PRAYER: You, oh Lord, are ever faithful. You are faithful until the end. Though we are weak and distracted, please give us the grace to be as faithful to You as you are to us! Amen.
TRUMP in UK: President Donald Trump exchanged formal toasts with Queen Elizabeth II during an elaborate State Banquet at Buckingham Palace on June 3, ending the first day of his state visit to the UK. He is spending three days in the UK during his week long European trip, which is both ceremonial and official. The centerpiece of the president’s visit will be two days to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, likely the last significant commemoration most veterans of the 1944 battle will see.
BORDER: A federal judge in Washington, DC, has rejected Democrats’ efforts to use the court to stop President Trump from using military funds for border wall construction.
“This is a case about whether one chamber of Congress has the ‘constitutional means’ to conscript the Judiciary in a political turf war with the President over the implementation of legislation. … [W]hile the Constitution bestows upon Members of the House many powers, it does not grant them standing to hale the Executive Branch into court claiming a dilution of Congress’s legislative authority. The Court therefore lacks jurisdiction to hear the House’s claims and will deny its motion.” — Judge Trevor McFadden
MUELLER: This piece is at CNN – “The partisan warfare over the Mueller report will rage, but one thing cannot be denied: Former President Barack Obama looks just plain bad.” Click to read the rest.
IMPEACHMENT: While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is urging caution and patience in response to those in her party clamoring for impeachment proceedings against President Trump, her top deputies are signaling it’s only a matter of time before they begin.
Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC):“I think we’ve already begun. We’ve got all of these committees doing their work, we’re having hearings.” Clyburn is the third-highest-ranking Democrat in the House.
Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA), “The temperature’s rising, the plot is thickening. It’s hard for me to imagine Congress certainly leaving for the August recess without some closure on this.”
ABORTION: In Louisiana, one of the last pro-life Democrats is defending her support for the state’s new law banning abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable. State Rep. Katrina Jackson, African America, defended her vote Monday on NBC News, saying she believes abortion is a “modern-day genocide.”
In Tennessee, more than 150 religious leaders signed a letter opposing a heartbeat abortion ban. “As people of faith and as Tennesseans, we believe in loving our neighbors and treating one another as we would like to be treated — with compassion, dignity, and respect.” Methinks the King will be crying, “I never knew you,” when these false prophets get to Judgment.
In Missouri, the last Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Missouri is under assault for unsafe practices. The director of Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri told Rachel Maddow that “There will be an emergency plan to help patients access health care [kill their babies] outside of the state.”
MASS SHOOTINGS: If it’s not about the guns, then gun control will not help – Dennis Prager discusses the issue and asks some very good questions about why there has been such a sharp rise in the number of mass shootings in America. They were very rare in the past, despite the fact that Americans have always been well armed. So what has changed?
SOCIAL MEDIA GIANTS: Take a hit on Wall Street – With rumors the FTC is investigating, Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple stocks all got slammed. Those four companies are among the five most valuable tech companies in the U.S., with a combined market capitalization of nearly $3 trillion.
CREEPY NON-LAWYER: Michael Avenatti and his license to practice law are soon to be parted – “The State Bar of California has filed a petition to enroll this licensee [Michael Avenatti] on interim inactive status, alleging that the licensee’s conduct poses a substantial threat of harm to clients or the public. The petition involves a charge that the licensee engaged in a major misappropriation of client funds.”
HATING ON CATHOLICS: In April, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that city contractors in Philadelphia must place foster children with same-sex couples. Catholic Social Services has responded by appealing to SCOTUS.
“The city of Philadelphia has engaged in some really disturbing targeting of Catholic beliefs,” said Lori Windham, an attorney for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing the Catholic agency.
Homosexual activists go out of their way to drive Christian wedding vendors out of business, despite the fact that there are plenty of other vendors out there who are happy to serve them.
Now they’re putting FOSTER KIDS in the middle! Why can’t Philadelphia just take whatever help CSS is willing to give them with their foster kids and let those same-sex couples who want to foster work with other agencies?
NEW AGE: Various New Age and occult movements have revived an ancient and condemned practice, leading the Congregation for Divine Worship to issue a new Directory of Public Piety in 2002 which stated “the practice of giving particular names to angels, with the exception of Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, is to be disapproved of.”
This is not new. In A.D. 745, a local council in Rome, led by Pope St. Zachary, responding to a priest in Germany who was spreading a prayer to 8 angels, 7 of which are not mentioned in the Bible. The council condemned the prayer as sacrilegious, said that the 7 non-biblical names were of demons, and declared that the only angelic names Christian should use are the three in the Bible. Forty years later, another local council reaffirmed this teaching.
About the image: synaxis n. – In the early church, an assembly for the celebration of the Eucharist.