In the first reading of the
we offered on October 15th, we found the exact same messages that
we have been repeating for years.
It was indeed a consoling and reassuring reminder. We pray and hope
that this may help
you Evangelize those who come your way trying to justify
whatever misdeed they wish to justify.
The reading was
from Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) 5:1-10
not set your heart on your wealth....
Do not follow your inclination and strength, walking according to the
desires of your heart.
Do not say, “Who will have power over me?” for the Lord will surely
Do not say, “I sinned, and what happened to me?” for the Lord is
slow to anger.
Do not be so confident of atonement that you add sin to sin.
Do not say, “His mercy is great, he will forgive the multitude of my
sins,” for both mercy and wrath are with him, and his anger rests on
Do not delay to turn to the Lord, nor postpone it from day to day; for
suddenly the wrath of the Lord will go forth, and at the time of
punishment you will perish.
Do not depend on dishonest wealth, for it will not benefit you in the
day of calamity.
Do not winnow with every wind, nor follow every path: the
double-tongued sinner does that.
Be steadfast in your understanding, and let your speech be consistent.
In "Plain Talk" what we read above reminds us to:
(a) Do not sin counting on Mercy for
there will be none under such
(b) Do not expect immediate results for living as God Wills that we do.
The reward is coming but only in accordance to His timetable.
(c) Do not place your trust in material possessions.
(d) Do not act on "hunches" or "inspirations" which are contrary to
Divine Law, no matter how "genuine" they feel.
Do not think that you will "get away with murder". No matter what -
Justice will catch up with you. It may not be Civil Justice, but the
consequences brought upon you as the result of your misdeeds - commonly
known as Divine Justice - always will.
They also must be reminded that the End
justifies the Means
Of course, as we have pointed out in the past, God, Who is Love,
does not "take revenge" or is "wrathful". Those are figures of speech
to help the stiff necked humans understand the messages.
consequences of our misdeeds are indeed terrible - in proportion to how
grave they were - however, just as we cannot call the Law of Gravity
vengeful when we fall and break a bone, we cannot call God vengeful
and wrathful when the consequences of breaking Divine Law result in
great harm to us. On the
, God will utilize such harm in the
hopes that we "respond to His megaphone" and come back to Him.
It would actually be vengeful and wrathful of God if we were not
informed of our transgression of Divine Law until it were too late to
make the amends necessary
and avoid hell or purgatory until the
Did you know that....
was viewed as 'demon child'? (1)
Magician Dynamo has revealed that
children at his school
thought he was a "demon child" because of a trick he did.
The Yorkshire-born performer, real name Steven Frayne, said the rumour
started after he began doing his first stunt, taught to him by his
grandfather to help him deal with bullies.
"They started spreading
rumours that I was a demon child, so it worked in a way, it got
people to leave me alone," he told the paper.
Dynamo has built up a huge
following using social media and counts David Beckham, Will Smith, Jay
Z and Sir Paul McCartney amongst his fans
Interesting, isn't it? Why demonic and not
In the same Mass quoted
according to Mark was from the end of chapter 9:
“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it
would be better for him if a great millstone were hung round his neck
and he were thrown into the sea. 43 and if your hand causes you to sin,
cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed than with two
hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. 45 And if your foot
causes you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame
than with two feet to be thrown into hell.
47 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out; it is better for
you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be
thrown into hell, 48 where their worm does not die, and the fire is not
quenched. 49 For every one will be salted with fire....”
Tragically, religious fanatics of all faiths have used such teaching,
or similar ones, to commit demonic atrocities. It is overwhelmingly
obvious that Jesus was using those statements in a completely symbolic
What He is telling us is that
make a concerted effort to neutralize/control/overcome any
trait that we may have that would lead us to sin
; most specially
When He said, within the same breath: .“Whoever causes one of these little
ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great
millstone were hung round his neck and he were thrown into the sea.
He is still using symbolism but in a different manner.
Although the transgressor will not have a millstone hung around his
neck and be pushed into the sea, the final consequences of "causes one of these little
ones who believe in Me to sin"
will be worse. That is what He is
It seems that the clergy - of any Christian faith - prone to sexually
abuse members of their flock, as well as their enabling superiors,
missed that part of the New Testament. Actually, the did not. Most do not believe in what the
preach - "it's just a
as the saying goes.
Have you heard that.....
being harvested by the millions? (1)
Over the telephone, in jail
and online, a new digital bounty is being
harvested: the human voice.
Businesses and governments around the world increasingly
are turning to voice
biometrics, or voiceprints, to pay pensions, collect taxes, track
criminals and replace passwords.
"We sometimes call it the invisible biometric," said Mike
Goldgof, an executive at Madrid-based AGNITiO, one of about 10 leading
companies in the field.
have helped enter more than 65 million
voiceprints into corporate and government databases, according
Associated Press interviews with dozens of industry representatives and
records requests in the United States, Europe and elsewhere.
Dan Miller, an analyst with Opus Research in San Francisco,
estimates that the industry's
revenue will roughly double from just under $400 million last year to
between $730 million and $900 million next year.
Vendors say the timbre of a person's voice is unique in a
way similar to the loops and whorls at the tips of someone's fingers.
de Portugal comments:
Well, well, well.... The reason behind
that "generosity" of Skype
, which we have denounced
years, has finally been confirmed.
Interesting, isn't it?