THE WRATH OF GOD WHERE IS IT??? IT IS HERE NOW!!!

We live in an immoral world perhaps like never before. We sacrifice our young in the womb; we approve of same sex couples marrying, we have sexual harassment and sexual abuse, acknowledged but excused, a past president was impeached for lying about a sexual liaison outside his marriage, and current president bragging about his sexual predatory behavior Where is the wrath of God? I asked. How much can He take!

Didn’t God cleanse creation back in the days of Noah and start over? But maybe I was missing something. I turned to St. Paul’s letter to the Romans to find out more about the wrath of God. My answer came in the first chapter copied below.

“The wrath of God is indeed being revealed from heaven against every impiety and wickedness of those who suppress the truth by their wickedness. For what can be known about God is evident to them, because God made it evident to them.

Ever since the creation of the world, God’s invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made. As a result, they have no excuse; for although they knew God they did not accord him glory as God or give him thanks. Instead, they became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless minds were darkened.

While claiming to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for the likeness of an image of mortal man or of birds or of four-legged animals or of snakes. Therefore, God handed them over to degrading passions, impurity through the lusts of their hearts for the mutual degradation of their bodies. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and revered and worshiped the creature rather than the creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.” Romans 1:18

I also found this quote of Pope Benedict XVI in my research.

Anyone who begins to live and grow away from God, who lives away from what is good, is turning his life toward wrath. Whoever falls away from love is moving into negativity…. When God inflicts punishment, this is not punishment in the sense that God has, as it were, drawn up a system of fines and penalties….‘The punishment of God’ is in fact an expression for having missed the right road and then experiencing the consequences that follow from taking the wrong track and wandering away from the right way of living.” POPE BENEDICT XVI (CARDINAL JOSEPH RATZINGER)

 

In summary then, God’s wrath does not mean that He is some out of control person throwing a temper tantrum. Rather, it is that God is holy and the unrepentant sinner cannot endure His holiness; the sinner experiences it as wrath. This wrath of God then is the revelation of the total incompatibility of unrepented sin before the holiness of God and the holiness to which we are summoned. We are all sinners subject to this wrath.

They suppress the truth by their wickedness (Romans 1:18). Suppression of the truth is the sin that leads to every other sin. Those who wish to remain in their wickedness rationalize and excuse and ignore their God given conscience, the divine spark given at their creation.

Deep within his conscience man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey. Its voice, ever calling him to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil, sounds in his heart at the right moment. For man has in his heart a law inscribed by God, Moral conscience (CCC #1776-1778)

GOD’S WRATH IS PRESENT TODAY! God has been pushed to the margins, denied, ridiculed, mocked and suppressed by man made laws and moral relativists who make up their own truth.. .

Decades ago people began making their own independent decisions on sexual behavior apart from God’s plan of intimacy and procreation within the sanctity of marriage. For over 60 years now our decadent society has celebrated promiscuity, pornography, fornication, cohabitation, and contraception.

Through the use of contraception, we severed the connection between sex, procreation, and marriage. Enter the homosexual community and its demands for acceptance. The wider culture, now debased, darkened, and deeply confused, cannot comprehend the obvious: that homosexual acts are contrary to nature. This is what happens when God finally has to say to a culture, if you want sin you can have it—until it comes out of your ears!

We have become so collectively foolish and vain in our thinking and darkened in our intellect that as a culture we now “celebrate” homosexual acts, which Scripture rightly calls disordered. When sex, marriage, and family go into the shredder, an enormous number of social ills are set loose. We often fall into the trap of judging those who are imposing the acceptance of the homosexual agenda as a major root of the problem in this country. In reality, this is a fruit of the problems that led God to removing His blessings from us in the first place.

No, the sexual revolution led to weaker families, fewer children, abortion on demand, and the beginning of the end of a healthy and functioning society. Having made that bed, God turned us over and gave us the direct evidence of His handing us over to ourselves with the acceptance and celebration of homosexuality.

The more and more we send God the message that we really don’t care that He is an instrumental part of our lives and culture, the more likely He will be to eventually give us what we desire – as stupid as that desire may be.. We may be among the few that asks God to deliver us unfortunately it is more than our prayers it is also our actions, our witness to the truth, our defense of the TRUTH or do we sometimes go along to get along.

If the country as a whole continues to act in defiance by the way we act and the people we elect to represent us have no moral core then God will continue to allow us to live under our own decadent “wisdom.” May God help us all!

PRAY FOR YOURSELVES. PRAY FOR YOUR NEIGHBOR. PRAY FOR YOUR COUNTRY
REPENT AND BELIEVE IN THE GOSPEL.

CLOSING PRAYER
PSALM 119
Blessed those whose way is blameless, who walk by the law of the LORD.
Blessed those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with all their heart.
They do no wrong; they walk in his ways.

You have given them the command to observe your precepts with care.
May my ways be firm in the observance of your statutes! Then I will not be ashamed

I will praise you with sincere heart as I study your righteous judgments. I will observe your statutes; do not leave me all alone.

I will ponder your precepts and consider your paths.
In your statutes I take delight; I will never forget your word.

FATIMA 100 YEARS MIRACLE OF THE SUN

On the one hundredth anniversary of the last public apparition of our Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima we honor her with reflections, prayers, and consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate heart of Mary our Mother.  Besides our natural mothers we have a heavenly Mother who Jesus gave to us to accompany us on our perilous path home to Him and all the angels and saints in heaven.

