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Saturday Update April 13, 2013
St. Hermenegild, Martyr
On the Lighter Side…
The Ultimate Survivalist Family
The Lykov family (Russian: Лыков) was a Russian family of Old Believers. The family of six was known for spending 42 years in complete isolation from human society in the remote Abakan region of southern Siberia.
In 1936 their religion was under threat. After Karp Lykov’s brother was killed by a Communist patrol, Karp and Akulina Lykov with their (then) two children fled their hometown of Lykova (Tyumen Oblast) eastward. Two children were born during the isolation. They ended up in a dwelling in the taiga, in the Abakan river basin (Khakassia), 250 kilometers (160 mi) from any settlement. In 1978 their location was discovered by a helicopter pilot, who was flying a geological group into the region. The geologists got in contact with the family, but the Lykovs decided not to leave the place.
Edit. As a background the Russian Old Believers, is an offshoot of the Russian Orthodox Church. It seems that way back, during the reign of Tsar Alexis I, the Russia Patriarch Nikon introduced a number of ritual and textual revisions with the aim of achieving uniformity between Russian and Greek Orthodox practices. Nikon, having noticed discrepancies between Russian and Greek rites and texts, ordered an adjustment of the Russian rites to align with the Greek ones of his time. In doing so, Nikon acted without adequate consultation with the clergy and without gathering a council, (certainly one flaw of the lack of the primacy of Peter). After the implementation of these revisions, the Church anathematized and suppressed—with the support of Muscovite state power—the prior liturgical rite itself, as well as those who were reluctant to pass to the revised rite. Those who maintained fidelity to the existing rite endured severe persecutions from the end of the 17th century until the beginning of the 20th century as schismatic.
I first learned of this unique family and their lifestyle back in 2003, when having first given up television I read voraciously averaging 175 to 200 books in that first year alone. The book that introduced me to them was: Lost in the Taiga: One Russian Family’s Fifty-Year Struggle for Survival and Religious Freedom in the Siberian Wilderness.
What impressed me most about these people are the lengths to which they went to persevere in their Faith. Such sacrifice can only be compared to the life of the ancient martyrs in ancient times of persecution. What impressed me in watching this video above is the devotion still expressed daily by the lone remaining family member Agrafia Lykov who lives an ascetic life of a hermitess even at the age of 70 when the film was made.
Bear in mind, that while the Russian Orthodox and the Orthodox Christian Religion, for that matter, is considered schismatic by Rome, the priesthood and Sacraments are, in fact, valid but illicit. The main source of contention is the primacy of Peter, (although there are some others) whom they consider first among equals, which since VCII is more and more evident within certain groups of the Novus Ordo believers.
Midas moment: States rushing to make gold legal tender
More than a dozen legislatures have given thumbs-up to bullion coins; ‘signaling discontent’
Distrust of the Federal Reserve and concern that U.S. dollars may become worthless are fueling a push in more than a dozen states to recognize gold and silver coins as legal tender.
Edit. Obviously, these State laws cannot supersede Federal law making greenbacks legal tender for all debts, public and private, yet such grassroots movements to also include gold and silver as tender sends a powerful message to the Administration that there is increasingly less confidence in the dollar not only by our trade partners and creditors but by the citizenry as a whole. This is especially in view of the various governments stealing monetary assets in banks, 401K’s and IRA’s, and other retirement vehicles.
Could this be a signal that our assets should be tied up in tangible assets such as land, gold and silver, and food stores? Well this has been the overriding message of CRS since its inception in 2005. Think about it.
rumors of wars…
North Korea’s Missiles ‘In Upright Position’
The Japanese government has been on high alert ahead of the expected test-firing of a medium-range missile by Pyongyang, deploying Patriot missile batteries in Tokyo as a defence measure.
South Korean and US forces in the territory of Guam have announced an upgrade of their surveillance alert status.
Edit. I reiterate it is not this rinky-dink nation that is the threat here but their super power allies like, Russia, Chinas, and Iran.
Army training material lists evangelical Christians, Catholics as extremists
Another slide posted by the Daily Mail tells soldiers they are prohibited from participating in any activities, including meetings or rallies, with these groups, meaning that some Christian soldiers would not be allowed to attend church and Catholics would be banned from attending mass.
