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By the twelfth century it was being hung at Christmas time in Central Europe as a symbol of Christianity and was referred to as the ‘Tree of Christ’.

Source: The Story of the Christmas Tree- symbol of Christianity, the ‘Tree of Christ’

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“But to use the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah as an archetype in understanding the present homosexual hegemony in the Church, we need to first tear down the high-voltage electric fence the Gaystapo have erected around it.

The story of Sodom and Gomorrah in the book of Genesis is to liberal Christians what Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses was to the Ayatollah Khomeini. Read the story of Sodom as an indictment of sodomy per se and you’ll have a fatwa hanging over your head for as long as you live.

Liberals argue that the Sodom story has nothing to do with consensual gay sex. It is all about homosexual rape and lack of hospitality to strangers. Against such liberal interpreters, Prof. Robert Gagnon offers a robust rebuttal.

He persuasively argues that the liberals “assume that since the story involves a coercive element the narrator is indicting only the attempt at coercion.” But the story is a “kitchen sink” of multiple offenses designed to portray the exceeding wickedness of the perpetrators and the heinous nature of their actions.

God himself says in the story, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me.”

“Striking parallels between scriptural account and deepening Church crisis”

Source: US Church Homosexual Scandal Is a Sequel to the Story of Sodom and Gomorrah

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FROM FACEBOOK:

“Sometimes I wonder what decade I’m in. Maybe we are still in the late ’60s or early ’70s? A man argued with me recently that we Catholics should “stop putting so much energy” into telling people “why X is wrong or X will send them to hell” and more about God’s love. I’m all for telling folks about God’s love! But has he missed the fact that we’ve had two generations (at least) who have heard little else but “God is love”? I grew up as a Catholic in the ’70s and ’80s. My story is *extremely common* (below) and any GenX Catholic in America will identify with it. So, my question is… Why do folks–the ones who do not want to talk about hell and the danger of sin–seem to care so little about the souls who NEED to hear that part? Sure, some sinners won’t be motivated by that and won’t need that “warning”– but MANY SOULS DO. And even if it’s only 10% of all souls who need to hear a severe warning about hell and sin (like I did) before they turn around to God’s love… well, aren’t their souls worth it? I say, yes, their souls are worth saving, too. Good gracious, what happened to “diversity,” people?”

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 FROM LITTLE CATHOLIC BUBLE BLOG:

Source Article:  https://littlecatholicbubble.blogspot.com/2012/11/this-is-my-story-it-might-be-your-story.html

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BLOGGER’S NOTE:  If you think this a biased Catholic story then I suggest you look up what the Catholic League reported and research it yourself.

“That’s the story. If there were “mass graves,” not only would the official statement mention it, but so would Katherine Zappone TD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs; she issued her formal remarks today. She says absolutely nothing about any “mass graves.” Moreover, when the government’s Interim Report was issued on July 12, 2016, it also made no mention of “mass graves.”

Source:  http://www.catholicleague.org/irelands-mass-graves-story-is-fake-news/

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Source: [WOW] Little girl mistakes bearded shopper as Santa Claus and he goes along with it

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The Untold Story of the French Revolution

via Homepage.

Finally a film worth looking at and supporting.  God Bless.

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By | ABC News Blogs5 hours ago

(Photo Courtesy: Amy Blansit)In the past year, Drew Lewis has proposed to his now-wife, celebrated his wedding day and received a life-changing diagnosis of stage 4 colon cancer.

He’s also realized the power of social media, the power of friends lending a helping hand and, in this holiday season, the power of giving thanks.

Lewis is scheduled to undergo surgery today just days after their healthcare provider dismissed their appeals to pay for the life saving procedure as well as an earlier surgery. His medical bills, he estimates, will be about $400,000.

But Lewis and his wife, Amy Blansit, 33, of Springfield, Mo., have been buoyed by an outpouring of financial and emotional support from family, friends and strangers who have sent the couple nearly $20,000 in the past week through a Facebook page and         the charity website GiveFoward.com.

“It really is unbelievable what people are doing,” Blansit told         ABCNews.com.

(Photo Courtesy: Amy Blansit)Lewis, a 45-year-old real estate agent, was diagnosed with colon cancer in January after a colonoscopy revealed tumors throughout his body and cancer that had spread to his lymph nodes.

Through nine months of chemotherapy and two surgeries to remove the tumors, Lewis and his wife relied on each other and turned down the often-overwhelming offers of help from friends and family.

“We’ve had friends from the beginning who wanted to help – bring food, cut the lawn – anything that they can do to help,” Blansit said. “We kept turning them away.”

The couple, who are raising Lewis’ two teenage children from a previous relationship, turned their friends away even as they received the devastating news that Lewis’ insurance carrier would not pay for the surgeries to remove his tumors, treatments that doctors told him would stretch his life expectancy from one to two years to at least seven.

Lewis and Blansit got that news just hours before Lewis’ second surgery in October but decided to forge ahead with that procedure, as well as a third and final operation – scheduled for today – at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

“We thought this is our only chance and if we have to downsize and change our lifestyle to make it happen then we will,” Blansit said. “You can’t really put a price tag on what you would do in this situation and what life means. There’s really not a number for it.”

The couple appealed the insurance decision but found out last week that their appeal had been denied. Lewis’ insurance carrier, HealthLink, declined to cover the operations because they were classified as “experimental” and “exploratory,” according to Blansit.

HealthLink said the decision not to pay for Lewis’ surgeries was made by United Security Life and Health, which it said is Lewis’ primary health provider. United Security Life and Health did not return requests for comment from ABCNews.com.

That same week, Lewis and Blansit’s friends and family, without knowing the couple’s insurance woes, stepped in to help.

“We kept turning them away and then at Thanksgiving they just ignored us,” Blansit said.

The couple’s friends and family decided to use the social media tools that Lewis had been using to keep them updated on his progress as a way to raise money for the couple, both of whom have been unable to work due to Lewis’ treatment.

Lewis’ co-workers began a fundraising drive at the couple’s bank and shared the information on         Lewis’ Facebook page.

As Lewis’ coworkers helped in Springfield, Blansit’s sister and brother-in-law, thousands of miles away in Las Vegas,         established the “Drew Lewis Colon Cancer Fund” on GiveForward.com.

In just one week, nearly $10,000 has been raised by Lewis’ colleagues and another $9,000 has been collected on GivingForward.com.

“It’s one of those things where we’re so far away from everyone who is doing it. It’s such a neat way to be connected,” a grateful Blansit said.

It wasn’t until the hospital bills began to arrive this week and their appeal was denied that they let their family and friends know that they were tackling Lewis’ treatment without the aid of insurance.

“It’s a hard thing to get to and to discuss because it also means that Drew is not able to provide for his family,” said Blansit. “It comes to the point that Drew has to say he’s sick and can’t do it on his own. That was the point we got to. It’s a hard place to be in life.”

Even more than the financial aid, Blansit says the helping hands have been a beacon of hope for Lewis, with the messages left on Facebook and GivingForward.com motivating his recovery.

“Drew… For the past few years I’ve been making a $500 donation to a charity instead of having professionals come and put lights on my house for Christmas. This year, I am sharing this gift with you…” wrote one donor.

Blansit says she and Lewis have a mini-command center in his hospital room with a laptop, iPad and two iPhones set up to monitor the overwhelming response.

“We’re kind of addicted to social media right now,” she said. “We just had so many people who are drawn to Drew and who absolutely think the world of him that we couldn’t keep up with our phones.”

“It really changes his day to have that connectedness and see that he’s changing lives through his process,” Blansit said. “He says that’s his therapy. That’s his means to sometimes manage a day.”

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