The crowd responded with thunder.

“We want God!” they shouted, together. “We want God!”

What a moment in modern history: We want God. From the mouths of modern men and women living in a modern atheistic dictatorship.

WSJ Peggy Noonan April 7th 2005

Kevin Lomax: In the Bible, you lose. We’re destined to lose, Dad.

The Devil’s Advocate 1997

Here on Easter Sunday we finish quite a Holy Week.  We have the MSM declaring it “Gay Marriage Week”, me suggesting  the Yellow Cross as a twitter badge since we’re going to be marked for respecting our Christian Faith anyway (if you don’t believe me ask why John Hopkins considers Pro-Life the equivalent of White supremacists.

We’ve also talked about Pope Benedict XVI as Pope John Paul I, the lionization of Pope Francis by the left , the absolute love of a humble Jesuit Pope from Hispanics as  one of them and the wild card this Pope is.

This all portends what is coming and today on this day of hope and redemption for Christians is the day to explain it.

 

Francis through act after act of sincere humility has been charmed the MSM.  The wall to wall coverage while of intense interest to us, is simply background noise to the low information voter that the media uses to their effect.

Yet that background noise has been establishing a single consistent narrative:  Pope Francis as the humble servant of God a different kind of Pope.

Now to us of the faith, this is nothing extraordinary as he IS a humble man of the faith but to the people who do not pay attention and only catch the word in passing through the odd TV show playing, the assorted news report or the magazine in the Doctor’s office it’s a message that they’re not used to getting.  He is doing as Father Z explains:

I think what Pope Francis is up to is trying to project, re-project, is an image of the Church as compassionate.  He is trying to help people remember (or learn for the first time) that she is actually all about compassion, charity in its truest form.

We’ve lost the message and we have to get it back.

And while the media sees this and pushes it forward they (perhaps mindful of his popularity with the growing Hispanic population in the US, perhaps convinced or hopeful that the tide of history is bringing this pope to their way of thinking) ignores him echoing lines that Richard McBrien said would disqualify Joseph Ratzinger from any chance of winning a papal election

At the very same time, the media with the same narcissism that is their hallmark and  lasting legacy of the Baby Boomers they worship, is  as Elizabeth Scalia puts it:

…almost ready to deconstruct a fundamental social understanding common to every culture for thousands of years, because of a conceit that we have become so much more enlightened, in the last fifty.

to the point where the faithful will soon be derided without embarrassment or restraint.

Meanwhile the country suffering through four very bad years has the implementation of Obamacare ahead.  While you can’t outlaw the business cycle, when more and more companies cutting back or don’t hire full time to avoid the penalties of the humorously named “affordable care act” middle class families, particularly on the lower end will find themselves hit again   Which choice will they take, the cost of buying heath insurance on their own or the huge tax penalty.

Then there are all the issues and the family problems and strife that come from economic hardship. Anger, frustration, domestic problems and all the vices they lead to that people use to forget, drugs and alcohol, infidelity, and that’s not even  assuming it leads to thievery and worse.

In a society with strong faith and family structures, these things can be overcome but in a society where the media elites have spent nearly three generations trying to remove God from the equation the end result is despair.

While these symptoms grow how many will notice the vicar of Christ at the very beginning of his new office diagnosed it:

But there is another form of poverty! It is the spiritual poverty of our time, which afflicts the so-called richer countries particularly seriously. It is what my much-loved predecessor, Benedict XVI, called the “tyranny of relativism”, which makes everyone his own criterion and endangers the coexistence of peoples. And that brings me to a second reason for my name. Francis of Assisi tells us we should work to build peace. But there is no true peace without truth! There cannot be true peace if everyone is his own criterion, if everyone can always claim exclusively his own rights, without at the same time caring for the good of others, of everyone, on the basis of the nature that unites every human being on this earth.

And a fellow named Joel identified the solution even before the days of Christ:

Yet even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;

Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment.  Perhaps he will again relent and leave behind him a blessing, Joel 2:12-14b

And not today, not tomorrow maybe even not for a few years as things get to their absolute nader as Ameica experiences the darkness of their Good Friday, will come Francis I the lionized, humble and messenger of Christ who the media has already described as a “different” kind of Pope.

He will come to this country and bring that same humility his name implies, but he will also bring with him the message of Christ, undiluted, undisguised and unambiguous just as his other namesake implies.

And when he does so to a country simply thirsting for both truth and hope at that moment will the eyes be opened across the land. The people will see the church for what it truly is. The media will see Francis as he is and always has been and will attack with such venom their wrath at John Paul II & Benedict XVI will seem calm by comparison. And at that point those who celebrate Francis the most will see that same media for what they are, see the emptiness of the false paradise they have proclaimed and cry out with a loud voice in English & Spanish those word made famous by the Poles: “We Want God!” “Queremos a Dios!”

