“The world does not revolve around you.”

From my own experience, the above is a message that will often need repeating to a child. Why? Because children usually want what they want when they want it, with no regard for anyone else’s needs. The pictured boy appears to be having a temper tantrum, demanding his way. He is shown as being three to five years old, so being demanding is somewhat normal for a child his age. This is why the behavior is not often considered to be a problem in children because generally they grow out of them.

It is, however, a huge problem in adults when they want what they want when they want it without regard for anyone else’s needs. One name for that is narcissism.  Or elitism. Or people who idolize themselves.

We probably know adults like this, people concerned only for themselves. People with no empathy for another’s situation although they attempt to make you think they are. Literally hung up on ‘self,’ people like this always put themselves first. And unfortunately, many of them are called leaders and have high positions in politics, where they dress their behavior in false concern and fake empathy, insisting they work for the people and uphold the Constitution of the United States. Instead, they manufacture crises supported by lies to get what they want when they want it. Narcissistic? Yes. Elitist? Yes. Dangerous? Most certainly. Man’s narcissistic tendency to idolize himself rather than God is not only disastrous for him, no matter what position he holds, but also, can be deadly for those around him. And it can also destroy a country, even one like America.

I believe in the goodness of people, but I also realize how evil they can be. We only have to look throughout history to see the wickedness committed against populations who choose not to conform to the wishes of kings or presidents — populations who found their God-given rights taken away, populations who were made to feel inferior because of their convictions and beliefs, and then, punished or even killed, because of them. We see this happening today around the world.

Today, there are people and entire countries who do not want to be ruled by the narcissism of a leader who treats them as inferior, do not want to be part of a forced globalist whole, do not want to be part of a new world order, or great reset by the radical left. Yet, the narcissism, elitism, and carefully orchestrated lies of those leaders are forced upon them.

There are multitudes in our country today who cannot speak their minds without being censored or worse. There are multitudes who have been misled by the mainstream media, and yet there are others who do not seem to care if they are being lied to. But as human beings, we are made to question, and meant to seek the truth. It is inevitable that many will fight against the lies and misrepresentations. Why? Because God — yes, God — made us unique, with the free will to choose for ourselves. And our Constitutional right — in an honest election— is that “the people” choose what, and who, is best for ourselves and our country.

“Be proud of your identity as American patriots and of the Faith that must animate your life. Do not allow anyone to make you feel inferior just because you love your homeland, because you are honest at work, because you want to protect your family and raise your children with healthy values, because you respect the elderly, because you protect life from conception to its natural end. Do not be intimidated or seduced by those who propagate a dystopian world in which a faceless power imposes on you contempt for the Law of God, presents sin and vice as licit and desirable, despises righteousness and Morality, destroys the natural family and promotes the worst perversions, plans the death of defenseless and weak creatures, and exploits humanity for its own profit or to preserve power.” — Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States

I ask you to read the following article. There is much in it that surprised me, but its proven records shed light on the truth. Yes, the article will take time and thought, but I believe it is finally the truth set out for us, and we have the right to know it. https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/abp-vigano-globalists-have-fomented-war-in-ukraine-to-establish-the-tyranny-of-the-new-world-order/

Let’s not forget who we are and what America truly stands for.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy husband and I once stopped at an overlook on The Blue Ridge Parkway. It was Fall, so the mountains beyond us were blazing with color; every shade of red, orange, and yellow. To the side of the overlook, we noticed a little-worn path that led into the woods below. We took it.

Step by step we went down into an odd, emerald-colored shade, almost as if we had descended into a different season. There, we found a stream running between fat tree trunks and meandering down and around small rises in the earth. For a time, we sat in silence on a large rock beside the stream, listening to the trickling sounds and the quiet rustle of a breeze.

At the time, one of my grandsons was a lover of rocks, the more unique, the better for him. So, I began to look for some.

All around were smaller rocks that had obviously come from a ragged indent in one side of the large rock on which we were sitting. Perhaps time had made the indentation, or maybe another boulder had fallen upon it. But one thing was certain, the smaller rocks surrounding it had the fiery color of the large rock’s interior, and if any one of them were tested, it would have the same interior composition of elements, too.

Individually though, the parts of the big rock were very different in appearance. Some had ended up in the stream and were round and smooth. Others were angular and roughly formed through weathering and erosion. Yet each was born from the same large rock.

I think our human lives are like those rocks. We all come from the same origin. Many of us may have personally broken away from that entity, or we may have been severed from it by happenstance. Nevertheless, despite our differing appearances through facial features, skin color, or personality traits, we possess the characteristics of our origin. We come from a ‘whole,’ and we all are related to it. This is the fact that makes us brothers and sisters.

