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Valentine’s Day and the meaning of true love

Today is Valentine’s Day — the day when TV commercials nag men to buy roses, candy, and jewelry for their wives or girl friends.

But did you know that the day is named after a real person, St. Valentine?

At least three different Saint Valentines, all of them martyrs, are mentioned in the early martyrologies under the date of February 14th. But the man for whom Valentine’s Day is named most likely was a priest at Rome who, in the second half of the 3rd century, was arrested and killed by the Emperor Claudius for secretly marrying Christian couples during a time of persecution in the Church. Legend has it that while he was imprisoned and waiting for his martyrdom, he sent letters to his fellow Christians signing them, “From Your Valentine.” (See joandarc’s post, “St. Valentine“)

The popular customs associated with Valentine’s Day probably came from a conventional belief in England and France during the Middle Ages, that on 14 February, i.e. half way through the second month of the year, the birds began to pair. Thus in Chaucer’s Parliament of Foules we read:

For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne’s day
Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate.

For this reason the day was looked upon as specially consecrated to lovers and as a proper occasion for writing love letters and sending lovers’ tokens. [Source: Catholic Encyclopedia]

So what is love?

I can find no better definition and description of true love than the words of St. Paul:

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is patient, love is kind.
It is not jealous, it is not pompous,
It is not inflated, it is not rude,
it does not seek its own interests,
it is not quick-tempered,
it does not brood over injury,

it does not rejoice over wrongdoing
but rejoices with the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.

And here’s the true meaning of Valentine’s Day:

The Greatest Commandment of all is to love God with your whole heart, your whole mind, your whole soul, and with all your strength; and to love your neighbor as you love yourself.

May the love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you today!


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They that wait upon the Lord


Gandalf escapes Isengard


“Why do you complain, Jacob?
Why do you say, Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord;
my cause is disregarded by my God”?
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”
– Isaiah 40:27-31

Point: Don’t let the bad news and evil reports get you down. If you put your trust in the Lord, and hope in Him, He will give you rest, and renew your strength. If you don’t know God, then I urge you to stop whatever you are doing, and commit your life to Jesus, who gave His life on the cross to pay the price for your sins. He will receive you, and give you rest.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
– John 3:16

~ Trail Dust

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Blaspheme like it’s 2008: Obama compared to Jesus Christ, again

For a political party that’s uniquely hostile to Christianity but not other religions, it is strange to say the least that the Democrats don’t hesitate to invoke the Lord’s name when it suits their purpose. The best case in point is the Democrats’ deification of Obama in 2008.

Writing for WND, Sept. 3, 2012, Drew Zahn reminds us of these grotesque examples:

  • Maggie Mertens, associate editor of the student newspaper Smithsophian at Massachusetts’ Smith College, wrote that “I will follow him” because “Obama is my Jesus”.
  • Even the Dutch were similarly stricken with the messianic zeal. Extolling Obamacare, an editorial in the Dutch newspaper Politiken in 2009 actually declared that “Obama is, of course, greater than Jesus.”
  • Obama himself encouraged the idolatry. In a speech on January 7, 2008,  at Dartmouth College just before the New Hampshire Primary, the POS told the gullible students: “A light will shine through that window, a beam of light will come down upon you, you will experience an epiphany, and you will suddenly realize that you must go to the polls and vote” for Obama.

Flash forward to today. To quote Yogi Bera, it’s déjà vu all over again.

The streets surrounding the 2012 Democratic National Convention site are dotted with vendors selling Obama-themed merchandise. David Weigel of Slate.com came across a photo calendar made by James Hickman and being hawked by Hickman’s nephew.

Weigel writes that most of the calendar’s months are filled with photos of Obama and factoids about the history of black Americans, but for the August entry (the month of Obama’s birth), the page features Obama’s purported short-form birth certificate and the words, “Heaven Sent: For God so loved the world, that he have his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life – John 3:16.”

John 3:16 refers to Jesus Christ as the Son of God. But the calendar, with Obama’s purported birth certificate and a photo of the POS with sunlight streaming down on his profile, implies the “heaven sent” is not Jesus, but Obama.

In a separate video posted by James Hickman, he urges Americans “to get out and vote for” Obama and that “I give up love and everything to Obama.” Hickman’s speech is immediately followed by Obama adoring signs: “I love you President Obama! God bless you!” and “God has spoken … another 4 yrs!”

I have a better Bible quote for Hickman and all the Obama idolators:

“And no wonder, for even Satan masquerades as an angel of light.” -2 Corinthians 11:14

H/t FOTM’s Grouchy Fogie


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The 180 Movie

This is the trailer to the following 33 minute documentary



[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y2KsU_dhwI?rel=0&w=560&h=315]

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