Friday, July 28, 2023

Baccalaureate degrees now available from community colleges- soon from Mickey-Ds



According to the Palestinian Wasp,  the Teachers Unions and corrupt politicians  turned schools and universities into madrasshas: more indoctrination less education, leaving behind $1.7 TRILLION worth of student loans and a factory of useless degrees, and they saw how good it was.

So they decided to accelerate the production of useless degrees. Now students can get degrees from community colleges.  For example, in California, a total of 31 baccalaureate programs across 27 colleges are either currently available to students or have been approved and will soon be offered. 

They saw how good it was and prepared a plan to create at least 150  baccalaureate programs to be available at any high school.

They saw how good it was and decided to extend the program to Middle School.

They saw how good it was a
and decided to partner with fast food restaurants like InAndOut Burger & Mickey-Ds to expand the baccalaureate program.  Students can work there and when they graduate, they will be offered management positions.

Apparently, the coveted BS In Race Hustling will be offered only at elite universities until all the kinks are worked out.  You see, the college majors that pay the most right after college are STEM-based. Except for a BS In Race Hustling -  Race Hustling is the highest paid degree: The University of Michigan has 163 DEI officers. Ohio State & U of Virginia have 94. Georgia Tech has 41, but only 13 history teachers. The Highest-paid diversity and inclusion employees rake in substantially more than the average full-time professor

While the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers Racially Exclusive-Programs and Scholarships.

They saw how good it was, so they decided to go an long, all-inclusive vacation paid for by the taxpayers

Thursday, July 27, 2023

Memorial of Jesus's Grandparents

On July 26 the Roman Catholic Church commemorated the parents of the Virgin Mary, Saints Joachim and Anne.


Saint Anne was born in Bethlehem but soon after moved to Sephoris near Nazareth where she later met and married her husband, Joachim, a wealthy member of one of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Although they were quite wealthy, they lived modestly and gave much of their wealth to the poor.

The couple was deeply grieved, by their childlessness. “He called to mind Abraham,” the early Christian writing says, “that in the last day God gave him a son Isaac.”  In Matthew Chapter 19 reminds of the old WIIFM - What's in it for me" "26 Jesus looked at them and said, “For human beings this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.” 27 Then Peter said to him in reply, “We have given up everything and followed you. What will there be for us?”

According to tradition the Archangel Gabriel appeared to Anne after years of prayer and sacrifice to announce she would be the mother of a daughter and she would be called p o
Mary who would then give birth to the Redeemer of mankind. Also, according to tradition, while Joachim was away from home, an angel of God appeared to him in a vision. This angel promised that he and Saint Anne would bear a child who would be blessed through the ages. Upon waking from this vision, St. Joachim rushed home to share his excitement with his beloved wife. She was there to greet him, only to reveal the same good tidings as she was promised in another visitation from God's messenger.

The couple's faith and perseverance brought them through the sorrow of childlessness, to the joy of conceiving and raising the immaculate and sinless woman who would give birth to Christ. 

When Mary was 3 years old, Anne and Joachim brought her to the Temple in Jerusalem where she was dedicated to serve God. The child they so dearly loved and prayed for was no longer theirs to raise but she was offered to God in the Temple to serve Him. According  to the Catholic Catechism  The "splendor of an entirely unique holiness" by which Mary is "enriched from the first instant of her conception" comes wholly from Christ: she is "redeemed, in a more exalted fashion, by reason of the merits of her Son". The Father blessed Mary more than any other created person "in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places" and chose her "in Christ before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless before him in love". CCC 492

As a result of his exemplary love, devotion and obedience to the Will of the Father, St. Joachim was named Patron of fathers, grandfathers, grandparents, married couples, cabinet makers and linen traders. While St. Anne was named Patroness of mothers, grandmothers, grandparents, unmarried women, infertile women, and unborn children. She is shown in art forms as a loving mother to Mary, often in the company of her beloved husband, St. Joachim, and many times with the infant, Jesus. ​

Images of Saint Joachim are often identified by the presence of his associated symbols. A book or scroll represents linen makers, a shepherd's staff for the Christian word, and a basket of doves represents peace. He is almost always dressed in green, the color of hope.


