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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Can Americans today afford to have kids? – Catholic World Report

Can Americans today afford to have kids? – Catholic World Report

February meeting at the Vatican needs to address directly the crisis of leadership – Catholic World Report

February meeting at the Vatican needs to address directly the crisis of leadership – Catholic World Report

The grueling and messy work of lobster processing - The Boston Globe

The grueling and messy work of lobster processing - The Boston Globe: Maine’s lobster processing industry has been thriving in recent years. Since Shucks Maine Lobster opened in 2006, the lobster catch in Maine has nearly doubled, as has its value.

Fr. Warren's Week Reflection: Second Sunday in Advent 12-9-2018

THIS WEEK'S REFLECTION from Fr. Bob Warren, SA
Second Sunday in Advent 12-9-2018
Christmas can sneak up on us while we are caught up in the mad whirl of shopping and parties, and then be gone without a trace. Too often, by the time December 25th arrives we are fed up with elves and reindeer, sick of Christmas music and tired of jaded decorations. Today is seems every celebration is anticipated too much, until it is worn out before it arrives. This is the way of society in which we live today: hasty, instant, and disposable.
Advent, which means coming, is in reality a time of waiting. Waiting is something we are not used to doing. From the beginning to end, the liturgy for Advent revolves around a tireless refrain: be ready; be waiting.
But what are you waiting for? Some are waiting simply for the whole thing to end. Like Lent, for them, Advent is a bore. What are you waiting for? You alone really know. But what should you be waiting for?
The liturgy never tires of telling us you should be waiting for the Lord, for the coming of a saving Christ. But isn’t this a form of charades, of play acting? We make believe that Christ has not come yet, and all the while every bell tower and TV channel, every department store and cash register, jingles that He has come.
The New Testament itself assures us that the Son of God did touch our earth in Bethlehem. That Jesus is here in our midst because we are gathered in His name. And that in a little while He will be sacramentally present on this table. That the Christ we offer here in the Calvary of the mass will give Himself to us as food. That day in and day out, He is present within our whole person because if we love Him, He and His Father come to us and make their home within us.
He has come. He is here. He lives within us! So what is there to wait for? The answer I suggest is how you wait for the Lord.
You see, there are various ways of waiting: a poor, lonely old man on a park bench; someone waiting at an airport; a pregnant woman in a maternity ward. Each is waiting, but oh what a difference. The old man on the park bench does not expect very much. He will be happy if someone, anyone, comes along, someone to talk to, to make the time pass until supper. He will be satisfied if he is not mugged. His tired legs will take him from a cold bench to a cold apartment.
A person waiting at an airport, waiting for a plane, is there with excitement. The plane means something. It is all the difference between home, or being away from home. Being warmed with the love of a family, or being stranded with strangers.
And then we have the mother about to give birth. There might be tension, anticipation, and excitement. Two facts are uncommonly true here, and peculiarly pertinent to our Advent waiting. First, he who is to come has been there all along. The problem is the child has been a hidden presence, a bit unreal at times, not quite believable. But then, at a certain moment the child actually transpires, comes to light, is held in loving arms and is uniquely here. Then there is joy and rapture, peace and calm.
Such, I suggest, is your Advent. Not the boredom or loneliness of a park bench. Not only the anticipation of an airport. But rather, a bringing to light. Christ is here! Not only among you, but within you. His life lives in you.
Advent is a form of giving birth. Its function is to bring a living Lord to life, in your living. Christmas for you is not a given day, December 25th. Christmas is when the child actually transpires, and comes to life. Christmas is when Christ becomes real to you: His presence, His call.
How can we tell that Christ has come? One concrete test is suggested by Isaiah and Matthew: You can tell that the Savior has come if the eyes of the blind are opened, and the ears of the deaf are cleared. If the lame leap like stags, and the dead are raised to life, and the poor have the good news preached to them.
I am suggesting that your Savior may come to light, may transpire, if your faith is accompanied by good works. You need not fly to third world countries to find the oppressed and burdened and the brokenhearted. They surround you at school, at work, where you play, or where you pray. Bring food and drink, bring life and light, bring love and bring good news. Bring yourself to those whose hearts or bodies are burdened, and you will bring Christ to them. And, paradoxically, come closer to Him yourself. Coming to life in them, He may come more to light for you.
Let’s all ask ourselves a question: does your faith life reveal to anyone that Christ’s kingdom is in the making? Does anyone see in you the one who is to come? Or must everyone who touches you wait for another?
Fr. Robert Warren, S.A.
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Pope Francis removes two cardinals embroiled in sex abuse scandals from advisory council


