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We restarted our blog page in order to be able to inform our readers about news items from the secular or religious world that need to be more widely seen or commentated about.

 

We stopped it in 2007, when we were asked by Bishop McGee to stop blogging; (under threat against Fr. Stephen's priestly faculties).

 

We had earlier that year, told Bishop Gilbert that we would stop blogging if he wished us to, but at that time he was happy for us to continue.

 

However, we were under two different dioceses due to living in a different diocese to that in which Fr. Stephen is incardinated.

 

Now however, the world and the Churches are descending ever further into a moral morass. And as we have ended our obedience to Pope Francis - and therefore a Bishops who go along with his false teachings and example - we are free to do what we must do under God. Preach God's Truth to the people, in season and out of season, so that those who have ears to hear may turn back to God and be saved.

 

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By The Hermits, Nov 24 2020 02:56PM

Open reply to Rosie Stuart, Morayshire, regarding “The Devil’s Poison”


Dear Rosie,


In response to your e-mail complaining about my ditty “The Devil’s Poison, I was somewhat surprised that you chose to comment seeing as though you dismissed it as “a silly poem”.


Yes, of course, there is a silliness and a flippancy about it, but I would venture to say that within the wrapping there is an essential Biblical truth that invites serious consideration; namely that our sins have consequences far beyond our immediate situation. The word of God speaking through the psalmist tells us that though God is patient and long-suffering he is displeased because of our persistent rejection of his Law: “God is a righteous Judge, strong and patient; but God is provoked everyday … if a man will not turn from his sins, God has prepared for him the instruments of death” (Psalm 7:10-14). The psalmist tells us that all our days are passed away in god’s wrath(Psalm 89/90:9), and the Apostle Paul tells us that the “wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all the ungodliness and wickedness of men who hold the truth in unrightousness” (Rom 1:18).


You brand me as “a hell-fire preacher”, saying I should be “compassionate not judgemental”. Have you read the Holy Bible? There you will find that Jesus Christ the Son of God was the first “Hell-fire preacher”, previewed by John the Baptist and followed by His apostles – all “Hell-fire preachers”. In fact Our Lord is persistent in his warning that unless we repent and turn to Him for salvation Hell and eternal damnation awaits us.


Your objection that I single out Abortion, fornication, and homosexualism as the worst sins is typical of a Western society that thinks it can behave however it pleases, and tries to cover its immorality and perversions by “good works” and giving to this or that charity. But I say to you that the wrath of God is particularly against the Satanic sins of abortion, homosexualism, and the defilement of marriage. “Do not be deceived,” says the Apostle, “for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience” (Eph 5:6). Settle this in your mind; fornicators, homosexuals, murderers, and idolators will not enter the kingdom of heaven (1 Tim 1:9-10; Col 5-6). Sex outside of marriage (fornication), homosexualism and lesbianism (sexual perversion), abortion (murder), and the worship of man instead of God (idolatry) are all works instigated by the Devil, and those who partake of them will be consigned to Hell, unless they repent and turn from their evil ways.


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My linking of homosexualism / paedophilia and the Roman Catholic clergy displeases you? Yet the fact is that the practice of sodomy is widespread among Catholic priests; the seminaries are full of it, and the Vatican with its international links must rank as one of the largest gay brothels in the world, if not the largest; with the Pope as the presiding pimp. In fact he is not so much the Bishop of Rome as the Pimp of Rome. It is well known, as we and the Law Courts have repeatedly seen over the last 50 years, that Catholic priests have a notable preference for boys (as do a great many Anglican clerics or the Anglo-Catholic variety). How unfortunate that the Roman Pope denies to his clergy the holy estate of marriage and enforces “celibacy” on them; yet history as well as contemporary experience provides evidence enough that the majority of Roman Catholic priests have never been celibate – with whores, concubines, boys, and each other’s backsides substituting for wives. No wonder St Paul warned of “giving heed to seductive spirits and doctrines of devils, speaking lies in hypocrisy, forbidding marriage” (1Tim 4:1-3). And every Catholic bishop knows what goes on among priests, yet they cover it up, as so many of them are themselves engaged in this filth. In this they take their lead from “His Unholiness”, “His Satanicness” in Rome; for what are Catholic bishops except gangster’s molls – the Pope being the Gangster? They have no likeness whatever to the office of a bishop in the New Testament, rather they are the Pope’s bitches, there to adorn his power and enact his will.


So, no Rosie, I am not “trivializing a tragedy” in my ditty about Corona, I am simply putting it into a Biblical and theological perspective. God’s wrath falls on the good and the bad, as does his sunshine and his rain. Beyond the real trivialities of popes and priests and their scams, their sacrileges, and their abiding godlessness, there is the truly devastating tragedy of baby murder on a genocidal scale (abortion), sexual perversion promoted worldwide by governments, media, and the arts, (the LGBT agenda), and the rejection and abuse of the sacred state of marriage (formication, adultery, divorce, contraception). These are the evils that bring the wrath of God upon us: wars, plagues, famines, floods, fires, earthquakes, etc. And in the midst of all this we have the papacy promoting its own bizarre form of idolatry as witnessed at last year’s Amazonian Synod, when the statue of the Pagan goddess Pachamama was prayed to in the Vatican gardens and in St Peter’s Basilica , and finally and most scandalously honoured at the final Mass in St Peter’s where a traditional sacrifice to her was placed on the High Altar. The Abomination of Desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel? Does the Devil live in the Vatican? The evidence would suggest it. Is Corona God’s purge? In all likelihood it is.


So thank you Rosie, for giving me an opportunity to explain my ditty.


One last thing Rosie, before I take my leave. I’ve never claimed to be a prophet so you don’t have to disbelieve that I am one. But what I will say is that any Christian who proclaims the Word of God to a godless, truthless, and self-satisfied society is actually a prophet. Again, you betray your typical Roman Catholicism in the contempt you show for ordinary Christians. Everything must come from the clergy, for the clergy are all, the clergy are the Church, and the bishop of Rome is the fullness of the clergy.

I suggest you take yourself off to the prophet Joel and see what he says about God pouring His Spirit upon sons and daughters, servants and maidservants (chapter 2). Or, if you prefer, check out Balaam’s ass in the Book of Numbers (chapter 22) when the Lord speaks through a donkey. Either way, I’m just a fool for Christ who, like St. John, has been exiled to a remote island for witnessing to the word of God. In his case Patmos in the Aegean, in my case Westray in the Orkney islands. He addressed the darkness of a pagan society, and likewise I addressed, through my leaflets, the darkness of an apostate Christian society returning to the moral morass of paganism by way of abortion, homosexualism, rejection of marriage, and idolatry.

Most of the Christian churches are complicit in the advance of this godlessness; for like the false prophets in the Old testament they proclaim “Peace, peace, where there is no peace” (Jer 6:14). And precisely because I and my colleagues took the way of Jeremiah and proclaimed the truth, which is always unpalatable to a profane society and apostate church, we find our selves exiled to the furthest extremities of Britain and excommunicated from the Roman Church. The former is inconvenient and somewhat unpleasant, the latter I regard as an honour, an accolade. Some of the best people end up excommunicated, such as St. Joan of Arc, St. Hildegard, Luther and Calvin.

I wish you well, Rosie, but I would caution you that these times we live in are seeing the spectacular advance of the devil’s darkness, particularly with the pandemics of abortion and homosexualism, and the apostacy of the majority of the Christian churches. Again I would suggest the Corona pandemic is directly related to these phenomena. Put no trust in popes, priests, and prelates (and Brian McGee and Hugh Gilbert are just as much papal bitches as the rest) but put your trust in the Word of God as revealed in the Holy Bible, have faith in Christ alone as your Priest, Bishop and King, and be constant in prayer; keep your sabbaths holy, and "serve the Lord in fear, and rejoice unto Him with reverence" (Psalm 2:11).

Damon Jonah


PS You say you love the Pope. Well, plenty of Soviet citizens loved “Comrade Stalin”, and plenty of Germans loved Adolf Hitler, so papists love the Pope. The Devil’s apostles are never lacking ardent followers.



By The Hermits, Nov 21 2020 02:29PM




We’ll drink the Devil’s poison

As Corona stalks the land;

For ‘tis Heaven’s visitation

And ‘tis God’s chastising Hand.

