6 in 3 yrs: Police Chief Killer Town USA – Referendum needed?

We’ve been dubbed the Chief Killer Town many police chiefs ago. Not that I’m counting. It’s the paper that reports that we’ve now been through something like six in three years. We’re looking for number seven! We are often with no Police Department, or perhaps we have one officer, then two, or we’re taken over by the Sheriff’s Department. As of the other day, we have four officers plus one Chief. Great! That’s the most we’ve had in a long time. Oh, wait… Our present Chief, hired December 8, 2020, just resigned effective March 8, 2021, on his three month anniversary. Our anniversaries are in months for Police Chiefs, not years.

Hey! I’m not blaming the town in writing about all of this. I’m not saying that anyone in particular is to blame for the moniker Chief Killer Town. I’m guessing that came from other counties and precincts right across the state and in the tri-State area here, you know, perhaps without knowing any of the particulars, not that I know anything. We live in a rapidly changing culture. Respect for the Constitution and the Rule of Law is decimated.

But the real American Way is to encourage people to have their identity securely established by God, the Natural Law of the Creator being utterly consistent with the Ten Commandments, all that being a sine qua non, a without which not. Americans by and large police themselves with love of God and neighbor. The present national administration’s attack on religion on every single front is a bid to remove from souls the identity that they have in God. The only two ways to police a situation without God are (1) by fear and brute force (China, Russia, North Korea, etc.)., that is, by a Defund the Police movement that instantaneously turns into a Police State with puppet officers, or (2) by running from on high the developing war lord gangs and crime syndicates that flourish like never before as people turn to escapism and arrogance – entitlement mentality! – as their new identity apart from God.

In both these cases, honest police are smashed down, as are fire-fighters, as are EMTs, who are all part of the “establishment.” It’s the criminals against “The Man”. Anything or anyone who reflects even a smidgeon of civil society is automatically the enemy.

That’s speaking generally. Just to be clear: the outgoing chief resigned, and he himself super-highly-magnificently-wondrously praised the town officials. Great! So, the town didn’t “kill” him, right? I wish him well in his future endeavors which may well include law enforcement once again. He’s totally in good standing. Friendly guy. Very capable. He’s just stepping back for awhile. Considering the change in culture, I get that, you know, the stepping back of any LEO from all this lack of support, at least for a while. We all need a break to regroup. So, great! I respect that altogether. Good on you, brother.

The purpose of writing this post is to say where we’re at before the town puts out tenders for the job of chief, as those applying should know what they are getting into. I say “tenders” because I’m guessing that anyone brave enough to apply has some room to negotiate about circumstances of employment. The one who is most fit for the job of upholding the Constitution of these USA and the Rule of Law for the good of the town is the one who will insist on a number of things before taking the job. I have a long list, but, in providing that I would be speaking out of turn. So, I’ll just offer one suggestion that all other law enforcement agencies that I am personally familiar with have accomplished or it was already this way since the beginning (because it is just common sense):

  • The Police Department is to be entirely removed from the campus of Town Hall and moved far away to another part of town. Totally separate campuses. Different parts of town. There is a long list of available properties. All my other unvoiced suggestions such as ending all truly hateful and self-destructive micromanagement from non-LEOs would follow from this. This is the most important non-negotiable. It’s a fail from the start if this is not accomplished from the get-go.

That’s not to say that Town Hall is not already pushing this agenda of separate campuses. I don’t know. Last I heard, which is now already something from “back in the day”, plans were to construct a new Town Hall with offices of town officials and offices of law enforcement occupying – again – the same office area. Again. Separate campuses is a non-negotiable. I would go a step further about this non-negotiable thing: properties for this end are not to be been acquired from and cannot be adjacent to any property that is owned by anyone employed at Town Hall or any politician of any kind. Period. Seriously.

I’m seriously thinking of having a referendum put on the ballot this November 2021 about all this if the powers that be don’t proclaim that this is what they intend to do right now. In saying that I realize that I’ve laid myself wide open. It is what it is. The more I see drugs and violence and kids lives being destroyed on any number of levels all over town, it’s just something that has to be done.

Having said all that, the officers who now remain are all good guys, extremely capable, ready – oh, so very ready – to do their jobs with enthusiasm and integrity and knowledge, with seriously over the top skill sets. They’ve already been doing that, of course. I would trust my life to them. I would hope they would trust that I have their six equally. There are so very many in town who feel just as I do.

