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  1. TAKE HEED and your yet-unfailing ears incline For the time comes when you shall be mine. Though man and beast I can alike take, The fruit of Virtue I cannot shake. All flesh is GRASS, it shall die That day of death is always nigh. God shall judge each and ev’ry estate Death alike is your predestined fate. You must join my dance at last. In that black minute, O rich and famous man, Thou shalt in coveting virtue only have just began, But thy cry shall fall on deaf ears Banished ‘neath falling black rain and fears For thou shalt be mine then, and I shall say I have waited for thee, for this is my day Call upon thy riches, thou didst trust in those! Let them deliver thee, though they cannot me oppose. Thou must join my dance at last. And thou, great Bishop, by pride enslaved Knowest thou not that the road to hades is with Priests’ skulls paved? Thou Bishop will make for me a fine lamppost along the way, Thou hast no longer time to weep and pray. For thou shalt be mine, then, and I shall say, I have waited for thee, and this is my day Call upon thy lifetime of learning, thou didst trust in it! An act of Virtue would have done more for thee in a minute. And now thou must join my dance at last. O middle man of contented worldliness most! Thou art my grandest feast and boast. Like many, thou carest but little for thy soul, And into the Void’s blackness doth idly stroll. But day shall come when I shall say, I have waited for thee, and this is my day, Call upon worldly contentment, it served thee in life! But now thou must needs hark to the tune of my fife. And thou must join my dance at last. O knight of honour and zeal and might! O knight spoiling for a fight! Grapple with me, and thou shalt not doubt, Thou canst not fight nor stand nor rout, But must at last yield thy knighthood to my day, the grave, Thou shouldst have made love of God and man instead thy crave. Call upon thy worldly honour, thou didst it prize! And now to my song add thy wretched cries! For thou must join my dance at last. O, young woman, who dost envi-full dowry want! I am thy bridegroom now, O come, thou proud debutant! Death took thee so quick and so fast, Didst thou not know that dowries do not last? I come for thee, for this day is mine, Now look to thy dresses fine. Can they deliver thee? Give it a try! Better if they had clothed that orphan thou didst let die! For they fail, and thou must join my dance at last. O, man who put his trust in the Virtues se’en! I have no power to stop thy soaring into he’en. How can I not thee confound? I am before thee weak and dead and drowned! I thought I could all things possess, But thou hast put thy trust in things of holiness. I call upon all my powers of darkness true, But thou art blessed by the Most High in thy goodness new! For I fail, and thou hast skipped my dance! O lordling, layabout, craftsman and count, Know that no worldly good of any amount, Can stop me, for I was once what thou art now, And be me forever one day shalt thou. I am death, and my day is nigh Covet then the things that do not die. Then let thy Virtues deliver thee, And God shall win thee eternal life and glee. Then thou shalt have skipped my dance. Amen. So be it. Fr. Pius of Sutica, FSSCT.
  2. Pius of Sutica lets out an audible "bruh" at the lack of "Blessed Olivier de Savoie." "Blessed Seraphim of the Fraternity of Saints Jude and Kristoff, pray for us." He says. "A true Tractarian."
  3. THE PATRIARCHATE OF CHICAGO "I forgive Allesandro Serenelli, and I want him to be in heaven with me forever."-St. Maria Goretti. (1890-1902) THE CHICAGO-ILLINOIS CHRONICLE IN THE TWO THOUSANDTH TWO HUNDRED AND SEVENTIE-EIGTH YEARE OF OUR LORD'S INCARNACION. The Synod "COME FROM LIBANVS, MY SPOVSE, COME." (Canticles 4:8) IN THIS YEARE HENCE, the First Synod of Chicago gathered to deliberate the most pressing matter of the discoverie of non-human life possessed of reason. Now the question was their capabilitie to receive grace. Two Benedictines, Father Moore and Brother Edward laid out the respective cases. This I tooke from the transcriptes of the matter. MOORE: Your Holiness; Venerable Brothers. It was for good reason that God raised man alone above all the beasts. We read in the Creed: Et Incarnatus est, de Spiritu Sancto, ex Maria Virgine, et HOMO FACTUS EST. That is, God became MAN. He did not become Deathe-clawwe or mutante. Since that the Son of God emptied Himselfe and became the Son of Man, so men could "receive power to become the sons of God." (John 1:12) To say that these creatures may receive grace fundmanetallie alters the pattern of salvacion. Moreover, they are made by menne, some of them, and therefore, are not in the image of God, but of man. EDWARD: It is written: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believeth in Him may not perish, but may have life eternalle", and, in another place "For this I was born, for this I came into the world, that I should give testimonie to the truth. Every one that is of the truth, heareth My voice." Now these capacities "Believing" and "knowing truth" belong to any to whom is gifted, by God, the use of reason. For to believe implies choice, and therefore will and intellect. It is cleare that those of whom we speake are possessed of this capacitie. If they have a capacitie for truth therefore, they have a capacitie for grace, for God came for any man who can believe and know the truth. MOORE: Any man? Thou dost admit of the point. MAN, not deatheclawwe, brother. EDWARD: I saide by manner of slipping. PATRIARCH (To Edward): What is man? EDWARD: Man is a creature possessed of bodie and soul, that is, of a bodie, and the capacities of wille and intellect. PATRIARCH: Thou sayest it. Now it is true that God came to save the sons of Adam. But that as they are possessed with a capacitie for Faith, Hope and Charitie, since that they can know the truth, and since they can assent of Faith by intellect and affirme Hope and Charitie by the wille, for as Saint Pius X saith, Faith is an assente of the intellect to divinely revealed truth, so therefore, they can receive that power to become sons of God of which we spoke. And since they self evidently suffer under the same Falle as natural men, and, having the same capacitie of receiving, therefore have they the power also of the remedie. Now I asked thee, "what is man?" "A little lower than the angels" (Psalm 8:5) - possessed of a spiritual and corporeal part. As saith the Angelic Doctor, quoting Augustine: "Man's excellence consists in the fact that God made him to His own image by giving him an intellectual soul, which raises him above the beasts of the fielde." Therefore things without intellect are not made to God's image." (Summa Theologica, 93.2) If it is this in which man's excellence consiseth, namelie that he hath bodie and soul, by which he is raised, so too are not these raised above the beastes of the field? I think thy manner of slipping was inspired by the Holy Ghost. EDWARD: Reverend Patriarch, if it define and raise men that they be possessed of wille and intellect, and these creatures too are so possessed, but also being possessed of a bodie, are not angels, can these not be saide to be, in spiritual terms, men? For in will and intellect the image of God consisteth. Not in the biological sense, men, but in the spiritual, wherefore, Our Lord died for them, and God is the primary cause of their existence, man being the secondary. And since they proceedeth from man, man can say of them: "bone of my bone, and flesh of my flesh." (Genesis 2:23) PATRIARCH: Thou sayest it. Let us vote upon this Canon. The Synod came out with these Canons. "IF any man saith, that it be utterly impossible for a deathclawwe or some other creature possessed of both bodie and soul to receive grace, including the Sacraments, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA." "If any man saith that these be not creatures with dignity and with the image of God, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA." "If any man saith that it is needfulle to make more of these, and striveth