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Fast Food (2015): Thirty-Eighth Helping

“Nonviolence does not work unless it is part of your very being, grafted on to your personality by struggle, pain, and self-giving love. It cannot be used as a policy, as a temporary expedient, or merely as one out of several weapons lying read


Fast Food (2015): Thirty-Seventh Helping

Fast Food (2015): Thirty-Seventh Helping   A Christian doing a Christlike merciful deed in one situation does not morally justify or morally ratify a Christian doing evil in another situation in order to be able to bring about another merciful deed.


Fast Food (2015): Thirty-Sixth Helping

Fast Food (2015): Thirty-Sixth Helping ​Violent Constantinian Christianity from day one, October 28, 312, has been a Tattoo Christianity, skin deep with a pagan heart.** Today among the bishops, priests, ministers and pastors of most of the Chri


Fast Food (2015): Thirty-Fifth Helping

  In the translation of St. Mark’s Gospel, which Canon Pym made for the unlearned modern, one finds a new phrase on the lips of Jesus. The disciples have lamentably failed, in public too, to effect a cure on the boy who was brought to them in


Fast Food (2015): Thirty-Fourth Helping

The Christian conscientious objector would rather give up his faith than make a convenience of it, putting it on and taking it off like a cloak, according to the direction the winds of worldly expedience are blowing at the moment. He foresees that al


Fast Food (2015): Thirty Third Helping

Because you are going to be bombarded with it and with its consequences, it is probably somewhat important to know that there has been in Western Christianity a movement, beginning around the beginning of the twentieth century, to translate the Sixth


Fast Food (2015): Thirty Second Helping

As noted in Fast Food Helping Thirty-One, the Christian’s interpretation of the Ten Commandments must be governed by the Eleventh Commandment, the “new commandment” of  Jesus, the Messiah and the Word of God Incarnate. He is the


Fast Food (2015): Thirty-First Helping

For the Christian there are eleven Commandments, not ten. A word must be added to the Decalogue (Greek: deka ten + logos word, δέκα λόγοι), the Ten Commandments, and that word is the new Commandment of the Word God “made flesh:” “I


Fast Food (2015): Thirtieth Helping

“If we wish to create a lasting peace, we must begin with the children.” -Mahatma Gandhi “If anyone causes one of these little ones–those who believe in me–to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millston


 Fast Food(2015): Twenty-Ninth Helping

“If we wish to create a lasting peace, we must begin with the children.” -Mahatma Gandhi “Young men are not natural soldiers any more than they’re natural carpenters or accountants. It’s a trade that almost anybody can l


Fast Food (2015): Twenty-Eight Helping

A Christian friend of the writer relates how he went to military training camp after being drafted in 1917 or 1918 with the intention of accepting some form of noncombatant service. As a Christian he had always been taught, however, that warfare and


Fast Food (2015): Twenty-Seventh Helping

It was inevitable that a people [Anabaptists/Mennonite], who took the Scriptures as seriously as these people did, would come to believe in the doctrine of nonresistance. They made no attempt to rationalize the teachings of Christ; they engaged in no


Fast Food (2015): Twenty-Sixth Helping

​ ​Both are made of the same stuff, right? The wealth of one is justified by the wealth of the other, right? The violence of one is validated by the violence of the other, right? The wealth of one is protected by the violence of the other, right


FAST FOOD (2015): Twenty-Fifth Helping

​ ​ “War is the creation of individuals, not of nations.” -Sir Patrick Hasting,1948 Wars: Rich people decide to initiate them and profit from them. Poor and middle class people kill and die in them. That’s fact, not opinion! “Rich


Fast Food (2015): Twenty -Fourth Helping

Military service consists in killing our neighbor, and preparing for that. God has forbidden us to kill, in His Law as in the Gospel. And His commandment, illuminated and confirmed by the Gospel, has infinitely more weight and authority than all th


Fast Food (2015): Twenty-Third Helping

​ This is the original front cover of Mark Twain’s book, King Leopold’s Soliloquy.  The cover is a caricature of the supposed vision Constantine had of a cross with the words, By this sign you shall conquer, beneath it. First published i


Fast Food (2015): Twenty-Second Helping

“Military involvement can find no place in the teaching of Jesus. War is a complete and pitiless break with Jesus’ teaching. The time-honored acceptance by Christians of military cruelty is one of the decisive causes of today’s barbari


