Tuesday, April18, 2023


Tuesday of the Second Week of Easter

HOLOCAUST REMEMBERANCE-TAX DAY

Deuteronomy, Chapter 1, Verse 28-29

28 What shall we meet with up there? Our men have made our hearts melt by saying, ‘The people are bigger and taller than we, and their cities are large and fortified to the sky; besides, we saw the Anakim (Giant) there.’” 29 But I said to you, “Have no dread or FEAR of them. 

What are the giants in your life? Debauchery, theft, murder, adultery, greed malice, deceit, extravagance, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, recklessness all come from within. These giants are not out there; there in here; in the heart. The hearts fears make giants. Love is the cure. Love endures Love hopes. Love does small tasks. Love is like a water drop that outlasts the mountain, wearing it away. Love stands defiant before the giants in your life. In and through love we come to discover the giants in our life were shadows all along. 

Never fear shadows. They simply mean there’s light shining somewhere nearby. 

(Ruth Renkle) 

Live each day as if it were your last. Death brings an end to all, and man’s life suddenly passes away like a fleeting shadow.

 

Lord, for those in mortal sin, death is the gateway to hell, but for those in sanctifying grace, it is the pathway to Heaven. Let my greatest desire in life be to live in such a way that I can die fearlessly at any moment. Let me fear sin more than death or any other earthly harm. Amen.[1]

Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)[2]

The Holocaust Remembrance Day, (Yom Hashoah, Hebrew: יום השואה), seeks to commemorate the Holocaust, a systematic and state-planned program to murder millions of Jews and other minority groups in Europe. This program of mass killing was run by the German Nazis in the 1930s and 40s during the Second World War, where Jews and minorities were brought into concentration camps and murdered at the hands of Nazi officials. This observance seeks to remember and honor the victims of the Holocaust, including six million Jews and thousands of Russians gypsies, homosexuals, disabled persons and other minorities.

Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Facts

·        Yom Hashoah is an Israeli Festival, as opposed to an ancient Jewish festival. Yom Hashoah was inaugurated in 1953. It was instituted by the Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion and the President Isaac (Yitzchak) Ben Zvi.  The Ancient fast of the Tenth of Tevet (December) is the day on which the siege of Jerusalem commenced, prior to the destruction of the Holy Temple.  Many Jews commemorate the Holocaust on this day.

·        In Israel, on the Eve of Yom Hashoah, a siren is sounded, followed by an official memorial service headed by the Prime Minister, President, Army Officials and Holocaust survivors. The service includes speeches, Kaddish and El Maleh Rahamim (memorial prayers) and the Hatikvah (Israel National Anthem). Another siren is heard in the morning, followed by various memorial services.

Yom HaShoah Top Events and Things to Do


·        Many communities read a list of those who perished in the camps and Ghettos.  One way to commemorate the Holocaust is to browse the names in the Yad Vashem (Israel's Memorial to the Holocaust) names Database.

·        Watch the mini-series Holocaust starring Meryl Streep.  It depicts the story of a Jewish family's struggle to survive the Nazis.

·        Attend a local memorial service.  Tip: find one in your community by doing an internet search for Yom Hashoah.

·        Donate to a charity that serves holocaust survivors or promotes education about the holocaust.

·        Watch a movie about the Holocaust. Some popular picks: Schindler's List (1993), Auschwitz (2011), The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008), Life is Beautiful (1997) and The Pianist (2002). 


Fourth Reich[3] 

American writer Jim Marrs claimed that former Nazis and their sympathizers had been continuing Nazi policies worldwide, especially in the United States.

Conspiracy theorists often use the term "Fourth Reich" simply as a pejorative synonym for the "New World Order" to imply that its state ideology and government will be similar to Germany's Third Reich.