to make more of these creatures, instead of birth in the natural way, LET HIM BE ANATHEMA." The Maxims of Vegetius "WE WILL FIGHT FOR OUR LIVES AND OUR LAWS, AND THE LORD HIMSELF WILL OTHERTHROW THEM BEFORE OVR FACE: BVT AS FOR YOV, FEAR THEM NOT." (1 Maccabees 3:21-22) IN THIS YEARE HENCE, we monkes produce a "Edicion Definitive of Militarie Knowledge" containing in it our translacion of Flavius Vegetius, the greate Roman author, who cautioned: "It is better to subdue an enemie by famine, raids and terror, than in battell where fortune tendes to have more influence than braverie." And Guderian's "Achtung Panzer" Manstein translated into the tongue of the Angles and many other textes, maximes as speeches as the monkes can finde. And this is put into a volume and collected. The great laboure of this problem, especially the longe transcripcion of Classical workes in which we have beene engaged, became hence cleare. And so attempts are made to finde either a printing press, or the parts thereof, or the instrucions of how to build or operate. Meanwhile, the workes of greate writers are preserved and put into practice on how whereof we are to live. (Developlment points invested.) Actions "WHO IS SHE THAT COMETH FORTH AS THE MORNING RISING, FAIR AS THE MOON, BRIGHT AS THE SUN, TERRIBLE AS AN ARMY IN BATTLE ARRAY?" (Canticles 6:9.) -Construction of the cathedral continues. [-5 B, -5 M, -25,000 C.] -150 men armed with T1 guns and T2 melee weapons expand into a northward district. [Circled and coloured in.] -6 Development points invested. 2 into Feudalistic society (750 C per block controlled), 4 into streamlined economy (25%+ C income.) -4 R put into T2 small arms. [17/25.] -Missionary efforts continue in the city and with the chaplains of NCR and Douglas, in the same manner as before. -Leaders in the Fyrd are taught from a military textbook which draws from historical military texts from Sun Tzu to Guderian. -Attempts are made to find anything use for a printing press, or even a press itself! Especially in this new district. Also, the ongoing search for radio parts and stations carries on. -3 B was traded for 5 M with the Marines. Stats Buildings: 1 Market (2000 C), 1 Scrap Yard (1 M, 500 upkeep), 2 Agri-Houses (4 S, 2000 upkeep), 1 Salvage Yard (750 Upkeep, 1 E), 5 Construction Yards (2 B, 3250 upkeep), 1 Fortification (250 upkeep). 8,548 Caps, 8 metal, 26 supplies, 3 building materials. 4 Energy. Population: 969.
  4. Pius of Sutica hears the news of disaster from Bishop Benedict, deciding to cease his writings. Now was the time to return to public life, for the faithful would need a Priest.
  5. THE PATRIARCHATE OF CHICAGO "WHAT WOVLDST THOV ASK, OR LEARN OF US? WE ARE READY TO DIE RATHER THAN TO TRANGRESS THE LAW OF GOD, RECEIVED FROM OUR FATHERS."-2 Maccabees 7:2. THE CHICAGO-ILLINOIS CHRONICLE IN THE TWO THOVSANDTH TWO HUNDREDTH AND SEVENTIE SIXTHE YEARE OF OUR BLESSED LORD'S INCARNACION. "GOING THEREFORE, TEACH YE ALL NATIONS; BAPTISING THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY GHOST. AND BEHOLD I AM ALWAYS WITH YOU, EVEN TO THE CONSUMMATION OF THE WORLD."-St. Matthew 28:19-20. GO THEREFORE BAPTISING IN THIS YEARE HENCE, there rang on out cries as "Gaudete! Gaudete! Christus est natus, ex Maria Virgine! Gaudete!" That is "Rejoice, rejoice ye, Christ is born from Mary the Virgin! Rejoice!" We indeed had a more abundant Christmas than there ever was seen. Patriarchal Mass was celebrated in the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, the only part of the cathedral usable during the construcion. There was much rejoicing from all manner of men and women. The Patriarch Claudio, though a withdrawn man, preached a much needfulle sermon. He ended: "Prepare. Pray, pray, pray. Look after your families. Soon, Christ will give you an important worke. But if you pray, worry not, for God will outfit you with the arms necessary for the coming challenge. So for now, just enjoy your Christmas, of which I wish you all a very merry one, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." Now them that hearde this were much confused in minde, and caste aboute in their heades what they were to make of such a thinge. But soone the wordes were forgotten once the good poore people enjoyed such abundance as never seen in the Wastaland, for the Patriarch supplied all that was needfulle to the people that they might feaste with their own families at Christmas-time. After the merriest Christmas and Christmastide since the Incarnacion, came Lent, and a great 40 days of penance and preperation just as the Patriarch had saide. All were not fixed on his wordes: "Prepare. Pray, pray, pray." He saide this again on the Firste Sunday of Lent, with an astonishingly short sermon in which he merelie saide: "Prepare." And so they did. All the families in the countrie were saying the holy Rosarie together, and the priests doubled their prayers before the Blessed Sacrament. The ongoing construcion of the cathedral had alreadie filled the common people, who are wontful of noveltie, with excitement. We prayed as we had never once prayed at any time. We were preparing for something greate. A great commission as the Patriarch had warned us. Then came the happie time of Easter. The rumour was spreade that this great taske of which the Patriarch had warned would be given at the Feast of Our Lord's Ascension. It all became cleare. "GO THEREFORE, TEACH YE ALL NATIONS IN MY NAME, BAPTISING THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY GHOST." Was the Gospel reading. And upon reading it, there was a stirre among the people, for they knew this to be the great missione for which they had been preparing. The charismatic Father Gilbert was preaching. "Now is the time," Saide he "That we bringe the Name of Christ to this suffering citie. If this be a city of "mud", as insulting men are wantfulle to call it, let them knowe that it was Christ who deigned to be borne in the muddied wastaland of a poore cave, rejected by the innkeepers. God has broughte each one of us to this citie. It is our citie, our love, our pride. City of mud she may be, but our mud it is; I see only poor suffering souls chained cruelly in their sins and by those of others. And now we win her in the Name of Christ. Let us go forthe therefore, with one voice and minde, teaching all nacions in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, and know that He is always with us, each to the consumacion of the worlde!" The "youthe", who are desirous of all manner of novelities and "memes" as I have hearde them so called, called this sermon "epic" and "based" although what manner of thinge it be based on is yet to be revealed by them. The Patriarch had planned this all. All this period, from the Exaltacione of Christmass to the penance and preparacion by which he helde the people in tencion, to the Great Commission of Ascension. The people with one minde felte they were ready and the clergy were fell of fervour. Their mission was to be the mission. He therefore begins to sende the first missionaries into the worlde. On the feaste of Pentecost, new priests were ordained. On the feaste of Our Lady of Fatima, new Monician sisters were enrolled, took their vows or were donned full Sisters. Families and children crowned all the missionaries with flowers as they prepared for the way. May God help them all. (Details given in actions.) UNDER THE MANTLE "I AM THE MOTHER OF FAIR LOVE, AND OF KNOWLEDGE, AND OF HOLY HOPE."