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Best friends are the people you turn to when you need to talk or if you simply want to laugh. Best friends are always there for you through thick and thin. There are heartwarming best friend quotes that will show your bestie how special you think they are.

There are also funny friendship quotes that will make your best friend crack up. Click through the buttons below to sort quotes by mood and length. Click on the share buttons to share a quote image on Pinterest, Facebook or Twitter. Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: I thought I was the only one. A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become and still gently allows you to grow. True friends are like diamond—bright, beautiful, valuable and always in style. Some people arrive and make such a beautiful impact on your life, you can barely remember what life was like without them.

Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything. Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer. Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave and impossible to forget.

Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief. Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. A friend is one of the best things you can be and the greatest things you can have. One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood. Friends are like walls. Sometimes you lean on them, and sometimes it's good just knowing they are there.

Many people will walk in and out of your life but only true friends leave footprints in your heart. Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.

Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you; spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life. There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends.

That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you. We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last a drop which makes it run over; so in a series of kindnesses there is at last one which makes the heart run over.

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship. In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.

Silence make the real conversations between friends. Not the saying, but the never needing to say that counts. A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously and continues a friend unchangeably. If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give.

Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and have her nonsense respected. Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose. The sincere friends of this world are as ship lights in the stormiest of nights. We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend.

No love, no friendship can cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark on it forever. What is a friend? I will tell you: A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future and accepts you just the way you are. Good friends are like stars. You don't always see them, but you know that they are always there. A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be. You can always tell when two people are best friends because they're always having way more fun than it makes sense for them to be having.

There is one friend in the life of each of us who seems not a separate person, however dear and beloved, but an expansion, an interpretation, of one's self, the very meaning of one's soul. Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it's all over. A good friend is a connection to life—a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world.

It is not so much our friends' help that helps us, as the confidence of their help. A friend is one who overlooks your broken fence and admires the flowers in your garden. You can always tell a real friend: If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together, there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.

But the most important thing is, even if we're apart, I'll always be with you. Friendship involves many things but, above all the power of going outside oneself and appreciating what is noble and loving in another. If you have two friends in your lifetime, you're lucky.

If you have one good friend, you're more than lucky. Close friends are truly life's treasures. Sometimes they know us better than we know ourselves. With gentle honesty, they are there to guide and support us, to share our laughter and our tears. Their presence reminds us that we are never really alone.

Friendship is the comfort that comes from knowing that even when you feel all alone, you aren't. The greatest sweetener of human life is friendship. To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment is a secret which but few discover. The friend who holds your hand and says the wrong thing is made of dearer stuff than the one who stays away. I define friendship as a bond that transcends all barriers. When you are ready to expect anything and everything from friends, good, bad or ugly True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation.

Our friends interpret the world and ourselves to us, if we take them tenderly and truly. The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: Though time and miles may separate us, I have built a bridge of lovely memories to span the distance. Mysterious cement of the soul, Sweetener of life, and solder of society. People come in and out of our lives, and the true test of friendship is whether you can pick back up right where you left off the last time you saw each other.

When we seek to discover the best in others we somehow bring out the best in ourselves. No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other's worth. Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.

How rare and wonderful is that flash of a moment when we realize we have discovered a friend. A friend is one to whom one may pour out the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that gentle hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away. Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.

Friendship is something whose depth fits human aspirations and fulfills human possibilities. A friend is not the shadow that mimics you, but the one who casts all shadows away.

A true friend is one you can go extended periods without seeing or talking to, yet the moment that you are back in touch, it's like no time has passed at all.

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As a lower bound, you have to like your work more than any unproductive pleasure. You have to like what you do enough that the concept of "spare time" seems mistaken. Which is not to say you have to spend all your time working. You can only work so much before you get tired and start to screw up. Then you want to do something else—even something mindless. But you don't regard this time as the prize and the time you spend working as the pain you endure to earn it.

I put the lower bound there for practical reasons. If your work is not your favorite thing to do, you'll have terrible problems with procrastination. You'll have to force yourself to work, and when you resort to that the results are distinctly inferior. To be happy I think you have to be doing something you not only enjoy, but admire. You have to be able to say, at the end, wow, that's pretty cool. This doesn't mean you have to make something. If you learn how to hang glide, or to speak a foreign language fluently, that will be enough to make you say, for a while at least, wow, that's pretty cool.

What there has to be is a test. So one thing that falls just short of the standard, I think, is reading books. Except for some books in math and the hard sciences, there's no test of how well you've read a book, and that's why merely reading books doesn't quite feel like work.

You have to do something with what you've read to feel productive. I think the best test is one Gino Lee taught me: But it probably wouldn't start to work properly till about age 22, because most people haven't had a big enough sample to pick friends from before then. Sirens What you should not do, I think, is worry about the opinion of anyone beyond your friends. You shouldn't worry about prestige.

Prestige is the opinion of the rest of the world. When you can ask the opinions of people whose judgement you respect, what does it add to consider the opinions of people you don't even know? It's hard to follow, especially when you're young. It causes you to work not on what you like, but what you'd like to like. That's what leads people to try to write novels, for example.

They like reading novels. They notice that people who write them win Nobel prizes. What could be more wonderful, they think, than to be a novelist? But liking the idea of being a novelist is not enough; you have to like the actual work of novel-writing if you're going to be good at it; you have to like making up elaborate lies.

Prestige is just fossilized inspiration. If you do anything well enough, you'll make it prestigious. Plenty of things we now consider prestigious were anything but at first.

Jazz comes to mind—though almost any established art form would do. So just do what you like, and let prestige take care of itself. Prestige is especially dangerous to the ambitious. If you want to make ambitious people waste their time on errands, the way to do it is to bait the hook with prestige. That's the recipe for getting people to give talks, write forewords, serve on committees, be department heads, and so on.

It might be a good rule simply to avoid any prestigious task. If it didn't suck, they wouldn't have had to make it prestigious. Similarly, if you admire two kinds of work equally, but one is more prestigious, you should probably choose the other. Your opinions about what's admirable are always going to be slightly influenced by prestige, so if the two seem equal to you, you probably have more genuine admiration for the less prestigious one.

The other big force leading people astray is money. Money by itself is not that dangerous. When something pays well but is regarded with contempt, like telemarketing, or prostitution, or personal injury litigation, ambitious people aren't tempted by it.

That kind of work ends up being done by people who are "just trying to make a living. The danger is when money is combined with prestige, as in, say, corporate law, or medicine. A comparatively safe and prosperous career with some automatic baseline prestige is dangerously tempting to someone young, who hasn't thought much about what they really like.

The test of whether people love what they do is whether they'd do it even if they weren't paid for it—even if they had to work at another job to make a living. How many corporate lawyers would do their current work if they had to do it for free, in their spare time, and take day jobs as waiters to support themselves?

