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Biden utters gibberish, but Left writer will vote for him even if he boils and eats babies

We have now many instances of Joe Biden being incoherent and dispaying signs of senile dementia.

This segment from his recent appearance on the PBS News Hour is an example. Can you make any sense of what he said?

But none of this matters to the Left.

Founded in 1865, The Nation is a far left weekly that Wikipedia hails as “the oldest continuously published weekly magazine in the United States, covering progressive political and cultural news, opinion, and analysis.”

On May 20, 2020, Katha Pollitt, 70, a poet and The Nation columnist, declared that “I would vote for Joe Biden if he boiled babies and ate them.”

Hmm.

Pollitt sure sounds like she knows about eating babies, doesn’t she?

And the reason for her voting for Biden?

Pollitt wrote hysterically that “Four more years of Trump will replace what remains of our democracy with unchecked rule by kleptocrats, fascists, religious fanatics, gun nuts, and know-nothings.”

Really, Pollitt?

Who exactly are the “fascists” who are rioting and tearing down statues across the country?

As for the Left’s go-to canard about conservatives being igorant “know-nothings,” Pew Research surveys consistently found that Republicans are better informed and more knowledgeable than Democrats. See:

That’s how knowledgeable Katha Pollitt is.

~Eowyn

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#BlackLivesMatter isn’t about racial justice. Here’s the proof

#BlackLivesMatter protests are not about racism, “racial justice” (whatever that means), “social justice” (whatever that means), anti-slavery, anti-Confederacy, or anti-“white supremacy” (whatever that means).

#BlackLivesMatter protests are chaos for chaos’ sake, destruction for destruction’s sake — like Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the devilish Joker, cackling with glee at the mayhem he wrought around him, in the 2008 Batman movie, The Dark Knight. Ledger’s portrayal of the demonic figure sent him to the dark side and took his life.

#BlackLivesMatter protests are acts of terrorism inflicted on the American people.

Here’s the definitive proof that #BlackLivesMatter is not about race or “racial justice”.

On Wednesday (July 1, 2020) night, #BlackLivesMatter “protesters” set fire to a statue of an elk in Portland, Oregon.

This video of the burning of the elk statue was tweeted by a “protester” who calls itself Tuck Woodstock (@tuckwoodstock), with this comment (Note: N.W.A. is a hip hop group):

Elk fire keeping me warm. N.W.A. playing in the background.

Tuck Woodstock, who has more than 13,000 Twitter followers, describes itself as:

host. Gender & equity educator (sylveon.co). Journalist reporting on PDX protests. Gay songs

. Biracial. They/them. DMs open.

~Eowyn

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Black Lives Matter will have armed officers; wants police defunded nationwide

On ABC’s Nightline on June 1, 2020, Black Lives Matter (BLM) cofounder Patrisse Cullors, who is also a TV writer, claims that “police terror” against “black communities” had gotten worse after Trump became President, and that Trump told police to hurt people. She said:

“We’ve seen a ratcheting up of pushing law enforcement to be more brutal, use excessive force. He has told law enforcement, in his own words to hurt people… And what we know are those people are mostly black people.”

Cullors says BLM is calling for the defunding of police nationwide:

“Many people don’t understand that the foundation of policing is actually in slave patrolling. The first law enforcement agencies were out to catch black people who were leaving — fleeing from slavery. We want to reduce law enforcement in our communities. The more contact we have with law enforcement, the more death is going to happen with black people.”

This is the statement on the Black Lives Matter website (the website supplied the bold emphasis):

#DefundThePolice

Enough is enough.

Our pain, our cries, and our need to be seen and heard resonate throughout this entire country.

We demand acknowledgment and accountability for the devaluation and dehumanization of Black life at the hands of the police.

We call for radical, sustainable solutions that affirm the prosperity of Black lives.

George Floyd’s violent death was a breaking point — an all too familiar reminder that, for Black people, law enforcement doesn’t protect or save our lives. They often threaten and take them.

