Sunday, November 20, 2011

Do we all go down together?

I was talking to an 81 year old neighbor the other day. He was coming home from work and commented that he was glad he was 81 and didn't have too much time left in this world becasue something bad is happening to America and it looked to him like things were about to fall apart. Yesterday my neighborhood dry cleaner told me that she's leaving in December. Business is terrible and her landlord jacked up the rent so high she can't pay. Everywhere Rocky and I go businesses, long established ones are closing. My dry cleaner has been here for 20 years!

The financial wise men in the news say that unless our country cuts drasticly and now, Depression is inevitable. Nobody will give, nobody wants to suffer for the whole so the whole will go down together I guess.  I'm reminded of the last lines of the Sherlock Holmes story where he sadly tells Watson that the life of the average Englishman is about to come to an end:

There's an east wind coming, Watson.... such a wind as never blew on England yet. It will be cold and bitter, Watson, and a good many of us may wither before its blast. But it's God's own wind none the less, and a cleaner, better, stronger land will lie in the sunshine when the storm has cleared.
His Last Bow
This all sounds gloomy but God is in charge. If a chastising event comes who can really argue that it wasn't a due punishment? The blood of millions of children cries out for justice.  I suspect that it is only the extraordinary lives of prayer and sacrifice of our cloistered nuns, monks and the unknown saints among us that has stayed God's Hand so far. Pressue turns coal into diamonds and a few of us will be impressive sparklers.  May God's will be done.


Old Bob said...

Very well said, Dymphna, to which I add:
Thank you!
(I'm only 67 and feel the same as the older man.)

Mrs. H. said...

Today is the Feast of Christ the King. How many Catholics are celebrating this great feast?

Like the older man, I fear for the future of my children and grandchildren. But I trust in my King...who makes all things good. I just wish He would hurry up and come back!! The party is over and I think we are all ready to move on to the REAL CELEBRATION!
Mrs. H.

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newguy40 said...

Well said and you have captured my feelings as well.

Chastisement is one way that God offers us to return to Him. Purification is another. I hope and pray that I am wrong. But, I sense a coming time of great difficulties both for the US and Roman Catholics.

The Digital Hairshirt said...

I have young children and I fear for their future.

So I give them armor - their Catholicism. I pray that it serves them well. Yes, I made sure my children knew that today was the feast of Christ the King. And next Sunday, we shall celebrate the "new year" but also recognize that it is a time of preparation for His Birth.

Holy St. Joseph, protector of families, pray for my own, that we may be always joined in love and faith to serve your adoptive Son. Keep us brave, keep us faithful, and keep us happy despite what earthly misfortune may come, secure in our belief of the salvation that comes through Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen. (+)

Anita Moore said...

Advent is a time of preparation not only for His birth, but also His Second Coming.

Incidentally, until Pope Clement XIV changed them (or at least changed their emphasis, as Mary is a type of the Church) during the latter half of the 18th century, the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary ran as follows: (1) the Resurrection; (2) the Ascension; (3) the Coming of the Holy Spirit; (4) the Second Coming of Christ; and (5) the Last Judgment. I'm thinking of using the old Mysteries this Advent.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

Anita, was that the precedent for Wojtyla adding luminous mysteries or Pacelli writing in Mediator Dei a Pope could even abolish the Rosary?