Pentecost, The Birth of the Church


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on June 5, 2022 | Menagerie

Jn 20:19-23

On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
“Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained.

At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit gave the Apostles all the gifts they needed to go out and preach the Gospel to the world. Ultimately, all of them except John would die as martyrs.

Pentecost occurs 50 days after Easter Sunday, ten days after the Ascension. Mary and the Apostles prayed together continuously after the Ascension, and this is where we Catholics get our tradition of the novena, nine days of dedicated prayer.

Once, when I was struggling with an especially difficult spiritual battle, a wise priest reminded  me to call upon the Spirit when I prayed, to guide me and help me, but also to deliver my prayers perfected to God. Those words helped me to see the might, power, love and completeness of the Advocate, and truly brought home to me all the gifts God makes available to us.

Too often we forget to use them.

The Ascension of the Lord


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on May 26, 2022 Menagerie

Lk 24:46-53

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer
and rise from the dead on the third day
and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins,
would be preached in his name
to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
You are witnesses of these things.
And behold I am sending the promise of my Father upon you;
but stay in the city
until you are clothed with power from on high.”

Then he led them out as far as Bethany,
raised his hands, and blessed them.
As he blessed them he parted from them
and was taken up to heaven.
They did him homage
and then returned to Jerusalem with great joy,
and they were continually in the temple praising God.

Happy Mother’s Day


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on May 8, 2022 | Menagerie

I’d like to return to a theme I’ve written about before. When we think of  Mother’s Day, it is natural for most of us to think of our own mothers and grandmothers, and since we are an adult community here, that means we mostly have in mind older mothers. I hope that if you fall into that category, as I do, your day is wonderful.  I hope you share my favorite gift, just some time with your family, laughter, joy, and making memories.

I would like to especially recognize young mothers and wish them a blessed day. Mothers with young children at home, or even teenagers, are in the most demanding phase of their lives. They are on the run from early morning until late at night.

There are tasks that need their attention before waking the family, then the morning rush of breakfast, dressing the kids, finding the homework and shoes, corralling everyone and loading the car, making it to school on time. Almost a day’s work before even their own workday starts, and then doing it all in reverse in the evening as they pick up kids. Then there are the demands of sports and extra curricular activities like music, dance, school projects, homework, last minute “Mom, I gotta have this (unusual, hard to find, expensive) thing tomorrow or I fail!!!”

Supper, cleanup, housework, laundry, helping with projects and chores and broken hearts and tears over hurts and troubles. And still, with all these demands on her, there are the needs of her husband, perhaps elderly parents, and her own responsibilities and career.

And somehow, there are superwomen who manage all this as a single mother. I truly hope they have appreciation from not only their kids, but most of the rest of us who underestimate the contributions of these moms to society.

The business done in the home is nothing less than the shaping of the bodies and souls of humanity. The family is the factory that manufactures mankind.
—G.K. Chesterton
from the book The Story of the Family

Palm Sunday, Holy Week Begins


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on April 10, 2022 | Menagerie

At the Procession with Palms – Gospel

Lk 19:28-40

Jesus proceeded on his journey up to Jerusalem.
As he drew near to Bethphage and Bethany
at the place called the Mount of Olives,
he sent two of his disciples.

He said, “Go into the village opposite you,
and as you enter it you will find a colt tethered
on which no one has ever sat.
Untie it and bring it here.
And if anyone should ask you,
‘Why are you untying it?’
you will answer,
‘The Master has need of it.’”
So those who had been sent went off
and found everything just as he had told them.
And as they were untying the colt, its owners said to them,
“Why are you untying this colt?”
They answered,
“The Master has need of it.”
So they brought it to Jesus,
threw their cloaks over the colt,
and helped Jesus to mount.
As he rode along,
the people were spreading their cloaks on the road;
and now as he was approaching the slope of the Mount of Olives,
the whole multitude of his disciples
began to praise God aloud with joy
for all the mighty deeds they had seen.
They proclaimed:
“Blessed is the king who comes
in the name of the Lord.
Peace in heaven
and glory in the highest.”
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him,
“Teacher, rebuke your disciples.”
He said in reply,
“I tell you, if they keep silent,
the stones will cry out!”

How Non-Career Politicians Speak


Armstrong Economics Blog/Humor Re-Posted Apr 10, 2022 by Martin Armstrong

Trump spoke candidly and off-the-cuff. He never wanted to be restricted by cue cards. As Nigel Farage said, people disliked Trump’s “New York-style,” but hey, you can’t deny that the man had a sense of humor.

Oh, and by the way, Kimmel, Al Gore was the politician who claimed to create the internet.

DeSantis Defends Vulnerable Children – Groomers are Outraged


Armstrong Economics Blog/Politically Correct Re-Posted Apr 4, 2022 by Martin Armstrong

Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida has signed the Parental Rights in Education Act, which the media refers to as the “don’t say gay act,” despite those words not appearing in the bill. The act will save young children from kindergarten through third grade from being taught about adult sexuality and gender theory. “We will make sure that parents can send their kids to school to get an education, not an indoctrination,” DeSantis said.

