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… those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

Mt 23:20

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Make no mistake there are distinct, substantive differences between our two major parties.

Do not be deceived the last electoral result highlighted the very real difference between the common citizen and the elites: those with power, money, status – the intellectual and celebrity class, globalists, the media, the perpetual Washington insiders whose class status is far different from Mom and Dad in small town U.S.A. , and between the ideologues, “special pleaders,” and mere citizen taxpayers.

Frankly, the privileged class lost and the most politically-focused of them (the Left and the Washington wags who are used to being “important”) are offended and not taking their bite of humble pie very well.  Yes, their obstruction and rhetoric is destructive – having gone beyond civil debate.  Actually, their behavior mimics the Democrats in the Wisconsin legislature who fled their state and hid from their official duties so as to thwart the election of Republican Governor Scott Walker.

Like all actions people take, the angry objection to the voters choice of President tells us about those who are upset.  One thing it says is this: politics and power is a high priority for them – probably too important for their and our wellbeing as a nation.  Make no mistake a subset is NOT greater than the whole.  No one is more important than the nation.

It is always hard to speak to your Brother and Sister when they must be reproached – but speak we must – speak calmly, in a soft voice, as a friend, with authority and care. Reconciliation is the goal and it must always be.

Losses are difficult for many.  Those of us who have lived modestly and, in my case, on the “wrong side of the tracks” amid the very serious conflicts one can encounter – we are used to life’s ups and downs.  We learned long ago that no one wins all the time and that it is the losses which actually teach us the best lessons, impart the greatest truth and wisdom.

The one thing that we need now is a calm conversation with those who are most displaced by their perceived loss.  For civility to return, maturity must be cultivated and in this instance it means those hurt must listen to the voices of those who care for their welfare and that of this nation.  Yelling, fighting, anger will only inflame and put much at risk … including each of us.

Remember the opposite of love is not hate – but rather: indifference.  We cannot afford to draw battle lines, engage in nasty and dishonest behavior, retribution, character assassination, or violence.   Honest, calm conversation is the need.  An end to extreme language that excites ideologues and flames the fire … it must cease today, now.

I hope we are all to the task.  It is the humble who are exalted.  They are strongest who life has humbled.  Make no mistake – in the end the humble remain standing while the prideful fall. 

Shalom.

Postscript – I am always amazed that the “talking heads” on T.V. and many elected officials talk and talk without ever citing an authority – the words of someone whose insight and wisdom they share.  You have to conclude that they are talking through their hats, haven’t cracked a book since the 3rd grade.

You wonder: why would I listen to these people?  They really do not warrant my time.  They do not.  Happy landings.

Dedicated to my Grandchildren, my Nation and to you.

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Zion will be redeemed with justice and her repentant ones with righteousness.  But transgressors and sinners will be crushed together, and those who forsake the Lord will come to an end.

Is 1:27-28

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It is Lent.  We are closing in on Easter and the Resurrection.  Is it not a good opportunity to take this time between now and Easter to reflect on the above and ask: What do I see around me?  What do I hear daily?  In the news?  On television?  What is the state of our culture? Our nation?  Our leaders?  Our public conversation?

Have we forsaken God?  Have we listened as if there is no God?  Have we deserted our faith?  Been led astray?  Become pagans and thought and acted as such?

What is the tone of public discourse?  Do those among us divide for the lust of power? Have some among us elevated ideology and politics above all else?

Who among us speaks with faith?  Shows the courage to offer an honest picture of who we have become and how that is so unflattering, so godless?  So destructive of person and nation?  

We live in urgent times.  In talking about the Jews and Jerusalem and Judah, the Prophet Isaiah is speaking to us, today at this hour, in this time.  You best take heed.

Nothing good, absolutely nothing good, comes to those who forsake God.

If you do not live first in faith, then who but yourself can you blame for the troubles we have and the decline we court?

Shalom.

Discouraging – It is truly discouraging to see so many House and Senate Democrats carrying Mr. Putin’s water in their efforts to delegitimize President Trump and anyone who dares to challenge the settled and corrupt ethos of political Washington.

It leaves one to conclude: (a) they are the unwitting handmaids of Mr. Putin, (b) they are showing their Leftist allegiance, (c) they love the sweet Washington honeypot that gives them privileges the voting public does not enjoy and keeps them from real work, (d) all of the above.  Whose team are these guys and gals on?  Putin’s?  Their own?  Both?

Come let us bow down and worship … our maker.  For he is our God and we are his people, the flock he shepherds.

