Keep your eyes
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July 28, 2015
(2Pe 3:3-7) Knowing
this first: That in the last days there shall come deceitful scoffers,
walking after their own lusts, Saying: Where is his promise or his
coming? For since the time that the fathers slept, all things continue
as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they are
wilfully ignorant of: That the heavens were before, and the earth out
of water and through water, consisting by the word of God: Whereby the
world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished. But the
heavens and the earth which are now, by the same word are kept in
store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of
the ungodly men.
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THE VORTEX BY MICHAEL VORIS: The Last Days
The Roman civilization in the West lasted almost 1000 years, partly as
a republic and partly as an empire. Roman culture dominated the known
world and impressed itself so deeply on the Mediterranean world that
even now, 1500 years after it collapsed, it still echoes throughout
Western culture in art, law, architecture.
The point is that to have grown up as a Roman, to have come to manhood
in this culture, must have made a young man feel in some sense like he
was a master of the universe. Rome ruled the world, and to be a Roman,
especially as a young man growing up in that milieu, must have been
Generation after generation of young men inherited from their fathers
the built-in assumption that Rome ruled the world and always would —
that Roman life was indomitable. The Roman legions defeated every foe;
the gods of Rome were worshipped in every corner of the empire; the
whole world even spoke the same language of the caesars.
And then one day, after centuries of rule, rumors started circulating
that barbarians were raiding and pillaging the next town — that the
legions had been defeated, and their town was next. And the next
morning, the young men, the young proud men, the heirs of the greatest
civilization known to mankind, woke up to the barbarian hordes
marauding through their streets.
They were witnesses to the end of their civilization — these young men,
expecting to continue to be the masters of the universe as their
fathers had been and their fathers had been, and all the way back for
centuries. Now, it was all over. As young boys they had dreamed the
Roman dream, even begun to live it. Now, the dream was over.
They would be the first generation of young Roman men in centuries
whose lives would not be like the lives of all those earlier
generations. Their fathers and grandfathers and great grandfathers had
been born and lived and died under Roman rule, living the Roman
dream. This would not be the case for them. Nothing would ever be the
same again. The future their fathers had envisioned and worked to make
real would never exist for them.
When a civilization comes to an end, there is always some generation of
young men — the generation of young men — who are present to the final
curtain. This has happened many times in history. Various young men
have been the witnesses to the end.
And here’s the point of all this: Young American males today are now
in the same position — the cadre of young men who are not allowed to
dream the dream. Yours is the first generation of young American men
who will not be able to secure the American dream; your economic future
is fading as every economist is predicting.
Your psychological and emotional and spiritual well-being are so deeply
threatened, in fact already damaged, that there is no way to reverse
this calamity — no earthly means. Put frankly, your life, for the first
of a number of generations in America, will not be like all the others
If you are around 30 or younger, you will have to face the music, fair
or not, that the world is not the same world it was when your fathers
were your age, and as a result you won't be able to live like they did,
won't be able to have the expectations of just some peaceful uneventful
future as previous generations did. The world has changed, which means
your lives will have changed. You will have to face situations that
your fathers never had to face, that your grandfathers couldn't have
If you are a faithful Catholic, you will need to re-build the world, or
your children will have to after a period of persecution. If you are
not a faithful Catholic, you will perish.
These are the last days of this civilization — and that means that boys will have to become men very fast.
Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Humility
36. He also said, 'A brother asked Alonius, "What is humility?" The
hermit said, "to be lower than brute beasts and to know that they are
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