The Presentation, A Lesson in Purity, Modesty, and Majesty
By The Hermits, Feb 1 2016 09:02PM
Two things, more than anything else, sum up the Western World today. They are not the theories of secularism, materialism, nihilism, even the theory of the Superman, but two terrifying and intertwined monsters, Impurity and a total obsession with self, that find their ultimate stand in total infidelity.
In the Western World everyone goes on about sex. The majority group, it appears, offers total libertinism which advocates that you can, even must, have sex whenever you want it, with whomsoever you want it, and however you want it, The other group, much smaller indeed, resists this with a call to purity and chastity, words that make no sense at all to modern Man.
Bruce Jenner, now Caitlin Jenner, and former Olympic Gold Medal Decathlon winner in the 1976 Olympics, a most important year for America as it was the Second Centenary of the foundation of that great nation, is considered the most famous Transgender person in the World, and is regarded rather interestingly as a hero, but should he/she perhaps be a heroine, rather than a hero? Caitlin has never been homosexual, and finds women attractive. This would certainly be backed up by the fact that he, in his previous life, was married three times. This of course begins to become utterly nonsensical when he/she describes himself/herself as a Christian. Logic simply is thrown out of the window, for a person who embarks on having a sex change or gender reorientation is basically saying that God has made a mistake. God never makes mistakes. Finally there is the ominous note that Bruce was married into the Kardashian family, who are supposedly involved in the Illuminati, whether that is true or not would be hard to know. However the late Ted Gunderson, who was in charge of the FBI in Los Angeles, noted, and he is not alone in this regard, that the Illuminati run the entertainment industry in the States, and so it is more than likely that these very unfortunate people are caught up in the machinations of the Devil.
At the root of the whole sordid mess, that is now the West, there is one thing and one thing only, namely Pride. The obsession with sex, and self is the monotonous leitmotif of the Devil’s dismal and degrading gargantuan symphony of enticement by excitement.
Now it must be remembered that Lucifer is the Light Bearer. Prior to his fall he was the greatest of the Archangels, and with his fall he becomes the Prince of Darkness. In his despair he has one aim and one aim only, to deprive God of as many souls as possible. He knows that he cannot destroy God, but he can try to damn as many people as possible. He of course does not use simply sexual sins to do this, but in the present age this is his preferred weapon, along with drugs. This of course was part of the programme of the Illuminati back in 1776 when they were determined on the destruction of the Church, and Christianity. Until the opening of Pandora’s box back in the 1960’s, with the explosion of the Sexual Revolution, I would imagine that mental illness was far less all pervasive as it is today. Sin begets madness. The whole problem of transgenderism is about rebellion against God’s loving creation. Those who wish to change their sex, which is a philosophical impossibility, are in many ways no different from the recent phenomena of the Norwegian teenage girl who thinks that she is a cat, the Englishman who wants to be a parrot and has had his ears cut off, and the Leopard man who lived in the Highlands of Scotland for years, had his teeth filed, was tattooed as a leopard and wore just a loincloth. He is now living in sheltered accommodation; ageing must have brought some sanity to the man.
The selfishness of sexual sin, the self-centredness of trying to re-invent oneself are all part of Satan’s obsession with himself and his own importance. He wishes to be like God. He wants to be God. This ambition doomed to utter failure and despair will not disappear until the end of Time, and the great battle between good and evil has been won by God who shares great task, through his infinite love and mercy with his angels and saints. The importance to modern Western Man and Woman is the desire to be loved, adored, and be that peculiar creature the celebrity.
Now Satan thinks that he can make sex infertile through contraception and abortion. He thinks that he can make people genderless, quite how I do not know. He thinks that he can catch them by making them want to be animals. What he does in fact is to make them poor imitations of himself, for he, being a spirit, cannot reproduce himself. It is this terrible love of self, which ultimately becomes a hatred of self. The more one sins the more dissatisfied one becomes with things, and oneself. Sin which is about the misuse of God’s gifts to us, finally blinds us to the love of God. Modern Western men and women, who should know better, as they come from a once profoundly Christian culture, are pursuing the cult of self-adoration. This leads ultimately to complete darkness, a darkness which leads to Hell.