Forty years I endured that generation.  I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray and they do not know my ways.”  So I swore in my anger, “They shall not enter into my rest.”

From the Invitatory Psalm – This Third Sunday of Advent, 2016

Let us throw off the works of darkness [and] put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves properly as in the day, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in promiscuity and licentiousness, not in rivalry and jealousy.  But put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the desires of the flesh.

Rom. 13: 12-14

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Forty years I endured a generation … hearts gone astray …

Does this not fit us, today?

A generation of pagan ideas, contention, following the errant thoughts of the godless: abortion, feminism, belief in government but not God, increased racial conflict, destruction of marriage and family, pursuit of any and all sexual deviancy, state sponsoring of addictive habits, a nation’s wealth wasted and its legacy and identity denied, lawlessness, racial targeting of police offices, etc.

The godless Left has done its damage.  Is it not enough?  Need we accept any more?  Is it not time to turn away from those who would diminish us, demean what is good and healthy?  Is it not time to repudiate the folly of the Left, their destructive and childish notions?

You know the answer.  Now get to what is right and good.  Throw off the darkness and put on the Light.

This Christmas is special.  We see a New light.  We have defeated the corrupt, rejected the pagan. ‘Tis your time to change.

I strongly suggest you who are Christians begin reading the Liturgy of the Hours each day – at least in the morning when you rise and the eve when ready for sleep.  The habit of this nourishes, feeds, trains the mind, strengthens the God and good within you.

If you desire change and seek the good, make a daily investment in the Liturgy of the Hours.

Shalom.

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Wishing You a Happy Thanksgiving 

To … prove God’s existence is a very different thing from … thanking Him.

Soren Kierkegaard, in The Present Age

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I call you to give thanks for what you have been given.  I do so by sharing some of the things that I will give thanks for today:

+ for a Loving God and the grace I have been given to believe in God since I was a very small child

+ for God’s moral order and the strength and humility to adhere to it

+ for a loving family and a Mother who saved my life at the cost of her own desires and needs

+ for those who loved me and those I have been graced to love

+ for the struggles and challenges in life that have always taught be more than any education could ever have

+ for having been born in America and for our ancestors who built this great land of freedom and opportunity

+ for the men and women in the armed forces who have protected us at great cost to themselves and still do today

+ for my son and my daughter-in-law and my two grandchildren – Jack and Fiona

+ for my health and the health of friends and loved ones

+ for friends – so many, and so undeserved

+ for this beautiful land

+ for the recent election and the opportunity to repair the destruction we have brought upon ourselves by errant ideology, excessive pride in self, selfishness and unnecessary hostility toward others

+ for Christ and his sacrifice for us, all who have lived and yet will come to life.

God bless you all.  Rejoice today … and be glad.

Shalom.

Drop everything … to find Him in the silence where He is hidden with you.  Listen to what He has to say.

Thomas Merton, in The Intimate Merton

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These are Thomas Merton’s words from his personal journal as written on April 20, 1947.

Yes, God is hidden within you.  Hence, to live with God is to engage in an interior journey. A journey that is personal, intimate and requires quiet, silence, being alone and utter honesty.

In an interior journey we need not have answers, they will emerge in the silence. You will find that in the silence the truth of your life will be clear to you.  In the quiet you will see yourself, know your gifts and your challenges, where you have grown and where you have still to grow.

Prayer follows spontaneously – prayer of thanksgiving for the God who loves you and the good that others have shown you and that you have exhibited as if by chance.  Yet, the good is that which He has made in you and others.

In the silence of the interior journey, prayer will be instinctive.  You will pray for help in growing past your shortcomings, habits and those common reactions in you where passions speak so unkindly.  In this desire for God’s help humility is real and abundant … how we need His help!

The interior journey never ceases.

I have found that in aging one comes to know that we are made to be alone with God, in silence, in quiet.  There it seems, with age and quiet, you become a softer presence in the world, a kinder presence.  I suspect what I describe is a turn to love and in that is the preparation for what lies beyond this mortal time – a turn toward eternity if one so warrants.

Take time for the interior journey.  Until you do, life is a jumble – a carnival ride without a seat-belt where you get tossed about and tumbled and remained mystified by it all, confused and so easily led in the wrong and fruitless direction which comes from the minds of men and women who live without God. Your guidance is within – go there.

Shalom.

Footnote – I often say that we must as a culture return to God and this is true. Yet, doing so in not a movement in the aggregate but the work of individuals moving one by one to God and in that we move together as a culture.

Yes, we each must do the work of faith and speak in the voice of faith – each drawing closer to God makes for a culture that is closer to God.

