…I FINALLY GET IT…..

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I was having a theological debate with another person today, and I FINALLY understand WHY I am so hated…so reviled….yep…it came to me in a BRILLIANT flash of “Divine Inspiration”….

Want to hear about it??

Ok…most people know I pray for the souls of the departed…(DUH! CLERIC! 😀 ) and most know I ALSO pray for souls of departed PETS as well. The reasons I give are simple…God created them.

Whether they have a soul or not seems to be the fiercest of battles I face almost daily. Whether they get “into heaven” as well…

Here is my take on that: God created them (Genesis chapter 1)..but MAN is the ONLY one that rebelled. This started the whole “original sin” campaign that has been being waged since Augustine wrote his “City of God” book….man, sin, heaven, souls, salvation…you know what I am talking about.

Well, when Constantine dictated all of Rome was now Christian…and the Council of Nycea in 325 established the Roman Catholic Church, the war for souls has waged even HOTTER.

They point out to me that Jesus dies for OUR sins…that in His dying He opened the gates of heaven for those who believed….now, it is going to get REALLY easy to follow..so bear with me…

ANIMALS have NO SIN…nope…none..they are SINLESS, so therefore the “Salvation” and “Covenant” and “Belief” parts are OUT…they were created sinless, live sinless lives, and therefore have NO NEED of that covenant….and therefore ALSO have no need of Salvation at the hands of man for any wrongdoing….they have, in effect, a “get into heaven free” card.

This is not the point of this diatribe though…what IS is this:

I follow Mark 12:28-31 as the CORE of my Ministry…”One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’

The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

There is no commandment greater than these.”

He did not say ONE PARTICULAR GROUP…

This what I preach..this is the CORE of TRUE CHRISTIANITY…TO LOVE GOD, AND TO ONE ANOTHER WITHOUT EXCEPTIONS.

My master AGAIN pronounced His law….

“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.” -John 13:34

He did not say “Only Catholics”…or “only Protestants”…he said EACH OTHER…and this is why I am so hated…

I do not have dogma or rhetoric established of almost 20 centuries tying my tongue…I do not have LAWS OF MAN (I.E.: Canon Law) binding my belief…I do not have someone above me saying “that is not the way, do it again and we will shun you”…

I have GOD as my higher up…I need NO ONE ELSE, as their is NONE HIGHER! I have HIS law, HIS word, HIS written documents TELLING ME to do what I do….what care I for the laws of man when The Law of God SUPERSEDES ALL OTHERS…

Am I a ‘heretic’ ??

A ‘sinner’??

A ‘false prophet’??

Well, hard to be a heretic if your not of THAT faith, nor a sinner if GOD HIMSELF SAID TO DO IT…nor a false prophet if what I am saying is EXACTLY what Jesus HIMSELF said…without interpretation or bias based on centuries old dogma.

So, in effect, I realized that I am preaching TRUTH, and not rhetoric, dogma, canon colored laws of man, nor interpretations made by countless contradictory others…and THAT is why I am hated…I am not putting money into another’s purse, nor in their pew, and that makes me the enemy…

So, to any who DO listen and follow me that makes THEM heretics and sinners as well..want to hear a secret??

My Master ALSO had this same problem….

“But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.” -Luke 5:30-32

“When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”-Mark 2:16-17

So…to those who see me as a “threat” to their faith I say this: Maybe you should follow Matthew 7:1 …and not Canon Law 1….:)

Peace be with you all…<3

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READING OF THE DAY: 22 MARCH, 2013

LEGION

“I hear the whisperings of many: “Terror on every side! Denounce! let us denounce him!”

All those who were my friends are on the watch for any misstep of mine.

“Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail, and take our vengeance on him.”

But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion: my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.

In their failure they will be put to utter shame, to lasting, unforgettable confusion.

O LORD of hosts, you who test the just, who probe mind and heart, Let me witness the vengeance you take on them, for to you I have entrusted my cause.

Sing to the LORD, praise the LORD, For he has rescued the life of the poor from the power of the wicked!” -Jeremiah 20:10-13.

SAINT OF THE DAY: 22 MARCH, 2013

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Blessed Clemens August von Galen
Bishop of Münster
(1933-1946)

Clemens August von Galen was born on 16 March 1878 in Dinklage Castle, Oldenburg, Germany, the 11th of 13 children born to Count Ferdinand Heribert and Elisabeth von Spee.

