Welfare Users LIVID When They See THIS Grocery Store’s Embarrassing Demand…


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Not sure if this is the right way to go about it… But I for one am tired of people abusing the system. To me, welfare should only be accepted in grocery stores, and only for basic items, meat, milk, grains, veggies and fruits.. Not lobsters and chips, pop or any junk food…. And all items should be the store brands, or least expensive options. It may sound cruel, but hey, if I can’t afford lobster for a family then why should my tax dollars be used to purchase it for others. Welfare is suppose to be an hand up, not a lifestyle…


 

can imagine the howls.  Wawa is “shaming the poor.”

The comedian [Jay McGuire], who operates on social media under the moniker “The Philly Offensive,” put the signs up on his own accord for his and everyone else’s entertainment. He’s in no way associated with Wawa, but he used their stores without their knowledge to see how welfare users and sympathizers would react to the truth.

As of this writing, over 4,000 people shared his photo post of the awesome sign, proving that those who work to pay the bills are fed up with freeloaders who don’t work. But according to a writer at The Frisky, McGuire and anyone else who thought this was funny are incredibly misinformed and callous.

Hello! Count me among the callous.

Job, Me and Lent


Book-of-Job-600x433I have written several religious formation books for use in the classroom, I have tackled Mosses and the flight from slavery, I have looked at the Book of Acts and even delved into the Catechism of the Catholic Church, but the one book I have always wanted to take on was the Book of Job. This book, Jobs story, has always fascinated me, and I feel there are so many hidden gems with in the text. The fabric of Job is rich and textured that I know lessons lay between the words of the book. Yet I have never followed that vision, that dream to write a formation book based on Job. Maybe I will, one day, or maybe I will use Job in other ways. This I know, it is one of my favorite books in the Bible, the story of poor Job just seems to touch me.

I would like to think it’s because I connect with Job, but I know this is not true, Job was a righteous man, pleasing to the eye of God, he was a rich man, with many blessings. I am no righteous man nor am I rich. Job had a family, wife and children, I am single, and Job had oxen and ass, and well, I’m just an ass with no oxen. So no, it’s not that I connect with Job on any physical level.

Job had faith, a trust in God that I can only strive for, we was steadfast in his convictions, even as he lost all he had, he was still faithful. 

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I will depart.
The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away;
may the name of the LORD be praised.”

22 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.

Job 1: 20-22

No, Job was one of a kind, he had faith that most of us only dream of. Yet Job seems so real, so accessible to me, he does not seem out of reach, but rather he seems humble and down to earth. Just the man next store type of guy. There is something likeable and pleasant about Job, and about his story. You feel his sufferings and trials. Yet you know his faith will pull him through. You know Job lives by the old saying “For the Grace of God go I”. A saying that I often us in my daily speech, a saying that I try to live by, a saying the Job exemplifies.

Job is the perfect picture of acceptance, of letting go and letting God. Yes Job was man, so there for he was also fallen and sin was in his nature. He was not a god, nor was he God. He was not born sinless, and he, I am sure, did not die sinless. But he was contrite and humble, he was steadfast and prayerful and most of all he was obedient to the Lord.

Maybe this is why I am drawn to Job, not because he and I are so much alike, but because he and I are so different, because I want to be like Job, I want to emulate his trust and faith, I want to experience his deep conviction and to feel God within me as Job did. Maybe I am drawn to him because I lack so much of him within.

This Lent read the book of Job, meditate on his plight, on his trust and his faith, and read of his family and friends and others who lacked trust in the Lord, I think we, well I know I, will find ourselves more in them than in Job. 

His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!”

10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish[b] woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”

In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.

Job 2: 9-10

Are most of us more like his wife than like him? When things seem not to go our way, we tend to blame God, to curse him, and if anyone in the bible seemed to have the right to curse God, it was Job. This man did nothing to deserve the trials he was enduring, he was a good and faithful man, yet God allowed the Devil to tempt him, and Job never wavered, he just endured.