Edit. I can recall back in the late 1950’s and early1960’s my pious and devout Polish Grandmother attending Mass at least once a week, if not daily, going to novenas and parish missions, praying nightly her Rosary before the statue of the Virgin, and exhorting her children and grandchildren to devotion and fidelity to the Christ and His Catholic Church. Catholics then were part of the fabric of the cultural, political, and social life of the United States, as well as, the Western World. My Babusia’s (pronounced Bop-cha) devotion would have been looked on as a positive aspect of the American Culture. Yet who would have thought a mere sixty years later Catholics would be declared extremists by an official branch of the government. Indeed, our government, its agencies, and personnel, including many lapsed Catholics, have knowingly or unknowingly become part of an increasingly neo-Pagan movement, which if unchecked could become as bloodthirsty and religiously oppressive as ancient Rome in its hey-day. Certainly, it makes one’s head swim to realize the extant of the depths to which we have fallen. Woe to you that call evil good, and good evil: that put darkness for light, and light for darkness: that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter. Isaiah 5:20
Health and Wellness: formerly called Emerging Illnesses (Pestilence)…
Medicinal Uses of Honey
Why You Should Keep a Bottle of Honey in Your Medicine Cabinet
Many people may not know it, but honey shouldn’t just be kept in your kitchen pantry, but also in your medicine cabinet. If you talk to some members of an older generation, they may actually swear by honey as a healing medicine. Over the years, current medicine has overshadowed the healing effects of honey. Most do not know exactly what honey is capable of doing. If you want alternatives to current medicine, keep a bottle of honey in your medicine cabinet. You may be surprised at what it can do.
Edit. Honey has been used as an anti-bacterial and anti-viral for thousands of years in folk medicine. Honey has been found in Egyptian mummy tombs that were still edible precisely because of the anti-bacterial qualities outlined in this article. Generally speaking honey is safe for all ages, although doctors of late have been saying not to feed it to infants under 1 year old, for whatever reason. Honey is only one of the beneficial products of the hive and is the primary reason for my starting my apiary back in 2000.
the times they are a changin’…
‘Collective’ outrage over MSNBC promo
MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry recorded a commercial for the network in which she stated that children do not belong to their parents, but are instead the responsibility of the members of their community.
Edit. This is not a new concept but has been around for at least a decade or more. Remember, Hillary’s book It Takes a Village? Effectively, children are de facto resources of the State. Thus, we have not only onerous rules on homeschooling, but just swat you unruly rug-rat on the butt in public and risk losing your children as Child Protective Services sweeps in. Of course, we are not talking child abuse but a simple swat can land you in court to regain your children and now face financial meltdown and even bankruptcy. I predict that in future there will be virtual complete restrictions on homeschooling and mandatory vaccination despite parents being opposed.
Politics and more…
Privacy protections booted from CISPA data-sharing bill
Committee overwhelmingly votes down privacy amendments that would have curbed National Security Agency’s access to private sector data. Now the bill heads to the House floor for a vote.
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) had attempted to fix one of the most contested parts of CISPA: language overruling every state and federal privacy law by allowing companies to “share” some types of confidential customer information with the NSA and other intelligence and law enforcement agencies. While no portion of CISPA requires companies to share data with the feds, major telecommunications providers have illegally shared customer data with the NSA before, leading to a congressional grant of retroactive immunity in 2008.
Edit. The noose is slowly tightening over liberty in our once great republic. This is only the latest proposal of the nanny-state to regulate our society in a hive-like manner.
Let the men of wisdom speak…
Edit. So the question remains: do we see the light of Tradition dissipating the darkness obscuring the sky of Eternal Rome?
While the early part of the week with more spring-like weather allowed me a chance to start my chores on the outside here at Hunny-Bunny Farm, it became quite chilly in the later part so I once again retreated inside to repaint and make long overdue repairs on the master bathroom. Outside work is formidable but all will be done over the course of the next few weeks to ready the garden for this seasons plantings and for the anticipated kindling (birth of three batches of my own Florida White rabbit strain. Once accomplished we will get down to some serious meat raising.
Also I must start preparing the now empty hives for arrival of my nucs of bee colonies. Unfortunately, the delivery has been delayed as the same unseasonably cold weather we are experiencing here is also occurring in the prime bee supply areas of the South. I will not have bees at least until the end of May or even early June.
I will continue to clean up all the winter debris from this blustery and still hanging on winter weather and will get my seeds planted for the upcoming garden season in the greenhouse.
Putting It all In Perspective & Final commentary…
This week has been a paradox of events and non-events. Despite all the sabre-rattling North Korea still maintains a pseudo-threat to the nations of the world, The dollar continues in the doldrums, and the bit-coin, a virtual currency, is crashing. All is still in a terrific state of flux and therefore, we must continue to storm heaven with our Rosary for the Conversion of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Meantime, it has been reported that Pope Francis will consecrate his pontificate to Our Lady of Fatima. While seemingly good news, it is not what Our Lady asked for nearly one hundred years ago. When will our Catholic leaders comply with her requests and Consecrate Russia, (by name) to the Immaculate Heart of Mary? Perhaps, as in Royal France, when it is too late!
Since no one else seems concerned about this we as traditional Catholics must diligently fight the good fight of Faith and pray the daily Rosary, it is our penultimate recourse, beside the Divine Mercy of Our Lord.
Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.
Caveat: I’m not in any way giving or advocating any medical or financial advice but merely informing you of the controversies involved in this topic and the dilemma they present to the thinking Catholic in our times. I do not intend to give medical or financial advice or take any responsibility for anyone else’s health, medical or financial positions and decisions and as always encourage everyone to be fully informed, through personal research and contact a professional adviser before making any medical or financial decisions.
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