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Friday, December 31, 2010


Her Doctrine and Morals

The Holy Name of Jesus

2 January 2011


The Sunday


There is no salvation in any other name. 

The builders of the Modern religions and the modern world have rejected this Name, just as in the past St. Peter said to the rulers, “This is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.” Jesus Christ is the cornerstone and foundation upon which The Church and our faith is founded. Our entire lives are to be grounded in this Name which is above every name.
All too often the name of Jesus is ignored and cast aside – rejected as the world attempts to build a “better” society. We are constantly building upon sand. As that which is erected is soon eroded we begin over and over again building in vain. We have become very proficient in building physical structures but we have learned very little about building spiritual edifices. 

There can be no peace without Jesus Christ. And the minister of this peace here on earth is His Church. Any church that preaches peace under any other head is not the true church. We fool ourselves thinking that governments or military powers can bring peace. 

As long as Jesus is repulsed from our lives and our government administrations we will never have peace. The United Nations will never accomplish any positive advancement in the world until it recognizes Jesus Christ as King and seeks to guide according to the principles given us by God. The same likewise applies to every: nation, state, city, family, and person. 

We must recognize Jesus in our lives and hold His Name sacred above every other. We must never use His Name in vain, or cowardly remain silent as others do so. We must instill this love of Jesus and His sacred Name in all whom we love. We must strive to establish this Name firmly in the foundation of all that we do. We must use this Name to set the standard by which all laws, rules and regulations are created, enforced, and lived by. 

What does it mean to set Jesus as the cornerstone of our lives? St. Paul tells us that we should do everything in Christ Jesus. It is not important what we do as much as it is that we do it in and for the love of God. 

St. John Chrysostom says: “Do you eat? Offer thanks to God, both before you eat, and afterwards. Do you sleep? Give thanks to God, both before and after. Are you going out among people? Do the same; not some worldly thing. Do everything in the name of the Lord, and all that you do will bring you happiness. Wherever the Name of the Lord is set up, all things prosper. If it has power to drive away demons, if it can banish illness, much more will it aid your own actions.” 

“Invoke the Son, give thanks to the Father. For invoking the Son, we invoke the Father; and giving thanks to the Father, we also give thanks to the Son. Let us learn these things, but not restricting ourselves merely to the words, but fulfilling them in our deeds. Nothing is so great as this Name, that in every place is wondrous.” 

“If you chant this hymn with praise, you will put to flight both demons and infirmities; and if you banish not sickness, this happens, not from want of power, but because it is not expedient for you.” 

It begins within each one of us. We must stop waiting for the world, the society, the government to tell us how to live and what to think and what to believe. It is time to return to the laws given us by Jesus. We must hold His life up as the standard. After all, it is this standard by which we will all be judged after we leave this world. And to measure up to this standard we must sanctify all that we do in His Name. We must build our lives both physical and spiritual upon the solid foundation of Jesus Christ. He is the cornerstone that we must not reject in our construction. Let us call upon Him in all tssimes and in all situations, without fail. 

As we bless ourselves with the Sign of the Cross before we begin and after we finish all the tasks of our day we set the foundation and the seal upon every work. The world should see Catholics frequently blessing themselves, not out of superstition, but with all truth and faith asking Christ to be a part of everything we do.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

This is just amazing!

Researchers: Ancient human remains found in Israel

By DANIEL ESTRIN, Associated Press Daniel Estrin, Associated Press – Mon Dec 27, 6:13 pm ET


Israeli archaeologists said Monday they may have found the earliest evidence yet for the existence of modern man, and if so, it could upset theories of the origin of humans.

A Tel Aviv University team excavating a cave in central Israel said teeth found in the cave are about 400,000 years old and resemble those of other remains of modern man, known scientifically as Homo sapiens, found in Israel. The earliest Homo sapiens remains found until now are half as old.

"It's very exciting to come to this conclusion," said archaeologist Avi Gopher, whose team examined the teeth with X-rays and CT scans and dated them according to the layers of earth where they were found.

He stressed that further research is needed to solidify the claim. If it does, he says, "this changes the whole picture of evolution."

The accepted scientific theory is that Homo sapiens originated in Africa and migrated out of the continent. Gopher said if the remains are definitively linked to modern human's ancestors, it could mean that modern man in fact originated in what is now Israel...

This proves that the Talmud is right - only Jews are human - we gentlies are just "goyim" - or cattle who exist only to serve Jews.  Well - I better start serving them to fulfill my purpose in life!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Audio Sermons:
Christmas Day:

First Mass at Midnight; Third Mass

Feast of St. Stephen.

May God bless you all with a most blessed Christmas.
A Blessed Christmas to one and all! 

Here is the link for some of our Youtube video sermons for Christmas Day. May the Most Holy Trinity grant you a superabundance of grace during this time of heavenly reflection. 
+ Father Bonaventure Strandt, OFM

Christmas Day Sermon 12-25-10 Gloria in Excelsis Deo 
Sermon for the Third Mass on Christmas day.

Sermon for the feast of St. Stephen.
Posted By Father Bonaventure, OFM to De Profundis Clamavi ad Te, Domine at 12/27/2010 05:53:00 AM

Leading priest blames Jews for Greece’s problems 

 December 21, 2010

ATHENS, Greece (JTA) -- A high-level priest on the morning show of the largest television station in Greece blamed world Jewry for Greece's financial problems.
The Metropolite of Piraeus Seraphim also blamed world Jewry for other ills in the country during his appearance on Mega TV.

Mixing Freemasons with Jewish bankers such as Baron Rothschild and world Zionism, the Metropolite said that there is a conspiracy to enslave Greece and Christian Orthodoxy. He also accused international Zionism of trying to destroy the family unit by promoting one-parent families and same-sex marriages.

Thirteen minutes into the program the Greek host asked the Metropolite, "Why do you disagree with Hitler's policies? If they are doing all this, wasn't he right in burning them?"

The Metropolite answered, "Adolf Hitler was an instrument of world Zionism and was financed from the renowned Rothschild family with the sole purpose of convincing the Jews to leave the shores of Europe and go to Israel to establish the new Empire."

Jews such as "Rockefeller, Rothschild and Soros control the international banking system that controls globalization," the Metropolite also said.