Fast Food (2015): Twenty-First Helping

Fast Food (2015): Twenty-First Helping ​ SHEEP WITHOUT A SHEPHERD (Mt 9:36; Mk 6:34) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-INYeZyJbyI “Woe to the shepherds who are destroying the sheep of My pasture!” declares the LORD (Jer 23:1)


Fast Food (2015): Twentieth Helping

Since war itself is the most extreme form of terrorism,  a war on terrorism is profoundly self-contradictory.                                                                                            


Fast Food (2015) : Nineteenth Helping

The Kingdom of God in Matthew offers a vision of a community of discipleship characterized by a “higher righteousness”—a community free of anger, lust, falsehood, and violence. The transcendence of violence through loving the enemy is the most


Fast Food (2015): Eighteenth Helping

“Do not think yourself better because you burn up friends and enemies with long-range missiles without ever seeing what you have done.”  –The Commandant of Auschwitz speaking in Thomas Merton’s poem, Chant to be Used in Processions A


Fast Food (2015): Seventeenth Helping

​Mercy requires non-cooperation with the merciless. Holiness requires non-cooperation with the anti-holy.                                                                                              


Fast Food (2015): Sixteenth Helping

​“Whatever you do unto the least of one of these brothers and sisters of mine, you do unto me.” (Mt 25:31-46) For the Christian, the atomic bomb was a Christ-killer. Indeed all weapons are either Christ-killers or intended Christ-killers. A gun


Fast Food(2015): Fifteenth Helping 

Divine Image To Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love All pray in their distress; And to these virtues of delight Return their thankfulness. For Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love Is God, our father dear, And Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love Is Man, his child and care.


Fast Food (2015): Fourteenth Helping

“If I had asked people what they wanted they would have said a faster horse.” -Henry Ford If God asked most Israelites of old, or most Jews, Christians or Muslims today what they wanted, their answer would be more secular, political, coercive pow


Fast Food (2015):Thirteenth Helping

 He who has conquered 10,000 others has only created 10,000 enemies. -Buddha If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in the struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness, and your chief leg


Fast Food (2015): Twelfth Helping

The Church is commissioned to teach the morality of the Gospel, which is the moral revolution of Christian love. The New Testament reduces all morality to the commandment of love. This implies no commission to teach philosophical morality, although m


Fast Food (2015): Eleventh Helping

  It cannot be stressed too much: love of enemies has, for our time, become the litmus test of authentic Christian faith. Commitment to justice, liberation, or the overthrow of oppression is not enough, for all too often the means used have brou


Fast Food (2015): Tenth Helping

“Sooner or later Christians will have to learn that violence of any kind as a response to violence of any kind cannot be reconciled with the teachings or the example given them by the One they claim to follow.”                 


Fast Food (2015): Ninth Helping

In Light of Jesus’ first word  in His public ministry, “metanoia ” (Mt 4:17) “repent, change your mind,” in Light of His “new commandment: love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 13:34)  and in Light


Fast Food (2015): Eight Helping

he longevity of a Christian practice does not validate this practice as an ultimate norm for the Christian life. The ultimate norm of Christian life has to be Jesus, His words and His deeds—and if He is not the standard against which everything and


Fast Food (2015): Seventh Helping

“For Saint Paul holiness—indeed life itself—is identification with Christ, which is not mere imitation of Jesus or acceptance of His teachings. Let Paul writing to the Philippians (2:1-11) say what this meant to him: you must think like Chr


Fast Food (2015): Sixth Helping

No one is so lacking in talent or education or so underprivileged that the mind of Christ is beyond his or her grasp. -Rev. John L. McKenzie, Catholic Biblical Scholar, Source


Fast Food (2015): Fifth Helping

Christians need falsifications of both the past and the present to make their lives as Christian Just War Theory supporters morally, spiritually and psychologically bearable. Selective memory, which remembers only the triumphs and glories of the pow


Fast Food (2015): Fourth Helping

Despite Jesus’ rejection of Mars, the war-god is not at a loss. He hides for a while, skillfully puts on an attractive disguise, and penetrates into the Church of Christ. Christians go on chanting their Savior’s praises and victory, without r


Fast Food (2015): Second Helping

“Anxiety is the mark of spiritual insecurity. It is the fruit of unanswered questions. But questions cannot go unanswered unless they first be asked. So there is a far worse anxiety, a far worse insecurity, which comes from being afraid to ask


Fast Food (2015): Third Helping

I am always surprised to see how readily most Christians assume the permanent disappearance of certain forms and spirits of paganism, as personified by the ancient pagan deities. A glance through the history of Christian literature will show plentifu