-Ecclesiasticus 24:24. IN THIS YEARE HENCE, a number of pious women (X) approached Father Gilberte. They saide that, whilst the Monician vocation was noble, they wanted an Order that was purelie contemplative. The leader of these women, Edith Taylor (stranglie enough, a ghoule in the same manner as Mother Angelica), expressed her noble desire to have a convent of Carmelites in the Archdiocese. She was donned, clothed with the habit, and crown'd with the title of Mother Abbess, taking the religioux name "Fawstina of the Divine Mercie." Strengthened by the prayers of these women, the Church will surely be under Our Lady of Mount Carmel's Mantle. THE SYNOD "BEHOLD HOW GOODLY and PLEASANT, FOR BRETHREN TO DWELL IN VNITY!" (Psalm 133) IN THIS YEARE HENCE, notified of the existence of non-humans possessed of wille and intellecte, a greate Sy-nod was gathered by the Patriarch in order to settle the questione. The proceedings were expected to be finished by nexte yeare. ACTIONS -Three construction yards built in the other sector to help build the cathedral. (22,500 C.) -The people are treated to a very merry and abundant Christmas. [3 S] -A big period of penance and prayer in the Archdiocese and one of high religious fervour, there are many edifying sermons and families and religious pray the Rosary together. -Missionary efforts: 11 Fathers of the Oratory are to have the honour of being the first missionaries of the Patriarchate. These are the boldest and most fearless men to be found in the Patriarchate, and they have the prayers of all the faithful behind them. They are very young and zealous. They spend around 5 months preparing, not only with prayer and penance, but also learning to move swiftly and unnoticed across the city. They take melee weapons with them in order to protect themselves against ghouls and wild beasts, but are not to use force against men unless strictly necessary to save another from distress (e.g. they see a man being tortured or what have you.) 11 Monician Sisters are sent also with them. These are given alms and medical supplies to help any they find in need. These all are sent into the world in all directions as each Father's iniatives strike him. They are told to be ready to suffer hardship, death or even slavery for Christ's sake. They help men and preach Christ to whomever they find without compromise, focusing on the Patron Saints of the Wasteland, Monica and Ehren. If they find friendly communities, they are to ask for hospitality and be helpful to them whilst showing them a Christian way of life by Faith, Hope and Charity: teaching by example first. Father Gilbert, burning with missionary zeal and frustration, must remain at home for now. [3 S for alms and medical supplies.] -As part of the missionary efforts and with a treaty agreed at New Eden, a Benedictine Father and 6 Monician nuns are escorted from New Eden to NCR territory, blindfolded for the last part of the journey. 4 pallets of building material and 7500 caps are given to NCR to build a church there. The Father celebrates daily Mass with the nuns and anyone else willing to attend, whilst preaching the truth of the Faith and preaching supernatural hope in a realm of despair. The nuns say their office and help soldier and civilian in any way they can with their problems, particularly former slaves. The newly received Sister Marie Therese, naive but appearing to be from another world due to her brightness and altruism, leads the nuns. Another Priest is sent to be chaplain of the Republic of Douglas and does in like manner. -Ten women enroll in the Carmelite Order, who establish themselves in the heart of the Archdiocese in a cloistered house. -The clergy still-present gather together to deliberate on a theological issue. -Construction of the cathedral is paused for the year. -Research continues into small arms. [13/25.] Stats. Buildings: 1 Market (2000 C), 1 Scrap Yard (1 M, 500 upkeep), 2 Agri-Houses (4 S, 2000 upkeep), 1 Salvage Yard (750 Upkeep, 1 E), 2 Construction Yards (2 B, 1500 upkeep), 1 Fortification. In construction: 3 construction yards (The northward section). 10,950 Caps, 17 metal, 21 supplies , 4 building materials. 4 Energy. Population: 845.
  6. SAPIENTIA IN CARNE WISDOM INCARNATE OR; ON THE ABOLITION OF SLAVERY. TO OUR PRIESTS, MONKS AND ALL THE PEOPLES OF THIS CITY. I.WISDOM INCARNATE, in today's Office, cannot help but provoke Our conscience to action, lest We receive those dreadful words from from His just sentence: "Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels." (St. Matthew 25:41) And what sentence is this? Suppose that We did great evil and iniquity? Suppose that we are constantly torturing and enslaving men and giving ourselves to lusts and fornications and rapine? Rather not, but Our Person should have received this sentence, not for action, but inaction. Not for bad speech, but for silence. In seeking to appease the world we failed to appease conscience, which Cardinal Newman calls "the primordial Vicar of Christ." II.For in this passage, Christ casts the cursed into the everlasting fire not for what they did alone, but for what they failed to do. "For I was hungry, and ye gave Me not to eat." (St. Matthew 25:42) And We shall reply: "Lord, when was it that we gave Thee not to it?" And He shall say: "Amen, Amen I say to thee, that what thou hast failed to do to the least of these My brothers, thou wilt have done unto Me." (St. Matthew 25:45) The Apostle was forced to realise that in persecuting the Church, His Body, He was persecuting the Head. For Our Lord said to him: "Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?" (Acts 9:4) Be received ye therefore, all ye nations, into the Body of Christ through Holy Baptism, and hence be "given power to become sons of Gods" (St. John 1:12) and be part of that glorious Body. III.Therefore, Wisdom, in taking on flesh, becomes the poor and the oppressed. For He that took the "face of a leper" (Isaias 53:4), the troubles of "the man of sorrows" (53:3), and "the form of a slave" (Phillipians 2:7) for Our sake lives and suffers in the lepers and the slaves. For He says Himself: "I am a worm, and no man, the reproach of men, and the outcast of the people." (Psalm 21:7) We therefore, who speak with the voice of the Spouse of Christ, and guided by the Holy Ghost, must speak with the full force of Our Conscience, in saying that Christ in suffering here and now under the evils of chattel slavery, in which, as happened in previous times and was condemned by Our Venerable Predecessor, wicked men, "with fictitious reasoning and seizing and opportunity, have approached said islands by ship, and with armed forces taken captive and even carried off to lands overseas very many persons of both sexes, taking advantage of their simplicity." (Pope Eugene IV, Sicut Dudum, I.) IV.The men that do this will no doubt, if they continue unrepented of their actions, go to the outer darkness with their father the devil, where they will have weeping and gnashing of teeth for all eternity. The blathering and iniquitous men who perpetrate these acts will die in their sins. But We too must act against this terrible evil which afflicts so many in these lands. As it was Holy Church which restored law and courtesy and civilisation in the West after the fall of the Empire of the Romans, so after the fall of the American capitalist system, the Church speaks as a voice of prophecy and the Moral Law. We must not fear: As St. Philip says: "if God be with us, there is no one else left to fear." (Faber, Maxims.) We are in exile in this vale of tears. We are all exiled princes, "the light of the world" (St. Matthew 5:14) and "sons of the light" (1 Thessalonians 5:5) in this falling darkness. We must not therefore fail in Our duty; we must fear God alone, and do everything in view of winning our exiled Crown, which is to be found not in this world, but in the next. V.Princes of this world ought to know also that Wisdom also warns us "to him that is little mercy is shown: but the mighty shall be mightily tormented." (Wisdom 6:7) We therefore entreat all the nations who called this 'Mud City' their home to refrain from all tradings and relations to powers that continue to practise slavery. We ban all Christians, on pain of excommunication, from trading with such men as do these things also, by which We mean, slavery. You who are mighty must show mercy to those that are little, lest Him whose nature it is to show mercy but also uphold justice shows the same severity you showed to them who were little. The Church in America, our true and venerable Mother and endowed with all riches by Christ, "Whose heart trusteth in her" (Proverbs 31:11), therefore calls on all nations who prize benevolence, courtesy