Sunday January 13th – Open Thread

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen †

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  1. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Significance of the Loaves and Fishes

    “What’s the significance of the five loaves and two fishes the Lord used to feed the multitudes (Matt. 14:15-21)?”

    The significance lies not in the actual number, but in the fact that loaves of bread were smaller in Bible days, with three loaves being about the right amount for one man’s meal (Luke 11:5,6). This means that the boy who shared the five loaves and two fishes (John 6:9) had packed just enough to feed himself, with a little left over to share with another. But it also means that he was willing to share his provisions even when it became evident that sharing them among so many would likely mean that he himself would go hungry.

    This is a prophetic picture of the Tribulation saint who will be willing to help others who are hungry after the beast issues his mark and God’s people cannot buy food without it (Rev. 13:16-18), but who may fear that in so doing there may not be enough for himself. Faithful Hebrews in that day will trust God when He said that “there is that scattereth, and yet increaseth” (Prov. 11:24,25), a proverb that perhaps motivated the boy in our text. When the lad gave all that he had to the Lord, and the apostles distributed the loaves and fishes (John 6:9-11) “unto every man according as he had need,” it typified what Tribulation saints will have to do to help one another (Acts 4:32-37), and it proved that you are never too young to serve the Lord and His people!

    By Pastor Ricky Kurth

    Matthew 14:15 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.
    16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.
    17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.
    18 He said, Bring them hither to me.

    19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
    20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.
    21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.

    Luke 11:5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves;
    6 For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?

    John 6:9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?

    Revelation 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
    17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
    18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

    Pro verbs 11:24 There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.
    25 The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.

    John 6:9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?
    10 And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
    11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.

    Acts 4:32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
    33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
    34 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,

    35 And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.
    36 And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,
    37 Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

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    • Mandy says:

      Orthodox Study Bible (OSB) notes…

      Matthew 14: 14 – 21.

      “This miracle, reported by all four evangelists, shows Jesus feeding a great multitude of His people as He fed the Israelites in the desert (see Ex 16). The Church Fathers see in this an image of the Eucharist, an idea made clear in Jn 6. In 15: 32 – 39, another miracle is mentioned in which Jesus feeds four thousand people with seven loaves and a few small fish. While certain modern scholars have attempted to say that these are merely the same story, the witness of the gospel is clear that they are two distinct accounts, with Christ Himself referring to both of them separately (16: 8 – 10). *Moved with compassion* is used frequently concerning the Lord (20:34; Mk 1:41; 6:34; Lk 7:13), showing that His power and authority are extended to those who suffer.

      A spiritual interpretation given by the Fathers teaches that the five loaves indicate the five books of the Law (Genesis through Deuteronomy), which are broken open in Christ and thus feed the universe. The two fish represent the Gospel Book and the Epistle Book, the teaching of the fishermen. The gathering of the leftovers by the apostles (v. 20) shows that the teachings the faithful are unable to grasp are nevertheless held in the consciousness of the Church.

      Matthew 14: 19

      Jesus shows us that we should never eat without first giving thanks to God. The terminology points to the Last Supper (26:26) and leads to a eucharistic interpretation of this miracle. Just as the disciples distribute the bread to the multitudes, so also Christ feeds the Eucharist to His flock through the hands of His bishops and presbyters.”

      (also in v.20: 12 baskets of leftovers….12 apostles.)

      Luke 11: 5 – 8 (I know you only posted 5 – 6, but the notes in the OSB cover 5 – 8, and it’s really good stuff, so…)

      “This parable demonstrates God’s faithfulness to those who are in need and who pray with persistence (v. 8). The Fathers interpret midnight as both the time of our death and a time of great temptation. The friend is Christ, who, as our only source of grace, provides everything we need.”

      Note for John 6: 5 – 9 (again, using a little more Bible than you actually posted because it’s such great stuff!)

