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Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 06-28-05, Memorial, St. Irenaeus, Vigil, Sts Peter & Paul
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Posted on 06/28/2005 6:48:25 AM PDT by Salvation

June 28, 2005
Memorial of Saint Irenaeus, bishop and martyr

Psalm: Tuesday 29

Reading I
Gn 19:15-29

As dawn was breaking, the angels urged Lot on, saying, "On your way!
Take with you your wife and your two daughters who are here,
or you will be swept away in the punishment of Sodom."
When he hesitated, the men, by the LORD's mercy,
seized his hand and the hands of his wife and his two daughters
and led them to safety outside the city.
As soon as they had been brought outside, he was told:
"Flee for your life!
Don't look back or stop anywhere on the Plain.
Get off to the hills at once, or you will be swept away."
"Oh, no, my lord!" Lot replied,
"You have already thought enough of your servant
to do me the great kindness of intervening to save my life.
But I cannot flee to the hills to keep the disaster from overtaking me,
and so I shall die.
Look, this town ahead is near enough to escape to.
It's only a small place.
Let me flee there—it's a small place, is it not?—
that my life may be saved."
"Well, then," he replied,
"I will also grant you the favor you now ask.
I will not overthrow the town you speak of.
Hurry, escape there!
I cannot do anything until you arrive there."
That is why the town is called Zoar.

The sun was just rising over the earth as Lot arrived in Zoar;
at the same time the LORD rained down sulphurous fire
upon Sodom and Gomorrah
from the LORD out of heaven.
He overthrew those cities and the whole Plain,
together with the inhabitants of the cities
and the produce of the soil.
But Lot's wife looked back, and she was turned into a pillar of salt.

Early the next morning Abraham went to the place
where he had stood in the LORD's presence.
As he looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah
and the whole region of the Plain,
he saw dense smoke over the land rising like fumes from a furnace.

Thus it came to pass: when God destroyed the Cities of the Plain,
he was mindful of Abraham by sending Lot away from the upheaval
by which God overthrew the cities where Lot had been living.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 26:2-3, 9-10, 11-12

R. (3a) O Lord, your mercy is before my eyes.
Search me, O LORD, and try me;
test my soul and my heart.
For your mercy is before my eyes,
and I walk in your truth.
R. O Lord, your mercy is before my eyes.
Gather not my soul with those of sinners,
nor with men of blood my life.
On their hands are crimes,
and their right hands are full of bribes.
R. O Lord, your mercy is before my eyes.
But I walk in integrity;
redeem me, and have mercy on me.
My foot stands on level ground;
in the assemblies I will bless the LORD.
R. O Lord, your mercy is before my eyes.

Gospel
Mt 8:23-27

As Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him.
Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea,
so that the boat was being swamped by waves;
but he was asleep.
They came and woke him, saying,
"Lord, save us! We are perishing!"
He said to them, "Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?"
Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea,
and there was great calm.
The men were amazed and said, "What sort of man is this,
whom even the winds and the sea obey?"




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1 posted on 06/28/2005 6:48:26 AM PDT by Salvation
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Vigil, Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

June 28, 2005
Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

Psalm: Tuesday 29

Reading I
Acts 3:1-10

Peter and John were going up to the temple area
for the three o'clock hour of prayer.
And a man crippled from birth was carried
and placed at the gate of the temple called "the Beautiful Gate"
every day to beg for alms from the people who entered the temple.
When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple,
he asked for alms.
But Peter looked intently at him, as did John,
and said, "Look at us."
He paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them.
Peter said, "I have neither silver nor gold,
but what I do have I give you:
in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, rise and walk."
Then Peter took him by the right hand and raised him up,
and immediately his feet and ankles grew strong.
He leaped up, stood, and walked around,
and went into the temple with them,
walking and jumping and praising God.
When all the people saw the man walking and praising God,
they recognized him as the one who used to sit begging
at the Beautiful Gate of the temple,
and they were filled with amazement and astonishment
at what had happened to him.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 19:2-3, 4-5

R. (5) Their message goes out through all the earth.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day pours out the word to day;
and night to night imparts knowledge.
R. Their message goes out through all the earth.
Not a word nor a discourse
whose voice is not heard;
through all the earth their voice resounds,
and to the ends of the world, their message.
R. Their message goes out through all the earth.

Reading II
Gal 1:11-20

I want you to know, brothers and sisters,
that the Gospel preached by me is not of human origin.
For I did not receive it from a human being, nor was I taught it,
but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

For you heard of my former way of life in Judaism,
how I persecuted the Church of God beyond measure
and tried to destroy it, and progressed in Judaism
beyond many of my contemporaries among my race,
since I was even more a zealot for my ancestral traditions.
But when God, who from my mother's womb had set me apart
and called me through his grace,
was pleased to reveal his Son to me,
so that I might proclaim him to the Gentiles,
I did not immediately consult flesh and blood,
nor did I go up to Jerusalem
to those who were Apostles before me;
rather, I went into Arabia and then returned to Damascus.

Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem
to confer with Cephas and remained with him for fifteen days.
But I did not see any other of the Apostles,
only James the brother of the Lord.
—As to what I am writing to you, behold,
before God, I am not lying.

Gospel
Jn 21:15-19

Jesus had revealed himself to his disciples
and, when they had finished breakfast, said to Simon Peter,
"Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?"
Simon Peter answered him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you."
Jesus said to him, "Feed my lambs."
He then said to Simon Peter a second time,
"Simon, son of John, do you love me?"
Simon Peter answered him, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you."
He said to him, "Tend my sheep."
He said to him the third time,
"Simon, son of John, do you love me?"
Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time,
"Do you love me?" and he said to him,
"Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you."
Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep.
Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger,
you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted;
but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands,
and someone else will dress you
and lead you where you do not want to go."
He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God.
And when he had said this, he said to him, "Follow me."



2 posted on 06/28/2005 6:52:10 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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3 posted on 06/28/2005 6:53:34 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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You have two choices today. Morning will probably be the Mass of Memorial of St. Irenaeus.

An evening Mass will celebrate the Vigil of the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles.


4 posted on 06/28/2005 6:55:21 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Saint Irenaeus, Doctor of the Church[& Martyr]

St. Irenaeus(A.D. 125-202) [Bishop and Martyr] -- [Read Only]

5 posted on 06/28/2005 6:59:37 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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From: Genesis 19:15-29


The Flight of Lot and His Family



[15] When morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, "Arise, take your
wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the
punishment of the city." [16] But he lingered; so the men seized him and his
wife and his two daughters by the hand, the Lord being merciful to him, and
they brought him forth and set him outside the city. [17] And when they had
brought them forth, they said, "Flee for your life; do not look back or stop
anywhere in the valley; flee to the hills, lest you be consumed." [18] And
Lot said to them, "Oh, no, my lords; [19] behold, your servant has found
favor in your sight, and you have shown me great kindness in saving my life;
but I cannot flee to the hills, lest the disaster overtake me, and I die.
[20] Behold, yonder city is near enough to flee to, and it is a little one.
Let me escape there--is it not a little one?--and my life will be saved!"
[21] He said to him, "Behold, I grant you this favor also, that I will not
overthrow the city of which you have spoken. [22] Make haste, escape there;
for I can do nothing till you arrive there." Therefore the name of the city
was called Zoar.


The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah


[23] The sun had risen on the earth when Lot came to Zoar.


[24] Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the
Lord out of heaven; [25] and he overthrew those cities, and all the valley,
and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground. [26] But
Lot's wife behind him looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. [27] And
Abraham went early in the morning to the place where he had stood before the
Lord; [28] and he looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah and toward all the
land of the valley, and beheld, and lo, the smoke of the land went up like
the smoke of a furnace.

[29] So it was that, when God destroyed the cities of the valley, God
remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he
overthrew the cities in which Lot dwelt.




Commentary:


19:24 The ruins of Sodom and Gomorrah probably lie under the waters of the
Dead Sea, to the south. The biblical account interprets the disappearance of
these cities as being the result of some terrible cataclysm, which God sent
as a punishinent for the sins of their inhabitants.

Throughout the Bible one meets many references to the dramatic destruction
of these two cities and the land round about (now desolate) as an instance
of the rigor of divine punishment (cf. Deut 29:22; Is 13-19; Jer 49:18;
etc.) from which Israel is preserved in spite of its sins, thanks to the
faithfulness of a small remnant (cf. Is 1:9) and from which righteous men
are also preserved (cf. Wis 10:6-7). Our Lord Jesus Christ compares the
punishment inflicted on Sodom and Gomorrah to that which will come on the
day of Judgment and which will be even greater (cf. Mt 10:15; 11:23-24), and
he invites us to bear that cataclysm in mind, so as always to be on the
watch (cf. Lk 17:28-30).

As happened at the time of the flood from which Noah was saved (cf. Gen
6:8-12), God "by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes condemned
them to extinction and made of them an example to those who were to be
ungodly; and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the
licentiousness of the wicked (for by what that righteous man saw and heard
as he lived among them, he was vexed in his righteous soul day after day
with their lawless deeds), then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from
trial, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of
judgment, and especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion
and despise authority" (2 Pet 2:6-10).

19:26. The story of Lot's wife is a warning not to turn back once one has
set out on one's way. Our Lord reminds us about it, applying it to the fact
that we cannot foresee the day of Judgment (cf. Lk 17:32). Christian
tradition has applied it to the need to persevere in one's good resolutions,
Here is what one ancient writer says: "Lot's wife, who was turned into a
pillar of salt, is an example to the simple, that they should not look back
with sick curiosity when they are advancing to a holy resolution"
(Quodvultdeus, "De Promissionibus", 1). And, applying the same image to the
Christian vocation, St. Josemarfa Escrivá exhorts: "You have seen very
clearly that you are a child of God. Even if you were never again to see
it--it won't happen!--you should continue along your way forever, out of a
sense of faithfulness, without ever looking back" ("The Forge", 420).



