Sunday School 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Aug18

Sunday School 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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From the Rector: Divine Speech Therapy
Aug18

From the Rector: Divine Speech Therapy

Divine Speech Therapy The second commandment, You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain,  forbids the abuse of God’s name. Blasphemy Blasphemy:  uttering against God, inwardly or outwardly words of hatred, reproach or defiance. Speaking ill of God, failing in respect toward him.  Attempting to degrade God through speech. Blasphemy extends to language against the Blessed Virgin Mary, Christ’s Church , the angels and saints, and sacred things.  Blasphemy is a grave offense. Sacrilege:  Speech is sacrilegious when the Holy Names or holy things are spoken about in an irreverent, irreligious, or silly way . Taking the Lord’s Name in vain refers to the vain, pointless or trivial invocation of God’s name. Swearing. A related type of unworthy speech which we will categorize as swearing,  involves calling God as a witness to an oath. Swearing:  Promises made to others in God’s name should only be made out of necessity.  Jesus said “ let your yes mean yes and your no mean no”  (Mt 5:33-34). Rash oaths: swearing to God without a prudent reason is an abuse of God’s name. False oaths:  Invoking God as the witness to a false oath is to call on God to be witness to a lie.  –perjury. Evil oaths: Pledging oneself by oath to commit an evil deed is contrary to the holiness of the divine name. III. Cursing Cursing:  A  third category of speech which is displeasing to God is cursing, that is expressing the desire for evil, or even eternal damnation to come upon our neighbor or any part of God’s creation.  This offense is compounded when God ‘s name is invoked.  As Christians we are called upon to bless those who curse us. Profanity Profanity:   This type of speech involves coarse references to the human body.  Sexual relations or personal matters of the bodily elimination system that should be private are used to degrade persons, places or things.   This type of speech tends to degrade ones attitude toward the sacredness of the sexual union in the Marriage Covenant.  It uncovers what should remain veiled. Lewd or suggestive speech.   Engaging in this type of language can tempt people against the 6th or 9th commandment. Prescription: Confess your sins of speech. Negative incentive-  do penance and penalize yourself. Make reparation.  Pray the Our Father “Hallowed be thy Name”. Say the Divine praises. . The Divine Praises Blessed be God. Blessed be His Holy Name. Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man. Blessed be the name of Jesus. Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart. Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Blessed be...

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Sunday School: Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Aug10

Sunday School: Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday School To print or view the Sunday School page, click on the link below: Sunday School 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle...

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From the Rector: Discernment of God’s Will and Abandonment to God’s Will
Aug10

From the Rector: Discernment of God’s Will and Abandonment to God’s Will

Discernment of God’s Will and Abandonment to God’s Will. The Catechism of the Catholic Church on discernment and the Will of God. 2826 By prayer we can discern “what is the will of God” and obtain the endurance to do it. Jesus teaches us that one enters the kingdom of heaven not by speaking words, but by doing “the will of my Father in heaven.” 1835 Prudence disposes the practical reason to discern, in every circumstance, our true good and to choose the right means for achieving it. 2706 To meditate on what we read helps us to make it our own by confronting it with ourselves. Here, another book is opened: the book of life. We pass from thoughts to reality. To the extent that we are humble and faithful, we discover in meditation the movements that stir the heart and we are able to discern them. It is a question of acting truthfully in order to come into the light: “Lord, what do you want me to do?” 2677 Holy Mary, Mother of God: With Elizabeth we marvel, “And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” Because she gives us Jesus, her son, Mary is Mother of God and our mother; we can entrust all our cares and petitions to her: she prays for us as she prayed for herself: “Let it be to me according to your word.” By entrusting ourselves to her prayer, we abandon ourselves to the will of God together with her: “Thy will be done.” Helps to discernment: Looking for God’s Will in the needs of our neighbors Looking for God’s Will in the needs of the Church Looking for God’s Will in our current obligations Looking for God’s Will in His expressed Commands Looking for God’s Will through the events that He permits to occur for the greater good. Asking in a given situation what would seem to be more pleasing to God.   Helps to abandonment: Desiring to do God’s Will in all things big and small Accepting that God’s Will may not be to our liking Loving God’s Will even when we don’t understand it Believing Jesus’ words that only the one who does the Will of His Father will enter the Kingdom. Promptly and cheerfully doing what we know to be God’s Will.   Pitfalls which keep us from abandonment: Wanting to serve God on our own terms Attachment to sin, worldly things, or our own plans Letting fear keep us from accepting God’s Will Demanding signs Wanting exhaustive knowledge of God’s plan and His timing Insisting on knowing why something is God’s Will Imagining that we...

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Sunday School: The Transfiguration of The Lord
Aug04

Sunday School: The Transfiguration of The Lord

Sunday School To print or view the Sunday School page, click on the link below: Sunday School The Transfiguration of the Lord Cycle...

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