Busy Priest Leaves A Note Requesting Parishioners Make Their Confessions Brief

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(PCM) Even those who have dedicated their lives to the church get busy sometimes! This was exactly the case with the priest who hilariously left a note for parishioners to keep their confessions brief and to the point due to being the priest on duty that evening.

There must have been an over abundance of confessions in this particular church to even spark the need to write such a note in the first place. The priest wanted to make sure that everyone had their fair chance at confession and penance. He probably could have added to the note to skip the confession all together and just say four Hail Mary’s!

The priests note read as follows: “Confession today (Saturday) will be until exactly 5:30pm. There is only one priest available for confession today. Make your confession direct to the point and confess only your sins and offenses. No need to explain why you did it. Thank you very much!”

Apparently, mass being delayed due to an overabundance of confessions on Saturdays is a pretty common problem at various churches, so this particular priest made the decision to take matters into his own hands and solve the issue at hand.

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Soldier Discovers A Terrifying Note On His Car Windshield Covering Every Major Conspiracy Theory!

(PCM) A soldier, who was on drill, made a terrifying discovery upon returning to his vehicle when he found a note tucked under his windshield wiper that referenced just about every conspiracy theory and included a folded one dollar bill.

The solider shared the quite lengthy note on Reddit,as it certainly made him a bit nervous. The note referenced major fears of the new world order claiming that President Obama and Pope Francis are “the end” and of course, no conspiracy rant would be complete without a mention of the mysterious Illuminati, hence the inclusion of the dollar bill. The note writer claims that many including Hollywood, NASA and more follow the “pyramid and the owl”.

The note goes on to claim that the earth may indeed be flat and surprising claims that aliens in fact do not exist!  You can check out the full note, in all it’s glory below:

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Has anyone else received a letter like this one?  What would you do if you did?

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Image Of Satan Discovered In A Cut Of Beef

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(PCM) The Mexican news outlet El Metichon has posted an image of what appears to be the likeness of Satan etched onto a large slice of beef. The meat was discovered near the area of Baja California Sur and is thought to have come from the country’s largest meat processor SuKarne.

Sources are unsure whether or not the meat has yet to be eaten or sold, however many that have commented on the image are offering up a hefty sum of money to taste test the devilish meat. The photo has of course gone viral and some are even urging the meat processing plant to send the cut of beef directly to the Vatican to be exorcised! Others are jokingly saying that the meat is a cut from the Chupacabra itself.

Would you decide to take a  taste the devil’s beef?

 

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Harry Houdini Born March 24, 1874

Harry-Houdini_Water-TortureHarry Houdini AKA Erik Weisz was born on March 24, 1874 in Budapest Hungary.  His parents were Mayer Samuel Weiss a rabbinical lawyer and Cecilia Sterner.  Erik was the fourth of seven children.  The family moved to the United States in 1878 and settled in Appleton Wisconsin where his father got work as a Rabbi.

The position of Rabbi would not last long and the family found themselves living in poverty in Milwaukee.  At this time Erik whose first name would slowly change to Harry ran away from home.  He changed his last name to White and was trying to make it to Galveston Texas.  This however did not occur and the family had again moved, this time to New York, Harry would soon join them there.

In New York, Harry’s father found work on a sawing bench, Harry was working as a tie cutter and was now in his teens.  It was during this time that Harry read the Memoirs of Robert Houdin, a famous French magician.  Harry became fascinated with the working of illusion and a dream began.

Harry soon adapted a stage name by adding an I to Houdin and Harry Houdini was born.

Harry’s first act was that of a team called The Brothers Houdini, but this was not actually the case.  He performed the act with a co worker by the name of Jacob Hyman.  The crowd pleaser of the act was The Metamorphosis.  This was a substitution trunk trick which supposedly csat Harry $25.00.  Hyman was soon replaced by Harry’s real brother Theo, who was nick named Dash.

The real Houdini Brothers then began to perform in a number of venues including the midway of The Columbia Exposition in 1893 and Coney Island.  It was in Coney Island that Harry would meet Bess Rahner, a showgirl in an act called The Floral Sisters.  After a brief three week courtship the couple was married much to the dismay of Bess’s family who were Catholic.

The act was now renamed The Houdini’s and Bess and Harry traveled the country getting any work they could.  They would, of course, do the standard act that Harry had created, but they also worked in other show business venues including doing comedy sketches and card tricks.  Harry even masqueraded as Projea The Wild Man of Mexico in a circus sideshow.

In 1899 Harry was seen by Martin Beck, A Vaudeville great.  Beck told Harry to get rid of the magic act part of his performance and start concentrating on The Metamorphosis and Harry’s handcuff escapes which had become a staple of the act by this time.  Harry took the advice and Beck booked Harry in his circuit of theaters in the west.  Harry soon began to promote his act by escaping the handcuffs in local jails using actual police cuffs.  This gave Harry plenty of press coverage and insured an audience for his shows.