And we complain about 40 days of Lent! The sacrifice we make, giving up meet on Friday compared to Job, who lost all he had. How sad we truly are, how unworthy we truly are. Yet God does not give up on us, just as he had faith in Job, he has the same faith in us. If only we could have the same faith as Job.

Lent offer us the time to reflect, to reflect upon the Cross, the Empty Tomb and the Risen Lord, use the 40 days of Lent to read Job, to understand Job and to see the Cross, Tomb and Risen Lord in all the Job endures. Journal about how Job and his trials can become your trials, how Job’s faith can become your faith, how The Book of Job can become a book of you.

God Bless & Happy Lent

Paul Sposite

(Note: The Guided Insight Life Coach website is currently down)

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Below is a poll question from the Pew Research Center. I find the question interesting. Based on my conversations with most of my friends I am not sure I would get the same response, most of my friends with in the faith are liberals and they have a basic feeling that the Catholic faith is just one flavor or Christianity, and any flavor can do the job.

Well read the poll question and the response and than I will say more…

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press/Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life Religion & Public Life Survey, Jul, 2008

(Which of the following religions do you think can lead to eternal life?) Do you think that…Catholicism, the Catholic religion…can lead to eternal life, or not? [ Q.55B ]

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Yes 73%

No 14%

Don’t know/Refused 13%

Subpopulation/Note: Asked of non-Catholics who have a religious affiliation and who said many religions can lead to eternal life.
Survey by Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. Methodology: Interviewing conducted by Abt SRBI, July 31 – August 10, 2008 and based on 2,905 telephone interviews. Sample: National adult. 2254 respondents were interviewed on a landline telephone and 651 were interviewed on a cell phone, including 262 who had no landline phone.

 

I know the question is not asking is the Catholic Church the only way to eternal life, but knowing my Catholic liberal friends and the simple fact that they will choose other faiths over the Catholic faith when ever they can, they would respond with a no or an I don’t know rather than a resounding yes. 

It is a frustration of mine that I have had to deal with for years. For example one of my liberal friends and I were talking about Martian Luther and the whole reformation thing. I made the comment that yes, Martian may have had some valid points but the simple fact that he left the Church than rewrote parts of the bible and removed what he did not like discounts him in my eyes. And it has been discovered that he had a mental issue. Good old Martian was not of sound mind, at least not towards the end. You would have thought I just told her that her child was the spawn of satin! She went off on me, calling every name in the book and was offended like I have never seen before, in truth I found it funny.

For a second example I have another liberal friend whom I will meet for dinner every few month, we volunteered at the same Church for years together and have remained friends. Our dinners always revolve around politics, both secular and religious. This one particular dinner we were discussing the new Bishop of Detroit, and his “house cleaning” he was doing in the main offices. He was reorganizing, removing and moving everything and everyone. To me it was a good thing, something that truly needed to be done years ago, to her it was an evil thing, she saw it as a way for him to get rid of the truly “educated” (code word for liberal) people. As we discussed this current issue she made the comment that all the Bishop does is pray. The word pray was said in such a tone as to indicate that it was a bad thing, a taboo of sorts. I was dumbfounded, I had to reply except, and that is bad how? He r view was that when he needed to make decisions he would first go off and pray, so all he did all day was avoid making the hard decisions but using prayer as an excuse. Once again I was with out words, are we not suppose to pray? Are we not suppose to call on God and the Holy Spirit in times of need? And trust me Detroit is in a time of need.

I could go on and on with examples of how my liberal Catholic friends view the Church. The sad part is they are both involved in educating our youth in the faith. I pray for them often.

