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25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Matthew 14 25-33 (NIV)
“Take Courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Jesus’ words have as much meaning today as they did over two thousand years ago. Take Courage! Be strong! Life yourself up and carry one Christian Soldier!
Take Courage, hard words to hear when you are in despair or frightened, when life has you down and out for the count. But the words of Jesus ring true today, and they are words us Christians need to hear. In the light of the fresh attacks on the Catholic Faith and all Christians in the United States concerning so-called health care coverage of birth control, we need to hear the words, Take Courage! With our faith being tested in the public square, we need to stand strong, but in the face of big government, we often times feel very small, and courage seems very fleeting. But Jesus tells us, Be not Afraid and ask us Why do you doubt.
So take courage, and trust in the Lord, step on the waters and walk with faith onward to victory. We, as Christians must walk on the waters of the public square, we must stand up and be counted, we must have courage and speak the truth. Jesus is calling to us, calling us out into the sea, He is waiting for us to come to Him through the storm, and like Peter, he is waiting for us to call to Him Lord, same me!
You of little faith, is that what Jesus is saying to us now, is Jesus calling to us, and we are afraid to go to Him? Are the waves of humanity to big for us to withstand, or are we to timid to venture out into the waves, to call upon Jesus to calm them and let the sea of reasoning subdue the waves of insanity?
We all are being called, just like Peter, to walk upon the sea, to walk to Jesus and to trust in Him that calls. And yes, we all will, from time to time,will forget the one who calls and sink into the sea, but Jesus is there to stretch out His hand, from the cross of salvation, and pull us up from the depths, if only we call to Him.
The public square is our Sea of Galilee, and the public discourse is our storm that tosses us about. But whom among us is our Peter, brave enough to venture out on to the sea and humble enough to call to Jesus when he starts to sink. As a Catholic, I look to the new Peter, the current Pope, Pope Benedict XVI as my Peter, as my example. And Like the Holy Father, I to will walk upon the waters and state the truth, I will challenge others to reconsider there actions and voice my opinion at the polls this November, but I will also, like Peter, takes my eyes off of Christ and start to sink into the sea, and I pray, that like Peter, I too will be humble enough to call to our Lord for help.
We all are called to serve, we all are called to proclaim the good news. As Catholics we are Baptized as Priest, Prophet and King, how are you fulfilling your Baptism? Use this Lenten session as a time to reflect upon your calling, your mission. Are you being called into the storm, are you being asked to walk upon the waters of the public square? Were is Jesus calling you to? And are you responding or are you lacking the courage to respond. Pray and meditate about this, ask Jesus to help you and respond boldly to His call. Jesus will calm the storms and He will stretch out His hand to you, if you only ask.
God Bless & Happy Lent
Were is your focus this Lent? On you or on Jesus. Lent is not about us, it is not about self-improvement, it is about Jesus, it’s about New Birth, it’s about New Life, it’s about New Perseverance and New Death.
[ Praise to God for a Living Hope ] Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1 Peter 1:2-4
As a Christian we are a new creation, but more importantly as a Christian we believe that God became man and was born of woman into our humanity. His birth is the source of our New Birth. Because of a Childs Birth, we now have the opportunity to experience our Birth, our New Birth into Christ’s Church, into His Mystical Body.
Lent is a time for us to reflect upon the New Birth, a time to renew our own vigor and a time to dig deeper into our Birthright. With out the Birth of Christ, we would have no Resurrection, and without our New Birth into the Mystical Body, we would have no hope or joy, no resurrection of our own.
Now I’m not saying that we, like Christ, will rise from the dead, but we will, with Gods grace upon us, experience a sort of resurrection, one of a New life being born within us.
Though we are slaves, our God has not forsaken us in our bondage. He has shown us kindness in the sight of the kings of Persia: He has granted us new life to rebuild the house of our God and repair its ruins, and he has given us a wall of protection in Judah and Jerusalem.
We are slaves, slaves of our flesh, slaves of our world and slaves of our sin. Yet we have been promised a New Life, a Life of Milk and Honey, a life of Love and Understanding. Yet we still suffer as Christians, we suffer because we are Christians, because we proclaim our Christianity to all. We suffer more for our convictions than we would if we would denounce or hide them. Or, so we think. Our suffering for the sake of Jesus is our joy, our suffering is our cross.
