…THE HUMANITY IN THE INHUMAN……

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I wanted to take a moment to sort of EXPLAIN my viewpoint …to give you a sense of what, for lack of a better word, REVELATIONS I have had as a cleric.

I have been remanded and reprimanded by SCORES of other clerics who say that what I do is “an abomination”…that it is somehow “vile” and “a corruption of God’s word”…oh sure, they use WORSE words, but I have a theory…wanna hear it?

See, when I first started this calling I was under the impression of spreading The Word… performing Marriages, Funerals, Baptisms, giving a Sermon, etc, were the core of what a cleric is supposed to do. And yet after the first couple of months I found that what I REALLY do is so much more than simple “Rites” or “Ceremonies”…see, I have found that as a cleric it is not simply my job to look after the SPIRITUAL comforts that people need…but also their EMOTIONAL ones as well.

Case and point: ANY cleric can perform a funeral…but it takes one who truly wants the family to heal, one who TRULY understands their pain, to want them to begin a long road to health and recovery from a loss.

I turn to God’s word and I see time and again His Words of helping others, providing not only for the physical but the spiritual, and I think to myself “Is that ALL??” ..and the answer surprised even me…NO.

Does anyone remember the movie “The Martian Chronicles”..? Remember the small segment about the two Clerics who came to Mars to look after the spiritual well being of those who had settled there…only Fr Peregrine came to actually try and “preach” to Martians (even though they were supposedly no more)?  He made a statement that struck me as SO PROFOUND…so MOVING..that I cannot help but wonder if THIS statement is partially responsible for me doing what I do.

Here, let me quote this part of the movie and you will see what I mean…

“Upon introduction to Col. Wilder, Fr. Peregrine explains his mission, but he also harbors a personal curiosity about the Martians.

He enquires concerning a rumor about blue spheres, but no substantiation is forthcoming. Peregrine wants to exchange ideas with Martians if any can be found.

He wants to see the old Martian cities. Wilder compares Mars to the Wild West: colonization is proceeding too abruptly, there is too much corruption, and spiritual guidance is needed.

Wilder confides in the priests: he wonders if the Spender who attacked his fellow members of the third expedition was the real Spender. Perhaps there are still Martians afoot.

Wilder shows them the ruins of a Martian city. Pieces of it are being dismantled to be sent back to Earth. While others drive back to the Earth settlement, the priests stay behind, choosing to walk back on their own. Fr. Peregrine is actually the one who takes charge.

The two priests debate theological issues as they hike back to home base. By dusk they are lost. Three blue spheres appear.

Stone is afraid, convinced it’s the devil’s work. Peregrine is unafraid; he tries to communicate, showing his cross. The spheres depart.

But Peregrine’s shouting appears to provoke an avalanche.

As rocks rain down from the mountainside, the priests prostrate themselves on the ground, fearing the worst.

But a blue sphere descends from the sky, picks them up, and moves them to a safe spot. Peregrine is elated: this proves that the spheres have souls and free will.

Stone as usual wants to limit his attention to Earth souls that need saving; he is averse to non-human creatures. Peregrine asks: “Can’t you recognize the human in the inhuman?”

THERE…the humanity in the inhuman…the soul in those (as others would have it) as soulless…

See, I read in God’s Word about how we are supposed to help each other…to look after each other..TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER… and to ME that INCLUDED those souls without a voice…yes, ANIMALS…

Is this not also the job of a cleric? To help those OUTSIDE of what the acceptable rules of “the job” entail ENTIRELY..?

Was it not my Master who, when confronted by the church leaders of His day as to why He associated with sinners and tax collectors..those who were “outside of God’s Grace” in THEIR eyes..?

“As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.

While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples.

When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.

But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ 

For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” -Matthew 9:9-13

We were told to LOVE one another… “For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”” -Galatians 5:14

And yet, it was rather “non specific” about WHO, or WHAT, constituted “your neighbor”… did He mean only those who go to YOUR Church? Or MAN deemed worthy to save or help?

I believe my Master meant EVERYONE…yes, those in human form, AS WELL AS those with NON HUMAN form….

If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?

Are not even the tax collectors doing that?

And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others?

Do not even pagans do that?” -Matthew 5:46-47

I believe He meant love EVERYONE…not just the straight…the Christian…those who attend church…EVERYONE.

I have noticed that there are those who make a big deal about a certain Saint (Francis by name) and on his feast day they make a big show about blessing animals, and companions, and many people bring their pets to this blessing…but that is only ONE DAY A YEAR. HARDLY what we, as clerics, are SUPPOSED to be doing! We are supposed to be LIVING His Word..OBEYING His laws and edicts…

They tout how special these companions are in God’s eyes…how He gave them to us for companionship and how we should all be grateful yadda-yadda-yadda…and yet when that particular day passes, and perhaps one of those companions departs (dies) they do NOTHING to aid the person who has lost their beloved companion.

They spout “they have no soul” or “we cannot do that because our laws do not allow it”…HOW VERY DARE THEY!