So the Pew Research question is fascinating to me. Knowing my friends if I were to ask the same question I would not get the same results. truth be told, I would not be able to get much of a response at all, they often times refuse to give yes or no responses for fear of making a judgment statement, who know who they may offend with a solid yes or no, it is much better, in there eyes, to remain ambiguous. Less change of offending people. They do not concern themselves with offending God, because the Liberal mantra is “Jesus loves you”, so they are fine.

Being ambiguous is a danger, we are warned about this in the bible:

Revelation 3:16 (New International Version)

16So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

Me, I believe in taking a stance, Yes or No, Right or Wrong, Up or Down. None of this maybe or I don’t know or what ever makes you feel good crap! God calls us to stand and deliver not to sit and wither. We do wither when we do not take a stance, when we do not firmly believe in our faith. Like a flower that is not given water, we too will wither away and die.

The liberal mind set is one that is programmed to avoid taking a stance, they view decisiveness and strong opinions as negative traits. It fills them with fear, a fear that they may have to actually believe in something, that they actually may have to accountable for their own actions. It is a deep rooted fear, one that is very protective of there host body. And when it is called in to action to protect them, it can get very nasty. I have witnessed this effect. The vale of fairness and open mindedness is dropped and the true liberal colors are shown. They are not the colors of the rainbow, radiating with the light of kindness and respect for others, but the color of darkness and shadows hiding from the light. It is a scary sight to say the least.

God Bless

Paul

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The 3 Dots and much more…


It has been sometime between blogs as of late, it seems that I write with the intentions of getting back in to the daily routine of blogging everyday, but never seem to do it, something always seems to get in the way. For example, yesterday was I just had no ideas, the time before was no time before I start working…. All of them excuses to be lazy! That’s all it is, excuses… I can create a million of them if I choose too, and as of late it seems I have chosen too. I have used everyone in the book except  for “The Dog ate it” but I am sure that one will come up next.

The funny thing is, I really enjoy the process of blogging, at first I didn’t, I hated it.  I hate that my mistakes can be seen by all, and knowing how bad I am at spelling, I knew there would be tons of mistakes, not to mention the fact that I love run-on sentences, they pop up everywhere, it’s like I just keep talking and talking and never stop for a breath, in truth that’s the way I talk, so that’s how I write…

I also like to use … (three dots) a lot, to me it represents a pause to think, it’s like a computer that is booting up, the dots represent the process for me, this way I let you know that I am thinking of were to go next with this rambling… Do I continue on with it or do I chance course, and start a new paragraph?

I am sure an English teacher would have a field day with me and my odd ways with the English language. But such is life, in a world were we are politically correct concerning every aspect if life, I feel that I to deserve protection from the cruelty of others for my bad English. Were is the ACLU fighting for my cause, why hasn’t the congress passed laws to protect my right to miss-spell and us bad punctuation? Why do I have to suffer under the voices of correctness?

It seems to me that my blogging has improved my ability to spell and my over all English. This blog has nurtured my ability to write, has given me confidence that I never had before and has allowed me to process my views and thoughts in an open forum. What a truly marvelous thing it is!

The ability to blog has also allowed me to be a tad bit split in my personality, you see I write to blog’s, this one (STATIC Youth) my Catholic voice blog and my more touchy feely blog (You can be new). The You can be new blog allows me the ability to explore more of the mind more of the positive feelings and positive thought process. Allows me to dive in to the project your destiny point of view. Some would call it “New Age”, but in truth it is not, it is based in solid Christian teachings, but with a more secular voice behind it.

Blogs allow me to have several voices, I can be the conservative I am, or if I choose I can play the voice of a liberal, as I see them. Blogging allows me the freedom to be who I am and who I want to be all at the same time. I can cry with out shame and at the same time beat down my foe’s with out anyone the wiser to who I really am. Blogging is the freedom I long for and the responsibility I all to often run from…

In this blog as in my other blog I have often talked about freedom, or as I like to call it Authentic Freedom. To me there is a vast difference between Freedom and Authentic Freedom.  One is more or less what we chose it to be were as the other is our God given gift. Freedom all to often is defined as a human choice, I chose to be free, I choose to do this or that and be dammed with the consequences. That is freedom as humanity defines  her, not as God had intended her to be.

