Some have asked: Can I go to confession to Sister Carmen? (Homily for Feb 3, 2019 - Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time)
Algunos me preguntan: ¿Se puede confesar con la hermana? (Homilia - 3 de febrero de 2019)
Martin Luther King identified with other people's suffering because he endured grave afflictions. In the last year of his life he suffered depression that led to hospitalization. We can understand his depression in light of the stress he was under: savage attacks from the press, family troubles, financial woes, a splintering movement with internal divisions and betrayals - and his own demons that led him to seek relief in alcohol and infidelity. Those failures and sins brought guilt that drug him deeper into depression.
His staff members - many of them fellow ministers - worried about him. They finally got him to take a few days away. At the place they were staying one of them - at 3 in the morning - realized Dr. King was not in his bedroom.
Martin Luther King se identificó con el sufrimiento de otras personas porque el mismo sufrió graves aflicciones. En el último año de su vida sufrió una depresión que le llevó a la hospitalización. Podemos entender su depresión a la luz del estrés que sufrió: ataques salvajes de la prensa, problemas familiares, problemas financieros, un movimiento de fragmentación con divisiones internas y traiciones, y sus propios demonios que lo llevaron a buscar alivio en el alcohol y la infidelidad. Esos fracasos y pecados trajeron culpa que lo jaló más profundamente en la depresión.
--Heroism of St. Marianne
--Anger of God against injustice
--Justice as essential argument in favor of faith in eternal life
--Definition of Justice
-----Biblical view of race
----Martin Luther King & struggle against segregation
----Personal application: sin of racism
(Generations of Faith - January 23, 2019)
So Mary says to Jesus, "they have no wine." This refers to more than fermented grape juice. Bishop Barron points out that in the Bible wine is a sign of the exuberance and intoxication of divine life. Isaiah 25 speaks about a heavenly banquet with "juicy meat and pure choice wine". That wine is the intoxication of God's presence.
Jesús realiza su primer milagro en un banquete de bodas. Es extraño cuando lo piensas bien, todos los enfermos, los lisiados, los leprosos. Todos aquellos atrapados por los demonios. ¿Y qué hace Jesús? Hace vino. Lo hace para prevenir un desastre social. Las bodas judías duraron varios días y, si el vino se agota, la gente simplemente se alejará, dejando a los novios avergonzados y humillados.
Mi vision para liturgy en Santa Maria del Valle. Que sucede en la misa y la importancia de lectores y ministros extraordinarios de la Sagrada Comunion.
My vision for Liturgy at St. Mary of the Valley. What happens at Mass - and what are roles of lectors and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion?
Back when I was in college a popular book came out: I'm OK, You're OK. Written by psychiatrist Thomas Harris, the book encouraged people to affirm themselves and others. It had some good points, but I have to admit I took pleasure in a book that came out as a response to I'm OK, You're OK. Its title: I'm OK, You're Not So Hot! That's probably how some of my classmates felt about me.
Many people follow the "I'm OK, You're OK" approach to life. It's a pleasant philosophy, but is it really true? As we will see at the conclusion of this homily, in one sense it is - or at least can be, but first we have to face some hard truths. When we look at our long, sad history, human goodness does not exactly shine through. Our history shows wars, greed, torture, rape, mass murder, concentration camps, genocide.
And if that's not enough ask these questions: If we are so good, why do two people deeply in love with each other, have such a hard time staying together? And why do we love hearing other people's faults? Once I mentioned in a homily that gossip was circulating about me. People later told me they wanted to know what the gossip was! Maybe you're curious yourself. Come to Generations of Faith - I'll talk more about it. We can take a deeper look at the I'm OK, You're OK philosophy.
Some of the people we most admire acknowledge they are not OK.
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