The Rain Will Fall

It was a month ago a child came to speak the truth to the adults in America. On the Twentieth Day of September the major news outlets of old, ABC, CBS, and NBC all told of the marches that happened throughout the world. Didn’t these marches seem to appear out of nowhere? Yet they included millions and millions of people and had a most impassioned and articulate spokesmen, well, spokeswoman, well, a child actually. It was downright spiritual. One month later I do believe it is safe to say business as usual goes on in America, as usual.

Wrong.

Evil always makes the same mistake, it underestimates the power and simplicity of good.

Let’s see, I took a rough timing of all three stations on 9/20/2019 when the first Friday protest hit worldwide as Greta came to New York and on 9/23/2019 when the United Nations held its climate meeting. A meeting we should note on the heels of the most dire climate change report to the UN yet, warning that “many tipping points may have already been passed.”

On the 20th then 23rd
CBS: 4 mins / 1 min 30 secs
NBC: 2 mins 7 secs / 24 secs
ABC: 2 mins / 1 min 26 secs

Thank you for taking your 12 minutes for us from your busy schedule. We have waited a month for good documentaries, powerful presentation of scientific facts, the use of cameras and money to share the view of the damage, even a single serious debate about adaptation carried on at an adult level from the so-called air-waves. Silence.

It has been One Month, that is long enough. This is the season of Halloween in America, as it passes into All Souls Day, I am going to send the medicine to those who have been preparing along with me in these spiritual triage tents. I have not been peddling a false hope. Each of you will need to decide for yourself if it might be a true one or not. I’m asking each who have done the work along with me these last few years, and anyone else so moved, to join me in saying a simple prayer each day until the end of the month.

In this aspiration I use the word “Lord,” which is meant to stand for the sacred-most love and wisdom – and truth – ALL people of goodwill recognize in the beauty of the created world. Some of what is to come will be quite Catholic because watching a “magical battle” unfold is part of the education I’m offering. It is not meant to proselytize. My brothers and friends if for you it is Lord Buddha, or the Clear Light with a Smile, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, Eastern and Western Orthodoxies, our beloved friends among the Native Americans honoring Grandfather Spirit. . . I could go on: Everyone celebrating the beauty and love that is ours to share in the wonder of life on earth lift up your hands with me, please, for the sake of the children.

AP reported “a major shift in alliances” on October 13th. The NYT reported the “pullout has already unleashed chaos and bloodletting.” This should rings bells for everyone on earth since it is not a small strategic development at all. For Catholics in particular, since every major Marian apparition approved by the Church ended on October 13th, the date too should ring bells. (For example Fatima where three children spoke and the Sun danced.) The fact that this whole fiasco was created by what has been called internationally a betrayal and stab-in-the-back of a brother in arms by the United States is a smear on our name of historic proportions. This should ring bells for every patriot! Is that the hoof-beats of the Apocalypse we hear?

There simply is no more clear cut illustration of the difference between the Catholic and Protestant point of view than the teaching of what the Book of Revelation given to us from St. John is in fact teaching. The schismatics in the last century or so hit upon the magical interpretation that became so popular with the publication of The Late Great Planet Earth and re-surged with another publishing phenomenon, the Protestant Christian Left Behind series of books and spin-offs. Among the children, of course, nothing in the publishing world could touch Harry Potter. We will be getting into that by and by and the news on that front, at least from the Catholic perspective is quite good indeed. It was a training of sorts for what your generation is going to need, if I am not mistaken. Their terryfying version of the Apocalypse has been canceled and I want to show you how, exactly. I think your going to like it.