Right now, Minneapolis and cities across our country are on fire, and our people are hurting — the violence against Black bodies felt in the ongoing mass disobedience, all while we grapple with a pandemic that is disproportionately affecting, infecting, and killing us.

We call for an end to the systemic racism that allows this culture of corruption to go unchecked and our lives to be taken.

We call for a national defunding of police. We demand investment in our communities and the resources to ensure Black people not only survive, but thrive. If you’re with us, add your name to the petition right now and help us spread the word.

Not only is Black Lives Matter calling for police to be defunded, nationwide, BLM New York chapter Chairman Hawk Newsome told the Daily Mail that BLM plans to follow in the footsteps of the Black Panthers Party by developing an armed branch of “peace officers” to “combat” police brutality in black communities. Newsome said:

“We’re talking about self-defense. We’re talking about defending our communities…. We have black Special Forces officers advising us, and we will teach and train people in our communities, the Black Opts department of Black Opportunities.”

The Black Panthers Party in the 1960s created “peace officers” who open-carried firearms while patrolling black communities in order to deter police brutality. Newsome said that the BLM “peace officers” would also be armed and open carry guns in states that allow it.

Back to BLM cofounder Patrisse Cullors.

Like Meryl Streep, John Kerry, Anita Dunn, Nancy Pelosi and John McCain, Cullors also has the unsettling habit of sticking her tongue out like a snake when she speaks. In Cullors’ case, she doesn’t just flick her tongue, she sticks out and rolls her tongue from one side of her mouth to the other.

In the video below, her snake tongue makes its appearance after the 0:24 mark.

Note that exorcists have observed that those who are demon-possessed can take on the look of a reptile or snake. Below are FOTM’s other posts on snake-tongue flickers:

~Eowyn

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Petition against movie portraying Jesus Christ as a bisexual with a nose-ring

From Return to Order:

A new film, titled “Habit,” will give a portrayal of Jesus Christ played by a female. Paris Jackson, a “bisexual” musician and daughter of the late Michael Jackson, plays the part as a “gender- bending” Christ with a nose ring. Filming for the production has finished and is currently under development. According to reports:

“[Paris] Jackson …will play Jesus in the feature about a street-smart party girl with a Jesus fetish who gets mixed up in a violent drug deal and finds a possible way out by masquerading as a nun. Donovan Leitch, 852 Films, Martingale Pictures, Voltage Pictures, Cloudlight and Elevated Films are producing…

Jackson is the daughter of the late Michael Jackson…” (ScreenDaily.com; emphasis added)

The very person of Christ is portrayed not only in an immoral setting, but is also is a manner that is totally contrary to His human nature. Our Lord was always patient with even the lowest sinners. But He always called them to conversion and repentance. This portrayal makes Him unnatural and vulgar. Please sign our petition, urging Elevated Films to stop the release of the “Habit” film.

39,873 people have signed the petition. The goal is 50,000 signature.

To sign, click here.

~Eowyn

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Verizon Media named its annual conference Moloch, demon of child sacrifices

“Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molek, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the LORD.” -Leviticus 18:21

In the Old Testament, Gehenna was a valley by Jerusalem, where apostate Israelites and followers of pagan gods sacrificed their children by fire (2 Chr. 28:3, 33:6; Jer. 7:31, 19:2–6).

One of those gods was Moloch (aka Molech, Molekh, Molok, Molek, Molock, Moloc, Melech, Milcom or Molcom), an ancient Ammonite god who demanded a particular kind of propitiatory child sacrifice by parents.

Judaic rabbinical tradition depicted Moloch as a bronze statue heated with fire into which the child victims were thrown. According to medieval French rabbi Rashi (acronym for RAbbi SHlomo Itzhaki):

Moloch … was made of brass; and they heated him from his lower parts; and his hands being stretched out, and made hot, they put the child between his hands, and it was burnt; when it vehemently cried out; but the priests beat a drum, that the father might not hear the voice of his son, and his heart might not be moved.

