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Today's prayer mirrors the protection God affords through His Archangel Michael, satan's staunch rival. St. Michael helped in the events that caused Attila the Hun to turn away from the gates of Rome, and his role was emphasized by Leo XIII when he composed the beautiful Prayer to Saint Michael. Click on PRAYER & DEVOTIONS for the powerful Prayer to Saint Michael.
&nbpsp; Instead of altering God's plan foar complementary roles of women and men, we can achieve dignity for women by giving the proper place to love in our society. When love is given its proper value at the center of life, then women receive their true dignity, because this dignity is based on love. When women are teated as true equals, they will desire fulfillment in a feminine way, rather than seeking men's roles so as to gain power. The "woman is the one who receives love in order to love in return" (p. 98). This is not only the case in marriage, but it is a universal part of the structure of life and love.
"God entrusts the human being to the woman in a special way...A woman is strong because of her awareness of this entrusting...The perfect woman of Proverbs 31 is an irreplaceable support and source of strength for other people, who perceive the great energies of spirit" (p. 101).
The material progress of our time without spiritual maturation tends to lead to a loss of sensitivity for what is human. The modern world awaits the genius of women to correct this growing problem, to re-sensitize our civilization to what is truly human.
Suggestions for further study...
For many American lay readers, Mulieris Dignitatem is difficult reading for, like most Pope John Paul II's teaching, this letter is written in a European philosophy. Those lay persons who study it should do so slowly and prayerfully. There are 31 sections and it is recommended that you read one section a day, praying about it and meditating for a while. If you do not understand some argument, don't worry about it. Just move on. When you get to the end of your study, you will find your thinking about women and men in the Church transformed, even if you had some difficulty working through the document.
Part Seven: The Journey from the Head to the Heart
Men of all times have found it easy to follow the path of least resistance. It takes hardly any effort for the mind to be fed by what the eyes see, what the ears hear and what the emotions feel. When the mind is not offered a challenge and the cravings of the body are substituted for the hunger of the will,k the mind is adulterated in going out in search of that which will satisfy those cravings.
In contradiction to the above there are those who find their full and final satisfaction in remaining in the mind, squeezing from it whatever pleasure or joy it offers and choose not to look any further. They will continue to feed the mind with that which is new, different and/or interesting and do not allow its findings to be presented to the will for its use in converting these into action.
In speaking of the mind, there is still one other consideration which should be taken up; the theological aspect. What this is, is this: In the Garden of Eden, satan tricked Adam and Eve out of the heart where they were in obeying the wishes of the Lord, and drew them into their heads, taking their mental glance off from God and putting it upon themselves instead. What this means is this: When created, our first parents were in their heart. Obedience is of the heart. Satan, in vengeance against God for being cast out of Heaven, managed to bring on an imbalance in them. He put them into a state of rebellion against their Creator, declaring independence from Him. This is what comes down through the centuries as Original Sin.
The above situation and condition brings the matter of the mind and will (heart) outside of the human person. It is not simply that man tends to follow the path of least resistance in tilting towards his mind on his own, he is impelled to do so because of this rebellious force within him brought on by the hatred of God by satan. Man's natural condition was weakened. Instead of living his life, leading with his heart, which was the way God intended man to live, he finds it more comfortable , and less cumbersome, to maintain a mental stance, attacking life primarily through the use of his mind reather than his heart. Man opted to govern his life by what made sense instead of by the original plan of the Creator that he govern it by obedience.
Next week, I will show how the heart was brought back into union with the mind through the Father's special Gift to us - His Only-Begotten Son.
No. 1360 to 1361, page 343; and No. 1406 to 1408, page 355 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Libreria Editrice Vaticana: Urbi Et Orbi Communications:
The Eucharist is a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Father, a blessing by which the Church expresses her gratitude to God for all his benefits, for al that he has accomplished through creation, redemption, and sanctification. Eucharist means first of all "thanksgiving."
The Eucharist is also the sacrifice of praise by which the Church sings the glory of God in the name of all creation. This sacrifice of praise is possible only through Christ; he unites the faithful to his person, to his praise, and to his intercession, so that the sacrifice of praise to the Father is offered through Christ and with him, to be accepted in him.
