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Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 09-23-12, Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Posted on 09/20/2012 6:52:43 PM PDT by Salvation

September 23, 2012

 

Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Reading 1 Wis 2:12, 17-20

The wicked say:
Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us;
he sets himself against our doings,
reproaches us for transgressions of the law
and charges us with violations of our training.
Let us see whether his words be true;
let us find out what will happen to him.
For if the just one be the son of God, God will defend him
and deliver him from the hand of his foes.
With revilement and torture let us put the just one to the test
that we may have proof of his gentleness
and try his patience.
Let us condemn him to a shameful death;
for according to his own words, God will take care of him.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 54:3-4, 5, 6 and 8

R. (6b) The Lord upholds my life.
O God, by your name save me,
and by your might defend my cause.
O God, hear my prayer;
hearken to the words of my mouth.
R. The Lord upholds my life.
For the haughty men have risen up against me,
the ruthless seek my life;
they set not God before their eyes.
R. The Lord upholds my life.
Behold, God is my helper;
the Lord sustains my life.
Freely will I offer you sacrifice;
I will praise your name, O LORD, for its goodness.
R. The Lord upholds my life.

Reading 2 Jas 3:16-4:3

Beloved:
Where jealousy and selfish ambition exist,
there is disorder and every foul practice.
But the wisdom from above is first of all pure,
then peaceable, gentle, compliant,
full of mercy and good fruits,
without inconstancy or insincerity.
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace
for those who cultivate peace.

Where do the wars
and where do the conflicts among you come from?
Is it not from your passions
that make war within your members?
You covet but do not possess.
You kill and envy but you cannot obtain;
you fight and wage war.
You do not possess because you do not ask.
You ask but do not receive,
because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

Gospel Mk 9:30-37

Jesus and his disciples left from there and began a journey through Galilee,
but he did not wish anyone to know about it.
He was teaching his disciples and telling them,
"The Son of Man is to be handed over to men
and they will kill him,
and three days after his death the Son of Man will rise."
But they did not understand the saying,
and they were afraid to question him.

They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house,
he began to ask them,
"What were you arguing about on the way?"
But they remained silent.
They had been discussing among themselves on the way
who was the greatest.
Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them,
"If anyone wishes to be first,
he shall be the last of all and the servant of all."
Taking a child, he placed it in the their midst,
and putting his arms around it, he said to them,
"Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me;
and whoever receives me,
receives not me but the One who sent me."


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From: Wisdom 2:1a, 12-22

Life Leads to Death (Continuation)
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[12] "Let us lie in wait for the righteous man, because he is inconvenient to us
and opposes our actions; he reproaches us for sins against the law, and accu-
ses us of sins against our training.

[17] Let us see if his words are true, and let
us test what will happen at the end of his life; [18] for if the righteous man is
God's son, he will help him, and will deliver him from the hand of his adversaries.
[19] Let us test him with insult and torture, that we may find out how gentle he
is, and make trial of his forbearance. [20] Let us condemn him to a shameful
death, for, according to what he says, he will be protected."

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Commentary:

2:10-20. Not content with enjoying the pleasures of life, the ungodly go further:
they persecute the just man because he is a constant reproach to them. They
want to see if God, whom the just man calls his father, will protect and rescue
him. He calls God his father? Let us see what protection God gives him. If God
fails to come to his aid, then they are proved right, and the just man wrong.
Their words are echoed in the insults offered by scribes and Pharisees to
Jesus when he was on the cross (cf. Mt 27:40-43; Mk 15:31-32; Lk 23:35-37).

Interestingly, the just man calls himself a "child of God" (v. 13). This is some-
thing new in Jewish thinking, because prior to this it was the entire people of
Israel or the king their representative who was considered a "son of God" (cf.
Ex 4:22; Deut 14:1; 32:6; Ps 2; Is 30:1, 9; Hos 11:1). But in the later books of
the Old Testament (for example, in Sir 23:4; 51:14) we begin to see the father-
hood of God towards every just person. The title of "child of God" is applied to
all the righteous, and more properly to the Messiah, who is the Righteous One.

As the RSV note "e" points out, the Greek word "pais" which it translates as
"child" can also mean "servant". The "servant" in the Old Testament acquires
special significance from the book of Isaiah forward, where the "Suffering Ser-
vant" appears (cf. Is 52:13-53:12). This man will, through his suffering, set Is-
rael free of Its sins. This dual meaning of "pais" prepares the way for the reve-
lation of Jesus Christ, Son of God and Servant of the Lord.

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Source: "The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries".  Biblical text from the
Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.

5 posted on 09/20/2012 7:18:14 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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From: James 3:16-4:3

True and False Wisdom


[13] Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good life let him show
works in the meekness of wisdom. [14] But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish
ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. [15] This wisdom
is not such as comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. [16]
For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile
practice. [17] But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, o-
pen to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without uncertainty or insincerity.

[18] And the harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make
peace.

The Source of Discord


[1] What causes wars, and what causes fightings among you? Is not your pas-
sions that are at war in your members? [2] You desire and do not have; so you
kill. And you covet and cannot obtain; so you fight and wage war. You do not
have, because you do not ask. [3] You ask and do not receive because you ask
wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

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Commentary:

13-18. These verses point out the qualities of Christian wisdom (cf. 1:5). After
exhorting his readers to manifest their wisdom by their actions (verse 13), he at-
tacks the signs of false wisdom (verses 14-16) and explains the qualities of the
true (verses 17-18).

St. Paul also makes a distinction between worldly wisdom—the wisdom of man
when he veers away from his correct goal—and the wisdom of God, which rea-
ches its highest expression on the Cross (cf. 1 Corinthians 1:18-3:3). St. James
pays particular attention to the practical effects of godly wisdom — meekness,
mercy and peace.

False wisdom, on the contrary, leads to bitter zeal, rivalry and resentment: it is
“earthly” because it rejects things transcendental and supernatural; “unspiritual”
(merely natural, “psychi” in the original Greek), as befits people who follow their
nature as wounded by Original Sin, deprived of the help of the Spirit (cf. notes on
1 Corinthians 2:14-16; Jude 19-20); “devilish”, in the sense that such people are
inspired by the devil, who is envious (cf. Wisdom 2:24), “a liar and the father of
lies” (John 8:44).

18. What this verse means is that the “peacemakers” of the Beatitudes (cf.
Matthew 5:6 and note) create around themselves an environment making for
righteousness (holiness), and they themselves benefit from the peace they sow.
“There can be no peace,” Bl. John XXIII says, “between men unless there is
peace within each of them: unless, that is, each one builds up within himself the
order wished by God” (”Pacem In Terris”, 165).

The “harvest of righteousness” is the equivalent of righteousness itself: it is kee-
ping the law of the Gospel, doing good works, which show true wisdom. The pas-
sage is reminiscent of Isaiah 32:17-18: “and the effects of righteousness will be
peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust for ever. My people
will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings and in quiet resting pla-
ces.”

Every Christian who strives to live in accordance with his vocation is a sower of
holiness and justice-with-peace: “Through your work, through the whole network
of human relations,” (St. Escriva says, “you ought to show the charity of Christ
and its concrete expression in friendship, understanding, human affection and
peace. Just as Christ ‘went about doing good’ (Acts 10:38) throughout Palestine,
so much you also spread peace in your family circle, in civil society, at work,
and in your cultural and leisure activities” (”Christ Is Passing By”, 166).

1. “Wars” and “fighting” are an exaggerated reference to the contention and dis-
cord found among those Christians. “Passions”, as elsewhere in the New Testa-
ment, means concupiscence, hedonism, pleasure-seeking (cf. verse 3; Luke 8:
14; Titus 3:3; 2 Peter 2:13).

St. James points out that if one fails to fight as one should against one’s evil in-
clinations, one’s inner disharmony overflows in the form of quarreling and fighting.
The New Testament often refers to the good kind of fight, which confers inner free-
dom and is a prerequisite for salvation (cf., e.g., Matthew 11:12; Romans 7:14-
25; 1 Peter 2:11).

“How can you be at peace if you allow passions you do not even attempt to con-
trol to drag you away from the ‘pull’ of grace?

“Heaven pulls you upwards; you drag yourselves downwards. And don’t seek ex-
cuses — that is what you are doing. If you go on like that, you will tear yourself
apart” (St. J. Escriva, “Furrow”, 851).

2-3. St. James is describing the sad state to which free-wheeling hedonism (spe-
cifically, greed for earthly things) leads.

“You do not receive, because you ask wrongly”: “He asks wrongly who shows no
regard for the Lord’s commandments and yet seeks Heavenly gifts. He also asks
wrongly who, having lost his taste for Heavenly things, seeks only earthly things
— not for sustaining his human weakness but to enable him to indulge himself”
(St. Bede, “Super Iac. Expositio, ad loc.”).

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Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.


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From: Mark 9:30-37

Second Prophecy of the Passion


[30] They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And He (Jesus) would
not have any one know it; [31] for He was teaching His disciples, saying to them,
“The Son of Man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him;
and when He is killed, after three days He will rise.” [32] But they did not under-
stand the saying, and they were afraid to ask Him.

Being the Servant of All


[33] And they came to Capernaum; and when He was in the house He asked
them, “What were you discussing on the way?” [34] But they were silent; for on
the way they had discussed with one another who was the greatest. [35] And He
sat down and called the Twelve; and He said to them, “If any one would be first,
he must be last of all and servant of all.” [36] And He took a child, and put him
in the midst of them; and taking him in His arms, He said to them, [37] “Who-
ever receives one such child in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me,
receives not Me but Him who sent Me”.

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Commentary:

30-32. Although moved when He sees the crowds like sheep without a shepherd
(Matthew 9:36), Jesus leaves them, to devote time to careful instruction of the
Apostles. He retires with them to out-of-the-way places, and there He explains
points of His public preaching which they had not understood (Matthew 13:36).
Here, specifically, for a second time, He announces His death and resurrection.

In His relationships with souls Jesus acts in the same way: He calls man to be
with him in the quiet of prayer and there He teaches him about His more intimate
plans and about the more demanding side of the Christian life. Later, like the
Apostles, Christians were to spread this teaching to the ends of the earth.

34-35. Jesus uses this argument going on behind his back to teach His disciples
about how authority should be exercised in His Church — not by lording it over
others, but by serving them. In fulfilling His own mission to found the Church
whose head and supreme lawgiver He is, He came to serve and not to be served
(Matthew 20:28).

Anyone who does not strive to have this attitude of self-forgetful service, not only
lacks one of the main pre-requisites for proper exercise of authority but also runs
the risk of being motivated by ambition or pride. “To be in charge of an apostolic
undertaking demands readiness to suffer everything, from everybody, with infinite
charity” (St. J. Escriva, “The Way”, 951).

36-37. To demonstrate to His Apostles the abnegation and humility needed in
their ministry, He takes a child into His arms and explains the meaning of this
gesture: if we receive for Christ’s sake those who have little importance in the
world’s eyes, it is as if we are embracing Christ Himself and the Father who sent
Him. This little child whom Jesus embraces represents every child in the world,
and everyone who is needy, helpless, poor or sick—people who are not naturally
attractive.

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Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.


