For my part I am inclined to think that Genesis is, in many ways the most wonderfully evocative book, in the entire Old Testament, from the moment of Creation to the death of Joseph you have extraordinary drama, (For what could me dramatic than the Fall, the Flood, and the Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah?), and then the most intimate moments as when Isaac sees Rebecca coming to him over the fields, or when Joseph leaves his puzzled brothers and goes to weep, because he has to keep his identity from them for a little longer when he reveals himself to them away from his servants and retinue. Nothing could be more evocative of Joseph’s emotional state than the following verses:
Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him; and he cried, “Make everyone go out from me” So no one stayed when he made himself known to his brothers. And he wept aloud, so that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it. And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph; is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence. (Genesis 45: 1-3)
Here we have such warmth, and humanity, such pathos, wonder, joy, and confusion. This is life as it truly is. It just goes to show that suffering, and humiliation born for the love of God flowers into something wonderful. This is the exact opposite of the conversation that Satan has with Eve. The lie that tempts Eve to fall, “You will not die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”(Genesis 3: 4-5) (One wonders why Adam did not stop the conversation there, but weakly he failed to show his God given authority, which in its pre Lapsarian form was not to control Eve, but protect her.
With the wholesale rejection of Christ in Western Europe and the rediscovery of him in Eastern Europe, especially in Russia, we see a clash of World views, highlighted by President Putin saying that he will not countenance any Pro Gay demonstrations at the Winter Olympics. Now Eve was seduced by the lie of Satan that she would know good and evil and thus be like God, or gods in a lot of the other translations of the Bible.
Modern Man and Woman are seduced by a desire for knowledge of what is good and evil. In their pride and arrogance they can say that it is alright to change sex, which is an impossibility, to clone, which is a fact, and then say that marriage can be between people of the same sex. The 20th century is in fact the return of the sexes to Eden, but you cannot return to Eden, because if you do you will find Hell. The road to Paradise is The Cross, and the way is the New Adam, who came to serve. Wisdom Incarnate humbled himself and became like a slave. He died the death of a criminal, hated by the leaders of the Race he had chosen as his own. He was equal to The Father and The Spirit for he like them is God.
Puny Man and easily led astray Woman have been obsessed either with acquiring knowledge of how the Universe works, how men and women think, or how either sex can get one over on the other. The fact that woman is above all mother interests Western Woman not one bit. Sophistication, that most superficial of accomplishments which is more to do with style than wisdom is the preserve of so many of the educated classes in the West. Charming manners, reading the right books, having the right tastes, which are usually of a liberal or left wing cast, and like a gin and tonic can vary in the amount of gin that is in the glass.
The obsession with finding oneself, doing what one wants, whatever the cost, or understanding other people in a supposedly profound way, which is simply a disguise for control or manipulation springs from Eve’s falling for Satan’s lie. The concept of motherhood is of little importance, when one can become a woman president, around the world sailor, or a conqueror of the highest peaks in the world, which is alright if you are a spinster, but not if you are a mother. Then when one comes across women in the forces, who have children, one is quite shocked at such callous behaviour. Women put themselves in danger so that they cannot protect their children is bizarre. Men put themselves in the way of danger to protect their wives and children. But then where is the sacred bond of marriage? It has been sacrificed to men and women’s ambition and pride. Women will humiliate men, because they are understandably fed up with the old Adam that keeps attacking them, forgetting that the old Eve is deeply embedded within their own souls. The desire for equality at every level, is a form of envy, but no-one can see it. Why do I say this? Because unlike Christ we do not wish to do the will of the Father. Modern men and women, usually only from the Middle and Upper classes can choose their way, and the ambitious from the working classes. There is nothing wrong with wishing to do as well as possible, but is it for the glory of God, or is it for one’s own glory. If we are honest, it is for our own glory.
Vainglory afflicts both the worldly and the spiritual, and in the latter it is utterly devastating, and when it is allied to a powerful intellect it wreaks havoc as we see in the lives of such men as Arius, Pelagius, who in their own ways were rather well behaved. Only a repentant sinner like the Great Augustine can see things as they are truly are, and that is why the modern man and the modern Catholic finds Augustine so difficult, because he above all other emphasizes the appalling horror of Original Sin, whose gravity the Orthodox take too lightly.
