It is very sad to contemplate what is happening in the United States. From outside, the display of barbarism and wanton destruction is only accentuated by what was once the promise that the country offered to mankind.
The Founding Fathers of the American nation were not perfect, of course but they managed to create something that brought a great number of positive changes in the world. For a long while, the nation was a beacon of freedom and prosperity unparalleled in the history of mankind.
Some say there are two visions of history, one of them is the tragic view of the human condition: humans are imperfect. Since Adam, anything we manage to build will eventually reflect its wounded human maker. But we still have to live in this world deformed by sin and make the best of it.
The opposite of the tragic concept is the epic or therapeutic view of history. For those who espouse that idea, the world still can be perfected, human imperfection can be corrected; with time and effort even infirmity and death may be defeated, they say.
Traditional Catholicism (not the post-conciliar version) affirms the tragic vision of history. We cannot install paradise on earth because humanity is mortally wounded. However, we can watch our hearts where the sources of injustice reside. In this way the effect of sin on the world can be partially ameliorated by combating it at its source. Only God can completely remove sin; he will do it, eventually. By now, we have to live with it and master our passions while we try to make the world a better place, we are ennobled by our struggle. It is a noble endeavor to enter the good fight knowing we can’t win on our own.
On the other hand, the epic (or therapeutic) vision of history affirms that paradise can be built through science, technology, ideologies and the constant control of the State. The epic vision needs to be imposed on man from without by force. The ‘new man’ is a man crushed by the weight of that effort, his humanity must be abolished to conform to impossible goals. That is why the epic vision always ends in a nightmare of violence.
In sacred history, Jacob is a fighter. His name identifies him as “the one who takes the heel” or “a trickster” but God gives him a new name: Israel, which means “the struggle belongs to God”. Man must build his destiny within the cosmic battle in which he has been wounded. He who dreams of winning the battle without God has no idea of what he’s getting into.
In the beginning, God commands Adam to subdue the earth. That commandment still applies. We must consider that Adam was instructed to lord over the earth before the fall into sin. Now, wounded mankind must suffer the consequences of a destiny twisted by evil. Man must bear the cross of a thorn existence.
Man succeeds in subjugating the earth but imbues it with his error (“cursed is the earth because of you”) and therefore, outside of Eden, imperfect man cannot rebuild paradise but only a partial copy of it. Our destiny will be tragic until God completes our redemption. The temptation to create a human copy of that lost paradise is a deadly illusion. Instead of life and happiness the result is misery and death. The apprentice cannot reproduce the work of his Master. When man tries to erase the consequences of sin, he ends up crushed by the weight of the task.
There resides the genius of the American Founding Fathers. They knew very well that it’s impossible to rid mankind of corruption and sin. In a way that I have found many times close to inspired, they designed a corruption resistant system that would protect the individual from the abuses of tyrants and most particularly from the nightmare of an out of control state. They knew it was impossible to trust the budding nation to a human dynasty, and so they gave the whole project to the care of God by stating simply: “In God we trust.”
But there is no project, not even a divine one that can survive the critique of this new and potent generation of barbarians. They will take nothing but absolute perfection. Men have to be perfectly adjusted to their schizophrenic ideals that condemn a baby to death for the mere convenience of the mother while, at the same time, forbid a policeman to fire upon a murderer bent on killing someone. In a strange iconoclasm, down go the statues of slave owners along with those of abolitionists. The movement that enthroned “goddess Reason” on the altars of Notre-Dame de Paris during the French Revolution, have abandoned even the pretension of using reason. Their pseudo-intellectual discourse is filled with blatant contradictions, it is nothing but a call to destroy anything resembling civil order.
In the end, it will come to this: either the forces of order destroy the murderous Left or the murderous Left will destroy the forces of order. We have reached the end of the age of “final solutions” when killers must face the same remedy they proposed. Mother Teresa of Calcutta prophesied that much:
“The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between.”
The garden planted in 1776 in North America has dried. Now the barbarians gather at the gates, their hearts on fire with an evil madness, and their minds set to kill or be killed.
