“Can anything restore me to hope except your mercy? That you are merciful I know, for you have begun to change me. You know how great a change you have worked in me…” St. Augustine, Confessions
“Happy the womb that bore you and the breasts you sucked!” But he replied, “Still happier those who hear the word of God and keep it!” Luke 11: 27-28
The Blessed Mother is a constant help for those sincerely seeking to hear the word of God and live it — urging us to pray constantly.
Jesus is the “new man” (cf. Eph 4:24; Col 3:10) who calls redeemed humanity to share in his divine life. The mystery of the Incarnation lays the foundations for an anthropology which, reaching beyond its own limitations and contradictions, moves toward God himself, indeed toward the goal of “divinization.” This occurs through the grafting of the redeemed onto Christ and their admission into the intimacy of the Trinitarian life. The Fathers have laid great stress on this soteriological dimension of the mystery of the Incarnation: it is only because the Son of God truly became man that man, in him and through him, can truly become a child of God. Saint Pope John Paul II, Novo Millennio Ineunte, 2001
Artwork: Paul Cezanne
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.
“So we have confirmation of what was said in prophecies; and you will be right to depend on prophecy and take it as a lamp for lighting a way through the dark until the dawn comes and the morning star rises in your minds.” 2 Peter 1: 16-19
“We are only the earthenware jars that hold this treasure, to make it clear that such an overwhelming power comes from God.” 2 Corinthians 4: 7:15
“Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink?…Anyone who wants to be great among you must be your servant.” Matthew 20: 20-28
James – the Greater (center) accompanied Peter and John at the Lord’s Transfiguration.
Through her intercession,
may all peoples of every tribe, tongue, and nation,
having been gathered into your Church,
proclaim your greatness
in one song of praise.
On this Solemnity of Saints Peter & Paul, two pillars of the Church, a photo from the June 26 feast day Mass of St. Josemaria Escriva at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC, celebrated by Archbishop Auza Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations. In his homily the Archbishop urged mass goers to: “put out into the deep” in the work of evangelization — to be “fishers of men.”
Addendum – After the Holy Year 2000 Jubilee, Saint Pope John Paul II (in his Apostolic Letter Novo Millennio Ineunte) wrote that he “thought of its celebration as a providential opportunity during which the Church, thirty-five years after the Second Vatican Council, would examine how far she had renewed herself in order to be able to take up her evangelizing mission with fresh enthusiasm…Has the Jubilee succeeded in this aim?…we need to profit from the grace received by putting it into practice in resolutions and guidelines for action. This is a task I wish to invite all the local churches to undertake.” He adds that it is prayer which roots us in this truth. It constantly reminds us of the primacy of Christ and, in union with him, the primacy of the interior life and holiness…which is inconceivable without a renewed listening to the Word of God. The Second Vatican Council underlined the pre-eminent role of the Word of God in the life of the Church.” And yet since 2000, the large numbers of church and school closings, coupled with fewer vocations and millions of people leaving the Church, would lead one to conclude that “new life from attentiveness to the Word of God” is not happening for many. People first need to be nourished with the word in order to be ‘servants of the Word’ in the work of evangelization.”
“See this heart that has loved men so much and has spared itself nothing until it has exhausted itself and consumed itself in order to show them its love. I receive in return scarcely anything but ingratitude because of their irreverence and sacrileges, and because of the coldness and disdain they show towards Me in this sacrament of love. But what hurts me still more is that it is hearts who are consecrated to me who treat me thus. This is why I ask you that on the first Friday after the octave of the Most Holy Sacrament a special feast may be dedicated to the honor of my Heart by receiving Communion on that day and making reparation with some kind of atonement…” Our Lord to Saint Mary Alacoque, 1675
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.
The Gay Fellowship of Blessed Sacrament Church, in NYC, held a fundraiser last evening to benefit two pro-LGBT organizations — one that seeks to have Church teaching altered to normalize the LGBT lifestyle. The church’s pastor was to have spoken at the event. Outside a dozen or so concerned Catholics gathered to pray the rosary. Event attendees came out to mock those praying and have pictures taken near them. “Cheers!” The NYPD was even called.
The model, given by Christ, for ‘life to the full’ is the losing/gaining of self — through the free gift of self — not through deviation, infantilism and hedonism. Churchmen (and cops) ought to be assisting with the former not the later. One way is to help people master themselves, and live chaste lives — rather than ‘Shitting on God’ (‘auf Gott scheissen’) as Freud described anal eroticism — so as not to exploit others but to be in real communion with them.
Living Our Lord’s commands, identifying with Him, assures the dignity of persons and fullness of life.