Undertaker of Sorrows

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Sorrowful Heart 1 – Infectious Despair

There’s been silence in Roger’s house for nearly two years with the deaths of his children still weighing heavy on his soul as if they just died. He still has their torn clothes with their dried blood still on it. His house is as dirty and empty as if it was abandoned. The beds are undone, the kitchen is a mess, and dust covers almost every surface. Things that were broken have stayed broken. The washer and shower are rarely used and even though there’s barely anything in the fridge, the trash and recycle cans outside are filled to the brim.

It’s the birthday of his son and Roger has gotten cupcakes. He puts three cupcakes near three out of six chairs. He then sits down to eat his cupcake while looking through a photo album. There are only pictures of him and his children in the album though there are pictures with the faces of certain people torn off. Roger couldn’t bring himself to throw away a picture of his smiling children, so he cut out the “imperfections” to make it bearable to look at or rather easier. Every time he looks at the pictures in a photo or in his mind, he remembers his happy memories and feels sad. Sadness itself is the normal feeling for him and it shows on his face as the way he previously looked in the pictures make them look like they were taken decades ago.

He slams the photo album close as his emotions are becoming too much to bear. Looking through his mail, he finds bills, junk mail, and a surprise. One of the pieces of mail is a letter. There’s no address or anything either than Roger’s own. The sender only identifies himself as a friend.  Curious about it, he opens the letter to read it. The letter says,

“It’s time to stop your mourning

It’s time to wake to a new morning

Because this is a warning you should know

So you can be saved from your woes

 

You know what causes you despair

Your time for mourning has been fair

Now rise from your sadness

And taste the sweetness of gladness

 

The Undertaker of Sorrows is coming after you

He knows what you’ve been through

He wants you to succeed

But if you fail, he will do more than make you bleed

 

Your ways have caused others harm

And the state of your soul is cause for alarm

So let go of what causes you sorrow

Or the Undertaker will not let you live after tomorrow”

Roger has heard of the Undertaker of Sorrows, but his garbage can filled with crosses, Bibles, and pictures of the saints says his view of the afterlife and the supernatural, so he throws the letter in the trash. After eating his cupcake and throwing away the rest, Roger goes to bed in a worse mood than usual. He wakes up later and gets ready for another day of work. Once he’s ready, he leaves the house while stepping on the few bugs that share his home. Even though he joins the crowds of workers as he makes his way to work, he feels alone.

This is until he sees a strange man in the crowd. The man catches Roger’s eye because of the undertaker outfit he’s wearing and his hands that seem to be stuck in constant prayer. Their eyes meet as the undertaker looks at him then smiles. The Undertaker of Sorrows rhyme then plays itself in his head again before the undertaker he sees disappears into the crowd. Roger rubs his eyes then shrugs off what he saw.

When Roger arrives at work, he enters his room, which is almost as dirty and unappealing to look at as his house. The only thing that makes it look appealing are the certificates, awards, and dusty mini trophies from years ago. He looks through old and new emails of declining morale, reminders of better days, his duty to fix it, and to get over the past. Despite holding onto his job by a string, he types up excuses for his behavior and talks about making exercises that the company can do to improve morale that don’t involve him being in it. After typing the emails, he looks up to catch a few of his coworkers who were looking at him with sadness in their eyes. They look away then go somewhere else to carry on their conversation. Roger shrugs then sighs while looking up at the ceiling for a bit then looks outside his room again to see a familiar face.

The undertaker from before is back and talking to one of his coworkers. Both of them appear to be having a fun conversation, but something about the undertaker unnerves Roger. He looks back down at his computer to get back to work. It goes silent outside his room before he hears what sounds like something being slipped underneath his door. He goes to check it and sees the undertaker gently smiling at him while waving. Roger waves back with an uneasy look on his face before looking at the letter underneath his door. The letter has the Undertaker of Sorrows rhyme on it to his surprise. When he looks back up, the undertaker’s face has drastically changed to that of what the Undertaker of Sorrows is rumored to look like, which makes Roger leap back in fear. This is only for a spilt second as the undertaker’s face goes back to normal at the blink of an eye.

Roger keeps his eyes on the undertaker before rubbing his eyes then opening them again to see that the undertaker has disappeared. Thinking that his stress and tiredness is just getting to him, he makes himself coffee in his room while also taking some medicine to dull the pain. The workday goes on with emails getting sent to him that advertise counseling, psychiatrists, local church events, and the like that seem to be catered towards him. He dismisses this as the advertising algorithms that just want him to spend money or join their groups because of his internet history. Once the day is done, he heads out of his room and turns to lock his room only to find the Undertaker of Sorrows rhyme nailed on his door. He rips up the rhyme then storms out the door.

Along the way to his home, Roger decides to stop at the nearby bar but isn’t allowed in. In a worse mood than he is usually in, he storms down the streets while not caring about the people he walks through or the homeless he steps on. As soon as he gets home, he slams his mail on the table before sitting down to cool off. Once he’s had a drink from the fridge, he looks through his mail. Again, he finds advertisements for things that can help him be freed from his sadness and among the letters, he finds the Undertaker’s rhyme yet again. Roger thinks about letting go of his sadness but can’t bring himself to bear the pain. For the rest of the night, the memories of his previous life torture him until the broken clocks turn to eleven fifty-five.

This confirms to Roger that the Undertaker of Sorrows myth is just that. A myth. A knock at his door disturbs his sigh of relief. He gets up to see no one at the door, but he feels uneasy for some reason. He then closes the door only to see the same undertaker from before sitting in the chair he was watching TV in. The undertaker slowly turns around to reveal his horrifying face. His face that the Undertaker of Sorrows is said to have, however, it’s even more horrifying in person. The eye with a mouth in the pupil along with a wide eerie grin chills his soul.

