Armistice Day Centenary [rev. 11-12-2018]

Armistice Day Centenary

One hundred years ago, Anno Domini MCMXVIII, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the declaration of cease-fire and signing of the terms of Armistice to initiate the talks that would become the Treaty of Versailles ended the global upheaval of the Great War.

President Woodrow Wilson’s 14 Point Plan, proposed the January prior, included pleas addressed to the “Heads of the Belligerent Peoples” by His Holiness Pope Benedict XV, of happy memory, in the Peace Letter of the 1st day of August in A.D. MCMXVII. Therein was contained also the plea on behalf of the noble historical traditions and sufferings of the peoples of Armenia, the Balkans, and the ancient territories of the Kingdom of Poland.

Point 13 established an independent Poland between the borders of a rising Bolshevist Russia and the borders of a Germany falling into revolution.

Germany, reunified following a Second World War and the subsequent collapse of the United Soviet Socialist Republic’s control over Eastern Europe, completed its payment of reparations for the First World War on the 3rd day of October, A.D. MMX.

Neither Point 11 of Wilson’s Plan, calling for assurances to guarantee the independence of the peoples of the Balkans, nor Point 12, restriction the collapsed Ottoman Empire to the peoples of Turkey who dismiss their hand in the Armenian Genocide to this very day, have had the lasting effects for which Pope Benedict XV hoped.

This Sunday, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in Anno Domini MMXVIII, the tolling of the bells above Saint Peter’s Square marked the centenary of the Armistice, the cessation of arms of the Great War, ringing out that historic victory over the Enemy of Peace and Good Will among men.

Mutually Exclusive

Mutually Exclusive

On bended knee before
the bloodied and penetrated corpse
nailed to a Roman cross,

the shadow of the crucifixion
consumed by the darkened sky,
I quake with the world

as I gaze through tears
upon the beautiful truth:
suffering excludes nobody.

Reactionaries and Contrarians

Reactionaries and Contrarians

I.

By rebelling against everything
he has lost his right
to rebel against anything.

II.

The anti-establishment,
having become the establishment,
seeks to disestablish itself.

III.

In the Upper World,
Hell once rebelled
against Heaven.

But in this world
Heaven is rebelling
against Hell.

IV.

Deconstruction of the equalities and oppositions of reactions,
like readings out of the Large Hadron Collider,
repeatedly demonstrate only that nothing was the matter.

V.

Since it is lawful to pray
for the coming of the kingdom
it is lawful also to pray
for the coming of the revolution
that shall restore the kingdom.

VI.

Having thrown off the king,
the rebels, knowing only rebellion,
take up his scepter
to throw off each other.

VII.

You can never have a revolution
in order to establish a democracy.

You must have a democracy
in order to have a revolution.

VIII.

How many divisions
against itself
can a house stand
before admitting
it is not standing?

IX.

An unjust law
is no law at all.

X.

Three left turns
made at right angles
make one right.

The Laborer Cries to Heaven for Justice

The Laborer Cries to Heaven for Justice

Oh, Advocate, hear my appeal!
Spirit of Truth, attend to my cries!
Have mercy! Fill the hungry with good things!

Pope Leo XIII, where is your cause?
Is the ever ancient living wage
too antiquated to be a new thing, too?

Seduced by so many new things,
all banal and inauthentic,
progress motivated by moral regress,

who puts on display that
stored up treasury of Heaven
by withholding both old and new?

These new things do not yet suffice
and the entrance to the store room
is impassible to the trending disarray!

You counterfeiters of nourishment,
depriving the laborer
of the very grain you make him gather,

what good are you,
untested by fleeting time,
but to fuel the furnace?

The laborers, again
deprived of their wages,
cry to the Just Judge for warmth.

Saint James the Less, pray for us.
Saint Joseph the Worker, pray for us.
Saint Bonaventure, pray for us.

Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, pray for us.