Pope Francis removes two cardinals embroiled in sex abuse scandals from advisory council



https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2018/12/12/pope-francis-removes-two-cardinals-embroiled-sex-abuse-scandals-advisory-council?utm_source=Newsletters&utm_campaign=40f4fbb75e-DAILY_CAMPAIGN_2018_12_11_PELL&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0fe8ed70be-40f4fbb75e-58861785

Cardinal Pell, top advisor to Pope Francis, found guilty of ‘historical sexual offenses’


Cardinal Pell, top advisor to Pope Francis, found guilty of ‘historical sexual offenses’


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Putin Unveils Huge Solzhenitsyn Statue with Christian Imagery in Moscow, Urges Young to Read Him (Video + Speech)

Putin Unveils Huge Solzhenitsyn Statue with Christian Imagery in Moscow, Urges Young to Read Him (Video + Speech): Putin is a huge Solzhenitsyn fan, and made this very clear while the writer was alive by publicly meeting him and praising him, (pictures below), and attending his funeral. Significantly in his speech, Putin criticized the "totalitarian system which brought suffering and severe trials to millions of people", and praised Solzhenitsyn for criticizing it and for calling for

Russia seeks to ‘feed the whole planet’ – PM — RT Russia News

Russia seeks to ‘feed the whole planet’ – PM — RT Russia News: Russia seeks to expand its agricultural exports, ultimately seeking to feed the whole planet, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said. The PM’s statement comes as the country enjoys a record surge in grain exports.

A Christmas That Almost Was ~ The Imaginative Conservative

A Christmas That Almost Was ~ The Imaginative Conservative

The UK can't have its Brexit cake and eat it too | TheHill

The UK can't have its Brexit cake and eat it too | TheHill

Opinion | Anti-Zionism Isn’t the Same as Anti-Semitism - The New York Times

Opinion | Anti-Zionism Isn’t the Same as Anti-Semitism - The New York Times: American Jews have nothing to fear from the new congressional critics of Israel.

A Plan for Perpetual Conflict - Carnegie Middle East Center - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

A Plan for Perpetual Conflict - Carnegie Middle East Center - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: The Trump administration’s ‘ultimate deal’ will bring many things, but peace is not one of them.

The Bad Ideas-Industrial Complex

The Bad Ideas-Industrial Complex: One of the integral components of Beltway ecology, along with the Pentagon, intelligence spooks, contractors, and lobbyists, is the think tank. Whether it’s called a foundation, an institute or a trust, it’s not only as important as the other big players, it synergizes with them and cements their power. And since the think tank is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 “charitable” or “educational” pursuit, it operates with an implicit taxpayer subsidy. | By Mike Lofgren

A Plan for Perpetual Conflict - Carnegie Middle East Center - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

A Plan for Perpetual Conflict - Carnegie Middle East Center - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: The Trump administration’s ‘ultimate deal’ will bring many things, but peace is not one of them.

Israel Trying to Defund +972 Magazine – LobeLog

Israel Trying to Defund +972 Magazine – LobeLog: by +972 Magazine staff Israel asked the German government to pressure two left-leaning political foundations to stop funding +972 Magazine, according to a report in the German media Thursday. +972 …

What Happens When a World Order Ends

What Happens When a World Order Ends: Just because the international order is in decline does not mean that chaos or calamity is inevitable. But if the deterioration is managed poorly, catastrophe could well follow.

Across the world Anglophilia is giving way to Anglobemusement - Bagehot

Across the world Anglophilia is giving way to Anglobemusement - Bagehot

Iran says special channel for trade with Europe almost set up

Iran says special channel for trade with Europe almost set up: Iranian officials have said that the European Union is in the final stages of implementing a special channel of trade with Iran.

