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Saturday, June 23, 2018

How the baby boomers — not millennials — screwed America - Vox

How the baby boomers — not millennials — screwed America - Vox: "The boomers inherited a rich, dynamic country and have gradually bankrupted it."

The Case Against Mega Mergers Is Written in History

The Case Against Mega Mergers Is Written in History: At lightning speed, after a judge approved the merger, AT&T and Time Warner announced the completion of their $85-billion deal. Another behemoth has taken the field. This merger, it is assumed,…

Spain: Ground Zero for Europe's Anti-Israel Movement

Spain: Ground Zero for Europe's Anti-Israel Movement: The proliferating anti-Israel activism, driven by the rise to power of the political far-left, is establishing Spain as the EU member state most hostile towards the Jewish state. A Madrid-based organization, Action and Communication on the Middle East

Humanae Vitae Conference

Humanae Vitae Conference: Michael Voris: 'You should be prepared to be martyred'

High-Ranking US Cardinal Accused of Sex Abuse

High-Ranking US Cardinal Accused of Sex Abuse: Cdl. Theodore McCarrick forced to step down from public ministry

U.S. Chamber Statement on Potential Auto Tariffs | U.S. Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Chamber Statement on Potential Auto Tariffs | U.S. Chamber of Commerce: WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement today in response to the Commerce Department announcement that it will launch an investig

Who is Profiting from Incarcerating Immigrant Families? – Eyes on the Ties

Who is Profiting from Incarcerating Immigrant Families? – Eyes on the Ties: Corporate profiteers are cashing in off of Trump’s immigrant family incarceration policy. We mapped out them out.

Donald Trump flips on North Korea, declaring country still an 'extraordinary threat' | US news | The Guardian

Donald Trump flips on North Korea, declaring country still an 'extraordinary threat' | US news | The Guardian: In an executive order, the president extended the ‘national emergency’ for one year, re-authorizing economic restrictions

Summer Could Trigger Major Earthquakes (It's Not Why You Think)

Summer Could Trigger Major Earthquakes (It's Not Why You Think): There’s a new theory on what may have triggered the 2014 earthquake that tore through California’s Napa-Sonoma Valley.

Wilkerson: Don’t Trust Trump, Bolton to Deliver US-North Korea Peace | naked capitalism

Wilkerson: Don’t Trust Trump, Bolton to Deliver US-North Korea Peace | naked capitalism: Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson and Real News Network host Aaron Mate mix it up a bit more than usual on the topic of North Korea.

Pope says immigration issue has to get to the root problems in home countries

Pope says immigration issue has to get to the root problems in home countries: Returning from an ecumenical pilgrimage to Geneva and a meeting with the World Council of Churches, Pope Francis took up the issue of immigration during an in-flight press-conference. The Holy Fath…

John who? There are 5 different Johns in the New Testament --Aleteia

John who? There are 5 different Johns in the New Testament --Aleteia

Friday, June 22, 2018

The Targeted Killing of Children With Down Syndrome in Abortions is No Different Than Nazi Eugenics | LifeNews.com

The Targeted Killing of Children With Down Syndrome in Abortions is No Different Than Nazi Eugenics | LifeNews.com: Pope Francis surprised the audience gathered for the 25th anniversary of the Forum of Family Associations just a few days ago by forgoing his carefully prepared remarks to speak candidly on marriage, family life, and human dignity. His message was simple but definitive: “family life… is a sacrifice, but a good sacrifice.” With this message of family sacrifice as a backdrop, Pope Francis identified abortion as one of the most profound tragedies plaguing the family today.  “Have you ever asked yourselves why we do not see many dwarves on the streets?” he asked, “Because the protocol of many doctors – many, not all — is to ask the question: ‘Is this a problem?’ It pains me to say so. In the last century, the world was scandalized by what the Nazis did to ensure racial purity. Today we do the same thing, but wearing white gloves.” A doctor’s white gloves, created to envelop the hands of healers, are instead being used by abortionists every day around the world to extinguish the lives of

Trump's EU auto tariff threats and his disregard for the law.