That cry will echo from sea to sea, from small towns to big cities from Hollywood to the halls on congress and it will be heard.

Some might laugh at this suggestion, just as people laughed at possibility that the Bishop of Rome could possibly lead to the fall of Communism in Poland, let alone anywhere else.

It was a decade from those first cries for communism to fall and it will take decades and generations for that same cry in English and Spanish to resonate to the point where the walls of secular narcissism built up so carefully over a lifetime will like Jericho come tumbling down. The media will do its best to shore it up as their empty barren generation dies and fades into the dustbin of history.

And while with these eyes I won’t live to see that final victory, God willing I will be there to see the moment when it all begins.

It will be as glorious as the risen Christ.

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Well last week I missed my paycheck by $78 bucks but people had Easter and passover things to buy so that’s understandable. And considering the week before I missed my paycheck by $273 it’s a vast improvement.

Easter season is a time of faith and it will take more that two short paychecks for me to lose the faith I have in my readers.

It’s a new week and a new thermometer so we’ll just see if we can find those 15 people willing to kick in that $20.





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The Wall Street Journal on its front page on Wednesday contained one of the most useful stories I’ve seen in a while:

“Check out these kitties! :-)” read emails featuring the photo of a Turkish Angora cat with a purple mohawk, sent to nearly two million cubicle dwellers so far. It includes an attachment or link promising more feline photos. Those who click get a surprise: stern warnings from their tech departments.

The Dr. Zaius email is a simulated cyberattack. It is among the ploys companies are using to dupe employees into committing unsafe computing as a way to train them not to be so easily fooled.

With the amount of money involved on the net and the costs of You can’t get too many warnings about hackers and thieves online and his tactics and more companies and organizations are testing their employees in this way what’s really you have companies try to sneak in ala the old movie Sneakers:

PhishMe Inc., the Chantilly, Va., company that created the Dr. Zaius emails and other fake phishing attacks that companies can use for tests, says clients have used its services to teach a lesson to 3.8 million employees.

Ryan Jones, who leads a half-dozen ethical hackers for a Chicago digital-security company, Trustwave Holdings Inc., likes to drop thumb drives and CDs in the bathrooms, driveways and nearby coffee shops of companies that hire him. Often, he will attach the company’s logo, a competitor’s logo or a label that reads “confidential.”

Almost without fail, an employee will find one of the decoys and stick it in a computer. “It starts off as curiosity,” he says. “It is kind of the same reason people watch reality TV: They want to see what else is going on in people’s lives.”

The various tactics employed by the company are fascinating and should be required reading for anyone with a PC or Mac.

Bottom line, when dealing with a PC be as suspicious as a Sicilian.

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A story broke out yesterday as John Hopkins SGA choose to reject official club status by the SGA. Here is the story from LifeNews:

On March 12th, a pro-life group at Johns Hopkins University, Voice for Life (VFL), was denied the right to become an official student club by the Student Government Association (SGA) during a student Senate meeting, after having been recommended for approval by the SGA Appointments and Evaluations Committee.

Oddly enough had been an official student organization for over 15 years. Interestingly another group was approved at the same time the pro-life group was rejected:

At that same SGA meeting, though, another new group was approved called Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). Although SJP has a history of anti-Semitism and disruption on other campuses, the SGA decided that the students from JHU creating the group were separate from other campus affiliations, and they couldn’t be punished for potential violations. Somehow, these standards were not applied to Voice for Life.

I contacted the President of the University’s office yesterday on the subject, they took my number but I made it clear due to the holiday weekend I could wait till next week to be contacted.

To John Hopkins Credit Friday afternoon Dennis O’Shea spokesman for the John Hopkins got back to me in a few hours. (That’s rather professional, well done on that). I asked if, considering that Orthodox Catholicism considers Abortion an intrinsic evil if this would be considered a de-facto religious test? He stressed that while he couldn’t speak for the SGA it was his understanding the SGA’s decision was not based on religion. I also asked him about this:

Last night, an anonymous person forwarded an email chain between SGA members in a listserv that talked about Lazerowitz’s message on Voice for Life. One top SGA executive member sent a simple statement, “And this is why we don’t approve groups like Voice for Life,” and linked to a Think Progress article entitled “Racist Hate Group To Conduct Nighttime Patrols On College Campus” about a white supremacist group at Towson University called the White Student Union. This association is particularly offensive to Voice for Life members, especially its African American members.

He expressed no knowledge concerning this and sent me the following statement for attribution:

The Johns Hopkins University is strongly committed to open debate and to the values of free speech and academic freedom. These defining values of American higher education drive us to afford individuals and groups on campus the freedom to advocate for their views. The university’s obligation is to create a community where freedom of inquiry and expression thrive.

