By The Hermits, Jun 30 2015 9:38PM
At present we are reading at lunch Keith Lowe’s “Savage Continent”. To say that this is an important book is an understatement. I think its only lack is that he does not appear to be a Christian, but as we have seen with such a man as Matthew Parris, the homosexual atheist journalist and former Conservative politician, how in his recent article for the Spectator regarding Ireland’s catastrophic referendum in support of Gay Marriage, it is often the enemy or the opposition who can state one’s case better than oneself.
Lowe describes the terrible vengeance wreaked upon the Germans by The Russians, the Czechs, and the Poles in particular. He describes the hatred that the Poles felt for the Ukrainians, who carried on a policy of ethnic cleansing against those Polish communities who lived in Western Ukraine, especially the genocide against the Jews in Volhynia during the Second World War, and the fierce vengeance of the Poles against the Ukrainians after War had finished. Lowe in harrowing terms describes how the Ukrainians in Poland were torn from their villages and dispersed throughout Poland, and cruelly ostracised. We see how the Poles who suffered so much during the War becoming little better than the Nazis. Then, with an inexorable quality to the narrative, Lowe describes how much of eastern Germany was given to Poland, and how the Poles brutally expelled the Germans from this new area of Poland, and the terrible sufferings they then had to endure. The narrative describes those sins which litter history in a time of war, namely raping, looting, killing, maiming and mutilation which provde the continual back drop to this seemingly endless migration, and hovering above it all the wretched behaviour of politicians.
We see Churchill powerless in some respects, unable to do what he should do, giving way to Stalin and Roosevelt. We see the shoddy compromises at work, the cynicism disguised by a sort of treacherous bonhomie, and under this cloud of political opportunism and weak morality, peoples are shunted all over Europe in an endless migration whose destination seems to be despair.
Here is a statistic from the book: The statistics with the expulsion of the Germans between 1945 and 1949 defy imagination. By far the greatest number of them came from the lands east of the Oder and Neisse that had been incorporated into the New Poland – almost 7 million, according to the German government figures. Almost another 3 million were removed from Czechoslovakia, and more than 1.8 million from other lands, making a total of 11,730,000. (Savage Continent, Keith Lowe, pp.242-243)
Even when Poland was partitioned by Russia, Austria and Prussia in the 18th century, I do not think there was such cruelty displayed. What does all this tell one; that beneath the surface of most peoples’ outward behaviour the seven deadly sins are ready to explode into the light of day. In times of war and violence, it is envy, greed, lust, and anger that dominate. The victims so often are women, children, and the elderly. Those who violate these people are usually soldiers, or gangs of vigilantes, but when it comes to looting, too often it is neighbours and former friends. Men in these situations show who brutish and callous they can be. Blood lust and lust, like maddened horses, drag the wagon of vengeance over the bodies and hearts of their victims.
We are just over half way through the book and we have the horrors of Yugoslavia, the Greek Civil War and the inauguration of the Iron Curtain to look forward to. However it makes one think. The Germans in the 1930’s were a God fearing people, and despite this they still fell under Hitler’s spell or they cowered before his terrible police cum military state. Poland was known for being staunchly Catholic, and the Ukrainians would have been devout. However at the end of the day all these countries, as well Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Greece, would have had many practicing Christians, but how many had been transformed by the Gospel? I would suggest a minority.
70 years later the World is a far worse place. Now in Civil Life we have a total rebellion against God, especially in the West, with the homosexual elite re-defining morality, the Transgenderists rewriting what gender means, and others happily corrupting sex with massive contraception and an epidemic of abortions. All these things are often championed by Christians, and even in the Catholic Church by Cardinals, it would seem. If the Faith is dying in the West because of immorality, what will the violence be that will emerge like some terrifying fury and wreak its destruction upon these benighted lands in Western Europe, North America, and Australasia? It will make the Second World War look delightful, and its aftermath like a picnic. How and why could this happen? I will tell you why; it is because we Christians, and especially we Catholics, too often practice our Faith, but have no real love for it, and more worryingly we do not want to be true disciples of Christ. We do not wish to accompany him in all the sufferings and joys of his earthly life so that we will obtain the Heaven that he opened to us through his Passion, Death, and Resurrection. We want comfort not the Cross, pleasure rather than holy leisure, Hubris rather than humility, War rather than Peace. We are at War with God, and soon we will be at War with ourselves, and I fear that the Greek Financial Crisis will be the spark that lights the Inferno and what a Hellish Inferno that will be.
So dear friends let us, sinners though we are, cling to the Cross of Christ and proclaim its saving power. Let us be Christ’s true disciples and his faithful friends, and let us read Lowe’s great book and realize what a shoddy lot we humans so often are.
By The Hermits, Jun 21 2015 8:59PM
As that wonderful maverick journalist and devout Texan Christian, Alex Jones, founder of “Infowars” warned us all yesterday, there is a very real possibility of a Third World War breaking out in the imminent future. If that doesn’t happen then there is a distinct possibility that there will be such a huge financial breakdown that the masters of the New World Order will impose a cashless world economy, and we will be all forced to have chips put into us, and if we do not have these chips we will not be able to buy and sell. This is what the evangelical Christians have been saying for years, seeing that when this happens then will come the reign of the Antichrist, and one can see that they have a point.
However there is one problem and it is this, before the end of the World and the coming of the Antichrist Our Lady’s reign of peace prophesied at Fatima must come, So it is to Our Lady that we must turn with all the confidence of children, who know that their mother always listens to them when they make a truly heartfelt request. If the two scenarios of war or financial collapse seem pretty dreadful, then there is also the other possibility that in the U.S.A. and in other countries friendly to that nation, millions of people will be rounded up and placed in vast concentration camps who are thought to be useful as slaves or simply to be dispensed with as was the case with Death Camps in Nazi Germany. Now this is not so far-fetched as it seems, for the simple reason that the Germans who welcomed Hitler and the Nazi party were far more moral and Christian than we are today. Wars, famine, disease, and natural disasters are the price we pay for sin, as also are concentration camps or Gulags. Precisely because we think, very oddly, that we are morally better because technology can enable us to do wonderful things to help the human race, we have forgotten that for the most part vast amounts of money are spent by military scientists and mad Frankenstein scientists who believe that if you can do something, then do it, regardless of whether it is right or wrong. Iraq has been devastated by such military scientists, and it looks as if much of the Middle East will be similarly devastated. Who suffers because of wars, women, children and the elderly.
