Thanksgiving

My sincerest and warm wishes to all my blogging friends and followers for a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving.
-Alan

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On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving break, mom picked me up from school. We were going to stop by the supermarket, prior to returning home, for a few more Thanksgiving dinner food items. I was anxious to get home and enjoy every minute of the four-day vacation.

Dinner that night would be uneventful, as mom would be spending the better part of the evening prepping for Thanksgiving dinner. That preparation would include: homemade tomato sauce and meatballs, homemade pasta, sausage stuffing for the turkey,  pumpkin pie and, a favorite of mine, icebox cake(ingredients being-chocolate pudding, hand whipped cream, vanilla tea biscuits and chocolate wafer cookies).

When I awoke Thanksgiving morning, dad was still sleeping, having worked the night shift as a pressman. He would soon enjoy the wonderful aroma that I was, as I entered the kitchen. Mom had been up since 6AM stuffing the turkey, which was at this time in the oven. The cold and partially sunlit day, a prelude to the stark winter which lay ahead…

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A Moment of Silence

My first experience with Political Correctness (PC) was as a middle school student in the early 1960’s. One morning in home room when we rose from our seats for prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, we were instead asked to stand for a moment of silence. The change in procedure at first seemed strange. However, the customary call to obedience that is due our infallible prayer and pledge impelled us to respond here in like manner. We automatically, unknowingly, and respectfully granted that same obedience to the authority of a fallible state. I would not understand the ramifications that this alteration would have not only on the societal fabric of our country, but also the identity mutation that would slowly encroach on our right as a free thinking nation to exercise one’s good conscience. The slow deterioration of tolerance for difference of opinion would curtail discussion, erode our democracy and give rise to the realities of tyranny. One never appreciates the value of a thing until it is lost.

The PC culture has had profound degenerative effects on our country and encouraged division among its people. How can we as a people maintain unity through assimilation when the powers-that-be use diversity to establish lines of division that undoubtedly will cause frustration and disharmony, which in time will morph into hatred? But, that is the plan to take down democracy.

The slow and deliberate implementation of Political Correctness in America has had the same effect on democracy as that of a frog who finds himself in a pot of water on a stove. If you but increase the heat by one degree each day, the unsuspecting frog will boil to death before he becomes aware of the danger. Democracy in America and that frog now share a similar pot. And it is not the altruistic melting-pot which was once this nation’s aim that had made America unique.

Why is prayer such a threat to PC proponents? Because prayer contradicts political correctness; in that, God, who is the object of that prayer, is the antithesis of the State. As charity opposes selfishness and love contradicts hatred. Man cannot tolerate God in this circumstance; for if the goal is to win the confidence of the populace in order to control the populace, man, in the form of government, then must establish himself god. Prayer everywhere must be restricted, because if God is everywhere then the required vacuum for man to replace God cannot be created.

The following is the simple prayer which came under fire and went to the Supreme Court for the landmark decision:

“Almighty God, we acknowledge our (dependence on Thee) and beg Thy blessing over us, our parents, our teachers, and our nation.”

A professor at Boston University, John Miltimore, touched on origins of the term ‘politically correct.’ His following article, in double brackets, is revealing.

[[“The notion of political correctness came into use among Communists in the 1930s as a semi-humorous reminder that the Party’s interest is to be treated as a reality that ranks above reality itself,” writes Codevilla, Professor Emeritus of International Relations at Boston University.

The semi-humorous reminder went something like this:

Comrade, your statement is factually incorrect.”
“Yes, it is. But it is politically correct.”

The anecdote was a vital reminder in Stalin’s empire: Stray from the party’s official position and it could mean death. Whether or not something was true mattered less than whether or not it advanced the Idea (i.e. the Party’s interest). Similarly, Saul Alinsky, the Chicago community organizer, used the phrase: “Use any means to achieve your goal.”

How does this apply to America today? Codevilla says progressives, like the Marxists before them, have a simple reason for existence: fix a broken society.

“The formula is straightforward: the world is not as it should be because society’s basic, ‘structural’ feature is ordered badly….For Marx and his followers that feature is conflict over the means of production in present-day society…. For Freudians it’s sexual maladjustment, for followers of Rousseau it’s social constraint, for positivists it is the insufficient application of scientific method, for others it is oppression of one race by another. Once control of society passes exclusively into the hands of the proper set of progressives, each sect’s contradictions must disappear as the basic structural problem is straightened out.”

