Thursday, April 30, 2020

Remembrances for May

Dear friends, if you have time, please pray for these members of the Southern family on the day they reposed.  Many thanks.

But one may ask:  ‘What good does it do to pray for the departed?’  An answer is offered here:

May 1st
Harry Hosier and George Liele. (The exact dates of their deaths are not recorded, so the approximation of 1 May is used instead.  Thanks to Mr William Federer for mentioning them in one of his history posts.)
Harry Hosier was a slave, born in North Carolina, folks reckon, and after gaining his freedom he became a very talented preacher who rode with Bishop Francis Asbury on his circuits.
George Liele was a slave from Georgia who became a fruitful missionary in Jamaica upon gaining his freedom.

May 6th
Judah P. Benjamin
A Louisiana lawyer and senator, and later Secretary of State for the Confederacy.  He went through hard times with the grace characteristic of the South. 
He may have had a hand in planting States’ Rights ideas into the Canadian constitution from his time as a lawyer in England.

May 10th
Gen Thomas J. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson
One of the South’s finest men.

May 10th
John Gould Fletcher
A Pulitzer Prize winning writer.  A craftsman of both poetry and prose.

May 11th
Roger Busbice (2019)
A man from our own time, but a man nevertheless dedicated to Dixie’s well-being.  He was a kind mentor to those who asked him for help in learning about Southern ways.

May 12th
Gen J. E. B. Stuart
One of the South’s best cavalry commanders.

May 25th
Rev Benjamin Morgan Palmer
An influential pastor in New Orleans both behind and away from the pulpit.

May 25th
George Garrett
Virginia’s Poet Laureate from 2004-6, amongst many other literary achievements.

May 26th
Eliza Lucas Pinckney
An enterprising matron in the worlds of business and art.


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

Anathema to the Union!

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

China and Communism

As the COVID epidemic begins to wane, China’s role in how it developed is coming to the fore.  The response of a growing number in the States is to rattle the saber at China.  Dr Matthew Johnson is in fine form in this podcast as he demolishes the faulty reasoning of Sen Lindsey Graham and his supposedly ‘conservative’ followers that China is currently a Communist country and, because of that, there should be a new Cold War between the [u]ited States and China (brutal and repressive her government is towards the folks of China in some distressing ways, but Communist it is not):

An essay by a different author but on a similar theme is here:

What remains of utmost importance, however, in this coronavirus situation is the spiritual meaning of it all.  And here a revered Christian elder living on Mt Athos has some important words for us, words with which we will leave the reader to ponder as we close this post:

 . . . To the many unbearable problems which men have, the threat of the virus has now been added too, which has ended up a nightmare. People suffer more from their fear, panic, and involuntary reclusion than they do from the virus.

The [Greek] state has taken protective measures, but the Church has her own means of confronting the virus. Now, humbled as never before, weakened and bound by the state, she is unable to grant them to her faithful.

In older times and in similar cases of deadly epidemics, she would perform sanctifications of the waters (αγιασμός) and go out in procession with the sacred icons and holy relics. Why should these not be done today as well? “Is the Lord’s hand unable” to help us in these days too (cf. Is. 59:1)?

During the third decade of the twentieth century, my village was struck by a plague which killed fifty little children in a few days. They could not dig the graves fast enough.

Then they brought the skull of Saint Charalampes from Saint Steven’s in Meteora and the plague immediately ceased.

Ever since the Lord performed the Mystical Supper and handed down the most holy mystery of the Divine Eucharist, the world-saving Divine Liturgy has not ceased to be celebrated to this day.

Neither Diocletian, nor the Turks, nor the communists in Russia, nor the Germans during the years of the occupation managed to stop the Divine Liturgy and the faithful from approaching Holy Communion.

And now, with the fear of the virus, the churches have closed down and the faithful are deprived of the saving grace of the mysteries, of which they have so great a need. On the contrary, while everyone here [in Greece] remains fearfully silent, in the Orthodox Churches of Serbia, Bulgaria, and Georgia divine worship continues unhindered, the churches are open, Divine Liturgy is celebrated, and the faithful are not afraid of being affected by the virus.

