Sunday Devotional: ‘Every one who exalts himself will be humbled’

Sirach 3:17-18

My child, conduct your affairs with humility,
and you will be loved more than a giver of gifts.
Humble yourself the more, the greater you are,
and you will find favor with God.

The opposite of humility is narcissism or grandiosity — the exaltation and excessive love of your self. As such, narcissism is an offense against God because it violates the first of the Ten Commandments:

“I am the Lord your God: you shall not have strange gods before me.”

As American culture becomes increasingly corrupt, it’s no accident that studies testify to a corresponding increase in narcissism “across the board,” in the words of San Diego State University psychology professor Jean Twenge, the author of Generation Me (Free Press, 2006).

As recounted by Dan Zak for Washington Post, narcissism and one of its behavioral manifestations — entitlement — among college students have increased steadily since 1979. The data are clear: The ascent of narcissism and entitlement is dramatic. Professor Twenge observed:

“What we really have is a culture that has increasingly emphasized feeling good about yourself and favoring the individual over the group. And that has happened across the board, culturally, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. I have a 14-month-old daughter, and the clothing available to her has ‘little princess,’ or ‘I’m the boss,’ or ‘spoiled rotten’ written on it. This is what we’re dressing our babies in. Schools have programs designed to boost self-esteem. Parents say things like, ‘You shouldn’t care what other people think of you.’ We’re inundated with the notions of ‘feeling special,’ ‘believing in yourself’ and ‘be anything you want to be.'”

narcissismFor that reason, Twenge coined the term “iGeneration” (“i” as in both iPod and “me, me, me”) for the Millennials — those born in the general range of 1981 to 1999.

It is also no accident that the cultural rot and increase in narcissism “across the board” are accompanied by a dramatic increase in overt and coarsened sexuality, which permeats everything.

In a 1992 encyclical, Pastores Dabo Vobis, Pope/St. John Paul II explained the cause-and-effect connection between licentious (or unrestrained) sexuality and narcissism — the adulation of the self:

“…that outlook on human sexuality according to which sexuality…becomes degraded and thereby reduced to nothing more than a consumer good. In this case, many young people undergo an affective experience which, instead of contributing to a harmonious and joyous growth in personality which opens them outward in an act of self-giving, becomes a serious psychological and ethical process of turning inward toward self, a situation which cannot fail to have grave consequences on them in the future. In the case of some young people a distorted sense of freedom lies at the root of these tendencies. Instead of being understood as obedience to objective and universal truth, freedom is lived out as a blind acquiescence to instinctive forces and to an individual’s will to power.… On the religious level, such a situation, if it does not always lead to an explicit refusal of God, causes widespread indifference and results in a life which, even in its more significant moments and more decisive choices, is lived as if God did not exist.”

It is also no accident that all of these “Do As Thou Wilt” cultural indicators are accompanied by, not just the tolerance, but the celebration of homosexuality and transgenderism.

Psychiatrist Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons, with more than 35 years of clinical experience treating homosexuals, including homosexual priests, said in a 2011 interview that “Narcissism — a personality disorder in which an insatiable need for admiration often leads to attention-seeking behavior — is prevalent among men who struggle with homosexuality.”

Jesus loves us this much

And what’s the antidote to narcissism?

The right kind of love.

The Greatest Commandment of all is to love God with your whole heart, your whole soul, your whole mind, and with all your strength.

Luke 14:11

“…For every one who exalts himself will be humbled,
but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

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

~Eowyn

Feds Must Respond to Lawsuit Claiming IRS “Peeping Toms” Raided Health Records

I must admit I haven’t heard about this lawsuit. I’d have done more homework on this article and lawsuit yet I’m working this weekend. Just thought I’d put this out 1) because it’s interesting as to what Obama’s IRS stooges have been accused of doing, and 2) to see if others might know more about this case.

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From Hollywood Reporter: More than three years ago, a mysterious company filed a mysterious lawsuit against “John Does 1-15” with a pretty outrageous claim. The lawsuit alleged that the IRS raided the company on March 11, 2011, and that agents in the course of an investigation of a former employee stole more than 60 million medical records of more than 10 million Americans. 

“After being put on notice of the illicit seizure, the IRS agents refused to return the records, continued to keep the records for the prying eyes of IRS peeping toms, and keep the records to this very day,” stated a complaint that was originally filed in San Diego Superior Court before being removed to federal court. “The records may concern the intimate medical records of every state judge in California, every state court employee in California, leading and politically controversial members of the Screen Actors Guild and the Directors Guild, and prominent citizens in the world of entertainment, business and government, from all walks of life.”

