This IS Our Faith Lesson #8

         This IS our Faith…

What has long begun continues

Lesson #8 to be mailed June 16th. 2019

 

The Beauty, the Majesty, the Glory, & the Mystery encased in the Wonder and Awe of our Catholic Faith which is the original Christian Faith that Christ Promises to remain  with exclusively and forever: and behold I am with “YOU” all days, even to the consummation of the world. Mt. 28:18-20 …How very Blessed we are.

Mt 5:16

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Let your light shine before others
    that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.
    R.Alleluia, alleluia.

 

Matthew 10: 10-17 “[10] And his disciples came and said to him: Why speakest thou to them in parables? [11] Who answered and said to them: Because to you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven: but to them it is not given. [12] For he that hath, to him shall be given, and he shall abound: but he that hath not, from him shall be taken away that also which he hath[13] Therefore do I speak to them in parables: because seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. [14] And the prophecy of Isaias is fulfilled in them, who saith: By hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand: and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive. [15] For the heart of this people is grown gross, and with their ears they have been dull of hearing, and their eyes they have shut: lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. (This explain Protestantism)

[16] But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear. [17] For, amen, I say to you, many prophets and just men have desired to see the things that you see, and have not seen them, and to hear the things that you hear and have not heard them”

          Before we begin this week’s Lesson, I wish to extend my thanks to you. When I requested that each of you spend at least 15 minutes each day in your bible; as an honorable man; I was compelled to also do so. I have read the entire Bible four times and the NT a few more than that; still the Holy Spirit is granting me insights that I had glossed over in the past. WHAT A JOY it is to be in God’s WORDS daily. Thank you.

 

(NEWS FLASH!!!!!… Many worthy news stories included at the end of this LESSON)

An “Invitation” to the Dance (part 1)

This week’s Lesson is:Those pesky “ones”: One true God; One True Faith and One True Church (Space will determine if we are able to cover more than one at a time, which I suspect is very unlikely.) I’m {ME here not The Holy Spirit} will try to cover each briefly. If anyone desires further information; Please do not be bashful; ASK and God Willing you SHALL receive.

We as evangelist, I think ought to proceed with very low, very limited expectations of a conversion. As I have often shared, GOD alone is in charge of the “results”; we are to proceed as if what we are sharing “holds our Souls in the Balance” (and who knows; it well-might be true?) An evangelist is judged on effort, on one’s personal Spiritual and Prayer life; (which is always reflected in our efforts); in the unequivocalness’ of OUR Faith, in what we are teaching and sharing, and certainty on our charity, our enthuse,  and our persistence; but not on the results. Such is the correct mindset of working in Christ Vineyard. Secondly I would caution that Evangelization often requires a THICKSKIN.  We simply cannot take affronts personally. But don’t be surprised by them either.

We ought not to be presumptuous about what the person (or people) we are sharing our Catholic Faith with an already know, or may not know about the Catholic Church and Faith. Odds are they are misinformed to variant degrees. I have found it to be a prudent practice to try to get a personal “faith assessment; faith formation background” to place us closer to being on the “same page” prior to any serious faith information exchanges. (God Willing.). This can be dome privately; of if they are willing to share; in group.

For example if you have either LDS/ JW’s or Seventh Day Adventist in your group; YOU need to clearly understand that these are Cults; not actually members of the Christian Community. If there are other Christian Faiths present; proceed with great caution so as to not offend anyone. One way to handle this is to ask them in the first get together to WRITE a brief summary of their faith formation to this point; and PLEASE share what Church you presently belong to (if any.)

Just One True God

          Do not assume that everyone knows or accepts the reality of Jesus a Lord and GOD. In fact we ought to go way out of our way to avoid any presumptions. We have to be seen and known as purveyors of Truth.” In my years of catechesis experience I have found it better (more effective) to “aim low” rather than high in sharing our faith with groups {more than one), it’s easier to raise the bar of understanding than to have to lower it. So here is what I have done in the past; which is also good for participation. I ask a rhetorical question: Did YOU choose what you’re wearing right now? If you did then I think I might be able to demonstrate (not “prove”), the existence of GOD.

          What is absolutely necessary (another rhetorical question) for anyone to be able to do that? We must have a mind, an intellect and a freewill. Open your bible to John 4:23-24[23] But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true adorers shall adore the Father in spirit and in truth. For the Father also seeketh such to adore him. [24] God is a spirit; and they that adore him, must adore him in spirit and in truth.”  … So GOD is a “spirit”; are WE a “spirit” or are we Mortal? … We’re mortals right? So how then are we be “Created” in the image and likeness of God? Or are we? Genesis 1:26-28 [26] And he said: Let us make man to our image and likeness: and let him have dominion over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and the beasts, and the whole earth, and every creeping creature that moveth upon the earth. [27] And God created man to his own image: to the image of God he created him: male and female he created them. [28] And God blessed them, saying: Increase and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, and rule over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and all living creatures that move upon the earth” … AND Genesis 2:6-7[6] But a spring rose out of the earth, watering all the surface of the earth.[7] And the Lord God formed man of the slime of the earth: and breathed into his face the breath of life, and man became a living soul.”  (The Catholic RSV Bible)

