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  1. We can't enter into the inner sanctuary of others. Nor do we know the direction that they are going in. The world is full of examples of the conversion of those that from the outside were not of the 'elect'. The Pharisees, Scribes, and Sadducees, knew who the elect were, and it would seem that they were mistaken. We are told not to judge on that level. of the soul. Your points are well taken as usual, yet we need to pray for all of mankind. There is a prayer we say between decades, it goes like this. Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of your mercy. That is enough for me, I leave it up God, and try to reach others the best way I can. peace mark
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  2. To sin means to miss the mark. Is there any surprise that we are in the shape we are in? In any case, I believe that one needs to judge any group, religion, etc, on the best, not the worst. What mars a masterpiece, stands out over the beauty in the background. Yes we are in dire straits. The book of revelation, as hard as it is to understand, seems to point that out pretty clearly. Yet, we live in hope, and continue on our way. Peace Mark
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  3. @Manwon Lender It was really something. Normally I just dump the chicken bones out on the sidewalk and I don’t hear a thing. But that plastic container getting pushed around on the pavement started grating on my nerves. I won’t do that again! Lol
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  4. @Michelle There’s something about raccoons that makes them fun to watch. It’s like they have a different personality than the other wildlife.
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  5. Often, it's better to struggle and fail at something than to never try it. And from our successes and failures, we learn.
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  6. Many people find that praying is therapeutic and soothing. It can make you feel more positive and calm.
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  7. What's the deal with all the jinky trashy chicks pics you keep posting with these blog posts? All the vague-a-skanks that are included in these posts are pointless and kind of off-putting to the topics.
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  8. People don't believe it when we explain how we can "control" pain perception with the mind I dont have such an adverse reaction to opioids, but i don't like the concept of them, or the potential for addiction so i also try to use mental disciplines to manage severe pain
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  9. Thank you for sharing so deeply. Yes, you need to do what you have to do in order to simply get on with your life. Your brother seems more than just an addict, I will pray for you and your brother. It is always painful. In all things "trust God". peace Mark
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  10. Thanks for sharing, as I have a younger brother with much the same problems as yours did, except my brother has not the good qualities as yours. Mine does not face the truth, nor is willing to accept the faults and bad situations he's gotten into, as being of his own doing. He does not learn by his mistakes, which he makes over and over, and he does not want to be reminded either, as he goes belligerent if I, or my friend, try to remind him. He makes promises when he wants something really bad, but breaks them when he has gotten them, over and over too. He's too lazy to work, and wants to be supported, but always bites the hand that feeds him. He never respected our parents, who were always very generous to him, and helped him financially a great deal too, besides giving him love. Unfortunately the Good Lord has not called him home, as the longer he stays in this world, he only accumulates bad points, which will landed his soul in hell for a longer period, and in a deeper circle. I had it with him, and won't be helping him any longer, since he repaid me by physically assaulting me, just because I refused a request he made, which was for his own good. I lost a tooth implant, got 2 front teeth chipped, a black eye, a busted nose, the side of my head full of bumps, as he hit me while I was driving, safety belt on, and at the time had a bad useless left shoulder, and wearing glasses. If the glasses were not flexible, thin titanium framed, he could have blinded me too. I could not believe the look he had, as I could see that he really wanted to cause serious injury, if not kill me right out. He has never dared to touch me, since he knows I could always take him easily, but he chose the timing of his ambush well. This attack was the last straw that broke the camel's back. I'm leaving him to fend for himself, after years and years of caring for him, and to let him live in the bed he has made. God knows what is best for my brother, and I have faith in God. It's one of those cases that is more than 7 times 77. My condolences for your dear loss. But we both know that it's only temporary.
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  11. God's Love is a mystery, because God is a mystery to us, now. “There will be no more delay! But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.”
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  12. Thanks for the music. Your witticism does make me smile. Yes, trust is not easy, most choices that are important are not. The death to self has something to do with this, but still do not fully understand my faith, or much of what Jesus says........yet I trust and move forward. I reach balance, but do not always know until it is past, since it is only for a second or two LOL. Peace mark
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  13. What can I say? I have no better words to put on the plate, as the meal being served is already beautifully garnished with digestibility. As it concerns the Good, the idea of the absolute Good, Socrates would have little to argue against, and nothing to disagree with the definition put forth here. God is beauty. God is truth. God is goodness. God is sublimity. All seemingly such lofty things, until we pause for a while, look within, and see that these are living mysteries of our hearts. This entire allegory, I said, you may now append, dear Glaucon, to the previous argument; the prison-house is the world of sight, the light of the fire is the sun, and you will not misapprehend me if you interpret the journey upwards to be the ascent of the soul into the intellectual world according to my poor belief, which, at your desire, I have expressed—whether rightly or wrongly God knows. But, whether true or false, my opinion is that in the world of knowledge the idea of good appears last of all, and is seen only with an effort; and, when seen, is also inferred to be the universal author of all things beautiful and right, parent of light and of the lord of light in this visible world, and the immediate source of reason and truth in the intellectual; and that this is the power upon which he who would act rationally either in public or private life must have his eye fixed. “Lord,” said Thomas, “we do not know where You are going, so how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father....In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. I guess you do know your politics, belonging to such a godlike institution, and the master too. If I'm ever in the neighborhood, I'll be sure to stop by and visit the retreat, if it has an open door policy to other religions, as I read. However, my religion is a strange one, because I'm a Socratic at heart, mind, and soul. Peace!
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  14. Good points. It is also entertainment, sort of like political debate for many.
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  15. I am just a simple monk who does write from my faith experience. While I am Catholic, and love my faith, I have long ago stopped really trying to change others on how they look upon the Catholic Church. There are many opinions, some good, some not so good, and others simply over the top in both directions. The church has many levels. The politics, and yes even corruption in the church do not bother me all that much, for corruption is everywhere no matter where you look. Power, and the love of money do lead to very serious sin. I am 73, and am tired of discussions etc. Though you do have a lot to share with others. You are good writer, and much more intellectual (n a very positive way), I am just sharing thoughts, and experiences that I feel are in no way different than most people who are on some kind of inner path. I do not believe that hell is paved with good intentions, but with bad intentions, evil acts, and hatred. I am not the person to have long deep discussions with on the subject that you seem to want to discuss. I am just trying to grow each day in my love of God, as well as others, and my prayers for for all. I do not look upon myself as political, yet I know when one writes as much as I do, it may look that way. Also, a blog is a simple sharing of my thoughts with anyone who wants to read them. If I would want to debate, dialogue etc., i would post on the forums. While I do post from time to time, I refrain for the most part, for the forums are for debate, would not be fair to post and not want to spend lots of time debating. Also the monastic life, it schedule, precludes al lot of time on the web, which is needed to spend time in discussion with someone of your depth, and intelligence. Keep up you good writing, and sharing my friend. Peace mark
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  16. Mark, I was blessed that day, as the better part of me severely reduced my intended reply to shreds, and what is left is just a thread of the vest I usually wear, periodically. Since you serve a mix of Christianity, with a twist of Catholicism in many, if not all of your entries, you are discussing political issues even when talking to yourself. And the political oriented entries are in fact being presented to anyone chancing to view your public accessible blog. Which then becomes open for discussion to others, through the elective comment link. Therefore I think that you need to reconsider your view on the meaning of something as being political. Because as I see it, which you may not, you are presenting political views of your political party. Therefore you are not true to yourself, nor granting yourself your wish of not wanting to engage in politics with others. You are, most defiantly. And here is why you are campaigning for the political sect (Catholicism) belonging to the major political party of your choice (Christianity). Jesus claims to be a Monarch, a King of kings, in a Kingdom yet to come, as promised. Promises, promises, and it is sweetly, taking its time. The promise as to when it will be kept, was wrapped around a fig tree, in vague and symbolic painted words, topped with an excuse of not knowing the exact time; day and hour, telling us that only One Source, exclusively, knows exactly when the clock strikes the hour, and the Source is His Father, a Good Father to all us. Clocks are time keepers, chronologists. And that reminds me of a Greek mythological character, since I had developed a passion for the myths at a very young age. When this Kingdom will get here, Jesus will be crowned by His father, as the Absolute ruler, forever and ever. Oh, forgot almost.... Cronus is the mythological character reminding me of the specific time piece. KRONOS (Cronus) was the King of the Titanes and the god of time, in particular time when viewed as a destructive, all-devouring force. He ruled the cosmos during the Golden Age after castrating and deposing his father Ouranos (Uranus, Sky). There are 5 major and distinct political constitutions of States: Monarchy, Aristocracy, Oligarchy, Democracy, and Tyranny. Monarchy is a political system in which supreme authority is vested in the monarch, an individual ruler who functions as head of state. And I'm not selecting a specific sect to voice my political views, as other Christian sects are not much better, in the long run, as far as I am concerned. This is in no way a criticism of you, personally, nor of you free will choice to follow whomever and whatever you please. But I'm open to discussion, if you want to talk outside of yourself. You are a good person, and I feel it. But I have also heard some words I believe to be wise, which tell of a road to hell which is paved with a lot of good intentional pavers. Without going into the details as to the health of the Catholic State, one always ruled by a monarchical "Holy" Father. The term holy is used very loosely by me, in reference to the long historical list of past holy monarchs. Most of them, not fit to loosen the strings of the sandals used by Jesus, when He went around teaching, and feeding the poor with food, drink, and hope, while dictating the minimum requirements of the law to follow and practice, for getting access to His Father's Kingdom. Which boils down to politics, for anyone wanting to be accepted as a permanent