WEEKLY SERMON: 10 JANUARY, 2013

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Now then…I want to state FROM THE START that I am a simple servant. The “theories” or “beliefs” that I am writing on reflect MY OWN understandings, and do not in any way reflect anyone elses…with that said….

A person in my online Parish asked me about Creationism-vs-Evolutionism…well, I have been privy to both sides of this argument…the big questions I see are “Do animals have souls?” and “Is what the Evolutionists say true?”….

As a man of “the cloth” my insight may be someone opinionated and a bit colored by my belief..(LOL!)

The question they posed to me was “Do you have any articles, sermons, or publications that can shed light on this subject?…Sadly (aside from the OBVIOUS choice, The Bible) NO….but I will say this:

Believe it or not, I have NO articles or sermons that will “patch” that hole in anyone’s faith…I DO recommend, however, you give ponder to THIS thought…and it should explain much in both theory, and faith…

Scientist can explain much…evolution, evolving, cells…etc….and according to them, EVERYTHING came from “nothing” (in a manner of speaking)…they throw up the Higgs-Bosun theory and expect to say “this is where it all started”..that somehow we all are a big accident…..(with me so far?)

Ok, so..according to them 2 particles collided and started a chain reaction called “The Big Bang”….now, I am not scientist..but give thought to this for a second: WHERE DID THOSE 2 PARTICLES COME FROM??
2 Atoms…firing…created MASS?? Created dirt, stone, minerals…and eventually life???

There was a vast empty nothingness and suddenly there are HUGE planets and stars spinning around???

This is where FAITH comes into play… faith that (if we suspend our Christianity for a second) a higher power EVOLVED them…CREATED them…the dirt, rocks, stars…so, who is to say that they are not PARTIALLY right?? In that whilst it all may HAVE come from these 2 particles…but CREATED by a DIVINE HAND…not “something just happened and it all began”…..

Now then, I wish to state firstly that I DO NOT CARE where we came from, how we started, or who banged into whom to START life..I am ONLY interested in where we are HEADING…

What happens AFTERWARD…..

They tout all this theory and plausibility, as if it defines a person and their soul…sorry, not buying it….a person is the result of WHAT THEY BELIEVE…not what scientists assume they are composed of…

Water: 35 liters.
Carbon: 20 kg.
Ammonia: 4 liter.
Lime: 1.5 kg.
Phosphorus: 800 g.
Salt: 250 g.
Saltpeter: 100 g.
Sulfur: 80 g.
Fluorine 7.5 g.
Iron 5 g.
Silicon 3 g.
and trace amounts of 15 other elements.

Those are the “building blocks” of what a human body is composed of….so…what “knits” those together??? What ANIMATES it?? Neuro-electrical charges?? Bio-Chemical reactions?? Sure…we could go with that…but the fact remains, they cannot explain (to my mind) sufficiently to show what IS the inside…the soul….what POWERS us. That part of our being that makes us US…AWARE.

They FAIL to answer that. They hold their science up and say “We are the new Gods”…and yet, they fail to think for a second: “Who GAVE me the power to reason, to logic, to THINK on a higher level?”

They CANNOT explain (to my mind) HOW we are…WHO we are..not simply what we are made of.

The fact you are actually READING, COMPREHENDING, THINKING…those things they have NO answer for.

Who does?? Only FAITH….a personal belief in something HIGHER than oneself…..think on this for a bit…

They can say whatever they wish….write as many dissertations on the subject…purport ANY theory they wish….it still will not, in the end, change what I BELIEVE as an INDIVIDUAL person…

This is just MY way of looking at it….<3

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READING OF THE DAY (part II) : 10 JANUARY, 2013

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“We love because he first loved us. 

If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 

This is the commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. 

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God, and everyone who loves the father loves (also) the one begotten by him. In this way we know that we love the children of God when we love God and obey his commandments.  

For the love of God is this, that we keep his commandments.

And his commandments are not burdensome, for whoever is begotten by God conquers the world.

And the victory that conquers the world is our faith.” 1John 4:19-21.5:1-4.

READING OF THE DAY (part I): 10 JANUARY, 2013

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“Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news of him spread throughout the whole region.

He taught in their synagogues and was praised by all.

He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom into the synagogue on the sabbath day.

He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah.

He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free,and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.”

Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him.

He said to them, “Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”

And all spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth.

They also asked, “Isn’t this the son of Joseph?” -Luke 4:14-22.