The decision made by the Student Government Association not to recognize Voice for Life as an official student group is being reviewed by a student appeal committee.

It is important that the student leadership be afforded the opportunity to review the earlier decision under its own policies and in light of the university’s commitment to broad debate and freedom of expression. It is our understanding that this review will take place shortly.

The university does not intend to make any further comment while the appeal process is under way.

The SGA hearing will be on April 9th. The former SGA VP and author of its constitution had this to say to the SGA:

“The fact is, quite simply, that the SGA’s actions constitute viewpoint discrimination, which violates the SGA Constitution. I am particularly concerned that SGA members actually told a student group leader that he should remove certain web-links or not undertake certain actions simply because they personally disagreed with them. Concern about a group’s message, and groups that it supports, definitely violates the free speech guarantee of the SGA Constitution because the SGA is passing judgment on the viewpoint of the group.”

I’m going to be rather busy that day but I’ll try keep you informed.

As for the VFL members perhaps they should start wearing the Yellow Cross on Campus or at least adopt it as a twibbon now so the SGA can be sure the official student clubs are properly Christianrein.

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We’re in the home stretch for the week and as I’m typing this update. I’m still a full $118 shy of my overwhelmingly excessive $300 weekly pre-tax paycheck with as of the time you’re reading this 13 hours left. to get there.

Although a chocolate bunny would be great after 40 days+ without the stuff a tip jar hit would be appreciated even more





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Then the LORD said, “Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will be passing by.

A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the LORD – but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake – but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was fire – but the LORD was not in the fire.

After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound. When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak and went and stood at the entrance of the cave.

1 Kings 19:11-13b

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.

Luke 1:38a

There has been a lot said about Pope’s lately because of the news. The Resignation of Benedict XVI, The month-long period of his Papacy winding down. The media speculation on the upcoming Pope. The New Pope Francis I and the Latino and media going gaga over Francis’ simple moves of humility like this one:

While popes have for centuries washed the feet of the faithful on the day before Good Friday, never before had a pontiff washed the feet of a woman. That one of the female inmates at the prison in Rome was also a Serbian Muslim was also a break with tradition.

But the more I think about all that has happened in the last 60 days my thoughts turn to Pope John Paul…the first.

John Paul I was elected in August of 1978 and served only 33 days as pope before his unexpected death on September 28th 1978. There has been a lot of speculation concerning his short papacy but if you want to understand why his papacy was so short all one has to do is look at two things his selection of a name and who followed him.

Albino Luciani picked the name John Paul in honor of this two predecessors Pope John XXIII who consecrated him as a bishop and Pope Paul VI who made him a Cardinal. While that might be a nice sentimental touch it certainly didn’t symbolize the direction that the Church was destined to go.

Just a month later he would be dead and with a leading liberal a few votes away from election, a young compromise candidate from Poland would take the papacy and everything changed.

John Paul II would transform the church, and the world. He came into the papacy at a time when the secular word was doubting the church and God and predicting its downfall or transformation. He would steer in a direction different than groups like the National Council of churches who decided to bend to the culture. As they faded into irrelevance. He would lay the cornerstone of the modern papacy, help bring down communism and inspire a generation of faithful Catholics and make the Catholic Church the voice of Christianity and Christ throughout the world.

This is the Holy Spirit in action.

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Fast forward to 2013, the successor to both Peter and John Paul II whose Papacy while successful has been under constant attack by secular forces, gave an interesting speech and unexpected speech: (all emphasis mine)

After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me.

And here we see the deep connection with the Spirit in Benedict XVI. He can discern the message requiring a new voice is needed in the Chair of Peter to dynamically lead, but that he still has a task to perform.

And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer

And now when everyone was speculating over various candidates the man on nobody’s lips Jorge Mario Bergoglio would be elected Francis I who has through his acts already been committing what Elizabeth Scalia calls “Deep Evangelization“.

Imagine the impact on the heart and mind of a reporter who doesn’t believe in much of anything hearing the pope say he loves him; that he expresses respect for her person! Over time, it might bear enormous fruit that would never even bud, by intellectual engagement, alone. Spengler once said “Benedict has a mustard seed, and he’s not afraid to use it.” I think Pope Francis, via the Holy Spirit, may be Benedict’s Mustard Seed.

Considering the timing it’s rather amazing or rather it isn’t if you believe. The Spirit knows the needs of the church all it needs is the faithful to hear and say “Yes.”

Like Benedict XVI.

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This post wasn’t supposed to exist. I went to bed expecting to write my Easter one when I woke up with the idea for this post.

When it was finished I followed up with the post I meant to write that is scheduled for Easter.

Fortunately for me while I was writing this post and the other DaTipJar got one hit moving myself a little bit closer to this week’s $300 paycheck.

