Archive for April, 2018

A NUN IN HER OWN MIND

April 30, 2018

Vassa the accursed keeps on giving free vent to her base itches. This time she vomits her vacuous rants against the Church accusing her to resist the Holy Spirit, as the Church does not allow women to serve the Altar of the Most High arbitrarily, she says, just out of caprice in short, not because of the constitutional decrees of the Lord, not because of the divine constitutional order of God. According to this female graduate in silliness, there is no ontological reason for that prohibition.

And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.

In all the history of the Divine Revelation, God has NEVER called a woman to serve in the Holy Orders. NEVER! A “NEVER” confirmed by our Lord.

Yet this is not an ontological argument for this female intoxicated by her sex.

We call the One God the FATHER Almighty in the symbol of our Faith; we pray to our FATHER, as the Lord taught us; but these are not ontological arguments for this cuckling phoney.

In all the history of our salvation, in the entire Revelation of the Holy Spirit, in the whole Scripture, in the complete Tradition of the Church, no woman has been seen in the Sacred Orders. This is the work of the Lord, and it’s wonderful in our eyes!

Yet it’s not wonderful in the eyes of this annoying female.

But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.

For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels. Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.

Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered? Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.

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Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

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Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

The above quotes from St. Paul are just the beginning of an unanimous consensus of the holy fathers of the Church, perfectly aligned with the Scripture teachings, yet there are no scriptural or patristic support for that prohibition, according to this sister of lies.

St. Paul would have already delivered her to Satan, that she may learn not to blaspheme. Those who sit in St. Paul seat today, contrariwise, allow her to pose as an Orthodox nun and daily instill poison in the mind of the little ones of Christ.

The Lord spoke of a greater condemnation.

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GRAND THEFT FINANCE

April 27, 2018

They call this planned robbery of Rite Aid shareholders a merger. They even manage to stay serious when speaking about it. In fact, this is the first case in the history of public companies when the acquirers get paid by the acquiree.

The only persons benefiting from this shenanigans on Rite Aid side is its management (so-called). The faithfulness of that management to Rite Aid shareholders you can judge for yourselves, reading this partial hall of shame compiled by a fellow shareholder.

They have now crowned their long disservice to the wealth entrusted to them with this deal. Even in the announcement and in the presentation of the merger, every single word has been thought to confuse and deceive the RAD shareholders.

This robbery (deal is not an appropriate name) values RAD shares at 2.5 $ just because it gives Albertsons’ equity a value of 23.2 $. That is nut! Albertsons is not publicly traded, so that value is made up of thin air. Can we ascertain an approximate value for Albertson? You bet we can!

I do not know the cash flow statements for that company, but just looking at the sector where it operates and the egregious amount of debt it has (7.8 times its EBITDA), I can assure you that its equity is not worth much more than 10 $ per shares (that means one buck and change for 1 Rite Aid share).

Rite Aid is worth, as it is now, with no operating improvements and with a BIP as CEO (plus some assorted nullities as directors), AT LEAST 4 $ per share.

The new Rite Aid (after the assets sale to Walgreen) has a present EV equal to 4.41 $ per share. Against this value you get 20.17 $ in revenue, with CASH EBT equal to 0.63 $, per share.

Net debt is now 2.73 per share, 4.33 times the annual CASH EBT (the projected EBT should not be much different than the present, with less interest expenses offset by the break-up fee received this year).

A real management could easily add 0.25 $ annually to the CASH EBT, just managing the company. Smart management could send its share price in the high double digits in three years time.

Do some easy back of envelope calculations, and it will be crystal clear that only two kind of shareholders can vote FOR this merger:

  • masochists;
  • those who have not bought with their money the shares they are voting (aka financial institutions).

Therefore, if the morons at the institutional holders of Rite Aid approve this robbery, run for the hills before getting Albertsons toxins in your account.

FREEDOM OF MAN – THE ORTHODOX UNDERSTANDING OF THE REDEMPTION

April 25, 2018

The Almighty has no use for slaves. What good slaves can be to Him Who may whatever He wishes?

God cannot deny Himself. He made men in His image, and this means above all that He made us free, free to choose, and this freedom must be preserved at any cost.

Man must be free to choose life eternal, and life eternal is the voluntary submission to the will of God, out of love for Him and His statutes. It is the faith in God and His Word!

This willing submission, in spirit and truth, means the Cross in this world (Mat 16, 24), which men have willingly delivered to the evil one. He died for our sins!

The Cross thus encompass all the life of Christ, and it’s not a single, separate (though, materially, it is the culminating) moment of His redemption of mankind. In other words, Gethsemane and Golgotha are not separate, they constitute the same Cross, so that the specious polemics about the imagined heresy contained in the work of the ever-memorable Metropolitan Anthony of Kiev are just a waste of time, with all their trawl of braided misunderstandings.

