Friday, January 9, 2009

“You are Priest, Prophet and King – Part 2

In Part 1 of this series we talked about how we as Baptized Catholic's are anointed, "Priest, Prophet and King". We focused on how we are called to the Priesthood, as laity in that our Priestly Vocation is not that of a Priest with Holy Orders, but that in which we are called to sacrifice. Our lives are given back to God in Sacrifice for all He has given to us. We must die to our Fleshly Desires of this world, DAILY and live for others, just as Christ did for us.

What is the Prophetic call in our Vocation?

  • Old Testament Prophets were the Voice of God to the People. The Prophet Elijah represented God, to His chosen people. Ezekiel represented the Voice of God, along with Isaiah and so many of the other great Prophets, before and after him.
  • Jesus Himself was also a Prophet, in the fact that HE represented and WAS the Voice of God to man. Fully human yet fully Divine, Jesus represented His Fathers Voice, Desires and Plans for our eternal Salvation through Himself. The Prophet spoke Truth and that True is INFALLIBLE!
  • We also share in the Prophetic Ministry of our Vocation in that we too must speak the INFALIBLE Truth's given to us by God, which can be found in the Bible and the teachings of our One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. We too must represent the Voice of God to our brothers and sisters, in calling all people to Repentance and Baptism. We are called to speak the Words of God, when Jesus reminded us; "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one goes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6)

Our call in this life, my brothers and sisters is a call to HOLINESS and it is through this, the Prophetic Ministry of our anointing that we continue in service to others, and not self-servitude, dying to our own sinful ways, and living the TRUTH of the Gospels as Christ would have us live. Submitting ourselves to the Authority of the Church, and the Magisterial teachings of our Church that have been handed down from the beginning through Apostolic succession; fighting for what is RIGHT, fighting to eradicate intrinsic evils; doing what is RIGHT in our own lives. WE, each one of us, must say YES to the Lord's Will in our daily lives knowing that in following Him, we are on the road toward Salvation and Eternal Life with the Father. We will fall, we will stumble, but through the Sanctifying Grace of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, we are able to GET UP, SHAKE THE DUST OFF OUR SANDLES and KEEP ON KEEPIN ON! OH THANK YOU LORD, you have been SO GOOD TO US, THANK YOU LORD for Guiding us; THANK YOU LORD for your chastisement, because it means you LOVE ME; thank you Lord for being good to me when I was not good to myself; most of all THANK YOU LORD for your unending, undying, unconditional LOVE for all of your people!


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Thursday, January 8, 2009

You are Priest, Prophet and King! Part – 1

One of the great blessings I get to experience each year is participating in the events of Holy Saturday, with my wife who is the D.R.E. – Director of Religious Education at our Parish. I so much enjoy seeing people LITTERALLY BORN AGAIN, through Baptism. Seeing someone one moment and then seeing the NEW person rise from being immersed in the Cleansing waters of Baptism. It don't get much better than that…but then again…IT DOES!

I came into Full Communion with the Church on Holy Saturday, April 19, 2005 and unlike cradle Catholic's, I was an adult and realized the Graces I was receiving when the Priest anointed me 'Priest, Prophet and KING' during this Glorious Celebration. Do we (Converts and Cradle Catholic's) really understand the TRUE meaning of the anointing we receive? Do you realize that YOU…yes YOU and I have been anointed a PRIEST?

No, we did not secretly receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders, so don't run out tomorrow and tell your Parish Priest that you want to Preach the next Homily!

During this and the next two emails, we will take a brief look at our anointing – Priest – Prophet – King.

Priest – what was the mission or vocation of the Priest in the Old Testament? His primary mission was to offer sacrifices; Sacrifices to God on behalf of the people of God. The Priest, in the O.T. was the representative of man (the people of God), TO God; calling His people to reconciliation, and redemption.

Was Jesus a Priest? As my brother and co-host of the radio show I do each week, would say; "any properly catechized 5th grader would tell you…" YES, Jesus was not only a Priest, but He was the HIGH Priest. As the Priests in the Old Testament were called to offer sacrifices to God from the People, as they were the representatives of the People to God, so is JESUS our representative to God. Jesus is OUR mediator – THE mediator between humanity and God. Jesus Christ, the High Priest, offered the GREATEST Sacrifice – Himself, on behalf of ALL the People of God.

So you say, how does this relate to me being a Priest? We too as baptized Catholic's are called to Priesthood as well, not in that of the Sacrament of Holy Orders, but the heart of the Priesthood for the Laity is 'Sacrifice'! Sacrifice of ourselves TO God for the benefit and service of others. Offering of our prayers, our service, our sufferings to God (Offer it up) in the sacrifice of self, for the benefit and edification of others. THIS is true love, sacrificing of self for the love of our brothers and sisters.

Yes my sister and my brother, YOU ARE called to be a Priest – like Jesus, we are to sacrifice ourselves – DIE to the fleshly and earthly desires of this world, so that we ALL may inherit the Kingdom, where the High Priest, LIVES, and Reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit – One God – Forever and ever – let the Church say… AMEN!

God bless you and KEEP ON KEEPIN' ON!

Qorban Ministries

Monday, January 5, 2009

Do you know the Spirit?

In reading the
Scriptures for today, one such passage in the First Reading really hit me;

This is how you can know the Spirit of God:
every spirit that acknowledges Jesus Christ come in the flesh
belongs to God,
and every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus
does not belong to God.

We have something very special in the Catholic Church; the Real Presence of Jesus, in the form of the Eucharist; His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, but do we understand it and treasure it? I am not saying we should test this Spirit, because for those of us who ARE Professed Roman Catholic, should know, unequivocally that Jesus IS present to us in the Eucharist.

