They (the muslims) mean it as a mark of shame, we must then wear it as a mark of hope: Yes, we are in the army of the Resurrected Nazarene, the Master and Lord of the Universe, the Man who is God Almighty, the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity. You may kill our brethren and expel them, but we Christians will never go away.
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We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, he draws us to himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.” —Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.
Monday, July 21, 2014
|St. Andrew's Cathedral, 2014. CS|
No frothing, please.
noun: fanatic; plural noun: fanatics
—a person filled with excessive and single-minded zeal
a person with an obsessive interest in and enthusiasm for something, especially an activity.
mid 16th century (as an adjective): from French fanatique or Latin fanaticus ‘of a temple’ from fanum ‘temple.’—Google Dictionary.
A fanatic is someone who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
The saints are fanatics. What's that, you don't agree?
- Blessed (Mother) Teresa of Calcutta was labelled "a fanatic, fundamentalist and a fraud" by the likes of none other than Christopher Hitchens who, in a 2003 article, took diabolical delight in his attempt to slander one of the most beloved saints of the modern era. Blessed Teresa, if it needs to be said, was possessed by the desire to serve Christ in the poorest of the poor. She and her Missionary Sisters of Charity have helped millions know the love and joy of Christ while tending to people's physical and spiritual needs.
- Or, how about any of the Mexican saints martyred during the Cristero Wars? Among the 25 martyr saints canonized by another saintly fanatic—Pope St. John Paul II—was St. Toribio Romo González. St. Toribio received a special dispensation to be ordained to the priesthood when he was just 21 years old. He was killed when he was 28 years old for being a priest. Fr. Toribio was told by representatives of the state not to pray the Rosary in public, the same government that imposed a form of education that was intended to be "a socialist one and, in addition to excluding all religious doctrine, shall combat fanaticism and prejudices by organizing its instruction and activities in a way that shall permit the creation in youth of an exact and rational concept of the Universe and of social life." (Sounds like the policy of more than a few Canadian provinces, eh?) Like the many other saintly fanatics who perished at the hands of the politically correct tyrants of his day, Fr. Toribio challenged the status quo simply by being who and what he was—a humble, faithful priest.
- Who can doubt the holy fanaticism of one, Mary Wagner, Canadian, pro-life advocate and frequent political prisoner who has been arrested half-a-dozen times for walking into the lion's den and witnessing to abortion mill staff and mothers, begging them to reconsider the destruction of unborn babies? Mary's peaceful and faithful (fanatical) witness puts most us to shame. In total, Mary has spent some two years behind bars for her various nonviolent challenges to the status quo.
The (Conventual Franciscan) brothers housed 3,000 Polish refugees, two-thirds of whom were Jewish, and continued their publication work, including materials considered anti-Nazi. For this work the presses were shut down, the congregation suppressed, the brothers dispersed, and Maximilian (Kolbe) was imprisoned in Pawiak prison, Warsaw, Poland on 17 February 1941.
On 28 May 1941 he was transferred to Auschwitz and branded as prisoner 16670. He was assigned to a special work group staffed by priests and supervised by especially vicious and abusive guards. His calm dedication to the faith brought him the worst jobs available, and more beatings than anyone else. At one point he was beaten, lashed, and left for dead. The prisoners managed to smuggle him into the camp hospital where he spent his recovery time hearing confessions. When he returned to the camp, Maximilian ministered to other prisoners, including conducting Mass and delivering communion using smuggled bread and wine.
In July 1941 there was an escape from the camp. Camp protocol, designed to make the prisoners guard each other, required that ten men be slaughtered in retribution for each escaped prisoner. Francis Gajowniczek, a married man with young children was chosen to die for the escape. Maximilian volunteered to take his place, and died as he had always wished – in service.—SQPN
Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the Church, of which I became a minister according to the divine office which was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now made manifest to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we proclaim, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man mature in Christ. For this I toil, striving with all the energy which he mightily inspires within me.—Saint Paul's Letter to the Colossians 1:24-29.Here are a few ways one might become a fanatic and behave like a convinced believer:
- Insist that salvation can only be found in Jesus Christ.
- Propose that the Catholic Church alone is the True Church founded by Jesus Christ. Christ's Church subsists in the Catholic Church.
"The phrase subsistit in is intended not only to reconfirm the meaning of the term est, that is, the identity of the Church of Christ with the Catholic Church. Above all, it reaffirms that the Church of Christ, imbued with the fullness of all the means instituted by Christ, perdures (continues, remains) forever in the Catholic Church".—K.J. Becker, "'Subsistit in' — (Lumen Gentium, n. 8)" (cf. L'Osservatore Romano English edition [ORE], 14 December, pp. 11-14). Quoted in an article by Fernando Ocáriz.
