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VICTORY FOR GCC
PARENTS AND DENISE
PARTS WAYS WITH
"...Mr. Trent D. Bocan is no longer Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Greensburg, effective December 5, 2013."....
Trent Bocan, Former Superintendent of Catholic Schools
The Parents of GCC students, Catholic parishioners, supporters of Denise Myers and readers of websites like this one spoke out, and the Diocese had no choice but to listen. Collectively we have shown that what happens within our Diocese is our concern and our voices matter. The powers to be at the Diocese seemed to want the problems in our Catholic schools to go away quietly, so they could conduct business as usual. But thousands of you stood up and said "Enough!" and in a victory for the quality of our Catholic education system the Bishop and Diocese appeared to blink yesterday. In the statement below the announcement was made by the Diocese to part ways with Trent Bocan. Our millions of readers were very upset with how the Denise Myers firing was handled, and there are still questions to be answered. Was Bocan the sacrificial lamb for the Diocese? Was the intense media spotlight by this website and others on every move that the Diocese made the real reason for yesterday's move? Would Mr. Bocan still be employed with the Diocese if the Myers firing had taken place quietly and without the explosion of emotions by parents and area Catholics?
One thing is for sure. Our Diocese is not used to having its' every move in the spotlight of media attention. We as Catholics have a moral obligation to stand up and defend our Church. We did just that with Saint Bruno Church and now also with our Catholic Schools. We are slowly reforming our Diocese and Church. Don't stop now. God needs you to keep standing for right and defending against wrong.
Statement of Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt
On October 21, 2013 Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt approved the announcement that the Diocese of Greensburg would seek to enter into a contract with an outside, independent, professional, educational consulting firm to evaluate the overall governance and governance structure of our two diocesan high schools; the role and duties of the Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Greensburg; and the formation of advisory boards and committees at the Diocese’s two Catholic high schools and at the diocesan level. For this purpose, the Diocese has begun negotiations with the consulting firm of Meitler.
Meitler, a Milwaukee-based firm, has more than 40 years of experience working with more than 2,600 Catholic schools, parishes and dioceses.
The consulting firm will be instructed to consult with a cross section of faculty, staff, coaches, students, parents and legal guardians, alumni, pastors of the parishes which send students to Greensburg Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School and Geibel Catholic Junior-Senior High School, as well as with representatives from both local civic communities, so that these constituencies can contribute to an evaluation process. After the consulting firm determines how it will proceed, this process will be communicated to the various groups that will be involved.
After extensive listening sessions, the consulting firm’s report regarding the governance structure for the two high schools as well as possible recommendations for the reorganization of the Diocesan Office for Catholic Schools, and specifically the role and duties of the Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Greensburg, will be forwarded to Bishop Brandt for his consideration and action. In this process the present Ad Hoc Committee will serve only to ensure that this independent study proceeds in an expeditious manner; it will not conduct the consultation itself.
In order that the study referred to above and the prospective restructuring of the Office for Catholic Schools as well as the role and duties of the Superintendent of Catholic Schools may be conducted in an independent manner, Mr. Trent D. Bocan is no longer Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Greensburg, effective December 5, 2013.
Bishop Brandt considers it of paramount importance for the good of Catholic education in our Diocese that we move forward together to facilitate the emergence of a new high school governance structure as well as a reorganization of the Office for Catholic Schools in a way which represents fairly the individual educational communities involved. This restructuring must, moreover, continue to strengthen Catholic identity in all our schools and form our youth with strong academic programs and faith-related values. At the same time, all the constituencies involved in the enterprise of Catholic education in the Diocese must recognize that this endeavor presumes for its success not only respect for the interests of its stakeholders and their support but presumes, likewise, a recognition that this enterprise is also a part of the teaching, sanctifying and governing ministry of the Diocesan Bishop.
