Lift High the Cross! This past weekend the entire Church celebrated the exultation of the Cross. This is a powerful day that we all are called to think about our Crosses in Light of Christ's saving work on the Cross. Offer it up! Live this powerful message.
The three videos that I sent out as a discussion with myself and Wade Ryan and Homosexual Orientation can not always stream well with the internet. Therefore, I did put the videos on Youtube for you if that helps.
This is a video of a woman who recently came back to the Catholic Church. In her journey home she tried got involved in some false spiritualities which caused her problems in her spiritual life. She was bothered by voices and finally was set free through prayers, the Holy Mass, confession... Listen, Learn and share.
Wade Ryan tells his story about how God brought him into the Catholic Church. Wade is a former homosexual activist and songwriter. He shares how God has brought him into the Catholic Church and called him to promote the beautiful life of chastity and friendship. Wade's story brings a clarity and compassion regarding the sensitive topic of same-sex attraction, sexual orientation, and "same-sex marriage."
For more reflections on the topic of Homosexual Orientation, Homosexuality (Lifestyle) and Gay "Marriage" please visit my website: www.weddingfeastofthelamb.com.
MY HUNTER SAFETY COURSE: 12 Year's Old
I remember taking my hunter safety course as a 12 year old and the instructor showed everyone this video of someone shooting at something moving in this densely wooded area... THE POINT --- DON'T EVER EVER EVER SHOOT UNLESS YOUR 100% CERTAIN ITS SAFE TO SHOOT. WHY? Well..... What if your target is another human being? In the video, the movement turned out to be another human being who died because of another hunters careless PRESUMPTION.
IF PEOPLE ARE NOT 100 % SCIENTIFICALLY CERTAIN THAT LIFE IN THE WOMB IS NOT A PERSON, THEN WHY ARE WE PERFORMING MILLIONS AND MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF ABORTIONS?
SHOULDN'T WE ERROR ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION! WHAT IF....
ASK ANY TRAINED PROFESSIONAL.... If human life is potentially endangered on the job site we taught staunchly to ALWAYS ERROR ON THE SIDE OF HUMAN SAFETY! But, the exception to the rule is abortion? The logic doesn't follow.... Did you ever wonder why?
For the Christian it's clear that Abortion is murder, but for the secular atheist there's a 50 percent chance that we're committing the greatest genocide ever and multitudes turn a blind eye to the silence scream of millions and millions of babies! Would we launch a space shuttle if we knew there was a 50 percent chance of failure? Would anyone invest your life savings in something with a 50 percent chance of failing? We don't take such risks with material things, yet with the unborn???
Doesn't it make sense to be more careful if you're not 100 % sure, especially when it's human life? Not only is the decision to promote Abortion gravely irrational and unscientific, but its bad bad bad practice when even the leader of our country said its "above my pay grade."
CONCLUSION: Abortion is ultimately bad law which gives people the license to irresponsibly indulge in their lust at the expense of innocent human life. Yes, the unborn can't fight back with law suits so they mindlessly slaughtered each day...
Football and Same-Sex "marriage"
Today, there is so much confusion about the Nature and Dignity of Marriage. This should not be surprising considering the number of marriages that end in divorce. Marriage involves persons and human personhood is involves sex, namely, being male or female. To be capable of marriage, the couple must have the potential for sexual union... the potential to have children. Think of it like this: To re-define the game of football or soccer simply because we might feel bad for those who can't make the team is irrational and a tremendous disservice to the good of the game. For the government to redefine marriage, they would have to eliminate the potential to bear children from the definition of marriage. This is hard to comprehend since marriage is ordered toward the perpetuation and stabilization of society and since the government is supposed to enact laws which benefit society.
The law already treats everyone equality. The law treats all people the same, BUT it doesn't treat all behaviors the same. Same sex "marriage" is not akin to racial discrimination because race is NOT a behavior; same-sex "marriage" is a behavior. Natural Marriage and same-sex "marriage" are two different behaviors with two different outcomes, therefore the law rightfully treats them differently. This is not discrimination. Only the union of one man and one woman should be promoted by the government because it ALONE perpetuates and stabilizes a civilized society. That's not bigotry, that's backed up by theology, sociology, psychology, biology, physiology, and history.