Indeed, there are reports by Greco-Roman authors on child sacrifices in Carthage (in today’s Tunisia) to Baal Hammon, the chief god of Carthage. Those reports are bolstered by archaeological excavations since the 1920s of evidence of child sacrifice in Carthage as well as inscriptions of the term MLK, which is either a theonym (the name of a god or deity) or a technical term associated with sacrificial rites.

In 1966, Australian archeologist John Basil Hennessy found in excavations of a 1400-1250 BC temple at Amman evidence of human and animal sacrifice by fire. Hennesy reported his findings in the Palestine Exploration Quarterly (1966). In a private communication with G.J. Wenham, Hennessy wrote that “At least 75% of them (the bones found) belong to children between the ages of 3 and 14“.

Abortion is the modern-day child sacrifice to Moloch. (See “‘I’m a millionaire because I had an abortion!’: Abortion and Moloch”)

Given who Moloch is, one has to wonder why Verizon Media named its third annual conference in 2019 “Moloch,” akin to calling its conference “Satan”.

Note: Verizon Media is a division of Verizon Communications which focusses on media and the Internet. Verizon Media was formed from the merger of AOL and Yahoo!, which Verizon Communications had acquired in 2015 and 2017, respectively.

Breathlessly reporting for Verizon.com, Elyse Rinne, a software engineer at Verizon Media, wrote on August 5, 2019:

We’re excited to share the 3rd Annual MolochON will be held on October 1st, 2019 in Sunnyvale, California, at the Verizon Media (formerly Yahoo!) Campus.

What’s MolochON?

MolochON is an annual conference hosted by the creators of Moloch.

What’s Moloch?

Moloch is a large scale, open source, indexed packet capture and search system. It’s used within Verizon Media and other companies to help store and index network traffic for analysis. If your company has a network security team as part of your “Blue Team” you’ll want to attend this event. Best of all, attendance is free….

After the conference, enjoy our complimentary happy hour where we’ll party like network security professionals and we’ll swap stories about how we catch the bad actors.

Hope to see you there!

The CEO of Verizon Media is a man whose first name is Guru, I kid you not. In Hinduism, “guru” means a spiritual guide.

~Eowyn

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Why does Melinda Gates wear an upside-down cross?

Melinda Gates, 55, is the wife of Microsoft co-founder and its former chairman, CEO, and president Bill Gates, 64. A former general manager herself at Microsoft, Melinda and Bill in 2000 co-founded the powerful Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest private charitable organization as of 2015. Melinda has consistently been ranked as one of the world’s most powerful women by Forbes.

The Gates are Democrats. Both were suggested as possible vice-presidential picks in the 2016 presidential election, according to an email from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, which was obtained and published by WikiLeaks. (Time)

Melinda Gates is also a Roman Catholic. In 2014, Bill told Rolling Stone magazine that he and Melinda raised their three children as Catholics, the family goes to a Catholic church, and that religious morality inspires a lot of his charity work.

Melinda Gates’ Catholicism goes against the Gates Foundation’s funding, until 2013, of abortion by donating $71 million to Planned Parenthood and affiliated organizations. In 2014, she said that the foundation “has decided not to fund abortion”, focusing instead on family planning and contraception in order to avoid conflation of abortion and family planning. (Wikipedia)

Then there is the matter of Melinda’s jewelry.

Longtime FOTM reader/commenter Lola sent me this pic of Melinda Gates wearing a necklace with a pendant that’s an upside-down cross.

The pic is a screenshot taken from a video of Melinda’s appearance on an NBC “Today” show on May 8, 2020:

The upside-down or inverted cross is a symbol that stems from the martyrdom of St. Peter the Apsotle. Catholic tradition is that when the Romans sentenced Peter to death by crucifixion, he requested that his cross be upside down, as he felt unworthy of being crucified in the same manner as his Lord and savior Jesus Christ. That is why there are images of the Pope wearing the inverted or Petrine Cross because the Pope is the successor of St. Peter as Bishop of Rome.