The Metropolite of Piraeus Seraphim is not the only Greek priest with such extreme ideas, as Salonika's Metropolite Anthimos also has preached similar ideas from his pulpit.

"Watching and listening to the program, I felt disgust hearing the Metropolite of Piraeus expressing himself like that against world Zionism, and shamelessly saying that Hitler with the help of Jewish bankers did what he did," said Benjamin Albala, president of the Athens Jewish community.

The American Jewish Committee on Wednesday called on the heads of the Greek Orthodox Church to condemn the Metropolite's statements.

"Seraphim's horrendous lies on Greek TV demonstrate that anti-Semitism is alive and well within the Greek Orthodox Church,” said Rabbi David Rosen, AJC's international director of interreligious affairs, in a letter to the head of the Greek Orthodox Church in Greece, Archbishop Ieronymos II, as well as Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. “It is the responsibility of the church leadership to condemn and uproot anti-Semitism.”

The European Jewish Congress called for the priest's removal.  

“It is completely unacceptable that someone senior in a mainstream European religious denomination can make such repulsive and hate-filled claims,” said EJC President Dr. Moshe Kantor in a statement. “That they were said so openly on national television demonstrates that there are those who feel no shame expressing these views in front of a wide audience.”

“We call on the Greek government to implement its laws against such hate-speech and the leaders of the Greek Orthodox Church to immediately remove this person from his position.”

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

And it came to pass, that in those days there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that the whole world should be enrolled.  This enrolling was first made by Cyrinus, the governor of Syria.  And all went to be enrolled, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem: because he was of the house and family of David, To be enrolled with Mary his espoused wife, who was with child.
  And it came to pass, that when they were there, her days were accomplished, that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him up in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds watching, and keeping the night watches over their flock.  And behold an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the brightness of God shone round about them; and they feared with a great fear.  And the angel said to them: Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, that shall be to all the people:

For, this day, is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David.  And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God, and saying: Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will.  And it came to pass, after the angels departed from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another: Let us go over to Bethlehem, and let us see this word that is come to pass, which the Lord hath shewed to us.
And they came with haste; and they found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.  And seeing, they understood of the word that had been spoken to them concerning this child. And all that heard, wondered; and at those things that were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God, for all the things they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. 

Thursday, December 23, 2010

 Christmas Sweater Club Punished At Local High School

 Peggy Fox     1 day ago

HAYMARKET, Va. (WUSA) -- They call themselves the "Christmas Sweater Club" because they wear the craziest ones they can find. They also sing Christmas songs at school and try their best to spread Christmas cheer.

Now all 10 of them are in trouble because of what they did at their school.
"They said, 'maliciously maim students with the intent to injure.' And I don't think any of us here intentionally meant to injure anyone, or did," said Zakk Rhine, a junior at Battlefield High School.

The boys say they were just tossing small two-inch candy canes to fellow students as they entered school. The ones in plastic wrap that are so small they often break apart.

Skylar Torbett, also a junior, said administrators told him, "They said the candy canes are weapons because you can sharpen them with your mouth and stab people with them." He said neither he nor any of their friend did that.
Next thing they knew, they were all being punished with detention and at least two hours of cleaning. Their disciplinary notices say nothing about malicious wounding but about littering and creating a disturbance.

"It was at 7 in the morning, before school even starts, so I don't what we'd be really disrupting," said Cameron Gleason, also a junior.

Principal Amy Etheridge-Conti says she can't comment on the students' discipline but did say there was a lot more to it than handing out candy and that the discipline was warranted.

The boys admitted their incident may have caused litter since some kids dropped their candy canes on the floor. But Cameron Gleason said he spent an hour cleaning up the dropped candy.

The boys' parents think the school went overboard and maybe administrators were trying to stop their boys from spreading Christmas cheer.

Mother Kathleen Flannery said an administrator called her and explained "not everyone wants Christmas cheer. That suicide rates are up over Christmas, and that they should keep their cheer to themselves, perhaps." 

Patti Gleason, the mother of Cameron Gleason says, "I am 100 percent sure they did nothing wrong. We've gotten so many different stories. It went from maiming kids with candy canes, to littering. And then when received the referral (disciplinary notice) it said 'disruption.' So nobody really knew what they were getting in trouble for, they were just making up a whole bunch of different things."

But, like Who's of Whoville, the boys are still singing, not letting what happened to them dampen their cheer.

Written by Peggy Fox

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

This the best explanation of Jewish power in the world that I have seen:

I don't know much about David Duke - other than he was at one time a member of the KKK - obviously as a Catholic I am opposed to any sort of racism and if Duke is still a racist he is obviously wrong on that issue - but what he says in this video is spot on!
Right here in Amerika!

note how the Police outright lie to the public and media
This world is in such a sad state and I am very much to blame for I do not do my part and pray and offer penance as I should for the sins of the world.

I just came upon this song that is #8 on the Country Music Charts - here are the lyrics:

I havent been to church since I don’t remember when
Things were goin’ great ‘til they fell apart again
So I listened to the preacher as he told me what to do
He said you can’t go hatin’ others who have done wrong to you
Sometimes we get angry, but we must not condemn
Let the good Lord do His job and you just pray for them

I pray your brakes go out runnin’ down a hill
I pray a flowerpot falls from a window sill and knocks you in the head like I’d like to
I pray your birthday comes and nobody calls
I pray you’re flyin’ high when your engine stalls
I pray all your dreams never come true
Just know where ever you are honey, I pray for you

I’m really glad I found my way to church
‘Cause I’m already feelin’ better and I thank God for the words
Yeah I’m goin’to take the high road
And do what the preacher told me to do
Find More lyrics at
You keep messin’ up and I’ll keep prayin’ for you

I pray your tire blows out at 100 and 10
I pray you pass out drunk with your best friend and wake up with his and her tattoos

I pray your brakes go out runnin’ down a hill
I pray a flowerpot falls from a window sill and knocks you in the head like I’d like to
I pray your birthday comes and nobody calls
I pray you’re flyin’ high when your engine stalls
I pray all your dreams never come true
Just know wherever you are, near or far, in your house or in your car,
wherever you are honey, I pray for you.
Folks we are it - we are the handful of true Catholics left - we are supposed to be the light of the world - and instead I know I am always walking or trying to walk the line between the world and my Faith.  These poor souls have no hope unless we do our part - I am going to pray every morning that God give me the grace to pray and do penance for these poor people.  

 here is the link to the Top Country Songs of 2010:

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Worth a thousand words!