It was also alleged that IRS agents searched “intimate parts” after seizing records.

The raided company at the heart of the lawsuit was later revealed to be Three Rivers Provider Network in Chula Vista, Calif., a national health network, and the lawsuit caught the attention of Congressional Republicans. But the case was paused because the Justice Department told the court it was tied to the criminal prosecution of Blaine Pollock, who founded the company and was charged with false statements on an individual tax return and aiding and assisting false statements on a corporate tax return. 

According to a review of his case, Pollock took a plea and was given a judgment of time served and a fine of $350,000.

But now that the criminal case is over, the federal judge overseeing the civil one lifted the stay on Thursday and ordered the defendants — in particular, a special agent named Gabriel Kornacki — to answer or otherwise respond to the complaint within the next 30 days.

As a result, a lawsuit from that “John Doe Company,” which is attempting to represent “10 million citizens across the country, including many of the Judges of the Superior Court of California, their family, their clerks, their court employees, the members of the Screen Actors Guild, the members of the Directors Guild of America, and the players for Major League Baseball,” is live.

The plaintiff, represented by attorney Robert Barnes, is asserting a violation of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, specifically an unlawful search, seizure and invasion of privacy. The relief sought is an injunction on sharing of records, a return of records and compensatory damages in the amount of $25,000 per violation per individual.

This lawsuit may go nowhere, but the government’s response will be provided once it comes. 

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Anti-Islam activists stage protest atop Berlin monument

Merkel will not be pleased.

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From Fox News: Anti-Islam activists have staged an hour-long demonstration atop Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate. The protesters unfurled a banner calling for “secure borders” in Germany as crowds of tourists milled around the iconic monument Saturday.

Police said 15 people were briefly detained over the protest and are likely to face charges of trespassing, harassment and breaching laws on public assembly.

AP Photo

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Berlin police spokeswoman Patricia Braemer said the protesters belonged to the Identitarian Movement. Germany’s domestic intelligence agency earlier this month said it was putting the far-right group under observation because it aims to subvert democracy.

Leaflets scattered by supporters of the group claimed the government is trying to replace Germany’s population with Muslim immigrants.

Germany has seen an unprecedented influx of asylum-seekers, many from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, over the past year.

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NFL player Colin Kaepernick sits during national anthem; 49ers defend move

This is coming from an “oppressed” black guy who is worth $16 million.

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

From MSN: Colin Kaepernick, who has been mired in a quarterback controversy with Blaine Gabbert to see who will lead the 49ers this season, may have sparked a real controversy Friday night.

Kaepernick did not stand for the national anthem before the 49ers preseason game at Levi’s Stadium, although the move went unnoticed by most at the time. ProFootballTalk.com reported the story more than an hour after the game, and no reporters asked Kaepernick about it following the 49ers 21-10 loss to the Packers.

Kaepernick explained his stance during an interview with NFL.com: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color,” he said after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.

But Kaepernick’s action prompted the 49ers to issue a statement acknowledging that he sat during the anthem, and defending his right to do so.

“The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony,” reads the statement. “It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose to participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”

That stance will not sit well with many fans, however, and Kaepernick is sure to hear the boos in opposing stadiums as the media shines the spotlight on his decision. Was Kaepernick, who has been outspoken on his Twitter account about racial issues in the U.S., making a political statement? Expect to hear much more on this story in the coming days.

By the way, neither Kaepernick nor Gabbert did anything to win the starter’s role Friday night, each finishing with 14 yards passing.

Some of Kaepernick’s latest tweets:

“Folks always want to make it seem like White Supremacy is whiteness gone wild. No. It’s a standard 🇺🇸 practice.”

“., you have to do more than just say .

“(Covert) Redlining White Supremacy Vs. (Overt) Segregation White Supremacy”

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Faithful dog stays by coffin of Italian earthquake victim

Chris Graham reports for The Telegraph, Aug. 27, 2016, that in a gym in Ascoli Piceno, Italy, are 34 caskets side by side.

Beside one casket sits a small blond cocker spaniel sits, devoted to the end, unable to leave his master even in death.

cocker spaniel next to coffin of a victim of Italy earthquake

Little is known of the dog’s master except that he came from Accumoli, one of the communities that bore the brunt of Wednesday’s devastating quake that rocked central Italy, which took the lives of at least 281 people and left thousands homeless. The quake was so strong that the town of Accumoli sank by nearly 8 inches (20 cm), according to Italy’s geological institute.

The dog’s master and the 33 other caskets are buried today — declared by the Italian government as a day of national mourning.

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has declared a state of emergency and authorized 50 million euros for immediate quake relief.

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~Eowyn

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