Biblical Lean Years
More and more we see headlines that seem to be indicating that all is reaching a crescendo. From droughts, (http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/2012/economic-collapse/7-corn.htm ), to tough economic times, (http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/why-libor-scandal-matters-destruction-confidence-nth-degree-144511452.html;_ylt=AgA5h7QPXRWUrftowpchVmGiuYdG;_ylu=X3oDMTQ0bWlwM2U4BG1pdANGUCBUaGUgRGFpbHkgVGlja2VyBHBrZwNlMDcwZDQwYS0xNTE0LTMzNWMtYjcyNi03YTEyZDViYmM0M2EEcG9zAzEEc2VjA01lZGlhU2VjdGlvbkxpc3QEdmVyA2RkZmUxY2MwLWNhOWQtMTFlMS1iNmZmLWFiYTU2MGE3YTVkNg–;_ylg=X3oDMTFpNzk0NjhtBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDBHBzdGNhdANob21lBHB0A3NlY3Rpb25z;_ylv=3) the indications are that something wicked this way comes and is about to fall upon us.
Drought, pestilence, disease, famine have all been the bane of the farmer and in turn mankind since Adam and Eve were turned out of the Garden of Eden. Famine, like war, can decimate entire regions, yes, and even whole nations. Often the famines are contrived much as the great Irish Hunger of the 1840’s and the more recent Stalin produced Ukrainian Famine of the 1930’s. Many times famine is the result of unwise farming and husbandry practices of the farmers and the governments that rule them. Land and water resources are overused and squandered with no regard to replenishing the soils nutrient value. However, it is often the confluence of weather and other conditions that set a scenario for the “perfect storm”, so to speak, when forces converge to produce conditions conducive to droughts, pestilence, and disease.
That said, as a believing Catholic I am certain that all things happen for a reason. Most often adverse events and setbacks occur to test our mettle or our Faith; but sometimes they are a chastisement for our faithlessness as a people, nation, or mankind in general. I also believe that the times we are living through at the moment are of the latter events, that is, a chastisement.
As I’ve stated so often before in previous issues of Catholic Rural Solutions, I’m not any type of seer or mystic, I simply stay informed and observe what is happening around me. Leonardo da Vinci once stated: there are three classes of people: those who see; those who see when they are shown; and those who do not see. Certainly, today, those who do not see are the vast majority. Those who see when they are shown are very unusual. And those who see sometimes seem as rare as astatine – an element so rare that the total amount on Earth is thought to be less than 28 grams (1 ounce) at any given time. Today’s article will attempt to reach the second of Leonardo’s type of people, those who see when shown.
The convergence of forces that we see gathering like a tempest on the horizon today are gathering to produce the Perfect Storm. Everything from politics; economics; ethics; morality; science; technology; religion; even the traditional Catholic Faith are in a state of flux. Confusion reigns! It is not that God has abandoned us, but that we have abandoned God. Our politics and laws no longer reflect the Ten Commandments, natural law, or the precepts of the Church. Economics is in turmoil as our banking and financial leaders openly admit that morality and ethics have little to do with practical financial matters, (see: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/10/us-wallstreet-survey-idUSBRE86906G20120710 )
Science, or more properly pseudo-science, continues to “prove” facts that are part of a pre-approved agenda, rather than an impartial search for Truth; an example of this would be the increasingly dubious global warming agenda, which is a thinly veiled assault on humanity from the Malthusians. Technology while in itself is not bad, increasingly isolates mankind one from another beginning at the family level through I-Pods, Blackberries, cell phones and other ubiquitous screens despoiling our ability to communicate on a face to face basis even with loved ones. Additionally, modern technology increasingly, of late, attempts to usurp the powers of God in a broad assault on beginning and end of life issues among other things. Science and technology, hand-in-hand, attempt to overmedicate people into a state of becoming semi-conscious zombies programmed to do nothing more than respond to adverts and consume material “things”, losing all ability to perceive the beauty of the world around us and the magnificence of God our Creator. From vaccines at birth, through Ridlin® in our formative years, to morphine at our aged deaths, we perceive life through a haze of drugs and virtual screens never knowing the real value of life, nature, or God because science and technology relentlessly move us away from and isolate us from all these good things.
Religion also has for the most part abandoned God. In Novus Ordo churches and chapels one is often hard-pressed to find the Tabernacle, that ancient Holy of Holies, where God resides body, blood, soul, and divinity. It can be anywhere from the rear of the chapel, shunted off to the side, or even in another room; rather than front and center of the Altar. In His own house God is looked on as an uninvited interloper. Now even within the traditional Catholic Faith where God still remains the focus of worship, the monolithic strength and character of tradition is being rendered asunder. Confusion abounds even as the cause of this split dissolves and the current accord is declined. Certainly, these are the times when even the elect are fooled.
What is to be Done
First and foremost we must have recourse to the Twin Hearts; that is, the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Next we must pray the Rosary for the Consecration of Russia to the Sacred Heart, without this all else is in vain. From a practical level, as traditional Catholics we must reconcile the two camps that have formed as a result of this ill-timed accord proposal. We must mend fences, bishops, priests, and laity alike. We must embrace and welcome back all dissidents who so vociferously spoke out against the dangers of the accord at this time and realize their intentions were sincere and pure. We, as individuals, must remove from our lives and homes anything that interferes with our ability to communicate directly and lovingly with each other on a personal level. That is, all screens must be removed or reserved for emergency use only as in the case of the cell phone. We must get back in touch with the cycles of nature and the God of nature to experience life more deeply and abundantly as God intended. We must feel the grit of the soil in our fingers; we must smell the sweetness of the earth as we till the ground and grow our sustenance. We must become familiar with the cycles of nature as we breed and husband an assortment of livestock. Through all of this we can know God.
Ultimately, we must frequent the Sacraments most especially Confession and Communion. We must daily say our Morning Offering and nightly examine our conscience. In short, we must draw closer to God both supernaturally and naturally, as He intended. Our lives must become an integral whole of working with nature and with the Supernatural.
Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.