Monday, October 14, 2019

⛪ .. There Is Something Greater... .⛪

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Living Intentionally and Fully Alive

Living intentionally and fully alive—from a place of groundedness, being at home in our own skin—is not a technique. Nor is it a kind of mental Rubik's cube, to be solved. There is no list. But if we demand one, chances are, we pass this life by—the exquisite, the messy, the enchanting, the wondrous, the delightful, the untidy—on our way to someplace we think we ought to be.

—from the book This Is the Life: Mindfulness, Finding Grace, and the Power of the Present Moment by Terry Hershey


† Saint Quote
"No one can make excuses, because anyone can love God; and he does not ask the soul for more than to love him, because he loves the soul, and it is his love."
— Blessed Angela of Foligno

"The vow of poverty is a generous renunciation and detachment from the heavy burden of temporal things. It is an alleviation of the spirit, it is a relief afforded to human infirmity, the liberty of a noble heart to strive after eternal and spiritual blessings. It is a satiety and abundance, in which the thirst after earthly treasures is allayed, and a sovereignty and ownership, in which a most noble enjoyment of all riches is established. All this, my daughter, and many other blessings are contained in voluntary poverty, and all this the sons of the world are ignorant and deprived of, precisely because they are lovers of earthly riches and enemies of this holy and opulent poverty."
— Ven. Mary of Agreda, p. 85
The Mystical City of God

"We know that we are God's children, and that the whole world lies under the power of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life."
1 John 5:19-20


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Pope St. Callistus I (d. 223 A.D.) was a Roman by birth and a Christian slave. He was the servant of a fellow Christian serving in the Roman imperial household. He was entrusted with the task of managing his master's wealth, which he used to operate a bank into which many Christians invested their money. When the bank failed due to unpaid loans, Callistus fled the city in fear of retribution. He was soon caught, and in punishment was sentenced to hard slave labor in the Sardinian mines. He eventually obtained his freedom when he and the other Christian slaves working in the mines were released, or perhaps ransomed, with special pardon from the Emperor. Callistus was later recalled to Rome by Pope Zephyrinus to serve as his deacon, top adviser, and the caretaker of the important Christian cemetery along the Appian Way. This cemetary, which now bears Callistus' name, contains the relics of many martyrs. As the Holy Father's adviser, St. Callistus drew the ire of Tertullian and St. Hippolytus of Rome who were his constant theological opponents. When Pope Zephyrinus died, Callistus was elected to the Chair of St. Peter in 217 A.D. As pope, St. Callistus was known for his leniency and forgiveness. He upheld the teaching of the Church that grave sins could be forgiven with true contrition and due penance, which was controversial at the time. He reigned for five years and died a martyr; one account holds that he was killed by an anti-Christian mob, being thrown from his house and stoned to death. His feast day is October 14th.


Monday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 Rom 1:1-7

Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus,
called to be an Apostle and set apart for the Gospel of God,
which he promised previously through his prophets in the holy Scriptures,
the Gospel about his Son, descended from David according to the flesh,
but established as Son of God in power
according to the Spirit of holiness
through resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Through him we have received the grace of apostleship,
to bring about the obedience of faith,
for the sake of his name, among all the Gentiles,
among whom are you also, who are called to belong to Jesus Christ;
to all the beloved of God in Rome, called to be holy.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 98:1bcde, 2-3ab, 3cd-4

R.(2a) The Lord has made known his salvation.
Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R. The Lord has made known his salvation.
The LORD has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.
R. The Lord has made known his salvation.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.
R. The Lord has made known his salvation.

Alleluia Ps 95:8

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
If today you hear his voice,
harden not your hearts.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Lk 11:29-32

While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them,
"This generation is an evil generation;
it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it,
except the sign of Jonah.
Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites,
so will the Son of Man be to this generation.
At the judgment
the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation
and she will condemn them,
because she came from the ends of the earth
to hear the wisdom of Solomon,
and there is something greater than Solomon here.
At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation
and condemn it,
because at the preaching of Jonah they repented,
and there is something greater than Jonah here."


