…I BURIED MY BROTHER TODAY…

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…Not a brother, as in blood or marriage, but a brother nonetheless….

I only knew him about a year and a half, and watched as he bloomed from a shy, scared, and reclusive soul into a vibrant, glowing, loving and friendly one.

His passing leaves a hole in my heart, but a patch in my faith.

Now some may say “It was just a rabbit”…WRONG…there is NEVER such a thing as “just”…if we can label things like that, then we ourselves will be labelled thus as well… it was JUST a person…JUST a man…JUST a woman…JUST a child.

This label would detract from the loving and gentle soul I saw bloom in my brief care.

When I first got him, he was shy…not wanting to be touched or held… staying always just out of arms reach.

Patience, love, tenderness, and kindness brought him out of that shell

He learned to LOVE being held, petted, talked to, and played with.

Never in my life have I saw eyes of his beautiful blue go from fear of being touched to the warm soft look he would give me as he fell asleep in my arms whilst I stroked his ears and head.

My brother was fun-loving, and kind to the other friends and companions in my house.

He never once bit, or attacked, scratched or kicked any of them…he was truly a gentle soul of patience and kindness.

When my beloved Bobby was unable to walk or run, Billy would sit near him, nuzzle him, and clean his ears and nose…

This is the kind of soul needed in today’s world…one that loves freely, cares deeply, and does not care if they are black or white, red or brown…but simply loves for the sake of being a soul.

Billy leaves behind a grieving set of parents who already miss the loving nuzzle of him when he wanted to be picked up…

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Billy loved to be outside, for I understand this was something he was not used to in his life before we came to know him.

When we found him in the adoption centre my wife immediately fell in love with him…this big fluffy ball of white fur with the sad blue eyes.

The carer took him out of the area, placed him in her arms, and when she looked into his eyes she said “I want him”

I, of course, was a bit more pragmatic..I asked the carer “Why was he surrendered?” …the carer, without hesitation, said “He got ‘too big’ they said”.

Both the wife and I shared a look at each other, knowing the rising anger inside of us both and she said “How can ANYONE toss aside something THIS beautiful!?!?”…

We rode home with him, his head nestled against the palm of her hand in his carrier, and he became our brother.

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He passed yesterday…quite suddenly…almost without warning or herald.

We had rushed him to the vet, because he had stopped eating, and before we left he placed his head on my arm and hand, the way he was want to do, as if to say “It will be okay…I am loved, warm, happy, and yours”….he had his favourite pink blanket with him, the one he took to on his first day…his comfort blanket…his favourite toy and bed.

4 hours later the vet called to say he had passed.

The part that hurts the most was the vet had said she went in there to check on his progress and when she opened up the door to his pen he lifted his head up off of that blanket and put his head in her hand.

She said he looked directly into her eyes as if to say “Pass this to my family, for I cannot”…and he passed there in her arms with his head on her arm and hand.

I wrapped him in his favourite blanket last night for his final journey. I could not let him enter Heaven without his comfort blanket and his play blanket…the same blue one he went to the vet with the first time we had to take him in for his examination a month after he moved in with us.

He would chase that blue blanket around the house…me with the dragging it behind, and him belting after his shaking his long floppy ears and pouncing on the end….

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Tears of love almost blinded me digging his grave next to our beloved Poppy and Bobby… knowing that somewhere ‘up there’ he was racing around with the corner of that blue blanket firmly clamped in his teeth and shaking his long floppy ears.

I held it together, nearly, until I had blessed the ground and the remains…but seeing his little wrapped body inside of that blue and pink blankets broke me…and the tears did not stop for many minutes.

I will have to carve his marker…I will carve it, my wife will paint it, and I will varnish it, and we will place it so that the world will know a beloved soul is now at rest away from this world of woe.

He had love, freedom (he was NEVER in a hutch or cage in MY house), warmth, food, treats, and all of the loving cuddles he asked for and wanted.

Now some may think it wrong to pray over a departed companion, and some may also say that it is a sin to…but you know what I say to that?

If they cannot shed tears for something that showed PURE LOVE, and PURE selflessness, then THEY HAVE NO SOUL INSIDE OF THEIR HUMAN BODY.

..I buried my BROTHER today..and one day if I am worthy, I will see my beloved Billy, Bobby, and Poppy in those same happy fields of my Master’s Realm.

Requiescat In Pace, sweet William…till we meet again, my brother.

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…MEMENTO MORI….

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I am taking time today to discuss a very important subject to me, and in all likelihood, important to most people recently…..Halloween.

Now, I have been a cleric for almost a decade…and have seen many militants on both sides of the fence duelling over who started Halloween, who’s holiday it really is, and whether or not Christians are supposed to celebrate it.

I myself was asked by someone yesterday if I “Believed in Halloween”…sorry…no…no I do not “believe” in Halloween…I believe in GOD, Jesus as my Saviour, and that we all have to pay taxes and die sometime…but “believe” in it? Nope.

Let me explain…

I have written several sermons on Halloween, and it’s origins, practices, beliefs in said subject…but I have never SAID I “believe” in it the way….say…someone would believe in Angels, or Demons, or Ghosts….no…there is a HUGE difference between “Believing” in something and “Celebrating” something.

See…I CELEBRATE it…for one VERY important reason…TO REMEMBER THE DEAD.

Memento Mori…I use that day to remember all of those who have passed, and those who hope for salvation…

Perhaps if I explain it from Wikipedia’s way, you would understand it a little better…

Memento mori (“remember that you have to die”) is a Latin expression, originating from a practice common in Ancient Rome; as a general came back victorious from a battle, and during his parade (“Triumph”) received compliments and honours from the crowd of citizens, he ran the risk of falling victim to haughtiness and delusions of grandeur; to avoid it, a slave stationed behind him would say “Respice post te. Hominem te memento” ( “Look after you [to the time after your death] and remember you’re [only] a man.”). It was then reused during the medieval period, it is also related to the ars moriendi (“The Art of Dying”) and related literature.

Memento mori has been an important part of ascetic disciplines as a means of perfecting the character by cultivating detachment and other virtues, and by turning the attention towards the immortality of the soul and the afterlife.

In art, mementos mori are artistic or symbolic reminders of mortality.

In the European Christian art context, “the expression… developed with the growth of Christianity, which emphasized Heaven, Hell, and salvation of the soul in the afterlife.”

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As a Christian, we are told to be mindful of our present selves…to strive for honesty, virtue, and sanctity…we are also taught of Devils, demons, Satan, and the evils of this world on both a physical, and spiritual plane, sin and redemption, and thinking of others and being of service to others before ourselves.

