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Yes, the world needs heroes

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The hidden treasure and the precious pearl are nothing other than Jesus Himself.

Posted on July 27, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

 

 By Father Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap
ROME (Zenit) – What did Jesus want to say with the two parables of the hidden treasure and the precious pearl? More or less this: The decisive hour of history has arrived. The Kingdom of God has come on earth.

Specifically, it is about himself and his coming on earth. The hidden treasure and the precious pearl are nothing other than Jesus himself. It is as if, with these words, Jesus wished to say: Salvation has come to you freely, by God’s initiative. Make a decision, take advantage of the opportunity, do not let it escape from you. It is the time to decide.

What comes to my mind is the day World War II ended. In the city, partisans and allies opened the storerooms with provisions left by the German army when it retreated. In a flash, the news reached villages in the country and all ran at top speed to take all those wonderful things. Some arrived home full of blankets, others with baskets of provisions.

I think that with these two parables Jesus wished to create such an atmosphere. He wanted to say: Run while you have time! There is a free treasure that awaits you, a precious pearl. Do not lose the opportunity.

Except that, in Jesus’ case, what is at stake is infinitely more serious. One’s all is at stake. The Kingdom is the only thing that can save us from the highest risk of life, which is to lose the reason why we are in this world.

We are in a society that lives on insurance. People insure themselves against everything. In some countries, it is a kind of mania. There is even insurance against bad weather during vacations. Among all, the most important and frequent insurance is that of life.

However, lets reflect for a minute. Of what use is this insurance and against what does it insure us? Against death? Of course not. It ensures that, in case of death, some one receives an indemnity.

The Kingdom of Heaven is also life insurance against death. “Whoever believes in me, even though he die, shall live,” said Jesus. Thus we also understand the radical need posed by such a “deal”: to sell everything and leave it all. In other words, to be prepared, if necessary, for any sacrifice.

However, not to pay the price of the treasure or the pearl, which, by definition, do not have a “price,” but to be worthy of them.

In each of the parables there are, in fact, two actors: an evident one, that goes, sells and buys; and a hidden one, taken for granted. The author taken for granted is the former proprietor who did not realize that in his field there was a treasure and sold it cheaply to the first bidder. It is the man or woman who had the precious pearl, did not realize its value, and gave it to the first merchant passing by, perhaps for a collection of false pearls.

How can we not see in this warning that is addressed to those of us who sell our faith and Christian heritage for nothing?

However, the parable does not say “a man sold everything he had and started to look for a hidden treasure.” We know how such stories end: One loses what one had and finds no treasure. These are stories of dreamers, of visionaries.

No, man found a treasure and, because of this, sold all he had to buy it. In a word, it is necessary to have found the treasure to have the strength and joy to sell everything.

Leaving the parable to one side, we must first find Jesus, meet him in a personal, new and convincing way. Discover him as friend and savior. Then it will be child’s play to sell everything.

It is something that will be “full of joy,” as the proprietor mentioned in the Gospel

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Obama has no moral authority, calls the evil of abortion a "right"

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I (too)will not vote for anyone who fails to recognize the humanity of the child in the womb and who supports the continued execution of these children, hiding the evil under the lie of the abortion culture that it is a “choice”. Such a man does not have a consistent claim to be an advocate of human rights. He fails to recognize that these rights apply to all men and women at every age and every stage.He can talk all he wants about tearing down walls but his messge is hollow until he respects the wall of the womb, the sanctuary of all humanity.

