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Easter: Seek The Living


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“Do not be afraid!
I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified.
He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said.
Come and see the place where he lay.
Then go quickly and tell his disciples,
‘He has been raised from the dead, 
and he is going before you to Galilee;
there you will see him.’
Behold, I have told you.”

 

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Holy Thursday: Examination


0100359_christ-the-servantWhat does it mean to examine something but to look deep and see if there is something wrong and if there is, a cure is available.

As I contemplate this Holy Thursday, the words of the disciples come to my heart. The beginning of the examination of conscious. After the fact of the sin, the harm we cause, can not be changed, but is forgiven. Driving us, not to commit that harm ever again on another. 

Is it I, Lord? And another asked, is it I Lord? Is it I Lord? Humility asks if I have caused harm and seeks to rectify it. Pride does not. All but one, returned to our Lord, to ask pardon for having inflicted harm on Him.  One, did not and took the Bread of Life into his own hands. Not turning back to Christ, but away from Him.  

All of us have betrayed our Lord . All of us. All of us have. Its called sin.  The difference is, we are still here and have a choice to turn back like the rest of the twelve did, through The Sacrament of Reconciliation, thus enabling us to receive our Lord again, in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  

After this, and the leaving of Judas, we find our Lord already washing the feet of those who would turn back to Him.  Proving again, He loved us first. The question that remains to be answered? Do you love Him?

Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come
to pass from this world to the Father.
He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.
The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over.
So, during supper, 
fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power 
and that he had come from God and was returning to God, 
he rose from supper and took off his outer garments.
He took a towel and tied it around his waist.
Then he poured water into a basin 
and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist.

 

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Holy Week – Building Up Again


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The out pouring of hearts in regards to the burning of Notre Dame Cathedral has been a silent moment of pure grace, in which I pray we all hold on to. Notre Dame, intercede for us.

 

I find myself pondering this moment, in regards to how many times we burn ourselves down by our sins, becoming nothing but heaps of ash, and therefore repenting, turning back to our Lord, we come to realize with His grace, it is He who remains unscathed, to rebuild the temple within us back up, “I Am reminded: “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”, as He has created us to be. Lent begins with ash, and ends with Resurrection.

Its not worth getting upset about what Notre Dame may look like after it is rebuilt as they petition the architects to come together.. What matters is if our Lord is present. I ponder Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan and how he turned the concentration camp in Vietnam into a cathedral and the palm of his hand into an altar. He turned his shirt pocket into a tabernacle.

Even as many were amazed at him—
so marred were his features,
beyond that of mortals
his appearance, beyond that of human beings— Isaiah 52:14

Something else grabbed my attention today.

For all the people complaining about all that money being pledged to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral and NOT to feed the poor, it was not Jesus who said that, but Judas.

The Anointing at Bethany.

Then Judas the Iscariot, one [of] his disciples, and the one who would betray him, said,“Why was this oil not sold for three hundred days’ wages* and given to the poor?”He said this not because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief and held the money bag and used to steal the contributions.e

The building is the house of the Community where the Church comes together to feed the hungry. “He said, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The teacher says, my appointed time draws near; in your house I shall celebrate the Passover with my disciples.” The building belongs to the French Gov. The Vatican gives what it has. Just as anyone else, who can give what they can.

Today, this Tuesday of Holy Week, is the day before “Spy Wednesday”.  The day in which Judas, after turning his back on the Light, grabbed hold of his idol in the dark instead and sold our Lord for thirty pieces of silver. We all may want to ponder what that 30 pieces of silver bought him, and keep our Lord.

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 Giovanni Canavesio (1450 – 1500) , hanged Judas

 

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His Support Bridge


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Have you ever looked at our Lord on the cross and thought about Him being the support to cross the chasm into eternal life?

This morning before Holy Mass, as I sat in prayer, my eyes fixed on our Lord on the cross, and I began to think about His body as the support holding the bridge, which souls cross over into heaven.

If you have ever looked at a bridge head on, the supports beneath it, hold up the life that crosses over.

