Wednesday, April 29, 2009
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Bishop Finn, in his speech at the 2009 Gospel of Life Convention in Kansas, is a good example of the leadership we so desperately need right now:
Every day the choice is before us: right or wrong; good or bad; the blessing or the curse; life or death. Our whole life must be oriented toward choosing right, the good, the blessing; choosing life.
If you and I fail to realize the meaning and finality behind our choices, and the intensity of the constant warfare that confronts us, it is likely that we will drop our guard, be easily and repeatedly deceived, and even loose the life of our eternal soul.
As bishop I have a weighty responsibility to tell you this over and over again. This obligation is not always easy, and constantly I am tempted to say and do less, rather than more. Almost everyday I am confronted with the persuasion of other people who want me to be silent. But – with God’s grace – you and I will not be silent.
And kudos to Miss California for having the courage to state her belief in marriage as being between a man and a woman when questioned by a homosexual judge- who should have been charged with hate crimes for this statement:
Reacting to Prejean's answer on his popular gossip blog, Hilton, an open homosexual, called the answer "the worst answer in pageant history."
"She lost, not because she doesn't believe in gay marriage, she lost because she's a dumb b*tch."
He went on to say in an interview:
If that girl would have won Miss USA, California, I would have gone up on stage, I sh*t you not, ... snatched that tiara off her head, and run out the door," said Hilton.
Hilton later apologized for the remarks, offering to take Prejean out for coffee and a "talk."
However, he revoked his apology on a subsequent MSNBC interview. "The more I've thought about it, the more - you know what? No, I'm going to stand by what I said just like she's standing by what she said," said Hilton.
"And I called her the 'b' word, and hey, I was thinking the 'c' word, and I didn't say it," he added, laughing.
Hilton said Miss California's answer "was divisive and alienated millions of gays and lesbians." Because "Miss USA should represent all Americans," said Hilton, Prejean should have given a more ambiguous answer in favor of state sovereignty in the marriage debate.
(And they accuse us of "hate crimes"!)
I like what miss Prejean had to say:
On Monday's Billy Bush Show, Prejean also said the answer "did cost me my crown," but also said she "wouldn't have had it any other way.
"I said what I feel. I stated an opinion that was true to myself and that's all I can do," said Prejean.
"It is a very touchy subject and he [Perez] is a homosexual, and I see where he was coming from, and I see the audience would've wanted me to be more politically correct. But I was raised in a way that you can never compromise your beliefs and your opinions for anything."
"I feel like I won. I feel like I'm the winner. I really do," said Prejean, who noted that she has been deluged with support since the telecast.
"That made me the real winner of the night."
This is a fine example of standing up for your beliefs and not succumbing to the desire for human respect at the cost of your soul.
In Poland, Archbishop of Krakow Stanislaw Cardinal Dziwisz also provided leadership and inspiration in his Good Friday address, stating:
Self-interested politicians are like Pilate," the Cardinal said.
"They kill the truth, fearing the loss of their jobs. They kill the truth about the conceived life of the child in the womb, supposedly claiming it was not even human life. They kill the truth about the sanctity of human life and dignity of the sick and old, saying it was no longer human life. They kill the truth about marriage as an indissoluble communion of man and woman, allowing for divorce and so-called free partnership unions," Cardinal Dziwisz said.
The Archbishop of Krakow stressed that the family should be the natural environment for new life and the development of children.
"The child has the right to be conceived as a fruit of love in the family, in marriage, not in a test tube.
"Let us be honest and courageous people. Let us not betray the truth about life for any price. Even at the cost of losing power, or places in parliament. Let us be defenders of life, which today is under threat, even in our own country," Cardinal Dziwisz emphasized.
So, even as the war against Christ's Church intensifies on all sides, there is a glimmer of hope that people from bishops on down to you and I are defending our faith, standing strong against the cancer that is today's society, threatening to destroy all that is good and holy. Keep praying for support from Heaven, and keep fighting the good fight. As Fr. Corapi says, "remember, in the end, we win!"
