Jesus Vs Jesus, OY!

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How many of us have had days or times when things gets so frazzled so confusing, we think, “I’m having an identity crisis”?  Well guess what Jesus has also been having an identity crisis and actually it has been going on since the time of his being on earth, but with the post modern world, his identity crisis amongst humanity has really gotten, crisis.   Full disclosure, I had my rebel period and went and got myself ordained online, did some studying online, and all that, had my Catholic Crisis period, my overall Christian Faith Crisis period.  If we look at the chart, we see that the biblical Jesus is not the same one of the post modern world, not that fluffy teddy bear, marshmallows around the fire, kumbaya etc.. kind of guy 24/7.  What about you, what does that have to do with your faith?  Do you hide, do you sugar coat your faith?  What is your core?  Having moments of crisis is not unusual when a trauma happens or something like that, so it’s not unusual to have moments of questioning, of needing to recharge the faith, one’s understanding of the faith, faith principles etc…  If we are to be faithful to scripture, then we can’t sugarcoat Christ or mold him into any modern version of anything.  We can’t do that to the faith principles that are to guide our day to day living, that guide ethics and integrity.    When we look at Jesus and what he taught, the apostles taught, even the philosophers, we have to look holistically, including what did they conclude at the end of their life.  I thought it might be interesting for you to see a list of Catholic Converts in history, includes Egyptian Royalty https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_converts_to_the_Catholic_Church.  I found it interesting the list and some of those on it.  I hope that they understood, even the more modern ones the difference between these two versions one might be presented with.  It matters, it matters because it will influence how we understand scripture, and every aspect of it, and living life.  I hope we all step back and take a right look at Jesus and his identity, because mistaken identity is never a good thing. Even in our own faith walk, we need to be clear and understand who we are, what our core faith is, have a clear identity in that.  I realized that very much as I realized just how repulsed I was at the mockery made of the faith of my my ancestors, of my heritage at the Met Gala and when people put forth this false picture of Christ in the name of modern Social Justice and Feminism.

Shalom and Amen

Problem With the Met Gala

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This is not even counting the bondage rosary mask.  Scripture tells us that in the latter days truth will be twisted and mocked and what is evil, unhealthy etc… will be lauded as good.  All you have to do is look around you and know that is true.  This shows that.  Even worse is that the Church gave their blessing, the Vatican sending the Choir to sing at the Gala had to know, and so did NY’s Cardinal Dolan, he even took photos with the Gala organizers I believe.  These people wearing these garbs belong to an industry that mocks the Christian faith, not any other faith group, no it gets all upset if you use the word Islamic Terrorists or Jihadists, but mocked Pence for his expression of faith, mocks Conservatives and Christians constantly on and off stage, simply for believe and adhering to, especially those who fully do, to God’s Scriptural Truth, Biblical Truth.  Does the media dare do so with any other faith group?  No they don’t.  Mainly because Catholics, Christians in trying to love thy neighbor etc…don’t really war against those who mock us, we don’t do jihad.  The sad part is that the Church sold out, it sold out to the things of the world, the very thing that Jesus said we were not to do, we were not to be of this world, neither was the church to be.  Yet the Vatican, Dolan sold out, sold out to the world in the name of whatever.  If the Church sells out, well what example of scriptural faithfulness can they provide?  Same with the debacle of the Boy Scouts undermining the role of male and female, their beautiful differences, the differences in how they learn.  This sacrilege of this Gala really brought home how degenerated Hollywood, and society is, and how sad the Church has become, how it has through so called Social Justice and in different ways sold out, and sold its’ soul.  That really is a terrible day and thing for humanity, and it is going to be up to the patriots and true faithful of scripture to get the church and things back on track and regain the soul of the Church and nations. 

Shalom and Amen

Who Would I Rather Stand With?