Source: "The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries". Biblical text
taken from the Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries
made by members of the Faculty of Theology of the University of
Navarre, Spain. Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock,
Co. Dublin, Ireland.


6 posted on 06/28/2005 7:01:41 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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From: Matthew 8:23-27


The Calming of the Storm



[23] And when He (Jesus) got into the boat, His disciples followed Him.
[24] And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat
was being swamped by the waves; but He was asleep. [25] And they went
and woke Him, saying, "Save us, Lord; we are perishing." [26] And He
said to them, "Why are you afraid, O men of little faith?" Then He
rose and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
[27] And the men marvelled, saying, "What sort of man is this, that
even winds and sea obey Him?"




Commentary:


23-27. This remarkable miracle left a deep impression on Jesus'
disciples, as can be seen from the fact that the first three
evangelists all report it. Christian Tradition has applied this
miracle in various ways to the life of the Church and the experience of
the individual soul. From earliest times Christian art and literature
have seen the boat as representing the Church, which also has to make
its way around hazards which threaten to capsize it. Indeed, very
early on, Christians were persecuted in various ways by Jews of their
time, and were misunderstood by the public opinion of a pagan
society--which also began to persecute them. Jesus' sleeping through
the storm has been applied to the fact that sometimes God seems not to
come to the Church's rescue during persecution. Following the example
of the Apostles in the boat, Christians should seek Jesus' help,
borrowing their words, "Save us, Lord; we are perishing". Then, when
it seems we can bear it no longer, Jesus shows His power: "He rose and
rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm"--but first
rebuking us for being men of little faith. Quite often Gospel accounts
are meant to serve as examples to us: they epitomize the future history
of the Church and of the individual Christian soul.



Source: "The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries". Biblical text
taken from the Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries
made by members of the Faculty of Theology of the University of
Navarre, Spain. Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock,
Co. Dublin, Ireland.


7 posted on 06/28/2005 7:03:02 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Tuesday, June 28, 2005
St. Irenaeus, Bishop, Martyr (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 19:15-29
Psalm 26:2-3, 9-12
Matthew 8:23-27

The Blessed Sacrament is the first and supreme object of our worship. We must preserve in the depths of our hearts a constant and uninterrupted, profound adoration of this precious pledge of Divine Love.

-- St Mary Euphrasia Pelletier


8 posted on 06/28/2005 7:04:17 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Catholic Culture

Collect:
Father, you called St. Irenaeus to uphold your truth and bring peace to your Church. By his prayers renew us in faith and love that we may always be intent on fostering unity and peace. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

June 28, 2005 Month Year Season

Memorial of St. Irenaeus, bishop and martyr

Old Calendar: St. Irenaeus; Vigil of Saints Peter and Paul

St. Irenaeus was born in Asia Minor around the year 140. It is not known when he came to Gaul. He was a priest of the Church of Lyons during the persecution of 177 when St. Pothinus, first bishop of the city and the first martyr of Lyons, was put to death. Irenaeus succeeded him as bishop and twenty-five years later was martyred in his turn during a fresh persecution. At a time when Gnostic sects threatened to undermine Christianity by a perversion of Christian thought, St. Irenaeus vigorously denounced all heresies and safeguarded unity of belief by laying down the principles of the doctrinal tradition of the Church.

Before the reform of the General Roman Calendar the Vigil of Sts. Peter and Paul was observed with a special vigil Mass. The reform removed this vigil Mass from the Calendar. Tomorrow is a solemnity, and so observance of Saints Peter and Paul begins with Evening Prayer I in the Liturgy of the Hours this evening. The liturgical day is from midnight to midnight in the Church's observance, except for Sunday and solemnities which begin with the evening of the preceding day.


St. Irenaeus
Saint Irenaeus was born in the year 120; he was of the Greek tongue, and probably a native of Asia Minor. His parents, who were Christians, placed him while still young under the care of the great Saint Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna. It was in this holy school that he learned the sacred science which later made him a great ornament of the Church and the terror of her enemies. Saint Polycarp cultivated his rising genius and formed his mind to piety by his precepts and example, and the zealous young scholar was careful to reap all advantages offered him by the solicitude of such a master. Such was his veneration for his tutor’s sanctity that he observed all the acts and virtues he saw in that holy man, the better to copy his example and learn his spirit. He listened to his instructions with an insatiable ardor, and so deeply did he engrave them in his heart that the impressions remained vivid even in his old age. In order to confound the heresies of his age, this Doctor of the Church acquainted himself with the conceits of the pagan philosophers, and thereby became qualified to trace every error to its sources and set it in its full light. By his writings he was already known to Tertullian, Theodoret and Saint Epiphanus, who speak of him as a luminous torch of truth in the darkness of those times.

