Thursday, July 3, 2014

"For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."

The words of the Gospel this Sunday, July 3, 2011, are wonderfully comforting; they express the compassion of Christ not only for those who suffer or are crushed by the heavy loads of life, but also to the child-like, the innocent and the trusting. Our Discussion Questions will guide your Sunday Bible Study sessions with family, friends and church groups.

Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.

Who of us cannot be moved in some way by the consolation that Jesus offers in these words. Brief but exceedingly rich in meaning, these are after all some of the most well-known and most popular passages from all of the Christian Scriptures. How beautiful these words from Jesus are. And yet, Fr. John Foley, S. J. exclaims, so hard to trust.

This gospel has two distinct parts, explains Fr. Demetrius R. Dumm, O.S.B. In the first, Jesus expresses profound gratitude to the Father, source of all being and goodness, because he has freely chosen to take note of the little ones. In the second segment, Jesus reminds us that accepting his wisdom of loving service will indeed mean submitting to the yoke of discipline and sacrifice. But it will be a sweet yoke, because we bear it with Jesus.

His Yoke is Easy and His Burden is Light

Jesus appeals to those who experience life as one unending chore. Jesus, the great comforter, is the one who opens his arms in welcome to those beaten down by their experience, those who find themselves ostracized and rejected, overburdened and crushed. He offers rest and refreshment. His yoke is easy, he says. His burden is light, Fr. Orlando Sapuay, M.S. explains, not because you are so good at being a Christian. His yoke is easy and His burden is light because Jesus is carrying them.

Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio puts us on notice, however, that following Jesus does mean that you are foot-loose and fancy-free. To be a disciple means voluntarily putting a yoke on one's shoulders, and walking in a direction set by the master. Jesus came to bring liberation, true freedom. Fr. Phil Bloom says the amazing thing is that when people accept Jesus' yoke, they discover a new power, a freedom they never imagined -- freedom from sin and suffering.

God's Will or Ours?

The problems we face will either defeat us or develop us—it makes us better or bitter depending on how we respond to them. How can we know the will of God in our lives? Fr. John Bartunek discusses the two ways God manifests his will: Indicative Will and Permissive Will. We also addresses the question of why God permits evil and suffering?

Fr. James Gilhooley notes how many of us have studied the Gospels and concluded they are difficult and so we turn to religion. We conclude that belonging to a religion is much easier than being religious and less demanding than serving Christ. Because we have the education and money, we are swept away from God by material things that it tends to create a false sense of security for us.

Fr. Joseph Pellegrino warns us that arrogance kills, particularly, intellectual arrogance. We have to take care that we don’t fall into its trap. Fr. Alex McAllister SDS says such attitudes not only bring dissatisfaction but they displease God. Jesus is telling us that lowliness and meekness are attitudes that are valued extremely highly by God.

Let Us Become Like Children

Indeed the litmus-test for Christian orthodoxy is not the creed or the commandments but this particular challenge from Jesus: Can you love an enemy? Can you forgive, even when every feeling inside of you rebels at its unfairness? And it’s exactly on this point, to do this willingly and without resentment, Fr. Ron Rolheiser emphasizes, that its practice grows difficult. It’s not easy to do this and not grow resentful and manipulative.

God has existed in His divine eternal splendor from the beginning. We have been called to share His own wonderful light in and through our Savior Jesus Christ. Father Cusick reminds us to encounter, accept and love Jesus as He is, not as we would have him be. But while the wise and the learned, the scribes and Pharisees, have rejected Jesus' preaching and the significance of his mighty deeds, Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB notes that the childlike have accepted them.

More on the Eucharist, etc.

As a followup to our articles on the Eucharist on last week's issue on Corpus Christi Sunday, here's a couple more noteworthy articles. Fr. Robert Barron offers a clear narrative on "Jesus: Really, Truly, Substantially Present" in the Eucharist. He notes that at the consecration at every Mass, the priest acts, not in his own person, but in persona Christi, hence affecting the transformation that Catholics call “transubstantiation.” Plus here's a gem we discovered from Dr. Marcellino d'Ambrosio: Understanding the Mass, a 5-Part Series.

And speaking of proselytizing, what do you do when Mormon missionaries come knocking at your door? Joe Heschmeyer shares his experiences, for two reasons: to help prepare Catholics for Mormons who come knocking, and to get us to think more seriously about our own call to Evangelize.

And from the Vatican, we share with you a story about a church that was literally built on St. Peter - it's the Basilica of St. Peter. This account follows the history of this structure beginning with the crucifixion death of St. Peter at the hands of the Romans. The history is quite fascinating.