Who I Would Rather Stand WIth

We are in a world where it’s all about being PC, loved by the world, safe spaces etc…, don’t offend, don’t hurt feelings, accept everything under the sun and every lifestyle no matter what because you don’t want to be judgmental, it’s all about love, God is only about love, right?  Oy, what you all 6 and living in fantasy cotton candy land, everyone has to love and like me or I will fall apart and cry all night?  Seriously? First, get out of fantasy cotton candy land, fast.  Secondly, let’s take an honest look at what sin is, since we all do sin in life, me, you, we all do, sometimes big league, other times small potatoes.   Some of the biggies are murder, lust, that kind of thing and dishonoring your body, other people’s as well, having no regard for your own dignity or that of others, for your life, the life of others. Destroying the life and reputation of others, these are biggies and when does with malice and intent, when planned, to save your own ass, oy!  We often fall into the sheep following and ending up missing the mark of holiness, which in a nutshell can be found in two places in Corinthians where it talks about love is patient etc… and also the poem in Ecclesiastes about a time and place under heaven.  If we look at that, but also at how firmly those in the faith tradition of scripture and the history of for example the Catholic faith stood firm in the faith, even when it was not at all popular, we see that character, strength of character is not found in catering to the world and whims of the pleasures of the moment or fads or leanings of the world, a lack of any boundaries, as we see with the exposing of Weinstein and so much more that is coming up of all the junk that has gone on in our politics. Killing and all that stuff is not just about physical killing, you also commit murder when you kill the entrepreneurial spirit of a nation, destroy the economy of a nation, the Constitutional Republic, so you kill on many levels in life, not just physical.  You can lust not just for a person, but for power, for recognition, for acceptance to where you lose all sense of scruples.  Sin is missing the mark, what is the mark? Integrity of thought, deed and action, that includes how you govern nations, relationships.  We are not perfect, so we will at times miss the mark, but when in a a relationship, or in relationship to our own decisions for ourselves or governance, we constantly miss the mark, then you have a really big problem, now it’s not small potatoes sin, but a major enchilada, a holy moly, an ay caramba!  The reason this can often happen is again we are more worried about being accepted and judged by the world and not thinking about our relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, worried about being PC, winning votes, or being liked by students, by colleagues, being popular with everyone, we think that we are of integrity, substance and respect if we go the way of the crowd, the fad, can just be accepted, liked, loved and wanted by all, all the time.  My response to that, bull and grow  the hell up!

Most of my life, when I wasn’t missing the mark, and even then never giving up my faith’s core beliefs, as I truly do believe in them, I didn’t care if I was accepted or not, liked, or not, could care less, the hell with that.  I was going to stick with Biblical truth as I came to understand it, even when I fell, when I had my weak points, and I was not going to give a crap what the world thought, my friends thought, not my problem, they and even my family of liberals could go to hell.  It has been thus a life of exile in a way, since I don’t do PC and will tell is as I see it, no sugar coating, including what my strong intuition tells me it is often times.  It has not been easy in terms of friendships, especially in a world that doesn’t seem to accept, but rather disdains conservatism, or anything like that, even in faith, nor does it honor a true capitalist, constitutional, democratic, federalist republicanism.   I embrace all of that with vigor, with a firm YESSSSS, and also the right of Israel to exist, thrive etc…, not very popular even within my own family, my Zionism.  Again, I would rather be in agreement with Biblical Truth, with Historical Precedent, with Divine Truth, my own deep conscience than fads, than people, friends, family any of that.  It may mean a sort of exiled life, but that’s okay.  I am not saying it’s not a bit lonesome at times, but rather be me and not PC, than PC and out of line with Biblical Truth and the depth of my heart, spirit and soul. I will make music, I will blog, I will find ways to be a voice for Conservatism and for sacred boundaries, and a non PC, non snowflake society. 

Amen

What the Old Guard Is Not Getting

 

