Archbishop Chaput’s Homily for the Closing Mass of the Fortnight for Freedom

Delivered during mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC, July 4th 2012.

Philadelphia is the place where both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were written. For more than two centuries, these documents have inspired people around the globe. So as we begin our reflection on today’s readings, I have the privilege of greeting everyone here today — and every person watching or listening from a distance — in the name of the Church of my home, the Church of Philadelphia, the cradle of our country’s liberty and the city of our nation’s founding. May God bless and guide all of us as we settle our hearts on the Word of God.

Paul Claudel, the French poet and diplomat of the last century, once described the Christian as “a man who knows what he is doing and where he is going in a world [that] no longer [knows] the difference between good and evil, yes and no. He is like a god standing out in a crowd of invalids . . He alone has liberty in a world of slaves.”

Like most of the great writers of his time, Claudel was a mix of gold and clay, flaws and genius. He had a deep and brilliant Catholic faith, and when he wrote that a man “who no longer believes in God, no longer believes in anything,” he was simply reporting what he saw all around him. He spoke from a lifetime that witnessed two world wars and the rise of atheist ideologies that murdered tens of millions of innocent people using the vocabulary of science. He knew exactly where forgetting God can lead.

We Americans live in a different country, on a different continent, in a different century. And yet, in speaking of liberty, Claudel leads us to the reason we come together in worship this afternoon.

Most of us know today’s passage from the Gospel of Matthew. What we should, or should not, render unto Caesar shapes much of our daily discourse as citizens. But I want to focus on the other and more important point Jesus makes in today’s Gospel reading: the things we should render unto God.

When the Pharisees and Herodians try to trap Jesus, he responds by asking for a coin. Examining it he says, “Whose image is this and whose inscription?” When his enemies say “Caesar’s,” he tells them to render it to Caesar. In other words, that which bears the image of Caesar belongs to Caesar.

The key word in Christ’s answer is “image,” or in the Greek, eikon. Our modern meaning of “image” is weaker than the original Greek meaning. We tend to think of an image as something symbolic, like a painting or sketch. The Greek understanding includes that sense but goes further. In the New Testament, the “image” of something shares in the nature of the thing itself.

This has consequences for our own lives because we’re made in the image of God. In the Greek translation of the Old Testament, the same word, eikon, is used in Genesis when describing the creation. “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” says God (Gen 1:26). The implication is clear. To be made in the image of God is more than a pious slogan. It’s a statement of fact. Every one of us shares — in a limited but real way — in the nature of God himself. When we follow Jesus Christ, we grow in conformity to that image.

Once we understand this, the impact of Christ’s response to his enemies becomes clear. Jesus isn’t being clever. He’s not offering a political commentary. He’s making a claim on every human being. He’s saying, “render unto Caesar those things that bear Caesar’s image, but more importantly, render unto God that which bears God’s image” — in other words, you and me. All of us.

And that raises some unsettling questions: What do you and I, and all of us, really render to God in our personal lives? If we claim to be disciples, then what does that actually mean in the way we speak and act?

Thinking about the relationship of Caesar and God, religious faith and secular authority, is important. It helps us sort through our different duties as Christians and citizens. But on a deeper level, Caesar is a creature of this world, and Christ’s message is uncompromising: We should give Caesar nothing of ourselves. Obviously we’re in the world. That means we have obligations of charity and justice to the people with whom we share it. Patriotism is a virtue. Love of country is an honorable thing. As Chesterton once said, if we build a wall between ourselves and the world, it makes little difference whether we describe ourselves as locked in or locked out.

But God made us for more than the world. Our real home isn’t here. The point of today’s Gospel passage is not how we might calculate a fair division of goods between Caesar and God. In reality, it all belongs to God and nothing – at least nothing permanent and important – belongs to Caesar. Why? Because just as the coin bears the stamp of Caesar’s image, we bear the stamp of God’s image in baptism. We belong to God, and only to God.

In today’s second reading, St. Paul tells us, “Indeed religion” — the RSV version says “godliness” – “with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, just as we shall not be able to take anything out of it.” True freedom knows no attachments other than Jesus Christ. It has no love of riches or the appetites they try to satisfy. True freedom can walk away from anything — wealth, honor, fame, pleasure. Even power. It fears neither the state, nor death itself.

