On this Feast of Corpus Christi, which landed on Fathers Day, a special mass was held at St. Patrick’s in NYC for couples celebrating fifty years of marriage, including Donna and Gabriel here from Yonkers.
“And having taken bread, he gave thanks and broke and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body, which is being for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same manner he also took the cup after the supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which shall be shed for you. ..but behold, the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table.” Luke 22: 19-20
As bad as the bombing of the Coptic Churches in Egypt is, the accepted (by UCCB) reading of a shortened form of the Passion — omitting the Last Supper (“new” covenant) and much of the Passion — on Palm Sunday feels even worse.
Within hours of saying “life is winning again,” at the pro-life march in Washington DC, the vice president of the United States stood beside president Trump as he signed a document ending the Syrian refugee program. This while betraying bishops are telling Catholics living in sin that they possess the clarity of conscience to keep offending God by receiving Communion inappropriately.
“Whoever does away with one of these least commandments, and so teaches men, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever carries them out and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you that unless your justice exceeds that of the Scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:19-20
Artwork: Odilon Redon
A recent interfaith forum at the Sheen Center in NYC, titled: “The Crisis for Christians in the Middle East,” included Ret. General Ray Odierno, former U.S. Army Chief-of-Staff and Judith Miller (photo).
In his remarks, the General advocated for a “safe haven” for Christians, not unilaterally, but with coalition support. He added that when he commanded U.S. troops in Iraq he never was given orders to protect Christians.
Various guests, including Ronald Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress, spoke of the catastrophe that has befallen Christians in the Middle East and Northern Africa and the lack of support, even awareness, especially from those who should care the most. Cardinal Timothy Dolan mentioned bishops from the region who have visited him, weeping and saying “please don’t forget us, we feel alone.”
The problem for Christians in places like Libya, Egypt, Iraq and Syria is primarily the result of America’s so-called democracy movement, strangely allied with Wahhabism. The American experiment in democracy was originally anchored in freedom and rights (and duties) born out of natural law — united with a Heavenly Father. Today’s democracy activists, having ditched the natural law (and international law), are pursuing democracy built on anarchy, driven by materialism, where each person is a sovereign (“I am King”) and democracy is malevolent — with the strong dominating the weak. Sadly many Catholics in the West have thrown in their lot with the purveyors of false freedom, at the expense of their Christian brothers and sisters, with nothing to show for it but broken countries and failed states.
“Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Be on your guard, stay awake, because you never know when the time will come’…” Mark 13: 33
we are nothing without you.
As you sustain us with your mercy,
receive our prayers and offerings.”
Daily Roman Missal
“But when the son of man comes, will he find any faith on earth?” Luke 18:8
“Religion may be generically defined as man’s relationship with God…Faith comes about as a response to the word of God, who in turn reveals himself in it. This response, as we have seen, is essentially supernatural, and at the same time strictly personal. Man brings his own freedom into religion and commits himself, accepting as truth the word of God and the self-revelation of God which it contains.” Karol Wojtyla, Sources of Renewal, 1972
Many leaders in American society, from politicians to mental health professionals and even some religious leaders, have misguided notions regarding people with same-sex attractions. As a result, such persons are trapped and not getting the help they need to master themselves, overcome sin, and be truly free children of God.
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘No one can be the slave of two masters: he will either hate the first and love the second, or treat the first bwith respect and the second with scorn. You cannot be the slave both of God and of money.” Matt. 6: 24-34
Typical Celtic adventure — a few hundred Irishmen (and women) declaring war on the British Empire.