Wednesday, November 14, 2012
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Okay, my beef is not that she feels connected and feels healing from these conferences. It may be a very great and moving experience. To have that many women together, making changes, allowing the Holy Spirit to move in their hearts is amazing. God bless these women! My beef is that she is purely representing what I see as a generation of people who have a deep misunderstanding of the Catholic church. A misunderstanding that is just running rampant in our society today and supported by our media and promoted in the evangelical world.
This woman seems to be speaking specifically and only about the offering of the Mass. Yes, only a priest can preside over mass and Holy Communion. That's how Jesus designed it. Now, if a lay Catholic feels called to hold a woman's conference and have alter calls and inspire women with her gift of communication and call to action…she is very much encouraged to do so. Please do! Women play such a vital role in the life of the church. To complain that you cannot offer mass, is just silly. There are so many ways that you can offer your gifts to the community and most of them are the same as the priest.
If you seek understanding in the faith you will find out that the reason Catholics don't ordain women is because when Jesus laid the groundwork of the church, he picked men, his apostles, as his leaders when he certainly could've picked women. There were plenty of women disciples who were part of the early church. They didn't hold the role of priests but their role was equally important and vital to the passing on of the faith. We believe that God does things on purpose. We may not understand but we are not inn the position to change what God has put in place.
If you're looking for a spiritual high with all the ladies and seeking that only, as proof that you're forgiven and loved by God then you are seeking the Lord in a way that resembles the early part of a relationship, with all the butterflies and warm fuzzies. In reality, that fades. We know that. Love and faith is about commitment, less about feelings and more about a firm foundation in the body of Christ.
The meaning of religion is so distorted these days. It's as if denomination and religion are interchangeable. She knocked 'religion' as if having a belief system is bad. Christ gave us his word in the bible. His word is filled with direction and a philosophy that guides us home to Him. To believe in this is to have religion. Everything that we "second" rate christians do, or you may call us Catholics; everything we do can be found in the bible and the early fathers of the church could easily walk into Sunday mass and understand what's going on. Jesus himself would get it. We don't believe that we have a better way of doing things and so we haven't changed it in 2000 years because if this is what the apostles were moved by the Spirit to do, well then that's what we should do. Jesus did say, "do this in memory of me". What he was telling us to do had everything to do with sharing the gospel and receiving his flesh and blood. He didn't say, "do this if you feel like it" or "go ahead, change it up if you want, whatever makes you feel good".
There is no "Joe Catholic", it is the church Christ founded and handed on to his Apostles whom have passed it down to their successors through the centuries. It wasn't a bunch of misguided religious zealots. For 1500 years this is what Christianity was. Until Luther came along and redid the bible according to his inspired ways and changed a few words to support his cause and now we've got some 38,000 protestant faiths, not counting all the non-denominationals, that think they've got the way to Christ. If the Spirit is moving all these churches how come the spirit is confusing them so much with all kinds of different beliefs.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
I know that it truly will take an act of God to unite peoples of faith but I gained a little insight from Joyce Meyer the other night. She may not even realize that she summed up the root of division in the Christian faith and it boils down to this, "we have an authority problem". In our modern society, it is deemed a great threat to our individuality and self expression to submit to someone's authoritative voice. In the Christian realm, protestants have suffered greatly from this refusal to see the pope as an authoritative figure. Having left this out of their doctrine, they have welcomed a vast array of conflicting theological interpretations and cannot even find reconciliation in the foundation of the church because they have abandoned sacred tradition in exchange for free thought.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Why stay Catholic in a time when there seems to be so many strikes against the Catholic Church? As a Catholic, I understand the priest is not immune to sin. In situations where this occurs we are to pray for them that they may see the error in their ways while also seeking justice. Good thing we worship God and pray for His people, lay and ordained. We pray with the followers for the community as a whole. My favorite quote is "the church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints."
There are many scars on the body of Christ. We do not deny that they exist but in our humanness, we often try to paint over the ugliness, putting on a facade, a happy face, hoping that the scar will not show and ultimately defame the good that comes from faith. Unfortunately, the paint starts to crack and the old crud underneath is revealed and we are forced to face the ugliness again.
