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A Call to Greatness

A Call to Greatness

Elizabeth A. Mitchell

SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2020

Chartwell, Winston Churchill’s country residence, provides both a glimpse inside Churchill’s private life – and into the great man’s mind. In his study, you expect to find books, newspapers, tumblers, ashtrays, and sterling silver framed photographs – and you do. You also see a map of the European theater of war, spanning an entire wall of the room. Churchill was busy mapping out the location of ships, tanks, troops, and defense lines – before he received the call asking him to assume command of British forces.

When that call came in, Churchill didn’t have to put down the receiver and bellow down the hall, “Clemmie – have we got a map handy?” No. He simply peered over the rim of his spectacles, surveyed the plan, and started giving orders. Churchill was ready.

He said later of the moment in which he was called to lead the Western world in its most demanding confrontation with evil, “I felt as if I were walking with destiny, and that all my past life had been but a preparation for this hour and for this trial.”

But it was not a straight or easy path to that degree of preparation. Biographers of Churchill often refer to his “wilderness years,” basically the decade from 1929 to 1939 when military and political defeats made it appear that his days as a national leader were over.

Yet Winston spent that time in the wilderness following public affairs, keeping himself ready, often fighting discouragement and perhaps even depression (what he sometimes called “the black dog”). And part of the greatness we see in him stems from the virtues he continued to develop even when, isolated, they may have seemed useless.

There are lessons here for those of us currently asking what can we each do, as we wait, and worry, take care of ourselves and our children, our businesses, our safety, and our nation?

We can answer the call to greatness.

As Churchill knew in his own time of crisis, everything in our own lives has been a preparation for this hour. Some of us, like him, may find ourselves ready, and on the frontlines, directly fighting the physical and spiritual war.

Most of us will feel, at least to some degree, that this is our time in the “wilderness,” and that we are called upon to battles and sacrifices that we are not prepared to make. Yet that, too, is part of the overall trial.

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This is not a moment of paralysis. This is a moment of action. Our Lord has entrusted us with this particular time, and we must be both worthy and brave in facing this hour.

We must allow Him to use us to transform the world through the Holy Spirit alive in our souls, which are, at one and the same time, both human and spiritual. By increasing our personal prayer, through a commitment to the Divine Office, intercession before the Blessed Sacrament, acts of service, penance and sacrifice, uniting in a privileged way the suffering, universal Church.

These are battles as important in their own way as the action on the frontlines. Indeed, for large numbers of us, these are the frontlines. With the suspension of the Holy Sacrament across the globe, there are places He now cannot go. We must go there ourselves. We can invite Him into ourselves and, thereby, impact with His presence and love our close-knit circles of friends and family and even touch the world beyond our limited sphere.

And we must pray, fervently, for the full restoration of the Sacramental Life of the Church. As Cardinal Raymond Burke says in his recent Combat Against the Coronavirus message (which may be read by clicking here):

“It is essential for us, at all times and above all in times of crisis, to have access to our churches and chapels, to the Sacraments, and to public devotions and prayers, so that we know God’s closeness to us and remain close to Him, fittingly calling upon His help. Without the help of God, we are indeed lost.”

With His help, we have great work to do.

Throughout history, Our Lord uses, efficaciously, those individuals who have been made ready for His work. Not only Winston Churchill in his study, but the Patriarch Joseph in his cistern, Karol Wojtyla in his rock quarry, and even Benedict XVI in his Vatican garden. Each, at a precise moment, was asked by Our Lord to step forth and make a decisive difference.

“These are not dark days,” Churchill remarked during England’s crisis, “these are great days – the greatest days our country has ever lived; and we must all thank God that we have been allowed, each of us according to our stations, to play a part in making these days memorable in the history of our race.”

God sees the future and He knows the now. He knows the call He has placed within each one of us. He knows the challenge of this hour and this trial. He has a great purpose for this time in the Church and the world, this time in which it is a privilege to live. He has made us ready and, we can be certain that, in ways that we may have never anticipated, He will use us.