          It’s interesting that much of the “Created” (a term meaning to make SOMETHING out of NOTHING) universe was brought into existence by God “Willing it” and it happened. Genesis 1:3 for example: “[3] And God said: Be light made. And light was made.”…. So it seems  apparent that God views humanity as something special. Nowhere else is their evidence that GOD Breathed His Breath into any other living creature. But that still doesn’t answer the question: HOW can Mortal man be Created in the “image and likeness” of God who is a “Spirit.” (Jesus was BOTH truly God and at the same time; Truly man; like Us in every way except for sin.”)  …

           The answer is what I have come to term “Our Other Self.” In order for you and me to dress ourselves this morning we HAD TO HAVE the ability to do so. We have to possess a mind, an intellect and a freewill, to choose our clothes and then know how to put them on. So where exactly are our mind, intellect and freewill located? Take for example our “freewill.” CERTAINLY we all have one. What is its shape, color, size, and weight?  … We don’t know (nobody knows); yet we KNOW that they exist. Our minds (not our brains), our intellect (not our “I.Q.) and our freewill are spiritual entities; they exist and science cannot disprove their existence. So we have “Our Other selves.”  These spiritual attributes are then permanently attached to the human Soul… Why else must we have this Spiritual Other Self”? (Exercise caution here so the conversation is not derailed) … What happens when we as MORTRALS Die?  … Our Body returns to DUST.(Genesis 3:19 )“[19] In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread till thou return to the earth, out of which thou wast taken: for dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt return.”We ARE the only “RATIONAL” (can freely choose) creatures on the face of the earth.” But God also Created the Angels; who similar to God are also Rational Spiritual Realities; and are far more intelligent and Powerful than are we. Because we can know with certainty that Heaven exist; it is logical because  humanity exist with the ability to choose right and wrong; good or evil; then there MUST BE consequences for these choices.(Sirach 15:18)  [18] Before man is life and death, good and evil, that which he shall choose shall be given him.”) 

          Humanity can only exist because GOD exist; and because it is God’s Will that we exist. But WHY does humanity exist? (Isaiah 43: 7, 21)“ [7] And every one that calleth upon my name, I have created him for my glory, I have formed him, and made him.” & “[21] This people have I formed for myself, they shall shew forth my praise.” … So humanity exist so that we as the ONLY Creations on earth that CAN;(are able to), must then freely choose to know, Love. Serve, Obey and Worship God, or to HATE God. We choose for ourselves eternal heaven or eternal Hell!

Here are some Bible Evidences of the One True God:

  • Exodus 20: 1-5 THE FIRST COMMANDMENT

[1] And the Lord spoke all these words: [2] I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. [3] Thou shalt not have strange gods before me. [4] Thou shalt not make to thyself a graven thing, nor the likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, nor of those things that are in the waters under the earth. [5]Thou shalt not adore them, nor serve them: I am the Lord thy God, mighty, jealous, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me”

(2) Exodus 16:12 [12] I have heard the murmuring of the children of Israel: say to them: In the evening you shall eat flesh, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread: and you shall know that I am the Lord your God.

(3) Leviticus 18:2 [2] Speak to the children of Israel, and thou shalt say to them: I am the Lord your God.

(4) Leviticus 19:1-4 [1] The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: [2] Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and thou shalt say to them: Be ye holy, because I the Lord your God am holy. [3] Let every one fear his father, and his mother. Keep my sabbaths. I am the Lord your God. [4] Turn ye not to idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods. I am the Lord your Go

(5) John 1: 1-5[1] In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. [2] The same was in the beginning with God. [3] All things were made by him: and without him was made nothing that was made. [4] In him was life, and the life was the light of men. [5] And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

(6)1 Timothy 2: 5[5]For there is one God, and one mediator of God and men, the man Christ Jesus”

(7) 2 Corinthians 6:16  [16] And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God; as God saith: I will dwell in them, and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people

Here’s something I was “prompted to share in my today’s prayer time:

We might even begin a dialog by asking these THREE profound question:

  • Why do you suppose the Universe even exist?

At some very distant point there had to be no physical thing in existence. So where did the stuff for the BIG-BANG theory come from. It is completely illogical to assume that the astounding-ORDER of the Universe is somehow “accidental” or mere “coincidence.” How can YOU explain this?

  • Can it be accidental or mere coincidence that in the Universe which consist of many-BILLIONS of stars, planets and galaxies that the sun and the moon (so essential to our life forms) are in our orbit?

How do YOU explain that? Life on planet earth in an absolute sense NEEDS the Sun and the Moon to maintain the life cycles here on earth. It is illogical in the extreme (stupid which we cannot say) to assume, or to claim that all this is “coincidence.” There HAS TO EXIST a force that is of far greater intelligence and with POWERS unimaginable to any human being.  If that is not true in your mind; then how do YOU explain these realities?