However, in our times, the upside-down cross has been co-opted by satanists to mock Christ’s crucifixion, just as the Black Mass is an inverted mockery of the Catholic Mass.

So the question is: Given the upside-down cross having become a satanic symbol, why would Melinda Gates, a self-professed Catholic, wear that as jewelry? Why not a regular, rightside-up cross instead?

There’s also something else that’s disturbing about Melinda’s appearance.

Twitterer @Inevitable_ET posted comparison pics of Bill and Melinda, past and present, which show Melinda looking very different from what she was before. She now has a bigger and fatter nose, which can’t be from weight gain. She also looks like a man in drag.

See also:

~Eowyn

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$100 billion Democrat House bill on COVID-19 testing/tracking/quarantine is numbered 6666

Already, as seen in the pic above, some Americans fear that the inevitable COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine will be compulsory, and that it will be the Mark of the Beast prophesied in Revelation 13:16-17 about the end days:

And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

So it really doesn’t help that a new bill introduced 11 days ago in the U.S. House of Representatives bears the number 6666, I kid you not.

The bill, H.R. 6666: COVID-19 Testing, Reaching, And Contacting Everyone (TRACE) Act, was introduced on May 1, 2020 by a Democrat, Rep. Bobby L. Rush, 77, who represents Illinois’ 1st congressional district in Chicago. The bill has 45 co-sponsors: 44 Democrats and one Republican (Rep. Jefferson Van Drew, a white dentist from New Jersey).

HR 6666 seeks authorization from Congress of as much as $100 billion for fiscal year 2020 (and more for years after) as HHS (Dept. of Health and Human Services) grants to:

  • Conduct diagnostic tests for COVID-19.
  • Trace the contacts of those who tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Quarantine those contacts in their homes.

Here’s the full text of HR 6666 – COVID-19 Testing, Reaching, And Contacting Everyone (TRACE) Act:

A BILL

To authorize the Secretary of Health and Human Services to award grants to eligible entities to conduct diagnostic testing for COVID–19, and related activities such as contact tracing, through mobile health units and, as necessary, at individuals’ residences, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “COVID–19 Testing, Reaching, And Contacting Everyone (TRACE) Act”.

SEC. 2. COVID–19 testing and contact tracing using mobile health units.

In the House, a bill is introduced by a member placing a hard copy of the bill into a wooden box called a hopper, after which the bill is assigned a number by the House Clerk’s office. (Wikipedia)

According to Lexis Nexis, “As each act, bill, or resolution is introduced, it is assigned a unique number…that acts as an identifying number for that legislation.” This number has three parts, the first of which is a “sequential number assigned when the legislation is first introduced in the House or Senate. When a new Congress convenes, numbering of legislation begins with ‘1’ and continues sequentially until the close of that Congress.”

If the number of Bobby Rush’s bill, the TRACE Act, was sequentially assigned, there must be an HR 6665 and HR 6667.

I searched on Congress.gov and, indeed, there are an HR 6665 (to direct the Secretary of State to submit a report on the actions of WHO concerning the Wuhan coronavirus) and an HR 6667: End Military-Connected Child Abuse and Neglect Act.

Congressman Bobby Rush co-founded the Illinois chapter of the radical Black Panther Party in 1968, after going AWOL from the U.S. Army. In 1978, he obtained a degree in theological studies from McCormick Theological Seminary. That means he knows full well that the number 666 is the number of the Beast, and why some would find unsettling the number of the bill he is sponsoring.

See also “COVID-19: A pandemic to eliminate ‘useless eaters’

Update (May 20, 2020):

HR 6666 now has 58 sponsors, all Democrats. The lone Republican, Rep. Jefferson Van Drew from New Jersey, has withdrawn his co-sponsorship.

~Eowyn

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Good Friday: Remembering His Passion and Sacrificial Love

Good Friday, April 10, 2020.

