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    BarbaraTherese

    The Lungs of Our Planet are burning

    The Amazon, the lungs of our planet, is on fire. "Many of the fires are thought to have been started deliberately, with suspicion falling on farmers who may benefit by having more available land. Mr Bolsonaro has scorned environmental activists and declared staunch support for the clearing of areas of the Amazon for agriculture and mining. Experts and campaigners say his administration has given a green light to rainforest destruction. Environmental groups held protests in cities across Brazil on Friday to demand action to combat the fires, and protesters gathered outside the Brazilian embassies around the world." https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-49452789 Amazon fires: Ten of your questions answered In graphics: How bad are the Amazon fires? What is the 'historic' EU-Mercosur trade deal? ............each of the above three are linked in the article. Prayer for the Amazon Fires. There are many ways of praying including saying a brief rote prayer, especially the Our Father which Jesus gave us, and then uniting that intention to our days and efforts to live The Gospel. I might even never think of my intention again, but Jesus does - and Our Lady, Mother and Queen with the whole of Heaven remember too and continue to pray for us all and our intentions. If necessary, The Holy Spirit will bring back to our minds what needs to come back to our minds. The Holy Spirit: Gift, Counsellor, Advocate and Helper I once asked a very holy priest how he remembers all he wants to pray for. He said that he simply tells Jesus he is praying for all he wants to pray for and all he should pray for. It eventually internalised for me and I was able to abandon my Intentions Book which had grown far too long to pray every day. At the time, I would agonise with guilt if I did not pray every single intention every single day.........obviously I was scrupulous at the time and cured in the Confessional by Father saying "Be happy" at that very moment, scruples and a burden just vanished.
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    BarbaraTherese

    Cardinal Pell's Appeal dismissed

    I am in another state of Australia to Victoria. I have never had anything to do with CArdinal Pell directly or indirectly. I never met him or even came close. What follows is only how he struck fallible and broken me quite personally from photos and television and before the breaking of the scandals. He always struck me as a cold and rigid, formidable, sort of man- not only in tone but in appearance, which was imposing. He was tall and quite well built. I found him intimidating in appearance and voice tone. I never saw him smile. When he was promoted to the Vatican Bank I think it was, I did think it would suit him as it seemed to me that possibly he would not be good with people, better with facts and numbers that add up or must add up. Rather often humanity does not. The above is only as the Cardinal struck me and evidential of nothing whatsoever except that - I think probably all practising CAtholics would have recognized Cardinal Pell without any difficulty whatsoever even as a much younger archbishop.
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    cruciatacara

    End does not justify means

    Amen.
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    Lilllabettt

    Cardinal Pell's Appeal dismissed

    Pardon me. When you said "we all knew", I thought it was publicly known.
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    cappie

    TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    Today's Gospel reading is the third of three parables in chapter 13 that deal with the theme of the unexpected reversals brought by the Kingdom of God. As this parable opens, Luke reminds us that Jesus is making his way to Jerusalem. He is teaching as he goes. A question from the crowd about will only a few be saved expresses the Jewish concern about whether everyone who calls himself a Jew is actually faithful to the covenant. This was a concern of the Pharisees. Their exclusive view had no place for the Gentiles, and their emphasis upon a strict observance of the prescriptions of the Law that was almost impossible for the common people, led them to conclude that the number of the saved would be rather small. Jesus answers that they must strive in the time remaining to enter through the narrow door because many will be trying to get in but won't be strong enough. The ‘narrow door’ of his parable does not imply that salvation is available to only a few; it refers to the conversion called for if his hearers are to accept his teaching, and thus become the people God wants them to be. Once all those entering the master's house are in and he locks the door, there will be no way for others to get in. Those left outside may knock, but the master will say he doesn't know them. The point of the parable of the ‘locked door’ is not exclusion, but the need to hurry in – the opportunity brought by Jesus is coming to an end. Only conversion from the constricted ways the nation has come to take for granted will give entrance to ‘the master’s house’ - knowing Jesus, even sitting at table with him, without heeding his call to become the people God intended them to be will leave them out in the cold. As Jesus also tells us in the Gospel of Matthew, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21) People from the north, south, east, and west will take our place inside. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets will take our place in the Kingdom of God. Those who do not make it through the narrow door will be cast outside. The image of the door is replaced in the final verses of the parable with the image of the heavenly feast. Two passages from the Book of Isaiah influence the conclusion. Isaiah 43:5-6 speaks of God bringing Israel's descendants back from the east and from the west, the north and the south. And Isaiah 25:6 speaks of the Lord providing a feast of rich foods and choice wines for all peoples on his holy mountain. The answer to the question if only a few will be saved is no. In the end, many will be saved, but many who thought they would be saved will not be saved. The parable is a warning to repentance in order to enter the kingdom. A people who have not been faithful heirs to what they have received from ‘Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets will find themselves ‘outside’. But God’s purposes will not be frustrated; the peoples of the world will ‘take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God’. Jesus was calling Israel back to a sharing in the generous ways of God that was their true faith tradition. But, as he makes his way to Jerusalem, time is running out. Do you know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour? That question is often asked by evangelical preachers during their sermons. Those preachers challenge their listeners to consider if they truly know Jesus Christ in a personal way, or if their connection with Jesus is just a matter of being baptized and accepting certain facts about him. It is our actions rather than who we know that will save us. So, the more critical question is this: Does Jesus Christ know me as one of his disciples?
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    BarbaraTherese

