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Ash Wednesday is the day after tomorrow

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Repentance is the beginning of love

And 1 Cor 4:10 — “We are fools for Christ’s sake.”

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Workers of Mercy: Forgiving Offense

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While they were walking from the Metro train station to the local parish where they were staying during their trip to D.C. for the March for Life, these Catholic youth were attacked and robbed by a gang of teens.

Two of the adult chaperones had to be hospitalized for significant injuries.

Rather than hate, the group chose to unite with Christ in His Passion and suffering.  Through prayer, the young people have been able to work at forgiving their attackers and have authentic regard for their spiritual welfare.

Read more about their ordeal and the inspiring way they responded to it.

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/catholic-youth-attacked-during-march-for-life-trip

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Please consider signing this petition

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A Christian pastor in Turkey has been arrested. He is in great danger.

American Pastor Andrew Brunson – a U.S. citizen from North Carolina – has been falsely charged with “membership in an armed terrorist organization.” The charging documents state no “evidence has been gathered” against him. He has been a Christian pastor in Turkey for the past 23 years.

Pastor Andrew has been transferred from a detention facility to prison. During his 63-day detainment, he was denied access to his Turkish attorney.

Turkey – our NATO ally – has begun increased crackdowns on Christians. If convicted, Pastor Andrew could face years in prison based on extremely serious – and false – charges.

At the ACLJ, we’re representing the family, mobilizing our international resources – including our offices in the region – demanding Pastor Andrew’s freedom. Take action with us before it’s too late.

https://aclj.org/persecuted-church/free-american-pastor-andrew-brunson

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Conquering the Devil

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DON’T express your anger!

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I think there is a subtle, but very important difference between the emotion of anger and the reasons behind the emotion.  My marriage didn’t start to improve until I stopped giving in to the emotion and learned to calmly express the reasons.

Christian wisdom from Frederica Mathewes-Green:

Here’s some good advice about anger. It’s an emotion that can carry us away so easily. Back when I was in (Episc) seminary, in the 1970s, pastoral theology students were taught that it was important for people to express their anger. Don’t repress it! Let it out! When counseling parishioners, that’s what they were trained to say.

Then a few years later, some revised wisdom appeared. It was that this was actually very bad advice. They had found that, when anger is expressed, it gets stronger. Getting angry makes people more angry. As disruptive an emotion as it is, it is also in some ways pleasurable, because it wipes out any feeling of responsibility for wrong. It wipes out repentance, and the subtle reminders of conscience.

Anger proposes that only one person is to blame in a situation, and it wasn’t you. Any more-subtle understanding of the circumstances is shouted down. Logically, there is no reason why another person’s wrongdoing means that you, yourself, did not also contribute to the wrong; but anger is the great simplifier. Anger is loud, and it gratifyingly obliterates everything more nuanced on the emotional landscape.

And it feels good. Like lust, it feels important and undeniable. It feels like it would be both wrong and impossible to restrain it. Something so strong, we think, *ought* to be expressed. And once you express it, the emotional thrill is addictive, and you want more and more.

This is why, I believe, there is so much in early Christian and Orthodox writings about anger. I think there are more cautions about anger than there are about sexual sin. So pay attention to your thoughts. Notice the signs that you are getting angry. Cry out to the Lord for help to turn away, to keep your mind under your own control, and to keep your eyes open to what is really happening in a situation rather than replaying the bad guy movie in your mind.

(There’s also evidence that the physical symptoms that rush upon us when angry, like increased adrenaline, raised blood pressure, take much longer to return to normal in women than they do in men. A good reason to go do something else for awhile, rather than continuing to hash it out.)

Watch out for anger. Don’t let it get a foothold. It takes over your entire mind.

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Leftist Outrage is Misplaced and Immature

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From Jonathon van Maren at Life Site News:

“For the last couple of weeks, everyone has been going insane. I have never seen this level of hysteria, hyperbolic rhetoric, and fearmongering, not even when the Left collectively decided that George W. Bush was worse than Hitler.

