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Table of contents: October 7, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Sin

regardless of the silence
bestowing a cloak
of invisibility to
its existence
we dispense ourselves
of any sin by
pragmatic subjectivity-
decrees of justification-
by formulations
untethered from nature's law
whose logic is suppressed
by secularism's
reliance on transitory
feelings bestowing a crown of
unlimited relativism
on morality
sin's disappearance-
even from the pulpit-
obfuscates Calvary
making the Cross
irrelevant
and the Resurrection
a blip of light in history
but look around
death terrifies 
disease overwhelms
selfishness reigns
pride is idolized
murder justified
lust idealized 
envy trivialized
lukewarmness normalized
resentment rationalized
greed exceeded
debauchery exalted
forgiveness scorned
reality equivocated
enslaving  humanity into
depravity and
hopelessness
but wrapped in
fantasies of utopia
by intelligentsia's
progressive proclamations
beware
perfection of this world
is an illusion
fixing ourselves
beyond our means
only a change of nature
can conquer eden's curse
only at an infinite cost can
liberation be achieved
someone must pay the price
for our redemption
from sin's domination
or it doesn't happen
Someone did
a Savior offering
forgiveness
freedom
power
a new Reality
exchanging His Life
for our life
raising humanity
into Divinity
an event and process
waiting for your
decision

Reflection/Discussion:
-Is sin talked about in your parish/church? Why/not?
-What does "perfection of this world is an illusion" mean?
-What are some of the manifestations of sin in today's culture?
-In your life: relationships, work, leisure, finances and thought life?
-How does our culture talk about sin?
-What is the best way for you to examine your conscience?
-How much is the Sacrament of Reconciliation part of your life? Why? 
-How does your sin limit your growth in holiness?

  



Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Encounter

yearning for more
than meets the eye
a vague uneasiness
filled my emptiness
within and without
the insufficiency of
temporal everything 
despite striving to
vacuum fulfillment
into my ego
I realized that
nothing finite could fill
infinite desires
nothing temporary could satisfy
eternal longings
except
Infinite and Eternal Love
finally admitting a
conviction of my life's
self-centeredness
a sorrow for sin
led to a turning away from
wrongdoing's false glamour
then a turning toward
reconciliation by
finding forgiveness
from a Savior
whose Identity is not ethereal
but rather Incarnate
the Person who initiates
an unspeakable offer
a transfer from slavery
to freedom-
death to life- but
only by my free choice
a Decision to follow Him as
my Lord and Savior
thus beginning a
Nuptial Journey
He is known
first by Word
then by heart
as the One who
died for me
but now is Alive
no longer just an idea
but now Real
through a
Passionate Encounter

Reflection/Discussion:
-How do your desires point to the Infinite?
-What does "Passionate Encounter" mean?
-What are the elements necessary to encounter Jesus?
-What prevents you from encountering Jesus or
  growing in your relationship with Him?
-What is the relationship between faith and feelings?
-What does " a nuptial journey" mean?




Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Refusal

forcing policies that
require obedience
at odds with conscience
lawless lawgivers
coerce a
sham of freedom
mandates
contrary to principles of
faith's foundation
self-justified by
simulating compassion
in disguises
masking death by
tyranny's charade
negating nature's truth by
professing human rights
founded in
creative imaginations
promoting injustice
shutting down
dissent despite
religious principles
to the contrary
no less obvious
to all observers of
reason's deliberation of
right and wrong
unjust laws
untethered from
Divine foundations
require a
personal decision
not merely the
blind obedience of
fearful subjects
laws must be just to
be obeyed
secular commandments with
fraudulent  requirements 
must be refused for
they bring death to
the heart created
for life
eternity's King
overrules
temporal tyrants
whose claims of
authority
overreach with an
immoral ruse and
echo from hell's chambers
disguised in sweet
dictations of human rights
but are in reality
liberation's dehumanization
not gonna happen here

Reflection/Discussion:
-What are some examples of laws/policies "at odds with conscience"?
-How is dissent shut down in our culture?  
-What is the principle(s) involved in civil disobedience?
-What part does "spiritual warfare" play in today's culture wars?
-Learn to defend Scriptural/Church moral positions using the "natural law" and reason.