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After first good freeze colors turned: constancy of God’s love in creation.


This is the Southern U.S., obviously. The North is weighted down with the first good snowstorm of the season. Meanwhile, in the South, we’re still fully in the midst of hurricane season, not to say that we’ll be getting any more hurricanes.

One might legitimately ask why – on a blog that once in a while tries to go out into the darkest of existential peripheries in order to help direct people in some way closer to Christ Jesus – why oh why bother with putting up posts like this when sightings of such beauty can be had by just about anyone anywhere anytime by anybody.

Sometimes the last thing we can see with any appreciation is what’s right in front of us, taking it for granted as we do, missing, then, the constant among us, which is God’s care for us whether we are in the darkest of existential peripheries or not.

In Romans chapter 1, we read that “What can be known about God is evident to them, because God made it evident to them. Ever since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made” so that they could know God and “accord Him glory as God” and “give Him thanks.”

Saint Paul doesn’t make any distinction about anyone haven’t entitlement to not notice God as the Creator because of their being in or not being in the darkest of existential peripheries. In other words, we can “hear” – if you will – all of creation speaking of the care of God for us, enough that we give Him thanks, despite whatever conditions we find ourselves to be in.

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“That never happens”

Just to make things easier, entrance was made at Porta Sant’Anna. The usual permesso took seconds. This was quite unusual.

Outside again, on the other side of the post office, I took the picture above. Just then, I was intercepted by a car driven by someone from the Governatorato, or so he said. I was just going to go to the southern entrance of the Belvedere Courtyard but he zipped me over to the ramp up to the back of the Sistine Chapel. You can see that ramp entrance through the portal in the lower right of picture above. He could be sincere, of course, and could have just taken pity on my limping. It just seemed all too serendipitous. He had nice things to say about Viganò. It’s easy to say nice things, so, I said nice things. My Ooda Loop was maxing out as he passed by the drop off point and brought me around the basilica near the jail. Perhaps this was a delaying tactic to talk longer. He brought me back and dumped me off at the ramp and then sped off to the Vatican Gardens above. Finally, into the courtyard I hobbled.

I was told that this never ever never happens. Never. Only to me. Perhaps “G”, the head of security sent him. Very nice. But I think I had to walk farther by getting a ride. That’s ok. I’m not complaining. I like adventure.


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“Pope Francis is cute!”


The end of the world for the Diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina, beyond the peripheries, is beautiful. There are also some of the worst problems in the world with drugs and alcohol and violence and corrupt politics. Very close to where this picture is taken my Missionary of Mercy duties have me visit the elderly who are sick and dying, as well as this 92-year-old who thinks Pope Francis is cute:

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Chocolate Bacon! Merry Christmas to a Jewish Missionary of Mercy! Yikes!


On my epic Christmas escapade to far flung rehabs, hospitals and shut-ins with Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament, there I was, just after the last stop, already nightfall, when I was presented with a Christmas present: Chocolate Bacon made especially for me! Mmmm mmmm good!

Now, honestly, what’s the first thing you think of in seeing such a culinary delight? If you have other answers or would like to explain your answer, drop a comment in the comments box.

UPDATE: As of this update writing, there are 26% of the votes for ISIS being the first thing that comes to mind. The FIRST thing. That’s indicative of a national mood I should think. Very interesting. I can’t wait for 20 January when I might be able to say something directly, finally, to the FBI. We’ll have to see what the list of executive orders are. If there is one which reverses Obama’s making it illegal for the FBI to do some investigation of terrorists in certain places, I’ll pass some information along, that is, again, as what I passed on before was illegal (not for me to send but for the Bureau to take into consideration). Meanwhile, my intention in putting up this post on Chocolate Bacon wasn’t to go after ISIS in any way, but just to do it, recalling similar culinary delights that the seminarians came up with at the Josephinum, like bacon wrapped sausage, kind of like bacon wrapped bacon. :-)


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Merry Christmas to you all

Today: Masses until midday. Then hospitals and rehabs and many hundreds of miles, bearing Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in a little pyx for the sick and dying. I think that I’ll be lucky to be back home by 5:00 AM Monday morning. Yikes! But it is such a joy and happiness, blessedness, to be with Jesus on this great day of his birth. Happy Birthday Jesus! Thank you, Jesus! Thank you, Mary!


