Thursday, April 29, 2010
Here is Meditation XVI:
PERCHANCE he for whom this bell tolls may be so ill, as that he knows not it tolls for him; and perchance I may think myself so much better than I am, as that they who are about me, and see my state, may have caused it to toll for me, and I know not that. The bell tools for a sick parishioner or perhaps for him (Donne was deathly ill)
The church is Catholic, universal, so are all her actions; all that she does belongs to all. When she baptizes a child, that action concerns me; for that child is thereby connected to that body which is my head too, and ingrafted into that body whereof I am a member. ( The Mystical Body of Christ) And when she buries a man, that action concerns me: all mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated; God employs several translators; some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some by justice; but God's hand is in every translation, and his hand shall bind up all our scattered leaves again for that library where every book shall lie open to one another. (Donne is referring to our judgement)
As therefore the bell that rings to a sermon calls not upon the preacher only, but upon the congregation to come, so this bell calls us all; but how much more me, who am brought so near the door by this sickness. There was a contention as far as a suit (in which both piety and dignity, religion and estimation, were mingled), which of the religious orders should ring to prayers first in the morning; and it was determined, that they should ring first that rose earliest. If we understand aright the dignity of this bell that tolls for our evening prayer, we would be glad to make it ours by rising early, in that application, that it might be ours as well as his, whose indeed it is. The bell doth toll for him that thinks it doth; and though it intermit again, yet from that minute that that occasion wrought upon him, he is united to God. Who casts not up his eye to the sun when it rises? but who takes off his eye from a comet when that breaks out? Who bends not his ear to any bell which upon any occasion rings? but who can remove it from that bell which is passing a piece of himself out of this world?
No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. (we are all interconnected) If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were: any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee. Neither can we call this a begging of misery, or a borrowing of misery,(Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own - Matthew 6:34). as though we were not miserable enough of ourselves, but must fetch in more from the next house, in taking upon us the misery of our neighbours. Truly it were an excusable covetousness if we did, for affliction is a treasure, and scarce any man hath enough of it. No man hath affliction enough that is not matured and ripened by and made fit for God by that affliction. If a man carry treasure in bullion, or in a wedge of gold, and have none coined into current money, his treasure will not defray him as he travels. Tribulation is treasure in the nature of it, but it is not current money in the use of it, except we get nearer and nearer our home, heaven, by it. Another man may be sick too, and sick to death, and this affliction may lie in his bowels, as gold in a mine, and be of no use to him; but this bell, that tells me of his affliction, digs out and applies that gold to me: if by this consideration of another's danger I take mine own into contemplation, and so secure myself, by making my recourse to my God, who is our only security.
" The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were accustomed to fast.People came to Jesus and objected, “Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?”Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them?" Here Jesus refers himself as the bridegroom.
John the Baptist also writes when people are asking if he (John the Baptist) is the Christ:" You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.’ The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom's voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. He must increase, but I must decrease.”
Jesus is that bridegroom. This is important to grasp: what is a bride and a bridegroom? In our over sexually stimulated modern culture, we focus strictly on the sexual nature of a man and a woman. This is a narrow and limited view of what a nuptial union is. A true bridegroom is one who chooses to give everything to his wife. He is surrendering his very self to be united with his bride. She the bride, is doing likewise. In this self giving a new creation is made a marriage of two becomes one. Christ is here to marry each and everyone of us. He wants to be united with us. His total self giving came at the cross and he wants us to be wed to Him, so that we may be one. "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me."
Catherine of Siena recognized Christ as her bride at an early age. This enabled her to do great things, not without suffering of course. Our spiritual training and growth are preparing us to be wedded with the Eternal Love, so that we may be united with the Holy Trinity and celebrate the joy as one does on their wedding day.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
If you as a Catholic do not know who St. Louis Marie De Montfort is, it would be a wonderful idea to get to know him. He was much like St. Francis in that he gave away everything he had. His life is one of love, obedience, perseverance and devotion.
Here courtesy of americancatholic.org: Louis's life is inseparable from his efforts to promote genuine devotion to Mary, the mother of Jesus and mother of the Church.Totus tuus(completely yours) was Louis's personal motto; Karol Wojtyla chose it as his episcopal motto.
Born in the Breton village of Montfort, close to Rennes (France), as an adult Louis identified himself by the place of his Baptism instead of his family name, Grignion. After being educated by the Jesuits and the Sulpicians, he was ordained as a diocesan priest in 1700.
