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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Martyrs of Colombia

Spiritdaily reports two more priests shot in Colombia.

But when I checked out the article, I found this:



Initial accounts indicated “the priest’s killer traveled with them in the car and fled after shooting them,” the bishops conference said, noting that 74 priests, eight monks and nuns and three seminarians have been murdered in Colombia since 1984. \

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Inspired to offer prayers

I am not a very good "prayer warrior", but I do pray for my family and my former patients sometimes, especially when I think of someone.

But there is a strange coincidence about the Palins that make me wonder what God has in store for her.

Now, I'm in the PHilippines, and we don't watch a lot of news, and usually we are "off cycle" for US news.

I only knew about governor Palin when she had her child with Down's syndrome. So when she was nominated for VP, I was happy. Yet God told me to pray for her.

This was strange, and I didn't hear voices, I merely got a strong idea that she needed prayers. The next day, the horrible garbage started to be thrown against her and her family, a spew of hatred that was only surpassed by the hatred of the left and the atheists against George Bush.

(I am a Democrat, by the way, but my party left me, but that's another story).

Yesterday again I had an impulse to pray for Palin and her family, especially her husband.

today the tabloids are suggesting he "had an affair", no details, but you can see where this is going.

Sad.

So it makes me wonder: What plans has God got in store for her?

I don't think she should run for president in 2012. She is not qualified.

And I don't especially follow her in the news.

But I pray for her soul and the spiritual health of her family. And obviously there is a spiritual warfare going on around her.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Medjugorje

A traditionalist sceptic reports on his trip to Medjugorje, and finds he now thinks it might be a genuine apparation.


Many many years ago, I read the criticism of one traditionalist Catholic against Medjugorje, and ironically, his nit picking was so overboard that I realized one could say the same for many visionaries and saints. So when I had an opportunity to go there, I did, and was impressed.

This was many years ago, and Yugoslavia was still communist at the time, before the civil war, and the town was starting to be a tourist area, but was still "primitive" in many areas (e.g. pit toilets near the shrine for tourists).

There I found grace.

Many of the criticisms since then (they didn't become nuns or priests) are absurd (neither did the children of LaSalette ) are absurd, given the poor theological state of a lot of religious orders, and the criticism that Mary said "all religions are the same" was a misquote of her saying something to the effect that all religious people were her children, and they shouldn't hate each other. Given the civil war in Bosnia, where secular atheistic Bosnian Orthodox killed sexular atheistic Bosnian Catholics and Secular Atheistic Bosnian Muslims that was indeed an important warning.

But I also remember some other prophecies. Mary prophecized that there would be no nuclear war at a time when this was very possible. She also prophecized that the political problems in Poland would come out well (and in a book by a BBC writer who went there to make a report, the writer sarcastically said: well, what happened in Poland wasn't quite in line with that prophecy, and one year after the book was published, Solidarity won and the iron curtain fell).
Finally, I remember the prophecy that the west was losing it's way, but that Russia would be the one to proclaim Christianity to the world (again I paraphrase).

Still waiting for that one, but with the increasing demonization of Christianity in Europe and the US, it very well may end up being true.

Father Groeshel has an excellent book on apparitions. Some are very obviously Heaven intervening for a big reason, but many are more subtle, where religious folks "see" a vision or "hear" a voice and interpret this from heaven.

The problem? the voices/visions can be medical hallucinations, imagination, mental illness, or real but personal (i.e. for the person involved only, but with their pride, they decide to tell the world and increase their egotism).

In the play ST Joan, GBShaw (an atheist) has her say that everyone hears these voices, but we don't listen.
True. But maybe the voices we hear are not of God.

in Medjugorje, the visionaries remain committed to the visions, even though they are separated and have differing lives. That says a lot.

None of them seem to have gone bonkers or alcoholic, although if they did, it doesn't necessarily mean they were false visionaries (again, the visionaries of La Salette were "failures" as adults).

But the main argument on Medjugorje is that a lot of folks who went there found grace, or even conversion.

The abortion doctor

a Pennsylvania abortion doctor is being charged with murder, because he used unqualified staff and they oversedated a woman and she died.

This is very serious malpractice, but it wasn't the only case of severe malpractice. So why was this guy still licensed?

