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(Lk 13:34)
"Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were unwilling!

(Lk 13:24-27)
"Strive to enter through the narrow door, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.

After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door, then will you stand outside knocking and saying, 'Lord, open the door for us.' He will say to you in reply, 'I do not know where you are from.'

And you will say, 'We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.'

Then he will say to you, 'I do not know where [you] are from. Depart from me, all you evildoers!'

(Lk 13:18-19)
Then he said, "What is the kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it?

It is like a mustard seed that a person took and planted in the garden. When it was fully grown, it became a large bush and 'the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches.'"

The Amazon Synod has come to a close, producing a report that easily could have been written before it even started. The deck was so thoroughly stacked by who would attend and what was to be discussed that no other outcome was realistically possible.

Pushing for married priests is a terrible idea. Women "deacons" is heresy. Pray that to the degree Pope Francis follows this path that he has orchestrated, that a future pope will thoroughly and definitively undo.

Msgr. Charles Pope (reserved, level-headed) writes for EWTN's National Catholic Register:

(Lk 6:12-13)
In those days he departed to the mountain to pray, and he spent the night in prayer to God. When day came, he called his disciples to himself, and from them he chose Twelve, whom he also named apostles.

Our politicians have moved to protect animals from cruelty, making it a felony with up to 7 years in prison. Good.

These protections far exceed those the politicians afford born-alive infants of botched abortions. In those cases, letting the child die is A-OK. Do not forget this.

(Lk 18:13-14)
But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, 'O God, be merciful to me a sinner.'

I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted."

(Lk 13:1-3)
At that time some people who were present there told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices.

He said to them in reply, "Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!

Prof. Jordan Peterson makes excellent points about happiness in this video. His advice is limited because it stops short of God. He's on the right track, but just doesn't go far enough.

(lk 12:54-56)
He also said to the crowds, "When you see [a] cloud rising in the west you say immediately that it is going to rain--and so it does; and when you notice that the wind is blowing from the south you say that it is going to be hot--and so it is.

You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret the present time?

(Lk 12:49-53)
"I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!

Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.

From now on a household of five will be divided, three against two and two against three; a father will be divided against his son and a son against his father, a mother against her daughter and a daughter against her mother, a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law."

You are going to die in a few decades -- or possibly quite soon.

What preparation do you hold dearest?

1. life insurance
2. bucket list
3. God's friendship

(Lk 12:39-40)
Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come."

1. How generous are Americans compared to the rest of the world?

2. Does American generosity vary by political affiliation?

(Lk 12:35-36)
"Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master's return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.

(Lk 12:17-21)
He asked himself, 'What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest?' And he said, 'This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. There I shall store all my grain and other goods and I shall say to myself, "Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!"'

But God said to him, 'You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?' Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God."

The Onion (satire) had a piece 3 years ago that seems relevant today in light of the Amazon synod (and mischief thereof).

Fr. Z is in Rome for a couple weeks. He publishes his activities on his blog.

One funny photo caption was of a statue of "Our Sorrowful Mother". Fr. Z wrote: "Today she is sad because of the Amazon Synod ("walking together"). I think that that's also an eye-roll."

On another he went to the Neapolitan church, Lo Spirito Santo dei Napolitani on the Via Guilia where a Mass was in progress. Fr. wrote "The sermon took boring to new depths of soul annihilation."

(Lk 18:7-8)
Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them? I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"

(Lk 12:8-9)
I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before others the Son of Man will acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God.

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