The Undertaker sits and smiles while Roger stares back while trying to open the door, which he is unable to open. He then moves to the windows and tries to open, but they can’t open nor are they breakable. The two still lock eyes as the Undertaker hasn’t moved or done anything. The rhyme keeps playing and playing in Roger’s head as if it was begging him to do what it wanted. Instead of thinking about the rhyme, Roger backs up the stairs while keeping his eyes on the Undertaker. Once his eyes are off the monster, he turns to his bedroom where he sees the Undertaker pop out of it. This sudden scare makes Roger fall down the stairs.

When he looks back at the Undertaker, Roger sees his children’s torn clothes. The Undertaker tears the clothes apart into scraps. Roger scrambles to grabs the pieces and only manages to catch a few. Disappointed in what he did, the Undertaker puts one hand behind his back and waggles his finger while shaking his head. The only other possible way out is the back, so Roger runs to the kitchen and locks the door behind him. He tries to open the door, but that along with the nearby window is locked. The Undertaker’s rhyme gets his attention on the table. He looks at it again and feels like there’s more than the letter in his hands. Putting the letter down, he finds a picture of his children’s graves along with pictures that his children drew of the family. He begins to cry as the feelings overwhelm him.

After he wipes away his tears, he sees that the Undertaker is in the room with Roger’s children holding his hands. His children appear to be like angels with glowing skin and their bodies uncorrupted by their violent deaths. Roger tries his best in trying to tear his children away from the Undertaker but is unable to, so he punches him which makes his children disappear. Roger continues uselessly punching the Undertaker until he grabs the next punch then takes his heart out of his chest.

Despite lacking a heart, Roger is still living even though he is in extreme amounts of pain as his body slowly dies. He is unable to scream, move, or change his fate. The Undertaker then shoves Roger’s heart into his throat until Roger chokes to death. Once he is dead, the Undertaker disappears to attempt to relieve another person of their sorrows.

 

 

Sorrowful Heart 2 – Money Can’t Buy Happiness

Even though being rich is a more relaxing life than being poor, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t come with its challenges. As Christy will tell anyone, her riches are a burden. Because of the position she’s put in, she lives a simple and boring life. Her small but luxurious house has everything she could want. She has a car and personal airplane at the ready to take her anywhere in the world. If that wasn’t enough, she has various gifts and trinkets from her employees. In terms of awards, she has trophies and certificates from every major award event for her charity and efforts to help the needy of the world, however, she doesn’t have any recent awards.

The news she hears is the same as it was when Christy started her career of helping others. A few things might’ve been silenced, but that doesn’t mean she won’t be reminded about them in some way. Books and letters of causes, the history of conflicts and disease, along with ads for charities scatter her office. Her calendar has several days marked for public events that she will speak at while her social media pages are a free space for charities and causes to advertise in. After doing her normal morning activities, she sits to look over the flowers in her garden from her room. A person she assumes to be one of her assistants silently gives her a letter. It says,

“It’s time to stop your mourning

It’s time to wake to a new morning

Because this is a warning you should know

So you can be saved from your woes

 

You know what causes you despair

Your time for mourning has been fair

Now rise from your sadness

And taste the sweetness of gladness

 

The Undertaker of Sorrows is coming after you

He knows what you’ve been through

He wants you to succeed

But if you fail, he will do more than make you bleed

 

Your ways have caused others harm

And the state of your soul is cause for alarm

So let go of what causes you sorrow

Or the Undertaker will not let you live after tomorrow”

Before she can question the person who gave her the letter, she looks over her shoulder to see that no one is in the room with her. The room is large, and Christy is on the far end of the room. No one should’ve been able to get out of the room without making noise and it’s been quiet the entire time. The only explanation is that the Undertaker himself gave her the letter himself based on what is known about him. Christy looks around her house to find that no one is home. She checks the working schedules of her assistants to find that no one is working today to confirm her explanation.

Nervous about what she must get rid of, Christy looks through her possessions, gathers the ones that she has the most attachment to, and sends a message to a charity to pick them up. Moments later, she meets a man at the door who has arrived to pick up these possessions. He smiles, tips his hat, and picks up everything surprisingly easily despite how heavy they all are. Christy doesn’t see the man’s face, but when she turns around, she sees a similarly dressed pick-up man. She turns around again to see the Undertaker of Sorrows grin at her, tip his hat, and drive off with her possessions. Seeing that someone has already picked up her possessions, the pick-up man gets back in his truck and drives away too.

Feeling a bit of relief from giving away her possessions, Christy goes back to relax only to find the same letter on her bed in an unopened condition. After reading it again, she looks up to see the Undertaker watering her flowers. He looks up to her with his smile, which pushes her to action. She gathers resignation letters from her employees that note their sorrow in leaving her and gives them to the Undertaker. He shakes his head.

Going through her possession again, she finds letters from her family that detail their concern for her. The Undertaker rejects these as well. Next, she gives him letters from organizations that are about them wondering about her periods of recent inactivity and her meager giving. That isn’t what the Undertaker is looking for. How about a wedding ring? Nope. Past awards? No. Gifts from the deceased who she said she would help? Not even close. Everything in her gives reminds her of her grief. She doesn’t feel like she deserves it because of the people who suffer in the world while she lives in luxury.

There’s only one last thing she can think she could give. She lights her house on fire then gets a knife and cuts her throat in front of the Undertaker who shakes his head and waves his hand in concern as she kills herself and lights all her possession on fire as a sacrifice for those who are suffering in the world. What the Undertaker wanted is more figurative rather than literal. Nevertheless, he moves on from the sad scene to continue his work.

 

 

 

Sorrowful Heart 3 – Back Too Late

Veterans typically find it difficult to reintegrate into society after fighting for so long. One such veteran is named Omar. He wears his old army jacket, pants, and boots. Despite needing food and water, he carries around a newspaper, a pack of smokes, a lighter, a combat knife, and the dog tags of his friends along with his own. He goes back to the places where he and his friends drew graffiti on the walls with his name and the name of his friends still on the wall. The school he used to get is being repaired a large hole on the second floor still prevalent. At the playground he used to frequent even his teenage years, the chalk outlines of bodies are kept there in honor of what recently happened.

