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Our Environment And The Last Straw


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“Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Matt 19:24

As many of you have heard, California lawmakers have passed a law making it a crime,  banning the distribution or sale of plastic straws, to help combat the ocean of plastic garbage which is putting all God’s creatures in danger.

In my humble opinion, this law and many like it being imposed on American citizens, may help as much as tossing a lounge chair off the Titanic so as to avoid sinking. We in this nation, have an infrastructure to handle the recycling of plastics, aluminum and other items, in such a way, it has become an industry in of itself. Most if not all city’s and municipality’s have trash pick up along with recycle pick up, that we place at the curb, making tons of money off the process. Which not only keep our towns and city’s much cleaner, but manage to put many souls to work, creating jobs for people all over this nation.

Who is tossing out all this garbage? We are. We, being human beings across the world. The problem is NOT overpopulation. The problem is not the use of plastics. The problem IS not providing for the needs of the least among us. Our brothers and sisters living in conditions in areas of the world that have never known any other way.

Now, lets look at the number one problem of the worlds plastic garbage issues which IS killing our Lords creatures…

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Africa 

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Haiti

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River of Garbage in the Indian capital of Delhi

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A River of Plastic Waste in Guatemala

 

China

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Have we helped any nation to build an infrastructure as this? Have we provided for the needs of our brothers and sisters in third world nations where trash is simply tossed out the front door? Have we educated children and adults on the subject, in other nations in regards to how we all share this planet that our Lord has made? Or have we just been hoping and praying someone else will take care of it?

The reality is folks, If you seek to clean and care for the environment, you MUST care for the needs of human beings first. If we seek to save the sea turtle and the dolphin, for it to be a success, we must strive to save the human being first and foremost. It is we who save them.

Place God first, and all else falls into place..

Never forget that our Lord was Crucified in a garbage dump.

‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

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“Laudato Si” & “Vision Of Heaven”


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Can’t help but ponder…

Pondering “Laudato Si” and Pope Francis on Twitter in the past few hours:

“I invite all to pause to think about the challenges we face regarding care for our common home. ‪#‎LaudatoSi‬. We need a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. #LaudatoSi. There is an intimate relationship between the poor and the fragility of the planet. #LaudatoSi. There is a need to seek other ways of understanding the economy and progress. #LaudatoSi. There is a value proper to each creature. The throwaway culture of today calls for a new lifestyle. #LaudatoSi. “To commit a crime against the natural world is a sin against ourselves and a sin against God.” (Patriarch Bartholomew). The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all. Climate change represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day. #LaudatoSi. The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.These problems are closely linked to a throwaway culture. One particularly serious problem is the quality of water available to the poor. #LaudatoSi. The human environment and the natural environment deteriorate together. The deterioration of the environment and of society affect the most vulnerable people on the planet. We have to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. #LaudatoSi. To blame population growth, and not an extreme consumerism on the part of some, is one way of refusing to face the issues. A true “ecological debt” exists, particularly between the global north and south. Developed countries ought to help pay this debt by limiting their consumption of nonrenewable energy. There is no room for the globalization of indifference. #LaudatoSi. Economic interests easily end up trumping the common good. The alliance between economy and technology ends up sidelining anything unrelated to its immediate interests. Whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenceless before the interests of a deified market. We need only to take a frank look at the facts to see that our common home is falling into serious disrepair. #LaudatoSi. The present world system is certainly unsustainable from a number of points of view. #LaudatoSi. Each community has the duty to protect the earth and to ensure its fruitfulness for coming generations. “Creation” has a broader meaning than “nature”; it has to do with God’s loving plan. #LaudatoSi. Every creature is the object of the Father’s tenderness, who gives it its place in the world. A fragile world challenges us to devise intelligent ways of directing, developing and limiting our power. At times more zeal is shown in protecting other species than in defending the equal dignity of human beings. We should be particularly indignant at the enormous inequalities in our midst. #LaudatoSi. We continue to tolerate some considering themselves more worthy than others. Earth is essentially a shared inheritance, whose fruits are meant to benefit everyone. #LaudatoSi. For believers, this becomes a question of fidelity to the Creator. Never has humanity had such power over itself, yet nothing ensures that it will be used wisely. Each age tends to have only a meagre awareness of its own limitations. It is possible that we don’t grasp the gravity of the challenges before us. #LaudatoSi. We are learning all too slowly the lessons of environmental deterioration. #LaudatoSi. By itself the market cannot guarantee integral human development and social inclusion. Scientific and technological progress cannot be equated with the progress of humanity and history. There is an urgent need for us to move forward in a bold cultural revolution. #LaudatoSi. Christian thought sees human beings as possessing a particular dignity above other creatures. The culture of relativism drives one person to take advantage of another, to treat others as mere objects. It is contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer or die needlessly. #LaudatoSi. We need an integrated approach to combating poverty and protecting nature. For indigenous communities, land is not a commodity, but a gift from God, a sacred space. Having a home has much to do with a sense of personal dignity and the growth of families. #LaudatoSi. The world we have received also belongs to who will follow us. #LaudatoSi. What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up? What is at stake is our own dignity. Leaving an inhabitable planet to future generations is, first and foremost, up to us.”

