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Happy Christmas!

I’m spending my first Christmas in foreign. I don’t have anything special planned, just lunch with a friend, but I am grateful for all of my blessings. As I type this I’m playing the Daisy Voisin video I embedded in my first Christmas post on my blog.

Since her voice is never boring, it’s only fair for me to find another for you.

Not much of a video, but the song…

Here in the UK, they say Happy Christmas.

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Why?

Vandals broke into Our Lady of Montserrat Roman Catholic church in Tortuga on Friday 15. They opened the tabernacle and stole the ciborium filled with consecrated hosts. They also made off with several bottles of alter wine. The thieves left a “ransom note” it read:

“Want Jesus? We want $20,000 by tomorrow Saturday 16. We wonder how much you believe that is him. If not we would just throw him away. We would contact one of your church people.”

Monsignor Christian Pereira called the break-in, “a grossly disrespectful act”.

The break-in happened while parish priest Fr. Steve Duncan was off the island attending an ordination ceremony in Petit Martinique. He says “It is a gloomy day in Trinidad and Tobago, when we have to witness banditry of this nature; where there is no thought for things sacred. It is sad indeed.”

This is not the first time a house of worship has been desecrated. Vandals broke the murtis of a Hindu temple in Cunupia, and our famed Temple in the Sea has been targeted as well. Its murtis were smashed and thrown all over the place. Someone spray painted the words Pigsty on the newly painted walls on the Nazarene church in Santa Cruz.

I can only ask, why? Why are you so insecure in your beliefs that you must attack and disrespect another’s? What purpose does it serve?

Now is a good time to start praying for the strength to forgive.

Gay Bishop Heckled

The American Anglican Bishop Gene Robinson was heckled by a protester during a sermon at St. Mary’s Church in Putney, England on Sunday. The man told the Bishop of New Hampshire he must, “repent, repent, repent” and branded him a “heretic”. The man interrupted Bishop Robinson’s sermon forcing him to stop. The congregation started singing a hymn, while the man was escorted out the church. Read the rest of this entry »