Division

People view solar eclipse.

ATIFA disrupts peaceful free-speech rally.

Rescuers during hurricane Harvey in Texas.


                                                                                                       

Division is defined as  disagreement between two or more groups, typically producing tension or hostility. A synonym for division is separation.

The middle photo above depicts division that, all to often, degenerates into evil hateful acts of violence. The photo on the right is of the recent solar eclipse and shows various people united in one interest. All are detached from egos long enough to peacefully enjoy the awe-inspiring presence of something greater than themselves. The left-most photo shows unity in one goal; that life can be so valued, that its preservation must be achieved at any cost or sacrifice. Two are a consequence of love, one the consequence of hate. We are capable of either. Two photos are examples of God’s love. One showing tolerance and respect for the individual conscience, though often differing. The other exhibits sacrifice which is required of love. The middle exhibits the stark intolerant selfishness inherent in hate spawned by fear and uncertainty.

Love and hate know no color, ethnic background, nationality, gender, political preference or religious affiliation. It is the condition of the individual. One who loves is fulfilled and lacks little, for their life is one of serving others, and regards those others as a blessing. For one who hates, there is never enough to satisfy them, for their interests are in the self, and anyone who is contrary is a threat. Hunger is a challenge for all humans. It needs to be satiated. If we eat to little or too much we experience discomfort. When we eat with reason we are satisfied. Free will plays a role because we can choose well or poorly. Choosing well is a virtue because it avoids setting the table for discomfort. Choosing poorly is a vice in that we then find ourselves sitting at that table. No matter the subject, persistent discomfort leads in stages to frustration, anger and, if left unchecked, to hate. We must direct that hate outward for self-preservation. The target of one’s venting often is innocent and not the source of one’s hate. That source lies in one’s displeasure of self. Hate can develop simply from the ill-advised misuse of free will.

As you can surmise, there is a right and a wrong use of, or action toward anything.  Not multiple variations thereof. Natural law and the Law of First Principle sees to that. It is we who create a relative smorgasbord of reasoning to validate our actions for the purpose of distracting and soothing our troubled conscience.

Satan and Christ are both dividers. Christ, like Satan, does not bring harmony, but discord. Satan divides through lies and manipulating the weaknesses in human nature to promote heresies of absolute objective truth. Christ, however, divides by distinctly separating truth from lies. Yet, one’s free will is never in jeopardy. Christ does not force Himself on anyone. Satan does. Satan, first, defends your right to use your free will as you wish, especially in transgressions. Then he accuses you for doing so and tells you that you can no longer approach the God you have offended. God, in and through Christ, loves us no matter what the circumstances and truly wants us with Him in heaven. Yet, He so honors His gift to us of free will that He even allows us to send ourselves to hell. Satan, on the other hand, hates us so that he uses God’s love for us and the gift of free will perversely to keep us from choosing heaven through the promotion of false promises that too many have embraced. Satan will never win His war against God. He can only be victorious in battles. Those battles are for our souls.

Christ unifies in truth by clearly defining the perversion of that truth. The division caused between people because of that defined truth is the result of a conscious choice. Satan divides in lies-false truth. Always keeping the line between truth and lie blurred. He uses our ability to be subjective against us. Thereby compelling one to do what one wants rather than what one should for one’s own good. Christ reveals that we are truly free to be happy when we do what we ought to do. Satan insists that we are truly happy when we are free to do what we want. Yet, often, in fulfilling one’s desires, another must sacrifice following his conscience. If that other is unwilling to sacrifice, then often force will see to it that he does. And when that happens we have planted the seeds of tyranny which goes against the natural right to exercise free will. Conflict is then unavoidable and division inevitable.

Only God can make things. Satan’s only accomplishment is in the breaking of those things. He is the supreme anarchist. Satan is without substance and anything from him, as such, is therefore a false truth, a lie. The darkness that is his domain, like him, has no substance. For when the light of day enters, the darkness fades to nothing as the morning mist. The human heart can be manipulated by Satan through false promises that can never be completely satisfied, because he has only the things of this world at his disposal and therefore any satisfaction is temporary. From here the vicious cycle of discomfort to frustration to anger to hate goes on and on. And lost for those trapped in this deceitful cycle is free will. The heart given to hate has been given to Satan. And in that the Divider is successful, for he has caused separation from God. Sadly, for too many, a divided relationship that may not be healed.