Thanks to that hit only six more Tip Jar hitter kicking in $20 are needed to make this week’s paycheck a reality. Care to be one?




Update 6-26-15

This post from Good friday 2013 seems particularly proper today and the warning it contains resonates.  So I have promoted it to the top.

 

 

Dave Weigel had an interesting post up yesterday concerning the Gay Marriage debate, part of which would be no surprise to people who have read this blog for a time:

The new Democratic advocates for SSM fall into two camps. The first consists of people who always liked the idea of this but worried about losing national elections. In his memoir, Democratic consultant Bob Shrum remembers John Kerry fretting that the Massachusetts Supreme Court had forced Democrats to talk about gay marriage before they were ready to. “Why couldn’t they just wait a year?” he asked Shrum, mournfully. The second camp consists of people who really do oppose the idea of gay people getting married. Republicans argued that this second camp was tiny, and that liberals were hiding behind it. They were right!

That democrats lied at the behest of both Hollywood & Media, critical suppliers of both cash and positive press to them, where the gay community is vastly overrepresented vs the general population, is no surprise.

That they did so in opposition to Believing Christians both Catholic and Protestant who are vastly unrepresented in Hollywood & Media is no surprise either, but there was a line in Dave’s piece that particularly caught my eye.

Jon Allen follows HuffPost’s intriguing advocacy journalism by quoting the few Democrats who haven’t endorsed gay marriage yet. (HuffPost’s been straight-up shaming them, naming the senators who have yet to flip and explaining that “the arc of history is moving in the direction of marriage equality.)

The questionable term “marriage equality” which doesn’t include Mormon or Islamic polygamists not withstanding this is very important. The media has spent the last two decades laying the groundwork for today and win or lose in the Supreme Court if you are a believing Christian of any type Catholic or Protestant that same pressure and opprobrium will be vented on us, as it is written:

Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves. But beware of people, for they will hand you over to courts and scourge you in their synagogues, and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake as a witness before them and the pagans. Matthew 10:16-18

Over the next few years you are going to be branded as bigots, hated and derided. You will be portrayed in every form of culture, plays, TV series and movies as people to be shunned and no member of the media will fail to come after you for your offenses against the twin sacraments of Abortion & Gay Marriage.

As this is going to happen I thought, why wait for the Yellow Star to be placed upon us. So I’ve decided to launch a twibbon campaign called the Yellow Cross.

Rather than wait to be marked by the media and the left I’ve decided that I’m going to mark my Twitter icon with the Crucifix now and wear it boldly so they’ll not have to guess what side I’m on.

And I invite all of you who agree do to the same by clicking here.

The days of easy Christianity are over Now is the time to decide.

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It’s Good Friday one of the most sacred if not the most sacred day on the Christian Calender

For Catholics it is a day of fast and abstinence but that doesn’t include abstaining for your help in securing that $300 paycheck this week although yesterday was such a day as the needle didn’t move.

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Although I am not the least bit British I grew up an Anglophile.

Part of it of course was World War 2. My Father served in the Pacific. England was our ally and the bravery of the British in holding off the Nazis and has been our most steadfast ally ever since.

Our language and the basic culture that our melting pot is mixed in comes from the British Isles. The English, the Scots and the Irish shaped what we are and were.

As I got older my appreciation for England increased when I understood that the single most powerful force for good in the history of the world short of Christianity was English Common Law.

When England rules the world they took English Common Law with them and taught it, and when they failed to live up to those principles those who objected used it as the basis to make their case to the British public and through them the world.

Would India be a democracy if it had been colonized by a different nation or not colonized at all? How many nations have democracy because of the principles set through English Common Law? Even the worst dictators in the world from Africa to Asia put up the facade of elections in deference to the traditions brought from England and the rights that had developed over time from English Common law.

When I see England with no go zones, when I see an England that is afraid of their own heroes, when I see England abandoning what made and makes it great for the sake of a false cultural equivalence that simple doesn’t exist, it’s a crime against history.

And what’s so Amazing is how FAST it happened.  There are people alive today who were born into a time when the son never set on the British Empire, where the Church of England confidently preached the word of Christ, where English law was the basis for much of the World’s jurisprudence.  Where the great of nations came to be educated and where one island stood alone against a military power that had conquered from Poland to France from Greece to Norway

And now there are areas of England where British police and Englishmen dare not enter.

All of this in a single lifetime.

The truth is we shouldn’t be surprised, remember it was said 1/3 of colonists in the US were for the revolution, 1/3 against, and 1/3 indifferent.  Is it a wonder that after losing some of their best to stopping Hitler that enough of the indifferent combined with those who disdained the institutions that made England great were able to step up to push the decline of England forward.

It’s a sad thing, but it’s also a lesson for America and we ignore it at our peril.