A Louisiana ‘Return to Order’ Conference

“Mr. Broussard brought up examples when confidence in Our Lady overcame the forces of evil in history”

On March 11, 2017, the organization Tradition, Family, Property—Louisiana held its 2017 Regional Conference at its headquarters in Lafayette, Louisiana. Close to eighty friends and supporters came from throughout the state and neighboring Texas. The theme for the event was “Return to Order: Preparing for the Centennial and America’s Fatima Future.”

Return to Order author John Horvat II delivered two talks. One was titled “What Will America’s Fatima Future Be Like?” Mr. Horvat stressed on the need to visualize the future foreseen at Fatima as a means to make it happen. He also delivered a talk titled “Our Fatima Future: Can It Be Done?” that discussed the practical aspects of working toward this future.

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Other speakers included TFP member Norman Fulkerson, author of An American Knight, who spoke on “Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira: Loudspeaker of Our Lady of Fatima.” This talk was a biographical portrait of the noted Catholic thinker in light of the Fatima Message. TFP member Ben Broussard, a Louisiana native, delivered the excellent talk, “The Woman and the Serpent: Our Place in History.” Mr. Broussard brought up examples from history of cases when confidence in Our Lady overcame the forces of evil despite great odds.

“Return to Order author John Horvat II delivered two talks.”

The well-organized event was full of opportunities to meet new friends and old. Of course, no Louisiana event is complete without fine cooking. There were plenty of refreshments, much conversation and an optional wine and cheese get-together after the talks. Those attending left the conference fired up with ideas for putting what they learned into action.

Mr. Horvat also spoke to the student pro-life group at McNeese State University on March 13 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The talk related the themes of Return to Order to the pro-life struggle.

“Those attending left the conference fired up with ideas for putting what they learned into action.”

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God and the Double BBQ Sandwich

God and the Double BBQ SandwichIt is no secret that America is polarized. This is a fact that is manifested in so many different ways. Traveling down the highway to Chicago, for example, I came upon two successive billboards that I thought were striking examples of our divided culture.

The first billboard caught me by surprise: it consisted of an electrocardiogram of a heart that suddenly stops beating. The caption read: When you die, you will meet God.

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As we were passing through the snowy night, I was unable to catch more details of this billboard. I do not know who put it out or what I was expected to do. It really did not matter because for a brief moment I thought about what the Catholic Church calls the “Four Last Things” – Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell. Think of these things, Scriptures says, and you will not be lost eternally. The simple phrase served to trigger in me a gentle yet fleeting reflection upon the meaning of life. I am sure I was not the only one to make this quick reflection.


The billboard is clearly polarizing since it is directed toward that strong vein inside the American public that is turned toward things religious, spiritual and eternal. It is a sector of the American public that lives amid the fast, superficial and materialistic aspects of our pop culture yet is not entirely comfortable with them. These Americans are drawn by God, family, honor and country. On the other hand, this billboard would not appeal to other Americans who would tend to disparage the message as backward and unenlightened.

BBQ_sandwichThe second billboard came immediately afterwards and struck me by how contrary it was to the former. It consisted of a massive BBQ sandwich with the caption: Happiness is a double BBQ sandwich.

There is nothing wrong with a double BBQ sandwich or even deriving pleasure from eating one. However, the message behind this billboard is clearly materialistic yet more subtly polarizing. There is no invitation to profound reflection. Rather there is the quick insinuation that happiness can be easily bought by obtaining the immediate object of our desires. In this case, gratification equals happiness. According to the same logic, life should be a long succession of gratifications.

This billboard represents a second, more commercial, vein found in America that I call in the book, Return to Order, the perception of the nation as a co-op. This perspective holds that individuals unite themselves together in society as a means to facilitate each one’s inebriating pursuit of happiness.

How Do We Return to OrderUnder this view, an appreciation of America is tied to its ability to make everything fun and everyone happy. Like a co-op, those who hold this position expect returns on their social union in the form of constant and instant gratification. Happiness consists of participating in the excitement of a party economy that they hope will keep on going.

