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When Abuse Hits Home – My Parish, My Former Pastor


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As all the news is breaking today, some of it old, some new, a friend posted a link on my Facebook page and asked me if I had heard about it…

“Lay woman’s saga illustrates clerical sexual abuse of adults”

Yes. Lived through it not only as a rape survivor, but as seeing the fallout from when it takes place in the church. I do share in this woman’s sufferings. The hardest part is trying to explain it all to my children who knew him, who also received the sacraments from him. I didn’t and still don’t need to know the details.  He was removed and our LORD remains.

The days that followed after we met our FORMER pastor, my daughters handed him a gift. It was a gift of Sacred Heart purificators and a corporal. I told him, it was a gift to my children’s Shepherd.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago, as I was helping our Sacristan, I had noticed they were still there, in the Sacristy, feet away from the Tabernacle to be used. As I ponder this gift, I come to understand that it was and is, a gift to our true Shepherd. Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Lets go deeper. My parish, my priest. No matter the location, no matter the Priest, we are all in this together, as you parish, is my parish. Your Priest is my priest. That is our Lord. “Persona Christi”. The Church is our spiritual home.

I forgave him a long time ago in my heart, but some who have never heard, don’t know that the exposing of all this, is best for all of us. Its truly a cleansing we must not be embarrassed about, but rather take and understand that as our Lord said, unless a gran of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat. Change for the better comes through death of the old self, and rebirth of the new. No fears of what will the neighbors say. But rather understanding that the neighbors too, one day will have to come to grips with it also. This exposing of abuse is GOOD NEWS.

No matter what may come, our Lord has already prevailed. Cling to Him.

 

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The Hideous Wound Of Sexual Abuse


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My heart takes rest in our Lord, and His Word.  I pray for the perseverance of all.

All the abuse, in general, is all the ugliness of a hideous wound that NEEDS to heal. The only way to heal a wound, is to expose it (uncover it completely) to get the proper Medicine in to replace it.

As Catholics, we must not place another bandage over it, or anything which causes us harm, and hope it just goes away. It needs serious care. A wound as this, requires “nulla per os”, but requires strict action taken with fasting, praying, repenting, time in Adoraiton with our Lord, confession and total focus on our Lord. In other words, 24 hours a day, living our faith with Christ our Lord as the Shepherd of the entirety of our lives. Word and deeds.

John 6:68 – Simon Peter answered him, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.

Repent and believe.

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A Leopard In The Well


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I have seen some lately, painting with a broad brush, in regards to the sex abuse  in the Catholic Church. Most of which are bundling ALL Catholics together as being evil and pedophiles. To those who refuse to see the big picture in regards to this being a much bigger problem and not just Catholic, but being a serious offence in every walk of life, taking place in every institution, I offer you my prayers.

Do you know why a leopard hangs around the well? For an easy meal. It is not there to help anyone but itself to those who do not see it camouflaged before it kills. It preys on the “least”.

A leopard doesn’t change its spots. It uses them for camouflage. If one states they are a teacher, coach, priest preacher, father, mother etc, but makes a decision to use that profession as a mask for evil to sin, they are not a teacher, coach priest etc, but simply a predator in a mask, like a leopard at the well seeking another meal.

To those who say “Once a priest, always a priest” I answer you, yes. But never forget,  what our Lord demanded of  “The True Disciple.”

To the “leopards”, He sees you – REPENT. Only He can change your spots.

Notice the rope for the “leopard”. As long as it stays a “leopard”, it can not climb to escape.

 

 

 

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An Unforgiving World


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I know my blog is about my pondering, but I ask my readers this time, to ponder…

Something to ponder when you feel overwhelmed by what is taking place in this world. When you hear words like “I will never forgive __________” , or this or that is unforgivable, or we should round them all up, kick them out and kill them. Ponder also when we say these things ourselves and think about how many others live this way, unable to forgive for anything. Ponder how some souls in your own life, who you love dearly, refuse to forgive you and how it makes you feel.

