God is for us a Refuge and Strength
By The Hermits, Aug 19 2015 09:24PM
People everywhere seem to think that there will be an economic collapse and its wake World War III will break out later this year. Some think that it will be in September. Gerald Celente of Trends, and Alex Jones would be very much of this view, and both men are moral and principled men. Alex noted how extraordinary it was to see so many Chinese millionaires in his home town of Austin, Texas. The rich are fleeing everywhere, many of them to New Zealand. One would have thought that the Chinese should be going to New Zealand aswell as it is, after all, much closer to home. The idea of these young Chinese in ultra expensive cars is somewhat ludicrous; after all a car is a car and is there to get one from a to b. Where then are the great of the earth going? Apparently underground cities and bunkers. There will be a candle lit vigil for all those who have died of Aids at the Gay Pride festivities in Manchester next week. In the real sense of the word it is all truly pathetic.
What are people doing about all those suffering appallingly in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, to name just a few of the trouble spots of the world, where the innocent are being brutally massacred to fulfil the whims and lusts of the rich, and the power of politicians? We have the appalling sentimentality displayed by the LGBT, which has depressing similarities to Bolshevism, in an utterly complete devotion to a false ideology that must be foisted on everyone, a kind of religion. And this from the corrupt West while the rest of the World has to suffer for our sins of sensuality, power exercised as brute force, and poverty on a grand scale. The answer to all this is, not the newly resurgent and somewhat changed Liberation Theology, or an optimistic view of fallen human nature, nor is it firstly about feeding all the poor of the world, or making everyone equal, it is about worshipping God in spirit and truth.
The truth is that man for the most part rebels against God who he wants to give him good things. He wants a heaven on earth. He has absolutely no idea of how terrible evil is. He is ignorant of sin and what a rebellion it is against God. Today people in the West think that they are so wonderful, and that one must do what makes one feel happy. Even Christians are unaware of what Christ must have suffered in his life on Earth. They sentimentalize Christmas and pass over Easter as something somewhat incomprehensible to the modern mind.
The Medievals had a much better idea. Sin and death loomed all around them. Modern technology has brought about a sort of pseudo heaven on earth, and it is pretty horrible, for some that is. In the West, the young may be cared for by the State, something of a two edged sword. But how many of these poor things have been brought up in families with no fathers, or an endless procession of “uncles”, who certainly do not love them, and very possibly neither do their fathers. The mothers will not often be able to know how to bring up their children. Nothing will give these young people a glimpse of heaven, for saturated with drink, drugs, sex, and T.V. and the Media, the face of God will be far from them, and where are the preachers of old who would call people to repentance? Where are the Dominicans and Franciscans, who if we are to believe the old chronicles of those two great orders prevented the end of the World, or more precisely their founders did? Where is the spirit of sacrifice that would send Blessed Joseph Gerard that wonderful apostle to the Zulus from his beloved France, which he never saw again, to carry on what must have more often than not seemed a fruitless mission among the Zulus, whom he ultimately converted, all the while suffering harassment from the Boers? Where is the heroism of St. Therese’s Little Way? Where in the West will we find great asceticism these days? Since Psychology displaced philosophy as the handmaiden of Theology in the 60’s we have seen the priesthood and religious life collapse into a world of comfort and self absorption, that will only disappear if a terrible scourge will come upon them. The Latin West and the Protestant Christians will very soon undergo what the Russians endured under Communism, and then we will, God willing, see great heroism, love, and self-sacrifice, which the LGBT, the United Nations, America and Europe cannot do, for they have all fallen in love with Humanity, and worshipping at the shrine of this new strange and androgynous God concocted by scientists and perverted thinkers and ideologues , have unwittingly begun to worship Satan, and if you will believe one line of thinking, most of the American film stars and music stars do in fact worship Satan.
God will not be mocked and what matters to him, and should matter to us, is that if we lose everything, our reputations ,our homes, our goods, our families, and even our lives, as long as we love God, it does not matter. It is our duty to make modern men and women understand the love of God which surpasses all that we know, a point that St. Paul never fails to hammer home. The length and width, the height and depth of God’s love is infinite, and he wants us to share in that love, but to do that we must follow in his Son’s footsteps. Can anyone not be moved, or excited by the Gospels? Do people ever read the Gospels and see the resplendent figure of Christ inviting them to live his life here and now? All it takes is a leap in the dark and trust. If we could all do that, the dire predictions of so many people may not come true in September or later this year. But even if these terrible things do befall us, nothing matters as long as Christ is dwelling in our hearts, warming them, changing them and transforming them with the fire of the Holy Spirit, and leading us towards the resplendent Father of us all, God the Father.
In these dark times let us invoke the help of St. Joseph guardian of the Holy Family and protector of the Church. May he spread his protective cloak not only over the Church, but over the whole human race. St. Joseph most just pray for us.