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State regulators ignored complaints about him and failed to inspect his clinic since 1993...Gosnell "induced labor, forced the live birth of viable babies in the sixth, seventh, eighth month of pregnancy and then killed those babies by cutting into the back of the neck with scissors and severing their spinal cord,"....

The grand jury said the woman who died was a patient who came to Gosnell's clinic for an abortion and died of cardiac arrest because she was given too much Demerol. Gosnell wasn't at the clinic at the time, but directed his staff to administer the drug to keep the woman, a healthy 41-year-old named Karnamaya Mongar, sedated until he arrived, prosecutors said.

Gosnell has been named in at least 46 malpractice suits, including one over the death of a 22-year-old mother who died of sepsis and a perforated uterus in 2000. Many others also involve perforated uteruses. Gosnell sometimes sewed up the injury without telling women their uteruses had been perforated, prosecutors said.


so now we in the Philippines know what to look forward to...

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

All For Jesus

The book "all for Jesus" can be downloaded from googlebooks.

go to this link, and download from the right upper corner where there is a down arrow and the word Pobierz

The book is in English, don't worry.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Rizal, Jung loved the occult

This PhilInquirer article justifies that Rizal was into the occult by saying Carl Jung and others did the same back then.


It mentioned the national hero’s interest in “esoteric beliefs” and how he applied “empirical methods of inquiry and cross-cultural referencing to understand peculiar phenomena.”

Because of how he experienced dreams becoming a reality, Rizal studied prophetic (or precognitive) dreams and even the Persian religion of Zoroastrianism. He also studied and wrote about sorcery and witchcraft and tried to find rational explanations for these phenomena.

It is not generally known and recognized, but Rizal is not alone among great international scientists, thinkers and philosophers who were fascinated with the occult and paranormal phenomena. It has come to light, for example, that such great men of science and humanities as Dr. Frank Gall, Alfred Russell Wallace, Sir Isaac Newton, Dr. William James, Thomas Edison, Dr. Alexis Carrel, Dr. Gardner Murphy, Sir William Crookes, Aldous Huxley, John Dewey, Dr. Carl Jung and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had, at one time or another, investigated and wrote about esoteric phenomena.

Well, Newton was a Christian, but the others were atheists who rejected Christianity. some, like Jung, Dewey, Doyle, and Huxley, were anti Christians.

As GK Chesterton said: Once you reject Belief in God, you believe in anything.

You open yourself to terrible problems. Doyle, for example, was a cocaine addict, and Huxley took drugs. Edison "stole" the designs and took credit for the work of those who worked under him. Jung's followers have been called a "cult" in a book by Mark Noll.

Any good logical atheist would reject these things, and if he admitted they were true, maybe he would also go on to look into traditional religion. But these folks didn't. Why? maybe it has to do with their other lifestyle sins.

As a scientist, a lot of these folks seemed to hate Christians for believing, but then went on to "study" things forbidden by Christians because they are seen by Christianity and indeed other religions as demonic.

And it says a lot about our "modern" world that the intellectual "greats" behind much of western culture are those who rejected God and then got into worshipping the devil...not out of deep belief, but because they were obedient to the "intellectual fads" of the day...

Thursday, January 06, 2011

emergency kitten

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

anger at God?

The Freepers are having a discussion about an article in a psychology magazine about who gets "angry" at God.

Seems like non believers and weak believers get the most anger, but a lot of those commenting are almost as bad, seeing God as Santa Claus, and then grumbling that they learned it's up to them.

well, duh. God isn't going to pay your mortgage, especially since you chose to buy the house and maybe couldn't afford it in the first place.

And God isn't going to turn around a hurricane just so you aren't damaged, and if you don't prepare for damage, or buy a house that is strong enough to withstand the storm, why blame God?

On the other hand, anger is part of normal confrontation with disaster.

The article, however, doesn't distinguish from a normal emotional reaction to the choice of how you feel and cope.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

manipulating emotion to destroy age old laws

why destroying the law by emotional arguments is dangerous because it allows the sociopaths to manipulate the argument and ignores the injustice to the real victim.

or as one commenter writes:Emotionalism has no foundation. He or she with the most tears wins.
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Our Lady of the C5 highway

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long story of a shrine along one of our major highways, and a General's wife who has visions.