Author: Facing Our Immortality

The Paradox Of True Power: Spiritual Exercise 11/16/20

Facing Our Immortality Support Group Call Call Uber Conference at 720-735-7025 or Online at uberconference.com/facingourimmortality Opening Prayer: Amen. The Paradox Of True Power One of the worst experiences we encounter in life is the feeling of powerlessness in the face of evident evil. In the Old Testament, from Genesis through Exodus, David and the Kings, to the time of Christ, God’s people knew their dependence on the Lord’s omnipotence, and freely implored His mighty interventions. Joshua, outnumbered 5 to 1, yet assured a victory by the Lord, asked Him to hold the sun and moon still so they could finish the battle in daylight, and the Lord obliged, suspending the movements of the heavenly bodies for a day so that it lasted well beyond its normal time. (Joshua 10 ) Perhaps we are now in a time where a full awareness and confidence in God’s power is precisely what we need. We live in the illusion that we have power because of all the marvels of the modern age. But often we find ourselves at the mercy of forces we …

Signs Of The Times: Spiritual Exercise 10/12/20

Facing Our Immortality Support Group Call Monday 10/12/20 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm MDT (8:30 pm to 10:00 pm EDT) Call Uber Conference at 720-735-7025 or Online at uberconference.com/facingourimmortality Opening Prayer: REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.  Amen. Signs Of The Times Cultural upheaval comes to every society as each generation strives to leave its mark, for better or worse.  Pope St. John Paul II has called contemporary western culture a culture of death.  What we may be watching with the current riots and civil unrest is something that can be likened to a kind of terminal restlessness. Anyone who has attended the dying knows what terminal restlessness is:  It describes the end-of-life …

The Measure That You Measure With: Spiritual Exercise 09/14/20

Facing Our Immortality Support Group Call Monday 09/14/20 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm MDT (8:30 pm to 10:00 pm EDT) Call Uber Conference at 720-735-7025 or Online at uberconference.com/facingourimmortality Opening Prayer: REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.  Amen. The Measure That You Measure With    It is an observable fact that when judging, many of us apply the justice of God to others and the mercy of God to ourselves.  The very things we become indignant about or scandalized by in others, we often dismiss in ourselves with excuses we do not grant to others.  Jesus plainly tells us the measure we measure with will be measured back to us. (Mt. 7:2) That is most …

Marginalizing God: Spiritual Exercise 08/10/20

Facing Our Immortality Support Group Call Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm MDT (8:30 pm to 10:00 pm EDT) Call Uber Conference at 720-735-7025 or Online at uberconference.com/facingourimmortality Opening Prayer: REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen. Marginalizing God    The marginalization of peoples has been a social justice concern for decades now.  Sometimes the lightning rod is women, sometimes immigrants, sometimes black or brown or minority peoples, as is currently the case, sometimes the working class, sometimes the poor. These issues evoke strong reactions in people, but not always in a right order that is constructive. Cardinal Robert Sarah points out we can quickly multiply sin when we succumb to the temptation to satisfy …

Garments Of Grace: Spiritual Exercise 07/20/20

Facing Our Immortality Support Group Call Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm MDT (8:30 pm to 10:00 pm EDT) Call Uber Conference at 720-735-7025 or Online at uberconference.com/facingourimmortality Opening Prayer: REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen. Garments of Grace    In the classic fairy tale, “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” a vain ruler is tricked by two weavers into believing he has a set of new clothes.  He parades before the people for their admiration.  The people are afraid to say anything until a child blurts out: “But he’s naked!” There is a similar deceptive force at work that tries to reclothe believers, and therefore the Church, in unbecoming ways.  Here is one example: Some …

IMMACULATE HEART OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

IMMACULATE HEART OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY Source: iBreviary The attention of Christians was early attracted by the love and virtues of the Heart of Mary. The Gospel itself invited this attention with exquisite discretion and delicacy. What was first excited was compassion for the Virgin Mother. It was, so to speak, at the foot of the Cross that the Christian heart first made the acquaintance of the Heart of Mary. Simeon’s prophecy paved the way and furnished the devotion with one of its favourite formulae and most popular representations: the heart pierced with a sword. But Mary was not merely passive at the foot of the Cross; “she cooperated through charity”, as St. Augustine says, “in the work of our redemption”. It is only in the twelfth, or towards the end of the eleventh century, that slight indications of a regular devotion are perceived in a sermon by St. Bernard (De duodecim stellis). Stronger evidences are discernible in the pious meditations on the Ave Maria and the Salve Regina, usually attributed either to St. …

Finding Answers: Spiritual Exercise 06/08/20

Facing Our Immortality Support Group Call Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm MDT (8:30 pm to 10:00 pm EDT) Call Uber Conference at 720-735-7025 or Online at uberconference.com/facingourimmortality Opening Prayer: REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen. Finding Answers    Men and women with brilliant minds have peopled the ranks of science for centuries.  It is rarely mentioned that many of them have steadfastly acknowledged God as the source of the mysteries and marvels of creation they study.  One wonders why the false dichotomy between science and faith persists.  Science explores many things. But it is not the origin of its discoveries. Little Jacinta Marto, one of the newly canonized shepherd children who received the visitations …