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Saturday, April 20, 2024


 

April 20 

Saint of the day:
Saint Agnes of Montepulciano


  
Patron Saint of Siena, Italy


Saturday of the Third Week of Easter

WEED DAY

 

Acts, Chapter 9, Verse 31

The church throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria was at peace. It was being built up and walked in the FEAR of the Lord, and with the consolation of the Holy Spirit it grew in numbers.

 

The church was at peace because the apostles trusted in the power of God and accepted Saul as Paul. Saul was the major threat to the fledgling church until Christ stopped Saul in his tracks.

 

For those who do not fear God let us pray that Christ stops us knocks us to the ground and delivers us as He did Saul.

 

Christ chose Saul because he was an earnest man first.

 

The great need at this hour is manly men. We want not goody-goody piety; we have too much of it. We want men who will do right, though the heavens fall, who believe in God, and who will confess Him. Rev. W. J. Dawson.

 

Great men of the bible realize that we are both body and spirit. They took great care of the body and honored God with the use of it. Our examples are Moses, Sampson, David, Saint Joseph and even Jesus Himself.

 

The body of an athlete and the soul of a sage; these are what we require to be happy. Voltaire.

 

Weed Day[1]

 

April 20 has become a counterculture holiday in North America, where people gather to celebrate and consume cannabis. Some events have a political nature to them, advocating for the legalization of cannabis. North American observances have been held at Hippie Hill in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park near the Haight-Ashbury district, the University of Colorado's Boulder campus, Ottawa, Ontario, at Parliament Hill and Major's Hill Park, Montreal, Quebec at Mount Royal monument, Edmonton, Alberta at the Alberta Legislature Building, as well as Vancouver, British Columbia at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The growing size of the unofficial event at UC Santa Cruz caused the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs to send an e-mail to parents in 2009 stating: "The growth in scale of this activity has become a concern for both the university and surrounding community."

 

Up in Smoke[2]

Q: I have a question regarding the use of marijuana and whether it is considered a sin to smoke it recreationally now that it is legal in Washington state. I have a Catholic friend who smokes it and doesn’t seem to think that there is anything wrong with doing so. What does the church teach about using marijuana recreationally — is it a sin?

A: During the period of continuing formation following my ordination, I was introduced to Stephen Covey’s well-known book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The second habit has always stuck with me: “Begin with the end in mind.” It means that before we start something, we need to think it out and make sure our present actions will help us toward our future goals.

Covey’s second habit can be applied to the spiritual life. The goal of our spiritual lives is ultimately to love God and others to the fullest possible extent, and ultimately to make it to heaven. What we do in the present should assist us in these spiritual goals.

So, to your question, with the understanding that marijuana is a legally prescribed therapeutic drug for certain mental and physical conditions: Does recreational marijuana use help or hinder us in reaching this goal of our Christian life?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, quoting Vatican II, says the following: “God willed that man should be ‘left in the hand of his own counsel,’ so that he might of his own accord seek his Creator and freely attain his full and blessed perfection by cleaving to him.” (1730) God doesn’t force us to seek and love him; it is something that he has left us free to do.

Marijuana affects the limbic system of the brain, which deals with emotion, behavior, motivation, long-term memory, and sense of smell and time. Using this substance, as many studies show, causes both physical and psychological effects in the user, including heightened heart rates, short-term memory loss, delayed reaction, depression and even anxiety. When a person smokes marijuana, they are placing chemicals in their nervous system that alter their consciousness and have the potential to produce future emotional and physical damage.

Marijuana certainly is not beneficial to the spiritual life, and if it becomes a serious impediment to growth in the spiritual life and drawing closer to God and our ultimate goal, heaven, the church would consider its recreational use a sin. It’s important to remember that there is a big difference between recreational and therapeutic drug use and this understanding does not apply only to marijuana.

YouCat, the youth catechism of the Catholic Church, says: “Every time a person loses or forgets himself by becoming intoxicated, which can also include excessive eating and drinking, indulgence in sexual activity, or speeding with an automobile, he loses some of his human dignity and freedom and therefore sins against God. This should be distinguished from the reasonable, conscious, and moderate use of enjoyable things.” (389)

When we forget ourselves in this way through “intoxication” of any kind, we run the risk of forgetting what the purpose and goal of our lives are, and certainly are not considering this ultimate goal in the present.

St. Paul says, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19) We were created to be good and responsible stewards of God’s creation, including our bodies, which are sacred. Recreational marijuana use can be an impediment to the fullness of life that God wants to share with us and so can become a hindrance to being a good steward of what God has created. Do you want to be a Dude or a Dud?

Is it weed or Lipton’s?[3]

While trapped in the hut some of the guys there were talking, and they mentioned that Lipton’s tea when it was burnt smells just like marijuana. I could not believe it; the next thing you know I was running back to my footlocker. I knew I had a pipe in there somewhere. Yes! I loaded it up with Lipton’s and lit it. Tasted like pure shit but yes it did smell just like marijuana. Brillo and I were going to have some fun with this. At lunch, we took my pipe with us over to the galley and we were eating slowly waiting for our victim. Then he came in, Mr. Winterover. You know the guy with his head shaved who wintered over stares at walls and things like that. He sat a few spaces down from us. Brillo and I watched him as he was eating soup like an “animal.” Staring at the wall with his face about four inches from the bowl and eating quickly, one spoon after another; just staring at the wall. I pulled the pipe out, lit it, and took a big drag; held it in my lungs then let the smoke out. Then, I passed the pipe over to Brillo, who did the same. The smoke drifted over to Mr. Winterover, all the sudden he stopped in mid stroke with the soup, sniffed, and then sniffed again. Slowly his head turned our way, and he sniffed one more time. Then he dropped his spoon, jumped up and ran over to us like a kid. He said to me,

 

“Hey, man is that shit.”

