Readings & Reflections: Thursday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time & St. Fabian, January 19,2017

Readings & Reflections: Thursday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time & St. Fabian, January 19,2017

A large number of people followed Jesus from Galilee, Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, from beyond the Jordan, and from the neighborhood of Tyre and Sidon – that is, from all the world. Why? Because they recognized in “what he was doing” the One their hearts were waiting for: the One who is always able to save those who approach God through him.

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Opening Prayer

Lord Jesus, In today’s Gospel, crowds followed You wherever You went. Lord, open our hearts and enable us to surrender our lives to You and follow You and to delight only in You, to exult and be glad that You are the High Priest, our Mediator and Salvation.  May all who seek You exult and be glad in You, and may those who love your salvation say ever, THE LORD BE GLORIFIED! In your Name, we pray. Amen.

Reading 1
Heb 7:25—8:6

Jesus is always able to save those who approach God through him,
since he lives forever to make intercession for them.

It was fitting that we should have such a high priest:
holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, higher than the heavens. He has no need, as did the high priests,  to offer sacrifice day after day, first for his own sins and then for those of the people; he did that once for all when he offered himself. For the law appoints men subject to weakness to be high priests,  but the word of the oath, which was taken after the law,  appoints a son, who has been made perfect forever.

The main point of what has been said is this: we have such a high priest, who has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle that the Lord, not man, set up. Now every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices; thus the necessity for this one also to have something to offer. If then he were on earth, he would not be a priest, since there are those who offer gifts according to the law.
They worship in a copy and shadow of the heavenly sanctuary, as Moses was warned when he was about to erect the tabernacle. For God says, “See that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” Now he has obtained so much more excellent a ministry as he is mediator of a better covenant, enacted on better promises.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 17
R. (8a and 9a) Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
Sacrifice or oblation you wished not,
but ears open to obedience you gave me.
Burnt offerings or sin-offerings you sought not;
then said I, “Behold I come.”
R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
“In the written scroll it is prescribed for me,
To do your will, O my God, is my delight,
and your law is within my heart!”
R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
I announced your justice in the vast assembly;
I did not restrain my lips, as you, O LORD, know.
R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.

May all who seek you
exult and be glad in you,
And may those who love your salvation
say ever, “The LORD be glorified.”
R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.

Alleluia See 2 Tm 1:10

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death
    and brought life to light through the Gospel.
    R.Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel
Mk 3:7-12

Jesus withdrew toward the sea with his disciples. A large number of people followed from Galilee and from Judea. Hearing what he was doing, a large number of people came to him also from Jerusalem,  from Idumea, from beyond the Jordan, and from the neighborhood of Tyre and Sidon. He told his disciples to have a boat ready for him because of the crowd, so that they would not crush him. He had cured many and, as a result, those who had diseases were pressing upon him to touch him. And whenever unclean spirits saw him they would fall down before him and shout, “You are the Son of God.” He warned them sternly not to make him known.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection 1 – Jesus Christ “Superstar”

Going back through my memory bank, I can still remember how the great masses of people within Metro Manila patronized a young movie star-singer. She came from very humble beginnings and became a big success in show business. Day in and day out people flocked into the plush home where she resided. On weekends when she will come out and meet her countless fans, one can hear loud screams from people and even their shrill voices. Stella and I were witnesses to this as our home was about one minute walk to her abode.

Today, I often wondered what the big crowds were really looking for. What did they have in mind? Did they see themselves in the person of the overnight success story? Was she an escape from their ordinary life? Or was it excitement they were after? Whatever it was they had in their hearts and minds, what one saw was a seething mass of humanity that was beyond control.

In today’s Gospel scenario, we have Jesus Christ “Superstar” as the focus of the mad hysteria. What were they looking for as they followed Jesus? Miracles and deliverance? Were they there for curiosity? Or did they find Jesus entertaining? These very questions still apply to us today as we all follow Jesus through the scripture.

Following Jesus through the gospels and the epistles, what do we really hope to hear and receive? Is it curiosity that drew us to Jesus? Or is it our deep love for our God and Savior that brought us to follow Him patiently everyday of our lives? Was it the heavy burden of life or was it our brokenness and sinfulness that caused us to search for Him? Have we followed Jesus in modern times or have we set Him aside for the world?

Jonathan was able to save David’s life as in today’s first reading.” Saul heeded Jonathan’s plea and swore, “As the LORD lives, he shall not be killed.” Jonathan, interceded on David’s behalf and convinced his father not to give in to his jealousy as David, his successor was receiving so much attention from everyone. Jonathan’s affection for David, and his sense of justice, saved David’s life and allowed the plan of God to move forward.

In the same light, Jesus, as our Intercessor with the Father, is beyond comparison and can always do better than anyone. He is our Lord and Savior.

Let us then follow Jesus as we walk back to our true home with the Father. Let us diligently appropriate our total selves solely for His purpose and present to Him all our cares and concerns allowing Him to direct our lives as “Jesus is always able to save those who approach God through Him, since He lives forever to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25

Direction

Follow Jesus wherever He may lead us.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I always endeavor to do your will. Give me the grace to seek you and your plan so that I may glorify You in my words and in my deeds. In Jesus I pray, Amen.

Reflection 2 – Making good copies

Today’s first reading explains that Jesus raised the priesthood to a new level — a higher, holier level — when he fulfilled the old covenant and ushered in the new. Although the ancient Jewish priesthood is the foundation for the Christian priesthood, we no longer have high priests, because Jesus is the High Priest. And we all become priests.

In our baptisms, we all died to our earthly human nature and were resurrected as priests, prophets and kings joined to these important service-oriented functions of Christ. When we gather to worship God as a community, we, the common priests (the laity and consecrated religious) together with the ministerial priests (the ordained clergy), offer him our sacrifices and prayers.

Christ comes to earth today in the Sacraments through the ministerial priests. In Catholicism, because their ordinations connect all the way back directly to St. Peter’s, they become “in persona Christi”, i.e., they are simultaneously sinful man and the holy presence of Christ. Two thousand years ago, Jesus gave his holy orders to the Apostles (the meaning of ordination), who gave Christ’s holy orders to the next priests, who ordained the next, and so on to this very day; this is called the “apostolic succession of priests”.

Thus, Jesus our High Priest is fully present with us at every Catholic Mass in the Word of God, in the Eucharist, and in the priest (regardless of how sinful he is) through whom Jesus preaches the Word and through whom Jesus changes the bread and wine into the Eucharist.

When we — the common priests and the ministerial priests — eat his body and drink his blood, we are united to Christ’s sacrifice and the salvation that it gives us. Thus united to Jesus, we all become Christ’s body on earth for the continuation of his ministry. Are we continuing his ministry well?

Since everything earthly is temporary, right now we are only copies and shadows of the heavenly Christ. The sanctuaries in our churches, where the bread and wine become Christ’s actual body and blood, are copies and shadows of heaven where we will be consecrated to him forever in complete love and perfect holiness.

We who are temples of the Holy Spirit are the true tabernacles holding the true presence of Christ for all the world to see and consume. Do others see the true presence of Jesus in us? Yes — as long as we behave like the Body of Christ that we are. Whenever we sin, we hide Jesus from the world.

