2-17-21 Midweek Musings

6 th Ordinary Sunday
February 14, 2021
“Compassion”

Lev 13:1-2, 44-46
1 Cor 10: 31-11:1
Mk 1:40-45

My Brothers and Sisters in the Lord –

Certainly, all of the restrictions because of the Corona Virus are getting people down. Almost everything is limited, restricted, or prohibited. We must practice social distancing, wear masks, and not show ordinary signs of physical affection. We are cut off – or shut out – from most of what we, formerly, were able to do. Furthermore, if exposed, we must quarantine ourselves for two weeks. Perhaps, the worst off practically, are those who live alone, are sick, have no one to assist them, but require no hospitalization!

3500 years ago, the Chosen People faced similar restrictions if they were infected in any way. The Book of Leviticus tells us that any skin infection or disease required quarantine and isolation. Furthermore, if afflicted, they had to wear masks. If their condition persisted, they became social outcasts – They had to struggle to survive and had to forage for food. Worst of all, was that others absolutely shunned them, and many considered them to be cursed by God!

In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus taught by his behavior how we should treat those who suffer in their distancing or with any isolating affliction. Jesus shows compassion. He does not consider the leper as accursed by God. Instead, he sees the poor man as one of God’s suffering children. Moreover, Jesus does an extraordinary thing. He reaches out and actually touches the diseased and contagious man. And the man is instantly healed. Then Jesus tells him to go to the priest for a formal declaration of health – and to make an offering in thanksgiving for his restoration to health.

Today, there are many healthcare workers who are imitating Jesus as they care for those hospitalized because of the Corona Virus. Most are not doing the work because of the salaries they get – but because their vocation is one of caring and compassion. They are certainly at risk, themselves, for what they do – and many have died. May God bless them for their compassionate service!

In his Letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul teaches us how every Christian disciple must behave in everything that we do. Whether we are eating, drinking, or doing anything else, we must do everything for the glory of God! We must always treat everyone with kindness and compassion – not because of selfish reasons – not because we want something from them – We must treat them in the best way possible because that is what Jesus, himself, would do!

As Jesus revealed God the Father who sent him, we must reveal Jesus who is the image of God. We must reveal Jesus and make him present to others by our behavior, our actions, and our attitude. Every aspect of our behavior should lead others to see not our goodness, but the goodness of God and His glory. This is the only real reason to do anything – and our purpose for life in this world.

Brothers and Sisters, in today’s Gospel, the healed leper made an offering in thanksgiving for what God had done for him through Jesus. How often do we make an offering to God in gratitude for what we have received? Moreover, these alms best be given to the poor in our midst – as well as to the millions of poor in the world! Just think what could happen throughout the world if every person who was blessed by God would share what they have with those who have so much less!

Although the godless wealthy often do nothing for the poor, we must make God visible by our compassionate actions. We must reach out to others to help, to serve, and to bless them with our gifts.

So, let us pray, today, that we may learn to make Jesus present to everyone – by who we are and by all that we do! Amen. February 14, 2021 Msgr.

February 7, 2021
Msgr. Russell G. Terra
Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church
2040 Walnut Avenue Redding CA
*http://www.stjosephredding.org/home.html

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Ozzytrumpster

It’s happening even as we speak.
massive military flights and surveillance across the us and elsewhere.
worried about civil liberties? They are targeting enemy combatants
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Thomas Wictor @ThomasWic
Thread
For @NSP
You wrote:
“The thing I can’t wrap my mind around is Biden officially being CIC, and any clandestine operations being carried out by troops who would be painted as guilty of insurrection.”

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Thomas Wictor @ThomasWic
Well, I’m talking about operations against enemy assets located inside this country, such as foreign nationals and American agents of our enemies.
Also, I’m talking about enemy actions that take place outside the borders of the US.
Can the military keep these operations secrets from the president?
Yes.
Trump authorized the military to ensure continuity of government if all the constitutional successors are incapacitated.

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Thomas Wictor @ThomasWic
Contingency Plans Octagon, Freejack, and Zodiac.
https://www.
newsweek.com/exclusive-inside-
militarys-top-secret-plans-if-coronavirus-cripples-government-1492878

Exclusive: Inside the military’s top secret plan if coronavirus cripples the government
http://www.newsweek.com

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Thomas Wictor @ThomasWic
Didn’t know that, did you?
Trump claimed that these plans were put in place to prepare for the pandemic taking out the whole government.
AND NEWSWEEK BELIEVED IT.
Here’s the relevant passage:

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Thomas Wictor @ThomasWic
“‘We’re in territory we’ve never been in before.”

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Thomas Wictor @ThomasWic
Octagon, Freejack and Zodiac are three of only SEVEN contingency plans all playing out simultaneously.
Some of the plans are so compartmented that only a handful of people know about them.
Granite Shadow lays out “extraordinary domestic missions.”
The troops have “special authorities” pre-delegated by the president and the attorney general.
This situation is called “devolution.”
We’ve devolved from lawful civilian federal government.

