|Do you see the eye of Sauron searching for the|
ring of power to control the world ?
I found this short perspective from Fr. Tom Collins on target and an invitation for further reflection. In fact, after reading the scripture passage about the time of lawlessness and the coming "son of perdition" I want to reflect on how our time is like that described by St. Paul. It is a sobering message, a warning, in fact, for those who like having their ears tickled and prefer perverse ideas to the truth. Here is a portion of the scripture mentioned by Fr. Tom:
"This lawless one will appear as part of the workings of Satan, accompanied by all the power and signs and wonders at the disposal of falsehood --- by every seduction the wicked can devise for those destined to ruin because they have not opened their hearts to the truth in order to be saved. Therefore God is sending upon them a perverse spirit which leads them to give credence to falsehood, so that all who have not believed the truth but have delighted in evildoing will be condemned."Here is Fr. Collins commentary:
In order to understand what has been happening to the Church in America over the past several decades and has been coming to perverse fruition in the current political campaign, check out II Thessalonians 2:3-12. This passage seems to point to the lawlessness of the secular progressives, who dominate the Democratic Party and so many of our institutions, as they seek to turn the Constitution and our laws into their own private Rorschach test, changing the meaning of words to suit their agenda. It thus seems that we are well on the way to fulfill their perverse agenda, proclaimed on the Georgia Guidestones. [My note: Are the ten "guidelines" on the monument meant to be an alternative to the ten commandments?]
Sadly, as Pope Paul VI observed on June 29, 1972, from some unknown crevice, the smoke of Satan has even entered the sanctuary of the Church. At this point, it seems that only serious and prolonged penance and chastisement can open our hardened and indolent hearts to humbly, contritely and reverently receive the mercy we need to escape the cruel clutches of the Father of Lies and his minions.
But, thanks to the mercy of God, our chastisement here can get us off the path that leads to eternal perdition in the hereafter.
Fr. TomFather's article got me looking further into the Georgia Guidestones. If you read the explanation of the Guidestones at the site (See below.), one see a link to the rationalism that marked the French Revolution with its rejection of God, miracles, and revelation and its elevation of atheism and the "religion of man." It was a deliberate movement to eliminate Catholicism explicitly and religion in general and to replace the Spirit of God with the Spirit of Reason. Note that Thomas Paine wrote a book called the Age of Reason in three parts. He famously said, "My own mind is my own church." Paine made a god of reason spurring on the revolutionaries in France who guillotined the religious for worshiping the true God and gave some men's reason the right to kill others.
Were those who erected the Georgia Guidestones cut from the same cloth as the architects of the French Revolution: Danton, ["One must never compromise with tyrants. One can only strike at kings through the head. Nothing can be expected from European kings except by force of arms. I vote for the death of the tyrant."] Robespierre ["We must exterminate those miserable villains who are eternally conspiring against the rights of man... we must exterminate all our enemies."], Marat [I believe in the cutting off of heads.], etc.?
To use the term "age of reason" is a hint of who and what are behind the Georgia Guidestones. Certainly, it is NOT the Spirit of God. Rather it is the cult of man.
Here is the text of the explanatory marker:
The Georgia Guidestones
Center cluster erected March 22, 1980
Immediately below this is the outline of a square, inside which is written:
Let these be guidestones to an Age of Reason
Around the edges of the square are written the names of four ancient languages, one per edge. Starting from the top and proceeding clockwise, they are: Babylonian (in cuneiform script), Classical Greek, Sanskrit and Ancient Egyptian (in hieroglyphs).
On the left side of the tablet is the following column of text:
1. Channel through stone indicates celestial pole
2. Horizontal slot indicates annual travel of sun
3. Sunbeam through capstone marks noontime throughout the year
Author: R.C. Christian
(a pseudonyn) [sic]
Sponsors: A small group
of Americans who seek
the Age of Reason
Placed six feet below this spot
To be opened on
The words appear as shown under the time capsule heading; no dates are engraved.
Let us pray for the defeat of the prince of this world who shows himself so adroit at manipulating the passions of we fallen people turning us into a death-dealing mob.