A very Happy New Year to his Lordship Bishop Richard Williamson. Do continue to support his weekly column in 2011.
ELEISON COMMENTS CLXXXI (Jan. 1, 2011) : UNTHINKABLE THINKING
It is difficult not to think that 2011 will be a momentous year. The world lies in darkness of mind and corruption of will. The Church which should be "light of the world" for the mind and "salt of the earth" against corruption of the will, is in eclipse. It is still there, but its light and warmth, by the fault of men, barely reach them any longer.
Such being the case, troubles of the world and from the world must come upon us. There is going to be, this year or soon after, an unimaginable sea-change in human affairs. The inexorable laws of reality are about to turn world economics upside down, yet most "economists", professional fools, are still peddling dreamland. To help family fathers in particular to think "outside the box", let me quote some advice from one writer and speaker on practical affairs who has rather less lost his grip on reality: Gerald Celente, from the New York area (trendsresearch.com) :--
"We are continually asked to provide specific trend-focused guidance on what to do to weather the financial storms... There are no simple or one-size-fits-all solutions. Every individual situation is different. If you are unemployed in a rural area, you will have a different set of possibilities, and a different set of problems than people in cities or suburbs.
The key element to realize is that this is going to be a long haul. This is a time of contraction, and a time for conservation and preservation. Overall, there will be less disposable income, and fewer dollars to spend on non-essentials. What was considered an "essential" when money flows becomes "frivolity" when it dries up.
"When looking for work, if your better judgment tells you the job you had is no longer an option (real estate agent, mortgage broker, publishing, construction, retail, auto worker, etc.), now may be the time, if at all practical, to live out your dream. What have you always wanted to do? Have you discovered any unique talents and abilities that set you apart from others? Look systematically at what you would most enjoy doing and what the chances are to make a living out of it. That's a starting point. If the only work you can find is menial, be the best at it. Do it with creativity and without resentment, and higher level possibilities will present themselves. If you do what you love, you'll never have to "work." One definition of happiness might be:
"When you wake up in the morning and what you have to do is what you would choose to do."
"Assess your personal situation. Look for people of like mind, in similar situations with complementary skills. There is strength in numbers. A group with a goal can initiate a program that would be unthinkable and unworkable for an individual."
The underlinings are mine. I shall be delighted if I prove to be wrong, but I do think now that action's top priority is soon going to be survival. Gerald Celente provides here a few lines of thought. Pray of course, that is essential, but as the old saying goes, also keep rowing to shore.
To all readers I send my blessing for the New Year.