• There are Two Kinds of People

    From Weedy@21:1/5 to All on Sat Aug 6 00:04:21 2022
    There are Two Kinds of People

    "Essentially, there are two kinds of people, because there are two
    kinds of love. One is holy, the other is selfish. One is subject to
    God; the other endeavors to equal him.
    One is friendly; the other is envious. One wishes for the neighbor
    what it would wish for itself; the other wishes to subject the
    neighbor to itself. One guides the neighbor in the interests of the
    neighbor's good; the other guides the neighbor for its own interests."
    --St. Augustine--The Literal Meaning of Genesis 11, 15

    Prayer: Lord, you are delightful food for the pure of heart.
    --St. Augustine--Confessions 13, 21

    August 6th - Transfiguration of Our Lord
    By Father Paul Sretenovic

    A reminder of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ to the
    three Apostles, Peter, James, and John, can be found in the Mass when
    Jesus is lifted up by the priest for all to adore Him, as was the case
    for the Apostles, who bowed before the Divinity. In fact, just as
    Moses and Elias bore witness to the divinity of Christ on Mount Tabor,
    so also the angels, although invisible, are present at every
    Consecration of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Our Lord.

    Granted, the types of miracles are different. In the first, awe comes
    much more naturally, given Jesus’ change in appearance, not to mention
    the presence of the two Old Testament figures. Yet, the second miracle
    is more significant because ordinary substances are transformed into
    God Himself.

    There have been cases in Church History, however, where God has
    intervened to make the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist
    apparent to the naked eye as the visible Body and Blood of Christ and
    to give the faithful a sense of awe rivaling that of Peter, James, and
    John as Christ was transfigured before them. We call these phenomena “Eucharistic miracles,” during which, at the time of the Consecration,
    the bread and wine not only change their substance to become the Body
    and Blood of Our Lord but also they become externally visible to the
    eyes as such.

    In some of the Eucharist miracles I am referring to, the Host gives
    place to the figure of the Infant Jesus, whose Body is then held up by
    the priest. Does this mean that Jesus is any more present than He
    would have been had the Consecration happened as usual?

    In substance, both the presences--with or without miracle--are the
    same. Likewise Jesus was substantially the same in His normal life and
    in the Transfiguration to the Apostles on Mount Tabor. What was added
    in the latter was the visible confirmation of his Divinity, which
    doubtlessly increases one’s faith, hope, and charity.

    You may recall that in an article two weeks ago, I mentioned that Our
    Lady appeared to both St. Dominic and to St. Simon Stock as a
    safeguard against her children falling prey to two enemies of the
    soul, pride and sensuality. Well, in similar fashion, I believe that
    God granted these Eucharistic miracles as armor for the faithful
    against the denial of the Real Presence by such influential heretics
    as Berengarius of Tours in the 11th century, and later by the
    Protestant heresiarchs during the Protestant Revolution of the 16th
    Century. Those miracles were occurring in the first two millennia of Christianity, and they could continue into the third as a reminder
    that Our Lord meant what He said when He told the Apostles in John’s
    Gospel, “My flesh is true food and my blood is true drink.”

    Jesus was transfigured before the Apostles to strengthen their faith
    in His divinity because their faith would be shaken during His
    Passion, on Holy Thursday right through Good Friday. This miracle
    would not prevent St. Peter and St. James from falling, just as the
    Eucharistic miracles have not prevented even many faithful Catholics
    from having periods of doubt and darkness in their spiritual life. But
    it would prevent St. John from abandoning the way of the Cross. His
    fidelity, which relied on his closeness to Our Lady, certainly was
    strengthened by the remembrance of that glory he saw in the

    Remembering the ways in which Jesus has chosen to manifest Himself
    before the eyes of the Apostles and to certain privileged faithful
    helps us to remember His promise to be with us all days, and to
    overcome our doubts and discouragement along the “via dolorosa,” which
    is what our day-to-day-life is.

    Just as Ecumenical Councils have been called to deal with crises in
    Faith, the Transfiguration and Eucharistic miracles increase our
    certainty in the Divinity of Our Lord, which serves to prevent those

    Our faith should not have to rely only on miracles, but rather should
    depend upon our strong belief in the Divinity of Our Lord. Our charity
    should depend upon our willingness to be united with Jesus Christ and
    Mary on the way of the Cross at every moment of every day.

    The Apostles would completely understand the gift of the
    Transfiguration only after they drank from the cup of Our Lord’s
    sufferings. We should recall that this is precisely the promise of Our
    Divine Savior to St. James and St. John when He told them, “You will
    drink the cup from which I drink.” Implied in this forewarning of
    Christ is not simply a sharing in His death, but also in the interior sufferings that they would have to endure for the sake of His Name.

    We should remember this in our days especially, because to be faithful
    to the constant teaching and traditions of the Holy Catholic Church in
    our difficult days mean we will have to share in the sufferings of
    Christ. He is inviting us today to drink from the cup which He drank
    from, the cup of being misunderstood, of isolation. It is not always
    easy, but we should remember that the final end for our fidelity now
    is to be united with him in the glory of Heaven. The Transfiguration
    reminds us of that, just as it would remind the Apostles and prepare
    them to fulfill their missions on earth in face of every adversity and suffering.


    Saint Quote:
    When it's God speaking.....the proper way to behave is to imitate
    someone who has an
    irresistible curiosity and who listens at keyholes. You must listen to everything God says
    at the keyhole of your heart.
    --St. John Vianney

    Bible Quote:
    Him, who knew no sin, he hath made sin for us: that we might be made
    the justice of God in him. Sin for us... That is, to be a sin
    offering, a victim for sin. [2 Co 5:21] DRB

    Heavenly Father, in the transfigured glory of Christ Your Son, You
    strengthen our faith. As we listen to the voice of Your Son, help us
    become heirs to eternal life with Him, who lives and reigns with You
    and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

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  • From Hal Lillywhte@21:1/5 to Weedy on Tue Aug 9 16:08:11 2022
    On Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 12:04:22 AM UTC-7, Weedy wrote:
    There are Two Kinds of People

    Good comment, but I can't resist posting the following:

    There are 10 kinds of people in this world, those who understand binary and those who don't.

    (And if you fail to get the joke you are among those who don't.)

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