Soon he began preaching parish missions throughout western France. His years of ministering to the poor prompted him to travel and live very simply, sometimes getting him into trouble with Church authorities. In his preaching, which attracted thousands of people back to the faith, Father Louis recommended frequent, even daily, Holy Communion (not the custom then!) and imitation of the Virgin Mary's ongoing acceptance of God's will for her life.
Louis founded the Missionaries of the Company of Mary (for priests and brothers) and the Daughters of Wisdom, who cared especially for the sick. His book, True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, has become a classic explanation of Marian devotion.
Louis died in Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre, where a basilica has been erected in his honor. He was canonized in 1947.
St. Louis de Montfort Pray for US
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love only what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.
Guard me so, O Holy Spirit, that I may always be holy.
Monday, April 26, 2010
The great Saints depicted in Fra Angelico's Coronation of the Virgin (St. Thomas, St Benedict, St. Dominic, St. Francis, St. Peter Martyr and St. Mark) all lived united to God's will. What a joy, what peace! The road there does not come without a price, just as Christ's gift of love does not come with a cross. The grace that converts us all makes us desire the Father's will. Jesus will not let go of us once we are in His hand. Mary Queen of Peace Pray for Us that we may be united to your Son. Amen
Sunday, April 25, 2010
St. Mark is of course the author of the Gospel of Mark, and he was a rather interesting person. He was known by both his Greek name Joannes and his Latin name Marcus, John Mark or simply Mark. He is the son of Mary of Jerusalem (Acts 12:12, 25). The woman whose home Peter flees to after escaping prison. He was a cousin of Barnabas and companion of Paul (Col 4:10; Acts 13:5, 13; 14:36-41). He was a disciple of both Peter in Rome (1 Peter 5:13) and with Paul also in Rome (Col 4:10; Philem 24; 2Tim 4:11). Many theologians attribute him to be the naked young man in his own Gospel account (Mark 14:51-52). Mark wrote his gospel somewhere between 40 and 70 A.D. His audience was to the Gentile Christians living in Rome. Mark's Gospel has no real outline to it. It appears as though he was taking Peter's accounts and weaving them together. He devotes three chapters (Mark 14-16) to the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus.
Mark's themes are:
The Good News (Mark 1:1) He uses the phrase good news more frequently than any other evangelist, Jesus the Messiah and Son of God Who is Jesus? Jesus is (Mark 2:7;4:41;8:29;41:61-62) Messianic Secret Jesus silences identification of him as the Messiah (Mark 1:25,34; 3:12; 5:43; 7:26; 8:26, 30;9:9) Jesus the Son of Man the suffering Messiah, three passion predictions (Mark 8:31; 9:31; 10:33), Cost of Discipleship Take up Cross (Mark 8:34-38) Mark's is the shortest Gospel yet it is "action packed" he uses the word euthus Greek for immediately 40 times. He emphasizes Jesus battle with the "kingdom of Satan. If you want to read an excellent commentary on Mark get a copy of "The Gospel of Mark" by Mary Healy. Mark's symbol portrayed in art is that of the lion. St. Mark pray for us.
Saturday, April 24, 2010
John in both his Gospel and his two letters, (Peter also) makes it a point to testify to the fact that they saw Jesus with their own two eyes and that they acknowledge that he is God Incarnate. The primary aspect of Christianity, that is missed by modern man is that we Christians do not follow, what Peter described as " cleverly devised myths," we are not subscribing to a set of principles or to an order of philosophical precepts that we developed as a way of life. Jesus Christ was a real person, who lived in human history. The revelation of the Gospels by those who lived with him, who ate, slept, walked, and witnessed him is clear: Jesus was God. God who became a man. The life we live as followers of Christ is to become like Him. We abide in Him and He abides in us. This is a process by which we are converted from the worldy person to the Godly person. Paul wrote: "Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." (we subscribed to be perfect, not that we are perfect)
And also: "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."
This transformation requires our participation in God's grace. It is freely given to us and we are free to accept or reject it. It is an open invitation to the divine life. Modern thinkers cannot or will not understand that this is not on par with anything else man can can ponder or philosophize about. That is precisely why John, and Peter testify to the man Jesus. They were transformed by His love and grace. They witnessed something beyond this world. They witnessed His glory. I personally have witnessed Him in my own conversion, not with my human eyes but with my soul. This is beyond anything I could realize without His grace, and I have spent a great deal of my life seeking and searching, I have pondered much. I will testify that to taste what is the Glory of Jesus Christ, the Living God, is to be changed permanently, and nothing is more beautiful and perfect than Christ working through a fool like me.
