Insects Living Under The Rocks
Thomas A. Droleskey
Debate over President Barack Hussein Obama's nationalization of the health care industry, which is, as I have pointed out in several recent articles (Back Alley Butchers Never Change Their Tactics,
Das Vierte Reich, and
Stalag America), simply the shifting of life and death decisions from the utilitarians and positivists in the insurance and health care industries to utilitarians and positivists in the employ of the Federal government, has brought out a lot of insects who live under Caesar Obama's rocks within the vast complex known as the Executive Office of the President. These insects are being kept under the rocks as they exhibit the ugliness of naturalism in its most perfectly degenerate forms. They have emerged, however, in light of the national debate over ObamaCare that has itself degenerated to a point where fascistic union thugs, always eager to do the bidding of the fascistic statists of the Democratic Party, have taken to intimidating critics of the Marxist-trained supporter of baby-killing named Barack Hussein Obama.
To be sure, of course, there were plenty of insects living under the rocks in the administration of former President George Walker Bush and former Vice President Richard Cheney. Former Vice President Cheney created a veritable shadow government under the rocks after the attacks that took place in several places in the United States of America on Tuesday, September 11, 2005.
The Bush-Cheney shadow government operated in a netherworld of lawlessness that resulted in the hiring of private contractors to engage in the torture of suspected terrorists overseas, especially in Iraq following the unjust and immoral invasion of that country by the armed forces of the United States of America on March 20, 2003, that has wreaked so much death and destruction to the lives and to the property of the Iraqi citizenry as American lives were placed so needlessly in harm's way. Domestic communications were monitored without warrants in full violation of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. Flacks for the Bush-Cheney administration used various means of propaganda to imply very strongly that those opposed to American intervention in Iraq and the "global war on terror" were "unpatriotic" or "soft on terrorism." We will only know on the Last Day, at the General Judgment of the Living and the Dead, of the vast network created by former Vice President Cheney to keep us "safe" while legitimate civil liberties were compromised and even scoffed at as arcane in light of the demands of the "real world."
The Bush-Cheney's expansive view of "executive power" was justified in the name of "national security," of "saving" American lives. It is curious, as I noted in
Selective Use of Executive Power twenty-one months ago now, that a similarly expansive view of executive power was not taken to stop the daily carnage, both by chemical and surgical means, of the preborn under cover of the civil law. The Constitution of the Untied States of America was twisted and bent out of shape, to say nothing of being actually broken, in the name of "national security," a refuge for all fascists who desire to increase the size and the power and the scope of governmental power, while that which makes a country truly unsafe and insecure, gross violations of the binding precepts of the Divine Positive Law and the Natural Law, were dealt with rhetorically as measures were taken that increased baby-killing in the supposedly "pro-life" administration that was decidedly opposed to the eternal welfare of the souls of its citizens. (See Y2K's Lesser Evil Has Brought Us Great Evils, We Don't Want to Learn Anything, Socialism, Straight From Your "Pro-Life" Conservative, and Thirty-five Years of Indifference, among many other articles.)
Nations founded in--or that adopted over the course of time--the anti-Incarnational and/or religiously indifferent principles of naturalism must degenerate eventually into situations wherein their civil governments will become effective dictatorships. The vesting of almost total power in the hands of elected and unelected officials, such as those insects living under the rocks in the Executive Office of the President who are largely unknown and whose actions are rarely, if ever, monitored by the "mainstream media" (and are difficult for internet "investigators" to explore fully), is the logical result of rejecting the Social Kingship of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ as exercised by the Catholic Church to serve as the ultimate, although far from fail-safe, check against abuses of civil power that put the good of eternal souls into jeopardy.
Power abhors a vacuum. The vacuum created by the overthrow of the Social Reign of Christ the King by the Protestant Revolt and institutionalized by the inter-related forces of Judeo-Masonry has to be filled eventually by statists. And there is no naturalistic, inter-denominational, non-denominational, secular, philosophical, ideological, legal or political means by which this triumph of statism can be stopped. It is only the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by a true pope with all of the world's true bishops can vanquish the statists once and for all. As far as I know, which may not be a whole lot (as I am sure that many of you out there in cyberspace would agree), there is almost no one in public life who is referring to Our Lady's Fatima Message as the key to stop the statists as the errors of Russia, which are on full and quite overt display in our own country at this time, propel the United States of America into becoming
the U.S.S.A., the Union of Soviet Socialist America.