Senator Obama does not acknowledge that
an entire class of persons, children in the first
home of the human race their mother’s womb,
are our neighbors. He speaks of inalienable rights,
but fails to include these children in the first among
them, the right to life. He also does not include
these little persons in his claims to care about
the poor and his concern for the immigrants.
Yet, they are, in the words of a great treasure
of our age, the late “Mother” now
“Blessed” Teresa of Calcutta, the “poorest of the poor”.
These little boys and girls are being evicted
from their first home, the womb,every day
by the thousands. No, they are actually being killed,
burned, and dismembered, in a war
being waged upon the womb complete
with surgical strikes and chemical weapons.
And, he supports it all, calling this evil a “right”.
I prefer instead the older man, the humble one, the Vicar of Christ who travelled to Sydney and preached the only message which can truly assist the whole world in tearing down the walls of hostility which divide us, Benedict the Beneficent. He knows that the wall of the womb is a sanctuary and he calls us all to protect those who are found within its shelter against those who want to kill them. He speaks truth to those who fail to defend against this form of terrorism, the kind being committed against children in the womb and protected by positive law. The Apostle Paul, with whom Barack Obama is quite familiar, wrote these words to the Christians in the City of Ephesus about the One who alone can tear down walls, Jesus Christ: “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have become near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, he who made both one and broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his flesh, abolishing the law with its commandments and legal claims, that he might create in himself one new person in place of the two, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile both with God, in one body, through the cross, putting that enmity to death by it. He came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near, for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone. Through him the whole structure is held together and grows into a temple sacred in the Lord; in him you also are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.” Pope Benedict understands that St. Paul speaks of the new humanity, the Church. The fundamental solution to ending the divisions which exists between us will require authentic conversion and not lofty rhetoric. Thank God we have great religious leaders in our day, like Pope Benedict, telling us all the truth. We also need great civil leaders as well, to serve the State and the common good. However, they must be men and women who are not selective in whose voice they will hear. They must not exclude from their definition of the poor innocent children in the womb. Until Senator Obama hears the cry of the children behind the wall of the womb, I will never consider giving him my support. His claim to speak with moral authority is undermined by his unabashed support of the so called “right” to abortion. Senator Obama, how about that wall, the wall of flesh, the one which protects the next generation? It used to be the safest place on earth.Now,it has become a battlefield in a new campaign of terror.
excerpt from:

OPINION: Senator Obama and the Wall of the Womb
By Deacon Keith Fournier7/25/2008
Catholic Online (http://www.catholic.org/)

Dr Alveda King, Pastoral Associate, Priests for life and neice

of the late Martin Luther King said:
“Science is indisputably clear –
abortion kills a living human being.
It’s the ideology of those who call themselves
pro-choice that leads them to ignore this
inconvenient scientific fact.

If Senator Obama really does want the courts
to be ‘the refuge of the powerless,’
he needs to heed his own words
and vote for justices who will stand for
the most powerless, the unborn.”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life
organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia.
For more information, visit http://www.priestsforlife.org/.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere…”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Obama Worse than Clintons on Abortion Says National Right to Life Leader

Posted on July 27, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

LifeSite News Interview

“I fear for our nation, should he become President”
By John-Henry Westen
WASHINGTON, DC, July 23, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com)

LifeSiteNews.com sat down with Brian Johnston, Western Director for the National Right to Life Committee for an interview yesterday, in which Johnston stressed that current Democratic Presidential candidate Barak Hussein Obama is even more radical on abortion than Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
“Right now at this moment in history the one thing that in the United States of America every citizen can impact is the destiny of our nation,” began Johnston. “And that is through the Presidential race. The next President is likely going to place two Supreme Court Justices..”
The enduring legacy of the presidency is in fact the justices that they leave. A lot of people didn’t like George Bush’s position but National Right to Life supported Bush. He was committed to justices which would uphold the constitution as written and by extension overturn Roe, and he actually kept those promises. In the current situation John McCain has said the same thing.”
Turning to Obama, Johnston said, “On the other side we have an individual who not merely is a pro-abort, but probably the most pro-abortion candidate for President that we’ve seen as a nation..”
Johnston noted further that Obama,”when he spoke to Planned Parenthood, promised that his first official act would be to sign FOCA into law.”

FOCA is the Freedom of Choice Act which would eliminate any state law limiting abortion, including partial birth abortion.
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Somehow, in the midst of our very refusal to receive Him, He discovers a pathway into our hearts

Posted on July 27, 2008. Filed under: Prayer | Tags: |

Justice is put on trial; Truth is called a liar; Love is declared hateful. 

All of this we do to avoid being called out of the shadow of sin. Yet

somehow, in the midst of our very refusal to receive Him, 

He discovers a pathway into our hearts, and He determines to

follow that path, knowing that it will cost Him everything.

