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The Good News


Good News

You can’t simply delete history by trying to destroy it. All you do by trying is add to its lunacy.

Repent and proclaim the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ, by LIVING it

LIVE the faith. Live in Him

“Do not be afraid to take a chance on peace, to teach peace, to live peace. Peace will be the last word of history” – St. Pope John Paul II

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Useless Without Jesus Christ


 

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This past Thursday, as I attended Holy Mass, there was a slight disturbance that took place which broke into a deep sense of pondering it.

We also look at distractions as nothing more than aggravations or personal spiritual attacks,  which take place to disturb us from where WE want to be, and seldom look at them as a means to ponder our Lord more deeply.

Just before the liturgy of the Word at Holy Mass, as the Lector began to read, she realized that the microphone was not working. She fumbled about trying to get it to work for a while and after a few silent moments summonsed the altar servers and they went into the back to turn them on. As I was focused on the problem, I realized my attention was taken away from our Lord. It was a moment of silence in which I heard our our distinctively say to me, “Pray”. And in that very moment of hearing Him, I prayed for the problem to be fixed. The very second my interior prayer ended, the microphones worked and the Lector continued on. It was not me who made this work. It was not me who did anything. I did nothing. It was our Lord who did everything. And this is true for all prayers. Its not us who make the flowers grow. We dig the holes and plant the seeds, we water them and it is our Lord who makes them grow.

As I pondered this moment in the last few days I came to see how helpless and useless we truly are without the direction of our Lord.  In that moment of silence, my focus being on the little distraction, and not on Him, I couldn’t even remember to pray for this issue for her to come to a close, without the direction of our Lord to have to tell me to pray. And in that moment, He showed me that in asking, we truly do receive and “without me you can do nothing”.

How deep a fact that is of our Lord, to come to grips with this? It draws me into John 5:30, in which our Lord says, “I cannot do anything on my own; I judge as I hear, and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the one who sent me.”

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

 

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Reports Of Civil War


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According to the “media” there is a “civil war” inside the Catholic Church over “doctrine”….

 

Has it dawned on anyone that there really isn’t?  Can the left index finger declare war against the right index finer on the same “Body”? The only “war” that exists, is between souls out of communion with our Lord, and our Lord. “Enter through the narrow gate.” comes to heart and mind.

“Jesus answered and said to him, “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.” – John 14:23

 

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Can You Hear Me?


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One thing I have been doing since my conversion is listening. Listening and paying attention to not only what is going on around me, but hanging on every word of our Lord, so I could listen to the souls around me and become part of their solution, on the journey home for all of us, rather then add to the confusion. The problem I tend to see is that when I am in pain, there is isolation. I have not found the heart besides our Lords that is willing to listen to me. Willing to hear and feel the excruciating pain that I have in this “place”. A good Facebook Priest friend had posted this today and it echo’s exactly what we need, I need, from our Spiritual Directors and all our Priests, religious and Laity. Not to mention in our own homes and family’s. To often we become distracted by our own idea of what someone is trying to say, we fail to listen to what they are actually saying and rather then hear them, we place our own words in their mouths thinking we got it right, when the reality is, its totally wrong.

So many times I have tried to explain to my Pastor things that have been happening, be it in the Parish Community or in my personal life that need serious attention and more often then not, I get the same response, “I don’t have time right now, go tell ____________________ (fill in the blank). Leaving the Ministry’s placed in my hands, falling into a state of serious needs. And of course the next response when something goes wrong is, Why didn’t you tell me……

I often wonder, how many souls are in hell today because someone didn’t have time to listen to them….

“A pervasive societal narcissism threatens to seep down into the minds of us all…The antidote to narcissism and the perennial core of ministry begins very simply: listen. But listen not as a reference to ourselves…We listen by moving out of ourselves trying to connect, to really understand, to live with the other…When you really listen to someone, just for a moment, you sense a deeper connection, heart to heart. The other person senses the deep connection as well. They no longer feel alone. And this connection, this burst of grace, stays with you; it stays with them…True listening requires from us a willingness to open ourselves to the other, heart to heart. When we feel their pain; we feel echoes of our own pain. When we are vulnerable, we open ourselves to being hurt. We are exposed and this can be frightening. I think that this is one reason why we do not listen. We do not want to get involved, to risk our hearts. But this is the price to get the ‘smell of the sheep’ on us. Benedict XVI spoke to us of loneliness. He said that real total loneliness, ‘which is not penetrated and transformed by another,’ is ‘what theology calls hell.’ Hell is isolation. Ministry breaks through this isolation. It form a human bond. This bond between us human beings is the building block of unity and community. It is thus the building block of heaven. If hell is isolation, heaven is communion.”
-Msgr Stephen Rossetti, at the Commencement Address at St Mary’s Seminary, Baltimore, MD

The simplest form of mercy, is to listen to another soul. Another form of mercy is to embrace them with the words our Lord gives to us.

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Spiritual


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How many times do you hear: I never go to Mass, I’m a good person, but I don’t follow any faith or “religion” but I’m “Spiritual”.

