Friday, May 16, 2014

Pope and Martians

During a homily this Monday, Pope Francis made comments that made some chuckle and others panic or raise their eyebrows.  The latter of course would be alien conspiracists or ancient astronaut theorists.  Pope Francis said:

"That was unthinkable. If – for example - tomorrow an expedition of Martians came, and some of them came to us, here... Martians, right? Green, with that long nose and big ears, just like children paint them... And one says, 'But I want to be baptized!' What would happen?"

This was probably the first time a Pontiff has ever mentioned Martians in a homily, to my knowledge.  The comments are interesting and do catch the attention of anyone listening.  This is exactly why Pope Francis used this analogy.  It catches the attention of listeners present.  The readings of the Mass had to do with opening the doors to the Gentiles for salvation via Baptism and that Christ is the door (see readings here).  

The Pope was saying that anyone can be baptized who wishes it in good faith.  Baptism should not be denied to anyone is basically what the Pope is telling all of us.  Even if aliens from another world came to visit and wanted to be baptized, they should be baptized.  

Is the Pope hinting that there is life elsewhere in the universe?  No he is not.  He is just using imagery to get the people's attention by using aliens as an example since they are not like us and despite this, should not be denied baptism if they ask for it just like Gentiles did during the Apostle's times.  They were not Jews and were considered outsiders.     

Perhaps Pope Francis has phoned ET home?  :-)  

Being the science student and nerd that I am, I would find it totally radical and awesome if aliens did come and wanted to be baptized.  

The Catechism says this on who can be baptized:


IV. WHO CAN RECEIVE BAPTISM?

1246 "Every person not yet baptized and only such a person is able to be baptized."46 (http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/p2s2c1a1.htm)
Notice that it does not say "humans only."  Baptism unites us with Christ.  If there are other intelligent and sentient lifeforms out there in the cosmos just like us, then I am sure they too are seeking the Creator who made them and would want to be baptized in order to grow in grace and encounter the Creator. 

One may ask, "how can these aliens be baptized if they are not descendant of Adam and Eve and therefore don't have original sin?"  My response to this would be that if Satan made Adam and Eve fall here on Earth, then rest assured that he will go bother any other species out there in the universe (if they are out there) and annoy them until they too fall into sin. 



Friday, May 9, 2014

Satan-ism Gone Wild

First homosexuality, atheism, then marijuana use, now satanism. It seems that ideologies that were deemed "bad" are now gaining steam in the public square as a "good."

In Oklahoma, over $28,000 was raised on indiegogo to erect a statue of satan after Satanists were angered that a monument of the 10 Commandments was placed on state capitol grounds.  They claim that they want to be represented as well.  A similar thing was done with atheists who made their own statue of a bench claiming to be represented on government property as well.  I guess atheism is now a religion?  The whole thing is silly to say the least.

If that is not crazy enough for you, then there is more. Chaz Stevens of Florida who claims to be a satanist but sounds more like an atheist is requesting that satanist prayers be said prior to council meetings.  This of course is a response to the ruling by the Supreme Court allowing prayer before government meetings. Chaz is no stranger to controversy regarding religion.  He had erected a monument of beer cans at the capitol building out of protest against a Nativity scene.

Chaz has a police record for credit fraud, domestic violence, and has been ordered in the past to get a mental health evaluation.  It appears that this man is not well in the head and perhaps this is just another way of his anti-social behavior attempting to present itself publicly via the mask of the first amendment.

See:

Some people have cried foul against the Supreme Court for their decision. They have claimed that other religions should be allowed to pray before meetings, not just Christians.  The Supreme Court already addressed this in their decision:

"Finally, so long as the town maintains a policy of nondiscrimination, the Constitution does not require it to search beyond its borders for non-Christian prayer givers in an effort to achieve religious balancing. Pp. 9–18" - http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/12-696_4f57.pdf

There is no need to have a line up of religious leaders looking to pray before a meeting in order to have each faith represented.  This is just silly.

Lastly, if these are not wild enough, a club at Harvard university - a university founded in order to
teach religion - wants to conduct a "black mass" in the name of "academic freedom" and "education."  They are inviting a satanic group to come and perform the ritual which is a mockery of the Catholic Mass and often desecrates the Holy Eucharist while performing lewd sexual acts.

The Catholic chaplain at the school along with many others are protesting this calling this an attack against Catholicism and humanity.

These stories all deal with the issue of "freedom." From the statues to the "black mass," these people feel that they need to make these provocative moves in order protest what they feel is a favoritism on the part of the government for Christianity.  This is not the case at all.  The United States does not endorse any religion. However, this nation was built upon Judeo-Christian values and ideas.  There is no disputing this. While satanism may claim itself to be a religion, it is just a caricature movement just like atheism. It exists to take a contrarian stance to Christianity.  There is nothing good or positive about satan. Why worship this creature who is limited and has already lost the war against good?