Conspiracy theorists, such as American writer Jim Marrs, claim that some ex-Nazis, who survived the fall of the Greater German Reich, along with sympathizers in the United States and elsewhere, given haven by organizations like ODESSA and Die Spinne, has been working behind the scenes since the end of World War II to enact at least some principles of Nazism (e.g., militarism, imperialism, widespread spying on citizens, corporatism, the use of propaganda to manufacture a national consensus) into culture, government, and business worldwide, but primarily in the U.S. They cite the influence of ex-Nazi scientists brought in under Operation Paperclip to help advance aerospace manufacturing in the U.S. with technological principles from Nazi UFOs, and the acquisition and creation of conglomerates by ex-Nazis and their sympathizers after the war, in both Europe and the U.S.

This neo-Nazi conspiracy is said to be animated by an "Iron Dream" in which the American Empire, having thwarted the Judeo-Masonic conspiracy and overthrown its Zionist Occupation Government, gradually establishes a Fourth Reich formerly known as the "Western Imperium"—a pan-Aryan world empire modeled after Adolf Hitler's New Order—which reverses the "decline of the West" and ushers a golden age of white supremacy.

Skeptics argue that conspiracy theorists grossly overestimate the influence of ex-Nazis and neo-Nazis on American society and point out that political repression at home and imperialism abroad have a long history in the United States that predates the 20th century. Some political scientists, such as Sheldon Wolin, have expressed concern that the twin forces of democratic deficit and superpower status have paved the way in the U.S. for the emergence of an inverted totalitarianism which contradicts many principles of Nazism. 

Tax Day (Taxes Due)[4]


 

Tax Day marks the last day to file income taxes in the United States.  The history of US Income Tax dates back to the Civil War and the Revenue Act of 1861.  This tax was imposed to help pay the costs of the war.  After several repeals, new taxes, and subsequent repeals, the 16th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified and went into law in 1913.  This established the right of Congress to impose a Federal Income tax. The Income Tax remains the primary way that the US Government finances itself. To ensure that all monies due for the prior year are paid, a Tax Day was created. All US taxpayers are required to file taxes based on prior year’s earnings by this date.  Traditionally this date has been on April 15 of each year.  If this day falls on a weekend, the due date is extended to the following Monday.  This date is also impacted by the Emancipation Day Holiday in Washington DC.

 

Tax Day (Taxes Due) Facts & Quotes

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·       In 1913, the original US income tax rates were 1% for incomes over $3,000; 6% for incomes over $500,000.

·       During World War I, around 1918, the highest income tax rate was over 77%.

·       The power of taxing people and their property is essential to the very existence of government. - James Madison, U.S. President

·       A tax loophole is something that benefits the other guy.  If it benefits you, it is tax reform. - Russell B. Long, U.S. Senator

 

Tax Day (Taxes Due) Top Events and Things to Do

 

·       Be sure to mail your Tax Return before the midnight of the designated Tax Day.

·       File for an extension before midnight, if needed.

·       Visit Office Depot and shred your old documents for Free.

·       Take advantage of Tax Day Freebies at local restaurants.

·       Watch a movie that deals with taxes and the consequences of unpaid taxes.  Our picks: Stranger Than Fiction (2006), Catch Me If You Can (2012), The Firm (1993), The Mating Game (1959)

·       Wine about your Taxes

Jesus & Taxes?[5]

1. Criminal Charges

What charges were made against Jesus the Christ?

"They began to accuse him, saying, "We found this man perverting the nation, forbidding paying taxes to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king." - Luke 23:2

Depending on which Bible translation you read, there were two or three charges made against Jesus.

The tax trial of Jesus•

Charge 1: "perverting the nation" pervert: to turn upside down, overturn, overthrow. Source: LawyerIntl.com

Charge 2: "forbidding paying taxes to Caesar" forbid: to command [someone] not to. Source: OneLook Dictionary

Charge 3: "saying that he himself is Christ, a king."

·        Christ: messiah, the expected king and deliverer. Source: Merriam-Webster

·       Christ: The Anointed; Savior of the World; Source: Webster's 1828 Dictionary

·       King of the Jews? During trial, Pilate, the judge, asked Jesus "Are you king of the Jews?"