Trump's EU auto tariff threats and his disregard for the law.: Another escalation in the President's global trade war.

Notice Regarding the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to North Korea

Notice Regarding the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to North Korea: On June 26, 2008, by Executive Order 13466, the President declared a national emergency with respect to North Korea pursuant to the International Emergency

DHS Did Not Investigate Hundreds of Civil Rights Abuse Complaints, Documents Reveal - Motherboard

DHS Did Not Investigate Hundreds of Civil Rights Abuse Complaints, Documents Reveal - Motherboard: DHS’s Office of the Inspector General says it has 'limited resources' to investigate hundreds of civil liberties and detainee abuse complaints, but one expert said the figures “demand a closer look.”

No, North Korea Hasn’t Blown Up Missile ‘Launch Sites’ After the June 12 Summit | The Diplomat

No, North Korea Hasn’t Blown Up Missile ‘Launch Sites’ After the June 12 Summit | The Diplomat: Trump continues to fabricate North Korean concessions following his summit with Kim Jong Un.

Kim Jong Un to Make Third Trip to China, One Week After Singapore Summit With Trump | The Diplomat

Kim Jong Un to Make Third Trip to China, One Week After Singapore Summit With Trump | The Diplomat: The North Korea leader will likely brief Chinese President Xi Jinping on the outcomes of the June 12 summit in Singapore.

Migrant Parents Wait and Hope for Their Children: ‘I Feel Like I’m Going to Die’ - The New York Times

Migrant Parents Wait and Hope for Their Children: ‘I Feel Like I’m Going to Die’ - The New York Times

How One Conservative Think Tank Is Stocking Trump’s Government - The New York Times

How One Conservative Think Tank Is Stocking Trump’s Government - The New York Times

Pastor Rick Warren Talks to New York Priests About Maintaining Moral Integrity | Catholic New York

Pastor Rick Warren Talks to New York Priests About Maintaining Moral Integrity | Catholic New York: Nearly 800 New York Catholic priests received a message about how to maintain their moral integrity from Pastor Rick Warren, who used Scripture passages and his experiences from 40 years as an …

Study: more governments around the world restricting religion

Study: more governments around the world restricting religion


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LGBT Parents Sue Christian Academy | [site:name] | National Review

LGBT Parents Sue Christian Academy | [site:name] | National Review: When religious liberty collides with the desires of LGBT citizens, is there any case where religious freedom should prevail?

Future President Hillary: Investigators Broke Rules to Please New Boss | National Review

Future President Hillary: Investigators Broke Rules to Please New Boss | National Review: For all the investigations and IG reports, for all the revelations of scandals and wrongdoing, there will probably in the end be little consequence, simply because to those who matter, such illegality is seen as nobility.

Opinion: Save some anger for worst refugee offender – China | McClatchy Washington Bureau

Opinion: Save some anger for worst refugee offender – China | McClatchy Washington Bureau: Caging kids in the U.S. is reprehensible, but China's closed door is, too. China doesn’t have a refugee problem. It’s policy is as simple as it is heartless. It effectively refuses to take any. The result? No refugees means no refugee problem.

Dubious move to reject Advanced Placement | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Dubious move to reject Advanced Placement | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute: By Chester E. Finn, Jr.

Iran Responds to U.S. Demands – LobeLog

Iran Responds to U.S. Demands – LobeLog: by Mohammad Javad Zarif Following the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris Climate Accord, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is the third multilateral agreement that the current Uni…

Josh Zakim: Some Things Progressives Should Know | Massachusetts Peace Action

Josh Zakim: Some Things Progressives Should Know | Massachusetts Peace Action: Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim is running as a “reform” candidate for Massachusetts Secretary of State.  At the recent State Democratic Convention, where he got the party endorsement, Zakim received the support of many progressive delegates, including some members of Our Revolution Massachusetts (

Fake News and the Luciferian Media

Fake News and the Luciferian Media: Fr. Hardon: 'Catholics must evangelize through print, film, radio, television and now the internet.'

