It’s An Ill Wind: Vaccine Mandates

But it’s an ill wind that blows no good…

Winter is usually brief in our area, no matter what the calendar says. We get more rain than snow. Most years the cold doesn’t start until January and starts to wane by the end of February. This year it decided to blow in with a vengeance, with temps below average and extra strong winds. Which of course makes it seem even colder.

After battling sinus infection, flu, and laryngitis throughout December, I had been enjoying getting out and about more. (Not that we can do a whole lot here.) But it was good to have more energy and freedom.

An ill wind is blowing

Italian democracy destroyed

But then the government decided to blow an ill wind too. Lockdowns, mandates, and a continual diminishing of our freedom and rights. Italian democracy has been all but destroyed. They’ve squashed the constitution under their feet. And with Parliament basically sidelined, the president is in effect an emporer, with the Prime Minister his cohort. Election results get overruled, laws are issued by the elite, and citizens are silenced.

Mandates & Prohibitions

The latest government overreach lies in the outdoor mask mandate, again. And in Italy’s draconian vaccine mandates for all those 50 and over, or those working in schools, hospitals, police, military, and emergency services. Any who refuse the vaccine can no longer work – or do any of the following things.

Forbidden to the Unvaccinated:
Public transportHotelsGyms, public pools
Many storesMuseumsAmusement parks
UniversitiesTheatersStadiums
Social centersCinemaEating at restaurants, even outside
Team sportsConferencesParties after weddings & baptisms

Places Allowed

Permission granted

Places we are allowed to enter with a negative covid test:
Doctors, clinics & hospitalsBanks & financial offices
Food & beverage storesGovernment offices
Medical, health & hygiene storesPost offices
Hair dressers, beauticiansUtility service offices
Gardening storesBook & stationery stores
Electronic storesOur own & even a friend’s car
Hardware & DIY storesKids in school when if in session

Because Hubby and I are over 50 and have refused the vaccine, we will each have to pay a one-time fine of €100. And then pay for the Covid tests (valid only 48 hours) each time we need to enter any place on the restricted list. Guess the price of our hair cuts just went up, didn’t it? And I guess the government doesn’t consider shoes and clothing a necessity. We are banned from those shops.

Yes, ill winds are blowing. And they’ve left people reeling. Many abstain from these vaccines because of fear or medical reasons, but medical exemptions are nearly impossible to get. Others like us, because of the constitutional violations and because we believe our freedom and rights are worth fighting for.

I personally believe that these vaccines are still an experimental medicine that does more harm than good. Many vaccines are valid, safe, and effective, but on this one I plan to wait and see.

But what I abhor most is the crisis it sends so many people into. People shouldn’t be forced into the position of violating their conscience or beliefs in order to work, get an education, or enter public spaces. It’s wrong, discriminatory, and a gross misuse of power and authority.

Regular readers know that I don’t often rant on here. But sometimes the issues are too serious, the stakes too great.

What I have noticed since the start of all this is that governments hide behind small measures which they keep expanding. Brief lockdowns turn into lengthy ones. Mandates place a few restrictions, eventually adding more and more. Vaccine requirements for just a few until, like in neighboring Austria, they become mandated for all.

The question is how far will they go? With more and other enforced medical treatments or procedures? Greater restrictions? Ever diminishing rights? A massive survelliance state?

But it’s an ill wind that blows no good

It’s all scary and depressing. We wonder how to navigate such times. We battle decisions and face difficulties, especially since Hubby lost his job. But it’s an ill wind that blows no good. Good can come even from terrible situations, though it can be hard to discern. But with the Lord’s help, I have found rays of hope even behind this dark cloud!

5 positives that an ill wind can blow in

  1. It pushes us to pray more fervently.
  2. It creates greater dependency on God.
  3. It encourages us to form stronger communities.
  4. It makes us thankful that all things on this earth shall pass.
  5. It brings us to the healthy realization that we can really control very little.
  6. It makes us truly grateful that God is in control and knows what he’s doing.

