Friday, 13 May 2022
Wednesday, 11 May 2022
|Ghent Altarpiece, detail|
The man does not edify, build-up or bring peace.
This short sentence reminded me of two passages from the Epistles about building up the Body of Christ. The first comes from Col. 3:12-17:
You are God's chosen people, holy and well-beloved; the livery you wear must be tender compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience; you must bear with one another's faults, be generous to each other; where somebody has given grounds for complaint, the Lord's generosity to you must be the model for yours. And, to crown all of this, charity; that is the bond which makes us perfect. So may the peace of Christ, the very condition of your calling as members of a single body, reign in your hearts. Learn, too, to be grateful. May all the wealth of Christ's inspiration have its shrine among you; now you will have instruction and advice for one another, full of wisdom, now there will be psalms, and hymns, and spiritual music, as you sing with gratitude in your hearts for God. Whatever you are about, in word and action alike, invoke always the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, offering your thanks to God the Father through him. (R. Knox Version)
The second comes from 1 Peter 4:7-11:
The end of all things is close at hand; live wisely and keep yourselves awake to keep the hours of prayer, Above all things, preserve constant charity among yourselves; charity draws the veil over a multitude of sins. Make one another free of what is yours ungrudgingly, sharing with all whatever gift each of you has received, as befits the stewards of a God so rich in graces. One of you preaches, let him remember it is God's message he is uttering; another distributes relief, let him remember that it is God who supplies him the opportunity; that so, in all you do, God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to him be the glory and the power through endless ages, Amen. (R. Knox Version)
These passages are rich in meaning and it would be foolish of me to try and extract all of what is said. Suffice it to say, I leave the present reader with two observations.
The first is this. Spiritual writers such as Thomas a Kempis remark that our actions are constantly observed by others, be it in a public or a private setting. We observe others' behavior, seeing it as either right or wrong. What we say or do, too, has an effect on others we aren't always mindful of. While I caution fretting about others' opinions of us or how we come across to them, as it is a distraction, this subject is worthy of meditation. What observations can we derive from the Pope's public actions, as well as our own, and how can we use them to build up the body of Christ through our own actions?
The second observation is this. I have come to understand that the Pope's actions and behaviors - as well as those of other people in the Church - have driven many souls out of Holy Mother Church, into Orthodoxy or other churches. These same souls seem to convey the impression that a bad Pope equals a bad Church, or at least that the Church is irreversibly corrupt. (Impressions I am not alien to, myself.) What fruits can we derive from these Scripture passages, the Pope's actions, and our own meditations? How can we use these fruits to edify, build up the Body of Christ, and bring the peace of Christ to these souls outside of the Church in such a way that these impressions are no longer at the forefront of their minds?
May the Hearts of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph encompass you all.
Monday, 9 May 2022
Today, on Victory Day, President Vladimir Putin - once again - outlined the real truths that precipitated this tragic war in the Ukraine. Yesterday, for us in the now decadent West, it was VE in Europe Day. One would have never had known it. It was a day devoted to by, for example, the repugnant Banderite Justin Trudeau to pay homage to globalist "Elensky" (after all "Z" has been banned in the Ukraine).
In fact we found out on VE Day that Canada has "for years" (Trudeau's words) trained up to 30,000 Ukrainian troops. We also know that they and other NATO imperialists also trained Nazis, such as those of the Azov and Aidar Battalions. It is only fitting then, that Nazi and fascist, racist Banderite enablers would be silent on the day we should be solemnly recalling the sacrifice given to rid the world of - so we thought - Nazism and Banderism.
Sunday, 8 May 2022
Hail, star of the sea,
Nurturing Mother of God,
And ever Virgin
Happy gate of Heaven
Receiving that "Ave"
From the mouth of Gabriel,
Establish us in peace,
Transforming the name of Eva.
Loosen the chains of the guilty,
Send forth light to the blind,
Our evil do thou dispel,
Entreat (for us) all good things.
Show thyself to be a Mother:
Through thee may he receive prayer
Who, being born for us,
Undertook to be thine own.
O unique Virgin,
Meek above all others,
Make us, set free from (our) sins,
Meek and chaste.
Bestow a pure life,
Prepare a safe way:
That seeing Jesus,
We may ever rejoice.
Praise be to God the Father,
To the Most High Christ (be) glory,
To the Holy Spirit
(Be) honour, to the Three equally. Amen.
Wednesday, 27 April 2022
The disciples came to Jesus at this time and said, Tell us, who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven? Whereupon Jesus called to his side a little child, to whom he gave a place in the midst of them, and said, Believe me, unless you become like little children again, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. He is greatest in the kingdom of heaven who will abase himself like this little child. He who gives welcome to such a child as this in my name, gives welcome to me. (Matthew 18:1-5, R. Knox version)
Be like little children. Trust, hope, and have faith in God, His Church, His Saints, and His Lovely Sacraments. He loves us more than we know - indeed, as a father loves His children. He kisses each and every one of us on the forehead daily with Love and Compassion. He wants us to be with Him, and He eagerly waits each day for our yes to Him. He does not need it, but wants it nonetheless because He loves us just for the sake of Loving us.
A child loves her parents because they are her parents. So it is to be in our relationship with God and All That He Is. He is Our Father and wants nothing nothing else but to be Our Father.
Let us welcome such children by first welcoming ourselves as such children. It is not an easy thing to do. But it is so worth it.
God love you all.
Tuesday, 26 April 2022
The US, EU, and their "allies" (Canada, Australia) have ensured that the war over the Donbas will make handsome profits for their masters, the international banksters. And indeed massive profits are being made; by banks and the ever present military industrial complex. The involvement of BIG globalist money also explains the MSM dutifully spewing out the war-mongering agitprop. This is a war about Russia, not about "democracy", "human rights", etc. Otherwise, for example, the US would not have reduced Raqqa to rubble through carpet bombing, resulting in thousands of civilian deaths. Or the 78 days of non-stop bombing of Belgrade by the imperial forces of the globalists, NATO.
Perhaps the saddest thing in all this is that the churchmen are silent. Or, if not silent, dutifully joining their paymasters (Caesar) and pushing the propaganda.
Contrary to the lies spread by the war mongers, the people of the Donbas have suffered horribly over the last 8 years. You never hear about them. But you will if you watch this...