Of course, the ‘whole’ I’m speaking of is God, our Creator. The amazing thing is that although we are no longer physically attached to God, as the smaller rocks are no longer physically attached to their origin, we still carry His likeness within us.

Many today, refuse to accept that we carry God within us, or that God exists at all. But if you’ve ever truly loved anyone, how do you come to that refusal? Love is not a physical attachment, not really. Love is something that can’t be touched or seen except through a person’s actions. Our love in action, the way we relate to our brothers and sisters, is the unifying characteristic that likens us to God, and it is the characteristic that distinguishes a human being from the rest of creation.

Reconsider the rocks; the whole and its parts. It is the law of physical nature that the broken pieces of rock will never again be ‘one’ with the boulder they came from. Their natural destiny is to remain divided from it. But human beings have a supernatural destiny. All religions believe that someday we will individually re-unite with God. We will return to the whole.

In the words of Mother Theresa of Calcutta, “I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life?’ rather he will ask, ‘How much love did you put into what you did?'”

In other words, God will ask: How much of Me did you show to the world?

New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade

It’s Tuesday, Mardi Gras day, and time to party!!!
But why do we party? What’s Mardi Gras all about?

Americancatholic.org says that Mardi Gras has grown in popularity in recent years as a raucous, sometimes hedonistic event. But its roots lie in the Christian calendar, as the “last hurrah” before the Catholic season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. That’s why the enormous party in New Orleans, for example, ends abruptly at midnight on Tuesday, with battalions of street sweepers pushing the crowds out of the French Quarter towards home.

Mardi Gras literally means “Fat Tuesday” in French. The name comes from the tradition of slaughtering and feasting upon a fattened calf on the last day of Carnival. The day is also known as Shrove Tuesday (from “to shrive,” or hear confessions).

But do you know that Mardi Gras is related to the Christmas season, through the ordinary-time interlude known in many Catholic cultures as Carnival? (Ordinary time, in the Christian calendar, refers to the normal “ordering” of time outside of the Advent/Christmas or Lent/Easter seasons.)

Carnival comes from the Latin words carne vale, meaning “farewell to the flesh.” Like many Catholic holidays and seasonal celebrations, it likely has its roots in pre-Christian traditions based on the seasons. Some believe the festival represented the few days added to the lunar calendar to make it coincide with the solar calendar; since these days were outside the calendar, rules and customs were not obeyed. Others see it as a late-winter celebration designed to welcome the coming spring. As early as the middle of the second century, the Romans observed a Fast of 40 Days, which was preceded by a brief season of feasting, costumes and merrymaking.

The Carnival season kicks off with the Epiphany, also known as Twelfth Night, Three Kings’ Day and, in the Eastern churches, Theophany. Epiphany, which falls on January 6, 12 days after Christmas, celebrates the visit of the Wise Men bearing gifts for the infant Jesus. In cultures that celebrate Carnival, Epiphany kicks off a series of parties leading up to Mardi Gras.

Epiphany is also the traditional time to serve King’s Cake, a custom that began in France in the 12th century. Legend has it that the cakes were made in a circle to represent the circular routes that the Wise Men took to find Jesus, in order to confuse King Herod and foil his plans of killing the Christ Child. In the early days, a coin or bean was hidden inside the cake, and whoever found the item was said to have good luck in the coming year. In New Orleans Louisiana, and in Mobile, Alabama, bakers now put a small baby, representing the Christ Child, in the cake; the recipient is then expected to host the next King Cake party.

The official colors of Mardi Gras, with their roots in Catholicism, are: purple, a symbol of justice; green, representing faith; and gold, to signify power.

Tomorrow, it’s Time to Turn Down the Noise.

For Catholics, Ash Wednesday (the day after Mardi Gras) is the beginning of Lent, which lasts for forty days. For every Catholic, it is a day to confront the inevitability of his or her death, and for that day, we wear the sign of that inevitability on our foreheads in ashes.

The ashes we receive on our forehead in the shape of a cross serve as an outward sign of our sinfulness and need for penance. The ashes also symbolize our mortality, a reminder that one day we will die and our bodies will return to dust. Traditional words when we receive the ashes are: Remember that thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return.

So, Ash Wednesday is a time of self-examination, and of our faith in the promise of eternal life. Can we turn down the noise in our lives for forty days and listen to what God wants to tell us? Because if we don’t listen, we won’t hear him call us by name–our name. We won’t hear that we should not be afraid. We won’t hear that God is madly in love with each one of us. We won’t hear what we can do to change ourselves.