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Catholic Hanukkah


Being a Catholic Priest and Jewish and a Missionary of Mercy of Pope Francis is really cool. This was Christmas Eve 2016 last night at the rectory just before Midnight Mass. There’s Mary. There’s baby Jesus in Saint Anthony’s arms. There’s the Menorah with the servant candle and day 1 lit up (Yes, I said the prayers, chanted them in Hebrew, actually, including the special prayer for day 1). There’s the Papal flag. There’s the American flag. There’s a flower for the Immaculate Conception. If anyone is scandalized and angry, see this from the Zed: ASK FATHER: Can Catholics observe Hannukah / Chanukah?


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Jesus listens even to the “Dog-Woman”


“Dog-Woman” Chapter 1 (pdf)

Chapter One is merely an introduction, and merely a rough draft. If you have any critiques, please do, offer them. I’m listening.

Chapter two will be a commentary on the Gospel of Matthew and Chapter three on that of Mark. Chapter four, well, that will bring out some implications, and that, my friends, will be a bit of a fright for some who are “rigid.” That’s it. Just a short pamphlet.

About Pietro del Po’s etching @1650 above. I’d like to see something out in the country, with all the Apostles cowering behind Jesus, with the woman smiling as she points to the little doggie, with Jesus laughing with her as He points to the Apostles behind him. Heh heh heh.  Any artists in the house?

In the PDF linked to here, a revised cover is to be seen. I’m not sure if I would like to keep that artwork or something of a revision of Pietro’s work above. I’d like to see the woman depicted as someone who is obviously very poor and is obviously just a teenager.

You’ll see from this first chapter that a big deal is made of listening. I’m also trying to make sense of the Synods on the Family and Pope Francis’ plea for a Synodal Church. Tell me if on on track, if I’m a heretic, if that is more or perhaps less than what Pope Francis wants. Don’t be shy.


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99% chance this priest won’t go to jail

handcuffsWhile the new judge on this case will most likely give me a reprieve for jury duty (I have a first amendment conflict of interest), there is a tiny chance he won’t, in which case he’ll have to sentence me for criminal contempt (though I have no contempt whatsoever), or a tiny chance that he will say that I have to wait in the courtroom to see if they get only eleven on the jury with two alternates and so therefore need me to continue through the interrogation of the whys and wherefores and bits and pieces of knowledge of the jury candidates, something I manifestly cannot do and so therefore he will have to sentence me straightaway for criminal contempt (though I have no contempt whatsoever). I simply cannot risk jury tampering for someone who is innocent until proven guilty by giving an impression to the jury pool that I heard the poor fellow’s confession and am risking jail so as not to break the seal of confession, when the whole time I actually never did hear his confession (though I don’t know that if he came to me behind the confessional screen, which I won’t know until all the unrepeatable details come out in court). I can’t let the judge stack the jury on behalf of the defense in the latter case, or let the guy walk without ever getting a trial as he could never get a fair trial after the impression was received, however wrongly, but really necessarily, that I heard the guy’s confession. The questions, you have to know, about the whys and wherefores and prejudices involved in having knowledge of plaintiffs or defendants are intense. When I refuse to answer, the jury must get the idea that I heard his confession as I go off to jail. I wouldn’t want some jerk priest giving that impression to the jury if I were in the hot seat. Would you? This is not about “getting off jury duty.” I don’t want to get off jury duty. That’s just a result of the conflict of interest I have. As Thomas More said: “I am the king’s good servant, but God’s first.” Here’s the deal, the judge might well say that there is zero chance that I heard the guy’s confession since they caught him in the act of the murder or rape or whatever it is. Instead, people also confess things they are sorely tempted to do even years before committing the crime, giving all sorts of unrepeatable details about how the crime will occur, telling me about others involved or who has prior knowledge, telling me about motives of ongoing feuds or whatever, etc. And I can know all this for years beforehand from both future plaintiff and defendant clans and friends, knowing much more than the investigators could ever dig up. Again, it doesn’t matter, Catholic or non-Catholic, it pretty much all comes to the priest. The seal of confession is respected by all, except, perhaps, a court of law, though we will see what happens. Also, don’t forget, I may well know of someone’s innocence, how a crime actually occurred with someone else taking the fall. That happens really a lot. A parent dying of cancer might take the fall for their offspring. A spouse for a spouse. Etc. Jury nullification is really easy. Anyway, I fully expect to get a reprieve… Watch this space. Today’s the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. If I don’t give you an update in another post by the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, tomorrow, you can surely rightly assume that I’m in jail.

