In unity with Eastern Christianity, and commemorating the dedication in 543 of the New Basilica of Saint Mary, built next to the Temple at Jerusalem, this feast celebrates Mary’s “dedication” of herself to God from her infancy, inspired by the Holy Spirit, whose grace had filled her ever since her immaculate conception.
Did the Virgin Mary, who believed by faith and conceived by faith, who was the chosen one from whom our Saviour was born among men, who was created by Christ before Christ was created in her – did she not do the will of the Father?From a sermon by Saint Augustine
DARK CLOUDS OVER A CLOSED WORLD
THE ILLUSION OF COMMUNICATION
45. Have I “now given free rein to ideologies”???
sometimes i, like “some political figures” (#potus45, the president elect), commit acts that are, “‘neither Christian nor human‘”, or say, “Things that until a few years ago could not be said by anyone without risking the loss of universal respect”, and which, “can now be said with impunity, and in the crudest of terms”…
other times i get so caught up living in “‘one of the most blessed communities of faith on the planet‘”, that i “‘forget that “there are huge economic interests (Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter) operating in the digital world, capable of exercising forms of control as subtle as they are invasive, creating mechanisms for the manipulation of consciences and of the democratic process'”…
at times i overlook that, “‘The way many platforms (LifeSite, Fox and CNN News) work often ends up favouring encounter between persons who think alike, shielding them from debate'” and therefore justifying how for the “first time since 1889…the federal government has carried out an execution in the time between a presidential election and the inauguration of a new president“…
I pray to become a Catholic in whom a breath of life from God will enter, “‘healing what hurts people, meaning inequality, corruption, individualism and all sorts of social illnesses related to the creation of ‘not so good’ wealth‘”; thus allowing the Lord, my Rock, my mercy and my fortress to bring life to light through the Gospel against, “‘closed circuits”, which “facilitate the spread of fake news and false information, fomenting prejudice and hate.‘”, proving that he is not God of the dead, but of the living!!!
What a beautiful witness this is to each member of the Body of Christ here in our diocese!