Is there something in our lives that might prevent eternal life? If there is, we have an opportunity to change it. We know who we are. We know we’ve done. Shouldn’t we examine ourselves and work on the problems we may have?

Dear Lord, we are now in the holy season of Lent. We begin to realize anew that these are the days of salvation, these are the acceptable days. We know that we are all sinners. We know that in many things we have all offended Your infinite majesty. We know that sin destroys Your life in us as a drought withers the leaves and chokes the life from the land, leaving an arid, dusty desert.

Help us now, Lord, in our feeble attempts to make up for past sin. Bless our efforts with the rich blessing of Your grace. Make us realize ever more our need of penance and of mortification. Help us to see, in our ordinary difficulties and duties, in the trials and temptations of every day, the best opportunity of making up for past infidelities. Every day we are so often reminded in field and wood, in sky and stream, of Your own boundless generosity to us.

Help us to realize that You are never outdone in generosity, and that the least thing we do for You will be rewarded, full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and flowing over. Then we shall see, in our own souls, how the desert can blossom, and the dry and wasted land can bring forth the rich, useful fruit that was expected of it from the beginning. Amen.

–Catholic.org

The Tongue

Posted: February 23, 2022 in World On The Edge

The tongue is a small part of the human body, and yet, if not tamed, it is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

Photo by Karley Saagi

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters,
for you realize that we will be judged more strictly,
for we all fall short in many respects.
If anyone does not fall short in speech, he is a perfect man,
able to bridle the whole body also.
If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us,
we also guide their whole bodies.
It is the same with ships:
even though they are so large and driven by fierce winds,
they are steered by a very small rudder
wherever the pilot’s inclination wishes.
In the same way the tongue is a small member
and yet has great pretensions.

Consider how small a fire can set a huge forest ablaze.
The tongue is also a fire.
It exists among our members as a world of malice,
defiling the whole body
and setting the entire course of our lives on fire,
itself set on fire by Gehenna.
For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature,
can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species,
but no man can tame the tongue.
It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
With it we bless the Lord and Father,
and with it we curse men
who are made in the likeness of God.
From the same mouth come blessing and cursing.
My brothers and sisters, this need not be so.

James 3:1 -10 

Are you certain what you say is the Truth? If you are not certain, then Do Not Speak. That’s more than just common sense, it’s a human being’s responsibility toward others.

A human characteristic is the ability to speak, to converse, to give instruction, to make our opinions known. We talk. We use our tongues–sometimes without thinking, and sometimes very intentionally.

Our speech is directed to another, a listener. The listener may be a child, a friend, a family member, or a stranger in the grocery store. Regardless of who or where, what we say to each other matters. Speech is a gift to be used with care. I would suggest loving care, though I’m often guilty of overlooking that.

 “But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” — Matthew 12:36

Wow! That’s a lot of personal responsibility.

Words and actions by those in prominent places can make or break this country.

Will the words and actions they use as weapons against others be ignored, or inevitably condemned by those they are supposed to serve?

Beware. The devil is on the doorstep now. What are we going to do about it? Take control. Speak only the truth, and hold others, especially our leaders, accountable for the same.

SHOOTING AT HEAVEN’S GATE

Posted: February 17, 2022 in World On The Edge

An Ongoing Drama Between God and Each of Us

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Our life is an ongoing drama between God and each of us. Whether we accept it or not, no matter who we are or what we do, each of us has an inborn, spiritual relationship with the God who created us, the God who loves us infinitely. We can deny it or shout our disagreement. We can act out in reprehensible ways to destroy God’s sovereignty over us. Our God-given free will allows that behavior. But truth cannot be altered. We were made to be good. We live in a world that God made to be good. And yet moral, physical, and metaphysical evil exists in spite of the goodness — and therefore, suffering exists.

I considered writing this novel, “Shooting at Heaven’s Gate,” several years ago after being shocked that in a small town near mine, a disillusioned and angry young man took up his shotgun and killed many of his family and co-workers. Why had he done it? Jealousy, greed, revenge, or some mental disfunction? Why had he destroyed the people he most cared for?

Most of us can retell the story of Cain and Abel, a story of one brother murdering the other. Genesis 4. When the Father (God) favored Abel’s gift over Cain’s, a few narcissistic traits began to itch in Cain, and then finally took him over — jealousy, anger, and revenge, leading to Cain’s murder of Abel. The sin of Cain separated him from God, just as sin separates us from God. Cain was punished, but even then, God showed him mercy. I have no idea what caused the shootings in this nearby small town, but I suspect some of those narcissistic traits were involved.