and justice as among their avowed principles to form a coalition against slavery, to promise freedom to the captives and embargo those wicked tribes who practise slavery. Nor will We, in whose Seat we speak launched the Holy Crusade against the monstrous Seljuks and their ravages against the Body of Christ in that country which is called Asia Minor, scruple to use the force of holy arms in alliance with the men, that, although they know not God by Holy Baptism, know Him remotely in some way, for as the Holy Apostle said to the Greeks: "This God of whom you know not, I preach to you." (Acts 20:25) The God we preach to you is the God who "hast led captivity captive." (Psalm 67:19) The God whom you know not, is the One who frees the captives, and it is Him We preach to you. VI.Slaves are called to remember that venerable maxim of the Great Doctor, St. Augustine: "The just man, though a slave, is free, but the evil man, though he reigns, is a slave." The slaver is enslaved by the lusts and power of death, and is a son of satan. He who "loves his enemies" and "prays for those that persecute him" (St. Matthew 5:44), who shows that kind of disinterested Love (Caritas) which can only be found in God alone, for God is Love (Deus Caritas Est), is truly free, though he be in chains. He ought to know that the Son of God, rather than enjoying the infinite splendour and bosom of His Father, took the form of a slave in order to rescue him from the power of death. He who is Wisdom itself became a dumb Babe and at the Cross "as a dumb as a Lamb before His shearer" (Isaias 53:7), He who is innocence itself allowed Himself to be baptised; He who is Life itself was "obedient unto death, even unto the death of the Cross." (Phillipians 2:8) He did this out of an ineffable Love which We did not, in any sense, merit, but which was freely and liberally given unto us, who crucified Him by Our sins. Slaves are therefore entreated to show that same Love and mercy which Christ showed unto us to their slavers, taking Saint Monica for their example. VII.To Our Priests and Monicians, we send them on missions across the city, to preach the freedom of Christ to the captives that are in bonds, together with the slavers, and the civilised, fearing neither death, nor slavery, nor injury, knowing that they themselves have Life in Christ, Freedom in the Holy Ghost, and the healing of the Father. There, We will spread the Light of Christ: "for the light shineth in the darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not." (St. John 1:5) Christ comes to conquer the wasteland, but the true wasteland is in our hearts. If there was a place there for divine love, Our city would not have become one of mud and death. O, senseless men of Chicago! Cease your pathetic stupor. Now it is Our Venerable wish that, in freeing the slaves of temporal Order, we be freed of slavery in the spiritual order, so that, by showing mercy in this life, we may be shown it in the next. VIII.A final entreaty to all the devout sons of the Catholic Church to pray the Most Holy Rosary without ceasing, to be constantly saluting the most Holy Mother of God with the splendid title "Hail, full of grace!" (St. Luke 1:28) For it is to be believed, as a matter of pious faith, that, when, on the first Sunday of October, 1571, the monstrous Mohemmadan army was intent on Jihad to conquer Christendom, it was the public processions of the Holy Rosary that secured the miraculous victory of the Crusader army. Fear not the snow, "for all her domestics are clothed with double garments" (Proverbs 31:21), and we, who are her domestics, fear nothing. So that as Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, was able to intercede for us and secure the victory from her Divine Son, she will so secure us victories in our own time. Only pray the Holy Rosary every day, in your families, in private and in public, and a wonderful moral order will shine forth from Our Patriacharate. Christ, as He was pleased to come through Our Lady and become Man, will in like manner overcome sin in your lives by that same most splendid means. And therefore say the Rosary every day so that we can merit the eternal prize of heaven. A blessing We wish you all in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, and with which we give the Apostolic Benediction. Issued in the name of the Holy See by Patriarch Claudio I, Papal Legate in America and Patriarch of Chicago.
  7. (See video for visual depiction.) "Per omnia saecula saeculorum..." The former Archbishop, now Patriarch of America, bleated in half-sung Gregorian Chant. "AMEN!" Came the thundering, deeply masculine reply from the choir. "Oremus." "Praeceptis salutataribus moniti, set Divina instutione formati, audemus dicere: PATER NOSTER, QUI ES IN CAELIS, SANCTICETUR NOMEN TUUM, ADVENIAT REGNAM TUUM FIAT VOLUNTAS TUA SICUT IN CAELO ET IN TERRA PANEM NOSTRUM QUOTIDIANUM DA NOBIS HODIE ET DIMITTE NOBIS DEBITA NOSTRA SICUT ET NOS DIMITTIMUS DEBITORIBUS NOSTRIS ET NE NOS INDUCAS IN TENTATIONEM... ...SED LIBERA NOS A MALO!" Chicago had just had her first Patriarchal High Mass. For the first time, His Holiness Claudio, Patriarch of Chicago, sung the Lord's Prayer as Patriarch of America, endowed with the exercise of all Papal privileges in the United States. The Benedictines had found this privilege in an hardcoded archive of 2077, which was sent by Pope John Paul IV to mitigate the forthcoming nuclear disaster. The Archbishop of New York was to be granted, as a special Papal Legate, the de facto exercise of the Papal prerogatives in North America if regular contact with the Holy See should be impossible, under the title Patriarch of New York. If he was indisposed, then this privilege was to be granted to San Francisco. And then Washington. And then Dallas. 18th-down-the-line was the Mud City. But the only Archdiocese standing. A local Synod had ratified the decision. The cry rang out after High Mass: HABEMUS LEGATUS! HABEMUS PATRIARCHA! CHRISTUS VINCIT, CHRISTUS REGNANT, CHRISTUS IMPERAT! WE HAVE A LEGATE! WE HAVE A PATRIARCH! CHRIST CONQUERS, CHRIST REIGNS, CHRIST COMMANDS! ALL HAIL HIS HOLINESS, PATRIARCH CLAUDIO YACOB. THE CHICAGO-ILLINOIS CHRONICLE THE TWO THOUSANDETH, TWO HUNDREDE AND SEVENTIE FIFTHE YEARE OF OUR BLESSED LORD'S INCARNATION. BE STILL, AND SEE THAT I AM GOD...THE LORD OF HOSTS IS WITH US, THE GOD OF JACOB OUR PROTECTOR. (Psalm 45) THE SEAT OF A PATRIARCH IN THIS YEARE HENCE, mindfulle of his new prestige, the Archbishop did not scruple any expense in ordering the construcion of a mightie basilica which would be dedicated to SS. Monica and Ehren. These wonder-full Saints are beacones of hope in the wastelande, that there be no power whatsoever, neither death, nor radiacion nor raiders that can overcome the mightie workings of Incarnate Love. For indeed, it will be well here to relate the storie of Saint Monica, as has been related to my satisfacion by the reliable witnesses at Rivet Citie. Monica was borne miraculously to Ghoul parents. She converted to Christianitie after finding Pope John Paul IV's 2074 appeal against the Greate Warre, and was received into Holie Church by our Archdio--asd Patriarchate. Now she had a son, who was much astray, for he had been taken by raiders. Now this son had become an evil man, and one of the enslaving workers of iniquity. After sixteene yeares of searching, Monica found her son, whose name was Ehren. Now she was taken as a slave by her own son. But she remained steadfaste in the faith, and even preached to the other slaves, converting some of them. Now a slaver was hatefull of this. For the women now he had forced himself on now resisted him and the slaves suffered merrily (which made him angrie full of envie.) For it is written in St. Augustine, that the just man, though a slave, is free, but the evil man, though he reigneth, is a slave. So that one slaver threatened: "Daughter of curres, thou art called by them Monica, but by me DOGGE, DEBASED, WITHCERIE, DUNG, RATTE, *****, SLUTTE, AND ALL MANNER OF BAD THINGES. Now since thou wilt continue to speake fables, I am a mind to padlocke thy