The World seems to be coming more and more unglued by the minute. Interesting that it is coming unglued in a way that reveals to those who treat government as their god what a feckless deity they have adopted. Whatever the solemn pronouncement coming from a podium in Washington, you can just about guarantee these days that things will turn out almost precisely the opposite. I find myself wondering if God (the real one, I mean…not the god of the modern-day pharaohs) is having Himself a good laugh at the pompous certainty with which obvious incompetents in Washington insist they have everything under control.
Meantime, many of the faithful are, indeed, shaken by the unimpeded rise of Ebola, the rise of Islamic Jihad, the collapse of national borders, the collapse of confidence even in the now-politicized Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Of course, everything is politicized these days so nothing much works any more. I have explained before that when my angel gave me The Prayer of Miraculous Trust at the turn of the millennium, that a time would come when ordinary means would fail and we must turn to complete trust in God, and this prayer would help us learn to trust. The time is now. I know some have put great stock in a late 19th Century prophecy by Marie Julie-Jahenny saying that tea made from Hawthorn Leaves would be the only cure for a dread new epidemic that comes on the world. Of course, it is always faith and trust that takes us into the healing presence of God, but it couldn’t hurt to have some hawthorn leaves put up. These things must come, but God is not abandoning us. We have brought them on ourselves. When we humble our haughty tongues and minds, we will be rescued.
Now a report has come of the midway point of this first session of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family and it has much of the secular media in a tizzy. As usual with the secular press, it does not understand what it is talking about. Elizabeth Scalia gives a useful summary of the midway point here. There is NO change recommended on homosexuals or homosexual unions. The position on homosexuals is and has been that it is not sinful to have such inclinations, but it is sinful to act on them. Period. The Church teaches that it is a heavy cross to bear, for anyone caught up in it cannot sanctify any relationship arising from it. But if it is one’s Cross, one must bear it with fidelity. Keep in mind that this synod is not even what the press makes it out to be. It is putting together an agenda of things to discuss for next year’s meeting. After the meeting a year from now, formal recommendations WILL be adopted and sent to the Pope for disposition.
I really have gotten to where I rarely bother to even read the secular reports on such things, for they are just incoherent. You know, if Billy Graham said publicly that homosexuals can receive forgiveness and brought back to grace, the idiot media would have in headlines that he supports gay marriage. It engages in wishful thinking. If religious leaders react to it by never speaking the truth of how grace can be restored in order not to have the idiot media misinterpret them, I fear those leaders would fail their duty to sinners almost as much as if they actually started condoning sin.
There is serious discussion going on about how to regularize irregular HETEROSEXUAL unions after several generations of a downward spiral. But while I was worried at some things that might be floated at the beginning of this meeting, I am fortified that they are focused on how to bring people back to the fullness of faith rather than how to water it down – despite some loud efforts to the contrary.
Mark Mallett’s post on the Trumpets of Warning today is very timely. I hope you take a look at it.
You can feel the sense of things speeding up dramatically, like the last bit of water swirling the drain. The stock market has gone into arrhythmia over the last week. It could not be otherwise…it is all smoke and mirrors, paper and paste. I will put up a brief column tonight on what a monetary system is that some may better understand why it cannot be otherwise.
Tomorrow, I will put up a piece on the broad outlines of the world during the height of the Storm. I think it might be a help.
So always the question of which will strike first; viral pandemic, economic crash, or terrorist invasion. Could be all at the same time or some other catastrophe that is not even on our radar screens yet. But come it all must. The times are evil but God is good. He is your refuge. Turn to Him, take no more than the next right step, be a sign of hope to those around you – and you will be one of the heroes who helps everyone endure the Storm. What a great opportunity! To cooperate with God in the renewal of the world.
I think this Saturday, if the weather is nice, I am going to drive to Big Springs, Nebraska and make a mini-pilgrimage, following the route I walked into Colorado and stopping at some of the woods I slept in and places I visited. I think it might be a nice offering and a nostalgic remembrance.