Who is the most free person at anything? It’s the person who masters her art. A pianist is most free who — having mastered her instrument according to the rules that govern it and the rules of music, and having disciplined and honed her skills — can now play anything she wants.

The same holds true for our lives. We’re free only to the extent that we unburden ourselves of our own willfulness and practice the art of living according to God’s plan. When we do this, when we choose to live according to God’s intention for us, we are then — and only then — truly free.

This is the freedom of the sons and daughters of God. It’s the freedom of Miguel Pro, Mother Teresa, Maximillian Kolbe, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and all the other holy women and men who have gone before us to do the right thing, the heroic thing, in the face of suffering and adversity.

This is the kind of freedom that can transform the world. And it should animate all of our talk about liberty – religious or otherwise.

I say this for two reasons. Here’s the first reason. Real freedom isn’t something Caesar can give or take away. He can interfere with it; but when he does, he steals from his own legitimacy.

Here’s the second reason. The purpose of religious liberty is to create the context for true freedom. Religious liberty is a foundational right. It’s necessary for a good society. But it can never be sufficient for human happiness. It’s not an end in itself. In the end, we defend religious liberty in order to live the deeper freedom that is discipleship in Jesus Christ. What good is religious freedom, consecrated in the law, if we don’t then use that freedom to seek God with our whole mind and soul and strength?

Today, July 4, we celebrate the birth of a novus ordo seclorum - a “new order of the ages,” the American Era. God has blessed our nation with resources, power, beauty and the rule of law. We have so much to be grateful for. But these are gifts. They can be misused. They can be lost. In coming years, we’ll face more and more serious challenges to religious liberty in our country. This is why the Fortnight for Freedom has been so very important.

And yet, the political and legal effort to defend religious liberty – as vital as it is – belongs to a much greater struggle to master and convert our own hearts, and to live for God completely, without alibis or self-delusion. The only question that finally matters is this one: Will we live wholeheartedly for Jesus Christ? If so, then we can be a source of freedom for the world. If not, nothing else will do.

God’s words in today’s first reading are a caution we ignore at our own expense. “Son of man,” God says to Ezekiel and to all of us, “I have appointed you as a sentinel. If I say to the wicked, ‘you will surely die’ – and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them . . . I will hold you responsible for their blood.”

Here’s what that means for each of us: We live in a time that calls for sentinels and public witness. Every Christian in every era faces the same task. But you and I are responsible for this moment. Today. Now. We need to “speak out,” not only for religious liberty and the ideals of the nation we love, but for the sacredness of life and the dignity of the human person – in other words, for the truth of what it means to be made in the image and likeness of God.

We need to be witnesses of that truth not only in word, but also in deed. In the end, we’re missionaries of Jesus Christ, or we’re nothing at all. And we can’t share with others what we don’t live faithfully and joyfully ourselves.

When we leave this Mass today, we need to render unto Caesar those things that bear his image. But we need to render ourselves unto God — generously, zealously, holding nothing back. To the extent we let God transform us into his own image, we will – by the example of our lives – fulfill our duty as citizens of the United States, but much more importantly, as disciples of Jesus Christ.

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  • Rich

    This is an absolutely frightening homily. The larger context of the message hides the kernel of rebellion, by the Church, against the very Constitution of the United States. This message is a clarion call for the total overthrow of our civil society and the institution of a Catholic Theocracy in the United States. We cannot, in good conscience, ever allow this to happen. If ever the devil was in the details, read this homily carefully, the devil has spoken.

  • http://www.godandthemachine.com Thomas L. McDonald

    NOTE: After some thought, I decided to approve the preceding comment, but not the followup comments by the same writer accusing me of supporting a Catholic theocracy or something-or-other because I didn’t approve his post two minutes after he wrote it … on the 4th of July.

    The Archbishop is one of the most intelligent and compassionate pastors in the Church today, so keep comments on target or substantial, or I’ll just trash them. Yeah, I know: it makes me a coward for not letting brave and fearless comments through, but here’s the thing: this blog, unlike America, IS a theocracy.

  • Paul Rinderle

    The church is neither the master nor the servant of the state, but its conscience, guide, and critic.