·       Jesus was a tax protester. Jesus replied, "My kingdom is not of this world." - John 18:36

So, is there any evidence for charges of a tax crime?

Was Jesus really a tax protester ... perverting the nation by leading a tax rebellion?

Tax fact Fact: Jesus had a trial for tax crimes ... where he was charged with "perverting" or "subverting the nation", and "forbidding paying taxes".

HOW DO WE EXPLAIN Jesus’s death? The answer according to Bill O’Reilly is simple: big-government Jews and Roman taxes.[6]

Catechism of the Catholic Church

PART FOUR: CHRISTIAN PRAYER

SECTION ONE-PRAYER IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

CHAPTER THREE-THE LIFE OF PRAYER

Article 3-THE PRAYER OF THE HOUR OF JESUS

2746 When "his hour" came, Jesus prayed to the Father. His prayer, the longest transmitted by the Gospel, embraces the whole economy of creation and salvation, as well as his death and Resurrection. the prayer of the Hour of Jesus always remains his own, just as his Passover "once for all" remains ever present in the liturgy of his Church.

2747 Christian Tradition rightly calls this prayer the "priestly" prayer of Jesus. It is the prayer of our high priest, inseparable from his sacrifice, from his passing over (Passover) to the Father to whom he is wholly "consecrated."

2748 In this Paschal and sacrificial prayer, everything is recapitulated in Christ: God and the world; the Word and the flesh; eternal life and time; the love that hands itself over and the sin that betrays it; the disciples present and those who will believe in him by their word; humiliation and glory. It is the prayer of unity.

2749 Jesus fulfilled the work of the Father completely; his prayer, like his sacrifice, extends until the end of time. the prayer of this hour fills the end-times and carries them toward their consummation. Jesus, the Son to whom the Father has given all things, has given himself wholly back to the Father, yet expresses himself with a sovereign freedom by virtue of the power the Father has given him over all flesh. the Son, who made himself Servant, is Lord, the Pantocrator. Our high priest who prays for us is also the one who prays in us and the God who hears our prayer.

2750 By entering into the holy name of the Lord Jesus we can accept, from within, the prayer he teaches us: "Our Father!" His priestly prayer fulfills, from within, the great petitions of the Lord's Prayer: concern for the Father's name; passionate zeal for his kingdom (Glory); The accomplishment of the will of the Father, of his plan of salvation; and deliverance from evil.

2751 Finally, in this prayer Jesus reveals and gives to us the "knowledge," inseparably one, of the Father and of the Son, which is the very mystery of the life of prayer.

THIS WE BELIEVE

PRAYERS AND TEACHINGS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

The Glory Be[7]

Glory be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.

Calendar

·       Boston Marathon--April 18--Show your Boston pride and find something for everyone to enjoy. The annual Boston Marathon kicks off with a fitness expo featuring more than 200 exhibitors, followed by a 5K set to draw an es       estimated 10,000 participants as well as a relay challenge -- all topped by the grand celebration of city spirit.

Daily Devotions

·       Unite in the work of the Porters of St. Joseph by joining them in fasting: Today's Fast: Conversion of Sinners

·       Make reparations to the Holy Face-Tuesday Devotion

·       Pray Day 7 of the Novena for our Pope and Bishops

·       Tuesday: Litany of St. Michael the Archangel

·       Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

·       Offering to the sacred heart of Jesus

·       Make reparations to the Holy Face

·       Drops of Christ’s Blood

·       Universal Man Plan



[1] Paone, Anthony J., S.J. My Daily Bread, Confraternity of the Precious Blood.

[5]http://whatistaxed.com/who_would_jesus_tax.htm#:~:text=1%20Fact%3A%20Jesus%20was%20charged%20with%20%22forbidding%20paying,teaching%20to%20tax%20collectors.%20...%20More%20items...%20

[6] https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/jesus-death-and-taxes/

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