Religion

Happy Hanukkah 2021
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ub Tue, 11/30/2021 - 11:18

Happy Hanukkah... Please enjoy The Festival of Lights that has already officially begun as we observe lighting the menorah.  

This Jewish holiday celebrates the Maccabean revolt against the Syrian-Greek army. The lighting of the menorah is perhaps the most well-known tradition. It is usually placed in a window or a doorway.

Mea Maxima Culpa
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ub Wed, 11/03/2021 - 15:28

I want to share a very personal moment with all and have decided that the best practice is to say that  I must confess in public.

Therefore from now on and evermore, I will look in the mirror before correcting others’ mistakes. The wise words for his flock from The Holy Father. 

A Christmas Countdown
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ub Mon, 11/01/2021 - 10:19

It is the most wonderful time of the year, and as Christmas comes near which to me is dear, I'm offering this here if you want to hear.

It’s already beginning to look a little like Christmas, nearly everywhere you go. As Thanksgiving draws near in a few short weeks, many cities and towns are already getting the jump on their Christmas holiday programs, particularly to give potential participants notice to join in the joyous festivities.

Yom Kippur
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ub Thu, 09/16/2021 - 15:14

Yom Kippur is considered the holiest day of the year in Judaism. A high holiday that follows Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

Prelate Counterpoint
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ub Sun, 05/30/2021 - 11:22

Catholic prelates are at odds over whether any politician who supports abortion rights should be allowed to receive Holy Communion.

A prelate is a high-ranking member of the clergy who is ordinary or who ranks in precedence with ordinaries. The word derives from the Latin prelates, the past participle of preferred, which means 'carry before', 'be set above or over' or 'prefer'; hence, a prelate is one set over others.

Happy Mothers Day
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ub Wed, 05/05/2021 - 12:43

Everyone knows that every day is Mother's Day, but as we celebrate May 9 which would have also been my oldest and late brother's birthday I made special plans involving both my MoM, Margarita, and Big Brother Tony.

During his high school football days, Tony was known as The Cuban Bullet. He was fast and dangerous for anyone on the opposing side who was running with the football.

A Happy Easter Sunday
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ub Sun, 04/04/2021 - 06:36

It is reportedly the world’s best comeback story, and it’s not an age thing. Jesus Christ was in his 30s when he rolled aside the stone from his tomb for Western culture’s foundational he’s back moment. 

All of Humanity loves a good comeback and the billions of Christians on earth have the best one forever and evermore.

A Special Good Friday
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ub Fri, 04/02/2021 - 10:00

A City Island Christian man of the cloth recreated Jesus carrying the cross along the Avenue. 

In Jerusalem, multiple places of worship were open. It was in extreme contrast to last year when the city was under lockdown. However, in neighboring Lebanon, Christians had to observe Good Friday under a lockdown while suffering an economic crisis.

Throughout Latin America, from Guatemala to Mexico and Paraguay Christians carried tree branches covered with thorns and large crosses reenacting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Passover Memories
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ub Sat, 03/27/2021 - 10:48

As I rub the mezuzah on my front door, it reminds me of an annual holiday. This object is actually a piece of parchment, called a Klaf, with specific verses from the Torah that is then placed inside a mezuzah case, which is then affixed to the doorposts of a Jewish home. The mitzvah (commandment) of the mezuzah is one of the core practices of Jews across religious observance and belief.