Now, as ANY Christian will tell you “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” – 1 Peter 5:8 (KJV)

Many common Christian practices involve reminding people of those who are in “Hell” and those who are “Suffering the fires of purgatory”…is it so wrong to take one day out of the year and combat those evils that are seeking to sway the heart of a Christian…?

By taking this particular day to remember the departed, pray for them, and perhaps have a little jocularity does not seem such a sin (as I was told I was doing making light of the holiday itself) as it does a DUTY, an OBLIGATION.

Did I ‘dress up’ and do the common social things that others do during that day? Nope…

I simply donned my robe …which, if you know this world and the way it views clerics of ANY kind lately… is the ONE DAY I can walk freely among the people in my robes of office and BLESS THE MASSES OF PEOPLE and PRAY FOR THEM OPENLY without having a bottle or rock thrown at my head!

This world has spiralled into a hatred of anything religious…I have seen religions pitted against each other, feuding over who’s right, who’s wrong, and there are some who take this action to EXTREME lengths.

I , in the interest of safety for myself and others, must wear common clothing when walking outside my own home here in Britain!

So tell me…how does it make me ‘evil’ or ‘heretical’ if I don my robe ONE DAY out of the year openly to help, pray for, and bless, those same souls we are TOLD TO PRAY FOR…?

Remembering those asleep in God’s Peace, chasing away evil, blessing people openly….

Sorry….I cannot find a wrong in there….

Now, I know someone out there will get their rosary in a twist over this, but I feel that if I am to be the “Good and faithful servant” I am striving to be I must care for and serve ALL people…not just the Christians…and that, hopefully, by my example of faith, love, tolerance, and prayer, I may actually bring a few of those “Lost Sheep” into the fold…WITHOUT having to HAMMER them with Scripture or Doctrine.

Who knows if me, by way of praying openly during that day of the year, may sway the heart of someone who was about to do something horrible….?

Take a lesson in this: We are here to HELP them find their way to God, not hammer them into submission…and if we help them remember their departed, then we remind them of the morals and values that that person may have led during their lives.

Face it…this generation is a degrading one…morals are in decline…faith is almost nonexistent…immorality is rising…and people are walking away from their faith.

Don’t you kind of think that the people in general NEED someone to step up and PRAY for them and their departed?

Set aside the “what is supposed to be” pounded into you and use common sense… it is REALLY a SIN to pray for, remember, and possibly REDEEM a soul that may be trapped in “that place” during ONE DAY of the year?

I will leave it at that…for your life is yours, mine is mine, and my soul is in my keeping just as you have yours in your keeping…so before you go pounding on ME about MY soul and keeping…let me remind you: “For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” – 2 Corinthians 5:10

 

…THE UGLY TRUTH AND THE PLAIN FACT IS…

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You want to know the truth…?

Okay, here it is…pain never goes away.

Yep, it’s true…it fades a bit, but never leaves.

This is why I share all of these posts with you all…to remind you that even though there is pain, we can dull it down and keep plodding along and have minimal impact from the pain.

When we are safe, comfortable, and secure, the pain seems a distant memory. This is why we have to remember: We are all in this together.

We lean on each other for strength.

Just because you are having a bad day, or week, or see too much anger, hatred, sorrow, or STUPIDITY out there does not mean that the ENTIRE world is a bad place…or that everyone is a bad person.

Where am I going with this, you ask?

I never understood racism, or hatred of another because of their skin colour…I never hated a race because of their faith, or politics…I never saw a bad person who was not at some point a good one…heck, everyone was once a baby on someone’s knee.

It is because of circumstances, or their community, or those they looked up to that failed them…not people in general.

Look…it is really simple: If some person does not agree with you…SO WHAT!?!?

If their politics or social ideology is not yours, WHO CARES!?!?

Does this stop them from being a good person? Does the fact that they support one cause or another REALLY make a change to YOUR life?

Do you have to berate them, accuse them, hate them because they seem “foreign” or “Un-this or the other”?

Don’t you get it??? WE ARE ALL HUMANS…REGARDLESS of skin, politics, race, sexual alignment, belief system, location, or creed!

Don’t you think THEY want the same respect, love, grace, and forgiveness for THEIR pasts that YOU also want?

Do you think that hating them will make them just suddenly wake them up and say “Oh, yeah, I’ve been doing it all wrong from the git-go”!?!?!?

I see the world descending into madness…wrongs being committed on EVERY level…people overly sensitive about EVERY SINGLE THING. Be it a simple picture, or a political candidate, or some silly game being played.

WAKE UP!

The world is being pounded into oblivion, and you think “un-friending” someone, or “caps-lock” yelling at someone is going to change this?

 

I am tired….oh yes, don’t look so shocked…I am tired from screaming “PEACE!!!” at the top of my lungs, and having people say “Amen” or “HALLELUJAH” with their mouths, then going right back out and starting their hating, or tormenting of others, or mouthing off about what THEY do not like about EVERYONE ELSE.

It’s enough to drive you into a hermitage, I tell ya.!

There are A LOT of good people out there…they simple get lost in the shuffle of this world because, and let’s face it, bad news sells more than good news.

The world wants you to focus on everything bad, yet shows you nothing good…the media…the politicians…the television…

When was the last time you saw a front page story about a hero rescuing some stranded puppy? Or when some politician said “I don’t want my paycheck, here…give it to charity”?

Nope…they would rather keep you emotionally unstable so they can do whatever they want and get away with it…power and money, ladies and gents, that is what this world seems to be all about.

What ever happened to celebrating those who did GOOD…? What ever happened to HEROES..?

They were sacrificed on the altar of “Selling press”.

The more you focus on the BAD, the more bad you will see….so..focus on the GOOD.

Like that guy who tossed in that dime into the charity cup…or that woman who saved all of those rabbits…or that kid who called emergency services to save some pensioner who had fallen….or the people who rescued an animal or child from a hot car.

We are so caught up in a flow of CRAP that we forget to see the grass on the embankment.

We are so busy looking at the pothole that we miss seeing the flowers around it..

Now, I know SOME preachers would say “Focus on God”…and that IS important…but what is MORE important is if we focus on HELPING one another…LIFTING one another up…

You think God sits up there watching us saying “Yep, they told THAT person off good”…?

I will lay you a penny to a pound He is up there saying “I gave them an opportunity to help right there…why didn’t they take it?”

(Gonna hit the ‘preacher’ button here, so bear with me..)

There are THREE scriptures my Master gave us….THREE…so simple…so easy to follow, and yet in this day and age, so FEW pay attention to.

“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 neighbour as yourself.’

There is no commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:28-30

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged.

For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” – Matthew 7:1-2

…AND….