I choose to stand through the trials, I choose to stay the course. There are trials and treachery in all of life. We will encounter great betrayal from friends, family and yes, even our church. The Lord knows that the ship he's steering will not always be a shiny prism of light as where there is great goodness, there can also be grave tragedy. Just as the day turns to night.
So as a mathematician sees the truth in the equation, I see the truth in the Church and the teachings. So as a crooked businessman may use his truth in numbers to swindle his clients out of money or to cover up a mistake of a collegue, so may a priest or other religious use true biblical teachings for personal gain or for reason to inflict harm on another person. The action of a person does not disprove the truth at the root of it all.
We all have equal responsibility to take the truth and use it for good but some choose to breach their responsibility and for that they are wrong, no doubt. I feel terrible for the victims of this exercise that took place in the name of right teaching. However, it doesn't make me want to renounce my faith in Christ's church, it makes me want to understand my faith more in that I may help lead others in the right direction and help guide those who may be misguided.
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Monday, January 9, 2012
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Thursday, January 5, 2012
I've learned that it is best to just put one foot in front of the other. That in itself is a success. 'Just keep going' has been my mantra for quite some time now. Especially after 12 years in the restaurant business. Small victories keep us going and help us stay focused. For someone like me who sees the big picture and wants it all now, this is very difficult, but necessary for any kind of fulfillment. It takes daily reminding and this quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson puts life in perspective for me. I keep it on my fridge so I don't miss it.
To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch...to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded! -EmersonWe all seek greatness. Some seek it on big ways, others in the little ways. Either way success can be attained. On Emerson, to win "the affection of children". Isn't that the truth. Children are smart and if you have a child who wants to give you a hug or snuggle with you, that's a true blessing. So often we get busy and these endearments are brushed aside or just taken on-the-run. With each child, I'm learning to slow down a little and really enjoy the snuggle time when it's available because it ends quick.
I love critics! I often encounter critics in the arena of faith and family. I may not feel the love in the heat of a debate but in the end I am so thankful for the opportunity to grow in conviction and also for the opportunity to learn. The critics I've been graced with seem to be pretty honest and I don't think they hate me. Appreciate, now that's questionable.
I have three healthy children and a garden patch. One question. Do I have to accomplish all of the the things on the list before I'm a success or is it an any/all type of deal? There I go complicating things again.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
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Monday, January 2, 2012
adjective ( -lier , -liest )
exquisitely beautiful : you have lovely eyes | lovely views.
• informal very pleasant or enjoyable; delightful : we've had a lovely day | she's a lovely person.
noun ( pl. -lies) informal
a glamorous woman or girl : a bevy of rock lovelies.
lovelily |-ləlē| adverb
ORIGIN Old English luflic (see love , -ly 1 ).
1 a lovely young woman: beautiful, pretty, attractive, good-looking, appealing, handsome, adorable, exquisite, sweet, personable, charming; enchanting, engaging, winsome, seductive, sexy, gorgeous, alluring, ravishing, glamorous; informal tasty, knockout, stunning, drop-dead gorgeous; killer, cute, foxy, hot; formal beauteous; archaiccomely, fair. ANTONYMS ugly, hideous.
2 a lovely view: scenic, picturesque, pleasing, easy on the eye; magnificent, stunning, splendid.
3 informal we had a lovely day: delightful, very pleasant, very nice, very agreeable, marvelous, wonderful, sublime, superb, magical; informal terrific, fabulous, heavenly, divine, amazing, glorious. ANTONYMS horrible.
1 the practice of forming or pursuing ideals, esp. unrealistically : the idealism of youth.Compare with realism .
• (in art or literature) the representation of things in ideal or idealized form. Often contrasted with realism (sense 2).
2 Philosophy any of various systems of thought in which the objects of knowledge are held to be in some way dependent on the activity of mind. Often contrasted withrealism (sense 3).
idealistic |īˌdē(ə)ˈlistik| adjective
idealistically |īˌdē(ə)ˈlistik(ə)lē| adverb
ORIGIN late 18th cent. (sense 2) : from French idéalisme or German Idealismus, from late Latin idealis (see ideal ).
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