Was “The Original Intent”

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 Whose Divine Hand Was behind the Establishment of the United States of America and our Founding Documents.

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“God, when he makes the prophet, does not unmake the man.”

— John Locke (1632-1704) British Philosopher and Author  

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“Prayer dosen’t change God’s mind but the heart of the person praying.”

— Unknown


"Do not think that your present state is a punishment from Heaven, because you would be wrong, but be certain that your present state is willed by God for the salvation of your soul."

— Saint Padre Pio [Pio of Pietrelcina] (1887-1968) Italian Friar, Mystic, and Stigmatist


The Mayonnaise Jar and Coffee


“When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar...and the coffee...


A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.


So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.


The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous ‘yes.’


The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.


‘Now,’ said the professor, as the laughter subsided, ‘I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things your - God, family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions-things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car. The sand is everything else-the small stuff.


If you put the sand into the jar first,’ he continued, ‘there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal.


Take care of the golf balls first, the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."


One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.


The professor smiled. ‘I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.’"

~Author Unknown


“How strangely will the tools of a tyrant pervert the plain meaning of words.”

— Samuel Adams (1722–1803) Father of the American Revolution, Patriot and Statesman


"Ethics is nothing other than Reverence for Life."

— Dr. Albert Schweitzer (1875–1965) German Theologian, Physician, and Medical Missionary


"Ethics is nothing other than Reverence for Life. Reverence for Life affords me my fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, assisting and enhancing life, and to destroy, to harm or to hinder life is evil."

— Dr. Albert Schweitzer (1875–1965) German Theologian, Physician, and Medical Missionary


“Russian proverb: 'The yes-man is your enemy, but your friend will argue with you'”

— Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008) Russian novelist & historian, spent years in a Soviet Labor Camp for criticizing Joseph Stalin


“God, when he makes the prophet, does not unmake the man.”

— John Locke (1632-1704) British Philosopher and Author  


"Various are the pleas and arguments which men of corrupt minds frequently urge against yielding obedience to the just and holy commands of God."

— George Whitefield (1714-1770) Preacher in The First Great Spiritual Awakening traveled by horseback from New Hampshire to Georgia


“Great trials seem to be a necessary preparation for great duties."

— Edward Thomson (1810–1870) American Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church

“God's Present

Yesterday was history.

Tomorrow is a mystery,

Today is a gift from God.

That is why it's called the present.

— Unknown


“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

— Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) Statesman, Scientist, Inventor, Printer and Philosopher


Without virtue, civilization dies.

Without religion, virtue dies.

Therefore without religion, civilization dies.

In other words:


Virtue is necessary for the survival of civilization

And religion is necessary for the survival of virtue.

Therefore religion is necessary for the survival of civilization.

— Peter Kreeft (1937) Professor, and Christian Author (book Back to Virtue, pg. 192-193)


“If we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?"

— Mother Teresa (1910–1997) Catholic Nun who stared the Missionaries of Charity


“The essence of prayer is not the effort to make God give us something. Prayer, then, is not just informing God of our needs, for God already knows them. Rather, the purpose of prayer is to give God the opportunity to bestow the gifts He will give us when we are ready to accept them.”

— Fulton J. Sheen (1895–1979) Catholic Archbishop, Professor, Radio & Television Show Host, The Fulton Sheen Program


“All that we call human history - money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery - is the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.”

— C.S. Lewis (1898 -1963) Irish Writer, Scholar & Christian Apologetic

“We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.”

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