After Irenaeus had spent a number of years in combat against the eastern gnostics and philosophers of error, Saint Polycarp determined to send him to Gaul, where many of the heretics of Asia Minor had already migrated to pursue the Catholic religion, which was beginning to find roots there. With a company of about forty Christians, the valiant soldier of Christ ascended the Rhone to Lyons to rejoin and aid Saint Pothinus, its bishop. Saint Pothinus was already advanced in age, and his church’s neophytes could not always distinguish truth from the gnostic aberrations. Saint Pothinus received the apostles with joy and soon ordained Saint Irenaeus.

A hundred times he exposed himself to martyrdom by his zeal, acting as the right arm of the aging bishop, but God was reserving that crown for him twenty-five years later. When Saint Pothinus had glorified God by his splendid martyr’s death in the year 177, Ireneus was chosen to be the second bishop of Lyons. The persecutors imagined that Christianity had been stifled in Lyons, and they ceased their pursuits for a time.

This great Doctor of the Church wrote many important works, of which the most famous is his Adversus Haereses, Against the Heresies, in explanation of the Faith. By his preaching, Saint Irenaeus in a short time converted almost the whole country to the Faith; the Christians of Lyons became models by their candor, their estrangement from all ambition, their poverty, chastity and temperance, and in this way confounded many adversaries of their religion. Saint Irenaeus continued to imitate what he had seen done by his beloved master, Saint Polycarp, himself the disciple and imitator of Saint John the Apostle. One can readily imagine the excellence of the administration and the breadth of charity reigning in the Church of Lyons.

Finally he suffered martyrdom there, with many others, in the year 202, under the Emperor Septimus Severus, after eighty years spent in the service of the Lord. The imperial decrees renewing the persecutions arrived at Lyons at the time of the celebration of Severus’ tenth year of reign; the pagans found amid the celebrations an opportunity to take vengeance on the Christians, who refused to participate in the debaucheries which accompanied these feastings. Assassins armed with daggers, stones and knives filled the city with blood, and thousands of Christians won, with their bishop, the crown they had always admired as the greatest glory God could grant His servants.

From Little Pictorial Lives of the Saints, a compilation based on Butler’s Lives of the Saints, and other sources by John Gilmary Shea (Benziger Brothers: New York, 1894); Les Petits Bollandistes: Vies des Saints, by Msgr. Paul Guérin (Bloud et Barral: Paris, 1882), Vol. 7.

Patron: Archdiocese of Mobile, Alabama.

Symbols: Lighted torch; book.

Things to Do:

  • St. Irenaeus of Lyons wrote extensively. You can read some of his writings, his most famous writing being Against the Heresies.

  • St. Irenaeus was a great defender of the Faith. Spend some time today learning more about the the teachings of the Church. Dave Armstrong is an excellent apologist and you could start with his Church Fathers page.

9 posted on 06/28/2005 7:07:05 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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**St. Irenaeus of Lyons wrote extensively. You can read some of his writings, his most famous writing being Against the Heresies.**

Oh, that we might have a modern-day bishop that could write against the modern-day heresies, in imitation of St. Irenaeus!

We pray to the Lord,
Lorod hear our prayer!


10 posted on 06/28/2005 7:08:53 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Faith-sharing bump.


11 posted on 06/28/2005 10:17:11 AM PDT by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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Bump for Saints Peter and Paul.


12 posted on 06/28/2005 10:21:29 AM PDT by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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Prayers offered up that all FReepers are keeping cool in this hot and humid weather.


13 posted on 06/28/2005 10:36:13 AM PDT by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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The Heavens Are Not Closed

"People say that the heavens are closed,
and God no longer answers prayers.
We are here to unequivocally tell you
that the heavens are not closed.
Prayers are answered and
children come home."


Jody Hawkins, mother of Brennen Hawkins,
a cub scout who was found after being
missing in the wilderness for four days.

 

14 posted on 06/28/2005 11:55:44 AM PDT by Smartass (Si vis pacem, para bellum - Por el dedo de Dios se escribió)
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"People say that the heavens are closed, and God no longer answers prayers. We are here to unequivocally tell you that the heavens are not closed. Prayers are answered and children come home."

*************

Eloquently said. Thanks for sharing it!

15 posted on 06/28/2005 1:27:41 PM PDT by trisham ("Live Free or Die," General John Stark, July 31, 1809)
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Homily of the Day


Homily of the Day

Title:   Public Enemy Number One
Author:   Monsignor Dennis Clark, Ph.D.
Date:   Tuesday, June 28, 2005
 


Gn 19, 15-29 / Mt 8:23-27

Fear is the real Public Enemy Number One. It’s what lurks behind every one of our sins. Greed starts with the fear that I won’t have enough. Anger is rooted in the fear of losing something that is essential to me. Philandering draws its power from the fear that I am empty and nothing. Fear closes down hearts and stifles love. And, if we allow it, fear ultimately steals our life away.