The Cross of Jesus is the symbol of His suffering and death for our sins, but it is so much more. The Cross is not a sign of defeat, of the end of Death, but a sign of Victory, of the New Life, the Resurrection, the Empty Tomb.The surging’s He suffered, the humiliation and abandonment he endured was not for his sake, but for ours. The Cross is the peace sign of the Christian movement, it is the battle cry of our army and the symbol of our nation. The Cross of Christ is our model, our example our map to the New Life.
Lent offers us the time to examine the Cross of Christ, to feel the wood grain and to touch the blood that drips and runs down its hued sided. Lent offers us the Cross not as a symbol but as a reality.
Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.
2 Thessalonians 1:3-5
We understand perseverance, most of us live it. The Church understands perseverance, she is live proof of it. But we only know of earthly perseverance, Jesus knew of Heavenly perseverance. A perseverance the He taught us on the night He was betrayed. He endured for us and triumphed over for us Death. His perseverance was paramount and divine in nature.
Lent offers us a time to experience perseverance of the Heavenly sort. All we need to do is ask our Heavenly Father for the Grace to preserver and to come through this Lenten session a New Creation. TO allow us to shun temptations and linger in the shadow of the Cross. Heavenly Perseverance is attainable for the asking.
Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death— they are like the new grass of the morning:
Death, for Christians, is not the end, in-fact, for Christians it is only the beginning. Yet our human nature, our fallen understandings define death as an end. Death, of the flesh is such a death, but death of the spirit, there is no such death, to a Christian. For Christ secured for us, upon that Cross, a New Death, a Death in to New Life. A glorious Death, a welcomed Death a Death of everlasting Life.
Look upon the Cross, see with in it the doorway to eternity. Look into the Cross and see beyond it into the glory of Heaven. The Master calling to his own, the Shepard retrieving His sheep. The Cross is our Doorway and the empty tomb is our passage way, Christ as laid out the plan, the road to eternity has been carved out of Calvary and He awaits our arrival.
Lent is a time to explore that road a little bit closer, a time to enter into the Death of our Lord a little deeper and a time to experience a New Death, a Death of the old ways, the way of Sin, a time to be born again, into Christ.
So, what is your focus for Lent, is it to stop eating candy or to start walking the road to Calvary?
God Bless & Happy Lent
A young Muslim girl broke down in tears after passing by a group of Christian missionaries who continued to yell insults Saturday at Muslims and others during the Arab International Festival in Dearborn. The missionaries are also now targeting Catholics.
“She’s crying because of what they said,” said the father of the young girl who cried after hearing the missionaries on Warren Avenue in Dearborn, as depicted on a You Tube video. The Arab International Festival, which continues today, is the largest outdoor gathering of Arab-Americans in the country and so has increasingly attracted Christian missionaries who believe Islam has taken over the city of Dearborn.
Quran-burning Pastor Terry Jones canceled plans to speak against Islam at the Arab Festival after a crowd of protesters blocked him, but other Christian missionaries attended. One of them called themselves the Bible believers and railed against Arabs, Muslims, and Islam, through a bullhorn. They held up a sign calling Islam’s prophet a “pervert.”
And on Saturday, they insulted Catholics too, holding up a large sign that read Catholics are “idolaters … Bible rejecters…and worshippers of wafer god,” according to a photo taken by Haroon Mihtarand posted on Twitter.
“No Catholics go to Heaven,” the sign read.
Saturday’s attacks against Muslims and Catholics came after Friday’s rally by Jones at Dearborn City Hall, where speakers railed against both Muslims and African-Americans. One supporter of Jones, Rabbi Nachum Shifren of California, assailed Muslims and black people during his talk on the steps of City Hall. Jones and his supporters have also attacked gays and lesbians in their talks. Last month, Jones led a rally in Texas against what he said in a news release were three evils confronting America. “Homosexuality, Abortion, and Islam.”
Christian missionaries have attended the Arab Festival for many years, but over the past two years, some of them have become more confrontational, said organizers. Two years ago, a group called Acts 17 that attended the festival produced a video of them getting into a dispute at the festival that has drawn more than 2 million views. Some Christians say the video shows that Islamic law, sharia, has taken hold in Dearborn; but city officials and local church leaders say it was selectively edited to defame Dearborn.
