Tuesday, September 21st 2021

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S.K. Orr

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The light was eerie this morning, filtered through a mist that seemed lighter yet more substantial than usual. As Jinx and I patrolled the high ridges and scanned for deer, it was as silent as a shepherd’s crook. The moon was hidden by clouds, but I could sense its power and ...

Monday, September 20th 2021

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Francis Berger

I wrote this post back on April 20, 2020. I am re-posting it because I believe it is pertinent to our current circumstances.

The first sin is simply the sin of despair. For any serious Christian, the mere notion of despair should be anathema. After all, how could any serious Christian ever lose hope in the example ...

Author icon From the Narrow Desert
Wm Jas Tychonievich

I dreamed I was visiting my brother and looking at some pen-and-ink drawings he had done. He had a series of three abstract pieces up on his wall, with little plaques under them with the titles: Taxes, The Tax Year, and The Seven Worlds of the Bible. I can't remember what Taxes looked like, but The Tax Year ...

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Francis Berger

Join me in a little game of connect the dots regarding a few recent news items here in Hungary . . .

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said that a recent exchange with Pope Francis in Budapest had "reaffirmed" him", and he quoted the pontiff as saying that "Hungary's fight to protect families" was one of the most ...

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S.K. Orr

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Please pray for my friend H, whose family is undergoing a severe trial right now.

Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for H’s child and entire family during this difficult trial. Pray that Christ will grant grace, faith, and especially immediate healing. Per Christum Dominum ...

Sunday, September 19th 2021

Author icon Meeting The Masters
William Wildblood

The publisher of my new book Earth is a School is in the process of arranging some potential radio interviews on spiritual channels to promote it. To support this I was asked to provide a list of talking points, and some of the programme hosts have queried my belief that Jesus Christ stands above all other spiritual ...

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Bruce Charlton

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The Nature of Middle Earth by JRR Tolkien; edited by Carl F Hostetter. HarperCollins: London, 2021.

This book is significant as being the first collection of mostly-unpublished JRR Tolkien writings to emerge since the death of his son Christopher; being edited by Carl Hostetter. It is a ...

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Bruce Charlton

It is often said that Satan has 'already lost' the war with God; and this is certainly true in one sense, but not in another.

The sense in which Satan has already lost is that since Jesus Christ established Heaven and opened it to anyone who genuinely wants to go there after death; there is an eternal realm where ...

Author icon From the Narrow Desert
Wm Jas Tychonievich

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Following up on the idea that the pecked are no longer alone in their bodies, reader Ben Pratt has brought to my attention these remarks by a Greek Orthodox hieromonk. For those who understand modern Greek, the original audio (with English subtitles) is available here. My transcript ...

Author icon From the Narrow Desert
Wm Jas Tychonievich

I dreamed that I overheard one of my young students (a specific person, whose name denotes “justice”) asking his mother (in English, for some reason) about Satanism: “I heard that some people worship Satan. If Satan is bad, and he already lost, how can he win, and why do some people worship him?”

It was ...

Saturday, September 18th 2021

Author icon No Longer Reading
Kevin McCall

In C.S. Lewis's memoir Surprised by Joy, he writes:

"Then I read Chesterton's Everlasting Man and for the first time saw the whole Christian outline of history set out in a form that seemed to me to make sense. Somehow I contrived not to be too badly shaken. You will remember that I already thought ...

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Francis Berger

There's no time left to kill,

If you can't see it, no one will . . .

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{Verse 1}

Drastic times bring drastic measures

Eating birds and the gates to heaven fell

The angels here among us are no better than the devil

{Pre-Chorus}

You know well time will tell

If there are ...

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S.K. Orr

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“I can, with one eye squinted, take it all as a blessing.”

~ Flannery O’Connor

Before I set down the day’s thoughts, I want to express my humble gratitude for the many warm and supportive comments I received on my most recent post (the most comments I’ve ...

