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The Paradigm

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I ordered this book and cannot wait to read it.

Video: Gary Stearman and Jonathan Cahn discuss his new book, The Paradigm: The Ancient Blueprint That Holds the Mystery of Our Times. What Jonathan Cahn says at the end is the MOST IMPORTANT PART.  “It’s not about politics. It’s about revival.” Praise God!

Random Thoughts

The discussion of Levi-Lewinsky made me curious about the meaning of the name Monica. While the meaning is unknown, it is “most likely of North African or Phoenician origin.” Jezebel was the daughter of a Phoenician king. Also, Monica Lewinsky is Jewish.

Jehu succeeded Joram, who had succeeded Ahab as king of the Northern Kingdom of Israel (aka, Samaria). Wikipedia says Jehu was “noted for exterminating the house of Ahab at the instruction of Jehovah.”  Would it be tacky of me to mention here that I wish Chelsea would just raise her kids and stop trying to be politically significant?

Once Jehu was in control of Samaria, “he summoned the worshipers of Baal and killed them. He then destroyed their idols and their temple and turned it into a latrine.”  Trump announced his candidacy in the summer of 2015. The actual Temple of Ba’al in Syria was destroyed in the summer of 2015 and the first thing President Trump did was reverse the Mexico City policy.  Interestingly, the name “Donald” means “world leader.”

Thinking about Hillary “Jezebel” Clinton slippy-sliding down those steps in India while Huma showed zero concern got me thinking about the original Jezebel’s messy end, when her own servants tossed her out a tower window and dogs ate her flesh (2 Kings 9:30-37).

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Bits & Bytes

I’ve been more or less asleep for the last six days. Trying to get caught up.

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The Mississippi Senate voted 35 to 14 today to ban abortions on babies older than 15 weeks.

The Justice Department is suing California over its ‘sanctuary state’ policy.

“I believe that a large portion of country fears that the answer to our problems might just be God.”

Three now-Catholics who used to be Satanists.

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The 3 Types of People Who Secretly Enjoy Being Miserable

#1. Martyr

C.S. Lewis said you could tell this sort of person a mile off. They live for others; you can tell the others by their hunted looks. When these people are not appreciated as much as they wish, or even worse, when someone tells them to stop being such  busybodies, they get to enjoy feeling hurt and wounded.

#2. Drama Queen

This person is always more talented, more sensitive, more spiritual, more intuitive, more artistic, more athletic, more whatever than everyone else. When they are underappreciated for their genius, they get to enjoy feeling lonely and misunderstood.

#3. Skeptic

This is the old-fashioned “glass is half empty” person. They always see what is wrong, what is missing, or what doesn’t or won’t work. These people are basically driven by fear; being critical makes them they feel safe.

Four types of people

What if you are NOT one of these people, but you KNOW people who are?

Can you change them? Not really. Mostly, they like being miserable. However, you can try to understand their foibles and love them unconditionally. It helps to remember (a) they are probably blind to their faults and (b) love isn’t something you feel, but something you do. (Read 1 Corinthians 13.)

And what if you ARE one of these people and you WANT to change?

  1. If you’re a Faux Martyr, back off and do something for yourself. You’re not indispensable. Chill out. Go on a retreat. Learn how to truly listen and be alone with God.
  2. If you’re a Drama Queen, get off the stage and do stuff that’s ordinary. You don’t have to be a tragedian to be worth something. God loves you just as you are. Your self-dramatization doesn’t impress him — and that’s okay.
  3. If you’re a Skeptic, have more trust in God. He loves you. Don’t be so afraid to find the good He puts in your life.


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“I can’t be silent.” – Vice President Pence

The day before this interview, the hags on The View had mocked Vice President Pence’s faith.

“It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you. That’s called mental illness, if I’m not correct, hearing voices.” – Joy Behar

I guess all those nut jobs the Bible talks about having heard God should’ve just been locked up!

Or something.



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Pondering True Love

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It is unusual for Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, to fall on St. Valentine’s Day. It happened only twice during the 20th century. However, the coincidence of the two seemingly disparate holidays offers some opportunity for reflection about the nature of true love.

