DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE LEGAL PROTECTION OF UNBORN CHILDREN

I planned on writing this on Friday, Jan. 22, the day of the Pro Life March in San Francisco and Sat. Jan 23, the day of the Pro Life March in Washington DC, but am just getting to it today. Jan. 22 was the DAY OF PRAYER for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children In all the dioceses of the United States of America. It is the day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion. The liturgical celebrations for that day could be the Mass “For Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life, or “For the Preservation of Peace and Justice.  The following MEDITATION FOR THAT DAY expresses our love and preservation of Human Life perfectly. By:  Servant of God Dorothy Day,who was the founder of the Catholic Worker movement and died, 1980.

DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE LIGAL PROTECTION OF UNCORN CHILDREN:

I am meditating. I am thinking of what I have come to think of as fundamental to our search for peace, for non-violence. A flood of water (and Christ is living water) washes out sins–all manner of filth, degradation, fear, horror.  He is also the Word. And studying the New Testament, and its commentators, I have come in this my seventy-sixth year, to think of a few holy words of Jesus as the greatest comfort of my life: “Judge not…Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us…Forgive seventy times seven times.” All words of our Lord and Savior. “I have knowledge of salvation through forgiveness of my sins,” Zechariah sang in his canticle.

And so, when it comes to divorce, birth control, abortion, I must write in this way. The teaching of Christ, the Word, must be upheld. Held up though one would think that it is completely beyond us–out of our reach, impossible to follow. I believe Christ is our Truth and is with us always. We may stretch towards it, falling short, failing seventy times seven, but forgiveness is always there. He is a kind and loving judge. And so are 99% of the priests in the confessional. The verdict there is always “not guilty” even though our “firm resolve with the help of his grace to confess our sins, do penance, and amend our lives” may seem a hopeless proposition. It always contains, that act of contrition, the phrase, “to confess our sins,’ even though we have just finished confessing them, which indicates that the priest know, and we know, and we want to be honest about it, that we will be back in that confessional, again and again.

I believe in the sacraments. I believe grace is conferred through the sacraments. I believe the priest is empowered to forgive sins. Grace is defined as “participation in the divine life,” so little by little we are putting off the old man and putting on the new.

ACTUALLY, “PUTTING ON CHRIST.”

 

GOD SPEAKS TO HIS PEOPLE

GRANT PEACE IN OUR DAYS…PEACE I LEAVE YOU..THE PEACE OF THE LORD BE WITH YOU ALWAYS..GRANT US PEACE.

IN THE CATHOLIC MASS, AFTER THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER, it is notable how many time we pray for peace.

In the Judeo-Christian tradition, peace is not the lack of disturbance or difficulty. Peace, or shalom, is not a lack, but a fullness, a completeness. Do we experience our greatest fullness when we are left undisturbed? Or does fullness come from the awareness and experience of being loved?

The Prophet Micah assures us that Peace is a Person. In prophesying the Messiah, he writes, HE SHALL BE PEACE (Mi 5:4).

After the Resurrection, Jesus says to the Apostles “PEACE BE WITH YOU,” and he breathes on them the Holy Spirit, who makes Christ present among us.

How fascinating that these multiple prayers for peace occur only after Christ comes in the Eucharist.

We can pray for peace and wish each other the sign of peace after the Eucharistic Prayer, BECAUSE PEACE, WHOSE NAME IS JESUS, HAS COME AMONG US. And I can offer the sign of peace to my neighbor, fully aware that he or she is suffering difficulties and challenges in life. If that liturgical moment is lived with awareness, we are sharing with one another the joyful certainty that he can enliven us with the fullness of HIS PRESENCE IN THE MIDST OF ANY AND EVERY DIFFICULTY.

In our lives and in a world full of suffering and challenges, we express with the boldness  of faith that peace has come among us: HE WHO IS PEACE PROMISES TO BE WITH US ALWAYS.    (By: Father Richard Veras, Director of Pastoral Formation at St. Joseph’s Seminary in New York)

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In other words, when I say to you, “PEACE BE WITH YOU” I am blessing you by saying, “JESUS BE WITH YOU”.  It puts a whole new emphasis on the peace I wish my neighbors at Mass or any other time.

So: PEACE BE WITH ALL OF YOU! GO AND FEEL COMPLETE AND LOVED

EPIPHANY-Christmas Season Ends

THE MYSTERY OF THE EPIPHANY

Oh, when will that blessed day come on which we shall do as the Wise Men did, and, leaving everything, give ourselves to God?

I say, my brethren, that their faithfulness to their calling was strong: they overcame every difficulty and hindrance which stood in their way, so as to follow the star. And what sacrifices they had to make!  They had to leave their country, their palaces, their families, and their kingdom, or in other words, they had to leave everything which was most dear to them in this world.

To part from them, they underwent the fatigues of a long and troublesome journey, and all this of a very cold season of the year: everything seemed to stand in the way of their undertaking. How much ridicule did they not have to put up with from their equals, and even from the people?  But no! Nothing daunts them from undertaking this important journey.  You see here plainly, my brethren, that the merit of the true faith consists in this: that we sacrifice all that which we love best to obey the voice of grace which calls to us.  By: St. John Vianney

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Folks, Epiphany Sunday is tomorrow, Jan. 3rd, and that is the end of the Christmas Season.  That is the day the Three Kings arrived in Bethlehem to honor and adore Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Our Priest spoke today of the chance they took leaving their homes and coming to Bethlehem.  They would be known today as Astrologists and the Jews hated them.  They came where they were not wanted because they were called by God to come Adore His Son.

We are in a similar situation.  People now days say they are spiritual but stay away from religion, Then, there are other religions and new ones, the New Age type, which takes parts from other religions, arising all the time. People are choosing what religion they want to belong to. And there are good things about each religion, however, being a Christian is different. We did not choose to be Christian, WE WERE CHOSEN BY JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF, JUST AS THE 3 KINGS WERE CHOSEN. What we do with being the chosen ones is up to us, and with God’s grace, if we listen, we will do what Christ wants us to do, be who He wants us to be, go where he wants us to go, and say what He wants us to say.  Others have been chosen also, but if the don’t listen and ask for His Grace, they miss the opportunity.

The Three Kings gave up everything because they listened when they were chosen.  ARE YOU LISTENING? ARE YOU ASKING FOR HIS GRACE? WILL YOU BE ONE OF THE CHOSEN ONES? OR ARE YOU ALREADY ONE OF US? IF NOT, WE ARE WAITING FOR YOU TO JOIN US AND WE WELCOME YOU.