Erecting statues of this creature is just glorifying everything it stands for, namely evil, hatred and stupidity. Lucifer may have been the "angel of light," but its light bulb was not on when it cried out "I will not serve." It gave up glory, joy, happiness for what?  Hell, torment and eternal frustration?

Moreover, Harvard must indeed be a haven for free thought and academic inquiry, but these have limits just like freedom of speech has limits where one cannot shout fire in a crowded movie theater. Academic inquiry and freedom exists to study and learn things, not promote ideas that are evil and full of hate.  The satanist cult often sacrifice human beings and other non-human animals. How is this educational?








Source:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2014/05/07/satan-statue-should-welcome-oklahoma/QtZFYK4ab9bLyosi9Y88IN/story.html

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/satanists-perform-black-mass-harvard-university-article-1.1786440

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/05/08/student-group-at-harvard-says-no-consecrated-host-at-black-mass-reenactment/

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/catholic-church-denounces-planned-satanic-mass-at-harvard/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/09/satanic-prayer-florida-town-council_n_5296409.html?utm_hp_ref=politics&ir=Politics

http://americablog.com/2014/05/satanists-build-monument-next-10-comandments-oklahoma.html

http://www.theverge.com/2014/5/3/5678782/satanic-group-reveals-crowdfunded-monument-for-oklahoma-state-capitol



Monday, May 5, 2014

SCOTUS Sides with Prayer

The Supreme Court of the United States of America has approved public prayer before city council and other political meetings.  This is great news and a victory for the first amendment!

The majority of justices whom are Catholic voted to keep prayer in place after two women represented by the American United for Separation of Church and State organization sued claiming that they felt uncomfortable when prayers were said.  My response to that is "too bad!"

Justice Anthony Kennedy said, "By inviting ministers to serve as chaplains for the month, towns are acknowledging the central place that religion and religious institutions hold in the lives of those present, if some citizens hear prayers that make them feel excluded and disrespected, they should ignore them.  Adults often encounter speech they find disagreeable."  Well said your honor!

Our nation was founded by Christians who believed in the Judeo-Christian belief system.  They prayed before meetings and constantly included God and prayer in the framework of American laws and customs.  Atheists and secularists often claim that the Constitution promotes the idea of "separation of Church and State." However, this is not true at all.  The term "separation of Church and State" is not mention in the Constitution.  It comes from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802.  He wrote:

 "Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church and State." -http://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/9806/danpre.html

The first amendment of the United States of Americas mentions no such separation.  It states:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." -http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights_transcript.html

This means that Congress cannot declare any particular religion the official religion of the United States of America, nor can it prevent the free exercise of any religion in America.  This was written carefully due to the fact that America was a nation of diversity.  Its early settlers came to the land to flee religious persecution in Europe. America was to be a safe haven for one to practice his/her religion.  In light of this, it would be foolish for the American Fathers to adopt one religion for the nation when the nation was settled by people of various faiths seeking religious freedom.

It is interesting to note that Moses is depicted on the facade of the Supreme Court building.

Atheists as usual are dishonest in their attempt to distort the law of the land and force religion out of the public square.  Prayer and religion are here to stay.  Atheists or people of other faiths should not feel disrespected or left out.  All prayers go to one God regardless of how man addresses Him.





Source:

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-supreme-court-religion-catholics-jews-20140505-story.html

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/may/5/divided-court-oks-prayer-public-meetings/

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/05/05/supreme-court-rules-in-favor-prayer-at-council-meetings/

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/05/us-usa-court-prayer-idUSBREA440FO20140505

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/supreme-court-upholds-legislative-prayer-at-council-meetings/2014/05/05/dc142ede-cf9d-11e3-b812-0c92213941f4_story.html

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/05/05/supreme-court-government-prayer-new-york/4481969/

http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/05/politics/scotus-new-york-public-prayer/

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Road to Emmaus

Today's Gospel is about the Road to Emmaus.  Two of Jesus' disciples are walking to Emmaus from Jerusalem.  While they were walking, they were having a discussion among themselves regarding the events that occurred during the passion of Christ.  

During this time, Jesus approached them and walked with them.  They did not know it was Him. He joined them in the discussion acting as if He did not know what was going on.  Cleopas who was one of the men was shocked that Jesus did not know what went on in Jerusalem.  Remember: The men had no idea it was Jesus and spoke to Him as if he was just a stranger on the road.  