Author icon From the Narrow Desert
Wm Jas Tychonievich

Bad news: If you want to download the app that gives you digital coupons, loyalty points and more at America’s second-largest chain of discount variety stores, you won’t be able to do it on your iPhone. That’s right, Dollar Tree is the latest company to be permanently banned from the App Store.

In a statement, ...

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Bruce Charlton

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There is a certain island called Farne, in the middle of the sea, not made an island, like Lindisfarne, by the flow of the tide, which the Greeks call rheuma, and then restored to the mainland at its ebb, but lying off several miles to the East, and, consequently, surrounded on all sides ...

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Bruce Charlton

Francis Berger has seized-upon and analyzed this new mantra of totalitarianism. It is a nice example of demonic cleverness (and a clever example of demonic 'niceness').

Because (obviously!) nobody can ever be safe; what They are actually talking about is fear, not safety; and emotional state, not a material state. ...

Author icon From the Narrow Desert
Wm Jas Tychonievich

And the Fourth Gospel's version echoes it more closely than do the Synoptics. See more at the Fourth Gospel Blog.

Friday, September 17th 2021

Author icon From the Narrow Desert
Wm Jas Tychonievich

It's a little known fact that Euripides, always a man ahead of his time, once had an ambitious plan to reboot the Homeric epics with an all-female cast of characters. Since there weren't enough legendary female warriors to meet the needs of the plot, he ended up deciding to press the goddesses themselves into service. ...

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William Wildblood

I don't write much about current events because they don't interest me in themselves, only in how they reflect spiritual gain or, more likely and almost always these days, spiritual loss. But I should say a word about what is going on now because it is so extreme. Briefly, almost every government in every country of ...

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Bruce Charlton

How was it that the End Times were (broadly) predictable so long ago? Why was it clear that evil would (sooner or later) prevail in this world?

The basic reason could be that the demonic powers are immortal spirits while Men are mortal. And this was, of course, a fact well known to our ancestors - who drew ...

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Francis Berger

He dreamt that the whole world was condemned to a terrible new strange plague that had come to Europe from the depths of Asia. All were to be destroyed except a very few chosen. Some new sorts of microbes were attacking the bodies of men, but these microbes were endowed with intelligence and will. Men attacked by them ...

Author icon From the Narrow Desert
Wm Jas Tychonievich

Very strange, meaningful-seeming dream:

I was part of a group (I just thought of them as "my friends") that met twice weekly to share ideas and creative output. The dream consisted of a few disconnected scenes having to do with that group.

In the first scene, I was preparing to go to one of our meetings and then ...

Thursday, September 16th 2021

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Amadeus Bodenstein

The biggest delusion of all is that sterile matter could ever have changed itself into something living through natural selection. For the definition of "sterile" is precisely that it is the antithesis to any form of life. If the universe really did begin in a blazing mass of burning hot matter, then it would make no ...

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Bruce Charlton

It is especially a feature of Old Age (from the early fifties, typically) that some have a strong memory while others forget - some live in the past, others in the now.

I believe that those who survive to old age do so for a reason - they are sustained by God to learn something important to them.

Crudely put, to ...

Author icon No Longer Reading
Kevin McCall

In an intellectual argument there are three factors to consider: logic, intuition, and motivation. The logic is the actual reasoning employed in the argument itself. The intuition is the deeper understanding of the principles involved in the argument, beyond the flow of the logic itself and the motivation is the ...

Wednesday, September 15th 2021

Author icon Francis Berger - Blog
Francis Berger

We experienced our first taste of autumn here in western Hungary in the final week of August. Temperatures have rebounded since then, and though it still very much looks like summer in this part of the world, the warm sun and the balmy air no longer feel like summer.

The lingering summer masquerade is unclothed soon ...

Author icon Meeting The Masters
William Wildblood

Many people, especially those attracted to New Age type spirituality, think it is. It's all about replacing the stress and antagonism in your life and your relationships with love and peace and joy. That's a reasonable motivation but it is not what the true religious life is about at all. It is, when you come down to ...

