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Monday, August 3, 2020

Mask wearers operating on pure fear, go completely insane and hurt others.

Jerry DeMarco Jul 31, 2020 SEEN HER? Clearer video shows a woman assaulting a Staples customer in Hackensack, breaking the victim’s leg, after she asked the assailant to wear her coronavirus mask. FULL STORY: https://dailyvoice.com/new-jersey/hackensack/police-fire/clearer-video-staples-customer-thrown-down-leg-broken-by-woman-who-refuses-to-wear-mask/791773/
The couple throws hot coffee at a man because he wasn’t wearing a mask, get their asses beat and then play the victim card to the police. Full story here: https://www.ibtimes.sg/california-couple-throws-coffee-man-not-wearing-mask-gets-beaten-then-play-victim-49383

A Toronto man destroyed a pizza display because another customer was not wearing a mask - u/RxdditRoamxr #Toronto #COVIDIOT #COVID19Ontario pic.twitter.com/4ks86Lbh35 — blogTO (@blogTO) July 31, 2020

https://twitter.com/blogTO/status/1289258634677907458

Utah woman assaulted by fellow Walmart shopper for not wearing mask, police say


Man killed by police after mask dispute at ... - ABC News


Jul 14, 2020 - DETROIT -- A Michigan sheriff's deputy on Tuesday fatally shot a man suspected of stabbing another man who had challenged him about not ...

https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/man-killed-police-mask-dispute-michigan-store-71774507

Ontario man killed by police after altercation over refusing to ...

Jul 16, 2020 - A 73-year-old Ontario man was shot and killed by police shortly after an ... at a Minden, Ont., grocery store because he refused to wear a mask.

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/dyzxnz/police-shot-and-killed-a-73-year-old-man-refusing-to-wear-a-face-mask

Arlington fines groups of more than three on sidewalks
Independent Sentinel

Arlington County, Virginia has a rule that looks like it was recommended by Communist China. They passed a new rule that if more than three people gather on the street, they will each be fined $100. It’s not America any longer, at least not in Arlington.
How is this acceptable and why are people allowing it under the false guise of safety?

THE ANNOUNCEMENT



This is why McDonald's is closing 200 locations this year

Well, things aren't going too well for McDonald's this year. This week, the fast-food franchise announced that it plans to close 200 locations by ...

https://www.businessinsider.com/mcdonalds-to-permanently-close-200-locations-in-us-2020-7

Fauci is nuts. He just wants his way no matter if it makes any sense at all.

Forced Vaccination is where they want to go.



