Toe Maua Mai o Tatou Tagata

 

E leai se mea o totoe mo i tatou, o lea, ae ia valaʻaulia lenei lalolagi mativa na faʻamaligiina le tele o toto, na eliina le tele o tuugamau, faʻaleagaina le tele o galuega, na toʻesea le tele o tamaloa o falaoa ma tagata faigaluega, leai se isi mea totoe mo i matou, Matou te fai atu , ae ia valaauliaina i upu alofa a le paia o le Liturgi: “Ia e liliu i le Alii lou Atua.” —POPE PIUS XI, Caritate Christi Compulsi, Me 3, 1932; faʻatau ie

… E le mafai ona galo ia i matou o le faievagelia o le muamua ma le taua o le folafolaina o le Talalelei ia i latou e le iloa Iesu Keriso poʻo e na teʻena pea o ia. O le toʻatele o i latou o loʻo saili lemu i le Atua, e taʻitaʻia e le manaʻo e vaʻai ona fofoga, e oʻo lava i atunuʻu o tu ma aga faʻa-Kerisiano anamua. E iai uma a latou aia tatau e talia ai le Tala Lelei. E i ai i le au kerisiano le tiute e folafola le Tala Lelei e aunoa ma le tuʻuʻeseina o se tasi… Na fai mai John Paul II ia matou e iloa e faapea "e le tatau ona faʻaititia le malosiaga e folafola le Tala Lelei" ia i latou e taumamao mai ia Keriso, "aua o le muamua galuega lea a Ekalesia ”. —POPE Farani, Evangelii Gaudium, n 15; faʻatau ie

 

“THERE must be no lessening of the impetus to preach the Gospel.” That’s the clear and consistent message spanning the last four pontificates. It might seem counterintuitive, even impossible in this climate of anti-Catholicism and political correctness. On the contrary, the deeper the world plunges into darkness, the brighter the stars will be. And you and I ought to be those stars.

The burning “now word” on my heart in Vermont last weekend was to speak about why the Church exists at all: to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ; to make known that, through Him, we have the forgiveness of our sins and that, through the Sacraments, we can find healing, sanctification, and grace to become the people we were created to be: perfect images of God. 

o le lenei raison d’etre of the Church. This is the reason why Jesus has assembled us under the mantle of a hierarchy who are the successors to the Apostles; this is the reason we have our lovely churches and stained-glass windows; it all points toward one reality: God exists and desires that all come to the knowledge of Jesus Christ and be saved. 

Satan wants to silence the Church. He wants Christians to be afraid, impotent, and lukewarm men and women who compromise their beliefs for the sake of “keeping the peace” and appearing more “tolerant” and “inclusive.” The Church does not exist to keep the peace, however, but to point the path toward authentic peace, even at the price of martyrdom:

 … E le lava le iai o tagata Kerisiano ma faʻatulagaina i totonu o se atunuʻu, pe faʻapea foi ona lava e faʻataunuʻuina ai le au aposetolo e ala i faʻataʻitaʻiga lelei. Latou ua faʻatulagaina mo lenei faʻamoemoe, ua latou i ai mo lenei: e faʻasilasila atu Keriso i o latou tagatanuʻu e leʻo ni kerisiano i upu ma faʻataʻitaʻiga, ma fesoasoani ia latou agaʻi atu i le taliaina atoatoa o Keriso. —Fonotaga Lona Lua a le Vatikana, Ad Gentes, n 15; faʻatau ie

O, how the Church has lost her way if this is not foremost on our minds! How we have lost our “first love” if making Jesus known to those around us does not even enter our thoughts! How deceived we are if we dance to the tune of the social engineers who wish to erase the diversities of the human race, most especially the differences between male and female, man and animal, and the Creator and His creatures. It is not enough to only be nice. It is not enough to be just a good example. Neither are we divinized social workers, but each of us, in our own capacity according to our personal gifts and vocation, are called to be ministers of the Gospel. For…

…how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? (Romans 10:14)

Thus, taught Pope St. Paul VI:

… O le molimau silisili ona lelei o le a le aoga i se taimi umi pe a le faʻamatalaina, taʻuamiotonuina… ma faia faʻamatalaga manino e ala i se manino ma le manino feʻau a le Alii o Iesu. O le Tala Lelei folafolaina e le molimau o le olaga i se taimi lata mai pe o se taimi mulimuli ane foi e tatau ona folafolaina e le upu o le ola. E leai se moni faaevagelia pe a fai o le igoa, le aʻoaʻoga, le ola, folafolaga, le malo ma le mea lilo a Iesu le Nasareta, le Alo o le Atua e le folafolaina. —POPE ST. PAULO VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi, n 22; faʻatau ie

The Church is not an NGO. She is not an arm of the United Nations nor some kind of sacred political party. Global warming, migration, and co-existence with Islam are not our battle cry, but “Jesus Christ and him crucified.” [1]1 Cor 2: 2 The Church, says the Catechism…

…is the Reign of Christ already present in mystery.-CCC, Le. 763

As such, we are ambassadors for an eternal kingdom, for an existence that transcends time and which can begin, even now, within our hearts. This existence comes to us by means of grace flowing from the Tree of Life, which is the Cross; it flows directly from the Sacred Heart of Jesus, opened wide for all humanity so that we could be forgiven of our sins and become partakers of the divine nature. And this divine life comes to us by way of the Holy Spirit and the Sacraments, most especially the Bread of Life, the Eucharist. 

It is Jesus, Jesus alive, but we must not get used to it: it must be every time as if it were our First Communion. –POPE FRANCIS, Corpus Christi, June 23rd, 2019; Zenit

The Pope’s teaching here has less to do with reverence and more to do with disposition. Our hearts ought to be on fire for Christ, and if they are, then sharing the Gospel is not just a duty but a privilege born out of genuine love. 

…for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard. (Acts 4:20)

O la'u tusi mulimuli, Five Means to Be Not Afraid, is not meant to be a mere self-help exercise, but to stir you to greater confidence in the power of Christ and His Gospel. Today’s writing, then, is intended to impel you and me to make it known. Indeed, all creation is groaning awaiting the revelation of the sons and daughters of God…

E tatau ona taofi lo tatou fefefe i tiga ma ia faʻatuatua. E tatau ona tatou alofa ma aua le fefefe e suia le auala tatou te ola ai, aua neʻi afaina ai tatou tiga. Na fetalai Keriso, "Amuia e matitiva aua e fai mo latou tofi le lalolagi." Afai la e te filifili o le taimi lenei e suia ai le auala e te ola ai, aua le fefe. O le a Ia i ai iina ma oe, fesoasoani ia te oe. Pau lava lea o le mea o loʻo ia faʻatali iai, e tatau ona avea ai tagata Kerisiano ma kerisiano. —Servant of God Catherine Doherty, mai Matua Pele

 

O le Now Word o se faifeʻau tumau lena
faʻaauau i lau lagolago.
Faʻamanuia ia oe, ma faʻafetai. 

E malaga ma Mareko i le Lenei le Upu,
kiliki i luga le fuʻa i lalo e lesitala.
O lau imeli o le a le faʻasoaina i se tasi.

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