Readings & Reflections: Thursday of the Third Week of Lent & St. Turibius of Mongrovejo, March 23,2017
Once Jesus had driven out demon, “the mute man spoke.” Cynical crowds conclude that Jesus “drives out demons” by “the prince of demons.” To test Jesus, they ask Jesus “for a sign.” Wouldn’t having a conversation with the once-mute man be sign enough? Not for them, for, in their contempt, “the Word itself is banished from their speech.” They need One stronger than “a strong man fully armed” to take away the armor” on which they rely. Come, Christ, take away my armor – the hardness of my evil heart.
PYONGYANG, North Korea (ChurchMilitant.com) – Hackers claim they have hacked into and recorded a North Korean television station that displayed a blasphemous anti-Catholic bias.
Sometime in March, the supposed North Korean live stream was hacked, recorded and posted to the message board and website 4Chan. The hackers recorded a ballet performance, which shows a Catholic priest in the likeness of St. John Vianney. He is preaching “the faith” to a woman and her child, only to have the priest turn on the family. The priest is portrayed abusing the boy and binding the boy to an apple tree. He then stabs the boy with a cross and kills him.
The day Mary conceived Christ in her womb was the same day she laid Him in the tomb
Most Catholics know the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary on March 25, which resulted in the Incarnation. Many Catholics are unaware, however, that so much else has occurred on March 25 — from Abraham attempting to sacrifice his son Isaac to the Heavenly Father sacrificing his Son Jesus.
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, in his 2000 book Spirit of the Liturgywrote, “Jewish tradition gave the date of March 25 to Abraham’s sacrifice. … It was also considered, very early on, as the day of Christ’s death and eventually as the day of His conception.”
Fr. Odozor: “We settled that long ago. They can’t”
ROME (ChurchMilitant.com) – The principal organizer of a major African conference held in Rome this week said Africans know that civilly remarried Catholics can’t receive the sacraments — and they’re ok with it.
Nigerian Fr. Paulinus Odozor during an interview in Rome Monday related that the African bishops have no interest in changing Church teaching to allow the divorced and civilly remarried to receive the sacraments. When asked about this specific issue, the priest answered, “No, because we settled that long ago. They can’t.” He added, “Everyone’s okay with it.”
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This Vortex is coming to you from Manhattan, where the archdiocese of New York is facing a cash crisis because it has a gay priest crisis. Right behind me is a prized Manhattan property known as the Villard Houses. The property is on Madison Avenue in midtown Manhattan, directly behind St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The mansion used to be the residence of the archbishops of New York and is extremely valuable — worth hundreds of millions.
It’s okay to say that something is True. That it is Right. That it is Good.
Now, if you would have said this to me in my childhood, I likely would likely have furrowed my brow, squinted my eyes and said, “Duh.”
To assert something as True, Right and Good today is almost scandalous. After all, we live in the Great Age of Relativism. This is where the unjudging open-mind reigns supreme. It is where we are to uncontroversially float amongst diametrically opposed, fiercely contradictory orthodoxies and dreamily nod in agreement that all are true and good and equal at the same time.
God saw all that he had made…and it was all very good! The Christian must nurture earth and care for creation, for so is the Creator paid homage and done reverence. Creation bears the Divine imprint, and they who deface it transgress against God’s sovereignty.
For too long now, we have dealt with earth as a treasure-trove to be plundered at will, exploited to the hilt. We have been sufficiently warned: There is only so much abuse the environment can take before it pays us back in full. The right to a healthful ecology that the Constitution guarantees us all will soon become hollow words when our wells run dry, our fields become arid as wastelands, our air, heavy with lethal pollutants. In many cities of the world, these are realities. And in the Philippines, even as the rape of our forests, the pollution of our waters and the carbon footprint edges closer to irreversible proportions, many continue to pay no heed.
Readings & Reflections: Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent & St. Nicholas Owen, March 22,2017
Whoever “glorifies the Lord” by teaching the commandments is the greatest in the kingdom. Why? “Every teaching of the divine commandments greatly emphasizes that honest love may overcome a perverse love, and that delight in justice may destroy the desire for sin” (St. Leo the Great). “Teach your children and your children’s children.”
“Lord Jesus, grant this day, to direct and sanctify, to rule and govern our hearts and bodies, so that all our thoughts words and deeds may be according to your Father’s law and thus may we be saved and protected through your mighty help.” In your Mighty Name, I pray. Amen.
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