Keep your eyes
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OVERVIEW: ELECTION 2016- A CATHOLIC PERSPECTIVE
(Rom 12:1-2) I
beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercy of God, that you present
your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing unto God, your
reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be reformed
in the newness of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and
the acceptable and the perfect will of God.
“Today what is required of us is courage to be alternative in the
world, without ever becoming argumentative or aggressive. What is
required of us is the courage to be open to all, without ever
diminishing the absoluteness and uniqueness of Christ, the one Savior
FR RICHARD HEILMAN: Are We Headed for a Chastisement? Prophecy of Archbishop Fulton Sheen
YOUTUBE: Spiritual Protection by Fr Ripperger
ARCHBISHOP CHARLES CHAPUT: Remembering who we are and the story we belong to
Catholics today — and I’m one of them — feel a lot of unease about
declining numbers and sacramental statistics. Obviously we need to do
everything we can to bring tepid Catholics back to active life in the
Church. But we should never be afraid of a smaller, lighter Church if
her members are also more faithful, more zealous, more missionary and
more committed to holiness. Making sure that happens is the job of
those of us who are bishops.
Losing people who are members of the Church in name only is an
imaginary loss. It may in fact be more honest for those who leave and
healthier for those who stay. We should be focused on commitment, not
numbers or institutional throw-weight. We have nothing to be afraid of
as long as we act with faith and courage.
We need to speak plainly and honestly. Modern bureaucratic life, even
in the Church, is the enemy of candor and truth. We live in an age that
thrives on the subversion of language. And here’s one example.
“Accompaniment,” when Pope Francis uses the word, is a great and
obvious good. Francis rightly teaches us the need to meet people where
they are, to walk with them patiently, and to befriend them on the road
of life. But the same word is widely misused by others. Where the road
of life leads does make a difference — especially if it involves
accompanying someone over a cliff.
Here’s another example: A theologian in my own diocese recently listed
“inclusivity” as one of the core messages of Vatican II. Yet to my
knowledge, that word “inclusivity” didn’t exist in the 1960s and
appears nowhere in the council documents.
If by “inclusive” we mean patiently and sensitively inviting all people
to a relationship with Jesus Christ, then yes, we do very much need to
be inclusive. But if “inclusive” means including people who do not
believe what the Catholic faith teaches and will not reform their lives
according to what the Church holds to be true, then inclusion is a form
of lying. And it’s not just lying but an act of betrayal and violence
against the rights of those who do believe and do seek to live
according to God’s Word. Inclusion requires conversion and a change of
life; or at least the sincere desire to change.
Saying this isn’t a form of legalism or a lack of charity. It’s simple
honesty. And there can be no real charity without honesty. We need to
be very careful not to hypnotize ourselves with our words and dreams.
The “new evangelization” is fundamentally not so different from the
“old evangelization.” It begins with personal witness and action, and
with sincere friendships among committed Catholics — not with
bureaucratic programs or elegant sounding plans. These latter things
can be important. But they’re never the heart of the matter.
When I was ordained a bishop, a wise old friend told me that every
bishop must be part radical and part museum curator – a radical in
preaching and living the Gospel, but a protector of the Christian
memory, faith, heritage and story that weave us into one believing
people over the centuries.
I try to remember that every day. Americans have never liked history.
The reason is simple. The past comes with obligations on the present,
and the most cherished illusion of American life is that we can remake
ourselves at will. But we Christians are different. We’re first and
foremost a communion of persons on mission through time – and our
meaning as individuals comes from the part we play in that larger
communion and story.
If we want to reclaim who we are as a Church, if we want to renew the
Catholic imagination, we need to begin, in ourselves and in our local
parishes, by unplugging our hearts from the assumptions of a culture
that still seems familiar but is no longer really “ours.” It’s a moment
for courage and candor, but it’s hardly the first moment of its kind.
This is why Mary – the young Jewish virgin, the loving mother, and the
woman who punches the devil in the nose – was, is, and always will be
the great defender of the Church. And so we can say with confidence:
Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us. And St. Cyril of Jerusalem,
patron of bishops, be our model and brother in our service to Mary’s
son, Jesus Christ.
So be it: Amen.
of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 7- "On Joy-Making Mourning"
35. Do not trust
your fountains of tears before
your soul has been perfectly purified. For wine cannot be trusted when
it is drawn straight from the vats.
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