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"When one learns to be content with the lowliest and worst of everything—not just resigned, but content—then there is never a wasted moment. There is no such thing as a dull, futile, or useless experience. Every sorrow loses its sting, because everything is an opportunity to glorify God."
— Fr. Augustine Wetta
from Humility Rules

From today's Gospel:
“The Son of Man is going to be handed over into the power of men.”’

The podcast I use to reflect on the daily gospel says it is easy to go with Jesus when everything works, but when things start to go south we may just forget or deny Him.

This made me think about my life goal of having a good life, easy, fruitful because of all gifts I have been given to help others, but also to help myself. On top of that, I have always said my faith in Jesus Christ made things even easier, because He loves us and he has Good News for everyone.

It seems to me that I am missing a crucial aspect of Jesus' life: he did suffer, he did not have everything easy, and yet he helped so many people without access to powerful people (another temptation I have) nor writing down everything He said for others to look up to Him.

Help the poor, help the disadvantaged, and expect to suffer.

"The only knowledge I claimed was of the crucified Christ", St. Paul to the Corinthians

This gives new light to all the letters he wrote, as the center of Paul's message is no "I know how you should do everything", but just this core of our faith 😃

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"A great aid in conforming your will to God's will is to continually bear in mind how all is vanity and how quickly everything comes to an end. This helps to remove our mind from the trivial and center it on what will never end. When we begin to become attached to something, we should strive to turn our thoughts from it and bring them back to God and his majesty."

St. Teresa of Avila

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I was received into the Catholic Church in 2005 after 33 years as an Evangelical Protestant. Perhaps the reason so many Catholics do not believe in the Real Presence is because we are generally not taught it from the pulpit. I have never, in my 15 years as a Catholic, heard a homily taking the congregation through the Biblical reasons to believe in the Real Presence. I don't think simply using circular reasoning such as "Catholics believe in the Real Presence because that's what Catholics believe and the Church teaches" is sufficient. Clearly, according to the latest statistics -- it is not sufficient.

Pastors, TEACH us why it is true.

Pope pulls speech on Hong Kong freedom, raising questions over pressure from Beijing


Anybody knows anything about this?

Anybody knows 1) the theological meaning of blessed water, and 2) if only priests can do it?

I'm enjoying a lot this book!

It is God's initiative for mercy what saves us, not our own merits nor our respect for the Law.

I can see how the from acknowledging God's fundamental role we can naturally arrive to what people call merits and to upholding the law.

The other way around seems at least considerably more difficult.

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On Being a Christian by Hans Kung: 9780385192866 | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books

An international bestseller by one of this century's most prominent theologians, On Being a Christian is a work of exhaustive scholarship, born of the author's passionate belief in Jesus Christ as the...


Short Reading 1 Peter 4:13-14 ©
Beloved, if you can have some share in the sufferings of Christ, be glad, because you will enjoy a much greater gladness when his glory is revealed. It is a blessing for you when they insult you for bearing the name of Christ, because it means that you have the Spirit of glory, the Spirit of God resting on you.

Breathe on me, breath of God
fill me with life anew,
that I may love what thou dost love,
and do what thou wouldst do.

After a long time without praying consistently, I'm back again. When I was younger, I didn't understand what it meant for God to be always for us no matter what: now I understand it better, He is always welcoming, always ready for us to come back to Him.

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Racism, sexual abuse/exploitation and many other major issues stem from the same root cause:

Individuals who see other human beings as objects instead of as people.

Every human being is a person with inherent dignity.

Has anybody looked into the New Testament lectures from Yale that are posted on Youtube?

The first lecture is at youtube.com/watch?v=dtQ2TS1CiD

It is very interesting, professor Dale Martin is a former fundamentalist (as per himself) that reads the New Testament from a historical perspective. He stresses this very much, which helps to contextualize the incendiary ideas he puts on the table very clearly and convincingly.

I would love to watch New Testament lectures that read it theologically, do you people have any suggestion?

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Those who know me know I disdain platitudes -- nice sayings to invoke nice thoughts. So I post this quote from St. Therese of Avila because she said in a mere two dozen words the very heart of what it means to trust God through it all -- whatever 'it all' means to any of us.

Listen -- He who sent His beloved Son to die for you and me --He did what He did in hopes that we would respond in love and obedience AND simple trust in His trustworthy hands.

"Let nothing trouble you. Let nothing frighten you. Everything passes. God never changes. Patience obtains all. Whoever has God wants for nothing. God alone is enough."

So many days distracted by the world, specially my worldly worries for my work and corona. I just gathered courage and went to read the gospel, and at the very beginning a sentence reminds me of place in all this chaos:

Jesus answered ‘he was born blind so that the works of God might be displayed in him."

The works of God want to be displayed in me too, He is the Builder and I am just a means for his Kingdom to come.

Let all who hope in you rejoice, triumph for ever.
You will shelter them and they will glory in you.
For you bless the just, O Lord,
and your good will surrounds them like a shield.

Almighty God,
who revealed to Peter your plan for the salvation of all men,
grant that our work may be acceptable to you
and that, by your grace, it may further your loving purpose of redemption.
Through Christ our Lord.

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Deuteronomy 30:11,14 ©
This Law that I enjoin on you today is not beyond your strength or beyond your reach. No, the Word is very near to you, it is in your mouth and in your heart for your observance.

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