Forty day fast for the Truth of Gospel Nonviolence 2015 – Day 7

By Fr Emmanuel Mccarthy

Fast Food (2015): Seventh Helping

“For Saint Paul holiness—indeed life itself—is identification with Christ, which is not mere imitation of Jesus or acceptance of His teachings. Let Paul writing to the Philippians (2:1-11) say what this meant to him: you must think like Christ.

Think like Christ, what will that do to our world of values which we have built up from habit and conviction in our years since childhood? Think like Christ and how much that we adore would we have to burn? One must think like Jesus to see how he is to become present in any activity in which he is engaged. Both Gospels and Epistles insist that thinking like Jesus is a personal responsibility which each must fulfill for himself or herself. Unless the Christian makes the effort to put on the mind of Christ precisely in his life at this time and place, he is not a Christian in what he is doing.  Paul invited Christians to make the mind of Christ real and effective in the management of their lives as a mother in a family, as a physician, as a merchant as a salesperson, as a mechanic, as a factory worker. Are there not ways of life and professions in which it is impossible to put on the mind of Christ? It has often been thought so.”

Rev. John L. McKenzie, Catholic Biblical Scholar

Jesus, you have the words of eternal life.

Replace my thoughts with your thoughts.

I want my thinking to correspond with your teaching;

I want to make decisions according to your standards.

You are the Truth given to me by the Father.

Let my mind be your mind.

Live in my mind, Jesus!

Venerable James Alberione, SSP 

Forty day fast for the Truth of Gospel Nonviolence 2015 – Day 5

By Fr Emmanuel Mccarthy

Fast Food (2015): Fifth Helping

Christians need falsifications of both the past and the present to make their lives as Christian Just War Theory supporters morally, spiritually and psychologically bearable. Selective memory, which remembers only the triumphs and glories of the powerful and “screens out” the agony and misery of the victims, thus creating a “false consciousness of our past and an opiate for our present,” does the needed falsifying. Authentic and accurate presentations of the miseries of the victims of war are dangerous memories for Christian Just Warists, personally and to their program of trying to make other Christians like themselves. Memories of the reality of what the spirit of Mars brings people to do to other people are dangerous memories because they reveal new knowledge of suffering, which has been intentionally submerged by the deceitful servants of Mars. They interrupt the tranquility of Christian Just War Theory consciousness and conscience. Memories of human suffering make demands on us. So, as far as the Christian Just Warist is concerned it is better that they not be known, because things that you put into your head are there forever but things about which you never heard cannot be utilized to expose deceit.

For example, Moloch is the god of child sacrifice. Asked on national television about killing 400,000 children in order to enforce the U.S. led embargo against Iraq, the U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright’s public moral judgment (5/12/96) on the matter was, “We think the price was worth it.” Over the last decade, according to UNICEF, 2 million children have been killed in war, 4.5 million disabled, 12 million left homeless, 1 million orphaned and 10 million gravely psychologically traumatized. No one knows the number of children who have been killed in utero by war in the last decade. No government or anti-abortion organization has published such figures, or has done the research to establish them. But, the number of children killed in utero in war has to be astronomical. Mars always triggers the sacrifice of children in monstrous numbers, thereby keeping Moloch’s perverted desires satisfied. Jesus says, “No”, to Moloch also. The same cannot be said for the majority of His disciples and their Church leaders.

If war and the killing of children in utero and extra utero are inseparable, then for Christians to morally justify war in the name of some cause or another is to morally justify sacrificing children in the name of some cause or another. “You can’t have one without the other!” To authentically and accurately remember this would be a most dangerous memory to the Christian moral status quo. Jesus as child-killer is impossible for even Christian Just Warists to swallow. So the memory is quashed and only the killing of children by the enemy is permitted into memory. Our home team’s orgies of child sacrifice on behalf of some cause or another, however, are kept as far outside of everyday Christian consciousness as possible by the local economic, political and media elites, and by the local bishops, priests, ministers and pastors. They manage this by never mentioning it, if possible, and when someone has the bad manners to bring it up, it is morally whitewashed, brushed aside or quashed from authentic and accurate memory by means of the morally deceitful, humanly despicable and wholly diabolical term, “collateral damage.” Christian Just War Theory always includes Christian Just Child Sacrifice Theory. Child sacrifice—killing children to achieve some end—by any other name is still child sacrifice.

My fellow Christians and you prelates of passing distinction, the Holy Trinity is not Jesus, Mars and Moloch. Mars and Moloch may be consubstantial with each other at some degree of being, but there is nothing of the Nonviolent Jesus of the Gospels in them and nothing of them in Jesus. Hence, there is nothing of the Father or the Holy Spirit, with whom Jesus is consubstantial, in them or they in the Holy Trinity. To bless the activities of the home team servants of Mars and Moloch in the name of and with the sign of the all Holy Trinity is blasphemy and false witness of the first rank.

