- Things You Should Always Remember (Helpful Hints for Life)
-Some of the Best Headlines You Will Ever Read (A bit of humor… smiling cat)
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Receiving the Gospel, Serving God and Neighbor
SILENCE-Outside Quiet at Mass
"Therefore at such a time the prudent person keeps silent." Amos 5:13
It has happened gradually, and nobody really means disrespect by it or to be an interruption to others, but needless talking before, during, or after Mass IN CHURCH has become too commonplace today to our detriment.
But some say, Father, sometimes we have to talk in church. Yes, even I have to sometimes direct the servers, parents have to direct their kids, we should be courteous to those we meet in church, but we can do so quietly with a whisper.
Fellowship and gracious words are also an essential part of the Catholic life, but they only take on their full meaning and effect if they be in God and come from a communal union with God at Mass with reverent quiet always while IN CHURCH. Why, because separate from God, we always fail or are very limited, and God is found in silence, especially of the Holy Eucharist!
"Yes, Jesus is always waiting for us in silence. In that silence He will listen to us, there He will speak to our soul, and there we will hear His voice."
-Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Speak plainly and visit outside the body of the church, but always honor God, honor those good nuns and teachers that taught us, honor mom and dad who taught us to be reverently quiet before, during, and after the Holy Mass IN church.
Peace and prayers in Jesus through Mary, loved by Saint Joseph,
P.S. Two past week's homily written out are found at the end of this e-weekly. Read or listen to the last one for more on the above e-weekly topic.
P.S.S. This coming Sunday is the Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time. >>> Readings
I was a shepherd and a dresser of sycamores. that he granted us in the beloved. In him we have redemption by his blood, the forgiveness of transgressions, in accord with the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us. In all wisdom and insight, he has made known to us the mystery of his will in ...
Homily is written out at end of e-weekly
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quiet (from Latin quiet-, quies "rest, quiet")
- resting or awaiting with little or no tumult
-St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face (The Little Flower) when speaking about accidentally falling asleep while praying.
Things To Always Remember
- Your presence is a present to the world.
- You're unique and one of a kind.
- Take the days just one at a time.
- Count your blessings, not your troubles.
- With God you'll make it through whatever comes along.
- Understand, have courage, be strong.
- Don't put too many limits on yourself, and none on God.
- God commanded, "Do not worry."-Matthew 6:25
- The longer one carries a problem, the heavier it gets.
- Receive God's peace, the peace the world cannot give.
- Remember that a little love goes a long way.
- Remember that friendship is a wise investment.
- Life's treasures are people -- together.
- Do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.
- Have health and hope and happiness.
- And don't ever forget – God love YOU very much!
"Adoration is homage of the spirit to the "King of Glory," respectful silence in the presence of the "ever greater" God. Adoration of the thrice-holy and sovereign God of love blends with humility and gives assurance to our supplications." -Catechism of the Catholic Church #2628
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cannot be seen or even touched.
They must be felt with the heart."
~ Helen Keller ~
According to a release from the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, during a meeting with the Major Archbishop of Kyiv-Halyč on Tuesday, Pope Francis commended the Church for its witness to Christian unity.
The Pope thanked the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church for its martyrdom “as a confession of the Christian Faith and a testimony that the Successor of Peter the Apostle has a special mission of service to Christian unity,” according to a statement from the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church.
The Vatican announced that Pope Francis met with Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk July 3 at the Vatican's Santa Marta guesthouse, but did not give details of their encounter.
The meeting was requested by Archbishop Shevchuk to commemorate “the 1030th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus'-Ukraine.”
The event being celebrated was the 988 baptism of Vladimir (Volodymyr) the Great, Grand Prince of Kiev, which resulted in the Christianization of Kievan Rus', a state whose heritage Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus all claim.
Archbishop Shevchuk told Francis that the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church's path was a “testimony of the unity that Christ’s Church enjoyed in the First Millennium, at the time of the Baptism of Saint Volodymyr, and a particular witness of martyrs and confessors for Church unity, - in the 20th century.”