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The photo above of the Brooklyn Bridge, you can see how another support is needed. As I pondered our Lord as the Bridge to eternal life, I also seen myself crucified with Him, as all who follow Him are to be. What we the faithful are commanded by our Lord to do, is to hold up our end of the bargain in this life. As I pondered Him on the cross, holding up my end of the bargain simply means to believe, and live the faith that has been given to us from the beginning. Never letting go of His hand and clinging to Him in such a way to ensure the Bridge does not collapse and becomes impassable.

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The  impassable bridge is the one in which the soul has completely let go of our Lord’s hand, and has taking things into their own hands. Presuming to be greater than our Lord and His sacrifice. Presuming to be able to pass in another way in which our Lord has not.

It was an amazing through to me this morning. To see that all of us are a support for one another in exile, is to see each soul being built in the image of Christ. Therefore we must hold up our end of the barging in this life, where we have been placed, in our family, as if we let go of His hand, the fallen span for others becomes more treacherous and not made simpler for our neighbor.

On this Laetare Sunday, the forth Sunday of Lent, let us remember that our lives are not about us, but rather all of us.

Blessed is the man who perseveres in temptation,* for when he has been proved he will receive the crown of life that he promised to those who love him.”

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To The Cross With Christ


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As I am pondering this coming Sunday’s Gospel in Lectio Divina: ” “Master, it is good for us to be here!” And they do not want to get off the mountain any more! When it is question of the cross, whether on the Mount of the Transfiguration or on the Mount of Olives (Lk 22:45), they sleep! They prefer the glory to the cross! ” – I have been struggling with the subject of allowing children of same sex couples seeking admittance into Catholic schools, from the moment I first heard it.

First, let me say that the very fact these children have been robbed of the natural right to a home with their biological mother and a father, is the first thing that concerned me. If parenting didn’t require the attributes of both man and woman, natural creation would in fact be very different.   Each of us, has that natural right of God at the moment of conception. When our natural rights are stripped away, its always due to the selfishness of others, who seek to legitimize their own “idea” of Love and compassion, with regard for legitimizing their own sin to make it look more acceptable not only to themselves, but to others.

The sin of the parents, can not be held against the child. Someone brought up the point of how others, heterosexual parents and single parents are allowed to place their children in Catholic Schools. I would like to address one point here again which comes to mind regarding same sex parents: The sin of the parents, can not be held against the child.

I want to add to the discussion, why I have struggled with this.  Someone made a point in saying it, (Allowing children of same sex marriages into Catholic Schools) would drive souls away from sending their children to Catholic School. What no one is addressing is the amount of children from Practicing Catholics who are Home schooled now, due to the problems we already have in our Catholic Schools. That problem being over population of Non-Practicing Catholics who falsely believe its the schools job to teach the faith. Its a false hope many have.  Catholic home schooling is growing in large numbers. Very pious Catholic family’s who either can not afford Catholic Education, or Catholic family’s who have already seen, what can and has taken place in Catholic Schools, in which parents do not practice the faith, and their children not living the faith, becoming a “stumbling block” for placing their children into the system, which peer pressure becomes an added cross placed into the “nest” and seriously threatens the faith of the entire family.

There is a large group here in San Diego who would rather teach their own children and socialize with the Home School’s family’s then to place their children into the Catholic School system. Mainly due to the issues all mentioned here. For the LONGEST time, I felt a need to make sure my children, although we are completely broke, attend Catholic School. Its only now that my daughter is in 8th grade and about to graduate, that I have come to find out, NONE of her close friends attend Mass every Sunday nor do they regularly receive the sacraments, nor are even trying to live the Catholic Faith. I started to notice how my daughter didn’t want to join the Catholic Youth Group, because her friends were not joining. Not wanting to hang out with any of the clubs that often do community service, because her close friends were not. I understand it now, why the home school groups are a tight nit group. Its a matter of protecting the “Nest”. What happened or is happening with my daughter? We can always chalk it up to peer pressure, but when the peer pressure is coming from the Catholic School to NOT participate in the faith, its already a failed system in which many are trying to figure out this exact question. The Catholic School is not the teacher of the faith. Parents are responsible for teaching the faith to their children and in fact, living it with them. Think of our faith in regards to it being like a different language. If you seek to learn a new language, but no one at home speaks this language, what becomes of all you are learning? What becomes of the soul who does not practice, does not put it to use? It is tossed aside and forgotten. A Catholic School is ONLY as good as the parents living the faith within it. The Catholic School is there to REINFORCE the faith of the Church. 

