In Conversation with God:

… when God Calls, the best time is nownotwithstanding the circumstances surrounding a vocation, for they might lead to an all-too-human rationalisation to find grounds for postponing one’s dedication. God has higher plans for the disciple as well as for those who would apparently be disadvantaged by his leading them… When Jesus passes close to us we should not put off our dedication to him…

… Our Lord’s call is always urgent… Some harvests are lost because there is no one to gather them in… Once the hand is laid on the plough, no one who looks back is fit for the Kingdom of God…

At times the temptation to look back comes from our own limitations, or from an environment that is patently hostile to the obligations one has taken on…

There is never any real reason for looking back.

Looking back… is a sign of our having regrets, and indicates that reawakening of our longings for the things of the world…

Looking back… at what we have left behind, vainly imagining what might have been, could result in breaking the ploughshare against a stone… In the supernatural task to which God is calling all of us, it is souls that are at risk.

Living Liturgy for Cantors:

Jesus… rebukes disciples who want to take revenge, he predicts the lack of comfort and security for his followers, he chides those who have excuses for not immediately following him. These conflicts arise because the journey to Jerusalem entails death. Nevertheless, the journey must be made because this is the only journey that leads to life.

The Mass:

In light of the Fortnight for Freedom, July 4th coming up, the progressions of the HHS Mandate and the recent rulings of the Supreme Court, Fr. Duane focused on the second reading. For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit… to the yolk of slavery. For you were called for freedom. Fr. Duane exhorted us to stand firm in our faith, to not mistake or confuse compassion for tolerance, to be prepared to fight the good fight, to recognize and live the battle that is on all fronts. He told us about how Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory was written during the Civil War by a group of free black men as they sat around a campfire, knowing they might well die the next day facing the Confederate Army, but singing because they had already seen the victory in Christ Jesus. Father had us sing Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory with this knowledge, calling us to reflect and to recognize the Easter fire that we gathered around as our own campfire, our night of rejoicing in Christ’s victory in spite of battle in the coming morning in which we might be called to give up our lives.


… it is for freedom He set us free…
… dona nobis pacem…
… mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord… He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword, His truth is marching on… i have seen Him in the watchfires of a hundred circling camps… He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat, He is sifting out the hearts of men… be jubilant, my feet! our God is marching on… as He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free… He is wisdom to the mighty, he is honor to the brave… glory, glory, hallelujah… His truth is marching on…
… dead hearts are everywhere…

ToB #86 ~ Mystery of the Body’s Redemption Basis of Teaching on Marriage and Voluntary Continence

The redemption of the body is… the redemption of the world. It has a cosmic dimension.


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