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In Honor of the 50th Anniversary of Vatican II

My friend Theresa sends out weekly inspirational emails and this is the text from this week. Ponder . . .

“The People of God believe that it is led by the Spirit of the Lord who fills the while world.  Moved by that faith it tries to discern in the events, the needs and the longings, which it shares with other men of our time, what may be genuine signs of the presence or of the purpose of God.  For faith throws a new light on all things and makes known the full ideal which God has set for man, thus guiding the mind towards solutions that are fully human.” (Guadium et Spes 11)

“Those also have a claim on our respect and charity who think and act differently from us in social, political, and religious matters.  If fact the more deeply we come to understand their ways of thinking through kindness and love the more easily we will be able to enter into dialogue with them.”(Guadium et Spes 28)

“The laity, however, are given this special vocation: to make the church present and fruitful in those places and circumstances where it is only through them that she can become the salt of the earth, Thus every lay person, through those gifts given to him, is at once the witness and living instrument of the emission of the Church itself, ‘according to the measure of Christ’s bestowal.’ ”   (Lumen Gentium 33)

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Good Friday

The day we are commemorating seems far away, yet actually it did not begin in history and has never come to an end. For it began with history itself and is still present in our own life today. For what finally comes to light in the darkness of the first Good Friday is, in the words of St. Paul, the ever-valid and ever-new scandal and folly of the cross, though the apostle adds at once that this is the wisdom and power of God for those who believe. True, we do not always feel this. It is even a good thing that we realize our condition only rarely, else we should not be able to bear it.

But on this Good Friday we ought to consider of our own free will the terrors of life, so that we may stand fast when we must face the abyss and endure it. For we all are gathered round the cross of the Crucified, whether we look up to him or try to look past him, whether we are at the moment quite gay and happy (this is not forbidden) or frightened to death. We are standing under the cross, being ourselves delivered to death, imprisoned in guilt, disappointed, deficient in love, selfish and cowardly, suffering through ourselves, through others, through life itself, which we do not understand.

Of course, if we are quite comfortable we protest against such a pessimistic outlook which wants to take away our joy in life (which is quite untrue); when we are vigorous in body and soul we refuse to believe that this will not last for ever. Yet we are always under the cross.

Would it not therefore be a good thing to look up to him whom they have pierced, as Scripture expresses it? Ought we not to admit what we have suppressed and to want to stand where we actually do stand? Surely we ought to have the courage to let our heart be seized by God’s grace and to accept the scandal and absurdity of our inescapable situation as “the power of God and the wisdom of God” by looking up at the Crucified and entering into the mystery of his death.

Many certainly do this without being aware of it by their way of life which accepts death in silent obedience. But we may also fail to do this. Hence it is better expressly to celebrate the Good Friday of the Lord by approaching his cross and speaking his last words with him. They are quite simple; everyone can understand and say them with him. This is the abyss of existence into which we fall. And we believe that there dwell love and life themselves. We say, Father, into your hands I commend myself, my spirit, my life and my death. We have done all that we could; the other, the ineffable that is salvation, will come too.


“Death is Nothing at All” (via A Time-Traveler’s Blog)

This post is just wonderful. So true.

This sermon given in 1910 comforts my heart, consoles my mind, and strengthens my spirit… A friend of a friend posted it today on Facebook, in response to the death of our mutual friend's mother… In the past few days, I've seen a few messages about the passing of loved ones, or of serious circumstances where it seems death may enter… I am forever grateful to Jesus for making a way of escape… That the death of the body here is just a freei … Read More

via A Time-Traveler's Blog


From Richard Rohr

COMPASSIONATE ACTION

The term “liberation theology” has a negative connotation in the minds of some people. It sounds like something heretical, leftist, or Marxist, and certainly not “Biblical.” In fact, it is at the heart of the Judeo-Christian tradition and marks its very beginning. It is amazing that Christianity has been able to avoid the absolutely obvious for so long.

We see the beginnings of liberation theology as early as 1,200 years before Christ with the Exodus experience of the Jewish people. Something divine happened that allowed an enslaved group of Semitic people in Egypt to experience many levels of liberation from slavery to a “promised land.” The Exodus became both an external journey and an inner journey—the basic template and metaphor for the whole Bible. If the inner journey does not match and mirror the outer journey, we have no true liberation at all. Most groups choose just one side or the other; very few choose both. That is what liberation theology is honest enough to point out.