And when an unclean spirit is gone out of a man he walketh through dry places seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith: I will return into my house from whence I came out. And coming he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then he goeth, and taketh with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is made worse than the first.
The words of this article’s title belong to Saint Paul, from his Letter to the Galatians.And because this Letter is part of the Bible it is the Word of God, as traditional Catholics and the few Catholics who still keep the true Faith believe. A free translation, but no less accurate, of this phrase could be: Nobody laughs at Me.
As for the header text, it is a transcript of Jesus Christ’s own words contained in the Gospel of Saint Matthew; very eloquent words, certainly, and very current, as we shall see. But on the other hand, it is well known that such statements do not make much sense today, now that the modernist Church has decided that the Bible no longer has objective value, since it has to be interpreted according to the historical moment and mentality of modern man. Furthermore, this Church even claims that the words of Jesus Christ must be understood in accordance with the progress made by modern science and with the research of both Protestant and Catholic modernist theologians who, albeit not exactly putting their trust in anything supernatural, are nevertheless in line with the progress accomplished by purely humanistic Anthropology and Psychology which absolutely reject as unscientific the whole idea of God.
However, given current events, perhaps it would be worthwhile to ponder the teachings of Jesus Christ confronting them with the events that are shocking the world and, in a special way, Europe. It could always happen that one may find in them a reference that might be used as the key to explain the ultimate reasons for the current situation.
Two different attitudes concerning Death: the attitude of Jesus Christ and the attitude of man:
Unless man is imbued with the spirit of Jesus Christ he cannot help adopting a fatalistic attitude toward Death. Death is for him the inevitable end, the sum of all misfortunes, and the greatest of all calamities. Most of the time man does not know how to react to it except with sorrow and tears, often bordering on despair.
Hardly anyone realizes that death, although at first a punishment for sin, was finally overcome and its status was changed from punishment to glory. Despite this, pagans still consider death a punishment, but now as a dual concept: death is not only a punishment, but also a chastisement which refuses to be redeemed or give up its status as the proper object of a curse.
Consequently, while Death before Christ indeed called for sorrow and tears, now, once man has rejected the salvation He came to bring us, Death has acquired and added the element of despair for those who suffer it, whether directly or indirectly.