Sunday, August 25, 2013

Damson plums again

We finished picking the damson plums today.  I'd picked about half the plums on the tree during the past week, and just kept them in the fridge.  Today we got out the ladder and climbed up to get the rest.

It came to 10 lbs altogether, which is much better than I expected.  Last year, the tree was badly afflicted with canker and plum cucurlios, so I pruned it back HARD, by about 1/3 at least.  I wasn't really expecting much of anything from the tree this year, thinking it needed to recuperate.  But considering that last year we got 18 lbs., this is a pretty good yield.  And best of all, the tree is pretty healthy this year, with just a few small growths here and there, and not much fruit drop.

It's supposed to rain tonight and tomorrow, so I think I'll make the jam then; might get about 2 dozen jars.  If we ever have to go survivalist, we'll have lots of plum jam and marmalade to survive on!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

The Age of Miracles and Wonders

I read this story a day or two ago, and am not sure just what to make of it.

"God told me" to step down, the pope emeritus was quoted as saying by a visitor who met him recently, Zenit said in a report in Italian media on Wednesday.

The 86-year-old Benedict XVI, who has retained his papal name, now lives in a former monastery inside the Vatican walls and has made no public appearances.
He only very rarely meets with visitors, Zenit said.

But Benedict was quoted by Zenit as saying he had a "mystical experience" in which he received a divine message that fostered the "absolute desire" to be with God in private prayer.

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I've never approved of Benedict's resignation, and the idiocy of his successor has done nothing to reconcile me to it.

But I can't outright dismiss this story; there must be some basis for it, as I don't think any reporter would fabricate such a claim. 

So Benedict may have made such a claim.  Did it really happen?  I don't know.  He really wanted to resign, and people can convince themselves that what they want is what ought to be.  A Pope should be able to distinguish his own wishes from God's will, but humans are fallible and he may have talked himself into thinking that God was telling him to resign.

On the other hand, he might have received a vision of some kind; it's happened before.  However, I don't trust this report's interpretation of the matter, as it is clearly proposing a cause and effect situation:  "God told me to quit.  I did.  Francis is such a dazzling success that it proves that my resignation was God's will.  Hurrah!"

God could have told him to quit, but it doesn't follow that it was to shower the Catholic Church with even greater blessings.

I think the mystical message from God was "Time's up."  We've squandered our last chance, and now we're going to suffer.  It starts with the election of Francis, the Gutter Pope, and it will end with the collapse of the Church and its return to the catacombs.

And Benedict will have to suffer too, for his shrinking and dilatoriness.  He was made Pope to do a job, to conquer the evil that started with Vatican II, and he flinched.  He wanted things to be done pleasantly and politely, with gentle suggestions and loving hints.  The Enemy just laughed at him and refused to play along.  Now time has run out.

This is why God didn't do what he usually does when it's time for a new pope: end the life of the incumbent.  No, Benedict has to pay for his failure, and it's already started: he's seeing the destruction of even his rare success, Summorum Pontificum and his attempt to restore the liturgy.  Typically, it was done in a cautious, tentative manner, in the vain hope that softly murmuring instead of forcefully commanding would reconcile the modernist maniacs to losing.  Nope.  They waited him out, and now they've got the pope they want, who'll give them back everything Benedict tried to take away, and more.

Saturday, August 03, 2013

One man's trash...