To be holy priests (common or ordained), we must imitate the examples of Jesus and continually learn from his teachings and purify our lives so that we more accurately represent his true presence on earth. This is what changes the world; this is how prayers get answered. – Read the source: http://gnm.org/good-news-reflections/?useDrDate=2017-01-19

Reflection 3 – All pressed upon Jesus to touch him

Is there anything holding you back from giving yourself to God without fear or reservation? Jesus offered freedom to everyone who sought him out. Wherever Jesus went the people came to him because they had heard about all the wonderful deeds and miracles which he performed. They were hungry for God and desired healing from their afflictions. In faith they pressed upon Jesus to touch him. As they did so power came from Jesus and they were healed. Do you seek to lay hold of Jesus’ presence in your life that he may touch and heal you?

Augustine of Hippo (354-430 A.D.) remarked:

“It is by faith that we touch Jesus. And far better to touch him by faith than to touch or handle him with the hands only and not by faith. It was no great thing to merely touch him manually. Even his oppressors doubtless touched him when they apprehended him, bound him, and crucified him, but by their ill-motivated touch they lost precisely what they were laying hold of. O worldwide church! It is by touching him faithfully that your ‘faith has made you whole’ (Isaiah 1:10-18; Matthew 9:22; Mark 5:34; Mark 10:52; Luke 8:48; John 20:29).” (excerpt from SERMONS, ON EASTER 148)

Why did Jesus perform so many countless miracles and signs during his earthly ministry? Cyril of Alexandria (376-444 AD) wrote that these signs and miracles showed that Jesus was truly God – the eternal Word who was made flesh for our salvation:

[Jesus] performed very many wonderful miracles, rebuking demons, delivering from incurable diseases whoever drew near to him, and displaying his own most divine power. He did these works so that both the Jews, who had run together to him, and those from the country of the Greeks might know that Christ was not some ordinary man of those in our degree but, on the contrary, God. He honored these chosen disciples with the dignity of the apostolate. He was the Word that was made man but retained nevertheless his own glory. “For power went forth from him and healed all.” Christ did not borrow strength from some other person, but being himself God by nature, even though he had become flesh, he healed them all, by the demonstration of power over the sick. (COMMENTARY ON LUKE, HOMILY 25)

Why did the demons tremble in the presence of Jesus (Mark 3:11)? They recognized that his power and authority came from heaven and not from earth. But while they confessed Christ and trembled in his presence, they did not respond in love.

When you read God’s word and consider all that Jesus said and did, how do you respond? With indifference, hesitation, or skepticism, or with expectant faith, love, and willing obedience? Ask the Lord Jesus to draw you to himself with increasing faith, fervent love, and eager readiness to do his will.

“Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Son of God and the Savior of the world. Inflame my heart with a burning love for you and with an expectant faith in your saving power. Set me free from all that hinders me from drawing closer to you.” – Read the source: http://dailyscripture.servantsoftheword.org/readings/2017/jan19.htm

 

Reflection 4 – Fighting evil

How do you fight the evil spirits? A group of social activists came to get a blessing for their plan of action and the guru told them, “What you people need is light and not action.” He explained, “Fighting evil by action is like fighting darkness with your bear hands. What you all need is light and not force.” Jesus is our light in the midst of the darkness of evil. The fullness of evil, that is, the rejection and death of God was assumed by Jesus with the utmost love possible on earth. For God sent His Son, clothed in our flesh, in order that through His Son He might snatch men from the power of darkness and Satan and that in this Son He might reconcile the world to Himself.

In the Gospel, Jesus withdraws with his disciples to the sea. And the unclean spirit cried out, “You are the Son of God.” And he strictly ordered them not make him known. In this situation, Jesus saw his liberating mission as a kind of power struggle with Satan, a warfare against the powers of evil in all its possible shapes and forms, and he proved that goodness is ultimately more powerful than evil.

The disastrous effect of original sin in us; the innate tendency to dominate, to lord it over, to oppress will turn into willingness to serve if we allow Jesus to conquer our hearts and offer us his new freedom from sinful brokenness, if we allow him to be the Lord of our lives. Is there anything holding you back from giving yourself unreservedly to Jesus? Ask the Lord to increase your faith in his saving power and grace.

Reflection 5 – The Gospel of Life

“The Christian is someone who thinks and acts in everyday life according to God’s will, someone who allows his or her life to be guided and nourished by the Holy Spirit, to be a full life, a life worthy of true sons and daughters. And this entails realism and fruitfulness. Those who let themselves be led by the Holy Spirit are realists; they know how to survey and assess reality. They are also fruitful; their lives bring new life to birth all around them.

“God is the Living One, the Merciful One; Jesus brings us the life of God; the Holy Spirit gives and keeps us in our new life as true sons and daughters of God. But all too often, as we know from experience, people do not choose life, they do not accept the “Gospel of Life” but let themselves be led by ideologies and ways of thinking that block life, that do not respect life, because they are dictated by selfishness, self-interest, profit, power, and pleasure, and not by love, by concern for the good of others. It is the eternal dream of wanting to build the city of man without God, without God’s life and love – a new Tower of Babel. It is the idea that rejecting God, the message of Christ, the Gospel of Life, will somehow lead to freedom, to complete human fulfillment. As a result, the Living God is replaced by fleeting human idols which offer the intoxication of a flash of freedom, but in the end bring new forms of slavery and death. The wisdom of the Psalmist says: The precept of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes (Ps 19:9). Let us always remember: the Lord is the Living One, he is merciful. The Lord is the Living One, he is merciful.

“Dear brothers and sisters, let us look to the Gospel as the God of life, let us look to his law, to the Gospel message, as the way to freedom and life. The Living God sets us free! Let us say “Yes” to love and not selfishness. Let us say “Yes” to life and not death. Let us say “Yes” to freedom and not enslavement to the many idols of our time. In a word, let us say “Yes” to the God who is love, life and freedom, and who never disappoints; let us say “Yes” to the God who is the Living One and the Merciful One” (Source: Pope Benedict XVI, Magnificat, Vol. 16, No. 11, January 2015, pp. 311-312).

Reflection 6 – St. Fabian (c. 250 A.D.)

Fabian was a Roman layman who came into the city from his farm one day as clergy and people were preparing to elect a new pope. Eusebius, a Church historian, says a dove flew in and settled on the head of Fabian. This sign united the votes of clergy and laity, and he was chosen unanimously.

He led the Church for 14 years and died a martyr’s death during the persecution of Decius in 250 A.D.. St. Cyprian wrote to his successor that Fabian was an “incomparable” man whose glory in death matched the holiness and purity of his life.

In the catacombs of St. Callistus, the stone that covered Fabian’s grave may still be seen, broken into four pieces, bearing the Greek words, “Fabian, bishop, martyr.”

Comment:

We can go confidently into the future and accept the change that growth demands only if we have firm roots in the past, in a living tradition. A few pieces of stone in Rome are a reminder to us that we are bearers of more than 20 centuries of a living tradition of faith and courage in living the life of Christ and showing it to the world. We have brothers and sisters who have “gone before us with the sign of faith,” as the First Eucharistic Prayer puts it, to light the way for us.

Quote:

“The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church” (Tertullian).

