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John of Damascus: “our salvation for which all Scripture and all mystery exists”

21 January 2019

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“It is one and the same God Whom both the Old and New Testament proclaim, Who is praised and glorified in the Trinity: ‘I am come,’ says the Lord, ‘not to destroy the law but to fulfill it’ (Mt. 5:17). For He Himself worked out our salvation for which all Scripture and all mystery exists. And again, ‘Search the Scriptures for they exist to witness of Me’ (Jn. 5:39). And the Apostle says, ‘God, Who many times and in diverse manners spoke in times past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son’ (Heb. 1:1-2). Through the Holy Spirit, therefore, the law and the prophets, the evangelists and apostles and pastors and teachers, spoke. All Scripture, then, is ‘given by inspiration of God and is also assuredly profitable’ (II Tim. 3:16). For through the Holy Scriptures we are trained to action that is pleasing to God, and untroubled contemplation. For in these we find both exhortations to every virtue and dissuasion from every vice.”

Saint John of Damascus

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Robert E. Lee: “Let prayer be our practice”

21 January 2019

Today, the third Monday in January is the Day that Robert E. Lee’s birthday is traditionally celebrated. General Lee has been much disparaged as of late. It’s not politically correct to celebrate him anymore. Which makes it even more necessary to do just that. I feel strongly that it is only ideologues who are unable to recognize that Lee was a man of admirable character and ability. Unfortunately, at this point in history, our country is led mostly by ideologues.

Happy Birthday, Robert E. Lee!

 

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“A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday does not know where it is today.”

 

“There are few, I believe, in this enlightened age, who will not acknowledge that slavery as an institution is a moral and political evil.”

 

“All that the South has ever desired was that the Union, as established by our forefathers, should be preserved, and that the government as originally organized should be administered in purity and truth.”

 

“The consolidation of the states into one vast empire, sure to be aggressive abroad and despotic at home, will be the certain precursor of ruin which has overwhelmed all that preceded it.”

 

“Let us pray for ourselves, that we may not lose the word “concern” out of our Christian vocabulary. Let us pray for our nation. Let us pray for those who have never known Jesus Christ and redeeming love, for moral forces everywhere, for our national leaders. Let prayer be our passion. Let prayer be our practice.”

Robert E. Lee

Zbigniew Brzezinski: “society will be dominated by an elite of persons free from traditional values”

21 January 2019

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“The Technocratic Age is slowly designing an every day more controlled society. The society will be dominated by an elite of persons free from traditional values who will have no doubt in fulfilling their objectives by means of purged techniques with which they will influence the behavior of people and will control and watch the society in all details”. “… it will become possible to exert a practically permanent watch on each citizen of the world”.

Zbigniew Brzezinski

John Stott: “The nature of error”

20 January 2019

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“The nature of error. Two tendencies of heresy are most revealing. We would be wise to ask ourselves regarding every kind of teaching both what its attitude is towards God and what effect it has upon men. There is invariably something about error which is dishonouring to God and damaging to men. The truth, on the other hand, always honours God, promoting godliness (cf. Tit. 1:16), and always edifies its hearers.”

John R.W Stott

“the wheels are no longer turning”

20 January 2019

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“All is very murky at the moment, but I would venture to guess that most people in the US are too distracted, too stressed and too preoccupied with their own vices and obsessions to pay much attention to the political realm. Of the ones they do pay attention, a fair number of them seem clued in to the fact that the US is not a democracy at all but an elites-only sandbox in which transnational corporate and oligarchic interests build and knock down each others’ sandcastles.

The extreme political polarization, where two virtually identical pro-capitalist, pro-war parties pretend to wage battle by virtue-signaling may be a symptom of the extremely decrepit state of the entire political arrangement: people are made to watch the billowing smoke and to listen to the deafening noise in the hopes that they won’t notice that the wheels are no longer turning.”

“The Saker”

 

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Ambrose: “Let us not keep the Lord’s money buried and hidden in the flesh”

19 January 2019

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“Let us not keep the Lord’s money buried and hidden in the flesh; nor let us hide our one talent in a napkin (cf. Lk. 19:20); but like good money-changers let us ever weigh it out with labor of mind and body, with an even and ready will, that the word may be near, even in your mouth and in your heart (cf. Deut. 30:14).”

Saint Ambrose

George Orwell: “A genuinely unfashionable opinion”

19 January 2019

 

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“Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing.”

George Orwell