Yet hope has its place. For as the light that enters a room dispenses the darkness. So, too, can the darkness of ones heart be vanquished by welcoming in the Light of the World. As this divine light is welcomed in, crowded out is the darkness of a despairing heart, and along with that darkness, the demons of demolition. With the completion of this divine invasion the heart is restored, through penance and amendment, to the intent of its maker. The divide has been bridged and the loving relation between Creator and creature renewed.

Make no mistake, the turmoil of this world is a constant tug of war between good and evil. Between the powers of light and darkness and their founders. The only way to rid ourselves of division is to be on the same page. Christ gave the world that page: love god with all your heart, mind and soul; love your neighbor as yourself. As human beings we can achieve what we can conceive. Man knows the wind and from that has conceived a means to harness it in making a sail. Let us, for argument sake, form an image of all humanity living by the two commands of Christ. So long as we are on the same page division and all its negative consequences would not exist. By obedience to love and truth and disobedience to hate and lies we would then know what near perfect happiness is.

But love and truth is a more difficult way to pattern one’s life than hate and lies. Most opt for the easy way. A way devised through relative thought and subjective truths where there is no likelihood of a definitive moral code to hinder ones actions. For love and truth demands the selfless; hate and lies fit so well with the selfish. So we, presently, are where we are. In a world of wheat growing amongst the weeds until the harvest. But, the individual can alone make a difference. For everyone who chooses obedience to love and truth abates the power to the contrary.

If there were just two people left in this world who possessed free will there still would be conflict and divide. It is likely that never would these two always be on the same page. For free will allows an ego. The more pages that exist for individuals to be on, increases complexity of conflict. Christ offers a clear and simple choice in objective absolute truth. There are but one of two pages to choose. One is either with Him or against Him. His will or yours. We remain divided so long as we choose to be.

The above photos are snap-shots in time. Moments in people’s lives when a choice is made. How wonderful would it be if the photos on left and right were the rule of living and not simply an option. If so, then the photo in the middle becomes irrelevant. When enough moments have been accumulated, then the pattern of one’s life becomes evident. The natural rule of justice ensures that the way of life that we nurture here will be that which we have forever. For those of us who believe, and for those who have yet come to believe, will find our eternities determined by our collective moments of truth.

The once vast expanse of obscurity-in which humanity has long since been immersed-separating right from wrong, good from evil, has now diminished to near negligible. Good and evil now stand face-to-face, and their dissimilarity is unmistakable.

“The issue is now clear. It is between light and darkness and everyone must choose his side.” – G.K. Chesterton      

 

 

 

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The Come-Back

A come-back is defined as a return.

Set during the Great Depression, the film “Seabiscuit” is a tale of three lost men–Johnny “Red” Pollard, a young man whose spirit has been broken; Charles Howard, a millionaire who lost everything; and Tom Smith, a cowboy whose world was vanishing–who found each other and discovered hope in a down-and-out racehorse named Seabiscuit, who took them and the nation on the ride of a lifetime. – (Film synopsis)

Each character, in his own unique way, was a come-back story in the making once they collectively came together to train Seabiscuit. The experience of Seabiscuit revealed their commonality in that each was a broken man needing repair. That little horse, in comparison to his competitors, not only brought those men together, but, in the end, put each back together.

The clearest example of the come-back occurs when Red and Seabiscuit were recovering from leg injuries. Neither were expected to race again. However, as their rehabilitation progressed it became evident that Seabiscuit would be able to do just that. Seabiscut would be ready for the Santa Anita Handicap, which, a year before, was lost by Seabiscuit and Red by a nose. Red, in that race, was not able to see Rosemont, the eventual winner, come up along his right side at the wire because he, Red, was blind in that particular eye.

Red wanted to ride Seabiscuit in this Santa Anita Handicap to make up for the earlier loss. Red’s injury would prevent him from riding in the historic match race which was won by Seabiscuit over War Admiral. Red’s good friend George Woolf, who rode Seabiscuit in the match race, was scheduled to ride him at Santa Anita. Red, meanwhile, fashions a brace to support his still healing leg with hopes to convince all that he could make the ride.