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” – John 15:12

These three are SO EASY to follow, yet some find it SO HARD….WHY!?!?!

If you love each other, you have NO TIME to hate each other…if you LOVE GOD, then OBEY HIS COMMANDS…if you are judging another, YOU CAN BE JUDGED AS WELL.

Take a moment to process that..sounds easy, right? Yet some find it so HARD.

They cannot let go of their pasts, because without that how will they BE who their are, right?

Letting go of the past does not change what happened, it simply makes it easier to be who you REALLY are.

People cannot let go of their anger, because anger is the SECOND strongest emotion of the human experience..yet…if they let go of the anger, they will see things they overlooked while they were raging…and then they will feel, what, embarrassed..?

YOUR PRIDE IS NOT WORTH YOUR SOUL.

Letting go of anger, prejudice, hate, pain…they FREE you..they allow you to LIVE, not merely EXIST on this planet.

Yes, the past is a horrible thing…mine included…yet here I am..

Do you think I became this strong overnight? NOPE…it took YEARS to be the person I am today.

You want to know how I did it?

I LET GO.

One day I realised that if I didn’t let it all go then I would forever be in the vicious cycle of hate, anger, and pain.

If something ‘offended’ me, then I walked away and looked at something ELSE. I did not sit there screaming at it. I did not sit there fighting with someone because they did not see MY way.

We are so convinced that OUR way is the RIGHT way that we REFUSE to see it any OTHER way.

Let me tell you…for every single person out there, there is ‘a way’..completely different from ours.

When we acknowledge that THEIR way is right for them, and OUR way is right for us, then we can say “Oh, well, I see what you mean…” and LEAVE IT AT THAT.

Every day…EVERY SINGLE DAY, mind you…I go out into this world..I see all types of people, all types of colour, all types of faith…you want to know something?…I have YET to hate someone because of their differences…and they may take umbrage at something about me, but I smile, or give them a hug, or speak peace to them, and then we walk away with a knowing that if we did not change each other, then at least we did not hurt each other.

I have NEVER been “not wanted” in a church, mosque, or temple…because even though I am not of THEIR faith, I RESPECTED their faith and their right to be it.

I have never been ‘excluded’ from one society or another, because I TOLERATED their right to be who they are. I do not see “straight, gay, socialist, democrat, republican” or any other LABEL that society has thrown on them…I SEE A SOUL…equal to my own and with just as much right to be here as I do.

Saint Francis coined the phrase “You attract more flies with honey than vinegar” … so..be more HONEY, LESS VINEGAR.

Some say “oil and water don’t mix”…too true…so..maybe you just need to keep them in separate containers then, yeah?

Don’t let YOUR life become the ONLY life you want to love.

People are, at their core, wanting love and friendship…it is only by fighting about STUPID things…LABELS… that we get all worked up about.

If someone’s faith is different, SO WHAT…it is THEIR faith, NOT YOURS.

WHO CARES if someone sleeps with someone else?

WHO CARES if someone pees standing up or sitting down?

WHO CARES if someone is voting this person or that person?

Does it change the person into some sort of demon? Do they sprout horns and a pitchfork and say “BWAHAHA…I AM EVIL”..!?!? No..it makes YOU look like a FOOL because you are sitting there screaming “YOU ARE WRONG” at them…which will make THEM scream back at you that YOUR ideas are wrong.

See where I am going with this?

If we simply accept that everyone is different, everyone has an opinion, and we respect the SOUL inside of them (which, in effect is JUST THE WAY GOD MADE THEM) then we can see THROUGH the anger, hate, and prejudice, and start seeing that they simply want THEIR lives to matter as well..

THERE IS NOT A SINGLE SOUL ON THIS PLANET WHO’S LIVES MATTER LESS THAN ANOTHER….PERIOD.

What happened, or they perceive is happening, to them is merely FLEETING.

Once we shed this skin, once we are all 6 ft down and pushing up daisies, it will not matter ONE JOT what their politics were…or how they peed…or whom they slept with..or who they voted for.

“At the end of the game, the king and the pawn go back in the same box.” -Italian Proverb

Death is the great equaliser..friends…when you walk into a graveyard, can you tell if this one was black, or that one was a republican..or that one was gay?

We are only here for a short time on this rock…do you really want to waste it being angry all the time?

LET IT GO.

AFTER we die, will it matter that we won that argument about this year’s election?

Or will it matter MORE that someone will weep at our demise, and say “They were a GOOD person…they helped SO MANY”…?

When I stand before my Master (and this is MY faith, MY belief…it does not have to be yours, because you may not believe as I do) I would like to think that I can say “I have done all you asked, Master…”…and He will look on me and say “Well done, faithful servant, receive your reward”…

Let me tell you friends, death is sudden…it happens at ANY time..and the LAST thing I would want to be on my thoughts as I am standing there is that I was fighting with someone about something SO SILLY that I forgot His commands.

Think about it…if today, heck, of THIS HOUR were your last would you really CARE who won that election..or who dresses what way…..or what someone else was doing in THEIR lives that you found so offensive…?

I have had the doctors give me “The Long Face” …it woke me up, people. I realise that each and every day I live is a GIFT. And I, for one, do not intend to waste that gift on hating.

I could close my eyes tonight, and that could be the LAST time they would have been open.

Think on that for a second…THE LAST TIME.

Will people say “He was a prat…he was a republican, or a democrat, or supported this thing I found so offensive”…? I can almost say with a certainty that people will weep for me…will say “He was a good man” or that I “Helped so many”…people will remember me for helping them, not hating them.

Take stock of your life for a second…can everyone you know, from all walks of life, say the same?

Will people from almost every faith say a prayer in your name in their own way?

Will people say “They were a good person” and MEAN IT…?

Less anger, more love.

Less hate, more tolerance.

Less division, more inclusion.

Less YOU, and more US.

Peace be with you all this day.

 

…WHY I DON’T ‘JUST DO IT’…..

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I am sure by now everyone know…oh yes…EVERYONE knows about the recent tragedy in Paris.

EVERYONE knows of the tragedies that happen because of media coverage, social coverage, newspaper coverage…

Recently, I have been berated for not “Changing my profile pic to reflect the recent tragedy and support for the people”…I have been accused of being insensitive….hard hearted….cold…even anti-social because I have not changed my picture as many HAVE done. Some have decided that since I will not support one issue, or condemn another that they simply do not need to be around someone ‘like me’….let me tell you this: I will NOT lose sleep over someone leaving my parish of their own free will.

Remember the recent unpleasantness with the whole “Gay Marriage” issue? Remember how so many changed their pictures to reflect their support or denial of this? Does anyone remember ME doing it? NO…because I DIDN’T.