The co-leaders of Acts 17 say Islam is a false religion that is inherently violent. Last year at the festival, some of its members were arrested; a jury later acquited them of charges they were breaching the peace, but one was found guilty of failing to obey a police officer.
The spread of that video has turned Dearborn into a magnet that attracts some Christians to the city during the festival as they attempt to stop what they think is the spread of sharia. Another evangelist, George Saeig of California, filed a lawsuit in 2009 to hand out literature during the festival without renting a booth and won a court victory earlier this year to do so.
This year, Christian evangelist Josh McDowell is attending the festival again, signing copies of free Christian books in English and Arabic. Two years ago at Woodside Bible Church in Troy, McDowell talked about the “growing tide of Islam” in the US and about Christians can convert them.
Some Christian missionaries are walking around at the Arab Festival wearing T-shirts that read: “I love Muslims” on the front with a Bible verse on the back. They’re handing out literature that says Muslims worship a “moon-god” and should convert to Christianity.
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The above article is from the Detroit Freepress
Easter, the most holy of holy days, the pinnacle of our Christian faith, the summit of our journey, all roads for the Christian leads to the hill of Calvary and with the resurrection of our Lord. And, as we believe, when He comes again in glory, our own resurrection.
Easter, our own personal journey with The Christ, a personal journey that we, as Catholics, take together with the whole of the Holy Church. We walk in solidarity with our brothers and sisters along the road to the place of sculls, were we too will be crucified for your faith, but unlike Jesus, we are not sinless, we have made our cross and nails over a lifetime.
Lent, a time to prepare, a time to look deep within and reflect upon the cross of our Lord. Lent a space in our spiritual life that allows us to ponder the Holy Spirit and to feel the suffering of our dear Lord, and to know that He is with us, always.
My prayer for you and all, is that this Holy Week be one of many blessings and this Easter session be one of great joy.
Pope Benedict XVI says in a new book that condoms can be justified for male prostitutes seeking to stop the spread of HIV, a stunning comment for a church criticized for its opposition to condoms and for a pontiff who has blamed them for making the AIDS crisis worse.
The pope made the comments in a book-length interview with a German journalist, “Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times,” which is being released Tuesday. The Vatican newspaper ran excerpts today.
Read more: Pope: Condoms can be justified in some cases | freep.com | Detroit Free Presshttp://www.freep.com/article/20101120/NEWS07/101120025/Pope-Condoms-can-be-justified-in-some-cases#ixzz15vNd0DIH
Sometimes reading the mainstream press can cause shock, and this is one example. They love to hate the Catholic Church and the pope, so any opportunity they can reshape his words or the teachings of the Church they will. Here is what the pope really said:
“There may be a basis in the case of some individuals, as perhaps when a male prostitute uses a condom, where this can be a first step in the direction of a moralization, a first assumption of responsibility, on the way toward recovering an awareness that not everything is allowed and that one cannot do whatever one wants. But it is not really the way to deal with the evil of HIV infection. That can really lie only in a humanization of sexuality.”
A tab bit different meaning that what the press is letting on to. Dose anyone really think the pope would change church teachings? Come on, the Catholic Church teaches that life is sacred, so why would she ok the use of condoms on male prostitutes? I mean really, next they will be reporting that the pope said abortions are ok, if the mother really don’t want the child. NOT!
The article also states that the Church has not standing on condoms, really….
Contraception is wrong because it’s a deliberate violation of the design God built into the human race, often referred to as “natural law.” The natural law purpose of sex is procreation. The pleasure that sexual intercourse provides is an additional blessing from God, intended to offer the possibility of new life while strengthening the bond of intimacy, respect, and love between husband and wife. The loving environment this bond creates is the perfect setting for nurturing children.
But sexual pleasure within marriage becomes unnatural, and even harmful to the spouses, when it is used in a way that deliberately excludes the basic purpose of sex, which is procreation. God’s gift of the sex act, along with its pleasure and intimacy, must not be abused by deliberately frustrating its natural end—procreation. (Read more here…)
Catechism of the Catholic Church:
2399 The regulation of births represents one of the aspects of responsible fatherhood and motherhood. Legitimate intentions on the part of the spouses do not justify recourse to morally unacceptable means (for example, direct sterilization or contraception).
