Repentance is a difficult thing to do...but its also a difficult thing to preach. Mercy, however demands it! Lets return to a Church that teaches the fundamentals of our faith: sin, mercy, Who God is, and what He has done for us in Jesus.
How often do you hear the phrase, "I'm spiritual but not religious"? Usually it is meant as a somewhat sneer towards religious individuals, coming with it false view of what "religion" actually is. In our homily today, I reflect on the religious habits of the 3 wise-men, and how they conformed their own faith to the true faith, kneeling before God who appeared in an actual moment of history. When we keep things vague and general about who God is, and what He has done, it spirals into a cold-hearted indifference towards God. When we assert our religious tradition in a spirit of competition we are like King Herod, forming an Elite that doesn't welcome the real Christ into his company. Lets consider all these things, and learn to just fall in Love with God.
Some view the Church's teaching on the ordination of women as sexist. The Church often perceives this to be the result of "sexual relativism" whereby we are affected by a culture who defines truths according to emotion and desires, rather than the ontological nature of God's creation. Is our sexuality something trivial, objective, or is it all subjective? According to the Church, our subjectivity needs to be aligned to God's design for us as male and female. In regard to the priesthood, Jesus presents his priesthood to the world as that of a Husband in love with the Church, His wife. Therefore, if being a husband is important, only men can be priests to be an effective sign of Christ the Priest-groom
We had the grace of having Fr. Roger O'Neill celebrate the Holy Mass at Monastery of our Lady of Alcobaca. Please give a listen to his words of wisdom which reminds us of how the Act of Contrition need to be understood as a whole. That is to shun both presumption and despair!
During my retreat in Fatima, it was common to find the Irish priests in the pub late at night, sharing in fraternity. And one of their traditions is to sing. So I got to record bits and pieces of their songs.
Please enjoy if you'd like to listen. There is 30 minutes of it...haha