mouthe!" And Monica replied: "Sir, thou art truly a godsend. I praise the good God for strengthening me thus, for trulie, if thou didst do that, it woulde preache a sounder and truer message than any wordes of mine. Let my willingness to have this done be seen by all! FIAT MIHI!" (Quoting Our Ladie, St. Luke 1:38, and these wordes, through the which man's redemption was affected, have become the motto of the Monician Order.)" And he relented. Now after all manner of these thinges, mother and son were finallie mindfulle of one another, that is, the talke which Monica gathered aboute herself by her brave actione caused the realisacion that Ehren was her son. Now, on finding this, Ehren was much angered, blaming all the sufferings of past yeares on her. Now everie time, to a superhuman level, she would practise charitie. Namelie, even when she had been beaten to neare deathe, said she: "I forgive thee in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ." After several dayyes, Ehren broke down at these wordes. He felle at her feete and begged for forgiveness. Ehren helped many slaves escape, and went to Rivet Citie, where they founde a Prieste. Mother and son lived very holie lives and Ehren was ordained a Priest. He, in turne, ordained the parish priest of that citie, Father Clifforde, who told me this storie himself. Now Ehren used to preach at Mass to his small congregacione, to this effect (the which I have transcribed from Father Clifforde's notes: "The true miracle is love. Saint Chrysostom says: "When Christ said what was to be the sign that would mark out Christians, he passed over all the great miracles and so forth, and said rather this: this will be the sign, that you are my disciples, that you love one another. That my mother was born of ghoulish parents and yet incorrupt is not the miracle. The miracle, the truly supernatural thing, is that she said: I forgive you, in the Name of Christ Jesus. To love our friends, that belongs to the nature of men. But to love our enemies, that belongs to the nature of a God. And trust me, it is the only remedy to the problems of the Wasteland: But that many that did receive Him, He gave power to become the sons of God! (St. John 1:12) Therefore, friends, brethren, comrades, receive His love into your hearts, embrace His mercy, and sin, death and hatred will be crushed before you like the snake under the Lady's foot." (Referring to a statue of our Blessed Lady, the Second Eve, in which she crushes the snake.) Now Father Gilbert Keith poured manie materials into this cathedral. And it was complained that these should go into weapons. But Gilbert said: "Fill this basilica with families praying the Rosary, and I will conquer the world." So building began. Some were oughtfulle to ask what caused the usually pragmatic Patriarch to take an actione of no natural advantage but rather of a spiritual qualitie, and many said he was graced by the Holy Ghost. FIAT MIHI SECVNDVM VERBVM TVVM. (St. Luke, 1:38) ACTIONS -The Archbishop, finding an archive confirming his legitimacy, claims the title Patriarch of Chicago, essentially the Papal representative in America. -The newly conquered region is integrated into the Patriarchate. [5 B, 10,000 C.] -Construction begins on a cathedral of SS. Monica and Ehren, to serve as a bastion of hope in the wasteland...The cathedral will be staffed by The Oratory and Diocesan Priests and the Monician nuns. It is built, as far as permitted by wasteland resources, in a weird mix of gothic and baroque - but no expense is spared. [5 B, 5 M, 28,000 C.] -In order to keep the frontier secure, Sir Charles leads an expedition northwards to take control of the northward region, with 150 men armed with T1 firearms and T2 melee. [To be shown.] -Research continues into T2 small arms. [9/25] STATS Buildings: 1 Market, 1 Scrap Yard, 2 Agri-Houses, 1 Salvage Yard, 2 Construction Yards, 1 Fortification. 12,450 Caps, 14 metal, 24 supplies , 0 building materials. Population: 828.
  8. "I should rather like the Empire to be filled with humility." Comments Fr. Pius.
  9. “Keep our life all spotless, make our way secure till we find in Jesus, joy for evermore.” AVE MARIS STELLA, in F. B.V.M. THE CHICAGO-ILLINOIS CHRONICLE IN THE TWO THOVSANDETH, TWO HVNDREDE AND SEVENTIE-THIRDE YEARE OF OVR LORD’S INCARNACION. ”GOD SAID TO MOSES: I AM WHO AM. HE SAID: THVS SHALT THOV SAY TO THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL: HE WHO IS, HATH SENT ME TO YOV.” (Exodus 3:14) THE EXPANCION In this YEARE HENCE, the Archbishop was oughtful to avoid that which is written in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, namlie in the entrie for eleven-thirtie-seven: They were all forsworne, and forgetful, each one, of their trothe; for everie rich man builte his castles, which they helde againste him: and they filled the lande full of castles. They cruellie oppressed the wretched men of the land with castle-workes; and when the castles were made, they filled them with devils and evil men. Then tooke they those that they supposed to have any goodes, bothe by nighte and by daye, labouring men and women, and threw them into gaol for their golde and silver, and inflicted on them tortures unutterable; for never were any martyrs so tortured as they were. And seeing that the state of the lande was most pitiful, and like unto what we have just read, he was oughtful to expande the reign of Our Lord, Jesu Christe, into more partes of the countrie. He was of a very different minde to Father Gilbert Keith of the Congregacion of the Oratorie, who, caring not for politics temporal, at once wanted to dispatche all the priestes and missionarie nuns all about the countrie and the citie, and preach the Name of Christ to all the poore savages. But the Archbishop, being more watchful, and a “big-brained centurist” as I have somewhere hearde, was eager rather to expande our territorie, and to preach Christ to those within, and proclaim Him to them that are without. Now it is well known that Father Gilbert is a man without fear save that of God, and when this was putte to him, he replied, Quem Timebo? That is, as it is written in the Twentie-Sixth Psalm of David, The Lord is my Light and my Salvation, Whom shall I fear? And furthermore, said he, Panem nostram quotidianum da nobis hodie, namelie, give us this daye our daily bread, implying that as God has alreadie given His Church his Only-Begotten, the flower of the field, and the lily of the vallies, there is nothing more needful or precious than this which He will fail to supply, and hence we pray with trust those wordes. But, as a man of concorde, he urged them all to pray for the inspiration of the Holy Ghost in this matter. It was the day after the Sundaye of the Christmas Ocatve. Now the Archbishop was unmoved, and spoke against Gilbert harshlie, and then saide by way of remedie, Merry Christmas. And all rejoiced, but Gilbert, eager to crowne himself with the restful laurel of holie obedience, about whiche is given the maxim, namlie that a singel act of holie obedience is more meritorious than a thousand voluntarie mortificacions, agreed to the Archbishop’s plan, he having the seat of authoritie, whereunto our Lord said unto His Apostles: He who hears you, hears Me. After this, von Manstein and Charles the Younge Knight, led a force to occupy that territorie most adjacent on our northe, and, being so moved, occupied the region with a force of 75 armed men. And following them, they went aboute, decreeing saftie and law for all men, and if any men were found in that region not aggressing against our hoste, there came our priests to preach to them, led by Father Gilbert, and Mother Angelica with some nuns to succour them with alms, for it is written in the Book of Proverbs, he that hateth the poore, despiseth his Maker. And the Archbishop instructed our men to this effect, namelie that the whole countrie occupied should be inspected for radio equipment of any kinde. And there being a water-workes, anything that might be needful there. “JESVS SAID TO THEM: BEFORE ABRAHAM WAS MADE, I AM. THEY THEREFORE TOOK UP STONES