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This comic strip nails why poor Americans aren’t just “asking for handouts.”

America’s poor don’t have it easy.

They’re subjected to a range of false stereotypes: They’re accused of being lazy and of abusing drugs, among others. Researcher Paul C. Gorski examined these perceptions in his 2013 book, “Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap,” and found these notions aren’t based in reality.

For more striking stats on inequality in America read the full story here. 

A reminder of lists every Catholic Should be Familiar With

The 7 Sacraments (The Holy Mysteries)
2.Confirmation (Chrismation)
4.Penance (Confession, Reconciliation)
6.Holy Orders
7.Extreme Unction (Annointing of the Sick

The 7 Corporal Works of Mercy
1.To feed the hungry
2.To give drink to the thirsty
3.To clothe the naked
4.To shelter the homeless
5.To visit the sick
6.To visit the imprisoned
7.To bury the dead

The 7 Spiritual Works of Mercy
1.To counsel the doubtful
2.To instruct the ignorant
3.To admonish the sinner
4.To comfort the sorrowful
5.To forgive all injuries
6.To bear wrongs patiently
7.To pray for the living and the dead

The 3 Eminent Good Works

The 7 Gifts of the Holy Ghost
7.Fear of the Lord

Class of Gifts of the Holy Ghost known as Charismata
1.Gift of speaking with wisdom
2.Gift of speaking with knowledge
4.Grace of healing
5.Gift of miracles
6.Gift of prophecy
7.Gift of discerning spirits
8.Gift of tongues
9.Gift of interpreting speeches

The 12 Fruits of the Holy Ghost

The 3 Theological Virtues

The 4 Cardinal Virtues

The 7 Capital Sins

The 6 Sins against the Holy Ghost
3.Resisting the known truth
4.Envy of another’s spiritual good
5.Obstinacy in sin
6.Final impenitence

The 4 Sins that Cry Out to Heaven
1.Willful murder
2.The sin of Sodom
3.Oppression of the poor
4.Defrauding laborers of their wages

Conditions for Mortal Sin
1.Grave matter
2.Full knowledge
3.Deliberate consent

The 9 Ways We Participate in Others’ Sins
1.By counsel
2.By command
3.By consent
4.By provocation
5.By praise or flattery
6.By concealment
7.By partaking
8.By silence
9.By defense of the ill done

The 10 Commandments
1.Thou shalt not have other gods besides Me
2.Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain
3.Remember to keep holy the Lord’s day
4.Honor thy father and thy mother
5.Thou shalt not murder
6.Thou shalt not commit adultery
7.Thou shalt not steal
8.Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor
9.Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife
10.Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods

The 2 Greatest Commandments
1.To love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, soul, mind and strength.
2.To love thy neighbor as thyself.

The 3 Evangelical Counsels
1.Voluntary poverty
2.Perpetual chastity
3.Entire obedience.

The 6 Precepts of the Church (The Duties of a Catholic)
1.To go to Mass and refrain from servile work on Sundays and holy days
2.To go to Confession at least once a year (traditionally done during Lent)
3.To receive the Eucharist at least once a year, during the Easter Season (known as the “Easter duty”)
4.To observe the days of fasting and abstinence
5.To help to provide for the needs of the Church according to one’s abilities and station in life
6.To obey the marriage laws of the Church

The 3 Powers of the Soul

The 4 Pillars of the Catholic Faith
1.The Apostles Creed
2.The Seven Sacraments
3.The Ten Commandments
4.The Lord’s Prayer

The 3 Pillars of the Church’s Authority
1.Sacred Scripture
2.Sacred Tradition
3.Living Magisterium

The 3 Munera (Duties of the Ordained)
1.Munus docendi (duty to teach, based on Christ’s role as Prophet)
2.Munus sanctificandi (duty to sanctify, based on Chris’s role as Priest)
3.Munus regendi (duty to shepherd, based on Christ’s role as King)

The 3 Parts of the Church
1.The Church Militant (Christians on Earth)
2.The Church Suffering (Christians in Purgatory)
3.The Church Triumphant (Christians in Heaven)

The 4 Marks of the Church

The 12 Tribes of Israel
In order of their birth:
11.Joseph (Menasseh and Ephraim)

The 8 Beatitudes
1.Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
2.Blessed are the meek: for they shall posses the land.
3.Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted
4.Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill
5.Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy
6.Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God
7.Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called children of God
8.Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’ sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven

The 14 Stations of the Cross
1.Jesus is Condemned to Die
2.Jesus is Made to Bear His Cross
3.Jesus Falls the First Time
4.Jesus Meets His Mother
5.Simon Helps Jesus Carry His Cross
6.Veronica Wipes Jesus’ Face
7.Jesus Falls the Second Time
8.Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem
9.Jesus Falls the Third Time
10.Jesus is Stripped
11.Jesus is Nailed to the Cross
12.Jesus Dies on the Cross
13.Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross
14.Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

The 15 Mysteries of the Holy Rosary & When They are Prayed

5.Finding Jesus in the Temple

1.Agony in the Garden
2.The Scourging
3.Crowning with thorns
4.Carrying of the Cross
Luminous. 1. Baptism of Jesus. 2. Manifestation of Jesus at the wedding feast of Cana. 3. Proclamation of the kingdom of God. 4. The Transfiguration. 5. The institution of the Holy Eucharist
5.Crowning of Mary