To be sure, the Metropolitan’s work contains not a few flaws:

  • we are not guilty for the sin of Adam, but we inherit that sin, in our flesh; our flesh is not only the body, but also what make it a living body, the soul; our soul is however a living (and rational <= logos provided) soul too, by the Spirit breathed in us by God, whereby able to be a bridge between the body and the Spirit, so that it can bear the imprint of the Eternal; if our will (our existence) directs and uses the soul just as a bridge to the world, then man abdicate his kingship, to become only the most sophisticated and the most stupid of the animals at the same time, bartering the image of God for that of the Beast;
  • in Adam all have sinned because our flesh bears the mark of that sin, which make impossible for us to avoid sinning in our life in this world; the Son of God took our flesh from a Virgin just to redeem it, for only He could live in that flesh sinless and overcome the world, so being a ransom for many (all those who believe in Him) in His Body;
  • the regenerative principle in man is exactly the same as the generative principle of his living soul: the Holy Spirit; the love of Christ in His suffering for a fallen mankind and complete obedience in our flesh to God unto death, even the death on the cross, is the conduit through which the Holy Spirit proceeds anew to many (all those who believe in Him), through His Body; the fuse which ignite the regenerative principle is Faith.
  • the fulfilment by Christ of all righteousness is not secondary at all;
  • man is the union of a living soul and a body, perfectly united, with no confusion, no separation, so that there are no torments not shared by both in this life;
  • it is not correct to dismiss entirely His impending death when explaining the exceedingly sorrowful state of the Lord in Gethsemane, lest you dismiss the supreme podvig of the Son of Man: even knowing that death had no power over Him, death is a traumatic experience for every man, even that Man, above all for that Man, the Sinless One; for that death (with its outline of humiliations and sufferings) was the only unjust one, death having no power over Him; yet He had to suffer it as a necessary step in the fulfilment of His ministry; for that hour He had come unto the world, to die for our sins;
  • the comparison with the martyrs’ suffering is baseless, as Christ was without sin;
  • the idea of the sufferings of Christ as a sacrifice to the devil is pure silliness, bordering on blasphemy, and should not even be mentioned; the sacrifice of Christ is offered to God, out of infinite love for Him and His will: the salvation of man in the only way fit for the image of God, through his free will;
  • His death was necessary to destroy death (our fear of death, which put us in bondage to this world and his prince), with His Resurrection.

These flaws are anyway nothing in comparison to the fluffy intellectual slime produced by some of his critics, the usual legends in their own mind, who at time seem to be unaware that, without Christ, the cross is just a massive piece of wood and blood a commodity.

Metropolitan Anthony was fighting heresies, not producing them. His laudable struggle has not been devoid of imperfections, but it’s surely well grounded in the Orthodox understanding of our redemption, contrariwise to the outright heresies which were being taught into Orthodox academies so-called. Heresies so dear to the debauched future betrayers of the Tsar, still unrepentant thereafter, because in them they fancies about finding cloaks for their sins.

The fears and the reserves of blessed Seraphim of Platina about degenerates appropriating the work of Metropolitan Anthony to advance their filthy compromises with the spirit of the world, partially justified also by not always proper examples and language used by Vladika, were not without merit, but futile nevertheless: the devil used the Scripture to tempt the Lord, and his progeny always slither around the Scripture to take cover for their abomination; go figure what they are willing and capable to do with non-Scripture. What should we do? Stay silent? They would then use that silence in their slanderous theomachy.

The culminating moment of His Cross, His death on Golgotha, meant the destruction of death, because the perfect man (as Adam was called to be) is immune to its clutches.

The fallen man must die in order to avoid the perpetuation of evil and his perennial abode in sin. Death is a decree of mercy and imperium at the same time by God.

The perfect man had to die in order to be resurrected.

Christ, though sinless, had to die as a man in order to be resurrected, in the body, and free us from the bondage which subjects this world, because of the Fall, to the evil one, a bondage aptly summed up in a few words: the fear of death!

And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

A sacrifice was necessary, indeed, the supreme sacrifice, offered to God for us, but to the satisfaction of nobody but us, our need to repent and atone for our sins, atonement made possible only by Him and through Him; and only in the measure that this satisfaction of our vital (in the true sense) needs is the good pleasure of God, then, to the satisfaction of God.

A sacrifice suffered by the Lord God, for thus it becometh Christ to fulfil all righteousness (Mat 3, 14), as divinely teached by St. Paul in his epistle to the Hebrew,

Death ought to be destroyed, but only in a way preserving our free choice, to join the Way (and this means the Cross in this world), teached by the Truth, to Life everlasting.

…with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

The perfect man was also the perfect God, because only the Son incarnated could accomplish that complete, voluntary and self-denying obedience.

No man after the Fall could do it.