  • How do we explain the existence of humanity? Why do we exist? As only humanity in the many BILLIONS of things in creation can be proven to be rational?

The only rational explanation for the Universe; for the Sun and the Moon being in our orbit, and for humanity alone in all of the created Universe to be Rational is to in humility recognize that ALL of this is somehow part of a “Masters Plan.” … No other logical and provable conclusion is possible; do YOU Agree? (If not on what basis; and do not accept something along the lines of: “I don’t know but what you’re saying just isn’t true”, at which point this conversation is over; Just pray for them.

 

TEN GEMS OF WISDOM FROM ST. John Paul II

Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn’t misuse it.

Pope John Paul II

 

A good leader sees everything, overlooks a great deal, and corrects a little.

Pope John Paul II

 

Prayer can truly change your life. For it turns your attention away from yourself and directs your mind and your heart toward the Lord. If we look only at ourselves, with our own limitations and sins, we quickly give way to sadness and discouragement. But if we keep our eyes fixed on the Lord, then our hearts are filled with hope, our minds are washed in the light of truth, and we come to know the fullness of the Gospel with all is promise and life.

Pope John Paul II

 If you want peace, work for justice.
If you want justice, defend life.
If you want life, embrace truth.

Pope John Paul II

 The Eucharist is the full realization of the worship which humanity owes to God, and it cannot be compared to any other religious experience…. The risen Lord … calls the faithful together to give them the light of His Word and the nourishment of His Body as the perennial sacramental wellspring of redemption. The grace flowing from this wellspring renews mankind, life, and history.

Pope John Paul II

 Know what you are talking about.

Pope John Paul II

 

Faith leads us beyond ourselves. It leads us directly to God.

Pope John Paul II

 Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth- in a word, to know himself- so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.

Pope John Paul II

 The Mother of Christ, who stands at the very center of this mystery…is given as mother to every single individual and all mankind.

Pope John Paul II

 Do you think that there can be anything greater than to bring Jesus to people and people to Jesus?

Pope John Paul II

 

            Here for those seeking more profound evidence of GOD is Thomas Aquinas Suma Theologica “5 Proofs of God”

 http://www.newadvent.org/summa/1002.htm

St. Thomas Aquinas:
The Existence of God can be proved in five ways.
Argument Analysis of the Five Ways         Theodore Gracyk
The First Way: Argument from Motion

1.    Our senses prove that some things are in motion.

2.    Things move when potential motion becomes actual motion.

3.    Only an actual motion can convert a potential motion into an actual motion.

4.    Nothing can be at once in both actuality and potentiality in the same respect (i.e., if both actual and potential, it is actual in one respect and potential in another).

5.    Therefore nothing can move itself.

6.    Therefore each thing in motion is moved by something else.

7.    The sequence of motion cannot extend ad infinitum.

8.    Therefore it is necessary to arrive at a first mover, put in motion by no other; and this everyone understands to be God.

The Second Way: Argument from Efficient Causes

1.    We perceive a series of efficient causes of things in the world.

2.    Nothing exists prior to itself.

3.    Therefore nothing [in the world of things we perceive] is the efficient cause of itself.

4.    If a previous efficient cause does not exist, neither does the thing that results (the effect).

5.    Therefore if the first thing in a series does not exist, nothing in the series exists.

6.    If the series of efficient causes extends ad infinitum into the past, for then there would be no things existing now.

7.    That is plainly false (i.e., there are things existing now that came about through efficient causes).

8.    Therefore efficient causes do not extend ad infinitum into the past.

9.    Therefore it is necessary to admit a first efficient cause, to which everyone gives the name of God.

The Third Way: Argument from Possibility and Necessity (Reductio argument)

1.    We find in nature things that are possible to be and not to be, that come into being and go out of being i.e., contingent beings.

2.    Assume that every being is a contingent being.

3.    For each contingent being, there is a time it does not exist.

4.    Therefore it is impossible for these always to exist.

5.    Therefore there could have been a time when no things existed.

6.    Therefore at that time there would have been nothing to bring the currently existing contingent beings into existence.

7.    Therefore, nothing would be in existence now.

8.    We have reached an absurd result from assuming that every being is a contingent being.

9.    Therefore not every being is a contingent being.

10.Therefore some being exists of its own necessity, and does not receive its existence from another being, but rather causes them. This all men speak of as God.

The Fourth Way: Argument from Gradation of Being

1.    There is a gradation to be found in things: some are better or worse than others.

2.    Predications of degree require reference to the “uttermost” case (e.g., a thing is said to be hotter according as it more nearly resembles that which is hottest).

3.    The maximum in any genus is the cause of all in that genus.

4.    Therefore there must also be something which is to all beings the cause of their being, goodness, and every other perfection; and this we call God.

The Fifth Way: Argument from Design

1.    We see that natural bodies work toward some goal, and do not do so by chance.

2.    Most natural things lack knowledge.

3.    But as an arrow reaches its target because it is directed by an archer, what lacks intelligence achieves goals by being directed by something intelligence.

