I’m a student of the Russian language. A few days ago I was in a class and my teacher explained a concept. It was a tough concept and I wanted to understand it perfectly. I simply kept asking questions one after another. I wanted to make sure that I understood the semantic domain of the words when this rule is used and if there were any exceptions to this rule. After several minutes, looking flustered, she looked up at me and said: “Why are you asking so many questions?”
Happy Canada Day! To my non-Canadian readers, let me inform you that today is Canada Day; the anniversary of the birth of our nation, similar to what July 4 is to Americans. Today, Canada turns 150 years old. This may seem impressive but in the end does it really matter? Although I am a tax paying citizen of Canada, my earthly citizenship is far less relevant compared to my eternal citizenship. I’m also a member of the Catholic Church, an organization that has existed since the New Testament and will continue to exist until the end of time. Canada can’t beat that.
Western civilization will soon collapse. Rod Dreher gives us a brilliant way out that we all should at least consider. In his book, The Benedict Option, Dreher holds St. Benedict up as a prime example of how modern believers can form lasting institutions that can survive the impending collapse of the West and help remake the West post-collapse.
England is a very interesting country. It is a nation who’s Empire once spanned the globe and spread English values to the farthest reaches of the Earth. I live in Canada which was founded as an English colony. The country also has a very rich Catholic history. If you were to visit England 500 years ago, you would have seen about 900 religious houses throughout the country. These included monasteries, abbeys, priories, convents, friaries, and other religious houses. The religious life was by no means restricted to the clergy. They played a large role in the life, culture, and economy of England. What happened to this rich Catholic monastic life?
A lot is going on in our world right now. This year has been brutal in terms of terrorist attacks. The two attacks in London yesterday are only the most recent example. We could also talk about the increasing secularization of Western society which has been plaguing us since the French Revolution, though it seems like recently it’s been put in fast forward. Many things could be talked about. However, instead of talking about the problems, I’m going to talk about the solution.
Islam is the youngest out of all the major religions in the world, though it claims to be the oldest. Secular historians equate the founding of Islam with Muhammad. The Arab who claimed to be a Prophet in the line of Abraham, Moses, and Jesus. According to Islam, the first man who ever lived, Adam, was a Muslim. Muhammad is simply the last in the line of Islamic Prophets according to the Quran and the Hadith.
When I talk to fellow Catholics, I often like to know where they stand on their faith. I throw out a standard question: Who is your favorite Pope in the last 200 years?
Pope Pius X clearly articulated in his Pontificate in the early 1900’s that modernism was the greatest heresy. He was correct, essentially because modernism is a war on objective truth. While some religions have been affected more than others, every religion has been effected. One of the worst is the Church of England. This has caused Senior Anglican Clergyman Gavin Ashenden to leave this group.
The reason that I didn’t do a review of the movie Silence several months ago, is because that movie is very disturbing. It haunted me for quite a while. I probably should have known this since I read the book several years ago.
Today Canadian conservative pundit Lauren Southern posted a video which basically says that Muslims are invading our culture. She said that they have high fertility rates and are threatening our precious Western values which no one is standing up for any longer. I’m embarrassed to say that when I was her age, I thought in this ridiculous manner as well.