Poll: Support for One-State Solution Growing – LobeLog

Poll: Support for One-State Solution Growing – LobeLog: by Mitchell Plitnick A poll conducted in September and October shows a growing acceptance by the American public of a single, democratic state for all Israelis and Palestinians. This position is co…

France: A Revolt against Europe's Elites?

France: A Revolt against Europe's Elites?

(99+) China is not US'​ 'new global enemy'​ | LinkedIn

(99+) China is not US'​ 'new global enemy'​ | LinkedIn

Francis says we all must do something for the “invisible ones”: the unborn, those who can’t live in dignity

Francis says we all must do something for the “invisible ones”: the unborn, those who can’t live in dignity: We are all called to contribute “with courage and determination” to the respect of the rights of all persons, in particular the “invisible ones,” said Pope Francis in a mess…

An inside look at the hidden symbols found in Our Lady of Guadalupe's image --Aleteia

An inside look at the hidden symbols found in Our Lady of Guadalupe's image --Aleteia

Emails show UAE-linked effort against Tillerson - BBC News

Emails show UAE-linked effort against Tillerson - BBC News: A UAE-linked businessman urged President Trump to fire his top diplomat, leaked emails reveal.

US unprepared for 'catastrophic' power outage, presidential advisory report finds | Utility Dive

US unprepared for 'catastrophic' power outage, presidential advisory report finds | Utility Dive: Utility industry news, voices and jobs for energy industry professionals. Optimized for your mobile phone.

PG&E details power line damage near ignition of Camp Fire | Utility Dive

PG&E details power line damage near ignition of Camp Fire | Utility Dive: Utility industry news, voices and jobs for energy industry professionals. Optimized for your mobile phone.

Americans Are Increasingly Critical of Israel – Foreign Policy

Americans Are Increasingly Critical of Israel – Foreign Policy: New polling shows that the U.S. public’s views on Israel’s policies are shifting.

The Bowdlerized Bush Obituaries, by Philip Giraldi - The Unz Review

The Bowdlerized Bush Obituaries, by Philip Giraldi - The Unz Review

(99+) China is not US'​ 'new global enemy'​ | LinkedIn

(99+) China is not US'​ 'new global enemy'​ | LinkedIn

US ices Iran out of Yemen talks

US ices Iran out of Yemen talks: Iranian efforts to send a high-level official to Sweden talks with the Houthis have been rebuffed.

Warming in Arctic Raises Fears of a ‘Rapid Unraveling’ of the Region - The Boston Globe

Warming in Arctic Raises Fears of a ‘Rapid Unraveling’ of the Region - The Boston Globe: Persistent warming in the Arctic is pushing the region into “uncharted territory” and increasingly affecting the continental United States, scientists said Tuesday.

Bishop Barron's Gospel Reflection December 12, 2018

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Luke 1:26-38
Friends, today we celebrate the great feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. What followed the apparition of Mary at Tepeyac is one of the most astounding chapters in the history of Christian evangelism.

Though Franciscan missionaries had been laboring in Mexico for twenty years, they had made little progress. But within ten years of the appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe practically the entire Mexican people, nine million strong, had converted to Christianity. La Morena had proved a more effective evangelist than Peter, Paul, St. Patrick, and St. Francis Xavier combined! And with that great national conversion, the Aztec practice of human sacrifice came to an end. She had done battle with fallen spirits and had won a culture-changing victory for the God of love.

The challenge for us who honor her today is to join the same fight. We must announce to our culture today the truth of the God of Israel, the God of Jesus Christ, the God of nonviolence and forgiving love. And we ought, like La Morena, to be bearers of Jesus to a world that needs him more than ever.

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Lectionary: 690A

Reading 1 Zec 2:14-17

Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion!
See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.
Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day,
and they shall be his people,
and he will dwell among you,
and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you.
The LORD will possess Judah as his portion in the holy land,
and he will again choose Jerusalem.
Silence, all mankind, in the presence of the LORD!
For he stirs forth from his holy dwelling.

or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab


God's temple in heaven was opened,
and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple.