Fear can be exceedingly powerful, but faith can be stronger still and can overcome it at every turn. By faith we can entrust ourselves into God’s care with total confidence, knowing that God loves and cherishes us even more than we love ourselves. In doing that, we learn to see ourselves through God’s eyes, and we learn something wonderful about ourselves, namely, that we are lovable and that we already have within us the God-given capacity to do wonderful things.

If you want the rich, full, happy life that God wants for you, you’d better pay attention to Jesus’ words in today’s gospel, "Fear is useless. What is needed is faith!"

Entrust yourself, your life, your hopes, and your dreams into His hands with confidence. You’ll be surprised to discover that you have the spiritual power to do the great deeds to which the Holy Spirit who always dwells in your heart has been calling you all along.

 


16 posted on 06/28/2005 4:21:40 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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American Cathlic's Saint of the Day

June 28, 2005
St. Irenaeus
(130?-220)

The Church is fortunate that Irenaeus was involved in many of its controversies in the second century. He was a student, well trained, no doubt, with great patience in investigating, tremendously protective of apostolic teaching, but prompted more by a desire to win over his opponents than to prove them in error.

As bishop of Lyons he was especially concerned with the Gnostics, who took their name from the Greek word for “knowledge.” Claiming access to secret knowledge imparted by Jesus to only a few disciples, their teaching was attracting and confusing many Christians. After thoroughly investigating the various Gnostic sects and their “secret,” Irenaeus showed to what logical conclusions their tenets led. These he contrasted with the teaching of the apostles and the text of Holy Scripture, giving us, in five books, a system of theology of great importance to subsequent times. Moreover, his work, widely used and translated into Latin and Armenian, gradually ended the influence of the Gnostics.

The circumstances and details about his death, like those of his birth and early life in Asia Minor, are not at all clear.

Comment:

A deep and genuine concern for other people will remind us that the discovery of truth is not to be a victory for some and a defeat for others. Unless all can claim a share in that victory, truth itself will continue to be rejected by the losers, because it will be regarded as inseparable from the yoke of defeat. And so, confrontation, controversy and the like might yield to a genuine united search for God's truth and how it can best be served.



17 posted on 06/28/2005 4:29:23 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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A Voice in the Desert
 
 

Tuesday June 28, 2005   Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading (Genesis 19:15-29)   Gospel (St. Matthew 8:23-27)

 In the Gospel reading today, the apostles are amazed that even the winds and the sea obey Our Lord. We have to remember always that He is God and He is all-powerful and He has authority over everything. So as we look around at the things going on in the world today, we realize that none of this is happening without God tolerating it, without Him allowing it. And He is allowing it as a test for each and every one of us to see if we are going to remain faithful. 

We see the grace and mercy of God, for instance, in the first reading when we hear about how He removed Lot from the city of Sodom before He destroyed it, and how when Lot tried to play the American problem and be as lazy as he possibly could – “No, no, I can’t go that far” – the Lord even pulled him right out of the city and then allowed him to go to a small town that would have been overthrown, but was determined to save his life because he was innocent. And so we see that even if we are willing to make a minimal effort to do what is right, God is going to take care of the rest. That does not excuse us by saying it is okay to do the absolute minimum, but rather what we see is that if we are willing to at least take the first step, God is going to then provide the grace so that we can take the next step. It is the way the spiritual life begins. All we have to do is get started and the Lord will take care of helping us to move along. Then we can keep taking one step after the next step after the next. 

At the same time in the readings today, we see another situation. As Sodom and Gomorrah are being overthrown for the homosexuality that was going on in those towns, we look around and see that the same thing is happening today. And we see the exact same attitude among people today: “It’s okay. It’s not a problem. They were born that way. How can I judge?” These are not from God. Number one, we have to realize that if somebody is acting on something that is completely contrary to nature, it is a mortal sin and it is from Satan. God created us male and female, and he placed within our hearts an attraction to persons of opposite sex. Now the Church is very clear that a homosexual orientation is not a sin. It is disordered, but it is not a sin. To act upon it, however, as it would be for anyone outside of marriage to act on anything sexually, is a mortal sin.  

So for us to be able to sit back and think that it is not so bad or that we have to accept this is playing right into Satan’s hand. It is not acceptable in any way, shape, or form. And the fact that in some places, at least, people would suggest that the majority of people are in favor of these sorts of things does not mean anything. Morality is not based on an opinion poll. It does not matter if everyone except one person agrees. If that one person is God, Who does not agree with it, then God is right. The prescriptions against homosexuality are Divine Law. This is not even a Church law. This is not something that the Church can change if She wanted to, or if enough people thought they were homosexuals and therefore we need to think about changing this. It is Divine Law. It is God’s Law and it cannot change ever, under any circumstances. We need to be very clear about that.