SAINT OF THE DAY: 10 JANUARY, 2013

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Saint Françoise De Sales (Léonie Aviat)
Religious
(1844-1914)

Léonie Aviat was born in Sézanne, in the region of Champagne (France) on September 16, 1844. She attended school at the Monastery of the Visitation in the city of Troyes, where Mother Marie de Sales Chappuis, the superior, and Father Louis Brisson, the chaplain, exerted a decisive influence on her. Having thus been formed at the school of St. Francis de Sales, she prepared herself for the mission with which she was to be entrusted: the foundation of a Congregation committed to the Salesian spirituality and to the evangelization of young workers.

The beginnings came in the year 1866. This was the time when large industrial concerns were attracting an underpaid labor force to the cities. This was also the case in the city of Troyes, where textile mills engaged young girls of rural extraction. Father Brisson, a zealous apostle and already one of the forerunners of the great social movement that developed at the end of the 19th century, had opened a center, in 1858, to welcome young girls working in the textile mills in order to give them a complete education, both human and Christian. Unable to find a suitable directress and a stable supervisory staff for this center, known as the “Oeuvre Saint-François de Sales”, with God’s inspiration, he decided to establish a religious congregation. He found in Léonie Aviat an incomparable co-worker, in whom he discerned a vocation to the consecrated life as well. Indeed, upon completing her studies, the young lady left the Visitation monastery with the firm intention of returning to it as a lay Sister. But Father Brisson and Mother Chappuis advised her to wait. Obedient to what she regarded as God’s will, she received a special sign from Him a little later, one that couldn’t be mistaken for an illusion: obliged to go to the factory, where glasses were manufactured and repaired, in Sézanne, her native city, an inspiration enlightened her mind and guided her decision. The sight of the workroom filled with young factory workers busily engaged in their work beneath the watchful and maternal gaze of a supervisor aroused in her heart the desire to take her place among them in order to counsel and guide them. This attraction would press her even more strongly the day that Father Brisson invited her to visit the “Oeuvre ouvrière” which he had founded in Troyes.

On April 18, 1866, she joined the “Oeuvre Saint-François de Sales”, with one of her former classmates of the Visitation, Lucie Canuet.

On October 30, 1868, the young foundress was clothed with the religious habit and received the name of Sister Françoise de Sales. This name was a sign indicating what would be her life’s work, as she herself expressed it in the form of a prayer in her personal notes: “St. Francis de Sales, you have chosen me to be at the head of this little group; give me your spirit, your heart… Grant me a share of your union with God and of that interior spirit which knows how to do everything in union with Him and nothing without Him” (August, 1871). The “little group” which she guided placed itself under the protection of the saintly Bishop of Geneva and completely adopted his method of spirituality and of pedagogy; hence, the name that it chose for itself: the “Oblate Sisters of St. Francis de Sales”, which means offered to God and to the neighbor by means of their whole life.

On October 11, 1871, Sister Françoise de Sales professed her vows, and the following year, she was elected Superior General of the new Congregation which was thus canonically established and able to expand rapidly. Under her guidance, the community grew in numbers, and the social apostolate developed. At the same time, grade schools were opened in parishes, and in Paris the first boarding school for young ladies was also opened, an establishment which Mother Aviat directed for eight years. The apostolate of the Oblate Sisters thus extended to the different classes of society and to all forms of education, and, from the very first years of its foundation, to the missions ad gentes as well.

In 1893, after a period of effacement which brought to light her humility, Mother Françoise de Sales was again elected Superior General, an office she held until her death. During this time, she endeavored to develop the apostolate of the Congregation in Europe, South Africa, and Ecuador, while lavishing her untiring solicitude on every community and on each of her Sisters. In 1903, she had to cope with the persecution directed against religious orders in France. While maintaining the houses of her Congregation that could be maintained in France, she transferred the Mother House to Perugia, Italy. In 1911, she secured the final approbation of the Constitutions of the Institute from Pope St. Pius X.

On January 10, 1914, she died in Perugia with serenity, totally entrusting herself to God. To the very end, she remained faithful to the resolution made at the time of her Profession: “To forget myself entirely”. To her daughters in every age, she left this very Salesian precept: “Let us work for the happiness of others”.

She was beatified on September 27, 1992 and canonized on November 25, 2001 at Rome by John Paul II.

– SOURCE:Libreria Editrice Vaticana