Some years ago, a friend startled me with an out-of-context outburst. Though raised a Christian, Stephanie is a goddess cultist, wiccan witch, and rabidly anti-Christian because of its alleged anti-female misogyny, never mind my pointing out that none other than a woman — Mary, the mother of Jesus — is Christianity’s most revered human figure.

I still remember that day when we were sipping a drink in a shopping mall. Suddenly, in a fit of self-pity, my strong-as-an ox-friend blurted to me: “Don’t tell me how Jesus had suffered. I’ve suffered more than Jesus!”

This post on our Lord’s passion and sacrificial love is a reminder to us of His sacrificial love, and a rebuttal to my friend, the “artist” Michael D’Antuono who in 2009 painted a blasphemous portrait of Obama as the crucified Christ, and all malignant narcissists who cheapen His memory by having the boundless arrogance and gall to compare themselves to Him.

The account below is difficult for us to read.

You will weep, if you have a heart.

Imagine how many hundred times difficult it was for our Lord, who endured all of it.

He sweated blood.

After He and his disciples had observed the Passover meal in an upper room in a home in southwest Jerusalem, they traveled to the Mount of Olives, northeast of the city.
There, in the garden of Gethsemane, for 12 hours (from 9 PM Thursday to 9 AM Friday), He prayed. He saw all the sins of humanity — past, present, and future. The cumulative effect of what He saw was so horrific that He sweated bloodhematidrosis, or hemorrhage into the sweat glands. His skin became fragile and tender from the hematidrosis, and He felt chilled in the night air.

Then the Roman soldiers came to arrest Him and took Him away — He who had committed no crime and no wrong, but instead had fed the hungry, healed the sick and blind, and even raised the dead.

He was scourged at least 39 times.

Scourging or flogging was a legal preliminary to every Roman execution. The usual instrument was a short whip (flagellum) with several single or braided leather thongs of variable lengths, in which small iron balls or sharp pieces of sheep bones were tied at intervals. Occasionally, staves also were used.

He was stripped of his clothing, His hands tied to an upright post. His back, buttocks, and legs were flogged either by two soldiers or by one who alternated positions. The scourging was intended to weaken Him to a state just short of collapse or death.

As the Roman soldiers repeatedly struck His back with full force, the iron balls caused deep contusions, and the leather thongs and sheep bones cut into His skin and subcutaneous tissues.Then, as the flogging continued, the lacerations tore into His underlying skeletal muscles and produced quivering ribbons of bleeding flesh. Pain and blood loss set the stage for circulatory shock.

His scalp was pierced with thorns.

The Roman soldiers, amused that this weakened man had been acclaimed a king just days ago when He entered Jerusalem on a donkey, mocked Him by placing a robe on his shoulders, a crown of thorns on His head, and a wooden staff as a scepter in His right hand. Next, they spat on Him and struck Him on the head with the wooden staff.

The crown of thorns was not a crown at all. It was probably a bush roughly applied, and tied on with rope.

The thorns probably came from the Lote Tree, a wild bush that still grows freely all over the Holy Land. This bush had thorns between one to two inches long. There are over 70 scalp wounds visible on the man whose image is seared forever into the Shroud of Turin.
The soldiers’ beating with the rods to His head covered with this crown would have caused severe bleeding. It is probable that the clump of thorns was removed before His tunic was put back onto His body, and then reapplied during the Crucifixion. The blood trickling down from the newly opened head wounds suggest that the thorns were reapplied before the Crucifixion.

Imagine the pain you’d feel if just one thorn, measuring 1 to 2 inches long, were stuck into your scalp . . . .

He carried his own cross, weighing 125 lb.

The severe scourging, with its intense pain and appreciable blood loss, most probably left Him in a pre-shock state. Moreover, hematidrosis had rendered his skin particularly tender. The physical and mental abuse, as well as the lack of food, water, and sleep, also contributed to His generally weakened state.

Therefore, even before the actual crucifixion, His physical condition was at least serious and probably critical.

