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Liturgical color on!

Today is the Memorial of the Passion of Saint John the Baptist, a martyr, so the liturgical color today is red.

Notice our cute little mastodon character (lower left corner) is shown launching a paper airplane.

Until recently, the plane was always white. The color of the plane now changes daily to match the day's primary liturgical color (per USCCB).

Thanks to @mikel and @sobercatholic for the inspiration.

Pinned toot now supports full-text search!

The search box (first column, near top) already supported searches by hashtag (e.g. "") or user (e.g. "@George").

It will now return results for any text contained in past toots you touched (posted, received, favourited or boosted -- e.g. "liturgical color").

Techies: this optional feature of Mastodon is provided via integration with elasticsearch.

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For the techies... sends a prayer with every page load! The Lord's Prayer appears in a HTML meta tag with the name attribute "lords-prayer".

Pinned toot is now open! What better day then (US) Independence Day. The memorial of American freedom, including freedom of religion and freedom of speech. Freedoms we have taken for granted and now too often see impinged.

Maybe Google is not the leftist, biased, activist company we thought? They invited well respected Catholic apologist Matt Fradd from Catholic Answers to speak on pornography.

Nope, on second thought he was banned from speaking there. Yes -- that is the Google we know.

Certain employees construed his prior (respectful, Catholic) statements as violations of their "internal community guidelines" making them feel "unwelcomed and disrespected". In case you are wondering, its all about the Catholic view of homosexual activities.

@George There is a cacophony of voices calling out to you; there are a thousand influences pulling you this way and that. What’s the one necessary thing? It is to listen to the voice of Jesus as He tells you of his love and as He tells you who you are.- This is "the one thing necessary". Amen (via Bishop Barron)

(Lk 10:40-42)
Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me."

The Lord said to her in reply, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her."

(Mt 12:18-21)
"Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved in whom I delight; I shall place my spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not contend or cry out, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.

A bruised reed he will not break, a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory. And in his name the Gentiles will hope."

Among the multitude of reasons free-speech is crucial, is getting out news that the highly biased mainstream media suppresses for political reasons. Sadly, our once great MSM, the Fourth Estate, a pillar of democracy -- has debased itself into nothing more than a blatant propaganda tool.

Liz Wheeler (Catholic, btw) does a roundup of MAJOR stories the MSM somehow overlooks. Here is a sample of "Stories The Media Was Too Afraid To Tell You":

(Mt 12:6-8)
I say to you, something greater than the temple is here.

If you knew what this meant, "I desire mercy, not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned these innocent men. For the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath."

(Mt 11:28-30)
"Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.

For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."

Prof. Jordan Peterson looks at a claim of being a Christian and a Marxist.

This video is good and quite interesting. I like Peterson and see he is a seeker of truth, but often falls a little short. Not that he is wrong as far as he goes, just that the fullness of revelation would take him farther. If I could make one recommendation to him it would be to read St. Thomas Aquinas.

As to the lady with the Marxist Christian claim, I would suggest simply that she is (at least at the moment) a Marxist and not a Christian.

A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word 'darkness' on the walls of his cell. —C.S. Lewis

(Mt 11:25-27)
At that time Jesus said in reply, "I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.

Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.

All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.

(Mt 11:23d-24)
For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you."

This illustrates the very, very common anti-free-speech tactics of the left.

The "crime" this lady committed was to say charges of serious sexual crimes should not be automatically believed without question. Obvious, sensible, justice shouldn't even raise an eyebrow.

Yet, to the extreme left it is deserving of the harshest punishment they can muster with the intent of crushing this person and her family (I suppose as an warning to others). Having already suffered a lot, she persists. Physical violence is often their next step.

Is this the America people of goodwill want?

(Mt 10:37-39)
"Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me.

Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

(Lk 10:25-28)
There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test him and said, "Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

Jesus said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read it?"

He said in reply, "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself."

He replied to him, "You have answered correctly; do this and you will live."

You may already know that the politically correct term for the in utero killing of human offspring by their mother is "choice".

You may not be aware of the many other woke terms used to similarly obfuscate reality. For example, it is not PC to reference a beating human heart as, well, that. The correct term is "embryonic pulsing".

To help you improve your limited, deplorable dialect -- Mike Most wrote the following article for the always excellent Crisis Magazine:

This is an interesting video on Gab and Mastodon. Unfortunately, it makes the error of not clearly differentiating Mastodon instances from some of its developers.

To be clear, the Mastodon developers do NOT speak for Mastodon instances other than the ones they personally operate. It is sadly clear that those developers. while doing good and laudable work in creating, enhancing and sharing this software, are none-the-less anti-free-speech.

Gab for their part is also far from perfect and arguably has caused harm to free-speech efforts. However, they are routinely and purposefully misrepresented by forces opposed to this basic freedom.

(Mt 10:32-33)
Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.

But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father.

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