The author of various books on topics such as: health, nutrition, education, religion, lifestyle, along with upcoming works of fiction including the novels: Massacred Heart and The Final Judgement.
The Despised is the author's memoirs. Although sometimes stranger than fiction, it details with the ups, and mostly downs of his life, and the invaluable lessons he has learned; knowledge that could not be obtained in any far off land or textbook.
The book challenges conventional wisdom and axioms about suffering, and elucidates the fact that some have much farther to travel than others.
In world that is inundated with seemingly mundane reality shows, The Despised provides a new perspective on what it is truly like to have lived, lost, suffered and triumphed. Not for the faint of heart or the squeamish, this book will take you on an epic journey like no other. From the depths of the abyss to the supernatural, it covers a vast spectrum that most others have never imagined, let alone... lived.
Catholic Evangelization, a comprehensive instructional book, if you will, takes the mystery out of a Christian's most important duty - to spread the gospel. When we get right down to it, there is nothing more important than evangelizing. The disciples even left there old lives (families and jobs) to do it. So it goes without saying that if it is the most important task for a Christian, then by not doing it effectively, there is going to be consequences. Just think of any other important job we do, such as, well.... our jobs! If we don't go to work, we will get fired. The point is: there are repercussions for not doing what is important, even if those consequences are not sudden or right after the fact.
What better topic to write about than the most important duty for any and all Christians in the world. And since we are to make disciples of all people, it is everybody's obligation to evangelize. Christianity is everybody's birthright whether they know it or not. There is only one truth; there can't be two different truths when it comes to religion. One of us has to be right, and this book provides scientific proof that Christians are right and that the Catholic Church was the only church that was instituted by God! That being said, all Christians must unify - now more than ever. We must all work together to build up the Kingdom of God on earth.
God will not force us to do something; we have to perform our obligations on our own volition. If anybody is interested or is seeking practical information on how to evangelize in an effective way that will bring about results, then this book is for them. It teaches all aspects of evangelization, including missionary work. Nothing is left out. And with the help of the Holy Spirit, the numbers of the faithful will increase. Read more...
How to Stop Bullying in Schools Once and For All was borne out of the need to keep our students free from distress and discouragement. Since school is the equivalent to the adult's workplace, why shouldn't students at least have those same protections?
Working on the premise that safety trumps education at all times, educators must prioritize their duties and make sure the victims of bullying are protected at all times, and that incidents of bullying, especially from known bullies, are dealt with expeditiously and firmly.
The book talks about THE BIG THREE impediments to solving the bullying problem in most districts and how to circumvent them.
Written from an insider's perspective, no other book on the subject
of bullying goes into such depth on the
critical parts of the education system that allow bullying to
continue on and off school grounds, and how the average Jane or Joe
can remove the obstacles including THE BIG THREE and
He doesn't hold back or pull any punches, and places the blame squarely where it belongs. Such honesty cannot be found in commissioned reports or studies, because their authors are usually beholden to their masters, and dare not tell them what they don't want to hear.
Bullying impacts the whole family because when one family member is in distress, it affects them all. And it is such a pity that in this day and age, we still haven't come up with a viable solution - until now that is, with the help of this book. Read more...
Your Inner Child: Healing the Wounds of Childhood is a book on how to reclaim the child within us that was lost due to trauma at a young age. We all have one, but if he or she is not allowed to be heard, then they are kept silent and the person remains wounded. Paradoxically, the inner child is where the power is. We have to feel our grief and anger about past and present hurts and not ignore our inner child.
These days, even the church tells us not to feel angry at anybody and leave the past in the past. Chris MacDonald is here to tell you that for many, in order to move forward, they must go back. Feelings are not to be feared, they are gauges that give us valuable information. We cannot go around this type of pain, we must go through it.
Inner Child Healing is a continuation of the previous book, Your Inner Child: Healing the Wounds of Childhood.
Massacred Heart is a supernatural thriller, and Chris MacDonald's first work of fiction. Its protagonist, John Francis, is coming of age and is beginning to realize that he possesses spiritual gifts that will help to transform the world, and to set the stage for the final chapter in history.
The story spans
over several decades, beginning in the early 1980's, and leads up to
the final days before judgement.
After reading it, you will wonder if it is fiction or.... truth.
by Monica Ward - firstname.lastname@example.org
CATHOLIC EVANGELIZATION: PRACTICAL WAYS OF SPREADING THE GOSPEL AND BUILDING UP THE BODY OF CHRIST
The much anticipated book is now available! Catholic
Evangelization. Painstakingly written to provide Catholics all the
necessary information to spread the gospel, build up Christ's
church, while at the same time strengthening their faith. When all
these magnificent aspects of evangelization are happening, more and
more people will hear and respond to the calling to the priesthood
and consecrated life, and so - the blessed cycle continues. With the
help of the Holy Spirit, this book will show you in no uncertain
terms how to get fired up for the Lord. It is also the ultimate book
on practical ways of spreading the gospel, giving the reader a step
by step guide for application and execution of evangelization
methods and principles in innumerable situations. Not only is this
book the definitive resource on practical ways of spreading the
gospel and building up the church, it is also an excellent means to
renew and revive your own faith and that of others!
©2012 ISBN-13 978-0-9867878-1-2
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HOW TO STOP BULLYING IN SCHOOLS ONCE AND FOR ALL - THE REAL TRUTH ON HOW EASY IT WOULD BE TO ELIMINATE BULLYING IN OUR SCHOOLS
This ground-breaking book will forever change your view on how
bullying is dealt with by schools, whether the abuse happens on or
off school grounds. Christopher MacDonald takes the onus off of the
victims and places it squarely where it belongs. With a tough but
fair approach, the book applies strategies and techniques that will
provide immediate relief for any victim of bullying, and help for
their loved ones, who no longer have to sit helplessly by.
