Monday, August 01, 2016

The Magisterium is Merciful to the Desires of Feminist Women - But not in the way they want

      I had a helpful insight while I was preparing my presentation on why only men can be priests. I discovered the catechesis on the subject should not just include theology and apologetics. The question of whether the priesthood should be open to women can be addressed from the reality of mercy. The Church approaches the question very mercifully, but not in the way some women would like.

      The Church has a beautiful way of expressing the immense mercy she has for women. Many women are anxious about their "roles" in the world. Many feel the Church sees them not equal to take up the office of the priesthood. But, in reading up Guadium et Spes, the Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, I found that the pastors seek to understand and empathize with the struggles of women. They are merciful, but, the truth about the institution of the priesthood for men only, is a truth that cannot change. Gaudium et Spes began with the Preface:

The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the men of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ. Indeed, nothing genuinely human fails to raise an echo in their hearts.

      They go on further with an empathetic voice:

Today, the human race is involved in a new stage of history. Profound and rapid changes are spreading by degrees around the whole world. Triggered by the intelligence and creative energies of man, these changes recoil upon him, upon his decisions and desires, both individual and collective, and upon his manner of thinking and acting with respect to things and to people. Hence we can already speak of a true cultural and social transformation, one which has repercussions on man's religious life as well.

      These changes have affected women profoundly. They have desires they haven’t had before, because scientific developments and technological advancements have created new “opportunities.” Some, of these opportunities have been explored and found to be detrimental rather than helpful, like, putting a career before children and the use of artificial birth control. Woman was created by God with a nature which creates a desire and want to have children. But, as the Council Fathers state, the “cultural and social transformations” has had “repercussions on man’s religious life as well” and so women responded to the feminist voice that said, “forget what your religion teaches, forget family life, go for the money and career. It is your turn to have what men have had.” Women who bring the struggle for a female priesthood to the Church and the culture are basing it on the desires of an earthly kingdom. It is a struggle that cannot progress, because it's premise arises from fallacy that arose from the culture.

      Gaudium et Spes speaks of man trying to live life with out religion:

On the other hand, growing numbers of people are abandoning religion in practice. Unlike former days, the denial of God or of religion, or the abandonment of them, are no longer unusual and individual occurrences. 

      The women’s liberation movement or feminism, which seeks happiness without religion and God has had a profound effect on Catholic women. A sense of a need for women to have “solidarity” against men who dominated the home and the workforce has infiltrated consecrated religious women and some lay women through its “goddess mentality” and false equality of “we can do anything man can do.”

      The pastors are aware of this and instead of being critical of their new mindset, they show understanding because they know that “it is only through the mystery of the Incarnate Word does the mystery of man take on light” (GS, 22). When expounding Christological truths, pastors can never criticize or berate. They always understand it is where the person is, coercion won’t win the women over to full assent to Church teaching regarding that the priesthood is reserved for men only. Only mercy shown through the pastoral insight found in Gaudium et Spes and other Magisterial documents.

      My prayer is that feminists do not continue to unjustly judge our pastors as unmerciful to their cause. It is my prayer that feminists realize the pastors do see the stresses of the world, but they articulate well, but that it is the transformation of society to a non-religious one that predates and initiated some women's rallying cry for a female priesthood. A sense of struggle is often brought on people by participating too closely in the culture. A more objective approach to the role of women in the Church and mercy on their side towards the Magisterium would alleviate much of their perceived "struggles."

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Reflection on His Majesty as our "Beloved"

Jesus Christ has many names that you know of; Messiah, Savior, Lord. Saint Teresa of Avila speaks of Christ in two ways, as her Beloved and as His Majesty. What do we see from this?  Since, Christ is King and rules over all dominions, kingdoms and principalities (Eph. 1:21), and will one day unite them into one kingdom that we can see, how can a King who seems so far above us and distant from us be so close to us that Saint Teresa can call him "her Beloved." How can we each call Christ, His Majesty, as our Beloved, too?

There is one way. That is to enter our diamond castle and meet the Lord there, through prayer.  It is prayer that will unite us to the Lord. Whether, it is through the highest form of prayer, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, or a simple gaze of desire for union when we venerate the cross, the prayer traditions of the Church guide us on prayers that help our small voices to feel adequate to address Him. It is our voices of prayer that He desires. Not for Himself, but for us. He is a generous God and wants us to have all that is good, and beautiful. He has ordained that we receive these aspects of his Divinity and Majesty through union with Him in prayer.  His love will warm our hearts to his Real Presence and then his Majesty will be our Beloved, too.

Beloved means or whole "being", body and soul are caught up with God's love. It is a presence, and by what is known as a "consolation" from God's favor and grace working in our soul, we feel God's love and the desire for Him as our Beloved.

The consolation or awareness of God's love that He gives us consoles us as we continue our journey through the diamond castle.  The vermin outside the castle are symbols of distractions and temptations that attempt to keep us from prayer, but we will not yield on our journey. We will be consoled that He is with us. Darkness, will not overcome the light of His Majesty.

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Crux of the Matter: Pivoting Between the Suffering and Hope

When we see a crucifixion today, we can’t help but reflect on the most memorable crucifixion of all time. You would think that in these "progressive" times, mankind would be more at peace with each other and have progressed beyond torture. But, like our Lord, even today innocent people are being nailed and hung on a cross. They are not being hung just to be executed for their faith, but because they think that using the symbol of the cross will deter us from venerating the cross.    
God chose a time in history when the cruelest way to kill someone was used to sacrifice His son. To this day, it is the only way to execute in which there can be a sign to those who look upon it. To this day, the cross is still a sign of suffering and a sign of hope. Those who use it today think they devalue the cross. They don’t know, when they use it, they elevate its glory.
Saint Cyril of Jerusalem expressed this thought in teaching that when the angel at the Christ’s tomb declared, “We know you seek Christ who was crucified”, the angel could have said, “I know you seek the Master”. But, instead he pointed to the cross as the symbol for Jesus rather than to a title for our Lord. This is because “the cross is a crown, not a dishonor”, Saint Cyril wrote.
Crux is Latin for the “cross”.  It has evolved in English to mean “to be at a pivotal point”.  The crucifixion of Jesus Christ was a pivotal point in history.  It put into proper context the suffering and hope of mankind. It exemplifies the worst suffering and the highest hope. They are intimately linked only because Christ rose from the dead.  Rising and death were incompatible actions of body and soul for God’s people until Christ showed us that death and rising are interdependent.
Human beings are always at a pivotal point, swaying between suffering and hope. We pivot daily. We venerate the cross and we talk about the crux of matters that can help us stop pivoting. We want to always be at the hope end of the matter. The crux is the only means to bring us to that end.
But, there is a process in the means. Our Church tells us we have to carry our crosses, to suffer first. There is always a passion before the resurrection. Our Church tells us to focus on the resurrection and the crux of the matter will not seem like such a cross. The crux of the matter will reveal the answer. We can stop pivoting for a little while, but the cross will always be with us in some way. If it is not our cross, it is our friends and family and the world at large. If we have empathy, we will help them carry their cross. Their cross will be our cross, too. We talk about our crosses. We look to teachers and pastors to help us find ways to carry them with peace of mind. We share our daily pivots of suffering and hope through news and books. We don’t need to progress beyond the sign of the cross because we’ve taken away the cross as a method for murder and we keep it as a sign. They can kill us on a cross, but they can’t take away its merit and meaning. When they do, they only make it shine.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