As you know, the fall of logical beings, both angels and people, occurred through rebellion. When Christ came to bring back into balance that which had fallen, he did not deign, nor provide nor attempt nor decide to make that return by any other gate but that of obedience.

When Christ came, He had the power, as Lord of all to alter even the law of creation, because “He spoke and they were born, He commanded and they were made”. He is the craftsman. And yet, to prove the perfection of His Godly magnificence, He indicated that there should be a return to where the fall occurred. He was forced, therefore, to take on our own nature, to undergo a kind of selflessness that’s inconceivable for the thought process of logical beings and to persuade us, in practice, that our restitution could only succeed in this way.

Venerable Joseph of Vatopaidi

The perfect God had to become a man, because it was man who did need His salvation.

Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

That glorification, in absolute humility, obedience and submission (to God, not to men), restored to mankind the Way shown by the Truth to Life, a hope of salvation.

Just a hope, as man must still choose, every man. God cannot deny Himself.

Life eternal is the Faith in a faithful God and His Son, His Word, the Conveyor of His Holy Spirit: our Lord Jesus Christ!

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

THE EIGHTH HOMILY TO THE YOUTH

April 19, 2018

Father George Calciu, Confessor of the Faith

Priest George Calciu.

What new word can I share with you my friends? Since then many long years have passed. A new generation has arisen, tested by unique experience and, perhaps, touched by a new skepticism born from contact with the Western world estranged from the right Faith.

Perhaps today, even more so than when I delivered those “Seven Homilies to the Youth”, the souls of young people—whom I consider as much my friends as I did back then (because I still speak in the name of Jesus Christ)—is increasingly assaulted by mental illness.

This is brought about by the treacherous propaganda from the West, behind the mask of liberal democracy, which often takes on the appearance of Christianity, just as Satan dons angelic light to deceive as many as possible.

Back then (in communism) you were oppressed through force, which created within you a natural resistance against a system of materialistic thinking and formed within you a mystical dimension. You, my young friend, did not believe anything that was told to you then, because, as you know, under the guise of relative truth, which the rulers of the time had proclaimed as absolute truth, a complete and totalitarian lie was hidden.

Back then, the voice of the priest reached you through the spoken homily at the price of his liberty and even his life, and the truth of Christ consoled a soul wounded by the violence of political language and physical terror.

Back then you were told of Communist internationalism and of an exclusively materialistic existence, which sought to kill the universal love of the Savior. Then, you were told that you were a mere instrument, without freedom, in the social and political mechanism, and that only integration into this necessity would bring you freedom. However, Christ is calling you to a greater freedom of a totally different order when He says, Sanctify them through Thy Truth; Thy word is Truth (Jn 17:17) and, in another place, Ye shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall set you free (Jn 8:32).

It is not so, my friend, that back then the Christian Truth appeared crystal clear and easily understandable to you?

Today, in the nest of lies which surrounds you from all sides, are you still able to distinguish the Truth from the lies as easily?

Under the invasion of American and Protestant-style “evangelization”, in which partial truths of Christianity are preached before a satanic background of rock music and in the form of a “cheep sham spectacle”, full of shrieks and false tears, with miracles and healings falling upon your confused head, how can you find the true Christ in your heart?

Yesterday, under the terror of Communism atheism, you could robe your soul with the body of the Lord, anointed with myrrh, as when Joseph and Nicodemus put him in the tomb.

Today seduced by the infernal rhythm of drums and the barbaric rhythm of sectarian preaching, you no longer find God, and you stand, like Mary Magdalene, crying from the empty tomb of your soul.

Who stole God from you? Which gardener has hidden Him from you, so that now you are alone and crying?

Return to the simple truth of faith and to the account of the Resurrection of Christ! Run like Peter and John towards the Lord’s tomb, stoop down, enter, and you shall see and you, shall believe, knowing the Scripture, that Jesus had to rise from the dead!

Perhaps yesterday, when Communism tried to wrench any faith from your heart and to form you into a mere cog in the gears of the social machinery, you, out of a spirit of youthful revolt had more Christ in your soul than you have today.

Today you are attacked from all sides with the sound of the rhythmic drumming of all the anti-Christian organizations, which wish to create an amorphous mass out of the world’s nations, easily led to their intended destination. So it happens in the political world—a few individuals are anointed in secret and installed to govern all people from positions of international power. They determine which nations have the right to bear children and which must abort them; they substitute themselves to God and sketch the destiny of nations according to their pleasures and interests. Whoever does not submit shall perish!

This totalitarianism is expressed, more and more, even in the life of the Church, through Masonic-style ecumenical international organizations, which actually impose a new religion, a new liturgy divested of sacredness, the Holy Mysteries, and ritual, like a modern theatrical production.

