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The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception will soon be offering a mobile parish application for smart phones. This application can be downloaded from your app store. It is called "MyParish". This app will allow users to access all important information about the parish and special events including prayers and readings. It is expected to be launched in December 2016.
The cry, the scream was unmistakable but it could not find an audience, “No. No. No. It would be a terrible sin and you will go to Hell. God forbids it.” In the midst of the threshing at the shed, no one, including dear mamma Assunta, could hear little Maria’s frantic cries for help. The father of the teenage attacker Giovanni had fallen asleep from drunkenness and was fast asleep on the steps to the Goretti apartment. It was a hot, steamy day on that July 5th of 1902 in Le Ferriere, Italy, not far from the city of Nettuno, Italy, the site of a vicious battle between Allied Forces and Germans in World War II over 40 years later. The screams of the pre-teen Maria never awakened the drunken man from his slumber on the stairs. In a fit of uncontrolled rage, knowing that he would not be able to accomplish the unspeakable crime upon an innocent and chaste virgin girl, Alessandro Serenelli, a teenage young man, thrust a stiletto into the precious body of Maria several times, even as she tried to escape from his murderous rampage. It is said that Maria told the teenage boy, “You may kill me but you shall not have me.” And as she laid on the flood bleeding from the knife wounds, she cried out, “Mother, Mother! I am dying. O my God, help me.” The youth was now overcome with panic. He needed to silence the girl before someone found out his diabolic deed. He seized her by the throat and drove the stiletto into her back. Then he let her fall and ran away to his own room and locked himself in.
St. Maria clearly knew that a violation of her body was an attack against a very important virtue of our Catholic faith – holy purity. How many young women or even men for that matter would sacrifice their lives in order to maintain their purity and virginity? In a culture that has convinced our youth that in order to be a mature person you must lose your virginity and sleep with anyone you can find, St. Maria’s death would seem bizarre and strange – A martyr of what???? In fact, we can already hear the derisive laughs and cynical remarks of those who think virginity and purity are for the emotionally stunted and immature idiots. And, of course, St. Maria’s courageous example would find little place among the hearts of those who believe in toleration of homosexual lifestyles and adulterous heterosexual liaisons. That’s because we have convinced ourselves that unfettered sex is the remedy to society’s ills. We have deluded ourselves with the demonic lie, which Eve fell into in the Garden of Eden, that we have power to choose what we can do with our bodies. “It is my body, my choice.”
St. Maria, however, would have found this mantra quite shocking and repellant. She knew that her body was sacred and holy because God made it that way. She also knew that her body was a temple of the Holy Spirit. 40 days before Alessandro’s attempted his rape and stabbing, St. Maria received her First Holy Communion. On May 29th, 1902, on the Feast of Corpus Christi, the virgin martyr of chastity received with great joy the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Blessed Lord Jesus in Holy Communion. She received this Blessed Sacrament into her precious soul and offered it for her deceased father’s soul. St. Maria knew the power of the Eucharist and how it transforms our lives to become another Jesus. She chose Jesus to be Her Lord and Savior. Her body became a lovely temple of purity and holiness where the Holy Trinity reigned supreme. In effect St. Maria understood that her body belonged to God, not to the latest impure fashions, not to the modern theological views on sexual morality, not to the vulgar conversations of her peers, not to the lustful looks of men who are bent on nothing but sodomizing women.
Little do people understand that her attacker, Alessandro had a very rough upbringing. His mother tried to drown the infant boy and was summarily consigned to a psychiatric hospital where she eventually died. Alessandro’s brother also was sent to a psychiatric hospital and died there. His father Giovanni was a raging alcoholic and was abusive to the boy. When the Serenelli family moved in with the Gorettis, the mother of St. Maria Assunta, was cleaning the rooms of the house. When she went into Alessandro’s room, she stumbled upon piles of very primitive pornographic magazines and pictures. At first she wanted to take everything out of the young man’s room, but hesitated for fear of the horrible reaction she would receive from Giovanni in his drunken stupor and the fact that her husband Luigi had died. Without Luigi, she was helpless. Little did she realize how these pornographic materials began to shape the mind of Alessandro.