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Thomas Wictor @ThomasWic
“The devolution staff be located at ‘a geographically dispersed location unaffected by the incident.'”

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Thomas Wictor @ThomasWic
Trump began planning for this in…2018.
WE ARE ALREADY UNDER MILITARY RULE.
But clandestine military rule.
Clandestine war is smart war.
AND.

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Thomas Wictor @ThomasWic
The Uniform Code of Military Justice and the Manual for Courts Martial have several definitions of “unlawful orders.”
THIS definition covers the current situation:

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Thomas Wictor @ThomasWic
“(v) Relationship to statutory or constitutional rights. The order must not conflict with the statutory or constitutional rights of the person receiving the order.”

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Thomas Wictor @ThomasWic
NOW DOES EVERYBODY SEE?
And NOW do you agree that Trump is one of the smartest people who ever lived?
You thought martial law would be like in the movies.
Nope.
Trump figured out how to make it palatable to the guys who had to carry it out.
AND AS I SAID, almost nobody knows it’s happening.
The people running the country are geographically dispersed, and everything is compartmented.
When it’s over, it will never be revealed.

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Thomas Wictor @ThomasWic
This is why Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller said to Pence, “We’ve been through some stuff.”
And THESE are the most complex operations ever carried out by the US military.
As Miller said.
PENCE OVERSAW IT ALL.
And continues to oversee it.
Because it ain’t over.
Trump figured out a resolution that will allow the devolution staff to remain unidentified forever.
So to answer your question, Biden isn’t president. I said this before, but I didn’t elaborate.

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Thomas Wictor
@ThomasWic@social.quodverum.com
I said that Trump went through Congress and his cabinet, but I didn’t say HOW.
But since Newsweek had already published all this, I figured it was time to talk about what’s actually happening.
The Newsweek article is totally accurate.
They just had no idea what they were revealing.
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Feb 17, 2021, 13:48 · Web · 75 · 180

Ozzytrumpster

This is why Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller said to Pence, “We’ve been through some stuff.”
And THESE are the most complex operations ever carried out by the US military.
As Miller said.
PENCE OVERSAW IT ALL.
And continues to oversee it.
Because it ain’t over.
Trump figured out a resolution that will allow the devolution staff to remain unidentified forever.
So to answer your question, Biden isn’t president. I said this before, but I didn’t elaborate.

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Thomas Wictor
@ThomasWic@social.quodverum.com
I said that Trump went through Congress and his cabinet, but I didn’t say HOW.
But since Newsweek had already published all this, I figured it was time to talk about what’s actually happening.
The Newsweek article is totally accurate.
They just had no idea what they were revealing.
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Ozzytrumpster

YMKYMFOI @YMKYMFOI
@ThomasWic
You underscore a key component of the complexity of these operations. WW2 was all about centralised authority. This war is utterly decentralised.
Complex systems rather than linear systems.
Authority at the unit level not command level.
Etc
Not only is Trump a genius, he is one of the few people who is so utterly secure, so stable, such that he could hand over, delegate, all of this awesome, terrifying authority to people holding ranks typically thought of as junior officers.

Ozzytrumpster

@ThomasWic @AnalyticalNut
CENTCOM, SOUTHCOM, SOCOM are all HQ’d in what state?
Trump changed residency to what state?
A first time operation consisting of dozens of international partners, Federal agencies, and military support:
https://www.
southcom.mil/MEDIA/NEWS-ARTICL
ES/Article/2270797/trump-visits-southern-command-for-briefing-on-campaign-against-drug-traffickers/

Trump Visits Southern Command for Briefing on Campaign Against Drug Traffickers
http://www.southcom.mil

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Carol @FlyoverRed
@AirLogic633 @ThomasWic @AnalyticalNut
It’s located 6 minutes from the Trump Doral resort.

Ozzytrumpster

And yes, ain’t nothing nobody can do now. For one thing, there was no constitutional succession in place on January 20, due to the fact that the election was stolen.
Trump ordered the military to put their contingency plans into action, which was done with ZERO disruption.
AND.
The devolution staff would NOT have done this without evidence that it was necessary.
All pitfalls were avoided. And the right people were chosen.
REAL patriots.

Ozzytrumpster

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dpalen @dpalen
@ThomasWic
Do you think (I know you don’t KNOW) the left see the truth or will they continue with their wanting to impeach him?

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Thomas Wictor @ThomasWic
@dpalen
NO WAY do they see this.
They know SOMETHING is up, but the beauty thing is that the devolution staff can lie their butts off, since THEY’RE in charge.
Having this power delegated to them is what keeps them in line. The responsibility is AWESOME.
People like Ezra A. Cohen–as he now calls himself–are the ones running the show.
Also Chris Miller. I see no reason why he wouldn’t still be in the mix. And Pence is too.
People with no need for personal power.

