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October 19th, 2019

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From miguel de Portugal

The Gospel reading that we used in yesterday's Mass was from Luke 12:1-7. There are some very important issues in that Gospel that we wish to address today.  We will reproduce the Gospel below with the comments we want to share with our readers embedded within it.

And when great multitudes stood about him, so that they trod one upon another, he began to say to his disciples: Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

When we speak about our subconscious processing theological errors and examples to the detriment of the faith we are addressing precisely what Jesus means with the leaven of the Pharisees - hypocrisy, duplicity.

For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed: nor hidden, that shall not be known. For whatsoever things you have spoken in darkness, shall be published in the light: and that which you have spoken in the ear in the chambers, shall be preached on the housetops.

The Roman Catholic Church in the United States certifies, by deeds, the words above after having had to use over three billion dollars ($3,000,000,000) (1) to deal with the sexual abuse scandal.

Imagine what that money could have done to prevent:

Some 69 million children under five years of age will die from mostly preventable causes, 167 million children will live in poverty, and 750 million women will have been married as children by 2030, unless the world focuses more on the plight of its most disadvantaged children, according to a United Nations report published on June 2016. (2)

Also imagine how many people have discounted the Catholic Faith - the most effective faith in the world (3) - because the behavior of its official representatives - all the way up to the Chair of Peter - exceptions always noted and recognized.

 And I say to you, my friends: Be not afraid of them who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will shew you whom you shall fear: fear ye him, who after he hath killed, hath power to cast into hell. Yea, I say to you, fear him.

As we have said many times, no one can cause another human being to lose his/her soul since that is known to God at the time the soul is united to the budding body in the mother's womb. However, that was, and is, not common knowledge to the masses then and now. Therefore, the only way Jesus can get His point across is using terminology the masses can relate to. This is a similar situation to when Mary, speaking in some of Her manifestations, talks about the wrath of God and His punishments. As we have amply illustrated, God is not wrathful and He does not punish (4), but that is the only way Mary can get Her point across to most of the faithful.

Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? Yea, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: you are of more value than many sparrows.

The above reminds us of how important we are to God and how secure we are if we allow Him into our lives.

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(1) One source
(2) UN Reports
(3) About the Catholic Faith
(4) God does not punish





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