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Scripture readings taken from the Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd

Readings at Mass


First reading Wisdom 2:12,17-20 ©
The wicked prepare to ambush the just man
The godless say to themselves:
‘Let us lie in wait for the virtuous man, since he annoys us
and opposes our way of life,
reproaches us for our breaches of the law
and accuses us of playing false to our upbringing.
‘Let us see if what he says is true,
let us observe what kind of end he himself will have.
If the virtuous man is God’s son, God will take his part
and rescue him from the clutches of his enemies.
Let us test him with cruelty and with torture,
and thus explore this gentleness of his
and put his endurance to the proof.
Let us condemn him to a shameful death
since he will be looked after – we have his word for it.’

Psalm Psalm 53:3-6,8

Second reading James 3:16-4:3 ©
Wherever you find jealousy and ambition, you find disharmony, and wicked things of every kind being done; whereas the wisdom that comes down from above is essentially something pure; it also makes for peace, and is kindly and considerate; it is full of compassion and shows itself by doing good; nor is there any trace of partiality or hypocrisy in it. Peacemakers, when they work for peace, sow the seeds which will bear fruit in holiness.
  Where do these wars and battles between yourselves first start? Isn’t it precisely in the desires fighting inside your own selves? You want something and you haven’t got it; so you are prepared to kill. You have an ambition that you cannot satisfy; so you fight to get your way by force. Why you don’t have what you want is because you don’t pray for it; when you do pray and don’t get it, it is because you have not prayed properly, you have prayed for something to indulge your own desires.

Gospel Acclamation Jn8:12
Alleluia, alleluia!
I am the light of the world, says the Lord;
anyone who follows me will have the light of life.
Alleluia!
Or cf.2Th2:14
Alleluia, alleluia!
Through the Good News God called us
to share the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Alleluia!

Gospel Mark 9:30-37 ©
After leaving the mountain Jesus and his disciples made their way through Galilee; and he did not want anyone to know, because he was instructing his disciples; he was telling them, ‘The Son of Man will be delivered into the hands of men; they will put him to death; and three days after he has been put to death he will rise again.’ But they did not understand what he said and were afraid to ask him.
  They came to Capernaum, and when he was in the house he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the road?’ They said nothing because they had been arguing which of them was the greatest. So he sat down, called the Twelve to him and said, ‘If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself last of all and servant of all.’ He then took a little child, set him in front of them, put his arms round him, and said to them, ‘Anyone who welcomes one of these little children in my name, welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’

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PRAYERS AFTER
HOLY MASS AND COMMUNION



Leonine Prayers
    Following are the Prayers after Low Mass which were prescribed by Pope Leo XIII who composed the Prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel, and were reinforced by Pope Pius XI and Pope Pius XII to pray for the conversion of Russia. These prayers were in effect until after Vatican II. A decade later Paul VI said, "satan has entered the sanctuary." Could the elimination of these powerful prayers with a ten year indulgence have played a huge part in allowing the devil such easy access? The answer is obvious. Below the normal Leonine Prayers is the longer version of the Prayer to St. Michael, composed by His Excellency Pope Leo XIII to defend against The Great Apostasy.
Latin

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum, benedicta tu in mulieribus et benedictus fructis ventris tui, Jesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.
(Said 3 times)

    Salve Regina, Mater misericordiae, vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve. Ad te clamamus, exsules filii Evae. Ad te suspiramus gementes et fientes in hac lacrymarum valle. Eia ergo, Advocata nostra, illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte. Et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui, nobis, post hoc exilium, ostende. O clemens, o pia, o dulcis Virgo Maria. Ora pro nobis, sancta Dei Genitrix. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.

    Oremus. Deus, refugium nostrum et virtus, populum ad te clamantem propitius respice; et intercedente gloriosa, et immaculata Virgine Dei Genitrice Maria, cum beato Joseph, ejus Sponso, ac beatis Apostolis tuis Petro et Paulo, et omnibus Sanctis, quas pro conversione peccatorum, pro libertate et exaltatione sanctae Matris Ecclesiae, preces effundimus, misericors et benignus exaudi. Per eundum Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

Sancte Michael Archangele, defende nos in proelio; contra nequitiam et insidias diaboli esto praesidium. Imperet illi Deus, supplices deprecamur: tuque, Princeps militiae Caelestis, satanam aliosque spiritus malignos, qui ad perditionem animarum pervagantur in mundo, divina virtute in infernum detrude. Amen.

Cor Jesu sacratissimum. Miserere nobis.
Cor Jesu sacratissimum. Miserere nobis.
Cor Jesu sacratissimum. Miserere nobis.

Vernacular

   Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
(Said 3 times)

   Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee to we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mouring and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this exile, show unto us the blessed Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

   Let us pray.
O God, our refuge and our strength, look down with mercy upon the people who cry to Thee; and by the intercession of the glorious and immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Saint Joseph her spouse, of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the saints, in Thy mercy and goodness hear our prayers for the conversion of sinners, and for the liberty and exaltation of the Holy Mother the Church. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

   Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray: and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have mercy on us.


Complete Prayer to Saint Michael
    The following is the longer version of the vital prayer composed by Pope Leo XIII in 1888 after his startling vision as to the future of the Church. This prayer was dedicated for the Feast of St. Michael 1448 years from the date of the election of the first Leo - Pope Saint Leo the Great. Everyone is familiar with the first prayer below which was mandated by His Holiness as part of the Leonine Prayers after Low Mass. After Vatican II, in legion with the devil Giovanni Montini outlawed this necessary prayer and then one wonders how "the smoke of satan" got into the sanctuary? The conciliarists wanted to make sure the words in bold below would never see the light of day again for in it Leo foretold what would happen: The shepherd would be struck, the sheep scattered. Below are both the short and longer versions of this poignant prayer which should never be forgotten.

    Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray, and do thou, O heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.

O glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Prince of the heavenly host, be our defense in the terrible warfare which we carry on against principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, spirits of evil. Come to the aid of man, whom God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of the devil. Fight this day the battle of our Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in heaven. That cruel, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the Name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay, and cast into eternal perdition, souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. That wicked dragon pours out. as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity. These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the Immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on Her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where has been set up the See of the most holy Peter and the Chair of Truth for the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck the sheep may be scattered. Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious powers of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly conciliate the mercies of the Lord; and beating down the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.

    V: Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
    R: The Lion of the Tribe of Juda has conquered the root of David.
    V: Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
    R: As we have hoped in Thee.
    V: O Lord hear my prayer.
    R: And let my cry come unto Thee.

    V: Let us pray. O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy Name, and as suppliants, we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin, immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious Archangel Saint Michael, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all other unclean spirits, who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of our souls. Amen.


Prayer Before the Crucifix

   Look down upon me, O good and gentle Jesus, while before Thy face I humbly kneel, and with burning soul pray and beseech Thee to fix deep in my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope and charity, true contrition for my sins, and a firm purpose of amendment; the while I contemplate with great love and tender pity Thy five most precious wounds, pondering over them within me, calling to mind the words which David Thy prophet said of Thee, my good Jesus: "They have pierced My hands and My feet; they have numbered all My bones."

Indulgence of ten years; a plenary indulgence if recited after devout reception of Holy Communion, Raccolta 201)

Anima Christi - Soul of Christ

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds, hide me.
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee.
From the malignant enemy, defend me.
In the hour of my death, call me.
And bid me come to Thee, that with
Thy saints I may praise Thee for ever and ever. Amen.

Indulgence of 300 days; if recited after devout reception of Holy Communion, seven years Raccolta 131)

Prayer for Vocations

   O Lord Jesus Christ, Who didst take to Thyself a body and soul like ours, to teach us the glory of self-sacrifice and service, mercifully deign to instill in other hearts the desire to dedicate their lives to Thee. Give us PRIESTS to stand before Thine Altar and to preach the words of Thy Gospel; BROTHERS to assist the priests and to reproduce in themselves Thy humility; SISTERS to teach the young and nurse the sick and to minister Thy charity to all; LAY PEOPLE to imitate Thee in their homes and families. Amen.


11 posted on 09/20/2012 9:50:25 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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NOVENA for the ELECTION -- 54 or 56 days (you choose!) ECUMENICAL
12 posted on 09/20/2012 9:50:55 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Prayers for The Religion Forum (Ecumenical)
13 posted on 09/20/2012 9:51:31 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Continue to Pray for Pope Benedict [Ecumenical]
14 posted on 09/20/2012 9:52:32 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Jesus, High Priest
 

We thank you, God our Father, for those who have responded to your call to priestly ministry.

Accept this prayer we offer on their behalf: Fill your priests with the sure knowledge of your love.

Open their hearts to the power and consolation of the Holy Spirit.

Lead them to new depths of union with your Son.

Increase in them profound faith in the Sacraments they celebrate as they nourish, strengthen and heal us.

Lord Jesus Christ, grant that these, your priests, may inspire us to strive for holiness by the power of their example, as men of prayer who ponder your word and follow your will.

O Mary, Mother of Christ and our mother, guard with your maternal care these chosen ones, so dear to the Heart of your Son.

Intercede for our priests, that offering the Sacrifice of your Son, they may be conformed more each day to the image of your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Saint John Vianney, universal patron of priests, pray for us and our priests

This icon shows Jesus Christ, our eternal high priest.

The gold pelican over His heart represents self-sacrifice.

The border contains an altar and grapevines, representing the Mass, and icons of Melchizedek and St. Jean-Baptiste Vianney.

Melchizedek: king of righteousness (left icon) was priest and king of Jerusalem.  He blessed Abraham and has been considered an ideal priest-king.

St. Jean-Baptiste Vianney is the patron saint of parish priests.


15 posted on 09/20/2012 9:53:18 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Pray a Rosary each day for our nation.

Pray the Rosary

1.  Sign of the Cross:  In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

2.  The Apostles Creed:  I BELIEVE in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

3.  The Lord's Prayer:  OUR Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

4. (3) Hail Mary:  HAIL Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and in the hour of our death. Amen. (Three times)

5. Glory Be:  GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Fatima Prayer: Oh, my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of your mercy.

Announce each mystery, then say 1 Our Father, 10 Hail Marys, 1 Glory Be and 1 Fatima prayer.  Repeat the process with each mystery.

End with the Hail Holy Queen:

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve! To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears! Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus!

O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Final step -- The Sign of the Cross

 

The Mysteries of the Rosary

By tradition, Catholics meditate on these Mysteries during prayers of the Rosary.
The biblical references follow each of the Mysteries below.


The Glorious Mysteries
(Wednesdays and Sundays)
1.The Resurrection (Matthew 28:1-8, Mark 16:1-18, Luke 24:1-12, John 20:1-29) [Spiritual fruit - Faith]
2. The Ascension (Mark 16:19-20, Luke 24:50-53, Acts 1:6-11) [Spiritual fruit - Christian Hope]
3. The Descent of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:1-13) [Spiritual fruit - Gifts of the Holy Spirit]
4. The Assumption [Spiritual fruit - To Jesus through Mary]
5. The Coronation [Spiritual fruit - Grace of Final Perseverance]


16 posted on 09/20/2012 9:55:17 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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~ PRAYER ~

St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle
 Be our protection against the wickedness
and snares of the devil;
May God rebuke him, we  humbly pray,
 and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
 by the power of God,
 Cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls.
 Amen
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17 posted on 09/20/2012 9:55:54 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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A Prayer for our Free Nation Under God
God Save Our Country web site (prayer warriors)
Prayer Chain Request for the United States of America
Pray for Nancy Pelosi
Prayer and fasting will help defeat health care reform (Freeper Prayer Thread)
Prayer Campaign Started to Convert Pro-Abortion Catholic Politicians to Pro-Life
[Catholic Caucus] One Million Rosaries
Non-stop Rosary vigil to defeat ObamaCare

From an Obama bumper sticker on a car:

"Pray for Obama.  Psalm 109:8"

   

PLEASE JOIN US -

Evening Prayer
Someone has said that if people really understood the full extent of the power we have available through prayer, we might be speechless.
Did you know that during WWII there was an advisor to Churchill who organized a group of people who dropped what they were doing every day at a prescribed hour for one minute to collectively pray for the safety of England, its people and peace?  


