“Happy Turkey Day – – and Feast of the Presentation of Mary – – From the Great Turkey!” – †


33rd Wednesday in Ordinary Time

Today’s Content:

 

  • ·        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

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Dan’s Deliberations, Discoveries, & Declarations:

 

Happy Thanksgiving to ALL!  I pray everyone has a good day with family and friends.  Please remember those who have “no one” in their lives, and for those unable to be with family and friends on Thanksgiving Day; keep them in your prayers.

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In this next Sunday’s blog, November 25th , I will be presenting “the Five Stages of Religious Persecution” originating with a talk to a group in Washington DC, given by Johnette Benkovic of the “Women of Grace” show (EWTN):   

1.  Stereotyping the Catholic Church, individually & as a group
2.  Vilifying the Catholic Church with alleged crimes and/or misconducts
3.  Marginalizing the Catholic Church’s role in society
4.  Criminalizing the Catholic Church and its works

5.  Persecuting the Catholic Church outright and overtly

There are many examples for each of these progressive steps.  I feel disheartened in our current societies (and politicians) approach to scrutinizing and polarizing the Catholic Church as an “out-dated” organization which is no longer needed, or wanted, in America today.  Even supposed “Catholic” politicians have decided to pick and choose which tenets and beliefs to follow.  Let’s keep the following prayer, given to us by an angel who appeared to three children of Fatima in 1916

“O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore you profoundly.  I offer you the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the OUTRAGES, SACRILEGES, and INDIFFERENCES by which He is offended.  By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary I beg the conversion of poor sinners.”

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 Today in Catholic History:

 

†   235 – [Saint] Anterus begins his reign as Catholic Pope

†   496 – Death of Pope Gelasius I, Catholic Pope, of Berber extraction

†   695 – Pope Sergius names Willibrord as Archbishop Clemens of Friezen

†   1567 – Birth of Saint Anne de Xainctonge, French saint (d. 1621)

†   1854 – Birth of Benedict XV, [Giacomo PGB marques della Chiessa], 258th Pope (1914-22)

†   1964 – Pope Paul VI signs 3rd sitting of 2nd Vatican council

(From the “On This Day” Blog Site
otday.wordpress.com &/OR
“Today in Catholic History”
http://www.historyorb.com)

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  Catholic Apologetics:

 

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

“So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. (James. 2:17). RSV

So faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.(James. 2:17). KJV

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 “Do you want to be shown, you foolish fellow, that faith apart from works is barren? (James. 2:20). RSV

But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” (James. 2:20). KJV

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 “You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.” (James. 2:24). RSV

Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.” (James. 2:24). KJV

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 A Franciscan’s Saint of the Day:  Presentation of Mary

 

Mary’s presentation was celebrated in Jerusalem in the sixth century.  A church was built there in honor of this mystery.  The Eastern Church was more interested in the feast, but it does appear in the West in the 11th century.  Although the feast at times disappeared from the calendar, in the 16th century it became a feast of the universal Church.

As with Mary’s birth, we read of Mary’s presentation in the temple only in apocryphal literature. In what is recognized as an unhistorical account, the Protoevangelium of James tells us that Anna and Joachim offered Mary to God in the Temple when she was three years old.  This was to carry out a promise made to God when Anna was still childless.

Though it cannot be proven historically, Mary’s presentation has an important theological purpose.  It continues the impact of the feasts of the Immaculate Conception and of the birth of Mary.  It emphasizes that the holiness conferred on Mary from the beginning of her life on earth continued through her early childhood and beyond.

Comment:

It is sometimes difficult for modern Westerners to appreciate a feast like this.  The Eastern Church, however, was quite open to this feast and even somewhat insistent about celebrating it.  Even though the feast has no basis in history, it stresses an important truth about Mary: From the beginning of her life, she was dedicated to God.  She herself became a greater temple than any made by hands.  God came to dwell in her in a marvelous manner and sanctified her for her unique role in God’s saving work.  At the same time, the magnificence of Mary enriches her children. They, too, are temples of God and sanctified in order that they might enjoy and share in God’s saving work.

Quote:

“Hail, holy throne of God, divine sanctuary, house of glory, jewel most fair, chosen treasure house, and mercy seat for the whole world, heaven showing forth the glory of God.  Purest Virgin, worthy of all praise, sanctuary dedicated to God and raised above all human condition, virgin soil, unplowed field, flourishing vine, fountain pouring out waters, virgin bearing a child, mother without knowing man, hidden treasure of innocence, ornament of sanctity, by your most acceptable prayers, strong with the authority of motherhood, to our Lord and God, Creator of all, your Son who was born of you without a father, steer the ship of the Church and bring it to a quiet harbor” (adapted from a homily by St. Germanus on the Presentation of the Mother of God).

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)

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 Secular Franciscan Order (OFS) Rule
Article #’s 21 & 22 of 26:

 

21.    On various levels, each fraternity is animated and guided by a council and minister who are elected by the professed according to the constitutions.

Their service, which lasts for a definite period, is marked by a ready and willing spirit and is a duty of responsibility to each member and to the community.

Within themselves the fraternities are structured in different ways according to the norm of the constitutions, according to the various needs of their members and their regions, and under the guidance of their respective council.

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22.  The local fraternity is to be established canonically.  It becomes the basic unit of the whole Order and a visible sign of the Church, the community of love.  This should be the privileged place for developing a sense of Church and the Franciscan vocation and for enlivening the apostolic life of its members.

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