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wildcatf4f4 @wildcatf4f4
@ThomasWic Plenty of nuggets there that have taken new meaning.
This one stuck out to me though.
“Military sources say that only the massive destruction caused by a nuclear device – or the enormous loss of life that could be caused by a biological agent – present catastrophic pressure great enough to justify movement into extra-Constitutional actions and extraordinary circumstances plans.”

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Thomas Wictor @ThomasWic
@wildcatf4f4
THAT and something never before contemplated except by Trump:
The Chinese and Iranians stealing a presidential election.
If it were just a crook in office, the military would never have agreed to devolution.
But this act of war took out the entire federal government.
Exactly like a nuke.
Trump spent years retraining our officer corps to DELEGATE AUTHORITY.
Now it’s paying off.

Ozzytrumpster

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dpalen @dpalen
@ThomasWic
Do you think (I know you don’t KNOW) the left see the truth or will they continue with their wanting to impeach him?

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Thomas Wictor @ThomasWic
@dpalen
NO WAY do they see this.
They know SOMETHING is up, but the beauty thing is that the devolution staff can lie their butts off, since THEY’RE in charge.
Having this power delegated to them is what keeps them in line. The responsibility is AWESOME.
People like Ezra A. Cohen–as he now calls himself–are the ones running the show.
Also Chris Miller. I see no reason why he wouldn’t still be in the mix. And Pence is too.
People with no need for personal power.

Ozzytrumpster

Substitute corona virus with election fraud coup-level-international conspiracy shit that the military HAD to witness first hand, you got the plan. Dear Mother of God (I say that in sincerity, as a Protestant.)
[Word is out now. Wonder who will be beating at the doors of the DOJ to be first to cut a deal.]

Gingersmom2009

I love this whole thread, as in chills. I just don’t understand why Miller would be blubbering all over Pence in front of cameras, talking about a great military operation.

pgroup2

Misdirection at its finest.

piper567

wrong thread!

GA/FL

Here is the link to the Wictor thread: https://social.quodverum.com/@ThomasWic/105744162388816437

Ozzytrumpster

So sorry.
once again ive posted on the wrong thread.
mea culpa

JasonD

I don’t think this was the unforgivable sin, so you should be acquitted 🙂

Please

Mitch might have some strong words….and maybe even a Letter From Lindsey

pgroup2

Depends on how big the bribe is.

Charlie

been thinking…
If Kammy assumes the office would her VP be held accountable for treason also? Say, Mooch jumps in or Hildabeast would they be apart of the coup too? Is this why they are painting joe as the old fool for as long as possible?

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grandmaintexas

Hill and Bill are awfully quiet. They’ve smelled a rat. That’s why it was a Biden/Harris ticket…he’s mentally gone and she is dumb as a rock.

GA/FL

Thank you so much, BakoCarl for your faithfulness to post devotions for us on Wednesdays and helpful spiritual posts on Sundays.

We also appreciate the thoughtful lessons contained in your poetry and cartoons.

I’ve got a short little favorite poem that fits Ash Wednesday pretty well.

A Haiku by Rick Tarquinio, describes our need for a Lent, as a time out for reflection, repentance, making amends, taking care of unfinished business.

snow clouds
last year’s ashes
still in the stove

and a couple for the power outages across the country:

blackout
some of the darkness
is us

power out
the simplicity
of dawn

churchmouse

Wow. Excellent. How appropriate.

Have a good Lent, GA/FL. May God continue to bless you abundantly.

GA/FL

Finlandia – Be Still My Soul hymn melody – with nature scenes of Finland.

churchmouse

Thank you, Bakocarl, for another excellent post. May God continue to bless you abundantly.

May those observing this season in the Church calendar have a good Lent.

Gudthots

Last year I followed the Liturgy of the Hours (morning, readings, evening) for Lent. This year I will use your Bible reading program and try to double dip with both morning and evening readings. Thank you.

And since I’ve never really had a problem giving up turn signals for Lent, I’m moving up to “giving up” credit cards…

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churchmouse

Wow, thank you.

Following the Liturgy of the Hours is an excellent idea. Talk about spiritual enrichment.

I am linking to the overview of the Anglican Breviary below as an aide memoire for myself:

https://www.anglicanbreviary.net/the-divine-office

It concludes:

‘The complexity of the Breviary should be a source of devotion, not of discouragement. Whatever the Christian’s use of the Breviary, the rule in such matters should always be that a little said regularly benefits more than much said hastily, or stressfully.’

churchmouse

I’ve started to follow the Anglican Liturgy of Hours this evening.

Let’s compare notes later on.

Gudthots

Awesome!

Gudthots

Those that serve the Lepers and acquire the disease hold high honor and even would been considered Martyrs for their expression of the love of Christ to the broken and outcast.