There is now a group of people organizing the same thing here in America. If you would like to participate: Every evening at 9:00 PM Eastern Time (8:00 PM Central) (7:00 PM Mountain) (6:00 PM Pacific), stop whatever you are doing and spend one minute praying for the safety of the United States, our troops, our citizens, and for a return to a Godly nation. If you know anyone else who would like to participate, please pass this along. Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have.    Please forward this to your praying friends.


18 posted on 09/20/2012 9:56:30 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Our Blessed Lady's Sorrows

Sea of Sorrow

Oh! on what a sea of sorrow
Was the Virgin-Mother cast,
When her eyes with tears o'erflowing
Gazed upon her Son aghast,
From the bloodstained gibbet taken,
Dying in her arms at last.

In her bitter desolation,
His sweet mouth, His bosom too,
Then His riven side beloved,
Then each hand, both wounded through,
Then His feet, with blood encrimsoned,
Her maternal tears bedew.

She, a hundred times and over,
Strains Him closely to her breast
Heart to Heart, arms arms enfolding,
Are His wounds on her impressed:
Thus, in sorrow's very kisses,
Melts her anguished soul to rest.

Oh, dear Mother! we beseech thee,
By the tears thine eyes have shed,
By the cruel death of Jesus
And His wounds' right royal red,
Make our hearts o'erflow with sorrow
From thy heart's deep fountainhead.

To the Father, Son, and Spirit,
Now we bend on equal knee:
Glory, sempiternal glory,
To the Most High Trinity;
Yea! perpetual praise and honor
Now and through all ages be.

Novena Prayer To Our Sorrowful Mother

Most Blessed and afflicted Virgin, Queen of Martyrs, who didst stand generously beneath the cross, beholding the agony of thy dying Son; by the sword of sorrow which then pierced thy soul, by the sufferings of thy sorrowful life, by the unutterable joy which now more than repays thee for them; look down with a mother's pity and tenderness, as I kneel before thee to compassionate thy sorrows, and to lay my petition with childlike confidence in thy wounded heart. I beg of thee, O my Mother, to plead continually for me with thy Son, since He can refuse thee nothing, and through the merits of His most sacred Passion and Death, together with thy own sufferings at the foot of the cross, so to touch His Sacred Heart, that I may obtain my request,
For to whom shall I fly in my wants and miseries, if not to thee, O Mother of mercy, who, having so deeply drunk the chalice of thy Son, canst most pity us poor exiles, still doomed to sigh in this vale of tears? Offer to Jesus but one drop of His Precious Blood, but one pang of His adorable Heart; remind Him that thou art our life, our sweetness, and our hope, and thou wilt obtain what I ask, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hail Mary
Virgin Most Sorrowful, pray for us
(Seven times each)

Mary, most holy Virgin and Queen of Martyrs, accept the sincere homage of my filial affection. Into thy Heart, pierced by so many swords, do thou welcome my poor soul. Receive it as the companion of thy sorrows at the foot of the Cross, on which Jesus died for the redemption of the world. With thee, O sorrowful Virgin, I will gladly suffer all the trials, contradictions, and infirmities which it shall please Our Lord to send me. I offer them all to thee in memory of thy sorrows, so that: every thought of my mind and every beat of my heart may be an act of compassion and of love for thee. And do thou, sweet Mother, have pity on me, reconcile me to thy Divine Son, Jesus; keep me in His grace and assist me in my last agony, so that I may be able to meet thee in Heaven and sing thy glories.

Most holy Virgin and Mother, whose soul was pierced by a sword of sorrow in the Passion of thy Divine Son, and who in His glorious Resurrection wast filled with never ending joy at His triumph, obtain for us who call upon thee, so to be partakers in the adversities of Holy Church and the Sorrows of the Sovereign Pontiff, as to be found worthy to rejoice with them in the consolations for which we pray, in the charity and peace of the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Litany of the Seven Sorrows

For private use only.

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven,
Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God,
Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary,
Pray for us.
Holy Mother of God,
Pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins, etc.
Mother crucified,
Mother sorrowful,
Mother tearful,
Mother afflicted,
Mother forsaken,
Mother desolate,
Mother bereft of thy Child,
Mother transfixed with the sword,
Mother consumed with grief,
Mother filled with anguish,
Mother crucified in heart,
Mother most sad,
Fountain of tears,
Abyss of suffering,
Mirror of patience,
Rock of constancy,
Anchor of confidence,
Refuge of the forsaken,
Shield of the oppressed,
Subduer of the unbelieving,
Comfort of the afflicted,
Medicine of the sick,
Strength of the weak,
Harbor of the wrecked,
Allayer of tempests,
Resource of mourners,
Terror of the treacherous,
Treasure of the faithful,
Eye of the Prophets,
Staff of the Apostles,
Crown of Martyrs,
Light of confessors,
Pearl of virgins,
Consolation of widows,
Joy of all Saints,

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.

Look down upon us, deliver us, and save us from all trouble,
in the power of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Let Us Pray.
Imprint, O Lady, thy wounds upon my heart, that I may read therein sorrow and love
--- sorrow to endure every sorrow for thee, love to despise every love for thee. Amen.

Conclude with the Apostles Creed, Hail Holy Queen, and three Hail Marys,
in honor of the Most Holy Heart of Mary.

Stabat Mater Dolorosa

Stabat mater dolorosa
iuxta Crucem lacrimosa,
dum pendebat Filius.

Cuius animam gementem,
contristatam et dolentem
pertransivit gladius.

O quam tristis et afflicta
fuit illa benedicta,
mater Unigeniti!

Quae maerebat et dolebat,
pia Mater, dum videbat
nati poenas inclyti.

Quis est homo qui non fleret,
matrem Christi si videret
in tanto supplicio?

Quis non posset contristari
Christi Matrem contemplari
dolentem cum Filio?

Pro peccatis suae gentis
vidit Iesum in tormentis,
et flagellis subditum.

Vidit suum dulcem Natum
moriendo desolatum,
dum emisit spiritum.

Eia, Mater, fons amoris
me sentire vim doloris
fac, ut tecum lugeam.

Fac, ut ardeat cor meum
in amando Christum Deum
ut sibi complaceam.

Sancta Mater, istud agas,
crucifixi fige plagas
cordi meo valide.

Tui Nati vulnerati,
tam dignati pro me pati,
poenas mecum divide.

Fac me tecum pie flere,
crucifixo condolere,
donec ego vixero.

Iuxta Crucem tecum stare,
et me tibi sociare
in planctu desidero.

Virgo virginum praeclara,
mihi iam non sis amara,
fac me tecum plangere.

Fac, ut portem Christi mortem,
passionis fac consortem,
et plagas recolere.

Fac me plagis vulnerari,
fac me Cruce inebriari,
et cruore Filii.

Flammis ne urar succensus,
per te, Virgo, sim defensus
in die iudicii.

Christe, cum sit hinc exire,
da per Matrem me venire
ad palmam victoriae.

Quando corpus morietur,
fac, ut animae donetur
paradisi gloria. Amen.

Prayer To Our Lady of Sorrows, by St. Bridget

O Blessed Virgin Mary, Immaculate Mother of God, who didst endure a martyrdom of love and grief beholding the sufferings and sorrows of Jesus! Thou didst cooperate in the benefit of my redemption by thine innumerable afflictions and by offering to the Eternal Father His only begotten Son as a holocaust and victim of propitiation for my sins. I thank thee for the unspeakable love which led thee to deprive thyself of the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus, true God and true Man, to save me, a sinner. Oh, make use of the unfailing intercession of thy sorrows with the Father and the Son, that I may steadfastly amend my life and never again crucify my loving Redeemer by new sins, and that, persevering till death in His grace. I may obtain eternal life through the merits of His Cross and Passion. Amen.

Mother of love, of sorrow and of mercy, pray for us.

Saint Alphonsus Liguori's Prayer To The Mother Of Sorrows

O, my Blessed Mother, it is not one sword only with which I have pierced thy heart, but I have done so with as many as are the sins which I have committed. O, Lady, it is not to thee, who art innocent, that sufferings are due, but to me, who am guilty of so many crimes. But since thou hast been pleased to suffer so much for me, by thy merits, obtain me great sorrow for my sins, and patience under the trials of this life, which will always be light in comparison with my demerits; for I have often deserved Hell.
Amen.


 

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Apparition in Africa: Our Lady of Sorrows [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
Feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary [Catholic Caucus Devotional]
Feast of Our Lady/Mother of Sorrows
Homilies on Our Lady of Sorrows
Starkenburg:Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Sorrows Shrine
Our Mother of Sorrows
ST. ALPHONSUS LIGUORI, OF THE DOLOURS OF MARY, The Glories [Sorrows] of Mary
Our Lady of Sorrows - Sep 15



19 posted on 09/20/2012 9:57:08 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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September 2012

Pope's intentions

General Intention: That politicians may always act with honesty, integrity, and love for the truth.

Missionary Intention: Help for the Poorest Churches. That Christian communities may have a growing willingness to send missionaries, priests, and lay people, along with concrete resources, to the poorest Churches.


20 posted on 09/20/2012 9:58:42 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Sunday, September 23, 2012
Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Wisdom 2:12, 17-20
Psalm 54:3-8
St. James 3:16 to 4:1-3
Mark 9:30-37

The rosary is said not with the lips alone, muttering Hail Marys one after the other. … For a Christian vocal prayer must spring from the heart, so that while the rosary is said, the mind can enter into contemplation of each one of the mysteries.

-- St. Josemaria Escriva


21 posted on 09/20/2012 10:01:11 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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The Angelus 

The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary: 
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. 

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. 

Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word. 

Hail Mary . . . 

And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us. 

Hail Mary . . . 


Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 

Let us pray: 

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.

Amen. 


22 posted on 09/20/2012 10:02:05 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Thanks always appreciate!!


23 posted on 09/20/2012 11:14:38 PM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
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Go in the Peace of Christ friend and let us know how it went.


24 posted on 09/21/2012 8:49:45 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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Thank you Salvation for all you do!


25 posted on 09/23/2012 4:58:30 AM PDT by Carpe Cerevisi
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WDTPRS 25th Ordinary Sunday: Do you have unfinished business?

This week’s Collect, for the 25th Ordinary Sunday, was introduced into the Missale Romanum with the Novus Ordo but it is influenced by a prayer in the ancient Veronese Sacramentary.

Deus, qui sacrae legis omnia constituta in tua et proximi dilectione posuisti, da nobis, ut, tua praecepta servantes, ad vitam mereamur pervenire perpetuam.

OBSOLETE ICEL (1973):
Father, guide us, as you guide creation according to your law of love. May we love one another and come to perfection in the eternal life prepared for us.

