The burial shroud of Jesus Christ will be on display this spring from April 10 to May 23 in Turin, Italy. This is a rare event and will be attended by millions of people from all over the world. Italians will have to vie for their position in line amidst those who will travel thousands of miles to see the most famous and sacred relic in Christianity. Officials say they have already received one million reservations to view the shroud including Pope Benedict XVI on May 2.
I’ve been to see the shroud in its reliquary in Sindone Chapel in Turin. Simply standing in that room, looking up at the glass window through which the silver casket containing the shroud can be seen, with the sun beaming down directly on the gold adornment atop it, is a moving experience to say the least. There’s a wave of emotion that engulfs visitors amidst the black marble, the larger-than-life statues, the incredible architecture with its magnificent windows in the dome, the gold and silver, the sunlight illuminating the center altar that houses the Shroud. It’s unlike anything else in the world.
People are currently weighed down by economic woes, joblessness, earthquakes, illnesses, crime and frustration with our government. The general population is seeking some kind of relief from depressing situations and bad news. They quickly embrace the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras, but these are only a temporary fix. Too soon, the fun wears off and the situation is unchanged. There ought to be something that really helps and lasts more than a weekend.
After the death and destruction of September 11, 2001, people all around the world, but particularly Americans, were in such pain and shock that they turned en masse to God, praying for comfort and help, flocking to churches, reading the Bible, expressing their faith in God. They reacted the same way after hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike. It’s been reported that revival in Haiti is in full swing. People are finding great lasting comfort and real help, answers to prayers and even miracles when they turn to God. But when everything is going well, they work and play and forget God, until the next horrific calamity when the cycle begins again
Events like the display of the Shroud of Turin, the Pope’s visit to America, the debut of the movie, “The Passion”, remind us to keep our minds on God in the good times and enjoy the benefits of comfort, help, and even miracles. The bad news and depressing situations would have less effect on us and we may even be able to resolve those problems with God’s help and answers to our prayers. But we get caught up in every day living and forget to stay close to our Creator.
I’m looking forward to the news coverage of the display of the Shroud of Turin and all the discussion of its meaning, which will include the death and resurrection of Christ. We need to be reminded. We need to turn back to the faith of our fathers. We need the stability of belief in our all powerful God and the principles in the Bible. If you can go to Turin, do it. You won’t regret it. If you don’t want to be in a crowd of millions, wait and go the next year. But keep in mind how inspiring and exhilarating it is to be among thousands of like-minded people in one accord. It strengthens one’s faith and encourages the heart. It’s unforgettable and will last far longer than a weekend. Find other ways and other events to stay connected to God and other people who share your beliefs. This is what you’re looking for, whether you realize it yet or not. It doesn’t matter whether men have proven the authenticity of the Shroud or not. It’s what the Shroud points us to that matters.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 1 so far )
While releasing terrorists and investigating the CIA for their treatment of terrorists, Obama is also trying to erase our “harsh” memories of September 11, 2001. This administration has signed into law, a new view of September 11th. It is now a National Day of Service. Their motivation is to “take September 11th away from Republicans,” because in Obama’s view, it’s a Republican day. The plan is to push activism, the environment, ethanol, service in the sense of ACORN activity and forgetting all about those “detainees” and the devastation they inflicted upon New York, Pennsylvania and the whole country. Who’s behind this? http://spectator.org/archives/2009/08/24/obamas-plan-to-desecrate-911
“The administration’s plans were outlined in an Aug. 11 White House-sponsored teleconference call run by Obama ally Lennox Yearwood, president of the Hip Hop Caucus, and Liv Havstad, the group’s senior vice president of strategic partnerships and programs. Yearwood, who uses the honorific “Reverend” before his name, has been in the news in recent years, usually for getting arrested. After Democrats took back Congress, the rowdy activist was handcuffed outside a congressional hearing in September 2007 when Gen. David Petraeus was to testify. Yearwood told the “Democracy Now” radio program that he wanted to attend the hearing to hear Petraeus give his report. “I knew that when officers lie, soldiers die,” he said. ”
A coalition including the unsavory left-wing pressure group Color of Change and about 60 far-left, environmentalist, labor, and corporate shakedown groups participated in the call. Groups on the call included: ACORN, AFL-CIO, Apollo Alliance, Community Action Partnership, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, 80 Million Strong for Young American Jobs, Friends of the Earth, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Mobilize.org, National Black Police Association, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, National Council of Negro Women, National Wildlife Federation, RainbowPUSH Coalition, Urban League, and Young Democrats of America.
Color of Change is the extremist racial grievance group that isn’t happy that TV’s Glenn Beck did several news packages on Van Jones, the self-described “communist” and “rowdy black nationalist” who became the president’s green jobs czar after jumping on the environmentalist bandwagon. The White House may be behind a push to destroy Beck by convincing advertisers to stop buying time on his show. Jones was also on the board of the Apollo Alliance, a hard-left environmentalist group that is now running large chunks of the Obama administration. The group has acknowledged that it dictated parts of the February stimulus bill to Congress.
With the help of the Obama administration, the coalition is launching a public relations campaign under the radar of the mainstream media — which remains almost uniformly terrified of criticizing the nation’s first black president — to try to change 9/11 from a day of reflection and remembrance to a day of activism, food banks, and community gardens. “
Please read the entire article for more disturbing details.
Did you hear about this on television? Was there any debate about this? Did anyone ask “We the People” if we wanted to change it’s meaning?
Start planning your own observance of September 11 and boycott everything Obama and his Communist organizations do. Boycott the television stations and networks that cover the Obamanation of September 11th. Don’t let the true memory of that terrible day be painted over with Obama’s agenda.
This day belongs to all of us. We will continue to call them terrorists, not detainees, and continue to observe September 11th as the day that radical Islamic terrorists killed over 3,000 people on American soil. We will not call them freedom fighters or detainees. We will not refer to the war on terror as an “overseas contingency plan”. Of course, it now looks as if that accurately sums up Obama’s orchestration of the war on terror.
Put flags on your houses, your cars and everything that you can place a flag on. Wear flag pins on red, white and blue clothing. Put black ribbons on your yard trees and front doors. Hang them from your porch lights. Set up candles and crosses in your yards, offices and churches. Hold church services in remembrance. Hold prayer services for the families and pray for America. Refuse to be led by Obama down a path of neutralizing September 11th and turning it into a Democrat’s dream of left-wing activism, environmentalism and enrolling citizens in Obama’s civil army. No one asked you if you wanted to “fundamentally change” the way we observe September 11th.
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