©2013 ISBN-13: 978-0-9867878-3-6
234 pages Available in pdf, doc, text, mobi, kindle, epub, and html $4.99 CA
The Despised is an amazing true story of survival. An incredible,
epic journey from nothingness to self-discovery; from despair to
faith. You'll never forget The Despised. ©2010 ISBN #
YOUR INNER CHILD: HEALING THE WOUNDS OF CHILDHOOD
INNER CHILD HEALING
John Francis, a lost soul whose cries for justice have finally
been heard, is about to become the unlikely beneficiary of powerful
gifts that will help transform the world. Set upon the backdrop of
hope and fear leading up to the final days before Judgement,
Massacred Heart is a palpable winner that will renew your faith and
keep you wanting more.
Coming Soon! Learn more!
©2014 ISBN 978-0-9867878-4-3
Projects that Chris MacDonald is currently working on include a
book on self-defence, diet and health, a cookbook on homemade
recipes for healthy eating, as well as others.
The self-defence book will cover common sense self defence techniques. With all the different fighting styles out there, which one is the best for defending one's self from an attacker? Each of the respective disciplines for self defence were developed by someone who thought their style was the best. Take Karate for example; it has its own advantages and disadvantages. It uses various points of contact, but the front-on stance turns a person into a big target. We actually want to be as small a target as possible in our stance, which is why we should face someone side on. Karate doesn't teach us much if anything about fighting on the ground either.
Other disciplines also have advantages and disadvantages. Chris MacDonald has simplified and taken the best approaches from various disciplines, and then added some of his own. This allows for someone to defend themselves with the best techniques and with the utmost efficiency, because we have limited energy in situations.
Also, concentrating on several key movements allows someone to quickly become proficient at this style, and easy to remember.
Sure, UFC fighters also takes the best out of each fighting style, but the UFC is not really self-defence, it is fighting. Self-defence is about defending one's self with the intention of getting away from the attacker. It is not called self-offence. Also, the UFC does not use all the techniques that a person would use if defending themselves - especially if their life was in danger.
Living Large and the Red Hot Fire People is the title of Chris MacDonald's upcoming book on diet and health. It is no mystery that what we put in our mouths or inject in our body will affect our health. Most people are overweight to some degree and are producing inflammation. Some have a lot of inflammation, and others are living with low grade inflammation. Psoriasis with its red hot appearance is an indication of chronic inflammation. Any part of your skin that remains red is usually indicative of chronic inflammation. It's common sense. Since inflammation is the precursor to so many diseases, it is necessary to eat properly, but the problem is: with so many food choices, what is considered healthy these days?
What works for one person may not be ideal for another. However, there are foods that are never good to eat - simple sugars being one of them. What obfuscates nutrition even more is the common misconception that some of the foods we eat everyday (such as dairy) are good for us, or even necessary. It is what we were taught and programmed to believe. Some even demonize the potato but yet say nothing about staying away from all desserts.
It is a world gone mad when it comes to diet. It is, however, no mystery, that if one really wanted to lose weight, all they have to do is reduce their intake of fatty foods and simple sugars. However, we do need a certain amount of fat in our diet, and for carbohydrates, we know they are important as well. Going to extremes in a diet is ill-advised.
Exercise is a necessity to healthy living, but if someone is using exercise to lose or maintain weight, then they are on the wrong diet, because if they were eating the right foods, they would never gain weight, and they would always remain at their optimal weight.
People need to realize, as Chris MacDonald so precisely points out, that most of the chronic diseases people endure today, are the result of their diet. Much of the food we purchase is not conducive to good health. Almost all of us are resigned to the fact that chronic diseases such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, cancer and even hair loss, are a normal part of life. They are far from normal, we're just used to them. They are diet related.
And no, olive oil is not good for you in large amounts. We always have to have a healthy balance of fats, carbs, and proteins for optimal health.
Chris MacDonald has come up with a cookbook with recipes that do not have ingredients that contain any processed foods, sugars or additional fats. All the ingredients used for any of the recipes are completely natural, which is extremely rare for a cook book! He has found that foods, in their natural states, contain all the flavours that one really needs to enjoy.
Most people are hooked on the sweet taste of food because of all the added sugar, but many fail to realize that unprocessed foods are naturally sweet, salty, or buttery tasting etc.You could eat as much as you want from any of the recipes and not be overweight, because of the natural ingredients used.
Remember: Unless you have a medical condition, you will always be at your optimal weight with the correct diet that includes the optimal amount of proteins, fats and carbs.
Topics Chris MacDonald has written extensively about in articles and editorials include: social injustice, the penal system, forgiveness, empathy, mental health issues, politics, economics, Scottish heritage, music, angels, saints - especially Saint Mary: Queen of Heaven, miracles and many others.
As you can see, his subjects and interests vary greatly; however, social issues remain his focus.
It is plain to see that the world is not a perfect place, and it will never be. Society is advancing in its technology and people are becoming more and more aware of the situations around them and across the globe, thanks to technology. Our emotions are evolving too, and we are becoming more empathetic and compassionate. It is a higher brain function, so it is inevitable that this will continue. However, it is interesting to see people lose their humanity when put to the test such as when basic necessities become scarce etc.
The governance and the ever increasing bureaucracy should be a concern, as well as the propensity for politicians to lean towards the left. Politicians certainly don't want to take on the hot button issue of abortion.
