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An interview with Cardinal Dolan on “Meet The Press” aired this morning on NBC.  He was asked for thoughts on the University of Missouri football player Michael Sam who had come out as gay recently.  Cardinal Dolan responded “good for him” and “bravo.”  Cardinal Dolan said the Bible says not to judge.  That isn’t necessarily correct.  There is one place in the Bible that says not to judge but you have to take into account the context in which this was said.  We are not to use do not judge broadly so as to attribute it to circumstances it does not apply.  Here are a couple of scripture passages:

John 7: 24 “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”

Leviticus 19: 15 “You shall do no injustice in judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor.”

As you can see the two scripture passages above DO NOT condemn judging others.

In response New Catholic at the blog Rorate Caeli wrote this: 

OK, then. Naturally, the Cardinal did not have to say anything at all regarding a specific individual, even if asked. But silence and discretion are one thing, explicitly refusing moral discernment is another, and raising such refusal to the status of “good” and “bravo” is quite noteworthy for a Prince of the Church, because it is in itself a moral judgment, a positive moral judgment.
It is quite easy to see that no moral debate in which the Catholic Church takes part, of any kind and on any level, can ever anymore advance even one inch if the parameters become simply an isolated reading of “not judging” – and much less if “not judging” is elevated to the positive judgment of “good” and “bravo.” Politicians quote a pontiff when casting immoral votes, and what can the Church say, from now on, on any legal matter (that presupposes a moral order)? It can always be used to stop any social debate. What can poor pastors and vicars say regarding any sin, even personally to a parishioner, when the isolated presentation of “no sense of judgment” becomes normative? Or even regarding, for instance, an inclination that our judgmental Catechism of the Catholic Church defines as “objectively disordered” (regardless of the practice or not of the “intrinsically disordered” acts attached to it)?

And if you do not like this post, who are you to judge us?…

[Op-ed update: Cardinal Dolan, in this age, it is keeping the faith that deserves a “Bravo”.]

Bravo New Catholic!  Politicians and laity sure do know how to twist and pervert the words of authority figures in the Church in order to support agendas that are contrary to the faith.  Going by his words it seems that Cardinal Dolan is talking as if he believes the Catechism is wrong when it says homosexual relations are “intrinsically  disordered.”  Yes, we are called to love every human being.  But it is wrong to cheer on a sexual orientation which the Church condemns as “objectively disordered.”  Loving everyone does not mean approving of everything they do.  

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Explore your higher latitudes . . . be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, open new channels, not of trade but of thought.

Henry David Thoreau 

Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

Edmund Burke

It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.

Henry Ward Beecher 

Psalm 86:15   But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

Isaiah 40:31   But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

Romans 12:12   Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Ephesians 2:10  “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

 

 

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Psalm 113 sun

Praise the Lord!
Praise, O servants of the Lord,
praise the name of the Lord!

2 Blessed be the name of the Lord
from this time forth and forevermore!
3 From the rising of the sun to its setting,
the name of the Lord is to be praised!

4 The Lord is high above all nations,
and his glory above the heavens!
5 Who is like the Lord our God,
who is seated on high,
6 who looks far down
on the heavens and the earth?
7 He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
8 to make them sit with princes,
with the princes of his people.
9 He gives the barren woman a home,
making her the joyous mother of children.
Praise the Lord!

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The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. Proverbs 24:16

I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

… but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31

 

This past year has been a rough one for me.  In about a week it will mark a year since I had my hysterectomy.  For some reason my health problems continued after the surgery.  Even with all the downs in my life this past year God has given me the grace and strength to push forward and be positive about life.  I still get depressed because of the pain and the loss of not being able to have children but whenever I’m down in the dumps I pray and ask God to show me the way, to help to get through the tough time and He does.  I have grown closer to our Lord over this past year.  My doctor advised me to lean on God and that is what I have done.  God is awesome!! No matter what we are going through in life today God has something spectacular in store for us in His time.  We are called to be patient and trust the Lord.  Yes, that is tough when you go through turmoil but God is always there for us and will help each to get through the tough times.  He has definitely guided me during this past year.  

Right now I am still dealing with a number of health issues and that is the reason I haven’t visited many blogs in the past couple months. I know God is with me and has special plans for me.  Today I have to think about my health and take care of myself the best I can so for now I will have to limit my blogging. God Bless. 

 

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Always and in all circumstances yield, yield the first place to others;  especially during recreation listen quietly, without interrupting, even if someone tells me the same thing ten times.   I will never ask questions about something that interests me very much. 

#789 of Saint Faustina Kowalska’s Divine Mercy Diary

 

Sirach 38: 1-15

Make friends with the doctor, for he is essential to you;

God has also established him in his profession.

From God the doctor has wisdom,

and from the king he receives sustenance.

Knowledge makes the doctor distinguished,

and gives access to those in authority.

God makes the earth yield healing herbs

which the prudent should not neglect;

Was not the water sweetened by a twig,

so that all might learn his power?

He endows people with knowledge,

to glory in his mighty works,

Through which the doctor eases pain,

and the druggist prepares his medicines.

Thus God’s work continues without cease

in its efficacy on the surface of the earth.

My son, when you are ill, do not delay,

but pray to God, for it is he who heals.

Flee wickedness and purify your hands;

cleanse your heart of every sin.

Offer your sweet-smelling oblation and memorial,

a generous offering according to your means.