The bigger question is, what “Spirit” are you following? If you’re not following Jesus Christ, then you need to ask yourself this question. The reason we are Christian is the fact we follow Jesus Christ. We do what He tells us to do. Especially in regards to “obedience”.

Todays gospel reminds us that the devil, who is also “Spiritual” knows Jesus Christ to be the Son of God. All “Spirits” know Him. The evil ones are the ones who refuse to follow Him. They do everything in their power not to follow Him. They do not believe Him. To “Believe” means to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so. Thus we “Listen” to what He tells us to do, because we know it to be the correct path. We do it because we love Him.

Ask yourself again, what “spirit” am I following if I am not following Jesus Christ?

At the end of the gospels, all of them, by the end of our Lords ministry, all the Disciples of Christ, know who He is. “Who do you say that I am?”.

When we seek Him, we can find Him. We desire only to stay with Him. In “Communion” with Him. To receive Him and for Him to receive us. To love and serve Him. In all that we do. He makes it known, He is with us, in love. Without a doubt. His presence we encounter in the Holy Eucharist, becomes His presence in us, that we may share Him with all we encounter.

“Gospel, Mark 1:21-28

21 They went as far as Capernaum, and at once on the Sabbath he went into the synagogue and began to teach.

22 And his teaching made a deep impression on them because, unlike the scribes, he taught them with authority.

23 And at once in their synagogue there was a man with an unclean spirit, and he shouted,

24 ‘What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Holy One of God.’

25 But Jesus rebuked it saying, ‘Be quiet! Come out of him!’

26 And the unclean spirit threw the man into convulsions and with a loud cry went out of him.

27 The people were so astonished that they started asking one another what it all meant, saying, ‘Here is a teaching that is new, and with authority behind it: he gives orders even to unclean spirits and they obey him.’

28 And his reputation at once spread everywhere, through all the surrounding Galilean countryside.

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Child Of God


“Child of God”. What exactly does it mean to be a child of God? This is what it means to me….

When I was in grammar school, I had become friends with a girl who in many ways, became a good friend. Only today, can I truly appreciate this particular situation that had taken place on her birthday.

I was in many ways an introvert. Although I had some friends, I could only be comfortable having one good friend at a time. I always sought the deeper meaning to why I wasn’t enticed to the external world. There was a peace I had found in spending time alone, but a lot of turbulence in not being able to merge life and living, as EVERYONE my age was doing, with the inner peace and solitude I found comfort in. The reality was, I was struggling with what the world wanted me to be, rather then what God intended me to be.

My friend, was an extrovert. She always seemed to be going places, meeting many people, participating in programs after school and I loved that about her. That aspect of her persona sparked in me and I wanted to do these things too. But I didn’t know how. I had for so long thought something was wrong with me because I wasn’t like the other kids, I started to believe, something was wrong with me because I wasn’t just like everyone else.

Her birthday was coming and it was all everyone was talking about at school. There was this great party planned it was the talk of our school. EVERYONE was going. EVERYONE was going to be there. I got the invitation and when I got home, I hid it and never told my mom, but told my friend, I would be there. There was a fear that by attending this party, I would be leaving what I had come to know. Where I was comfortable. On a different occasion, she had invited me to go someplace with her and her brother and her dad. I wanted to go SO bad. She had a horse and I loved horses but hers was a race horse and he was going to be at a racetrack. When I asked my dad if I could go, he shook his head and told me what kind of a family takes children to a place like that. NO! Immediately followed. I was crushed. I had no idea what things could take place there, all I knew at that age was there was a horse and I wanted to see him. Its only now that I can see my dad was protecting me. Sheltering me from things, that might have been, I had no business to see at my young age. As innocent as it was in my mind. Its not that they were a bad family, they were not, its the place they were going was out of my dads reach. He couldn’t keep an eye on me to ENSURE I was going to be OK.

The day of her party came and I was playing outside. My mom came to me and said, your friend in on the phone wondering where you are! Today is her party and your not there! Why didn’t you tell me about this! I looked down in shame and said I didn’t want to go. My mom knew I really liked my friend. She had introduced me to a softball and I had joined a teem we played together on also. My mom pulled me inside and told me; you told her you were going, your going! She cleaned me up and drove me to the party and when it was over, brought me back home. During the party, all the kids had a great time! Including me! I might not have danced as much, but I enjoyed the fact everyone else was having fun!

Such is life. God the Father drives us here and picks us up when the party is over. All the while, knowing where we are at every second. While at the party, many things can happen and do. There are souls who want to go to other party’s, because the one we are all at isn’t fun enough and leave without asking “Dads” permission or telling “Him” where they are going. Thinking He will never know. We forget that when He drops us off at the party, we are not alone. He sends His “Body Guards” with us to keep an eye on us the entire time because He loves us. If we do something at the party before asking Him, and it gets us tangled in a big mess, He is there to free us and our Brother comes to bail us out. The key is not to wait until the mess is big but rather seek His permission before the mess could be made. If we get into a situation where we promise someone that we are going to be there for them, We are promising to God. God gives us “extra spending money”, everything you will need for the things at the party, meaning the gifts we need to ensure the decision we have made, and live within His boundaries, then this is “Dad” telling us, it is OK, but ask Me first.

I love you Dad.

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