Peg Pondering Again

Most who will read this will either not understand or call me crazy. I forgive you. Some with a greater gift then I, I hope will read more into it then I can. This vision is so etched on my soul in great detail, it is the only thing on my mind. It has consumed me. After seeing this vision last night, and still being in this world, it has managed to separate two worlds completely. The world in which we live and the world in which we hope to live. I can only see this world we are in as dying and know I am still apart of it but the Kingdom of Heaven is my home and where I belong. There is zero doubt, this vision was a gift of our Holy Mother as it came to me while praying the Glorious Mysteries of the Holy Rosary last…

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Light Pollution


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This is what ZERO light from man looks like. The Church of the Good Shepherd on New Zealand’s South Island is surrounded by starlight, thanks in part to night-sky preservation efforts

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This is what light pollution prevents you from seeing: The constellation Orion, imaged at left from dark skies, and at right from within the Provo/Orem, Utah metropolitan area.

In the photo above, I can imagine our souls, dim with sin looking the same way…

“Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born.
” Revelation 12:4 Comes to mind…

A Facebook Friend posted something very interesting this morning on Light Pollution. She said she had never heard of it and I found her comments rather sad. You see, when I was very little, my dad would break out his telescope and we would look at the stars. It was a time that was beautiful. He used to tell me all the time about light pollution. He would tell me of a sky FULL of stars where a telescope was not needed because the beauty was breathtaking as it was.

As cities grew and crime became a greater issue, more man-made lights became needed. All that was needed was one crime and blaming it on darkness (lack of light) rather than actual (darkness of evil). What causes a man to commit crimes? Certainly not the fact that it is dark outside, but rather there is a darkness within.

You see, when man loses sight of God and His creation, he forgets that God is watching him. He forgets that God is God. He begins to make himself a god.

Such is evil in this world in the ways it seeks to trick the soul into believing it needs what it is providing much more than what God has created for it, to see God in His creation, to adore Him and give Him the glory since the beginning. This is where evil separates man from God. When you can no longer see or hear Him, man forgets about his need for Him and life becomes “dark”. Slowly removing the Light of God, and replacing Him with mans own “creation”…

We had a MAJOR power outage in 2011. No power was available from San Diego to AZ. We were celebrating Rosaries for Peace and had a precession of Our Lady of Fatima planned just before the power went out. We continued on without electric. The moon was full and beautiful in the sunset sky as the procession began.

It was SPECTACULAR! Inside the Church everything was candlelit throughout the entire Mass. When I arrived home after, driving through town without any lights anywhere, I was amazed to see how BEAUTIFUL the sky was. How peaceful the night was. People were out and enjoying the evening.

I was able to see things I never dreamt of before. It was the most beautiful night I had ever had in my life. Granted, it was spent with our Lord in one of the most spectacular ways it could have been in this world. I am very happy without “light pollution”. As I am just as happy right now with it.

