Flowers of Tabernacle

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I was sitting, looking at you Jesus
While Carmilites adorn the altar
A sudden insight flexed into versus
Smelt into broken strings of a guitar
Rim of my heart throbs with my lips
“O! flowers of tabernacle, into my heart you slips
How blessed you are clasping Lord
Hold me into your chord
So I can touch his robe
To heal broken strings of my heart”

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Man is endangering both himself and the world!

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“Man is in any case incapable of mastering history by his own power. Man is clearly in danger, and he is endangering both himself and the world; we could even say we have scientific evidence of this. Man can be saved only when moral energies gather strength in his heart; energies that can come only from the encounter with God; energies of resistance.

We therefore need him, the Other, who helps us be what we ourselves cannot be; and we need Christ, who gathers us into a communion that we call the Church.” – Papa Benedict XVI

FRIENDS: DO THEY LEAD YOU TO CHRIST?

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It is He, Jesus Christ, the true life, who gives hope and purpose to our
earthly existence, opens our minds and hearts to the goodness and beauty
around us, to solidarity and friendship with our fellow human beings, to
intimate communion with God Himself, in a love that goes beyond all limits
of time and space, to unassailable happiness.

Remember when we talked about how good friendships can lead you to Christ?
Today I want to talk about the flip side of that. What about friendships
that lead you away from Christ? Can that happen?

As Christians, it’s easy to want to be a good influence. We feel like we
have something really great (eternal life, for starters) and we want to
share it with other people, especially the people we care about. And that’s
a good thing. We weren’t put here to “hide our light under a bushel
basket,” as Scripture says. We were meant to shine our light up on a hill,
where people can see it. We’re supposed to be examples of good Christians
and to lead people to Christ.

And sometimes it really works. I’m sure that, as a result of knowing you,
some people around you have re-evaluated their lives. I’m sure some have
turned away from sin. Some know Christ better or pray more, because of you.

But sometimes it can work the other way. Sometimes friends, especially
boyfriends or girlfriends, can lead us away from Christ while we’re trying
to lead them toward Christ. It’s usually not a really blatant thing. You
know you’re a strong Christian and you know you’re not going to stop
believing in Christ. They couldn’t convince you He doesn’t exist or that He
doesn’t love you.

But ask yourself this — how does this relationship affect the practice of
your faith? Have you made this person the center of your life, instead of
God? Do you pray less regularly because of this relationship? Do you “deny
Christ” around this person or this person’s friends, in order to gain
acceptance?

Most importantly, does this relationship cause you to sin? There are a lot
of ways a friendship can lead you to sin. Does this person gossip? Does
this group abuse drugs or alcohol? Do they destroy people’s property?
One of the most common, and most serious, ways that a relationship can lead
us away from Christ is when a dating relationship leads to sexual sin. When
you’re attracted to someone, it’s natural to want to bring them closer to
Christ. But when you’re sexually attracted to them and they don’t share
your standards for sexual purity, you’ve entered a very dangerous
situation. When the hormones get flowing, logic tends to go out the window.
If you’re with someone who doesn’t believe in saving sex for marriage or
who doesn’t at least fully respect your commitment to it, they have no
reason not to want to go further. And, when resistance is down, you’re
pretty likely to follow.

A lot of Christians get into this situation. Sexual sin happens in a
relationship over and over, and they find it difficult or impossible to
stop it. Either the other person just isn’t as committed to chastity as
they are, or habits are formed, or whatever. But they rationalize staying
in the relationship, saying, “But because of me, he’s closer to Christ. He
goes to Mass sometimes.”

But at what price? Repeated mortal sin is putting your soul in serious
danger, as well as the soul of the person you’re with. That’s not the way
to lead anyone to Christ. It’s pretty much a guarantee that your
relationship won’t be infused with grace. You’re going to struggle,
emotionally and spiritually. It will probably keep your friend from finding
Christ. Remember, faith is a grace job, not a logic job. And sin denies us,
and them, that grace. And it will drive you away from Him, and take away
your peace of soul, in process.

If you’re in a relationship that’s leading you to serious sin, it’s
important that you realize that the sin has to stop. You’re risking your
immortal soul, as well as your friend’s. Eternity is resting on this. The
stakes could not possibly be higher. You have to look at what’s going on
and take serious action to stop it. That means, if it’s sexual sin, never
being alone together, or staying out of the house or car or wherever
there’s a problem. You need strict rules and you need to follow them. Get
help if you need it.

A lot of people in this situation think, “I’ll just keep going to
confession every time it happens and I’ll be fine.” Wrong. Think about it.
Repenting says to God, “I’m sorry this happened and I’m going to try really
hard to make sure it never happens again.” That’s what it means to be
sorry. That’s the condition of your forgiveness. You need to be committed
to serious change.

Just going back to the same old habits isn’t going to cut it. If you do
that, you know it’s going to happen again. You can’t just say, “I’ll go
back into that tempting situation/being in a dark room alone/making out in
the car/whatever. Only this time I’ll be stronger.” No, you won’t. Your
hormones aren’t made that way. And going into a situation where you’re
pretty sure you’re going to sin is a sin in itself. That’s right. You can
sin before you’ve even started sinning, just by going back into a situation
where you’ve repeatedly lost control and having no guarantee this time,
besides “I’ll try really hard.” Confessing means committing to avoiding the
situation.

