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Religious Sunday: Keep Christ in Christian: The War on Christ!

G.K. Chesterton who tried to keep Christ in Christian pointed out: “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”

I always kept that quote in mind by thinking the problem with Christianity is that it has never been tried. What exactly does that mean. We have a plethora of folk going around calling themselves Christians. Within that group there seems to be a huge divergence of opinion as how one is supposed to act if one suggests he or she is a Christian. How can that be if they are following the teachings of one man? Would you not expect a close uniformity in behavior of people who profess to belong to a group following those teachings?

I assume the first thing a Christian would want to do is to keep Christ in Christian; in other words to be a Christian you must follow Christ’s teachings. If you say you are a Christian but do not act in a manner commensurate with how a follower of Christ should act are you not undermining the teachings of Christ by giving out a false example of what a Christian is? Are you conducting a war against Christ?

Silent Saturday: Thoughts of Others: Kate Bowler

On my post tomorrow about Christianity I came across an article by Kate Bowler who is a  an assistant professor at Duke Divinity School. She was born in Canada. She recently became ill with stage four cancer. I went to her Twitter account to see how she was getting along as a happily married mother of a seven year old boy. She tweeted:

“When you worship the economy

When you demonize science

When your God loves “winners”

You will leave the immuno-delicate behind.”

This is why I had to return to Canada. I wish that everyone had a backup plan (sorry for calling you a backup plan I love you please don’t leave me)”

In the article she tells how she grew up in Canada and “I learned at my Anabaptist Bible camp about a poor carpenter from Galilee who taught that a good life was a simple one.” Then at 18-years-old she got caught up “in the prosperity gospel.” She described it as having: “its bold central claim that God will give you your heart’s desires: money in the bank, a healthy body, a thriving family, and boundless happiness.”

A Text From A Pulmonary and Critical Care Doctor: It Is Not The Flu

I happened upon a tweet by June Diane Raphael (left). According to Wikipedia she:  “is an American actress, comedian, and screenwriter . . .  born and raised in Rockville Centre, New York,  to Diane and John Raphael, where she graduated from South Side High School in 1998. She is of Irish descent, and was raised Catholic . . . attended New York University (NYU), where she studied acting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting.” She graduated from NYU in 2002.  She is married, the mother of two children with a successful career.

I thought setting out her background would give credence to what I am about to write. She tweeted:

“This is the text I just received after asking my best friend ( pulmonary and critical care doctor) how she was doing.  Here is what her friend replied:

The Real Doctor Death – Trump: “It Is Only The Old Folks Who Die!

Time Magazine May 31 1993 Doctor Death Dr Jack Kevorkian: Time Magazine: BooksThe other day I was struck by a column that indicated that Governor Baker’s response to the increasing cases, hospitalizations and deaths in Massachusetts was a huge overreaction. A chart was presented showing the average age of  the people who died was eighty-years-old. The tone of the column was “what me care.” It suggested it was no great loss since old folks were dying. What was more important was to keep the young folk engaged in their social lives, colleges and jobs.

The columnist is a big Trump supporter. He follows the line put out by the Whitey House. Now that is the “hands off” approach – doing noting about the virus. Letting it take its course. Some call it the Herd Immunity. The idea is to kill off a million or so people, fortunately most will be old, and then everyone can get back to normal.

Doctor Trump has adopted that course based on his own delusion that somehow he is smarter than everyone else when it comes to medicine. How can you forget the statement he made on March 6, 2020 at the CDC headquarters in Atlanta.

Poetry Wednesday: A Poem One Understands Better With Age

I think I first came across this poem in high school. It was easy to read. Its meaning seemed clear. It stuck with me over the years.  As the years passed  I would think about it how true it reflected life itself.

I especially remembered it when I attended a wake of an older man. I learned for the first time about his glorious career in sports in high school. It did not seem to have any connection to the man I knew.

I must admit though that I always struggled with the meaning of the last line.

 To an Athlete Dying Young

A. E. Housman

The time you won your town the race
We chaired you through the market-place;
Man and boy stood cheering by,
And home we brought you shoulder-high.

Today, the road all runners come,
Shoulder-high we bring you home,
And set you at your threshold down,
Townsman of a stiller town.

Smart lad, to slip betimes away
From fields where glory does not stay,
And early though the laurel grows
It withers quicker than the rose.

Eyes the shady night has shut
Cannot see the record cut,
And silence sounds no worse than cheers
After earth has stopped the ears.

Howie Winter Is On His Way: Give My Regards To Whitey:

Give my regards to Whitey (left) is the best I can come up with at this point when I think that Howie Winter’s funeral is today. Hopefully he will look him up.  Obviously their similar careers will put them in the same place. I initially thought this time Whitey can do Howie a favor and protect him.

It was back in 1972 that Whitey decided his life was not worth a  plug nickel (defined as:  . . .  originally a one-cent coin and later a three-cent coin where the “plug” (center disc) has been removed, thus decreasing the metal value of the coin”) when he sought the help of Howie Winter. He had been in a skirmish with a bunch of younger guys, called the Mullens, and needed help. Howie, knowing the Mullens as fellow thieves, arranged a peace. Whitey for his protection joined with Howie Winter.

Whitey has been where he is since October 30, 2018. I thought by now he has made some cozy and warm relationships. He may be able to show Howie the ropes and protect him. After all neither one betrayed each other in the past. Then I realized Howie would have better friends to look up.

Howie Winter – The Leader of a Gang That Did Not Exist

So we hear of the death of Howie Winter at age 91 who was born in 1929 and allegedly enlisted in the Marines at age 14 to fight in WWII.  I suppose it was possible to do at that age since there are reports of some kids doing it (one as young as 12) but all gangster histories I take with a grain of salt.

Again we hear about the Winter Hill Gang and the Irish Gang Wars – all a lot of nothing but made into something by our local media.

There were two Irish Gang Wars in the 1960s and 1970s. The total deaths from the McLaughlin (Charlestown) against the McLean (Somerville) was 3; the total from the South Boston war, the Killeens against the Mullins also totaled 3.  There were over 100 gangsters murders during this time. They are all lumped under “Irish” even though most were “Italian.”

There were more McLaughlin gang deaths but that was because they got involved in a fight with the Italian Roxbury gang when they went after Jimmy Flemmi. That was an Italian against the Irish war in which the Irish McLaughlin gang was decimated.

Religious Sunday: Catholics and the Great Shame; Catholics and the Great Blame:

The week had much news about the Roman Catholics in America. On one hand they are again faced with the great shame. On the other other they must accept the great blame for the result they brought about.

In the former case the news was about the report relative to the investigation of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick who was defrocked by Pope Francis in 2019. There was shame to go around for many. One wonders when does the bleeding stop?

It was as far back as 2002, almost 20 years ago, when the Boston Globe first published its Spotlight Series on the priests involved in sexually abusing others. After that throughout the country disclosures came forth showing the Boston diocese was not alone. Now, today we again see the opprobrium heaped upon the Catholic Church for its covering up and countenancing this evil.

The tragedy is that the Church which offers so much has suffered a mass exodus of young people who were unable to separate the chaff from the wheat, the latter being the priests, bishops and cardinals who acted in a manner commensurate with their teachings. How though could you blame these youth when it was learned through cases like that of Cardinal Law that priests who were sexually abusing minors were merely switched from one diocese to another to continue their illicit activities?