Then give the doctor his place

lest he leave; you need him too,

For there are times when recovery is in his hands.

He too prays to God

That his diagnosis may be correct

and his treatment bring about a cure.

Whoever is a sinner before his Maker

will be defiant toward the doctor.

My Thoughts:  Taking the time to listen to others is very important.  Getting out of ourselves and focusing on others needs, helping them, and simply being there for people is one thing we are called to do as people of God.  We need to listen to God’s call for us to assist people in their needs.  As fallen beings at times we become complacent and self-centered.  I know since I’ve been sick I have focused on myself quite a bit.  Sometimes it was needed and other times I failed to put myself and my feelings aside to help others.  I think this can happen easily with people who are suffering from illness, depression, or a disease.  God is our Healer and we are called to trust in His wisdom even though with the pain that may be extremely hard at times.  I have leaned on Him in these turbulent times. The more I have had to endure pain and struggles the more I have leaned on God and tried to trust in His will for me.  God gave us wonderful, caring doctors to treat our ailments.  My doctors are the greatest.  Listen to the physicians suggestions for treatment because who knows it may help and open up a whole new world, a renewed life for you.  One of my physicians is so sweet to pray for me.  He is a man of faith which is one thing I totally love about him.  Prayer is the answer to healing.  Ask God for healing.  Ask Him for understanding.  Through my experiencing unexpected circumstances and since the methods of healing which I tried didn’t turn out close to what I had wished and prayed for, I’ve learned that I need to persevere, accept  my situation for what it is, and make lemonade out of lemons.  As I go through the process of accepting my circumstance this has brought a bit of peace to my life.  May the peace of our Lord be with you all.  

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Isaiah 64 RSV

Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,
    that the mountains might quake at your presence—
[a] as when fire kindles brushwood
    and the fire causes water to boil—
to make your name known to your adversaries,
    and that the nations might tremble at your presence!
When you did awesome things that we did not look for,
    you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.
From of old no one has heard
    or perceived by the ear,
no eye has seen a God besides you,
    who acts for those who wait for him.
You meet him who joyfully works righteousness,
    those who remember you in your ways.
Behold, you were angry, and we sinned;
    in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved?[b]
We have all become like one who is unclean,
    and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.
We all fade like a leaf,
    and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
There is no one who calls upon your name,
    who rouses himself to take hold of you;
for you have hidden your face from us,
    and have made us melt in[c] the hand of our iniquities.

But now, O Lord, you are our Father;
    we are the clay, and you are our potter;
    we are all the work of your hand.
Be not so terribly angry, O Lord,
    and remember not iniquity forever.
    Behold, please look, we are all your people.
10 Your holy cities have become a wilderness;
    Zion has become a wilderness,
    Jerusalem a desolation.
11 Our holy and beautiful[d] house,
    where our fathers praised you,
has been burned by fire,
    and all our pleasant places have become ruins.
12 Will you restrain yourself at these things, O Lord?
    Will you keep silent, and afflict us so terribly?

The words “we are the clay, and you are our potter” really spoke to me in the above scripture passage.  God is our potter.  We are created in His image.  Today I see quite a few people trying to make God in their image instead of them trying to be more like God.  Instead of rationalizing and making excuses, as children of God we need to ask Would God do this? I also like the saying What would Jesus do (WWJD)?  Would God approve of what we’re doing? Or do we just want Him to approve or think that He would in our minds so we can justify actions that go against our Catholic Christian faith?  One more thing we need to ask ourselves is how will this affect my soul and will I regret my actions or inaction later on? 

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Last night was a good night since I actually was able to get an adequate amount of sleep. The past couple of nights I have had trouble sleeping. I think I am going to make this type of post a regular posting because I am struggling with being able to think because of the lack hormones in my body and the problem I have with my red blood cells doesn’t help with that either.

I just started reading this book which has meditations and poems to pray by called Song of the Sparrow. The smallest things we do can be turned into prayer. Looking out the window and watching the birds can be turned into prayer. I am so willing to waste time watching T.V. but how often do I go out of my way to pray? We make time for what we love to do, whether that be playing a sport, reading, watching movies, or being on the computer.  But, how much time do we go out of our way to pray? Prayer is our connection with God, Our Father. I pray more than I used to and watch less T.V. than before but I still don’t spend enough time in prayer.  We should all want to talk to God more often so we have a better relationship with Him. We also need to take some time to be silent in prayer so we are able to hear what the Lord is saying to us.  God is there waiting for us to talk to Him.

Then I read Sirach 25: 1-11 in scripture. In this passage it says that God loves harmony among His brethren, friendship among neighbors, and the mutual love of husband and wife.  God loves it when everything is peaceful and there is no bickering among friends or arguing between couples.  Scripture  mentions that God sees those who live to see his enemies’ downfall as blessed. I wonder by what means that God is calling us  to conquer our enemies? Are each of us called to different means of conquering our enemies? We are called to pray for our enemy so that is one way to convert the enemy but are there others? At the end the passage say the people who are happiest are those who fear the Lord. I suppose this is referencing fear of judgment. We are called to follow His Commandments and when we fall we are called to repent. Like Pope Francis said, God is never tired of forgiving us but it is we who get tired of asking for forgiveness. God is ever merciful and waiting with open arms for us to repent, repair and strengthen our relationship with Him.

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