Sunday Devotional: Three Persons in One God

 

Matthew 3:1, 13, 16-17

In those days came John the Baptist,
preaching in the wilderness of Judaea….
Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John,
to be baptized of him….
And Jesus, when he was baptized,
went up straightway out of the water:
and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him,
and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove,
and lighting upon him:
And lo a voice from heaven, saying,
This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Today, the universal Church celebrates the Holy Trinity — the mystery of Three Persons in One God.

That there is but one God and three Persons — the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit — is not only found in the above passage from Matthew 3, but also in other places in Holy Scripture:

Genesis 1:26

And God said,
Let us make man in our image,
after our likeness

John 5:7

For there are three
that bear record in Heaven,
the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost;
and these three are one.

Matthew 28:18-20

Then Jesus approached and said to them,
“All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

Our greatest theologians had sought in vain to plumb the mystery of the Triune Godhead — of three Persons in one God.

St. Thomas Aquinas concluded in Summa Theologica:

We cannot come to the knowledge of the Trinity by reason alone, that is, by the natural and unaided efforts of the human mind. By our natural reason, we can know that God exists; that he is the First Cause of all; that he is one, infinite, simple, immutable, etc. But that the one God subsists in three really distinct Persons is a truth that can be known only by supernatural means. That is a truth beyond the reach of human reason to know, to prove, or to disprove. We know this truth by divine revelation, and accept it by supernatural faith; we take it upon the authority of God himself.… By aid of the light of glory the soul in heaven sees God himself clearly and truly.

And so we accept our human limitation and believe, putting our trust in the words of St. Paul that we shall understand fully when we see God face to face:

1 Corinthians 13:11-12

When I was a child, I spoke like a child,
I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child;
when I became a man, I gave up childish ways.
For now we see in a mirror dimly,
but then face to face.
Now I know in part;
then I shall understand fully,
even as I have been fully understood.

May the peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,

~Eowyn

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The special friendship between a neighbor and Brody, the St. Bernard

 

This is just so sweet!

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Father’s Day 2019: 1 in 4 U.S. children live in fatherless homes

 

Today is Father’s Day.

Happy Father’s Day to all the men who are real dads instead of mere sperm-donors!

For more on the read dads, see the Pew Research Center’s “8 facts about American dads“.

But shame on the mere sperm-donors.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2017, 19.7 million children, more than 1 in 4, live without a father in the home. As fathers.com puts it: “If it were classified as a disease, fatherlessness would be an epidemic worthy of attention as a national emergency.”

The sperm-donors, by their absence in their children’s lives, are responsible for a whole host of their children’s problems and social ills.

In 2013, the worst states are:

  • Mississippi, where 36.2% of children lived in fatherless homes.
  • Louisiana: 34.4%
  • Alabama: 30.7%

Not coincidentally, blacks make up large percentages of the population in those states:

That this is not a coincidence is confirmed by 2012 U.S. Census Bureau statistics:

  • More than half (57.6%) of America’s black children lived absent their biological fathers.
  • 31.2% of Hispanic children and 20.7% of white children lived in fatherless homes.

Just as #BlackLivesMatter are silent on the vast numbers of black babies being aborted and the black-on-black homicides in cities like Chicago and Detroit, they are silent on the epidemic of black men abandoning their children. Instead, #BlackLivesMatter blame whities for blacks’ social ills, and vocal spokesmen like Colin Kaepernick and Spike Lee make showy, grandstanding virtue-signaling.

~Eowyn

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Sunday Funny! Cat herding

 

Electronic Data Systems (EDS) was a multinational information technology equipment and services company headquartered in Plano, Texas.

Founded in 1962 by Ross Perot, EDS became Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services when the company was acquired by Hewlett Packard in 2008. In 2017, the company merged with Computer Sciences Corporation to form DXC Technology.

In 1999-2000, the company made this amusing cat herders commercial for the XXXIV Super Bowl:

H/t PawMyGosh

~Eowyn

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Democratic National Committee is $6.2M in debt

 

Bill Allison reports for Bloomberg, June 13, 2019, that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) “has a money problem,” which “could hurt its nominee’s chances of beating President Donald Trump in 2020.”

