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The Twelve Apostles and the Gruesome Manner of their Deaths

Paul said that the Household of God was built on the foundation of Apostles and Prophets, with Jesus Christ as the cornerstone. During his ministry, Jesus commissioned twelve special messengers, or Apostles, to assist in spreading the Gospel. All twelve were Judean Hebrews.

The word apostle comes from the Greek apostolos which means one who is sent away, an emissary. It thus means a messenger sent to convey the “good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” See Matthew 10:1-7.

Twelve Men for Twelve Tribes

Twelve men were selected, which symbolized the twelve tribes of Israel as found in the Old Testament. Jesus set apart the Twelve Apostles, sending them out in pairs to preach the Gospel. Additionally, the Apostles were given the power to heal the sick, cast out demons, and raise the dead as part of their ministry.

Each of the Twelve Apostles gave up their livelihoods and all else to follow Jesus when called. Ten of these men were Galilean Jews who had Aramaic names. Peter and Andrew had Greek names. Other Apostles mentioned in the New Testament were Matthias, Barnabas, Adronicus, Junia, Silas, Timothy, and Apollos.

The Twelve Apostles are identified below, along with the traditional manner of their deaths.

1. Simon Peter: Also known as Simon bar Jonah, Simon bar Jochanan (Aramaic) and Cephas. Jesus called him Peter (meaning rock or foundation of the Church). He was a fisherman from Bethsaida of Galilee. About to be martyred in Rome in C.E. 64, he asked to be crucified upside-down as he felt unworthy to die in the same manner as Jesus.

2. Andrew: A former disciple of John the Baptist, he was the brother of Simon Peter and a fisherman in Bethsaida of Galilee. Crucified upon an X-shaped cross.

3. James, son of Zebedee: The brother of John. The first of the Apostles to be put to death, by Herod Agrippa I, 11 years after the death of Christ (C.E. 44).

4. John, son of Zebedee: The brother of James, both named by Jesus the sons of thunder. Death unknown. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe that John still walks the earth and will see the Second Coming of Christ in the flesh.

5. Philip: From Bethsaida of Galilee. Crucified in C.E. 64.

6. Bartholomew; usually identified with Nathanael. Thought by some to have been skinned alive, then beheaded.

7. Matthew: The tax collector Matthew may have also been identified as Levi. He was killed by axe.

8. Thomas: Judas Thomas Didymus. Also known as Doubting Thomas. Killed by a spear in India in C.E. 72.

9. James, son of Alphaeus: Generally identified with “James the Less”, brother of Jesus, leader of the Jerusalem Church. Also identified by Roman Catholics with “James the Just”. Stoned at age 90, then clubbed to death.

10. Thaddeus: Traditionally identified with Jude. Crucified.

11. Simon the Zealot: or Simon the Cananite. Some have identified him with Simeon of Jerusalem. Believed by some to have been crucified in C.E. 74.

12. Judas Iscariot: The Apostle who betrayed Jesus. Also referred to as “Judas, the son of Simon.” He committed suicide.

13. Matthias was selected by the surviviing Eleven to replace Judas Iscariot. Matthias was stoned, then beheaded.

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Imperishable

Among the saints of the Catholic Church there are those whose bodies are still preserved incorrupt. This phenomenon has not yet been explained in the scientific community. For access to the pilgrims “imperishable” placed in special glazed sarcophagi.

Below are the top 10 most famous incorruptible saints of the Roman Church.

1. Saint Bernadette of Lourdes (January 7, 1844 – April 16, 1879)

She lived in the town of Lourdes in southern France. Bernadette was the Virgin Mary, there were only 18 appearances. Despite the fact that the Catholic Church was skeptical at first, subsequently, after a thorough canonical investigation, these phenomena were officially recognized. After death, Bernadette’s body remained incorrupt and Lourdes (and after the city of Nevers, to which the body was transported) soon became one of the main places of pilgrimage, attracting millions of Catholics every year. On December 8, 1933, Bernadette was canonized.

Saint Bernadette of Lourdes (January 7, 1844 - April 16, 1879)

2. St. John Vianney (May 8, 1786 – August 4, 1859)

He was a French parish priest. He is known for his active work, which contributed to the spiritual transformation of society. After death, he is called the “patron saint of priests.”

St. John Vianney (May 8, 1786 - August 4, 1859)

3. Saint Theresa Margarita of the Sacred Heart (1747-1770)

On March 19, 1934, Pope Pius XI ranked Teresa Margarita as a saint. Before that, she was practically unknown to anyone. She led a quiet and modest life in the monastery of Carmelites. Died March 7, 1770 at the age of 22 years. Two days after the death of St. Theresa Margarita in 1770, a nun of the Order of the Sacred Heart, there were no signs on the body of the deceased, which during her life turned him into a swollen purple mass.