By the way, a priest in New York just broke the Seal of Confession saying basically he got permission to do this from the defendant in a murder. A friend in the Holy See told me that this case may already be before the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to decide if the priest is formally declared excommunicate. The thing is, it is not a matter of Father getting permission. The Seal is his to keep regardless of any permission, regardless of any good for himself (such as taking care, he thinks, of his overly tender conscience being wounded by his own silence [not!]). People can give “permission” to reveal a confession for all sorts of reasons (coercion, manipulation, guilt, thinking this is pleasing to the priest so as to get an absolution, etc.). The priest must ignore this. He gave the guy absolution. It’s a confession, indeed sacramental, that must be respected regardless of how it started, and it sounds like an intended confession from the beginning. Why else would anyone go to a priest? Regardless of what the CDF concludes about his malice, I think that the priest should be much more worried about going straight to hell when he dies for having broken the Seal of Confession. If one is guilty of breaking the Seal, one is malicious. It is an attack on the very precious blood of Christ which was poured out for the forgiveness of sin. Father thinks he is a policeman and not a priest. How sad. And to me, that’s totally infuriating. He has damaged the trust of penitents, perhaps stopping untold numbers from going to confession. I could give him absolution if he asked for it, as I’m a Missionary of Mercy, right? But I’ll tell you this, I would absolutely give him the lecture of his life before doing so. He had no right whatsoever to break the Seal of Confession. I can’t risk doing that either, or even give the impression that I am while the whole time I never heard the guy’s confession, ensuring his conviction when otherwise he could have walked as the innocent man he just might be.

Again, just to be clear, I don’t know those involved, whether this was a group or individual, a man or woman (or whatever), what the crime supposedly is or when or where it occurred, etc. I must make a blanket refusal to speak about possible penitents absolutely every time. I don’t know if they ever came to me even behind a screen, even before a crime was committed, looking for arguments not to commit a crime, which may have worked for a while, but then… I just don’t know, do I? No, I don’t. At any rate, there is a conflict of interest for the Constitutional right to free exercise of religion. I must fight for this to be respected. It may just be that the judge wanted to see if I would risk going to jail, given that other priests literally don’t seem to give a damn about breaking the Seal of Confession. When he finds out I am serious, he may just congratulate me for setting a good example for both society and religion, what it means to be a good minister and what it means to be a good citizen. That’s actually what I fully expect, well, 99% sure.

This would be the judge’s opportunity to condemn the Archdiocese of New York for also giving that priest “permission” to break the Seal of Confession. Apparently, the Archdiocese (surely this absolutely must involve ol’ Cardinal Dolan [sigh…]) thinks that a guy confessing a sin and getting sacramental absolution is not a sacramental confession. It seems to me that Jesus will lay on them the penitent’s guilt unless they also repent.

But then again, fewer (arch)dioceses seem to give a damn, literally, about the Sacrament of Confession. See the utterly ridiculous action of the Diocese of Manchester for which I provided some rather incisive commentary some time ago:


For many more articles on this little drama, click the category “Confession” or simply go directly to ariseletusbegoing.com/ and see the articles on the first couple of pages. By the way, say a prayer for that priest who broke the Seal. He will need those prayers regardless of what the CDF says. I just offered Mass for the good of his soul just now, this very day.

By the way: Many people have let me know by phone or email that they prayed to the Lord and are convinced that I have already received a miracle of getting a reprieve. I would like that!