Whether the Illuminati, the Freemasons, or a re-emergent communism will arise like the terrible Red Dragon of the Apocalypse is a moot point. What we do know is that since the Redemption, Satan has been raising up Antichrist after Antichrist, and they seem to get worse each time a new one emerges. The 20th century was choc-a-block full of them; Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot, and others that remain in the dark, who are hidden under the cloak of respectability and wealth, will be only known to us on the Day of Judgement.
Just as things seem to be getting really bad Our Lady is waiting patiently and gathering her armies, who are the humble hearted, the courageous who say the rosary and pray for peace, and who will be only too happy to lay down their lives for the Son of this Great Lady, Queen of Heaven and Earth. She will usher in an age of Peace, but it will arise from the ashes of Western Civilization.
Now I am not sure whether I have put down a forecast of the the coming age, which Bartolomeus Holzhauer calls the Sixth Age, which ends with the coming of the Antichrist and the Last Judgement. It is the best forecast that I have come across. So I offer it to you for your reflection. I know of none better in English.
A Hypothetical Chronology of Future Events by Desmond Birch
B. The Minor Chastisement
(1) At some time in the future, the corrupt and faithless age we live in now will come to an end either through inner conversion of a sufficient number of people who turn to prayer, sacrifice, and penance,--- or there will be a chastisement (which can be ameliorated by a lesser number of people through inner conversion). This would be a Minor Chastisement preceding the Age of Peace. St. Louis De Montfort described this Age of Peace as the Age of Mary.
(2) If this chastisement is not averted through conversion, the Latin Church will be terribly afflicted by heresy and schism.
(3) The chastising elements will come in two forms, (a) manmade and (b) Heaven-sent.
(4) Civil war will break out in France and Italy at almost the same time. This is the sign given by many prophets that the Chastisement has begun.
(5) This will spread to general wars, and, famine and pestilence (the usual bi-products of war).
(6) At the same time there will be civil war on almost a worldwide scale. THIS IS TOTAL CHAOS.
(7) Earthquakes, tidal waves, floods and all other sorts of “natural” disasters will occur.
(8) Some Moslems will cause great trouble for the Church and Europe in general.
(9) Somewhere in all of this, an army of Russians will invade Western Europe just when everyone thinks that this is impossible.
(10) England will suffer terrible civil war which starts after the French and Italians have gone into theirs.
(11) The Pope will flee Rome in the company of several Cardinals and go into hiding, be found, and cruelly murdered. What the extent of his travels will be we do not know, but some of the prophecies state that at one point he will be in Cologne.
(12) A man who will subsequently be known as a great saint will ultimately be elected Pope near the end of the chastisement.
(13) He will be heavily responsible for the French acceptance of a king to be their military and civil leader.
(14) The Great King will lead his forces ( against terrible odds) until finally, after attending Mass at Bremen, he leads his troops to a victory in Cologne and then their great final victory in Westphalia (The Birch Tree country). It will be obvious to all that Christ --- through the agency of his Mother....has taken a direct miraculous hand in the victory.
(15) The Russians and the Prussians will subsequently be totally defeated by the Great Kin. Their immediate end will begin when the Great King’s forces (against terrible odds) deliver them a defeat near Cologne. The Russians and Prussians retreat to somewhere in Westphalia, Germany. They are crushed during a battle wherein a miraculous event will turn the tide in favor of the Christians forces.
(16) At some point, the Great King chases an invading Moslem army back to the Holy Land.
(17) Somewhere near the end of the chastisement, God sends Three Days of Darkness.
(18) The three days of darkness occur sometime after the final and total victory over the Russians and Moslems.
[In the event that sufficient souls cooperate with requests for prayer, sacrifice and penance to avert a chastisement at this time; There is an alternate possible interpretative scenario, that the prophesied Great King and Great Pope come near the end of the age of Peace which is about to be describe in the next outline section.
In the latter scenario, there is a great deal of civil war and general war which is ended by three days of darkness. Near the end of a lengthy ensuing period of peace , things again turn bad. It might be then that the great king comes to usher in a final period of peace which lasts only as long as he lives. That is the alternate possibility. The prophecies simply do give sufficient details for us to tell.]
C. The Age of Peace
(1) Through a historically very unique series of events there will be a complete restoration of Christian Culture in the West.
(2) The Great King will be crowned Holy Roman Emperor by the reigning Pope.
(3) The Great King will establish peace and justice in civil matters on a worldwide basis, and protect the primacy of the Church in spiritual matters. He will defend the poor. Organized and systematic exploitation of the poor will be brought to an end.
(4) The former disciplines of the Church are fully restored and order is re-established.
(5) The Pope calls an Ecumenical Council which will be viewed as the greatest in the history of the Church. It will Dogmatically define the theological meaning of many Scriptural texts not previously explicated.
(6) The world is spiritually and materially prosperous as never before and many Jews, Mohammedans, heathens and heretics will enter the Church.
(7) Extended prosperity causes people to begin to grow lax in the practice of the Faith.
(8) Wars and bad economic times break out again after some period of time during which the faithful fall into laxity. This prepares the way for the death of the Last Holy Roman Emperor.
(9) After his death (or retirement) ten kings divide up the boundaries of the Holy Roman Empire which has been established.
(10) The Empire of the Great King is broken up into Ten kingdoms. If the people cooperate sufficiently with grace during the Age of Peace --- that age will be extended. Therefore, (dependent upon the degree of “cooperation”) this division could happen centuries of a millennium later under one of the successors of the Great King. Several prophecies state this possibility.
(11) Many of the above events (except the Age of Peace) may never happen at all. First of all, they are conditional prophecies. It is possible that mankind will sufficiently cooperate with grace that many of these events are curtailed by such cooperation.
D. The Major Chastisement --- Antichrist
(1) A great military leader: the last (Roman), which has been divided up into “Ten Kingdoms” is dismantled by a great (but evil)k military leader. Three of the Ten Kingdoms will not go along with this. They are crushed. See – Book of Rev. Ch. 13, book of Dan. Ch. 7&8. Also see St. Jerome’s commentary in this book of Antichrist will kill the three kings “of who will not bow to him.”