These so-called religious theaters—which you see gathered in all the public marketplaces, led by some of the Western youth—represent the desanctification of Christianity and the Liturgy. Unfortunately even some Orthodox clergy have taken part in the de-sacramentalization of the Liturgy, as in the case of the brochure Reconciliation—the Gift from God and the Beginning of New Life, edited in Iasi, in 1995, where among the editors is found an Orthodox priest (of course, not without the approval of his hierarch). This work, in its liturgical part, is an attack on the sanctity of Orthodox Liturgy and a negation of its Mysteries.

How can you not stand, like Mary, in front of an empty tomb? All these attacks are pointed against you, young men, especially against you, because you are more deprived of protection and you are more sensitive to injustices. Your attackers want to tell you that you are an empty tomb if you no not submit to them.

However, it is written: Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are from God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world (I Jn 4:1).

Who can test today if the spirits come from God when the Orthodox and catholic priests themselves preach an anti-Christian Messianic message, similar to the sects established by rebels against the Church? Who protects you from straying, my younger brother? Who is to enrobe your heart with the presence of true Christ and not with the false christs of this age?

As many as received Him, to them He gave power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name; which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth… And of his fullness have all we received , and grace for grace (Jn 1:12–14,16).

You were born, young man, not of desire of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but from God, Who became flesh for you and of Whose fullness you partook, and grace after grace you have received.

This grace is a shield against fornication, to which your modern teachers push you. They tell you that liberty is the eradication of any obstacle facing you; that a good conscience is a talisman; that honor is an old-fashioned, obsolete notion; that sexuality is the unleashing of the beast within you; that your likeness to Christ is a story created by the priests; and that the love of God and neighbor is a new way of inhibiting your personality. Search in your heart, beyond this diabolic ticket of lies, and you will find the Truth, the only one that shall set you free! And the supreme Truth is the Resurrection, the Resurrection of Christ, as the lever for your own resurrection.

As we approach Passion Week, which we meet filled with pain and repentance for our own participation in the slaying of Christ, not only by the mere decadence of the old Adam but through our actions at every moment and our daily falls. Through these we have wounded Him Who is the ideal of human perfection. The priest proclaims from the altar “the death of God” again and again during the 12 Passion Gospels in a wearing and haunting way. “O my sweet springtime, O my sweetest child, where has Thy beauty gone?” . We will be mournful and full of tears, but never despairing, because we know that the time has come when the Son of Man will be betrayed and delivered into the hands of high priests, who will judge, condemn and give Him over to death, but on the third day He will rise (cf. Mt. 16:21, 17:22-23, 20:18-19; Mk. 10:33-34; Lk. 9:22, 18:31-35). This is why we sing during the Lamentation service: “As a lion hast Thou fallen asleep in the flesh, O Savior, and as a young lion hast Thou risen from the dead, putting off the old age of the flesh”. .

With torn flesh, ravaged by torments, Christ arises as a lion cub, renewed trough the total spiritualization of the body. As a lion cub, He comes out of the myrrh-filled linen shroud, leaving it untouched yet retaining its form. As a lion cub He ascends, illumined, through the stone of the tomb without leaving a trace—the stone which the angel would later remove in order to show the women that Jesus was no longer in the grave. Come, see the place where the Lord lay (Mt. 28:6).

Christ is Risen!

Paradoxically, the priest who said to you that Christ had died now proclaims, in the brilliant light of the Truth, that He is Risen. He knows and he preaches the Truth of the Resurrection with conviction. Friend, you are no longer an empty tomb! The risen Christ dwells in you and His joy remains wholly in you.

During Pascha of 1981, I was in the prison of Aiud. Early that morning, when the guards was changing shifts, I broke every diabolic rule of the prison by saying to the guard (one of the cruelest): “Christ is Risen!” He hesitated a few moments, in which, like lightening, I saw passing on his face the innocence of childhood, when his mama or grandma led him by the hand to church and when he heard the angelic voice of the priest saying: “Christ is Risen!”

After this moment of hesitation, he softly answered me; “Truly, He is Risen!” It was for me the most assuring proof that I was never misled in this regard: the one who was torturing me (for Christ) was confessing the Resurrection of the Lord! I cried in silence with tears of joy.

Late, Cornel Prisacaru came to try to prove to me there, behind the bars, in cold and hunger, through Marxist arguments, that it was stupid to believe and affirm the Resurrection of Christ. When he entered my cell, I said: “Christ is Risen!” He gazed fixedly a few seconds and asked me in return: “Did you see Him?”

