We are browbeat by a plethora of entertainments. It hard to discern any facts, much less give them their structures, from the mountains of scintillating details. How to discern truth, when diversion is the order of each and every newsday.
One of many bomb ravaged neighborhoods in Damascus, Syria
Photo shown round the world this Sept. -- Body of refugee 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi
Submerged below dramatic tragic images that do sometimes appear [as with the current flood of refugees] is just the plain banality of war—its pain, sufferings, destruction, with no higher purpose other than perhaps the greed for oil and power. Our conflicts in the Middle East, are not in defense of democracies; these nations don’t exist as democracies. In this combative process, our own democracy is under threat of becoming a plutocracy, run by rich military industrialists. This all to the delight of the evil one who roams about all nations and religions seeking the ruination of souls.
War is the brainstorm from Hell, masking rotten pride with glory. Where did all these migrants, refugees come from, unprecedented since the worldwide disaster of WWII? From our fears, a multiplicity of savage unnecessary wars propagated out of the toppling of our World Trade Towers. How should we respond to this multitude, 14 million plus, displaced by these wars and their decimating economic effects?
he Gospel of Luke 16, the story of the rich man and Lazarus the beggar at his gate, has the crucial answer. We must recognize them, welcome them, and try to meet their needs. We must beware of this tendency to build walls to keep them out, and the gates we won’t open, or we shall march powerfully into eternity yearning for a drop of healing water to touch our own tired tongues, to moisten our parched souls—finding ourselves far across a chasm from the love of God.
Syria is at present the source of most of the world’s refugees. A recent report from FAIR indicates how the U.S. has intervened there, only helping to further provoke a disastrous civil war. Please take time to read this informative review. http://fair.org/home/down-the-memory-hole-nyt-erases-cias-efforts-to-overthrow-syrias-government/
We have the words of St. James’ epistle [I’ve reversed paragraph order] from yesterday’s Sunday service, for further contemplation. JAS 3:16—4:3
Where do the wars
and where do the conflicts among you come from?
Is it not from your passions
that make war within your members?
You covet but do not possess.
You kill and envy but you cannot obtain;
you fight and wage war.
You do not possess because you do not ask.
You ask but do not receive,
because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.
Where jealousy and selfish ambition exist,
there is disorder and every foul practice.
But the wisdom from above is first of all pure,
then peaceable, gentle, compliant,
full of mercy and good fruits,
without inconstancy or insincerity.
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace
for those who cultivate peace.
This is today! That more may celebrate, let us pray.
We welcome the words of Pope Francis as he comes to visit the USA tomorrow.