Consequently, Catholic education in the Diocese is to be understood and will continue to be promoted as a cooperative venture. From the beginning of his ministry as Diocesan Bishop in Greensburg, Bishop Brandt has made it clear that he is a strong supporter of Catholic education as evidenced by many concrete ways in which he has supported it during the years of his tenure as Bishop. Consequently, Bishop Brandt now invites those committed to Greensburg Central Catholic to enable the school to emerge from its present struggles in order to realize fully the potential it has and to validate the hopes and expectations he and so many others have for its success in the future.
Dec 1st MARKS
VICTORY FOR THE
THE RETURN OF THE SATURDAY MASS TODAY MARKS THE RESOLVE OF PARISHIONERS OF SAINT BRUNO PARISH TO SAVE THEIR PARISH.
After months of appeals, petitions, emails, letters to the Papal Nuncio and plenty of media attention, the parishioners at Saint Bruno Parish in South Greensburg, have victoriously taken their Saturday Mass back! Tonight's 6:00 Mass will mark the return of the Saturday celebration of the Eucharists. It was cancelled by the Diocese back in July due to the restructuring of the parish as part of the Bishop's strategic plan. Tonight marks the return of the Mass that parishioners worked so hard to get reinstated.
Parishioners had to petition both their new administrator, Father Manchas, along with parish council to get the process started with the Diocese. Regional Council approved the request that was OKed by Bishop Brandt.
This stands as a testiment to all Catholics that you must stand up sometimes and defend your Parish, your Faith and God's Church.
....."During his history-changing address to his brother cardinals before the conclave that elected him, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio stressed that the fundamental choice facing them was between an 'evangelizing Church that comes out of herself' and a 'worldly Church that lives within herself, of herself, for herself.'......
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Supreme Court to
Take Up Obamacare
Dispute over Religious
The Catholic Church and other businesses and religious institutions should not be forced to fund contraception and abortions through any healthcare mandate period. It goes against who we are as Catholics and destroys religious freedom.
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What is a priest? Who should he be to his parishioners? If you talk to 10 different people you will most likely get 10 different answers. We as Catholics tend to hold strong opinions on what we expect our priests to be. Despite the large array of opinions, we can all agree that first and foremost a priest must be an example of Christ to all Catholics. A priest through the Eucharist turns bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ. To understand what being an example of Christ means, we need to seek a simple explanation. Christ is Love. So, a priest must demonstrate love every day in what he says, how he acts and what he teaches. The essence of love is selflessness, understanding and compassion. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 tells us “Love is patience, love is kind. Love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own ways; Love is not irritable or resentful; Love does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.” I think we can all agree that as an example of Christ here on earth a priest must always demonstrate Love.
A priest is also a teacher. What does he teach? A priest teaches us all how to be followers of Christ. That means that a priest must set an example of how to live a Christian life and turn from the temptations of sin. Think about that for a while. As a teacher in our Church a priest can best teach us by how he lives his life and conducts himself. Through his sermons, writings and talks he can guide us and teach us about our Faith and how to have a personal relationship with the Lord. So, in many ways a priest is a personal tour guide through the numerous facets of Catholicism right to the feet and into the heart of our Lord Jesus Christ. How beautiful! What a blessed vocation it must be. Bringing people to Christ and saving their souls. Teaching them Love and compassion. Instilling believers with wisdom and understanding, so that they can open their hearts and let Christ live in them. We all must make a journey in this life from sin to Christ. Having a priest as a spiritual advisor along the way makes us all better Catholics, better Christians, and better images of our God.
There is one other thing that a priest can teach us in the image of Christ, and that is forgiveness. We are all sinners, and no matter how terrible the sin, the Lord loves us enough to forgive us and wipe away our sins. We are taught by Christ though to seek forgiveness and forgive those who have sinned against us. For only through forgiveness can we really find out the true meaning of Love. It is in this light that I ask all who read this to forgive others. Even if what they have done to you is wrong and hurtful. Forgive them and love them as Christ loves you as a sinner. Yes, even if they are priests or a Bishop. Forgive them!
I want to set the example. In my prayers the Lord keeps asking me to forgive. So, I forgive Bishop Brandt for any hurt he has caused me; I forgive Father Larry Kulick for what he has done. I also forgive all other priests at the diocese for the pain and hurt that they have caused me and the people I know. I know that I am a sinner. But I also know that as a sinner I must forgive. Can you? Will you?