“I did not see Him, Mr. Cornel, but I believe in the Resurrection through the authority of those who saw Him risen and confessed it: apostles and disciples, myrrh-bearing women, solders who lay as dead men, penetrated by the light of the Resurrection, millions of martyrs who, in the moment of their martyric deaths, have had the vision of the risen Christ. You have not seen the North Pole, but you don’t doubt its existence, through the authority of those who informed you. You have not seem Marx or Engels or Lenin but you believe in their existence, and I assume, in their theories, through the authority of those who speak to you about them…”

I was wasting myself in a stupid and cadaverous argument, using human proof, dead before they were uttered, when the supreme Truth consists in its simple proclamation. I was encountering in some way the same circumstances as had the Apostle Paul when he made use of philosophy before the Athenian citizens, speaking about the irrational and anti-rational act of the Resurrection (cf. Acts 17:16-34). I was slaying little by little, the spirit of Truth which the previous guard had kindled in my cell through the simple confirmation of the Resurrection: “Truly he is Risen!”…

Young friend, I can enumerate biblical proof of the Resurrection; I can send you to the tomb with Peter and John to see how Jesus came out from the linen cloth without changing its form, or through the rock without breaking it; I can tell you of all of His appearances to the apostles, disciples and saints. They are all, in my mouth, smoke and haze, if the Spirit of God does not speak through me.

Christ has risen in your heart even before I or someone else could tell you. And you knew this fact and confirmed it, the same as my guard, when you cried from the deepest inarguable conviction: “Truly He is Risen!”

Hristos a Inviat! Adevarat a Inviat!

Do not run after spectacles; do not run after cheep miracles performed on stage, do not run to the senseless babbling of the sectarians; their incomprehensible words are serpents coming out of their mouth! Do not run to the theatrical preaching of any of them; they are all lies, they are all hidden weapons of Satan! Go to the simplest truth, to the most indisputable and even more undisputed:

Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!

From The Orthodox Word No. 255, 2007.

Why did Christ say the words: ‘My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me’?

April 16, 2018

For it was meet that the Christ of God would accomplish all righteousness (Mat 3, 13-15).

Whereby the Giver of the Law submitted to all rituals and requirements of the Law, and the Word of Truth suffered all that was prophesied about Him.

Christ was quoting the first words of Psalm 21, which contains a prophesy about the humiliation and suffering of the Holy One of Israel. You can appreciate the astonishing precision of the words used by king David: he uses the exact words that the chief priests and the Pharisee did utter in mocking the Lord at His Golgotha, he describes exactly what the soldiers did with the garments of the Lord, and the excruciating dislocations upon the body’s limbs and the pain caused by the cross, and all the wounds inflicted upon Him.

Christ was telling them once more that they had not known the time of their visitation, that they were crucifying the Lord of Glory. Alas, there were no ears to hear!

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? O my God, I cry in the day time, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.

But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them. They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.

But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him. 

But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts. I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly. Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.

Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round. They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.

I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.

For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU

April 15, 2018

CALLER: Hello, Is this Round Table Pizza? 

GOOGLE: No sir, it’s Google Pizza.

CALLER: I must have dialed a wrong number.  Sorry.

 GOOGLE: No sir, Google bought Round Table Pizza last month.

 CALLER: OK.  I would like to order a pizza.

 GOOGLE: Do you want your usual?

 CALLER: My usual? You know me?

 GOOGLE: According to our caller ID data sheet, the last 12 times you called you ordered an extra-large pizza with three cheeses, sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms and meatballs on a thick crust.

 CALLER: OK! That’s what I want …

 GOOGLE: May I suggest that this time you order a pizza with ricotta, arugula, sun-dried tomatoes and olives on a whole wheat gluten-free thin crust?

 CALLER: What? I detest vegetables!

GOOGLE: Your cholesterol is not good.

 CALLER: How the hell do you know!

 GOOGLE: Well, we cross-referenced your home phone number with your medical records.  We have the result of your blood tests for the last 7 years.

 CALLER: Okay, but I do not want your rotten vegetable pizza!  I already take medication for my cholesterol.

 GOOGLE:  Excuse me, but you have not taken your medication regularly.  According to our database, you only purchased a box of 30 cholesterol tablets once, at Drug RX Network, 4 months ago.

 CALLER: I bought more from another drugstore.

 GOOGLE: That doesn’t show on your credit card statement.

 CALLER: I paid in cash.

 GOOGLE: But you did not withdraw enough cash according to your bank statement.

 CALLER: I have other sources of cash.

 GOOGLE: That doesn’t show on your last tax return unless you bought them using an undeclared income source, which is against the law.

 CALLER: WHAT THE HELL!!!

 GOOGLE: I’m sorry, sir, we use such information only with the sole intention of helping you.

 CALLER: Enough already!  I’m sick to death of Google, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and all the others.  I’m going to an island without internet, cable TV, where there is no cell phone service and no one to watch me or spy on me.

 GOOGLE: I understand, sir, but you need to renew your passport first.  It expired three months ago…

GOD IS WITH US

April 15, 2018

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

God is with us; Understand all ye nations and submit yourselves!

