Today begins my most cherished Novenas of the year, the overlapping Novenas to the Immaculate Conception and to Our Lady of Tepeyac, or Guadalupe. As I have written, final rescue from the Storm will come miraculously through Our Lady the Immaculate Conception. Throughout its progression, just as she was when she freed the Aztecs from their bloody death cult, Our Lady of Tepeyac is the Mother of Conversion. On the fifth day of the Novena to the Immaculate Conception begins the Novena to Our Lady of Tepeyac, right in the center of it. And the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception comes on the fifth day, the exact center, of the Novena to Our Lady of Tepeyac. I hope you will pray them with me this year, that we will all take the next right step, that we will all be a sign of hope to those around us, and that we will all endure to celebrate together the new era of peace that will arise from the ashes of these terrible times.
A few friends have sent me notes addressed to “Dear Alleged Seer.” It is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the fact that, when Michael Brown links to a column here at his Spirit Daily site, he invariably heads it as something an “alleged seer” has said. One told me he gets the sense that Brown is uncertain about me. I chuckled and said I think Michael thinks I am either significantly errant or significantly consequential – and does not want to come down firmly on either side just yet.
That, actually, is part of what makes Brown and his site so valuable and indispensable in these times. He covers the gamut, neither despising prophecy nor swallowing anything that comes along. He exercises discernment with humility and prudence. I was told some time back that he is an authentic chronicler of these times and so I should always be open to him. That makes a lot of sense to me. Brown has been covering these things at Spirit Daily since the 90s. It takes a lot of courage to publicly deal with these kinds of questions seriously in this cynical, smarmy age – and makes it pretty tough to work at much of anything else.
The compilation he makes each day is a monumental achievement. Think of it: you have done a lot just to read each item that appears on his site each day. There are probably three times (or more) as many things he has to read through each day just to choose which he is going to put up for consideration. Oh, there are a few things that occasionally make my eyes roll, and I am sure some that make his roll, as well. But I am fairly confident that nothing of any significant import is being missed there. As Jesus said, let the tares grow alongside the wheat and He will separate them at the time of reaping. And from the occasional wacked out letter I get here, I shudder to think of some of the things Brown must sift through that come across his transom. It is a triumph just to sift through all of this and not become cynical or formulaic – and he has been doing it for about two decades now.
I have thought a lot of that term, “chronicler of these times.” No one is in a better position than Michael Brown for that. He has seen it all…the false starts, the true starts, the deceptions, the graces – and has it all in his archives. When the Storm is finally over, he will have the definitive wealth of information on how it rose, progressed and ended. Frankly, I hope I am around in this world to read the definitive book on this era that he alone will be uniquely positioned to write. He is a great treasure and resource in troubled times.
How about a couple of the reasons why Pope Francis is so fitted to the times we are in. First, he gave some very blunt talk to Europeans last week. No cheap flattery there. Then, in his morning homily a few days ago, he exhorted Christians to keep their heads high even in difficult times – for we truly are called to be the light of the world.
Meantime, I think some statist leftists are starting to figure out that, gasp, the Pope is, after all, actually Catholic.
Our reader Linda Summerfields has gotten off to a nice start with her Blessed Hope Forum, intended to help with ideas and tips for basic preparation for difficult times. I hope that more will go there, I think it could become a hubsite for home remedies, tips on how to prepare food in challenging conditions – to get food in the same, to revitalize the home crafts of making clothes and supplies. Depending on how you use it, it could become an important resource for building little communities that work together and help each other.
Here is a piece from Ed Feulner, founder of the Heritage Foundation. It is a secular piece, but I think it nicely captures the sickness of the spirit that is infecting America and the Western World. He also liberally quotes Alexis deTocqueville’s Democracy in America, one of my favorite primers on the unique genius of the American system as it was originally founded.
Finally, I have to wonder, what kind of health care reform is it that has a record number of people putting off getting care for illnesses at all because it has become too expensive under the new law? I know this is America-centric, but I really do not remember the promise that this health reform would price people out of the market entirely. Hope you have a doctor in the family. (I don’t, but I do have a Navy Corpsman).