Monday, June 13, 2016

Concerning Retaliation




38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also; 40 and if any one would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well; 41 and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who would borrow from you. Matthew 5:38-42 Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (RSVCE)

This is today's gospel reading.  I know many people don't like this part of the teachings of Jesus, they attempt to explain it away and rationalize revenge... but it's really pretty clear what he means here.  It is nice that it lands the day after an act of such hateful evil as the attack in Orlando. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

The way of peace

These last few days have made remaining a-political very difficult.  Any number of stories in the news deserve comment... presidential campaigns have descended to new, previously unimaginable, lows every day.  Insane court decisions... and hate filled terrorist attacks... all of these things have been just begging for comment.

These tales all have one thing in common, they all assume governments have the solution to our problems, which is to say, they all assume that the way to solve humanities problems is through violence. 

Who becomes president is deciding who will have access to the most deadly pile of terror weapons in the history of mankind.  The courts order blue suited thugs to enforce "laws" with violence.  Then there is the terror attack on the "Gay club" in Florida, pure hate filled violence in the name of a state, ISIS is a state of course, no matter what the competing violent terrorist gangs around the world try to claim, just as legitimate as the USA or Britain or France in my opinion. 

Does all of this count as political comment?  I don't think so, I'm condemning ALL coercive governments and advocating non-cooperation with evil and non-violent voluntary cooperation to replace all of the crap above.  Revolution will only be real change when it is a change of the heart, a turning from violence to love, from coercion to cooperation.  No state can do this and destroying a state with violence leaves us with just one more state every time.  It starts with me and you making a choice to follow Christ in the way of peace.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

It's working

Since I decided to delete all of the political Facebook people and pages I was following I've been way calmer and happier.

My life is now a


I'm sure someone will tell me when the election is over who "won".  :-P

Monday, June 6, 2016

It was ME!

So, over the last few days I've been deactivating and reactivating my Facebook account because I was annoyed with all of the political posts and I found myself getting all worked up over them... today I figured out exactly WHO was causing them to be all over my newsfeed...



So I've taken corrective action by unliking or unfollowing all of my political sites so I won't be tempted to comment on them, repost them or react to them... THIS is where all that stuff was coming from... :-)  

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Yes! No! Maybe? Could you repeat the question?

Yeah,  I turned Facebook back off again.  I can't do the leave it on but don't look at it thing.  So now, no matter who says anything I'm leaving it off!

But that's  not what I want to talk about this morning actually.  :-) 

I'm unable to attend Mass today because I've come down, quite suddenly yesterday afternoon, with a chest cold, or something like that.  I feel OK but I can't talk, laryngitis big time.  I just don't want to go and pass it on to the people at church.


Since I can't go to church I read the readings for Mass and am pondering the deep love Christ has for us all, the compassion he shows, the understanding of our need.  The gospel today is the story of the widow of Nain.

Luke 7:11-17
11 Soon afterward[a] he went to a city called Na′in, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. 12 As he drew near to the gate of the city, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow; and a large crowd from the city was with her. 13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” 14 And he came and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” 15 And the dead man sat up, and began to speak. And he gave him to his mother. 16 Fear seized them all; and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people!” 17 And this report concerning him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country.

The first reading is from the book of First Kings 17:17-24 and is similar:

17 After this the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, became ill; and his illness was so severe that there was no breath left in him. 18 And she said to Eli′jah, “What have you against me, O man of God? You have come to me to bring my sin to remembrance, and to cause the death of my son!” 19 And he said to her, “Give me your son.” And he took him from her bosom, and carried him up into the upper chamber, where he lodged, and laid him upon his own bed. 20 And he cried to the Lord, “O Lord my God, hast thou brought calamity even upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by slaying her son?” 21 Then he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried to the Lord, “O Lord my God, let this child’s soul come into him again.” 22 And the Lord hearkened to the voice of Eli′jah; and the soul of the child came into him again, and he revived. 23 And Eli′jah took the child, and brought him down from the upper chamber into the house, and delivered him to his mother; and Eli′jah said, “See, your son lives.” 24 And the woman said to Eli′jah, “Now I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is truth.”

These two stories confirm and assure me that God will raise us all up at the last day, we will not be left decaying in the earth but will be raised up to new life as the Lord has promised us.  Our loved ones who have died are not lost to us forever but will be reunited with us, restored to life and with perfect and glorified bodies.  Of course the greatest example and sign of this wonderful truth is the resurrection of Jesus himself, which we celebrate each Sunday at mass.  

An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen

 

Friday, June 3, 2016

It's not my fault!

Yeah, I deactivated my account for almost 24 hours, but my daughter yelled at me to put it back up, so I obediently did so because... GRANDKIDS videos and photos!






But it I still am not going to actually READ it... much... at all...

Maybe I'll only post from here on my blog, except when I post funny cartoons that simply MUST be shared with EVERYONE... right NOW.  Uh huh.  Yeah, I'll just keep this little bit of blow right here on my desk, but I'm not going to actually USE it. 



Sigh.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Facebook

I just "deactivated" my Facebook account.  This blog and Flickr photos will be the only places online where I'll post from now on.  Obviously I've done this several times before, always going back to it eventually.  It is possible I'll do that again, but for now I don't want to be there, exposed to politics on the left and right that I find obnoxious.  :-)  As an anarchist I tend to piss off both sides of the left-right spectrum, and that's all right, I just am sick of thinking about it.


Sure, I could scroll past the various nationalistic and uber-patriotic posts I see constantly on Facebook, but what would be the point of that?  At this time in the political cycle virtually everyone seems to have an opinion on which of the various lying bastard corporate whores would be the least disastrous for the nation, but there is really no choice in truth.

I've already made my anarchist and pacifist views plain to the people I was "friends" with on Facebook and virtually all of them reject those views, which is fine really, but I don't feel much like reading the violence promoting (all government IS violence) state worshiping nonsense that will be clogging the news feeds for the next six months.  Rather than catering to all of this blatant American Statolatry I'm going to simply withdraw from the whole thing. 

But what will this blog be about then?  Well it will be about spiritual matters for the most part, or so I imagine. Interspersed here and there might be some posts about family events, camping and so forth.  Who knows where things will go from here, not into election stories that is for sure, since every word from the mouths of politicians is more likely to be a lie than the truth, and this blog will be about truth for sure. 


I'll be back soon!  But not on Facebook.  :-)