U.S. Closes Embassy at Vatican!
Slap in Face to Catholics and Church?
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DIOCESE OF ERIE AND PITTSBURGH WIN LEGAL VICTORY OVER OBAMACARE MANDATE
Over 400 Show at Fundraiser Dinner for Former GCC Principal Denise Myers, Sending a Strong Message to Bishop Brandt, Vicar Kulick, Trent Bocan and The Diocese!
Over 400 area Catholics and GCC parents showed their support for beloved former principal Denise Myers at Gianiilli's II on Wednesday night. This support for Myers can only be described as a very loud and powerful message to the Diocese demonstrating where the local Catholic community's and GCC loyalties can be found concerning this controversy. The question is this: Are the Bishop and Diocese listening?
WHY ARE WE HIRING THIS MAN...
William Yacullo Trinity Executive Partnership
...WHEN WE ARE STILL PAYING THIS MAN A LARGE SALARY?!
Trent Bocan, Superintendent of Catholic Schools
I'm confused. Is it just me or is the Diocese once again spending, who knows how much money, on a high powered consultant, when we are still paying a superintendent of Catholic Schools. According to a message sent out to GCC parents last week, the Bishop and Diocese have hired William Yacullo, of Trinity Executive Partntership, from Illinois to choose the new principal for GCC. Really?! Our Diocese, currently having monetery challenges, is now dumping more money into a high powered and most likely high priced head hunter to replace Denise Myers? Where is Superintendent Trent Bocan? We know he hasn't been fired over the Myers incident. Question: Don't we already pay Bocan to hire and (as we all know) fire employees of our Diocesan Schools? So, then why in the hell is our Bishop spending more money on a consultant to do the job we are already paying for in Bocan?
Perhaps this consultant should be used to hire a new Superintendent of Catholic Schools and for that matter, can we use him to find a new Bishop and Vicar General? Does the Bishop and Vicar General Kulick think we are all forgetful and stupid? We haven't forgotten the timeline of events, and Mr. Bocan's sudden disapperance from the scene after this website and the media blew this story wide open a few month ago. In the case of Bishop Brandt, if this isn't an example of throwing good money after bad to correct a serious and costly mistake by our diocesan leadership then I don't know what is. No disrespect to Mr. Yacullo or his firm. I'm sure he is very good at what he does. But he also doesn't do his job for free. Either does the law firm that was hired to interview outspoken GCC parents. How much is the legal bill amounting to for all of us to pay? For that matter how much is the total bill racking up to for all of the consultants, attorney's and now head hunters in order to correct what appears to be blatant mismanagement in the GCC matter. How much of our tuition, weekly collections and pledges are now being wasted on the firing of a principal? There is no doubt the Diocese doesn't want you or I to know that figure.
The statement released last week by the Diocese also seemed to discount the requests of GCC parents, and also further kick fired principal Denise Myers while she is down with this paragraph:
..."The Diocese of Greensburg reiterates that former principal Denise Myers is no longer an employee of Greensburg Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School or the Diocese, nor is she in any manner an agent of the Diocese. In no way whatsoever does she currently serve or represent the school or the Diocese. We are stating with unequivocal clarity that Denise Myers will not be returning in any capacity as an employee of the school or Diocese."....
I'm sure Mrs. Myers, wasn't too happy to read that statement. But to this date, Denise Myers hasn't or is bound by a confidentiality agreement not to discuss the issue of her firing. We just don't know why Myers is remaining silent.
