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Christ is the only man to overcome the barrier erected by Satan.  He died in order to avoid participation in a system of scapegoating which is to say that satanic principle … His death therefore converts satanic disorder into order and opens up a new path on which human beings may now travel.  (Emphasis added.)

Rene Girard, in The One by Whom Scandal Comes

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Satan is the great divider.  He is the one who pits man against woman – woman against man, White against Black – Black against White, the faith against faith and vice versa …

Scapegoating is the age old tool of the divisive.  Those who wish to destroy.  The Marxist, the socialist, the fascist, the angry gender feminist, the racist – of any skin color.

Do you see the division that is present?  What do you do with it?  Do you confront it?  Denounce it?  Reject it and those who advance it?

If you profess to be a Christian, do you not in Christ have a duty, a sacred obligation to reject division and ideologies which virtually always divide and make enemies of those who are neighbors, those who might be our brothers and sisters.

Division is the work of Satan.  Divided we fall.

Shalom.

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Follow me and allow the dead to bury their own dead.

Matt 8:22

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Let the dead bury the dead.  This phrase has followed me for some time.

As you recall these are the words of Jesus to a man who he encouraged to follow him.  The man’s hesitance led him to say he first wanted to go home to his father and Jesus gave him the above rely.

What does this say?  Well it is an emphatic way of saying that those who are spiritually dead are to be left to their own dilemmas and those who are spiritually alive are invited to be with Jesus.

Frankly, this is no less valid today than it was when Jesus spoke these words.

I am sure that you have tried to help people along the way and probably done so often and attended to those in need over a lengthy period of time – only to see that the person in need never made much progress – but rather remained in the same situation in which they sat when you first began to walk with them, help them, encourage them.

Let the dead bury the dead.

Many among us simply refuse to live in the spirit.  They neglect their spiritual development.  Often the are stuck in a dependent state – many times on the public dole.  Indeed, sustaining “hand-outs” very frequently instills dependence that kills the spirit and results in a life being far, far less than it it could be.  This is very much the difference between socialism and the “nanny state” and a free society that offers help but expects those helped to become responsible for their own welfare and well-being.

In a spiritually healthy society – there are NO “handouts” – only “hand-ups.”

Better to give a person a hand-up than a hand out.  The former enlivens the spirit.  The latter kills the spirit.  The former develops adults and the latter sustains the immature.

Let the dead bury the dead.  You cannot push a car up a hill with a rope.

Shalom.

Hateful to me even at the gates of Hades is he that hideth one thing in his heart and uttereth another.

Achilles, in Homer’s Iliad

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Who would have thought Homer could have seen the long lines of political partisans, Washington “consultants,” crooked lawyers, “activists,” Lefties, lobbyists, talking media heads, shrinkingand celebrities at the gates of Hell ten centuries before Christ’s birth?

Truly amazing, that fella Homer!

Time to reflect on the state of America and the character of our citizens.

Long about the 1950’s we did live rather well.  Then the 1960’s.  Things went south and the fall continues.

You’d be wise to ask: How did we behave in the 50’s and what might we wish to recover that made us a better people, a happier, more cordial, faithful and pleasant lot?

Shalom.

… it is no sin to live a silent life …

The monk is … a man who lives in seclusion, in solitude, in silence outside the noise and confusion of a busy worldly existence.

Thomas Merton, in Contemplation in a World of Action

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I live as a monk … on a ridge at the edge of a forest and beside a large slopping pasture that sits at the bottom of a mountain range now in full autumn color posed against the blue November sky bolstered by the chill of brisk fall wind.

I live a quiet distance from a mass communication culture where those thrust ceaselessly at us are merchants of division, animosity, confusion, superficiality, self-interest and considerable ignorance.

A monk is counter-cultural.  His separation defines his values.  To stand outside the culture that divorces itself from God, that knows not sanctity, that neglects the spirit within us is to separate from disorder, to see the culture critically and keep peace with the Divine.

My cottage is my cloister where I may select what I read, hear, or see – a place where I may keep company with my thoughts and prayers and the things of a God who gave us our existence.

Having been planted on “the wrong side of the tracks” as a child, I was made ready to stand apart, to sustain a critical objectivity that refused “transient fashions and manifest absurdities.”  Leaving them was never to have fancied them at all.  Yes, it was a grace that liberates and leads me here.

In a solitary existence one finds the conditions for a full life, and life’s meaning – that is:

  • interior exploration and its sacred products – freedom, understanding and depth of being
  • the peace and health of silence and solitude
  • distance from distraction and disorder
  • contact with the Divine and what is Divine.

So I say (with emphasis added) what Fr. Hugh Feiss, O.S.B. says in Essential Monastic Wisdom –  “…  find some where a place of silence and creativity, where one can listen to the voice of God and think one’s thoughts and be one’s own self.

