Make Every Breath Count

  Do not stand at my grave and weepI am not here. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blowI am the diamond glint on snow.I am the sunlight on ripened grainI am the gentle autumn rain. When you wake in the morning hushI am the swift, uplifting rushOf quiet birds in circling flightI am the soft starlight at night. Do not stand at my graveAnd weep.I am not here. I do not sleep.  -Based on a Native American Prayer  +++ Death seems so cruel, so purposeless at times. But it’s not. Death is what alerts the rest of us to life – just when we have grown tired of it ourselves,...
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Conscience and Authority

from...Conscience and Truth Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger Presented at the 10th Workshop for BishopsFebruary 1991, Dallas, Texas. Morality of conscience and morality of authority as two opposing models, appear to be locked in struggle with each other. Accordingly, the freedom of the Christian would be rescued by appeal to the classical principle of moral tradition that conscience is the highest norm which man is to follow even in opposiotion to authority.Authority, in this case the Magisterium, may well speak of matters moral, but only in the sense of presenting conscience with material for its own...
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Eucharist and Social Solidarity

  Is the Eucharist a juncture between mysticism and politics? Yes – as seen when we tease out the relevance for social transformation of Jesus’ last gestures and words the night before his death The awareness of a call to social solidarity at the heart of the Eucharistic memorial was solidly established in the earliest Christian communities: When Paul hears that well-off members of the Corinthian community eat their own fine food and get drunk at the Eucharistic meal, while the poorer members go hungry, he rebukes them: “When you come together, it is not really to eat the...
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Teachings of the Church

  Surely if there ever was a perfect catch-all phrase, it is “teachings-of-the-Church”.  It includes everything from defined dogmas, items in the Apostle’s Creed, 1752 Canon laws, opinions of the Pope (like steam locomotives are the work of the devil), every one of the 2865 items in the Catechism, to the thoughts of cranky old bishops like Burke and Molino.  It has become a universal cliché of the hierarchy to discourage dissent. Falling into the same catch-all basket of against “The Teachings of the Church” are...
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ZIONISTS FIGHTING PEACE – HOW ISRAEL LOST ITS SOUL

  Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu laid out “his vision” of peace in July . This vision was, in a word, expected. After all, he is a hard-core Zionist Jew: “If we receive this guarantee regarding demilitarization and Israel’s securityneeds, and if the Palestinians recognize Israel as the state of the Jewishpeople, then we will be ready in a future peace agreement to reach a solution where a demilitarized Palestinian state exists alongside the Jewish state.” Netanyahu also said Israel would not recognize the right of return forPalestinian refugees,...
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