Monday, July 24, 2023

Isaiah Prophesied What Would Happen After SCOTUS kicked God out of public schools:

 The name “Isaiah” means “Jehovah saves” or “Salvation of Jehovah.” It is believed that Isaiah was from a prominent family, or perhaps even related to the royal family of Judah, because of his apparent influence among the rulers of Judah. Isaiah is sometimes called the “prince of prophets."

Isaiah may have prophesied for as long as 64 years. According to some modern interpretations, Isaiah's wife was called "the prophetess", either because she was endowed with the prophetic gift, like Deborah and Huldah, or simply because she was the "wife of the prophet".

Isaiah is considered a “major” prophet of the Bible (along with Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Daniel) as opposed to the “minor” prophets (Obadiah, Joel, Jonah, Amos, Hosea, Micah, Nahum, Zephaniah, Habakkuk, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi). These prophets are not divided based on significance of the messages, however, but rather simply by the length of their books.

Scholars also label prophets by the time period of their ministry as pre-exile, exile, or post-exile. Isaiah is considered a pre-exile prophet because he spoke the words contained in the sixty-six chapters of the book of Isaiah prior to the Jewish exile to Babylon. Isaiah made the most prophecies regarding the Jewish people and Christ. And he is the prophet who is most often quoted in the New Testament.

In Isaiah Chapter 20, the prophet issues this warning;

9 For this is a rebellious people,

deceitful children,

Children who refuse

to listen to the instruction of the LORD;g

10 Who say to the seers, “Do not see”;

to the prophets,* “Do not prophesy truth for us;

speak smooth things to us, see visions that deceive!h

11 Turn aside from the way! Get out of the path!

Let us hear no more

of the Holy One of Israel!”i

12 Therefore, thus says the Holy One of Israel:

Because you reject this word,

And put your trust in oppression and deceit,

and depend on them,j

13 This iniquity of yours shall be

like a descending rift

Bulging out in a high wall

whose crash comes suddenly, in an instant,k

14 Crashing like a potter’s jar

smashed beyond rescue,

And among its fragments cannot be found

a sherd to scoop fire from the hearth

or dip water from the cistern.

So,  what happened after SCOTUS (1963) kicked God out of public schools?

[  ] We have mental health crisis
[  ] Infanticide turned into #BlackGenocide
[  ] African American nuclear family has joined the Sea Turtles in the endangered list
[  ]  80% of AA kids are raised in fatherless homes
[  ] We have a fatherlesssness crisis
[  ] A Girlhood Crisis
[  ] A Trans Crisis

Progressive policies are not only regressive, but if you take away  euphemisms, it's obvious that we have a  full on attack on Christianity by Corporate America, including Bud Light, NorthFace, the US Navy, Kohl’s,  Major League Baseball, The Los Angeles Dodgers 
as well as the White House, DOJ, FBI and Main Stream Media.  All in lock step to promote the Christo-Fascist, America Is Racist narratives.

Saturday, July 22, 2023

Feast of St Mary Magdalene

Saint Mary Magdalene was Beatified in 1626, Rome by Pope Urban VIII and Canonized April 28, 1669, Rome by Pope Clement X

Patron Saint of pharmacists, contemplatives, converts, glovemakers, hairdressers, penitent sinners, people ridiculed for their piety, perfumers, reformed prostitutes, tanners, women
Invoked against sexual temptations

On June 3, 2016, Pope Francis elevated the memorial of Saint Mary Magdalene to the status of a Feast on the liturgical calendar with the date remaining on July 22. He did so during the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy as a way of highlighting the important role that Saint Mary Magdalene played in the Gospels, the depth of her love for Christ, and to highlight the Divine Mercy of God.

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments confirmed the English translation of the Preface for the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene on September 21, 2019. It may be used during Masses in honor of St. Mary Magdalene

Divine Office Saturday Prayer, July 22, 2023 Honors Saint Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene traveled with Jesus as one of his followers and was a witness to his crucifixion and resurrection. "Mary Magdalene and the holy women who came to finish anointing the body of Jesus, which had been buried in haste because the Sabbath began on the evening of Good Friday, were the first to encounter the Risen One. Thus the women were the first messengers of Christ's Resurrection for the apostles themselves. They were the next to whom Jesus appears: first Peter, then the Twelve. Peter had been called to strengthen the faith of his brothers, and so sees the Risen One before them; it is on the basis of his testimony that the community exclaims: "The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!" CCC 641

All information about Mary comes from the Gospels. Luke 8:1–3 introduces her as one of the many women who accompanied Jesus and the Twelve, providing for them out of their own resources.

