“…in their midst.”


Candles sandI find myself so often approaching the large icons at the front of our parish and just standing there, with my wonderful beeswax candles in my hand.  If you have never had the opportunity to smell beeswax candles, combined with the scent of incense still in the air, alongside icons painted on wood, in a wooden church, in a damp or cold environment, you have been missing something. It is almost ethereal; the senses, if we allow them, share with us the Presence of the Divine in our Churches.  God told us, “Whenever two or three are gathered in My Name, there I am, in their midst.” (Matthew 18:20).  Very often these days, I find myself humbled before these icons, which represent Our Lord and the Theotokos, or Mother of God.  In a Byzantine parish, we are blessed to see icons pretty much everywhere you turn.  If you look up…

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Justice Scalia: “I believe in the Devil… he’s smart | Fr. Z’s Blog

I’ve always liked Antonin Scalia. I like how his mind works. I even read most of his not terribly easy book. From CNS: CNSNews.com – Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said he believes in the Devil as a living entity, “a real person,” and that the Devil is “smart” and “successful” in today’s world by convincing people to not believe in him or in God. [HEY! All you dopes out there who think that Pope Francis is somehow… I dunno… a bad Pope. Pope Francis has talked more about the Devil as a real person screwing with our lives than … name the Pope. Go ahead… find a Pope.] “I even believe in the Devil,” and “yeah, he’s a real person,” Scalia told writer Jennifer Senior in an interview for New York magazine published on Oct. 6. “Hey, come on, that’s standard Catholic doctrine,” said Scalia, who is Catholic. “Every Catholic believes that.” When asked what evidence there is of the Devil in today’s world, Scalia, who has served on the high court for 27 years, said, “You know, it’s curious. In the Gospels, the Devil is doing all sorts of things. He’s making pigs run off cliffs, he’s possessing people and whatnot. And that doesn’t happen much anymore.” [Now Ol\’ Scratch makes them jump into the Democrat party, so they can support abortion and all manner of vile social re-engineering.] “It’s because he’s smart,” said the justice. “What he’s doing now is getting people not to believe in him or in God. He’s much more successful that way.”

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Day of Reckoning?

some lives

An Ohio school district has agreed to keep a portrait of Jesus Christ off school property and pay a $95,000 fine in the face of legal pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union.
Under the terms of the settlement, the district will pay the money to the ACLU and Freedom From Religion Foundation for damages and legal fees.
Residents of a Florida city who have had “God Bless America” signs posted on their front lawns for months have been ordered by local officials to remove them.

MyFoxTampaBay.com reports that the First Baptist Church of Bartow distributed some 300 signs to residents following a Fourth of July celebration. The city only permits residents to display signs during major holidays is starting to crack down on the displays.

This is an attack on freedom of religion.Don’t stop there though.Google or Bing Feds Shut
down private property.
The Fifth Amendment provides that private property shall not be taken without just compensation.It’s an attack on the 5th amendment.
Freedom of Speech?
The IRS under the Obama Administration has been illegally targeting conservative and Tea Party groups. We all know the order has come from the White House. Lois Lerner didn’t plead the 5th for nothing.
[It is a fact that the White House is Designated a National Park & Run by The National Parks Department. SO WE URGE YOU TO Call Congress and Share this we Demand he move out until he Re-Opens ALL National Parks He Ordered Closed! Call 202-224-3121 and make the demand. We need to send Park Rangers & a Game Warden to Evict him if he does not comply within 72 Hours of this posted public notice]
My point is this: I don’t recall growing up in the country i see now.The progressives,socialists,marxists have nearly ruined it. People call it freedom. I don’t know what is so free about being RULED BY people who believe they know what is best for you;even if they have to force it upon you and take away the rights you are guaranteed.
We don’t even protect the unborn anymore.They’re as disposable as garbage because we have an intellect so darkened we think that killing the unborn is a justifiable choice. Kermit Gosnell is just the tip of the iceberg.Do you really think for a minute he’s the only one-or is he the only one who was actually caught?  We moved the abortionist out of the back alley,put him in a respectable office and created a lucrative business answerable to no one.While the gov’t IMPOSES mandates left and right on legitimate businesses.
Planned Parenthood is in your child’s school teaching them that they can’t control themselves and that sexual relationships are recreational.They get pregnant and run to Planned Parenthood to ‘take care of the problem.’ Planned Parenthood does not want the parents in the way. Maybe it’s time to get kids out of these schools and let them indoctrinate the willing.
Our country has become divided and we have a President who wants it that way.
Our country has become violent with senseless killings by people who have no conscience;many of them minors.We have people who are using it as an excuse to trample on our right to bear arms when the  REAL problem is lack of morality and respect for human life.

Our country is inundated with porn and over sexualization of the young but thinks pictures of Jesus and the 10 commandments are offensive.Last i knew thou shalt not kill,steal and commit adultery were the basis for a civilized society. 
The list of attacks on our country by Obama and the progressives who support him grows every day…but the media remains silent and even covers up for  the man. There isn’t one objective journalist willing to stand up and say enough is enough.

The media helped get him elected and even LIED to do it;but where was the American citizen willing to question the media? What about the people who stayed home complaining Romney wasn’t ‘conservative enough?’
Was Obama conservative enough? Do we have to help the progressives by taking down our own?
I ask one question when i look at a candidate. Is this person pro life? If you can’t protect that one right the rest hardly matter.
IF a candidate can’t stand up for that one right they’re in the pocket of the progressive agenda.
It’s that simple.
If we can’t tell the difference between licentiousness and freedom we are not going to recover .We may be looking at the fall of our own Roman Empire . Maybe we’re kidding ourselves and just pretending it can’t happen here.Remember singing God shed His grace on thee? God can shed His grace-we can reject it.Frustrated and angry? Keep fighting the good fight  of course. Speak up .Put out there what the media won’t. Vote for good decent people-though it hasn’t worked out well lately.The good are demonized.The evil are pictured as walking on water.The one thing that keeps my spirit  up is knowing who has the final say.

The obama admin and progressives are trampling on the Constitution. They have attacked freedom of religion,speech,assembly, press(willing accomplices)and the right to bear arms. Add to that private property and the first right,the right to life.

The progressives know the playbook.They knew it all along: