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Eyes On The Prize

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, September 29, 2017

According to Saint Augustine, the word angel (from the Greek angelos — “messenger”) is basically a job description — that is, angels serve as messengers of God’s purposes. They are reliable, says Jesus, because they “always behold the face of my father in heaven.” We can trust such messengers because they do not lose sight of God. Today we celebrate the feast of three archangels — Michael, who spoke regularly to the prophets; Gabriel, who announced the births of John the Baptist and Jesus; and Raphael, whose name means “God has healed.” Let’s learn from them to keep our eyes on God.

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There’s always more to be done

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, September 27, 2017

 Toward the end of his life, Vincent de Paul (1580-1660) sat with one of his many wealthy patronesses, who recounted all the good works of charity he had initiated and supervised throughout his priesthood. She asked him what else he could possibly hope to do. “More,” he replied benignly. His relentless enthusiasm for the relief of human suffering was infectious and led to the founding of the society that bears his name by layman Frederic Ozanam two centuries later. In his name—and through your generosity—the St. Vincent de Paul Society continues to do “more.”

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Quantum Hints Of God

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, September 25, 2017

In her book of devotions entitled Revelations of Divine Love, 14th-century mystic Julian of Norwich describes how she came to understand that God is light, Whom she described as, “our endless Day.” Seven centuries later, physicist Bernard Haisch came to the same understanding: “The solid, stable world of matter appears to be sustained at every instant by Read the rest of this entry »

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Women Belong In The Picture

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, September 22, 2017

Women, as today’s gospel (Luke 8:1-3) makes clear, accompanied Jesus in his ministry. They left their families to follow Him and offered financial support for His mission. They stood by Him at the cross, and all four gospels place women at the tomb when the resurrected Christ is revealed. As scripture scholar Elizabeth Johnson points out in her groundbreaking book Consider Jesus: Waves of Renewal in Christology, “Jesus Christ Read the rest of this entry »

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Please Be Seated

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, September 21, 2017

The names of the apostles are integral to our story of faith, but in truth, we know very little about many of them. Bits of information from the gospels and Acts of the Apostles do allow a glimpse of their lives in the first Christian community. The rest we can only prayerfully imagine. We know that Read the rest of this entry »

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Stretching Exercises

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Exercise physiology experts tell us that our physical bodies should be “warmed up” before engaging in any type of exercise – that we should gently stretch our muscles before beginning any exercise routine or competitive event. It’s not uncommon to see athletes “warming up” before games, and baseball pitchers in the “bull pen,” and football players on the sidelines will stretch and move about to get their muscles accustomed to the rigorous vigor of competition. Similarly, being an example of Read the rest of this entry »

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Faith Will See Us Through

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Martyrdom of Saint Januarius; Girolamo Pesce; circa 1727; Oil on canvas, 262 x 193 cm; Bishop’s Library, Vác, Hungary

The stories of early Christian saints are often larger-than-life. So it is with Saint Januarius (third century). According to legend, Januarius was thrown into a fiery furnace by the Romans during a time of intolerance toward Christians. To everyone’s amazement he emerged unscathed. Taken figuratively, the story says a lot about how faith can help us in the face of intolerance when it comes to things like race, gender, immigration status, and so on. We may be Read the rest of this entry »

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Share The Wealth

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, September 18, 2017

Healing the Centurion’s servant, by Paolo Veronese, 16th century

 Like the centurion who came to Jesus for a healing, we’re aware that we fall short of having “earned” the great gift of the presence of Jesus “under our roof” or in our lives. But Jesus chooses to dwell with us, imperfect as we are. As Pope Francis says in Misericordiae Vultus, our salvation depends on mercy. Mercy is the “ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us.” Mercy is the “bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.” A daily awareness of our own “unearned rewards” helps us to share our spiritual wealth with others. Do I hear an amen?

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Emotional Suicide, Anyone?

