Daily Archives: August 15, 2014

Today, Catholics celebrate the Assumption of Mary into Heaven

Assumption of Mary

In layman’s terms, Mary got her glorified body early.

There has never been any defined doctrine about whether or not Mary died first. I had a pastor who believed she would have wanted to die, because her Son had done so. But one of the seers at Medjugorje asked her about it and she said she did not die.

I like the idea that she did not die, because when Jesus returns on the clouds, the dead in Christ will rise first and receive their glorified bodies, just as Jesus patterned for us with his glorious Resurrection.

After the Resurrection of the Dead, the elect who are alive will receive their glorified bodies directly, without dying first. I like the idea that Mary did not die, but rather that her Assumption was our pattern for the Rapture.

It seems like somebody must have seen the event, so it puzzled me how nobody seems to have known if she’d died or not. Then I remembered that folks in the Holy Land often slept on the roof in summer, because it was cooler up there. If the household was sleeping on the roof when Mary was taken up, this would’ve provided one or more witness to her leave-taking without anyone having any way of knowing if she’d died in her sleep first or not.

It’s true that the New Testament does not explicitly say it happened, but it offers us much evidence of Mary’s close union with Jesus’ entire life and ministry. Also, I think it stands to reason that God would not have wanted decay to touch the body that had nurtured the Son of God. Plus, the earliest ancient record of a belief in Mary’s Assumption dates to the second century, which makes it not too long after John wrote the Book of Revelation. Another powerful bit of evidence is that Medieval Catholics were relic crazy, but there is no tomb of Mary or bits of Mary’s bones or anything of that sort.

In an address he gave in 2006, Pope Benedict XVI said that meditating on the “the luminous sign of Our Lady taken up into Heaven” helps us understand that Earth is not our homeland and strengthens us when we’re going through hard times.

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http://www.ncregister.com/blog/jimmy-akin/the-assumption-of-mary-12-things-to-know-and-share1/

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“Don’t do stupid sh*t.”

Remember when VP candidate Sarah Palin was ridiculed for allegedly failing to know what the Bush Doctrine was? Of course, loads of experts had differing opinions about the answer to that question, but logic and facts never seem to get in the way of Lefties trashing Righties.

Nor, it seems, do logic and facts get in the way of the current president’s approach to foreign policy. According to White House aides, Barack himself sums up the Obama Doctrine as, “Don’t do stupid sh*t.”

It’s scary and sad that “the smartest president in the history of humanity” can’t come up with anything more profound than a high school cliché upon which to base his administration’s far-reaching decisions.

Though … come to think of it … a high school cliché mentality does seem to be the best description I’ve heard yet for his whole approach to governing.

Even in his first term, Obama refused to go to more than half of his intelligence briefings … and this during a period when we had troops fighting on three fronts. Now that he isn’t facing a re-election campaign again, ever, he’s got even less incentive to do the job properly.

According to the Ulsterman’s inside-the-White-House source, shortly before the Obamas left for their five-star Martha’s Vineyard vacay, President Obama REFUSED to stand still long enough to listen to an update on the dangerous situations in Syria, Iraq and Gaza.

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Ulsterman’s source said that Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser, Tony Blinken, was seen entering Barack Obama’s second-floor study, then following him out and down the hallway, with a Pentagon official in tow.

As the annoyed and petulant president quickened his pace toward the private residence, he was heard telling the two men, “Don’t bother me with this sh*t.”

Words fail me.

Here is a brief report from my Fox News Update email about just one piece of that “sh*t” he can’t be bothered to bother with …

“The U.N. is raising the alarm over “barbaric acts” of sexual violence and “savage rapes” by Islamist militants in northwestern Iraq.

“The U.N. says ISIS has abducted women and children and forced some 1,500 Christians and members of other minority sects into sexual slavery.

“Last month, the U.N. estimated 1.2 million Iraqis have fled their homes in fear for their lives as the Islamists issue ultimatums that they convert to a virulent strain of Islam and adhere to Sharia law or die.

“And it’s not like they’re making it a secret. The members of the Islamist army use social media to publicize their atrocities in order to terrify their subjects and recruit similarly evil-minded men to their cause.”

