Stepping on the Third Gear

Tonight, I heard of this story for the first time.  As I was flipping past something I figured would be boring I heard the word “peloton”.  Since I avidly follow the Tour, I clicked back and saw that the company that makes the Peloton exercise bike, which connects you to other riders via the internet to form a riding group, a “peloton”, has a commercial that made lib heads explode.   Of course I had to see what was up.

It seems that the bad guy, of course a man, in this commercial is an evil sexist.  Why?  He bought his wife this nefarious oppressing exercise bike.  Apparently, that means he is sinister-…ly forcing her into a certain body type and, naturally, blind obedience.

Watch how oppressed she is and feel the rage build.

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Catholic Church discovered in Dublin archeology dig

Dublin, Ireland, Dec 5, 2019 / 07:00 pm (CNA).- After the demolition of a Dublin building, archaeologists have  discovered the foundations a 300-year-old church that was used during times of Catholic persecution.

The church was uncovered by a team of archeologists during a dig taking place before the development of a 10-story office building planned for the site.

Excavation of the church will likely take place until December.

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Christian Leaders Visiting Islamic Institutions in Pakistan

Visiting a madrasa (Koranic school) and the department of Islamic studies of a university faculty in Multan: this is the special mission accomplished in recent days by Mgr. Sebastian Shaw, Catholic Archbishop of Lahore and President of the Bishops’ Commission for Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue, reported Fides News Agency. Accompanied by a delegation of Dominican religious, including Fr. Jamshed Albert OP, Fr. Raphael Mahenga OP and Fr. Jamshed Gill OP, the Franciscan, Fr. Francis Nadeem OFM Capp, Executive Secretary of the Bishops’ Commission, and other participants in the mini-pilgrimage, the archbishop went to the madrasa where he met the imam and the students. After an exchange of greetings and mutual appreciation, at the end of the meeting an olive tree was planted in the compound of the madrasa and all those present recited together the prayer “God, give me the instrument of your peace”, attributed to Francis of Assisi, as a sign of unity between Christians and Muslims, a desire reiterated by all.

The delegation then moved to the Baha Ul Din Zikria University in Multan, visiting the Department of Islamic Studies, where a meeting was held with the professors of the Department, with an exchange of views on the path of unity and harmony among Christians and Muslims, respecting each other’s differences. Mr. Jamil Nataqani, at the head of the Department of Islamic Studies, and other professors expressed their joy by welcoming the Christian representatives. Archbishop Sebastian Shaw spoke and donated the “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living” signed in Abu Dhabi by Pope Francis together with Sheikh Ahmad al-Tayyebad i, translated into Urdu, calling for collaboration for peace at a universal level. At the conclusion of the fruitful debate, an olive tree was also planted in the Department of Islamic Studies, as “a sacred sign of the common commitment to dialogue, peace, and reconciliation among Christians and Muslims”.

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An Advent Hymn That Sings of the Great Wedding Feast of the Lamb

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Another great Advent Hymn to discuss must be Wake, O Wake, with Tidings Thrilling. It’s original German title is Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, which translates more literally, “Awake, a voice calls to us.” The hymn was written in 1599 by Philipp Nicolai, and summarizes and imagines the parable of the Ten Virgins.  It is beautifully creative, painting a picture of joyful anticipation as the groom finally arrives and the joyful cry goes out to the bridesmaids to raise their torches high. The bride of course is Mother Church, the New Jerusalem, who joyfully looks for Christ, her groom as descends from heaven in the glory of his Second Coming. And thus the hymn also points to the following text:

I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. … I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean was given her to wear” (Rev 21:2-3; 19:7-8).

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Archbishop Gądecki will ask European Bishops’ Conferences to Support St. John Paul II as Patron of Europe, Doctor of Church

“I asked for permission to send an invitation to the Presidents of Bishops’ Conferences of all of Europe to support the initiative that I had addressed to Pope Francis to proclaim St. John Paul II Patron of Europe and Doctor of the Church. I have received such permission,” said Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, President of the Polish Bishops’ Conference and Vice-President of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) during the meeting of the Presidency of the CCEE on December 1-3 in Bratislava.

The President of the Polish Bishops’ Conference emphasized that he addressed the request to Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, President of the CCEE. He also added that this is an extremely important matter for Poland.

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