    2019 Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    I am hoping so. Thank you for the article. Even if the increase is only slight, it is an increase and I am grateful for it. I hope and pray it will grow - even if it is only one little step at a time. I am surprised that there are not comprehensive statistics put out by the hierarchy. I did think there would have been with each diocese making reports to a central body.
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    JHFamily

    2019 Entrances, Vows, Ordinations

    Unfortunately, 240 per year is rather pathetic, even if it is an uptick. That amounts to less than 5 per state. There are hotspots, however, that bring hope. I know one parish that has 4 young ladies in the same novitiate. My home parish has been getting one stable vocation (meaning that they haven't left the novitiate -- we've had more than that actually enter) for the last 4 years.
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    BarbaraTherese

    Quotations that Motivate & Inspire

    The supreme test of goodness is not in the greater but in the smaller incidents of our character and practice; not what we are when standing in the searchlight of public scrutiny, but when we reach the firelight flflicker of our homes; not what we are when some clarion-call rings through the air, summoning us to fight for life and liberty, but our attitude when we are called to sentry-duty in the grey morning, when the watch-fire is burning low. It is impossible to be our best at the supreme moment if character is corroded and eaten into by daily inconsistency, unfaithfulness, and besetting sin. - Frederick Brotherton
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    Lilllabettt

    Evangelising On LDS Forum

    So you don't believe in time? You know I know, I could just google. But I would prefer to learn from Mormons, rather than try to figure out if the non-Mormons are prejudiced or badly informed. Is it a secret belief, like you're not allowed to talk about it with nonbelievers?
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    Lilllabettt

    Evangelising On LDS Forum

    So, it's hard to have a personal relationship with Jesus if you don't speak to him. Anytime Catholics speak to Jesus, we consider that prayer. Which, I thought Mormons don't pray to Jesus? But it sounds like you did tell your daughter to pray to him for protection? In Catholicism, dryness in prayer has two meanings: one, spiritual sloth (you have gotten spiritually lazy and thus its difficult to get a dial tone in prayer). God permits this. Two is, spiritual ascendancy. God wills this. He deliberately withdraws consolation, and any sense of guidance or direction in order to purify your love. This usually happens only after reaching a certain level of divine intimacy. Although for many people they experience a tide - God is sensible to them, then withdraws, then after a time is in contact again, and so on - for others it is more or less permanent. St. Teresa of Calcutta experienced a vision of Jesus telling her to leave her convent and start a new order - the Missionaries of Charity. After setting out to do this, God seemingly abandoned her. For decades she endured all types of temptation to atheism. I believe she died in this dark night, although she persevered in faith to the end. Her order was extremely successful but she did not experience nudges or consolations or any sense of the presence of God, for many years. It was not a question of her not listening - he was silent. Although it was very difficult, her spiritual guides knew what was happening, and so did she, because this is a well trod path in Catholicism. After reaching the level of prayer that she had, when Jesus appeared and was literally visually sensible to her - the only way for her to grow in love was for her to prove it by continuing to follow Him even without the slightest sensible consolation. She lived both extremes - the extreme consolation of seeing Jesus with her very eyes - and extreme desolation- decades without any contact.

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