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"WITH ALL BECOMING GRATITUDE" : FEELING SECURE? IT WASN'T ALWAYS SO!

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" AS A LITTLE CHILD'

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Probably no other words in Sacred Scripture have suffered the abuse that has been applied to the words "Suffer the little children....". The abuse is of course wholly perverse, because only a complete ignoramus would not understand that this old English usage of the word "suffer"means to "allow" or "let ". But so much is the preoccupation with this perversity ,that there has been a tendency to overlook Our Lord's following words, which is alarming because they are of extreme importance 

The disciples had sought to prevent people who wanted their children to be blessed by Jesus, from bringing them to Him. When Our Lord saw this, He was indignant and said : "Let the little children come unto Me, and do not hinder them, for of such is the kingdom of God." And He went on to say "Amen I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God as a little child will not enter into it."

This is not something to be glossed over, or t…

PAY ATTENTION : CHRIST IN ACTION

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"But He said to him : Man, who hath appointed Me judge or divider over you?"(Luke 12:14)

Father Nicola Avancini S.J. in his great "Meditations"( properly "The Life and Teachings of Our Lord Jesus Christ")  takes up consideration of this incident in his meditation for Thursday of the 22nd Week After Pentecost. We know Christ is to Judge the whole world at His Second Coming as Fra Angelico's painting shows. How do we relate that fact to Our Lord's statement above? Let us follow Avancini:

"St.Jerome says : "Christ did not deign to act as a judge in a law- suit or as a controller of property". Why was this? Would it not have been a good thing to defend a man's rights or to reconcile brothers? Yes, but it was not the work Our Lord had come to do. As St.Ambrose says: "He declined to be involved in earthly things Who had descended to earth for heavenly things. Let us learn from this not to entangle ourselves in matters of business (

THE VERY MODEL OF A VIRTUOUS MAN

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This Post first appeared om 10th November, 2011, and  sixteen months later His Holiness abdicated.The Post is revealing for what it tells us about him And it is instructive when we consider his Successor.
Last night as I read from Father Nicola Avancini's marvellous "Meditations"("The Life and Teaching of Our Lord Jesus Christ") I came across this passage :

"How crafty are our passions! They drag our virtues into their allegiance , thus pride ruins our acts of humility, and anger our zeal. It is so necessary to watch this, and not to allow our actions to be tainted with passion."

It immediately occurred to me that the last sentence provides the key to Pope Benedict XVI' serenity and humble yet authoritative calm in the face of so many trials, even from within the Church.

The usually authoritative Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli is reported to say that the Holy Father is suffering from Arthrosis which is apparently a quite painful degenerative dis…

PROTESTANTS' SCRIPTURAL CAFETERIA

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PROTESTANTS’ SCRIPTURAL CAFETERIA






There was a time when some Catholics believed that Protestants knew more about the Bible than Catholics generally speaking did.
But the reality was always rather different.
The Protestantism of that time was based on parts of the Bible- the parts that were convenient for the few hundred years of deteriorating  ideas that constituted Protestant concepts -  which had increasingly led them back into the Old Testament. This fact was reflected in the Victorian era Protestant affection for Old Testament names, which was  evident in the American Civil War, from ABRAHAM Lincoln to Gen. JUBAL Early, not to mention the peppering of Jedediahs, Hezekiahs, Moses etc. The Old Testament was for them, happily free of mention of "Thou art Peter and upon this Rock...", "Unless a man eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood......"and "Whatsoever thou shalt bind upon Earth...."and all those Catholic  commissioning words  Our Divine L…

PRIESTS BEING TRUE

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The following extract is taken from a marvellous post at VULTUS CHRISTI BLOG:A Priest's One Necessary Sermon:http://vultus.stblogs.org. Please take the time to go there and read the whole post by Dom Mark Daniel Kirby.
A Priest's One Necessary Sermon
The Lamb who is adored in the glory of heaven is present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar here on earth. If a priest were to preach but one sermon from the day of his Ordination until his death, that one sermon could be this: 

Ecce Agnus Dei, ecce qui tollit peccata mundi

Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him who taketh away the sins of the world (John 1:29).

Disappear Into Adoration
The priest is but a herald. He announces the presence of the Immolated Lamb, and then annihilates himself in humble adoration. Adoration leads inexorably to self-effacement. The Lamb is exalted; the herald of the Lamb disappears. The Bridegroom shines forth in all His beauty; the friend of the Bridegroom withdraws, content to listen to the sound of hi…

" A WORLD OF ILLUSION "

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I have to confess upfront that, five years ago I had not read George Bernanos' classic novel "Diary of a Country Priest"despite having lived 71 years plus. In my teens I saw it on bookshelves and assumed it was a bit of salacious anti-clerical propaganda. Later, when I realised from the comments of those I respect that it was a work of great quality, I simply did not get around to it.