That’s because whoever wins the party’s nomination will rely heavily on the DNC in the general election for organizing, identifying voters and getting them to the polls. All of that will cost hundreds of millions of dollars by election day.

Signs of the DNC’s money problem include:

  • The DNC has been borrowing money.
  • The DNS is sending out fundraising appeals under the presidential candidates’ names, something it’s never done before.
  • In the first four months of 2019, the party spent more than it raised and added $3 million in new debt.
  • By the end of April, the DNC had collected contributions of more than $24.4 million, but had spent $28.4 million, according to the latest Federal Election Commission (FEC) disclosures. It had $7.6 million cash on hand, $1 million less than in January.
  • All of which led the DNC, at the end of April, to post $6.2 million in debt, including bank loans and unpaid invoices to vendors.

In contrast, the Republican National Committee (RNC) is stockpiling cash. It raised nearly $62 million so far this year, two-and-a-half times the DNC’s haul. Thanks in part to President Trump’s non-stop fundraising since winning the White House, the RNC has $34.7 million in the bank and no debt.

Demonrats attribute the DNC’s money problem to:

  • Competition from the 23 Demonrats who are running for president and vacuuming up contributors’ cash, instead of the money going to the DNC. From January through March 2019, 16 presidential Demonrat candidates collectively raised $77 million, or $3 million more than Trump’s committees and the RNC combined.
  • Perception of some contributors that the national party is disorganized — a hangover from the 2016 election.
  • Donors may be discouraged by the growing schism between the old-guard establishment and the younger, activist wing.
  • Former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz who, during the 2018 Demonrat primaries, sabotaged Bernie Sanders by surreptiously helping Hillary Clinton. John Morgan, an Orlando-based trial attorney and Demonrat fundraiser, said “Debbie Wasserman Schultz really destroyed a lot of confidence in the DNC for a lot of people and for a lot of different reasons,” and that her favoring of Hillary and mismanagement of the party continues to give donors pause.
  • The DNC must also compete for donations with other Democratic organizations, such as:
    • The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), which supports House candidates to ensure Demonrats keep their House majority won in 2018. DCCC has raised more than $40 million this year, more than the DNC’s totals each month.
    • The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), DCCC’s Senate counterpart, has raised $18 million this year.
    • Super PACs such as Priorities USA, the main super PAC for supporting the party’s presidential nominees. Priorities USA’s donors include some of the biggest Democratic givers, e.g., billionaire George Soros, and hedge-fund operators S. Donald Sussman and James H. Simons.

To compete in 2020, the DNC has acquired 100 million cellphone numbers to contact voters via text message. This summer, it will train about 1,000 college juniors who will be ready to hit the ground running next year.

~Eowyn

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Spike Lee tells Hollyweird to “shut it down” in Georgia over their heartbeat bill

 

CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 15: Director Spike Lee holds up a fist as he attends the photocall for “BlacKkKlansman” during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 15, 2018 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Another self-important Hollyweird celebrity who thinks he knows what is best for the citizens of Georgia rather than the elected officials.

Hey Spike, why don’t you worry about the kids being killed in the streets of Chiraq? You know, the same name of your 2015 film that lost $12.3 million dollars? Guess you can’t be bothered with them since that gun violence avenue didn’t make you any money. See his Instagram for what is REALLY important to him (Hint: self-promotion.) Hypocrite.

From MyFoxChicago: Director Spike Lee is calling for Hollywood production companies to leave Georgia over a law that would ban abortions as early as six weeks, upon detection of a fetal heartbeat.

Most studios that have commented have said they’re waiting to see if the so-called “heartbeat” law actually takes effect next year, or if the courts will block it. But at the arrivals line for Denzel Washington’s American Film Institute lifetime achievement tribute Thursday, Lee said now is the time for Georgia-based productions to “shut it down” and boycott the state’s booming film industry to drive change.

Lee acknowledged that a mass exodus could dent livelihoods, but cited black bus drivers affected by the Civil Rights Movement-era boycott in Montgomery.