Of course, we cannot generalize and say that all Americans fit neatly into one category or the other. Sometimes the two can be found in differing proportions inside the same person. Other times, the same person might gravitate toward one or later the other. We might also observe collective swings of the national mood towards one or the other category.

As our crisis deepens, this fascinating interplay of perspectives, this dramatic clash of mentalities becomes the material for a great debate now taking place in America over our future. This discussion is found everywhere—even on highway billboards.

There are many categories that people have used to characterize the nation’s polarization. There is red and blue, conservative and liberal, or retro and metro. Perhaps it is the case to add yet another: God and the double BBQ sandwich.

 

The Benedict Option and the Barbarian Challenge

Ceasing to Fight for Our Christian Culture Only Prepares Us for Defeat

“Ceasing to Fight for Our Christian Culture Only Prepares Us for Defeat”

Scratch the soul of many a conservative and beneath you will find a villager. Something is there that attracts these Americans to more natural and simpler lifestyles. Perhaps it is because organic and authentic things appear restful and reassuring in a world of uncertainties and anxieties.

However, what makes the organic option particularly attractive to conservatives is that it seems to be a solution to a neo-pagan world that corrupts and attacks family life. These conservatives believe, not unreasonably, that families fare better when surrounded by organic produce, home remedies and whole grain granola. Journalist Rod Dreher wittingly dubbed these rustic conservatives as “crunchy cons.” He described the phenomenon of those who desire to find a “village” of like-minded people to get away from the maddening liberal crowd.

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Such attractive dreams of an organic Christian society have circulated for decades. The idealized community generally involves a fair amount of acreage far enough away from the city. Community members might build a homestead on some ten or twenty acres. There would be huge gardens full of organic vegetables and produce. Livestock, free-range chickens, or goats would supplement diets. Add an orchard and maybe a vineyard. One could make one’s own beer, cider or wine. Self-sufficiency would reign as people would get off all the grids. There would be children aplenty to make things merry. One would simply walk away from secular society. There would be no time for sin and war, since all would be busy on their farms with wholesome work.

Of course, at the center of the village there would be a church, ideally a monastery, a Benedictine monastery, where holy priests would celebrate the Divine Liturgy and bells would call people to prayer. Monks would intercede before God for our sinful world. A sacredness would be conferred upon all society where a love of beauty in a God-centered life would propel men toward their final end. Eventually, a school or university would form around this community and a new culture would be born.

Indeed, such a community would be full of culture. Like-minded people would be gathering, singing, eating and praying together. People would rediscover poetry and wonder. Let the neo-pagan world party to its destruction, but let it leave us alone in our “backward” and godly bliss!

The idea of the Christian village has recently gained more traction with the defeat of Indiana’s religious liberty law, which is seen as a foretaste of a coming persecution. Writers like Rod Dreher are urging people to make a strategic withdrawal from modern society that would allow Christians to reassess their situation and explore their identity in a liturgy-rich context. It need not be the full village version, but it does entail something of a withdrawal. He calls it the Benedict or “B-option” and proposes that people find their strategic retreat parishes/communities to weather the liberal storm.

It must be said that there is nothing fundamentally wrong with the idea of a Christian village centered on family and faith. It is entirely according to our social nature to desire to live in a community committed to virtuous life in common. Such communities help individuals put their lives in order and control their disordered passions. They satisfy the longings of the postmodern heart that crave community and wholeness. Such villages would return God back to the center of things where He belongs. It is where we need to go but …

Such communities are not enough. Benedict alone does not suffice.

There is one major problem with the B-option and that is what might be called the “B-challenge.” Benedictine communities may have flourished, but they also seemed to attract barbarians who ravaged and plundered them. Those who adopt the B-option of Benedict must find a way to deal with the B-challenge of barbarians.

Such a task consists of understanding the nature of the barbarian. Historically, barbarians were those who gave in to their whims and destroyed indiscriminately. They devastated ordered society and redistributed its wealth. They did not leave Christians alone, but rather sought them out, often coming from afar, to loot and plunder their communities wherever they might be found.

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There can be no doubt that we live in a neo-barbarian world inside a culture of death. Today’s tattooed and wired neo-barbarians are likewise aggressive.  They also redistribute the wealth, albeit through taxes and entitlements. They do not live and let live, but insist that all approve their disordered lifestyles. Indeed, it is the very brutality of the neo-barbarian mandate that impels those considering the Benedictine option to flee.