I DO have a very good reason for it…just because I do not change my picture, or choose a side, does not mean I do not have an opinion on the subject..OF COURSE I have an opinion, silly people, it just means I am not weighing in because I WILL NOT because of the REASONS I have been ORDERED to by GOD.

I have seen people LOSE THEIR FLIPPING MARBLES over others who HAVE done so. They take a side, declare their intentions, argue their support for one side of another,…arguments ensue…. and I see friendships DISSOLVE like a snowflake in Hades.

I DO NOT TAKE SIDES.

ANYONE can tell you that.

I do not support one side over the other, nor do I take a stance on one side or another….

Reason: I HAVE A SIDE ALREADY.

I take my MASTER’S side.

It says in His word: “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray.

Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.

Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” – James 5:13-16

I am THE MIDDLE…I pray for EVERYONE in this issue..I pray for the families and victims (As you no doubt have seen on my wall)…and I ALSO pray for those responsible…yes….don’t look so shocked! I pray for their eyes to be opened to what they have done…I pray for them to realize the error of their sins and repent…I pray for justice through my Master…oh yes…just because they have done evil does not mean I will not pray for them.

“My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back,remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.” – James 5:19-20

Why would I do such a thing, you ask? BECAUSE I WAS TOLD TO…yes…even Jesus, my Master, tells us to pray for those who do even these vile things…

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.

He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” – Matthew 5:43-45

I take no sides because I see one inherent truth: WE ARE ALL RELATED, whether we wish to admit it or not.

Now then..I will explain…

Most people point to Adam and Eve, and say we all come from them. Some would dispute this and say otherwise, but let’s go with this for now…sure..we all came from them…BUT, does anyone remember Shem, Ham and Japheth??

Yup…NOAH’S SONS…so…some argue that there were others outside of Eden, and that loads of people came from there, not just Adam and Eve…BUT…remember the flood? How it covered THE WHOLE EARTH..? Remember Noah’s sons? Okay…let’s keep that in mind.

Noah and the flood…all living things wiped out…then they landed, NO HUMANS ANYWHERE ELSE BUT THEM…so…Ham went one way..Japeth another…and Shem as well….so…they produced a LOT of kids…and moved elsewhere…so…do the math…we are ALL RELATED BY BLOOD. There is no “Master race”…there is no “ONE real people”…there is only US…TOGETHER…one big disfunctional family who cannot seem to get it through their thick noggins that it does not matter what colour skin you have…where you are from…or HOW you pray to God….WE ARE ALL RELATED. BROTHERS AND SISTERS…CHILDREN OF GOD.

Some may have strayed, and gone to ‘the dark side’, but I can name MANY families in my own parish who have kids and family like that and they never seem to give up hope that they will some day right themselves and return to the open arms of their kindred.

Remember the story of The Prodigal Son? SAME THING HERE.

So…why would I condemn one side, support he other, when GOD HIMSELF told us to live in harmony, praying for each other AS A FAMILY..?

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” – Luke 6:27

Am I angry? You bet your sweet bippy I am…Do I want justice for them? …HECK YEAH… I want those repsonsible brought to justice as much as any who have been wronged do….but this is where my faith and my natural inclinations differ.. I CANNOT call down fire from Heaven and wipe them away…so I leave justice to One who CAN.

Of course I abhor the loss of life…of course I wept for the families and victims…of course I want justice for them…but does that mean changing my profile pic to reflect a certain colour stops that?

Will by doing this it somehow make them realize “OOPS..we did a boo-boo”??? No…so hence why I PRAY for them…even if they do not receive justice HERE, I know when they get up to HIM and they say “We killed many in Your name, O God” He will look at them and… (well…you can fill in the blanks according to YOUR faith’s teachings, but MINE says they are CONDEMNED from the word ‘go’…)….

I HAVE to be the pillar everyone rallies around in grief… to be there to support, comfort, and keep them upright…and I cannot do that if I am fending off people who seem to think me changing my profile pic is somehow going to stop them from doing this again, or support others in their grief….want to know how I support them in their grief? I PRAY FOR THEM as I have been told to do…I weep, I shout, I cry, I pound my fist into the cushion over the loss of life and stupidity of those who did this..but I DO MY JOB.

So please…quit trying to sway me into doing something ‘popular’ because I have never BEEN popular, nor will I EVER be…quit berating me for not doing something one way or the other, because I ALREADY have a ‘guide book’ as to WHAT and HOW to do it….

If you somehow feel I have offended your delicate sensibilities somehow by NOT doing something, or supporting one thing or denouncing another, then you miss the entire reason I am here, and the ENTIRE meaning of what I have been saying these last 9 years…

Think about it…

If I were you, I would think there are more IMPORTANT issues at hand rather than a simple cleric’s picture being changed…don’t you?

….SOME MAY NOT LIKE THIS, BUT THIS IS HOW I SEE IT….

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So…lately over the years I have seen a LOT of controversy about things…silly things, really…like: Is it blue, or white?

Did she airbrush?

Is it a he, or a she…and should they be considered a hero?

Will eating those rainbow tortilla chips make others consider if I support or denounce a certain lifestyle?

Will my child eating those turn him into “one of them”?

..and the latest idiotic trend: The colour of a coffee cup….

Of ALL the problems this world is facing…global warming…drought…famine…death… war… disease… the rich getting richer, the poor getting poorer…you would think that more attention would occupy someone’s mind other than the colour of a freaking cup.

Let me give MY interpretation of this fiasco: (AHEM)….IT’S JUST A FREAKING CUP!! It doesn’t mean it’s anti ANYTHING.

Everyone seems to have lost the plot in this.

When I was a child, I did not have Christmas. Nope…nada…reason: My mother’s faith did not celebrate it.

If someone had handed me a Menorah topped sugar cookie with reindeer antlers and a cross embedded in it I would not have handed it back to them and said “It is not of our faith”…I would have gobbled that sucker down before my mother could have blinked twice.

Christmas, my friends, is all about ONE THING…LOVE.

Love of family, love of friends, love for your fellow man.

We owe the current incarnation of “Christmas” to several factors…The Romans conquering the Celtic People…The Germanic Tribes, Saint Francis of Assisi….Immigration..and Commercialism.

Christmas has a meaning…oh yes…let’s not forget it…IT MEANS WHATEVER YOU WANT IT TO MEAN TO YOU!

Telling someone that Christmas means this, or Christmas means that is NOT what is is all about.

The very foundation of this holiday’s meaning should actually make you stop and consider that whole “WWJD” situation!

Does it say to celebrate His birth in the Bible? No…it merely GIVES you the recorded history of the fact.