Fatherless Family Crisis | Reports

Fatherless Family Crisis | Reports: Fatherless families are destroying children and society.

Catholics, remember to pray for Charles Krauthammer

Catholics, remember to pray for Charles Krauthammer: Charles Kauthammer died last night. Two weeks ago, the Pulitzer Prize winner and political analyst announced his impending death, telling the world that he is losing a fight to cancer “with no regrets.” I am certain that many Christians have prayed for Krauthammer’s soul since June 8. But Catholics should especially remember to pray for...

We need to resurrect our ideal of welcoming immigrants | National Catholic Reporter

We need to resurrect our ideal of welcoming immigrants | National Catholic Reporter: Today, I pulled a favorite T-shirt out of my drawer and put it on because it has a message for today. It shows a drawing of Jesus, Mary and Joseph heading into Egypt. The caption on the T-shirt says &...

Catholic Extension launches reunification fund to help families at border | National Catholic Reporter

Catholic Extension launches reunification fund to help families at border | National Catholic Reporter: Catholic Extension announced June 21 it has established a Family Reunification Fund as "a response to the human tragedy unfolding on the nation's southern border" with Mexico.
Family sep...

Editorial: Sound the horn, bishops, we're waiting | National Catholic Reporter

Editorial: Sound the horn, bishops, we're waiting | National Catholic Reporter: On the major issues of the day — immigration, climate change, racism, income inequality, to name a few — we are seeing extraordinary grassroots efforts to combat draconian federal policies...

Workers of color are far more likely to be paid poverty-level wages than white workers | Economic Policy Institute

Workers of color are far more likely to be paid poverty-level wages than white workers | Economic Policy Institute: Marking the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign, EPI has described the potential to reduce poverty through work, provided there are jobs with decent wages and adequate hours available to everyone who can and wants to work. Unfortunately, even when jobs are available, workers are often paid so little that they can still…

How US Policy in Honduras Set the Stage for Today’s Mass Migration – Consortiumnews

How US Policy in Honduras Set the Stage for Today’s Mass Migration – Consortiumnews: U.S. policy in Honduras, particularly during the Obama administration, is directly responsible for part of the immigration crisis now gripping the U.S., argues Joseph Nevins.

By Joseph Nevins
Central American migrants – particularly unaccompanied minors – are again crossing the U.S.-Mexico bou

'It's life and death': border crossings continue despite the Trump effect | US news | The Guardian

'It's life and death': border crossings continue despite the Trump effect | US news | The Guardian: In McAllen, Texas and in the Mexican city of Reynosa, numbers seeking asylum in the US are down. But the president’s hard line and harsh rhetoric may not be enough to quell the desperate and threatened for long

Fate of 2,300 separated children still unclear despite Trump's executive order | US news | The Guardian

Fate of 2,300 separated children still unclear despite Trump's executive order | US news | The Guardian: NGOs say bringing parents and children back together is an enormous puzzle with no clear system from the administration

Tech Giants Under Fire For Facial Recognition | SafeHaven.com

Tech Giants Under Fire For Facial Recognition | SafeHaven.com

A Rare Look at Yemen’s War, Where Children Starve and Hospitals Are on Life-Support

A Rare Look at Yemen’s War, Where Children Starve and Hospitals Are on Life-Support: Photojournalist Alex Potter chronicles the suffering of Yemenis after three years of fighting and near famine.

Interview with Charles Krauthammer: 'Obama Is Average' - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Interview with Charles Krauthammer: 'Obama Is Average' - SPIEGEL ONLINE: In a SPIEGEL interview, Charles Krauthammer, the leading voice of America's conservative intellectuals, discusses Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize, the president's failures and the state of the United Nations and the international community.