The lessons of history are particularly expressive regarding the triumph of barbarians. Vikings, Huns, Goths, Moors and communists all devastated the tranquility of even the most isolated of organic societies. There is no escaping. There is a kind of impossible co-existence between barbarian and villager. Thus, in our case, the B-challenge can only consist in confronting the brutal neo-barbarians at the gates.

That is not to say that Benedict loses his validity as an option. After all, the core of what is to be defended and gives meaning to life is found inside his liturgical framework turned toward the worship of God.

But Benedict must be defended against the ravages of the barbarian. The barbarian must be fearlessly confronted, contested, fought against, defeated…and converted.

To the efficacious prayer of Benedict must be added the zealous action of a Boniface, apostle of Germany. He did not dialogue with the barbarians, but chopped down the great oak tree which they worshiped as their god, and brought them to the knowledge of the true Faith. To Boniface can be added legions of saints like Patrick in Ireland or Remigius in France, all of who overcame the barbarian and secured Benedict’s peace.

It would be wrong to assume that Boniface plays only a temporary role inside a B-option. Successive waves of barbarians followed after Boniface’s triumph. Saintly kings, knights and crusaders rose to the occasion to engage and defeat them. Even our modern times saw the need to defend the West from yesterday’s Nazi and communist brutes and today’s Islamic beheading savages.

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“In this vale of tears, we must be continually engaged in the fight for order”

In this vale of tears, we must be continually engaged in the fight for order since there will always be those who oppose God’s law and undermine the family, marriage, and all those other institutions that make up the heart and soul of an economy, a culture and the Christian village. There will always be those who never live and let live and will seek us out.

Like it or not, when we cease to fight for our Christian culture, we prepare ourselves for defeat. Unless there be Bonifaces with the fortitude needed to confront this great struggle, all our efforts will come to nothing.

Indeed, an organic order only becomes possible when there are those who, by their spirit of self-sacrifice and dedication, practice fortitude to the highest degree. This can be seen in the dedicated spirit of the soldier who leaves everything to face suffering, separation from family, and even imprisonment or death to defend the West against the barbarian. It can be found in today’s cultural warrior who endures so much scorn and risks everything to defend life, marriage and ordered liberty. It needs to be seen in those representative figures in society who make the great sacrifice of setting the tone and being role models for all society. When such key figures practice fortitude to a high degree, all society becomes permeated by this virtue, thus fortifying the whole social order.

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When Benedict and Boniface are fused together in grace and fortitude, it sets the stage for a Christian society that is practically indestructible. The barbarian can then be subdued by the arm of Christian fortitude and converted by the sublime call of Christ. Because of their intense dynamism, the converted barbarians often become vibrant Christians.  We might even say that it is in the crucible of combating the neo-barbarian at the gates and restraining our own disordered passions (the barbarian within) that we will find the elements of a true culture that will meld people together into communities.

If we truly desire the B-option, then let us not withdraw from modernity, for strategic retreats easily turn into routs. Let us rather engage our neo-barbarian culture by both cultivating our Benedictine identity when projecting Boniface’s strength. It is the only option.

Listen to My Podcasts

Take a moment to listen to the “Return to Order Moment,” a short two-minute commentary on the burning issues of the day. These shows are based on the book, Return to Order: From a Frenzied Economy to an Organic Christian Society—Where We’ve Been, How We Got Here and Where We Need to Go.

The first show deals with the question: What is true freedom? The Church teaches that freedom is not doing what you want without hurting anyone. On the contrary, freedom is all about virtue and self-restraint. Listen to the full two minutes by clicking here.


 

This second show deals with the question: What Does Saint Thomas Aquinas Say About Immigration?

Saint Thomas Aquinas was a great theologian of the church who lived in the thirteenth century. He expresses well the Church’s balanced position on immigration. The common sense of Saint Thomas may not be politically correct but it is extremely balanced and full of wisdom. Listen to the full two minutes by clicking here.