In his tour of memories, Omar visits his house, which is a hollow shell of its former self. Every part of the house has been scorched by the fire. While looking around the perimeter of the house, he sees that a letter is under the front door. He goes past the police tape to get it. The letter has his name on it. It says,

“It’s time to stop your mourning

It’s time to wake to a new morning

Because this is a warning you should know

So you can be saved from your woes

 

You know what causes you despair

Your time for mourning has been fair

Now rise from your sadness

And taste the sweetness of gladness

 

The Undertaker of Sorrows is coming after you

He knows what you’ve been through

He wants you to succeed

But if you fail, he will do more than make you bleed

 

Your ways have caused others harm

And the state of your soul is cause for alarm

So let go of what causes you sorrow

Or the Undertaker will not let you live after tomorrow”

Omar remembers this rhyme from his past and anything from his past causes him pain. He remembers his time in the army. The intense firefight and the feeling of taking another person’s life is still fresh in his mind as if it just happened. Feeling a need to pray for the dead, he goes to the graveyard. Once there, he prays before his family’s gravestones. Beside their graves, are the graves of his friends who fought alongside him. The weight of his sadness is too much to bear as he begins to cry.

The sound of someone walking in this empty graveyard at this hour of the night stop Omar’s tears in their tracks and catches his attention. He looks over to see the Undertaker of Sorrows praying for the dead alongside him. This startles the veteran so much so that he runs away. Omar runs all the way until he reaches the underside of a bridge. Still nervous about being followed, he looks around every corner until he begins to calm down.

This calm doesn’t last long as he is reminded of his woes when he looks at the graffiti of soldiers fighting in a war on the walls underneath the bridge. Omar covers his head as if running through a hail of gunfire, but instead of being shot at by bullets, he is being assaulted by grief. He keeps running until he runs into a column. After writhing in pain for a little bit, he opens his eyes to see the Undertaker standing over him. This makes him jump to his feet and put a little distance between them.

Knowing that he has nowhere to go, Omar takes out the dog tags of his friends and presents them to the Undertaker. The Undertaker takes them with a hand that comes out of the mouth in his eye then tilts his head to imply that he’s still expecting something. Omar takes out the newspaper that details a few events that deal with his family. The school that his brother and sister were at was blown up by a disgruntled student. Eyewitnesses told the police that Omar’s siblings tried to talk their fellow student out of blowing himself up. Another brother closer to his age was involved in a shootout in a playground where the officer managed to save the lives of others at the cost of his. Their family’s house burned down because of a criminal’s relation to the person shot by his brother in the shootout. Everybody got out okay, but they’re living in another town now.

Despite Omar pledging to protect his family as a soldier, three of them were killed and their house was burned down as a result of his absence. This seems to be a running theme in his life because of him letting his friends die in battle. Omar hands off the newspaper to the Undertaker whose hand in his eye takes it. Still expecting something, the Undertaker makes it more obvious what he wants Omar to let go by having his family’s and friend’s killers and appear beside him. The killers appear the way they were before with marks of their deeds on their heads and body. A skinny version of Omar appears alongside him. The same trouble making one that caused his family grief in his younger years.

Filled with rage, Omar takes out his combat knife. He looks back and forth at the people unsure of who to take his revenge on first. The Undertaker watches in anticipation of what decision he’s going to make. Omar screams as he throws his knife down. Sick and tired of killing and being angry, he gives up his hate for himself and others. The people then suddenly surround Omar in silence. He gives them all a hug as one disappears after the other. Once they’re gone, a weight is lifted from his soul as he falls to the ground to cry.

The Undertaker consoles Omar with a hand on his shoulder. Omar looks up at the Undertaker who appears to be more like an angel rather than a monster. As the morning sun rises, the Undertaker disappears into the light with tears of happiness running down his face. With newfound strength, Omar gets rid of his cigarettes and makes his way to the town where his family now is where they are eagerly waiting for him.

 

 

 

Sorrowful Heart 4 – Isolated in Misery

The wilderness is a place far away from the worries of modern life. If you know what you’re doing, you should be able to make a living in it. After a hunting trip for food, Mark returns with the rewards from his hard work. He spent all last night building traps for animals after studying their habits and placed his traps in the appropriate areas. Once he prepares the meat and skin of the animals in his kitchen, he lets it cook then he goes over to his living room. While looking over pictures of his family and friends, he smiles and nods as if paying homage. The pictures depict some of his loved ones hunting with him in some of them.

A knock at the door startles Mark. As he gets close to the door, a letter slips underneath it. He cautiously opens the door to see no one around. Certain that someone must be around, Mark looks around the area with his hunting rifle in case of danger and finds no one. When he gets back home, he reads the letter. It says,

“It’s time to stop your mourning

It’s time to wake to a new morning

Because this is a warning you should know

So you can be saved from your woes

 

You know what causes you despair

Your time for mourning has been fair

Now rise from your sadness

And taste the sweetness of gladness

 

The Undertaker of Sorrows is coming after you

He knows what you’ve been through

He wants you to succeed

But if you fail, he will do more than make you bleed

 

Your ways have caused others harm

And the state of your soul is cause for alarm

So let go of what causes you sorrow

Or the Undertaker will not let you live after tomorrow”

It’s been so long since Mark last thought of what he was sorrowful for that he couldn’t think of anything that he regretted or something that caused him sorrow. When he told everyone he knew that he is going to stay in the wilderness for a while, they reluctantly approved of his decision because normal life was getting to him back then. Untroubled by the letter he goes about his daily activities. By the time he goes to bed, he’s already forgotten about the letter. Even though he might’ve forgotten about the letter, he still has a dream of a lone figure in his dream. The figure stands ominously in the dark forest. When it turns around, Mark wakes up.

Mark shakes off the feeling from his dream to go into his living room to see the letter nailed to the wall. The Undertaker is obviously after him, but he still has no idea why. He thought to himself why he would remember something that would sadden him and what good that would do when he’s already happy as he is. A stitched-together newspaper is placed under his front door. Again, Mark searches for the person who did it and find no one.