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World Youth Day 2016 sex ed sex abuse

World Youth Day 2016 Pope Francis and Jesus

After reading about the hard core XXX porn video recommendations being made to 16-18 year olds at World Youth Day 2016 as put together by the Pontifical Council for the Family’s sexually abusive sex-education program being promoted among these youngsters I feel like vomiting and that I’m about to have a heart attack.

I could say some pretty rough things and use some pretty rough language to assist the intent of my comments, but that doesn’t do me any good, nor would it do you any good.

But I will say this: If any priest were to promote those recommendations of the Pontifical Council for the Family to 16-18 year olds, such a priest would forthwith be dismissed from the clerical state (laicized) by Pope Francis and then sued for sex-abuse and thrown in prison for the rest of his life in these USA.

But if any priest were to argue against such an abusive program and not comply with some sex-crazed (Arch)bishop’s sex-abusive sex-ed program based on this rubbish at “The Pope’s World Youth Day”, he would soon find himself without any assignment, without any means to live. After a few years he would be laicized just to get him out of the way.

Here’s the deal: I would rather be a priest forever in heaven even though having suffered on this earth, than to go to hell as a priest where I would be tormented worse than anyone else forever.

Perhaps those who ram this diabolical scandal in the faces of youngsters should be reminded that Jesus, BECAUSE of his mercy will come to judge the living and the dead and the world by the fire of His love, which will burn ardently in those who are with Him, but which will be a source of the most intense and burning frustration for those who did not welcome children with the respect which is their due.

Meanwhile, I am going to continue being the priest I am happy to be. I will keep up with the Sacraments. I will pray. I will follow the love and goodness and kindness and mercy and truth and justice of Jesus. I will fend off all attempts to destroy souls in my parish. I will pray for the Roman Pontiff and those in the Roman Curia. But I am God’s servant first.

– Father George David Byers – Missionary of Mercy of Pope Francis

P.S. Dear Pope Francis, if a mutual friend shows you this post, why not consent to the interview I would I like to have with you? I have some questions for you.

= I need to write a post with the title “Flores for the Immaculate Conception”…


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Did you know that Mary’s Baby Boy is the great “I AM”?

finding christ in the temple bloch

Firstly, the painting: This is the Finding of Christ in the Temple by Carl Heinrich Bloch (†1890) of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. “Read,” if you will, about the moment Mary sees Jesus by reading the expression of the already bar-mitzvahed boy sitting on the steps of the temple. That boy sees her anguish, and that she’s the mother of Jesus who’s busy with his own bar-mitzvah. The boy on the steps is already running his own business of selling “a pair of turtle doves or two young pigeons” (Luke 2:24). He has rope in hand, ready to tie up the feet of his captives to hand over in a bundle to anyone buying them for the sacrifice. Mary did make such a purchase twelve years earlier when Jesus had been presented in the Temple. Luke recounts Simeon’s words to Mary at that time, words that we are supposed to remember now: Continue reading


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To (Arch)Bishops: Pope Francis’ Missionary of Mercy’s invitation to Victims of Abuse and to Treatment Centers for Priests

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The parameters within which the Missionaries of Mercy work are defined more or less by the national boundaries and territories of the episcopal conference of the Missionary’s domicile. The bishops will eventually be sent the entire list from which they can request a Missionary if they don’t already have one or they need more help. In the U.S.A., the ratio is about one Missionary for every two (arch)dioceses.

A Missionary doesn’t always wait. I would like to push those who think they may be ineligible to ask how it is that mercy works its effects to go ahead and push their bishops or other ecclesiastical superiors for such an event during this Year of Mercy. I’m asking (arch)bishops and religious superiors not to wait for those who may feel ineligible to ask to just make it happen for them.

So, I’m asking (arch)bishops and religious superiors to schedule events in their Cathedrals and in Treatment Centers for Priests with Pope Francis’ Missionaries of Mercy, events which offer such encouragement about mercy, specifically for those who have been abused, and specifically for those who have been the abusers. I’m available for either kind of event. It is imperative that all know the goodness and kindness, the peace and joy our Lord Jesus, who loves us all so very much.