The methods of the Communists and progressives differ, but the goal is one and the same: achieve “cultural hegemony(control),” a political phrase popularized by Antonio Gramsci (1891–1937), an Italian Marxist and politician who became prominent in progressive circles decades after his death.

Progressives learned that achieving hegemony by criminal punishment is difficult. Intellectuals seeking to remake America—“born tainted by Western Civilization’s original sins: racism, sexism, greed, genocide”, etc.—found a more effective way.

Political correctness, perpetuated by a small class of people ensconced at universities, bureaucracies, and major media, is the ideal tool for achieving cultural hegemony. It is “forceful seduction” in lieu of rape. It achieves “tacit collaboration by millions who bite their lip.”

As a political philosophy, political correctness might seem lifeless and aimless. But Codevilla noted the goal of Lenin and Stalin was not a state built on Marxist principles; it was always party control. The two philosophies are similarly empty.

“Like its European kin, all that American progressivism offers is obedience to the ruling class, enforced by political correctness….Nor is there any endpoint to what is politically correct, any more than there ever was to Communism. Here and now, as everywhere and always, it comes down to glorifying the party and humbling the rest.”

“Political Correctness is a movement 1) fundamentally political in nature; and 2) built on resentment.” – Dr. Jordan Peterson

Peterson said this is no accident. It comes right out of the Saul Alinsky playbook.

“The social justice people are always on the side of compassion and ‘victim’s rights,’ so objecting to anything they do makes you instantly a perpetrator. There’s no place you can stand without being vilified, and that’s why it keeps creeping forward….There’s no compassion at all. There is resentment, fundamentally.”]]

 

The elimination of the fear of God, symbolized by the Supreme courts actions in the matter of school prayer, led to a dramatic increase in crime, venereal disease, premarital sex, illiteracy, suicide, drug use, public corruption, and other social ills. This is documented by Specialty Research Associates, under the direction of David Barton, that has released a report entitled America: To Pray or Not to Pray. Below are just a few of the examples featured in Barton’s (1991) report.


A. Young People

1. For 15 years before 1963 pregnancies in girls ages 15 through 19 years had been no more than 15 per thousand  After 1963 pregnancies increased 187% in the next 15 years.

2. For younger girls, ages 10 to 14 years, pregnancies since 1963 are up 553%.

3. Before 1963 sexually transmitted diseases among students were 400 per 100,000. Since 1963, they were up 226% in the next 12 years.


B. The Family

1. Before 1963 divorce rates had been declining for 15 years. After 1963 divorces increased 300% each year for the next 15 years.

2. Since 1963 unmarried people living together is up 353%

3. Since 1963 single parent families are up 140%.

4. Since 1963 single parent families with children are up 160%.


C. Education

1. The educational standard of measure has been the SAT scores. SAT scores had been steady for many years before 1963. From 1963 they rapidly declined for 18 consecutive years, even though the same test has been used since 1941.

2. In 1974-75 the rate of decline of the SAT scores decreased, even though they continued to decline. That was when there was an explosion of private religious schools. There were only 1000 Christian schools in 1965. Between 1974 to 1984 they increased to 32,000.

a. That could have an impact if the private schools had higher SAT scores. In checking with the SAT Board it was found that indeed the SAT scores for private schools were nearly 100 points higher than public schools.

b. In fact the scores were at the point where the public schools had been before their decline started in 1963 when prayer and Bible reading/ instruction was removed from the schools.

c. The scores in the public schools were still declining.

3. Of the nation’s top academic scholars, three times as many come from private religious schools, which operate on one-third the funds as do the public schools.

I will interject a thought here: What should be of great concern to parents as regards most schools and Universities today is this: “Rather than teaching students how to think, they are being taught what to think.”


D. The Nation

1. Since 1963 violent crime has increased 544%.

2. Illegal drugs have become an enormous & uncontrollable problem.

3. The nation has been deprived of an estimated 30 million citizens through legal abortions just since 1973. ( to date, the number of abortions in the United States is estimated at 60 million.)