4.    Therefore some intelligent being exists by whom all natural things are directed to their end; and this being we call God.

 

This Weeks Highly Recommended Reading

 

A Forthright Faith

BY CAROLYN HUMPHREYS, OCDS

 

In his book Conversion, Donald Haggerty relates the following story:

 

Toward the close of the Spanish Civil War, two soldiers from the Communist Republican faction were returning to their barracks after a night of drinking and cavorting with prostitutes. They were walking down a dusty road not far from a Carthusian monastery when the bells of the monastery began chiming loudly in the early morning light. With the bells ringing, their conversation halted, and they walked on in silence. The war ended not long after, and the first one, then the other, joined this monastery. Around 1961, a newly ordained auxiliary bishop, later to become Cardinal Archbishop of Madrid, paid a visit to the monastery, hoping to meet these men and hear their story. He had heard on a number of occasions about their conversions and their entry into the monastery. He was received into the monastery by the abbot, and they took a slow walk through the corridors and grounds of the monastery. The bishop was waiting for a chance to ask if these men were still there. When he inquired, the abbot nodded and guided him outside. They entered the Carthusian graveyard, where among the simple white crosses the abbot stopped in front of a grave, silent for a while, brushing the loose dirt with the toe of his sandal. “This is one of them,” said the abbot. “And the other?” Looking up now into the face of the bishop, the abbot replied, “I am the other.”

This story dramatically describes how a person’s faith can change from something one rarely thinks about to that which is central in one’s heart and soul. When an individual truly lives his or her faith, that faith is a steadfast anchor for morals, ethics, values, and goals. We cannot discover our authentic self without God. A forthright faith contains a transparency that indicates our beliefs are clear and at the forefront of our lives. Therefore our morals, ethics, values, and goals are sound and life enhancing. An individual need not say he or she is Catholic. It is evident in his or her behavior, words, and actions.

 

Such an orientation helps us know ourselves better. It is rare to draw attention to ourselves, because we put God first. We engage in appropriate self-care, and then are able to meet the needs of others. Charles Dickens wrote: “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” The energy needed to lighten the burdens of others results from a steadfast faith and a positive response to grace. We are most alive when we love God and care for others. Because some of us are not able to help others in a physical way, care need not be by external actions. To offer a listening ear, a look of kindness, a shoulder to cry on, a few words of comfort or encouragement, and, most of all, prayers for others can help beyond description. Indeed, little things mean a lot.

Sometimes we may wonder how vital our contributions are when helping others. At these times, we remember the words of Saint Paul: one person plants the seeds, another person waters them, and yet another reaps the results. We do a small task, but in God’s sight, there are no small tasks. In a choir, every voice, and in an orchestra every instrument, contributes to the whole. All the loving tasks we do are precious in the eyes of God. Teresa of Calcutta saw herself as a small pencil in God’s hand. A small pencil, of itself, is an insignificant object. However, Mother Teresa, joined with God, wrote love letters to the world. She said that of themselves, what the sisters were doing is just a drop in the ocean. But if those drops were not in the ocean, the ocean would be less.

Another example is in the following story: One morning a man was walking on a beach. He saw a young woman picking up starfish stranded on the shore by the retreating tide, and one by one throwing them back into the ocean. He asked her why she was doing this. The young woman said that the starfish would die if they were left exposed to the morning sun. The man said she would not be able to save them all because the beach goes on for miles and there are thousands of starfish. How could her efforts make any difference? The woman looked at the starfish in her hand and then threw it into the sea. She said to the man that to that starfish it makes a difference. Faith is the root of good works, which flowers in love through the fruit of action, no matter how small.

Honesty, a Precursor to Faith

An important component of living our faith is honesty. Before we can be honest with others, we need to be honest with ourselves. If we seek things that are good, true, and beautiful they pull us toward God. If we dwell on toxic situations or dehumanizing activities, they pull us away from God. The fourth century Christian monastics who lived in the deserts of Egypt identified a path of self-honesty called honest recognition of the thoughts of the heart. It begins when we examine the stories, beliefs, and feelings we repeatedly think about that make us feel bad about ourselves or others. They can be labeled as demons because they reveal the shadow side and negative orientation that are elements of our false self. If we can identify what feeds our shadow side, we can begin to abstain from them. Like any good diet, this will take discipline. As we delete our demons, our heart opens more to the light of God’s truth. Demons can hide in dark shadows, but they cannot hide in the light of God‘s love. When God’s light shines on what is painful inside us, the painful situation begins to dissolve. How do we find God’s light? We strive to be transparent so that God’s light can shine through us. We do this by reading the bible, receiving the sacraments, praying each day, and living as if Jesus was next to us. We can also talk with a trusted person, because it is good to get another person’s perspective about what hurt us. We can pray for God’s help and learn to be more attentive to his presence in our daily lives.

An ever watchful faith can only be lived with an upright heart and hard work. To believe in Jesus is to do what he commands. We watch what we say: Is it necessary? Is it true? Is it kind? Augustine said: “Do not rejoice in earthly reality, rejoice in Christ, rejoice in his word, rejoice in his law. . . . There will be peace and tranquility in the Christian heart, but only as long as our faith is watchful; if, however, our faith sleeps, we are in danger.”

