A Matter of Perspective
March 14, 2020 @ 3:42 PM

 

The old adage of dealing with conflict was “fight or flight.” As humans, we learned about fight or flight in our anthropological heritage. When threatened, we weren’t too well equipped to fight. We learned how to run, leap and hide — flight is what saved our butts. If trapped, we had no other option but to fight it out.

What happens when you are on a break in the office coffee room, the teachers room, the doctors break room, or you are sitting outside on a bench with fellow country club members, or someone makes a derogatory comment on your Facebook or Twitter page, or you are about to have dinner with your family and the topic somehow turns to religion? Do you ...

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February 25, 2020 @ 3:49 PM

In an advertising campaign called #WhatsYourName, Starbucks encourages youth to embrace "transgenderism" and is giving funds to an organization known for pushing "sex reassignment" surgery for young children. According to reports:

"Starbucks U.K. has released an advertisement showing a short-haired young woman telling a server at a coffee shop that her name is James after various vignettes in which she is addressed as 'Jemma.' The sales pitch ends with Jemma striding past the Starbucks window with her coffee and the captions 'Every name's a story' and '#whatsyourname.' The latter is a reference to Starbucks's Twitter campaign in support of transgender philosophy.

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February 7, 2020 @ 9:59 AM · a matter of perspective, Catholicism

Pro-lifers: the trend is our friend.

The trend is your friend is a classic stock market pearl of wisdom.  It means that an existing trend is likely to continue and worthy of your attention.  The declining trend in the number of abortions in the USA has decidedly been in the pro-life camp.  Although the number of abortions is still much too high, the direction the trend is taking is encouraging.  

The reasons for this downward trend are still not clear, but I think the following could be considered:  prayers, the increased closures of abortion clinics, the legislative effort by many states to stiffen abortion rights by adding restrictive measures to existing laws and regulations, the work of ...

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January 21, 2020 @ 6:59 AM

Abortion: Only one question that matters.

Whenever you’re discussing abortion, there’s only one question that matters: are the unborn human? If the unborn are not human, then what’s all the fuss about. Swat it away like you would a mosquito or take some medicine like you would to kill off the flu. There is no moral consequence if the unborn are not human. 

But if the unborn are human, then there is no greater immoral act than to take an innocent human life. All the reasons to abort e.g. rape, incest, bodily choice are secondary to the primary question: are the unborn human?
If you are not sure that the unborn are human then ask yourself these questions: 

First, if it’s growing, isn’t it alive?
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January 14, 2020 @ 10:55 AM · a matter of perspective, CHRISTIANITY, Jesus Christ

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Notes: Monday January 13, 2020

At yesterday’s 10 AM Sunday Mass, Monsignor Halloran asked, “if there were a ‘wanted follower of Jesus Christ’ bulletin posted would you be arrested?”

I meditated on that yesterday and then again, this morning.  The answer I came up with was yes.  I would be arrested as a follower of Jesus Christ.

What evidence is there for the authorities to arrest me?

Well, for one it would be that when I can I attend daily Mass and Communion and that act alone would be enough to get me arrested.  But then there is much more evidence.

I publicly attest to my relationship with Jesus Christ by the content I post on my Facebook pages and on my Blog Page. &.........

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December 26, 2019 @ 9:53 AM · a matter of perspective, CHRISTIANITY

The Anchor:  A Christian Symbol

The beautiful anchor on top of St. Andrews Catholic Church located on Block Island has a long history of Christian symbolism.  It is a fitting symbol for a church that sits on a hill on an island several miles out to sea.  Block Island has been and still is a safe haven for boats who find it necessary to anchor in its harbors to wait out storms or to simply lay still in tranquil waters. 

 

Christian symbolic reference to an anchor is found in Paul’s letter to Hebrews 6:16-20: 

 

…(16) For men swear by one greater than themselves: and an oath for confirmation is the end of all their controversy…(17)Wherein God, interposed............

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Story behind the song: ‘Mary did you know?’

 

Mark Lowry, a Christian singer, songwriter and comedian, was born in Houston, Texas, June 24, 1958, to Charles Lowry, an attorney, and Bev Lowry, a singer, songwriter and pianist. He learned to love music and could sing beautifully as a young child. He graduated from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., in 1980.

Following is Mark’s story behind his now famous song:

“In 1984, Jerry Falwell called and asked me to write the program for their next Living Christmas Tree.

As I wrote the ‘speaking parts’ I began to think about Mary. I have always been fascinated with the concept that God came to earth.  

In a conversation with my mother, I ...

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December 1, 2019 @ 7:22 AM · a matter of perspective, CHRISTIANITY

 

We thank Thee

By:  Ralph Waldo Emerson

For flowers that bloom about our feet,

Father, we thank Thee.

For tender grass so fresh, so sweet,                            

Father, we thank Thee.

For the song of bird and hum of bee, 

For all things fair we hear and see, 

Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

For blue of stream and blue of sky, 

Father, we thank Thee.

For pleasant shade of branches high, 

Father, we thank Thee

For fragrant air and cooling breeze,

For beauty of the blossoming trees.

Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

For this new morning with its light, 

Father, we thank Thee.

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June 7, 2019 @ 7:15 AM

In defense of my Bishop

 

Opposition to the LGBTA agenda is not based on bigotry, it is based on serious biblical and philosophical reflection whose core tenant is the concept of natural order.  The natural order for a man is to mate with a women for the purpose of creating a human being.  Any deviation from that is disordered.  The Catholic Church is opposed to actions or behaviors around that disorder.  It is not opposed to someone being a lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender or queer person.  That is a huge difference that never is explained.  

The Catholic Church doesn’t hate LGBTA people, quite the contrary.  

For a Bishop to caution his flock .........

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April 24, 2019 @ 10:26 AM

I have created a Timeline of Appearances after the Resurrection using scripture and other resources. These are some historical facts of the Risen Jesus that are found in antiquity. In Jesus' time we did not have Eye Witness News cameras, but in terms of historical antiquity writing, these recorded accounts are pretty close to eye witness news!

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