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Intellectuals have been mocking the idea of GOD for centuries.

While it is unfortunate that this Ryerson student has been denied a voice the plain truth is that people of presumed faith have long denied a voice to those who did not share their belief.

Around the corner from me is a Portuguese Evangelical church which teaches the Pope is the anti-Christ. As we both know, it’s not the only one. The minister who runs it regularly drops off flyers. From our conversations it is clear he does not understand the word. One day he bemoaned to me the sorry state the world is in. I said to him, “These are the signs of the times. It is nothing to be distressed over. It should be a cause for joy.”

In that moment he looked at me renewed and gave me a hug.

In Luke 18:8 Jesus says, “Do you think when I return I will find faith?” My answer then and now is, “If in my time, me.”

But it shall not be in my time nor in the time of anyone with faith. It will be in the moment when the world has lost faith entirely and thus least expects it.

You and I have both seen first hand the mockery that calls itself the justice system.

Persecution has always been a part of the faith. We are called to endure it joyfully for thus was Jesus treated and the prophets before him.

Admittedly I did not understand this at first. However once I acquired an authorized replica of the Turin Shroud (rightly called The 5th Gospel) and began to study it my understanding of the faith grew by leaps and bounds.

There is a lot more to being a Christian than sitting in a church for an hour one day a week.

In the gospels Jesus states that not one whom the lord loves will be lost.

We are told God is like a shepherd who with one hundred sheep discovers one lost. That shepherd does not cease from searching until that which was lost is found. Then God makes more joy over it than over the 99 which did not stray.

In the parable of the prodigal son the son who did not stray complains of his father’s joy over the returning so who did. That paints a clear picture of many who thinks themselves saved.

Dame Isabel Piczek in the documentary THE FABRIC OF TIME states that the Turin Shroud depicts an Event Horizon, a moment just like the original Big Bang but a moment in which the entire creation was created again, born again.

Dr. Norman Bethune writes, “A great artist lets himself go. He is natural. He swims easily in the stream of his own temperament. He listens to himself, he respects himself. He has a deeper fund of strength to draw from than that arising from rational and logical knowledge.


“The function of the artist is to disturb. His duty is to arouse the sleeper to shake the complacent killers of the world. He reminds the world of its dark ancestry, shows the world its present and points the way to its new birth.  He is at once the product and the preceptor of his time….In a world terrified of change, he preaches revolution – the principle of life.  He is an agitator, a disturber of the peace, quick, impatient, positive, restless and disquieting.  He is the creative spirit of life working in the soul of men.”

That definition is also that of THE OLD COVENANT PROPHETS and Jesus.

We, you and I, are here to point the way to the new birth.

I told Barrie Schwortz, from whom I acquired my authorized Shroud replica, that I want to exhibit it not in churches but in public houses and taverns, the places Jesus was made most welcome when he walked the earth.

The Catholic Register did a story on it. This prompted a lawyer to try to get Barrie to revoke my use of it. When Barrie refused the lawyer tried to buy it from me.

Am I complaining? No. I am saying that like many he does not understand the faith we are called to.

Easter is coming upon us. I can’t think of anything better to mark that day than to meditate on the message of the Turin Shroud.

Jesus said, “As they do to me they will do to you.”

Indeed they will.

It is one of the signs we are on the right path.

Happy Easter.–Reg Hartt



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