Fluoride in Water Linked to Lower IQ in Children 

NEW YORK, Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Exposure to fluoride may lower children's intelligence says a study pre-published in Environmental Health Perspectives, a publication of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (online December 17, 2010). 

Fluoride is added to 70% of U.S. public drinking water supplies...

I think I like this man!

Monday, December 20, 2010 

Lutheran leader seeks Communion agreement with pope

ROME (RNS/ENInews) The president of the Lutheran World Federation is calling on Lutherans and Catholics to issue a common statement on Holy Communion to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in 2017.

"Our intention is to arrive at 2017 with a common Roman Catholic-Lutheran declaration on Eucharistic hospitality," Bishop Munib Younan told the Italian Protestant news agency NEV before meeting with Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday (Dec. 16).

"Eucharistic hospitality," means that Catholics would be able to receive Communion at Lutheran worship services, and Lutherans would be able to do the same at a Catholic Mass.

In a speech during his meeting with Younan, Benedict praised progress in Catholic-Lutheran dialogue but did not make any reference to the bishop's Eucharist proposal.

"It is my hope that these ecumenical activities will provide fresh opportunities for Catholics and Lutherans to grow closer in their lives, their witness to the gospel, and their efforts to bring the light of Christ to all dimensions of society" the pope said.

Catholic doctrine forbids such bilateral Communion acceptance. The Second Vatican Council, held from 1962 to 1965, said that Protestants "did not keep the genuine and integral substance of the Eucharistic mystery."

In 1517, Martin Luther published 95 theses critical of the Roman Catholic Church, setting the Protestant Reformation in motion.

In 1999, the Catholic Church and the LWF signed a joint declaration on the doctrine of justification (how a person is saved), one of the main points of contention between Catholics and Lutherans in the 16th century.

At the meeting with Younan, Benedict called the 1999 declaration "a significant step along the difficult path towards re-establishing full unity among Christians."

Younan is bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, based in Jerusalem.
Audio Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Advent Given by Bishop Giles, OFM
Audio Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Advent Given by Father Bonaventure, OFM

Sunday, December 19, 2010


In the early 1900's an ecclesiastical commission was formed by the

Dominican Order to inquire into the life of Bernard of Morlaas, who
has long been called Blessed, The touching episode from his life here related has been handed down as worthy of credence, in a tradition dating back to 1277.

It is related in the chronicles of the Dominican Order that, between

the years 1250 and 1277 A.D, there lived in the monastery of
Santarem, in Portugal, a holy friar called Bernard. He was a native
of Morlaas, a little village of the Lower Pyrenees, near Paul. At the
age of nineteen he entered the Order, and was sent by his superiors to pursue his studies in Portugal. His student life was one of great
simplicity and innocence; and when, having completed his noviceship, he was ordained priest, he still retained a humble position in the monastery; being assigned to the care of the sacristy, and entrusted with the education of two little boys, who were joblates of the Order.

It was his delight, however, to guide those young souls in the paths

of holiness, and to watch their innocent hearts grow in the love of
God and Our Blessed Lady. No wonder that he found joy in his
occupation; for those boys of his seemed more like angels than human beings. His words of wisdom and piety fell like golden seed upon the richest of soils when he spoke to them of God and heaven, of humility and poverty, of obedience and of purity; and their guileless ways, and their simple, confiding affection, well repaid the lessons he taught, making his task a sweet and easy one.

At the noonday hour and at eventide, when their lessons were ended,
those two boys were accustomed to eat their modest meals together, kneeling at a little table, placed before an image of Our Lady with the Divine Infant in her arms; and as they ate they talked together of heavenly things, often raising their eyes to the statue above them, and calling on the little Jesus and His Holy Mother to bless and protect them.

One day, while they were at dinner, Bernard, unknown to them, went to
the door of the room where they ate (the statue was in a sort of oratory dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary, which served as their refectory), and overheard his little disciples, who were talking most earnestly, and with childlike freedom, to the statue before them.

"Come down from Thy Mother's arms, sweet little Lord, and share our
dinner with us. O Blessed Lady, let thy dear Son come down and keep us company for a while! We will give Him the best we have, and then let Him go back to thy arms again. Do come, sweet Jesus! We are your little friends, and we have no companions; come down and eat with us."

And, lo! the Mother's arms opened, her hands unclasped; and her

Divine Child, no longer a mere statue of stone, but a living,
breathing, speaking Child of flesh and blood, radiant with smiles and loving condescension, stepped down to the humble table, and shared the dinner of His two little adorers.

Fancy the amazement and delight of Bernard in the presence of such a
miracle of love! Those little ones, so dear to his heart, were
chosen, privileged friends of his Lord and Master; but they were too
simple and childlike, too guileless and innocent, to understand the
wonderful favor and grace which their prayers had gained for them.
With joyful lips, they related to Bernard afterward the event which
he himself had witnessed. They repeated to him the words of their
invitation, and told how kindly the little Jesus had consented to
join them. They were eager to obtain some more choice viand for a
future meal, that they might do honor to their Divine Guest.

Fra Bernard not only pondered their story in the secret of his heart,

with thanksgivings to God for having given him such angelic pupils,
but he made it known to his brethren of the monastery, as evidence of the blessings they would bring to the community. The following day he said to his little friends (for he meant to encourage their
miraculous intercourse):
"When the Divine Child comes to dine with you the next time, ask Him to let you eat with Him some day in His Father's house."

With all simplicity, they did as Bernard told them; and related to

him afterward that the Child Jesus had given them an invitation to
dine in His Father's house on the next great feast day that should be
celebrated in the monastery.

"But," said Bernard, "one thing has been forgotten: you must tell the
Divine Child that you cannot dine out of the community without your preceptor's permission; and that you would like to have Fra Bernard included in the invitation."

Great, therefore, was his joy when his pupils told him that he also

was to share in this wonderful favor.

Three days later was the
Feast of the Ascension. Bernard said Mass,
and the little fellows served it as usual, and received Holy
. When Mass was ended the three devoted friends, master and pupils, knelt together at the foot of the altar to make their thanksgiving. They were so rapt in holy joy that they did not observe how long they prayed-at least so the brethren of the community thought; but when more than an hour had passed, and they still showed no disposition to leave the chapel, the superior sent a friar to tell them that they had prayed long enough: it was now time for them to breakfast and go to daily duties.