    This homily could have been condensed to “pay your taxes, and engage your conscience to executing in the public sector respect for the dignity of all men”s God given inalienable rights of Life,Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness (God)”

  • Poor

    Rich, If you see rebellion in this homily, please point the paragraphs out specifically, because I see nothing but love for our country and love for the ideals that this country was founded upon. If you look at the Constitution of The United States, the First, let me repeat, First Amendment is the Right to Religious Liberty. Freedom of Religion is 1st. That means that each religion, no matter the denomination, should be allowed to follow its conscience. The Catholic conscience is that we should not have to pay for something we see as wrong. We are not trying to push our views on others, we are just trying to keep the government from pushing its views of how we should run Our Religion on us. That is Religious Liberty – following good conscience. The problem here is not the viewpoints of each religious organization, but the fact that the government has limits (just like English and Math have their limits in grammar and numbers – they wouldn’t be able to tell me why poetry sounds beautiful or why gravity exists), in that it cannot say what the people can and can’t do as regards to religion – which is part of the 1st Amendment of The Constitution. Therefore, by telling Catholics that we have to monetarily support something we are morally against, the government oversteps its bounds. The homily, however, was not even about all of this. If you look at it, it’s about living a Christ-like life within the bounds of a just government with just laws. All we Catholics are asking for is a government that does not overstep its bounds of politics and judicial matters by telling us we have to put our money where our hearts are not. If the government can invade religion, what other limits will it step over? The next thing we know, the government will be telling us what groceries we can buy on certain days! Oh, wait. That’s already starting to happen: In New York City they (Mayor Bloomberg) are proposing to not allow restaurants, delis, movie theaters, street carts, and concessions to sell their large oz. sodas anymore, because they are worried about the obesity in America. I say, let people decide where their money goes, even if that does mean they make unhealthy decisions (at least they are free to make them!), and let the government work on the protection, not the abolishment, of the rights and freedoms our Great Country was founded on.

  • Kevin

    Thomas, seriously, what would you expect from someone trolling for an excuse, no matter how tenuous, to use the word “theocracy.”

    Be at peace. Archbishop Chaput didn’t say we need to relay self-selecting, hair-on-fire troll paranoia, but rather to speak the truth in charity.

    Congratulations on running a properly understood theocracy!

  • Stilbelieve

    Rich, the Church is not interested in a theocracy, it’s interested in “godly” people; people who say what they believe and believe what they say. Like Ab Chaput says, “We need to be witnesses of that truth not only in word, but also in deed.” And the most important “deed” most Catholics, including the clergy, can do first, is to remove their names from the Democrat Party, the “organization” the denies the right to life to innocent human beings.

  • Eliana K. Ruiz

    Nothing belongs to Caesar; everything belongs to God Live with a courage
    and confidence that transcend Caesar’s unholy limits. Keep your eyes on Heaven’s prize, for our true home is there, not here. This says Archbishop Chaput, ( the odd image of “He is like a god standing out in a crowd of invalids…” notwithstanding. Invalids? What? Seems an out-dated image needing retirement).

    Stand for the sacredness of human life, yes. If artificial birth control is believed to be contrary to life’s sacredness. then it seems Archbishops might
    want to speak clearly and frequently about the existence of Church-approved methods of natural birth control. so that people might know that such methods indeed exist

    It seems Archbishops would make sure that every parish is amply informed
    about natural birth control and has access to people who are qualified to teach these methods to interested parishioners and do so on a regular and frequent basis in every parish. It would seem Archbishops would want to
    speak out about this Church-approved method of birth control and work
    to make knowledge of it readily available.

    And it seems that Archbishops who believe abortion is wrong would put every effort, not only into saying that it’s wrong, but in helping to bring to light it’s most common causes, the factors that most often lead women and girls
    to consider abortion…not just economic issues but deeper issues of self-esteem, emotional support, the need to seek love & approval through casual
    sexual encounters and being pressured by their male partners.
    Bring such things into the light, where they can be talked about so that
    desperate women and girls can be helped to have more insight about their
    situations and their needs and get the help they need to avoid abortion.

    Just saying it’s wrong and maybe hoping someone hands these women
    newborn layettes somehow does not seem quite to cut it

    Yet Archbishops seem to do little more than say that birth control is wrong and abortion is wrong and congratulate themselves on being courageous
    and outspoken for saying so Oh, and criticize politicians whose difficult job it is actually to try to serve the best interests of a wide and varied public,
    rather than simply to talk. If this is indeed the New Evangelization. how is it new?

