Thursday, August 21, 2014

Latest on the Black Mass scheduled in Oklahoma…

     Archbishop Coakley of Oklahoma City has filed a lawsuit against the possession of the Eucharist by the Satanists attempting a Black Mass.  The lawsuit maintains that the consecrated host was obtained illegally and is actually property of the Catholic Church.
     We, as faithful Catholics, are not allowed to take the Eucharist outside of the church, except for ministers of holy communion to the sick and homebound.  We are to receive the Eucharist within our bodies, so as to unite ourselves with Jesus, who is truly present in the Eucharist.
     The fact that the Satanists refuse to give back the consecrated host shows that they know there is something special about a consecrated host.  We know it to be the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ.  They know this too, but they have a hatred for God and are trying to attack God in the most personal level that one can.  After all, they do not have an unconsecrated host.
     BREAKING NEWS:  The consecrated host has been returned to Archbishop Coakley and there is a written agreement that no consecrated host will be used in any future 'black mass.'  Thank you, God!

For more information look at the article on ncregister.com:

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

“[I]t is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” – [Matthew 19:24]

     This is from today’s Gospel reading.  But let’s make sense of it by looking at the next two verses.  “When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and said, ‘Who then can be saved?’ Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For human beings this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.’” – [Matthew 19:25-26]
     In Jesus’ time, it was commonly held that God blessed those who found great favor with Him with great riches.  That is why the disciples, at one time, ask what a blind man or his family had done that the blind man was born blind.  Jesus is challenging and changing that belief.
     Jesus’ response shows that He is talking about something that the disciples are not.  Jesus is saying that riches mean nothing, because we cannot buy ourselves into the Kingdom of God.  We, ourselves, cannot do anything to get into Heaven without God.
     Owning riches is not what keeps us from entering Heaven.  It is when the riches own us.  Are we free to let them go or are we imprisoned by them?  After all, Jesus wants us free.  “He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives …  to let the oppressed go free” – [Luke 4:18]

Sunday, August 17, 2014

God loves us with a love that we cannot imagine, but why does he allow us suffer?

     Well, we were made in the image and likeness of God.  Bearing God’s likeness, we are able to be co-creators with God with our children.  Also, He gave us dominion over the earth and all things on the earth.  Truly, we are the most blessed and loved of all His creation.
     However, humanity fell into sin with Adam and Eve’s disobedience, creating a divide was between us and God.  The divide brings more pain to God than us, since He loves us inexplicably more than we can ever imagine.  God even let death enter the world because He did not want us to live forever divided from Him.
     We suffer, therefore, because God suffers and we bear His likeness.  However, since God loves us more than we love ourselves, His suffering is greater than ours.  The more you love something, the greater the suffering when you are kept from it.  I love being pain-free, but God’s love for me vastly outweighs any love I can muster.
     Still, our suffering can be great and overwhelming to us.  Accepting suffering is one of, if not, the greatest way to show our love for God.  After all, that is how God showed His love for us, by suffering and dying for us, especially when we did not deserve it.  We may not deserve the suffering we have, but we can use it to show our love for Him who loved us into existence.  That is not to say that God will not reduce or remove our suffering, if we ask Him to, but it means that our suffering can be used to do something great!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Today is the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven.

     We celebrate Mary’s assumption, body and soul, into Heaven.  This has implications on us, though, too.
     First, it shows that we have a great advocate in Mary.  She is in Heaven in a way that no one else is, except for Jesus.
     Second, it shows that this is what we are capable of.  When we die, our soul can reach Heaven, but that is not the end of it.  We are body-soul composites.  Our body is left dead; however, in the end, we will be reunited with our restored bodies.  After all, Jesus did promise us resurrection.  “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.” – [John 6:54]
     We are indeed body-soul composites, since what we do with our body affects our soul and vice versa.  Mary was assumed into Heaven, body and soul, because of her perfect body and soul.  She was conceived without sin and as such her body never knew sin, even original sin.  She maintained her sinless nature throughout live, even while watching her Son die on the Cross.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

