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Get On Board With God

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, July 23, 2017

“We believe in God . . . the Almighty,” we pray at Mass every Sunday: We believe God to be all-powerful—to think anything less would mean God isn’t God. If we look at the world around us, though, we see bad things happening to just about everyone. Where is the Almighty in all that? The church’s answer has always been that Read the rest of this entry »

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Appearances Can Be Deceiving

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, July 22, 2017

Mary Magdalene is often depicted weeping (the English word maudlin, meaning “excessively weepy and sentimental,” is derived from Magdalene). Although in 1969 the Vatican officially separated Mary Magdalene from the sinner in Luke’s gospel, centuries of sermons and Christian art Read the rest of this entry »

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All We Need Is Love

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, July 21, 2017

Today is the anniversary of the birth and death of a towering intellectual, theological and biblical scholar, orator and polyglot fluent in speaking, reading, and writing Latin, Italian, Hebrew, Greek, German, Bohemian, Spanish, and French, renowned preacher, nuncio (diplomat of the pope) to Bavaria and Spain, minister-general of the Capuchin order, missionary, evangelist, who established Capuchin monasteries in Germany and Austria, was said to have known the entire original text of the Bible — Lorenzo da Brindisi, also more commonly known as Saint Lawrence of Brindisi (1559-1619), who died on his birthday exactly 60 years later – and whose parents Guglielmo de Rossi & Elisabetta Masella gave him the birth name Julius Caesar Rossi – pretty much did it all. 

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Try A Little Kindness

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, July 17, 2017

One glance at the daily news reminds us: It’s a cold, cruel world out there. Innocence is slaughtered every day. The harshness of the world can make us tough, self-protecting, and cold at the center: “Not my job. Not my problem.” But the violence of our generation really is our problem, and the job of responding to it Read the rest of this entry »

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We’re All Family Here

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, July 16, 2017

One of the little miracles of faith is its power to make strangers into family. People who might never have known or even chosen to be with one another find themselves together in Read the rest of this entry »

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Home Is Where You Find Acceptance

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, July 14, 2017

This painting by Father Claude Chauchetière, S.J. (circa 1696) is one of the oldest portraits of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha.

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-80) was orphaned at age four when smallpox attacked her village, and claimed her parents’ and baby brother’s lives. The disease’s ravages left her permanently weakened, scarred, partially blind, and photo sensitive to the extent that the sun blinded her and caused her to feel her way around as she walked.

She probably never imagined the role she would have in her generation and beyond.

When Saint Kateri was 18, a Jesuit missionary, Father Jacques de Lamberville (1641–1710), established a chapel in Caughnawaga, on the north bank of the Mohawk River, which today is near Fonda, New York. Kateri was fascinated by the new stories she heard about Jesus Christ, vaguely remembered her mother’s whispered prayers, wanted to learn more about Him, and to become a Christian.

Having been adopted by extended family, Kateri’s uncle, a Kanienkehaka chief, allowed her to attend religious instructions taught by Father de Lamberville, and the following Easter, she was baptized, and became Catholic at age 21.

Not everyone accepted her choice to embrace Christ. Following her baptism, Kateri became a village outcast, and Read the rest of this entry »

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What Construction Techniques Do You Use To Build Your Faith?

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, July 13, 2017

Henry II, who was crowned as Holy Roman Emperor (Romanorum Imperator) on February 14, 1014 by Pope Benedict VIII in Rome, ruled until his death aged 51 of a chronic urinary tract infection July 13, 1024, and was the last member of the Saxon Dynasty of Emperors which included Otto I. Sometimes also known as Saint Henry, he was canonized by Blessed Pope Eugene III in 1146 for his support of the church and monastic reforms, and is the only canonized German monarch.

Henry II’s ascension to the throne, however, wasn’t without some drama and backroom wheeling-dealing. John Crescentius, a consul and Patrician of Rome on several occasions purposely thwarted Henry’s visitation to Read the rest of this entry »

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Take A Fresh Look

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, July 12, 2017

More than anything else, Jesus the Christ has one basic message: The kingdom of God is here right now. He proclaimed that it had begun and was on its way to fulfillment. In it is everything He was, taught, did, and wants us to learn and do: Love God –and- one another wholeheartedly, especially and particularly Read the rest of this entry »

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Humility Is The Good Word

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Among Saint Benedict’s renowned Rules for monastic living were guidelines for the Cellarer – the person in charge of the monastery’s provisions. The Cellarer safeguarded and dispensed the monastery’s food and drink and adhered to quotas set by the abbot. During lean times when Read the rest of this entry »

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Listen To Your Intuition

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, July 10, 2017

Some people seem to be born with the gift of deep faith. They appear to have an intuitive grasp of the spiritual side of life and know God is always with them. The rest of us must seemingly Read the rest of this entry »

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Rest Up, It’s Sunday

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, July 9, 2017

We Americans are proud of our work ethic — perhaps too proud. We tend to value our work and busyness so much that we forget how to be still enough to hear Heaven’s quiet voice. We need Read the rest of this entry »

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Follow Your Heart Instead Of The Money

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, July 7, 2017

One day, Jesus was walking and saw a tax collector named Matthew sitting at a tax collection post, and said to him, “Follow me.” And Matthew stood up and followed Him, and became one of His twelve apostles. Tax collectors in those days were social outcasts. Devout Jews avoided them because they were usually dishonest (the job had no salary, and tax collectors were expected to make their profits by cheating the people from whom they collected taxes). Patriotic and nationalistic Jews hated them because they were agents of the Roman government – the conquerors – and hated them with a double hatred if (like Matthew) they were Jews, because they had gone over to the enemy, and had betrayed their own people for money. Thus, throughout the Gospels, we find tax collectors (also known as publicans) mentioned as a stadard type of sinful and despised outcast. Matthew brought many of his former associates to meet Jesus, and social outcasts in general were shown that the love of Jesus extended even to them.