Red got his chance. He and Seabiscuit were now in the starting gate at Santa Anita. To his surprise, George was riding another mount in the same race. George told Red that his- George’s mount-didn’t have a chance and wished Red good luck. Knowing that his good friend was in that race eased Red’s doubts. As they break from the gate Seabiscuit fades to the back of the pack despite the urging of his most trusted Red. George meanwhile remembers a secret conversation that he had with Red before the race against War Admiral. Red told George then that, “no matter what the pre-race strategy is, to hold back if you are leading on the back stretch, so Seabiscuit can see War Admiral. Then let him go. Because Seabiscuit’s power is not in his feet but in his heart.” So now George drops back to run with Red knowing that all Seabiscuit needed was some motivation. Once Seabiscuit looked George’s horse in the eye, George simply said to Red: “Have a good ride.” Seabiscuit immediately takes off like he was fast forward while the rest of the field, that was previously before him, are soon in the rear. Both Red and Seabiscuit would complete their most unlikely come-backs, along with avenging the previous loss at Santa Anita, as they stand in the winner’s circle. Standing along with them are all, including a struggling nation, who shared in that journey. Come-backs, as we have observed in the story of Seabiscuit, are never solitary achievements.

Why is the come-back story inspiring for the vast majority?

Each of us has a come-back story to tell. At a point in life, in one form and at some level, everyone has the opportunity for at least one inspiring shining moment. And with it life has been well served. We who believe that come-backs are possible are that vast majority who find themselves inspired by another’s triumph. We, although under trials as any, manage to resist falling into despair because of this inspiration. Rather than wallowing in despair we decide to plow ahead moving ever forward no matter the pace powered by hope. And that image alone is inspiring regardless of the outcome. Each of us is instilled, as child of God, with the gift of aspiration. That is why we are impelled toward inspiration. In the above question I mention the vast majority and not the totality of people. The reason being that some, although aspiring, give in to the daunting road blocks inherent in any come-back. Instead of clinging to hope, which is the main motivation in the come-back, they choose to turn from the challenge when resistance persists, and in so doing, take to the road of despair. Despair extinguishes aspiration, thereby, making come-backs impossible for the totality.

The prodigal son’s father, who knowingly exposes his son to the dangers that abound beyond the safety of his home by giving his son what he wants, still, with hope, anticipates his son’s eventual return. The father who once stood upon the road, in misery, from which he bid his son farewell, now stands on that same road, as his returning son approaches. This father’s hope for his wayward son’s return has been justified as he welcomes him joyfully with open arms. And with that reunion the come-back is complete.

God, through His love, also sends each of us out into the world which is fraught with impending strife. Yet, we can be confident that He will not forget us, nor will He cast us adrift in our failings. For we have recourse; in that etched on our hearts is found a Paternal Divine hope-filled plea: “Come Back.”

 

 

 

 

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The Swamp

“I am sunk in the abysmal swamp
where there is no foothold;
I have reached the watery depths;
the flood overwhelms me.” – Psalm 69:3

 

We can think of at least two societal instances which, if fit the mold, can be referred to in terms of a swamp; government and religious institutions. Influential in each is the human mind and soul. The beginnings of the swamp in these contexts are not the result of natural laws but rather by the indiscretions of men and women who view themselves possessing an intuitive power that is beyond their capabilities. Based upon education, experience and reason alone, they believe they are endowed with the correct vision for all civilization. But if one did not make the widget, how does one know if it needs repair or if it, in fact, is not functioning as the maker intended? In either institution, if not prudent, careful and vigilant, we may find ourselves creating an unintended yet bona fide swamp.

The initial cause for the emergence of swamp conditions in governmental and the institutional church is the veering away from each institutions’ creed. A creed is a set of beliefs or aims that guide someone’s or a people’s actions. A creed is both altruistic and virtuous in that it seeks but only the common good. It bears witness to any who read it; who we are, why we are, and that for which we stand. Below are the creeds of United States of America and the Roman Catholic Church.

The American Creed is considered to be “The Declaration of Independence.” What follows is the document’s most familiar except.

“When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

And in reciting the “Pledge of Allegiance” to our flag, we, in great part, voice our commitment as citizens to that “The American Creed.”