This test is especially helpful in deciding between different kinds of academic work, because fields vary greatly in this respect. Most good mathematicians would work on math even if there were no jobs as math professors, whereas in the departments at the other end of the spectrum, the availability of teaching jobs is the driver: Math would happen without math departments, but it is the existence of English majors, and therefore jobs teaching them, that calls into being all those thousands of dreary papers about gender and identity in the novels of Conrad.

No one does that kind of thing for fun. The advice of parents will tend to err on the side of money. It seems safe to say there are more undergrads who want to be novelists and whose parents want them to be doctors than who want to be doctors and whose parents want them to be novelists. The kids think their parents are "materialistic.

All parents tend to be more conservative for their kids than they would for themselves, simply because, as parents, they share risks more than rewards.

If your eight year old son decides to climb a tall tree, or your teenage daughter decides to date the local bad boy, you won't get a share in the excitement, but if your son falls, or your daughter gets pregnant, you'll have to deal with the consequences. Discipline With such powerful forces leading us astray, it's not surprising we find it so hard to discover what we like to work on. Those who escape this are nearly all lured onto the rocks by prestige or money.

How many even discover something they love to work on? A few hundred thousand, perhaps, out of billions. It's hard to find work you love; it must be, if so few do. So don't underestimate this task. And don't feel bad if you haven't succeeded yet. In fact, if you admit to yourself that you're discontented, you're a step ahead of most people, who are still in denial. If you're surrounded by colleagues who claim to enjoy work that you find contemptible, odds are they're lying to themselves.

Not necessarily, but probably. Although doing great work takes less discipline than people think—because the way to do great work is to find something you like so much that you don't have to force yourself to do it— finding work you love does usually require discipline. Some people are lucky enough to know what they want to do when they're 12, and just glide along as if they were on railroad tracks.

But this seems the exception. More often people who do great things have careers with the trajectory of a ping-pong ball. They go to school to study A, drop out and get a job doing B, and then become famous for C after taking it up on the side. Sometimes jumping from one sort of work to another is a sign of energy, and sometimes it's a sign of laziness.

Are you dropping out, or boldly carving a new path? You often can't tell yourself. Plenty of people who will later do great things seem to be disappointments early on, when they're trying to find their niche. Is there some test you can use to keep yourself honest? One is to try to do a good job at whatever you're doing, even if you don't like it. Then at least you'll know you're not using dissatisfaction as an excuse for being lazy. Perhaps more importantly, you'll get into the habit of doing things well.

Another test you can use is: For example, if you have a day job you don't take seriously because you plan to be a novelist, are you producing? Are you writing pages of fiction, however bad? As long as you're producing, you'll know you're not merely using the hazy vision of the grand novel you plan to write one day as an opiate. The view of it will be obstructed by the all too palpably flawed one you're actually writing. If you subject yourself to that constraint, it will automatically push you away from things you think you're supposed to work on, toward things you actually like.

Of course, figuring out what you like to work on doesn't mean you get to work on it. That's a separate question. And if you're ambitious you have to keep them separate: So most people pre-emptively lower their expectations. For example, if you asked random people on the street if they'd like to be able to draw like Leonardo, you'd find most would say something like "Oh, I can't draw. Because the fact is, if you took a random person off the street and somehow got them to work as hard as they possibly could at drawing for the next twenty years, they'd get surprisingly far.

But it would require a great moral effort; it would mean staring failure in the eye every day for years. And so to protect themselves people say "I can't. How do you make them? In the US the only mechanism for forcing people to do unpleasant jobs is the draft, and that hasn't been invoked for over 30 years. All we can do is encourage people to do unpleasant work, with money and prestige. If there's something people still won't do, it seems as if society just has to make do without.

That's what happened with domestic servants. For millennia that was the canonical example of a job "someone had to do. So while there may be some things someone has to do, there's a good chance anyone saying that about any particular job is mistaken. Most unpleasant jobs would either get automated or go undone if no one were willing to do them. Two Routes There's another sense of "not everyone can do work they love" that's all too true, however.

One has to make a living, and it's hard to get paid for doing work you love. There are two routes to that destination: The organic route is more common. It happens naturally to anyone who does good work.

A young architect has to take whatever work he can get, but if he does well he'll gradually be in a position to pick and choose among projects. The disadvantage of this route is that it's slow and uncertain.

Even tenure is not real freedom. The two-job route has several variants depending on how long you work for money at a time. At one extreme is the "day job," where you work regular hours at one job to make money, and work on what you love in your spare time. At the other extreme you work at something till you make enough not to have to work for money again.

The two-job route is less common than the organic route, because it requires a deliberate choice. It's also more dangerous. Life tends to get more expensive as you get older, so it's easy to get sucked into working longer than you expected at the money job. Worse still, anything you work on changes you. If you work too long on tedious stuff, it will rot your brain. And the best paying jobs are most dangerous, because they require your full attention.

The advantage of the two-job route is that it lets you jump over obstacles. The landscape of possible jobs isn't flat; there are walls of varying heights between different kinds of work. At that time the very creation will be transfigured — not destroyed but superceded — by the light of His presence at the end of the age. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

The Apostle Paul very clearly is speaking to the faithful with the Genesis passage in mind, relating the Seed to Jesus Christ. My goodness, by golly, how could Apostle Paul have gotten it so wrong, compared to what you present?

Then there is another problem, Scripturally, at 1 Thess. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. And they shall not escape.

Your cross is like your light saber and currently you have entered the belly of the beast - the deathstar - that is Wall street. The image you tell of the kids is very much true and sad. It is certainly a generation that has grown up within the mainstreams shaping. Rap was something poignant in its origin, a disadvantage youths way of expressing the truths in a run down society and corrupt establishment. That oneself in essence is of the purity of Jesus Christ and an eternal love and light within every soul, however far one stretches away from this essence it is forever there.

Microcosms in a macrocosm of infinite love, the beauty of truth, the awakening. The idiotic thing about psychology is the need to put and categorize free flowing spiritual beings into boxes, like keeping water in a vase controlling the natural flow of life… a river in we.

He had many brilliant things to say for humanity and he was a spiritual man. As far as I know, Vatican finances are doing well, their highly skilled and compromised specialist kept the bank away from volatile investments and especially were not exposed to derivatives. Around 1 month before melt-down began August , they converted substancial deposits kept in other financial institutions into gold and land. As we know there is a spirit of antichrist which some people some jews included possess, which opposes the spirit of Christ, and is opposed by the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit - the two do not co-exist.

This is why these people cringe at the sight or even mention of the Cross, a beautiful cathedral or anything to do with the actual presence of God. This spirit of antichrist which masquerades as a spirit of light, being guarded against vigilantly in its presence, must flee.

