July 22, 2014

Egotistical Madness is Exterminating "Common Sense"

IT MAKES SENSE TO ME

by Larry Peterson



How many times have you heard someone use the phrase, "It's only common sense", or "It's just common sense"? I know for sure I have heard it and used it countless times throughout my entire life.  So, where does "common sense" come from?  What is it?  Why do we have it to begin with? 
The definition of "Common Sense" as per Dictionary.com  is as follows: 
common sense
noun
"sound practical judgment that is independent of specialized knowledge, training, or the like;
normal native intelligence." 
The definition neatly encapsulates what common sense is.  But it certainly does not tell us where it came from or why we have it and, most importantly, why we NEED it.  What is painfully obvious is that in today's society the natural and inherent ability for people to turn to their own "common sense" when necessary is being systematically destroyed by several factors: political correctness, an improbable fear of "what might happen" and plain old ideological intransigence that foments hatred and intolerance toward anyone that might disagree.  All of these things fall under the perverse banner of "Zero Tolerance".  It has led to what I call, "Egotistical Madness".

There is a natural progression of order in the world we live in.  At least there used to be. The Founding Fathers understood that people were "endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights" and that these rights had to be protected under a rule of law which conformed to and was in harmony with a Natural Law.  This Natural Law was a by-product of an even higher law, an Eternal Law, which is part of God Himself.  Our nation was founded by men who had their core beliefs embedded in their faith in God. The Declaration of Independence shouts this out with words in its very first paragraph when it says that the people should receive "to which the Laws of Nature and Nature's God entitle them."  And if, in fact, Natural Law is a by-product of Eternal Law it follows that "common-sense" is a by-product of Natural Law. 

The United States of America was founded and had placed as its foundation by the Founders, Judeo-Christian principles. These great men knew that they were part of the progression from their Creator. He was the Eternal law and He is the only one with a complete understanding of it. They were his tools to initiate and put in place the rules that would protect Natural Law.  Natural Law follows and includes the belief that man is capable of reason and knows inherently right from wrong. He also has a free will and can decide to accept or reject that which he knows is right or wrong.  The Founders also knew that such things as the Bible, The Torah, and the Ten Commandments were put in place by God to help guide us on our life's journey.  Ultimately, that God-given gift to us of reason and free included  "common sense". 


There is a war being waged against Christianity, especially Catholic Christians.  Christ never said it would be an easy road when following Him. History is littered with the deaths, torture, abuse and hatred toward all those who have followed the true Man of Peace and those horrors continue to this very day.  But we had the United States of America, the beacon of hope, the place where the "tired, the poor, the homeless, the tempest tossed, and anyone who wanted freedom could come and worship God and say what they wanted to say and live where they decided to live. We Americans even had a Constitution that protected these rights that were inspired by Natural Law. 

What has happened to the USA?  It seems to me that destruction was started in reverse---by trashing "common sense".  The rest of the world knew what the USA stood for. Whether it was out of fear or respect, Christianity thrived, not just in America but in many other places around the world because those who despised us knew it would be too heavy a price to pay to go up against the "Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave".  America always protected their friends.  But from inside, from our own people, the subtle attacks began.  Common sense began to be cast to the wind and Zero Tolerance took hold.  

The word "Christmas" was attacked as offensive.  "Easter vacation" became "spring break",  people at work were told to remove crosses or any type of religious items from their desks.  Last year in Connecticut, 998 children under six years old were "suspended" from school for bad behavior. A six year old boy in Denver was suspended because he 'kissed" a girl on the hand.  I could go on and on but the point is, we must get back to using some good old fashioned "common sense".  Our children deserve it. We deserve it.  The United States of America needs it. Allowing this inherent trait to blossom could very well help us turn back on the road that is leading us all to a place called "nothing".

July 18, 2014

Another Attempt to Break Down the Doors of the Confessional

IT MAKES SENSE TO ME

by Larry Peterson

The Sacrament of Penance is a magnificent gift we Catholics have been given and the beauty of its effectiveness is encapsulated into what is known as the Seal of Confession.  Anyone who goes to confession has the absolute certainty that whatever he or she confesses to the priest will NEVER,  no matter what, leave that confessional.  Confession is between the penitent and Christ.  The priest represents Christ and is able to talk to the penitent, advise and counsel them, or simply listen to them.  When the person is finished confessing the priest asks that person to say an "Act of Contrition".  This is when the person expresses their sorrow for the sins they have confessed.  Then the priest imparts Absolution .  It is one of the most beautiful prayers there is and this is where God is called upon to give pardon to the sinner.

