Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday Post

On this, the last day of winter....

Jason Kenney is new leader of the Alberta PC Party:

Jason Kenney is the new leader of Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives.

Kenney, 48, captured 1,113 of 1,476 votes cast in the party’s first delegated convention since 1985. ...

Kenney will now begin the next phase of his unite-the-right campaign by seeking a deal with the Wildrose party to join forces under a new conservative banner.

I'm not keen on merging.

Canadian voters who do not like Liberals masquerading as Tories need candidates they can trust.

That won't happen if parties merge.

Well, that seems to settle it:

Paris airport attacker shouted: 'I'm here to die for Allah - there will be deaths'

Father Tomy Kalathoor Mathew in Fawkner was just about to start his Sunday service at 11am when a man entered the church and confronted him in the foyer.

An argument broke out between the pair, then the man, aged in his 60s, pulled a kitchen knife from his pants and struck the priest to the neck with it before fleeing, investigators have been told.

A spokesman for Egypt’s Catholic Church has praised local Muslims for helping embattled Christians after a series of Islamic State attacks in Sinai. 

Fr Rafic Greiche, spokesman for the Coptic Catholic Church, said Christians must differentiate between ordinary Muslims and extremists. 

“Ordinary Muslims are kind and try to help however they can – they’re often first on the scene, rescuing the injured and taking them to hospitals,” he told Catholic News Service March 3, as Christians continued to flee Egypt’s North Sinai region.

Fr Greiche said the attacks had affected only Coptic Orthodox Christians, but added that Catholic churches and schools in Ismailia had offered shelter to Orthodox families with help from Caritas.

Edward Clancy, director of outreach of Aid to the Church in Need USA, told the Register that ISIS will have achieved its goal of genocide if those groups do not go back to their homes. So far, the surveys from displaced Iraqi Christians show that 50% want to return to their homes on the Nineveh Plain; before the Iraqi army began its rollback of ISIS in northern Iraq, only 10% wanted to go back. 
But Clancy said that there will have to be “an intensive effort to help Christians rebuild.”

Clancy said Iraq needs its own Marshall Plan — the post-World War II economic rebuilding plan for Europe devised in part to prevent communism from taking hold in the population — and Syria will need it, as well, because the infrastructure is in chaos.

He said, “If all is said and done, and the Christians don’t go back, then ISIS won.”

At around age one, she was abandoned outside a police station in Tianzhu County, China, without any clues as to her identity.

Now, 10 years later and living with an adoptive family in Edmonton, she not only has a name, Hosanna Crowell, but she’s also known to millions in her native country — all because of a moving letter circulating online that was penned by her adoptive mother and addressed to her biological parents, whose names and whereabouts are not known. ...

Even though she has thrived in her new environment, her transfusions every few weeks — she’s now had 194 — can be hard on her kidneys and spleen. Because she’s getting bigger, each transfusion requires blood from two donors. The fear of complications is never far off, Cathy says.

A few years ago, the family decided to explore the possibility of a bone-marrow transplant, which would almost certainly extend her life. But it would require tracking down her biological family.

Kim Jong Un has presided over a rocket engine test “of historic significance,” North Korean state media said Sunday, a test that coincided with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to neighbouring China.

The young North Korean leader declared “that the whole world will soon witness what eventful significance the great victory won today carries,” the report said, declaring Saturday as the “March 18 revolution” because of the “great leaping forward” in North Korea’s rocket industry.

Driven from McMaster University campus in Hamilton by an angry mob just the day before, Jordan Peterson was welcomed at Western University, like a rock star.

The controversial University of Toronto professor saw his hour-long speech interrupted only by bursts of applause from the more than 700 that packed the natural sciences building. His speech ended with a standing ovation, and after, he was mobbed outside for selfies from the adoring crowd, mostly young men, more than a few sporting hats declaring Make America Great Again.

Remembering the historic Saint Patrick and what he can still teach the West:

He uses the language of St. Paul when he rails against these “ravenous wolves,” accusing them of “handing over the members of Christ’s body, as it were, into a brothel.” Less dramatically, Patrick also references the opposition that he encountered from the non-Christian families of newly baptized converts, and especially the resentment of the fathers of women who chose to become “virgins of Christ.”

In one place, he marvels at the fortitude of these converts: “These women suffer persecution and false accusations from their parents, and yet their number grows!”


Dr. Carroll, who is well-known for his historical observation that “One man can make a difference,” could certainly point to Saint Patrick to defend his claim. Indeed, with the efforts of Saint Patrick, the Emerald Isle experienced a springtime of Christianity. Patrick’s humility, coupled with his trust in God’s love, proved a powerful combination to evangelization.

It is said on Vulcan: one man can summon the future.

Saint Patrick's fervour did just that.

And now, some good stories about man's best friend:

A floundering pup was rescued by police and fire fighters from the icy waters of Grenadier Pond on Saturday.

Toronto Police spokesman Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook said reports came in around 12:30 p.m. that a dog owner was on the ice trying to rescue a dog when the owner fell through the ice.

“He was fortunately close enough to the shore that he was able to get himself out of the water,” she said.

Nearby officers responded to the scene. One police officer, Const. Mathew Abramovitz of 11 Division, grabbed a buoyant backseat pillow and a pole before heading out onto the ice.

“When someone requires assistance, there are these poles that are in the park,” Douglas-Cook explained.

The officer made his way to the dog with the seat cushion and the pole.

“He did also fall through the ice but he was able to stay afloat on the seat of the police car,” Douglas-Cook said.

The dog apparently looked “just about to give up” and "desperately grabbed the pole," she added.

The officer then pulled the dog onto the seat, as fire fighters and the marine unit responded to the scene.

Everyone was pulled out of the water within 20 minutes. The officer and a fire fighter who also fell through the ice were taken to hospital to be checked out for hypothermia.

Douglas-Cook said the officer was fine and released quickly.


A very good dog drops the puck at a hockey game.


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