Does it say “Decorate this way”, or “Celebrate it thus”? NO…

Let me tell you why: Because Christmas is not JUST about Christian…nor Jew…nor ANY faith. Christmas is about SHOWING LOVE AND RESPECT TO YOUR FELLOW HUMAN BEING OF ALL FAITHS…ALL WALKS OF LIFE.

If you are Christian, then this holiday is about a Saviour being born…if you are Pagan, it is about a renewal of the spirit of the land…if you are Jewish, then it is about a miracle that happened in the Temple… if you have NO faith, then it is about being with family and friends and enjoying gifts and food.

I am SO TIRED of seeing people denounce other’s for them not celebrating it “the right way”.

Every little thing has to be an argument, every little step has to be scrutinized, criticized, picked apart, dictated, or condemned by one foolish group or another.

We seem to forget that the meaning of Christmas IS DIFFERENT FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US!

Why can’t we just say “Happy whatever doesn’t offend you” and move along? Why all the controversy about silly little arrogant things?

If you and your family celebrate “Christmas” in the traditional way, I AM HAPPY FOR YOU. If you celebrate it in some other fashion: I AM STILL HAPPY FOR YOU.

I will not denounce YOUR way of celebrating something simply because it does not adhere to some ideological paradigm a group of people seem to think it MUST be celebrated as.

I APPLAUD YOUR FAITH…simply because YOU HAVE A FAITH.

This world is lacking more and more in love, tolerance, peace, understanding, cooperation, and caring…so if you decide to wish me a “Happy Cyborg Day” or “HAPPY FESTIVUS!” I will return your greeting in kind..because I do not hear THOSE words..I hear “I care enough about you and your life to wish you all the best during this season”.

Am I wrong about this? Let’s look at the facts…not conjecture…the cold hard facts. (Straight from Wikipedia and the Encyclopedia Britannica!)

CHRISTMAS WAS NOT ESTABLISHED UNTIL THE MID 4TH CENTURY.

The Christian ecclesiastical calendar contains many remnants of pre-Christian festivals. Christmas includes elements of the Roman feast of the Saturnalia and the birthday of Mithra.

The Chronography of 354 AD contains early evidence of the celebration on December 25 of a Christian liturgical feast of the birth of Jesus.

This was in Rome, while in Eastern Christianity the birth of Jesus was already celebrated in connection with the Epiphany on January 6.

The December 25 celebration was imported into the East later: in Antioch by John Chrysostom towards the end of the 4th century, probably in 388, and in Alexandria only in the following century.

Even in the West, the January 6 celebration of the nativity of Jesus seems to have continued until after 380. 

In 245, Origen of Alexandria, writing about Leviticus 12:1–8, commented that Scripture mentions only sinners as celebrating their birthdays, namely Pharaoh, who then had his chief baker hanged (Genesis 40:20–22), and Herod, who then had John the Baptist beheaded (Mark 6:21–27), and mentions saints as cursing the day of their birth, namely Jeremiah (Jeremiah 20:14–15) and Job (Job 3:1–16).

In 303, Arnobius ridiculed the idea of celebrating the birthdays of gods, a passage cited as evidence that Arnobius was unaware of any nativity celebration.

Since Christmas does not celebrate Christ’s birth “as God” but “as man”, this is not evidence against Christmas being a feast at this time.

The fact the Donatists of North Africa celebrated Christmas may indicate that the feast was established by the time that church was created in 311.

Many popular customs associated with Christmas developed independently of the commemoration of Jesus’ birth, with certain elements having origins in pre-Christian festivals that were celebrated around the winter solstice by pagan populations who were later converted to Christianity.

These elements, including the Yule log from Yule and gift giving from Saturnalia, became syncretized into Christmas over the centuries.

The prevailing atmosphere of Christmas has also continually evolved since the holiday’s inception, ranging from a sometimes raucous, drunken, carnival-like state in the Middle Ages, to a tamer family-oriented and children-centered theme introduced in a 19th-century transformation.

Additionally, the celebration of Christmas was banned on more than one occasion within certain Protestant groups, such as the Puritans, due to concerns that it was too pagan or unbiblical.

Prior to and through the early Christian centuries, winter festivals—especially those centered on the winter solstice—were the most popular of the year in many European pagan cultures. Reasons included the fact that less agricultural work needs to be done during the winter, as well as an expectation of better weather as spring approached.

Many modern Christmas customs have been directly influenced by such festivals, including gift-giving and merrymaking from the Roman Saturnalia, greenery, lights, and charity from the Roman New Year, and Yule logs and various foods from Germanic feasts.

Pagan Scandinavia celebrated a winter festival called Yule, held in the late December to early January period. The word was in use in Old English (as geōl(a)) by 900, to indicate Christmastide.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines the word as “Christmas or the Christmas season, especially as traditionally celebrated in Northern Europe and North America with customs stemming in part from pagan celebrations of the winter solstice”.

In eastern Europe also, old pagan traditions were incorporated into Christmas celebrations, an example being the Koleda,which was incorporated into the Christmas carol.

So where does the Nativity Scene come from? Let’s as THE FRANCISCANS…after all, it was Saint Francis of Assisi who started THAT…

“Before Francis’ time, as early as the fifth century, the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome had a small oratory built like the cave of Bethlehem. The basilica’s second title was “St. Mary at the Crib.” The pope’s first Mass of Christmas was offered there.

Christmas plays, imitating those of Easter, probably grew up in the 11th century. And in the century before Francis lived, ecclesiastics dressed up as the midwives, Magi, shepherds and other persons of the Christmas story, as well as live animals, are already recorded in descriptions of the liturgical drama, the Spectacula Theatricalia, as participants in Christmas celebration.
But it was Francis who thrilled the Catholic world with his simple and fervent celebration. After his death in 1226, the custom of having the crib at Christmas spread widely through Europe.
The New Catholic Encyclopedia (Volume IV, page 448) says: “By the dawn of the baroque era, the crib setting had become an intricate scenic landscape, and numerous secular figures were now added to those of the Holy Family, shepherds and Magi. Crib-making thus developed into an important folk art, especially in Portugal, in the Tyrol, and most of all in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, where it was actively patronized by Charles III de Bourbon (d. 1788).
“The home crib became popular in Catholic Europe after 1600, owing, it is said, to the efforts of the Capuchins. Except for the crib (the ‘putz’) of the pietist Moravians, manger-building was not originally adopted by Protestants. Pre-Reformation England had had its own crib custom, that of baking the Christmas mince pie in an oblong manger shape to cradle an image of the Child. The British Puritans, therefore, in outlawing Christmas, declared particular war on mince pie as ‘idolatrie in crust.’”
Francis would smile at our nice varnished cribs, though he would bless any home that has one.
Probably he would prefer those set up outdoors with live animals. And if he were to stand by one and preach today, he might say something like this:“Look deeper than this pleasant scene. See your God become your food for eternity in a feeding place for animals. See the simple bands wound around the helpless baby, not the embroidered dress. See a man and woman wearing the clothes of the poor. See and smell the animals. Feel the cold and dirt of the cave, lighted only by a little fire. And adore your God, who took a human heart that could know the greatest love and the sharpest pain, arms that could embrace the sinners, the neurotics, the lepers, and hands that could touch cheeks running with tears, and be pierced with nails. Adore your poor and humble God.”” – St. Francis and the Crib by Leonard Foley, O.F.M. (This article originally appeared in the December 1989 issue of St. Anthony Messenger.)