Ever at work to undermine the truth, it has infiltrated into some sections of the Catholic hierarchy. Therefore I recommend that prayers be offered for the consecration of the Catholic Church to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, - as a remedy also for the current ills in the world, against which the prayers of the true Catholic Church are an effective instrument. I hope this will be heeded by Catholics everywhere, especially those who reside within the very bosom of the Catholic Church.

Mary our mother, who intercedes for us across the whole globe, intercede for them now in the Catholic Hierarchy. Together with St Joseph and St Michael, drive out the spirit of the antichrist from the very halls of clerical power and invoke upon it once more the gift of the Holy Spirit. Uniting myself with all those of good will everywhere, in consecrating the Catholic Church, its bishops and prelates, its religious orders of nuns and brothers and the catholic faithful everywhere to your Immaculate Heart, holy mother of God, I beseech you to place us all under your maternal are.

Once, in the war, there was a staff conference due to begin. All were present except one - Marshal Foch, the commander-in-chief himself. He led them round to a ruined chapel which was close beside General Headquarters and there, before the shattered altar, the great soldier was kneeling in prayer.

Germany before WW1, just like Russia and England, were Christian nations and yet during the wars these Brothers and Sisters would be killing each other by the millions. The true Israel is not composed of any nation or race. It is composed of those who accept Jesus Christ in faith. I have experienced this too..

Same goes for Christmas. Children are not told the New Testament truth in these settings and so you must teach them yourselves or send them to religious schools. May the Peace of Christ be with you. I have been following your street evangelism and commend your brave ministry. I have a topic to bring up that I suppose will receive some skeptical review, in the benevolent spirit of Christ of course. Look for a moment, if you will at the following link:. Nickoloff, and think he is a good researcher.

What he is presenting here hard to accept as real, however. He is not claiming to be, or accompany the Messiah. He is not making un-orthodox New Age claims. He simply claims that the Messiah appeared around the same time on numerous planets, giving the exact same message and was received as an authority everywhere but here, where we crucified him.

Further, he claims that if we in significant enough part become a Christian planet that they will offer the support and brotherhood of their federation, but not until. Anyhow, here I am wearing my tin-foil helmet again, but I just thought that you should know what is being said and what appears to be going on.

There you have it folks. We are allegedly being contacted by a spacefaring federation of orthodox Christians. Can somebody please have a look at this and tell me what they think?

Get yourself the most lovely Icon of the Mother of God and place it on your table. A figure walking through the mist, with flintlock in his hand. His clothes were torn and dirty, as he stood there by my bed.

He took off his three-cornered hat, and speaking low, he said:. We wrote the Constitution, as a shield from tyranny. For future generations, this legacy we gave. In this, the land of the free and the home of the brave. But tyrants labored endlessly while your parents were asleep. In this, the land of the free and home of the brave.

On land that you believe you own, you pay a yearly rent. You read about the current news, in a regulated press. You pay a tax you do not owe, to please the I. You trade your wealth for paper, so your life can be controlled. You pay for crimes that make our Nation, turn from God in shame.

Or do you wish your children, to live in fear and be a slave? Defend the Constitution, the Supreme Law of the Land! And pray to GOD, to keep the torch of Freedom burning bright! As I awoke he vanished, in the mist from whence he came.

His words were true, we are not Free, we have ourselves to blame. In the final minutes of their bombing run, the pilot of lead B would flip a switch on his panel and then announce to their bombadier via the intercom that he, the pilot, was giving full control of their B over to the bombadier. The lead Bs bombadier would then use the instrument controls on his Norton Bomb Sight to personally fly the lead B onto and over the intended enemy target.

If you find or rent or buy the following DVD movie, do treat yourself to some video entertainment while savoring a good cup of coffee or tea at your home,. Saw a documentary on the Dresden bombing shown on television a couple of decades ago, before the internet would have put paid to such extravagant hubris , wherein the hatred in the voice-over was clearly audible as he stated, it was the strong Marian devotion in the largely Catholic city of Dresden a city of beautiful churches beforehand that was the cause of the bombing.

The same demonic influence whose black magic tried unsucessfully at Vatican II and subsequently, to totally destroy the Catholic faith. Grant us your salvation.

This we ask through Jesus. Fill us with your Holy Spirit Comfort us in our afflictions. Shield us from all the attacks of the evil one.

We love you, We give you thanks. A wonderful nature, simple and hardworking multicolored like a grey rainbow and much suffering and spiritually abandoned people. For one, I know the tyranny of the Jews and their minions. Like my country, Argentina, this one, for good or bad, used to be Christian. Open TV, the sole entertainment of the poor, a complete crap, full of sex, violence, depravity, news programs that pours blood into your living-room. Just murders, pedophilia, rape, etc.

Muriel Fraser and an small article of hers will undoubtfully clarify the point:. In a surprise announcement last week it was revealed that on July 1 there will be Congressional hearings in Brasilia on the concordat signed last November. However, this turned out to be more than a courtesy call.

Critics note that this agreement appears to be a wedge which finds pretexts to introduce a number of basic legal principles that undermine the secular state. Because this includes Church-run social services, concordats act to impose Canon Law on both their lay employees and their clients.

In Germany this is a widespread problem, particularly acute for anyone, like gays or the divorced, whose private life does not accord with Canon Law. In Poland it only took twenty years for the establishment of voluntary unpaid catechism in state schools to be transformed bit by bit into lessons in Catholic doctrine which, in much of the country, has become effectively compulsory, is now paid for by the state and even counts in the grade average.

It obligates the Brazilian taxpayer to subsidise Church schools, to underwrite Catholic charities and to maintain Church buildings. At the same time it grants the Catholic Church unspecified tax immunity and even certain exemptions from Brazilian labour laws which could be expanded. Therefore there are virtually no wage agreements with unions, and, of course, no right to strike. This sounds innocent, but it is not. Brazil would have to negotiate with the Vatican and seek its agreement.

One country actually tried this. In a Hungarian cabinet minister went to the Vatican to try to renegotiate the Finance Concordat. There he found that no one had time to talk to him.

Lula was a union organiser who bravely stood up to the former military dictatorship. This man of action may be simply unable to recognise a creeping dictatorship which is brought about by documents, not guns. Joseph, if you study the doctrine of Fatima, which I have, you will see there the purpose of the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate heart of Mary.

The sole purpose is the conversion of aetheistic Russia. Whatever else happens flows on from that. For since Russia is no longer an aetheistic country to suggest that it is, is to deny Christ in that country; to deny the faith of that country; to deny the faith of the Christians of that country. This can only come from the father of lies, as this is a lie.

Fr Joseph you are of the anti christ. And the treasures that the wise men of old have left us in their writings I open and explore with my friends. If we come on any good thing, we extract it, and we set much store on being useful to one another. There is no place in the church of God for liturgical uniformity , cultural domination, colonialism, brutal conformism or a uniformity, forcibly imposing worship and theological expressions upon others.

