The recent Imprimis from Hillsdale College is a must read. This issue was on the connection between marijuana, mental illness and violence. It debunked all the pro marijuana propaganda. Smoking marijuana greatly increases developing schizophrenia, and because it increases paranoia, causes people to become violent. Actual statistics from several states including Oregon show an increase in murder rates after marijuana has been legalized.
Bernardo Aparicio García
Anyone who believes the great masters are gone forever, however, need only look at the art of Giovanni Gasparro. Like no other living artist I know about, his work is imbued with a freshness and power that brings new life to the tradition of figurative painting going back to the Renaissance. Yet he isn’t content just to meet the demanding standards of that tradition; he also builds upon it and pushes it in new directions.
One painting I want to mention in particular, because it is at once so magnificent and disturbing, is Saint Hildegard von Bingen’s Vision of the Church. The painting, which Gasparro completed in 2018, depicts a mystical vision reported by the saint in the year 1170—a terrifying image of the Church deformed. I leave you with St. Hildegard’s own words describing what she saw:
I had a vision of a woman of such beauty that the human mind is unable to comprehend. . . . But her face was stained with dust, her robe was ripped down the right side, her cloak had lost its sheen of beauty and her shoes had been blackened.
And she herself, in a voice loud with sorrow, was calling to the heights of heaven, saying, ‘Hear, heaven, how my face is sullied; mourn, earth, that my robe is torn; tremble, abyss, because my shoes are blackened!’
[. . .]For my Bridegroom’s wounds remain fresh and open as long as the wounds of men’s sins continue to gape. And Christ’s wounds remain open because of the sins of priests. They tear my robe, since they are violators of the Law, the Gospel and their own priesthood; they darken my cloak by neglecting, in every way, the precepts which they are meant to uphold; my shoes too are blackened, since priests do not keep to the straight paths of justice, which are hard and rugged, or set good examples to those beneath them. Nevertheless, in some of them I find the splendor of truth.
Why is it that we are unaware of how long things have been going bad? We tend to think the 1950’s were better than now? Read what Fulton Sheen said 72 years ago:
In a talk 72 years ago, Bishop Fulton Sheen appeared as visionary as prophets of old.
“We are at the end of Christendom.” Archbishop Fulton Sheen said during a talk in 1947. Making clear he didn’t mean Christianity or the Church, he said, “Christendom is economic, political, social life as inspired by Christian principles. That is ending — we’ve seen it die. Look at the symptoms: the breakup of the family, divorce, abortion, immorality, general dishonesty.”
Sheen wondered if we’re even aware of the signs of the times because “basic dogmas of the modern world [were] dissolving before our very eyes.” Replacing them were the assumptions man has (1) “no other function in life than to produce and acquire wealth,” (2) the idea man is naturally good and “has no need of a God to give Him rights, or a Redeemer to salvage him from guilt, because progress is automatic thanks to science-education and evolution, which will one day make man a kind of a god,” and (3) the idea reason isn’t for discovering “the meaning and goal of life, namely the salvation of the soul, but merely to devise new technical advances to make on this earth a city of man to displace the city of God.”
It’s a long article worth reading.
Reading the words of the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade in this article makes me sad. The explicit acceptance of sexual immorality from the highest court shows how corrupt our culture has become. And our church has not fought against it enough.
Steve Bannon had to be smuggled into the Oxford Union because of the protesters trying to stop him from speaking. One of the protesters had a sign saying, Fascism is Wrong, End of Debate. Oxford President Horvath had the guts to stand up to this anti intellectual snowflakery. He argued that allowing the event to go forward “would encourage students to properly justify their own views.” That would be an intellectual exercise, something apparently foreign to Oxford University students today.
You would think that in the age of relativism there would be more debate, not less. Everyone can have their own truth and we can discuss it. But instead of there being a live and let live attitude, there is a fear of the other’s truth. It is as if another person stating their truth obliterates my truth. Relativistic truth is fragile and that is why people seem to need a herd to reinforce their truth. They need lots of people loudly proclaiming it to make it strong. It has no strength on its own. It is as if those who are relativists know that they are really vulnerable to logical reasoning, as if they know they are really standing on quicksand.
The problem is magical thinking. Magical thinking is if I believe it enough, it will be true. Something will become true, if enough people believe. Reminds me of Tinkerbell and Peter Pan. If we say that words are equal to violence, then they are and we are justified in using violence to stop people from speaking. Those who opposed letting Bannon speak said, “The Oxford Union once again is giving a platform to the far right to speak and by doing so legitimizes racism.” Why does one man saying something legitimize racism?Does this mean that if one person says something it becomes true and anyone hearing it will believe it is true?
I am just an old fogey who believes in absolute truth. I think reality is like the Rock of Gibraltar. You can’t just wish it away. I can’t understand how people can think otherwise.
Read this article:
This article on Breitbart says it all. I really like the way he contrasts Trump’s style with other presidents’ style. For example:
Has Trump weaponized the IRS against the American people, left four Americans to die in Benghazi, run guns to Mexican drug lords, and spied on the national media? No, that was Barack Obama’s style.
Has Trump politicized a funeral to fuel his petty grudges? No, that’s the McCain style.
Has Trump launched a war of choice with no endgame? No, that was George W. Bush’s style.
Warning: crude language.