St. Augustine, in Civ. XIX.17, as the scholar G. R.Evans points out in the Introduction to my copy, "exhorts his readers thus: 'If you wish to be armed against temptations in the world, let the desire for the heavenly Jerusalem grow in your hearts." By contrast, 'a household of human beings whose life is not based on faith is in pursuit of an earthly peace belonging to this life.'"
Writing at the end of the Roman Empire, watching the destruction of the entire social economic, and political structure which formed him in his classical education, and allowed him to live in peace while becoming a Catholic, St. Augustine had the advantage of seeing how God, indeed, punishes great sin, and humbles the proud.
Can one imagine an unsophisticated group of people, the barbarians of his day, destroying almost a thousand years of culture and civilization?
Readers, you can imagine this as it is happening in Europe and will happen here. It has begun.
In June of 2008, I had three days of visions. I was wide awake. One of these was confirmed exactly by another person who had a similar dream hundreds of miles away. Some of the others are coming true in Europe.
In one vision, on the third day, I saw three armies sweep across the globe. Two poured into America from the north--the Chinese and the Russians, after America had experienced some sort of catastrophe which left it vulnerable. Some of these images I put into my novels.
A third army, of Muslims, came out of Italy and into the entire continent of Europe. Only a few nations held out against them-Poland, France, and, ironically, England.
One reason I am revisiting the City of God this week and in the following weeks is that we are living in the same times as the great Augustine. We shall watch the destruction of Western Civilization, even in America.
Only those who work for the City of God and understand that the City of Man belongs to satan, will be saved.
Years ago, I also taught St. Anselm. I also studied in depth Nicholas of Cusa. Both of these men, among others, knew the writings of St. Augustine and used them. Nicholas of Cusa, as Evans reminds us, notes that there are angels over the seven churches in Revelation. These angels inform the bishops.
However, as there are demons in the City of Man, the demonic influences can now more and more be plainly seen in the Church. Some bishops are listening to the fallen angels in the City of Man.
More than ever, we need a body of prayerful, active people, willing to build the City of God now.
The Church has seen horrible times before, but this is different.
To be continued...