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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 »

The Fires of Persecution

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for May 8th, 2014
Thursday of the Third Week of Easter

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WHILE a forest fire can devastate the trees, it is precisely the heat of fire that opens up pine cones, thus, reseeding the woodland all over again.

Persecution is a fire that, while consuming religious freedom and purifying the Church of dead wood, opens up seeds of new life. Those seeds are both the martyrs who give witness to the Word by their very blood, and those who witness by their words. That is, the Word of God is the seed that falls into the ground of hearts, and the blood of the martyrs waters it…

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

The Harvest of Persecution

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for May 7th, 2014
Wednesday of the Third Week of Easter

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WHEN was Jesus finally tried and crucified? When light was taken for darkness, and darkness for light. That is, the people chose the notorious prisoner, Barabbas, over Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

Then Pilate released Barabbas to them, but after he had Jesus scourged, he handed him over to be crucified. (Matt 27:26)

As I listen to reports coming out of the United Nations, we are once again seeing light being taken for darkness, and darkness for light. [1]cf. LifeSiteNews.com, May 6th, 2014 Jesus was portrayed by His enemies as a disturber of the peace, a potential “terrorist” of the Roman state. So too, the Catholic Church is fast becoming the new terror organization of our times.

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1. cf. LifeSiteNews.com, May 6th, 2014
Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, THE GREAT TRIALS | on May 6th, 2014 | No Comments »

The Masters of Conscience

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for May 6th, 2014
Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter

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IN every age, in every dictatorship, whether it is a totalitarian government or an abusive husband, there are those who seek to control not only what others say, but even what they think. Today, we are seeing this spirit of control rapidly gripping all the nations as we move toward a new world order. But Pope Francis warns:

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, THE HARD TRUTH | on May 5th, 2014 | No Comments »

The Eclipse of Reason

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for May 5th, 2014
Monday of the Third Week of Easter

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SAM Sotiropoulos was only asking the Toronto Police force a simple question: if Canada’s Criminal Code forbids public nudity, [1]Section 174 states that a person who is “so clad as to offend against public decency or order” is “guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.” will they be enforcing that law at the Toronto Gay Pride parade? His concern was that children, who are often brought to the parade by parents and teachers, may be exposed to illegal public nudity.

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1. Section 174 states that a person who is “so clad as to offend against public decency or order” is “guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.”
Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, THE HARD TRUTH | on May 5th, 2014 | No Comments »

Prophecy Properly Understood

 

WE are living in a time when prophecy has perhaps never been so important, and yet, so misunderstood by the vast majority of Catholics. There are three harmful positions being taken today regarding prophetic or “private” revelations that, I believe, are doing at times great damage in many quarters of the Church. One is that “private revelations” never have to be heeded since all we are obligated to believe is the definitive Revelation of Christ in the “deposit of faith.” Another harm being done is by those who tend to not only put prophecy above the Magisterium, but give it the same authority as Sacred Scripture. And last, there is the position that most prophecy, unless uttered by saints or found without error, should be mostly shunned. Again, all these positions above carry unfortunate and even dangerous pitfalls.

 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, FAITH AND MORALS | on May 2nd, 2014 | 3 Comments »

Unless the Lord Build the Community…

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for May 2nd, 2014
Memorial of St. Athanasius, Bishop & Doctor of the Church

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LIKE the believers in the early Church, I know many today likewise feel a strong call toward Christian community. In fact, I have dialogued for years with brothers and sisters about this desire that is intrinsic to Christian life and the life of the Church. As Benedict XVI said:

I cannot possess Christ just for myself; I can belong to him only in union with all those who have become, or who will become, his own. Communion draws me out of myself towards him, and thus also towards unity with all Christians. We become “one body”, completely joined in a single existence.Deus Caritas Est, n. 14

This is a beautiful thought, and not a pipe dream either. It is the prophetic prayer of Jesus that we “may all be one.” [1]cf. Jn 17:21 On the other hand, the difficulties facing us today in forming Christian communities are not small. While Focolare or Madonna House or other apostolates provide us with some valuable wisdom and experience in living “in communion,” there are a few things we should keep in mind.

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1. cf. Jn 17:21
Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, FAITH AND MORALS, MASS READINGS | on May 1st, 2014 | No Comments »

Community Must be Ecclesial

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for May 1st, 2014
Thursday of the Second Week of Easter
St. Joseph the Worker

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Christian Unity

 

 

WHEN the Apostles are brought again before the Sanhedrin, they do not answer as individuals, but as a community.

We must obey God rather than men. (First reading)

This one sentence is loaded with implications. First, they say “we,” implying a fundamental unity between them. Second, it reveals that the Apostles were not following human tradition, but the Sacred Tradition that Jesus imparted to them. And last, it supports what we read earlier this week, that the first converts in turn were following the Apostles’ teaching, which was Christ’s.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, FAITH AND MORALS, MASS READINGS | on April 30th, 2014 | No Comments »

Community… an Encounter with Jesus

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for April 30th, 2014
Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter

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The Christian Martyrs’ Last Prayer, Jean-Léon Gérôme
(1824–1904)

 

 

THE same Apostles who fled Gethsemane at the first rattle of chains now, not only defy the religious authorities, but go straight back into hostile territory to witness to the resurrection of Jesus.

The men whom you put in prison are in the temple area and are teaching the people. (First reading)

Chains that once were their shame now begin to weave a glorious crown. Where did this courage suddenly come from?

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, FAITH AND MORALS, MASS READINGS | on April 29th, 2014 | No Comments »

The Sacrament of Community

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for April 29th, 2014
Memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena

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Our Lady of Combermere gathering her children—Madonna House Community, Ont., Canada

 

 

NOWHERE in the Gospels do we read Jesus instructing the Apostles that, once He departs, they are to form communities. Perhaps the closest Jesus comes to it is when He says, “This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” [1]cf. Jn 13:35

And yet, after Pentecost, the very first thing the believers did was form organized communities. Almost instinctively…

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1. cf. Jn 13:35
Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, FAITH AND MORALS, MASS READINGS | on April 29th, 2014 | No Comments »