In memory of Charles Krauthammer, an American genius and dear friend | TheHill

In memory of Charles Krauthammer, an American genius and dear friend | TheHill

Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and intellectual provocateur, dies at 68 - The Washington Post

Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and intellectual provocateur, dies at 68 - The Washington Post: His syndicated Washington Post column championed neoconservative thought and the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

They Won’t Stop | The Vortex

They Won’t Stop | The Vortex: And someone needs to tell them to.

Pentagon asked to prepare housing for up to 20,000 migrant children - The Boston Globe

Pentagon asked to prepare housing for up to 20,000 migrant children - The Boston Globe: WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is assessing how — and where — to house as many as 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children on U.S. military bases, a spokesman said Thursday.

Bishop Barron's Gospel Reflection June 22, 2018

Your daily Gospel reflection...
Friday, June 22, 2018
Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
Matthew 6:19-23
Friends, in today’s Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples not to store up treasures for themselves on earth, but to store up treasures in heaven, "where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal."

St. Augustine once said that since every creature is made ex nihilo, it carries with it the heritage of non-being. There is a kind of penumbra or shadow of nothingness that haunts every finite thing.

This is a rather high philosophical way of stating what all of us know in our bones: no matter how good, beautiful, true, or exciting a thing or state of affairs is here below, it is destined to pass into non-being. Think of a gorgeous firework that bursts open like a giant flower and then, in the twinkling of an eye, is gone forever. Everything is haunted by non-being; everything, finally, is that firework.

But this is not meant to depress us; it is meant to redirect our attention precisely to the treasures of heaven, to the eternity of God. Once we see everything in light of God, we can learn to love the things of this world without clinging to them and without expecting too much of them. Think of how much disappointment and heartache could be avoided if we only learned this truth!

Gospel Mt 6:19-23

Jesus said to his disciples:
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,
where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal.
But store up treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.

"The lamp of the body is the eye.
If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light;
but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness.
And if the light in you is darkness, how great will the darkness be."

Iran’s Vulnerabilities To U.S. Sanctions (Part 1): Finding The Weak Spots


Iran’s Vulnerabilities To U.S. Sanctions (Part 1): Finding The Weak Spots


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CRS Previews Public Release of its Reports – Federation Of American Scientists

CRS Previews Public Release of its Reports – Federation Of American Scientists: The Congressional Research Service said this week that it will begin publishing some of its non-confidential reports on a publicly accessible congressional website by September 18, as required by the Consolidated Appropriations Act that was signed into law last March 23.

"For the initial public r

Uri Avnery Guest Post: Two Souls

Uri Avnery
June 23, 2018

                                                  Two Souls

"AS LONG as in the heart, within, a Jewish soul is yearning…" thus starts the official translation of Israel's national anthem.
Actually, the Hebrew original says "the soul of a Jew", but the translator probably got it right. It's the Jewish Soul that was meant.
But is there a Jewish Soul? Is it different from the souls of other people? And if so, what is the difference?

FRANKLY, I don't know what a soul is. But let's assume that there is such a thing as a collective psychology, the general spirit of all the men and women who make up this collective – each of whom has a psychology of his/her own. What is it that differentiates it from that of other peoples?
Looking at the present day Israeli people, a stranger may well be perplexed. First of all, more than a fifth of Israelis are not Jewish at all, but belong to the Palestinian people, who presumably have a different "soul". When people speak about Israelis, they generally really mean "Jewish Israelis".
This, by the way, should have convinced Israelis long ago to change the national anthem and other symbols of statehood, to give the minority a sense of belonging. The Canadians did so. When they realized that the citizens of French descent were liable to secede and found a nation of their own, they changed their anthem and flag, so as to give the French minority a sense of belonging. As far as I can judge from afar, the operation was successful. But there is little chance of this happening here.

