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  2. Holy cow! I had no idea that there were so many people here who have no idea what freedom is. This is America, people! Polskieserce is absolutely right on this. People arguing against him are extremely ignorant. For the state to rule against the business owner goes against absolutely EVERYTHING this country stands for. And it's really, really sad for me to see comments like this on Phatmass of all places. But the fact that it is here only shows why it is such an issue right now, because so, so many people are ignorant and take for granted what they don't understand. If people actually had a clue, then the state would have ruled otherwise. I've never used such harsh language on this site before, but it's really needed right now. Everyone above really needs to spend some time researching the other side to try to understand it. If you don't, you're doing yourself a disservice and everyone else that you talk to about this issue. Nobody has a right to force me, at gunpoint, to do anything with my business that I don't want to do.
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  4. This seems like a very nuanced and personal experience for your friend. I know when I did an aspirancy live in for the first time, i was assaulted by so many temptations that normally in my regular daily life I cannot either hear or can ignore easily. I know that was very difficult time for myself spiritually. I also felt a lot of bitterness after that experience because I was experiencing a rather dry spiritual life before and after that stay. I have since read up on St. Ignatius and what he had to say about these times in our spiritual life. I think understanding that we are not always going to "feel good" and we will be assaulted are all part of God's plan for us. I now realize looking back at that aspirancy, I had a true chance to grow in grace and empty some of myself to make room for Jesus but I was so stuck on myself and the "struggle" i lost sight of the big picture. I know I am speaking in vague terms and being very general, but I think frequenting confession will help immensely. For a long time, I thought confession was not enough and that I had to do more, but i cannot do more than God. I think understanding God's compassion and love for me really helped break certain cycles of sin in my life.
  5. I found this funny. From the Benedictines at Newark Abbey.
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  7. If this is the same person who wrote The Fire Within, I've heard that he has a dense-but-good style of writing. Regards.
  8. ....considering that this seems rather hard, I hereby amend my resolution. I will restrict my time here, but not completely withdraw.
  9. I'm not being calumnous, it's all over the interwebz, lol. There are dozens of videos on people going "undercover" to test this out at Muslim bakeries. Funny that the liberal media ignores it. And the Muslims don't get in trouble for it at all. There was some little teenage kid who answered a reporter's question once at her family's pizza parlor, remember that? One little response was enough to trigger the leftists and they went all furious hell over that pizza parlor for refusing to cater at a homosexual wedding. (AS if anyone would even want pizza parlor at their wedding, but that's besides the point.) This little kid told a reporter that her family doesn't believe in homosexual marriages, and so their pizza parlor wouldn't serve a homosexual wedding. There was even some rabid lesbian who wanted to murder that family and raze their pizza parlor for that little kid saying such a thing. But these videos on youtube that have millions of views showing a muslim baker refusing homosexual couples goes unnoticed. Leftists aren't triggered. Muslims get preferential treatment from the liberal propagandists. No one sues muslim bakeries, and I'll tell you why, because unlike Christians, Muslims WILL DO something about standing up for their beliefs and it's usually not nice. So people avoid troubling them at all. We Christians aren't like that so we get sued and our livelihoods destroyed. Muslims have gained respect out of fear. No one is afraid of Christians, we're doormats. Let's wait and see the Supreme Court force a muslim baker or florist or photographer to participate in a gay wedding. I doubt we will ever see such a thing... we will wait for eternity before that happens.
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  11. That was a very nice write up. Thank you for sharing your blog post in this thread. I think I will print it out and also MiserereMeiDeus's words as well to read over during time's when i need that perspective and a reminder to trust in God's plan for my life.
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  13. Here's an article I wrote about waiting to enter... Hope it helps those in an intermittent period. God bless.
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  17. Reading 1 Jl 2:12-18 Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment. Perhaps he will again relent and leave behind him a blessing, Offerings and libations for the LORD, your God. Blow the trumpet in Zion! proclaim a fast, call an assembly; Gather the people, notify the congregation; Assemble the elders, gather the children and the infants at the breast; Let the bridegroom quit his room and the bride her chamber. Between the porch and the altar let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep, And say, "Spare, O LORD, your people, and make not your heritage a reproach, with the nations ruling over them! Why should they say among the peoples, 'Where is their God?'" Then the LORD was stirred to concern for his land and took pity on his people. Responsorial Psalm Ps 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14 and 17 R. (see 3a) Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned. Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness; in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense. Thoroughly wash me from my guilt and of my sin cleanse me. R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned. For I acknowledge my offense, and my sin is before me always: "Against you only have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight." R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned. A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me. Cast me not out from your presence, and your Holy Spirit take not from me. R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned. Give me back the joy of your salvation, and a willing spirit sustain in me. O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall proclaim your praise. R. Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned. Reading 2 2 Cor 5:20—6:2 Brothers and sisters: We are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him. Working together, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says: In an acceptable time I heard you, and on the day of salvation I helped you. Behold, now is a very acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. Verse Before the Gospel see ps 95:8 If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts. Gospel Mt 6:1-6, 16-18 Jesus said to his disciples: "Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. "When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others may see them. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. "When you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites. They neglect their appearance, so that they may appear to others to be fasting. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you may not appear to be fasting, except to your Father who is hidden. And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you." - - - Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner. source