Our sins have sown the harvest

For our evil we must pay,

As the shadow of the Reaper

Foretells the Judgement Day.


Chorus:

Rolling like pigs in the shit of our sins

To the trough of the Devil we saunter;

And gorging our lusts, as whores ever “must”

We’re fattened like pigs for the slaughter.


We’ll drink the Devil’s poison

Queen Corona’s reign is here;

She wields the sceptre of God’s wrath

‘Tis Him we all must fear.

There’s the Genocide of babies

As Abortion has its way;

And the sin of Ancient Sodom

Tolls the bell for Judgement Day.


Chorus:

The Pestilence born, and storm after storm

There’s floods and there’s fires --- “The Warming”;

The oceans are swelling, as Nature’s rebelling

For this is the Time of God’s Warning.

We’ll drink the Devil’s poison

Drink it from Corona’s well;

It’s sent for our repentance

It’s reminding us of Hell.

We’re heading for damnation

‘cos we live the Devil’s way;

And ‘tis only Christ can save us

From the Doom of Judgement Day.


Chorus:

With Corona advancing, the Devil’s a’dancing

He lives with the Pope in the Vatican;

And demons released by paedophile priests

Are revelling in Rome --- Whore of Babylon.


We’ll drink the Devil’s poison

Old and young it will not spare;

We’ll drink it ‘cos we’re sinners

For God’s law we do not care.

We fornicate and sodomize

We murder, cheat, and lie;

We turn from God and spurn His Christ

And therefore we must die.


Chorus:

Corona’s the Cup, and we’re drinking it up

It’s the Cup of the Judgement of God;

To the Devil we’re given, until we’re forgiven…..

So Repent, and return to the Lord.


For lo, the Lord is come out of his place to visit the wickedness of those who dwell upon earth. Then shall appear the wrath of God in the Day of vengeance, which obstinate sinners have heaped up for themselves; having despised the goodness, patience , and long-sufferance of God, when he called them continually to repentance.


Jonah



By The Hermits, Sep 24 2020 01:34PM

EMPIRE, GLOBALISM, AND PERSECUTION

by Stephen de Kerdrel

As we in Britain enter the second wave of Covid19, the virus seems not to be abating, as so many thought that it would. Instead we are that told mainly by on-line ‘experts’ that the virus was caused deliberately and released, accidently or deliberately by China, the writers conveniently forgetting that Britain, the USA, and so many other countries are also weaponizing viruses and making other ‘biological weapons’ that all of us are complicit in this evil, and if it did originate from a laboratory we are all guilty by association. We are also being bombarded by people saying the pandemic is being manipulated, exaggerated, or falsified or was hatched by globalists which, I presume, means such people as Bill Gates, George Soros, the Rothschilds, Henry Kissinger, politicians in the USA, Britain and other countries of Europe, whose rulers, it is true, may well be engineering their constitutions towards creating a World State. In the Roman Catholic conservative media, there seems to be something approaching hysteria with regard to the imminent arrival of a One World State. But let us pause here and think, surely history should have taught us that there have been endless tyrants, Emperors, and kings, who have tried to rule the world since the building and destruction of the Tower of Babel.

Surely the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Persians, Alexander the Great, Caesar and the Romans tried to do as much. In modern history we see the creation of the Islamic Caliphate and its vast sweep over the Middle East through North Africa and up into Europe within a few decades. Earlier we see Genghis Khan and his successors creating what must have seemed to their subject peoples a global Empire. To the people who were living under Kublai Khan’s rule it must have appeared that he was master of the whole world, and his Imperial palace in the city Xanadu must have been the envy of a Stalin, a Hitler, or a Mao, suffice it to say there is hardly of the city or palace of their empire left; just the amount of food needed for thier great feasts boggles the imagination.

What did Europe feel like when Napoleon became its master? The different European countries especially the Holy Roman Empire, must have thought that the Europe that they knew was gone for good, and they were proved wrong. The English, who by diplomacy, and the rule of the seas unseated that great dictator, then became the greatest Empire that the world has ever seen. As all Empires do, it too fell and then it was left to America to create a new type of Empire, a sort of plutocratic one, supposedly egalitarian, which was to defend the values of the West. Those values were simply those of the Enlightenment, and certainly not Christian, though the foundations of the Enlightenment still had certain Christian qualities.

Opposed to this Empire, was the Communist Empire which would dominate not only Russia and its many satellite countries, now dully called the Soviet Union, but would also dominate that oldest of civilizations, namely China, now no longer the Ancient Empire but now the country with the largest population in the world. All these different empires build on a colossal scale, be it Assyrian or Babylonian, American or the Russian, with the exception oddly being the British. Hitler’s empire never really got off the ground despite all his invasions, but if Germania had been built, it might have rivalled Kublai Khan’s Xanadu in size, but definitely not in taste or beauty. Compared to the ancients, we moderns are pygmies. With all our technology we actually manage to build badly and tastelessly, and the buildings can easily be destroyed.

The truth never changes, the few prey on the many. There will always be some type of aristocracy, some kind of Emperor, or King or “Chairman” or “First Secretary” or “Leader” or goodness knows what. The costume and the title will change, but the man or woman who is the leader will invariably be a dictator and what matters to these people is power and control. Some peoples like the Russians want a strong leader, some peoples like the English and Americans want be able to control their leaders but also control world’s resources, and Communism seems to want a hypnotized population that is there for the advancement of industry and technology. Whether the present leader of China envisages Marx’s idyllic paradise of the worker I very much doubt. What these tyrants and tyrant states want, whether they know it or not, is to be like God.

However, there is another Empire that I have not touched upon and that is the Islamic Empire, temporarily wounded and made tame by Europe in the 19th century, but then it re-emerged when the oil gushed out of the Arabian desert, Iraq and the Persian Gulf. The West has never quite come to terms with the Islamic tiger that will, in time, devour the decadent West. Whether this will happen before dark lords of the Global Empire will have taken over the world is hard to know. What we do know is that Christ is Lord of Creation, even if Satan is the Prince of this World. Satan still tempts the great and the good, and the downright evil, with the three temptations that he hurled at Christ.

Now these three temptations tell you very much where the rich and the powerful are situated. The first temptation is about producing food on command, either by diabolic miracles or scientifically. Our Lord, may have had genetically modified food in mind among other things, when he was answering Satan;

“Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” (Matthew: 4; v. 4)

If man did live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God, then there would be no starvation, no , because we would be living the Gospel. As the majority of the West are most definitely not living by the words and commands of Jesus then there will never be enough to eat for the majority of people, and too much food for the few, who will invent news of feeding the masses that will be dull, unnatural, and unappetising.

The second temptation seems on one level about rashness. It is almost as if Satan is asking Our Lord to become Icarus. It is about what Man can do through science and the manipulation of nature. It is once again Eve’s curiosity about how to become like God, to have his knowledge, to have his creativity. Of course, what you end up with is the two-edged sword of Nuclear energy and other forms of energy, and the utter manipulation of nature. The tragic fact is that most of us do not know of the weapons that use other forms of energy. This dark world is indeed the realm of Satan, and very possibly the most wild speculations of some conspiracy theorists may be very near the mark.

The third temptation is the silliest that Satan could tempt Our Lord with, namely to offer him to kingdom of the world. Satan was tempting Christ with what was Christ’s anyway. Christ is both the Creator and the King of the world, whereas Satan is only the prince of this world. Satan failed to understand because this, because he only had a vague idea of who he was dealing with. The triumph of Christ had not yet happened. Christ takes back the world, by redeeming man. He does this by dying on the Cross. Though the Persians would crucify nobles and kings, the Romans crucified slaves and criminals. Christ according to the Persians is being accorded a king’s execution, yet according to the Romans, that of a slave and convict.

Let us remember that Christ’s Kingdom is not of this world, and that to be citizens of this Heavenly Kingdom we must die on the Cross either through martyrdom, or the daily martyrdom of Christian witness. For Satan and his followers what matters is food and drink in abundance, as well as drugs, and all the fleshly comforts that can be had, and in our own day this is all produced by an extraordinary scientific technology.

The greatest ambition of some men or women is to become rulers of the World or of their workplace. However ambitious Christian are somewhat of a contradiction because it displays a complete misunderstanding of Christ. They have failed to realize one thing about Christ. He was not well educated, he has left no writings of his own, he was hated by the ruling elite and by the religious leaders. He taught people that the greatest virtues were charity and humility, and that the least are the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.