citizen of this Kingdom, yet to come. They have to swear to follow the law, and promise not swear too often, especially at the Holy Ghost, as that will defiantly keep you out in the cold, where there will be gnashing of teeth. Following are snippets from the internet, to pave the road to Rome, as we also hear that all roads lead to Rome, strangely enough. The Holy See is the supreme governmental organ of the Catholic Church, representing it in the international arena. The subject of international law, for some, is the Church, while for others it is the Holy See itself. Beyond this discussion, one can verify an international performance of the latter that comprises the exercise of the right of passive and active legation, the participation as a member or as an observer in different international organizations, the celebration of bilateral (concordats or agreements of that nature) and multilateral treaties, as well as its role in the peaceful solution of international controversies. The Holy See is the universal government of the Catholic Church and operates from Vatican City State, a sovereign, independent territory. The Pope is the ruler of both Vatican City State and the Holy See. The Holy See, as the supreme body of government of the Catholic Church, is a sovereign juridical entity under international law. The politics of Vatican City take place in a framework of a theocratic absolute elective monarchy, in which the Pope, religiously speaking, the leader of the Catholic Church and Bishop of Rome, exercises ex officio supreme legislative, executive, and judicial power over the Vatican City (an entity distinct from the Holy See), a rare case of non-hereditary monarchy. So, what about the Vatican city? Vatican City is the world’s tiniest country in existence. Sitting right bang in the middle of Rome, the city is home to a rich culture, famous artwork, and of course the Pope! Unique in its status, customs and people, it should come as no surprise that it is also unique in its currency. The Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), commonly referred to as the Vatican Bank, is a privately held financial institution located inside Vatican City. Founded in 1942, the IOR’s role is to safeguard and administer property intended for works of religion or charity. The bank accepts deposits only from top Church officials and entities, according to Italian legal scholar Settimio Caridi. It is run by a president but overseen by five cardinals who report directly to the Vatican and the Vatican’s secretary of state. Because so little is known about the bank’s daily operations and transactions, it has often been called “the most secret bank in the world.” I suggest using music in your blog, as it awakens the slumbering soul, with harmonious, positive vibes, if the music piece is appropriately selected. As an example, here is one appropriate for our political views, which may not be that different, when it comes to the return of the Golden Age coming for sure, as it always has in eternity. I hope you are familiar with Plato, as that will make for better understanding between true Christians, as Jesus is a true philosopher, I'm told by a familiar voice, blowing in the wind. Hold fast, brother....Peace, Love, and patience.
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  17. Please post, I will read what you have to say for sure. My responses will not so long LOL, but you are a good writer and have somethling to say. Peace mark
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  18. Some very good common sense. I'll come back when I'm less tired, and drop a comment or two.
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  19. Your comments were good. It is when people start to take their faith seriously and study and ponder and pray over it that the Advent/Christmas season can be a time of renewal and not of exhaustion. Peace Mark
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  20. Thanks, I needed that. I cannot say that I was not aware of the pros and cons of debating on the forum side. I was even debating with myself on why I could not do both? Provided the Administrator, a very kind soul, but a firm one, allows it. I would take only the pros on the forum side, and bring them to the pros of the Blog side. Eliminating all the cons, here and there. But I don't want to con you, as you look honest enough, because if you see something in my literary abilities, I can assure you that I beg, barrow, and steal words from the sources that I can get away with. Those rich sources are merely turning a blind eye to my borrowing and stealing, as they are tired of listening to all my begging. I hope you drop in on my blog, from time to time, as I do here, as I need faithful souls for my base to strengthen, I have a heavy load to bear. There are some very intelligent people here at UM, intelligent fortune tellers too, that is for sure. I was told once on another forum, a few years back, that if I could win over some support here, I may have a possible best seller on my hands. Praise be to God, and all the book royalties I'll give to the poor, as He would have it. Besides, who needs money were we are all going, up or down, the admission is free. But there is no standing on the 5th. Nobody will be allowed to enter with their physical senses. Those who are citizens of Atlantis, or have friends who are, will see the irony of the 5th, if they know that particular constitution, too. May the Lord sustain us, and our efforts.