Some people today may be surprised to learn that Ted Bundy, the notorious killer of the college students at FSU, eventually admitted before his execution at Florida Prison that he had a terrible addiction to pornography. With the advent of the internet and home computers and tablets and smart phones, millions and millions of men and women are drawn into the seductive world of pornography in the privacy of their homes. There are so many walking wounded. The cases of sexual molestation and abuse continue to rise. The numbers of sexual predators are growing alarmingly and they now live unknowingly near our homes and in our neighborhoods. We are immersed in a culture of licentiousness. Pornographers are reaping in billions of dollars from unwitting and not-so-unwitting consumers. And the result has been immensely tragic.
No wonder our young people are sarcastic about purity. For them, purity or chastity is a big joke. How often do our teenagers ask their priests or religion teachers or youth ministers, “So, how far can we go?” And of course, proponents of sexual education believe that the more information we give on the sexual act the better our kids will be prepared for the challenges of living in the modern world. Well, folks, that experiment has not worked! In fact, it has failed miserably. How many of our teenager girls are forced by their parents to get on the pill or our teenage boys told to make sure they keep condoms with them??? So many parents cede the battle of purity with their children. What a tragedy! And yet Assunta Goretti made sure to form the conscience of her daughter Maria, reminding her how important it was not only to refrain from impure thoughts and actions but to dress modestly. This worked so well that it is no wonder that shortly after St. Maria’s First Holy Communion the little girl was shocked and horrified by the impure talk of her peers one day.
On this special evening, as we gaze fondly upon the body of this amazing young lady, let us consider the following thought: What was precious and holy to St. Maria should also be precious and holy to all of us! To our young men and women, you may say, “This is impossible. Let’s be realistic. How on earth can I have a relationship with another person unless I sleep with him or her?” The answer is courage. What we need today is courageous men and women who have the ability to say, “No! No! No! It would be a terrible sin and you will go to Hell. God forbids it.” That courage comes from the frequent reception of the sacraments and a deep and lively prayer life. One thing to note about St. Maria is that she deeply and admired the Blessed Mother. Her mother recounted how she always had her rosary beads next to her as she did her daily chores. St. Maria loved the woman whose name she took in her baptism. So should all of us cultivate a tremendous love for the Mother of God. A daily devotion to Mary’s Immaculate Heart and the faithful recitation of the Holy Rosary will help us battle the demons of lust and promiscuity.
There is one more thing we need to discuss about this brave young woman. It was that she harbored no hate in her heart for her attacker Alessandro. You know the story. As she lay dying, the priest who was administering her the Last Rites asked, “Do you forgive Alessandro?” “Yes, of course, Father,” replied St. Maria. “Jesus forgave the penitent thief on the Cross and I shall pray that Alessandro may be penitent.” Here is one of the bravest acts of mercy! This young lady forgave her attacker. And even though Alessandro was sentenced to 30 years in prison because of his youth, that act of mercy would finds its culmination in the man’s eventual conversion. In a remarkable dream, St. Maria appeared to Alessandro and gave him lilies. Upon receiving the lilies they burned in his hands. Upon awakening from this dream, the prisoner asked for a priest immediately. Monsignor Giovanni Blandini visited the now grieving man and hear his confession. Alessandro was a changed man. He would go on to lead a life of great piety and holiness after his discharge from prison and act as the gardener of a Capuchin monastery for the remainder of his life. At his death, Alessandro could never forget the mercy and kindness of this young girl who forgave him so much when he truly deserved hell.
So, it is with all of us. We must forgive others and ask St. Maria to help us to love those who have harmed us deeply. This is the other hallmark of this bright and radiant star in heaven. St. Maria Goretti pray for us and help us to walk in the path of purity and mercy.
On Wednesday, October 28th, the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception will host the First Class Relics of St. Maria Goretti, the Italian Child Martyr for Holy Purity. St. Maria's body will arrive in a glass coffin and will be on display in front of the main altar beginning around 5 or 6 a.m. and remain in the church until the next morning around 5 a.m. There will be three masses celebrated that day: 7:30 a.m., 12:10 p.m. and a solemn mass at 7 p.m. Please be aware that the basilica expects fairly large crowds. Parking will be at a premium in downtown Jacksonville.
