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Fr. Bob Tywoniak

Blessed Sacrament Parish

Second Sunday Of Easter Divine Mercy : April 23, 2017

Sometimes We Need to Be Shown Mercy to Reach Salvation.

The passage from the First Letter of Peter concludes with a most interesting point. The goal of our faith is the salvation of our souls. (1Peter 1:9)

All our efforts to follow the teachings of the Church Jesus founded on Peter, our participation in and reception of the sacraments, give us a new birth! Peter speaks of us having a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The practices of the Church keep us in touch with Christís resurrection and therefore we experience hope.

I remember moments in my life I sinned. Therefore, I wounded myself by wounding my relationship with God and Godís people. Yet, because I have always practiced the faith, I did not feel totally lost at any time. I did feel the pain of sin but I was not without hope. Surely, I experienced Godís mercy. Especially when I approached the Sacrament of Reconciliation the burden of my guilt was lifted. The words of absolution, that is the words of washing, were so soothing.

Sometimes the Sacrament of Reconciliation is misunderstood by some people. It is viewed as a punishment. It is a further pain one must endure to get to heaven some day. Yet, that is not true.

Reconciliation is a celebration of Godís mercy. It is true I sin and need forgiveness. Perhaps I am not deserving of forgiveness. That is where mercy comes in. Mercy is receiving what I do not deserve. God forgives me and then expects me to forgive just as it says to do in the Lordís Prayer, ďÖas we forgive those who trespass against us.Ē

As Jesus appears to the frightened disciples who were hidden away He gives them His Peace. Jesus then sends them to spread the Peace. And note, He gives them the authority (as the first bishops) to forgive sins. This forgiveness reconciles. That is, it makes us one again with God and Godís people. It is through forgiveness Peace is spread. Thus, all who are forgiven may reach salvation.

Thus, know you may be forgiven by Godís mercy through the sacraments He has left us. His Mercy brings us salvation.

Fr. Bob Tywoniak
Pastor

Enormous inequalities in our midst

April 27, 2017

90. This is not to put all living beings on the same level nor to deprive human beings of their unique worth and the tremendous responsibility it entails. Nor does it imply a divinization of the earth which would prevent us from working on it and protecting it in its fragility. Such notions would end up creating new imbalances which would deflect us from the reality which challenges us. (Benedict XVI: Caritas in Veritate)

At times we see an obsession with denying any pre-eminence to the human person; more zeal is shown in protecting other species than in defending the dignity which all human beings share in equal measure. Certainly, we should be concerned lest other living beings be treated irresponsibly. But we should be particularly indignant at the enormous inequalities in our midst, whereby we continue to tolerate some considering themselves more worthy than others. We fail to see that some are mired in desperate and degrading poverty, with no way out, while others have not the faintest idea of what to do with their possessions, vainly showing off their supposed superiority and leaving behind them so much waste which, if it were the case everywhere, would destroy the planet. In practice, we continue to tolerate that some consider themselves more human than others, as if they had been born with greater rights.

Source : Laudato Si'

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