Read the source: http://www.americancatholic.org/features/saints/saint.aspx?id=1265

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Fabian
POPE SAINT
FABIAN
Saint Fabian1.jpg

Saint Fabian by Giovanni di Paolo (c. 1450) wears an anachronistic Papal tiara
PAPACY BEGAN 10 January 236
PAPACY ENDED 20 January 250
PREDECESSOR Anterus
SUCCESSOR Cornelius
PERSONAL DETAILS
BIRTH NAME Fabianus
BORN c. 200
DIED 20 January 250
Rome, Roman Empire
SAINTHOOD
FEAST DAY 20 January
VENERATED IN Roman Catholic Church
ATTRIBUTES

Fabian (Latin: Fabianus; c. 200 – 20 January 250) was the Bishop of Rome from 10 January 236 to his death in 250,[1]succeeding Anterus. He is famous for the miraculous nature of his election, in which a dove is said to have descended on his head to mark him as the Holy Spirit‘s unexpected choice to become the next pope.[2] He was succeeded byCornelius.

Most of his papacy was characterized by amicable relations with the imperial government, and Fabian could thus bring back to Rome the bodies of Pope Pontian and the antipope Hippolytus, both of whom had died in exile in the Sardinian mines, for Christian burial. It was also probably during his reign that the schism between the two corresponding Roman congregations of these leaders was ended. He was highly esteemed by Cyprian;[3] Novatian refers to his nobilissima memoriae, and he corresponded with Origen. One authority refers to him as Flavian.[4]

The Liber Pontificalis, a fourth-century document that survives in later copies, says that he divided Rome intodeaconates and appointed secretaries to collect the records of the martyrs. He is also said, probably without basis, to have baptized the emperor Philip the Arab and his son. More plausible is the report in the Liberian Catalogue that he sent out seven “apostles to the Gauls” as missionaries.

He died a martyr at the beginning of the Decian persecution, and is venerated as a saint by the Catholic Church.[1][2]Fabian’s feast day is commemorated on January 20, the same as Saint Sebastian,[5] in whose church his sepulcher lies in Rome.

Early life and accession[edit]

According to the Liber Pontificalis, Fabian was a noble Roman by birth, and his father’s name was Fabius. Nothing more is known about his background. The legend concerning the circumstances of his election is preserved by the fourth-century writer Eusebius of Caesarea (Church History, VI. 29).[6]

After the short reign of Pope Anterus, Fabian had come to Rome from the countryside when the new papal electionbegan. “Although present,” says Eusebius, Fabian “was in the mind of none.” While the names of several illustrious and noble churchmen were being considered over the course of thirteen days, a dove suddenly descended upon the head of Fabian. To the assembled electors, this strange sight recalled the gospel scene of the descent of the Holy Spirit onJesus at the time of his baptism by John the Baptist. The congregation took this as a sign that he was marked out for this dignity, and Fabian was at once proclaimed bishop by acclamation.[6]

Papacy[edit]

During Fabian’s reign of 14 years, there was a lull in the storm of persecution which had resulted in the exile of both Anterus‘ predecessor Pontian and the antipope (and later saint) Hippolytus. Fabian had enough influence at court to effect the return of the bodies of both of these martyrs from Sardinia, where they had died at hard labor in the mines. The report that he baptized the emperor Philip the Arab and his son, however, is probably a legend, although he did seem to enjoy some connections at court, since the bodies of Pontian and Hippolytus could not have been exhumed without the emperor’s approval.[4]

According to the sixth-century historian Gregory of Tours[7] Fabian sent out the “apostles to the Gauls” to Christiani Gaul in A.D. 245. Fabian sent seven bishops from Rome to Gaul to preach the Gospel: Gatianus of Tours to Tours, Trophimus of Arles to Arles, Paul of Narbonne to Narbonne, Saturnin to Toulouse, Denis toParis, Austromoine to Clermont, and Saint Martial to Limoges. He also condemned Privatus, the originator of a new heresy in Africa.[2]

Fabian with Saint Sebastian: the feast of both of these saints’ is celebrated on January 20.

The Liber Pontificalis says that Fabian divided the Christian communities of Rome into seven districts, each supervised by adeacon. Eusebius (VI §43) adds that he appointed seven subdeacons to help collect the acta of the martyrs—the reports of the court proceedings on the occasion of their trials.[4] There is also a tradition that he instituted the four minor clerical orders: Porter, lector, exorcist, and acolyte. However most scholars believe these offices evolved gradually and were formally instituted at a later date.[4]

His deeds are thus described in the Liber Pontificalis:

Hic regiones dividit diaconibus et fecit vii subdiacones, qui vii notariis imminerent, Ut gestas martyrum integro fideliter colligerent, et multas fabricas per cymiteria fieri praecepit. (“He divided the regiones into deaconships and made seven sub-deaconships which seven secretaries oversaw, so that they brought together the deeds of the martyrs faithfully made whole, and he brought forth many works in the cemeteries.”)

The Liberian Catalogue of the popes also reports that Fabian initiated considerable work on the catacombs, where honored Christians were buried, and where he also caused the body of Pope Pontian to be entombed at the catacomb of Saint Callixtus.

With the advent of Emperor Decius, the Roman government’s tolerant policy toward Christianity temporarily ended. Decius ordered leading Christians to demonstrate their loyalty to Rome by offering incense to the cult images of deities which represented the Roman state. This, of course, was unacceptable to many Christians, who, while no longer holding most of the laws of the Old Testament to apply to them, took the commandment against idolatry with deadly seriousness. Fabian was thus one of the earliest victims of Decius, dying as a martyr on 20 January 250, at the beginning of the Decian persecution, probably in prison rather than by execution.[8]

Fabian was buried in the catacomb of Callixtus in Rome. The Greek inscription on his tomb has survived,[6] and bears the words:[2]

Fabian, Bishop, Martyr.

His remains were later reinterred at San Sebastiano fuori le mura by Pope Clement XI where the Albani Chapel is dedicated in his honour.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jump up to:a b Meier, Gabriel (1909). “Pope St. Fabian” in The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 5. New York: Robert Appleton Company.
  2. ^ Jump up to:a b c d Fr. Paolo O. Pirlo, SHMI (1997). “St. Fabian”. My First Book of Saints. Sons of Holy Mary Immaculate – Quality Catholic Publications. p. 24. ISBN 971-91595-4-5.
  3. Jump up^ Cyprian’s letter to Fabian’s successor Pope Cornelius (Cyprian, Epistle 30) calls him “incomparable” and says that the glory of his martyrdom answered the purity and holiness of his life.
  4. ^ Jump up to:a b c d  Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). “Fabian, Saint“. Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  5. Jump up^ Gross, Ernie. This Day in Religion. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers. ISBN 1-55570-045-4
  6. ^ Jump up to:a b c Attwater, Donald and Catherine Rachel John. The Penguin Dictionary of Saints. 3rd edition. New York: Penguin Books, 1993. ISBN 0-14-051312-4.
  7. Jump up^ Gregory, Historia Francorum I §30, giving as his source the Martyrdom of Saturnin.
  8. Jump up^ Wikisource-logo.svg Pope St. Fabian“. Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company. 1913.

Pope Francis: Address God in difficult times, even if it sounds like an self-interested prayer

Pope Francis: Address God in difficult times, even if it sounds like an self-interested prayer

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Pope in General Audience: The link between hope and prayer in difficult situations

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He invited pilgrims to join in prayer for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Pope at Audience: Pray, and When Things Become Dark, Pray More!

Says anguish in the face of death often makes us recognize our human frailty and our need to pray for salvation

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Prayer leads one forward in hope and when things become dark, there must be more prayer! And there will be more hope.
Pope Francis gave this advice during this morning’s General Audience in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, as he continued his series of catecheses on the theme of Christian hope. 