We may envisage this harmonization of different colors as a mosaic. Equally, it would be absurd to condemn other Christians who prefer this or that liturgical expression, this form of language, this kind of liturgical singing and music. This is not Orthodoxy. Spirituality can be expressed in different ways and must not be taken to mean a stereotyped form of piety, otherwise the human element is overstated as a compared with the divine at the expense of unity and the spreading of the gospel.

By overstressing marginal secondary elements, we promote them to absolutes and essentials while in reality there exists a dialectic synthesis and harmony. It was precisely this ignoring of cultural aspirations and the pluralism in humanity that manifested itself in the monolithic attitude of the Latin church [enforced by Charlemagne, a fanatic on standardization, often at the point of a sword] when it adamantly insisted on Latin remaining to compulsory language in the worship of newly-converted nations, such as Bulgaria and elsewhere, creating the consequent split.

Photius protested in an encyclical in and denounced the anachronistic steps of Rome. The conflict was seemingly over evangelistic methodology and deontology, but behind it was the Roman claim to primacy of universal jurisdiction.

It accentuated the conflict between the Roman claim to be the center of unity for Christendom and the Eastern Orthodoxy conception of the five patriarchates of almost equal status [the Pentarchy of Patriarchs]. There is a deeper and more objective approach to theology and culture as a way of life that owes its origin to the early fathers of the east.

Such a work is both indigenous and fruitful. Our faith and worship has to be expressed and reinterpreted through the language and the gestures, the customs of contemporary peoples scattered throughout the world.

This was the extraordinary achievement of Patriarch Photius, seeking to integrate various Slavonic customs in religion and in liturgical life. Such an approach to inculturation remains a continuous responsibility. The church of today, especially that in diaspora and overseas, is urgently seeking a diachronic and synchronic liturgy, preaching theology and spirituality that will embody the best traditions of local culture.

These two brothers, Kyrill and Methodios, left to our age, called technological, electronic, nuclear, spatial, revolutionary, an everlasting model of how preaching and evangelism should be in every historical period of change.

While the central message will remain untouched and unchangeable, its language, form, semantic expression and terminology should always be reviewed, adapted to new emerging needs. Human beings, while remaining the same throughout history, from other aspects —cultural and intellectual - undergo considerable change, inviting appointed pastors to give more attention than they usually do to the methods used, to the language employed and to how they ought to speak in order to awaken apathy and sleepy consciences.

Without absolutizing methods and informatique, from this new science, nevertheless, we are not at all excused, if we rely exclusively on old outdated patterns of our fathers, irrelevant today. Certainly they were valid in their time, but not for today. We need to become flexible, contemporary.

We must, as an imperative challenge, stand with one leg in the past, in history, but we have to put the other leg into the present, with all that that implies and demands, for a proper articulation of our faith to the people.

Only then will the proclamation of our faith become effective and credible. As always since this crisis started, each region of the world will be affected neither at the same moment, nor in the same way 3. However, according to our researchers, all of them will be concerned by a significant deterioration in their situation by the end of summer 4.

These waves appear as follows:. Wave of massive unemployment: They are even more dangerous because they are simultaneous, asynchronous and non-parallel. Hence their impact on the global system accentuates the risks because they hit at various angles, at different speeds and with varying strength. The only certain thing at this stage is that the international system has never been so weak and powerless to face such a situation.

The G8 becomes more like a moribund club whose utility is increasingly questioned 8. US leadership is the shadow of what it used to be, mostly concerned by desperately trying to find purchasers for its T-Bonds 9.

The global monetary system is in a process of disintegration, with the Russians and Chinese in particular accelerating their positioning in the post-Dollar era. Companies foresee no improvement in the business climate and speed up the pace of layoffs.

And, last but not least, the banks, once they have squeezed money out of naive savers thanks to the market upsurge orchestrated in the past few weeks, will be have to admit that they are still insolvent by the end of summer In the United States and United Kingdom in particular, the colossal public financial effort made in and at the beginning of for the sole benefit of large banks became so unpopular that it was impossible to consider injecting more public money into banks in spring , despite the fact that they were still insolvent Hence, while big investors from oil-producing and Asian countries 12 withdrew capital from these banks, large numbers of small individual investors returned, full of hope.

Intoxicated by financiers, world political leaders will be surprised - once again — to see all the problems of last year reappear, all the more severe since they were not addressed but only buried under piles of public money. For hundreds of millions of citizens in America, Europe, Asia and Africa, the summer will be a dramatic transition towards lasting impoverishment due to the loss of their jobs, with no hope of finding new ones in the next two, three or four years, or due to the disappearance of their savings invested in stocks or capital-based pension funds, or in banking investments linked to stock markets or denominated in US dollars or British pounds, or investment in shares of companies pressured to desperately wait for an improvement not coming soon.

No ship yet built is able to resist such pressures. Their opinion is therefore highly reliable! Usually, this type of revision results in further complexity of historical comparisons and favourable modification of important figures. For example, some previous revisions enabled the division of the average level of measured inflation by three. For instance, the EU is taking advantage of the political fading away of the UK - mired in a financial, economic and political crisis - and taking supervisory control of the City of London source: Americans on one side, Canadians and Europeans on another, British and Japanese in the middle, while the Russians play a complete different game?

This kind of situation was unthinkable only 12 months, maybe even 6 months ago, first because the Chinese were still naive, second because they thought it was in their interest to make everyone believe they were naive. Obviously, on the eve of summer , this situation has vanished: This student burst of laughter will continue to echo for many months to come….

In the UK, Europe and Asia, the same causes will produce the same effects: It is far from the scope of US and UK banking problems, nevertheless Berlin will probably be faced with a number of potential bank failures.

In the United States, the banks bailed out by the federal state have simply lowered the amount of loans granted when they are supposed to do the contrary. I do work for a living and make every effort to be a good steward of the donations that a few of you send my way for the ministry of Street Evangelism and Real Zionist News. BUT - again, the young people still come up to me and wish to talk about my message of Christ and to take pictures with me.

Tonite in Times Sq was nothing short of incredible. Mothers with their children were continually coming up to me asking to take pictures of me with their children. One family, a large Hindu family, stood in front of me for a long time, and then the father asked if I would take a picture with their large family of his wife and children. I really would like to come back to NYC on a regular basis. BUT - I need your help to do it. However, the expense is immense.

I need your help everybody to combat these Anti Christ forces, the Jews , through the Street Evangelism that I conduct. Now after converting to Orthodoxy and reading the lives of the saints and martyrs of Eastern Christianity, and through the lens of the wickedness of the unrepentent Marranos that came with the good priests and the worldly conquistadores, everything is much clearer.

