Ephesians 6 begins with instruction to a number of different groups of people. As a parent, I always loved verse one: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right”. Somehow my kids weren’t nearly as fond of it when we had them memorize it. Because of the sin nature of all mankind, we have to teach our kids obedience as it doesn’t come naturally. It’s hard to do, and requires that parents do their job leading ‘in the Lord’ – not just their own desires and whims. The next verse sets that foundation: “Honor your father and mother….that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land”. Part of parenting in the Lord is to treat our own parents with honor. That principle and requirement never ends. We can’t expect obedience from our kids without honor for…
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He marched on the streets in pain as he returned the stolen items to its owner.
The proverbial 40 days of thief became reality to a man who stole music systems in the town of Masindi when a swarm of bees attacked him at his hideout.
The unidentified man was forced to return the stolen woofer after the bees attacked him with stings and making a home on his head, neck and almost half of his body.
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Pope Francis and Myanmar’s President Htin Kyaw attend a welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Nov. 28. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (CNS) — The plight of the ethnic Muslim minority in Myanmar’s Rakhine state was front and center in speeches by Pope Francis and Aung San Suu Kyi, but neither publicly used the word Rohingya.
After private meetings Nov. 28 with Myanmarese President Htin Kyaw and Suu Kyi, the state counselor and de facto head of government, the pope and Suu Kyi gave formal speeches to government officials and diplomats gathered at the convention center in Naypyitaw, the nation’s capital.
Suu Kyi, leader of the process to bring democracy to Myanmar and winner of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize, publicly acknowledged, “Of the many challenges that our government has been facing, the situation in Rakhine has most strongly captured the attention of the world. As we address long-standing issues — social, economic and political — that have eroded trust and understanding, harmony and cooperation between different communities in Rakhine, the support of our people and of good friends who only wish to see us succeed in our endeavors has been invaluable.”
“The road to peace is not always smooth,” she told the pope, “but it is the only way that will lead our people to their dream of a just and prosperous land that will be their refuge, their pride, their joy.”
In his speech, Pope Francis was even less specific, although he repeatedly insisted that the rights of each member of society and each ethnic group must be respected. He praised the role of the United Nations and the international community in supporting peace efforts, presumably also in their condemnations of the discrimination and persecution of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority.
“The future of Myanmar must be peace, a peace based on respect for the dignity and rights of each member of society, respect for each ethnic group and its identity, respect for the rule of law, and respect for a democratic order that enables each individual and every group — none excluded — to offer its legitimate contribution to the common good,” Pope Francis said.
The pope said he wanted to visit the country to strengthen the small Catholic community and “to offer a word of encouragement to all those who are working to build a just, reconciled and inclusive social order.”
Myanmar’s “greatest treasure,” he insisted, “is its people, who have suffered greatly, and continue to suffer, from civil conflict and hostilities that have lasted all too long and created deep divisions.”
Pope Francis praised Suu Kyi for convoking the “21st Century Panglong Union Peace Conference,” a series of meetings that began in 2016 between the government and militant groups from more than a dozen ethnic groups in Myanmar.
The Rohingya are not included in the peace process since the government does not consider them to be a Myanmar ethnic group, but rather foreigners.
Pope Francis insisted, “The future of Myanmar must be peace, a peace based on respect for the dignity and rights of each member of society, respect for each ethnic group and its identity, respect for the rule of law, and respect for a democratic order that enables each individual and every group — none excluded — to offer its legitimate contribution to the common good.”
Religious communities must play a role in the process of reconciliation and integration, he said. “Religious differences need not be a source of division and distrust, but rather a force for unity, forgiveness, tolerance and wise nation building.”
In addition to helping heal “the emotional, spiritual and psychological wounds of those who have suffered in the years of conflict,” he said all religions “can help to uproot the causes of conflict, build bridges of dialogue, seek justice and be a prophetic voice for all who suffer.”