      “Christ tests Phillip to increase his faith (v.5), for Phillip needed help in understanding Him (14: 8 – 10). Two hundred denarii corresponds to over six months wages for a laborer. Andrew has greater faith than Phillip: knowing the prophet Elisha had multiplied bread for over 100 men (4Kg 4: 42 – 44), he offers the food brought by a certain lad. Nevertheless, Andrew is still weak in faith, questioning what a mere five loaves could do for the number of people there (v. 9).”

      NOTE – if the Bible you’re using does not have 4th Kingdoms, see 2 Kings. This is one of those instances where the difference shows up between the Septuagint based OSB versus the protestant Bibles which are based on the Masoretic text. The Masoretic text is an EDITED version of the Bible – edited by a group of Jews called Masoretes between the 7th and 10th Centuries. More on Masoretic versus Septuagint later, was already planning to post about it because it is MASSIVELY important!)

      Revelation 13: 16, 17

      “A parody of God’s seal of 7:3, even alluding to the Hebrew phylactery of Dt 6:8 – where God’s Law is kept on the forehead and the left hand – and to chrismation (but not the same word as “sealed”). The mark is gained by worshipping the beast (v. 17); it signifies *the beast* is the owner of those who wear it – their protector and the one to whom they owe their livelihoods. This mark is not necessarily a visible and physical mark on the person, but it is required to do business. There is then an economic bias against those who do not bear the beast’s mark (the faithful who will not render demonic worship to the state).”

      GUYS – DOES THIS NOT SOUND EXACTLY LIKE WHAT IS HAPPENING TO TRUMP SUPPORTERS TODAY? You say the wrong thing and the hissing SJWs come after you to drive you out of the marketplace – showing their ECONOMIC BIAS against those who refuse to kowtow to the father of the SJWs, the devil himself!

      I may get to Rev 18 and the rest later. It’s very helpful to type the notes, sort of ‘solidifies’ them in my brain.
      Y’all have a GREAT SUNDAY!


  2. citizen817 says:


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    • smiley says:

      GREAT photo there.

      does earthporn give the photographer credits ?

      even tho it’s enhanced (color tint), it’s still a very artful image.

      would like to see more of his/her work.

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      • citizen817 says:

        Sometimes they give credit. Alot of the photos are taken by who runs the site.

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      • It can be tricky to give credit to ‘public’ images when one may be enhancing them for controversial (read Christian or conservative or traditional) content and possibly gone after with malice.

        I’ve been trying to get my two children’s books illustrated for nearly 20 years. They were almost published three times and would have had staff illustrators for me to work with, but I am not a ‘name’ and also some politics of publishing houses halted the publishing. I wanted to illustrate myself with watercolor…only I don’t KNOW watercolor and find that it’s a bit trying for an impatient personality. So I’ve been playing around with finding images and doing this to them.


  4. Lucille says:

    “Praying Hands” Pen and Ink Drawing -1508 by Albrecht Durer (1471-1528) German artist of the Renaissance period

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  5. Garrison Hall says:

    Have a blessed Sunday, Treepers. Rest assured that our Lord is with us . . . 🙂

    I’ve just discovered Allison Young. Wow is she good. (And she can also whistle pretty good too!. How many singers on Youtube are brave enough to do that!!)

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  7. Lucille says:

    Eastwood Crushes De Niro, Spike Lee & Christian Bale In Movie Hollywood Hates

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I had planned to skip this one because I don’t like movies about drugs, but under the circumstances, I guess I will go see it. :\


      • Me too. will either see it or see and buy it. I groaned when a co-worker of mine innocently praised ‘Vice’ to the skies. It is a hard thing maintaining respect for colleagues sometimes when they are brilliant minds about technology but, enveloped in the crushing embrace of Silicon Valley, exasperatingly vacuous sheep in their ideology…and unaware that yes, they DO have an ideology and yes, they DO follow an organized religion….

        A TOTALLY open minded, wealthy globalist friend I have insists that I not decide what is truth and lie and not decide someone is good or evil.