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Someone I knew in childhood – long since passed away – used the delightful term “devilment. It is interesting to see the mob acting out devilment, seemingly without even modest understanding of what they are playing with (and who for). If one does not believe in the transcendental, one would treat believers as pathetic individuals, more to be pitied than castigated. But no! There is genuine hate at work. I think the Mormon doctrine is a bit wonky, but it bothers me not in the least bit. “Whatever!” I could never hate it because it could never threaten my own understanding of spiritual matters. Quite obviously, the locusts of the left are deeply threatened by the mere existence of the Catholic Church – so much so that it seems to provide an existential threat (with which anxiety I would agree) and so they hate it and wish to do battle and overcome it once and for all. Trolls are up to devilment – snickering in their troll lodges like Beavis and Butthead. “Bro! we really effed up that dude!”
Uh huh. As they say around here, “why bless their little hearts.” It’s like a total, like, putdown!
Yes, for many decades, the land of the free and the home of the brave was exactly that,and was looked up to by most nations, but that lasted only as long as it remained Christian. As the US, in effect, slips further and further into paganism, it progressively embraces barbarism. The two go hand in hand, just as they did before the Birth of Christ. Under the guise of protest, raw hatred and anarchy is being let loose. Is it only the Second Coming of Christ that can reverse it? Great article, Carlos.
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To use the famous words of Yeats, the center does not hold. Barbarians on one side and dereliction of duty on the government side. It’s every man for himself now. These things are happening so we know the Lord is near. Abominations everywhere causing desolation and death.
Have you noticed that the people in the streets in the US, they do not protest against the very very wealthy people that, maybe, are exploiting them in some way but rather they protest against people of tradition and faith.
I suspect them to have dreams of money… strange rebels indeed.
Keeping my Rosary on hand!
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Good observation, Michel!
IMPORTANT – MY FACEBOOK PAGE NO LONGER ACCESSIBLE
For those who followed me on Facebook,
I was trying to comply with a very annoying message that kept popping up when I visited the Facebook page for the Lepanto Institute. There I was asked for a password I assumed was my FB password. That was not accepted and then I requested a new password. A code was sent to me but then FB responded that I have entered too many codes (?) I swear on the Bible it was the first. Eventually I was logged out not only from the Lepanto page but from my own account. When I tried to login again I was told that my password was wrong … etc. etc. it was a loop that led to nowhere.
So, I guess I won’t be using FB anymore. I feel relieved. I got tired of the bombardment of requests of all kinds, all system-generated fluff. I could not figure out how to stop it.
It was fun but it is over.
Those of you who follow my account, please post something on my FB page telling the other friends that I can’t get in and I really can’t care less. I will miss the friends but NOT Facebook.
I am currently in Tweeter but there everyone seems to be migrating to something called Parler.
I believe I will reduce myself to just email and posting articles in my blog while I am still allowed to do it. Sorry for the long rant.
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Well. The Facebook access problem has been solved. Apparently I was blacklisted by someone in a site I collaborate with. I do not know why that was done but since I have been defending the position of the SSPX the attacks on my site have grown. There is one organization lead by Michael Voris who has been attacking the SSPX. I do not know if those attacks and exposés are true or not. I defend the THEOLOGICAL position of the SSPX and not their members. In fact, I do not know ONE member of the SSPX not even among the laity. I am quarantined in my home just like many of you. I can’t go to Mass or receive any Sacraments. Therefore, I have no dog in that fight. But I think this blacklisting may come from that side. May God pay whoever has done it with peace and a good conscience. Keep on attacking. St Michael is taking care of me for years now since the day I saw him guarding my house in 2010 and said “I am Michael, I am up front.” I must be doing something good to elicit so much hate from everyone while sitting here at home. The time left to repent is short.
I just filed in a report with WordPress. Whoever blacklisted me better have a good explanation or he will be deep fried himself because that was a malicious act. No one blacklists an author whose name appears hundreds of times in their own site. That was a rogue admin using private data to execute a vendetta for some fruit in Detroit. I bet dollars to donuts.