Nothing could be more different than Joseph and Mary, who take Jesus to present him to his Father in the Temple. They bring Jesus to the temple on the fortieth day after his birth. The Mother of God and Joseph, Jesus’ earthly father, but even more his father than a natural father could be, as he is the representative of God the Father on Earth, come modestly, hidden, unnoticed into Herod’s awe inspiring Temple. There are no fanfares, no cameras, no selfies, no appalling trophies to be received, neither are there those adoring crowds that inhabit our stadiums, our convention halls, and our theatres. There is love and obedience. Our Lady, of all women, did not need to be purified. Jesus did not have to be bought back as the firstborn son of Mary and the eternally begotten Son of the Father, but he did all that was required by the law for he had to break man’s pride and arrogance, and his weapon was humility and suffering, and ultimately his death on the Cross.
Christ in his life told us that he came to be served and not to be served. He told us that the first would be last and the last first. He washed his Apostles feet at the Last Supper; the job of a slave. God becomes a slave, and we want, in our crazed and cruel Western World want, to become God.
Who then recognizes Jesus? Only an old man Simeon and a very old woman Anna.
And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:
“Lord, now You are letting Your servant
depart in peace,
According to Your word;
For my eyes have seen Your salvation
Which You have prepared before the
face of all peoples,
A Light to bring revelation to the
And the glory of Your people Israel.”
And Joseph and His mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of Him. Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day, and spoke of him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem. (Luke 2:vv.25-38)
Simeon and Anna were simple devout old people who served God with their whole hearts, and their whole preoccupation was with God and loving him. They were not caught up with what we would now call the Social Gospel, but with their eyes, and hearts and mind totally fixed on God, so that they could hear him speaking to them through the power of the Holy Spirit.
I have often observed that the Catholic Church in Britain, when it was made up, in the main, of Irish immigrants, was a humble Church. Several generations down the line we see that the descendants of those Irish immigrants are now very English, many very middle class, and sadly so well educated that they have been educated out of the Faith. What are they educated in? Well in the profane, not the sacred sciences, and if they happen to be theologians they will have had their heads filled with the nonsense of 19th century German Scripture scholarship which has all but destroyed their Faith, by explaining the miraculous away. Sadly just when the Protestant churches were beginning to back track from that most destructive of religious enquiry, the Catholics decided to take it up with aplomb, and so many priests and religious lost their faith and left their vocations! Perhaps this was bound to happen when the Church herself had got caught up in a too defensive position regarding all branches of the theology, and law. Though the Church should be a strong bulwark against Satan and particularly in these days of secularism and sexual sin, she needed great theologian saints, and there were none. Whether Blessed John Henry Newman is a really great theologian who can rank alongside the Fathers of the Church, Anselm, Bonaventure, and Bellarmine only time will tell; of his heroism and brilliance there is no doubt.
So when we attend the Feast of Candlemass tomorrow let us go with Joseph and Mary into the Temple with Jesus, and let us contemplate this beautiful family, and that wonderful old man Simeon and that marvellous holy old woman Anna (I prefer the tradition that sees her as a woman of about 104.). Here we see a mirror of what humanity should be, all of them from the baby to the old woman, wishing to live for the Father, do his will and love him in a state of continual contemplation. This is what we are meant to do, namely to love God with every fibre of our being. If we do that then, while carrying our candles in procession before the Mass begins, we will be lights of hope to a disordered and despairing world. The message that we carry is that the more we love God, then our preoccupations with what we have, what we look like, whether we are going to do great things or not, or whether we are going to be celebrities or be overlooked, pales into insignificance, for we must all ultimately choose the better part, for if we do not we are lost. For Martha’s preoccupations were getting in the way of her contemplation. If she had kept her mind and heart centred on Jesus she would not have been bothered whether her sister was apparently doing nothing, her joy should have been simply to serve the Lord. Each of us must want, as C.S. Lewis said in his great sermon “The Weight of Glory”, to be an ingredient in God’s happiness, which of course cannot be true on one level, but somehow we know what Lewis means, just as children bring their parents happiness. Let us do what Meister Eckhart so wisely advises “Know yourself, love yourself, forget yourself.”
It would do Caitlin Jenner, and so many other transgender people immense good to meditate on these profound words. It would also save them much heartache, sorrow, remorse and despair, for the more we move away from God, then we lose a sense of who we are, where we come from, where we are going and what we are meant to do, and this confusion produces the chaotic state which we called, in the 60’s, the sexual revolution, and which today is transgenderism and which tomorrow will be transhumanism. All of it ultimately leads not to Heaven, but to Hell and that Hell will begin in this life unless we humbly repent, turn to God and ask for his love and mercy. Then indeed can we fall happily and gently into his Everlasting Arms.