“Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.From now on a household of five will be divided,three against two and two against three;”
My guess is that this reading hits home for many of us. We need to stay true and follow the right path, and sometimes that means that others who go on different paths will be angry that we have not stayed with them. People know the truth, but they don’t like to be reminded of it.
I know that in my family that I have been unfriended and not included in certain outings or discussions. There is that look you get at some family events. Groups of friends from old Catholic school days now judge me harshly because I am still Catholic. I know I am doing the right thing, but there is suffering. Jesus was also abandoned.
What are some ways that you have had your family divided or that you have had to go your own for the sake of God?
Mary joins us, she fights at our side. She supports Christians in the fight against the forces of evil. Especially through prayer, through the rosary. Hear me out, the rosary… Do you pray the Rosary each day? I don’t know, are you sure? There we go!
Pope Francis - August 15, 2013 Feast of the Assumption
“As members of the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization, Yap says, the Knights consider this charity work to be not just about helping their neighbors, but part of a calling that ought to be transformative for all involved. He sets as a goal doing his part to make sure men who are Knights under his leadership “become better Catholics, better men, better husbands.” Sometimes a new member will come in satisfied with being a confession-once-a-year, Mass-on-Sunday kinda guy, Yap continues, but it is our duty to help a brother see that those sacraments should transform him. Charity and catechesis are not just about helping neighbors in need, but about opening hearts to the countercultural call of Christianity.”
The Fort Hood shooter is allowed to have his Koran and pray multiple times per day, have specially selected meals, and to grow his beard - all to accommodate his religion. Those in the military whom he targeted and those who guard him are all told to worship only an hour per week, put their Bibles away, and not to speak of their faith.
"I always travel with my bag: it’s normal. But we must be normal … I don’t know … it’s a bit ‘strange what you are telling me, that that picture has been going around the world. But we have to get used to be normal. The normality of life."
I think under all my underpinnings that I really want to be a part of the Papal Party. When I think of practically all the government officials in my state and country I think they have lost touch with being “normal”. Even worse, they seem to have been closed off from normal people enough that they truly believe something else is now normal. You never see our government officials carrying their own bag or just having an actual conversation with a bunch of reporters like I believe Pope Francis did on that plane.
Jesus did that same thing, didn’t he? It really was a great gift from God to come down and walk with us, eat with us, go to weddings with us, cry with us, and then even die with us.
I feel like Jesus “gets” me. Pope Francis “gets” me. My government leaders? Not so much. “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”
The LORD answered, “I will not destroy it, for the sake of the twenty.” But he still persisted: “Please, let not my Lord grow angry if I speak up this last time. What if there are at least ten there?” He replied, “For the sake of those ten, I will not destroy it.”
This reading is often in my mind as I think of our state today. It seems that our country and the world seem to be sinking deeper into the culture of death and immorality, but there is hope that God will continue to grant mercy as long as there are a few of us who continue to have faith and try to work to keep God’s commandments.
I was just brought back to last October on my page. So wild to look back in time at the issues then. Politics come and go, but anything related to faith or biblical teachings is really timeless and always relevant.
So, feel free to hit the random button and see where it takes you.
I had the privilege today as a Knight of Columbus to really help make a difference. I was able to be the contact person to work with a representative from a grassroots organization for families of children with Down Syndrome and to help start the process for them to get a very significant donation from our K of C council. For such a small group, this could make a big difference for them.
There are many things the Knights do, but prolife activities and assisting with Special Olympics and people with intellectual disabilities are right up there. The contact and I discussed the tragedy of how 90% of individuals with Down Syndrome are aborted. The Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Church do not just work against abortion, we follow through with the parents who boldly choose life.
John Kennedy and the legal team from CatholicVote will be in court today fighting for his small business to be able to keep their current health care plan and not to bow to the government forcing him to violate his conscience. Please pray for this team and the wisdom of the judges today.
“Pope meets with students, answers their questions”
You know, to listen to him talk seems an instant comfort. What I wouldn’t give to have confession and then a talk and direction with him. I just get the feeling that my world would instantly feel so much better.
CatholicKnight is a pseudonym given to me years ago by a blogger-friend when he would reference me. This was long before I became a member of the Knights of Columbus (4th Degree). I'm a firm pro-life believer and a conservative (and in my "real" life I also have advanced degrees related to children, education, and psychology). I hope to provide occasional reflections and thoughts that you will appreciate. If I can, I offer a weekly reflection on the Sunday Mass readings. Even if others don't see my musings, I find it to be a great release to put down my thoughts.
By the way, I should probably add that, like many Knights, I am a dad. Some of my posts follow all the fun and irreverence that go along with that wonderful vocation. Don't get offended, it's just fatherhood.
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“As long as we live, we fight, and as long as we are fighting, that is a sign that we are not defeated and that the good Spirit dwells within us. And if death does not meet you as the victor, he should find you a warrior.” -St. Augustine