(2) The “False Prophet” arrives --- the Precursor of Antichrist. He will “ape” the role that St. John the Baptist performed in preparing the people for the arrival of the Messiah.
(3) All this prepares the way for the coming of Antichrist. He begins his rise to power at about the age of thirty. After he seizes power he begins his there and one half year bestial persecution of the Church.
(4) During this period, Enoch and Elias, who have never died but have been maintained in “Paradise” return to the presence of men and preach to the people against Antichrist. Elias preaches mainly to the Jews and Enoch primarily to the Gentiles. It is the arrival of the “Two Witnesses” which foreshadows the foretold conversion of the Jews to Christianity.
(5) Antichrist finally kills them by his own hand in Jerusalem and their bodies lie in the street by his command for three and one half days, at the end of which a voice from Heaven is heard by everyone present to command Enoch and Elias to arise. To the surprise and stark terror of the onlookers they do.
(6) Antichrist, stung again by this latest heavenly miracle, tries to restore his prestige with the Jews by simulating Christ’s ascension from Mt. Olivet, and St. Michael casts him down screaming to his death.
E. The Four Last Things.
(1) After the death of Antichrist, a period of time of unknown duration is given to the remaining inhabitants of the earth to repent and accept Our Lord and the message of his Gospel. According to Our Lord’s words in the Gospels, “as in the days of Noe” the judgment will come upon mankind suddenly “as a thief in the night”, when “they married wives, and were given in marriage. They bought and sold, they planted and built.” In other words, after the death of Antichrist, there will be a time of sufficient duration for things to have gotten back to normal (Matt 24: 37-39 & Lk 17: 26-30). Scripture give no exact indication of how long, but according to Tradition, it will be a short period of time.
(2) Then Jesus comes in glory to judge the living and the dead. It is the end of the world and time. The Four Last things for all mankind, Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell.
(3) The exact time when these things happen is unknown to us for no one “knows the day or the hour.” As to those things which come from outside Revelation, outside “Sacred Tradition an Sacred Scripture,” i.e., private prophecy, no Catholic has to believe them, not even those of Fatima or Akita.
By The Hermits, Jun 16 2015 8:26PM
A hundred years ago, or perhaps a bit more, heavily tattooed people, or people with a lot of piercings, or with extended lips, or bits of ivory stuck through their noses would have been considered barbaric by Western Society. This was not altogether an unfair attitude, nor was it racist or the result of Western Supremacy. In fact a different kind of barbarism, or should we say exotic vanity could be seen in late 18th century women’s hairstyles, where some aristocratic ladies had model boats emerging from their hair. Also the huge Victorian crinolines were rather bizarre, though they had their own beauty; but there is in all this a flight from reality, a pre-occupation with one’ s beauty. Compared to some of the tattooing and strange concepts of beauty to be found in Africa, and Asia, and for that matter among the ancient Britons, the giraffe neck women of the Kayan people in Burma look the picture of elegance, and the Plains Indians look superb. Both groups display a modesty that would put the plunging neck lines of a Victorian matron to shame.
This pre-occupation with one’s beauty, be one a woman or a man, finds it source in Satan’s pride at his own beauty. St. Francis de Sales praised Madame Acarie, the great French mystic for her plunging neck lines, not because he thought them harmless, but because he admired her obedience to her husband, who liked to show off his wife’s beauty. The “Gentle Doctor” of course was moving everyone to perfection by degrees, often unnoticed by his penitents, and the way he did it was brilliant for its discipline, its discretion and its aim which was true detachment.
Returning to barbarity of dress and body piercings and goodness knows what passes for adornment in the West, and sadly most of all in England, one wonders who is manipulating all this? Are the men in power getting people to dress like barbarians so that they will behave like barabarians? Are all these games and films about brutal barbarians a method of brutalizing the population? I suspect they are. It becomes more apparent in the realm of mistaken identity, when not a few men want to become women. It is a philosophical and biological impossibility. It is like putting the wrong book cover on a novel. If you put the cover of War and Peace on Pickwick Papers, the novel still remains Pickwick Papers, and the cover has nothing to do with the story. If you read it and then said it was War and Peace you would be carted off to a mental hospital.
What does this distortion of human beauty do, or this attempt to change one’s sex? It insults the Creator. God who made us out of love knows exactly what he is doing, and the clay cannot tell the potter what he should or should not do. God does not make mistakes. Such behaviour is either unwitting or witting, but what the person is saying is that “God is wrong and I am right.” Christians who get involved with barbaric concepts of adornment, which are usually very ugly even if they are sexually exciting, are in grave danger of a sort of blasphemy, and this is true of those who have the biologically impossible task of attempting to change their sex.
Christians, and indeed the whole human race, are asked to imitate the God Man, Jesus Christ, and his mother The Blessed Virgin Mary. Modesty is beautiful and a certain amount of adornment is a not a bad thing at all, but the extraordinary body piercings and extensive tattoos that decorate so many of the British today, and particularly the English, are not part of the Christian tradition. One of things I want to ask so many of these heavily tattooed men and women is this; “One day you will grow old and then what will you look like?” The problem is that many people, far too many, seem to only live in the present, not in the presence of God, but for pleasure alone, and that will land one in one place only, Hell which is a place to be avoided at all costs.
By The Hermits, Jun 3 2015 2:43AM
Sometimes it takes an outsider to see things as they really are.
As someone else put it recently, the Irish vote is not a case of the Faith in Ireland being like the Emperor's clothes, but instead the clothes are there, but not the Emperor.
This article comes from Life Site News:
June 2, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) --
"A leading British commentator who is both a homosexual and an atheist has come down hard on the leadership of the Catholic Church in Ireland for what he calls its complacent “willingness to bend to prevailing mood” on Ireland’s same-sex “marriage” referendum.
The Irish voted two-to-one for allowing homosexual “marriage.” This result met with the full approval of Matthew Parris, a former Conservative MP and current columnist for the Spectator and Times newspapers who has been in a civil partnership with his longtime homosexual partner Julian Glover since 2006. He nonetheless devoted a scathing column in the Spectator to condemning the Catholic episcopate for undercutting its own beliefs with its tepid response to the referendum result.