Rev. Larry Kulick Bishop Lawrence Brandt
As this GCC controversy continues for Bishop Brandt and the Diocese, there is one thing that seems to keep surfacing in the light of all the unanswered questions about mismanagent, and power struggles. The one thing that we know, is that Bishop Brandt and Rev. Larry Kulick continue to spend good diocesan money on lawyers and out of state professionals to come in and do a job that they and their leadership team should have done correctly in the first place. They may think that all the lengthy statements and use of consultants is confusing us, but I have a message for them.....It isn't! We see what you are doing, and how much of the money we Catholics of this Diocese give you is being wasted. We see it Bishop Brandt, and so does the Lord. We see it all, and we are not happy with what we see. This Diocese is in real trouble Bishop Brandt, and we are placing the blame squarely at your feet. Schools are being closed, Good parishes are being boarded up, and Catholics in our Diocese are leaving the Faith in droves. You are the Bishop, and so the buck stops on your desk along with your Vicar General, Rev. Larry Kulick. So, don't think for a moment that we are fooled. The truth is very clear to see for all who seek it.
The Reform of our Diocese is on!!!!!
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Francis on Choosing a New Bishop
Greensburg's Next Bishop
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Saint Bruno Parishioners Push
Administrator and Parish Council
To Get Saturday Mass
Back After Months of Appeals to
Rome and Diocese!!!
St. Bruno Parish, South Greensburg
Thanks to the hard work and leadership of disenfranchised parishioners who petitioned Parish Administrator, Father Manchas and Parish Council members, Saint Bruno has had it's Saturday Mass reinstated by the Diocese. This is testament to standing up and speaking out when something wrong has occured.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE APPEAL COMMITTEE AND PARISHIONERS WHO FOUGHT HARD TO GET THIER SATURDAY MASS BACK!!!
Has Diocese Leadership Let us all
Down with Poor Strategic Plan?
Are We Better Off Now Than Six
Months Ago When Restructuring
Closed Schools and Church's?
Rev. Kulick Rev. Lechnar Rev. Riffle
Emails to Joe Catholic may say is all!
As we sadly observe the six-month anniversary of "OBrandtacare," the ill-advised and spiritually unhealthy reorganization of the Catholic communities in Greensburg and Fayette County, and the continued purge of the St. Vincent Benedictines (whose founder incidentally, was a German diocesan priest who joined the Benedictines specifically to minister to German immigrants in parishes and through education), I have one question for Bishop Brandt, Fr. Kulick, Fr. Lechnar and Msgr. Riffle, the architects of the plan: "Are we better off now than we were six months ago?" The answer is clearly no. Here's hoping and praying that Pope Francis, after removing the German bishop of bling, dealing with the scandals of His Grace (as he prefers to be called) Archbishop Myers in Newark, and hopefully retiring the aristocratic, autocratic Archbishop Nienstedt of Minneapolis-St. Paul, will look towards Greensburg and realize how God's holy people have been scandalously disserved.
-No Longer in Diocese of Greensburg
Why is it that I always hear the name Monsignor Raymond Riffle along with Fr.Kulick and the Bishop when decisions are being made. Who is this man? What special title does he hold? I thought he was just the Pastor at the Cathedral and director of the Catholic Charities. I was once told that he was the Diocesan Pro-Life Priest because of Catholic Charities but he never attends any Pro-Life functions. I think he is like the little kid who comes in to join the fight once he knows the victim has be defeated. Fr. Ray, you have enough problems to solve in your own back yard. I pray for a Whole New Team in the very near future.
"Obrantmacare" is a very clever analogy drawing a parallel between how the leadership in the White House and the Diocese of Greensburg are both failing us. However, "Obrandtmacare" dates back much further than 6 months ago. In Oct. 2008, 14 parishes were closed with 4 weeks notice. Prior to that 2 "chapels of convenience" were closed. In Westmoreland County , St. Florian's School in United, Sacred Heart School in Youngstown, and Holy Cross School in Youngwood have closed in the past 10-15 years. I'm sure that there have been numerous other school and parish closures over the years as well. My point is that this "strategy" is not only being implemented by Bishop Brandt. It was also used by his predecessor ( may he rest in peace) to a far lesser extent. A more alarming trend is that this strategy has been the modus operandi for many Bishops in the Midwest, Northeast ,and Rustbelt for a number of years. This failed approach is emaciating the Catholic Church across the nation. The problem we face is far broader that just the Diocese of Greensburg ! Is the Catholic Church on it's way to extinction in the United States ? If something is not done to reverse this trend, that may be the case. We need leadership that is bold and inspired. We need people who can think outside of the box rather than resorting to the same old tactics. Closing more Catholic schools and churches IS NOT GOING TO INCREASE VOCATIONS, MASS ATTENDANCE, INCREASE REVENUE, OR SPREAD THE GOSPEL !!!!! Are there any Bishops out there who have drawn the line and said ,"No more church or school closures!" ????You've chronicled success with Catholic schools... what about success stories with Catholic parishes ?