A bit further away there is the old Mamilla cemetery of the Arab nobles and the Mamilla Pool, a water reservoir dug by Pontius Pilate. During the development works, the workers came upon a burial cave holding hundreds of skulls and bones. It was adorned by a cross and the legend: The dead were laid to their eternal rest in AD , the most dreadful year in the history of Palestine until the Twentieth Century.

By Palestine was a part of the Roman successor state, the Byzantine Empire. It was a prosperous, predominantly Christian land of well-developed agriculture, of harnessed water systems and carefully laid terraces. Pilgrims came in flocks to the Holy places. The Constantine-built edifices of the Ascension on the Mount of Olives and of the Holy Sepulchre were among the man-made wonders of the world.

The Nea Church complex included a 3, bed charitable hospital, in the modern sense, complete with a staff of monastic physicians, nurses and pharmacists, an extensive library, and a 2, bed pilgrimage house.

These were completely destroyed, reduced to rubble by the Jews. The Judean wilderness was enlivened by eighty monasteries, where precious manuscripts were collected and prayers offered. There was also a small, wealthy Jewish community living in their midst, mainly in Tiberias on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

Their scholars had just completed their version of the Talmud, the codification of their faith, Rabbinic Judaism; but for instruction they deferred to the prevailing Jewish community in Persian Babylonia. In the aftermath of the Persian victory, the Jews perpetrated a massive holocaust of the Gentiles of Palestine.

They burned the churches and the monasteries, killed monks and priests, burned books. Indeed, very few churches survived the onslaught.

The Church of the Nativity miraculously survived: They perceived the Magi mosaic above the lintel as the portrait of Persian kings. This devastation was not the worst crime. When Jerusalem surrendered to the Persians, thousands of local Christians became prisoners of war and were herded to the Mamilla Pool area. The Israeli archaeologist Ronny Reich writes:. They were probably sold to the highest bidder.

According to some sources, the Christian captives at Mamilla Pond were bought by Jews and were then slain on the spot. It had come at length, the long-expected hour of triumph and vengeance; and the Jews did not neglect the opportunity.

They washed away the profanation of the holy city in Christian blood. The Persians are said to have sold the miserable captives for money. The vengeance of the Jews was stronger than their avarice; not only did they not scruple to sacrifice their treasures in the purchase of these devoted bondsmen, they put to death all they had purchased at a lavish price. It was a rumour of the time that 90, perished.

Thereupon the vile Jews… rejoiced exceedingly, because they detested the Christians, and they conceived an evil plan. As of old they bought the Lord from the Jews with silver, so they purchased Christians out of the reservoir…. How many souls were slain in the reservoir of Mamilla! How many perished of hunger and thirst! How many priests and monks were massacred by the sword! How many maidens, refusing their abominable outrages, were given over to death by the enemy! How many parents perished on top of their children!

How many of the people were brought up by the Jews and butchered, and became confessors of Christ! Who can count the multitude of the corpses of those who were massacred in Jerusalem! Jews massacred between 60, and 90, Palestinian Christians in Jerusalem alone, almost 1. A few days later, the Persian military understood the magnitude of the massacre and stopped the Jews.

Before leaving for Fatima, Pope John Paul II sent a letter to the bishops of the world inviting them to join him in the act of consecration.

From the letter which the Cardinal Secretary of State sent on behalf of the Pope to the Bishops of the world before going to Fatima, May 13 I now fulfill the honoured task of informing you that in the course of his visit to Fatima on 13 May next…..

As he asks you to begin now to accompany with your prayer his pilgramage to Fatima….. I renew the entrusting and consecration carried out by my predecessor…in a special way we entrust and consecrate to you those individuals and nations which particularly need to be entrusted and consecrated…reject not the prayers we send up to you in our necessities.

Accept our humble trust - and our act of entrusting! J M Haffert, who for many years had worked in the world wide Fatima apostolate for the collegial consecration of Russia, after May 13, communicated with sister Lucia through her superior.

This was followed several years later by a roughly page long JPII worded consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by every church-going Catholic in the world in union with the other attendees at Mass, out loud and standing. Two years after the event, and 7 years after the collegial consecration in Fatima, Portugal, Communism collapsed in country after country in Eastern Europe like a series of dominoes.

People were finally free and the long planned merger of the Soviet Union and the US. Revelation 3 14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;.

This has been revealed to you in its gradual preperation. Thus, Humanity has been led astray by the error of theoretical and practical atheism; in place of God, idols have been built which everyone adores: He has replaced love with hatred; communion with disivion; justice with many injustices; peace with continuous war. In fact this entire century has been spent under the sign of cruel and bloody wars, which have claimed millions on innocent vicitms.

And as a safe refuge, I offered you my Immaculate Heart. Humanity has fallen under the domination of SATAN and of his great power, exercised with the satanic and masonic forces; my Church has become obscured by his smoke which has penetrated into it.

In the harshest of winters, you are the buds which are opening up from my Immaculate Heart and which I am placing on the branches of the Church, to tell you that her most beautiful springtime is about to arrive…. Stephano Gobbi, December 31, , Milan Italy. There is no such thing as other Worlds, only planets. There is no such thing as aliens or Flying Saucers. That is why Satan is organizing a Fake Second Coming. Not too much longer and most everyone will believe in life on Mars there is no spacecraft even there or other planets.

Then they will organize a fake alien attack, then the fake messiah comes to save the day. This type of crisis will have people demanding One State Only to govern the whole World. The person at the top of this hierarchy will be the anti-Christ, or Satan or somebody like that. But I always meant to ask you a question, What is your website address?.

Because otherwise your insights are very good. What is left is last paranoic convulsions of satan, knowing that he has been terribly defeated and trying to steal in last moment as many souls as he can.

I too take the view that a deception that would fool even the elect, if that were possible, is right on time according to the Scriptures. So I am as skeptical a man as you might find on the subject of extraterrestrial intervention. Right along with that comes the desire to see if what I think might be happening is really happening, or if I am yet uninformed about the complete picture. You know, it was revealed by a hacker in the UK a while ago, that the DOD, and particularly the Navy, have a space fleet.

The question here is whether this is them, or someone else, for one. Last night we got a break in the rain, and it was a beautiful clear night. Before the gibbous moon rose all orange colored, the sky was dark enough that a star caught my eye with its odd twinkling.

Sitting low on the western horizon, it twinkled from red to blue, becoming less and more intense. It was as if it was a space craft rotating in orbit. It was incomparable to any other star, the rest of which really appeared to be white globes of fairly level light intensity. Anyway, something is going on up there, and we are going to find out soon what it is. However, that is not proven at this point and I find myself in a position in which I have to extend grace temporarily to these strange people making these claims, and there is a reason why: As long as they approach us in the name of our Savior, but do not claim to be him or be his messengers then they can not be considered to be defrauding us spiritually or intellectually.