Mary Magdalene is mentioned by name twelve times in the canonical gospels, more than most of the apostles and more than any other woman in the gospels, other than Jesus's family.

Luke Chaper 8 mentions the women who supported Jesus and records some of the great miracles he performed, as well as several parables told by him : " 2 along with some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases. Among them were Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons;( Luke 8.2)

All the four gospels identified her, either alone or as a member of a larger group of women which includes Jesus's mother, as the first to witness the empty tomb, and, either alone or as a member of a group, as the first to witness Jesus's resurrection.

My Catholic Life says that "being delivered from seven demons carries significant implications. It could 
mean that Mary was genuinely possessed, obsessed, or oppressed by seven distinct demons. The number seven also symbolizes perfection, implying she may have been completely possessed or that her deliverance from these demons, and from a life of sin and evil, was a perfect deliverance. In other words, she never returned to the sins from which Jesus delivered her. Some suggest that the seven demons represent the seven capital sins, implying that Mary had committed grave violations of all seven capital sins and was delivered from each of these sinful habits"

The second time that Mary Magdalene is explicitly mentioned in the Bible is at Jesus’ crucifixion. Matthew, Mark, and Luke state that she and other women were present and were looking on from a distance. John’s Gospel, however, states that she was standing close to the Cross next to Jesus’ mother and aunt: “Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala” (John 19:25).

The third time Mary Magdalene is mentioned is after the Resurrection. Matthew, Mark, and Luke state that Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early on Sunday morning to anoint Jesus’ body and that she was accompanied by one or more other women. However, John’s Gospel states that she went alone, found the stone rolled away, and Jesus’ body missing. She then ran to tell Peter and John, who went to investigate and found the tomb empty, just as she had said. Peter and John left, but Mary sat by the tomb crying. Two angels appeared in the tomb and conversed with her. She then turned around and saw someone whom she mistook for the gardener and asked if he had taken Jesus’ body, but it was Jesus Himself. When Jesus said her name, “Mary!”, she recognized Him. Jesus told her, “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God’” (John 20:17). Mary quickly went and informed the disciples that she had seen the Lord.

Because it was Mary who was first sent to announce the Resurrection of Christ to the other disciples, Saint Thomas Aquinas referred to her as the “Apostle to the Apostles.” Though it could be inferred from the Bible that Mary Magdalene was the first to 
see the risen Lord, others hold that Jesus appeared first to His own Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, even though this is not explicitly stated in the Gospels. Pope Saint John Paul II addressed this, saying, “Indeed, it is legitimate to think that the Mother was probably the first person to whom the risen Jesus appeared. Could not Mary’s absence from the group of women who went to the tomb at dawn (cf. Mark 16:1; Matthew 28:1) indicate that she had already met Jesus?” (General Audience, 3 April 1996). Nothing else is known about Mary Magdalene after this biblical account of Jesus’ Resurrection. One ancient tradition holds that she accompanied John and the Blessed Mother to Ephesus, where she spent the remainder of her days.

It was Saint John Paul II who dedicated a lot of attention, not only to the importance of women in Christ’s and the Church’s very mission, but also with special emphasis, to the particular function of Mary Magdalene as the first witness who saw the Risen One and the first messenger who proclaimed the resurrection of the Lord to the Apostles (cf. Mulieris dignitatem, n. 16

Pope Francis made the decision to elevate the memorial of Saint Mary Magdalene precisely within the context of the Jubilee of Mercy to highlight the relevance of this woman who had such a great love for Christ and who was tremendously loved by Christ…. It is also of note that ecclesial tradition in the West, especially after Saint Gregory the Great, identified Mary Magdalene with the woman who washed Jesus’s feet with perfume in Simon the Pharisee’s house. This interpretation continued to influence western Church writers, and artists, as well as the liturgical texts connected with the Saint.

Saint Mary Magdalene Pray For Us

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Trust the Science Not The Scientists (Or Politicians)- Must be the water!

