I write because I want to personally give Bones a few pressies in this, his busy time.
I write because I am not afraid.
Be not afraid. Be not confused. God is in charge even though it seems as if the world is exploding.
It may be that we are in that greatest generation prophesied by the Desert Fathers.
The answer to the monks' queries gives me hope.
"The holy Fathers were making predictions about the last generation.
They said, 'What have we ourselves done?'
One of them, the great Abba Ischyrion replied, 'We ourselves have fulfilled the commandments of God.'
The others replied, 'And those who come after us, what will they do?'
He said, 'They will struggle to achieve half our works.'
They said, 'And to those who come after them, what will happen?'
He said, 'THE MEN OF THAT GENERATION WILL NOT ACCOMPLISH ANY WORKS AT ALL AND TEMPTATION WILL COME UPON THEM; AND THOSE WHO WILL BE APPROVED IN THAT DAY WILL BE GREATER THAN EITHER US OR OUR FATHERS.'