TO STONE HIM.” (St. John, 8:58) “BLESSED BE THE LORD MY STRENGTH” IN this YEARE HENCE, the labour of researching the manufacture of firearms was finished. And we were so needful of them, that even the monkes were called upon to help direct their manufacture. When they were made, the Archbishop did a mass blessing of all the rifles and pistols which had been made, which we call, lances and swords. And these are the words of the Archbishop, quoting the Psalmist, Blessed be the Lord my strength, who teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight. But we monkes, most eager to return to the study of the natural sciences, of philosophie, and historie, and oratorie, and all the other oughtful subjects profitable to the natural life of man, were compelled by obedience once more to looke into the weapons of war, and we tried to improve on them that were already made. Meanwhile after Lent and Passiontide, Manstein spends the yeare manfulie training our milicia. ”WHATSOEVER THINGS ARE TRVE, WHATSOEVER MODEST, WHATSOEVER JVST, WHATSOEVER HOLY, WHATSOEVER LOVELY, WHATSOEVER OF GOOD FAME, IF THERE BE ANY VIRTUE, IF ANY PRAISE OF DISCIPLINE, THINK ON THESE THINGS.” (Philippians 4:8) ACTIONS -75 men armed with T2 melee go into the neighbouring district, namely the waterworks, and occupy and subdue it. If there is any creature not immediately hostile, he is offered the Gospel, safety and bread. They are led by Marshal von Manstein and his lieutenant, the now-beloved Sir Charles. (Will be marked on discord.) [MOD] -A search is made especially in that district for radio equipment. [MOD] -T1 gunpowder firearms research complete. [10/10.] 100 are made. [4 M.] -Leftover R put into T2 gunpowder firearms. [1/25] -150 men are upgraded to trained. [15,000 C] -1 S is spent on alms, if there be any poor in that district. [1 S] STATS STATS Buildings: 1 Market, 1 Scrap Yard, 2 Agri-Houses, 1 Salvage Yard, 2 Construction Yards, 1 Fortification. 10,450 Caps, 11 metal, 18/9 supplies , 8 building materials. Population: 796.
  10. Pius writes a note: "Some men call our religion prohibitive because it prohibits seven things in the Virtue. But if there are seven things we cannot do, then there are an infinite number of things we can can do. Canonism therefore works on the basis that everything not prohibited is licensed. A man may still have freedom within this framework. Indeed, it is only when we follow the Virtue that we are truly free, because sin darkens the intellect and weakens the will. Therefore, a creature possessed by an inability to sin may still be said to possess free will, because he can choose inside of these boundaries. An Angel would therefore freely will to pay this or that adoration to God, or vouchsafe this or that blessing to mankind; if there be nothing contrary to morality in it, he still can be said to have acted freely. Does an inability to sin, therefore, necessarily and completely exclude free will? There is still an infinite number of things they can do, just within the very broad boundaries of not doing a few select and numbered things. An alternative solution may be that the Angels always will Good. Now since God is the Good as the Prophet Godfrey tells us, they freely will whatsoever God wills, by willing what is true, good and beautiful, just as the Saints do. I do not propose to speak as an expert in this matter. These are only two potential solutions which you may wish to investigate which came to my mind immediately upon reading Your Excellencies' Epistles."
  11. The third kind of worship is that of thanksgiving for the goods we have received. We must thank God for all created things, and show Him perpetual worship, as from Him and through Him all creation takes its being and subsists.

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  12. “IT IS CONSVMMATED.” (St. John 19:30.) “ABROAD the regal banners fly, now shines the Cross's mystery: upon it Life did death endure, and yet by death did life procure.” VEXILLA REGIS PRODUENT, CHANT FOR HOLY CROSS. THE CHICAGO-ILLINOIS CHRONICLE. THE TWO THOVSANDETH, TWO HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-SECOND YEAR OF OUR LORD’S INCARNATION. THE HAPPIE RETURNE. “BEHOLD THOV ART FAIR, O MY LOVE, BEHOLD THOV ART FAIR; THY EYES ARE AS THOSE OF DOVES.” (Canticles 1:14.) In this yeare hence, the aforementioned symp-turned-knighte returned, but it was founde that the crope could not growe in the citie of Chicago, even in the greener parts, except in the agri-house, which defeates the pointe of the fruite in the firste place. Nowe I will relate the wonder-full tale of his returne and shew forth how it ledde to a new policie. This aforementioned young knighte, of the name Charles, was much be-sorrowed and full-distressed, thinking this disappointment woulde be the ende of him. Now the knighte resigned the matter to Our Lord, and begged Our Lady’s intercession, it being her monthe of May. Now as Our Lord Jesu Christe, being wonte to admonish the Church (A worde, “admonish”, which was well prov’d by the present author in a previous treatise, to be evenly derived from the Latin “admoneo, admonere”, and men are entreated to reade this if they wish to heare of the derivaction of this worde plainlie shewn) saide to this effecte, that a man who intends adulterie hath alreadie committed adulterie of the hearte. Wherefore, the intention is said to have primacie, in the eyes of God, who is outside of space and time, for He, who can do anything by mere Fiat, respecteth not the deedes of men, but the love of them, “not greate deeds, but greate love,” as St. Therese of the Infant Jesus said. So that a man who journies to the Holie Mass, but dies on the waye, receiveth the same graces, for having given the intention, even if he coulde affecteth not the action. And the Archbishop and all the plebes shewed a Christ-like attitude in this instance. So, coming into our parte of the citie, he and his partie, he was expecting disgrace. But upon seeing his returne, the Archbishop was gladfulle to see them safe, and thanked God, and they said a Te Deum in thanks. And all the little children, who had been crowning the statue of Our Lady with whatever flowers they could muster from the darknesse of the Vastaland, threwe them about Sir Charles, and the seeds of the fruite were placed before Our Lady’s statue. And Sir Charles married this ladie Matilda, to whom he saide, “Behold thou art fair, thy eyes are doves’ eyes” (quoting the Holie Canticles) and they consecrated their marriage to Christ Jesu, and on whose Feaste of King-shippe they were joined in holie matrimonie. And Charles had made a pair of ringes, merelie from scrappe metall, but surelie appreciated, in which the wordes were inscribed: “Sum tuum praesedium confugimus, sancta Dei Genitrix.” Namelie, we fly to thy protection, O Holie Mother of God. And all the towne hailed him as a greate knighte; he was crowned with wreaths and entered in triumph, and Fr. Gilbert Keith of the Congregacion of the Oratorie gave him sacred relics, namelie parte of the habit of Saint Monica, our glorious patron, whiche was still stained with blood and mortified from all the whippings she suffered at the handes of her sonne, the other being a relic of this same sonne who was converted by her example, namelie his combat knife. And Charles tying the habit-piece to a standard, made it his banner. And the Archbishop gave to von Manstein a large Crosse used at the miraculous Battel of Lepanto against the Turkes in the one-thousandth and seventie-firste yeare of Our Lord’s Incarnacione. and this he placed on a pole and these two became the banners of the armie. And before a battel, after Holie Mass, the soldiers are wonte to venerate these three relics to steadie their courage. But I fearre that this storie diverts from the central purpose, only I thoughte it oughte to be mentioned for the benefit of future generations. Now after the news came that the fruite planne had failed, the Archbishop knew two thinges: namely we needed to built more agricultural houses, and also that we were need-full of territorial expancion, and