The newspaper has the events that Mark regrets. While Mark was working a construction job, part of the building fell in streets which resulted in injuries and deaths. Mark wasn’t blamed for the accident since the equipment was found to be faulty and someone else wasn’t doing their job, however, Mark still felt guilty. During a hunting trip with his family, Mark was about to shoot a deer, but then a man came out of the woods with a knife in his sights. He had already pulled the trigger and shot both the man and the deer, killing them both. Again, another accident that he couldn’t avoid. Tears start welling up in his eyes as he ignores the last accident.

Wondering why the Undertaker is putting him through this, Mark waits for an answer as he still doesn’t know why the Undertaker is reopening old wounds. Another letter comes through the door. He quickly opens and reads it. The letter says to, “Come home”. The thought then occurred to him that he better get back home because his loved ones should be worried about him right now especially since they have no way of knowing if he’s okay. All this time he’s been thinking about himself and not the people that care about him.

Feeling worse about his selfishness rather than his sorrows, he packs his stuff to leave. Before he exits the door, he remembers that the wilderness is a dangerous place especially with all his stuff on his back. Another letter slips underneath the door. This one says, “I’ll protect you”. Not wanting to keep his loved ones waiting, he trusts the letter and heads off. At this time of day, there are predators in the woods along Mark’s path.

While thinking about the first threat, Mark hears a bear in the distance. He hides until he hears it squeal in pain. Curious about what happened while being cautious, Mark goes near to where the sound was and sees an eviscerated bear. Somewhat terrified but comforted at the same time, he moves on. More sounds of danger echo on his path and he gets closer to where he left his car. These are the sounds of wolves hunting for their next meal. Again, he hides while readying his rifle. This time he sees the wolves in the distance. It appears that he will have to take care of this himself. Mark thinks that this won’t be too much trouble since he’s killed three wolves on his own before, however, the wolves are skewered by a passing shadow in no time. Mark lets out a discomforted sigh before moving on.

Mark has finally made it to his car. He checks his fuel levels and sees that he’s running lower than he thought. He looks up to see three people with guns and a gas can with gas in it walking into the forest. One of them notices him near the car and touches the others to notify them of him being there. The one with the gas can drops it as he points his gun at Mark. The two men only take a few steps towards Mark before all of them disappear. Startled, but not too afraid, he gets the gas can where the man put it. As he picks it up, he hears screaming coming from the forest. This makes him quickly fills his car before leaving to go back home. He thanks the Undertaker only to have a piece of paper lodge into his windshield that says, “You’re welcome”, written in what looks to be blood.

 

 

 

Sorrowful Heart 5 – Sinner to Saint

Five inmates are waiting on death row. Inmates are typically visited by the Undertaker of Sorrows while they serve their sentence. He doesn’t visit everyone, but death row inmates see him more often. While waiting one night, each of the five inmates receives the Undertaker’s letter warning them to let go of their sorrows with the worst of them not paying attention to it. After reading the letter, the four think about what they should do. The fifth one does what he always does as he silently keeps to himself in the corner of his room.

During the next day, they receive their items to remember what they did. The first one receives a knife with skin and hair still in it. Even when he touches it, he can still hear the screams of the people whose lives he took, the anger he felt, and the feelings of sadness as the reason for him taking their lives resurfaced. He didn’t want to kill them, but if he didn’t, he felt as if others would suffer. Content with his choices, the first inmate spends his days cutting his room with the knife as if stabbing and slicing those he hated again and again.

The second inmate receives a wallet with some meager change inside it along with the picture of a small family in front of a house. This inmate thinks of the different things she can do with the change she has. Maybe she can kill herself with what she has. It might be slow, but to her, it’s better than waiting for her turn to die. This is all that’s on her mind. The thought of getting over her guilt and what is causing her sorrow is a fleeting thought that appears on and off in her mind. The wallet delivered to her is from an old woman she robbed. With the picture in the wallet, she found the old woman’s family and stole from them as well. Even with all the money she had, she couldn’t escape justice. Now she just thinks of an easy way out.

With pictures of women in flirtatious women, the third inmate remembers what causes him feelings of guilt, however, he tries to get rid of those feelings by pleasing himself. These teenage girls weren’t raised by the best of parents and found themselves molested by this man. Only one of the girls has been found who put the man in jail. The rest are nowhere to be found. This inmate refuses to admit his guilt even as the echoes of the girls’ screams and cries torture him.

Old toys are sent to the fourth inmate, but she does nothing as always. Back in her younger years, she would run away from whatever troubled her whether I’d be financial, murderous, or familial. Even when she gave birth to children, she left them without anyone to care for them. She couldn’t run from everything in the end, so with nowhere left to run she does her other favorite hobby which is sitting down and doing nothing while remembering her “good” days.

Since the things that remind him of his sorrows and guilt can’t fit in the room nor does he have to be reminded, the fifth inmate receives nothing and keeps to himself like always. If he needed a reminder of his life, all he will need to do is look at the scars and tattoos on his body. Even then, he might feel like he’d want to rip at his skin until all the reminders went away. Instead, he waits for his special visitor who will help him take away his pain. While he is still unaware of the letter, he still feels as if should be worried about something happening tomorrow.

The next day arrives faster than the inmates think with all of them feeling anxious. When checking the rooms, the guards are surprised at what they find. The first inmate’s outsides and insides cover every surface of the floor, walls, and ceiling similar to his victims. For the second inmate, she’s lost all of her insides including her skeleton and all that’s left is her oily skin. Inside the third inmate’s cell is an even more horrifying sight with the man’s crotch pulled out. It appears that he bled out in agony until he died. The way that the fourth inmate died is similar but might be even more disgusting. Various kinds of insects and vermin crawl out of her skin and body. From the looks of it, she was eaten from the inside while she was frozen in place.

Knowing how cruel and sinful the last inmate was, the guards brace themselves for what they might see. To their surprise, they find the fifth inmate how he always is with his hands folded in prayer. On closer inspection, the man they once feared appears to have a new face as he appears to be more like a gentle giant instead of a monster. Nothing changed about his appearance physically, but the eyes of the guards are picking up on something their minds aren’t. A Catholic priest enters the room in time for the man’s confession and last Eucharist.