When the "Sleepwalker" Wakes Up

The "Sleepwalker" statue at the all girls Wellesley College in Massachusetts has brought forth varying opinions on its value to the landscape and to art. Some of the women are concerned for other women who may view the Sleepwalker and be reminded of sexual abuse. For me, that did not come to mind, but should we be concerned for modesty's sake, or for underage children who may be visiting students at the campus? We need others to wear clothes, even statues.

I could now talk about "the fall" and how we only came to wear clothes after our eyes were opened to or nakedness as Genesis explains, and how this relates to our fallen nature. However, the sculpture beckons a different analogy for me that springs from the fall, but more importantly moves us from focusing on that loss and looking to the fulfillment of ourselves found only through Christ's redemption of mankind.

Not being a sleepwalker is a good thing, medically, for safety's sake and for a night of respite. More importantly, it is important for our spiritual lives. When we are spiritually unaware of the transcendent, who He is and what He has done for us, it makes us in effect walking in kind of a sleep.

The spiritual masters have called this phase of the spiritual life, "purgation". Just as sleepwalker's bodies are suffering by being physically tasked while asleep, subsequently our bodies occur a loss of rest. In comparison, the soul occurs a loss when the body is awake but unaware of its own capacity. It can be a "loss" in the sense of having had something good and then noticing that it is gone, or it can be a loss in the saddest sense; that one doesn't realize what was had or in its grasp because one's eyes were closed.

It is the duty of the Catholic Church, as Mother, to alert us through the teachings of the saints, to the good that can be had. It is her duty to alert us when we are losing what we had. The spiritual life can be a receiving and a loss, a back and forth of sleeping and awaking. Of eyes shut or eyes open. Just as the sleepwalker may need to be jarred awake, our souls while in the purgation phase of the spiritual life are being jarred awake. Our sufferings wake us to search for something other than ourselves to give us peace. Sometimes we go to the doctor. Sometimes we pray.

The "Sleepwalker" art is a metaphor for the soul asleep. Arms outstretched, this sleeping man is searching. Sleep scientists express this disorder in such a way. We know a jolt of some kind will eventually awaken the man. Will the "jarr" or jolt that awakens him be more suffering or will it be, like some saints have expressed, "like a flash"- painless, peaceful and beautiful. Will the eyes see the landscape with a new clarity, as expressed by the Apostle Paul when the "scales fell from his eyes" (Acts 9:18)? Will his soul be filled with the awareness of who has awoken him?
Most often once God is ready to move a soul from purgation to awareness, the gift is not more suffering, it is peace and joy. One knows it when one has experienced it. Some souls for whatever God's reason, are given the grace of knowing this peace and joy throughout their lives. But, for most of us, if we have our arms outstretched seeking the true and the good, we will receive the jolt or grace of an awakening from a sleep that is, through him, with him and in him - our Savior Jesus Christ. And, what the eyes of our soul will see is only love, peace and joy. Our souls realize they have a capacity to be filled with love to the brim. Our original loss now becomes our gain.

As the Church has expressed in her liturgy, it is better to have been born and lost, then to never have been born and never to have experienced the gain that comes out of loss. For those who have experienced the "awakening" to a new life in Christ, the suffering and loss are replaced with the good, so we can move on to experience what is only beautiful and true.

As the seasons change, so do we. Maybe the artist of the Sleepwalker will replace him in the spring with a new piece that has a man eyes wide open to the newness of life around him and in him; the divine life that is evidenced by "the things that are made" (Rom. 1:19-20).

Friday, September 09, 2011

When progress is good.

I remember on 9/11 I was employed as an Account Executive with In 2001, we still had to convince many companies that online ads were something they needed to use to recruit new employees.  At that time many of the 150 diocesan newspapers did not have websites and the popular blogs and daily checking of Catholic news sites wasn't part of a Catholic's day.

We can see how the use of the Internet by Catholic media has progressed to have networked, though not through a platform, to a real "industry" or to softly say, a community of sites. This is when progress is good.  Not only do we have favorite Catholic news sites to check each day, but the sites alert us to their new news postings through email sends. We have the opportunity to read and know and take to heart the exhortations and reflections of our bishops and the Magisterium very easily.  In their pastoral role they lift us on Church memorials and feasts and with the upcoming ten year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and our nation, our bishops help us cope with the memorials of profane history in this earthly city.

Zenit news has posted 9/11 reflections by Archbishop Dolan. These reflections matter.  They matter to us as a community of believers because of our coming together via the Sacrament of the Eucharist, we are united in heart when tragedies are remembered. Most important, as part of the community of saints our prayers build up the Church militant. Let us remember the communion among believers that would not exist without the Eucharist. We thank the Lord for the Church whom in her pastoral care establishes law to claim Sundays as a time to worship as one.

Here is the text of Archbishop Dolan's reflections:

Archbishop Dolan: Let 9/11 Legacy Be One of Hope
Says 10-Year Anniversary a Time to Remember, Go Forward
WASHINGTON, D.C., SEPT. 8, 2011 ( The tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks that took place in the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, is a moment to not only remember, but also to go forward, says the president of the U.S. bishops' conference.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York wrote this in a statement released days ahead of the anniversary that marks a decade since four hijacked planes crashed in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. In total, some 3,000 died as a result of the attacks, including 19 hijackers.

