Mt 11:25-30 That’s the Ticket.

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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

This Gospel passage is one of the most soothing passages in the Bible.  It brings comfort to those who read it; hope to those who hear it; and a sense of security to those who live it.  But let’s not forget the main purpose of this passage, which, though poetic in nature, is a passionate and forceful invitation to follow The Lord more dearly and nearly.

Come to me.  Here it is: a formal invitation from the Lord.  Follow me.  Trust me.  Where I go you should go.  What I do you should do.  How I live my life you should live your life.  Be confident in me, not in yourself or in others.  Come to me is an invitation to change course, to follow a certain path, a narrow path – the only path – which was designed specifically for you by Him. 

Take from me.  “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me.”  Here it is:  another invitation.  Take my yoke means come under my authority. Allow me to influence your life with my words and my actions.  Christ is inviting us to come under the influence of His Commandments, especially the Commandment to love one another.  

So what will it be?  What are the alternatives?  There appears to be many.  But in my life, it has always been either the yoke of sin or the yoke of Christ, and sometimes the two have tried to mix together! 

“For my yoke is easy and my burden light.”  Really???  Is He being serious???  Who is He trying to fool?  Christ’s commandments are not easy and His burden is not light. 

It’s hard to be a Christian.  It’s hard to get to heaven.  But at an early age I made a list, and from that last I was able to see the light of Christ and how light He really is.

It’s hard to get into heaven.
It’s harder to get into Harvard.

It’s hard to live up the Christian ideal.
It’s harder to live the American dream.

It’s hard to follow Christ.
It’s even harder to follow your boss (or wife, or husband, or children).

It’s hard to understand the Bible.
It’s harder to understand all those on-line legal agreements.

It’s hard to defend the faith.
It’s harder to defend one’s actions.

It’s hard to die for Christ.
It’s even harder to die for one’s nation.

There are so many rules to follow.
There are so many more laws to obey.

It’s hard to love your enemies.
It’s harder to like them or be tolerant of them.

It’s dangerous to trust in God.
It’s even more dangerous to trust in others.

It’s hard to confess your guilt in Confession.
It’s harder to confess your guilt in a Court of Law.

It’s hard to believe that good always triumphs over evil.
It’s harder to believe that evil will triumph over good.

It’s hard to stay holy.
It’s harder to stay healthy.

Yes.  I have come to believe that Christ’s yoke is easier than others, and His burden much lighter.

Learn from me.  Here it is: the final invitation from the Lord.  How can we learn from the Lord?  Well, we can read a lot about Him.  We can read the Bible, read the Catechism of the Catholic Church, read about the lives of the Saints.  But reading about Christ will get you just as far in your spiritual life as reading about prayer!  Sure, you can read all the books you can get your hands on regarding prayer but none of them will ever put your hands together and get you praying!  Eventually, you have to put the books down and start praying. 

The same holds true for Christ and Christianity.  Eventually, you have to put all your book knowledge to work and begin to live like Christ and experience what Christ experienced:  his poverty; his love; his forgiveness; his mercy and compassion; his reaching out in uncomfortable situations and with annoying or hateful people; his sacrifices and hardships; his betrayal, death and crucifixion.

Learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart.  That’s the ticket. 


Teacher – Regina Angelorum Academy (Ardmore, PA)

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Teaching primarily 7th and 8th grade classes: may include some 5/6 grade classes. Also knowledge of Latin and Spanish a plus. Small class sizes, disciplined students. Must be able to write well and have a love of literature. Love of the Catholic faith is needed, as well as the ability to integrate the faith throughout the curriculum. Must understand the classical method or be willing to learn how to implement it. (9)

World Cup Host City Natal Has Unique Catholic, American Influences

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By CHRIS KUDIALIS | NATAL, Brazil — Located on Brazil’s northeast coast, the city of Natal is known for its picturesque beaches, sand dunes and, in 2014, for hosting four games during the FIFA World Cup.

But a week spent in the state capital of… (3)

Pope Francis Lauds Example of Working Mothers Who Care for Their Families

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By ELISE HARRIS/CNA/EWTN NEWS | VATICAN CITY — During his one-day trip to southern Italy, Pope Francis met with personnel of the region’s university, urging them to find creative solutions to unemployment, and he thanked working mothers for their… (7)

Chapter Development Officer (CDO) – Legatus (Ave Maria, FL)

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Legatus (Ave Maria, FL)

Chapter Development Officers (CDOs) manage the process of establishing new chapters within regions throughout the United States. Duties include interaction with Catholic business executives during the process of introducing them to the organization, inviting them to membership and managing the application process. CDOs introduce Legatus to bishops and executives in communities where Legatus currently does not have a presence. He/she will engage in all aspects of the logistics necessary to conduct monthly events of the highest quality thereby assuring an excellent Legatus experience for the members month after month. CDO positions are currently available in the following regions with residency in the metropolitan areas noted: Northeast Region – New York / New Jersey, South Region – Atlanta, West Region – Los Angeles.