St. Maria is known for courageously fighting off her attacker Alessandro Serenelli who attempted to molest her in the summer of 1902 in the town of Nettuno. She told Alessandro that he would go to hell if he committed the rape. Instead, the young man, in a fit of rage, stabbed the little girl several times leaving her mortally wounded. Upon finding her bleeding to death, St. Maria was rushed to the nearest hospital. As she lay dying in the hospital she told her grieving mother Assunta that she had forgiven Alessandro for his crime and desired that he go to heaven.
Alessandro went to prison as a hardened criminal, unrepentant of his murder of little Maria. Thirty years into his incarceration, the man had a dream in which St. Maria appeared to him. Waking up from the dream, Alessandro was a changed man. He repented of his sin and was eventually released from prison for good behavior. Upon his release he asked to visit the Assunta, the mother of St. Maria. He told Assunta that he deeply grieved over his sin of murder of her daughter and asked for forgiveness. Assunta forgave the man, now on in his years. Eventually, Alessandro would go on to lead a life of holiness and prayer.
In 1946, Pope Pius XII canonized St. Maria Goretti as a saint. Assunta, the child's mother, was present on that beautiful day.
St. Maria is the patron saint of holy purity. In a world that is consumed with sexual promiscuity, pornography, molestation, and violence, this child saint stands out as a bright light of hope for those affected by the sins of our culture. So many miracles have been attested to the presence of these beautiful relics - conversions and healings. My hope is that St. Maria will bring about a great revival of faith for all those who approach her.
Make no mistake folks. Those who are celebrating this landmark decision have absolutely no idea the implications this will have upon the religious institutions and family life. Even though this court decision made sure to protect the rights of churches from being obliged to perform a same-sex union, do not think for a moment that LGBT activists will settle for this victory. They want more, and they will use the courts to impose their will on churches. These activists know how to wield judicial power to get attention to their issues. Many people see this as a victory for fairness. But, this is not about fairness. It's about letting people have what they want, no matter how it impacts other people and institutions in our nation. Man Boy love NAMBLA is pushing hard for legislation to legalize incest between adults and children. Sounds ridiculous and repulsive, doesn't it? I hope so. But it is a reality. And, let's not forget those who want legalized polygamy. The cracks in the dam are getting bigger. Are we seeing the bigger picture. Justice Clarence Thomas sees this ruling as a threat against religious liberty. Many will pooh pooh his position on this issue, but time will tell.
There will come a time in the not too distant future when we will grieve that we did not heed the warnings. I hope this country will wake up before it is too late. May Christ have mercy on us all.
In the Gospel of Mark for this weekend, we hear how Jesus called four fishermen to become His followers. They were Simon, Andrew, James and John. The gospel tells us that they left their profession behind and followed Jesus from thence forth. These four men would return to their profession for brief moments, as we see in the fishing story that John's gospel tells after the Resurrection of Jesus. However, for all intents and purposes, they made a decisive break following Pentecost. Their sacrifice was not quite as great as that of Matthew the Tax Collector. Here we have a man who was making a sizeable amount of money off of poor Jews. Life was easy for Matthew. When Jesus came passing by, Matthew left his table and followed Jesus. Nowhere do the gospels ever say that this apostle went back to his trade, even for a moment. He may have been tempted to do so. His family members and friends probably thought he was out of his mind to leave such a lucrative business behind and leave a life of poverty following an itinerant preacher. Life would be hard, but that did not deter Matthew. He, like the other apostles, were drawn to Christ and a vocation of preaching, teaching and sanctifying. They would eventually become the first bishops of the Church.
The only apostle, however, that was way too attached to the world and all it offered was Judas Iscariot. John's gospel tells us that he held the money purse for the apostles and Jesus. And, Judas would often help himself to the money to buy his own personal effects. In essence, he was a thief. He was too much in love with power and money. This would be his downfall. His love for these things kept him from totally following Our Lord.
In our world today, following Christ can be very difficult. We live in a materialistic, secularist society which governs our moral decisions and how we practice our Catholic faith. How many Catholics feel it is perfectly acceptable to miss Sunday mass for the purpose of spending an entire day lounging at the beach or playing 18 holes at a golf course? Faith is considered an afterthought. Look how quickly people leave mass! In some parishes half of the congregation has exited the church by the time communion is over!
