By The Hermits, Jul 23 2014 2:38AM
What would you do if you were living in an area taken over by the Islamic State?
I think that I would probably flee like those who have just left Mosul including the monks from the Monastery which was raided on Sunday.
In fleeing we have a good example to follow. Christ twice avoided being killed, once as an infant when the Holy Family fled to Egypt, and then when they wanted to stone him for declaring that he was the Son of God he walked into the crowd and his enemies lost him.
But when 'push comes to shove' and there is no excape, then we need to call on God to give us strength to be a witness even to death. And he will give us courage to go, uncomplaining, to meet Him in heaven.
In Mosul the Christians were given a third choice, that of paying Jizya - the Infidal tax, however, they didn't say how much that would be. The infidal tax isn't new, it just hasn't been used since the fall of the Ottoman Empire.
It is very sad that there are no Christians in Mosul after a 1600 year presence, however Christ told the disciples to leave towns where they were not welcome: "If any one will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town. Truly, I say to you, it shall be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorah than for that town." (Mt. 10:14-15)
The loss of religious items from the Monastery and the City is also a great sadness, but our Faith does not depend on material possessions however holy. It it did they would be idols and not items leading to a worship of God. The torching of the ancient church is a tragic achitectural loss, but at least it cannot be now changed into a Mosque as happened to the Hagia Sophia in Instabul.
But let us pray that we would have the strength to either leave our homes and flee, or give our lives if necessary. And that we wouldn't follow the example of the reported 15 families which have converted to Islam in order to stay in Mosul. (Apparently one of the daughters of these families refused to convert, she excaped and is safe).
I finish by attaching the decree by the Islamic State to the Christians in Mosul.
Office of the judiciary
Praise be to God and glory to Islam in its victory, humiliation to the polytheist in their subjugation, and renderer of his righteousness, and peace and blessings on whoever God lifted the illumination of Islam with his sword, and hereafter:
And when a community among them said: “Why do you preach to a people whom Allah is about to destroy or to punish with a severe torment?” (The preachers) said: “In order to be free from guilt before your Lord (Allah), and perhaps they may fear Allah.” al-Araf (163) [sic].
After the heads of Christians and their followers were notified of the date to be present to demonstrate their presence in the Khalifate state in the Wilaya (State) of Nineveh they turned away and failed to come at the appointed time and of which were notified in advance, and it was decided to offer them one of the three:
Islam (to become Muslim).
Pay Jizya (which is taking tribute for being Christians).
If they refuse, there is nothing for them but the sword.
The Prince of the Faithful Caliph Ibrahim — God Glorify him — will allow them to evacuate themselves only from the borders of the state Alkhalafah by Saturday, Ramadan 21, 1435 [July 19, 2014] noon hour, and after this date, the only thing between us and them is the sword.
Glory to God, his Prophet and the believers that the hypocrites do not know."
But I say:
Glory to the Lord God Almighty, Three Persons in One God. Praise the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
By The Hermits, Jul 22 2014 9:21PM
The situation regarding the downing of the Malaysian Airline Flight MH17 is reaching almost farcical proportions, if it was not so utterly tragic, and dark. There are many people and groups lying here. We must ask simple questions? Is it right to lie? No. However there are some ethical and moral situations where it is allowed, namely in the following two scenarios. The SS descend on a convent of nuns to ask if they have any mentally handicapped children in their care. The nuns say no, but they do and the SS leave believing the lie, for the children are hidden. ISIS soldiers demand to know if there are young virgins in a particular household, and the householders say there are not. Once again they are lying, but they are saving the virgins. Of course in the West now where morals are so degrade a raised eyebrow might be raised at such a lie.
However the lies that politicians tell are different things altogether, and have greater repercussions. For the moment it would be helpful if people, especially politicians, simply decided to ask questions rather than hurl abuse mainly at the Russians, and the Ukrainian separatists. Simple questions need to be asked. It is a relief that that a fine journalist in the BBC is being reflective, and it is good to know that there are still people of integrity in that thoroughly debased institution, which appears to hate traditional Christianity and its views on sexual morality (Goodness knows what Lord Reith is doing in his grave at this very moment). He noticed that the rebels as he called them, namely the Ukrainian Separatists at the scene of the crash were obviously very surprised that a civil airliner was flying over a conflict zone. Fergal Keane could have also asked why Kiev was not surprised. Also why is no-one surprised that the Kiev authorities have not shown surprise over this fact?
