Sonshine TEC - Young Adult Retreat
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Cursillos de Cristianidad
Celebrate America's first Catholic parish, oldest city
Pastor, Profeta, Patriarca
Ecumenism, one of the fruits of Laudato Si'
Hispanic leaders prepare for V National Encuentro
A orar por Cuba con la Virgen Desatanudos
Forgiveness for abortion
New video series on social justice debuts: First topic: Care for creation
Archbishop celebrates opening of school year Mass at Curley Notre Dame
Labor Day statement: What's good for families? Stable work, living wage
At a panel discussion at FIU
At Mass at St. John Vianney College Seminary
At Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery
At Mass for the consecration of Miami-Dade County
A house for Pope Francis
Hey, Catholics: ‘Let's make some noise'
Pray it forward
Again Jesus left the district of Tyre and went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, into the district of the Decapolis. And people brought to him a deaf man who had a speech impediment and begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him off by himself away from the crowd. He put his finger into the man‘s ears and, spitting, touched his tongue; then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him, Ephphatha!" that is, Be opened!" And immediately the man‘s ears were opened, his speech impediment was removed, and he spoke plainly. He ordered them not to tell anyone.
But the more he ordered them not to, the more they proclaimed it. They were exceedingly astonished and they said, He has done all things well. He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak."
Truly intelligent, wise people follow the way of the Lord in and through His Church. Christ maintains His presence through the Holy Spirit in the Church. The Church offers guidance for right living in its structure. Humankind, therefore, is not left wandering aimlessly without direction.
God, however, does not mean for us to be rigid but to be ordered in spirit, guided by love. The canons of the Church, and civil law for that matter, must bring about justice for all. Herein lies the teaching gleaned from today's readings.
Mark's Gospel is being offered to a non-Jewish audience. They surely had an outsider's view of religious law and needed some guidance with respect to it.
Mark, quoting Isaiah 29:13, points out that some approach religion as a mere external show in worship without conviction. In Isaiah's time, certain leaders elevated human precepts to the level of doctrine. However, in the Gospel story Jesus is NOT saying laws have no value.
Law and Tradition must enhance and not minimize or distort a person's relationship to God and others. Law ought to reflect a community's internal understanding of the Divine. Goodness, or the lack thereof, comes from one's internal disposition. While law is needed to keep order, one must be practical and pastoral when applying it. A seminary Church Canon professor said, "Civil law is to be obeyed but Church canons are to be interpreted."
However, the above does not mean any one person may manipulate "law" according to uneducated whim. A community must be ordered or else there will be disorder.
Look at the first reading. It invokes the Shema, "Hear, Israel." This calls the nation to wholehearted attention and appropriation of God's law that is in His Word. This ensures God's blessing on the people and land. It also stands as a witness to others that Israel is a people who follow the one true God.
Overall the Letter of James, from which our second reading is taken, is a moral exhortation to the baptized. It points to God as the source of all goodness. God is not hidden. He has come to us in the flesh. Before leaving the earth He founded His Church upon Peter the Rock. By the Holy Spirit He maintains His presence on Earth.
We are reminded the Word has been "planted" in us. As a faith community we are not only custodians of the Word but those who must implement it in our own time. Thus James says, "Be doers of the word and not hearers only…" As we always say here at Blessed Sacrament Parish, we must be disciples and not consumers of religion. That is, we must be stewards of God's gifts.
Each of us is a gift of God. As such we must give ourselves as first fruits to God's service. Before all else that we might do with our lives, we give to the Lord our Time, Talent and Treasure. We follow the Lord in and with His Church, not being lone actors.
It has been a pleasure to share my reflections this month with all who visit the archdiocesan website. I hope we may journey to the Lord in peace as one Church of the Archdiocese with our Archbishop.
If you are in the Broward area and need a home church, please feel welcome at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Oakland Park.
Peace be with you.
5. Saint John Paul II became increasingly concernedabout this issue. In his first Encyclical hewarned that human beings frequently seem “tosee no other meaning in their natural environmentthan what serves for immediate use and consumption.” (RedemptorHominis, 4 March 1979) Subsequently, he would call for aglobal ecological conversion. (Catechesis, 17 January 2001) At the same time, henoted that little effort had been made to “safeguardthe moral conditions for an authentic humanecology.”(CentesimusAnnus, 1 May 1991) The destruction of the human environmentis extremely serious, not only because Godhas entrusted the world to us men and women,but because human life is itself a gift which mustbe defended from various forms of debasement.Every effort to protect and improve our worldentails profound changes in “lifestyles, modelsof production and consumption, and the established structures of power which today governsocieties.”Authentic human development has a moral character. It presumes full respect for thehuman person, but it must also be concerned forthe world around us and “take into account thenature of each being and of its mutual connectionin an ordered system.”(John Paul II, Encyclical Letter Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, 30 December 1987)Accordingly, our humanability to transform reality must proceed inline with God’s original gift of all that is.
Source: Laudato Si'
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Cursillos de Cristianidad
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Our Lady of Charity National Shrine
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St. Gregory Church
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Bank United Center
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St. Thomas University
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Universal Palms Hotel
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Howard Johnson Plaza Miami Airport