While the man confesses his sins, the officers find the letter from the Undertaker of Sorrows in each of the five cells. Confused about the outcome, the officers go over the fifth inmate’s record. They go over his long list of crimes and wonder if the man is admitting to committing every sin imaginable. The only thing that indicates a change in him is him turning himself in. Again, something happened that they didn’t see.

On the day of his execution, spectators who thought they’d be happy were instead sad for some reason with some even crying. No one could put words to what they were feeling. Before and after he died, the inmate appears to be at peace with a soft smile on his face that no one imagined they would see. The smile almost looks as if belonged to someone else because of who it was on. And thus, another soul is saved from their sorrows as the Undertaker continues his quest to relieve people of their sorrows or of their lives.

The End

“Remember that it is not feeling of guilt that constitutes sin but the consent to sin. Only the free will is capable of good or evil. But when the will sighs under the trial of the tempter and does not will what is presented to it, there is not only no fault but there is virtue.” – St. Padre Pio

The Refining Potential of Suffering

Today’s post is a special guest post by all deeps

The existence of a saintly soul stems first and foremost from the grace of God and secondly, not unlike a diamond,
from sustained pressure over time. Without pressure, prosecution, and suffering we either become self righteous like the Pharisees, spiritual warriors bragging about our strength without ever seeing combat, or fall into the dissolute living of Herod’s court, throwing a fit when our steak is overdone and ignoring God in favor of Netflix binges and air conditioning. The critique that Christianity makes one weak has nothing to do with Christ’s teachings or the martyrs of the Bible and everything to do with the compromises Christians have made by and large with secular society.

The progressive narrative is that things should always be getting incrementally easier, the utilitarian maxim that we must strive towards the greatest pleasure and be spared the greatest pains. If Christians want to make the case for easing the burden of others in terms of their basic needs, this is Biblically sound. But when we ourselves remain in comfort while others suffer and when our creature comforts infringe on the time and abilities that God has given us we are in serious spiritual peril. Consider for a moment 1 Peter 4:1-4:4-

Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;

That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.

For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries

The book goes on to extol the virtue of perfect charity before telling us in verse sixteen that “if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf”. The position of progressivism is that all suffering is bad (in practice, that all suffering for those who will not do away with tradition is bad). The position of Christ is that Christian suffering is divine. We should not be praying to God to make our lives easier but rather begging Him for the trails needed to purify ourselves and become closer in faith and action to Christ. When we lose in the eyes of the world we win in the eyes of God.

We have reached a time where in western societies Biblical principles are becoming taboo, where Christians can expect hostility for preaching the message of Christ. This is fantastic news, and we should praise God for it. Too long have Christians sat on the fence, straddling the comforts of the world on the one side and the Word of God and the Heavenly realms on the other. Reconciliation is no longer possible; watering down the Gospel in order to appease modernity is no longer palatable. As 2 Timothy 3:12 tells us “all that will live Godly in Christ shall suffer prosecution”. Yes, the world is getting worse but do not despair. Our generation is being offered a great chance to suffer for the glorification of God. Our congregations may not number as high as our forefathers, but the depth of faith our trials will afford us are worthy of our tearful praise. God Bless.

Max & Mischa – What Atheism Really Is In 2019

Atheism is a movement that wants to convert your children to their ideology. It is tied closely to an ideological movement calling itself “Skepticism” and something called “Rationalism,” often purporting to be advocates of “Science” and “Making the world a better place.”

Professional Atheists named: TJ Kirk, Penn Jillette, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, Richard Carrier, Cult of Dusty, Brett Keane (former), Skyler Fiction, The Non-Sequitur Show, Michael Shermer, others.

The New Atheist Denial of History by Professor Borden W. Painter Jr.

https://smile.amazon.com/New-Atheist-Denial-History-ebook/dp/B00QQLH05K/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+new+atheist+denial+of+history&qid=1562114789&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Storming the Heavens: the Soviet League of the Militant Atheists by Daniel Peris
https://smile.amazon.com/Storming-Heavens-Soviet-Militant-Godless/dp/0801434858/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_2?keywords=storming+the+heavens+daniel+paris&qid=1562114802&s=gateway&sr=8-2-fkmr1

 

Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism by Paul Vitz

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Interview with Borden W. Painter Jr.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgcQPpWn11E&list=PL5Z26Tq0xgKQxucQCzhFc7AvQtDRrfTul

 

About Borden Painter

About Professor Borden Painter, Jr

Martyred in the USSR
http://martyredintheussr.com/

Conservapedia pages:

https://www.conservapedia.com/Atheism

Interview with Brett Keane on Internet Atheism History

 

Atheist Republic – Atheism cult site’s Wall of Stupidity and Hate Propaganda (to seduce the young and gullible)

https://www.atheistrepublic.com/gallery

 

Top Atheist cult group, well-funded Freedom from Religion Foundation

https://ffrf.org/

 

Freedom from Atheism Foundation Wall of Hate From Atheists

https://www.facebook.com/pg/FFAF.International/photos/

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Max & E Michael Jones – The Trouble With Christian Zionism

Tonight’s interview is a different one, focusing on the issue of Christian Zionism, its origins, and why it’s become a problem for countless Christians inside and outside the Holy Land.

SEE BANNED INTERVIEW with E. Michael Jones on the link below. Tonight’s interview, however, focuses on the issue of Christian Zionism, its origins, and why it’s become a problem.

 

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Max and Charles Jews And Catholics Living Together Mass Hysteria

Jewish-Catholic relations have been extremely good for most of the last 2000 years, with some sad and complicated periods of mutual animosity, where both sides might have complaint with the other. Join Max and Charles Moscowitz as we discuss the history of how the Catholic Church has been a friend protector and savior of Jews, and Jews arguably a positive influence on Catholics, over the last 2000 years. If they told you it was nothing but oppression and manipulation and treachery, they lied to you!

