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Sunday, 17 February 2013
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"Humility is nothing but truth, and pride is nothing but lying."
St. Vincent de Paul.

 

The Great Christian Lessons consist of the four cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, restraint (or temperance), and courage (or fortitude), which come from ancient Greek philosophy, and the three theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity (or love), which come from the letters of Saint Paul of Tarsus1. These were adopted by the Church Fathers as the seven virtues and combined with the seven heavenly virtues (which were proposed, in order to stand against the seven deadly sins, by a Christian governor named Aurelius Prudentius, who died around AD410, in his poem 'Psychomachia' or 'Battle/Contest of the Soul') of chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness, and humility. Of these Eleven Great Christian Lessons (some are duplicated in the lists) the hardest to learn, in my opinion, is that of humility.

It's so easy to see ourselves as the vanguard of the resistance -- mighty crusaders battling against the evil jihad of the violent and barbarous Mohammedans, brave warriors fighting to preserve our culture, cunning strategists working to highlight the stupidity of our politicians as they deny, or refuse to see, that the vile Mohammedan myth system lies behind the twenty-thousand2, and still counting, terror attacks perpetrated against us since 9/11 -- to see ourselves as important in the struggle, even, perhaps, as famous. That, however, isn't the case for almost all of us.

Most of us must learn to be humble for we are just workers in a cause that has been around for centuries: in fact, since Mohammedanism was invented by sick-in-the-mind Arab supremacists around AD610, one thousand four hundred and three years ago, in other words. We are nobodies in the onrush of this age old battle and we'll scarcely be remembered after we've been called home. That is not an easy idea to absorb as we sit at our computers typing the carefully crafted prose that is supposed to inspire and console our fellow activists; one can feel that one is very important and necessary, and a vital cog in the machinery of the counter-jihad -- one can feel irreplaceable.

That, we should understand, is not the case. Granted, there are people involved in this fightback whom it is difficult to imagine doing without -- they will be missed when G-d calls them to Himself and they will be difficult to replace, but others will fill their places and the centuries old war against Mohammedanism will go on, just so long as we keep on doing what we are doing now and we do it to the best of our abilities that is, but most of us are unimportant and we should embrace that and learn to have humility.

We must also learn another very difficult lesson -- that the people who believe in the disgusting tenets of the devil-inspired Mohammedan creed are just that: people. They are real living human beings. If one cuts them then they bleed. If one hits them then they bruise. If one starves them then they die. We must learn that in order to save them we have to disregard their vile and atrocious beliefs (derived from the pit of hell and retailed by the great liar called Mohammed that teach them to behave like demons in their everyday dealings) and learn to see them as people, and as people we must strive to rescue them from their putrescent, so-called religion.

We can have no truck with those amongst us who advocate the wholesale slaughter of the Mohammedans. One day, some would say, that solution to our problems may be the only one left to our descendants, but that day has not yet dawned and, we must pray to G-d, it never will if we carry out our counter-jihad effectively, for we must act in such ways as will make it unthinkable and unnecessary for those who come after us to commit the great crime of mass murder. That is our Christian duty, not only to our posterity but also to all the people trapped inside the appalling Mohammedan devil-myth and its incitements to hatred and violence.

We must behave like the good and very brave Father Zakaria (his website is here) who has been responsible for bringing many, many Mohammedans (probably many thousands) to know the love of the one true triune G-d. He has done so by the most peaceful, but nonetheless devastating, of means and he is an example that I commend to you all, not only for his patience, persistence and calmness but also for his humility.

All that said, the saints that I want to draw to your attention this week belong to the first few centuries of Christianity -- a time when Christians were often persecuted and many died martyrs' deaths. However, in keeping with my theme of humility, and of its corollary 'anonymity', I have chosen to ask you to memorialise with me some of those saints about whom we know very little or nothing excepting that they were staunch in the faith even unto death. Their sacrifices were not in vain but in their humility they never asked, or made provision, to be remembered in detail. All that has come down to us from our faith's earliest times is that these brave souls once existed and that they died for and in their Christian faith.

