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  2. An excellent idea. To be honest, I've been trying to stay out of this thread. I'm 71, been a nurse/midwife for 50 years, and frankly, it became physically very much harder by the time I reached my mid-50s. I can hold someone's hand, but moving them from bed to chair, or stretcher to bed, if they are inert, is almost impossible. Nursing is physically very demanding work. Studying a new field isn't easy either. One's memory isn't like it was in one's 20s. In Jewish Law, visiting the sick is a mitzvah [good deed or commandment]. Simply spending time, on a regular basis, with a shut-in, or running small errands for them, can be not only a great enjoyment for them but a real life-saver. A great many elderly today have no family whatsoever to help them out. A rabbi I know organized a "telephone chain": each person had to call two others every day just to be sure they were still alive. Sounds dreadful that there should be a necessity for that, but it's reality. A religious community, with vows and a Rule, doesn't need to be established for a great deal of good to be accomplished. And if a group of similarly-inspired persons gather at regular intervals for prayer sessions [and possibly to share information that improves care], it maintains the motivation and momentum, IMO.
  3. Reading 1 Is 49:1-6 Hear me, O coastlands, listen, O distant peoples. The LORD called me from birth, from my mother's womb he gave me my name. He made of me a sharp-edged sword and concealed me in the shadow of his arm. He made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he hid me. You are my servant, he said to me, Israel, through whom I show my glory. Though I thought I had toiled in vain, and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength, yet my reward is with the LORD, my recompense is with my God. For now the LORD has spoken who formed me as his servant from the womb, that Jacob may be brought back to him and Israel gathered to him; and I am made glorious in the sight of the LORD, and my God is now my strength! It is too little, he says, for you to be my servant, to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and restore the survivors of Israel; I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth. Responsorial Psalm Ps 139:1b-3, 13-14ab, 14c-15 R. (14) I praise you, for I am wonderfully made. O LORD, you have probed me, you know me: you know when I sit and when I stand; you understand my thoughts from afar. My journeys and my rest you scrutinize, with all my ways you are familiar. R. I praise you, for I am wonderfully made. Truly you have formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother's womb. I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made; wonderful are your works. R. I praise you, for I am wonderfully made. My soul also you knew full well; nor was my frame unknown to you When I was made in secret, when I was fashioned in the depths of the earth. R. I praise you, for I am wonderfully made. Reading 2 Acts 13:22-26 In those days, Paul said: "God raised up David as king; of him God testified, I have found David, son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will carry out my every wish. From this man's descendants God, according to his promise, has brought to Israel a savior, Jesus. John heralded his coming by proclaiming a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel; and as John was completing his course, he would say, 'What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. Behold, one is coming after me; I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.' "My brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those others among you who are God-fearing, to us this word of salvation has been sent." Alleluia See Lk 1:76 R. Alleluia, alleluia. You, child, will be called prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way. R. Alleluia, alleluia. Gospel Lk 1:57-66, 80 When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her. When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said in reply, "No. He will be called John." But they answered her, "There is no one among your relatives who has this name." So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. He asked for a tablet and wrote, "John is his name," and all were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God. Then fear came upon all their neighbors, and all these matters were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea. All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, "What, then, will this child be?" For surely the hand of the Lord was with him. The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the desert until the day of his manifestation to Israel. - - - Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither this work nor any part of it may be reproduced, distributed, performed or displayed in any medium, including electronic or digital, without permission in writing from the copyright owner. source
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  5. Would you prefer if their letter was full of expletives like so much of what passes for literature these days because "that's how people actually talk and so it's not fake"? There is a certain degree of respect that they owe to the Seat of Peter, and that is why the letters and dubia are worded the way they are. It wouldn't be appropriate, otherwise. It's not false piety - it's actual piety which I suspect maybe you aren't able to recognize. For these cardinals to go and bury their heads in the sand, as you recommend, would be sinful and lukewarm. Hmm... You seem to think that these cardinals are looking for a final answer from the Pope to these questions (dubia). That is not what's going on here. They don't want to go to the Pope and say, "Hey, Papa, we have these questions. You seem to be saying Catholics can go to Communion while they're living in sin. Can you confirm whether or not you're saying that?" And then if the Pope says, "Yes, that's what I'm saying." Then they'll say, "Oh, OK. Thanks, we just wanted to make sure that's what you really meant." And that'll be the end of it. No. They're not looking for the Pope's final answer on some controversial topic. They're looking for the Pope to affirm what has been the constant teaching of the Church since the time of Christ. The teaching that you can't receive Holy Communion in a state of Mortal sin. If you do, you compound your sins and deserve everlasting hell fire. That has always been the teaching. I think you do understand that, but behind several statements here there is also the tone that "we shouldn't be questioning the Pope, because we aren't the Pope." But the Pope is not above truth. Never has been. And every Christian (read: Catholic) has a duty to the Way, the Truth, and the Life, before their duty to the Magisterium. And we know from the Bible that there will be a time when our moral authority (member of the Church) will be speaking falsehoods, and we are warned to watch out for those falsehoods. FP: thanks for posting the links! Super helpful!