Revelation 22:5 There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.

Glory to God….

After understanding my FB Friend had no clue what I was talking about, and telling me good luck with banning the sale of light bulbs, I had to clarafy what I am actually speaking about to her:

The price has already been paid to let the light shine from within. But the world doesn’t want that. It wants to suck the faithful into the “black hole” of its “manufactured light”. All you have to do is “plug in” to what our Lord is telling you. The reason manufactured light is used today is for “security”. LOL Do you see what I am talking about now? Trying to stop the sale of light bulbs would do nothing nor is that even where my thoughts are. My heart knows, man is so infatuated with false security that they do not understand Gods security. We live in an imperfect world, I can not change that. I do however understand it.

“We can find such reasons in the order and beauty of creation itself, which speaks of its Creator; in the longing for the infinite present in the human heart, which finds satisfaction in God alone; and in faith, which illumines and transforms our lives through our daily union with the Lord. By the witness of our living faith, may we lead others to know and love the God who reveals himself in Christ.” – Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Francis: anchor your heart in hope, not false security

Edit to add; 2/11/14

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The flower-like image of this star-forming region in Earth’s southern skies was imaged using a 64-megapixel Mosaic imaging camera on the National Science Foundation’s Victor M. Blanco telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory.
Cometary globules are isolated, relatively small clouds of gas and dust within the Milky Way. This example, called CG4, is about 1,300 light years from Earth. Its head is some 1.5 light-years in diameter, and its tail is about eight light-years long. The dusty cloud contains enough material to make several Sun-sized stars. CG4 is located in the constellation of Puppis.

The head of the nebula is opaque, but glows because it is illuminated by light from nearby hot stars. Their energy is gradually destroying the dusty head of the globule, sweeping away the tiny particles which scatter the starlight. This particular globule shows a faint red glow from electrically charged hydrogen, and it seems about to devour an edge-on spiral galaxy (ESO 257-19) in the upper left. In reality, this galaxy is more than a hundred million light-years further away, far beyond CG4. The image from the Blanco 4-meter telescope was taken in four filters, three of which are for blue, green and near-infrared light. The fourth is designed to isolate a specific color of red, known as hydrogen-alpha, which is produced by warm hydrogen gas.

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Defenceless


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When I was a child, I asked my dad why God created humans the way He did. I admired the animals He created and how they had sharp claws, fur, feathers, scales and all of them seemed to have something that set them apart from one another. Some could run fast and some could climb and others could fly but I could never understand why God created man and women the way He did. We are different then all other creatures of His creation. Being a child, I was a bit upset that I didn’t have big sharp teeth like a lion or wings like a bird. I could never understand why we had “nothing” visible to help us in the world for protection or defence. God created us defenceless. My dad simply said, God gave us intellect and allows us to conquer all other creatures, giving us authority over them. Being a child, it wasn’t a good enough answer. I wanted to know why I didn’t have four legs and a tail, which I am now laughing at. Why do I look like this and why do I think like this?

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27

What is intellect? Intellect: The ability to think abstractly or profoundly. When we mix that with “Free Will” and unfortunately the fall from grace in which we received “awareness”, we become less fortunate and even more defenceless. Defenceless in the regard of falling into temptation to do things no longer for the greater glory of God, but rather for our self-preservation and self-serving, self-gratification. Before the fall, God provided everything for us, thus the reason we were created “Defenceless”. There was no need for anything but God. The fall separated us from Him and His “defences”. It’s no wonder our Lord came into the world, as He did. The defenceless child with no need for anything but God to be physically present again with His defenceless creation.

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Everything He Will Imagine


I had a thought during Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament this morning I can only attribute to our Lord.

Imagine, everything you can imagine, every thought coming to into existence, taking physical shape in exile, then imagine having the will, the strength. power to living with the created ideas and the right to control every thought. Not just having the ability to control everything you can imagine into existence, but being it. That is God. “And the Word was made flesh.”

One second there is nothing, the next a thought, the next creation. Will, existence, control. The Holy Trinity of “Being Still” that has always been. Just be, still.

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