Was it not the SAME DIVINE ACTION through which God created MAN that He ALSO created animals?

How then can they say “Animals have no soul”..? Is it because they cannot speak? Or is it because they do not put money in a plate, or further a set of ideals CREATED BY MAN that they are cast aside?

No, I feel that (as a cleric) it IS my duty and obligation to minister NOT ONLY to those who can speak and say “hallelujah” but ALSO to those who CANNOT speak, who have no voice..those who carry out the actions of HIS COMMANDMENT to the LETTER. They give us unconditional love, and do only as God has made them to do..and yet we segregate…we EXCLUDE them from our faith so many times.

WHY???

Does not The Scriptures TELL us we are supposed to be helping those same creations HE MADE?

“I also said to myself, “As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals.

Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other.

All have the same breath ; humans have no advantage over animals.

Everything is meaningless. All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return.

Who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?”” -Ecclesiastes 3:18-21

This is why I have walked this path for the last 8 years…to help those GOD SENT rather than those man would call to me…

This is why it is named a “CALLING”…for God calls those HE NEEDS to do HIS work HE sets them to…not what MAN thinks a cleric should be doing…

This is why I PERSIST in still praying for, ministering to, and aiding those same creations HE MADE and blessed…

Think about it…carefully…would God send someone to do His bidding if HE HIMSELF had not already sanctioned it?

“Consider what God has done:Who can straighten what he has made crooked?

When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other.

Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.” -Ecclesiastes 3:13-14

I know in my heart of hearts, and the deepest recesses of my soul, that my Master CALLED me to do this work…not because of some social “I was an activist”…because I wasn’t…yes..I too once saw them as “just animals” and “not human”…until I looked at them through HIS eyes..through HIS WORD…and saw the SOUL inside.

“I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race.

He has made everything beautiful in its time.

He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.

That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.

I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.” -Ecclesiastes 3:10-14

Think about it…to see the humanity in the inhuman…is this not the CORE of what FAITH IN CHRIST is?

Is this not fulfilling His law regarding loving one another?

Perhaps they are angry because I am somehow (in their eyes) taking away something from them? That somehow I am “luring” others away from their church? I do not think so…for I gather NO MONEY from ANYONE…for I took a vow of poverty to prevent that same evil from infecting my soul…

“They are dogs with mighty appetites; they never have enough. They are shepherds who lack understanding; they all turn to their own way, they seek their own gain.” -Isaiah 56:11

Sound familiar?

Perhaps they pursue something OTHER than God’s will…yes? Like in the days of old when it was written: “Her leaders pronounce judgment for a bribe, Her priests instruct for a price And her prophets divine for money. Yet they lean on the LORD saying, “Is not the LORD in our midst? Calamity will not come upon us.” -Micah 3:11

PERHAPS they hide behind THEIR laws because they realize that they have not been following HIS laws…

“If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?” -Proverbs 24:12

God is NOT deceived…He watches those who will do as HE commanded, and not as MAN has commanded…

This is why I care not ONE JOT who rails at me, calls me names, or threatens me…for I look to a higher judge than they in the end.

If I am wrong it will not be for MAN to judge my actions…for I do not serve MAN’S law…until then, I DO BUT SERVE MY MASTER…THE LORD ON HIGH…

“But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.

When you are in distress and all these things have come upon you, in the latter days you will return to the LORD your God and listen to His voice.…” -Deuteronomy 4:29-30

So do not be afraid to speak to those without a voice…do not be afraid to find the humanity in the inhuman…for He Who Watches All will see your HEART…

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READING OF THE DAY: 22 OCTOBER, 2014

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“Jesus said to his disciples: “Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into.

You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

Then Peter said, “Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?”

And the Lord replied, “Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward whom the master will put in charge of his servants to distribute (the) food allowance at the proper time?

Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so.

Truly, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property.

But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants, to eat and drink and get drunk,then that servant’s master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish him severely and assign him a place with the unfaithful.

That servant who knew his master’s will but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be beaten severely; and the servant who was ignorant of his master’s will but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating shall be beaten only lightly.

Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”” -Luke 12:39-48.

SAINT OF THE DAY: 22 OCTOBER, 2014

BLESSED JOHN PAUL

Saint John Paul II (Karol Wotjyła)
Pope from 1978 to 2005
(1920-2005)

Karol Józef Wojtyła, elected to the Papacy on October 16, 1978, was born in Wadowice (Poland) on May 18, 1920. He was the second of two children born to Karol Wojtyła and Emilia Kaczorowska. His mother died in 1929. His older brother, Edmund, a doctor, died in 1932 followed by his father, an under official of the Armed Forces, who died in 1941.

At the age of nine Karol made his First Holy Communion, followed at the age of eighteen by the sacrament of Confirmation. After having completed high school in Wadowice, he enrolled as a student at the Jagiellonian University of Cracow in 1938.

Following the occupation by the Nazi forces and the University’s closure in 1939, the young Karol was forced to earn a living by working in a mine and in the Solvay chemical factory in order to avoid deportation to Germany.

