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By Deacon Frederick K. Bartels, 10/21/14, Catholic Online
Becoming rich in what matters to God is the key to true, lasting peace and happiness
GLADE PARK, CO (Catholic Online)--In the Gospel (Lk 12:13-21), Jesus is questioned about a familial inheritance dispute. He offers a parable in order to teach about the dangers of the capital sin of greed--the capital sins are thus named because they tend to engender other sins (see CCC 1866).
In the parable, we hear of a rich man who reaps a bountiful harvest. Instead of building up riches that matter to God, the man bases his security on material treasures, and plans to tear down his barns in order to build new, larger structures that can safely house his harvest. Elated over the harvest he plans to enjoy in the future, the rich man proclaims, "Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!"'
However, God tells the rich man his life will be demanded of him that very night. Death will strip away his false security, and he will be found wanting in what really matters. At the end of the parable, Jesus provides this warning: "Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself, but is not rich in what matters to God."
Our American culture often
promotes the false values of the "good life"-storing up treasure for
oneself. This life of material
wealth is perpetually held up as the real
treasure to be continually desired and sought after. Additionally, contemporary
society in the West nourishes a hedonistic attitude and lifestyle.
The life of simplicity and
asceticism is shunned, while fine dining,
entertainment, comfort, power and financial success are elevated, even to the
point of being worshiped metaphorically. The words of the rich man, "rest,
eat, drink, [and] be merry!" echo throughout our society.
No amount of material wealth, power or prestige will make us permanently happy.
On the contrary, the wealthy and powerful are often people whose interior has
become barren and turned in on itself, a place where peace and happiness are as
absent as rain in the desert. Their ground is spiritually parched, and material
treasure provides no healing balm to alleviate the pain.
Further, the more material wealth is gathered, the more chained
fleeting possessions do we become. The greater the harvest, the more urgent is
the demand for larger barns. Material wealth is not a sin per se, of course, but
it does not lead to the happiness we unceasingly crave and seek.
What does lead to permanent and lasting happiness?
As Jesus points out, becoming "rich in what matters to God" is the
key. When we place God first,
and love our neighbor as another self, we soon
begin to experience a perceptible, lasting happiness that is not of this world.
It is "other-worldly" because it does not originate from our
interior, from creatures or material possessions, but from God,
fills us with true and lasting peace, joy and happiness. To live as Jesus
lived, that is,
a life of holiness, is to store up eternal treasure.
This treasure is lasting and permanent, and cannot be
tarnished or diminished
by anything in the world. In loving God we become free, truly free! And all of
this is made possible by
Jesus Christ, who gave his life in love and for love.
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By asking “which commandment in the law is the greatest,” the Pharisees reveal an attitude toward law far different from that of Jesus. Instead of limiting the demand of the law as the Pharisees do to discrete commandments that are kept or not, Jesus teaches that the demand of the law embraces the totality of our relationship with God, self, and neighbor. Love defines out relationships; love is the wellspring of obedience to any commandment. Love is the greatest commandment because it truly is the whole Law of God.-Living Liturgy™, Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time 2014
Let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice; turn to the Lord and his strength; constantly seek his face.
Almighty ever-living God, increase our faith, hope and charity, and make us love what you command, so that we may merit what you promise. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.-Living Liturgy™, 2014
Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.-Matthew 24:42-44,usccb.org
And Mary said:
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior.
For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.-Luke 1:46-48,usccb.org
Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. After this, aware that everything was now finished, in order that the scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I thirst.” There was a vessel filled with common wine. So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop and put it up to his mouth. When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, “It is finished.” And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit.-John 19:25-30,usccb.org
"The Rosary, though clearly Marian in character, is at heart a Christocentric prayer. In the sobriety of its elements, it has all the depth of the Gospel message in its entirety, of which it can be said to be a compendium. It is an echo of the prayer of Mary, her perennial Magnificat for the work of the redemptive Incarnation which began in her virginal womb. With the Rosary, the Christian people sits at the school of Mary and is led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ and to experience the depths of his love. Through the Rosary the faithful receive abundant grace, as though from the very hands of the Mother of the Redeemer."-usccb.org—From On the Most Holy Rosary. . . (Rosarium Virginis Mariae)
Prayers of the Rosary
Scriptural Rosary: Justice and Peace
Scriptural Rosary: The Sorrowful Mysteries
How to Pray the Rosary
The Holy Rosary: Why pray the Rosary today? Certainly, to grow in holiness and in one's prayer life. The following are a few others reasons why the rosary should be prayed often, even daily: "Among all the devotions approved by the Church none has been so favored by so many miracles as the devotion of the Most Holy Rosary" (Pope Pius IX).-ewtn
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"For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy."
—CCC, no. 2558, citing St. Therese of Lisieux, Manuscrits Autobiographiques, C 25rr
Descriptions of prayer are abundant throughout Christian history.
"True prayer," wrote St. Augustine, "is nothing but love." Prayer should arise from the heart. "Prayer," said St. John Vianney, "is the inner bath of love into which the soul plunges itself.""Everyone of us needs half an hour of prayer each day," remarked St. Francis de Sales, "except when we are busy—then we need an hour." Definitions of prayer are important, but insufficient. There is a huge difference between knowing about prayer and praying. On this issue, the Rule of St. Benedict is clear, "If a man wants to pray, let him go and pray."
St. John Damascene gave a classic definition of prayer: "Prayer is the raising of one's mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God" (CCC, no. 2559, citing St. John Damascene, De Fide Orth. 3, 24).
The Catechism clearly defines prayer as a "vital and personal relationship with the living and true God" (CCC, no. 2558). Prayer is Christian "insofar as it is communion with Christ" (CCC, no. 2565), and a "covenant relationship between God and man in Christ" (CCC, no. 2564).
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It’s easy! Pray that young men & woman in Our Archdiocese will hear and answer God’s call.
Prayer to Discern a Vocation
Lord, there are so many things in my life that I do not understand, so many questions about the future that I need to ask. What is Your plan for me? What is the work You want me to do?
All I really know is that You love me. Show me the road You want me to walk – to fulfillment, to happiness, to holiness.
And if You are calling me to priesthood or to the religious life, give me the strength to say “yes” and the grace to begin even now to prepare myself for the challenge of a life spent in Your service and in the care of Your people.
I ask You this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.-usccb.org
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Thursday before every First Friday 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. or anytime by appointment
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Sacrament of Marriage
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