Saturday, November 24, 2007
Well, here you go: a couple, an uncle and aunt, mind you, of the perpetrators were beheaded because the dear old uncle wore western-style trousers. Pants = infidel = beheading. Get it?
Point (b): I wish that such a well-informed proponent of western values as Michelle Malkin knew something about René Girard. Sigh.
The fracturing of the Right as seen in the mutual casting out of Little Green Footballs, on the one hand, and Gates of Vienna/Fjordman, et al, on the other, shows the sad ignorance of mimetic theory in the struggle against the two-front war facing the West. It also shows the utter necessity to find one's ontology and epistemology -- not to mention anthropology -- in the revealed deposit of faith vouchsafed by the Magisterium of the Catholic Church when dealing in matters of defense of the West.
Be that as it may, Mark Steyn sees what Europe can and will become, without a return to the Church. Relating the tale of the murder of Theo Van Gogh, Steyn quotes from the opening chapter of Daniel Silwa's The Secret Servant:
Professor Solomon Rosner, a Dutch Jew and author of a study on "the Islamic conquest of the West," is making his way down the Staalstraat in Amsterdam, dawdling in the window of his favourite pastry shop, when he feels a tug at his sleeve:
"He saw the gun only in the abstract. In the narrow street the shots reverberated like cannon fire. He collapsed onto the cobblestones and watched helplessly as his killer drew a long knife from the inside of his coveralls. The slaughter was ritual, just as the imams had decreed it should be. No one intervened — hardly surprising, thought Rosner, for intervention would have been intolerant — and no one thought to comfort him as he lay dying. Only the bells spoke to him."
They ring from the tower of the Zuiderkirk church, long since converted into a government housing office:
"A church without faithful," they seemed to be saying, "in a city without God."
Exactly. Even so, Theo Van Gogh, like all victims of the violence of the primitive Sacred, was and is at-one with the "lamb that was slain" since the foundation of the world [Rev 13, 8] in Catholic teaching; Christ, as Mother Teresa was wont to say, "in all of his distressing disguises" [Mtt 25,31-46]. Christ in our world still as the outcast, the slain, the expelled, the scapegoat.
The more they try to cast Him out, the more the Crucified One enters our world.
Friday, November 23, 2007
A hunter I am not, although I once was hunted by a black bear in New Mexico; an experience I am happy to say I came away from, literally, with "just a scratch" (but how many can say a bear claw attached to a bear leg scratched me just there over my left eye, as one stands smiling with drink in hand?).
But I must say that this story -- A Game Journey -- On a French boar hunt, life as a traqueur is not easy -- brought the scent of decaying leaves, woodsmoke, a crisp autumn day, and that certain stillness that one can only find deep in, say, an 100-acre wood. If you have a mind, enjoy the story and the photo essay. You may develop a desire for donning a pair of wellies and heading out for the Wild Wood.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Those who cut themselves off from the True Vine of Christ and his teaching no longer have the stabilizing influence of the deposit of faith protected by the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, exemplified by Archbishop Nienstedt.
Mary Lynn Murphy of Catholic Rainbow Parents, condemned the archbishop's column as "extreme talk" that should be considered offensive to all Catholics because it "gives license to hatred and violence against us all."
Murphy lectured the bishop stating, "The new archbishop should apologize, begin to educate himself on the topic of sexual orientation, and be the prophetic voice for the much-needed reform of the church's understanding of homosexuality."
The neo-pagan agenda -- unconscious and naive -- would follow Murphy's sincere but sincerely wrong-headed approach of placating whatever suits individuals' degeneracy by framing the discourse in terms of "rights", "extremism", and victimization. This once again shows the blindness of those caught in the primitive Sacred "vortex" to the Natural Law written indelibly in our bodies for procreation and our chafing against the sole place in which the meaning and purpose of human life may be found: Catholic truth. It also shows how divorcing concern for victims and outcasts from the One Who taught us to do this -- Jesus -- looses chaos in the form of victimhood as political and power ploy that in turn creates new victims.
Pan-sexuality and paganism are at-one. The archbishop is boldly telling the truth and is a target for all who cannot abide truth claims in their relativist and gnostic world.
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Fr. Sergius Bulgakov, an émigré from Soviet Russia who became dean of the Russian Orthodox seminary in Paris, published an essay reflecting on that verse in 1932. It’s titled “The Holy Grail,” but he makes clear that he’s not talking about the Grail of medieval legend, the cup which St. Joseph of Arimathea supposedly held to catch the blood flowing from Christ’s side. Bulgakov says that the myth of the Grail is nevertheless trying to tell us something. It “expresses precisely the idea that, even though the Lord ascended in His honorable flesh to heaven, the world received His holy relic in the blood and water flowed out of His side.”
The vessel which caught the blood of Christ, Bulgakov proposes, was not a cup. It was that span of weary earth lying at the foot of the cross. “The life of the flesh is in the blood” (Lev 17:11), and our Lord’s lifeblood soaked into the dry and rocky soil of that graveyard outside the city gates. His blood was hidden there in the ground, and, in Bulgakov’s lovely image, thereby consecrated that ground, all ground, the entirety of material Creation.