FAST FOOD (2015):  First Helping

“Most people cannot accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and whic


FEAST OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL, JUNE 29, AD 2015

Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, June 29, AD 2015   “Let’s not forget the pope has plenty of armed guards.” So reads the headline in response to Pope Francis saying that Christians should not be in the business of manufacturing weap


Hiroshima Hymn – My Name is George Zabelka by Peter Kearney

Now I am an old man, soon to meet my God My journey here is almost at an end. But before the journey’s over there’s one place I must go Can’t get into heaven till I face up to my hell. My name is George Zabelka, an ordinary man And


January 15, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday: An Accurate Remembrance

“To separate Martin Luther King from this central piece of his theology is like separating Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount. It is to fictionalize him. Human integrity and ordinary decency require that what a person gives his or her life for


1) A concise 10 minutes on Resurrection

The Christian vocation is about hope. The Christian vocation is about working for the impossible. One of the fathers of the church, Tertullian, said that the word impossible is not found in the Christian dictionary. For nothing is impossible for God.


Millennium of Mercy

Inaugurating a Millennium of Mercy A Proposal to Have the Pope Grant General Absolution to All Repentant Christians on January 1, 2000 or Early in the Third Millennium. DOWNLOAD Millennium of Mercy


FAST FOOD (2014): Fortieth Helping

Again, “We adore God Who is love, who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him” (Pope


FAST FOOD (2014): Thirty-Ninth Helping

Again, “We adore God Who is love, who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him” (Pope


FAST FOOD (2014): Thirty-Eighth Helping

Again, “We adore God Who is love, who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him” (Pope


FAST FOOD (2014): Thirty-Seventh Helping

Again, “We adore God Who is love, who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him” (Pope


FAST FOOD (2014): Thirty-Sixth Helping

Again, “We adore God Who is love, who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him” (Pope


FAST FOOD (2014): Thirty-Fifth Helping

Again, “We adore God Who is love, who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him” (Pope


FAST FOOD (2014): Thirty-Fourth Helping

Again, “We adore God Who is love, Who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him.”(Pope


FAST FOOD (2014) Thirty-Third Helping

Again, “We adore God Who is love, Who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him.”(Pope


FAST FOOD (2014) Thirty-Second Helping

Again, “We adore God Who is love, Who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him.”(Pope


FAST FOOD (2014) Thirty-First Helping

Again, “We adore God Who is love, Who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him.”(Pope


FAST FOOD (2014) Thirtieth Helping

Again, “We adore God Who is love, Who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him.”(Pope


FAST FOOD (2014) Twenty-Ninth Helping

Again, “We adore God Who is love, Who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him.”(Pope


FAST FOOD (2014) Twenty-Eighth Helping

Again, “We adore God Who is love, Who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him.”(Pope


FAST FOOD (2014): Twenty-Seventh Helping

Again, “We adore God Who is love, Who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him.” (Pope


FAST FOOD (2014): Twenty-Sixth Helping

Again, “We adore God Who is love, Who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him.” (Pope


FAST FOOD (2014): Twenty-Fifth Helping

Again, “We adore God Who is love, Who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him.” (Pope


FAST FOOD (2014): Twenty-Fourth Helping

Again, “We adore God Who is love, Who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him.” (Pope


FAST FOOD (2014): Twenty-Third Helping

Again, “We adore God Who is love, Who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him.” (Pope


FAST FOOD (2014): Twenty-Second Helping

Again, “We adore God Who is love, Who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him.” (Pope


FAST FOOD (2014): Twenty-First Helping

Again, “We adore God Who is love, who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him.”(Pope


FAST FOOD (2014): Twentieth Helping

Again, “We adore God Who is love, who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him.” (Pope


FAST FOOD (2014): Nineteenth Helping

Again, “We adore God Who is love, who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him” (Pope


FAST FOOD (2014): Eighteenth Helping

Again, “We adore God Who is love, who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him” (Pope


FAST FOOD (2014): Seventeenth Helping

Again, “We adore God Who is love, who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him” (Pope


FAST FOOD (2014): Sixteenth Helping

Again, “We adore God Who is love, who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him” (Pope


FAST FOOD (2014): Fifteenth Helping

Again, “We adore God Who is love, who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him” (Pope


FAST FOOD (2014): Fourteenth Helping

Again, “We adore God Who is love, who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him” (Pope