Jesus said: "I am the living bread that came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever;…he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and…abides in me, and I in him" (Jn 6:51,54,56).
The Eucharist is the heart and the summit of the Church’s life, for in it Christ associates his Church and all her members with his sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving offered once for all on the cross to His Father; by this sacrifice he pours out the graces of salvation on His Body which is the Church.
The Eucharistic celebration always includes: the proclamation of the Word of God; thanksgiving to God the Father for all his benefits, above all the gift of His Son; the consecration of bread and wine; and participation in the liturgical banquet by receiving the Lord’s body and blood. These elements constitute one single act of worship.
From the Baltimore Catechism No. 2; Benziger Brothers, Inc and Tan Books and Publishers, Inc. No. 343
Q: What is the Holy Eucharist?
A: A Sacrament and a sacrifice; in it Our Savior Jesus Christ, body and blood, soul and divinity, under the appearances of bread and wine, is contained, offered, and received.
Over the past month, four homosexual activists wore rainbow sashes, signifying their defiance of Church teaching, as they received communion at St. Patrick's Cathedral, and last Sunday Archbishop Pell refused to give the Eucharist to the men. Critics of traditional Church doctrine and practice used the incident as the spark for further protest. "I have a strong sense of justice and often there isn't justice within the church. The lack of compassion is very tragic," Dr. Marie Joyce, an associate professor of psychology at Australian Catholic University, said. The Church challenges governments to stand up for human rights and then pays only lip service itself, she said. "The same rules don't seem to apply within the Church."
But Australian Family Association vice-president Mary Helen Woods said there were many Catholics who appreciated the archbishop's strong stance on Church teachings. "A lot of the guerrilla warfare going on at the moment is really the gay community setting him up," she said. Archbishop Pell said the activists are using the Sacrament of the Eucharist for political purposes. "Here, a difficulty is being created not by the teaching of the Church but by the calculated orchestration of dissenting individuals with a flair for publicity," he said.
The two Rome-based researchers who conducted the study, Massimo Petrini and Flavia Caretta, conclude: "Prayer appears to be linked to a certain subjective well-being, and constitutes a widely used resource for dealing with situations of stress or traumas in life." They add that prayers of intercession also have a demonstrable effect, for elderly people as well as those who are ill.
"Believers enjoy greater physical health and tend to live longer," the authors say. They add that faith and prayer seem to strengthen social life, helping to produce a way of living that is conducive to health. At the same time, when they fall ill, believers seem to be more ready to accept the demands of medical treatment. In one particular study, sick women appeared less likely to suffer from depression and anxiety if they had an active prayer life.
The studies covered in the article-- led by an extensive American survey-- showed that 95 percent of those who did pray addressed their prayers to God the Father. Among them, 97 percent said they had no doubt that their prayers were heard, and 95 percent were fully confident of a response. In an Italian survey of 3,500 elderly people, 97 percent declared themselves believers, and 67 percent said they turn to God in prayer frequently.
The study also showed that 43 percent of doctors pray for their patients-- for their recovery and/or the relief of their suffering. Some patients are actually advised to pray, as a way of relieving their suffering and even their symptoms.
Officials suspect salmonella poisoning is the cause of the sicknesses among the 1,400 people, from as far away as Baltimore and Silver Springs, who attended the 50th annual dinner at Our Lady of the Wayside Church in Chaptico last Sunday. Investigators said they aren't sure where the poisoning originated in the home-cooked meal of turkey, stuffed ham, and fried oysters. People suffering from the symptoms of salmonella -- including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever -- began showing up in hospitals days later, and one woman died in her home and another in the hospital.
The infection is generally transmitted by food contaminated with animal feces. Health officials said concentrated outbreaks like the one in Chaptico were unusual. Elderly people, who as a group are among the most vulnerable to the effects of the disease, attended Sunday's church dinner in large numbers. "We always have had such a wonderful dinner," said Father John Stack. "This is just a devastation to our people. Certainly we're so sorrowful about the whole thing."