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25 August 2014

Advice of St. Louis IX: Monday, 21st Week of Ordinary Time

Click here for actual audio homily. My dearest son, my first instruction is that you should love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your strength. Without this there is no salvation. Keep yourself, my son, from everything that you know displeases God, that is to say, from every mortal sin. You should permit yourself to be tormented by every kind of martyrdom before you would allow yourself to commit a mortal sin.

If the Lord has permitted you to have some trial, bear it willingly and with gratitude, considering that it has happened for your good and that perhaps you well deserved it. If the Lord bestows upon you any kind of prosperity, thank him humbly and see that you become no worse for it, either through vain pride or anything else, because you ought not to oppose God or offend him in the matter of his gifts.
Listen to the divine office with pleasure and devotion. As long as you are in church, be careful not to let your eyes wander and not to speak empty words, but pray to the Lord devoutly, either aloud or with the interior prayer of the heart.
Be kindhearted to the poor, the unfortunate and the afflicted. Give them as much help and consolation as you can. Thank God for all the benefits he has bestowed upon you, that you may be worthy to receive greater. Be just to your subjects, swaying neither to right nor left, but holding the line of justice. Always side with the poor rather that with the rich, until you are certain of the truth. See that all your subjects live in justice and peace, but especially those who have ecclesiastical rank and who belong to religious orders.
Be devout and obedient to our mother the Church of Rome and the Supreme Pontiff as your spiritual father. Work to remove all sin from your land, particularly blasphemies and heresies.
In conclusion, dearest son, I give you every blessing that a loving father can give a son. May the three Persons of the Holy Trinity and all the saints protect you from every evil. And may the Lord give you the grace to do his will so that he may be served and honored through you, that in the next life we may together come to see him, love him and praise him unceasingly. Amen.