We cannot define how we treat people, or how we react to something as silly as the colour of a coffee cup, by saying “It’s not right”….for it belongs to ALL of us.So…you see…it is not ONE group’s right to say “This is our holiday”…IT IS EVERY GROUP’S RIGHT TO SAY IT.

Do I hold this season as sacred? Sure I do…it mean…after all…. I get to spread MORE love to my fellow man.

Does it mean I denounce “The reason for the season”? NOPE …it means I am doing what HE SAID TO DO. (Look up Mark 12:30-31!!!)

People seem to forget that what we do to others, how we treat them, how we respond to what they hold sacred to define OUR faith.

Jesus did not come here to have us denounce other’s simply because they support or denounce a freaking coffee cup!

Look…it’s really simple…you celebrate it your way, I will celebrate it mine, and between the 2 of us I will bless you for the shining soul you are and wish you peace and joy, love and comfort, hope and good will…period.

If you come to my house, I will give you a hug, kiss your cheek, and tell you how grateful I am you are YOU, that you are HERE, and that I celebrate the love of you and your family in my heart. If I came to YOUR house, I would follow YOUR traditions, and wish the EXACT SAME THING TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

Let us move PAST the commercialism, PAST the hatred, PAST the petty differences and just try to GET ALONG on this rock before it no longer exists, okay?

….*SIGH*…..

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…So here I sit atop the world…and one thing keeps pounding away in my brain.

This Season is fast waning, and I watch from my perch the entire world in general. What I see makes me pause and get somewhat philosophical during this time of year…

Questions pop into my head that have no answers…or if they DO have answers, they are not GOOD answers.

Questions like: “When did GREED replace NEED”? And “When did it become acceptable to give everyone what THEY want and not what they NEED”?…or “Why is it that people SEE what is wrong and do absolutely nothing about it”?

I seldom like to play “Remember when?”…but I watched this years “Black Friday” with complete and utter DISGUST.  I saw packs of rabid ADULTS fighting over worthless JUNK (yes, for that is what it TRULY is) EVEN IF THEY DID NOT NEED IT. Several of these ‘shoppers’ actually said “I didn’t need it, but I came anyway”…as if somehow fighting and scrabbling over some TV they DIDN’T need was MORE important than spending quality time with their family…?  I saw fights, people getting trampled..the BASEST form of humanity as an animal…no..wait…for that is an insult to animals…the BASEST form of mindless puppets scrabbling and clawing for JUNK.

I can remember in 1983 when “Black Friday” meant the WORST thing that would happen is you would not be able to find a parking spot at the mall..that somehow you would have to walk from the BACK of the mall to attend a discounted sale…and now they camp out DAYS in advance, park MILES away, and react like a bunch of heathen SAVAGES to get things of no REAL value (Don’t care WHAT the price tag says…if you have to punch someone in the face to get a flat screen tv then it IS of NO REAL value!)…where are the manners?  Where is the social inhibitor switch that says “no, this is wrong, I am sorry”? What happened to us? When did GREED replace NEED?

Wasn’t there a recession on just last year? Weren’t people crying and moaning about not having enough money or a job just to pay RENT? And yet it seems they have enough now, for they seem to be mindless ants fighting over whatever the media says is “the hot must have thing”….tragic, that….to have fallen so far from social graces as to do what THEY say instead of what is RIGHT. Me, personally, I would have saved the money, spent time with my family, and ENJOYED my weekend…but not the millions at discount stores…*sigh*…

When did “WANT” replace “NEED”? When did it become a CRIME to NOT give your children the latest gadget or game? I found out is is considered “Neglect” to NOT cater into their every whim…WHAT?!?!? WHAT THE BLAZES IS THAT ALL ABOUT!?!?!

When I was young if you wanted something you WORKED for it..chores…a part time job…paper route…raking leaves…cutting lawns..etc..

A parent could say “If you want it so badly go get a job and buy it yourself”. Now children actually SUE their parents if they do not get the gadget! And the court? The Courts say the parent “denied them their social rights” by not catering into their greedy, lazy, demanding selves…and the parents BY LAW had to get it for them..?!?!? WHAT!?!?!?

Remember when if you were in a store and a child was throwing a temper tantrum other parents would look disapprovingly on at the CHILD and say “needs a good smack on the bottom, that one”? Now they look at the PARENTS and shake their heads IN PITY because the parents CANNOT give their child a whack on the tush for being rude, or acting out.

When did it become acceptable? WHEN did the rights of the CHILD replace the rights of the PARENT? When did THAT come around? I remember (all too vividly) my mom giving me a smack ON THE MOUTH when I said a bad word…now kids SWEAR at their parents (yes, even the SMALL ones!) and parents cannot do a THING to them!

When did it become RIGHT to walk by someone collapsed on the ground unconscious and just keep walking? When did it become a CRIME to FEED THE HUNGRY? When did the POLITICIAN’S will replace THE PEOPLE’S?

When did we lose so much of ourselves that we can see others suffer and die and do NOTHING?

WHEN did it become “The will of God” to kill people who HELP OTHERS?

WHAT IN THE NAME OF GOD IS GOING ON IN THIS WORLD?!?!?

Am I the only one who sees this? Am I the only one who wants to say “STOP THIS MADNESS RIGHT NOW”???

It has become ILLEGAL to speak out against injustice! WHAT THE..?!?!?

A person can now sue someone over having a Christmas tree up in their window?

Holding open a door for a woman is considered ‘sexual discrimination’???

Saying “Merry Christmas” is an ACTIONABLE offense???

It is at times like this I just want to move into a cave somewhere in a remote unpopulated area of the world and let humanity eat itself alive.

IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE THIS WAY!

Morals have been replaced by money…justice has been replaced by apathy…laws cater to the sinner and not the sinned…hatred has replaced heart…

Everyone says “we should have the right to our belief”…and I AGREE…but then they turn around and force US to change OUR beliefs in order to cater to THEIRS.