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, September 17, 2017

 We are told in today’s reading (Matthew 18:21-35) that the unforgiving servant will be “tortured” for failing to forgive another, after having been forgiven himself. Because a parable is a symbolic way of talking about a profound truth, we can take the word tortured metaphorically and ask, “In what way are we ‘tortured’ when we fail to forgive?” Failing to forgive makes us hostage to our hurt. Unable to move on, we become captives, prisoners to our own resentment. Unwilling to accept the imperfections of others, we can become Read the rest of this entry »

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Build On A Loving Foundation

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, September 16, 2017

The third-century life of Saint Cyprian, bishop of Carthage, might have given rise to the comedy tag line: “It’s always something,” but his troubles and those of the church were anything but funny. If it wasn’t a heresy, it was bitter controversy over whether someone who had renounced the faith might be reconciled with the church; or it was exile, or the plague, or schism. Cyprian’s response was always generosity. During a terrible plague, for example, he Read the rest of this entry »

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Good Grief

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, September 15, 2017

There isn’t a lot of support for personal grief. While we have days for national mourning, families in mourning are expected to pull themselves together and return to their routines in fairly short order. The placement of Read the rest of this entry »

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Christ Before Us

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, September 14, 2017

Russian author Alexander Solzhenitsyn, exiled for years in a Soviet gulag, had finally reached the limits of his endurance. Bitter cold and brutal treatment had taken their toll. He put down his shovel and sat down, resigning himself to a swift, violent death at the hands of the guards. A gaunt, old prisoner scurried over and Read the rest of this entry »

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Shed Some Light On The World

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Saint John Chrysostom (349-407), the archbishop of Constantinople from 398 to his death in 407, often reminded his subjects to offer prayers universally—that is, to pray for everybody in the whole world. “For [Jesus Christ] did not say ‘thy will be done in me or in us,’ but ‘on earth,’ the whole earth,” he wrote. Because of Read the rest of this entry »

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Hard Prayers

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, September 11, 2017

The highest commandments for those who follow Jesus tell us to love God and one another. To love others with a Christian love means to seek their good, even when we do not feel like it or “others” are behaving in a way that makes it very difficult to wish anything good for them. Even more shocking, Jesus calls us to Read the rest of this entry »

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The Least Of These

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, September 8, 2017

Only the “birthdays” of Jesus at Christmas, John the Baptist in June, and the Blessed Virgin Mary today get a special day in the church year, so when a “nativity” comes up, it’s something to notice. Mary’s birth is the dawn of our salvation. And that salvation comes through humble vessels like Mary, who in her Magnificat praises God saying, Read the rest of this entry »

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The Power Within

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Pity the poor substitute teacher who feels insecure. When a nervous sub enters a classroom the students will sense it, and chaos is likely to break out. On the other hand, pity the students when a teacher is authoritarian, lording it over them just because he or she can. What students are looking for is someone with true authority, whose authority comes from an inner certainty rather than Read the rest of this entry »

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All Work Is Sacred

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, September 4, 2017

Our work — whether paid or volunteer, inside or outside the home, part-time or full-time, a career or a job — is sacred and worthy of attention and respect. How we labor every day matters, and how we are treated and treat others in our work is Read the rest of this entry »

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The High Cost Of Love

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, September 3, 2017

It must have stung Peter to have Jesus call him Satan, especially since Jesus had already chosen him to be the foundation rock of His community of believers. Peter, in his bullheadedness, seems a good stand-in for Read the rest of this entry »

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Do What You Say

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The word hypocrite comes from the Greek for “one who acts on a stage” and means “a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion.” Hypocrisy was one of Jesus’ frequent targets, and the criticism of hypocrisy has played a major role in Christian moral life ever since. Those who say one thing and do another, who want people to Read the rest of this entry »

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Joel Osteen… Need Anyone Say More?

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, August 29, 2017

ICHABOD! ICHABOD! ICHABOD!

There is NO GLORY in America!

There is NO GLORY in churches!

There is NO GLORY in the presidency!

Heretic sheep-in-wolves-clothing “pastor” Joel Osteen of Houston, TX’s Lakewood Church has steadfastly REFUSED to open doors to that facility to help afflicted Houstonians.

“Where two or more are gathered in my name, there I am in their midst.”

Jesus the Christ spoke, and in the Bible made a specific point – it ain’t Read the rest of this entry »

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