Meditation: Romans 1:1-7

Saint Callistus I, Pope and Martyr (Optional Memorial)

. . . called to belong to Jesus Christ. (Romans 1:6)

If you were planning to construct a building in an area subject to frequent earthquakes, you couldn't just do it haphazardly. In fact, earthquake zones normally have very rigorous building requirements, especially for the construction of foundations. That's because the foundation provides strength and stability to the entire structure.

What does this have to do with today's first reading? As we begin a nearly three-week series of readings from Paul's letter to the Romans, we want to understand why Paul wrote it in the first place. One thing he is clearly doing in this letter is laying a strong foundation for his relationship with believers in Rome.

Paul wrote this letter around AD 57, while he was on his third missionary journey. He had never been to Rome but hoped to visit the Christians who lived there. He wanted to use the city as a base of operations for a future missionary trip to Spain. He knew how valuable a good relationship with the church there would be for his work, so he decided to be careful and systematic about what he wrote. He wanted to make sure the Romans could trust him enough to support his work.

And so Paul lays the groundwork. He introduces himself: "a slave of Christ Jesus, called to be an Apostle and set apart for the Gospel of God" (Romans 1:1). He presents "the Gospel about [God's] Son" (1:3) and outlines God's plan of salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus. And since the church in Rome was comprised of both Jews and Gentile converts, he places a special focus on the relationship between Jews and Gentiles in salvation history. As a result, Paul's letter to the Romans became an exercise in diplomacy that has also yielded some of our deepest Christian theology.

These next few weeks can be like a "construction session" for you as you read through this treasure of a letter. Take some extra time with the readings. Try to grasp the carefully planned foundation that Paul was laying. As you do, let the words sink into your heart as well as your mind, because it's not just Paul's foundation. It's not just a foundation of Christian theology. It's your foundation as well.

"Lord, help me to strengthen the foundation of my faith."

Psalm 98:1-4
Luke 11:29-32



He who commits a mortal sin separates himself totally from the principle of supernatural life which is God. He is cut off from his ultimate end, committing, as it were, suicide in the supernatural order.
—Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, OP
from Knowing the Love of God


"Through him we have received the grace of apostleship,
to bring about the obedience of faith, for the sake of his name.."
It can be rightly said that every move we make couldn't be made possible without our Lord.

I want to thank you for your prayers for our family festival. It was a beautiful day with many families and activities.

And it left me thinking how can we even think we ever do anything on our own?


"The LORD has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice. He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness toward the house of Israel. "
How has God shown His faithfulness? And kindness? Let us say, God reveals Himself through our faith too. We are, then, an extension of His body, His will. We could be His blood cells, after all, we are consuming Him and His precious body in the Eucharist.


Our Lord says "This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah."
Is it bad to seek signs? I mean, we all want signs right, telling us which way to go and to discern God's will, right? What sign did they want? Perhaps they wanted more than what He was offering. Raising people from the dead and dispelling evil spirits, well, they attributed that to other things, like science, like the power of Satan. No, they wanted more, because they had Him figured out. His signs were not good enough. One miracle was never enough. Not even one body of God.

Which brings us to the point of gratitude. I am most baffled on two fronts on this issue:
First, how can you ever thank God for a single miracle? How about 10? Which I've seen. And people ask me, and I tell them, yet, their lives are unphased.
Second, how can people not live in gratitude? That is the hardest thing I see in my Christ walk in life. I don't see humility, gratefulness, charity, a great and sincere love of our Lord as it should be. Instead, I see self implosions, cruel acts of secret violence behind each others' backs, and thus an insincere love for Christ.
And we wonder why people don't want to come around God's house, and be totally devoted to Him.

That's because we don't truly show the truth!

Let us begin now, to seek the sign of Jonah.
Preach to the world, REPENT, and Believe! Be living.
Be the living Gospel, the Living Christ! I need to see it, for Heaven's sake please....
Let us be the light the world so much needs today.


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Random Bible Verse 1
Proverbs 20:3

3 It is an honor for a man to keep aloof from strife,

but every fool will be quarreling.

Thank You Jesus

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