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Sunday, August 2, 2020

For England 5.0 and America, Too


By Anna Von Reitz

As we have been slogging through the trenches of many adversities and stupidities as well, we have kept a "weather eye" out for our friends in Britain, for information that they need to affirm for their country the same respect and security that is owed to ours. We do this because we realize that the British People have been just as misinformed, abused, deceived, and defrauded as we have.
We have observed throughout that the Mess is not an American issue. It is a worldwide issue, with nearly every country on the globe being caught in the Corporatist web and nearly everyone on the planet being misrepresented as a Legal Person --- a slave or indentured servant --- a constructive fraud and identity theft and crime of personation designed to seize illegal and unlawful claim to our land and soil assets by Robber Baron billionaires like Bill Gates, who is aiming at the "Ultimate Theft".
Bill Gates aims at nothing less than the theft of our bodies---literally.
He and his compatriots are attempting to do this by fraud, deceit, and genetic alteration, which would, if successful, lead to commercial claims of ownership and dependency based on the patented genetic material inserted into our natural genetic code --- and that would enslave the entire affected world population.
Your "acceptance" of his patented RNA fragment would result in that RNA being inserted into your DNA and changing it forever. You would thereby become a new product belonging to Bill Gates and his co-conspirators.
You would no longer be a natural product of our original Creator.
This, more than anything else, is what is driving the criminals now engaged in the Covid-19 Farce.
The U.S. Military is in it up to their eyeballs, desperate to find a way to commercially enslave enough people to pay their bills.
They don't care where, who, or how. They have built a system based on peonage (mercenary service) and enslavement (purported volunteers) and they aren't willing to do the right thing and return to the command of their civilian government.
So this is a gargantuan issue that has to be finished once and for all ----most effectively by pulling all the patents that have been put in place in support of these nefarious aims.
Everyone's support for everyone else is necessary. Our eternal vigilance and determination is required. Each one of us, in our own country, must serve to defeat the aims of the Corporatists, who are nothing but Colonialists on steroids, and Robber Barons without conscience.
That Bill Gates and DOD could even come up with such a plan is an indication of the disgusting lack of moral character that is common to both, and the necessity of dealing with -- as in taking out -- NATO and the UN responsible for the DOD and SERCO support that has thus far enabled this criminal idiocy.
SERCO is the British-based paymaster for the U.S. Military.---- and not coincidentally, it has also been unlawfully, illegally, and immorally placed in control of our United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) where it has accomplished no end of filthy mischief, including the promotion of private corporate patents on mankind's DNA and RNA.
At the end of the day, it's a British Corporation, SERCO, that is enabling Bill Gates and the Wellcome Trust and the Filthy Fabians to procure a patent on the RNA "creation" that they hope to insert in us via the Covid-19 Test and Covid-19 Vaccination--- and thereby secure a commercial claim to own us.
Such an outrageous circumstance can hardly be described without retching. Our British kindred must act in their own defense against this and pull the rug out from underneath SERCO, must expose this diabolical plot against Nature and against Mankind to the Parliament, and to the world.
Just as we must expose it to the American People and must hold the Military and Corporate and Uniformed Officers commercially and personally 100% responsible, and must also liquidate the offending patents that have been issued under our Delegated Power by SERCO.
So, all right, Lads and Ladies. It's showtime and the faster we act and the faster we start banging our dishes on the floor like angry dogs and put an end to this nastiness, the better.
Target SERCO, which richly deserves it. Target any politician who makes any excuse for this at all. Target the Parliament in Britain, and demand immediate cessation of these abuses of the American patent process and immediate and permanent of all commercial claims against living people or their "persons" based on insertion of patented DNA and RNA products.
Now, just because I have been dwelling on the current horrible betrayal and breach of trust being practiced against us all by the Pope and the acquiescing Queen and the Lord Mayor via SERCO and the US Patent and Trademark Office, doesn't mean that I haven't been looking out for our British friends regarding more basic ammunition valuable to us all.
Here it is for this week, and may God Bless him forever -- DragonDaddy. 

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Another Iteration of The Big Lie

By Anna Von Reitz

As I always say, if they could lie about dropping "Atom Bombs" on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, they can lie about anything.  And do.  

That's what the Children of Satan do.  A lie is a prayer to their Father. So they really get into their profane religion; day after day, they placate the Spirit of Falsehood in every way possible.  

So you must learn to discern what they are doing and use your God-given horse sense to figure things out.  I call this using your "Shinola Sensor". 

So use it.  Look.  Think.  Learn.  

Often, their most successful scams revolve around something new --- something you never heard about --- like the Atom Bomb.  The newness allows them to make up whatever drivel they want to make up, and because it's "new", you accept that whatever they tell you about it is true.  

You have no knowledge of it, because it's new. 

You have no opinion of it, because it's new. 

And if it has something to do with science and it's new, you probably don't feel competent to form an opinion about it, and rely on "the experts" ---- and how much does it cost them to buy experts?  