He cited Dublin’s Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, who told Irish broadcaster RTE, “The Church needs a reality check right across the board, to look at the things we are doing well and look at the areas where we need to say, have we drifted away completely from young people?” Martin went on to question the effectiveness of the Church’s involvement in the school system, since polling indicated young people proved especially keen on legalizing same-sex “marriage.”
But Martin’s humble, apologetic self-examination was not what Parris wanted from the Church he disbelieves in, though his Wikipedia entry indicates he was never a member. What he wanted to see was something like “Moses’ (and God’s) furious reaction to the nude dancing and heretical worship of Moloch in the form of a golden calf: the Sin of the Calf in the Hebrew literature.”
Archbishop Martin went on the describe Ireland’s vote as a “social revolution” which must serve as a “reality check” for Church leaders about how bad a job they are doing as teachers and pastors.
What should Martin have said? According to Parris, “The conservative Catholic’s only proper response to [the referendum result] is that 62 per cent in a referendum does not cause a sin in the eyes of God to cease to be a sin.”
“Can’t these Christians see that the moral basis of their faith cannot be sought in the pollsters’ arithmetic? What has the Irish referendum shown us? It is that a majority of people in the Republic of Ireland in 2015 do not agree with their church’s centuries-old doctrine that sexual relationships between two people of the same gender are a sin.”
Parris went on to argue that Christians more than other religious believers ought to expect their teachings to be unpopular, given “the fate of their Messiah, and the persecution of adherents to the Early Church. ‘Blessed are ye when men shall revile you and persecute you,’ says Paul.”
Parris concludes with a question. He wonders if Martin’s response -- and Pope Francis’ too -- to the Irish loss, reveal that they never really believed their moral positions were from God after all –“that on some half-conscious level neither ever really believed that morality was absolute or objective anyway — or supposed we really thought they were serious? Have some of us, in short, made the mistake of taking the church at its word?”
Parris’s argument at this point rests on an atheist’s typically truncated understanding of Christian teaching. ...
But this does not necessarily make Parris wrong in his assessment of the Catholic hierarchy’s milquetoast response to the referendum. Raised in a time when the Church’s power was peaking, entering seminary with the expectation of preferment and perquisites, most current bishops never signed on to be reviled like Jesus Christ was, or, perhaps worse, ignored as an irrelevant anachronism.
So the answer to his question could be that the current Church leadership is indeed suffering from a crisis of doubt, but this need not be true of earlier generations, and is not even an accurate characterization of the Catholic faithful or bishops in the developing countries in Africa and Asia. There persecution is growing, and the Faith is strong."
Well, our fellow hermit Br. Damon Jonah did speak out as Matthew Parris wanted, railing against the Gay marrriage Act in the UK. No one that I know of called him a Moses, but plenty called him a John the Baptist (although he sees himself more as a Jonah, a reluctant voice raised against the moral sins now enshrined in the Laws of the State and in the so-called new 'British values').
But where are the others, why are the voices so few in Britain whereas there are many in the USA and even normally passive Canada? Was the British bulldog only a poodle instead? (No offense intended against poodles!)
For your information, the Crown Prosection service never did find any hate language in Br. Damon's leaflets, and of course there was none intended. So although he was arrested several times, each time the police had to drop their investigations because the CPS couldn't find that he had broken the law. However, because two American woman who came out to argue with him about the leaflets told him they were witches, he wrote them a letter telling them for the sake of their eternal happiness to repent and to turn to Christ (certainly language that Matthew Parris would have expected a Christian to use), Br. Damon is being prosected for 'harrassment without threat of violence', and he will be found guilty although he never meant to harrass them.
And, true to the warning of David Cameron that in the past if someone was not breaking the Law the State would leave them alone - but no more, the police are trying to silence Br. Damon lawful practice of posting lawful leaflets, and therefore all those who speak out fearlessly in support of God's Moral Law, by a mixture of Police Injunctions and 'Criminal Behaviour Orders'. So much for 'free speech'!
Final point, as of today, we still do not know where we are going. Three good and brave Bishop's in England have wanted to help, but unfortunately each of them happen to be in Diocese's where there really is no empty Church property which they consider to be suitable for us, and all the property we have tried to rent has been snapped up by others (we have no money to buy). But we do still have six weeks, and with your help and prayers God will supply something somewhere. But maybe God is waiting for you to be the one to help, to think of a suggestion? Who knows.
By The Hermits, Jun 1 2015 10:19PM
It is amazing that sentiment has become so dogmatic in recent times and no more so than in the triumph of the “Gay Marriage” philosophy in the Irish Referendum which took place on 22nd May. 62% of voters voted for “Gay Marriage” 38% voted against.
The Taoiseach Enda Keny said after “Gay Marriage” had been voted for by the majority of Ireland’s population that “Today Ireland made history”. He also said “With today’s vote, we have disclosed who we are: a generous, bold and joyful people.” His deputy prime minister is a similarly rhapsodic mood commented that the victory for “Gay Marriage” was “ a magical moving moment, when the World’s beating heart is in Ireland.”
It is now well over a week since this truly earth shattering vote took place. Cardinal Burke has called the Irish behaviour rebellious, but perhaps the highly eccentric, and highly orthodox Fr George Rutler has got it spot on when he says:
In light of the fine invocation of the Irish Constitution, the Irish vote is worse than perverse: it is blasphemous. All the great saints of once-verdant Ireland would have used stronger language.
So how does the The Irish Constitution begin? Well it begins with the following: The Constitution of Ireland begins: “In the name of the Most Holy Trinity, from Whom is all authority and to Whom, as our final end, all actions both of men and States must be referred, / We, the people of Éire, / Humbly acknowledging all our obligations to our Divine Lord, Jesus Christ . . .”
