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Acting On the Word...

Friday night, as I sat in bed watching T.V I heard the talk show host, explain that rules give us freedom. I had no idea what they were actually talking about, but by the time I got settled into bed, and paid attention to the lady on the Catholic channel, I had become fixed on this intriguing idea presented. Obviously, I had zoned out of the rest of her conversation, and when I had come to accept the idea, the host was saying good bye. As I woke up the next morning, again the thought-provoking idea repaid a welcomed visit and it became the focus of my thought for majority of the day.

     From the time of Moses to the the time of Jesus, their were more than 600 rules made by the Pharisees and scribes.  Most of them were conceived throughout history, personal desires by those in power, and over developments of certain laws. Very few (in proportion to the 600+) had originated from the time of Moses which are written in the pentateuch. By the time of Jesus, it was almost impossible…

Your Time to Choose

For the past five weekends we have journeyed through the "Bread of Life" discourse in the Gospel of John. On this path Jesus has gained followers, increased his popularity, multiplied loaves, and began teaching one of the most difficult subjects for his companions to hear. Today, we come to the conclusion of this discourse with a final question: to believe or to turn away. The great crowds that had once followed him and were amazed by him, have now become perplexed by His words and have left. However, Peter responding for the apostles, replies, " Who else can we go to Lord?"

     At the beginning of John 6, where we find the "Bread of Life" discourse, we read the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand with five loaves of bread and two fish. Then, the large crowed follows Jesus for more. They realize the great event that had happened, and they wanted more signs to believe. However, Jesus sees through their words and knows that their need for sig…

Tuesday Prayer: St Michael The Archangel

St Michael the Archangel Defend us in battle. Be our protection against The malice and snares of the devil; May God rebuke him,  we humbly pray and do though O Prince of the heavenly host, By The power of God, Thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits Who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls AMEN 

Invitation To The Banquet

Earlier this past week the church celebrated the feast day of St Maximilian Kolbe, a priest and martyr. St Maximilian was once quoted in saying, "If angels could be jealous of men, they would be so for one reason: Holy Communion." Maximilian was stressing, within this simple quote, the power, necessity, and specialness of the Eucharist, that it would make even the angels jealous. For the past five weeks within the Sunday lectionary, we have heard the "Bread of Life" discourse from the deeply theological Gospel of John. This discourse is the first theological work on the Eucharist, the bread of life. Within this discourse we begin to develop our Eucharist celebrations, traditions, and reasoning.

     The first reading illustrates for us the beauty and hard work of lady wisdom preparing for a banquet. Wisdom prepares the meal, and calls us to the banquet, and is critical that we leave behind our immaturity so that we might live and fully participate of her prepa…

Prayer For Those In China

Heavenly Father,  We pray for those whom are affected  by the explosions in China.  We pray for the safety of the people living there,  and for the healing of those who have been hurt.  Grant eternal Rest, we pray, to those whom have been taken by this horrific event.  Send forth your spirit to comfort those who remain, and to those scared by the horrors of this event. We pray for the people in China, that your protective mantle may cover them, and assist them in their time of need.   We ask this through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

ps. You can watch the video, and read the article about the explosion here from CNN.

Turning Back To Our Source!

I would say one of the most quoted lines from the Documents of the Second Vatican Council by Catholics (including bishops and lay people bloggers) is that "the Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life" (Lumen Gentium 11) This quotes teaches us that the Eucharist, which is the body of Christ, must be received by his gathered people, which make up the living body of Christ. The Eucharist is the churchs foundation, it is the source where accomplishment, acceptance, unification and compassionate hearts are formed and fed among its members. The Eucharist, also is the peak of the mountain, the most incredible thing that is truly the summit, of a Christians life. The readings this weekend express the need for our source, and who the source is.

     The conclusion of the first book of Kings is dominated with Elijah and his travels. Currently, Elijah is running from his antagonistic counter part Queen Jezebel (who is married to the king, king Ahab) who has threat…

"Give Us This Day, Our Daily Bread..."

Currently in El Salvador the country is in their rainy season. A season where normally floods happen, crops thrive, and people have full supply. However, going there, we saw the exact opposite. They are in a major drought, crops are dying, and the water is being rationed. The existence of climate change is not debated-it's a known fact. Normally the water is rationed- about every 2-3 days people would receive water and store it in large jugs for showers, dishes, and other utility uses. If they turned on the tap, it normally wouldn't spew out water until they get their next supply of water.  However, the week before we arrived water hadn't gotten to the homes, school, and restaurant in a week. Everyone was running out of water. They live with an uncertainty of when they will receive water and therefore, ration water at their own homes, making it last for as long as possible. However, being there, no one ever complained to us about it, we were just informed about it. It…