Marcus Papadopoulos, the editor of the UK political magazine 'Politics First' noted that we have to treat things as if in a court of law, otherwise people will say anything that suits their purposes, and the Western governments and Western journalist find themselve comfortable bedfellows with Joseph Goebbels, which the West would hardly want, but this indeed does appear to be the case. He says the following which we should ponder:
"We have to allow the air crash investigators to investigate what happened. On Monday, there was a positive development when the black boxes were handed over to Malaysian authorities. But I would stress that the world needs to be very cautious when it comes to what the American government and journalists claim, because there is a litany of errors which they reported over the last 20 years. Let's not forget, American media ran stories about how Iraqi soldiers were throwing babies out of hospital windows - absolutely false; they spoke of how half a million Kosovo Albanians were murdered by the Serbs – absolutely false; they spoke about how Iraq had weapons of mass destruction - absolutely false. They are doing the same sort of thing now with Ukraine. They have a very checkered history in the American government and American media sector, and we need to be extremely cautious with the way they are covering a terrible tragedy, a terrible loss of life.
If they [US State Department] do have this evidence - concrete evidence, plausible evidence - let’s see, let’s examine it like a court of law would.
Then we would do well to ask why did Malaysian airlines re-route Airbus A380, Flight MH4 over Syria’s conflict zone? Was it perhaps that Malaysia, a predominantly Islamic country felt safe flying over lands conquered by ISIS and its burgeoning brutal Islamic state? It is amazing that all that such an event does is produce bland statements about such a thing being basically not a good idea. That various institutions being governments, the media, or airline and air traffic authorities have not shown either real surprise or real curiosity, is both suspicious and alarming. Is no-one surprised because cynicism has set in or are people, groups and governments frightened of being discovered as real liars."
One would like Agatha Christies fictional Miss Marple to come to the rescue, as at the moment she appears more real than the fictional rubbish being churned out by the international press, and there is no better exponent of such rubbish as that which is being produced by the British Press, who appear to be, for the most part strangers to the truth.
Hilaire Belloc’s wonderful poem about Matilda who told such dreadful lies is a cautionary tale for the many governments and journalists in the West.
The poem begins:
Matilda told such dreadful lies,
It made one gasp and stretch one’s eyes.
One of her lies resulted in her calling the fire brigade and saying her aunt’s house was on fire, which it was not. As a punishment Matilda’s aunt went off to the theatre and left Matilda at home, and then a fire did indeed break out. However no-one was interested in her cries for help.
The People passing in the Street....
(The rapidly increasing heat
Encouraging her to obtain
Their confidence) ---- but all in vain!
For every time she shouted ‘Fire !’
They only answered ‘Little Liar’
And therefore when her Aunt returned,
Matilda and the House, were burned.
Indeed a cautionary tale for all, for the West, for the East, and for the Middle East.
By The Hermits, Jul 21 2014 4:47PM
As far as one can understand America’s foreign policy, it is this. It is all about keeping that Satanic beast the Industrial military complex going, keeping money going into certain banks, and creating global population control, either by war, contraception, famine, abortion and climate control. It is all about Satan’s gibe, “I will not serve”. The one theory about the present situation in the Middle East, espoused by Ismael Hossein-Zadeh, seems to make sense.
The United States must conduct a whole lot of wars throughout the World, which would not destroy their economy, but boost the U.S. economy, by creating favourable subservient economies that do not help the war torn countries, which they are pretending to help, but massively boosts the American economy. Israel appears to be a cockpit in all this. It seems that it is the watch dog for America with regard to the Arab World. The deals that all the countries in that area, seem to do with each other, mirrors the curious alliances in the Crusader Kingdom of Outremer (Basically the Holy Land). The various Christian groups were changing alliances quite a lot of time with the different Moslem groups. It is power that intoxicates. It is global power that is the most powerful drug of all.