How odd that the Irish should have been seen to have voted for Gay Marriage on the Eve of Pentecost. How curious for it is fire that destroyed Sodom, but the Fire of the Holy Spirit did not destroy those in the Cenacle for this was the fire of love, not the fire of retribution for the sin of Sodom. How have the Irish, who have suffered at the hands of the English ever since the reign of Henry II, in the 12th century, who was possibly given overlord-ship of it by Hadrian IV. Scholars are not in agreement regarding the authenticity of the bull Laudabiliter . One thing, however, remains true that the Irish have suffered incredibly under the English yoke. Then something apparently happened some quarter of a century ago. The Irish became one of the wealthiest countries in the West. The Celtic Tiger meant unparalleled prosperity for many of the Irish, but there was no Amos to warn them, no prophet like the great Irish saints of old. Prosperity and luxury,as the great St. Cyprian knew, destroys the faith more comprehensively than the worst of persecutions. So too knew the genial St. John Bosco.
We see too in Deuteronomy the terrible curses that God will bring upon the people of Israel if they do not obey his laws then disaster will come upon them. The following terrible lines should be a reminder to us Christians that we deserve even worse for our sins of disobedience,for we live in the New Testament under the reign of Christ , the lamb slain for our sins, the one who has brought us salvation.
And as the LORD took delight in doing you good and multiplying you, so the LORD will take delight in bringing ruin upon you and destroying you; and you shall be plucked off the land which you are entering to take possession of it. And the LORD will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other; and there you shall serve other gods, of wood and stone, which neither you nor your fathers have known. And among these nations you shall find no ease, and there shall be not rest for the sole of your foot; but the LORD will give you there a trembling heart, and failing eyes, and a languishing soul; your life shall hang in doubt before you; night and day you shall be in dread, and have no assurance of your life. (Duet. 28: vv. 63-66)
Prosperity for Ireland has spelt her doom. I am not sure that a perceptive young friend of mine is incorrect when he says that St Patrick’s prophecy of the sea inundating Ireland seven years before the end of the World is symbolic of evil. However I seem to remember that the flooding was a mercy whereby the Irish would be spared the horrors of the final and most terrible of persecutions, ushered in by the coming of the Antichrist. However he may well be right.
The visions of Our Lady of Akita talk of fire from Heaven as a possible punishment for man’s sins. Given the appalling evangelizing of homosexual and transgender lifestyles by so many in the West, and in particular by the General Secretary of the UN, Mr. Ban-Ki-Moon, any Satanic lunacy is possible.
However Westerners who have enslaved themselves to the homosexual ideology would do well to heed the words of St. John Chrysostom on the sin of Sodom. However I doubt that they would take even one of the greatest Fathers of the Church seriously for they are utterly seduced by the false god of progress, which will in fact lead to their physical destruction, and we pray that they will have time to repent. So let us listen to part of the great saint’s commentary on chapter I of St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans:
But nothing can be more worthless than a man who has pandered himself. For not the soul only, but the body also of one who hath been so treated, is disgraced, and deserves to be driven out everywhere. How many hells shall be enough for such? But if thou scoffest at hearing of hell and believest not that fire, remember Sodom. For we have seen, surely we have seen, even in the present life, a semblance of hell. For since many would utterly disbelieve the things to come after the resurrection, hearing now of an unquenchable, God brings them to a right mind by things present. For such is the burning of Sodom, and that conflagration! And they know it well that have been at the place, and seen with their eyes that scourge divinely sent and the effect of the lightnings from above. (Jude 7.) Consider how great is that sin, to have forced hell to appear before its time!................And what is there more detestable than a man who hath pandered himself , or what more execrable! Oh, what madness! Oh, what distraction! Whence came this lust lewdly revelling and making man’s nature all that enemies could? or even worse than that, by as much as the soul is better than the body. Oh, ye that were more senseless than irrational creatures, and more shameless than dogs! For in no case does such intercourse take place with them, but nature acknowledgeth her own limits. But ye have even made our race dishonoured below things irrationally, by such indignities inflicted upon and by each other. Whence then were these evils born? Of luxury; of not knowing God. For so soon as any have cast out the fear of Him, all that is good straightway goes to ruin.( Homily IV. Rom. I. 26,27; St. John Chrysostom, Nicene And Post Nicene Fathers, T&T Clark, Edinburgh, reprint. 1997; p. 358)
That crowd standing outside Dublin Castle on that sunny Friday, seemingly good hearted, have been led astray by luxury, and forgetfulness of God. Yes the Irish have been ill served by their clergy for some time now; there is no doubting this, but have they forgotten the author of Christianity, who is their Lord, and God, their King and friend, and their elder brother who loves them far more than they can imagine. In blaspheming against the words of their Constitution they have, like the crowd at Christ’s trial, called down the Divine Wrath upon them and their descendants.
And all the people answered, “His blood be on us and our children.”
The “magical moving moment” that so enthralled the Irish Deputy prime minister will indeed be magic, but of the blackest type, which will truly create Hell on earth before the purifying fire of God’s wrath engulfs the World in its flames, and we can begin once more to build the Kingdom of God on Earth. However perhaps the end is indeed near. I hope not, for surely we must with the greatest of hope wait for and pray for the triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart, and experience the radiant age of peace, prophesied by so many saints, and holy seers. Mary Immaculate pray for us.
By The Hermits, May 21 2015 9:04PM
Tomorrow the Irish will vote in a referendum on whether or not to accept “Gay Marriage”as a valid alternative to marriage. That such a strange and terrifying thing could happen in such a Catholic Country can only be attributed to one thing. What is that thing which could have allowed this referendum to occur? In a word’ the betrayal of the Irish people by far too many priests and religious in the sex abuse, and violent abuse cases. However it is not as simple as that.
I have always wondered at how the Irish can be either very puritanical or dancing on the table tops and painting the town red. How they can be absolute teetotallers or drinking everyone under the table? A dear friend of mine, a former priest who was with me in the Capuchins, and whose parents were Irish said that an Irish Puritanism, in fact a Jansenism, was the result of the Irish seminary formation. He said that in the 17th and possibly 18th centuries, many of the Irish priests were trained at San Sulplice in Paris, and there they imbibed the awful atmosphere of Jansenism. What the Irish needed and finally got was the absolutely freeing spirituality of St. Thérèse of Lisieux , but she had a tough opponent in Jansenius. So here was an imported Puritanism, which fitted all too well with the penitential way of life of the early Irish monks, which was very penitential indeed. Added to all this how many Irish families gave to the Church reluctant priestly and religious vocations ,as a way of helping their children and as feather in their family hats, a religious trophy? How many false vocations ended up in cruelty and sexual abuse? How many of these poor priests and religious destroyed, not only their own souls, but the souls of those they abused, and those that they scandalized.
