WEEKLY SERMON FOR 4 JANUARY, 2013

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As a Cleric, I have a unique perspective on the world…I get to see EVERY aspect of the human condition. I see tears, love, hatred, anger, jealousy, regret, sorrow, joy….the list is a veritable STEW of every emotion on the planet.

The hardest part of this perspective is knowing how to separate myself from these emotions….well, sorry…I CANNOT.

I know that in the infamous book “City of God” written by St Augustine in the 700’s was the basis for how most clergy are SUPPOSED to act towards those in their parish…but as I have said on MANY occasions: I AM NOT A ROMAN CATHOLIC. So this little pamphlet does not apply to me. đŸ™‚

How can WE (clerics, priests, ministers, etc) “remove” ourselves from the human condition and expect to HELP them as we are supposed to do??

In my ‘parish’ I suffer with each and every loss…each joy, sorrow, heartache, exultation, sadness….THE WHOLE LOT.

If a cleric (one worthy of their Stole, that is) is going to do their job, THEN DO IT PROPERLY! Do not sit there and preach hatred from the pulpit…or bias…or slander…or politic…do not stand there and preach NEGATIVE to people whose lives are OBVIOUSLY not as easy or peaceful as yours…YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO LEAD THEM!

By “Lead them” it clearly means “Shelter them from the angst and sorrows of the world by keeping their eyes firmly fixed on God, and His LOVE”…not “Their souls are damned from the git-go!”..

I almost lost my temper the other day because someone had been verbally “bible beaten” by a cleric saying “it is for the good of your soul”…the crime?? They had prayed for the soul of their departed dog.

So if you are a cleric, and you are reading this, then you need to go BACK and RE READ the Bible AGAIN..this time setting aside that brain washing book by Augustine…and actually READING and UNDERSTANDING what Jesus said in John 13:34..”A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”

But then again…this is my take on the subject…<3

TODAY’S READING 4 JANUARY, 2013

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“John was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.”

The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.

Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?”

They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?”

He said to them,”Come, and you will see.”

So they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day.

It was about four in the afternoon.

Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus.

He first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed).

Then he brought him to Jesus.

Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John; you will be called Kephas” (which is translated Peter).” -John 1:35-42.

SAINT OF THE DAY 4 JANUARY, 2013

 

 

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Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
Foundress of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Joseph’s
(1774-1821)

Yes, Venerable Brothers and beloved sons and daughters! Elizabeth Ann Seton is a Saint! We rejoice and we are deeply moved that our apostolic ministry authorizes us to make this solemn declaration before all of you here present, before the holy Catholic Church, before our other Christian brethren in the world, before the entire American people, and before all humanity.

Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton is a Saint! She is the first daughter of the United States of America to be glorified with this incomparable attribute! But what do we mean when we say: «She is a Saint»? We all have some idea of the meaning of this highest title; but it is still difficult for us to make an exact analysis of it. Being a Saint means being perfect, with a perfection that attains the highest level that a human being can reach. A Saint is a human creature fully conformed to the will of God. A Saint is a person in whom all sin-the principle of death-is cancelled out and replaced by the living splendor of divine grace. The analysis of the concept of sanctity brings us to recognize in a soul the mingling of two elements that are entirely different but which come together to produce a single effect: sanctity. One of these elements is the human and moral element, raised to the degree of heroism: heroic virtues are always required by the Church for the recognition of a person’s sanctity. The second element is the mystical element, which express the measure and form of divine action in the person chosen by God to realize in herself-always in an original way-the image of Christ (Cfr. Rom. 8, 29).

The science of sanctity is therefore the most interesting, the most varied, the most surprising and the most fascinating of all the studies of that ever mysterious being which is man. The Church has made this study of the life, that is, the interior and exterior history, of Elizabeth Ann Seton. And the Church has exulted with admiration and joy, and has today heard her own charism of truth poured out in the exclamation that we send up to God and announce to the world: She is a Saint! (…). This will be one of the most valuable fruits of the Canonization of the new Saint: to know her, in order to admire in her an outstanding human figure; in order to praise God who is wonderful in his saints; to imitate her example which this ceremony places in a light that will give perennial edification; to invoke her protection, now that we have the certitude of her participation in the exchange of heavenly life in the Mystical Body of Christ, which we call the Communion of Saints and in which we also share, although still belonging to life on earth. (…)

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton was born, brought up and educated in New York in the Episcopalian Communion. To this Church goes the merit of having awakened and fostered the religious sense and Christian sentiment which in the young Elizabeth were naturally predisposed to the most spontaneous and lively manifestations. We willingly recognize this merit, and, knowing well how much it cost Elizabeth to pass over to the Catholic Church, we admire her courage for adhering to the religious truth and divine reality which were manifested to her therein. And we are likewise pleased to see that from this same adherence to the Catholic Church she experienced great peace and security, and found it natural to preserve all the good things which her membership in the fervent Episcopalian community had taught her, in so many beautiful expressions, especially of religious piety, and that she was always faithful in her esteem and affection for those from whom her Catholic profession had sadly separated her. (…)

And then we must note that Elizabeth Seton was the mother of a family and at the same time the foundress of the first Religious Congregation of women in the United States. (…)The Church renders the greatest honor possible to Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton and extols her personal and extraordinary contribution as a woman a wife, a mother, a widow, and a religious.

May the dynamism and authenticity of her life be an example in our day-and for generations to come-of what women can and must accomplish, in the fulfillment of their role, for the good of humanity. And finally we must recall that the most notable characteristic of our Saint is the fact that she was, as we said, the foundress of the first Religious Congregation of women in the United States. It was an offspring of the religious family of Saint Vincent de Paul, which later divided into various autonomous branches-five principal ones-now spread throughout the world. And yet all of them recognize their origin in the first group, that of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Joseph’s, personally established by Saint Elizabeth Seton at Emmitsburg in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The apostolate of helping the poor and the running of parochial schools in America had this humble, poor, courageous and glorious beginning. (…)

Yes, brethren, and sons and daughters: the Lord is indeed wonderful in his saints. Blessed be God for ever!

[ Canonization of Elisabeth Ann Seton: Homily of Pope Paul VI – September 14, 1975]

– SOURCE: Libreria Editrice Vaticana