        Strangely, he truly sees no disconnect with his over the top hatred and vilification of Eastwood and Trump, based upon certain episodes. Now these episodes, deemed as proof of their malice, not only pale in comparison to antics of those of his cronies, but they also sometimes are the SAME as those of his cronies.

        Pure insanity.

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        • auscitizenmom says:

          My friend wanted to see it and I didn’t. She just likes to see movies. I am more picky.


          • Joe K Lombard says:

            Surprised no “seers” on CTH–well, I saw it and it’s really worth your time; very well done as any of his films are. My only observation is that I hope he was acting old and that wasn’t all just him. I know he’s 88 but we need him around for a long time—go see it. (BTW my wife wanted to see the RBG doc today, like that’s gonna happen, talk about propaganda)

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            • auscitizenmom says:

              My problem is……I don’t like movies about drugs, druggies, drug dealers and especially drug kingpins. This did say there was no CGI, so that is a positive. Maybe there won’t be a lot of endless car chases. Nah, it is about drugs. Anyway, I will go.


              • smiley says:

                it’s not “about drugs” or king pins …it’s not another Scarface or Traffic flick…he’s an old drug runner…but that’s way in the past…

                it’s a poignant movie…if you liked Gran Torino, you’d enjoy this, too.

                he’s wonderful to watch.


              • smiley says:

                …but I know what you mean…I happen to not like prison movies (too grim) or movies about The Vietnam War (same reason) even when the director and cast are top-notch..

                I can handle WW1 or WW2 movies…but not Vietnam.

                and I hate boxing movies…yuk!

                however…Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby is still one of the best films I’ve ever seen..can watch it and watch again…even tho it’s a heart-breaker….still very watchable.

                that evil other female boxer…Blue Bear ? was that her name? omg

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              • smiley says:

                here she is…

                Billie The Blue Bear



  8. Lucille says:

    Video: Elderly Christian in Gaza tells how Muslims have harassed and persecuted him
    Posted December 30, 2018 by Rami Dabbas


  9. nwtex says:

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  10. Troublemaker10 says:

    Scientific Survey Finds Voters of All Parties, Ages, and Genders Are Broadly Misinformed


    In total, the rates at which voters gave the correct answers varied from a high of 47% for Republican voters to a low of 34% for Democrat voters:

    47% for Republican voters
    43% for males
    42% for 35 to 64 year olds
    41% for 18 to 34 year olds
    38% for 65+ year olds
    38% for third-party voters
    37% for females
    34% for Democrat voters

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  11. millwright says:

    Kudos to Mr. Eastwood for his latest effort ! Of late ( and to his credit ) Eastwood has become far more interested in the story line than its political implications !

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  12. smiley says:

    Girl With A Book



    The Song



    William Merritt Chase ~ American (1849-1916) ~ Impressionism


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  13. Dora says:

    Frederick Childe Hassam – “The Sonata” 1911

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  14. nimrodman says:

    In the “Life-Comes-At-You-Fast” category, “teens” are now driving into oncoming traffic blindfolded

    Police: Utah Teen Caused Car Accident Playing ‘Bird Box Challenge’

    Police in Layton, Utah, said a teenager participating in the “Bird Box Challenge” caused a two-car crash last Monday.

    The teenager reportedly covered her eyes while driving, then veered into oncoming traffic and smashed into another car, Fox Salt Lake City reported.

    The “Bird Box Challenge” is a viral fad that takes its name from the Sandra Bullock thriller broadcast recently on Netflix in which characters must stay blindfolded to stay safe from mind-controlling monsters that convince people to commit suicide when they look in their victim’s eyes.

    Officers also say they did not learn the cause of the accident, which occurred on January 7, until the following Friday.

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    • smiley says:

      what a monumental challenge it must be for parents to raise decent, level-headed kids these days.

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      • smiley says:

        a grotesque amount of spiritual darkness out there…

        if the kids…the parent/s…don’t have any Light, it’s just getting too dark to see.

        like a heavy weight pressing down on the psyche.

