Wednesday, September 28, 2016

My Trump Prediction

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Let me make it clear that I am not a Trump supporter.  I find it incomprehensible that many of my Lay Dominican friends can even consider him worthy of consideration, never mind vote for him!  Geesh!  Did they forget that you can't worship both God and mammoth?  Or that forgiveness trumps (no pun intended) all, along with mercy?  What about loving our neighbors and welcoming the foreigner?

They dare say "Life" trumps (no pun intended) everything.  But Donald Trump keeps changing his position on abortion, depending on his audience.  See how he changed positions three times in a week.  Trump is such a hypocrite.  He now says he's changed his mind and is "pro-life."  However, changing one's position is the very reason Trump mocked Ben Carson.

Let me also make it clear that I am not a Clinton supporter, either.  I am too pro-life to support her. However, I look at the two of them very objectively.  And besides not liking what I see, I also see an unfair competition.  It's comparable to a professional fighter vs. an amateur.  And everyone roots for the underdog.

Your Average Joe
Hilary is a professional, consummate politician, i.e., experienced, polished, poised, prepared, etc.  Donald is the opposite--and that's his appeal.  People are sick of politicians and want something different.  In fact, his losing the debate (in everybody's opinion but those who think their child can do no wrong), should be used as the excuse for getting out of more debates, and also waved as a banner--"Career Pol vs. People's Choice."

He should proclaim, "I concede the debates to Secretary Clinton.  I cannot compete with her political, polish politesse.  I am a man of the people.  While she, the madam of spin is busy schmoozing, I will be working for the people.  I have places to go and people to meet."

I predict that he will bow out of the debates.  I think it is the smart thing for him to do; he can't win.

Also, for the record, I'm voting for Joe Schriner.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

My Turn for Lectio

Discover the Lectio Divina #800
St. Vincent de Paul (Simon François de Tours, 17th Century) @
It is my turn for Lectio Divina.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
St. Vincent de Paul
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Thru Samaria
When the days for Jesus to be taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem, and he sent messengers ahead of him. On the way they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for his reception there, but they would not welcome him because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?” Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village. (Lk 9:51-56)
The time for Jesus’ mission to be fulfilled was approaching. He started to go towards Jerusalem. To get there, He had to travel through the land of Samaria, an adversary of the Jews. V 53-4 They did not welcome Him, which is insulting because Middle Eastern peoples have an obligation to be hospitable towards strangers. Not only that, they knew He was a prophet on His way to Jerusalem. This means their refusal to accept a religious teacher was a rejection of His teachings. This is why Jesus’ apostles were angered at such an insult of their rabbi. V. 53-54 Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them? But in V. 55 we see that Jesus did not think or feel as His apostles did. Jesus is the Savior of all mankind, not a castigator. The Samaritans did not know who they were rejecting.

This date is also a memorial for Saint Vincent de Paul. Saint Vincent followed Christ in his treatment of all mankind equally. He built hospitals and shelters for the poor and even convicts. His love of the poor has grown into an international ministry and the Saint Vincent de Paul Society looks to him as their patron. He, along with Louise de Marillac found the Daughters of Charity. He also founded an order of priests, the Vincentians. He is known as “Apostle of Charity.”
There are more and more people today who claim to have no religious affiliation, whatsoever. Should we bother with them? Would you ask God to rain down fire from heaven to consume them? God doesn’t punish. Remember that. Jesus spread divine goodness everywhere He went. Jesus talks to everyone, including Samaritans. The conversation takes place in words and actions, from the stable to the tomb and beyond. If you want to see divine goodness in the world today, look at Saint Vincent de Paul. Saint Vincent’s works are still carried on today by those whom follow his spirituality. They bring divine light, healing, and liberation where it is needed. Our work is to do likewise, the best that we can. With God’s grace we will also spread divine goodness.
O God, who for the relief of the poor, and the formation of the clergy, endowed Saint Vincent de Paul with apostolic virtues, grant, we pray, that, afire with that same spirit, we may love what he loved and put into practice what he taught. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. (Collect from the Memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul)
May we always strive to love and serve all of mankind.

Our Lady Mother of Humanity: Apparitions of Our Lady of Gietrzwald

Our Lady Mother of Humanity: Apparitions of Our Lady of Gietrzwald: The apparitions and messages of Our Lady in Gietrzwald, small village in Poland, there were to Barbara Samulowska, 12 years old, and Justyna Szafryna, 13 years old.

This is a new apparition for me.  I found it interesting.  I'll send it to a Polish friend of mine.

Mexicans Defend Marriage -- with Pope Francis' Blessing

Mexicans flood the capital to defend marriage -- with Pope Francis' blessing: Mexico City, Mexico, Sep 26, 2016 CNA/EWTN News.- Some 400,000 people filled the streets of Mexico City on Saturday to protest the Mexican government’s attempt to redefine marriage as anything between one man and one woman.  Of course the Vatican would take this stand.  It is necessary for the sake of the future of humanity.

the pope was a pope-donkey -- 9/27/16

And here I thought that current political discourse was the coarsest in history!the pope was a pope-donkey -- 9/27/16 from Delancey Place tells us differently.

Today's selection -- from Martin Luther by Scott H. Hendrix. In his theological split with Catholicism and his verbal war against the Pope, Martin Luther made grotesque caricatures of the Pope. In part, it was because the Catholics were doing likewise to him.  In the sixteenth century, vulgar, slanderous, and coarse polemics were common.  What made this unique, however, was the fact that the printing press allowed the ideas to get out to the public.  A battle of images and words ensued which the laity had never encountered before.  The Church often published in Latin and Luther in the vernacular.  Guess what the laity read.  Luther also bombarded the populace with his publications much more than the church, hence beginning in 1518 an astounding number of people left the church and joined Luther's side.  Read more on the Delancey link.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Archbishop Gomez: It's time to end the death penalty

Yes!  The death penalty doesn't work.  Archbishop Gomez: It's time to end the death penalty: Los Angeles, Calif., Sep 24, 2016 CNA/EWTN News.- Californians should vote for Proposition 62, a ballot measure to end the death penalty, the Archbishop of Los Angeles has said in a reflection.  If you're in California be careful how you interpret the ballot.  Read thoughtfully.

The Difference Between Faith And Religion

Faith is what you believe.  Everyone has it, even if one says, "I don't believe in anything," has just stated his belief.

Religion is the systematic organization of thoughts regarding a divinity, prayer, and practices.

They are not the same.  One can have faith and religion but another can have faith and no religion.  Today there are more people that have faith and no religion.  There are different reasons offered.  Laziness and sin are up pretty high on the list.  But it isn't our job to judge; we're not God.  Only He knows what we've been through that makes us who we are.