Author icon From the Narrow Desert
Wm Jas Tychonievich

Here is a passage in the King James Version of 2 Samuel that rather arrests one's attention.And David gathered all the people together, and went to Rabbah, and fought against it, and took it. . . . And he brought forth the spoil of the city in great abundance. And he brought forth the people that were therein, and put ...

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S.K. Orr

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Two weeks without posting, and I asked myself about my own online reticence.

Fact is, I simply haven’t been interested in posting here. I don’t think I’m alone in my apathy. The few blogs I read have slowed way down. Family and friends with whom I correspond ...

Tuesday, September 14th 2021

Author icon Francis Berger - Blog
Francis Berger

The 2020 birdemic coup has made it much easier to discern the evil inherent in the Establishment's Big Lies, which is the very essence of things coming to a point.

I imagine many of those who have remained willingly blind to things coming to a point have relied heavily on the "explaining away" mechanism.

The need ...

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Bruce Charlton

All Men are capable of choosing to join with Good or with evil, for two reasons.

The first is that we are eternal Beings whose primordial existence preceded creation - so we know primordial chaos by experience.

Secondly, we are all children of God who each inherit something of that divinity which created our ...

Monday, September 13th 2021

Author icon Francis Berger - Blog
Francis Berger

Confronting evil has always been an unavoidable part of mortal life for Christians. Some forms of evil can be confronted with quiet repentance while others must be dealt with bold directness. Some forms of evil are so great that they must be openly opposed with defiant hostility.

Many factors undoubtedly influence ...

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Amadeus Bodenstein

If Jesus lived in our times we would judge him as immoral for visiting and tending to the sick instead of obeying the government "guidelines" of self-isolating. The law would also smack him with a massive fine for it. It seems that Jesus is as taboo now as He was when we crucified Him. The only difference is that ...

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Bruce Charlton

It seems obvious that many people are phobic, clinically so, about the birdemic; that is, they are unreasonably afraid and practice avoidance. This merges with obsessive compulsive symptoms (unpleasant, intrusive ruminations) and compulsions (to practice ineffectual ritual behaviors).

All of these are curable by ...

Sunday, September 12th 2021

Author icon Francis Berger - Blog
Francis Berger

So, the 2021 International Eucharistic Conference wrapped up in Hungary this week with the pope celebrating the closing mass. The pope also briefly met Hungary's prime minister. Here is my summary of their meeting:

Pope: Open up your country to mass migration.

Orbán: Help protect "Christian values" in ...

Author icon From the Narrow Desert
Wm Jas Tychonievich

Here's how Artflow portrays the nine D&D alignments:

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And with that, I'm done playing around with Artflow and ready to resume more substantive posting.

Author icon Meeting The Masters
William Wildblood

In my last post I responded to a comment about the difference between the teachings of the Buddha and those of Christ by drawing attention to the lack of the idea of God in Buddhism which I consider to be a serious omission that cannot just be glossed over. By pure coincidence, I was looking through some documents on ...

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Bruce Charlton

This question has often been asked, but the answer is simple and clear. The answer is that the ruling ideology of the world is Evil - and evil has no positive definition.

The name of Evil does not derive from what it wants but from what it opposes; and that is Good, which is God and divine creation.

Evil is not ...

Saturday, September 11th 2021

Author icon From the Narrow Desert
Wm Jas Tychonievich

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“Being healthy” — be it by personal standards or medical ones — is not a moral obligation.

That someone is “being unhealthy” is not an excuse for bullying and oppressive systems and/or actions.

Your health is your business.

— Trigglypuff

Friday, September 10th 2021

Author icon From the Narrow Desert
Wm Jas Tychonievich

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I think these all work. Look at those three faces and ask yourself which smokes cigarettes, which drinks a lot of beer, and which is addicted to weird cheesy snacks that turn your fingers orange.

Update: The thing about AI is ...