While we’ve been distracted by other things real signifcant news keeps happening

For example my reaction to this is Wow!

Saudi Arabia’s all-powerful crown prince has opened up a new front in his attempts to change the Middle East by intervening in Palestinian politics and demanding backing for President Trump’s vision for peace with Israel.

Now some might say that in a year where we’ve seen the 1st anniversary of Donald Trump election and Italy failed to make the world cup  just about anything is possible, but I never in my life thought I’d see a story like that.

Of course it remains to be seen if Abbas would dare to obey the Saudi’s in this, after all the Saudi crown prince has a huge security apparatus to keep him protected from those who would want him dead over peace with Israel while Abbas’ guard and people might be a little less inclined to risk their necks to play along.

After all with yet another generation of palestinians being taught in UN funded schools how wonderful it is to kill yourself to murder jews any suggestion of taking a peace deal might be hazardous to his health, what good is all that money skimmed from aid money if you’re not alive to spend it?

Of course it’s worth noting this point on the whole subject that people are missing:  A “deal” is not the same as peace.  Until people decide that jews are not fair game for target practice for bombs or knifes or cars a “deal” will mean nothing.

by baldilocks

Many of my Facebook friends – most of whom are conservatives — are arguing about controversies of recent vintage and of this particular day: whether or not to continue watching the NFL, whether Christians should allow their children to take part in Halloween festivities or participate in those festivities themselves. I find it amusing, as I do with most purse fights.

But today is also another anniversary: the 500th anniversary of the day on which Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, signaling, in hindsight, the Protestant Reformation. I put up a short status noting the occasion and received not one bit of blowback from my Catholic friends like Fausta or our host!  Not one bit of purse fight. I’m almost disappointed!

Seriously, I love that noting this event in 2017 is almost mundane, especially since the split between the two parts of Christianity generated lots of bloodshed all those centuries ago and did so for some time in the previous century.

The evolution of this relationship between Catholics and Protestants was exemplified by the fact that, when my great-aunt was alive, I would drop her off for Mass at St. Brigid Catholic Church in South Central LA, continue on to my Protestant non-denominational church in Glendale, then, when my church’s service was over, come back to retrieve her.

Having read a lot about theology and church history, one overarching theme seems inescapable to me – every church denomination is capable of falling into error, division and even violence because we forget these things: that God believes in freedom and that our primary commandments are to love Him and each other. I, for one, don’t want to forget.

God bless the peace between His children and Happy Reformation Day …

And thank you, my Catholic friends, for the love and for the reconciliation.

Also, this seems like a good place to put a link to Peter’s book, The Perfect Protestant and Catholic Prayer.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

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