I have spread out my hands all the day to a rebellious people who walk in a way that is not good after their own thoughts. Expandi manus meas tota die ad populum incredulum qui graditur in via non bona cogitationes suas.
The tragic events of the last few years have been a blessing to those of us who are still alive because the events have clarified everything. Hopefully, the sacrifice of others was worth it.
I used to think there was salvation outside the Church. Not anymore. Get yourself there and find traditional Catholicism. Retreat to the catacombs is at hand.
The episcopacy and the Vatican are corrupt. We must wade it out.
Anthony van Dyck (1559-1611) painted the last image in the video, “Lamentation of Christ” (Baroque style). He studied under Hendrick van Balen and Peter Paul Rubens, who referred to van Dyck as his best pupil.
Enlarge this painting. If you struggle with faith, look at it, dead center: mother, son, angels in weeping wonder over the left hand. The angels could not have known what would happen, and what happened is as present today, June 8, 2022, as it was on April 3, 33. Our Lord blessed me with a stoic mother who, if she had been depicted by such an artist, would have been depicted that way. This is why I am Catholic … for love of her and Him.
Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) was a Flemish Baroque and Catholic Counter-Reformation artist. He said, “My passion comes from the heavens, not from earthly musings.”
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), whose music I have featured in my blog, was a master of Baroque. His middle name is Latin for “lover of God”.
Note: I abhor labels and categories and avoid using them when talking or writing about the living. Graham Greene disliked being called a Catholic writer; he preferred "a writer who happened to be Catholic". I respect someone making that kind of plea. Yet, with regard to practitioners of the arts and sciences, the categories clarify broader concepts. If someone writes science fiction, I might be interested, but Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is not going to be first on the list, unless my student who likes zombies says, "No, let's read it." I would force myself. That novel is classified mannerpunk!