Everything the sun touches is bathed in light. Lord, fill me with your clarity, make me share in your divinity so that I may identify my will with your adorable Will and become the instrument you wish me to be. Give me the madness of the humiliation you underwent, which led you to be born poor, to work in obscurity, to the shame of dying sewn with nails to a piece of wood, to your self-effacement in the Blessed Sacrament.
—May I know myself: may I know myself and know you. I will then never lose sight of my nothingness.
Furrow - Josemaria Escriva
Much of what the world's desires is designed to prop up one's ego. We are not even satisfied with how we appear to each other. We have to have the latest fashions and whiter teeth. We spend so much time on useless worldly things that say and reinforce one of two things "I am important" or" I need to be more important," instead of focusing on the eternal, we focus on the expedient. If you believe in Jesus Christ but yet invest most of your time in the trappings and allurements of the secular world, things that are designed to give glory to you or to someone other than God, you are cheating God, you are worse than a non-believer. The only way to Jesus Christ is through the Cross. The only way to the Cross is through humility. When you carry all the things that glitter and fill your pockets with the material life, you have nothing left, no strength to carry the Cross.
Friday, April 23, 2010
"The LORD is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack.In green pastures you let me graze; to safe waters you lead me; you restore my strength. You guide me along the right path for the sake of your name."
The passage does not start out with the words "the Lord is our shepherd" but rather "the Lord is my shepherd." This implies God is to lead you in your life personally. God knows you better than you know yourself and in seeking His guidance and wisdom, you are making the better choice in how to walk in the path of righteousness and to grow in holiness. The Lord is your spiritual "personal trainer," and in our surrender to His wisdom, we do not put ourselves on "autopilot" and think that all we have to do is show up. A personal trainer is going to demand that you commit to the tasks he asks of you, you will trust him in the instructions and training. In our journey as faithful followers of Jesus Christ we defer to what His calling is for each one of us individually. God is not a one size fits all solution. If you don't believe that just read the Bible. God is a personal God. What He may ask of me may be entirely different than what He may ask of you. I'm speaking of course beyond our obedience to the Commandments, that is the prerequisite to knowing and loving God in any relationship. The paradox of course is that we follow a leader, whom we cannot see or hear as we typically comprehend, but through our faith we will be led by the true Light of our lives whose path is clear and uninhibited.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
It speaks to so many of the things that I feel. Catholicism is treasure and something worth fighting for. We are engaged in a battle with the secular world. Many Catholics have bought into that world and rejected their faith. Others are lukewarm about their faith. Jesus had something to say about being lukewarm.
Here is a passage from Furrow that reflects on how we discard that which has been given to us, our beautiful faith:
"When one thinks clearly about the poor things of this world, and compares them with the riches of life with Christ there is only one plain word, I can’t help thinking, for the road that people choose: stupidity, stupidity, stupidity."
"It is not just that most of us men make mistakes. There is something much worse about us: we are complete and utter fools."
The road of the secular life is the road to foolishness. It is shallow and expedient. It is self serving and self gratifying. It is a life without God, that truly is foolish.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Lord, source of eternal life and truth, give to Your shepherd, the Pope, a spirit of courage and right judgement, a spirit of knowledge and love.
By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care may he, as successor to the apostle Peter and vicar of Christ, build Your church into a sacrament of unity, love, and peace for all the world.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.
I have sworn an oath and confirmed it,
to keep your righteous rules.
I am severely afflicted;
give me life, O Lord, according to your word!
Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O Lord,
and teach me your rules.
I hold my life in my hand continually,
but I do not forget your law.
The wicked have laid a snare for me,
but I do not stray from your precepts.
Your testimonies are my heritage forever,
for they are the joy of my heart.
I incline my heart to perform your statutes
forever, to the end. Psalm 119 105-112
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
First from His Letter to the Philipians:
- Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
- Do not worry about your inadequacies. Humble yourself and God will exalt you. Don't worry yourself over where you stand in the pecking order of human things. Humble yourself and God will place you first. No matter what others think of you. No matter what cruel and mean things they may do or say to you. God knows you and God loves you and you will be exalted if you follow Him.
- Consider your own calling, brothers. Not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong, and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, so that no human being might boast before God. It is due to him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, so that, as it is written, "Whoever boasts, should boast in the Lord."
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
the LORD is robed in majesty
and is armed with strength.
The world is firmly established;
it cannot be moved.
Your throne was established long ago;
you are from all eternity.
The seas have lifted up, O LORD,
the seas have lifted up their voice;
the seas have lifted up their pounding waves.
Mightier than the thunder of the great waters,
mightier than the breakers of the sea—
the LORD on high is mighty.
