know much about the speaker who was speaking to a very small group nearby.   I probably strongly disagree with his words.   The local entertainment-news media around here don’t like the speaker either;  every time they say his name they use a variety of negative adjectives.     When they talk about the protesters, I notice no adjectives are used.  They’re just “protesters.”     The noble little  dears.       Anti-fascists using fascist techniques.

So, no,  I don’t agree with the protesters either, but they are part of the growing incendiary confrontations our society is plagued with.

How do you stop a conversation?

Talking over someone,  shouting at someone while they talk,  throwing insults,  and  getting angry enough to want to pound someone, as these protesters did yesterday,   are all ways to STOP a conversation.    

Unfortunately,  pressure mounts when there are differences of opinion and no way to relax the natural tensions by means of discussion and civil discourse.

The last step, of course,  is to make your protest public!    Tell someone!   Make sure the cameras are there!    Make sure you have an audience!    The protesters made sure they made a public nuisance of themselves by stopping cars on the streets.

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On second thought,  I’m glad I missed all the excitement.

I wouldn’t have gotten through these people anyway.

I wouldn’t have gotten through to them either.

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END OF DISCOURSE?

March 5, 2018

 

(This issue is so important that even though there are no pictures to entertain you,  I hope you’ll read and consider it.  You may be part of the solution.) 

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I’m not sure whether that title is hyperbole or not.    Maybe a little understandable pessimism on my part.   But I’m not the first one to ask that question.  I didn’t originate that question.  I’m  not the only one to have noticed this problem.

The problem is:   talking to each other in today’s climate of divisiveness.       Probably the most intelligent comment I’ve read recently was written by Susan Claire Potts, M.A., Ph.D., M.F.T.     See all those degrees?  She describes herself as a psychologist, trained in languages and literature as well as psychodynamic processes — and then she says that she and no one else needs all those degrees to notice that something is very wrong “with people’s minds”  as she says.

It’s quite a serious matter.    A Republic depends upon free and mutual discourse between people – without fear – to solve problems.   Our Church depends upon free and mutual discourse among people in order to reach deeper understandings.

Here is Dr. Potts’ analysis:

Nobody seems to think straight anymore. There is confusion everywhere. Everyone is affected. The disorder is not some esoteric psychopathology caused by the stresses of modern life. It is far more sinister. The Mystery of Iniquity*  has risen up, billowing like a toxic cloud, blotting out the Light. Minds are darkened. Preternatural forces are in play. People can’t seem to carry on a decent conversation anymore, much less a deep discussion. Not even Catholics. How can they? There are all kinds of Catholics now: Traditional. Conservative. Novus Ordo. Liberal. Progressive. Everybody has a label. It’s hard to find a regular Catholic anymore. People are sorted (and judged) by assumed orientation. No discussion is necessary or possible. Their identity will be known, their belief system understood before they say a word. There is no meeting of the minds, no shared principles. People are expected to formulate their own “truth,” forge their own path. To where? They don’t know. They have no destination point, no supernatural end goal. They’ve lost their way.

 

Cut off discourse, in the highest sense of that word,  and you cut off freedom of thought, the purpose of thought, and the End goal of man’s intellectual activity.

Man is simply an opinionated animal,  with no regard for objective reality:

Rather than “Update”  the last post with a correction, I’ll just say here that the example I used of an incident in a local church -as reported in the newspapers – was not based in accuracy.      I think.    From someone who was there, ” it didn’t happen that way”.   From someone else who was there – “it did happen that way.”    The man who shouted did or did not yell out for a long time.   He was or was not menacing.   The priest did or did not preach that day about political issues.     But he is known to have preached political issues in other sermons. . . .

I’ve often refrained from commenting on current issues, because the ‘news” will reverse itself and present new “facts”  a few days later, depending upon the biased opinion of the reporter.    So even when I get incensed about something I read,   perhaps it will turn out to be not true anyway.

But that’s the point, isn’t it.

We are supposed to get emotionally aroused.    We are supposed to create sides and  take sides.   We are supposed to “formulate our own truth,”  as Dr. Potts wrote.  We are in a time of identity politics and identity everything.

Ever since the Politics of Personal Destruction was introduced into Public Discourse in the 1990s and ever since factions found they could use existing institutions or authorities to shut down their opponents,  discussions . . .  based on objective facts . . .    ceased.  Even having an opinion is an act of divisiveness.

Again, both religion and politics depend upon a free exchange of information;  even a free expression of opinions.  

Who wins if those two free acts disappear?

How many lose when you ought not to speak freely because   objective facts are not part of the discussion?

How pointless and diminished everything is when emotions rule!

Will this End of Discourse be the end of discourse – forever?

What is the way out of our verbal dead end?

 

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.*    The Mystery of Iniquity (also called The Mystery of Lawlessness)   is a power or force of lawlessness that overwhelms human thinking and activity  with increasing power.      (II Thessalonians  2:7 –  For the mystery of iniquity is already at work: only he who now restrains it will restrain, until he be taken out of the way.)    So we’re not sure “who” is doing the restraining,  we’re not sure who the “he”  is that will be taken out of the way so that “all Hell breaks loose on earth”   —   but we do know that there is a power of iniquity working among us and against us humans.

And it’s affecting the way we think and talk to one another.

(I’ve read and considered many ideas for who  the Restrainer is and what will  happen and who will come when that Restrainer is removed, presumably in God’s good time by God’s good hand.       Some ideas make sense –  but in the spirit of open discourse,  I’m not ready to clamp my mind down on any one answer.   I just know for sure that something very bad will come of all this.)

And,   in the interest of avoiding “divisiveness,   I will not yet write the source of Dr. Potts’  comments.      Judge her words first.

POLITICIANS, PRIESTS, AND BILLY GRAHAM

March 5, 2018

It’s always dismaying to read (or write) about “the state of the Church” — and especially on a Sunday.

