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By Ranbud, 2016, MorgueFile.com

By Ranbud, 2016, MorgueFile.com

None of us like controlling people. None of us like to be under the thumb of another, with their weighty opinions imposed upon us. None of us like to be ridiculed for what we believe, and forced to do what we don’t believe.

And we shouldn’t have to put up with it. We live in a country founded on our personal freedoms. We are not told what to do by some king, queen, or their council–are we?

Well. . .hmmmm. Let’s take a look at controlling people

Controlling people are self-centered and immature. They think they are bigger than they are. They don’t like your independence, only theirs, so they’re likely to make sure you don’t rule yourself.

How? They take away your choices, usually through manipulative propaganda, and if that doesn’t work as well as they would like, they enforce laws through some kingly, or executive, power they perceive they have been given.

But . . . . to take away a man’s freedom of choice, even his freedom to make the wrong choice, is to manipulate him as though he were a puppet and not a person.” — Madeleine L’Engle

We are not puppets in our personal relationships. Neither are we puppets to be used by those in control of our government. Yet, we are. And people are angry.

Not only with our president, but political parties. As controllers, they are also self-centered and immature, believing they are bigger than they are. Besides that, they may be too filled with avarice and pride to use typical common sense. Their words are used to tickle ears, to get the vote. But are they sincere? Or are they only using huge segments of the population to get what they want for themselves.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires.–2 Timothy 4:3

We need a person with guts and gumption enough to stand up for the sound doctrine on which our great nation was built. Because the major issues we face today have not been soundly dealt with.

We need to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.

Now, it is our turn to decide. We can restore America. We can get rid of the pompous King Kongs already in our lives, and in our government who say one thing to secure a vote from others, but do something entirely different for themselves. I.E.–they lie.

Well, here’s the TRUTH. Nobody crowned them Kings, or Queens, of anything.

MISGUIDED TOLERANCE???

Posted: September 26, 2016 in World On The Edge

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As human beings, we are inherently good, but unfortunately, we sometimes allow ourselves to be misguided when assessing certain happenings in our society. Today, we are misguided by the trappings of a word: Tolerance.

HOW?

marys-mountain-bookcoverimageWell, do you want to be described as ‘intolerant?’

No, that’s a big negative. It shows us as small and petty.

Do you want to be described as “tolerant?’
Yes, in many circles, that’s a plus. It shows us as large and magnanimous.

Except, through political correctness, and the charade of radical progressivism, tolerance has been taken to the extreme–in education, the news media, in the family, and the entire Christian culture. All this, based on the philosophy of Saul Alinsky, known as the father of community organizing, with his goal of restructuring society and making that tolerable by restructuring the church as well.

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We are at a “precarious moment in our history” when churches must speak truth to power or risk the loss of a lot more than their tax statuses, former Ave Maria Law School chaplain Father Michael Orsi said in a blistering speech at a National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children event on September 10.

Listen. The soul of America is at risk.

When is an Acceptable Time????

Posted: September 24, 2016 in World On The Edge

file0002099842296There are times when I put things off–actually many times when I put things off–things I know I should do. But I talk my self out of doing it for some reason or another. One of the biggest things I put off is cleaning out drawers and closets. If I can squeeze one more item into a drawer, I see it as still ‘workable.’ Sometimes, I do that with my life, too.

But is ‘workable’ what I want? When is it time to turn ‘workable’ into ‘working like a charm?’ And who can do this, except me? And when is the time to do it, except now?

Behold, now is a very acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 2 Cor 6:2b

Maybe you’ve put things off, too. And maybe those things have to do with your relationship with God.

Most of us want a loving relationship with God, yet we put a lot of “stuff” ahead of our personal attempt to have one.

But we can change that.

We can clean out the closets and drawers of our lives. Get rid of all that makes them ‘unworkable’ by tossing out our old and over-used excuses for keeping what is not genuinely beneficial to us. Even then, we may not have a perfect house (or self) but we will have a house that is ready.

When do we do this?

Well, since tomorrow is always ‘iffy’ for each one of us, Today must be the acceptable time.

Will we act? Or will we continue to make excuses?

MISGUIDED TOLERANCE???

Posted: September 23, 2016 in World On The Edge

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As human beings, we are inherently good, but unfortunately, we sometimes allow ourselves to be misguided when assessing certain happenings in our society. Today, we are misguided by the trappings of a word: Tolerance.

HOW?

marys-mountain-bookcoverimageWell, do you want to be described as ‘intolerant?’

No, that’s a big negative. It shows us as small and petty.

Do you want to be described as “tolerant?’
Yes, in many circles, that’s a plus. It shows us as large and magnanimous.

Except, through political correctness, and the charade of radical progressivism, tolerance has been taken to the extreme–in education, the news media, in the family, and the entire Christian culture. All this, based on the philosophy of Saul Alinsky, known as the father of community organizing, with his goal of restructuring society and making that tolerable by restructuring the church as well.

