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Second Amendment Hypocrites

Some of the Left’s outspoken opponents of the 2d Amendment include:

  • New York’s Mayor Bloomberg … who has a 24/7 armed body guard provided by taxpayers, a guard that he takes with him when he travels even to Bermuda where guns are largely forbidden.
  • New York’s Senator Chuck Schumer … who not only possesses an unrestricted pistol permit for his concealed personal weapon, but who also charges off the cost of his armed body guards to the taxpayers of New York.
  • California’s Senator Diane Feinstein … who has an unrestricted concealed weapons permit and is apparently incapable of shame. When she participated in a publicized gun turn-in program she contributed a cheap model for the meltdown, while retaining her .357 magnum revolver.
  • Columnist Carl Rowan … who having oft opined about the evils of firearms ownership, secretly possessed a license to own firearms, one of which he used to wound a white teenager he caught trespassing on his property. (The kid said he wanted to take a dip in the pool.)
  • Rosie O’Donnell … who has three armed bodyguards who protect herself and her family.

From the unhypocritical side of the aisle …

The Honest Truth About Guns

The National Association of Chiefs of Police recently conducted a poll of its members:

  • 96% believe criminals obtain firearms from illegal sources;
  • 72% say citizens should not be restricted from purchasing more than one weapon;
  • 64% favor a law allowing private citizens to carry concealed firearms for protection.

Tweeted ‏@dbongino

Why not just declare “gun-free” zones around our elected officials & save tax dollars by cutting their security teams?

Joshua Boston, a retired Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps, posted an open letter to Senator Feinstein informing her that he will not register his weapons nor does he believe the Senator or anyone else in government has the right to require him to do so.

I am not your subject. I am the man who keeps you free. I am not your servant. I am the person whom you serve. I am not your peasant. I am the flesh and blood of America. I am the man who fought for my country. … I will not be disarmed to suit the fear that has been established by the media and your misinformation campaign against the American public. We, the people, deserve better than you.

Sources:

http://impeachobamatoday.blogspot.com/2012/12/bloombergs-armed-bodyguards-also-carry.html

http://www.federalobserver.com/archive.php?aid=10104

https://twitter.com/angelaisms

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/12/30/Marine-Tells-Di-Feinstein-No-Ma-am-Over-Gun-Grabbing

http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-902515

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The Seven Churches of Revelation, part twelve

If you’re new to this series, go here to catch up:

Part 11 @ https://polination.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/the-seven-churches-of-revelation-part-eleven/

Part 10 @ https://polination.wordpress.com/2012/12/26/the-seven-churches-of-revelation-part-ten/

Part 9 @ https://polination.wordpress.com/2012/12/23/the-seven-churches-of-revelation-part-nine/

Part 8 @ https://polination.wordpress.com/2012/12/22/the-seven-churches-of-revelation-part-eight/

Part 7 @ https://polination.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/the-seven-churches-of-revelation-part-seven/

Part 6 and prev @ https://polination.wordpress.com/2012/12/19/the-seven-churches-of-revelation-part-six/

Please note that throughout this discussion, I assume Jesus is addressing all the people who proclaim Christ, not any denomination or sect.

Book of Revelation, Chapter 2, Verses 18-29:

To the angel of the church in Thyatira, write this:

The Son of God, whose eyes are like a fiery flame and whose feet are like polished brass, says this:

I know your works, your love, faith, service, and endurance, and that your last works are greater than the first.

Yet I hold this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, who teaches and misleads my servants to play the harlot and to eat food sacrificed to idols.

I have given her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her harlotry. So I will cast her on a sickbed and plunge those who commit adultery with her into intense suffering unless they repent of her works. I will also put her children to death.

Thus shall all the churches come to know that I am the searcher of hearts and minds and that I will give each of you what your works deserve.

But I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not uphold this teaching and know nothing of the so-called deep secrets of Satan: on you I will place no further burden, except that you must hold fast to what you have until I come.

To the victor, who keeps to my ways until the end, I will give authority over the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. Like clay vessels will they be smashed, just as I received authority from my Father. And to him I will give the morning star.

Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

I’ve introduced my idea about the seven churches being periods in church history; I’m not at all sure I’m right so take all this with pounds of salt. Please. That being said …

I propose here that the Revelation letter to Thyatira refers to the Late Middle Ages, roughly 1,000 AD – 1,500 AD.

