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First Things has an interesting piece this morning from Michael Warren Davis putting the unfolding political revolution in Catholic and historical perspectives. It is far from unprecedented so history gives us a clear picture of exactly where it leads.

I wonder if there are enough people of faith to pray earnestly for divine assistance. I wonder also if too many people have given-up, are blind to truth, or will one day be known as the appeasers who foolishly accepted "the new normal". How long then will it take until they look back and lament "we could have stopped this"?

crisismagazine.com/2020/the-co

(Lk 7:31-35)
"Then to what shall I compare the people of this generation? What are they like?

They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another, 'We played the flute for you, but you did not dance. We sang a dirge, but you did not weep.'

For John the Baptist came neither eating food nor drinking wine, and you said, 'He is possessed by a demon.'

The Son of Man came eating and drinking and you said, 'Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.'

But wisdom is vindicated by all her children."

(Jn 19:25-27)
Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala.

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son."

Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother." And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

(Jn 3:13-17)
No one has gone up to heaven except the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life."

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.

(Mt 18:21-23,32-35)
Then Peter approaching asked him, "Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him? As many as seven times?"

Jesus answered, "I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times. That is why the kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who decided to settle accounts with his servants."

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"His master summoned him and said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to. Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you?' Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers until he should pay back the whole debt.

So will my heavenly Father do to you, unless each of you forgives his brother from his heart."

@christine You are right - listening is always sound pastoral advice.

Even so, sometimes people are oblivious to the harm their sins cause themselves and others, believing either it is "their business", "doesn't hurt anyone" or simply their right to choose (idolatry of placing politics, sexual passion, union, sports, etc) over God. In other cases, many people think the ends justify the means.

Sometimes these people go to church and even consider themselves "devout". They are deluding themselves on their stroll down the wide road. The passage is a warning to them.

We are obliged to correct them IF our motives are pure, they will consider our input, the time and place are appropriate, and there is founded hope of success.

Parallel passage beginning in Matthew 7:21:

"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. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?' Then I will declare to them solemnly, 'I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.'"

(Lk 6:43-49)
"A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For people do not pick figs from thornbushes, nor do they gather grapes from brambles.

A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good, but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil; for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.

Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' but not do what I command?

I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, listens to my words, and acts on them. That one is like a person building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when the flood came, the river burst against that house but could not shake it because it had been well built.

But the one who listens and does not act is like a person who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, it collapsed at once and was completely destroyed."

(Lk 6:39-42)
And he told them a parable, "Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit?

No disciple is superior to the teacher; but when fully trained, every disciple will be like his teacher.

Why do you notice the splinter in your brother's eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own? How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,' when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother's eye."

@christine I agree.

Our education system has devolved to a focus on indoctrination more than neutral, objective learning. Perhaps its biggest failure is not teaching students how to critically think for themselves. The focus is conformity makes ideal subjects for totalitarian socialist / communist government.

As to social justice, it unfortunately has become a vague term that can mean almost opposite things (like so many other words that have been redefined). Specifically, the Church's meaning of social justice and the ideology propagated the left as social justice are very different.

Crisis Magazine also has an interesting piece this morning from Paul Kengor on Karl Marx. Marx is the fountain from which leftists drink. Worth the read.

In recent times the left has demoted the "free exercise of religion" to a private, hidden "freedom to worship" which is to have no place in the public sphere. "Catholic" politicians on the left take that position to justify their support and promotion of abortion, gender fluidity, "marriage", sexual immorality, etc. It is the first step. The next step in Marx' world is the complete abolition of religion.

crisismagazine.com/2020/the-op

First Things has a thoughtful piece this morning on "Christian Leftism".

It's good as far as it goes, but still misses the underlying idolatrous truth. That is, subordinating the one true God and His Kingdom with the (very, very) false promises of secularism, centralized / unrestrained power, and socialism / communism. This false utopian ideal, condemned by the Church, is as far from Christianity as you can get and is a trap from which escape is extremely difficult.

firstthings.com/web-exclusives

(Lk 6:27-33,37-38)
"But to you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well, and from the person who takes your cloak, do not withhold even your tunic.

Give to everyone who asks of you, and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back.

Do to others as you would have them do to you.

For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same.

Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven.

Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you."

@christine
Very true. I think often of America today and how so many have turned away from from Christ. Worldly wealth and prosperity is taken for granted as an "entitlement". Their focus is on collective power and who they wish to enthrone instead of on God. Wisdom is replaced by cowardice and conformance.

It can all vanish faster than they think and certainly won't end well for them.

Yet, regardless of what so many do and the collective harm they cause, we make our own choices - the same as always.

(Lk 6:20-26)
Raising his eyes toward his disciples he said: "Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours.

Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who are now weeping, for you will laugh.

Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude and insult you, and denounce your name as evil on account of the Son of Man.

Rejoice and leap for joy on that day! Behold, your reward will be great in heaven. For their ancestors treated the prophets in the same way.

But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.

But woe to you who are filled now, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will grieve and weep.

Woe to you when all speak well of you, for their ancestors treated the false prophets in this way."

(Mt 1:18-23)
Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly.

Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel," which means "God is with us."

(Lk 6:6-11)
On another sabbath he went into the synagogue and taught, and there was a man there whose right hand was withered.

The scribes and the Pharisees watched him closely to see if he would cure on the sabbath so that they might discover a reason to accuse him. But he realized their intentions and said to the man with the withered hand, "Come up and stand before us." And he rose and stood there.

Then Jesus said to them, "I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?"

Looking around at them all, he then said to him, "Stretch out your hand." He did so and his hand was restored. But they became enraged and discussed together what they might do to Jesus.

(Mt 18:15-20)
"If your brother sins [against you], go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother.

If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, so that 'every fact may be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses.'

If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church. If he refuses to listen even to the church, then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector.

Amen, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Again, [amen,] I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."

(Lk 6:1-5)
While he was going through a field of grain on a sabbath, his disciples were picking the heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands, and eating them.

Some Pharisees said, "Why are you doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?"

Jesus said to them in reply, "Have you not read what David did when he and those [who were] with him were hungry? [How] he went into the house of God, took the bread of offering, which only the priests could lawfully eat, ate of it, and shared it with his companions."

Then he said to them, "The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath."

Last Sunday I noticed a lot more people receiving communion on the tongue -- the universal norm of the Catholic Church worldwide. (Permission to ALSO receive "in the hand" is allowed only by indult.) Usually just a handful of us receive COTT so this was a pleasant surprise. I hope it continues and that even more people rethink this.

Anyway, the attached card was on everyone's windows in the parking lot. We rarely see something distributed this way and when it is, it is usually trash. This was not. It was spot on.

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