Saturday, March 28, 2009

Journey: Peter, drop that sword? Was Jesus a pacifist?

(Tridentine South Africa; Journey in a Broken World)

Article by Marc Aupiais

Now, is it not odd: that Jesus who told his Apostles to get swords: now attacks Peter for using one: "52 Jesus then said, 'Put your sword back, for all who draw the sword will die by the sword." (Matthew 26, NJB) We forget: that this is not the entire quote: in fact, the version in John, hardly mentions this: rather: a few verses before it notes that Jesus asked the attackers to leave his followers alone, and take him himself. Peter is not pleased by this: and rather chooses to fight. It is highly likely that Jesus is not prophesying, but rather saying to Peter: if you take up this fight, against all of these men: you shall die. It is further, seemingly a reference to when Peter desires that Jesus not be crucified: the sword: the human method of salvation: is here lambasted by Jesus: who knows that Peter does not desire for the events of Good Friday to happen: Peter would rather that God be proved a liar, than lose him temporarily.

This is furthered by Saint Paul who notes: that he who focuses only on the physical, shall die, yet the spirit is life.

Ultimately, we must view this verse, as is: a warning against viewing things in a purely physical way: Jesus tells Peter why he must put down his sword, in the same sentence almost: for he himself could stop it: this was not the "Time to Kill", but something that had to happen: God gave his life over in failed trust of the temporal, which he knew was to be abused: so that we would trust in God: Reality Himself.

This does not mean that we are not ever to take the sword, nor that the physical does not matter, clearly, Romans 10 says just the opposite: it means that the servant of God: must be in synchronicity with God's plan: sometimes: this even means disobeying the unjust command of even a bishop: in unison with the papacy, and magisterium: even from the pope in his personal capacity.

The principles of Just War are clear here: Peter had no chance of success: Jesus said that "He who takes up the sword shall die by the Sword!", could he not be referring to those in that very situation. plenty of sword fighters have not died in that manner: plenty whom Jesus would know of. Rather: he cures the damage done by Peter: and thereby spares Peter's life: in curing the enemy man's servant.

We should not easily read into the bible what is not there. What is there: is that human action by those in the church: actions contrary to the will of God: if taken to their extent, only damage God's plan: and in the end infuse death into those who do such. Compromise on justice, and obedience to God: is not a Catholic virtue, it is not a virtue: but illogical: if God is so wise: he sees what we are faced with: if he is not, he is not God: by compromising on our faith: we in fact testify that we do not serve God: let us not unintentionally blaspheme: we serve reality Himself, and we know that Reality is God, for every God must rely on Reality, and we know Reality is the source of all thought: and holds all the attributes of God, and that Reality is the name of God: and so: let us trust Reality: and do as we do in line with His true divine will: let us take up the swords he desires, and not those he apposes.




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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Journey: The fallacy of pain and suffering

(Journey in A Broken World)

Article by Marc Aupiais

Now, we have this issue: this so-called "Problem of pain and suffering", seemingly invented by Atheists, and not-so-skeptics throughout the world: as though pain disproved god: or as though it were better to be dead, than in major pain. Truly: what an emotional, irrational, and unintelligible idea: an idea i shall refute right this moment: truly: before now I thought it too pathetic to even gauge: but it seems some persons actually believe in the "pain and suffering" fallacy: and that I as an apologist: am in some way to be inclined to answer this to my many viewers.

Now, it usually starts out: how could a Good God create pain and suffering. My first response is: since when is God "Good"?

You see, we have this concept: all of us: I first remember seeing this being: when picturing the historic event of the Big Bang, or at last what is historically thought, and believed to be the big bang. Around the bang: I imagined space where there was none. The big bang: that was matter, existence: yet outside of it was something metaphysical: outside of it, was Reality.

Reality has always been there: it is not matter: that ever changing form: but rather: it remains the same always: it is eternal, infinite, and indestructible. We can destroy matter, even our universe: but not reality: the mainframe of our existence. We are not reality, and Reality is not us: we, matter: only exist in reality: and are endlessly aspiring to be like it.

We seek to be immortal, to be known by all people, to seem constant, or to appear powerful, or mysterious. We wish we were impervious: Reality, is.

Now, if Reality is the requirement for all existence: the rock on which we rely, and the ocean in which matter floats: then, surely: any so-called "God": must rely on reality to exist, and therefore: does not exist: unless such "God": is reality.