Andrews is a great little town, but it is falling into the hands of violent druggies. But if any future chief is not deterred by a challenge, this would actually present a day-to-day that’s super interesting, always changing, that makes a huge impact on ordinary lives of the citizens, so very many of whom loudly voice encouragement for our officers and again, have their six, and are quite capable of having their six.

But we’re quickly disintegrating. It’s totally salvageable and able to be brought to an exemplary level of excellence. But we’re barreling to a point of no return. We’re looking for someone who can take the reigns and let their oath to defend the Constitution and the Rule of Law shine so brightly that even the criminal element will be set on their heels as they take note that what’s right is also good for them. And that’s what we want, right? Bringing also the criminal element back to a proper sense of identity before God is what will be good for all souls still involved with this sorry dark world. God is our Light. He is Truth. His love is honest.

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Thank you President Reagan 12 June 1987

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Altar alterations: Cancel Gorilla Tape

We’ve been having knock down (literally) drag out (literally) sessions in the sanctuary of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church here in Andrews, NC, discussing what can be done, how things can be done – so many measurements – the steps to take, what might happen with various exigencies…

Nathan the prophet seems to have visited a number of parishioners who note that the pews and windows and doors are all good, but what about the altar of the Lord, His sanctuary? They offered, of a sudden, independent of each other and all at once, some wherewithal and expertise, complementing what another way up in upstate New York has been providing for all along.

We chased off to a rock slab reseller and I immediately gravitated toward the piece above. If you’ve ever seen the slab upon which the burnt body of the great Saint Lawrence was laid after he was burned alive, well, this is a double of it. Very appropriate. Even more, this reminds me of the slab upon which our Lord Himself was laid inside the Holy Sepulcher itself, there in the Church of the Resurrection in the Old City of Jerusalem.

We’ll see if we can make the down payment before someone else snatches it up. It’s all moving rather quickly. We’ll be having to make some crosses as well as a Sepulcher for relics of the Saints. And then it will have to consecrated. This will take much preparations. For instance, there is a cloth which goes over the newly chrismated altar, a cloth subjected to appropriate methodologies to have it do its job correctly. Then there is another cloth and finally the changeable altar cloth on top. This will all be new to me.

  • “But Father George! Father George! You’re an elitist! You want nice things for Jesus, not for the poor! What kind of Missionary of Mercy are you anyway? Your (literally) Gorilla Taped altar right now is really cool. It’s speaks loudly of poverty!”

Well, not all Missionaries of Mercy are filthy liberals who hate respect for the Son of the Living God. Jesus defended the woman who poured that little bottle of ointment worth a year’s wages over Him for His burial seconds before Judas went off to betray Jesus, right? Jesus defended the integrity and honesty of Temple worship, right?

Many of the great cathedrals in these USA were built by the poorest of the poor during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Just saying. Would you begrudge Jesus’ little flock their generosity with the Lord Jesus.

Moreover, if anyone has an objection, I’ll ask this: “Do you eat off a Gorilla Taped board?” And if you did, you would be offended for our Lord, indignant for Him that His Last Supper for the Redemption of the World and the Salvation of the many might be located on Gorilla Tape. The rough cross was connected with this – My Body given for you in Sacrifice, My Blood poured out for you in Sacrifice – and they are together one event. But let the celebration of the Wedding Banquet be appropriate joyous. Those who complain about a well celebrated Liturgy are also those who dismiss the violence of the Crucifixion, who don’t offer Confessions, because, you know, there’s no such thing as sin and we don’t need a Savior anyway.

Here’s the deal: Jesus is Himself the Altar, the Priest, and the Lamb of Sacrifice. This is to honor Him. This is a virtue. It’s called Piety. It’s a virtue of Justice: giving due honor to whom due honor is due. Jesus deserves much more honor than we could even begin to give to Him. After all, He saves us! An appropriate altar honors His Sacrifice even as it speaks to us of our sin that would occasion such generosity on our behalf from the Divine Son of the Immaculate Conception. Too much for some. They run away from such truths which should instead bring them great joy. Thus the bitterness.

Hah! There is NONE of that in this parish. Everyone wants to honor Jesus, and with great enthusiasm. When they hear that Jesus is going to come to judge the living and the dead and the world by fire, they say: Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!