It was customary for the condemned man to carry his own cross from the flogging post to the site of crucifixion outside the city walls.

Since the weight of the entire cross was probably well over 300 lb., “only” the crossbar or patibulum — weighing 75 to 125 lb. — was carried. The patibulum was placed across the nape of His neck and balanced along both shoulders, His outstretched arms tied to the crossbar. The processional to the site of crucifixion was led by a complete Roman military guard, headed by a centurion.

He was nailed to a cross to die.

The Romans did not invent crucifixions, but they perfected it as a form of torture and capital punishment designed to produce a slow death with maximum pain and suffering. It was one of the most disgraceful and cruelest methods of execution and usually was reserved only for slaves, foreigners, revolutionaries, and the vilest of criminals.

At the site of execution, by law, He was given a bitter drink of wine mixed with myrrh (gall) as a mild analgesic. He was then thrown to the ground on his back, with his arms outstretched along the patibulum.

His hands were nailed to the crossbar at the wrists. The nails were tapered iron spikes approximately 5 to 7 inches long with a square shaft 3/8 in. across.

After both arms were fixed to the crossbar, He and the patibulum, together, were lifted onto the stipes. Next, His feet were nailed to the front of the stipes.

Every breath He took was a struggle, seared with pain.

The weight of His body, pulling down on the outstretched arms and shoulders, fixed the intercostal muscles in an inhalation state and thereby hinder passive exhalation. Accordingly, exhalation was primarily diaphragmatic, and breathing was shallow. This form of respiration would not suffice and hypercarbia (abnormally-elevated carbon dioxide levels in the blood) soon resulted. The onset of muscle cramps or tetanic contractions, due to fatigue and hypercarbia, further hindered His breathing.

Every breath He took was a struggle, shot with agonizing pain.

To exhale, He had to lift His body by pushing up on His feet, flexing His elbows and adducting His shoulders. However, this maneuver placed the entire weight of the body on His tarsals, producing searing pain. Furthermore, flexion of His elbows caused rotation of His wrists about the iron nails, causing fiery pain along the damaged median nerves. Lifting of the body also painfully scraped His scourged back against the rough wooden stipes. Muscle cramps and paresthesias (pins and needles) of the outstretched and uplifted arms added to the discomfort. As a result, each respiratory effort became agonizing and tiring and led eventually to asphyxia (depletion of oxygen to the body).

After “only” 3 to 6 hours hung on the cross, He breathed his last.

He suffered terribly, unto death, for each one of us. 

God loves us this much.

So many Christians in America and other countries, like Italy, cannot go to church this Easter season because governments have closed churches to contain the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus. But we can remember His Passion today by going online for the Stations of the Cross. Go here.

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In memory of His love,

~Eowyn

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Sunday Devotional: Lent and the Fall of Adam & Eve

Genesis 2:7-9, 3:1-7

The Lord God formed man out of the clay of the ground
and blew into his nostrils the breath of life,
and so man became a living being.

Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east,
and placed there the man whom he had formed.
Out of the ground the Lord God made various trees grow
that were delightful to look at and good for food,
with the tree of life in the middle of the garden
and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the animals
that the Lord God had made.
The serpent asked the woman,
“Did God really tell you not to eat
from any of the trees in the garden?”
The woman answered the serpent:
“We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden;
it is only about the fruit of the tree
in the middle of the garden that God said,
‘You shall not eat it or even touch it, lest you die.'”
But the serpent said to the woman:
“You certainly will not die!
No, God knows well that the moment you eat of it
your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods
who know what is good and what is evil.”
The woman saw that the tree was good for food,
pleasing to the eyes, and desirable for gaining wisdom.
So she took some of its fruit and ate it;
and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her,
and he ate it.
Then the eyes of both of them were opened,
and they realized that they were naked;
so they sewed fig leaves together
and made loincloths for themselves.