When we examine the vocation of marriage, we have to admit that there is a serious crisis going on here. Whereas the sacrament of marriage means that a couple must follow Jesus completely and totally, which includes nonetheless the command to procreate, there is also the strong pull to delay or omit this command due to societal demands such as work, careerism, financial debts, or the pursuit of material goods. Couples have great difficulty understanding that marriage involves an unswerving commitment to the gift of self-donation. Unfortunately, many want the pleasure of sexual intimacy without the responsibility. Therefore, we have what I would call the "Contraceptive Culture."
Pope Paul VI's encyclical Humanae Vitae was very divisive when it was published in 1968. But, how prophetic it was! It stated very clearly that the acceptance of contraception in marriage would lead to the whole scale diminishment of the sacredness of marriage and increase the number of divorces. It would also feed into the abortion mentality. Many couples who are engaged to be marry will state that they only want one or two children at most or will want to delay child bearing for a period time in order to finish a degree, to become more financial secure or to simply enjoy their relationship before being interfered by children. In other words, children are considered a financial or emotional burden, a distraction to marital love. The malaise of contraception has infected so many marriages to the point that just as we are wedding a couple at the altar in our churches we are also consoling more individuals over a failed marriage. It sad to see this.
Selfishness is the primary culprit behind failed marriages. When a man and woman pronounce their vows before the minister, they say, "I take you to be my husband or my wife. I promise to be true to you in good times and bad, in sick, sickness and in health. I will love you and honor all days of my life." If a husband says to his wife, "I will love you but don't ask me to open to having children right now. I have more important goals in my life. Let's talk about this another time." That is cowardliness. That is selfishness.
Marriage involves babies. "Go therefore and be fruitful." Why is this mandate so hard for Catholics today to accept? There are so many excuses for holding back. Remember, that Jesus said to His disciples that if no one could be His follower unless he first deny himself, take up his cross and follow after Him. Marriage requires the willingness to sacrifice and serve the other without any conditions, without any reservations. Getting married is a huge risk. It is a major leap of faith. You are either all for marriage and everything that is incumbent upon married couples or you are not.
And, by the way, cohabitation does not adequately address the risk entailed in marriage because getting married has absolutely nothing to do with compatibility!
I find it so sad and pathetic that the land of the brave and free is so engrossed in the concept of choice and tolerance and deliberately ignores the cries of millions and millions of pre-born babies. Earlier this week we recalled the heroism of a great civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King, Jr. The movie "Selma" just came out in theaters across the nation with great reviews. All of us can certainly attest that our nation turned an important corner in terms of human rights. But, what happen shortly after our African American brothers and sisters were acknowledged rightly for their dignity and place in American society still befuddles my mind. How could we speak boldly and correctly about the nobleness and equality of all races and then do a 180 degree turn and say that unborn children are disposable??? The 1973 landmark decision "Roe vs. Wade" by the American Supreme Court was in essence a statement that some forms of human life are not worthy of dignity. That, my friends, smells of racism.
We speak of the right of "choice" as a private and intimate decision that a woman makes with her healthcare provider. And, sadly, millions of women and men tenaciously defend this right and attack anyone who tries to criticize it. But, what has this freedom of choice reaped in our culture? Ask the millions of women (including men) who have been severely wounded by this choice to abort. Perhaps, Pope Francis has got it right when he sees the Catholic Church as a great field hospital. So many wounded and hurt people from abortion are struggling with depression, suicidal ideation, drinking, drugs and promiscuity. These are the walking wounded that need our love and concern. Many have come to realize the lie they were told about choice. Now, they want to drink of the waters of eternal life. They want to be refreshed by the sacraments and now they are loved and cherished.
The great American tragedy is that today there are still countless citizens who believe that the unborn have no rights or that the rights of the mother usurp the rights of the unborn. Maybe we need to be reminded of these words: "WE hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness..." How quickly we have forgotten.
Today, the Church celebrates the feast of a 12 year old girl from a wealthy family who decided to preserve her chastity. Agnes lived in the latter part of the 3rd century and the early part of the 4th century. During the reign of the Emperor Diocletian, she became a target of a number of suitors who became enraged when she refused their offers. Even attempts to introduce her to licentious behavior, such as dragging her forcefully to a brothel, did not deter her from the love of holy purity. Her end came when she was beheaded after many attempts to kill her failed.
