READING OF THE DAY: 31 JULY, 2014

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“This word came to Jeremiah from the LORD: 

Rise up, be off to the potter’s house; there I will give you my message. 

I went down to the potter’s house and there he was, working at the wheel. 

Whenever the object of clay which he was making turned out badly in his hand, he tried again, making of the clay another object of whatever sort he pleased. 

Then the word of the Lord came to me: 

Can I not do to you, house of Israel, as this potter has done? says the LORD.

Indeed, like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, house of Israel.” -Jeremiah 18:1-6.

…THE PROPHECY AND THE PANIC BUTTON….

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Yup…here I am…throwing my hat into the ring on THIS subject….

Now, I see A LOT of people panicking over “The End of Times”…we see new wars breaking out everywhere….injustices being visited on man by man….diseases we thought LONG since gone are making a new and surprising comeback (with some NEW ones added in for worry)… yes friends, it looks like “The Time” is near…so…why on earth is everyone panicking?

For the last 2,000+ years we have ALL known this would be coming. NO ONE can say they have never heard of the “End of times”. 

Every since John had his Revelations, and set pen to paper, we all have had a “field guide” and front row seat KNOWING these things were coming…so…here is the skinny, folks:

“Jesus said to them: “Watch out that no one deceives you. Many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and will deceive many. When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.

Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.

“You must be on your guard. You will be handed over to the local councils and flogged in the synagogues. On account of me you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. 

And the gospel must first be preached to all nations.

Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.

“Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.

“When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ standing where it does not belong—let the reader understand—then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 

Let no one on the housetop go down or enter the house to take anything out. 

Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 

Pray that this will not take place in winter, because those will be days of distress unequaled from the beginning, when God created the world, until now—and never to be equaled again.

“If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened them. At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘Look, there he is!’ do not believe it. 

For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. So be on your guard; I have told you everything ahead of time.

“But in those days, following that distress,

“ ‘the sun will be darkened,

and the moon will not give its light;

the stars will fall from the sky,

and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’c

“At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 

And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.

“Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that it is near, right at the door.” – Mark 13: 5-29

Yes, there is all is…in black and white…and HAS BEEN for the last 2,000 years.

And yet….why is it they have been pushing that panic button on people..the one that makes people so AFRAID of these things to come? Is it to scare you all into either BELIEVING it is coming, or to scare you into being so AFRAID to NOT come through their doors each week?

The truth is that while yes, we SHOULD be nervous…because NO ONE likes to hear the darker side of what is to come…we should actually be HAPPY. Yes, there…I said it..HAPPY. Reason? Because if we have been doing what HE TOLD US TO…preparing ourselves for the inevitable..then we should know what is coming AFTER.

 

Every time one of our childhood icons departs, every time one of our favorite shows gets cancelled, every time our favorite band falls into obscurity, every time we hear of a friend we went to high school with, or a neighbor we liked dies, we get sad right? But then LIFE GOES ON….yes…a new child is born into our family, or a new series gets our attention…or we find a new icon to look forward to in their next movie. THIS IS WHY we should not be afraid of what is to come…because SOMETHING BETTER IS COMING.

So here is the tactic they use:

Now, most of them focus on THESE SCRIPTURES and say “THE END”…silly people…THIS is not the end, but merely the BEGINNING. John’s Revelations tell us there are WORSE things to come.

So why am I saying all of this? Well, because SURE, we should be worried…but not to the point where we are running around like a headless chicken! 

I HAVE ANOTHER MESSAGE TO SAY…not one of fear, or scare mongering…but one of CHEER…ready?

!!!!GOD LOVES YOU!!!!

You didn’t think He would go through all the trouble of CREATING you just to leave you high and dry, did you? HE GAVE YOU AN ‘OUT’!!!

I see people say “why doesn’t God do away with all these evil people?”…HE WILL, never fear…but the OTHER message we were sent seems to have gotten lost along the way in all the panic.

If you have gotten your soul in order, have your mustard seed of faith (Ref: Luke 17:6) then WHY BE WORRIED?