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Tolerance is one word that has opposite definitions, all according to its relevance in particular situations.

We are tolerant toward our children, even when they are exasperating, because we love them. Yet, we will not tolerate certain kinds of behavior from them—that’s also because we love them, and want to raise them to be good people.

There are some morally ugly, and essentially evil, viewpoints parading around today under the guise of tolerance. For Christians to let these viewpoints go unchallenged, no matter how politically correct they have become, is cowardly. More than that, it lacks real common sense.

Evil must be named, and it must be confronted. Or else it cannot be defeated.

The problem is there is a lot of evil that is presently, and politically, being costumed as ‘good.’

Of course this ‘good’ is a false good.  And where is our moral indignation over this?

Well, when we’ve been fooled, we may not even see some things as immoral anymore. They’ve been gussied up to appear as morally acceptable truths that are practically demanded of us. But they are fake truths, and will cause our downfall, both individually and as a nation.

We must remember this….Satan never looks like Satan. He drapes himself in celebrity and humor and humanitarianism, using celebrity to mislead, humor to mock, and humanitarianism to de-humanize.— Father George Rutler

Here are more wise words from Bishop Fulton J. Sheen:

Love is Not Tolerance. Christian love bears evil, but it does not tolerate it. It does penance for the sins of others, but it is not broadminded about sin. The cry for tolerance never induces it to quench its hatred of the evil philosophies that have entered into contest with the Truth. It forgives the sinner, and it hates the sin; it is unmerciful to the error in his mind. The sinner it will always take back into the bosom of the Mystical Body; but his lie will never be taken into the treasury of His Wisdom.

Real love involves real hatred: whoever has lost the power of moral indignation and the urge to drive the buyers and sellers from the temples, he has also lost a living, fervent love of Truth. Charity, then, is not a mild philosophy of “live and let live”; it is not a species of sloppy sentiment. Charity is the infusion of the Spirit of God, which makes us love the beautiful and hate the morally ugly.

We need to wake up, and wake up with COURAGE, to face this misguided tolerance that affects all we once held sacred.

We need to use our common sense—-because a hungry wolf in sheep’s clothing is still a wolf!!
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tough-loveWhen raising your children, have you ever practiced what is called Tough Love?

This might come about if they want something badly, but you know it isn’t good for them and so refuse their request. Of course, a child may pitch a fit, cry, stomp, scream that you are being unreasonable. He or she might even say you don’t love them–because if you did, you’d give them what they want.

But there are situations when we know what a child does not know. We are experienced enough to see that a certain thing or situation will harm them. And it’s precisely because we Do love them that we refuse–even when we know that our refusal will cause them pain.

As Christians who pray, we adults do not always receive what we pray for. How do we handle it? Do we pitch a fit, cry, stomp, scream that God is being unreasonable. Do we lose faith that He loves us? Sometimes we do.

Maybe we’ve lost someone dear to us, or are fired from a job. or maybe a huge tragedy out of our control comes upon us as a people–hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and war? It would seem, then, that God is forcing us to our knees.

Can we believe that all this comes from a God who loves us as a parent?

The answer is difficult. Just as a child questions her parent’s reasoning, we question God’s reasoning. OR at the very least, we wonder about God’s intent. A wonderful priest I know wouldn’t venture an answer as to why awful things happen to people. “If you want to know why human beings suffer, don’t ask me–ask God,” he said.

So the question goes unanswered because for a human being to know the reasoning of God can be compared to a grasshopper attempting to know the reasoning of a human being. It cannot be done. Yet what we often see happening is that uncontrollable tragedies, like those mentioned above, have an ability to pull people together. People stand together, and pray together, in the face of great disasters.

So, in situations of suffering when it seems God has brought us to our knees, what should we do? I think we trust that God loves us as a parent, and that because of that great love, He will give us what we need to get through, to get up, and even to become better people.

When Did You Find Yourself?

Posted: September 21, 2016 in World On The Edge

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There are times when we’re young that we are also confident. Someone will ask, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” And we can give a quick answer.

But as we grow, things are not so clear as when we were children. Life gets complicated because we have more and more responsibility–for our own lives, and the lives of those in our care.

We may feel lost. We may not be sure where we’re going anymore. We may not even have a direction in mind. We look around and think we see everyone else in a situation we’d like to be in, too; but we’re just not there–and don’t know if we’ll ever be.

We can feel pretty depressed in times like these. We can feel very alone and unimportant.

Then something happens.

No, we don’t win the lottery.

The something that happens may not seem profitable at the time. It may not be fun. In fact, we may want to avoid suffering through it.

But we do suffer through it. And afterwards, it’s possible that we find some good in it. We may find our true self in it, too.

When this something happens, we are changed by it. We may be so changed that we begin to live for someone else. And in the process we find our own self–the person we were meant to be.