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(Jn 17:3)
Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.

It must be a miracle. A 23-week old clump of cells, extracted from a woman's body, somehow became a human person. An amazing transformation from something akin to a tumor or parasite.

Unclear is when it became a person. Maybe when the woman wanted it? Perhaps when it left the hospital? If only science could shed some light.

(Jn 16:33)
I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world."

(Jn 17:25-26)
Righteous Father, the world also does not know you, but I know you, and they know that you sent me. I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them."

(Jn 16:28)
I came from the Father and have come into the world. Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father."

This is a fun video comparing Catholicism and Orthodoxy. I have a few quibbles, but it is mostly good.

(Lk 1:46-49)
"My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.

(Lk 24:50-53)
Then he led them [out] as far as Bethany, raised his hands, and blessed them. As he blessed them he parted from them and was taken up to heaven.

They did him homage and then returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and they were continually in the temple praising God.

This rings true - a link between "political correctness" and selfishness:

(Jn 16:12)
"I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now.

Yea, I know they are often anti-Catholic (which is a shame), but the "bee" is often funny. By funny, I mean spot on -- such as this piece on the left, inclusiveness and hell.

(Jn 16:7-11)
But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.

And when he comes he will convict the world in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation: sin, because they do not believe in me; righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see me; condemnation, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.

(Jn 16:2)
They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God.

(Jn 14:27)
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.

(Jn 15:19)
If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you.

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?

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