 

Pro-Life Ladies Offer Alternative to Feminist ‘Day Without Women’ Strike

Pro-Life Ladies Offer Alternative to Feminist 'Day Without Women' Strike

Hundreds of small groups of pro-life ladies are gearing up to celebrate the purity and goodness of true womanhood on Wednesday, March 8th.

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“The level of any civilization is the level of its womanhood” – Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

Lady Day started as an idea posted on the Catholic Lady Blog by Colette Zimmerman.

She wanted to offer pro-life women an alternative to the March 8th general strike called “A Day Without Women,” which urges women to stay home from work in support for radical causes like Planned Parenthood, abortion, and same-sex “marriage.”

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These are the same pro-abortion feminists who marched on Washington, D.C. in the shockingly vulgar March for Women.

Colette Zimmerman’s post went viral, and a national event was born. It’s called Lady Day.

Hundreds of small groups of pro-life ladies are gearing up to celebrate the purity and goodness of true womanhood on Wednesday, March 8th.

They plan to go to work in an especially ladylike manner, in elegant and modest dresses, to go out to tea with friends, and to do works of charity.

These inspirited ladies are rallying around the slogan: “Pure Goodness at Work.”

Moriah Webinger from Chardon, OH comments: “What a wonderful idea! I have 15 women already signed up for tea – it is a treat really! We are also informing the local paper too.”

“I want my daughters to be truly feminine; pure and good,” said Brenda Asso a mother of nine from Lancaster, PA. “Abortion! Never! Don’t even think about it. It’s contrary to our maternal instinct,” she said.

Marie Sallinger from Lafayette, LA says the idea of celebrating true womanhood is “inspired.” She adds: “I understand the evils of feminism and want to do something about it. I have many good Christian lady friends. And I’m so happy to celebrate this day as a lady.”

The prayers and the participation of hundreds of women in Lady Day aim to celebrate true womanhood, which in turn, fosters higher moral standards in society and among children.

For more information on Lady Day celebrations, please visit:
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Why Regulation Does Not Always Work

“The real solution involves the hard work of creating a climate of honesty, honor and integrity”

It is astonishing to see how so many people think unbalanced markets can be regulated into order. They think that stopping abuses with straitjacket regulations will solve all problems. In the case of frenzied markets, this usually addresses the effects not the causes of financial instability. Moreover, most regulations, however good-intentioned, are often circumvented by the very offenders that gave rise to the restrictions in the first place.

The need for regulations usually involves moral not economic issues. People become engaged in what might be called frenetic intemperance, which incites them to have everything, instantly and effortlessly. It causes people to scorn the traditional restraints of markets and get involved in fast-paced financial activities without links to moral principles and even economic reality.

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One recent example of how frenetic intemperance is harming markets is China’s corporate bond market. It is a typical case that shows how regulations don’t always work because they do not address causes.

The communist Chinese have long mastered the art of circumventing regulations. When formal economic banking instruments are prohibited, they often resort to informal “shadow banking” substitutes that are unregulated by authorities. Shadow banking system volumes often come to exceed those of the formal banking system before regulators finally shut them down. However, each time the Chinese government tries to cut off the shadow schemes, other avenues always appear to take up the slack.

The latest and fastest growing Chinese shadow banking scheme is called entrusted banking which circumvents the prohibition of corporation-to-corporation lending. The way it works is that cash-rich firms—many of them government owned—find a willing bank to serve as middleman to lend to a struggling credit-hungry company. The obliging bank gets a cut in the profit but shares none of the risks.

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And the risks are great. Most loan candidates are only given a minimum vetting for creditworthiness by the lending corporations. These loans harm the economy because it prevents these rich companies from reinvesting in their own operations, since they prefer to receive tantalizing interest payments of up to twenty percent.

Entrusted loans are usually the last recourse of blacklisted companies that would not qualify for normal loans. The economic slowdown in China has only increased the number of these credit-starved companies since many industries are operating at overcapacity. Indeed, the amounts lent by this method went from less than 1 trillion yuan in 2004 to 13.2 trillion yuan in 2016. Almost a third of new loans are made through this serpentine system.

