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Pentecost

“Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.” Psalm 103

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Festival of Lights

Bohemian National Hall, NYC — December 8, 2018

Preparing the Way

“May your hearts be illuminated by the love and light of my Son (Christ).” Blessed Virgin Mary

Passover

“May the Father of mercy have mercy upon a people that have been born to him. May he remember the covenant with the patriarchs, deliver our souls from evil hours, check the evil inclinations in them that have been carried by him, grant us his grace an everlasting deliverance, and in the attribute of his goodness fulfill our desires by salvation and mercy.” Standard…

Hanukkah Sameach

“Cause us to return, O our Father, unto thy Law; draw us near, O our King, unto thy service, and bring us back in perfect repentance unto thy presence. Blessed art thou, O Lord, who delightest in repentance.” Standard Machsor, 1925 Identity (with God’s plan) and fulfillment sought by Jews, comes through baptism—not the Modern State of Israel. “By refusing baptism from him the…

Balfour Declaration

History has shown the anti-Zionist Jews of 1917 (including Edwin Montagu and Lucien Wolf) were right to oppose the erection of the Modern State of Israel — one of the great crimes of all time — which can’t be countenanced by anything in the bible. Today Israeli leaders, who failed to follow the call of secular Zionists to be just with the Palestinians, are…

Six Days

Fifty years after the Six Day War, the Modern State of Israel obsesses over its physical survival versus its moral survival as a democratic Jewish state. Politics are seen as the means by which Israelis think about the meaning of Jewish existence (rather than union with God). The result is a people who have “cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and…

‘Jewish Cultural Heritage’

Reflecting on the Modern State of Israel @ 69. The editors of Chaim Weitzmann: Statesman of the Jewish Renaissance  (The Zionist Library, 1974), refer to the 19th century Jewish philosopher Ahad Ha’am who suggested that what “preserved the Jewish nation during the 2000 years of the Diaspora and enabled the Jewish people to retain a unity which transcends geographical, political and economic diversity was the unity…

Divine Mercy

To be truly human (to have a self) we need to be reconciled with God, beginning with God’s mercy — which is available but needs to be sought: “I open My Heart as a living fountain of mercy. Let all souls draw life from it. Let them approach this sea of mercy with great trust.” Diary of St. Faustina Kowalska

Easter Vigil

“This is the Passover of the Lord: if we honor the memory of his death and resurrection by hearing his word and celebrating his mysteries, then we may be confident that we shall share his victory over death and live with him forever in God.” Daily Roman Missal

Plenty O Nuttin

On this Good Friday, with many rejecting the Savior of the world — making themselves savior of the world (and living as “animals” and “demons” in a world where productivity, equality and disruption are King), the nothingness abounds.

St. Patrick’s Day

On the day named for the saint who brought Catholicism to a pagan and warlike people (beginning in 432 AD), one can see the ongoing struggle between faith and rebellion playing out in the hearts and minds of the Irish.

Epiphany

“The Lord is a light in darkness to the upright; he is gracious merciful and just.” Psalm 111:4

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem”

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou who killest the prophets, and stonest those who are sent to thee! How often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen gathers her young under her wings, but though wouldst not!” Luke 13:34 Claims by the modern state of Israel (a human construct) to merit sole possession of Jerusalem are both misguided and unfounded (in the bible). Jerusalem should…

Christmas Greetings

Artwork: Dagmar Frinta, Madonna, 1981 “When I had a little passed by them, I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him: and I will not let him go, till I bring him into my mother’s house, and into the chamber of her that bore me.” Song of Songs 3:4

Standing Up For Christians

At a forum, on Monday, addressing the ongoing genocide of Christians in the Middle East and Northern Africa, Ronald Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress, spoke on the matter — describing it as one of the great crisis of our time, and the fact that no one knows about it, saying the “silence was deafening.” He compared the “indifference” among world leaders today with that of leaders following Kristallnacht, 75 years ago…

Remembering Bonhoeffer

The Consulate General of Germany in New York hosted an evening of music 10/11 to commemorate the life of German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, killed by the Nazis in the last days of WWII for his role in a plot to assassinate Hitler. The Kleine Choir of Burgdorf, Germany, led by Ilsabe Bartels-Kohl, performed music by Mattias Nagel, with a Dieter Stork libretto based on texts by Bonhoeffer….

