COVID – Truth and Freedom

It may be the devil or it may be the Lord. But you’re gonna have to serve somebody‘ – Bob Dylan, ‘Gotta Serve Somebody’

The restrictions enforced on us by nefarious global powers have sparked conversations about civil liberties and have led to protests demanding ‘freedom’. While I usually focus on more personal advice about psychological issues the COVID madness is having such a detrimental effect on people’s minds that it needs to be addressed.  The following article gives the solution to the current situation at both a personal and societal level. It explores why calls for freedom cannot be separated from the Truth and service.

Currently, the enemies of Christ[1] have their teeth in the bones of nations around the world.  Will God pull the bone from the dog’s mouth and discipline this vicious dog with a good whack across the head to alleviate the suffering this dog is causing His unruly children? Or, as His children have deliberately played with this vicious dog, will He allow them to continue to suffer the consequences of their foolishness? Before answering this question let us examine the situation before the COVID madness.

Before the COVID madness, most people had already made their mind up about whether they wanted to know, honour, and love God or not. In Ireland, this was most blatantly obvious in the three most recent Referendums on sodomite ‘marriage’, the murdering of innocent babies, and blasphemy. Before the COVID madness, Irish people had already chosen to become slaves to the devil rather than servants of Our Lord. Now, that the devil and his minions are beginning to show people their true colours in the form of tyrannical rules that stamp on people’s natural liberties and heighten societal disorder some people are demanding their ‘freedom’. Yet, for many, these demands for ‘freedom’ appear to be demands that things return back to the way they were pre-COVID.

Now, God could easily remove the restrictions imposed by COVID in an instant and give people back the natural liberties they demand.  However, so far, He has not, and it does not appear that He will.  And why should He? Why would He give certain liberties to us when He knows that they are likely to be abused? When we look at the following meditation on God’s goodness from St Francis de Sales in ‘The Devout Life’ can any of us honestly say that we have not abused His goodness: ‘God did not bring you into the world because He had any need of you, useless as you are; but solely that He might show forth His Goodness in you, giving you His Grace and Glory. And to this end He gave you understanding that you might know Him, memory that you might think of Him, a will that you might love Him, imagination that you might realise His mercies, sight that you might behold the marvels of His works, speech that you might praise Him, and so on with all your other faculties.’ Have we used what He has given us for His Grace and Glory? Or have we squandered the gifts He has imparted to us? Or, even worse, have we used them to spit in His face and nail Him to the cross? And if God decided to allow these tyrannical restrictions to be lifted what would the vast majority of people do with the restoration of some of their natural liberties? Would they follow what St Francis de Sales says above or would they continue to ignore God and use the gifts He has given them for their own destruction and that of others?

Let us acknowledge that the measures being imposed on people throughout the world are unscientific and unnatural. They contribute to more and more disorder in our societies. Yet, God has allowed them to unfold and allowed His enemies, who have carefully orchestrated this ‘shamdemic’, to dominate mankind. In this sense, the oppressive restrictions are just as God is infinitely just and loves His children dearly.  He orders everything for the greatest possible good. Our enemies and the challenges they cause us serve as a chastisement for our sinfulness. ‘He that spareth the rod, hateth his son: but he that loveth his son corrected him betimes’. (Proverbs 13:24). The draconian measures being imposed on people are a just punishment for our drifting away from God and the Faith.  God permits that the enemies of Christ become our masters as a consequence of refusing to acknowledge Christ as our King and Master.  As Christ has told us, no one can serve two masters (Matthew 6:24). The longer we refuse to acknowledge Christ as Our King and serve Him willingly the longer these enemies of Christ will dominate over us and our nations until chaos and disorder reign supreme.  We are seeing this in the current COVID hysteria. 

The COVID restrictions are a just punishment for the abuse of the gifts God has given us. Now, that some of the freedoms we have, such as freedom to travel, freedom to see our loved ones, freedom to attend Mass, are taken away from us, there is a small but vocal pushback that demands the restoration of these freedoms. But what will the majority of us do if these freedoms are restored? Will we travel to abortion clinics to murder innocent babies? Will we travel to shows or concerts that promote indecency or ridicule God? Will we spread scandal and commit detraction while socialising? Will we continue to abandon our loved ones to care homes where they are drugged up and treated like nuisances? And finally, but most importantly, will we continue to attend religious services that are deeply offensive to God, i.e. any non-Catholic services and the Novus Ordo?[2] Amongst the calls for ‘freedom’, there are also calls for ‘freedom of speech’ from many COVID protestors. If this means demanding freedom for the truth to be known and expressed then this is great but ‘freedom of speech’ as a principle in and of itself is one that no Catholic can support as Catholics should really pray: ‘Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth: and a door round my lips; incline not my heart to evil words’ (Psalms 140:3-4). Catholics should encourage the publication of truth but we must also demand that the government create laws that suppress error, especially in relation to religious error.  If protestors achieve their demands for ‘freedom of speech’ what then will we do with this supposed ‘freedom of speech’? Will we blaspheme God and His mother? Will we calumniate our neighbour? Will we let our tongue, (‘a fire, a world of iniquity’ – James 3:6) roam where it will? The gifts that God has given us come with responsibility.  This is the responsibility to use our faculties as He wills us to use them, i.e. for His glory and honour. Are we willing to accept this responsibility? Are we willing to support laws, such as laws against blasphemy, that support this responsibility? If not, then why would God take away the chains that are currently being imposed on nations? The scourging we are currently undergoing will cease when we learn the necessary lessons and only God in His infinite wisdom knows when this will be.