EVEN WHEN speaking about Israeli Jews only, our national psychology (or "soul") is rather perplexing. It contains elements that are mutually exclusive, profound inbuilt contradictions.
On the one hand, most (Jewish) Israelis are immensely proud of the power of the state they have “built out of nothing". 150 years ago, there were hardly any Jews in the land of Palestine, and these were completely powerless. Today, Israel is the most powerful state in the region, a nuclear power excelling in many fields of human endeavor – military, technological, economic, cultural etc.
Yet listening to many Israeli outpourings, one might come to the conclusion that we may be wiped from the map at any moment. The world is full of people whose sole aim in life is to destroy us. Therefore we must be ready at any moment to defend our very existence.
How do these two contradictory attitudes go together? No problem. They do very well.

FIRST, THERE is the ancient belief that God chose us from all the peoples.
Why did God do that?
God knows. He does not have to explain.
The thing is a bit complicated. First the Jews invented God. There are also Egyptian and Mesopotamian claims, but Jews know better.
(It has been said that many Jews do not believe in God, but believe that God has chosen the Jews.)
Jews learn at a very tender age that they are God's chosen people. Unconsciously, this knowledge remains anchored in their "soul" throughout their life, even though many of them become total atheists. True, many peoples on earth believe that they are better than other peoples. But they don't have a Bible to prove it.
I am sure that many Jews are not even aware that they believe this, or why. The Jewish soul just knows it. We are special.
The language reflects this. There are Jews and there are the others. The Hebrew for all the others is "goyim". In ancient Hebrew, "Goyim" just means peoples in general, including the ancient Israelite people. But over the centuries a new definition has come into being: there are the Jews and there are all the others, the Gentiles, the Goyim.
According to legend, the Jews were a normal people living in their land, the Land of Israel, when the evil Romans conquered them and dispersed them throughout the world. In reality, the Jewish religion was a proselytizing religion and expanded quickly throughout the empire. The Jews in Palestine were already a minority among the adherents of Jehovah, when the Romans evicted many of them (but far from all) from the country.
Soon they had to compete with Christianity, an offshoot of Judaism, which also started to wildly gain adherents. Christianity was built around a great human story, the story of Jesus, and was therefore more apt to convert the masses of slaves and proletarians throughout the empire.
The New Testament also includes the story of the crucifixion – an unforgettable picture of "the Jews" demanding the execution of the gentle Jesus.
I doubt if a person who heard this story in their early childhood ever really loses the scene in their unconscious mind. The result is some kind of anti-Semitism, conscious or unconscious.

This was not the only reason for hating the Jews. The very fact that they were dispersed throughout the world was a huge advantage but also a huge curse.
A Jewish merchant in Hamburg could connect with a Jewish merchant in Thessaloniki, who was corresponding with a Jewish merchant in Cairo. Few Christians had such an opportunity. But the competition exposed Jews to innumerable pogroms. In one European country after another Jews were attacked, killed, raped, and finally expelled. 
In the Jewish soul all this created two conflicting trends: the conviction that Jews were special and superior and the conviction that Jews were in eternal danger of being persecuted and exterminated.

IN THE meantime, another offshoot of Judaism - Islam - came into being and conquered a large part of the world. Lacking a Jesus story, it was not anti-Jewish. Muhammad had his quarrels with Jewish tribes in the Arabian desert, but for long stretches of time, Muslims and Jews worked closely together. Moses Maimonides, one of the greatest Jewish thinkers, was the personal physician of one of the greatest Muslim heroes, Salah ad-Din (Saladin). Until Zionism arose.
Jews did not change. While other European nations changed their forms of social structure – tribes, multi-tribal kingdoms, empires, modern nations etc. – Jews stuck to their ethnic-religious diaspora. This made them different, leading to pogroms and finally to the Holocaust.
Zionism was an attempt to turn the Jews into a modern European nation. The early Zionists were cursed by orthodox Rabbis in the most savage terms, but refused to be drawn into a culture war. They created the fiction that in Judaism, religion and nation are the same.
Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, was a European colonialist through and through. He tried to win a European colonial power for his enterprise – first the German Kaiser, then the British imperialists. The Kaiser said to his aides "It’s a great idea, but you can't do it with Jews". The British realized the potential and issued the Balfour Declaration.
The Arab populations of Palestine and the "Middle East" realized too late that their very existence was in danger. When they started to resist, Zionism built up modern military forces. Very soon, they became by far the most efficient military machine in the region, and the only local nuclear power.

