A hat tip goes out to reader, Jim M. for directing me to this marvelous article from the Archdiocese of Washington. It is written by Msgr. Charles Pope and is a clarion call for the recovering – and the renewed valuing of the manly virtues. Everything in the world has been softened and feminized – meantime the world is collapsing around our ears. We need men to lead and protect their families, to band together to defend their communities, to be spiritual leaders. I love this piece.
Alas, on the matter of spiritual direction, I have taken a new turn. The resources aren’t small; they are meagre. Liberally spread among the good and truly orthodox are a host of New Age nonsense entries trying to lead people astray – and trying to represent themselves as orthodox. I have spoken with my friend who works with the USCCB. The time is short, the need is great, and the resources are not there, while many of those that are are tainted. One of the best programs out there is run by the Archdiocese of Kansas City, developing Spiritual Mentors to help fill the gap. I encourage you to check it out But it is a two-year program and that will not cover the many needs right now.
So I am putting emphasis on the new Prayer Groups I have been working on. We had called it the Ezekiel 37 Group, but have changed the name to the Go Forth Group.I have treated the first group in Denver as a sort of focus group, working to get it to grow organically and find the problems as they occurred, then correct them I first wrote of the basic principles behind it here. The hallmarks are simplicity, docility to the spirit, and reaching out to others in ordinary ways. It really is very much like this website.
The intention has always been to get it up and running well, then do a simple booklet explaining basic principles and practices, then make that available. I will try to see if I can get a downloadable pdf that I can attach here to this website, along with a paper copy available through the Full of Grace Supply House and a virtual copy through Amazon’s Kindle Store. I will definitely have the booklet done right after the first of the year, but I am shooting for the first few weeks of next month. The Denver group has taken root, and some very prayerful people here have taken the reins and run with it. On that basis, I am ready to finish up the booklet.
We will be having a meeting in the next few weeks. If anyone is going to be in the Denver area and would like to come, email me at the address I give under the “Contact” button at the top and I will give you details.
Part of what I incorporate into the formal booklet will be a spiritual companionship program, so you don’t have to walk alone, but also don’t have to add some massive new program into your life. It is a way to incorporate a solid foundation into your daily life.
As you know, young Brittany Maynard did, indeed, commit suicide over the weekend. I am sick over the Culture of Death that rises throughout the world – and is celebrated as enlightenment by a culture that is more and more functionally pagan. I wanted to share this piece and video from the Rev. Billy Graham. It speaks truth with compassion and fidelity in hard times. A hat tip to John McConnell – the Peppy Prepper – for directing me to it.
After noting yesterday that I rarely read any sort of prophecy or speculative material, a few readers here wanted to know what I DO read. Especially when I am writing, it is very important to me to read hard material. It is far too easy when you are immersed in a subject to become narrow and insular. My reading helps prevent that. I have categories. In normal times, when things are more leisurely, I work from seven categories I read from each day. In tight times, like now, I narrow it to five – and two of them are simply novels. The other three categories include: Religion, with an emphasis on theology, religious history, and solid biography. History, pure and simple here, with a lot of biography involved. Finally one selection concerning Russia or China. The reasons for that are obvious to regular readers. I alternate choosing a selection in each category and using a random generator for the category. Currently up are:
Novels: The Streets of Laredo, by Larry McMurtry
The Given Day, by Dennis LeHane
Religion: Pagans and Christians, a history of religious life from the 2nd to the 4th Century, as Paganism gave way to Christianity in the Mediterranean World, by Robin Lane Fox.
History: American Lion, a biography of Andrew Jackson by Jon Meacham.
Russia/China: The Chan’s Great Continent, an amalgam of western perspectives on China since Marco Polo, by Jonathan D. Spence.
This, along with maybe a detective show and a video baseball game, is how I pull the weeds up to clear my mind. Oh, and I am studying a third language. I like my hard study to be hard and my soft clearing of the cobwebs to be nearly mindless. I don’t like splitting the difference.