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I’m a donkey & I’m a dog

Whatever the unfortunate political collateral damage good donkeys must suffer because of presently passing circumstances, it remains true that donkeys have always been an intimate part of the life of the Holy Family, with (usually) highly complimentary imagery throughout both Testaments of Sacred Scripture and then in the life of the Church.

It has come to my attention that there are interlopers out there, namely, from a Religious Order that rhymes with the Order of Preachers, those Dominicans, particularly those of the Great Province of Saint Joseph in these USA, who are surely self-fancied as those guard-dogs, those sheep-dogs, who ride around the flock on the backs of donkeys, pretending that donkeys are not really guard-donkeys, just those dogs that they are.

They find agreement with Saint Augustine, who would call yours truly an ass, but then he at least would encourage me that, nonetheless, I carry Christ: “Asinus es, sed Christum portas.” I won’t begrudge them the ride, of course, because those dogs carry the light of Christ, Himself the Lumen Gentium, to the whole world. Blessings upon them.

Here are those dogs. I note that they are braying away. :-)

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Blind, autistic, 2 mins: “We would be nothing without you. God bless you.”

Kodi Lee has done more to bring people to respect life than all politicians of this dark, sorry world put together. The culture of death freakoids want that such as these not have the chance to live. But good on you, Kodi. It took you just two minutes to have Simon Cowell say, with an audience in the many tens of millions:

“We would be nothing without you. God bless you.”

Truth.

  • We rejoice in Kodi’s verified perfect pitch.
  • We rejoice that he is one of the more or less 25 musical savants that we know about in the world.
  • I bet there are millions with such talent among the differently gifted in whatever direction but who instead are written off as disposable, not worthy of respect.
  • What I know is that Every Single Human Being is the image of God, whereas the fallen conditions we plow through in this world, with all of our sickness and death, have nothing to do with the glorious vocation that we have to be the children of God, to be on our way to heaven, where the tables will be turned, and all limitations of this life will be what is cancelled.

Yes, blessings upon those who respect the differently gifted, who take care of those with special needs knowing little of the great Treasure all creatures of God carry. Blessings upon those who suffer the anti-life mockery and icy scorn of this dark fallen world, from neighbors, at the supermarket, from the culture of death warriors who feel entitled to murder the differently gifted in the womb and on the street, in “camps”.

Yes, blessing upon those who respect the differently gifted, for they are warriors of respect and love carrying the brunt of such arrogance and haughtiness coming not only fallen human society, but from some supposed members of the church. Just to see the differently gifted, just to see the respect and love from carers, is enough to send the self-absorbed parasitical Prometheans into apoplectic fits of denial, blinding themselves to the fact that we all have severe limitations after original sin and must be on our to heaven, or else. God is Love, and that’s the Truth. And that sends them around the bend. They are anything but love and truth. This is sooo very difficult for carers, who get little encouragement when encouragement should be forthcoming.

It’s so good, everything is right, when seeing the vulnerable respected, welcomed.

I recall a sight I frequently witnessed as a permanent chaplain in Lourdes officiating over the afternoon Blessed Sacrament Procession, when, inside the Lower Basilica of Saint Pius X, after the Blessed Sacrament was enthroned upon the altar, the procession would enter, come down the ramps, and make its way to our Eucharistic Lord, first a river of wheelchairs, then of “chariots”, then of rolling hospital beds, then the rank and file of all the rest of us with all of our brokenness in this world.

It very much seemed to me – ever so strongly – that this is an analogy of the scene to be witnessed at the very gates of heaven, when we make our way to the Lord, and, may it please Him, we are admitted before His presence so as to offer Him humble thanksgiving, even as all the limitations of this world are taken away, both in body and in soul, so that, standing up and jumping for joy, we immediately fall to our knees in joyful reverence before Him and our Blessed Mother. Yes. This sight brought me profound joy, already thanking our Lord while in this world.

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It’s Friday in Lent. Mount Carmel Stations.

Originally posted on a long defunct website. There were rumblings at the time that there was a new plan to replace these Stations as the original company that made them was found. I find that the message of the destruction, particularly of the faces, is rather profound. Those who did the destruction know who they are. It will work on them like acid. Will they repent? Perhaps they already have.

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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (absolute alliteration, edition)

Next door to the rectory… If you look closely, you’ll see that there are many of these huge buds starting startlingly with Lenten color. Next to that there’s a tree trembling with the first petals of Paschal plenitude of life.

