Friday, April 18, 2014

The "Nones"

Damon Linker (photo), a journalist for theweek.com announces the death of religion this Easter season by grossly changing the numbers to help his cause. He writes in part . . .

"This week millions of Jews in America and around the world celebrate the holiday of Passover. Meanwhile, millions of Christians are preparing to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday and rejoice in his resurrection on Easter Sunday three days later.

"And then there's everyone else.

I don't mean Muslims and Hindus and Buddhists and adherents of many other smaller faiths around the globe. I'm talking about the growing number of people, mainly in the U.S. and Europe, who couldn't care less about religious holidays and rituals. These are the "nones" — the roughly one fifth of all Americans, and 32 percent of those under 30, who profess no religious affiliation at all. For these tens of millions of people, religion is largely a matter of indifference."

[Actually there are 1.3 billion Catholics and 1 billion Protestants (he's only off by a couple of billion) celebrating Good Friday and Easter Sunday.  When Damon gets the facts correctly, there is no story.  In the 1600s, a French Atheist and philosopher-intellectual by the name of Voltaire predicted the end of religion within 100 years.  Damon should take note.]
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Monday, April 14, 2014

The Evil Easter Bunny




Each year around the Easter and Christmas holidays,Christians begin to  target the corruption of the holy days by the evil Easter bunny (photo) and deceptive Santa Clause, and yes, they may be an unnecessary diversion to the real Thing.  However, the real tragedy that's seldom spoken of is an American church steeped 24/7 in unholy wealth and judgmental hypocrisy.  Following Christ in the US has been relegated to theatrics, prosperity and pride.  However, Christ left for us a model of poverty and suffering, we just have to follow his example and give up the American high-life, and be-it-as-it may, possibly a bunny or two . . . "For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously." 1 Peter 2: 21-23
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Aloha!


 
Friends, Romans and Hawaiians, lend me your ears . . . Who all is coming to the THIRD annual Hawaiian Luau? Sunday, May 18th, 2pm, 1544 Morse Ave./Market St., Ventura, CA, Hawaiian Buffet & Tina Tuitama Vainuku live show from Las Vegas, Polynesian Dancers! Exotic island cuisine by Mai Pham chef/owner of Mai's Cafe. Save $5 each, order in advance. Children 5 and under free! Also, advance tickets are available by contacting anyone of your friends: Celina Gonzales, Tina Vainuku, Mai Pham, Miguel Dorado Rubio, Nancy Pena, Catherine Delgado, Linda McWilliams or Mark Burke. Aloha!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Pride, the Original Sin – Good Friday, the Original Solution


Good Friday is the remedy for the first pride proclaimed by the handsome and gifted angel Lucifer and consequently for all those beautiful, smart and gifted humans that exalt themselves.

However, Isaiah speaks of a different exaltation – Jesus lifted high, high and lifted up on a cross, humiliated and whipped beyond human semblance. That’s how to exalt one’s self, modeled by the teacher himself.  “Don’t become a Christian unless you look good on wood!”

“See, my servant shall prosper; he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.  Just as there were many who were amazed at him, his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being and his form marred beyond human likeness — so he will sprinkle many nations,  and kings will shut their mouths because of him.  For what they were not told, they will see,   and what they have not heard, they will understand.”  Isaiah 52:13-15
 
So what's you're exaltation?  What is your cross?  Enjoy!
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Good Friday, the day to happily celebrate brokenness is almost here: For all you homeless, misunderstood, foolish, despised, rejected and crucified losers out there, this one is for you!


“Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called [by Christ]. Not many of you were wise by human standards [not very smart]; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth [losers]. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: 'Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.'”  1 Corinthians1:26-31
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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Continued Growth!

Ventura Breeze, April 2 – April 15, 2014
Vol. 7, No. 13 Published Every Other Wednesday www.venturabreeze.com
Religion Section

 Servants of the Father of Mercy continue their growth!
An old approximately 2,000 sq. ft.
warehouse in Ventura recently got a
good cleaning and facelift as the new
headquarters of the Servants of the
Father of Mercy, Inc.
 
Officially incorporated and founded
at St. Peter’s Italian Catholic Church
in Los Angeles, Chinatown on July 26,
2008, the Servants of the Father of
Mercy first shared space at St. Paul the
Apostle Church in Westwood. In 2010
they relocated to Santa Paula.
 
Now, their new location is in Ventura
at 1544 Morse Avenue and accommodates
well the continued growth of the
ministry. The “Servants” among many
things sponsor interdenominational and
inspirational family nights, children and
parents seasonal crafts making, holiday
baking, candy making, fresh floral
arranging and other fun fundraisers for
the homeless they serve. The warehouse
is newly outfitted with a prayer chapel,
family room, crafts and conference area,
storage and private bathroom.
 
Since their roots in 2001, the
Servants of the Father of Mercy have
always been like Dominos Pizza, “they
deliver!” Their transport service brings
to the homeless living under bridges,
remote alleyways and on streets in So Cal
food, water, clothing, blankets, jackets,
hygiene kits, spiritual supplies and more.
Since their inception, the team built of
more than 100 members and supporters
have prevented dehydration, starvation
and even death in the tens of thousands
of homeless men, women and children
they have served.
 
The Servants of the Father of Mercy
maintain delivery service and volunteer
staff locations in Ventura, Los Angeles
and Anaheim/Costa Mesa. They publish
and donate to poor children This Bible
Talks! the first-ever talking Bible for
toddlers as well as a book by Bro. Gary
Joseph, the founder’s near-death-experience
testimony, Proof of the Afterlife – The
Conversation Continues.
 
The Servants of the Father of Mercy,
Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit tax-exempt
California organization and an Association
of the Catholic Archdiocese of Los
Angeles.
 
They have received letters of praise
and endorsement over the years for their
work from Cardinal Roger Mahony,
Archbishop Jose Gomez, Bishop Clark,
Mother Antonia Brenner and many
others.
 
You can visit the Servants of the
Father of Mercy at their weekly Hawaiian
Barbecue sponsored by Ventura’s Mai’s
Café and Tina Tuitama Vainuku Polonysian
Dancers. It’s every Thursday,
11am to 2pm, and of course, they deliver!
For more information www.servantsofthefather.org.

(Photo) Angelique Perez made braided Swiss egg
bread for a recent bake sale fundraiser for the
homeless.
 
 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Suffering



Lent, the perfect time to reflect on suffering . . . as Fr. Ed our Greek/Hebrew teacher said in seminary a few years ago at a 7am Lenten Mass, "Don't become a Christian unless you look good on wood!"