This should be our battle cry to those 70% of Catholics who do NOT believe in the Real Presence, as well as those, our separated brethren. We should be examples of the Real Presence in our Worship, Adoration and Reverence for the Holy Eucharist. Our Lord wants us to come to Him, lay our burdens down at His feet, come and Worship HIM, ADORE Him and most of all, be STILL and hear the Voice of Jesus in our hearts. God does not desire sacrifices of works, burnt offerings and such, He desires the Sacrifices of our Heart! Each day, our lives, just our BEING, in dedicating all we are, all we do, to Him, is the ONLY Sacrifice He desires of us.

St. Augustine put it so eloquently;

    "Love God, and do whatever you want!"

If we truly LOVE God, we will turn away from sin, we will Adore Him, Worship Him, we will receive the Sacraments Frequently, and most importantly, we will love each other!

Do you know the Spirit? The Spirit of God is within us. Let us eat of His Flesh, be healed, turn away from sin, Worship Him, and serve one another.


God bless you and Keep on Keepin' on!

Qorban Ministries

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Pro-Life: She Would Have Been My Wife!

This was something I received a while ago and wanted to share. God bless you all.


"I can only imagine that her name would have been Story. It hurts too much to even think of what her last name would have been. She would have been the most beautiful girl on earth. She would have had pretty brown skin, long black hair, and gorgeous hazel eyes. She would have had the most picturesque smile to go along with that goofy laugh that she would have had. She would have been really smart and outgoing, yet shy at the same time.

She would have been able to get along with anybody, and I do mean anybody! I would have asked her to be my girlfriend and I would have liked to think that she would have said "Yes" with that delightful voice that she would have had. I have to admit that I would have been "lovestruck" over her!

I would have done anything for her. It hurts too much to think about my love, Story, because she was killed in the most heinous, cruel, and selfish way. Story will never ever be able to have a proper burial; her name won't even be printed in the Times Picayune so that the world could have known her like I would have known her.

She will never be able to experience human life as you and I know it to be. Story was aborted, killed in her mother's womb. I am doing what my love, "Story" would have wanted me to do, and that is to give her and others killed like her the respect that they all deserve. I dedicated this article to all the unborn babies who will never be able to experience human life because of the existing abortion laws.

If I could just have had the chance to see her, I would tell her that I'm sorry that I wasn't able to protect her like I should have been able to do. I would tell her that she deserved to live and that somebody does love her. I would tell her that I miss never smelling the sweet scent that she would have had. I would tell her that her parents did love her, but for whatever reason they weren't prepared to have her. I don't know exactly how I would tell her this, but I would dig deep inside my heart to find a way to tell her.

I would tell her that I did try to save her by educating people about human life, and that she did exist from that very time those 46 chromosomes (23 from her mother and 23 from her father) came together to create her. I would tell her that id did tell people that she already had that flawless look, that flawless laugh, and that flawless personality; because from that time (when 46 chromosomes came together) she had already had the personality traits of her "would-have-been" mom and dad. I would tell her that from now on I promise to defend all human life.

Story and all unborn children killed by abortion deserved to live. Abortion in my opinion is a massacre that must be stopped. I ask all of you to educate yourselves about abortion, so that your future wives or husbands, doctors, lawyers, scientists, and teachers will not be unjustly killed. Help me honor Story by helping me and other pro-lifers put an end to Roe v. Wade (a Supreme Court Ruling that allows abortions to be performed legally in this country to this very day.)

I hope that I have honored you Story by telling your story to others. I want you to know that you would have been my wife. I love you Story… R.I.P. (Rest in Peace)

Author – Kevin Toy, Senior at St. Augustine High School (Josephite Fathers and Brothers) in New Orleans, LA. Date unknown.


Saturday, January 3, 2009

God is GOOD!

God is GOOD all the time, and ALL the time…GOD IS GOOD!


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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Kwanzaa - Day 7 Imani (Happy New Year)!!!

Imani - ee-MAH-nee - Faith.

Faith focuses on honoring the best of our traditions, draws upon the best in ourselves, and helps us strive for a higher level of life for humankind, by affirming our self-worth and confidence in our ability to succeed and triumph in righteous struggle.

We continue to struggle for many many years and it seems as if 2008 was a paramount struggle for our current generations like never seen before. We continue to look to the source of our help, the source of our future hope, the source and summit of our existance. Faith - Faith in God, the Almighty; the Creator; the Alpha and the Omega.

We must continue to know that there IS a better way, there is a brighter day ahead, there are many wonderful times and things to do ahead, and the lense we use to see this brightness, is through Faith; our Faith in Jesus Christ.

As we enter yet another New Year, let us enter this year with a New Faith, a Renewed Faith, a New Pentecost. Let us remember where we have come from, the struggles we have gone through and overcome and let us see the Light of Great things to come, through experiencing the Daily Pentecost in our lives. A Daily renewal of being and living IN Christ, each day. Once we understand how to live IN Him, then we will see the Light of Brighter Days ahead for ourselves. We must focus on ourselves FIRST, for once we understand WHO we are and WHOSE we are as Children of God, then we can begin to focus on others, our community and the greater good of humanity.

Imani - Faith; the final Principle of Kwanzaa that we take into this New Year. Let us Renew our Faith everyday, and say; Thank you Lord, for dwelling IN ME. As St. Paul said; " is not I that live, but Christ that lives within me."

Happy Kwanzaa - Happy New Year and with God IN us... It's gonna be FINE in 2009!

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