For one thing, the only historical fact we have about Saint Valentine is that, rather than renounce his faith in Jesus Christ, he endured martyrdom during a third century Roman persecution. Now there’s some TRUE love!

Cheryl Magness at The Federalist also offered these thoughts:

Yes, I know. Valentine’s Day is all pink and bouncy and glittery and fluffy, whereas Ash Wednesday is pensive, serious, and dark. Valentine’s Day is about the imperfect and faltering love human beings have for each other—a love primarily erotic or romantic, although many of us use Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to express affection for family and friends as well.

Ash Wednesday, on the other hand, is about the divine love of God—a love expressed in the act of sending his only-begotten son to die for the sins of all mankind. What possible connection can such perfect love have to the love that we humans struggle to muster for one another—a love that is often unreliable and self-serving, notwithstanding all our Valentine’s Day sentiments to the contrary?

For Christians, the connection is that the only reason we are capable of showing any kind of love to one another is that Christ first showed love to us. When our love for each other fails, as it invariably does in ways both large and small, we look to Christ to see what perfect love looks like, and we find in that perfect love forgiveness for all the times we have fallen short.

Since we, as Catholics, are required to fast on Ash Wednesday, Dearest and I had our Valentine’s Day celebration on Monday. Today, we’re pondering what we’ve learned about love during our 38 years as a couple.

Today, I also offer my prayers and hungry tummy for all of you, that God will bless us abundantly and help us to journey through Lent 2018 with the same intensity of love and devotion that we traditionally show our earthly lovers on St. Valentine’s Day.


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Trust Him for Everything

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Christian convert from Iran converting Muslims in Sweden

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From escaping Iran through the mountains as a Muslim refugee, to surviving domestic abuse and imprisonment in a Turkish prison, to carving out a life in Sweden, Annahita Parsan’s story is the stuff of a Hollywood movie.

Parsan, a convert from Islam to Christianity and mother of two, has emerged as one of the most prominent religious figures in Europe, both because of her unlikely geographic and spiritual pilgrimage and her decision to reach out to Muslims with the gospel — at great personal risk.

“My life is completely different since coming to Jesus,” said the 47-year-old Parsan, whose memoir, “Stranger No More: A Muslim Refugee Story of Harrowing Escape, Miraculous Rescue and the Quiet Call of Jesus,” was published late last year.

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The Significance of Suffering

Jim Caviezel made a surprise appearance Wednesday evening at the SLS18 (Student Leadership Summit 2018) conference sponsored by The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS).

Caviezel played Jesus Christ in Mel Gibson’s movie, The Passion of the Christ.

  • During the film shoot, the actor suffered a lung infection and double pneumonia. Plus, he says, “Going to work every day with only one eye functioning … gives you headaches.”
  • It would usually take 8-10 hours to put Jim Caviezel into the scourged makeup, which also left him with severe headaches plus skin infections.
  • The film was shot during the dead of winter in Italy, with 25-degree temperatures and 30-knot winds. In one scene while hanging on the Cross, the actor’s skin looks blue.  This was not makeup or a special effect, but hypothermia.
  • During the filming, the 150 lb cross dropped on the actor’s shoulder, causing it to be separated. He was also whipped twice by accident and has a 14-inch scar on his back. The scenes are in the movie.
  • He was also struck by lightning and, after the film was finished, had to have heart surgery to repair damage from the lightning strike.
  • The figure of Christ during the crucifixion is actually Jim Caviezel in many scenes. The movie’s make-up effects creator/producer Keith VanderLaan also forged an articulated, rubber stand-in for Caviezel that even made breathing motions. It was used for dangerous shots and also for certain wide shots to allow the actor some physical relief.
  • Mel Gibson had a Canadian priest, Fr. Stephen Somerville, celebrate the Traditional Roman Catholic Latin Mass of the Apostolic Rite for the film crew each day before production began.
  • Because of their experiences during film production, many of the cast and filming crew converted to Catholicism after the completion of the film. Among those who converted was an atheist who played Judas Iscariot.


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