 Not all judges, politicians and lawyers are secularists; but there are many who are.  It seems that many of these folks are ideologically bent and have become true Machiavellians (people that believe that the "end justifies the means").  Forget "Natural Law",  cast out common sense, trash the Ten Commandments, because none of that matters anymore.  As long as the needs of those demanding "change" are satisfied we have attained "virtue". This is "hogwash" but the Supreme Court of Louisiana thinks differently.  It has ruled that  Father Jeff Bayhi, a priest for 35 years, a man who has served the poor and downtrodden and worked hand in hand with Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, may have to testify about an "alleged" confession.

Apparently, a girl who was 14 in 2008, says she went to confession to Father Bayhi at the time and told him that she was abused by a now dead parishioner.  The girl's parents sued Father Bayhi and the Diocese of Baton Rouge for failing to report the abuse. The parents won their case in district court which said that Father Bayhi must testify.  Louisiana's First Circuit Court of Appeals overturned that decision but then the State Supreme Court once again sided with the parents.  The state's highest court said that Father Bayhi may be subject to "mandatory reporting" laws regarding sexual abuse and cannot invoke the privilege of "confidentiality".  There you have it;  the "virtue of secularism".  It is not enough to have this young woman, who is now 20 years old, tell the police and state's attorneys her story.  It is not enough to have years of  the documentation on hand that is required to even pursue the case.  The accused abuser is dead.  SO--let's get the priest to violate the "Seal of the Confessional".  The accused abuser never confessed and, even if that were the case, the Seal of the Confessional is inviolate. The priest is bound to silence, silence forever.

Our nation is founded under the Judeo-Christian principle which is followed by Natural Law.  Our First Amendment guarantees Freedom of Religion.  A foundational doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church, which has been in effect for two thousand years and is part of a Sacrament instituted by Christ Himself, mandates that the "Seal of Confession"  is absolute and inviolable.  A priest must NEVER break the Seal.  He cannot even admit that someone went to confession to him.  No-one, not even the Pope himself, can mandate a priest violate this oath.  The priest would have to suffer the civil and criminal consequences, even death if necessary, rather than betray this most sacred of trusts.

The Diocese of Baton Rouge explained in their statement that, "a priest is under the gravest of obligations NOT to reveal the contents of a confession or if the confession even took place.  He cannot do so even under threat of imprisonment or civil penalty, and incurs automatic excommunication if he breaks the "seal of confession".  The Church takes this pretty serious, don't you think?

The secular world has grown not only intrusive into the world of Catholicism but it has become overly obnoxious, nasty, vitriolic and downright hateful.  Under the banner of "virtue" secularism honors abortion, euthanasia and sexual promiscuity as a right and a necessity akin to breathing and eating and sleeping.  These secularists, some who claim to be Catholic, support these behaviors and are against any kind of "moral" boundaries.  Sadly, many court decisions support their beliefs.  One thing they need to understand--they can NEVER nullify, invalidate or strike down the magnificence and profound power of the "Seal of Confession". Do not be surprised if this case winds up in the United States Supreme Court.

July 16, 2014

Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi: Let's All Pray to the "Prison Angel" (Mother Antonia) to Help Him

"IT MAKES SENSE TO ME" 

by Larry Peterson

We Catholics talk to, request help from, ask of, beseech, and sometimes even plead with our honored dead for their help in certain situations.  This is also known as praying.  We  believe that praying to the saints and asking for their help with a problem is perfectly okay.  We pray to them to help the sick, to assist those out of work in finding a job, for the poor, our friends and family, help with finances, and for all sorts of things over which we feel we have no control.  We believe that  since they are in heaven and have God's ear, they can put in a "good word" for us.  It is like we are having our request hand-delivered to God Himself by one of His special people.  The saints are our friends in heaven and  they are always ready to help us out.  WE just have to ask. Trust me, it works, it really does.  If you are non-catholic and think we are a bit whacky, so be it.  This is a FAITH thing and you can take a look here for more information about our saints.

Anyway, I am sending out this plea that everyone might pray (Catholic  and non-Catholics too) to Mother Antonia Brenner (click on her name),  a lady who is known as the "Prison Angel".  The prayers are for the well-being and  quick release of  Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, the American Marine held prisoner in Mexico since March 31 of this year.  His crime: he made a wrong turn and crossed the Mexican border. (Click his name to see his story).

The United States government has made little, if any, effort, to secure the young man's release.  Sergeant Tahmooressi has served two tours of duty in Afghanistan, has been wounded in action and suffers from PTSD.  Fox News'  Greta Van Susteren has been waging a ongoing battle reporting about this over and over, seemingly to no avail.  She has even made trips to the border crossing, driven it herself and shown how easy it is to wind up in Mexico purely by mistake.  Over 150,00 people have signed petitions to gain his release yet the Mexican government refuses to so much as acknowledge we Americans. This is a disgrace. So I thought---we all need to pray to Mother Antonia. Time for us to call on the "Prison Angel".