24 August 2014

Senses and the Sacraments: EF 11 Sunday After Pentecost

Click here for actual audio homily.  Pope Benedict XVI wrote in his first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est, (God Is Love) “We have come to believe in God's love: in these words the Christian can express the fundamental decision of his life. Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction. Saint John's Gospel describes that event in these words: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should ... have eternal life”   The Church, then, is not just, a human institution or a club for people who love Jesus.  The Church is a divine institution founded nearly two thousand years ago by Jesus Christ, the Son of God so that we may have a  deep, personal, intimate, relationship with Him.    How many people would let put their fingers in your ears or spitting touch your tongue?  We read in Matthew 16:18 “You are Peter, and upon this rock, I will build my Church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.”  And the wonderful thing is that when Jesus founded the Church, He did not leave us alone.  Jesus remains present and active in His Church through the seven sacraments.  A sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace.  Sacraments are outward signs.  In the sacraments, we use touchable, tangible things to convey the power of the unknowable mysterious God.  God is so far beyond anything that we could ever conceive of and there is no way that we could ever understand who God is or how much He loves us.  That is the definition of “holy” in Latin, Hebrew, and Greek comes from the word for “totally other.”  Yet, God in His love for us wants us to know Him on a very personal and intimate level.  But how to do that, if God is so totally other.  Since God created us with five senses then that is the way God will reveal himself to us.  We feel the water of Baptism, we smell the fragrance of the sacred oil of chrism in Confirmation, we taste the bread of life in the Eucharist, we hear the words of absolution in Confession.  The sacraments are signs that we can see, hear, smell, touch, and taste.  And because the sacraments were instituted by Christ, they are holy—they are the instruments by which we received the power of Christ’s life, death, resurrection, and ascension.  The sacraments allow us to share in God’s very life.  More than a thing to be collected, grace is a relationship that grows as we fall deeper in love with the God who created us, loved us, and saved us.  The sacraments allow us to share in God’s divine life.  In other words, Eternity stepped into time.  Jesus is God’s presence among us.  Not just an image, not just a remembrance, but the omnipotent, all-knowing creator God became truly human without losing His Divinity.  The Jesus that walked the earth two thousand years ago is still with us. That was His departing promise to His Apostles in the Gospel of St. Matthew (28:20), “I am with you always, until the end of time.”  The sacraments are intimate and personal encounters with Jesus Christ just like the blind man who was healed, the paralytic whose sins were forgiven, or the Apostles at the Last Supper.  It is the same Jesus Christ, the Son of God, risen from the dead.  Christ established the Church and the Seven Sacraments so that He might manifest Himself to us in every age and place.  Some might envy those who lived during the physical lifetime of Christ, but careful reading of the Gospels would clearly show that most of the folks who heard His words, saw, and even received His miracles did not become His disciples.  Without faith, one cannot recognize Jesus in the flesh, in the Church, in the Bible, or in the Sacraments.  And yet, the Sacraments are not an end in themselves; they are only a means to an end.  What is that end?  Eternal life with God in heaven.   While the sacraments grant us a share in God’s very life, this marvelous gift is--- just that--- a gift.  We do nothing to deserve such love from God, yet like any gift, it demands a response. If I gave you a very nicely wrapped present and you simply said, “Thank you very much” and put the package in the closet without opening up the package, the sweater inside would not keep you very warm.  In the same way, to participate in the life of God, Jesus demands a response of faith.  Without a response of faith, the sacraments remain unopened gifts.  The sacraments work Ex opere operato, which is Latin for “by the work worKed.”  The sacrament brings about the grace it signifies by the performance of the proper ritual.  The grace of the sacrament does not depend on the holiness of the minister.  A priest in serious sin can still celebrate the sacraments.  As Ven. Fulton Sheen would say, “Light is not polluted by going through a dirty window.”  As long as the there is proper form, matter, intent, and the proper minister of the sacrament.  Jesus appears.  This is not not magic, but promise.   Scott Hahn titled his book on the sacraments, Swear to God, because the Sacraments are oaths made by God to us His people.   The sacraments are covenant formulae like those God made with Abraham, Moses, David.    Through the prophet Ezekiel 36:36 God said– “Thus the neighboring nations that remain shall know that I, the LORD, have rebuilt what was destroyed and replanted what was desolate. I, the LORD, have promised, and I will do it.”  And to the prophet Jeremiah 7:23, God said  “This rather is what I commanded them: Listen to my voice; then I will be your God and you shall be my people. Walk in all the ways that I command you, so that you may prosper.”  Sacraments are the same sort of covenantal oath.  When you do this, I will be present.  Why do we not always feel God’s presence?  It is because we experience the sacraments  ex opere operantis,  The Sacraments themselves are objectively present but the reception of the grace depends on our capacity to receive them.  Are we in a state of grace? Are we prepared to receive the grace of the sacrament?  Do we know what we are doing?  The Second Vatican Council said that there should be “full and active participation on the liturgy.”  While this oft quoted phrase has been interpreted incorrectly.  For anyone who would take the time to actually READ the document, the council said that full and active participation is to be achieved by EDUCATION not necessarily be everybody doing something.  So, even if the music is terrible, the homily is boring, there is a baby screaming in my ear, the grace of God is still present – ex opere operato, as long as there is form, matter, and intent.   Do not judge the grace of a sacrament by how you feel about it.  God’s loves us so much, that Jesus gave us seven wonderful events by which we experience God’s tremendous love for us. God loves us more than we can ever imagine.  The more we pray, the more we learn, the more we read, the deeper we fall in love with God and the more we will know of His love for us even if we don’t feel it.  Do not doubt God’s love for you by the way you feel about God.