 

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Max & Mischa on Bayer Monsanto Big Corporate Head Fakes

Do you really think the Monsanto lawsuits and the purchase of Monsanto by Bayer is going to benefit consumers or hurt any bad actors? Think again. Like so many other big monied interests, these corporate players know what they’re doing, and it always benefits themselves. Come listen as we discuss!

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Max & Charles Moscowitz – On Judaism and Zionism

Jewish writer Charles Moscowitz shares perspectives with Catholic Max on religion, God, Judaism, Zionism, Christianity, and more. A fascinating and enlightening exchange of views!

 

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Max & John C Wright Maryphobia and How It Hurts Christianity

Despite what you may believe, the vast majority of Non-Catholic Christians have the same or nearly the same view of the Virgin Mary. A minority of Protestants—and not even all Protestants—have at least a confusion, if not hostility, to the Mother of Jesus-Who-Is-God, the Queen in the line of David to the King who is Jesus. We contend that hostility towards the Virgin Mary is one of the main issues dividing Christians—and urge other Christians, as well as non-Christians even, to try to at least appreciate what we see and understand what the Saints, and the Queen of the Saints, are all about, to those who love them.

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Godzilla King of the Monsters: A Review

If you love Classic Japanese Monsters and Monster Battles then you are in for a world of chaotic wonder.

As someone who watched the original 1964 “Mothra vs Godzilla” and “Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster,” the new “Godzilla King of the Monsters” is a MAJOR recommendation. (Be warned there will be some spoilers in this review.)

My top three Kaiju (Japanese for Strange Beast or in English layman’s terms Giant Japanese Monsters) are King Ghidorah, Mothra and the titular Godzilla. As someone who really likes the aforementioned monsters,  Legendary Pictures did a brilliant job portraying these creatures, not only in sound and creature design by making iconic the cries/roars sound like they came from an actual beast and giving the Kaiju designs a more realistic look but also referencing the original designs from their debut films. However where they really shined was in the music, in the characterizations and in the thematic elements.

King Ghidorah is a powerful and menacing beast and considered to be a creature that meant the destruction of civilization. Being not of this world, just as he was in his debut film “Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster” where he had come as a meteorite to do unto earth what he had done to the Venusian civilization, although here it was stated through exposition that he was an extraterrestrial invasive species instead of being shown he was. Another thing I noticed about him is in the aforementioned film his three heads possessed only linear thought. However in “Godzilla King of the Monsters” while his heads are unified as an apex predator they each have a subtle unique personality, especially with one of the head’s liking to proverbially and literally play with its food with the central head acting the one in charge. Adding to his symbolism as a Devil-like destroyer figure is not only in the iconic imagery of him rising out of a volcano with golden wings outstretched before a red darkening sky before a cross in the foreground, but also in his musical theme. In King Ghidorah’s theme they had Japanese Buddhist Heart Sutra (prayer) chants within the theme (a Catholic/Christian equivalent would be the Kyrie Eleison) in which the sutra/prayer is requesting mercy from the devine, in a sense a request of salvation to the divine as who wouldn’t call on the Divine in the face of absolute evil, considering the destroyer King Ghidorah was called in promotional material for the film “the Devil {who} has three heads” which adds more to his symbolism as a Judeo-Christian Devil-like figure. To quote from the Book of Revelation: “They have a King over them, the angel of the Abyss. A star fallen from Heaven to Earth, he opened the shaft of the bottomless pit, and from the shaft rose smoke like that of a great furnace, and the sun and the air were darkened.”

My favorite, Mothra, is beautifully portrayed as a benevolent yet powerful guardian. In her debut film in 1961 she was a goddess attempting to rescue her fairy priestesses and was the guardian of Infant Island. This is showcased in “Godzilla King of the Monsters” when faced with hostile humans in her larval state she doesn’t physically harm them. Rather she immobilizes them and when she completes her metamorphosis, she appears before the humans making them realize their one chance of combating Ghidorah is before them, giving them hope. This is also portrayed in her musical theme too. The composer, Bear McCreary (who also composed the music for God of War 4), didn’t have to do this but he utilized a Chinese style orchestration combined with tribal drums to the original theme of Mothra from 1961. In the original film the song is sung by her priestesses to summon her which gave them hope of rescue whereas in “Godzilla King of the Monsters” her song (although without lyrics the tune is exactly the same) is played when she awakens from her cocoon in an iconic reveal of her wings from a waterfall, giving humanity hope. (Personal note I did start slightly tearing up when I heard her song in this moment.) In my opinion on this portrayal, the moth goddess has earned her place as the Queen of the Monsters.

As for the big beast himself the titular character Godzilla is amazingly portrayed. As a callback to his first appearance in 1954, he was awakened due to nuclear testing and is powered by nuclear energy. He is neither good or evil like in previous 1950-1960’s films. His original creation was in response to nuclear weaponry as the Japanese were the first and only country to suffer from the effects of the atomic blast. Like the Bhagaved Gita used by J. Robert Oppenheimer: “Now I have become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds,” Godzilla has caused damage to humans (especially with the main human characters and the real villain of the film) but he is willing to work alongside them to combat the greatest threat to his world; the extraterrestrial golden dragon of destruction King Ghidorah. The foreshadowing of their battle was found in the Legendary film “Kong: Skull Island” in the ending montage that showcased Godzilla’s seeming eternal battle with the golden beast and this film pays off in not only near deaths and defeats against his nemesis, the false King, but Godzilla proves himself to be the true King of the Monsters as he obliterates the usurper. Not only did they make a realistic portrayal of his classical roar but they also created an amazing orchestral version (complete with a regal Babylonian chanting when arriving to his “temple” under the sea to revitalize him along with the iconic Japanese chant of “Gojira”) of his original theme from 1954. In my opinion, Godzilla was meant to be portrayed as a god-like King who can be both malevolent and benevolent and in the film that bears his name and title… this was an amazing portrayal of such an iconic character.

I could go on a long while about what callbacks the film has made. However I will limit myself to mentioning how the film made respectable nods to the Japanese for giving us memorable beloved monsters along with giving an end credit memorial to the actors who played the original Godzilla at the end of the film.