Trying to see ourselves as God sees us, being true to ourselves, and telling the truth are good for our physical, mental, and spiritual health. We need to know ourselves before we can be true to ourselves, and in order to know ourselves we must know God. Teresa of Avila tells us self-knowledge is so important that, even if we were raised right up to the heavens, we should never relax our cultivation of it. Knowledge about ourselves aids us in knowing our vulnerabilities, weaknesses, strengths, and gifts. In other words, what we can do and cannot do. This is necessary before we can be honest with others. If we strive to be authentic with ourselves, we will reveal authenticity to others. Honesty fosters a candidness that enables us to be consistent in presenting facts, sharpens our perception, and aids us in observing events with clarity. Honesty is always to our advantage. It creates confidence, strengthens will power, and promotes trustworthiness. How do we become trustworthy? We think before we say something harsh, cynical or misleading. We say what we mean in a gentle but direct way. People usually understand us because we do not embellish, sugarcoat, or minimize what we say and correct a misinterpretation as soon as possible. We live the tenants of our religion and respect others for their religious beliefs. We try to see both sides of an issue in spite of a personal bias or conflict of interest. We do not compromise our faith or personal integrity and easily admit making a mistake or an error.

Changes

Striving for a forthright faith is a dynamic process that can have a myriad of expressions and degrees that change throughout a lifetime. Elizabeth Seton was a wife, mother, widow, convert, and teacher, founder of a religious congregation and of the Catholic school system in the United States. A faith that shines can be evident in great strides, but is usually made in small steps. Sometimes they are so small they can’t even be noticed or seen. Bold faith occurs when grace obliterates the satisfaction we find in self-serving behavior or actions. We understand that negative self-discoveries cam lead to positive change. Cursory religious practices change to a deep communion with God. Images of God become ever changing, until they finally disappear into God who is beyond all imaginative expressions. Living our faith is far from being dull or boring! It keeps us ever attentive to the next good step that leads deeper into the mystery of God. The pursuit of a forthright faith is a captivating journey from a known, bordered landscape to an unknown, endless terrain that broadens our limited notion of God. His eternal realm brightens everything around and within us. John Paul II said: “Life, long or short, is a journey toward paradise. There is our fatherland. There is our real home. There is our appointment. Jesus is waiting for us in paradise. Never forget this supreme and consoling truth.”

A strong faith in life is like the roots of a sturdy oak tree. Fierce winds blow, but the deep roots keep the oak tree standing firm. If our faith is firm we withstand the godless winds of evil, and strive to find God in every situation that comes our way. We try not to be bitter or cynical when bad things happen or when we seem overwhelmed by the injustice, violence, or poverty in society. We live in a broken world and do what we can to fix it. Our faith in God stabilizes us by understanding when we should stand firm and when we should surrender to another person’s wishes, or when to say yes and when to say no. Only with God’s help can we attempt to do this. We all have specific gifts and use them rightly with God’s help. Failure can disappoint us for a time but faith restores our ability to persevere. We acknowledge our fears and then move forward. Catherine de Hueck Doherty wrote: “Faith is a gift from God allowing us to enter peacefully into the dark night which faces every one of us at one time or another. Faith is at peace, and full of light. Faith celebrates the very warp and woof of one’s existence. Faith considers that its precariousness and its finiteness are but the womb in which it abides, moving toward the plenitude and fullness of the eternity which it desires and believes in and which revelation opens to it.” A fervent faith is our stronghold when suffering shakes us up. Below the suffering, there is a certain peace because faith unites our personal suffering with Jesus’s suffering. Faith keeps us moving along on the bumpy road of life and helps us realize that God is not responsible for adverse events along this road. His goodness is found in negative events when they teach us forgiveness and compassion. How sweet are the ways of faith. We repeatedly sin and fall. However, we take Jesus’s hand and get up quickly. Jesus continues to inspire and guide us. We rarely get discouraged and continue to try to live as good Christians again and again.

John of the Cross tells us: “Faith lies beyond all understanding, taste, feeling, and imagining that one has. However impressive may be one’s knowledge or feeling of God, that knowledge or feeling will have no resemblance to God and amounts to very little. To attain union with God, a person should neither advance by understanding, nor by support of one’s own experience, but by belief in God’s being.” Faith declares what the senses cannot perceive. We believe what we do not see, hear, or understand and, in the end, we will be rewarded by what we have believed. “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe” (Jn 20:29). Authentic faith gives us the capacity to be open to that which is intangible and invisible in daily life. It lets us be comfortable and unaffected in the presence of mystery and in the unexplainable. We willfully go beyond our senses and cognitive abilities as we respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

Faith rises above the limits of humanity and reaches into the realms where we cannot go without divine help. Loving God is greater than knowing about God because God’s love is greater than what we are able to comprehend. It is impossible to describe Jesus within the boundaries of human thought, culture, and language. Metaphors and allegories can fall apart. Letting go of attempts to explain God assists us in surrendering to his tremendous ineffability. Angela of Foligno, a 13th-century Franciscan Italian mystic wrote: “I have known with certitude that the more one has a sense of God the less one can speak of God. The more one has the feeling of infinity and the ineffable the more one lacks words for it.” A forthright faith elevates a Christian to greater goodness and helps maintain his or her pristine soul. There is no love or hope without faith. Indeed, a forthright faith in the Catholic tradition is the foundation for a very good life.