In the end, it is not up to churches, or preachers, or even MAN who gets into Heaven…it is up to GOD…and if God LOVES you…so then why would you be afraid?

Your body is just that…a shell…it can be fat, skinny, long, short..HE DOES NOT CARE…He cares what you do with the INSIDE of the shell…YOU ARE MORE THAN THE SHELL. You are a SOUL..a PIECE OF GOD’S DIVINE BREATHE INSIDE OF YOU.

His Son told us, in no uncertain terms, EXACTLY what we have to do to survive these perilous times He is sending us…

Jesus, my Master, gave us THREE SIMPLE RULES TO FOLLOW…if you can say “oh well, the 10 Commandments” are hard to follow, then get ready because the 3 are even HARDER….

“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.” -Mark 12:28c-31

And the REALLY tough one….

“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.” -Matthew 7:1

WOW…right?!?!

Somewhere along the lines the leaders of religion FORGOT to mention those, eh? Somewhere along the timeline they sort of focused on the dire, and left the GOOD bits out.  

This is the message we have all had for a VERY long time, and seems to have gotten lost along the way….

“For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.” – 1 John 3:11

Instead of worrying about what is coming, try to focus on what is HERE AND NOW. NOW you have the opportunity to stop the clock on your soul. NOW you have the chance to turn it all around..NOW YOU HAVE A CHANCE OF SEEING THE ‘AFTER’ if you would only wake up and quit panicking and REALIZE YOU CAN CHANGE. 

Deathbed recanting of your entire life is NOT an option…try LIVING The Word instead NOW so you can AVOID the fear. Love one another…treat each other with kindness, and compassion…HELP ONE ANOTHER through this… CHANGE YOUR WAYS.

I am not saying you need to become a pew pounder…I am saying you need to HEED those three laws…they are really simple to do! Love God, Love your fellow man, DO NOT JUDGE…and it is all GRAVY from there!

If you have your mustard seed in order, and you are not judging others..and you LOVE one another NO MATTER WHAT THEIR FAITH/RACE/CREED/SEXUAL ORIENTATION/SOCIAL STANDING etc IS, then YOU should not be afraid of something that we have ALL been told for 2 THOUSAND years.

It is easy! It CAN be fun! and guess what? IT WORKS!

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” -Matthew 6:34

SAINT OF THE DAY: 29 JULY, 2014

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Saint Martha

Virgin
(† 84)

Saint John tells us that Jesus loved Martha and Mary and Lazarus (John 11:5), but only a few glimpses are vouchsafed us of them in the Gospels.

First, the sisters are set before us: Martha received Jesus into her house, and was busy in outward, loving, lavish service, while Mary sat in silence at the feet she had bathed with her tears.

Then we learn that their brother is ill when they send word to Jesus concerning their brother Lazarus, Lord, he whom Thou lovest is sick. (John 11:3) In His own time the Lord came, and they went out to meet Him; then follows that scene of unutterable tenderness and of sublimity unsurpassed: the silent mourning of Mary; Martha strong in faith, but realizing so vividly, with her practical turn of mind, the fact of death, and hesitating: Lord, by this time he is already decayed! He has been dead four days.

And then once again, on the eve of His Passion, we see Jesus at Bethany, with His resurrected disciple. Martha, true to her character, is serving; Mary, as at first, pours the precious ointment, in adoration and love, on His divine head, as a preliminary to His burial. (John 12:1-4)

We do not hear of the beloved family again in the Scriptures, but tradition tells us that when the storm of persecution came, the family of Bethany, with a few companions, were put into a boat without oars or sail, and borne miraculously to the coast of France.

Martha assembled a holy company of women, with whom she lived in great austerity of life and admirable sanctity at Tarascon where her tomb is venerated.

Saint Mary’s tomb is at La Sainte-Baume; Saint Lazarus is venerated as the founder of the Church of Marseilles. It is this family which brought to France the relics of Saint Anne.

