…WHY I DON’T ‘JUST DO IT’…..

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I am sure by now everyone know…oh yes…EVERYONE knows about the recent tragedy in Paris.

EVERYONE knows of the tragedies that happen because of media coverage, social coverage, newspaper coverage…

Recently, I have been berated for not “Changing my profile pic to reflect the recent tragedy and support for the people”…I have been accused of being insensitive….hard hearted….cold…even anti-social because I have not changed my picture as many HAVE done. Some have decided that since I will not support one issue, or condemn another that they simply do not need to be around someone ‘like me’….let me tell you this: I will NOT lose sleep over someone leaving my parish of their own free will.

Remember the recent unpleasantness with the whole “Gay Marriage” issue? Remember how so many changed their pictures to reflect their support or denial of this? Does anyone remember ME doing it? NO…because I DIDN’T.

I DO have a very good reason for it…just because I do not change my picture, or choose a side, does not mean I do not have an opinion on the subject..OF COURSE I have an opinion, silly people, it just means I am not weighing in because I WILL NOT because of the REASONS I have been ORDERED to by GOD.

I have seen people LOSE THEIR FLIPPING MARBLES over others who HAVE done so. They take a side, declare their intentions, argue their support for one side of another,…arguments ensue…. and I see friendships DISSOLVE like a snowflake in Hades.

I DO NOT TAKE SIDES.

ANYONE can tell you that.

I do not support one side over the other, nor do I take a stance on one side or another….

Reason: I HAVE A SIDE ALREADY.

I take my MASTER’S side.

It says in His word: “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray.

Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.

Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” – James 5:13-16

I am THE MIDDLE…I pray for EVERYONE in this issue..I pray for the families and victims (As you no doubt have seen on my wall)…and I ALSO pray for those responsible…yes….don’t look so shocked! I pray for their eyes to be opened to what they have done…I pray for them to realize the error of their sins and repent…I pray for justice through my Master…oh yes…just because they have done evil does not mean I will not pray for them.

“My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back,remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.” – James 5:19-20

Why would I do such a thing, you ask? BECAUSE I WAS TOLD TO…yes…even Jesus, my Master, tells us to pray for those who do even these vile things…

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.

He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” – Matthew 5:43-45

I take no sides because I see one inherent truth: WE ARE ALL RELATED, whether we wish to admit it or not.

Now then..I will explain…

Most people point to Adam and Eve, and say we all come from them. Some would dispute this and say otherwise, but let’s go with this for now…sure..we all came from them…BUT, does anyone remember Shem, Ham and Japheth??

Yup…NOAH’S SONS…so…some argue that there were others outside of Eden, and that loads of people came from there, not just Adam and Eve…BUT…remember the flood? How it covered THE WHOLE EARTH..? Remember Noah’s sons? Okay…let’s keep that in mind.

Noah and the flood…all living things wiped out…then they landed, NO HUMANS ANYWHERE ELSE BUT THEM…so…Ham went one way..Japeth another…and Shem as well….so…they produced a LOT of kids…and moved elsewhere…so…do the math…we are ALL RELATED BY BLOOD. There is no “Master race”…there is no “ONE real people”…there is only US…TOGETHER…one big disfunctional family who cannot seem to get it through their thick noggins that it does not matter what colour skin you have…where you are from…or HOW you pray to God….WE ARE ALL RELATED. BROTHERS AND SISTERS…CHILDREN OF GOD.

Some may have strayed, and gone to ‘the dark side’, but I can name MANY families in my own parish who have kids and family like that and they never seem to give up hope that they will some day right themselves and return to the open arms of their kindred.

Remember the story of The Prodigal Son? SAME THING HERE.

So…why would I condemn one side, support he other, when GOD HIMSELF told us to live in harmony, praying for each other AS A FAMILY..?

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” – Luke 6:27

Am I angry? You bet your sweet bippy I am…Do I want justice for them? …HECK YEAH… I want those repsonsible brought to justice as much as any who have been wronged do….but this is where my faith and my natural inclinations differ.. I CANNOT call down fire from Heaven and wipe them away…so I leave justice to One who CAN.

