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The threat from the Right is nothing new according to The writer of the book, " The Family; the Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power". Mr. Sharlett has researched the topic from the beginnings of our country to the present day and has convinced me that the earlier reaction against "The Red Menace" is a pale imitation of what's in store for all who do not obey! (1) (2)
The theology of capitalism and the hitching of the Lord Jesus' people to the the wagon of free-market enterprise makes for a potent contrast with the image of Jesus the servant who was obedient unto death in His atonement for our sins. Onward Christian soldiers means nothing but continual warfare against forces that would destroy One Nation under God, (read Mammon), and disregard all others who do not submit.
Whether it is The National Prayer Breakfasts, putting "In God We Trust" on paper money or proselytizing the elite such as Congressmen, Senators, Corporate Magnates or Evangelicals or lobbying and working in the trenches to promote the American Way of Life at the expense of all who don't agree, we have much to be concerned about from little known string-pullers who have co-opted our democracy and have made it their Field of Dreams and a very profitable one for them, the "Chosen."
I used to say that Ronald Reagan took us back to a time that never was. We are now living in a time when their version of history of America has become the preferred reality. Revival-ism, whether Colonial, post-Civil War or the Roaring Twenties or the post-WWII anti-Communist type, seems to want to take us back to a "once upon on time..." America was never a "city on the hill", if anything it was always the opposite (lest we forget slavery, indian massacres, labor disputes, financial panics, etc.) . The elite wished to remain the elite and so gladly financed the revivals to promote obedience to the status quo and turning aside those who saw the exploitation for what it was.
According to Wikipedia: "The first formulation of American fundamentalist beliefs can be traced to the Niagara Bible Conference and, in 1910, to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church which distilled these into what became known as the "five fundamentals." These are:
2. The virgin birth of Christ.
3. The belief that Christ's death was the atonement for sin.
4. The bodily resurrection of Christ.
5. The historical reality of Christ's miracles.
It seems that these Fundamentals of Christianity have been shoved aside making too real the motto "In God We trust; others pay cash." It's all become a millstone around our necks rendering "We the People" as fodder for all the elite's infernal schemes. God forgive "We the People" for allowing it! (3)
Note from The M+G+R Foundation: Thank you! for a well thought out presentation of the "State of the Union" and "State of US Christianity" from a different perspective.
(1) Lee Penn has done an excellent job in giving faces and names to such threat in Chapter 25 of False Dawn.
(2) miguel de Portugal - without any research but with Divine guidance - explained such journey in words and Biblical Quotes ca. 18 years ago.
(3) It is "We the people" who should Bless God and beg for Mercy.
From miguel de Portugal @ EU-US - Published on October 25th, 2009 [Mary, Mother of the Dying]
As expected, President Obama has declared the swine flu a National Emergency. (1)
The fact that the swine flu is not a real danger to life and property should be obvious to anyone who can read and has an average intelligence, therefore, the expected declaration of a National Emergency has another purpose besides protecting life and property of the citizens.
This National Emergency declaration comes at the heels of an "unexpected" and "sudden" delay on the availability of the vaccine. (2)
It does not take a triple digit IQ to realize that after:
(b) Declaring the non event a National Emergency; and
(c) Announcing a substantial delay on the vaccine availability
We could expect (deliberately triggered) riots and massive acts of civil disobedience nationwide which, of course, would necessitate additional Emergency Powers to be invoked.
Just a thought.... or two....
(1) Obama declares swine flu a national emergency
(2) For example Swine Flu Vaccine Shortage Sparks Discontent
From (Mrs.) SA @ US - Published on October 19th, 2009
Oh my goodness...... I am so moved by today's (Oct. 14th) "Points to Ponder" column (1)!
My almost 16 year old daughter brought up this very issue while we were out walking together yesterday afternoon. She is currently studying both American Government and Economics.
She told me what she had read and understood regarding the principles on which our country and our economic system were founded. We discussed how far away from the "perfect" world we (as a society) have fallen, and that is precisely why we are in such a "pickle" right now.
I told her that we have to remember to always seek God first in our daily lives, and if we continue to do that, we can be assured that we are doing His will. We may make mistakes along the way, but more often than not -- it's because we put our own wants, desires, and beliefs ahead of His.
I can't remember all that was said during our conversation, but I ended by telling her that her father and I are trying to raise children who will work for the greater good of ALL.... that if every human being would do this, soon our government and society as a whole would return to a state that more closely resembles His intended plan.
I was so heartened by your explanation of the woman's role in the family. I read your article aloud to my daughter. You put into words what I was unable to. It makes perfect sense to me, and it did to her -- especially after our talk yesterday afternoon.
I am not intending to pat myself on the back. I want to publicly say "THANK YOU" to God for allowing me to "get it," and hopefully help to pass "it" on to my children and theirs.
As you have stated so many times: It really is that simple.
(1) Points to Ponder - October 14th
From (Mr.) WS @ US - Published on October 15th, 2009 [Memorial of St. Teresa de Jesus (Avila)]
I worked for the US Defense Department for 33 years.