(SOURCE: Little Pictorial Lives of the Saints, a compilation based on Butler’s Lives of the Saints, and other sources by John Gilmary Shea (Benziger Brothers: New York, 1894); Les Petits Bollandistes: Vies des Saints, by Msgr. Paul Guérin (Bloud et Barral: Paris, 1882), Vol. 9)

READING OF THE DAY: 29 JULY, 2014

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“Many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother [Lazarus, who had died]. 

When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home. 

Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 

But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.” 

Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise.” 

Martha said to him, “I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day.” 

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 

She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.” -John 11:19-27.

 

SAINT OF THE DAY: 28 JULY, 2014

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Saint Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception 
(1910-1946)

        Saint Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception was born in Kudamalur, the Arpookara region, in the diocese of Changanacherry, India, on the 19th of August 1910, of the ancient and noble family of Muttathupadathu.

        From her birth, the life of the Saint was marked by the cross, which would be progressively revealed to her as the royal way to conform herself to Christ. Her mother, Maria Puthukari, gave birth to her prematurely, in her eight month of pregnancy, as a result of a fright she received when, during the sleep, a snake wrapped itself around her waist. Eight days later, the 28 of August, the child was baptised according to the Syro-Malabar rite by the Fr. Joseph Chackalayil, and she received the name Annakutty, a diminutive of Anne. She was the last of five children.

        Her mother died three months later. Annakutty passed her early infancy in the home of her grandparents in Elumparambil. There she lived a particularly happy time because of her human and Christian formation, during which the first seeds of a vocation flowered. Her grand-mother, a pious and charitable woman, communicated the joy of the faith, love for prayer and a surge of charity towards the poor to her. At five years of age the child already knew how to lead, with a totally childish enthusiasm, the evening prayer of the family gathered, in accordance with the Syro-Malabar custom, in the “prayer room”.

        Annakutty received the Eucharistic bread for the first time on the 11 of November 1917. She used to say to her friends: “Do you know why I am so particularly happy today? It is because I have Jesus in my heart!“. In a letter to her spiritual father, on the 30 of November 1943, she confided the following: “Already from the age of seven I was no longer mine. I was totally dedicated to my divine Spouse. Your reverence knows it well“.

        In the same year of 1917 she began to attend the elementary school of Thonnankuzhy, where she also established a sincere friendship with the Hindu children. When the first school cycle ended in 1920, the time had come to transfer to Muttuchira, to the house of her aunt Anna Murickal, to whom her mother, before she died, had entrusted her as her adoptive mother.

        Her aunt was a severe and demanding woman, at times despotic and violent in demanding obedience from Annakutty in her every minimal disposition or desire. Assiduous in her religious practice, she accompanied her niece, but did not share the young girl’s friendship with the Carmelites of the close-by Monastery or her long periods of prayer at the foot of the altar. She was, in fact, determined to procure an advantageous marriage for Annakutty, obstructing the clear signs of her religious vocation.

        The virtue of the Saint was manifested in accepting this severe and rigid education as a path of humility and patience for the love of Christ, and tenaciously resisted the reiterated attempts at engagement to which the aunt tried to oblige her. Annakutty, in order to get out from under a commitment to marriage, reached the point of voluntarily causing herself a grave burn by putting her foot into a heap of burning embers. “My marriage was arranged when I was thirteen years old. What had I to do to avoid it? I prayed all that night… then an idea came to me. If my body were a little disfigured no one would want me! … O, how I suffered! I offered all for my great intention“.

        The proposal to defile her singular beauty did not fully succeed in freeing her from the attentions of suitors. During the following years the Blessed had to defend her vocation, even during the year of probation when an attempt to give her in marriage, with the complicity of the Mistress of Formation herself, was made. “O, the vocation which I received! A gift of my good God!…. God saw the pain of my soul in those days. God distanced the difficulties and established me in this religious state“.

        It was Fr. James Muricken, her confessor, who directed her towards Franciscan spirituality and put her in contact with the Congregation of the Franciscan Clarists. Annakutty entered their college in Bharananganam in the diocese of Palai, to attend seventh class, as an intern student, on the 24th of May 1927. The following year, on the 2nd of August 1928, Annakutty began her postulancy, taking the name of Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception in honour of St. Alphonsus Liguori, whose feast it was that day. She was clothed in the religious habit on the 19th of May 1930, during the first pastoral visit made to Bharananganam by the Bishop, Msgr. James Kalacherry.