What all these politicians, bankers, warmongers, and economists are blissfully unaware of is that Christ is the Lord of History, and not Satan. If the present day Illuminati are more than their founder, Adam Weishaupt, meant them to be, then it would appear that by their lives they do wish to serve Satan. Whether they worship Satan is another matter. After all you do not have to worship Satan to go to Hell, all you need to do is commit a mortal sin. But in this strange world of bluff, double bluff, and possibly treble bluff, if there is such a thing, then anything could happen. The one thing that is consistent and places everything in the realm of the Devil is lying. There are so many lies being told by governments, all in the name of state security, which means security for the status quo, financial, military, and ideological.
Christianity in the West at present has not been in so parlous a condition for a very long time indeed. The towering edifice of the Catholic Church looks as if it is about to collapse, and most American Protestant sects seem to be based on the prosperity gospel. What is clear is that mainstream Christianity is drenched with Enlightenment principles, and the Catholic Church is almost drowning in Modernism. Just when her traditional voice needs to be heard, the classic apologia for Catholicism has been banished to the wings.
There are then three great powers at work, Zionism, Islam, and the epitome of the Enlightenment, the United States of America. The first, and hopefully the last Masonic Country in the World. It was built on Masonic principles, but the poor hoodwinked American people are told that the foundations of their great nation are Christian. As far as one can see Islam, Zionism, and America are using and abusing each other for very different reasons, but all are intent on World Domination. What is needed is a great new missionary impulse from the Catholic Church redolent of the Franciscans and the Dominicans, and there is nothing.
The only glimmer of hope in all this is Russia, inscrutable as ever, but founded on the Orthodox Church, which at present looks far more rock-like than the majestic ark of the Catholic Church, which is showing signs of taking in vast amounts of water, the water not of baptism, but the beguiling waters of the French Revolution, fraternity and equality, terms that invariably mean the opposite.
By The Hermits, Jul 21 2014 4:13AM
Did you see the view of Whitehall shown in the picture below on the BBC news this weekend. Because I cannot find any mention of the huge (up to 100,000 people) demonstration against the massacre of the Gaza Palastinians in the BBC outlet on the internet. This demonstration took place in London last Saturday, the 19th July 2014. Maybe it was shown on television, we do not have a TV so I cannot say, but I doubt it, seeing as even a search on the BBC web-site for demonstrations in London brings up nothing since the Teacher's one on the 10th July.
And it isn't just the people of England who are demonstrating against the overwhelmingly one-sided violence in the Holy Land. In France and Turkey there have been large and violent protests (the violence in Paris is on the BBC web site), but there have been peaceful large protests in New Zealand, Belgium, Malaga, Madrid, San Francisco, Washington DC, Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Istanbul, Jakarta, Srinagar (Indian Kashmir), Ahmadabad, Seoul, Athens, Berlin, Tunis and even Beijing.
Also the presidents of Venezuela and Bolivia have decried the IDF’s incursion into Gaza as genocide and called for the UN to condemn Israel. President Nicolas Maduro likened the latest operation, which has claimed over 350 Palastinian lives so far, to an “extermination.”
So this is a call for the White House's spokesmen, i.e. the BBC and David Cameron, to reflect the views of the British people, the International opinion, and the opinion of that brave Orthodox British Jew pictured below holding a Palestinian flag, and recognise that a nuclear power (Israel) has invaded Gaza and is killing, injuring, and disposing, thousands of civilians.
By The Hermits, Jul 21 2014 12:09AM
Ever since the continually lauded, but very suspect, Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner, came up with the idea of anonymous Christianity, there is always a tendency to misread the Gospel, albeit unconsciously. In the Gospel of this Sunday, the Church gives us the parable of the wheat and the darnel. Precisely because of the reference to the Last Judgement, I had seen the whole thing to do with the human race. I was sadly not thinking, for of course Christ is talking about the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, which is the Church. He is talking about faithful Christians and false Christians, he is not talking about all those who do not believe in Christ, or have not heard of him.
