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Found this quote in Adoration this afternoon:

"I do not venerate matter, but the Creator of matter, who became matter for my sake."

St. John Damascene, Priest and Doctor (+ 749).

This video (unintentionally) illustrates Catholic concepts including: (we support) charity, preferential option for the poor, solidarity, subsidiarity and (we condemn) socialism.

(Mt 10:16-18)
Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves. But beware of people, for they will hand you over to courts and scourge you in their synagogues, and you will be led before governors and kings for my sake as a witness before them and the pagans.

(Mt 10:7-8)
As you go, make this proclamation: 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.

Speaking of same old, same old...

The new Fascists (along with their "sympathizers"), using the very best Orwellian doublespeak call themselves "ANTI-fascists".

AOC crying at empty parking lot -- incessantly covered.

Town cleansed of Christians -- not news apparently. Especially not news because they were not killed by Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Falun Gong, Jews, or Trump supporters. Just the same old, same old . Here's a thought: does the left support the religion of peace so much because they were persecuting Christians long before it was fashionable?

(Mt 10:1)
Then he summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness.

Vanessa covers a lot of ground in her video: "Did Christ Establish the Catholic Church?"

It's fast moving, perhaps covering too much in only 19 minutes -- yet there is still some missed relevant scripture and no mention of Sacred Tradition from which we get Sacred Scripture in the first place. Some things could be worded a bit better, but overall Vanessa makes a really good presentation.

(Mt 9:32-34)
As they were going out, a demoniac who could not speak was brought to him, and when the demon was driven out the mute person spoke. The crowds were amazed and said, "Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel."

But the Pharisees said, "He drives out demons by the prince of demons."

(Mt 9:23-25)
When Jesus arrived at the official's house and saw the flute players and the crowd who were making a commotion, he said, "Go away! The girl is not dead but sleeping." And they ridiculed him. When the crowd was put out, he came and took her by the hand, and the little girl arose.

The Catholic Church *explicitly* rejects socialism (CCC 2425). Wasn't Jesus a socialist? Absolutely NOT.

Prager has a good video today on this topic:

Longtime New Evangelists Monthly contributor Fr. Errol Fernandes SJ now offers excellent reflections on the daily readings. Visit his YouTube channel:

(Lk 10:17-20)
The seventy[-two] returned rejoicing, and said, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name."

Jesus said, "I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky. Behold, I have given you the power 'to tread upon serpents' and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven."

Brian has a good video on "Counterfeit Catholicism".

Some people use qualifiers to describe *their* Catholic faith (their "version"). That is, what they put ahead of actual Catholicism, what they put ahead of God. So for example -- a "pro-choice Catholic", "trans Catholic", "LGBQTxxx Catholic", "woman priest Catholic", "socialist Catholic", etc. literally means "NOT Catholic". Such folks are in active schism with the Church and their claim of Catholicism is quite scandalous.

(Mt 9:11b-13)
"Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?"

He heard this and said, "Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. Go and learn the meaning of the words, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' I did not come to call the righteous but sinners."

(Mt 9:6-8)
But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins"--he then said to the paralytic, "Rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home."

He rose and went home. When the crowds saw this they were struck with awe and glorified God who had given such authority to human beings.

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