The page could easily have been entitled “Begin Here” or “Be It Known To All Who Enter.” Let’s keep things simple. I will admit that if I knew how to build a website (and not use a template), it could be better. Given the hours I have placed into the present effort, I am reluctant to begin anew. Thus if the site appears eclectic, it is! But then again, it’s not.
When the troubles began in America between the extremes of Left and Right, I prayed. When the Right made itself present, I prayed to St. Alexander (Schmorell) of Munich. When the Left, Anarchists, and Marxists stoked the fires, I prayed to St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow and All-Russia. You may learn about both martyrs within the pages of this site.
Whether Left or Right, both extremes are to be eschewed. In my mind, both are stoked by demons—specifically, The Enemy and Liar. In this regard, we cannot be passive. We must actively guard our hearts and eternal souls. God expects no less. To do otherwise would be to show up at the great banquet and expect to be served. It will not happen. Jesus has expectations of us.
Matt.22:1-14. And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a marriage feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast; but they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying, `Tell those who are invited, Behold, I have made ready my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves are killed, and everything is ready; come to the marriage feast.' But they made light of it and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, `The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the thoroughfares, and invite to the marriage feast as many as you find.' And those servants went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good; so the wedding hall was filled with guests. "But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment; and he said to him, `Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, `Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.' For many are called, but few are chosen." (RSV)
Again, the troubles in America affect us all. We cannot sit back doing nothing. We cannot sit back doing nothing because “they” will come for you in this world. We cannot sit back doing nothing because our eternal life is at risk, in the next world. I was reminded of Pastor Martin Niemöller’s counsel for the centuries.
First they came for the Communists | And I did not speak out | Because I was not a Communist | Then they came for the Socialists | And I did not speak out | Because I was not a Socialist | Then they came for the trade unionists | And I did not speak out | Because I was not a trade unionist | Then they came for the Jews | And I did not speak out | Because I was not a Jew | Then they came for me | And there was no one left | To speak out for me. First They Came by Martin Niemöller, Lutheran minister.
"First they came ..." is the poetic form of a post-war confessional prose by the German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Niem%C3%B6ller (1892–1984). It is about the cowardice of German intellectuals and certain clergy—including, by his own admission, Niemöller himself—following the Nazis' rise to power and subsequent incremental purging of their chosen targets, group after group. Many variations and adaptations in the spirit of the original have been published in the English language. It deals with themes of persecution, guilt, repentance, and personal responsibility. Source | Martin Niemöller - First They Came for the ….
As is evident, if you scan the Internet, the poem has been internationalized and applied to many nations, peoples, and situations. The poem, as initially written was reflective of the time. The poem today could easily be reversed from any number of political perspectives. The point is doing nothing is not a survival strategy, tactic, or answer to the present troubles: Then they came for me | And there was no one left | To speak out for me.
So I began by merely posting information—the blog page—regarding the non-intellectual absurdities; Marxist relationships and tendencies; non-historical truths—the lies; the purging of academicians, politicians, and journalists; and the unwillingness of leadership to stand for the truth and the Truth. The Niemöller poem, its warning, merits our re-reading again—and again. Certainly, Niemöller was describing the extreme Right. Today we are confronting the extremes of Right and Left. Both seek the same outcome, destruction.
The Blog is simply a chronological listing of articles I traverse during the day. There is no metadata because the nature of the topics is fluid as is the killing of people, the destruction of livelihoods, and the creation of fear. The blog may seem dark since it depicts today’s trials. If you should so choose to not be aware of the trials, be not surprised when there is no one left to speak for you.
The spiritual antidote to the blog is the Courses page. Know your faith. Know the truth and the Truth. Have the conviction of heart and soul to state and live your faith lest you not have a wedding garment.
I was, rightly, asked why I chose the various venues on the Courses page. They were chosen with the following criteria in mind: 1) truth; 2) witness; and 3) I have met nearly every person on the videos and or, secondly, followed their writings. In other words, regarding the third factor, I trust them.
There is certainly a multitude of other venues that I could have depicted. It’s not that I chose not to depict them; I gravitate to that and them with which I have a relationship. If you have other suggestions, I would welcome them.
The About page, in addition to the page you are presently reading, is intended to be the why of the website. It was created with certain presumptions: that the reader recognizes the saints depicted - I was wrong, so I have attempted to fix my mistake; that readers know who Alexandr Solzhenitsyn is - I may be wrong again.
In my defense, however meager my defense may be, the site is not intended to spoon feed anyone. It’s intent is to stimulate intellectual thought (ideally to the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th degree), spiritual growth, and prayer as well as dialogue. Without a spiritual compass, the absurdities of this world will overwhelm you, and you will drown. Truth is a rare commodity. I know the latter to be a fact.