FR. MAURICE MESCHLER
One of the most common phrases I hear believers say is that we are made for the glory of God. True enough. But it wasn’t until I started writing — after many hours of prayer, Bible study, and research — that I realized that the meaning of this truth is not as clear to many as I had assumed.
I reached out to my readers and social media followers to ask them what they think it means to be made for the glory of God. Their answers were as revealing as my experience. Most of them simply said, “It is praising God,” which is good, but not sufficient.
So, what does the glory of God mean? Let us begin with Scripture.
In Exodus, the nomadic people of Israel enjoyed the privilege of God’s abiding and often visible presence. He led them through the desert with a pillar of cloud by day, and a pillar of fire by night (Exod. 13:20–22; 14:19–24). The word Shekinah became a domestic word for describing God’s radiant presence — what we would today call His glory. Later on, Moses received the two tablets that became the vivid expression of God’s presence among His people and the most sacred objects of the religious faith of the Jews. An ark was to be built in which the tablets would be reposed, following the specifications God gave, placed on the mercy seat in the Holy of Holies.
When, for instance, the Philistines defeated Israel and captured the Ark of the Covenant, the dominant mood of the people was total despair. See the words of Rachel, who suddenly delivered her baby: “She named the boy Ichabod, saying, ‘The glory has departed from Israel!’ because the ark of God had been captured” (1 Sam. 4:21). On the other hand, the psalmist’s profession, “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold” refers to a people who were assured of God’s abiding presence among them when the Ark of the Covenant was secure (Ps. 46:11).
God’s glory, therefore, seems to be His manifestation or revelation to His people, whether as prefigured in the imagery of the pillars of cloud and fire or in the Ark of the Covenant.
Now let’s turn to the New Testament. The key insights are the words of the Savior in John 17 — His prayer to the Father:
I glorified thee on earth, having accomplished the work which thou gavest me to do; and now, Father, glorify thou me in thy own presence with the glory which I had with thee before the world was made. I have manifested thy name to the men whom thou gavest me out of the world; thine they were, and thou gavest them to me, and they have kept thy word. (John 17:4–6)
Jesus brought God glory by finishing the work the Father gave him to do — the work of salvation, which is embodied by belief in the fullness of divine revelation. The glory of God is the very identity of God, and Jesus in the fullness of revelation because He has revealed to humanity the character and identity of God. The Lord Jesus Christ is God’s glory revealed. The disciples came to know in time that Jesus was the embodiment and revelation of God. “He who has seen me,” the Lord told Philip, “has seen the Father” (John 14:9).
Given all of this, how can we glorify God? Let’s examine the Greek roots of the word glory for some answers.
The Greek word 6oξâζw (doxazo) is the verb used for “to glorify” in the Greek Scriptures. The noun form, 6óξα (doxa), means “glory.” The word was not originally a sacred concept; the writers of the New Testament incorporated it into the religious context, giving it a new and deeper meaning. Doxazo originally meant “to believe,” or “to have an opinion,” or “to suspect,” as in the impressions one might have of another person. Specifically, it was used in the affirmative sense of a good impression or opinion of someone, and not as much in the negative sense of a bad impression. Thus, doxazo is to express a high opinion of someone.
In the New Testament, the Apostles used the word to mean “to value highly,” “to exalt,” and “to magnify.” Although related to the secular Greek usage, it adds to the meaning by extending the appreciation beyond private opinions to outward expressions of admiration.
“To magnify” is an especially important new meaning, since it includes the idea of enlarging or enhancing the object or person. This is like zooming in on an image so that every line, contour, and color is clearer and more visible. Magnifying relates to visibility; exalting or extolling relates to praise. This is where the popular concept of glorifying God through praising Him or worshipping Him with words, hymns, liturgy, or instruments fits in.
Yet another vital meaning of the word doxazo, as used in the New Testament, is “to value highly.” This expresses the idea of a treasure in the heart, like the parable of the hidden treasure, where one will be ready to give up everything so as to possess what is highly valued.