The Late Middle Ages is often depicted as a spiritual wasteland, a time when the Church had lost its way and the Holy Spirit was MIA. Yet here Jesus commends the “church in Thyatira” saying,

I know your works, your love, faith, service, and endurance, and that your last works are greater than the first.

Note that He says “the first”, not “your first.” And where did we see His praise for “the first”? In the letter to Ephesus, of course. This interpretation holds up when you compare the two letters:

Thyatira: I know your works, your love, faith, service, and endurance.

Ephesus: I know your works, your labor, and your endurance.

What an absolutely extraordinary idea … that the love, faith and service of medieval Christians exceeded the labor of the first Christians of the Apostolic Age!

Eerdmans elaborates on page xv:

From the tenth century, spiritual renewal began to sweep through the Western world, starting with the foundation of the monastery of Cluny in central France in 910. … Among other things, the Cluniacs wanted to stamp out the practice of buying and selling church offices (simony), re-establish the celibacy of the clergy, and eliminate corruption from the church. …

Other new monastic orders replaced Cluny when it faltered in its reforming zeal in the eleventh century. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) and the Cistercians in the twelfth century, Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) and the Franciscans, and Dominic (1170-1221) and the Dominicans in the thirteenth century, were only the most prominent of dozens of new orders founded, dedicated to spiritual renewal and church reform.

Renewal and reform gave rise to a great new missionary thrust:

Missionaries to Denmark, Norway and Sweden revolutionized the Scandinavian way of life and stopped the Viking attacks that had terrorized Europeans for several centuries. Missionaries to the Slavic peoples introduced the faith to people in central, eastern and southeastern Europe and in northern and central Asia including Bohemians, Poles, Hungarians, Wends, Pomeranians, Lithuanians, Prussians and the Baltic peoples. The Russians were evangelized by Eastern missionaries who founded what was to become the Russian Orthodox church based in Moscow.

Franciscan friars preached in Persia, India and China. Eerdmans says (p 299):

Their journeys met with such success that early in the fourteenth century a chain of Christian missions extended from Constantinople to Peking, and it seemed at one time as if even the Mongol rulers might accept the Christian faith. This promising beginning did not lead to permanent results, however, since the western Mongols became Muslims and prevented the missionaries from travelling through their territories.

The excellence of the Medieval Church’s works, love, faith, service and endurance can also be seen in the areas of education, art, health care and relief for travelers and for the poor.

During the dismal Dark Ages following the fall of the Roman Empire, culture, art and learning were in very short supply in Europe. For centuries, the only education to be had was in Catholic monasteries where the monks preserved and advanced learning by hand copying decaying books and creating amazing works of art like this page from the Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript of the four Gospels that was created by Celtic monks ca. 800 or slightly earlier.

Book of Kells Chi Rho page

Music also owes a debt to the Medieval Church, which invented the notation and theory that shaped the great flowering of western music. Christians still perform and are inspired by Gregorian chant, possibly the earliest form of sacred Christian music that survives.

Monasteries also operated hospices for travelers, nursing homes for pregnant women and the elderly, and orphanages for homeless children. The first medical school of modern history was founded in a 9th century monastery in Salerno, Italy, where Arabic and Greek treatises were studied and careful clinical observations and serious experiments for the cure of disease were made. Both men and women taught and studied at Salerno, whose graduates were unrivaled for the quality of their care. One of the most important books of Medieval medicine that we have from the 12th Century was written by St. Hildegarde, a Benedictine Abbess. We also have records of fine hospitals built in the 13th century that were clearly designed for good ventilation and sanitation, having high ceilings, large windows, tile floors, and an abundant water supply nearby for cleaning and sewage removal.

13th c medieval hospice

During the 12th and 13th Centuries, the period of the Crusades, the activity of the Knights Hospitaler led to the formation of many hospices to care for sick and needy pilgrims. During the 14th century, Christian charity rose to heroic levels during outbreaks of the contagious and deadly Bubonic Plague. For example, Catherine of Sienna in Italy and countless other religiously inspired individuals there as well as in France, Germany, Poland and elsewhere served to alleviate pain and provide spiritual comfort.