Forty day fast for the Truth of Gospel Nonviolence 2015 – Day 4

By Fr Emmanuel Mccarthy

Fast Food (2015): Fourth Helping

Despite Jesus’ rejection of Mars, the war-god is not at a loss. He hides for a while, skillfully puts on an attractive disguise, and penetrates into the Church of Christ. Christians go on chanting their Savior’s praises and victory, without realizing that their hearts have already been delivered up to the domination of seemingly omnipotent Mars. They sincerely love Christ, but in their churches and cathedrals stand the names of those who have given their lives and killed for the country. They glorify Christ, but are flattered when their Churches are adorned with ex-military men’s flags and military trappings. They preach Christ, but exalt the greatness of their country and the nobility of its heroic military. They teach love of one’s neighbor, but enjoin military service. They say you cannot serve God and Mammon, but they themselves serve God and Mars. Mars laughs quietly, sure of his triumph—for which Mammon too will be grateful and emerge with large profits. Mars knows he can rely on Christians’ obedience to him and he despises the puny sovereignty of Christ, knowing that Christ’s so-called disciples have already bowed the knee before him, Mars.

Mars mesmerizes people, Christians and non-Christians, bringing them to lose themselves in his power of violence, where they will remain for a lifetime in more or less willing bondage. Mars is a deity with a wide appeal among human beings and among the other pagan gods, their spirits and their servants. Bacchus and Venus, Moloch** and Mammon all benefit from his work. Again, Mammon is especially supportive of Mars. All the war-profiteers, from armament manufacturers to looters of corpses, from mercenary militaries to scavenger bankers, are secretly glad of the  business brought to them by Mars. But with every fiber of His being and every ounce of life He possesses, Jesus resolutely says, “No,” to Mars.

-Jean Lasserre 

 ** Moloch is the god of child sacrifice. 

Forty day fast for the Truth of Gospel Nonviolence 2015 – Day 3

By Fr Emmanuel Mccarthy

Fast Food (2015): Third Helping

I am always surprised to see how readily most Christians assume the permanent disappearance of certain forms and spirits of paganism, as personified by the ancient pagan deities. A glance through the history of Christian literature will show plentiful references to Mammon, but there is hardly anything written about no less formidable gods, such as Bacchus and Venus, Moloch and Mars. Yet these relics of paganism are far from dead, and the mystique of Mars in particular is with us in the glorification of warrior values and the exaltation of violent heroes. It persists today as strongly as ever. Can the pagan war-god really be reconciled with Jesus? It cannot! Jesus says, “No,” to Mars, and to all his evils and all his pomps, all his deceits and all his spirits.

-Jean Lasserre (1908-1983), 

Pastor, Reform Church of France, Christian Theologian of Peace, Secretary of the French branch of the Fellowsip of Reconciliation, editor of the Cahiers de la Reconciliation,author of a seminal work on Christian Nonviolence, still in print, War and the Gospel(1953).

Forty day fast for the Truth of Gospel Nonviolence 2015 – Day 2

By Fr Emmanuel Mccarthy

Fast Food (2015): Second Helping

Anxiety is the mark of spiritual insecurity. It is the fruit of unanswered questions. But questions cannot go unanswered unless they first be asked. So there is a far worse anxiety, a far worse insecurity, which comes from being afraid to ask the right questions—because they might turn out to have answers we do not like. One of the moral diseases we communicate to one another comes from huddling together in the pale light of an insufficient answer to a question we are afraid to ask.”

-Thomas Merton

The Icon of Violent Constntinian Christianity

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Forty day fast for the Truth of Gospel Nonviolence 2015 – Day 1

-by Fr Emmanuel Charles McCarthy​

FAST FOOD (2015):  First Helping

“Most people cannot accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives.”

— Leo Tolstoy

Such is the case with just about all popes, bishops, priests, ministers and pastors in regard to the Nonviolent Jesus of the Gospels and His Way of Nonviolent Love of friends and enemies. For them Justified Christian Violence and Enmity Theories and “If You Want Peace, Prepare for War” Christian Moral Theories—which they have proudly taught to others and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives—are a way to follow Jesus and a way to eternal life and communion with God who is love. The intrinsic logical absurdity of such theories being touted as way of obediently and truthfully following Jesus is a moral irrelevancy to such prelates—and to those whom they have made as blind as themselves. 