There were however some minor complaints on my end. The story is indeed a thin story; however, the visuals and characterization of the monsters make up for that in my opinion. It’s a common complaint I myself have made about the monster films from the 1950’s-1960’s era. Another complaint would be a scene where a prized piece of tech is left out with no security especially when its shown the character who stole it was questioning the individuals who co-opted the tech. Along with that the individual who was built up to be the major human antagonist, Alan Jonah, barely had any screen time and was shown to be a bit of a stereotypical villain. But I did enjoy how he was acted as he was played by Charles Dance who played Tywin Lannister in Game of Thrones. He has a Christopher Lee level charm to him.

As for the other human characters, my favorites had to be Doctor Ishiro Serizawa by Ken Watanabe who’s character arc comes to a completion from the 2014 film “Godzilla” in a wonderful way. Doctor Chen and Doctor Ling-Chen played by Ziyi Zhang (both of whom played the Chairman and Sayuri respectively in the film Memoirs of a Geisha) act as spiritual stands in for Mothra’s priestesses from the original 1961 Mothra film as they’re twins from Infant Island who focus on the mythology behind the Titans and one of them is present upon Mothra’s awakening. Finally there’s Doctor Mark Russell (played by Kyle Chandler who played Bruce Baxter in the 2005 edition of King Kong) who goes through the character arc of a man who hates Godzilla after the death of his son in San Francisco in 2014 to realizing if the world is to be saved from King Ghidorah, he has  to put aside his hatred of Godzilla to save the world from a greater threat; so not only does he have to face his demons (in the form of Godzilla) but also make peace with them. I liked how these characters were handled and portrayed in the film and I like the respectable self sacrifice one character made for Godzilla.

Along with the human characters we get to see some philosophical questions raised by the film: can humanity co-exist with the Titans? Each faction in the film portrays a different answer to this question. With Jonah’s forces and the actual villain (who were pointed out to be in the wrong, along with committing horrible acts towards humanity and pointed out to be more of a monster than the other Titans), they believe humanity is a “disease to be eradicated” from the planet and humans must be destroyed for the sake of the planet and have the Titans become once again the true owners of the globe. (Personal note: as a Conservative I couldn’t help but be reminded of the extremist Left as the villain’s ideology is along the lines of the Far Left’s in the belief that all white people are inherently racist and must die out because of so called “inherent oppressors.” In my opinion this suicidal ideology is along the lines of Jonah’s eco-terrorist group and is just as dangerous as the aforementioned belief and I’m glad the film actually called out this line of thinking as not only dangerous but monstrous.) Then there’s the US government who believe if human life is to be protected the Titans must be wiped out for the sake of humanity’s protection and this extremism ends up almost destroying the world in the form of the iconic Oxygen Destroyer a weapon more dangerous than a plutonium based atomic bomb. Finally there’s the middle ground which is presented by Monarch who believe in coexistence with the Titans and is embodied by Doctor Serizawa in his character arc, idealized by Doctor Chen (who has generationally worked with Monarch researching the Titans) and realized by Doctor Russell.

If I were to rate the film I would give this film four stars out of five. If you are a fan of classic Japanese Monster films and want to see epic fights between iconic Kaiju you are in for a chaotic world of wonder. If you’re there for the story it is as thin as previous Japanese monster films. Verdict: this singing vampire diva gives this film two thumbs way up and a standing ovation just for the music alone.

Tough Red Pills To Swallow: We Need To Lose The Term “Conspiracy Theory”

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I used to call myself a “Skeptic” and I used to snort at “Conspiracy Theorists.” But revelations over the last 10 years or so from the US CIA have proven to me, and many others, that the term “Conspiracy Theory” is merely a term used to stop critical thinking and analysis–and that many things once mocked as “tinfoil hat conspiracy theories” were either partially or entirely true.

public domain MK ultra screen shot
Declassified reports like this have shown countless “conspiracy theories” are true.

Don’t believe me? Let’s have a few examples you can verify on US government web sites and mainstream sources:

Operation Paperclip: After World War II, a clandestine plan was launched by the US CIA to identify about 1500 high-level Nazis who were scientists (and their family members) who might be useful to the United States. Many of these Nazis were hideous war criminals, including people who had done human experimentation in the camps, human experimentation in mass media and mass hypnosis, experimenting on children and on adults who didn’t even know they were being experimented upon, and more. These Nazis were given cleansed backgrounds and placed in prominent positions in universities, corporations, and various government agencies, all under CIA direction, and often continued their work. Including highly questionable research on things like climate control, artificial intelligence, mass media indoctrination/propaganda, use of torture, and use of mind-altering drugs. Most of them died as respected members of the community. Read about Operation Paperclip on CIA’s web site.  And if you’re having trouble believing it and want someone to listen to, see CIA-approved writer Annie Jacobsen and Joe Rogan discuss Operation Paperclip. And if you doubt Annie Jacobsen is approved by the CIA, see this writeup on CIA’s web site on Annie Jacobsen.

Summary: The US government really did sneak in tons of Nazi scientists, who worked on secret projects for decades for the CIA and other US government agencies. This “Conspiracy Theory” is true.

Operation Mongoose and Operation Northwoods: You can verify the existence of these comprehensive programs in a document called “The Cuba Project” on the NSA’s web site. While Wikipedia links are often unreliable, the basic wikipedia pages on Operation Northwoods and Operation Mongoose have most of the salient details. The short story? This was a years-long plan among multiple US government agencies to stage a phony attack by Cubans against Americans–in other words, a False Flag attack where US forces would pretend to be Cubans, and create a pretext for war. Plans included having American-controlled “Cubans” attack the US base in Cuba, and also to very possibly sink ships full of US military and/or civilians, in order to justify a desired invasion of Cuba.  Notably, much of the Northwoods and Mongoose activity occurred after the Bay of Pigs fiasco–meaning that even though President Kennedy had halted one planned attempt to invade Cuba, the US military and intelligence establishments continued plans to launch a fake attack from Cuba in order to justify a US military invasion. The plans were never enacted, but the government was fully ready to do it.

