You have checked the nations, destroyed the wicked;
you have wiped out their name for ever and ever.
The nations have fallen in the pit which they made,
their feet caught in the snare they laid. Psalm 9
The natural and man-made disasters that have become a daily occurrence ought to be a time of reflection and conversion for those who are still kicking.
“As for the part in the rich soil, this is people with a noble and generous heart who have heard the word and take it to themselves and yield a harvest through perseverance.” Luke 8: 4-15
“I wanted you to know how people ought to behave in God’s family, that is, in the Church of the living God, which upholds the truth and keeps it safe.” Timothy 3:14-16
Perhaps the awesome natural events of late will help awaken and move people to more faithful living.
Church of the Holy Family, NYC – September 11, 2017
Bishop Jean Marie Benoit Bala of Cameroon, by all accounts an orthodox and faithful man, suffered a violent death May 31, 2017 because, according to those close to him, he was a truth teller — and the minions of Satan in the Church allied with corrupt government officials wanted him dead.
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