Mother Antonia Brenner was born in Beverly Hills, California in 1926.  Her name was Mary Clarke. She was married and divorced twice and raised seven children while living in Beverly Hills.  She said that in 1969 she had a dream that she was at Calvary about to be executed when Jesus appeared to her.  He told her He was going to take her place. She touched Him on the cheek and told Him she would never leave Him no matter what might happen to her.  It was this dream that set her on a journey devoting her life to Christ and His Church.

Mary Clarke began her ministry by delivering  medicine, clothing, blankets and  food to La Mesa Prison in Tijuana, one of the worst prisons in Mexico.  In 1977, after her kids were grown, she received permission and moved into La Mesa  (the same prison Sgt. Tahmooressi was sent to).   As an older, divorced woman she was unable to join any religious order. So she made her own makeshift habit and began working on her own.  This led to her  founding the Eudist Servants of the Eleventh Hour, an order for older women who had a calling to a vocation later in life.  Eventually approval for her order was given by the Church.  Mother Antonia lived in La Mesa, in a cell, just like the prisoners, and she lived there for over thirty five years.

Through the years Mother Antonia, who became known as "La Mama" and "The Prison Angel",  ministered to thousands of inmates holding the faces of many of the dying in her hands just as she had promised Jesus in her dream. She stopped riots, worked with the sick and dying and lived her life in poverty, a far cry from the life of the well-to-do Beverly Hills socialite she had been.  Mother Antonia passed away on October 17, 2013. She was 86. I believe that one day she will be canonized a saint.  In my heart of hearts I know she has attained her heavenly reward and that now, Jesus,  holds her face in His hands.

Anyway, that is the reason I thought that maybe we should ask Mother Antonia  to help get Sgt. Tahmooressi released.  He is imprisoned in the world she devoted her life to.  She understands what he is going through.  So I ask that you choose your own way of praying and ask Mother  to ask God to keep Andrew safe and healthy and that he experience the love of God in his life and FEEL the prayers of so many of his fellow Americans wanting him to be set free.  Prayer is the most powerful weapon to secure kindness and justice that we possess.  Time to use as much of that weapon as we can.  Mother Antonia, we all ask you to help Andrew in his struggle to be free. Please pray for him.  He needs all the help he can get. Amen.

         Mother Antonia

July 8, 2014

Little Sisters Under Attack AGAIN; National Organization for Women Declares Them "DIRTY"


                                           

by Larry Peterson

The vitriol, screeching and lying about the results of the Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case continue unabated from those who want EVERYTHING their way.  The National Organization for Women has decided to include in their nonsensical lying attacks a very "mean and nasty" bunch of women,  The Little Sisters of the Poor.

Yes, my friends, the Little Sisters of the Poor, that order of nuns founded in the 19th century and dedicated to helping the sick and elderly, an order that asks for nothing in return, including payment for services, has been declared DIRTY  by  NOW.   Encapsulated in their own self-serving and 'meistic' world, the leaders of NOW, in a hair-brained and outlandish decision,  created and published a  hit list  of 100 of their enemies. The "creme de la creme" of the women's movement, an organization claiming membership in the hundreds of thousands, has placed The Little Sisters on their DIRTY 100 list.  (Take a look at that list)

What qualifies a person or organization to receive such an "honor"? All you have to do is seek  relief  from the contraception demands included under the Affordable Care Act aka, Obamacare.  If you do  it means that you "hate" women.  You hate their freedom, their sexuality including their ovaries and uteri.  Yup--The Little Sisters of the Poor made the grade.  NOW considers them nothing but compassionate lovers of the sick, elderly and infirm who embrace the virtue of personal poverty.  That does not prevent the Sisters from being classified "Dirty".  Why?  Because they are against abortifacient drugs.  That's right, this has nothing to do with contraception.  Abortifacient drugs destroy a fetus AFTER conception.  Therefore, they cause an abortion.  Since the Little Sisters of the Poor are pro-life and oppose abortion, NOW says they are "DIRTY".  Nothing else matters.

Hobby Lobby still covers the 16 contraception drugs as set forth in Obamacare. They do NOT have to pay for the four abortifacient drugs prescribed. These drugs destroy a fetus after conception. That is NOT contraception. That is abortion.  End of story.  Promoting the narrative that the SCOTUS has taken away a woman's right to contraception is hogwash.  This is a lie being pushed to promote this fake "war on women". If there is a war being waged inside the United States of America it is a war on the millions of unborn who have been vanquished under the ridiculous guise of a made-up, politically expedient freedom to abort which is clouded in a pretend virtue that does not exist.  Give me a break.

How utterly preposterous and ridiculous this is.  NOW was founded back in 1966. The objective was equality for women. It was a noble motive and women needed an organization so they could join together to gain equality in the work place, equal pay and protection from sexual abuse.  There was a double standard in wages, hiring practices, college admissions, and in Social Security payments.  All of those goals have been achieved.  There are more women in colleges than men,  women equal men in the work place, there are countless numbers of women doctors, lawyers, accounting professionals etc.  There are even  professional women boxers and wrestlers.