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source: Stations of the Cross (based on The Passion of the Christ

tip:The Weight of Glory

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Yes, the world needs heroes

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Prayer of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus

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O Jesus, who in Thy bitter Passion didst become “the most abject of men, a man of sorrows”, I venerate Thy Sacred Face whereon there once did shine the beauty and sweetness of the Godhead; but now it has become for me as if it were the face of a leper! Nevertheless, under those disfigured features, I recognize Thy infinite Love and I am consumed with the desire to love Thee and make Thee loved by all men.

The tears which well up abundantly in Thy sacred eyes appear to me as so many precious pearls that I love to gather up, in order to purchase the souls of poor sinners by means of their infinite value. O Jesus, whose adorable face ravishes my heart, I implore Thee to fix deep within me Thy divine image and to set me on fire with Thy Love, that I may be found worthy to come to the contemplation of Thy glorious Face in Heaven. Amen.

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He who has true confidence in God knows that God has not become indifferent to us because He allows His foes to parade in triumph for a while -Dietrich von Hilderbrand

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It mostly remains an impenetrable mystery for us why God permits such a passing triumph of evil at all. So much is certain, that this mystery is related to the part God has assigned to man’s freedom of will. But we must not presume to unriddle the secrets of God…. Our belief in the meaning and value of all divine permissions must remain unshaken. No matter how insoluble the puzzle may appear to our human understanding, even in such moments we must feel secure in the infinite love of God. He who has true confidence in God knows that God has not become indifferent to us because He allows His foes to parade in triumph for a while; he remembers Jesus chiding His disciples when they, frightened by the tempest, awoke Him: “Why are you fearful, o ye of little faith?”Dietrich von Hilderbrand, “Confidence in God,” Transformation in Christ

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I have accepted the loss of everything in order to gain Christ – Phil 3,8

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At the foot of the Cross, Mary lovingly receives the lifeless body of her Son. She kisses Him, and then gazes out at us as she holds Him. Her eyes are filled with grief but no bitterness. “This is for you,” her eyes say to us. She is the gracious hostess of the divine meal, expressing a hospitality that has cost her everything.

Mary is… the Mother of Mercy because it is to her that Jesus entrusts his Church and all humanity. At the foot of the Cross, when she accepts John as her son, when she asks, together with Christ, forgiveness from the Father for those who do not know what they do, Mary experiences, in perfect docility to the Spirit, the richness and the universality of God’s love, which opens her heart and enables it to embrace the entire human race. Thus Mary becomes, for each and every one of us, the Mother who obtains for us divine mercy.Pope John Paul II, The Splendor of Truth

The Pearl of Great Price – God’s Will


Ultimately, we come to expect God to accept our understanding of what his will ought to be and to help us fulfill that, instead of learning to see and accept his will in the real situations in which he places us daily. The simple soul who each day makes a morning offering of “all the prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day” — and who then acts upon it by accepting unquestioningly and responding lovingly to all the situations of the day as truly sent by God — has perceived with an almost childlike faith the profound truth about the will of God. To predict what God’s will is going to be, to rationalize about what his will must be, is at once a work of human folly and yet the subtlest of all temptations. The plain and simple truth is that his will is what he actually wills to send us each day, in the way of circumstances, places, people, and problems. The trick is to learn to see that — not just in theory, or not just occasionally in a flash of insight granted by God’s grace, but every day. Each of us has no need to wonder about what God’s will must be for us; his will for us is clearly revealed in every situation of every day, if only we could learn to view all things as he sees them and sends them to us.

– Fr. Walter Ciszek, SJ, in He Leadeth Me, chapter 3

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Prayer is not a feeling – Prayer is a dialogue – Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Posted on July 27, 2008. Filed under: God, Heart, Prayer | Tags: , , , , , , |

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Prayer for the Canonization of the
Servant of God Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
Heavenly Father, source of all holiness, You raise up within the Church in every age men and women who serve with heroic love and dedication. You have blessed Your Church through the life and ministry of Your faithful servant, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. He has written and spoken well of Your Divine Son, Jesus Christ, and was a true instrument of the Holy Spirit in touching the hearts of countless people. If it be according to Your Will, for the honor and glory of the Most Holy Trinity and for the salvation of souls, we ask You to move the Church to proclaim him a saint. We ask this prayer through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
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