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1.The Commonwealth of Thomas MoreLeft-wing Utopia“Saint Thomas More, Pray For Us”
2.The Republic of Arthur IIIron Fist Consumerists“Hard work pays off”
3.The Roman Empire of MorndelInoffensive Centrist Democracy“In Hoc Signo Vinces”
4.The Most Holy and Grand Empire of Christian DemocratsNew York Times Democracy“Iesus via et veritas et vita est”
5.The Secular Order of Holy EucharistDemocratic Socialists“Follow God not your heart”
6.The Kingdom of ChuporosaIron Fist Consumerists“The Ancient of Days”
7.The Holy Empire of ToternLeft-Leaning College State“Freedom from force by force”
8.The Republic of The Orion IslandsNew York Times Democracy“Unity”
9.The Holy Pilgrimage of The Pilgrims in the DesertMoralistic Democracy“Prepare in the desert a way for Yahweh.”
10.The Holy Dominion of MichaelslovakiaNew York Times Democracy“Dimittite Eam”
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Attike wrote:The best political read is St. Thomas Aquinas' Dē Regnō.

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God made everything with knowledge, and so we can learn from everything, whether we learn to do it, or to learn to avoid doing it, we still should learn from it.

Peace and All Good!

Today is the 𝐅𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐡 𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐨𝐟 𝐎𝐫𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐓𝐢𝐦𝐞 (𝐈𝐈)
Today is also the 𝐅𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐒𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐭 𝐓𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐚𝐬

We know Saint Thomas as the doubter when Jesus was reportedly seen at the breaking of the bread. In apocryphal works, he is documented to be a missionary to Persia, but by tradition of the locals (especially that of Kerala, calling themselves Christians of Saint Thomas) and current documents, it is possible that he had been the Apostle to India.

Let us begin today's Daily

In the name of the Father, ✠
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit,
𝗔𝗺𝗲𝗻.

God our loving Father,
grant us the grace
to hear what we ought to hear,
to see what we ought to see,
that we might do what we ought to do,
in Jesus' name we pray.
Amen.

𝐓𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲'𝐬 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 is from the Holy Gospel of 𝕸𝖆𝖗𝐤 2:5-12
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Child, your sins are forgiven.” Now some of the scribes were sitting there asking themselves, “Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming. Who but God alone can forgive sins?” Jesus immediately knew in his mind what they were thinking to themselves, so he said, “Why are you thinking such things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, pick up your mat and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth”—he said to the paralytic, “I say to you, rise, pick up your mat, and go home.” He rose, picked up his mat at once, and went away in the sight of everyone. They were all astounded and glorified God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this.”

𝐑𝐞𝐟𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: that you may know that the Son of Man has authority to forgive sins on earth

I have a feeling about this, when understanding this scripture. Of course it is evident by future passages of the scriptures and catechism that Jesus Christ is God and Man therefore having the power to forgive sins in this scene. But I too have a feeling that, Jesus calls us too, having the term Son of Man, to forgive sins. It may be blasphemous of me to think, and sorry for that. Of course in our religion, the Catholic faith, only priests and higher ranking clergy (if authority is not taken away) can forgive sin.

My point in my thought is that, being the Son of Man, Jesus calls us and unites us to the Father, and we too have a share in the Father through Jesus Christ. This Inherited Grace, like all graces, can be lost through sin. That I think is why only and especially consecrated persons, (Priests, Bishops etc.) can forgive sins. They have made vows to be more united to Christ day-by-day as they live their mission. By honouring our Mother Church, we must believe them and pray for the Clergy; but if they do wrong, it is God's judgement not ours. When they sin, they remove the purity of their consecrated hands, soul, and life, as we also do; but they in a special and heavier gravity, and it is in their Bishop's or Religious Superior to dispense them from the sacrament of Penance.

And here is a common knowledge to us, that we can forgive others' sins, that is the sin done to us. By unburdening ourselves with others, that we are filled with hate, despise, or even disgust, and still show love even when it doesn't seem right. Because if we are to follow the world, we would only sow hatred and reap havoc. Another is, forgiving ourselves. Sometimes we are burdened by the thought of ourselves, and we must remember that we have a loving God. This is the same as forgiving others, that we become light and have no baggage. Forgiveness is the Lord's, that is true, but let us never plant seeds of hate so we can bear fruits of love.