Soon Beck booked Harry for a tour of Europe, but when the Houdini’s reached London they found that the bookings had not actually been secured.  So, Harry came up with a plan and ended up escaping handcuffs at the great Scotland Yard.  The European act was then insured complete success

Returning to The United States Harry quickly went to work to secure his fame in his adapted country.  He was invited to escape from the infamous Murderers Row after he had had successfully escaped from the cells of many other prisons.  The prison was along the eastern branch of the Potomac River in Washington and the cell Harry would escape from once held the man who had assassinated President James Garfield.  Harry did not only escape the cell, he also rearranged all the other prisoners in the wing, moving them from one cell to another.

According To John Cox, “Now it wasn’t just handcuffs that harry could be challenged with.  It was anything man could devise.  He freed himself from government mail bags, a giant football, riveted boilers, packing crates, a convict ship, and an iron maiden.  In New York he escaped from a packing crate after it was nailed shut, and dropped into a river.  He would later escape from a straightjacket while suspended by his ankles 100s of feet in the air.  All of his outdoor escapes drew tens of thousands of spectators.  Before long, Houdini was the highest paid entertained in Vaudeville”

Harry’s working life continued to be along the lines of escape artistry and magic, but his personal life took a different turn.  In the early part of the twentieth century, society had become much involved in what is known as spiritualism.  Spiritualism allowed you to connect to the world of the dead through a medium.  Harry had worked much of his life around circus people and magicians and he knew most of this was fakery.  He set out to debunk the whole thing.  And he had great success, exposing some of the most notable mediums of the time.

Harry at one time became great friends with the author of The Sherlock Holmes series of books and stories, Arthur Conan Doyle.  The friendship was strained however as Doyle believed in spiritualism and Harry did not.  One has to ask, what Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes would think of his creator’s beliefs.

Houdini would go on to perform many other escapes even going so far as to allow himself to be buried in a coffin under a tone of sand.  In 1926 Houdini was performing in Montreal Canada.  A college student entered his dressing room and, believing that Harry could with stand any blow to his stomach. the student struck him several times.  Harry ignored the pain and went on stage and then with a fever well over a hundred degrees Harry went to perform in Detroit Michigan.  It was there with a fever of 104 degrees that Harry gave in and went to the hospital.

At the hospital it was discovered that his appendix had ruptured and he had appendicitis, after a second operation to save him Harry Houdini died on Halloween 1926.  His last words were reported as being “I’m tired of fighting.”

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The Feast Day of Saint Joseph March 19

St_JosephNot very much is known of Saint Joseph or Joseph of Nazareth.  All of the information we have is found in the Gospel of Luke and The Gospel of Matthew.

The Gospel of Matthew tells us in the lineage of Jesus that Joseph’s father’s name was Jacob.  It is believed Joseph was born somewhere around 90 BC in the town of Bethlehem.  Since Joseph was of the lineage of David it is not much of a leap to believe that this was the place of his birth.  David the second King of Israel was born and raised in Bethlehem.

Joseph was a carpenter, a craftsman of his time.  He, more than likely, was apprenticed in this trade under his father as that was pretty much the custom of the time.  When Joseph made his move to Nazareth, where he would meet his future bride Mary, is not known.

The first real fact that we have of Joseph is that he was betrothed to Mary.  A betrothal in those days was a very serious thing and was just short of marriage.  You did not just end a betrothal as you would an engagement today.  There had to be solemn grounds for the breaking of it and it was as serious as a divorcé.

During a betrothal the husband to be would work on the house that he and his wife would live in.  He would also save money and arrange for the things his future wife would need.  The couple would live separately until all the preparations for the marriage and their future life together were made.  But in the eyes of everyone the couple was married except for sexual relations.

During the betrothal period we know from The Gospels that Mary was visited by the angel Gabriel and told that she would conceive a son by the power of God.  Mary humbly accepted God’s will in this but soon after the angelic visit she went to see her cousin Elizabeth who had conceived a baby through her husband.  This child was also miraculous as Elizabeth was considered barren.  Mary spent a number on months with Elizabeth and then returned to home.

On arriving back in Nazareth Mary went to Joseph and told him her story.  It is here we must pause.

Mary comes to Joseph, maybe while he was working on the house they would share, or in his workshop and tells him that she was going to have a baby and that the baby was God’s.  Put yourself in Joseph’s place.  Was he angry, did he think Mary was crazy or a liar? He had to have been hurt deeply as he loved Mary.  There was no question by now that Mart was indeed pregnant as at this time she would have been showing.

According to Gospel Joseph determined in his heart to send Mary away to have her child.  This was a very kind thing to do.  According to the law of the time Joseph could have had her stoned to death as this was the punishment both for infidelity and for a woman carrying a child out of wedlock.  Joseph chose instead to send her away.  God had different plans.