Since giving up many of the teachings, traditions, and now even doctrines of 2,000 year-old Christianity,  the Modernized Church has weakened, stumbled, fell, skinned its knees, dirtied its face, and is  limping along towards further trouble.

How far along has this process gone?   All the way, I’d say.    Recently, in a church near me,   a priest was acting like a politician and gave a sermon that instructed the people on gun control, border walls, and racism.    Whatever you think of these Hot Button Leftist Talking Points,   most people would instinctively know that this is not what sermons should be about,  nor is it the role of the priest to act as a politician.

Don’t Leftists believe in “separation of church and state”?    (That’s a mild jab from me, with a smile.)

Before I go back to What Happened Next in that church,   here is what the role of a priest traditionally is,  Church teaching from St. John Eudes:

The priest is an evangelist and an apostle whose
chief work is to preach publicly and privately,
by word and example, the Gospel of Jesus
Christ; to continue and perpetuate the functions
that the apostles were commissioned to perform
and to practise the virtues that they practised  
His duty is to make them worthy to possess in eternity
the very kingdom of the Sovereign Monarch of
the world.
In a word, the priest embodies a world of grace
and benediction for the entire Church, but
especially for that portion which God has called
him to govern and guide.

 

The words were printed in the Scottish newsletter*, so that’s why the spelling of some words is different. This portion is just a small part of the saint’s teaching about priests,  but it’s an example of how far from secular politics is the duty of any Roman Catholic priest.

The duty of a priest is the things of God.  However in the local church that I began to write about, the words of that priest were so emotionally incendiary (patterned after the reporting presented by our entertainment-news media:  arouse the people!!),  so arousing, that a man got up in the back of the church and shouted out  his disapproval to the priest and then left the building.

Now, according to reports,  the word “panicked”  was used at least three times.   The people in the church “panicked”  because of the shouts (of the man who had quickly left) and police were called, reports were made, etc., etc.

So –  divisive politics strikes close to home.    I wonder about that scene.    I wonder about our society that has produced people so easily “panicked,”  whatever that meant.   I wonder about the psychological soundness of people with weakened faith (maybe through no fault of their own – living in such a changed Modernized church) –

Opposed to this scene is the teaching of the Church:     For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.  (II Timothy 1:7)       

As much as I’d like to comment on that verse,   it brings me to Billy Graham, whose biography I saw tonight in a documentary, which happened to be on TV after NASCAR!  (Happily for me.)

However many ways you can look at the man, Billy Graham had greatness and he was important to a wide variety of Americans.     His words changed lives.      As I listened to this documentary,  I was struck by how firmly he stuck to his message:

1.   Every man, deep down is longing for something; he has a hole to be filled:   “Everyone is born with a God-shaped hole in his heart.”   “The heart is restless until it rests in Thee.”  (St. Augustine)    Or listen  to Blaise Pascal about the abyss in our hearts:

What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace? This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God himself.”
– Blaise Pascal, Pensées VII(425)

2.   From there Billy Graham goes on to state that  not only do we all feel an emptiness,  but we also know, deep down, that we are sinners.

3.   God loved the world so much that He sent His Son to die for us, to “take away”  our sins, to give us new life, and to create a soul worthy of Heaven, sharing in his divine life.
Period.

4.    “If you want to have peace with God, come forward . . .”    in those big crusade auditoriums.     Don’t misunderstand me,  I’m being respectful.

With God (the Third Person of the Trinity) living in you,  you have  increasing faith, which leads to peace and spiritual health, strength, and a sound mind.

I think that factors in somehow to wondering about a “panicked”  congregation whose emotions were so stoked that a shout from the back of the room led to  fear for personal safety.

Fear does not come from God.   (Direct quote from Malachi Martin!)

But “Panic”  comes from the god Pan, according to the Greeks.   In other words,  from evil entities in enmity with God and man, all flourishing in a time of a weakened Church.

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There are some priests who strive to resemble St. Eudes’  description as partially quoted above.    All is not lost.    The priest I see each week reminds us frequently that it’s his job to  help us live holy lives –   he’s rather young, he works hard at it, even to the detriment of his own health, as I’m observing.        Just thought he deserves some praise.

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.*  CatholicTruthScotland

 

 

 

 

 

HEAR THE TEACHER OF THE YEAR – NOT KOWTOWING

February 19, 2018

Sorry,  I’ll get to how you “kowtow” soon,  but for now,  with current events, it’s important to seize the moment.

I have no more comments of my own on the school shooting in Florida (second school shooting of this year),  but I wanted you all to hear what a Teacher of the Year in Lake County Florida had to say about the conditions which lead up to such a terrible event.

(By Kelly Guthrie Raley, teacher)

Okay, I’ll be the bad guy and say what no one else is brave enough to say, but wants to say. I’ll take all the criticism and attacks from everyone because you know what? I’m a TEACHER. I live this life daily. And I wouldn’t do anything else! But I also know daily I could end up in an active shooter situation.

Until we, as a country, are willing to get serious and talk about mental health issues, lack of available care for the mental health issues, lack of discipline in the home, horrendous lack of parental support when the schools are trying to control horrible behavior at school (oh no! Not MY KID. What did YOU do to cause my kid to react that way?), lack of moral values, and yes, I’ll say it-violent video games that take away all sensitivity to ANY compassion for others’ lives, as well as reality TV that makes it commonplace for people to constantly scream up in each others’ faces and not value any other person but themselves, we will have a gun problem in school. Our kids don’t understand the permanency of death anymore!!!

