As many of our readers know, yours truly went through a bit of a rough patch over the past year. No need to go through all of the sordid details at this time. In fact, the drama is still playing through and might be a good write-up for a future blog post. It has all the earmarks of a classic, I assure you. Bastards, liars, gamblers, money laundering, the mafia. You name it. It’s been quite a ride, and it’s still not over!
Anyhow, around November of last year, I was at the low point in my little adventure. One evening, I was sitting on my bed, bemoaning my fate — like one of those “dark nights of the soul” gigs that the saints some time experience except that I am no saint but it sure was all darkness — when I heard a bling on my one of my kid’s IPADs. It was a Facebook message from a priest in Pakistan, named Fr. Simon.
Here is how the conversation went:
Fr. Simon: How are you John, Glad to meet you, praying for you, God bless you always, yours in Christ fr. Simon.
JP: Thank you for your prayers, Father. May I ask what prompted you message to me?
Fr. Simon: I just message you because I felt it you are a nice man of God, I am a parish priest my stationed is in Asia and I appointed here in Pakistan in a non-Christian nation. I am sorry if you feel bad about send you messages.
JP: No need to apologize, Father. I thank you for your timely prayer as I was feeling rather low and it is a depressing period in my life. So I thank you very, very much for your prayer. God Bless You. I will pray for the Christians in Pakistan. I know things are tough there, and makes my problems look miniscule by comparison.
Fr. Simon: Yes, life is very hard especially for our abused, neglected, rejected and hungry children who suffering very hard here in a non-Christian nation and we need to save them to the human trafficking and to the slavery. I am involved with a small registered ministry who working for children here for save them, life is very hard here and under much persecution than all over the 3rd word, so tell a little bit about your family and about your mission or work? God bless you.
And so the conversation between Fr. Simon and I continued over the next several months, as Fr. Simon related to me the struggles and challenges he faces to minister to the Christian community in Pakistan, and the uplifting zeal he has for evangelization even in the midst of great persecution and suffering. It puts us all to shame here in the West. It really does.
His bishop, Bishop Joseph Coutts, even called me on my cell phone asking for my help.
Many of you have heard of the famous case of Meriam Ibrahim. Well, Islamic persecution of Christians is becoming more and more common place all over the world. In Pakistan, the persecution is particularly vicious in recent years, as Islamic militancy is turning to violence to conquer any profession that is not Islamic. For the most part, that means Christians are on the receiving end of this terrorism which includes human trafficking, sexual slavery, hard labour, and lethal violence.
After hearing about Fr. Simon’s accounts, I thought to myself, “Enough of this. I can do something. I have a blog. I have readers. I have an e-mail list. I have a mouth. I’m going to use them all.” I felt moved to do something about the plight of our Catholic children (and other Christians) in Pakistan. I hope other bloggers will join me.
I’ve set up the website for our relief organization called, Mountain of Jesus Ministries. You can read more about us there.
So here we go, folks, I’m hoping to raise about $1,000 to get us started. Please help me. If you are a blogger, I need your help to spread what I - ahem what we Catholic and other Christian bloggers – are trying to do because I want this to be a blogger-based initiative (although other sources and means of generating funds are gratefully accepted). As bloggers and blog readers, we have an incredible resource to do a lot of good. We don’t need a big bureaucracy. We just need the will and the determination to do our part and to right an injustice.
All money raised goes directly to Fr. Simon’s efforts to save our Christian children there. There is no overhead expenses here. The money is going directly into my PayPal Account (The Catholic Legate) and then to the Ministry’s bank account. He has promised a full accounting of the expenditures. Eventually the plan is to register Mountain of Jesus Ministries as a charitable organization here in Canada, but that is likely 6-12 months away. In the mean time, they still need our help.
So this is what I need from you all:
1. Prayer for the success of this venture.
2. Prayer for the success of this venture.
3. Prayer for the success of this venture.
4. A PayPal donation, if possible.
2. Please e-mail your friends about our initiative (yes, you can really believe this is ***your ministry***. It’s just started, so you have first dibs!)
On behalf of Fr. Simon, Bishop Coutts, Mountain of Jesus Ministries, and Socon or Bust, I thank you for your support and prayers. – John Pacheco
I believe in justice, but I also believe in Redemption.
You know, when I was in the sixth grade, a fellow student was describing an account of how another kid was getting somewhat physically abusive towards him. After putting up with his taunts and pushing, this fellow proceeded to describe how he clocked him one right in the face. One punch and the guy went down. I chuckled to myself, but the janitor who was also listening to the story was a real peace-nic and said that “violence doesn’t solve anything”. My friend stoically replied, “Maybe. But that guy won’t be bothering me anymore.” I laughed some more.
There is a phenomenon in our culture with kids (and now apparently adults) randomly approaching people on the street and clocking them in the head/face. The reason? Just for thrills of watching someone get injured. It’s really sick.
Well, check out what happens when some stupid fool tries the same thing here. He got more than what he bargained for and so did his companion. If the law is a teacher, then so is a bit of “physical chivalry” when the circumstances warrant.