Since there can never be any real discrepancy between faith and reason. The Church teaches (CCC 159) that; "Though faith is above reason, there can never be any real discrepancy between faith and reason. Since the same God who reveals mysteries and infuses faith has bestowed the light of reason on the human mind, God cannot deny himself, nor can truth ever contradict truth." "Consequently, methodical research in all branches of knowledge, provided it is carried out in a truly scientific manner and does not override moral laws, can never conflict with the faith, because the things of the world and the things of faith derive from the same God. The humble and persevering investigator of the secrets of nature is being led, as it were, by the hand of God in spite of himself, for it is God, the conserver of all things, who made them what they are." Then, those who say, follow the Science, should not follow the Doctors of the Church?

As Stanford University's president is forced to resign

Bob Dylan, an American singer-songwriter is generally regarded as one of the greatest songwriters ever and has been a major figure in popular culture over his 60 year career. In 1964, he composed "The Times They Are a-Changin'" that became one of his most celebrated work and an anthem for the civil rights and antiwar movements:

"Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won't come again
And don't speak too soon
For the wheel's still in spin
And there's no tellin' who
That it's namin'
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin'"

As liberal arts students joined in the
civil rights and antiwar movements, STEM students focused on their studies not having to worry about taking any ethnic or ethics studies

Now it's different. While the college majors that pay the most right after college are STEM-based, a BS In Race Hustling is the highest paid degree: The University of Michigan has 163 DEI officers. Ohio State and the University of Virginia have 94. Georgia Tech has 41, but only 13 history teachers. The Highest-paid diversity and inclusion employees rake in substantially more than the average full-time professor. While the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers Racially Exclusive-Programs and Scholarships. Now to graduate high school, students are required to take ethnic studies and undergraduate and graduate students are required to take several ethics classes.

Bob Dylan was right: times, they are a-Changin

Consider that as casualties keep mounting with over 200 000 Russian and Ukranian soldiers killed and or wounded and some 30% of Ukranians are displaced, while Ukraine is also waging War On Christianity - not unlike the one in the USA why us it CNN, New York Times the rest of the legacy media are not covering the war wall to wall 24X7 like all previous wars? Where is Christian Anammpour or Geraldo Rivera? No more war correspondents left? According to Finance Buzz, journalism is a dying profession.

Now journalists are vested on supporting their bosses' narrative, not on uncovering the truth. Pulitzer Prizes are now given to the best fake news. Just like lawyers are paid to come up with the best argument money can buy. Not to uncover the truth. A lawyer will argue that because a wealthy client broke the law, the law must be changed. Explains why the poor are overrepresented in the prison system. While Proverbs and the Psalms warn against corrupt judgesProverbs 17:23 - Corrupt judges accept secret bribes, and then justice is not done.

Psalms 94:20-22. You have nothing to do with corrupt judges, who make injustice legal, who plot against good people and sentence the innocent to death. But the LORD defends me; my God protects me.

Politicians are paid to keep people safe. But instead of trying to solve our problems, they are trying to solve their own problems—of which getting elected and re-elected are number one and number two. Whatever is number three is far behind. - Sowell

The fact that so many successful politicians are such shameless liars is not only a reflection on them, it is also a reflection on us. When the people want the impossible, only liars can satisfy.

Obviously scientists are paid to increase their employers' profitability not to make the world a better place. The Twitter Files show how "anti-disinformation" academics and NGOs undermined free speech and expression

You may recall that at the onset of the pandemic, public health officials, corrupt politicians, MSM, Big Tech and Big Pharma, were in lockstep behind the lockdown-at-all-costs strategy, censoring contrarian research that threatened the status quo.

Recently. at least 330 COVID-19-related medical papers have been retracted since the coronavirus pandemic began, oftentimes for scientific errors or ethical shortcomings.

Back to Stanford University's president who was forced to resign: Tessier-Lavigne became the subject of scrutiny in early December, after allegations of altered images and other research misconduct in at least five papers co-authored by the president surfaced.

Separately, Dan Ariely a behavioral science catapulted to superstar status after his research on honesty, cheating, and irrationality. The findings are “extremely clever and extremely intuitive,” accirding to fellow behavioral scientist Eugen Dimant of the University of Pennsylvania—and it has had a huge impact on both the field and government policies. Ariely, who founded the Center for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University, has also written three New York Times bestsellers and is a TED Talks regular. But some researchers are calling Ariely’s large body of work into question after a 17 August blog post revealed that fabricated data underlie part of a high-profile 2012 paper about dishonesty that he co-wrote.