Many commentators of the "conservative" bent of naturalism see the symptoms of our problems without understanding their root causes, and without understanding--or daring to admit publicly--that Catholicism is the one and only foundation of personal and social order. These commentators see the "trees" well enough sometimes. They do not, however, see the larger "forest," if you will, of the world of Modernity, steeped in one lie of naturalism after another, starting with the belief that it is possible for men to organize themselves, both personally and socially, without submitting themselves at all times to the Deposit of Faith that Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ has entrusted exclusively to the Catholic Church for Its eternal safekeeping and infallible explication and without having belief in, access to, and cooperation with Sanctifying Grace in order to be virtuous and to live in accord with that Deposit of Faith. One "conservative" commentator after another, including so many prominent and well-paid Catholics, fail to realize or to admit that is necessary for each person and each nation to be converted to the true Faith, outside of which there is no salvation and without which there can be no true social order.
Thus it is that the current debate over ObamaCare has demonstrated once again the ability of "conservatives" to get lost in the details of policies and personalities without ever once stating publicly that the way out of this mess runs through Our Lady's Immaculate Heart, that we have to pray more Rosaries and to do more penance as we have our homes enthroned to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and that same Immaculate Heart of Mary, whose feast day we celebrate in but three days. All manner of people are gnashing their teeth at various--and truly insidious--naturalist insects living under the rocks of the administration of Caesar Obamus without realizing that these insects are the direct result of the false premises upon which the modern nation-state, including the United States of America, was founded and upon which it must degenerate into statism.
While it is certainly important to know the details of public policies that are real and present dangers to the common good and to alert the public that the day is coming when the statists will indeed come after us, as even United States Representative Paul Broun (R-Georgia) noted recently (see
Athens Online Report), something that we must recognize might very well be the path of our own salvation (in other words, do not fear, the salvation of our souls might just take imprisonment and martyrdom to realize!), it is also important to remember that the details, say, of ObamaCare, that threaten our lives are just the result of people immersed in one naturalistic insanity after another, remembering also that it is impossible to "reason" with insane people.
Take a look at just three of the pests who live under the rocks of the Obama administration:
President Obama's "science czar," John Holdren, once floated the idea of forced abortions, "compulsory sterilization," and the creation of a "Planetary Regime" that would oversee human population levels and control all natural resources as a means of protecting the planet -- controversial ideas his critics say should have been brought up in his Senate confirmation hearings.
Holdren, who has degrees from MIT and Stanford and headed a science policy program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government for the past 13 years, won the unanimous approval of the Senate as the president's chief science adviser.
He was confirmed with little fanfare on March 19 as director of the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy, a 50-person directorate that advises the president on scientific affairs, focusing on energy independence and global warming.
But many of Holdren's radical ideas on population control were not brought up at his confirmation hearings; it appears that the senators who scrutinized him had no knowledge of the contents of a textbook he co-authored in 1977, "Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment," a copy of which was obtained by FOXNews.com.
The 1,000-page course book, which was co-written with environmental activists Paul and Anne Ehrlich, discusses and in one passage seems to advocate totalitarian measures to curb population growth, which it says could cause an environmental catastrophe.
The three authors summarize their guiding principle in a single sentence: "To provide a high quality of life for all, there must be fewer people."
As first reported by FrontPage Magazine, Holdren and his co-authors spend a portion of the book discussing possible government programs that could be used to lower birth rates.
Those plans include forcing single women to abort their babies or put them up for adoption; implanting sterilizing capsules in people when they reach puberty; and spiking water reserves and staple foods with a chemical that would make people sterile.
To help achieve those goals, they formulate a "world government scheme" they call the Planetary Regime, which would administer the world's resources and human growth, and they discuss the development of an "armed international organization, a global analogue of a police force" to which nations would surrender part of their sovereignty.