Pittsburgh and Erie Bishops
Can't Cooperate with Obama
Erie Bishop, Persico Pittsburgh Bishop, Zubik
Erie Bishop, Lawrence Persico and Pittsburgh Bishop, David Zubik suing federal government over Obamacare to protect religious freedom. Bishop Zubik states that he will pay millions of dollars in fines rather than contradicting the Catholic beliefs about contraception and abortions.
Where does Bishop Brandt and our diocese stand?
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KNOCK IT OFF AND LET GO!
Trust wholeheartedly in the Lord rather than relying on your own intelligence. In everything you do, acknowledge Him, and He will see that your paths are straight.
What a powerful verse from the Book of Proverbs. It is so revealing to us about the meaning of life here on Earth. Like so much of our Faith, the Lord provides answers to some of our most asked questions. Trust in the Lord and the purpose of your life will be revealed to you. Can you see how simple God had made life for us? He is telling us to stop fighting the world and put all of our trust in Him. The Lord isn’t asking you to put 50% or 75% or even 99.9% of your trust in Him. He is asking us and sometimes even demanding that we put 110% of our trust in Him, period. If we do this the Lord will show us our path in this world, He will reveal to us His plan for our lives. WOW! That is some amazing stuff, isn’t it?
Do you wake up each day worrying about how you will get through the day, or pay your bills or deal with the challenges of life. Do you make yourself sick sometimes trying to plan out your future making sure that you have everything in place just so? Do you feel like only you can accomplish the plan for your life without help from anyone? So many people today are on anti-depressants and medications trying to cope with getting through life. If you asked most of these people, they would tell you that they feel a heavy burden on their shoulders to make life work. Some of these people deep down are fearful that they might fail at life, and that thought scares the dickens out of them. The anxiety and fear these people feel can lead to stress and depression. The tight grip that many of these people have on life is exhausting because their efforts to control their lives in every aspect consume them. They work hard day to day just trying to tread water, when the solution to their lives is so simple it’s almost silly.
The Lord tells us to let go of these thoughts of controlling our lives, and surrender to Him. None of us on this Earth has the physical, emotional or spiritual capacity to control and dictate how our lives will unfold. To think that we can be the directors of our own lives is arrogance and pride at best. We as God’s Children weren’t placed here on Earth by our Father to control our own purpose in life. Oh, many of us struggle hard and think that we can control everything, but the plain truth is that we can’t, and won’t ever, no matter how hard we try. The Lord tells us to let go and fall into his arms and surrender control or our lives to Him. If we do this, He will set us free of our anxieties and stresses and depressions that we fall victim to by attempting to design our own lives. We weren’t placed here to just tread water and survive. No, we were placed here to do great things as children of God. All we have to do is set aside our pride, and trust that the Lord will take care of everything for us. Think of it like placing our lives on auto pilot and then sitting back relaxing and enjoying the ride of life as a passenger on our Lord’s wonderful plan for us.
It sounds very comforting doesn’t it? In the midst of our struggles and labors to make our lives work for us, our Lord tells us to let go, relax and fall into his arms. He wants us to trust in Him and his plan for our lives. He tells us that his plan for our lives was written for us long before we were born. He tells us that His individual plan for each of us is the perfect life experience that we all seek.