I grew up with guns. Everyone knows that. But you know what? My parents NEVER supported any bad behavior from me. I was terrified of doing something bad at school, as I would have not had a life until I corrected the problem and straightened my ass out. My parents invaded my life. They knew where I was ALL the time. They made me have a curfew. They made me wake them up when I got home. They made me respect their rules. They had full control of their house, and at any time could and would go through every inch of my bedroom, backpack, pockets, anything! Parents: it’s time to STEP UP! Be the parent that actually gives a crap! Be the annoying mom that pries and knows what your kid is doing. STOP being their friend. They have enough “friends” at school. Be their parent. Being the “cool mom” means not a damn thing when either your kid is dead or your kid kills other people because they were allowed to have their space and privacy in YOUR HOME. I’ll say it again. My home was filled with guns growing up. For God’s sake, my daddy was an 82nd Airborne Ranger who lost half his face serving our country. But you know what? I never dreamed of shooting anyone with his guns. I never dreamed of taking one! I was taught respect for human life, compassion, rules, common decency, and most of all, I was taught that until I moved out, my life and bedroom wasn’t mine…it was theirs. And they were going to know what was happening because they loved me and wanted the best for me.

There. Say that I’m a horrible person. I didn’t bring up gun control, and I will refuse to debate it with anyone. This post wasn’t about gun control. This was me, loving the crap out of people and wanting the best for them. This was about my school babies and knowing that God created each one for greatness, and just wanting them to reach their futures. It’s about 20 years ago this year I started my teaching career. Violence was not this bad 20 years ago. Lack of compassion wasn’t this bad 20 years ago. And God knows 20 years ago that I wasn’t afraid daily to call a parent because I KNEW that 9 out of 10 would cuss me out, tell me to go to Hell, call the news on me, call the school board on me, or post all over FaceBook about me because I called to let them know what their child chose to do at school…because they are a NORMAL kid!!!!!

Those 17 lives mattered. When are we going to take our own responsibility seriously?

 

Her response has been posted on many Internet sites, as well as all over Facebook, so maybe you’ve seen it already,  but it warrants a second thought in light of the takeover of the media by the “progressive” and Radical leftist element.

Everything (on the entertainment-news media)   is shown to us through their lens, and their “reporting”  — which is really simply the presentation of the  Leftist agenda — doesn’t really deserve a point by point response.

There is life and thinking beyond the television celebrities!

Hooray for Kelly Guthrie Haley!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

POOM !!

February 12, 2018

Bear.  Waiting.

bear seeing you

 

As the weekend began,  I was having a very comfortable, peaceful night. Soft snowfall outside.   Fireplace going.    Knitting nearby, nearly done.   Good book I had been reading, turned upside down on the table.    Such are my cozy evenings.

And I was baking bread.   I had just finished kneading the bread, I had put it in a bowl,  just covered it with a clean, damp cloth —  when   POOM!   Louder than that.   It sounded like a gunshot right next to me!

Glass on Stove

The glass lid on that pot of water next to me had just exploded.  There is a reason, of course,  but I don’t know the reason.   The stove top was not being used;  it was cool.  The water in the pan was room temperature.  and the thick glass lid on the pan had been there for hours.   I had just laid a cloth on the bread dough (lower right-hand corner)  gently.

I turned slightly to my right to pick up the used mixing bowl, had not quite reached it, when the explosion happened.

The house had been quiet.  Then the loud explosion,  Then quiet again –  but not altogether.   Over the next twenty minutes I heard tiny little cracks.   Like a little shard had fallen with a little “tick” against the stove.  A couple times  I heard a little “tick”  and thought I could hear a slight sliding, like a shard was gliding for a short space across the stove top.

Clean-up was not easy.   The bread dough was safe because it had just been covered,  but there was a nearby plate of cooked carrots and broccoli, waiting for me.   It was peppered with tiny specks of glass.  And so was my kitchen.

Glass in net

Much wiping up with a damp paper towel, of course,  and then I had to get the broken glass out of the pan of water, without the glass going down the garbage disposal.  Wouldn’t hurt it, maybe,  but I didn’t want it down there.   Luckily I still had a wire mesh strainer  with much smaller holes than the plastic ones.

I had walked in the glass with my stocking feet and walked my stocking feet all over the carpeting in the other rooms.  A flashlight told me that.

The Bear and the Book –

Some of you know why the bear is a metaphor for me – a metaphor that originated in a nice walk in the woods with my parents when I was a child –  interrupted in an instant by an angry mother bear that roared out at us and chased us about a quarter mile or so back to our cabin in the woods.

Bear Print 370

It’s why I wear this bear paw print bracelet –  to remind me that at any moment, life can be changed.   Things beyond our doing, beyond our control pop out and change the world for us.

The bracelet was bought at the Donner Party Museum last time I was on Donner Pass  (where my grandson lives).  The people in the Donner Party didn’t expect a 22-foot snowstorm when they were at the top of Donner pass either.

The Book?     To Hell and Back, by Ian Kershaw,  the years between 1914 – 1949.  It’s a thick book, dense with information, but so important for us to know –  because these things are happening again.      Life was “normal” in Europe –  and then a war began,  a war worse than any other war up to that time.    Soviet Socialism changed the lives of many millions.    Then life got normal again,  but fearful signs were unseen, National Socialism slowly grew  –  and then a terrible war began.

I wish every who reads this book would then  know how to stop history from repeating itself,  but like the bear,  like the sudden disappearance of my glass pan lid,   the changes that have been building up in the United States,  will suddenly rush out at us in unstoppable fury,  and whatever freedom we think we have,  whatever laws we think protect us,  whatever economic stability we think we are enjoying, all of it will explode away in a sudden fearful recognition that the world has changed for us, very much.

As vague, rising fear is the first sign,  subtle enough so that we can get used to it, even deny it’s really there.

It’s above our ability to stop it, I think.   At least from the growing signs I see.      A Tipping Point is near.        Perhaps  “Above” is the only answer.    Pray, of course.

We don’t quite know what to do with ourselves.  We don’t quite know how to manage the world without God.      More than pray.     Look to God Above.

Bear Trees a Man

We quite know how much more time we have.

