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Monday, May 6, 2024




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Rogation Monday

 

Job, Chapter 37, Verse 24

Therefore, people FEAR him; none can see him, however wise their hearts. 

We cannot see God, but we can see His justice which condemns self-righteousness and is good to all; both the evil and the virtuous. Elihu proclaims God’s majesty is revealed in the entire universe and due to this majesty men are fearful. 

Who has seen God[1]

The First Letter of John begins: “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another. No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us.” “No one has ever seen God”?

Wait . . . we definitely believe Jesus is God, and lots of people saw Jesus during his lifetime; doesn’t that count? What’s going on?

Also John 1:18 (“No one has ever seen God. The only son God, who is at the Father’s side, has revealed him.”) and 1 Timothy 6:16 (“. . . the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, and whom no human being has seen or can see”).

Not even Moses saw God; although he talked to the LORD “face to face” (Deuteronomy 34:10) – meaning in a conversational manner – the Scripture is clear that he didn’t really see God’s face (see Exodus 33:18-23). In addition it took a few centuries for mortal minds to fully wrap around the idea of the Trinity, even though it’s clearly in the Gospels (see, for example, Matthew 28:19). So, it’s understandable that they say things that seem a bit askew to modern ears. And yet . . . is there more wisdom to be gleaned here?

In Mark we see how Jesus walked on water after the miracle of feeding the five thousand. “But at once he spoke with them, ‘Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!’ He got into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely astounded. They had not understood the incident of the loaves. On the contrary, their hearts were hardened.” Christ’s answer of “It is I” is literally translated as “I am,” which points to the divine revelation found – among other places – in Exodus 3:14 (“God replied, ‘I am who am,’ Then he added, ‘This is what you shall tell the Israelites: IAM sent me to you.'”). Look at the last two sentences from Mark: “They had not understood the incident of the loaves. On the contrary, their hearts were hardened.”

What did they not understand? Why were their hearts hardened?

Simply put, they didn’t understand the signs of Christ’s divinity. Their hearts were hardened to the truth that was before them: That Jesus was God. If you were walking along the street two thousand years ago and saw Jesus, you would not immediately know he was God. You would not “see” him. Similarly, if a nonbeliever saw the Eucharist, he would not “see” Christ, even though we know Scripture and Tradition clearly indicate he is physically there with us during that Sacrament. And even if we believe we are practicing Catholics, in our hearts, are we sure we are “seeing” Christ?

About half of American Catholics don’t believe that – during Communion – the bread and wine become the body and blood of Jesus. (I can’t find statistics worldwide, but I suspect there are a large number of Catholics across the globe who don’t understand or accept the doctrine of transubstantiation.) In the Gospel of Mark, we learn of those who saw the truth but didn’t believe, and their hearts were hardened. Let us remain ever vigilant that – through Sacraments, Scripture, prayer, and more – we have ample opportunity to know God. If we fail to do so, the fault is with us.

1376 The Council of Trent summarizes the Catholic faith by declaring: "Because Christ our Redeemer said that it was truly his body that he was offering under the species of bread, it has always been the conviction of the Church of God, and this holy Council now declares again, that by the consecration of the bread and wine there takes place a change of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of his blood. This change the holy Catholic Church has fittingly and properly called transubstantiation."

 

1413 By the consecration the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ is brought about. Under the consecrated species of bread and wine Christ himself, living and glorious, is present in a true, real, and substantial manner: his Body and his Blood, with his soul and his divinity.

 

Rogation Days[2]

 

THE Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before the Ascension are observed as days of solemn supplication, and are called Rogation Days. These three Rogation days serve also as a preparation for the feast of the ascension, which reminds us that we have the most powerful intercessor in our savior, who is now enthroned at the right hand of the father. Since 1929 many churches in the United States have observed Rogation Sunday as Rural Life Sunday, or Soil Stewardship Sunday. Services on this day examine the religious aspects of rural life. In 1969 the Roman Catholic Church cancelled the Rogation Days. In their place Church authorities instituted days of prayer for human needs, human works, and the fruits of the earth. Local bishops may now set appropriate dates for these observances in their dioceses.

Things to Do:[3]

 

Rogationtide Monday[4]

 

Rogation Days are a Roman Catholic "baptism" of the Robigalia, a pagan procession to gain favor from the Robigo, the Roman god of grain. Since the Church had no objection to praying for the harvest, it threw out Robigo while keeping the procession and prayers. Today would be a good day to reflect on what we want to harvest this fall; so like farmers we must till the soil of our soul reflecting this day on our use of our TIME and look at in what ways we may offer our time to Christ to help build a harvest for His Kingdom. 