They did not answer the call; when it was repeated, they still

remained silent, absorbed, apparently, in their devotions. The friar
touched Bernard on the shoulder, but he did not move; nor did the
children stir when he pulled them by the sleeves. Could they be
asleep kneeling at their prayers? Finally, looking into their faces,
he found that their gaze was fixed upon the altar; but it was the
gaze of death: they had gone together to banquet with the Infant
in the heavenly home of His Eternal Father.

Saturday, December 18, 2010


Her Doctrine and Morals

Fourth Sunday of Advent

19 December 2010


The Sunday


Dear Friends,
Today we hear St. John telling us once again how we are to prepare to receive God into our presence. The time is drawing very near, so we must become ever more attentive and vigilant.

What St. John is telling us is nothing new. We have heard it many times before. Even when St. John spoke these words, they were not new because he was just repeating the prophesy of Isaias. 

God is coming to visit His people. What must we do? We must straighten out our lives. We must: bring down the mountains of pride; fill up the valleys of doubt and disbelief; straighten out the crooked ways of lying and deceit; and smooth out the rough ways of our riotous living.
If we continue on just a little further in the prophesy of Isaias, we read: “The grass is withered, and the flower is fallen, because the spirit of the Lord hath blown upon it. Indeed, the people is grass: The grass is withered, and the flower is fallen: but the word of our Lord endureth forever.” 

“The people is grass.” The spirit of God has blown upon the people and they have withered up and fallen. How strange, the spirit of God which is life seems to bring the opposite to the people. Could this prophesy be similar to the one that we will later hear the prophet Simeon make concerning Christ. “This Child is destined for the ruin of many”? 

We have been told what we must do to prepare for God’s coming. Our Holy Mother the Church has given us this season of Advent to lead us into this spirit and activity. We must through penance tear down the mountains of pride and fill up the voids of vanity; straighten out the crooked ways and smooth out the rough. We understand this well enough, but many – even the majority – will not heed or follow this direction, and so it must be said that these people are grass. God’s presence among them far from giving them life and joy will serve only for these unfortunate souls as a hot dry fire to wither and kill all those that are unworthy. 

As God comes to dwell within us, His presence will be destructive of all that is unworthy or unbecoming of Him. The more that we are attached to the things of this world or to our own passions or inclinations the more painful will Christ’s presence become to us. Because His presence will begin to wither and destroy all that is not fitting. 

It is not unusual to see or even experience ourselves the sadness that overcomes so many souls in the days leading up to the celebration of Christ’s birth. It sometimes takes a lot of faith and courage to set aside so many temptations to ruin the joyful occasion for ourselves and others. But, especially the day after Christmas we see that the superficial joy of the season has already disappeared from the hearts and minds of the majority. The decorations are put on the curb and so many of the gifts must be returned, and it is back to the grind of earning our daily bread. 

No sooner has Christ come then we push Him away. It seems to me that this can be explained in the scorching pain that God’s presence has upon our guilty conscience and souls. Rather than allow God’s fiery love to burn and purify our souls we would rather chase Him away. Many have experienced this before and now seem to do everything they can to not allow it to happen again. Only they choose the foolish way. They would rather block God’s presence and grace from their lives, than remove that which is offensive to Him and would cause them much pain when His presence is made known to their souls.
This presence of God cannot be avoided forever. The day will come whether we are ready or not when God will make His presence felt upon each and every soul. At that last coming of Christ, His presence will no longer have the same purifying potential as it did during our present lives. Then God’s presence will be an eternal burning pain that will never be quenched. It will cause us to suffer this eternal pain in Hell. 

Now is the time to open up our consciences and review the grass that is grown there and welcome the scorching breath of God to purify us of all that is unworthy of Him. As we spend these last few days in preparation to celebrate His birth, let us do all we can for our souls so that He will be welcome in our souls. Let us not fear His presence or the pain it may cause us in stinging our conscience but rather welcome Him and be grateful for this gift of His to us. And let us above all seek to keep Him present within our hearts and minds all year long.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Yea - this is the Vicar of Christ on earth!  How can these people think they will enter Heaven with this devil anti-pope as their "holy father"!


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America

Friend says Stockholm bomber had Israeli girlfriend


12/14/2010 12:37

A family friend of the Stockholm suicide bomber told the Telegraph Monday that the Iraqi-born Abdulwahab was not a radical prior to moving to Britain.

The friend said, "He didn't care about politics or religion," adding, "He even had an Israeli girlfriend. He had many girlfriends, he enjoyed life."...

NewsBytes, Dec. 13 - TSA air passenger screening humiliations

  • Mon Dec 13, 2010 19:59 EST
* Disclaimer: The linked items below or the websites at which they are located do not necessarily represent the views of They are presented only for your information.
Compiled by Steve Jalsevac

Note: These are incidents that have received wide publicity. It takes uncommon courage for those involved to have gone public with these personal trials encountered by themselves or their family members. Undoubtedly there have been far more similar incidents of abuse that have not been publicized because of the timidity, personal embarassment or trauma that the victims have undergone.
Airport staff ‘exposed woman’s breasts, laughed’ - The Australian
A WOMAN is suing over an incident where airport staff allegedly pulled down her top and joked about her breasts in public view. The 23-year-old traveller, from Amarillo, US, is suing the US Government for the emotional distressed she says the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents caused.

NH Grandma groped by TSA blasts ‘invasive’ body search
- Boston Herald

Woman says her Lambert security screening was sexual assault
- Channel 4,, St. Louis
Moroney explains “Her gloved hands touched my breasts…went between them. Then she went into the top of my slacks, inserted her hands between my underwear and my skin… then put her hands up on outside of slacks, and patted my genitals.” “I was shaking and crying when I left that room” Moroney says.  “Under any other circumstance, if a person touched me like that without my permission, it would be considered criminal sexual assault.”
Enhanced pat down leaves Grand Rapids airline passenger in tears - wzzm13, ABC, West Michigan
Before boarding a flight in Grand Rapids, a woman says the search at the security checkpoint was violent, unnecessary and extremely upsetting. “When I got on the plane all I wanted to do was sob,” says traveler Ella Swift. Swift says they told her she was singled out because she was wearing a skirt. She says the search earlier this month was very rough and left her in tears.
“The female officer ran her hand up the inside of my leg to my groin and she did it so hard and so rough she lifted me off my heels,” she says. “I think I yelped. I was in pain for about an hour afterwards. It just felt excessive and unnecessary.” After reviewing the incident, a TSA spokesman says officers involved in the Grand Rapids search acted “appropriately and respectfully.”