These three nuances of meaning are contained in the word and will help us in our understanding of what it means to be made for the glory of God. The three senses also relate to the three great acts of responsible human behavior — words, thoughts, and actions. We can glorify God by exalting Him, magnifying Him, and valuing Him as our supreme treasure.
We exalt God with praise, with acknowledgment of His supreme majesty, with acts of gratitude, and with prayer. Praising and worshiping God avail much because, as Scripture says, the Lord is “enthroned on the praises of Israel” — that is, His people (Ps. 22:3). The best way to praise God is to offer Him the Son’s sacrifice of praise, which He offered to the Father for us all on the Cross of Calvary. Thus, the Eucharist is the apex of divine praise on earth.
Exalting God also entails talking about God — His words, His actions, and His beauty — as readily as possible. God should be frequently on our lips — more often than any other person in our lives. It is surprising to observe that even among believers, God is usually discussed only as a footnote. It’s unfortunate that even for some experts of Christian theology, too much time and resources are spent on the study of arcane speculations only distantly related to the source of the study — Christ the Lord. We leave the Christian core in pursuit of something less. It is like a husband who talks to others about everything other than his wife and her life and concerns. More often than not there is a correlation between the people you exalt and the people you talk about. This brings up the uncomfortable question: Do you think and talk more about God or yourself? What does this say about whom you exalt above all others?
We glorify God by magnifying Him — that is, by making Him more visible to others. In simple terms, to glorify God is to reveal Him to those we encounter and throughout our society. Whatever we do that does not reveal — or, worse, obscures — the holiness and goodness of God frustrates our primary goal. We are primarily made for God’s glory, to be His reflection in the world.
Reflections share visual or intellectual characteristics (such as when a writer pens a “reflection” on a topic) with the objects or persons or concepts they mirror. They resemble their origin, even if imperfectly, while pointing back to it. Put simply, reflections make visible what they represent.
This resembles the nature of sacraments: symbols and signs that point to and effect a deeper spiritual reality. The Church Herself has this sacramental nature because the “eternal mystery of the divine plan for the salvation of humanity was given its visible form as the Church, the new People of God.” The Church embodies God’s presence among men and at the same time is the sign of the eternal kingdom yet to come. Each member of the Church is a living temple of God, wherein God resides: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit?” (1 Cor. 6:19).
The Church is the assembly of God — the new people of God in Christ — and not simply an individual. She is therefore bigger and deeper than each of the individual members. But each member of the Church is integrally connected with the others, for we are one in Christ, members of His Body, the Church. Thus, the Church, as both a community of faith and as a collection of individual members, shows forth to the world the testimony of salvation, which has been won on Calvary. The Church by Her very nature magnifies God through worship, prayer, sacrifice, words, and good works among people.
Similarly, all that exists in the temporal order points to the source of its being — its originator, its Creator.
Scripture and Tradition never cease to teach and celebrate this fundamental truth: “The world was made for the glory of God (Dei Filius, can. § 5: DS 3025).” St. Bonaventure explains that God created all things “not to increase his glory, but to show it forth and to communicate it (In II Sent. I, 2, 2, 1),” for God has no other reason for creating than His love and goodness: “Creatures came into existence when the key of love opened his hand (St. Thomas Aquinas, Sent. II, Prol.)” (CCC 293).
Two distinctions must be made here between rational created beings (i.e., humans and angels) and other creatures in the manner in which God is magnified. Although the world in all its beauty points to its Creator and thereby magnifies Him, and although the very existence of living plants and animals are a testimony of the eternal wisdom of the Creator, these created things do so without will or choice. Humans and humans alone, in the temporal order, are called to magnify the Lord with their will and choices. This happens, it turns out, in the very being of humanity — when the person is fully alive in love and faith and hope. As St. Irenaeus saint puts it, “The glory of God is man fully alive.”