LITERAL ATTEMPT:
O God, who placed all things of the sacred law which were constituted in the love of You and of neighbor, grant us that we, observing Your precepts, may merit to attain to eternal life.

This Collect seems to be founded on the exchange between Jesus and a lawyer:

“But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they came together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, to test him. ‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?’ And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On
these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets’” (Matthew 22:3440).

St Thomas Aquinas (+1274) glossed this verse in his Commentary on Saint Matthew: when man is loved, God is loved, since man is the image of God.

In 1 John 4:21 there is a good explanation of this double precept: “This commandment we have from him, that he who loves God should love his brother also.”

All of the Law is summed up in Jesus’ two-fold command of love of God and neighbor. The
first part of the two-fold law is about unconditional love of God. The second follows as its
consequence.

We must cultivate our different loves in their proper order. God comes first, always. Always.
A married person must love God more even than a spouse. We must never put any creature,
no matter how proximate to us in our hearts, closer than the God in whose image and likeness we are made. When this logical priority is properly in place, love of God and neighbor will not conflict or compete. Each love fuels the other, when love of God is first.

Today’s Collect reestablishes that we have a special relationship with each person who lives,
and not merely with God alone. People are made in God’s image. They are our neighbors,
though some are closer to us than others. But there is no person on earth who is not in some way our neighbor.

This reciprocal relationship calls to mind another act of reciprocity which the Lord teaches us: forgive or you will not be forgiven.

When our Saviour taught us how to pray what we now call the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-
13), the first thing he then explained and stressed was forgiveness: “For if you forgive men
their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (vv 14-15).

It is often hard to forgive.

The second section of the Catechism of the Catholic Church digs into the Lord’s Prayer. When we get to the examination of “…as we forgive those who trespass against us” we read (2842):

“This ‘as’ is not unique in Jesus’ teaching: ‘You, therefore, must be perfect, as your
heavenly Father is perfect’; ‘Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful’; ‘A new
commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you,
that you also love one another.’ It is impossible to keep the Lord’s commandment by
imitating the divine model from outside; there has to be a vital participation, coming
from the depths of the heart, in the holiness and the mercy and the love of our God.
Only the Spirit by whom we live can make ‘ours’ the same mind that was in Christ Jesus.
Then the unity of forgiveness becomes possible and we find ourselves ‘forgiving one
another, as God in Christ forgave us.’”

When it is your time to go to Your Lord, will you be well-reconciled with the neighbors you
leave behind? Our time will come. Let us pray daily that we will not die without the solace and strengthening of the sacraments and an opportunity to make peace with our neighbor.

Do you have unfinished business?

CURRENT ICEL (2011):
O God, who founded all the commands of your sacred Law upon love of you and of our
neighbor, grant that, by keeping your precepts, we may merit to attain eternal life.

26 posted on 09/23/2012 6:12:52 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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Mark
  English: Douay-Rheims Latin: Vulgata Clementina Greek NT: Byzantine/Majority Text (2000)
  Mark 9
30 9:29 And departing from thence, they passed through Galilee, and he would not that any man should know it. 9:29 Et inde profecti prætergrediebantur Galilæam : nec volebat quemquam scire. και εκειθεν εξελθοντες παρεπορευοντο δια της γαλιλαιας και ουκ ηθελεν ινα τις γνω
31 9:30 And he taught his disciple, and said to them: The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise again the third day. 9:30 Docebat autem discipulos suos, et dicebat illis : Quoniam Filius hominis tradetur in manus hominum, et occident eum, et occisus tertia die resurget. εδιδασκεν γαρ τους μαθητας αυτου και ελεγεν αυτοις οτι ο υιος του ανθρωπου παραδιδοται εις χειρας ανθρωπων και αποκτενουσιν αυτον και αποκτανθεις τη τριτη ημερα αναστησεται
32 9:31 But they understood not the word, and they were afraid to ask him. 9:31 At illi ignorabant verbum : et timebant interrogare eum. οι δε ηγνοουν το ρημα και εφοβουντο αυτον επερωτησαι
33 9:32 And they came to Capharnaum. And when they were in the house, he asked them: What did you treat of in the way? 9:32 Et venerunt Capharnaum. Qui cum domi essent, interrogabat eos : Quid in via tractabatis ? και ηλθεν εις καπερναουμ και εν τη οικια γενομενος επηρωτα αυτους τι εν τη οδω προς εαυτους διελογιζεσθε
34 9:33 But they held their peace, for in the way they had disputed among themselves, which of them should be the greatest. 9:33 At illi tacebant : siquidem in via inter se disputaverunt : quis eorum major esset. οι δε εσιωπων προς αλληλους γαρ διελεχθησαν εν τη οδω τις μειζων
35 9:34 And sitting down, he called the twelve, and saith to them: If any man desire to be first, he shall be the last of all, and the minister of all. 9:34 Et residens vocavit duodecim, et ait illis : Si quis vult primus esse, erit omnium novissimus, et omnium minister. και καθισας εφωνησεν τους δωδεκα και λεγει αυτοις ει τις θελει πρωτος ειναι εσται παντων εσχατος και παντων διακονος
36 9:35 And taking a child, he set him in the midst of them. Whom when he had embraced, he saith to them: 9:35 Et accipiens puerum, statuit eum in medio eorum : quem cum complexus esset, ait illis : και λαβων παιδιον εστησεν αυτο εν μεσω αυτων και εναγκαλισαμενος αυτο ειπεν αυτοις
37 9:36 Whosoever shall receive one such child as this in my name, receiveth me. And whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me. 9:36 Quisquis unum ex hujusmodi pueris receperit in nomine meo, me recipit : et quicumque me susceperit, non me suscipit, sed eum qui misit me. ος εαν εν των τοιουτων παιδιων δεξηται επι τω ονοματι μου εμε δεχεται και ος εαν εμε δεξηται ουκ εμε δεχεται αλλα τον αποστειλαντα με

27 posted on 09/23/2012 7:58:04 AM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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30. And they departed thence, and passed through Galilee; and he would not that any man should know it.
31. For he taught his disciples, and said to them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day.
32. But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him.
33. And he came to Capernaum: and being in the house he asked them, What was it that you disputed among yourselves by the way?
34. But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.
35. And he sat down, and called the twelve, and said to them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.
36. And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said to them,
37. Whoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receives me: and whoever shall receive me, receives not me, but him that sent me.

THEOPHYL. It is after miracles that the Lord inserts a discourse concerning His Passion, lest it should be thought that He suffered because He could not help it; wherefore it is said, And they departed thence, and passed through Galilee: and he would not that any man should know it.

For he taught his disciples, and said to them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him.

BEDE; He always mingles together sorrowful and joyful things, that sorrow should not by its suddenness frighten the Apostles, but be borne by them with prepared minds.

THEOPHYL. After, however, saying what was sorrowful, He adds what ought to rejoice them; wherefore it goes on: And after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day; in order that we may learn that joys come on after struggles. There follows: But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him.

BEDE; This ignorance of the disciples proceeds not so much from slowness of intellect, as from love for the Savior, for they were as yet carnal, and ignorant of the mystery of the cross, they could not therefore believe that He whom they had recognized as the true God, was about to die; being accustomed then to hear Him often talk in figures, and shrinking from the event of His death, they would have it, that something was conveyed figuratively in those things, which he spoke openly concerning His betrayal and passion. It goes on: And he came to Capernaum.

PSEUDO-JEROME; Capernaum means the city of consolation, and agrees with the former sentence, which He had spoken: And after that he is killed, he shall arise the third day. There follows: And being in the house he asked them, What was it that you disputed among yourselves by the way?

But they held their peace.

PSEUDO-CHRYS. Matthew however says, that the disciples came to Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? The reason is, that he did not begin the narrative from its commencement, but omitted our Savior's knowledge of the thoughts and words of His disciples; unless we understand Him to mean, that even what they thought and said, when away from Christ, was said to Him, since it was as well known to Him as if it had been said to Him. It goes on: For by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest. But Luke says, that "the thought entered into the disciples which of them should be the greatest"; for the Lord laid open their thought and intention from their private discourse, according to the Gospel narrative.

PSEUDO-JEROME; It was fit also that they should dispute concerning the chief place by the way the dispute is like the place where it is held; for lofty station is only entered upon to be quitted: as long as a man keeps it, it is slippery, and it is uncertain at what stage, that is, on what day it will end.

BEDE, The reason why the dispute concerning the chief place arose amongst the disciples seems to have been, that Peter, James, and John, were led apart from the rest into the mountain, and that something secret was there entrusted to them, also that the keys of the kingdom of heaven were promised to Peter, according to Matthew. Seeing however the thoughts of the disciples, the Lord takes care to heal the desire of glory by humility; for He first, by simply commanding humility, admonishes them that a high station was not to be aimed at. Wherefore it goes on: And he sat down, and called the twelve, and said to them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.

JEROME; Where it is to be observed, that the disciples disputed by the way concerning the chief place, but Christ Himself sat down to teach humility; for princes toil while the humble repose.

PSEUDO-CHRYS. The disciples indeed wished to receive honor at the hands of the Lord; they also had a desire to be made great by Christ, for the greater a man is, the more worthy of honor he becomes, for which reason He did not throw an obstacle in the way of that desire, but brought in humility.

THEOPHYL. For His wish is not that we should usurp for ourselves chief places, but that we should attain to lofty heights by lowliness. He next admonishes them by the example of a child's innocence; wherefore there follows: And he took a child, and set him inn the midst of them.

CHRYS. By this very sight, persuading them to humility and simplicity; for this little one was pure from envy and vain glory, and from a desire of superiority. But He does not only say, If you become such, you shall receive a great reward, but also, if you will honor others, who are such for my sake. Wherefore there follows: And when he had taken him in his arms, he said to them, Whoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receives me.

BEDE; By which, He either simply shows, that those who would become greater must receive the poor of Christ in honor of Him, or He would persuade them to be in malice children, to keep simplicity without arrogance, charity without envy, devotedness without anger. Again, by taking the child into His arms, He implies that the lowly are worthy of His embrace and love. He adds also, In my name, that they might, with the fixed purpose of reason, follow for His names sake that mold of virtue to which the child keeps, with nature for his guide. And because He taught that He Himself was received in children, lest it should be thought that there was nothing in Him but what was seen, he added, And whoever shall receive me, receive not me, but Him that sent me; thus wishing, that we should believe Him to be of the same nature and of equal greatness with His Father.

THEOPHYL. See, how great is humility, for it wins for itself the indwelling of the Father, and of the Son, and also of the Holy Ghost.

Catena Aurea Mark 9
28 posted on 09/23/2012 7:58:39 AM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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Christ in Majesty with the Twelve Apostles
Laudario of the Compagnia di Sant'Agnese

Pacino di Bonaguida

1320s
Tempera and gold on parchment, 277 x 206 mm
National Gallery of Art, Washington

29 posted on 09/23/2012 7:59:13 AM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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You are most welcome. My conference was wonderful. If you ever get a chance to hear Father Brett Brannan from Savannah, GA, take it. What a powerful speakers. He also has a book out to answer the many questions that are asked repeatedly about vocations, “To Save a Thousand Souls.”