Starting in 1942, after having felt the call to the priesthood, Karol began secretly to frequent courses at the clandestine Major Seminary in Cracow, directed by the Archbishop, Cardinal Adam Stefan Sapieha. At the same time, he was also one of the promoters of the clandestine “Rhapsodic Theater”. After the war, Karol continued his studies at Cracow’s Major Seminary which had been reopened, and then at the Faculty of Theology of the Jagiellonian University until his priestly ordination in Cracow on November 1, 1946. He was then sent to Rome by Cardinal Sapieha where he pursued a Doctorate in Theology (1948), with a thesis on the topic of faith in the works of St. John of the Cross. During that time, in vacation periods, he exercised his pastoral ministry among Polish immigrants in France, Belgium and Holland.

In 1948, he returned to Poland and was at first assistant priest in the parish of Niegowić, near Cracow, and then in the Church of Saint Florian in the same city. As University Chaplain until 1951, he continued to study both Philosophy and Theology. In 1953, he presented a thesis at the Catholic University of Lublin on the “Evaluation of the Possibility of Constructing a Christian Ethic on the Ethical System of Max Scheler”. Later, he would become Professor of Moral Theology and Ethics at the Major Seminary of Cracow and at the Theological Faculty of Lublin.

On July 4, 1958, he was nominated by Pope Pius XII as Auxiliary Bishop of Cracow and Titular Bishop of Ombi. He was ordained Bishop on September 28, 1958 in the Cathedral of Wawel (Cracow) by Archbishop Eugeniusz Baziak.

On January 13, 1964, he was nominated as Archbishop of Cracow by Pope Paul VI, who also later made him a Cardinal on June 26, 1967.

Wojtyła also participated in the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), at which he made an important contribution to the preparation of the Constitution Gaudium et Spes. Preceding his Pontificate, Wojtyła would also take part in five assemblies of the Synod of Bishops.

He was elected to the Papacy on October 16, 1978. On October 22nd he began his ministry as Shepherd of the Universal Church.

Pope John Paul II made 146 pastoral visits in Italy and as Bishop of Rome he visited 317 of the 332 parishes in Rome. The apostolic trips made throughout the world, an expression of his constant pastoral solicitude as Successor of St. Peter for the whole Church, added up to a total of 104.

Among the primary documents which he wrote are: 14 Encyclicals, 15 Apostolic xhortations, 11 Apostolic Constitutions and 45 Apostolic Letters. He also wrote numerous other works including five books: “Crossing the Threshold of Hope” (October 1994), “Gift and Mystery: on the Fiftieth Anniversary of My Priesthood” (November 1996), “Roman Triptych: editations” (March 2003), “Rise, Let us be on our way!” (May 2004), and “Memory and Identity” (February 2005).

Pope John Paul II presided over 147 Beatifications, declaring 1,338 beatified and 51 canonizations, proclaiming a total of 482 saints. He also officiated in nine Consistories thereby creating 231 (plus 1 “in pectore”) Cardinals and presided at six plenary reunions of the College of Cardinals.

Beginning in 1978, he convoked 15 Assemblies of the Synod of Bishops: six Ordinary General Assemblies (1980, 1983, 1987, 1990; 1994 and 2001), one Extraordinary General Assembly (1985) and eight Special Assemblies (1980, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998 [2] and 1999).

On May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II was the victim of an attack in St. Peter’s Square. Having been saved by the maternal hand of the Mother of God, and following a long recovery, he forgave his attacker. Grateful for the gift of new life, he intensified his pastoral work with heroic generosity.

His solicitude as pastor was expressed, moreover, in the erection of numerous dioceses and ecclesiastical circumscriptions, as well as by the promulgation of the Codes of Canon Law for the Latin Catholic and Eastern Catholic Churches. As an encouragement to the People of God, he also inaugurated moments of particular spiritual intensity such as the Year of the Redemption, the Marian Year, and the Eucharistic Year as well as the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000. He also attracted younger generations by the celebration of World Youth Days.

No other Pope had ever encountered as many people as John Paul II: the number of pilgrims at the Wednesday General Audiences alone (more than 1,160 audiences) came to over 17 million pilgrims, to say nothing of the special audiences and other religious services (the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000 alone saw the arrival of 8 million pilgrims), and the other millions of faithful that he met during apostolic visits in Italy or throughout the world.

Numerous government officials were also received in audience: there were 38 official visits and a further 738 audiences or meetings with Heads of State, along with 246 visits with Prime Ministers.

John Paul II died in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace on Saturday, April 2, 2005 at 9:37 p.m., on the Vigil of the Sunday in Albis, also commemorated as Divine Mercy Sunday, which he had instituted.

On April 8th, John Paul II was buried in the Vatican Grotto following the solemn funeral celebrated in St. Peter’s Square.

He was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on May 1, 2011.

The annual celebration of Blessed John Paul II is to be inserted into the liturgical calendars of the Diocese of Rome and all the Dioceses of Poland as a “memorial” to be observed on 22 October.

(SOURCE: Libreria Editrice Vaticana)