Francis drew inspiration from the figure of Jonah, a prophet who tries to flee from the Lord’s call, a difficult mission entrusted the Lord entrusted to him.

When the ship that Jonah had boarded was tossed by a storm, the pagan sailors asked him, as a man of God, to pray that they might escape sure death. Jonah prays on behalf of the sailors, and, taking up once more his prophetic mission, shows himself ready to sacrifice his life for their sake. As a result, the sailors come to acknowledge the true God.

This story, the Jesuit Pope underlined, reminds us of the link between hope and prayer. Anguish in the face of death, he stressed, often makes us recognize our human frailty and our need to pray for salvation.

“The reaction of these ‘pagans,’”Francis observed, “was the right reaction in face of death, in face of danger, because it is then that man has a complete experience of his frailty and his need of salvation. The instinctive horror of dying awakens the necessity to hope in the God of life.”

The pagans’ desperate hope that this ‘god’ will prevent them from perishing, the Pontiff said, are “words of hope that becomes prayer.” This supplication full of anguish, Francis noted, comes from lips of men facing the imminent danger of death.

“We disdain too easily from turning to God in our need as if it were only a self-interested prayer, and, hence, imperfect. However, God knows our weakness, He knows that we remember Him to ask for help, and with the indulgent smile of a father, He responds benevolently,” the Pope said.

“Hope, which had induced them to pray so that they would not die, is now revealed more powerful and operates a reality that goes beyond what they hoped for: not only do they not perish in the tempest, but they open themselves to the acknowledgement of the true and only Lord of Heaven and earth.”

Pope Francis concluded, praying that the Lord make us understand this connection between prayer and hope, and for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity which is beginning, making us reflect on the love of Christ and pushing us toward reconciliation.

The Holy See Press Office also confirmed to journalists present that before entering the General Audience, the Pope, on his way in, greeted a boy with leukemia, but didn’t have details to provide about his age or what nation he was from.

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On ZENIT’s Web page:

Full Text: https://zenit.org/articles/general-audience-on-jonah-hope-and-prayer/

GENERAL AUDIENCE: On Jonah: Hope and Prayer

‘However, God knows our weakness, He knows that we remember Him to ask for help, and with the indulgent smile of a father, He responds benevolently.’

Paul VI General Audience 11.30.16

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Here is a ZENIT working translation of Pope Francis’ address during this morning’s General Audience in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall:

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THE HOLY FATHER’S CATECHESIS

Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning. Among Israel’s prophets, a somewhat anomalous figure stands out in Sacred Scripture, a prophet who tries to flee from the Lord’s call, refusing to put himself at the service of the divine plan of salvation. It is the prophet Jonah, whose story is narrated in a small book of only four chapters, a sort of parable bearer of a great teaching, that of God’s mercy, who forgives.

Jonah is an “outgoing” prophet, and also a prophet in flight! He is an outgoing prophet that God sends “to the periphery,” to Nineveh, to convert the inhabitants of that great city. However, for an Israelite like Jonah, Nineveh represented a threatening reality, the enemy that put Jerusalem itself in danger, and therefore to be destroyed, certainly not to be saved. Hence, when God sends Jonah to preach in that city, the prophet, who knows the Lord’s goodness and His desire to forgive, attempts to withdraw from his task and flees.

During his flight, the prophet comes into contact with pagans, mariners of the ship on which he embarked to flee from God and from his mission. And he flees far away, because Nineveh was in the region of Iraq and he flees to Spain, he flees in earnest. And it is, in fact, the behavior of these men, as it will be later of the inhabitants of Nineveh, which enables us to reflect somewhat today on hope, which in face of danger and death, is expressed in prayer.

In fact, during the crossing of the sea, a mighty tempest breaks out and Jonah goes down to the ship’s hold and abandons himself to sleep. The mariners, instead, seeing themselves lost, “each cried to his god”: they were pagans (Jonah 1:5). The captain of the ship awoke Jonah and said to him, “What do you mean, you sleeper? Arise, call upon your god. Perhaps the god will give a thought to us, that we do not perish” (Jonah 1:6).

The reaction of these “pagans” was the right reaction in face of death, in face of danger, because it is then that man has a complete experience of his frailty and his need of salvation. The instinctive horror of dying awakens the necessity to hope in the God of life. “Perhaps the god will give thought to us, that we do not perish”: are the words of hope that becomes prayer, that supplication full of anguish that comes to the lips of man in face of the imminent danger of death.

We disdain too easily from turning to God in our need as if it were only a self-interested prayer and, hence, imperfect. However, God knows our weakness, He knows that we remember Him to ask for help, and with the indulgent smile of a father, He responds benevolently.

When Jonah, acknowledging his responsibilities, had himself thrown into the sea to save his travel companions, the tempest was placated. Imminent death led those pagan men to prayer and, despite everything, made the prophet live his vocation at the service of others, accepting to sacrifice himself for them, and now leads the survivors to acknowledgement of the true Lord and to praise. The mariners who, prey to fear, turned to their gods and prayed, now, with sincere fear of the Lord, acknowledge the true God and offer sacrifices and make vows. Hope, which had induced them to pray so that they would not die, is now revealed more powerful and operates a reality that goes beyond what they hoped for: not only do they not perish in the tempest, but they open themselves to the acknowledgement of the true and only Lord of Heaven and earth.

Subsequently, the inhabitants of Nineveh, in face of the prospect of being destroyed, also prayed, spurred by hope in God’s forgiveness. They would do penance, invoke the Lord and be converted to Him, beginning with the king, who, like the captain of the ship, gave voice to hope saying: “Who knows, God may yet repent and turn from His fierce anger, so that we perish not?” (Jonah 3:9). For them too, as well as for the crew in the tempest, to have faced death and come out saved led them to the truth. Thus, under divine mercy, and even more so in the light of the Paschal Mystery, death can become, as it was for Saint Francis of Assisi, “our sister death” and represent for every man and for each one of us, the astonishing occasion to know hope and to encounter the Lord. May the Lord make us understand this connection between prayer and hope. Prayer leads one forward in hope and when things become dark, there must be more prayer! And there will be more hope. Thank you.

[Original text: Italian] [Translation by ZENIT]In Italian

A warm welcome goes to the Italian-speaking pilgrims. I greet the pilgrimage of the Augustinian Sisters Servants of Jesus and Mary, the Augustinian Religious and the Association of Catholic Notaries, accompanied by the Archbishop of Assisi, Monsignor Domenico Sorrentino. To all I express the wish that the visit to the Eternal City may stimulate each one to reflect further on the Word of God to be able to recognize within it, Jesus the Savior.

Finally, I greet young people, the sick and newlyweds. Today the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins, which this year makes us reflect on the love of Christ, which pushes to reconciliation. Dear young people, pray so that all Christians may return to be one family; dear sick, offer your sufferings for the cause of the unity of the Church; and you, dear newlyweds, experience gratuitous love like God’s for humanity.