Reality has all the attributes of God, of the divine: and we all rely on it to exist: also, our behaviour always attempts to mimic it.

Pain, is an evolutionary reaction: a warning: that we are more likely to die: to seemingly become less like eternal reality: it also reminds us we are not impervious: for this reason: we hate pain: we are taught pain is bad.

In reality: Reality is what we love: we either attempt to mimic it in context as best we are able: or we envy and hate it: for the fact we will never be it. In that we hate pain: we hate that we are not reality: we seek to usurp it, to take a position higher than that bestowed upon us by Reality, and such things.

Now, if reality always has been, and maintains all things: it cannot rely on anything to exist: except itself: and more than that: everything that exists: must be firstly originated in Reality, and secondly, consistently maintained by Reality.

That does not include evil: that which is less like Reality: but rather: Evil: is what we name that which is the breaking up of the synchronous whole.

Reality: therefore: must be aware: whether awareness is an illusion, or anything at all.

If there is the possibility of cause and effect: of one creature creating another, creating another: with another: then Reality: must be more than one person: at least three persons in fact: but being Reality: these must be whole: and each eternal, each one.

And so: people say that a "Good" God would not create evil: would not create pain, suffering: but a Real God could not create himself: only that which is less than himself: and the less like God we are the more "evil": whether physically, or spiritually.

Therefore: we know that pain is designed to maintain our Realness: and to keep us alive: to kill a person because they are, have or will experience pain: is illogical. To kill your child, having experienced rape: also solves nothing: to save yourself from that trauma: requires a psychological solution: and murdering your Fetus: will only create greater pain. To overcome rape: you must realize that the greatest harm has not been done to you: you exist: someone had power over you: but they did not succeed in using it utterly: only in part. Fate, life has combated them: where death was upon you: Fate created life: life unique of the father. You would not kill your three year old because he reminds you of your husband who raped you: do not kill a younger life. You are victorious, you are alive: and the only reason that you are angry: is partly due to injustice: but also: because you were made vulnerable: your life seems less sure: you seem less like reality: ...admit: you are not Reality ...you are matter: and rely on Reality: and hope reverse the cancer of death: by bringing another mimicker of Reality into life more fully than it is.





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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Pope in Africa: BENEDICT XVI DUE TO ARRIVE IN CAMEROON LATER TODAY

(Journey in a Broken World )

Notation by Marc Aupiais

We have also included a less important story below that of the Africa trip:


(VIS)
BENEDICT XVI DUE TO ARRIVE IN CAMEROON LATER TODAY



VATICAN CITY, 17 MAR 2009 (VIS) - At 10.20 a.m. today, the Holy Father departed from Rome's Fiumicino airport bound for Yaounde, Cameroon. Following a six-hour flight his plane is due to land at Nsimalen airport at around 4 p.m., thus beginning his first apostolic trip to Africa which will also include three days in the Angolan capital Luanda, from 20 to 22 March.
  President Paul Biya of Cameroon will receive the Pontiff as he descends from his aircraft; after which the Pope will be greeted by Archbishop Simon-Victor Tonye Bakot of Yaounde, president of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon, and by Cardinal Christian Wiyghan Tumi, archbishop emeritus of Douala. The civil and political authorities will also be present, as will members of the diplomatic corps, bishops of Cameroon, a group of faithful and a choir.
  Following a speech by the president, Benedict XVI will pronounce the first address of this his eleventh apostolic trip outside Italy as Pontiff. The ceremony concluded, he will travel by popemobile to the apostolic nunciature in Yaounde where he will dine and spend the night.
  Tomorrow morning, the Pope will celebrate a private Mass in the chapel of the apostolic nunciature before paying a courtesy visit to the president of the Republic of Cameroon. He will then go on to meet with the country's bishops in the church of Christ-Roi in Tsinga, Yaounde.
PV-CAMEROON/.../YAOUNDE                                                  VIS 090317 (240)

OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

VATICAN CITY, 17 MAR 2009 (VIS) - Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, major archbishop of Kyiv-Halyc, Ukraine, with the consent of the Synod of the Greek-Catholic Ukrainian Church and in accordance with Canon 85, para. 2,2 of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches, has transferred Bishop Wasyl Ihor Medwit O.S.B.M., from the office of curial bishop of the major archbishopric of Kyiv-Halyc to that of auxiliary bishop of the archiepiscopal exarchate of Donetsk-Kharkiv (Catholics 8,000, priests 44, religious 22) Ukraine.
NA/.../HUSAR:MEDWIT                                                                VIS 090317 (90)









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Happy Saint Patrick's Day, My Irish Compatriots!