        The period 1930-1935 was characterised by grave illness and moral suffering. She could teach the children in the school at Vakakkad only during the scholastic year 1932. Then, because of her weakness, she carried out the duties of assistant-teacher and catechist in the parish. She was engaged also as secretary, especially to write official letters because of her beautiful script.

        The canonical novitiate was introduced into the Congregation of the Franciscan Clarists in 1934. Though wishing to enter immediately, the Blessed was only admitted on the 12th of August 1935 because of her ill health. About one week after the beginning of her novitiate, she had a haemorrhage from the nose and eyes and a profound organic wasting and purulent wounds on her legs. The illness deteriorated, to such a point that the worst was feared.

        Heaven came to the rescue of the holy novice. During a novena to The Servant of God Fr. Kuriakose Elia Chavara – a Carmelite who today is a Blessed- she was miraculously and instantaneously cured.

        Having restarted her novitiate, she wrote the following proposals in her spiritual diary: “I do not wish to act or speak according to my inclinations. Every time I fail, I will do penance… I want to be careful never to reject anyone. I will only speak sweet words to others. I want to control my eyes with rigour. I will ask pardon of the Lord for every little failure and I will atone for it through penance. No matter what my sufferings may be, I will never complain and if I have to undergo any humiliation, I will seek refuge in the Sacred Heart of Jesus“.

        The 12th of August 1936, the feast of St. Clare, the day of her perpetual profession, was a day of inexpressible spiritual joy. She had realised her desire, guarded for a long time in her heart and confided to her sister Elizabeth when she was only 12 years old: “Jesus is my only Spouse, and none other“.

Jesus, however, wished to lead His spouse to perfection through a life of suffering. “I made my perpetual profession on the 12th of August 1936 and came here to Bharanganam on the following 14th. From that time, it seems, I was entrusted with a part of the cross of Christ. There are abundant occasions of suffering… I have a great desire to suffer with joy. It seems that my Spouse wishes to fulfil this desire“.

        Painful illnesses followed each other: typhoid fever, double pneumonia, and, the most serious of all, a dramatic nervous shock, the result of a fright on seeing a thief during the night of the 18th of October 1940. Her state of psychic incapacity lasted for about a year, during which she was unable to read or write.

        In every situation, Sister Alphonsa always maintained a great reservation and charitable attitude towards the Sisters, silently undergoing her sufferings. In 1945 she had a violent outbreak of illness. A tumour, which had spread throughout her organs, transformed her final year of life into a continuous agony. Gastroenteritis and liver problems caused violent convulsions and vomiting up to forty times a day: “I feel that the Lord has destined me to be an oblation, a sacrifice of suffering… I consider a day in which I have not suffered as a day lost to me“.

        With this attitude of a victim for the love of the Lord, happy until the final moment and with a smile of innocence always on her lips, Sister Alphonsa quietly and joyfully brought her earthly journey to a close in the convent of the Franciscan Clarists at Bharananganam at 12.30 on the 28th July 1946, leaving behind the memory of a Sister full of love and a saint.

        Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception Muttathupadathu was proclaimed Blessed by Pope John Paul II in Kottayam, India, on the 8th of February 1986. She was canonized on the 12th of October 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI. With that Canonisation, the Church in India presents its first Saint to the veneration of the faithful of the whole world. Faithful from every part of the world have come together in a single act of thanksgiving to God in her name and in a sign of the great oriental and western traditions, Roman and Malabar, which Sr. Alphonsa lived and harmonised in her saintly life.

(SOURCE: Libreria Editrice Vaticana)

 

READING OF THE DAY: 28 JULY, 2014

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 “Jesus proposed a parable to the crowds. “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a person took and sowed in a field.

It is the smallest of all the seeds, yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants. It becomes a large bush, and the ‘birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.'”

