Principalities and powers

As divisions in the Church reach an astonishing screeching pitch, one particular Scripture passage has been on my mind.

 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

We are in a cosmic battle, not a war against fellow Catholics. One of our common enemy’s most powerful tactics of division is also his easiest to employ: anger, hatred, resentment,  scorn, sarcasm, schism.

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How to be hopeful? Stay close to the Lord, pope says on Candlemas

Vatican City, Feb 1, 2020 / 09:46 am (CNA).- There are always things which seem hopeless if seen with the eyes of the world, which is why those in religious life must stay close to the Lord every day, Pope Francis said Saturday.

“Here is the secret: never to alienate oneself from the Lord, who is the source of hope,” the pope said Feb. 1 in St. Peter’s Basilica. “We become blind if we do not look to the Lord every day, if we do not adore him.”

Speaking at a vigil Mass for the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, he said, “the gaze of consecrated men and women can only be one of hope. Knowing how to hope.”

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ASK FATHER:: Different kinds of Holy Water

From a reader…

QUAERITUR:

To prevent the potential spread of coronavirus, my parish in Tokyo has temporarily discontinued the use of Holy Water upon entrance to the chapel. This has me thinking about the various types of Holy Water. Can you explain the difference between ordinary Holy Water, Epiphany Water, Easter Water, Old Rite Water and their relative merits/uses/capabilities?

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