"We reverently recall those who were most directly affected by this tragedy -- those who died, were injured or lost loved ones," Archbishop Dolan wrote. "In a special way we recall the selfless first responders -- firefighters, police, chaplains, emergency workers, and other brave persons -- who risked, and many times lost, their lives in their courageous efforts to save others."

It is estimated that more than 400 first responders, including 343 members of the New York City Fire Department, died in New York on 9/11. Most died when the north and south towers collapsed.

The archbishop said that it's important to not only to remember the attacks, but also the response: "We turned to prayer, and then turned to one another to offer help and support. Hands were folded in prayer and opened in service to those who had lost so much."

Going forward, Archbishop Dolan said that as a country "we remain resolved to reject extreme ideologies that perversely misuse religion to justify indefensible attacks on innocent civilians."

"This tenth anniversary of 9/11 can be a time of renewal," he added. "Ten years ago we came together across religious, political, social and ethnic lines to stand as one people to heal wounds and defend against terrorism.

"As we face today's challenges of people out of work, families struggling, and the continuing dangers of wars and terrorism, let us summon the 9/11 spirit of unity to confront our challenges. Let us pray that the lasting legacy of 9/11 is not fear, but rather hope for a world renewed."


In a column published Wednesday on the Web site of Catholic New York, Archbishop Dolan reflected that in addition to what took place on 9/11, there was a lot to be learned from 9/12.

He recounted how the parish priest of St. Peter's, located near Ground Zero, told him: "We New Yorkers don’t just remember the horrors and sorrows of 9/11; we also celebrate 9/12."

"It took me awhile to get the insight of his statement," the archbishop admitted. But then he explained: "New Yorkers were shocked, scared, angry, saddened and shaken by the unforgettable death and destruction of 9/11, true; but, New Yorkers were not paralyzed or defeated!

"They immediately rallied, becoming people of intense faith, prayer, hope, and love, as the rescue, renewal, resilience, rebuilding, and outreach began. And it has not stopped since."

"9/11 could have turned us into petrified, paranoid, vicious animals, and our demented attackers would thus have won," Archbishop Dolan continued, "or, it could bring out what is most noble in the human soul, such as heroic sacrifice, solidarity in service, non-stop rescue efforts, communities bonding, prayer for those perished and families mourning, healing and renewal."

"9/11 did not have the last word," he added. "9/12 did."

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On ZENIT's Web page:

Full text of statement:

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Prayer of Lament for Evangelists

August 28, 2011
Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 Jer 20:7-9

You duped me, O LORD, and I let myself be duped;
you were too strong for me, and you triumphed.
All the day I am an object of laughter;
everyone mocks me.

Whenever I speak, I must cry out,
violence and outrage is my message;
the word of the LORD has brought me
derision and reproach all the day.

I say to myself, I will not mention him,
I will speak in his name no more.
But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart,
imprisoned in my bones;
I grow weary holding it in, I cannot endure it.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Birth control as "preventive health care"

Since when is birth control preventive health care? Getting your teeth cleaned and washing your hands are preventive health care. You use an external means to ward off disease. But by saying birth control is "preventative" one is putting it in the same category as a disease. May God have mercy on us all.

On another note, if the protestants would have not moved away from Orthodoxy to approving birth control, there would be more people to stand with the tradition of honoring the nature of the human person to be open to procreation. For the sake of ecumenicism, the Catholics never complain to the protestants about how they have contributed to the secular mindset. Maybe we should correct them as much as we do the rationalists and secularists? It isn't working to play nice, obviously. The conversions are not coming. Catholics need to be more evangelistic to the evangelicals.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Monastery of St. Maron at Annaya, Lebanon

According to St. Anthony Messenger Press, the "Saint of the Day" for Sunday, July 24th is St. Maron at Annaya, Lebanon. Since, Lebanon is in such turmoil these days I thought it would be interesting to look up the website to the monastery. I have attached the link. Nice music. I hope everything is well and safe there.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

The Pastoral Care is Noticed

When I hear that the Bishops went through a book from "beginning to end" to make sure that it was true to authentic doctrine about our Lord. Doctrine concerning his life and his teachings, which is, of course, the Word-the eternal Word, the final word - the Omega, and all that we need to really knows lies within it, and in us only through him, so, I am especially edified by their pastoral care in this matters. Their unsolicited pastoral care is an outward representation of visual Church with the soul of the Holy Spirit guiding it. You can sense the love the bishops have for their flock in their role as Shepherds. You can sense their love for the faithful by their only wanting us to have the Truth. You can see the the gates of hell have not prevailed against the Church by their example in pronouncing the new book, "Quest for the Living God" by Elizabeth Johnson not theologically sound.

This is what the faithful want from the bishops - strong pronouncements against heresy so that the people of God can know where the truth lies.

Thank you our good and gracious Lord for their witness.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Hidden Christian

Henri de Lubac, S.J., wrote: "The best Christians and the most vital are by no means to be found either inevitably or even generally among the wise or the clever, the intelligentsia or the politically-minded, or those of social consequence. And consequently what they say does not make the headlines; what they do does not come to the public eye. Their lives are hidden from the eyes of the world, and if they do come to some degree of notoriety, that is usually late in the day, and exceptional, and always attended by the risk of distortion." From the Encyclical,The Splendor of the Church, Pope John Paul II.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The athiests and scientists are sad.

When the head of the Catholic Church and what remains of Christendom in this earthly city has to address the world, you know there is a problem. The fact that Christendom is not the prominent framework for the culture of the world anymore has led to the minds of the people scattered to and fro into different ideologies.

The Catholic Church does not go around shouting out its belief, which it has a right in the sense of a world right, to do so, because it would be shouting the Truth. People picket and shout out rights to things that have no basis in the natural law or even civil law for that matter. The most ill conceived notions and what is classified as "progressive" are the ideologies that provide the framework of our culture.

So, when the Holy Father tries to add a picture into the framework so the people can get a sense of what is true, good and beautiful, he shows the world what the Church is. The Church quietly observes, meditates and lets wisdom guided by the Holy Spirit articulate what the world needs to hear. And when the Holy Spirit speaks through the Church, there is not picketing or shouting. She (the Church) doesn't pick on the lesser entities, she sits back like and mother and lets her children play. But when they are shouting false beliefs, like a mother's love, she steps into proclaim the Father's glory. A good mother always has guidance from the Father. This may sound sexist to the feminists, but "on earth as it is in Heaven."