Agnes is among a host of young saints who were outstanding in the virtue of chastity and virginity. Of course, today she would find very few young women and men in our culture who truly felt so strongly about upholding these virtues, even to the point of death. Sadly, so many of our young adults cave in so easily to the pressure of pre-marital sex, masturbation, pornography and immodesty. A teacher recently told me how she became aware that it was not uncommon for a 5th grade girl to get pregnant and give birth to a baby or receive an abortion. A Catholic mother once lectured me about morality for her two sons and stated that she was going to make sure that her children are given all the information about how to protect themselves when having sexual intercourse. And, of course, I know for a fact that many mothers (and fathers too) make sure that their teenager daughters are put on the contraceptive pill at an early age because they feel they have no control over their children's sexual behavior.
Agnes is a saint for our young people. She stands in stark contrast to our culture of death and licentious, a culture which says, "If it feels good, it must be good." This is the morality people operate with today. Agnes' morality is based on the teachings of Our Lord Jesus Christ and the words of St. Paul, "Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers nor boy prostitutes nor sodomites nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God." (1 Corinthians 6: 9 – 10) "The body, however, is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body; God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power. (1 Corinthians 6: 13 –14) Agnes took these words very seriously. Should we not also?
We continue to hear the narrative that Christianity is simply one among hundreds of thousands of other creeds throughout the world and that every religion jockeys for the title of being the one, true faith. So, who should we believe? The typical agnostic or atheistic response is "No one has a monopoly on the truth." This position has served well to those who argue in favor of controversial moral opinions that most Christians find repulsive, i.e., legalized abortion, contraception, same-sex marriage, etc. We have modern historians who wish to rewrite history books concerning the evangelization of Native Americans and are particularly critical of the Spanish under Cortez that destroyed the Aztec cult. Little do these historians realize how debased and cruel the Aztec religion was, involving human sacrifice of adults and children, including cannibalism. And yet, we have those who say that Christians should not evangelize other people and let them be what they are.
There are those who blame Christianity for placing hurdles on scientific pursuit. This is pure bunk. Christianity, even in the case of Galileo, has spurred scientist to seek the truth. True, the Church has had to examine carefully some of the claims of scientists, but never has the Church deliberately and intentionally discouraged scientific research. Even the Vatican has its own large observatory and a department for scientific pursuit.
If we were to follow the logic of those who propose the idea that there is no absolute truth or that truth is relative to what we personally feel, we will inevitably create a culture of chaos and rot, that same kind of chaos and rot that brought down the Roman Empire in its pagan form. Neo-paganism now has replaced Christianity and Judaism in our Western Culture. It embraces a view that anything goes. What Christians understood to be immoral for 2,000 years, now in this enlightened age is considered good. Love is considered a feeling, not a decision or obligation. Marriage is no longer considered sacred between a man and a woman. Human life is disposable. Assisted suicide is understood as doing humanity a favor by getting rid of a life that is diseased or defective. Sex is no longer understood to be sacred. Thanks to pornography we have millions and millions of people obsessed with bodies rather than temples of the Holy Spirit. Amazing, isn't it?
When St. Paul evangelized Asia Minor, Greece and Rome, he brought with him the message of the Good News. The idea of a Savior who died, was buried and rose on the third day gave hope to the pagans, who had basically no hope in the afterlife. In their estimation, this life was it. "Eat, drink, and be merry." Christianity's message is still the same. We must have hope in the resurrection of the dead and life everlasting. Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life." Is there any other way, perhaps? But, Christianity proposes a way of life that is directed toward the truth.
We can continue to argue that absolute truth does not exist. We can continue to say that religions are only the constructs of nations and cultures. We continue to say that science is impeded by the clerics of the Church. But, really folks, where does this lead us to? In my estimation, it leads to a very depressing outlook on life. You may disagree with me on this, but I truly think Christ Jesus and His Gospel message are the answer to our world, not the secularists.
This feast marks the end of the Christmas Season. On Monday, we will begin Ordinary Time. And a month and a week from today we will begin the Season of Lent. Hard to believe, isn't it?