Holdren's office issued a statement to FOXNews.com denying that the ecologist has ever backed any of the measures discussed in his book, and suggested reading more recent works authored solely by Holdren for a view to his beliefs.
"Dr. Holdren has stated flatly that he does not now support and has never supported compulsory abortions, compulsory sterilization, or other coercive approaches to limiting population growth," the statement said.
"Straining to conclude otherwise from passages treating controversies of the day in a three-author, 30-year-old textbook is a mistake."
But the textbook itself appears to contradict that claim.
Holdren and the Ehrlichs offer ideas for "coercive," "involuntary fertility control," including "a program of sterilizing women after their second or third child," which doctors would be expected to do right after a woman gives birth.
"Unfortunately," they write, "such a program therefore is not practical for most less developed countries," where doctors are not often present when a woman is in labor.
While Holdren and his co-authors don't openly endorse such measures on other topics, in this case they announce their disappointment -- "unfortunately" -- that women in the third world cannot be sterilized against their will, a procedure the International Criminal Court considers a crime against humanity.
Click here to see the passage on sterilizing women | Click here for the full section on "Involuntary Fertility Control"
"It's very problematic that he said these things," said Ben Lieberman, a senior policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation. Lieberman faulted Holdren for using government as a solution to every problem and advocating heavy-handed and invasive laws.
But other members of the scientific community said accusations against Holdren are wholly misplaced.
"John Holdren has been one of the most well-respected and prominent scientific voices urging the federal government to address global warming," wrote Kevin Knobloch, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, in a statement.
Holdren's co-authors, Paul and Anne Ehrlich, said in a statement that they were "shocked at the serious mischaracterization of our views and those of John Holdren," caused by what they called misreadings of the book.
"We were not then, never have been, and are not now 'advocates' of the Draconian measures for population limitation described -- but not recommended" in the book, they wrote.
Still, William Yeatman, an energy policy analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, faulted the Senate for not screening Holdren more strenuously during his hearings before confirming his nomination by unanimous consent both in committee and in the full Senate.
Despite "the litany of apocalyptic warnings that turned out to be incorrect, no one was willing to stick his neck out" and vote no, Yeatman said.
Some of Holdren's views on population came under fire during the otherwise quiet confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, where Sen. David Vitter, R-La., asked him to revisit his past statements about environmental catastrophes that have never come to pass.
"I was and continue to be very critical of Dr. Holdren's positions -- specifically his countless doomsday science publications and predictions that have been near universally wrong," Vitter told FOXNews.com.
"I wish that the Commerce Committee had taken more time to evaluate his record during his nomination hearing, but like with everything else in this new Washington environment, the Democratic majority and the White House were pushing to speed his nomination along," Vitter said.
Vitter grilled Holdren during the hearing, asking him to clear up his 1986 prediction that global warming was going to kill about 1 billion people by 2020.
"You would still say," Vitter asked, "that 1 billion people lost by 2020 is still a possibility?"
"It is a possibility, and one we should work energetically to avoid," Holdren replied.
Sen. John Kerry, a leading Democrat on the committee, said the renewed scrutiny was essentially a Republican smear on Holdren's good record. Kerry told FOXNews.com that senators already had "ample opportunity" to question Holdren, who "made clear that he does not and never has supported coercive approaches, end of story.
"The Commerce Committee and the Senate then unanimously concluded what I have long known -- that John Holdren is a leading voice in the scientific community and we are fortunate to have him lead the fight to restore the foundation of science to government and policymaking that has been lacking for almost a decade."
Holdren has confronted a number of challenges during his four-decade scientific career, including nuclear arms reduction, and was part of a group that shared the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize "for their efforts to diminish the part played by nuclear arms in international politics," as the Nobel Committee said.
Now his greatest focus is global warming, which he said in a recent interview poses a threat akin to being "in a car with bad brakes driving toward a cliff in the fog."
Holdren told the Associated Press in April that the U.S. will consider all options to veer away from that cliff, including an experimental scheme to shoot pollution particles into the upper atmosphere to reflect the sun's rays and cool the earth, a last resort he hoped could be averted.
