Saturday, November 6, 2010

Mysteries of Eternal Life

Abbott Joseph gives an excerpt from a book I have just ordered on the recommendation of a friend... it is called 'The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life', a book that made a great impression on our beloved St. Therese of Lisieux...

"Our destiny is an enigma, which reason alone cannot explain; but faith elevates our thoughts, strengthens our courage, and inflames our hope. It tells us: have no fear; you are not wandering along some lost and uncertain path. Beyond our mortal years there is a new life, of which the present one is only a representation and an image. On this earth, we are travelers; but beyond the stars and all space, our heritage and native land is found…

"We err in our judgments on the conduct of God toward men; we see nothing more than a pointless harshness in the mystery of suffering; we bear the burden of life without courage or dignity, because we do not know how to raise our eyes and our hopes above the limited sights and perspectives of the present life, and because we do not reflect upon their destiny and end.

"Our destiny is the possession of God and eternal life: to live in that abode from which all evil is absent and where we enjoy a multitude and abundance of every good, a place that is commonly called heaven.

"Heaven: this is the torch before which the vivid appeal of earthly things fades, the light that, by transforming our judgments, makes us cherish poverty, sickness, and the insignificance of our state of life as a good, and makes us regard riches, the glamour of honors, the favor and praise of the world as an evil. The thought and expectation of heaven impelled Paul to face the most arduous labors and the most formidable perils, giving him a superabundance of joy amidst his sufferings and afflictions...Read more

--->We Are Better Than This: Joshua Phillips investigates how and why U.S. forces came to use torture. Phillips reveals that the damaging legacy of torture is borne not only by the detainees, but also by American soldiers and the country to which they've returned...he discusses how American veterans have been psychologically scarred by their abusive treatment of Iraqi prisoners...Hear the audio (Please ignore the silly references to Trostsky and Freud in the Intro Ad)

--->Journalist John Pilger's jeremiad on Britain's "shock doctrine" assaults against the British people...

--->Pope arrives in Spain...makes appeal for "a Spain and a Europe concerned not only with people’s material needs but also with their moral and social, spiritual and religious needs," noting that these are the "genuine requirements of our common humanity..." Note: It's interesting to see the Associated Press elsewhere say the Pope "blasts" Spain with "anger" when nothing of the sort happened. Many reporters today, if they are not serving the interests of propaganda outright, appear simply not up to the job of objective reporting.

--->Sad Times. "Queer Kissing Flashmob" to "Welcome" Pope in Spain...

--->Religious Liberty and Church clarifications...

Note: I apologize for not being able to place the rebroadcast of Part 2 with Thomas Storck today. Our phone connection went from interference last week to worse this week. Part 1 remains.

Many are the afflictions of the just; but out of them all will the Lord deliver them"--Psalm 33:20, Douay

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