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PART TWO: REFUGEES ON THE MEDITERRANEAN

February 8, 2018

I ended the last post about slavery with a brief reference to quantum physics  (thinking chiefly of  Light Entanglement)  and the interpenetration of the seen and unseen worlds, the co-existence of the material and the spiritual.

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And, therefore,  of our spiritual and material duties:  To love God with our whole heart and mind and soul and to love our neighbor as ourselves.

 

Today, February 8th, is the day we are reminded to celebrate the life of St. John Matha, a man who lived those two Great Commandments.   He lived in the 13th century, that century which is designated by many as the “Greatest Century”  of Christendom, for all the advances in human understanding and achievements it had made.

John was a good young man,  caring of the poor, though not of the poor.   He was popular and trusted among his friends, and soon came to wonder if he ought to become a priest.    He became a priest in his thirties,  a little later than most. . . .

During his First Mass – an important milestone in the life of a priest –  he had a vision,  recorded by many artists:

john first mass gradient 6

Further above in the upper left-hand corner,  this artist  (de Miranda)  had shown the relevant portion of the vision –  a youth, probably an angel, wearing a red and blue cross and holding out his arms, crossed, with a hand on a Christian and a hand on a Moor.

(I didn’t show it because I wanted to accentuate the artist’s understanding that above any Mass, even today,  there is no line of separation between the spiritual realm and the material realm.   No dividing line.    The entire spiritual world pays attention to what we do and how (and if)  we worship.)

John, in his forties, after much studying,  consultation,  preparation,  growth in holiness,  and permissions obtained,    established a group of young men dedicated to the rescue of slaves from those Moorish lands I wrote about in the last post,  based upon the meaning he had gleaned from his first vision.

These men did their work  among the North African Islamic nations and were called Trinitarians.    They wore that red and blue cross on white robes.

john b r red blue cross St.  John of Matha

St. John  and the men collected alms from the Europeans, peasants and rich people alike.  He used those alms to purchase the freedom of slaves in Africa, after negotiating with  their Moorish captors:

john negotiating

They ransomed hundreds of thousands of slaves – an endless supply –

john's chr slaves woodcut

The work was hard and dangerous.  John walked among the slaves,  consoling them,  reminding them to be faithful to Christ,  encouraging them to be patient while he worked for their ransom.

One time,  sailing back to Europe with 110 former captives, the boat was attacked by  a small group of Moorish sailors.  The sails on   John’s boat were torn and shredded,  the rudder was damaged and unusable.   They were left to drift.

aerial med

 

Heaven saw and then answered their prayers.  The survivors offered their cloaks and blankets,  sewn together to make new sails –  and even though rudderless,  made it back safely to Europe.

From one of the accounts:

The saint, full of confidence in God, begged him to be their pilot, and hung up his companions’ cloaks for sails, and, with a crucifix in his hands kneeling on the deck, singing psalms, after a prosperous voyage, they all landed safe at Ostia, in Italy.

Their work continued for many centuries, inspiring another young man,  St. Peter Nolasco,  (also in this “greatest” 13th century)  to begin a group with a similar mission,  the Mercedarians.

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These  groups exist today, somewhat, in this not-so-great century and as part of the New Version of the Church.   We don’t hear of their work among slaves today . . .

But perhaps . . .   their work can continue, at least in our prayers.

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PART ONE: REFUGEES ON THE MEDITERRANEAN

February 8, 2018

(Don’t let your history be taken away from you!)

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Any idea what this kind of cross means?

Trinitarian Cross

. . . .   red and blue . . .  ?

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 john boast people ref   If you read the news today, you’ll have heard of all the M os le m  “refugees”  fleeing    terrible conditions, risking their lives on rickety  boats, crossing the Mediterranean to find refuge.   The “news” articles regularly include admonitions (demands, really)  to Europeans to not reject these refugees  (few ever do) and to give them tax money and welfare aid,  giving preference to them over the Europeans (commonly done) .

If you read further,  you’ll see that the “refugee” camps where the boat people land are frequently places of crime, rape, revolt, and anger against the Europeans who are “rescuing” them.  (Not 100%, for those of you trained by marxist rhetoricians.  Of course not 100%)

The end point for these African “refugees’ of military age?     Often scenes like this:

DECENAS DE INMIGRANTES ENCARAMADOS A LA VALLA FRONTERIZA DE MELILLA

Africans invading Spain (recently)  from out of a “refugee” landing point.

And elsewhere, one of thousands of photos:

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But it wasn’t always like this.  To call these militant young Islamists “refugees” is to pervert the word itself.    They have a different purpose from the millions of refugees throughout the centuries who were rescued across the Mediterranean from actual slavery and torture in Moslem  lands.

Let’s call them Moors, as history does.

john slaves being taken to mors

(Christian boat people)

Over the centuries,  millions of Christians from Europe (some of your ancestors)  were kidnapped from their homes and brought to, well,  Moorish countries, especially in North Africa.

Just as Christians who live in Africa today are being kidnapped from their homes,  sold into slavery,  married into another kind of slavery,  and never heard from again,  these Christian captives were  also never heard from again.    You live if you gave up your Christian faith – lived for a while.

The problematic evil of slavery has existed even before written history began – and it exists today:

Slave Women

It’s a real tragedy from the entertainment-news media that the nations excoriated for the evils of slavery are those very nations   (the White, European and European-derived nations)   that have eliminated slavery,  and  long before our great-greatgrandparents even lived!

This simply diverts attention from the real problem of modern slavery.

I don’t mean to imply that only women are taken as slaves.

Little boys . . .  (not for working “in the fields”:

peeking between fingers

And young Christian  men:

peek boy slave 400 dollars

The accompanying article said he was being sold for $400.   (equivalent American.)

What do you care about this young husband and father?    About the little boys?  About the young women?       What should we care?   What can we do, anyway?

john's cross do you know 60   What does all this have to do with that red and blue cross?