A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun,
with the moon under her feet,
and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.
Then another sign appeared in the sky;
it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns,
and on its heads were seven diadems.
Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky
and hurled them down to the earth.
Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth,
to devour her child when she gave birth.
She gave birth to a son, a male child,
destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod.
Her child was caught up to God and his throne.
The woman herself fled into the desert
where she had a place prepared by God.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
"Now have salvation and power come,
and the Kingdom of our God
and the authority of his Anointed."

Gospel Lk 1:26-38

The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin's name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
"Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you."
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
"Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end."
But Mary said to the angel,
"How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?"
And the angel said to her in reply,
"The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God."
Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word."
Then the angel departed from her.

or Lk 1:39-47


Mary set out
and traveled to the hill country in haste
to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah
and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said,
"Most blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled."

And Mary said:

"My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior."

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Google CEO Sundar Pichai: 'Our mission is to protect your privacy' | ZDNet

Google CEO Sundar Pichai: 'Our mission is to protect your privacy' | ZDNet: Google CEO Sundar Pichai today faces questions from Congress about privacy and political bias on its platforms.

How Democracy Is Losing the World | Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website

How Democracy Is Losing the World | Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website

Baby Jesus In a Cage? Yes, It’s Political | Rebecca Bratten Weiss

Baby Jesus In a Cage? Yes, It’s Political | Rebecca Bratten Weiss: So, really, there's nothing especially new and out of the ordinary about depicting the Holy Family in a condition of instability and danger.

Internal report recommends MIT retain its Saudi ties - The Boston Globe

Internal report recommends MIT retain its Saudi ties - The Boston Globe: The report acknowledges “the large-scale violations of political, civil and human rights” in Saudi Arabia but comes to the conclusion that withdrawing from partnerships will have little effect on the Middle East government.

Years before CRISPR babies, this man was the first to edit human embryos

Years before CRISPR babies, this man was the first to edit human embryos

In 2015, an unknown Chinese scientist edited the DNA of human embryos. It was a step on an inexorable path to designer babies.


https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612554/years-before-crispr-babies-this-man-was-the-first-to-edit-human-embryos/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=tr_social&utm_campaign=site_visitor.unpaid.engagement&fbclid=IwAR2X-TH1El0krHYn6HKg3IMJCNi4cwxeaw6NLEwBdYKA5homwWqUqhSPD10

Monday, December 10, 2018

Pope cites the 'disappeared' among those deprived of rights

Pope cites the 'disappeared' among those deprived of rights: Pope Francis on Monday lamented that the poor, the unborn, those imprisoned and those who have been forcibly "disappeared" do not enjoy the same human rights protections as the wealthy.

Bishop Malone Orders Possible Bleeding Host Destroyed

Bishop Malone Orders Possible Bleeding Host Destroyed: Claims 'Christ was no longer present' in Host

Marking feast day, pope asks Mary's care of families seeking refuge. Published 12/8/2018. World.

Marking feast day, pope asks Mary's care of families seeking refuge. Published 12/8/2018. World.

It’s time to rein in the data barons - MIT Technology Review

It’s time to rein in the data barons - MIT Technology Review: It’s time to rein in the data barons

It’s time to rein in the data barons


It’s time to rein in the data barons


https://www.technologyreview.com/s/611425/its-time-to-rein-in-the-data-barons/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=tr_social&utm_content=12.07.2018&utm_campaign=site_visitor.unpaid.engagement&fbclid=IwAR3a2sPbHimYnsKAPoDGKw_06urJoHrwQSERn5gurawCvCowWjyGAaCI938

A 100-Drone Swarm, Dropped from Jets, Plans Its Own Moves


A 100-Drone Swarm, Dropped from Jets, Plans Its Own Moves

Once launched, the swarm can decide for itself how best to execute a mission.


https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603337/a-100-drone-swarm-dropped-from-jets-plans-its-own-moves/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_content=2018-03-02&utm_campaign=Technology+Review&fbclid=IwAR1sBLwO2iOY103Ia1kuQtbWb49D7CGV3aJD9vrcRHTEzSD18TN5qgFq5Oc

Clergy Sexual Abuse: The Unaddressed Question of Same-Sex Attraction - Crisis Magazine