I stress the importance of this my saying that I recently saw a video of ISIS radicals forcing an old lady to kneel on a public street corner while one of their members spoke of her “offenses” and at the end of his speech, a companion of his who was standing behind the women shot her in the head.  This underscores the importance of our individual responsibility to journey to the God who is Love.  The world is a challenging place.  You have an important role to play.

The Comey announcement?  Psychological warfare?

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The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.

Dante Alighieri

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Times of great moral crisis.  We are there.  But where are you?

Do you see?  Can you face reality?  Or do you turn away?  Desire to live only what you wish to see?  Are you that fearful?  That foolish?  That faithless?  That useless?

I am often called upon by others these days to explain why so many people live so poorly? How it is that they can avert their eyes from the theft, lying and corruption that is rendered in plain view.  How they so willingly are bedfellows to untruth, corruption and disorder. (Yes, the corrupt live on lies to self and others and are always disordered human beings with distorted marriages, abhorrent practices, habits and lives.)

My answer often offers this: people are not brave, they do not stick their neck out. I add: they prefer to hide, pretend that they can hide from evil and ignore the fact that they have responsibility for it – more so when they are silent in the presence of evil.

Those who ignore what is in plain view – can plan on an eternity of well-earned torment, pain and suffering.

So be it.

As for me, I am discrete when it comes to the company I keep.  In these times I keep company with fewer people.  The harvest is small.  My days are quiet. Contemplation and prayer grow.

Shalom.

Wonder – wonder how long it will be before the rank and file FBI people begin to leak that there was in fact many “somethings” in the Huma 650,000 emails. The record on Mr. Comey?  Not long on integrity.  One way to look at this Comey announcement?  The elites are that troubled. Corruption is, after all, corrupt. Don’t listen to the media or anyone else; it is all psychological warfare.

A strong city we have; he sets the walls and ramparts to protect us.  Open the gates to let in a nation that is just, one that keeps faith.

Is 26:1-2

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These are difficult times.  They try the soul, turn one to anger. Combat lurks.  Our God and faith is demeaned by Clinton political aides.  The privileged Bush Family acts like sore losers who are accustomed to getting “their way.”  The ideologues and racists seek vengeance.  They hate this nation.  Their intent is to destroy us.

What is one to do to temper the anger?  Retain a faithfulness in opposition?  

My first piece of advice is this: Leave the righteous anger to God, for He alone judges and demands recompence.

I for one have renewed a habit, and that habit is this: to read the daily Liturgy of the Hours – morning and evening prayer.  This anchors me.  Refreshes me. Fortifies me.  Guides me.

The above citation is from the today’s Morning Prayer recitation.

In these readings, I am struck by how we have, in our heritage, been formed as a great nation first in our Jewish history, then in the Christian West.

How shocking is the reality today that we have forsaken God and in doing so lurch to destroy what He has given us: faith, freedom, family, holy matrimony, children, peace, commerce, independence, liberty, the free market, prosperity, courage, confidence, belief, insight, the capacity to lead and to sacrifice for what is good, to serve those in need, to love, care and forgive, and to live in civility, humility and community.

The ways of the godless are always self-destructive for absent God, they are full of self-hate.

We have been silent too long.  Too tolerant of those who would destroy and bend all to their sickness and disorder.  The battle lines are drawn.  We do not find conflict, conflict finds us.

All strength comes from God, all courage from faith.

Center your life each day on God … and give hell to those who seek it.

Shalom.

“Thus says the Lord, What injustice did your fathers find in Me, that they went far from Me and walked with emptiness and became empty?”

Jer 2:5

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Thus begins Jeremiah’s first sermon to his people.  He might as well be speaking to us.

He proceeds to say that we abandoned the God who walked us through a new land, and through difficult times – times prior to our prosperity.  He reminds us He gave us our abundance.  He calls out the priests and lawmakers who did not know Him – and the rulers who sinned against Him.

He says, ” … My people have committed …. evils: they have forsaken Me … ” and our apostasies will reprove us.”

Few among us will acknowledge how we have fallen.  No, the public voices prefer to deny truth.  It is a sickness.  A sickness of the soul.  A sickness that will topple us and bring pain and suffering to our children and grandchildren. Yet, in a nation whose citizens have denied God comes blindness and godlessness; good sense is lost, so too a point of reference.  The great sadness is this: this godlessness levies a stern penalty on Believers.

Believers, the time for silence has ended.  There can be no continued publicly endorsed apostasy.

“Has a nation changed gods when they were not gods?”

Jer 2:11

We live in very serious times and decline accelerates.

