30thWednesday in Ordinary Time
- · Dan’s Deliberations, Discoveries, & Declarations
- · Today in Catholic History
- · Catholic Apologetics
- · A Franciscan’s Saint of the Day
- · Reflection on article of the OFS Rule
I attended a great concert last Friday evening at a neighboring parish. The musician was David Kauffman, a noted Catholic Christian musician. He has a new CD, just released, titled “A Hand to Hold”. His music is available via I-Tunes or through his web page.
I highly recommend any of his music. I find them rejuvenating, inspiring, and motivating to say the least. For your convenience, here is a link to his website: http://davidkauffman.com/.
Voting time is fast coming. In a short six days, we citizens in the United States will be voting for our religious liberty and constitutional and religious rights, and for the spiritual welfare of our country. PLEASE, PLEASE VOTE!! I am posting remarks I made a couple of weeks ago, and recently published in the National Catholic Register:
“Voting and Natural Law”
Catholics should let their faith fashion their political decisions. Per Jesus Christ, we are to “render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s.” What we render unto God is our faith. We can’t forget about the Church’s teachings and the demands of natural law in making our political decisions. We have to make sure, when voting, that officeholders always reflect the moral and religious values found in Holy Scripture and in the teachings of our Catholic faith.
The Catholic Church does not tell anyone how to vote. Your individual thoughts and opinions are based on many aspects in your life: tradition, family upbringing, education and employment history, and so on.
However, there are non-negotiable aspects to society, especially for those who have a faith in Catholicism. Opposition to abortion and euthanasia and support for marriage between a man and a woman are non-negotiable tenets of our faith. Violating these aspects of natural law imposes serious consequences on one’s soul! However, other issues are negotiable and can be debated: i.e., the economy, taxes, government spending, immigration, foreign affairs, and even helping the poor and marginalized. All of these negotiable topics are matters for prudential judgment — careful choice, usually not affecting natural law.
We, as humans, are always going to have legitimate differences of opinion over how best to apply the moral principles and teachings within society. Are you saying to God, “Thy will be done” when it really means, “My will be done“?
The former prayer leads toward God, and the later statement turns your back to him.
So, what are we to do when we vote? The choice is yours; this is free will. However, it is important to remember that we ought to think logically and to act upon our thoughts with Jesus Christ and our Catholic faith in mind when voting.
† 1705 – Birth of Clemens XIV, [Giovanni Ganganelli], Pope (1769-74)
† 1705 – Birth of Pope Clement XIV (d. 1774)
† 1919 – Birth of Father Magnus Wenninger, OSB, American priest, and mathematician, author of Polyhedron models
† 1982 – Pope John Paul II becomes 1st pontiff to visit Spain
† 1999 – Roman Catholic Church and Lutheran Church leaders sign the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, ending a centuries-old doctrinal dispute over the nature of faith and salvation.
† Feasts/Memorials: St. Arnulf; St. Bega; St. Quentin; St.Urban; St. Wolfgang
(From the “On This Day” Blog Site
“Today in Catholic History”
My reason and purpose for this section on my blog is to provide “scriptural confirmation” for our beliefs and doctrines, not to cause dissention or opposition with my fellow believers in Jesus Christ, yet not in union with the Roman Catholic Church. Whether God speaks to us through the “Bible”, or through “Tradition”, it is the Holy Spirit who inspires the “Word” from which all authentic tradition flows.
Tradition can be separated into two aspects: oral and behavioral. Oral tradition includes written forms. After all, it ALL started with oral tradition. Behavioral tradition includes Baptism, Eucharist or Lord’s Supper, Laying on of hands for healing, Intercessory prayer, and Ordination.
All Scriptural verses are taken from both the Revised Standard Version: Catholic Edition of the Holy Bible and the King James Version of the Holy Bible.
Faith and Works, Part 1
“‘Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” shall enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven’” (Matthew. 7:21) RSV.
“Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew. 7:21) KJV.
“Why do you call me `Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? (Luke 6:46) RSV.
“And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? (Luke 6:46) KJV.
A Franciscan’s Saint of the Day: Blessed Thomas of Florence (d. 1447)
The son of a butcher in Florence, Thomas led such a wild life for a time that parents warned their sons to stay away from him. A rich man in town befriended him and led him deeper into depravity. Accused of a serious crime that he had not committed, Thomas went to his friend for protection. The man would not even see him and told him to stay away. Crushed, Thomas wandered the streets until he met a priest who listened to his story and took Thomas into his home. Ultimately, he was able to get Thomas declared innocent of the crime.
Thomas broke off his former associations and began to lead a life of prayer and penance. Filled with grace, he asked to be admitted to a Franciscan friary as a lay brother. He went on to become a model friar, fasting, keeping vigils, disciplining himself. He wore the cast-off clothes of his brothers. He was frequently wrapped in ecstasy. Though he was never ordained a priest and remained content to serve as a lay brother, Thomas was appointed novice master. Many young men followed in his path of holiness.
Thomas founded numerous convents of friars in southern Italy. And Pope Martin V called upon him to preach against the Fraticelli, a branch of heretical Franciscans. He was also asked to go to the Orient to promote the reunion of the Eastern and Western Churches. There he was imprisoned and expected to receive the crown of martyrdom. But the pope ransomed him for a large sum of money. Thomas returned to Italy and died on a journey to Rome, where he had hoped to receive permission to return to the Orient.
When Thomas needed a compassionate listening ear, he found one in a stranger. Had the priest not heard him out, he might never have achieved a place among the blessed. Who knows what God has in mind for the person who wants to bend our ear and find a compassionate listener?
Saint of the Day: Lives, Lessons and Feast
By Leonard Foley, O.F.M.;
revised by Pat McCloskey, O.F.M.
(From http://www.americancatholic.org website)
THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER
1. The vocation to the SFO [OFS] is a specific vocation that gives form to the life and apostolic activity of its members. Therefore, those who are bound by a perpetual commitment to another religious family or institute of consecrated life cannot belong to the SFO.
2. The SFO is open to the faithful of every state of life. The following may belong to it:
— the laity (men and women);
— the secular clergy (deacons, priests, bishops).