𝗢 𝗕𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿
which flowed out from the heart of Jesus
as a Fountain of Mercy for us,
I trust in You!

𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐫: After quite few more readings, I can say that the laymen cannot forgive sins. Truly it is in God's will to forgive sins, but we too can plead with him for others; especially those who hurt us, and those suffering in sickness just like the paralytic, those dead or near death. 𝐋𝐞𝐭 𝐮𝐬 𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐲.

Father,
in the rising of your Son
death gives birth to new life.
The sufferings he endured
restored hope to a fallen world.
Let sin never ensnare us
with empty promises of passing joy.
Make us one with you always,
so that our joy may be holy,
and our love may give life.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

𝗣𝗿𝗮𝘆𝗲𝗿 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗠𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗛𝗼𝗹𝘆, 𝗠𝘆𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗨𝗻𝗱𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝗧𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆
My God, My God,
present in three divine persons,
I believe, I hope, and I love you.

My God, My God,
Father, Unbegotten, Uncreated,
Son Only-Begotten and Consubstantial with the Father,
and Holy Spirit who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
I believe, I hope, and I love You.

My God, My God,
Jesus Christ who is the earthly presence of the Trinity,
present in the blessed sacrament,
I believe, I hope, and I love you.

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy on us and on the Whole World. 𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘳𝘦𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘦

In the name of the Father, ✠
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit,
𝗔𝗺𝗲𝗻.

Credits:
📖:https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+2%3A5-12&version=NABRE
📸:http://www.theworkofgodschildren.org/collaboration/index.php?title=File:Jesus_Heals_Paralytic_and_Forgives_Sin.jpg
🙏:Universalis (C)
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Peace and All Good! Here is today's daily.

Insulusia wrote:God made everything with knowledge, and so we can learn from everything, whether we learn to do it, or to learn to avoid doing it, we still should learn from it.

All truth is God's truth. Science and philosophy help us understand His creation and, through it, can help us try to understand Him better.

God made me a queen so that I might serve others.—Saint Elizabeth

Saint Elizabeth of Portugal riding donkey from franciscantradition.org

Peace and All Good!

Today we will have the 𝐎𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐌𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐒𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐭 𝐄𝐥𝐢𝐳𝐚𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐡 𝐨𝐟 𝐀𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐨𝐧
Today is the 𝐒𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐝𝐚𝐲 (𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲) 𝐨𝐟 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐤 𝟏𝟒 𝐢𝐧 𝐎𝐫𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐓𝐢𝐦𝐞 (𝐈𝐈)
Today is also the 𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐃𝐚𝐲 (𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐬)

What better reading for today, especially being a Monday, than the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. Israel was enslaved by Egypt, and under Moses, they led an Exodus where they came back to the land promised. It started from Joseph son of Jacob, being favoured by the former Pharaoh, that led the Israelites to spread in Egypt. In the next pharaoh, they started to persecute them since they are growing in number. And the rest is history told in Exodus.

Let us begin today's Daily

In the name of the Father, ✠
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit,
𝗔𝗺𝗲𝗻.

God our loving Father,
grant us the grace
to hear what we ought to hear,
to see what we ought to see,
that we might do what we ought to do,
in Jesus' name we pray.
Amen.

𝐓𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲'𝐬 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 is from the book of 𝕰𝖝𝖔𝖉𝖚𝖘 15:1-6
New International Version - UK

CHAPTER 15

𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝘀𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗳 𝗠𝗼𝘀𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗠𝗶𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗺
Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord:

‘I will sing to the Lord,
for he is highly exalted.
Both horse and driver
he has hurled into the sea.

‘The Lord is my strength and my defence;
he has become my salvation.
He is my God, and I will praise him,
my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
The Lord is a warrior;
the Lord is his name.
Pharaoh’s chariots and his army
he has hurled into the sea.
The best of Pharaoh’s officers
are drowned in the Red Sea.
The deep waters have covered them;
they sank to the depths like a stone.
Your right hand, Lord,
was majestic in power.
Your right hand, Lord,
shattered the enemy.