So what to do? Thank God! In heaven, there won't be anyone that struggles with same-sex attraction, bi-sexual, or transgender disorders. Yes, many say God made them that way. This would mean that God made a mistake correlating the physical body with a person psychologically and emotionally. If God made people homosexual, then their reproductive system makes no sense. God did not give people homosexual tendencies. They may have been born this way, but ultimately it is still a result of original sin. Therefore, it is a tremendous cross to carry in one's life on Earth. In heaven, all will be healed and restored to order. There won't be anyone that struggles with drug or alcohol or porn addictions in heaven. Our passions will be ordered perfectly in truth. The body and souls will be in perfect harmony. If there is homosexual tendencies in heaven, this would mean God choose to give people's minds which purposefully disagree with their bodies. This would not make any sense.
While we are on earth, there will be struggles and trials which we will face every day. We must be compassionate, loving, and truthful. Telling someone that they can play on the team when they don't have the talent to play the game is dishonest. Today, we are afraid to hurt peoples feelings. We compromise the truth and struggle to separate feelings from decision making. If parents allowed feelings to dictate how they discipline their children daily, they would not be good parents. We are oversensitive, emasculated, and proud. Children need strong loving fathers. Men need to start being men. Marshmallow love gets people no where. We care more about peoples feelings then about their eternal salvation. Jesus was killed for telling the truth and there will always be a part of us that resists the truth. We don't always want to hear it. It's challenging! BUT, we must not stop striving to live the gospel. We must allow ourselves to be uncomfortable lest we start decide what's right and wrong for us and lose our souls forever!
Seminar Week 1 – God's Love
The Old Testament sets the stage for the full expression of God's love in His Son Jesus. As we read and pray certain passages from the Old Testament, we can become more deeply aware of how much God does really love us. We need to know and experience God’s love if we are to develop into the people He wants us to be. This is especially important if we do not love ourselves as we should. Knowing our faults and failures and our sinfulness, we may question how God could really love us.
By praying with Sacred Scriptures we will become more aware and convinced of God’s total and unconditional love. This conviction that God loves us with an infinite love and that nothing we do will change this fact should be the foundation of our relationship with Him. We must come to know Him as a loving, kind, forgiving Father who welcomes His errant children with open arms. He is a Father who loves us more than we could ever imagine being loved. God, the Creator of the universe, the person who made all things out of nothing, loves us. He wants to care for us, share His divine life with us, and bring us into perfect union with Him, for all of eternity.
When we are convinced that we are loved, only then can we be open and honest. Then there is no need for pretense or sham. Then we will begin to live in freedom and in sincerity.
An awareness of God's great love for us can lead us into a greater depth in our prayer lives. Deeply aware of His loving presence we want to whisper in the quiet of our hearts, "I love You too." This type of prayer of the heart is the beginning of contemplative prayer. As we experience His loving presence within us, we no longer require words or thoughts. We simply rest in His presence. We are aware of God; we are known and loved at the very core of our being. This becomes the basis for our whole spiritual growth.
First, we know with our minds that God truly loves, but then we must become convinced in our hearts so that we can respond to His great love. This conviction will be ours when we hear God Himself telling us of His great love for us. Listen to His word in the Scripture readings each day.
Daily Reading Assignments Scripture
Isaiah 43:1-3 Psalm 139:1-6 Ezekiel 34:11-16 Isaiah 49:1-6 Jeremiah 31:31-34 1 John 4:16-18 John 3:16-18
CCC 50 CCC 210 CCC 214 CCC 218 CCC 220 CCC 221 CCC 609
I did not get to preach this weekend, therefore, I just put together this reflection. This reflection is about 30 minutes long. I hope it gives you something to chew upon. We will meditate upon what Holiness of Life is and then reflection upon how this Holiness is lived out in a particular way as Male and Female, the two ways of being human, two ways of serving God. This is done in the light of good St. Joseph and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Love being Catholic!!!