The wind blows, the storms come. But in the Lord we shall rise above them all.

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31 KJV

Image credits: Windy sea, cyclone, eagle.

Author: Signora Sheila

American born, Italian at heart. In Italy 30+ years. I'm glad you're here and hope you'll join my journey!

26 thoughts on “It’s An Ill Wind: Vaccine Mandates”

  1. Divisiveness is exhausting. People who want to control everything, who are seeking power and don’t care about God’s truth and the incredible privilege He’s given us of knowing Him are losing sight that to those who are given much leadership, much is expected. And our government officials worldwide are found wanting. I value your opinion and your convictions. I especially appreciate your awareness of what this fear-mongering is pushing us toward–our Almighty God. Thanks for your insights and honesty, Sheila.

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    1. Thank you, Dayle. I think you chose the right word, exhausting. That’s what this time has become. The divisiveness, fear-mongering, governmental autocrats, restrictions, sickness, and all the rest. I’d say we’re all sick and tired of it. But we trust in God. He holds all things in his hands!!

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    2. Regarding the fear-mongering, my 83-yr. old diabetic mom got Covid last week. She posted on social media: “I’ve got Covid. I guess I’ll just go to bed and finish dying there. Obviously I called her ASAP and asked why she said that. “Well, I got Covid, and that means death,” she answered with a sob. Needless to say, I was pretty upset over the job they’ve done. I managed to convince her that the two words are not synonyms, and it didn’t mean she was going to die. I also reminded her that that time will come to each of us but it’s in God’s hands, and she just needed to stay close to Jesus. She was also upset because she did everything they said and it didn’t offer the protection promised. I encouraged her that because she is triple vaxed it should keep her from getting really sick, and that she did well. What they’ve done is horrendous, and in my opinion, evil; the fear-mongering and division they’ve caused are worse than the virus itself. And I think they’ll have longer consequences. But thankfully, I was able to calm and encourage my mom!

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      1. I’m so sorry that your mom felt so much fear–it is evil what the media is doing, especially to people that are doing everything in their power to do “the right thing” and they’re still getting the virus. I agree with you–the consequences of such inhumane treatment of others will have longer consequences. I’m glad you were able to speak the truth to your mom and help her sense what is right and what she has no control over. You would think all this peddling of doom and gloom would move more people to Jesus, right?

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  2. Thank you for writing this. As one of our radio personalities in Wisconsin has said, “everyone has taken a stupid pill.”
    Praying for you there. Looking forward to a better place and time. Trying to use every opportunity as the days grow shorter.

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    1. It certainly does seem that way, Karen. Worldwide society is stuck on one narrative, refusing to allow or hear any other voice – which is both senseless and foolish. Thank you for the prayers, they’re a real encouragement as we await that better place and time!!

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  3. In my 6+ decades upon this earth I have witnessed many things that have caused division in America. The Vietnam war, the riots of the 60’s, the Arab embargo of the 70’s, poverty, crime, and unwinnable drug war, Desert Storm, and I could go on and on.
    All of those things pale in comparison to what the pandemic and ensuing vaccine mandates have done to divide and erode this nation from within. I have said from day one that this pandemic would serve as the catalyst for our government officials to set the Constitution aside and begin reshaping the country into a model of Socialism. Lo and behold, here we are in 2022 and find ourselves facing the restructuring of our Legislative branches of government in order to give one party the power to do as they wish.
    Many are asking “where is God in all of this”, to which I reply “He’s where He’s always been, He hasn’t changed, moved, or abandoned us. Quite the contrary, it is we who are reaping the rewards of our rejection of Him”!

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    1. Yes Ron, we watch with saddened hearts what’s going on over there. But your reply is spot-on: God’s “where He’s always been, He hasn’t changed, moved, or abandoned us…” and he never will! Thank God in the midst of all this we can count on his justice, grace, and mercy!