PRAYER FOR THE FORTY DAY FAST FOR THE TRUTH OF GOSPEL NONVIOLENCE JULY 1-AUGUST 9

For the uniting of all churches in proclaiming the truth of the nonviolent jesus of the gospels and his way of nonviolent love of friends and enemies

Abba, in the name of Jesus we ask you to send the Holy Spirit to gather the Churches together, so that with one heart, one mind and one voice they may proclaim as God’s Way Jesus’ Way of Nonviolent Love of all people—friends and enemies—and thereby teach that
violence is not the Christian way,
violence is not the Holy Way,
violence is not the Gospels’ Way,
violence is not the Apostolic Way, violence is not the Way of Jesus,
violence is not the Way of God,
and thus set Christians free forever from bondage to the unholy, un-catholic, un-apostolic, un-Christlike ways of the false gods and theologies of justified homicidal violence and enmity.
We plead this grace so that the Nonviolent Lamb may be our Lord in deed, as well as, in word and sacrament.
We request this gift so that the Christian Community may be—for afflicted humanity—a faithful witness to Jesus’ Way of overcoming evil.
We implore this healing so that the Church may be an authentic extension in time and space of the Way of the Lamb of God, of the Way of the Nonviolent Jesus, which is the Way to renew the face of the earth.
Amen.

Our Lamb has conquered—let us follow.

An invitation to participate in the ANNUAL FORTY-DAY FAST For the Truth of Gospel Nonviolence July 1-August 9

By Fr Emmanuel Mccarthy

“This is the kind (of unclean spirit) that can be driven out only by prayer and fasting.”

Mark 9:29

An Invitation to Fast for the Truth of Gospel Nonviolence
    Jesus Christ is the incarnation of the only true God who is Agapé, Unconditional Love, Unending Forgiveness and Everlasting Mercy toward all without exceptions. The person who accurately sees Jesus sees God, for Jesus and God are One. It is the Spirit of this God which is life giving. It is this God in whose image and likeness we are formed. There is no other God. All that is not of the only true God is idolatry and death.
The God of the New Testament, the God who dwells fully in Jesus Christ, the only true God is not a warrior God who will lead people in historical victories over enemies. The Way of Jesus is not the way of violence, retaliation and enmity. The Way of the Jesus of the Gospel is the way of nonviolent love. What Jesus taught by word and deed for times of common affairs, as well as times of crises, is nonviolence, non-retaliation, love of enemy, forgiveness seventy times seven, return of good for evil—mercy. Since God is love and Christ is God, to live in the life of God is to obey Jesus’ new commandment “to love one another as I have loved you.” This means that the Christian—the one who says he or she desires to follow Jesus—commits herself or himself wholeheartedly to following Jesus, who did not use violence and who did not threaten the use of violence, but chose instead—even under the threat of lethal violence—to overcome evil with good. Jesus Christ is the truth of God and nonviolent love of friends and enemies is the truth of Jesus Christ.

Therefore, it must be said clearly, and again and again, that violence is not the Gospels’ Way, violence is not the Christian Way, that violence is not the Apostolic Way, that violence is not the Way of Jesus, that violence is not the Way of God. It must be said clearly, and again and again, that this does not mean that only nuclear war and induced abortion are contrary to the way of Jesus—but all violence and retaliation, even culturally condoned, indeed honored, violence and retaliation, are contrary to the way of Jesus. Therefore an activity that cannot be conducted without violence or an end that cannot be achieved without violence is an activity or an end that cannot be conducted or achieved by the followers of Jesus Christ.

The Churches’ and humanity’s mutiny against mercy must cease. Jesus’ teaching is clear. Christ authorized no one to substitute violence for merciful love toward friends or enemies. As the renowned biblical scholar, Rev. John L. McKenzie, concludes, “If Jesus did not reject any type of violence for any purpose, then we know nothing of Him.

The god, who endorses, supports or commands war is not the God of Christlike mercy. All the ways of God are mercy. In the Incarnation of Mercy in the Nonviolent Jesus, God’s Being, which is from eternity to eternity outside of time and beyond the world, unfolds itself in time and before the world. Mercy is what God is. Mercy is why we are. Mercy is what we need. Mercy is what God wants. Mercy is the supreme attribute of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Way of Christlike Mercy, not the way of violence, is the path of our pilgrimage to the Absolute.

Yet, since the fourth century most Christians have not proclaimed that violence is not the Christian Way, that violence is not the Catholic Way, that violence is not the Apostolic Way, that violence is not the Way of Jesus. In fact, during the last 1700 years, at one time or another, Christians have justified as consistent with the Way of Jesus participation in such activities as war, capital punishment, torture, the burning of heretics, witches and homosexuals, colonialism, violent enmity-creating nationalism, violent revolution, abortion, genocide, wife-beating, child-beating, torture, terrorism, etc. The spiritually symbolic low point of this false proclamation of the Gospel—this incarnational heresy— occurs on August 9 in the years of Our Lord during World War II.