30 posted on 09/23/2012 8:35:46 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2934160/posts?page=30#30


31 posted on 09/23/2012 8:41:05 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, priest "Padre Pio"

Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, priest
"Padre Pio"
Memorial
September 23rd

"Padre Pio" was born in the small Italian village of Pietrelcina, joined the Capuchin Friars at the age of fifteen, and was ordained a priest seven years later. For fifty years he lived at the monastery of San Stefano Rotundo, where his miraculous abilities as spiritual advisor, confessor and inercessor attracted the attention of the world. Still, Padre Pio's humility -- manifested through his constant devotion to the Eucharist -- was perhaps the more impressive. He would often remark, "I only want to be a friar who prays."

Source: Daily Roman Missal, Edited by Rev. James Socías, Midwest Theological Forum, Chicago, Illinois ©2003

 

Collect:
Almighty ever-living God, who, by a singular grace,
gave the Priest Saint Pius a share in the Cross of your Son
and, by means of his ministry,
renewed the wonders of your mercy,
grant that through his intercession
we may be united constantly to the sufferings of Christ,
and so brought happily to the glory of the resurrection.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. +Amen.

Readings: From the Common of Pastors 


32 posted on 09/23/2012 8:43:53 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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A saint's day is always superseded by the Sunday liturgy.

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33 posted on 09/23/2012 8:45:35 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Arlington Catholic Herald

GOSPEL COMMENTARY MK 9:30-37
Selective hearing
Fr. Paul Scalia

On many occasions the disciples of Jesus begged Him to teach them. They asked Him to explain the parables (cf. Mk 4:10), to teach them how to pray (cf. Lk 11:1), even to foretell the end of the world (cf. Lk 21:7). Yet when Jesus told them of His coming death and resurrection, “They did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to question him” (Mk 9:32). Unlike those other occasions when they were anxious for more information and pleaded for more instruction, in this instance they remain curiously incurious.

Scripture says only that they were “afraid to question Him.” But why exactly were they afraid? Perhaps they remembered the rebuke given to Peter on a similar occasion and feared receiving the same (cf. Mk 8:33). Perhaps this was a reverential fear that overwhelmed them and kept them from asking anything more (cf. Mk 10:32). But another explanation is possible.

Perhaps they simply did not want to know more. Certainly they sensed the gravity and importance of what He was saying. They must have intuited that this particular teaching would require everything of them, changing their entire lives. In short, there seems to be a little willed ignorance in this situation. In the next verse we hear that they “had been discussing among themselves on the way who was the greatest” (Mk 9:34). They seem so caught up in the worldly view of discipleship that they not only failed to understand Our Lord’s passion … they also did not want to. All that talk about being handed over and killed got in the way of their discussion about greatness. They were afraid to ask because the answer would require something of them.

Which all reveals that the disciples were not much different from us. Or, rather, how similar we are to them. Yes, we want God to explain things to us. We beg and plead that He help us understand, that He make His will known. Yet there comes a point when we do not want to know. We are afraid to question Him … because we might not like the answer.

In short, we have an extraordinary capacity for selective hearing with the Lord. We receive clearly what we want to hear … and tune out what we sense will bring inconvenience, challenges, discomfort or suffering. This explains why so many people keep the faith at arm’s length: They intuit that if it gets any closer they will have to change … to repent … to reform. Others make a deliberate decision simply to tune out certain teachings (usually about sexuality) that will require something of them. This explains also why so many people do not pray — that conversation with God might reveal some answers that we do not like. In the end, selective hearing of the Gospel leads to a selective reception of Jesus. If we are selective, we receive not Him but only ideas, thoughts and sentiments about Him. And those do not save.

The scene ends with Jesus comparing Himself to a child: “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me” (Mk 9:37). The simple, open, generous reception that one gives to a child — that is what we ought to give to Jesus. Not picking and choosing what aspect about Him we want, but receiving Him in all His simplicity and innocence.

Fr. Scalia is pastor of St. John the Beloved Parish in McLean.


34 posted on 09/23/2012 8:53:58 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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The Work of God

 The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise again the third day. Catholic Gospels - Homilies - Matthew, Luke, Mark, John - Inspirations of the Holy Spirit

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 -  25th Sunday in ordinary time

The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise again the third day.

The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise again the third day. Catholic Gospels - Matthew, Luke, Mark, John - Inspirations of the Holy Spirit Mark 9:29-36

29 And departing from there, they passed through Galilee, and he did not want anyone to know it.
30 And he taught his disciple, and said to them: The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise again the third day.
31 But they did not understand a word, and they were afraid to ask him.
32 And they came to Capharnaum. And when they were in the house, he asked them: What did you treat of in the way?
33 But they held their peace, for in the way they had disputed among themselves, which of them should be the greatest.
34 And sitting down, he called the twelve, and said to them: If any man desires to be first, he shall be the last of all, and the minister of all.
35 And taking a child, he set him in the midst of them. Whom when he had embraced, he said to them:
36 Whoever shall receive one such child as this in my name, receives me. And whosoever shall receive me, receives not me, but him that sent me.

Inspiration of the Holy Spirit - From the Sacred Heart of Jesus

25th Sunday in ordinary time - The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise again the third day. I am the man of suffering, I know human pain because I have suffered it, I have surrendered my life to be altar, sacrifice and victim. Isaiah describes me in Chapter 53 talking about my death and explaining how, by my wounds all are healed.

Even after having revealed to my disciples my future death in the hands of men and my resurrection, they did not understand. They never imagined that the powerful man who could perform miracles, who had divine eloquence, was going to be a subject of mocking and martyrdom; that he was going to be humiliated by men until death, so that all would be forgiven their sins. More extraordinary for them was to listen to something never mentioned before, the resurrection from death.

Their minds were full of certain proud happiness as they were sharing my wisdom and my power, it seemed that they had forgotten my saying, “he who wants to be my disciple, must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me”. I was about to deny my own life in order to surrender it to my Father for the forgiveness of sins; I was getting prepared to carry my cross and to fulfill my mission as Savior.

In the same way, the life of each human being is full of moments of happiness, sorrow, joy, suffering, work, dissipation, courage, fear, foolishness, wisdom, laughter, tears, sin, repentance and so many other things. But above all these, there must be self-denial before the Divine Providence; humility must be outstanding, because without it, you cannot walk in my way. He who feels that he is great is the smallest in the sight of God, he who becomes small in humility and has holy fear of God, is great before Him, he is like an image of God who being so great has descended to share the human misery.

I said, he who receives a child in my name receives me. I took a little child as an example of someone who in his innocence and littleness is great before God, and have told you, unless you become like little children, you cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven. This is a call to humility, because God rejects the proud, but delights exalting the humble.

Woe to those who seek human honors, power, riches and influence on others, they are too far from humility; on the other hand, those who deny themselves surrendering to the divine providence, are discovering the holy innocence that is found in children, who depend totally on their parents.

Author: Joseph of Jesus and Mary


35 posted on 09/23/2012 9:02:46 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Archdiocese of Washington

Calling A Crucial Question – A Meditation on the Gospel for the 25th Sunday of the Year

By: Msgr. Charles Pope

I

In today’s gospel, the Lord Jesus is calling a crucial question. The word crucial here is selected carefully. For the word crucial comes from the Latin word crucis which means “cross.” Indeed, looming over this entire Gospel, is the Cross. Jesus makes the second prediction of his passion, death and resurrection. It is in the context of this teaching, that the Lord calls the “crucial” question for us, which, as we shall see, is the question about what is most central in our life, what matters most. Lets look at this gospel in Five stages.

I. Processional – The gospel text opens by saying, Jesus and his disciples left from there began a journey through Galilee. This will be Jesus’ final journey through Galilee. For he is heading south, and unto his passion, death and resurrection

Do not miss, in this first stage, the importance of seeing our own life as a kind of procession, as a journey. We too, are making our journey through this life, our first and only journey. We too, with every step we take, move closer to our own death and, we pray, to our resurrection with the and unto Lord.

All along the way, we find things and meet people who will help us, or hinder us, in getting ready for our life’s true destination. There are things and people that will help us, and things and people that will distract us. Since this world is a fallen world, it is a sad, and perhaps unfair fact, that there will be more to distract us and to divert us into stupid, and foolish desires, pointless and silly path, and frivolous and harmful philosophies. More on this, in a moment.

For now, simply note that the Lord is on procession, he is headed for a critical destination, one that matters, one on which rests our very destiny. We too, are on such a path, and while we cannot save ourselves, we can surely harm ourselves. Our very destiny is caught up in decisions we make on life’s journey, on life’s path. Yes, we are on procession with Jesus.

II. Pain - The text says that though Jesus was journeying through Galilee, he did not wish anyone to know about it. He was teaching his disciples and telling them that the Son of Man is to be handed over to men and they will kill him, and three days after his death, the Son of Man will rise.” And while the Lord surely says this in great confidence, knowing what the end shall ultimately be, we must not overlook the pain that lurks in this text.

That Jesus seeks to journey quietly through Galilee likely has reference to the fact that he does not want to be easily diverted by the often endless requests that often surrounded his public appearances. But one can also imagine here a portrait of pain. Sometimes, in our grief, we need to draw side, be with close friends and family. Large gatherings, are not for us.

Jesus is teaching the disciples some very difficult things, but they are not difficult simply as abstractions for Jesus, they what will happen to him personally. It is a painful and difficult passage that he must make as they draw close to Jerusalem. One could almost may imagine the grief in his soul as he speaks of himself,  soon to be handed over, to be tortured and killed. Yes he will rise, but the cross comes before the crown.

As we shall see, the apostles, who are dealing with their own issues, are little able to console Jesus. They seem to draw back and get quiet. The text says, they were afraid to ask him any questions about this matter.

The text also implies that, as they drew back from Jesus, perhaps Jesus walked some distance from them, alone in his thoughts. For, later, he must ask them what they were discussing as they journeyed.

And thus, though we have to read be between the lines to see it, there seems a portrait here of Jesus in some pain, and somewhat alone in that pain.

And his pain was surely have been multiplied, by the selfish and egotistical discussion he must have known that the disciples were having. He asked them, as if he did not know, but surely he knew. They were debating about who was the greatest.

III. Pretentiousness - A very consistent theme in the Scriptures, is the theme of the “inept response.” Over and over again, Jesus will give a teaching, often with great solemnity, and in the very following lines, the response of the apostles is that they don’t understand him at all! That they have completely missed the point. Inept it is, and even indecent, yes, pretentious, that having heard the Lord speak of his dying painfully at the hands of others, they should divert into a conversation about which of them was the greatest.

But before we scorn or laugh at the apostles, we must remember, we are the disciples. We do this very sort of thing, we divert our attention to all sorts of foolish things that don’t matter, concerns about who’s the big cheese, who’s most important etc. How pointless and foolish these conversations, these concerns, are. How inept for us to would be disciples to be carried away in these sorts of concerns. But we do it every day, dozens of times a day.

This woefully inept and pretentious response of the disciples, and us, which only increased Jesus pain, leads him to call the crucial question. It leads us to the center point of this gospel.

IV–Point – It is at this moment that Jesus calls the crucial question, a question not only for the Tweleve, but for us as well. The text said they came to Capernaum, and once inside the house, Jesus began to ask them, What were you arguing about on the way?” As we shall see, they remain silent out of sheer embarrassment, for they had been discussing who among them was the greatest.

What were you arguing about on the way? Why is this a crucial question? Perhaps if we see the question and other formats it will help. For the Greek word which is translated here as arguing is διαλογίζομαι (dialogizomai)  which means to reason, consider, ponder, wonder, or debate. The dia, at the beginning of the word, is an intensifier and indicates the kind of back-and-forth. And hence we get the concept of a debate, or an argument.