Well, lots, actually.      And it has a lot to do with what you think about the separation of this life from the next;  of the material world from the spiritual world,  and the knowledge that there is no separation . . . .    Whether this knowledge comes from from the advances in quantum physics  or from religious writing,  or  the experience of Catholic teaching  —  the spiritual world pervades and co-exists with the seeable, material world.

And our duty to God is co-extistent with our duty to our fellow-man.

This post is not getting written as I thought it would, so I’m going to have to do a Part Two so it doesn’t get too long. . . .

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TWO ANTI’s TO AN ANTI TO ALL ANTIs

January 12, 2018

 

A rant, on my part:

(That’s a chicken in his hands.)    (New York City?) *

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About that meeting yesterday in which President Trump was presented with an immigration proposal that everyone knew was the exact  opposite of what he wanted, no compromise on their part.    President Trump was impatient and angry at this obvious slap in the face.   Their  grandstanding.   Delay tactic.    Attempted attrition.

 

Then two anti-Trump people, who were not present at the meeting to hear anything, have reported to two anti-Trump “news” reporters who work for an anti-Trump newspaper their impression of what President Trump said.

 

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Is that third degree hearsay?

Do you remember when the European report came out that the average, general IQ of people living in Somalia is 60?

Som 1

Somalia does not have a tradition of governing by a system of laws.  The only thing that is known in that country is rule by various Warlords.    It’s who you know and how well you can fight and dominate those who are not like you.

Plainly and fairly the President was questioning why a county must accept immigrants from countries that are so far away from Western European and American culture.

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Because some countries are a real mess.    I would not use the words that came out of the mouths of those  anti-Trump people, but  truth is truth about Third World  countries where most of the people are victims.    Reality is reality.

Americans are not racist-  remember when we gave over a billion dollars to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti?   A Billion dollars.      A Billion  dollars to (mostly) Black people.

Oh, it didn’t get to the Haitian people –  nearly all of that money went to Mrs. Bill Clinton and her Clinton Foundation –  where it stayed.   The Haitian president is spitting mad whenever he hears her name.   I’m sure the Haitian people are wondering where their aid is too.

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Mrs. Bill Clinton has been heard using the “F” bomb frequently in her speaking. Derogatory, demeaning statements about people.    And all kinds of vile language when questioned about her actions,  like where the money for the Black people of Haiti went.

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Politics of Personal Destruction.    It’s not just a catchy phrase — it’s a policy of demeaning, dominating,  and destroying your political enemies.      Like the Warlords of Somalia.    The media is very helpful.     95% are rabidly anti-Trump.

 

It’s possible that the anti-Trump Sen. Durban  is too young to remember the language used by previous presidents (and certain first ladies).    But it is easy to find such vulgar language in many biographies of these former presidents (such as Kennedy,  Johnson,  Nixon, Clinton, and we  know about the  Barack-Hussein person even without a biography).

 

This woman needs help:

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She needs economic aid for her country.    Ask:  what is the purpose of a nation’s immigration policy?     Is there a nation?    Does a nation have a right to decide its own fate?  Its own characteristics?    Is this woman ready to add to the health of another nation?

The systems and cultures of some countries are not helpful to Western nations.   It has nothing to do with the color of the skin who live in those  cultures. — and most anti-Trumpers know that.

But they’re on a roll.  The anti-Trump media will repeat their story over and over and over again . . .  until something else distracts them.

If you smear the president with charges of racism,  maybe you can weaken his position so much that he’ll back down and do what you want him to do about immigration.

Maybe some of those anti-Trumpers should visit some  New York City areas:

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. *   Here’s an open market in an immigrant section of NYC.   I’m sure you know what those goats are going to be used for.

I remember hearing a few years ago a New York City policeman talking – a couple of them in that interview, actually.    They said there are apartment buildings they don’t like to go into because they can hear the bleating of goats and the chickens inside those apartments,  ready for sacrifice,  the smell of blood . . .   and there was nothing they could lawfully do about it.     Voodoo.  Santeria.

Not your average cheerful Methodist social justice warriors in those apartments.

Chain migration.    Whole families and extended families allowed to . . .  invade.

 

(And why does the United Nations think it can mandate that every Western nation must accept large numbers of people from anywhere?   What is their motive?   What does the United Nations have against European and American  nations? )  

 

We’re not talking about Legal Migration,  are we?      The anti-Trumpers seem to be confused on that part.    They’ll switch back and forth as they argue. Makes compromise on their part nearly impossible.

So the entertainment-news media has created some ammunition today.

And I’m ranting back at them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT? SWEDEN?

January 10, 2018

Maybe this comes under the category of Think and Do that I’ve been writing about lately — analyze the situation truthfully, and then do something –  change things for the better, as you can,  in your own little sphere.

But first –  protect yourself?

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As a Scandinavian I keep  watch on news coming out of Sweden  and  Finland  (not linguistically Scandinavian, I know.)

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Right up north at the top where the yellow, orange, and purple lands meet  is where my ancestors came from,  both sides of my family.      One of my favorite commenters is a young man named PeterSweden . . .  that’s his YouTube name;  he’s easy to find.

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He speaks English with the accent that  my grandparents had.     Kind of nice.   Check out his gondola ride up a Norwegian mountain – breathtaking!

He comments on the current events in Sweden, as he watches his poor country self-destruct as they are overwhelmed with m o s l e m  people largely from Africa, according to the Global-socialist directives.   The   “migrant-invaders”  have taken over large portions of Swedish towns now.     There are murders,  explosions,  brutal rapes happening all over in this formerly peaceful and safe country.  The police and firemen are outnumbered, threatened, and physically harmed.

Swedish women are told to not go out at night . . . .   In the interest of good taste I won’t even repeat some of the stories.

A few Swedes are asking where their “Viking” spirit is.     Where are the Viking men to protect their daughters and sisters and mothers and wives?