The left wing liberal media appears to favour the woman's right to have her baby killed, thinking that this is a hard earned right and not realizing that, if left alone, the baby would go through all the stages of life including birth, infancy, childhood, adolescents.... It is kind of strange what some people think of as a right. Some think they have a right to take the life of an unborn child.
Many educators think bullies have a right to stay in school (or not be sufficiently contained) lest their right to an education be aborted as well. Others believe they have the right for government to fulfill all their needs, not understanding that this will actually, in the long term, take away their rights, let alone cost taxpayers dearly.
Many prisoners think they have many rights and privileges that free people enjoy. Of course, everybody has basic human rights, including prisoners, but other than necessities, prisoners should expect little else. The institutions that contain them tell them they don't have many privileges, but it doesn't always appear that way, does it? MacDonald takes a middle ground and explains that prisoners have had there fair share of trauma and abuse, and by not focusing on it and fostering an atmosphere of compassion and empathy, together with a strict disciplinary environment, prisoners will not change. The prison system is basically the parent that these inmates never had. And for proper parenting, it is necessary to be a firm disciplinarian, while instilling values that promote empathy and compassion for ourselves and others.
The United States houses more than 1.5 million of its citizens. This is an inappropriate use of the penal system because there are other ways to deal with non-violent offenders. A case in point: Conrad Black, a Canadian citizen, was incarcerated for fraud and obstruction in the United States. It appeared that the overzealous U.S. Attorney, Patrick Fitzgerald, who seemed more interested in vengeance, and seemed to take it personally, was over-zealous in his prosecution of Mr. Black. Justice would have been better served if Mr. Black was hit with levies and seizures, rather than thrown in jail, adding to the financial burden of the U.S. taxpayer. Besides, he is by no means a violent man or public enemy no. 1.
The 100th anniversary of Fatima is almost upon us. Oh how we forget, or have never even been told about what Chris MacDonald believes is the most important event in the 20th century. It was the first time that a miracle was photographed and witnessed by tens of thousands at the same time! MacDonald is quite right, in my opinion, that this should have remained centre-stage, even up till now, by being on the front page of newspapers and other media, like it was back then.
It is interesting to note that the miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is still baffling scientists today. Images of the eyes enlarged, reveal all the individuals present that day (wiki, Our Lady of Guadalupe), as if God snapped a picture knowing that it would take centuries until technology would reveal the miracle - proof for 20th and 21st century naysayers.
Miracles are given to us by God because He knows that it is hard for our little pea-brains to comprehend Him and the fact that He sent His only Son to us so that we could be saved and join Him forever in eternity.
We all want to be Gods, which is why we must work on our egos everyday - in order to remain humble... like little children. Even the Lord reminds us that we must become like children. (Matt 18:3)
Chris compares miracles, and how we ignore or forget about them, to what St. James says about looking at our image in the mirror: “He sees himself, then goes off and promptly forgets what he looked like.” St. James is talking about the word of God here, but it isn't much difference when God reveals himself through miracles as well. We ought to look upon them as proof of God's existence and not be afraid to use them as a tool for evangelization.
All people are children of God, but it is no coincidence that all the saints are Catholic. As Catholics we believe that no one on earth knows the exact time when Jesus will come again to judge the living and the dead, and Chris is by no means attempting to put a time or date on it either; however, he believes that after the full passage of time, such as at a point where man has become so enlightened about the mysteries of the body (not the mysteries of God), that God will call us home. This will happen around the time when we have figured out how to live, essentially, forever. When we are able to replicate, regrow, and/or repair any body part and resuscitate the recently departed, then the chips will be called in, bringing forth the Day of Judgement. That day of course, is drawing closer.
Chris comes to this conclusion for a number of reasons which make a lot of sense. For instance, Adam and Eve, who were symbolic of the first humans, transgressed against God - which made life much harder for themselves and all of the generations to follow. And while we may never understand God or His mysteries (while on earth), we will have evolved to a point where we will be mucking with nature, biology and existence, even more than we are now. We will in fact, come full circle with Adam and Eve - them the alpha and us the omega (the first and last), and it will happen in this 21st century. Judgement Day is not something to fear or dread. We are just visitors here on earth, pilgrims if you will, on our way to another place.... our true home. Heaven of course is our true home. No one will ever know the full mystery of God, but God himself. Not even the devil is privy to that knowledge. However, other mysteries of life will come into play in the end times.
You could say that, in essence, we have been quite successful in evolving our knowledge.... our faith is another matter though. As time passes, people have become less faithful, and this is accelerating... to our detriment. This has provoked God's ire, and brings us ever closer to Judgement. Another point Chris raises is the exploding population, and also the murder of innocence. The population has to rise; there is no way around it. However, the earth can only sustain so many people, and if you look historically at population growth, one can easily come to the conclusion that it cannot go on... past the 21st century, without some cataclysmic event happening. Chris does not predict a cataclysmic event, but Judgement. He doesn't use the words second coming, which denotes that Christ (God) only came once (He has been with us all along).
Abortion and the killing of innocence is the most important social issue. Evangelization might be our most important duty, but abortion and the slaughter of innocence is our biggest social problem. There are other problems, but abortion ranks number one. Chris states: “One stage of life is not more important than the other; you need one for the other.”
Abortion breaks the first commandment. Who knows if that murdered baby would have grown up to be a great peacemaker and/or saint etc.
No one knows the exact time, but the Lord has told us to watch for the signs. Common sense and the signs tell us we are getting closer. Some people today... will be alive to witness it, but not even the dead can escape Judgement. Our whole faith is based on the risen Christ. Like Saint Paul points out, if Christ had not risen from the dead, our faith is in vain. Cannot the same be said of His mercy? For how could a merciful God relegate any of His children to Hell? We don't know. We do know that the Lord of the Universe is also the Lord of Salvation. We know it is not easy here on earth; look what we did to our Lord. Forgiveness, an act which is very much part of the Christian faith, is an often misunderstood concept, especially for Christians who have been abused.