He spoke to them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch was leavened.”

All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables.

He spoke to them only in parables,to fulfill what had been said through the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables, I will announce what has lain hidden from the foundation of the world.”” -Matthew 13:31-35.

 

READING OF THE DAY: 27 JULY, 2014

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“Jesus said to his disciples: “The Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. 

When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it”. 

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. 

When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets.

What is bad they throw away. 

Thus it will be at the end of the age.

The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth. 

Do you understand all these things?

They answered, “Yes.”

And he replied, “Then every scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.” -Matthew 13:44-52.

SAINT OF THE DAY: 27 JULY, 2014

Saint Pantaleon of Nicomedia

Saint Pantaleon of Nicomedia

Physician and Martyr
(† 303)

Saint Pantaleon was born in Nicomedia of a pagan father and a Christian mother, who died while her son was still a child. He was among the court physicians of the Emperor Galerius Maximianus. Deceived by hearing the false maxims of the world applauded, he was without religion when God decided to rescue his soul from its unhappy darkness.

A zealous and prudent Christian named Hermolaus took special notice of him and awakened his conscience, telling him that although the famous physicians of ancient times had possessed the science which cures bodies, Jesus Christ was a far more excellent Physician, able to cure not only bodies, but souls, by His divine doctrine. Hermolaus succeeded in bringing him into the fold of the Church.

The young Christian strove to procure for his father the same grace he himself had received, and his words had already begun to separate his father from his idols, when one day a blind man, led by friends, came to the door and begged Pantaleon to cure him.

His father was present and heard the promise his son made to this man to do so, if he would give to the poor the money he was offering him. The father was amazed and feared that the promise could not be fulfilled. But the young Saint prayed and touched the eyes of the blind man, invoking the name of Jesus Christ, and his eyes were opened.

Pantaleon’s father and the blind man were both baptized as a result of this miracle. When Eustorgus, his father, died, Saint Pantaleon liberated all his slaves and, having sold most of his possessions, gave to the liberated ones and others the assistance their poverty required. He cured other illnesses and soon became renowned in Nicomedia.

Saint Pantaleon, being a very sincere penitent, ardently wished to expiate his former idolatry by the martyrdom he could foresee.

When a bloody persecution broke out at Nicomedia in 303, the blind man he had cured was beheaded upon refusing to admit that it was the gods who had cured him. Saint Pantaleon, to prepare himself for the imminent combat, distributed all he had left among the poor.

Not long after this act of charity he was arrested and subjected to various tortures, during which he was preserved from death.

Three other Christians, of whom one was Hermolaus, were apprehended. After suffering many torments, the four confessors were all sentenced to be beheaded.

The relics of Saint Pantaleon were translated to Constantinople, and there received great honor. His blood, conserved in a small vial, is said to liquefy on his feast day and become oxygenated.

Charlemagne brought a part of his relics into France, where they are presently divided again, a portion being in the abbey of Saint Denys near Paris, and the head at Lyons.

Saint Pantaleon, whose name means the all-compassionate one, is the patron of physicians.

(SOURCE: Les Petits Bollandistes: Vies des Saints, by Msgr. Paul Guérin (Bloud et Barral: Paris, 1882), Vol. 9)

READING OF THE DAY: 25 JULY, 2014

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“Brothers and sisters: We hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us. 

We are afflicted in every way, but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body. 

For we who live are constantly being given up to death for the sake of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 

So death is at work in us, but life in you. 

Since, then, we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed, therefore I spoke,” we too believe and therefore speak, knowing that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and place us with you in his presence. 

Everything indeed is for you, so that the grace bestowed in abundance on more and more people may cause the thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God. ” -2 Corinthians 4:7-15.

SPEAKING MY PIECE ON PEACE…

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Did you know that the concept of Peace is further away from us today than it ever has in the history of the world?