  • Anthony

    I totally agree with Archbishop Chaput who has expressed himself very clearly on issues that open or close the door to America’s present and future. We can no longer “go with the flow” ,because everybody has this “feeling” or the majority must be right. It’s about entering more deeply into the “culture of death” (hedonism,egotism,”being comfortable” and ultimately nihilism) or grasping for the “culture of life” ( altruism,charity,mercy,justice,”acceptance of unavoidable suffering”) in a word searching for and doing God’s Will for us. Herein lies the answer. There is no other alternative since man is man and there never will be.

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  • http://dormitantius.blogspot.com Laura Kobet

    Oh, for heaven’s sake, Rich. Really, for *heaven’s* sake.

    Archbishop Chaput’s beautiful homily reflects beautifully what is written in Hebrews 11:16: “Instead, they were longing for a better country — a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.”

    Caesar’s was a theocracy. Christ wasn’t bucking for a coup.

  • zenaida

    Indeed this is one of the best homilies I ever heard. The wisdom and knowledge of this Bishop is so astounding. A very amazing homily from one of God’s faithful apostles. I love you Bishop Chaput and long live the universal Catholic Church!

  • http://ArchbishopChaput’sHomilyfortheClosingMassoftheFortnightforFreedom Richard Chaput

    Stilbelieve, there was nothing in this homily that suggested a denouncement of the Democratic Party. Serious clouds have formed over the Republican party as well. The only position the Catholic Church is making is a forceful request / encouragement that all legislators seek solutions that are reflective of the common good. Also, that religious freedom will always be tolerated in the crafting of legislation, now and forever.

  • http://www.guardianangelstore.com Doug Bonebrake

    Rich,

    This was hardly “a clarion call for the total overthrow of our civil society” or rebellion “against the very Constitution of the States.” In fact it is a reminder that if we do not stand up for our religious liberty as it is guaranteed by the Constitution, we will lose what our founders fought so hard to establish. The First Amendment reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; ” How is it, then, that when citizens claim their right to the free exercise of their religious belief they are rebellious?

    Archbishop Chaput is quite correct, we fulfill our responsibilities as citizens when we seek to live by the teaching of Christ, for He told us that the two greatest of commandments are to love God and one another. Jesus said, “The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:40)

    What I find frightening is a government which does not respect life, despite its reference in the very declaration which established our nation. Our founders stated, “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.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”

    How is this, then, different from Archbishop Chaput’s statement, “Real freedom isn’t something Caesar can give or take away. He can interfere with it; but when he does, he steals from his own legitimacy.” Rebellious? Hardly. A clarion call? Yes. It is a clarion call to defend the very foundations of our Constitution and the rights upon which it is based; the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness granted to us by our Creator.

  • Mae

    Totally inspiring homily. Thank you so much for posting it.

  • Peter McCue

    The idea Archbishop was advocating a Theocracy in the U.S. is either pure nonsense or the product of some very creative thinking. There is no way any rational person can infer such a meaning from this homily.

    Part of the problem in the Church today is the same as Pope Paul VI experienced in 1968 when he issued Humanae Vitae–we want to keep our religion inside the building in which we worship and not take it with us into the world as Christ instructed. Archbishop Chaput’s reference to rendering unto Caesar was a direct quote from St. Matthew’s Gospel (the Gospel reading for the Mass of July 4th). Unfortunately, he’s being told just what Pope Paul VI was told–keep your religion out of my bedroom! The Government wants to make the focus on contraception because they know many people calling themselves “Catholics” don’t agree with the Church’s teachings on that subject. However, the main issue is the extent to which the Government can direct religious institutions to “obey” its dictates. Isn’t it a bit ridiculous to claim that a religious hospital can treat ONLY members of its own religion? So if you’re in an auto accident and the closest hospital is a Jewish hospital, but you’re not Jewish, you have to be taken to a Catholic hospital, or a Methodist hospital, no matter how far away one might be? That excuse for “logic” defies any sense of the rational. Yet, to maintain the religious exemption the Government is trying to impose, that’s exactly what the Administration is saying. That’s what the fight for religious freedom is all about. If the Government can successfully dictate to the Catholic Church what ministries qualify as “religious institutions” and which do not, can those same dictates be far behind for Lutherans, Methodists, Jews, etc.?

