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When Actions Become a Roar

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I think everyone has a baseline of energy, from which other facets of their personality then extend from. Some people are just like Charlie Brown, wishy-washy, boring and listless as hell. Some people are naturally just very gentle and sweet. Others are full of pep and constantly on the go and mind-numbingly energetic all the time. Some are very manipulative and sneaky, everything and everyone is a game to be played according to them. The list of types is endless and as varied as humanity itself.

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I know my baseline is anger. Incidents which might cause most people to run for the hills in fear instead has a way of enraging me. Things which most people often are willing to just shrug off and forget infuriates me instead. I know myself well enough at this point that it is the perceived lack of justice which is my trigger and instead, need to constantly remind myself like the great Jim Marrs once said, the truth is inevitable. If you really sit down and think about that statement, it’s a very, very profound one and speaks to how strong and powerful a weapon the truth really is.
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I bring up this topic of anger and truth because they are intimately tied in with forgiveness. Like every other human being, it’s something I struggle with. When I read about Tibetan monks who were tortured for years by the Chinese for example, and how they would deliberately go into deep meditation in the midst of that torture and walk away from those situations with nary a sign of anger, I for one am completely humbled because it reminds me how far many of us have to go before we can even approach that level of spiritual and emotional maturity.
The Venerable Palden Gyatso. Ladies and gentlemen, this is a real badass.

The Venerable Palden Gyatso. Ladies and gentlemen, this is a real badass.

I’m nowhere near those monks but I also know there are way too many people in this world in positions of influence and power who have an ever further journey than I do before they get it.
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In an age of constant spin, public relations, easy imaging, quick media, branding of all human life, it’s all too easy to fall for the image and show and overlook the actions and behaviors or render them completely invisible.  What’s that line in the Bible about knowing a man by his deeds?
Pope Francis, before he was Pope, on public transport.

When he was still a lowly priest…

In contrast when I look at someone like Pope Francis these days, it would seem every time I turn around, he just goes out there and does something jaw-droppingly awesome. Practically every day now, my FaceBook feed has some story or other of him going out of his way and doing something which would have been unthinkable even a few months ago. I know the conspiracy research community are extremely suspicious of anything related to the Catholic Church (which given the centuries of baggage the Church carries, can be justified) and the fact that Pope Francis is a Jesuit, however I think a huge distinction needs to be made between the institution and the individual here. You’re not going to be able to change a 2000 year old institution overnight. It happens in steps and usually involves picking your own battles and then creating an institutional culture, incrementally, where more change can then continue to take place long after you’re gone.
Pope Francis, sitting in the back row at a mass for janitors and gardeners

Pope Francis, sitting in the back row at a mass for janitors and gardeners

Today, a Canadian sculptor presented a statue of a “Homeless Jesus” to Pope Francis. The statue is of a shrouded and covered Jesus as a homeless man lying down on a bench, the only thing showing are his bruises on his feet from the cross. The statue was rejected by cathedrals in New York City, in Toronto and somehow or other found its way to Rome where Pope Francis blessed it and will shortly be mounted somewhere in Rome. I think it’s very telling of the direction which Pope Francis is trying to take the Church. In recent months, he come out directly and has bitterly condemned capitalism with indirect jabs against CEOs, bankers and other financial manager asshole types. He condemned a bishop known for his love of luxury and turned the multi-million dollar mansion into a soup kitchen. He’s also been known to call up regular Joe-like people directly and offer help. He offered to baptize a child of a woman who has recently been abandoned by her lover, a married man. Pope Francis told her if no other church is willing to baptize her child, he would do it. The man, in short is displaying EMPATHY and it’s been a long, long time, too long, since any prime minister, president, king, queen or any other type of leader has displayed such a quality and I say all the better.
"Jesus the Homeless" by Timothy Schmaltz

“Jesus the Homeless” by Timothy Schmaltz

People often forget that the origins of the Church were really based on ideas around social justice. Jesus, in my mind, was this really open-minded, poor carpenter in Palestine who basically tried to bring hope and dignity  to the poor, prostitutes, lepers and other marginalized types and couldn’t stand the rich priests in the temples. That’s why he was killed because his ideas were a threat to the Powers That Be in his day. To me, that’s all there is to it. I don’t fall the rest of the story which the Church created. In light of that, here’s a picture of Francis with a horribly disfigured man which speaks volumes.
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The Karmic Wheel takes another turn

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Tibetan Wheel of Life

Holy Crap!
Now things are really starting to get interesting. In case you did not hear, Pope Benedict XVI is resigning. You never heard about a Pope resigning ever before because the last time that happened was over 600 years ago, since it’s an appointment for life. But Ratzy is citing physical and mental incapacity to continue his duties.

As the Italians say "Ciao"

As the Italians say “Ciao”

I’m not crazy about him. I have friends who are very progressive Catholic priests and they were horribly disappointed when Benedict got elected since he was known to be an ultraconservative. He was going to, and did, lead the Church back to the Middle Ages. You have to remember Benedict occupied the same office which was held by the Grand Inquisitor, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The name of the office has clearly changed but you get the idea. I do find it amusing that the conspiracy websites and blogs have already started to go into overdrive.