As Christian people, we need to make sure that we always treat others with charity and respect. However, we also need to make sure we are clear that if someone is doing something which is objectively wrong that we recognize that and we acknowledge it. It is not being judgmental of the person to say that the action is wrong. We do not know what is going on in their heart and in their mind, but this is what they are doing. We cannot make a judgment on the person, but we can and we must make a judgment on the action. The actions are wrong. They are mortal sins. There is no justification ever for acting in a way that is mortally sinful, and in this particular case, contrary to nature. We must be very clear and not fall into the prevailing thought that making any kind of judgment is therefore wrong because we cannot judge. That is wrong and we need to make a distinction. We must judge actions. We cannot judge persons. That is where the difference comes. And when we are talking about the action of homosexual sin, it is a flagrant violation of the law of Almighty God and never under any circumstances is it acceptable. We must be very, very clear about that.  

So we must love the sinner but hate the sin. That is the proper response we have to have. That is not always easy for us to be able to do, but that is what we have to be about. We have to extend the mercy of God. We have to pray for people’s conversion. We have to treat them with charity and dignity. But in all cases we must always acknowledge that a sin is a sin, and it is never under any circumstances acceptable. 

*  This text was transcribed from the audio recording with minimal editing.


18 posted on 06/28/2005 4:34:07 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Mt 8:23-27
# Douay-Rheims Vulgate
23 And when he entered into the boat, his disciples followed him: et ascendente eo in navicula secuti sunt eum discipuli eius
24 And behold a great tempest arose in the sea, so that the boat was covered with waves, but he was asleep. et ecce motus magnus factus est in mari ita ut navicula operiretur fluctibus ipse vero dormiebat
25 And they came to him, and awaked him, saying: Lord, save us, we perish. et accesserunt et suscitaverunt eum dicentes Domine salva nos perimus
26 And Jesus saith to them: Why are you fearful, O ye of little faith? Then rising up, he commanded the winds, and the sea, and there came a great calm. et dicit eis quid timidi estis modicae fidei tunc surgens imperavit ventis et mari et facta est tranquillitas magna
27 But the men wondered, saying: What manner of man is this, for the winds and the sea obey him? porro homines mirati sunt dicentes qualis est hic quia et venti et mare oboediunt ei

19 posted on 06/28/2005 6:49:27 PM PDT by annalex
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Jn 21:15-19
# Douay-Rheims Vulgate
15 When therefore they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me more than these? He saith to him: Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith to him: Feed my lambs. cum ergo prandissent dicit Simoni Petro Iesus Simon Iohannis diligis me plus his dicit ei etiam Domine tu scis quia amo te dicit ei pasce agnos meos
16 He saith to him again: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? He saith to him: yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith to him: Feed my lambs. dicit ei iterum Simon Iohannis diligis me ait illi etiam Domine tu scis quia amo te dicit ei pasce agnos meos
17 He said to him the third time: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he had said to him the third time: Lovest thou me? And he said to him: Lord, thou knowest all things: thou knowest that I love thee. He said to him: Feed my sheep. dicit ei tertio Simon Iohannis amas me contristatus est Petrus quia dixit ei tertio amas me et dicit ei Domine tu omnia scis tu scis quia amo te dicit ei pasce oves meas
18 Amen, amen, I say to thee, When thou wast younger, thou didst gird thyself and didst walk where thou wouldst. But when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee and lead thee whither thou wouldst not. amen amen dico tibi cum esses iunior cingebas te et ambulabas ubi volebas cum autem senueris extendes manus tuas et alius te cinget et ducet quo non vis
19 And this he said, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had said this, he saith to him: Follow me. hoc autem dixit significans qua morte clarificaturus esset Deum et hoc cum dixisset dicit ei sequere me

20 posted on 06/28/2005 6:50:12 PM PDT by annalex
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Lot flees from Sodom

Rafael
Fresco from the Loggia


21 posted on 06/28/2005 6:53:59 PM PDT by annalex
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Rafael -> Raffaello


22 posted on 06/28/2005 6:58:38 PM PDT by annalex
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Pillar of salt to be.


23 posted on 06/28/2005 7:00:42 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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The Word Among Us


Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Meditation
Matthew 8:23-27



Have you ever felt so fully loved by someone that you thought nothing could ever go wrong again in your life? We often hear stories about the brave young knight who rescues the princess and whisks her away to live happily ever after with him. We see newlyweds who are so caught up in each other’s love that the whole world is new for them.