Nuns caring for sick

All in all, I’d say it is not so surprising that Jesus commended the “church in Thyatira” so highly!

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Sources:

Eerdman’s Handbook to the History of Christianity [Eerdmans Publishing, 1977]

The New Bible Dictionary [Eerdmans Publishing, 1962]

New American Bible online @ http://www.usccb.org/bible/

Book of Kells @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Kells

Medieval Music @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medieval_music

Medieval Medicine History @ http://www.medieval-spell.com/Medieval-Medicine.html

Schola Medica Salernitana @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schola_Medica_Salernitana

The Rule of St. Benedict @ http://www.ccel.org/ccel/benedict/rule2/files/rule2.html

Charity, the Judeo Christian Tradition @ http://learningtogive.org/resources/scholars_views/pva/pva_charity.asp

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Home with Dada

Dad Creates Time-Lapse Video Showing Mom What Really Happens While She’s Away

This is wonderful! I love where he slows it down at certain spots and at the end where they give Mama some sugar. 🙂

H/t Bob

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THE FISCAL CLIFF GRUDGE

Posted by Pistol Pete

I have to stray away from the positive news fir a minute,mainly because I can’t find much.Sometimes you just have to face your own mortality and realize things can never be as they once were.

PRESIDENT PONDSCUM REJECTS THE NRA’S IDEA TO PUT ARMED GUARDS IN OUR SCHOOLS.HE SAYS IT NOT NECESSARY.

HE SENDS HIS KIDS TO THE SIDWELL FRIENDS’ SCHOOL FOR THE ULTRA-RICH

OUR TOUGH-AS-NAILS SPEAKER JUST TOOK ON THE BIG DOG AND WENT TOE-TO-TOE.SO,HOW’D IT GO,JOHNNY?

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SECRETARY PANTSUIT REPORTEDLY HAS A BLOODCLOT FROM THE CONCUSSION SHE SUFFERED WHEN SHE FELL.WITH THE BEST HEALTHCARE IN THE WORLD MEANT ONLY FOR THE PRIVELEGED,SHE WILL RECOVER AFTER THE BENGHAZI THING HAS BLOWN OVER AND SHE WILL BE TANNED,RESTED AND READY TO TAKE THE THRONE WHEN HER TIME COMES

THIS IS HOW THE BASTARD EXPLAINED AWAY THE BENGHAZI MASSACRE YESTERDAY

THESE ARE THREE OF BARAKA CLAUSES’ ELVES.CHECK THE FIRST LINK TO SEE HOW THEY SHARED THE JOY OF CHRISTMAS.

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Animal camo

Each photo below has one animal in it that is hidden by its own natural camouflage. Can you find them all?



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Hobby Lobby Courage

If you want to support them and do not have a Hobby Lobby in your area, they have an on-line store @ http://www.hobbylobby.com/.

Hobby Lobby Defies Obama Administration with Civil Disobedience for Religious Liberty by Ken Klukowski – Dec 28, 2012

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/12/28/Hobby-Lobby-Defies-Obama-Administration-with-Civil-Disobedience-for-Religious-Liberty

“We must obey God rather than men!”—Acts 5:29.

Now that Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has denied Hobby Lobby’s application for an emergency injunction protecting them from Obamacare’s HHS Mandate on abortion and birth control, Hobby Lobby has decided to defy the federal government to remain true to their religious beliefs, at enormous risk and financial cost.

Hobby Lobby is wholly owned and controlled by the Green family, who are evangelical Christians. The Greens are committed to running their business in accordance with their Christian faith, believing that God wants them to conduct their professional business in accordance with the family’s understanding of the Bible. Hobby Lobby’s mission statement includes, “Honoring the Lord in all we do by operating the company … consistent with Biblical principles.”

The HHS Mandate goes into effect for Hobby Lobby on Jan. 1, 2013. The Greens correctly understand that some of the drugs the HHS Mandate requires them to cover at no cost in their healthcare plans cause abortions.

Today Hobby Lobby announced that they will not comply with this mandate to become complicit in abortion, which the Greens believe ends an innocent human life. Given Hobby Lobby’s size (it has 572 stores employing more than 13,000 people), by violating the HHS Mandate, it will be subject to over $1.3 million in fines per day. That means over $40 million in fines in January alone. If their case takes another ten months to get before the Supreme Court—which would be the earliest it could get there under the normal order of business—the company would incur almost a half-billion dollars in fines. And then of course the Supreme Court would have to write an opinion in what would likely be a split decision with dissenters, which could easily take four or six months and include hundreds of millions of dollars in additional penalties.