So now that you are thinking about it and screwing up your courage to look behind the curtain at the ugly old man pulling the strings, see this: 

5G WHISTLEBLOWER: CORONAVIRUS TEST SPREADING VIRUS
Dana Ashlie:  You Cannot Catch The Coronavirus Unless You Take The COVID-19 Test Or The COVID-19 Vaccine
DR THOMAS COWAN SYSTEMATICALLY DECIMATES THE COVID-19 LIE!
Dr Thomas Cowan MD Coronavirus and 5G
The Invisible Rainbow Aurthur Firstenberg 
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For Trumpsters Only: Exposing the Covid-19 Lie! Coronavirus Test Spreading Virus!


By Anna Von Reitz

5G Whistleblower: Coronavirus Test Spreading Virus! You Cannot Catch the Coronavirus / Covid-19 Unless You Take the Covid-19 Test or the Covid-19 Vaccines! Exposing the Covid-19 Lie! Great Videos.
Friday, July 31, 2020 8:39


5G WHISTLEBLOWER: CORONAVIRUS TEST SPREADING VIRUS
Dana Ashlie:  You Cannot Catch The Coronavirus Unless You Take The COVID-19 Test Or The COVID-19 Vaccine
DR THOMAS COWAN SYSTEMATICALLY DECIMATES THE COVID-19 LIE!
Dr Thomas Cowan MD Coronavirus and 5G
The Invisible Rainbow Aurthur Firstenberg 


Lawful Person or Legal Person, Human or Man?


By Anna Von Reitz

There continues to be confusion, so I am explaining it again.  

You can be operating as a Lawful Person (who has rights and guarantees and protections and can own property) or as a Legal Person (who has no rights or guarantees and can only manage property for someone else as a slave or indentured servant). 

Lawful Persons “record” their property assets and interests and retain ownership of their assets. Legal Persons “register” their interests and give them to their Masters in Trust who then own and control the assets held in Trust. 

The Legal Person gets a Certificate as the Donor of the Assets (Birth Certificate) or a Registration Receipt (Motor Vehicle Registration). 

The Master of the Trust retains both the Equitable Title and the Legal Title and distributes the interest as the Master sees fit. 

The Legal Person/Donor stays on as an unpaid custodian of the property (your children, for example) and is accountable to the Master for their job performance (enter Child Protective Services or the Highway Patrol or, or, or...).

So now you see why it matters if you “record” or “register” and whether you act as a Lawful Person or a Legal Person.

I hope this explains my comment adequately for all concerned and shows everyone why it is essential to freedom and property ownership and control to establish and maintain your status as a Lawful Person. 

As a Lawful Person you are the Employer of all the Legal Persons.  As a Legal Person you are an Employee (either a slave or indentured servant) of the Lawful Persons. 

In a similar way, there is a disparity between "human" and "man".  

The very name “human” means “hue-man” which means “color of man” which means “Legal Person”. 

This “color of man” concept has nothing to do with race, but is used in the same sense as “color of Law”—- merely appearing to be law and merely appearing to be man. 

When you allow someone to call you a "human" you are accepting the status of a Legal Person --- a slave or indentured servant, and identifying yourself as such.  

Humans and Legal Persons have "Civil Rights".  Civil Rights are not actually rights, but privileges that the Master allows his slaves and indentured servants. Because they are privileges and not actual rights, they can be revoked by command (Executive Order) or the stroke of a pen suspending such "rights". 

Men and Lawful Persons have "Natural and Unalienable Rights" that are part of their Nature, granted by Nature and Nature's God --- as the Founders put it. Nobody gave us the "right" to walk, talk, think, move from place to place, or exercise our will.  These are called "Natural and Unalienable Rights" because they were not granted by men and cannot be taken away by men. They cannot be suspended or curtailed by Legal Persons. 

This is one of the fundamental differences between the foreign oligarchies perpetuated by the City of Rome and the Vatican and the lawful and honorable government of this country; they allow slavery and peonage, both, but we don't. 

Therefore, if you want to be a slave, you can enslave yourself by accepting Municipal citizenship of the United States.  If you want to sell yourself into mercenary service or act as an indentured servant, accept Territorial United States Citizenship.   