In the novel, “Shooting at Heaven’s Gate, goodness is left behind for a time, and evil runs rampart in Bethel, Alabama. Dr. Malcolm J. Hawkins, III, arrogant head of psychology at Bethel University feels his position and his credibility threatened by the impressive, up-and-coming English professor, Ginnie Gillan.

Good and evil do not exist when human nature wants the best way to scratch an itch. The only question is, Can I get away with it? “says Dr. Malcolm J. Hawkins, PH. D.

So, Mal scratches that ‘itch.’ Jealousy, anger and revenge take over him, and Mal decides to use Ginnie’s husband Edmund’s fear and weakness against her. Feeding Edmund a steady diet of drugs and manipulation, Mal lights the fuse of the greatest tragedy Bethel has ever known.

Compassionate, loving teenager, Alma Broussard, lives with her quirky mother Moline, who works in a dental office, and her feisty Aunt Pauline, who runs the chicken farm on which they live. Their lives seem wholly separate from the feuds of academia—but dark secrets lurk in Moline’s past that will bring the people she loves straight into the path of a murderous madman.

In the wake of death and destruction, Bethel, the town that used to be called Heaven’s Gate, will find no easy answers, but there may still be hope for redemption. 

Shooting at Heaven’s Gate is a “Theology of the Cross” novel in which genuine goodness, bona fide evil, and suffering truly live side by side. My intention is that it not only be enjoyed, but that it be used for the discussion of some very human questions.

Discussion Points:

  1. We all hold secrets. Every main character in the novel –except for Alma– has secrets to be exposed. Choose one character at a time (Mal, Edmund, Moline, Pauline, Jose) and reveal her/his secret. How do their individual secrets affect the lives of the other characters? Which do you think is the worst secret?
  • Discuss theatre symbolism in the novel. Edmund acts in two plays; the gravedigger in Our Town and as the lead in Macbeth. How is he like each of them in real life?
  • Discuss Alma’s goodness. How can she choose to remember only a murderer’s innocence as a child after he has killed so many people? Which do you most identify with—Pauline, Alma, or someone else in the novel?
  • Why are the scenes at Heaven’s Gate Graveyard important? Discuss the symbolism, as it applies to the novel, of the Civil War, the lost children buried there, and the chinaberry trees.
  •  Discuss Pauline’s statement in light of God’s gift to us of free will. “That’s the lesson in all wars, especially the ones that go on in our own heads, where good and evil get all mixed up just because they can.”
  • Despite the tough issues in this novel, does it leave you with hope and a chance to heal? Why or why not?

Corruption is, at first, a small thing. It may even have a hint of conscience, until it becomes habitual and infectious to everyone around it.  Goodness also begins small, becomes habitual, and infectious as well. Except goodness is honorable in the human person, and corruption is degrading.  So, how do we come to our true value as people?

Our human nature can corrupt itself, since we are created with free will and the ability to choose. Corruption is what happens when we let something we’re doing that we are not proud of get out of hand, until we are consistently putting ourselves and our desires above all else.

Of course, corruption happens in politics since it is made up of people with ambitions who have found that they can ignore goodness if it interferes with their political goals. However, it is nonetheless degrading, and its infection can spread until the taking of a human life in the womb, the mistaken confusion of choosing one’s gender, or the misrepresentation of what marriage truthfully is, becomes commonplace. But all that, and more, demeans us as human beings created by God. And yet, we can choose to do any of it. We can choose to do it ‘our way’ rather than considering “God’s way.”

Choice is a word thrown around a lot, without looking at the responsibilities that flow from the God-given gift of free will that we have.  Responsibility is not a ‘happy’ thing to bring up to someone in the throws of corruption, selfishness, and a lack of goodness. When we are acting in this way, we do not want to look at ourselves in a truthful light, and so, many of us try to make the wrongs we do seem right. And there are plenty of other people, especially in politics, who do this, too, by covering over truth with lies for their own gain and political victories. These so-called leaders are selfishly fostering corruption on a much larger, and detrimental, level.

This is why the truthful family, based upon the sacrament of marriage, is being negatively affected. This is why the deep responsibility to guide children who come from that marriage is being overlooked. This is why it is imperative to look upward to God for guidance, rather than looking around at the temporary world we live in. Except, goodness isn’t easy, has never been easy, and will never be easy.

