48 BC – Pompey defeated by Julius Caesar at the Battle of Pharsalus. During the Roman Civil War of 49–45 bce, Julius Caesar‘s troops on this day in 48 decisively defeated the army of Pompey at the Battle of Pharsalus, causing Pompey to flee to Egypt, where he was subsequently murdered.
1814 – Defeated by U.S. General Andrew Jackson, the Creek Indians signed the Treaty of Fort Jackson, requiring them to cede 23 million acres of land, comprising more than half of Alabama and part of southern Georgia.
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Editor, Health Impact News
Medical journalist Del Bigtree of the weekly broadcast Highwire discussed on his show this week what he believes may be the primary reason why Fauci and the other political medical tyrants are so desperately trying to censor the positive results of Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), a drug that has been around for over 65 years and is already FDA approved.
The reason is probably because they want to force a COVID vaccine upon the public, and to do so, they need to fast-track the development of these vaccines, and then the FDA has to issue a an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to approve it.
According to the “Qualifying Criteria” that allows the FDA to issue an EUA, there must be “No adequate, approved, and available alternative.”
HCQ is an “adequate, approved, and available” alternative, which should then disqualify any EUAs issued for a vaccine to treat COVID.
The problem, of course, is that the Trump Administration has already given over $8 BILLION to Big Pharma to develop the vaccine in “Project Warp Speed,” fast-tracking the vaccines development.
In fact, this has already happened with Gilead’s anti-viral drug Remdesivir, which was fast-tracked as a treatment for COVID and then issued an EUA. See:
Was a False Hydroxychloroquine Narrative Created to Destroy the Competition for Gilead’s Remdesivir?
While the cost for the older HCQ medication is only about $20, Remdesivir’s cost is about $3200.00. And there is such a demand for it now, being the only “approved” medication for COVID, that other pharmaceutical companies are now stepping forward and offering to make it available as well, as Attorney Generals in 34 states this week sent a letter to the Federal Government requesting they “sidestep” Gilead’s patent. (Source.)
These mass murderers who call themselves “doctors” and claim absolute authority on medical issues do not treat patients themselves, but they control the FDA, the CDC, the NIH, and pretty much the entire Government.
They don’t value human life, and only want control so they can usher in their New World Order, and if a fast-tracked COVID vaccine ends up injuring and killing more people than COVID, it fits in perfectly with their plans for their New World Order and a One World Government as they seek to reduce the world’s population of those they deem “non-essential.”
Sing it! “Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.” If this were a column for children, I would say, “Sing that psalm response four times with all your heart, and God will give you everything you are asking for!” But grownups know better. We’ve got more specific expectations than the little ones. We’re not so credulous. It’s harder to teach us.
Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a
Look at the prophet Elijah. After escaping from wicked Queen Jezebel and King Ahab, he hunkered down under a broom tree and told God to just let him die. Instead, God sent him on a 40-day hike, and promised to appear to him. So, after finding a cave to hide in, Elijah waited for God, expecting a powerful divine apparition that would put the king’s giant army and 2,000 chariots to shame.
Elijah waited. He heard a mighty wind, saw an earthquake and witnessed fire covering the earth. But none of those revealed God. No, God finally came to him in a whisper, reminding him that a genuine relationship with God is never the result of compulsion. The Lord’s salvation comes through kindness and peace. But as children can explain, you have to want it with all your heart.
Today’s Gospel develops a similar theme. After Jesus had broken bread with the crowd, he sent his disciples and everybody else away and went off to pray. While the disciples were in a boat, doing exactly what he told them to do, they found themselves in mortal danger. Instead of arriving safely home to bed, they were caught in wind, and a storm that tossed them around until something like 5 a.m. When it seemed that things couldn’t get any worse, they thought they saw a ghost coming for them.
That’s when they heard the same voice that had recently told them to share all they had with the hungry crowd. “Be of good cheer! It is I! Don’t be afraid.”
That was Peter’s cue. He was already facing death, so why not go for broke: “If it is you, command me to do what you are doing!”
So Jesus said, “Come.”
A few hours earlier, Peter and his companions had given away all their food, and when everybody had eaten, there were still 12 baskets of leftovers. Now, when they thought they were going to die, Jesus said, “Come.”
So, in a death-defying leap of faith, Peter started to walk on the water. It worked — at least until terror dragged his faith below sea level. Then there was nothing left to do but scream. It worked — Jesus stretched out his hand and asked, “Why did you doubt?”