With this in mind, perhaps we can hear the Lord asking us this question in this way: What are you discussing as you make your journey in life? What are you passionate about? What peaks your interest? What engages you, and what do you choose to engage others about? What is of central interest to you? What is going on in your mind all day long?

And thus we can see that the Lord is inviting us to consider what in our life is most crucial, what is most central, what is most essential. And how would you and I answer these questions? Would we, like the Twelve, be horribly embarrassed to actually answer the question in an honest and truthful way?

Yes, honestly, it is a sad and embarrassing reality that so many of us who call ourselves disciples are overwhelmingly preoccupied with things that are futile, passing, of little real in importance, frivolous, and often times, just plain stupid. And even things that have some relative importance, get an undo amount of our attention. Meanwhile, things that do matter most, the things that matter most to God, such as our salvation, our knowledge of him, our preparation for death and judgment, sin, repentance, love, justice, mercy, what is true, good, decent, virtuous, and beneficial in salvation, prayer, the frequent reception of the sacraments, and things spiritual…, all these things rank pitifully low in the lives of most, even those who call themselves Christians and disciples.

Four hours for a football game but no time for prayer. We find time for everything else, and so little time for God and what matters to God. We can get so passionate about politics, sports, or what some silly actor or television show has recently featured, but we have little passion or care that so many souls are lost, that so many are deeply rooted in unrepentant sin, don’t know why they were made, and don’t know the Lord or his glorious Gospel. The slightest scare regarding our physical health sends us reeling, meanwhile our spiritual health goes so easily unattended.

Yes, what are we discussing, what are we thinking, as we make our journey? It is a crucial question. It says a lot about where our heart lies.

It is a crucial question, because it is asked in the shadow of the Cross. It is the “crucis” (cross) in crucial. And in calling it a crucial question, it is not only an indicator of how central the question is, how important, but it also suggests something of a healing remedy. For simply hearing how embarrassingly foolish most of our thought life really can be, is not enough for us simply change. Our minds are very weak, and we may resolve to consider more important things, only to find ourselves, ten minutes later, once again focused on foolish things.

How is the cross a kind of remedy for our disordered thinking? Perhaps the answer is best stated in one word, “remember.” The word remember, should ring strongly in our ears, for it is said in every Mass at the words of consecration. At the Last Supper, and at every Mass, Jesus says through the mouth of the priest Do this, in remembrance of me.

What does it mean to remember? To remember, means to have present to your mind and heart, what Jesus Christ has done for you, by dying for you, and rising for you, to have these truths so deeply impressed in your mind and heart that you’re different, and that you’re grateful. To remember, means to have it finally dawn on us that the Son of God died for me. And as this truth begins to impact my mind and heart, I can never be the same. And my heart breaks, and I weep for my sins, and a love  and healing begin to rush in on me, and I’m changed. I’m different, and grateful.

This is what it means to remember. It is a transformative remembering, a remembering which changes me. It is a remembering that gives me a new mind and heart, a remembering that gives me new priorities, a greater love for the things of God. It is a remembering, that makes me more forgetful of things of the world and more connected to the things of God.

Thus, in calling a crucial question, is not the Lord’s intent to humiliate us, but to open us to his graces by, first of all, pointing to our need for it, and then, leading us to the power of his cross that puts sin to death and brings alive a whole new life for us.

Do not miss this crucial question, what are you discussing what are you thinking about on the way? Answer the Lord honestly and let him go to work.

V. Prescription – At the heart of the Lord’s crucial question is a diagnosis of our wrongful priorities and worldly thinking when it comes to most things.

In this particular Gospel, the disordered thinking surrounds wrongful notions of importance, leadership, and greatness. Thus, Lord directly addresses the wrongful notions of the disciples by presenting a teaching which is deeply paradoxical. The paradox is that the greatest are not those who are served, but those who serve.

We tend to think of greatness in terms of how much money a person makes, how much authority they have, how much influence, where they live, etc. None of these things matter at all to God.

We are forever impressed by the rich and the famous, but God looks to the lowly, the poor, and those who serve. The word “paradox” refers to those things which are contrary to the usual way of thinking. This teaching of the Lord is very paradoxical from any worldly perspective.

As an illustration go with me to a great $10,000 a plate fundraising dinner. At the head table are some very famous people, perhaps they’re politicians, perhaps movie stars, perhaps sports heroes et al. The typical person will walk into this fancy dinner and their eyes will be drawn to those whom they consider the “great ones,” those seated at the head table, the “glitterati.”

But as God walks into the same dinner to whom is his eye drawn? Where does he see greatness? Is it not to those who wait tables? Would God run to the rope line for a signature, or would he go into the kitchen and thank the cook, thank the dishwashers, thank those who waited on tables, and cleared dirty dishes?

Yes, it is all very paradoxical, and it puts to the lie all of our worldly obsessions. When we appear before him someday God will not care how much money we made (except that we were generous to the poor). He will not be impressed with the square footage of our home, the brand of our cars or how wide the plasma screen TV in our great room was. He certainly won’t care who our favorite sports hero was, or what team we rooted for, or we thought should’ve won the last go-round of American Idol.

No, to Him, what will most impress Him is whether we served, whether we loved, whether we knew him, and humbly sought to live his truth. He will not care whether we powerfully called the shots, but he will care that we embraced his vision, lived the truth, and charitably cared for others, serving them in the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. Did we feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe and naked, harbor the homeless, visit the sick, ransom the captives,  and bury the dead? Did we comfort the afflicted, did we instruct the ignorant, counsel the doubtful, admonish sinners, bear wrongs patiently, forgive offenses willingly, and  pray for the living and the dead? Do we humbly submit to the Lord in our life seeking to live chastely, curbing and controlling our anger, as well as our greed?

Did we understand that living in this way is a way that serves others, and serves God’s kingdom, or did we attempt to grow great in our own estimation and serve only ourselves?

In short, were we rich and what matters to God?

The greatest are those who serve. Those who have others in mind, who seek not their own glory and will, but the glory and will  of God, and the goodness of others. This is greatness to God, everything else is foolish to him.

In the end, the question rings, “What are you discussing, what are you thinking, as you make your way through this life?” It is the crucial question. And only the cross and its power can fix our foolishness. For too easily we are like the disciples debating among ourselves about who was the greatest, who’s the big cheese, who’s in charge, who gets to call the shots.

What ARE you discussing as you make your way? A Crucial Question.

The Old Spiritual says simply “Fix me Lord, fixed me. Fix me for my long white robe, fix me Jesus fix me. Fix me for my journey home,  fix me Jesus fix me”


36 posted on 09/23/2012 9:23:36 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Sunday Gospel Reflections

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Reading I:
Wisdom 2:12,17-20 II: James 3:16-4:3
Gospel
Mark 9:30-37

30 They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he would not have any one know it;
31 for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, "The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him; and when he is killed, after three days he will rise."
32 But they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to ask him.
33 And they came to Caper'na-um; and when he was in the house he asked them, "What were you discussing on the way?"
34 But they were silent; for on the way they had discussed with one another who was the greatest.
35 And he sat down and called the twelve; and he said to them, "If any one would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all."
36 And he took a child, and put him in the midst of them; and taking him in his arms, he said to them,
37 "Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me."


Interesting Details
  • For the second time, Jesus predicts his coming death and resurrection. "But they did not understand "(v. 32). Is this due to a lack of comprehension or a subconscious fear of suffering?
  • (v.34) The disciples sensed that their discussion of who was the greatest was improper and incorrect, yet they did it out of Jesus' earshot (or so they thought). What criterion could have been used by them in spite of Jesus' teaching?
  • (v.35) The other Gospels also highlight the teaching of Jesus regarding humble service, for example Luke 22:26. But most illustriously, John 13:1-20 has Jesus go down on his knees and wash his disciples' feet, to give them an example.
  • (v.37) A child, a symbolic description of the least noticed, heard, seen, respected face in a crowd ("the least of them") carries a dignity beyond appearance. It is the dignity of the presence of Jesus within him.

One Main Point

The time for His Passion is near. Jesus dedicates whatever time left to teach his apostles. He again predicts his death and resurrection. He instructs his students on the need for humility when serving each other. He raises the dignity of all those whom the apostles shall serve.


Reflections
  1. Foretold that the path of discipleship is suffering, how fearful am I? What form of suffering am I most fearful of?
  2. In my following Jesus, have I wanted to be first instead of last? What rewards do I look for in return for my service?
  3. Who are "the children" in my eyes? Are they the uneducated, the poor immigrants who "drain our resources ," the immoral - low-in-spirit, the sinners, etc.? How do I recognize them in my midst? How do I receive them?

37 posted on 09/23/2012 9:30:11 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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WOW...that book sounds very interesting! The focus of the Church is really aiming at the salvation of souls via catechetics too. The Year of Faith is going to be powerful...and it is my personal belief that the Holy Spirit is readying the Church for a huge influx of persons who will be desperate to *get right* with God.

I wonder if there are any videos of Fr. Brannan online? I’ll try to investigate later today. ;-)

Thanks, Salvation.


38 posted on 09/24/2012 5:50:44 AM PDT by SumProVita
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There was also a video of his book for a donation — he doesn’t make any money on this project. But I never got back to the table to pick one up. By the time I got to the table, the books were sold out. So I ordered two. One for me to read and then give to a young person considering a vocation and one for the Father Bernard Retreat Center in Mount Angel that has a vocation alcove for materials.


39 posted on 09/24/2012 9:31:14 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Information: St. Pio of Pietrelcina
Feast Day: September 23
Born:

May 25, 1887, Pietrelcina, Italy

Died: September 23, 1968, San Giovanni Rotondo
Canonized: June 16, 2002, Rome, Italy by Pope John Paul II
Major Shrine: San Giovanni Rotondo



40 posted on 09/24/2012 9:34:53 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Interactive Saints for Kids

St. Thecla

St. Thecla
Feast Day: September 23
Born: (a few decades after Christ) :: Died: (when she was 80 years old)

Thecla was born in the first century at Iconium in Greece (which is now in Turkey). She was beautiful, well-educated and came from a very rich family.

At the age of 18, her father got her engaged to a rich and generous pagan prince named Thamyris.

When St. Paul the apostle came to preach the Gospel of Jesus in Iconium, Thecla's prayer to know the one, true God was answered.

She immediately gave up all her dreams of marriage, forgot her beauty, converted to Christianity and became a true follower of Jesus. She was the first woman evangelist in the Church.

When her parents and Thamyris found out what she had done, they tried to make her change her mind, with no success. Then they reported her to the governor who decided to have her burned at the stake.

When the fire was lit, Thecla bravely went making the Sign of the Cross. Suddenly, a strong wind blew and heavy rain poured down putting out the fire.

She was then thrown to the lions and making the Sign of the Cross she offered her spirit to the Lord. At once, the lions lay down at her side, and licked her feet, like pet kittens.

The next day each of her arms were tied to a bull and the soldiers began burning the bulls with red-hot irons trying to make them angry so they would eat her. But the bulls remained calm and did not move.

Finally she was thrown into a valley with poisonous snakes but a fire began and destroyed the snakes.

The shocked judge asked Thecla "Who are you, that you are always saved?" She answered "I am a daughter of Christ, Son of the living God. He alone is the Way, the Truth and the Life; He is the one who protects me. To Him be glory and power for ever and ever." The judge immediately set her free.