Just to say: this blog is followed by many in Silver Spring, MD, in Albuquerque, NM, and in Dittmer, MO, et al. There is an interest.

Just to say: This is what Pope Francis wants. Do what you need to do to help bring healing to all.

Contact me at an old but still active email address, which is holy souls hermitage [one word] at gmail dot com.

— Father George David Byers

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Pope Francis’ Jewish Missionary of Mercy



The Chief Rabbi of Rome, Riccardo di Segni, truly a gentleman and scholar and pastor of souls [pictured here with Pope Francis], met me late at night near the Iranian Embassy in Rome, on 3 November 2005, after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad threatened to wipe Israel from the face of the earth. I had wanted to express solidarity with my fathers in the faith. Rabbi di Segni’s first words to me were: “Sia laudato Gesù Cristo!”

A Missionary of Mercy of Pope Francis is a Jew?

  • Catholics: “No surprise there!” hopefully said pleasantly.
  • Jews: “?באמת” followed by “!מצוין” I hope.

Here’s all I know:

  • Yes, I’m a 100% Jew according to Knesset accepted halakhic requirements
  • Yes, my mom is a 100% Jewess and spoke a bit of Yiddish
  • Yes, her mother and grandmother spoke fluent Yiddish and both had common Jewish names
  • Yes, she gave me the name David (though my dad imposed George in front of that)
  • Yes, she gave me a Jewish nickname anyway: Jordan (when she wasn’t using Yiddish knicknames with me when I was being a troublemaker!)
  • Yes, my parents funded my education at Hebrew University on Mount Scopus
  • Yes, I did live on the other side of the wall from Hebrew Union College across from Jerusalem’s King David Hotel
  • Yes, I speak a bit of modern Hebrew and know enough Biblical Hebrew to correct specialist historical philological studies
  • Yes, I’ve written things which discredit hundreds of years of anti-Semitic idiocy, destroying even the foundations of anti-semitism that have been stupidly proffered at the very highest of academic levels.
  • Yes, I would like to write more, if only the Pontifical Household would release a certain document from the mid-1940s, and they know of what I speak, since a bishop and a number of Cardinals were involved in the request (look it up, guys…)
  • Yes, I’m trying to kick-start what has been called by the chief rabbi for dialogue between Israel and the Holy See that which goes far beyond what any such dialogue countenanced by the Holy See has offered to date, bringing things to a different level altogether
  • Yes, I’ve walked a huge portion of the greater Israel, until my legs were about to fall off, and have otherwise visited here and there quite exhaustively, feeling myself to be at home
  • Yes, I am circumcised!
  • Yes, I’ve sung Israeli folk songs in Hebrew by heart
  • Yes, I’ve said Mass in Hebrew entirely by heart
  • Yes, I do like to “talk about Saturday” ;-) [Not taking it seriously is the reason for the Exile, a mockery of the Most High, but, mind you, Jesus’ critics were not taking it seriously]
  • Yes, I did feel more at home walking through the Jewish “Ghetto” in Rome over the decades of my sojourn in Rome than in many of the churches I visited and passed by, mentioning this to good friends over the years, and this for reasons which they could provide even if they didn’t know me (and yes, I do have comments to make about the fact of the ghetto and “the” church at its peripheries)
  • Yes, I do have friends who have my back; after all: תשועה ברוב יועץ
  • Yes, I do want dual Israeli-USA citizenship (possible for me?)
  • Yes, I admit it: I do need to grow pe’ot (You’ll have to see if I do!)

Why do I bring this up on Arise! Let us be going! ?

Because a disclaimer (or warning) of sorts is appropriate before I launch into some articles on Jewish-Catholic dialogue. I am intrigued by a deepening of the dialogue presented by Cardinal Koch at the beginning of the Extraordinary Jubilee of the Year of Mercy, all the more so as commentators left and right present their utter ignorance of the issues and what is at stake. I look forward to this with an eye to provide mercy, a heart wide open to receive that mercy, the aim being to be drawn together by the Most High to the accomplishment of His Holy Will. Is this not part of what being a Missionary of Mercy is all about?

Arise! Let us be going!

— Father George David Byers


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