Finally, the loans serve to throw the economy out of balance since the inefficient sectors are artificially propped up, and the credit money would be better used elsewhere. The loans often hide corruption and failed government projects that overburden the economy. They also add to the nearly $18 trillion in corporate debt already outstanding.



The entrusted loan scheme now running rampant in China only points to the real cause of financial instability worldwide. When economy becomes unmoored from moral principles and ethics, anything becomes possible. Loopholes and sweetheart deals appear and are exploited. Gluts are subsidized and throw world markets into disarray. It creates financial bubbles that has repercussion on all parts of the economy. It is no wonder that Western bankers are beginning to feel anxious about the bad effects of this latest scheme in China’s economy and asking that measures be taken against it.

Of course, the offending practices should be banned and restrictions put in place to prevent their return. However, it does no good to simply ban the practices without addressing the cause found in the frenetic intemperance of modern economy. In this case, regulations usually penalize the honest and small businessmen who are the least capable of dealing with the burden of restrictions.

The real solution involves the hard work of creating a climate of honesty, honor and integrity that naturally tempers economy. It also involves strengthening the God-given regulating institutions of family, community and faith that produce the social capital necessary for sound economy to flourish. Until this is done, regulation will not always work since there will be an ever-growing number of those who will find ways to operate in the dark shadows of economy to the detriment of all.

Those Who Pray for Us and Move the World

Those Who Pray for Us and Move the World

“God truly acts in this world in astonishing ways.”

I hate living in a secular world. It involves pretending that we live in a world without God. Religion becomes a personal thing without repercussions in everyday life. In this “real” secular world, God can exist, but not effectively act.

Such a perception of God is, of course, false. I would hate to imagine what the world would look like if we were left to run it alone. Even in our secular world, God works in unseen ways. In addition, we would be surprised if we were to see the effects of our own role in praying for God’s action.

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I was thinking about this recently after receiving many e-mails from friends and readers who were commenting on the difficulties of living in our secular world. So many think they are alone in having recourse to God since it is not officially recognized by secular society. However, we should always be aware that so many people do have recourse to God and their prayers are answered. I was impressed by how these friends prayed and confided in God even in unlikely places. God truly acts in this world in astonishing ways. We should not underestimate the efficacy of prayers in our daily lives.

There was an e-mail from Linda, for example. If there is a place where God supposedly does not act, it would be aboard the hi-tech world of aviation. Aboard the modern jetliner, there is no religious symbol or reminder of God visible to passengers. Everything exudes optimism and efficiency. Everything is humanly calculated to avoid disaster.

But Linda is a flight attendant who fights the good fight. She writes: “Keep up your faith and know you’re not alone. I have my fair share of hassles like you. I just keep my ‘holy stash’ on board and work the Rosary beads nonstop for all my fellow crew members and passengers. Be reassured we’re all in this spiritual battle together. God will assist His loving warriors!”

“Aboard the modern jetliner, there is no religious symbol or reminder of God”

If we fly with relative safety, I suspect it is not because of Homeland Security but because there are many Lindas out there praying for God’s protection from natural disasters and evildoers while we fly. We really have no idea of how much good is done by such prayers and how many dangers are avoided.

I received another e-mail from Sister Rita. She is old and unable to work full time at her community’s hospital. She writes that her motherhouse has perpetual adoration before the Blessed Sacrament and assures me that my intentions are enfolded in the community prayer requests. “Our retired sisters rotate hourly during the twelve hours of the day, the working sisters take the night hours. That is noble and generous of all. You will ‘feel’ the power of prayer through these sacrifices made.”

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Indeed, I was very touched by being included in these intentions. One can indeed “feel” the power of this prayer. If our efforts yield any results, I have no doubt it is because there are many Sister Ritas out there who pray for those who fight the good fight; she helps secure God’s aid for us.

If America survives today, it is because there are so many praying in jetliners and in the more than one thousand perpetual adoration chapels nationwide. Much more is accomplished in the silence of the night before Our Lord than in so many boardrooms and legislatures.

God does not abandon us even though we may not recognize His action among us. That is the great tragedy of secularism. The material world only presents part of the reality of our lives. By pretending God does not act in society, we deprive ourselves of the enormous power of prayers that can help resolve our problems. We deprive God of His just honor and praise and fail to ask His blessing upon us.