But,  if you want to be a free man or woman, endowed by your creator with certain Natural and Unalienable Rights, enabled to own property outright and to travel freely and to speak your mind and to be responsible for your own governance, then you accept the burden of being a State Citizen and you paddle your own canoe.  


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TIM BURKE: First Amendment protects free speech, not violence

Your Pahrump News
In the rural counties of Nevada, it is not uncommon to have residents assemble and express their conservative viewpoints. Here in Pahrump, during patriotic holidays like the Fourth of July, you might find someone standing along the main roadways waving an American flag to show their support for this country. It is also common to see American flags attached to residents’ cars and trucks around town. These residents are exercising their First Amendment rights.

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Checks and Balances Wake Up Call


By Anna Von Reitz

Most of us were taught about the concept of "checks and balances" as the Founders applied this concept in building the Federal Government, but it is a very ancient concept, not something unique to our deliberate constructions designed to balance and counterbalance powers within various levels of our government. 

One of the more ancient checks and balances principles involves the jurisdictions set up and recognized by the Roman Catholic Church in the process of setting up the Unum Sanctum (World) Trust: you can't be in two jurisdictions at once, and as you gain power in one jurisdiction, you lose it in the others. 

Strange, but true.  

The jurisdiction of the land and soil is solid, therefore, most powerful and fixed. The jurisdiction of land and soil is where gold is gold, plums are plums, and men are men.  Although our Proper Names, also known as "Lawful Persons", are not physical, they belong to us in the same way that our parents might also give us a bicycle or a chest of drawers.  

The rats have tried to human traffic us off the land and soil, and do it when we were too young to ever realize what they'd done.

Guess what? That "one in a million" Colonel House talked about? 320 of us figured it out.

Many people make the mistake of calling their possessions "personal property" when in fact they mean "private property".  This innocent mistake is then preyed upon by immoral judges and attorneys who think nothing of using this as a pretext to misidentify us, to steal our private property, and otherwise abuse us via False Legal Presumptions. 
Remember that in their jurisdictions, "person" means "corporation" so when you say "personal property" you give them the excuse to presume that you are acting as a franchisee of a foreign corporation and are fair game to attack, not owed any constitutional guarantees, and not owed any protection from them. 

Another example is the word "resident" or "residency".   We are not residents of our native land and soil.  We are part of the population living on the land and soil of this country, but British Territorial and Municipal citizens of the United States are "residents" sojourning among us on a temporary basis while they provide us with what Article IV of the respective Constitutions calls "essential government services". 
The same shoe fits on the other foot in this case.  They are residents when in our jurisdiction, and we are residents when we enter their watery or airy jurisdictions as well ---- so it's necessary to figure out who is acting as a "resident" where.  Are you residing in their jurisdiction or are they residing in yours? 
At every turn, intersection, and interface between the jurisdictions of air, land, and sea, we find the principles of "checks and balances" and the vocabulary of separate jurisdictions at work.  We also find specific allocations of "Powers". 

The People (Lawful Persons) have the right to charter and to liquidate corporations and franchises of corporations that are organized under their direct or delegated powers.  

Through such mechanisms as Anti-Trust and Anti-Monopoly laws, the People also exercise considerable control over the way corporations are allowed to operate and structure their business affiliations, but over time, Corporatists (Colonialists in drag) have undermined their true comptrollers until the People seldom, if ever, avail themselves of Public Interest actions to "check and balance" corporations.  

For example, Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media purveyors have been censoring free speech in America ---- and using our Public Airwaves to do it.  Does anyone see a problem here?  

We already have the means to shut them down, bust their management, and liquidate their assets.  It's a matter of checks and balances.  

When we stand in our proper capacity and act in our native jurisdiction we can kick every corporation you ever heard of to the curb.  

Five major media conglomerates control the vast majority of all media markets in America ---- and they are all: (1) foreign; (2) all making private profit off our public assets; (3) increasingly monopolized; and (4) spewing propaganda designed to undermine our health and economy.  

