Friday, April 14, 2017

Offsite Post: ‘Can These Bones Live?’

An essay on the resurrection of the South.  Our thanks again to the folks at Katehon for hosting it.  It begins,

[1] The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,
[2] And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.
[3] And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live?

Ezekiel 37:1-3, KJV

These weather-worn stones are some of the remnants of the remarkable Orthodox civilization that thrived in Ireland before the dreadful forces of the Vikings, the Roman Catholics, the Protestants, and then the secular liberals visited their devastations upon it (a like pattern of events occurred in nearly every Western European country).

If these bleak landscapes are all that remain of true Christian culture in Western Europe, where the Orthodox Faith once flourished, what hope is there for the South, which has only ever breathed the less than wholesome air of post-Orthodox Europe?

But all is not lost, for the Orthodox Church is a living reality.  It is not dead.  The holy saints who created and sustained the Orthodox culture of Ireland, England, Spain, etc. through their union with God are very much alive and waiting for their kinsmen at the South to call out to them for help.  They are their bridge and their gateway back into the Christian civilization of their forefathers that so many admire but who also seem to believe (or at least act as though they believe) is lost forever.

And the South must return to that Orthodox civilization or else she will remain trapped between the crushing pillars of appetite-driven mass democracy on one side and ruthless science-empowered dictatorship on the other (Richard Weaver, The Southern Tradition at Bay, edrs. Core & Bradford, Regnery Gateway, 1989, pgs. 376-8).

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Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð!

Anathema to the Union!

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