But today I’m reading something very odd.  Here are the headlines:

THE SWEDISH GOVERNMENT IS WARNING CITIZENS TO BE PREPARED FOR AT LEAST A WEEK WITHOUT HELP

Why?  What’s coming?   And then follows an official statement:

“Because we have the security policy situation we have today, we say that we will make our planning at government level to face a security crisis for three months,” says Eva-Lena Fjällström, Deputy Director of the County Administrative Board in Västerbotten.

– Eftersom vi har det säkerhetspolitiska läge vi har idag så säger man att vi ska göra vår planering på myndighetsnivå för att klara en säkerhetspolitisk kris i tre månader, säger Eva-Lena Fjällström beredskapsdirektör på länsstyrelsen i Västerbotten.

“I think it’s important that you can manage yourself. Society has changed and is vulnerable and complex with many dependencies. It can easily be a disturbance so we have to manage ourselves, “says Eva-Lena Fjällström.

– Jag tycker att det är viktigt att man kan klara sig själv. Samhället har förändrats och är sårbart och komplext med många beroenden. Det kan lätt bli en störning så att vi tvingas klara oss själva, säger säger Eva-Lena Fjällström.

(From:  www . sv t. se/  etc  etc   etc)

“Three months” of disturbances?     “War,”  “crisis,”  and “civil unrest”  were mentioned.

Okay –  so, a little later in the bulletin,  it says that young people must face a changing world and they must learn how to take care of themselves without government help.  They must learn techniques for  personal survival.

They also explain that the “changing world”  has become divided sharply into left and right,  with dangerous consequences for the nation.

Yes, well –  this admonition  (warning?) is coming from a government which fosters cradle-to-grave dependencies;  that is,  Sweden is a radically socialist state which takes great amounts of taxes from the working people and distributes it around, including to foreigners who have settled there and contribute nothing to their care and upkeep, cradle-to-grave.

As Bernie Sanders would say:  “Free education for all!”

Secondly,   it is these revolutionaries/progressives/socialists  who have divided the world into “left” and “right”   which was appropriate, I guess, for the French Revolution,  but we are so used to hearing it that we don’t question anymore how severely those descriptions actually do divide a society  – irreversibly and eventually dangerously.

Now the Swedish government warns of the consequences of their own policies.   You can no longer depend  upon us . . .  and our Left-Right paradigm has produced a dangerous, sharply divided society.

From observation, from history,   Socialism always reaches its end.  Painfully.

Something big has changed in Sweden.

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Is Sweden our Canary in the   Mine Shaft  Snowstorm?

 

Perhaps we have a little more time to observe what is happening there,  analyze what is happening in our country . . .  maybe  do something about it,  like put the brakes on government dependency,  of dividing  our friends into Left or Right politics,  and maybe demanding that people who cross our borders obey our laws.

 

 

 

 

MAILBOX VIEW – A NEAR MISS!

November 14, 2017

You can get a pretty interesting view of the world from your mailbox –  a changing world.

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My neighbor and I stand side by side with our mailboxes.    The mailbox used to  bring a lot of things that it doesn’t,  anymore.  Paychecks.  Other “checks in the mail.”   Birthday cards and lots and lots of Christmas cards.  Letters from family and friends.

And letters from Pen Pals!  

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One of the joys of my teen and young adult years was to write to and receive letters from pen pals.  There were even magazines and sections of magazines devoted to introducing people to each other from around the world.   There are some I still wonder about and regret that our correspondence ended somehow,  but I have one pen pal who has remained with me and I count her among my good and precious friends –  across the ocean!

Today:    Our mailboxes hold mostly  Junk Mail.

junkmail

And lots of it.

But many years ago,  Hubbie had some advice for his family,  and he had learned it the hard way.    He usually went through the mail, tossing out all the junk mail,  keeping only the “important stuff.”   But one month he was fretting about not receiving a rebate check he had “gone through all the hoops”  to  qualify for.

He was sitting idly at his desk one day,  thinking of complaining to the company,  but just staring  at his little wastebasket which was nearly overflowing.    He looked at it, into it,  and there were a few “junk mail” envelopes unopened.    Sure enough, one envelope was from the same company that had sent  him the rebate.

So –  Hubbie said:   “Always open your junk mail;  it takes very little time,  and you may find something that isn’t junk after all.”

I don’t always listen to my husband’s advice.

Recently I got a big colorful envelope,  something about driving,  something about ENTERING A CONTEST – YOU CAN WIN $$$.   “ENTER HERE TO WIN”

Junk Mail brochures

Well, it was from Colorado.  I had just traveled there a couple months ago – briefly.  It was just a drive-through,  maybe two hours.   I just had to get from western Kansas to Wyoming.     But somehow  “Colorado”  had gotten my personal information.

I didn’t open this ” junk mail”  for  a week or two, until I had more time for it.   That’s a photo of the brochures I got for driving in Colorado and entering their contest.

“Junk Mail”  for a Toll road.    An Express Toll Road.

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“Express”  means:  You don’t have to stop to pay your toll –  they’ll send you a bill later!  (along with a chance to enter a contest).

By the time I opened the envelope to see what kind of fun contest Colorado was offering me,   I saw that I had only five days left to pay this toll bill –  or else!

I wonder –  if I hadn’t opened this junk mail, and if I had seen another  similar piece of junk mail from Colorado a month or so from now (with a “final notice” within),  well,  would there be a warrant out for me next time I drive out West?

(Sigh-h-h-h.   Yet another reason to drive  so slowly that I am just about under the speed limit.)

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Read your junk mail, guys.

HOAX WEEK: A NATION OF . . .

October 26, 2017

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One of the Tactics of Marxism (by whatever name: progressivism, socialism, fascism, etc.)   is to make the population of their enemy organization or their enemy country to  feel shame for its own past.

