Several of the Things I'm reading today~

The Faithful Steward, issue 39  This is a 16 page newsletter of the Orthodox Church of N. America!  It has some short articles & interesting write-ups of Orthodox happenings & church issues.

The Biographies of the Prince of Martyrs, St. George the Roman, St. George the Alexandrian & St. George Al-Mozahem.  Edited by Ms. Amani Shawky

Voices: Women for Faith & Family.  --Pentecost Season 2011

  A beautiful looking magazine put together by some Catholic women's group.

Saint Nersess Theological Review, vol. 13 2008.  Journal of the Armenian Seminary
 Lots & lots of compact & heady articles.

30 Days Magazine .... several older issues a friend sent to me recently.  This is a Vatican magazine,
subtitled, "In the Church & in the World."   I love it.  One issue has a great article about the Orthodox Christians and the Holy Theotokos (birth-giver of God).

Immaculate Heart Messenger, Oct - Dec. 2011
Religious Life (from the Institute on Religious Life.)
The Catholic World Report
The American Conservative
The Word  (Orthodox Christian monthly magazine. Beautifully
put together & insightful to read!) 

Light...on a New World   Attractive 1/2 sized Protestant magazine from England.

Parabola   That informative & educational 'New - Age-ish' magazine. Lots & lots
of cool articles on Buddhism.

Adoremus Bulletin  Monthly newspaper published by The Society for the
Renewal of the Sacred Liturgy

Horizons  Newspaper of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma (Ohio)
Saudi Aramco World  Magazine published by the
oil company of the same name. Cool articles on what's happening in the Middle East.

The Melkite Handbook & A Guide for the Domestic Church
   A couple of  large sized
books put out by the Melkite Church in MA.

The Journal of the Order of Buddhist Contemplatives   This is really cool!  Just received this from a super cool Rev. at a Buddhist monastery in California.  Great articles & stories!  I can't wait to read more...I've got two thick issues.  Looks like a cut-n-paste punk 'zine!

Pure Land, Pure Mind   This great book is a collection of talks by a Buddhist monk of the
Pure Land sect of Buddhism.  You didn't know there were different sects within Biddhism?
Neither did I until I started exploring that religion.  I obtained about twenty books from these
monks in Taiwan.  All free of charge, of course. Buddhists are just like that!


"The Hare Krishna Movement: A Documentary" [Well Done!!]

Actually a fine documentary, truthfully done! The chanting & music throughout is sublime, pay attention. Love is sweet & hatred unknown. Keep the love going!


Rights of the Accused "Innocence" [Great Chicago Punk Band!] 'ROTA'

Great song from an underrated hardcorepunk band from Chicago. I first heard this song on the radio show, "All Out Attack" or just "The Attack" for short. It was hosted (and maybe founded?) by a guy named 'Bill Bored' on WCBN 88.3 FM, Ann Arbor, MI. This is the University of Michigan's radio station. The show aired on Friday nights from 10 - 11 pm, if I recall correctly. We used to tape the show every week. It was the only way we had to hear about new hardcorepunk music back then. I still have a few of the tapes from 1986 - 1989. Cool stuff! Bring back the 80's!!


Video: ALL 'Punk Rock Bowling' 2014 Festival Full Show!!

ALL / DESCENDENTS have always been two of my favorite bands! Check out this great show from the "Punk Rock Bowling" 2014 festival!


CEREMONY "Sick" Watch These Guys!!!

Absolutely the hardest nerds I've ever seen. Their pits are viscous, viscous, viscous. Got to see them with HAVE HEART & BLACKLISTED at the Magic Stick in Detroit about four years ago. Tore to shreds my new H2o shirt. Dammit, I'm Sick!!!!


'Popes and Catholic Theologians on the Jews'

Pope St. Pius V expelled all
Jews from the papal realms

The Once-Chosen People Are Now The Accursed Race
Compiled by Mike Malone

We present here quotes from the Popes, Doctors, Fathers and Saints of the Roman Catholic Church maintaining that the Jews are rejected by God and cursed for murdering Jesus.
Christ shall be slain, and the people who shall deny Him shall not be His. ~ Daniel 9: 26
The Gentiles ... have attained to justice, even to the justice is of the faith. But Israel ... has not come unto the law of justice. Why so? Because they sought it not by faith... For they stumbled at the Stumbling Stone. ~Romans ix.30-32
The Jews knew that Christ was the son of David. And even now they hope for His Coming. It is hidden from them that He has come, but it is hidden because they willed it so. For, not acknowledging Him on the cross, the knowledge of Him reigning in glory should not be theirs ... Why are the Jews hoping for what has already come, and not fearful for what is to come? For Our Lord Jesus Christ ... referred Himself as “the Stone” (Matthew xxi.44), that whoever stumbles upon it shall be bruised; but upon whom it shall fall, it will grind to powder ... Lying on the ground, it shakes whoever falls over it; coming from on high, it crushes the proud. The Jews have already been shaken by their previous stumble. What awaits them is to be crushed by His Coming. ~St. Augustine