The Fall of Adam and Eve is a mystery wrapped in a conundrum. For, having everything in that bucolic first garden, including and especially the unimaginably sublime gift of seeing and conversing with the Creator (Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day” –Genesis 3:8), they still chose disobedience and betrayal.

All because of the sin of grandiose narcissism — of wanting to be “like gods,” so as to determine for themselves “what is good and what is evil” although Adam and Eve already knew right from wrong. As the Book of Jeremiah 31:33 says, when God created humans, He placed His law within each of us, written in our very hearts:

[D]eclares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

But our first parents wanted to be their own gods, that is, with their own notions of right and wrong, which is nothing other than a contravention of the First Commandment (“You shall have no other gods before me.” –Exodus 20:3). Another way to say “wanting to be their own gods” is “Do as thou wilt” — the motto of satanist Aleister Crowley and the church of Satan, and the zeitgeist of our time.

That first sin by our first parents was so cataclysmic that it fundamentally changed the natural order of the world.

A door was opened to chaos; henceforth a price must be paid for being human. Where once was joy and ease, there would be banishment, toil, pain, hardship, sickness, disease, and eventual death (with painful labor you will give birth to children; “by the sweat of your brow”; for dust you are and to dust you will return”). Humankind’s relation with other creatures and the physical environment turned askew as “visible creation has become alien and hostile to man”.

So cataclysmic is the breach that human nature itself became perverted. Henceforth, all of Adam’s progeny would be born with the stain of Original Sin — tinder for sin (fomes peccati) with an inclination to evil. As St. Anselm lamented¹:

I fell before my mother conceived me. Truly, in darkness I was conceived, and in the cover of darkness I was born. Truly, in him we all fell, in whom we all sinned. In him we all lost.

¹St. Anselm: Basic Writings, translated by S. N. Deane (La Salle, Illinois: Open Court, 1961), p. 24.

Wrongs require restitution.

The dictionary defines “restitution” as reparation made by giving an equivalent as compensation for loss, damage, or injury caused; indemnification.

So immense was our first parents’ Fall that no man could make amends. Only God Himself, in the person of the Son, could make restitution — by becoming incarnate, only to be tortured, to suffer, and to die on a cross.

And so we come to Lent.

Since Jesus prepared Himself for His public ministry in 40 days, Christians imitate Him with prayer and fasting during this time of Lent to prepare for Holy Week. In remembrance of how Christ our Lord was tortured, suffered, and died for our sins, we are asked to make small sacrifices during Lent:

  • Abstinence: Refrain from eating meat on the Fridays of Lent for all age 14 and older. Why Friday? – because Jesus died for our sins on (Good) Friday.
  • Fasting: Eating one full meal and two small meals for age 18 through age 59, exempting persons with special dietary needs or medical conditions that require a greater or more regular food intake.
  • Surrender something that gives us pleasure, and/or do something good that we don’t ordinarily do.

Most of all, tell Jesus that you love Him with your whole heart, your whole soul, your whole mind, and with all your strength.

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

~Éowyn

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The Witches’ Brew Caption Contest

This Caption Contest is now closed.

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This is the 215th world-famous FOTM Caption Contest!

Here’s the pic:

About the pic: On December 13, 2019, Democrat members of the House Judiciary Committee prayed before voting to impeach President Trump. Source: front page if the December 14, 2019 print edition of The New York Times (h/t Vivian Lee).

You know the drill:

  • Enter the contest by submitting your caption as a comment on this thread (scroll down until you see the “LEAVE A REPLY” box).
  • The winner of the Caption Contest will get a gorgeous Award Certificate of Excellence and a year’s free subscription to FOTM:D
  • FOTM writers will vote for the winner.
  • Any captions proffered by FOTM writers, no matter how brilliant (ha ha), will not be considered. :(

This contest will be closed in a week, at the end of next Tuesday, December 24, 2019.

To get the contest going, here’s my caption (h/t William Shakespeare’s Macbeth):

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

For the winner of our last Caption Contest, go here.

~Eowyn

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