Cancer surviving flight attendant told to remove prosthetic breast during pat-down
- WBTV, North Charlotte
“She put her full hand on my breast and said, ‘What is this?’.  And I said, ‘It’s my prosthesis because I’ve had breast cancer.’ And she said, ‘Well, you’ll need to show me that’.” Cathy was asked to show her prosthetic breast, removing it from her bra. “I did not take the name of the person at the time because it was just so horrific of an experience, I couldn’t believe someone had done that to me.  I’m a flight attendant.  I was just trying to get to work.”

 Just as we always suspected......

Abortion and the occult: a glimpse inside life at a death mill

Abigail Seidman
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia, December 13, 2010 ( - When Abigail Seidman’s mother had an abortion over twenty years ago, it marked the beginning of her plunge into some of the darkest places in human experience.
Seidman herself, a one-time atheist, is now a pro-life activist and shared her intimate knowledge of life inside the abortion clinic where her mother began to work as a nurse in a recent interview.
According to Seidman, her mother’s descent into the abortion culture was not motivated by the usual social talking points - to save women from dangerous back-alley abortions, or to “help” women in difficult situations - or even for the money. It was a religion – literally.
Seidman described her mother’s abortion clinic as “pervaded with occult imagery and practices.” The workers considered “abortion to be a form of sacrifice,” would perform the procedure as a sort of ritual, and worshipped deities embodying death, she said.
Sadly, as a teenager, Abigail and her unborn baby fell victim to this mentality, through an abortion that her mother encouraged, despite Seidman’s disagreement.
It’s not the sort of thing that many people like to think about, and many might even deny it is true. But Seidman is emphatic that pro-lifers must acknowledge abortion’s connection with the occult - and recognize it as a key part of pulling out the abortion industry by the roots.

(Click here to read the full interview with Abigail Seidman.)

“It’s not just a boogeyman,” Seidman told She said she believes “the occult believers are the ‘core’ of the pro-abortion movement, just as the born-again Christians are the ‘core’ of the pro-life movement.”
“I see no harm in striking at its heart, and informing ‘pro-choice’ people (particularly the well-meaning but misguided Christians) of who and what they are truly associating themselves with,” she said.
The mother of two does not claim that her experience is the norm for abortion clinics, saying that “many if not most” clinics are “strictly business” about abortion, and that many abortion workers are liberal Christians or atheists. But she is not alone: Seidman’s story aligns strongly with the experience of Rev. Thomas Euteneuer, an exorcist and former president of Human Life International, who has spoken for years on abortion’s connection to the occult.
Seidman says that there was ritual drug use, “sacred prostitution,” and ritual abortions performed after-hours, involving clinic staff who had intentionally become pregnant.
“I always had a ‘feeling’ that there was something ‘wrong’ or ‘dangerous’ there - almost a feeling of a presence, which I now recognize as being the exact opposite of the Presence that I feel in a church,” she said. The workers worshipped a Goddess whose “truest form” was recognized as “the Great Dragon” - a name she was later surprised to discover in the Bible.
At the same time, she gave a heartening picture of the effect of pro-life prayer, as witnessed from the other side of the battle line. In particular, she recalled her experience with one pro-life warrior - an old woman who would quietly pray for hours outside her clinic - whom she credits for her own eventual conversion.
“She was a tiny, frail, very elderly woman, who each Friday would walk to the clinic, kneel on the sidewalk at the corner (some distance away from the entrance), and pray the Rosary,” wrote Seidman on her blog. “Sometimes she would be there for hours, through any weather, with her bony knees on pavement that could be blazing hot, freezing cold, or soaking wet.
“I saw her every Friday I was there, and she always smiled at me when she arrived and again when she left, but never said a word.”
One day, after the old woman had prayed “for at least three hours, in freezing rain,” the clinic owner finally invited the little old lady inside for some tea - and attempted to convince her that her prayers were utterly wasted.
“When the owner finished speaking, the old lady put her teacup down, and said ‘God knows what I’m doing out there, and it matters to him even if it doesn’t matter to you or anyone else. My prayers have value to God. And if I can change one heart - even ONE’ - and she looked straight into my eyes as she said this - ‘then it will have all been worth it. I know God will reward me in the end.’ The clinic owner rolled her eyes, sighed, and shook her head. The old lady stood up, thanked us for the tea, and left.
“I never forgot her.”
Seidman, who says she “accepted Jesus Christ as my savior in June 2010” after a period of study and reflection, is set to be received into the Catholic Church next Easter. Through her story she has proved the triumph of good over evil by rejecting the despair that gripped her post-abortive mother - and forging her dark experiences into a weapon against it.
Click here to read the full interview with Abigail Seidman.
Edit 11:25 pm EST: A previous version of this article stated that the abortion clinic in question was affiliated with Planned Parenthood. Seidman’s mother worked at an independent clinic.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Pretty good summary of what is happening to the economy

contains some crude language

Sermon for Third Sunday in Advent -Bishop Giles OFM
GIVEN BY Fr. Bonaventure,OFM

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Baby Jesus ousted from St. George Ferry Terminal

Published: Friday, December 10, 2010, 11:31 PM     Updated: Friday, December 10, 2010, 11:45 PM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The Christ is out of Christmas at the St. George Ferry Terminal.
In what Catholics see as political correctness run amok, the city Department of Transportation (DOT) has removed a Nativity scene from the terminal, with an agency spokesman saying that the display was not authorized to be there.

But a menorah, marking the celebration of Hanukkah, and a Christmas tree remain on display in the terminal.