Shalom.

The man who has been made in God’s image is the inner man, the incorporeal man, incorruptible, immortal one.

Origen, in Homily on Genesis

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Want to understand disorder and those who are disordered?  Just listen to Origen’s words above which date back to the Second Century after Christ.

His point is this: we are made in God’s image and that means we are in essence and fundamentally the man within us, the interior man.  In this, where God resides in us, we are as God: incorporeal – more than bodily man, here we are incorruptible – that is good at the core of our being.  We are in this life God – immortal – cannot die except that we pass from mortal life to eternal life.

So the disorder ones are those who know not their interior being – have never examined themselves thoughtfully, who – in contrast – live an exterior life – one of appearance, one that seeks status and advantage and fame and wealth, and cannot deny their most corrupt passions and desires – however sick and self-destructive they might be.

For them: more drugs, more sex, more rock and rock – more “free” stuff – more dependence, less autonomy, less dignity, less responsibility – childhood forever – all demands met – no God – no morality – ideology governs – and the ideologues say “kill the infidels who dare to have faith.”

Friends, we live among disordered people and they make life very dangerous and quite its contrary.   Their living denies life – they are the dead who must bury the dead.

This is precisely the circumstances we live in today.  Without God insanity becomes sanity, and bad becomes good, chaos becomes peace – Yes, lies prosper and pass as truth.

Shalom.

If anyone wishes to be a follower of mine …he must take up his cross and come with me.  Whoever cares for his own safety is lost; but it a man let himself be lost for my sake, he will find his true self.  What will a man gain by winning the whole world, at the cost of his true self ?

Matt 16: 24-26

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Picking up our Cross is exactly what we are asked to do – just as Christ did.  Our Cross is the life we are given – not a life we design and work to exclude or avoid the unpleasant aspects, the injuries, hard work, betrayals and misfortunes – but all of life that comes to us.

How many Catholics and Christians have I seen that try to live “designer” lives – lives that fashion to the exclusion of life’s difficulties?  Many.  Too many.  They are faint believers at best.

The test of a Believer is this: do you have the faith in God that allows you to accept the life you have been called to live with the confidence that God has His needs and reasons to send these challenges your way?  Do you carry your Cross?

It is that simple.  Live life – and live free and in faith with your Creator.

Shalom.

I am not … addressing myself to the happy possessors of faith, but to those many people for whom the light has gone out, the mystery has faded, and God is dead … To gain an understanding of religious matters, probably all that is left to us today is the psychological approach.

Carl G. Jung, M.D., in Psychology and Religion: West and East

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That we live in troubled times is not much in dispute.

In a nutshell, we are living among many people who have lost their way.  Their conduct is that of incomplete people – those who are not fully developed.  Their anger and odd fixations give them away.  Likewise their rote, uncritically examined ideological disposition so aggressively pursued regardless of its historically exhibited failure and the chaos and incoherence that tired, discredited ideology breeds – gives you a picture of the core disorder we now witness.

That said Jung can be quite helpful.  You ask, “Why?”

Well because our under-development is rooted in our neglect of those historical records, the wisdom stories of the Ages, that once kept us informed, confident, largely contented, competent, cordial, collegial, communal and wise.

As Jung notes – religious narratives are ignored as God is dismissed from view.  With that a vital resource to full growth and development, and cogent insight has been forfeited and disorder multiples as people, uninformed as they are, hunker down and push ahead at all costs no matter the injury to self, other, venerable institutions, truth, morality, biology, nature or society at-large.

That is America today.  Enter Carl Jung.

As Jungian psychiatrist Edward F. Edinger, M.D. notes – religious narratives and Christ, in particular, provide us with a way to full growth and healthy individuation.  That is to say, Christ (like other religious wisdom figures around whom a faith is built) imparts lessons that allow us to move from an ego-driven life to a full, healthy, wise and contented life as whole Self.  In short, Christ provides us in his life and his words access to our True Self and the peace that it brings.

On Jung’s behalf, Dr. Edinger offers provides many useful illustrations.  I site but one as an example.  Consider these words of Christ found is the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 10, verses 34-36:

… I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.  For I have come to set man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s foes will be those of his own household.

Considered literally this would seem quite upsetting – but its meaning is quite sane and furthers each person’s whole growth and maturity because it is saying that we must grow free of these bonds sufficiently to come to know who we are uniquely made to be.

Yes, the wonderful contributions of loving parents and extended family notwithstanding – each of us is intended to live fully as we have been made – not in the narrows of those who loving us may have captured us – even inadvertently.

The point of this illustration is to say – our disordered conduct is an indication that we no longer understand what full human develop is as one grows independently and in so doing becomes a healthy human being who has grown from ego to one’s True Self.