MIRACLE OF THE SUN
One hundred years ago on October 13, 1917, Our Lady Of Fatima made her last public appearance with a great miracle, the miracle of the sun. A great throng of 70,000 spectators witnessed the miracle of the sun.
It had rained all during the apparition. At the end of the conversation between Our Lady and Lucia, Lucia shouted, “Look at the sun!” – the clouds parted, revealing the sun as an immense silver disk shining with an intensity never before seen. Then the immense disk began to “dance.”

The sun spun rapidly like a gigantic circle of fire. Its rim became scarlet; whirling, it scattered red flames across the sky. Its light was reflected on the ground, on the trees, on the bushes, and on the faces and clothing of the people, which took on brilliant hues and changing colors. After performing this bizarre pattern three times, the globe of fire seemed to tremble, shake, and then plunge in a zigzag toward the terrified crowd. All this lasted about ten minutes.

Finally, the sun zigzagged back to its original place and once again became still and brilliant, shining with its normal brightness. Many people noticed that their clothes, soaking wet from the rain, had suddenly dried. The miracle of the sun was also seen by numerous witnesses up to twenty-five miles away from the place of the apparition.

In the apparition of July 13, 1917 Our Lady warned the three children — Jacinta, Francisco and Lucy — that if people did not stop offending God, He would punish the world “by means of war, hunger and persecution of the Church and of the Holy Father”, and that Russia would be His chosen instrument of chastisement. “Russia will spread its errors throughout the world, raising up wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer and various nations will be annihilated.”
FATIMA WARNINGS IF PEOPLE REFUSE TO CONVERT
Here are just a few of the warnings of Fatima if people did not get their act together and turn themselves back to God their Creator who knows what is best for His creatures. There will be wars. We have already had two World Wars with others pending. There are today wars in more than 50 nations. Nations will be annihilated, no more Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia as in past centuries. There will be hunger, drought, starvation, see Sudan and Chad. Persecution of the Church, an assassination on Pope John Paul II, Christians killed and persecuted in many countries.

In a 1957 interview, Sr. Lucia, elaborated more on Persecution of the Church by adding the diminishment of the shepherding of the Church. Of course this was before the pedophile priest scandal broke and before Vatican II unintended consequences. In regards the devil, the devil found the easiest way to seize souls was to undermine those consecrated to God, especially priests and bishops leaving the souls of the faithful abandoned by their leaders which makes them easy prey for the devil.

One of God’s harshest chastisements is when he permits his people to fall into the hands of clergy who are priests in name only. Our God is a loving God who seeks each one of us whether He must use the “carrot or stick” to get our attention. God cries out through his prophet Jerimiah, “Return, rebellious children and I will appoint for you shepherds after my own heart, who will shepherd you wisely and prudently!” Jeremiah 3:14-15

Now, in the 1950s, there was little indication that there would be this massive falling away of the clergy. There was little indication we would be deprived of good, solid Catholic leadership, which would result in confusion and a falling away among a great number of the Catholic Faithful.
VATICAN II UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES
For the last 50 years since Vatican II, the Church Christ founded, has floundered from the very top with questions of objective Truth and relativity. The great tragedy is that we are in a unique point in history wherein a staggering number of Catholic churchmen, who occupy places of responsibility in the Church have fallen victim to the error of Modernism, the belief that some aspects of Catholic doctrine can change over time. All Catholics are bound to believe that dogma does not change, that we have to believe Catholic truth “in the same meaning and in the same explanation” as it has always been taught.

Many post-Vatican II reforms, which tend to “water down” the Church’s teaching, have been made in order to please the world, particularly our Protestant brethren. These post-Vatican II reforms include the abandonment of a distinctive religious habit for nuns, brothers and priests, a softening of the “offensive” teachings on artificial birth control, abortion and homosexuality, and the increasing involvement of the Church in socialist “causes.”

Devotions were down played especially to The Blessed Virgin Mary. Instead of having a Vatican II document on the Blessed Virgin alone, some bishops thought that the text should be included as part of another document, because this would help foster ecumenical dialogue with “the separated brethren” and also would help provide “an antidote to devotional excesses”.
THE FAITHFUL FIGHTS BACK
Keep doing your devotions, praying to saints, the rosary, First Fridays, First Saturdays, Divine Mercy Chaplet, even bury that statue of St. Joseph when you are putting your house up for sale. Why not? We need all the help we can get.

Live the Fatima Message of daily Rosary, Five First Saturdays of Reparation, offering daily duty to God as an act of sacrifice.“Encourage our clergy and hold them accountable; tell them you need to be fed Jesus’ word.

Do all in our power to promote the “TRUTH.” In this world, Jesus says, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” Each person must not only save his own soul but also help all the souls that God has placed on our path.

Fatima calls us to conversion, a daily turning away from sin. Pray the rosary daily for other souls, as the Blessed mother requested, “Pray, pray very much, and make sacrifices for sinners; for many souls go to hell, because there are none to sacrifice themselves and to pray for them.” Are we doing our part???

There is a cacophony of voices calling out to you; there are a thousand influences pulling you this way and that. What’s the one necessary thing? It is to listen to the voice of Jesus as he tells you of his love and as he tells you who you are.” Bishop Robert Barron

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THE LITTLE WAY OF THE LITTLE FLOWER

A MORNING PRAYER WRITTEN BY ST. THERESE THE LITTLE FLOWER

O my God! I offer Thee all my actions of this day for the intentions and for the glory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I wish to make reparation for my sins by casting them into the furnace of Thy Merciful Love. I ask of Thee for myself and for those whom I hold dear, the grace to fulfill perfectly Thy Holy Will, to accept for love of Thee the joys and sorrows of this passing life, so that we may one day be united together in heaven for all Eternity. Amen

ST. THERESE OF LISEUX THE LITTLE FLOWER
FEAST DAY OCTOBER 1

PROLOGUE
This year October 1 falls on a Sunday and Sunday liturgy takes precedent over feast days but I did not want anyone to miss out celebrating one of our greatest saints. Her autobiography Story of a Soul is one of the most popular spiritual books ever written and I recommend it to everyone.