“The whole world is the chalice of the Holy Grail,” Bulgakov writes. “The Holy Grail is inaccessible to veneration; in its holiness is hidden in the world from the world. However, it exists in the world as an invisible power…[It] is not offered for communion but abides in the world as the mysterious holiness of the world, as the power of life, as the fire in which the world will be transfigured into a new heaven and new earth.”
He explores this idea further later on. The world is the Grail, “for it has received into itself and contains Christ’s precious blood and water. The whole world is the chalice of Christ’s blood and water; the whole world partook of them in communion at the hour of Christ’s death. And the whole world hides the blood and water within itself. …[A]ll the blood and water of Christ that flowed forth into the world sanctified the world. This blood and water made the world a place of the presence of Christ’s power, prepared the world for its future transfiguration, for the meeting with Christ come in glory.
“The world was not deprived of Christ’s presence (‘ I will not leave you comfortless’ [John 14:18]). Christ is not alien to the world; the world lives by Christ’s power. The world has become Christ, for it is the holy chalice, the Holy Grail. The world has become indestructible and incorruptible, for in Christ’s blood and water it has received the power of incorruption, which will be manifested in its transfiguration. The world is already paradise, for it has produced ‘the tri-blessed tree on which Christ was crucified.’”
The gift of Christ’s blood hidden in the earth means that he is present in our midst; not merely a spiritual or inspirational presence, but a participant in the ceaseless tide of matter as it surges now together, now apart. Christ didn’t just visit our world, but continues here, mingled with the atoms we see and touch every day. I am looking at my computer monitor screen, and then at the monitor, the pens and papers on my desk, the lamp and stapler, the photos of those I love. Everything is going to be returned to dust. Throughout the history of the world this convulsive dance of alliances forming and dissolving will go on. But on Good Friday something was added, and by it the world becomes the True Grail.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Some on the Left are coming up and breaking surface on the realities of this sacrificial crisis. Below is the beginning of a series by former left-leaning journalist, David Aaronovitch. He may not understand or even know of Girard's work (let alone the Magisterium's Catholic truth!), but he outlines the structure of the primitive Sacred in Islamist fascism even if he only deals in its themes (which should largely be ignored as reason is shut down by the justifying power of Sacred violence). [HT: Velvet Hammer Lady] Part One:
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
So it should come as no surprise that discussion about Islamist scapegoating violence is (a) not only being shut-down by the quasi-intellectuals, journalists, ministers, and media who deem themselves arbitrators of the terms of conventional discourse, but is also (b) becoming something difficult to grasp, hard to see, blurry, and opaque. Such violence is in itself shutting down discussion. So, stories like this -- Counter-terrorism officials rethink stance on Muslims -- and this on "Hate Speech" will become more and more prevalent as the justifying sacred violence proceeds apace.
Gil Bailie speaks of this silencing effect of the primitive Sacred in imagery of a "vortex":
"...it gets more and more compulsive as this system drags down into its vortex. So much so that at the “pit” of that vortex things happen that we never hear about, never learn about. It’s as though you enter a “black hole” and the gravitational field that surrounds the actual event of victimization is so profound that no “light” escapes. We hear nothing of it.It should also come as no surprise that the primary victim-of-choice of Islamist fascism is the Jew and, by covenantal relationship, Christianity in general and the Catholic Church in particular. Both Judaism and Christianity are products of the biblical Spirit that allows a voice to be heard from that "vortex" of sacred violence, beginning in the Psalms, proceeding through the Prophets, and culminating in the Paschal Mystery -- the death and resurrection of Jesus.
That is why the Hebrew literature is so unique. Because, suddenly, we begin to hear something out of (the vortex)."
Be aware of the cloak of silence that is being cast over the violence of Islamist fascism. It will be persistent and insistent and extremely seductive. Do not allow the silence to deafen your mind and heart to the "still, small voice" that will not, that cannot be silenced any longer by such attempts of pagan silencing around its sacrificial altar.
The only place wherein hope for change from this propensity for satanic accusation and sacrificial violence still resides in our world, a bright shining light in the darkness, even amid the squalor of postmodern swill, a treasure of great price, is scorned and mocked – even in car ads. It is threatened and hurled abuse by the new fascisti who hate Jews, Crusaders, and all who stand for the biblical spirit of truth, goodness, and beauty in our world.
Watch the graphics in IMK. Look at the protesters' placards. Now you know who and what to pray for and about. Keep a copy of the Catechism handy, the dogs loose, and the sword upstairs. [Tip: Velvethammer Lady]
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
One cannot begin to grasp the way Hitler utilized crowd psychology until one understands the pathological labyrinth of human culture explored and marked by René Girard. The only difference between National Socialism and present Islamist fascism is the degree to which the former consciously carried out its efforts with Nietzschean and, hence, pagan intent. The past, as Girard, has shown, holds the keys to understanding the present and future. May we learn and, empowered by the Church and her Gospel, move inch by inch closer to our pre-lapsarian nature. Kudos to Lambert for grasping the outline of the "primitive Sacred" nature of Hitler's conscious agenda and gravitational force field of Islamist fascism.
Visit James K. Lambert's homepage and the other segments of his work on Hitler here. [HT: Atlas Shrugs]