St. Malachy, first Irish saint

St. Malachy, first Irish saint

Most of it has to do with the prophecies of St. Malachy, an Irish saint and seer who apparently prophesied the identity of the last 112 Popes. According to the traditional account, in 1139, Malachy was summoned to Rome by Pope Innocent II. While in Rome, Malachy purportedly experienced a vision of future popes, which he recorded as a sequence of cryptic phrases. This manuscript was then deposited in the Roman Archive, and thereafter forgotten about until its rediscovery in 1590.

Many people consider the prophecy a hoax since Malachy’s biographer Bernard of Clairvaux makes no mention of it when he published the biography in 1595. Even if it was an elaborate hoax from the 16th century, then why does the list of fake quatrains correspond almost exactly from the 16th century down to Benedict?

I’m not going to replicate Malachy’s entire prophecy but I’ll only highlight the last 100 years:

Pope No.

Translation of Malachy’s motto

Papal Name

Real name

Historical reference or Explanation

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104 Religion destroyed

Benedict XV (1914–1922)

Giacomo Della Chiesa

Reigned during, but had no influence to stop,World War I. This unprecedented period of violence was mainly fought between the Christian powers of Europe, destroying empires which had lasted centuries and began the worldwide spread of atheistic Communism.

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105

Intrepid faith

Pius XI(1922–1939)

Achille Ratti

Established Vatican City as a sovereign country with the papal office as

head of state.

262

106

Angelic shepherd

Ven. Pius XII (1939–1958)

Eugenio Pacelli

Reigned during World War II, he is reported to have covertly helped Italian Jews escape extermination. Said to have received visions, some of which have yet to be revealed.

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107 Shepherd and sailor

Bl. John XXIII(1958–1963)

Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli

From Venice, a maritime city.

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108

Flower of flowers

Paul VI(1963–1978)

Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini

His coat of arms featured three fleur-de-lys.

265

109 From the midst of the moon

John Paul I (1978)

Albino Luciani

His month-long reign began with the moon half-full.

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110 From the labour of the sun

Bl. John Paul II(1978–2005)

Karol Wojtyła

Born on the day of a solar eclipse and entombed on the day of a solar eclipse.

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111 Glory of the olive.

Benedict XVI (2005–2013)

Joseph Ratzinger

Chose the regnal name Benedict after St Benedict of Nursia, founder of the Benedictine Order. The order’s crest contains an olive branch.

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112 Peter the Roman, who will nourish the sheep in many tribulations; when they are finished, the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people. The end.

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Unknown

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If the prophecies are correct, Pope Benedict is to be the second-to-last Pope. The next pope is to be the last one.

“the city of seven hills will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people. The end.”
The seven hills here are a direct reference to Rome, but what’s to be destroyed? The city itself, the Roman Catholic faith or that creepy global thinktank the Club of Rome? I don’t know what’s going to come out of this but the election of the next Pope will be very, very interesting to watch. Maybe nothing will come out of Malachy’s vision.

Prophecies aside, I think the Church may very well disappear in the next few decades anyway only because they will be financially bankrupt due to the sex scandals and litigation fees. Unless they start reforming in drastic ways and accept the ordination of women in the clergy, get rid of the doctrine of enforced celibacy for clergy, accept same-sex marriages, give women back control of their own bodies, open up the Vatican Archives for public scrutiny, come completely clean on their history and abuse of orphans, First Nation’s peoples, unwed mothers and children born out of wedlock, then I’m afraid the declining years and end of this institution is within sight.

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If she wants to work and can do a good job in ministry, let her.

It’s a shame because as many horrible abusive priests and clergy there are within the Church (and Benedict knew about them all, he just conveniently had them re-located and shuffled somewhere else,  like what Cardinal Mahoney in the Los Angeles diocese did as well), there are also quite a number of good people and things too.

I’m thinking of the Liberation theologists of Latin America who sided with the poor against armed guerillas  and death squads usually funded by the United States, oftentimes losing their lives in the fight for justice as well.

I’m thinking of Sister Megan Rice, an 82 year old nun who has a habit of jumping fences at nuclear facilities to protest nuclear weapons.

Sister Megan Rice, badassed nun.

Sister Megan Rice, badassed nun.

There is also a very impressive intellectual history. Great minds like Pierre de Teilhard de Chardin, Hildegarde of Bingen, and even J.R.R Tolkien. He was a devout Catholic. If you watch or read the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, there is a very Catholic aesthetic and atmosphere to it. Like him or hate him, Michael Moore is also a practicing Catholic and the morning before he won his Oscar for “Bowling for Columbine” and chastised Bush in front of the world for what he did in Iraq, he spent it at Mass. His work is deeply informed by his Catholic background.

Spiritual art of Hildegarde of Bingen

Spiritual art of Hildegarde of Bingen

Most of my primary and secondary education was done at Catholic schools which is why I know a lot about it. I know first-hand that there are good people there. I’m thinking of the late Father Mathias, a Capuchin monk from India and guardian of the House of the Virgin Mary at Ephesus who was unfailingly generous with his time with me. I’m thinking of the Catholic nun who attuned me to Reiki so that I could use it with patients when I visited the cancer wards. It would seem that inside the Church, like any other institution, power seems to screw up the minds and hearts of those at the top. Let it go on too long and rot sets in.

Maybe David Icke may turn out to be right after all (especially from 4:20 onwards).

Categories: Ascension, Ch-ch-ch-changes, Conspirio, False prophits, Politico, Pop culture, Prophecy, Shift of the Ages effects, This is why the planet is screwed up, Those unseen things | Tags: , , , | 3 Comments

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