“I know it’s going to affect people’s livelihood. But that’s how things change,” Lee said. (Well it certainly won’t affect HIS livelihood so NBD, right?)

“You’ve got to be on the right side of history, and the state of Georgia and those other states, they’re wrong,” he added.

Georgia’s economy currently gets a $9.5 billion annual boost from the industry.

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The Face of the Man on the Shroud

 

One of the mysteries of the New Testament is that there are no descriptions of what Jesus Christ looks like. Nothing about how tall He is, the color of His hair or of His eyes, or . . . .

None.

But being the sensory creatures as God made us, we can’t help but wonder what Jesus looks like.

How we thirst for and yearn to see His face. Psalm 27:8 gives voice to humanity’s sorrowful yearning:

“Your face, Lord, do I seek. Do not hide your face from me.”

Our crie de coeur is given eloquent expression by St. Anselm (1033-1109) in Proslogium:

But if thou hast found him, why is it that thou dost not feel thou hast found him? Why, O Lord, our God, does not my soul feel thee, if it hath found thee? [My soul] strains to see thee more . . . but it sees that it cannot see farther, because of its own darkness . . . . Everywhere thou art wholly present, and I see thee not . . . and therefore my soul still walks in its darkness and wretchedness. For it looks, and does not see thy beauty. It hearkens, and does not hear thy harmony. It smells, and does not perceive thy fragrance. It tastes, and does not recognize thy sweetness. It touches, and does not feel thy pleasantness.

Artists, like Jon McNaughton, have used their imagination to fashion their images of Jesus.

In 2015, the scientific unit of the police force in Rome, Italy, used computer software that’s normally used to age an individual and reversed the process to generate the angelic face of what the man whose face and body are imprinted onto the Shroud of Turin would look like as a 12-year-old boy.

In 2018, Dr. Giulio Fanti, Professor of Mechanical and Thermal Measurements at the University of Padua, created a 3D carbon copy from meticulous measurements of the imprinted image of the Man on the Shroud. Master sculptor Sergio Rodella then made a statue in plaster from the 3D carbon copy.

Professor Fanti said:

“Christian tradition believes that the image that is seen on the Shroud is that of the crucified Jesus. And now science is of this opinion too. For years, using the most sophisticated 3D technologies, we have studied  the image left by the body on the sheet. And the statue is the final result.

This statue is a life-size, three-dimensional representation of the Man of the Shroud, based on the millimetric measurements obtained from the shroud in which the body of Christ was wrapped after the crucifixion.

On the Shroud I counted 370 scourge wounds, without taking into consideration the lateral ones, which are not imprinted into the Shroud because it enveloped only the front and back of the body. We can therefore hypothesize Jesus suffered a total of at least 600 scourges. Moreover, the three-dimensional reconstruction has allowed us to reconstruct that at the time of death, the man of the Shroud has slumped to the right because His right shoulder was dislocated in such a severe way as to damage the nerves.

According to our studies, Jesus was a man of extraordinary beauty (“bellezza straordinaria”). Long-limbed, but very robust; almost six feet tall, while the average height of the time was around 5′ 5″; with a regal and majestic expression.

We therefore believe that we finally have an accurate picture of what Jesus was like on this earth. From now on, it will no longer be possible to portray His image without taking this work into account.”

Here’s the face of the Man on the Shroud:

But in the end, it doesn’t really matter what we think Jesus looks like because when we finally see Him face to face, we will know it’s Him. To quote McNaughton:

“Someday when I actually meet the Savior, I’m not going to recognize Him because of how long His hair is or the color of His eyes, or whether He has a short beard or long beard, or how dark His skin is. I’m gonna recognize Him because of the way I feel, standing in the presence of the Savior.”

See also:

~Eowyn

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Morgan Stanley’s business confidence index has biggest drop since 2008 financial crisis

 

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. is an American multinational investment bank and financial services company headquartered in New York City. JPMorgan Chase is the largest bank in the United States, and the sixth largest bank in the world by total assets as of 2018, to the amount of $2.535 trillion. It is the world’s most valuable bank by market capitalization and was named one of the top stocks to buy in 2019.