Of course I abhor the loss of life…of course I wept for the families and victims…of course I want justice for them…but does that mean changing my profile pic to reflect a certain colour stops that?

Will by doing this it somehow make them realize “OOPS..we did a boo-boo”??? No…so hence why I PRAY for them…even if they do not receive justice HERE, I know when they get up to HIM and they say “We killed many in Your name, O God” He will look at them and… (well…you can fill in the blanks according to YOUR faith’s teachings, but MINE says they are CONDEMNED from the word ‘go’…)….

I HAVE to be the pillar everyone rallies around in grief… to be there to support, comfort, and keep them upright…and I cannot do that if I am fending off people who seem to think me changing my profile pic is somehow going to stop them from doing this again, or support others in their grief….want to know how I support them in their grief? I PRAY FOR THEM as I have been told to do…I weep, I shout, I cry, I pound my fist into the cushion over the loss of life and stupidity of those who did this..but I DO MY JOB.

So please…quit trying to sway me into doing something ‘popular’ because I have never BEEN popular, nor will I EVER be…quit berating me for not doing something one way or the other, because I ALREADY have a ‘guide book’ as to WHAT and HOW to do it….

If you somehow feel I have offended your delicate sensibilities somehow by NOT doing something, or supporting one thing or denouncing another, then you miss the entire reason I am here, and the ENTIRE meaning of what I have been saying these last 9 years…

Think about it…

If I were you, I would think there are more IMPORTANT issues at hand rather than a simple cleric’s picture being changed…don’t you?

COMMENTARY ON THE READING FOR: 15 NOVEMBER, 2015

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Commentary on the reading of the day provided by 
Saint Ephrem (c.306-373),

deacon in Syria, Doctor of the Church
Commentary on the Diatessaron, 18,15 ; SC 121 (trans. cf breviary 1st Thursday of Advent)

At an hour you do not know the Son of Man will come

To prevent his disciples from questioning him about the time of his coming Christ said: “Of that hour no one knows, neither the angels nor the Son” (Mt 24,36).

It is not for you to know the days or the hour” (Acts 1,7).

He hid the time from us so that we would be on the watch and so that each of us might think that the coming will happen in his own lifetime.

If he had revealed when he was to come again, his coming would have been made pointless and the peoples and ages in which it will take place would no longer yearn for it.

He said that he will come again, indeed, but he did not say exactly when.

Hence, all generations and ages live in eager expectation of him.

The Lord pointed out the signs of his coming but we have no knowledge of when they will be completed.

In many varied ways they have happened and passed away and are still happening.

His last coming is, in fact, like his first: the just and the prophets longed for him, thinking that he was to appear in their day.

So, today, each of the faithful wants to receive him in his own lifetime, and even more so in that Jesus did not reveal the day of his coming.

His reason for this was so that no one might think that the Christ is subject to a law of time or a given hour, he who is lord over numbers and times.

SAINT OF THE DAY: 15 NOVEMBER, 2015

Saint Albert the Great

Doctor of the Church
(1207-1280)

Saint Albert the Great

Saint Albert the Great was born in the region of Ausgbourg, of parents rich in the goods of fortune. From the time he was a child, he manifested in his studies an unusual aptitude for the exact sciences.

While he was still a boy, he had himself let down the side of a cliff to examine at close range an eagle’s nest which interested him.

At the age of fifteen he was already a student of the natural sciences and the humanities at Bologna; Saint Dominic had died in that city the preceding year, 1221, and was buried in the Dominican Convent. Their house, in a suburban area of Bologna, was closely associated with the activities at the University, and students in large numbers were requesting admission to the Order.

Blessed Reginald of Orleans, Dominican, a former professor in Paris, came to preach there in the streets. The second Dominican General, Blessed Jordan of Saxony, a compatriot of Albert and a very eloquent preacher, was in Padua, and when the students of Bologna were transferred there Albert heard him at the Padua Dominican Church.