23 August 2014

The Pope's Main Job: 21st Sunday Ordinary Time, A

Click here for actual audio homily. Okay, today is homily participation Sunday.  I need your help with the homily and even the little kids can help.  When I say, “GO,” I want you to count SLOWLY to YOURSELF to five.  When you reach five, say five loud enough for me to hear.  READY -- “GO” --  (Pause).  Okay, let’s try this again.  When I say, “GO,” I want you to count SLOWLY to YOURSELF to five.  When you reach five, say five loud enough for me to hear.  Except this time I want you to count while watching my fingers and when you reach five say it out loud.  Watch my fingers, ready, --“GO” – (count on fingers).  So what does that have to do with today’s Gospel? Jesus says to Simon Peter, “I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church.” With this statement Jesus makes Peter the head of His Church on earth.  When Peter was martyred in Rome around 67AD, the office of leading the Church fell to Peter’s successor, the second Bishop of Rome, Linus, and after Linus came Cletus, and after Cletus came Clement (as we pray in Eucharistic Prayer I).  If we had the time, we could go through all 265 successors to St. Peter ending with our current Pope, Francis. The Pope, the successor of St. Peter as Bishop of Rome, and the Vicar of Christ on earth, is the guarantee that Christ has given to the Church so that “the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.”  Notice what happened when we were all counting on our own.  When we have a leader we remained unified.  It is one of the functions of the Pope to keep the Church unified in Jesus Christ.  If you had to pick the one thing that separates the Catholic Church from every other Christian group, it would have to be the office of the Pope as the defender of unity.  But Father, you might say, we also have the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and the Protestants don’t.  Doesn’t the Real Presence of Jesus, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, in the Eucharist make us different than every other Christian.  The Protestants do not have Jesus’ Real Presence in the Eucharist, but the Eastern and Orthodox Churches have maintained Apostolic succession and so they have the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.  In fact, the Second Vatican Council says that the Eastern and Orthodox Churches have everything necessary to be called a Church, and so the Council refers to them as “our sister Churches.”  But because the Protestants have not maintained that direct link to the Apostles, and so, lost the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, therefore, the Second Vatican Council refers to Protestants as “ecclesial communities.”  Yet, while the Eastern and Orthodox Churches have maintained their direct link to the Apostles, they refuse to recognize the jurisdictional primacy of Peter and his successors to govern Christ’s Church.  It was to Peter that Christ said, “I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.  Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” In today’s reading Jesus has given to Peter and his successors the authority to govern the whole Church.  Only the Catholic Church has the fullness of God’s revelation because only the Catholic Church has that instrument of unity established by Christ to keep His Body, the Church, unified.  How can Jesus do that? The answer is found in the question posed by Jesus in today’s Gospel.  Jesus asked His disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?"  To which, the disciples gave human answers—John the Baptist, Jeremiah, one of the prophets.  Then Jesus asked His disciples a more personal question, "But who do you say that I am?"  It was Simon Peter who answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."  We might ask ourselves the same question, “Who do we say Jesus is?”   Jesus was either a lunatic crazy person because what human being would go around claiming to be God OR Jesus really was whom He said He was.  Those are our only two choices.  We cannot say that Jesus was simply a great and holy teacher who had some good ideas.  Jesus did not give us that option.  Either Jesus is who He said He is or he is a lunatic.  If Jesus is a lunatic then what are we doing here.  But we are here today because Jesus is the Son of God who founded His Catholic Church on Peter and the Apostles. Pope Francis is the 265th successor of the Apostle Peter, so, we don’t have to worry about remaining united to Jesus becaues Jesus says to Simon Peter, “Thou art Peter and upon THIS rock, I WILL build MY CHURCH.” 

20 August 2014

The Love of God: St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Wednesday, 20th Week Ordinary Time II

I often think that you should hear from the Doctors of the Church rather than from me.  Here is what the Church gives us to meditate on today:

From a sermon by Saint Bernard, abbot
I love because I love, I love that I may love
Love is sufficient of itself, it gives pleasure by itself and because of itself. It is its own merit, its own reward. Love looks for no cause outside itself, no effect beyond itself. Its profit lies in its practice. I love because I love, I love that I may love. Love is a great thing so long as it continually returns to its fountainhead, flows back to its source, always drawing from there the water which constantly replenishes it. Of all the movements, sensations and feelings of the soul, love is the only one in which the creature can respond to the Creator and make some sort of similar return however unequal though it be. For when God loves, all he desires is to be loved in return; the sole purpose of his love is to be loved, in the knowledge that those who love him are made happy by their love of him.
The Bridegroom’s love, or rather the love which is the Bridegroom, asks in return nothing but faithful love. Let the beloved, then, love in return. Should not a bride love, and above all, Love’s bride? Could it be that Love not be loved?
Rightly then does she give up all other feelings and give herself wholly to love alone; in giving love back, all she can do is to respond to love. And when she has poured out her whole being in love, what is that in comparison with the unceasing torrent of that original source? Clearly, lover and Love, soul and Word, bride and Bridegroom, creature and Creator do not flow with the same volume; one might as well equate a thirsty man with the fountain.
What then of the bride’s hope, her aching desire, her passionate love, her confident assurance? Is all this to wilt just because she cannot match stride for stride with her giant, any more than she can vie with honey for sweetness, rival the lamb for gentleness, show herself as white as the lily, burn as bright as the sun, be equal in love with him who is Love? No. It is true that the creature loves less because she is less. But if she loves with her whole being, nothing is lacking where everything is given. To love so ardently then is to share the marriage bond; she cannot love so much and not be totally loved, and it is in the perfect union of two hearts that complete and total marriage consists. Or are we to doubt that the soul is loved by the Word first and with a greater love?
That is why he is a Doctor of the Church!