Faith of our fathers living still,
In spite of dungeon, fire and sword;
O how our hearts beat high with joy
Whenever we hear that glorious word:

Faith of our fathers, holy faith,
We will be true to thee till death.

Our fathers chained in prisons dark,
Were still in heart and conscious free,
And blest would be their children’s fate,
If they, like them, should die for thee:

Faith of our fathers holy faith,
We will be true to thee till death.

Faith of our fathers! We will love
Both friend and foe in all our strife;
And preach thee, too, as love knows how,
By kindly words and virtuous life:

Faith of our fathers, holy faith,
We will be true to thee till death.

– Frederick William Faber, 1814–1863

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 About Carolyn Humphreys, OCDS

Carolyn Humphreys, OCDS, OTR, is a discalced Carmelite, secular, and a registered occupational therapist. She is the author of the books: From Ash to Fire: A Contemporary Journey through the Interior Castle of Teresa of AvilaCarmel Land of the Soul: Living Contemplatively in Today’s WorldMystics in the Making: Lay Women in Today’s Church, and Living Through Cancer, A Practical Guide to Cancer Related Concerns. Her latest book is Everyday Holiness: A Guide to Living Here and Getting to Eternity. You can find her reflections online at contemplativechristianityorg.wordpress.com.

            From the book of Hebrews: 12: 4-7, 25;  and 13: 4,7, 9 & 17

(12) [4] For you have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin: [5] And you have forgotten the consolation, which speaketh to you, as unto children, saying: My son, neglect not the discipline of the Lord; neither be thou wearied whilst thou art rebuked by him. [6] For whom the Lord loveth, he chastiseth; and he scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. [7] Persevere under discipline. God dealeth with you as with his sons; for what son is there, whom the father doth not correct?; 14-15:  [14]Follow peace with all men, and holiness: without which no man shall see God.[15] Looking diligently, lest any man be wanting to the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up do hinder, and by it many be defiled.

(13) 4: [4] Marriage honourable in all, and the bed undefiled. For fornicators and adulterers God will judge.;  [7] Remember your prelates (teachers) who have spoken the word of God to you; whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation;  [9] Be not led away with various and strange doctrines. For it is best that the heart be established with grace, not with meats; which have not profited those that walk in them;  [17] Obey your prelates, (teachers) and be subject to them. For they watch as being to render an account of your souls; that they may do this with joy, and not with grief. For this is not expedient for you.”

          And so dear friends; another week ends, know that you and yours are remembered in my daily thoughts and prayers,

To Jesus THROUGH Mary,

Patrick

Here are the NEWS ALERTS I spoke of earlier,,,,

US Bishops Authorize Reporting Mechanism for Episcopal Abuse Cases

The bishops met for the second day of their annual spring meeting Wednesday, during which they voted to authorize the third-party reporting system, in addition to approving a set of proposed strategic priorities for their upcoming 2021-24 Strategic Plan

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/us-bishops-authorize-reporting-mechanism-for-episcopal-abuse-cases

US bishops’ National Review Board chairman wants more independence for sex abuse investigations

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/us-bishops-national-review-board-chairman-wants-more-independence-for-sex-abuse-investigations?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com&utm_campaign=e593e500c5-Catholic_6_13_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_12387f0e3e-e593e500c5-404045749

|  JUN. 13, 2019

USCCB Passes Three Measures in Response to Abuse Crisis

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/usccb-passes-three-measures-in-response-to-abuse-crisis

Psychologist gives searing critique of Vatican’s new gender doc: a compromise with ‘neo-paganism’

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/from-catholic-to-neo-pagan-sex-education-expert-offers-searing-critique-of-new-vatican-doc-on-gender-theory?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com&utm_campaign=41c7db0654-Daily%2520Headlines%2520-%2520U.S._COPY_528&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_12387f0e3e-41c7db0654-401456345

In a searing critique, Dr. Gerard J.M. van den Aarweg, a Dutch psychologist and psychoanalyst specializing in the treatment of persons with homosexual tendencies, condemned the recent Vatican document on gender theory, saying “the aggressive neo-pagan sexual ideology of the world has no wisdom we might share. The task of the Church is not dialoguing but teaching and correcting, there is a relentless spiritual war going on in the field of sexuality, marriage, and the family.” …..

