There is a saying, “Conquer yourself and then conquer the world.” There is a saying, “Conquer yourself and then conquer the world.” This statement seems to imply that if you want to be successful in life, you need to be self-disciplined. On a deeper level, I believe that it is saying something more profound. If you want to be happy […]
The Readings for the 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time speak about stewardship. The Gospel of St. Luke presents us with a manager who Jesus praises because of his “shrewdness”. Even though he acted dishonestly, the Lord is commanding his attitude rather than his behavior. Knowing that he was soon going to be fired because of incompetence, the manager shrewdly makes […]
25 Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year C
Being streetsmart in the Kingdom of God
October Catholic Kids Bulletin: Saint Francis, Saint Jude, Saint Therese the Little Flower, and Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary
Catholicism was brought to Korea by scholars in the 18th century, via books written in Chinese. When missionaries arrived in the early 19th century, they were surprised to find the Faith had already taken hold amongst a small, but dedicated, group, holding out against a sea of paganism; sounds a lot like Canada, with the exception that our unbelief is a rejection of the Faith we once had.
Persecutions are sure to come, as they did in Korea, where hatred of what ‘the Faith’ represented – a God quite jealous of His prerogatives, who did not tolerate other ‘gods’ who would
Saint Matthew, whose original Hebraic name was Levi, is sort of a new Moses, of the same tribe, and whose lineage he likely shared, the writer of the first Gospel, represents all those drawn out from the stagnant mud of sin, to the highest of virtues. His recounting of Christ’s life follows in many ways the first five books of the Bible, the Mosaic Pentateuch.
We know little of Levi’s prior life, nor of his subsequent life as ‘Matthew’ – in Greek, simply, ‘the Disciple’ – only that he was a tax collector, a loathed profession, a betrayer of his own
‘Binding synodality’ we add to the list of oxymorons – those obviously incompatible concepts that people still stick together. Synods, that is, gatherings of bishops, do not bind anyone, in or out of conscience, unless the Bishop of Rome decrees they do by his ‘supreme, universal authority’. As the note added to the Dogmatic Constitution of the Church, Lumen Gentium, declares, there is no College of Bishops without the Head.
This particularly applies if what the synod teaches is contrary to the Depost of Faith, safeguarded and expounded by that same Holy Father.
So we should not worry overmuch about the synod