So, when atheists such as Stephen Hawking come up with the most illogical proclamations concerning our Father or God, or the mother of God, our mother, the Church, steps in to correct her child. Because there is no longer, Jew or Gentile, but one people, a Holy priesthood, the holy people of God within the inheritance of the priestly people are to offer up sacrifices of love and thanksgiving for the abundance of God's providence. They are not to depart from His family and declare and exhort others to depart from the Father, too.

But, this is what the athiest Stephen Hawking has done. He has left the family of God and makes exhortations as if they are infallible. Stephen Hawking recently has said that the universe created itself. Scientists are to declare based on empirical evidence. But, yet, today scientists seem to not be following this precept. On the other hand, the Catholic Church does not even declare a belief without years of communal discussions united with the foundation that the son of God rose from the dead. The Church has a foundation of evidence to rest on when it proclaims a truth. Where is the foundation of evidence from the atheists? They can only speculate, individually, they can never come together to proclaim something as true because they all have their doubts in some way about what they think. They can't even declare it, truly as science, because science is only science when it does not contradict the existence of God. God created nature, so real science will only reveal God, not negate it.

This is what Stephen Hawking wants to do. He negates the laws of physics rather than using the evidence of nature to proclaim his thought. The law of physics say that there everything comes from somthing and that there is always a first cause. He is trying to change the laws of nature. At the same time, he is declaring beneath it all, that there is a God, because since God is the highest thought that man can conceive, then he is teaching us about God. God created the world and made it changeable and corruptible, because he wanted us to have evidence that to everything there is a cause, a beginning, a season for everything under the sun. We can then see that God is changeless. He is subsequently gloried because we know then that because we change and die, honor is due to what does not change.

For Stephen Hawking to say that the universe created itself is to call the universe a god and this, his form of god had a beginning. Where does eternity fit into his thought? It can't because for Stephen Hawking there is a beginning and an end to everything but no cause for any of it.

Man continues to think about God, the highest thing he has ever thought about, nor will ever contemplate, because that which is unchangeable, incorruptible and eternal is a mystery that man knows exists, but he cannot grasp the amazement of the thought. So, his finite, corruptible mind puts limits on the thought that amazes him because it makes him sad that he can't reach for himself what is unchangeable, lasting and eternal.

The Church understands man's sadness is this area and being the mother that she is, she speaks tenderly through the Holy Father about what is True because she knows her children need what is good and beautiful to be happy. In her wisdom she knows shouting the truth will make her people cower under the covers, like a child in fear of the belt. When has the Church ever disciplined that way? In our modern day, she can't discipline that way because her children are no longer part of the family. When all the world was Christendom, she could spank to get their attention, but that was because the state was united to the Church as part of the same family.

There are many families, now; the Church no longer has the authority to spank the wayward child when they run away from the home of the father, because they are part of other families, now. But, like the parable of the prodigal son, the father waits for the children to come back to the family that originally nurtured them. In the meantime, like the mothers and fathers of kidnapped children, the Holy Father will lovingly ask the world to be one with him as he awaits the evil one letting lose his grip on the children.

God will try to reason with the kidnapper that stole the children from their original home and gave them a home that can only be viewed as disordered. We saw the disorder visibly when a man kidnapped a young girl kept her in his backyard in to her adult years. The mess in the backyard home was evidence of a disorder of thought.

The Holy Father speaks to the world when he hears thoughts that are laid out in the media as truth because he wants to be an instrument to bring God's child back into its original family. He lovingly addresses the failed logic behind Mr. Hawking's declarations and speculations.

Since the Eucharist matters, the issue of science without God whom created the means for science to exist, is an important consideration for the Catholic because we want all people to share in the communal aspect of this august Sacrament, which is a sign and the most blessed and efficeaous sign available to man of God's existence. Because it is through the Eucharist that man can come to know God and enter into the mystery of eternal life. The scientists don't have to be sad because they cannot grasp that which is beyond their thought to understand, because there is something better than understanding. It is better to rest. Rest in knowing that all things are made for the good of those who love Him. Rest in love. Can't they see that love had to create this world which is shown through the beauty of nature and the goodness of people?

The universe does not know goodness and beauty from an atom. It isn't a god. There had to be something that knew beauty and goodness to launch a world that is full of it. An evolved world without an artistic mind would have been a deformed world. We see that anytime something goes wrong genetically, a deformity takes place. How could the universe adjust its code to only eventually produce a body, whether it be for an insect or an animal that worked to create a creature that could live and be fruitful? Something cannot make itself know what is good when it doesn't have anything to measure what is good by. It could not know as it evolved that it was good to have a nice scent or good to have color, it had none of these itself, so it would not know to evolve with these aspects.

There is a measuring stick to what is good and beautiful. That measuring stick is God. He had a plan to create man in his image of goodness and beauty, so he created the plants and the animals to be pleasing to man. If they were not created for him, there would be no reason for them to be beautiful. If creation created itself spontaneously there would be no framework of order in which everything, as it does now, works together.

As it is, there is a framework of order in the world which illuminates its beauty. Stephen Hawking can continue to say that God did not create the world, but by doing that, he is saying that he doubts the existence of God. Like Saint Augustine said, if there is a doubt, there must be a truth that it is set against; it is just a matter of knowing what that truth is. Stephen Hawking can continue to get it wrong about that that truth is, but since the truth is written on our hearts, there will always be people that will have the grace to believe and know it and declare it. They are in the majority, but like the Shepherd who goes after the one lost sheep, the Holy Father goes after the one sheep, Mr. Hawking, by addressing the world from the see of Peter. What a gift he is to those who desire to live within the framework of Christendom. Those that want to live within the family of God and brothers and sisters in Christ, are very thankful for his voice.

It is with prayer and thanksgiving we come to the table of the Lord as one voice to pray for the lost sheep, that they will one day worship and adore the Blessed Sacrament so they can know, too, what is true, good and beautiful.

Within the loving arms of the Blessed Mother who comforts me in my afflictions by covering me with her mantle, I share these thoughts. It is recently, that I have come to know the immense help that she provides me with. A help that comes through her son, whom I love so much. It is my hope that somehow my work in evangelization will be a way to give back to the son of God who loved me so much that he died for me.