that both the sustenance of the communitie, and the teaching of the nations in the Father, Son and Holy Ghost would be much-adifficultied by the lack of arable lande. So he gathered all the men of the Archdiocese together, and the Abbesse of the Nuns, this devout ghoule of whom we spoke, and saide to that effect. And all men were of one minde and agreed to these courses of action, namlie to builde what oughte to be built, and to expand into foreign territorie. THE EXPANCION. “THOV ART PETER, AND VPON THIS ROCK I WILL BVILD MY CHVRCH, AND THE GATES OF HELL SHALL NOT PREVAIL AGAINST IT. AND I WILL GIVE THEE THE KEYS TO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, AND WHATSOEVER THOV SHALT BIND ON EARTH, SHALL BE BOVND ALSO IN HEAVEN.” (St. Matthew 16:18-19.) Now in this yeare hence, things moved more quicklie than the Archbishop reckoned. It happeneth that as the Firste Sunday of May is a time of happie jubilacions for goode Christians who seeke to imitate the virtues of the Blessed Virgin, such as humilitie, chastitie, and charitie. Now as man hath occasion for silliness, naughtiness and haughtiness if jovialitie be misplaced, the former of that three possesseth younge girls with even greater lack of sense. Now a Novice of the Order of St. Monica, in her fourteenth yeare, who had lived with nuns her whole life and who knew little of the evils outside of her spiritual familie, wandered out of our territorie in saying the Rosarie, with little view of the danger. Now she sang the Regina Caeli with some splendidness, but some of our men hearde of it, and went with all speed in realising the danger, and before it coulde be saide, a good manie armed men were in the districte. Now the young Sister was founde, as it seems that Merciful Providence kept her safe, but now the Archbishop ordered the immediate manufacture of arms to prepare an expedition to take control for next year. SERMON FOR OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, CHRIST THE KINGE. “MY KINGDOM IS NOT OF THIS WORLD. IF MY KINGDOM WERE OF THIS WORLD, MY SERVANTS SHOVLD CERTAINLY STRIVE THAT I BE NOT DELIVERED TO THE JEWS: BUT MY KINGDOM IS NOT FROM HENCE.” (St. John 18:36) These wordes were said on the Sunday before the Feaste of all Saints, that being, by order of His Holiness Pius IX in 1925, the Feaste of our Lord Jesus Christ, Kinge of the Universe, by Fr. Gilbert Keith who preached at Vespers to the Benedictine Monks, called in vulgar tongue Evensong, the whiche I have recorded for the betterment of mankind. Because he is but an illiterate man and slave of the age, he wrote this sermon in “””modern English.””” ”Most new ideologies are old errors re-dressed. When Pope Pius XI instituted the Feast of Christ the King in 1925, all that was permanent and had stood forever seemed to be gone. The splendid throne of the Ottomans, the sprawling Empire of the Hapsburgs; the ancient autocracy of the Romanovs disappeared like dust in the wind. The totalitarian ideologies of Fascism and Communism were rising. Meanwhile, in the morally bankrupt Weimar Republic and the anti-clerical regime of Spain there were the stirrings of a second war even more destructive than the first. In this time of total war, was there any throne that would remain firm? Any hope that remained untrampled? Any King who remained unexiled? Pope Pius XI gives us the answer: Jesus Christ is King. Where did the ideologies of Pius XI’s time lead to? What happened to the gleaming promise of a better future under democracy, a worker’s paradise under Communism, or the racial utopia of the Nazis? Look out the window, and you will see, sure enough, where man’s unaided efforts lead. Man’s own efforts at salvation have fettered themselves and failed, one-by-one. They consumed the world in atomic fire. And now? They will fail again, with the same result. Whether the laughable attempt to resurrect the barbarism of pagan Rome that will die with its dictator, the futile hope of New World democracy that will drown in the own weight of its unfettered greed just as the Old World democracy did, or the thought-deprived, chem-filled savagery of the various raider groups that ends in misery for the slave and the slaver alike, the world labels old errors by new names, and proclaims that these very ideologies that destroyed the world in the first place are the sole salvation of the world today. The Foot of the Cross is the only place where sin and death make any sense. Christ proclaims Himself King, not in the Bosom of his Eternal Father, nor in the glory of His miracles, neither in the love of the crowds, which He avoids, but battered, bruised, bound in rope and chain, and before the man who is about to sentence Him to His death, while all the while the Jews cry out: “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” His Kingdom is everlasting: no scandal can shake it, no deprivation can move it; no atom bomb can extinguish it: because He is the King of hearts and souls. The Kingdom of God does not start with a governmental system, an economic policy or a novel technology. It starts in the heart. Let us therefore submit first to Jesus Christ, and beg His kingdom shew itself forth in our hearts through the mighty workings of the Holy Ghost, so that we may receive “power to become the Sons of God,” transformed into His likeness and image; beacons of hope and joy in a world fallen and tortured by sin and degeneracy. The old errors will die and fail as they always have. Christ alone is Saviour, and the gates of hell cannot prevail against the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. Many men have proclaimed to be the death of the Church: where are they today? Be not afraid.” ACTIONS. “BLESSED BE THE LORD WHO MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH, WHO HATH DIRECTED THEE TO THE CVTTING OFF THE HEAD OF THE PRINCE OF OVR ENEMIES.” (Judith 13:24) -1 Agri-House Built (5000 C, 2 B.) -2 Construction Yard Built (7,500 C.) -1 Fortification Built. [500 C, 1 B.] -4 Research placed into small arms. [7/10.] -450 T2 melee weapons made. (3 M) -Researched: Armour T2, Melee T2. STATS Buildings: 1 Market, 1 Scrap Yard, 1 Agri-House, 1 Salvage Yard. In construction: 1 Agri, 2 Construction Yard, 1 fort. 8,800 Caps, 12 metal, 14 supplies , 6 building materials. Population: 780.
  13. “Excellent work,” says Father Pius.
  14. “My Most Reverend Father Benedict, Your recent letter was very enlightening, but this is only what I have always come to expect from a priestly soul so enlightened by divine grace. I would only add that I do not think there is anything contrary to faith and morals in obeying an Angel, insofar as it does not contradict obedience to God. For neither does the obedience of a subject to his lord contradict the obedience of a Canonist to his Lord, if there be nothing contrary to faith and morals. My rule, therefore, is that if an Angel should come down and warn against the errors of our day, and urge us to turn back to God, to give to the poor and live according to Virtue, to say specific vocal prayers or teach us to see an already established Dogma in a new light, then I can see nothing contrary to faith or morals in taking heed of it. But if they should say anything contrary to these things, we ought to utterly reject the apparition. Other important measures for the verity of an apparition include the state of mind of the recipient, and the authenticity of signs made to confirm the alleged apparition’s truth. In these matters intellect and reason must have primacy; they are not of the faith. In any case if the Church should investigate and approve such a thing, it should never make belief in it binding, for the Revelation received in the Scrolls alone is needful for our salvation. Anything else which is alleged to be received is for the private benefit or devotion of Church members, and not for changing or challenging Dogma. As for example, the apparitions of St. Julia to St. Kristoff, and the apparition of St. Catherine to Ven. Humbert. I remain your obedient son in deepest affection, Fr. Pius, Priestly Fraternity of Saints Jude and Kristoff.”