I have maintained that the two major bulwarks of US dominance in the world are the Nuclear Submarine force and the fact that Oil is exclusively traded in dollars.
Now that Russia, China, the Arabs and France, are backing a change in that policy, one of the two pillars of American hegemony may be about to crash. If the Euro gets the boost which it seems it will, "Samson" must be someone in Europe. One can only speculate how the second pillar will fall.
Maybe Tom Clancy can tell us about any achilles heel. The scenario of the twin towers has not escaped me. I am also reminded of Shelley's "Ozymandias(Ramses II), the King." (1)
I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said -- "two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert ... near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lips, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings,
Look on my Works ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away." --
Vanity of vanities...all is vanity! [Eccl. 1:2 and 12:8]
(1) Ozymandias(Ramses II), the King
From (Mr.) IW @ US - Published on October 11th, 2009
In reference to a recent post in the Did you know that...? page (1)....
Further thought on the implications of Obama being the "Holy Monarch." Since he is our president, this makes the US even more liable to the judgments laid out in Revelation for Babylon, Egypt, and Rome. In other words, devastation is in store for the country. (All of this is in addition to the fact that, as the ruler of Iraq since the spring of 2003, we have literally been "King of Babylon" for almost 7 years, and that - as I think you said after 9/11 - New York and DC have represented economic and political Babylon for the current era.)
I am probably not alone in this ... but I had expected the actual Beast and the actual False Prophet to be evil and seductive, but ALSO to be brilliant (in an evil way), and competent in carrying out their official duties. Instead, we have (it seems) a "Holy Monarch" who is an empty suit, beholden to Wall Street and the Pentagon and the health insurers, and short of any REAL accomplishment (aside from getting elected to the White House).
And our "Holy Pope" wears cute red slippers, writes like a follower of Hegel, can't (or won't) clean out the pedophiles and enablers, and looks like the evil Emperor Palpatine of the Star Wars films.
I mentioned this to an associate, and he said that I should have remembered that evil leaders are - in essence - empty, and cannot have any real good to offer.
I had been overly influenced by the expectation that these figures would be wonder-workers; as it turns out, the only wonder is that anyone wants to follow them.
The first point is speculation, and the second point is a rant (2); correct them or ignore them or use them at will.
(1) The Post....
[our highlighting ]
"Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future," the committee said. "His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population."
The M+G+R Foundation Comments: We are all set. The world now has the "Holy Pope" (Benedict XVI) and the "Holy Monarch" (Barack Obama) often prophesied about in certain circles since the 19th century.
(2) dictionary definition of rant: to speak or declaim extravagantly or violently; talk in a wild or vehement way.
Let us not forget that, as far as the Temple Masters were concerned, all that Jesus did was "rant and rave"
From (Mr.) IC @ Philippines - Published on October 7th, 2009 [Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary]
[In reference to our publication of October 2nd (see below)]
Dearest Miguel and my M+G+R Foundation Family,
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, my deepest thanks for your support. The Category 5 Hurricane (called a Super Typhoon locally) that I mentioned previously, Parma, missed our capital and made landfall in the Northern Philippines, an area with a much lower population density. In comparison to the storm Ondoy (international name: Ketsana) that had a death toll in excess of 300 people, Hurricane Parma, the more powerful of the two, “only” caused 16 or so deaths. And in addition, another storm which followed Parma, tropical storm Melor, looks like it’s going to miss our country completely. God is indeed merciful.
Your continued support and prayers have helped us immensely. I can only pray that whatever lessons we were supposed to learn from this event, perhaps to prepare us for what is to come, have been learned so that further “instruction” may not be necessary, or at least would not be as severe. Again, you have my deepest, most profound thanks.
Yours in Christ.
Attachment to letter
From The M+G+R Foundation - Published on October 2nd, 2009 [Feast of the Guardian Angels and First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus]
There is a very dear member of The M+G+R Foundation family who lives in the Philippines. Following is a e-mail exchange with him which we wish to share with all. There is much to be learned from this exchange, when one considers that, in the journey towards Step No. 17, catastrophes far worse than those experience during the last seven days, will be experienced by all.
On September 27th miguel de Portugal writes
Our prayers and intercessions on behalf of you, your family and your people are being offered.
God has not abandoned your people - remember what we have taught in the Name of God in http://www.mgr.org/redempt.html
In His Name.
miguel de Portugal
On September 29th IC responds
I cannot thank you all enough for your continued prayers. Yes, the majority of our capital was flooded. In my neighborhood the water reached as high as 10 feet, if I'm not mistaken (inside our house it was around 3 feet deep at least).
I am doing my best to remain peaceful in the current circumstances and I constantly remind myself of His infinite love and mercy. It has been reported that another storm is approaching our country and while I pray that it isn't as bad as the most recent one, I hope that He will grant me the strength of faith I will need if it is.
the Peace of God be upon you, dear I !
Thank you for the update. We are not forgetting your nor your people for a moment and additional prayers and Mass intentions have been offered.