The protective measures employed by the present government are unconstitutional, unbearable, extreme, and unfair to the Greek Orthodox, while they have also created an atmosphere of terrorism, which the media aggravate.

Yes,the virus exists and we must protect our health and the health of those around us. Fear, however, must vanish, because when man is in a state of fear he cannot think and act rationally and discreetly.

In a similar case, when the eruption had occurred at Chernobil, people had then panicked and were examining the vegetables and fruits in order to eat those that had the least exposure to radiation.

When Saint Païsios was asked, he said that we should do the sign of the cross and eat fearlessly, which he himself first did, setting an example.

Were he alive today, it would be inconceivable for us to see him wearing a mask and gloves, carrying a little bottle of alcohol in his pocket and avoiding people or speaking to them from a distance.

He would surely be pacifying the people, he would be helping them put away fear, and most of all he would be saddened by the closing of the churches. Such a fear is unbefitting for Christians inspired by the example of the God-Man and by the Martyrs of our faith.

Many are anxiously expecting the defeat of the coronavirus by the invention of the vaccine, which will be obligatory for all. As for us, we refuse to be vaccinated.

Whoever is afraid, let him receive as many vaccines as he likes, but he should know that they may produce unforeseen and grave side-effects, as was the case a few years with the vaccines against the bird flu done to children, many of whom became paralysed.

Likewise, many of those who received the vaccine against hepatitis B contracted multiple sclerosis, and the same happens with other vaccines as well. Unless God guard us, what can vaccines and medicine do?

The godless Kazantzakis was vaccinated so as to be protected from cholera during a trip of his, and he still fell ill.

We have superior vaccines and the “medicine of immortality”, the holy Mysteries. We have time-tested doctors, specialists on viruses, Saint Charalampes, Saint Bessarion of Dousikou Monastery, who are for the plague, and so many other saints. Now, however, with the strict limitations the people remains helpless and uncomforted.

And while everyone is struggling to confront the virus, some people have other things in mind and as their goal. Top doctors and scientists are pointing out that what is happening is a discipline test: the goal is to manipulate the people in the direction they want.

This seemed strange and incredible until recently, but it is not imaginary, since men are now publicly saying that “The coronavirus pandemic has brought to the fore the need for a world-wide democratic government” (George Papandreou) and proposing that “each man have on him a microchip with biometrical data in relation to this virus or to other epidemic measurements” (Evangelos Venizelos).

These people are openly speaking of mark [of the Antichrist] and world-wide dictatorship, but do we get it? And what are we doing? Saint Païsios has spoken and written so much about this topic.

Can we possibly trust these men who have enslaved us to the foreign lenders and who are now leading us into slavery to the Antichrist?

Foretelling the future hardships, Saint Païsios would emphasise: “Only with a good spiritual life shall we make it through”. God has permitted this great trial because our sins.

We have need for sincere repentance, inexhaustible patience, and unceasing prayer, which strengthens our faith. We wish our brethren a good Resurrection under whatever circumstances.

May the Risen One, the Lord of life and Vanquisher of death, comfort and enlighten all of us by the light of His Resurrection, and may He give power and endurance to His people. By His grace may we arrive at the day of our deliverance from sin and from all evils. Amen.

With pain of heart
And sincere brotherly love,
Priestmonk Euthymius
Cell of the resurrection, Kapsala
Mount Athos


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

Anathema to the Union!

Monday, April 27, 2020

The New Normal

Gov Edwards has been speaking lately about the ‘new normal’ for Louisiana.  Let us look specifically at two goals he is driving us towards.

First, he would like the wearing of face masks to be considered a new way of showing politeness because doing so will supposedly slow the spread of the COVID virus.  This needs a good bit of unpacking. 

