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Sunday, June 24, 2012

A Few Good Priests

I firmly believe we are in a time where great saints will be made. And not just a few known around the world, but possibly in your own parish right now. We are at a time when we either stick with the church or turn from it. It takes courage to stand with the Church now.

But we can't do it without our priests. Yes, a few have given the church and the priesthood a bad name. And as our priest said in today's homily - those priests deserve justice. Without a doubt.

 But there are so many unsung heroes in the Church - much more than the few who hurt the Church and its members. Our parish has been blessed with great priest after great priest. For me just their dedication, humility and faithfulness speaks the truth about what our Church is and what it stands for.

When you go to Church today - or any Sunday, listen to what your priest is saying to you. What message is he delivering to you in the Homily? What is Jesus saying to you in the Eucharist?  Yes, there are some "bad priests" out there and they will be held liable - to society and worse - to God.

However, there are many more here serving God justly and faithfully. Yes, there are more than just a "Few Good Priests" out there. They will lead us through the tough times which are imminent. They will help carve the great saints of our time.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Posting for God

In Mark 16:15-16  we read ,"And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.  “He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned." These are the words of Jesus just before He ascended into Heaven.

Today, in light of the New Evangelization started by Pope John Paul II, we have more access and more ways to spread the good news. On platforms such as Facebook and Twitter I have seen many positive examples of  spreading the "Good News".  Unfortunately, I also see examples of people posting things contradictory of God's laws.

How we spend our days here on Earth directly affects how we will spend eternity.  Are we continuing Jesus' mission or are we sabotaging it?  We should ask ourselves and answer honestly, "Would God approve?" When we advocate for things such as abortion, contraception, and gay marriage, who's mission are we promoting? God's? Or the Enemy's? Our personal beliefs do not compare to the laws of God. His ways are far above our ways.

So when you see a Facebook or Twitter post, think before sharing. Is this in line with God's teachings? Or is this furthering an agenda contradictory to God? Will we be building up God's Kingdom? Or attempting to tear it down? We are here to serve God. Will that post serve God?