Today, NOW, supported by a very friendly administration,  panders to an ideology that  has negated the purpose of what the National Organization of Women originally stood for.  They are only for women who agree with their philosophy. Women who do not are attacked and vilified.  NOW has outlived its effectiveness and the purpose for which it was originally founded.

July 3, 2014

On Independence Day a Letter to George W. Bush--In MY Opinion, You Are One of Our Greatest Presidents

by Larry Peterson

I was prepared to write something about Independence Day;  however, and I am not sure why, I started to think of President George W. Bush.  I leaned back and simply stared at the keyboard.  I have always felt he had gotten a "bum rap".  Then I realized that I have never mentioned him in anything I have written. Why is that, I thought?  I came to the simple conclusion that it was because I was being a wimp.  Praising him was not the popular thing to do.  How pathetic is that on my part.   SO, I never wrote anything  about him---until now.  Therefore, I am writing this to him during this Independence Day week of 2014.  I want to thank him.  I also want to apologize for not defending his honor, integrity and patriotism sooner.  He was there when we needed him, make no mistake about it.

Dear President Bush,

I would like to start off by apologizing to you. You deserved better  from me. I should have been more vocal over the years in your defense. No president was ever confronted with what you were. No president, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, faced an unknown enemy such as you did.  Therefore I shall start by saying that I think that you were one of our greatest presidents. Why do I say that?  Because you brought a frightened and unsure nation together quickly and left no doubt to any of us and to the world who was in charge.  I do not care who might disagree.  I do not care because, the fact of the matter is, you lifted a nation and carried it forward..

You  were elected president without a majority of the popular vote and, after a contentious and vicious court battle, the presidency was decided by the Supreme Court.  Our legal system, although not perfect, worked and on January 20, 2001, you was sworn in as the 43rd president.  The fact is the liberal media, academia, the press and anyone left of center could not accept what had happened and were convinced the election was stolen and that Vice President Al Gore should have won. They still have not gotten over it. (Don't worry about them. They would have felt the same way no matter who was in your shoes.)

For any others reading this I must now back us up a few years.  During the 1990's Osama Bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda,  tried to take down the Twin Towers. That was in 1993.  A truck loaded with a 1200 pound bomb blew up in the basement of 2 World Trade Center at 12:18 P.M.  Six people were killed and over 1000 were injured. Over 50,000 people were evacuated from the World Trade Center and a roof over one of the PATH train tunnels collapsed.  The mission to bring down the towers had failed but the die had been cast.

Moving forward to August 7, 1998:  Explosions tore apart the United States Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.  In Nairobi, over 200 people are killed and 4,000 wounded.  In Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 12 more are killed and 85 more wounded.  Al-Qaeda  had a very "successful" day.

Finally, on October 12, 2000, the USS Cole is attacked in Yemen by terrorists from al-Qaeda.  The suicide bombers manage to blow a huge hole in the side of the ship and kill 17 of our Navy men while wounding 39 others.  This attack is the precursor to what will happen in less than a year.  During this time Osama Bin Laden had been more or less left to train and prepare his maniacal followers for future attacks against America.  "Sleepers" were already in the United States waiting to exact their evil missions.

September 11, 2001: 19 suicide bombers hijack four jumbo jets and manage to take down the Twin Towers in NYC, crash into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C and, if not for the courage of passengers (and soon to be American heroes) on Flight 93 over Pennsylvania, would have attacked either the White House or the Capitol Building.  This was the worst attack on the United States in its history.  Unlike Pearl Harbor, this was a cowardly sneak attack on civilians.  Men, women, dads, moms, uncles, aunts, cousins, brothers, sisters, and even children were murdered that fateful day.  Over 3000 died, the Twin Towers collapsed, the Pentagon was in flames and the nation was in shock.  Enter the President of the United States--you--George W. Bush.

You had been in office less than nine months.  But that evening you spoke to the nation from the Oval Office. That night America knew they had a leader. That night all Americans, even those suffering the grief of loved ones suddenly gone, were able to take in a breath of reassurance and resolve. You were the man responsible  for that. You held us together, assured us, and stretched a calming hand outward and across the entire American landscape.  You sealed your position as our President and leader on October 30, 2001. That was when you threw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium for game 3 of the 2001 World Series. At that moment, as you stood on the mound looking up at the crowd, all Americans watching truly felt united as Americans. And it was you, George W. Bush, President of the United States, who inspired that sense of pride and unity.  God had you where you needed to be at the time you were needed.

So, THANK YOU for being there when we needed you. You represented each and every one of us with honor, dignity and all that we are proud to call AMERICAN.  In my book, you are one of the greatest presidents we have ever had.