He had already desired to enter the Order, but his uncle opposed to that plan a very vigorous opposition, and Albert was still very young. He dreamed one night that he had become a Dominican but left the Order soon afterwards.

The same day he heard Master Jordan preach, and the Dominican General spoke of how the demon attempts to turn aside those who want to enter into religion, knowing that he will suffer great losses from their career in the Church; he persuades them in dreams that they will leave it, or else they see themselves on horseback, or clothed in purple, or as solitaries in the desert, or surrounded by cordial friends; thus he makes them fear entering because they would not be able to persevere.

This was precisely Albert’s great concern, faced as he was with his uncle’s opposition.

Afterwards the young student, amazed, went to Blessed Jordan, saying: Master, who revealed my heart to you?

And he lost no time then in entering the Order at the age of sixteen, in 1223, having heard the same preacher remark to him personally that he should consider what a pity it would be if his excellent youthful qualities became the prey of eternal fires.

When he had earned the title of Doctor in theology, he was sent to Cologne, where for a long time his reputation attracted many illustrious disciples.

The humble Albert, filled with the love of God, taught also in Padua and Bologna, in Saxony, at Fribourg, Ratisbonne and Strasbourg, and when Blessed Jordan of Saxony died in 1237, he occupied his place and fulfilled his functions until 1238, when the election of his successor was held.

He returned then to Cologne, where he would encounter a disciple who alone among all of them would suffice for his glory — Saint Thomas Aquinas.

This young religious, already steeped in the highest theological studies, was silent among the others, to the point of being called by his fellow students the Mute Ox of Sicily.

But Albert silenced them, saying, The bellowings of this ox will resound throughout the entire world.

From Cologne, Saint Albert was called to the University of Paris, with his dear disciple. There his genius appeared in all its brilliance, and there he composed a large number of his writings.

Later, obedience took him back to Germany as Provincial of his Order. Without a murmur, he said farewell to his cell, his books, and his numerous disciples, and as Provincial thereafter journeyed with no money, always on foot, visiting the numerous monasteries under his jurisdiction, throughout an immense territory in which were included Austria, Bavaria, Saxony, and other regions even to Holland.

He was no longer young when he had to submit to the formal order of the Pope and accept, in difficult circumstances, the episcopal see of Ratisbonne; there his indefatigable zeal was rewarded only by harsh trials, in the midst of which his virtue was perfected.

When, in response to his persevering requests to be relieved of the responsibilities of a large see, Pope Urban IV restored to him the conventual peace of his Order, he was nonetheless obliged to take up his apostolic journeyings again.

Finally he could enter into a definitive retreat, to prepare for death.

One is astonished that amid so many labors, journeys and works of zeal, Albert could find the time to write on the natural sciences, on philosophy and theology, works which form from twenty-one to thirty-eight volumes, depending on the edition — and one may ask in which of his titles he most excelled, that of scholar, of Saint, or of Apostle.

He died, apparently of fatigue, at the age of seventy-three, on November 15, 1280, and his body was buried in Cologne in the Dominican church.

He had to wait until December 16, 1931 for the honors of canonization and the extension of his cult to the universal Church.

Proclaiming his holiness, Pope Pius XI added the glorious title, so well merited, of Doctor of the Church.

From time immemorial, he has been known as Albert the Great.

(SOURCE: Saint Albert le Grand, textes et études, translated and with a preface by Albert Garreau (Éditions Montaigne: Paris, 1942); Vie des Saints pour tous les jours de l’année, by Abbé L. Jaud (Mame: Tours, 1950).)

READING OF THE DAY: 15 NOVEMBER, 2015

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“Jesus said to his disciples: “In those days after that tribulation the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light,and the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

And then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in the clouds’ with great power and glory,and then he will send out the angels and gather (his) elect from the four winds, from the end of the earth to the end of the sky.

Learn a lesson from the fig tree.

When its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near.

In the same way, when you see these things happening, know that he is near, at the gates.

Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place.

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”” – Mark 13:24-32.