So, we need to nationalize them, kick them out, restructure their operations, fine them and tax them and regulate them and, yes, liquidate their operations until they get a great big Attitude Adjustment. 

See how they like being the targets. 

A corporation is required to operate "lawfully" ---- which is a far higher and different standard than to operate "legally".   Most of these operations can't function for a day without breaking the Public Law, and they've simply gotten away with it for lack of enforcement of the Public Law. 

Our two foreign federal subcontractors, both ultimately owned and operated by the Pope, have been colluding together to evade their constitutional obligations and to promote their own self-interest at the expense of their Employers.  

Because they have been operating as privately owned and operated "governmental services corporations" they've been conveniently neglecting to enforce the Public Law. 

Well, my, my, my..... seems like I remember something called Article IV of both The Constitution of the United States of America and The Constitution of the United States, which requires the protection of our persons and property --- both public and private property.  

That doesn't include "protecting" us from opinions that run contrary to corporate bottom lines.  

That doesn't include curtailing our Natural and Unalienable Rights. 

That doesn't give Bill Gates the right to poke anyone with needles or alter anyone's DNA with his patented RNA implants.
It doesn't grant Fauci any right to "mandate" dog dung, masks, social distancing or anything else.  

It doesn't allow for any indecent commercial claims of corporate ownership of anyone or any claim of dependency based on patented nanobots or microdots or RNA scraps injected into anyone for any purpose whatsoever.   

Here we are: the long-lost American People.  

Here's news for Billy Gates and Dr. Fauci and the AMA ----- your patents belong to us and are protected by us, and if we choose to bust your patents ---- we can. And we will. 

And BTW, your corporations belong to us, too.   

Mr.Larry Fink and Black Water, Inc. just learned that the hard way.  

Yes, there is a Giant in the room, and it's no longer sleeping. 
Try to claim that you have any ownership interest in living men and women based on injecting them with your patented RNA crap and there won't be anything but a grease spot left of you, your patents, or your corporations, either. 

So fold up the Plandemic Crappola.  Call off the Funky Propaganda Act. We are holding every Corporate Officer and every Uniformed Officer in America personally and commercially liable for this and all your parent corporations and trustees, too.  

When corporations cross the line, when they operate as monopoly interests, when they engage in interlocking trust directorates, when they engage in criminal activities, when they knowingly advertise products, ideas, and agendas that are damaging to our health and our economy, when they infringe upon our constitutional guarantees and use our Public Airwaves and Public Right of Ways and Public Easements to do it----- it's time for the People to shut them down in the Public Interest. 

We have the "checks" and it's time for the "balances".  

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Instruction on the Ninth Sunday After Pentecost