Sure you may fall again. But that means going back to confession and
backing up further. It means making even stricter rules next time.
And, if that doesn’t work — soon — you need to end the relationship.
Period. I know that may sound harsh, but think about it. Who is the god of
your life? God? If so, what’s worth jeopardizing your relationship with
Him? Who could be so important that you’d risk losing Him? Where will you
be without Him?

Pope John Paul II says that it’s God who “opens our hearts to friendship.”
If a friendship is marred by persistent, serious sin, real love is not in
action. You can say “I love you,” but you’re not loving and God is not
there.

Don’t you want Him around? Don’t you want Him in your relationships? I
guarantee, they won’t work right any other way.

Ref# Mary Beth Bonacci
Ref# Arlington Catholic Herald

Advent Craving!

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Longing for you Lord,
Day and Night in this desert.

Me, hidden in
Palm copse silhouettes,
To hearken,
Alluring strumming Seraphs,
Tuning to their Christo praises
Longing for you Lord.

Frightened nostalgic stars,
Peeping through, bullet holes
Of dark blue sky cried:
“Brainless battles,
Carbon pollution,
Green, blazes in wild,
Cleft continents
Crave for chow”.

Harden hearts
Wax seal ears,
Disbands Love,
Laughs and utters:
“Gloria in excelsis Deo”.

Oh! Seraphs whispers,
The story of sacred child.
Let abreast you Holy,
Cannot cuddle you little child.
Your grace goes beyond my flesh,
Oh! Me, leaping into your infinite soul.

Vanquished by you, Light
Let the dark ebb
And the Heaven land.

I am longing for you Lord,
From the silhouettes of palm copse,
With the weeping stars,
With the burning
Christmas trees
With the carbon breathe
I am longing for you Lord
Waiting for you
Sacred Child!

Isn’t Christmas on December 25th a continuation of the pagan holiday?

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December 25th was indeed a pagan holiday. In ancient ages many new converts yielded to temptation to keep that feast. It seems that Christian leaders endeavored to counteract that practice by giving believers a Christian festival on the same day, celebrating the birth of Christ. Some churches in our day conduct special banquets or other attractions for their high school seniors on the night of the senior prom for much the same motive. Certainly the celebration of Christmas is not a continuation of the pagan holiday. It is a unique Christian observance hailing the birth of Jesus Christ.

Moreover, December 25 is especially fitting in that it comes four days after the winter solstice. As the days grow longer with more light, Christians rejoice in the hope of the world in the birth of him who called himself the Light of the World. G. H. Montgomery wrote, “Church leaders saw in the birth of Jesus a triumph of light over darkness, spring over winter and of life over death. What more appropriate time could have been selected to commemorate the birth of the Man whose life, teachings and vicarious death were to change the trends of history, cause light to shine out of darkness and offer light to those who dwell in the valley of death! It will be good to keep these things in mind as you observe Christmas.”

God isn’t against Christmas. God is in favor of Christmas—of the proper observance of the holiday, that is. God planned and executed the first Christmas. No matter how flagrantly men may abuse this holiday, they cannot rob devout believers of its wonder and glory as expressed by the angel of old, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10, 11).

Ref# Raymond L. Cox., Answers In Action.

December 25th is the wrong date for Christmas.

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Probably it is. There is one chance in 365 (or 366 if Jesus was born, as some suppose, in a leap year) that the date is correct. But because we do not know the date, must we ignore Christ’s birth? We don’t know for sure in what year Jesus came. Yet we mark our calendars according to anno domini (AD). We do know for sure that Jesus was not born in the year one of the Christian era, for Herod the Great died in what we call 4 BC! Shall we junk our calendars and stop keeping track of dates just because the year marked AD is incorrect?

Jesus’ birth probably did not take place in December. But those who insist it could not have taken place in December go too far. They argue that shepherds could not have been in their fields as it was the height of the rainy season. However, weather is a variable quantity and the Palestinian climate is quite mild. The particular December—if it was December—could have been a warm, rather dry, month. But what if Jesus was born instead in January, March, April or October, as has been suggested? Would that make God object to the observance on December 25?

Secular events are sometimes observed on dates different from their occurrences. England’s late King George VI annually proclaimed a date in June for the celebration of his birthday, but he was born on December 14th. His people did not rebel, because they celebrated his birth and not just its date!

Ref# Raymond L. Cox, Answers In Action

Is God against Christmas?

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What’s wrong with the use of the word Christmas?

The ecumenical atmosphere which seems prevalent in many religious circles today tends to muffle this objection, but it will be heard this year and next and probably for a long time to come. The objection to the name pertains to its derivation. Christmas is obnoxious to some because it represents the combination of two words, “Christ” and “mass.” The word means “the mass of Christ.”

But what does “mass” really mean in the compound word Christmas? Any authoritative dictionary will reveal that the English term mass evolved from the Anglo-Saxon word maesse, which derived in turn from the Latin missa, which is a form of the verb mittere, which means “to send.”

Consequently, the root meaning of Christ-mass is “to send Christ,” or “Christ is sent.”

Is God against describing the coming of His son with a word meaning “Christ is sent”? Did not Paul refer to Immanuel’s incarnation as the sending of Christ? “When the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman…” (Galatians 4:4). Moreover, the Savior spoke often of “him who sent me.” There is nothing inherently obnoxious in the name Christmas. The term accurately represents what the holiday is all about or should be—the sending of Christ.

Ref# Raymond L. Cox.