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BethlehemThe birth of Jesus at Bethlehem is not an event that can be consigned to the past. The whole of human history in fact stands in reference to him; our own time and the future of the world are illuminated by his presence. He is “the Living One” (Rev 1:18), “who is, who was and who is to come” (Rev 1:4). Before him every knee must bend, in the heavens, on earth and under the earth, and every tongue proclaim that he is Lord (Phil 2: 10-11). In the encounter with Christ, every man discovers the majesty of his own life.

Jesus is the genuine newness which surpasses all human expectations and such he remains forever, from age to age. The Incarnation of the Son of God and the salvation which he has accomplished by his death and resurrection are therefore the true criterion for evaluating all that happens in time and every effort to make life more human. Saint John Paul II, The Mystery of Incarnation, 2000

UNPrayerService2015aUNPrayerService2015The traditional Prayer Service, ahead of the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, was held this evening at the Church of the Holy Family in Manhattan. Attendees included Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mogens Lykketoft, President-elect of the Seventieth Session of the General Assembly, and Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington.

“Let us join in prayer to give hope to the world.” Ban Ki-Moon

Having been to a number of these prayer services, one senses that Mr. Ban is appealing for greater truth, in and out of the UN, hoping religious leaders will move their communities to a fuller, more faithful, living out of their creeds—which should then lead to greater justice and peace in the world. And yet how often, even in religious circles, materialist ideologies, with their faux liberation, have replaced real theology as the guiding truth — and the refugees pile up.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

US-TheStrainThe machinations around the P5+1 nuclear agreement with Iran offer a glimpse into the toxic U.S. efforts to control the World, made worse by the extent to which Israel has bought control of the U.S. Congress and the presidential candidates.

A commonly heard refrain today, directed at American Jews by Isaeli officials, is: “Give us your money and your Congress…” But to what end? The hysteria and fanaticism of the Zionist movement continues to plague the world, the U.S., and Jews themselves. Even after delivering money and Congress, American Jews are often told by Israelis that they aren’t really Jews. Writing in Forward (July 24, 2015), Gal Beckerman characterized the state of being an American Jew today as: “gut-churning, fraught, panicked and uncomfortable.” This is not because of anti-Semitism, but rather, he says: “the fear of losing Jewish identity… and the struggle to construct Jewish identity.”

History has shown the best hope for finding peace (of mind) and being fulfilled, authentic Jews, is through assimilation — not with Xanax or Zionism, but with the New Covenant.

EIDArtEIDArt2Photographs: Stephen Wise

GermanyIsrael2015aMay 12, 2015 marked 50 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and the Federal Republic of Germany.

The German Consulate in New York hosted an event this evening commemorating the anniversary with a panel discussion that included representatives of ARSP (Action Reconciliation Service for Peace), a German non-profit that sends volunteers to work with Holocaust survivors.

In remarks before the panel discussion, an Israeli official said that Germany and Israel together were “repairing the world” and “making the world a better place.”

Among the 10 milestones noted by the panel, in the German/Israeli reconciliation, was #3 Germany providing Israel with nuclear capable submarines in 1957, which was against German law.

In activities such as this, that focus on “remembrance and lessons” from the Holocaust, a blind spot often exists, as the Germans are presented (even by themselves) as the sole perpetrators, and the Jews as the sole victims — who maintain they have nothing to be “ashamed” of. And yet an honest reading of history reveals plenty of Jewish culpability (Marxist and Zionist) for both World Wars, and reasons to be ashamed, up to the present day, with the wiping of Palestine off the map.

One panelist said: “Forgiveness is not a concept for Israelis.”

We would suggest that people who cannot forgive others, or seek forgiveness for themselves (especially with nukes in their hands), are in no position to “repair the world.”

Tree-FathersDay“God was my shaper.
He hammered. He wrought me.

Mightily, frailly,
Insculpted and embosed,
With His hammer of wind,
And His graver of frost.”
–Francis Thompson

The challenge is to be in the hands of the Heavenly Father.
Then we know who we are.

FATCA-Vatican2015On a day that saw the Vatican sign on to the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, Russia’s Vladimir Putin met with Pope Francis in the hope of finding peaceful solutions in Ukraine and Syria.

Americanized Catholics have time and again opted for the darkness of American Foreign Policy over the light of the Gospel.

An honest person following events in Syria and Ukraine knows the U.S. is the black hand in both situations, and the greatest threat to peace and stability in the world today. Most troubling are Catholics (going back to U.S. Cardinal Gibbons snubbing Pope Benedict XV’s attempt to end WWI) who have appeased and even supported America’s treachery.

CorpusChristi2015aCorpusChristi2015cThe Catholic Feast of Corpus Christi was celebrated with a procession, organized by St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr Church, in the East Village today.

Photographs: Stephen Wise

IsraelParade2015i“It is hard to grow up without faith.” Paul Goodman, Growing Up Absurd, (Vintage Books, 1960)

At the Celebrate Israel Parade in NYC today, one is reminded that the followers of the religion of the Old Testament, who after rejecting their Redeemer, have tried to make themselves new and into the redeemers of the world.

The Modern State of Israel is not leading the Jewish people to maturity in the Lord (commensurate with the gifts they’ve been given), but rather to infantilism and absurdity, that ultimately undermines their fulfillment and that of the World.

The best hope for Jews to progress, to be new and have peace in their hearts, is to unite themselves with their Redeemer and the New Covenant — so the Heavenly Father may be all in all.

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