Rev. Fr. Leonard Goffine's
The Church's Year


Implore God for help and protection against all temptations both visible and invisible, and say with the priest at the Introit:
INTROIT Behold, God is my helper, and the Lord is the protector of my soul: turn back the evils upon my enemies, and cut them off in thy truth, O Lord, my protector. (Ps. LIII.) Save me, O God, by thy name, and deliver me in thy strength. Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
COLLECT Let the ears of Thy mercy, O Lord, be open to the prayers of Thy suppliants: and that Thou mayest grant them their desires, make them to ask such things as please Thee. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the Unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end, Amen.
EPISTLE (I Cor. X. 6-13.) Brethren, Let us not covet evil things, as they also coveted. Neither become ye idolaters, as some of them: as it is written: The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed fornication, and there fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them tempted, and perished by the serpents. Neither do you murmur, as some of them murmured, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them in figure, and they are written for our correction, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore he that thinketh himself to stand, let him take heed lest he fall. Let no temptation take hold on you, but such as is human: and God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that which you are able but will make also with temptation issue that you may be able to bear it.
Can we sin by thought and desire?
Yes, if we desire evil and forbidden things, or voluntarily think of them with pleasure, for God prohibits not only evil deeds, but evil thoughts and desires in regard to our neighbor's wife or goods. (Exod. XX. 17.) Christ says, (Matt. V. 28.) that he who looks upon a woman with evil desire, has already committed adultery. But wicked thoughts and imagination are sinful only when a person consents to, or entertains them deliberately. They become, however, an occasion of gaining merit, if we earnestly strive against them. For this reason God sometimes permits even the just to be tempted by them.
What is meant by tempting God?
Demanding presumptuously a mark or sign of divine omnipotence, goodness or justice. This sin is committed when without cause we desire that articles of faith should be demonstrated and confirmed by a new miracle; when we throw ourselves needlessly into danger of body or soul expecting God to deliver us; when in dangerous illness the ordinary and, natural remedies are rejected, and God's immediate assistance expected.
Is it a great sin to murmur against God?
That it is such may be learned from the punishment which God inflicted on the murmuring Israelites; for besides Kore, Dathan, and Abiron whom the earth devoured, many thousands of them were consumed by fire; and yet these had not murmured against God directly, but only against Moses and Aaron whom God had placed over them as their leaders. From this it is seen that God looks upon murmuring against spiritual and civil authority, instituted by Him, as murmuring against Himself. Hence Moses said to the Israelites: Your. murmuring is not against us, but against the Lord. (Exod. XVI. 8.)
ASPIRATION Purify my heart, I beseech. Thee; O Lord, from all evil thoughts and desires. Let it never enter my mind to tempt Thee, or to be dissatisfied with Thy fatherly dispensations. Suffer me not to be tempted beyond my strength, but grant me so much fortitude, that I may overcome all temptations, and even derive benefit from them for my soul's salvation.
Nineth Sunday After PentecostGOSPEL (Luke XIX. 41-47.) At that time, when Jesus drew near Jerusalem, seeing the city, he wept over it, saying: If thou also hadst known, and that in this thy day, the things that are to thy peace: but now they are hidden from thy eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, and thy enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and straiten thee on every side, and beat thee flat to the ground, and thy children who are in thee: and they shall not leave in thee a stone upon a stone, because thou hast not known the time of thy visitation. And entering into the temple, he began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought, saying to them: It is written, My house is the house of, prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves. And he was teaching daily in the temple.
Why did our Saviour weep over the city of Jerusalem?
Because of the ingratitude and obduracy of its inhabitants who would not receive Him as their Redeemer, and who through impenitence were hastening to destruction.
When was the time of visitation?
The period in which God sent them one prophet after another who urged them to penance, and whom they persecuted, stoned, and killed. (Matt. XXIII. 34.) It was especially the time of Christ's ministry, when He so often announced His salutary doctrine in the temple of Jerusalem, confirmed it by miracles, proving Himself to be the Messiah, the Saviour of the world, but was despised and rejected by this hardened and impenitent city.
Who are prefigured by this hardened and impenitent city?