Monday, April 20, 2009
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Thursday, April 9, 2009
As I write this it is safe to say that there is more fear, insecurity, uncertainty, and distrust of authority than at any other time in my lifetime of over sixty years. This can be said for the United States and for most other countries in the Western world, probably the entire world. Why?
The secular and worldly thinker will come up with a veritable flock of cackling, screeching, barking, whining and screaming excuses.
They will all be wrong.
To understand our tenuous position, one must go to the order of causes rather than mere effects. The serious illness we see manifest socially, economically, and politically has its origin in the moral and spiritual realm.
To be blunt and to the point, it concerns that “dour combat with the forces of evil” that haunts the entire history of humanity.
We have divorced God in the public sphere. We have evicted the Owner of the house, forgetting that nature abhors a vacuum. If we reject the One that is Goodness and Truth, then it is guaranteed that He will be replaced by the one who is the “father of lies and murderer from the beginning,” as Jesus referred to the ancient adversary of man—Satan or the devil.
If you don’t believe that you don’t believe in the existence of either the enemy or the war...You will have little chance to survive.
The newest spectator sport in America is watching the disintegration of the great nations of the world on the cable news networks. Each day there is more drama and adventure in the news than the wildest of fiction. Every day you have to worry “What’s next?”
Mass murders multiply—in the workplace, in schools, public places, private homes. It is a frightening and sobering spectacle. The pundits marvel: How could it happen? Who could do that? The unthinkable becomes commonplace. The largest corporations vaporized in the twinkling of an eye. The net worth of millions of people cut in half in a matter of months. The politicians bluster and threaten. CEOs of major corporations fired by politicians, one wonders if the banking industry, the auto industry, the energy industries, etc. will soon be nationalized. Will the United States end up like some insolvent Third-World country. Will we bring wheelbarrows full of dollars to the checkout counter at Walmart soon for a few household items?
We’ve divorced God...
Countries call abortion the “law of the land.”
Can such societies that espouse what is tantamount to genocide be pleasing to God?
Can they survive for long?Please recall that this:
During Holy Week we celebrate the victory of Jesus Christ over all of this avalanche of sin, Satan, and death. He nailed it to the Cross. “Dying He destroyed our death. Rising He restored our life.” It is necessary that we enter into the Paschal mystery one person at a time, fully and seriously. Live in a state of grace. Do not persist in sin, for your life and mine is shorter than we think. The only way a family, a school, a parish, a city, a country, or a world can be healed is one person at a time.
All of the suffering and darkness of Good Friday finds its meaning in the burst of Light that is Easter morning. All of the fear, the insecurity, and the uncertainty; all of the betrayal, the mockery, and the suffering are vanquished by the glory of the Cross. No pain, no gain! No cross, no crown! No battle, no glory.
So stop worrying!
Trust the Lord Jesus...
After all, He is the Savior, and only He is the Savior. Place your trust in Him. All of this is really small potatoes. It simply provides a proving ground for saints. That’s all. We have no lasting dwelling in this valley of tears. It is the crucible wherein imperfect human beings are transformed by the fire of trial and the power of grace into the pure gold of God’s holy ones.
In the twinkling of an eye this will be over and we’ll stand before Jesus, Who will wipe away every tear, and having been faithful to our Faith we’ll hear those beautiful words:“Well done my good and faithful servant! Now at last enter into the joy of your Master’s house.”
A blessed Holy Week to you, and may the Light and glory of Easter comfort you in your struggles and confirm you in your faith.
Fr. John Corapi
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Jesus falls the first time- Oh Jesus, the burden of my sins cause my fall from grace; help me !
Jesus meets his sorrowful Mother- Oh Mary , teach me to love Jesus as you did, and grant me the grace of humility
Nailed to the Cross- Oh Jesus, every blow of the hammer is one more of my sins.
God, crucified for love of us- forgive me, Lord, for I am a sinner!