OVERCOMING IMPOSSIBLE DEMANDSOf heart and of soul.
Imagine with me a moment choosing to give our lives to God. . .(Saint Benedict of Nuria 480-543, by Fra Angelico, Wikipedia)
We are shut in today because of the coolish and dampish weather. (Can you detect My British accent?) My idea of church today was twofold, catch the 7-o’clock or the 9-o’clock, and both–did you get that? After all, this is Super Bowl Sunday and we need to put the God of Heaven before the gods of pro-football. So we are given what Catholicism calls this ordinary Sunday:
When I write “we” I am referring to my heart and my soul, heart being filled with Holy Spirit, and soul relaxing with sacred music piped into my head via the powerful Mormon tabernacle choir music stream. All while having tea following serving lunch to blessed wife in the big (TV) room of the house. The weather, thankfully rained all night, and makes us feel all snuggy.
However my church-viewing was somewhat cramped by atmospheric interference. Curiously though, the furtherest broadcast came through, while the local broadcast kept blinking off. We (heart and soul) watched the Catholic mass from EWTN’s Our Lady of Angels Chapel in Irondale Alabama. The other worship service was interesting because it marks the first new building service.
I was very impressed with the Rock Family Worship Center‘s new building having been the old Butler High School theater. The stage is huge, and the youth dance team was full of fancy dance routines–filling up the stage–and singing praise songs as they moved in perfect sequence up the stairs and around the stage excitedly–all but up-staging the large choir. Professionally done!
That was the 9-o’clock service! [And there is two more services to do? Wow!] If anyone would like to see their service, (linked above). Yet the signal was lost for that live broadcast, But we were blessed already by the former catholic service. Today my attendance locally, where I am in the RCIA program, was precluded by my sponsor’s unavailability, but we have to share this.
I am so impressed with the Catholic mass of our local St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, as I am able to follow their Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA), because of my sponsors, they make sure we get there on Wednesday nights. But today, by God’s grace, we are at home to hear the brilliant homily concerning the Gospel teaching. Father Anthony Mary was up today:
POPE BENEDICT XVI, “SICKNESS CAN BE A SALUTARY MOMENT. . .”
Fr. Anthony described how tradition takes our human trials of sickness and puts it in context, everyone gets to do it, but we get challenged to think how such suffering is punishment and we are able only to crash in misery. But the sunny side of it brings a more hopeful awareness the needs of others that our callings and training has prepared us for. To become consecrated to help.
Saint John Paul II, “Consecrated life is best shown today by Joseph, Mary, and Jesus. Their small family chose to live lives of voluntary poverty, chastity and obedience. Their lives modeled consecrated life for us.
Pope Francis, “We get into the traps of life, the good-old days versus our vision charging into future; but both live together in the present by prayer. Our willingness to encounter Jesus, and be encountered by him; our hearts (and souls) will experience the today with God’s peace.”
Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, “Sickness can be a salutary moment that brings others to our awareness; opening our eyes to other’s needs, to move for others, to care for others. . .always a trial, and life is dehumanized. We don’t find the ability to live life without becoming depressed. The sacrament of anointing the sick brings us to accompany the sick, and how to react to evil. . .
“Treatment by doctors and medicine are okay. We should be thankful for them. Faith in God and his goodness–faith in his love makes possible what is impossible–we still have faith to bring God’s profound serenity. But we are all needy for serene and sincere human closeness. Peter interceded for his mother, and Jesus graciously met their need.”
BLESSED WIFE IS RECOVERING FROM THE FLU NICELY THANK YOU!
Remember I am still married, now 37 years, to my second wife, and recently learned my first marriage was valid. . .more about that later. Second wife was sick last month. As if I was given her permission to help her through it all! Wow! (I have never seen her so sick.) But God (The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) was my helper in such a critical time of need. Mother Mary too!
I am still helping every way and every time I am called to help. Today’s homily lesson touched me with desire to share this with you. Can we still be friends if I share some of the gory details? Fortunately I have God’s gift of helps, (or “assistance”, 1 Cor. 12:28 NABRE), so everything got cleaned up and only a few items need to be replaced, ie., sheets, blankets, and mattress. Messy stuff.
One request however, please join me in prayer for the vision that was flashed one time yesterday when in prayer; that both my invalid wives from valid marriages be healed of all their plight. Can you see them having lost weight, having been healed of diabetes and gout and fear issues, to gain virtue and piety (habits of cleanliness and charity)? We’ll reward you in heaven!
LET THE GAME BEGIN!
This year, the champions of the champions–those who have survived all the hits and shocking-collisions of the highly stressful life–are finalizing the season with an exhibition that promises to beat every other contest, hands down. (No dispute here!) But the society of our culture wants to see more respect for our American Flag. Many are protesting. . .
Do we stand at attention for the National Anthem, or do we take a knee to protest the politics of the presidential season? Many of us willing to watch, will have prayed our tithe of time given to God, and the fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time becomes a rare opportunity for our hearts and our souls to solemnly join hands in shouts of praise and prayer—may the best team win!
All the very best of life to you my friends,
Charles Bundschu III
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[Note: This month, RCIA class enters into acceptance by the bishop, and we learn more about “scrutinies”. I have been concentrating on the examination of my conscience. I have learned much about benefits of the sacrament of penance. Essentially, I have to confess fifty five years of my personal sins! Is there grace here? Yes. I will confess only the ten most shameful. And leave the more common (mortal) sins for later. The poor priest will fall asleep if I confess all sixty-nine sins! (Really)]
Added bonus: John Eldredge’s Extended Daily Prayer for Freedom