The hard-hearted, unrepenting sinners who will not recognize the time of God's visitation, in which He urges them by the mouth of His preachers, confessors, and superiors, and by inward inspiration to reform their lives and seek the salvation of their soul, but who give no ear to these admonitions, and defer conversion to the end of their lives. Their end will be like to that of this impious city; then the enemy, that is, the evil spirit, will surround their soul, tempt, terrify, and drag it into the abyss of ruin. Oh, how foolish it is to squander so lightly, the time of grace, the days of salvation! Oh, how would the damned do penance, could they but return to earth! Oh, how industriously would they employ the time to save their soul! Use, then, my dear Christian, the time of grace which God designs for you, and which, when it is run out or carelessly thrown away, will not be lengthened for a moment.
Will God conceal from the wicked that which serves for their salvation?
No; but while they are running after the pleasures of this life, as St. Gregory says, they see not the misfortunes treading in their footsteps, and as consideration of the future makes them uncomfortable in the midst of their worldly pleasures, they remove the terrible thought far from them, and thus run with eyes blindfolded in the midst of their pleasure into eternal flames. Not God, but they themselves hide the knowledge of all that is for their peace, and thus they perish.
ASPIRATION. I beseech Thee, O Lord, who didst weep over the city of Jerusalem, because it knew not the time of its visitation, to enlighten my heart, that I may know and profit by the season of grace.
THE DESTRUCTION OF THE CITY AND TEMPLE OF JERUSALEM
Has our divine Savior's prophecy concerning, the city of Jerusalem been fulfilled?
Yes, and in the most terrible manner. The Jews, oppressed by the Romans their cruel masters, revolted, killed many of their enemies, and drove them out of Jerusalem. Knowing well that this would not be permitted to pass unavenged, the Jews armed themselves for a desperate resistance. The Emperor Nero sent a powerful army under the command of Vespasian against the city of Jerusalem, which first captured the smaller fortresses of Judea, and then laid siege to the city. The want and misery of the inhabitants had already reached the highest pitch; for within the city ambitious men had caused conflicts; factions had been formed, daily fighting each other, and reddening the streets with blood, while the angry Romans stormed outside. Then a short time of respite was granted to the unfortunate Jews. The Emperor Nero was murdered at Rome in the year of our Lord 68; his successor Galba soon died, and the soldiers placed their beloved commander Vespasian upon the imperial throne. He then left Jerusalem with his army, but in the year he sent his son Titus with a new army to Judea, with orders to capture the city at any price, and to punish its inhabitants.
It was the time of Easter, and a multitude of Jews had assembled from all provinces of the land, when Titus appeared with his army before the gates of Jerusalem, and surrounded the city. The supply of food was soon exhausted, famine and pestilence came upon the city and raged terribly. The leader of the savage revolutionists, John of Gischala, caused the houses to be searched, and the remaining food to be torn from the starving, or to be forced from them by terrible tortures: To save themselves from this outrageous tyrant, the Jews took the leader of a band of robbers, named Simon, with his whole gang into the city. John and Simon with their followers now sought to annihilate each other. John took possession of the temple. Simon besieged him; blood was streaming in the temple and in the streets. Only when the battle-din of the Romans was heard from without, did the hostile factions unite, go to meet the enemy, and resist his attack. As the famine increased, many Jews secretly left the city to seek for herbs. But Titus captured them with his cavalry, and crucified those who were armed. Nearly five hundred men, and sometimes more, were every day crucified in sight of the city, so that there could not be found enough of crosses and places of execution; but even this terrible sight did not move the Jews to submission. Incited by their leaders to frenzy, they obstinately resisted, and Titus finding it impossible to take the city by storm, concluded to surround it by walls in order to starve the inhabitants. In three days his soldiers built a wall of about ten miles in circumference, and thus the Savior's prediction was fulfilled: Thy enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and straiten thee on every side.