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        • 🍺Gunny66 says:

          In my opinion, the movie The Bird Box was a loser, but it does seem to be gathering a “cult” of followers….

          And…as you say…….when parents or others, do not provide a light for their children, whether it is thru religion, or spiritual guidance, they become lost in the darkness……

          Some….will not or cannot find their way out..


      • smiley says:

        life comes at you fast…until it doesn’t

        facing mortality…hoping for… Heaven.

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        • WSB says:

          Pretty song, and Diylan had somewhat of a voice back then.


          • smiley says:

            heckuva song-writer…one of THE best lyricists (imo) regardless of his twangy voice.


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            • WSB says:

              Very true, smiley. The voice, not so much. Sorry. I have tried for years to appreciate that one but no hope.

              I have a family member who worked on ‘Gods and Generals’.

              Dylan had one song on the sound track which has gorgeous music on it…and I had a special CD made because I could not stand the frog voice Dylan had devolved into.


              • smiley says:

                his nasally twangy voice never bothered me…in fact, most of the time, it added authenticity to his poignant soulful words and cranky attitude and bluesy songs….his unique “voice” added to the poetic nature of his minstrel-like ballads, imo.

                his album Blood On The Tracks is still one of my favorites…along with Mercy .

                big fan here. 🙂

                killing me softly with his songs.

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                • WSB says:

                  Ha! Indeed, there are moments of voice, instrument and time that are pure Heaven.

                  Dylan can do that..early on.

                  Your allusion to Killing me softly with his songs takes me back to America and ‘Horse With No Name’…

                  Pure Heaven to me.


              • smiley says:

                Meet Me In The Morning…

                …from Blood On The Tracks album.

                this is the same original recorded version altho with a different album cover (for a movie ?)…

                very hard to get his original albums off the internet anymore.

                “…stumblin through barbed wire…”

                😀 guy can really find the words to go with the feelings.

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                • WSB says:

                  This one is Dylan at his best. Really a great piece!!!


                • 🍺Gunny66 says:

                  I always liked Dylan…..but I actually enjoyed him more as he grew older…….he gathered with George Harrison, Roy Orbinson, Tom Petty and others to form:

                  The Traveling Wilburys…….Always enjoyed them…..this one was made just before Roy Orbinson died.

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              • smiley says:

                you really should listen to this album, came out ca 1989…

                some truly great songs there…truly great…got his groove back with that album.

                The Man With The Long Black Coat…wow…haunting.

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        • JTR says:

          My favorite Dylan song.

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        • Lucille says:

          Slow Train
          Sometimes I feel so low-down and disgusted
          Can’t help but wonder what’s happenin’ to my companions
          Are they lost or are they found
          Have they counted the cost it’ll take to bring down
          All their earthly principles they’re gonna have to abandon?
          There’s a slow, slow train comin’ up around the bend

          I had a woman down in Alabama
          She was a backwoods girl, but she sure was realistic
          She said, “Boy, without a doubt
          Have to quit your mess and straighten out
          You could die down here, be just another accident statistic”
          There’s a slow, slow train comin’ up around the bend

          All that foreign oil controlling American soil
          Look around you, it’s just bound to make you embarrassed
          Sheiks walkin’ around like kings
          Wearing fancy jewels and nose rings
          Deciding America’s future from Amsterdam and to Paris
          And there’s a slow, slow train comin’ up around the bend

          Man’s ego is inflated, his laws are outdated, they don’t apply no more
          You can’t rely no more to be standin’ around waitin’
          In the home of the brave
          Jefferson turnin’ over in his grave
          Fools glorifying themselves, trying to manipulate Satan
          And there’s a slow, slow train comin’ up around the bend

          Big-time negotiators, false healers and woman haters
          Masters of the bluff and masters of the proposition
          But the enemy I see
          Wears a cloak of decency
          All nonbelievers and men stealers talkin’ in the name of religion
          And there’s a slow, slow train comin’ up around the bend

