A Eulogy for Father de Valk and Homeschoolers Beware

A blessed Third Sunday of Easter to all our readers! Christus surrexit vere, alleluia!

Father Raymond de Souza has posted in the Catholic Register a nostalgic and laudatory reflection on fellow priest and journalist Father de Valk, which is worth a read.

And, while on the many battles fought by the feisty Dutchman de Valk, one of which was education, there are warning clouds on the horizon from Harvard for all our homeschooling readers. The Ivy League College is hosting a conference led by a certain Elizabeth Bartholet – this is one event I hope Covid prevents – whose theme is to make children being taught by their parents illegal. Dr. Bartholet’s days of educating any children – it’s unclear if she had any – are well over, as records state that she was married in the early sixties. But, like Herr Hitler himself, she certainly wants to make it verboten for everyone else, claiming that homeschooled children are generally ill-educated, badly socialized, and need the State’s benign hand.

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The Devil’s Deathly Dominion

Physician-turned-author Walker Percy’s final novel, The Thanatos Syndrome, published in 1987, tells the odd tale of a town wherein the ‘elites’ are devolving – or is that de-evolving? – the minds of its citizens into ape-like status by adding ‘sodium ions’ to the water supply. As they act more like chimpanzees, the townspeople become ever-more compliant, no longer able to resist by reason, reduced to thinking about, and acting upon, simian sex all day. (As far as I can recall, such allusions are all PG-rated, and references indirect). Their nefarious purpose? The aptly named anti-hero, Thomas More, a semi-retired, cynical, burned-out physician, discovers they are also killing off the old and sick, while destroying the minds and souls of the hale and healthy, to set up a regime wherein they can corrupt and sexually abuse not only the brain-regressed, but the children as well.

One might have thought that such a bizarre dystopic fantasy, and so it seemed back in the relatively halcyonic neon days of the Eighties, would never come to pass, but ponder what we now have: The mind-numbing conforming effects of modern university; the definitely non-PG-rated drag-queen story times, with groomed children lying a-top twerking transvestites; a presidential candidate ushering a nine-year old boy on stage to announce he is ‘gay’ – whatever that might mean, for surely odd little ‘Mayor Pete’ could not be insinuating that such a moppet would engage, actively or passively, in the actus contra naturam, which is essentially what defines homosexuality. And the old, the sick, the maimed and infirm who arrive at hospitals may expect no longer to be healed or at least comforted, but shuffled along into that gentle good night, by hooks and by crooks.

Percy was onto something when he saw a deep and devilish connection between disordered sex and the desire for death. The Thanatos syndrome seems to have dawned upon us, almost unawares.

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Life Is Fragile, So Use The Good Dishes

One of the greatest lessons learned during my nursing career is the fragility of human life. Many times when a patient and their loved ones are given news of a life-altering diagnosis, they’ve told me: we didn’t expect this; but I’m not ready; I should have…; but I did everything right; we thought we had more time. The truth is we are only custodians of life, and although we like to think we have the answers for living large and living longer, in reality, we have very few answers and even less control. What we have plenty of is fear – of pain, infirmity, loss of control, and that great equalizer, death.

In times when our health and way of life are threatened, we do some crazy things. Witness the worldwide hoarding of toilet paper and canned food. While it’s a good idea to stock a reasonable amount of household supplies, as a virus about which we know very little wreaks havoc on the civilized world, now is the time to remember that our cupboards and bathrooms are not the only areas that need to be ready in these times of uncertainty.

So here is a list – a starting point if you will – of ways we can prepare not just our bodies but our souls during these times when we realize just how vulnerable we are.

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