This is civil disobedience, consistent with America’s highest traditions when moral issues are at stake. The Greens are a law-abiding family. They have no desire to defy their own government. But as the Founders launched the American Revolution because they believed the British government was violating their rights, the Greens believe that President Barack Obama and Secretary Kathleen Sebelius are commanding the Greens to sin against God, and that no government has the lawful authority to do so.

The Christian tradition of defying government commands to do something wrong goes back to the very birth of Christianity. When the apostles were ordered not to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with anyone, the Book of Acts records: “Peter and the other apostles replied: ‘We must obey God rather than men! The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead—whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree.’”

Eleven of the twelve apostles—including Peter—would lose their lives for the sake of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ; only the apostle John died of old age. They were determined to obey God’s will at all costs.

This issue of civil disobedience is never to be undertaken lightly. The Bible teaches Christians to submit to all legitimate governmental authority (e.g., Romans 13:1), and so a person can only disobey the government when there is no other way to obey God.

But here in America, the Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land, and in its First Amendment it protects against a government establishment of an official religion and separately protects the free exercise of religion. On top of that, Congress passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA) to specifically add an additional layer of protection against government actions that violate a person’s religious beliefs.

The HHS Mandate is a gross violation of the religious beliefs of the Green family. The issue before the courts here is whether the Greens religious-liberty rights include running their secular, for-profit business consistent with their religious beliefs. In other words, is religious liberty just what you do in church on a Sunday morning, or does it include what you do during the week at your job?

The Greens are now putting their fortunes on the line to do what they believe is right. The courts should side with them, affirming a broad scope of religious liberty under the Constitution and RFRA. And the Supreme Court should resolve this matter with dispatch in their favor.

Millions of Christians across the country feel exactly the same way as the Greens. The Obama administration has issued a statist command that is a declaration of war on people of faith who object to abortion, and civil disobedience could break out all over the country unless the courts set this matter right—and quickly.

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Gun sales booming

2012_12 28 Dulles gun show sell out

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Life is precious

Today, author Gavin McInnes slammed abortion by tweeting his kids’ remarks during the day. Twitchy posted the tweets. I’ve added some pics and a link at the end that might save you a trip or three to the ER someday.

I have my own stories, one about a might-be-broken arm (it wasn’t), one about a might-need-stitches gash (it did) and a third about a might-be-suffocating wheeze (a trip out into the frigid winter air cleared it right up). But I had to parent pre-internet, when getting free medical advice meant conning some nervous-about-getting-sued health care professional into actually telling you something useful over the telephone. Parents today are So Spoiled!

Anyway, enough of that. On to the CUTE stuff. FYI: Gavin’s daughter Sophie is about 5 yo and his son Duncan is maybe 3. (Last February, they were 4 and 2.)

Gavin McInnes and Duncan

28 Dec 12: Gavin McInnes @Gavin_McInnes

I’m going to Tweet my kids’ quotes for a day so you can see how lame abortion is.

“I want to get healthy and drink milk because I’m going to fight you in a few days.” -Daughter

“That’s the way it was back in the old days. You had to fight before you eat.” -Son

“Thank you, cow” daughter after drinking from milk carton. “Don’t drop this cow’s guts” to brother.

“Scientists say: When you read a book of love, you just fall apart.” -Son

“I wish you were fried chicken.” -Daughter

“I’m hungry to the touch.” -Son

“It’s the world to give, my darling.” -Son handing me a drawing of a castle

“When great granny gets to be 100, is she going to be taller than you?” -Son

“Oh I get it. He has tricks that I don’t have.” -Son instagr.am/p/TytuRzDlCh/

He has tricks

“What if the principal at my school was named Ms. Chickanoodoo?” -Son (laughing)

“I’m not crying. When it’s really cold, my eyes get sweaty.” -Son (outside)

“I have to go poo and I want YOU to wipe my butt.” -Son (said like my wife just won something) <– My favorite!