It is this that must resonate in Christians’ ears, and pound on the chambers of their hearts, especially all those who are frightened, and understandably so, by the possibility that the globalists will take over the world and we will be enslaved. Surely though, was that not the case of so many of the early Christians? For they were of no importance, they were slaves, they were merchants, never a class particularly loved by anyone, and in general they were poor. At times they suffered terrible persecutions and appalling deaths. This vocation to be a martyr or confessor for the Faith runs like a golden river through the dark pages of human history since the Redemption. When one reads the words of the martyrs since the time of the earliest Christian martyrs to the martyrs of today, they change very little, and why should we be surprised by that for it is the Holy Spirit who inspires them with these words of fire, that shatters the complacence of their judges. It is far worse when the persecutors belong to the same Church as the persecuted, as in the case of St. Joan of Arc, and Girolamo Savonarola.

The question that we must all ask ourselves is, are ready to die for Jesus? If we are not we should cease calling ourselves Christian, because we are not Christians. We are faced with the possibility of being enslaved in a so called Globalist world. We have to think how we will manage under torture. We will have to consider that family members may betray us for being Christian. Our hearts and our bodies may well be broken under torture, but our spirits if they are totally given, whatever the cost, to Christ our Lord, then nothing else matters, even if they forcibly put chips in us which many think will be encoded with the number of the Apocalypse. We will be no more guilty than the woman, or for that matter, the man who has been raped.

I will finish with the words of St. Paul, and a final reflection

Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. We put no obstacle in any one’s way, so that no fault may be found in our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, tumults, labours, watching, hunger; by purity, knowledge, forbearance, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left; in honour and dishonour, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

Our mouth is open to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide. You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections. In return---I speak as to children---widen your hearts also. ( 2 Corinthians: 6; vv. 2-13)

If one is overwhelmed with the evil that pervades so much of society, like some immense tidal wave bearing down upon us ready to crush us and drown us, we should pause, and reflect. Has not Christ taken on all the evil that has ever been done since the Fall, has he not faced it and conquered it? Have we forgotten his colossal and infinite love for us? If we have not forgotten this, then why should we be afraid?

Let us remember that terrible tyrant Timur, the last of the Mongol warriors. His stamped of brutal invasions that reached Turkey and Baghdad is said to have killed 17 million people, which at that time, the 14th century, was a 5th of the world’s population. But now, Timur is dead and forgotten by the majority of the world’s population.

“I have seen a wicked man overbearing,

and towering like a cedar of Lebanon.

I passed by, and lo, he was no more;

though I sought him, he could not be found.” Psalm 37: 36,36




By The Hermits, Sep 16 2020 11:08AM

This is not the sort of post we normally put onto this site. But to love God is also to love our fellow man. And there are so many postings on Roman Catholic sites mainly from America doubting the seriousness of this coronavirus, that I feel the experience gained in the UK where we have had a longer time to learn about the effects on the younger population is needed, so that people may make their own minds up when knowing more of the facts.


So I am posting this article from the Guardian newspaper. Not a paper that I agree with its British political stance. But whose journalism is always excellent.


Fears Covid may leave thousands in UK with severe kidney disease

Experts warn the long-term effects of virus are causing an ‘epidemic in primary care’


Nicola Davis Science correspondent

Tue 15 Sep 2020 16.36 BST


Tens of thousands of people may require kidney dialysis or transplants because of coronavirus, according to experts who warn the long-term effects of Covid are causing an “epidemic in primary care”.


Up to 90% of coronavirus patients admitted to hospital may still experience symptoms two to three months later – from breathlessness to joint pain, fatigue and chest pain – scientists told the Lords science and technology committee on Tuesday.

Donal O’Donoghue, a consultant renal physician at Salford Royal NHS trust, said damage to the kidneys was of major concern. It is believed the virus may attack the organ directly, he said, while the kidneys could also be injured by body-wide inflammation caused by the virus.

“Normally we see maybe 20% of people that go on to intensive care unit need to have a form of dialysis. During Covid it was up to 40% – and 85% of people had some degree of kidney injury,” he said. “No doubt that is happening out in the community as well, probably to a lesser extent.”

O’Donoghue said it was unknown how many of these patients would go on to develop more severe kidney disease, but that the figures could be high. “It could easily be tens of thousands more people requiring dialysis [or] transplantation,” he said, adding that in a normal year about 6,500 people were accepted on to dialysis and transplant programmes.

Tom Solomon, professor of neurology at the University of Liverpool, told the committee more needed to be done to support Covid survivors. “[GPs] are seeing lots of patients who are left over with problems from their Covid and they need to be able to refer them to get help in understanding what is going on,” he said, adding: “This is really the current epidemic in primary care.”

Chris Brightling, professor of respiratory medicine of the University of Leicester who is leading the Phosp-Covid study into the long-term effects of the disease, said research in Italy had given further clues as to the scale of the virus’s lasting effects.

“This suggested even when you are looking at people who have been hospitalised two to three months later, after discharge, then only about 10-15% of people have no persistent symptoms,” he said.

Brightling said pilot data from whole body scans of 50 patients who are part of the Phos-Covid and C-MORE studies were revealing the wider physiological impact of Covid-19.

“[These] are showing end-organ damage in the kidneys, in the liver, in the lungs and in the heart, and less so in the brain. This is affecting over a third of the individuals at the two month point,” he said. “We are really getting a lot of clues that there are things that are happening across multiple organs from a disease that initially starts as a respiratory infection.”

While much of the current research is based on those who have been admitted to hospital with Covid-19, Brightling warned long-term effects, in particular problems like fatigue and chronic pain, were likely in those who had a “milder” form of the disease.

“Some of those may have also had pneumonia and not ended up in hospital, but many may have had this more broader inflammatory effect that may then affect many, many organs in the body,” he said.

Brightling added that a key issue was whether some conditions may get worse over time, such as early kidney damage or onset of new diabetes. “That definitely would be a concern within those people who are in the community,” he said.

Experts giving evidence to the committee also highlighted that the impact of Covid on the body could cause neurological problems, including stroke and brain inflammation. The disease has also been linked to mental health problems, both in those with the disease and those without.

Sebastian Brandner, professor of neuropathology at University College London, said more autopsies were needed to understand how the disease affects the central nervous system.

If a patient is known to have died from Covid, a coroner’s autopsy is generally not required. However, autopsies can be carried out for medical research if consent is given by the deceased’s family.

“During this entire Covid-19 outbreak we had only just over a dozen, or perhaps two dozen, postmortems with available brains for analysis,” said Brandner, something he suggested was down to a reluctance by NHS hospitals because of resources being diverted to treatment and management of patients.

With resources readjusted and mortuaries not overwhelmed, Brandner said it was important such research was carried out.



By The Hermits, Jul 2 2020 08:47PM

Draw Near, O nations, To Hear, And Hearken O Peoples !


FORWARD


I have written the article below for a number of reasons, but what prompted me in particular to write this article is the extraordinary furore which has taken hold of what I would call the Traditionalist Old Rite, and the Conservative groups in the Church. As one person experienced in the fight between the right and the left in Britain in the 60’s and 70’s said to me, “The right is always disorganized, but the left is always organized”. That this state of affairs is now afflicting the Roman Catholic Church at this time is very sad. Many of the protagonists from the traditional and orthodox wing of the Church seem to be bickering and fighting each other. The liberals in the Church must be laughing and rubbing their hands in delight. The Corona Virus seems to have had something to do with this, especially with regard to the receiving or not receiving communion. A question which would be good to ask is how did St. Antony of Egypt manage for 20 years without communion when he was in deep isolation. Of course he may have had communion occasionally, but as his food was thrown to him over the wall of the fort it begs the question how!


The Trinity dwells within each baptized Christian, and St. Teresa says that Christ remains in the soul of the person even in the case of mortal sin or words to that effect. It is 39 years since I read St. Teresa’s Interior Castle. In these desperate times which will open onto a time of dread, it is most important that we try, difficult though it is, to be charitable. So let us remember the words of St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of journalists, on this subject: “The Truth which is not charitable, springs from a charity which is not true.”

(Isaiah 34: 1)


INTRODUCTION


Draw Near, O nations, to Hear, And Hearken O Peoples !