          People starving and thirsting, grain elevators are bursting
          Oh, you know it costs more to store the food than it do to give it
          They say lose your inhibitions
          Follow your own ambitions
          They talk about a life of brotherly love show me someone who knows how to live it
          There’s a slow, slow train comin’ up around the bend

          Well, my baby went to Illinois with some bad-talkin’ boy she could destroy
          A real suicide case, but there was nothin’ I could do to stop it
          I don’t care about economy
          I don’t care about astronomy
          But it sure do bother me to see my loved ones turning into puppets
          There’s a slow, slow train comin’ up around the bend

          Copyright © 1979 by Special Rider Music


  15. duchess01 says:

    Verse of the Day

    “I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”
    Psalms 34:4 (KJV)

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      • duchess01 says:

        Thank You, Jesus, for blessings received and prayers answered!

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      • bakocarl says:

        Fear Not

        For most, these days, life’s ways are not clear;
        Days and nights filled with worries and fear.
        Will I get what the world’s got to give –
        All of those things I must have to live?

        Will I have more, rather than less?
        Will I excel, will I be a success?
        Will I find wealth and power and fame?
        After I’ve gone, will they think of my name?

        Through the ages since the world began,
        All of these thoughts are common to man:
        Work hard in life, put your goods in store,
        Build bigger barns so you can keep more.

        Should we follow the world and its lies,
        Or accept the gift – God’s matchless prize?
        God gave us His all, His only Son
        And when we trust Him, our battle is won.

        If you work for the world and its goals,
        You might get rich, but then lose your soul.
        God doesn’t love us for what we achieve,
        He asks for our faith, just to believe.

        And when we trust Him, He’s always near,
        Our God of Comfort, banishing fear;
        Walking beside us every day,
        Holding our hand along life’s ways.


  16. Donna in Oregon says:

    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    John 1:1

    In the Greek language, the noun “logos,” translated “word,” most often refers to either oral or written communication. The primary use of logos is to denote divine revelation in some form or another. In the Gospel of John, Word is a title for Jesus as the communicator and the ultimate revelation of God the Father.

    During Old Testament days, the high priest went before God each year to plead for the forgiveness of the nation’s sins. However, Hebrews 7:25 says, “He [Jesus] is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” Christ has paid the price for your sin and is now the only needed advocate between you and God.

    No matter what happened in 2018, thank Jesus that He has paid for your sin once and for all. This year, commit to drawing closer to God through worship and reading His Word. Consistently present your needs to Him through prayer – and as you do, also ask that the nation’s leaders who don’t know the Lord will discover a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

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  17. Pointman says:

    Seo Linn – Óró Sé do Bheatha Bhaile


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    • WSB says:

      Beautiful interesting group and music. The lead singer has a wonderful voice, and I love the use of the accordian.

      Nice! Thank you, Pointy.


    • GMike says:

      Óró, sé do bheatha ‘bhaile (Irish pronunciation: [ˈoːɾˠoː ʃeː d̪ˠə ˈvʲahə walʲə]) is a traditional Irish song, that came to be known as a rebel song in the early 20th century. Óró is a cheer, while sé do bheatha ‘bhaile means “welcome home.”

      Óró sé do bheatha abhaile Folk song
      English Oh, welcome home

      Like many folk songs, the origins of this song are obscure, but several different uses of the tune and chorus can be identified.

      In 1884 Mr. Francis Hogan of Brenormore, near Carrick-on-Suir, then “well over seventy years of age”, reported that “this song used to be played at the ‘Hauling Home,’ or the bringing home of a wife”. The “hauling home” was a ceremony that took place a month after a wedding when a bride was brought to live in her new husband’s home. This version only consists of the chorus.

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  18. duchess01 says:

    For Dora and my Catholic friends…Happy Feast Day!

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  19. Dora says:

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    • duchess01 says:

      Thanks, Dora! God Bless You!


