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“All things work to the good to those who trust THE LORD.”
Just watched a new movie about St. Paul. It played fast and loose with the record as these things do.
Peter was not in it. Both died the same day. Peter by crucifixion. He asked to be crucified upside down saying he did not deserve to be crucified right side up.Those who think they are honoring Satan, the adversary, with an inverted cross do not know they are in fact honoring Peter.
Paul, a Roman Citizen, could not be crucified. He was beheaded.
It’s difficult to reconcile their ends with “all things work to the good for those who trust THE LORD” yet both men live today through the power of their lives while Nero is remembered for the horror of his.
Too often we forget the many who went to their deaths affirming Christ in those early years. Robin Lane Fox, a non-Christian, writes in his book PAGANS AND CHRISTIAN, “It is by no means impossible that in the thirty years between 1918 and 1948 more Christians died for their faith than in the first 300 years after the Crucifixion.”
I have no problem with the battle I find myself in. It is part of the long battle that has been being fought since Cain slew Abel and said, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”
The answer to that, of course, is, “Yes, I AM.”
I look out my window this morning. I see only a situation that I do not have the strength to handle. Like Paul I have prayed for that strength.
The answer I get is the answer Paul got.



2 Corinthians 12:9 New International Version (NIV)


But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.


Like I said, it’s hard to recognize all things work to the good in the deaths of these two remarkable men. It’s even harder to recognize all things work to the good in the crucifixion of Jesus.


God’s way is not our way. I must constantly remember that.


We are here not to be counted among the great of this world. We are here to be counted among those the “great” despise.


Many who think themselves Christians believe the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah was sodomy.


Jews, of course, know better. The sin of Sodom and Gomorrah was lack of hospitality.Fags are the most despised of the despised. We just celebrated PRIDE in Toronto. All the PRIDE celebrations in the world are not going to change the fact that fags are despised.


As I said, I am here in Christ not to be counted among the great in this world. I am here to be numbered among those the great of this world despise.


That is something to take PRIDE in.


The day will come and is now when those who pride themselves on their hate will arrive before a judge who will say to them, “Go away. I never knew you.”


On that day many who believed themselves hated will find that they are loved.


Jean Cocteau, a homosexual artist, film maker, playwright, poet, sculptor and more, said, “Whatever the world condemns you for, make it your own. It is yourself.”


Those of us who embrace what the world condemns us for always find ourselves on a cross on the hill of the skull beside Christ.


Christ said, “Know that the world has hated me. Know that the world will hate you.”


That much, I know, is true.


Proud to be hated.


After this story appeared in THE CATHOLIC REGISTER    I got an email from a man who offered to buy it from me so that he could exhibit it himself in churches.


Turned out he thought I am exhibiting it in inappropriate places.


He does not know Jesus though, like many, he sure thinks he does.


I wondered why he had not done what I had done which was to get his replica from the one man authorized to sell it, Barrie Schwortz.


I got in touch with Barrie. Turned out the man wanted to “rescue” The Shroud replica from me.


I have met a lot of those folk over the years.


So, too, did Jesus. He called them hypocrites, liars, murderers, whitewashed tombs clean on the outside filled with filth on the inside.


One interesting thing I learned from Barrie is that Turin Italy has for centuries been a world center of Satanism.


When he told me that I said, “Where does the light most need to shine but where the darkness is greatest?”


Said Barrie, “I never thought of that.”


All things work to the good to those who trust THE LORD.

Matthew Shephard.


That includes Peter’s crucifixion, Paul’s beheading and Matthew Shepard’s murder.


There will never be a shortage of the powerful and rich who say, “Really, I don’t care. Do u?”


In my case the answer is, “Yes.”


God grant me, in my weakness, the power to do something about it. –Reg Hartt





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