God bless you ,
Larry Peterson

June 26, 2014

Pride--the Main Ingredient in the Evil That Surrounds Us

by Larry Peterson

Eleven Nuns of Nowogrodek.jpg
Blessed Martyrs of Nowogrodek
The abuse, torture and killing of men, women and children continues. Throughout the history of humankind this has been so.  Why?  We might say it is because of  prejudice or pride or ego or just unabashed hatred.  Maybe contempt and envy enter into it.  Whatever it is, whatever causes human beings who are supposed to have the use of reason to turn against their own kind, eludes me.  It also sickens me.

What causes others to  purposely and oftentimes, gleefully abuse, torture, rape and kill their own kind, makes no sense.  Scorn, loathing and derision can combine and form a hatred so deeply imbedded that people actually kill themselves to destroy their perceived enemy even if that person is a little child.  Where can such hatred come from? How can it be so deep and vicious?  And why, why is it, that so many times the killings are carried out using God and virtue as justification.  The God I know is all about love and forgiveness.  We must not forget that He has given us free will and we choose our behavior.

Killing out of hatred while using God as the reason is an abomination of all that is good and pleasing to God. It is the ultimate hypocrisy committed by men and women and this even applies to avowed atheists who deny God's existence. They fit the profile simply because everyone knows, believer and non-believer alike, that NOT killing is the right thing.  It is part of our genetic material.  If you do kill due to pride, envy, anger, greed or lust you have abdicated your very self to the forces of evil.  Of all of these, pride is the greatest because it is the king of self-destruction and the primary portal to the evil that lurks waiting to embrace each and every one of us..                                                                                        

The word "genocide" was coined in 1948 by Raphael Lemkin. His word has been with us ever since. Scholars and historians can trace genocide all the way back to prehistoric man and some believe that even the Neanderthal was wiped out by genocide. The 20th century alone has seen seven periods of genocide.  It  started with the Armenians who were systematically murdered by the Turks between 1915 and 1918. The Turks managed to kill 1,500,000 of their "enemy".  In 1933 the Nazis opened their first concentration camp, Dachau.  Here over 25,000 Jews and Christians were killed as the Nazi genocide began. The atrocities continued until 1945.  When the allies finally liberated Germany it was found that Hitler's death machine had  managed to kill  more than 6,000,000 Jews and millions of others including Catholics and Christians, Gypsies, Hungarians, Romanians, Dutch, French, Poles, Russians, and the sickening list goes on.

We have seen genocide in Rwanda where, in 1994 alone, 800,000 people were brutally murdered.  Pol Pot in Cambodia managed to torture and kill over 2,000,000 people between 1975 and 1979.  Under Joseph Stalin's  forced famine over 7,000,000 Russians died between 1932 and 1933.  Many millions more died under his brutal and paranoid dictatorship. The 20th century alone has seen literally countless millions of people,  people just like you and I, systematically exterminated usually because some maniacal individual has seized power and the people who follow him are ready and willing to do his killing.  During the Nuremberg Trials how many of the accused Nazis used the excuse that they were just "following orders".  How cowardly to hide behind such an excuse. Yet, how many do that the world over?  Just because something has been declared a "law" does not necessarily mean it is right.  At what point do we as individuals stand up for what IS "right"?  How many of us would put ourselves on the line to defend what is 'right"?  The fact is, most of us know what "right" is but what price honor and integrity and freedom?  When it comes right down to it, many choose to turn their backs.

The picture in the upper right is of eleven nuns. These Sisters had honor, integrity and loved their fellow man. They were  prisoners of the Nazis in the town of  Nowogrodek in Poland. The year was 1942. The Nazis had already exterminated or sent to work camps all of the 10,000 Jews in Nowogrodek and now they were killing the Polish people. The Sisters volunteered to die in place of 120 other prisoners who were scheduled for execution. The Nazis agreed and released half of the Polish prisoners, sending  the rest to work camps. The nuns were taken out into the woods, made to stand next to an open pit, and individually shot to death. The date  was August 1, 1943.  They had such respect for life they willingly died to save ten times their number. We can only imagine what they were feeling as they watched their friends before them fall into that pit, holding hands with each other one moment and dead the next. Today they are known as the Blessed Martyrs of  Nowogrodek. They were beatified by St. John Paul II on March 5, 2000.  How many of us would do that for people we did not know?

Today we watch mass killings taking place throughout the Middle East and parts of Asia and Africa. The murder and attempted annihilation of Christians continues unabated and is on the increase at this very moment.  From the individual killing of  Father Frans van der Lugt, beaten and murdered in Syria in April for being a Catholic priest, to the 80 people in North Korea executed last November for owning Bibles to the imprisonment of Meriam Ibrahim with her two babies for being Christian to the massacres of  Christians taking place in so many places around the world, the hatred and demonic behavior increases day by day. It has been going on since the existence of mankind has been recorded.  It is a behavior that flies in the face of what we are as a species.  Somewhere, it is happening at this very moment.