At the Last Judgement we will all be judged; those in the Church and those who are in the World. Rahner’s anonymous Christianity has proved disastrous, because it extends the Church well beyond the limits laid down by Christ, and denies the importance of preaching the Gospel to pagans, because in Rahner's scheme, they will be saved by being faithful to their own consciences. Such an approach is very superficial, but was happily gobbled up by the most influential people in the Church during and after the Second Vatican Council which was so influenced by Karl Rahner.
However, we have no right to deny Christ’s words to Nicodemus:
"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God." (John 3: v.5)
And then again from St. John’s Gospel the following:
"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day." (John 6: vv 53-54)
One thing we must never forget is that the Church, as well as being a perfect society, is a great mystery, a mystery that must be proclaimed and not hidden. The Gospel must be preached.
By The Hermits, Jul 20 2014 6:32AM
Leaving aside the controversy over the Malaysian plane brought down in the Donetsk region, let us turn to another city in Ukraine - Lugansk. The international observers - the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, have just brought out the official figures for the civilians killed and injured in the city in the last two months. They are: at least 250 dead and 850 injured. This excludes anyone involved in defence or fighting, or even close to the fighting, or outside the city, these are purely and unquestionably civilians, just like you or me. To get an idea of what that would be like in Britain or America, the population of Lugansk is 427,634, as compaired with 437,000 in Bristol or 417,650 in Miami. So just try to imagine shelling and mines killing and injuring that number of men, women and children in those cities, and then you will have an idea of what it is like for them.
And remember, Poreshenko said at the start of his offensive that he regarded the regions as terrorists, not just the fighters, so he will have no conscience about killing them.
A link to an article about this data, including pictures is here.
May Our Lady, Queen of Peace, bring peace to the world and to our souls. And may we all be peacemakers to all we come in contact with.
By The Hermits, Jul 19 2014 2:52PM
I feel as if I am living in a parallel world. Nothing is quite as it seems. The latest strange and frightening information comes from a senior Donetsk Republican army leader who says that people who were early at the scene of the wreckage noticed something very odd about many of the bodies, they were already decomposing, very smelly with no evidence of fresh bleeding. Now, no-one can mistake the smell of decomposing bodies with burnt bodies, I can tell you that personally from my previous profession. So why were their dead bodies on board the flight. I can only think (or hope) that they were being transported in the hold of the plane, being repatriated for burial, but wouldn't they have been in coffins, and how many bodies on average are transported per plane? I don't know!
If they were not being transported for a legitimate reason then who were they? There are still the people lost in the previous Malaysian plane disaster, but they were supposed to all be lost at sea, and even if the were not, then their bodies would have had to be transported from a Pacific island to Holland in order to be put on the plane. If so why?
Two other items noticed from the 'official' videos of the crash shown on the main stream media in Britain and the USA. Why are the passports so pristine, no scorching, not even any soot or creasing? It is as if they were collected before the flight or the crash so that they could be shown to the camaras afterwards! And the video showing the ground explosion of the plane from the distance, where is the smoke in the sky from the plane being hit by a missile?
Maybe all these puzzles will be solved in time. John Pilger, where are you, we need your great mind and investigative skill to work this out!
May God bless all those dead, whoever they are, and all who are truly working for peace.
By The Hermits, Jul 19 2014 10:55AM
THE TSAR’S TELEGRAM
The downing of the Malaysian plane MH17 is a catastrophe for Malaysian airlines, and also for Malaysia. The people of that country must be wondering what is happening to them; what have they done to deserve this that another of their planes has disappeared, the former into the ether, this one in an explosion. If this was just a problem for Malaysia and its leading airline, it would be bad and sad enough, but truly terrifying events may result from this tragic event.
Let us calmly look at the facts which are not many, but are somewhat inconclusive.
1. A video purporting to be a conversation between a separatist commander, and a member of the Russian military definitely implicates Russia in the downing of the MH17. However there is a problem, though the date of this conversation is given as the 18th July, the real date which is encoded time stamp is the 16th, day before the plane was destroyed. The encoded time stamp cannot be changed.
2. Why was MH17 diverted over conflict area, which was a restricted air space? The previous ten flights had flown further south to avoid the conflict zone.