 

I said, “Yah it’s some Maui Wowi.”

 

He said, “Holy crap man how did you get it here, with customs and all.”

 

I quickly said, “Brillo here just hid it in his jacket.”

 

He was rubbing his hands together and prancing. “Hey man you don’t mind if I take a hit.” “Like man I ain’t had any shit for 18 months.”

 

 I said, “Sure, here you go.”

 

I handed the pipe to Mr. Winterover, he greedily grabbed it, put the pipe to his lips taking a draw bending his whole body backwards with the draw, then he took two more deep draws rolling his eyes back in his head, breathed out and said to me and Brillo, “Man, that was the best shit I have ever had!” Brillo and I could hardly contain our laughter. After lunch we decided that it would also be fun to walk through the officer’s quarter’s area on the way back to the hut. It was interesting to note doors would open people would sniff through the crack in the door, but nobody came out of their rooms.

 

Catechism of the Catholic Church

PART FOUR: CHRISTIAN PRAYER

SECTION ONE-PRAYER IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

CHAPTER[4] ONE-THE REVELATION OF PRAYER - THE UNIVERSAL CALL TO PRAYER

Article 3-IN THE AGE OF THE CHURCH

III. Prayer of Intercession

2634 Intercession is a prayer of petition which leads us to pray as Jesus did. He is the one intercessor with the Father on behalf of all men, especially sinners. He is "able for all time to save those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them." The Holy Spirit "himself intercedes for us . . . and intercedes for the saints according to the will of God."

2635 Since Abraham, intercession - asking on behalf of another has been characteristic of a heart attuned to God's mercy. In the age of the Church, Christian intercession participates in Christ's, as an expression of the communion of saints. In intercession, he who prays looks "not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others," even to the point of praying for those who do him harm.

2636 The first Christian communities lived this form of fellowship intensely. Thus the Apostle Paul gives them a share in his ministry of preaching the Gospel but also intercedes for them. The intercession of Christians recognizes no boundaries: "for all men, for kings and all who are in high positions," for persecutors, for the salvation of those who reject the Gospel.

THIS WE BELIEVE

PRAYERS AND TEACHINGS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Consecration to the Blessed Mother[5]

 

O Mary, Virgin most powerful and Mother of mercy, Queen of Heaven and Refuge of sinners, we consecrate ourselves to thine Immaculate Heart.

 

We consecrate to thee our very being and our whole life; all that we have, all that we love, all that we are. To thee we give our bodies, our hearts and our souls; to thee we give our homes, our families, our country.

 

We desire that all that is in us and around us may belong to thee, and may share in the benefits of thy motherly benediction. And that this act of consecration may be truly efficacious and lasting, we renew this day at thy feet the promises of our Baptism and our first Holy Communion.

 

We pledge ourselves to profess courageously and at all times the truths of our holy Faith, and to live as befits Catholics who are duly submissive to all the directions of the Pope and the Bishops in communion with him.

 

We pledge ourselves to keep the commandments of God and His Church, in particular to keep holy the Lord's Day.

 

We likewise pledge ourselves to make the consoling practices of the Christian religion, and above all, Holy Communion, an integral part of our lives, in so far as we shall be able so to do.

Finally, we promise thee, O glorious Mother of God and loving Mother of men, to devote ourselves whole-heartedly to the service of thy blessed cult, in order to hasten and assure, through the sovereignty of thine Immaculate Heart, the coming of the kingdom of the Sacred Heart of thine adorable Son, in our own hearts and in those of all men, in our country and in all the world, as in heaven. so, on earth. Amen.

 

Vinny’s Corner

 

Colossal Cave Mountain Park, Tucson

 

Ask any former visitor and they’ll yell it from the rooftops: a trip to this hidden gem in Vail, just a short drive from Tucson, is one of the most unique things to do in Arizona.

 

A former hideout for Apache Indians and stagecoach robbers, Colossal Cave Mountain Park is a maze of caves and tunnels — which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places — is now open for exploration by thrill-seeking tourists from all over the world.

 

The bleeding Host in Poland was approved for veneration in April 2016, by Bishop Zbigniew Kiernikowski of Legnica who said that it “has the hallmarks of a Eucharistic miracle.” Learn more here

 

Next Week

 

·         Lyte Sky Lantern Festival is coming to the Tucson, AZ area Saturday, April 27th, 2024.

o   Arizona- Tucson, Arizona

o   Saturday, April 27th, 2024

o   5:00 PM – 10:00 P

Daily Devotions

·         Unite in the work of the Porters of St. Joseph by joining them in fasting: Today's Fast: Reparations for offenses and blasphemies against God and the Blessed Virgin Mary

·         Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

·         Offering to the sacred heart of Jesus

·         Make reparations to the Holy Face

·         Drops of Christ’s Blood

·         Universal Man Plan



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