Clergy Sexual Abuse: The Unaddressed Question of Same-Sex Attraction - Crisis Magazine: In 2002, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops commissioned a 1.8 million dollar study, popularly known as the “John Jay study,” to uncover the patterns and causes of the sex abuse crisis since 1950. The National Review Board—the entity designated to implement the study—gave the first John Jay report in 2004. In this report, …

When It Comes to the Clergy Abuse Scandals, the Laity Are Not Going to Save Us | Rebecca Bratten Weiss

When It Comes to the Clergy Abuse Scandals, the Laity Are Not Going to Save Us | Rebecca Bratten Weiss: It was as though someone had rung a Pavlovian bell. The moment I mentioned the names of institutions dear to her, all of her concerns about reform, believing victims, and cleaning up the church vanished.

What Has Laid Claim To Your Life? – An Advent Sermon On Luke 3:1-6 – Interrupting the Silence

What Has Laid Claim To Your Life? – An Advent Sermon On Luke 3:1-6 – Interrupting the Silence: What do you see when you look at your past?

What are the feelings and thoughts?Regardless of how we view our past, regardless of what did or not happen back then, to the degree we are enmeshed,…

The French People Feel Screwed

The French People Feel Screwed: Macron makes no secret of his wish to be seen as a global leader for environmental reform. He forgets that back at home, among the people who elected him, fuel prices really matter. There are images online of police removing their helmets and

Debt, Death, and the US Empire | Antonius Aquinas

Debt, Death, and the US Empire | Antonius Aquinas: Deep State Operative John Bolton In a talk which garnered little attention, one of the Deep State’s prime operatives, National Security Advisor John Bolton, cautioned of the enormous and escalating…

Adapting to wildfires starts with making people bear the costs of living in high-risk zones - Washington Times

Adapting to wildfires starts with making people bear the costs of living in high-risk zones - Washington Times

The Rise Of The New Old Left | Hoover Institution

The Rise Of The New Old Left | Hoover Institution: What fuels the radicals of our bitter, contradictory age?

Rohr: Church needs an 'awakening of the soul' | National Catholic Reporter

Rohr: Church needs an 'awakening of the soul' | National Catholic Reporter: Unless Christians rediscover the "bigger heart" and "bigger mind" of the mystical and contemplative tradition, the church will be unable to make positive change in the world — or reform itself, said...

How George H.W. Bush Blew the Peace and Donald Trump Threatens Prosperity - Antiwar.com Original

How George H.W. Bush Blew the Peace and Donald Trump Threatens Prosperity - Antiwar.com Original: Needless to say, the chart monkeys are struggling to get their footing. The S&P 500 closed 2.6% below its 50-DMA and 2.4% below its 200-DMA, but in an - David Stockman for Antiwar.com Original

Are You Ready To Fight a War Over Ukraine? - Antiwar.com Original

Are You Ready To Fight a War Over Ukraine? - Antiwar.com Original: Today, the United States and Allies conducted an extraordinary flight under the Open Skies Treaty. The timing of this flight is intended to reaffirm U.S. - Sheldon Richman for Antiwar.com Original

The End of the Weekly Standard - Antiwar.com Original

The End of the Weekly Standard - Antiwar.com Original: The rumored demise of the Weekly Standard is yet another of Donald J. Trump’s achievements that will go uncelebrated by his liberal enemies: indeed, they - Justin Raimondo for Antiwar.com Original

Gen. Dunford: US Must Stay in Afghanistan or Get Another 9/11 - News From Antiwar.com

Gen. Dunford: US Must Stay in Afghanistan or Get Another 9/11 - News From Antiwar.com: Gen. Dunford: US Must Stay in Afghanistan or Get Another 9/11 | 17+ years into war, Dunford insists US must remain

Pictures: Inside Lenovo's new Beijing campus | ZDNet

Pictures: Inside Lenovo's new Beijing campus | ZDNet: Lenovo showed journalists around its recently opened campus in Beijing, which aims to create a 'Silicon Valley environment' for its 10,000-plus employees.