Can you imagine the laughter when Peter would tell the story later? “Why did I doubt? Are you kidding? Maybe it was the storm, or the wind, or, just maybe it had something to do with the fact that we’re disciples, not ducks! We aren’t very accustomed to walking on water!”
Nothing in this story indicates that the disciples thought God had sent the storm that endangered them, nor does the Book of Kings say God wanted the king and queen of Israel to try to kill Elijah. Much like the major troubles in today’s world, the first was a natural phenomenon, the second a result of human sin. The teaching is not that God tests our faith, but that tests help us discover what we believe about God and ourselves.
Elijah discovered that God’s whispering is more powerful than wind, earthquake and chariots. That’s because in the midst of a noisy, violent world, we have to strive to hear God’s whisper. Hearing God’s voice demands intention and attention.
Peter and his companions learned that God listens to our pleas. The disciples wanted an end to the storm, and Jesus invited them to walk on the troubled water. Rather than meet our expectations, God offers to save us in ways we might think impossible. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, the Jesuit scientist and mystic, is quoted as saying, “What paralyzes life is lack of faith and lack of audacity.” Peter and friends were learning that that faith is an audacious way to live. A bit like deciding to walk on water, half-measures simply won’t do.
It takes faith to put our whole heart into praying, “Lord, let us see your kindness.” It takes audacious trust to be open, to let go of our expectations and dare to accept the salvation God offers.
Today, let’s sing it again and again, and with all our heart: ” Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.”
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Pietro Sarubbi Aleteia | Aug 08, 2020
This actor from ‘The Passion of the Christ’ experienced a profound conversion while playing the role.
Anyone who has seen Mel Gibson’s film The Passion of the Christ remembers that terrible moment during Jesus’ trial before Pilate when the crowd chooses to free Barabbas instead of Jesus. We look at the bloody, bruised and broken face of Christ, which even in that condition radiates calm, peace, and beauty, and compare it to the vulgar and ugly face of Barabbas, a convicted murderer, full of defiance, vice, and Joker-like mania.
It’s an exaggeration, but it’s highly effective to convey the irrationality of the crowd’s choice. Yet even as Barabbas in the film is freed from his bonds, he meets Jesus’ eyes and stops for a moment, pierced by that gaze, before descending the stairs to the crowd.
They’re just actors in a scripted scene: Jim Caviezel in the role of Jesus, and Italian actor Pietro Sarubbi in the role of Barabbas (both wearing abundant makeup; Sarubbi is almost unrecognizable when seen outside of that role). But making the film was a transformative experience for both actors. Caviezel’s testimony has been widely shared and discussed, but Sarubbi was just as affected, despite spending just a few minutes on screen.
Here is the testimony of this actor and university professor, as he shared it with Aleteia:
Today I’m a 58-year-old man. To tell the truth, I should say 59, but I’m not taking this year, 2020, into account because I haven’t really used it. I’m an actor and also a man who tries to live up to the Christian experience I have, and that requires a great effort in this world which is increasingly difficult to understand, and increasingly disenchanted with beauty.
For about 20 years I’ve been teaching Film Craft at the Civica Film School in Milan, which started out as a simple professional training center but which, in the 50 years of its existence, has become—thanks to an excellent program started by Moratti—a university. There’s a three-year degree in Film Craft, and therefore, improperly, I find myself to be a university lecturer with very lively, curious, intelligent and very technically skilled students.
Even though it is a very secular field, for me it’s a small frontier of Christianity because it allows me to put myself to the test and to be at the service of giving that “extra” of beauty and total effectiveness which, in my opinion, Christian teachers possess. It’s that way of looking at people that allows you to see the eyes of Christ in the student who’s not studying, who has problems, or who is irresolute, and this completely changes the relationship. This way of looking doesn’t go unnoticed, even for young people who are far from faith: It disconcerts them when they see beauty where they were told it shouldn’t be.
At the risk of boring those who already know me, I myself was thrown off balance by that look of which I was just speaking, and here I’m referring to my life-altering participation in Mel Gibson’s film The Passion of the Christ. While I was playing Barabbas, the Holy Spirit used one man to look at another man. Now it’s clear to me; it was perturbing and unsettling then.
Later on, I read Benedict XVI’s encyclical “Deus Caritas Est,” in which there’s a phrase that expresses very clearly what had also happened to me: The Lord encounters us ever anew, through the eyes of the men and women who reflect his presence.