His father belonged to the noble family of Westphalia, who since 1660 governed the village of Dinklage. For over two centuries his ancestors carried out the inherited office of camerlengo of the Diocese of Münster.

Clemens August grew up in Dinklage Castle and in other family seats. Due to the struggle between Church and State, he and his brothers were sent to a school run by the Jesuits in Feldkirch, Austria.

He remained there until 1894, when he transferred to the Antonianum in Vechta. After graduation, he studied philosophy and theology in Frebur, Innsbruck and Münster, and was ordained a priest on 28 May 1904 for the Diocese of Münster by Bishop Hermann Dingelstadt.

Parish priest, concern for poor

His first two years as a priest were spent as vicar of the diocesan cathedral where he became chaplain to his uncle, Bishop Maximilian Gerion von Galen.

From 1906 to 1929, Fr von Galen carried out much of his pastoral activity outside Münster: in 1906 he was made chaplain of the parish of St Matthias in Berlin-Schönberg; from 1911 to 1919 he was curate of a new parish in Berlin before becoming parish priest of the Basilica of St Matthias in Berlin-Schönberg, where he served for 10 years; here, he was particularly remembered for his special concern for the poor and outcasts.

In 1929, Fr von Galen was called back to Münster when Bishop Johannes Poggenpohl asked him to serve as parish priest of the Church of St Lambert.

In January 1933, Bishop Poggenpohl died, leaving the See vacant. After two candidates refused, on September 5, 1933 Fr Clemens was appointed Bishop of Münster by Pope Pius XI.

On October 28, 1933 he was consecrated by Cardinal Joseph Schulte, Archbishop of Cologne; Bishop von Galen was the first diocesan Bishop to be consecrated under Hitler’s regime.

Throughout the 20 years that Bishop von Galen was curate and parish priest in Berlin, he wrote on various political and social issues; in a pastoral letter dated 26 March 1934, he wrote very clearly and critically on the “neopaganism of the national socialist ideology”.

Due to his outspoken criticism, he was called to Rome by Pope Pius XI in 1937 together with the Bishop of Berlin, to confer with them on the situation in Germany and speak of the eventual publication of an Encyclical.

On 14 March 1937 the Encyclical “Mit brennender Sorge” (To the Bishops of Germany: The place of the Catholic Church in the German Reich) was published. It was widely circulated by Bishop von Galen, notwithstanding Nazi opposition.

“Lion of Munster’

In the summer of 1941, in answer to unwarranted attacks by the National Socialists, Bishop von Galen delivered three admonitory sermons between July and August. He spoke in his old parish Church of St Lambert and in Liebfrauen-Ueberlassen Church, since the diocesan cathedral had been bombed.

In his famous speeches, Bishop von Galen spoke out against the State confiscation of Church property and the programmatic euthanasia carried out by the regime.

The clarity and incisiveness of his words and the unshakable fidelity of Catholics in the Diocese of Münster embarrassed the Nazi regime, and on 10 October 1943 the Bishop’s residence was bombed. Bishop von Galen was forced to take refuge in nearby Borromeo College.

From 12 September 1944 on, he could no longer remain in the city of Münster, destroyed by the war; he left for the zone of Sendenhorst.

In 1945, Vatican Radio announced that Pope Pius XII was to hold a Consistory and that the Bishop of Münster was also to be present.

Creation of a Cardinal

After a long and difficult journey, due to the war and other impediments, Bishop von Galen finally arrived in the “Eternal City”. On 21 February 1946 the Public Consistory was held in St Peter’s Basilica and Bishop von Galen was created a Cardinal.

On 16 March 1946 the 68-year-old Cardinal returned to Münster. He was cordially welcomed back by the city Authorities and awarded honorary citizenship by the burgomaster.

On the site of what remained of the cathedral, Cardinal von Galen gave his first (and what would be his last) discourse to the more than 50,000 people who had gathered, thanking them for their fidelity to the then-Bishop of Münster during the National Socialist regime. He explained that as a Bishop, it was his duty to speak clearly and plainly about what was happening.

No one knew that the Cardinal was gravely ill, and when he returned to Münster on 19 March 1946 he had to undergo an operation.

Cardinal von Galen died just three days later, on 22 March. He was buried on 28 March in the Ludgerus Chapel, which has become a place of pilgrimage to this defender of the faith in the face of political oppression.

(SOURCE: Libreria Editrice Vaticana)