    Freedom is “freedom” (NOT “license”) and has already been defined. We are each called to defend that freedom whether convenient or not. That’s the crux of Archbishop Chaput’s homily. Read a bit of history and learn or be reminded of what happened to the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Don’t forget they pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor when they signed that document. Several lost their lives. Others lost everything they owned. Their pledge meant something and we should always remember that Freedom isn’t “free”. It has always been bought and paid for in blood throughout the ages from the release of the Israelites from Egyptian bondage to today.

    Please re-read Archbishop Chaput’s homily and see the call we have had since Christ gave his life for our freedom from sin. There isn’t anything new in his message, just a reminder that with every “right” or “freedom” there is a corresponding obligation. We have the freedom to do what we should do according to the law of God. That’s NOT a “license” to do whatever we want and ignore the consequences.

  • Maria Rioux

    Another great piece by Archbishop Chaput. In Kansas, all of our bishops came to the capitol to stand for religious freedom, and though it was terribly hot, 4,000+ people were there, too. It was the biggest rally ever held there (inaugurations did sometimes draw bigger crowds, but not rallies :)) Anyway, Archbishop Naumann has given some tremendous talks/homilies on the same issue. You can read here:http://www.archkck.org/
    It also includes the USCCB response to the recent Supreme Court decision. It excellently addresses the problems of the AHCA while acknowledging the good one ought to aim for: healthcare for all who need it. Lastly, this would be a great time to read Madison’s “Memorial and Remonstrance”. Here’s a link: http://religiousfreedom.lib.virginia.edu/sacred/madison_m&r_1785.html
    God bless, Maria

  • KM

    Are you joking?

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  • Dr Craig Holoboski

    As an Anglican, not a Roman, Catholic I can still agree with the Archbishop.

    The source of rights is GOD, “endowed by their Creator with inalienable rights…” which is fundamental to our American law and morality. The Constitution merely articulates SOME of the inalienable rights, but it not the Source of them. Check out MAGNA CARTA, as another source of “rights” in addition to the U.S. Constitution.

    My degrees are in History, Political Scienc e and Law.

    Dr. Craig Holoboski

  • Dana

    Let me guess…..Rich is a Godless Democrat.
    Can I hear an AMEN?

  • musiciangirl591

    i highly doubt that the Archbishop is calling for rebellion, and he is not calling for a theocracy, just for the government to recognize our rights, and that we are God’s servants first and Obama’s and whatever administration’s last, i quote St. Thomas More “I die the king’s good servant and God’s first”…

  • Jim

    Thanks to Bishop Chaput. He reminds us not to just say we are Chirstian but to live our faith, witness, and speak up to defend the teachings of Christ and to speak out for religious freedom. I have often wondered how a person can claim to be Chrisitian or Catholic like Nancy Polosi and not live their faith. I am weak as all humans are and need the grace of God to sustain me and his forgiveness and compassion to save me. I pray we work together and help one another to stay true to the rights given us by God. May our nation be an example for all the world to follow and may we have pride in ourselves and our accomplishments.

  • Tom Phillips

    In response to Rich; I cannot understand where you find anything in the Archbishops’ homily referring to overthrowing the government. Instead he is rightly calling us back to the origins of the country as well as our origin contained in God our creator. There is no ‘kernal of rebellion’ here, only a revelation of the truths that all of the founding fathers understood all too well.

    Patriotism is a virue, as the Archbishop reminds us. But unquestioning patriotism in any system devised by man which seeks to overthrow God and His will is foolish and doomed to failure. The real message here is live for God first in all things.