Think critically of what you see in others and ask yourself – does Jung lead us back to our historic, religious narrative and the competence and health that it produces?  Likewise, does our culture inhibit our growth and development?  And this – why do we listen willy-nilly to others who do not seem very stable or wise?

God is dead no more … and never was.

Shalom.

… do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  (Emphasis added.)

Isa 41:10

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We are in difficult times.  Men are assumed by some to be the source of evil, a target to be destroyed.

Some among us will do anything to gain power.  Those who lust for power wish to void electoral results.  They prefer their way to the decisions of a free people who have spoken.

Those who lust for power are poor losers.  Their arrogance exceeds fair play and their conduct does not serve them well.  Acting in bad faith, their words ring false.

In fundamental ways this nation is being diminished by some of its people.  We are rightly dismayed by what we see.  The presumption of innocence is replaced as to men or those who believe in God and a presumption of guilt is applied to each.

Yes, those who disagree with those on the Left are presumptively dismissed and discounted, chased from public places, ridiculed and insulted.

In such times one need not fear for our God is an ever-present, just God.  In such times we are called back to God.  These times are for renewing our faith, invigorating our beliefs and carrying those God-inspired beliefs into each day in the way we present ourselves to others, in each transaction, and in our quiet moments and thoughts.

Difficult times renew our faith, restore God as our point of reference.

We are in such times.  Now is a time for strength and renewed confidence.  God gives us opportunity and courage in these challenging moments.  What a blessing that we may live our faith overly and without fear in our most difficult days.

Did not David face his challenge in this way?  So shall we.

When the world around us seems less faithful, those who believe become more faithful … and overtly so.

Shalom.

Take no part in the untruthful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

Eph 5:11

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Our Christianity has been attacked more and more aggressively since the 1960’s.  The attackers have used the judiciary and politics, and utilized elementary, secondary, college, graduate and professional education as well as the “entertainment,” media – radio, television, print and the digital – world.  Truth is – the elites who occupy these venues know little of faith and fall far short of being educated – as such, they do inevitably far more destruction and division than one can imagine and they warrant our disregard.  They are largely undiscriminating lemmings – crowd followers.

In the present moment those who attack religion and those with religious beliefs include the Democrat Party, Leftist organizations, anarchists, nihilists, radical gender-feminists, abortionists, Marxists, and those advancing the “normalization” of any and all sexual aberration.

Frankly, the faithful have been docile and not as vocal and active as they might be given the darkness and destruction that the godless promote and perpetuate.

Well, let’s face it – the impetus is on us – those who believe.

Shalom.

 

The day begins with gray and rain – all is well moistened.  Somewhere near Noah is building an Ark.  We are well beyond 40 days and 40 nights.  Gregorian Chants play.  Adorate Deum warms the heart and strengthens all within.

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… the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation from a certain system of morality … We objected to morality because it interfered with our sexual freedom … this system that … embodied … meaning … Christian meaning …

Aldous Huxley, in Ends and Means

No one … can terrorize a whole nation unless we are all his (or her) accomplices.

Edward R. Morrow (Commenting on McCarthyism in the 1950’s)

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Today the “sexual revolution” has met McCarthyism as was inevitable all along.  “Inevitable?” you ask.  Yes.

Huxley tells of the destruction of meaning and resentment of Christianity and Western Civilization, of the implicit hostility embodied in Marxist “liberation” – the selfish deconstructing quest to move from God-and God-fullness to Godlessness – from meaning to meaninglessness.

The product of the “sexual revolution” is clear.  Truth is a victim, justice too.  Add family, marriage and Holy Matrimony, pregnancy, motherhood, gender, fathers being fathers, the unborn, men qua men (who must now be the villains in all cases – convenient or otherwise) and, of course, “morality.”  ‘Tis the Stalinist way.  Yet, ’tis the way of Joe McCarthy, too – guilt without fact, guilt by association – now as bad as it was then, and still is now – guilt by reason of maleness.

Look now and see the McCarthy-Left and its female captains of varied sexual self-demonination.  Like Tailgunner-Joe (but without the military service) they turn law and justice on its head – all in the name of personal desire and political objective.  Look, too, at the prep-school conspirators in the government – so sure their way is right and your way is wrong.  And think, too, of those in religious authority who cover-up rather than convert – electing convenience and corruption over Canons.

‘Tis a dizzy time with a cast of characters like none as much as those in the Coen Brothers’ Big Lebowski.  Yes, that odd and yet that so revealing of a place and a way in which sanity departs leaving the weird in stumbling and incoherent bloom.

In all this we meet newsman Morrow today, and the question remains –  can terror reign without accomplices?

Rather puts the media (digital, televised, broadcast, print), entertainers, bureaucracies and bureaucrats, legislatures, academics, ideologues, women, and in-the-tank think-tankers, and those who profess to believe in the dock – and so be it.

Shalom.

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