The above statistics impels the question: What would be the state of our country if prayer had remained in our school system? When we turn from a God based democratic system of government to a propagated politically correct  progressive (socialist)  system of governing, we then abandon an ordered society based on objective truth to one that adheres to subjectivism, where everyone does their own thing with little if any regard for their neighbor. Further, democracy is reduced to near dictatorship by flippantly disregarding a just and guiding constitution thereby subverting the rule of law through the establishment of the double standard which is a direct consequence of the PC plan.

If this is what and where we are without prayer, then it is reasonable and logical to conclude that those statistics above would not then apply if prayer and the human characteristics and behavior which are encouraged by prayer were still the norm. A law of physics-and there are many such laws that cannot be manipulated by relativism-states that: two objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time. If a space is vacated, then something else will replace it; as air in an empty glass  is forced out when the glass is filled with water. Are we that far removed from God that we are incapable of returning? The answer is, no; so long as man has the will to conform his will to that of God’s. God never willed our present conflict to be so. However, man did so by exalting pride over humility. Returning to the example of the glass: air can again replace water simply by emptying the glass. So too can a once just society created for the purpose of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness again flourish when man empties himself of pride and allows humility to rightly reign in his heart. I am not so naïve to believe that the lid once removed from Pandora’s box can easily again be replaced. Yet, I do recall one particular quote from scripture : “What is impossible for man, is not impossible for God.” In that all hope is not lost.

The school and class room where I first heard the words, “a moment of silence”, still stand today. That “moment of silence,” as we well now know, has been silenced completely. The advocates, foot-soldiers and custodians of the PC culture have done their work well, and, for the moment, have the upper hand. Be that as it may; for history has always shown that the proof is in the pudding. And political correctness has at best proved itself to be wrong; at worst proved itself to be a lie.

If man fails to purge himself of pride and restore his humility, then the sad circumstance of our present age will persevere.

 

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Just A Thought (just for a laugh)

With the end of Daylight-Savings Time soon upon us I offer the following brief discourse for those who often may wonder, as do I; “Am I doing this correctly?”

Charles P. Stone, a former New York advertising executive, who passed away in 1993, coined the Daylight-saving time slogan, “Spring Forward, Fall back.”

With all due respect to the late Mr. Stone, I believe there can be some confusion in properly setting one’s time pieces when using this slogan.

One does not always fall back. My personal Polio experience required locked braces for mobility. Therefore, I found that falling forward was as easy as falling backward. But, one thing always remained true; whether forward or back, I always fell down. Gravity continually draws objects in that direction. And in Spring one thinks of spring flowers that spring up. I have never seen a flower spring forward. Also, should a skunk cross your path it wouldn’t be prudent to spring forward. Your first reaction would be to spring back.

One cannot help but see the erroneous nature of the late Mr. Stone’s slogan. So to provide a sure-fire reliable aid to correctly setting clocks for daylight-savings time I offer, in keeping with my case made above, this alternate slogan: “Spring up, Fall down. Whatever time of day or night in the spring, set your time-pieces up one hour-up; that, i.e., then being up from 5PM to 6PM. Conversely, in the fall, set your time pieces down one hour-down; that, i.e., then being down from 5PM to 4PM. Angst from uncertainty is then avoided and accuracy is calmly achieved.

This is just one common sense way to remove one concern from the many concerns which burden our country. Now, that having been said, some U.S. states and territories continue not to follow the daylight-savings practice. Those are parts of Arizona, and includes: Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Thereby, confirming that even in time-keeping we as a nation manage to remain divided. Ah, relativism, does truly screw up the works.

Well, I know this topic  seems to be of no great consequence, yet it still is important to those of us who see the importance in being on time.

Again, Just a thought: Happy Daylight-savings time!

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CCC: Comprehensive, Cohesive, Certain

In considering the following sets of initials, GPS and CCC, I dare say that most Catholics can recognize and expand more on the first set than on the second. Each set has one thing in common; both guide us to a desired destination.

GPS stands for Global Positioning System. This guidance system is found in most transportation today. This technology replaces the former road map which one could obtain at an AAA outlet or gas station. When one keys in the start and end addresses before beginning one’s journey, a command voice will inform the traveler when and where to make turns along the way to keep the traveler on course, ensuring arrival at the designated destination. If the traveler decides to ignore the voice instructions and alter the route, obviously, he then will not be successful in achieving his goal.