“America is the only nation in the world that is founded on a creed.” – G.K. Chesterton

“The Apostles Creed” of the Catholic Church – (The Nicene Creed is the amplified form approved in 381 A.D. at the Council of Constantinople, and is recited by the faithful at each celebration of the Roman Catholic Mass.)                                                 

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.                                                                                                                I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.                                                                         I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

With the results of the 2016 election it has become quite apparent that many members of our governing body and non-elected bureaucrats have interests in mind other than those of the people. It is with an elitist attitude that these elected and non-elected believe they know what is best for the people, rather than the people themselves. That attitude is acceptable if liberty and justice are maintained. However, when the common good is not being served then neither liberty nor justice is evident. And that has clearly been displayed by politically correct one-way tolerance; which means intolerance for somebody. Common good has been replaced by might – makes – right. Disagreement is no longer resolved in democratic debate, but is rather silenced by the loudest voice or by plain old restraint. Thereby transforming liberty to slavery and justice to tyranny through the accepted practice of the double standard. When too many lose reverence for the creed of this nation then neither is achieved the common good of the people nor is maintained harmony among its citizens.

There is an ongoing tug of war in the Catholic Church between the conservative and liberal clergy and religious, of which I cannot fathom. Ever since the 2nd Vatican Council convened, the Church-which has always functioned as a balanced 3-legged stool of scripture, tradition and Church Magisterium-has lost its equilibrium through partisan misinterpretation. Intended or unintended, this misinterpretation of the council’s findings has blurred the Church’s identity. Thereby causing misunderstanding, confusion and unconventional practices among the faithful, resulting in a veering from church doctrine. Many of the faithful, having been adversely influenced by this tug of war, have become cafeteria Catholics. If all do not stand together, then many will fall away. And that is exactly what is happening. There are those in the church hierarchy who seek to make the church more world friendly, with hopes of increased attendance and converts. In so doing the church has, so to speak, watered down the Truth for which it was founded to conserve. Thereby diverting attention from its founder, Jesus Christ, to those custodians of that church. It has become the church of nice. But this effort to be world accepted contradicts Christ Jesus, Himself; “The world hates what is not its own. I am not of the world, therefore the world hates Me. I chose you out of the world. If the world hates me it will hate you also.” As Christians, when we stray from our creed, we stray from Him. When the world is not disparaging Church practices a red flag should arise. These circumstances create the conditions for the swamp in the church.

So, then, both government and church have creeds. If we do not adhere to those creeds we then are neither patriots nor disciples but rather heretics. We are not who we profess ourselves to be. To drain these swamps we must revert back to living those creeds with reverent practice. If not we will continue to intensify the chaos that has become our way of life. It will lead us further down a road from which there is no return. It is a road that has exited from our identities, our creeds. An exit from truth which results in lies. There truly are objective truths in this world. For the world was created in the light of objective Truth. A ship that breaches a certain point in taking on water truly will founder. Of all the hierarchies of life, man alone possesses the reason and logic to see the swamp for what it is and has the ability to change it for the better. With the change of a mind, a change in action follows. As one thinks, so one acts. As one acts, so one thinks. The hope is that both the thought and act are virtuous. But, that requires a change of heart. And only God, by His grace, can change a heart.

We can see that it is man himself who is the creator of these swamps. When he abandons his creeds he abandons virtue and altruism. What remains is the contrary; a separation from goodness, a separation from God. We are then left with corruption in the company of the Accuser,  for there is no middle ground.

In a Stephen King novel, a new shop named “Needful Things” opens in the town of Castle Rock, Maine, sparking the curiosity of its citizens. The proprietor, Leland Gaunt, is a charming elderly gentleman who always seems to have an item in stock that is perfectly suited to any customer who comes through his door. The prices are surprisingly low, considering the merchandise – such as a rare Sandy Koufax baseball card, a carnival glass lampshade, and a fragment of wood believed to be from Noah’s Ark – but he expects each customer also to play a little prank on someone else in Castle Rock. Gaunt knows about the long-standing private grudges, arguments, and feuds between the various townspeople, and the pranks are his means of forcing them to escalate until the whole town is eventually caught up in madness and violence. – Wikipedia

In light of the story’s circumstances it would be quite reasonable for one to view Gaunt’s intent and actions as quite devilish. Gaunt, it must be noted, was not the cause of the mayhem that ensued, but simply the facilitator. For the devil has no power over the unwilling upright heart. Saint Paul warns us: “We are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

The devil is most comfortable in the swamp. He instigates, manipulates then segregates. The division among citizens and the faithful creates chaos, uncertainty, partisanship and mistrust which eventually if left unchallenged will bring the nation and the institutional church subversives to ruin. Due to the corrosive effects of the swamp environment, nations do fall. However, what is true of a nation is not true of the Church. Archbishop Sheen tells us that: “Our Faith, is first and foremost in Christ, who lives in His mystical body the Church.” The Church, therefore, is Christ. That is why the gates of hell shall not prevail against Her, as told to us in Christ’s own infallible words. Proof of this is in the answer to the question: Where is Caesar? Statues of the great Caesars from Augustus to Romulus Augustus can be seen in Rome to this day. Yet there is no Caesar who reigns. However, also to be seen are the statues of all the Popes of the Church, beginning with Peter. Where is the pope of today? He remains in the Vatican.