*Image: The Loup River, Alpes Maritimes by Sir Winston Churchill. 1936 [The Tate, London]. In addition to being a fine painter in the Impressionist style, Mr. Churchill was a writer of distinction. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953, principally for his history of WWII.
frawley
lets not forget the Jesus, Mary and Joseph along with our first Pope Peter were Jewish
mattsixteen24
Jewish as in Christian. The people who call themselves Jews today are not Jews since Judaism ended over 2000 years ago! You're mistaking our Church with an evil mafia of genocidal racial supremacist antichrist who do everything in their power to destroy Christianity. They are not the same people and never were. The only solution for that antichrist mafia is to reject jewry and accept the …More
Jewish as in Christian. The people who call themselves Jews today are not Jews since Judaism ended over 2000 years ago! You're mistaking our Church with an evil mafia of genocidal racial supremacist antichrist who do everything in their power to destroy Christianity. They are not the same people and never were. The only solution for that antichrist mafia is to reject jewry and accept the Catholic faith.
frawley
What should they "call themselves" other than jewish if all of the people in their family tree going back 2000 plus years were jewish?
Pattfm
The Church of England. It is like the usurpation of a country's name.
Joseph a' Christian
@frawley AntiChrist Jews, is an appropriate name for today's false Jews who reject the true Messiah, Jesus.
Ultraviolet
Welcome to the war, frawley ;-)
Pattfm
The one going on in your head?
mattsixteen24
@frawley It's not a race or ethnicity anymore. They are mix of people. They spread across the world for thousands of years mixing with other nations. Most of them today are descendants of the pagan Khazarian Empire that converted to talmudic jewry in the 9th century. These Khazars spread out to the rest of Europe after their empire fell.
Benjamin H. Freedman speech (UNEDITED VERSION!) 1961
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@frawley It's not a race or ethnicity anymore. They are mix of people. They spread across the world for thousands of years mixing with other nations. Most of them today are descendants of the pagan Khazarian Empire that converted to talmudic jewry in the 9th century. These Khazars spread out to the rest of Europe after their empire fell.
Benjamin H. Freedman speech (UNEDITED VERSION!) 1961
Judaism, plenipotentiary, subversion, world domination
Ultraviolet
No, Pattfm. The ideological war against anti-Semites like you and Matty and inevitably Elbow when he comes rushing to the defense of his fellow Jew-haters. Matty, in another stunning example of sloppy reasoning, commits two logical fallacies.

1.) a fallacious appeal to authority.
A businessman isn't a expert on anthropology, even if he's ethnically Jewish

2.) a fallacy of incomplete evidence …More
No, Pattfm. The ideological war against anti-Semites like you and Matty and inevitably Elbow when he comes rushing to the defense of his fellow Jew-haters. Matty, in another stunning example of sloppy reasoning, commits two logical fallacies.

1.) a fallacious appeal to authority.
A businessman isn't a expert on anthropology, even if he's ethnically Jewish

2.) a fallacy of incomplete evidence aka "cherry-picking".
Matty won't, for obvious reasons, cite Jewish authors who contradict him or his source.

In an equally embarrassing display of sloppy scholarship, Matty ignored the fact Freedman discredits himself as a reputable, i.e. unbiased source. Freedman despised Judaism, even to the extent of turning into a Holocaust denier and financial backer of other anti-Semites.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_H._Freedman

In this case an ethnically Jewish man, hated followers of the Jewish religion.

The Nazis, however, didn't make the distinction Freedman chose to. To the Nazis, an ethnic Jew who converted to Catholicism was just as "guilty" of being ethnically Jewish as a religious Jew. The SS would have thrown a Catholic convert like Freedman into the same boxcar they did with Catholic nun (and later saint) Edith Stein.

By targeting a Christian of Jewish ethnicity, they further disprove Matty's rather asinine claim "It's not a race or ethnicity anymore." Stein was targeted because she was ethnically Jewish, specifically an ethnic Jew who converted to Catholicism, much like Benjamin Freedman did himself.

More numerous, not to mention infinitely more credible sources, do confirm Jews are a race/ ethnicity in addition to being a religion.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jews
www.britannica.com/topic/Jew-people
www.pewforum.org/…/sidebar-who-is-…
www.psychologytoday.com/…/what-are-jews
Joseph a' Christian
@Ultraviolet@Ultraviolet “Who is a liar, but he who denieth that Jesus is the Christ? This is Antichrist, who denieth the Father, and the Son.
Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father. He that confesseth the Son, hath the Father also.”
(1John)
All who say they are Jews today are liars, they are antiChrists. They are therefore sons of satan, enemies of Almighty God.
You false Jew …
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@Ultraviolet@Ultraviolet “Who is a liar, but he who denieth that Jesus is the Christ? This is Antichrist, who denieth the Father, and the Son.
Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father. He that confesseth the Son, hath the Father also.”
(1John)
All who say they are Jews today are liars, they are antiChrists. They are therefore sons of satan, enemies of Almighty God.
You false Jew shills are tenacious.
Ultraviolet
Since you seem to be re-posting the same argumetns and your " I don't want to be contacted" nonsense only muddles things ups, I'll repost this here.

First, it's 1 John 2:22. Get your Scripture straight when you're trying to "Bible-thump" @Joseph a' Christian

Second, in the passage, Jesus was using the term "liar" referring only in cases of those who deny his Divinity.

"Who is a liar, but he …More
Since you seem to be re-posting the same argumetns and your " I don't want to be contacted" nonsense only muddles things ups, I'll repost this here.

First, it's 1 John 2:22. Get your Scripture straight when you're trying to "Bible-thump" @Joseph a' Christian

Second, in the passage, Jesus was using the term "liar" referring only in cases of those who deny his Divinity.

"Who is a liar, but he who denieth that Jesus is the Christ? This is Antichrist, who denieth the Father and the Son."

Christ said nothing about whether or not non-Christian were universally liars in all things.

Scripture, in fact, shows Jesus disproved your interpretation in His dealings with a very notable non-Christian, Pontius Pilate. As we read in John 18:37

"Pilate therefore said to him: Art thou a king then? Jesus answered: Thou sayest that I am a king. For this was I born, and for this came I into the world; that I should give testimony to the truth. Every one that is of the truth, heareth my voice."

