After having received a post this morning showing how many bishops have not done their duty and refused the flattery of the Powers, and resisted even the admonitions of Peter in very important matters, and after seeing how these Catholics wrote without fanfare to implore the bishops directly, I replied roughly as follows:
"This is exactly the way to resist, and, for the spiritual, without losing ones very self and peace to bitter cynicism. Write and implore the bishops. Having done that duty of true Love, we rest in God who will act in time, either to convert or to bring judgments, even, which may God forbid, perdition. There is no legitimate reason for a believer to doubt that. If however we believe everything is in our hands we will become lost in bitchiness and bitterness. If we believe God, that He will act, as we must believe, we can rest after having done our duty by alerting, imploring, and warning these bishops and others directly. It is nothing new in history:
Ezek 34: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to the shepherds of Israel who only take care of themselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock? 3 You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of the flock. 4 You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally. 5 So they were scattered because there was no shepherd, and when they were scattered they became food for all the wild animals. 6 My sheep wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. They were scattered over the whole earth, and no one searched or looked for them. 7 " 'Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD : 8 As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, because my flock lacks a shepherd and so has been plundered and has become food for all the wild animals, and because my shepherds did not search for my flock but cared for themselves rather than for my flock, 9 therefore, O shepherds, hear the word of the LORD : 10 This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against the shepherds and will hold them accountable for my flock
Those who do not believe God's Word, that the Almighty will act, in His own way, in His own time, but who instead follow carping self-appointed 'leaders' who in blind self-righteousness think everything is in their own hands of flesh, and who treat everything as politics, and who have lost their first love, will only eat more and more self-consuming bitterness themselves, and likely go the way of schism as judgment. We must warn against episcopal errors and neglects, yes, by imploring the bishops directly, but we must also make sincere intercession for them and for their deepened conversion---and our own.
A sure sign of an extremist zealot with an agenda, however pious they appear, is one who seldom or never reports any good news in the Church, but only bad news.
--->The Victory of the Cross by Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. Terrorism is nothing new. It’s probably as old as the human race. In fact the cradle of civilization, now Iraq, was the home of the most infamous terrorists of antiquity, the Assyrians. Their goal was to conquer their neighbors in a way that would minimize initial resistance and subsequent rebellion. To do this, they knew fear would be their greatest weapon. Simple threat of death for those who resisted was not enough because many would prefer death to slavery. So the Assyrians developed the technology to produce the maximum amount of pain for the longest amount of time prior to death. It was called crucifixion. This ingenious procedure proved to be very effective terror tactic indeed.
It was the policy of the Roman Empire to adopt from conquered peoples whatever appeared useful. They found crucifixion an excellent tool of intimidation.
On Route to UK Visit Coverage
---> First Things: Ratzinger at Cambridge: A Preview of Benedict in the U.K.? "In 1988, the-then Cardinal Ratzinger, travelled to England to give the annual Fisher Lecture at the Catholic Chaplaincy at Cambridge University. The Times of London said it was one of the best-attended theological lectures ever in contemporary England, and for ample reason: it was classic Joseph Ratzinger–Ratzinger at his scintillating best. As Pope Benedict prepares for his visit to the United Kingdom, speculation abounds as to what he might say. Perhaps clues can be found in a previous speech he delivered, which has been surprisingly overlooked. Addressing what he called “the characteristic signs of our time,” he names them: an overwhelming sense of gloom, paradoxically alternating with a naïve sense of “progress;” a spiritual emptiness finding expression in sexual excess and drug abuse; a secular conformism which forbids serious criticism of social immorality (“whoever dares to say that…is put on the sidelines as a hopeless obscurantist”); and—most prophetically—-a false and fanatical search for “liberation,” which spurs terrorism: “a real prevention of its root causes has not yet taken place...and, as long as this is so, it can erupt anew at any time.”
"...Against this nihilism, Ratzinger proposes the Christian world view, invoking that most British of British Christians, C.S. Lewis. The latter’s Abolition of Man is cited as a guide to escape this destructive relativism, and as a defense of the Natural Law, which Lewis traces back to the earliest times of man...Read it all
---> Bombshell from London By Eric S. Margolis. "The London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), is the world’s leading think tank for military affairs...The report, presided over by the former deputy director of Britain’s foreign intelligence agency, MI-6, says the threat from al-Qaeda and Taliban has been "exaggerated" by the western powers. The US-led mission in Afghanistan has "ballooned" out of all proportion from its original aim of disrupting and defeating al-Qaeda. The US-led war in Afghanistan, says IISS, using uncharacteristically blunt language, is "a long-drawn-out disaster".
--->IMF fears 'social explosion' from world jobs crisis. America and Europe face the worst jobs crisis since the 1930s and risk "an explosion of social unrest" unless they tread carefully, the International Monetary Fund has warned. (See Int'l Monetary Fund Label below this post)
--->Turn Back the Revolution. Reclaim Language...
--->Revisited: Mumbai terror suspect David Headley was ‘rogue US secret agent’
"I broke the fangs of the wicked and snatched the victims from their teeth (Job 29:11-17)