We, the Patriarchs: John X, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, Ignatius Aphrem II, Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, and Joseph Absi, Melkite-Greek Catholic Patriarch of Antioch, Alexandria, and Jerusalem, condemn and denounce the brutal aggression that took place this morning against our precious country Syria by the USA, France and the UK, under the allegations that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons. We raise our voices to affirm the following:

1. This brutal aggression is a clear violation of the international laws and the UN Charter (of course it is supported by the demonocratic, colonial government in Latvia – ndM), because it is an unjustified assault (rather ludicrous too – ndM) on a sovereign country, member of the UN.
2. It causes us great pain that this assault comes from powerful countries to which Syria did not cause any harm in any way.
3. The allegations of the USA and other countries that the Syrian army is using chemical weapons and that Syria is a country that owns and uses this kind of weapon, is a claim that is unjustified and unsupported by sufficient and clear evidence.
4. The timing of this unjustified aggression against Syria, when the independent International Commission for Inquiry was about to start its work in Syria, undermines of the work of this commission.
5. This brutal aggression destroys the chances for a peaceful political solution and leads to escalation and more complications.
6. This unjust aggression encourages the terrorist organizations and gives them momentum to continue in their terrorism.
7. We call upon the Security Council of the United Nations to play its natural role in bringing peace rather than contribute to escalation of wars.
8. We call upon all churches in the countries that participated in the aggression, to fulfill their Christian duties, according to the teachings of the Gospel, and condemn this aggression and to call their governments to commit to the protection of international peace.
9. We salute the courage, heroism and sacrifices of the Syrian Arab Army which courageously protects Syria and provide security for its people. We pray for the souls of the martyrs and the recovery of the wounded. We are confident that the army will not bow before the external or internal terrorist aggressions; they will continue to fight courageously against terrorism until every inch of the Syrian land is cleansed from terrorism. We, likewise, commend the brave stand of countries which are friendly to the Syria and its people.

We offer our prayers for the safety, victory, and deliverance of Syria from all kinds of wars and terrorism. We also pray for peace in Syria and throughout the world, and call for strengthening the efforts of the national reconciliation for the sake of protecting the country and preserving the dignity of all Syrians.

Seest thou how they labour for the truth against their will?

April 10, 2018

For they themselves came to Pilate, themselves asked, themselves sealed, setting the watch, so as to be accusers, and refuters one of another. And indeed when should they have stolen Him? on the Sabbath? And how? for it was not lawful so much as to go out. And even if they transgressed the law, how should they have dared, who were so timid, to come forth? And how could they also have been able to persuade the multitude? By saying what? By doing what? And from what sort of zeal could they have stood in behalf of the dead? expecting what recompense? what requital? Seeing Him yet alive and merely seized, they had fled; and after His death were they likely to speak boldly in His behalf, unless He had risen again? And how should these things be reasonable? For that they were neither willing nor able to feign a resurrection that did not take place, is plain from hence. He discoursed to them of a resurrection, and continually said, as indeed these very men have stated, “After three days I rise again.” If therefore He rose not again, it is quite clear that these men (having been deceived and made enemies to an entire nation for His sake, and come to be without home and without city) would have abhorred Him, and would not have been willing to invest Him with such glory; as having been deceived, and having fallen into the utmost dangers on His account. For that they would not even have been able, unless the resurrection had been true, to feign it, this does not so much as need reasoning.

For in what were they confident? In the shrewdness of their reasonings? Nay of all men they were the most unlearned. But in the abundance of their possessions? Nay, they neither had staff nor shoes. But in the distinction of their race? Nay, they were mean, and of mean ancestors. But in the greatness of their country? Nay, they were of obscure places. But in their own numbers? Nay, they were not more than eleven, and they were scattered abroad. But in their Master’s promises? What kind of promises? For if He were not risen again, neither would those be likely to be trusted by them. And how should they endure a frantic people. For if the chief of them endured not the speech of a woman, keeping the door, and if all the rest too, on seeing Him bound, were scattered abroad, how should they have thought to run to the ends of the earth, and plant a feigned tale of a resurrection? For if he stood not a woman’s threat, and they not so much the sight of bonds, how were they able to stand against kings, and rulers, and nations, where were swords, and gridirons, and furnaces, and ten thousand deaths by day, unless they had the benefit of the power and grace of Him who rose again? Such miracles and so many were done, and none of these things did the Jews regard, but crucified Him Who had done them, and were they likely to believe these men at their mere word about a resurrection? These things are not, they are not so, but the might of Him Who rose again brought them to pass.

People lie to obtain some sort of profit or to hide their shame. They do not lie to get insults, hard life, persecutions, unspeakable tortures and horrible deaths.

C H R I S T     I S     R I S E N ,    I N D E E D ! ! !

