Who harms not his fellow man, nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor; By whom the reprobate is despised, while he honors those who fear the LORD.

I will try to be brief today.  We were talking at breakfast yesterday; the conversation started lite – what are the 7 ways a hitter might reach first base without getting a hit?  But as with most conversations involving Catholics these days, it turned to the “scandal”.  I don’t put that work in parentheses to make it seem that it has been misnamed and over the top, but simply, when you hear the word “scandal” anymore, we know exactly what the topic of conversation is.  Anyway, that is where the conversation went.  For those of us following the conversation and waiting on the hierarchy of the Church to act on this situation, it seems providential the readings that we are having in our current cycle.  Here are a few examples just from the past couple of days.

If you don’t think that what the “clergy” did was a directive from Satan himself, I ask you to read yesterday’s Gospel again.  Satan knows how important children are to God.  Satan also knows how many of the Catholics are brought up to hold our clergy in high esteem.  What better way to break up that relationship, to tear away at the Church, than to have the clergy abuse the children.  From yesterday’s Gospel…Taking a child, he placed it in their midst, and putting his arms around it, he said to them, “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the One who sent me.”  Satan still roams this earth freely – looking for those whose souls he can corrupt and ruin.  Take heed of this and beware – not even our clergy are free from his wicked intentions.

To those who are in the know, those who have knowledge of the bad that is going on in our Church and continue to remain silent, I pray that you soon have the courage to come forward and speak the truth.  We may never know the full extent of the sins committed against the bride of Christ but again, pay heed to the words proclaimed in today’s Gospel from Luke…

Gospel LK 8:16-18

Jesus said to the crowd:
“No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel
or sets it under a bed;
rather, he places it on a lampstand
so that those who enter may see the light.
For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible,
and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light.
Take care, then, how you hear.
To anyone who has, more will be given,
and from the one who has not,
even what he seems to have will be taken away.”
For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible,
and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light.
I/we may never know the truth that is being kept from us.  But it isn’t myself or anyone else who offers final judgement.  I pray that anyone involved in this has the courage to do what is right and make the necessary reparations before it is too late.
To those who have suffered directly from men who have been guided by Satan, please seek the Lord who is the only one who can offer peace and give true healing.  As words of encouragement, I offer to you yesterday’s responsorial psalm…

Responsorial Psalm PS 54:3-4, 5, 6 AND 8

R. (6b) The Lord upholds my life.
O God, by your name save me,
and by your might defend my cause.
O God, hear my prayer;
hearken to the words of my mouth.
R. The Lord upholds my life.
For the haughty men have risen up against me,
the ruthless seek my life;
they set not God before their eyes.
R. The Lord upholds my life.
Behold, God is my helper;
the Lord sustains my life.
Freely will I offer you sacrifice;
I will praise your name, O LORD, for its goodness.
R. The Lord upholds my life.
Do something great for our Lord today – pray for those who have been abused by the clergy.  Pray for the clergy who have committed these heinous crimes that they may find their way back to God.  Pray for the Church you love.
God’s will, not mine, be done.
Be not afraid; just have faith.
Jesus, I trust in You.

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