Hallelujah Chorus Open Thread

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Well, I trust that all of TAC’s contributors, commenters and readers had a Merry Christmas!  I am keeping the law mines shut today and enjoying the day with my bride and kids, who are home from college and law school.  We will be seeing the movie Unbroken which depicts the harrowing experiences of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete and Army Air Corps Captain, as a “guest” of the Emperor during World War II.  A review to follow.

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  1. Loved the spirit of flash mob. In 2009 Johnny Carson’s side kick Ed McMahon passed away…..so what gives?
    @ 1:55 sec. Heeeeeeere’s Edddddieeeeee..
    He came down to participate with the chorus. Beautiful.

    The movie trailer Unbroken is promising.
    Do give your review Mr. McClarey.

  2. Some atheists and others, after rejecting Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the four eyewitnesses to Jesus Christ’s life on earth, demand to know from believers, when, where and how Jesus said the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus said the Lord’s Prayer outside of time, in ecstasy, when Christ communed with His Father in heaven.
    And some others refuse to believe in the Virgin Birth, Mary overshadowed by the Holy Spirit. To bring the Word made Flesh into the world, this God become man, brother of every soul ever created, those souls in heaven, on earth and in purgatory, and even those souls who refused God and choose to go to hell in eternity and are not remembered by the Church Triumphant and Militant because no one in their right mind rejects Perfect Love and Perfect Justice, (but some souls do in arrogance and pride embrace lies and untruths of their own making to do their own will instead of accepting humility) and prefer hell rather than follow Jesus as his brother. Of all these souls, those in heaven, on earth and in purgatory and those souls in hell, Jesus Christ is our brother and Mary, the Blessed Virgin, is our Mother.
    Mary gave informed consent to be our Mother when Mary gave informed consent to become the Mother of Jesus Christ, our brother. Or can we be Jesus Christ’s brother without Mary, His Mother, being Our Mother. Only interdict can rationalize another way.
    Catholics have the Immaculate Conception as our Mother. “Oh, Mary conceived without sin pray for us.” How did Mary remain a virgin while bringing forth the Son of God, the Son of Man? How did Mary remain a virgin while bringing forth every innocent soul of mankind created by God, brothers of His Son, Jesus Christ? Mary indulged nothing for herself, as Jesus Christ indulged nothing for Himself. Mary is Christ’s perfect disciple, walking in His footsteps, with Christ in her heart from the very first moment of her immaculate existence.“How can this be? I do not know man.”
    Mary became the Virgin Mother of Adam and Eve. Eve was the mother of all mankind, of all the living. Mary was Eve’s Mother, through the brotherhood of Jesus Christ.
    When Jesus descended into hell to free the patriarchs, the damned refused to follow Christ in time and in eternity, then and now. Jesus honored their free will and left some of his brother souls where they chose to stay.
    This brings us to some very interesting things known by our very lives. Jesus instituted the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist on Holy Thursday. Then Christ went out to the Mount of Olives to suffer in agony, to be scourged, made to carry the cross and then to be crucified. When people receive the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist, they are fortified with the grace to follow Christ is His self immolation. “No one takes my life from me. I lay my life down and I take it up again.” Jesus assumes the guilt of every one of His brothers and in doing so forgives everyone, every soul His Father gave to Him, including the souls in hell…but these souls refuse Christ’s forgiveness.
    It was after the Resurrection that Jesus instituted the Sacrament of Penance, whereby souls can aspire to renewed innocence. The souls in hell cannot come to the Sacrament of Penance because they have chosen to remain where they are and they cannot change their relationship with God after death and in eternity. Is it possible the souls in hell have repented of their pride? Their sin of pride does not allow repentance.
    Of the souls in hell, Mary is still their virgin Mother. The souls in hell are still Jesus’ brothers. “Those who hear the Word of God are my mother and my brothers.” The souls in hell were created in perfect innocence and were Christ’s brothers and Mary was their Mother until they chose not to serve.
    If Pope Francis allows the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist to sodomists without telling them that they will have to lay down their lives, the sodomists will not have informed consent to give to reform their lives and realize that they are brothers of the Son of God, brothers of Jesus Christ.
    If abortionists are not informed that the unborn are conceived as innocent and are brothers of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the abortionists will not have informed consent to give to reform their lives.
    If the divorced and remarried are not informed that their lives belong to the Virgin Mother, Christ’s Mother and our Mother they will not share in the divinity of Jesus.

