One of the duties of this blogger is to attend Mass daily (twice a day when possible) and pray for the intentions of my readers and all my benefactors. Recently, someone expressed gratitude for those prayers with these words:
“In heaven, you will be shown how your kindness has aided me!”
And I should add that in heaven that person will one day know how her grateful words filled my day and encouraged me to continue the fight. Here we combat against heavy artillery. The devil is not going to give up the hill just like that. From the start, this has been terrifying, heavy combat but once we engage the enemy, we learn to feed from the action, we even get to enjoy it. One learns to smile while thrusting the sword with the confidence of those who know we are surrounded by angels.
The goodness of God has proven to be much stronger than the lavender mafia, for example. I failed to starve in spite of their efforts. In fact, I need to lose some weight in a hurry. I am not known to be a slave to fashion but I am decently dressed albeit modestly and all my bills are paid on time. Divine Providence has given me a number of friends that understand what I do and why I do it. Soon this will change for the better, so I’ve been told.
St. Paul sensed that his liberation would come after martyrdom, I won’t be that lucky. I sense I still have before me a long time of laboring the field. My only problem now consists in the day being only 24 hours long. Hear it from Paul:
In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you: proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching. For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths. As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully. […] But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and save me for his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory for ever and ever. Amen. 2 Timothy 4:1-5; 17-18
The Twelve are taught to trust
The first mission of the Apostolic Body was to trust. They were sent to tour the cities of Israel with power to liberate but also with authority to mark the house of anyone not receiving them kindly. I am always deficient in the trust department but lately — after some spectacular demonstrations of providential help — I feel I can abandon myself more easily to divine care. It took almost two decades, I am that thick-headed. Now when I look back I can see how much care has been lavished on yours truly.
Jesus called the Twelve together and gave them power and authority over all devils and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. He said to them, ‘Take nothing for the journey: neither staff, nor haversack, nor bread, nor money; and let none of you take a spare tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there; and when you leave, let it be from there. As for those who do not welcome you, when you leave their town shake the dust from your feet as a sign to them.’ So they set out and went from village to village proclaiming the Good News and healing everywhere. Luke 9:1-8
Divine Providence works this way: one cannot stop to rest and enjoy it. There is no such thing. We can neither let the powder get wet nor the guns grow cold.
A topsy-turvy world
Recently the Pope and the President of the United States gave speeches at the U.N. You know, the United Nations; those ever present promoters of population control, abortion, sterile lifestyles, etc. who use some expensive real estate in New York City, pay no rent and don’t pay traffic fines like the rest of us. Those guys who are always making Americans feel guilty for working their behinds off producing more than 70% of the world’s economic output while being less than 8% of the world’s population and (most importantly) refusing to redistribute their hard earned lot to the ever impoverished Socialists of this world.
“When we acknowledge international organizations and we recognize their capacity to give judgment, on a global scale—for example the international tribunal in The Hague, or the United Nations—If we consider ourselves humanity, when they make statements, our duty is to obey … We must obey international institutions. That is why the United Nations were created.” Quoted from The Free Republic reporting on informal statements made by Pope Francis during his September 10 trip to Madagascar.
On September 24 President Donald Trump addressed the U.N. General Assembly in New York, proposing to build a prosperous future for every country not by redistributing wealth but by empowering citizens to create wealth by taking pride in building up their own countries. The U.S. President said — to the amazement of the eternal control freaks and freeloaders of the world:
“The future does not belong to globalists—the future belongs to patriots. The future belongs to sovereign and independent nations who protect their citizens, respect their neighbors, and honor the differences that make each country special and unique.”
Obviously the world is upside down when the U.S. President promotes the Catholic principle of subsidiarity and the Pope asks all to obey the abortion mongers of the world. It seems to me that we should be scanning the skies looking for that long promised asteroid. I bet Jesus is not pleased by the present situation. And then we have the soon to be convened Amazonian Synod. Hold on to your seats, this is going to get very interesting. But that is the theme of tomorrow’s post.
No matter what happens, let us obey God’s commandments, trust in his providence and mercy, and mind our duties faithfully before him. It is God who makes the sun come up, not the United Nations and (thank God!) neither is the Vatican curia.
On the feast of St. Cleophas
The Canticle of Tobit
God punishes, he also has mercy,
he leads men to the depths of the grave,
he restores them from the great destruction.
No man can escape his hand.
It is he who scattered us among the nations.
Among them must we show forth his greatness
and exalt him in the presence of all living;
for he is our Lord and our God,
our Father and our God for ever.
Now think what he has done for you,
give thanks to him with all your voice.
Give praise to the Lord for his justice
and exalt the King of all ages.
In this land of exile I will thank him,
and show forth his greatness and might
to the race of sinful men.
Sinners, come back to him,
do what is right before him.
Who knows but he will receive you with pity?’