Forgive me if I disagree. Wasn’t the USA formed and instituted by deists, Protestants, and Freemasons? Wasn’t Catholicism watered down by the aforementioned by the errors of Americanism condemned by Leo XIII which can only be an ongoing path to the errors of Judaism? Hasn’t the mighty USA deigned to worship at the altar of the Golden Calf and not bow down before the Holy Eucharist? Hasn’t the greed of capitalism led to the exceptional nation to be the greatest warmonger in the modern era doing Israel’s bidding? Aren’t the major Protestant nations – USA, Germany and Britain responsible for the two now three world wars at Israel’s bidding? Extra Ecclesiae …..
From that rather harsh point of view, the USA deserves Hell. Harry Truman the Freemason selected Hiroshima and Nagasaki for atomic bombardment because they had the highest Catholic population, then one can say abortion was greatly promoted by the likes of cattlicks like Teddy Kennedy etc. And yet, the US was a fertile ground for Catholicism and to this day, Americans are the greatest monetary contributors to the Church’s coffers (for good or ill) – Your critique is not wrong but there are many good people in the USA who had no way to change the aims and ways of their country. God raised men in pagan countries (Naaman, Cyrus, Cornelius, etc.) who serve His purpose in spite of the horrible errors of their countries of origin. God works everywhere, in every nation. I knew discrimination, even racism etc. in the US but I also knew people that received me with kindness and allowed me to work and make a living when my own country gave me the finger. That is why I am American now by adoption. What I say -without disagreeing with you one bit– is that whatever good there was in the American system is dried up. Few Americans live up to the ideals of their Founders, not enough to keep the system going it seems. Save from a miracle conversion, in my view, the country is doomed. Some people become so poor that the only thing they have is money.
Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus.
Yes, I do agree with you that there are good people everywhere in the world. Some of my favourite Catholic writers are American. I am British, and I would say that it is because of the pride of Henry VIII that we foisted onto America our sins and aberrations. It is the cancer born out of the rupture from the true faith that consumes peoples, nations etc. So good people will have to pay the price in suffering so that Christ and His church will be reborn there. That I am afraid is the fate of the entire world.
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I lived in Virginia for several years. Not long ago, someone discovered a graveyard near the site of the first British settlement in America, near the mouth of the James River if I am not mistaken. The men and women there were buried with various Catholic items. Those are the ones who named the region ‘Virginia’ perhaps in homage to Our Blessed Mother. Maryland was later settled by Catholics and a little American secret: George Washington was a convert who was received in the Church while in his deathbed by a Jesuit priest who was summoned to Mount Vernon from across the Potomac. There are reports of his Marian devotion also. Those are faint but possible evidence of God’s intervention to create a country that would serve as a stopper to the forces unleashed by the French Revolution. Catholic Latin America failed to be that. By the time of the American Revolution most of Latin America was already poisoned by the secret sect, even (inexplicably) Spain who continues in that path. We do not know what God is doing in the world. He does the unexpected, he uses holy fools to confound the worldly wise. In the meanwhile, God’s plan advances unstoppable all the way to the end of history. We are a privileged generation, we may be witnesses of that event.
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I may be wrong but I think Virginia was so named after Elizabeth I who died unmarried (but most probably not a virgin!). Maryland most likely was named after Queen Mary, a Catholic and daughter of Henry VIII, who reigned for a short time after Henry. I didn’t know of Washington’s conversion.
Officially the colony is said to be named in honor of Queen Henrietta Maria, the wife of King Charles I. Some Catholic scholars believe that George Calvert named the province after Mary, the mother of Jesus. The name in the charter was phrased Terra Mariae, anglice, Maryland.
The same ambiguity applies in the naming of Virginia. If the first settlers were Catholic as we are now led to believe, it is possible they named their new homeland to honor the Virgin Mary.
We will find out one day for sure.
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Unfortunately our laws are more influenced by cultural whims than by Natural law. It looks to “tolerance” not Godly principles. So it tolerates everything including murder, anarchy, sexual abuse in all it’s forms, etc. This is the down fall of the great experiment of our country which was “In God we trust.”
We need to face this injustice with prayer and justice.
Gerald Wayne Cossette
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