CCC stands for Catechism of the Catholic Church. It, too, is a road map. But it directs any who use it faithfully to a destination not found anywhere on Earth; it is found in Heaven. Specifically, the place that has been prepared for each of us. When we veer off course in the conduct of our lives, the CCC can bring us back to that road less traveled which leads to the narrow gate. The main goal and purpose of the Church is to deliver souls to Heaven. The CCC is the document that provides one wishing to be a good and faithful Catholic all that is necessary to do just that.

There once existed a clear identity of Catholicism. Over the last five decades a turn around has occurred in the Church through infiltration of the worldly that has sown doubt toward the doctrine among the faithful who can easily acquiesce to an aberration of what is thought to be Catholic. We profess in communal prayer to be One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. Yet through eye-witness experience and research, I have found this to be sadly not always so. This crisis of identity cannot be attributed to the failings of God’s will, for He is infallible. But only through man’s failure in the proper use of free will has the conveyance of the Church’s divine mandate, which was consummated on the cross by Our Lord’s sacrifice, been impaired. This disjointed present ecclesial state must be returned to fundamental unity reflecting the order which is in keeping with God’s nature.

Holy Mother Church throughout history has often been in need of repair. Not in the natural sense but in the supernatural sense. Jesus said: “Scandals you will always have, but woe to them who cause them.” We are, beyond question, being pulled in different directions by opposing factions in the Church. Jesus said that the gates of hell would not prevail against His Church, but He did not say that Satan would not try. Whenever there is an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, be assured that the diabolic will put forth a strong effort. Through the poison of politics Satan has his foot firmly wedged in the door of the Church. We Catholics find ourselves not in solidarity in our understanding nor in execution of our faith, which can be attributed to Satan’s influence. Rather than being faithful followers of our Founder’s divine objective truths, we often persist in a subjective worldly attitude. And no one is immune to such influence, if not at the ready; neither laity nor the custodians of the Church. How then can newcomers or returnees to the Church find refuge from a disordered world if they find in the Church not what they seek, but rather more of the same?

So, then, if we may not be legitimate in the practice of our faith, how then do we become so?  I have been raised in the Catholic faith since my birth. I was Baptized and received my First Communion according to Church custom. I was prepared for Confirmation through classes taught with use of the Baltimore Catechism; which will somewhat date me. While making a life, as so many of us, my days were filled in pursuing a career and commitment to family and friends. Sadly, the time given to accurately practicing my faith was minimal; Church on weekends, receiving Communion and infrequent confession. I never realized how little I knew about my faith, myself, and my relationship with God through Jesus, until I picked up a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Catholic means universal and comprehensive. Neither was I in both my understanding and practice. The Catechism can be a bit daunting when first held in the hand. It is about 900 pages long. But one does not have to read it in one sitting. I recommend it as the guide, as referenced above; since it is truly a road map for Catholics who have wandered. Like me, there are many who are ignorant of what it means to be Catholic. If I have a question regarding a particular issue, it is easy to locate the section in the Catechism and the Church’s position held on that issue which all Catholics should follow. The truth, love, justice and mercy that it encompasses enlightens, strengthens and comforts. The beauty of the Catechism is that it is like a three-legged stool. It is always in balance. John Paul the Great verifies this balance when he wrote: “The Catechism of the Catholic Church is a statement of the Church’s faith and doctrine, attested to or illuminated by Sacred Scripture, Apostolic Tradition and the Church’s Magisterium; making it a sure norm for teaching the faith and thus a valid and legitimate instrument for ecclesial communion.”  Any document having affixed to it the name of Pope John Paul II (now John Paul the Great) can be trusted. We as Catholics can receive so much more of God’s grace which our faith so abundantly offers by making use of this wonderful Holy document.

Yet we do, at times, stray by succumbing to the ways of the world that have blurred our view and understanding of our faith. Through the Catechism, the truth that sustains the Church as Christ intended when He appointed Peter Her first pope is again made clear. We then can go about re-aligning ourselves with our faith through thought, word, and deed. When I now attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass it is not out of some apathetic obligatory routine, but, rather, a free act of reverent enthusiastic celebration. Because there at the center of the Mass is all that is needed and desired for the fulfilled life; the Holy Eucharist. By living the Catechism we live a balanced complete Catholic Faith. And through our visible conviction as one unified faithful Church of Christ, it will be evident to all, exactly who we are.