"Dr. Holdren is working day and night for the Obama Administration and the American people, helping to develop science and technology policies to make the country stronger, more secure, and more energy independent, and to make Americans healthier and better educated," his office told FOXNews.com.
Four months after Holdren's confirmation, his critics are keeping a wary eye on his work in the White House, where they assert that he has the president's ear on scientific issues.
"It is interesting that this 30-year-old book is finally coming to light," said Lieberman, of the Heritage Foundation.
"The people who are concerned about Holdren, quite frankly we didn't do enough homework." (Obama's Science Czar Considered Forced Abortions, Sterilization.)
The administration’s “Green Jobs” czar, Van Jones, has a “very checkered past” deep-rooted in radical politics, including black nationalism, anarchism, and communism. The broadcast network newscasts have mostly failed to report on Mr. Jones’s past political affiliations which are lock-step with the network’s downplay of coverage regarding President Obama’s associations with the former radical and terrorist William Ayers during the election.
At 6:47 a.m. EDT on the July 10 edition of “Fox and Friends,” Americans for Prosperity Policy Director Phil Kerpen, told interviewer Brian Kilmeade that Jones is “somebody who was involved in radical politics in San Francisco, “who was self-admittedly “radicalized in jail” and found “Communism and anarchism.” Kerpen compares Van Jones’s Communist past with his new quest for environmentalism and the creation of green jobs:
I think it’s pretty instructive what his past is...it’s the same sort of philosophy, the idea that government ought to be reordering society in accordance with some utopian vision that failed with communism and socialism, and will fail with this green jobs idea.
In an April 12, 2009 World Net Daily article titled “Will a “red” help blacks go green?”Aaron Klein reports that Jones himself stated in a 2005 interview his environmental activism was a means to fight for racial and class “justice,” and that he was a “rowdy black nationalist,” and a “communist.”
Because the administration’s “czars” do not go through congressional confirmation, and are therefore not scrutinized or vetted, many Americans have no idea who they are or where they come from.
Kudos to Fox News for bringing Van Jones’s controversial past and political ideology to light.
The following was aired on the July 10 edition of Fox and Friends:
BRIAN KILMEADE, co-host, “Fox and Friends”: Phil, we have a czar, he’s a green jobs czar, he’s Van Jones, he’s got a deep history in communism.
PHIL KERPEN, AFP Policy Director: He does. He has a very checkered past. This is somebody who was involved in radical politics out in San Francisco, California. He was arrested during a demonstration/riot following the Rodney King verdict. And he said himself that he was radicalized in jail, that he found communism and anarchism. And then he started a pretty radical, kind of communist, socialist, utopian group that was supposed to end all racism though central planning. And then he decided that the real path the sort of progressive nirvana, was the this green jobs idea. I think its pretty instructive what his past is, I am not just trying to smear the guy, but I think it’s the same sort of philosophy, the idea that government ought to be reordering society in accordance with some utopian vision that failed with communism and socialism, and will fail with this green jobs idea. We are imposing a top-down vision.
GRETCHEN CARLSON, co-host: And more importantly for America Phil, is the fact that we already have an Energy Secretary, who by the way had to go through Congress to be approved. And the reason that these czars, you don’t know anything about them, is because they don’t have to go through that process. (Fox News Notes Communist Past of the 'Green Jobs' Czar)
Barack Obama’s pick for “regulatory czar,” Harvard Law School Professor Cass Sunstein, may be the incoming president’s most popular appointment so far. Judging from his resume -- best-selling author, “pre-eminent legal scholar of our time,” and an endorsement from The Wall Street Journal -- we can almost understand why. Almost. Because as we’re telling the media today, there’s one troubling portion of the new Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) Administrator’s C.V. that has seems to have flown under everyone’s radar: Cass Sunstein is a radical animal rights activist.
Don’t believe us? Sunstein has made no secret of his devotion to the cause of establishing legal “rights” for livestock, wildlife, and pets. “[T]here should be extensive regulation of the use of animals in entertainment, scientific experiments, and agriculture,” Sunstein wrote in a 2002 working paper while at the University of Chicago Law school.