Then many people began to believe in Jesus including her mother and people in her town. The queen gave her money to care for the poor and the sick and St. Paul encouraged her to continue her mission. She finally died at the age of 80.


41 posted on 09/24/2012 2:04:29 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Catholic
Almanac:

Sunday, September 23

Liturgical Color: Green


Today is the Memorial of St. Pio of Pietrelcina. In 1918, he was blessed with the stigmata while praying before a crucifix. St. Pio heard confessions many hours each day and had the ability to read the souls of those who came to him.


42 posted on 09/24/2012 2:06:09 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Catholic Culture

Daily Readings for: September 23, 2012
(Readings on USCCB website)

Collect: O God, who founded all the commands of your sacred Law upon love of you and of our neighbor, grant that, by keeping your precepts, we may merit to attain eternal life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Ordinary Time: September 23rd

Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Old Calendar: Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

But they were silent; for on the way they had discussed with one another who was the greatest. And he sat down and called the twelve; and he said to them, "If any one would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all." And he took a child, and put him in the midst of them; and taking him in his arms, he said to them, "Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me (Mark 9:34-37)."

Click here for commentary on the readings in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.


Sunday Readings
The first reading is taken from the Book of Wisdom 2:12, 17-20. Against the background of Egyptian worship of animals and mockery of Jewish trust in God, the author devotes much of chapters 1 - 5 to the ineffectiveness of such mockery when God has promised immortality to those who remain faithful.

The second reading is from the Letter of St. James 3:16, 4:3. "Where do the wars and where do the conflicts among you come from? Is it not from your passions that make war within your members? You covet but do not possess. You kill and envy but you cannot obtain; you fight and wage war. You do not possess because you do not ask." In this reading St. James tells us to recognize the source of our disagreements.

The Gospel is from St. Mark 9:30-37. The Apostles were still very worldly-minded. They were full of the hope that Christ would establish an earthly messianic kingdom, that he would not only free their holy land from the hated pagan rulers but that he would set up a worldwide empire for the people of God. Many of the messianic prophecies of the Old Testament spoke of a worldwide kingdom; all nations would submit to the descendant of David; Jerusalem would be the magnet which would attract all peoples. The prophets, however, were speaking of the true messianic kingdom, the spiritual kingdom that Christ would establish. The Apostles were as yet unable to see the true meaning of these prophecies. They took them as referring to a worldly kingdom. They had come to believe that Christ was the promised Messiah, therefore, he would overcome all enemies and all opposition and set up this kingdom. How, therefore, could his enemies overpower him much less put him to death before he had accomplished his task? Thus they refused to believe his prophecies concerning his coming tortures and death.

Now, either in trying to understand what he had so plainly told them, or maybe in putting this disturbing thought far from their minds, they began disputing with one another as to which of them would have the highest post of honor in the earthly messianic kingdom which they had envisaged. How worldly but how human they were! We must not forget though, that they were not yet really Christians — they needed the death and resurrection of Christ to make them what they became — His true followers and loyal disciples.

There was in the unformed Apostles a desire to turn Christ's kingdom into an earthly welfare state, rather than into a preparation for heaven. All Christians know that Christ suffered and died for their salvation, and that he asked his followers to take up their cross and follow him if they wished to be his disciples. The first generations of Christians fully understood this and faithfully followed him even to martyrdom. However, as time went on and opposition to the Christian faith disappeared, so too did the zeal and fervor of many Christians. For centuries we have had nominal Christians in Christ's Church -- men and women who tried to make their paradise in this world, and forgot the everlasting heaven.

Our own age has seen an unprecedented increase in this falling away of Christians. Leaving aside the parts of Europe which are professedly atheist -- but where in spite of the leaders there are many sincere and devout Christians -- the number of lapsed and nominal Christians in the other Western countries is frightening. These non-practicing Christians, unwilling to carry their crosses, have decided to make this earth their paradise. They want prosperity, comfort and happiness in this world. The vast majority of them, of course, refuse to look to the future; it could be an unpleasant thought, yet they must see that in every town and village there is a mortician, an undertaker who makes a good living disposing of human "remains." Die they must; "and what then?" should be a question which overshadows their lives.

Many of these people who in practice have abandoned Christianity, try to salve their consciences by devoting any time they can spare to making this planet a better place in which to live. It is an excellent aim with a possibility of success — if the Fatherhood of God and the true brotherhood of man are upheld. But otherwise its a vain Utopia. If God, and Christ's teaching are left out of our reckoning, we shall ever have jealousies, enmities, hatred and wars. Christians have made war on Christians because neither side in the struggle was truly Christian. What chance then has the world when Christ and Christianity are banished from it?

Today's thought for each one of us is this: Christ became man, suffered and died as man, for our sakes. By his resurrection He conquered death and opened heaven for us. Heaven is our true destiny. Loving God and our neighbor and carrying our cross is the only way to reach heaven. Forget this "heaven on earth" doctrine; it does not and never will exist! Accept Christ and you are accepting the Father who sent Him. He in turn will accept you.

Excerpted from The Sunday Readings by Fr. Kevin O'Sullivan, O.F.M.


43 posted on 09/24/2012 2:11:28 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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The Word Among Us

Meditation: Mark 9:30-37

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me.” (Mark 9:37)

It seems that we have a lot in common with the apostles. We love Jesus, they loved Jesus. We want to follow him, they followed him. We want to please him, and so did they. And like the apostles, we too are subject to human weakness. Today’s Gospel tells us that Jesus was try­ing to teach the apostles, but they weren’t listening. They were arguing about who was the greatest.

We shouldn’t look down on the apostles. Like us, they had the nat­ural human tendency to place themselves above those around them. Like us, they had the natural human tendency to think about their needs and desires more than the needs and desires of others. In other words, their hearts needed to be shaped and purified, just as ours do!

When Jesus asked about the con­versation, the apostles kept quiet.

They knew that Jesus didn’t like these kind of senseless arguments, so they were reluctant to own up to them. So, let’s ask ourselves: “How many times do I engage in senseless arguments? How many times have I tried to prove my point while know­ing all the time that the argument was trivial?”

The apostles eventually out­grew these self-centered attitudes. They realized that they were God’s children and that they were being entrusted with God’s work. They understood that what counted most was to show people how to love God and to love one another.

As Jesus did with the apostles, he wants to do with us. He wants to show us a higher way to live. He wants to show us how noble and pleasing it is to serve others above ourselves. He wants to teach us how to avoid getting caught up in sense­less arguments and how to redirect our conversations so that they help promote virtue and love over envy and jealousy.

“Jesus, teach me how to put others ahead of myself. I want to be like you, Lord.”

Wisdom 2:12, 17-20; Psalm 54:3-6, 8; James 3:16–4:3


September 23rd, 2012

Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion

1. The first reading, which is a prophetic foreshadowing of the passion and death of Jesus, speaks of the human tendency to attack and to reject those who “set themselves against our doings.” It also speaks of Jesus’ patience and gentleness which we are called to emulate. What is your reaction when you have been accused unjustly or treated unfairly? What about when you are stopped for speeding or your work is criticized at work?

2. In the responsorial psalm, the psalmist cries out to God in prayer as a response to the attacks of his enemies. He asks God to save him and defend him. How often do you turn to God in prayer as the first reaction to difficult situations?

3. The psalmist ends his petitions with these words of faith and trust, “Behold, God is my helper; the Lord sustains my life. Freely will I offer sacrifice; I will praise your name, O Lord, for its goodness.” Why is this an appropriate way to end a time of prayer and supplication to the Lord? Do you end you own times of prayer with thanksgiving and praise to the Lord? Should you?

4. In the second reading, St. James contrasts the disorder, which is often part of our lives, with the “wisdom” that comes from God, which is pure, peaceable, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits. What examples can you share where you have seen victory over jealousy, envy, and selfish ambition by following Christ, our “wisdom”?

5. In the Gospel, Jesus takes his disciples off privately for an important and personal message. He tells them he is to be killed, but he will rise from the dead. Amazingly, rather than trying to understand what Jesus has told them, they are more concerned about which one of them is the greatest. Why does self-absorption tend to make us less attentive to what Christ may be telling us? What steps can you take to be more attentive to Jesus’ words?

6. Jesus turns the “natural order” on its head in the Gospel by saying that those who make themselves last and serve others are “first” in importance in the Kingdom of God. What are some ways that you can be a better servant to your family or to others in your parish?

7. In the meditation, we here these words: “As Jesus did with the apostles, he wants to do with us. He wants to show us a higher way to live.” The meditation also gives some examples of how Jesus wants to do this. How would you describe what this “higher way” means to you?” What steps can you take to open yourself more to this great work by allowing Jesus to transform you more and more into his likeness?

8. Take some time now to pray and ask the Lord to transform you into his likeness and give you a servant’s heart like his. Use the prayer at the end of the meditation as the starting point.


44 posted on 09/24/2012 5:58:28 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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A Christian Pilgrim

SIMPLICITY THAT OPENS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

(A biblical refection on THE 25th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – 23 September, 2012) 

Gospel Reading: Mark 9:30-37 

First Reading: Wis 2:12,17-20; Psalms: Ps 54:3-6,8; Second Reading: Jas 3:16-4:3 

The Scripture Text

They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And He would not have any one know it; for He was teaching His disciples, saying to them. “The Son of man will be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him; and when He is killed, after three days He will rise.” But they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to ask Him.

And they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house He asked them,
What were you discussing on the way?” But they were silent; for on the way they had discussed with one another who was the greatest. And He sat down and called the twelve; and He said to them, “If any one would be first, He must be last of all and servant of all.” And He took a child, and put Him in the midst of them; and taking him in His arms, He said to them, “Whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent me.”
(Mk 9:30-37) 

“God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life” (Ps 54:4).

Wouldn’t it be liberating to have the freedom and trust of a child? Deep in our hearts, we long to be free, but as responsible adults we all feel the drive to meet the world’s expectations. Isn’t it interesting how many responsibilities Jesus had, yet He never appeared rushed or stressed out? He accomplished a lifetime of work in three years because of His radical trust in His Father.

As Jesus and His disciples passed through Galilee, He could have stopped many times along the way to preach or perform miracles. But He knew that His Father wanted Him to take this time to teach the twelve more fully about His passion and resurrection. Thus, with childlike trust, Jesus reflected a singleness of purpose and stayed faithful to His Father’s calling.

At the heart of this kind of simplicity is singleness of purpose. As we learn to live for Jesus, hidden agendas and the desire for self-gain will gradually fall away. We will come to see that loving others as Jesus has loved us and following Jesus in everything we do are our only goals. God does not expect us to pay attention to or address everything that crosses our paths in this lifetime. He wants us to turn to Him in trust and let Him show us what He has called us to accomplish – and He wants to us to trust that He will give us all we need to see our calling through to completion.

Let us go to Jesus and ask Him to give us the simplicity that opens the Kingdom of Heaven. The simple are free from guile. They are innocent at heart because they only want to follow the Father’s will for their lives. Let us ask Jesus for the kind of integrity, strength of character, and singleness of purpose that He had. As we do, our hearts will become lighter, and the Spirit will work powerfully through us.

Short Prayer: Lord Jesus, grant me the heart of a child who lives in utter trust of Your provisions. Open my eyes to the beauty of living in Your Kingdom. Amen. 