    • If only the Cardinal in charge of beautiful St. Patrick’s had been more focused on this rather than being a pal and comrade to the Manhattan and D.C. elite. I do think that some measure of truth is breaking through his self-imposed ignorance, but it’s a massive barrier that he has erected in order to be ‘relevant’ . He and Wuerl figure heavily in my prayers since they both clearly laid aside their shepherd staff all too often and instead associated with cretins and enemies that have been this age’s worst enemies of our holy church.


  20. getfitnow says:

    FTA – Shirley Boone, who was married to celebrated singer and actor Pat Boone, died Friday at age 84.
    The 1950s star confirmed his wife’s death to People, saying they’d shared “a wonderful, blessed life together for 65 years” and he knew he’d one day be reunited with his beloved.
    “I’ve parted with my better half for a little while … but we don’t die, we just move on to another place, and today was moving day,” he told the outlet.

    “She’s changed her address is all and moved to a different mansion that I expect to join her in one day,” he said. “I’m very confident of that.”

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  21. Dora says:

    Enough already!!!


    Vatican’s first official sports association includes migrant members

    Vatican City, Jan 12, 2019 / 06:01 am (CNA).- The Vatican announced Thursday the start of the first official sports association inside of the small city-state, including among its membership two young African migrants living in Italy, to show how sport can aid integration.


    • Dave says:

      Are the migrants possibly followers of islam? And are they physically allowed inside the 40-foot high wall? This can get very interesting!


      • Unfortunately the very infiltrated by pestilence Vatican (poor soldiers, they really are still reported to be examples of stalwart masculinity and piety) is as immune to shame for hypocrisy as the rest of the elite.

        I know that Papa Benedict imposed upon himself humility that required that he give full authority to his predecessor, but I highly doubt that his prayers lack significant petition for God’s intervention against the ransacking of Christ.


  22. Dora says:

    He was very popular in NY before he decided to run for president.

    Everybody loved “The Donald”

    My My, how things change.

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    • Dave says:

      I bet he boiled his hands after that!

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      • I bet he lost feeling in them .

        When I think of how these women screaming about violation dress and cozy up to the most creepy and vile if it’s in their self-interest, I want there to be something like Ellen’s button where a ‘fail’ results in them falling through a chute out of contention.

        I don’t often reference Ellen positively (though she used to come here locally and be a stand up comic and the difference between her then and now is tragic. She was way funnier and clearly had no semblance of the elitism that now corrodes her so thoroughly), but if we could have an easy method like that to exile and disempower these poisonous examples of a certain age and gender, I’d be very happy.


  23. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ infidels!

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  24. duchess01 says:

    Antifa ‘No-Go Zones’ Just The Latest Attempt By These Thugs To Become ‘ISIS Terrorists Of America’ – They Look Like Them, Act Like Them, And Use The Same Playbook

    January 13, 2019055

    by Susan Duclos, All News Pipeline

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  25. duchess01 says:

    Pardon the ‘Q’ reference at the end of the video – but, this is important information – AND – these people ARE sick!



    • I think that any natural or rhetorical truth that issues from any source, including Q, is a reasonable defense of including it. Thank you, they ARE sick and we DO live in a time when the enemy has crept into the hearts and minds of the lunatic leaders and we are calling vice, virtue; and good, evil.

      Happily, though we the cavalry are not jumping to the rescue as speedily and summarily as we would like, there is no question that God’s army, as ‘diverse’ and unified as only He can make it in his inimically paradoxical way 😉 , is on the offense….FINALLY


  26. nikkichico7 says:

    Evidence of a Proud Heart
    JANUARY 13, 2019

    Matthew 23:1-12

    Pride is deceptive. In fact, a proud person is often the last one to know the contents of his or her own heart. This was definitely true of the scribes and Pharisees whom Jesus confronted. They thought of themselves as good people who kept God’s law but failed to see their desire for prominence and respect as evidence of pride.

    The same is true today—our quest for recognition and validation still flows from pride. Perhaps we want someone to thank us for the work we’ve done behind the scenes, and if it’s not forthcoming, we become resentful or self-pitying. Or maybe our pride manifests itself with a superior attitude of self-importance, and we secretly consider ourselves to be better than those around us. We may even choose to associate with prominent, well-liked people while ignoring those who are less admired.