The Despised is a book that goes into great detail about the struggle for forgiveness in the most difficult of circumstances. Chris understands that forgiveness, is oftentimes, not under our control, even if we wanted to forgive. When it comes to trauma, abuse and attempting to forgive the perpetrators, one must go through the process which often involves episodes of rage and grief. Since he had undergone the process himself, he can attest to the fact that one in his situation, could never simply go around it, but through it.
Addictions must also be controlled before the process, and it also helps if the person is in a loving relationship - free from people who would drag him/her down.
There is no way for someone to get better (if abused) without feeling all the feelings that come, including but not limited to: hatred, anger, rage, abandonment, sadness, loss... The big mistake people often make, especially Catholics, is that they feel guilty about feeling anger and hatred (if only symbolically) towards parents and siblings who have abused them, or looked the other way.
Chris goes onto say that he believes God wanted him to feel those feelings, even rage directed at parents, as long as he did it symbolically and not directly. He also goes onto say that this would not be breaking the fourth commandment. Furthermore, MacDonald, in his belief, was given permission not to have to communicate with his family members - ever. His situation is extreme, but the fundamental idea of someone being honest enough with themselves to go back and rescue their inner child, applies to anyone and everyone who need it. If anything, The Despised hammers home the point that some have had it much worse than others and that forgiveness, in certain situations, is very much doubtful, if even plausible. Forgiveness might be the goal, but many victims still have to go through the process, and even then, it is up to God to grant it in some situations.
Chris understands that parents can make mistakes, and even abuse can sometimes be forgiven, but woe to those parents who are confronted by their adult children and still deny anything ever happened. It would be like shooting themselves in the foot. And trying to normalize the chaos that went on, maybe par for the course, but the victims who gain insight - know differently. Parents, siblings and or other abusers cannot create a war zone and then expect for the victims to come out unscathed. There are repercussions, cause and effect if you will.
In his book, The Despised, he also takes aim at the mental health system, and especially therapists, who don't realize that traumatized patients are often fighting for their lives, no matter what their outward demeanour or body language says. Victims of trauma are not necessarily more sensitive than others; if anything, they are tougher, because it takes more courage to face your demons and your pain to live in denial. Although many have repressed painful events... which is often beyond their control.
And, for the love of God, Chris is certainly right when he says that if a therapist can get a patient to the point of sobbing, they (the therapist), for the sake of patient, should sit there and shut up. It is only the amateur who feels they must console with actions and words after they get someone to the precious point of sobbing. Sobbing is the antidote, the magic bullet if you will. Sobbing is the cure and if anyone disturbs that process; he or she is a fool for doing so.
Many are uneasy with others crying, and that makes them want to reach out and stop it. However, when a trained therapist doesn't know when to be still and shut up, then they ought to find a new source of employment.
Another point of contention for Chris, is when so-called experts try to put a time limit on the process. No one can say for sure how long it will take an individual to complete the anger and grieving process of the recovery. Who knows, it may never be completely distinguished. It can be contained, but not necessarily finished. You can't bring something to a conclusion if it is not finished.
However, the main thing according to Chris is this: the most important thing (especially about anger), is to remember and focus on who it is directed to. If you have a family of your own, and you have unprocessed trauma, you are probably going to take out that anger (and rage) out on your innocent, unsuspecting wife and children. Doesn't it make more sense to keep the focus of that anger on the perpetrators for as long as necessary? Do not let the perpetrators off the hook, until your damn good and ready. I'm talking symbolically of course. You can release anger through role playing and imagery. However, you sure as heck don't have to have contact with those who caused you pain. You're actually better off, in many instances, to not have contact with dysfunctional perpetrators.
So when it comes to processing our trauma, we will go through periods of anger, followed by times of profound sadness and grief. We have no control when they come up, but we must feel those feelings when they do. And as Chris mentions in The Despised, those feelings will become less intense after a while (weeks, months, years), sort of like lifting the top off a pot of boiling water and slowly releasing the steam.
Many of Chris MacDonald's articles centre around parents' mistaken beliefs about their actions and how they affect their children.
Separation and divorce are very traumatic for kids. Even though a child (or an adult) may say that it doesn't, or hasn't affected them; chances are it has, and sometimes profoundly. Chris knows that if parents knew how much separation, divorce, or even a bad marriage affected their kids, most would immediately change their ways.
Our actions live on, and how we treat our kids, is probably the way our grandkids will be treated if we get to have any at all... and so on.
Traumatic events can also change someone forever, unless they acquire the insight, somehow, and work through it. This is rare though. So, in essence, we can lose ourselves through trauma. We could lose and be separated from our inner child - our true selves, and not even know it. However, the inner child will not be stifled, and we may develop what appears to be unrelated symptoms etc. Addictions of all types work to keep the inner child silent and to maintain our unprocessed trauma.
by Monica Ward email@example.com
First of all, I
would like to thank all of those who have bought my books in the
I was by nature, a non-fiction writer because I used to believe there were so many important topics to cover in this short life, that we don't have time for pretend or fantasy. However, I've come to the realization that life often imitates art, and there is often a lot to be learned with fiction. Fiction is very often based partly on the experience of the writer anyway.
Writing is a lot like any other art form. You take ideas (your raw material) and you shape and mould them to whatever works best for you. Each of your main ideas has sub-ideas, to which you fill in the information/narration. That's really all there is: main ideas, broken down further into sub-ideas in which you shape, mould and add to until you have enough words in logical sequence to complete your book.