If there is to be a return to order, we need to stop pretending.

Sunday is a Day of Rest Isn’t It?

The Charm of the Medieval TownThere is the mistaken impression that for a modern economy to work efficiently, everything must be 24/7. Missing a beat is considered fatal to good business and economic productivity. All must be frenzied and hurried if one is to compete in today’s globalized economy.

Such assumptions go against the necessities of human nature. People are not machines. They need to stop and rest. If society is to return to some kind of order, people must be convinced that things can stop. Things should stop. Things must stop.

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This is not some wistful desire for simpler times of the past. Stopping can be done today and a good example is found in Germany. They call it “sonntagsruhe” which in German means “Sunday rest.” Germany, the world’s fourth largest economic power, stops on Sunday.

It should be emphasized that stopping on Sunday is not optional in Germany: one must stop on Sunday. The “sonntagsruhe” is not just casually staying away from work. Rather, the long-established custom keeps most shops closed and noise levels down. Even lawnmowers and leaf blowers must fall silent so that all might enjoy their rest. Loud music is restricted.  Heavy trucks are banned from the highways to prevent unnecessary noise – and give truckers a much needed break. The system is set up so that one has to stop and get some rest after an uber-efficient workweek.

The hard-working Germans on their part enjoy the weekly respite. It provides an opportunity for them to concentrate on unwinding, indulge in neighborly considerations or enjoy a good stein of beer. During their Sunday rest, Germans take to the outdoors, visit family and friends or (unfortunately, less frequently) attend church.


So enshrined is the national appetite for Sunday rest that repeated efforts by retailers and businesses to loosen the rules have ended up in failure. Some German states allow occasional Sunday openings for special shopping events and seasons, but most commercial Sunday activity is restricted by law… but also by choice, since the Sunday rest appears to enjoy widespread popular support. Such stopping has not jeopardized the national economy as Germany is the enviable economic powerhouse of Europe.

Of course, America is not Germany. While it can be admitted that most people still have Sunday off, it has become much more a day of shopping and activity than of rest or spiritual edification. Indeed, it was not too long ago that America had its own “Sunday rest.” Things simply shut down so people could be with their families. A few essential services stayed open, as they should. Back then, the seventh day was generally dedicated to God and those relationships that really matter.

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The key to some kind of return to order is not to legislate some kind of “sonntagsruhe” upon the American populace. Rather it consists of understanding what happened that changed mentalities so drastically and then questioning the prevailing attitude.

Over the last decades, what went wrong was that a great agitation entered into the national psyche whereby people became impatient with anything that might impede their own gratification—sexual or otherwise. This led to the acceleration of the frenetic intemperance of modern times where everyone must have everything instantly—even on Sunday. In his book, 24/7, author Jonathan Crary calls it “the absoluteness of availability, and hence the ceaselessness of needs and their incitement.”

The result is an anything-anywhere-anytime economy where all can be had at the click of a mouse or the swipe of a card. It is a frustratingly frantic system, in which people forever want more, yet never feel fulfilled. Indeed, all might be had in such a world, but much has been lost.

What must be questioned is if this world where people are always connected to frenzy is desirable. Tethered as they are to their electronic devices, people no longer free themselves from the stressful demands of daily life that follow them everywhere. They no longer have or take the time to consider what Notre Dame Professor Brad Gregory calls those important “Life Questions” where the meaning and purpose of life are considered in silence and peace.

This same connected world keeps individuals disconnected from the necessary links to Subscribe to Return to Orderfamily, community and faith that keep a society in balance and support individuals in their journey through life. It favors a collection of extreme individualists who are terrifyingly alone together. It is no wonder that there is so much anxiety in modern society.

What needs to be done is to challenge the myths that say things cannot stop and a return to order is not possible. Things can stop and it is time to have the courage to challenge the frenzy. Indeed, today’s stressful 24/7 world is in dire need of a Sunday rest.

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Need a Speaker for 2017?

