Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Assumption '18 - Ark and Queen Mother

Assumption '18 - Ark and Queen Mother


Assumption '18 - Ark and Queen Mother

Posted: 15 Aug 2018 01:32 PM PDT

Mary is assumed into heaven, and is the fulfillment of the Ark of the new Covenant and the Queen Mother. Readings are found at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/081518-day-mass.cfm Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2

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A Runner's Prayer

Some may be aware that I have found great stress-relief in running. In addition to dealing with the stress of being a pastor with all its concerns and the unique situations that I find, it is helping me unite body and soul, as I pray (typically the rosary, even) and pay attention to the various emotions and feelings of each body part. Saturday, during my morning run, I found myself praying a powerful prayer to do just that. It went something like this:

Come, Holy Spirit, be the breath in my lungs,
May I keep my mouth silent and my ears listening.
Make my feet go in the direction pleasing to You,
and my hands carry nothing but the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
May my knees ache for the prayers that I am to offer this day.
Let my back an offering of labor to you.
Let me shoulder Christ's cross with strength.
May the blood pulsing through my veins help me long for Christ,
and may each heart beat be a song of praise. Amen.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

19th Sunday B '18 - SuperFood

19th Sunday B '18 - SuperFood


19th Sunday B '18 - SuperFood

Posted: 12 Aug 2018 10:39 AM PDT

Jesus gives us the true Bread from heaven, the bread of Angels. Do we use it to become better? Readings are found at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/081218.cfm Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

18th Sunday B '18 - Bread of Life

18th Sunday B '18 - Bread of Life


18th Sunday B '18 - Bread of Life

Posted: 05 Aug 2018 11:28 AM PDT

Jesus is the new manna, and invites us to Himself. Do we accept what the Lord is doing in giving us the Bread of Life? Readings are found at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/080518.cfm Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

17th Sunday B '18 - Gift

17th Sunday B '18 - Gift


17th Sunday B '18 - Gift

Posted: 29 Jul 2018 11:09 AM PDT

Jesus accepts the 5 loaves and 2 fish from a young boy, and blesses, breaks and gives it to the crowd, and it is more than enough. What gift are we offering? Readings are found at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/072918.cfm Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Thoughts on Humanae Vitae

Today, July 25, we mark the 50th anniversary of the release of the encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25, 1968). Too often, this document has been vilified and ignored, but I find it freeing and prophetic. Blessed Paul VI speaks of the great dignity of conjugal love and bearing of children. While he rejected a commission that proposed a change in the tradition of the Church regarding artificial means of birth control, he did not do so lightly. He lays out the doctrinal framework that based on the nature of God’s love, which is open and total. Because of this, the love of husband and wife is also to be open and total, and it is expressed in unitive and procreative ways. He recommends that couples practice natural family planning - if they have reasons tempered in justice, they may refrain from sexual activity in their mutually fertile times (this is not the rhythm method, but rather scientifically verified means). In chapter 17, he prophetically writes that artificial contraception opens the way to marital infidelity, lowering of moral standards, objectification of women, and forced contraception on the part of nations. While not explicitly mentioning abortion, one sees readily his concern there. He acknowledges that this is not and easily accepted position. He gives some antidotes - he reminds us of the value of self-discipline and chastity. This encyclical is one of the building blocks on which St. John Paul II based his Theology of the Body, which gives a wider understanding of who we are as human beings, made in God’s image and likeness. As we see the whole nature of sex, sexuality, gender, and all sorts of questions that could not have even been thought of 50 years ago, I encourage every adult to read it and take Blessed Paul VI’s words to heart. Recently, reports broke of a high ranking Catholic, now retired, who was abusing minors and was in a number of homosexual situations. These included abuse of seminarians of his own diocese. Sadly, he had a hand in the US Church’s response of the sexual misconduct of priests in 2003 (the Dallas Charter). For the record, I had met this man in passing as he was the celebrant for a Mass I attended about 16 years ago. The stories of the men are sickening - how the person in question forced himself on the others, and how he justified it at the time. Of course, now he denies any wrong doing. I am deeply convinced that not only these stories of abuse and even the #MeToo movement is the aftermath of failing to take the encyclical’s prophetic call to heart. Danger lurks in the shadows of separation, and we have falsely separated marriage, sexual expression, procreation, union, and morality. While the drafters of the 2003 Charter for the Protection of Youth may have failed to live up to the expectations they annunciated, these guidelines are needed. With renewed commitment, let us make sure that we will never allow abuse of any minor or vulnerable adult. Let’s commit to repair the damage that has been done that has led to abuse, rape, and exploitation.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

16th Sunday B '18 - Need

16th Sunday B '18 - Need


16th Sunday B '18 - Need

Posted: 22 Jul 2018 10:45 AM PDT

Jesus is the Good Shepherd who meets our every need. Do we rest in Him? Readings are found at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/072218.cfm Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

15th Sunday B '18 - Ordinary

15th Sunday B '18 - Ordinary


15th Sunday B '18 - Ordinary

Posted: 15 Jul 2018 10:32 AM PDT

Jesus sends the 12 to proclaim the Gospel, like Amos and even the stuff used in the Sacraments, all ordinary until blessed by God. Readings are found at http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/071518.cfm Give feedback at https://goo.gl/forms/iG1Tvk4cHTGhdOWz2

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