So opens chapter 34 of Isaiah. It continues as follows. Let the earth listen, and all that fills it; the world, and all that comes from it. For the Lord is enraged against all the nations, and furious against all their host. He has doomed them, has given them over to the slaughter. ( Isaiah 34; 1-2)


In much that has been written regarding the Corona Virus, one thing that does seem to have got lost, is the notion that God is judging, and not perhaps in even the way that Isaiah is describing which is more to do with punishing. Perhaps the scenario of what is happening now has more to do with Elijah’s words to the people of Israel before he begins the contest between himself and the prophets of Baal as to who is God? The people of Israel are assembled on Mount Carmel with their King, Ahab and in silence they listen to the great prophet:


“How long will you go limping with two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” And the people did not answer him a word. (1 Kings 18: v. 21).


How typical of guilty people when their guilt is revealed; there always seems to be an uneasy silence about them. They do not wish to acknowledge their guilt, and yet they know that they cannot defend themselves. How does this apply to the West, once Christian and now a hotchpotch of humanism, paganism, occultism, secularism and unorthodox Christianity?


WHERE IS THE WEST GOING ?


Ever since The Renaissance, and more so since The Enlightenment, the men of the West have been more and more loosening their moorings to Christianity. Despite the valiant attempts of such men as Girolamo Savonarola, Martin Luther, and the early Capuchins, along with such men as St. Francis de Sales, to prevent the paganism of the Renaissance from destroying Christian Europe, we have found the West being led away from Christ by Robespierre’s goddess of reason, Rousseau’s noble savage, and the Enlightenment’s belief in the goodness of Man. Finally, we have Darwinian Evolution, which unwittingly gives birth to Nietzsche’s death of God, and the Superman; the latter logically follows on from the former. If there is no God in the Christian sense, why should there be anything remotely resembling Christian morality? Why should not the fittest survive in a Darwinian jungle where the weakest go, not only to the wall, but are devoured and destroyed by the strongest? Chambers Biographical Dictionary shows an alarming naivete by commenting on Nietzsche’s effect on the Nazis. “ His reputation suffered when his views were taken up in a simple and perverted form by the German Nazis.” I would have thought that the Nazis were the perfect embodiment of what Nietzsche’s Superman was meant to be.


So, the West is limping after a Christian morality devoid of Christian sexual morality on one foot, while wanting a perfect superman on the other. And so, through abortion and stem cell research, along with cloning and other Frankenstein creations, Western Man looks forward to a brave new world where Man and Woman can go forth and become better and better and evolve into not only a superman and superwoman, but into an ultra-Superman. However, this cannot be done without getting rid of the weakest. If you want a superman then dwarfs, Downes Syndrome people, people with cleft palates, people with strawberry marks (rarely seen today; I wonder why?), the physically deformed, the mentally lacking, and anyone who does not come up to concepts of Arian beauty, will have to go either before birth or afterwards. Thus, abortion opens the way to Euthanasia and mass genocide not only of peoples, but of types. You cannot have Darwinian Man and the Superman unless you destroy all undesirables. The Western Intelligentsia have so far failed to make the connection between their concepts of ethics, care for the poor and the ill, a just and caring society, fare wages, and in a word, a welfare state, with Christianity. These concepts and life style can have no place in various forms of states given to the worship of Darwinian Man and Superman who are actually one and the same. Either you have a society like Nazi Germany or some neo pagan equivalent of the Aztec civilization or similar Mesoamerican societies, or you have a truly Christian Society which would bear the hall marks of the early Church. You cannot have both. Most modern philanthropists of the West are simply Christian/agnostic people who do not realize that their philosophy of life is flawed. They will find themselves little by little casting off their moorings to Christianity, and will enter a nightmare world where the survival of the fittest will be the way of life from now on, and they will have to submit to the tyranny of the Superman, who may even turn out to be the Antichrist. The West is living on the last dregs of Christian civilization.


FOR JERUSALEM HAS STUMBLED AND JUDAH HAS FALLEN


Ever since Pope Francis presided over the worship of Pachamama on October 4th in the Vatican Gardens, and then at the closing Mass in St. Peter’s at the end of the Amazonian synod, where he endorsed the sacrifice to Pachamama by ordering the herbal sacrifice to her to be placed on the High Altar, the Roman Church like Judah and Jerusalem has stumbled and fallen. The Church in its leaders is no longer, but among the Faithful it still exists like a hidden and beautiful jewel. This state of affairs in a greater or lesser degree is replicated in the main line Christian Churches, with the Lutherans, the Anglicans, and American Episcopalians in the forefront. Certainly, in America the Methodists are divided. I think it would not be unfair to say that in the West most of the Churches are nothing but rotting corpses. In the Orthodox East, Russia leads the way in defending the immemorial traditions of the Church, but she sadly is in danger of compromising herself by a patriotism which is dangerously close to a rather fierce nationalism. The recent consecration of the Military Cathedral in Russia, though very inspiring and dramatic, may make Russia forget that those who live by the sword die by the sword. Today God is speaking to us through Isaiah when he says to the churches who have betrayed Him:


“For Jerusalem has stumbled, and Judah is fallen; because their speech and their deeds are against the LORD, defying his presence. Their partiality witnesses against them; they proclaim their sin like Sodom, they do not hide it. Woe to them! For the righteous have brought evil upon themselves.” (Isaiah 3: vv.8-9)


Not only do the cardinals, bishops, priests and theologians “proclaim their sin like Sodom” many of them practice the sin of Sodom. This is true of the very liturgical Western churches. It is different with the Orthodox churches and Oriental churches, where their asceticism prevents such mass immorality from affecting its secular clergy, who are married anyway; but not in the behaviour of Lutherans and Anglicans where there are not the constraints placed upon priests and their wives, namely the constraints of prayer and asceticism, as for the Roman clergy, we only have to look at the law courts and the compensation paid out to know how so many of them are behaving. We can say that, in the main, the clergy of the West have either lost the Faith or they have simply mirrored the prophets of Baal. There is however, no Elijah and no John the Baptist to call them to account. And so, for lack of prophets, millions upon millions of Christians are being led on the broad path to Hell. God has stopped the World in its tracks with the Corona virus. He is giving us a chance to live differently, but more importantly he is giving us a chance to think differently and for many Christians to pray and worship differently.


What is seen as a disaster is in fact a blessing. God is making us stand still. All the things that we love in the West has been taken from us. Live music, be it pop, rock or classical has been stopped. All live football has suddenly stopped. Cafes, and restaurants are closed. No tennis, no Wimbledon, no Henley, no Ascot, no golf, no football and no cricket, and worst of all no foreign holidays and travel. All the great music festivals throughout the World are not taking place. All the mad freneticism of the LGBT and Gay Pride marches have stopped for this year. The World will never be the same again. The 20th century has finally ended with the eruption of Corona into our lives at the end of 2019.

THE DANGEROUS AND UNCERTAIN PATH


Those who do not want to follow Christ, but want some sort of traditional ethics and a religion, will be faced with certain possibilities; all of them dangerous, for the simple reason that they do not have the promise of eternal life that Christ can give, for they are the creation of Man, and not the salvation that is given by God to the human race. Islam, a marvellously rigid and simple system, and is nothing more and nothing less than a peculiar Christian heresy, presents to Man the absolutely terrifying Allah, who is not the same as the God of Israel, who reveals himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit at the coming of Jesus. There is certainly no guarantee of salvation with Islam, but it will be better than anarchy in its morals.


Looking further to the East, there is the great philosophical tradition of Buddhism which helps one to escape the suffering of this World; and leads one to Nirvana where there will be no suffering, but where one’s self-identity will be merged into something greater than the individual. Buddhism is very attractive to the Westerner, because it offers a system which is curiously amoral but certainly has nothing of the ruthlessness of Nietzsche’s Superman society.


Finally going further to the East, we come to that greatest of countries, namely the fabled land of China, so sadly, still under the godless system of Communism. Here you have Taoism, which the great Father Seraphim Rose thought closest in some ways to Christianity, and the only religion which seems to be the creation of hermits. Then last of all you have that very commendable philosophy of Confucius.


These are the best that can give the men of the West something that might help him, but they are not enough to get him to Heaven, but each one might prevent him from destroying much of the World.