My books are written to bring about more truth in the world. I lived with a lot of lies and deceit for most of my life, so I feel it is my purpose to shine the light on darker aspects of human nature, and to illuminate what I believe to be important in this life. Sometimes readers get to say, “Aha, yeah... I was always wondering about that... hmmm interesting.” That's because I'm an information junkie and when some topic or issue hits my radar, I need to find out about it... no matter how long the research takes. Some people collect coins, stamps, or hockey memorabilia, but I collect information. You could almost say I hoard information.
I'm also fascinated with thumbdrives or any other forms of storing information, and I have no shortage of them. Backing up my precious information is very important, so it is essential for me to make backups of the backups and in different forms: thumbdrives, cd's, harddrive etc., all in order to keep my precious information (and truths) from being lost or destroyed. All the information I collect or create is backed up at least in triplicate. Some people ask me why all my material is in electronic form. I tell them that, for example, my books, are books in every respect, and that if they want a hard copy, they can buy it, print it out, and then have it bound - if that makes them feel better. But hey, this is the 21st century, and more people look at electronic devices than they do at traditional forms of media. So why not have my works in electronic form? I wrote them in electronic form. I also like the ease of transfer and storage that comes with eformat. I can have everything I have ever written and stored on a thumbdrive the size of a pen cover. But that's enough about storage; what I would like to talk about now is how dysfunctional families and individuals are like lost souls without a true identity.
Dysfunctional individuals have lost their inner child and their true identities. If you are looking for the person, they are in essence... not home, gone away. Alice Miller speaks about this phenomena in her books such as Banished Knowledge. If a an adult has gone through the arduous task of processing their trauma, they sure as heck can't be responsible for parenting their parents and other siblings who are all so-called adult children (aka adult children of alcoholics).
I especially like Toxic Parents by Susan Forward. It is one of the best books I've ever read. I took the quiz which identifies 10 traits of a dysfunctional mother, and wouldn't you know, (the fourth commandment doesn't allow me to express the rest of my thought).
Why do I talk about this topic so much? Well, for those who are in the minority, and have to carry their crosses everyday, because there is no Simons to help, there is not much help out there in this regard. To live a normal life, we all have to eat our shadow as Robert Bly says. If you don't eat your shadow, you can't live authentically, and you will end up projecting your anger at those who were crazy enough to stick around and help you (and me). LOL.
Lest we forget. I don't want to let myself forget.
Many have gone to other continents to fight wars and came back with emotional problems. But I can also tell you what it is like to have flashbacks, anxiety attacks, fits of rage, followed by deepest, darkest lows. I can tell you what it feels like to be so lonely that it is excruciating... actually mentally and somatically painful. I can tell you what it is like to fear for your life everyday and have your heart feel like it is beating out of your chest.
I just want to mention one more thing in this regard. My father wasn't around, and as I got older and had my own kids, I thought it bizarre and despairing that, as a child or adolescent, that I could die in a ditch and he wouldn't even know.
It also got me thinking about my own heritage... Scottish. I really couldn't give a care about it, other than the fact that I married someone of Scottish descent as well. When I think of Scotland or the Scots in general, I don't think about the rampant lion, but rather the alcohol abuse that is rampant. There is Scottish blood on both sides of my family, which explains why alcoholism is so ubiquitous; three out of four of my grandparents were alcoholics, and that's just scratching the surface.
Scottish saints are cool, but I don't think I'll ever visit Scotland. And I'm pretty sure there are a lot of Scots that are fed up with all the drinking as well. This is actually a 180º for me in that I was pretty interested in my genealogy, but it's not important anymore.
The saints are cool. They are the most interesting people who ever walked the earth, other than Jesus. However, Jesus is God and cannot sin. Yes, even the saints were sinners who amended their lives. Some were always good, but only Mary, the greatest and the Queen of Saints, was not a sinner.
A twenty-four hour a day biography channel on the different saints is what is needed on television, if it doesn't exist already. There certainly would be no shortage of material to choose from, considering their are thousands of saints. And they are just the ones we know about. When you think about it, your old neighbour who lived down the street, and recently passed away, could be a saint. You never know! My father in law could be a saint as well. He was a good man who kept the faith right up until he died. I must start praying for his intercession to see! Who knows?
The Catholic Church does not create saints, it merely recognizes them. With that in mind, there are many saints in Heaven that are not recognized by the Church because no one has come forward to find cause in them.
Usually people have an idea, but sometimes you never know who could be a saint in Heaven. Saints are modest people and if they do good, they're not going to announce it. Take for instance a woman who spends hours on her knees praying for others every night (without telling anybody), and leads a good life, has a good chance of becoming a saint when she dies. Most of us are sinners; even Saint Francis of Assisi was a sinner before his conversion.
Conversion is a process, but not many people are able to walk in St. Francis' shoes, but they can still become saints. Poor Saint Francis probably didn't even have shoes half the time! But seriously, sainthood is everybody's calling. It may have been coincidence that when I wrote the book, Catholic Evangelization, I made many references to Saint Francis and how the Church needed to get back to a more simpler way of life, becoming more modest, and how money is the root of all evil, as St. Paul says. It was Pope Benedict XVI at the helm and he certainly had his work cut out for him. He knew the Church needed a monumental shift in its approach, including evangelization, but I think it may have been too overwhelming. God bless Pope Benedict XVI.