Theresa Marie

Thursday, August 05, 2010

"Not 'rational'" echoes

The primary legal argument for overturning the vote of the will of the people in California of Proposition 8 is said to have argued that to deem gay marriage illegal is "not rational". The word "rational" comes from the word, act, "reason". They are just like France leading up to and after the French Revolution, divorcing reason from faith. They are using reason alone. Will we someday have the "goddess of reason" erected in our churches, again, like in 1791 when the Cathedral of Notre Dame was confiscated from the Catholic Church for the government whom did just that? They turned the cathedral into the "Temple of Reason" and to get rid of the Sabbath observance they employed a ten day week that originated with the Egyptians. America seems to be going down the same path as France.

More later.

Do they not know?

The homosexuals are living in the dark. Don't they know about the Eucharist? That is the Body and Blood of our Lord! Until they are obedient to God's natural and Divine laws, they won't know the light because the darkness can't stand the light (cf. Jn 1:5). The Eucharist is the light of our Christian lives. Everyone needs it and should desire it. We have to tell them about it. They obviously do not know.

Knowing is related to belief, though, and belief comes through the gift of faith. The people of God are obligated to plant seeds in their minds, but ultimately prayer and the subsequent gift of faith that God will offer the active homosexuals is what will bring them out of darkness. If they are obedient to the grace of the gift of faith they will know the light and it will overcome their darkness.

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Dark Night of the Soul

I have noticed a lot of comments lately in articles referring to suffering by persons as they are going through a "dark night of the soul". I have heard it expressed by inmates who are depressed and suffering, too. Understanding our soul is to understand our interior life. Since, our interior life is not separate and our exterior life is dependent on the sanctification of our interior life or soul, we must be clear about what it means to refer to "the dark night of the soul".

St. Theresa of Avila wrote in "Interior Castle" that we must be educated about our soul. Martin Luther is an example of what not to believe about the soul. Martin Luther chose to align his beliefs with the philosophical presupposition of the separation of the soul and body. That what we do cannot cause merit in the body. Hence, he created on a widespread basis a sort of belief in "dualism" or expressing that the interior life and exterior life are not interdependent. This "interdependence" was expressed in Dom Chautards work, The Soul of the Apostolate.

With all sanctification of the soul, it is the action and work of God. His power to work in our soul is by His grace. We cannot do anything to bring the power of His Grace into our soul. We can only dispose ourselves to be open to the graces He wishes to give us. Which is very important, because we do not want to live a moment without the graces He wishes to give us. But, we have to know He has them for us. That is why the faithful have the Church to teach them about the work of God in their interior and exterior lives. Without the Church, there would be not authority or assurance or knowledge of what God's promises are and how He keeps them.

Prayer is how we dispose ourselves to be open to receive the power of His graces to sanctify our souls. Then we must be obedient to those graces. When can know when and how God is working in our life, again, by what His Son has revealed to mankind via the instrument of His Church. We can know, interiorly, by what is referred to as our "conscience" what is right and what is wrong when it comes to the "moral absolutes". God outlined them for us in His Decalogue, or Ten Commandments that he gave to Moses. So, even though man could know that there were false gods, that adultery and murder were wrong, He spelled it out for us so we could have more freedom to know the Truth. But, as St. Paul said, they "were written on our hearts", now that they were given to us, "sin entered the world". We became culpable or answerable to God for disobeying His Ten Commandments.

But, for the Jews, under the Old Covenant, the sanctification of the soul was not possible. It wasn't until Christ came into the world Redeemed us in body and spirit and gave us the fulfillment of Revelation, in the New Covenenat that we could know about our soul. Christ wants us to know that our soul is the closest thing to His Father, so if we love God with all our hearts, soul and mind, we must listen to the Church who explains to us through the mystics and the Saints how to be obedient to the graces God gives us, so our soul will become holier. The goal of the Christian life is to be in communion with God. It is a journey. The Sacraments help us on this journey, but there is a profound communion with God that the soul does not experience, until God gives this grace to the soul.

This grace of Communion with God is outlined in St. Theresa of Avila's, Interior Castle. In her work, communion with God is a union that happens after the soul goes through five stages of sanctification. Even at the sixth and seven stages which she writes concerning the experiences of the soul that reaches union with God, it is a grace that God gives the soul. We must desire to be in union with God, but not search it out or try to make it happen. We should only love God and desire for us whatever He wills.

Let's now be clear about what the "dark night of the soul" is. There can be a time on the soul’s journey to communion with God, that the soul will experience what is referred to as "the dark night". It has most recently been publicized the most with the advent of the book about Mother Teresa's dark night of the soul. Her "dark night" has been extensively misunderstood. The atheists say, "see that proves there is no God" and the faithful, think, "yes, that is why I am depressed". But, this dark night is not a feeling that comes from a sad subjective emotional experience. It is an experience of a "knowing" in the soul that God is not there or is absent. In the same way that we "know" for sure the Truths about God and His existence and love, "knowing" that God is absent is something that cannot be explained to other people. When God is absent, you just know it. It is not something you feel, it is something you know. The thing about this "dark night" and loss of God is that the soul is still moved to adore God because even though it feels that God has abandoned it, it still interiorly knows the promises that God gave the world are being kept by Him, but in a special way for the soul who no longer feels the presence of God. There may be a feeling of a lack of faith, but, since the soul still prays and strives to do God's will, faith is still active. Afterall, it is a virtue infused in our soul when we are created and activated at our Baptism, so if one does not pray, and is a sinner, one can feel they have lost faith. But, in all reality, it is still there, in their soul, they just need to repent, encounter Christ's love and faith will be restored.

In Mother Teresa's soul, sin was not want made her feel an abandonment of God. It was evidence of God's plan to bring her closer to Himself. On the soul’s journey to God, the "dark night" can eventually take the soul into a union so profound that with God, that the soul experiences Him more intimately than the soul ever would have, had it not gone through "the dark night."

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Order of Events before the Last Judgment according to Saint Augustine

There are many ideas attempted to be articulated by various ideological and “religious” sects regarding the Second Coming of Christ. Of course, no one knows the day or the hour that the Son of Man will come on the clouds (Mt. 24:36), but, we are all excited and anticipate our Lord’s coming, because we know it will bring the “new Jerusalem” – the Church, “like a bride adorned for her husband” (Rev. 21:2). We know that all people of God whose souls have been adoring their God in Heaven since their earthly bodies went into the grave will be glorified just like their Savior’s. All men who have fought the good fight and helped build up the Kingdom of God while in their earthly bodies will now enter into eternal life, body and soul. The earth will be renewed, too, and we will finally have in the fullest sense, what “no eyes of seen, nor ear heard, nor heart imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Cor. 2:9).