Links to related news stories:
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=48477#.U-5xEKOKUSn

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=48187#.U-5xcaOKUSl

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28381455

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/iraq-isis-crisis-medieval-sharia-law-imposed-millions-nineveh-province-1452401

http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/08/11/isis-using-gruesome-social-media-posts-to-recruit-more-blood-thirsty-jihadis-and-instill-terror-in-enemies/

And here is another from Sky News …

Some 6,000 to 8,000 refugees have managed to escape to a makeshift camp in Dohuk province, but up to 30,000 still remain on Mount Sinjar in what a British aid worker has told Sky news is a “heartbreaking humanitarian crisis.” Sky’s Sherine Tadros is at the Zakho camp, which has no electricity and just three or four toilets.

“They’ve told us harrowing stories,” she said. “One man has just told us how he saw four children die of thirst. There was nowhere to bury them on the mountain so they just put rocks on their bodies.

“Another man was saying the children were so thirsty, their parents started cutting their own hands and giving them blood to drink.

“And then they make the perilous journey to these areas – sometimes 12 hours. And when they get here the conditions are pretty dire. There is no electricity, no aid agencies – this is just a makeshift camp.”

Refugees in the camp – some of whom have gunshot wounds – are surviving on food and water being brought to them by locals. The international community is starting to take action – but the situation is now unprecedented, according to an aid worker on the ground.

“There is still a big humanitarian crisis going on – what I saw was heartbreaking,” British Kurd Taban Shoresh told Sky News. “We need to do something to rescue those people – 30,000 people trapped on a mountain by IS in fear of extermination. There is no way out – the only way to get to them is by helicopter.”

Video of one helicopter rescue embedded @ http://news.sky.com/story/1317709/parents-giving-thirsty-children-blood-to-drink

  • August 13, 2014: The United Nations said it considered Iraq in general to be at the highest level of humanitarian crisis and the British prime minister, David Cameron, announced that Britain would play a role in helping.
  • August 14, 2014: The Obama Administration issued a statement saying the situation isn’t all that bad, so we won’t be mounting any rescues. The statement attributed this important decision to “the interagency”, a vague bureaucratic term that apparently means somebody other than President Obama, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel or the Army’s Central Command chief, General Lloyd Austin.

Once again, may I just express my thanks to Obama voters for inflicting this self-serving, narcissistic, lazy BASTARD not just on us, but on the entire world. And by thanks, I mean … well, you know what I mean.

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I don’t care anymore WHY he does anything.

It’s enough to know that he DOES them.

Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’ Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’ -Matt 7:21-23 NABRE

Confronting Evil In The World? – Charles Krauthammer on O’Reilly [4:32]

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Par For The Course

H/t Pistol Pete
https://polination.wordpress.com/2014/08/14/there-are-no-words-left/

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FRIDAY FUN… A TWOFER!

It’s been a rough week. Ferguson.Mo. besieged for a week by anarchists and racists,led by racist #1,one Barack H. Obama while he golfs and dances the night away

Middle East in flames,people dying like flies

Fears of an Ebola outbreak

Russia moving on the Ukraine and violating US airspace

A little decompression would seem appropriate. There are some truly bizarre links today,like drunken lawn mower jockeys and the world’s biggest fart machine. Pete is ever on the cutting edge of journalism.

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DO YOU REMEMBER THESE?

Every once in awhile I like to do a little reminiscing about a time that was less frenetic,maybe a little more innocent (at least it seemed to us) and to be a little saddened to think our children and grandchildren will never know how good it once was.

Some of these were pulled from Facebook,some I just remembered from an earlier time. You’ll recognize some of these,but some you may not unless you’re REALLY old.

We couldn’t afford these,so my granny split the seams in my dungarees and sewed a triangle of cloth to them to widen them.I was the coolest kid in school.

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Fireworks in our state are illegal. These were not.

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If you remember this you’re REALLY dating yourself. It was the first interactive TV show and aired on CBS from 1953-1957. The kit included a piece of vinyl to press on the television screen and crayons. They would draw lines on the monitor and you traced them on the sheet. Then you could peel it off and color it. There was also a magic cloth to wipe it clean so you could be ready for the next week.

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Who didn’t try this on a hot day before you let the water run awhile?

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These came in Kellogg’s cereal. Put some baking soda in the bottom and drop them in the tub……magic.

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I had a hard time finding this

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It is not healthy to live in the past,but it seems a good place to visit once in awhile.

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