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Happy New Year 2012!

Happy New Year 2012!   

I hope you had a good life and are prepared for the end of the world on December 21st … 

just kidding.   🙂

The world will not end in 2012 or 2013 or 2014.  

It will end when God says so, not ancient calendars, Bible “codes,” or men’s calculations.  
“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  – Matthew 24:36

When that time comes, we should welcome it and not fear it.  We will all see the Creator!   

In the mean time:

Please take this time to reflect on 2011 and see what needs improvement in your life.  Visit, call, message your family and loved ones.

Enjoy life, but relax on the alcohol.  Don’t drink and drive please!

Life is good and should be lived joyfully in a good way, not destroyed.    

Let us thank God for another year on this beautiful planet called Earth in this beautiful huge Universe.  

May 2012 bring faith, love, hope, peace, health, prosperity, and joy to all.  
God, thank you for a new year. May everyone in our family be willing to begin anew with a clean slate. We know that you are always ready to forgive us. Help us to be willing to forgive ourselves and to forgive one another.

As we begin a new year, remind us of our truest values and our deepest desires. Help us to live in the goodness that comes from doing what you want us to do. Help us to put aside anxiety about the future and the past, so that we might live in peace with you now, one day at a time.


The Rev Surrenders

Since Summer 2011 a young black guy has interjected his “thoughts” – or lack of – to me on Twitter regarding God and religion.

Here is how it would go:

One Atheist would engage me, then another and then he would show up commenting on something he had no idea about since the discussion was not with him.

What is interesting is that this guy when questioned begins to retweet every response.  He does this so others can jump in to rescue him.

Within 20 seconds I have 10 Atheists engaging me, some joining the conversation civilly and others spewing vulgarities or comments projecting their apparent inner fascination with child molestation by mentioning the scandals of some priests.

I came to the conclusion that this guy named Xavier has no intellectual confidence and just trolls throughout Twitter looking to bait believers.

When he is confronted about his tweets, he gets upset and begins to use vulgarity to express himself.   By doing this he shows he has a poor vocabulary and cannot logically coherently express his ideas in a educated and civil manner.  In a sense, he starts out a college student and ends up a stereotypical ghetto thug within seconds.

Recently he invited me to comment on his blog but failed to give me the link.  He then begins to questions why I “avoid” his blog.  I had to contact another female Atheist he was involved with romantically just to get his blog link.

If that is not funny enough, when I do comment on his blog regarding Atheism as a Religion, he does not post it.  He then sends me a message attacking the post and making threats of blocking me on Twitter.  This guy is either bipolar or extremely silly.

Here are some of his silly tweets:

To my requests for him to answer my question “Can you prove there is no God” he continues on ranting attempting to claim that I am ignoring an answer he never gave.  

Here I invite him to post his answer to my blog post http://sacerdotvs.blogspot.com/2011/11/atheists-please-prove-there-is-no-god.html  but he dilly dallies and begins to show his lack of intellectual confidence and cowardice.  

Here he turns ghetto and begins using language that is not appropriate for an educated person.  

Here he becomes jealous of my academic success and sends an ad hominem remark.  
Now is this a rational person?  How can anyone take a so-called Atheist like this seriously?  He fails to provide reasons for his beliefs. Fails to have proper comportment during a debate.  Lacks the maturity needed to debate a serious topic.  
His only answer is vulgarity and silly remarks that attempt to mask his lack of intellectual confidence and pusillanimity.
On his blog, he recently wrote a post attacking me and other Twitter people.  His paranoia is hilarious and sad at the same time.  He reminds me of a funny YouTube video with a reporter who starts out giving the news with a professional journalist inflection until a fly enters his mouth and he begins to talk like a ghetto person spewing profanity.    
With so many intelligent Black people around like Maya Angelou, Barrack Obama, Oprah as role models.  I don’t understand why this guy feeds and perpetuates the image of the stereotypical ignorant and vulgar black man.   He gives ammunition for those who believe minorities are intellectually inferior to whites. I pray and hope he will come around after he matures.     

Urbi et Orbi – HIS HOLINESS POPE BENEDICT XVI Christmas 2011

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Rome and throughout the world!