Instead we must, I believe, entertain their claims without prejudice for or against until all they claim is either proven or shown to be a lie.

So, with benevolent skepticism I will allow them to compel me to travel an mile with them in order that I learn their true nature. I am wary of the inherent risks, but because of the way they invoke the Holy Name, I am compelled to try to unravel this mystery some more. I want you to witness for yourself what is going on and to subject your faith to the test which is being put to it.

There is work to be done there for any Christian who considers this matter to have potential gravity. Thank you again for your reassurance, and please go check the link so you can help me determine the exact nature of this phenomenon. She, the Virgin Mary, as the New Testament witnesses to, fulfilled her prophetic glorious destiny 2, years ago, by bringing forth our Lord Jesus Christ Pantocrator, who is the New Covenant, as was foretold by the Prophet Jeremiah, in the fullness of Divine Revelation.

I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different heteros gospel the gospel of the Twelve Apostles , which is not another alios - another of the same kind ; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.

But if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we speaking on the authority of the Twelve Apostles have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.

For do I now persuade men or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ. Joseph, Carmelite personal devotion is one thing, but to press it as authoritative and dogmatic teaching moves it into the area of heresy when things that are publically taught that are contrary to the purest words of our Lord Jesus Christ, everything found in Scripture and Sacred Apostolic Tradition of the first millennium Church which Orthodoxy has preserved pure and undefiled the true apostolic deposit of faith.

Moreover, your claim on propounding matters based on lecto divina, which is merely a form of spiritual discipline when reading Scripture, as if it were the same as actual divine inspiration, derived in a manner which even contradicts your own Roman Catholic canonical law and dogmas, under which the Orthodox and other Christians are not bound by, not being a part of the incorporated institution of Roman Catholicism or otherwise under the ecclesiastical authority of the Pope.

Therefore, Marion devotions are a matter of personal choice, aka: In Christian love, I pray for your well-being as a friend, respect much of what you say and give some consideration to it, and some things invite further investigation. You state that you are a Catholic priest, but you do not have any spiritual authority over me.

Nada, zero, zip, and I owe you no pastoral obedience. I am under my own priest-confessor, who by the way has 5 children, and my personal spiritual father is an abbot. But in this I will admit, you are a much more intelligent and spirtually lofty man than I am, since I am a very stupid woman and fallen sinner.

Please pray and consider helping me to continue on. In actual effect, you are propounding a different Marion gospel of salvation that is contrary to even the very basic truths of Holy Scripture itself which anyone can read for themselves, concerning Jesus Christ as our one and only Savior. Not even the Marion popes do that, they make it quite clear that it is their personal devotion, and the same is true about the various Catholic Marion apostolates.

Only the 16th century Catholic Douey-Reims version of Scripture published under the authority of the Pope, out of all the Bible versions ever published and still being published, carries the mistranslation of Genesis 3: But the first scriptural passage which contains the promise of the redemption, mentions also the Mother of the Redeemer.

Vulgate translation of Jerome! Jesus and the Apostles all taught from the Hebrew original of the Septuagint, not the Rabbincal version that Jerome used]. That is why in the parenthetic chapters of Revelation Satan hates Christ and His mother. The Virgin Mary was saved by the inspiration of the angel who told Joseph to flee into Egypt.

Likewise, Satan hates Christ and the Church John As for the apparitions of Fatima itself on a local, the most immediate impact and benefit of the experience for the Portuguese people, especially the vast majority sturdy and simple peasantry, within just a period of a few years, was the strengthening of their faith in the face of their growing troubles. Fatima became a site of local devotion from the grassroots level. The first decade after was strictly concentrated on the investigations for locally authenticating the apparitions and miracles, and the beatification of the other two children, Fatima I and this is what had the most impact on the people of Portugal in terms of faith and piety.

This is the kind of thing that Satan is quite clever to take advantage of, and weave a net of delusion and lies around. We know as Christians that at the end of the Great Tribulation, Jesus Christ will return from heaven to earth in the same manner he ascended and in great glory.

And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. The media is controlled by the occult Zionists and will also be used to televise the coming of the Antichrist.

The media, which is controlled by the secret societies Judeo-Freemasons , is and will be used for mind control. Mass media will eventually be used to publicize the coming of the false Christ and to promote his agenda. Genesis 6… The descendants of Adam and Eve intermarried with demons, producing a demonic civilization which God destroyed with a flood. Fallen angels interbred with human women to produce a demonic race; all were destroyed by the Flood and cast into hell, the interior of the earth.

The occult societies will promote the interior of the earth as Paradise instead of Hell and demons will ascend from Hell to torture the inhabitants of earth.

Lucifer was created as the most brilliant of all the angels and occupied an exalted position in Heaven below only God Himself. Before his fall, Lucifer appears to have led the worship of God in musical ways, being also the chief musician of Heaven. When he presumed to exalt himself above God, Lucifer was cast down to earth where, through the ages, he has craved the worship of men and has often been the object of their worship.

Whether through deception or with their full knowledge, the worship of Lucifer has typically been accompanied by loud music of the occult genre. During the Tribulation period, the musical instruments that accompany the worship of Lucifer will facilitate altered states of consciousness and levitation.

These UFOs are probably already flying to other planets and perhaps even beyond. The occult will use space stations as a refuge from the Tribulation judgments and some may try to relocate to other planets to escape the Tribulation judgments.

For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

I would ask you to consider a few very basic questions about Russia and the world. We must consider this for a moment. Well, this has not happened as far as I can see. He laid a pitch unsupported by good evidence that Russia is just biding time before it just rips the liver out of the Western World with a pre-emptive nuclear attack.

It sounded like hysterical fear mongering. But this leaves open this question: If Russia is really back as a Christian country, it would be inconceivable to them to launch such an attack. Of course, if a federation of planets can call in on a radio show, why not believe anything? Really, its a good question. But how about matters right here on Earth?

What we appear to have are two distinct possibilities:. Russia is undergoing a Christian revival, and thus is not systemically going to commit pre-emptive genocide. Or, Russia is still a bloodthirsty Communist barbarian horde out to crush and despoil all that is innocent. Then it is all possible.

Of course, if we assume both things are bad and evil, Russia and the self-styled galactic observers, we can go right on believing that our biscuits are pretty near cooked already.

You have to hold in contrast the notion on the one hand, that the reliable and true Scriptures point to a final destruction, not gradual utter peace and perfection. On the other hand, before the 19th century the world had its ups and downs, but Christian countries managed to uphold a largely stable and straight way of life.

