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Today’s blog is dedicated to women and my Mother, Jackie Sylvester, and so many great women I have been blessed to know.

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The woman was made out of a rib out of the side of Adam … of his side to be equal to him, under his arm to be protected and, near to his heart to be loved.

 Matthew Henry, in Exposition of Genesis

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My mother raised me by herself.  My father deserted the family when I was an infant.  My mother literally saved my life.  She placed me first and held me accountable – never failing to offer opportunity, correction, encouragement, support, love or her sacrifice for my benefit.

Through the grace of God I recognized this very early on in my life.  Accordingly, I never gave her reason to worry about me.  We were a team – we were one together.

My job was to not make her job any harder – and to protect her and support her and love her.

I love her to this day and think about her everyday.  She has been dead now 21 years – yet, I’ve not lived without her in each of my days all those years because anything good I have done, or thought, or do today is in some manner derived from her selfless dedication to me as a woman and a Mom.

Perhaps you can guess, I have enormous affection and respect for women.  No man proceeds to a good life without a woman’s guidance and instruction, love and assistance.

I loathe men who disadvantage women, hurt them and treat them poorly.  I adore the strength and manner of women, their wisdom, their courage, and their heart.

That said, I reject “identity politics” which shamelessly divides woman from man and in doing so rebels against God and nature.  In “identity politics,” like so much of what the godless Left promotes, we devalue truth and inflict needless damage on this life that we are given.

In “identity politics” we are made to be far, far less than we are, and who God has made us to be.

Shame, shame, shame – turn your back on those who divide us – they are wrong, miserably and hatefully wrong.  They bring evil to what is a great good.

Two bound together are stronger than one alone.  It is idiocy to divide what God has made as one.

Shalom.

 

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What good is it, brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but no deeds?  Can such faith save them?

James, 2:14

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Who among us shows their faith in their deeds?  And, who among us speaks harshly, counsels violence and division?  Some make no pretense about faith, their hatred divides.  They seek confrontation and destruction.

Who unifies?  Who divides?  Faith in the former; anger, malcontent and evil in the latter.

Why all the rancor?  Godlessness and faithlessness makes it so.

Who is calm?  Who will unify?  No one without faith.  In faith their is maturity no matter one’s age.

Today we live in shameful times among shameful people who call their neighbors “deplorables” and “irredeemables” and see nothing wrong with themselves.

Today we live among plotters, conspirators in high places, and prissy men from fancy New England prep schools who fashion themselves above all others.

Today women speak of violence and retribution but not of love and kindness.

Today some, once the subject of racism, sharpen their racist sword.  No good will come of this.  Faith is missing and anger prevails.

Today wealthy men on foreign shores finance division.  No faith have they.

We live in shameful times.  Faithless people command attention.  Followers follow.

Shameful times.

You, you of faith – where are your faithful deeds?

Shalom.

 

 

 

 

 

… activity that is based on the frenzies and impulsions of human ambition is a delusion and an obstacle to grace.  It gets in the way of God’s will, and it creates more problems than it solves.

Thomas Merton, in Life and Holiness

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Somehow we have assigned a ridiculous gloss of esteem to “the activists.”

Now we have a bumper crop of half-baked dunderheads haranguing and threatening others if their simple-minded admonitions or preferences are not instantly honored by submission and compliance.

Why is there a presumption that the feeble fancy of the month must be honored and obeyed?

This, of course, makes no sense.

What might your objection to his nonsense be?  Listen to Merton.

Does the person screaming some ideological or personal preference at you, know anything?  (If they did they would not be acting like a two year old with a tantrum.)

Or, does this person have any control over themselves?  The answer is obvious by the mere conduct they display.

But more to the point – have they EVER thought their “activism” might be inconsistent with God’s intention?  With nature?  Or, that it might be a disaster of an idea that they are proposing?   (Chances are if they are hysterical and screaming they are not familiar with cool-headed analysis, and dispassionate inquiry – and likely stopped learning somewhere in elementary schools – college education notwithstanding.)

By the look of these self-anointed “activists” you can just imagine what disarray their lives are.

Disordered behavior mirrors disordered being.

Well, okay, how does this relate to Merton’s above insight?

We are NOT created for a life dedicated to altering the universe.  We are not the Creator of the universe.  We are merely the beneficiaries of its creation.  We are not omnipotent.  We are at best mere humans.

That said, many, many among us do not take particular interest in growing fully in life.  These people don’t much like the humbling self-examination that such a task requires.  They are, one might say, lazy – preferring ideology and childhood to maturity and hard work  … all the better, by the way, to prepare for a life of an “activist.”  Ain’ that grand!

Shalom.

 

… examine everything carefully, hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.

1 Thes 5: 21-22

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God created man and woman to be in close personal relationship with their Creator and with one another.  (Gen 1:27)  We are made to be complimentary to one another.  In such union there is divinity – Holy Matrimony.  Yes, our relationship is sacred and honoring it is our duty and the source of our peace and happiness.  Scared it is.  Political it is not.  Divine it is.  Ideological it is not.

The relationship between men and women is good and it is our duty to retain its goodness.  But among us there are those who would destroy this.  Many radical feminists and others who pursue craven desires seek to divide woman from man.  Too often we are silent and inert when such hatred and division is so near, so clear, overt and hostile.

We are called to good, not silence in the presence of evil.  Woe to those who are silent in the presence to of evil … think of the threat posed to innocents, to children in particular when evil of this sort is left unchallenged – permitted its voice without opposition.

