On the Fifth Anniversary of Francis in the Vatican, the Vatican is hard at work trying to undo a “Vatican”-named website — this while Francis continues to undo the Vatican, and seeks to undo the work/teachings of his predecessors, and even the Lord — especially in the area of “mercy.”
In Saturday’s Gospel from Luke, Jesus tells the parable of the proud Pharisee, who despised everyone, and the humble tax collector, who sought God’s mercy: “God be merciful to me a sinner.” Jesus concludes with: “Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the man who humbles himself will be exalted.”
It is necessary to seek God’s mercy, conscious of our sinfulness — not presuming that it will be showered on us no matter what we do.
A mass celebrating The National Day of Prayer for the African American & African Family was held today at St Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC. The principal celebrant was Bishop Gerald Walsh. The guest homilist was Rev. Patrick A. Smith, Pastor of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Washington DC.
Telling mass goers “this is your time…you are here for a reason but only for a season” and “we have been told many times checkmate in our history…the King has one more move,” Rev. Smith’s remarks were more akin to black activism than the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Black activism in the US has become a power movement fueled in part by black ministers distorting the gospel and our Lord’s invitation to share his work as priest, prophet and king — as children of God — not as self-appointed kings.
The best hope for society is for black people to identify with Jesus Christ, not with comic book characters, claiming to be king.
“He who cleaves to the Lord is one spirit with him. Flee immorality. Do you not know that your members are the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought at a great price. Glorify God and bear him in your body.” I Corinthians 6: 12-20
FDNY at St. Sebastian Church in Woodside, after puting out a fire in a room adjacent to the sacristy. The priest in foreground photographs a Fire Chief being interviewed by local media.
The fire of faith is best spread by living and witnessing the graces and gifts we have received.
“Let our lives be honest and holy in this present age, as we wait for the happiness to come when our great God reveals himself in glory>” Tt 2: 12-13
may the gift we offer in faith and love
be a continual sacrifice in your honor
and truly become our eucharist and our salvation.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
Mexican musicians in Queens, NY preparing to serenade Our Lady of Guadalupe.
“Father…Help us by her prayers to live in your presence without sin”…and have peace in our soul.