Daily Archives: November 26, 2012

Soring

Watching this video made me weep. I think there’s a special place in Hell for the horrible people who inflict such cruelty on these gentle, lovely creatures.

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The scandal of evil

309  If God the Father almighty, the Creator of the ordered and good world, cares for all his creatures, why does evil exist? To this question, as pressing as it is unavoidable and as painful as it is mysterious, no quick answer will suffice. Only Christian faith as a whole constitutes the answer to this question: the goodness of creation, the drama of sin and the patient love of God who comes to meet man by his covenants, the redemptive Incarnation of his Son, his gift of the Spirit, his gathering of the Church, the power of the sacraments and his call to a blessed life to which free creatures are invited to consent in advance, but from which, by a terrible mystery, they can also turn away in advance. There is not a single aspect of the Christian message that is not in part an answer to the question of evil.

310 But why did God not create a world so perfect that no evil could exist in it? With infinite power God could always create something better. But with infinite wisdom and goodness God freely willed to create a world “in a state of journeying” towards its ultimate perfection. In God’s plan this process of becoming involves the appearance of certain beings and the disappearance of others, the existence of the more perfect alongside the less perfect, both constructive and destructive forces of nature. With physical good there exists also physical evil as long as creation has not reached perfection.

311 Angels and men, as intelligent and free creatures, have to journey toward their ultimate destinies by their free choice and preferential love. They can therefore go astray. Indeed, they have sinned. Thus has moral evil, incommensurably more harmful than physical evil, entered the world. God is in no way, directly or indirectly, the cause of moral evil. He permits it, however, because he respects the freedom of his creatures and, mysteriously, knows how to derive good from it:

For almighty God…, because he is supremely good, would never allow any evil whatsoever to exist in his works if he were not so all-powerful and good as to cause good to emerge from evil itself.

312 In time we can discover that God in his almighty providence can bring a good from the consequences of an evil, even a moral evil, caused by his creatures:

“It was not you”, said Joseph to his brothers, “who sent me here, but God… You meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive.”

From the greatest moral evil ever committed — the rejection and murder of God’s only Son, caused by the sins of all men — God, by his grace that “abounded all the more”, brought the greatest of goods: the glorification of Christ and our redemption. But for all that, evil never becomes a good.

313 “We know that in everything God works for good for those who love him.” Romans 8:28  The constant witness of the saints confirms this truth:

  • St. Catherine of Siena said to “those who are scandalized and rebel against what happens to them”: “Everything comes from love, all is ordained for the salvation of man, God does nothing without this goal in mind.”
  • St. Thomas More, shortly before his martyrdom, consoled his daughter: “Nothing can come but that that God wills. And I make me very sure that whatsoever that be, seem it never so bad in sight, it shall indeed be the best.
  • Dame Julian of Norwich: “Here I was taught by the grace of God that I should steadfastly keep me in the faith… and that at the same time I should take my stand on and earnestly believe in what our Lord shewed in this time — that ‘all manner [of] thing shall be well.'”

Greg Laurie and Randy Alcorn discuss Romans 8:28 [2:29]

314 We firmly believe that God is master of the world and of its history. But the ways of his providence are often unknown to us. Only at the end, when our partial knowledge ceases, when we see God “face to face”, will we fully know the ways by which — even through the dramas of evil and sin — God has guided his creation to that definitive sabbath rest for which he created heaven and earth.

Source: The Catholic Catechism [bolding, italics and color added by CtH to ease reading and aid comprehension]

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Saving Susan Rice by Dan Bubalo

Worth a read! Excerpts to tempt you to click:

It’s a safe bet that if the Obama administration had devoted as much attention to saving the murder victims in Benghazi as they are saving the sorry, inexperienced backside of marionette Susan Rice there would be no investigation of a cover-up.

Skin color matters not a whit with respect to her considerable missteps and opprobrious behavior for she openly distributed misinformation to protect the reputation of a man with a vaporous backbone who treats underlings like a mother rat, nudging its babies to eat the bait first to find out if it’s poisonous.

Give me a break with all this racial and gender crapola, will you? She’s pathetic and so is her boss, although they’re not alone. (Oh, and by the way, Mr. Obama? This isn’t the playground in the inner city in which you never lived, so quit pounding your chest to defend Ms. Rice as if she was your girlfriend/)

Now let’s talk about Hillary Clinton, a woman with an absurdly inflated sense of self, rivaled only by the fawning media who once pronounced her the smartest lawyer in America … for no reason other than that of being in the spotlight and being married to Bill.

Lastly, we have the president addressing the U.N. and re-telling the cover-story of the cover-up to cover his ineptitude a full 14 days after the Benghazi slaughter and bowing to his puppet masters from the Arab world that a terrorist attack was caused by a video. He didn’t just suggest it, by the way; he reiterated in seven separate portions of his address.

Read the whole gloriously snarky thing @ http://mychal-massie.com/premium/saving-susan-rice/

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THE FEEL-GOOD GRUDGE

Posted by Pistol Pete

Note to anonymous:When you commented about me using the terms ‘Obastard’ and ‘death panels’  in my last post,I took it as an inference that I seemed hypocritical being it was a good-news grudge.Let me explain:When I called our beloved president Obastard,I was giving him the benefit of the doubt.As for death panels,now that he has been re-immaculated the reality of it has now reached the level of metaphysical certitude.One thing that separates us from left-wing blogs is that we don’t need excessive profanity to express ourselves.We don’t waste our time being angry or looking for enemies.I have posted over 500 times here and have used the ‘F’-bomb less times than a Kos Kid does in one sentence.Chrissy has done thousands and has never used a curse word.I don’t know how long you’ve been visiting our little garden,but the regulars can attest that when I get on an epic rant I end up speaking in tongues.

Most of us grew up in the fifties when adults didn’t use coarse language around children much past ‘hell’ or ‘damn.’ I sense you are younger than most of us and missed the chance at a happy,unfettered childhood.More’s the pity.I learned the really good words at school  from kids whose parents were more tolerant than mine were.I made the mistake of dropping the Queen Mother of cuss words within earshot of my granny one time.She promptly used her finger as a tongue depressor after she dipped it in pink dish soap.I swear it happened.I doubt I’m the only one who experienced a lesson in oral cleanliness.

It was such a traumatic event when our nation sounded its death knell on Nov. 6,I divorced myself from politics completely.The next four years will be pretty much a repeat of the last four,only to a more intense degree.The Democrats will get more outrageous and commit constitutional atrocities and the media will either ignore or twist to blame Republicans.The GOP will put up token resistance but will submit in the end,since they’re all playing the same game.

I don’t have a social life and I owe my friends here more than I can ever repay.I prayed on how to continue fellowship with my buddies without going into politics.When I really started looking I discovered there is much more to life beyond politics.I majored in English and minored in Theater Arts in school and some say I can be pretty funny when I want to be.These days we all need something to get us through this ordeal.I hope to make someone’s  day a little brighter whenever I can.

LOOK AGAIN,IT’S A TIE

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