The year 2013 is about to pass and we are about to enter 2014. This year has been one of uncertainty, death, war, violence and also hope.
We heard news of storms, earthquakes and other disasters that took many lives. We heard of dictators killing their own people and rumors of war circulating the globe. We lost many people, both known and unknown.
Our government shut down and its new healthcare system has flopped. We also learned what was already known; that the government spies on everyone. However, 2013 wasn’t all gloom and doom.
2013 had the event of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI which was a bitter sweet moment. It was bitter because we were going to lose as Pontiff an academic genius and holy man of good will. However, we received another holy man of good will who is taking the world by storm. The election of Cardinal Bergoglio brought great joy to us all, including many non-Catholics. Taking the name of St. Francis, Bergoglio would remind the world what great of a religion is Christianity. Many times, Christianity can be fogged up by rules, regulations, doctrines and debates that do not allow it to shine. Catholicism is now on the rise and the world is opening up once again to Christianity without “supernatural signs from God” or apparitions, but by the living out of the Christian faith by Pope Francis. Like St. Francis, our current Pontiff is renewing the Church by simply living out the faith.
Moreover, 2013 has also brought interesting events online in regards to Twitter. Five atheists have inquired about converting to the Catholic faith. This is great news indeed and a sign that Catholicism is stronger than atheism. It is much stronger that even anti-Catholic caricature personalities such as “rosa rubicondior” cannot deface it with fictitious posts and instead succumbed to the same abuse he offered to others of faith. Unfortunately, social networks are censoring religious speech and my accounts as well as those of others have been suspended for merely posting religious opinions. This is still on the battle field.
In any event, thank God for 2013 and for allowing us another year in 2014. I hope this year will bring about more fruit and hope you will continue to support my work here by visiting, reading, commenting and providing financial support in order to offset “caesar’s” need for coins.
Protestantism is known for heresy and straying from the fullness of Christianity founded only in the Catholic Church; however, one sect is committing blasphemy with a capital ‘B.’
Claremont United Methodist church in California has erected a horrible “nativity scene” created by John Zachary which replaces the Christ child with a figure of Trayvon Martin.
As you may know, Trayvon Martin was the African American teenager who was killed in self defense by George Zimmerman over a year ago in Florida. The case became a hot topic in regards to race and the court of popular opinion.
Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges based on Florida’s “stand your ground” laws. This caused an uproar among race baiters such as Al Sharpton and the Black Panthers.
Zachary claims he created the nativity scene in order to “make the story of Christmas relevant in modern times.” Excuse me? He has it wrong. All periods of times must be relevant to the Christ Child who was born to save the world. Trayvon Martin didn’t die for our sins. He is no savior, only a kid who made some stupid decisions which got him killed after he tried to kill another man.
This “nativity scene” -if I can call it that- is disrespectful and completely misses the point of the traditional display of the Nativity scene which was started by St. Francis of Assisi. It is meant to commemorate the birth of the Savior, not to make silly political and racially charged statements.
Zachary is offending all Christians with this nonsense which displays Trayvon in his hoodie with bloody hands as blood pours from his chest. I hope many people complain to Claremont United Methodist and ask them to destroy this piece of junk. Shame on this congregation for allowing this stupid anti-Christ display that serves only to cause racial division and hate.
Please take the time to contact this heretical sect and voice your anger at the disrespect that is being given to Christ the Lord.
Here is this sect’s website:
Pope Francis has received another title: “2013’s Best Dressed Man.”
Esquire magazine honored the Pontiff with this title for his preference to use simpler versions of Papal regalia or ‘abito piano.’
They claim that clothes are supposed to reflect the man and by Pope Francis choosing less of the Papal threads, he is showing his character as a genuine and humble man.
This seems to be an attack on previous Popes, especially Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI whose red Papal shoes and choice of traditional vestments made him the talk of the tinseltown, so to speak.
I personally would have chosen him as the best dressed Pope, no offense to Pope Francis, et al.
While I love Pope Francis’ presentation of the Papacy, I laugh at news reports like this. These people do not realize that there is nothing “simple” about Pope Francis’ white cassock or any cassock for that matter. These cassocks can cost over $900 each, not to mention the stoles, chasubles and other articles used by Popes/Bishops. Even religious habits meant to represent poverty cost over $600.
That being said, these vestments are not cheap and definitely do not represent ‘simplicity’ in my opinion. In fact, they aren’t supposed to reflect simplicity per se but the person for whom they represent and honor, Christ Jesus. This is why the Church uses the best materials to honor her Lord. These clothes are not meant for those who wear them, but to represent Christ and the mission of the Church which are priceless.
Pope Benedict XVI was not being vain by wearing traditional vestments. He was reminding us the importance of Christ and the role of the Vicar of Christ.
Would you wear a t-shirt and torn jeans to a dinner with President Obama or Queen Elizabeth? Most likely your answer will be no. That being said, if we dress nicely for these political charlatans, why not go all out in dress for the King of kings and Lord of Lords?
God even commands nice vestments, see:
“And you shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty. You shall speak to all the skillful, whom I have filled with a spirit of skill, that they make Aaron’s garments to consecrate him for my priesthood. These are the garments that they shall make: a breastpiece, an ephod, a robe, a coat of chequerwork, a turban, and a sash. They shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother and his sons to serve me as priests.”