I heard that in one state in America they are lobbying to have all the crosses removed from churches because “they offend” a group…

Here’s what I THINK…if it DOES offend you, then perhaps YOU need to strengthen YOUR faith.

Let me give you an example of what I mean….

I was TOLD by someone the other day in a GROCERY STORE to remove my cross because it ‘offended’ them. I said ‘no’ and they got the store manager and security in on it and actually called the police on me! (because this woman and her friend were creating quite a loud stir about this issue)

The police, when they arrived,  looked HIGHLY uncomfortable about this debacle when the woman SCREAMED at them her anger at ME not complying with HER demands. I explained that I would ONLY remove MY symbol of faith if THEY removed THEIRS (the woman was wearing a head scarf, and I will NOT assume to pin which faith she belonged to without knowing!)…she got OUTRAGED at the suggestion that SHE have to meet me half way!

She shouted and screamed how offended she was…how she would sue…how she would get these civil rights groups onto the police and me…the poor police actually said “come on, please remove your cross…what harm is it?” TO ME.

I cannot tell you how the situation changed the moment I said “But officer, I cannot remove my badge of office”…the police person looked confused until I showed them my clerical identity card…oh boy, HOW THE MOOD CHANGED..they explained to the woman that I was a cleric, and that I had every RIGHT to wear my cross in public view…..the woman screamed LOUDER at the police when they told her they CAN’T make me take it off.

(End result: they said if she wanted me to remove mine, she would have to remove HER’S….she stormed out, and I am still waiting for the call from these ‘groups’ and to be sued for not complying with HER wishes)

See, this is what I mean..we are so consumed by wanting everyone ELSE to change to suit US that WE are not willing to change to meet them half way…

This time of year everyone is up in arms about religious rights…what about OUR right to celebrate OUR faith? If you want US to recognize and show respect to YOUR faith and belief system on YOUR holy days, then DO AS SUCH WITH OURS…I am not forcing Christmas down ANYONE’S throat…if you don’t want to celebrate it, THAT IS FINE…just don’t try to force ME to NOT celebrate it as well!

We have lost our collective minds as a people!

WHERE ARE THE MORALS AND VALUES WE LEARNED AS CHILDREN??

WHERE ARE OUR MORALS AND VALUES AS ADULTS?

It used to be if someone was another faith, you would smile, ask a polite question or two about their faith, then shake their hand and walk away…now we stand shouting at each other as if THEIR faith is wrong…?!?!?

WHERE IS THE MUTUAL RESPECT????

I have simply lost the plot in this world, it seems. I simply do not understand it anymore.

So, during this season TRY to be understanding of those who do not see your side…open YOUR heart and mind and meet them halfway IF THEY WILL DO SO TOO!…if not…smile, shake their hand, wish them a good day..AND WALK AWAY…

I wish EVERYONE the peace of the season, WHATEVER your faith is…and can we ALL just try and keep our respective minds ON OUR OWN instead of forcing others to comply?

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Hey, I am not kidding….

If what I am about to say offends your “Delicate Sensibilities” then by all means REPORT THIS POST…sure…go on….get it deleted from FaceBook…have my site shut down…have me banned from the internet….go on…but it will not change ONE WHIT the fact that what I am about to say is the ABSOLUTE TRUTH.

I haven’t got the time, nor the patience, to sit by and complacently fiddle my fingers and wait for something to happen,…for some change to occur…IT IS HAPPENING and we had all better WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE because if we think we can just ride this out on the sidelines we are ALL of us sadly mistaken..

Call it “The Ostrich Syndrome”, or just plain “don’t care” attitude, but we have done a WONDROUS job of mucking things up down here on this planet.

We sit there and thump our chests and say “worra-worra” about what we see going on in this world, and somehow think this is something NEW…something SCARY….guess what, IT ISN’T.

I see the wars breaking out, spreading across the globe so fast it boggles the mind… I see diseases running rampant across the countries and making everyone paranoid… I see death, destruction, the polar icecaps melting, entire species becoming extinct, people doing dastardly things to each other, mothers murdering their children, children murdering their parents, people doing VILE things to animals, innocence being stolen, friends betraying friends….yep…all the oldest dances done in the newest fashion.

I see governments doing underhanded dealings, starting conflicts over words in dusty books, pointing fingers at each other in accusation, shrugging off losing BILLIONS of dollars but yet bemoaning how the poor need to cut back on their lives because of some debt…I see good people working themselves to death trying to put crumbs on a plate, and others stealing those crumbs because (although they have ENOUGH) they want more.

I see them destroying and pillaging the natural world for more and more…more ways to make money…all under the banner of “finding an alternative to our energy needs”…DUH…you want a ‘Renewable Resource”? IT’S BEEN THERE FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS…IT’S CALLED THE SUN!

But since it is not “cost effective” enough, and they cannot charge you for it..it has no place in their computations of life.

I see homelessness being a CRIME yet nothing being done to those who MADE the person homeless.

Oh yes,…one more thing…since I have been labelled a “radical cleric” under the United States guidelines they recently set out, that anyone NOT preaching what THEY want, or “spreading fear and panic” because of speaking out about TRUTH, then I am quite certain this little rant of mine will earn me a one way ticket to the FEMA PRISONS they have set up all over the globe…or Askaban…either way, “in for a penny, in for a pound”….so I might as well divulge my 2 cents worth…

Just so that any “Officials” who read this know: I care not ONE JOT about ANYTHING YOU can do to me…for I know my Master can do FAR WORSE to my soul than you can do to my body…so hence why I WILL speak out..about what I see, and what HE tells me to say and NOT you.

Back to the rant:

We elect officials and grey beards to run the show and somehow become the voice of the people….yet all they do is serve themselves.  The people, well, all they know is what their meager lives dictate…putting food on the table, keeping their job, or trying to avoid the conflict altogether…and the men in suits just keep plugging away, eating steak while the poor eat macaroni. destroying in the name of progress, and lying to the people to cover their inequities so that they can make more and more while we get less and less.

Each 4 years we tell ourselves “this person will make a difference” and yet all we get is another serving of “crap sandwich” with a healthy dollop of “screw you we will do what we want” on the side.

I watch as they plunder the land for every means of making themselves MORE money, (as if they do not have enough!) and then cry “we are poor!” in order to carry out MORE nefarious works.

They send weapons to people to help them out of a jam, but then those same weapons get turned BACK on them and further conflicts escalate. We send food, which gets used to feed the ARMIES instead of THE PEOPLE. We send ‘aid’ only to have it redirected to those who DO NOT NEED IT….and then they cry for MORE?!?!? As if somehow they are Oliver Twist and begging because they have NOTHING?

