• The great stumbling block--bad example

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    The great stumbling block--bad example

    Jesus warns us of the terrible responsibility that we must set no
    stumbling block in the way of another, that is, not give offense or
    bad example that might lead another to sin. The young in faith are
    especially vulnerable to the bad example of those who should be
    passing on the faith. Jesus teaches that righteousness involves
    responding to every situation in life in a way that fulfill's God's
    law, not just externally but internally as well. Jesus says that evil
    desires spring from the heart. That is why the sin of adultery must
    first be dealt with in the heart, the place not only of the emotions,
    but the mind, will, thought, and intentions as well.

    July 1st - St. Oliver Plunkett
    Also known as
      ▪ Oileabhéar Pluincéad
      ▪ Oliver Plunket

      ▪ 1 July
      ▪ 10 July in some parts of Ireland

    d. 1681
    Born in Loughcrew in County Meath, Ireland on November 1, 1625. In
    1647, he went to study for the priesthood in the Irish College in
    Rome. On January 1, 1654, he was ordained a priest in the Propaganda
    College in Rome.  Due to religious persecution in his native land, it
    was not possible for him to return to minister to his people. Ordained
    priest in Rome, Oliver taught in Rome until 1669,
    when he was appointed Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of Ireland.
    Archbishop Plunkett soon established himself as a man of peace and,
    with religious fervor, set about visiting his people, establishing
    schools, ordaining priests, and confirming thousands.

    1673 brought a renewal of religious persecution, and bishops were
    banned by edict. Archbishop Plunkett went into hiding, suffering a
    great deal from cold and hunger. His many letters showed his
    determination not to abandon his people, but to remain a faithful
    shepherd. He thanked God "Who gave us the grace to suffer for the
    chair of Peter."

    The persecution eased a little and he was able to move more openly
    among his people. In 1679 he was arrested and falsely charged with
    treason. The government in power could not get him convicted at his
    trial in Dundalk. He was brought to London and was unable to defend
    himself because he was not given time to bring his own witnesses from
    Ireland. He was put on trial, and with the help of perjured witnesses,
    was sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn. With deep
    serenity of soul, he was prepared to die, calmly rebutting the charge
    of treason, refusing to save himself by giving false evidence against
    his brother bishops. Oliver Plunkett publicly forgave all those who
    were responsible for his death on July 1, 1681. On October 12, 1975,
    he was canonized a saint.

    Saint Quote:
    Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to
    construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations
    of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be
    its foundation.
    --St. Augustine

    Bible Quote
    And because you are sons, God hath sent the Spirit of his Son into
    your hearts, crying: Abba, Father. Therefore now he is not a servant,
    but a son. And if a son, an heir also through God.  (Galatians 4:6-7)

    All of this abortion carnage brings to mind a poem by Alexander Pope
     on the Human response to evil.

    Evil is a monster of such hideous mien
    That to be hated needs but to be seen
                    But seen too often
                    Familiar with her face
                    First we pity
                    Then endure
                    And finally embrace.

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