“Mr. Horvat has spoken at hundreds of events”

If you like the ideas found in the book, Return to Order, now is the time to schedule author John Horvat II to address your group or gathering for 2017. Over the years, Mr. Horvat has spoken at hundreds of events and functions with his clear message to bring America back to God and Christian order.

Mr. Horvat can speak to your church, pro-life or conservative groups. Bring him to your classes, study groups or universities to talk on academic and sound economic subjects. Sponsor a book signing or home event with family and friends. Feature him on your radio program or show. He makes the ideas found in his book come alive.

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“My goal is to get America talking about those vital core issues that no one is talking about,” says Mr. Horvat. “To do this, I will go anywhere and talk to anyone. The most important thing is to get the message out.”

Invite him to any place where the idea of a return to order can inspire, encourage and motivate people to change America for the better. His talks have already helped make this award-winning book an important contribution shaping the debate over America’s future.



Mr. Horvat can take any chapter from Return to Order and turn into a lively point of discussion.

Feel free to choose from these topics of Mr. Horvat’s more recent talks:

  • “The Coming Pro-Life Challenges: What It Will Take to Win.”
  • “Return to Order: The Only Real Option for the Coming Millennials”
  • “Return to Order: A Distinctly Catholic View of Contemporary Economics”
  • “America’s Fatima Future:  What It Will Take to Make It Happen”
  • “The Benedict Option and a Return to Order”
  • “A ‘Way of the Cross’ Society”
  • “Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother: The Key to Bringing America Back to Order”
  • “Masculinity as Revealed through Medieval Chivalric Legends”
  • “The Challenges of Big Government: When Caesar Wants What Isn’t His”
  • Other talks addressing subjects discussed in Return to Order.

There are still slots open on Mr. Horvat’s speaking schedule for 2017. No event or group is too big or small for a presentation. Please act soon to guarantee availability. To schedule a “Return to Order” event, please contact John at this email address: jh1908@aol.com

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Some Testimonials

“Your talk was very successful. They really got a lot out your message and we spent some time tonight talking about it. God bless you for all you do for our Lord and the Blessed Mother!!! We need you badly to be the light in the midst of darkness.”
— Helen McMinn- Pro-life Activist, Reading, Penn.

 

“I wanted to thank John Horvat II for speaking at our Catholic Business Breakfast. His address was spot on and everyone who came to the Harbour Club that morning was delighted. I hope that Return to Order will continue to inspire that much-needed regeneration of wisdom and virtue in America.”
— Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bascom- Charleston, SC

 

“His talk was very useful. It helped me understand that the current economic crisis finds its root in a moral crisis.  Mr. Horvat gave us concrete solutions to turn the tide.”
— Michel de Keukelaere- Law Student, Brussels

 

“I fear that good-hearted, Christian, family-loving folks have almost lost sight of what is truly important in our human journey.  John Horvat II hasn’t forgotten. … He explained with amazing clarity “where we’ve been, how we got here and where we need to go.”  John Horvat’s book Return to Order is the medicine our patriots need.  He presented it with grace, charm and humility.  The audience was spellbound and was left to realize that we had just witnessed greatness.  God bless and be with you, John.
— Jan Lenox- Director Tea Party Patriots of Southern New Jersey

A Christmas Reflection

We gather to celebrate the beautiful feast of Christmas, a lovable tradition, established and handed down to us through the centuries. As the year comes to a close, we look back to find that last year ended in similar circumstances: generalized chaos and confusion as risks increase. Presently our situation is similar to last year’s with an even greater potential for confusion and even greater risk, while a general atmosphere of apprehension spreads over the whole country.

 

Peace in Truth is found in the Holy Roman Catholic Church

Yet, at this Yuletide, we recall the angelic chant to the shepherds on that rustic and poetic first Christmas Eve as the angels sang, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to men of good will”.

Yes, peace is tranquility, but not just any tranquility.

St. Thomas Aquinas teaches that “peace is the tranquility of order”. Where there is order there is real peace. Where there is an absence of order there is no peace. What exists is a veiled disorder, an artificial order, but no real peace.

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Peace exists, rather, in churches where Catholic doctrine is professed in its integrity; where people all love, understand and feel the same way because they are imbued with the Divine Holy Ghost, who is eminently a Spirit of Peace.