18 August 2014

Materialism and the Purpose of Education: Monday, 20th Week Ordinary Time II

Click here for actual audio homily.  Even though the rich young man had many possessions, he was still looking for something more. Th purpose of education is not to get a job but to become the person God has called you to be.

17 August 2014

Pharisee and the Publican: EF 10th Sunday after Pentecost

Click here for actual audio homily. I remember this one time when I went to Confession while I was in the seminary.  I did not feel particularly sinful, but went to see the priest and told him a few little things.  I must have said something like “These few things weren’t that bad and that I had difficulty finding sins in my life because I thought I was a fairly holy person.”  He responded that from the things I had confessed I had committed three of the seven capital sins.  My Confessor certainly put me in my place for I was acting like the Pharisee.  Do we think we are holy enough?  Notice what the Pharisee says “'O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity---greedy, dishonest, adulterous.”  How often do we behave like the Pharisee?  I don’t need to go to Confession, I don’t do anything wrong.  I am not like those people.  The Third Commandment says to “Keep Holy the Lord’s Day.”  Do we come to Mass every Sunday or just when its convenient and when nothing else to gets in the way?  Do we remember to fast for one hour before receiving Holy Communion or do we not think it is important to spiritually prepare ourselves to receive the Lord Jesus because we are holy enough?  The fifth commandment says “You shall not kill.”  I’ve never murdered any body so I guess I have not broken that commandment.  Wrong--- Jesus says that if we have anger in our heart then we have broken that commandment.  Jesus says if you say to your brother, “You fool” you will be liable to judgment.  I was reading a story on the Internet and got so annoyed I called a politician and “idiot.”  I figured I should go to confession.   The sixth commandment is “You shall not commit adultery.”  Well, I am not even married, guess I don’t have to worry about breaking that one.  Wrong --- Any sexual activity outside the confines of a marriage of one man and one woman blessed by the Catholic Church falls into this category.  This would also include the use of pornography and given the way some television shows and movies exploit God’s gift of sexuality, it does not always have to be x-rated.  Notice what the Gospel says about the Pharisee – “The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself.”  The Pharisee was not praying to God but to himself.  The Pharisee was praising himself to himself.  My mother had an expression, she would say “Self-praise stinks.  Smell yourself.”  Or to use the words of Pope John Paul II in his encyclical, Veritatis Splendor, “All people must take great care not to allow themselves to be tainted by the attitude of the Pharisee, which would seek to eliminate one’s awareness of one’s own limits and of one’s own sin.   In our own day, this attitude is expressed particularly in the attempt to adapt the moral norms of one’s own capacities and personal interests, and even in the rejection of the very idea of a norm.”  Notice also that the Pharisee asks nothing from God in his prayer.  The Pharisee is totally self-sufficient.  Why then does he even bother praying at all.  But again notice, he is not praying to God but to himself.  Only sinners need a savior.  If we fail to recognize our dependence and need for God, we are SELF-righteous.  Only those, who like the tax-collector in today’s Gospel, who recognize their inadequacy can truly gain the kingdom of heaven.  Only those who recognize their sinfulness and their need for God, go away justified.  The tax collector’s prayer is the origin of that great spiritual tradition in the Eastern Church of the “Jesus Prayer.”  The story of the “Jesus Prayer,” –that is “Lord Jesus Christ Son of God have mercy on me a sinner”—has its roots in the prayer of the tax collector and is told in the classic Orthodox tale know as “The Way of the Pilgrim.”  The story goes something like this.  A traveler wanted to be holy and sought out a spiritual advisor.  The Advisor told the traveler that if he wanted to be holy he should say the “Jesus Prayer” one hundred times.  After caring out this spiritual exercise, the traveler returned to the spiritual advisor.  The advisor then said to recite the “Jesus Prayer” one thousand times.  After completing the assignment, the traveler returned and was told to say the “Jesus Prayer,” ten thousand times.  The point of the story is not the amount of times the prayer is said but that if it is said ten thousand times, we will be constantly in prayer with the name of Jesus upon our lips and reminding ourselves that we are sinners in need of a savior.  Even if we only say the prayer mentally, we can avoid the near occasions of sin which fill our world.  When we recognize our constant need for God we will be able at the end of our life to echo the words of St. Paul in today’s reading, “I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.”

