We are behind enemy lines. A darkness is haunting the world. The lamps are going out. As the lamps die one by one, the darkness grows. Read the remainder of this entry »
A reader writes and asks for help finding reviews:
I must make this small request of you. A writer whose works I very much enjoy, one Mark Samuels, recently self-published a novel with a Traditionalist Catholic theme. This is its blurb:
“Alfredo Salgado, Catholic schoolboy and proud Spaniard, wages his own personal offensive against the dictates of modernity and the ‘proglodyte’ enemies of Orthodoxy and the Old Faith.
Set in 1981 and 2015 against a backdrop of societal upheaval A PILGRIM STRANGER is an ebullient satire of contemporary values.”Problem is that Mr. Samuels published only works of weird and horror fiction before, and unfortunately neither some of his peers in that field nor a good chunk of his readership are exactly enamored with his religious and political stances. In fact, he received a fair share of bile in the past.In order to try and promote his novel, he made the following offer on his blog:So, I must ask of you, if you know any of your fans or online acquaintances with some time to spare on reading and reviewing the man’s novel, please send this link to them.It is not any sort of minor or novice writer that I try to promote here. Mr. Samuels’s work is highly praised in his field and his stories are oft reprinted.His novel deserves at least this smallest of chances to find some sort of audience. as it shan’t find any among nihilist, anti-Christian readers of horror fiction who make the bulk of his existing readership.I hope that I don’t presume overmuch by making this request of you.
A thought for today touching the Last Crusade:
There is no man, let him be aware of it or not, who is not a combatant in this hot contest; no one who does not take an active part in the responsibility of the defeat or victory. The prisoner in his chains and the king on his throne, the poor and the rich, the healthy and the infirm, the wise and the ignorant, the captive and the free, the old man and the child, the civilized and the savage, share equally in the combat. Every word that is pronounced, is either inspired by God or by the world, and necessarily proclaims, implicitly or explicitly, but always clearly, the glory of the one or the triumph of the other. In this singular warfare we all fight through forced enlistment; here the system of substitutes or volunteers finds no place. In it is unknown the exception of sex or age; here no attention is paid to him who says, I am the son of a poor widow; nor to the mother of the paralytic, nor to the wife of the cripple. In this warfare all men born of woman are soldiers.
And don’t tell me you don’t wish to fight; for the moment you tell me that, you are already fighting; nor that you don’t know which side to join, for while you are saying that, you have already joined a side; nor that you wish to remain neutral; for while you are thinking to be so, you are so no longer; nor that you want to be indifferent; for I will laugh at you, because on pronouncing that word you have chosen your party. Don’t tire yourself in seeking a place of security against the chances of war, for you tire yourself in vain; that war is extended as far as space, and prolonged through all time. In eternity alone, the country of the just, can you find rest, because there alone there is no combat. But do not imagine, however, that the gates of eternity shall be opened for you, unless you first show the wounds you bear; those gates are only opened for those who gloriously fought here the battles of the Lord, and were, like the Lord, crucified.
– Juan Donoso Cortes, Essays on Catholicism Liberalism and Socialism
One who had volunteered to be a knight in the Last Crusade sends the following meditation on the battle before us. As an homage to one of my books, he places words in the dialog of Gilberec Moth, who is the fictional Last Crusader that inspired the reality which either you and I, dear reader, will bring forth, (or, if we fail, heaven haply will select another to save the people, but it will not go well with us).
Naturally, I have no objection to his borrowing from me, as I have borrowed wholesale from G.K. Chesterton, who introduced the name and purpose of the Last Crusade in a book called THE MAN WHO WAS THURSDAY.
I thought the following list of particulars to be an apt introduction to a planned series of columns outlining the need, the philosophy, the vision, and tactics of the Last Crusade.
Once Christianity was privatized, hence eliminated as a public and social force in the law, the rise of a secular religion called Leftism or Liberalism to replace it was inevitable.
It was inevitable because a vacuum of opinion on metaphysical matters is as impossible as erecting a mathematics without axioms. Without Christian metaphysics, first assumptions of secular metaphysics govern society.
Hence, in the modern period, the first assumptions of secularism entered into all the areas, hospitals, universities, family law, and public charities, which once had been controlled by canon law, and administered by the Church.
President Trump spoke these words to cheering crowds while President and Mrs. Clinton and President and Mrs. Obama stood by, listening to all their evil or foolish dreams of de-Americanizing America go up in smoke.
Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans and people of the world, thank you.
We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people. Together we will determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come.
We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done. Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power.
And we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent. Thank you.
Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today, we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another.
But we are transferring power from Washington D.C. and giving it back to you, the people.
For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered, but the jobs left. And the factories closed.
The establishment protected itself but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs. And while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land. That all changes starting right here and right now. Because this moment is your moment. It belongs to you.
The Announcement countdown clock is still ticking. I will post it in half an hour. To aid us all to while away the time, I offer the following:
The same young and attractive fan who sent me a victory dance video for my winning the Dragon Award for SOMEWHITHER has now become a colleague and appears alongside me in the table of contents of FORBIDDEN THOUGHTS, a science fiction book specifically designed to trigger SJWs, Morlocks, and hobgoblins of who prefer PC to SF.
One the wondrous day of the elevation and deification of the God-Emperor Donald I to the Chrysanthemum Throne of America, on the occasion of his donning the Pallid Mask and erecting the Yellow Sign for his terrified yet adoring brain-slaves to adore, I thought to post this Victory Dance was apt. Read the remainder of this entry »