Time


 

Consider that Christ was on the cross from noon to 3 p.m. Three hours that must have seemed an eternality to literally buy us back from damnation.

 

Reflect today if you in turn can sacrifice 3 hours a week to give back to the Lord. Yes, time is a precious commodity:

 

Consider:

 

·         Sunday Mass is one hour can you give more?

 

·         Each day has 24 hours.

o   Normally you use 8 hours for sleep-offer your sleep to the Lord.

§  If you wake in the middle of night give an hour to prayer and go back to sleep in the Lord.

o   Normally you use 8 hours to earn your daily bread and a place to sleep.

§  Before you eat your bread and place your head on your “my pillow” thank the Lord.

o   Normally you have 8 hours to bake the bread, make your bed; make sure your fed; wash your head. Exercise and make use of your squatty potty, etc.

o   Brother can you spare some time for the Lord

·         The rosary takes 20 minutes.

 

Catechism of the Catholic Church

PART FOUR: CHRISTIAN PRAYER

SECTION ONE-PRAYER IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

CHAPTER THREE-THE LIFE OF PRAYER

Article 2-THE BATTLE OF PRAYER

2725 Prayer is both a gift of grace and a determined response on our part. It always presupposes effort. the great figures of prayer of the Old Covenant before Christ, as well as the Mother of God, the saints, and he himself, all teach us this: prayer is a battle. Against whom? Against ourselves and against the wiles of the tempter who does all he can to turn man away from prayer, away from union with God. We pray as we live, because we live as we pray. If we do not want to act habitually according to the Spirit of Christ, neither can we pray habitually in his name. the "spiritual battle" of the Christian's new life is inseparable from the battle of prayer.

THIS WE BELIEVE

PRAYERS AND TEACHINGS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Prayer to Patron Saint

Great Saint N., who at my baptism was chosen as my guardian and under whose patronage I became an adopted child of God and solemnly renounced Satan, his works and allurements, assist me by your powerful intercession in the fulfillment of these sacred promises. Amen

Christopher’s Corner

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Today is Orson Welles' birthday.

May 6th (1915)

In honor of him we will be also watching

CITIZEN KANE (1941) 


5 Life Lessons from the Film ‘Citizen Kane’[5]

·         Seek Challenges… Not Comfort

“If I hadn’t been very rich, I might have been a really great man.” — Charles Foster Kane

As a young boy, Charles Kane is sent away by his parents in rural Colorado to live under the guardianship of an austere banker. After a valuable gold mine was discovered on the Kane family property, his mother wanted him to be raised in a manner befitting his future inheritance. Later in life, Kane saw this wealth as a curse, shielding him from the adversity that could have forged him into a “great man.”

·         Set Goals… Then Work to Achieve Them

“There's only one person who's going to decide what I'm going to do and that's me.” - Charles Foster Kane

Kane resolved as a young adult to direct his energy towards making a positive impact on his country. He grew a floundering city newspaper into a national media empire, and ran for Governor of New York on a progressive and anti-corruption platform.

·         On Friendship: Quality Beats Quantity

“I know too many people. I guess we’re both lonely.” — Charles Foster Kane

Although he was always surrounded by people, Kane kept most of his acquaintances at arm’s length. Demanding loyalty from his friends and colleagues, but offering little in return. As a consequence, he often felt lonely and isolated.

·         Principles Are More Valuable Than Possessions

When Kane took the helm of that first newspaper, he promised (via a front page cover story), to operate the periodical according to the principles of truth and honesty. As his empire expanded however, he chose to compromise these principles in service of his ambition.

Kane attempted to fill the resulting void in his life by collecting art and curios from around the world. In the end, he died alone in his cavernous mansion, surrounded by his collection destined for an auction house or incinerator.

Scene from end of Citizen Kane

  • We Are All Tapestries of Diversity

“Mr Kane was a man who got everything he wanted, and then lost it. Maybe Rosebud was something he couldn't get or something he lost. Anyway, it wouldn't have explained anything. I don't think any word can explain a man's life. No, I guess Rosebud is just a piece in a jigsaw puzzle… a missing piece.”

— Jerry Thompson

Daily Devotions

·         Unite in the work of the Porters of St. Joseph by joining them in fasting: Today's Fast: Authentic Feminism

·         Eat waffles and Pray for the assistance of the Angels

·         Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

·         Offering to the sacred heart of Jesus

·         Make reparations to the Holy Face

·         Monday: Litany of Humility

·         Hindenburg Disaster 1937



·         Drops of Christ’s Blood

·         Universal Man Plan

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