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  October 16th, 2014

Feast of Mary's Purity and Eighth Day of Assembly (Judaism)

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In the first reading of the Mass.... we offered on October 15th, 2014, 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

Do 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 punish you.

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 sinners.

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 conditions.
(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.
(e) 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 never 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.

Yes, the consequences of our misdeeds are indeed terrible and 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 contrary, 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 end of the world.

Did you know that....
Dynamo 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

miguel de Portugal comments: Interesting, isn't it? Why demonic and not angelic?

(1) News Report

In the same Mass quoted earlier.... the Gospel according to Mark was from the end of chapter 9:

42 “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 manner.

What He is telling us is that we must make a concerted effort to neutralize/control/overcome any trait that we may have that would lead us to sin; most specially grave sin.

When He said, in 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 highlighting.

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.

In reality they did not. Most do not believe in what the preach  - "it's just a living" as the saying goes.

Have you heard that..... Voiceprints 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.

Those companies have helped enter more than 65 million voiceprints into corporate and government databases, according to 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.

miguel de Portugal comments: Well, well, well.... The reason behind that "generosity" of Skype, which we have denounced for years, has finally been confirmed.
Interesting, isn't it?

(1) News Report

Published on October 16th, 2014

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