So, can we actually do the things that are hard, the things that are truthfully good, and not take the easy way out with wrong behaviors that decay not only ourselves, but also, our world? The truth is that without delving into the spiritual side of our human nature, we cannot.

Being human, each of us has the capability of committing great wrongs. When we listen to false voices and swallow their false precepts, we can easily fall into corruption rather than goodness. This can bring us troubles we don’t want for ourselves, our family, our country — especially when those voices and precepts offer us a path to self-indulgence.

But, with courage and faith, we can also do the opposite. We can commit ourselves to the responsibility we have as human beings who actually share in the divinity of God. By looking inward and upward, even those in politics can understand that only God reveals our true value as people, and that it is He who gives us the strength to change what troubles us in our lives, setting us on a path to goodness. Because whether we admit it or not, each of us comes from God, and in the end, will be judged by Him.

In Joe Biden’s America, energy prices, inflation and crime are all rising. I’m impressed. Biden has done in six months what it took Jimmy Carter four years to do. — Linda Burton, The Daily News, Galveston, Texas

BIDEN’S 100 DAY FAILURES: PROMISED UNITY. DELIVERED PAARTISANSHIP AND FAILED POLICIES. — Committee on Oversight and Reform

  1. Promised unity but has only pushed for a partisan, progressive agenda
  2. Signed more executive orders in his first week than any past president, ignoring the role
    of the legislative branch
  3. Failed to reopen schools – 50% of schools are still not meeting fully in-person
  4. Pledged to follow the science and listen to medical experts, but is following the teachers’
    unions instead of Drs. Walensky and Fauci on reopening schools who have said there is no
    medical reason for schools to remain closed
  5. Created the Biden Border Crisis
  6. Has no plan to address the Biden Border Crisis
  7. Providing limited, censored media access to overcrowded facilities housing migrants
  8. Assigned Vice President Kamala Harris, who once compared ICE to the KKK, as border
    czar
  9. President Biden and Vice President Harris have failed to visit the southern border
  10. Proposes sending $4 billion to corrupt Northern Triangle countries to prevent illegal
    immigration
  11. Ended cooperative asylum agreements
  12. Opened the door for individuals who threaten America’s national security by revoking
    President Trump’s travel restrictions
  13. Terminated the “National Emergency” at the southern border
  14. Unraveled the Migrant Protection Protocols
  15. Not fully utilizing Title 42 at the border
  16. Ceased border wall construction despite congressional appropriations
  17. Released thousands of recently apprehended illegal border crossers from custody without
    even issuing them a Notice to Appear in Immigration Court
  18. Proposed amnesty
  19. Halted deportations
  20. Allowing criminal aliens to be released into American communities
  21. Allowing federal funding to be sent to sanctuary cities
  22. Prohibiting federal immigration law enforcement officers from using correct statutory
    terms such as “alien”
  23. Scrapped fines for illegal immigrants who fail to leave the U.S.
  24. Violating CDC guidance at the border
  25. Releasing COVID-positive aliens into Texas
  26. Nominated Chris Magnus to head U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), even though
    he opposes deterrence-focused immigration policies
  27. Increasing numbers of illegal immigrants evading apprehension by Border Patrol
  28. 400% increase in migrants apprehended in March 2021 compared to March 2020
  29. 486% increase in unaccompanied alien children (UACs) arriving at the border in March
    2021 compared to March 2020
  30. 1056% increase in families arriving at the border in March 2021 compared to March 2020
  31. Over 5,000 migrants with criminal convictions apprehended by CBP in Fiscal Year 2021,
    including homicide, assault, and sexual offenses
  32. A record number of UACs in government custody
  33. Deploying federal workforce who have little to no training to care for UACs
  34. Awarded a massive, sole source contract to a nonprofit run by a former Biden-Harris
    Transition Team official to help manage the surge of UACs
  35. Opened 12 new temporary shelters to hold UACs
  36. Spending $60 million a week to house UACs
  37. Ceased conducting FBI fingerprint checks of other adult household members of sponsors
    for UACs
  38. Providing vaccines to illegal immigrants
  39. Ceased the accurate apportionment of the 2020 census to include illegal aliens
  40. Reverted back to an outdated civics test for individuals seeking citizenship
  41. Rescinded President Trump’s “public charge” rule requiring immigrants to be
    self-sufficient and not rely on public welfare programs
  42. Cancelled the Keystone Pipeline, killing thousands of good paying jobs
  43. Reentered the Paris Agreement, disadvantaging the United States and leaving Americans
    to shoulder the costs of higher energy bills, lower wages, fewer jobs, less energy
    production
  44. Halted oil and gas leasing on federal lands
  45. Rising gas prices
  46. Added more bureaucracy to the regulatory process by requiring the head of each
    federal agency to review any regulation, policy, and guidance document issued during
    President Trump’s term that the Biden Administration deems inconsistent with their
    climate agenda
  47. Allowing California to set stricter fuel standards and dictate vehicle emissions regulations
    across the country
  48. Reversed efforts by the Trump Administration to reduce regulatory burdens that required
    two regulations to be rescinded before creating a new one
  49. Rescinded a good government executive order requiring agencies to post guidance
    online in a searchable database
  50. Rolled back the Trump Administration’s “rules on rules” at the Department of
    Transportation, reducing the information available for rulemaking, enabling the abuse of
    guidance documents, and eliminating due process in adjudications
  51. Cancelled President Trump’s plan to let more physicians prescribe an opioid-treatment