[Original text: Italian] [Translation by ZENIT]

English Summary of General Audience

‘As the Paschal Mystery of Christ’s Death and Resurrection makes clear, death itself can be, for each of us, an invitation to hope and an encounter in prayer with the God of our salvation’

Paul VI Hall General Audience 11.30.16

© PHOTO.VA – Osservatore Romano

Here is the Vatican-provided English-language summary of the Pope’s address at the General Audience this morning:

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Speaker:

Dear Brothers and Sisters: In our continuing catechesis on Christian hope, we reflect today on the story of the prophet Jonah, who sought to flee from a difficult mission entrusted to him by the Lord. When the ship that Jonah had boarded was tossed by a storm, the pagan sailors asked him, as a man of God, to pray that they might escape sure death. This story reminds us of the link between hope and prayer. Anguish in the face of death often makes us recognize our human frailty and our need to pray for salvation. Jonah prays on behalf of the sailors, and, taking up once more his prophetic mission, shows himself ready to sacrifice his life for their sake. As a result, the sailors come to acknowledge the true God. As the paschal mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection makes clear, death itself can be, for each of us, an invitation to hope and an encounter in prayer with the God of our salvation.

Dear friends, today begins the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. In this same spirit of hope, and with gratitude for the progress already made in the ecumenical movement, I ask your prayers for this important intention.

Speaker:

I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, particularly those from New Zealand, the Philippines, Canada and the United States of America. Upon you and your families, I cordially invoke an abundance of joy and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ. God bless you!

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The Power and Purpose of PrayerFrançois Gérard, “Teresa of Ávila” (detail), 1827
François Gérard, “Teresa of Ávila” (detail), 1827
The Power and Purpose of Prayer
This is where we should be headed and prayer is the power that gets us there.

What do you mean by ‘prayer’ to start with? If you thought it was asking God for stuff you’re not completely wrong. We’re supposed to ask God for our needs, and I think it’s just fine to ask God for the particular things like, “Dear God, please heal my son,” or “Please God, we need money to pay the bills.”

However, these sorts of prayers are really a means to an end rather than an end in themselves. When we pray for specific things we are putting it all into God’s hands. We may say, “Give us this day our daily bread” but we also say, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” When we do both together we join our will with God’s will and great power can be the result. The power I’m talking about is the power to change the world, and even more miraculous–the power to change ourselves.

Of course, when I say “power to change ourselves” I really mean God’s power is released through prayer for the transformation of our lives. The first thing that is transformed in our lives in this way, is our viewpoint. By prayer we gradually shift from judging everything according to how it impacts us to judging everything according to God’s will.

This step is very important because it is only when this paradigm shift takes place that we can begin to see that some of the stuff in our lives which we find unpleasant or difficult is actually there for a different purpose. Perhaps God is using the difficult situation to teach us a lesson, to show us our faults and to help us get better. It could be that what we perceive as a nuisance and a bother and a difficulty is the way forward, but in a different direction than we had anticipated. When something is taken away from us it could be that God is making way to give us something better. Prayer helps us to see things in this new way and step by step begin living by faith and trust in divine providence.

Before long we start to live within the guidance of God and then, gradually, as we begin seeing things God’s way we start praying for the things that God really wants.

Wow! When that happens the power is really unleashed and we begin to see great answers to prayer. When we pray for God’s will to be done and we understand what God’s will is, then our actions and our prayers–our life and our faith—begin working together in tandem. Faith and works become one faith-full action.

Things come together. Life harmonizes. All is provided. All are protected.

Living within this harmonious state is something which is achieved by grace-fueled action.  Believe. Be. Live. Be alive.

Suddenly we start to realize that we are actually living in the state of grace that we longed for. Suddenly we begin to understand that marvelous and mysterious verse from Scripture, “All things work together for good to those who love God and who are called according to his purpose.”

This is where we should be headed and prayer is the power that gets us there.

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FR. DWIGHT LONGENECKER
Fr. Dwight Longenecker

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In 1995 Fr. Dwight and his family were received into the Catholic Church. Since then, he has become a prolific writer and author of several books, including Challenging Catholics, More Christianity, Quest for the Creed and The Gargoyle Code.

In December 2006 he was ordained as a Catholic priest under the special pastoral provision for married former Anglican clergy. He now serves as parish priest of Our Lady of the Rosary parish in Greenville, South Carolina.

From addiction to ordination: a homeless man’s journey to priesthood

From addiction to ordination: a homeless man’s journey to priesthood

Outside a homeless shelter. Credit: Adrian Fallace via Flickr CC BY NC ND 2.0.

.- Claude Paradis was impoverished and homeless, living on the streets of Montreal, Canada. He struggled with addiction to both alcohol and drugs, with a future so bleak, he considered ending his own life.

He did not end his life, however, and today he is a priest who dedicates his time to serving the physical and spiritual needs of those trapped in poverty, prison and prostitution.

“The street brought me to the Church and the Church in the end brought me back to the street,” the priest told the Journal Metro.

This past December, as a sign of his closeness and solidarity with the homeless, Fr. Paradis decided to sleep on the street for the whole month, to care for the homeless people there with solidarity and charity.

His hope was that he could accompany people in a difficult situation while also making the citizens of Montreal aware of the harsh reality faced by those living on the street.

Fr. Paradi founded an institution called Notre-Dame-de-la-rue (Our Lady of the Street). Each night, he goes out to bring food and shelter to those living on the streets. He also administers the sacraments, celebrates the Eucharist and even presides at funerals.

The priest is accompanied by one of his co-workers, Kevin Cardin, who also was addicted to drugs, but found help, changed his life and now has a family.

Notre-Dame-de-la-rue has the support of the Archbishop Christian Lépine of Montreal, who has described the initiative as “a presence of the Church to give encouragement.” It also has the support of the city.

“Our mission is especially to give encouragement. Unlike the shelters, we go out to the people, a bit like a door-to-door service. We talk to them, sometimes we pray together before they go back to face the harshness of the street.”

Fr. Paradis knows how hard life on the street is. After growing up in the Gaspé region and working in Cowansville as a nurse, he came to Montreal 25 years ago.

However, he was unable to find a job. “Isolation and despair took hold of me,” he said.

Living on the street, he thought about committing suicide. “I started doing cocaine and then crack,” he recalled.

In a letter posted on the website of La Victoire de l’Amour (the Victory of Love), Fr. Paradis tells how he met the Lord.

“I had the privilege of meeting God just at the moment I was doubting Him. On a little back street in Montreal, abandoned by people, there was nobody there. Passing by the old church, impelled by I don’t know what instinct, I turned back in there.”

At that moment, he had a deep and intense encounter with God. He realized he did not want to die, but rather wanted to become “a man of the Church.”

Fr. Paradis went on to fight his addictions and now ministers to many people who face the same challenges he struggled with years ago.

The 57-year-old priest has dedicated the rest of his life to serving the poor, saying “on the street is where I want to be, until I die.”

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Lack of public outcry vs killings shows ‘dichotomy’ in faith, Cardinal Orlando Quevedo says

Lack of public outcry vs killings shows ‘dichotomy’ in faith, Cardinal Orlando Quevedo says

Cardinal Orlando Quevedo delivers his talk at the second day of the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion in Manila, Jan. 17. (CBCPNews)

MANILA, Jan. 17, 2017–Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato said the lack of public outcry against extrajudicial killings is a symptom of the “dichotomy” of faith and life in many people.

In press conference at the sidelines of the ongoing World Apostolic Congress on Mercy, he said there is corruption and killings in the country because “they do not practice their faith.”