16 August 2014

Entitlement, Humility, and the Eucharist: 20th Sunday Ordinary Time, A

Click here for actual audio homily. Someone once said, “God created the world out of nothing, and so long as we are nothing, He can make something out of us.”  So often in today’s society, we talk about “my rights.”  I have a right to due whatever I want.  Everything should work out and I should have it done my way, when I want it, how I want it, with no cost or inconvenience to me. Someone else said, “We seem to have come to the place where we feel entitled to the good life. We're entitled to have everything work for us. If it doesn't, someone must be to blame, and you can be sure of at least this: Whoever is at fault, it isn't us.”   Let’s take a look at the woman in today’s Gospel.  She is a Canaanite, a gentile.  She is not a Jew.  And yet she wants Jesus to heal her daughter.  Did she come up to Jesus demanding that He heal her daughter?  Jesus, prove to me your God and heal my daughter.  Jesus, if you loved me, You would heal my daughter.  I have been good all my life Jesus, so heal my daughter.  That’s entitlement.  But that is not what the Canaanite woman did.  Rather, this gentile woman was humble and called out to the Son of David.  Jesus did not respond to her request because He wanted to see how deep her faith and humility really were.  And the woman persisted, asking the Lord to help her daughter.  Jesus said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”  In other words, Jesus was saying to the woman, “You don’t deserve my help.”  How often do we come before the Lord Jesus thinking that we are entitled to His love; thinking that because He loves us Jesus will give us whatever we want, because we deserve it.  We can do whatever we want because Jesus loves us and we deserve it.  Well, you know what, we deserve?  We are sinners, me, you, and each one of us.  What do sinners deserve?  Those who die in a state of mortal sin, deserve hell?  But thanks be to Jesus and His life, death, and resurrection, we don’t get what we deserve.  Notice the Canaanite woman, did not get upset with Jesus.  She did not complain to the Pharisees saying how Jesus had insulted her.  She did not say, “How dare you treat me like that.”  She did not go around saying that if Jesus really was God, He would give me what I wanted.  Rather, the woman was humble.  She accepted Jesus’ rebuff that “It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” And she was humble enough and persistent enough to keep asking.  She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.”  Jesus calls the people of Israel, “children.”  But the woman, humbles herself even further by calling them, “masters.”  Jesus rewards her humility, persistence, and faith and heals her daughter.  When we come to Mass, or to any of the Seven Sacraments, we can’t come with a sense of entitlement but with a profound sense of humility at the great gift we have been offered.  We should not come to Mass ready to tell God how great WE are, how many wonderful things WE have done for Him, and we certainly should not be telling each other how great WE are.  This is one of the beauties of the Roman Missal that we began using about three years ago.  The new translation is much more humble.  The new translation doesn’t tell God what to do but it humbly begs Him for His Mercy and favor.  We introduce the Mass with the Sign of the Cross to remind us that everything we have is a gift of Jesus’ great sacrifice on Calvary.  After a brief introduction, we then progress into the Penitential Rite where we ask God for the forgiveness of all the little venial sins that we commit daily.  The Penitential Rite does not forgive Mortal Sins.  To be forgiven of our Mortal sins, we need to go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  In the Penitential rite, we ask the Lord for Mercy, we ask the Lord for Forgiveness, we tell the Lord that we are sinners not worthy to be in His presence.  We have to come to Holy Communion like that Canaanite woman, in humility and not out of a sense of entitlement or routine.  What a great sign of humility to allow someone to feed you.  There are not many people whom you would allow to put something on your tongue?  One of the new changes in the translation is in the words of Consecration. The priest no longers say in the consecration of the Precious Blood, “It will be shed for you and for all.”  Rather the new translation is closer to the words of Sacred Scripture, “which will be poured out for you and for many.”  Cardinal Arinze explains this change by stating that “The expression “for many,” while remaining open to the inclusion of each human person, is reflective also of the fact that this salvation is not brought about in some mechanistic way, without one's own willing or participation; rather, the believer is invited to accept in faith the gift that is being offered and to receive the supernatural life that is given to those who participate in this mystery, living it out in their lives as well so as to be numbered among the “many” to whom the text refers.” Pope Benedict has written, “Clearly, full participation in the Eucharist takes place when the faithful approach the altar in person to receive communion. Yet, true as this is, care must be taken lest they conclude that the mere fact of their being present in church during the liturgy gives them a right or even an obligation to approach the table of the Eucharist.”  We must not treat Holy Communion as a right or a routine but as a sacred privilege.  For only when we approach Jesus in humility rather than entitlement, will He say, “great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.”