This implies that humans can, if they really try, act good enough to get along. On the one hand hopeless, on the other hopeful. If we then factor in the Sabbatean cult of Talmudic Kabbalism and its false messiah, and how that movement has tried to get the world to accept that they were about to undergo a messianic fulfillment of prophecy.

In effect, using Scripture against the faithful to get them to buy into the pernicious spirit of their own destruction. We then come to the understanding that the biggest deception running could be the conduct of psychological warfare by means of apocryphal tales and omens of destruction leading the target population to act out of their own superstition.

I say that if we self-destruct based on negative wish-fulfillment we will have failed in the trust God gave to us. What about Orthodox Russia? Is it true that the Anti-Christ will not prevail in this generation? It should seem more likely than it does. We should not be fearing the wrong thing, though. If only we knew the true nature of what was before us could we hope to choose wisely. Where do suggestion and packaging give over to earthquakes and floods, and yet all might still be simulated events at some scale small enough to weaponize for.

What if the period we are in now is not the end, but is a time of a great stumbling block being used to turn our faith on its head, and make us then despise it all the more for not being the end?

This is the hardest question. Perhaps this is not the time. Our Lady has communicated to me regarding you this afternoon and has you well covered with her mantle!

Roman Catholicism was created in and it is a replacement of original Orthodox Christianity. It supported the criminal crusaders who murdered and steeled in Orthodox-countries; it supported the European colonial powers during the Euro colonial -activities on oversease destinations. The Vatican committed genocide on Orthodox Christians in Europe. In the Balkans, Vatican-representatives and Catholic empires forced local Orthodox Christian people to accept the Roman Catholic religion.

The former Orthodox-Christians who were forced to become Catholics, became extremely hostile towards their original Orthodox relatives and roots. The Vatican used several times in history these converted ex-Orthodox Christians to murder Orthodox-Christians. Do not forgot the genocide on Orthodox Serbs during WW2 in extermination camp of Jasenovac, which was blessed by the Vatican.

Which kingdom do you choose? Do you choose the Heavenly Kingdom, or do you choose an earthly kingdom? If you choose the earthly one, saddle your horses, and make haste to attack the Turks, and all the Turkish host will perish. But if you choose the Heavenly Kingdom, build a church on the Field of Kosovo.

Do not lay its cornerstone with marble, but with pure silk and a scarlet brocade; after you have received the Eucharist, lead them — all your army will perish, and you O Prince, will die with them. After the Tsar heard these words, he pondered them in his heart, with this prayer: Which kingdom shall I choose?

Shall I choose the earthly kingdom? Or shall I choose the Heavenly Kingdom? If I decide to choose the earthly one, it will last for only a brief time; but the Heavenly Kingdom lasts always and forever. After this dream on the eve of the battle, St. He gave the homily that day, and spoke of the Martyrs Amos and Vitus, and of the sufferings of Christ.

Patriarch Danilo III writes: It is better for us to experience death than to live in shame and slavery. Let us be called soldiers of Christ, sufferers for the Faith, so that our names may be written in the Book of Life.

Let us not spare our bodies in combat, so that we may receive radiant crowns of victory from the One who has arranged the contest. Sufferings give birth to glory, and toils lead to repose.

The Gospel reading that day included Matthew The Communion hymn during the elebration of the Eucharist penetrated deep into the heart of each soldier. It was certainly inevitable that the Serb Orthodox troops were going to be slaughtered that day.

Over seventy-seven thousand soldiers lost their lives, as they were outnumbered by the Ottomans ten to one. The humble Lazar bowed his holy head beneath the sword of the bloodthirsty Bayzid, and softly prayed these words:. Into Thy hands I commend my spirit. With these words Great-Martyr Lazar was beheaded, on Tueday, June 15, , at the Field of Blackbirds, where the Kosovo poenies blossomed from pools of blood.

Bayzid himself, taken aback by such dignified commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ on the part the Saint, allowed monks to take the body of Lazar for honorable burial in the Church of the Holy Ascension in Pristina. For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. Not only future, even past is extremely unclear to understand. Without deep analysis of the past it is useless to judge anything about future.

It is still unbelievable to me how a small gang of criminals could turn God-loving Russian people into hateful, crazy, brainwashed lunatics and assassins under bolsheviks supervision, infected by red terror. Definitely black magic on very large scale was involved. Russia historically was strong Christian Country having so many Christian Saints all over the land.

If you go to Russia now you will see many spiritually blind people who are deeply engaged in occult without even consciously analyzing its dangers. I personally know many who, for example, are crazy about Satya Sai Baba, saying he is true reincarnation of Buddha. My mother once was on such a Conference where people from different fields gathered to discuss the problems and hardship of present transitional time.

There was a lady talking with big excitement about her impressions after visiting India and seeing Satya Sai Baba. At the same time Orthodox Churches are very active with a large Flock consisting not only of old babushkas grandmas as it was in Soviet times, but mostly young people.

Yes, from one point Spiritual revival of Orthodox Christianity in Russia is obvious, but also lots of corruption both physical and spiritual remains unchanged. I would not idealize Russia. The good thing is that Russia is still a hard obstacle on the way to masonic globalization under zionist heel and will delay jewish world takeover. I would say that nuclear weapons are just a smokescreen for way more devastating forms of weaponry existing today.

So, I also hope that we will peacefully pass this transitional time into New Earth if we stay willfully, heartfully and consciously with Christ to the end. There was a time about 20 years ago when I found myself fighting for my very spiritual life with this horrendously strong DEMON who was out to spiritually kill me off.

There was nothing - and I mean absolutely NOTHING - I could do to defeat or overcome this very real and very persistant demon from literally cutting out my spiritual heart, smashing my mind and my thoughts against the wall. And then, she took took the side of my head in her left hand and pressed my head against her very side.

She pleaded to me with these words. Nothing said or rendered in any type or manner of a spiritual of deception. I take orders and do my darnest to carry them out with the talents and abilities and knowledge and resources at my disposal. The Pope actually speaks directly against a one-world government, and, as would be expected from those who have read his previous writings, calls for massive reform of the United Nations.

From the very beginning of the Enlightenment, belief in progress has always set Christian eschatology aside and eventually replaced it entirely. Happiness is no longer anticipated in the afterlife but rather in this world. On the one hand, there have been systems of Marxist orientation that promised the attainment of the desired reign of man by way of their ideologically-driven politics; an attempt that obviously failed. On the other hand, efforts to build the future have been made by attempts that draw more or less profoundly from the source of liberal traditions.

Under the title New World Order, these efforts take on a configuration; they increasingly relate to the UN and its international conferences, especially those of Cairo and Beijing that transparently reveal a philosophy of the new man and of the new world, as they endeavor to map out the ways of reaching them.

Such a philosophy is no longer utopian, in the sense of a Marxist dream. On the contrary, it is very realistic:. This philosophy recommends, for example, without seeking to justify itself, not worrying about taking care of those who are no longer productive nor have any hope of a quality life.

