Use any web browser you wish, EXCEPT Google Chrome. (For differing usages, I use Vivaldi and Brave -- both with Chrome's rendering engine -- and Firefox).

Evil Google is using anti-competitive manipulation of their services to make your user experience on their websites lower, unless you are on Chrome.

So, and always a good recommendation, use non-Google services wherever possible.

(Mt 19:29-30)
And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more, and will inherit eternal life.

But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.

This follows the parable of the man building an even larger barn (Lk 12:18-21) which is on the same topic (placing material attachments above God and neighbor).

Fr. Errol Fernandes records reflections every day on the Gospel. This one is:

(Mt 19:20-22)
The young man said to him, "All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?"

Jesus said to him, "If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to [the] poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."

When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

Hence, why we are discussing this via the federverse and not !

Longer term (e.g. a decade from now), strong competitors is the lasting solution. In the short term legal remedies for abuses are the only means to address it. The social media monopolies will not do the right thing on their own.

This is a very important lawsuit.

Timely too, considering recent leaks from within (and testimony of departed employees) alleging conspiracy to throw the 2020 election by controlling what voices are heard (only woke leftist, of course).

Another issue, outside of the nature of the forum, is monopoly. Google seized control of a marketplace as technology facilitated its creation. Even as a private publisher, they control far too much and the damage is not just marketplace but to public freedoms.

(Lk 12:49-53)
"I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!

Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three; a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law."

I enjoyed this. It seems apropos considering how even the New York Times (which Fr. Z calls "hell's bible") has recently slipped in its headline wokeness. (The meaning of woke is wide, in this context it means failing to promote "orange man bad"). The NYT promptly changed the headline to say what the Twitter mob demanded.

(mt 19:13-14)
Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said, "Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

Undoubtedly they thought of themselves as "the resistance".

One of my priest friends is from India. A good, holy and gentle man.

Also, I have noticed that Africa is the new Ireland -- sending well-formed, faithful priests throughout the world (including, ironically, to Ireland).

(Mt 19:3-6,9)
Some Pharisees approached him, and tested him, saying, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any cause whatever?"

He said in reply, "Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female' and said, 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate. I say to you, whoever divorces his wife (unless the marriage is unlawful) and marries another commits adultery."

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church of Portland had become a politically liberal, heretical parish. This is not a matter of nit-picking, but flat-out in-your-face schism with the Church.

I don't know how it got that way, but it had to be at least with the tolerance of prior bishops. The current Archbishop of Portland is Alexander Sample, a relatively young, gentle and faithful man. I was fortunate to spend a week with him last summer. Anyway, it is time to begin steering this defiant parish of aging hippies back to actual Catholicism. They, of course, protest loudly (including disrupting The Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass).

The Catholic Herald has a good story on the situation:

(Lk 1:41-45)
When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled."

(Mt 18:15-18)
"If your brother sins [against you], go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother.

If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, so that 'every fact may be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses.'

If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church. If he refuses to listen even to the church, then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector.

Amen, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Stephen Harper (Canadian PM for 9 years) takes a somewhat different tact to explain how Trump won. His spin pits the "anywheres" vs. the "somewheres".

Interestingly, he defines conservatism as "seeing the world as it is". That is my preferred definition for wisdom (put another way, "knowing truth"). FWIW I think of conservatism as "recognizing and holding to what has worked -- while resisting ideological based changes."

(Mt 18:1-5)
At that time the disciples approached Jesus and said, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"

He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, "Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.

Scott Hahn's "Revealing the Book of Revelation" masterfully connects the dots. Recommended.

I mentioned these "Road to Emmaus" podcasts before. They are about an hour long and are recordings of Scott's various talks.

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