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    About Metanoia

    Monday, April 14, 2014, 9:51 PM [General]

    Could you tell me what the definition of Metanoia is? Somebody told me it has to do with conversion but I never heard this term used before?

    Metanoia is considered fundamental to the pursuit of authentic Christian perfection. Simply put, it is a term from the Greek metanoein (“to change one’s mind, repent, be converted”) that is used in the NT for conversion. It entails true repentance of sin and the subsequent turning toward the Lord. There is a complete change in one's life, turning from unbelief to belief, a change of heart from sin to the practice of the virtues, and the zealous demonstration of that faith through baptism, confession, and a worthy penance. Metanoia is commonly used in the Greek NT, especially in the preaching of the Apostles.

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    There is value ...

    Monday, April 14, 2014, 9:34 PM [General]

    The value of fasting consists not only  in avoiding  certain
    foods, but in  giving up  of sinful  practices.   The person  who
    limits  his fast  only to  abstaining from  meat is  the one  who
    especially lowers the value of it.
         
          Do  you fast?  Prove it  by doing  good works.  If you  see
    someone in need,  take pity on them.  If you see  a friend  being
    honored, don't get jealous of him.  For a true  fast, you  cannot
    fast only with your mouth. You must fast with your eye, your ear,
    your feet, your hands, and all parts of your body.
         
         You fast with your  hands by  keeping them  pure from  doing
    greedy things.   You  fast with  your feet  by not  going to  see
    forbidden  shows  or  plays.   You fast  with  your  eyes by  not
    letting  them  look  upon  impure  pictures. Because  if this  is
    forbidden or unlawful, it mars your fast and threatens the safety
    of your soul.  But if you  look at  things which  are lawful  and
    save  you increase  your fast,  for what  you see  with your  eye
    influences your conduct.  It would be very stupid to eliminate or
    give up meat and other foods because of  the fast  but feed  with
    your eyes upon other things which are forbidden. 
    
         You don't eat meat,  you say. But you allow yourself to lis-
    ten to lewd things. You must fast with your ears, too.    Another 
    way of fasting with your ears is not to listen to those who speak 
    evil  or untrue things about others.  "Thou shalt not receive  an 
    idle  report.    "This is  especially true  of  rumors,   gossip, 
    untruths which are spoken to harm another. 
         
         Besides fasting with your mouth by not eating certain foods,
    your mouth should also fast from  foul language  or telling  lies
    about  others.  For what  good is  it if  you don't  eat meat  or
    poultry, and yet you bite and devour your fellow man?
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    Seven Last Words Of Jesus

    Monday, April 14, 2014, 7:09 PM [General]

    1.    "Father, forgive them, they know not what they do."  Lk. 23: 34  Pater, dimitte illis, quia nesciunt, quid faciunt.

     

    2.   "This day thou shalt be with me in Paradise."  Hodie mecum eris in Paradiso.  Lk. 23: 43

     

    The Pieta, Jesus Christ, The Catholic Church3.   "Woman, behold thy son."  Mulier, ecce filius tuus.  Jn. 19: 26-7

     

    4.   "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?"  Deus meus, Deus meus, utquid dereliquisti me?  Mk. 15: 34 (Mt. 27: 46)

     

    5.   "I thirst."  Sitio.  Jn. 19: 28.

     

    6.   "It is finished."  Consummatum est.  Jn 19: 30

     

    7.   "Into thine hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit."  In manus tuas, Domine, commendo spiritum meum.  Lk. 23:

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    Easter Wings

    Saturday, April 12, 2014, 6:33 PM [General]

    Easter Wings

    By George Herbert

    Lord, who createdst man in wealth and store,
          Though foolishly he lost the same,
                Decaying more and more,
                      Till he became
                            Most poore:
                            With thee
                      O let me rise
                As larks, harmoniously,
          And sing this day thy victories:
    Then shall the fall further the flight in me.

    My tender age in sorrow did beginne
          And still with sicknesses and shame.
                Thou didst so punish sinne,
                      That I became
                            Most thinne.
                            With thee
                      Let me combine,
                And feel thy victorie:
             For, if I imp my wing on thine,
    Affliction shall advance the flight in me.
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    Long Lasting

    Friday, April 11, 2014, 10:13 PM [General]

    The Effect of Childhood Experiences

    The relationship people have with authority is often linked to the relationship they had as children with their parents. When this was difficult the children may be left with a lasting anger and suspicion of all authority. They will rebel against a leader. The relationship is a complicated one and it is hard to talk together with simplicity and truth because everything is colored by childish fears and attitudes.

