The Corpus Christi Procession, the Christian Vocation, the Rally for Religious Liberty
clergy called to the world, as witnesses of Christ the Servant.
I always celebrate the Feast as my ordination anniversary, rather than the calendar date. I knew then, and have grown to understand more deeply with each passing year, how significant it was that the Lord who called mealso allowed me to root my service as a member of the Clergy in the rich and deep meaning of this marvelous Feast. The mystery it recalls to our hearts and minds - and the invitation to intimacy with the Lord which it extends - has informed my response to the Vocation of Deacon.
On Friday, June 8, 2012 I will gather with hundreds of deeply concerned citizens in the Virginia Beach Town Center for the "Stand up for Religious Liberty Rally". I will emcee and share some remarks concerning the danges presented by the unconstitutional Health and Human Srvices mandate which threatens the Church in her saving and healing mission. Throughout the United States, thousands will gather in major cities for similar rallies. I see my participation connected to my diaconal ministry.
We Catholics defend religious freedom as a fundamental human right for all men and women. Every single man and woman has a right to hear the Truth and thereby be set free. The Church must be free, in every Nation, to proclaim in both word and deed the fullness of that truth which is found in Jesus Christ who iis fully revealed in Church.
We have received the Bread of Heaven. Let us become what we consume. On the Feast of Corpus Christi as we March through the Streets of the world lifting Jesus Christ enthroned let us say "Yes" to the invitation to become "living monstrances". Let the consuming fire of God's love purify us so that we can be used to reveal His presence to the whole world waiting to be born anew.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Keywords: Corpus Christi, Monstrance, Body and Blood, Eucharist, Eucharistic Procession, Pope benedict XVI, Rally for Religious Freedom, Deacons, priests, monstrance, Deacon Keith Fournier
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