Christ is born for us!  Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth to the men and women whom he loves.  May all people hear an echo of the message of Bethlehem which the Catholic Church repeats in every continent, beyond the confines of every nation, language and culture.  The Son of the Virgin Mary is born for everyone; he is the Saviour of all.

This is how Christ is invoked in an ancient liturgical antiphon: “O Emmanuel, our king and lawgiver, hope and salvation of the peoples: come to save us, O Lord our God”.  Veni ad salvandum nos!  Come to save us!  This is the cry raised by men and women in every age, who sense that by themselves they cannot prevail over difficulties and dangers.  They need to put their hands in a greater and stronger hand, a hand which reaches out to them from on high.  Dear brothers and sisters, this hand is Christ, born in Bethlehem of the Virgin Mary.  He is the hand that God extends to humanity, to draw us out of the mire of sin and to set us firmly on rock, the secure rock of his Truth and his Love (cf. Ps 40:2).

This is the meaning of the Child’s name, the name which, by God’s will, Mary and Joseph gave him: he is named Jesus, which means “Saviour” (cf. Mt 1:21; Lk 1:31).  He was sent by God the Father to save us above all from the evil deeply rooted in man and in history: the evil of separation from God, the prideful presumption of being self-sufficient, of trying to compete with God and to take his place, to decide what is good and evil, to be the master of life and death (cf. Gen 3:1-7).  This is the great evil, the great sin, from which we human beings cannot save ourselves unless we rely on God’s help, unless we cry out to him: “Veni ad salvandum nos!  – Come to save us!”

The very fact that we cry to heaven in this way already sets us aright; it makes us true to ourselves: we are in fact those who cried out to God and were saved (cf. Esth [LXX] 10:3ff.).  God is the Saviour; we are those who are in peril.  He is the physician; we are the infirm.  To realize this is the first step towards salvation, towards emerging from the maze in which we have been locked by our pride.  To lift our eyes to heaven, to stretch out our hands and call for help is our means of escape, provided that there is Someone who hears us and can come to our assistance.

Jesus Christ is the proof that God has heard our cry.  And not only this!  God’s love for us is so strong that he cannot remain aloof; he comes out of himself to enter into our midst and to share fully in our human condition (cf. Ex 3:7-12).  The answer to our cry which God gave in Jesus infinitely transcends our expectations, achieving a solidarity which cannot be human alone, but divine.  Only the God who is love, and the love which is God, could choose to save us in this way, which is certainly the lengthiest way, yet the way which respects the truth about him and about us: the way of reconciliation, dialogue and cooperation.

Dear brothers and sisters in Rome and throughout the world, on this Christmas 2011, let us then turn to the Child of Bethlehem, to the Son of the Virgin Mary, and say: “Come to save us!”  Let us repeat these words in spiritual union with the many people who experience particularly difficult situations; let us speak out for those who have no voice.

Together let us ask God’s help for the peoples of the Horn of Africa, who suffer from hunger and food shortages, aggravated at times by a persistent state of insecurity.  May the international community not fail to offer assistance to the many displaced persons coming from that region and whose dignity has been sorely tried.

May the Lord grant comfort to the peoples of South-East Asia, particularly Thailand and the Philippines, who are still enduring grave hardships as a result of the recent floods.

May the Lord come to the aid of our world torn by so many conflicts which even today stain the earth with blood. 

May the Prince of Peace grant peace and stability to that Land where he chose to come into the world, and encourage the resumption of dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians. 

May he bring an end to the violence in Syria, where so much blood has already been shed.  May he foster full reconciliation and stability in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

May he grant renewed vigour to all elements of society in the countries of North Africa and the Middle East as they strive to advance the common good.

May the birth of the Saviour support the prospects of dialogue and cooperation in Myanmar, in the pursuit of shared solutions. 

May the Nativity of the Redeemer ensure political stability to the countries of the Great Lakes Region of Africa, and assist the people of South Sudan in their commitment to safeguarding the rights of all citizens.

Dear Brothers and Sisters, let us turn our gaze anew to the grotto of Bethlehem.  The Child whom we contemplate is our salvation!  He has brought to the world a universal message of reconciliation and peace.  Let us open our hearts to him; let us receive him into our lives.  Once more let us say to him, with joy and confidence: “Veni ad salvandum nos!”

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