The beautiful baroque architectural masterpiece of the Arch-basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome reflects the intellect and spreads the name of Alessandro Galilei, the great eighteenth-century architect who designed it. So does Michelangelo’s Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel, his imposing statue of Moses inside the Church of San Pietro in Vincoli, and his masterpiece Pietà at St. Peter’s Basilica. And the baldacchino of St. Peter’s Basilica, a magnificent bronze canopy over the shrine of the Apostle Peter below the dome, reflects the mind and fame of Bernini. And in their own way the ancient pyramids of Egypt, the great stones of Ethiopia, and the artistry of the Benin sculptures reflect their makers. Each of these masterpieces in different ways gives us insight into the cultures from which they emerged, the genius of those generations, and the creative personalities who conceived of them. In the same way, God’s creation reflects and magnifies His nature.
There’s no better place in the New Testament to find a testimony to the glory of God than at the church in Antioch of Pisidia, when, through the witness of the early Church, the pagan world came to confess “these are Christians” because they follow the footsteps of Christ, their founder (see Acts 11:26). The lives of the early Christians made Jesus so visible that the Pisidians could see Jesus in the lives of the disciples — in their preaching, in their community life, in their prayers, and in their performance of miracles. The life of the creature has meaning in reference to its Creator. The creature simply cannot live its life to the fullest without revealing its Maker. Thus, our life is most fully lived when it more fully reveals Jesus Christ.
Valuing God as Our Highest Treasure
We glorify God by worshipping Him as our highest, priceless treasure. Nothing — nothing! — can compare to Him. Worship reminds us of our total commitment and loyalty to God, who does not share His glory with anyone else. If we value God as the highest treasure, He sets the standard for our appreciation of other lower values. We can then acknowledge His lordship (Matt. 6:9–13), submit to His Son (Phil. 2:9–11), participate in His work (Hag. 1:7–8), endure anything and suffer for His sake (1 Pet. 4:12–16), and be ready to offer our lives in martyrdom (John 21:18–19; Ps. 116:15).
Martyrdom (from the same Greek root word for “witnessing”) is the clearest evidence of one who treasures God above all else. If we really take God as our highest treasure, then nothing will ever take His place in our lives. In fact, we will be willing and ready to sacrifice everything, including our lives, for God’s cause.
The Benefits of Glorifying God
God has made us for Himself, and the glory of humanity is a society that glorifies God. When we glorify God, we become the best we can be and achieve harmony in a world ruptured by sin and wickedness. Otherwise, God’s name is made an object of scorn among people and the revolt against Him makes humanity the most vulnerable of all creatures. The result is conflict between a person and his neighbor, and between mankind and the natural world.
The story does not end this way for the person who has undertaken the life journey of faith. Instead, we experience joy and fulfillment as God is praised, worshipped, and magnified through us. Faith, by glorifying God, makes us the very best we can be.
The life of faith and the journey of faith are one and the same: humanity living the way God has made us to be, experiencing the joy of salvation in anticipation of blessed eternity. This is glory at its best.
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2 More Whistleblowers Divulge Involvement in Secret Space Program
20 and Back
is the standard phrase use to describe the tour of duty undergone by recruits into the SSP (Secret Space Program). The term 20 and back refers to the 20 year commitment that these military men and women make when they sign up to go into space – or the amount of time they are forced to serve as slaves. Recent whistleblowers to divulge their involvement in the SSP are Tony Rodrigues (who went public in 2016) and Michael Gerloff (who went public this year in 2017). Their testimonies are remarkable, and echo the accounts and experiences of many other whistleblowers who have recalled lost memories and/or gone public with their story of having been part of the SSP. These include Michael Relfe, Arthur Neumann (aka Henry Deacon), Andy Basiago, Bernard Mendez, Michael Prince, Max Spiers, Randy Cramer (aka Captain K or Kaye) and Corey Goode. Their accounts vary in credibility, however the similarities are striking. Many of these men talk about having set foot on Mars, but only some (Relfe, Cramer and Goode) specifically refer to the 20 and backmilitary program – as Rodrigues and Gerloff do.