“Extensive regulation of the use of animals.” That's PETA-speak for using government to get everything PETA and the Humane Society of the United States can't get through gentle pressure or not-so-gentle coercion. Not exactly the kind of thing American ranchers, restaurateurs, hunters, and biomedical researchers (to say nothing of ordinary consumers) would like to hear from their next “regulatory czar.”
A version of the same paper also appeared as the introduction to Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions, a 2004 book that Sunstein co-edited with then-girlfriend Martha Nussbaum. In that book, Sunstein set out an ambitious plan to give animals the legal “right” to file lawsuits. We're not joking:
“[A]nimals should be permitted to bring suit, with human beings as their representatives, to prevent violations of current law … Any animals that are entitled to bring suit would be represented by (human) counsel, who would owe guardian like obligations and make decisions, subject to those obligations, on their clients’ behalf.”
It doesn't end there. Sunstein delivered a keynote speech at Harvard University’s 2007 “Facing Animals” conference. (Click here to watch the video; his speech starts around 39:00.) Keep in mind that as OIRA Administrator, Sunstein will have the political authority to implement a massive federal government overhaul. Consider this tidbit:
“We ought to ban hunting, I suggest, if there isn’t a purpose other than sport and fun. That should be against the law. It’s time now.”
Sunstein also argued in favor of “eliminating current practices such as greyhound racing, cosmetic testing, and meat eating, most controversially.”
He concluded his Harvard speech by expressing his “more ambitious animating concern” that the current treatment of livestock and other animals should be considered “a form of unconscionable barbarity not the same as, but in many ways morally akin to, slavery and mass extermination of human beings.” Sound familiar?
As the individual about to assume “the most important position that Americans know nothing about,” Sunstein owes the public an honest appraisal of his animal rights goals before taking office. Will the next four years be a dream-come-true for anti-meat, anti-hunting, and anti-everything-else radicals? Time will tell. For now, meat lovers might want to stock their freezers.(Exposed: The Secret Animal Rights Agenda Of America's Next Regulatory Czar. See also Obama czar pick: 'Raving animal rights nut')
Without a ultimate teaching authority, namely, the Catholic Church, to condemn these people for holding insane beliefs, words that were used most directly in many instances by Popes Gregory XVI, Pius IX, and Saint Pius X, supporters of Caesar Obamus and his insects under the rocks can say with perfect logic, "Who are you to tell me that what these people believe is insane. I don't think so." And thus it must ever go in a world where the Catholic Church is rejected as the ultimate authority instituted by God to teach and to sanctify us unto eternal so that we can order our own lives and the larger life of our nations in accord with First and Last Things at all times.
This shameful font of indifferentism gives rise to that absurd and erroneous proposition which claims that liberty of conscience must be maintained for everyone. It spreads ruin in sacred and civil affairs, though some repeat over and over again with the greatest impudence that some advantage accrues to religion from it. "But the death of the soul is worse than freedom of error," as Augustine was wont to say. When all restraints are removed by which men are kept on the narrow path of truth, their nature, which is already inclined to evil, propels them to ruin. Then truly "the bottomless pit" is open from which John saw smoke ascending which obscured the sun, and out of which locusts flew forth to devastate the earth. Thence comes transformation of minds, corruption of youths, contempt of sacred things and holy laws -- in other words, a pestilence more deadly to the state than any other. Experience shows, even from earliest times, that cities renowned for wealth, dominion, and glory perished as a result of this single evil, namely immoderate freedom of opinion, license of free speech, and desire for novelty.
Here We must include that harmful and never sufficiently denounced freedom to publish any writings whatever and disseminate them to the people, which some dare to demand and promote with so great a clamor. We are horrified to see what monstrous doctrines and prodigious errors are disseminated far and wide in countless books, pamphlets, and other writings which, though small in weight, are very great in malice. We are in tears at the abuse which proceeds from them over the face of the earth. Some are so carried away that they contentiously assert that the flock of errors arising from them is sufficiently compensated by the publication of some book which defends religion and truth. Every law condemns deliberately doing evil simply because there is some hope that good may result. Is there any sane man who would say poison ought to be distributed, sold publicly, stored, and even drunk because some antidote is available and those who use it may be snatched from death again and again? (Pope Gregory XVI, Mirari, Vos, August 15, 1832.)
