Holy Myrrh-Bearers Spring 2018 Flea Market — Holy Myrrh-Bearers Eastern Catholic Rite Church will be holding a flea market, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 28 at the church, 900 Fairview Road, Swarthmore Pa. 19081.
Tables are $20. Call 610-544-1215 by April 21 to reserve a space.
Bullies Shut Bloomsburg Bridal Boutique — H8ers gonna H8. Carla Daddesi has told us that W. W. Bridal Boutique of Bloomsburg, Pa is closing March 30.
The family business was run by a Christian couple who gently declined to sell a lesbian couple two white bridal dresses in 2014. Well, you know the H8 started. The well-respected business was subject to vicious attacks on social media and an organized boycott.
It was too much and now they’re shutting down after 22 years, putting seven people out of work. You think that’s justice? Some do but nobody decent.
Hey Scott Wagner, if you get elected governor will you defend small businesses like this? LOL.
Here is Carla’s YouTube video. Watch it quick. You never know when the H8ers are going to get it taken down.
If you are a decent person it will make your blood boil about what happened to W.W. Bridal.
“. . .when we yield to our own pride and selfishness, we can also distort the way we use our ability to communicate,” Francis said. “This can be seen from the earliest times, in the biblical stories of Cain and Abel and the Tower of Babel . The capacity to twist the truth is symptomatic of our condition, both as individuals and communities.”
Note this was one week after a certain other world leader gave out awards for “fake news”.
Francis defined “fake news” as “the spreading of disinformationon line or in the traditional media.”
“It has to do with false information based on non-existent or distorted data meant to deceive and manipulate the reader,” he said. “Spreading fake news can serve to advance specific goals, influence political decisions, and serve economic interests.”
So how do we defend ourselves?
“The most radical antidote to the virus of falsehood is purification by the truth,” Francis said.
He noted that “The truth is not just bringing to light things that are concealed, “revealing reality”, as the ancient Greek term aletheia (from a-lethès, “not hidden”) might lead us to believe (but) involves our whole life. ”
He said “Truth is something you can lean on, so as not to fall. In this relational sense, the only truly reliable and trustworthy One – the One on whom we can count – is the living God. Hence, Jesus can say: ‘I am the truth’. We discover and rediscover the truth when we experience it within ourselves in the loyalty and trustworthiness of the One who loves us. This alone can liberate us: ‘The truth will set you free'”.
He advocated that all participate in a “journalism of peace”.
“By that, I do not mean the saccharine kind of journalism that refuses to acknowledge the existence of serious problems or smacks of sentimentalism,” he said. “On the contrary, I mean a journalism that is truthful and opposed to falsehoods, rhetorical slogans, and sensational headlines. A journalism created by people for people, one that is at the service of all, especially those – and they are the majority in our world – who have no voice. A journalism less concentrated on breaking news than on exploring the underlying causes of conflicts, in order to promote deeper understanding and contribute to their resolution by setting in place virtuous processes. A journalism committed to pointing out alternatives to the escalation of shouting matches and verbal violence.”
So American journalists, this means when you learned powerful forces in federal law enforcement are conspiring with one candidate to win an election, you report it. And not just report it, report it with appropriate outrage.
This means when rich connected types are forcing those without much disposable income to pay for their lifestyles, you, well “afflict the comfortable” even if you had been led to believe they are part of a “progressive” future.
Holy Myrrh-Bearers Christmas Eve Service2017— Catholics looking for a seat at a Christmas Eve service might consider attending the 4 p.m. Divine Liturgy at Holy Myrrh-Bearers Eastern Catholic Rite Church, 900 Fairview Road, Swarthmore, Pa. 19081.
It’s beautiful, worshipful service in a beautiful building and lasts about an hour.
Slavic Christmas Food Sale At HMB — Holy Myrrh-Bearers Eastern Catholic Church is having a Slavic Christmas Food Sale. Deadline for orders is Dec. 3 and pickup will be at the church, 900 Fairview Road, Swarthmore, Pa. 19081.
For sale are kielbasi, $10 for four links or $12 for a ring; meatless borscht for $8 per quart; ushki (mushroom dumplings), 8 per dozen; kutia, (boiled wheat, poppy seed, raisons and honey), $5 per half pint; mushroom gravy, $5 per pint; pierogies (potaot/cheese) $8 per dozen; and delicious pastry rolls at $15 per loaf with varieties being poppy seed, poppy seed-raison, walnut and apricot.
Holy Myrrh-Bearers Parish will have its 2017 Slavic Christmas Luncheon, noon, Sunday, Dec. 3. It features traditional Eastern-European Christmas foods, basket raffles and a visit from St. Nick.
Seating is limited and tickets are going fast. Cost is $15 those over 12; $8 for children, 8-12; and free for children under 8. Call 610-544-1215 or email HMBChurch@verizon.net to order. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
Pope Gives Worldly Warning — (From Vatican Radio) Only Christ crucified will save us from the demons that make us “slide slowly into worldliness“, saving us also from the “stupidity” that St. Paul talks about to the Galatians, and from seduction. This was central message of the homily of Pope Francis at his Mass, Friday morning, at the Santa Marta residence in the Vatican. He was reflecting on the episode in Luke’s Gospel where Jesus casts out a demon, which some people interpret as through power of the devil.
Watchfulness against Devil’s stealth
The Pope said the Lord asks us be watchful in order not to enter into temptation. This is why a Christians have to be awake, watchful and careful like a sentinel. Jesus was not narrating a parable but was stating a truth, i.e when the unclean spirit comes out of a man, he roams about in abandoned places looking for refuge and not finding any, decides to return to where he came from, where the freed man lives. Hence the demon decides to bring in “seven other spirits worse than him.” Pope Francis emphasized the word “worse”, saying it has much force in the passage because the demons enter quietly.
The demons thus start being part of the man’s life. With their ideas and inspirations, they help the man to live better and entering his life and heart and start changing him from within, but quietly without making any noise. This method is different from the earlier diabolic possession which was strong, the Pope explained, adding this time it a diabolic possession, something like in a “living room”. The devil slowly changes our criteria to lead us to worldliness. It camouflages our way of acting, which we hardly notice. And so, the man, freed from the demon, becomes a bad man, a man burdened by worldliness. And that’s exactly what the devil wants – worldliness, the Pope stressed.
Worldliness, Pope Francis explained, is a spell, a seduction, because the devil is the “father of seduction”. When the devil enters “so sweetly, politely and takes possession of our attitudes,” the Pope said, our values pass from the service of God to worldliness. Thus we become “lukewarm Christians, worldly Christians”, a mixture, something that the Pope described as a “fruit salad” of the spirit of the world and the spirit of God. All this distances us from the Lord, the Pope said and stressed that the way to avoid it by being vigilant and calm without alarm.
Christ crucified who saves
Watchful means understanding what goes on in my heart, the Pope said, adding, “ It means stopping for a while to examine my life, whether I a Christian, whether I educate my children, whether my life is Christian or worldly?” And one understands this, as Paul points out, by looking at Christ crucified. One understands where worldliness lies and is destroyed before the Lord’s cross. The Crucifix saves us from the charms and seductions that lead us to worldliness.
The Holy Father exhorted Christians to examine themselves whether they look up to Christ crucified, whether they pray the Way of the Cross in order to understand the price of salvation, not just from sins but also from worldliness. The examination of conscience, the Pope said, is done always before Christ crucified, with prayer, after which one has to break loose from one’s comfortable attitudes, through works of charity, visiting the sick, helping someone in need and so on. This breaks the harmony and the spiritual worldliness that the demon together with seven others tries to create in us, the Pope added.