All Living Things are Created Equal

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I can’t make this stuff up. What’s wrong with this picture? We have two separate polls. One shows that 1/3 of Americans feel that animals should have the same rights as humans. Another poll shows that 47% of Americans consider themselves Pro-choice a.k.a unborn children aren’t humans and have no rights.  So I guess that means my dog Buttons has more rights than that unborn baby in the belly of the woman down the street?

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The Wonder of it All

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I’ve noticed lately that I spend a lot of time looking at things, noticing things more than I used to. This could be because I have more time to do this, or more likely because it is finally spring here in the Northeast, a time for rebirth and renewing. Gee, that sounds like the Resurrections doesn’t it?

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Don’t Worry – Be Happy

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I haven’t written about any quotes from my spiritual friends lately so here we go. Today I went back to my old friend St. Josemaria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei. He is talking about something I think we can all use more of – Serenity.

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For All the Mothers Out There

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Where would we be without you? From the very first mother Eve to Our Blessed Virgin Mother Mary, to our own mothers. we wouldn’t be here without you. So here is a Happy Mother’s Day wish for all.

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The Devil is no Fool

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I suppose lately I have been on somewhat of a kick about my concern we could be in the end-times. Whether we are or not I can’t say for sure since “We don’t know the day or the hour” but there is one thing I am pretty certain about and that is Satan is definitely winning. True, he won’t win in the end, but he is winning now.

Take a look around at the violence, the hate, the greed, the corruption, the killing of innocent children who never even have a chance to live outside the womb, and more and more the killing of the sick, elderly and infirm.

I know in past posts I have quoted from C.S. Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters” well I won’t today. I hear a collective sigh of relief out there in cyber-space. Instead, I will quote from the book I am reading now, Thomas Merton’s “The Seven Storey Mountain“. The other day I went to a local used bookstore “The Book Bear” only a few miles from here and found a copy. And let me give them a free plug, if you love books, especially old books, this is the place to go.

Alright back to Merton. At the beginning of the book, he is talking about how his father didn’t particularly care for Catholics. This was in the 1920’s and there were many reasons. During Merton’s discussion about this he writes this paragraph:

The devil is no fool. He can get people feeling about heaven the way they ought to feel about hell.He can make them fear the means of grace the way they do not fear sin. And he does so, not by light, but by obscurity, not be realities, but by shadows; not by clarity and substance, but by dreams and the creatures of psychosis. And men so poor in intellect that a few cold chills down their spine will be enough to keep them from ever finding out the truth about anything.

Satan is very good at distracting us, of convincing us that God is wrong, that somehow He is the evil one. The lines have become blurred. the world has been turned upside down. As we have heard so many times, what was once right is now wrong, what was once good is now bad. I truly believe it is the evil one who is behind this. And those of us who stood by and let this change happen are to blame for much of this.

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Baltimore: Is this the beginning of the End Times?

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Once again, a United States city erupts into flames for no other reason than hate. Have you ever wondered how we fallen this far? How did we let Satan become such a big part of so many people’s lives? These people who are rioting, they don’t care about Freddy Gray, they don’t care about whether or not there really is a race problem in this country, they only care about hate, and evil, and destruction.

It makes me start to wonder if this is the beginning or even the middle of the end times. Jesus said we won’t know the time nor the hour, but there will be signs. Some of these signs seem to be happening now. We live in a time where people don’t know God, where hate is preached from some pulpits and high political offices.

We always hear that we need to pray. Pray to end this violence, pray to end the riots, but I am beginning to wonder if this will really help. Think of it this way. Many believe when they pray, that God hears them and will answer their prayers. I believe this, and I truly believe that God has answered my prayers, maybe not the way I would have liked him to, but He has answered them. And how has he answered them? In different ways, through dreams, through things I have seen or heard that make me realize He is giving me an answer, and sometimes through some event like when I fell off the truck. But I have also learned two important things: You need to believe, and you need to listen.

What happens if you don’t believe? Then you won’t hear. You won’t know it is God trying to teach you something, trying to help you. Therefore, if we ask God to intervene in these riots, to somehow enter into these people and get them to stop, since they don’t believe, they will have no idea what God, or even that, God is speaking to them.

Satan has prevailed for so long, he has succeeded in keeping God from so many lives, these people have no moral compass. They have no sense of right or wrong, good or evil, only what they have learned from the streets. They have had no leadership, no role models, other than others who also don’t know God. How many generations have we pushed God aside so that many people today don’t know Him?

How do we change that? Is prayer the answer? It certainly won’t hurt, but how else? We hear that the best way to spread the Word is to live it. But I ask the question, would people who don’t know of God, who don’t have that moral compass, even know that you are living the Word, would they follow your example?

Something to think about.

 

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The Safest Road to Hell

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When you think of Satan what do you think of? Do you think of the pictures we so often see of a creature with horns and a pitchfork? What about when you think of temptation, and how Satan tempts us? Do you think it is through some kind of “In your face” method like taking over your body, as in a possession?

In this week’s edition of the National Catholic Register, there is an article about a recent meeting of exorcists. It seems there is an increase in the number of these being performed throughout the world. But in the article is this warning:

Both Father Barrajon and Father Truqui pointed out that although the devil causes the sensationalism of demonic possession, he is at work in much subtler ways. Possession attracts “lots of attention,” said Father Truqui, “but we should be aware of the more common ways the devil works, through tempting, deceiving, pushing people towards lies.” – National Catholic Register

When I think back to my own past, I know how the devil worked through me. Very slowly and methodically. He turned me to sin, convincing me it was okay, it was alright to do these little sins I was committing, I wasn’t hurting anyone. How wrong he was. I was hurting others in my life, I was hurting myself and most importantly I was hurting the Lord.

Here is a quote from C.S. Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters” a book of letters written by a head devil to his nephew, helping him along on his way to being a really good devil.

“Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one–the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts,…Your affectionate uncle, Screwtape.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

How true this is!

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