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It’s an effective,  openly stated, and well-defined Tactic.   They have an amazingly “rich” vocabulary.  An arsenal of words and phrases to wear down the targeted organization or nation:   Exclusive.   Racist.  Cruel.    Oppressive.     Xenophobic.    Populist.  Nationalist.   Supremacist.

One of their accusations, now, against America is the erroneous phrase that “We are a nation of immigrants!”

No.     That is a Hoax.   If you believe that sentence, you’ve been Hoaxed!    Here is a Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony  —

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Such a proud day for those who want to become Americans.    Not just “American citizens” –  but Americans!

The truth is “We are a nation of legal immigrants.”     All of us legal immigrants (or their children or grandchildren . . .)   have assimilated into the existing American culture *  and take pride in being Americans.

This is the reason why so many of us children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of those new Americans cannot speak the language of the countries that they came from!  They wanted us to know English!

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Imagine you’re in high school and you are asked to draw a picture of “France.”   You draw around its Borders.    What is the official Language of France?    French.     How did France get to be the way it is?   You learn the history of France.

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Imagine you’re asked to draw a picture of Italy.   You draw around its Borders.   What is the official Language of Italy?    Italian.    How did Italy become a nation?   You learn its history.

This is the famous criteria of a nation-state:  Borders.  Language.  Culture.

You can do this with the border of the United States.  You can do this with the official Language of the United States.   You can learn its history (but usually not from government schools).    Starting just from Modern History **,  the land itself was settled by French and Spanish Catholic nations, but the governing force  was overtaken by Englishmen.    Then the English colonies revolted and set up a new nation.

We actually have a culture based largely on English traditions and English history.   We study English literature.  We study  English civic traditions.

Freedom?  Equality before the Law?  

From the foundational Magna Carta.    (The Great Charter)

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And the English in turn influenced by the Scandinavian  Thing —

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That’s it.      “A NATION OF . . .”    A nation of legal immigrants who have come here wanting to become Americans and take part in is  culture with a determination to be Free to better ourselves and to contribute to our country as it stands.

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Patriotism with Pride:   It’s a universal and natural urge all over the world.

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.*  A Cultural Marxist, now,  would interrupt the conversation and insist that you acknowledge that Canadians are “Americans”  too;  and so are people who live in Mexico, and people who live in Brazil, etc., etc.    But conventionally speaking,  in context here –  “American” is understood to refer to citizens of the United States of America.

It gets to be an impossible burden just to talk in all their politically correct ways without having to defend yourself  from all the implied accusations.    Which is the point.    A Cultural Marxist intends for you to not make your point.   He owns the dialogue, then.

 

.**  A longer history will show that the people living here at the time of the 16th century had themselves come from  Asia,  the South Pacific, Polynesia,  the Russian area,   and from Europe with artifacts all up and down the east coast that materially originated in the European continent, before the last minor Ice Age ended, and from the northwestern coast of Africa.

 

 

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT

October 15, 2017

(Random thoughts after hearing a sermon and reading the mail))

Looking up     We had a very fine and inspiring sermon today, the kind where you know you’ve received a mandate to go out and take action – live your faith!   And I thank God for this man’s words.

In one small part of the sermon,  the word “compartmentalization” came up,  several examples given.   It was pointed out how we compartmentalize our faith away from our “everyday” life in society, or in school,  and in the workplace.  In the public perception of our society,  created by the media, we  compartmentalize our citizens into various ethnic groups.  And certainly, now, our political opinions keep us separated in our little “compartments.”

With the increasing implementation of Cultural Marxism into American culture,  people are taught to place themselves, and others, in  separate compartments and to look for possible injuries, insults, and wrongs done to them.    We are victims of something.   And the marxists are here to help.

Social media intimidation seems to be the first step.   (Remember the Benham twins?)  Rumors, innuendoes, implications, insinuations are enough to attract such negative attention that owners of small businesses have been forced to shut down due to “danger to their employees and families” —

Did you hear about the Cup It Up American Grill this week?

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That was a sign the owners had to post on their coffee shop window after they had received numerous threats from those who opposed their private opinions.  Customers had to be told that the employees were in danger if they continued working there.  (Sorry,  I don’t remember the city this was in.  I didn’t think I’d be sharing this information.)

This comes across as a Cultural Marxist attack against private American citizens.    We can’t push back.  We can’t push back on events like this if we don’t know about them.   Our very Leftist entertainment-news media is not interested in telling us.

After accusations on the social media, or from wherever, often the next step is to consult a lawyer — and draw up a statement of  “you can’t blame us.”

So,  that Personal Responsibility Statement.   I found it on a ticket voucher that Son gave me for my birthday recently.  He had bought tickets for me and for him to see Jay Leno on stage at our local performance center theater.   Here is the statement:

Wharton Center offers a diverse selection of arts and entertainment. Not all productions may appeal to or be appropriate for every person or for all ages.  Therefore, patrons are responsible for making informed decisions regarding their ticket purchases.

Now that’s troublesome!    In a sane society of mature adults,  with integrity and  common values,  such a statement  “goes without saying.”    It is common sense.  The caveat is so obvious that it is internal and needs not be articulated:    “Not everything is for everyone.”  In addition,  a  healthy society would not be presenting offensive events to us as “entertainment.”

Mature adults would instantly recognize what is not appropriate or  “comfortable” for them – and put it out of their minds.     (There is commonly deceptive advertising and misrepresentations of course –  but then you just quietly walk out.)

Compartmentalization.  It’s being done to us.   The results are a fragmented society that cannot even talk to itself about what is going wrong.

Divide and conquer.   We’ve all heard that before.

 

 

 

 

 

OCTOBER 13 – FROM FATIMA TO THE NEXT PURGE

October 13, 2017

(Once, long ago,  the whole world was purged.)