  3. “or prohibit the free exercise thereof.” This part of the First Amendment prohibits the Federal Government at any and every level of interfering with a citizen’s freedom of religion in the public square or any public arena supported by the tax dollars of “We, the people,”.
    As for the states, and the states’ constitutions, these concerns may be put on the ballot. Ignorance has long enough masqueraded as enlightenment. Tyranny has paraded as a new world order. And depriving the citizen of his civil rights is taxation without representation.

  4. Donald McClarey: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey , Connecticut and New Hampshire and perhaps other eastern states are putting their energies into jettisoning God’s Justice by disallowing capital punishment, the death penalty, for a literal pig in a poke. I have used your comments from Terry Schiavo and Mary Jo Kopechne
    The murdered victim was not available for comment. He might have written but his hands were frozen in rigor mortis. He wanted to speak but he could not move his tongue. He wanted to peaceably assemble but six feet of cold clay lay upon the door to the coffin. The only way he could practice his religion and acknowledge God, was by being a corpse, a victim of homicide, a dead man.
    In the meantime, his murderer gets to be warm and alive, breath and eat, write letters, and have company. The murderer gets to be free of Justice. He gets to relax and enjoy his crime, and the freedom from the penalty for capital one homicide, the temporal punishment due to capital one homicide, the death penalty.
    A truly repentant murderer will have expired with grief over his crime of homicide. A half repentant murderer is a liar and a coward and a constant threat of committing another homicide. The warden, the warden’s family, the doctor, nurse and any contractors needed to facilitate the prison are in danger of being murdered, unless, of course the murderer escapes, than all people are potential victims.
    Minor children do not need to be vindicated because they are innocent. Not so with adult homicide victims. Adult homicide victims must be vindicated. The murderer has imposed the death penalty on them, as though they were deserving of capital punishment. Justice must be theirs. Any person who is unwilling to assume the power of attorney of the condemned and bring the murderer to Justice is unfit to be a citizen. And is an accomplice after the fact.
    The principle of separation of church and state expounded here by John Henry Cardinal Newman separates clergy from the laity. Although all are citizens, the clergy must see to God’s province, the Church, while the laity must produce God’s Justice for the state.
    “It in no way depends upon the caprice of the Pope, or upon his good pleasure, to make such and such a doctrine, the object of a dogmatic definition. He is tied up and limited to the divine revelation, and to the truths which that revelation contains. He is tied up and limited by the Creeds, already in existence, and by the preceding definitions of the Church. He is tied up and limited by the divine law, and by the constitution of the Church. Lastly, he is tied up and limited by that doctrine, divinely revealed, which affirms that alongside religious society there is civil society, that alongside the Ecclesiastical Hierarchy there is the power of temporal Magistrates, invested in their own domain with a full sovereignty, and to whom we owe in conscience obedience and respect in all things morally permitted, and belonging to the domain of civil society.” From the Pastoral of the Swiss Bishops on Papal Infallibility cited by John Henry Cardinal Newman.
    Justice by consensus remains a very poor indication as to Divine Justice and the will of God. 10 million dollars for Justice and a priceless human being is the money changers’ job.

  5. P.S. Justice would require that the murderer face jeopardy of life. Double jeopardy of life is unconstitutional. People face double jeopardy of life, once from the murderer and a second time from the lack of deterrence from the state.
    The cost of keeping child murderers and Boston bombers in solitary confinement because the prison population knows that they deserve death is also unconstitutional because this is taxation without representation. Why should the parents of those victims of the Boston bomber be made to suffer the cost of their incarceration in solitary confinement when Justice would require that the murderer join his victim in the grave?

  6. The ordained priest consecrates the Holy Eucharist through the power of attorney of Jesus Christ:”In persona Christi”. The lay person executes the condemned capital one murderer using the power of attorney, the reviled citizenship and sovereignty, the hated Justice, righteousness and innocence of the condemned.
    Such is the separation of church and state, the affirmation of Justice, the deterrence of homicide and the correction of the criminal.

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