Saint Theresa Margarita of the Sacred Heart (1747-1770)

4. Saint Vincent de Paul (April 24, 1581 – September 27, 1660)

Vincent was born in 1581 in a village near Dax in a poor peasant family, studied theology in Toulouse. In 1600 he was ordained a priest. During one of the trips to the south, he was captured by the Berbers and taken to Tunisia, into slavery. In 1607, he was released and was able to return to his homeland. In 1612 he was appointed rector of a parish near Paris. One of the main merits of St. Vincent is the creation of a harmonious system for the training of priests: a pre-seminary and seminaries. Saint Vincent died in 1660 in Paris. Pope Benedict XIII proclaimed him blessed on August 12, 1729, and Pope Clement XII canonized July 16, 1737. The relics of St. Vincent are stored in the chapel, named after him, on Sevres Street in Paris.

Saint Vincent de Paul (April 24, 1581 - September 27, 1660)

5. Saint Sylvanas

Little is known about this saint, except that he was a martyr for his faith. Given its 1,600-year-old age, it has been perfectly preserved.

Saint Sylvanas

6. Saint Veronica Giuliani (December 27, 1660 – July 9, 1727)

According to legend, she spoke at the age of 18 months, beginning to reproach the seller-deceiver with the words: “Show yourself from the best side, God sees you!”. In 1677, at the age of seventeen, she entered the Capuchin Sisters Monastery. The monastery went through all the steps of the monastic hierarchy from the cook to the abbess. In 1694, she experienced mystical revelations. Three years later, on April 5, 1697 during Good Friday, she showed stigmata. After this event, at the request of the confessors, she began to keep a spiritual diary, which after her death amounted to more than twenty-two thousand pages. In this diary, she described her mystical experience of absolute union with Jesus Christ. July 9, 1727 died after a long illness.

Saint Veronica Giuliani (December 27, 1660 - July 9, 1727)

7. Saint Zita (p. 1212 – 27 April 1272)

At the age of 12, she began to serve at the Fatinelli family home. For a long time, employers overloaded the girl with work, despised her simple origin, and often beat her. The constant piety and patience of Zita brought the Fatinelli family to Christian conversion. Zita considered her work a calling from God and an element of personal repentance. Zita died at the age of 60, having served 48 years to the Fatinelli family. After her death, members of this family began to revere Zita as a saint. In 1580, her body was exhumed and it turned out that the relics of St. Zita were incorrupt. They were transferred to the Basilica of St. Frediano in the city of Lucca, where they are currently stored.

Saint Zita (p. 1212 - 27 April 1272)

8. Saint Don Bosco (August 16, 1815 – January 31, 1888)

He was an Italian priest, educator and teacher. To realize his intentions of working with youth, Bosco founded the monastic society of St. Francis Salsky (now known as the Salesians of Don Bosco).

Saint Don Bosco (August 16, 1815 - January 31, 1888)

9. Blessed Pope Pius IX (May 13, 1792 – February 7, 1878)

It went down in history as the Pope, who proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary and convened the First Vatican Council, which approved dogmatically the doctrine of the infallibility of the Roman high priest. Pontificate Pius IX – the longest in the history of the Roman Catholic Church, after the Apostle Peter. It lasted 31 years, 7 months and 22 days.

Blessed Pope Pius IX (May 13, 1792 - February 7, 1878)

10. Blessed Pope John XXIII (November 25, 1881 – June 3, 1963)

The 261st Pope, convened the Second Vatican Council, but did not live to see it end. Actually, it’s not completely imperishable, because after death it was embalmed.

Blessed Pope John XXIII (November 25, 1881 - June 3, 1963)

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Global Mind Energy Report: Impact of Mass Meditations HIGH

The following report details the current state of geomagnetic activity and resulting effects on human consciousness. This can be used to guide one’s activities in meditation, mass meditation, personal energy work, and self-mastery practices.

Report: The impact of individual and coordinated mass meditations will be HIGH.

Geomagnetic activity is stabilizing, ranging from 1 to 2 of the Kp Index. The speed of the solar wind is trending down while density is picking up. Calm conditions are expected for the next few days as the solar wind stream normalizes.

Personal Effects: High synchronicities, precognition, deja vu, energetic downloads, and connectivity to cosmic energy systems.

Social Effects: High capacity for telepathic exchanges in small or large groups.

Universal Effects: High energy and information streaming in from the celestial bodies, like surrounding planets, as well as stars, the galactic sun, and other galaxies.

Forecast: Meditations for the collective via outer work should have a high impact for 72 hours.


