And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Sunday, January 31, 2021
Monday, January 25, 2021
... is this one by Mihai Marinescu on the Kali Tribune website - www.kalitribune.com. It was written in September 2017 but it's so relevant to the world of January 2021 that it could have been written this morning. I'm thinking here about what it says about the demonic intelligences ('Macrobes' as Lewis calls them) who dictate so much of the agenda in That Hideous Strength. I don't really need to emphasise the extent to which these dark powers are active in today's world. But the Devil plays all sides, and the writer is also astute in his (her?) exposure of the limitations of 'conspiratorial' thinking, as well as the lies purveyed by the mainstream media, of course.
There's a better way to be taken, and that is the path chosen by Ransom and the Company he gathers around him at St. Anne's-on-the-Hill. We don't know the how and the why behind the facade of surface phenomena. We can guess and surmise but our points of view are always partial and we'll never be able to 'join the dots' in the coherent, comprehensive manner we often crave. Tuning into the Divine Will is what it's all about and then making ourselves receptacles for that Will to act in the world. When it comes to current events, we need to move beyond our obsession with facts - 'What are the facts behind the smokescreen presented to us? What's really going on? - and look for the archetype which is expressing itself through the event. Only then do we start to look the right way through the lens and begin to get a sense of where God is in all this and what He might be asking us to do.
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
When I think of what we have lost as a society this past year, two buildings spring immediately to mind - a pub and a church - symbols of a world which seems sadly to have vanished. The church is the Holy Name on Oxford Rd, Manchester (above), c.1995 when I used to go every day - a midweek Solemn Mass, Palestrina in the choir loft, candles glowing, incense billowing, kneeling before the Logos with three hundred others as the bells ring out at the Consecration, a feeling of unity and connection - not just with my peers, but with the Communion of Saints and the whole angelic host.