The goal is the self-realization of women for whom the principle obstacles are the family and maternity. Thus woman must be liberated above all from what characterizes her and very simply makes for her specificity: In the fear of maternity that gripped a great number of our contemporaries, there is something more profound at play. The other person is always, in the end, a competitor who takes away part of my life, a menace to my Ego and my free development.

But it is precisely there that man is deceived. In effect, when he is advised against loving, he is actually counseled not to be man. And so, at the stage of the present development of a new image of a new world, we reach the point where the Christian —not only him but especially him—is obliged to protest. We must thank Michel Schooyans for having, in this book, given energetic voice to the protest needed.

If, from the start, the reflection of the luminous Christian image of man protected the universality of rights, new questions arise to the degree that this image becomes blurred. How can an ideology, that recommends sterilization, abortion, systematic contraception and even euthanasia as the price of an unbridled pansexualism, bring men to the joy of living and loving?

It is here that we clearly find that the Christian has something positive to offer in the struggle for future history. But our voice has become all too feeble and timid in this regard over the last decades. In fact, in his earthly life mans is but a straw without meaning if our gaze is turned away from eternal life. The same thing holds true for history as a whole. It simply gives to earthly existence its responsibility, its grandeur, its dignity.

It is certain that history much never be simply reduced to silence: That is the illusion of the utopians. Nevertheless, we must plan the proposals for a path to the future, proposals for generally overcoming the new historical challenges. That is what Michel Schooyans does in the second and third parts of his book. Above all, he proposes, in contrast to the new anthropology, the essential traits of the Christian image of man and then applies them in a concrete way to the big problems of the future world.

We hope that it will be read by people with varying orientations, that it will stir up lively discussion and thus contribute to prepare the future models worthy of the greatness of man, as well as insure the dignity of those who are unable to defend themselves. Ratzinger is prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is the Vatican office responsible for protecting and promoting Catholic doctrine. The Italian version says: Faced with the unstoppable growth of global interdependence, it is strongly felt, even in the presence of a global recession, the urgency of reform in the Organization of the United Nations as well as the international economic and financial architecture, so that we can give real substance to the concept of family of nations.

In the face of the inexorable rise of global interdependence there is an urgency felt, even with an equally strong global recession, for the reform of both the Organization of the United Nations and the international economic and financial structures, so the concept of a family of nations can be given a real and concrete form.

Faced with the unstoppable growth of global interdependence and also in the presence of a global recession, it is strongly felt the urgency of reform in the Organization of the United Nations as well as the international economic and financial architecture, so that it can be given real substance to the concept of family of nations. Notice the differences in the bolded text: My question is, why would they use an idiomatic expression in their English translation but not in their German or Italian translations?

Cont… One also senses the urgent need to find innovative ways of implementing the principle of the responsibility to protect [] and of giving poorer nations an effective voice in shared decision-making.

This seems necessary in order to arrive at a political, juridical and economic order which can increase and give direction to international cooperation for the development of all peoples in solidarity. To manage the global economy; to revive economies hit by the crisis; to avoid any deterioration of the present crisis and the greater imbalances that would result; to bring about integral and timely disarmament, food security and peace; to guarantee the protection of the environment and to regulate migration: Such an authority would need to be regulated by law, to observe consistently the principles of subsidiarity and solidarity, to seek to establish the common good[], and to make a commitment to securing authentic integral human development inspired by the values of charity in truth.

Furthermore, such an authority would need to be universally recognized and to be vested with the effective power to ensure security for all, regard for justice, and respect for rights. Obviously it would have to have the authority to ensure compliance with its decisions from all parties, and also with the coordinated measures adopted in various international forums.

Without this, despite the great progress accomplished in various sectors, international law would risk being conditioned by the balance of power among the strongest nations. The integral development of peoples and international cooperation require the establishment of a greater degree of international ordering, marked by subsidiarity, for the management of globalization.

They also require the construction of a social order that at last conforms to the moral order, to the interconnection between moral and social spheres, and to the link between politics and the economic and civil spheres, as envisaged by the Charter of the United Nations.

It is an aspect which has acquired increasing prominence in recent times, obliging us to broaden our concept of poverty [66] and underdevelopment to include questions connected with the acceptance of life, especially in cases where it is impeded in a variety of ways. Not only does the situation of poverty still provoke high rates of infant mortality in many regions, but some parts of the world still experience practices of demographic control, on the part of governments that often promote contraception and even go so far as to impose abortion.

In economically developed countries, legislation contrary to life is very widespread, and it has already shaped moral attitudes and praxis, contributing to the spread of an anti-birth mentality; frequent attempts are made to export this mentality to other States as if it were a form of cultural progress. Some non-governmental Organizations work actively to spread abortion, at times promoting the practice of sterilization in poor countries, in some cases not even informing the women concerned.

Further grounds for concern are laws permitting euthanasia as well as pressure from lobby groups, nationally and internationally, in favour of its juridical recognition. Openness to life is at the centre of true development. If personal and social sensitivity towards the acceptance of a new life is lost, then other forms of acceptance that are valuable for society also wither away[67]. The acceptance of life strengthens moral fibre and makes people capable of mutual help.

By cultivating openness to life, wealthy peoples can better understand the needs of poor ones, they can avoid employing huge economic and intellectual resources to satisfy the selfish desires of their own citizens, and instead, they can promote virtuous action within the perspective of production that is morally sound and marked by solidarity, respecting the fundamental right to life of every people and every individual.

Fruitful dialogue between faith and reason cannot but render the work of charity more effective within society, and it constitutes the most appropriate framework for promoting fraternal collaboration between believers and non-believers in their shared commitment to working for justice and the peace of the human family. This is what gives rise to the duty of believers to unite their efforts with those of all men and women of good will, with the followers of other religions and with non-believers, so that this world of ours may effectively correspond to the divine plan: A particular manifestation of charity and a guiding criterion for fraternal cooperation between believers and non-believers is undoubtedly the principle of subsidiarity[], an expression of inalienable human freedom.

Subsidiarity is first and foremost a form of assistance to the human person via the autonomy of intermediate bodies. Such assistance is offered when individuals or groups are unable to accomplish something on their own, and it is always designed to achieve their emancipation, because it fosters freedom and participation through assumption of responsibility. Subsidiarity respects personal dignity by recognizing in the person a subject who is always capable of giving something to others.

By considering reciprocity as the heart of what it is to be a human being, subsidiarity is the most effective antidote against any form of all-encompassing welfare state. It is able to take account both of the manifold articulation of plans — and therefore of the plurality of subjects — as well as the coordination of those plans.

Hence the principle of subsidiarity is particularly well-suited to managing globalization and directing it towards authentic human development.

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