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Saturday, 25 August 2012

25 August 2012. As The Icon Burns… It Just Gets Better, Kids…

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Just got this in from one of the Cabinet:

The OCA Holy Synod refused to meet with an emissary from the Centre. Not sure who. The emissary wanted to meet with the Synod in Detroit when it met. Synod refused, they said OCA was autocephelous.

Well, well, well… it looks like the pot’s really roiling… but it’s not going to boil over tomorrow. The OCA Holy Synod better step with some care… the Centre’s their sole canonical lifeline. Things ARE getting “curiouser and curiouser”… shall we meet the Jabberwocky and Tweedledee and Tweedledum (or, is it Tweedledum and Tweedledee)? The rate things are going, all the pink flamingoes in Parma shall come alive and dance in their white socks (shades of Big Chuck and Lil’ John) when the OCA Travellin’ Circus comes to town… that is, if it does. If this buzz is spot-on, the OCA Holy Synod’s playing with hand grenades with the pins pulled out. Do keep your distance, and do mind the fragments. I don’t want to see anyone hurt.

BMD

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25 August 2012. New Intel on Maymon’s New Duty Station…

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I got this through the grapevine from one of the Cabinet:

Bishop Mark Maymon’s going to work at the chancery starting in September. He might be the new sex tsar, and move into JP’s old apartment there!! Can’t make this stuff up…

If so, it’s going to roil the Sobor in Parma, to be sure (naming Maymon to anything serious is downright ludicrous and inane after his escapades in Toledo). It does prove that Lyonyo and Jillions don’t have the good-sense that God gave most folks. Oh, well… they DO say that the Gods make mad those they wish to destroy…

BMD

25 August 2012. Вечная память César! Love or Money… Which Do YOU Want?

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Love or money? God or Mammon? Which one do YOU want? Note this… God isn’t going to be concerned over what you profess; He WILL attend to what you did and how you did it. It does put a new face on the terminally-pious and loudly-religious, doesn’t it?

BMD

25 August 2012. Some Points to Ponder… It’s Why I Don’t Consider Making Money to Be Life-Affirming

THIS is what the “Greed is Good” crowd worships… ugly, isn’t it?

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Once social change begins, it can’t be reversed. You can’t uneducate the person who’s learned to read. You can’t humiliate the person who feels pride. You can’t oppress the people who aren’t afraid anymore.

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When we’re really honest with ourselves, we must admit that our lives are all that really belong to us, so, it’s how we use our lives that determines what kind of men we are. It’s my deepest belief that only by giving life do we find life, that the truest act of courage, the strongest act of manliness, is to sacrifice ourselves for others in a totally non-violent struggle for justice. To be a man is to suffer for others, God help us to be men.

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We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community. Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.

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The end of all education should surely be service to others.

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In some cases, nonviolence requires more militancy than violence.

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We draw our strength from the very despair in which we have been forced to live. We shall endure.

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There’s no substitute for hard work, 23 or 24 hours a day… and there’s no substitute for patience and acceptance.

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In this world, it’s possible to achieve great material wealth, to live an opulent life, but a life built upon those things alone leaves a shallow legacy. In the end, we’ll be judged by other standards.

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Non-violence isn’t inaction. It isn’t discussion. It isn’t for the timid or weak… non-violence is hard work. It’s the willingness to sacrifice. It’s the patience to win.

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We must understand that the highest form of freedom carries with it the greatest measure of discipline.

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We’re certain God’s will is that all men share in the good things this earth produces.

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It’s possible to become discouraged about the injustice we see everywhere, but God didn’t promise us that the world would be humane and just. He gives us the gift of life and allows us to choose the way we’ll use our limited time on earth. It’s an awesome opportunity.

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People think non-violence is really weak and non-militant. People have these misconceptions because they don’t understand what non-violence means. Non-violence takes more guts, if I can put it bluntly, than violence. Most violent acts are accomplished by getting the opponent off guard, and it doesn’t take that much character, I think, if one wants to do it.

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Jesus’ life and words are a challenge at the same time that they’re Good News. They’re a challenge to those of us who are poor and oppressed. By His life, He’s calling us to give ourselves to others, to sacrifice for those who suffer, to share our lives with our brothers and sisters who are also oppressed. He’s calling us to “hunger and thirst after justice” in the same way that we hunger and thirst after food and water… that is, by putting our yearning into practise.

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If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.

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What do we want the church to do? We don’t ask for more cathedrals. We don’t ask for bigger churches of fine gifts. We ask for its presence with us, beside us, as Christ among us. We ask the church to sacrifice with the people for social change, for justice, and for love of brother and sister. We don’t ask for words. We ask for deeds. We don’t ask for paternalism. We ask for servanthood.

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We don’t know how God chooses martyrs. We do know that they give us the most precious gift they possess… their very lives.

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History will judge societies and governments… and their institutions… not by how big they are or how well they serve the rich and the powerful, but by how effectively they respond to the needs of the poor and the helpless.

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Who gets the risks? The risks are given to the consumer, the unsuspecting consumer and the poor work force. Who gets the benefits? The benefits are only for the corporations, for the money makers.

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Show me the suffering of the most miserable;

So I will know my people’s plight.

Free me to pray for others;

For you are present in every person.

Help me take responsibility for my own life;

So that I can be free at last.

Grant me courage to serve others;

For in service there is true life.

Give me honesty and patience;

So that the Spirit will be alive among us.

Let the Spirit flourish and grow;

So that we will never tire of the struggle.

Let us remember those who have died for justice;

For they have given us life.

Help us love even those who hate us;

So we can change the world.

Amen.

César Estrada Chávez

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You can glorify Willard Romney, Paul Ryan, and the Koch Brothers… or you can glorify God. The choice is yours…

César Chávez started each day by praying the Rosary… a habit that he maintained to the end of his days. Keep that in mind when you hear “conservatives” bloviate about “godless libtards”…  it does make one think, doesn’t it? After all, Our Lord Christ CHOSE to be incarnate in a modest family…

BMD

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