I believe there is a self-centeredness and false pride that exists in all of us.  It is the gateway for evil to enter into us.  Many reject this evil.  Many have too much love in their hearts to be influenced by such temptation. Many do not.  Lucifer is alive and well and using these open "gateways" that are available to him all over the world.  Quite often he is very successful at gaining entrance into available souls. Bottom line, Lucifer, aka Satan, was the greatest of all God's angels. But his pride made him choose to challenge his Creator. He lost that battle and was cast out.  He is filled with a vitriolic hatred for God and Love and has been waging his evil war against  God and Love ever since.  Often time he finds an open "gateway".  But, he can never win.
Father Frans Van der Lugt
                       Born, April 10, 1938---Murdered  in Syria, April 20, 2014, age 76                        

    June 20, 2014

    The Holy Trinity Mirrors Traditional Marriage


    by Larry Peterson

    This past Sunday the Catholic Church celebrated Trinity Sunday.  The deepest and most profound mystery of our faith is the Blessed Trinity which says there is only ONE God consisting of three separate persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Simply put, there are Three individual Persons in  ONE God.  This is a mystery that cannot be understood.  We believe it because of a gift instilled in us at Baptism. This gift is called faith.

    On Thursday, June 19, the second annual March for Marriage took place in Washington D.C.   Times have changed, they surely have.  Why is it necessary to have such a march in the first place?  It is necessary because traditional marriage, marriage between a man and a woman, has been hijacked.  It has been hijacked by those who insist that marriage between same sex couples is no different than marriage between a man and a woman.   Please understand, the Catholic Church does NOT condemn anyone who is a homosexual.  Those persons can live in full communion with the church.  However, the Church has always taught that sexual acts outside of marriage, whether living together or not, are sinful.  This applies to a man and a woman as well as same sex couples.

    We live in the Age of Relativism or, as I like to call it, the Meistic Age or the Age of Me.  This Meistic Age has spawned many who now are afflicted with a self-centered mutated sense of Natural Law. This mutation   causes the disease of Meism.  Meism goes something like this: if a person likes something or wants to do something, no matter what that might be, and if it makes him or her feel good and has nothing to do with you personally, there is nothing wrong with it.  This includes marriage.  If a man wants to marry another man, that should be fine.  If a woman wants to marry another woman, that should be fine also.  Who should dare have the right or the audacity to deny those folks their happiness?  Meism does not allow discussion, debate, opinion or any other kind of anti-meistic thoughts into the equation.  It is like the old cliche, "My Way or the Highway".

    According to the LGBTQ and many of their supporters, anyone who opposes this type of "marriage" is guilty of homophobia and hate crimes and needs retraining to continue living in our sophisticated, Meistic society.  Simply disagreeing with the concept of gender neutral marriage or same sex marriage can get a person into a heap of trouble. Take Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco.  Appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in July of 2012 to head up the San Francisco Diocese, the traditionally minded priest is also one of the prime supporters of the March for Marriage.  As such he had incurred the wrath of that renowned  "theologian" and politician, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.

    The former House Speaker, apparently a wannabe Catholic theologian, is truly one of the most prominent  Meistics of our time. She  has demanded that Archbishop Cordileone NOT  participate in this March because, as she sees it,  the March for Marriage is all about "hate".  She told the Archbishop that the March is "venom masquerading as virtue" and "it shows disdain and hate toward LGBT persons".   Then she quoted (out of context) the words of Pope Francis who had said, "If someone is gay and is searching for the Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge him."

    She missed the point.  The Pope does not know what is in their hearts. They could be quite willing to lead a celibate life as does a priest.  You can live with another person and NOT have sex with them.  Same sex marriage wants a sexual lifestyle included in the union. The Catholic Church has NEVER approved of this kind of behavior, even among heterosexual couples who are not married.  (By the way, Archbishop Cordileone  rejected her demand and was in the forefront of the parade. His name links to his speech)

    As mentioned in the first paragraph, the Holy Trinity is the mystery that there are Three Persons in one God. The Father is all knowing and this total knowledge of all that is, begets the Son, sometimes called the Word. The bond between the two is so profound that it is the ultimate expression of Love. This bond of pure LOVE is known as the Holy Spirit. We cannot understand this but our faith  leads us to believe it. It follows that the Trinity is reflected ( as I see it)  in the union between  a man and woman in the following manner:
          The Love of God the Father and God the Son culminates in the perfect Love called the Holy Spirit.  A man and a woman, in love and united in the Sacrament of Matrimony, share their love for each other in such a way as to bring forth a third person, a child.  That child  now completes an earthly trinity which is the result of God's creations uniting under the Natural Law and being sealed with the Sacrament of Matrimony. It is truly a beautiful thing when the newly married couple embraces the sacrament and uses it throughout their lives.

