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  1. Welcome aboard! We are quite pleased to have you join us. Not sure if John filled you in, but we have a few things in stored for the Review in the upcoming months.

    Richard Aleman

    January 5, 2009 at 1:36 pm

  2. Totus Tuus ad Jesum per Mariam

    And Jesus he raised his eyes to heaven and said,
    “I do not ask that you take them out of the world but that you keep them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. Consecrate them in the truth. Your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world. And I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth. I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me. Father, they are your gift to me. I wish that where I am they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that you gave me, because you loved me before the foundation of the world. Righteous Father, the world also does not know you, but I know you, and they know that you sent me. I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them.” (John 17:1, 15-26)

    I thought that scripture particularly fitting to this topic. The themes of unity, working and living in the world, protection from the devil, consecration in the truth, and “the world not knowing” Jesus or the truth are all pretty fitting.

    It seems as though you can’t even mention Catholic Social Doctrine (or Distributism) without being called a Communist, Marxist, or an idiot. And there is a remarkable amount of Catholics who are ignorant of the Church’s teaching, (and as it is so broad it is hard to have a good knowledge of), or else substitute their own personal beliefs in there stead.

    It seems as though when one speaks of “unity in the Church” they always are talking about the Protestants or Orthodox churches joining the Catholic Church. But it seems to me that our first priority should be unity within in the Catholic Church. I feel like Abraham asking the Lord, “if there are but ten faithful Catholics then do not destroy the Church” but it is hard to find ten. There either opposed to Vatican II or hate Trent, there either liberation Catholics or socialists, or laissez-faire Capitalists, or they reject the Cross, or the primacy of the Love of God, or they mock the Pope or some other non-sense. Of course there are many who are faithful but they are as lone sentinels separated from each other, faithfully living their lives in great anguish and hardship. It is a sweet joy though we you are able to be with people who authentically live and preach the faith. We need to work hard for unity in “spirit and in truth” within the Church. Your efforts in this matter will be rewarded.

    “If there is any encouragement in Christ, any solace in love, any participation in the Spirit, any compassion and mercy,complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love, united in heart, thinking one thing. Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but (also) everyone for those of others.” (Philippians 2:1-4)



    Apostle of Mary

    January 5, 2009 at 2:47 pm

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