“Our Church’s path of martyrdom consists in a recognition of the particular mission of the Successors of the Apostle Peter as visible servants of the unity of Christ’s Church,” he said.
The Major Archbishop discussed the relationship of his Church to the other Churches rooted in the Christianization of Kievan Rus', including the Russian Orthodox Church and several Orthodox Churches in Ukraine.
In addition to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), there are two other Orthodox Churches which have claimed autocephaly, but are not recognized by other Orthodox Churches: the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Kyiv Patriarchate) and the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.
These two latter Churches have asked the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew for recognition as autocephalous Churches, in a request forwarded by Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and supported by the nation's parliament.
Archbishop Shevchuk called the division among Orthodox Churches in Ukraine a painful reality, and recounted “shameful incidents where the Holy Mysteries (Sacraments), in particular the Mystery of Holy Baptism, had been used to humiliate or deny the Christian identity of faithful belonging to certain denominations.”
He said that the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church looks “positively upon the efforts to overcome the divisions in Ukrainian Orthodoxy, according to the ancient principal salus animarum lex suprema est (the salvation of souls is the highest law). At the same time, we regard these processes as internal Orthodox matters and, - on no account, - do we ever interfere in them or take part in them. We believe that the civil authority must ensure that conditions exist that allow for the freedom of all churches, in our country. We also believe that is unacceptable for the state, - to treat any Church as an official state church.”
The overtures of the UOC-KP and UAOC to the Ecumenical Patriarch have been denounced by the Russian Orthodox. Vatican Insider has reported that Metropolitan Hilarion, spokesman for the Moscow Patriarchate, told the Greek Orthodox website Romfea that “blood will be shed” if the Ukrainian Churches are granted autocephaly.
Metropolitan Hilarion claimed there are “three forces” behind the push for autocephaly in Ukraine: Ukrainian political leadership, the UOC-KP itself, and the “uniates” of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, each of which acts “for its own benefit.”
During his meeting with Pope Francis, Archbishop Shevchuk touched upon this “uniatism”, saying the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church rejects “uniatism” as a method for achieving Church unity, since it has received the Balamand declaration.
That 1993 declaration of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue Between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church said that seeking the conversion of persons from one Church to the other, which it said has been called “uniatism”, cannot be accepted as a model to follow or as a model for the unity sought by the Churches.
Archbishop Shevchuk stated to Pope Francis that “it is obvious that the ultimate act of uniatism, in the 20th century, was the 1946 Lviv pseudo-council.”
The 1946 Synod of Lviv was the means by which the Soviet Union acted to suppress the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church and forcibly to absorb it into the Russian Orthodox Church.
“Accusations of uniatism directed at the UGCC, due of its active ecumenical position and its invitation to seek paths of unity with the Orthodox, are nothing less than a manipulation of the facts. The Eastern Catholic Churches, in and of themselves, are not 'some sort of method,' but are living members of Christ’s Church, which not only have the right to exist but are also called to engage in mission and in the work of evangelization.”
The release from the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church said Pope Francis assured the Church of his support and agreed that accusations of uniatism against it are groundless.
“He also thanked the UGCC for its active participation in rebuilding Ukrainian society based on the principles of Catholic Social teaching … He thanked the Church for its promotion of authentic Christian patriotism which, under no circumstances, should be used or manipulated for particular ecclesiastical or ideological goals,” according to the statement.
“The Holy Father also expressed his closeness to the Ukrainian nation which, as the victim of unjust aggression, is living through a painful period of its history.”
The statement added that Francis drew attention to the importance of Polish-Ukrainian reconciliation, and said he would also remember Ukraine during his July 7 ecumenical prayer for peace in the Middle East which will be held in Bari.