(Journey In A Broken World ; Tridentine South (And Southern) Africa )

Article by Marc Aupiais

Yes, it's that time of year, no I am not getting drunk (not just Irish, also Catholic). Today is the 17th of March: and us with Irish Heritage: are hitting the streets in an Irish Pride Parade: location: your office, lecture hall, or classroom. Personally, I have no green clothes: so I celotaped a three leafed clover to the left side of my jeans.

Have a Happy Saint Patrick's day: and if in Ireland: attend church: as is compulsory for those in that group of diocese, and living there.

And remember: Patrick was always loyal to the pope: so should you be.

God Bless,

Marc Aupiais

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Friday, March 6, 2009

The scales and balances of life and limb: a look at sin, sanity, and excommunication

(Journey: In a Broken World)

Article by Marc Aupiais

I set my cellular phone date and time today. I dropped it, and it lost the information. I set it by feel, and suddenly realized I was setting it to Saturday 8th, last year. My time, was only two minutes off, when I checked it against the television.

Evolution, or should I say Mother Evolution, or simply, that stuff, if you don't believe in evolution: has designed the mhuman body in a certain manner.

Now, we hate pain, but not the pain itself, but what the pain tells us is happening. We desire quality of life, but really: is this not simply a way to try an insure we live in a better, longer, fuller way. We might smoke (I don't), in order to relieve stress, or eat too much, to feel happier. In fact, here, we are doing something evolution, and survival of the fittest, does not desire entirely.

We fear, or are happy, or cry, or weep, or scream, or stand dead still: because Mother Evolution tells us we must. From this, comes all emotion. Even the joy of heaven, or hope for death: comes from a hope to protect the form of our bodies, and lives.

So, when we judge an action, we judge it in two ways: how much does it disobey the natural instinct, which seeks our protection, and the protection, and spreading of the species, or how sane it is, and secondly: in what extent does it endanger a life, or soul.

Those perfectly in touch with evolution, are those who are most moral. To obey God most fully, brings such joy, and a recent survey in the infamous, liberal New York Times, found that those in organizaed religion, are ost successful in general. Also, evolution has caused us to have this desire for something more, beyond: whther aimed at ghosts, aliens, conspiracy theory, or some manifesto: we desire more.

With this in mind, while things such as rape are extremely evil, intrinsically evil: the evil is effecting the rapist, and causing harm to the one who is raped. In the case of murder, a horrid thing is done to another, but society may judge the murderer more "sane", more acceptible than the rapist. Abortion, however, not only kills a person, but also causes a denial of their humanity, such is not only an act by one denying something, by one the church would consider unsound, but is further the ultimate effect on another.

We hate rapists, because rapists are unsound, but we hate rape, because it ruins quality of life, and makes one less likely to succeed, more likely to die.

Pain, is intricately related to existence. Pain is a method of keeping us alive. There is no point in any pain, nor reason for it, which is better: than being a warning system to keepn us alive.

So, why does the church make such an issue of abortion: because on both standards, it is denial of reason, and it has direct harm. All sin is insanity, and true sanity is never formed into sin.

So, rape is utterly evil, so far as the effect on the rapist, and the scandal apon the psyche of the raped, and possible transfer of illness, but our response to rape, this emotive response: truly is due to care for the raped person's wellbeing, their ability to sustain existence: so that murder is possibly worse than rape, for it ruins a life forever.

Of course, this is a meer evolutionary look at things, I here have excluded much of morality. Excommunication is a measure to protect the church, declaring a person in mortal sin, however, is simply a statement of a reality, done by God. Excommunication is an act of man, possibly aided by God. Declaring a person in mortal sin, is simply to say that it is likely that God has seen that their life is so faint it wont last for eternity, and the person in question needs an infusion of life, and "sanity", via confession.

And so, excommunication: either is a call to reform, via the good punishment of the church: to the person in question, or else the protecting of the church from a cancer within. Either way, the excommunicated can still enter churches, and communicate with Catholics, they are simply banned from sacraments until they repent. The Sacraments would not work in any case: due to their state of "disobedience".

Unfortunately, many bishops, or priests neglect to inform people of the state of their souls. If these were doctors of the body, we would demand honest, well-trained accuracy, why not with the physicians of our souls: why not with our Grace infusing priests?

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