Posted by: Thomas Richard | August 20, 2015

“Unreal Nation” – Concerning a Nation in Denial

In denial of what?  Well, where to begin – in denial of truth, of reality, of the nature of things, of the existence of right and wrong, of the distinction between sanity and insanity, ….

Unreal Nation” is the title of an excellent article that I strongly recommend to my readers, written by Prof. Anthony Esolen in this month’s Crisis magazine.  I warn you, it is painful to read: painful and I hope sobering to some in our country who fail to see the train-wreck that is approaching the USA, at an accelerating speed.

There is a section of comments after articles in Crisis.  I added this comment to “Unreal Nation,” which may give you an idea of the article:

Prof. Esolen, your article leaves me feeling like a man run over by half of the cars and all the trucks on the freeway at rush hour – and then the bad stuff happened. The article is deeply painful, grieving the soul, but true. The best summary in your own words, it seems to me, is “… even our madness has gone mad, so that the man who has accepted the madness of Monday finds himself unforgivably sinning against the madness of Tuesday….” But the best of all, again it seems to me, is the quote from St. Paul, Romans 1:21-27. God gave our hearts over to our lusts, our idolatries, our blasphemies, our hatred of Truth and our embrace of madness: “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools…”

Meanwhile, the Church continues to nod off in sleep.

Eze 33:6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes, and takes any one of them; that man is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.
Eze 33:7 “So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me.

Mat 26:45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.

Thomas Richard


  1. Dear Thomas,

    Thanks for Professor Esolen’s article, and for your comment. Both are well-written and powerful urgings to all of us to rouse ourselves from sleep and wake up! I’m reminded of Pope Benedict’s words, in his book, Jesus of Nazareth Vol. 2:

    “… Across the centuries it is the drowsiness of the disciples that opens up possibilities for the power of the Evil One. Such drowsiness deadens the soul, so that it remains undisturbed by the power of the Evil One at work in the world and by all the injustice and suffering ravaging the earth. In its state of numbness, the soul prefers not to see all this; it is easily persuaded that things cannot be so bad, so as to continue in the self-satisfaction of its own comfortable existence. Yet this deadening of souls, this lack of vigilance regarding both God’s closeness and the looming forces of darkness, is what gives the Evil One power in the world. On beholding the drowsy disciples, so disinclined to rouse themselves, the Lord says: “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death…” (bold emphasis is mine).

    Where is the “battle cry” of Catholic Christians to “fight the good fight” of spiritual warfare? Where are the prayer warriors who called on the Lord fervently in the past, especially with the Rosary. “She who comes forth as the morning, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in battle array” is the Mother of God and our Mother given to us by Jesus from His Cross. Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us and with us!

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