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Fulfilling Prophecy

    NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for March 4th, 2014
Opt. Memorial for St. Casimir

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THE fulfillment of God’s Covenant with His people, which will be fully realized in the Wedding Feast of the Lamb, has progressed throughout millennia like a spiral that becomes smaller and smaller as time goes on. In the Psalm today, David sings:

The LORD has made his salvation known: in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.

And yet, the revelation of Jesus was still hundreds of years away. So how could the salvation of the Lord be known? It was known, or rather anticipated, through prophecy…

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS | on March 4th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

He Loved Him

 NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for March 3rd, 2014

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Jesus, looking at him, loved him…

AS I ponder these words in the Gospel, it’s clear that when Jesus looked at the rich young man, it was a gaze so full of love that it was remembered by witnesses years later when St. Mark wrote about it. Although this glance of love did not penetrate the young man’s heart—at least not right away, according to the account—it penetrated the heart of someone that day such that it was cherished and remembered.

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Global Revolution!

 

…the order of the world is shaken. (Psalm 82:5)
 

WHEN I wrote about Revolution! a few years ago, it was not a word being used much in the mainstream. But today, it is being spoken everywhere… and now, the words “global revolutionare rippling throughout the world. From the uprisings in the Middle East, to Venezuela, Ukraine, etc. to the first murmurings in the “Tea Party” revolution and “Occupy Wall Street” in the U.S., unrest is spreading like “a virus.” There is indeed a global upheaval underway.

I will rouse Egypt against Egypt: brother will war against brother, neighbour against neighbour, city against city, kingdom against kingdom. (Isaiah 19:2)

But it is a Revolution that has been in the making for a very long time…

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE GREAT TRIALS | on March 2nd, 2014 | 6 Comments »

Authentic Ecumenism

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for February 28th, 2014

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No Compromise – Daniel in the Lions Den, Briton Rivière (1840-1920)

 

 

FRANKLY, “ecumenism” is not a word that invokes a lot of positive connotations. It has often been associated with interdenominational Masses, watered down theology, and other abuses in the wake of  the Second Vatican Council.

In a word, compromise.

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Good Salt Gone Bad

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for February 27th, 2014

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WE cannot speak of “evangelization”, we cannot utter the word “ecumenism”, we cannot move toward “unity” until the spirit of worldliness has been exorcised from the body of Christ. Worldliness is compromise; compromise is adultery; adultery is idolatry; and idolatry, said St. James in Tuesday’s Gospel, sets us against God.

Therefore, whoever wants to be a lover of the world makes himself an enemy of God. (James 4:4)

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The Prophecy of St. Francis

 

 

THERE is a phrase in the Catechism that is, I think, critical to repeat at this time.

The Pope, Bishop of Rome and Peter’s successor, “is the perpetual and visible source and foundation of the unity both of the bishops and of the whole company of the faithful.”Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 882

The office of Peter is perpetual—that is the official teaching of the Catholic Church. That means, until the end of time, the office of Peter remains a visible, permanent sign and source of God’s judicial grace.

And that’s despite the fact that, yes, our history includes not only saints, but seeming scoundrels at the helm. Men like Pope Leo X who apparently sold indulgences to raise funds; or Stephen VI who, out of hatred, dragged his predecessor’s corpse through city streets; or Alexander VI who appointed family members to power while fathering four children. Then there is Benedict IX who actually sold his papacy; Clement V who imposed high taxes and openly gave land to supporters and family members; and Sergius III who ordered the death of anti-pope Christopher (and then took the papacy himself) only to, allegedly, father a child who would become Pope John XI. [1]cf. “Top 10 Controversial Popes”, TIME, April 14th, 2010; time.com

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1. cf. “Top 10 Controversial Popes”, TIME, April 14th, 2010; time.com
Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, THE GREAT TRIALS | on February 26th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

The Secret Presence of God

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for February 26th, 2014

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I was in the grocery store the other day, and there was a Muslim woman at the till. I told her I was a Catholic, and was wondering what she thought of the magazine rack and all the immodesty in Western culture. She replied, “I know Christians, at their core, believe in modesty too. Yes, all the major religions agree on the basics—we share the basics.” Or what Christians would call the “natural law.”

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The End of Ecumenism

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for February 25th, 2014

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EVEN before the Church was conceived from the pierced Heart of Jesus and birthed at Pentecost, there was division and infighting.

After 2000 years, not much has changed.

Once again, in today’s Gospel, we see how the Apostles cannot comprehend the mission of Jesus. They have eyes to see, but cannot see; ears to hear, but cannot understand. How often they want to remake Christ’s mission into their own image of what it should be! But He continues to present them with paradox after paradox, contradiction after contradiction…

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The Beginning of Ecumenism

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for February 24th, 2014

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ECUMENISM. Now there’s a word that, ironically, can start wars.

Over the weekend, those subscribed to my weekly reflections received The Coming Wave of Unity. It speaks of the coming unity that Jesus prayed for—that we would “all be one”—and was affirmed by a video of Pope Francis praying for this unity. Predictably, this has created confusion among many. “This is the beginning of the one world religion!” say some; others, “This is what I have been praying for, for years!” And yet others, “I am not sure if this is a good or a bad thing….” Suddenly, I hear again the question that Jesus directed to the Apostles: “Who do you say I am?” But this time, I hear it re-phrased to refer to His body, the Church: “Who do you say My Church is?”

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The Coming Wave of Unity

 ON THE FEAST OF THE CHAIR OF ST. PETER

 

FOR two weeks, I have sensed the Lord repeatedly encouraging me to write about ecumenism, the movement toward Christian unity. At one point, I felt the Spirit prompt me to go back and read the “The Petals”, those four foundational writings from which everything else here has sprung. One of them is on unity: Catholics, Protestants, and the Coming Wedding.

As I began yesterday with prayer, a few words came to me that, after having shared them with my spiritual director, I want to share with you. Now, before I do, I have to tell you that I think that all of what I’m about to write will take on new meaning when you watch the video below that was posted on Zenit News Agency’s website yesterday morning. I didn’t watch the video until after I received the following words in prayer, so to say the least, I have been utterly blown away by the wind of the Spirit (after eight years of these writings, I never get used to it!).

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, TIME OF GRACE | on February 22nd, 2014 | 1 Comment »

The Light of Love

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for February 21st, 2014
Opt. Memorial of St. Peter Damian

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IF Martin Luther would have had his way, The Letter of James would have been axed from the canon of Scriptures. That’s because his doctrine sola fide, that we are “saved by faith alone,” was contradicted by St. James teaching:

Indeed someone might say, “You have faith and I have works.” Demonstrate your faith to me without works, and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works.

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The Great Danger

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for February 20th, 2014

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Peter’s Denial, by Michael D. O’Brien

 

 

ONE of the greatest dangers to the Christian life is the desire to please people rather than God. It is a temptation that has followed Christians since the Apostles fled the garden and Peter denied Jesus.

Likewise, one of the greatest crises in the Church today is the real lack of men and women who courageously and unashamedly associate themselves with Jesus Christ. Perhaps Cardinal Ratzinger (Benedict XVI) gave the most compelling reason as to why more and more Christians are abandoning the Barque of Peter: they are caving into a…

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