Aristotle, with his natural wisdom, said, ‘The least deviation from truth will be multiplied a thousandfold later.’ Christ, with His Divine Wisdom, said, ‘You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free’ (John 8:32) and, ‘I am the way, the truth, the life.’ (John 14:6). We have been deviating from the Truth/Christ in Europe for hundreds of years with the most significant deviations happening at the ‘Reformation’, the French Revolution, and Vatican II.  The more we deviate from the truth in our own lives the less free we will be. The same applies to society. Hence, the current disorder we see around us.  It is not that complex really. God designed us to know, honour, and love Him. We must serve Him if we are to be free. Liberty is a consequence of and a reward for noble efforts to serve God. The freedom we innately desire is not going to be achieved through incessant demands for more liberty.  Rather, it is to be won by service. Liberty is to be achieved by crying for the ‘spirit of captivity’ which Fr Faber (‘Growth in Holiness’) highlights as the first method to combat the disordered human spirit that demands liberty at any cost:

The first [weapon to combat the human spirit] must be what ascetical writers often call the spirit of captivity. Grace is the opposite of nature; nature everywhere cries liberty, grace cries captivity; and without a resolute good will to take ourselves captive, we shall never beat down the human spirit. The spirit of captivity consists…sometimes in submission to a written rule, parcelling out our daily actions so far as our state of life will allow, sometimes in subjection to our director, even against our own judgment, and without feints or wiles, sometimes in conformity to the law of Providence, especially where it thwarts and mortifies our natural liveliness and inclinations, and sometimes also in submission to that attraction of the Holy Spirit which is to many of us like a special revelation. There is also a captivity to frequently recurring, though not daily or obligatory, practices of devotion, a captivity to interior recollection with all its difficulties, trials, and repressions of natural activity; and all mortification is itself but a shape of captivity.’ Finally, Fr Faber points out that ‘liberty of spirit consists in exemption from cares, from remorse, from attachments; and captivity is the only road to this royal liberty.’ (my emphasis). This is true liberty. It requires hard work and constant vigilance while we traverse through this valley of tears but the aids to keep strong in this journey are many and the ultimate reward of eternal peace and happiness is more than worth the fight.  C. S. Lewis in his book, ‘Screwtape Letters’ gave an excellent description of this battle that is going on for our souls between the devil and his minions and Christ putting the following words in the mouth of a demon:

One must face the fact that all the talk about His love for men, and His service being perfect freedom, is not (as one would gladly believe) mere propaganda, but an appalling truth.  He really does want to fill the universe with a lot of loathsome little replicas of Himself – creatures whose life, on its miniature scale, will be qualitatively like His own, not because He has absorbed them but because their wills freely conform to His.  We want cattle who can finally become food; He wants servants who can finally become sons.  We want to suck in, He wants to give out.  We are empty and would be filled; He is full and flows over.  Our war aim is a world in which Our Father Below has drawn all other beings into himself: the Enemy wants a world full of beings united to Him but still distinct.’

It is our choice who we will serve. God respects our free will. We must make this choice. There are servants of the devil offering false freedom and there is Christ and His Church offering true liberty. Both attempt to captivate us.  One ensnares us and robs us of our individuality and liberty while the Other removes our chains, makes us the person we were born to be, and sets us free.  So, let us offer ourselves to Him who wills our happiness more than we do ourselves. When we and our nations become captive once again to Our Lord and Our Lady only then will we be really free.  This is the one and only solution to the disorder and madness within and around us. May God give you the grace to see this.


EndNotes:

[1] In YouTube talks about the COVID situation presenters speak about the ‘global elite’, ‘mega rich oligarchs’, ‘globalists’, ‘elitists’ or  as Dave Cullen (a YouTuber speaking out against the restrictions) describes them: ‘nefarious, unaccountable international entities that no one elected who thirst for totalitarian control’. These are all essentially the enemies of Christ. There is a vast web of them around the world with control residing in the hands of those who detest Catholic nations and the Catholic Faith due to it being the One True Faith. For more information on the enemies of Christ please see this piece written in 1890. This Catholic periodical, La Civilta Cattolica, is a Jesuit publication and stretches back to 1850. Unfortunately, today, the Jesuits in the conciliar church are primarily enemies of Christ but one hundred and thirty years ago they were strong defenders of the Faith/Truth and were pointing out who the real enemies of Christ and Catholic nations are. For comparison, see this wretched article by a Jesuit on the COVID situation from 2020 which supports the New World Order. It is also worth checking out E Michael Jones’ piece on COVID-19 and its enforcement in Argentina here.

[2] I have already mentioned the problems with the ‘New Mass’ here (especially the discussion section) but for more Information on the Novus Ordo see here.