FAST FOOD (2014): Thirteenth Helping

Again, “We adore God Who is love, who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him” (Pope


FAST FOOD (2014): Twelfth Helping

Again, “We adore God Who is love, who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him” (Pope


FAST FOOD (2014): Eleventh Helping

Again, “We adore God Who is love, who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him” (Pope


FAST FOOD (2014): Tenth Helping

Again, “We adore God Who is love, who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him” (Pope


FAST FOOD (2014): Ninth Helping

Again, “We adore God who is love, who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him” (Pope


FAST FOOD (2014): Eighth Helping

Again, “We adore God who is love, who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him” (Pope


FAST FOOD (2014): Seventh Helping

Again, “We adore God who is love, who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him” (Pope


FAST FOOD (2014): Sixth Helping

Again, “We adore God Who is love, who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him” (Pope


FAST FOOD (2014): Fifth Helping

Again, “We adore God Who is love, who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him” (Pope


FAST FOOD (2014): Fourth Helping

Again, “We adore God Who is love, who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have no God other than Him” (Pope


FAST FOOD (2014): Third Helping

FAST FOOD (2014): Third Helping Again, “We adore God Who is love, who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We have


FAST FOOD (2014): Second Helping

FAST FOOD (2014): Second Helping Again, “We adore God Who is love, who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, rose from the dead and lives in His Church. We hav


FAST FOOD (2014): First Helping

FAST FOOD (2014): First Helping “First of all we Christians are people who adore God. We adore God Who is love, Who in Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, Who offered Himself on the Cross to expiate our sins, and through the power of this love, r


Serving those who serve us…military chaplaincy…collection for the military

October 2013 – Here is the poster that has been sent out for every Catholic diocese and parish in the U.S. to display on behalf of the coming first-time-ever National Collection for the Catholic Military Archdiocese. The buzz phrase to entice p


AD 2013- THE FIRST CHRISTMAS PRESENT: “GIVE IT A WAY.”

“Where are you from, Charlie?” “Malden.” “Where are you from, Jack?” “Wellesley.” And so it was with scores of other strangers who became classmates at Notre Dame in 1958, and so it has been in normal introductory conversation through


Litany of Christ the Prisoner

V: Lord, have mercy. R: Christ, have mercy. V: Lord, have mercy. Christ, hear us. R: Christ graciously hear us. V: God the Father of heaven. R: Have mercy on us (me). … DOWNLOAD Litany of Christ the Prisoner


FAST FOOD: Fortieth Helping

Attached is the homily delivered at the close of the Forty-Day Fast for the Truth of Gospel Nonviolence, at the Shrine of the Lamb in Knock, Ireland, August 9, 1988. On August 21 of 1879, at the rear of St. John the Baptist Church in Knock, Ireland,


FAST FOOD: Thirty-Ninth Helping

“The hand that held the Eucharist must not be sullied by the bloodstained sword.” -St. Cyprian Insignia of the U.S. Infantry Training School Fort Benning, Georgia, worn by military personnel assigned there, including Christian chaplains T


FAST FOOD: Thirty-Eighth Helping

ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE A True Story from Church History Don Lorenzo Milani (1923-1967) was an Italian Catholic priest who unambiguously and undauntedly proclaimed the Nonviolent Jesus of the Gospels and His Nonviole


FAST FOOD: Thirty-Seventh Helping

ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE SCIENCE AND SCIENTISTS IN THE SERVICE OF HUMAN DESTRUCTION: EVER NEW HOMICIDE GIMMICKS GALORE William Kemmler August 6, 1890 (See attachment) MOTHER OF NUCLEAR SORROWS “Whatever you do t


FAST FOOD: Thirty-Sixth Helping

ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE Principle of Non-Contradiction Two contradictory propositions cannot be true at the same time and in the same sense. Between two logical and meaningful propositions “X” and “not X” the


FAST FOOD: Thirty-Fifth Helping

ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE “The power of perception of people, who live in a system of deception, is darkened… In Psalm 19:12-13, we find the ever worth pondering passage: ‘But who can discern his errors? Clear th


FAST FOOD:Thirty-Fourth Helping

ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold. —Aristotle A small error at the outset can lead to great errors in the final conclusions. —St. Thomas Aquinas


FAST FOOD: Thirty-Third Helping

ANNUAL FORTY DAY FAST for the TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE Ponder the Faces of the Children Photo taken at My Lai, March 16, AD1968, by Ronald L. Haeberle, seconds before these children and women were slaughtered by mostly Constantinian Christians. Th