Qualifications include a high degree of maturity and professionalism as they interact with archbishops, bishops and Catholic executives at the highest level. A Bachelors Degree and minimum of five (5) years of professional experience is preferred. The successful candidate will be an individual who exhibits a positive, optimistic, “can do” attitude to whom people are naturally drawn. Salary is commensurate with background and experience. Excellent fringe benefits plan includes a matching 401 (k) plan, excellent medical, dental and vision plans.

Forward resume in confidence to Pat Cole, Executive Assistant to the Executive Director at [email protected] (8)

Centering Catholic Theology on the Person of Christ

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By EDWARD PENTIN | VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis last month named Redemptorist Father Réal Tremblay president of the Pontifical Academy of Theology. He is professor emeritus of fundamental moral theology at the Alphonsian Academy.

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Jul 07 – Homily: Votive Mass of The Precious Blood

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Maria Goretti’s greatest witness is forgiveness, priest observes

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Nettuno, Italy, Jul 7, 2014 / 06:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following St. Maria Goretti’s feast day, the rector of the basilica where her body resides stated that her willingness to forgive is her most prominent testimony, and that her virtue is an example for family life.

Maria’s greatest witness is “Forgiveness. Many people come saying I left to forgive, with the example of Maria Goretti. These people that are leaving, go with a great lesson from the child Saint,” Fr. Giovanni Alberti told CNA July 7.

Fr. Alberti has been the rector of the Basilica of the Mother of Grace and of Saint Maria Goretti in Nottuno, Italy for the past six years, and is an assignment he refers to as “a great responsibility and a call to live with great simplicity.”

Marked with a large procession beginning at the basilica where her body rests in Nettuno and lasting roughly 6 miles to the house where she grew up, the Saint’s July 6 feast was celebrated with particular by local inhabitants, with 4,000 people attending the procession.

Born in Nettuno’s neighboring city of Corinaldo, Italy in 1880, St. Maria Goretti was the eldest of six children, and was killed at the age of 11 as a martyr of chastity when resisting a rape.

Coming from a poor family, Maria assisted her mother in housework and in caring for her 5 younger siblings following her father’s death.

In 1902 a neighboring farmhand, Alessandro Serenelli, 19, who had made previous inappropriate comments and sexual advances toward her, attempted to rape Maria in her house. When she refused, Alessandro stabbed Maria 14 times.

After being found bleeding to death, she was rushed to the hospital in Nettuno, where she forgave Alessandro, saying “Yes, for the love of Jesus I forgive him…and I want him to be with me in paradise.”

While in prison several years later, Alessandro converted after having a dream in which Maria appeared and handed him 14 white flowers that burst into flame, representing the 14 wounds he had inflicted upon her, which signified the flames of forgiveness. After being released from prison he became a Capuchin tertiary, and attended Maria’s beatification alongside her mother.

Speaking of Maria’s continuous example today, Fr. Alberti explained that those who come to the basilica in Nettuno receive a great lesson in forgiveness because “today we have many conflicts, also social.”

“We have situations of rupture in the family, in marriage. So this element of forgiveness, this teaching of Jesus is coming out, we say, decisively to change the rapport of the people, also of the family.”

“To know that there is a Saint who forgave the one that killed her, is becoming an important resource in forgiveness, more than the other aspects,” he noted, describing how there “is not just one aspect” of her holiness, but many.

“There is also that of the dignity of women, the respect of women, of a sexuality that is healthy and balanced. Then there is faith in God, there is prayer, there is her devotion to Mary, her devotion to the Eucharist, and there is forgiveness, and her testimony of eternal life.

Referring to her desire to have her killer with her in paradise before her death, the priest stated that “It’s a testimony of a life after life. For a child of 11 this is enormous. These are very great things.”

Observing how Maria could not go to church or school often due to the fact that they lived far away from any parish, Fr. Alberti explained that “she had a school in her family,” because hers was “A family marked and full of virtue, full of, we say, resources.”

“She was truly the child of a family…The family is also fundamental and irreplaceable, in this aspect.”

Margarita, a 68-year-old volunteer who assists the community overseeing the basilica as well as helps in the English translations for pilgrims, told CNA July 7 that little “Marietta” is “very dear” to her because she was born in Nettuno and has known the Saint all her life.

“I knew Marietta since I was a little girl,” she said, adding that “the name of Marietta was always present.”