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We don’t usually think of the pipes in our house – unless something goes wrong,  so wrong that you actually have to call in an expert:

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If the “expert”  finds a void space, an air pocket,  or some kind of “wrong-doing”  that causes an obstruction,  the plumber-expert will  have to purge your pipes:

Purging pipes

That’s like a “purge” — a  whoosh! —   every obstruction is blasted out of the way by a powerful Flood of water.

When this was scheduled to happen to the whole world many ages ago,  Noah was given the task to construct the only safe place to be during the purging Flood –  and,  what we don’t think about very often:  Noah was given  about a hundred years to preach and to warn and to admonish the people to come back to God.

A hundred years – for the world to mend its ways.

October 13, 1917 – October 13, 2017.    It’s been a hundred years now, a hundred years to the day when more than 70,000 people saw the Miracle of the Sun in Fatima, Portugal. I’ve written about it here,  and the story is all over the Web with varying perspectives.

As in the days of Noah,   people are the same now,  people don’t really change, free will gives them perfect freedom to reject God — but when most of the world did (reject God)  in recent times,   the world received another warning and predictions similar to what Noah received.

Watching the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima,  October 13, 1917:

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Not only those present,  but thousands of people up to twenty miles away who were unaware that they were going to see something strange and awesome that day.

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It really happened.  I sometimes wish I could have been there among the crowd and saw what they saw.

Preceding this event were five other visitations containing admonitions, warnings, and predictions,  including the prediction that “something” would happen in the near future,  in October, 1917,  that everyone would be able to see —  so that they all would believe.   And then,  it really happened.

These five summer of  1917 apparitions presented the so-called Secret of Fatima,  or often called  the Three Secrets of Fatima because the warnings and predictions came in three separate parts.

All three Secrets involve the coming “purging”  of the world again,  but not by water,   by fire:

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Today I’ve read three brilliant essays from three different authors in three different places, all pointing out that this purging of  the earth that’s promised to us  won’t destroy only individuals who reject and offend God,  and not only whole nations whose official policies depart from the Goodness of God,  but also  the Church itself,  which is supposed to be the most pure conduit of the graces of God.

A fiery purging of (1) people, of (2) whole nations,  and of (3) the Church.

Fifty years after the Miracle of the Sun, we apparently didn’t get the message.     A little pause, and then in Akita Japan the message was repeated, somewhat more explicitly to Christian people   (and again through words of the Virgin Mary):

On October 13, 1973, Our Lady of Akita (Japan) told the visionary Sister Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa that heresy would occur within the Catholic Church: “The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their conferees (other priests)… The Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.”

And then a description of the “Purging.”

“As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by My Son.

 

In the first quote,  Sister Agnes was told that heresy would become widespread in the Church –  right from the very top.   At Fatima the heresy was described as “Russia”  spreading her errors throughout the world . . .  even, as we now know,  into and within the Church.

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Heads of states and officials in power at the top  and  head of the Church and “bishops and cardinals”  will all be infected with Marxist ideology, something long condemned by the Church itself and by previous (Catholic)  popes.

Nothing personal,  but those two pictured above are two  enemies of the Church, just going by their words and by their actions.   But, hey,  they approve of each other . . . .

Did the World heed the 100-year-long   warnings of Noah?     No.

(Purge)

Has our current world heeded the 100-year old warnings of Fatima?     No.

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You know what’s in the Bible, the words of the first Catholic pope:     When the time comes for this to happen,  people (in general)  will mock and ridicule the idea.  But:  For this they are wilfully ignorant of, that the heavens were before, and the earth out of water, and through water, consisting by the word of God. Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished. (The first purge by water)  . . .       But the heavens and the earth which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of the ungodly men

(II Peter 3:  5, 6, 7)

Although these words say “for the judgment and perdition (destruction) of ungodly men,”  at Akita we were told that the good and the bad alike will suffer under this rain of fire . . .    whatever that will be.

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Happy 100th Anniversary,  Fatima.

(That sun doesn’t look very friendly.)

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Revelation:  16:8 –  And I looked, and behold,  “Next, the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was given power to scorch the people with fire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CODA TO THE LAST (LUDDITE) POST

October 2, 2017

The last post was decidedly anti-technology,  even as I use and enjoy all our digital technology; and yet,  truthfully,   I have never discovered a technological “achievement’  that was not a mixed blessing for us  humans.  A very mixed blessing, actually, with the mix almost always bringing more unfortunate results than blessings.

So why is mankind continually inspired to increase the power and the reach of technology?    Why does the Enemy of God and Mankind lead us further and further away from living naturally and in harmony with our planet and further and further into  an interconnected digital and artificial world?

Oh, we are easily led.  Easily convinced that we can make the world a better place with electrical connections and artificial living.   We – Mankind – can solve all our problems, with science, with technology, with . . .  well,  many of us remember the DuPont ad that told us  “Better Living Through chemistry!”

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But we have a very precarious dependence upon all this technology.    (See Puerto Rico today.)    This all seems to have a life of its own.   Where is this all leading?    Why do we keep getting new inspirations from  “out of the blue”?

In other words,  why does the devil need this technology?

Because, the great Enemy of God and Mankind is NOT omniscient,   all-powerful,  all-knowing, almighty.     To spoil this beautiful   planet earth and its inhabitants  he needs help;  technological help.    technological  help to see everything, to see everyone, to know everything that’s going on;   to know where we go and what we do and what we are thinking.

I wrote of Catalonia a few posts ago.

The Catalans have voted overwhelmingly to leave Spain and be their own independent country.   This goes counter to the great mandate to create a one worldwide totalitarian state.    It’s not pretty over there, before and after the election.   Spain is appealing to Brussels,  to the EU.   The desire for self-government must be stopped.   So stay tuned.

So that’s the coda,  the little addition to yesterday’s post:    Evil exists.  The Evil One exists.    And his method for managing  “all these human beings”  is the tyranny of a totalitarian state.

Communism/Socialism/Progressivism  is the enemy of free and independent human beings.