While some believe this bill is homophobic, this is the type of curriculum it is aiming to prevent:

Children should not be asked to express or discuss their sexuality. I am not sure why this needs to be stated. The media is outraged, claiming that DeSantis is harming the youth by preventing young impressionable children from discussing alternative families and lifestyles. Even President Joe Biden called the bill “hateful” and stated that his administration would be closely monitoring Florida public schools.

A statement from Disney:

Weeks after it was revealed that over 100 Disney employees were running a human trafficking operation, the company has come out to state that they are opposing the bill. “For them to say that they’re going to actively work to repeal substantive protections for parents as a company that is supposedly marketing its services to parents with young children? I think they crossed a line,” DeSantis stated. “They support sexualizing kids in kindergarten, they support injecting woke gender ideology into second-grade classrooms, they support enabling schools to ‘transition’ students to a ‘different gender’ without the knowledge of the parent, much less without the parent’s consent.” Disney has no problem censoring movies for their conservative Chinese audience and has no problem with their cruise lines sailing to countries that prohibit LGBTQ communities.

As a reminder, tax dollars go towards funding public schools. Unfortunately, the average American cannot afford to send their child to private school. The average cost of private elementary school tuition costs $10,994 per year and the private high school average is $15,535. There is a clear agenda in America to remove gender constructs, with even the next Supreme Court nominee stating she cannot define a “woman.” Why is everyone from the POTUS to major corporations outraged that children cannot be taught about sex? The government wants to take over the parental role. There is something sinister behind the curtain.

The Fifth Sunday of Lent


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on April 3, 2022 | Menagerie 

Jn 8:1-11

Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
But early in the morning he arrived again in the temple area,
and all the people started coming to him,
and he sat down and taught them.
Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman
who had been caught in adultery
and made her stand in the middle.

They said to him,
“Teacher, this woman was caught
in the very act of committing adultery.
Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women.
So what do you say?”
They said this to test him,
so that they could have some charge to bring against him.
Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger.
But when they continued asking him,
he straightened up and said to them,
“Let the one among you who is without sin
be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Again he bent down and wrote on the ground.
And in response, they went away one by one,
beginning with the elders.
So he was left alone with the woman before him.
Then Jesus straightened up and said to her,
“Woman, where are they?
Has no one condemned you?”
She replied, “No one, sir.”
Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you.
Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”

Good Stuff – Lynyrd Skynyrd Lead Vocalist Records Tribute Song for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on April 1, 2022

Johnny Van Zant, lead vocalist of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and his brother Donnie Van Zant created a song to celebrate freedom and Florida, thanking Governor Ron DeSantis for his leadership over the past few years. {Direct Rumble Link}

As Governor DeSantis heads into a reelection campaign, he mentioned to Van Zant it would be great if they created a song for Florida in the same genre as their famous hit Sweet Home Alabama. The two brothers took the challenge and wrote and recorded “Sweet Florida.” It’s a catchy tune. WATCH:

Governor DeSantis joined Johnny and Donnie Van Zant this morning on Fox & Friends to discuss.

As noted in the interview, the video is presented HERE.

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Nigel Farage: Trump Was Right Again


Armstrong Economics Blog/Energy Re-Posted Mar 30, 2022 by Martin Armstrong

German delegates openly laughed at former President Donald Trump for demanding energy independence and warning that their nation would become completely reliant on Russian energy. “Reliance on a single foreign supplier can leave a nation vulnerable to extortion and intimidation,” Trump stated clearly. Now, Germany is issuing warnings that an energy crisis is on the horizon.

As Nigel stated, those who accused Trump of doing Putin’s bidding have made themselves completely dependent upon Russia. I do agree that Trump’s “New York-style” did not suit everyone, as Nigel politely stated, but as a result, America has a brittle old man in power who is too timid to speak clearly or accurately. The media painted Trump as Putin’s pawn. Yet, the Steele Dossier proved to be fake. Russian collusion proved to be fake. Most media outlets have failed to redact their false reports, and the public at large still believes that Trump was sacrificing domestic policy in favor of Russia. The clear ties between the Biden family and Ukraine have been ignored. The decision-makers ignored all the facts that were staring them in the face years ago and are responsible for the energy crisis.

President Trump MAGA Rally – Commerce, Georgia 7:00pm ET Livestream


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on March 26, 2022

Tonight, President Donald Trump travels to Commerce, Georgia, for a rally at the Banks County Dragway (formerly international speedway).  President Trump will be delivering remarks in support of David Perdue Candidate for Governor, Herschel Walker Candidate for U.S. Senate, and other endorsed candidates from the state.

The anticipated start time for President Trump’s remarks is 7:00pm ET.  Rumble Links Below:

RSBN Livestream Link – Trump Campaign Livestream – Alternate Livestream Link

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