A TIME TO HEAL, A TIME TO BUILD UP

Posted by: Mai | September 16th, 2012

by: Fr. Jose M. Maghinay, Presentation Church Parochial Vicar & FPM Director

A Paper Presented to a Study-Seminar & Workshop in the Context of Prayer and Lenten Retreat
Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Guadalupe Hall, 1515 W Benjamin Holt Drive, Stockton, CA 95207
Saturday, February 25, 2012

I – BECAUSE OF THE GREAT CHALLENGE TO OUR MINISTRY, WHETHER DIOCESAN OR PARISH OR INTER-PARISH

We must first look at the wider world which is not just “somewhere out there”, but, in fact, within us. We are coheirs of a world in its upheaval of values, for which, no doubt, we have no escape.

So we listen to our Holy Father – – Pope Benedict XVI, the 264th successor of Peter which makes him the 265th Pope of the Catholic Church – – in order for us to have a glimpse into the vast darkness of the world, in our times. We pray we listen to him not only for the authentic objective events he tells, and not only since his insight far transcends and surpasses all other analysis relative to truth, but, above all, because what he puts forward challenges each one of us (and as a group) into the depths of our mind, soul and spirit, and at the core of whatever ministry we may be.

A. A Message to the Entire World via the Roman Curia, Monday, December 20, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI said that with the Roman Empire’s decline, nothing, no one could hold back or stop the fall in its “…disintegration of the key principles of law and of the fundamental moral attitudes…which until that time had protected peaceful coexistence among peoples.” The catastrophic horror intensified even more with the various raging calamities where “…frequent natural disasters further increased this sense of insecurity.”

Contrasting the past to what was present, the Pope asserted that “…our world is at the same time troubled by the sense that moral consensus is collapsing, consensus without which juridical and political structures cannot function…” with “…forces mobilized for the defence of such structures…doomed to failure.”

The entire scenario is, indeed, a very scary warning given only a little more than a year ago. Since then, and up to today, the whole world appears not to be hearing, much less listening.

B. A Message on Holy Wednesday General Audience, April 20, 2011

Referring to Jesus’ own invitation to his followers to be vigilant, to keep watch and pray like sentinels of the dawn longing for the coming of the Lord (cf., De Profundis Psalm 130), Pope Benedict XVI said that “…the disciples’ drowsiness was not just a problem at that moment but is a problem for the whole of history.”

The Pope continued, asserting that “…in the course of history is a certain insensitiveness of the soul with regard to the power of evil, an insensibility to all the evil in the world.”

The Pope further explained that “…it is not only insensibility to evil, when we should be watchful in order to do good, to fight for the force of goodness. Rather it is an insensibility to God: this is our true sleepiness, this insensibility to God’s presence that also makes us insensible to evil.”

Since the days of old, the soul-searching refrain: “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts” (cf., Psalm 95:7b-8; Hebrew 3:8,15; 4:7) remains as relevant and crystal clear . This should be proclaimed and shouted loud on rooftops, wherever, whenever.

C. A Message on Holy Thursday Morning, The Mass of Chrism, April 21, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI said: “By nature, man is a being in relation. But if the fundamental relationship, the relationship with God, is disturbed, then all the rest is disturbed as well.”

Many times we no longer reconnect even as we are basically interrelated. The song asks: “Why do we quarrel and part? What have you done to my heart?” When we cut off from any of the four wellsprings of interrelatedness such as self, others, world (meaning history, events, or environment), and, above all, God, we only impoverish ourselves. Many times this question has been asked: “Rather than bridges, why build walls?”

The Pope continued: “For this reason, the first and fundamental healing takes place in our encounter with Christ who reconciles us to God and mends our broken hearts.”

The Pope asserts: “Christians should make the living God visible to the world, they should bear witness to him and lead people towards him.” Two thousand years ago, Christ himself said that apart from God, we are nothing (cf. John 15:5).

D. A Message on Holy Thursday, Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, April 21, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI said: “Jesus desires us, he awaits us. But what about ourselves? Do we really desire him? Are we anxious to meet him? Do we desire to encounter him, to become one with him… Or are we indifferent, distracted, busy about other things?”

The Pope continued: “…faith requires love; otherwise, even as faith, it is dead.”

Has the Scripture not reminded us, time and time again, that faith without the good deeds of love in terms of work is dead? (cf., Jame 2:14).

Referring to Jesus’ own words to Simon where Satan, demanding to have Simon and desiring to sift him (Simon) like wheat (cf., Lk 22:31), the Pope said: “Today we are once more painfully aware that Satan has been permitted to sift the disciples before the whole world.”