  • Lilly

    Eilana, Your point is taken. Yes, more needs to be said about abstinence as a prevention to unwanted births and abortions….and not only does the clergy need to speak louder, but so does society (and politicians), including yourself. Instead, our present culture and many politicians and media influence try to make deviant behaviors “normal” and “acceptable” behavior, without teaching about the consequences and responsibility of these behaviors. “Archbishops” too have a “difficult job” to serve God and stand in God’s light, while the “wide and varied public” condemns them for doing so. As the Declaration of Independence indicates, our *Rights only come from God (*LIFE, Liberty and PURSUIT of happiness), through faith and responsibility.
    Here is something to think about:
    If you have a credit card and you freely use it to buy whatever you want because you feel entitled, without responsibility of the consequences, when the bill comes (and it always does as every action has a reward or consequence), you suddenly become “slave to the lender”. You don’t blame the lender for your spending habits (although our current culture is making it the norm to blame), but rather, you stand with integrity and self respect, and take care of your responsibility..and thus remain free. If you know in the that you cannot afford the credit card and most people do know this, you say NO from the start.

  • Erik Ronneberg

    Rick Santorum forwarded a link to this sermon, so I read it. My hope is that we can see one another as brother and sister- not only fellow US citizens, or fellow members of some US denomination. Our leaders are often abusing their power- we know that from history. Yet look at Jesus before Pilate- in the face of abuse He showed love. Or look at Jesus responding to Judas, first warning him not to betray Him, then in the moment of betrayal, calling him friend. I consider those who are betraying our national covenant of freedom as friends, even as they support Caesar (Obama) over the Word of Christ.

    To me the theology of the US revolution was that we must not merely replace one king with another, but we must not have any king, only Jesus as King of Kings. As to being angry over any worldly king exalting his own words over the Bible, let us pray for wisdom and repentance for this leader, perhaps Daniel chapter 4 will happen again.

  • Rob

    It is disappointing that people like Rich are so paranoid when it comes to the church and our country. The Archbishop’s homily speaks for itself. Rich should re-read it and meditate on the depth and importance of the spiritual truth that is stated.

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  • Teresa A. Parker R.N.

    Thank you Archbishop Chaput.

  • Timothy Mark

    I witnessed the homily in its entirety. Did you? Do you know anything about oppression? Have you witnessed to the oppressed? Our nation is heading to a juncture where people of all faiths will have to decide whether to obey laws that oppress their religious freedom and lose our salvation, or fight those laws and win eternal life. This is the juncture our fore fathers were at. Their path led to war. Hopefully, our path leads change at the ballot box and how seriously we live our lives in accordance to the ideals penned in the Declaration of Independence. If it does not, then decisions will have to be made by the religious faithful. Ninety-five percent of the signers of the Declaration of Independence died at the hands of the British, or had all their property, money and title taken away, and died a pauper’s death. Yet, each man stood tall to the end. You don’t have to go overseas to witness religious oppression. Go to your local abortion witness the death of those without a voice, the unborn. Without change, all of us will be forced to pay for this atrocity in 2014. All of us will be complicit in murder. We already are step from damnation since our tax dollars indirectly fund Planned Parenthood. But this isn’t the only example there are many more string us in the face, right here in this country.
    My friends, our flag is indifferent. It will fly regardless who holds the reins of this country. It is up to us to decide who our flag represents. For me, there is only one person who paves my way to salvation and that is the Jesus Christ. If anyone forces me to make compromise my faith I have two choices, die living a life for Christ and win eternal salvation, or die living a life of materialism, greed and triviality, to die an eternal death. I prefer to keep this country in a state that will allow myself and my fellow religious citizens to gain the Kingdom of Heaven after dying a natural death.

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  • http://innerwindows.net Ronald St Martin

    Listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. The Holy Spirit is speaking through his annointed bishop and prophet and we need to listen and respond accordingly. We are living in a fullness of time of technological “wonder” and unprecedented knowledge. As he said in his prophetic talk to catholic journalist many of us have given ourselves over to this “wonder” and knowledge and its fruit of materialism, comfort, ease and praticle atheism. To many of us faith is an empty shell and show of routine . We have lost our salt and what good is salt if it looses is flavor, but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. Unless we repent and return to the Lord with our whole heart, mind and soul we will continue to be trampled underfoot maybe to the extent that Archbisop suggest. We can do nothing on our own and without a living Faith in our Lord we will become nothing but an insignificnat people who largely are ignored by default. The Church is the last bulwark against the sophistry and unreasoanbleness on these times – mass child killing, child abuse and neglect, lust and sodomy etc.

  • Retha

    What a stupid noise! This was a brilliant homily, that makes it very clear what our duties are to God and what our duties are to our country.

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