    drug
  52. Rejoined the World Health Organization without it undergoing needed reforms
  53. Appointed Xavier Becerra as HHS Secretary, despite having no health care experience,
    suing Little Sisters of the Poor, and locking down churches in California during the
    pandemic
  54. Appointed the former Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary, Rachel Levine, to
    a top HHS post, even though she issued an order sending COVID-positive patients to
    nursing homes
  55. Refuses to hold Governor Cuomo accountable for his deadly nursing home order and
    cover-up
  56. Failed to establish a national COVID-19 testing strategy
  57. Falsely claimed he had a vaccine distribution plan when he in fact relied on President
    Trump’s plan
  58. Signed an executive order mandating masks on federal property but then hours later was
    spotted without a mask on federal property
  59. Issued executive order allowing critical race theory in the federal workplace
  60. Rescinded federal workforce reforms to empower the federal bureaucracy and allow
    massive bureaucratic power to go unchecked
  61. Rescinded federal workforce reforms to reduce the time federal employees spend on
    union activities instead of their jobs
  62. Revoked President Trump’s efforts to expand access to apprenticeships across America
  63. Won’t enforce an Office of Labor-Management Standards rule that requires labor unions
    to disclose certain financial records
  64. Supports $15 minimum wage, which is estimated to kill 1.4 million jobs
  65. Signed a $2 trillion spending package into law under the guise of “COVID relief”—even
    though an estimated $1 trillion in previous spending remains unspent
  66. Spending only 5% of funding provided in the Democrats’ spending package to reopen
    schools in 2021
  67. Spending $1 billion in taxpayer dollars for a COVID-19 vaccine PR campaign after
  68. undermining its safety and efficacy during the 2020 election
  69. Bailed out locked-down, poorly managed states with $350 billion dollars with no strings
  70. attached
  71. Prevents states receiving recovery relief funds from cutting taxes for residents within their
  72. borders
  73. Provided $570 million for additional paid leave to federal employees so they can watch
  74. their kids Zoom into school
  75. Enacted the largest expansion to Obamacare since its creation in 2010
  76. Removed NLRB General Counsel and Deputy Counsel in an unprecedented move
  77. Purged the EPA’s science advisory boards of members who don’t share Democrats’
  78. radical environmental beliefs
  79. Removed a respected scientist who was overseeing the U.S. National Climate Assessment
  80. Instructed the Attorney General to make it easier for prison inmates to have materials
  81. about gaining access to the ballot box
  82. Nominated David Chipman to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and
  83. Explosives, despite having a long record of seeking to limit Americans’ Second
  84. Amendment rights
  85. Pushed the Department of Justice to pursue substantial gun reforms that attack the
  86. Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens
  87. Advocated for packing the Supreme Court
  88. Advocating for changing the Senate filibuster, which he defended for years while in the
  89. U.S. Senate
  90. Supports H.R. 1 to send money to Democrat politicians
  91. Supports an unconstitutional bill to grant D.C. statehood
  92. Withdrew commonsense rules requiring U.S. universities and K-12 schools with foreign
  93. exchange programs to disclose financial ties or other connection to Chinese state-run
  94. Confucius institutes, which seeks to sway students and adults into believing CCP
  95. propaganda
  96. Proposed a rule to establish priorities for grants in American History and Civics Education
  97. programs, specifically to “projects that incorporate racially, ethnically, culturally, and
  98. linguistically diverse perspectives” such as Critical Race Theory and the 1619 Project
  99. Rescinded regulations put into place by former Secretary Betsy DeVos to protect college
  100. students in Title IX hearings
  101. Issued an executive order denying funding to schools unless they allow biological males in
  102. female bathrooms, locker rooms, and sports teams
  103. Rescinded President Trump’s order prohibiting federal funds from being spent overseas
  104. to fund abortions
  105. Rescinded President Trump’s pro-life policy of preventing federal funds from being
  106. provided to organization that make abortion referrals
  107. Froze Trump Administration rule aimed at lowering Insulin and EpiPen prices
  108. Returned the U.S. to engaging with the unreformed U.N. Human Rights Council
  109. Appointed Linda Thomas-Greenfield as U.N. Ambassador, despite giving a speech at a
  110. Confucius Institute and who has since said “white supremacy is weaved into our
  111. founding documents and principles”
  112. Reconsidering lifting sanctions on Iran in order to rejoin the flawed Iran Nuclear Deal
  113. Released his Fiscal Year 2022 budget nearly 70 days after the statutory deadline
  114. Proposes to raise non-defense spending by 16% in Fiscal Year 2022, despite already signing
  115. into law a $2 trillion spending bill
  116. Proposed a 43.4% capital gains tax
  117. Proposed a tax hike, which could hit families, not just individuals, making $400,000 a year,
  118. breaking a promise to the American people
  119. Proposed a $2 trillion so-called “infrastructure” plan, and only 6% of the spending is for
  120. roads and bridges
  121. Proposes to spend $600 billion of spending on radical Green New Deal provisions in the
  122. “infrastructure” package
  123. Peddled false talking points about the Georgia voting law and encouraged the MLB to
  124. move the All-Star Game, which is hurting local Atlanta-area small businesses
  125. Supported Speaker Pelosi’s efforts to overturn the results of an Iowa congressional race
  126. despite the results being certified by bipartisan state election officials
  127. Shelved a new commission to study police reform in favor of left-wing, anti-police legislation
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Kaye Park Hinckley receives national recognition
through the NYC Big Book Award®!