For you well know, venerable brethren, that at this time men are found not a few who, applying to civil society the impious and absurd principle of "naturalism," as they call it, dare to teach that "the best constitution of public society and (also) civil progress altogether require that human society be conducted and governed without regard being had to religion any more than if it did not exist; or, at least, without any distinction being made between the true religion and false ones." And, against the doctrine of Scripture, of the Church, and of the Holy Fathers, they do not hesitate to assert that "that is the best condition of civil society, in which no duty is recognized, as attached to the civil power, of restraining by enacted penalties, offenders against the Catholic religion, except so far as public peace may require." From which totally false idea of social government they do not fear to foster that erroneous opinion, most fatal in its effects on the Catholic Church and the salvation of souls, called by Our Predecessor, Gregory XVI, an "insanity," viz., that "liberty of conscience and worship is each man's personal right, which ought to be legally proclaimed and asserted in every rightly constituted society; and that a right resides in the citizens to an absolute liberty, which should be restrained by no authority whether ecclesiastical or civil, whereby they may be able openly and publicly to manifest and declare any of their ideas whatever, either by word of mouth, by the press, or in any other way." But, while they rashly affirm this, they do not think and consider that they are preaching "liberty of perdition;" and that "if human arguments are always allowed free room for discussion, there will never be wanting men who will dare to resist truth, and to trust in the flowing speech of human wisdom; whereas we know, from the very teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ, how carefully Christian faith and wisdom should avoid this most injurious babbling." (Pope Pius IX, Quanta Cura, December 8, 1864.)
But, on the contrary, by ignoring the laws governing human nature and by breaking the bounds within which they operate, the human person is lead, not toward progress, but towards death. This, nevertheless, is what they want to do with human society; they dream of changing its natural and traditional foundations; they dream of a Future City built on different principles, and they dare to proclaim these more fruitful and more beneficial than the principles upon which the present Christian City rests.
No, Venerable Brethren, We must repeat with the utmost energy in these times of social and intellectual anarchy when everyone takes it upon himself to teach as a teacher and lawmaker - the City cannot be built otherwise than as God has built it; society cannot be setup unless the Church lays the foundations and supervises the work; no, civilization is not something yet to be found, nor is the New City to be built on hazy notions; it has been in existence and still is: it is Christian civilization, it is the Catholic City. It has only to be set up and restored continually against the unremitting attacks of insane dreamers, rebels and miscreants. Omnia instaurare in Christo.
Here we have, founded by Catholics, an inter-denominational association that is to work for the reform of civilization, an undertaking which is above all religious in character; for there is no true civilization without a moral civilization, and no true moral civilization without the true religion: it is a proven truth, a historical fact. (Pope Saint Pius X, Notre Charge Apostolique, August 15, 1910.)
Our true popes have termed the lords of Modernity as insane. What does Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI do? He extends
a "blessing" on a murderer and his work. Quite a difference, the difference between Catholicism and conciliarism, the difference between truth and apostasy, and that is what we must keep focused on in light of all of the public policy discussions of the present time.
We must not permit ourselves to be deceived by the false opposites of the naturalist"left" or the naturalist "right." We must reject naturalism in all of its forms in our personal lives and in how we view the events of the world. We must reject the counterfeit church of conciliarism's official "reconciliation" with those naturalistic principles.
