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Tuesday, April 28, A.D. 2020
Gianna Beretta Molla

Fr. Z. had a post about Gianna Beretta Molla today—her feast day on the Roman calendar and the day of her death in A.D. 1962. I recommend reading about her life and the causes for her canonization. From the letter to the Hebrews:

And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:

Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions.

Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.

Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:

And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:

They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;

(Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:

God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

{emphasis mine}

This twentieth century woman, mother, pediatrician—someone from our own age, in modern dress, smiling in family photographs—joins the saints of old as a remarkable example of a life full of grace and truth.

Posted by Joseph on Tuesday, April 28, A.D. 2020
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I can only imagine what your thoughts are on the current insanity occurring across the country. COVID, the riots… what a world we are living in.

Best,
Tyler

Posted by Tyler on Thursday, August 27, A.D. 2020

Hello, Tyler, thanks for stopping by. I hope that you’re well. I’ve commented elsewhere on the madness, but I’ve just not felt inspired to write about it on here. I hate to see my most cynical and “black-pilled” predictions coming true. I admit that the more Machiavellian part of me has always appreciated the Bolshevik wisdom in “the worse, the better.” I distinctly remember having a particularly depressed conversation with Andrew in undergrad., following a Students for Life meeting, where I wondered whether all our actions in trying to foster a healthier, saner America were misguided. I believed then that the republic was inherently unstable and destined for something like what we are currently witnessing. I said that perhaps we should simply step back and watch it all come crashing down. However, such is not the dominant voice in my soul. On the eve of Obama’s election, I wrote,

“Some folks would counsel letting the sinking ship go down into the deep. All attempts to make it more seaworthy are just delaying the day when the vessel takes people down. I see reason in such ideas, but there is something rather inhuman about that calculating—it reminds me of eugenic infanticide. For the inevitable day might truly come, but it seems to me that we should defend the city nonetheless while we have strength. Perhaps, this is simply a matter of political sentiment rather than reason, but allowing one’s community to disintegrate, even with good long-term intentions, feels ignoble and wrong. You may put obstacles and difficulties in your children’s life because you love them and know that such challenges will make them stronger. No good mother, however, poisons her child so that another more promising child can come to take his place. Moreover, every sinking ship results in deaths and destruction; should we willingly stand by? Even terrible human regimes are often replaced by worse ones, which is a good argument against revolution. Radical social upheaval rarely—possibly never—does the body politic good. I’ll likely revisit this strategic-political topic in the future, but enough of it now.”

And so I find myself in the current year as a child who is watching his mother inevitably succumb to a terrible disease—feeling powerless to change her fate and dread about the life that will unfold after she departs.

Yet and still, we are witnessing things’ becoming ever more clear. The revealed picture is not pleasant, but knowledge is inherently good and useful. We need to know the extent of the affliction.

Posted by Joseph from Arimathea on Monday, August 31, A.D. 2020
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