So, when you wonder, “What is life all about?” Or when you ask, “What is the meaning of life?” Change your question to, “What is the meaning of my life?” Ask yourself, “What is my life all about?” Then interject the Lord into these questions, and at that very moment you will place yourself at the doorway to making a choice. Do you keep asking and struggling with life, or do you let go, and place your life in the arms of the Lord? Do you keep trying to control an imperfect path for your life, or do you listen to the Lord and begin to experience the perfect life path that the Lord has chosen just for you?
We are not in control of own lives. We never have been in control, and we never will be in control. It’s that simple. Our lives belong to the Lord Jesus Christ, and the sooner we realize this and relinquish control to God, the sooner we will understand peace and begin to live the fullness of life here on Earth, just as God has planned it for us.
Let go. Let go. Let go.
EXCUSES, EXCUSES, EXCUSES!
Rev. Larry Kulick Catholic Schools Superintendent, Trent Bocan
Our Diocesan officials can only state excuses for declining Catholic School enrollments, while other PA and U.S. Catholic Diocese are experiencing rising enrollments!!!!
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While Diocese of Greensburg officials Jerome Zufelt and Trent Bocan are telling the media (see story below) that there are only problems and excuses, other Diocese are rolling up their sleeves and growing their Catholic Schools. Maybe the problem isn't the parents and students of our Diocese like these two officials would like you to believe. I think the problem may just be Trent Bocan, Jerome Zufelt and Bishop Brandt's atttitude. If you think failure.....failure will follow. Maybe it's time to clean house in our Diocese and start hiring people who can get things done other than closing schools, firing principals, paying huge retainers to attorneys and consultants and giving lame excuses to the media about why our Catholic Schools are failing.
Diosesan Officials Offer
No Solutions to
Declining Catholic Schools
No mention from Trent Bochan or Jerome Zufelt about recent GCC controversy following the firing of Principal Denise Myers. Can the Diocese take any of the blame for the decline in our Catholic Schools? Do we want Diocesan officials who just tell us what is wrong without offering any solutions? What are we paying a superintendent for if he can only tell us why we are failing?
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A Case of Dementia
What Will You Do?
There is a story that you may have heard about a very powerful and important man who in his later years of life began to suffer from the terrible effects of dementia. This man ruled over a large and important company, but due to his age had several younger handlers who managed the day to day operations of this corporation. These young men were also powerful because of their closeness to their boss and the freedom he allowed them in running the company. These younger ambitious men enjoyed using this power, and were feared by their subordinates and associates, because they had the ear of their boss. Because these young men did most of the work of running their bosses company, he gave them quite a bit of freedom to do as they wished. This arrangement went on for many years, and for both the boss and the men surrounding him it seemed to be working very well.
When the day came that these men found out that their boss was suffering from the debilitating effects of dementia, they met quietly and had to make a decision about what to do. Their two choices were simple. The first was to notify the board of directors of the company so that a replacement could be found immediately. But this action would surely mean a new boss would probably have his own handlers, and then these young ambitious men would lose their power in the company. This scenario led to the second choice, which was to not do a thing, and hide from the rest of the company and the public the dementia which was taking it’s toll on their boss. These men knew that they didn’t want to lose their power since they had made many enemies within the company who worked under them and were on the receiving end of their often misused power. So, they agreed to all work together to hide their bosses dementia and do whatever it took to cover up any problems that it created for them and their positions of power. They chose to abuse this situation and their boss’s well being. This choice was immoral, and damaged both the reputation of the corporation and their boss in the community.
In short this decision by these men became the downfall of this large and powerful corporation. These young ambitiously misguided men tried hard to cover up for their boss’s diminishing mental capacity for as long as they could so they could retain their power and continue to run the company. But eventually it all became to much for these men to handle and their poor judgments and business decisions began to have a fatal effect on the corporation and the lives of thousands of people. And one day after many people within the company and community had enough, the truth came out about how long their boss had been suffering from dementia. It was a devastating conspiracy that was discovered. A conspiracy that destroyed the reputation of the corporation, the boss, and the men who devised the cover-up. These men were rounded up and first fired by the board of directors, and then arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, along with a long list of both financial and civil crimes. In the end the company suffered terrible losses, the powerful boss with dementia suffered greatly due to not getting the treatments he needed and eventually a destroyed reputation. The young ambitious men rightly so ended up in prison. Nobody won in this story, and it became just another example of how the lust for power destroys lives and suffering for just about everyone involved.