Over at the University Of Minnesota PhD's were forced to retract an article they wrote about "structural racism in the Journal Of Health Services Research - The authors, UM employees are focused on racial equity: Stuart Grande, senior Lecturer, Janette Dill, an associate professor, and Tongtan Chantarat, a research scientist. The retraction is because its claims were "inaccurate, misleading, or false," according to a note on the withdrawn article.

Eric Steward a Florida State Universuty professor abruptly left his 190K job after faking data to make racism seem more common and having six research papers retracted. Meanwhile in Kansas, Mahesh Visvanathan and Gerald Lushington, two computer scientists from the University of Kansas, confessed to accusations of plagiarism. They copied large chunks of their research from the works of other scientists in their field. The plagiarism was so ubiquitous that even the summary statement of their presentation was lifted from another scientist’s article in a renowned journal.

And √Čtienne Klein, a celebrated French physicist and popularizer of science, seems set to lose his post as president of the Institute for Advanced Studies for Science and Technology (IHEST) in Paris after allegations that he plagiarized more than a dozen scientists, philosophers, and writers in books and articles

Who can forget Francesca Gino, a prominent behavioral scientist at Harvard Business School who is facing accusations of fabricating results in multiple studies, including at least one purporting to show how to elicit honest behavior
Joseph Goebbels infamously stated: “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe itl. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie"

Goebbels was the Gauleiter (district leader) of Berlin, chief propagandist for the Nazi Party, and then Reich Minister of Propaganda from 1933 to 1945. He was one of Adolf Hitler's closest and most devoted acolytes

Thomas Aquinas had said it this way: “Men could not live with one another if there were not mutual confidence that they were being truthful to one another.” Living in falsehood and then perpetuating those lies does have serious consequences — at the very least, there will be a lack of personal integrity and a negative impact upon community and society as a whole.

Was Bob Dylan right that times they are A-changin'0? King Solomon disagreed: "The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing. What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun." C. S. Lewis was right “Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a cleverer devil.” – C.S. Lewis

Consider that since SCOTUS (1963) kicked God out of public schools

[  ] We have mental health crisis
[  ] Infanticide turned into #BlackGenocide
[  ] African American nuclear family has joined the Sea Turtles in the endangered list
[  ]  80% of AA kids are raised in fatherless homes
[  ] We have a fatherlesssness crisis
[  ] A Girlhood Crisis
[  ] A Trans Crisis 

Trust the Science, not the man.


Follow the Science - Not the Scientist Series

A journal has retracted an entire special issue over concerns the guest-edited papers underwent a “compromised” peer review process.

The black market for papers; the secret life of retractions; a ‘troublesome pattern’ And why I say follow the Science, not the so-called scientists, or the politicians.:

The week at Retraction Watch featured: July 29 2023

Our list of retracted or withdrawn COVID-19 papers is up to nearly 350. There are now 41,000 retractions in our database — which powers retraction alerts in EdifixEndNoteLibKeyPapers, and Zotero. The Retraction Watch Hijacked Journal Checker now contains 200 titles. And have you seen our leaderboard of authors with the most retractions lately — or our list of top 10 most highly cited retracted papers?

Allegations of data fabrication have sparked the retraction of multiple papers from Ranga Dias, a researcher who claimed discovery of a room-temperature superconductor 0

A Pennsylvania study suggests links between fracking and asthma, lymphoma in children

A CBJ study suggests scientists are paid to increase their employers' profitability  not to make the world a better place:

A new study in the International Journal of Drug Policy found that states with legal medical marijuana enjoyed significant reductions in health insurance premiums compared to states where cannabis remained completely illegal.

A separate research team discovered that individuals who used cannabis long-term (for several years or more) and heavily (at least weekly, though a majority in their study used more than four times a week) exhibited impairments across several domains of cognition.

CONCLUSION:  Trust the Science Not The Scientists

In the 21st century, some prominent researchers were promoting, and the media helped popularize, the idea that people who refused to take the COVID Vaccine were a menace to society.