As we wait in anticipation of Christ’s adventus, or “coming”, it has been wondered and even taught as to how the “end time” events will occur. But, the Catholic Church is sent on a mission to help men become Holy, now, so there can be as many souls greeting Christ as possible when he comes again. It is really irrelevant as to the order of the end time events, because if your soul is not in a state of sanctifying grace, you won’t benefit from the end of the world, anyway. I think that people really wonder when Christ will return, because, I have wondered myself for this wrong reason: It is so that they can “be ready” not one minute too soon or too late. As if, that is the way to holiness. Ha ha. We can't worry about our "readiness" because it is known only to God by on our interior disposition for love of God and love of neighbor. We cannot judge ourselves. But we try to, so we also try to judge the signs around us. In the Catholic faith we just work to be "prepared".

There is a Doctor of the Church and Great Saint who wrote not about the “end times” and what the “signs” can tell about when Christ may come, again, but he wrote of what he believed about the “last judgment”. He saw through “the Word”: The Word made flesh and dwelt among us (cf Jn. 1:14), and how Christ came not to condemn the world but that all men may be saved and come to know the Truth (cf Jn. 3:17-18). Believing that Truth, and knowing interiorly the Divine Wisdom of God he wrote a great work to help us know Wisdom. Saint Augustine of Hippo came to know God through reason united with the grace of faith and gifted with the charism of sharing the knowledge of God as wisdom penned his Confessions and put the people of God at peace with the signs of their times, with his work, the City of God.

It is in the City of God that Catholics who are interested in the order or end-time events will be able to read what Saint Augustine believed would be the order of events before the last judgment. It is put forth, here, because the Eucharist is what matters. If any people of God cannot rest until they have a prediction they can live with, maybe, Augustine’s belief will help them rest. Because, any distractions that are keeping you from focusing on Christ, here now, present, real and substantially in the Blessed Sacrament, need to be quieted. Perhaps Augustine is the “still small voice” of God with a faithful teaching that will put your soul at peace.

Only God knows if Augustine got the order right, but, I trust this great Sanctus Augustinus who understood God and his wisdom and the Word more than anyone in our present time. How many great saints have even had the nerve to put to paper an order of events leading up to the last judgment? It seems Saint Augustine may have been given that task. We shall see. Here is what he writes in the City of God:

“In connection with the last judgment, therefore, we who believe can be sure of the following truths: Elias the Thesbite will return; the Jews will believe; Antichrist will persecute the Church; Christ will be the Judge; the dead will rise; the good will be separated from the wicked; the world will suffer from fire, but will be renewed. Of course, what we believe is the simple fact that all these things are to be; but how and in what sequence the events are to occur we must leave to future experience, which alone can teach these truths so much better than human intelligence can at present understand. My own view is that they will occur in the order I have just mentioned.”
Page 492, an Image Book, published by Doubleday. ISBN 0-385-02910-1.

I had to look up “Elias the Thesbite”. You will recognize him when you read this:

Thank you for reading this. Theresa Marie.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Importance of Eucharistic Adoration to me

Fr. Richard McBrien recently posted his opinion on regarding perpetual eucharistic adoration. He said that adoration is a "a doctrinal, theological, and spiritual step backward."  Then I suppose that I have stepped backwards?  I did not know that there was such a thing as Eucharist adoration until my Cursillo weekend in 2003. It was in finding out that there was such a place, that changed my life. 

Before I found out about Adoration, I thought I had to die to be present with the Lord, body, soul and divinity. I knew that he was with me when I received Communion, but I needed him more.  I did not know there was a place where I could go and spend time with him and give my cares to him. I did not know there was a place to praise him and love him for what he has done for me, outside of the Mass.  But, after I found out about Adoration chapels during my cursillo weekend, I know now Christ is there for me, anytime, day or night.

Adoration is not a step backwards as Fr. McBrien writes. Communion with Christ, through prayer, is always a step forward because we am closer by being into the mediator between God and man. I participate in Christ's reign in the earthly kingdom when I visit him exposed in the jeweled monstrance high up on the altar. The place that is fitting for our King.

Forget my needs, if it is worthly of a human king to sit on a throne, isn't it more appropriate and worthly to expose our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament upon an altar 24 hours a day?  Shouldn't he have that same respect as an earthly monarchial king?  At Mass our Lord is sheltered in the tabernacle as he was in the Holy of Holies in the Old Covenant.  In the Old Covenent the people were not allowed to touch or go into the tent where the tabernacle rested. But, now, in the New Covenant, the people are a priestly people and are able to offer up prayers and sacrifices, too.  Offering sacrifices is not limited to the ordained priesthood.  The Old Covenant has been fulfilled and the common priesthood of the people draws us next to and in front of the Body of Christ resting in the monstrance in the Adoration chapels.

It was the people who wanted Eucharist adoration.  Since, the priest was facing East, they could not see the host as it was consecrated by the priest. The priest would hold the consecrated host, now the Bread of Life, higher and higher and longer and longer, so that the communicants could adore and view it before receiving and so it began to be placed in the monstrance vessel and processed so it could be viewed.  The people of God knew their eyes were only seeing bread, their faith told them they were seeing the Body of Christ.

If Vatican II was a time for renewal and enrichment of faith and renewal of doctrine, adoration was one faith and doctrinal practice that needed to be brought back. Persecutions had squashed it, just like how it began hundreds of years ago, the people have brought it back.

G.K. Chesterton said to be "progressive" means that there was something right about doing something before, but now it is said that it isn't right to do it.  Those in the Church that consider themselves "progressives" are saying this.  They are saying that we have "progressed" beyond needing adoration.  Although, it was right for the people of God back then, it isn't any longer!  But, Chesterton writes in Orthodoxy, that progression should be simple and natural.  Adoration developed simply and naturally over 1,000 years, ago, and it has developed simply and naturally, today.  Chesterton says that we should not have to go to any trouble to improve.  It was much trouble to take away adoration.  People were killed to kill the practice of adoration. The progressives have gone to to alot of trouble to disavow what has developed naturally within the people of God, when their agenda is to elevate within parishes what they consider the desires of the people of God.  The desire of the people of God is to have adoration, so it is. So be it.