THAT IS where we are now. A domineering regional power and a global crybaby, ruling a colonized population deprived of all rights while being convinced that dark forces are out to exterminate us at any moment, considering ourselves a very special people and an eternal victim. All this quite sincerely. And all this together.
When somebody dares to suggest that anti-Semitism in the West is dying, and that anti-Islam is on the rise instead, the Jewish reaction is furious. We need anti-Semitism for our mental equilibrium. Nobody is going to steal it from us.
Almost 80 years ago, small groups of young Jews in Palestine had the idea of a separation between the communities: we Jews in Palestine were a new nation, all the others would remain just Jews. Rather like Americans and Australians, who were largely of British descent but not quite British anymore.
We all went "native". On reaching the age of 18, we all exchanged our Jewish names for Hebrew Names. (That's how Uri Avnery came into being.) We started to think of ourselves as a new nation, with a new "soul", connected to Judaism, sure, but mainly historically.
But when the full extent of the Holocaust became known, all these ideas died. The Jewish past was glorified. Now Israel calls itself the "Jewish State". With all the attributes of being Jewish, including the double soul.
So Israelis will continue to sing at football matches "As long as a Jewish soul…"

“Ask a Priest: Where Did Those People in Genesis 4 Come From?” - RC Spirituality

“Ask a Priest: Where Did Those People in Genesis 4 Come From?” - RC Spirituality: Q: I recently ran into a question and wanted to get the Catholic teaching and answer, please. The Bible says...

“Ask a Priest: If God loves us so much, why does hell exist?” - RC Spirituality

“Ask a Priest: If God loves us so much, why does hell exist?” - RC Spirituality: Q: How can a loving God send anyone to hell? I was always told that God loves us unconditionally, but...

Has the West the Will to Survive? | Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website

Has the West the Will to Survive? | Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website: By Patrick J. Buchanan

"If you're ... pathetically weak, the country is going to be overrun with millions of people, and if you're strong, then you don't have any heart, that's a tough dilemma. ... I'd rather be strong."

So said President Donald Trump, on issuing his order halting the separation of children from parents caught breaking into the country. Trump's enemies are celebrating a victory. Yet the issue remains.

Under U.S. law, teenagers and tots cannot be detained for more than 20 days and must be held in the least-restrictive facilities.Read more on Buchanan.Org...

The church where St. Ignatius begged for money to pay for his studies

The church where St. Ignatius begged for money to pay for his studies: Visit the post for more.

Analyzing Art: Titian's 'The Miracles of St. Anthony of Padua’--Aleteia

Analyzing Art: Titian's 'The Miracles of St. Anthony of Padua’--Aleteia: Tiziano Vecelli (anglicized as Titian) is one of the greatest painters of the Venetian school of High Renaissance art. Born in the Republic of Venice in 1488-90, his vivid application of colour had a profound influence on the artistic world. His imaginative temperament earned him the title of a poet-painter. The fluidity in his painting, the increasing freedom of brushstroke and his deft ability to grasp personality can be well noted in today’s series.

Meet the four countrymen of Pope Francis set for beatification

Meet the four countrymen of Pope Francis set for beatification

America Has Quit the Human Rights Business


America Has Quit the Human Rights Business

One more illustration of the decline of U.S. influence on the world stage.

https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/america-quits-human-rights-business

Thursday, June 21, 2018

There's an Anti-Immigrant Uprising Sweeping Europe...and Threatening to Unseat Teflon Angela

There's an Anti-Immigrant Uprising Sweeping Europe...and Threatening to Unseat Teflon Angela: German Chancellor Angela Merkel could be out of a job and her country headed towards elections barely 100 days after the formation of her new government, which took six months to form. It would be a performance worthy of, well, Italy, and all because the stolid, reliable Bavarian conservatives who spent years acting as a doormat for her chancellorship turned into raging