Few of the men of the West would think of embracing Orthodox Judaism as it is too close to the Christianity, and that fills them with horror and revulsion, and it would certainly not allow them to do what they liked. Of course, the liberal forms of Judaism would possibly let the Westerners do exactly what they liked, but then what would be the point of that? It must be remembered that the majority of Jews have lost their Faith, and the Orthodox Jews are a small minority. The religions of the Plains Indians in North America and the Aborigines in Australia, though believing in the One Creator God, would be quite beyond the sophistication of the Westerner, and would require him to change his lifestyle. For a while these religions or philosophies might stave off the evil day of destruction, but not for too long for finally the end of all civilization would come. And would there be any point, for if you come from a Christian background such a move to such religions would be a denial of Christ’s Divinity, and his saving power and would ultimately lead to Hell.


THE BROAD PATH TO HELL


The road that the worldly, the pleasure loving, and the sensualists will follow will be greatly influenced by a hedonism that derives much from Nietzsche and Darwin. In this society which will have elements of Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, and Brave New World (Orwell in 1984 never considered a World dominated by drugs, whereas Huxley did and was very accurate as to what the future held.) there will be a struggle between power and pleasure. Either there will be a Global state administered with an Imperial ruthlessness reminiscent of Ancient Rome, but far worse where only a few will enjoy a pleasure laden existence, and the majority will suffer in something akin to slavery, or there will be something dark and terrible like Mordor in The Lord of the Rings. However, as a constant leitmotif there will be neo paganism, witchcraft, and Satanism. The will to unbridled power and self-adoration will assert itself and become paramount. However, globalism may well collapse into total anarchy, and the World will be ruled by a new barbarism which will make the old Barbarism of the Dark Ages look pleasant by comparison, for there will be no vibrant youthful and ardent Christianity to witness to them. The terrifying world, envisaged by Logan’s Run and the Hunger Games, may become a reality in the very near future. We may even see the bloodletting games of ancient Rome arise again with Gladiators, battles in the arena and the new games where we will see the Christians once again martyred in a thousand different ways, but on an unconceivable scale.


THE NARROW PATH TO HEAVEN


Since the 60’s, Christianity has entered a time of unbelievable confusion. Before this utterly disastrous period, which is still with us, there were indeed the bizarre Protestant heresies such as Mormonism, Christian Science, Unitarianism, The Jehovah’s Witnesses and many others, but Catholicism and main line Protestantism, namely Lutheranism, the Baptists , Methodism, and Anglicanism, were sticking to their orthodoxies. The Orthodox East had been preserved by Communist persecution, with the Greek Orthodox, the Syrian Orthodox churches and others in the near East, free and continuing to hold to the ancient Faith along with the Coptic Church, and other Oriental Churches. The devastating rot purveyed by The World Council of Churches (Quite how the Orthodox Churches, who were part of this utterly questionable venture, ever managed to sleep alongside such uncongenial Christian bedfellows beggars belief, without being contaminated, I do not know. In fairness it must be stated that The Soviet Union made members of the Russian Orthodox Church attend). Then there is the shocking ambiguity of Vatican II, whose poisonous fruit is the Bergolian Papacy. This has, like some mind-altering drug, confused so many faithful. The championing of gay rights and gay leadership in the Lutheran and Anglican communions has made these churches look like modern counterparts of the cults of Baal and Astarte. Once again where are the Elijahs and the John the Baptists? Where are the Catherine of Sienas, the Brigid of Swedens, and the Hildgegard of Bingens? Certainly there are several women seers and mystics, foremost being Maria Divine Mercy, who are speaking out, but no one listens! Then of course there are the Two Patricks who for nearly 30 years have been calling us to repent. I am not conversant with similar individuals in the Protestant World but there must be not a few, but most of the churches and also the World itself are deaf.


True Christians, of whatever denomination, who hold to the ancient creeds must go underground, if indeed they are not forced underground as is the case in present day China, whose oppression of Christianity seems harsher than even under Stalin’s persecution of the 30’s. Christians of all denominations, who wish to be faithful to Christ and his teachings, will have to meet in secret as did the early Christians. The only way that souls can be saved is by the martyrdom of many Western Christians, for only then will the floodgates open and God’s mercy cleanse and sanctify the West. This may precede the great warning mentioned at Garabandal and through other seers, mystics and saints, but for the Church both East and West, Catholic and Protestant, Orthodox and oriental to become one, requires a Faith worthy of martyrs and nothing less. Church structures will collapse and so much of what we love and cherish will disappear. Our beautiful cathedrals, monasteries, and churches throughout Europe may well be almost entirely destroyed. We will be left with nothing, but the Faith. Then from terrible destruction, darkness and near despair, will emerge the Church purified and beautiful beyond compare and then will come peace. Then there will be one Church under Christ The Good Shepherd.


CONCLUSION


Christ has allowed the Corona Virus to spread throughout the World at an alarming speed, and though it has not had the devastating effect yet of the Black Death or the Spanish Flu, it has had a terrible effect on the World’s economy. No doubt this is a gift to the Globalists and those who want a titanic despotism in the form of a World Government. This government will be utterly ruthless in enforcing a political and economic agenda which will have to crush Christianity, while worshipping the idols of money, sex, pleasure, and perfectly made human beings. This government will be made up of an aristocracy of Supermen and Superwomen. This strange and ruthless world will have no place for the majority, who will, as always in the history of great empires of the past, be the poor and powerless, slaves and economic slaves. It will be a world of science and technology wedded to superstition, paganism, occultism and ultimately to the worship of Satan. It will be a world of dazzling miracles, which are not from Heaven but emanate from the raging bowels of Hell. Among the poor and powerless, the Christians will keep the Gospel ever alight and radiant amidst the darkness and gloom of a dying world.


Christ offers us this virus so that we can think and ponder on what we, as Christians will have to do, and where we shall have to go, to keep the Church alive; to keep the lamp burning. All depends on our response. Do we wish to be faithful to Christ and his Gospel or do we wish to be like the people of Israel, who throughout her history were quite happy to follow their priests and kings in trying to combine pagan beliefs and practices with the law of Moses. Do we wish to follow our leaders, both spiritual and secular, on the broad path to Hell or remain faithful to Christ, which requires that we carry our Cross with love and for the salvation of souls. Sadly so many Westerners are utterly sunk in the mire of their sins. This vast mass of millions upon millions of people will slide through their materialist and sensualist lives almost imperceptibly into the eternally burning lake of Fire. It is our solemn duty to witness to the truths of Faith and die for those beliefs so that the many will hear the Gospel, see it realized in our lives, and come to Christ. God is giving the World a chance to believe him and we are his ambassadors. In locked down nations, where so many millions, if not billions of people have time to think, it is up to us to make the Face of Christ to be seen once again in all its radiance, majesty and beauty. We must be his eyes, his voice, his hands, and his love. There is no other way than this. Finally If we do this, then all these different opposing groups, who may fight one another, as we are seeing at present over the case of “Black Lives Matter”, and who so often are united in their hatred for Christians, then perhaps they will begin to change and realize that it is Christ who is the answer to all their problems, their anguish, and will be the one who will bring them true joy and everlasting peace.


So, we must, like the early Christians, be seen to truly love one another, if we do not then ours will be a severe judgement when we come before Christ on the Final Day of Judgement. Do we Christians truly love one another, that is the question?


“The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the majesty of our God.

Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are of a fearful heart, “Be strong, fear not! Behold your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.” (Isaiah 35: vv. 1-4)

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“We of the Underground Church have no cathedrals. But is any Cathedral more beautiful than the sky of heaven to which we looked when we gathered secretly in forests? The chirping of the birds took the place of the organ. The fragrance of the flowers was our incense. And the shabby suit of a martyr recently freed from prison was much more impressive than priestly robes. We had the moon and stars as candles. The angels were the acolytes who lit them.