Kidnapped Syrian Nuns still live. The Religion of Pieces has demurred from removing their heads from their shoulders for the time being and are using them as pawns instead.
What is it with these people; have they no integrity at all?
I’ll tell you exactly what a liberal is: a liberal is person who, when push comes to shove, will never stand up for their beliefs if it’s going to cost them personally. That, my dear readers, is what defines a liberal.
If they can’t get it through their policies, they will make sure they can make exceptions in the rare cases that their policies require sacrifice of them.
Random and senseless acts of violence should be condemned categorically.
But our society has not condemned random and senseless acts of violence. On the contrary, it supports and finances it.
Then it’s marriage. And then adoption.
For the sexually confused out there, even if this is true, gay “marriage” still doesn’t affect *you*, does it?
It just affects the kids who get raped.
Let’s hope that there is no poetic justice and that those who asked such a stupid question don’t end up in the slammer some day with The Sisters.
Pigs. But, you’ll never hear a liberal raise a peep in objection. After all, it’s Catholicism which is extremist.
If he was a Christian gone lulu, “Devout Christians kills dozens” would be front page news for a year.
The Culture of Death keeps rolling without acknowledging that no civilization can ultimately survive without God.
I predict more of the same.
That’s a massive FAIL. But go ahead and try, I say. The mask comes off sooner.
Then the Lobby wonders why so few people aspire to be one. This isn’t gonna help.
Meanwhile, God is banned.
It all makes sense to me. Perfectly.
As the Canadian government seeks to deport war criminals, mass executioners and death squad leaders who have lied in order to enter Canada, Amnesty International is raising a stink about it. Read Margaret Wente insightful take on the issue here.
Of course, everybody, even criminals, are entitled to due process and a fair hearing. That’s not the issue here. These criminals have already been heard and found guilty. Now it’s time to boot them out before they do some damage in our country.
You might be astounded that Amnesty International would be standing up for these thugs. How can this possibly happen? I’ll tell you how. Amnesty International has gotten too big and fat. They’re over-funded. They’ve grown even while many countries have turned from dictatorships to democracies in recent decades. So the over-staffed organization has to chase around for lesser crimes in order to keep themselves busy. When you see them starting to stand up for guys who ran firing quads, you know that the apple has indeed fallen far from the tree. Read the rest of this entry »
John through an unlikely series of events BBC West Midlands radio 95.6 FM Birmingham had me on for 20 minutes, straddling a news break in the 3am hour last night.
If you’d like to hear I preserved it here:
“A Social Worker Cannot Replace Mom and Dad.” –> Bingo.
There are 3.5 million children from broken homes in Britain. Their growing numbers, and the effect on of family breakdown on children, caused a leading family law court judge, Sir Paul Coleridge, to recently describe the scale of the problem as “social anarchy” and to urge the government to work to promote marriage. (Source)
But they are, Judge! Haven’t you heard about how Britain is going to be legalizing gay “marriage” pretty darn soon. Like c’mon!
They’re doing what they can. That will fix the problem, for sure.
Sorry, Dave, the government is not going to solve this mess. Neither is another community center or social program.
It’s the family, stupid. Build it back up and the government won’t have to do anything.
Government: the wrong “solution” to almost every problem.
…Looking at his Facebook profile, one immediately notices Breivik’s strong interest in Freemasonry and his photograph in full Masonic regalia. The apron identifies him as a member of a St. John’s Lodge of the Norwegian Order of Freemasons, the “regular” Masonic obedience in Norway. The circumstance that he was indeed a member of the Søilene St. John’s Lodge in Oslo has been confirmed by the Order, which proceeded to expel Breivik only after his imprisonment. St. John’s Lodges administer the first three Craft degrees and operate under the Swedish rite. Of course, no Fundamentalist would enthusiastically endorse Freemasonry as Breivik did. In addition, Breivik was a fan of online and offline role-playing games such as World of Warfcraft, Fallout and Bioshock and of the TV vampire serial Blood Ties, all anathema to the average Fundamentalist.
It is also true that, while endorsing in his book a traditional, patriarchal, male-dominated family, Breivik also mentions that in preparation of the attack “I have reserved 2000 Euro from my operations budget which I intend to spend on a high quality model escort girl 1 week prior to execution of the mission”, and explains that “screwing around outside of marriage is after all a relatively small sin”. No fundamentalist would subscribe to this theory, and all fundamentalists condemn abortion without exceptions. Breivik, on the other hand, is favorable to abortion “if the baby has mental or physical disabilities” and in some other cases, although he regards abortion in general as a negative phenomenon. On document.no he boasts about his friendship with the developer of the website “Deiligst.no, Norway’s probably the most profitable online communities despite the frayed moral concept”. Deiligst is a Web site devoted to promote casual sexual encounters….(Source)
Like I said in my earlier post, he’s essentially a deranged liberal who is honest about what is happening in Europe.