Authentic Freedom, the Freedom God intended for us is a freedom with responsibilities. We are free to love Him [God] or not, we are free to care for our neighbors or not we are free to pursue happiness in Him or to find sadness outside of Him. This is Authentic Freedom a Freedom that will last forever.

Here in the United States of America our founding Fathers understood that, they wrote that in to our Constitution, that all People are free to pursue Happiness (please note that they never guaranteed Happiness, just the ability to pursue it).

[By the way my random capitalization of words is not as random as you may think, I use capitalization as a way of showing importance, so when I capitalize the work Happiness above I did so to inform you that I consider that an important word.]

Happiness is more than just doing as you please, or obtaining pleasure for the moment, Happiness is a life long journey. One that we embark upon as young men and women, in pursuit of the American Dream. But sadly what happens is people confuse Happiness with I’ve got everythingness, or I want everythingess to be happy. It truly is a sad thing to see so many people so truly unhappy. When in truth Happiness is not hidden from us, but rather it is in the wide open. We can see it from every corner and field, we can hear it in the songs of the birds and smell it in the memories of our minds. Happiness is not elusive, we are.

We, as a fallen race, find ways to evade Happiness, we look for ways to cheapen it, to dilute it. Take sex as an example, we have cheapened it to point were sex is nothing more than a way to gain instant gratification, yet we now wonder why our society has lost the ability to love. We have taken the value of humanity and cheapened it to the value of a cup of chemicals, yet we as sickened by all the abortions we see.

We seem to find ways to cheapen our humanity, ways to draw us further from Christ, yet we act surprised when our Happiness is still out of our grasp.

Authentic Happiness is there, we can achieve it, if we truly want to, the problem is most of us do not wish to. We do not want to give up what we perceive as our happiness, yet we want what is truly Happiness, but on our terms…

So what are your term, what are you willing to do to find Authentic Happiness? What are you willing to give up or give in to? It is the question of the ages… One that has been asked since the first human walked this earth, and we all know what Adam did, he too chose what he thought would “feel good” he too chose the instant gratification route.

Nope this isn’t a new question, but it is the pivotal question for all of humanity, and one that can only be answered one person at a time. A few have done it, to one degree or another, St. Francis or Mother Teresa, but most of us are not St. Francis or Mother Teresa, most of us are just plain and simple us.But come to think of it, so were they, St. Francis was just plain and simple Frances and Mother Teresa was just Teresa. So why can’t we to find that Authentic Happiness they did, what did they have that we have not…

Faith

Plane and simple faith, the uncomplicated kind the kind that doesn’t look for the loop holes or the kind that doesn’t try to pigeon hole us, the kind of faith the in-of-itself is Authentic, the faith that comes from God.

Most of us follow a faith that has been corrupted by humanity, mainly ourselves, we try to be over analytical or over educated or over achievers or over this or under that, yet we never try to just let it be, plane and simple faith, as it was meant to be. As Jesus himself said, the faith of a Child is what we need to enter heaven. Note that Jesus did not say the faith of an Doctorate was needed, nope just that of a Child. But all to often we over look this, or we look to deeply in to it, yet a Child is simplistic it it’s love and understanding, there is nothing complex about it. It is adulthood that muddies the water and makes the simplistic complex.

How Jesus must shake his head at us sometimes. I can hear Him talking to His mother “Mom, why are they making it so hard on themselves, can’t they see that it’s not that difficult!”  And Mary would respond with “They are only human, they can’t help it, not everyone was born both God and Man as you were my son, they are slow to learn and even slower to act.”

We are simple creatures that like to complicate the world we live in. It makes us feel superior to others, but mostly to ourselves.

… This to me seems like a good place to end this blog… So I will

Paul