If any man be devout and loveth God, let him enjoy this fair and radiant triumphal feast! If any man be a wise servant, let him rejoicing enter into the joy of his Lord.

If any have laboured long in fasting, let him how receive his recompense. If any have wrought from the first hour, let him today receive his just reward. If any have come at the third hour, let him with thankfulness keep the feast. If any have arrived at the sixth hour, let him have no misgivings; Because he shall in nowise be deprived therefore. If any have delayed until the ninth hour, let him draw near, fearing nothing. And if any have tarried even until the eleventh hour, let him, also, be not alarmed at his tardiness.

For the Lord, who is jealous of his honour, will accept the last even as the first. He giveth rest unto him who cometh at the eleventh hour, even as unto him who hath wrought from the first hour.

And He showeth mercy upon the last, and careth for the first; And to the one He giveth, and upon the other He bestoweth gifts. And He both accepteth the deeds, and welcometh the intention, and honoureth the acts and praises the offering.

Wherefore, enter ye all into the joy of your Lord; Receive your reward, both the first, and likewise the second. You rich and poor together, hold high festival! You sober and you heedless, honour the day! Rejoice today, both you who have fasted and you who have disregarded the fast. The table is full-laden; feast ye all sumptuously. The calf is fatted; let no one go hungry away. Enjoy ye all the feast of faith: receive ye all the riches of loving-kindness.

Let no one bewail his poverty, for the universal Kingdom has been revealed. Let no one weep for his iniquities, for pardon has shown forth from the grave. Let no one fear death, for the Saviour’s death has set us free. He that was held prisoner of it has annihilated it.

By descending into Hell, He made Hell captive. He embittered it when it tasted of His flesh. And Isaiah, foretelling this, did cry: Hell, said he, was embittered when it encountered Thee in the lower regions.

It was embittered, for it was abolished. It was embittered, for it was mocked. It was embittered, for it was slain. It was embittered, for it was overthrown. It was embittered, for it was fettered in chains. It took a body, and met God face to face. It took earth, and encountered Heaven. It took that which was seen, and fell upon the unseen.

O Death, where is thy sting? O Hell, where is thy victory?

Christ is risen, and thou art overthrown! Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen! Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice! Christ is risen, and life reigns! Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave. For Christ, being risen from the dead, is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

To Him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages.
Amen.

St. John Chrysostom

YAWN!

April 6, 2018

When an indecorous spectacle becomes just tedious…..

Does the Greek Archdiocese of America also preach now and then, maybe by mistake, something Orthodox?

ANTISEMITISM

April 4, 2018

I feel the urge to strongly condemn this shameful act of antisemitism in Jerusalem: a monument to the holy king and prophet David vandalized several times and then dismantled by the administration of the city.

Alas, only Israel can cherish the Jewish heritage, so that those who occupy a great part of Palestine today, in spite of countless resolutions of the UN Security Council, confirm that they usurp the name of Israel.

Indeed, the Scripture cannot be broken.

 “I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.”

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“Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.” 

On a secular note, try to dismantle one of the countless memorials for the holocaust so-called, and you will see who owns the political class in the Demonocracies all around the world, and every media and cultural outlet there. Hint: yes, they are owned by those who say they are Jewsbut they are not.

For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, SHALL BE DESTROYED FROM AMONG THE PEOPLE.

They are not anymore among the people, the people of God, ISRAEL. In Abraham, all the nations of the earth are blessed; blood lineage and religious pretensions do not mean anything, they are a wonderful nothing, as God can give children to Abraham from the stones of the earth.

God made it perfectly clear for all to understand in 70 A.D., having Titus and Roman legionaries as His mighty mallet.

Mr. Shamir is therefore only partly right here (he forgot one more fancy term: neocons):

……now we have new banned words, or words one can use only at one’s own peril.

‘The Jews’ is such a word. Speaking about the Jews is fraught with consequences. Jews do not like to be referred to, unless in extremely flattering terms. You are likely to be banned in Facebook and other social networks for referring to ‘Jews’. You can be fired. Even a hundred years ago it was a troublesome step, likely to cause social ostracism.

Therefore, there is a permanent demand for euphemisms.

  • “Semite” is an early and enduring euphemism of the 19th century which is still with us thanks to “anti-Semitism”.
  • The Clergy prefer to write ‘Masons’ instead of ‘Jews’.
  • ‘Khazar’ or ‘Khazarian’ is popular in the networks, thanks to Arthur Koestler, the author of The Thirteenth Tribe. He claimed modern Jews were the descendants of the Turkic Khazars who were Judaised in 12th century.
  • The nickname ‘Ashkenazi’ originally referred to the Jews of Central Europe; the East European Jews of Lithuanian and Ukrainian origin gladly accepted it despite the German Jews’ objections. Nowadays it is just an euphemism for a Jew, with an extra bonus: not-very-prominent (outside trade and money) Oriental Jews will gladly join in Ashkenazi denunciation.
  • ‘Zionist’ is a popular term of use and abuse, as in “Jews are fine, it is Zionists whom I dislike”.
  • “Reptilian” or ‘Illuminati’ are the words used when all the rest fail.