Mondays: Joyful
Tuesdays: Sorrowful
Thursdays: Joyful
Fridays: Sorrowful
Saturdays: Glorious
Sundays in Advent, Christmastide & Epiphany: Joyful
Sundays in Eastertide & Time After Pentecost:Glorious
All of Septuagesima & Lent: Sorrowful

The 9 Choirs of Angels
In ascending order:

The 3 Levels of Reverence
1.Dulia:the reverence we give to Saints
2.Hyperdulia:the reverence we give to Mary as the greatest of Saints and Mother of God
3.Latria:the reverence and worship we give to God alone

The 14 Holy Helpers
1.St. George, Martyr, April 23
2.St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr, February 3
3.St. Pantaleon, Martyr, July 27
4.St. Vitus, Martyr, June 15
5.St. Erasmus (Elmo), Bishop and Martyr, June 2
6.St. Christopher, Martyr, July 25
7.St. Giles, Abbot, September 1
8.St. Cyriacus (Cyriac), Martyr, August 8
9.St. Achatius, Martyr, May 8
10.St. Dionysius (Denis), Bishop and Martyr, October 9
11.St. Eustachius (Eustace), Martyr, September 20
12.St. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr, November 25
13.St. Margaret of Antioch, Virgin and Martyr, July 20
14.St. Barbara, Virgin and Martyr, December 4

The 7 Last Words of Christ
1.Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. (Luke 23:34)
2.Amen I say to thee: This day thou shalt be with me in paradise. (Luke 23:43)
3.Woman, behold thy son… .Behold thy mother. (John 19:26-27)
4.Eli, Eli, lamma sabacthani? (My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?) (Matthew 27:46, ref. Psalm 21)
5.I thirst. (John 19:28)
6.It is consummated.(John 19:30)
7.Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit. (Luke 23:46, ref. Psalm 30:6)

The 4 Last Things (The Novissima)

Lord of Night and Darkness. {Chapter 2}

Originally posted by ofallingstar

Day 18194 The day she willingly entered hell.

I thought my eyes had deceived me. I thought I was hallucinating. It would not be the first time since I met her on Calanmai that I thought she was standing before me.

But she was there.

Being dragged by that damned Attor before Amarantha was the human girl. I wanted to curse her name, scream at her for coming here. I knew her name was not Clare, I knew she had given me false information. I already felt terrible for sacrificing an innocent human, but it was all for nothing the moment she was dragged before the Queen of Disaster.

I was trying to keep her safe. I was trying to save her.

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OH MY GOSH! the members called out Siwon’s name (who was totally caught off guard) to do another solo strip show and….fUCK! WTF ლ(́◉◞౪◟◉‵ლ)  >> rockstar @ 8:24

A jaw hanging from its joint, one eye missing and the other deformed, hair ripped out in patches, skin coming off, lacerations running across arms and chest, underneath a thin robe ripped nearly to shreds. Two wings, nearly stripped of feathers. Broken nails mixed with clotted blood. One leg and the other knee hovering by itself. My guardian angel.

I saw him for the first time when I was ready to kick the chair away. Then I saw him, and I nearly kicked the chair away anyway. But he stopped me. Didn’t say a word, but he did. I took the noose off and sat down on the chair. He nodded and a drip of some horrible liquid dripped from his nose down to the carpet of my room. Its blackness made me realise that I could only see him in black and white.

“If there’s anything you want, anything at all, come to me,” he said. As he did, I felt my muscles soothe, I felt my heart relax and my blood cool down. It wasn’t the voice of a corpse. It was the voice of someone who knew me well, someone who’d watched me all my life.

He never stepped closer to me. In fact, he stepped back when I approached him and raised a hand. I respected his wishes.

And he was right. I could come to him with anything, and he made things right. With his presence in the school corridors, Peter stopped fucking with me. With my angel in the class, studies stopped being hard. With my angel in my room, standing in a corner by the window, my muse returned and poetry became trivial. He protected me more than I deserved.

I saw him everywhere, hovering, standing, always staring ahead. He was in alleyways and inside stores, he was floating by the entrance to school and he was standing between the trees that lead to the park.

We barely spoke, but I had to ask him one day.

“Why are you like this?”

His eye rolled in its socket and turned to look at me.

“Ghosts do not have the luxury of appearance,” he said, his voice a crackle through an old radio.

“How could you die, you’re an angel?”

“Everyone dies,” he said, and another dark liquid seeped from his jaw and fell onto his robes, adding another stain to them.

How terrible of a person do you have to be to have a ghost of a guardian angel? I wasn’t sure, but I stepped closer and closer to him, ignoring his violent shaking and refusals. I embraced him.

“When I’ll be dead, will you still be my guardian angel?” I whispered the question into his ear.

“I want to,” he replied.

“And what will you guard me against? Reincarnation?”

“I will try.”

It made me laugh. I let go of him and kissed his scarred, chalk-white forehead.

“I’m haunted,” I said to him.

“No, I am,” he said to me.