Father Frederick Faber was a great foe of naturalism. He provided us in All for Jesus with the insights of one of the first members of the Order of the Visitation on worldliness:
There is another intercessory devotion of such great beauty that the simple statement of it will be its sufficient recommendation. This is to be found in the life of Marie-Denise de Martignat, one of the first religious of the Visitation. She spent almost the first fifty years of her life in the courts of France and Savoy, but the spirit of the world never passed upon her heart, any more than the smell of fire upon the garments of the three children in the fiery furnace. They way in which she fenced off the spirit of the world was as follows: She took a text of Scripture for each of the seven days of the week, in order to occupy her mind continually with the words of truth. Her choice of texts was remarkable. On Sunday she took the words--I am come into the world to bring light that he who believeth in Me may not abide in darkness. On Monday: He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. On Tuesday: It is as hard for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, as to pass a cable through the eye of a needle; nothing, however, is impossible with God. On Wednesday: My kingdom is not of this world, and the devil is called by Jesus the prince of this world. On Thursday: I pray not for the world, but for those whom Thou hast given Me. On Friday: Now is the judgment of the world; and I, if I am lifted up, shall draw all things unto Me. On Saturday: If you love Me, My Father will give you another Paraclete, to abide with you eternally, the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him. From these even fountains of truth, her soul was visited by such abundant lights as to the misery of this world, and the unsatisfactoriness of its honors and pleasures, that she had continually in her mouth the words of Solomon: Vanity of vanities, all things under the sun are vanity! She used to say that if a hermit had uttered these words, they would have been taken for the exaggeration of a contemplative; but that God having put them into the mouth of one of the greatest, richest and most peaceable of kings, they caused in her such a profound compassion for great people, because of the risk of their salvation, that she took the rich, high-born and prosperous as the matter for a special devotion and desired to communicate the same devotion to everyone she met. "Ah!" she exclaimed, "they are hemmed round with no common misery; they go down to Hell without thinking of it, because their staircase thither is of gold and porphyry. Great in this world, they let themselves have no leisure to reflect that soon they will be very little; having the habit of commanding others, they presume upon themselves, and live as if God, Heaven and the angels were under their obedience, as well as earth and men. How will they be disenchanted when, in a moment, they shall discover themselves to have been, and now to be forever, slaves of the devil; or if God shows them mercy, what a surprise to them to find themselves in the Kingdom of Heaven far below the poor and vile whom on earth they would not allow to come near them!"
Hence, during her whole life, she possessed this enlightened compassion for the rich, and made special intercession for them. She said that it was a greater charity to pray for them than for those who were languishing in hospitals and prisons. She celebrated the feasts of the canonized kings, queens, and princes and princesses with a particular reverence and an unusual devotion. She declared that nothing ought at once to humble and encourage Christians more than the heroic sanctity of great people who have kept humility in the midst of glory, and have used this world as though they used it not. She was accustomed to fast on the vigils of these feasts, and all her prayers on those days were for the salvation of great people. I do not know if it will seem so to others, but to me there is something extremely touching in this devotion, so truly spiritual, considerate and heavenly.
It is in harmony with this her special devotion that we read toward the conclusion of her life, that one day when the Superioress asked her if it was worthwhile to ask a certain favor of a person of very high rank, she replied: "Yes! my dear mother, do it. I assure you it is a very great charity to princes and great people to make them do good works. The world, the flesh and the devil make them do so many bad ones, that they will one day return more thanks to us who have been the cause of their giving alms, than we gave them for the alms we procured from them." Another time, when she saw the Superioress writing to a princess, she said: "My dear mother, please always put something in your letters to great people about the holy fear of God, or the sovereignty of the Divine Majesty, or the greatness of eternity and the shortness of this life. For there are always so many flattering these poor great ones, and a day will come when they will wish it had not been so." When she heard of the death of Louis XIII, she said: "Alas! I saw that monarch born, I saw him baptized, I saw him crowned, I saw him married, I saw him reigning, and now he is no more!" Somebody asked her if she should pray much for him; she said: "Yes! more than people would believe; for, however well he lived, and however well he died, he may possibly ave something still to satisfy for to the equitable justice of the King of kings. He is gone into a Kingdom which is only conquered by the humble of heart. No one goes in there scepter in hand." She also said the Office of the Dead every Monday for the souls of princes and princesses; and every Friday for the Knights of Malta and those who had died in battle for the Church; and she often recited the Gradual Psalms for those in the army, lest they should acquire habits of vice in that which is not the best of schools for holy living, though it is far from having been unfruitful of saints. (Father Frederick Faber, All for Jesus, published originally in 1854 and republished by TAN Books and Publishers, pp. 93-95.)