    Matrimony (Marriage) in the Catholic Church is one of the seven sacraments. It is spiritual and NOT secular.   A sacrament can never be compromised.  If you are having difficulty with this issue talk to a priest and seek the compassion and understanding that the church can offer. We must breathe and eat and sleep and relieve ourselves and swallow etc. to live.  We do not have to have sex to live.  Many people have chosen to live celibate lives. Marriage will always be the union between a man and a woman no matter what anyone says.  I, personally, am in favor of legal civil-unions if necessary. But the beacon that is the Catholic Church and which guides us toward our eternal reward cannot detour for  those that want it strictly their way.

    P.S. I am not a priest or a theologian. I am just a Catholic man trying to defend my faith and Church against so many unwarranted, uninformed and vitriolic attacks against it. This is the Church that was founded by Christ Himself  more than 2000 years ago. It is ready and willing to give all people a sanctuary and safe place that they can call home.  But, like it or not, as in any home there are rules that must be followed.                                                                                                    

    June 14, 2014

    Happy Father's Day to the Best "Dad" ever--St. Joseph

    by Larry Peterson

    I call Joseph of Nazareth the “Shadow Saint” because, even though he was responsible for being foster-father to the God-man and husband to the God-man’s mom, the Blessed Virgin, his own life was so quiet and unknown.  He had to shelter them, protect them, feed them, provide for them.  He married Mary (who was a teenager) while the cloud of “adultery” (a sin punishable by death) hung over her head.  Imagine how incredibly difficult this must have been for him, a “righteous Jew” who followed the law and found himself betrothed to a pregnant woman who was not carrying his child.  He must have loved Mary so much and had such great faith.

    Then he managed to take her to Bethlehem for the census when she was almost full term.  If that were I,  I would have been sick to my stomach the whole way, wondering if my wife could make it and if the child would survive.  This was an 80-mile trip over rocky and dusty roads and Mary had to ride a donkey.  Then, after the baby is born in a dingy stable with smelly animals, he had to hide his wife and Son and run from the maniacal Herod, who wanted the child dead and had ordered his soldiers to find Him so they could kill Him. Imagine the fear and anxiety as you try to avoid detection.  Feel your heart pounding faster and faster at the sound of every hoofbeat or snapping branch.  I cannot imagine.  Joseph must have had incredible courage.
    Back in Nazareth he raised his Boy as any loving and caring father would.  He aided the Boy when he took his first steps, held Him on his lap when he scraped his knee causing it to bleed, showed Him how to eat, taught Him how to pray, read the scriptures to Him and tucked Him into bed at night.  No-one ever in the history of the world has ever been entrusted with such incredible responsibility.  No one in the history of the world could tell Jesus, the God-man, when to go to bed or when to wash His hands for supper or “not to interrupt” if mom or dad was speaking.  Yet, we know so little about this just and holy man.  What we do know is he saved the Son of God who, in turn, lived long enough to save us all.  Oh yeah, he also was married to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  He loved her with all of his heart, took care of her, and protected her against all dangers.  There is a love story for you.
    There are no writings left behind by Joseph.  There are no words that were spoken by him that were ever recorded.  We have no idea as to what he might have even looked like.  None of that matters, because we do know he was there when God needed him to be there.  Last year Pope Francis picked St. Joseph’s Feast Day day to be installed as Pope.  This was no coincidence I am sure.  Joseph is considered the Protector of the Universal Church.  He is also the patron saint of fathers and families.  Next to his wife, he is the greatest of all other saints.  Just remember that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, called him, and only him, “dad”. And maybe (I like to think this) the Blessed Mother called him “sweetie” or “hon”.
    Hey guys, imagine this. You get up in the morning and your wife says to you, “Good morning sweetie, want some scrambled eggs and toast for breakfast?”  You turn and look and the Blessed Virgin Mary is standing there in a housecoat holding two eggs in her hand.  That would have happened to only one man in all of history and his name was Joseph.  No one, anywhere, ever, was afforded such an honor. No one.
    HAPPY FATHER'S  DAY ST.JOSEPH.  Thanks for being there for your Boy, your wife, and for setting such a magnificent example all of us.

    June 11, 2014

    Her Name was Anne Frank and June 12 is STILL Her Birthday

    Anne Frank with the first page of her diary, June 14, 1942
    by Larry Peterson

    During the first week of June, 1942, Anne Frank and her dad, Otto Frank, were walking down the street in Amsterdam on their way home. They were passing a shop when Anne abruptly stopped and began pulling on her father's hand. "Oh Poppa, please, come and look at this?"

    Her dad, his arm suddenly outstretched so as not to lose the grip on his daughter's hand, said, "What is it, Anne? What must I come and see?"

    Anne's face was now pressed up against the glass and her forefinger was pointing down at something behind the glass. "Look Poppa, look at that book. It is so beautiful. I have never seen such a beautiful book."

