Posted in Catholic Church Doctrine, Catholicism, Catholics, Dissent, Dogma, Mass, Morality, Sacraments, tagged Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Catholic Church, Catholics dissenting, Church teaching, dissent, Holy Communion, moral teaching, penance, San Francisco on April 3, 2014| 4 Comments »
Posted in Catholics, Christians, faith, First Amendment, Freedom, Health Care, Morality, Persecution, Religion, U.S. government, tagged abortion, Archbishop Chaput, Catholics, Christians, civil disobedience, civil law, contraception, duty, evil, HHS mandate, moral, Obama administration, religious freedom, sterilization on February 23, 2014| 2 Comments »
Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia said, “Catholics have a duty to respect legitimate authority and pray for our political leaders, whether we personally care for them or not. The Church seeks to cooperate with public officials because we’re a community of citizens as well as believers. “But there are limits, and the more that government mandates evil actions, the more likely civil disobedience becomes.”
I would go a bit further than the Archbishop did. I believe it is our duty to follow our faith. When civil law or mandates conflict with our faith such as in the case of the HHS mandate we have a duty, a moral obligation, to follow our Faith. The HHS mandate propagates evil. As followers of God we are called to combat evil and never cooperate with or advocate evil. Killing innocent vulnerable life is probably the worst evil (that I can think of).
President Obama talked about religious freedom at the prayer breakfast but yet has his administration go after and try to force The Little Sisters of the Poor to violate their religion, violate their faith. Archbishop Chaput said, “I think President Obama’s recent prayer breakfast comments about religious freedom were interesting but also curious, because in practice, the people who staff his administration have been the most tone deaf to religious liberty issues in recent memory. There’s a very odd disconnect in praising religious freedom while the Justice Department goes after the Little Sisters of the Poor.
“So yes, religious freedom is one of our core national ideals, and yes, it’s at risk from two sources: an unfriendly political class, and our own distracted attention and indifference.”
In my opinion the disconnect is alarming. His actions and the actions of his administration do not comport with his words at the prayer breakfast. Unless his words are an act and is deceiving people. Kind of like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide.
Let us continue to pray for the conversion of souls. God Bless.
Posted in Bible, Catholics, Christian, Christians, faith, Jesus, Theology, tagged Christians, doers, Emmanuel, Epiphany, faith, Fr. John Louis, herodians, Jesus, modern chief priests, wise men on January 5, 2014| Leave a Comment »
Christmas, as we know, celebrates the fact that the Son of God became flesh and dwelt among us. Today’s solemn feast of Epiphany then celebrates how the God, who came to live among us, revealed or manifested Himself (cf. second reading). Particularly, today’s gospel reading narrates the story of how the Son of God was revealed to the gentile wise men, and therefore, to the rest of mankind as the new born King who had come to save the whole world.
In the gospel story, we have three groups of people: (a) King Herod and his associates, (b) the chief priests and the scribes and then (c) the wise men. The first group, Herod and his associates, simply did not like the idea of the birth of a new born king, and so they immediately planned to eliminate the child Jesus. Today, we still have ‘herodians’. These are people who discredit Jesus Christ or Christianity through books, movies or other forms of propaganda. Other modern day ‘herodians’ are those involved in occult practices or those who persecute Christians.
Then, we have the second group of chief priests and scribes. They knew the Scriptures and could indicate the exact place of birth of the Christ, whose coming they were expecting; but they showed no interest in looking for Him, when He was born. Today, many people are like the chief priests and scribes of old. In the first place, we have pastors who keenly study the Scriptures in order to preach powerful sermons, but their ultimate interest is not in Jesus or the salvation of souls, but in the money they can earn from their efforts. Secondly, we have professors or scholars of Scriptures, who after decades of studies now doubt that Jesus ever lived on this earth; or even if He ever lived, then Jesus was a mere powerful prophet, but not the Son of God. Thirdly, some of the chief priests and scribes of today are those Christians who after advancing in their professions or prospering in their businesses begin to show little or no interest in Jesus or Christian living. The fourth type of modern chief priests and scribes are those who are hearers but not doers of the Word of God; and many of us, if we are honest with ourselves, can identify with this final type of the second group.
Beloved, today’s message is intended to urge us to become part of the third group of wise men, women and children; or if we are already part of this group to encourage us to sustain our membership of it by God’s grace. Guided by a star, the wise men looked for the new born king, Jesus, in order to worship Him. They eventually saw the child Jesus with the mother, and they prostrated in worship. Can you imagine those elderly wise men prostrating before an infant (after all they were not Jews and they were not expecting the coming of any Messiah)? In addition, can you imagine that after the sacrifices of their long, tedious and risky journey, the wise men offered the child Jesus gifts of precious gold, frankincense and myrrh? These wise men represented true Christians of today. Modern wise men and women are guided not by a physical star in the sky, but by the invisible Holy Spirit from heaven, who attracts not so much the sight of human beings, but our hearts. He directs our hearts to journey in faith to worship Jesus Christ, not in a fixed place (Bethlehem), but ‘in spirit and in truth’ (Jn. 4:23). And we are to offer Jesus, not only our gold (treasure), but our precious hearts as well; not only frankincense, but also our lives of priestly holiness; and not myrrh (for Christ is already risen from the dead), but our lives as living sacrifices of praise (Rom. 12:1-2).
PRAYER: I pray that throughout 2014, we will not be counted among the ‘herodians’, chief priests and scribes, amen; that we would rather be counted among the wise who, filled with the star of heaven, the Holy Spirit, will ever more seek Jesus Christ, and worship Him in spirit and in truth! Amen!
By Very Rev. Fr. John Louis
Posted in Catholic Church, Catholics, Christian, Christianity, Culture War, homosexuality, Morality, tagged Catholic Church, Catholics, chastity, gays, homosexual relations, homosexuality, love the sinner, sin on August 1, 2013| 1 Comment »
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