“Our faith is one level and the other level is daily life. They do not jive,” Quevedo said. “One priest said we are saints on Sundays but devils the rest of the week.”

“Dichotomy is split level Christianity. I think the approval of many despite the extrajudicial killings is a symptom of that split-level spirituality,” he said.

The cardinal admitted that he admires President Rodrigo Duterte’s determination to end criminality in the country. “Those are good intentions,” he said.

But the killings of suspected drug offenders and other lawbreakers without providing them due process of law, he added, is simply wrong.

“Some may have been even framed by political opponents. What do you say about that?” said Quevedo.

“We are a country where our faith is a dichotomy. We believe but we do not practice our faith,” he said.

The cardinal earlier delivered a talk to the thousands of WACOM delegates in attendance emphasizing the “lack of communion” among people today.

He said this is evident to many people’s indifference to the killings as a result of the government’s “war on drugs.”

He also cited issues such as terrorism, kidnapping, drug wars, ethnic wars and even conflict between religions.

“Let us open our eyes to issues where there is lack of communion,” he said. “It is especially (true) now that the Holy Spirit is urgently calling the whole Church to be a Communion.”

The cardinal also clarified some observations that the Church is supposedly silent about the increasing number of drug-related killings.

“The silence is media perceived. I think we should think of the Church as not bishops only. There are bishops, priests, and lay people. Let the people do the action, we give the moral action,” he said.

According to him, there was a “deliberate choice” on the issue for the bishops to give moral guidance and for the people to act.

“Therefore, when we wish action it’s not on the part of the bishop to go to rallies but encouragement of the people to make decisive informed actions regarding issues,” Quevedo said. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)

Read the source: http://www.cbcpnews.com/cbcpnews/?p=89955

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MANILA, Jan. 18, 2017— A Catholic bishop demanded forceful denunciations of drug-related killings in the Philippines from the country’s Church leaders and from the faithful.

Speaking at the 4th Apostolic Congress on Mercy in Manila on Tuesday, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said Christians should not be reined in by fear when confronting the crisis that has claimed more than 6,000 lives over the past six months.

“Six thousand killed. That means more than 30,000 people directly affected, orphaned of their father, their brother, their sons and daughters, their husbands. These thousands are deeply traumatized and even now made more poor,” he said.

At the same time, he told more than 5,000 bishops, priests, and lay people from different countries gathered for the Congress that to speak out for the poor is not just opening one’s mouth but also listening and being available to them.

“If we are true to our call to be Church of the Poor, we cannot as Church keep silent on these issues,” said Pabillo, who formerly chaired the Church’s National Secretariat for Social Action, and Peace (Nassa).

“I know that people tag me as activist bishop for speaking out often, but I am not speaking out for myself but for the poor and voiceless.”

“For me, it is not an insult to be tagged and identified with the poor and the oppressed. It is what I am supposed to be, to be a follower of Christ,” added the prelate.

Currently the chairman of the CBCP’s Commission on the Laity, the bishop will also be leading a “Walk for Life” in Manila on Feb. 18 to demonstrate their condemnation of the wave of extrajudicial killings.

Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas President Zenaida Capistrano said it is about time lay people express their opposition to the thousands of unexplained killings.

“We, the Filipino Catholic lay faithful signify our protest against all forms of threats to human life and dignity that are coming from the economic, social, and political structures and authorities,” Capistrano said. (CBCPNews) 

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13 Warnings from Pope Francis on Man’s Oldest Foe, the Devil

13 Warnings from Pope Francis on Man’s Oldest Foe, the Devil

So the greatest trick of the Devil is convincing people he doesn’t exist?

Pope Francis is not impressed.

Starting with his very first homily as the bishop of Rome, Pope Francis has regularly reminded believers that the Devil is real, that we must be on guard, and that our only hope against him is in Jesus Christ.

Here are are 13 of Pope Francis’ most direct quotes on the matter.

1) “When one does not profess Jesus Christ, one professes the worldliness of the devil.”

First homily, 3/14/2013 – Text

2) “The Prince of this world, Satan, doesn’t want our holiness, he doesn’t want us to follow Christ. Maybe some of you might say: ‘But Father, how old fashioned you are to speak about the devil in the 21st century!’ But look out because the devil is present! The devil is here… even in the 21st century! And we mustn’t be naïve, right? We must learn from the Gospel how to fight against Satan.”

Homily on 4/10/2014 – Text

3) “[The Devil] attacks the family so much. That demon does not love it and seeks to destroy it. […] May the Lord bless the family. May He make it strong in this crisis, in which the devil wishes to destroy it.”

Homily, 6/1/2014 – Text

4) “It is enough to open a newspaper and we see that around us there is the presence of evil, the Devil is at work. But I would like to say in a loud voice ‘God is stronger.’ Do you believe this, that God is stronger?”

General audience, 6/12/2013 – Text

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5) “Let us ask the Lord for the grace to take these things seriously. He came to fight for our salvation. He won against the devil! Please, let us not do business with the devil! He seeks to return home, to take possession of us… Do not relativize; be vigilant! And always with Jesus!”

Homily, 11/8/2013 – Text

6) “The presence of the devil is on the first page of the Bible, and the Bible ends as well with the presence of the devil, with the victory of God over the devil.”

Homily, 11/8/2013 – Text

7) “Either you are with me, says the Lord, or you are against me… [Jesus came] to give us the freedom… [from] the enslavement the devil has over us… On this point, there are no nuances. There is a battle and a battle where salvation is at play, eternal salvation. We must always be on guard, on guard against deceit, against the seduction of evil.”

Homily, 10/11/2013 – Text

8) “The devil plants evil where there is good, trying to divide people, families and nations. But God… looks into the ‘field’ of each person with patience and mercy: he sees the dirt and the evil much better than we do, but he also sees the seeds of good and patiently awaits their germination.”

Homily, 7/20/2014 – Text

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Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

9) “The devil cannot stand seeing the sanctity of a church or the sanctity of a person, without trying to do something.”

Homily, 5/7/2014 – Text

10) “Note well how Jesus responds [to temptation]: He doesn’t dialogue with Satan, as Eve did in the terrestrial Paradise. Jesus knows well that one can’t dialogue with Satan, because he is so cunning. For this reason, instead of dialoguing, as Eve did, Jesus chooses to take refuge in the Word of God and to respond with the power of this Word. Let us remind ourselves of this in the moment of temptation…: not arguing with Satan, but defending ourselves with the Word of God. And this will save us.”

Angelus address, 3/9/2014 – Text

11) “We too need to guard the faith, guard it from darkness. Many times, however, it is a darkness under the guise of light. This is because the devil, as saint Paul, says, disguises himself at times as an angel of light.”

Homily, 1/6/2014 – Text

12) “Behind every rumor there is jealousy and envy. And gossip divides the community, destroys the community. Rumors are the weapons of the devil.”

Homily, 1/23/2014 – Text

13) “Let us always remember… that the Adversary wants to keep us separated from God and therefore instills disappointment in our hearts when we do not see our apostolic commitment immediately rewarded. Every day the devil sows the seeds of pessimism and bitterness in our hearts. … Let us open ourselves to the breath of the Holy Spirit, who never ceases to sow seeds of hope and confidence.”