Her Doctrine and Morals

Third Sunday of Advent

12 December 2010


The Sunday


Dear Friend,
Today we are called upon to rejoice. We are rejoicing because Christ’s return is drawing nearer. We are preparing to celebrate His birth, but we are looking forward to His return. The same cry for Him to come that we see in the Old Testament, is uttered by us again. We repeat over and over again the last words of the Bible: “Come Lord Jesus.” Our hearts are to be filled with joy in this anticipation.
This joy is lost on so many in the world as they seek out a false joy of Modernism, and Materialism. The commercialization of Christ’s birth has distracted the majority from joyful anticipation of His return.
We look forward to His coming at the end of this world, but we also look forward to His coming or increasing in our own hearts and souls. The spiritual life shows us that we never love God enough. There is always room for us to love Him more and to invite Him to become ever more intimately present to us. We are always intimately present to God but He is not always so to us, as we tend to forget Him with all our other worldly cares and occupations.
For this to truly happen for us we must learn to imitate St. John the Baptist in today’s gospel. He truly humbles himself and refers to himself as a voice crying in the wilderness; a nobody. “There hath stood one in the midst of you, One whom you know not. The same is He that shall come after me, who is preferred before me; the latchet of whose shoe I am not worthy to loose.”
So must we say today: Christ has stood among us. He has been in our churches and in our daily lives but we have not truly known Him. And therefore we have ignored Him to the point that now He has taken away His presence from so many once beautiful churches. These buildings devoid of Christ’s Sacramental Presence are now wildernesses. And anyone who would speak of the true Jesus in these places is like a voice crying in the wilderness. No one listens or no one pays any attention to it.
And where Christ is, as we saw last week, very few go there and see and hear Him. His once beautiful Churches without His presence may be filled with people but are barren of His presence and grace. And His humble churches may have just a few souls present but it is filled with God’s presence and His grace.
The few souls that find His true Church and real Presence, must become like St. John and truly humble themselves. They must realize their own nothingness and the void within them if Christ is to come and fill that void with Himself.
We must empty ourselves of all that is of the world. All the Materialism, all the Modernism, all the Commercialism. Then we must empty ourselves of ourselves. In this state of utter humility we become a worthy receptacle for Jesus to come and enter in. There was no room for Him in the Inn and in so many houses because the people there were filled with the world and/or themselves. There was room for Jesus in the stable because there was no worldliness or pride and vanity there. In this humble emptiness Jesus came to fill the void. So too does He wish to do today within our souls.
We must hear the voice (of St. John the Baptist) crying in the wilderness of our souls; we must straighten out our lives. We must realize our own unworthiness and nothingness to allow Christ to enter and be the center and focal point of our lives. As we decrease, Christ will increase.
Our goal is to reach that state in this life as St. Paul speaks of, that it is not him (St. Paul) any longer but it is Christ living within him. This is our goal: to have not ourselves, but Christ living within us.
After we humble ourselves and rid ourselves of all that is incompatible with Christ’s presence, then let us call Him: “Come Lord Jesus” and rejoice in anticipation of His arrival.
We desire His presence with us now and also look forward to His return to this earth at the end of Time.

Possible wolf sightings in Park Falls raise concerns

Park Falls Herald
Published: Thursday, December 9, 2010 9:48 AM CST
PARK FALLS — The primal howling of wolves across the winter landscape can be an eerie sound, yet gray wolves are elusive, and even when their howling is heard, wolves are seldom seen — with the possible exception of the City of Park Falls, where wolf sightings are being reported with some regularity to the Park Falls Police Department.

Police Chief Scott Straetz said he is concerned about reports of one or more wolves spotted around homes, apartments, streets and yards on the south and west sides of Park Falls.

“The frustration is that the wolves are federally protected as an endangered species and I am being told there isn’t much that can be done about getting rid of them,” Straetz said.

While wolves are generally accepted as being a natural part of the landscape, their burgeoning population is causing them to expand their ranges and lose their natural apprehension around humans, and that is when their behavior becomes more difficult to predict.

“I think just to see a wolf, especially in town and right in your neighborhood, can be pretty unsettling,” Straetz said.

Adrian Wydeven, wildlife biologist and wolf expert at the Department of Natural Resources office in Park Falls, says he has not seen any clear photographs of any animal suspected to be a wolf, noting it is possible the animal is a large dog. Wydeven said there is some likelihood that it is a wolf which has chased the deer that live in and around the city, while it was hunting, and then ended up in the populated areas, especially those edged by woodlands.

In Park Falls, there have been reports of a wolf being sighted numerous times in the area of the South Side Park. One of the recent sightings was by City Alderman Tony Thier.

According to a police report, Thier said he was taking his black lab for a walk around 5 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 22, and as he came to the intersection of 9th Street South and 1st Avenue, he saw a wolf running around on the lawn of the apartments located on the northwest corner.

He noticed that the wolf had its nose on the lawn and was zigzagging around, until it spotted Thier and his dog and began to approach them. Thier began to walk back to his house, hoping the wolf would go in a different direction. However, the wolf continued to follow them. When Thier and his dog were nearly home, he decided to stop at a neighbor’s house because he felt that they were not in a safe situation. He spent a few minutes talking with his neighbor and the wolf walked out of his view. However, when Thier continued to walk toward his home, he looked back and saw the wolf standing in the yard a few houses away. The wolf again approached Thier and followed him as close as 30 yards. When Thier got back home, he called 911 to report the incident.

According to the police report, this was not the first time Thier had seen a wolf in the neighborhood. He told police he’d seen a wolf by the South Side Park previously, but at that time, he made some noise and the wolf ran off and did not attempt to get close to him.

The Park Falls Police Department had received a previous complaint of a wolf at the South Side Park from another neighbor who was concerned about the number of small children who play at the park.

Another report, a few days later, indicated that a motorist saw three deer run out of the West Industrial Park area, being chased by a single large wolf. The motorist said she saw the wolf take down one of the deer in a farm field belonging to Scott Hilgart, on the north side of Hwy. E. It was noted in that report that this area is adjacent to the industrial park and the Price County Tuscobia Trailhead Park used frequently by hikers and others.

Wolves killed a calf at an area farm July 6. The depredation was a confirmed wolf killing, Wydeven said. However, there were no other problems for the balance of the summer.

In the late fall, there were reports of 10 wolves being trapped at the Ocker Farm in the Town of Fifield on Hicks Landing Road and that certainly set off some concerns, Wydeven said. But, he added that it is now believed that the pack that tormented and injured the Ocker’s cattle have all been trapped and euthanized. The trapped animals could not be moved to another site, he said, because once they lose their fear of people, they simply repeat the same behavior.