God sent another angel to Joseph in a dream telling him to marry Mary as she was really carrying God’s child.  Joseph believes God and marries Mary and not long after Mary’s child would be born in Bethlehem because of the degree that everyone was to return to their home town to register for a new tax.  Of course the Child was named Jesus.

Jewish law decreed that each first born was to be dedicated to God and a sacrifice was needed to redeem the child  A lamb or two doves were the price of the sacrifice.  When Joseph and Mary took Jesus to The Temple Joseph chose the two doves.  This was the sacrifice that was demanded for the poor as a lamb was much more expensive.  From this we know the family was not wealthy.  We also know that a male and female prophet both stop the family and tell them of what awaits the child Jesus and his mother Mary.

It is believed by some that the Family of Jesus Mary and Joseph may have stayed in Bethlehem for up to two years.  We know from The Gospel of Matthew that the family had moved from the stable where Jesus was born into a house.  We know this because the Wisemen from the east who came to see Jesus saw him in a house.

The Wisemen had told King Herod that a new king had been born in Bethlehem and Herod, fearing for his throne, decides to kill all the male children two years old and younger in Bethlehem.  Joseph is warned of this in another dream and takes his family to Egypt before Herod’s soldiers arrive for what is now called The Slaughter of the Innocent.

It is not known precisely how long the family stayed in Egypt.  What we do know is that Joseph receives one last dream from God and is told that Herod is dead and it is safe to return home.  Joseph takes his family and returns to Nazareth.

There is only one more snapshot of the life of Joseph and the story is told in the Gospel of Luke.  It was customary for the family to make the yearly trip to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover.  When Jesus was 12 the family made the trip but on the return home Mary and Joseph discover the young man missing.  They return to Jerusalem and found Jesus discussing the law with the learned men in the temple.  Mary questions Jesus as to why he had disappeared from them.  Jesus answered that both she and Joseph should have known that he would have been about his Father’s business.  It must have been at this point when Joseph finally understood the full truth about his foster son.

After this historians believe that Joseph died at some point before the public ministry of Jesus began.

Joseph was a true man of faith.  Believing hard truths that we now take for granted.  If it is a boost in faith that we need considering the life of Joseph may give us strength.

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Ash Wednesday and Lent

lent-wordcloud_2Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent a time of penance fasting and prayer for Catholics and for some Protestant denominations.

Ash Wednesday is the opening day of Lent on this day some Christians receive ashes on their forehead as a sign of penance.  With the ashes the Priest may say “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return” or “Repent and believe in the Gospel”.

The tradition of receiving ashes can be traced back to the second century.  The receiving of ashes is an admission of sin and a desire to repent.

Sin is an archery term and it means to miss the mark.  Anyone who falls short of God’s commands has sinned or missed the mark and needs to repent.

To repent needs to turn away from our sin and, go the other direction, stopping the sinful activity.

Ash Wednesday is also a day of fasting.  Fasting goes back to the time of the ancient Jews.  It is a part of repentance but it is also a time of pleading with God for his intervention.

For Catholics ashes must be received at Mass.  They can be washed off after the Mass but many prefer to wear them as a reminder throughout the day.  The ashes themselves are made from the blessed palm from the previous Palm Sunday.

Behavior after the receiving the ashes is important to.  Many people do not go to work after receiving the ashes.  This is actually not a time to be seen in public.  It is a day of fasting and so a meal at restaurant is not considered appropriate, neither is going to the mall or a movie.  This time should be spent on prayer and listening for God’s voice in your life.

Lent is commonly referred to as the forty days prior to Easter.  This is however not completely true as the days of lent do not include Sundays.  So the total days of lent is actually 46.

Lent is a time of reflection fasting and prayer.  Many people may find themselves giving time and money to missions or volunteering for other types of human service projects.

Some of the early church Father’s of the fifth century believed that the celebration of lent began with the apostles.  Whenever it began its purpose is to draw us closer to God.

The customs of lent vary, many people choose to give up something they love like candy or cheeseburgers, in some cases giving up meat all together is not out of the question.  The purpose of giving these things up is not to make us suffer or uncomfortable but to make more time for God by making our own lives simpler.  Society today is so complex that the giving up of things for a period of time is not a bad thing.

For instance 46 days of no social media, no cell phone, no computer or electronic games, no TV or fast food could easily give a family the time to get to know each other better.

In the time before the Second World War in Catholic Countries Lent was a much harder time to observe.  There were no animal products allowed at all.  Today’s Vegans would have no trouble with this.  There would be one meal a day and that a vegetable soup.  But there was a purpose to this.  The purpose was to use the extra time in prayer and meditation and the money that you did not spend on meals went to the poor.

The putting away of things or food that take up our time is really a positive thing, and if thought about not really a hardship.  The purpose is to get to know God better.  It is only a little more than 50 years since the Vatican Council met and allowed Catholics to read their Bibles as well as hear the Mass in English.  A whole new world of spirituality is opened up to us during the season of lent.  Slow down, listen, pray and reach for God.  He’s waiting to reach for you.

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