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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 7, A.D. 2002

Galatians 1:6-12
Psalm 111:1-2,7-10
Luke 10:25-37

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

"If anyone preaches to you a Gospel other than the one you have received, let that one be accursed!" (see Galatians 1:9)

Today's feast emphasizes the importance of faith; that is, believing and acting upon the truths that come through the Church established by Jesus Christ, the unchanging Word of God. Pope Pius V initiated this day to honor our Holy Mother for her aid, invoked through the praying of the rosary, resulting in victory for the Christian fleet at Lepanto. Such simple, humble faith is becoming increasingly rare in a world intoxicated with pride, greed and self-will, shifting its faith from God to self.

Paul's letter to the Galatians addresses this illness, one that has infected the Church, especially over the past two generations since Vatican II, during which many Bishops, theologians and priests worldwide have misinterpreted these documents and usurped papal authority, putting their own spin on matters of faith and morals. They presumed to alter Catholicism in hopes of better suiting modern tastes, of attracting those who find our Faith too strict, not offering them sufficient moral choices. In consequence, much confusion exists among our "would be" faithful, many of whom now question Scripture and Tradition and support divorce and remarriage, fornication, artificial contraception and insemination, homosexuality and abortion. We ought not be surprised at the drastic decrease in those entering the priesthood and religious vocations; there is little left of the Faith to distinguish this deformed modernist version of Catholicism from the secular world, little that would inspire one to make sacrifices--low salary, celibacy, etc..

The Modernist's cry is that God accepts and forgives all. But they omit that God forgives all only to repentant sinners, those who see as evil any practice destructive to God's created order, those who accept the sanctity and nobility of human life, those who do not exploit and use others for selfish ends. God made us for Himself, not as puppets to be manipulated but as beings made to participate in His holiness and love. Only if we accept the Church's truths revealed in Christ and assent to live them by His grace, can we build a world community pervaded by peace and genuine freedom.

Blessed Redeemer,
keep us faithful to Your truth,
give us the wisdom to see error
and the courage to reject the biddings of this world.

- Marie L. Bocko, ocds (mlbocko@borg.com)

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