By Charlie Johnston
In the latest by Mark Mallett, he touches on something that is very important but little noted right now. He says we should not spend too much time scanning the news headlines and stories any more. I heartily agree. The evidence is there of what has come upon us. Getting too caught up in the news now only inflames us, rather than really helping us to effectively gird our loins. In the field of battle, once a general determines with reasonable certainty from whence the attack will come, his time is best spent preparing for it rather than trying to find further evidence of what he already knows. I now do a daily scan of the news from several different sites, but I read much less than I used to – and headlines that once would have grabbed me I quickly skim over, thinking, “These things must come.” Yes, the secular statists are determined to crush Christianity and ruthlessly punish any who practice their faith, the authorities that are supposed to defend us are too busy appeasing Jihadists to worry much about us, the American government is actively trying to repeal most of the Bill of Rights, bad actors throughout the world continue to commit atrocities in a rising tide without any pushback from the “free” world. These officials have been tried and found wanting from above. Their days are numbered – and the number is now very short. Set your mind on how to build the world anew, for the old is passing away before us. Do not be much concerned with halting the rising tide of disorder. It is ordained and allowed from above as the very means to bring down a culture that, though once was great, has become terminal.
Our friend, Pelianito’s latest post, repeated from Epiphany, is appropriate. As the old culture dies, we begin to raise the new world, to begin the Rescue itself, by living Epiphany at every moment in the present.
When I first saw Mt. Meeker in my vision almost 20 years ago, I told my priest that I knew it was a place of epiphany – where heaven and earth meet – and that it was home to me, for it brought together the two worlds I have straddled uncomfortably my whole life.
I never told my Mother about my situation or visitations. It would have scared her, largely because of the cruel fundamentalism she had been taught and intimidated with by her snake-handling grandfather and relatives. It was a comfort to her in the last decade or so of her life to begin to think that maybe God was a kind Father rather than a brutal tyrant always on the lookout for a reason to crush people. In the last week of her life, going in and out of consciousness and coherence, at one point, with my sister, Kim, there, Mom looked at me and said, “I know who you are.” I replied that yes, I was her oldest son. With a fierce intensity she grasped my arm, pulled me close and said, “No. I KNOW who you are.” Kim’s eyes went wide and she decided to retreat to the kitchen for a bit. Mom spoke to me – and clearly knew the fullness of my mission, in ways I have not spoken to anyone. She could only have gotten it from the angels she saw in such profusion in that last week. And she was glad of it. When Kim came back after Mom had laid back down, Mom looked at her with weary joy and said, “I have just had a great epiphany.” It astonished all of us, for though Mom had “revelations” and “insights,” none of us had ever heard her use the word, “epiphany.”
Living epiphany daily is, I think, how the people of the kingdom and the people of heaven join hands and rise together in perfect solidarity.
LifeSite News has a great piece on how two Bishops were treated dramatically differently by the Vatican in the aftermath of sexual abuse scandals in their dioceses. One, who actually covered it up and further victimized people already victimized, suffered no consequence and continues to be treated with honor and deference in Rome. The other, who acted somewhat clumsily at times, but sought from the start to protect children and families in the Diocese, was forced to resign and treated as a pariah. The one who is still treated with honor happens to be a progressive who has participated in attacks on Church doctrine. The one who was publicly disgraced is a faithfully Orthodox Bishop who has consistently defended the Magisterium.
Some have suggested that Pope Francis is in the midst of purging orthodox Bishops from positions of honor and authority. I don’t believe that for a minute. Many had similar thoughts over last year’s session of the Synod on the Family – only to have the Pope close it with a statement that was breathtaking in its firm orthodoxy and gentle charity. I do believe there is a cabal of officials in the Vatican who are trying to purge orthodoxy. Certainly, when the equivalent of an armed robber is treated with deference and testimonials while the equivalent of a jaywalker is banished and disgraced, something other than justice and fidelity is going on. But Pope Francis is a canny man. You can fool him for a time, but in the process you reveal yourself – and woe to those who presume to treat this Pope for a fool.