"Prayer to Jesus is answered by him already during his ministry, through signs that anticipate the power of his death and Resurrection: Jesus hears the prayer of faith, expressed in words (the leper, Jairus, the Canaanite woman, the good thief) or in silence (the bearers of the paralytic, the woman with a hemorrhage who touches his clothes, the tears and ointment of the sinful woman). The urgent request of the blind men, "Have mercy on us, Son of David" or "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" has-been renewed in the traditional prayer to Jesus known as the Jesus Prayer: "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!" Healing infirmities or forgiving sins, Jesus always responds to a prayer offered in faith: "Your faith has made you well; go in peace."
St. Augustine wonderfully summarizes the three dimensions of Jesus' prayer: "He prays for us as our priest, prays in us as our Head, and is prayed to by us as our God. Therefore let us acknowledge our voice in him and his in us."
. -Catechism of the Catholic Church #2616
SOME OF THE BEST [actual] HEADLINES YOU WILL EVER READ
Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges
[You mean there's something stronger than duct tape?]
Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge
[he probably IS the battery charge!]
New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group
[Pound per pound they have to match?!]
Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
[Taste like chicken?]
Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half
[Do you really think this will keep them in school!]
Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
[Boy, are they tall!]
And the winner is....
Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead
[They better double check the bodies for to be absolutely sure.]
Teach us to see Jesus in the members of our family especially in their distressing disguise. May the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus make our hearts meek and humble like His and help us to carry out our family duties in a holy way. May we love one another as God loves each one of us more and more each day, and forgive each other's faults as You forgive our sins. Help us, O loving Father, to take whatever You give and to give whatever You take with a big smile. Immaculate Heart of Mary, cause of our joy, pray for us. St. Joseph, pray for us. Holy Guardian Angels, be always with us, guide and protect us. Amen
Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Cycle C -February 3, 2008
Do you want to be happy? Do you want to be blessed? When I was in Catholic grade school we were taught the Beatitudes as, "Happy are those, Happy are those." Today many people think they will be happy if they have enough money, or enough material possessions, or power, or some other things or someone other than God. And while these may bring happiness, it is a limited and incomplete happiness. There is nothing wrong with these things in themselves, but when we make them gods in our lives they take us away from the one true God, the only One who can make us truly happy and blessed.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for their ears as the kingdom of heaven.
Poor in spirit…which means poverty in spirit, not material poverty, but poor in spirit…humility, being humble. You want patience with your kids? Get humility. You want to be charitable to your spouse? Get humility. You want to stop being angry or to obtain some virtue? Get humility. Humility is the acknowledge of the truth. Humility is the acknowledge of the truth. Primarily of the truth of who God is and who we are in the light of God. Humility is the acknowledgment of who God is and who we are in the light of God. Who is God? God is the author and founder of the cosmos God all-powerful. Who am I in light of God? A spec, a mere nothing. But God loves the spec. God treasures my nothingness. Humility is to consider these things, and to respond thereby.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
This past Thursday marked the 16th anniversary of January 31, 1992…the day on which a good friend of mine, Jeremy, died. It was our eighth grade year in Catholic grade school. He was there one day, and the next day he was dead. We were in class early morning when we found out. I remember many things from that day. We did not do much, we didn't really study, and we were with our teacher. I remember we even tried to play a little volleyball for PE to get up and do something. I remember the funeral a few days later as we lined up for the last time to pass by Jeremy's casket which was Oak to say our final farewell. Jeremy's death was particularly sorrowful to me, because I had never known the death of someone so close. I was too young when my grandparents passed away to have known them so well and my parents and brothers and sisters are still living thank the Lord. And all the other deaths I've experienced were not as close as Jeremy. One of the things that came out of this life event was that our class has stayed close together as an eighth-grade school class, and we've all been particularly close and stayed in contact with Debbie, Jeremy's mom. So even in my sorrow, I have been comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
Meekness. Meekness is God's power working in us under God's control. Meekness is God's power working in us under God's control. We have God's power in us because we are made in his image and likeness. But most of the time we tend to be in the driver's seat and if we do give everything to God we too often take it back. But letting God's power work in you under God's control will let you inherit the land of heaven.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
How many in today's world seek that injustice be corrected, or that evil be averted. If you are among these, keep hungering, keep thirsting…you will be truly satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
I want my sins forgiven, and I'm sure that most of you want your sins forgiven. I must be merciful, you must be merciful, then we will be shown mercy, that our sins will be forgiven.
Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God.
The clean of heart, the pure of heart, the chaste. People say today, 'where is God? why isn't God working? why can't I see him today?" Are we clean of heart? Are we pure of intention that our eyes may behold the good God who is all cleanliness, all purity, all holiness. You want to be clean of heart, you want to be pure of heart, be humble, acknowledged the truth of who God is and who you are in the light of God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.
Peacemakers know that only Jesus will bring peace. I saw a bumper sticker a few years ago. It said: NO Jesus NO Peace; KNOW Jesus KNOW Peace. Those who seek to have peace in their homes, in their families, in their communities, and in the world, they shall be the true children of God, because they bring Jesus to their homes, Jesus to their families, Jesus to their communitys, and Jesus to the world.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad,
for your reward will be great in heaven.
Do people get upset because you're Catholic? Do people not like you because you do Christians things and say Christian things? Now I'm not saying that we should get people mad at us, or that we should be in-your-face-Catholics. But if no one ever gets upset, or even worse if no one could tell that you are Catholic or Christian by what you say or what you do, that is not a good thing! This world is quickly coming to a point that it will not tolerate God or those who follow him, especially in our society. So you and I have to make the decision now or very soon, will we be blessed and happy in the sight of God, or will we accept the false happiness of the world by going with the crowd.
There is one more Happy are those...
We hear it every time we come to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It follows the words of John the Baptist at the Jordan: This is the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world. The priest holds up the consecrated host and continues: Happy are those who are called to his supper. Revelation 19:9, the book of showing, is where this part of the Mass comes from. It translates it as: happy are those who are called to the Lamb's supper. And this may be the translation that we are getting from the Pope in a few years as the parts of the Mass are more accurately translated for the benefit of our worship and the effect of salvation on our souls. Happy are those who are called to the Lamb's supper. It's the Lamb's supper because Jesus is the lamb that was slain silent before the shearers as the prophet Isaiah says. And it's the Lamb's supper because it's the wedding feast of the lamb. Jesus, the bridegroom, gives his life, his very body, for his beloved bride, the Church, you and I.
I remember hearing some priests say, 'happy are we too are called to his supper,' or 'happy are you who are called to the supper.' Now I'm sure that it is an honest mistake that these priests are saying the words this way, for Vatican II says that no one, not even a priest, can change the Mass for any reason. The Mass is of God given as a gift to His Church for you, and you as Roman Catholics have the right to the Mass as it is given by God Himself through His Church. But I think what has sadly crept in is perhaps a self focus a single to view an NT orientation. But as this Sacred Scripture say happy are those for the Mass is not just about you and me, it's not just about our parishes, it is about all who were called. And ALL are called to the Lamb's supper. However, God depends on you and I to sometimes extend the invitation explicitly to those who do not yet join us on Sunday, those who do not know the joy and the intimacy of the Lamb's supper, maybe it's you and I, ourselves, who have not read and realize that true happiness lies only in Jesus Christ, fully made present to us in the Mass and only will be made clearer when He is unveiled in heaven, that that is what the Mass is. Happy are those who are called to his supper.
You want to be happy? You one of the blessed? Don't pursue happiness as the world counts it as Saint Paul noted, count it as the Lord shows it to us as He Himself made it visible. Do the things of heaven!
"Adoration is the first attitude of man acknowledging that he is a creature before his Creator. It exalts the greatness of the Lord who made us and the almighty power of the Savior who sets us free from evil." -Catechism of the Catholic Church #2628
SUNDAY MASS READINGS AND QUESTIONS
for Self-Reflection, Couples or Family Discussion
The Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - July 15th, 2018
The First Reading- Amos 7:12-15
Amaziah, priest of Bethel, said to Amos, “Off with you, visionary, flee to the land of Judah! There earn your bread by prophesying, but never again prophesy in Bethel; for it is the king’s sanctuary and a royal temple.” Amos answered Amaziah, “I was no prophet, nor have I belonged to a company of prophets; I was a shepherd and a dresser of sycamores. The LORD took me from following the flock, and said to me, Go, prophesy to my people Israel.”