20 and Back = Time Travel and Age Regression
One of the alleged hallmarks of the 20 and back program is that it involves highly advanced technology (time travel and age regression) whereby the recruit, at the end of his/her service, is actually brought back in time to the point at which he/she signed up – plus they are age regressed to be brought back to their age at that time. This means, in effect, that they gain a whole extra 20 years’ experience in life (although often those memories are inaccessible and buried deep within their subconscious). In other words, they live that same age range/period in their lives twice over, in different places doing different things, and only one of those timelines remains active.
20 and Back: Tony Rodrigues Worked as a Slave on a Cargo Ship in the SSP
Tony Rodrigues was abducted as a young boy and eventually ended up in the 20 and back program. He claims he was abducted by 5 aliens after teasing another kid in his grade whose father was high up in the Illuminati. He had Grey ETs in his house. He met a funny Reptilian who joked around with him and did a Bruce Lee impersonation. He ended up in a situation where he was used with other children as sex slaves in Seattle at age 13. He underwent brutal training, including sexual abuse and being forced to attend Satanic ritual and engage in cannibalism. He or his group tested as “theta” (psychic). Later on at age 16 in 1988, he went to the Moon.
During his time in the SSP, Tony was treated as a slave and had to work incredibly hard. He and the other recruits were treated with a “carrot and stick” mentality, i.e. either rewarded or punished. He worked as cargo officer on a ship within the Solar System dropping off cargo at various bases (including moons of other planets e.g. Enceladus on Saturn). He reveals how some of the cargo was advanced alien technology (nuclear missiles far more sophisticated than terrestrial nuclear weapons). He mostly worked on Ceres (the largest asteroid in Solar System, in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter). There was a large base concealed in darkness at a location on Ceres where the sun doesn’t shine. Tony recalls visiting many Earth-like planets during his SSP time.
The fact that he recalls so many details (some minor, some major) from his time working in the SSP lends credence to his account. For instance, he saw the Nazi eagle a lot on the uniforms of officials who commanded him (sometimes with a swastika below, sometimes with other symbols); he saw Ahuna Mons out of his spaceship window; he saw other spaceships in hangars; he describes a giant train station in Ceres with giant horses (built with scaffolding) in an underground cavern; the slave workers were constantly spied on, but no one could see the cameras; despite being a slave, he occasionally got paid small amounts (e.g. $20) in a currency called “Franks” which looked like an old Germanic currency; there were facial recognition technological devices for shopping there; there were automatic translators (English <=> German) so he could converse with some of the (grumpy) middle-aged female German shopkeepers there; there was artificial telepathy (with a machine, as opposed to natural/organic telepathy); and he used an incredibly fast train system there for transportation. This train system used magnetics. You could get anywhere on Ceres within 30 minutes, despite the fact that it’s 580 miles in diameter.
20 and Back: Michael Gerloff Watched from a Young Age
Michael Gerloff is a Marine whistleblower who claims he was recruited into the SSP at age 18 in 1978. He displayed psychic abilities from young age, e.g. at age 3 he had left his body and had a OBE (Out of Body Experience). Gerloff later found out that his DNA doesn’t match that of his parents. Gerloff doesn’t have as much memory recall as Rodrigues, but the way he describes being recruited into (and returned from) the SSP is fascinating. He claims he was training to be a Marine when, in the middle of a test, he was taken aside by a captain and invited to be part of the space corps (this is in line with Randy Cramer’s claims of working for the UMSC s. s. or the United States Marine Corps special section).
Once Gerloff accepted, he was taken to a room with a load of paperwork, and recalls Lockheed Martin being part of that paperwork. He asked the captain if he could make a call, which the captain denied, but the captain did say he would send Gerloff’s family a military telegram (a “Marsgram”) to let them know that Gerloff was safe. Gerloff remembers being told about the 20 and back program, and being promised that he would be brought back in time at the completion of his tour of duty.
