Seems So Simple, Yet So Hard To Enact

 

The Catholic church teaches truths whether we want to accept them or not.  One truth is every person has difficulties whether it is money issues, substance abuse or sexual temptings.  Each person in these scenarios are called to seeking forgiveness and to strive to do better, yet, those with money or alcohol problems tend to get more lenient treatment from Catholics than those with Same Sex Attraction.  Sadly many parents fall into this category. If anything, parents need to be there for their child even if it means getting kicked in the teeth.  Everyone has problems but how those issues are dealt with take inner strength. Thankfully, we have the apostolate EnCourage to assist the parents and love ones so they do not have to take the journey alone. As Pope Francis eloquently states:

 

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Pope Emeretus Benedict issued a statement on the treatment of those with SSA.  His prose singles out the ordained of the Church for not being pastoral enough towards those with SSA although it would be easy to extrapolate this message to all involved in their lives.  Yes it is difficult and in some parents cases, heartbreaking.  Here, too, our clergy need to step up their efforts in guidance, true Catholic teaching and compassion.  Anything less, in the eyes of Pope Emeretus Benefict is unacceptable:

 

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Next step is for these statements to be fully embraced and enacted by all, including parents.  We parents must stop blaming ourselves for the situation our children find themselves in life.  Then we need to embrace our Catholic faith and become true beacons of the faith.  Setting the example for others to see means more than any words.  True, honest life examples triumphs hateful words and gestures every time.  Once we embrace this, the lives of our children burdened with SSA becomes richer, which, in turn, enlivens the love of the parents in their hearts.  And as such, the lives of both, child and parent become better.

 

AM I A SINNER?

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Am I a sinner?

Thoughts on Sunday June 12, 2016 Gospel reading Lk 7:36-50

 

 

For us who profess the Catholic faith, being a sinner is a part of our frail humanity. Yet, actually believing that I am a sinner is not an easy pill to swallow.

 

Many of us freely admit that we slip at times, commit “small sins”. We go to confession and then we move on. Our sins are forgiven, we are no longer sinners.

 

Ahhh, but there’s the rub. For do we believe that we then no longer have any faults? Or that our sins are smaller and therefore less offensive to God than those of “Real sinners”?

Do we think that somehow we are above the rabble, those “sinners”, since we do not have “Serious” sins on our souls?
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As St. Luke tells us in the gospel story of the woman who washed Jesus’s feet with her tears, and drys them with her hair and then anointed them with expensive oil.

“So I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; hence, she has shown great love.* But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.”Lk7:47

 

Do we love our children too little because we do not love Jesus fully? Do we sit in judgement of them? Or do we try to imitate Christ and love them since we as fellow sinners enjoy the forgiveness of Christ?

 

“And so fellow sinners, if you want to love more fully, let Jesus forgive you.” Bishop Robert Baron

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