Now all you parents of very young people, go read this. You might need to know it someday.

http://bunchfamily.ca/gavin-mcinnes-unbreak-kids-arm/

Sources:

http://bunchfamily.ca/category/advice-from-gavin-mcinnes/

http://twitchy.com/2012/12/28/awesome-author-gavin-mcinnes-slams-abortion-by-spotlighting-his-kids/

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The Seven Churches of Revelation, part eleven

If you’re new to this series, go here to catch up:

Part 10 @ https://polination.wordpress.com/2012/12/26/the-seven-churches-of-revelation-part-ten/

Part 9 @ https://polination.wordpress.com/2012/12/23/the-seven-churches-of-revelation-part-nine/

Part 8 @ https://polination.wordpress.com/2012/12/22/the-seven-churches-of-revelation-part-eight/

Part 7 @ https://polination.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/the-seven-churches-of-revelation-part-seven/

Part 6 and prev @ https://polination.wordpress.com/2012/12/19/the-seven-churches-of-revelation-part-six/

Please note that throughout this discussion, I assume Jesus is addressing all the people who proclaim Christ, not any denomination or sect.

Book of Revelation, Chapter 2, Verses 18-29:

To the angel of the church in Thyatira, write this:

The Son of God, whose eyes are like a fiery flame and whose feet are like polished brass, says this:

I know your works, your love, faith, service, and endurance, and that your last works are greater than the first.

Yet I hold this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, who teaches and misleads my servants to play the harlot and to eat food sacrificed to idols.

I have given her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her harlotry. So I will cast her on a sickbed and plunge those who commit adultery with her into intense suffering unless they repent of her works. I will also put her children to death.

Thus shall all the churches come to know that I am the searcher of hearts and minds and that I will give each of you what your works deserve.

But I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not uphold this teaching and know nothing of the so-called deep secrets of Satan: on you I will place no further burden, except that you must hold fast to what you have until I come.

To the victor, who keeps to my ways until the end, I will give authority over the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. Like clay vessels will they be smashed, just as I received authority from my Father. And to him I will give the morning star.

Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

I’ve introduced my idea about the seven churches being periods in church history; I’m not at all sure I’m right so take all this with pounds of salt. Please. That being said …

I propose here that the Revelation letter to Thyatira refers to the Late Middle Ages, roughly 1,000 AD – 1,500 AD.

The description of the Son of God — “whose eyes are like a fiery flame and whose feet are like polished brass” — is repeated from the introduction (Rev 1:14-15). When it is taken in combination with the message to the victor – “I will give authority over the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. Like clay vessels will they be smashed, just as I received authority from my Father” – its original source is obviously Psalm 2.

Psalm 2

Why do the nations protest and the peoples conspire in vain? …

The one enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord derides them,

Then he speaks to them in his anger, in his wrath he terrifies them:

“I myself have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.”

I will proclaim the decree of the LORD, he said to me,

“You are my son; today I have begotten you.

Ask it of me, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance,

and, as your possession, the ends of the earth.

With an iron rod you will shepherd them,

like a potter’s vessel you will shatter them.”

And now, kings, give heed; take warning, judges on earth.

Serve the LORD with fear; exult with trembling,

Accept correction lest he become angry and

you perish along the way when his anger suddenly blazes up.

Blessed are all who take refuge in him!

And Psalm 2 is clearly a call to put Jesus before politics.

This is the same theme we saw in the Revelation letter to Pergamum (Early Middle Ages). I think the line – “I have given her time to repent” – helps support my feeling that Pergamum is about the Early Middle Ages and Thyatira about the Late Middle Ages.

As I mentioned @ https://polination.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/the-seven-churches-of-revelation-part-seven/, the Carolingian kings had made it possible for the Roman Church to become an independent political entity, free from dominance by any emperor, prince or king. Unfortunately, rather than use this freedom to better “serve the LORD with fear”, the popes trampled all over the people of God to enhance their own worldly wealth and power.

For example, Rome got all huffy with the Byzantine emperor, which had the Orthodox Church firmly under his thumb. And with politics all mixed up in the East-West divide, what should have been strictly theological, liturgical and administrative church issues got worse and worse until the Orthodox and Roman Churches formally excommunicated each other in 1054, something now known as the Great Schism.

Later on, Rome used its big old jackboots of excommunication, interdiction and inquisition to stomp on the necks of political rulers and their citizenry, supposedly for the good of everyone’s immortal soul, but in reality, not so much.