The indifferent practicing Catholic cannot be considered Catholic. For if one is not all in, then one is not in at all. The Catechism of the Catholic Church is the proper tool by which the misinformed and uncertain Catholic can be reintroduced to his faith and rekindle his relationship with God. To the misguided, what seems wrong with the Catholic Church is truly what is right with it. Christ’s purpose in sacrifice on the cross was not solely to increase the membership of the Church, but specifically to increase the number of souls going to heaven through the Church. To justly love God we must love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. The Catechism teaches that when one comes to love Christ, there are no longer two distinct persons but one. And that one is Christ, in which we must be totally immersed. For with Him, through Him and in Him is the elusive eternal joy we seek. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Food For Thought-Revisited/Revised

 

 

 

 

“A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.”- Albert Einstein

I recently completed reading a book titled: “Geocentrism 101,” authored by Dr. Robert Sungenis, a PhD. in Theology and Religious Studies from George Washington University, Westminster Theological Seminary, and Calamus International University. Dr. Robert Bennett is a contributing co-author, who holds a doctorate degree from Stevens Institute of Technology, and provides the technical and mathematical explanation of the various arguments for Geocentrism. As one would gather from the title, it is a text-book; which is recommended for high school, college and adult. It is a layman’s version of a three-volume, 2,200-page book set, authored by Doctors Sungenis and Bennett, titled: “Galileo was wrong: The Catholic Church Was Right.”

In 1610 Galileo came into conflict with the Catholic Church, for his support of Copernican astronomy, which has become to be known as the Copernican Principle. In observing the phases of Venus and the moons of Jupiter with the new telescope, he promoted the heliocentric theory of Copernicus-that the Earth, along with the other planets in the solar system, revolves around a relatively stationary Sun. The Sun, then being the center of the Solar system, rather than the Earth(as in geocentrism). Geocentrism was supported by the Catholic Church, as depicted through revelation, in the Old Testament Book of Genesis.

Over the last four hundred years, modern cosmology(Cosmology is derived from the word “cosmos,” meaning order) has developed along the lines of the accepted Copernican model of the universe. Philosophies and numerous present day “ism’s,” that have arisen from the Copernican model, have played a significant role in directing and shaping mankind’s societies; what we believe, how we think and how we act. All born from a concept of chance, rather than divine thought. Thereby proclaiming that the Earth is a meaningless planet, wandering about, in a far corner of the universe. And essentially, assumed to be, quite insignificant.

However, if this principle is the true model for the cosmos, why then is there so much conflict, unrest and turmoil in the world? Why must signals, sent to communication satellites orbiting Earth, be tweaked to allow GPS systems to work properly? Whereas, in the geocentric model tweaking is not necessary at all.

These observances, among others, lead us to a question…What if the heliocentric model (theory”), aka, The Copernican Principle, is wrong? Have we been traveling down the wrong road all this time, based on an incorrect assumption? An assumption based on information acquired using the antiquated scientific tools that were available in the 1600’s.

A theory is an idea that is suggested or presented as possibly true, but that is not known or proven to be true. A fact is something that truly exists or happens: something that has actual existence. Fact has been validated, in the cases that follow, by empirical data gathered, as a result of advanced scientific experimentation and observation.

In 1881, Albert Michelson performed an experiment, using a machine-the interferometer-that he had invented, to measure the light movement through ether. A gas known to exist in space, that the Earth passes through, as it revolves around the sun at 66,000 mi/hr, and rotates on its axis, once every 24 hours. His experiment showed that the measured amount of displacement of ether, through the action of light on the ether, was not enough to confirm the Earth was reaching the required 66,000 mi/hr necessary for the Earth to revolve around the sun in 365 days; one year. The data not only showed that the measured displacement was so low that it confirmed that the Earth was not moving at 66,000 mi/hr, but astoundingly revealed that the Earth was not moving at all! However, there was enough of a measure to prove that ether did exist.

