1955 I made my tertianship at Xavier Hall in Pass Christian. It was just
a short distance from the beach so each afternoon I would walk along the
beach. I was always amazed at the variety of flotsam and jetsam that had
been washed up on the shore during the night. Here are some of the flotsam
and jetsam that have washed upon the shores of my life.
think therefore I am.” I am therefore God is.
am the greatest proof for the existence of God
experience God before I have a concept of God.
is Transparent in creation. “Finding God in all things.”
and secular is a false dichotomy/ Every thing is sacred.
is a journey of faith. Our Lord has not only gone on before us to show
us the way. Through imminence, he also goes along in us as our guide
– decide – act. Action is essential part of discernment.
is imprudent to act without thinking.
is more imprudent to think and then not to act.
VIEWS OF THE WORLD
1) The physical universe – CREATED BY GOD - our home – the
habitat for humanity - in which God supplies us with the necessities of
life. God loves this world. “God so loved the world that he
sent his only Son…”
The present SITUATION of the world – CREATED BY MAN - it is the
result of sin and is an enticement to sin. It is what concupiscence is
in the personal realm. This is the world that it at enmity with God. “If
the world hates you know that it hated me before you...” This
is the world that is beamed to us night and day through the media, proclaiming
the “the trinitarian god of rugged individualism, hedonism and
consumerism” which promotes “conspicuous consumption”
as a way of life.
consumption: To buy what you do not need.
money you do not have
impress people you do not like.
ARE TWO POWERFUL, DYNAMIC FORCES IN LIFE:
SEARCH FOR ME: God always takes the initiative. The first picture of God
in Genesis is God searching for Adam. “Adam where are you?”
God called us into being and is constantly calling us. Besides the strong
winds of Pentecost there are the gentle breezes of the present moment.
All we have to do is to put up the sails.
2) OUR SEARCH
FOR GOD: The innate, insatiable drive in every one for God. It is the
built-in orientation and existential thrust of the creature for the Creator.
St. Augustine said it best, “Lord, you have made us for yourself
and our hearts are restless till they rest in Thee.”
came first the Church or the Gospel?
- The Church
came out of the existential Gospel. (The actual life, death and resurrection
of Jesus and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost) Pentecost
is the birthday of the Church. (1-30)
- The Church
is the author and compiler of the written Gospel, the New Testament
is not only the record of religious experience it is also creative of
it. “Was not our heart burning in us as He explained the Scriptures.”
what the author meant.
what this means to the individual in his unique situation inspired by
the Holy Spirit to the one who reads it with faith.
IS NOT A HEAD TRIP BUT A HEART TRIP.
it has gone to the heart and transformed our life it has to be heard
again and again until it does. Then it must go to our feet so that we
act on it.
Proclamation of the Gospel is the reason for and the mission of the
Church.” Pope Benedict xvi
Church proclaims the Gospel principally by the Mass which is a mosaic
of the Gospel. Because of the different time zones in the world, the
Church is celebrating Mass and proclaiming the Gospel several times
every minute of every day
theological virtues of faith, hope and love constitute a person a Christian
and supply the inner dynamic from which flows every authentically Christian
virtues enable us to have an intimate, personal relationship with God.
immediate object of faith is not a truth but a person.
Christ is the immediate object of Christian faith.
little Johnny said, “Jesus said so and He ought to know.”
Christ is also the immediate object of Christian hope and love.
essence of Christianity is a personal relationship of love with God
through faith, hope and love of Jesus.
of Catholic Church is to initiate, nourish and bring to fruition this
intimate relationship of love with Jesus. “To know Jesus more
intimately, love him more ardently and follow him more closely.”
therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the
name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching
them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with
you always, until the end of the age.” (Matt. 28: 19 –
was at Antioch that the disciples were first called Christian.”
is the generic word. We are all disciples of Jesus, all Christians.
you say Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, Episcopalian, Methodist, Baptist,
you are saying division, competition, contempt, envy.
you say Catholic Christian, Orthodox Christian, Lutheran Christian,
Episcopalian Christian, Methodist Christian, Baptist Christian you are
saying union, union in diversity, cooperation, love.
is no uniformity any where in creation or in Trinity.
we demand it in religion? Unity in diversity
necessary things – unity
doubtful things – liberty
in all things – charity
– Apostles: two sides of same coin
love, joy, peace – apostolate of being
be – accept human condition
be me – accept my unique edition of the human condition
be happy to be me because God loves me unconditionally
in present moment - only reality - Sacrament of the present moment.
Grace for this moment not for yesterday or tomorrow.
living today I make a beautiful dream of the past and a wonderful hope
for the future.
of the flowers of all of the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.
of human race
unconditional love for man
inhumanity to man
the world needs now is love, just love.
costs to be a lover! The language of love is sacrifice!
is love…”Let us make man in our own image”
loved me into existence - God loves me unconditionally
pardon of God is not the verdict of a judge but the embrace of a lover.
wasness doesn’t matter if your isness really am.”
John 4, “Love then consists in this not that we have loved
God but that He has loved us and sent his Son…”
is only One Love, the love of God. We are not creators, only receivers
and transmitters of the love of God.
am an act of love of God…ergo 1st commandment
yourself – I am an act of love of God
neighbor who is also an act of love of God -2nd commandment
these two commandments is fulfillment of law
new commandment I give you “
is Divine Mercy? It is simply the fidelity of the love of God. It is the
unconditional love of God viewed from the point of a sinner.
Eros: self satisfying
is the answer. Love is also the problem:
is love - Jesus is the answer. He is love incarnate
read - life of life of Jesus – in Gospel.
is not the same as religion. Religion is organized spirituality.
is the life of the Holy Spirit in us. You cannot corral the Holy Spirit
who breathes where he will. You can’t lay down laws for the Spirit.
cannot institutionalize God!
Simplicity, Jesus spoke with divine authority but he spoken in the language
of ordinary people of his day. I has to be simple because it is for
all people and a way to live throughout life.
Classes of Men:
– jawbone –backbone
– chisler – champ
– dodger – doer