Posted by: sisterbernice | July 16, 2010

souls

Do we Catholics really believe we have a soul?  If we do, why do we criticize formal and informal attempts to heal and protect souls?  Just thinking about that tonight in the wake of people’s outcry over the combination of the newly published Vatican norms.  Other than those thoughts – I am unworthy tonight in my prayer life.  I have things going on and haven’t handled them as well as a mature adult Christian should.  Pray for me as I pray tonight.  As always, I pray the prayers scattered throughout this blog and the Sorrowful mysteries here.   Just as a clarification, while I pray for priests, and the Pope, I am not praying to excuse anyone.  I am praying for healing for all, especially the victims.  Healing takes different forms for each person and for the institution itself.  We all need to pray for this and not be distracted by the politics of the moment.  And, let us pray for our souls.

Today’s readings here and the Gospel for contemplation:

 Mt 12:1-8:

Jesus was going through a field of grain on the sabbath.
His disciples were hungry
and began to pick the heads of grain and eat them.
When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him,
“See, your disciples are doing what is unlawful to do on the sabbath.”
He said to the them, “Have you not read what David did
when he and his companions were hungry,
how he went into the house of God and ate the bread of offering,
which neither he nor his companions
but only the priests could lawfully eat?
Or have you not read in the law that on the sabbath
the priests serving in the temple violate the sabbath
and are innocent?
I say to you, something greater than the temple is here.
If you knew what this meant, I desire mercy, not sacrifice,
you would not have condemned these innocent men.
For the Son of Man is Lord of the sabbath.”

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