As beautiful as these images are, experience tells us that fairy tales are just fairy tales and that all married couples face steep challenges as well as times of complete joy and security. But while we are all flawed and bring our flaws with us into marriage, God is not flawed. He is perfect. He is the brave young knight who rescues us. He is the perfect lover of our souls. As idealistic as it may seem, God loves us completely, unconditionally, and passionately. His love has the power to drive away every fear, remove every worry, and heal every wound. That’s what this story of the storm at sea is all about.

Jesus was able to sleep through the storm because he knew that no matter what happened, his Father loved him and would not abandon him. The disciples, on the other hand, feared for their lives because they had yet to learn how deeply God cared for them. Jesus asked them, “Why are you afraid, you of little faith?” (Matthew 8:26), not because he was angry with them but because he wanted them to see the contrast between his reaction to the storm and theirs. He wanted them to see that it was a matter of faith, and not foolishness; a matter of trust and not recklessness.

God wants us all to have the faith in his love that Jesus has. He knows it doesn’t come automatically, and so every day he gives us opportunities—both large and small—to trust him and to let him prove himself to us. He knows that the more we take steps of faith the greater our trust will be. And, the greater our trust, the more peaceful we will become—to the point where we will utterly amaze those who have yet to discover the treasures of the Father’s love.

“Father, I abandon myself to you. I believe that you hold me fast, whatever situation I may face. I know that I can rest secure in your love.”

Genesis 19:15-29; Psalm 26:2-3,9-12



24 posted on 06/28/2005 7:07:08 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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One Bread, One Body

One Bread, One Body

 

<< Tuesday, June 28, 2005 >> St. Irenaeus
 
Genesis 19:15-29 Psalm 26 Matthew 8:23-27
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TOUR GUIDES
 
Jesus “got into the boat and his disciples followed Him.” —Matthew 8:23
 

After the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus decided to take the disciples on a tour with Him. It was a healing, miracle, and deliverance tour. The disciples saw a leper cleansed, the centurion’s servant healed of paralysis, Peter’s mother-in-law healed of a fever, a storm stopped, two men delivered from demons, a paralytic cured, the daughter of Jairus raised from the dead, a woman having hemorrhaged for twelve years cured, two blind men given sight, and a mute delivered of a demon and enabled to speak (Mt 8-9). What a tour!

The disciples were sightseers on this tour. At its conclusion, Jesus asked His disciples to pray for tour guides, that is, workers for the harvest (Mt 9:38). They became the answer to their own prayers and were given the authority to do what they had just seen Jesus do.

Jesus has given us “authority to expel unclean spirits and to cure sickness and disease of every kind” (Mt 10:1). Yet most Christians don’t believe Him. We should first go on tour with Jesus and see His mighty works. Then we will believe His promises. Jesus is arranging a miracle, healing, and deliverance tour. Obey Him. Come, see, conquer.

 
Prayer: Jesus, give me a series of personal experiences of Your almighty power and love.
Promise: “You have already thought enough of Your servant to do me the great kindness of intervening to save my life.” —Gn 19:19
Praise: St. Irenaeus was one of the first Doctors of the Church and vigorously refuted heresy in the early Church.
 

25 posted on 06/28/2005 7:21:04 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Prayers offered up for our troops in Iraq.


26 posted on 06/28/2005 8:26:25 PM PDT by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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To: Smartass

All Believers can attest with confidence, that the Heavens are not closed. Praise the Lord for His grace and mercy he renders us in our daily walk with Him.


27 posted on 06/28/2005 8:28:45 PM PDT by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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Some quotes from Irenaeus are posted in the following posts:

From Catholic Answers

28 posted on 06/29/2005 4:09:20 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Apostolic Succession

Irenaeus

"For all these [heretics] are of much later date than are the bishops to whom the apostles handed over the churches, and this fact I pointed out most carefully in the third book. It is of necessity, then, that these aforementioned heretics, because they are blind to the truth, walk in devious paths, and on this account the vestiges of their doctrines are scattered about without agreement or connection. The path of those, however, who belong to the Church goes around the whole world, for it has the firm tradition of the apostles, enabling us to see that the faith of all is one and the same" (Ibid. 5:20:1).



Irenaeus

"Polycarp was instructed not only by the apostles and conversed with many who had seen Christ, but was also appointed bishop of the church in Smyrna by the apostles in Asia. I saw him in my early youth, for he tarried a long time and when quite old departed this life in a glorious and most noble martyrdom. He always taught those things which he learned from the apostles and which the Church had handed down and which are true. To these things the churches in Asia bear witness, as do also the successors of Polycarp even to the present time" (Ibid. 3:3:4).



Irenaeus

"It is necessary to obey those who are the presbyters in the Church, those who, as we have shown, have succession from the apostles, those who have received, with the succession of the episcopate, the sure charism of truth according to the good pleasure of the Father. But the rest, who have no part in the primitive succession [of bishops] and assemble wheresoever they will, must be held in suspicion....The true gnosis [knowledge] is the doctrine of the apostles, and the ancient organization of the Church throughout the whole world, and the manifestation of the body of Christ according to the succession of bishops, by which succession the bishops have handed down the Church which is found everywhere" (Ibid. 4:26:2, 33:8).