 Speech, 6/18/2013 – Text

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 Read the source: http://www.ucatholic.com/blog/13-warnings-pope-francis-mans-oldest-foe-devil/

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TRIGGERED: We’re living in a crybaby culture

TRIGGERED: We’re living in a crybaby culture

Triggered

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by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  January 18, 2017

We’re living in a crybaby culture — and adults who should know better are enabling it

When children — young, unsocialized, yet to learn the virtues of patience and self-control — don’t get their way, what do they usually do?

Throw a temper tantrum. They wail, stomp their feet, hit, throw things until they get their way. It’s what young children do. The parents who love them resist their hysterics, patiently teaching them that such behavior is unacceptable; a family can’t function when its members refuse to exercise the virtues of selflessness, self-possession and respect.

Society is nothing more than the family writ large. What happens when children — and the parents who raise them — never acquire the virtues of patience and self-control?

What we’re seeing in the anti-Trump marches, the Black Lives Matter rallies that devolve into looting and violence, the student protests that shut down conservative speaking events by shouting down opponents or destroying property, the leftwing activist plans to plant stink bombs and blockade roads to D.C. on Inauguration Day, the boycott by Democrat lawmakers of Trump’s swearing-in ceremony is essentially a national temper tantrum — children in the bodies of adults wailing, stomping their feet, hitting and throwing things because they didn’t get their way, the election results weren’t what they expected, they didn’t get their man (or, in this case, woman).

All across college campuses, we’re seeing the proliferation of “safe spaces” for students who refuse to deal with objective reality, who get “triggered” at the mention of an opposing opinion, who so lack the confidence, self-control or rational ability to engage in reasoned, civil debate with others — and adults who should know better are enabling it.

Watch the panel discuss this growing phenomenon in The Download—Triggered.

Read the source: http://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/triggered

Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D.

Christine Niles is executive producer and editor-in-chief at ChurchMilitant.com. Follow Christine on Twitter: @ChristineNiles1

CM EXCLUSIVE: FR. DARIUSZ OKO ON THE HOMOHERESY – About the plague of homosexual clergy in the Church

CM EXCLUSIVE: FR. DARIUSZ OKO ON THE HOMOHERESY – About the plague of homosexual clergy in the Church

CM Exclusive: Fr. Dariusz Oko on the Homoheresy

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by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  January 17, 2017

The famous priest speaks with Church Militant about the plague of homosexual clergy in the Church

KRAKOW (ChurchMilitant.com) – Polish priest Fr. Dariusz Oko sat down with Michael Voris in December 2016 to discuss the crisis of homosexual clergy, a problem that continues to afflict the Catholic Church.

Best known for his 2012 blockbuster exposé “With the Pope Against the Homoheresy,” which offered frank discussion of the homosexual infiltration of the clergy, Fr. Oko continued the theme in his interview with Church Militant.

“There is a gay mafia inside the Catholic Church,” he said. “They create these informal unions and they infiltrate the Church.”

He also confirmed that this infiltration reaches the highest ranks. “There is most definitely a problem with homosexual bishops in the universal Church,” he commented. “Pope Benedict dethroned 70 such bishops worldwide who either covered up pedophile priests or who themselves were active in homosexual relationships.”

He noted the examples of Polish archbishops Josef Wesolowski and Juliusz Paetz, who turned out to be sexual predators, as well as Cdl. Keith O’Brien of Scotland, forced into retirement by Pope Benedict XVI because of a homosexual scandal.

“Just like in the military, in the police, in the art world,” he continued, “once a person with homosexual tendencies gets into power, usually their subordinates are also homosexuals, therefore they start creating a pyramid, and the same thing is happening in the Church with these bishops who knowingly nominate people with the same tendencies.”

Father Oko explained that those with homosexual tendencies reject the “warrior mentality” necessary in the Christian life. “[T]hey will not emulate our Lord as the warrior, as the counter symbol to the prevailing evil,” he remarked. “They will try to orient the Church to being emotional, to having a dialogue with everybody, turning the Church into a ‘safe space.’ They don’t like battle or confrontation.”

He continued:

The Lavender Mafia want to have a comfortable life. They don’t want to do battle with anyone who threatens their position. That is why they will compromise on almost anything. There are atrocities being committed against young men in the orders, especially the Franciscans and the Dominicans, who are molested by their superiors, and they are told to shut up by their bishops. Archbishop Paetz is a perfect example. This is extremely atrocious because a lot of these young men are very dedicated and orthodox. They love the Church and want to serve the Church. On a psychological level, their whole world can be devastated by such an act. They can literally go crazy. They could have been great brothers in the orders and great priests but they end seeking psychological help. They are a wreck, basically.

In spite of the evil, Fr. Oko is reminding the faithful we have a duty to fight for Holy Mother Church. “[It] is basically a Mystical Body being attacked by a cancer, and it is our role to defend the Mystical Body from this cancer.”

“We can’t forget about the saints,” he continued. “So even today not everything about the Catholic Church is evil. We can point out St. Francis, St. John Paul II, St. Padre Pio, St. Sister Faustina — even in these turbulent times there are saints, there are Christians who are the most beautiful kind of people.”

“There is a lot of evil,” he concluded, “and there is a lot of good happening in the Catholic Church.”

Read the source: http://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/cm-exclusive-fr.-dariusz-oko-on-the-homoheresy

Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D.

Christine Niles is executive producer and editor-in-chief at ChurchMilitant.com. Follow Christine on Twitter: @ChristineNiles1

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SUPERIOR OF LAY APOSTOLATE DECLARES FOUNDER GUILTY OF SEX ABUSE: The community of Sodalitium Christianae Vitae has systemic problems http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/06/superior-of-lay-apostolate-declares-founder-guilty-of-sex-abuse-the-community-of-sodalitium-christianae-vitae-has-systemic-problems/

Cardinal Theodore Adrien Sarr: Africans will not accept Western push for gay ‘marriage’ http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/06/cardinal-theodore-adrien-sarr-africans-will-not-accept-western-push-for-gay-marriage/

PENNSYLVANIA REFORMING SEX ABUSE LAW AMID HOMOSEXUAL ABUSE CRISIS: Legislators seek abolition of statute of limitations http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/06/pennsylvania-reforming-sex-abuse-law-amid-homosexual-abuse-crisis-legislators-seek-abolition-of-statute-of-limitations/

COLOMBIANS MARCH AGAINST GENDER IDEOLOGY FOLLOWING POPE FRANCIS’ COMMENTS http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/08/14/colombians-march-against-gender-ideology-following-pope-francis-comments/

HEAD OF US BISHOPS’ NEWS AGENCY PROMOTES LGBT ‘RIGHTS’ http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/12/head-of-us-bishops-news-agency-promotes-lgbt-rights/

HEAD OF BISHOPS’ NEWS OUTFIT RESIGNS AMID CONTROVERSY: Bishops ask Tony Spence to step down after reports of pro-gay activism  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/14/head-of-bishops-news-outfit-resigns-amid-controversy-bishops-ask-tony-spence-to-step-down-after-reports-of-pro-gay-activism/

VATICAN BANS ARCHBISHOP JULIUSZ PAETZ FROM POLAND’S CELEBRATIONS http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/14/vatican-bans-archbishop-juliusz-paetz-from-polands-celebrations/

Michael Voris’s Stunning & Admirable Broken-Hearted Confession http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/22/michael-voriss-stunning-admirable-broken-hearted-confession/

MASCULINITY AND CATHOLICISM: True masculinity involves courage, sacrifice and love of God http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/23/masculinity-and-catholicism-true-masculinity-involves-courage-sacrifice-and-love-of-god/

