The march of missionaries


    ‘It was Anne Frank, of course, whose diary is an indictment of Nazism. Then there’s Rosa Luxemburg who asked whether a decade of international development showed any tendency toward peace, disarmament, or settlement of conflicts by arbitration…’

    YOU Guys Know I Can Move Things With My Mind, Right?” — Wanda Maximoff, aka The Scarlet Witch

    Movement indeed. The one that celebrated every Eighth of March. Let Alexandra Kollontai tell the story: “The first International Women’s Day took place in 1911. Its success succeeded all expectation. Germany and Austria on Working Women’s Day was one seething, trembling sea of women. Meetings were organized everywhere – in the small towns and even in the villages halls were packed so full that they had to ask male workers to give up their places for the women. This was certainly the first show of militancy by the working woman. Men stayed at home with their children for a change, and their wives, the captive housewives, went to meetings. During the largest street demonstrations, in which 30,000 were taking part, the police decided to remove the demonstrators’ banners: the women workers made a stand. In the scuffle that followed, bloodshed was averted only with the help of the socialist deputies in Parliament. In 1913 International Women’s Day was transferred to the 8th of March. This day has remained the working women’s day of militancy.” [“International Women’s Day,” Mezhdunarodnyi den’ rabotnitz, Moscow 1920]
    Around this time then, the enchantress and her suffragette conjures a mantra for the sisterhood. Like the Singularity who summoned the world’s mightiest team of Avengers to her side (She-Hulk. Captain Marvel. Dazzler. Medusa. Nico Minoru) to combat the most fearsome threats from across the multiverse, our A-Force assembles. First up, Eleanor Roosevelt: “To me, organization for labor seems necessary because it is the only protection that the worker has when he feels that he is not receiving just returns for his labor, or that he is working under conditions which he cannot accept as fair. I also feel that dealing with organized labor should benefit the employer and make for better mutual understanding.”

    “I do not believe that every man and woman should be forced to join a union. I do believe the right to explain the principles lying back of labor unions should be safeguarded, that every workman should be free to listen to the plea of organization without fear of hindrance or of evil circumstances, and that he should have the right to join with his fellows in a union if he feels it will help others and, incidentally, himself.” [“My Day,” March 13, 1941]

    The American First Lady of 80 years prior shared her views while the world was suffering Year 2 of the Anti-Fascist War. Which calls to mind an icon of the Good Girl: “Wednesday, March 10, 1943. Dearest Kitty, We had a short circuit last night, and besides that, the guns were booming away until dawn. I still haven’t gotten over my fear of planes and shooting, and I crawl into Father’s bed nearly every night for comfort. I know it sounds childish, but wait till it happens to you! The ack-ack guns make so much noise you can’t hear your own voice. Mrs. Beaverbrook, the fatalist, practically burst into tears and said in a timid little voice, ‘Oh, it’s so awful. Oh, the guns are so loud!’ — which is another way of saying ‘I’m so scared.’ It didn’t seem nearly as bad by candlelight as it did in the dark. I was shivering, as if I had a fever, and begged Father to relight the candle. He was adamant: there was to be no light. Suddenly we heard a burst of machine-gun fire, and that’s ten times worse than antiaircraft guns. Mother jumped out of bed and, to Pirn’s great annoyance, lit the candle. Her resolute answer to his grumbling was, ‘After all, Anne is not an ex-soldier!’ And that was the end of that!”

    It was Anne Frank, of course, whose diary is an indictment of Nazism. Then there’s Rosa Luxemburg who asked whether a decade of international development showed any tendency toward peace, disarmament, or settlement of conflicts by arbitration: “During these 15 years we had this: in 1895 the war between Japan and China, which is the prelude to the East Asiatic period of imperialism; in 1898 the war between Spain and the United States; in 1899-1902 the British Boer War in South Africa; in 1900 the campaign of the European powers in China; in 1904 the Russo-Japanese War; in 1904-07 the German Herero War in Africa; and then there was also the military intervention of Russia in 1908 in Persia, at the present moment the military intervention of France in Morocco.”

    “But more important still is the after-effect of these wars. The war with China was followed in Japan by a military reorganisation which made it possible ten years later to undertake the war against Russia and which made Japan the predominant military power in the Pacific. The Boer War resulted in a military reorganisation of England, the strengthening of her armed forces on land. The war with Spain inspired the United States to reorganise its navy and moved it to enter colonial politics with imperialist interests in Asia, and thus was created the germ of the antagonism of interests between the United States and Japan in the Pacific. The Chinese campaign was accompanied in Germany by a thorough military reorganisation, the great Navy Law of 1900, which marks the beginning of the competition of Germany with England on the sea and the sharpening of the antagonisms between these two nations.” [“Peace Utopias,” Leipziger Volkzeitung, May 6 and 8, 1911]
    Number 4 in our A-Force is Mother Teresa (St. Teresa of Calcutta) who identified “the greatest destroyer of peace” which is the “cry of the innocent unborn child.”

    “For if a mother can murder her own child in her own womb, what is left for you and for me to kill each other? Even in the scripture it is written: Even if mother could forget her child – I will not forget you – I have carved you in the palm of my hand. Even if mother could forget, but today millions of unborn children are being killed. And we say nothing. In the newspapers you read numbers of this one and that one being killed, this being destroyed, but nobody speaks of the millions of little ones who have been conceived to the same life as you and I, to the life of God, and we say nothing, we allow it. To me the nations who have legalized abortion, they are the poorest nations. They are afraid of the little one, they are afraid of the unborn child, and the child must die because they don’t want to feed one more child, to educate one more child, the child must die.” [Acceptance Speech, The Nobel Peace Prize, 10 December 1979, University of Oslo, Norway]

    Thus we conclude with a warning from Our Lady of Fatima, as transmitted by Sister Lucia: “You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace…When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father.”