Matthew’s Gospel account puts it this way: “Later, Matthew invited Jesus and His disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to His disciples, “Why is your Teacher eating with such scum as the tax-collectors and other sinners?” But when Jesus heard that, He said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor – sick people do. Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT SACRIFICE,’ because I did not come to call those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”” (Matthew 9:10-13)

Jesus specifically replied with the principle recorded in Hosea 6:6a which states: “I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices.” (NLT) The venerable King James version puts it as: “For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.”

Jesus numbered among His disciples persons of widely different backgrounds. They included not only Matthew, a former agent of the Roman government, but Read the rest of this entry »

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Forgiveness Transforms And Redeems Lives

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, July 6, 2017

Photo of St. Maria Goretti attributed to February 13, 1902, about five months before she was attacked by Alessandro Serenelli.

Maria Goretti was not even 12 years old when she rebuked the attempted rape by her 18-year-old neighbor July 5, 1902. After the death of her father, she and her family became so poor that they had to move in with neighbors. Alessandro Serenelli, the 18-year-old who attempted to rape her was so angered at her refusal, that he used an awl and stabbed young Maria more than a dozen times. She was rushed to a nearby hospital, operated upon without benefit of anesthesia, and died less than 24 hours later… but not without first forgiving her attacker. And upon her deathbed she received the sacraments, and offered forgiveness to her attacker. But her forgiving was not yet fully complete.

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Bring Peace To Family Feuds

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Keeping peace in a family isn’t always easy. But imagine the difficulty when relatives get into a fight and they command armies. Such was the problem Saint Elizabeth faced 670 years ago when war broke out between her son, the king of Portugal, and her grandson, the king of Castille. But all it took was Read the rest of this entry »

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Liberty Brings Blessings — And Responsibilities

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, July 4, 2017

If we sat down this morning and started listing the freedoms we enjoy as Americans, nightfall would find us still at the task. The legacy of the United States is a tremendous blessing to her citizens, and our example Read the rest of this entry »

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We Are Resurrection People

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Sunday, July 2, 2017

New life from apparent barrenness. Life out of death. Finding life by losing it. The readings you will have heard in church this weekend seem to present a contradictory message, but they actually present a truth: Read the rest of this entry »

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An Early Champion Of Native American Rights

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, July 1, 2017

A baptism conducted by California mission friars is shown in a sketch displayed at the Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala in San Diego, California July 27, 2016. This drawing is part of a collection of sketches depicting mission life by California artists A.B. Dodge and Alexander Harmer rendered in the early 1900’s. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

Today, Catholics recognize the life and work of Junípero Serra, a Franciscan priest who in 1776 was working in California to demonstrate the love of Christ. In 1988 Pope John Paul II beatified him, and in 2015 Pope Francis canonized him in Washington, D.C. at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception during his first visit to the United States. Among the most famous of the 9 missions Fr. Serra established is San Juan Capistrano, which today is renown for the beautifully massive annual migration of swallows from from Argentina, which occurs March 19, when they establish nests in the ruins of the Great Stone Church. Fr. Serra was born on the Spanish island of Majorca 1713, and up until the time he entered priesthood aged 35, he had been a professor. Inspired by the story of the missionary work of Saint Francis Solano in South America, he traveled across the Atlantic to a largely unknown land, and landed in Vera Cruz, Mexico, where he and a companion friar followed Read the rest of this entry »

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Give Thanks For The Odd Couple

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, June 29, 2017

Peter and Paul might not have appreciated sharing a feast day. We mean to honor two giants of Christianity, without whom we might not have the church at all. But two more different men would be hard to find. Peter was Read the rest of this entry »

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Tinfoil Hats Not Required

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Saint Irenaeus, who grew up in Smyrna (not Tennessee), near Ephesus, in the area which is now western Turkey, was the Bishop of Lyons in southern France in the early second century, is considered a Father of the Church, and was mentored by people who knew the first disciples, including the Apostolic Father, Saint Polycarp, who was the Apostle John’s disciple. Recall that Jesus the Christ called James and John “Sons of Thunder,” who were the sons of Zebedee. That might explain the confidence he felt to write five treatises in Greek on detecting and debunking heresies, which is commonly entitled in Latin as “Adversus haereses” (Refutation of Heresies), and according to the translation of its title, devoted to the “Detection and Overthrow of the False Knowledge.”

Irenaeus studied Gnostics’ writings in depth, and refuted them in meticulously painstaking detail. Gnosticism, which arose in Irenaeus’ era, was considered Read the rest of this entry »

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Can you bear to see the divine?

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Saint Cyril of Alexandria, Doctor of the Church, (c. 375-444) was a bigoted tyrant, a divisive and headstrong leader for most of his life. He forcibly closed the churches of the Novatianists, destroyed pagan temples, and the monastaries of monks whose views differed from his own. His terroristic behavior was very much like modern radical Islamist sects including the Taliban, or ISIL. His sermons and denunciations created the climate of hate that led to the murder of Hypatia, a renown, highly respected, elderly, virtuous female philosopher and teacher of neo-Platoism who was also a friend of Orestes. She died at the hands of a mob led by Read the rest of this entry »

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