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A DAILY JOURNAL

The Two Temptations

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for May 23rd, 2014
Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter

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THERE are two powerful temptations that the Church is going to face in the days ahead to draw souls from the narrow road that leads to life. One is what we examined yesterday—the voices who wish to shame us for holding fast to the Gospel.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, THE HARD TRUTH | on May 22nd, 2014 | No Comments »

Joy in Truth

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for May 22nd, 2014
Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter
Opt. Mem. St. Rita of Cascia

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LAST year in The Sixth Day, I wrote that, ‘Pope Benedict XVI in many ways is the last “gift” of a generation of giant theologians who have guided the Church through the Storm of apostasy that is now going to break out in all its force upon the world. The next pope will guide us too… but he is ascending a throne that the world wishes to overturn.’ [1]cf. The Sixth Day

That Storm is now upon us. That terrible rebellion against the seat of Peter—the teachings preserved and derived from the Vine of Apostolic Tradition—is here. In a candid and necessary speech last week, Princeton Professor Robert P. George said:

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1. cf. The Sixth Day
Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, FAITH AND MORALS, MASS READINGS | on May 21st, 2014 | No Comments »

Truth Blossoms

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for May 21st, 2014
Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter
Opt. Mem. St. Christopher Magallanes & Companions

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Christ True Vine, Unknown

 

 

WHEN Jesus promised that He would send the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth, that did not mean that doctrines would come easily without need for discernment, prayer, and dialogue. That’s evident in today’s first reading as Paul and Barnabas seek out the Apostles to clarify certain aspects of the Jewish law. I am reminded in recent times of the teachings of Humanae Vitae, and how there was much disagreement, consultation, and prayer before Paul VI delivered his beautiful teaching. And now, a Synod on the Family will convene this October in which issues at the very heart, not only of the Church but of civilization, are being discussed with no little consequences:

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, FAITH AND MORALS, MASS READINGS | on May 20th, 2014 | No Comments »

Casting Out the Ruler of This World

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for May 20th, 2014
Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

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‘VICTORY over the “prince of this world” was won once for all at the Hour when Jesus freely gave himself up to death to give us his life.’ [1]Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2853 The Kingdom of God has been coming since the Last Supper, and continues to come into our midst through the Holy Eucharist. [2]CCC, n. 2816 As today’s Psalm says, “Your kingdom is a kingdom for all ages, and your dominion endures through all generations.” If that is so, why does Jesus say in today’s Gospel:

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1. Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2853
2. CCC, n. 2816
Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, THE ERA OF PEACE | on May 19th, 2014 | No Comments »

Christianity and the Ancient Religions

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for May 19th, 2014
Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter

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IT is common to hear those opposed to Catholicism invoke arguments such as: Christianity is just borrowed from pagan religions; that Christ is a mythological invention; or that the Catholic Feast days, such as Christmas and Easter, are just paganism with a face-lift. But there is an entirely different perspective on paganism that St. Paul reveals in today’s Mass readings.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, FAITH AND MORALS, MASS READINGS | on May 18th, 2014 | No Comments »

Stand Back

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for May 16th, 2014
Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter

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WHEN you look at skin up close, very close, suddenly it doesn’t look so nice! A beautiful face, under a microscope, can look quite unattractive. But take a step back, and all one sees is the big picture that together—eyes, nose, mouth, hair—is lovely, despite the little flaws.

All week, we have been reflecting on God’s plan of salvation. And we need to. Otherwise, we get drawn into the small picture, looking at our own times through a microscope that can make things look rather frightening.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS | on May 16th, 2014 | No Comments »

God’s Timeline

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for May 15th, 2014
Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter

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Israel, from a different perspective…

 

 

THERE are two reasons souls fall asleep to the voice of God speaking through His prophets and the “signs of the times” in their generation. One is that people simply don’t want to hear that everything is not peachy.

It’s our very sleepiness to the presence of God that renders us insensitive to evil: we don’t hear God because we don’t want to be disturbed, and so we remain indifferent to evil… the disciples’ sleepiness [in Gethsemane] is not a problem of that one moment, rather of the whole of history, ‘the sleepiness’ is ours, of those of us who do not want to see the full force of evil and do not want to enter into his Passion. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Catholic News Agency, Vatican City, Apr 20, 2011, General Audience

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, TIME OF GRACE | on May 14th, 2014 | No Comments »

The Twelfth Stone

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for May 14th, 2014
Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Feast of St. Matthias, Apostle

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St. Matthias, by Peter Paul Rubens (1577 – 1640)

 

I often ask non-Catholics who wish to debate the Church’s authority: “Why did the Apostles have to fill the vacancy left by Judas Iscariot after his death? What’s the big deal? St. Luke records in the Acts of the Apostles that, as the first community gathered in Jerusalem, ‘there was a group of about one hundred and twenty persons in the one place.’ [1]cf. Acts 1:15 So there were plenty of believers on hand. Why, then, did the office of Judas have to be filled?”

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1. cf. Acts 1:15
Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, FAITH AND MORALS, MASS READINGS | on May 13th, 2014 | No Comments »

Mother of All Nations

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for May 13th, 2014
Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter
Opt. Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima

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Our Lady of All Nations

 

 

THE unity of Christians, indeed all peoples, is the heartbeat and infallible vision of Jesus. St. John captured Our Lord’s cry in a beautiful prayer for the Apostles, and the nations that would hear their preaching:

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MARY, MASS READINGS | on May 13th, 2014 | No Comments »

When God Goes Global

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for May 12th, 2014
Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

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Peace is Coming, by Jon McNaughton

 

 

HOW many Catholics ever pause to think that there is a global plan of salvation underway? That God is working each and every moment toward the fulfillment of that plan? When people look up at the clouds floating by, few think of the near infinite expanse of galaxies and planetary systems that lay beyond. They see clouds, a bird, a storm, and continue on without reflecting on the mystery lying beyond the heavens. Soo too, few souls look beyond the present day triumphs and storms and realize that they are leading toward the fulfillment of Christ’s promises, expressed in today’s Gospel:

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, THE ERA OF PEACE | on May 11th, 2014 | No Comments »

More on the Flame of Love

 

 

ACCORDING to Our Lady, there is a “blessing” coming upon the Church, the “Flame of Love” of her Immaculate Heart, according to the approved revelations of Elizabeth Kindelmann (read The Convergence and the Blessing). But when I wrote about this last month, I was not expecting the following confirmations…

 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, TIME OF GRACE | on May 9th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Never Give Up On a Soul

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for May 9th, 2014
Friday of the Third Week of Easter

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Flower springing up after a forest fire

 

 

ALL must appear lost. All must appear as if evil has won. The grain of wheat must fall into the ground and die…. and only then does it bear fruit. So it was with Jesus… Calvary… the Tomb… it was as though darkness had crushed the light.

But then Light burst forth from the abyss, and in a moment, darkness was vanquished.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, SPIRITUALITY | on May 8th, 2014 | No Comments »