Now, look at our Lord on the cross, and remember His words:

“Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”

How can we expect or demand peace, in such an unforgiving world?

By forgiving and keeping our focus on what is above.

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Our Environment And The Last Straw


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“Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Matt 19:24

As many of you have heard, California lawmakers have passed a law making it a crime,  banning the distribution or sale of plastic straws, to help combat the ocean of plastic garbage which is putting all God’s creatures in danger.

In my humble opinion, this law and many like it being imposed on American citizens, may help as much as tossing a lounge chair off the Titanic so as to avoid sinking. We in this nation, have an infrastructure to handle the recycling of plastics, aluminum and other items, in such a way, it has become an industry in of itself. Most if not all city’s and municipality’s have trash pick up along with recycle pick up, that we place at the curb, making tons of money off the process. Which not only keep our towns and city’s much cleaner, but manage to put many souls to work, creating jobs for people all over this nation.

Who is tossing out all this garbage? We are. We, being human beings across the world. The problem is NOT overpopulation. The problem is not the use of plastics. The problem IS not providing for the needs of the least among us. Our brothers and sisters living in conditions in areas of the world that have never known any other way.

Now, lets look at the number one problem of the worlds plastic garbage issues which IS killing our Lords creatures…

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Africa 

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Haiti

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CLICK HERE for the video

River of Garbage in the Indian capital of Delhi

CLICK HERE for the video of the

A River of Plastic Waste in Guatemala

 

China

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Have we helped any nation to build an infrastructure as this? Have we provided for the needs of our brothers and sisters in third world nations where trash is simply tossed out the front door? Have we educated children and adults on the subject, in other nations in regards to how we all share this planet that our Lord has made? Or have we just been hoping and praying someone else will take care of it?

The reality is folks, If you seek to clean and care for the environment, you MUST care for the needs of human beings first. If we seek to save the sea turtle and the dolphin, for it to be a success, we must strive to save the human being first and foremost. It is we who save them.

Place God first, and all else falls into place..

Never forget that our Lord was Crucified in a garbage dump.

‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

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Time To Build


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Is your house built on sand? Or is your house built on Rock?

All through my blog, I have mentioned that, my children, I have been given by our Lord, are not mine to keep. They will one day, also be called back to our Lord. Therefore, they belong to Him. I am but a steward and must raise them with our faith in knowing this fact. Life is a gift.

Also, tanking into account, the 50 anniversary of the release Humanae Vitae was yesterday, I feel a deep need to share again, a fact of my conversion back home to our Lord and our Catholic faith, being in the form of a question that was asked yesterday via twitter to #AskTheQuestion

Along with the sex abuse scandal again making the news, this time in the form of one of our Cardinals (SEE HERE), its a good time to build. Build up souls again to understand our faith in not in the beauty of the buildings, the members of the Church, the Priests, the Nuns, or anyone else. Our faith is in our Lord, Jesus Christ. Who is the High Priest of all of us. When we place our faith in anyone but our Lord, we fail and collapse.

“The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone” (Ps 118:22).
“He is ‘the stone rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone'”. (Acts 4:11).
“Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD: See, I am laying a stone in Zion, a stone that has been tested, A precious cornerstone as a sure foundation; whoever puts faith in it will not waver.” (Is 28:18)
“…as it is written: ‘Behold, I am laying a stone in Zion that will make people stumble  and a rock that will make them fall, and whoever believes in him shall not be put to shame.'” (Rom 9:33)

There is an excellent video that I must share… Please take time to watch, and listen.

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Political Hydrophobia


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Look at yourself. Are you gnashing your teeth? Foaming at the mouth at everything? Snarling and growling. Lashing out at everyone, even those close to you? Feel a need to destroy everyone who doesn’t agree with you? Do you accuse others of every phobia known to man? Do you thirst for vengeance and retribution?

It seems our nation and many others have a bad case of Rabid Politics. Political Hydrophobia. Its very contagious and knows no boundaries. All suffer for it.

The cure is simple. Return to your first Love and drink again from the streams of eternal life.

Repent and believe.

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