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  4. Well spoken my Friend. It remains to be seen all the evil that has gone on in this stripping of humanity but it will be. The Father does not wink nor does He dismiss the sins of mankind. His Day of Reckoning is coming for all who refuse to live godly. And the Powers that Be will be in power no more. I long for that day but until then GOD is good! Thank you.

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  5. A lot of truth in this. America is quickly heading the same direction. I love how you pointed out that it needs to push us towards dependence upon God and trust in God. He is the answer and He already declared what the end will be. Praying for protection and provision.

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    1. Thank you, Tom. We truly believe that “in God we trust.” It is not a mere nice-sounding logo. He is in charge, he will see us through. And he does know the end; it’s in his hands. We need to pray for each other and for the whole world. When we see things happening worldwide, we know that powers and principalities are at work. But they too are in God’s hands. We need not fear them!!

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  6. Oh, Sheila! I am SO sorry you are facing such dire circumstances. I admire your courage and faith to stand your ground at great financial cost. I have prayed for you since we connected here in the blosphere; now my prayers will include this situation: Lord God, thank you for this precious couple and others who are fighting for human rights and freedom. Raise up others, Lord, who can also fight and create critical mass that leaders will not be able to ignore! I think of King Hezekiah and Isaiah as they prayed for Jerusalem. You delivered the city! We would pray the same for Italy and other places where freedom is threatened.

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    1. Thank you so much Nancy. Especially for your prayers. But I don’t think it’s so much that we’re courageous. Our consciences just won’t let us do it. May God truly give us all the courage he gave to Hezekiah, Esther, Joshua, and so so many others in the Bible. He is our strength, and he will keep us all! Take care, my friend.

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  7. Amen. A full third of us Americans are unvaccinated (it’s been holding forever) — I don’t know if that number counts the (so far…) unvaccinatable under-5s or not. If so, I hope it stays a full third; it gives me hope that we’ve not lost our democracy totally –but of course, the un-vax’d (for whatever reasons!) are threatened, menaced and punished in every way. That is indeed scarier than the damned pandemic. Thank you for finding the positive in it all. Hang in there! 🌷Happy New Year!

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    1. We unvaccinated are a much smaller number here. I am grateful, however, that at least not all European nations are following after Austria and Italy. That brings a small glimmer of hope. But we have the same societal divide here, which is so heartbreaking. Our prime minister states that we are the problem, even though vaccinated can get and spread the virus just as much as we. Thanks for your well wishes, and mine are coming your way too. Stay strong in the Lord! Happy new year to you too!

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  8. I started to say “what is this world coming to?” but I stopped myself because I’ve read the end of the story and I know the answer. That situation you described is unfortunate. I’m so sorry you’re having to deal with it. And I like the positives you were able to identify. Things are coming together proportionate to how the world is falling apart. Blessings!

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    1. Thanks Mamalava. We can’t help but ask ourselves that same question. It all seems so confusing, dire, and forboding. But we know the Victor and that in the end his will will prevail. When all falls apart around us, our steadfastness in God will be even more evident to those around us. He will hold us together!!

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  9. Amen! I completely agree with you. My wife and I and our kids are not ever taking that vaccine. It is very sad and disturbing to see the abuse of power in so many countries, especially our once free countries in the west. I am very thankful for our strong Governor here in Florida. He has fought very hard to protect our rights and freedom. We are not locked down and dominated by tyrants, unlike so many of the states controlled by the socialist liberals. Praying for healing, peace, and revival to spread through the world. God bless you as you stand firm in Jesus!

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    1. Yes, I agree Ryan. Florida seems like a good place to be right now. The government overreach is not a good thing at all. But we are trying to keep two things in mind during this. #1 To treat others with love, compassion, and understanding. Regardless of their choices, beliefs, or political standing. We have many family, friends, and brethren who are vaccinated. It was their choice, and that’s as it should be. All I’m asking for is the freedom to make my own choice. #2 That God is indeed in control and he will see us through all this. His hands are never, ever tied! Take care, stay strong, and walk in his love, compassion, and mercy.

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