To begin with, there is a gaping hole in the Governor’s COVID strategy:  Nowhere does it recommend strengthening the human immune system.  Wearing masks, social distancing, staying at home, etc., do not help the body fight off diseases.  There are some simple things that can be done, however, that have been shown to be successful in overcoming infections in general and COVID in particular.  Among these are taking some inexpensive, readily available supplements:  zinc (taken with an ionophore (a compound that helps zinc penetrate the cell membrane) like quercetin found in apples, peppers, kale, blueberries, etc.), vitamins A, C, and D (the last is particularly important for our African-American brothers and sisters, whose bodies do not produce as much vitamin D from sunlight as lighter-skinned European folks’), and iodine.  Writers and doctors like Bill Sardi and Dr David Brownstein have been tracking this subject closely.  Zinc in particular helps the thymus gland to produce the needed antibodies to fight any ailment, so vaccines are unnecessary if enough zinc is taken (vaccines, ironically, usually wind up weakening the immune system because of the presence of toxins like MSG and heavy metals like aluminum and mercury, in addition to other ghastly ingredients like cells from aborted babies:,

Also, sunlight, which causes the body to produce its own vitamin D while also killing viruses, and fresh air have been shown to help fight off infections.  Doctors had better success treating patients outside during the Spanish Flu of 1918 than inside for this reason.

Apart from this, what else does wearing a mask do?  It marks us as slaves of the government, just as the iron collars of the Roman Empire’s slaves marked them as the property of their masters.  ‘We obey without questioning the truth or efficacy of the government’s orders’:  This is the message the wide-spread adoption of ‘masking up’ will send.  To be sure, there are some who would benefit (like healthcare workers and those who have serious medical conditions already).  But the vast majority of the population would be better off without them.  In order to put COVID in the past, we need to expose everyone who is healthy to the virus in order to develop antibodies to it.  The more we stay away from one another, the longer this whole sorry scenario is going to drag out.

Furthermore, the wearing of masks is dehumanizing as it breaks the communion of man with man.  The face, as Father Dumitru Staniloae has noted in his Orthodox Dogmatic Theology series of books, is one of the places par excellence of human communion.  The more we hide our faces from one another, the less human we become, for we are by nature social creatures, beings made for life physically close to one another, able to behold one another’s facial expressions directly.  Our interactions with each other were not intended to be mediated by a video screen or a plastic shield or a face mask.

And this approach to the divine brings us to a second goal of the Governor’s ‘new normal’:  chastising people for celebrating holy days together during an epidemic as he did after Easter Sunday.  Traditionally, when difficult circumstances arose, the political leaders of Christian lands together with Church clergy would lead their people in processions with holy relics and icons, holy water, and so on through the streets of the cities, asking for God’s mercy and blessing. 

It is still being carried out in Orthodox countries by the clergy, e.g.,

This practice has thankfully come to some of the States by Orthodox clergy acting on their own initiative:

But for the most part, our modern ‘Christian leaders’ in the South and elsewhere like Gov Edwards command us to forsake all this, and to our great dishonor, most have complied.  Truly, our faith has grown weak and cold.

Gov Edwards’s ‘new normal’ is not what Louisianans need to ward off the COVID illness.  It is in fact only going to prolong our suffering - of body, feelings, and soul - if we adopt it.


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

Anathema to the Union!

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Repeating the Mistakes of Iraq in China?

There are strong echoes of the runup to the 2003 Iraq War coming from Washington City right now:

US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo revealed Wednesday that China has denied US scientists permission to enter the Wuhan Institute of Virology in order to investigate the possibility that the coronavirus originated there.

“The Chinese government hasn’t permitted American scientists to go into China, to go into not only the Wuhan lab but wherever it needs to go to learn about this virus, to learn about its origins,” Pompeo told Fox News host Laura Ingraham.

“Look, we know it began in Wuhan, but we need to figure this out. There’s an ongoing pandemic. We still don’t have the transparency and openness we need in China.” Pompeo urged.

 . . .

In a further press briefing Thursday, Pompeo reiterated that the US must be allowed access to Chinese labs in order to prevent further outbreaks.

This rhetoric is no different from that used to justify the 2003 bombing and occupation of Iraq (which still has not ended after 17 years):  ‘Saddam Hussein won’t allow weapons inspectors to verify he has no WMD’, folks were saying in the Bush administration, ‘so we have no choice but to bomb the daylights out of them with a “coalition of the willing” ’.  We are now only a few failed threats and sanctions away from going down the same road with China.  May God prevent it!


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

Anathema to the Union!