  6. Saint Irenaeus (c. 130 – c. 202) Saint Irenaeus’ Story The Church is fortunate that Irenaeus was involved in many of its controversies in the second century. He was a student, well trained no doubt, with great patience in investigating, tremendously protective of apostolic teaching, but prompted more by a desire to win over his opponents than to prove them in error. As bishop of Lyons he was especially concerned with the Gnostics, who took their name from the Greek word for “knowledge.” Claiming access to secret knowledge imparted by Jesus to only a few disciples, their teaching was attracting and confusing many Christians. After thoroughly investigating the various Gnostic sects and their “secret,” Irenaeus showed to what logical conclusions their tenets led. These he contrasted with the teaching of the apostles and the text of Holy Scripture, giving us, in five books, a system of theology of great importance to subsequent times. Moreover, his work, widely used and translated into Latin and Armenian, gradually ended the influence of the Gnostics. The circumstances and details about his death, like those of his birth and early life in Asia Minor, are not at all clear.
  7. Source? What are the functions of a Cardinal in the Church?
  8. St. Walburga
  9. So true. And Jeanne Jugan was hardly alone in this approach to things. I think of so many founders who simply started doing the work--including many (like her) who have been canonized.
  10. happy fault
  11. All things speak of the glory of God--- I love how God has stamped clues about himself In his creation. It's like an artist hiding his signature all over his painting. One of my favorite analogies of the Holy Trinity is the universe. One universe: space, matter, time. And the cool thing is that each of these can be analogies: height, width, depth; mass, weight, density; past, present, future. Ohat's what I was asking above, can the Catholic God be said to have form? What does St. Paul mean by "form" in Philippians 2:5-8: Now that definitely sounds like a heretical analogy. The Patriots are the antithesis of God and Tom Brady is the antichrist....a twisted caricature. LOL
  13. Happy birthday
  14. Birthday surprise
  15. I feel you. Why weren't we consulted?
  16. I think the correct way about this is to simply start doing that work which is in such desperate need. Start volunteering at nursing homes, or become a trained home health aide, advertise in your parish bulletin and ask for donations instead of charging people. Perhaps others will join you and then a community can take shape. But to start by figuring out a name etc is doing it backwards I think. I think of St Jeanne Jugan who had no plan of founding an order, she just saw what needed to be done and did it as a single lay Christian woman. Everything happened organically as the Spirit led her.
  17. You are the one who questioned their manliness, and courage for not correcting the Pope to his face. Which is complete krap because he will not meet them face to face. If you're not far out in left with some wacked out nonsense questioning the very fabric of reality you're making dip chip insults.
