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Vic Biorseth, Monday,
September 05, 2016
We had occasion to be in Michigan this past weekend, which was Labor Day weekend, visiting Marcie's brother Ray. As is our habit when in Michigan, we prayed the Sunday Mass at Assumption Grotto Church. It was the sixteenth Sunday after Pentacost.
The Epistle was from Ephesians 3:13-21.
The Gospel was from Luke 14:1-11.
Fr. Perrone's homily addressed the hidden nobility, or the unrecognized, natural nobility of the truly humble. That there is a spiritual nobility in humility. It is unrecognized by the worldly nobility, who sit in the seats of honor, who may be crowned and bejeweled, or who may enjoy high social status or political leadership. Recognition of the world is the measure of their "nobility".
In truth, the whole of human culture may be seen to be sliding into depravity, with leaders and followers alike yielding to all sensual temptations of the world and enjoying pleasure for the sake of pleasure, even at the expense of their own souls. The loftier and more "noble" they make themselves or see themselves, the less concern they have for the lowly. Seeking solace in material, they become materialistic, and utilitarian, to the point that everything, and everyone, that is not of use in this life is unnecessary, and even expendable. For, in this "nobility", less and less is sacred, until at last nothing is sacred.
I find this to be true in the working world, to be true in the world of politics, to be true in the world of general Christianity, and to be true even within the Catholic Church. Fr. Perrone's homilies are always deeply moving and thought provoking. There was no mention of Mother Teresa until in the prayers after Mass, but he didn't have to mention her; she was on everyone's mind, since this was the day of her elevation to Sainthood. She epitomized everything to do with this Natural Nobility.
The preceding Wednesday before this Mass, after work we were able to attend a one hour presentation on Mother Teresa at St. Peter's Church, given by a Priest (Fr. Ethan Moore) who had gone to Calcutta to serve with Mother Teresa's order as an internship experience as a seminarian. Quite an experience, for an American. So, with that impressive and inspirational presentation on our minds, we were seeing Mother Teresa's example in every word of Fr. Perrone's homily.
To look at her humble offering to the poor of Calcutta is to peer into true Chritian Nobility. Natural Nobility. Not as the world sees it, but as it truly is. In answer to her "call within a call", she, who had nothing, went, alone, to those who had nothing - and she provided something.
She couldn't have done what she did alone. It was God, working through her. She did what she did by faith alone. God did the rest. She just gathered up orphan street children into a sort of school, and kept them together to feed them, from her nothing. She would go to various merchants in the market place asking for some food for her children, from people who were not even Christians. They were Hindus, and they were Moslems, who periodically and unpredictably erupted into riots or organized attacks, to beat and kill each other.
But Mother Teresa, this small little woman, was so persistent that they began giving her of their own produce, for nothing, just to make her go away. Over time, they softened to her plight, and were even made to see the goodness of charity, and the need of the children. She was always able to feed her formerly starving orphan children, and there were always more and more of them to feed.
She just did it.
No one even gave a second glance at this dirty little woman, kneeling in the filthy gutter over some sick or dying forgotten soul that everyone else was walking around and avoiding. Her makeshift "school" became also a hospital, or actually, more of what we might call a Hospice facility. She got buildings and facilities to grow the effort, and she got them from nothing.
She didn't have the first clue where any money would come from; she just kept going.
And it was a similar story of how Mother Angelica followed in the footsteps of Bishop Sheen, doing him one better: Where he got a good successful regular show on a big TV Network, to teach the faith, she got a whole new TV Network, to teach the faith every day, and all over the world. Beginning, again, with nothing.
She didn't even know what she was doing, or rather, how to do it. She knew nothing about the intricacies of broadcasting or the technology of radio, let alone TV, let alone Satelites; she just wanted to teach and evangelized, on line. She let the rest take care of itself.
She just did it. Without the foggiest idea of where the money would come from, or if it would come at all. She operated on true faith.
She spent her life doing it, with God working through her.
This is our Catholic Nobility; these are the true and natural Nobles we should look up to and emulate. They didn't wait for leadership; they lead by doing. They became leaders without intending to be leaders. They had something else in mind. Mother Teresa thought only of the poorest of the poor. Mother Angelica thought only of all the un-evangelized in the world, and of all the fallen away Catholics.
And they became Noble leaders without any intention toward nobility or leadership or authority. The opposite of worldly nobility.
This is Natural Nobility.
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Evangelization enters the animal kingdom with the first bear prayer. It is fitting that the first bear prayer would be a prayer of thanksgiving.
Is the Internet down in Lithuania? Sudden loss of Lithuanian traffic suggests the internet is down in Lithuania.
The rise of the Femi Nazi Green Beret, and the decline of military victory. The first Femi Nazi Green Beret will be awarded out of fairness, not excellence.
Food Insurance: Is this stuff really any good? All of us conspiracy-theorizing, global-calamity doomsday-preppers need their Food Insurance.
We just had to try to do Robert Irvine's Plastic Wrapped Baby Back Ribs. Put plastic wrapped baby back ribs in the oven? What? Are you nuts?
Thoughts on the first Eucharist, established by the Last Supper. The first Eucharist was recognized by the Apostles for what it was on that holiest Holy Thursday.
Get behind these Tea Party Candidates. The Constitution is not going to be restored to legal preeminence unless we replace leadership incumbents of BOTH PARTIES.
Ecce homo; Behold the man. Ecce Homo. Behold the Innocent Lamb, who takes away the sins of the world.
When your system slows down or hangs, it's time for a Total System Reboot. America, the World, and even the Catholic Church may need a Total System Reboot.
"We belong to the Church militant; and She is militant because on earth the powers of darkness are ever restless to encompass Her destruction. Not only in the far-off centuries of the early Church, but down through the ages and in this our day, the enemies of God and Christian civilization make bold to attack the Creator’s supreme dominion and sacrosanct human rights.”--Pope Pius XII
"It is not lawful to take the things of others to give to the poor. It is a sin worthy of punishment, not an act deserving a reward, to give away what belongs to others."--St. Francis of Assisi
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