Many shall come from the East and West and sit down with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of Heaven, but the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into the exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. ~ St. Matthew viii.11-12
There is need of constant prayer lest we defect from the heavenly kingdom, as have the Jews to whom it was first promised. This the Lord makes unmistakably clear by saying: “Many will come from East and West and recline at the banquet table with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of Heaven, whereas those born to the kingdom will be driven into the darkness outside, there to wail and gnash their teeth” ... Our Lord shows that the Jews were formerly children of the kingdom, but after the name “Father” disappeared from among them, so did the kingdom. The Jews have remained in darkness for having forsaken the light. ~ St. Cyprian
The “exterior darkness” is that of the Jews, who have heard truth but not believed. ~ St. Thomas Aquinas
Jews prefer to persist in their stubbornness rather than to recognize the words of their prophets and the mysteries of the Scriptures and thus arrive at a knowledge of the Christian faith and salvation. ~ Bl. Pope Gregory X

The Jews are deprived of these good things, for they are not brought to life by Christ; for sin remains unwashed away in them; neither do they advance unto the kingdom of Heaven since they have dishonored Christ Who is the Guide to Heaven. For they did not believe Him when He said: “I am Way” and “I am the Door.” ~ St. Eusebius of Caesaria
Whence the Gospel says: “Two women shall be grinding at the mill; one shall be taken and the other left” (Matthew xxiv.42). The Holy Church shall be taken up into eternal rest: she who has ground the food of holiness unto the Lord. The Synagogue, stained with blood, shall be left at the mill, to endure its own unfaithfulness forever. ~ St. Maximus of Turin
The faithlessness of the Synagogue is an insult to the Savior. Therefore, He chose the barque of Peter and deserted the boat of Moses; that is, He rejected the faithless Synagogue and adopted the believing Church ... Of these two ships, one is left at the shore, idle and empty; the other, loaded filled, is launched into the deep. For the Synagogue is left idle on the beach. Because of its own fault, it has lost Christ along with the warnings of the prophets. But the freighted Church is taken out into the deep, because it received the Lord together with the teaching of the Apostles. The Synagogue, I say, remains on the land, held fast as it were to earthly things. The Church is called forth to the deep, as though to search into the profound mysteries of Heaven. ~ St. Ambrose
Two nations are in thy womb, and two peoples shall be divided out of thy womb; one people shall overcome the other, and the elder shall serve the younger. ~ Genesis xxv:23
Who is this younger child that overcomes the elder but the Gentiles, who struggle with Juda ... and who, though only the child of promise, supplants him who was the son according to the flesh? ~ Pope St. Leo the Great

The Jews formerly had only the shadow of things; we have the reality. The Jews were servants; we are adopted children. The Jews passed through the sea to a desert; we enter through Baptism into a Kingdom. The Jews ate manna; we eat Christ. The Jews ate the flesh of birds; we eat the Body of God. The Jews ate the dew of heaven; we eat the God of Heaven! ~ Salvianus
In what sort of reproach, then, are the Jews? A Jew carries The Book, by which the Christians may believe. They have become our librarians, just as servants are accustomed to carry books behind their masters. The servants faint by carrying them, while the masters grow strong by reading them. ~ St. Augustine
Go, so that cured by Christian faith, you may not die in Jewish unfaith, but may live forever with Jesus Christ Our Lord. ~ St. Peter Chrysologus
For, raging against the Gentiles as unclean, Israel became in very truth unclean themselves; while the Gentiles have become clean, the justice of Israel has become like the rag of a menstruous woman. ~ St. Basil the Great

Early and often did the Lord send His messengers to them, for He had compassion on His people ... But they mocked the messengers of God, despised His warnings, and scoffed at His prophets, until the anger of the Lord against His people was so inflamed that there was no remedy. ~ II Paralipomenon xxxvi.15-16
God, Who ... in times past spoke by the prophets, last of all in these days hath spoken to us by His Son ... Last of all, He sent them His Son, saying: “They will reverence My Son” ... But, taking Him, they cast Him forth and killed Him. When therefore the Lord shall come, what will He do to those men? ... He will bring those evil men to an evil end, and he will let out His vineyard to other husbandmen who shall render Him fruit in due season ... Therefore I say to you, that the kingdom of God shall be taken away from you and given to a nation yielding the fruits thereof. ~ Hebrews i.1-2 St. Matthew xxi.37-43
Christ annuls the first Covenant to establish the Second. ~ Hebrews x.9
For the Jews, still clinging to that sacrifice which is according to the Order of Aaron, let slip that sacrifice which is according to the Order of Melchisedech, and they lost Christ. And the Gentiles, to whom He had not hitherto sent His heralds [?], began to possess Him. ~ St. Augustine
Since the Jews, through their evil designs against the Savior, have been cast away from grace, He has built out of the Gentiles a second holy Church: the Church of us Christians. ~ St. Cyril of Jerusalem
When the offspring of the Jews abandoned the customs of the their fathers, the truth abandoned them and took refuge in the Church. It abandoned them when they said of the Lord Jesus: “Away with Him! Crucify Him!” for they gave up truth and chose iniquity. ~ St. Ambrose
So clearly was the transition then made from the Synagogue to the Church that, when the Lord gave up His soul, the veil of the Temple was rent in two. ~ Pope St. Leo the Great
Therefore, the Jewish system is destroyed, for it was only a shadow; but that of the Church is firmly established, for it is built on the Rock, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it. ~ St. Athanasius
A conspiracy is found among the men of Juda and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem. They have returned to the former iniquities of their fathers who refused to hear My words. Thus, they likewise have gone after strange gods, to serve them; the House of Israel and the House of Juda have made void My covenant which I made with their fathers. ~ Jeremias xi.9-10

