….DEAR FATHER…WE HAVE LOST OUR MINDS….

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…We have made it ILLEGAL in 50 U.S cities, Britain, and other countries who follow suit to FEED THE POOR.

We walk by them…those helpless, hungry, destitute FROM OUR OWN SOCIETY people who either could not afford housing, or food, or clothes, and we look DOWN on them…laying there in the cold, the hard ground, the dirty alleys..it has become so STUPID what we have done. WE are responsible for them! We hike taxes, inflation on cost of living, low wages that can barely afford food let alone proper shelter…we pass laws from fat politicians who NEVER HAD TO GO WITHOUT A MEAL IN THEIR LIVES who come from FILTHY RICH FAMILIES..and they pass judgment on who should live and who should die???

Sure, SOME have done wrong…drink, or drugs…but is not it up to US, the CITIZENS to look after our own? We live in FEAR of what will happen to us should we help? We allow MEN to dictate to our consciences what is right or wrong about HELPING ONE ANOTHER?!?!?

WHY ARE WE SO AFRAID?!?!? Did WE, THE PEOPLE pass these IGNORANT laws?? Were we even CONSULTED BEFORE they were passed?

Did one of those who sit “on high” come to our doors? Or call our phones? Or even send us at least a SURVEY? They seem to have ARMIES of people when it is time to keep THEIR jobs, THEIR homes, THEIR livelihoods…WHERE ARE THE VOICES OF THE PEOPLE??? Where are the OUTRAGED MASSES who want our governments to actually HELP those in need? I am not talking about a low wage earning income family (THEY NEED HELP TOO!) I am talking about those with NOTHING…WHERE ARE THEIR VOICES?

Do you know what is said of those who see and do NOTHING to help?

“Those who give to the poor will lack nothing, but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses.” -Proverbs 28:27

In EVERY Religion, not JUST Christianity, it is our DUTY and OBLIGATION to help those without!

Our Muslim brothers and sisters consider it the HIGHEST FORM OF WORSHIP to give ‘alms’ to those in need!

Do we just make a show of it during Holiday times? Or are you like me..willing to risk JAIL to give ANYTHING I HAVE IN MY POCKETS to someone with an outstretched hand.

We have become so SCARED of our governments…we live in more fear of THEM than we do of what our GOD will say of us when it is time to stand before His throne..

It says, plain as the text your reading,:

“So clean the inside by giving gifts to the poor, and you will be clean all over.” -Luke 11:41

WHERE IS THE LOVE HE SPOKE OF IN MARK 12:28-31 THE GREATEST COMMANDMENTS??

“One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

There is no commandment greater than these.”

HOW can we say we love GOD, when we cannot even LOVE OURSELVES and our FELLOW MAN without fear of retribution from MEN…yes, MEN..plain, simple, OVERPAID, UNDERWORKED, RICH, and COMMON MEN?!?!?

They make promises, then LIE to us….they say “We are doing this for your own good”…yet TO DATE I have FAILED TO SEE how me giving a cup of hot soup to a cold homeless person will somehow bring down a country!

LOVE…that is the answer (yes, no matter WHAT the question!)…we have lost our LOVE for our fellow neighbor…they may not live next door to us…they may not even know us…not pay taxes, or have two socks to put on…BUT ARE THEY NOT ALSO OUR NEIGHBOR?!?!

Are they not ALSO LIVING, BREATHING PEOPLE? Do they not ALSO possess the same DIVINE BREATH God HIMSELF breathed into them?

Where do you think that FIRST BREATH they draw comes from??? And when THEY TOO get to His Throne, and He looks at the PITIFUL STATE they had to endure, WHOM do you think this soul will say LET THEM come to that pitiful end??? Oh yes…you can bet on it..

What is this love we have lost? WHY do you think we lost it? It is because we have placed ourselves in the hands of those who HAVE NO LOVE, HAVE NO CONSCIENCE! Do you think that they sit in their homes bundled up to keep warm and save energy? Or sit down to a sparse meager meal? Or worry over things like bills? Or where their next meal is coming from? Whether or not their shoes will keep their feet warm and protected from the elements?

Think on THAT…then think on THIS…for if we do not have love for each other, what DO we have?

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.

But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.

For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.

Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13

I know I am breaking about a HUNDRED “laws” passed recently…and could probably go to prison for a LENGTHY amount of time…but if I, as a CLERIC, do not speak up..how can I say unto my Master “I have done as you asked…I come before you an empty vessel…I have NOTHING left to give, for I used up EVERYTHING YOU GAVE ME”…?

This is my END result..THIS is how I wish to appear before His Throne…an EMPTY VESSEL….

SAINT OF THE DAY: 12 JANUARY, 2014

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SAINT AELRED OF RIEVAULX
Abbot
(1109-1167)

“One thing thou lackest.” In these words God called Aelred from the court of a royal Saint, David of Scotland, to the silence of the cloister.

He left the king, the companions of his youth, and a friend most dear, to obey the call.

The conviction that in the world his soul was in danger alone enabled him to break such ties.

Long afterwards the bitterness of the parting remained fresh in his soul, and he declared that, “though he had left his dear ones in the body to serve his Lord, his heart was ever with them.”

He entered the Cistercian Order, and even there his yearning for sympathy showed itself in a special attraction to one among the brethren named Simon.

This holy monk had left the world in his youth, and appeared as one deaf and dumb, so absorbed was he in God.

One day Aelred, forgetting for the moment the rule of perpetual silence, spoke to him.

At once he prostrated himself at his feet in token of his fault; but Simon’s look of pain and displeasure haunted him for many a year, and taught him to let no human feeling disturb for one moment his union with God.

A certain novice once came to Aelred, saying that he must return to the world. But Aelred had begged his soul of God, and answered, “Brother, ruin not thyself; nevertheless thou canst not, even though thou wouldst.”

However, he would not listen, and wandered among the hills, thinking all the while he was going far from the abbey. At sunset he found himself before a convent strangely like Rieveaux, and so it was.

The first monk he met was Aelred, who fell on his neck, saying, “Son, why hast thou done so with me? Lo! I have wept for thee with many tears, and I trust in God that, as I have asked of Him, thou shalt not perish.”

The world does not so love its friends.

At the command of his superiors Aelred composed his great works, the Spiritual Friendship and the Mirror of Charity.

In the latter he says that true love of God is only to be obtained by joining ourselves in all things to the Passion of Christ.

He died in 1167, founder and Abbot of Rieveaux, the most austere monastery in England, and Superior of some three hundred monks.

(SOURCE: Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894])

READING OF THE DAY: 12 JANUARY, 2014

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“Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.

John tried to prevent him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?”

Jesus said to him in reply, “Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed him.

After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened (for him), and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove (and) coming upon him.

And a voice came from the heavens, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” -Matthew 3:13-17.