Google's massive expansion plan: Its own village with up to 8,000 homes | ZDNet

Google's massive expansion plan: Its own village with up to 8,000 homes | ZDNet: Google reveals plans for a huge development in Mountain View, California, to bring its employees closer to work.

2018 technology trends that will matter a decade from now | ZDNet

2018 technology trends that will matter a decade from now | ZDNet: Here's the year in review viewed through a lens of long-term staying power. What'll matter in 2028? Let's find out.

Fight for Federal Right to Education Takes a New Turn | naked capitalism

Fight for Federal Right to Education Takes a New Turn | naked capitalism: Can a series of lawsuits with new legal arguments persuade the Supreme Court to reverse a long-standing decision against a federal right to education?

German Reports on Iran's Missile Test Expansion in 2018 | Asharq AL-awsat

German Reports on Iran's Missile Test Expansion in 2018 | Asharq AL-awsat

Why should anyone care about Thomas Merton today? | National Catholic Reporter

Why should anyone care about Thomas Merton today? | National Catholic Reporter

Under attack, the Eucharist needs defenders

Under attack, the Eucharist needs defenders: One of my friends in Connecticut is a Eucharistic hero because he saved a consecrated Host from desecration. I saved a Host once, too — less heroically. It is important to know how valuable the Euc…

Rome’s Catacombs witness to the Catholic faith of the early Church

Rome’s Catacombs witness to the Catholic faith of the early Church: Aside from the New Testament itself and some of the early letters of the Church Fathers, the catacombs are the oldest witness to the Christian faith. The oldest of them, the Catacombs of Domitilla,…

The British Empire Is Dead, Long Live the Empire! – American Greatness

The British Empire Is Dead, Long Live the Empire! – American Greatness: Vladimir Putin, a man who styles himself a Russian nationalist and neo-imperialist, famously lamented the collapse of the Soviet Union as the “greatest geopolitical disaster of the century.”

Putin was wrong. It was the collapse of the British Empire that proved disastrous for the world—and

Bishop Barron's Gospel Reflection December 10, 2018

Monday, December 10, 2018
Monday of the Second Week of Advent
Luke 5:17-26

Friends, our Gospel for today tells that wonderful story of the healing of the paralytic. People gather by the dozens to hear Jesus, crowding around the doorway of the house. They bring him a paralyzed man, and because there is no way to get him through the door, they climb up on the roof and open a space to lower him down.

Can I suggest a connection between this wonderful narrative and our present evangelical situation? There are an awful lot of Catholics who are paralyzed, unable to move, frozen in regard to Christ and the Church. This might be from doubt, from fear, from anger, from old resentment, from ignorance, or from self-reproach. Some of these reasons might be good; some might be bad.

Your job, as a believer, is to bring others to Christ. How? A word of encouragement, a challenge, an explanation, a word of forgiveness, a note, a phone call. We notice the wonderful urgency of these people as they bring the sick man to Jesus. Do we feel the same urgency within his Mystical Body today?

Monday of the Second Week of Advent
Lectionary: 181

Reading 1 Is 35:1-10 It is for those with a journey to make,
and on it the redeemed will walk.

The desert and the parched land will exult;
the steppe will rejoice and bloom.
They will bloom with abundant flowers,
and rejoice with joyful song.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to them,
the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
They will see the glory of the LORD,
the splendor of our God.
Strengthen the hands that are feeble,
make firm the knees that are weak,
Say to those whose hearts are frightened:
Be strong, fear not!
Here is your God,
he comes with vindication;
With divine recompense
he comes to save you.
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened,
the ears of the deaf be cleared;
Then will the lame leap like a stag,
then the tongue of the mute will sing.

Streams will burst forth in the desert,
and rivers in the steppe.
The burning sands will become pools,
and the thirsty ground, springs of water;
The abode where jackals lurk
will be a marsh for the reed and papyrus.
A highway will be there,
called the holy way;
No one unclean may pass over it,
nor fools go astray on it.
No lion will be there,
nor beast of prey go up to be met upon it.
It is for those with a journey to make,
and on it the redeemed will walk.
Those whom the LORD has ransomed will return
and enter Zion singing,
crowned with everlasting joy;
They will meet with joy and gladness,
sorrow and mourning will flee.