  • Excommunication is like shunning. It chucks an individual right out of the community. It is supposed to not so much punish the culprit, as correct him and bring him back to the path of righteousness.
  • Interdiction suspends certain rights, without the chucking out part. It has different degrees and can be used against a locality or a person who needs correction. The big whammy interdicts the popes misused for political purposes forbade priests from administering the Sacraments to any of the faithful. Since they were all Roman Catholics who believed in the power and necessity of the Sacraments for eternal salvation, you can imagine the grass roots pressure rulers experienced when their people couldn’t get their babies baptized, go to confession, receive Eucharist, get married, or receive Last Rites!
  • The Inquisition was a division of the judicial system of the Roman Catholic Church. It started in 12th-century France to persecute heresy, but was later expanded to other countries and other offenses. In 1252, Pope Innocent IV approved the use of torture, not one of my Church’s finest hours. Although being turned over to secular authorities for execution was possible in some places, the sentence was not performed by clerics, who were forbidden to kill. Inquisitors generally preferred not to do so, since it constituted a failure of the process, but some of them seemed to have been fairly enthusiastic about using the death penalty. In his fifteen years in office, one inquisitor had 42 executions out of his 900 guilty verdicts.

The freedom, power and authority of the Roman Church wouldn’t have been bad things, if only the popes had used them for strictly spiritual purposes – e.g., to chastize local churches that were straying from the Gospel or to discipline priests who were living in sin. But the popes used them for political purposes, to try and make themselves top dog over every political entity in all the orange parts, which was so not cool:

1054 East and West Church at time of Great Schism

I think the reference to Jezebel in the letter to Thyatira points up just how much worse the papacy got in the Late Middle Ages. In the Pergamum (Early Middle Ages) letter, Jesus cited Balaam and the Nicolaitans. But really … Balaam was just a spiritual leader who sold out to the local political power while the Nicolaitans were just a small, splinter group of early Christians who condoned sexual immorality. Compared with Jezebel, the Baal-worshiping wife of the whipped King of Israel, they were very small potatoes on the whole political, religious and moral corruption front.

I want to close with one interesting point a convert I know made when he introduced himself to the RCIA class I was helping to instruct. He explained how he had spent the previous ten years “reading himself into the Catholic Church.” He was (and is) a really bright guy and a voracious reader who had set out to find the truth about his Catholic wife’s church. The thing that ultimately impressed him the most and led him to enroll in RCIA was the corruption of the medieval popes!

Extraordinary, wouldn’t you think? Most people point to that period of time as proof positive that the Roman Catholic Church is eeeeeeeeevil. But he had a point that resonates strongly with me to this day. He said,

“Even when the worst popes were in charge, they never used their power to CHANGE DOCTRINE.”

Really. They could have, couldn’t they? Isn’t that what Henry VIII did? Change the rules so he could legally do what he wanted? To me and I expect to many other devout Catholics, the rotten popes stand as a sign that the Holy Spirit was not absent from the Church. He was busy protecting the deposit of faith, even as he was granting to papal sinners the same freedom we all have to behave as badly as we choose.

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Sources:

Eerdman’s Handbook to the History of Christianity [Eerdmans Publishing, 1977]

The New Bible Dictionary [Eerdmans Publishing, 1962]

New American Bible online @ http://www.usccb.org/bible/

Jezebel @ http://www.keyway.ca/htm2002/jezebel.htm

Excommunication @ http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/05678a.htm

Interdiction @ http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08073a.htm

Interdict @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interdict

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Some things too beautiful to be missed!

I posted this on the 19th:

Indeed, the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart. No creature is concealed from him, but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must render an account. Hebrews 4:12-13

Grunt says it inspired him to write this amazing poem for Christmas @ http://4gfc.wordpress.com/2012/12/25/a-very-grunty-nativity-poem/

Guardians of the Nativity by Brian Jekel

The image above and the one Grunt posted are by Brian Jekel, whose website is a spiritual treat @ http://brianjekelfineart.com.net-at-hand.com/

Kissing the face of God by Morgan Weistling

While googling, I stumbled on this on-line store that sells gorgeous images of Jesus by a range of artists @ http://shop.jesusartusa.com/

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