Shalom

Detachment is not a denial of life but a denial of death; not a disintegration but the condition of wholeness; not a refusal to love but the determination to love truly, deeply and fully.

Gerald Vann, in Eve and the Gryphon

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What does one do in a world that encompasses you?  Surrounds you every waking moment and even invades your dreams?  Presents worries and apparent obligations to you in endless streams?  How do you find peace and tranquility? Rest?

The knowledgeable answer: “detachment.”

But what is detachment?

Detachment is a process whereby a person moves from “the roiling unsettled surface” of exterior existence to the quiet of your interior life.  Yes, from the noise, to your quiet sanctuary of self, of soul.

Yes, peace and tranquility is a process of closing out the noise of the world, ceasing to be captured entirely by its roles and demands.  A discreet, conscious separation from those people, things, dialogues, ideas, assertions that further what is untrue, create discord, rob you of your soul.

Detachment is an act of separation, but not an act of indifference.

Detachment does not cease our obligation to be a source of good, a witness and voice of God, of Christ in the world.  Rather – ironically, detachment is essential to our obligation to witness of faith in this worldly existence. Yes, a witness as a salvific act repeated often throughout our life – no matter the risk or personal cost.

How does one detach?

There are many ways.  Be very discreet as to what you read, listen to.  Attend daily to quiet, to prayer.  Take a retreat once a year for a few days of quiet rest, worship and reflection. Make a habit of daily short spiritual or scriptural reading. Spend time in church – especially alone, in quiet presence.

Maintain an ongoing relationship with a spiritual counselor or director.

Listen to sacred music, Gregorian chants.  The point is a simple one: get in touch with yourself, your very being – the one God made in you – yes, separate out from the herd for God made you far more than a herd animal.

Yes, resist all efforts of secularists and ideologues to classify you for their control, so they might hold power and assert it over you and others.

Focus on your individual holy value – on the proposition that saints and martyrs defied being classified by others into groups the very same way that they defied the demands of mortal existence as a limit of their life and being.

And, think about this: those who become saints and martyrs were human beings just as you – those who sought the quiet holy space where they could find rest and know who God made in them and live as God called them to be.  They are you.

Amid the mob, within mass secular culture – detach … be  be as God made you to be.

Shalom.

Note – I welcome those of you who might wish the help of a spiritual counsel.

 

 

After a few days of newspapers and reflecting on their contents … I am convinced that what we need above all, and seem to have lost, are … the belief that order is possible, and that it rests with us to preserve it … If today, … order has become incredible it is because people are not fully capable of experiencing themselves as persons with sufficient dignity and responsibility to contribute to order … (Emphasis added.)

Thomas Merton, in Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander

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When the culture manufactures disorder, you must seek order.

It is that simple.  Those who sought a monastic life were reacting to the chaos and confusion of the world at-large.  They sought wholeness, peace, an integrated life which they knew instinctively meant an existence built on a relationship with God, a life ordered to a relationship with God.

Folks, the struggle never fundamentally changes.  People are always people.  And God is always God.  That said, we rebel and we are prone to disobedience and each creates confusion, produces illness, conflict, broken relationships and injured lives.

You see all disobedience and rebellion are predicated on lies – and evil is the end product of living lies. Think “political correctness” which is in actuality simply “lying, deception, dishonesty, disaster.”  In its present extreme, by the way, it is blatantly foolish and obviously destructive no matter what presidents, politicians, the news media, movie “stars,” pundits, The New York Times, Washington Post, MSNBC and others say to the contrary. 

Monastic life was ordered to prayer, reading, work, helping others and hospitality. This was an ordered existence – life ordered to health, contentment, Truth, meaning and purpose resting on faith and relationship with God and others.

A life of modest work, prayer, reading, helping others and hospitality restores order. Ironically, in monastic life work was limited to four or five hours a day so that the ordering aspects of live could be accommodated.

The Fathers of monastic life knew purposeful and productive work could be expeditiously produced in part of the day, if other matters were also attended to. Isn’t that wisdom that we have lost today!

In seeking order we move toward health and life everlasting.  The place of hospitality and helping others said: after God, people are the most precious part of our existence.  How brilliant and simple is this!!!  Do we honor it in the breach today, in exclusionary secular culture?

Disorder comes when we lose track of what is important – God and the human person.

The disorder you experience exists because we have lost contact with God and the value of the human person.

Order awaits.  It is up to you.  Seizing order in a disordered culture requires that you disengage from what is making you sick, and lost, discontented, troubled.

Think about this.

Shalom.

Live spelled backward is evil.

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