It is as foreign to us now as a concept than it ever has been.  I see nations tearing at nations throats for the most IDIOTIC of reasons. I see MILLIONS upon MILLIONS of people’s lives destroyed…and for what? A political concept? A religious ideology? No…it all boils down to money and power….and FEAR

These conflicts start due to someone wanting more power than they are supposed to wield…case and point: Syria…

Or they start under a religious banner for “freedom” yet end up with someone putting themselves into a position of power or money and control over people’s lives….case and point EVERYWHERE ELSE.

Or they start in “retaliation” because some idiot wants to further their social/political/religious agenda so that the world will know they are there or they want to be taken “seriously”…

Do I take it seriously? YEP… I see them behaving like spoiled children, or schoolyard bullies pushing people about like so much gravel. I see them ALL stamping their feet, throwing themselves around and saying “LOOK AT ME”..or “THIS IS MINE”…or “THAT IS MINE TOO”…

Politics…*SIGH*… politicians say “it is right we should do this” and then they throw a flag of patriotism in the air trying to blanket the people into doing what THEY want…they send their sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, aunts, uncles..everyone…to fight for this silly notion of politics. Do the PEOPLE benefit from these conflicts? NOPE. The only one’s who DO benefit are those sitting comfortably away, locked behind doors…people who have enough money to ensure THEY THEMSELVES never see a single body, or have to pull a trigger, or feel the guilt of what they have done.

I have yet to see a nation, in my lifetime, achieve a peace through war that brought prosperity to it’s people.  I have yet to see a people HAPPY that their ‘leaders’ ideals have made their lives better.

Instead we cower in fear of reprisal from someone who does not share our governments plan for “peace through victory” because it angers this fool or that one that we stuck our noses in.

I see religious war breaking out all over the world…

I see people acting like two children on a  playground….yes, for that is EXACTLY what it is in my eyes…two small minded children on a playground fighting over who’s invisible friend is better.

Can it be that we, as a people, are so ARROGANT as to believe that this way to worship is right, or that way is wrong? Can it possibly be that we have to pick up the nearest stick, or weapon, and repeatedly hurt others to show OUR way of faith is better or more right than someone else’s?

How can we stand there intimidating, or destroying other’s lives and say “our way is the way of God” when He CLEARLY said “LOVE ONE ANOTHER”..?

It is nothing more than ARROGANCE, STUPIDITY, IGNORANCE, and SELF PRIDE that makes us say “your way is wrong because it is not OUR way”.  PERIOD.

If we put as much energy into peace as we do war this world would already be reaching out to the stars and finding entire PLANETS where each faith, or political agenda, could have IT’S OWN WORLD, and not be fighting on THIS one.

If we spent as much money on PEACE instead of war, there would be no cancer, no HIV, no Leukemia…no disease…no hunger…no suffering.

If we spent as much on peace, instead of war, this planet would be a PARADISE. No deforestation, no energy problems, no food shortages, no global warming…no disease that we could not find a cure for….people would live, and let live, and HELP each other.

Let us suspend faith for a second, and realize the colder, TRUER fact that faces us…WE ARE A DYING PLANET. Every day a war rages the planet dies a little bit more..not just in numbers of people, but in ECOLOGY.  We are so busy looking at the war on our screens we forget that the ice caps are melting…the forests and foliage are disappearing…species are dying off that we NEED for our survival… what was once LUSH is now BARREN.

Deserts are becoming larger, forests smaller, food is growing less and less, our medications that aid us in resisting things like The Plague, or even chicken pox, are NO LONGER EFFECTIVE.

I will tell you what it all boils down to, ladies and gentlemen….FEAR…yes..FEAR. We fear not having enough land, or money, or goods..and then we get scared when someone else has MORE than we, or wants what WE have because they do not have enough for themselves and in desperation want to take ours.

It is not enough that others may worship differently, we become AFRAID that they will want US to worship as they do, so they decide to launch a war to make the world ONE religion…

History has taught them nothing….

In history there was a faith that wanted “one true faith” in the world, so they launched a FIVE HUNDRED YEAR WAR against it’s own people to destroy anything that was not of ‘it’s faith’…it was called THE INQUISITION…

Yes, THAT war. It started with the Cathar religion..then moved to it’s own people…then onto elsewhere for a “Crusade” to make the world one faith. TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE DIED because one small body of people FEARED another.  Was it about ‘Faith’??