We should do likewise, my friends. We must pray every day--by name if at all possible, certainly by generality (all office holders or office seekers, celebrities, educators, military personnel, artists, writers, entertainers, etc.)--for those who have acquired the fame or fortune or power accorded in this passing, mortal vale of tears. Most of them, steeped in some kind of combination of naturalistic and/or theological errors, aren't praying for themselves, either presumptuous of their salvation or unconcerned about their eternal destiny at all. We need, as a work of true Spiritual Charity, to pray for men and women who are not praying for themselves, men and women who believe in their own "press" and who consider their own insights and judgments to be received from "on high."
This applies as to well to the largely unseen "insects" living under the rocks of one presidential administration after another, men and women who have deformed views of themselves and the world because they refuse to yoke themselves to the standard of true liberty, the Cross of the Divine Redeemer, Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, as It is held high by the Catholic Church even in this time of apostasy and betrayal as our true bishops and true priests who make no concessions to conciliarism at all keep the light of Faith alive in the midst of the inter-related errors of Modernity in the world and Modernism in the counterfeit church of conciliarism.
Unlike the rich and the powerful, who bask in their power and celebrity and who disdain suffering of any kind, especially the suffering of humiliation (although humiliation has become a means among naturalists to recycle themselves by means of naturalistic "confessions" and "rehabilitations," making millions of dollars in the process), we must embrace suffering as the price of our discipleship of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and give Him all of our sufferings and humiliations through His own Most Blessed Mother's Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. We must permit ourselves to be immolated and to be crushed by the world in order for there to be, please God and by the intercession of Our Lady, the Queen of Heaven and earth, the restoration of the Social Reign of Christ the King and of herself, Mary our Immaculate Queen, making sure to pray as many Rosaries each day as we do so.
Saint John Eudes, whose feast is commemorated today helped to establish devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus some thirty years before the revelations that Our Lord gave to Sister Margaret Mary Alacoque. He also promoted devotion to the Holy Heart of Mary. His own priestly heart was such that he stressed the importance of priests to have the very Hearts of Jesus and Mary in the confessional, exhorting sinners to amend their lives, to be sure, but doing so with an understanding of the frailties of fallen human nature and the manner in which Our Lord wants His Mercy to be extended to the souls for whom He shed every single drop of His Most Precious Blood on the wood of the Holy Cross. Saint John Eudes will help us to trust in the tender Mercies of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary during these times of apostasy and betrayal, especially as we pray the Holy Rosary to which he was so personally devoted.
Perhaps we can, on this Feast of Saint John Eudes, recite this salutation of his to Our Lady, who is meant to reign as the Queen of all men and all nations here on earth:
Hail Mary! Daughter of God the Father.
Hail Mary! Mother of God the Son.
Hail Mary! Spouse of God the Holy Ghost.
Hail Mary! Temple of the Most Blessed Trinity.
Hail Mary! Pure Lilly of the Effulgent Trinity. God.
Hail Mary!! Celestial Rose of the ineffable Love of God.
Hail Mary! Virgin pure and humble, of whom the King of Heaven willed to be born and with thy milk to be nourished.
Hail Mary! Virgin of Virgins.
Hail Mary! Queen of Martyrs, whose soul a sword transfixed.
Hail Mary! Lady most blessed: Unto whom all power in Heaven and earth is given.
Hail Mary! My Queen and my Mother! My Life, my sweetness and my Hope.
Hail Mary! Mother most Amiable.
Hail Mary! Mother most Admirable.
Hail Mary! Mother of Divine Love.
Hail Mary! IMMACULATE! Conceived without sin!
Hail Mary Full of Grace. The Lord is with Thee! Blessed art Thou amongst Women and Blessed is the Fruit of Thy Womb, Jesus!
Blessed be thy Spouse, St. Joseph.
Blessed be thy Father, St. Joachim.
Blessed be thy Mother, St. Anne.
Blessed be thy Guardian, St. John.
Blessed be thy Holy Angel, St. Gabriel.
Glory be to God the Father, who chose thee.
Glory be to God the Son, who loved thee.
Glory be to God the Holy Ghost, who espoused thee.
O Glorious Virgin Mary, may all men love and praise thee.
Holy Mary, Mother of God! Pray for us and bless us, now, and at death in the Name of Jesus, thy Divine Son
Immaculate Heart of Mary, triumph soon!
Isn't it time to pray a Rosary now ?
Viva Cristo Rey!