In the fifth stanza of Julia Ward Howe’s 1861 lyrics, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” we hear, “In the beauty of the lilies, Christ was born across the sea, With a glory in His Bosom that transfigures you and me: As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free, While God is marching on. . . . Glory, Glory, Hallelujah! Glory, Glory, Hallelujah! Glory, Glory, Hallelujah! His Truth is marching on!” Dear Reader, is your Truth the same as mine?
“Where are you from?” “Do you not speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you, and I have power to crucify you?” Jesus answered pontius pilate, “You would have no power over me if it had not been given to you from above. . .” Dear Reader, all human ability, all power, all-everything comes from above, so to speak. Each ability that we own, which allows us to think, speak, and act, come from God.
Any man or woman who accepts the duty to lead or lord over others has a great obligation to act with goodness and love. Even parents own this great responsibility, if fact, this constraint is even more pronounced for the mother and father because the family, the domestic church, is the ultimate kingdom on Earth. All power comes from God; no matter to whom you cast your vote.
In our larger community, the mayors, governors, congress, presidents, prime ministers, dictators, emperors, shahs, tsars, kings, and queens, etc. make an unbreakable-covenant to act in accordance with God’s Will. Furthermore, they must be lovers of the Truth. Dear Reader, “What is the Truth?”
Dear Reader, Everyone who belongs to the Truth listens to the Voice of Jesus! In our day and time, we confuse unquestionable love of country with support for our reigning-maleficent elected officials. We pretend that they govern, accordingly, for the good of America. O God, Bless America!
We pretend that the moral corruption of our leaders is relative; their personal beliefs are fine as long as they are nice!?!? Consequently, up until recent times, America has carried along her moral goodness of our people. But now, we allow her to be ruled by a secular-socialistic despicable-elite who have no place at all for the Word of God and His Holy Church. They are so sophisticated!?!?
We are allowing our Christian heritage to become buried with the past. “Equality” now means enforced-sameness, impoverishing our unique cultures, sexes, and natural abilities. We can now pretend, with impunity, that human personhood does not begin at conception, but at birth, and later, we can dismiss personhood if we deem that a loving little baby to have birth defects. We borrow this anti-social and unnatural evil-planning from the nazi-germs and stalinist-ruses (sic).
No matter to whom we play “Hail-to-the-Chief,” we continue to police the world, bloat our departments of government, such as education, commerce, and energy, etc., by printing and borrowing dollar-after-dollar, at an extreme high-interest from the federal reserve, as we pretend that we are acting in the “interest” of national security. Dear Reader, our elected-representatives are misrepresenting us!
This manipulation of fake-value dollars causes the continued devaluation of our US dollar; this continued evil impoverishes the family and enriches the depraved-elites. The low interest rates of banks favor debt and discourage savings from acquiring a greater interest. That is what our elite-politicians and bankers desire. A dollar bill (silver certificate) once equaled an actual silver-dollar. Now, one freshly-printed federal reserve note equals about fifty silver dollars!
The huge budget deficits favor these politicians and elite and their unholy kingly and queenly way-of-life. Their love of money is only equaled by their love of the discord permeating between our two-party governance system. That cacophony deafens us to the Truth!
Furthermore, education is the primary responsibility of parents. Our federal government has no competence to regulate education. Since the takeover by the federal department of education, schools have a dropout rate hovering at 30 percent. School competency test constructed by the federal government are a dismal-failure (F-).
Most times these mandated-test have a set of over one-hundred questions. Are you for real? There is not even an inkling of common sense at all to these mandatory exhaustive-exams! We spend close to twenty-thousand dollars per student each year to earn a high school education. What a travesty!
Who then, Dear Reader, is the Lesser of the Evils? The Lesser of the Evils is the person who practices the one True Catholic Faith. This Confessional-catholic does neither add to nor subtract from the Truth. He or she recognizes his or her failings, and smartly discerns the difference between good and evil.
This Lesser of the Evils hears the Voice of Jesus in Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition, and the Teachings of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church put forth in the Catholic Catechism and Encyclicals of the Holy Magisterium.
He or she hears the Voice of Jesus in his or her spiritual director and frequently in the sermon of the good priest at the Homily of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. He or she seeks out Holy Absolution from sin, regularly.
To the Confessional-catholic, mortal sin is not merely a breaking of God’s Laws and His Holy Commandments and/or merely committing one or all of the seven deadly sins, but this abomination is the breaking of the Heart of Jesus. The Confessional-catholic is so in-love with Jesus and Mary, and they never want to break Their Hearts!
The Confessional-catholic has faith and reason in the power of devoted prayer, and especially, he or she has a profound appreciation in the power of the Most Holy Rosary. Daily family prayer is the life-blood, so to speak, of their lives!