I love the Latin Mass, the Masses of the various Societies within the Catholic faith, the solemnity of those Masses, the Reverence.  I believe in natural order etc.., would even without religion just by common sense.  Yet the Bishops chose to ignore the youth, the Catholic youth, invited Atheists and Muslims to discuss the fate and shaping of the RCC and Catholicism, talk about out of touch with your base.  This false notion of sugar coating, of having to spare people’s feelings etc… is so beyond bogus it’s truly laughable, if it weren’t so sad, so damaging to our world, our youth, society, selves, this delusion that all things are equal in God’s eyes in the sense that everything and anything goes so long as there is love baby.  Jesus never said that, God never said that, neither did the Prophets or Apostles.  Not even parents, if they have a brain, would have the philosophy with their kids that, hey anything goes baby so long as we have love in this house. That would be irresponsible, downright criminal.  Think about the disrespect the Synod showed the youth, shows society by ignoring what these young people conveyed was important to them.  It shows the Catholic Church has no respect for them, their desire for Tradition, Conservatism, and Truth, God’s Truth, Biblical Truth.  That is truly sad and UnGodly and why we see the growth of the Eastern Orthodox Church in America and growth of churches like Hillsong, Christian Charismatic, where there is a passion for Christ, for truth, no watering down.  If the RCC wants to retain youth and grow as a church, then it had better learn from these groups and get back to Tradition, Conservatism, be in but not of the world like Jesus taught, otherwise it will lose young people, keep losing them and it should rightly so lose them.  Kudos to the youth that does seek truth and tradition, to be in but not of the world, to all who seek this, who seek God’s truth, holistically, holistic scriptural truth and how to live and apply it in all things, honoring tradition, something I am appreciating more these days.

Amen

Why The RCC is Losing Flock?

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https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/us-bishop-conference-lobbies-congress-to-fund-agency-funding-planned-parent

When I read this article I thought about the Pro-Life March and I got a headache, rather a ouch in my head because between this and Pope Francis, showed inconsistency.  It showed a total lack of consistency, of moral backbone.  You can’t have Pro-life marches, yearly Pro-life prayer vigils and all that, then fund an organization that funds Planned Parenthood, an abortion mill.  You can’t have a Pope that seems to want to have bishops re-write the rules as they go along, wing it.  The flock of the church then find themselves lost and looking elsewhere, which is why you see now lots of Catholics moving to the Pentecostal Evangelical and such groups, just watching TBN, The Blessed Life, The Spirit Contemporary Life and seeking other like minded conservative Christians online then to connect, or to have home study groups with.  They feel the RCC can not offer true solid consistency with even its’ own teachings.  Jesus when he says I didn’t come to abolish the law, but to fulfill it, his goal was to clarify it, make it more concise, crystalised.  When you do get to know the core of the faith and you realize the church is not standing by its’ own teachings and then you kind of can’t seem to keep it together, not even get a Pope that can get the teachings coherent and straight, not surprising the people are going to say “sayonara, and adios!”  That is what is happening.  Yours started seeing problems with the RCC a while back and walked away, but because it was my family faith heritage I kept going back.  This Pope, and all that is going on, really don’t know that I can stay and say I would be honoring biblical truth, particularly after the Pope’s reaction to our recognition of Jerusalem.

Shalom

Know What You’re Walking Away From

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Often Catholics, even yours truly will get caught up in the trap of not really knowing about the faith, now knowing the core truths of it, the biblical basis for these truths, the exegesis, the deductive and inductive reasoning of the Church Fathers in regards to the faith and will fall into the trap of Sola Scriptura, walk away from the faith.  They will get caught up in the emotional preaching of Evangelicals and I do think Catholicism does need to do a better job connecting the teaching to the all aspects of the self, heart, spirit and soul, and also in evangelization, not in your face evangelization, but evangelization.  I myself need to get back a strong fundamental understanding of the faith because to leave behind something that you don’t even truly deeply understand, well doesn’t make a lot of sense when it comes to spirituality and the spiritual life, though the one path I hope no one ever tries to understand is Satanism, ever, or any such path, please. 

Amen

All Souls Day Reflection

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I came a cross this article regarding All Souls Day by Fr. Thomas Rosica CSB and thought I would share it with you.

http://saltandlighttv.org/blogfeed/getpost.php?id=1541

There are those who fear death, but death is simply transformation from being a physical being to a spiritual being in full splendor and when you are in Christ, living your life ethically etc…why fear something so natural as death, natural when it comes in its’ appointed time, not of course by our own hands since we don’t have that right to take our lives, since we did not create ourselves.  I view death from a purely spiritual lens, so there is nothing to fear.

When It Really Dawns On You

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The light shines within., going out in connection to the Divine Creator.

