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Silouan the Athonite: “It is a great good to be given over to the will of God”

25 September 2022

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“It is a great good to be given over to the will of God. Then the Lord alone is in the soul, and no other thought, and she prays to God with a pure mind. When the soul is entirely given over to the will of God, then the Lord Himself begins to guide her, and the soul learns directly from God … A proud man does not will to live according to the will of God. He likes to direct himself, and does not understand that man does not have enough understanding to direct himself without God.”

St. Silouan the Athonite

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Going Against the Stream

25 September 2022

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Economists tell us that human beings are essentially rational; they do what they think necessary to improve the quality of their lives. Simply put, they wish to be happy. Well, thanks to the upward trajectory of post-industrial capitalism, the average person living in a Western country today has a higher standard of living than any monarch before Queen Elizabeth II. So, historically speaking, we live better off than kings did in the past. But are we happier? We work longer and longer hours to stay competitive, so that we can buy things we don’t necessarily need to impress people we don’t necessarily like, and pay for diversions that we have lost the capacity to enjoy.

Given this modern model of domestic bliss, it should surprise no one that divorce and depression continue to be on the rise, while our alienated young people resort to mind-numbing, mind-scrambling drugs or seek refuge in the new digital distractions. Our entertainments train us to idealize vice and admire destruction.  For many of us life is too segmented, and too lonely, for us to muster any sense of society, much less of civic virtue. It sometimes seems as if everyone is out only for themselves.We rush through our lives with everything in our environment magnifying the sense of meaningless, hyperactive chaos. The support beams of our culture are rotting while we remain apathetic, gorging ourselves on bread and circuses. Adding to that there is a threat today being perpetrated by careless ideologues who wish to divide us from one another, diminish our autonomy, and destroy our historical memory.

Many who are able to see the dangers ahead are living in a state of fear best likened to that of poor English villagers dreading the Viking attacks during the Dark Ages. In the Norse mythology of those Vikings all the gods die in the end, losing the final battle, Ragnarak, to the Titans. Brute force conquers the divine; the low crushes the exalted underfoot and establishes its dominion. Some people don’t seem to mind if this happens. It is perhaps attractive to them. These are the people who shrug their shoulders and mutter cynical lies about the futility of fighting the times; these are the people who chuckle with feigned wisdom and advise us to go with the current. But there are others who recognize the cowardice of that path.

One such person, about a century ago, was G.K. Chesterton who once pointed out that “A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.”Only a living fish can hope to go against the current and swim upstream. Likewise, anyone can live like the world, going with the flow. Floating downstream along with all the flotsam and jetsam. There is nothing to admire in that. It takes a vital, healthy faith to enable someone to stand on their convictions, firm against the tide of opinion, censorship and contempt of those who are going with the flow. The vital, healthy fish knows that the pure, clear, clean waters are to be found farther upstream, nearer the source. And those pure waters can only be found by swimming against the current.

We need to preserve what is good and true from the past, and salvage whatever is honorable and praiseworthy from the present, so that it does not become lost to future generations. It is a task which has, at least, become easier since, in that earlier Dark Age, when old monks first copied by hand the wisdom of ancient texts with steady hands by unsteady lamplight. But most of all we need to go against the flow, to travel upstream, to the source, seeking that which is far better and far higher than the careless world that is around us. Of course, that source that we need to swim upstream toward is our Savior Jesus Christ.

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

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“Americans are number one only in delusion”

24 September 2022

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In spite of all the branding propaganda and rhetoric, […] One need only do a quick Internet search to find hundreds of studies and alarmed reports of the greatly-deteriorated quality of American education. As John Kozy noted, In fact, piles of evidence reveal that Americans are getting dumber. People who have graduated from high school since the pocket calculator was invented can’t calculate in their heads, not even simple addition, subtraction, and multiplication. Many people addicted to the Internet have difficulty reading anything more complicated than a tweet.

The propaganda machine focuses heavily on the mythical superiority of the American education system, but Americans haven’t the critical thinking skills needed to see through the lies presented to them. One author pointed out that American public schooling grinds away at children until they graduate with little creativity or curiosity, stating further that Such people will never be informed citizens, and most could care less.

Larry Romanoff, The Unz Review

Read more here.

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Gregory Palamas: “The recovery of spiritual sight”

24 September 2022

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“The recovery of spiritual sight and the healing of physical blindness have much in common. Some of those whose bodily eyes were blind received their sight at once, like the man who heard and immediately saw and was healed (Lk. 18:35-43). Others recovered their sight gradually, as in the case of the man, who, before he was completely cured, said, ‘I see men as trees, walking’ (Mk. 8:22-26). It is the same with those whose spiritual eyes are healed. Whereas some recover instantly, others are healed in stages.”

St. Gregory Palamas, The Homilies

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Barsanuphius the Great: “In times of affliction”

24 September 2022

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“In times of affliction, unceasingly call out to the merciful God in prayer. The unceasing invocation of the name of God in prayer is a treatment for the soul which kills not only the passions, but even their very operation. As a doctor finds the necessary medicine, and it works in such a way that the sick person does not understand, in just the same way the name of God, when you call upon it, kills all the passions, although we don’t know how this happens.”

St. Barsanuphius the Great, Instructions

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“The whole world will be captivated by Antichrist”

24 September 2022

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Isaac the Syrian: “there is not man who will not endure a bitter time”

23 September 2022

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“There is no man who will not be grieved at the time of his chastisement; and there is not man who will not endure a bitter time, when he must drink the poison of temptations. Without them, it is not possible to obtain a strong will. When he has often experienced the help of God in temptations, a man also obtains strong faith.”

St. Isaac the Syrian

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Jordan Peterson: “Naive notions that we are going to win; I don’t understand that.”

23 September 2022

Jordan Peterson’s brilliant assessment of Vladimir Putin in an interview by Piers Morgan.

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Giorgia Meloni: “the greatest threat”

23 September 2022

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“You see, political correctness is a shockwave, a cancel culture that tries to upset and remove every single beautiful, honorable and human thing that our civilization has developed. . . . It is a nihilistic wind of unprecedented ugliness that tries to homogenize everything in the name of One World. In short, political correctness — the Gospel that a stateless and rootless elite wants to impose — is the greatest threat to the founding value of identities.

There is no possible mediation. Yes to the natural family. No to the L.G.B.T. lobbies. No to the violence of Islam, yes to safer borders, no to mass immigration, yes to work for our people. No to major international finance.

Giorgia Meloni, currently heads the Brothers of Italy (FdI) political party, Italy

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“This is extremely dangerous to our democracy”

23 September 2022

You bet it is Mr/Mrs/Miss “journalist.”

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