Policed Chief Straetz said that even the DNR is limited to what it can do about managing the wolf population. He said he has all of his officers keeping a sharp eye out for any wolf within the city limits, but as of this week, there have been no sightings from a squad.

“We also really encourage any citizens who see a wolf in the city to please report it so that we can begin to build a record of its behavior and maybe that would help us to get some kind of exceptions made in this case,” Straetz said.

Straetz said that he’s not sure what is legal if it comes down to a case of self defense.

“Can you shoot a wolf? According to the law, absolutely not. But, if it is coming after you — I think there’s certainly a time when you have to protect yourself,” Straetz said.

Straetz offered a strong warning to parents not to allow their children to play in the South Side Park area without adult supervision, and to report any confrontations or wolf sightings to the Park Falls Police Department.

Park Falls Mayor Tom Ratzlaff said that he could not elaborate, but that the city is working to have a plan in place to deal with the threat of wolves in the city limits.

“I think that wolves are very beautiful animals and there is a place for them, but cities aren’t one of those places,” he said

While the wolf sightings have not been documented, Ratzlaff thinks there is little doubt that the animals are wolves.

“They are huge animals and I am sure that the people who have seen them are not making any mistake about what they are,” Ratzlaff said. “I don’t think there is much chance that these are big dogs.”

Wydeven said that people should not become frightened of the prospect of meeting a wolf.

“The best way to get them to move on is to stand tall, raise your arms, make a lot of noise. That almost always gets them to move away from you,” he said.

Wydeven said that traps used to catch wolves could not be set in the city because they are foot-hold traps, which could be a risk to dogs, other pets, or even children.

“It wouldn’t be safe to have these in a populated area,” Wydeven said.

He was reluctant to elaborate on the possible use of live traps.

While some of the neighbors in the South Side Park area have asked about carrying a firearm, Wydeven said it wasn’t a good idea.

“I am sure that there are some pretty strict restrictions about discharging firearms in the city limits,” he said. “Wolf attacks are extremely rare and there have never been any wolf attacks reported in Wisconsin or in the Great Lakes region. The biggest threat is wolves getting too close to see if there are any food items being offered in areas where people are providing food. People should be careful not to leave out any kind of animal carcasses or food for pets. They should not allow their pets to roam at will, and at night they should go outdoors with them and make some commotion and turn on the lights to make sure their animals are safe. They should be cautious and aware, especially when walking at night.”

Wolves are very curious animals, Wydeven noted, but it would be highly unlikely that a wolf would attack a dog that was with a human.

“If these are wolf sightings, we are still reasonably certain that these are not from the pack that was removed near Fifield (Ocker’s farm); the last of which was a radio-collared male, which has been trapped,” he said.

The DNR continues to alert residents in the northwoods of the latest conflicts with gray wolves versus dogs, and designates warning areas where wolves have been blamed for attacks on domestic animals. Anyone going out into the woods for hunting or recreation can check the DNR website that designates certain “alert areas” where there have been confirmed wolf depredations.

The depredations reported to the DNR in 2010 to date is 24 dogs killed and 11 dogs injured. Most, but not all, of the dogs were hunting dogs that were attacked by wolves in the field, but there were some dogs kept as pets, that including the latest on Oct. 25, when a 10-year-old Gordon setter was killed in the Town of Jump River just south of the Price County.

There have been many court challenges that have placed the gray wolf back on the endangered species list after some brief times when it was off. Once delisted, wolves in Wisconsin would be managed according to the state’s updated wolf management plan. The plan has provisions for lethal control of problem wolves under certain circumstances.

It was recently decided at the federal level that the petitions asking for state management from Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota “hold merit” and are being reconsidered — a process which could take up to one year.

In the meantime, Straetz and the DNR encourage calls from city residents or visitors who might see a wolf in the area, or wolf tracks.

“We will respond as quickly as we can,” Straetz said. “We will then contact the DNR with those reports so we can establish a record of the behavior of these animals.”

I know that this has little to do with this blog - but it is an example of how absurd this world is getting.  This is my hometown and I have young children, a grandchild, and another grandchild on the way, all of whom live here and now are in danger in their own backyards from a deadly and dangerous predator that should never have been protected in the first place!  Our ancestors rid Wisconsin of these predators almost 100 years ago, and then in the early 1990's activists and their dupes and associates with the WI DNR reintroduced them to northern, Wisconsin and now look what has happened.

Myths and Facts: Study Verifies That There Is No Value In Any Flu Vaccine

click here for full story

A remarkable study published in the Cochrane Libary found no evidence of benefit for influenza vaccinations and also noted that the vast majority of trials were inadequate.

The authors stated that the only ones showing benefit were industry-funded. They also pointed out that the industry-funded studies were more likely to be published in the most prestigious journals...and one more thing: They found cases of severe harm caused by the vaccines, in spite of inadequate reporting of adverse effects.

Friday, December 10, 2010

US House approves large increase in military aid to Israel 

WASHINGTON – Despite freezing funding for most aspects of the US government at 2010 levels, the US House agreed Wednesday evening to increase military aid to Israel substantially.

Most significantly, the House added $205 million in first-time funding for the Iron Dome project, a short-range rocket defense system. The money was pledged by President Barack Obama last May, but had been stalled until now....

Our entire economy is collapsing, we are entering hyper inflation, unemployment keeps rising, our deficit is ever growing to the point that we can never pay it back, the dollar is collapsing - and our Congress approves large increases in military aid to a foreign nation!

Where is the outrage?  



WikiLeaks ‘struck a deal with Israel’ over diplomatic cables leaks

We should obviously all support WikiLeaks and its founder and spokesperson, Julian Assange, who has just been arrested in Britain, in this dirty war by states around the globe against transparency and openness. But in the world of politics, sadly, things are never as innocent as they appear. According to new revelations, Assange had allegedly struck a deal with Israel before the recent ‘cable gate’, which may explain why the leaks “were good for Israel,” as the Israeli prime minister put it.

A number of commentators, particularly in Turkey and Russia, have been wondering why the hundreds of thousands of American classified documents leaked by the website last month did not contain anything that may embarrass the Israeli government, like just about every other state referred to in the documents. The answer appears to be a secret deal struck between the WikiLeaks “heart and soul”, as Assange humbly described himself once [1], with Israeli officials, which ensured that all such documents were ‘removed’ before the rest were made public....

