My Thoughts

I receive a ton of email … every day; because of spam filters, thank goodness, I only see a small portion of what comes addressed to my various email accounts but what gets through is highly annoying and time consuming. Most of it is junk which is abnormally normal for those of us tethered to our computers; no one enjoys delete, delete, delete, delete, … read, save, delete, delete, …

But it is that occasional read, save, read again that makes all the wasted time nominally worthwhile. I just wish the proportion of deletes to saves could somehow be reversed. It is what it is, however. Last Friday I received a weekly email from The Fellowship of St. James, the publisher of Touchstone magazine, with a subject that, had I not recognized the sender, I might have easily hit the delete button thinking it was an email from some banker in Nigeria wanting to send me an enormously large check. The subject: What Would You Protest If You Had a Billion Dollars? Hmmmm, sounds a bit over the top for a scam but maybe not. Read on. From the first paragraph, I was hooked or rather intrigued and fascinated. It seemed unsettlingly familiar.

For two months, people had spent almost all their free time in their homes and apartments. Then suddenly one day, there were crowds in the streets, then protesters, followed by looting and burning and injuries. Surprised politicians and government officials responded by either applauding or denouncing the events, some plotting on how to take advantage of the new situation.

Like I said, it sounded all too familiar. But the following two paragraphs brought it into its proper historical context.

That all began on February 22, 1917 (Old Calendar). After two months of sub-zero weather had kept the citizens of Petrograd mostly indoors, a sudden and prolonged spring thaw brought crowds outside to enjoy the sunshine and spring temperatures in the 40s (Fo). Small protests, commonplace in Russia, grew larger over the next few days. An observer on the second day noted: “The crowd did not seem to be organized; it was a miscellaneous mob of men and women, students, boys, girls and workmen.” The ranks of factory strikers, socialist radicals, anti-war, anti-government and/or anti-tsarist demonstrators quickly swelled. (The Russian Revolution: A New History, Sean McMeekin, 2017).

Army mutinies in Petrograd and at the naval base at Kronstadt were not quashed and began to spiral out of control. Within ten days of that first sign of spring, the 300-year-old Romanov monarchy was over. The Tsar abdicated the throne. Russia was left headless, with a cadre of bickering and plotting political leaders, activists, and revolutionaries, ranging from pro-tsarist, constitutional monarchist, and socialist intoxicants of various proofs to full bore Bolshevist Marxism.

Still seems all too familiar. First the coronavirus pandemic around the end of February and the beginning of March, 2020, followed by quarantines, lockdowns, widespread economic meltdown and viral panic incited by government bureaucrats and radical Marxist/Socialists, most noticeably democrat mayors, governors and members of Congress along with their media propaganda machine, soon followed by looting, uncontrolled violence, murder, anarchy, chaos and rioting egged on by Antifa/BLM radicals in “mostly peaceful” protests.

It sure does seem all too familiar. Just saying. Wake up, America!

Just my thoughts for a Monday, for what it is worth.

Deacon Chuck

About the author: Deacon Chuck

Deacon Chuck was ordained into the permanent diaconate on September 17, 2011, in the ministry of service to the Diocese of Reno and assigned to St. Albert the Great Catholic Community. He currently serves as the parish bulletin editor and website administrator. Deacon Chuck continues to serve the parish of Saint Albert the Great Catholic Community of the Diocese of Reno, Nevada. He is the Director of Adult Faith Formation and Homebound Ministries for the parish, conducts frequent adult faith formation workshops, and is a regular homilist. He currently serves as the bulletin editor for the parish bulletin. He writes a weekly column intended to encompass a broad landscape of thoughts and ideas on matters of theology, faith, morals, teachings of the magisterium and the Catholic Church; they are meant to illuminate, illustrate, and catechize the readers and now number more than 230 articles. His latest endeavor is "Colloqui: A journal for restless minds", a weekly journal of about 8 pages similar in content to bulletin reflections. All his reflections, homilies, commentaries, and Colloqui are posted and can be found on his website: http://deaconscorner.org. Comments are always welcome and appreciated. He is the author of two books: "The Voices of God: hearing God in the silence" which offers the reader insights into how to hear God’s voice through all of the noise that surrounds us; and "Echoes of Love: Effervescent Memories" which through a combination of prose and verse provides the reader with a wonderful journey on the way to discovering forever love. He regularly speaks to groups of all ages and size and would welcome the opportunity to speak to your group.

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