    However, while we chase after prominence externally, our spirits are becoming shriveled internally because we’ve become proud. The only solution is to turn back to God and humble ourselves before Him. We do this by confessing our sin and recognizing the specific parts of our life that have been damaged by it. Then we must ask the Lord to make us continually alert to any self-glorifying attitudes that pop up so we can quickly confess and walk in obedience once again.

    One of the most effective ways to overcome pride is to look at Christ’s example. There was absolutely nothing in us that warranted His love and salvation. We were worthy only of hell, yet He humbled Himself to become a man, die in our place, and offer us salvation. To Him be all the glory!
    Dr. Charles Stanley


    • That last paragraph by Charles Stanley, while not the actual motivation for my little rhyming message, WAS the clearly parallel thought that I had upon waking which drove me to write.

      Thank you so much, Dr. Stanley,Fulton Sheen, Pope Benedict XVI and G.K. Chesterton have all been monumentally important in my journey outside of liberal idiocy back to my roots of traditional Catholic conservatism.

      God bless and thank you!

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  27. Sin, Presumption, Insulting God, Doorway to Heaven

    If I bring up the topic of confession
    In the context of Heaven and Hell
    The quick dismissal and thinly veiled contempt
    Implies the discussion will not go well

    The idea of eternal damnation is presently repressed
    Because it does not integrate well with self-satisfaction
    We must cater to our immediate gratification impulses
    Against these sacrifice and humility find little traction

    You have your PDAs, smart phones and ear buds over there
    Your virtual reality, stimulus overload, net hopping here
    And if you want some reality, check out your stock portfolio;
    Where is the silence for God to be able to whisper in your ear?

    Heart, mind and body integration are ‘enlightened’
    But gratitude and development of soulful virtue don’t resonate
    A life of purely earthly focus impedes progress on the journey
    Eternity in Heaven can be lost if our pursuit of it comes too late

    Falling in love with a person here on earth
    If it is true and lodged in soul and heart for all time
    Ought to coincide with a love affair with God
    Who gave love to us, of all gifts this the most sublime

    Confession is the ultimate oxy cleanser of the soul
    And the soul is the only thing we take with us after death
    If in life we ignore every opportunity to make it pure as snow
    It will not belong in Heaven after our last breath

    Every person chooses an organized religion
    And today in America one in particular is being imposed
    Because its main goal is not to get people to Heaven
    Its followers turn out to have hearts and minds, to Christ both closed

    Everyone ‘likes’ the concept of the golden rule
    And finding a trustworthy partner forever is as appealing as ever
    But the ‘me first’, ‘the universe bends to my imagination’ followers
    Are choosing a selfish path that has tragic consequences forever

    Because falling in love with love can only happen in one way
    God’s path to joy for love and life and truth He has fully disclosed
    Age after age experiment has shown Christianity truly followed succeeds
    But lost are they who follow the present path of its rejection globally imposed

    Organized religion strictly defined does not equal Judeo Christian values
    Any more than separation of Church and state forbids Christian evangelism
    Nothing is more organized than the religion of female rejection of womb and marriage
    Or of humanity’s preservation, rejected in favor of saving any other animal or organism

    Who is free to talk about their ‘personal’ choice of religion?
    Who is free to pontificate and condemn and decide which beliefs offend?
    Fitness fervor, animal activism and suppression of opposing thought
    Are imposed, organized religions, opposition to which they seek to end

    Being bored by someone else’s values and passions
    Is a right that at present we all retain
    But as intolerance grows for Judeo Christian values and individual self defense
    The American’s right to free expression and worship is on the wane

    A true and serious research of our freedoms leads to one conclusion
    That our founders distrusted bureaucracy and central authority with all their might
    They fought and sacrificed everything to bring us a nation that could self-govern
    But they also left us warnings that to guard and keep it we must fight

    No strangers to complacency were they, our founders
    Christ’s Bible was not the government’s manual but as reference it was essential
    Referred to repeatedly for guidelines and lessons therein contained for civic responsibility
    With warning that rejection of those principles would be dangerously consequential


  28. henry says:

    The “McJesus,” which was sculpted by Finnish artist Janei Leinonen and depicts a crucified Ronald McDonald, went on display in August as part of the Haifa museum’s “Sacred Goods” exhibit.