    Otto Frank was a bit confused. The only book in the window was a a small notebook with a red and white checkered cover. It had a small gold hasp with a lock and key. "I only see that notebook with the red and white cover. You don't mean that book do you?"

    "Yes Poppa, that one. I think it is so beautiful.  I will save my money and one day I will buy that book."

    Otto put his arm around Anne's shoulder and said, "Well now, that would be a fine thing to do. But for now we must get home. It is getting close to curfew."

    They continued walking and within ten minutes had reached their building on Merwedeplein Square. They had lived there since 1934 when Otto, a successful business man, had hurriedly moved his family from Frankfurt, Germany to Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The Nazis had come to power and immediately the anti-Semitism and hatred toward the Jews was apparent. Otto was afraid.  His fears were more than justified so he sent his wife, Edith, and his daughters, Margot, age 8, and Anne, age 5, to Aachen to stay with Edith's mom.  By February of 1934, Otto had managed to resettle the entire Frank family in Amsterdam.  He had done the best he could to evade the persecution he knew was coming.

    In May of 1940, Germany invaded the Netherlands.  Having already conquered Belgium, Luxembourg and France it took the Nazis only four days to defeat the country. When the Luftwaffe destroyed the beautiful city of Rotterdam it was over.  Hitler now also "owned" the Netherlands. He also was the new master of the newly conquered people.

    The new government immediately issued new restrictive and disciplinary laws against the Jews. Mandatory registration as Jews and segregation followed.  Margot and Anne were transferred from their schools into a Jewish school called the Jewish Lyceum.  From that point on it was deepening degradation and intensified abuse against the Jewish people in the Netherlands.  But nothing would ruin  June 12, 1942.  That was Anne's thirteenth birthday. And when she opened the neatly wrapped gift from her mother and father she began to cry.  It was the little book from the shop window she had seen the previous week. She hugged her Momma and Poppa and they all had some cake and sang "alles Gute zum Geburtstag" (Happy Birthday). After, Anne sat  near the window looking at the street below and wondered what was going to happen to all of them. Her birthday gift was clasped firmly in her hands.

    In the beginning of July, 1942,  Margot Frank received her notice from the Central Office for Jewish Emigration to report for relocation to a work camp. Her father knew what that meant and immediately moved his family into hidden rooms he had secretly been preparing above the premises of a work shop.  Avoiding the German authorities would be no easy task.

    The Franks manged to avoid detection until August 4, 1944. That was when an "anonymous" Nazi sympathizer turned the family in.  The family was captured along with the Van Pels family who the Franks had taken in and Fritz Pfeffer, a dentist and a friend of Ottos. They were all sent to concentration camps.

    Anne Frank's original diaries are included in three surviving copies. The red and white checkered book had its first entry placed in it by Anne on June 14, 1942. The last one in that book was December 5, 1942.  The volumes end on August 1, 1944.  Anne did not write, "Dear Diary" as she made her entries.  Rather, she addressed her notes to "Kitty".  No one is quite sure why she did that.

    Anne Frank died in early March of 1945 at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp of Typhus. She was 15 years old. She wrote about her life while under the German occupation until the Nazis arrested them in 1944.  The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank) has sold millions of copies and allowed generations of people to get an insight into the horrors of Nazi Germany and how its evil empire destroyed so many innocents.  Today Anne Frank would have been 83. Happy Birthday Anne. Your very short life was a gift to us all.

    June 10, 2014

    Review Redux: The Priest and the Peaches

    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Very Well Written, June 10, 2014  (from an earlier post)
    This book is more than a story to be read... it holds lessons on life, love and happiness that we could all stand to revisit. What I found amazing as I read the story, only covers one week in the life of the Peach children. That one week, seven measly days, just so happened to be kicked off with the untimely death of a father they came to realize they barely knew.

    I like to consider myself a good Christian, but books like The Priest and the Peaches that have significant religious themes often make me uncomfortable. To be honest, I briefly thought of declining the request for a review. While the religious aspects of the story did have me squirming in my seat and uncomfortable, I am very glad I read this book. I not only learned about the emotional roller coaster the Peach children road the seven days just after their father passed, I learned a lot about myself.

    I learned I need to take a deep breath and try to not let my pride get in the way, I learned that everything and I mean everything happens for a reason. Don't get me wrong, I sort of knew these things about myself already but something about the Peach children and the other characters that populate their world has moved me in such a way that I can't exactly explain.

    I challenge you to read this book, I challenge you to not learn that something that will at least have you thinking for a second longer in the future. I dare you to look inside yourself and really think about whether you might misjudge a character in your life like Peach children were misjudged (and the people the Peach children misjudged). I challenge you to do more than acknowledge your neighbor, I challenge you to L-Y-N. Want to know exactly what I am talking about? Read the book.