46. On today’s pilgrimage I contemplated the questions, “‘Over whom am I, personally, king?’…’Whom am I called to serve?'” and “How can” my fanaticism “contribute to the fraternity that our common Father asks of us”???
Christ the King
The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925, the sixteenth centenary of the Council of Nicaea at which the doctrine of the consubstantiality of Christ with the Father was defined. Its eschatological character was confirmed by its move, in the calendar reforms of the Second Vatican Council, to the final Sunday of the liturgical year. The Pope asserted that the most effective defence against the destructive forces of the age is the recognition of the kingship of Christ; and, furthermore, a feast which is celebrated every year by everyone is a far better way of deploying that defence than any number of books written by learned people. First, we do; then we come to understand what it is that we are doing. Each of us has been anointed with holy oil at baptism, as priest, prophet and king. The feast of Christ the King is thus a good moment to reflect on our kingship and on what “king” means and how to be one. Understanding the feast makes us understand our own call better. One possible point of entry is in Genesis, where Adam sits in state and God brings him all the animals for him to give them names. To give names to one’s subjects is the act of a king. The responsibility of a king is then to care for his subjects, which is why we are obliged to act as custodians of creation: something no other creature is. How far that responsibility takes one can then be seen in the King of the Universe, who is simultaneously the ruler of all and the servant of all. He rules in triumph; and he rules from the Cross. Perhaps a way into a meditation on all this would be to ask, “Over whom am I, personally, king?” and hence “Whom am I called to serve?”
And so it is beyond doubt that whoever prays for the coming of the kingdom of God within himself is praying rightly, praying for the kingdom to dawn in him, bear fruit and reach perfection.From a discourse of Origen on prayer
DARK CLOUDS OVER A CLOSED WORLD
THE ILLUSION OF COMMUNICATION
sometimes i fail to “recognize that destructive forms of fanaticism are at times found among religious believers, including Christians”,…
other times i “too ‘can be caught up in networks of verbal violence through the internet and the various forums of digital communication'”(LifeSite News, Father Frank Pavone)…
I always want to say, “Thank God, God is not like us!”From a Homily by Bishop Patrick J. Zurek on this Christ the King Sunday
Recently Father Frank Pavone has posted a variety of messages and statements in regard to the General Elections in November, 2020. These postings on Social Media as videos concern the serious sinfulness of voting for candidates of a particular political party (with refusal of absolution if confessed) and the use of scandalous words not becoming of a Catholic priest. These postings are not consistent with Catholic Church Teachings. Neither the Catholic Church nor the Diocese of Amarillo condone any of these messages. Please disregard them and pray for Father Pavone.Statement Regarding Father Frank Pavone, Diocese of Amarillo, September 16, 2020
many times i forget that “‘Even in Catholic media, limits can be overstepped, defamation and slander can become commonplace, and all ethical standards and respect for the good name of others can be abandoned'”.
On the first of June we celebrated the Ordination of two very good young men to the priesthood of Jesus Christ.Bishop Patrick J. Zurek, A Reflection on Christian Life, August 28, 2019
I pray to become a Catholic who realizes that, “Each of us has been anointed with holy oil at baptism, as priest, prophet and king”, and that I will be judged along with the rest of the flock to see if I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for years to come; knowing that when comes the end, my coming in the name of the Lord mercifully bringing “Healing and Forgiveness” , and doing whatever for one of the least brothers of Jesus will be rewarded over any acts of religious fanaticism!!!