Your statutes stand firm;
holiness adorns your house
for endless days, O LORD.
Monday, April 12, 2010
On that basis I believe as Montfort did: " that all Wisdom comes from the Cross." Jesus death is spring by which the waters of wisdom flow.
Here is a portion of his writing on wisdom.:
Wisdom is the teacher of the knowledge of God and director of all his works." Eternal Wisdom alone enlightens every man that comes into this world (Jn. 1:9). He alone came from heaven to teach the secrets of God (Cf. Jn. 1:18; Mt. 11:27; 1 Cor. 2:10). We have no real teacher (Mt. 23:8,10) except the incarnate Wisdom, whose name is Jesus Christ. He alone brings all the works of God to perfection, especially the saints, for he shows them what they must do and teaches them to appreciate and put into practice all he has taught them.
If anyone desires knowledge, eternal Wisdom knows the past and can forecast the future. He understands the subtleties of speech and the lessons of parables. He recognizes signs and wonders and knows all that is going to happen as seasons and ages pass by." If anyone desires to possess a deep, holy and special knowledge of the treasures of grace and nature, and not merely dry, common and superficial knowledge, he must make every effort to acquire Wisdom. Without him, man is nothing in the sight of God, no matter how learned he may appear in the eyes of men. "He will count for nothing" (Wisd. 3:17).
Eternal Wisdom is so rich and generous; how can anyone who possesses him be poor? He is so gentle, attractive and tender; how can anyone who possesses him be unhappy? But among all those who seek eternal Wisdom how many can honestly say with Solomon, "I have resolved to possess him"? The majority of men do not make such a resolution with real sincerity. Their decisions are mere wishful thinking or at best weak and wavering resolves. That is why they never find eternal Wisdom.
St. Gregory has this comment to make on Solomon's self-praise, " Those whom God has chosen to write his sacred words are filled with the Holy Spirit. In a way, they seem to rise above themselves and enter into the very one who possesses them. Thus they become mouthpieces of God himself, for they are concerned with God alone in everything they say, and they speak of themselves as though speaking of someone else."
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
We still have to point out the distinction that exists in prayer, whether mental or vocal prayer. In prayer we go to God in two ways, both of which have been recommended to us by Our Lord and commanded by our Holy Mother the Church--namely, sometimes we pray directly to God, and at other times indirectly, as when we say the anthems of Our Lady, the Salve Regina and
others. When we pray directly we exercise the filial confidence which is founded upon faith, hope and charity; when we pray indirectly and through the intercession of another, we practice the holy humility which springs from self-knowledge. When we go directly to God we proclaim His goodness and mercy, in which we place all our confidence; but when we pray indirectly, that is, when we implore the assistance of Our Lady, of the saints and of the blessed, it is so that we might better be received by the Divine Majesty, and then we proclaim His greatness and omnipotence, and the reverence which we owe Him.
In our souls there is the first level, which is a certain knowledge that we have through our senses, as by our eyes we know that such an object is green, red or yellow. But after this there is a degree or level which is still a little higher, namely, a knowledge that we have by means of consideration. For example, a man who has been ill-treated in a certain place will consider what he will be able to do in order not to return there. The third level is the knowledge we have through faith. The fourth, the Sancta Sanctorum, is the highest point of our soul, which we call spirit, and so long as this highest point is always fixed on God, we need not be troubled in the least.
Friday, April 9, 2010
They answered him, “No.”
So he said to them, “Cast the net over the right side of the boat
and you will find something.”
So they cast it, and were not able to pull it in
because of the number of fish.
So the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord.”
When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord,
he tucked in his garment, for he was lightly clad,
and jumped into the sea.
The other disciples came in the boat,
for they were not far from shore, only about a hundred yards,
dragging the net with the fish.
When they climbed out on shore,
they saw a charcoal fire with fish on it and bread.
Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you just caught.”
So Simon Peter went over and dragged the net ashore
full of one hundred fifty-three large fish.
Even though there were so many, the net was not torn.
Jesus said to them, “Come, have breakfast.”
I absolutely love this passage. First off, lets face it, the disciples weren't very good fishermen! John recognizes Jesus but Peter dives in. That is Peter, his love for Jesus cannot be held back. I also love that Jesus is on the shore eating breakfast. Sharing a meal with his friends. Christ calls us to His table and shares a meal with us at every Mass. Its a beautiful thing.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Faced by hedonism, faced by the pagan and materialistic wares that we are being offered, Christ wants objectors! — rebels of Love (128)
After the initial enthusiasm, there began the doubts, hesitations and fears. You are worried about your studies, your family, your financial situation, and, above all, the thought that you are not up to it, that perhaps you are of no use, that you lack experience in life.
