Thursday, June 30, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
The Greatest Gift a Priest can Give is not Eloquent Homilies, Detailed Plans, or Fine Wisdom but the Gift of Jesus
Friday, June 24, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Making Disciples of Children - To them is given the Kingdom of My Father - Baptism is the moment they are called to sanctity
Monday, June 20, 2011
This is my consubstantial, con-natural, co-eteral, co-equal Son, one in Being with me, sent to you now here in this place and time in a way he has never been given before or will be given again as a manifestation of my unique love for you, of that portion of my love that is peculiarly yours. For I so love you people gathered here that I give my only begotten Son to you again made present so that you, here and now, will not perish but have eternal life.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
"The increased availability of the new technologies demands greater responsibility on the part of those called to proclaim the Word, but it also requires them to become become more focused, efficient and compelling in their efforts."
Thursday, June 16, 2011
This is a confrontation, the Bishop of Rome said, that in reality "is between the Lord of Israel, the God of salvation and of life, and a mute and empty idol that can do nothing, neither good nor evil."
It is also a confrontation, he said, "between two completely different ways of turning to God and ways of prayer."
In today's readings for mass, Jesus gives us the Our Father. This prayer contains "the 7 fundamental petitions of the human heart" (St Augustine), because it is the prayer of Jesus himself, who,
"For by His incarnation the Son of God has united Himself in some fashion with every man." (Vatican II, Gaudium et Spes 22)
"Dear newlyweds," he said, "I offer the heartfelt wish that you learn to pray together, so that your love be ever truer and lasting."
Everything Jesus said and did, his words, deeds, his sufferings and trials, all seem impossible to imitate, that is, unless you have the Holy Spirit. At Pentecost the Spirit "takes from Jesus and declares to us" that Jesus may live his life and die his death in us. Jesus uses our lives to adore the Father through the Holy Spirit.
I cannot say if it is humanly possible to know a greater joy as a priest than reaching down into the pit of someone's personal hell, where they believe themselves to be trapped, lost, & alone, and then pulling them out into freedom and revealing to them the unfailing kindness and glorious face of Our Father. Why O Lord would you chose such a poor man and sinner to do this work?
God is not impressed by our show of piety, our good deeds or virtue. You might as well present him with some polluted rags. He is attracted by littleness, dependence, and most especially when he looks into our souls and sees his beloved and afflicted child, Jesus Christ crucified. Offer therefore at all times on the altar of your heart the sacrifice of calvary.
"Human life finds its unity in the adoration of the one God" (CCC 2114). Not only nations but persons will find integral unity of the their thoughts, feelings, and desires are made one by worshiping the Creator. Make therefore your whole day a kind of extension of Eucharistic adoration and occupy yourself in praising God's majesty.