Michelson, again performed the same experiment in 1887, with a partner, Edward Morley. The results were the same and even more accurate. It showed that the relative velocity of the Earth through the ether is probably less than 1/6th the earth’s presumed orbital velocity, and certainly less than 1/4th, which was the measured value, confirming a motionless Earth.

For a practical example of Michelson’s experiment; suppose you are in your car on a still air day. You begin to drive with windows open and your hand outside the window. As you accelerate, you will then feel the air resistance build as the air is displaced by the car moving through it. And at 30 mi/hr the air flow feels much less than at 50 mi/hr. Now, we know air exists, because as we move through it we can feel its pressure. Therefore we know we are moving. However, at rest, we don’t feel any air movement. Therefore, the lack of air pressure displacement proves that the car is not moving, as is with the Michelson/Morley experiment, proving that the Earth is not moving.

In a book published in 1948, by Lincoln Barnett, “The Universe and Dr. Einstein,” endorsed by Albert Einstein, an honest scientist admitted that which modern science has not been able to refute; “…we can’t feel our motion through space, nor has any physical experiment ever proved that the Earth actually is in motion.”

The empirical data derived from these experiments was jaw dropping and perplexing to those who subscribed to the Copernican Principle. Initial reactions to the admitted irrefutable data were: “How can this be?” Followed by, “This can not be!” The data shows Earth, not as a cosmic vagabond, but instead, motionless in the universe.

The above findings, significantly placed the heliocentric model’s credibility at risk, and threw its supporters into a panic; as they creatively attempted to support the Copernican model in the face of such concrete data to the contrary. Albert Einstein, the most prominent and respected mathematician and physicist of his era, was approached to explain the extremely damaging data to the model. He responded with the invention of the Special Theory of Relativity to keep the speed of light constant and allow the Earth to move; but later(compelled by verifiable contradictions to that theory) invented the General Theory of Relativity and made the speed of light non-constant, thereby permitting the Earth to be motionless in space.

“In the end, we want to know the truth of things. Yet we often do not want to know truth if it requires us to change our lives.”- James V. Schall, S.J.

The COBE (1989), WMAP (2001) and PLANCK (2009) space probes were launched to measure cosmic microwave radiation(CMB). The latter, being known as “The 2009 Planck Probe,” with the cooperation of NASA. Each probe more clearly from the first confirmed the initial discoveries. Findings of that probe were released in 2013. What was discovered, was that measurable cosmic microwave radiation formed two axes. One was a dipole axis and the other a quadrupole axis. Each was found to bisect the entire universe from one end to the other. And when these intersecting axes, combined with the Galaxy and Quasar alignment, were superimposed onto the pictures of the CMB radiation, it showed conclusively, that the CMB was cosmically aligned to the Earth on three axes, forming an X-Y-Z coordinate system. Earth was found at the intersection; directly in the cross-hairs. (A new term for this finding has emerged, “the axis of evil” and you have to understand the psychology here, it shows that scientists are not as impartial as you might think. When empirical observational evidence suggests the earth is at the center of the universe, it is considered “evil.”)

Geocentrism is confirmed by the data gathered through direct observation and the actual measurable results of modern experimentation. Heliocentrism is being held up by a number of created theories born of mathematical manipulation to answer its numerous flaws. In a geocentric universe, the shoe simply fits. In a heliocentric universe, it must be made to fit.

In 1641, Francesco Rinuccini, a colleague of Galileo, had written Galileo a letter, claiming that the astronomer Giovanni Pieroni, by discovering a case of stellar parallax(a back and forth shifting of a star’s position), had proven that the Earth moves. Galileo, who by this time had a dramatic conversion back to the Christian faith in 1639, wrote back to Rinuccini later in 1641. In that letter, Galileo says that: “The falsity of the Copernican system should not in any way be called into question, above all not by Catholics, since we have the unshakeable authority of the Sacred Scripture, interpreted by most erudite theologians, whose consensus gives us certainty regarding the stability of the Earth, situated in the center, and the motion of the sun around the Earth. The conjectures employed by Copernicus and his followers in maintaining the contrary thesis are all sufficiently rebutted by the most solid argument deriving from the omnipotence of God. He is able to bring about in different ways, indeed, in an infinite number of ways, things that according to our opinion and observation, appear to happen in one particular way. We should not seek to shorten the hand of God and boldly insist on something beyond the limits of our competence.”

