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Lying in repose

Lying in repose: Otto von Habsburg, heir to the Austrian and Hungarian thrones, and his wife Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen, at the Capuchin Church in Vienna on Friday, 15 July 2011. Photo Credit: Gryffindor, Wikimedia
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Run Time: 14 minutes. Gospel: Mt 25:1-13.

Aren’t we supposed to share? Well, yes!… But I cannot supply for another what they will not have, and another cannot supply for me what I will not have. Nobody’s holy grandmother is going to get them into heaven – if I will not follow Christ myself. Nobody’s good wife or husband, or generous children, will move what they themselves will not move.

God’s Gifts, or Christmas Socks

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Run Time: 16:59. Gospel: Lk 17:11-19.

The problem is that we tend to approach the grace of God as, ‘Well that would be a nice thing to have, but I’m fine.’ Then we ask God for His daily help with the attitude of, ‘Well, I was fine before you showed up but I could use some nice things.’ … We tend to receive the grace of God like Christmas socks, ‘Well that’s very nice, it may not be exactly what I asked for but, thank you.’ It’s that kind of weak and hollow thanksgiving – because we forget that we too have been saved from the jaws of death. That our fate before God was the fate of those who had rejected Him. The fate of those separated from Him and from the font of life that is in Him.

Humility, Key to Greatness

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Run Time: 15:44. Gospel: Lk 14:1, 7-14.

That’s the key, you see. That virtue of humility and that contention with the vice of pride. In a way in the spiritual life there is, there’s no undoing that doesn’t have its root in pride – ‘me and mine’, ‘what is due to me’, ‘what do I claim a right to.’ And there is no virtue – no goodness, no holiness, that does not depend upon humility: the recognition or gratitude of the gratuitous gift of God. And most especially of His freely given and unmerited work of salvation. His invitation to the wedding banquet of heaven.

God’s Compassion

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Run Time: 09:22. Gospel: Mk 7:31-37.

Thus says the LORD:
Say to those whose hearts are frightened:
Be strong, fear not!
Here is your God,
he comes with vindication;
with divine recompense
he comes to save you.
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened,
the ears of the deaf be cleared;
then will the lame leap like a stag,
then the tongue of the mute will sing.
Streams will burst forth in the desert,
and rivers in the steppe.
The burning sands will become pools,
and the thirsty ground, springs of water.

Strength in Weakness

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Run Time: 10:05. Gospel: Mk 6:1-6

‘When I am weak, then I am strong.’
These past several weeks and the weeks to come, we’ve been talking about these apparent contradictions about terminology, these turns of phrases that are being used in the scriptures. This is another example of that and the thing is with this kind of insight into humanity and to our own existence. This kind of insight can only come through experience in life. It is hard for the young to say this, but, as we grow old, we begin to realize this truth and so even though it seems to be contradictory it should be a comfort for us. Because it means that our sufferings, our thorns – whatever they may be – are not signs that God is angry or displeased with us. God does not punish us that way. Rather they are signs that He is teaching us. Using the contingencies of life as He taught Paul, to teach us true wisdom. The wisdom of humility and trust in God.

Nemo dat quod non habet

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Run Time: 17:05.  Gospel: Mt 11:25-30.

When we are filled with the life of Christ, that is – through grace – we, like the saints, like St. Genevieve, like Maria Goretti, we overflow with His peace and love, and it overflows and effects those around us.  The peace of Christ is contagious.

Nemo dat quod non habet” means “You cannot give what you do not have.”