Many of our elderly who suffer from dementia and other mental illnesses are abused in many ways. Some are taken advantage of by others who want what these elderly people have. It may be power, or money, or possessions. Other elderly men and women who suffer from diminishing mental capacity are just neglected, and denied vital care that can increase the quality of their lives.
I have promised myself that if I ever came across a situation like the story above, or any other forms of abusing the elderly who are suffering from these mental illnesses, I would do whatever it takes to bring the abusers to justice. And I will do just that. It is just a matter of having the proper proof that the abuse is taking place, and then bringing in the proper authorities.
We all have a sacred duty to protect our senior citizens from the abuse of those who immorally take advantage of them.
What will you do?
We All Are Being Given A Choice
The power of setting an example through our actions is intellectually, morally and spiritually superior to the judgment of the faults of our fellow man. As sinners we are called by Christ to seek forgiveness and demonstrate Love, Compassion and Peace to those around us.
Do you believe that Jesus died for our sins? Do you believe that He showed us the way to live as Christians here on earth? And do you believe that we as Christians are called to set Christ’s example for others to witness? Do you believe that judgment of our fellow man is for the Lord only? Think about these questions before you answer them.
Today we all can see a world where right and wrong are so startlingly on display for everyone to perceive. I have so many times heard people say how upside down everything seems to be in the world today. Example after example can be witnessed of what we all know is wrong, and yet we watch our society deem these evils as OK and acceptable. Abortion comes to mind as a vivid example. There shouldn’t even be a discussion on the morality of this evil, and yet the pro-abortion movement is so active and accepted by people who we would normally think are rational and moral. Christianity is also being attacked and vilified by a progressive media and movement that want to outlaw God in this country. We ask, “How can anyone ever attack a God who teaches us about love, forgiveness and peace?” Yet, more and more we see our society outlawing and removing Christianity from our schools and communities. Recently factions of our military placed Christians on a list of radical and dangerous groups, and threatened to court-martial military chaplains who proclaimed the Good News of Jesus Christ. All of these examples can leave us confused and asking what is going on in today’s world. We labor to understand why goodness and righteousness are being vilified and rejected by large portions of our culture. We ask “why”, but keep witnessing the chaos of good and evil being jumbled right in front of us by our peers.
The answer to why is so simple that it is almost embarrassing once we see it clearly. Have you ever seen the topography of the earth below you at 35,000 feet from an airplane window? Everything seems so clear and defined below you. You get to see the same geographical features from high in the air that are hard to comprehend when you are on the ground. You may even have one of those ahhh moments when you see clearly for the first time. Think of the meaning of life in today’s world and value systems much the same as peering at the earth from 35,000 feet. It is amazing what you will begin to understand about where we as Christians fit in this modern culture of declining morality and values.
I believe that we are being given a choice between right and wrong. God is making that choice easier and easier for us by how exaggerated the examples are becoming in the growing gap between good and evil. Never in my life have I witnessed how obviously drastic the differences in our two choices of good and evil have become. Our world is revealing to us more and more exaggerated examples of both good and evil. It’s as if the Lord is changing the shades of light gray and dark gray into pure darkness and pure light, and then asking us to choose. It’s kind of a slap to the back of the head from God asking us if we see the difference now!
The choices for us in today’s world are clear and easy to identify. The only thing we have left is to choose the side that we want to fashion our lives after. All we have to do is choose. God is calling us to choose goodness and righteousness. And He is telling us to live our lives as examples of his Love for the world to see. He is calling us to forget about judging others and to set the example of what is right and good. Then he wants us in our modern world of declining values and morals to go out and let everyone see what it means to live the life of a Christian. The choice is ours and ours alone. No matter who you are or what station in life you hold, God is asking you to make a choice.
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Speaking of Choices and Examples
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