There is an art to reading the larger spiritual forces behind the headlines of history, is there not? Mankind’s intelligence is simply incapable of spanning all the causes and effects ideas, words, and choices make in the end. It is not hard to see how seeds planted in the past developed into the modern world, but that does not allow us to know with any certainty what tomorrow will bring in detail. Classic Biblical belief is that some are given prophetic words and in them details of future events can be found that are astonishingly to the point. They are recognized in hind sight yet the role of the prophet is to advert the worse of the bad choice his generation is making. St. John’s Revelation is and remains the prophetic Word of the Church and she has every right to correct those who would use it to mislead the masses into madness. Even if WWIII has had its tinderbox struck do not fear, consciously or unconsciously by absorbing it from the surrounding Protestant culture, that the “blueprint” laid out in things like the Left Behind series and supported by 700 Club Christianity are going to map to reality. They have mixed up the planes. It makes a mockery of faith and it’s fight for the truth and it afflicts people with a fear, no a terror, they should not need to bear. Fighting Hersey is the business of the Church, Christians policing themselves as it were, and has always been. The public has been invited to watch the “magical battle” since at least St. Irenaeus of Lyons wrote the classic text in the year 180 Against Heresies (which remains a fascinating read btw if you skip through some of the details of the older Gnostic dogmas).

Finally, I would like to call out that the lesson we will learn as the unsustainable collapses is just how valuable our children, and the future they represent, really are. How? By no longer pretending among ourselves as adults that we are ever going to find any better way of living together than to seek the good first, not money as Greta said just as clear as a, well, as a bell.

The story of betray in Christianity is found in both the tales of Judas and St. Peter. All men and woman of goodwill the world over join us in humbly admitting the honest truth about mankind, that at times we fail to live up to our innermost commitments to love and peace when we are under duress. We all betray but the question is what do you do with the guilt, since the past cannot be undone? Ever since the death camps and nuclear fires of the world wars the whole world has been asking itself the same question. The Gospel teaches that Judas is unable to believe God would ever forgive his guilt and he goes off and kills himself in a confused attempt at reparation through human sacrifice. It is the error that goes all the way back to Father Abraham when an angel stilled the dagger by which he thought killing his child was serving God. Starting to see where all this might be relevant to our times when children are under attack on every front? The alternative to Judas and taking the suicidal way out is to weep deep tears of repentance, to morn in sackcloth, to live fearlessly as a penitent so as never to grow too proud again. Most everyone knows how these stories end, the resurrected Lord forgives St. Peter, establishes him as the first Pope and Western history was off to the races.

The role of the Church is to visibly show the truth of the Divine Mysteries for the public, in public wherever it is allowed. It has not always been allowed nor is it today. Those without anything but a Protestant set of history textbooks might want to watch HBO’s Gunpowder Plot. It will be my contention that the Church is again showing the world an important and painful lesson about Her Mysteries, this time one concerning children.

People of goodwill everywhere, please try to understand the exquisite pain the pedophile scandal caused good, simple, believing Catholics throughout the world. Wouldn’t this be the most corrupting form of betray in any of your faiths? We need to pray for those hurt, in all our faiths. For Catholics the spiritual imagination that accompanies our ceremonial worship absorbed a powerful darkness, one made particularly poignant because we hold the words of Christ are, mysteriously, literally true when at the last supper he was to share on earth with His closest friends he said “this is my body” and “this is my blood.” Soon after, the robed one was handed over to those with spears. For believing Catholics when a fallen priest used the Host of Holy Communion as part of the ritualistically colored abuse they were setting the Abomination of Desolation on the altar of the Living God. We have drank the wine of that suffering since. A more Satanic rite could not be imagined. Mary Magdalene was not allowed to touch the wounds of Christ until he had completed his Resurrection, but she who had suffered the seven demons was the first to see it had happened. Though the enemy of the Church sought to strike His Sacred Heart with the lance a second time and finally finish off the Church in human history, that did not happen. The teaching is that He was “once able to suffer and then unable to suffer” and is now, in-spite of what looks to be an humiliating helplessness to ward off evil, in fact all-powerfully among us in ways we can hardly even imagine. What can be and was hurt is the Church, His Bride, and this is just what heretics have been seeking to do since the beginning. Some of them have hurt the Church more than others but all seek, as it were, to violate the Virgin we read about in St. John’s Book of Revelation.

