Saturday, 19 April 2014

HE IS RISEN


its another sign of the end of the world

Well I would not expect it from Pastor John Hagee... but maybe I should have... The good pastor has a book out in which he talks about four blood moons and the implication is that they would cause events in Israel that would EVENTUALLY lead to the end of the world.

Well, one has to be careful that one does not predict the end of the world or one may look foolish if it does not come to past. lol! To be fair to the pastor, when asked if the Tetrad blood moons heralded the end of the earth he said NO! He says that whatever comes about from Tetrad is specific to Israel.

Here is an  edited article from CBN News about the issue:
SAN ANTONIO -- The Book of Genesis says God uses the sun, moon, and stars for signs and seasons. Examples can be found throughout the Bible.Think of how a star led the wise men to Jesus or how the sun stood still as Joshua led Israel to victory over its enemies. According to Pastor John Hagee, God is getting ready to speak this way once again.

"I believe that in these next two years, we're going to see something dramatic happen in the Middle East involving Israel that will change the course of history in the Middle East and impact the whole world," he predicted.

In his latest book, Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change, Hagee lays out what he calls celestial signals. He describes how a series of blood moons in 2014 and 2015 will have great significance for Israel. Although single blood moons happen fairly regularly, four appearing so closely together is extremely rare. 
 
So what exactly is a blood moon and what is the biblical significance? "A blood moon is when the Earth comes between the sun and the moon," Hagee explained. "And the sun is shining through the atmosphere of the Earth and casts up on the moon a red shadow. And so the moon appears to be red."
Such moons appear several times in scripture. In the book of Joel, God says there will be "wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire…the sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord." In Acts, the Apostle Peter repeats that verse from Joel. And the book of Revelation says that during the Great Tribulation, "the moon will become like blood."
Blood moons are set to appear in April 2014, on Passover, and then again in September 2014 during the Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot. The timing is the same for 2015 -- a total of four blood moons, all appearing on Jewish feast days.
Well there are some problems with John Hagees predictions: The blood moons that are carded for the Jewish festivals would not be visible in Israel.

And as the frequency of  blood moons, well check this out. Four blood moons in a row is called a TETRAD. NASA has advised that there are six Tetrads this century. There were several last century and they occur regularly throughout history. History continued to have great things happen with or without the Tetrad blood moons....  so... you know... I won't be buying your book pastor Haggee, or listen to the prophets of doom.

Sigh!


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Adventures of a Mayaro Vacation

We spent a few days in Mayaro, and what a wonderful vacation it was. We got down early on Sunday morning.,,, but not too early. I thought we would join the Mayaro RC church for Palm Sunday Mass however that church has mass at 6:30am, so we did Saturday evening at a church closer to our home.

I woke up the family on Monday morning at 5:30am to join me for a walk on the beach and the viewing of the sunrise. God is heralding a new day filled with opportunity and hope. Unfortunately, no one shared my excitement. Sigh! I did my sunrise walk by myself the next morning with my trusted friends: Jesus and Coffee.

We went to seek out the bio luminous algae in the Ortoire river one night and was greeted by a huge crowd also looking for the same phenomenon. We heard all sorts of reasons why it was not visible that night: The tide needs to be high (even though the spot is miles up the river); The night has to be dark (new moon); The sun has to be hot that day; There should be no rain to wash down the algae.

Despite it all, there were boatmen who were willing to carry us up river to see the mystical lights - for a fee. We took the ride and the guys in the boat dove into the water and we were able to see the glowing water - Nothing like the pictures shown in the Trinidad Express newpaper photographed by Richard Charan  (shown on this page), but special nonetheless. Thank you Mr Belcon for your kind assistance.

Thank you Father in Heaven, for the joy of those days.


  

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Oh No.... not another spoof on the Catholic Church

Bill Donohue comments on a new TV series about a fictional American pope, His Holiness Pope Lenny:
Paolo Sorrentino, the Italian director who won an Oscar for best foreign film, “The Great Beauty,” is planning a TV series about the Vatican. According to Religion News Service, it will be about a “scandal-rife Vatican.” Imagine that—viewers will be treated to a Vatican riddled with corruption!

Religion News Service implies we should not be concerned because the new series “will be no less controversial” than the movie, “This Must Be the Place.” That film featured Sean Penn as a Nazi hunter. Am I missing something? What exactly is controversial about hunting down Nazis? Indeed, the U.K.’s Jewish Film Festival hailed it.

Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty” was slammed by one Vatican reviewer as being nothing more than a “useless” Fellini rip-off. The New York Times was tougher: it said that Sorrentino’s “portrayal of the Roman Catholic Church is particularly scathing.”

The Hollywood Reporter also tells us not to worry about Sorrentino’s TV venture. “Interest in the papacy and the Vatican has risen dramatically with the popularity of the new pope.” Imagine what Catholics would be treated to if the entertainment industry didn’t like Pope Francis? In any event, I can only guess what the “Lenny effect” will be.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

welcome to lent

It's been several months since I have blogged. Today I am making the effort to get back online.

We begin lent with ashes, prayers and meditation. Our family have discussed what we will sacrifice for lent.as a family, and what we will sacrifice individually for the season.

One of the family activities is making time for us (as a family) to read scripture.Another, is stations of the cross. Sometime early in lent we will as a family, go to confession. This is critical for lent. For the seventeen years of marriage, we have only done stations of the cross on good friday as a family, a handful of times. By the grace of God, all will be healthy so that everyone can make the journey.


I wish all of you a Holy Lent, by the grace of God.


Thursday, 12 December 2013

Man of the Year 2013






According to Time Magazine Pope Francis is the Man of the Year 2013. Catholics around the world already knew him to be man of the year, not just for 2013, but as long as he is Pope. God Bless you Pope francis. You Rock.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Cardinal Filoni visits Trinidad



I got a chance to hear the homily from Cardinal Filoni these weekend as he was visiting the church here in Trinidad. I enjoyed what I heard. God Bless you Cardinal for your visit to Trinidad. God Bless you in your ministry.

Cardinal Fernando Filoni is the current Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples with the Roman Curia