WikiLeaks is an Israeli operation!


The dark side of biotech: expert details grisly fate of fetal body parts

  • Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:12 EST

Dr. Theresa Deisher speaks at the HLI conference last weekend.
WASHINGTON, D.C., December 8, 2010 ( - Every day in America, countless packages are carefully transferred for use by government, university, pharmaceutical and other biotechnology laboratories. Some of these end up advancing development of products such as cosmetics and food additives; others are used directly as a form of therapy.
The material in those packages are human body parts - eyes, ears, limbs, brain, skin - now an indispensable commodity for many U.S. researchers and scientists, and a lucrative export of America’s abortion clinics.

To see an example of an order form for fetal body parts, click here.

Dr. Theresa Deisher, a molecular and cellular physiologist and an internationally-recognized expert in regenerative medicine, explored the routine “commoditizing” of unborn human beings in modern biotechnology in a speech in Washington, DC on Friday. Deisher is Managing Member and Research and Development Director at AVM Biotechnology, and has several years’ experience as a commercial scientist at top pharmaceutical companies. Her work has led to dozens of patented medical breakthroughs.
Historically, when man wants to exploit other men, “what we first have to do is alter our way of thinking about them, and then of course we actually have to dehumanize them, and we usually do that by denying them a soul: so therefore they’re not actually human like the rest of us,” Deisher told an audience at the “50 Years of the Pill” conference hosted by Human Life International of America.
This, she explained, is precisely the scenario with the smallest human lives in medical research today - and not just embryos, but unborn children of all trimesters - whose body parts grow more valuable as they mature.
She noted that an article in the Puget Sound Business Journal discovered that the University of Washington filled out more than 4,400 requests for fresh fetal body parts from fetal tissue for the purpose of biomedical research in 2009, the first time hard numbers of such transactions were uncovered.
“It has to be approved by an institutional review board, so they think they’re applying ethics to this because they reviewed the use of this,” said Deisher. “What do you think that relationship might have to do with doctors encouraging abortions?” She estimates that as many as 1.87 million such transactions - requesting individual body parts such as eyes and liver - could happen each year in America.
The scientist also noted that plenty of scientific literature, available on the Internet, discusses the optimal age for a child’s death in order to obtain useful body parts: one such professional noted that the best heart tissue is obtained from a child of 22 weeks’ gestation.
In addition to research, Deisher said the bodies of unborn children are being used “as not only biomedical research tools, but as actual medical therapies.” “Fetuses 12, 14, 16, 18 weeks gestation are ground up and their cells are implanted in people who have had strokes or Parkinson’s disease,” she said.
Another ethical battlefield involves the use of cell lines derived from aborted children. Contrary to popular belief, today’s fetal stem cell lines derive from not one, but several abortions - many of them in the second trimester - and will have to be replaced with fresh victims as they are only useful for about 30 to 35 years, said the scientist.
Fetal cell line vaccines such as measles-mumps-rubella, chicken pox, and hepatitis A are not only morally problematic, said Deisher, but their use has a dramatic correlation with an epidemic on the rise: autism.
When examining the points at which autism diagnosis mysteriously spiked in the U.S., said Deisher, “the only thing that is associated with these change points is the introduction of a fetal cell vaccine.” She said the correlation even holds true for the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Wales, Denmark, Japan, and southeastern Asian countries: “in every country we have looked at, they have different change points, every one is associated with an aborted fetal event.” No other variable, she said, has correlated so closely to the pattern of autism diagnosis.
Deisher blamed such commercialization, in part, on the growing tendency to see children as “a choice rather than a blessing,” due to technology controlling fertility such as the hormonal birth control pill.
“From that point, it was pretty easy for us to begin looking at children as a material thing, a new car or a mansion, a commodity,” she said.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Ex-head of B'nai Brith Que. given wrist slap for child porn

He admitted to downloading about nine hours of videos of sexual acts involving girls under the age of 16, saying he did it because he was curious.

The 45-day sentence, recommended by the defence and the Crown, is the minimum allowed under the law.
On Thursday, the judge decided not to add Surkis's name to the national sex offender registry.

Helen Thomas Says Anti-Defamation League is Intimidating Her

Thomas had said that Zionists control major U.S. institutions and Foxman, said her comments were "classic ... anti-Semitism." He called on groups to remove honors in her name. Hours later, Wayne State University pulled an award in her name...

... thereby proving her point.
Welcome to America , make that Amerika

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

As you read the following article keep in mind the praise and promotion of the United Nations by the false Vatican II Council and the anti-popes of the Vatican II sect:

Cancun talks start with a call to the gods

By Juliet Eilperin

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With United Nations climate negotiators facing an uphill battle to advance their goal of reducing emissions linked to global warming, it's no surprise that the woman steering the talks appealed to a Mayan goddess Monday.

Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, invoked the ancient jaguar goddess Ixchel in her opening statement to delegates gathered in Cancun, Mexico, noting that Ixchel was not only goddess of the moon, but also "the goddess of reason, creativity and weaving. May she inspire you -- because today, you are gathered in Cancun to weave together the elements of a solid response to climate change, using both reason and creativity as your tools."

She called for "a balanced outcome" which would marry financial and emissions commitments from industrialized countries aimed at combating climate change with "the understanding of fairness that will guide long-term mitigation efforts."

U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres places a building block in a miniature Mayan pyramid at the site of climate negotiations in Cancun, Mexico, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. The "Pyramid of Hope" monument was erected by the TckTckTck climate awareness campaign to symbolize the many building blocks needed for a new climate agreement. (AP Photo/Karl Ritter)"Excellencies, the goddess Ixchel would probably tell you that a tapestry is the result of the skilful interlacing of many threads," said Figueres, who hails from Costa Rica and started her greetings in Spanish before switching to English. "I am convinced that 20 years from now, we will admire the policy tapestry that you have woven together and think back fondly to Cancun and the inspiration of Ixchel."

Delegates from 193 countries are gathered in Cancun for the two-week meeting, which kicked off today at 10:20 a.m. local time, or 11:20 a.m. Eastern. Mexican President Felipe Calderon, a major proponent of action on climate change, attended the opening.

Two weeks from now, we'll have a sense of whether Ixchel -- and the delegates -- were listening to Figueres's appeal.