A Litany of Prayer for Refugees, Migrants, and Displaced Persons


 A Litany of Prayer for Refugees, Migrants, and Displaced Persons

For the refugees, migrants, and displaced persons of this world,
Lord, hear our prayer, and let our cry come to you.

https://interruptingthesilence.com/2018/06/21/a-litany-of-prayer-for-refugees-migrants-and-displaced-persons/

(99+) When 'diversity' is used against Asian Americans | LinkedIn

(99+) When 'diversity' is used against Asian Americans | LinkedIn

Growth in Retiring Baby Boomers Strains U.S. Entitlement Programs - WSJ

Growth in Retiring Baby Boomers Strains U.S. Entitlement Programs - WSJ

Charles Krauthammer, conservative commentator and Pulitzer Prize winner, dead at 68 | Fox News

Charles Krauthammer, conservative commentator and Pulitzer Prize winner, dead at 68 | Fox News: Charles Krauthammer, a longtime Fox News contributor, Pulitzer Prize winner, Harvard-trained psychiatrist and best-selling author who came to be known as the dean of conservative commentators, has died.

Hospital Killed More Than 450 Patients in Massive Euthanasia Campaign By "Shortening Their Lives" | LifeNews.com

Hospital Killed More Than 450 Patients in Massive Euthanasia Campaign By "Shortening Their Lives" | LifeNews.com: Hospital Killed More Than 450 Patients in Massive Euthanasia Campaign By "Shortening Their Lives"

Conservative Columnist Charles Krauthammer Passes Away, Had Called for Overturning Roe v. Wade | LifeNews.com

Conservative Columnist Charles Krauthammer Passes Away, Had Called for Overturning Roe v. Wade | LifeNews.com: Conservative Columnist Charles Krauthammer Passes Away, Had Said He Hoped Roe v. Wade Would be Overturned

Bishop Barron's Gospel Reflection June 21, 2018

Your daily Gospel reflection...
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Memorial of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga
Matthew 6:7-15
Friends, the Gospel for today is of great significance, for in it the Son of God teaches us to pray. We hear from not just a guru, a spiritual teacher, or a religious genius, but from the very Son of God. This is why the Our Father, the Lord’s Prayer, is the model of all prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer is the prayer for the Christian journey which has been offered up consistently for the past two thousand years. Think for a moment how this prayer links us to all of the great figures in Christian history, from Peter and Paul to Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Francis of Assisi, John Henry Newman, G.K. Chesterton, John Paul II, and right up to the present day.

Keep in mind that prayer is not designed so much to change God’s mind or to tell God something he doesn’t know. God isn’t like a big city boss or a reluctant pasha whom we have to persuade. Rather, he is the one who wants nothing other than to give us good things—though they might not always be the things we want.

Gospel Mt 6:7-15

Jesus said to his disciples:
"In praying, do not babble like the pagans,
who think that they will be heard because of their many words.
Do not be like them.
Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

"This is how you are to pray:

'Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.'

"If you forgive others their transgressions,
your heavenly Father will forgive you.
But if you do not forgive others,
neither will your Father forgive your transgressions."

Why The U.S. Must Import And Export Oil « Breaking Energy - Energy industry news, analysis, and commentary

Why The U.S. Must Import And Export Oil « Breaking Energy - Energy industry news, analysis, and commentary

Freeman’s Fight | The American Conservative

Freeman’s Fight | The American Conservative: The Israel lobby gets its man—and tips its hand.

Political Machinery: Did Robots Swing the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election? | Publications | Oxford Martin School

Political Machinery: Did Robots Swing the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election? | Publications | Oxford Martin School

Why robots helped Donald Trump win - MIT Technology Review

Why robots helped Donald Trump win - MIT Technology Review: Toledo has more robots per worker than any other US city. They’re producing a healthy economy—and lots of anxiety.

What’s Wrong with Communism? | Ascension

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Fr. Bob Warren's Week Reflection: As wego through life, we all sow seeds.