The famine in this unfortunate city now reached its most terrific height; the wretched inhabitants searched the very gutters for food, and ate the most disgusting things. A woman, ravenous from hunger, strangled her own child, roasted it, and ate half of it; the leaders smelling the horrible meal, forced a way into the house, and by terrible threats compelled the woman to show them what she had eaten; she handed them the remaining part of the roasted child, saying.: "Eat it, it is my child; I presume you are not more dainty than a woman, or more tender than a mother." Stricken with horror they rushed from the house. Death now carried away thousands daily, the streets and the houses were full of corpses: From the fourteenth of April when the siege commenced. to the first of July, there were counted one hundred and fifty-eight thousand dead bodies; six hundred thousand others were thrown over the walls into the trenches to save the city from infection. All who could flee, fled; some reached the camp of the Romans in safety; Titus spared the helpless, but all who fell into his hands armed, were crucified. Flight offered no better security. The Roman soldiers had learned that many Jews had swallowed, gold to secure it from the avarice of the robbers, and therefore the stomachs of many were cut open. Two thousand such corpses were found one morning in the camp of the Romans. The attempts of Titus to prevent this cruelty were unavailing. Finally, when misery had reached its height, Titus succeeded in carrying the fort, Antonia, and with his army forced a passage as far as the temple which had been held by John of Gischala with his famous band. Desirous of saving the temple, Titus offered the revolutionists free passage from it, but his proposition was rejected, and the most violent contest then raged; the Romans trying to enter the temple, and being continually repulsed, at last, one of the soldiers seized a firebrand, and threw it into one of the rooms attached to the temple. The flames in an instant caught the whole of the inner temple, and totally consumed it, so that this prediction of our Lord was also fulfilled. The Romans butchered all the inhabitants whom they met, and Titus having razed the ruins of the temple and city, ploughed it over, to indicate that this city was never to be rebuilt. During the siege one million one hundred thousand Jews lost their lives; ninety-seven thousand were sold as slaves, and the rest of the people dispersed over the whole earth.
Thus God punished the impenitent city and nation, over whose wretchedness the Saviour wept so bitterly, and thus was fulfilled the prediction made by Him long before.
What do we learn from this?
That as this prediction so also all other threats and promises of the Saviour will be fulfilled. The destruction of the city and temple of Jerusalem, the dispersion of the Jews, are historical facts which cannot be denied, and testify through all centuries to the truth of our Lord's word: Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. (Matt. XXIV. 35.)
USEFUL LESSONS CONCERNING DEATH-BED REPENTANCE
Can a sinner rely upon his being converted at the end of his life?
By no means, for this would be a sin against the mercy of God which is much the same as the sin against the Holy Ghost. "God," says St. Augustine, "generally so punishes such negligent sinners, that in the end they forget themselves, as in health they forgot Him." He says: They have turned their back to me, and not their face: and in the time of their affliction they will say: Arise, and deliver us! Where are the gods whom thou hast made thee? Let them arise and deliver thee in the time of thy affliction. (Jer. II. 27-28.) And although we have a consoling example in the case of the penitent thief, yet this, as St. Augustine says, is only one, that the sinner may not despair: and it is only one, so that the sinner may have no excuse for his temerity in putting off his repentance unto the end.
What may we hope of those who are converted at the close of life?
Everything that is good if they be truly converted, but this is a very rare thing, as St. Augustine says: "It cannot be asserted with any security, that he who repents at the end has forgiveness;" and St. Jerome writes: "Scarcely one out of thousands whose life was impious, will truly repent at death and obtain forgiveness of sin;" and St. Vincent Ferrer says, "For a man who has lived an impious life to die a good death is a greater miracle than the raising of the dead to life." We need not be surprised at this, for repentance at the end of life is extorted by the fear of death and the coming judgment. St. Augustine says, that it is not he who abandons sin, but sin abandons him, for he would not cease to offend God, if life were granted him. What can we expect from such a conversion?
When should we repent?
While we are in health, in possession of our senses and strength, for according to the words of St. Augustine, the repentance of the sick is a sickly repentance. As experience proves, man while ill is so tormented and bewildered by the pains of sickness and the fear of death, by remorse of conscience, and the temptations of the devil as well as by anxiety for those whom he leaves, that he can scarcely collect his thoughts, much less fit himself for true repentance. Since it is so hard for many to do penance while they are in health, and have nothing to prevent them from elevating their mind to God, how much more difficult will it be for them, when the body is weakened and tortured by the pains of sickness. It has been made known by many persons when convalescent, that they retained not the slightest recollection of anything which occurred during their illness, and although they confessed and received the last Sacraments, they did not remember it. If then you have committed a grievous sin, do not delay to be reconciled as soon as possible by contrition and a sacramental confession. Do not put off repentance from day to day, for thereby conversion becomes more difficult, so much so that without extraordinary grace from God, you cannot repent God does not give His grace to the presumptuous scoffer.