November 10, 2014

Leo the Great

November 10, 2014:  St. Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor

  • 'Faces around the earth' tie:  Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.  The earth is the Lord's (psalm) [New, thanks to my wife's keen eye and SOS/Share Our Selves Thrift Shop in Glendale; watch for more from her find.]
  • 'Stone' tie pin:  Better for one that a millstone be put around his neck than he causes little ones to sin (gospel)
  • 'Tree' pin: If you had mustard seed-sized faith, you'd tell the tree to move and it would (gospel)
  • White shirt:  color of St. Leo memorial
Roamin' Catholic report:  music for Saturday's wedding
*: Assembly can sing.  Similarly, at Friday's funeral, all the assembly could sing were the Alleluia, Holy, Mystery of Faith, and Amen (same as above).  All music ministry members were in the loft (with organ), and there was no cantor.  I'm a big proponent of choosing more music the assembly can sing and having an 
animator they can see and hear to encourage them, but maybe funerals and weddings really are times for more listening and less singing, especially if that's how the attendees are so inclined??  What do you think?  Please comment below!
More Roamin' Catholic reports
Pope Francis homily
Scandal:  Christ:  "Woe to those who scandalize."   Paul to Titus:  priests should be irreprehensible, the antithesis of scandal; so should every Christian.  Scandal is professing Christian life but living like a pagan.  There's no witness, since we profess faith by how we live.  People say, "I don't go to church; I'd rather be honest than be like that person who goes then does this...."  Scandal destroys faith, and we're all capable of it!
Wordle: Readings 11-10-14Forgiveness:  Instead, forgive, forever as Jesus invites.  Christians who can't forgive cause scandal.  We have to forgive, because we've been forgiven; Jesus taught that in the Lord's Prayer.  Human logic leads us to revenge, hate, and division, not forgiveness.  So many families break up because they can't forgive!  If I don't forgive, I don't understand God's forgiveness or have the right to be forgiven.
Faith:  When the disciples heard this, they asked, "Increase our faith."  Without the light faith—in a merciful Father, a Son who gave himself for us, a Spirit in us helping us grow, and the Church, God's people—you can't forgive or live without scandal.  The disciples ask for faith because they know it's a gift.
  • Ti 1:1-9  Titus, I left you so that you might set right what remained to be done and appoint presbyters:  blameless, married only once, with believing children not licentious or rebellious.  A bishop must be blameless, not arrogant, irritable, aggressive, greedy, or a drunkard, but hospitable, good, temperate, just, holy, and self-controlled, holding fast to the true message, both to exhort and to refute opponents.
  • Ps 24:1b-4ab, 5-6  "Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face."  The Lord’s are the world and those who dwell in it.  Those with clean hearts, God will reward.
  • Lk 17:1-6  “Better for you to have a millstone around your neck and be thrown into the sea than to cause little ones to sin.  Rebuke sinners; forgive those who repent.  If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you'd say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey.”
    • Creighton:  Forgiveness identifies Jesus' disciples more than any other behavior; Jesus models it perfectly and demanded it intensely.  If you meet the 1st reading's requirements, it's likely you're forgiving.  Forgiveness is the way to dialogue, discernment, and peace.  Refusing forgiveness threatens our compassion, peace, and virtue.  From whom do I need to seek forgiveness?  Whom do I need to forgive?  Pope Leo is known for meeting Attila the Hun and his warriors and turning them from their destructive plans.  Let's face our internal warriors of anger, bitterness, or revenge, and count on Christ’s mercy to dispel them so we may be forgiving and forgiven.
    • Passionist:  Paul's list of qualifications for bishop should apply to us all.  Are we humble, hospitable, just, holy, self-controlled models of discipleship?
      St. Leo Magnus
      Francisco de Herrera el Mozo
    •  Jesus speaks of two forces:  temptation and faith. The Greek for temptation (scandalon) is like our 'scandal,' originally meaning trap or stumbling block....  Jews held that teaching others to sin was unforgivable; Jesus commanded to not give bad example or lead others into sin.  Faith can overcome obstacles, and the Spirit helps us grow in faith.

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