My Dear friends in Christ,

May I suggest that as a GOAL for 2015 that each of us choose the word “PEACE” and then strive to make it possible?” It seems to me that in order to attain true “peace”, which must encompass and include love, mercy, forgiveness, tolerance, and other such highly esteemed qualities that we must first reflect on its profoundness, and it’s rarity within ourselves and the world we live in.

… “Pope Francis opens 2015 with calls for peace, loyalty to the church, and devotion to Mary” quoted from a headline taken from “CATHOLIC NEWS TODAY” 01/01/2015… the peace he refers to is along the lines of a world without war. And certainly, that is highly commendable. Most especially as ISIS as the self-proclaimed spokesmen {and thug} for the world-wide Islamic Republic; has made evident that their chief goal is the complete annihilation of all competing religions throughout the entire world, starting with Catholicism and all forms of Christianity. … Sure some Muslims claim to be against the ISIS unprovoked murderous atrocities, but perhaps secretly, applaud such an agenda? There seems to be little difference in current times than there was in the Crusades….

http://www.history.com/topics/crusades

“The first of the Crusades began in 1095, when armies of Christians from Western Europe responded to Pope Urban II’s plea to go to war against Muslim forces in the Holy Land. After the First Crusade achieved its goal with the [RE] capture of Jerusalem in 1099, {which had been captured, unprovoked by the Muslims} … the invading Christians set up several Latin Christian states, even as Muslims in the region vowed to wage holy war (jihad) to regain control over the region. Deteriorating relations between the Crusaders and their Christian allies in the Byzantine Empire culminated in the sack of Constantinople in 1204 during the Third Crusade. Near the end of the 13th century, the rising Mamluk dynasty in Egypt provided the final reckoning for the Crusaders, toppling the coastal stronghold of Acre and driving the European invaders out of Palestine and Syria in 1291.”

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2005/mayweb-only/52.0.html : This site is worth checking into … {PJM}
“The threat of Islam

Misconceptions about the Crusades are all too common. The Crusades are generally portrayed as a series of holy wars against Islam led by power-mad popes and fought by religious fanatics. They are supposed to have been the epitome of self-righteousness and intolerance, a black stain on the history of the Catholic Church in particular and Western civilization in general. A breed of proto-imperialists, the Crusaders introduced Western aggression to the peaceful Middle East and then deformed the enlightened Muslim culture, leaving it in ruins. For variations on this theme, one need not look far. See, for example, Steven Runciman’s famous three-volume epic, History of the Crusades, or the BBC/A&E documentary, The Crusades, hosted by Terry Jones. Both are terrible history yet wonderfully entertaining.

So what is the truth about the Crusades? Scholars are still working some of that out. But much can already be said with certainty. For starters, the Crusades to the East were in every way defensive wars. They were a direct response to Muslim aggression—an attempt to turn back or defend against Muslim conquests of Christian lands.”

My friends, is this not what we face o today? What can we, and what ought we be doing about it? Of this I am personally unsure and ill-equipped to offer a specific plan. What I do know is that doing nothing, is NOT the right thing to do. We MUST pray MUCH and bring God’s Judgment to bear. Each of us MUST become prayer-warriors in defense of the NEW “Holy Innocents” Then we must attempt to influence our Government to take prudent, but completely necessary actions, by how we VOTE and letting Washington Know our feelings on this life-critical; Faith critical matter.

Some have decided to blame Pope Francis, for all “in-action”, because he advocates ONLY mediation. Knowing {I personally suspect} that it is totally meaningless, and futile with thugs. … For a Pope to advocate stronger measures, such as direct military intervention, would be slanderous to our Catholic Church, and have NO chance of changing the final outcome… I have even heard it suggested that the “Popes Personal Army”, the Swills-Guard ought to take direct military action. {FOX News: Justice Jeanine:
http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/justice-jeanine/index.html 12/28/2014…} This is simply foolish: the Swiss Guard is not trained for WAR; they train to protect the Pope and the Vatican.

… If we take Christ advice to judge [others only] by their actions; there “fruits”, one can wonder about the sincerity of these weakly articulated Mid-Eastern Powers positions, backed only by occasional verbal protest, and little else, and even wonder why the “world’s powers” are so silent, and willing to quietly allow {complicity approve off} such intentions and encourage them to proceed? Might it be that they too seek the total world-wide destruction of Catholicism and Christianity?

SECTIONS of Matthew chapter 7: “[1] Judge not, that you may not be judged, [2] For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged: and with what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again. [3] And why seest thou the mote that is in thy brother’ s eye; and seest not the beam that is in thy own eye? [4] Or how sayest thou to thy brother: Let me cast the mote out of thy eye; and behold a beam is in thy own eye? [5] Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam in thy own eye, and then shalt thou see to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. …

So one might take from the above that we Catholic-Christian are simply NOT to judge anyone at any time. BUT read on, and uncover the actual moral teaching. The above is only teaching that we ought to Cf. “clean up our own selves, before presuming to pass judgment on others./” Very solid advice indeed.

[7] Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you. [8] For every one that asketh, receiveth: and he that seeketh, findeth: and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened. …

The Lesson here for US is to first seek “peace” within ourselves and within our families. This is much easier said than accomplished. And yet it is an oft repeated; very important Lesson taught by Christ:

… John 14:27 “27] Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, do I give unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. “

… Romans 14:33 [33] Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen”

… Phil. 4:9 “[9] The things which you have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, these do ye, and the God of peace shall be with you.”

… Pentecost Sunday: … John 20:19-23 “[19] Now when it was late that same day, the first of the week, and the doors were shut, where the disciples were gathered together, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them: Peace be to you. [20] And when he had said this, he shewed them his hands and his side. …. [21] He said therefore to them again: Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you. [22] When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost. [23] Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.”

So important to our Spiritual life is God’s “peace” that at the moment where God institutes the most amazing means; the most astounding means of our own “peace”; Sacramental Confession and forgiveness of OUR OWN sins; where HE Offers US His Peace, which more than anything, any other cause; limits and even inhibits our own inner wellbeing and is a primary cause of unrest, disturbing; even making impossible our own inner peace.
Friend, please take advantage often of this path to inner peace.
… [12] All things therefore whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do you also to them. For this is the law and the prophets. [13] Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat. [14] How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it! [15] Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

[16] By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? [17]Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and the evil tree bringeth forth evil fruit. [18] A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can an evil tree bring forth good fruit. [19] Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the fire. [20]Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.

[21] Not everyone that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven. [22]Many will say to me in that day: Lord, Lord, have not we prophesied in thy name, and cast out devils in thy name, and done many miracles in thy name? [23] And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity. [24] Every one therefore that heareth these my words, and doth them, shall be likened to a wise man that built his house upon a rock,[25] And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat upon that house, and it fell not, for it was founded on a rock.”

We may not be able to solve the world’s problems; but we are NOT to sit idly by and do nothing.
Pray much, Pray often, Pray daily for God’s inner peace and ALSO for those persecuted today, as the mirror what the Apostles themselves and the Church throughout Melina has endured. God WILL judge us not only on what we do; BUT also on what we fail to do.

Have a Blessed 2015
Patrick: working4christtwo

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