  18. When the revelation of another person's fault is necessary or very useful, as in defense of self or of others, no injustice is done in revealing it. This would be the case when the failing or defect is made known to parents, or superiors, or for the purpose of seeking counsel or help, or to prevent harm to others, though again, there must be adequate proportion between the lessening of a person's reputation (which is not intended) and the good to be achieved by the disclosure (which is intended). Fr John Hardon SJ
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  21. The police cannot pick who they choose to protect. You can go on youtube and see police officers preserving the peace at nazi rallies. In the video below, you even see black officers present. I highly doubt the black officers are thrilled to be there. Aryan Nation March on US Capitol The qualification requirements for welfare are not comparable to police protection or businesses choosing to discriminate. Where in the Constitution is the government authorized to dictate who people must associate with? When the Constitution was originally written AND actually honored, people did have the freedom to pick who they wanted to associate with. Since that time, the Constitution has never been amended to allow the government to force different groups of people to associate with one another. Given the fact that I am a socialist, it should be no surprise that I am no fan of the Constitution. However, that is one part of the Constitution that I support. Even if a new Constitution is drafted in the future (not as impossible as some of you may think), I would still support for Freedom of Association to be embedded into it. I will fight tooth and nail for freedom of association. Without it, where does it end? Will Catholic doctors risk losing their medical licenses for not providing abortions? Will florists and bakers have to sell products geared toward celebrating abortions? Will business owners have to worry about getting sued because they didn't hire enough homosexuals? Will business owners have to spend thousands to construct new bathrooms for men pretending to be women and vice versa? Lol give me a break. I fully and UNCONDITIONALLY support freedom of association. Private individuals are not obligated to provide services to one another. If you are a business owner and you don't want to hire women/homosexual/blacks/disabled/people/etc, then that is your constitutional right to do so. To all of you who are saying it's not ok for businesses to discriminate, you are basically projecting your desires onto the Constitution. In your imagination, you are turning the Constitution into something it never was and never will be (unless it is formally amended or replaced with a new Constitution). If freedom of association was fully restored, then yes, life would be much harder for racial minorities and unpopular groups. But the Constitution, going by its original purpose, allows that. Rand Paul makes some very good points in this video: MSNBC: Ron Paul on Civil Rights Act of 1964
  22. So, do you actually know a homosexual couple that was denied service at a Muslim bakery? If so, did they take the case to court? If so, did they lose the case? If the answer to any of the above questions is "no", I have to wonder: why would you imply that Muslims and their businesses get special treatment in the U.S.? Are you aware that when you invent and then spread stories and situations that are false, that you are bearing false witness? In the U.S., Muslim bakeries and businesses have to abide by the same laws as Christian bakeries & businesses (and secular bakeries & businesses, for that matter). I'm not saying that Christians (or Muslims, for that matter) aren't persecuted in the U.S. I am saying that lying and calumny aren't tools worth using for anyone who is trying to spread & share the Gospel of Christ.
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  24. The use of ashes as a symbol of repentance was a recognized practice in Old Testament times. Jesus also referred to the use of ashes as a sign of repentance: Jesus said, “If the deeds of power done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes” (Matthew 11:21). In the early Church those desiring to be baptized began a period of public penance on the first day of Lent. They were covered with sackcloth and sprinkled with ashes, and obliged to remain apart from the Christian community until Holy Thursday. By the tenth century, a derivation of the practice was claimed for the entire church – a practice we will follow today – by placing ashes on the foreheads of the entire congregation, making the sign of the cross. The ashes we will receive today have a two-fold purpose: they offer us a reminder and an invitation. They are a reminder of our mortality. Live today – live every day – with an awareness of the preciousness of life. Use the resources entrusted to you wisely, express gratitude constantly for all the blessings of this life, give generously, live fully; because this life will end. We pray that we may not be “hard-hearted,” indifferent to the needs of the poor and the suffering, but that we may be given “broken and contrite hearts,” hearts broken open and emptied of self in order that they might be filled with the love and compassion of God. So, these ashes serve as a reminder: a reminder of our mortality; a reminder of our poverty, and of the poverty of others. They also serve as an invitation. They invite us to repentance. They invite us to turn again to God and to receive new life. They invite us to renew the promises we made at our baptisms, renouncing evil and putting our trust in God. In a few moments, we will be invited to observe “a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word”. Many of us will take on some form of spiritual discipline or ascetical practice over the next forty days. We may choose to give up something, to fast from certain kinds of food, for example, or from unhealthy habits. We may choose to give up worry, or regret, or revenge; or to fast from jealousy or anger. Or we may choose to take on something for Lent – some regular practice of prayer, perhaps. We may adopt some practice that helps us live a more balanced life. We may give alms. We may seek time for silence and solitude, or go on retreat. We may set aside time each day to read and meditate on scripture. We may choose to perform “random acts of kindness” to alleviate the suffering of others. We may decide to do something selfless. Whatever we choose to do or not do as a sign of our repentance and commitment, let us do it whole-heartedly, not to impress God or others or ourselves with our goodness, but genuinely humbling ourselves before God, seeking God’s mercy and opening ourselves to the power of God to convert and transform our lives. What are these ashes? An invitation to life – the true life, the abundant life, the eternal life that God has promised us in Christ. Receive them with sorrow, yes, but also with joy! The next six weeks are a time to spend with one who loves us so much, who forgives and comforts us. Today many of us will have our foreheads marked by a cross of ashes. It is a public marking that reminds us - and others - of God's message to us, "I created you for myself and gave you my only son to free you from sin and death. Even now, I am calling you, drawing you closer to myself so that someday, I can celebrate with you a never ending banquet of love."
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