Let their examples speak to your soul.

So, the saints that I want to you to remember with me on the seventeenth of February are usually referred to as 'Saint Faustinus and Companions'. We know absolutely nothing about these forty-five people other than that one of them was called 'Faustinus' and that they met their deaths in one of the regular persecutions of Christians that took place at ancient Rome.

The early Church knew who they were and thought them worthy of commemoration and that must guide us, as well, to remember them. Regrettably, no record of their details has survived through the centuries to tell us precisely why these forty-five people were martyred. All we can deduce is that they were steadfast in the faith and died for their loyalty to Christ. Remember them in their anonymity as best you can.

We know just a little more about my saints for the eighteenth of February. The first was called Maximus and we know that he was murdered under the Emperor Diocletian in AD295 along with four others who were called, respectively, Alexander, Claudius, Cutias and Praepedigna. Those, again, are the only facts that have come down to us.

The early Church saw fit to commemorate them as martyrs and therefore so should we. Again, all we can deduce is that they were steadfast in the faith and died for their loyalty to Christ. Remember them in their anonymity as best you can.

The same can be said for my saint for the nineteenth who is generally known as Saint Publius of North Africa. All that has come down to us is his name and the fact that he was martyred for the faith. We don't even know when that happened, which completes the sadness that we can feel for this brave, lonely soldier of G-d whom the early Church has advised us, by its actions, is a fit person to commemorate.

Again, all we can deduce is that he was steadfast in the faith and died for his loyalty to Christ. Remember him in his almost total anonymity as best you can.

My humble saints for the twentieth of this month are the Martyrs of Tyre. They all died for the faith at Tyre (which is now in modern Lebanon) and the Bible records that that Jesus visited the "coasts" of Tyre and Sidon and healed a Gentile (Matthew 15:21; Mark 7:24) and from this region many came to hear Him preach (Mark 3:8; Luke 6:17, Matthew 11:21 to 23). A congregation was founded there soon after the death of Saint Stephen, and Saint Paul of Tarsus, on his return from his third missionary journey, spent a week in conversation with the disciples there.

Tyre, therefore, was an important Christian centre in the ancient world and so in the early fourth century persecutions that took place under the Emperor Diocletian there was bound to be a great slaughter of Christians there. We do know the names of quite a few of the Martyrs of Tyre -- today is also the feast day of Saints Tyrannio (Bishop of Tyre) and Silvanus who both were killed at Tyre in AD304 and later in the year we remember other Martyrs of Tyre whose names and stories we actually know (Saint Theodosia on April the twenty-third and Saint Christina on July the twenty-fourth for example) -- but the majority are unknown to us for their details, even their names, have not survived down the centuries or were so well known at the time that they were never actually recorded.

Eusebius, Bishop of Caesarea (which place I mentioned last week in Dies Gloriae VII in connection with Saint Pamphilus) who is regarded as the father of the history of Christianity, recorded one instance of the horrific Diocletianic terror in Tyre (conducted by the Roman General Veturius) thusly:

"Several Christians of Egypt, whereof some had settled in Palestine, others at Tyre, gave astonishing proofs of their patience and constancy in the faith. After innumerable blows, which they cheerfully underwent, they were exposed to wild beasts, such as leopards, wild bears, boars, and bulls. I myself was present when these savage creatures, accustomed to human blood, being let out upon them, instead of devouring them or tearing them to pieces, as it was natural to expect, stood off, refusing even to touch or approach them, at the same time that they fell foul on their keepers, and others that came in their way.

The soldiers of Christ were the only persons they refused, though these martyrs, pursuant to the order given them, tossed about their arms, which was thought a ready way to provoke the beasts, and stir them up against them. Sometimes, indeed, they were perceived to rush towards them with their usual impetuosity, but, withheld by a divine power, they suddenly withdrew; and this many times to the great admiration of all present.