Notice what Christ says: "Thou sayest that I am a king. For this was I born, and for this came I into the world; that I should give testimony to the truth."

Christ is confirming Pilate's assessment. Therefore Pilate was speaking the truth which, if your interpretation of 1 John 2:22 were correct, he should be incapable of doing.

Pilate, a non-Christian, spoke the truth. Your claim fails.

What you're doing is a common fallacy among many species of bigots, not just anti-Semites: it's a fallacy of composition. i.e. if something is true about one part, then it must be true about all parts.

Denying the divinity of Christ makes a person a liar on that subject. It does not make them a liar about everything. That was probably a better answer than an idiot like you deserved.

"You false Jew shills are tenacious."

That's you bearing false witness against your neighbor, Joe-Joe. Twice in one sentence. Matty does the same thing when he's losing.
Joseph a' Christian
@Ultraviolet What twisted deceit that you spew out. I’ll let my first statement stand.
Ultraviolet
You deliberately misread scripture to justify your anti-Semitism and then you accuse me of "twisted deceit." That's rich, @Joseph a' Christian . :D

There's nothing deceitful about what I've said because Scripture does not say what idiots like you and Matty want it to. It never does and it never will.

The best your kind can ever do is what you did here: misapply it to support a logical …More
You deliberately misread scripture to justify your anti-Semitism and then you accuse me of "twisted deceit." That's rich, @Joseph a' Christian . :D

There's nothing deceitful about what I've said because Scripture does not say what idiots like you and Matty want it to. It never does and it never will.

The best your kind can ever do is what you did here: misapply it to support a logical fallacy.

...and your first comment doesn't "stand" at all. It's been knocked down by a counter-example involving no one less than the Son of God Himself.
elbow
Ultraviolet
Whatever Mr. Churchill's merits or faults, he was a better man than the kiddie-porn collector who founded the National Vanguard. You anti-Semites have lousy morals, elbow. -beyond just your utterly un-Christian hatreds.
Pattfm
Ecclesiastes 1:15
The perverse are hard to be corrected, and the number of fools is infinite.
Joseph a' Christian
@elbow That is an exceptional article, a revealing part of history. In one article, it reveals Churchill's absurd protestant errors and some of the numerous, terrible evils, inflicted upon humanity by the AntiChrist Jews.
It is widely known in eastern Europe, that the evil Jews committed genocide against the Russians and the Ukrainians, this is why they do not call it the Russian's Revolution, …More
@elbow That is an exceptional article, a revealing part of history. In one article, it reveals Churchill's absurd protestant errors and some of the numerous, terrible evils, inflicted upon humanity by the AntiChrist Jews.
It is widely known in eastern Europe, that the evil Jews committed genocide against the Russians and the Ukrainians, this is why they do not call it the Russian's Revolution, rather eastern Europeans call it the October Uprising.
Churchill is stating that the AntiChrist Jews also took part in the horrific French Revolution, that cruelly slaughtered many Catholics.
I also recently learned that gangs of AntiChrist Jews came from several nations, and slaughtered Catholics in Spain, 1930's.
This horror was falsely named the "Spanish Civil War," rather than the true: "The AntiChrist Jews - Spanish War."
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Our Holy Bible proclaims, that all who deny that Jesus is the Christ, these are antiChrists.
Ultraviolet
"It is widely known in eastern Europe, that the evil Jews committed genocide against the Russians and the Ukrainians,"

No it isn't. You picked up that "it's widely known" rhetorical trick from the happily absent and un-lamented Crackers The Parrot. It was the Bolesheviks who committed genocide against their fellow Russians and Ukrainians.

" this is why they do not call it the Russian's Revolu…More
"It is widely known in eastern Europe, that the evil Jews committed genocide against the Russians and the Ukrainians,"

No it isn't. You picked up that "it's widely known" rhetorical trick from the happily absent and un-lamented Crackers The Parrot. It was the Bolesheviks who committed genocide against their fellow Russians and Ukrainians.

" this is why they do not call it the Russian's Revolution, rather eastern Europeans call it the October Uprising."

The Soviets called it the "Great October Socialist Revolution". Notice they didn't use the word "Jew" anywhere in the title. That doesn't support your claim of "this is why" in blaming "the Jews" for Soviet genocide. Protip: The Civil War and the War Between The States are two different terms for the same event and "the jews" didn't start that either.

Incidentally, the genocide agains the Ukraine had jack diddley squat to do with "the October Uprising". The Ukrainian genocide happened in 1932-33, another five years after the Revolution was over and done with.

This is what comes from your "studying about the Jews" @Joseph a' Christian

You idiot.
mattsixteen24
Some infographics about that "great" man.
Dr Bobus
Long before Churchill, Napoleon put forth the idea that the repatriation of Jews to Palestine was a "solution" to the Jewish problem".
Fischl
mentioning only one of the war crimes of this "great" man : the merciless bombing of the undefended town Dresden. one cannot support the laudatio of Mrs Mitchell. His Lordship was responsible for the outbreak of the WW2. If he only remained a painter but he decided to become a great man. And thus he got a great grave in a cathedral.