There is one big problem with these words. They clearly show that you are afraid to write the J word. And they know how to deal with frightened persons. It is enough to murmur in response, “It’s an antisemitic slur”, and the guy will collapse in a paroxysm of denial.

Many indeed are still enclosing themselves in chambers where the doors are shut, for fear of the Jews, because they have ears which cannot hear the gospel: Christ is risen!

In all truth, there is no spectacle more pathetic than that of men called to be a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, partakers of the divine things, crawling on eggs in a surreptitious begging to be tagged along with the fake righteousness of the world. And they make this spectacle of themselves in the Holy Week, no less: the Blood of the Lord is being poured out and sprinkled for our sins, and they almost apologize for that Blood, to the point of prompting changes in the language of the Church hymnography.

That language is the language of the Gospel, but they exhort us to come clean of it (as if apostles and evangelists were guilty of a sort of blood libel), in a frantic effort to appease people who called for that Blood to be upon them and their children. A curse of their own making, which denies them any possibility to be at peace, until they say, Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.

Some other of them gather together with religious clowns in the temple of the Lord in a graphic representation, as much indecorous as boring.

Puah! Oxes and donkeys would rise in judgement against them, if possible, for the ox knows its master and the donkey its owner’s manger.

Many more stop before all the fences of which Israel Shamir speaks in his article, in most cases out of unconscious reflexes they have got after decades of indoctrination and immersion in the fiction they take for the reality.

However, those who hearken to the Lord’s words do not call them Jews for the very simple fact that they are not (yet they will consent to use the forbidden word for convenience sake). Neither they make much fuss about them, as their fate is sealed: either they will fulfil the prophecy of St. Paul (Romans, 10 and 11 chapters) or they will accomplish the prophecy of king David (Psalm 110). Either they will cry at long last: Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord; or they will be made His footstool.

Just a few more words of clarification are necessary.

The forbidden word of which Israel Shamir speaks in his article does not denote a race nor a religion, even if many of them like to fancy about religious pretensions and almost all of them emphasize blood lineage and descent. It’s enough just to look at how they treat Hamites with their same religious pretensions and blood lineage, or to read the chronicles of Joseph Flavius, to understand it. Indeed, St. Paul and all the apostles and disciples and all the first Christians had that same blood lineage and descent and were partakers of the same divine tradition. The Lord Himself in His flesh is of the lineage of king David, as His Most Holy Mother also is, just like His and Her custodian, righteous Joseph, was too.

No, that forbidden word nowadays denotes a tribal affiliation, an ideological choice, and has nothing to do with the ancient Jews and Judaism.

For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

It’s the choice of Judas and Caiaphas and Barabbas; it’s the choice of robbery and murders, racism, legal exploitation, institutional and systematical lies, betrayal of the truth, ritual murders of innocence and justice, and self-worshiping, the sin of the devil. Now, the great majority of the affiliates to this ideological tribe cannot boast of any blood lineage or religious pretension; indeed, many of them say that they are Christians, and they are not, but do lie. 

On the other side, many who have that blood lineage or religious paraphernalia do not belong to the tribe (these men are just one example). As an aside, for the benefit of many deluded brethren of mine, the prophecy of St. Paul concerns THESE men, not the tribe’s affiliates.

By consequence, that curse pertains to that choice, NOT CONCERNING ANY BLOOD LINEAGE (although the children always suffer the consequences of the sins of the fathers, just like we all suffer for the ancestral sin)  NOR RELIGIOUS FANCIES (I repeat, all the apostles and disciples of Christ had that blood lineage and religious tradition): the choice to deny Christ!

Indeed, those who persecute that blood lineage (as any other blood lineage) and those religious semblances (as any other religious facade) just because of that blood lineage or religious semblances are making exactly that same choice. They deny Christ, as the Lord has never forced anyone (and let the Sun shines even on His enemies in this age), and despise the Blood by which they were bought. Denying Christ, you deny God, even if you think you are doing Him service (John 16, 2).

Yet, whosoever uses the word antisemitism is a liar for the simple fact that he’s using that word. In the case of priests of the Most High, everyone should be able to deduce the consequence.

Therefore, also those affirming that it’s all the fault of the Jews (which are not) do speak a manifold lie. Try to justify your sin in front of the Lord, saying that it was all the fault of the devil (as Adam did, and as even Judas and Caiaphas and Barabbas could claim), and see what good does it to you.

It’s all the fault of our apostasy. The apostasy of the ancient Israel yesterday. The apostasy of the new Israel today. Repent, that the Judge is at the door!