It is an odd world I live in. Inspired by my book, Heretics of St. Possenti, real men, initially led by a Salvation Army officer, worked to bring the order into existence, for real. It’s formal birthday before God is on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, 2019. Formal paperwork to satisfy the bureaucratic goblins of State will be filed soon, too. It’s mission will be help vets who need spiritual guidance and support as much as physical rescuing.
The founders include Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox members. The initiates will receive a couple of months “comparative religion” teaching, then will pick their course from the three. It may be the only monastery in existence with separate chapels from the three dominant Christian denominations within its walls. While I’m not a particularly religious man, I think it worthwhile to pray for this endeavor, and wish it the absolute best in both helping the men it aims at, and the schismed churches it draws from.
It is being formally created on this day, at this time, in commemoration of Veterans’ Day, a remembrance of the sacrifices the military vets the world over have made for their countries, people, and families. Not all who suffer in war died on the battlefield, but all deserve support, and I hope they can make the best sense of their experience they can.
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Certainly there are few who have such a surreal experience around that recognition.
To be clear: my book was the inspiration, not that it’s going to be modeled directly, word for word, on what I wrote. think how many movies have been made that were “inspired” by a novel but were totally different? they can still be quite good, just not exactly what the author envisioned. For starters, in my book they were monks, and the real OSP is a military order. No small difference, but more than likely a wise one.
Hail to the inspiration and the reality! Deus Volt!
As a Catholic, this reaches far beyond our silly divisions and squabbles. Belief in Christ and His teachings is what is important, the rest is BS.
I am listening to the book via Audible now and really enjoying it.
What state is it based in?
Glad you are liking it. The specific location was left deliberately ambiguous. Could be ID, CO, WY, or just about anywhere out west (but well east of the liberal coastal I-5 corridor). It looks like the first real-world locations will be in the southwest, like New Mexico.
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I have been given “The Heretics of Possenti” by a Friend who is deeply religious. I have wandered off the path of belief because of the “Turn the other cheek” message of Christianity and my involvement as a member of an anti-terrorist unit in a nasty guerilla war in Africa. I’ve experienced more and learned more about racial relations, people and war than 25 people will learn in their lifetimes.
I’ve lived in an ocean of violence and it is in my soul, more abundant than I wish. So, if someone slaps me on one cheek, they can expect that I will gut them in short order. I further cannot fathom Christ dying for my sins… it just doesn’t register with me.
However, since I am closer to the end than the beginning, I am now reflecting on what is important in life. An Order, based on your book, may become the focus of my being.
I am really getting into your book, as painful as it is for me to read, because of my Attention Deficit problem. I must compliment you… you are a talented writer.
Ironically, I have written and published 4 books quite successfully. Writing has helped me with my reading to some degree. Send me a mailing address and I will send you my newest book the Civil Defense Manual gratis. At CivilDefenseManual.com
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Author of “The Slaver’s Wheel”, “A Failure of Civility,” “And We Hide From The Devil,” “Civil Defense Manual” and “In Defense.”
“We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand watch as our guardians in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. A soldier must seize every advantage to defeat his opponent. He must strike swiftly and strike hard… he who dares… wins. But under all circumstances those guardians must stand ready to protect the innocent and those too weak to defend themselves…”
Often spoken quote of New Zealander Martin O., Killed In Action – Africa 1979 – He was my friend.