We send our soldiers to fight their battles FOR them, only to have them tell us ‘leave, we don’t want you hear’ and accuse us of worse attrocities, then when we DO leave they let those we fought AGAINST BACK IN, only to have them AGAIN cry for our help…?!?!

They send food across the globe to help those in need, only to see it used to feed those who would kill the hungry…..and yet they o not lift a finger and ignore the ones at their very feet who ARE hungry, and then turn around and make being poor and hungry a CRIME?!?!

I see them inventing diseases and testing on animals…ironically those same animals people screamed should NOT be tested on, and then they released them WITH THOSE DISEASES back into the wild… only to have those same diseases suddenly bloom into a NEW and SCARY plague that is sweeping the world, and the politicians say that “it’s not our fault” even though they themselves are the biggest shareholders in those same testing facilities.

I see them pound desks about making healthcare affordable and then yell even LOUDER when it is made free…so they THEN turn around and make it so we are paying MORE for it and cannot afford it…and then making medications so expensive it is cheaper to die than get cured….and yes, those same politicians being the biggest shareholders in those companies as well!

Seriously..am I the ONLY one who sees this?

Am I offending anyone yet?

Here…let me try a little harder…

And let us not forget ourselves…oh yes..we are just as much to blame.

We sit there, elect these people, buy the goods they say we cannot live without (yet somehow we DID live without them until they were MADE) and just keep wasting and wasting…piling up our refuse in great heaps…polluting the land, the water, the air….

We turn a blind eye to the ones doing the plundering, or shrug and say “what can we do?”… oh yes, I include MYSELF in this diatribe… I am as culpable as the next person.

But you know WHY I am not stressing? Because these things…yes, the very ones everyone is so scared of and panicking over… these are the same repeats from before. Yup…true story.

Back in the day, people did the EXACT same thing WE are doing…we let our Religious leaders and Political leaders do as they will, then cower when they turn on us. Heck, the ENTIRE chapter of Matthew 23 is DEVOTED TO THIS. Those same leaders THEN who were supposed to be “the voice of God among the people” became so corrupt, so powerful, that any who spoke out were put to death… want an example? JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF…yep..He spoke out about those religious leaders and they put him to death because he challenged their way of life…they were rich, getting richer, and using people’s faith as their tool to do it.

He challenged that and said “there is a different way”…tried to HELP people, asked NOTHING in return for His help other than their faith be increased, and even tried to give people HOPE.

And for that they killed Him.

THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS OF THAT TIME….let’s jet FORWARD now to OUR TIME….

“To go against the Church is to go against God”….sound familiar?

It better…it is the FIRST LAW in Canon Law….how many have been killed because their faith differed from what the LEADERS dictated faith should be?

How many are STILL being killed because one faith is different from another person’s?

How about the politicians then? Same thing…Jesus was a dissident…a ‘rabble rouser’..oh yes…because He spoke out about something THEY did not want: People actually DOING what God commanded them to…LOVING EACH OTHER, WORKING TOWARDS A HIGHER GOAL than money.

Basically He threatened the 1%’s way of life…and for that they HAD to silence Him.

Please…if I am lying tell me so and I WILL apologize…but I think not, eh? Because what I am saying IS somehow ringing true in your ears.

So, why am I not panicking? Why am I not afraid a bunch of masked and armored gunmen won’t come crashing through my front door at any second?

I will tell you…

Because I know my own little life isn’t worth SPIT in a rainstorm.

If what I say wakes up someone…if it CHANGES people to where they ACT and actually DEMAND of their leaders to actually DO something and NOT just placate us with one small tidbit thrown to us to satisfy our minds so they can just turn around and go BACK to the way they were running things, and doing as they please, then my life will not have been in vain.

Still, I should not be surprised at this…for no one WILL change.  Want to know WHY?

BECAUSE IT HAS ALL BEEN FORETOLD FOR OVER TWO THOUSAND YEARS what is going on, and what IS going to happen….

I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.  Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues.

On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles.

But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

“Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death.

You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.

When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.” -Matthew 10:16-23

And how do I know these things I see are not just yet another series of random things occurring? Look at them…GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE SAND AND ACTUALLY LOOK!

Jesus FORETOLD of both religious, and political, AND physical times that were to come…

“As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.

You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.

Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

All these are the beginning of birth pains.

“Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.

At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.

Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.

And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

“So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.

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

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 your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.

“If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.

At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it.

For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

See, I have told you ahead of time.

“So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it.

For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.

Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.

“Immediately after the distress of those days

“ ‘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.” -Matthew 24:3-29

I especially like the part where He says “These are the BEGINNINGS of the birthing pains”…oh yes..things WILL get worse…

Why? BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE PREACHED FOR THE LAST 2 THOUSAND YEARS….or to put it in simple form you have heard and laughed at for your whole life: “REPENT, for The End draws near”.

What…even Extremism of Religion like we see in the world today?…oh yes…ESPECIALLY that…Oh yes, He FORETOLD THAT AS WELL…

“A sound of tumult on the mountains, Like that of many people!

A sound of the uproar of kingdoms, Of nations gathered together!

The LORD of hosts is mustering the army for battle.

They are coming from a far country, From the farthest horizons, The LORD and His instruments of indignation, To destroy the whole land.

Wail, for the day of the LORD is near! It will come as destruction from the Almighty.…” -Isaiah 13:4-6

Of course anyone familiar with The Book of Revelations knows all the symbolism and such…making it harder to see what is right in front of our faces…but what keyed it for me was this little passage from Revelations..one that just shocked me down to my core…

It came right after I found out that Christians were being crucified, tortured, and beheaded so much that in 2,000 years of The Communion being served in Syria it has stopped…because all the priests have been killed….

Here is the passage:

“When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained.

They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?”

Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants, their brothers and sisters, were killed just as they had been.” -Revelations 6:9-11

Anyone doubt this? Anyone?

Recently I have been reading John’s Book of Revelations and pondering the many things I see so scarily paralleled in today’s times…and I figured that if I did not say something, what would become of those I look after?

Now anyone who knows me knows that I do not preach the “Hellfire and Damnation” so many others do….but when the evidence is right there in my face, how can I NOT speak up in warning to others?

So…yeah…go on…report this…if you are just going to turn a blind eye away from the TRUTH, hide your head in the sand, and say “it will pass” then by all means do….but if you are like-minded as me…and YOU TOO see these things for what they TRULY are…then I suggest you get your soul in order and start helping others as well…because if this is only the BEGINNING, I cannot WAIT to see how it looks in just a few years time when the REAL problems begin that were foretold….