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THIS WEEK'S REFLECTION from Fr. Bob Warren, SA
As we go through life, we all sow seeds
There is an old truth that we will reap what we sow. That is the metaphor in today’s Gospel, the seeds we sow. As we go through life, we all sow seeds. Do we ever stop and think, what are we planting in our children, our friends, or our co-workers?
Years ago some reporters were interviewing Boris Yeltsin. Asking him what gave him the courage to stand firm during the fall of Communism, interestingly he credited Lech Walesa of Poland who first stood up to Communism. When Walesa was interviewed and asked what inspired him he said it was the Civil Rights movement in the United States lead by Dr. Martin Luther King. When Dr. King was interviewed and asked what inspired him, he said it was the courage of one woman, Rosa Parks who refused to move to the back seat of the bus. Is it too much of a stretch to say that a brave little woman in the south brought about the downfall of Communism?
Seeds are like that. The moral lesson is how valuable the little things we do can influence people. I was going to tell you a story that I read, but instead I will tell you a story that I lived through.
Many years ago, when I was a Deacon I was stationed at an African- American parish in Washington, D.C. One evening a confirmation was held for many children. Bishop Marino, an African- American Bishop officiated. The last child to be brought up to the Bishop was in a wheelchair and only 10 years old. The family had requested that the child be confirmed before she passed away.
After the mass was over, the Bishop said to me, “Do you know where that child lives?” I said, “Yes Bishop, but the police have advised us not to go there after dark.” He said, “Do you have a car?” So the Bishop and I took off for what was at that time the worst, most dangerous part of Washington D.C., me in my Franciscan habit, and he in his purple cassock.
As we entered the hallway of the apartment building which was very dilapidated we could smell marijuana. At the end of a hallway there was a group of men smoking and shooting up drugs. They looked up to see a white Franciscan Friar and a black Bishop: they must have thought it was Halloween! We found the apartment, and after much fumbling with the locks, the door was opened.
You would have thought that Jesus himself had arrived, the family was so grateful for the Bishop’s visit. Before he left, the Bishop removed the purple skull cap from his head, and placed it on the little girl. As we were leaving, and the door opened, we were amazed at the sight: the hallways and stairways were packed with people clapping as we descended. As we approached the entrance the men who had been doing drugs opened our car doors for us. I know I had previously locked them, but they opened them for us nonetheless.
Can you imagine the seeds that were planted that night? The people saw a compassionate and caring church. They saw a Bishop who, after an exhausting day, went to a dangerous part of the city late at night to visit a sick and dying child.
Who sowed the seeds of your character that made you who and what you are today? Who put meaning and grace into your life? I do not know, but it shows by your presence here today. And what kind of seeds are you sowing? Are you quietly and effectively helping to raise caring, sensitive and open-hearted people? What kind of example of Christian living do you give not only to family and friends, but at work, or at school?
Upon Jesus’ arrival in heaven a vast host of angels greeted Him. After the formalities, they asked Him who He had left behind on earth. Who was going to carry on His work, His mission? Jesus replied, just a small group of men and women who love Me. Men and women who call themselves Christian. That is all? Said the angels, astonished. One group of humans has to carry on Your work? What if they fail? Your life teaching, Your death and resurrection will have been a waste. Jesus replied, I have no other plan: it is all up to them.
The reign of God is like a seed. That seed is the kindness we do, the worship we share, the conversation around the dinner table, the soup to the sick neighbor, the decision to put the family first. The seed is being at Mass with the family. I like the seed symbol in the Gospel, it fits most of us. We seldom have the opportunity or even the courage to do the big things, the really big, heroic things, but every day we all have the opportunity to do the small ones that display our values, and Jesus’s values. Your opportunity may be as small as a seed, but seeds that will bear fruit, thirty, forty, or even fifty years from now. So get growing.
Fr. Robert Warren, S.A.
Yours in Christ,
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Fr. Bob Warren, SA
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