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Below are two albums of pictures that I created:
1. Our grand daughter Adrianna.
2. Tears of Mary!
MARY, OUR MOTHER
Friday, October 17, 2014
Mary TV Daily Reflection 10/17/2014
(c)Mary TV 2014
October 17, 2014
St. Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop and Martyr
Dear Family of Mary!
the Extraordinary Synod on the Family nears its end, there has been
great confusion in the media, especially about the 11 page report issued
by a small committee. This report is a preliminary report, not a
finished document. And apparently there are problems with some of the
translations, all hurriedly done. But yesterday, Fr. Devine gave a very
measured and pastoral homily on the Synod and this report, to help us
get some perspective. I found his homily very helpful, and so I have
Lady has been very seriously directing us to pray for our shepherds,
and not to judge them over the past several years. Here is one example:
On June 2, 2013 Mirjana said that "with great concern" Our Lady concluded her message: "
For the sake of Jesus, for the sake of my Son, love those whom He has
called and long for the blessing only from the hands which He has
consecrated. Do not permit evil to come to reign. Anew I repeat - only
along side your shepherds will my heart triumph. Do not permit evil to
separate you from your shepherds. Thank you."
Lady has seen the turbulent waters that the ship of the Church is
entering upon, and she has wanted us to be firmly connected to the
Church, supporting her with our prayers and good will. Our Lady's desire
is that her children will be a strength and spiritual support to the
pastors of the Church in these days. I am grateful to her for this
constant direction she has given us. If we listen to her voice, we will
help her in these days to protect the Church and bring in her triumph.
Here is Fr. Devine's homily for October 16, 2014 at English Mass at St. James Church, Medjugorje:
you are all well aware that the leaders of our Roman Catholic Church
have been gathered in Rome and wrapping up now two weeks of constant
review and communications with one another on the whole issue of the
family and the Church of God.
background - Pope Francis, whose whole approach is one of total
pastoral involvement, being a shepherd of all the people of God...Pope
Francis, over a year ago, sent out a questionnaire to the whole world.
He said, "I have listened to everybody else, but now to the most
important ones, the people of God yourselves! I want you to tell me what
is on your mind."
a long period of time the questions were discussed at the local level.
And finally the results were examined together in Rome. And one of his
most trusted Cardinals was asked to study them carefully with a
committee and then write a report. When Cardinal Kasper completed his
report, it was so confidential in certain areas, that he felt it should
be shared only with the leading Cardinals. But after he presented it and
there was a lot of disagreement with what he was saying i.e. looking
at, the Holy Father intervened and in effect said to Cardinal Kasper,
"You may not want to publish it but you have worked on it on your knees
in prayer, and it is filled with valuable input." So it is suspected
that the Holy Father insisted that it be published. I say that because
the small pamphlet that was finally published had only one introduction
by Pope Francis himself.
any rate, that report was given to the Cardinals as a preparation for
the Synod that has been underway for the last two weeks and will be
wrapped up in a few more days. And only the other day a report of 11
pages was issued by the Synod, and that too is incredibly controversial.
in preparation for the Synod, the Holy Father in his opening remarks
made a few elements clear. 1. I want you to speak of what you are
convinced of, and to speak forth bravely and honestly. But after you
have made your presentation to be just as open in listening to the other
presentations. And even though there will be disagreement, let's also
try to focus on the positive as we speak out to the families of the
world. Let's have a positive presentation.
Holy Father then picked a committee to meet together as the Synod
progressed and to draw up a report which was released a couple of days
ago. And that too is supposed to be and indeed in many ways is a very
positive presentation, a pastoral one, reaching out not merely to those
who are living peacefully and with great harmony, but to those who are
in turmoil or far from perfect.
in their report, I have parts of it here, is the most controversial
part of all, unfortunately it is in a very blurred copy, but I will try
to pick out just a few of the elements. So you get a flavor of what is
is a report presenting the ideal, but also indicating constructive
elements for those situations that do not yet correspond to that ideal.
And as he wants to speak out to those who are not living up to the
ideal, he first addresses the Christian community and points out that
the Church is called on to be the House of the Father, with doors always
wide open, where there is a place for everyone with all their problems.