My people did not hear My voice, and Israel harkened not to Me ... They gave Me gall for My food, and in My thirst they gave Me vinegar to drink ... Let their eyes be darkened, and their back bend down always. Pour out Thy indignation upon them: let Thy wrathful anger take hold of them. Let their habitation be made desolate, and let there be no One to dwell in their tabernacles, because they have persecuted Him Whom Thou hast smitten, and they have added to the grief of My wounds. Add Thou iniquity upon their iniquity; and let them not come into Thy justice. Let them be blotted out of the Book of the Living, and with the Just let them not be written. ~ Psalm lxxx.12; lxviii.22-29
Dreadful are the ends of a wicked race! ~ Wisdom iii.19
And the Lord said. This people is stiffnecked. Let Me alone, that My wrath may be kindled against them, that I may destroy them. ~ Exodus xxxii.9
You stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Ghost; as your fathers did, so do you also. Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? And they have slain them who foretold the coming of the Just One, of Whom you have now been the betrayers and murderers. ~ Acts vii.51-52
What is your iniquity, O daughter of Jacob, that your chastisement is so severe? You have dishonored the King and the King’s Son, you shameless one, you harlot! ~ St. Ephrem
Since His spouse, the Synagogue, refused to receive Him, Christ answered: “This is a harlot!” And He gave her a bill of divorce, as we read in Isaias (50:1): “Thus says the Lord: Behold, you are sold for your iniquities; and for your evil deeds have I put your mother away. Because I came and there was not a man; I called and there was no one who would hear.” And so the Jews, the sons of the harlot, were repudiated. ~ St. Vincent Ferrer
You shall cry out in that day from the face of the king whom you have chosen for yourselves, and the Lord will not hear you on that day because you desired unto yourselves a king. ~ I Kings viii.18
I have come in the name of My Father, and you receive Me not. If another shall come in his own name, him you will receive... But they cried out: “We have no king but Caesar!” ~ St. John v.43; xix.15
The wretched Jews cried out: “We will not have this man to reign over us!” (Luke xix.14). We, on the contrary, desire to proclaim in the face of Heaven and earth: “We want Thee, Lord Jesus, to reign over us!” ~ St. John Eudes
They have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them...They have forsaken Me and served strange gods. ~ I Kings viii.7-8
My people, what have I done to you? Or in what way have I offended you? Answer Me. What more could I have done, and did not do? I led you out of the land of Egypt, and you prepared a cross for Me. I opened the Red Sea before you, and you opened My side with a lance. I gave you a royal scepter, and you have given Me a crown of thorns. With great power I lifted you up, and you have hung Me upon a gibbet. My people, what have I done to you, or in what have I offended you? ~Reproaches of Good Friday
What more is there that I ought to do to My vineyard that I have not done to it? ... And now I will show you what I will do to My vineyard: I will take away its hedge and it shall be wasted; I will break down its wall, and it shall be trodden down. ~ Isaias v.4-5
Ungrateful for favors and forgetful of benefits, the Jews return insult for kindness and impious contempt for goodness. They ought to know the yoke of perpetual enslavement because of their guilt. See to it that the perfidious Jews never in the future grow insolent, but that they always suffer publicly the shame of their sin in servile fear. ~ Pope Gregory IX
This people hath sinned a heinous sin, and they have made to themselves gods of gold. ~ Exodus xxxii.31
Jews are the living words of Scripture for us, for they remind us always of what Our Lord suffered. They are dispersed all over the world so that, by expiating [?] their crime, they may everywhere be the living witnesses of our redemption ... Wherefore, the Church says: “Scatter them by Thy power, and bring them down, O Lord” (Psalm lviii.12). These words have been fulfilled literally: the Jews are dispersed, humbled, and reduced to hard servitude. ~ St. Bernard

......and on and on and on,,,,,