𝐑𝐞𝐟𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: The Lord is a warrior; the Lord is his name.

The Lord is a warrior. This is the image, the Israelites—the Jews and Samaritans—had of God. That is because of the history, and traditions. Especially that one part of the bible when they are conquering and protecting the Promised land. The Lord was with them when they attacked the Jebusites, Canaanites, those in Jericho, many —ites I forgot. I remember watching with my Father a 3 episode special on the History Channel about presidents. One was Washington, the other was Grant.

Saint Elizabeth of Aragon, is known to be a peacemaker. She solved a problem between two conflicting troops, even when weak and old. Now, in our English class, I read about the Just War Theory, while we were discussing about Russo-Ukraine relations. Now I think about it, and searched it again in the web, "when is it justified to wage war?" and the answer I got was, "when a nation is acting out of self-defense to protect their nation as a whole."

When preserving peace, it will always be chaotic, truly weird, but it is these weirdness that even the Gospels have messaged; e.g. the humble will be exalted, and the rich will be humbled. So to those fighting to protect the peace, may they risk their lives, or live to see peace in their days, they have done noble things on this earth, bringing the peace of Christ in our lives.

𝗢 𝗕𝗹𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿
which flowed out from the heart of Jesus
as a Fountain of Mercy for us,
I trust in You!

𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐫: May we imitate the saints in their peacemaking even in the toughest situations, because we are rewarded as promised in the Gospels. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." Matthew 5:9. 𝐋𝐞𝐭 𝐮𝐬 𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐲.

𝗦𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝗣𝗿𝗮𝘆𝗲𝗿 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗣𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗲 (often attributed to Saint Francis)
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring love.
Where there is offence, let me bring pardon.
Where there is discord, let me bring union.
Where there is error, let me bring truth.
Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.
Where there is despair, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.
Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.

O Master, let me not seek as much
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love,
for it is in giving that one receives,
it is in self-forgetting that one finds,
it is in pardoning that one is pardoned,
it is in dying that one is raised to eternal life.

𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗛𝗼𝗹𝘆 𝗦𝗽𝗶𝗿𝗶𝘁,
fill the hearts of Your faithful,
and enkindle in them
the fire of Your divine love.
Send forth Your spirit
and they shall be created,
and You shall renew
the face of the earth.

In the name of the Father, ✠
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit,
𝗔𝗺𝗲𝗻.

Credits:
📖:https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+15%3A1-6&version=NIVUK
🙏: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prayer_of_Saint_Francis#Text
📸:https://franciscantradition.org/images/St_Elizabeth_of_Portugal_riding_donkey_700pxls.jpg
God made me a queen so that I might serve others.—Saint Elizabeth

Saint Elizabeth of Portugal riding donkey from franciscantradition.org

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God,
source of all freedom,
this day is bright with the memory of those that declared
that life and liberty are your gift to every human being.
Help us to continue a good work begun long ago.
Make our vision clear and our will strong;
that only in human solidarity will we find liberty,
and justice only in the honor that belongs to every life on earth.
Turn our hearts towards the family of nations:
to understand the ways of others,
to offer friendship,
and to find safety in the common good for all.
We ask this through Christ our Lord,
Amen

Chat is dead, and seeing that now is the great time to expand Vietnamese Catholic culture, I've decided to post my translation of the Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Movement's (VEYM) official song:

We, the youth of Vietnam, stand up in the new era
Follow the call of the Church and our Fatherland
Equipped with a strong and new spirit
We, the youth of Vietnam, with zeal we shall build a new future

We march, oh the youth
We march, with Christ the Lord
The Eucharist, peaceful and living
Shall be the ideology of today's youth

We, the youth of Vietnam, determined in the new era
Sanctify our lives and practice extraordinary skills
By praying, sacrificing and a new air
We, the youth of Vietnam, shall preach God to youth everywhere.

I feel very glad as a Filipino-Japanese to be able to visit a shrine of a Japanese blessed Don Justo Takayama Ukon, here in the Philippines

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