This is precisely God’s method: to look at people through the eyes of other people. This explained what was inexplicable to me: I could not imagine that a simple actor playing Jesus could look at me in a way that turned my soul upside-down. From that moment on there was a change in my personal, human, and professional life, because when you’re captivated, you’re captivated in every way.Read more: When the Man Who Played Jesus in “The Passion of the Christ” Met John Paul II
I was very struck by a passage written by Bishop Nicola Lepori about St. Peter: “He met Simon and called him Peter, called him with a new name, making him new and leaving him as he was.”
Conversion is exactly that: You’re called to a new name and a new life while remaining who you are. And from that moment on an entirely human challenge begins, because there’s no magic wand that transforms you; you remain exactly who you were, but you fall in love with Christ, and your life becomes an attempt to live up to that love. You remain with your sin and your smallness, but you’re enriched by the hope that through prayer you can walk without fear in a new direction.
This conversion led me to leave the theater, nauseated by the superficiality and pettiness that was there, until a very dear friend from Ravenna told me that I really had to return to the theater and there, within the art, I had to be at work with the new gift that I was carrying within me. So, about 12 years ago I started this adventure of being involved in theater that was beautiful, enjoyable, funny, comic but also deep, and I started with a show about St. Peter.
Later I had the good fortune that the Commission for the Jubilee of Mercy got wind of my work and asked me to do a show for the Jubilee year on the theme of Mercy. After a little while studying and a little while investigating, I realized that St. Joseph was one of the most merciful, patient, and welcoming people, and I dedicated that show to him. Now, so to speak, St. Peter and St. Joseph are my battle horses. I have three new challenges in the pipeline: St. Augustine, Guareschi (the creator of Don Camillo) and St. Philip Neri. My path is that of smiling, and some have accused me in past years of being disrespectful because I speak of Jesus also through the perspective of laughter. I respond to these objections by saying that if we think, really, of 12 normal people like us who meet Jesus, it would not be strange to imagine them laughing, moving around, and jumping. Don Giussani said, “Given what you’ve learned and what you’ve found, you can’t allow yourself to be sad.”
Those who have a strong faith understand the immense value of lightheartedness; those who have a penitential faith, one of pain and not forgiveness, see a smile as something disrespectful. But we are children of a God who is slow to anger and rich in forgiveness, so our prayer is the Our Father. Inside that prayer is found everything about us and about me, because there’s a Father who with enormous affection has given me many kicks and punches. Those who love you are worried about you, and so they come to slap you around.
With my students at school, I try to bring this way of looking that is of God, and I tell them that I’m not supposed to be nice as a teacher, but useful. I don’t have to be a buddy or a companion, but a guardian and a nuisance. They have a little bit of trouble understanding this, but when I meet them on the set after school, they always repeat to me: “Prof, now I understand!” I’m moved when that happens, so to downplay it I answer with the words of St. Augustine: “Late have I loved you …” I mean that God, as Father, spares us nothing, and those who have converted as I have don’t live in a magical bubble where everything is in place. Fatigue is still fatigue, even pain. We’re spared nothing, but God has spared His Son nothing either; why should we insist on asking God, as if it were His duty, to take something away from us?
For me, who tends to talk too much, it’s difficult to condense all this experience that I’ve told you about into a single word. I’ve thought about it and I think that the right word is docility. I happened to participate in spiritual exercises, and I was even a little bored, and annoyed by all the people who were silent and obedient (I’ve always been a rebel!), and it was right there that I began my journey of docility, when I was struck by how Mary’s docility was presented to us.
Thinking about it, my whole theatrical journey also has this theme in the background: St. Peter was a rough guy; I come from the south of Italy and I met many fishermen like him. He was irascible, ready to get into action, and since he met Jesus he was continually invited to be docile. Peter had a hard time being as Jesus called him to be; St. John Paul II said that God made Jesus choose Peter as the the first Apostle, taking the worst of Capernaum, to give a strong signal to everyone, and to show that holiness was for all. If Saint Peter made it, we too can make it.
St. Peter comes to surrender himself to Jesus with all the surrender of those three “Yeses,” to which he responds to “Do you love me?” And another enormously docile “Yes” is that of St. Joseph. Everyone knows Mary’s “yes,” but few are familiar with Joseph’s “yes,” which is the “Yes” of everyday life, the one he pronounced throughout all the years he lived quietly with Mary and Jesus. His is the “yes” of all those who get up every morning and open themselves to life, prayer, vocation, and work.