Now, the same people: #NYT/MSM now reporting the COVID Vaccine is dangerous – after reporting those who claimed the vaccine was dangerous were conspiracy theorists.

Stanford University 

The Stanford Prison Experiment was massively influential. We just learned it was a fraud.

EXHIBIT A - Bob Azarian's piece "A neuroscientist explains how religious fundamentalism hijacks the brain"

Why You Should Follow the Science. Not the Scientists, Corrupt Politicians or Propagandists

Stanford University

Follow the science, not the scientist series;

#JoachimBoldt, has now been credited with 210 retractions – making him the first author with more than 200 retractions to his name.

Follow the Science - Not the Scientist

Wiley journal retracts two papers after it said they were fine

The lead author of the study, Ashraf Nabhan of Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, was editor for Contemporary Issues in Women’s Health and systematic reviews until April of 2023. He currently sits on the senior editorial board for BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, where 10 editorial board members resigned earlier this year because they felt the journal mishandled allegations of data fabrication.

A threat to the integrity of scientific publishing’: How often are retracted papers marked that way?

A look at 441 retractions in the public health literature sourced from the Retraction Database in 2023: Few were marked as retracted in various places researchers might look for the status of such paper, including PubMed, Web of Science, Scopus, and other databases.

Follow the Science- Cannabis is not good for you.

Despite its growing popularity, scientific studies suggest that cannabis may negatively impact higher-order cognitive processes. These detrimental effects can occur both immediately after consumption and in long-term users, regardless of whether they are currently under the influence.

Older People Who Use Psychedelics Show Fascinating Brain Functions

Other studies show Cannabis users have altered patterns of brain activity when switching tasks

There's a growing body of research showing that self-serving research is highly suspect

Friday, July 14, 2023

Memorial of St Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American Saint

Kateri Tekakwitha given the name Tekakwitha, was baptized as Catherine, and informally known as Lily of the Mohawks (1656 – April 17, 1680)

Prayer to Saint Kateri from Divine Office July 14, 2023 Afternoon Prayer

St. Kateri Tekakwitha is the first Native American to be recognized as a saint by the Catholic Church.

Tekakwutha was an Algonquin–Mohawk. Born in the Mohawk village of Ossernenon, in present-day New York State, she contracted smallpox in an epidemic when she was just a four-year-old child, left orphan since her entire family died during the outbreak. In addition to the psychological scars, she was left with physical scars - a source of humiliation in her youth. She was raised by her uncle, the chief of a Mohawk clan.

At age 19, Kateri Tekakwitha converted to Catholicism, taking a vow of chastity and pledging to marry only Jesus Christ. Her decision was very unpopular with her adoptive parents and their neighbors. Some of her neighbors started rumors of sorcery. To avoid persecution, she traveled to a Christian native community south of Montreal.

Kateri was very devout and was known for her steadfast devotion, sekf-mortification and denial did not help her health as she was sickly

Only five years after her conversion to Catholicism, she became ill and passed away at age 24.

St. Kateri Tekakwitha was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on Oct. 21, 2012. She is the patroness of ecology and the environment, people in exile and Native Americans.

Sunday, July 09, 2023

yom rishon

Blessed Sunday! - Yom Rishon

The Hebrew Shabbat, the seventh day of the week, is "Saturday" but in the Hebrew calendar a new day begins at sunset (or, by custom, about 20 minutes earlier) and not at midnight. The Shabbat therefore coincides with what is now commonly identified as Friday sunset to Saturday night when three stars are first visible in the night sky.

Sabbath in Christianity is the inclusion of a Sabbath  a day set aside for rest and worship, a mandatory practice described in the Ten Commandments in line with God's blessing of the seventh day,  making it holy, "because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation". The practice was associated with the assembly of the people to worship in synagogues on the day known as Shabbat.

 It was above all on "the first day of the week," Sunday, the day of Jesus' resurrection, that the Christians met "to break bread." From that time on down to our own day the celebration of the Eucharist has been continued so that today we encounter it everywhere in the Church with the same fundamental structure. It remains the center of the Church's life. CCC 1343

As the feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover was drawing near, and the chief priests and the scribes were seeking a way to put Jesus to death, for they were afraid of the people.

But Judas, the one surnamed Iscariot, who was counted among the Twelve, went to the chief priests and temple guards to discuss a plan for handing him over to them.They were pleased and agreed to pay him money.

