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Planned Parenthood... defender against the "war on women" or cheerleader for an ignored and non-reported war on women? It is debatable.

(What is not debatable is the holocaust against unborn human beings at their most vulnerable time, in what should be their safest place.)

youtube.com/watch?v=vcH6yNvEa6

Matt (Protestant dude) has another video wherein he reflects on the preeminent importance of the Blessed Mother.

He gets a lot right. Some important things are missing such as Mary's immaculate conception, her perpetual virginity, and her role in the Communion of Saints. Also, connection to Eve in Genesis, the tabernacle in Exodus through depiction in Revelation. Also, flat-out recognizing the obvious: Mother of God. Still, it's a good start.

Of course, (in response to a comment in part 2) no properly formed Catholic thinks Mary is a deity.

youtube.com/watch?v=s-NFHXQMlJ

and part 2: youtube.com/watch?v=s-NFHXQMlJ

(Lk 12:18-21)
And he said, 'This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. There I shall store all my grain and other goods and I shall say to myself, "Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!"'

But God said to him, 'You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?'

Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God."

Tragedy in El Paso today with many pointless deaths and injuries.

Some will not "let a good tragedy go to waste" and try to use it to advance their political ends. Shame on them.

Families are deeply grieving. Pray for the victims and for their families.

From the victim side of the political spectrum (where everyone is a victim except white, Christian, heterosexual males), we now learn that white robots are racist. Seriously. CNN reported the "findings".

youtube.com/watch?v=PuaQHsh6Pr

(Mt 14:9-12)
The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and the guests who were present, he ordered that it be given, and he had John beheaded in the prison.

His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who took it to her mother. His disciples came and took away the corpse and buried him; and they went and told Jesus.

Sadly, many once fine religious orders have turned to liberalism and apparently away from Catholicism as their primary focus. Their members are aging out and can not be replaced. These orders will soon disappear completely.

New traditional orders (and orders who have not strayed from their traditional roots) are actually BOOMING. Some might be surprised that there are any traditional orders left and amazed they are doing so well. Here is a piece on one such order (not the only one by far):

youtube.com/watch?v=jtq3kAj9gE

A Protestant observes that all he knows about Catholicism he learned from... Protestants! So, he visited a Catholic cathedral with a lot of questions.

The video is very good and will be informative, maybe a little surprising, for many Protestants.

At the conclusion he notes giving a confession to the priest and finding value in it. It was however only pastoral. For Catholics, this is a sacrament instituted by Christ, in which we objectively and explicitly receive absolution and the graces of the sacrament.

Matt also talked about beliefs flowing naturally from "assumptions". True, but that does not mean the assumptions are correct. Test them rigorously to find which are solidly rooted in truth. One is 100%.

youtube.com/watch?v=yOlU_4pzft

(Mt 13:57-58)
And they took offense at him.

But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and in his own house." And he did not work many mighty deeds there because of their lack of faith.

(Mt 13:49-50)
Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.

This week our daily first readings were on Exodus, including the 10 commandments. *Especially* important is Exodus 20:3 "You shall have no other gods before me."

Dennis Prager has a good piece on it:

youtube.com/watch?v=HA1Xgm2rit

The Catholic Church is actually composed of 23 "particular churches". Within that there are further distinctions, sort of like "denominations". There is a big difference from Protestant denominations however. All Catholics are united, hold the same beliefs and are the one Church instituted directly by Christ.

youtube.com/watch?v=U84znOpESv

(Mt 13:44-46)
"The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.

(Mt 13:41-43)
The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all who cause others to sin and all evildoers. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.

Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears ought to hear.

(Jn 11:23-27)
Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise."

Martha said to him, "I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day."

Jesus told her, "I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"

She said to him, "Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world."

(Lk 11:9-13)
"And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the holy Spirit to those who ask him?"

(Mt 13:29-30)
He replied, 'No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, "First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn."'

(Mt 13:23)
But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold."

Today's Psalm is from Psalm 19, including:

The decree of the LORD is trustworthy, giving wisdom to the simple.

The Lord is completely trustworthy. People, organizations, nations are at best partially trustworthy. Trust in our very self is less trustworthy.

Wisdom is knowing truth, seeing everything as it really is. This is available to everyone who puts their faith in the Lord -- the wise and powerful and the lowly, poor and uneducated.

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