 

When you think of moving forward, building something up, a lasting legacy, something that will stand the test of time, you think of foundation, I do.  That is what I was thinking in terms of a particular project, in regards to a particular place, iconic piece of history that I hoped could be saved.  However, when I think of how that comes about, I envision a solid team of people that really work to get to know each other like a family knows each other inside out.  I envision intricate collaboration on an almost daily basis, everyone involved, teamwork in the broadest sense.  I envision solid friendship of the team members, a lot of creative juice flowing, brainstorming as a team.  None of that is happening and that is a big hurdle as I see it.  If there is no real collaboration, if there is no building of friendships, learning and growing together as a team, there is not team.  If there is not team, then the chances of a sustained legacy for the long term, well not sure on the odds.   That is sad because it is a beautiful icon, history of the Catholic faith of Italian immigrant community.

I have this beautiful icon and It is tied to my culture and heritage, so on the one hand I want to help, truly, but on the other hand, when there really isn’t collaboration as I understand collaboration to be, do I stay and really keep feeling like I’m banging my head against the wall?  With the fibromyalgia which had calmed down a bit, but has acted up in the past few months with a vengeance, do I want to be in a situation where I am banking my head against the wall, or feel like I am doing so?  I really don’t have an answer yet, not fully.  I hope I do soon, very soon.

Amen

Disrespect of Tradition, Scary Here

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Disdain for Tradition, Scary

I spoke in a previous blog about a path, about forging a path, and while a path forward does require some adaptation and some transformation so as to not be stagnant, what have we gained from a total disdain of all things traditional, of Family, God, Faith and Country?  

I understand having to have a certain level of empathy and yes Jesus did, but he also said sin no more and said clearly there would be consequence for Sodom and Gomorrah.   He may have had tensions and conflict with their legalisms, but he still honored tradition, celebrated the feast days of the Jewish calendar.  He did not indicate disdain for the traditions of his ancestors and when they were using the church as a den of iniquities etc… he went ballistic.  The Latin Rite and other such Masses are a beautiful, sacred and meditative, contemplative form of the Mass that attract young people who seek an intimate mystical connection to the divine, and a return perhaps subconsciously to traditional values.  For this Pope to treat traditionalists and conservatives with such disdain is a stain on him and of great damage to society.  He should be celebrating this and encouraging this, instead of what he is doing, which is purging the Vatican of anything traditionalist and conservative, which will alienate people, will lead to a splinter of Orthodox Catholics forming their own group or joining the Eastern Right Church, and if they do it will serve the Vatican, which has become too liberal and this Pope right to have Catholics leave the faith in droves join the Eastern Right, even Orthodox Anglican or for The Catholic Orthodox Church and refuse to recognize the authority of the Vatican due to corruption etc…  After all, tradition is the glue that keeps things together, you that, you lose the soul, and the traditions of the Catholic faith are beautiful ones.

Amen

It’s About God, and Community

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I spoke about the disconnect between my cultural heritage as an Italian-American Catholic and my theological leaning that are more Conservative Anglican.  That will always be a conflict present in my life to some extent, won’t it?  

Today I realized something.  It doesn’t have to, not if I focus on the core, on the Noahide Laws, Metaphysical Science understanding of life and faith, and Christ, my relationship to the Trinity.  It doesn’t be if I focus when at Mass in the Catholic Church on the presence of Christ, of the Holy Trinity.   If I am not comfortable with the Catholic Rosary, I pray the Anglican rosary, and if I feel more comfortable with the Anglican prayers, I can simply pray those.  Nothing says I can’t, my choice, I have religious liberty, free will.  While the theology I may adhere to, with the exception of the Eucharist, which I do believe transmutes, since Christ said it was his body and blood, not a symbol of, I can still appreciate my heritage.  Today after Mass for example we had the seniors gather for coffee and recall the past, the neighborhood, people from the area that have passed.  It was a beautiful thing.  It was lovely that sense of community, remembering childhood.  It really was a lovely thing.  It doesn’t change the fact that my theology tends more towards the Anglican, conservative Anglican, and traditionalism, but I can still attend Mass, even a feast honoring a saint and appreciate the cultural aspect of it all.  I may not venerate the saints or anything like that, but I can appreciate the sentiment, the dedication of those who do, their sincerity in doing this, and appreciate tradition, these traditions.  They can still provide grounding and a sense of identity, of where I came from, roots.

 

Amen