Recalling an accident she had on a horse when she was 3 years old, Margarita recounted how when she went to the hospital to get stitches on her face, the doctor said that it was a miracle she wasn’t injured worse, because if the horse had been more aggressive she would have died.

“So in the family everyone used to say oh this is a miracle of Saint Maria Goretti, she was protecting Margarita,” the volunteer observed, stating that “I used to go around and tell everyone that I received a miracle from Saint Maria Goretti.”

“So as you can see she is very dear to me, and I do whatever I do for her, in her name, with great joy.”

Margarita also revealed that the diocese of Nettuno is planning to bring Maria Gorett’s body to the United States for a monthlong tour in 2015.

“We are organizing with someone from the States,” she said, noting that “Already Cardinal Dolan from New York knows about it,” and “he’s very enthusiastic.”

Stopping in 9 different dioceses, the volunteer noted that among the places the child Saint’s body will go are “New York, Los Angeles, Huston, Toronto in Canada and others. Also in New Jersey because there is family of Maria Goretti in America.”

The dates of the tour, she observed, are still being discussed, however tentative dates could be Jan. 25 – March 1, 2015, due to the low tourism traffic in Nettuno during that time.


Is God Like the "Force"?

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People leave God because of false images they have of God.  Maybe we’re part of the problem


Okla. civic center defends black mass with sex offender

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Oklahoma City, Okla., Jul 7, 2014 / 06:15 am (CNA).- A spokeswoman for the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall defended a black mass being planned there by a convicted sex offender, even though it might involve the desecration of an actual consecrated host.

Jennifer Lindsey-McClintock, the music hall’s public information manager, said that she is not in a position to say “whether it is appropriate or not.”

“That’s not for us to judge,” she told CNA July 3, citing the music hall’s neutrality policy.

A black mass is scheduled to be presented at the music hall Sept. 21 by the occultist group Dakhma of Angra Mainyu, which claims inspiration from ancient Persian ideals.

Often connected to witchcraft and demonic worship, a black mass is a sacrilegious ceremony that invokes Satan and mocks the Catholic Mass. It involves the desecration of the Eucharist, generally by stealing a consecrated host from a Catholic Church and using it in a profane sexual ritual.

The Dakhma of Angra Mainyu website described the upcoming event and its interpretation of the black mass, explaining its use among Satanists and “modern Devil Worshippers.” The group said the modern form of the ritual uses a consecrated host “corrupted by sexual fluids” that then “becomes the sacrifice of the mass.”

“The authenticity and purpose of the black mass will remain intact while allowing for slight changes so that a public viewing can occur without breaking Oklahoma’s laws based on nudity, public urination, and other sex acts,” the group said. Tickets for the event cost $15.

Lindsey-McClintock said that the music hall’s administrators do not know whether the event would in fact use a consecrated host.
She said that any production must follow state and local laws. If a group performs illegal activity elsewhere, it is “a police matter,” she said.

If a consecrated host were obtained under false pretenses, she said, “that wouldn’t be something for us to decide. We would work under the advisement of the Oklahoma City police department.”

The public permit for the black mass event was filed by Adam Daniels, a representative of the group.

Daniels had attempted to hold a mock exorcism at the civic center’s music hall in 2010 as part of a Satanist group he had co-founded and led as a “Dark Overlord.” However, the group expelled Daniels after learning he was a sex offender.

Oklahoma City’s News 9, citing court records, in 2010 reported that Daniels was a registered sex offender and was convicted of sexual battery on a person over age 16.

Lindsey-McClintock said the music hall was aware of Daniels’ status.

She said that the 2010 mock exorcism event had an attendance of about 50, including the music band. A second event the following year had 12 attendees, and there were no attendees at last year’s event.

“We are a city-funded facility. In that vein, we must operate in a position of neutrality,” the music hall spokeswoman said. “Any group that wishes to come to us and host a production may do so.”

She said the government policy would mean the center would be willing to host a racist or anti-Jewish event “as long as it was not hosting something specifically illegal in nature, or that during the production they were taking part in illegal activities.”

“We do not discriminate against any group based on the content of their message.”

She said that about 300,000 people attend the music hall facility annually and “98 percent” of the shows at the music hall are “family-friendly” in nature. The facility also hosts “religious-themed events,” including theater productions, church services and weddings, she added.

Asked how she would respond to concerns that the black mass event might make Catholics or other Christians feel unwelcome at the venue, she replied, “That’s something that is up to them that they are going to have to think about. We cannot be the arbiter of messages that come into our facility.”

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City on July 1 said that if the event proceeds, “we will have to consider other peaceful, prayerful and respectful options to demonstrate our opposition to this publicly supported sacrilegious act.”

He called on Catholics and others to pray for “a renewed sense of the sacred” and for God to change “the hearts and minds of the organizers of this event.”


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