If you wonder that others possess such hatred, think of radical feminist Andrea Dworkin’s words: “I want to see a man beaten to a bloody pulp with a high heed shoved in his mouth, like an apple in the mouth of a pig.”

With words like this, is anyone surprised at the conduct of radical feminists women and the Democrat Left and those who counsel hostility?  Did they not show their colors in the Kavanaugh hearings?

Things that are sacred to life and essential to peaceful, free society, fellowship and community are being attacked.

Are we to remain silent and in this muteness hasten further destruction and division?

Shalom.

Postscript – Ms. Dworkin is best remembered for her good work in opposition to pornography – a topic well worth one’s opposition.  Sadly, she passed away in 2005 at age 59.

In a way, her life shows us that violence begets violence.  How well I know this from my own life experience.  Which for me is precisely why it is essential that we address anyone who urges hostility and attacks what is good – particularly what is godly and good.  May she find eternal rest.

 

The moment you have a self at all, there is the possibility of putting yourself first – wanting to be the centre – wanting to be God …

C. S. Lewis, in Mere Christianity

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Lewis writes here about corruption – an individual’s corruption – a vital element in human history, an issue each human must face in his or her life, a critical factor in understanding corruption in culture … in those around you – particularly among those holding or seeking power and the legions of advocates for this or that which promotes or demands simply their selfish desires without regard to anyone else.  In politics and culture today, we have many such errant narcissistic individuals and groups all more or less nihilists.

Make no mistake – the foundation of corruption is the individual desire to be his or her own God.  Yes, such thinking is insane and produces discord, division and conflict.

Yes, thinking one is one’s own God is frankly – living a colossal LIE.   You doubt this?  Think abortion as mere “choice,” or Holy Matrimony as same-sex “marriage,” or slavery as acceptable, or division by race, or multiple “genders.”  These are manifestations of men and women acting as God.

As Lewis so correctly says this “hopeless event” of human as God: it is men and women “invent(ing) some sort of happiness for themselves outside God, apart from God.”

We like to think of ourselves as smart, intelligent, an educated society.  Yet, the thinking and conduct such as described here (and so clearly visible among political-social-sexual “activists,” pundants, college professors and their ill-schooled products of nonsense, ideologies and hubris – as well as entertainers, celebrities, the media and some who would be “clerics,” and lawyers with grossly little intellectual depth or range or insight, among others) – simply puts the lie to our brilliance, and the opinions of a whole range of people whose godlessness defines their ignorance, establishes their uselessness.

Yep, God versus godlessness.  Sanity versus insanity.  Truth versus gibberish.

Shalom.

 

How blessed is the man who has made the Lord his trust.

Psalm 40:4

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There was a Mass said Thursday morning at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Chevy Chase, Maryland, for Judge Kavanaugh and his family.  The Judge and his wife requested that those praying for them read Psalm 40.

I give you the above verse from that Psalm.

When we are aggrieved it is always best to turn to God.  We didn’t see any of this among his accusers, those who gathered to shout and scream, his Democrat opponents, the ideological Leftists, and radical feminists who demanded his head on a spike.

What a vast difference in orientation to a problem.  The man and his wife turn to God and the others act like there is no God but them and their own bias view.

That right there tells you what the Great National Divide is.  It is God vs. godlessness.  Humility versus arrogance.  Peace and lawfulness vs. anger and lawlessness.

Who would you rather be governed by: those who maintain a relationship with their faith or those who serve as their own god?

Think about it.

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.

 

Do you know what we call opinion in the absence of evidence?  We call it prejudice.

Michael Crichton, in State of Fear

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In the present moments of political discourse, you’d best listen carefully to the voices and keep calm when howling packs appear.

Once feminism sought equality – and rightfully so.  But is this the voice we now hear?  Some listen and hear “gender.”  In this, the adoration of one, and the condemnation of another.  Does the voice of prejudice sound like the voice of bigotry?

Man and woman.  We are complimentary to one another.  Each completes the other.  But do our words and deeds show this?  Live this?  Believe this?  Or is war our way?

The violence against women must be sternly punished.  Bigotry is violence too.  Division brings destruction … defies nature, fosters conflict.

The educated class knows little of nature and its laws and ways.  It sleeps with ideology – a thin and paltry cocoon that blinds the eyes, hardens the heart, numbs the senses, kills the mind, and freezes the soul.

Spiders sleep in cocoons where butterflies once lived.

Today: opinion without evidence.  Bigotry ascends.  Caution in need.  Or shame takes treacherous flight.

Shalom.

What made you establish in man (and woman) so great a dignity?

St. Catherine of Siena, Dialogue 4, 13 “On Divine Providence”

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Whence human dignity?   So inquires St. Catherine.  The question is this: how and why did God impart dignity to each man and woman?

She answers – the dignity is born of the incalculable love that God has for man and woman – for all of the human race – each and every one of us.

Yes, in this grant of love we are given the unique gifts of self-knowledge and self-possession, of loving one another, loving God and being loved by God – of being in communion with one another.

This is the Christian’s heritage and the heritage of Western Civilization.

But alas do we see its evidence of this among our neighbors or have they lost their sacred identity to lust, to status, power, money, politics, self and selfish desires, to perversion, ideology, arrogance and hatred, addictions, infidelities, sex, lies, violence, lawlessness and dishonor?

The present day Kavanaugh Confirmation matter puts us to the test.

Are we destroying our institutions and furthering our distance from God, or do we show signs that we are today the people that we once were?

Shalom.

 

 

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