Summary: The US government can and will plan and execute “False Flag” operations to lie to the American public and create pretexts for invasion and wars of aggression. It will kill Americans to do this. Add to this what we know now that the Spanish-American War and the Vietnam War and World War I were both entered into by United States by False-flag operations, there’s no good reason to think they ever stopped.

MK Ultra – Brainwashing, Mass Hypnosis, Trauma-based Mind Control, and “Sleeper” agents are all real. Thanks to Freedom of Information Act requests, you can go to the CIA’s own web site and verify that MK Ultra was quite real. MK Ultra included programs to develop mind-altering drugs, and to do human experiments, often on subjects that did not know they were being experimented upon. Including children. This, often with the help, cooperation, or even direction of some of the Nazi scientists we mentioned about regarding Operation Paperclip.

While some of the Nazi scientists were only of questionable character, such as NASA’s Werner Von Braun (the famous rocket scientist was an actual SS officer, not a mere scientist)  while others were directly involved in heinous human experimentation. MK Ultra got created with some of these evil Nazis along with native Americans, Canadians, and others.  You can read a summary of MK Ultra from History.com. You can view a Listverse list of famous MK Ultra victims. You can read about occultist ties and specific Nazi scientists and the related Project Monarch at bibliotecapleyades.

Summary: That stuff you read about the government creating “sleeper agents,” and experimenting both on individuals and the general public unawares, developing drugs like LSD and releasing them into the population, and more? Turns out, this conspiracy theory is true.

Area 51 and the alleged aliens: Once again, according to US government-approved journalist Annie Jacobsen, in her book Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military  she reveals that quite a few classified operations occurred there involving experimental aircraft, but no actual aliens. According to Jacobsen and other reports, the “aliens” encountered at Roswell were in fact children who were experimented upon by Nazi scientist Joseph Mengele (who had allegedly gone to the Soviets instead of the USA), using surgery and drugs to mutilate their development and make them look like aliens, and put them in a fake “spacecraft” in order to panic Americans.

The Soviets would then stage a pretext invasion to “save” us from the “aliens” they created. CIA allegedly stopped the plan before the Soviets could actually invade to “save” us.

Many sources question Jacobsen’s claim. Given that Jacobsen is routinely featured in mainstream media sources and is accepted at respectable talks in Silicon Valley, what we can take from Jacobsen’s work what she says is at least government-approved. Regardless, there really was a major incident at Roswell, and other “UFO” related sites. Annie and her crew insist there were no actual aliens. Others call this into question, saying the government is lying straight up about this and that there was real alien contact, such as former Canadian defense minister Paul Hellyer, who notes many generals and other US and Canadian officials who believe there were real aliens, and say they can document it.

Summary: Real and serious things went on at Area 51 and related UFO sites. It remains unclear how forthcoming they are about this subject, or what the exact truth of alien encounters are. But it’s no longer dumb to be interested in this subject.

Stargate Project: From CIA.gov and other government sources, you can verify that Russell Targ did indeed run psychic programs for the CIA.  Furthermore, from the related US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) you can see declassified documentation on Project Sun Streak, a program involving Targ and others to do extensive intelligence work using psychics–and while “skeptics” have claimed pure luck, in his own book Targ documents extensively how it is scientifically impossible to dismiss many of their results. (For an eye-opening video, see Russell Targ’s banned TED Talk, BTW.)

If you want a “mainstream” source you can listen to CIA-approved Annie Jacobsen’s talk on her book on CIA psychics. While some of those around the CIA still like to claim that the program produced nothing of value, anyone looking at the testiomony, or reading Russell Targ’s book, knows that’s not true.

Despite films and articles telling you nothing useful ever came out of US government use of psychics, in reality they ran very sophisticated psychic operations for decades, which produced considerable intelligence that was useful, which is mighty “lucky.” Then, according to Russell Targ, who pioneered much of it, they brought in a large group of military officers for him to train—then terminated his program, and publicly announced the government had found nothing useful and had no more use for such programs or such research. After he had just trained a bunch of career officers on all his techniques. So, do you believe they actually terminated these programs?

Summary: This conspiracy theory is true, to the extent that large #s of intelligent observers believe they showed real psychic effects, with some doubters.

Operation Mockingbird was the program to propagandize the American public through placing CIA operatives in major newspapers and magazines and broadcast media. Working with companies such as the New York Times, Time/Life publications, Newsweek, and major news networks, the CIA had telephone wire taps and paid agents working as reporters in news rooms–literally thousands of them. These included famous people like Bob Woodward, who helped take down President Nixon, as well as countless non-famous ones. A lengthy document known as the “Family Jewels” from the CIA web site confirms CIA has controlled much of American media since before most people today were born.

Although CIA and other sources say Mockingbird ended decades ago, there is no good reason I can see to believe this. It used to be completely illegal for the CIA to do any of this, yet they were doing it anyway, as these documents show. And, it turns out, not too many years ago Congress went ahead and made it legal for the CIA to use propaganda against Americans.

By the way, at the behest of J. Edgar Hoover and others, the CIA invented the term “Conspiracy Theory” and spread it through the media in order to mock and demotivate anyone who questioned the official story on the assassination of President Kennedy–or anything else.

Summary: The conspiracy theory that the government controls media is true. The CIA has been propagandizing the American public, as well as foreign audiences, for decades, often violating the law to do it—although today’s CIA is allowed to do it legally.

Conclusion: With all these conspiracy theories turning out to have very substantial realities underlying them, why does anyone trust anything at all they’re reading in the news, including mainstream political commentary?

It should be noted, these are not the only proven conspiracy theories. These are just the ones you can just go check right now on mostly government and mainstream sites.

A really good summary of much of this by Really Graceful:

This is not to say there are no dumb conspiracy theories, or conspiracy theories that are wrong. But the next time you hear someone say something that sounds strange, and you are tempted to call them a “conspiracy theorist,” you might want to remember: the term “Conspiracy Theory” was itself a conspiracy–invented to stop thought and stop discussion.

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