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A Christmas Message From Fr. Corapi
FatherCorapi.com ^ | 25.12. 2008 | Father Corapi

Posted on 12/25/2008 8:08:42 AM PST by GonzoII

A Christmas Greeting

 The blessed and joyous time of Christmas is here again. So, I’ll just take the opportunity to thank all of our viewing and listening family for allowing us into your homes. I don’t take that for granted. I am honestly grateful to you for allowing us to serve you in that way.

As I look out the windows of my home in Montana it sure is “beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” We have about a foot of snow and it’s been below zero for about ten days. Two of my dogs are under my desk with their heads resting on my feet--looking like those big fuzzy slippers that little kids sometimes wear.

Christmas is, of course, the best time to recall that Jesus, the Son of God, in fact was born in a poor stable or cave on a cold night—“for us men, and for our salvation.” Amidst the escalating uncertainty and chaos of the modern world we must sit still for a moment and remember what really matters.

In recent years major corporations have been vaporized in the twinkling of an eye. It’s a sign of the times, but recall that what really matters is that it was the twinkling of a star that led shepherds and wise men to the One who is the Light of the world.

In recent years the biggest accounting firm in the world ceased to be over night. They don’t account for anything today, but it honestly doesn’t matter. What really matters is that on a cold night two millennia ago the God who loves us was born in Bethlehem and laid in a manger by the Mother who loves Him.

In recent years the unthinkable has happened--major banks and financial institutions have ceased to be. That doesn’t matter either because the truly unthinkable happened on the first Christmas Eve long ago when the God who always was and will never cease to be came to show us the depth and breadth of His love.

In recent years I have been accused of being a “prophet of doom, and a pessimist.” I can understand this criticism, but it really isn’t true. I am a realist, and as a priest and Catholic/Christian of necessity must share in the prophetic dimension of Christ. The United States, and the entire world for the most part, is in many ways precipitating its own demise. That matters, and we must do all we can to “fight the good fight,” but what truly matters is the state of your soul and mine because in the end that will determine how we live forever, and compared to that nothing else really matters.

Things may go from bad to worse. It may well go from uncomfortable to dangerous to live your Catholic/Christian faith in a world unraveling rapidly due to one bad moral choice after the other. Remember that it will not be the first time if Christians are persecuted, even imprisoned and executed. “The blood of martyrs is the seed of Christians.” The Western world is too fat and lazy, in the secular order and even in the religious. Perhaps a jolly good persecution may be what it takes for people to decide to live their faith, rather than go along with what they know to be a sick society.

In any event, don’t let it get you down. Whatever happens, stay close to Jesus and Mary. Remember that our God is not against you. He is for you, and He will be with you through all of the ups and downs of life. He will be with you in sickness and in health; in good times and in bad; and when death comes knocking at your door He will be there to comfort you and lead you safely home. Having fought the good fight and run the race to the finish line, you will surely hear those beautiful words:

“WELL DONE MY GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT! NOW AT LAST ENTER INTO THE JOY OF YOUR MASTER’S HOUSE.”

A most blessed and merry Christmas and a holy, happy, and healthy New Year to each and all of you!

Fr. John Corapi


TOPICS: General Discusssion
KEYWORDS: christmas; corapi; frcorapi

1 posted on 12/25/2008 8:08:43 AM PST by GonzoII
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To: GonzoII

God bless you Father Corapi.


2 posted on 12/25/2008 8:11:03 AM PST by FES0844 (FES0844)
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To: FES0844

Indeed, God bless and keep him.


3 posted on 12/25/2008 8:30:32 AM PST by big'ol_freeper (Gen. George S. Patton to Michael Moore... American Carol: "I really like slapping you.")
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To: GonzoII
Perhaps a jolly good persecution may be what it takes for people to decide to live their faith, rather than go along with what they know to be a sick society.

He really hammers it home. Indeed, Merry Christmas Fr. Corapi.

4 posted on 12/25/2008 12:18:15 PM PST by stripes1776 ("That if gold rust, what shall iron do?" --Chaucer)
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To: GonzoII; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; nickcarraway; Romulus; ...
Whatever happens, stay close to Jesus and Mary. Remember that our God is not against you. He is for you, and He will be with you through all of the ups and downs of life.

God bless all of you on this Christmas day and throughout the New Year!

5 posted on 12/25/2008 3:13:31 PM PST by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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To: GonzoII

I am not Catholic but I love this guy. He is GREAT. I wish I went to his church daily.


6 posted on 12/25/2008 3:41:15 PM PST by therut
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To: GonzoII
Amidst the escalating uncertainty and chaos of the modern world

a very popular theme, it seems.

7 posted on 12/25/2008 3:43:28 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (appeasement is collaboration.)
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To: therut

you can go to his church daily, the Catholic church, but i will concede it is unfortunately uncommon to hear such preaching at too many Catholic churches

Or try www.wdtprs.com and check out a terrific blog by a priest who was in the same ordination class; both were ordained by Pope John Paul II in 1992 IIRC


8 posted on 12/25/2008 3:48:09 PM PST by Piers-the-Ploughman (Just say no to circular firing squads.)
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To: GonzoII; All
Perhaps a jolly good persecution

is there such a thing?

