Sunday, September 29, 2019
Friday, September 27, 2019
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Longinus is the name given to the unnamed Roman soldier who pierced the side of Jesus with a lance and who in medieval and some modern Christian traditions is described as a convert to Christianity. His name first appeared in the apocryphal Gospel of Nicodemus. The lance is called in Christianity the "Holy Lance" (lancea) and the story is related in the Gospel of John during the Crucifixion. This act is said to have created the last of the Five Holy Wounds of Christ.
This individual, unnamed in the Gospels, is further identified in some versions of the legend as the centurion present at the Crucifixion, who said that Jesus was the son of God. Longinus' legend grew over the years to the point that he was said to have converted to Christianity after the Crucifixion, and he is traditionally venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, and several other Christian communions.
No name for this soldier is given in the canonical Gospels; the name Longinus is instead found in the Acts of Pilate a text appended to the apocryphal Gospel of Nicodemus. Longinus did not start out as a saint. An early tradition, found in the 4th-century pseudepigraphal "Letter of Herod to Pilate", claims that Longinus suffered for having pierced Jesus, and that he was condemned to a cave where every night a lion came and mauled him until dawn, after which his body healed back to normal, in a pattern that would repeat till the end of time. Later traditions turned him into a Christian convert, but as Sabine Baring-Gould observed: "The name of Longinus was not known to the Greeks previous to the patriarch Germanus, in 715. It was introduced amongst the Westerns from the Apocryphal Gospel of Nicodemus. There is no reliable authority for the Acts and martyrdom of this saint." However, an old tradition does link the birthplace of Longinus with the village of Anxanum (Lanciano), Samnite territory, in today's Abruzzo region of central Italy.
The name is probably Latinized from the Greek lonche (λόγχη), the word used for the lance mentioned in John 19:34. It first appears lettered on an illumination of the Crucifixion beside the figure of the soldier holding a spear, written, perhaps contemporaneously, in horizontal Greek letters, LOGINOS (ΛΟΓΙΝΟϹ), in the Syriac gospel manuscript illuminated by a certain Rabulas in the year 586, in the Laurentian Library, Florence. The spear used is known as the Holy Lance, and more recently, especially in occult circles, as the "Spear of Destiny", which was revered at Jerusalem by the sixth century, although neither the centurion nor the name "Longinus" were invoked in any surviving report. As the "Lance of Longinus", the spear figures in the legends of the Holy Grail.
Blindness or other eye problems are not mentioned until after the tenth century. Petrus Comestor was one of the first to add an eyesight problem to the legend and his text can be translated as "blind", "dim-sighted" or "weak-sighted. The Golden Legend says that he saw celestial signs before conversion and that his eye problems might have been caused by illness or age. The touch of Jesus's blood cures his eye problem:
Christian legend has it that Longinus was a blind Roman centurion who thrust the spear into Christ's side at the crucifixion. Some of Jesus's blood fell upon his eyes and he was healed. Upon this miracle Longinus believed in Jesus.
The body of Longinus is said to have been lost twice, and that its second recovery was at Mantua in 1304, together with the Holy Sponge stained with Christ's blood, wherewith it was told—extending Longinus' role—that Longinus had assisted in cleansing Christ's body when it was taken down from the cross. The relic, corpules of alleged blood taken from the Holy Lance, enjoyed a revived cult in late 13th century Bologna under the combined impetus of the Grail romances, the local tradition of eucharistic miracles, the chapel consecrated to Longinus, the Holy Blood in the Benedictine monastery church of Sant'Andrea, and the patronage of the Bonacolsi.
The relics are said to have been divided and then distributed to Prague and elsewhere, with the body taken to the Basilica of Sant'Agostino in Rome. However, official guides of the Basilica do not mention the presence of any tomb associated with Saint Longinus. It is also said that the body of Longinus was found in Sardinia; Greek sources assert that he suffered martyrdom in Gabala, Cappadocia.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
The times they torment me
But my faith won’t let me be
My knees have become a stranger to prayer
My will falters at Satan’s diabolic stare
Winds are filled with cynicism
The sun’s rays preach an entangled catechism
Rainy days have turned to cataclysmic weather
Grains of sand now bound together
There is something strange in the air
More sinister than when the mind is in disrepair
It is alien in nature
Not part of man’s legislature
Nor of Heaven and Earth
But of an unknown birth
It finds its nourishment in lies and apathy
A soul lost in man-made alchemy
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Why is humanity so naive and so ignorant of history?
In Native American tradition, hair is a signifier of one's spiritual practice. Combing represents the alignment of thought, braiding is the Oneness of thought, and tieing is the securing of thought. Flowing strands of hair are considered individually weak, but when joined in braids demonstrate strength in unity.
Monday, September 23, 2019
Justin Trudeau “WILL NOT" make Canada strong!
Justinian poses a threat to the future success of Canada. Job growth is not attributable to the Federal Liberal government but rather a provincial Conservative government lead by Doug Ford. Trudeau is falsely taking credit for job increases and attacking the very man who has made Ontario better - Doug Ford.
From December 2018 to August 2019, employment growth was entirely in the service-producing sector (+304,000 or +2.0%), reflecting gains in professional, scientific and technical services; wholesale and retail trade; as well as public administration. Service employment gains were concentrated in Ontario (+169,000), Quebec (+58,000) and British Columbia (+52,000).
Whatever economic growth has been achieved in Canada is in large part due to the Trump Effect. The growing U.S. economy has had a positive and synergistic impact on Canada's financial success. Justin Trudeau has done nothing to improve the Canadian economy. He has simply given money away to help those who want to join the Middle Class, while directing the existing Middle Class into poverty.
Trudeau is a George “Bolshevik” Soros clone and in my opinion, he is Fidel Castro’s son, not Pierre’s. Justin’s demeanour is one of an out of control misogynistic autocrat who fancies a draconian political culture. Justinian above all is an opportunist with the gift of oratory. His boyish charm and command of both official languages is seductive. It is a charisma of chaos.
The end result is that he has done nothing for Canada. Other than opening doors to refugees and selling out our economy to foreign governments and multi-national corporations, Justinian’s record is down-right bad.
If Justin is rewarded with a majority government, or a minority government supported by Jagmeet Singh, you will not recognize Canada by the end of his second term. I have seen no policy directives on immigration, investments in research and development, proposed laws to address the current and future impact of Artificial Intelligence and technology on Canadians, social media attacks on privacy rights and who is doing what for an impoverished "senior" population. Everyone keeps adding cream to the cake to get votes, but no one is talking about the baking soda that will make Canada great again.
The ongoing rhetoric on real estate prices is a fraud. With a 70 cent dollar (i.e. in U.S. dollar terms) Canadian real estate is cheap. Real estate prices in the top cities around the world are double the price of Canadian real estate. Our issue is not the price of real estate but rather real wages and disposable income.
It is time to eject Justinian from the driver's seat.