In temporal society we find this peace in a very few places, namely at such gatherings as these, where men live who indeed strive to give glory to God in the highest and, therefore, peace on earth reigns among these men of good will.

But you who are a supporter of Return to Order are also an agent of peace. You savor this peace, you appreciate this peace, you take it to your families, and thus bring them the law of Christ, the Faith of Christ, the order of Christ and the Reign of Christ. As you take into your families the doctrine of His Holy Catholic Church and live by its sweet rule and yoke, you have true peace.

This is the peace that our Lord Jesus Christ wanted to bring to the world and which He expressed in these magnificent words: Pacem relinquo vobis, pacem meam do vobis, “I give you My peace, I leave you My peace.” Which means, He gave them His peace, which is the tranquility of order, leaving this gift to men, to the world, at the time that He was about to leave earth to ascend to heaven.

Great and small gather around the manger

So, let us approach that heavenly crib of Jesus Christ, the King of Peace, the descendant of a regal dynasty from which also descended Mary Most Holy and Saint Joseph, who, nevertheless, now kneels in the capacity of a humble carpenter before the Savior just born of his wife, the Virgin Mother.

And before great potentates draw near the crib with precious gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, God wished for humble shepherds to approach and be received with tender love. Even the ox and the donkey were invited to warm Baby Jesus with their breath.

We must be soldiers of peace and soldiers of order

All this is peace; all this is order. We should be soldiers of peace and soldiers of order, fighting in an orderly manner as true soldiers of Christ in the Reign of Christ.

But aren’t these terms, peace and fight, contradictory? Isn’t peace concomitant with non-aggression? So how can we be “soldiers of peace”? Likewise, how can we call ourselves “soldiers of order” in case of war, when war is such a huge mess?

Nevertheless, peace is present when one fights against disorder through order. This must be well understood. Peace, the peace of Christ in the Reign of Christ exists when men are in order. But this peace does not exist only in non-combat. There is peace also when one fights for order against disorder.
There was also a great battle in heaven between Saint Michael the Archangel and the angels of fidelity and obedience against the angels of infidelity and disobedience. It was so great a battle that Scriptures describes it for us as a great battle was fought in heaven.

So, even at this moment peace did not cease to reign in heaven, because the good were on the side of God fighting to expel from the heavenly mansion the devils who, as agents of disorder, had become unworthy of it.

If there was a war in heaven, it was a war of health against disease, a war of life against death, a war of good against rebellious evil. This battle, by the very fact that it was a battle between what should exist against what should not exist, in itself is order.

In the contemporary world we are precious agents of peace in the measure that we fight against evil angels and those who are dedicated to spreading evil, the agents of war.

So also in the contemporary world we are precious agents of peace in the measure that we fight the evil angels and their minions in their multifaceted attack on faith, morality and good customs.

In the contemporary world we are precious agents of peace in the measure that we fight the evil angels and their minions in their multifaceted attack on faith, morality and good customs

The peace that we desire for the coming year is the peace of order against the agents of disorder. Only then will we have the peace of order in the tranquility of order. So, let us be agents of order in the coming year, not only because we refuse to engage in useless battles, but also because we do choose to engage in the good fight of which Saint Paul speaks when he said of himself as he lay dying: “Lord, I fought the good fight, now give me the reward of Thy glory.” If we do this in the coming year as we have done this year, we can end the year with peace and hope.

In this generation of thieves and adulterers let us be souls on fire, souls burning with love and strong warriors engendered by Faith. We were not born only to rejoice, or mainly to be happy. We were born, above all, to fight; we were born, above all, to serve the Holy Catholic Church.

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Then whatever the furor of evil throughout the world, whatever their threats, we are agents of peace, we are children of Mary, and we are fighters of good order. Thus, by the grace of Mary we may say like Saint Paul and the end of next year: Lord, throughout this year we fought the good fight. Give us now during this year the reward of Thy glory.

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Adapted from a message of Prof. Plinio Correa de Oliveira to TFP Supporters on Dec. 18, 1992 at a Christmas gathering- Plinio Correa de Oliveira :Thomas Aquinas on Christmas