“It appears that the progressive movement has decided that a former New York liberal is the embodiment of pure evil and represents everything that must be opposed, however incoherently. Some of the critiques are warranted, but all of them, so far, have been hypocritical—especially considering that the other option for president of the United States was Hillary Rodham Clinton. …

“With Trump’s arrival, they have found that their exaggerated sense of self-righteousness does not entitle them to anything in a democracy. They gave up making arguments quite some time ago, and instead spent their time lecturing the rest of us sanctimoniously. People got tired of it, and took their power away.

“I was no Trump fan, but now that Trump is president, I take the same approach as Ben Shapiro and the National Review: Support the president when we can support him, and criticize him when we can’t. In other words, treat him like a flawed politician. The Left, however, is treating him like an invading demon that they must exorcise, and have completely lost their ability to see things objectively.”

Read the rest of this excellent summary of the Left’s insanity here.

CtH: Marren says, “The brazen hypocrisy of the Left combined with their swooning hysteria have revealed that they have lost their ability to see those they disagree with in political terms.”

I would suggest that they have lost their ability to see us in HUMAN terms.  How else could Nancy Pelosi go so far as to cast her party as righteous saviors against all of us traditional, patriotic Americans, Republicans, people of faith, and pro-lifers?

She actually said that we “pray in church on Sunday and then prey on people the rest of the week.”  Yet she is the one screaming loudly for taxpayer funding of abortion on demand and without restrictions.

We’re not the ones who said that investigating Planned Parenthood for trafficking in fetal remains was “un-American.”  Or who claimed that homosexual “marriage” was consistent with Catholic teaching, which is is totally not.

As for her statement on late-term abortion —  “As a practicing and respectful Catholic, this is sacred ground to me when we talk about this.” — dear God in Heaven, do not get me started.

We’re not the predators or the hypocrites, Ms. Pelosi.  I’d like to hope and pray you wake up and repent before it’s too late, because Hell awaits.  Sadly, I suspect you’ve been stewing in your sinful lies for so long that you’re past the point where you are capable of repentance.

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Doing What Comes Naturally

Two presidents; one current, one former. As water seeks its own level, so too do people ultimately settle into their comfort zone. What a difference a day makes. As a final FU to the country, Obama sent $221 million to Abbas and the Palestinian Authority. If you are worried about what he’s been doing the last three days, fear not…. he soldiers on.

Next stop Necker Island: Barack and Michelle Obama are all smiles as they pose with immigration officials in British Virgin Islands before heading straight to Richard Branson’s private retreat
Barack and Michelle Obama touched down in British Virgin Islands on Monday
They flew in to the Caribbean on host Sir Richard Branson’s private plane
Former first couple will spend some time on his private retreat, Necker Island
British billionaire Branson campaigned against Trump throughout his campaign
They spent the weekend with friends in Palm Springs, California, after President Trump’s inauguration on Friday
IT WAS RAINING IN PALM SPRINGS; NO BIGGIE, WE GOT PLENTY OF RICH FRIENDS TO MOOCH OFF OF.


THESE TWO GET 6 SUV’S FOR THEIR SECRET SERVICE ENTOURAGE; BUSH HAS TWO.

Melania Trump Is Fashionable, But She’s Unlikely To Become A Fashion Icon Like Michelle Obama

Today, America gets a new First Lady. She’s beautiful – a former model! – with an impeccable wardrobe and the money to buy all the couture she wants. So why, when President Trump and his family are long out of the White House, and his administration is enshrined in the annals of history, will Michelle Obama – a woman with no connection to the fashion industry before she came into public view – be remembered as the more iconic of the two?

It’s simple. Becoming an icon is about more than just a pretty face and an international platform.


