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(Jn 20:27-29)
Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe."

Thomas answered and said to him, "My Lord and my God!"

Jesus said to him, "Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed."

Today is the Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, a/k/a "doubting Thomas" (or "doubting Didymus").

The "doubting" label is quite unfair. IMHO it is quite prudent to exercise caution and discern the truly divine from the possibly demonic.

Moreover, it was St. Thomas who first recognized Jesus as "my Lord and my God". For that he should be remembered more appropriately as St. Thomas the Confessor.

"Wisdom is sharing in God's ability to see and judge things as they really are. God reveals himself as God by his just judgments. Wisdom is a sharing in God's way of seeing reality. We cannot possess it unless we are united with God."

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

(Mt 8:23-27)
He got into a boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, "Lord, save us! We are perishing!"

He said to them, "Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?" Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm. The men were amazed and said, "What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?"

There is something malevolent about cheap grace -- a grace that lets Jesus be Savior, but not Lord. I write about it here:

(Mt 8:19-22)
A scribe approached and said to him, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go." Jesus answered him, "Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head."

Another of [his] disciples said to him, "Lord, let me go first and bury my father." But Jesus answered him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead."

Very woke Oberlin College claims the judgment against them will have a "chilling effect on free speech". What a hoot. For Oberlin, "free speech" is speech that aligns with their politics (everything else is known as "hate speech"). Moreover, they were far from innocent in this matter, caring not a twit about truth but only advancing the political agenda. Sacrificing a family and their business at most would be AOK collateral damage. There is a lot more to this story.

There needs to be many, many, many more legal actions taken against those running roughshod over the rights and safety of political opponents. This is a start. So is Covington Catholic.

David Anders gave an interesting exegesis last week of Genesis 15 (Abraham's vision / covenant with God). (This is an extract from his daily EWTN Called to Communion show.)

(Lk 9:61-62)
And another said, "I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home."

[To him] Jesus said, "No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God."

On July 4th, reaches its 1 year anniversary!

Coincidentally, also happening this July 4th is the move of 1 million users to the federverse. We will be able to follow them and vice versa, just like all other ActivityPub sites. This is a big boost for free speech and in wrestling control from the oppressive tech giants.

It also provides much-needed balance to the anti-free-speech viewpoint of Mastodon developers.

(Mt 16:16-19)
Simon Peter said in reply, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."

Jesus said to him in reply, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.

And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."

A Catholic girl enters public high school. It goes as you would expect, other than one surprising twist: two teachers defend speech and civility.

(Lk 15:7)
I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.

(Mt 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.

(Mt 7:15-17)
"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit.

(Mt 7:13-14)
"Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few."

RBG and Sotomayor were the only 2 "supremes" to vote against the Peace Cross. That is, to cleanse the public square of any hint of Christianity (and morality). It is to be expected of both of them.

Sadly, Obama appointee Sonia Sotomayor claims to be Catholic while consistently voting contrary to Church teaching. When Roe v. Wade ultimately is reconsidered by the court, regardless of unassailable life arguments (Catholic and natural law), her pro-abortion vote is safely assumed.

She is not alone in claiming Catholic faith while voting contrary to it, but is a fairly extreme example and young enough to damage society for a long time.

(Lk 1:62-64)

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.

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