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  19. In today’s gospel, Jesus instructs his apostles about the cost of discipleship. Christianity just is not an easy life, he seems to say. Our commitment to Christ will be put to the test. We will hear whispered warnings and denunciations, as Jeremiah does in today’s First Reading. Even so-called friends will try to trap and trip us up. As Jeremiah tells us, we must expect that God will challenge our faith in Him, and probe our minds and hearts, to test the depths of our love. This section of Matthew’s Gospel should be read in the context of Matthew’s intended audience, a Jewish-Christian community. The Gospel alludes to the dangers and persecutions that this community has most likely already faced and will continue to face. To reassure this community, Matthew recalls for them the encouraging words of Jesus that we read today. Do not fear death, for the forces of evil may kill the mortal body but they cannot kill the soul. And that beautiful, poetic image: the sparrow, worth half a cent, is cared for and loved by God. Every sparrow. And every hair on your head. In this Gospel passage then, Jesus might be understood as putting suffering in perspective. The disciples of Jesus are called upon to keep their focus on God. Jesus lays out two fundamental principles of Christianity: First, we are not spared from suffering, and, second, when we suffer God suffers along with us. First, suffering: we may not be flogged before governors or hated by everyone—but we do struggle. We contract diseases, grieve the death of loved ones, lose jobs, and undergo a myriad of nasty experiences—some trivial, and some catastrophic. And part of what Jesus seems to be saying in this passage—in his own exaggerated manner —is that we will most probably continue to suffer. The Christian life is not a magic fix to the woes of this mortal life. If it were, we would not have the manifestation of any evil or hate in the world. Instead, everything would just be lovely. Imagine: No mass murder of Coptic Christian children in Egypt. No Manchester or London bombings. No killings in Paris, Ferguson, Orlando. No war in Iraq or Afghanistan And as beautiful a picture as that might be, it is a picture of the fulfillment of the Kingdom of God, what we hope and pray for, what Jesus came to earth to proclaim was coming, and—let’s face it—what is not yet here. So how are we to live in this world where hate and violence are so rampant? We need the help of God. And that’s the second point: our God is with us. “He shall be called Emmanuel, God with us”—remember that from Christmas? The promise made by Jesus is that we are not alone in our struggles. God is here, to comfort us, to help us through the difficult times, to show us the way when we don’t know where to turn, to help us when we cannot help ourselves—and certainly to rejoice with us in good times. We will sometimes suffer in this mortal life, but God is with us—to comfort and guide us. Perhaps we might think of these two things when we consider the many current controversies that we seem to be entwined in—in the church, in our nation, maybe even in our families and communities. Voices on both sides of every issue want resolution—they want to be out of the struggle. And they seek to do this by legislative action, human edict, and having one winner—all based on contradictory interpretations of the same text or tenet. But could it be that no less than our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ is calling us not to make an end to our struggle, but to be in the midst of it? And could it be that, once we accept our place in the very midst of it, the Holy Spirit could show us the way forward? That’s, at least, how Jesus seems to imagine it. Oh, we all have opinions of our own—make no mistake about that. But we must be interested in opposing views—hearing them and respecting them. We must not dare to presume that our view is the right view—or the only view. We might not face the same type of persecution, but we do experience difficulties as we endeavour to live a Christian life. Sometimes we let the opinions of others prevent us from doing what we know to be right. We need the reminder that what God thinks about us is more important. And so, these readings are an encouragement to hold on, to take courage, to trust in God’s presence and care in our lives and in our struggles. God may not be able to take our pain away, or fix the wrongs we have done, our give us some magic answers to our search for direction in life. What these readings testify to, though, is that God is indeed there, gazing at us, looking on us with care and love. God’s eye is on the sparrow. We are reassured by the promise that God cares for us and protects us.
  20. Surprise trip
  21. Banned for misunderstanding me
  22. A.L. is a real "hot potato"! I'm not really happy with the Pope right now because of his actions with the Order of Malta....but he IS the Pope, so that leaves me little room for dissent. After all, I never received a ballot or questionnaire.....same with A.L. So I just go on doing my Catholic thing and biting my tongue.
  23. Peace and Good to you all! We're posting these new photos of our community that has been blessed with a steady increase of vocations over the past few years... For up-to-date information of our communities activity, like the following Facebook page: on the photo's for an Italian TV interview with our members)
  24. I just wrote to the website regarding the CMI's being sedevecantists and others not being real way to contact them except under the heading of ideas for articles. Yes, the list of nuns is misleading, especially the CMI's. Think I'll get a response?
  25. I don't want to be sarcastic about the question, but, it never ended well when the disciples tried to correct Christ. They always lost the case, not by argument, but because he refused to argue, he confounded. Of course, it's not a literal comparison. Your question is fine, but, the Pope is dealing with fellow career clerics. He probably doesn't agree with their view of things, otherwise, he wouldn't have written AL. What is the Pope supposed to do, call a debate because a couple of cardinals took issue with his document? People all over the world take issue with the Pope. I recall a while back Pope Benedict meeting privately with Hans Kung, two men with very different views of things, but also two old friends and colleagues. The point of the meeting wasn't to respond to Kung's arguments or get into a dispute, it was just a meeting of brothers. That's a very different situation.
  26. unplanned trip
  27. Banned for completely misunderstanding me
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