So he is saying let's not only speak to those who are already living a
Christian, full happy marriage, but to those who have great problems for
one reason or another.
in the next section it is even addressed caring for wounded families,
the separated and divorced who have not remarried, the divorced who have
remarried." And somewhere in the beginning of this presentation the
issue of spiritual communion is brought up. In other words, those who
are in invalid marriages and are Catholic, are encouraged always to make
a spiritual communion at the time the Eucharist is distributed at Mass.
And the phrase used here, "If spiritual communion is recognized and
encouraged in all circumstances, a few of the fathers at the Synod have
said that if that is possible why not bring them into the fullness of
the Sacrament of Communion? There are many problems with that, but it is
worth further consideration." That is what is in this document.
with that there is one of the most positive statements for me...Because
two years ago the American State Department sent its principle
representative around the world, around Christmas time, and had one
message, especially as she traveled to the underdeveloped parts of the
world, that any aid that will be provided to you as a nation will be
very much dependent upon you as a nation recognizing gay marriage. And
the Fathers in one sentence addressed that. "It is not acceptable that
pressure be brought to bear on pastors or international bodies, making
financial aid dependent upon the introduction of regulations inspired by
the gender ideology." That for me personally meant so much, as a tax
payer in America, being taxed very heavily. But the point is that I
always thought foreign aid was to be dependent upon the need of the
nation for special help to rebuild. And to have it hooked up very
clearly in the press and in announcements in America saying that unless
the nation recognizes the gender ideology, they may not get very much
any rate the whole approach, and I just pulled out a few passages, was
meant to be a pastoral one, complementing those who are living
completely by the teachings of the Church, but also insisting that we
are a Church that is open to all.
committee as I said, was chosen by the Pope, issued its findings in
that eleven page statement. It led to tremendous controversy. Someone
like the American Cardinal Burke saying that the whole report was
confused and erroneous. But rather than go into his reasons which are
well worth listening to, I will instead try to follow through with
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Cardinal Archbishop of New York. And what he
insists on is, what everyone insists on, that the report of a few days
ago is a preliminary report that needs major over working. It was a
rushed report because of the constraints of time, trying to get
something out in the middle of the conference. And now that it is out
there, it is time to sit down and really rework it. And Cardinal Timothy
Dolan with his great sense of humor was interviewed yesterday, and he
is in the center of the square there, and the sun is beating down on
him, and he is being interviewed by reporters who are sitting in their
studio in New York, and he said, "All that we have in the report so far
is the antipasto. He made a remark that he was on the way to lunch. So
he was saying, all we have in this report is the antipasto, and let's
pay as much attention to the main course which will be coming out in a
few more days.
he immediately picks up on in all of the headlines that say that the
Church is welcoming all of human family, even the person with same sex
attraction. And Cardinal Dolan says that is not news. The Church has
always welcomed every member of the human family. And I know in New York
we have some churches that make it clear that they welcome all,
especially those with same sex attraction. And as I say, Pope Francis
affirms and wants a positive embrace and a calling to be made even more
dynamic to every member of the human family. And what he is looking for
as Cardinal Dolan says, is the common ground. There is a remarkable
unity in their attempt to reach out and incorporate all the ideas in the
Synod, to hash them out in the next year, so that by this time next
year they can truly issue a statement that is a thoroughly hashed out
and reliable statement.
the Cardinal emphasizes that there is a remarkable unity in the attempt
to reach out to the whole human family. There will be reworking, and
perhaps Cardinal Dolan's idea, the main idea behind a lot of the
document is that the Catholic Church has been stereotyped for years as
only saying "no, no, no..." But the Catholic Church led by the very
pastoral Holy Father is trying to get across that our greatest work is
reaffirming the dignity of every single human being. And so as we reach
out in this Synod to those who are not quite achieving the ideal, we are
trying to get across that you are welcome. The image that is so
powerful is the image of Emmaus, of how Christ walked the whole of
with two disciples who were wandering and confused and had no idea what
was happening, that the Church is reaching out today to those who are
wandering and confused. And the phrase that the Holy Father used was
that the role we have is accompanying the modern disciples as Christ
accompanied the disciples of Emmaus.
have felt the gentle love and support of many priests, who have
accompanied me along the road. I am grateful for their consistent love
and protective care. This is truly the great grace of the Church. May
that accompaniment be extended to all! May the Church grow strong in
love and may we be only a help to her in this mission!