Archbishop Viganò clarifies points arising from new interview

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/archbishop-vigano-clarifies-points-arising-from-new-interview?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com&utm_campaign=41c7db0654-Daily%2520Headlines%2520-%2520U.S._COPY_528&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_12387f0e3e-41c7db0654-401456345

In his June 10 interview, the archbishop claims that the actions so far taken against McCarrick are chiefly inspired by a desire to prevent a trial of the former cardinal, which might expose the complicity of other churchmen in his actions and the ensuing coverup.

This, Archbishop Viganò alleges, is why the Pope’s actions against McCarrick (removal from the sacred college and laicization) are all administrative and therefore without appeal. In other words, if a judicial process concluded that McCarrick was guilty of the accusations made against him, any appeal by McCarrick (who continues to protest his innocence) would inevitably expose the guilt of other senior prelates. By moving straight to the penalty without the trial, Pope Francis is able to avoid this potentially devastating development……

Man who roundhouse-kicked pro-life woman in viral video gets 8 months’ probation

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/man-who-roundhouse-kicked-pro-life-woman-in-viral-video-gets-8-months-probation?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com&utm_campaign=41c7db0654-Daily%2520Headlines%2520-%2520U.S._COPY_528&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_12387f0e3e-41c7db0654-401456345

BREAKING: Republicans call on Trump admin to stop abortion funding for congressional staff

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/republicans-call-on-trump-admin-to-stop-abortion-funding-for-congressional-staff?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com&utm_campaign=41c7db0654-Daily%2520Headlines%2520-%2520U.S._COPY_528&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_12387f0e3e-41c7db0654-401456345

 

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 14, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Nearly 100 pro-life members of Congress are calling on the Trump administration to stop subsidizing congressional health insurance plans that cover abortion, a practice supposed to be forbidden under federal law.

The 1984 Smith Amendment bars federal funds from being used to “pay for an abortion, or the administrative expenses in connection with any health plan under the Federal employees health benefits program which provides any benefits or coverage for abortions,” except in cases of rape, incest, or to save a mother’s life …….

Pope Francis to papal ambassadors: Don’t criticize the pope, don’t have blogs

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pope-francis-to-papal-ambassadors-dont-criticize-the-pope-dont-have-blogs?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com&utm_campaign=41c7db0654-Daily%2520Headlines%2520-%2520U.S._COPY_528&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_12387f0e3e-41c7db0654-401456345

VATICAN CITY, June 14, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) ― Pope Francis delivered a speech to his ambassadors in which he exhorted them not to gossip or criticize him behind his back.

The remarks were part of a four-thousand-word homily in which he told his papal nuncios what kind of man he wishes a nuncio to be: a man of God, of the Church, of apostolic zeal, of reconciliation, of the pope, of initiative, of obedience, of prayer, of active charity, and of humility…..

Trump’s chief comms regulator says censorship ‘greatest threat’ to free internet

Ajit PaiBig TechCensorshipFacebookFederal Communications CommissionFree SpeechGoogleInternetOnline CensorshipPinterestSocial Media CensorshipTransparencyTwitterYoutube

June 14, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — “Unregulated Silicon Valley tech giants” present today’s greatest threat to a free internet, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai told Congress this week, calling on lawmakers to consider new reforms to protect users.

Pai was testifying before the Senate’s Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee Wednesday, for a hearing concerning various issues facing the FCC. ….

Bishop: Lay involvement needed ‘to make darn sure that we bishops do not harm the Church’

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/bishop-lay-involvement-needed-to-make-darn-sure-that-we-bishops-do-not-harm-the-church?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com&utm_campaign=41c7db0654-Daily%2520Headlines%2520-%2520U.S._COPY_528&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_12387f0e3e-41c7db0654-401456345

BALTIMORE, Maryland, June 14, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Pointing to the anemic nature of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) measures to deal with episcopal accountability, a bishop pressed for

mandatory lay involvement in investigating allegations against bishops concerning sexual abuse and cover-up.

During a discussion preceding the approval of Affirming Our Episcopal Commitments, Bishop W. Shawn McKnight of Jefferson City stood up and said, “We all feel the necessity, when we go home, of being able to tell our people – and especially our priests – that we have done everything we are able to do to respond to this crisis.”  ……

Cdl. Cupich defends giving Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians (Pope Francis’ new King Maker”…Pat)

BALTIMORE, June 14, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago defended giving Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians, saying, “I think it would be counterproductive to impose sanctions, simply because they don’t change anybody’s minds.”

Cardinal Cupich expressed his position in the wake of Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois barring pro-abortion legislators from receiving the sacrament of Holy Communion. Citing canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law, Bishop Paprocki ruled last week that state legislators working to pass Illinois’s new abortion bill may not present themselves for communion in his diocese and that priests are expressly forbidden from giving the Eucharist to both the Senate president and the speaker of the House…….