But we are still in the midst of Lenten observance. So… on the lawn of the rectory… the tiniest tribute terribly trying to be flowers for the Immaculate Conception.

Are you ready? I’m READY!

Forsooth! Foolish fugitive’s final fixing

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Feeling footloose, fancy-free and frisky, this feather-brained fellow finagled his fond father into forking over his fortune. Forthwith, he fled for foreign fields and frittered his farthings feasting fabulously with fair-weather friends. Finally, fleeced by those folly filled fellows and facing famine, he found himself a feed flinger in a filthy farm-lot. He fain would have filled his frame with foraged food from fodder fragments. “Fooey! My father’s flunkies fare far fancier,” the frazzled fugitive fumed feverishly, frankly facing fact. Frustrated from failure and filled with forebodings, he fled for his family. Falling at his father’s feet, he floundered forlornly. “Father, I have flunked and fruitlessly forfeited further family favors…” But the faithful father, forestalling further flinching, frantically flagged his flunkies to fetch forth the finest fatling and fix a feast. But the fugitive’s fault finding frater , faithfully farming his father’s fields for free, frowned at this fickle forgiveness of former falderal. His fury flashed, but fussing was futile. His foresighted father figured, “Such filial fidelity is fine, but what forbids fervent festivities? The fugitive is found! Unfurl the flags! With fanfare flaring, let fun, frolic and frivolity flow freely, former failures forgotten and folly forsaken. Forgiveness forms a firm foundation for future fortitude.” – Originally composed by Rev. W. O. Taylor

Here’s the deal: It’s not a maze to come back to the practice of the faith. Simply:

  • Go to Confession
  • Go to Mass
  • Keep the commandments
  • Go to heaven
  • Don’t do any of this with your own strength, but depend on Divine Son of God who laid down His life for ours, taking on the punishment we deserve so that He would have the right in his own justice to have mercy on us, which makes that mercy credible, majestic, putting us in reverence and humble thanksgiving before Him.

And that is surely a flower for the Immaculate Conception.

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Homily: Apostles drink chalice of Mary’s suffering with Jesus? Yes. How’s that?

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2021-03-03 · 8:05 pm

Is This an Evil Generation? Father Mark Goring

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This homily on vaccines may get me suspended or dismissed from the priesthood

Someone said my audience is my fellow priests. I’ll tell you what, in this homily I’m pretty much addressing myself directly to Pope Francis. I guess I’m ranting about Islam a bit, about the sacrifice of children a bit. It needs to be done. There. I did it.

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Pro-Life News, Vaccines, Common Good, Abortion, Jesus, Caiaphas: “Better that one man die than that a whole nation perish”

The “Common Good” citation isn’t in that clip, but in the Gospel of John 11:41-53 we read:

  • “Father, I thank you for hearing me. I know that you always hear me; but because of the crowd here I have said this, that they may believe that you sent me.” And when he had said this, he cried out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, tied hand and foot with burial bands, and his face was wrapped in a cloth. So Jesus said to them, “Untie him and let him go.” Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what he had done began to believe in him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. So the chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, “What are we going to do? This man is performing many signs. If we leave him alone, all will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our land and our nation.” But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing, nor do you consider that it is better for you that one man should die instead of the people, so that the whole nation may not perish.” He did not say this on his own, but since he was high priest for that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not only for the nation, but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God. So from that day on they planned to kill him.”

Yes, I’m very happy that Jesus laid down His life for us, the Innocent for the guilty, so that He might have the right in His own justice to have mercy on us, but for Caiaphas to abuse his office and condemn the Innocent for the guilty was a great sin.

Caiaphas wanted to achieve a good end – civil peace in the country – but at the cost of doing something evil. That will actually only make things worse, the good end never being obtained. Witness the disintegration of all things and the destruction of Jerusalem like none other.

Saint Paul condemns doing something evil so as to achieve a good end (Romans 3:8):

  • “And why not do evil that good may come? — as some people slanderously charge us with saying. Their condemnation is just.”

People think that sophistries claiming that we are distanced from an evil action so that we may rightly partake of the good end, but ignoring that that good end was wrought by an evil means are rightly condemned.

Covid 19 vaccines like Johnson and Johnson / Janssen, AstraZeneca, Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna have directly, purposely aborted healthy children so as to obtain a good end, whether developing or testing their vaccines or both on human beings executed exactly for this purpose, tested to be healthy, tested to make sure all their organs were fully developed.

