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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.

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

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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.

Msgr. Pope has a piece today on the "Stages of ". Not that any of this is news to faithful Catholics and other Christians.

It is amazing to me what has happened over the last 50 years -- the direct opposite of cultural enlightenment. Worldwide erosion of true human freedoms replaced with false ones. Increasing, relentless Christian persecution. The lord of this world has made impressive gains.

"Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you." (Mt 5:11-12)

(Jn 15:16-17)
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.

This I command you: love one another.

This is an interesting Prager U piece on fragility. The psychiatrist recommends developing resilience. It has a place, but might I suggest putting your faith and trust in God?

(Jn 15:9-11)
As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.

If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and remain in his love.

"I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete."

(Jn 15:5)
I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.

Beware US Christian voters. While the "Equality Act" sounds like something we should support, in practice it would *STRIP* religious freedom.

Those supporting this terrible legislation control only the House. Were they to again gain full control we can expect this (or worse) to become law. Attacks such as this against religious freedom must be our top voting issue after abortion.

Don't be fooled by its name. The "Equality Act" is poison.

(Jn 14:30-31a)
I will no longer speak much with you, for the ruler of the world is coming. He has no power over me, but the world must know that I love the Father and that I do just as the Father has commanded me.

The road to perdition is wide due to popular demand.

Msgr. Charles Pope has a piece on this topic today. His reflections are always good.

An interesting weekend story was the graduation speaker at Morehouse College in Atlanta.

At the conclusion of his speech the speaker, investor Robert Smith, announced that he was paying-off the student debt of the entire graduating class. For the 400 graduating seniors, this will total around $40M.

(Jn 14:23)
Jesus answered and said to him, "Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.

(Jn 13:34-35)
I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

Brian essentially makes a case for informed dialog from "pro-choice" supporters. This, as opposed to shouting mindless slogans or simply making noise in confronting those with different convictions. In other words, mutual respect.

I know this is not possible for some pro-choice people, but for all who consider themselves Christian but take that side it should be possible.

(Jn 14:12-14)
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father. And whatever you ask in my name, I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.

Photo: Church of the Holy Sepulchre by Fr. Lawrence Lew.

(Jn 14:3-4)
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be. Where [I] am going you know the way."

(Jn 13:20)
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me."

(Jn 12:48-49)
Whoever rejects me and does not accept my words has something to judge him: the word that I spoke, it will condemn him on the last day, because I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and speak.

Patricia Sandoval is the author of the book "Transfigured" and a pro-life speaker. In this excellent video, she recounts her story. Recommended, especially for teens and "pro-choice" folks you may know.

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