Canon law expert: Cdl Cupich ‘unconvincing’ allowing pro-abort lawmakers communion

https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/canon-law-expert-cdl-cupich-unconvincing-allowing-pro-abort-lawmakers-communion?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com&utm_campaign=41c7db0654-Daily%2520Headlines%2520-%2520U.S._COPY_528&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_12387f0e3e-41c7db0654-401456345

June 14, 2019 (In the Light of the Law) — No one thought Chicago’s Blase Cdl. Cupich would follow Springfield’s Bp. Thomas Paprocki’s example in calling upon Catholic state legislators, who had supported Illinois’ express attack on the basic rights of pre-born babies, to refrain from holy Communion until they repented of their evil deed (Canon 916), further directing that his ministers withhold holy Communion from two specific legislators based on their protracted and public support of such measures (Canon 915), so no one was surprised when Cupich didn’t. But, if only ‘for the record’, some replies to Cupich’s rationales for not following Paprocki’s example are in order.

Cupich claims that “it would be counterproductive to impose sanctions”. This misrepresents a crucial point: withholding holy Communion under Canon 915 is not the application of canonical sanction but rather the observance of a sacramental disciplinary norm. Casting the operation of Canon 915 as a sanction (implying thereby proof of canonical crimes upon the observance of special penal procedures) is a straw man frequently posed by prelates skirting the plain provisions of Eucharistic discipline. ……..

One year after Trump killed net neutrality, the internet is doing great

https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/one-year-after-trump-killed-net-neutrality-the-internet-is-doing-great?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com&utm_campaign=41c7db0654-Daily%2520Headlines%2520-%2520U.S._COPY_528&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_12387f0e3e-41c7db0654-401456345

Donald TrumpFree SpeechInternet FreedomTechnology

June 14, 2019 (American Thinker) — Was there ever anything Democrats made a bigger stink about than the need for net neutrality and its subsequent repeal? Remember how CNN called it “the end of the Internet as we know it”? Remember all the sick death threats against FCC chairman Ajit Pai? Remember the hysterical screaming, the claims of Big Corporate slowing down the internet to punish us, or something of that sort?

John Merline at Issues & Insights has a meaty, must-read piece about just how overblown and phony that crisis really was. He writes: ……

Snow is continuing into June. Global warming leftists will not be happy

Climate ChangeColoradoDonald TrumpGlobal WarmingTrump Derangement Syndrome

https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/snow-is-continuing-into-june-global-warming-leftists-will-not-be-happy?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com&utm_campaign=41c7db0654-Daily%2520Headlines%2520-%2520U.S._COPY_528&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_12387f0e3e-41c7db0654-401456345

June 14, 2019 (American Thinker) — Trump Derangement Syndrome is reaching new levels of insanity. The Left is increasingly frustrated over all things Trump, with the next three months set to be the Democrats’ summer of discontent.

From Trump’s rising poll numbers to the blatant idiocy of the “best and brightest” Democrat candidates dreaming of beating Trump in 2020. From Attorney General William Barr investigating the origins of the anti-Trump coup to the new tariffs on Mexico, essentially fulfilling Trump’s campaign promise of making Mexico pay for the wall.

Climate change will be another source of discontent for Democrats as their predictions once again get buried under a snowpack of reality. ………

In wake of abuse crisis, US bishops tackle ‘accountability’ with good intentions, not much more   (seems to Me lots of smpke and mirrors BUT not much else…Pat; this is a GREAT lesson in Church Politics)

https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/in-wake-of-abuse-crisis-us-bishops-tackle-accountability-with-good-intentions-not-much-more?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com&utm_campaign=41c7db0654-Daily%2520Headlines%2520-%2520U.S._COPY_528&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_12387f0e3e-41c7db0654-401456345

ANALYSIS

BALTIMORE, Maryland, June 14, 2019, (LifeSiteNews) – On the final day of their general assembly, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) addressed issues surrounding bishop accountability in the context of the sex abuse crisis which had been waylaid by Pope Francis’ intervention last November.

USCCB head Cardinal Daniel DiNardo opened the session with a telling statement.

“Last night at the end, Bishop Coyne had given me a reminder [that] it’s important that during all of our voting, particularly yesterday when we worked on the question of third party reporting,” said DiNardo, “anybody can report even now to a Metropolitan or to the Holy See if there’s a bishop they want to deal with in light of sexual abuse.  So what we voted on last night was to facilitate what they can already do.” …….

“That will be true this morning, too, in [our] voting,” he added …….

Cardinal appears in video pledging Hong Kong’s resistance to Chinese government

CatholicChinaCommunist PartyHong KongJoseph Zen

https://www.lifesitenews.com/pulse/cardinal-appears-in-video-pledging-hong-kongs-resistance-to-chinese-government?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com&utm_campaign=41c7db0654-Daily%2520Headlines%2520-%2520U.S._COPY_528&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_12387f0e3e-41c7db0654-401456345

HONG KONG, June 14, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) ― An elderly cardinal is one of the faces of Hong Kong’s desire for freedom.

Cardinal Joseph Zen, 87, took part in a video protesting the erosion of the freedoms of the citizens of Hong Kon ………

          And so dear friends, pray very much; please do read your bible at least 15 minutes each day; its life-changing, and let me know how I can best serve and assist you.

With prayers and Blessings,

To Jesus THROUGH Mary,

Patrick

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