The NYC Big Book Award recognized The Distance Between High and Low by Kaye Park Hinckley in the category of 
Religion Fiction as Winner.
The competition is judged by experts from different aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. Selected award Winners and Distinguished Favorites are based on overall excellence.


The Distance Between High and Low by Kaye Park Hinckley is a Southern Gothic novel about the consequences for two young people who set out to learn the identity of their father. Teenaged twins, Lizzie and Peck live in the house of their eccentric, widowed grandmother Pearl–a house of history and secrets– along with their unstable, drug-addicted, artist mother, Lila, and Izear, a half-Cherokee Indian devoted to Pearl who took him into her house many years before. Often with dark humor, the story focuses on the strivings of complex characters in the fictional town of Highlow, Alabama from the 1960’s into the 1980’s.

To purchase the book on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Distance-Between-High-Low-Southern/dp/1975976398/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=THe+Distance+between+High+and+Low&qid=1635529226&qsid=143-1415076-2055953&s=books&sr=1-1&sres=1975976398%2CB08959HHYR%2C168021599X&srpt=ABIS_BOOK


2021 was a record year for books awarded due to the high level of quality and diverse books submitted.  Again in 2021, NYC Big Book Award received book submissions worldwide, including great submissions from journalists, well-established authors, small and large press as well as first time indie authors who participated in high numbers.  Entries were from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America.  Cities such as Bangalore, Edmonton, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New York, Seattle, Singapore, Vancouver, were representative among the entries.  Winners were recognized globally from Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Lebanon, Queensland and the United States of America.  


Awarded books included The American Bar Association, Friesen Press, Gatekeeper Press, Greenleaf Book Group, Joggling Board Press, Story Merchant Books, and WildBlue Press.  Quality children publishers such as Barefoot Books as well as Mango and Marigold press were awarded.  Independent presses such as Brill, Goff Books, Koehler Books, Llewellyn Publications, ORO Editions, Routledge Publishers, Rowman & Littlefield, and She Writes Press took both winner and distinguished favorite awards. AuthorHouse, IngramSpark, KindleDirect, SDP Publishing were among the self-publishing platforms.  Lastly, Hachette Books, MacMillan, Penguin Random House were among the large publishers that entered.


“We are elated to highlight these authors’ books, recognize their excellence, and share their achievements.” said awards sponsor Gabrielle Olczak.  “We look forward to showcasing these titles to a larger audience.”