All the talk of the New Evangelization was exciting, however, many were, and still are confused about the concept that Saint John Paul II proposed. I believe what was meant was evangelizing in a different world from what the early evangelizers has to deal with. Not necessarily a more difficult time as compared to centuries before, but a different one that needed a different approach. It may have fallen short because, in my opinion, the hierarchy, including cardinals, bishops and the like, did not lead by example. They had and still fail to realize that the higher the office one achieves, the more modest one must become. I brought this up many times in Catholic Evangelization, and as mentioned, our leader was Pope Benedict XVI when I wrote and published it; but it was almost as if Pope Francis read my book before he was elected.
But seriously, Pope Francis is presenting himself in this way and is leading by example... and is waiting for his cardinals to follow suit.
In my opinion, there are three aspects of evangelization: spreading the gospel to everyone; building up the Church (the Body of Christ); and, deepening our own faith. All are interconnected and ongoing. They are not something to be tried just once. They do feed off of each other.
When we spread the gospel, it in fact deepens our own faith in the process. And, when we spread the gospel, we can't help but to build up the Church, because we have to send the people somewhere. If we pray to deepen our own faith, we will become that much more effective in spreading the gospel, which in turn will build up the Body of Christ. When we work within our parishes to build up the Church, it deepens our own faith and so on.
There are many ways to spread the gospel. The book, Catholic Evangelization, is a complete and comprehensive guide on both the practical and spiritual aspects of evangelization. The website has been in existence since 2006; there have been many imitators, which is good, but only one site and one book.
Our organization, Mind Body Soul Christian Wellness, is not a new-age group of fringe Catholics, but a devoted and disciplined association of followers of the Roman Catholic Church. We were founded on the belief that the Church needs to evangelize is order to grow. Our slogan is: Let's fill churches, then build some more!
Evangelizing is simply: spreading the Good News. The Good News is that God so loved the world that He gave His only Son so that everyone who believes in Him might have eternal life. (John 3:16) Heaven was closed until Jesus (God) came, lived among us, then suffered and died... and was risen. We preach the risen Christ.
He is the promised one, the messiah that many were waiting for; however, since he was born among the poor to common people, he was not recognized as such by most in His day.
Even today we honour the rich in our society, but I tell you: if you despise the poor... you are off track. True wealth is to be found in Christ.
It is everyone's responsibility to evangelize - whether they know it or not. I say this, because even non-Christians (who are shown the way - whether by the Spirit or by other people), must assume the responsibility as well. Other than evangelizing and guiding other people to Christ, everything else we do in this world is inconsequential. This might sound like an overzealous generalization, but when you look at it, a lot of what we do as Christians is evangelizing whether we know it or not, from the way we present ourselves in every situation to how we treat our brothers and sisters.
Priests need to become leaders in their parish. They prioritize with their busy schedules but need to keep evangelization at the top of the list. It is their most important duty. A diocesan community that is not actively and more importantly, effectively evangelizing, is in decline.
It is incumbent on bishops to evangelize, especially in poorer neighbourhood, to set an example for everyone. They need to humble themselves and continually work on their humility because our nature and our society has an inherent propensity to inflate itself. No servant is greater than his master. I use this bible passage from John 15:20 in the context our of humility.
Even if we all took vows of poverty, we're still living a good life. We are getting enough to eat and drink; we'll have a warm dry bed to rest on etc. At least most of us do. And from the looks of most of us in the western hemisphere, it would appear that many of us might be eating a little too well. Even if we took a vow of poverty today, we are probably still living more comfortably than how Christ lived. The modest, sharing lifestyle helps to keep us close to Christ.
And it is not enough to believe, faith must have works. Many talk about their relationship with Christ. Personally, I can relate to that, but that is not how it works in my life. I don't know if I have a personal relationship with Christ, but here's what I do know: I know that Christ is near and that He pursues me. There has been a time when He was present. It was not any extraordinary time in my life when he was present, and I was not calling upon him nor did I need him to help at that particular moment; however, there were times when he helped me when I was in a bad state. But the instance in which He was present (in a non-physical way) was a neutral time, which is why I knew it was genuine.
I also witnessed many miracles and wonders which I wrote extensively about in The Despised. I'll share one of the few more that happened since the writing of that book.
It was good Good Friday 2014 and I decided to go to work (I have more than one job) to finish an assignment I had been working on. I normally have a thumbdrive that contains over a thousand songs (singles) of different genres that I have set at random to play in my car. At exactly 3 pm on that Good Friday, I was driving by a Catholic Church on my way to meet someone for work, and the Divine Mercy prayer started to play. Not only was it Good Friday and 3 o'clock, being the time Christ died on the cross, it was the ultimate hour of Divine Mercy. Pretty miraculous timing considering any number of over 1000 songs could have played at that time.
I've witnessed so many amazing events and miracles that I just take it for granted that God exists and that He sent his only son to redeem the world. It is second nature to me. Mind you, I don't consider the Divine Mercy song coming on to be a miracle, but it was pretty amazing.
I don't think I'm any more special than the other person, and that we all can be witnesses to those amazing events and even miracles if we pay attention.
Mind you, some have much farther to travel than others and must bear their heavy cross - while others have a much lighter one.
Many of the miracles I witnessed were well before I even knew there were miracles and apparitions that God was giving people, such as Fatima, Lourdes, Juan Diego's tilma etc. etc. I learned about Catholic miracles quite late in life. I never knew about them... really. I did find it strange that God would sort of leave us to our own devices after Christ walked the earth, but he didn't leave us alone. He gave us the Eucharist, the Real Presence of the Lord - the actual body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. However, because God knew that there would be doubters and that we needed constant reminding, He gave us miracles as well... including Eucharistic miracles. He also sent the Blessed Virgin to give us messages of hope and inspiration.
You see, there is only one truth. There can't be two truths. Speaking about the truth, the so-called war on terrorism is not really a war in the traditional sense, but rather should be fought as a war against evil.