With this blog, we honor her and thank her for not only telling us about God’s boundless Mercy but showing us by action what it means to turn ourselves over to that “furnace of mercy” of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, allowing us, in trust, to be consumed by God’s Mercy.

BACKGROUND

On September 30th, 1897, a young Carmelite nun living in France succumbed to the effects of tuberculosis, dying in obscurity, known only to her sisters in religious life. Like many Carmelite nuns before her, Therese’s death should have meant the culmination of a life of obscurity and faithfulness. Yet, this particular Carmelite nun would prove different in this respect because of a spiritual diary she had kept at the insistence of her Superiors.

 

Within years of her death, the spiritual diary and autobiography (Story of a Soul) of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, the Little Flower, would captivate the Church. Miracles attributed to her intercession began to be reported.

 

In just a few decades after her death, the image of Therese of Lisieux would be immediately recognizable in the Catholic world. Canonization would soon follow. At the hundred year anniversary of her death, Pope John Paul II declared formally this obscure cloistered Carmelite nun to be one of the Doctors of the Church, a title given to only a privileged few of the Church’s saints.

THE LITTLE WAY OF THE LITTLE FLOWER

Thérèse worried constantly about how she could achieve holiness in the life she led. She didn’t want to just be good; she wanted to be a SAINT. She thought there must be a way for people living hidden, little lives like hers. “I have always wanted to become a saint. God would not make me wish for something impossible and so, in spite of my littleness, I can aim at being a saint”.

A turning point in her thinking came during a trip with her Father. They stayed at a hotel with an elevator or lift as she called it, one of those new fangled inventions at that time. That lift persuaded her that she did not have to do all the heavy climbing to the arms of Jesus.

“… for I was far too small to climb the steep stairs of perfection. So I sought in Holy Scripture some idea of what this life I wanted would be, and I read these words: “Whosoever is a little one, come to me.” It is your arms, Jesus, that are the lift to carry me to heaven. And so there is no need for me to grow up: I must stay little and become less and less.”

Therese discovered through God’s grace that one does not have to journey to lands hostile to the Faith and suffer martyrdom to know what it means to suffer for the sake of the Gospel. Opportunities to know and serve the Lord will find us wherever we are, and when they do, will we rise to the occasion to seek to serve the Lord?  All for the love of Jesus who gave His all to us; isn’t our all to Jesus in return only fitting?

Therese took every chance to sacrifice, no matter how small it would seem. She smiled at the sisters she didn’t like. She ate everything she was given without complaining…so that she was often given the worst leftovers.

 

At the heart of Therese’s understanding of the spiritual life is the principle that holiness can be appreciated and accomplished not only in the performance of mighty deeds but in a willing surrender to the purposes of God as we engage the seemingly ordinary experiences of life.

St. Therese’s “Little Way” is an inspiration to all. Therese realized that it was not possible on her own to be a great saint, although that is what she desired more than anything. She gave us “the elevator metaphor” of a God that would come down to her and lift her up to Him. “As I decrease, He increases!”

Matthew 18:3, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” It is hard to think of ourselves as we age, especially in our senior years, as children but Matthew 18:3 above says that we better act that way if we want to get into heaven. This, of course, refers to being child-like (wholly trusting) in our relationship with God our loving Father, not child-ish, which is a big difference.

Therese’s “little way” seems to put holiness of life within the reach of ordinary people. Each day is a gift in which your life can make a difference by the way you choose to live it. St. Therese knew the difference love makes by allowing love to be the statement she made each day of her life. Thérèse’s “little way” of trusting in Jesus to make her holy and relying on small daily sacrifices instead of great deeds appeals to thousands of Catholics and others who are trying to find holiness in ordinary lives.

St. Therese said before she died at age 24 that she wanted to spend her time in heaven doing good on earth, and that she would let a shower of roses fall from Heaven. May St. Therese intercede for us and help us to be attentive to the presence of Christ in all the experiences of life.

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CATHOLIC MORALITY EFFECTS OF ORIGINAL SIN

PROLOGUE
All of my readers I assume want to go to heaven one day. That road is paved with many pot holes. NOT, the least of them is our own human condition. We the Church militant are called that because it is not an easy path. Take the narrow path; the broad path leads to destruction.

Some are already in heaven and we call that branch of the Mystical Body of Christ the Church Triumphant. Others, Church Suffering, are being purified in Purgatory so they can see God face to face.

But let’s get back to us still here on earth. What are some of the obstacles in the way of our destination. In a future blog I will talk about Satan. Yes, the devil. He does exist and is our strongest adversary. He even tempted Jesus in the dessert. Today’s blog will deal with Original Sin and our weakened human nature.

First we need to understand the human condition we are dealing with. Later, in this blog I will address ways we might bolster this human nature.

Some, may deny Original Sin but at their own peril. Concupiscence is an effect of original sin and a tendency towards sinning. Man’s passions are no longer ruled by right reason. It is a lack of our original integrity when everything was in harmony with God’s will and intent for human nature. Because of concupiscence we are inclined towards anything our imagination paints as pleasurable without regards for what is good for us by God’s design.

God gave us free will but that does not mean we are free to sin. Let me explain. While human freedom is a good, human freedom is not in itself an absolute. We are not free to do “evil. The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, “The more one does what is good, the freer one becomes. There is no true freedom except in the service of what is good and just. The choice to disobey and do evil is an abuse of freedom and leads to “the slavery of sin.” (CCC 1733)

So we need to be on our toes to do good and avoid evil and not become slaves to sin. With that in mind it is good to recognize the human nature we inherited from our first parents, Adam and Eve. We need to be alert and aware of our weaknesses and inclinations to sin.