3. The Ukrainian Prosecutor General Vitaly Yarema said thought it was not possible for the separatists to have downed MH17 with a Buk missile as they did not possess them and if they did, could not fire them. This was the opinion of the Ukrainian Military authorities.
4. A Spanish air controller in Kiev twitted that Kiev have done what they wanted to do, namely destroy the Malaysian aeroplane. He said that the authorities had entered the airport control tower. He feared he would be beaten up. His twitter was conveniently obliterated from the internet.
5. Three minutes before MH17 was blown up, two Ukrainian fighter jets were flying alongside it.
6. The United States Government is blaming Russia for all this. Would that there were some members of that pathetic body that had some concept of diplomacy and statesmanship, but everything these days is just business. At least in the Victorian era, the British Government though bent on protecting its commercial interests throughout the World did have men of integrity in government. This does not seem to be the case in America, but what one can expect from the Deist foundations of the Republic, who would not accept that America was meant to be a Christian country as was intended by the Pilgrim Fathers, staunch and devout puritans to a man. A country founded on Masonic and Illuminati principles will simply common under the Devil’s sway as is very manifest today. Russia for all her faults, and saddled with despotic regimes over the centuries remains Holy Russia, I am not sure that one could say the same of America.
I will close this musing with a telegram sent by the Tsar Nicholas II to his cousin King George V through via the good offices of Sir George Buchanan July 20th.
I WOULD GLADLY HAVE ACCEPTED YOUR PROPOSALS HAD NOT GERMAN AMBASSADOR THIS AFTERNOON PRESENTED A NOTE TO MY GOVERNMENT DECLARING WAR. EVER SINCE PRESENTATION THE ULTIMATUM AT BELGRADE, RUSSIA HAS DEVOTED ALL HER EFFORTS TO FINDING SOME PACIFIC SOLUTION OF THE QUESTION RAISED BY AUSTRIA’S ACTION. OBJECT OF THAT ACTION WAS TO CRUSH SERBIA AND MAKE HER A VASSAL OF AUSTRIA. EFFECT OF THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN TO UPSET THE BALANCE OF POWER IN BALKANS WHICH IS OF SUCH VITAL INTEREST TO MY EMPIRE AS WELL TO THOSE POWERS WHO DESIRE MAINTENANCE OF BALANCE OF POWER IN EUROPE. EVERY PROPOSAL, INCLUDING THAT OR YOUR GOVERNMENT, WAS REJECTED BY GERMANY AND AUSTRIA, AND IT WAS ONLY WHEN FAVOURABLE MOMENT FOR BRINING PRESSURE TO BEAR ON AUSTRIA HAD PASSED THAT GERMANY SHOWED ANY DISPOSITION TO MEDIATE. EVEN THEN SHE DID NOT PUT FORWARD ANY PRECISE PROPOSAL. AUSTRIA’S DECLARATION OF WAR ON SERBIA FORCED ME TO ORDER A PARTIAL MOBILIZATION, THOUGH, IN VIEW OF THREATENING SITUATION, MY MILITARY ADVISERS STRONGLY ADVISED A GENERAL MOBILIZATION, OWING TO QUICKNESS WITH WHICH GERMANY MOBILIZE IN COMPARISON WITH RUSSIA. I WAS EVENTUALLY COMPELLED TO TAKE THIS COURSE IN CONSEQUENCE OF COMPLETE AUSTRIAN MOBILIZATION, OF THE BOMBARDMENT OF BELGRADE, OF CONCENTRATION OF AUSTRIAN TROOPS IN GALICIA , AND OF SECRET MILITARY PREPARATIONS BEING MADE GERMANY. THAT I WAS JUSTIFIED IN DOING SO PROVED BY GERMANY’S SUDDEN DECLARATION OF WAR, WHICH WAS QUITE BY ME AS I HAD GIVEN MOST CATEGORICAL ASSURANCES TO THE EMPEROR WILLIAM THAT MY TROOPS WOULD NOT MOVE SO LONG AS MEDIATION NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUED.
