September 15, 2018
Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

A month ago, the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania made public a Report of a statewide investigating grand jury, which detailed credible allegations of sexual abuse of children and youth in six dioceses in Pennsylvania, and shortcomings in the ways that such allegations were handled by diocesan administrators, particularly diocesan bishops, over the years. The Grand Jury Report followed revelations of sexual misconduct and harassment by Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, and this news has provoked justifiable anger, sadness and pain among the faithful, particularly among survivors of sexual abuse and their loved ones. “If one member” of the Body of Christ “suffers, all suffer together with it,” Saint Paul teaches (1 Cor 12:26), and in these days the suffering of the Church is grave indeed.

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Lent, 2019

It is a special gift of Divine Providence that the sixth commandment and the sixth beatitude are linked. In the Mosaic law, God commands his people to respect the covenant of marriage and to avoid sexual immorality — “You shall not commit adultery” (Ex 20:14). The virtue of continence enables one to practice self-control and abstain from sinful desires and actions. In the Sermon on the Mount, He invites us to go deeper, to grow from continence to chastity, which is “the successful integration of sexuality within the person and thus the inner unity of man in his bodily and spiritual being” (Catechism, 2337). And he promises that our efforts to be integrated, authentic and chaste will be rewarded with the ability to “see God” — to understand ourselves, our relationships with God and others, and God’s plan for our lives, from His perspective. Impure thoughts and desires cloud our vision and become obstacles. When we are able to put them aside, we can see more clearly what God sees. We can “see God.”

“As we turn away from the world and towards the Cross, we rely less on earthly pleasures to provide comfort and security, and find our consolation and peace more completely in God alone. ”

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Image: William Hole, Jesus al Desierto, marked as public domain, more details on Wikimedia Commons.

“I am glad that we are talking about ‘homosexual people’ because before all else comes the individual person, in his wholeness and dignity. And people should not be defined only by their sexual tendencies: let us not forget that God loves all his creatures and we are destined to receive his infinite love.”
– Pope Francis, The Name of God is Mercy

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Fr. John Harvey, OSFS

Oblate of St. Francis de Sales

Born: April 14, 1918
Perpetual profession: September 8, 1940
Ordained: June 3, 1944
Died: December 27, 2010

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