The most important loss due to the Fall is the loss of sanctifying grace. Adam and Eve not only transmitted to the whole human race the death of the body, which is the punishment of sin, but even sin itself, which is the death of the soul, Our Baptism removed Original Sin and restored us in relationship to God but did NOT do away with the collateral effects of Original Sin.

CATHOLIC COMMENTARY

Before original sin, man was in a state of “original justice” and blessed with preternatural gifts of infused knowledge, integrity, and immortality of the body. The original state of human nature of our first parents, Adam and Eve, was in possession of Sanctifying Grace and preternatural gifts.

Had Adam and Eve not sinned they would have passed this state of “original justice” down to their descendants. Before the Fall, man and woman freely participated in this state of integrity by receiving each other in mutual communion according to the eternal and permanent act of God’s will. Marital Bliss!

The preternatural gifts received by Adam and Eve include infused knowledge, absence of concupiscence, and immortality of the body. Adam and Eve received these free gifts not just for themselves but to be passed on to the whole and entire human race. After Adam and Eve committed “original sin,” they lost “original justice” and the preternatural gifts for the entire human race.

Their loss affected the kind of human nature they could pass on to their descendants. They could only pass on a human nature in a fallen state, one deprived of original holiness and integrity. Adam and Eve’s descendants are subject to ignorance and endure suffering and death.

The control of the soul’s spiritual faculties over the body and its desires is now shattered. The descendents now struggle with disordered desires and passions (concupiscence.) While concupiscence is not in itself a sin, it is a tendency or strong attraction to sin. Original justice has now turned into the state of Original Sin.

What to do to reign in this human condition we inherited from our first parents! Along with Scripture there are many great spiritual books by gifted authors that will help us keep on the right path.

My advice is this: Make a commitment to follow Jesus in good times and bad times, Say often the prayer, Jesus I Trust in You and mean it.

Do a regular examination of conscience thank God for the successes and asking His mercy for our failures. Take advantage regularly, at least once a month, the Sacrament of Reconciliation even if you repeat the same sins over and over again at least you will be discovering areas that need work and improvement. Some day your sins may change and you will have new areas to address.

Try a daily rosary, morning and evening prayers and Masses on other days than Sunday. Attitude is what it is all about and commitment to Jesus that you renew all the time. Each day is opportunity for Conversion a turning back to Jesus. Remember Jesus will never ask more from you than you can give. Now, you may not want to give but that is not Jesus’ problem, it’s ours. If you are too comfortable in this secular world, ask yourself how come.

PRAY PRAY PRAY!

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WHOSE LIVES MATTER???

CATHOLIC COMMENTARY

This week we saw another protest on the news regarding a white policeman shooting a black suspect, in St. Louis this time. As I watched mostly a peaceful protest, I noticed signs again stating in bold manner that BLACK LIVES MATTER!

This got me to thinking what does this mean. Literally, it seems to mean that black lives matter. But why state the obvious! All human life matters. It is a gift from God no matter the packaging. Do people of color have to assert this redundancy in placards because there are still some who don’t get it?!

Is it because there have been so many incidents of black suspects killed by white police officers or is it something more? Are white policemen always wrong who use deadly force with a black suspect? Of course not, but is deadly force the only option?

If I was black and I am not, there certainly would be many reasons for me to be suspicious whether my life was worth less than other lives. There is certainly a history of racism in our country. Our Country’s economy was built on the slave trade. Our Constitution has no article forbidding slavery.

In the most recent Presidential election there were many inferences that America would be great again if it retained its pale white color. Recently, racism raised its ugly head in a very bold manner in Charlottesville that increased racial tensions even more in our communities.

Racism is always wrong. Judging and dismissing anyone because they are a different race from us is always wrong. But I also find it ironic that Clergy who claim to be Christian often preach and support and sometimes even incite their congregations to break the law. I am not speaking here of peaceful sit-ins but threats and intimidation like “there will be blood in the streets” if this or that verdict doesn’t come down as we want.

Also, hate mongers who call themselves Christians in the pew at Church services on Saturday/Sunday and the  preach hate the rest of the week, are NOT Christian! A Christian by definition is a follower of Christ. In Matthew 25, Jesus said, “Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do to me!”

What does least of my brethren mean? It means something different for everyone. The least of our brethren is whoever we consider not worthy of our love and compassion. We are called to love as God loves. Step back next time you are tempted to resentment, hate, vengeance at your adversary and imagine that God loves that adversary the same as He loves you. God has only one way of loving.

 

God loves the prisoner on death row, the baby in the womb, the gay hair stylist, the poor, the ignorant, those of every race and creed even the terrorist who was not born a terrorist. Here, I have to emphasize that this does not mean we have to approve of any and all behavior. In fact, as I have said in past blogs, we not only have the right but the duty to call out behavior that is just plain wrong according to God’s laws despite what man made laws say, i.e. abortion.

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another. No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us…. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him…If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God* whom he has not seen. This is the commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother” I John 4:11-21

THEY WILL KNOW WE ARE CHRISTIANS BY OUR LOVE,
BY OUR LOVE!

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DISCIPLES OF CHRIST (CHRISTIANS) MUST EVANGELIZE

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARY!

FEAST OF NATIVITY OF MARY MOTHER OF GOD SEPTEMBER 8

JESUS TEACHES HIS DISCIPLES

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.”(Colossians 2:6-7)

All baptized Christians are called to do the work of God, not just priests and religious, All Christians are commissioned through our baptism to be other Christs in the world. All of us were chosen by God for his mission.