I can never describe the beauty of this Church! Often, after a secret service, Christians were caught and sent to prison. There, the Christians wear chains with gladness which a bride wears a precious jewel received from her beloved. The waters in prison are still. They receive His kiss and His embraces, and would not change places with kings. I have found truly joyful Christians only in the Bible, in the Underground Church and in prison……….In formerly Communist Russia, no one remembered anymore the arguments for and against child or adult baptism, for or against papal infallibility. They were not pre- or post-millenialists. They could not interpret prophecies and didn’t quarrel about them, but I wondered very often how well they could prove to atheists the existence of God.” (Richard Wurmbrand; Tortured for Christ: pp. 98-100)


Fr Stephen








By The Hermits, May 1 2020 08:00PM

THE CROSS AND THE RESURRECTION

During this time when the deaths from the Coronavirus keep mounting especially in Western Europe and the US, whilst the World’s economies are being greatly affected by this extraordinary disease; as Christians are faced with locked churches, and the Sacraments in the main are denied to the faithful; as traditionalist and conservative Catholics understandably call on Bishops and priests to be real pastors in this time of dread; and as liberal/progressive Catholics continue their reckless pagan and New World Order agenda, we must look to Christ crucified and risen, to Christ who is our only hope, and whose stupendous glory cannot be hidden amidst the chaos of our inglorious and unprincipled world.

I survey the endless arguments on much of the Catholic Media with regard to the closure of churches, and the withdrawal of Communion, and when I consider what might be called the excessive Churchiness of so many Catholics, be they right or left, conservative or liberal, reactionary or progressive, orthodox or heretical, I am astonished at the torrent of words, the clash of arguments, the excess of passion and the sheer complexity of everything.

How far we are from Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, gently bearing Christ’s dead body to Joseph’s new tomb as the evening descends upon Calvary and day comes to its close. Their touching nobility and their courage, when all the apostles, bar John, had fled, is an inspiration to us all. How our hearts beat as one with the holy women, as they watch to see where Christ is laid so they that come after the Sabbath and embalm Christ’s body in a worthy manner. Do we not also experience the fear and the shame of Christ’s handpicked men, the Apostles, whose cowardice is highlighted by the two middle-aged men, Joseph and Nicodemus, who come out in the open and declare that they are friends and disciples of Jesus when he has suffered the worst of deaths known in the ancient world, and for supposed blasphemy? Cannot we have some of Mary Magdalen’s ardour as she tries to find the body of Jesus, and then be surprised by The Saviour appearing to us in the same way? Like Mary we want to cling to Christ, but like her we must realize that He must return to His Heavenly Father and so take his place in the glory of the Trinity. Wouldn’t we want to run like Peter and John to the tomb, and in finding it empty we too realize that Christ is risen, Satan is defeated and the gates of Heaven thrown open to all men. Nothing can stand in Christ’s way, nothing. I remember how beautifully this was portrayed in Pasolini’s film The Gospel of St. Luke, which he dedicated to the memory of St. John XXIII. The sight of Peter and John running to the tomb was exhilarating.

In all the astounding rubbish spoken by disbelieving globalists, or worse still by globalists who are pursuing a Satanic agenda; in all the endless controversies as to how the Church should respond to Corona, and the worries of people about their inability to receive Communion or go to Confession; in all the pain and loss during the present time, and in all the near despair and loneliness that people are feeling in this world of lock down and social distancing: there is Christ, glorious, triumphant and closer to ourselves than we are. He sits on his throne in all his glory and grandeur, but he is still our friend and brother; infinite in his love for us, and tender beyond all our imaginings. He is still God.

Perhaps it is because we have lost that wonder of knowing Christ in our lives that somehow he has been disguised amidst all the devotions, and even amidst the sacraments. It is as if we have been watching home videos of a loved one, looking through photo albums, or hearing the voice of that person, when in reality we can go and visit him or her. Great though the sacraments are, wonderful though many devotions are, they must lead us to Christ, and if we receive the body and blood of Our Lord unworthily, we will surely go to Hell, and sadly this is the case of millions upon millions of Catholics.

If we want to know what our relationship with Christ should be we might turn to the Book of Esther to look for inspiration and guidance in our spiritual lives. Like Queen Esther we must walk through the different and magnificent rooms of the great palace of Susa before we enter the throne room of Xerxes, the King of Persia, and at that time the most powerful man in the world . If we see Xerxes as a type of Christ then we must never forget for a moment that we are in the presence of the most High God at every moment of our lives. The Risen Christ is the same as he was when he was alive, walking the dusty roads of Palestine 2000 years ago, but now his Divinity has been seen, and is experienced in a wonderful way since The Resurrection. This is beyond human comprehension, and that must always be in our thoughts. There are some things that must be left in the realm of mystery. For too long the Church in the West, and especially the Papacy, feel that they have to understand and explain everything. This then is the bitter fruit of scholasticism which is a prying into things that we are not meant to, the sin of Eve’s curiosity. The Orthodox East has not made such a mistake.

Returning to Esther, we see her going before her husband, the great Xerxes, to plead for her life and the life of her people, in it we have a vision of what it means to come before the living God.

“And it happened on the third day, when she ceased praying, she took off the garments of the solemnity, and put on her glorious apparel. And having become resplendent, appealing to the all-seeing God and Saviour, she took with her two favourite maids. Upon the one she leaned as an elegant woman and the other maid followed behind her, bearing her train. She was aglow in the perfection of her beauty. Her face was radiant and lovely, but her heart shrank with fear. And having entered through all the doors, she stood face to face with the king. He was sitting on his royal throne, clothed in all his glorious apparel, covered with gold and precious stones. He was awesome. And as he looked up, resplendent in his glory, at the very edge of anger, the queen collapsed, her complexion paled, and she slumped against the head of the maid who went before her. But God changed the spirit of the king to gentleness. And full of great concern, he leapt from his throne and held her in his arms until she recovered. He comforted her with calming words and said to her, “Esther, what is it? I am your brother. Be of good cheer! You are not going to die because of this usual ordinance. Come near!” And lifting his golden scepter, he laid it upon her neck, and he embraced her and said, “Speak to me.” (Esther 5: vv. 1-8, The Orthodox Study Bible)

How is it that we have so often lost him amidst the sacraments, these seven great channels of grace instead of making Christ more present to us have had the opposite effect? We have not gone before Him with the humility and fear and trembling that we see Esther going before her husband, Xerxes. Though she is the wife and queen of the most powerful King in the World she does not presume on her status.

Part of the problem is that since the 1960’s and the sexual revolution and the radicalization of Western middle class by the liberal agenda so beloved of the utterly destructive Frankfurt school, Che Guevara and those of a like mind, a false sense of brotherhood combined with a familiarity that diminishes respect, so too has this affected our relationship Christ. He is not our buddy with whom we can hang out, nor is he a sort of Hollywood star. He is often addressed as Lord in the Gospels and he is the one who calms the storms, raises the dead, heals the sick and forgives sinners.

I think it fair to say that it is because we have so often failed to get to know him through reading the Gospels, through prayer, and above all through wishing to be true disciples of the God Man. Instead we have become obsessed with different spiritualities. We have become intellectually lazy in the West, which has oddly had the effect of making Theology a highly academic and professional pursuit, but such things hinder a true relationship with Christ. When that happens, then technology and science seem to offer us everything.

Just as we feel that we have everything and a freedom from all restraint, especially in the domain of sexual appetite, which uncontrolled by marriage has created a demonic and terrible world, when the spirit is all but suffocated, suddenly we are confronted by a virus, which though not the deadliest, has changed our whole way of life, which has been disrupted to a degree that we could never have imagined. We have tried to follow the flesh, which has led so many Christians, be they Catholics on one end of the spectrum and Evangelicals on the other, to become too familiar with Our Lord and God. The use of pop music and rock music in so much worship will have helped this coarsening of our spiritual lives. We must remember that Christ in the Apocalypse is the same Person as lived in Palestine all those centuries ago. We must sense great awe even when we are most intimate with the God who died for us. His sacrifice and his Cross must never be far from our minds, and must dwell all the time in our hearts which remember Christ’s inconceivable love for us, that love which will be the wonder of Heaven for all eternity.

The Apocalypse opens with John on one Sunday praying and then hearing a voice:

Then I turned to see the voice that spoke to me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. And when I saw Him, I fell at his feet as dead. But He laid his right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am he who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and Death. (Apocalypse 1: vv. 12-18)

Dear friends and readers if we do not have something of John’s response to the Risen Christ who fainted with awe, then we are in danger of not being truly grateful for his immense love for us shown to us as he hangs dying on the Cross. Let us then be eternally grateful that God died for us upon the Cross and respond as best we can. “Christ is Risen, He is risen indeed.”