From one end of the social spectrum to the other, it seems like Americans feel really, really guilty for being Americans; almost as if they are begging someone to call fire and brimstone down upon themselves (along with the rest of us, who would much rather not have to sit through that).

I recall from scriptures that some disciples once offered to call fire and brimstone down upon a city that didn't welcome Jesus and said, "No." In another place, he told disciples, "pray that you wiil be able to escape all that is coming on the world and that you'll be able to stand before the Son of Man."

Whether or not the collective morbid anticipation that seems to wrack anyone with a microphone or a keyboard is fulfilled, don't ever forget that this is the one nation on earth where you, dear citizen, are directly responsible for its fate.

Merry Christmas.

9 posted on 12/25/2008 3:50:35 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (appeasement is collaboration.)
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To: Piers-the-Ploughman

I want to go where he speaks everday. He is one of a kind.


10 posted on 12/25/2008 4:25:08 PM PST by therut
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To: therut

I have heard he is sick, possibly with cancer. He doesn’t get out as much


11 posted on 12/25/2008 5:43:44 PM PST by Piers-the-Ploughman (Just say no to circular firing squads.)
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To: Piers-the-Ploughman

We went over to church Wednesday afternoon to deliver our Christmas presents to the priests and deacons . . . and found our young Parochial Vicar pounding away on his computer keyboard . . . he was contributing to Father Z’s blog. It’s wonderful to see the young priests so orthodox and on fire — we’re going to need them to keep our hearts up in the days ahead.


12 posted on 12/25/2008 6:20:40 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse (TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary - recess appointment))
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To: GonzoII
It may well go from uncomfortable to dangerous to live your Catholic/Christian faith in a world unraveling rapidly due to one bad moral choice after the other. Remember that it will not be the first time if Christians are persecuted, even imprisoned and executed.

Good homily. God bless Fr. Corapi.

13 posted on 12/25/2008 6:58:41 PM PST by annalex (http://www.catecheticsonline.com/CatenaAurea.php)
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To: GonzoII
Heath and All Good Blessings to our beloved Fr. Corapi.
14 posted on 12/25/2008 7:11:03 PM PST by Barney59 ("Amen")
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To: the invisib1e hand

No I don’t want any persecution; I want to grow very old and die in my bed even with 401k money left. But the USA as a whole has first tolerated perversity and now we’re on the verge of substantial persecution of Christians. The natural law says bad things happen to peoples that as a matter of principle prefer evil and actually enshrine it with legal privileges...We are supposed to love our country. How does a patriot love this imposter Uncle Sam?


15 posted on 12/25/2008 7:27:42 PM PST by Piers-the-Ploughman (Just say no to circular firing squads.)
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To: AnAmericanMother

that blog is amazing...I can’t believe it is allowed to exist, recalling all the trouble Mother A had some years ago


16 posted on 12/25/2008 7:29:28 PM PST by Piers-the-Ploughman (Just say no to circular firing squads.)
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To: Piers-the-Ploughman
patriots used to understand that uncle sam is a work in progress and its up to each and every generation to keep him straight.

the most vocal among us are not patriots. they're pussies, sponging off the work of patriots.

17 posted on 12/25/2008 7:29:56 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (appeasement is collaboration.)
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To: Piers-the-Ploughman
Well, Mother A ran afoul of Mahony and that caused some friction with her own bishop back in the day when Mahony and his ilk were riding higher and prouder than they are now.

Not sure who Fr. Z's bishop is, but I think he's based in Rome so he doesn't have to contend with the goofier American heterodox bishops, who at any rate have far less power than when Mother A locked horns with them.

18 posted on 12/25/2008 7:32:16 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse (TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary - recess appointment))
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To: AnAmericanMother

Times have changed but you’re right also, Fr Z is based in Rome so liberal leaning Archbishop Flynn of Minneapolis had little control over him. I had forgotten that. Now Minneapolis has a more outspoken orthodox bishop anyway.


19 posted on 12/25/2008 7:50:29 PM PST by Piers-the-Ploughman (Just say no to circular firing squads.)
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To: Piers-the-Ploughman
And may the shadows of those splendid new orthodox and faithful bishops never grow less!

(and may His Holiness Benedict XVI live for a hundred years, to appoint MANY more bishops!)

20 posted on 12/25/2008 7:52:16 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse (TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary - recess appointment))
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To: therut

**I wish I went to his church daily.**

We invite you to.


21 posted on 12/25/2008 8:29:42 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: therut
http://www.fathercorapi.com/
22 posted on 12/26/2008 6:59:07 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: Piers-the-Ploughman
Parathyroid tumor.
23 posted on 12/26/2008 7:00:24 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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