It has been often asked why Jesus who is God and is without sin would ask to be baptized. If baptism means repentance of sins as St. John the Baptist understood it, why would Jesus need to undergo this washing with water? The Church Fathers tell us that Jesus voluntarily underwent baptism by the Baptizer in order to bless and sanctify the waters of baptism. Jesus instituted the sacrament at the moment of His own baptism. By the purity and holiness of his sacred humanity and sacred divinity, the water that was poured over Our Savior's head was made holy and sacred.
Following the baptism of Jesus, the Holy Spirit led Our Lord into the desert where He would be tempted by the devil for 40 days and nights. Then the Spirit brought Jesus back into Galilee where He would inaugurate His ministry of preaching, teaching and healing. What does this tell us about the sacrament of baptism. It tells us that Baptism is not a static sacrament, something that all Catholics have to do! It is a dynamic sacrament of salvation. Salvation doesn't just take place once and for all by the removal of original sin. It is a process that must be developed and nurtured, particularly by the parents of those children who are baptized. St. Paul reminds us very clearly, "Work out your salvation with fear and trembling." We are not "Once Saved, Always Saved." We are put on the road of salvation firmly by the sacrament of baptism, but we can easily wander off that road by our own human will. Salvation can be lost. Therefore, it is up to us to bear the fruit of the gift of faith given to us at Baptism. And, this gift must be nurtured and cared for by those who have the primary responsibility to teach their children - parents.
The feast of the Epiphany celebrates the arrival of the Magi in Bethlehem and the offering of their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Scholars are not sure who these men were. Some conjecture they were Persian astrologers who were followers of a dualistic religion called Zoroastricism. Other opine they were from Saudia Arabia or perhaps Ethiopia. The writer of the gospel of Matthew does not tell us where these men came from except from the East. And, there is one detail that is striking. Their arrival in Jerusalem caused quite a stir among the people. Even King Herod was very nervous about their intentions. Tradition says there were three Magi based on the three gifts that were given to the Christ Child. However, Matthew is silent on this issue. There could have been several more men. Some people like to call these men kings, and it is quite likely that they were of royal blood or worked closely in the courts of the kings. Again, if that was the case, we could understand why the whole city of Jerusalem was shocked to see these men, even though Jerusalem saw many visitors from various countries throughout the year.
In the Ancient World there was the belief that God would send a Savior, a divine king, to rescue the world. This belief was held not only by Jews but pagans as well. Persians had long held the belief in a Savior king. And, that may be why the Magi were constantly on the watch for celestial signs that would be heralds of the arrival of the great God king. 2,000 years ago a very unusual display in the heavens caught the eyes of the Magi. An unknown star of incredible beauty and brilliance appeared. This was the signal that the Savior had arrived. Some scientists think that the star was a comet passing through the skies. A large comet would indeed send off a lot of light. And, it might explain the movement of the star.
In examining the gifts the Magi brought to the cave in Bethlehem, we must marvel at the faith of these royal men. They knew who this Savior was. The gift of gold is typically given to a king. Kings and queens usually wear gold crowns and gold scepters and maces. Their garments often are interwoven with gold. Gold is a precious metal that signifies royalty. The child Jesus, in their estimation, is a king. The gift of frankincense is used for liturgical worship and offered only to a god. The Jewish priests would offer incense continually in the tabernacle where the ark of the covenant was housed or the great Temple. Recall that many Christians died during the Roman persecutions for their refusal to offer incense to the Roman Emperor. Why? Because then they would be acknowledging that Caesar was a divine being. There was only one divine being - The God of Jesus Christ. The gift of myrrh was used for anointing the bodies of those who had died. Jews customarily placed large amounts of fragrant oil all over the corpse in preparation for burial. On the day of the Resurrection, the women were going to the tomb with large amounts of myrrh to re-anoint the body of Jesus. The gift of myrrh represents that the child in Bethlehem would be King, God and Suffering Messiah.
Jesus marveled at the faith of the pagans during his earthly ministry. He would say that their faith was much greater than the faith of the Jews. Perhaps, we who were baptized and brought up in the Catholic Church from our infancy should reflect upon the vitality and enthusiasm of our Catholic neophytes who are on fire with the Holy Spirit.
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