YEAH, A REAL FASHION ICON

Glad to see Obama go, Gulf Arabs expect Trump to counter Iran

Saudi Arabia in particular appears relieved at the departure of Barack Obama, who it felt considered Riyadh’s alliance with Washington less important than negotiating a deal in 2015 to neutralize Iran’s nuclear program.

The relationship is a pillar of the Middle East’s security balance. But it has suffered since Riyadh took issue with what it saw as Obama’s withdrawal from the region, and a perceived inclination towards Iran since the 2011 Arab uprisings.

MEANWHILE, WHAT DID TRUMP DO HIS FIRST FULL DAY IN OFFICE? OH, NOT MUCH

Teamsters Respond to TPP Withdrawal – PRAISE TRUMP!
“The Teamsters Union has been on the frontline of the fight to stop destructive trade deals like the TPP, China PNTR, CAFTA and NAFTA for decades. Millions of working men and women saw their jobs leave the country as free trade policies undermined our manufacturing industry.
We take this development as a positive sign that President Trump will continue to fulfill his campaign promises in regard to trade policy reform and instruct the USTR to negotiate future agreements that protect American workers and industry.”

AFL-CIO Praises President Trump’s Move to Withdraw from TPP, Renegotiate NAFTA, Target Big Pharma
Trump’s populist appeal to American workers in states like Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio was critical to his landslide electoral college victory, when he stunned the bi-coastal political, financial, and cultural elites in places like New York City, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles with a 306 electoral vote landslide win over Clinton on Nov. 8.

FORCED UNION DUES HAVE BEEN A CASH COW FOR THE DEMOCRAT PARTY FOR DECADES.THE LEADERS GET RICH,BUT THE WORKERS ARE GOING TO REALIZE AT SOME POINT THAT THEY’VE BEEN PLAYED FOR FOOLS ALL THIS TIME.

Trump Revives Reagan-Era Ban on Use of Foreign Aid for Abortion Counseling
Coming as one of Mr. Trump’s first executive orders, it was likely to please the anti-abortion lobby at home. But critics say it also symbolizes the new administration’s defiance of the women’s reproductive rights movement, an important force in the weekend protest marches in Washington and other cities that followed Mr. Trump’s inauguration.

Top US Executives Rave About Productive Meeting with President Trump at White House
Top executives from several US based companies raved about President Trump and his initiatives after meeting with the President on his first day of work in the White House.
Andrew Liveris from Dow Chemical and Mark Fields from Ford Motor Company cheered President Trump for his promise to cut regulations by 75%.

Freakout Of The Day: HuffPo Loudly Declares Men Screwed Women
NOT EVERYBODY WAS THRILLED WITH HIS BANNING OF ENDING INTERNATIONAL AID TO FUND ABORTIONS

Trump Wants To Cut Regulations By 75%
At the time Trump was sworn in on Friday, the Federal Register contained 89,535 regulations — many of which Republicans say are outdated and duplicative. Those regulations have piled up since the government’s rulebook launched in 1935.

Trump just made a vocal opponent of today’s ‘open internet’ laws the next FCC boss
While expected, the appointment aligns with signs that Trump’s FCC would roll back Obama-era policies — most notably the 2015 Open Internet Order, which set today’s net-neutrality rules.
Broadly speaking, those laws regulate the internet as a public utility. More practically, they’re meant to keep internet service providers from blocking or slowing down certain content — which could benefit services owned by an ISP itself — or forcing others to pay fees to receive preferential treatment.

Trump’s New CIA Director: “Jesus Christ Is The Only Solution For Our World”
Pompeo is a well-respected figure in the national security community. He is also an army veteran, and a staunch pro-life advocate.
Two years ago, Pompeo gave a church speech where he said Muslims who think Islam is “the only way” needed to be dealt with.
“These folks believe that it is religiously driven for them to wipe Christians from the face of the earth,” he added. “They abhor Christians,” he said of a small minority among Muslims.

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