He accepted their offer and sought a favorable opportunity to hand him over to them in the absence of a crowd.

When the day of the feast of Unleavened Bread arrived, the day for sacrificing the Passover lamb,he sent out Peter and John, instructing them, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.”

The Last Supper

When the hour came, he took his place at table with the apostles. He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer, for, I tell you, I shall not eat it [again] until there is fulfillment in the kingdom of God. Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and said, Take this and share it among yourselves;for I tell you [that] from this time on I shall not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you.Luke Chapter 22

The command of Jesus to repeat his actions and words "until he comes" does not only ask us to remember Jesus and what he did. It is directed at the liturgical celebration, by the apostles and their successors, of the memorial of Christ, of his life, of his death, of his Resurrection, and of his intercession in the presence of the. CCC 1341

Christianity is the ultimate inclusive set of beliefs  - everybody is welcome.   In the words of James Joyce

The Pope Francis' prayer video, released monthly, includes images of the Mass, especially the moment of the elevation of the Eucharist during transubstantiation — or the moment the bread becomes Christ’s body.

Saturday, July 08, 2023

As for me and my House, we Will Serve the LORD

On Day 189 of Father Mike Schmitz's Bible in a Year podcast, Father goes over 2 Kings 23 and one Chronicles noting that throughout Israel's history, not unlike America's, there's been good and bad leaders, and most people, still follow the bad leaders, like sheep.

In some cases Israel's leaders were so bad, it ended in execution of their family, their own, and their followers and or their exile: Circa 605 BC Jeremiah (Jer 25:1) prophesied in Nebuchadnezzar's first year would begin Judah's phased exile to Babylon. When Nebuchadnezzar destroyed the Holy Temple, he exiled 10,000 of the brightest and most promising of the Jewish nation, including Daniel, Chananya, Mishael and Azariah.The Jewish people who remained in Israel under the rule of King Zedekiah began rebelling against Nebuchadnezzar. The remainder of the Jews in Israel were crushed and sent into exile. Jeremiah's prophecy specifies that Judah and the surrounding nations would serve the king of Babylon 70 years (Jer 25:9-13).

Father Mike then asks, instead of blaming the leaders, "what are you going to do? What am I going to do?" Father Mike then recalls Joshua (Joshua 24) when he gathered together all the tribes of Israel at Shechem, summoning the elders, leaders, judges, and officers of Israel. When they stood in ranks before God and asked "If it is displeasing to you to serve the LORD, choose today whom you will serve, the gods your ancestors served beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose country you are dwelling. As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

On Friday July 7, 2023 KATU joyfully reports that Portland's O'Bryant Square to be renamed in honor of legendary drag queen Darcelle. "This momentous decision pays tribute to the legendary drag performer and LGBTQ+ icon, Darcelle XV, while celebrating the vibrant LGBTQ+ history and culture that have shaped Portland,"

Now,consider Gay men dressing in vulgar and blasphemous nun costumes celebrated by major league sports. The Los Angeles Dodgers gave a national platform to so-called “queer and trans nuns” who Dress up in sexually explicit and rainbow-colored “nun” clothing to mock Catholics. Who mock the Catholic faith with ridiculous stunts like pole dancing on a crucifix. Tricked an archbishop into giving them communion, then defiled the Eucharist

Now, before you ask What about Inclusivity? Let's note that
Christianity is the ultimate inclusive set of beliefs. In the words of James Joyce, everybody is welcome. While everybody is welcome and everybody is invited to partake of the Eucharist, only those who believe what the Church teaches, are allowed to join in: Tolerance does not mean acceptance.

2 Kings 22 states that "Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD and walked in all the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left" and in 2 Kings 23 we are told that while  Josiah Renewed the Covenant, previous actions have consequences:

23 Then the king called together all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. 2 He went up to the temple of the Lord with the people of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the priests and the prophets—all the people from the least to the greatest. He read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant, which had been found in the temple of the Lord. 3 The king stood by the pillar and renewed the covenant in the presence of the Lord—to follow the Lord and keep his commands, statutes and decrees with all his heart and all his soul, thus confirming the words of the covenant written in this book. Then all the people pledged themselves to the covenant.