On that day of Our Lord in 1942 Christians in Auschwitz, Poland—because of the nurturing they received in their Churches—believed they were following the Way of Jesus when they destroyed Edith Stein, Saint Teresia Benedicta of the Cross, in a gas chamber. On that day of Our Lord in 1943 Christians in Berlin, Germany—because of the nurturing they received in their Churches—believed they were following Jesus when they beheaded Blessed Franz Jagerstatter, a Christian who refused to join Hitler’s military. On that day of Our Lord in 1945 Christians from the United States—because of the nurturing they received in their Churches—believed they were following Jesus when they evaporated the people of Nagasaki, the oldest and the largest Christian community in Japan.

Today, as for most of the last 1700 years, most Christians continue to be nurtured by their Churches and their Churches’ leadership to justify as consistent with the teaching of the Jesus of the Gospels those energies, understandings, emotions and spirits which lead inevitably to August 9. Today most Christian Churches still do not unequivocally teach what Jesus unequivocally taught on the subject of violence and enmity. Today most Christian leaders and most Christians obstinately continue to proclaim that violence is the Christian Way, that violence is the Apostolic Way, that violence is the Way of Jesus. They are eternally dead wrong! They are destructively spreading untruth as the salvific truth taught by Jesus. They are, to date, an unstoppable spiritual and moral catastrophe in the Church and for all humanity.

It is because of this tragic and sorrowful fact that this Forty Day Fast is undertaken again this year. This Fast is a call to the Christian Churches, to Christian Church leaders and to individual Christians to repent and turn to the Christ and learn what the Father’s will is and how to live it in relation to the diabolic spirits of violence and enmity. It is a call to learn from Him who unambiguously teaches by courageous words and by costly deeds the Way of Nonviolent Love of friends and enemies as the Way of God and the Way of authentic discipleship.

This Fast is a prayer that the Universal Church will gather in Ecumenical Council on some August 9 in the not too distant future and declare once and for all that violence is not the Gospels’ way, that violence is not the Christian way, that violence is not the Apostolic way, that violence is not the Holy way, that violence is not the way of Jesus, and with this declaration disassociate Herself forever from the gods, philosophies and politics of homicide and be for all humanity the extension in time and space of the Nonviolent Jesus Christ, who unambiguously teaches, as the Way of the Father and as His Way, a Way of Nonviolent Love of all—friends and enemies—with no time-outs and no exceptions.

Please pray and fast as you are able. The smallest, mustard seed effort done in Christic love to bring   Jesus’ salvific truth, life and love to humanity will be honored by God and will be fruitful beyond all calculation and measure. 

Submitted for your personal and merciful meditation in Christ-God, amidst the anguish and absurdity of a world being mercilessly crucified daily by humanly created and religiously endorsed violence and enmity.

Introduction to the Annual Forty Day Fast for the Truth of Gospel Nonviolence

By Fr Emmanuel Mccarthy

Friends,

In the next posts, I will provide Statement of Purpose of the Annual Forty Day Fast for the Truth of Gospel Nonviolence, July 1-August 9 and the short prayer people have prayed during this Fast for the last thirty-three years. Do read both, and do give participation in it some thought. Also, if you know of another or others who might be of a mind and heart to participate, please share this article with them.

Folks have participated in this Fast in various manners. In the beginning in 1983 the small number of people who participated, two, did a Fast on liquids only for the entire forty days. Some still do this. But as time rolled on it became clear that for most working people—as opposed to meditating monks with a strictly ordered life—a forty day fast on liquids only was too stringent. At that point the type of fast a person could do was left to him or her to decide depending on the situation-in-life of each. The critical element was that whatever was done, be done with an ungrudging spirit of Christlike love. For needless to say there must be a consistency between the means of fasting one has chosen and the end for which the Fast is undertaken, namely, to bring nonviolent Christlike love of all into the Church and into the world. So, do what you can in a peaceful Christlike spirit of Agape, and leave the fruits of yoiur efforts in the hands of God. Keep in mind the story of the widow’s offering (Mark 12 : 41- 44; Luke 21 : 1- 4). Jesus teaches that the two small coins she gave as an offering were of more spiritual worth than all the offerings of the rich, because the rich “contributed out of their abundance but she gave out of her poverty.”

Do what is possible for you to do in peace. If that is simply giving up a minute or two of your time each day to say a prayer for the intentions of the Fast, then do it, because Jesus’ teaching of Nonviolent Love of friends and enemies does not have a prayer of being accepted by the Churches without yours. Leave the evaluation of the quality and value and success of what you are doing to the only One who can authentically make such those evaluations—within the immense incomprehensibility of existence in general  and within the unfathomable complexity of human existence in particular—God.

Charlie