IN THIS SOLEMN HOUR I WISH TO ASSURE YOU ONCE MORE THAT I HAVE DONE ALL IN MY POWER TO AVERT WAR. NOW THAT IT HAS BEEN FORCED ON ME, I TRUST YOUR COUNTRY WILL NOT FAIL TO SUPPORT FRANCE AND RUSSIAN IN FIGHTING TO MAINTAIN BALANCE OF POWER IN EUROPE. GOD BLESS AND PROTECT YOU.
There follows a description of an audience given to the French Ambassador Maurice Paleologue by Nicholas II.
The Kaiser was never sincere, not for a moment! In the end he was hopelessly entangled in a net of his own perfidy and lies. Have you ever been able to account for the telegram he sent me six hours after giving me his declaration of war? It is utterly impossible to explain what happened. It was half-past one in the morning of July 19. I had just received you English colleague who had brought me a telegram from King George begging me to do everything possible to save peace. I had drafted, with Sir George Buchanan’s help, the telegram with which you are familiar, which ended with an appeal for England’s help in arms as the war was forced on us by Germany.
The moment Buchanan had left I went to the Empress’s rooms, as she was already in bed, to show her King George’s telegram and have a cup of tea with her before retiring myself. I stayed with her until two in the morning. Then I wanted to have a bath, as I was very tired. I was just getting in when my servant knocked at the door saying he had a telegram for me.
‘A very important telegram, very important indeed .... a telegram from His Majesty the Emperor William!’ I read the telegram, read it again and then repeated it aloud....but I couldn’t understand a word. What on earth does William mean, I thought, pretending that it still depends on me whether war is averted or not! He implores me not to let my troops cross the frontier! Have I suddenly gone mad? Didn’t the Minister of Court, my trusted Fredericks, at least six hours ago bring me the declaration of war the German Ambassador had just handed to Sazonov [Minister of Foreign Affairs]?
I returned to the Empress’s room and read her William’s telegram. She had to read it herself to bring herself to believe it. She said to me immediately: ‘You’re not going to answer it, are you?’ ‘Certainly not!’
These two extracts are taken from the magnificent work A LIFELONG PASSION, NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA THEIR OWN STORY compiled by Andrei Maylunas & Sergei Mironenko.
One can make a very broad approximation of the leading characters and nations to the present characters and nations. It is no exact, of course, but it makes one think. Again I must reiterate what appears to be the truth that Ukraine has never been a separate country, both it and Russia are one. Valdimir is the Grand Prince of Kiev and Moscow comes much later. Would that the capital of Russia was still Kiev.
Obama is William, both being buffoons and suffering from delusions of grandeur, though William was far more intelligent than Obama. Putin is Nicholas, but a far finer statesmen, but so far not a saint or martyr as is Nicholas. America is Germany, Ukraine is Austria, and Eastern Ukraine is Serbia (This is the weakest approximation by far; very tenuous.). France may well be what she was in 1914, Britain is most definitely not. It is now a rather offshore island of the United States, I am sad to say. Germany also looks rather like France in 1914. We shall have to see. Whether the downing of Flight MH17 is the assassination of the Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his wife remains to be seen.
Most importantly we must pray for the repose of the souls of those poor people in the exploding plane and ask God to have given them grace in the final moments of their lives so that they were saved. So too must we pray that fighting stop in Palestine, and that the poor fathers and mothers who have lost their children may be consoled.
And you politicians who may be reading this reflection, which is highly unlikely, but if you are, know this. God desires Mercy rather than sacrifices. That is what God requires. If you are not merciful you will go to Hell, and that is unbelievable horror, utter loneliness and endless despair. You cannot say that you have not been warned. Repent of your evil deeds, those who are doing them, and learn compassion. You may even become saints if you try. Repent and believe in the Gospel.
Brother Stephen Joseph de Kerdrel
By The Hermits, Jun 8 2012 12:00AM
Amma Syncletica said; "My children, we all want to be saved, but because of our habit of negligence, we swerve away from salvation."
By The Hermits, Jun 6 2012 11:00AM
Amma Theodora said: "Let us strive to enter by the narrow gate Just as trees, if they have not stood before the winter's storms cannot bear fruit, so it is with us; this present age is a storm and it is only through many trials and temptations that we can obtain an inheritance in the kingdom of heaven."
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