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Where Even Buddha Grips the Sword
to read a note from our Pastor
By Deacon Keith A Fournier, 11/17/2014, Catholic Online
It just seems to be a part of the ministry of Pope Francis, to rattle our comfort zones. He certainly rattles mine.
On Monday, November 17, 2014, construction begins under St Peters in Rome. No, this is not an archeological excavation. At least, one which seeks to dig up physical remnants of the early Church history present in that beautiful visible sign of the global Catholic Church.
However, it challenges all who allow the Holy Spirit to give us the eyes of living faith to recognize the great treasure of that church, the poor, and to receive them as Jesus Christ.
It just seems to be a part of the ministry of Pope Francis, to rattle our comfort zones. He certainly rattles mine.
He spoke of authentic Christian charity in these words:
"It is not enough to offer a sandwich if this is not accompanied by the possibility of learning to stand on one's own two feet. Charity that leaves the poor in the same situation as before is not adequate. True mercy - that which God gives and teaches us - asks for justice, asks that the poor find the way out of their poverty."
"It asks us - the Church, the city of Rome, the institutions - it demands that no-one should be in need of a meal, of a temporary shelter, a legal assistance service, to enable the recognition of his or her right to live and to work, to be recognized fully as a person. "
"To serve and to accompany both mean to defend, they mean to place oneself on the side of the weakest. How often are we unable or unwilling to echo the voices of those who have suffered and suffer, to those who have seen their rights trampled, who have experienced so much violence that it has even suffocated their desire for justice? The Lord calls us all to live with more courage and generosity."
He called us all to welcome the poor "in communities, in houses, in empty convents. Empty convents are not to be sold to be transformed into hotels to make money for the Church. The empty convents are not ours; they are for the flesh of Christ, for the refugees. This certainly isn't simple, and requires criteria, responsibility, and also courage. We do much, but we are perhaps called to do more, welcoming and sharing decisively that which Providence has given us to serve".
The beloved disciple John wrote as an old man in his letters to the early churches:
"We know that we have passed from death to life because we love our brothers. Whoever does not love remains in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life remaining in him. The way we came to know love was that he laid down his life for us; so we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers."
"If someone who has worldly means sees a brother in need and refuses him compassion, how can the love of God remain in him? Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth." (I John 3: 14-18)
I knew a woman named Brenda in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She challenged me to probe deeply into my own life in an effort to find the core meaning of those words of the beloved disciple. She was not an easy person to be around. Prophets rarely are. She went home to the Lord years ago. She once wrote these words to me:
"In the end, there are two kinds of poor people: those who already know they are poor and those who don't know yet. Here is the crisis: If the latter don't discover this before they leave this planet, they are doomed to be poor forever. What can those of us who already know we are poor do for those who don't know yet? Love them."
This Pope who builds showers for the Poor under St Peters rattles our comfort zones.
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We tend to think of Christ’s final coming in judgment only in terms of the end of time. Jesus surprises us with this revelation. “When the Son of Man comes…” is now in others, no matter what their guise or condition. There is an urgency about now: how we respond here and now to others bears eternal consequences. There is a propinquity about who: the person near us is Christ and how we respond determines how we will be judged.-Living Liturgy™, Christ the King, 2014
How worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and divinity,
and wisdom and strength and honor.
To him belong glory
and power for ever and ever.
Almighty ever-living God, whose will is to restore all things in your beloved Son, the King of the universe, grant, we pray, that the whole creation, set free from slavery, may
render your majesty service and ceaselessly proclaim your praise.
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
Enter, let us bow down in worship; let us kneel before the LORD who made us. For he is our God, we are the people he shepherds, the sheep in his hands. Oh, that today you would hear his voice: Do not harden your hearts as at Meribah, as on the day of Massah in the desert.-Psalm 95:6-8,usccb.org
But God proves his love for us in that while we were
still sinners Christ died for us.-Romans 5:8,usccb.org
I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in
a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to
preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one
faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.-Ephesians 4:1-6,usccb.org
be imitators of God, as
beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and
handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant
(Vatican Radio)'“Jesus does not ask us to keep grace in a safe… He wants us to use it for the benefit of others. That was Pope Francis' message at his weekly Angelus address on Sunday. He was speaking about the day’s Gospel, which relates Jesus’ parable of the talents."
"In the parable, the Pope said, the master is Jesus, we are the servants, and the talents are the patrimony we have received from the Lord. “What is this patrimony?” the Pope asked. “It is His Word, the Eucharist, faith in the heavenly Father, His forgiveness… This is the patrimony He entrusts to us!” But we are not meant to merely safeguard these gifts; rather, we are called to make them grow."
"God knows each of us personally, and gives to each of us what is right for us. Although we do not all receive the same gifts, the Pope said, there is something we all have in common – God’s confidence. “God trusts us, God has hope in us!” “We must not be deluded, we must not allow fear to deceive us,” he continued. Rather, we must have confidence in God, who has confidence in us. Mary, the Pope said, “incarnates this attitude in the most beautiful and most complete way. She received and welcomed the most sublime gift, Jesus in person, and in turn offered Him to humanity with a generous heart.” “Let us ask her to help us to be ‘good and faithful servants,’ he concluded, “in order to participate in the joy of our Lord.”'-Pope Francis/from Vatican Radio
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Father all-powerful, Your gifts of love are countless and Your goodness infinite. On Thanksgiving Day we come before You with gratitude for Your kindness: open our hearts to concern for our fellow men and women, so that we may share Your gifts in loving service.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Blessed are You, loving Father,
For all your gifts to us.
Blessed are You for giving us family and friends
To be with us in times of joy and sorrow,
To help us in days of need,
And to rejoice with us in moments of celebration..
Father, We praise You for Your Son Jesus,
Who knew the happiness of family and friends,
And in the love of Your Holy Spirit.
Blessed are you for ever and ever. Amen.-catholic.org
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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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