Fourth of July Celebrations

A man has a healthy appreciation for positive traditions. Traditions add rhythm and texture to our lives, bind us together with others, give us something to look forward to, and simply provide a good deal of joy and satisfaction. Here's a list of 10 awesome Fourth of July traditions for celebrating our nation's Independence Day on Monday. Try a few or try them all. In time for Independence Day, Fr. Robert Barron offers this piece: A Nation Under God; a Nation That Keeps the Sabbath.

Summer is finally here, so let the vacation planning begin! Airline tickets: check. Hotel and rental car reservations: check. Bags packed and ready to go: check. Catholic church selected near our destination and appropriate clothes packed: huh? Peggy Bowes offers this friendly reminder that, even on vacation, we should not take a vacation from our Sunday obligation.

And finally, do you want to be happy? Bo Sanchez says the key to happiness is gratitude. A grateful person is a happy person. And an ungrateful person is an unhappy person. Here’s his definition of a grateful person: A grateful person focuses on what is good. It’s almost the same definition for a loving person. He explains in his usual down-to-earth folksy style.

Another eventful week in our Catholic World. A blessed Feast of Corpus Christi to all!

Keep the Faith. Peace.

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  1. Are you *currently* being sent into Hell forever ... automatically excommunicated (outside) of God’s Catholic Church ?

    Answer: Yes you are ... you can reverse it ... please continue.

    Council of Florence, Session 8, 22 Nov 1439 -- infallible Source of Dogma >
    "Whoever wills to be saved, before all things it is necessary that he holds the Catholic faith. Unless a person keeps this faith whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish eternally."

    You must believe the Catholic Dogma to be in the Church ... Dogma you have *never* seen.

    Site > ... infallible Dogma throughout.

    The Catholic Faith *is not* Bible interpretation ... it is the Catholic infallible Sources of Dogma. The Catholic Church didn’t even define the Bible’s New Testament Canon until 397 A.D. at the Council of Carthage.

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    Can a group which enforces the opposite, the opposite, and the opposite of the Catholic unchangeable Dogma be the Catholic Church?

    No, it cannot possibly be the Catholic Church ... and promotion of the opposite of the Catholic Dogma is exactly what the vatican-2 heretic cult does ... and has been doing since it’s founding on 8 December 1965 at the Vatican.

    The vatican-2 heresy does not have the Office of the Papacy ... only the Catholic Church has the Papacy.

    The Dogma cannot “change” or be “reversed” ... God does not “change”.

    The founding documents of the vatican-2 heretic cult … the “vatican-2 council” documents … have well over 200 heresies *against* prior defined unchangeable Dogma. Every (apparent) bishop at the “council” approved the mountain of heresy, which caused their automatic excommunication, see Section 13.2 of the below site.

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    Section 12 > Anti-Christ vatican-2 heresies (50 listed) ... followed by many Catholic corrections.

    Sections 13 and 13.1 > Photographic *proof* of heresy at the Vatican.

    Because of … the Catholic Dogma on automatic excommunication for heresy or for physical participation in a heretic cult (such as the v-2 cult) …

    … we were all placed, body and soul, *outside* of Christianity (the Catholic Church) on 8 December 1965 … the close date of the “council”.

    Section 13.2 > Catholic Dogma on automatic excommunication for heresy or participating in a heretic cult such as ... vatican-2, lutheran, methodist, evangelical, etc.

    Section 107 > St. Athanasius (died 373 A.D.) ... “Even if the Church were reduced to a handful ...” - - during the “arian” heresy ... we are there again, but worse.

    Section 13.3 > Matt 16:18, Gates of Hell scripture ... is *not* about the Office of the Papacy ... four Dogmatic Councils defined it ... that heresy will not cause the Dogma to disappear.

    Section 13.4 > The vatican-2 heretic cult does not have the Office of the Papacy only the Catholic Church has the Papacy.

    Section 13.6 > The Catholic Dogma on Jurisdiction and Automatic Excommunication for heresy define that ... God has allowed Catholic Jurisdiction ... for Mass and Confession to disappear from the world. There is no such thing as Catholic Mass outside of the Catholic Church.

    Non-Catholic heresies such as “vatican-2”, “sspx”, “sspv”, “cmri”, etc. ... do not have Catholic Mass.

    Section 19.1 > Dogma on Abjuration for *re-entering* Christianity (the Catholic Church) … after being automatically excommunicated. A Formal Abjuration is provided here also.

    Section 10.2 > Returning to a state of grace, in places and times when Confession is not available, like now.

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    Second Council of Constantinople, 553 A.D. -- infallible Source of Dogma >
    "The heretic, even though he has not been condemned formally by any individual, in reality brings anathema on himself, having cut himself off from the way of truth by his heresy."

    Blessed John Eudes, died 1680 >
    “The greatest evil existing today is heresy, an infernal rage which hurls countless souls into eternal damnation.”

    Everything you must know, believe, and do to get to Heaven is on > >

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