The Church is like a building. And its clergy, religious and laity are custodians of the Church as a maintenance crew is the custodial staff to a building. Each custodial group has a standard by which they must operate, which is determined by the architect of the building or the Church, in order to maintain the purpose and integrity of each. When the maintenance crew and Church custodians veer from those standards then the purpose and integrity of the building and Church have been compromised. The building and Church each appears un-kept, soiled, run-down and in disarray. It is not the fault of the building for its unpleasant appearance, but that of the maintenance crew. So, too, it is not the fault of the Church that it has been undermined, but that of Her custodians. To restore the building’s, Church’s and, as well, the nation’s integrity, either their custodians return to their operating standards or those custodians must be replaced.

 Man left to himself is incapable of cleansing the swamps in his life. For he is fallible. God, however, is infallible and can accomplish for man, that which he cannot accomplish himself alone. Christ has done so by way of a cross and an empty tomb. We have no choice but to live in the swamps that we or others have created through unbridled pride. But like the wheat that is left to grow among the weeds and is separated at harvest, so, too, can we be separated from our swamps. It is by following the way of that cross that we will discover that the tomb is no more than a womb, which opens to the end of all human trials and into the eternal place that has been prepared for those who have stayed faithful to the creed. A place where swamps are no more.

He who thinks himself liberated from his perceived restrictive creed, soon finds himself imprisoned in a swamp of his own making.  

 

 

 

 

 

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Fear of Change

When he arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?” Some distance from them a large herd of pigs was feeding. The demons begged Jesus, “If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs.” He said to them, “Go!” So they came out and went into the pigs, and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and died in the water. Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demon-possessed men. Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region. – Matthew 8: 28-34

After such a display of power toward good, why would the townspeople ask Jesus to leave? For one thing, only God can forgive sins and drive demons out. All others who are empowered by ordination to do so, must do so in God’s name. For only through His power can the conduit, man, forgive sins. But, here, Jesus appealed not to God, but simply fulfilled the demons request to be sent into the herd of swine in saying, “Go.” This frightened the people because they understood the power of evil that possessed these men who terrorized their community, but were astounded by Jesus’ power over that evil. By this event it was prudent to assume that things would not and could not remain the same. What gave Him this authority? And what might He expect from them should they welcome Him? Nothing was expected, but hoped. The hope that all who saw what He has accomplished and heard His word would turn from sin and do the will of God the Father. For that is why He came into the world; to free men from sin, thereby securing for all who would believe in the Son, their  inheritance of life everlasting. But for many then, as is true today, to give up our ways is too much to ask; even for such a divine promise. For those in this category, the Holy Trinity is no longer composed of three persons; The Father, Son and Holy Spirit, but, rather of one person; Me, Myself and I.

 “And the pig, because it parts the hoof but does not chew the cud, is unclean for you. Their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcasses you shall not touch.” –  Deuteronomy: 14:8

Under the Old Testament Law, even touching the meat of swine made one ritually unclean.

The demons asked Jesus to send them into the swine and to no other, for they knew well the law, and were innately compelled to ask for the only host that befit their nature. The swine when infected by the demons immediately ran down the steep hill and drowned. We who covet possessions can become possessed by them. And as in the event above we alone cannot release ourselves from their grip as the two possessed souls could not. But, with Jesus, they were immediately saved. Evil cannot become a part of us unless we give our permission. As is evident in any vampire film made; that evil cannot enter one’s home unless invited. So, too, the evil of sin cannot enter our soul unless we let it in.

Pigs like to roll in mud for a number of reasons: to keep cool, as they lack the ability to cool down by sweating. This act helps protect their pale skin from sunburn, and to keep flies and other biting insects from bothering them. In this way they find comfort. As well, those who asked Jesus to leave their town, had become comfortable in their way of life. We can, even, become comfortable in sin, as the swine in the story are comfortable in mud. The act of forgiveness, like a cleansing, can be an uncomfortable and trying thing. As bad as one’s condition may be, one knows what one is or what one has; and thereby find comfort in familiarity. That comfort is threatened and familiarity shaken when events require dreaded change. And although you are aware that change is necessary for a greater good, it can still be frightening, because change always is. The comfortable fit of old clothing often deters one from purchasing the new. Yet, bad habits, like well-worn underwear, eventually need a change.