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  21. If I may butt in... Well, there's your problem. Undefined someone has to give you a place to stand. You need a fulcrum outside the world to move the world. Yeah, a continent too. Still too large to move with a fulcrum on Earth. Archimedes' lever does imply the use of lever is limitless, at first glance, but upon closer look it actually points out there's obvious limitation in use of levers. He knew there was no lever long enough and no fulcrum outside this world at his disposal, so his theoretic remark was indeed theoretic. Mechanically speaking.
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  22. If the event really happened, which it did not, I would say that God knew Job's choices, knew his heart and soul, while Satan, who is a mere angel could only see the surface of Job's life. Satan could only see in Job, what is in his own being, so his judgment of Job was incomplete. So there was no wager, on God's part. But on Satan's part, there was. For Job, it was a 'test' for him, on whether to trust God or not. You could say that God knew that Job would win, again, because of the relationship Job had with him. peace Mark
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  23. The book ends for me by not giving an answer that we will like very much. The problem of suffering will never be figured out. In the end, Job embraced the "unsatisfactory" answer and went on with his life. God gives, and God takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord is what he said. No answer, just trust remains. Job's well-meaning friends gave very coherent reasons for his suffering, and in the end, they were wrong. We are probably wrong more often than right, as is shown by the mindset of those who sat with him. It is a story, not history, dealing with a profound question. Can people mature enough to love God for God's sake. I believe it is more common than many believe., The depth of Jobs's faith is however lived out every day by millions of people who suffer deeply. It is not an intellectual problem, but a trust one.
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  24. The neighbors ring doorbell catches three of them going right down the middle of the street. It looks like they are going down to the little restaurant at the end of the road checking for dropped scraps. About an hour later they head back up the same way into the woods.
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  25. Thank you overdueleaf, I appreciate you.
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  26. Very inspiring, Br. Mark. Thanks for posting.
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  27. My husband's late sister woke the house up screaming one night, it turned out there was a bat flying around in her bedroom. It was dark and she couldn't see what it was. She always slept with the window open so it must have got in that way. Anyway the bat was ushered back out the window and that was that. I should add they didn't have vampire bats, so no worries, the bat was harmless. Even after all the years since it happened it's one of those fond memories of her we still smile about. "Remember that time when..... Good luck with your bats simplybill.
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  29. Yes. It's a painful process to gain insight. But it's the only way to gain freedom of the mind/soul.
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  30. Hey, remember what Jesus said "I say to you, unless you change and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven" Just kidding, I know you have a sense of humor - and laughter is healthy, so I couldn't resist teasing. On a serious note - I love what you express here. Edit: I changed the word "hope" to the word "know" because I'm sure you have a good sense of humor.
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  31. Welcome to adulthood. Take care of yourself.
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  32. One, two... Three Check one Check two We're ready for liftoff... ~
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  33. @Hawken You could be right: us cheeseburger lovers are known to be sloppy eaters!
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  34. Ybuib Avenue Maybe she just finished a greasy cheeseburger from McD's and got the keys sticky.
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  35. here goes compression testing.. compression is the ticket. Thanks for getting me to use my brain, it needs a different kind of workout everynow and again..lol
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  37. Oh my goodness!! So glad you and baby are doing well. It sounds like you went through such a difficult time. Sending good vibes that you continue to heal!!
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  38. Haha. Sorry. I meant I agree with what you are saying and thats why I enjoy anime Like Fullmetal alchemist.
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  39. Because it's violent and crude? Sorry...just trying to clarify.
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  40. I can do something similar, but not the same, by repeating the name of a homeopathic remedy(sometimes singing it out loud), and producing the effect it would normally have when taking it orally.
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  41. Please prove that your a Horseman of the Pocky Clips and speak to the Jesus Bunny. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gospel_of_Matthew It's a known historic fact that the Massacre of Innocents never took place https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massacre_of_the_Innocents#History_and_theology Census of Quirinius never applying to Jesus https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Census_of_Quirinius#Mention_in_the_Gospel_of_Luke
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  42. It was meant as sarcasm. The Jehovah's Witnesses have a century of bad End Times predictions. They predicted it in 1917, 1925. 1975, 1986, 2000, and 2012.
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  43. Because they all stem from a "Q" source and Mark (which was also written 75 years after the fact) except for John. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q_source#:~:text=The Q source (also called,in the Gospel of Mark. Oh, yeah. The Massacre of Innocents never happened and the Census of Quirinius sort of happened but at a much later date and nobody had to go to their place of birth. Here's your only historical Jesus. He wasn't crucified. He was flattened with a rock. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_ben_Ananias
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  44. You do realize that Matthew was not written by Matthew but by another fellow about 100 years after Jesus died and then re-edited twice. It also has no historicity whatsoever.
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