Is it not scary that today the devil is prowling, “roaming around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour?” (1 Peter 5:8). Is the devil not rejoicing everywhere since the vast majority no longer considers him as real? The more he is not known in all his power and cunning ways, the greater are his ways to continue destroying as many as there can be.

The devil can enter into any possible situation “in the best of time, and in the worst of it” (to paraphrase Charles Dickens’ line in “A Tale of Two Cities”). Thus, the thought that even the word “BUSY” can truly be: “Being Under Satan’s Yoke.”

E. A Message on the 25th Anniversary of the World Religions’ Assembly, October 27, 2011, Assisi, Italy

Pope Benedict XVI – – referring to a world or civilization without God, wherein powerful forces have been determined to see the elimination of religion – – categorically stated: “But the denial of God has led to much cruelty and to a degree of violence that knows no bounds, which only becomes possible when man no longer recognizes any criterion or any judge above himself, now having only himself to take as a criterion. The horrors of the concentration camps reveal with utter clarity the consequences of God’s absence.”

The Pope continued: “…the decline of man…accompanied by a change in the spiritual climate… is all the more dangerous. The worship of mammon, possessions and power is proving to be a counter-religion, in which it is no longer man who counts but only personal advantage.”

The Pope further explained: “The absence of God leads to the decline of man and of humanity…. the denial of God corrupts man, robs him of his criteria and leads him to violence.”

In everything referred to from the beginning of this Position Paper, our Holy Father categorically states that there is a vast and gathering darkness in the world. The sun is setting over an entire world. The forces of darkness are converging. Faith is vanishing and God seems to be disappearing. A civilization without God, the Pope says, has no future and can come only to a full-stop in a context of violence, destruction and death.

II – IN THE YEAR OF FAITH 2012, THE POPE’S PORTA FIDEI (“DOOR OF FAITH”, [ACTS 14:27]), AN APOSTOLIC LETTER, 11 OCTOBER 2011

So on October 11, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed a Year of Faith to begin on October 11, 2012. This will culminate with the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, on November 24, 2013. The beginning of the Year of Faith coincides with the opening of the World Synod of Bishops on “The New Evangelization”. The same Year of Faith signifies the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and, likewise, the 20th Anniversary of the proclamation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church,

Moved by the urgency of renewal in the Church-in-the-Home (Family) and the Church-in-the-Community (Parish) in a world where more than ever “faith is now being subjected to a series of questions arising from a changed mentality”, Pope Benedict XVI, in the Year of Faith, gathers the entire Church to “…a time of particular reflection and rediscovery of the faith” and to pathways of “an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the one Savior of the world” (cf., Porta Fidei).

The Year of Faith ushers in the cleansing of one’s soul and the purification of one’s spirit. The rediscovery of the radical meaning of faith which is borne only out of love is key. As we saw earlier, faith without love even as faith itself is already dead. This means the creative spirit of love is lived as being patient, kind, and not boastful, nor arrogant or rude or resentful; love as rejoicing not at what is wrong, but at what is right; love as bearing, believing, hoping and enduring all things (cf., 1 Corinthian 13:4-7) together with the spirit of “joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatian 5:22-23).

We pray to our Blessed Mother, the ever Virgin Mary, to intercede for us all, with our pleadings, to her Son, Jesus, the Christ – – who is one with the Father and the Holy Spirit – – to bless the Year of Faith so that our lands, homes and the entire world will be continuously blessed and that the prayer of Jesus: “That they all may be one,” “Ut omnes unum sint” (John 17:21a) may become fulfilled in all. Amen.

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1. HOW CAN WE HAVE AN ONGOING FAITH-FORMATION AND EVANGELIZATION PROGRAM (IN ALL EXISTING ORGANIZATIONS, ASSOCIATIONS, PRAYER OR DEVOTION GROUPS, MINISTRIES, MOVEMENTS, ALLIANCES) AND SHARE OUR RESOURCES WITH OTHERS FOR THEM TO DISCOVER THE PATHWAYS TO GOD?

2. HOW CAN ALL EXISTING MINISTRIES, ORGANIZATIONS, ASSOCIATIONS, PRAYER OR DEVOTION GROUPS, MOVEMENTS, AND ALLIANCES ORGANIZATIONALLY AND EFFECTIVELY CONNECT WITH ONE ANOTHER, TO THE PASTOR, AND AT THE DIOCESAN LEVEL?

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