President Trump Responds to Leaked FBI Claims in Recent NYT Article…. | The Last Refuge Highly Recommended Reading!

President Donald Trump tweets a response to a recent New York Times article citing the internal FBI debate about opening an investigation on him personally:

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Benedict XVI’s insight into the Baptism of Jesus

In the Jordan, Jesus begins his public ministry and his first act is in solidarity with all of us.

It’s funny the things you don’t remember. It had been at least a decade since I had read the first volume of Pope Benedict XVI’s Jesus of Nazareth series. (Or perhaps I should say, Joseph Ratzinger’s, since the pope made clear that this writing was not issued as papal magisterium, but private theology.) So when I plucked it off the shelf and started reading it again, I was amazed at the gems I had underlined and starred at the time—because I’m the sort of Philistine who writes in his books—that I had no recollection of. It was like reading them for the first time. And, by chance or Providence, I ran into a marvelous insight just in time for today’s feast.

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The Theological Virtue of Hope – Part 1 of 2 | SaintlySages

Father Pegues continues his exposition of St. Thomas Aquinas’ Treatise on the Theological Virtues (Summa Theologica II-II, 1-46) by discussing the virtue of hope.He says that the effect of the theological virtue of hope is that “our will, relying on the help of God, is drawn towards Him revealed by faith, as towards the one who is to be some day our perfect happiness.

”He notes that “it is impossible to have the virtue of hope without faith which is its necessary basis, because only faith gives to hope its object and the motive upon which it relies.” The primary object of hope is “God Himself according as He is Himself His own happiness, and according as He deigns to give Himself to us one day in heaven to make us happy.

Every true good can be the object of hope, provided it be subordinated to the principal object, which is God Himself.” Hope necessarily implies “virtuous and meritorious actions performed with God’s help that we may approach Him in the way that He desires, namely, that He might give Himself to us in heaven.

”Two sins against hope are presumption and despair. One who commits presumption counts on the future possession of God and holds that such is possible without preparing oneself by a life of supernatural virtue.

One who commits despair thinks it impossible to practice a life of virtue and so gain happiness, and consequently, renounces a virtuous life and no longer seeks God’s help. “Man ought never to despair no matter how great his sins; for the mercy of God is so great and He is so good that He will always help him by His grace.

”The blessed in heaven “have no longer the virtue of hope since they possess God.” Nor do the lost in hell have hope, because “God, who is the object of hope, is separated from them for ever.” The souls in purgatory have hope, “but for them an act of hope is not quite the same as for the faithful on earth; for although they do not yet possess God they no longer have need of His grace to merit heaven since they are sure of heaven, all sin henceforth being impossible to them.”

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Quotations from Thomas Pegues, Catechism of the “Summa Theologica” of Saint Thomas Aquinas, trans. Aelred Whitacre (New York: Benziger, 1922).

Dems fly to Puerto Rico on chartered jet, meet with lobbyists, see ‘Hamilton’ as shutdown drags on | Fox News

Despite a partial government shutdown with no end in sight, about 30 Democratic members of Congress traveled to Puerto Rico this weekend — with their families and lobbyists — for a winter retreat where they also planned to see a special performance of the hit Broadway show “Hamilton.”Those attending the Congressional Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC gathering in San Juan also planned to meet Saturday with Puerto Rican officials to discuss ongoing cleanup efforts from Hurricane Maria, according to a report.FLORIDA DEMOCRAT GOT ‘HAMILTON’ TICKETS FROM UNDERCOVER FBI AGENT, RECORDS SHOW“This year’s winter retreat promises to be our most widely attended yet with over 220 guests, including 39 Members of Congress and CHC BOLD PAC supporters expected to attend and participate!” a planning memo said.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Not Use Wix for Your Website | Awesomely Techie

On a scale of 1 to MySpace pages, I think Wix websites are at an 8 (aka modern day Geocities). What does this means? It means I think they’re pretty terrible to use even though they’re easy to set up. In fact, the only good thing about Wix websites are that they are so easy that even the most technologically-challenged person can have a site up and running within an hour.I get it, though. I know why people use Wix sites (or Weebly). Folks are a bit intimidated about setting up their websites but this is one shortcut that is not worth it. I have receipts too (reasons).I’m here to let you know why you should not use Wix for your website or blog, no matter how tempting it is.

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I do use Wix & for 3 reasons:
1. he’s right on some counts & one of those was ease of use.One of my main,but not the only reason, for using Wis is the ease of use. There are some tweaks i haven’t managed to get the hang of yet but working on it.
2. Ok,he doesn’t think the look is modern. In my opinion a website only looks as good as YOU make it.PERIOD. All the bells and whistles in the world will not make a gaudy site look fantastic. Sorry,but i disagree strongly with the author on this one. You can do a lot with a little or a little with a lot.
3. It’s interactive. They’ve added a blog that allows for comments now and a FORUM; a feature Word Press lacks. If you don’t care about having a forum that’s fine. I like the fact that a forum can be very interactive and Wix has that feature.
The bottom line for me is i use BOTH WordPress and Wix ;but with  different styles and content for each. I happen to LIKE BOTH,albeit for different reasons.Yes,Word Press loads faster,is cheaper and is fairly easy to customize too.i have to give him that or I wouldn’t be here. Personally,i think Wix is more customizable.