For more information, please visit: www.nycbigbookaward.com.  
To view the list of winners, visit https://www.nycbigbookaward.com/2021winners

Image by Stefan Keller from Pixabay 

Gospel Mt 23:27-32

Jesus said,
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.
You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside,
but inside are full of dead men’s bones and every kind of filth.
Even so, on the outside you appear righteous,
but inside you are filled with hypocrisy and evildoing.

Some people are concerned only about appearances; the outside of things. We can be like that, too. We stuff closets with things we don’t want any visitor to see. We cover our faces with make-up, and our bodies with just the right clothes to make a favorable impression. We say all the things people want to hear whether we believe in them or not.  We all do this to some extent.

On the surface it may be harmless–unless we are covering-up–and yes, hiding– an ugly evil going on inside us. When we are concerned only with what others think about us, we have no principles. When we say one thing in daylight when everyone is watching, but do another thing in the dark when no one sees us, then we are hypocritical, self-serving, and false human beings who should not be trusted.

Isn’t this what we despise about politicians? Their dishonesty. Their hypocrisy. Their self-grabbing. Politicians polish up the outside of themselves so that they appear to care for the downtrodden, when the downtrodden are only a means to votes that will accomplish their selfish ends.

We see this today in Joe Biden and the Democratic Party where nothing is too sacred to use toward for their own gain. Where are those principled stops that ought to be there? There are times when any of us may consider an action that is completely self-serving. But we don’t, because some life-principle we believe in, stops us.

However, there seems to be no life-principle to stop the Democrats’ self-aggrandizement. No lie they will not tell, no people they will not use — not even Americans and our allies left in the wake of Biden’s bumbled retreat from Afghanistan.

In the last forty-seven years, a lengthy time in which Joe Biden was in a position to actually help, the people who depended on him are not better off, but worse off.

If there is no judgment, then evil is good and good is evil.–Fulton J. Sheen

I must judge this Democratic party, as an American Citizen, Catholic, and voter, I must ask: where are their principles?  Which path are they taking??

I suggest it is not the right path. I suggest that time and time again it is the wrong path of plunder and self-indulgence. In short, they are ruining our beautiful country to the point that she may never get out of their ropes. How much longer can we stand for this?

I’m not a rap fan, but I wholeheartedly believe this is their plan.

Step one, train the people only to consume
Step two, infiltrate adults with the news
Step three, indoctrinate the children through the schools
And the music and the apps on the phones that they use
Step four, separate the right from the left
Step five, separate the white from the black
Step six, separate the rich from the poor
Use religion and equality to separate ’em more
Step seven, fabricate a problem made of lies
Step eight, put it on the news every night
Step nine, when people start to fight and divide
Take control, this is called situational design

FRIDAY AUGUST 20 – TUESDAY AUGUST 24!!

THE NATURE OF A MAN, THE NATURE OF A WOMAN, AND THE NATURE OF THEIR WORLD

IF YOU’VE DOWNLOADED AND READ THE NOVEL, PLEASE LEAVE A SHORT REVIEW. THANK YOU!!

~Those who have read Kaye Park Hinckley’s earlier novels will know that she is one of the most exciting and gifted writers of contemporary faith-inspired fiction. This latest offering does not disappoint. Absence will further establish Mrs. Hinckley’s hard-earned reputation as a teller of gritty and gripping stories infused with subtle hints of the redemptive power of grace. —Joseph Pearce, the author of numerous literary works including Tolkien: Man and Myth

~ Hinckley does it again. Absence put me in mind of Faulkner as a generation-transcending saga set in the South. But unlike Faulkner, Hinckley does not leave the reader feeling burdened by the tragic consequences of the sins of the fathers visited upon their children. Instead, Hinckley enlightens, revealing the indissolubility of love and truth, and restoring love and life. A terrific read. — Dena Hunt, author of award-winning novels, Treason and The Lion’s Heart

CAN LOVE SURVIVE?

JAMES GREENE, a seasoned peanut farmer, deals with two distinct natures: the Nature of Earth, and his own nature as a man. Coping with either one necessitates choices, some not always virtuous. When a flood, and then a drought, threaten to destroy his farm, James revisits a less than virtuous choice he made in the 1970’s when his beloved wife, Katy, produces a still-born daughter. Absence hinges on the decision James makes to keep Katy from grief, and its treacherous repercussions. James’s family has farmed near the Chattahoochee River for three generations. He is a Vietnam veteran seen by his artist wife, Katy, as strong as steel. His son, William, sees his father as an upright man, almost a king; but James sees himself as a man who will stoop as low as he has to, to get what he wants. And he does just that, while his life as a farmer, and as a man, falls apart.