You state: He has shown mercy in this event and indeed He has when we look at the very reduced number of deaths considering the magnitude of the event. We hear that 80 % of
And to reconfirm to you that such is the case - the Divine Instructions He had chosen for tomorrow's posting follows as a preview for you:
imagine if Our Lord Jesus Christ is speaking to you and
with Me is not immunity from difficulties, but peace in difficulties.
My guidance is often by shut doors. Love bangs as well as opens.
Joy is the result of faithful trusting acceptance of My Will, when It seems not joyous.
St. Paul, my servant, learnt this lesson of the banged doors when he said: "For that which is at present momentary and light of our tribulation, worketh for us above measure exceedingly an eternal weight of glory." (*)
Expect rebuffs until this is learned - it is the only way.
Joy is the daughter of calm.
(*) 2 Cor. 4: 17
m de P
To which IC responds on On September 29th
Thank you very, very much. Words cannot express how much I appreciate your prayers. Yes, I have tried very hard to remember what you have taught. However, this catastrophe has underscored for me how unprepared I am for what lies ahead since I had to struggle greatly to do so. I cannot help but feel anger and sadness at what has befallen so many of my people; I know that we deserve it in general, and that He has shown mercy in this event, but it is extremely difficult for me not to feel this way and I am disappointed at myself at that fact.
If it would not be too much of an imposition, I would ask that you continue praying for my country. I and my loved ones are all safe and healthy (praise be to God) He, and whatever material possessions we have lost can eventually be replaced (or not, as He wills), but many of my countrymen have lost more than that and I would ask that you pray for them that God may heal their souls.
Yours in Christ.
Brethren, lets us not forget IC and his young family as well as all other who have suffered so much - and continue to do so - during the last week. Let us offer God reparation on their behalf for it is in our hands - the hands of the believers - to minimize the suffering in the world while Divine Justice is dispensed and prophecy fulfilled.
miguel de Portugal through The M+G+R Foundation
From WO @ USA - Published on September 29th, 2009 [Feast of Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael Archangels]
Regarding the veracity of Benedict XVI's approved life story, I want to take just one key aspect of it, his alleged baptism, and see how the story holds up when the facts are checked.
The 'official story' (1) (2) is that Josef Alois Ratzinger was 'Baptized on the day of his birth (April 16, 1927) in the parish church at the Easter Vigil'. Some Catholic blog sources infer that his mother and family took him to the service. At least one actually names the priest who allegedly Baptized him. Another version claims he was Baptized at 8:30 AM
Problems with such allegation:
b. There was no such thing as the "Easter Vigil" in 1927, as we know it today until the Liturgical Reforms mandated by Pope Pius XII in 1955
c. The formal reintroduction of 'the ancient rite of Baptism of Catechumens, which had long fallen into disuse", desired by Pius XII in 1955, was not universally & officially restored until 1969-70 with the mandated 'restored rite of Holy Week; - as a result of Vatican II. (3) (5)
d. In 1927, the Holy Saturday service would take place in the AM.
Pius' reforms of 1955 (4):
b. Moved the time of day in which the Easter Vigil and Mass of the Lord' Supper (Holy Thursday) BACK more then 12 hours!!!
Yet not all of Pius' changes were immediately (or gladly) implemented. In some places in the US even in the mid-60's the Holy Saturday service was still in the AM. Until c.1970, when what we now know as the 'Easter Vigil" was introduced - and held in the evening. As a result of the Liturgical changes via Vatican II. Even after 1970, Baptisms at the Easter Vigil were rare until the mid/late 80s, with the introduction of RCIA programs. It should be noted that the intent of formal reintroduction of Baptism into the Easter Vigil was primarily for adult catechumens, not infants.
b. In rural areas it was (and is) very common for services to be very early in the AM - so that people can get their farm work done in the remaining daylight. Markt Am Inn was a tiny rural village.
Legalisms aside, even IF the service was in the evening, for a woman who had given birth that day to go and sit through a 3 hour service - she would be Wonder Woman! Both mother and child need to rest and recover from the strain of birth.
There is no logical need to immediately Baptize a newborn - unless it is in danger of death (which was NOT the case; he was healthy). In such case, anyone could perform it. The claim is made that is was 'common to Baptize on the very day of birth'. This is unsubstantiated. Also, as clergy would be very busy with preparations for the next day (Easter Sunday), a private Baptism on Holy Saturday would be highly unlikely.
Finally, there seems one overriding concern which is behind all of this: In order for him to be Ordained, he would have to have 'proof' of Baptism & Confirmation. Why the discrepancies then?
As a youngster I worked in several parish rectories, where I produced copies of Baptismal records. The books were often altered. Items were crossed out, written over, obviously added later (ball point pen Vs. fountain pen), different handwriting, labels pasted over an entry, and the copious use of 'White-Out'. Anytime we have handwritten record entries (without any counter-signing or other reasonable security), the possibility of altering or forging records is very real.
(4) "Promulgated by the decree Maxima Redemptionis (November 19, 1955), the new Holy Week imposed the new Easter Vigil, described above, and also reformed the rites for Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday and Good Friday."
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