“[W]hoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.” – [Matthew 18:5]

     I would say that children are looked on as blessings today, but are they really?  Over 1 million children are aborted in the United States alone.  Beyond that, there is an average of 2 children born per couple.  So, some children are rejected after their conception, but some are also rejected from ever existing.
     In abortion, children are rejected as being less than human.  They are seen as inconvenient.  How can we reject children without rejecting Jesus?
     With small family sizes, couples tend to reject children, since they would get in the way of what the couple wants.  Of course, there are those who can only have a small family size because of fertility or financial reasons.  But many reject more children because of their desires for a larger house, a boat, etc.  In these cases, Jesus is rejected for belongings.
     Children are blessings from God and if we as a society thought so, there would be no abortions and there would be larger families.  After all, who would want to deny or prevent blessings from God?
     See the Population Research Institute (http://pop.org/) about the idea of overpopulation.

Monday, August 11, 2014

We are in Ordinary time, but what does that mean?

     Ordinary time merely means ordered time.  It does not come with less significance.  After all, Jesus did spend 30 years in what we would think of as living an ordinary life.  Easter is important and so is Christmas, but if it does not change our everyday life, then we are no better off.
     We live our Christian lives in ordinary life.  That is where we become holy.  That is where we work towards Heaven.  Though difficult, our everyday life is where we work out our salvation.  After all, if we are not working for holiness and Heaven, what are we working for?  Every day is a step towards Heaven or towards Hell.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Did you hear about the latest Satanic Black Mass?

     Just recently, there was an attempted Satanic Black Mass that was to take place at Harvard, but through many prayers and much fasting it did not happen!  However, there is another attempt at a Satanic Black Mass in Oklahoma.  The local bishop is asking for prayers and fasting, so that it does not happen.
     To understand why this and all Satanic Black Masses should be stopped, we need to understand what a Satanic Black Mass is.  In a Satanic Black Mass, the Eucharist is desecrated.  The Eucharist that they use is a consecrated host from a Catholic Mass, so it is a direct attack on the Catholic Church, but more specifically the very Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ.
     As Catholics, the Eucharist is most sacred to us.  It is the “source and summit of Christian life.” – [CCC 1324]  We are not trying to violate their religious liberty by requesting that this event be stopped.  We do not want our very foundation to be attacked, profaned, and desecrated.
     Prayers and fasting is indeed needed.  God can do anything, so we need to put it into His hands.  By our prayers, we ask for God’s help.  By our fasting, we show God how much it means to us.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

What is the most loving thing to do?

     This should be a question that we always ask ourselves.  After all, “God is love” - [1 John 4:8].  However, it is difficult to discern in many cases and it should not be a question taken lightly.  Many times what seems like the most loving action is actually not.
     Supporting what others do is a common problem.  Supporting someone and supporting their actions are two separate things.  Supporting someone’s action that actually harms them is not a loving act at all.  Supporting their action gives the person a false notion that the action is good, which in many cases can put their soul in danger.
     Many people see supporting someone’s actions as a loving act, but in most cases it is actually a selfish act.  We do not want to say or do something that brings division or tension.  It is easier to just go with the flow.  But, that is not what we are called to do as Christians.  We are called to love, even when it is difficult or intensely painful.  Just look at Jesus on the Cross.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Owner or steward?

     Do we own things or are we a steward over them?  As Christians, we give ourselves to Jesus.  Jesus gave Himself completely to us, so as Christians we are to imitate Christ and give ourselves completely.  Christians are to be Christ-like.
     Now, that does not necessarily mean that we need to sell everything and give the money to the poor.  But we need to give everything to Jesus.  However, He may or may not give it back to us.  It is still His, but if He gives it back, we are now the stewards of what Jesus gave us.
     It is very freeing to have no possessions.  After all, if we attach ourselves to possessions, our possessions end up owning us.  Money and things are not intrinsically evil.  They are needed in many of our vocations, but we need to be detached from them.
     Jesus told us, “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” – [Luke 2:48]