Wines of ‘Israel’

“…no one pours new wine into old wine skins…but new wine must be put into fresh skins, and both are saved,” Luke 5: 37-38 On the eve of former Israeli president Shimon Peres’s funeral, Temple Emanu-el in NYC held a wine symposium showcasing the leading wines from the Modern State of Israel. The presentation included a talk by Israeli wine ambassador Adam Montefiore and…

Professor of Love

On September 4, 2016 the Catholic Church will confirm what many have long known — the heroic virtue of Mother Saint Teresa of Calcutta. One by one, since 1949, I saw young girls arriving. They had been my students. They wanted to give everything to God, and they were in a hurry to do it. They took off their most expensive saris with great…

Ramadan 2016

Muslims in Jackson Heights prepare foods for after-the-fast. We are reminded that it is easy to find Him, if we are ready for sacrifice and penance — if we have patience, mercy and love for neighbors.

Feast of Divine Mercy

Today, the Catholic Church celebrated the Feast of Divine Mercy — a Feast intended for the whole world. Christians are reminded, the way to break every darkness is through prayer, love, and trusting the Savior. “I desire that there be a Feast of Mercy. I want this image, which you will paint with a brush, to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after…

Easter Monday

Remembering the Easter Monday Irish Rebellion (April 23, 1916). “On his return, Mr. Asquith approached me with the suggestion that I should take up the task of trying to negotiate a settlement with the Irish revolutionary leaders. My sympathy with their cause was known.” D. LLoyd George, War Memoirs, 1938  

Roots of Zionism

The German Consulate in New York is presenting an exhibit exploring the “German Roots of Zionism” (through Feb. 26) — this amid reports that the conservative movement’s new siddur (prayer book) removes God as ‘King’. In both cases today’s Jews (secular and religious) are turning away from God — making themselves King (Superman), a far cry from the contrite heart that produced this prayer: “Heal us, O…

Birth at Bethlehem

The birth of Jesus at Bethlehem is not an event that can be consigned to the past. The whole of human history in fact stands in reference to him; our own time and the future of the world are illuminated by his presence. He is “the Living One” (Rev 1:18), “who is, who was and who is to come” (Rev 1:4). Before him every…

UN Prayer Service

The traditional Prayer Service, ahead of the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, was held this evening at the Church of the Holy Family in Manhattan. Attendees included Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mogens Lykketoft, President-elect of the Seventieth Session of the General Assembly, and Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington. “Let us join in prayer to give hope to the…

The Strain of Being Jewish

The machinations around the P5+1 nuclear agreement with Iran offer a glimpse into the toxic U.S. efforts to control the World, made worse by the extent to which Israel has bought control of the U.S. Congress and the presidential candidates. A commonly heard refrain today, directed at American Jews by Isaeli officials, is: “Give us your money and your Congress…” But to what end? The hysteria and fanaticism of the Zionist…

Eid Art

Photographs: Stephen Wise

Germany and Israel @ 50

May 12, 2015 marked 50 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and the Federal Republic of Germany. The German Consulate in New York hosted an event this evening commemorating the anniversary with a panel discussion that included representatives of ARSP (Action Reconciliation Service for Peace), a German non-profit that sends volunteers to work with Holocaust survivors. In remarks before the panel discussion, an Israeli…

‘My Shaper’

“God was my shaper. He hammered. He wrought me. Mightily, frailly, Insculpted and embosed, With His hammer of wind, And His graver of frost.” –Francis Thompson The challenge is to be in the hands of the Heavenly Father. Then we know who we are.

Concordat

On a day that saw the Vatican sign on to the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, Russia’s Vladimir Putin met with Pope Francis in the hope of finding peaceful solutions in Ukraine and Syria. Americanized Catholics have time and again opted for the darkness of American Foreign Policy over the light of the Gospel. An honest person following events in Syria and Ukraine knows the…

Feast of Corpus Christi

The Catholic Feast of Corpus Christi was celebrated with a procession, organized by St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr Church, in the East Village today. Photographs: Stephen Wise

Modern Jew

“It is hard to grow up without faith.” Paul Goodman, Growing Up Absurd, (Vintage Books, 1960) At the Celebrate Israel Parade in NYC today, one is reminded that the followers of the religion of the Old Testament, who after rejecting their Redeemer, have tried to make themselves new and into the redeemers of the world. The Modern State of Israel is not leading the Jewish people to…

Exiles at Home

On this the 67th anniversary of the proclamation of the Modern State of Israel, we note that history has shown the ‘seekers of justice’ to have been unjust before God and man. The Modern State of Israel is far from the House of Israel (People of God). The best hope for Jews and the world is to remember true freedom and fulfillment come from being united with…