Father Stephen Joseph, on the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker



By The Hermits, Apr 18 2020 09:40PM

The Corona virus has confronted us in the West with fear. Despite economic problems and real poverty on a fairly vast scale there has not been this fear for a very long time. Not a few people feel that this pandemic is being exaggerated, and that is nothing compared to the Spanish Flu in 1918, nor is it to be compared with the horror of the Black Death in the mid fourteenth century, but it is fear nevertheless. That eccentric poet, artist, and mystic Caryll Houselander was asked how she managed in London during the Blitz and she said something like “One was just afraid” (I have to say it is nearly 24 years ago that I read her biography, and I no longer possess it, so my memory will be rusty). I think I know what she means; one simply has to admit the fear and act on it.


Christ in Gethsemane is afraid. What does he fear? Obviously he fears the agonies and torture of what he will go through from his arrest until his death. That however is only a very small part of it. He knows that all the sins of the human race will be poured out on him, and that his humanity is unable to cope with it. That is why the angel is sent to him to give him strength in this tremendous battle with evil. He has known from his birth to the agony in the Garden that he would suffer death on the Cross, and that Satan would hurl all the evil that he could at him, but now in his humanity he has to experience it in the flesh. A man may be called to die for his country and prepares himself for it, but when the moment comes it will feel very different for the simple reason that fear at imminent death is something almost impossible to imagine. It really is about feeling it rather than thinking about it.


Thus St. Peter can say he will never deny Christ while in the afterglow of the Last Supper and the institution of the Eucharist, but when faced with the possibility that his association with Christ might lead to his own death, he crumples under the questioning of a young serving girl and denies that he ever knew Christ. How does Christ confront this fear? Very simply; by bowing before his Father’s will. This was no easy thing, otherwise he would not have made that desperate prayer:

“Father, if thou art willing, remove this cup from me, nevertheless not my will, but thine be done.”(Luke: 22, v.42”)


Christ sees the almost infinite ingratitude of Man towards God. All the seven deadly sins process before him dragging millions upon millions of souls to Hell over the course of human history. He sees idolatry, sexual immorality, avarice, cruelty, murder, envy, greed, and the endless woe of the domination the weak and poor by the wealthy and the powerful. He sees how in particular women will suffer at the hands of ma, be that man a husband, a lover or a conquering soldier. He sees such heart-rending scenes as the continual raping of German women by Soviet Soldiers as they invaded Eastern Germany and took Berlin. He sees the millions dying in the Gulags, or being brutally done to death in Pol Pot’s killing fields. He sees the fear in the Concentration Camps and Death Camps. He sees the endless orphans caused by war or starvation. He sees the desolation experienced by the millions of Africans and native American Indians enslaved by supposed Christian nations from the 15th century until the 19th. He sees the burgeoning of abortion in Russia from the 1920’s onwards and its explosion in Western Europe beginning in Britain in 1967. He sees the relentless arms race of the 20th and 21st centuries.

He would have been gripped with horror at the wholesale sexual immorality of Western youth from the 1960’s onwards, and the utter disinterest of millions upon millions to the Gospel that he preached and the mercy that he offered. He knew that for the majority of mankind his death would appear futile, and would not save the majority of men. Nowhere would this be more true than among supposedly committed Christians, Priests, ministers, popes, cardinals and religious would desert their Lord and Master whom they had promised to serve, because they had become to comfortable, immoral, lax and utterly lukewarm.


The most bitter pain that would far outweigh his actual agonies of the scourging and the Cross is that this vast multitude of damned souls simply could not be bothered with God or their eternal salvation. They were too preoccupied with life, either eking out a living, or saturated with comfort, to give much time, or even little thought for God. No wonder God in the Old Testament represents himself to the prophets as a wronged husband whose heartless harlot of a wife gives him no thought, no consideration and absolutely no Love. No wonder Christ was afraid.


God the Son is crushed by grief, overwhelmed by the immensity of his coming Passion and wonders in his humanity how he can suffer all this. Added to this he must feel as if he is the epitome of sin, that he is the great rebel. He must feel as if he is defying the Father, though he knows this is not true. The whole of The Father’s wrath descends upon Christ like some immense rock and crushes him into nothing. It is as if every part of his body is steeped in the sins of all who have ever lived, and he will feel something of the despair of the damned. This he will feel infinitely because he is God, and more so because he is not only God incarnate but love incarnate.

And so ultimately though his passion, seen from the observer’s point of view, is nothing compared to the extraordinary sufferings of some men, who have had to undergo the most terrifying tortures before they died, looked at from Christ’s perception, the suffering which is mental, physical and spiritual, is so dreadful that for all eternity the Elect in Heaven will be amazed and eternally grateful for Christ’s Passion, and the Damned will bitterly bewail their loss and understand their incredible thanklessness before such unbelievable sufferings.


In the light of Christ’s agony in Gethsemane, the sufferings of the pandemic can be seen in a much better light. Christ has defeated evil and has redeemed us, and opened the gates of Heaven for us. He has taken the terrifying and poisoning quality of fear from us, and shown us how to tranquilize that fear; by looking at his terrible sacrifice which defeated the tremendous evil of Man, Christ nevertheless continues to love every man and woman who has ever lived, with the intensity of the most passionate of lovers.

St. John says that perfect love casts out fear, and so Christ on the Cross perfects his human love to the highest degree and casts out the deadliness of fear for us all, but for this to happen we must unite our wills with his and say:

“Father, if thou art willing, remove this cup from me, nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”


This then is best and perfect way, and will console us in this truly frightening Corona pandemic.


Fr Stephen

By The Hermits, Apr 5 2020 08:27PM


There is a woman in Ireland, who tries to hide her identity, who others call Maria of Divine Mercy. She is a visionary.

One of our correspondants sent us a copy of what she heard on the 10th April 2012, a full year before the resignation of Pope Benedict and the election of Pope Francis.

After posting the open letter of Archbishop Vigano about Francis, we think it is important for you to read what Maria of Divine Mercy heard in 2012.




Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 @ 20:45

I am your beloved Mother, Queen of the Earth. I am the Immaculate Conception, the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus who came in the flesh.


My child, the time for the triumph of My Immaculate Heart is close.

The time for me to crush the serpent is drawing nearer. But until the day when Satan and his demons are cast into the wilderness, much confusion will erupt on earth.


For believers in my Son, it will be a time of torment. They will be pulled into two different directions by the Catholic Church.

One half will believe, out of duty, the need to follow the False Prophet, the Pope who will follow Pope Benedict XVI. He, the beast, is dressed like a lamb but is not from my Father, God the Most High, and will fool poor souls including priests, bishops and cardinals.


Many will follow him and believe him to be sent by God to rule over His Church on earth.

Sadly, many souls will follow his teachings which will be insulting to My Father.

Others, filled with the Holy Spirit and given the graces of discernment because of their humble souls, will know instantly, that an imposter sits in the Church in Rome.


The new false Pope is already scheming, even before he ascends to the throne of the Seat of Peter, to denounce the teachings of my Son. Then he will denounce me, the Blessed Mother of God, and ridicule my role as Co-Redemptrix.


My child, your role is going to become even harder than before. For many of my children are very confused. The insults you face every day, the torments you endure on behalf of my Son, will increase.

Never be afraid to tell the world the truth my child.

You are being made stronger as a result of the physical and mental suffering you accept on behalf of my Son in order to save souls.


Every effort, especially by one division in the Catholic Church, will be made to dismiss my messages given to you. Your obedience and loyalty to me and my beloved Son will be tested as never before. This may lead you to pull away but, should this happen, it will not last long.


Pray, my child, for all of God’s children who, through no fault of their own, are being pulled into the final battle for souls.

All of this must come to pass for it is contained in my Father’s Book.

All the angels in Heaven protect you, my child, in this somewhat lonely mission.

Always remember how important prayer is.

Pray, pray, pray for without prayer, especially the recital of my Holy Rosary, Satan can pull you away from the Holy Word of my Precious Son.

Remember also the importance of fasting for it keeps the deceiver at bay.

Without regular prayer, my children, will find it hard to remain close to my Son.

Never fear the future children for once you remain close to my Son you will be protected

And given the necessary graces to prepare your souls and those of your families for the New Era of Peace foretold so long ago.


