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June 2023

From 2023-06-13 to 2023-08-23

A Madelinot Fisherman and His Captain

In his book, Claude Bourgeois writes: Because I never know today what will happen to me tomorrow, in You, God, I put my hope; You, my Captain (God), you know all of my needs. And if the storm breaks loose and comes to shake my boat, come back again, Captain, soothe your sailor’s heart. Here, I think of the actions of the apostles and Jesus, whose boat was tossed and moved by the storm (Luke 8: 22-25): Master, Master, we are going to drown. Wake up! It does not matter to you that we perish! Jesus got up, rebuked the wind and the raging waters and calmed his companions, then he said to them: Why are you afraid? Do you not yet have faith? Jesus sought to stir up his apostles without rejecting them, to tear them from the swamp of opinions, ideologies and arguments of authority, to wash them so they could manage and ease their conscience. I give you my joy, he says, so your joy may be whole (John 15: 11).

JESUS PROPOSED A TRUTH

In everyday life, Jesus orients us as he oriented the apostles. He specifies what is important to him and questions us, inviting us to base our existence on the only filial RELATION with the God he

calls Father: When your Love breaks our chains and frees us from our dungeons, life is never the same again. Ah, freedom! How beautiful it is.4 Jesus did not establish a small school for the Twelve and the future Christians to be the first teachers. Instead, he gathered a group of people who would witness a DRASTIC CHANGE — a change of heart which only the Gospel is able to bring into being and scatter around. Often in the Gospels, Jesus was asked: Are you the Messiah? He responded: It is you who say it! Perhaps, for him, it was a pedagogical way of saying: think with your heart, stop repeating just anything, dismiss the arguments of authority, do not let yourself be persuaded by the subtlety of arguments, deliver yourself from the pressure of crowds, look into your conscience... Jesus did not seek to be the representative of a tradition; instead, he gave everything so that Love would be the nourishment and work of all humans; he gave everything so that everyone could adhere to Love. As Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt said: Jesus is not a triumphant god, but a God who makes God triumph.

In the tossed boat spoken of by the evangelist Luke (Ch. 8), the apostles howed the type of faith that lived within them: a narrow faith based largely on opinions and ideologies. A faith that must be purified! Jesus did not condemn them (think also of Zacchaeus, the Samaritan, Peter…)

— He invited his followers to grow in joy, to reflect on themselves and understand that it is  within them that they must look for what needs to be done to adjust their target called Love—an immense task. He called them to go forward and out into the unknown without fear, he offered a new way of thought, did not condemn error, but invited them to trust him; he assured them of his presence and that of the Father who lived in them. Jesus invited those who followed him not to build a model of humanity according to how we judge human actions, but to take the human being just as he is, in his universal and singular nature, and to judge his actions based on the reasons, the root causes that motivated them.

Jesus presented himself as a wise shepherd uninterested in a set of concepts built on one theory, but was passionate about the importance of welcoming the present moment and going off into the unknown to join those who were shaken and injured. The Lord Jesus continues questioning us and shaking up what we create and what we entrust to the Future.

André Gadbois   AVRIL • MAI • JUIN 2019

From 2023-05-19 to 2023-07-20

WHY DOESN'T GOD INTERVENE

Then someone said, let's let our girls have an abortion if they want to, without telling their parents. And we said, OK.

Then a wise school board member said, since the boys are who they are and they're going to do it anyway, let's give them all the condoms they want, so they can have as much fun as they want, and they don't have to tell their parents, because they can get them at school. And we said, OK.

Then members of our elected government said it doesn't matter what we do in our private lives, as long as it doesn't affect our work. And, in line with that, they said it doesn't matter what anyone, including the President, does in private, as long as I have my job and the economy is running.

And someone also said, "Let's print magazines with pictures of naked women and call it a healthy and realistic designation of female beauty." And we said, OK.

And someone else took that assessment a step further and published naked pictures of children and made them available on the internet. And we said, okay, they have a right to their freedom.

Then the entertainment industry said let's produce blasphemous television shows and movies that show violence and illicit sex. Let's record music that promotes rape, drugs, murder, suicide and satanic themes. And we said, it's just entertainment, it doesn't have any negative effect and anyway, nobody takes it seriously, so let's go.

And we wonder why our children have no conscience, how come they don't know the difference between right and wrong anymore, and why they don't mind killing strangers, their classmates and themselves.

Perhaps, if you think about it long enough, you can find the answer. It may have a lot to do with "WE COLLECT WHAT WE SEE."

"Dear God, why didn't you save the little girl who was killed in her classroom?" Sincerely, a concerned student.

The answer, "Dear concerned student, I am not allowed to be in your schools anymore." Sincerely, God.

It's funny how easy it is to get rid of God and then wonder how it is that our lives have become hell. It's funny how we believe what's written in the newspapers but doubt what's written in the Bible.

It's funny how everyone wants to go to heaven, as long as they don't believe, think, say or do what the Bible says.

It's funny to see someone say "I believe in God" but follow Satan, who, by the way, "believes" in God, too.

It's funny how easy it is for us to be judgmental but how hard it is to accept that we are judgmental.

It's funny how many jokes you can send by e-mail, and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages that talk about the Lord, you think twice before sharing it.

It's funny how obscene, crude, and vulgar messages pass so freely through cyberspace, but public discussions about God are banned from schools and workplaces.

It's funny how a person can be so zealous for Christ on Sunday, and be just as invisible the rest of the week.

Are you laughing?

It's funny how when you come to spread this message, you won't send it to many people in your address book, because you're not sure what they believe in, or what they will think of you for sending it to them.

It's funny how I can worry more about what others think of me than what God thinks of me.

Do you think?

 

Ann Graham.