WHY PEOPLE DISAGREE WITH MOTHER CHURCH:
It has been my experience that disagreement with or argument with the Catholic Church's moral teachings is often based on the premise that self-mastery and self-discipline are only optional requirements for the attaining true happiness. The Catholic Church challenges human beings to reach their fullest potential. If we receive the Church's teaching as merely an invitation to exert more will power, then we will receive the Church's teaching as another list of burdensome rules. The Church's high moral standard brings humanity to her knees in prayer. The Church proclaims a call to relationship with God who is our power and strength. Listening to or trying to live the Church's teaching without a relationship with God is analogous to pushing a car without gasoline. This is why so many are angered by the Church's teaching or feel judged by the Church. Then, there are many who will begin to argue that there's no objective truth or rule or guide by which our moral choices or passions need to be ordered. You can do what you 'feel' like. This is silly, immature, and the cause of so much hopelessness and heartache. No wonder people are bored! They refuse to embrace the Gospel challenge. They will say, "Life should be comfortable..easy..fun." Honestly, a lot of people that proclaim the Gospel of Fun are heading toward Hell having Fun.
It is a contradiction to think there is NO OBJECTIVE TRUTH. Sin is the ultimate empowerment of the 'I' to make one's own set of rules or standards to live by. 'I' am the absolute arbiter of MY LIFE. It's MY BODY, I'll do what I want to... 'I' become the "god". 'I' decide what 'I' think or what 'I' feel is truth or a lie. 'I' decide what 'I' think is good or evil. Rather than using my intellect to discover the splendor of God's truth, I instead use my intellect to redefine and determine what 'I' thing is truth or not. Rather than bow to God's moral standard, allowing God to call me to my fullest potential, 'I' write my own moral code or standard to live by. In essence, 'I' have eliminated any need for me to resistance my unruly fleshly desires. 'I've' just given myself permission to be selfish!'I've' eliminated the spiritual war against sin and rather I've simply given in to sin. Isn't that so much easier. 'I'll' never be judged again; at least until I stand before God. Such a person is in the darkness. They are lost and must be found in order to be saved. They must find themselves in the light of truth as a sinner. They've decided that there is no sin because they've become the governing standard. This demonic pride and disobedience is the spirit of the anti-Christ. Such a person has no need of a savior. Many will begin their list of Buts... But what about this and what about that.... for me to justify my but would eliminate the need for a savior at Christmas. There are no but's. we are all guilty of breaking God's law period. We are guilty and according to justice we are due eternal punishment!
Current cultual trends even deny the most fundamental of the truth when human life begins in order to justify sexual immorality. It is a woman's right to dismember her baby. As if we should be proud to dismember a baby and keep the woman safe? I was praying in front of planned parenthood this wednesday and their having a Christmas party? Very confusing! It is very clear when human life begins. Once human life is present there is only one choice to make. We must care for the develoment of that human life. Destroying human life at any stage of development violates human rights and dignity.
Another issue today of which biology is resoundingly clear is that only a man and woman are sexually complentary for the obvious reason of bearing children. In principle, only a man and a woman can have a baby. In principle, two men or two women can never have a baby. They are reproductively incompatible. The acting out of Homosexual actions contradicts the very science of biology and our faith. Many people today are going toward Hell on their but's! Many people want to live the Gospel of being NICE and TOLERANT -- anything goes! We cannot tolerate things that degrade and destroy the dignity of the human person. All of our struggles with sin find their origin in the refusal to master or discipline and order our passions to the service of authentic love. Its hard work. Look at the cross. You may want to do X but what will X do to you? Will it allow Jesus to be born?
Think about this:
Which parent will a child choose? PARENT A.) allows the children to make their own rules... Goto bed when they want... Eat what they want... Play video games when they want... PARENT B.) enforces a set of rules...discipline and virtue... its time for bed... its time to clean your room... do your homework... You can play after you do...