29 posted on 06/29/2005 4:10:35 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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One God or Many?

Irenaeus

"For the Church, although dispersed throughout the whole world even to the ends of the earth, has received from the apostles and from their disciples the faith in one God, Father Almighty, the creator of heaven and earth and sea and all that is in them; and in one Jesus Christ, the Son of God" (Against Heresies 1:10:1 [inter A.D. 180-199]).



Irenaeus

"Nor is he moved by anyone; rather, freely and by his Word he made all things. For he alone is God, he alone is Lord, he alone is creator, he alone is father, he alone contains all and commands all to exist" (Ibid. 2:1:1).



Irenaeus

"Of his own accord and by his own power he made all things and arranged and perfected them; and his will is the substance of all things. He alone, then, is found to be God; he alone is omnipotent, who made all things; he alone is Father, who founded and formed all things, visible and invisible, sensible and insensate, heavenly and earthly, by the Word of his power. And he has fitted and arranged all things by his wisdom; and while he comprehends all, he can be comprehended by none. He is himself the designer, himself the builder, himself the inventor, himself the maker, himself the Lord of all" (Ibid. 2:30:9).



30 posted on 06/29/2005 4:11:33 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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The Authority of the Pope

Irenaeus

"But since it would be too long to enumerate in such a volume as this the succession of all the churches, we shall confound all those who, in whatever manner, whether through self-satisfaction or vainglory, or through blindness and wicked opinion, assemble other than where it is proper, by pointing out here the successions of the bishops of the greatest and most ancient church known to all, founded and organized at Rome by the two most glorious apostles, Peter and Paul, that church which has the tradition and the faith which comes down to us after having been announced to men by the apostles. With that church, because of its superior origin, all the churches must agree, that is, all the faithful in the whole world, and it is in her that the faithful everywhere have maintained the apostolic tradition" (Against Heresies 3:3:2 [A.D. 189]).


31 posted on 06/29/2005 4:12:27 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Infant Baptism

Irenaeus

"And [Naaman] dipped himself . . . seven times in the Jordan" [2 Kgs. 5:14]. It was not for nothing that Naaman of old, when suffering from leprosy, was purified upon his being baptized, but [this served] as an indication to us. For as we are lepers in sin, we are made clean, by means of the sacred water and the invocation of the Lord, from our old transgressions, being spiritually regenerated as newborn babes, even as the Lord has declared: "Except a man be born again through water and the Spirit, he shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven" [John 3:5].. (Fragment 34 [A.D. 190])



Irenaeus

He [Jesus] came to save all through himself; all, I say, who through him are reborn in God: infants, and children, and youths, and old men. Therefore he passed through every age, becoming an infant for infants, sanctifying infants; a child for children, sanctifying those who are of that age . . . [so that] he might be the perfect teacher in all things, perfect not only in respect to the setting forth of truth, perfect also in respect to relative age. (Against Heresies 2:22:4 [A.D. 189])



32 posted on 06/29/2005 4:13:53 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Peter in Rome

IRENAEUS

"Matthew also issued among the Hebrews a written Gospel in their own language, while Peter and Paul were evangelizing in Rome and laying the foundation of the Church" (Against Heresies, 3:1:1 [A.D. 189]).



IRENAEUS

"The blessed apostles [Peter and Paul], having founded and built up the church [of Rome], they handed over the office of the episcopate to Linus. Paul makes mention of this Linus in the epistle to Timothy [2 Tim. 4:21]" (ibid., 3:3:3).



IRENAEUS

"But since it would be too long to enumerate in such a volume as this the succession of all the churches, we shall . . . [point] out here the successions of the bishops of the greatest and most ancient church known to all, founded and organized at Rome by the two most glorious apostles, Peter and Paul, that church which has the tradition and the faith which comes down to us after having been announced to men by the apostles. With that church, because of its superior origin, all the churches must agree, that is, all the faithful in the whole world, and it is in her that the faithful everywhere have maintained the apostolic tradition" (ibid., 3:3:2).



33 posted on 06/29/2005 4:14:41 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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THE HELL THERE IS

Irenaeus

"The penalty increases for those who do not believe the Word of god and despise his coming….[I]t is not merely temporal, but eternal. To whomsoever the Lord shall say, 'Depart from me, accursed ones, into the everlasting fire,' they will be damned forever" (Against Heresies 4:28:2).



Irenaeus

"[God will] send the spiritual forces of wickedness, and the angels who transgressed and became apostates, and the impious, unjust, lawless, and blasphemous among men into everlasting fire" (Against Heresies 1:10:1 [A.D. 180]).



34 posted on 06/29/2005 4:15:32 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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