Baptism goes well beyond cleansing of original sin.  Jesus did not have original sin or any other sin.  His Baptism was a rite before beginning His public life.  His baptism was His initiation. He emerged from the water, commissioned by the Father to do his work. Similarly – In our own waters of baptism, we have been initiated, called and commissioned.

CATHOLIC CHURCH TEACHING

The baptized have become “living stones” to be “built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood.” By Baptism they share in the priesthood of Christ…They are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that [they] may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called [them] out of darkness into his marvelous light.”  Baptism gives a share in the common priesthood of all believers.

(CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH 1268)

As a Catholic Blogger, it is very lonely out here.  Naturally, I am not going to get the hits or searches that a retail business or celebrity blog.  How then do I spread the Good News of Jesus Christ?  I need your help to spread that Good News, to accept the universal role of discipleship and evangelizers.

God has given us all abilities to use in ministry, all different sorts of gifts for all sorts of missions. Our gifts are given for the community and we are called to use them in response to the needs of the community.

The faith we have received is a gift that came to us, in many cases, from our mothers and grandmothers. They were the living memory of Jesus Christ within our homes. It was in the silence of family life that most of us learned to pray, to love and to live the faith.” (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.2016)

CATHOLIC COMMENTARY

First, we must get our own house in order. Jesus in Matthew 5:48, “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” It is first about holiness.  We ourselves must undergo a life of daily conversion so that we will be filled more and more with Christ’s love.  Conversion is a conscious decision to repent, to deal explicitly with personal and communal sin. The sad fact is that many of the baptized are essentially unconverted..

How is our own Conversion coming along? St. Jerome said “ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.”  Are we involved in Scripture study individually or with groups?  How about daily prayer, how much time do we set aside?  What about the Sacraments especially the Eucharist and Sacrament of Reconciliation?  When was the last Retreat we attended?  What Spiritual books are on our night stand?  Have we opened any recently?

To be a disciple of Jesus means a daily renewal of our relationship with Jesus. If any man would come after me let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.  For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake, he will save it.” (Luke 9:23-24)

Why don’t most people get it that we don’t give up anything when we turn our lives over to Jesus?  What are we afraid of?  Why don’t people want to learn more about Jesus??? Jesus is all about love.  What are we afraid of? We will never be asked more than we can handle.  Any cross we have to bear with Jesus is designed for us because Jesus knows it is the path to love!

The world points to fame and fortune.  Jesus points to love and eternal life.  What are some crosses we may be asked to bear?  Sometimes health, maybe even cancer, getting along with family members, providing for our family needs, being patient with that crabby employee, welcoming children into our families, visiting the sick, taking care of elderly parents and so forth.

We find in Christ Crucified the definitive revelation of God’s infinite love for us!.  The human heart is created for this love, cannot help but be “drawn,” to this love. Therefore, God’s method for drawing others into life with him is by revealing his love.

If we are to be effective evangelists, we must do as God himself has done and reveal that love to everyone we meet.  As baptized Christians, we are witnesses to that love.  Witnesses testify not only with words but their lives. It is not enough to discover Christ for ourselves, we must bring Him to others.

The proclamation of the Gospel is not optional for Christians. We, on earth, are now God’s instruments, His voice, His deeds.  Imitation and proclamation of Jesus Christ is not an option.  Our mission is the salvation of souls.  It is unthinkable that a person accepts the Word for himself and keeps that light to himself, without bearing witness to others.

CLOSING PRAYER

With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we pray that we may accurately and lovingly pass on the faith given by Christ so that others may know Jesus in their hearts, worship Jesus in Liturgy, and follow Jesus’ moral teachings in their daily lives.

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JESUS ASKS WHO DO YOU SAY I AM

Last Sunday’s Gospel told the story at Caesarea Phillipi where Jesus asks his disciples “Who do people say I am? Then more directly asks his disciples who they say he is. Peter ultimately answered for all of them, “You are the Christ (Messiah), the Son of the Living God!”

CATHOLIC SCRIPTURE

When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi* he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”They replied, “Some say John the Baptist,* others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

“Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.  I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.  Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Then he strictly ordered his disciples to tell no one that he was the Messiah.” Matthew 16:13-20

 CATHOLIC COMMENTARY

Soon the title “Christ” became Jesus’ second name. It is mentioned more than 500 times in the New Testament, almost always in the composite form “Jesus Christ” or “Our Lord Jesus Christ.”  To say “Christ” was not to call Jesus by his name, but to make an affirmation about him. Christ, we know, is the Greek translation of the Hebrew Mashiah, or Messiah, and both mean “anointed.” The term derives from the fact that in the Old Testament kings, prophets and priests were consecrated through an anointing with perfumed oil.

Increasingly in the Bible there clearly is talk of a special anointed or consecrated one who will come in the end times to fulfill God’s promises of salvation to his people. The promise of the coming of the Messiah is in Gen. 3:15 where it summarizes what the Messiah will accomplish: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He will bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”

In Isaiah 9:6, the birth of the Messiah and his attributes are described, “For to us a child is born, And he will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

The Messiah must be descended from King David, ‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘When I will raise up to David a righteous Branch, a king who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In His days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. “Jeremiah 23:5-6 

The Messiah would be the Son of God, “He has said to Me, You are My Son; today I have begotten YouPs 2:7 The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, “But thou Bethlehem Ephratha, which art little to be among the thousands of Judah, out of thee shall One come forth unto Me that is to be Ruler in Israel; whose goings forth are from old, from Ancient of Days.”