    Jean Vanier, Community and Growth, p. 235

     
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    Loving Our Spiritual Leaders

    Thursday, April 10, 2014, 5:54 AM [General]



    Religious leaders, priests, ministers, rabbis, and imams can be admired and revered but also hated and despised.  We expect that our religious leaders will bring us closer to God through their prayers, teaching, and guidance.  Therefore, we watch their behavior carefully and listen critically to their words.   But precisely because we expect them, often without fully realising it, to be superhuman, we are easily disappointed or even feel betrayed when they prove to be just as human as we are.  Thus, our unmitigated admiration quickly turns into unrestrained anger.

    Let's try to love our religious leaders, forgive them their faults, and see them as brothers and sisters.  Then we will enable them, in their brokenness, to lead us closer to the heart of God.

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    About Evil...

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 8:34 PM [General]

    Evil is the lack (or privation) of a good that should be present in a thing. For example, blindness is a physical evil because it is the absence of the ability to see, which is proper to a human being. In moral terms, sin is the absence of a particular virtue in a person. As such, evil is not something that exists in itself; it is merely the absence of the good (see Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraphs 309, 314).

     

    This classical definition, formulated by St. Thomas Aquinas in the thirteenth century, was the result of centuries of thought and the refinement of complex formulas into this simple, objective explanation.



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    My Life With Christ

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 7:45 PM [General]

    Christ in My Life  Each day you give me so many opportunities to choose love, to choose to act as you would act, to choose to give glory to God and further your Kingdom by denying my selfish tendencies and putting my life and talents at the service of my neighbor. And yet, like Pilate, I squirm out of these opportunities – or like the chief priests, I self-righteously misuse them. No more, Jesus. Thy will be done…

    How magnificently you must love me to suffer all this for my sake! It wasn’t enough to give me the universe as my sandbox; you give me yourself as well. How can I number the gifts you have lavished upon me? Of all your immense majesty, what moves me most is this gentle and tireless love you show me. Thank you, Lord…

    Mary, did it pain you to hear the crowds ratify their leaders’ decision? Did it pain you to see your Son, our Savior, at the mercy of a fickle and ambitious politician? Did you wince when they whipped your Son till the blood flowed? Did you weep when his own people rejected him? Mother of sorrows, teach me to love Jesus and to love as Jesus loved

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    Suffering...

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 12:32 PM [General]

    Being Handed Over to Suffering

    People who live close together can be sources of great sorrow for one another.  When Jesus chose his twelve apostles, Judas was one of them.  Judas is called a traitor.  A traitor, according to the literal meaning of the Greek word for "betraying," is someone who hands the other over to suffering.

    The truth is that we all have something of the traitor in us because each of us hands our fellow human beings over to suffering somehow, somewhere, mostly without intending or even knowing it.  Many children, even grown-up children, can experience deep anger toward their parents for having protected them too much or too little.  When we are willing to confess that we often hand those we love over to suffering, even against our best intentions, we will be more ready to forgive those who, mostly against their will, are the causes of our pain

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    Life of solitude and penance

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 7:21 AM [General]

    Some saints’ names are far more familiar to us than others, but even the lives of obscure holy persons teach us something.

    And so it is with St. Casilda, the daughter of a Muslim leader in Toledo, Spain, in the 10th century. Casilda was herself raised as a Muslim and showed special kindness to Christian prisoners. She became ill as a young woman but was not convinced that any of the local Arab doctors could cure her. So, she made a pilgrimage to the shrine of San Vicenzo in northern Spain. Like so many other people who made their way there—many of them suffering from hemorrhages—Casilda sought the healing waters of the shrine. We’re uncertain what brought her to the shrine, but we do know that she left it relieved of illness.

    In response, she became a Christian and lived a life of solitude and penance not far from the miraculous spring. It’s said that she lived to be 100 years old. Her death likely occurred around the year 1050.

    Tensions between Muslims and Christians have often existed throughout history, sometimes resulting in bloody conflict. Through her quiet, simple life Casilda served her Creator—first in one faith, then another

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