Rinuccini so admired Galileo that he could not destroy the letter. Yet he was so disturbed by this response, that he attempted to erase Galileo’s signature from the last page. This attempt to render the signature illegible, is verified by Stillman Drake, who is one of the premier Galileo historians of our day.

In his closing words, Dr. Sungenis says; “As God usually does, he often lets the plans of mice and men run their course and waits for the right time to turn the tables. We are at such a time. In an ironic sort of way (the way God often works with stubborn men), the very scientific evidence confirming geocentrism is now being resurrected by the same scientific instruments that had been devised to bury it. It eventually surfaces when those who have suppressed it lose their power and can no longer sustain the myth.”

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”- Arthur Schopenhauer

Geocentrism is God centered-in that it is ordered, as is previously defined by the word “cosmos.” Heliocentrism is man centered-and we know it to be chaotic. This book will be of interest to the doubting Thomases among us. Saint Thomas believed in the risen Christ only when he was able to insert his fingers into Christ’s wounds. The empirical data provided as proof of geocentrism are as open wounds from which flows the truth about our place in the universe. As noted above, however, truth-seekers often cannot accept the truth that they find when it contradicts their way of life. So, despite the facts, doubt will persist. And in that, faith continues to fulfill its purpose.

“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” –  Saint Thomas Aquinas
 

Axis of evil.

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Old Glory

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.  If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.-Matthew 18: 15-17

The above bible passage points to the logical common sense manner and venue by which grievances can be settled. It shows both respect for the individual and authority, and acknowledges the rightful roles of each. A number of NFL  players over some recent months have escalated a cause by outwardly expressing their grievance in not affording the American Flag its accustomed respect at the start of NFL football games in the stadiums hosting those events.

NFL players have staged protests during the playing of the National Anthem before football games by kneeling rather than standing. For all appearances this action seems to show disrespect toward the Flag and Anthem. The same Flag and the Anthem that the American people hold as sacred. In our country that perceives so little sacredness in anything today, the Flag is the glue that holds this fragile nation together. That glue is composed of the broken bodies and spilled blood of the men and women who understand sacredness, because they live sacrifice. It is that sacrifice that guards the right of all Americans to freely protest. That is why the Flag should always be held in high regard and be separated from any display other than one of reverence.

The freedoms we enjoy in this country should not be used to hold others hostage nor ourselves. We were freed from tyranny to be free for something better. Fans too are free to patronize or not any event that does not accord the flag its due respect. We are the land of the free because of the brave. Advocacy for causes should be pursued through proper channels and in proper venues. In choosing appropriate channels and venues which pertain to the particular parties involved in grievance would also help to limit alienation toward said causes.

During the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key, from a ship off shore, witnessed the endless horrific night-long bombing on Fort McHenry by the British Royal Navy. From his position he had no way to know what the outcome had been. As he woke up in the morning and his eyes witnessed the American flag soaring high in the air on top of the fort, he could not contain his happiness at the sight of American triumph and wrote, originally as a poem, The Star Spangled Banner – referring to the American flag he saw – on the back side of a letter he found in his pocket.

No institution by man is infallible. As any structure with age and lack of restorative attention loses its integrity, so too does a country. A house in time needs replacement of its roof, repair of worn walls and added support to its foundation. One may not relish the run-down condition of one’s home; yet one loves it enough to repair it. Defects in a home do not warrant its destruction. Nor should the fate of a country so be determined.

The Flag is not a symbol of what is wrong with our country, but rather is a symbol of what is right with it. What was witnessed at the Battle of Fort McHenry, can also be witnessed in any disaster, great challenge or atrocity that has and can befall our nation. At these times we see Americans stand up and step forward. For when things are at their worst we are at our best. Throughout past and recent events in history we have become accustomed to the courage and sacrifice that is the American spirit; those members of the police and fire departments who rush at the threat rather than from it; from military who risk life and limb to preserve the security, integrity and identity that is America, whether at home or abroad; and individual citizens who do not hesitate, despite the inherent danger to self, to come to the aid of a fellow countryman. This is what the Flag stands for. Despite our differences-and they are deep and many-when the chips are down we come together, no matter what the cost may be.

