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We should reverence every word of the Scriptures, the same way we reverence every particle of the consecrated host. -Origen
We should reverence every word of the Scriptures, the same way we reverence every particle of the consecrated host. -Origen

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// In the first reading today we see the institution of a ritual so important that God told the nation of Israel to set it as the head of their calendar. The most important date of the year, the beginning of time itself, was held on the same day as the Passover sacrifice. The Jewish people did not just believe they were partaking of a new Passover each time, but that in some way they were transported outside of time back to the original Passover. It wasn’t another Passover, not a new event, but the one and same event being made present to them in the ritual. That’s quite a bit different than the theology that some have where it is just a ‘symbolic ritual.’ Where as some would say that it represents the original Passover, most would rather it be said that it “makes present” the Passover.//

http://the-friar.blogspot.com/2017/07/in-first-reading-today-we-see.html

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// Today in the news we see another famous and influential artist having taken his own life. The man in question was one of immense talent and his fame showed that this was evident to all. Somehow though, all of that did not make him content with life. I cannot tell you what he was thinking in his last moments, or even the events in his life that led up to this point. What I can tell you is that for many life becomes burdensome, it becomes difficult, it becomes so hard to handle that for some they think that taking their own lives will be better for them and their friends than their continued life. If you ever find yourself thinking those thoughts, call me, text me, email me, come find me. This world is a better place with you in it. It was a better place with him in it as well, and I am sorry that we have let him down. //

http://the-friar.blogspot.com/2017/07/today-in-news-we-see-another-famous-and.html

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// We often villainize the other until they are no longer human to us. The Pharaoh's daughter heard a baby crying while out bathing in the river. Even though this baby was of the Hebrews, a slave race, she was moved to pity at the sight of the child. It does not escape me that we in our modern society tend to prevent the children from crying so that we don’t have to deal with the emotions that come from that experience. We instead claim them to be non-human, a blob of cells, simply a “part of the woman’s body.” How many of these abortions would be prevented if the mother were to hold the child for a moment, alive outside the womb? Likely most of them. //

http://the-friar.blogspot.com/2017/07/we-often-villainize-other-until-they.html

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// Today we see one of the most famous scenes from the Old Testament when Moses encounters the presence of God in the burning bush on Mount Horeb. In Sacred Scripture going up the mountain symbolizes going up to meet God. The giving of the commandments, the transfiguration, the Beatitudes, the still small voice; all of these are on mountains. They remind us that we too are challenged with encountering God in our lives. That’s why many Christians will talk about their ‘mountain top’ experiences. That doesn’t mean that they actually happened on a mountain, though for some they do. What it does mean is that at some point in their life they came face to face with God in some tangible way. //

http://the-friar.blogspot.com/2017/07/today-we-see-one-of-most-famous-scenes.html

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// Our past often defines who we are and is how we understand and view the events of our lives. There are two dangers though. The first is that we live only in the past and never advance in our understanding. Tradition just for the sake of tradition is something that simply stagnates growth and prevents innovation. The other mistake is just as bad, if not worse. That mistake is to ignore all of our past and only focus on the now. We must learn from our past if we are to have a better future. Too often we forget not only who we were, but who we are now, and that prevents us from becoming who we were created to be. //

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Sorry for the late post. This was my writing for Friday, the Feast of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha. I needed to wait until I had time to type and upload it.

http://the-friar.blogspot.com/2017/07/what-does-it-mean-to-love-god-ive-been.html

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// A couple of weeks ago I posted on Facebook about the little garden we had begun in front of our house. It isn’t a large garden. Just a few plants for some extra food throughout the summer. My daughter and her friend helped me to prepare the area. We took out any big rocks we found. Added in some good quality potting soil. Then we planted our peppers, tomatoes, and squash in the ground followed by a nice, deep watering. They are doing quite well. In the right environment, just a few plants can produce a great amount of quality fruit for the harvest. //

http://the-friar.blogspot.com/2017/07/a-couple-of-weeks-ago-i-posted-on.html

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// Joseph, like most of us, had a bit of a grudge against his brothers. So much so that he threw one in prison and demanded they bring the youngest out before him. I imagine being sold into slavery had weighed heavily on his mind. Maybe had even slipped his mind for a time as his life took a turn for the better. He had a family, a wife, wealth, and good health! Imagine the shock at seeing his brothers for the first time in all those years. The thought of getting revenge might have seemed a pleasant one, and in his position, Joseph could have easily have done so and no one would have asked any questions. Joseph’s true freedom though, became when he let go of the past and forgave those who had wronged him. It was a healing moment for both his brothers and himself. //

http://the-friar.blogspot.com/2017/07/joseph-like-most-of-us-had-bit-of.html

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//Abraham trusted in God’s promise that he would own all of the lands that he could see. He also trusted that his offspring would be a great nation as numerous as the stars in the see. Then Abraham died owning only the land he had purchased for his wife’s tomb and his son, Isaac, had yet to marry and have children. Imagine the faith it takes for a man to die well not being able to see the promises of God in his future. Too often we worry about making bucket lists and experiencing life on this side of death and less about being the kind of person who inherits eternal life. Why do we so often concentrate on what seems to be a speck of time when eternity awaits us? //

http://the-friar.blogspot.com/2017/07/abraham-trusted-in-gods-promise-that-he.html

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Sometimes it feels like this life is a never ending battle of our conscience versus our flesh. News stories have gone from being facts about specific events to emotional diatribes that rile up the passions and inflame the heart. The authority of parents has been reduced by their portrayal as bumbling idiots and absentee parenting in most major media. The government itself seems to be undermining the ability of those who wish to raise children by reducing their influence, providing children with the ability to go behind their parents' backs and procure procedures and pills without any sort of consent or even knowledge. It can be frustrating if not downright disheartening. All too many never even realize that it is truly a battle between good and evil, between angels and demons, principalities and powers.
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