But now, thanks to my marvellous Amazon KINDLE , I have been able to read it. What a joy !What I would like to share with you is an excerpt from the Foreword written by Remy Rougeau a monk . The entire Foreword is beautiful and insightful. This final paragraph distills its essential message :




"Saints have a difficult position in society not because they suffer. We all suffer. They, however, are ambassadors of truth in a world of illusion. Our world is more of an illusion than ever, a narcotic upon senses and judgment. Grace is perhaps more necessary than ever. And in this novel we can se…

PERSPECTIVE A SENSE OF HISTORY AND WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN

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This Post from 2011 is interesting for attempting to look into the future. It did not work out as it seemed it might   as Thomas A'Kempis wrote in "The Imitation of Christ"(Book 1 Ch. 19) "For Man proposes, but God disposes." What surprises does the near future hold for us?


We Australians sometimes need to pause for breath as we race ahead in pursuit of "progress" or even "reform"( have you noticed how Left inclined Governments always speak of reform when giving birth to mere change?) . A little more circumspection, might lead us to more careful reflection on where we have come from and what should be the way ahead, and how we might consolidate what we have.







Think of the Church in Australia. In 1842 Archbishop John Bede Polding became the first Archbishop of Sydney. He was succeeded by Archbishop Roger Bede Vaughan both men  were English Benedictines. Next came two Irishmen, Cardinal Patrick Francis Moran, who was succeeded by Archbishop Micha…

HORROR OF HERESY THE LATER DE LUBAC

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From the Comment Box over at "RORATE CAELI" Blog the following gem from Father ( later Cardinal)  HENRI De LUBAC: 



"Ifheretics no longer horrify us today, as the once did our forefathers, is it certain that it is because there is more charity in our hearts?

Or would it not too often be, perhaps, without our daring to say so, because the bone of contention, that is to say, the very substance of our faith, no longer interests us?


Men of too familiar and too passive a faith, perhaps for us dogmas are no longer the Mystery on which we live , the Mystery which is to be accomplished in us. Consequently then, heresy no longer shocks us; at least, it no longer convulses us like something trying to tear the soul of our souls away from us..... And this is why we have no trouble in being kind to heretics, and no repugnance in rubbing shoulders with them...


It is not always charity, alas, which has grown greater, or which has become more enlightened: it is often faith, the taste of thi…

BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR FROM ME

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In 2011 Pope Benedict XVI made an apostolic journey to his homeland Germany. The problems with the German church were already in evidence. Since the they have increased and multiplied as we have seen in the antics of Cardinals Marx and Kasper at the recent Synods and since. The Post has a timeless quality about it.




IT IS THE MASS THAT MATTERS - 2002 PILGRIMAGE IN BRISBANE

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"AS OFTEN AS YOU DO THIS........"

It took an encounter in a car workshop to set me on my pilgrim way.

I had been saddened and confused  by recent events. Two weeks earlier it had been announced that no public Masses were to be celebrated whilst the Diocesan clergy attended from 3rd to 7th June,2002,  a Retreat at Banyo Seminary. A truncated version of the Divine Office Morning Prayer was proposed to take the place of Daily Mass.



In a Northern Suburbs car workshop I was handed a photocopied slip of paper by a salesman who received one  from his boss, who had received one from ......It detailed "Daily Masses celebrated during the month of the Sacred Heart from 3rd June to 7th.". Poorly typed and far from being an aid from the Archdiocese to the Faithful, it was simply Christ's Faithful co-operating to get round their abandonment.

This simple slip of paper set me on a 5 day Pilgrimage around the Archdiocese.

"......YOU SHALL DO IT IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME"

Yes, I …

OUT OF TURMOIL - A NEW POPE - TRIED BY FIRE

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To-day we lament the present turmoil in the Church and we are scandalised by its source. God has a way of drawing good out of turmoil in the most dramatic ways. Such was the case in 1978.
It had been a long and trying path to the See of St. Peter, for the little boy from a small provincial Polish town. In fact it had been so improbable and dramatic that one would hesitate to invent its like as fiction.

His father was a retired military officer become civil servant a devout man - whose wife had died when their son Karol was not yet 10 yrs old. The gentlemanly father saw his son become the finest student in the town of Wadowice - an ancient town : the Parish had been established in 1325 . Not only that, but he was a keen athlete and an enthusiastic and talented actor.

Later Karol moves to Krakow with his pensioner Father and enrolls at the famed Jagiellonian University. But before long the Nazis had invaded Poland and occupied it. The ailing Wojtyla Snr. and Karol endeavoured to escape wit…

THE INFALLIBLE SPIRIT

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THE HOLY SPIRIT
(b) The Infallible Spirit . Such is the first introduction of the Holy Ghost, the Paraclete. He is the Spirit of Truth beyond every other,Who will abide with His own forever.A little later in the Discourse Jesus gives His disciples more. In the first place he had simply said:
"If you love Me Keep My commandments,"
and in return the promise had followed. Now He expands the form of His appeal:
"If any man love me He will keep my word And My Father will love him And We will come to him And will make Our abode with him;"
and at once, as if the two were inevitably connected, the promise is likewise expanded:
"These things I have spoken to you Abiding with you But the Paraclete The Holy Ghost Whom the Father will send In my Name He will teach you all things And bring all things to your mind Whatsoever I shall have said to you".
The Spirit of Truth is real, is present, is abiding; by His presence He opens up a new horizon, a new life, to those who can and will receive…