However, our saving grace is the saving grace of God through His word. And that Word was a promise kept in Christ Jesus, His Son. The fearful townspeople refused Jesus’ invitation to be freed from sin, but rather chose to remain, for the moment, comforted in their fears. Let us accept that invitation to change without fear. For Jesus is the only true and lasting way out from under dominating sin, as the two demoniacs found.

As the demon possessed herd of swine were driven over the cliff, so too, will our personal demons drive us into the abyss, if  we are left tethered to them by turning Christ away.

 

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Liberty

An updated re-blog of a previous post. A Happy 4th of July to all who call themselves Americans. And a Happy Canada Day to our friends north of the border.

CROSSROADS-Right Choices

“The man of the true religious tradition understands two things: liberty and obedience. The first means knowing what you really want. The second means knowing what you really trust.” – G.K. Chesterton

“Liberty correctly understood is the right to choose between good things in order to develop the highest reaches of our personality. But for Liberalism, liberty was not something moral, but rather something physical. It means to do, to think, or to say whatever one pleases without any regard for society, tradition, objective standards or authority. This, as can readily be seen. is not liberty but license. If liberty meant absence of all constraint, as Liberalism said it did, then the policeman who refuses to permit me to drive through a red light is interfering with my liberty, which of course is sheer nonsense.” – Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen 

Neither Conservatism nor Liberalism defines liberty. If liberty’s aim is not…

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The Light of the World

My cousin recently brought to my attention an experience she had while attending weekly morning Mass. She and some regular attendees were blessed when time, circumstance and the things of nature divinely enhance the mundane.  What follows in the “click on” attachment is an eye-witness account following the Mass celebrating the feast day of Saint Anthony, including pictures, of that experience documented by one of the faithful attendees:

Image on the Tabernacle at St. Leo Church in Stamford, CT.pdf

LEAD KINDLY LIGHT

Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom,
Lead thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home,–
Lead thou me on!
Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene,–one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that thou
Shouldst lead me on:
I loved to choose and see my path, but now
Lead thou me on!
I loved the garish days, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will: remember not past years.

So long thy power hath blessed me, sure it still
Will lead me on;
O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone;
And with the morn those angel faces smile
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile.John Henry Newman

For the those who need no sign to validate their faith, this event is a grace of gratitude for steadfastness. For those who need to see to believe, this event gives pause to their doubt. The photographic evidence here rightly points out that Christ is truly present in the Blessed Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist as proclaimed in His own words: “I Am the Light of the world.”

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A Humbling Honor

Patty Sullo Macari, Alan Malizia & Justine Metz’84 ( Not pictured: assistant coach Craig Pucci)

Al Malizia FCIAC HALL of Fame Class of 2017…

 
Al Malizia, former Stamford High School Math Teacher, author,  and 1967 SCHS graduate,  is a 2017 inductee into the FCIAC Hall of Fame. Malizia began his 22-year tenure as the head coach of the girls varsity volleyball team in 1979, during which time he also coached freshman and JV boys’ basketball, varsity girls’ and boys’ tennis, and was an assistant coach for boys’ golf. In 22 seasons, 17 of them were winning seasons. Malizia led his teams to 16 consecutive FCIAC playoff appearances and 17 consecutive CIAC playoff appearances, amassing an overall record of 274 wins and 154 losses. His Crusader Teams were Class S State champions four times, which includes his perfect 1985 season.  Malizia has received many awards for his coaching, including being named CIAC Coach of the Year in 1988, receiving the Stamford Old Timers Athletics Association’s “Mickey Lione, Jr” Award in 2004, and being inducted into the Connecticut Women’s Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2007.   We are so happy and proud that ” Mr. Maliz” has received this well-deserved honor.
Just an FYI for my “CROSSROADS” followers.
The two lovely ladies bordering me above are Patty Macari (assistant coach) and Justine Metz( a former star player for me and Georgetown U. Hall of Famer)
To all student athletes: “There is one important thing that you take from a season that can’t be hung on a wall or placed on a mantle. That one important thing is character. And with it one can be a champion of life.” – an excerpt from my acceptance speech.
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