The first having done no execution, others were a second and a third time let out upon them, but in vain; the martyrs standing all the while unshaken, though many of them very young. Among them was a youth not yet twenty, who had his eyes lifted up to heaven, and his arms extended in the form of a cross, not in the least daunted, nor trembling, nor shifting his place, while the bears and leopards, with their jaws wide open, threatening immediate death, seemed most ready to tear him to pieces; but, by a miracle, not being suffered to touch him, they speedily withdrew.

Others were exposed to a furious bull, which had already gored and tossed into the air several infidels who had ventured too near, and left them half dead: only the martyrs he could not approach; he stopped, and stood scraping the dust with his feet, and though he seemed to endeavor it with his utmost might, butting with his horns on every side, and pawing the ground with his feet, being also urged on by red-hot iron goads, it was all to no purpose.

After repeated trials of this kind with other wild beasts, with as little success as the former, the saints were slain by the sword, and their bodies cast into the sea. Others who refused to sacrifice were beaten to death, or burned, or executed in diverse other ways."

(Eusebius, 'Ecclesiastical History', Book 8: Chapter 7: Paragraph 1 to Bk. 8: Ch. 7: Para. 6 in the good Dr. F.C. Husenbeth's translation, or see the full translated text here and navigate to page 329.)

We don't know how many Christians were murdered at Tyre; we can only deduce that they were steadfast in the faith and died for their loyalty to Christ. Remember all of these courageous souls in their almost total anonymity as best you can.

That brings us to the twenty-first of February and to Saint Verulus and Companions, as we style this group of North African martyrs. We suspect that there were twenty-six of them but we cannot be certain and there could have been more. We know only the name of Saint Verulus and that they were all killed by the Vandals in AD434, probably at Hadrumetum (Wikipedia entry can be found here and today it's called Sousse and is in Mohammedan occupied Tunisia).

Nothing more is known about them except that they were steadfast in the faith and died for their loyalty to Christ. Remember all of these lonely martyrs in their almost total anonymity as best you can.

This day is also the feast day of Saint Daniel of Persia who is often confused with others of same name. He was a Persian Christian martyred in the persecutions of King Shapur II in AD344. That's all we know about him but once again we can deduce that he was steadfast in the faith and died for his loyalty to Christ. Remember him, this brave, lonely and almost forgotten warrior for Christ, in his almost total anonymity as best you can.

The twenty-second of February is the day when we traditionally commemorate the Martyrs of Arabia -- those of the third and fourth centuries that is. One must understand that the name 'Arabia' is used here as it was used during the late Roman Empire and it refers to the Roman provinces east of the River Jordan that included the mountainous districts roughly south of the Dead Sea. These provinces were often called Arabia Petraea after the annexation of the Nabatean kingdom by Trajan in AD106.

In Arabia a huge but unknown number of Christians perished for and in the faith at the close of the third and the beginning of the fourth centuries. Details as to precisely how many and precisely who they all were haven't come down to us -- all that we know today is that they were legion and that they have been honoured as the Martyrs of Arabia since ancient times. Most of these holy martyrs perished under the Emperor Valerius Maximianus Galerius, but the use of the word 'Arabia' will bring to mind the vile slaughter of Christians even further east in the demon Mohammed's time and later by his hellish followers -- even today Christians are being murdered all over the Mohammedan occupied Arabian peninsula3 as well as almost everywhere else in the world that is under occupation by the hell-driven Mohammedans.

Nothing more is known about the Martyrs of Arabia except that they were steadfast in the faith and died for their loyalty to Christ. Remember all of these lonely martyrs in their almost total anonymity as best you can.

On this day I also want to memorialise Saint Aristion of Salamis. Once again, very little is known about this saint excepting that the ancient Church believed him to have been one of the seventy disciples sent out into the world by Jesus, as detailed in Luke 10:1, to preach the good news (Eusebius, 'Ecclesiastical History' 3.39.4 to 5, full translated text here, and Bishop Papias of Hierapolis -- Pamukkale in modern Mohammedan occupied Turkey -- his surviving works are here in translation, both agree about this as do other authorities of the time and slightly later such as the 'Constitutions of the Holy Apostles', 'Constitutiones Apostolorum' written sometime between AD375 and AD380 probably by Bishop Julian of Cilicia, all eight books of which can be accessed from this page).