I will give you a sure means of overcoming such fears — temptations coming from the devil or from your lack of generosity! Despise them: remove those recollections from your memory. The Master already preached this unequivocally twenty centuries ago: “Don’t look back...” (133)
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Lent moves slowly for weeks then leads up to a week of phenomenal events culminating in the Passion, Death and Resurrection. If you had never even heard of Jesus Christ and were told of the events that took place you would most certainly conclude that this an incredible story of one man. I know for myself Easter Monday can be sort of a let down. Last year I recall that I was spiritually dry and feeling somewhat empty. I pour myself into Holy Week and it drains me. I think God has really blessed me this year because I have been feeling pretty lousy since Good Friday, with a sinus and chest infection. I joined my sufferings with the drama His Passion.
There are two things that have crossed my mind this morning: first that we must acknowledge and believe that fact that Jesus rose from the dead in a physical state in his human body. There have been heretics throughout the ages who have proposed to the contrary. In modern times it is widespread and common to believe that there are no such things as the spiritual and metaphysical realms - all things must meet the test of materialism and empiricism. It must been seen and tested or it is not true or just a fairy tale. In John's Gospel when Mary Magdalen discovers that the man she was speaking to was not the gardener but rather the Risen Christ, Jesus tells her "stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father." Right from the first minutes of His resurrection Jesus is in this curious state of a physical body, where he has to be freed from Mary's grasp in order go. Later in John we read of Thomas' need to touch the side and and nail marks of Christ. Jesus acquiesces and Thomas says his famous words "My Lord and My God" And still later when Jesus is found onshore with the charcoal fire and he eats breakfast of fish and bread. I believe that one of the most convincing pieces of evidence for the skeptics is this. Not only did the disciples of Jesus suffer persecution and death for this belief of the Resurrection, not a single solitary one recanted the story, but also the Resurrection was instrumental in converting Jews and pagans throughout the first two centuries and many were converted even with the threat of death. The disciples of Christ emphatically testified to the truth of Jesus' resurrection, so much that people were willing to suffer and die just for believing. That is powerful evidence that cannot be ignored.
The second point that I want to finish up here is that it is good to rest a bit, if you had a good Lent and made progress in your journey, then give thanksgiving to God. Jesus would do it all over again if He felt it necessary.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
He in whose shadow we thought we could live on among the nations.
The joy of our hearts has ceased, our dance has turned into mourning
The garlands have fallen from our heads: woe to us, for we have sinned!
Over this our hearts are sick, at this our eyes grow dim:
They struck me down alive in the pit, and sealed me in with a stone.
The waters flowed over my head, and I said, "I am lost!"
I called upon your name, O LORD, from the bottom of the pit;
You heard me call, "Let not your ear be deaf to my cry for help!"
Lamentations 3:53-56, 4:20, 5: 15-17
Friday, April 2, 2010
Paul's Letter to the Corinthians 1:17-25
- For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with the wisdom of human eloquence, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its meaning. The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the learning of the learned I will set aside. "Where is the wise one? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made the wisdom of the world foolish? For since in the wisdom of God the world did not come to know God through wisdom, it was the will of God through the foolishness of the proclamation to save those who have faith. For Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are called, Jews and Greeks alike, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
If God is not relevant, how does one come about seeing the Goodness of God and His Beauty? I speak with junior high students daily and honestly many of them see God as being irrelevant. I do not have all the answers, but I do believe that catechesis must involve asking the questions. Asking them questions at a very young age. Catechesis must involve the family, it must be able to penetrate all aspects of a young person's life. By the time they are teenagers it is too late. The teaching of the faith has become mechanical, in my opinion. I do not think the Church and most Catholics quite understand the crisis we are in. Many adult Catholics expend their energy on political issues; abortion, health care and fighting against the creeping secularism that is swallowing our society. This is reflected in the popular Catholic blogs that really deal with politics - that is what people want to hear about and they get them in huge numbers. It shows me that most people are not concerned with true Christianity - Jesus never railed against the injustice of the heathen Romans, His truths transcend all that non-sense. We better wake up and soon.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
While they were eating,he took bread, said the blessing,broke it, gave it to them, and said,"Take it; this is my body."Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them,and they all drank from it.He said to them,"This is my blood of the covenant,which will be shed for many. Amen, I say to you,I shall not drink again the fruit of the vineuntil the day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God."Then, after singing a hymn,they went out to the Mount of Olives.