As history has shown, no country lasts, nor Flag waves, forever. It will not be the aggression alone of some foreign enemy that brings about the downfall of a country but instead the indifference of countrymen and corruption of its leaders. For power, not respected and left unbridled, corrupts the best of altruistic intentions. That sad day of reckoning will be realized when the flag lowered at dusk does not rise with the next dawn. May we pray that “Old Glory” will be the exception and not the rule to such a tragic end as history pens its final page.

Love is made manifest in many ways. Love of country is but one, which is only preceded by love of neighbor and that of God; Who is love itself. Yet love of country is an important one, for a nation fashioned on a foundation of love secures the way for other phases of love. No one truly understands the importance of country except in the context of love. For country, as love itself, is never more appreciated than when it has been lost.

 

 

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The New Normal

Normal is conforming to a standard; usual, typical, traditional, or expected.

New Normal is a term that has been used in a variety of contexts to imply that something which was previously abnormal has become commonplace. It has been described as a cliché (a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought).

When a person’s blood is analyzed, that analysis determines whether the organs and systems of that person are or are not functioning normally. If the test results fall within a preset range of values, which determines normal function, then that person is considered to be in good health. Now if, in some instances, the test results fall outside those expected ranges then an abnormal function is diagnosed and the person is not considered to be in good health. This circumstance is not simply labeled a new normal, but, rather, an abnormal condition of the pre-determined accepted norm. To accept it as a new normal and go blindly on your way will, with great certainty, lead to a potential dangerous health issue down the road if no effort is made to return to normal.

As a polio victim, at age four, it was not imposed upon me that this life changing situation was a new normal. For polio ushered in the abnormal. To walk again, in time, I would need years of intense physical therapy and eventually be fitted for leg braces and crutches. A return to the normal was attempted with all the medical knowledge and tools available at the time. But, even at age four, I did not accept this as a new normal. That label was not even in existence then. If it were I may have embraced the handicap and not been motivated to strive for a return to normal. The new normal, if accepted, would have encouraged  complacency toward any inclination or inspiration in the field of teaching and coaching that I would eventually excel in. Acceptance of circumstances in the name of the new normal would have smothered the necessary characteristics that drive one to fulfilling purpose. And one’s purpose fulfilled is the requisite of a complete life. Whether that purpose impels the development of life saving Salk and Sabin Polio vaccines, lands one on the moon, provides comfort to the poor, or hope to the struggling soul.

“Another fine mess,” is a line often heard used in a Laurel and Hardy comedy film. Laurel seems always the scapegoat of Hardy’s bad fortunes and hilarious mishaps. A new normal always follows an era of, primarily, political error. And it is then that we find ourselves mired in another fine mess. Insatiable greed and self-indulgence, unbridled ego, or uncontrolled lust for ideological power creates a circumstantial change in environment that initiates its growth beyond control, providing sustainable capital for the new normal agenda. When that growth becomes so well rooted, ignoring completely the proven standard of a particular societal practice, we have reached a perceived point of no return. When it appears that  there is no way out, and since we have lost the humility to admit that we can be wrong nor retained the stomach to do the needed hard work to return to the norm, we throw our hands up in surrender and acquiesce by labeling the deep well we find ourselves in as the new normal. These fine messes/ new normals are the cause of financial collapse, decaying moral standards, destruction of the family unit, division among Peoples and, worst of all, compromising the free consciences of men and women through confusion or force. And from it no institution is spared. Not marriage; not government; not Church.

Christ entered this world and consented to take on another fine mess. His divine mission was to free us from sin, born of disobedience, which had initiated the new normal movement. He turned an abnormal world upside down to turn it right side up(G.K. Chesterton). By reintroducing the divine moral standard, mobilized through objective truth and conserved by a balance of love and compassion, Christ again placed on an even footing with God all those who choose to believe. And in so doing, restores the Creator/creature love relationship. Reconciliation is then achieved. His purpose is fulfilled. His life’s mission is complete. And with that our salvation assured.

As can clearly be seen, the new normal is nothing more than the abnormal; which is blindly accepted by the masses, who have been duped so by the ego-driven, who, themselves, have no credible argument against nor tolerance for the truth.

 

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