Another question that comes up is why would a same sex parent even want to place a child they have taken in, into a Catholic School that does not teach what they believe? Is it for attention? Is it spite? Is it to prove a point? Is it because they truly seek to have the child live a faith filled life in which they themselves are struggling with? Here again is the issue of assuming the Catholic School is there to teach the children the faith.  Its not. Again, the Catholic School is there to reinforce the faith of the Church. The children and the parents are a Pastoral issue. No different than nonpracticing Catholics who have placed themselves out of communion. 

Why have I personally been struggling with this, when its not even an issue with me? Because I love. Not only do my sins effect me, but they effect everyone, not just who I am around, but everyone.  Although the sin may be forgiven, the residual effects of that sin can not be taken away. When we sin, it is against our Lord and every soul in Christ. 

Why have I been struggling at all? Because I have become “comfortable” with the suffering I already have. Like St. Peter at the Transfiguration, I wanted to stay there in “my comfort” with the Glorious Messiah, and not continue on back down the mountain to finish this journey with the Servant Messiah.  How can I not allow more suffering, if it is for the glory of our Lord? If my suffering is joined to our Lord’s, it is in fact no longer my suffering. My suffering is not even mine, but His, and to this I my heart demands that I let our Lord lead the way and continue on to the cross with Him. This is the struggle I believe we all face, in regards to something “different” entering in our “normal” lives. The more we struggle with it, the more painful it becomes as we fight between God’s will and our will.  “My Father, if it is not possible that this cup pass without my drinking it, your will be done!”. My wants for others to be holy and great Catholics, living the faith daily, placing our Lord first, loving and serving Him, although good, does not mean that others want it. “Fatherforgive themthey know not what they do.”

If our faith is placed in our Lord, we can not be overcome by the world. Mercy is the answer, as the Son of Justice will come to us all. To not receive a child in His name, (anti-life- not open to receive another life, the life of another who is sick with sin and suffering) would not benefit any of us. And we would simply be clinging to our fears of sin, and our fears of “sinners”, over our fear of the Lord. This does not mean we skew the Truth as we take on those who do not Believe. We adhere to the Truth of our Lord, teaching as it is, Truth, in love and mercy, allowing others to use their free will to accept it, or reject it. Just my two cents. I surrender to our Lord. His will be done.

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Visible Evil Today


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If you want to know what is going on, why there is SO much visible evil today, the answer to your question to what is going on is very simple.

Grace. God’s grace to see things as they are, to repent and to run back to Him. That is what is happening – “Where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more”

Use this time wisely. Get things in order. Get back on His path. Make a change for the better. For the good.

Repent

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International Women’s Day 2019


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When a man takes hormones, puts on a skirt and heals, and has sex reassignment surgery, he is not a woman. He is a man who has/had surgery, takes hormones and wears women’s clothing. NOTHING about him nor what he has done, will ever make him a woman.

EVER.

When a woman takes hormones, puts on a tie, and has sex reassignment surgery, she is not a man. She is a woman who has/had surgery, takes hormones and wears men’s clothing. NOTHING about her nor what she has done, will ever make her a man.

EVER.

26 l Then God said: Let us make human beings in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the tame animals, all the wild animals, and all the creatures that crawl on the earth.

27 God created mankind in his image;

in the image of God he created them;

male and female he created them.

On this International Woman’s day, I am not afraid to stand up for WOMEN.

I am not afraid to profess the TRUTH that we are created male and female. No matter what we may identify as, no matter how our sins disfigure us. No one can take the two and make them other than what they were created to be. Although some may take the bait of temptation, and go a route they choose, we are not what we choose to create ourselves to be.

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