Without evangelization, it (the war) is really a lost cause. You can't fight an evil ideology, no matter how poisonous and cancerous it is, without constant mention and focus on the truth. If you deny the truth or become oblivious to it, then evil will prevail. That is why this so-called war on terrorism persists, and will continue.
Since the first casualty of war is truth, it must be said that Christianity is about peace and love. It doesn't matter how some Christians have behaved; it is important for everyone to know that Christ is the Prince of Peace. He commands His followers to love one another. Many, even Christians themselves, forget about this. But I will say to the jihadist suicide bombers, if what you are doing is not out of love for ALL your fellow brothers and sisters, then you have stumbled upon evil. There is only one truth.
And without freedom, what will you do? as William Wallace purportedly said. Will you be happy with sharia law? I know you are looking for structure, but why not look to the saints, and how they lived? Now that's structure! The liberal media gives islam a pass but insists on denying the divinity of Christ, whether they know they're doing it or not. It happens all year round, but especially during Lent and the Easter season - like clockwork. I guess we make easy targets because not many are willing to stand up and defend our Christian faith.
And, there are so many misconceptions surrounding our faith such as the crusades and the inquisition that many people don't know what to think. Some even feel guilty for being a Christian. Crazy!
When it comes right down to it, most people don't want to rock the boat or change the status quo. It would be too uncomfortable for them to stand up and defend their faith, even if they wanted to.
Some people think that this so-called islamaphobia is sort of like how some treated the Jews when they settled in certain areas. Well, no.... its not. Jews don't want to kill us; not all muslims want to kill us either, but their misguided beliefs set them on a slippery path - one that makes it more likely for them to be fooled into taking it to the next level.
A Baptist minister told me recently that this proliferation of islam we are experiencing will figure prominently in the end times. It, along with other factors, will usher it in.
No pain - no gain. We are but pilgrims on our way to somewhere else. All it takes is to cross over the threshold of death's door.
The apostle's creed tells us that Jesus will come again to judge the living and the dead. No one knows the day... except God the Father. Jesus had to cross over that threshold; it could have been easy, but he chose the hard, painful route. How will you chose?
Personally, I've been close to death a few times. Many of us have. But the more we have to lose in this life, the harder it will be for us to let go. The more we have to lose in this life, the harder it will be for us to spread the gospel and/or stand up for our faith.
Industrialized nations are losing the hard fought battles that Christians had to fight and endure over the centuries. A lot of the churches that were built in the 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's are now being sold. It's tragic.
Something as intangible as faith is not worth even a passing thought to most people nowadays. Our senses are overloaded with 21st century devices that capture our entire attention, but are actually making us inattentive to what is going on around us. Evil people involved in noble causes such as the right to life movement tainted the message and branded many as fanatics in the 1980's and 90's. The malicious few who took it upon themselves to assassinate or assault doctors procuring abortions left an indelible stain on the entire cause and the noble people involved in it. The same can be said about Catholic priests and how they dragged the Church down in the mud with the abuse that many had perpetrated, while many others stood by and did nothing. The damage done is incalculable.
We need to pray for the Church and Pope Francis because he knows that many priests, bishops and cardinals have been poor stewards of the Church. To say most of them are living a Christ-like existence is far from accurate. Most want to be fat cats and live a sublime and comfortable life. It would almost seem that they have forgotten what the true spirit of Christianity is all about. There needs to be a correction.
And speaking of corrections, the state of our health continues to be a hot topic. If it wasn't for modern day medical treatments keeping many alive, they would have succumbed much sooner. It is kind of strange how the medical community is not screaming from the rooftops the connection between diet and illness. It is even more bizarre that dieticians, nutritionists and other dietary consultants, along with politicians, have not waged war against the food industry. It is all about money, and those who have the most of it, and are the loudest, appear to be winning, while the rest of us suffer.
Over the last several decades, sugar and chemicals have been inundating our food supply - all in the name of profits. Most people are hooked on sugar now, and it would take nothing short of treatment centres, like those for other addictions, to get them off of it. The consumption of sugar causes inflammation, which is of course, is the precursor to much of the disease we are now battling.
Exercise for the purpose of losing weight, is a failed notion. I mean, exercise is needed, don't get me wrong... but if you are using exercise as a means to lose weight, then you are missing the point, because if you were eating the right foods, you would invariably maintain a healthy weight. If you were eating the right foods, you could eat as much as you want and never exceed your optimal weight. Exercise and weight loss really have nothing to do with each other. Exercise is needed for a healthy body, but it is diet, and diet alone, that is the x-factor to maintaining your optimal weight - or at least that is how it should be. Any doctor worth his or her salt will tell you that. People don't want to hear that and would rather have surgery and/or go on medications rather than change their diets.
Most illness and disease could be avoided with the right diet. Food turns illness genes on and off. Illness and disease are not written in stone for us; we have a choice. Obviously, the best choice is to prevent them and never eat the foods that are bad for us. When it comes to sugar, we don't need any, except for whole foods that contain natural sugars or that are converted into sugars. All this extra sugar we consume is poison to our bodies. I predict people will be suing the sugar manufacturers much like they did (and do) with the tobacco companies.
No sugar consumer can ever snub their nose at others with addictions such as smokers, whilst they themselves are addicted. Get off the sugar, then maybe you may be worthy of the snubbing. Till then, you're no better.
Tobacco is now heavily taxed. I believe sugar should be heavily taxed as well to pay for all the health problems it causes.
But what's a little bit of sugar you ask? Well, how much is a little? Spoken like a true addict. Many foods have natural sugars, especially fruit. Complex starches are converted into glucose for energy as well. Potatoes are great on their own and don't even need butter to taste good. A little salt... and in the immortal words of Kenny Bania, “Gold Jerry... gold!”