The Messiah would suffer.  While the Old Testament portrays the Messiah as a glorious King as well as both a human and divine figure, it also indicates that He will suffer and be put to death only to rise miraculously (resurrection from death.)  Isaiah 52:13-53:12

The whole early tradition of the Church is unanimous in proclaiming that Jesus of Nazareth is the awaited Messiah.  Jesus himself, according to Mark, will proclaim himself such before the Sanhedrin. To the question of the High Priest: “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” He replies: “I am” (Mark 14:61 ff.).

It is puzzling somewhat the way Sunday’s Scripture reading concludes. “And he commanded them energetically not to speak about him to any one.”  However, the motive is clear. Jesus accepts being identified with the awaited Messiah, but not with the idea that Judaism had made for itself of the Messiah.

In the prevailing opinion in Jesus’ day,  the Messiah was seen as a political and military leader who would liberate Israel from pagan dominion and establish the kingdom of God on earth by force.  Jesus had to profoundly correct this idea before allowing His disciples to talk of him as the Messiah. To this end he began to teach them that the “Son of Man must suffer many things.”

The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and rise after three days. He spoke this openly. Then Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. At this he turned around and, looking at his disciples, rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.” Mark 8:30

The harsh words addressed to Peter, Get behind me, Satan!” seeking to dissuade Peter from such thoughts: “are identical with that addressed to the tempter (Satan) in the desert.  In both cases, in fact, it is about attempts to deflect Jesus from the path that the Father has indicated to him — that of the suffering servant of Yahweh –

Salvation will come from the sacrifice of himself, from “giving his life in ransom for many,” not from the elimination of the enemy. Jesus will not be fooled into following the wrong path.

Regrettably, we must state that Peter’s error has been repeated in history. Certain men of the Church, and even Successors of Peter, have behaved at certain times as if the Kingdom of God was of this world and should be affirmed with the victory (if necessary also with arms) over enemies, instead of doing so with suffering and martyrdom.

Even today, people have very diverse opinions on Jesus, is he :merely a prophet, a great teacher, a great personality, a good man etc. It has become fashionable to present Jesus in media and novels in the strangest ways. The “Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown is only the latest in a long series.

A leap of faith must be taken that does not come from the flesh or from blood, but is a gift of God which must be accepted through the humble obedience, an interior light from which faith is born. Every day there are men and women who take this leap.

One thing is certain: Those who have taken this leap will not go back for anything in the world to satisfy that hunger for the truth.   “My heart is restless until it finds its rest in Thee,”.(St. Augustine)  Like St. Hillary of Poitiers, who converted when he was an adult, they are willing to exclaim: “Before knowing you, I did not exist.”

Jesus not only poses a question to his disciples, but he does to us today:

HOW DO WE ANSWER HIM????

AND WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE IT MAKES IN OUR LIFE OF DISCIPESHIP!

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TOLERANCE IS NOT ONE OF THE CHRISTIAN VIRTUES

PROLOGUE

Back in 2015 I wrote a blog entitled “Gospel of Tolerance.  The purpose of that blog was to push back at secular laws and popular trends that were enveloping and intruding into our space as traditional Christians that hold certain God Made laws to be sacred to be followed by faithful Christians.

Enough was enough with their euphemisms, calling Euthanasia, Death with Dignity, Abortion, Women’s health care, and Same-Sex marriage, Marriage Equality. Also, judges spinning the phrase Gender Identity that would allow a biological man to use women showers and restrooms.

Some people dispute the idea that they have a nature, given by their Creator. They decide that it is not something previously given to them, but that they make it for themselves…. When freedom is so twisted into a creature creating him/herself then necessarily the Maker himself is denied.

Tolerance has became a hatchet job to suppress opposing points of views.  It wasn’t we should all just get along to go along to get along.  You also had to approve and shut your mouths or face law suits.  Those who didn’t tow the line will be punished.

Obviously, in a diverse community, tolerance is an important working principle. But it’s never an end in itself. In fact, tolerating grave evil within a society is itself a form of serious evil.”  It used to be that we could hate the sin and love the sinner, but the problem is now we’re not allowed to hate the sin anymore!

Today’s world says, we have to love the sin, celebrate the sin, and above all, stop calling it sin! Christians now find themselves in the sobering territory of the new Dark Ages, “…when evil is called good and darkness is … called light.”(Isaiah 5:20)

Under the “Gospel of Tolerance,” there is no freedom to disagree, no right to object. Well, here’s a radical piece of truth: tolerance is not listed among the Christian virtues.  Faith, Hope, Charity, justice, prudence, fortitude, and temperance — these are Christian virtues.

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THEOLOGICAL VIRTUES

The theological virtues are the foundation of Christian moral activity; they animate it and give it its special character. They inform and give life to all the moral virtues. They are infused by God into the souls of the faithful to make them capable of acting as his children and of meriting eternal life. There are three theological virtues: faith, hope, and charity.

Faith is the theological virtue by which we believe in God and believe all that he has said and revealed to us. By faith “man freely commits his entire self to God.” Hope is the theological virtue by which we desire the kingdom of heaven and eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ’s promises and relying not on our own strength, but on the help of the grace of the Holy Spirit. Charity is the theological virtue by which we love God above all things for his own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God…. The Lord Jesus says, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love.”…According to St. Paul, Charity bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”If I have not charity,” says the Apostle Paul, “I am nothing.”

CARDINAL VIRTUES

Virtues are general character traits that provide inner sanctions on our particular motives, intentions and outward conduct. These moral virtues are attitudes, dispositions, and good habits that govern one’s actions, passions, and conduct according to right reason; and are acquired by human effort.  With God’s help, they forge character and give facility in the practice of the good.  It is not easy for man, wounded by sin, to maintain moral balance. Everyone should always ask for this grace of light and strength, frequent the sacraments, cooperate with the Holy Spirit, and follow his calls to love what is good and shun evil.  The CARDINAL VIRTUES are prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance.