So as the Gay community are up in arms about Putin’s attitude to them, which is actually the original view of the Christian World East and West, something very worrying is beginning to surface, like some terrible Leviathan to strike terror into the heart of the daughters of Eve, and that is the rise of Misogyny.
I was alerted to this by a friend of mine, who said that her daughter was aware of this hatred of women in the work place. I was not surprised on one level, because I have always known that this was the price that women would ultimately have to pay for giving into feminism, but I was surprised that it was happening now, when with the legislation of Gay marriage everything seemed to be possible in the equality stakes. Still wondering if this could be true I spoke to an exact contemporary of mine, who was with me at University, and who is the same age as myself, which is 60. She also has impeccable credentials as she is Jewish, but does not practice the faith of her ancestors, and would have no axe to grind with feminism. She corroborated my other friend’s account, and cited the recent example of a woman labour MP who was championing a new bank note with a famous woman to adorn the reverse side of it. The poor woman was viciously attacked on the Internet. Men threatened to rape her, and kill her and goodness knows what else.
The sexual revolution has been an incredible lie, and even more an almost total failure, and women have been the losers. Discarding the New Adam, Christ, they have yearned for the Old Adam, who lords it over them, humiliates, discards them for other women. Who pays the price for this competition, this tragic selfishness, but children. The parents are causing millions of children to trip and fall, and so invite God to tie a mill stone to their parental necks and cast them into the sea, hopefully of Purgatorial fire, and not the fires of Hell.
A desire for fame, fortune, to be adored, or to control, dominate or destroy is rampant, and flies in the face of God humbly suffering and dying on the Cross. 20th and 21st century men and women have nothing to proud of. Even the scientific, and technological advances have put them at odds with each other, with the World, with nature, and ultimately with God. Saddest of all is that truly pathetic creature, namely the professional politician who is motivated by ambition and vainglory, with none of the old virtues of duty, and noblesse oblige.
We are left with the spectre of men and women behaving like silly teenagers, but would that they were, and then perhaps they could be controlled, and hopefully grow up, but they appear to be sinking into a sordid world of uncontrolled appetites, sordid desires, and evil ambitions. The women listen to Satan, and the men instead of using their God given authority which is the authority of the All Loving Father, give way to women, who suffer from this terrifying dereliction of duty, and sadly not only does the World suffer, but so does the Church, but that is a subject for another reflection.
Let us see one of the best of men before the redemption showing those truly manly virtues, namely those of tender compassion and forgiveness, and a true understanding of the Providence of God.
So Joseph said to his brothers, “Come near to me I pray you.” And they came near. And he said “I am your brother, Joseph whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed, or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. For the famine has been in the land these two years; and there are yet five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvest. And God sent me before you to preserve you for a remnant on earth, and to keep alive for you many survivors.. So it was not you who sent me here, but God; and he has made me father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler of the land of Egypt.(Genesis 45: 4-8)
Would that David Cameron, Barak Obama, or Francois Hollande would take a leaf out of Joseph’s book. Sadly I would imagine he would be totally incomprehensible to the three of them, but perhaps the tyrannical Vladimir Putin would understand such a man as Joseph, the dreamer, because Russians can still dream, and Westerners can only plan. The days of that other and terrible Joseph, namely Joseph Stalin are gone, and Russia, despite her strange and cruel past with become gentler with the return of Christianity. Hopefully the days of Joseph the Patriarch and Joseph the Carpenter will return, when men will be humble, loving, compassionate, and understanding and so bring out the New Eve in the truly distressed women of this monstrous Western World, and show them the glories of Mary, ever Virgin, Mother of God, and sister to all women, if only they would allow her into their lives. Then we would have not authentic feminism or authentic masculinism if there is such a thing, but we would have something much, much better, namely authentic men and women living in harmony and exercising their different roles for the good of each other, and the good of children, who are the victims of this wretched and evil competition among so many men and women today.
Mary Mother of all children pray for us.