As Christmas approaches, the world scene is dark.  What does Our Lord say to His Apostles ?  “In the world you have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (Jn. XVI, 33).  Let us remind ourselves of what it is that He has overcome with the summary below of a dialogue last September with one of the best commentators now appearing regularly on the Internet, Gonzalo Lira, available at    End of abundance w/Gonzalo Lira (live) – YouTube   :–

The West is teetering on the brink of civilizational collapse. We are entering into dark territory, with  what is being announced for our near future, such as the coming digital currency and the social credit system. President Macron of France has declared an end to the “era of abundance”, and we are told that each crisis will be “worse than the last”, nor will there be any return to the “old normal”.  

The Covid crisis of 2020 has been succeeded by the Ukraine crisis of 2022 in which Western leaders have virtually declared war on Russia, using Ukraine as a proxy. Sanctions were designed to hurt the Russian people and to overthrow the government in the Kremlin. However, in their hubris, these leaders misjudged the Russian economy. Russia does not need the West. There are now other buyers of Russian gas. The West has lost its dominant position in the global economy. Western-sanctioned Russian crude oil exports have been re-directed to China, India and Brazil.

Sanctions against Russia have accelerated the inevitable economic crash in the West. The industrial base of the West has been hollowed out. People’s incomes are imploding. The costs of fuel and food are rising. We are about to suffer another Great Depression, like that of the 1930’s, an inflationary depression not seen in Europe since Weimar Germany. This major economic depression will be accompanied by energy and food shortages.   

Is there a way out of the impending collapse of Western economies? Only by ending sanctions. However, the West is gripped by insanity and psychosis in relation to Russia. Hysteria has taken over. There is now an ingrained hatred and distrust of Russia in the West, fuelled by a constant drumbeat of propaganda and lies. The “Russiagate” hoax cast Trump as a “Russian agent” and “Putin puppet”. How does the West return from psychosis to rational politics?  

And what is the response of the Western political class to Europe’s social and economic collapse? To blame Putin. The energy crisis is the “fault of Russia”. However, it was the West which weaponised energy and started the sanctions war. Even if the Western powers now wanted to cut a deal, why would Russia play ball? Russia will not negotiate with the Zelensky regime, a puppet of the West. The West’s word is not to be trusted after the failure of the Minsk agreements. Europe’s destiny is to go hungry, cold and dark. The damage will last for generations.      (Since that interview in the autumn, no less a former Western leader than Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany from 2005 to 2021, has admitted in public that the two Minsk agreements of 2014 and 2015 were signed by Western leaders merely to obtain time for Ukraine to prepare for war. Why should Russia now trust any attempt to negotiate on their part ?)

Back to Our Lord :”Therefore do not be anxious” for food or drink or clothing (or light or heating) since “your heavenly Father knows that you need them all, but seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things shall be yours as well”  (Mt. VII, 32-33). But if, dear readers, mankind scorns His very existence, let alone His kingdom and righteousness, what can it expect ?   See Mt. VII, 26-27.

                                                                                                                                        Kyrie eleison

So whose is the house that can all storms withstand ?

His alone that built on God, and not on sand !