14 August 2014

"Genie, you're free": Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, A

Click here for actual audio homily. So what is the big message that makes us obligated to come Mass to today?  After careful study of the Church’s long tradition and the Holy Scriptures, in 1950, Pope Pius XII declared infallibly that “the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.”  In explaining the value of this doctrine, Pope Pius XII argued that the Assumption shows us the value of human life and the importance of “what a lofty goal our bodies and souls are destined.”    Your body is holy.  Your body is important.  Your body is a sacred part of who you are. Our bodies are not just some shell in which contains our holy and immortal soul.  Our whole person, body and soul, is sacred.  So sacred that God would not allow Mary’s body in which His Son took flesh to undergo corruption.  So sacred is the human body that God the Father called Mary, body and soul, to His side.  Our bodies are sacred too.  On the Last Day, our bodies and souls will be reunited to face the divine judgment.  We must have that same sacred concern for our bodies as God does.  We must keep them pure and undefiled if we, like Mary before us, are to be assumed into heaven.  But that is very difficult in our world today, for we continue the immoral disrespect for the body that was set down in the two World Wars and the Holocaust, in the disrespect for human life, and the disrespect for human sexuality.  You may have heard that Robin Williams, the famous actor and comedian, took his own life after suffering from severe depression.  In commenting on this tragic news, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, (that is the people who give out the Oscars), tweeted a message from the film, Aladdin, in which Robin Williams supplied the voice of the genie.  With a still picture from the movie, the tweet, quoted a line from the movie, “Genie, you’re free.”  While this message has been popular with many, some (especially those involved with suicide prevention) see it as glorifying suicide and presenting suicide as an acceptable option.  While the moral culpability of the person who chooses suicide may be debated, there can be no doubt of the tremendous grief of those left behind.  The hidden problem with the statement, “Genie, your free” is that it assumes that the soul is trapped in the body and that our ultimate freedom comes from releasing the soul from the body.  This is the ancient heresy of Gnosticism, in a contemporary form.  The Gnostics believed that the soul was the real person and that the body was something that kept the person from what they were truly meant to be.  This goes against everything that God has revealed to us.  In the Book of Genesis, when God created man and woman with a body and a soul, God looked upon His creation and saw that it was very good.  For God so loved the world that He assumed a BODY and a Soul, from the Blessed Virgin Mary.  That body was so important that Jesus not only rose from the dead but took it to heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father.  The body of Mary, by which Jesus became incarnate, was so important that “having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.”  This is what we are called to remember to day.  This is why the Church calls us to Mass today because she wants us to remember that we are precious in God’s eyes, in our body and our soul and we are called to live forever, body and soul, with God in heaven. 

Signs, Sacraments, Maximilian Kolbe: Thursday, 19th Week Ordinary Time, A

Click here for actual audio homily.  Ezekiel, and the prophets told God's message by actions.  The sacraments show God's loving by doing.  People learn by example.

13 August 2014


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