Gospel Lk 5:17-26

One day as Jesus was teaching,
Pharisees and teachers of the law,
who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem,
were sitting there,
and the power of the Lord was with him for healing.
And some men brought on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed;
they were trying to bring him in and set him in his presence.
But not finding a way to bring him in because of the crowd,
they went up on the roof
and lowered him on the stretcher through the tiles
into the middle in front of Jesus.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said,
"As for you, your sins are forgiven."

Then the scribes and Pharisees began to ask themselves,
"Who is this who speaks blasphemies?
Who but God alone can forgive sins?"
Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them in reply,
"What are you thinking in your hearts?
Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,'
or to say, 'Rise and walk'?
But that you may know
that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins"–
he said to the one who was paralyzed,
"I say to you, rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home."

He stood up immediately before them,
picked up what he had been lying on,
and went home, glorifying God.
Then astonishment seized them all and they glorified God,
and, struck with awe, they said,
"We have seen incredible things today."

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Federal judge orders additional discovery plan in Hilary Clinton email lawsuit - JURIST - News - Legal News & Commentary

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Spare me America's tears for Jamal Khashoggi – this excuse for Trump-bashing ignores the CIA's past crimes | The Independent

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Go ahead and pray badly

Go ahead and pray badly: The Word of God is one of the normal, ordinary, and effective means by which the Holy Spirit wishes to teach us to pray. This Aleteia Series is looking at the signs from John’s Gospel as concrete l…

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Inside the Evangelical Money Flowing Into the West Bank


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A Haaretz investigation reveals that Christian groups have invested up to $65 million in projects in the ‘Biblical Heartland’ over the past decade. That doesn’t include services they provide free of charge, like volunteer laborers

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

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Bishop Malone Orders Possible Bleeding Host Destroyed

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The world is charged with the grandeur of God.” – Gerard Manley Hopkins

By Bruce Rooke

After two weeks in the land of saints and martyrs, we touched back down in Detroit.

Peter and Debbie Herbeck, and my wife Julia, and I had hopped through Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland, engaging with different leaders and covenant communities; sharing Word, prayer, and Pentecost with students and believers; and immersing ourselves in the deep living history of faith these countries hold.

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Bishop Barron's Gospel Reflection December 8, 2018 Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary tion

Saturday, December 8, 2018
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Luke 1:26-38

Friends, today we celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception. The Church Fathers consistently referred to Mary as the New Evewhich is to say, the one who reversed the momentum started by the mother of the human race. The Ave of the angel was seen as the reversal of Eva. While Eve grasped at divinity, Mary said, "Let it be done unto me."

Here’s the liberating paradox: passivity before objective values is precisely what makes life wonderful. Allowing oneself to be invaded and rearranged by objective value is what makes life worth living. And this applies unsurpassably to our relationship with God. The message that your life is not about you does indeed crush the false self that would bend the whole world to its purposes, but it sets free the true self.

The Immaculate Conception itself is concealed in the privacy of salvation history, but the effects of it are on clear display in this Gospel. In the presence of the supreme value, we ought to say, along with Mary, "Be it done unto me!"

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Lectionary: 689

Reading 1 Gn 3:9-15, 20

After the man, Adam, had eaten of the tree,
the LORD God called to the man and asked him, "Where are you?"
He answered, "I heard you in the garden;
but I was afraid, because I was naked,
so I hid myself."
Then he asked, "Who told you that you were naked?
You have eaten, then,
from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!"
The man replied, "The woman whom you put here with meC
she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it."
The LORD God then asked the woman,
"Why did you do such a thing?"
The woman answered, "The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it."

Then the LORD God said to the serpent:
"Because you have done this, you shall be banned
from all the animals
and from all the wild creatures;
on your belly shall you crawl,
and dirt shall you eat
all the days of your life.
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will strike at your head,
while you strike at his heel."

The man called his wife Eve,
because she became the mother of all the living.

Gospel Lk 1:26-38

The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin's name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
"Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you."
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
"Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end."
But Mary said to the angel,
"How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?"
And the angel said to her in reply,
"The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God."
Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word."
Then the angel departed from her.