No.

It was about money and power…the same as it is today. One small body wanted more power, more money, and more control…the same as it is today.

Silly people…don’t they realize that what is right for one is not right for another? What one person believes to be true is not what another will believe even if FORCED to?

If only just the people who start the wars who FOUGHT the wars, it would be simpler..but instead it is not…it is soldiers, not politicians who feel the sting of these things…it is the common bystander.

Do you think Joe Schmo gives a HOOT as to who worships what God? Do you think Joe Average cares in the LEAST how a person bows before a Divinity? Joe there is trying to put food on his family’s table..to ensure his kids have a roof over their head…clothes on their back.

So when a bomb lands on Joe and his house, destroying everything, he is considered “Collateral Damage” and is quickly forgotten by the old men in expensive clothes.

Sure, they tout his name, the tragedy that befell him, and use that to further their OWN goals.

WE ARE NOT ‘COLLATERAL’…we are not property that can be used in exchange for money or power! For that, by basic definition, is what COLLATERAL IS.

These groups of leaders tout faith, or patriotism, and simple minded Joe thinks it is his duty to serve his country and further the ideals of such…he believes he is doing something heroic, noteworthy, or important in the great scheme of things…he is so BRAINWASHED that he does not stop to think “Is this right? Should we be doing this?”. And so Joe picks up his weapon and goes out to do his “patriotic duty”, forgetting that if the shoe was on the other foot HE would be the ‘enemy’ for someone else.

And yet, once the dust settles, or he dies, do the governments, or religious leaders even know his name? Do they remember him, the individual, who gave all? No…they put up memorials, or statues, and then move along to the NEXT goal THEY have in mind.

Invisible lines on a map, boys and girls…that is all it is. We fight because someone wants their own little stretch of land.

We cannot see that there is enough land for EVERYONE…so why the need to take someone else’s? Because, again, it has what we don’t or what we want….

We act as though this planet is forever…that we are it’s masters. We ravage, and destroy, and corrupt this planet like we have another one to go to. We have depleted the air, the water, the minerals, the soil so badly that it is refusing to grow enough food to sustain even the basics of food for it’s people.

We set off bombs, launch rockets, and soak the ground in so much blood that it will not yield a single bloom.

Take my word for it, ladies and gentlemen, that if we listen to our faith then we believe that “God will come”…yes, my faith tells me so….but if we are WRONG…because who is to say other than OURSELVES that WE are right, we will not need God to come and wipe the Earth clean….we will have done so before the next century passes.

We will have, in effect, done His job for Him.

If the human race winked out of existence (now more of a FACT than a work of science fiction) do you think the universe would even blink? Would the stars stop spinning? Would the sun simply say “Well, no sense in shining now, there is no one to see me”? …GET REAL.

How is it we cannot just BE..? How is it that we cannot say “this is what I believe in, and this is what YOU believe in and it is all good”?? How is it that I, a simple man, can embrace others of different faiths, or politics,or races and say “Brother”. Show them the courtesy I too wish to be treated with, sit at the same table, eat the same meal, and share the same laughter with them, yet ENTIRE NATIONS cannot do the same? I do not force my faith onto them…nor try to persuade them into believing as I do…I simply LET THEM BE and embrace them as EQUALS instead of ENEMIES.

Do you realize we, as a race, have consistently been at war since history began.

We have, since recorded time, been trying to pound OUR faith into another’s life…trying to make them believe what we believe…or they to us…since THE WORLD WAS YOUNG.

Will it ever end?

Sure it will.

When the land is so polluted that nothing grows..when the animals are gone, and those that remain are scavengers…when the water no longer purifies itself, or we cannot because it is so corrupted by our waste…when the land no longer will produce a single crop…and people, yes, those same idiots, sit on a throne of gold and there is no one left to bow to them because they have all died off from starvation, or disease, or war…THEN it will end.

Dear God…if You do not come and fulfill Your prophecy we may not be here for You to save.