After the 20 years had passed, he was taken right back to the very moment where he signed up, into the same room, into the same chair, with the same captain sitting there. He was very dazed and discombobulated, and he couldn’t quite work out what had happened. He went to serve in the regular Marine corps for some time. He recalls that there was something about that Marsgram telegram, and about conflict with North Korea (topical in the news now), that may have been intended to trigger his memories. He also recalls some interesting details: after his time in the SSP, when he went to serve in the regular Marines, he sustained a calf injury and noticed (during Boot Camp) that it began festering as though his body were rejecting something. He pulled out a small, mucus-like sphere (the size of a BB gun pellet). He flushed it down the toilet at the time, but now in hindsight thinks it was a tracking device. He also recalls volunteering for experiments with a new Big Pharma drug called halcyon in a military program.
In his interviews, Gerloff displays a strong commitment to the truth. He states that “secrecy has made us less as a nation.” Was he officially sanctioned to come forward at this time with his disclosure testimony by a USMC Intelligence Group running the Space Marines?
You can find some of his interviews here.
How Credible Are These Whistleblowers?
The big question with these whistleblower testimonies will always be: how credible are they? In Gerloff’s case, he has some documentation, but it relates to his time in the regular part of the military, not the space branch. Dr. Michael Salla, a leading expert in the area of Exopolitics and a man to whom many new whistleblowers turn, states that he vetted Rodrigues (with the help of 2 of Salla’s colleagues) for over 1 year before publicly interviewing him. In general, I trust Salla’s judgment, although it should be noted that another great researcher in the field Bill Ryan (co-founder of Project Camelot and current moderator of Project Avalon) vehemently speaks out against the credibility of whistleblower Corey Goode, whom Salla believes and whose information Salla uses. Bill Ryan outlines his grave concerns about Goode’s truthfulness in several places including this interview with “Dark Journalist” Daniel Liszt.
In discussing how credible Goode (aka GoodETxSG) is, Salla writes:
“In my own database of whistleblowers, contactees, leaked documents and breaking news on the secret space program(s), I have found nothing awry in GoodETxSG’s claims. His claim of separate space programs is consistent with Randy Cramer’s claims that he served with the Earth Defense Force (a multinational alliance) for 17 years on Mars to defend five civilian bases belonging to the Mars Colony Corporation. In his alleged 17 years on Mars, Cramer claims he never once ventured into the Mars Colony Corporation facilities, even for R & R. That appeared strange to me when I first heard of it. That degree of formal separation between military and corporate bases on Mars, however, supports GoodETxSG’s claims of separate space programs.
GoodETxSG claims that he served a 20 year tour of service with the secret space program(s) before being age-regressed back to a time shortly after his duty began. Essentially this allowed him to live a 20 year time-span twice. Also, his memories were wiped or “blank-slated” and GoodETxSG, now a civilian, was encouraged not to rejoin any military service in case that triggered memory recall of his prior 20 year service. This is consistent with the claims of Michael Relfe (The Mars Record) and Randy Cramer (Earth Defense Force) who say they went through a similar security process.”
With any kind of whistleblower testimony, you have to develop your own discernment filter to attempt to gauge the truthhood of it. The above 2 whistleblowers may be pioneers pointing the way to a parallel breakaway civilization which is developing and unfolding in staggering ways, right as we live our normal lives on Earth. Certainly, there are similarities among what 20 and back whistleblowers Michael Relfe, Randy Cramer, Corey Goode, Tony Rodrigues and Michael Gerloff are telling us. In Relfe’s case, the information was drawn out over a long period of time by Stephanie Relfe (later his wife), a professional therapist who conducted hypnotherapy sessions with him. In so many ways, truth is stranger than fiction.