Sometimes after the conversion of heart in the soul of a person, they have to go back to the traditions and aestical devotional practices to help them be formed to Christ. Conversion was a going back and seeing one's sins and consequently a true repentence.  We meet Christ in seeing our sins, he joins us there, and moves us forward on a journey of communion. Going backwards has its place. 

In the "fullness of time" there is no time when sharing in Christ's Paschal Mystery, therefore, there cannot be any going backwards, really.  Really, the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist has always been and always will be outside of time.  "Backwards" is not a word that belongs in Catholic spirituality, doctrine or theology.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Name "Christian"

christiani - were members of Christ's band of conspirators. 
In Greek phonetics,the word chrestos (good) was, and is, pronounced christos.  The conspiracy of the Christos is a conspiracy of those who are chrestos, a conspiracy of goodness.

For a complete analysis from then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, see "The Essential Pope Benedict XVI", edited by John F. Thornton and Susan B. Varenne and published by HarperSanFrancisco, 2007.  The content is full of the Holy Father's speeches and important Homilies before he became Pope.

Monday, September 07, 2009

The Funeral controversary of Senator Ted Kennedy

Watching, perusing and listening to the headlines and commentaries in the national Catholic newspaper media and through audio on Catholic radio, struck me into thinking, ‘the commentators should have all gotten together before the senator passed away and told him what they were going to be saying about him." He is dead now. Why such a unified voice, now, regarding his disservice to the pro-life effort? Just think, with such a strong a unified voice as has been heard on Catholic radio the last few weeks regarding Senator Kennedy’s sins against the protection of the unborn, if it had been that way a few weeks before he died. If, the faithful united through Catholic media told the Senator, “this is what we are going to be saying about your legacy…”, “this is how we feel about what you have not done to protect the unborn…”, “we proclaim as your brothers and sisters in Christ, that you must repent of your choice to make it a woman’s right to kill her baby…”

I think that the commentator's unified voice to the Senator for his conversion and repentance would have made a difference, because a senator is supposed to listen to the voice of the people in his nation. How much more should he have listened to his spiritual brothers and sisters that make up the community of saints? It is the same community of saints that we will all be a part of for eternity, should that be each of our rewards. Alas, it is a imagery that did not take place, and cannot take place now in the temporal realm, in this earthly kingdom.

It is a matter to consider since we are a people of God striving to live a life centered on the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the source and center of our communion with one another within the Body of Christ. We must witness that to one another. Since, Senator’s Kennedy’s views on abortion were anti-life, unjust and sinful, he was not fully centered on the Eucharist and so the faith, hope and charity that flow from it, would not be sanctify his soul as much as God wanted to give him because his soul was not fully disposed to receive all the graces God had in-store for him.

The soul and its capacity for love and sanctification is a lesson that for those of us who understand the theology of the spiritual life, must teach to others. We are all called to evangelize, and I believe that to teach others about their soul, its faculties and its capacity to be built up in faith, hope and love, is of primary importance for our own sanctification. We have to share what we have been given.

Those who correct Senator Kennedy, now, after his passing, know about the soul, that is why they voice their concern of whether the funeral was a proper witness to his life and the unity of the Church. Let’s just try and reach those not living a Eucharist centered life about their soul while they are still alive, and the Holy Spirit with do the rest.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Give up "everything" or only "half"?

God worked a miracle through Peter by raising back to life a woman named, "Tabitha", from dead. My confirmation name, is "Tabitha".  Reflecting on this verse, the footnotes in the New American bible translation of scripture explains that in Greek and Aramaic, "Tabitha" translates to "Dorcas", which means "gazelle".  It comments that "gazelle" exemplifies the right attitude toward material posessions as expressed by Jesus in the Lucan Gospels: 6:30; 11:41; 12:33; 18:22; 19:8.  Here are the Lucan verses:

6:30 Give to everyone who asks of you, and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back.
11:41 But as to what is within, give alms, and behold, everything will be clean for you.
12:33 Sell your belongings and give alms. Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, an exhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy.
18:22 * When Jesus heard this he said to him, "There is still one thing left for you: sell all that you have and distribute it to the poor, and you will have a treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."
19:8 But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, "Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor, and if I have extorted anything from anyone I shall repay it four times over."

As we can see, in verse 18:22, Jesus tells the rich young man to sell "all that he has", but in 19:8, Zacchaeus tells the Lord he will give half of his possessions to the poor. Jesus seemed pleased with Zacchaeus, although he was only giving half.  Why must the rich young man give everything and Zacchaeus only give half?  Keeping in mind the aspect of spiritual direction, and Jesus being the ultimate spiritual director, he is explaining to us through these verses that what each must do to enter the Kingdom of God, can vary.

To give away our possessions to the poor is a work that will help build up the Kingdom of God here on earth to the benefit of our eternal salvation.  But, most importantly, it glorifies God to the one that receives them.  Jesus knew the state of the soul of the rich young man and of Zacchaeus, thus he required different works from them.  He knew what they needed to do to grow closer to him, to continue to have an intimate encounter with him through the act of offering up and sacrificing possessions.  But, how do we know, personally, if our souls are in the state of the "rich young man" or Zacchaeus? 

Because Jesus did not leave us alone when he ascended to his Father in Heaven, he sent the Holy Spirit to help us intepret the Good News.  The Holy Spirit teaches through the Church.  Looking up verse 19:8 in the catechism, it points out that Zacchaeus was also making reparation for the times he may have collected more in taxes than what was required by law.  He had stolen.

[CCC, 2412] In virtue of commutative justice, reparation for injustice committed requires the restitution of stolen goods to their owner:

Jesus blesses Zacchaeus for his pledge: "If I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold." Those who, directly or indirectly, have taken possession of the goods of another, are obliged to make restitution of them, or to return the equivalent in kind or in money, if the goods have disappeared, as well as the profit or advantages their owner would have legitimately obtained from them. Likewise, all who in some manner have taken part in a theft or who have knowingly benefited from it - for example, those who ordered it, assisted in it, or received the stolen goods - are obliged to make restitution in proportion to their responsibility and to their share of what was stolen.

Now, the Catechism does not have any commentary on Luke 18:22.  But, Pope John Paul II's Encyclical, Veritatis Splendor goes into detail about why the rich young man in the parable must give up everything.