Your beloved Mother

Queen of the Earth

Mother of Salvation

By The Hermits, Apr 4 2020 02:38PM

Full statement by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò:


“You Have Said So”


“Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” And they were very sorrowful, and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?” He answered, “He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me, will betray me. The Son of man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.” Judas, who betrayed him, said, “Is it I, Master?” He said to him, “You have said so.” Mt 26, 20-25


On March 25, the 2020 Pontifical Yearbook was published with a real novelty. It may seem like a typographical trifle, in the part dedicated to the reigning pontiff, but this is not the case. Until last year, in fact, Francis’s titles were listed at the top of the page, beginning with “Vicar of Christ”, “Successor of the Prince of the Apostles” etc., and ending with his birth name and a very brief biography.


In the new edition, on the other hand, the secular name JORGE MARIO BERGOGLIO stands out in large letters, followed by the biography, the date of election and the beginning of his “ministry as universal Pastor of the Church.” Separated by a dash and the words, “Historical titles,” all the titles of the Roman Pontiff are then listed, as if they were no longer an integral part of the Munus Petrinum that legitimizes the authority which the Church recognizes in the Pope.


This change in the layout and content of an official text of the Catholic Church cannot be ignored, nor is it possible to attribute it to a gesture of humility on the part of Francis, which is not in keeping with his name being so prominently featured. Instead, it seems possible to see in it the admission — passed over in silence — of a sort of usurpation, whereby it is not the “Servus servorum Dei” who reigns, but the person of Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who has officially disavowed being the Vicar of Christ, the Successor of the Prince of the Apostles and the Supreme Pontiff, as if they were annoying trappings of the past: only mere “historical titles.”


An almost defiant gesture — one might say — in which Francis transcends every title. Or worse: an act to officially alter the Papacy, by which he no longer recognizes himself as guardian, but becomes master of the Church, free to demolish it from within without having to answer to anyone. In short, a tyrant.


May the significance of this most serious act not escape pastors and the faithful, for by it the sweet Christ on earth — as St. Catherine called the Pope — releases himself from his role as Vicar to proclaim himself, in a delirium of pride, absolute monarch even with respect to Christ.


We are approaching the sacred days of the Savior’s Passion, which commences in the Upper Room with the betrayal of one of the Twelve. It is not illegitimate to wonder whether the understanding words with which Bergoglio tried to rehabilitate Judas on June 16, 2016 were not a clumsy attempt to exonerate himself.


This chilling thought is further confirmed by the terrible decision to allow an almost universal ban of the public celebration of Easter, for the first time since the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ.


“The Son of man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed!” (Mt 26:24)


+ Carlo Maria Viganò, Archbishop

Friday in Passion Week 2020

By The Hermits, Apr 2 2020 03:52AM

On March 31, 2020 Lifesitenews reported that the Washington Examiner reported: “Nearly half of the country (USA) believes that the sweeping and deadly coronavirus is a ‘wake-up call’ from God, and one-third see it as the ‘last days’ predicted in the Bible, according to a new national survey.”

“Some 44% said the virus crisis is a ‘wake-up call for us to turn back to faith in God’ and ‘signs of coming judgment,’ said the Joshua Fund,” the article explained.

Although the present pandemic has many facets and causes, it certainly has also a spiritual message for us all. I am therefore copying for your edification excerpts from an article also in LifeSiteNews of 31/3/20 by Maria Madise:

“The third secret of Fatima opens with an Angel holding a flaming sword in his left hand, flashing. “It gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendour that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: ‘Penance, Penance, Penance!’”

In the first secret, Our Lady had shown the three children a vision of hell. It was full.

Could it really be the case that the need for penance is less acute and the reality of hell, a consequence of unrepentant sin, less threatening today than a hundred years ago, when the Mother of God descended from Heaven to inform her children of the urgency to repent?

Our Lady told little Jacinta that more sinners go to hell because of sins of impurity than for any other reason. Today many of these sins are state policy of the most powerful nations and smaller nations, too, have followed suit.

In once Catholic Ireland abortion and same-sex ‘marriage’ – two of the four sins that cry out to heaven for vengeance – are enshrined in the constitution. This is the same constitution that in its preamble still invokes the protection of the Most Holy Trinity.

More children have died worldwide through legal abortion than people killed in all the wars of recorded human history.

In (Maria Madessa’s) home country, Estonia, more people have been killed by abortion since 1955 than are the living population today.

And throughout the world, countless children are being corrupted by school sex education, often with the placet of Catholic bishops. These programmes destroy the innocence of children, groom them for the porn, contraception or abortion industry and teach them to question whether God has created them a boy or a girl.

“Ah, sinful nation, a people loaded with guilt, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the Lord; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him.” (Is. 1:4)

And, we might ask, before they came to an abrupt halt, how many of the sacrilegious and irreverent Masses which Catholics today accept with casual indifference are really an affront to God that surpasses even the atrocities just mentioned?

………….

In Akita in 1973, Our Lady appeared again. What she had to say echoed her message in Fatima – like a patient mother who repeats her instructions over and over again, because they have not been listened to or have been followed badly.

“[The] Church will be full of those who accept compromises,” she said and because of that, “if men do not repent and better themselves”, God will “inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity”, such as one will never have seen before. There will be “fire falling from the skies”, she said, “good and bad will perish and those who survive will wish they were dead.”

“If sins increase in number and gravity,” she said, “there will be no longer pardon for them.”

Sins have increased in number and gravity. In fact, our political and, worse, ecclesiastical bodies have become so imbued with sin and heresy that it does not require any special insight to see that if there ever was a time, when chastisement was deserved, that time is now.

Whether or not the “unprecedented” events that are now our daily reality – from the lockdown of nations to the suppression of public Masses by the order of Catholic bishops – amount to a chastisement, cannot yet be verified ... But … we know that it would not be inappropriate to respond to it as a chastisement. … Our sins are the fruit of the same tree. There is no distancing from the sins we have committed as God’s people, because we are the members of one body.

“Think you that these Galileans were sinners above all the men of Galilee, because they suffered such things? No, I say to you: but unless you shall do penance, you shall all likewise perish.” (Lk. 13:2-3)

…………

The more we enter into our enforced desert this Lent, the brighter (the Virgin Mary’s) role becomes. She is the model of the Church, she who is now suffering at the hands of many of those who should be the first to protect her honour. Her passion reflects the passion of her Son. And just as when she stood, pierced with grief, at the foot of the Cross, perhaps we are asked to imitate her in standing by her in her passion now.

This is not a passive resignation. This was not at all her attitude on Calvary.

St. Ambrose says that “when the Apostles fled, she stood at the foot of the Cross, and saw in her Son’s wounds not the death of her treasure but the salvation of the world.”

……..

Perhaps we are to share her grief this Lent at not being able to be with Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, nor bear the violent pain of the scourges and the crown of thorns, nor the weight of the Cross; and after all that in the crucifixion of her heart, while standing still at the foot of the Cross. Perhaps this is what we must offer this Lent and maybe beyond.

Our current separation from the Mass and the sacraments must, however, be God’s permitted will. We know that God never wills evil, but he allows tribulations to give an opportunity for repentance and conversion. In a way, the whole Church has been draped in a purple veil. Christ has hidden Himself from us to allow us to share in His suffering, to make reparation for sin, and to prepare for the renewal of all things.

……….

A crisis tends to bring people back to reality and with it comes a real opportunity to evangelise. In a shipwreck, everything excessive is thrown overboard. Only what is real and necessary is kept. In our crisis too, everything real triumphs over non-essentials. God is the ultimate reality and now is the time to reclaim His place in people’s lives.

Our true and complete dependence on God, not even knowing, when we will next be able to receive Holy Communion or go to Confession gives us a real opportunity to enter into a desert this Passiontide and unite our sacrifices for the authentic renewal and purification of the Church. The most efficacious penances and sacrifices are those we have not chosen ourselves.

Let us not waste this opportunity.

……………..

In astronomy, a corona is defined as “the rarefied gaseous envelope of the sun and other stars”. “The sun’s corona is normally visible only during a total solar eclipse, when it is seen as an irregularly shaped pearly glow surrounding the darkened disc of the moon.” The corona is the crown. In the Book of the Apocalypse Our Lady is depicted as “clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars”. (Apoc. 12:1) Let us not miss the opportunity to make of this time a total offering to her so that Her Immaculate heart may soon triumph.


Sr Colette, and Maria Madisa


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