  15. THE CHICAGO-ILLINOIS CHRONICLE ”AND MARY SAID: MY SOVL DOTH MAGNIFY THE LORD, AND MY SPIRITH HATH REJOICED IN GOD, MY SAVIOVR. FOR HE HATH LOOKED KINDLY UPON THE NOTHINGNESS OF HIS HANDMAIDEN; BEHOLD, FROM HENCEFORTH, ALL GENERATIONS SHALL CALL ME BLESSED.” (St. Luke, 1:46-47.) THE TWO THOUSANDE TWO HUNDREDE AND SEVENTIE-FIRSTE YEARE OF OUR LORD’S INCARNACION. - IN THIS YEARE HENCE, BY THE INEFFABLE MERCIE OF ALMIGHTIE GOD, AROVNDE THE FEASTE OF THE EPIPHANIE OF OUR LORDE, JESV CHRISTE, THERE BEGAN A MIGHTIE QVEST WORTHIE OF THE CHIVALRIC NAME. It was Seconde Vespers of that glorious feaste, and the glorious Magnificat of Our Blessed Lady was sung with mightie power by the Monkes and Nunnes, according to the composicion of that most excellente composer of Sacred Musique, who is called, in Italian tongue, Palestrina. Nowe this all came aboute due to a practice I have hearde in manie partes called “symping”, and it must be saide that we monkes find it most detestable on hearing of it; indeede if such a thinge existed in pre-scourging times, we ought to have beene bombed more, says I. But this talle may be proofe that God Almightie can bring goode even out of the greatest evil. For a soldier of valiant name, and the militarie commander von Manstein’s chief manne, is a man of Frankish stock called Charles de Mudiville, who, filled with romantic talles of chivalrie and knightlie courage, was wont to please a beautiful ladie called Matilda. After Seconde Vespers, called in the English tongue, Evensong, His Grace the Magnus Episcopus, or in the tongue of the Angles, the Archbishop Claudio of Chicago, gathered all the Priestes and the Abbesse of the Nunnes, Mother Angelica of the Immaculate Concepcion, an old ghoule of the greatest renone for wisdome, whereof she obtained by the pious and laudibil practice of saying the Holie Rosarie of our Blessed Ladie, which is called the Angelic Psalter of Marie. Nowe upon gathering together, the author of the presente volume was given leave to speake of a manuscripte founde in correspondance with Father Clifforde of Rivet Citie, wherein he found speaking of a strange fruite knowne to grow in the land called properly ‘Johnpaule the Secondsforde’, after the heroic Pontiffe of that name, but vulgarly called ‘Point Lookout.’ Now this countrie has in it a most excellente fruite rumoured to be able to grow in infertile and even irradiated places, and is saide to even have a minor healing effect on what is called “raddes,” or radiacion. Now we were needfulle of foode, and so after many manful objections from von Manstein (who saide he coulde find no justificacion for such an actione in Vegetius or Caesar, nor the First Booke of Maccabees, being obviouslie wronge, having no scholarlie know-ledge, but militarie alone), he agreed finallie with great tencion to allow men on an expedicion to that distante countrie, but onlie if a manne would volunteer to lead it. Nowe it seemed as if all the men had growne effeminatte and unmanful, but this “symp” of which we spoke, agreede to volunteer, after Matilda required it of him, and the chivalric minde of that man, was therefore led from the depths of the black sin of “symphoode” into the mightie realme of chivalrie, and was given a mightie quest. And so, in this yeare hence, Charles was called by the Archbishop Sir Charles the Younge Knight, and ledde six armed men and one Monke to go on an adventure to that countrie to try and retrieve this same fruite, in hopes that seeds might be brought back, and, in being ported home, that we might see a revival in agriculture, as was seene in the time called the Mediaeval Time, after the falle of the Roman Empire to the Paganes had disrupted matters for manie centuries. [MOD: Sir Charles de Muddivile, a young and bold commander, with six men and a monk are sent on an expedition to “that distante countrie” to bring back this fruit, Punga Fruit.] This is the transcripte of what this ladie, Matilda, said to the man: “Sir, if thou wouldst plead thy suit to me with empty wordes, I am found needfulle of the divine assistance of the Holy Ghoste, if I should divest myself of His borrowed glorie for the sake of such a manne. Now since thou art so convinced of thy greate manfullness, go mightilie on that queste set thee by His Grace, the Bishop, and, upon triumphante return, I shalle accepte thy wed, even at the coste of taking the name, Muddiville. And as the Psalmist hath said to thee: The Lorde ruleth me, I shall want for nothing. He maketh me downe to lie, in pastures greene. He leadeth me, the quiet waters by. For though I shoulde walk through the midst of the shadow of deathe I shall feare no evil, for Thou art with me, Thy rod and Thy staffe, they have been a comforte to me. And St. Alphonsus intepreting, saith that the rod be the Rod of Jesse, namelie our Blessed Lady, as it is related in the Prophet Isaias, And there shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse, and a flower show rise up out of his root, and the staffe, the Crosse, wherefore it is written by the Same Psalmist: the Lord hath reigned from the Wood. And armed with these thinges, feare not, sir, but let thy hearte take courage. And as the Arch-Angel Michael’s name speaks, Quis ut Deus? That is, Who is like unto God? And armed with that buckler, fear not a thing.” And so he wente on the adventure in a queste to win her hearte, and so went from “symp” to “man”, and to returne a knighte as true as St. George, God willing. Praise be to God, so Almightie and Merci-ful that He can make Saintes even of Sympes. To Him be glory and honour, forever and ever. Amen. “EXPECT THE LORD, DO MANFVLLY, AND LET THY HEART TAKE COVRAGE, AND WAIT THOV FOR THE LORD.” (Psalm 26:14.) - IN THIS YEARE HENCE, several thinges transpired: -IN THIS YEARE HENCE, ancious to secure what coulde be a new source of foode, the Archbishope sent a small bande with one of our monkes, an ordained man, with some picked men to study what was supposed to be a fruit most wonderfulle, capable of growing in places considered infertile or even irradiated. [Mod, 1 R Spent on this expedition and 7 MP.] -In this yeare hence, a searche for radio equipmente is made in the Catholic-controlled territorie. [Mod] -In this year hence, we discovered a pile of bookes on “ekonomics” and implemented the ideals contained therein, wherefore the Psalmist saith: ‘Glorie and wealthe shalle be in his house, and his justice remaineth for ever.’ [Development Point Invested in Streamlined Economy, 5% higher Cap Income] -In this year hence, the monkes were compelled to cease their customarie studies of the humanities and take up researching smalle armes in conjuncion with the greate knighte, von Manstein. [3 R Invested ] -In this yeare hence, covetous for the goodwille of us plebes, a market was builte by the Archbishop. (-1 B, -5000 C.) “THOV ART BEAVTIFVL, O MY LOVE, SWEET AND COMELY AS JERUSALEM; TERRIBLE AS AN ARMY SET IN BATTLE ARRAY.” (Canticle of Canticles, 6:63.) STATS 10,000 Caps, 12 metal, 11 supplies, 0 research, 9 building materials. Population: 765. Research: Armour T2, Melee T2.
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