The glycemic index is bogus. It just doesn't make sense. Though the originators may have been on to something, they wholly miss the mark.
And when it comes to diet, we have to be careful about fats and oils. Cooking oils, and I'm talking about olive oil too, can cause inflammation if eaten in excess. Sure, they might have some of the properties that counter inflammation as well, but that could be said of many foods; however, the pro-inflammatory properties of olive oil by far outweigh any benefit they may have if we eat too much of it.
People need extra fat and sugar these days like they need a prefrontal lobotomy. How much fats is enough in our diets, and how much is too much according to our own personal needs, is anyone's guess. People have varying degrees of specific requirements when it comes to diet. No size fits all. One thing is for sure however, most people are carrying around far too much fat as if they're about to be starved and need extra poundage to see them through.
Most of the extra fat is due to their consumption of sugar, since added carbs are stored as fat. And since sugar is added to most processed foods these days, is not hard to figure out why most of us are getting fat.
It is important to consult a dietician before you plan on going on any type of diet.
I don't think people could give up sugar even if they wanted to. Not many people could stop eating foods with added sugar. We do need a certain amount of fat and carbohydrates in our diet, so stay away from any kind of Atkins diet etc. It is all about balance, and even sugar is important as an energy source; so don't give up on carbs because they are very important in our diet. Sugars and complex starches are what power people. A little fruit juice here and there would not have any adverse effect on an otherwise healthy adult, but the amount we drink, sometimes 1/2 a litre at one sitting, is not good for us at all and is making us fat.
Fats are important too and our body needs them for different reasons such as the absorption of certain vitamins such as vitamin d etc., but there is obviously a point at which too much can create problems as well. And I'm sure Dr. Weil knows what he is talking about to a certain degree, but, if you want to look like Dr. Weil, sure, follow his dietary advice. Or Dr. Mercolas'. I would prefer to follow the advice of someone that actually looks healthy. Well, then again, I don't look healthy all the time myself. But seriously, don't go nuts on the olive oil. I'm sure a little goes a long way.
Fish oil is another one. Fresh cod liver oil once in a while... maybe, but why not just eat sardines or some salmon instead. All this fish oil is still oil. And oil (which is a fat) is only healthy in certain quantities. Talk to a dietician.
If we want to improve our health, we need to find out exactly what our own unique nutritional needs are. Oh to be young again and eat anything you want without retribution from your body. After forty it seems that the hardest thing to get rid of in the body is inflammation. Even after cleaning my diet up, I'm still battling inflammation, which doesn't seem to want to go away. The gauge for my inflammation is my psoriasis. If my psoriasis is getting better and the redness is going away, I know that my systemic inflammation is subsiding. It's a marker for me. Paradoxically, adding the right amount of fat will reduce systemic inflammation.
Refugee Crisis of 2015...muslims running from muslims
It is necessary to help all these (mostly muslim) refugees who are running from other muslims. I'm quite sure they would want to be in their homeland, but politicians would rather have them displaced than getting to the root of the problem, which is of course... isis.
Thank God for the Christians who are the most charitable people in the world. The Catholic Church is the biggest charitable organization in the world.
The evil, pedophilic isis is bullying anybody it wants to, and continues to swallow up more real estate while leaving chaos in its wake. Oh, but we can't see them; they are blending in like cowards.. how do we fight them? First of all, isis is a cancer; we must try to remove the cancer while not damaging healthy tissue... but that is not always feasible.
Is the U.N. going to allow isis to spread - carte blanche?
Well, I'll tell you right now, isis is very crafty. Part of their insiduous plan is jihad by emigration. An exodus and influx of unknowing participants and victims. Well played isis (you bunch of evil child molesters)!
Since isis is from the devil, anything is on the table for them to use to deceive and destroy.
Self worth doesn't care whether you're a good person or not,
or whether you deserve a little or a lot,
who gains, or who should take the fall,
it is not logical at all.
So don’t be dismayed about your present lack of verve,
because if you start to think you matter, you'll get what you think you deserve.
by Chris MacDonald
That's right my friend, you can't get anymore than what you BELIEVE you deserve!
November 13, 2015 - the Paris bombings.
Unfortunately, the sad fate of not following our Christian faith is what we have seen on Friday the 13th.
This from the land that gave us such saints as Thérèse of Lisieux, Joan of Arc, Martin of Tours, Catherine Labouré, Louis de Montfort and on and on...
If we abandon our faith in such large numbers, there will be no protection or security. And France is no exception.
The so-called war on terrorism really comes down to ourselves and our faith. Without the promulgation of our faith through decisive evangelization, something insidious will come in and take its place. We are seeing this.
Most of you can't see this because of your weak faith and aversion to evangelizing, but it is apparent to some of us. Even some clergy have lost sight of what is truly going on here. Many are too attached (materially) to this world to see clearly. Most of the saints were not attached to this world in that way.
I'm still wondering what we are waiting for? Everything that the saints and others have built up (with the help of the Holy Spirit), is now quickly eroding.
It is also the time for all branches of Christians to come together. It is definitely a time for unity, to forget our differences and to concentrate on what we have in common.
“I think the biggest lesson I have learned is that there is no future on earth.” C. MacDonald
If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Think of what is above, not of what is on earth. (N.A.B. Col. 3:1-2)
Lest we Forget
List of islamist terror attacks since 1980:
62% of Canadian muslims want some form of sharia law.
35% of Canadian muslims would not disown al-qaida
source: Toronto Sun
51% of U.S. muslims want sharia
60% of young muslims more loyal to islam than to U.S.
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