THE VORTEX: LIMITING GOD – We must not seek to limit God http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/21/the-vortex-limiting-god-we-must-not-seek-to-limit-god/

THREE FRIARS TO STAND TRIAL FOR PROTECTING HOMOSEXUAL ABUSIVE BROTHER http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/04/29/three-friars-to-stand-trial-for-protecting-homosexual-abusive-brother/

SETTLEMENT REACHED IN PA HOMOSEXUAL BROTHER ABUSE CASE  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/09/14/settlement-reached-in-pa-homosexual-brother-abuse-case/

THIRD CLERIC CONVICTED IN GAY PRIEST NETWORK IN BRINDISI, ITALY http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/06/19/third-cleric-convicted-in-gay-priest-network-in-brindisi-italy/

Can You Be Gay and Christian? http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/06/29/can-you-be-gay-and-christian/

EX-GAY CHRISTOPHER SALE RESCUED BY THE POWER OF THE CROSS http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/08/03/ex-gay-christopher-sale-rescued-by-the-power-of-the-cross/

THE DOWNLOAD: NOT BORN THAT WAY – Interview with Christopher Sale http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/08/03/the-download-not-born-that-way-interview-with-christopher-sale/

DARTMOUTH COURSE: ORLANDO MASSACRE RESULT OF ‘MASCULINITY, CONSERVATISM’ http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/08/03/dartmouth-course-orlando-massacre-result-of-masculinity-conservatism/

STOCKTON DIOCESE VICAR GENERAL CAUGHT IN SEXTING SCANDAL http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/08/15/stockton-diocese-vicar-general-caught-in-sexting-scandal/

STUDY: NO ONE IS BORN GAY http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/08/28/study-no-one-is-born-gay/

THE VORTEX: WHAT GIVES? – Playing pattycake with homo-Catholics  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/09/19/the-vortex-what-gives-playing-pattycake-with-homo-catholics/

CONNECTICUT DIOCESE FIGHTS TO KEEP SEX ABUSE FILES SECRET  http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/09/22/connecticut-diocese-fights-to-keep-sex-abuse-files-secret/

History of the False Ideas Leading to Same-Sex “Marriage” http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/11/03/history-of-the-false-ideas-leading-to-same-sex-marriage/

Why America Has It Wrong About Homosexuality http://www.pagadiandiocese.org/2016/11/03/why-america-has-it-wrong-about-homosexuality/

Homosexuality, the Grave Evil Presented as Good with Q & A, Part 1 & 2

Homosexuality, the Grave Evil Presented as Good

FBI: Homosexuality with Question & Answer

Homosexuals and Freemasons inside the Church

Homosexual and Freemasons Inside the Church

“The Rite of Sodomy” Homosexuality in the Roman Catholic Church

“The Rite of Sodomy” Homosexuality in the Roman Catholic Church

Mic’d Up: Homosexuality is intrinsically disordered

Mic’d Up “Pink Money and the Homosexual Mafia” 

Please click this link to watch the video on Mic’d Up “Pink Money and the Homosexual Mafia”

Michael Voris gives a series of short talks, answering questions coming in response to his talk on homosexuality in Nigeria.

In this talk from Nigeria, Michael Voris speaks about the grave evil presented as good – homosexuality. Catechism of Catholic Church teaches that, “Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex. It has taken great variety of forms through the centuries and in different cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity (cf. Gen 19:1-29; Rom 1:24-27; 1 Cor 6:10; 1 Tim 1:10), tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered” (CDF, Persona humana 8). They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved” (CCC: 2357).

CM EXCLUSIVE: POLISH PROFESSOR GRZEGORZ KUCHARCZYK SPEAKS OUT ON CRISIS IN CHURCH

CM EXCLUSIVE: POLISH PROFESSOR GRZEGORZ KUCHARCZYK SPEAKS OUT ON CRISIS IN CHURCH

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by Stefan Farrar  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  January 17, 2017

Prof. Grzegorz Kucharczyk speaks with Michael Voris

POZNAN, Poland (ChurchMilitant.com) – A Polish professor of history is speaking to Church Militant on the state of the Church, particularly in Europe. In an exclusive interview with Church Militant, Prof. Grzegorz Kucharczyk, who teaches at the Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences, is speaking out on the growing threat of anti-Catholicism in Europe.

In his December interview with Michael Voris, he said, “When we look at the present situation in Europe, we can see the same pattern: the Catholics are inferior, they are afraid of progress, they are afraid of modern civilization, of modern culture so we should keep them down.”

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Kucharczyk also discusses the crisis in the Church and the role the clergy has played in the current situation. “First of all there is bad information,” he said, “because false philosophy leads to false theology, and false theology leads to false formation in seminaries and false formation in seminaries leads to a very bad priesthood as far as their contact with people are concerned.”

In the interview with Church Militant, there was a particular emphasis on Church leadership in Germany, and how errant theology in Germany in the latter portion of the 20th century paved the way for the current crisis in the Church.

Kucharczyk said:

It is very sad that in Germany, many bishops, many cardinals, they seem not to be very vigilant toward the dangers that are around the Church in Germany. Even Pope Francis said last year in his ad limina apostolic visit with the German bishops, ‘We are facing the erosion of faith in Germany.’ And now it seems that the most urgent thing for German bishops is to give Holy Communion to divorced persons while living in so-called civil marriages, not facing the real danger which is the erosion of faith.

Karl Rahner, the famous Jesuit German theologian, popularized the notion of “transignification,” the idea that at Mass during the consecration, there’s no actual change in substance, although the bread and wine take on new “meaning” or “significance.”

Kucharczyk called out cardinals who have fallen under Rahner’s influence. “But he has many disciples who are cardinals, like Cdl. Christoph Schönborn and other influential bishops in the Church, and they also have disciples who have [have] influence on the seminaries and also on the magisterial teaching.”

Cardinal Schönborn has been criticized by some for his stances on letting the divorced and remarried receive Holy Communion and his friendliness toward homosexual civil unions, among other topics. Concerning homosexual civil unions, the prelate has said — contrary to Church discipline — “We can and we must respect the decision to form a union with a person of the same sex, [and] to seek means under civil law to protect their living together with laws to ensure such protection.”

And on the topic of the divorced and civilly remarried receiving the Eucharist, Schönborn said, “We must break free from this narrow perspective on the access to the sacraments in irregular situations.”

Kucharczyk then went on to inject humor into his interview:

Now a quite interesting thing, the Russian Orthodox philosopher who at the end of his life converted to Catholicism, Vladimir Soloviev, in the beginning of the twentieth century, wrote a short novel about the anti-Christ. In his imagination, the anti-Christ will have a diploma of theology from a German university. So I think it could be a prophecy.

He continued, “I am warning you that I am controversial because I am criticizing the German bishops.”

The professor criticized political correctness among the German bishops and their concern for social justice over spiritual welfare. “For example, when we look at the so-called immigration crisis in Germany, the decision of German Chancellor Angela Merkel last year, she allows thousands to come to Germany without any control, and it is a good opportunity to teach these people about Christ,” he commented.

He added, “But the main thing is that we are not talking about truth, but we are talking about social needs. That’s the main problem.”

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Stefan Farrar

Stefan Farrar is a staff writer for ChurchMilitant.com.