If the vote is “Yes” for “Gay Marriage”, then we will see the horror of scandal given by consecrated souls, both priestly and religious, and what will look like the destruction of Catholic Ireland, one of the great jewels of the Church.
Well tomorrow is the feast of St. Rita, “The Patron of the Impossible”, so God willing she will work a wonderful miracle, and save the Irish, and give this great nation her faith back in all its ancient glory. For, have they not suffered enough at the hands of the English, and let us not forget that that great hero of Scotland Robert The Bruce invaded Ireland and was ruthless; it was not just the English who behaved badly, but in truth we are mostly to blame. May St. Patrick, St. Columba and all the Irish saints come to the aid of the Irish, and may they uphold the Catholic family, which they did so, so valiantly over so many centuries, and with such great heroism, despite poverty and persecution.
St Patrick pray for Ireland, and you who cast out of that land all the snakes, with the aid of the Mother of God, Our Lady of Victories, may you help crush Satan’s head, and may Ireland shine in all her ancient glory, and flood the world with its great love of God, the truth and the Church.
By The Hermits, May 16 2015 4:07PM
One of the most conspicuous lacks in our time is glory. There has been a determination since the Russian Revolution to make everyone grey, dismal and the same. The Lenin cap and the semi military look of the Bolsheviks gave way to the Chairman Mao look, and goodness knows what the Pol Pot look was like. The dress of the common working man has become the norm, and its apotheosis is blue jeans. Everyone in the world seems subject to jeans, teashirts, and base ball caps. Rather like sacraments, these clothes are an outward sign of an inward disposition, but certainly not of an inward grace. In fact such dressing amazingly is seen to be erotic. And so from Tierra del Fuego to Northern Canada, from Siberia to Peking, from Paris to Perth, from Cairo to Cape Town the ubiquitous jeans are seen everywhere. On one level this appears to be a small thing, but it affects very important people such as St. John Paul II, and now Pope Francis. Both very different men are still under the shadow of the French Revolution and the whole Sans- culottes movement where many revolutionaries wore long trousers, a working man’s jacket, and a red knitted liberty cap. So we see both Popes being forced to wear strange hats, do strange things, and in the case of Pope Francis to get rid of anything that seems to ostentatious or pompous. So the Pope got rid of the red shoes, which would I think have been an excellent mortification, and exchanges the loneliness of the papal apartments for the dubiously social Casa Santa Martha. The proletarian fashion which is more of a philosophy than simply about dress, fails to address what St. Irenaeus says about Man and God; “The Glory of God is Man fully alive.” The problem is that Western Man seems half dead, and fashions deceive. One cannot imagine Our Lady being very interested in fashions, and Mary Magdalene would have renounced it as so much rubbish having found her Lord and God. It is only God who raises Man and Woman to glory through his death and resurrection. If he had not done that we would have never been able to get to Heaven. Communism, Nazism, Secularism, Materialism, Freemasonry cannot build a stairway to Heaven, all they can do is cast down to Hell.
In ancient societies the wisdom that will prevail is that there are clothes rather than fashions, and different clothes are worn for different things. In India women still wear saris, which they have been wearing for centuries, and the Moslem World seems to be, for the most part, a world which knows little of fashion. People have their everyday clothes, and then they put on their finery for special occasions, and other clothes for other events, and warriors need clothes for fighting. What is most important for most people in the West today is to feel comfortable. There is no real sense of occasion or what clothes are for, except when it comes to Sport, which has become a veritable religion.
We can, however, be pretty sure that Christ wore very simple clothes, as did his Mother, Mary, and St. Joseph would have been simply dressed as well. What is wonderful about so much of the dress of the orient is its beauty and simplicity. One is always aware that the veil enhances a woman’s beauty and her modesty, and that the head coverings of men be they the turban, or some kind of veil for the man, is equally modest and becoming. Whether you are dealing with sophisticated New Yorkers’ or chic Parisians, or flamboyant Italians there is a lack of what can be called “Glory”. Supernaturally for the majority there will be little glory at all, for “Glory” is in many ways the outward manifestation of grace in dramatic form.
Western Christians, be they Catholic or Protestant seem quite happy, the majority that is, to use artificial contraception, not a few abort, and many seem quite happy with immoral sexual life styles, and destroy families by divorcing. It is all done for pleasure and comfort. Heroism is only to be found in a tiny minority. This retreat from glory, and grandeur is seen to startling effect in recent legislation proposed in Sweden, once very puritanical, and now very sensual, and remarkably dull and conformist to boot.
It appears that there is a proposal from Swedish socialists to tax the population to pay for returning ISIS fighters, or those who have fought with ISIS, so that they can be re-integrated into Swedish society, get counselling for the traumatic experiences that they would have undergone in Syria and Iraq, and be enabled to find jobs. The mind simply boggles at such evil nonsense. So as the hordes of ISIS have destroyed the tomb of Jonah, the ancient city of Nineveh, and other ancient cities and shrines, they seem to be very close to destroying the fabled city of Palmyra, one realizes that the members of the Swedish Establishment are not simply politically correct, they are actually terrified. They would like, I suspect in their heart of hearts, to expel all the Islamic jihadists, but they cannot, for the simple reason that they have rejected Christ in favour of the ideals of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, namely liberty, equality, and brotherhood. However you cannot have any of these things in truth without God, and without Christ the brother to all brothers and sisters who he has adopted through his life, death and resurrection.
In rejecting the Risen and Glorified Christ, the decadent countries of the West have fallen into a spiritual torpor. Overwhelmed with the rights of man, they have, through mortal sin, lost their rights to Heaven, and so God has handed them over to their enemies, those who wish to enthrone Man on the throne of Christ the King. That they will be unable to do; and so as the West is spiritually, morally, and physically exterminating itself through contraception and abortion, the eagles of ISIS are about to descend on their prey. No amount of pacification will work. What is required is prayer and penance and above all the praying of the Rosary.