True prayer invokes the Host of Heaven to wage war against the forces of Evil and against the physical, emotional, and spiritual wickedness of our so-called leaders in the public arena. True prayer invokes the very Divine Supplication of Jesus in His Sermon on the Mount; Thy Kingdom come; Thy Will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven!
The Lesser of the Evils knows that a just-nation will provide a decent living wage to a parent, increasing as the size of the family increases, so that the other parent can truly be free, as a stay-at-home parent. A good family has children who have brothers and/or sisters! This is the life-blood of America!
However, our so-called free-government representatives succeeded in micromanaging almost every aspect of our lives. They enact endless regulations and laws in an attempt to create “sameness” in all manners of our daily thoughts, words, and deeds. For instance, a child in Iowa may need to develop skills in farming, whereas a child in Maine may need to learn how to become a lobster angler. And, what is more, not every child is suited for higher-education in a university environment!
Maybe, Dear Reader, the best form of government is a monarchy. A wise king or queen whose main restraint is only to defend against foreign enemies, build interstate roads, and initiate a few other large national projects. All democratic decision-making, concerning education, health-care, police, and fire protection, etc., is best-practiced at the local community level. This freedom of self-rule and self-sufficiency, I know, Dear Reader, is unknown to us. Or is it?
A Confession-catholic Monarchy has proved to be the best form of government on Earth. Once upon a time, the consecration of the first champion of the Catholic Church took place at Easter (774); the Vicar of Christ anointed Charlemagne (742-814) the first King of the Holy Roman Empire.
Even when he was a child, his father, Pepin the Short, a Confessional-catholic, appealed to the Holy See for the anointing of kingship for himself and his two sons, Charlemagne and Carloman. Pope Stephen III crossed the Alps two years after that appeal to fulfill Pepin’s request, the House of Arnulf (Pepin) was established upon the throne of Christendom. Carloman died young and Charlemagne reigned.
Charlemagne was of imposing stature, to which his bright eyes and long, flowing hair added more dignity. His clear and gentle voice was not so sonorous as his gigantic frame would suggest. Many times he could be seen wearing the simple dress of his Frankish people.
During the coronation of Charlemagne, Pope Leo III celebrated a Pontifical Mass. As the Charlemagne knelt in prayer before the high altar beneath which lay the bodies of Sts. Peter and Paul, Pope Leo III approached him, placed upon his head the imperial crown, did him formal reverence after the ancient manner, saluted him as king and anointed him. The men, women, and children in attendance burst out with acclamation!
From boyhood, Charlemagne had evinced strong family affections. He grew into a valiant king who protected the domestic family, freed the oppressed, fed the hungry, and protected Roman Catholic Church, the holder of the Deposit of Truth! He understood the power of true democracy where that rule is best practiced within the local communities where just laws are enacted, and taxes are levied fairly. This is the Will of God!
Lastly, it was to Charlemagne alone that the Christians of the East were now crying out for succour against the threatening advance of the Moslem Caliph. The personal devotion of Charlemagne to the Apostolic See is well known and well documented. (Note-to-self: Wake-up now, hobo!)
Notwithstanding, Dear Reader, could our good traditional American-values be likened to the old man in Edgar Allen Poe’s (1809-1849) A Descent into the Maelstrom? In the midst of that horrific whirlpool, the old man relates, “It was not a new terror that thus affected me, but the dawn of a more exciting hope.” And finally, at th end, he relates, “I told them my story –they did not believe it. I now tell it to you –and I can scarcely expect you to put more faith in it than did the merry fishermen of Lofoden.”
Convincingly, Dear Reader, in all the images and icons of the Annunciation, the Angel Gabriel is seen presenting Mary with a bouquet of white lilies. That bouquet is an emblem signifying her graceful purity and her simple humility. In this purity and humility, Her Son, Jesus, was born, beyond the ocean. “Glory, Glory, Hallelujah! Glory, Glory, Hallelujah! Glory, Glory, Hallelujah! His Truth is marching on!”
Permanently, Dearest Reader, the Voice of Jesus is All-Sovereign! Even at the moment of His Arrest, Jesus teaches us the Truth. When He said to them, “I AM,” the band of soldiers and guards from the chief priest and pharisees, with their lanterns, torches, and weapons in hand, fell to the ground!!! The Voice of Jesus is Pure and Simple with the Grace of a Dove! “Glory, Glory, Hallelujah! Glory, Glory, Hallelujah! Glory, Glory, Hallelujah! His Truth is marching on!”
St. Teresa of Avila, help us!
St. Theresa, the Little Flower, help us!
St Catherine of Sienna, help us!
St. Hildegard of Germany, help us!
O Mary, Queen of America, pray for us, sinners!
Stay-tuned for “The Liberated Woman” on Thursday, October 25.
Peace & JAMLY,