The lies that do the most damage, as far as we are concerned as Catholics trying to protect the true interpretation of our symbols and stories, is to confuse the Orthodox teaching of the Living God with the cults of the Dying God. As I have stated multiple times, it turns out Christianity is a very dangerous set of teachings to misunderstand. Catholicism does not proselytize, you will not find us knocking on your door like Mormons or Seventh Day Adventists. We are known world wide for holding up the crucifix – a cross with a body on it – and holding up a wafer of bread above a chalice of wine and declaring them the body and blood of God made man. We invite the world to gaze upon the beauty of the ceremonial union of heaven and earth (see last chapters of St. John’s Revelation) as here and now we offer for all people of goodwill “the work of human hands” which becomes our spiritual food and drink. “Happy are those called to the supper of the lamb.” We are trying to win you over with our love, there is no other safe path to God but to love him for his own sake. That is the Catholic Way. Anything else and you are using Him. Maybe you are using Him out of fear or terror or pain but still you are using Him and persons do not like to be used.

By allowing this one miracle of the body and blood, I will argue, the Orthodoxy avoided all the many, many temptations to veer to the right or to the left under the attack of its enemies for two millennia. I am sure it can be counted on to carry on the good fight through the end of this third Christian millennia and beyond as well. By holding to Divine Magick, it never falls prey to magical thinking and the “gates of hell” do not prevail against her. Defender of Reason, defender of the rights of Man to paint and make art, it insists we are here on this astonishing planet to be JOYFUL, to feast with one another. Anger, rebellion and the spirit of iconoclasm has a role to play in Man’s ongoing fight against evil, but so does the Spirit of the Fathers who hold up their hand before the young ones are about to go over an Abyss and say, Lo! No! This far you are allowed, no farther.

The Rain Will Fall, perhaps we can turn it into the dewfall of the heavens fertilizing our Wonderful World, yes? The work of human hands can hurt us indeed, they do. Does this blacken the sky, curse the stars, extinguish the delightful laughter of the boys and girls among us, generation after generation? No! No! No! And a thousand times No!

The following symbol is Franciscan, though I am part of no existing Franciscan Order. I am using it for contemplatives’ suffering offered nakedly in brotherhood with the suffering endured by our brothers and friends of every nation and tribe, whatever robe you wear. The peace of Brother Francis, the little poor man who bore the marks of sanctity, may it come to your homes, that they may know the ecstasy that only the Lord can give. I put it at the top of the prayer to remind all of us affiliated with one religion or another that it is asking for prayers, not converts; we are all in this together and together will respond. I put a copy of the prayer by itself under Poetics.

Lord, Save the Children
the litany

Lord, Help Us Save the Children
From those who stole their attention span and sold it for 30 pieces of silver.

Lord, Help Us Save the Children
From those who stole their literate inheritance and replaced it with flashy screens, for 30 pieces of silver.

Lord, Help Us Save the Children
From those who designed their pastimes to be filled with shooting and gore, for 30 pieces of silver.

Lord, Help Us Save the Children
From those who build the nuclear weapons that haunt our nightmares, for 30 pieces of silver.

Lord, Help Us Save the Children
From those who saw the planet from space but refusing to heed the call to limit growth, sold it for 30 pieces of silver.

Lord, Help Us Save the Children
From those who are burning the Amazon and those who created the system that requires them to do so, for 30 pieces of silver.

(please add your earth meditations)

Lord, Help Us Save the Children
From those who placed gonzo pornography in the pocket of everyone, 24 x 7, for 30 pieces of silver.

Lord, Help Us Save the Children
From those who fill the airwaves with smut and lies seducing with noise and glamour the very hearts of the young, for 30 pieces of silver.

Lord, Help Us Save the Children
From those who fill their minds with truly strange drugs while school shootings and suicides under their ministries keep rising. And save them specifically from the snake in Big Pharma coldly addicting any and all comers, guilty and innocent alike, for 30 pieces of silver.

Lord, Help Us Save the Children
From Pharisees, “You have taken away the key of knowledge. You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter.” (Luke 11.52) Our young desperately need true spiritual food and you dared to play God for a trump, for a crown of power and throne of praise you will never, in fact, receive.

The Battle Belongs to the Lord.
Amen

(for Catholics and anyone else who wants to join us add:)
St. Francis of Assisi, Pray for Us
St. Clare of Assisi, Pray for Us
St. Anthony of Padua, Pray for Us

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