6. The dialogue of Jesus with the rich young man, related in the nineteenth chapter of Saint Matthew's Gospel, can serve as a useful guide for listening once more in a lively and direct way to his moral teaching: "Then someone came to him and said, 'Teacher, what good must I do to have eternal life?' And he said to him, 'Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments. 'He said to him, 'Which ones?' And Jesus said, 'You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; Honour your father and mother; also, You shall love your neighbour as yourself.' The young man said to him, 'I have kept all these; what do I still lack?' Jesus said to him, 'If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me' " (Mt 19:16-21).13

7. "Then someone came to him...". In the young man, whom Matthew's Gospel does not name, we can recognize every person who, consciously or not, approaches Christ the Redeemer of man and questions him about morality. For the young man, the question is not so much about rules to be followed, but about the full meaning of life. This is in fact the aspiration at the heart of every human decision and action, the quiet searching and interior prompting which sets freedom in motion. This question is ultimately an appeal to the absolute Good which attracts us and beckons us; it is the echo of a call from God who is the origin and goal of man's life.

So, we can see from the Holy Father's commentary that, although, both of the verses seem to be only about how much of one's possessions to give up, to delve deeper, is to find Good News that can affect not only the soul of the individual who offers and sacrifices posessions, but their fullest meaning is found when applied from a social ethics or social justic perspective.  Because they help us order ourselves to living a Christian life, the story of the rich young man teaches us to order all of our choices to the good, or God, in order to live a moral life.

It is through prayer that we can know how much to give up and how much to keep.  But, relative to civil society and to follow the commandement to love our neighbor, like the Ethiopian Eunoch said to Saint Phillip the apostle (Acts 8:27):  "how can I understand the scriptures unless someone teaches me?"  It is through the teaching authority of the Church that the soul finds a deeper meaning in scripture that affects and is relevant for all of civil society in this earthly kingdom.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Terri Schiavo's father passes away

We all knew Terri's father through his witness for a life that could not defend itself. Can you picture the embrace between Terri and her father when they met, again, in Heaven? Not to canonize anyone, but, God does keep His promises to those who have received the Eucharist, that they would have life in them (Jn 6). A life free from grievous sin, is a life with the light of life still in its soul. So, now we will have two saints in Heaven nearer to God's throne to pray for our pro-life efforts. Life News reports:

Friday, June 02, 2006

Why another document on the Eucharist?

"Pope Benedict XVI is eager for a document on the Eucharist" is the title of this article by Zenit News. Why? Pope John Paul II gave us the Encyclical on the Eucharist, Ecclesia de Eucharistia and many apostolic letters and the many writings of saints and doctors of the Church explain the meaning of the Eucharist for our Catholic spirituality. Why is another document necessary?

The attached article gives the following quote from the Holy Father:
The Holy Father continued: "At a time characterized by the growing phenomenon of globalization, it is increasingly necessary to have the truth of Christ and of his Gospel of salvation reach all with vigor and clarity."

The world is not believing in the Real Presence, many Catholics don't believe, so we must continue to be bold in proclaiming that God is present in His Kingdom, now on earth, via the Body and Blood of his Son in the consecrated Bread and Wine. As member of His Body, we must assist with the evangelization of the Good News. Visit the following site to purchase materials that you can distribute to educate people and yourself on the Real Persence:

Peace in Christ.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Archbishop Naumann takes a teaching opportunity

News stories regarding steps that our Bishops and Priests take as our Pastors are more and more reported in secular media. This, however, gives the Magisterium a teaching opportunity.
The culture's movement towards acceptance of an active homosexual lifestyle, is seen as the way to be "compassionate" toward the gay individual who supposedly can't control his or her carnal desires and should not have to because "they were born that way." As a single hetrosexual woman with desires, too, I take issue with this line of thought. I, too, could expect the Church to be "compassionate" towards me and by it's teaching allow for me to live out my desires. But after coming out of the darkness and into the light of Christ and into His merciful loving arms, my eyes were opened and now I understand the Church's expectations for me are Christ's expectations. This is the true way to happiness on earth and to ultimately receive our reward of resting in Christ's arms in Heaven.

There is a dignity that singles want in today's culture. It comes under the guise of recognition for being allowed to be who they think they are without any consideration for the rest of society. This comes under the guise of "freedom", which actually means freedom from the needs of the world at large or Revelation. Singles that truly love the Lord, "with all their heart, mind and soul (Lk. 10:27)" know that true freedom can only be found in living the gospel and the Paschal Mysteries. The expectations and teachings for a chaste and celibate lifestyle will direct us to a higher dignity of human life. Living up to our human dignity will enable singles to share in the divine life that Christ gives us the ability to do when we partake in the Sacraments. We lose out on the graces offered in the Sacraments when we personally compromise our own dignity through sexual relations outside of a covenantal marriage.

In the Kansas City Star newspaper, you can read of a single gay Catholic man who's Priest was showing what true compassion is by explaining to the gay, that his lifestyle must be celibate.

Archbishop Naumann of the Diocese of Kansas City, Kansas explained the Church's teaching in this area and what "compassion" means for all Christians in regard to the homesexuality issue in our society in the diocesan's weekly paper, The Leaven. His remarks are difinitive, and should be able to be understood by even those living in darkness. By God's grace will they come into the light, and begin to trust that the Holy Spirit is leading the Church, and change their lifestyle, whether the person is hetrosexual or homesexual. As stated by the 48th International Eucharistic Congress, "...God is seeking and waiting for us."

Monday, May 15, 2006

Eucharist Matter is inspired by "Catholic Matters"

"Eucharist Matters" is inspired by Fr. Richard John Neuhaus' new book- Catholic Matters: Confusion, Controversary and Splendor of the Truth. Have you read it, yet?
Response from reader:
I have not read it, but plan to get it because I think so highly of Fr. Neuhaus. The Eucharist matters in my life more than I can express in a few words. For two thousand years Catholic Christians have been celebrating the Mass and receiving the Holy Eucharist. This is the strength of the Church and of the Christian who surrenders his or her will to Christ Jesus, our Savior and Lord. The profound love of the Savior to leave us Himself as a gift of love is beyond description. The New Covenant not only promised to exceed the Old, which it superceded, in every way, but it delivered in the grace and love of our Lord, who humbles himself to come to us in this great sacrament. But as in all personal relationships, the benefits are, to some extent, in proportion to our committment to Christ, to the extent of our love, our surrender to His will in our lives. We always get more than we receive but our Lord never forces himself upon us. He wants us to use our free will to choose Him. As for me and my house, we choose the Lord!