To enjoy the good end of the vaccine is to mock these human beings for your convenience.

And don’t think that this is all expedient for the common good. Society will disintegrate all the more into hell.

HERE’S THE POINT: Doing something that will hurt someone so as to benefit the common good refers to things pertaining to individuals, not to those persons themselves. Thus, an airport might be built even if a particular farmer doesn’t like it, as long as he is compensated justly. But the farmer himself cannot be directly executed in order for some project to benefit you.

Those pro-life people who promote the common good to be brought about by any vaccines obtained by the direct execution of individuals are actually pro-abortion, pro-death, anti-God, anti-neighbor.

Jesus says: “What you have done to the least of these you have done to me.” Are you going to slash Mary open and experiment on Jesus? No? But you glibly think you are clever in getting yours, murdering the image of God for your own benefit?

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House Equality Act passes 224-206: All Dems + 3 Reps are getting matches to burn Bibles

Now it goes to the Senate. Sigh.

Anyone or anything which insists that marriage is to be between one man and one woman aspiring to be a family is to be outlawed. That’s sure to be a criminal offense, perhaps firstly a misdemeanor, then various levels of felonies which will end in prison.

What am I going to do about my Bible Study for the prisoners up in Graham County? I’ll already be in Jail. So…

The Dems are such fascist bullies. That’s always the case. Satan was a liar and murderer from the beginning.

The freakish, monstrous bishops and archbishops of these politicians who provide them Holy Communion… What are thinking?

Oh, I forgot.

We continue to pray. Ave Maria

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Homily: Ask, seek, knock, but… wait… what?

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2021-02-26 · 5:02 am

Homily: Jesus, Jonah, Solomon, Queen of the South, Wuhan Joe, Vaccines, Bishops, Priests

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West Wing bashing Jews: text without context is pretext. Bashing one is bashing all. Wuhan Joe wants bashing all believers to be the law.

And, mind you, this is within living memory of the Holocaust. I don’t even know where to begin with how maliciously ignorant this scripted text of West Wing is. Everything is taken out of context that full on hatred of all religion must be the pretext.

Today, fake Catholics like Wuhan Joe are bashing believing Catholics, taking texts in the New Testament out of context to provide self-serving pretext for an anti-Catholic Kristallnacht.

As Bill Donohue says, “The Equality Act has two major goals: it would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity to the definition of sex; it would also undermine the Religious Freedom Restoration Act by allowing gay rights to trump religious rights.” Get that?

Bible burning to ensue, both Testaments. Burning of churches will happen at the same time, sometimes with congregants inside, being burned to death. This happens. A priest friend of mine recounted the day the flames were to come to his parish church. Miracles followed, but not for everyone in that hell.

Hellish attitudes are all around us, just waiting to be unleashed. No one cares, because they think it can’t happen.

“Can’t happen…” Tell this to Jesus’ good mom:

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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (harbinger, edition)

This is the very first and only bloom, not even open yet, on the Forsythia at Holy Redeemer Church in Andrews NC at the mid-end of February. In legend, they are supposed to be the first to bloom as harbingers of Spring, but this year there were about half a dozen other varieties that just beat them to it. I always remember the Forsythia being first in line. Does that mean – in Farmers Almanac fashion – that we will have a late Spring this year? Yesterday it was in the 60s Fahrenheit. Today will be the same. I wanting to plant vegetables but I know it’s too early. It’s still going to freeze hard quite a number of times, perhaps even get below zero a number of times.

What would the Holy Family do? Not worry about it. God provides, at least to get us to heaven. And that’s what’s most important. That’s a super-important lesson to learn in this life, to have our eyes peeled on heaven even while we love neighbor and God in the same act of love. In a previous Flower for the Immaculate Conception, the Star of David was recalled. The full reality is going on all the time, no harbingers needed. The closer we are to God, the more wisdom to see what’s actually going on. No need for harbingers. We are just to be the eager children of God, being signs to the world in prompt obedience to God’s will, harbingers of the Prince of the Most Profound Peace precisely when and where He wants us there for that. Mary was the best at that.

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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Star of David, edition)

Plenty of these six-pointed stars outside Holy Redeemer church, already blooming in February.

My first thought is to “pick” such flowers for the Immaculate Conception, the Messiah’s good mom, and ours.