Prudence, is the ability to govern and discipline oneself to discern our true good in every circumstance and to choose the right means of achieving it; Justice  is the moral virtue that consists in the constant and firm will to give their due to God and neighbor. Fortitude is the moral virtue that ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of the good. It strengthens the resolve to resist temptations and to overcome obstacles in the moral life. Temperance, is the moral virtue that moderates the attraction of pleasures and provides balance in the use of created goods.

CATHOLIC COMMENTARY

In today’s blog, I am going in a different direction with the ambiguous term, TOLERANCE. In the aftermath of the racist violence in Virginia, I heard and read again calls for tolerance like that is an answer.  Our Lord Jesus Christ called us to much higher standard, to “Love our enemies, do good to those that hate you etc.

Tolerance is not enough.  In fact, often when people have reached their personal limit of tolerance they act our in a very inappropriate way, sometimes violently, to the point of calling on someone to be assassinated as in the recent post by a Missouri legislator on her face book page.

When you can’t tolerate someone anymore, what do you do, kill that person???  Burn down their property???  Send hate mail through social media??? There has to be more at our core than tolerance which is bare minimum of getting along. I think of that pitiful cry from Rodney King, “Can’t we just get along?” Getting along to go along is no answer at all unless you are in an intolerable position like those incarcerated in prison.

Tolerance is weak, insipid, and a very dangerous way to live our relationships.  How many tolerate an abusive marriage until it ends in tragedy?  How long do you tolerate that crying baby before smothering it!  How long do you tolerate that rude driver before driving into the rear end of his car?

No, much more than tolerance is expected if we are to survive as a civilized society.  We must get back to our roots.  Our roots are in our Creator.  God is love.  He needs no one but out of love created this world with suns, moons, planets, animals, trees, plants and yes, people like you and me.

God has given us everything out of Love, even His own Son to save us from ourselves.  All He asks in return is for us to love Him and our neighbor who He loves as well.  Can we return love to the Father of all???  Or are we so stuck with what we like, what we want, that anything that doesn’t meet our standard must be opposed, crushed, and obliterated.

I will close with parable of weeds and wheat, Matthew 13:24-42

The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off. When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well. The slaves of the householder came to him and said, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where have the weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ His slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn.

Then He dismissed the crowds and his disciples asked for the meaning of the parable:  He said in reply, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man, the field is the world,  the good seed the children of the kingdom. The weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age,* and the harvesters are angels. Just as weeds are collected and burned [up] with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all who cause others to sin and all evildoers. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears ought to hear.”

 

LET GOD BE GOD!

TRUST IN GOD!

 

KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE HEAVENLY KINGDOM

NOT

THE KINGDOM OF THIS WORLD

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FEAST OF ASSUMPTION OF BLESSED VIRGIN MARY INTO HEAVEN AUGUST 15

HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION

             DORMITION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

BACKGROUND

The Feast of the Assumption is a very old feast of the Church, celebrated universally by the sixth century. The feast was originally celebrated in the East, where it is known as the Feast of the Dormition, a word which means “the falling asleep.”

The Assumption is the oldest feast day of Our Lady, but we don’t know how it first came to be celebrated.

For two centuries, under pagan rule, every memory of Jesus was obliterated from the city of Jerusalem,and the sites made holy by His life, death and Resurrection became pagan temples.

It wasn’t until the time of Roman Emperor Constantine (c. 285-337) that Jerusalem began to be restored as a sacred city.  After the building of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in 336, the sacred sites began to be restored and memories of the life of Our Lord began to be celebrated by the people of Jerusalem.

One of the memories about his mother centered around the “Tomb of Mary,” where she was buried, close to Mount Zion. the highest point in ancient Jerusalem.  Also on the Mt. was the “Place of Dormition,” the spot of Mary’s “falling asleep,” where she had “died.”

When the tomb of Mary was rediscovered there were no remnants of a bodily corpse. There were no relics to display, just an empty tomb like her Son’s.  It is good to note here that Mary did not ascend into heaven like her Son did under His own power, but was taken up to heaven by God.  The Assumption completes God’s work in Mary since it was not fitting that the flesh that had given life to God himself should ever undergo corruption.

CATHOLIC CHURCH TEACHING

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which we celebrate on August 15, is defined Church dogma. In 1950, Pope Pius XII defined the dogma (Munificentissimus Deus) of the Assumption by an ex cathedra pronouncement—that is, an authoritative teaching “from the chair” of Peter.  Pope Pius XII proclaimed the Assumption of Mary a dogma of the Catholic Church in these words: “The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever-virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heaven.

Pius XII recalled the close connection of the dogmas of the Immaculate Conception (the Blessed Virgin was conceived without original sin) and her Assumption (that she was taken up to Heaven, body and soul, without seeing corruption).

“Immaculate in her conception, a most perfect virgin in her divine motherhood, the noble associate of the divine Redeemer who has won a complete triumph over sin and its consequences, finally obtained, as the supreme culmination of her privileges, that she should be preserved free from the corruption of the tomb and that, like her own Son, having overcome death, she might be taken up body and soul to the glory of heaven where, as Queen, she sits in splendor at the right hand of her Son, the immortal King of the Ages.”

Pope Pius XII expressed hope that the definition of this dogma of the Church would  inspire us in our own journey home, knowing more fully the rewards of faithful perseverance in God’s grace, hope in the promises of Christ.