    The show also features a number of other pieces depicting Jesus, including one of him as a “Ken” doll, as well as imagery from other religions.


  29. blognificentbee says:

    Treepers that are snowed in today…what are you cooking on this beautiful winter day to keep warm.

    I’ll start:
    Curried Lamb Stew (carrots, onions, baby potatoes) with naan and a Margeaux red wine.

    It’s all done, just have to wait until dinner…

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  30. duchess01 says:

    America in 2019 – Nobody’s Talking About This!


  31. mashall says:

    Happy and Healthy Sunday to CTH!
    Here’s some info I found….in re: California. A Family Size Box of Cereal.

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  32. duchess01 says:

    BREAKING News Out Of California… OMG!!!

    Federal Jury Orders Mongols Motorcycle Gang to Forfeit Logos

    Verdict Affects Patches Worn by Mongols Members and Follows Conviction of Gang on RICO Offenses for Decades of Criminal Activity, including Murders

    SANTA ANA, California – After finding the Mongols outlaw motorcycle gang guilty of racketeering offenses last month, a federal jury today determined that the criminal organization should forfeit the logos worn by members, finding that there was a direct connection between the gang’s crimes and the trademarked logos that prosecutors said formed the core of the motorcycle gang’s identity.

    The forfeiture verdict culminates a decade-long prosecution of the Mongol Nation criminal enterprise and 77 members who were previously found guilty of racketeering offenses.

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  33. Sepp says:

    31 December (Church) / 14 January (civil)
    Sunday after the Nativity of Christ

    Among the Saints who are commemorated or honored on the traditional Orthodox Church Calendar today are

    Saint David the Prophet

    Saint Joseph the Betrothed (elderly guardian of the Virgin Mary and a widower with several children)

    Saint James the Brother of God (son of Saint Joseph the Betrothed and first Bishop of Jerusalem)

    Saint Theophylact of Bulgaria and Ohrid (his 11th century Commentaries on Holy Scripture in Slavonic have been translated into English)

    Saint Melania the Younger of Rome (she was especially devoted to the reading of Holy Scripture)

    A full Life of Saint Melania is shared through the following link to Saint Chrysostom Press.

    Happy Name Day to Orthodox women named Melania or Melanie.

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  34. Lucille says:

    Iceland’s Northern Lights: Beautiful Sight, Risky Drives

    Interesting drop into the story…”The Chinese Polar Research Institute is opening Iceland’s first aurora research station in a remote valley about a half-hour drive from the northern town of Akureyri. The futuristic three-store building, set to go into operation later this year, is part of China’s broad ambitions in the Arctic.”

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  35. nwtex says:

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  36. andyocoregon says:

    Caption for above picture of Abilio Acosta

    Jim @Acosta :

    “I don’t see any prisoners escaping …the fence is clearly not needed”

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  37. amwick says:

    We made it all the way to Ft. Lauderdale. Yessss. I managed an airport, a plane ride, and a hotel shuttle. Commonplace things, but an adventure for us. Tomorrow begins our trip to a country that has been a mystery for my entire life. It will be a quick visit, but something my husband wanted for a ling time.
    So, while we were waiting at the airport, I thought someone said that VSGPotus had declared an emergency. It took a couple hours until I could find out what was going on. * sighs.
    Generally big things happen when I take a trip, so this coming week might be interesting.

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  38. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  39. auscitizenmom says:

    A prayer for Justice Kavanaugh and Col. Flynn:

    Prayer to St. Michael

    St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle;
    be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
    and do you, O prince of the heavenly host,
    by the power of God,
    thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits
    who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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