Christ ascends into Heaven to take his rightful place as King of Creation on his throne by the side of his Father. He then sends the Holy Spirit down on his apostles and disciples, and the great gift that he gives to them and to us is the gift of Fortitude, commonly known as courage. This courage must proclaim the Lordship of Christ to all Creation, and the truth that only by the name of Jesus can we be saved. The Men of the West must arise, and this call of the mythical Aragorn in “Lord of the Rings”, is strangely prophetic today. What we need in the West are warriors, spiritual and temporal, what we do not need are wimps, for that in the West is all we have today. No-one has any desire to lay down his life for his beliefs, except it would appear the terrifying hordes of ISIS who are wittingly or unwittingly fighting against their Lord and Saviour, their King and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, God and Man, our true brother and the one who died to save us.
By The Hermits, May 12 2015 9:05PM
Recently General Waldemar Skrzypczak, one time Commander of the Polish land forces, and then deputy minister of Defence showed his utter disgust for the re-emergence of militant nationalism in Ukraine, which has shown its true colours in its recent legislation. Within hours of the Polish President addressing members of the Ukraine Parliament, that same Parliament passed an extraordinary law.
The law that was passed gives benefits for all those who fought for Ukraine’s independence throughout that country’s history (Recent history one would presume, because who would the benefits go to if it was in the 18th or 19th centuries?) One group of people who fought for Ukraine’s independence was the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA). This army was responsible for the massacre of thousands of Poles, which was know as the Volhynia Slaughter. It was nothing more and nothing less than a genocide. They crucified Catholic priests, killed pregnant mothers with bayonets, and cut children in half. This terrible army killed 100,000 Poles, as if the Poles hadn’t suffered enough under the Nazis.
The General was rightly amazed that the Polish President could be taken in by this law being enacted just after he left the Ukrainian Parliament. Reflecting on this bizarre situation he said:
I realized that Ukraine has no concern for the Polish People. I am talking about what happened at Volhynia, the slaughter of 100,000 Poles by the UPA.....The UPA murdered my uncle. They nailed him with forks to a barn door. For what I know he was dying for three days. Their savagery was beyond imagination. And Nazi Germany didn’t invent the things the Ukrainians did to us. They hacked people with axes.
In case we think that the good General is, understandably, somewhat biased, let us listen to a description of Ukrainian cruelty from the pen of the great historian of the Third Reich, Richard J. Evans. He describes the massacre of Jews in Lvov through the eyes of a member of the SS, Felix Landau a 30 year old Austrian and former cabinet maker. As he had no great problem shooting Jews, his description of this massacre is all the more compelling.
He saw “ hundreds of Jews walking along the street with blood pouring down their faces, holes in their heads, their hands broken, and their eyes hanging out of their sockets. They were covered in blood. Some of them were carrying others who had collapsed. We went to the Citadel; there we saw things that few people have ever seen. At the entrance of the citadel there were soldiers standing guard. They were holding clubs as thick as a man’s wrist and were lashing out and hitting anyone who crossed their path. The Jews were pouring out of the entrance. There were rows of Jews lying one on top of the other like pigs, whimpering horribly. The Jews kept streaming out of the Citadel completely covered in blood. We stopped and tried to see who was in charge of the unit. Someone had let the Jews go. They were just being hit out of rage and hatred” (Richard Evans, The Third Reich at War, pp.222-223)
Despite the fact that Landau thought the killing of the Jews was quite right, even he has to admit “we saw things that few people have ever seen”
Now in the Media you can see things that few people have ever seen, and now they are being seen by millions. The World has not get any better, in fact it is a lot worse. We see the martyrdom of Christian students at Garissa University during Holy Week this year. Some of the students were preparing to commemorate the Last Supper on Holy Thursday, only to find themselves taking part in Calvary. The Syrian and Iraqi Christians have given thousands of martyrs to the Church in recent months, and the nobility of the Coptic martyrs in Libya earlier this year commands our respect, our awe, and our admiration.
The World has been living under the Redemption for 2000 years and we appear to be no better. We are now far worse than the Human Race was on the eve of the Flood; that is certainly the opinion of Sister Agnes Sasagawa the seer of Akita. Why are we worse? Because we have failed to live as brothers and sisters of Christ, his adopted brothers and sisters. We Christians, through our baptism are raised to a higher dignity than Adam and Eve had, and they were created to be immortal. When we reject our baptism through grave sin, we plunge lower than the sinners of the Old Testament, and lower than the present day sinners, who are not Christian. The higher one is exalted by God, the lower one falls when one rejects him, and that is what has happened to so many Christians over the last 2000 years, and so is it any wonder that we are far worse than the sinners who sinned before the Redemption. Never before have we been in so need of saints. So let us thank God from the bottom of our hearts for these wonderful martyrs who raise us up on eagles’ wings.
By The Hermits, May 3 2015 8:31PM
The ever elusive, but much talked about Illuminati, has according to some writers certain aims for implementing a Satanic World Order. Its aims which were proposed by Adam Weishaupt in the late 18th century were for three world wars and three revolutions to precede it. We have had two world wars and apparently only two revolutions, The French revolution, and the Russian Revolution. The aim of the French revolution was to give to the human race fraternity, equality, and liberty. It patently did not; there has never been so much talk of equality, and still the vast amount of people have little, and only a few possess almost all the World’s wealth. Men do not live as brothers, otherwise there would not be so much violence in the home, on the streets, and between nations, and throughout the world civil liberties are being eroded, while people continually quote the United Nations Charter. Here are the purposes of the United Nations when it was founded.
The Purposes of the United Nations are:
1. To maintain international peace and security, and to that end: to take effective collective measures for the prevention and removal of threats to the peace, and for the suppression of acts of aggression or other breaches of the peace, and to bring about by peaceful means, and in conformity with the principles of justice and international law, adjustment or settlement of international disputes or situations which might lead to a breach of the peace;
2. To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, and to take other appropriate measures to strengthen universal peace;
3. To achieve international co-operation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion; and
4. To be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations in the attainment of these common ends.
Sadly these noble purposes are observed more in the breach than in reality. However when Ban Ki-Moon began pushing the gay and LGBT agenda at the United Nations, one begins to wonder if the world has not gone mad. The hint that all is not well with this thoroughly Westernized Korean gentleman, is that he does not belong to any church or religion though his mother is a Buddhist. Is the One World Order behind the United Nations? One would imagine that this is the case. For when God is ignored by rulers, then Satan rules them and rules through them. Behind so much of the sexual liberation and gender liberation there lies a detestation of children, which is the appalling legacy of one woman, Margaret Sanger. Time does not allow to say much about this woman who was a racist and eugenicist, suffice it to say that she is the High Priestess of Planned Parenthood. This dreadful movement has nothing but contempt for most races, just like its founder. Margaret Sanger saw supposedly inferior races as being nothing but human weeds. What she forgets is, that often weeds are healing herbs, but being a thoroughly early 20th century liberated woman , she was also depressingly elitist. The common man and woman would not interest her at all.