CATHOLIC SCRIPTURE

PiusXII recognized numerous Scriptural allusions to the Assumption. Though the event of the Assumption is not explicit in Scripture, it is consistent with what Scripture teaches us about the effects of sin and Jesus’ love for his holy mother. ). Pius XII aquotes Psalm 132:8, which has often been read symbolically of Mary’s Assumption: “Arise, O Lord, into your resting place: you and the ark, which you have sanctified”

In the First Reading for the Solemnity of the Assumption we read, “God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple. A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars” (Revelation 11:19, 12:1).

Mary is not only the New Eve, but is also the new Ark of the Covenant as she carried God in her womb. Mary is associated with the Ark of the Covenant when she visits her cousin Elizabeth.  “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice, how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?”

These words are almost the same words David greeted the Ark of the Covenant when it was brought to him in the book of Samuel. “David became frightened of the LORD that day, and he said, “How can the ark of the LORD come to me?”…..Then David came dancing before the LORD with abandon” (2 Samuel 6:9, 14)

CATHOLIC COMMENTARY

The Assumption looks to eternity and gives us hope that we, too, will follow Our Lady when our life is ended.

The prayer for the feast reads: “All-powerful and ever-living God: You raised the sinless Virgin Mary, mother of your Son, body and soul, to the glory of heaven. May we see heaven as our final goal and come to share her glory.”

Mary’s assumption is the proof of how profitable it is to make sacrifices. Not the least of these sacrifices is the surrender of our bodily pleasures that are contrary to the will of God. The eternal reward is worth the temporal price we have to pay in self-control.

By giving up now on earth what we like but what is sinful, and enduring what is painful to us but pleasing to God, we shall enjoy Heaven with Jesus and Mary – in body and soul – in the world to come.

Life is like a voyage on the Sea, often dark and stormy.  We look for the light!, stars at night…  Mary is that light and hope, Star of the Sea, hope of salvation (Spe Salvi)  Let us turn to Mary and ask for her maternal intervention that we will find the way to heaven, our true and lasting home.

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KERYGMA AND EVANGELIZATION A CATHOLIC COMMENTARY

ACTS 2:14 PETER PROCLAIMS THE GOOD NEWS

“Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice, and proclaimed to them, “You who are Jews, indeed all of you staying in Jerusalem. Let this be known to you, and listen to my words… Jesus the Nazorean was a man commended to you by God with mighty deeds, wonders, and signs, which God worked through him in your midst, as you yourselves know.  This man, delivered up by the set plan and foreknowledge of God, you killed, using lawless men to crucify him. But God raised him up, releasing him from the throes of death, because it was impossible for him to be held by it….Therefore let the whole house of Israel know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and they asked Peter and the other apostles, “What are we to do, my brothers?” Peter [said] to them, “Repent and be baptized,* every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit….

CATHOLIC COMMENTARY

Sometimes in our attempts to evangelize we try to do too much.  Maybe it’s time to get back to basics..  Not long ago we celebrated the Feast of Pentecost.  After receiving the Holy Spirit, the disciples under the leadership of Peter went out with the first proclamation of the Good News of Jesus Christ.

This first proclamation of the Church of Christ is called kerygma. Kerygma is from a Greek word meaning “proclamation”. They proclaimed a message that was rather basic and simple.

The basic proclamation was that Jesus is the chosen Messiahof God, the one who was promised. And though he was crucified, He rose gloriously from the dead, appearing to his disciples, and having been exulted at the right hand of the Father through his ascension, now summons all to him, through the ministry of the Church.

This proclamation (kerygma) requires a response from us, that we should repent of our sins accept baptism and live in the new life which Christ is offering. There is an urgent need to conform ourselves to Christ and be prepared by him for the coming judgment.

The Apostles and Christ’s Church would go on to develop more and deeper theology from the Teachings of Jesus, for example, the theology of grace, Christology, Ecclesiology, Trinitarian theology, and so forth. But these deeper concepts could wait until the soul has first been cleansed of sin, and the darkness of mind that sin brings.

Our tendency today is to unload everything at once, to instruct converts in the whole counsel of Christ, before they are even initiated, and ask that they assent to all of it, before they are baptized, or received into the Church.

Often for example, people rush to the demands of our moral norms with little understanding or experience of the grace that life in Christ provides. Within days of entering RCIA, the students are being asked to ponder sophisticated notions of sanctifying versus actual grace, transubstantiation, Trinitarian mysteries, and so forth.

It is too easy today for people to get lost in the weeds, and to miss the essential point. God loves you, sent His only Son as Redeemer and Savior of the world, wills your happiness and salvation and with be with you now and forever and will never abandon you.

CONCLUSION

In some sense, the current times are not unlike the pagan world of Jesus. Most have not heard Christ, or the Scriptures authentically proclaimed. But rather they are besieged by a world that readily scoffs at the teachings of Christ and His Church.

 Jesus Christ, died to set us free and offer us new life. He calls to you now, that he might save you and give to you a whole new life. He died to give you this life, and having been raised from the dead, he ascended to the Father, where he is drawing you to himself even now, calling you by name, and offering you deliverance from every sinful and destructive drive, establishing you in a new, more glorious, and hopeful life. Come to him now, repent of your sins, and let him begin the good work in you.

This is the basic Kerygma. It is the starting point, the initial proclamation, the summons, the invitation: the conviction of sins, but the announcement of loving hope..

PRAYER

Jesus, my Savior, help me to accept your gift of salvation.  I am deeply sorry for having broken communion with you and my neighbor. Heal what I have hurt and strengthen what I have weakened.  I know you will never abandon me.  Prune me with your graces, make me whole again, cleanse me of my sins, and in your mercy bring me to eternal life.

(I would like to thank Msgr. Charles Pope for info on kerygma.) (FrPope.com)

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