45 posted on 09/24/2012 6:02:18 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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A Christian Pilgrim

A GOOD QUESTION

(A biblical refection on THE 25th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – 23 September, 2012) 

First Reading: Wis 2:12,17-20; Psalms: Ps 54:3-6,8; Second Reading: Jas 3:16-4:3

Gospel Reading: Mk 9:30-37 

A good question is worth more than a hundred answers. Good questions are often in short supply in an age which lusts after certainty. We demand certain trumpets from the pulpit to the White House to Wall Street. Hesitation or the offering of a complex answer is viewed as weakness and lack of conviction. We want our leaders to always be sure – even if they are seldom right! We demand guarantees instead of hope. H.L. Mencken once said that every complex question has a simple answer and it is always simply wrong. Life is complex. We need thoughtful reflection and humble prayer to be prudent in our dealings with others. Good questions challenge us to think, pray and be prudent. Good questions force us to examine those areas of our lives we would rather leave in darkness.

Our second reading from James offers a good question for our consideration: “Where do the conflicts and disputes among you originate?” At first we respond: out there! It is society, our environment, the Zodiac or the difficult neighbor that accounts for all my problems and vices. If only I could remove the external, the internal would be fine. You see, at base I am really a swell person. It is circumstances or others which help to explain the way I am. Nice try! But James offers a different approach.

“Is it not your inner cravings that make war within your members? What you desire you do not obtain, and so you resort to murder.” Our troubles lie in the human heart. Because of sin we want to assert our will, wield power over and dominate everything and everyone for our selfish ends. Within our hearts we experience envy, rage and murderous intent. Our general hardness of heart destroys communities and families. The other is no longer a friend but an enemy; the other is not a gift but a threat; the other becomes hell from whom there is no exit (Sartre).

How are we to grow spiritually mature? Christ’s answer is most unexpected: “Whoever welcomes a child such as this for My sake welcomes Me.” The spiritually mature person must become childlike (not childish or immature). This is not easy. We try to fill ourselves up with an abundance of things, relationships and honors. Yet none give lasting peace. It is only when we open our hearts in childlike faith that God can fill us with what we truly need. If we try to find wholeness in the world, we are doomed to failure. The more we have, the more we want. The distractions are outside, but the cravings come from within. In our search for lasting peace, we look in the wrong places. Again the letter of James: “You ask and you to not receive because you ask wrongly, with a view to a squandering what you receive on your pleasures.”

Childlike conversion of heart often evokes the anger of those around us. We become a sign of contradiction. We challenge people to change and live in a new way. At first, other people are amused. Then they ignore us. When that no longer works, they turn against us. The book of Wisdom puts it in the following way: “[The wicked say:] ‘Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us; he sets himself against our doings …… With revilement and torture let us put him to the test …… Let us condemn him to a shameful death ……’”

To turn from our inner cravings and become childlike in our faith is to be on the road to spiritual maturity. However, we must not be surprised at the opposition of others. We are a challenge. We become a question to others. And questions are not always welcomed.

Note: Taken from Rev. William F. Maestri, GRACE UPON GRACE, Makati, Philippines: St. Paul Publications, 1990, pages 199-201.


46 posted on 09/24/2012 6:03:32 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Marriage = One Man and One Woman
Til' Death Do Us Part

Daily Marriage Tip for September 23, 2012:

“What were you arguing about?…If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last.” (Mk 9:33,35) This teaching of Jesus parallels the perennial marital argument about who is right. Arguments can often be shortened if you can give up the need to be right – every time.  


47 posted on 09/24/2012 6:11:47 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Who is the Greatest?
Pastor’s Column
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 23, 2012
 
“…but they had been discussing among themselves on the way who was the greatest.
Then he sat down, called the twelve and said,
“If anyone wishes to be first, he must be the last of all and the servant of all.”
                                                  From Mark 9:30-37
 
          Most of us have been at jobs or have known people in school whom you might charitably call “climbers.” They are the ones who have a deep desire to get ahead of others, and often are willing to do just about anything to achieve this. Amazingly, Jesus spends much time trying to help us understand what is most important to God, because during our brief earthly lives we are establishing whether we will go to heaven, hell or purgatory, but especially our rank in heaven.
 
          All of us are interested in what is going to happen in the future, both in the world and in our own lives. But when it comes to heaven, in spite of all the hints we receive in Sacred Scripture, there will be many surprises when we arrive. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of that future reality is that we will be ranked from first to last in the Kingdom of Heaven. Though we will not all be equal, we will all be happy!
 
          Among the biggest surprises will be discovering who ranks among the greatest and who the least. Here is one of Jesus’ most challenging teachings: the greatest in heaven will probably not be the ones receiving the most applause here. It is not the person who makes a big show of their presence to others that God notices first, but rather, the humble servant who is not interested in attracting attention to their lives.
 
          It matters not to God whether we are given great and important tasks in his church or the least noticeable ones. What matters is that we do these things without necessarily expecting recognition or reward. Of course, we all like our contribution or service to be appreciated, but what happens when it isn’t? This will go a long way to revealing how humble we really are—or aren’t!
 
          In my first assignment, we decided to have a “Volunteer Recognition Dinner” and sent out mailed invitations to everyone we could think of who deserved some kind of recognition. Well, we learned a lot from this experience, because, perhaps inevitably, feelings were hurt when some good people were inadvertently missed in the invitations.
 
          When Christ advises us to take the lowest place in service in order to rank highest, he does not necessarily mean we should all strive to do the dishes after the parish picnic (although, truth be told, cleanup is always the hardest slot to fill). Rather, we can tell if we are doing something out of love for God during those times we are not recognized, when our well-meaning efforts are criticized, when a gift is not appreciated, when we seem to be passed over though we have done our best, or if we are asked to take an assignment we believe is beneath us. These kinds of situations can be pure gold if we have united everything we do to Christ first and realize that our rank in heaven, which lasts forever, may be deeply affected by these seemingly small tasks or misunderstandings we have accepted for love of him.
                                                                                        Father Gary

48 posted on 09/24/2012 6:27:44 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Servant of All: Reflections on the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 09.21.12 |


 
Suffering Servant

In today’s First Reading, it’s like we have our ears pressed to the wall and can hear the murderous grumblings of the elders, chief priests and scribes - who last week Jesus predicted would torture and kill Him (see Mark 8:31; 10:33-34). 

The liturgy invites us to see this passage from the Book of Wisdom as a prophecy of the Lord’s Passion. We hear His enemies complain that “the Just One” has challenged their authority, reproached them for breaking the law of Moses, for betraying their training as leaders and teachers. 

And we hear chilling words that foreshadow how they will mock Him as He hangs on the cross: “For if the Just One be the Son of God, He will…deliver Him…” (compare Matthew 27:41-43). 

Readings:
Wisdom 2:12,17-20
Psalm 54:3-8
James 3:16-4:3
Mark 9:30-37

Today’s Gospel and Psalm give us the flip side of the First Reading. In both, we hear of Jesus’ sufferings from His point of view. Though His enemies surround Him, He offers himself freely in sacrifice, trusting that God will sustain Him. 

But the apostles today don’t understand this second announcement of Christ’s passion. They begin arguing over issues of succession—over who among them is greatest, who will be chosen to lead after Christ is killed. 

Again they are thinking not as God, but as human beings (see Mark 8:33). And again Jesus teaches the Twelve—the chosen leaders of His Church—that they must lead by imitating His example of love and self-sacrifice. They must be “servants of all,” especially the weak and the helpless - symbolized by the child He embraces and places in their midst. 

This is a lesson for us, too. We must have the mind of Christ, who humbled himself to come among us (see Philippians 2: 5-11). We must freely offer ourselves, making everything we do a sacrifice in praise of His name.  As James says in today’s Epistle, we must seek wisdom from above, desiring humility not glory, and in all things be gentle and full of mercy.


49 posted on 09/24/2012 6:37:56 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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By embracing Christ's Passion, we overcome our passions

A Scriptural Reflection on the Readings for Sunday, September 23, 2012 | Carl E. Olson

Readings:
• Wis 2:12, 17-20

• Ps 54:3-4, 5, 6 and 8

• Jas 3:16-4:3

• Mk 9:30-37

Three of the greatest temptations known to man are lust for power, pursuit of illicit pleasure, and envious grasping for possessions. These three flow, in various ways, from the capital sins: pride, avarice, envy, wrath, lust, gluttony, and sloth or acedia (CCC 1866). All three, it is important to note, are perversions of authentic and good gifts from God: proper dominion and authority, the wholesome enjoyment of material things, and the joy of right relationships.

These temptations are the subjects of the discourses proclaimed in the Gospel readings over the next four weeks (Mk. 9:30-10:31). The first part of today’s Gospel marks an important transition, which is both physical and pedagogical in nature. First, Jesus and the disciples began to journey through Galilee toward Jerusalem. Secondly, Jesus was not preaching to the crowds that had swarmed after him, but was giving private instructions to his disciples.

Finally, once again, as he had done a bit earlier (Mk. 8:31), Jesus spoke of his approaching Passion: “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men and they will kill him…” He would return again to this prophetic message (Mk. 10:32-4), creating a sort of frame around the discourses in-between. This structure was not accidental, for there is a significant relationship—one of conflict and opposition—between the Passion and the temptations to power, pleasure, and possessions.

Put another way, the Passion is the antidote to human passions. Jesus Christ, fully human, freely chose to be handed over to certain death. In doing so, he decisively rejected the pull and allure of power, pleasure, and possessions. Yet he also had to teach his disciples the same, which was no small task considering their frail natures and their imperfect understanding of his mission: “But they did not understand the saying”—that is, his foretelling of his and resurrection—“and they were afraid to question him.” As is so often the case, fear is the acid that eats away at the flesh of faith.

The subject of the argument Jesus asked the disciples about at the home of Peter and Andrew in Capernaum (cf. Mk. 1:29) is the same subject that has sparked countless arguments, heresies, and schisms over two thousand years of Church history. Who is the greatest? Who will have the most power? Who is in charge? Jesus’ answer was not, of course, merely talk, for he would walk the talk when he willingly took up the Cross and accepted death.

The tree he would be nailed upon was one rooted in perfect humility. “Observe a tree,” wrote Augustine, “how it first tends downward, that it may then shoot upwards. It fastens its root low in the ground that it may send forth its top toward heaven. Is it not from humility that it endeavors to rise? But without humility it will not attain to higher things.” Christ is the personification of the wisdom from above, described by James in today’s Epistle as pure, peaceable, and full of good fruits. He is the fulfillment of the son of God described in the Book of Wisdom, delivered to his foes and condemned to a shameful death. He had no need to attain heaven, which was his home, but planted roots on earth so we might attain heaven by the tree of his crucifixion.

The Son of God, explained Paul in his great Christological hymn in Philippians 2, became a man—a servant—“and being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:8). When Jesus referred to the child in the midst of the disciples, he was making a clear connection (lost in the English translation) between “child” and “servant,” which come from the same root word in Aramaic and Greek. 

Divine sonship is rooted in humble servanthood. The divine irony is that becoming a child of God is the only means to becoming truly mature and fully human. And by embracing the Passion, we overcome our passions.

(This "Opening the Word" column originally appeared in the September 20, 2009, issue of Our Sunday Visitor newspaper.)


50 posted on 09/24/2012 6:57:15 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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