While pretending He was not aware of the events in Jerusalem, Jesus asked them "what sort of things happened?"  The men told Him about Jesus the Nazarene who lived among them, did miracles, was crucified.  The men seemed disappointed believing Jesus was "the one to redeem Israel." They then tell the man (Jesus) that women informed them that the body of this Nazarene was gone from the tomb.  Here we see how the disciples still were doubtful.  They were expecting Jesus to be this warrior prince who would save Israel. His death seemed to show to them that He was instead weak, or a fraud.

The man (Jesus) tells them that they are foolish and slow to believe.  He tells them that the Christ had to go through all these things in order to fulfill God's will and enter into His glory.  He starts from Moses and goes throughout Scripture giving evidence regarding the work of the Messiah (Himself).  Jesus must have talked for a long time because they were getting closer to the village of Emmaus which was miles away.

He kept walking as if Emmaus was not his destination, but the men asked Him to stay with them because it was getting dark.  He complied and sat with them at the table, took bread, blessed it, broke it and gave it to them.  At this moment, the men realized that this man was no mere stranger who happened to be a walking Bible scholar.  He was Jesus!

Once they realized this, Jesus vanished.  Both men then in hindsight remarked how they felt their hearts burning as He spoke the Scriptures to them.  The men then returned to Jerusalem and told the others of what happened.

This story not only tells us that Jesus rose from the dead and was appearing to His friends, but it also tells us about the real presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.  Jesus, before He was arrested took bread and wine, blessed them and said that they were His body and blood.  This action linked Him to the priest Melchizedek (Genesis 14:18) showing that Jesus is the true priest (Hebrews 7:17). Bread is an ancient food.  It is easy to make and nutritious; granted you are not on a low-carb diet. It makes sense that God would use this food to connect to His people in every culture and generation.

Jesus would use bread and wine not only to represent Him, but to be His literal presence, body, blood, soul and divinity (Luke 22:7-20). The bread and wine during consecration become Jesus Christ in Sacramental form.  This idea can be hard to process by some, especially atheists and Protestants, but this is how Christ wanted it.  Before His last supper, Christ performed the miracle of the loaves and fishes. After this, He told the people about the "bread from heaven."  The people wanted this bread after He described it as giving eternal life.  Naturally, the people were reminded of the Manna that their ancestors ate (Exodus 16).  However, when Jesus said that He was this bread and His flesh was food and blood drink, the people walked away possibly believing Jesus to be a lunatic (John 6:22-69).

We know that Jesus was not being deceitful here.  He literally meant that His flesh was food and that this is the bread of life. Using bread to show the presence of God is not new.  We see it in the Old Testament or Jewish Scriptures. Bread was left on the altar with a lampstand and incense showing God's presence.

This is why the Catholic Church has the sanctuary lamp which is a red candle near the Tabernacle showing God is present and why she has Eucharistic adoration (Exodus 25:30, Leviticus 24:1-81 Kings 7:48-50).  Since her beginning, the Catholic Church has always taught and believed that Jesus is truly present under the form of bread and wine after consecration. This is a teaching of the Church that is central and cannot be erased or modified.  Any attempts to alter or remove this doctrine will make the Catholic Church useless and irrelevant.  The Church exists to proclaim and worship Jesus Christ.

It is important that Catholics show true devotion to the Holy Eucharist.  It is there that we truly encounter Christ just like the disciples on their way to Emmaus.  Our separated brothers and sisters in the protestant faith rely on the Bible or Scripture Alone in order to worship or define theological principles.  However, we read in today's Gospel how the Scripture merely gave a "burning" sensation, and did not truly reveal Jesus to the disciples.  It is only in the breaking of the bread that the disciples see Jesus Christ present before them.  Catholics are fortunate to have churches where they can visit to spend time before the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.  We must make it a genuine habit to visit our Lord often even if it is for a few minutes.  He waits there for each one of us.  



The Catechism of the Catholic Church says:

1357 We carry out this command of the Lord by celebrating the memorial of his sacrifice. In so doing, we offer to the Father what he has himself given us: the gifts of his creation, bread and wine which, by the power of the Holy Spirit and by the words of Christ, have become the body and blood of Christ. Christ is thus really and mysteriously made present. 
1358 We must therefore consider the Eucharist as:
- thanksgiving and praise to the Father;
- the sacrificial memorial of Christ and his Body;
- the presence of Christ by the power of his word and of his Spirit. 
1374 The mode of Christ's presence under the Eucharistic species is unique. It raises the Eucharist above all the sacraments as "the perfection of the spiritual life and the end to which all the sacraments tend."201 In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist "the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained."202 "This presence is called 'real' - by which is not intended to exclude the other types of presence as if they could not be 'real' too, but because it is presence in the fullest sense: that is to say, it is a substantial presence by which Christ, God and man, makes himself wholly and entirely present."203 
1375 It is by the conversion of the bread and wine into Christ's body and blood that Christ becomes present in this sacrament. The Church Fathers strongly affirmed the faith of the Church in the efficacy of the Word of Christ and of the action of the Holy Spirit to bring about this conversion. Thus St. John Chrysostom declares:
It is not man that causes the things offered to become the Body and Blood of Christ, but he who was crucified for us, Christ himself. The priest, in the role of Christ, pronounces these words, but their power and grace are God's. This is my body, he says. This word transforms the things offered.204
And St. Ambrose says about this conversion:
Be convinced that this is not what nature has formed, but what the blessing has consecrated. The power of the blessing prevails over that of nature, because by the blessing nature itself is changed. . . . Could not Christ's word, which can make from nothing what did not exist, change existing things into what they were not before? It is no less a feat to give things their original nature than to change their nature.205 
1376 The Council of Trent summarizes the Catholic faith by declaring: "Because Christ our Redeemer said that it was truly his body that he was offering under the species of bread, it has always been the conviction of the Church of God, and this holy Council now declares again, that by the consecration of the bread and wine there takes place a change of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of his blood. This change the holy Catholic Church has fittingly and properly called transubstantiation."206 
1377 The Eucharistic presence of Christ begins at the moment of the consecration and endures as long as the Eucharistic species subsist. Christ is present whole and entire in each of the species and whole and entire in each of their parts, in such a way that the breaking of the bread does not divide Christ.207 
1378 Worship of the Eucharist. In the liturgy of the Mass we express our faith in the real presence of Christ under the species of bread and wine by, among other ways, genuflecting or bowing deeply as a sign of adoration of the Lord. "The Catholic Church has always offered and still offers to the sacrament of the Eucharist the cult of adoration, not only during Mass, but also outside of it, reserving the consecrated hosts with the utmost care, exposing them to the solemn veneration of the faithful, and carrying them in procession."208 
1379 The tabernacle was first intended for the reservation of the Eucharist in a worthy place so that it could be brought to the sick and those absent outside of Mass. As faith in the real presence of Christ in his Eucharist deepened, the Church became conscious of the meaning of silent adoration of the Lord present under the Eucharistic species. It is for this reason that the tabernacle should be located in an especially worthy place in the church and should be constructed in such a way that it emphasizes and manifests the truth of the real presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. 
1380 It is highly fitting that Christ should have wanted to remain present to his Church in this unique way. Since Christ was about to take his departure from his own in his visible form, he wanted to give us his sacramental presence; since he was about to offer himself on the cross to save us, he wanted us to have the memorial of the love with which he loved us "to the end,"209 even to the giving of his life. In his Eucharistic presence he remains mysteriously in our midst as the one who loved us and gave himself up for us,210 and he remains under signs that express and communicate this love:
The Church and the world have a great need for Eucharistic worship. Jesus awaits us in this sacrament of love. Let us not refuse the time to go to meet him in adoration, in contemplation full of faith, and open to making amends for the serious offenses and crimes of the world. Let our adoration never cease.211 
1381 "That in this sacrament are the true Body of Christ and his true Blood is something that 'cannot be apprehended by the senses,' says St. Thomas, 'but only by faith, which relies on divine authority.' For this reason, in a commentary on Luke 22:19 ('This is my body which is given for you.'), St. Cyril says: 'Do not doubt whether this is true, but rather receive the words of the Savior in faith, for since he is the truth, he cannot lie.'"212
Godhead here in hiding, whom I do adore
Masked by these bare shadows, shape and nothing more,
See, Lord, at thy service low lies here a heart
Lost, all lost in wonder at the God thou art.
Seeing, touching, tasting are in thee deceived;
How says trusty hearing? that shall be believed;
What God's Son has told me, take for truth I do;
Truth himself speaks truly or there's nothing true.213      
  (http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/p2s2c1a3.htm)
 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Warning: Twitter Troll Again



Suspended twitter atheist troll @rosarubicondior has been permanently suspended as you may know. 

However, a few weeks ago (April 2, 2014), someone created a new account @R0saRub1c0nd10r  and is continuing his abuse and spamming behavior.  

Please report it to Twitter support.twitter.com/forms and click the spam report button on each tweet of his. 

Mention this case number in your report: 
Case# 01623311: Abusive messages - R0saRub1c0nd10r 

You're not supposed to make a new account while under suspension nor use Twitter to harass others. 
He will use this account to harass, abuse, spam, impersonate and break copyright and trademark laws. 


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