2370 Periodic continence, that is, the methods of birth regulation based on self-observation and the use of infertile periods, is in conformity with the objective criteria of morality. These methods respect the bodies of the spouses, encourage tenderness between them, and favor the education of an authentic freedom. In contrast, “every action which, whether in anticipation of the conjugal act, or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible” is intrinsically evil:
- Thus the innate language that expresses the total reciprocal self-giving of husband and wife is overlaid, through contraception, by an objectively contradictory language, namely, that of not giving oneself totally to the other. This leads not only to a positive refusal to be open to life but also to a falsification of the inner truth of conjugal love, which is called upon to give itself in personal totality. . . . The difference, both anthropological and moral, between contraception and recourse to the rhythm of the cycle . . . involves in the final analysis two irreconcilable concepts of the human person and of human sexuality.
The media, as always got it wrong. The Catholic Church has lots to say about birth control, they just don’t want to hear it, or read it or even know or understand it. So it is much easier to make things up or distort facts. The pope should hold the media responsible for the lies and misdirection’s they give the faithful and the general public, we, as faithful Catholics or any faithful Christian should not allow this persecution to continue, we should write letters to the editors, boycott the newspapers and other media outlets that continue to propagate an anti-Catholic atmosphere, we need to stand up and fight back!
In a day-an-age where information is at our finger tips, there is no reason why they should not know the facts. The only reason they have is they are to lazy to research or they did what they did with the intention of misleading the public. And to tell the truth, I would hope for the first, laziness over misleading. At least with laziness we know that they had not malicious intent. But I am not holding my breath on that one, we have seen way to many examples of the media taking pot-shots at the pope and the Church. They are just down-right malicious, and they don’t care who knows it!
the Holy Catholic Church has survived for over 2000 years, I am sure she will survive this also, but what I am not so sure about is the marginal Catholics or the non-Catholics that will read this and take it as a papal ok to use condoms. Or how many souls will leave the Church based on this article? How many will be lead into sin? The effects of such attacks are not always seen today, but many years from now, for example, look at how long it took for the effects of Vatican II abuses to come to light. How many souls were placed in danger because of misleading the faithful how many left the Church because of abuses and how many entered the Church under false pretenses?
We all need to pray for the pope,, pray that the Holy Spirit continues to use him as an instrument of God, and we need to pray for all the reports such as the one that wrote the misleading article, that they will one day see the light. Until than we all must stand strong and stand tall..
This is the day, this is the day that we can take back our nation, we can take back our pride, this is the day that Americans once again take control of America, returning her to a constitutional government. A government were the Constitution of the United States is not a “living & Breathing” document, a document with no value, this is when the true American identity once again shows herself, an identity grounded in Christian values and a Constitution that is built upon a solid foundation, one that is not “Living & Breathing” but rather it is solid and true.
Truth does not change over time, truth is solid and grounded, we may change and our ideas of what truth should be may change, but truth never changes. the founding fathers created a document based on truth, not popular ideas ideas of the times, but truth. they created a document to govern not only in 1776 but in 2010 and beyond. They understood human nature, they understood that as times change, so does what is fashionable, what is considered “in” and “out”. today it’s “Climate Change” two years ago it was “Global warming” and before that it was “Global Cooling” and who knows next year it may be “Global Stagnation”. It’s all about marketing, what sells, what makes the news at 6pm. Not about truth.
This vote today will decide what direction we, as Americans, decide our Nation should be traveling. Truth be told, both parties, the Republicans and Democrats have to take the blame for the current direction of America, but we, the voters, the hard working Americans must take most of the blame. We voted them in to office, with our votes, or for those who don’t vote, with out your vote. they, the political elite, only have the power we afford them, its our vote that gave them the power to run America in to the ground, and its our vote that can take that power back.
Tuesday get up and get out to vote.. Vote liberal or conservative, vote Democrat or Republican or Independent, Green Party or The Rent is to Damn High Party, I don’t care who you vote for (well I do, I want you to vote Conservative) just get out and vote, be American and vote!
Happy Election Day!