But here’s the reality of this: my second thought is…

Because I am pretty continuously attacked from a myriad of world-views about the very fact of the Star of David, my third thought goes to the synagogue in which Jesus preached in Capernaum, the synagogue used by the Jews of the time to convince Jesus to do a healing on behalf of a Roman military officer, and He did:

The bit in the middle refers to the perfection (seventh point) of the Son of David, the Messiah, who brings us from Day 6 (when Adam was created and the day he fell, and we in him, the day when Redemption was promised by YHWH Elohim.

And that brings me to a final thought:

Mary’s heart is in solidarity with that of her Son. She’s the mother of the “Son of David”, Christ our God.

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My birthday. What parishioners think of me. Hint: they don’t. Thank God. Jesus is the One.

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Colorized identities mock God

The Judeo-Catholic Messiah is Jewish and He said: “Salvation is of the Jews.” But that Messiah is the Lumen Gentium, the Light of the Nations. He is not interested in white and black and brown and yellow and olive and…. No. He is the Head of the Body (as Saint Paul says in His analogy) and all those He draws to Himself as He’s lifted up on the Cross (see John 12:32) are the members of His Body, that is, those who are redeemed and also – all things being equal – saved.

But to speak of such a truth today is somehow racist, a hate crime. And don’t think that as the new Police State is more firmly entrenched that such a painting will be legal to have on canvass, on paper, or even digitally. IT’S RAACIIST!!!

One of the greatest enemies of this kind of identity woke-ness is Martin Luther King, Jr. and his “I have a dream” speech. There is no one more hated among the Marxist lefties than MLK, Jr. Why’s that? Because he destroyed identity politics:

  • “I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”

The elitist lefties hate colorblind children. Haha. Out of the mouths of babes.

Meanwhile, the insanity of disrespect for all peoples continues:

Merrick Garland, seems to me, has it that each individual is systemically racist. The great question to him was this: But doesn’t that mean that the person evaluating someone else is also systemically racist? Cannot one be a believer in the Living Truth?

What we are to do is speak the one language of mercy, forgiveness, goodness and kindness, and of TRUTH, the Living Truth of God, the creator of us. We all stand before Him in need of His mercy, forgiveness, goodness and kindness, and TRUTH.

  • When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, 1 and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem. At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd, but they were confused because each one heard them speaking in his own language. They were astounded, and in amazement they asked, “Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans? Then how does each of us hear them in his own native language? We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites, inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene, as well as travelers from Rome, both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs, yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues of the mighty acts of God.” (Acts 2:1-11)

It’s said that non-acceptance of identity politics is racist and hurtful of rights of minorities because you can’t attack racism unless you see the racist in action, and you won’t do that unless you see the burdens of history. Well, it’s true that we have to see this reality, that oppressed populations for whatever reasons – and there are very many – are especially vulnerable to ongoing difficulties. Sure, but individuals are to be taken according to their circumstances and respected. One can always notice the violence of a racist and throw their backends in prison, and then assist those who have been smashed down, without jumping to a conclusion that each individual of whatever color it happens to be is racist by reason of their skin color. That would be racist.

I like the picture of the little black boy and the little white boy further above in this post. I take that back! Haha! I like that picture of the little boy and the little boy in the picture further above in this post. Haha!

I love Jesus, who sees these kids made in His own image, and who says: To such as these belongs the Kingdom of God.

Racism is messed up.

God will not be mocked.

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Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (Poison Eastern Lenten Roses, non-poisonous Ad orientem Altar-Rails, ed.)

Not sure, but this might be a buttercup. If it’s an Eastern Lenten Rose, all parts of this plant are poisonous. It’s to be found here in North America at an old friend’s house some hundreds of miles round trip on the “Day Off”. There’s no fear in that house of poisonous plants. They’re happy to have them there for their beauty. Our Lady is also fearless. All she ever saw outside of her Son was poison. She just prayed for us to be close to her Son. There’s no fear of the fear-demic at that house. We shouldn’t have any fear even to die and… and… go to heaven. Speaking of heaven…

While there, I had a long chat with another old friend, an extremely capable wood worker, who wants to get a move-on regarding the Altar Rails I mentioned to him months ago. I haven’t been there in a while. Lots of things happening. We chose the wood appropriate to the rails. We talked about the balustrade. We talked about installation, construction, and the next steps I need to do, as in taking pictures, getting exact measurements. That’s a non-poison flower for the Immaculate Conception.

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