(Mt 11:2-6)
When John heard in prison of the works of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to him with this question, "Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?"

Jesus said to them in reply, "Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.

And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me."

(Mt 17:9a, 10-13)
As they were coming down from the mountain, the disciples asked Jesus, "Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"

He said in reply, "Elijah will indeed come and restore all things; but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him but did to him whatever they pleased. So also will the Son of Man suffer at their hands."

Then the disciples understood that he was speaking to them of John the Baptist.

(Mt 11:16-19)
"To what shall I compare this generation? It is like children who sit in marketplaces and call to one another, 'We played the flute for you, but you did not dance, we sang a dirge but you did not mourn.'

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they said, 'He is possessed by a demon.'

The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they said, 'Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.' But wisdom is vindicated by her works."

(Lk 1:34-38)
But Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?"

And the angel said to her in reply, "The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God."

Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her.

@George How to tweak the NAB translation...

1. Open to Genesis, chapter 1.

2. rip out all the pages and discard.

3. Continue with the rest of the books.

4. Insert RSV-CE2

Apparently, the USCCB is going to tweak the NAB translation of the Bible. They shouldn't bother, it will still fall far short. What they should do is change to the RSV-CE2 which is already outstanding.

Prof. Anthony Esolen (always excellent) shares his thoughts at Crisis Magazine (also always excellent):


(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."

(Mt 18:12-14)
What is your opinion? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray?

And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray.

In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.

@everlastingrocks @rmaffeo
I feel sorry for their employees. They were let-down too. Expect them to phase-in Sunday hours.

My past patronage was based on several things, but #1 was their boldly lived Christian faith in the face of deeply misguided culture. That culture has now been affirmed and their faith replaced by a shallow veneer. If I continued to buy their food, I would be saying their change of direction is not important to me.

@rmaffeo It is not that they are now different then the other chicken peddlers, but rather a betrayal of the very people who made them so successful. The founder's son has chosen greed over faith. As the saying goes - they are dead to me.

Chick-fil-A's growth rocketed by Christian supporters who strongly backed them when they were attacked for standing by their Christian values.

Since their founder has died, they have now done a "180" and betrayed those same Christians.

Please stop supporting them. Do not just support them less... do not support them at all. They are simply not the company they once were, far from it. Yes, it is sad, but that company is gone.


The piece is a bit old now and the whole banning Gab thing has lost some steam. It is banned on Gargon's instance and a few others, but those are individual instance decisions. Likewise, there are some truly terrible, perverted instances that I had to ban. Gab, however is not banned here or, as near as I can tell, on the vast majority of the fediverse.

IMHO banning Gab is an attack on political speech that they disagree with -- charging false narratives of racism, sexism, transphobia, etc. Doing this is completely contrary to the ideals many hope for in the fediverse and can only hurt it. If we were fine with exactly this censorship we would use the social media giants.

(Lk 1:28-33)
And he came to her and said, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!"

But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be.

And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.

He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end."

(Mt 3:11-12)
I am baptizing you with water, for repentance, but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I. I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the holy Spirit and fire.

His winnowing fan is in his hand. He will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."

(Mt 9:35-36)
Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness.

At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd.

Writing for Crisis Magazine, Austin Ruse recounts what happened when his parish pastor decided to install an altar rail.


(Mt 9:27-31)
And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed [him], crying out, "Son of David, have pity on us!"

When he entered the house, the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I can do this?" "Yes, Lord," they said to him. Then he touched their eyes and said, "Let it be done for you according to your faith." And their eyes were opened. Jesus warned them sternly, "See that no one knows about this."

But they went out and spread word of him through all that land.

(Mt 7:21, 24-23)
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.

Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?'

Then I will declare to them solemnly, 'I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.'

(lk 10:23-24)
Turning to the disciples in private he said, "Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it."

(Mt 8:5-8)
When he entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, "Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully."

He said to him, "I will come and cure him."

The centurion said in reply, "Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed.

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