Several scholars believe that Saint Aristion wrote the biblical book 'Hebrews' and there is some evidence to support that thesis and it may be that some of the verses in the synoptic Gospel of Mark -- specifically, but not necessarily limited to, 16:9 to 20 -- were also written by Aristion. He was certainly alive at the time that 'Hebrews' was written (the years around AD64 are generally accepted for this) and certainly survived long enough to have written text that the compiler of Mark's Gospel had access to when he wrote that synoptic out in Greek in Syria sometime between AD60 and AD70.

However, Saint Aristion's life story has not come down to us and his authorship of anything at all can be easily disputed. We do know that he preached as commanded by Christ on Cyprus and at Alexandria in Egypt. We know he was killed for that preaching but we don't even know where or when excepting that it may have been at Salamis on Cyprus and was almost certainly in the first century. That he was important to the spread of our faith is indisputable, but nothing more is known about him except that he was steadfast in the faith and died for his loyalty to Christ. Remember this lonely martyr in his almost total anonymity as best you can.

For the twenty-third of February I want to commemorate three named saints. The first of these, however, died with many others in the persecutions of the early fourth century. He was called Rutilus and he was murdered for the faith along with an unknown and unnamed number of others at Syrmium in Pannonia -- modern Sremska Mitrovica in Serbia.

The second memorial is for Saint Zebinus who was a hermit and teacher who lived in Syria. He died sometime in the fifth century.

The third rememberance for this day is for Saint Florentius who is often confused with others of the same name. He was martyred at Seville in Spain in AD485.

Those very bare statements of fact are all the details that have come down to us about the saints for this day. As usual, all we can deduce is that they were steadfast in the faith and died for their loyalty to Christ. Remember those almost forgotten, brave martyrs in their almost total anonymity as best you can.

So, as you strive with all of us here at NER to preserve our cultures, our ways of life and worship, and our freedoms in the face of almost constant attacks by the loony left and the ravening demonic horde of Mohammedans that infests our world today as if all the years had become locust years, I ask that you remember those who helped to make the civilisation of which we are so proud.

We live in a Judeo-Christian milieu that has been created by the many who have gone before us. We derive our morality, a large part of our art and culture and even the way we look at ourselves from our Christian, and Jewish, past. The early saints whom I have listed for this week died, for the most part, unknown, unlauded and unrecorded excepting in the brute statistic of numbers. They helped make our world and some, like Saint Aristion, knew Christ personally and followed Him even unto death.

Remember, also, that the saints I have given for this sennight gave far more than you and I are currently being called upon to give. Remember that and think of the Great Lessons to be learned -- think, with me, especially about humility. I commend my heptad of daily saints to your prayers, or to whatever personal rememberance you may make as you consider our history if you are not a believer, for without the unknown, unsung saints of the early Church we would have nothing worth defending.

"Pride must die in you, or nothing of heaven can live in you."
Andrew Murray, 'Humility'.

 

 

Footnotes:

1) Every single attack that is known about is patiently recorded and exposed at 'the religion of peace dot com'.

2) 1 Corinthians 13:13, "And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity" (KJV).

3) For example: "Saudi converts to Christianity face the death penalty if discovered; executions are definitely known to occur. In August 2008, a young Saudi woman in Buraydah was killed by her brother, a Muslim cleric and religious police member of the Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, after she proclaimed her Christian faith to her family. Saudi authorities arrested a 28-year-old Christian man in January 2009 for describing his conversion from Islam and criticizing the kingdom’s judiciary on his blog. On January 1, 2011, new regulations went into effect, requiring all Saudi news blogs and electronic news sites to be strictly licensed, to "include the call to the religion of Islam" and to strictly abide by Islamic Shariah law. The requirements are being coupled with strict restrictions on what topics Saudi bloggers can write on—a development which will essentially give Saudi authorities the right to shut down blogs at their discretion." (From: http://www.persecution.net/saudiarabia.htm.)

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Posted on 02/17/2013 8:12 PM by John M. Joyce
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