Inner Work: Develop gratitude for the cosmic lessons received in the form of mirroring of oneself, like stubbing a toe, a friend being upset with us, or the genuine reactions of others and ourselves to life events. All is information that reveals the nature of self and reality. If one does not consciously invoke acceptance of circumstances and emboldens themselves to overcome those obstacles via inner growth, it is likely one will feel emotional upset and angst. But with purpose and dedication to self-mastery, all challenges can be overcome so as to develop wisdom, personal growth, and a spiritual character. Strive to know thyself and this will help one know the world and others.

Outer Work: During quiet geomagnetic conditions, focus your meditations on forgiveness, social harmony, relaxation of tensions, and collective healing. Strive to be honest and transparent with your desires that affect others. See the other self an extension of your own being, developing unconditional love balanced by honest communication and clear agreements. When personal expectations are not met and communication with others isn’t clear, this is an opportunity to reflect on the methods of how we manifest our desires (with honesty and explicit communication or cowardice, fear, and blind faith others know what we want). Social harmony is the constant building of trust with oneself and others, which creates inner and outer peace, harmony, and abundance.

Note: The recommendation and impact of meditations report only analyze the electromagnetic (material) aspect of consciousness, operating within the subluminal electromagnetic spectrum. Other, super-material, energetic, or spiritual mediums of informational transference (telepathic and energetic effects of meditation) will likely still have a profound effect, even if the geomagnetic conditions are chaotic that day. Please do not assume this report is suggesting you avoid meditating on days when the impact is forecasted to be low. 

Scientific Basis of Telepathy, Mass Meditation, and Global Field Effects:

The human organism is energetically linked to the earth via electromagnetic interactions in the extremely low-frequency range (ELF). These frequencies interact with the global system via the Schumann Resonances, ranging from 7.83hz up to 39hz. The human body, particularly the heart and brain, resonate at the same frequency range, measured by an EKG and EEG.

The heart is a piezoelectric liquid crystal oscillator that produces strong electromagnetic pulses, which are governed or attenuated by the brain, radiating outwardly up to 30 feet from the body. By way of inducing coherent states of mind (usually through meditation and/or chanting, sounding, yoga, or qi gong), the mind can focus the energies of the heart into a coherent field that is able to interact or “link up” with the global field.

Dr. Michael Persinger conducted research on the global mind, postulating that the geomagnetic field, due to the Schumann frequency ranges, has the potential to link up with the human mind, allowing information to be “stored” in the earth’s field. He was able to historically demonstrate that during times of low geomagnetic activity, individuals experienced greater spontaneous cognition or received telepathic downloads. Conversely, during times of high geomagnetic activity, telepathic downloads decreased.

Dr. Persinger also worked with Ingo Swann, an exemplary remote viewer who was involved in the DIA’s Star Gate Program. Experiments were conducted that involved placing Swann in a coherent magnetic field with a second participant who was asked to look at a photograph. Swann then entered a meditative state and “viewed” the drawing via the coherent field and the other person’s mind. This enabled him to draw statistically significant depictions of what the second participant was viewing. Dr. Persinger was able to prove that a coherent magnetic field provides an energetic medium for the exchange of information between minds.

The geomagnetic field is the largest field on earth, immersing all living things and human beings within a coherent magnetic field. Via the principle of entrainment or synchronization, governed by electromagnetic sympathetic resonance, information within a human mind can be “uploaded” to the geomagnetic field, which can then be “downloaded” to other people and have stabilizing effects on any electric body. The greater the coherence of the individual, the more likely they are to inform the geomagnetic field. The greater the coherence of the geomagnetic field, the more likely the information can be shared between individuals.

During times of low geomagnetic activity, the human organism’s electromagnetic field embeds within the geomagnetic field (phase conjugation), allowing information to be exchanged between each system coherently (without degradation).

During times of high geomagnetic activity, the human organism’s electromagnetic field disconnects from the geomagnetic field, which has the effect of isolating each system from other systems.

Effects

When people take the time to make themselves mentally and energetically coherent, by way of meditation techniques, while also visualizing or praying for peace, various types of stabilization effects can occur. The Maharishi effect stabilized social systems, reducing crime and overall suffering of people on earth.

In 1960, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi predicted that one percent of a population practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique would produce measurable improvements in the quality of life for the whole population. This phenomenon was first noticed in 1974 and reported in a paper published in 1976. Here, the finding was that when 1% of a community practiced the Transcendental Meditation® program, then the crime rate was reduced by 16% on average. At this time, the phenomenon was named Maharishi Effect. The meaning of this term was later extended to cover the influence generated by the group practice of the TM-Sidhi® program. Generally, the Maharishi Effect may be defined as the influence of coherence and positivity in the social and natural environment generated by the practice of the TM and TM-Sidhi programs. (source)

Dan Winter postulates that the effects of a coherent mind can be used to “steer a tornado” via a phase conjugate dielectric bioplasma produced by a shaman or person who has developed abilities in meditation and energy practices. In other words, an individual can produce a bioelectric field that allows them to merge with another field, influencing the second to some degree.

