Humility

Humility

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“For everyone who exults themselves will be humbled, but the ones who humble themselves will be exulted.”

        There once lived a man so humble, that even the angels rejoiced at the sight of him.  But, in spite of his great sanctity, he didn’t even have the slightest idea that he was holy.  He just went about his humdrum and ordinary daily tasks, diffusing goodness in the same way flowers unconsciously diffuse their fragrance, and in the same way streetlights diffuse their glow.

        His sanctity lay in this – that he forgot each person’s past, and looked at him or her, as they were, and he looked beyond each person’s appearance to the very center of their being, where they were innocent and blameless and too unaware to know what they were doing.  Thus, he loved and forgave everyone he met – and he saw nothing extraordinary in this, for it was the result of his way of looking at people. Continue reading

The Sick and Dying

The Sick and Dying

“They stripped and beat him, and went off leaving him half dead.”

Today’s gospel speaks to us of Jesus’ great concern and love for the sick and dying. Throughout His public ministry, Jesus’ compassion and love for the sick shines through. In several instances, we read how Jesus cured the sick and restored them to friendship with His Father. The Church continues Jesus’ ministry of caring for the sick and dying with deep compassion and respect for human dignity.

The Church especially continues Christ’s ministry to the sick and dying through the Sacraments. In offering the Sacrament of Penance, the Anointing of the Sick and Viaticum, which is Holy Communion of the Sick and Dying, the priest brings to those who are ill the loving and redeeming embrace of Jesus. In these moments rich with grace, the priest acting in the Person of Christ brings to the patient, forgiveness, inner healing and strength for what lies ahead. Together with deacons, religious, lay ministers, and volunteers, the priest shares with the patient, and with the patient’s family, the Good News of Jesus, the Gospel of life and salvation. Through the grace of God, patients are enabled to unite their sufferings with the Lord’s so as to share His everlasting joy and glory. So also the Church reaches out to families facing the serious illnesses of loved ones with deep respect for the precious gift of life and with the hope for the gift of eternal life. Continue reading

“It is Finished!”

“It is Finished!”

ProLifeCorner-  Justin’s and Chelsea’s joy at the news that they will soon be parents is shattered a few weeks later, when doctors discover that their unborn baby, Melissa, suffers from anencephaly, a fatal congenital defect in which most of the brain is missing or severely underdeveloped. Anencephalic infants die within weeks after birth, and the couple is advised to terminate the pregnancy. Continue reading

The Kingdom of God Versus the Kingdom of Man

The Kingdom of God Versus the Kingdom of Man

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If we refuse to be ruled by God and his laws, then God will allow us to be ruled by tyrants.

It is very difficult not to think about the evil in the world today. My wife Chris and I have spent the better part of the last 30 years talking about the evils of abortion. 9/11 bought a new form of terrorism into all of our lives. Often when I write of abortion, promiscuity, apathy, and the selfishness of the world I sometimes feel like the little brother who is pointing a finger at a sibling and crying out what he or she is doing wrong. I’ve even been told that I’m good at pointing out the problem, followed by “how about giving us some solutions.”  In this article, once again, I will not be able to offer any solutions, but thanks to a recent homily by Pastor Timothy Barr we might have a better sense of direction. Continue reading

Pastor Warns: The United States becoming Like a Nazi Nation

Pastor Warns: The United States becoming Like a Nazi Nation

ProLifeCorner- by Frank Munda- 10-25-2015 – Pastor Timothy Barr warns us that we are becoming like a Nazi nation.

With modern communications I believe it would be almost impossible for someone not to be aware of the atrocities against mankind perpetrated by the heartless, barbaric, corrupt, and inhumane corporation called Planned Parenthood.

How many times have you heard, or possibly even said yourself, where was the church in Nazi Germany? Where was the church in defending the Jews and the millions of non-Jews led to slaughter in the Nazi concentration camps? It is an historical fact that those who spoke out against the Nazis and their crimes against humanity ended up in the concentration camps, just like the Jewish people did. Heed my warning.  Years from now someone will be asking you, what did you do to stop the slaughter of the over 56 million babies in the United States since 1973? What did you do to stop the government sponsored slaughter of these babies? What did you do to stop the government sponsored euthanizing of the elderly and infirm, the poor and unwanted through government sponsored healthcare? What did you do to defund this hideous, sadistic, Hitler like corporation called Planned Parenthood? What did you do to remove corrupt politicians, who accept millions of dollars in campaign funds thereby buying their political support for Planned Parenthood?. What will your excuse be? I did not know?  That excuse will not stand up before God or before man.

This generation will be held accountable for its apathy and what it fails to do to stop these crimes against all of mankind.

I will try to summarize some of the thoughts of Pastor’s sermon in my own words . He tells us don’t be silent; our silence is saying it is okay to kill a baby in the womb. We as a society need to stand up. Why did Hitler get away with what he did?  Because good people remained silent. Don’t be silent, educate yourself on this issue.  Abortion on demand hurts women; it treats them like an object to the point that now the rate of rape is on the rise. We need to stand up for the dignity of women and the dignity of babies. America needs to rise up before we become another Nazi society, if we are not there already. Continue reading

A Test and Act of Faith

A Test and Act of Faith

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“This saying is hard; who can accept it?”

Down through the centuries the followers of Christ would be called upon to profess their faith at various times and under various circumstances. For example, in Japan during the 16th and 17th centuries a persecution of the Church broke out. Many Catholics openly professed their faith and were tortured for it and put to death. 

But one particular Japanese Christian lacked faith strong enough to endure persecution. Under torture he renounced his faith and his life was spared and he was given freedom to live. But when he did so, a Jesuit missionary priest, Father Mastrilli, bravely came forth from the crowd that had been watching him. He acknowledged that he was a Catholic priest. The Japanese officials arrested him immediately and began an excruciating ordeal of sixty hours of torture, finally executing him by beheading him.

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Sinners-R-Us

ProLifeCorner.com—By Timothy Barr-   Lent is a time of penance, a season of confessions. Confession can be a scary thing to do. I suppose many from outside the Church do not understand why we would go. In fact, I think many of us wonder the same thing. Pope John Paul II used to go every week. Why? What did He see or experience in confession? Continue reading