God’s Justice

God is just; of this I am sure, it is a consequence of his goodness; man’s injustice is not God’s work, but his own; that moral injustice which seems to the philosophers a presumption against Providence, is to me a proof of its existence. But man’s justice consists in giving to each his due; God’s justice consists in demanding from each of us an account of that which he has given us.

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile

Pope Francis: Charity is the only acceptable kind of fanaticism

Today, Pope Francis said that the only acceptable kind of fanaticism is that of “charity.”

“Any other type of fanaticism does not come from God, and is not pleasing to him,” Pope Francis stated. “True faith is one that makes us more charitable, more merciful, more honest and more humane … it makes us see the other not as an enemy to be overcome but a brother or sister to be loved, served and helped.”

Meet Modern Russia

Some Americans (and Europeans), especially the political class, need to get over their knee-jerk Russophobia– and should really stop all the hating. I loved my experiences in Russia. The people are very generous and have big hearts.

The US seems to be upset that Russia is taking its rightful place as a global superpower. It makes it more difficult for the US to go around the world doing whatever it wants, whenever it wants, to developing countries (like Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya,  Somalia, Panama, Yugoslavia, Yemen, Pakistan, Vietnam, Iran, Chile, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Cambodia, Laos, Cuba, and so on and so on).