This can be simply described by having genuine empathy (care) and compassion for living energy systems, which could be people, places, weather systems, countries, and even the entire planet. Non-living “empathy”—electromagnetic connection between humans and dead buildings made out of steel and aluminum—reduce the coherence of the person, and are to be avoided.

Meditating in nature or being surrounded by natural materials, like a wooden house or a cave, increases bioelectric coherence, strengthening an individual’s ability to affect other systems. Conversely, attempting to link up with the earth’s field from within an artificial “dead” structure, will reduce energetic embedding effects. You can’t connect to the global field in a steel building as well as you can in a natural setting. 

Meditating in close proximity with other people, particularly after hugging each person for a least 20 seconds, will increase the individual’s brain-heart coherence. This effect also transfers to groups, a kind of energetic tuning that increases the energy embedding effects mentioned above. Group meditation, after tuning, have a greater impact than individual meditations.

These effects suggest that depending on an individual’s ability to develop coherence as well as what they visualize, they can have a profound impact on stabilizing weather and seismology.

Additional Resources: 

Effects of Geomagnetic, Solar and Other Factors on Humans

https://welovemassmeditation.blogspot.com

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Instead of Arresting the Homeless Population, City Paying Them to Pickup Trash

(Jack Burns) With the problem of homelessness in some cities becoming an epidemic, one Arkansas city appears to have a common sense approach to tackling the problem head on. They’re taking taxpayer dollars and paying the homeless to pick up trash.

The Bridge to Work program started in April in Little Rock, Arkansas and pays homeless individuals $9.25 an hour to tidy up the metropolis and capitol city of the state.

Canvas Community Church runs the program which was only slated to last 6 months. But Mayor Frank Scott Jr. told reporters he is going to extend the program for another year.

The church and state partnership is welcomed by both the public entity as well as the religious one. Associate Pastor Paul Atkins addressed the program’s Board of Directors saying:

We’re super excited about what has gone on, and we hope to be able to keep the momentum going…We want to work with them on their next step. There are a lot of barriers that our people experience to go from homelessness and panhandling to full-time work. There’s a lot of steps in between.

So far, 380 people have joined the work crews with most signing up through the church. But space is left on each crew to allow more homeless people a spot on the clean-up crew.

According to Little Rock’s 12 News:

After a total of 130 sites cleaned, 1,821 hours worked, and 2,056 bags of trash—all within five months— hearts and minds have been changed.

Team Leader Felicia Cooks spoke about both the concerns she had before the program started as well as its success after she became a team leader.

This is just a dream come true for the entire community…When I first started, from day one, I couldn’t catch the vision, nor could I travel the journey…But, you know, we’ve taken out over 400-and-something persons. And let me tell you, that has been the most exciting thing that I’ve done in my life. The energy, just the positive (energy), the vision that Canvas Community Church has. You know, it’s just wonderful.

The City of Little Rock has infused $80,000 into the program’s first six months. Pastor Atkins says there’s still more work to do. They need more help.

“To make the program bigger and better, we do need folks to walk with our friends on a one-on-one basis…I hesitate to call it a mentor thing, cause you’ll probably learn as much as you teach,” he said.

Atkins says the homeless have lost the support of their faith-based communities and schools and have fallen through society’s cracks. They just need to be lifted up and supported once again.

“You know, that’s the kind of thing that you and I probably had from our families, and churches and synagogues and schools,” he said. “You know, we had it all around us, and that kept holding us up and pushing us forward. Our people have lost that, either because they did something to burn a bridge, or the bridge just fell in behind them, and they just need that extra support.”

Each clean-up crew is paid in cash and is given a meal for their work.

Mayor Scott has promised to continue the program for another year but the city must vote on his verbal commitment. Without funding, the program would likely have to look to the private sector for financial support. While this situation would be better if it were privately funded, spending the money creating jobs for the homeless is a far better solution than relying on the police state to solve the homeless crisis.

California is one of the highest taxed states in the union, yet its cities have yet to create a model program to assist the homeless by placing them in good paying jobs. Instead of paying the homeless to fulfill a needed service like Arkansas is doing, California authorities are destroying their tent cities, arresting the homeless, and throwing away all of their belongings, just to remove what many critics consider an eye sore.

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https://thefreethoughtproject.com/instead-of-arresting-the-homeless-population-city-paying-them-to-pickup-trash/

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