It's obvious that children will choose the easier path because they do not see the value and necessity that the work of self-mastery and discipline have in their pursuit of authentic happiness and authentic love! In their pursuit of becoming a saint...of going to Heaven! Just as a child despises, at times, a parent that enforces rules of discipline and self-mastery, so we to can at times despise mother Church for being a good mother. Children cannot see clear enough to understand the necessity of these deeper more formative qualities of self-mastery and self-discipline. They don't connect a lifelong happiness with learning to master one's passions. Therefore, God gave us the Church to help us as our Mother. Which of the Church's teachings do you reject?
America has chosen a president that doesn't enforce any sense of morality... he now welcomes gay "marriage"... promotes the killing of unborn babies in the name of sexual freedom and woman's rights... He attacks our religious liberty telling us we must pay for sterilization and contraception (some of which cause abortions). No moral compass means your lost at the whim of social trends... Like a bunch of undisciplined children running around selfishly destroying themselves! A society that kills it's own in the name of sexual freedom is a sick society. A society that calls the surgical dismemberment of babies health care is sick. A society that is led by such a men and women as authority figures will definitely fall unless we have a change of heart. Our Lady asks us to pray and fast. What are you doing to fight this spiritual war? Do you go to mass and confession? Do you visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament? Do you pray the rosary and divine mercy chaplet? Where are you soldier?
The number of the beast is 666. This number 6 three times denotes an extreme absolute. When a number is used 3 times in the bible it means the perfection of. The number 6 in the bible denotes imperfection and the number 7 is perfection. The number 6 three times denotes the perfection of imperfection. This is satan!Such a person adamantly unwilling to enter into the 7th day and rest with God. To enter into the 7th day is to place oneself under the sovereignty of God! Resting under God's moral code and design for humanity... Male and female he made them...
He gave them freedom to choose whom they will serve: themselves or God! Whom do you serve? Do you accept the Church's teaching in faith or do you reject the Church's teaching because you think you know better? Have you made yourself into God? Hell is a place for those whom choose to make up their own rules... Jesus says, "The road the leads to destruction is wide and many choose it. The road that leads to life is narrow and few find it." Everyone today thinks you can live how you want and somehow God, being a nice guy, will just wave you on into heaven. This lie of satan has intoxicated our culture. If you do not pray, you will die spiritually. Today, there are many that don't even know there's a spiritual war raging. Why is this? It's because they've checked out of the war. They stopped praying. They've stopped confessing. They've stopped going to mass. The darkness has covered and darkened their minds. They've slowly become enemies of the cross and champions of pleasure. Those who despise God's design because God calls us to love. God calls us to die to selfishness. I set before you life or death! God help us to choose life... Help us to allow your Church, our Mother, to discipline us! Come Holy Spirit and make us fit for heaven!
Remember, you'll never make the team if you don't show up to training camp. Our time on earth is training for the moment of death. If you get too used to the darkness, like a bat, you will flee into the darkness when the Light appears at the hour of your death. Bat's hate the light. If you don't get used to the light now, which is what the purification process is all about, you will choose the darkness at the moment of death. You won't want to enter into the light because it will be too brilliant and you will condemn yourself to hell. Without the light of Christ, we are condemned. We cannot see bear seeing our sins apart from Christ. This is why we must begin NOW to allow Christ in.
Those who make their own moral code will eventually despair and find their life meaningless because they have eliminated the necessary challenges of self-discipline and self-mastery which are necessary for authentic love to be lived. What is authentic love? We look to the crucifix and mediate on Jesus selflessness. Freedom is important if we are going to love. If you cannot say no to your passions then you are not free. You are a slave. You are in bondage. Christ came to set us free for freedom sake. If you cannot say no to food, drink, or sexual desires, then you are a slave to your passions. You are a sinner. Acknowledging this truth is very important. I am a sinner and I need a savior. Come Lord Jesus! Love is not a compulsion. Love is a choice to give oneself to another or not. I always tell the couple's which I prepare for marriage, "If you can't say no to sex then you can't love one another. You will use one another." Why? Because you must be free in order to love and you're not free if your a slave to your passions. Do you see why it is so important to receive grace. We must allow God's grace to soak into our human nature and perfect us in love. Go to confession frequently and pray everyday. Without God's grace life on Earth will inevitable become more and more about me, me, me!