Sanger, Marie Stopes and Kinsey, and so many other people like them, view people as specimens; they might as well be insects, or rats. People are there to be manipulated. The people who are behind this very dull and deadly New World Order, be they the Illuminati, the Freemasons, of simply the incredibly rich, view people as things. They do not view them as made in the image of God, and that is why they cynically try to control and manipulate people, especially those who they make into their servants, be they politicians, artists, and sadly even clergy. This came home to me when I was made aware of an American comedian by the name of Dave Chapelle, whom I had never heard of, and who did not appear to me very funny, but it may be that his particular brand of humour is not mine; however as a man, he is a man of integrity. He said that he could not think of any Black American actor who did not turn up on screen without, once in his career , having to wear a dress! He refused to, and despite pressure got away with it.
This little incident tells you something. The third revolution is the sexual revolution, and is not simply about everyone having sex with whomsoever they want, and when they want, and wherever they want it, it is about the breaking down of gender. Why would this be? Quite simply it is this: Angels have no gender, and the bad angels, the devils, know this, and it causes them to want to make their followers like them, before they finally lure them to hell.
The whole liberation from gender is a Satanic ploy that our ridiculous politicians in Britain are, in the main, pursuing it whether they know it or not. What I can guarantee is this, Britain will be even unhappier place than it is today, after the General election on this coming Thursday. The question I would like to ask is where are the Men, where are the warriors of old who would lay down their life for their beliefs? We live in a world of androgyny, which was not what God intended. Will the Men please stand up; if they still exist?
By The Hermits, Apr 30 2015 7:17PM
Today is the feastday of St Pius V. The Pope who motivated people everywhere to pray the Rosary to defeat the invading Ottoman Turks, and was rewarded with the decisive victory at Lepanto. If that hadn't happened, would the Christian religion still be present in Europe, or would we be living under Muslim Rule, for that is what the Ottoman Turks were bringing with them.
As you may have read, Christ recently appeared to a Bishop in Nigeria, telling him that the Rosary would defeat Boko Haram. A repeat of Lepanto.
Today we, or in particular Br. Damon Jonah, recieved an unwelcome surprise. As you know, all his leaflets have been passed as not containing hate language or any other illegal content by the Crown Prosecution Service. So this afternoon he went to collect the leaflets which had been seized by Warwickshire Police. They had the leaflets waiting for him, that was as expected. What was not expected is that one of the female Police Constables who had interviewed him earlier, and had seemed to be unusually emotionally involved in the case, (almost all of the police he has encounters with have behaved in a very professional and pleasant manner), was waiting for him with a piece of paper which was to inform him that she was intending to take out an injunction against him. He couldn't take in what she was saying at the time, so he has phoned her Inspecter who explained that Warwickshire Police Force has given this Police Constable permission to explore whether she can, in the name of Warwickshire Police, serve Br. Damon with an Injunction which would prevent him from distributing leaflets anywhere in Warwickshire anytime, i.e. for the rest of his life. The idea for this action had come, according to the Inspector, from the Constable herself. Remember, the leaflets have all been passed as legal, and Br. Damon is legally entitled to distribute or post legal leaflets. So this injunction would prevent him from doing something which is legal!
I see a real danger here. This, if successful, could be taken up by the other police forces across the country to prevent Br. Damon, or anyone else, from preaching about sins. For that is what his leaflets were basically doing. Leaflets such as Works of Darkness were simply stating that adultery, fornication, abortion, sodomy etc were sins against God. Seeing as the CPS has confirmed that there is no criminal content in the leaflets the only reason for them not to be distributed is to 'protect' people from knowing that sin is real, sin exists, and that we are all sinners, and must all repent and turn to God who will then forgive us. This development, if allowed to happen and spread, would put all preachers of all denominations in breach of the law if they dared to mention the laws of God, if they dared to obey Jesus Christ who charged: "that repentance and forgivenes of sins should be preached in His Name to all nations" (Lk. 24:47).
We don't know why this Police Officer became so emotionally involved in this case. We do know that as she and another Officer were driving Br. Damon to the Police Custody Suite before they interviewed him last month, she was vehmently denouncing the Church in general, and blasphemed the Holy Name twice, both times ticked off by the other female Police Constable who wasn't even a believer but behaved very professionally.
The reason why I am putting this on our website now, in this early stage of the Warwickshire Police Constable exploring the possibility of bring the injunction against Br. Damon Jonah, is the existance of something called a 'super-injunction', which in the words of a solicitor : "A “super injunction” is an interim injunction which restrains a person from: ......and publicising or informing others of the existence of the order and the proceedings (the 'super' element of the order)". So, in other words, if they were to serve this super interim injunction we could not legally let you know that the police were trying to prevent the word of God being spread by legal means. So, I'm legally publishing what happened today at Rugby Police Station, that is, I am letting the horse out of the stable before there is any chance of the door being bolted! But I have not, and will not, publish the name of the Police Officer concerned, as that has no bearing on the seriousness of the threat to the spread of the Gospel.
We have spoken often enough on this website about the incremental control and persecution of Christians and the preaching of the Gospel. This is just another sign of its encroachment on the right of every person to spread the Good News.
Please pray that this attempt to further silence God's Word is unsuccessful. The Rosary is a weapon indeed, and Our Lady is the Queen of the heavenly army.
Also, please do not let Br. Damon be the only pamphleteer that God has in this country preaching to the 'non-Churched'. It does carry risks as we personally know, but "blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so man persecuted the prophets who were before you." (Mt. 5:11).
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