Shalom Media's First Catholic Youth Revival
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Christ the King Church
Broward young adults 'Light Up the Night'
6 Churches to be indulgence sites for Year of Mercy
Giving thanks, to whom?
From Florida’s Turnpike, a view of the Virgin of Guadalupe
Latino exhibit draws on newspapers' photos
Who they are, how they serve - Society of the Sacred Heart
At ThanksforGiving Mass in Miami-Dade
Making a saint live again
At annual White Mass for persons with special needs
Una conferencia pro vida para los hispanos
St. Brendan to host seven days of prayer for peace, conversion of hearts
U.S. should welcome Syrian refugees, work for peace
Pilate said to Jesus, "Are you the King of the Jews?" Jesus answered, "Do you say this on your own or have others told you about me?" Pilate answered, "I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me. What have you done?" Jesus answered, "My kingdom does not belong to this world. If my kingdom did belong to this world, my attendants would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not here." So Pilate said to him, "Then you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say I am a king. For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice."
Is your spiritual life any different today than it was a year ago?
Well, it should be!
With the celebration of the Solemnity of Christ the King this weekend, another year of grace in the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church comes to an end. Even as we rejoice in the glorious impact and universal sway of our victorious King of Heaven and earth, the implications of our identification with the Lord should provoke an honest self-assessment.
Are our lives any different today than when we began the liturgical year last December at Advent? Have we allowed the recent 52 weeks of coming to Mass, of hearing Christ’s saving Word, of receiving the Sacraments, of striving to be better followers of Jesus, of inculcating the “Great Commission” to be missionary disciples of Christ and His Kingdom for all whom we meet, to deepen our lives of faith? Has the Year of Grace 2014-2015 brought any qualitative change to our lives? Is our journey to eternity more clearly in view? Is our style of life leading us closer to the promised reward that awaits those who follow Christ unreservedly? In short, are you a better Christian today than you were a year ago? If not, why not? Who or what have we allowed to take the “top spot” in the primacy of priorities as we live our day to day sojourn? Without conscientious focus on the true matters of faith each day, each month, and each year, we can easily be swept away without direction and purpose. Our lives, especially our spiritual lives, can become stagnant in “sameness.” Without making our life in Christ a priority, our lives can become spiritually dead.
Christ reminds us in today’s Gospel that “[He] came to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth, hears my voice.” Have we allowed ourselves to hear His voice? Have we allowed ourselves to encounter the truth of life, and the truth of Jesus Christ? Is he simply an optional or cultural part of the fabric of our lives? Or, are we part of the fabric of his life, which he graciously shares with us? Indeed, it is a matter of perspective, personal choice, and spiritual priority. As the Gospel states, one day, “every eye will see him; even those that pierced him” and “all the peoples will lament him.”
Why would it be that the peoples would lament him? Could it be that merely allowed their lives to be casually touched by Christ and his teachings, rather than shaped and directed by him? Could it be that they are the ones who chose not to live for him, and only turn to him when it was convenient, rather than all the time? Could it be that, once eternity dawns and he comes in glory as judge of the living and of the dead, they will finally realize the truth, and they will have wished that they would have spent their lives more adequately in his service? One day, our guilty consciences will be absolutely clear about these questions. The fast pace of life that we often allow to sweep us away can also take us away from the most important relationship and purpose we will ever have in this life: the privilege of knowing, loving, and serving God. The Solemnity of Christ the King invites us to establish again in our lives the primacy of Jesus Christ.
Is your spiritual life any different today than it was a year ago? Well, it should be!
16. Although each chapter will have its own subject and specific approach, it will also take up and re-examine important questions previously dealt with. This is particularly the case with a number of themes which will reappear as the Encyclical unfolds. As examples, I will point to the intimate relationship between the poor and the fragility of the planet, the conviction that everything in the world is connected, the critique of new paradigms and forms of power derived from technology, the call to seek other ways of understanding the economy and progress, the value proper to each creature, the human meaning of ecology, the need for forthright and honest debate, the serious responsibility of international and local policy, the throwaway culture and the proposal of a new lifestyle. These questions will not be dealt with once and for all, but reframed and enriched again and again.
Source: Laudato Si'
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