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“if you were looking to exterminate a people”

17 July 2018

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“The fact is, if you were looking to exterminate a people, by that I mean destroy their culture and identity, the first thing you would do is put the women to work. It’s not an accident that invaders who kill off the men and marry the women almost always adapt to the culture they conquered. That’s because the culture of a people is their women. Men have a role, but primarily as the guardians of the engine of their culture. Women are the ovens that bake the bread. Take away the oven and there can be no bread.

By ripping women out of their homes and putting them to work like field slaves, modernity has destroyed the natural framework of society. The state has tried to fill the void, which is why per capita, inflation adjusted government spending has quadrupled as women moved from the home to the workplace. All that government supervision of children and maintenance of synthetic community organizations comes with a direct cost, which shows up in paychecks and the cost of goods. It’s one reason the middle class is broke.”

The Z Blog

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Basil the Great: “Think of all these things in your heart”

17 July 2018

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“Our Savior was crucified for our sakes that by His death He might give us life and train and attract us all to endurance. To Him I press on, and to the Father and to the Holy Spirit. I strive to be found true, judging myself unworthy of this world’s goods; and yet not I because of the world, but the world because of me. Think of all these things in your heart; follow them with zeal; fight, as you have been commanded, for the truth to the death: For Christ was made ‘obedient’ even ‘to death’ (Phil. 2:8).”

Saint Basil the Great

Cyril of Jerusalem: “The first virtue of godliness”

16 July 2018

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“Let this commandment be especially observed by those here present who have fathers and mothers: ‘Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing to the Lord’ (Col. 3:20). The first virtue of godliness in Christians is to honor their parents to requite the troubles of those who gave them birth.”

Saint Cyril of Jerusalem

Cyril of Alexandria: “He was manifested in the flesh”

15 July 2018

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“The holy Paul, the priest of the divine mysteries, writes: ‘Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of our religion: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory’ (I Tim. 3:16). What then does ‘manifested in the flesh’ mean? It means that the Word of God the Father became flesh, not by a change or alteration of His own nature, but because having made the flesh taken from the holy Virgin His own, one and the same subject is called Son, before the Incarnation as the Word still incorporeal and after the Incarnation as the same Word now embodied. That is why we say that the same subject is simultaneously both God and man, not dividing Him conceptually into a human being with a separate individual identity and God the Word also with a separate identity, that we may exclude any idea of two Sons, but acknowledging that one and the same subject is Christ and Son and Lord.”

Saint Cyril of Alexandria

Irenaeus: “the privilege of continuance”

13 July 2018

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“He who shall preserve the life bestowed upon him, and give thanks to Him Who imparted it, shall receive also length of days forever and ever. But he who shall reject it, and prove himself ungrateful to his Maker, inasmuch as he has been created, and has not recognized Him Who bestowed the gift upon him, deprives himself of the privilege of continuance forever and ever. And, for this reason, the Lord declared to those who showed themselves ungrateful towards Him: ‘If you have not been faithful in that which is little, who will give you that which is great?’ (cf. Lk. 16:11) indicating that those who, in this brief temporal life, have shown themselves ungrateful to Him Who bestowed it, shall justly not receive from Him length of days forever and ever.”

Saint Irenaeus 

John of Kronstadt: “then the everlasting righteousness came”

12 July 2018

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“The Lord, before His Incarnation, let mankind experience all the bitterness of sin, all their powerlessness to eradicate it; and when all longed for a Deliverer, then He appeared, the most wise, all-powerful Physician and Helper. When men hungered and thirsted after righteousness, as it grew weaker, then the everlasting righteousness came.”

St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ

 

SCOTUS, Abortion, and the Thai Cave Rescue

11 July 2018

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“This week’s announcement that Brett Kavanaugh has been selected as Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s replacement has many expressing fear and anger that Roe v. Wade might be overturned and that abortion in America will be outlawed.

Juxtapose those negative emotions with America’s collective joy over 12 boys being safely rescued this week from a Thai cave.

It’s confusing to me how many Americans can feel such happiness over boys being dramatically rescued from death in Thailand, while at the same time express such anger over the possibility of Americans being unable to bring intentional death to babies. 

I may be the only person who thinks along these lines, but I’d like to point out the similarities between the boys in Thailand and babies in American mothers’ wombs.



Both babies and the boys are alive.


Both babies and the boys are in a dark place.


Both babies and the boys are surrounded by water.


Both babies and the boys are in need of oxygen from others.


Both babies and the boys are in need of nourishment from others.


Both babies and the boys are completely dependent on other people.


Both babies and the boys will survive with preparation and careful removal.


Both babies and the boys have people around the world who are willing to help.”

 

Wade Burleson, Istoria Ministries Blog

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