You just never know to what God is going to call you. Have you ever been minding your own business, going through your life pretty smoothly and then, BAM! Something changes drastically, taking you completely off guard? It could be a good thing, it could be something that appears, or even something bad. But all of a sudden, you’re different. That’s what happened to Amos. He was a pretty successful businessman. The first readings says that he was a “dresser of sycamores.” That means he tended these little mini fig trees, pruning them to make sure they didn’t have bugs and that they would grow fruit. He also kept herds. Then, one day, God told him to go to the nations of the world and tell them that they were doing everything wrong. He had to go and accuse all of the rich people (remember, he was one of them) of abusing the poor, and getting rich on the backs of the vulnerable. Like most of the prophets, that meant trouble for Amos. He had to leave his business and get into everyone else’s business. Generally speaking, people don’t like that. So, he had a really hard time of it; and it was never what he had planned for his life.
Adults -Have you ever had a shake-up moment like Amos did? What difficult thing did God call you to? Did you go without hesitation? Did you meet a lot of trouble along the way? How did you get through it?
Teens - Do you think it’s easy to follow God’s will? How do you discern whether something is being asked of you by God?
Kids - Try five minutes of silent prayer this week and listen for God to speak in your heart.
Responsorial- Psalm 85: 9-10, 11-12, 13-14
R. Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
I will hear what God proclaims;
the LORD —for he proclaims peace.
Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him,
glory dwelling in our land.
R. Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
Kindness and truth shall meet;
justice and peace shall kiss.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
and justice shall look down from heaven.
R. Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
The LORD himself will give his benefits;
our land shall yield its increase.
Justice shall walk before him,
and prepare the way of his steps.
R. Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
-Be extra aware of God’s kindness this week.
The Second Reading- Ephesians 1: 3-14
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will, for the praise of the glory of his grace that he granted us in the beloved. In him we have redemption by his blood, the forgiveness of transgressions, in accord with the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us.
In all wisdom and insight, he has made known to us the mystery of his will in accord with his favor that he set forth in him as a plan for the fullness of times, to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth. In him we were also chosen,destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will, so that we might exist for the praise of his glory, we who first hoped in Christ. In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised holy Spirit, which is the first installment of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s possession, to the praise of his glory.
The second reading tells us that our being chosen in ways like Amos experienced, and the Apostles experienced in today’s Gospel, is the first installment of our inheritance from Jesus. We receive the Holy Spirit, and then we’re sent out to tell people all about God. Sometimes you might want to tell God to keep that inheritance, but when it comes down to it, that’s why we were baptized. We were baptized not for comfort and ease of life, but for the discomfort of the Gospel.
Consider ways that God might ultimately use the struggles in your life for good in the long run.
The Holy Gospel according to Mark 6: 7-13
Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits. He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick— no food, no sack, no money in their belts. They were, however, to wear sandals but not a second tunic. He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave. Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you, leave there and shake the dust off your feet in testimony against them.” So they went off and preached repentance. The Twelve drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.
We’re not in it alone! Jesus sent the Apostles out two by two for a reason. We’re meant to have companions for our journey, to help us be accountable and not get discouraged. Jesus told them not to take lots of provisions for the journey, but to trust that God will care for them as they go. It’s the same with us. We get the call to go out (which could be comforting someone who needs it, visiting a lonely person, telling the truth in a difficult situation, giving material goods to someone in need … ) and we go. We should not worry about how we will have what we need to accomplish it, but know that if God called us to it, he’ll give us what we need to get through it.
Adults -Take some time this week to thank the person you are going two by two with through this life. They are a gift from a loving God.
Teens -Who are your companions on your journey — with whom has God sent you “two by two”? How do you help one another?
Kids - What is your favorite way to help people?