…the Lord comes to rule the earth. 13Nov2016

Divine Mercy image (3) (2)It is because you are not of this world that the world hates you… Persecution is a sign that you are following in My footsteps faithfully… I have remained on earth to comfort your aching heart and to fortify your soul, so that you will not falter on the way.

Words of Jesus to St. Faustina as recorded in her Diary, par. 1487

 

These end-times readings are always a bit disconcerting, at least for me, and they are especially so after the last several months of political bashing that has done nothing but show how inept we are at choosing men and women to be our future leaders. It is also sad to see just how culturally divisive we have become and how morally bankrupt we are—on both sides of the divide. The good values that we desire to guide our nation are being swept away by a tidal wave of hate, deceit, thievery and a blind ambition that cannot serve anyone except itself. It is a bottom-feeding mentality that thrives on the misfortunes of others and is motivated by lust for power. Is there any hope for us?

In the past 10 days we have been witnesses to two very important events. The first one, election day this past Tuesday, of which I have already spoken, is one. The other is less apparent because it is not of this world but you can still view it in its entirety. I am speaking of the ordination of our new auxiliary Bishop, Jorge Rodriguez.

Every ordination is a ceremony filled with joy and the ordination of a Bishop is a very special opportunity for our Church to celebrate its transcendent nature. The promise of Christ to be with us always and His Divine presence in the person of the Holy Spirit burst forth with exultation at Bishop Rodriguez’ ordination as the choir began with the hymn: This is the Feast of Victory for our God. Yes, before election day, we Colorado Catholics celebrated another reminder that God is with us, He is in charge, He is our hope, He is our salvation and, one day unknown to us, He will return to rule the earth.

Deacon Richard

 

You can watch the ordination at www.archden.org. Click on the “learn more” box under Bishop’s name, then scroll down to the red bar and click on “watch the ordination.”

 

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