4 The king ordered Hilkiah the high priest, the priests next in rank and the doorkeepers to remove from the temple of the Lord all the articles made for Baal and Asherah and all the starry hosts. He burned them outside Jerusalem in the fields of the Kidron Valley and took the ashes to Bethel. 5 He did away with the idolatrous priests appointed by the kings of Judah to burn incense on the high places of the towns of Judah and on those around Jerusalem—those who burned incense to Baal, to the sun and moon, to the constellations and to all the starry hosts. 6 He took the Asherah pole from the temple of the Lord to the Kidron Valley outside Jerusalem and burned it there. He ground it to powder and scattered the dust over the graves of the common people. 7 He also tore down the quarters of the male shrine prostitutes that were in the temple of the Lord, the quarters where women did weaving for Asherah.

8 Josiah brought all the priests from the towns of Judah and desecrated the high places, from Geba to Beersheba, where the priests had burned incense. He broke down the gateway at the entrance of the Gate of Joshua, the city governor, which was on the left of the city gate. 9 Although the priests of the high places did not serve at the altar of the Lord in Jerusalem, they ate unleavened bread with their fellow priests.

10 He desecrated Topheth, which was in the Valley of Ben Hinnom, so no one could use it to sacrifice their son or daughter in the fire to Molek. 11 He removed from the entrance to the temple of the Lord the horses that the kings of Judah had dedicated to the sun. They were in the court[a] near the room of an official named Nathan-Melek. Josiah then burned the chariots dedicated to the sun.

12 He pulled down the altars the kings of Judah had erected on the roof near the upper room of Ahaz, and the altars Manasseh had built in the two courts of the temple of the Lord. He removed them from there, smashed them to pieces and threw the rubble into the Kidron Valley. 13 The king also desecrated the high places that were east of Jerusalem on the south of the Hill of Corruption—the ones Solomon king of Israel had built for Ashtoreth the vile goddess of the Sidonians, for Chemosh the vile god of Moab, and for Molek the detestable god of the people of Ammon. 14 Josiah smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles and covered the sites with human bones.

15 Even the altar at Bethel, the high place made by Jeroboam son of Nebat, who had caused Israel to sin—even that altar and high place he demolished. He burned the high place and ground it to powder, and burned the Asherah pole also. 16 Then Josiah looked around, and when he saw the tombs that were there on the hillside, he had the bones removed from them and burned on the altar to defile it, in accordance with the word of the Lord proclaimed by the man of God who foretold these things.

17 The king asked, “What is that tombstone I see?”

The people of the city said, “It marks the tomb of the man of God who came from Judah and pronounced against the altar of Bethel the very things you have done to it.”

18 “Leave it alone,” he said. “Don’t let anyone disturb his bones.” So they spared his bones and those of the prophet who had come from Samaria.

19 Just as he had done at Bethel, Josiah removed all the shrines at the high places that the kings of Israel had built in the towns of Samaria and that had aroused the Lord’s anger. 20 Josiah slaughtered all the priests of those high places on the altars and burned human bones on them. Then he went back to Jerusalem.

21 The king gave this order to all the people: “Celebrate the Passover to the Lord your God, as it is written in this Book of the Covenant.” 22 Neither in the days of the judges who led Israel nor in the days of the kings of Israel and the kings of Judah had any such Passover been observed. 23 But in the eighteenth year of King Josiah, this Passover was celebrated to the Lord in Jerusalem.

24 Furthermore, Josiah got rid of the mediums and spiritists, the household gods, the idols and all the other detestable things seen in Judah and Jerusalem. This he did to fulfill the requirements of the law written in the book that Hilkiah the priest had discovered in the temple of the Lord. 25 Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the Lord as he did—with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength, in accordance with all the Law of Moses.

Take away the euphemisms, it’s obvious that we have a full on attack on Christianity by Corporate America, including Bud Light, NorthFace,  the US Navy, Kohl’s, Major League Baseball, #LosAngelesDodgers, #Target et al. as the White House, DOJ, FBI and Main Stream Media are in lock step to promote the Christo-Fascist, America Is Racist narratives

Thus, as  Joshua told the israelites: If it is displeasing to you to serve the LORD, choose today whom you will serve, the gods your ancestors served beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose country you are dwelling. As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.