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Interpreting Revelation

 

 

WITHOUT a doubt, the Book of Revelation is one of the most controversial in all of Sacred Scripture. On one end of the spectrum are fundamentalists who take every word literally or out of context. On the other are those who believe the book has already been fulfilled in the first century or who ascribe to the book a merely allegorical interpretation.

But what about future times, our times? Does Revelation have anything to say? Unfortunately, there is a modern tendency among many clergy and theologians to relegate discussion of the prophetic aspects of the Apocalypse to the loony bin, or simply dismiss the notion of comparing our times to these prophecies as dangerous, too difficult, or altogether misguided.

There’s only one problem with that stance, however. It flies in the face of the living Tradition of the Catholic Church and the very words of the Magisterium itself.

 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, FAITH AND MORALS | on July 21st, 2016 | 3 Comments »

The Christian Martyr-Witness

saint-stephen-the-martyrSt. Stephen the Martyr, Bernardo Cavallino (d. 1656)

 

I am at the beginning of hay season for the next week or so, which leaves me little time to write. However, this week, I have sensed Our Lady urging me to republish several writings, including this one… 

 

WRITTEN ON THE FEAST OF ST. STEPHEN THE MARTYR

 

THIS past year has seen what Pope Francis has rightly called the “brutal persecution” of Christians, particularly in Syria, Iraq, and Nigeria by Islamic jihadists. [1]cf. nbcnews.com; December 24th, Christmas Message

In light of the “red” martyrdom occurring this very minute of our brothers and sisters in the East and elsewhere, and the frequent “white” martyrdom of the faithful in the West, something beautiful is coming to light from this evil: the contrast of the witness of the Christian martyrs to that of the so-called “martyrdom” of religious extremists.

In fact, in Christianity, the word martyr means “witness”…

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1. cf. nbcnews.com; December 24th, Christmas Message
Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, FAITH AND MORALS | on July 15th, 2016 | 2 Comments »

The Great Ark


Look Up by Michael D. O’Brien

 

JESUS said that the period before His eventual return in glory would be “as it was in the days of Noah…” That is, many would be oblivious to the Storm gathering around them: “They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away.” [1]Matt 24:37-29 This Storm, as the Church teaches, contains the Passion of the Church, who will follow her Head in her own passage through a corporate “death” and resurrection. [2]Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 675 Just as many of the “leaders” of the temple and even the Apostles themselves seemed unaware, even to the last moment, that Jesus had to truly suffer and die, so too many in the Church seem oblivious to the consistent prophetic warnings of the popes and the Blessed Mother—warnings that announce and signal a…

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1. Matt 24:37-29
2. Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 675
Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, FAITH AND MORALS | on July 13th, 2016 | 4 Comments »

Key to the Woman

 

Knowledge of the true Catholic doctrine regarding the Blessed Virgin Mary will always be a key to the exact understanding of the mystery of Christ and of the Church. —POPE PAUL VI, Discourse, November 21st, 1964

 

THERE is a profound key that unlocks why and how the Blessed Mother has such a sublime and powerful role in the lives of mankind, but particularly believers. Once one grasps this, not only does Mary’s role make more sense in salvation history and her presence more understood, but I believe, it will leave you wanting to reach for her hand more than ever.

The key is this: Mary is a prototype of the Church.

 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MARY | on July 11th, 2016 | 1 Comment »

Why Mary…?


The Madonna of the Roses (1903), by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

 

Watching Canada’s moral compass lose its needle, the American public square lose its peace, and other parts of the world lose their equilibrium as the Storm winds continue to pick up speed… the first thought on my heart this morning as a key to getting through these times is “the Rosary.” But that means nothing to someone who does not have a proper, biblical understanding of the ‘woman clothed in the sun’. After you read this, my wife and I want to give a gift to every one of our readers… Read more… »

Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MARY | on July 8th, 2016 | 2 Comments »

That Pope Francis! Part II

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FR. Gabriel was a few minutes late for his Saturday morning brunch with Bill and Kevin. Marg Tomey had just returned from a pilgrimage to Lourdes and Fatima with a fist full of rosaries and holy medals that she wanted blessed after Mass. She came prepared with a pre-Vatican II book of blessings that included exorcism rites. “For good measure,” she said, winking at Fr. Gabriel, who was half the age of the weathered prayer-book.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE GREAT TRIALS | on July 2nd, 2016 | No Comments »

Joy in God’s Law

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Friday, July 1st, 2016
Opt. Memorial of St. Junípero Serra

Liturgical texts here

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MUCH has been said in this Jubilee Year of Mercy about the love and mercy of God toward all sinners. One could say that Pope Francis has really pushed the limits in “welcoming” sinners into the bosom of the Church. [1]cf. The Thin Line Between Mercy and Heresy-Part I-III As Jesus says in today’s Gospel:

Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. Go and learn the meaning of the words, I desire mercy, not sacrifice. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.

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The End of the Storm

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Tuesday, June 28th, 2016
Memorial of St. Irenaeus
Liturgical texts here

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LOOKING over his shoulder at the past 2000 years, and then, the times directly ahead, John Paul II made a profound statement:

The world at the approach of a new millennium, for which the whole Church is preparing, is like a field ready for the harvest. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, World Youth Day, homily, August 15th, 1993

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, THE GREAT TRIALS | on June 28th, 2016 | No Comments »

Comfort in the Winds


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WHAT would it be like to stand in the winds of a hurricane as the eye of the storm approached? According to those who have been through it, there is a constant roar, debris and dust are flying everywhere, and you can barely keep your eyes open; it is hard to stand straight and keep one’s balance, and there is fear of the unknown, of what the storm could bring next in all the chaos.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE GREAT TRIALS | on June 24th, 2016 | No Comments »

The House That Lasts

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
Liturgical texts here


St. Therese de Liseux, by Michael D. O’Brien

 

I wrote this meditation after visiting the house of St. Thérèse in France seven years ago. It is a reminder and warning to the “new architects” of our times that a house built without God is a house doomed to collapse, as we hear in today’s Gospel….

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, SPIRITUALITY | on June 23rd, 2016 | Comments Off on The House That Lasts

That Pope Francis!… A Short Story

 

THAT Pope Francis!”

Bill slammed his fist on the table, turning a few heads in the process. Fr. Gabriel smiled wryly. “What now Bill?”

“Splash! Did you hear that?” Kevin quipped, leaning across the table, his hand cupped over his ear. “Another Catholic jumping over the Barque of Peter!”

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE GREAT TRIALS | on June 20th, 2016 | 3 Comments »

So, You Saw Him Too?

brooksThe Man of Sorrows, by Matthew Brooks

  

A beautiful account has emerged from the present Middle East refugee crisis. Migrants attempting to sail across the stormy waters of the Aegean Sea to Greece recounted how Jesus appeared to them and calmed the seas. [1]cf. blog.godreports.com It reminded me of the following, that is both timely and encouraging…

 

IN my travels throughout Canada and the United States, I have been blessed to spend time with some very beautiful and holy priests—men who are truly laying down their lives for their sheep. Such are the shepherds whom Christ seeks these days. Such are the shepherds who must have this heart in order to lead their sheep in the coming days…

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1. cf. blog.godreports.com
Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE HARD TRUTH | on June 15th, 2016 | 1 Comment »