- Insist that the Mass be celebrated with reverence and decorum according to the rubrics. Be obsessed with liturgical beauty and goodness. Promote ad orientem liturgies. Don't let forty years of deviant practice(s) dissuade you from convincing others that the proper orientation of the Liturgy is ad orientem, i.e., toward the liturgical East. Express your convictions with enthusiasm and charity. Start by enlisting others to the cause and propose to your pastor that once a month an ad orientem Mass be celebrated. If you are a priest—preach on ad orientem worship and, in due course, offer the Ordinary Form ad orientem. Back up your enthusiasm with ongoing catechesis in the parish bulletin and in your homilies. Search HERE for information items for your parish bulletins.
- Be prepared to lose friends over your choice to be faithful to Christ and His Church in all things. Keep Jesus' commandments. Love God; love His Church. “If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him."—St. John 14:23.
- Practice limitless mercy. Be quick to forgive and equally ready to seek forgiveness. Go to confession once a week. Examine your conscience at the end of every day before bedtime. Ask God for forgiveness. Practice the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.
- Love until it hurts, then keep on loving.
- Do not shy away from fraternal correction. Offer it gently and receive it eagerly.
- Begin and end your day in prayer. Pray for priests, the Holy Father, your family, your country, etc.
- Attend daily Mass and prepare for Mass by reading the Bible readings ahead of time. The fanatic belongs in the fanum, i.e., the temple.
- Volunteer as a server, lector or choir member.
- Model/demonstrate obedience. Strive to be a saint. Read the lives of the saints.
- Be joyful because God has rescued you from sin and death, is rescuing you daily and will rescue you when you surrender your spirit at death if, upon Him, all your hope is founded. Trust in Jesus. Confess your sins to a priest. Convert daily! See you all in the lineup to the confessional.
for if you do this you will never fall.—2 Peter 1:10
Friday, July 18, 2014
- Frequent and daily Communion, as a practice most earnestly desired by Christ our Lord and by the Catholic Church, should be open to all the faithful, of whatever rank and condition of life; so that no one who is in the state of grace, and who approaches the Holy Table with a right and devout intention (recta piaque mente) can be prohibited therefrom.
- A right intention consists in this: that he who approaches the Holy Table should do so, not out of routine, or vain glory, or human respect, but that he wish to please God, to be more closely united with Him by charity, and to have recourse to this divine remedy for his weakness and defects.
- Although it is especially fitting that those who receive Communion frequently or daily should be free from venial sins, at least from such as are fully deliberate, and from any affection thereto, nevertheless, it is sufficient that they be free from mortal sin, with the purpose of never sinning in the future; and if they have this sincere purpose, it is impossible by that daily communicants should gradually free themselves even from venial sins, and from all affection thereto.
1 Corinthians 11:27-32. Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. But if we judged ourselves truly, we should not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are chastened so that we may not be condemned along with the world.
So then, when the Church promotes frequent reception of Holy Communion, we should understand that She means frequent worthy reception of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only said the word and my soul shall be healed. We pray that prayer at every Mass. The Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world wants to take away our sins. Why not, then, be free of doubt, free of fear and free of condemnation by going to confession to be released from the burden of sin so that you may enjoy fully the Banquet of the Lord?
Jesus awaits us all in the magnificent Sacrament of Penance.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
(Reuters) - A Missouri church worker sued the Catholic diocese in Kansas City on Thursday claiming she was wrongfully fired from her salaried position as a pastoral associate after her (pretend) marriage to another woman was mentioned in a local newspaper.
It states that Colleen Simon's same-sex (pseudo-)marital status was known and accepted when she was hired to run a food pantry and oversee other social outreach efforts, but was used as a reason to fire her after it was publicized.
Simon is the mother of two sons and was legally (pretend) married in Iowa (not Missouri) in May 2012 to a female pastor at a Kansas City Lutheran church. (Missouri does not recognize same-sex "marriages" from other jurisdictions.)
Simon said she told diocese officials of her same-sex (pretend) marriage before they hired her and was assured (so she claims) it was not an issue. But on May 14 she was fired and was told (so she claims) it was because of a local newspaper article that mentioned both her food pantry work and her same-sex (pretend) marriage, the lawsuit states.
There was no immediate comment on the lawsuit from the diocese or Bishop Finn.
Diocesan officials hadn't yet seen the lawsuit, but said in a statement, "As a church, we have the right to live and operate according to our faith and church teachings." (Chron.com)
Simon went to work for the diocese in July 2013 for a $35,000 annual salary and health benefits, which she said were crucial as she has suffered from cancer and needs ongoing medical monitoring. (Reuters)
You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also; and if any one would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well; and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who would borrow from you.—St. Matthew 5:38-42Go HERE for the full Reuters report.
Chron.com. The Missouri lawsuit was filed Thursday by Colleen Simon, who said she worked as a parish bookkeeper in the diocese before she was hired in 2013 as a food pantry coordinator at St. Francis Xavier Church. In each step of the hiring process, she said she told (so she claims) administrators she had married a woman a year earlier in Iowa, where gay marriage is recognized, and diocesan and parish representatives said (so she claims) her marital status would not be a problem.
Dioceses in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; Honolulu; Oakland, California, and elsewhere have added morals clauses to their teacher contracts barring public support for gay rights. Other dioceses have asked volunteer educators to sign pledges on upholding church teaching. (Chron.com)