The Morgan Stanley Business Conditions Index (MSBCI) is an economic barometer based on an internal monthly canvass of industry analysts in JPMorgan’s North America Equity Research. The MSBCI measures general analyst sentiment as well as component indicators that gauge financing, advance bookings, pricing, hiring, capital spending, and expectations. Since its inception in June 2002, the MSBCI has served as a valuable and effective instrument for anticipating directional moves in the U.S. economy.

Morgan Stanley just published its latest Business Conditions Index and it is shocking.

As reported by Maggie Fitzgerald for CNBC, June 13, 2019:

Morgan Stanley’s Business Conditions Index, which captures turning points in the economy, fell by 32 points in June, to a level of 13 from a level of 45 in May. This drop is the largest one-month decline on record and the lowest level since December 2008 during the financial crisis, according to the firm.

Morgan Stanley said June’s conditions index reading showed notable declines in hiring, hiring plans, capex plans, and business conditions exceptions.

Economist Ellen Zentner said in a note to clients that the sharp MSBCI decline “shows a sharp deterioration in sentiment this month that was broad-based across sectors. Fundamental indicators point to a broad softening of activity, but analysts did not widely attribute the weakening to [Trump’s] trade policy.”

In addition to the sharp drop in the Business Confidence Index, here are other economic indicators of a possible economic slowdown:

  • Last Friday’s much-worse-than-expected jobs report from the Labor Department, showing that the U.S. economy added just 75,000 jobs in May.
  • A report on Thursday showed a spike in jobless claims last week.
  • Manufacturing activity last month grew at the slowest pace in two years.
  • The manufacturing subindex business conditions fell sharply to zero, the lowest level for the subindex on record.
  • The services subindex also fell to 18 from 35.

Meanwhile, another CNBC report on June 12 says “risks are rising for an oil price spike as tensions between the U.S. and Iran increase” which would further exacerbate business confidence.

Analysts say oil could be more than 10% higher, but if the situation in the Middle East intensifies, there are risks of price spikes that take oil to as high as $100 a barrel this summer.

Four years ago, in June 2015, Bob Johnson wrote in Veterans Today that the powerful Israeli lobby, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), was trying to push the U.S. into a war against Iran for Israel’s benefit. (See “Yinon Plan“)

~Eowyn

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Chelsea Handler slams President Trump for calling rifles entertainment: “Grounds for impeachment”

 

This egomaniac probably believes that the only “real entertainment” comes out of Hollyweird.

From Yahoo: Chelsea Handler is speaking out after Donald Trump defended semi-automatic AR-15 assault rifles as “entertainment.”

On Wednesday morning, the president’s interview with Piers Morgan for Good Morning Britain aired. In it, he explained that he doesn’t support gun control or weapons bans because gun owners “have a tremendous amount of fun.”

“Well, a lot of them used them for entertainment, they do,” Trump said when Morgan challenged asked “why anyone in America needs a semi-automatic AR-15 assault rifle at home.”

“Are guns entertainment?” Morgan shot back.

“For some people, it’s entertainment, they go out and they shoot and they go to ranges and they have a tremendous amount of fun,” Trump responded.

He also said that people would be “sitting ducks” without firearms and claimed that the 2015 attacks in Paris “would never have happened” if Bataclan concert-goers had been armed.

Trump’s comments angered Handler, one of his many celebrity critics. The comedian argued that the president’s description of semi-automatic assault rifles as “entertainment” is “grounds for impeachment.” She also called on politicians to back gun control and “stand up to the NRA.”

Many of her fans agreed, though, as some noted, being against gun control wouldn’t actually be grounds for impeachment. Gun control critics, however, called out Handler.

Handler may get her wish, as Congress may indeed launch an impeachment hearing against Trump over concerns of collusion and other alleged constitutional violations. Just days ago, his 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton, tweeted that “the president is not above the law,” which was seen as a call for Congress to take action.

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This womyn needs to get herself to the range and shoot a Browning 9mm hi-power. Now that’s what I call entertainment!

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