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Matthew 25:31-46 
New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

31 When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33 and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34 Then the king will say to those at his right hand, Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me. 37 Then the righteous will answer him, Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38 And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39 And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you? 40 And the king will answer them, Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family,[a] you did it to me. 41 Then he will say to those at his left hand, You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me. 44 Then they also will answer, Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you? 45 Then he will answer them, Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me. 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.

All that you have endured, the pain, the suffering, if it resulted in bringing in one more soul to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, it would all be worth it!

Author, Brian Millar
Time, Summer, 2012
Place, Sacramento California
Why, Because apparently, I need to show others my walk in this faith of ours....I keep this stuff to myself most of the time, treasures in heaven type of thing.....

*This is a work in progress and is
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Brian Millar, EspressoOutfitters@gmail.com

The initial idea here is to show what we
as Catholics really believe.  Let the facts
stand on their own merit and allow for 
who ever is interested in it, or could use
some correction for making it out to be 
something it is not, have a point of 
reference upon in one web site

Links to friends I run accross on the web and in the world:

www.sacredheartbg.org
My Home Parish

www.cathedralsacramento.org Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, My last, and landmark, will remain on board with. This is just such an amazing church, you have to see it to take in the fullness of the beauty.

www.saintjames-parish.com St. James Church in Vancouver Washington, very old school, warm and welcoming.

www.stjohnvancouver.org St. Johns Church, very well established with plenty to offer in all areas. Achoustics are just superb as well.

Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil:

Amen

Why is the mass, the way it is?

The mass is a very refined form of worship and what I find unique within it, is one is actively participating not just being a spectator or simply being entertained.  The structure helps to keep the necessary components to a full worship in tact, and it is defined in the Lords Prayer itself.  If you break it all down, you will find it actually mirrors the mass itself.  It does unfortunately take time to figure out the process and I think this tends to leave people a bit stifled these days since they want immediate gratification, but any regular member in any parish should easily be able to show you the ropes. 

The purpose of the mass is not merely just for worship, we are literally sharing the supper at the Lord Jesus Christs table.  The process of taking ordinary bread and wine, and it being transformed into his literal body and blood, one is given new life in him, directly and literally through the Eucharist.

What Catholics tend to be falsely accused of and the following graphic I bounced accross seems to do a good job at summing it up pretty clearly.



 
 

Pope News:

Relevant articles about what is happening in the church and what our beloved Pope is saying or doing.
 

Pope Francis urges Catholics to shake up dioceses

Original article with pictures in addition here: http://apnews.myway.com/article/20130726/DA7P12281.html

Jul 26, 2013, 2:02 AM (ET)

By NICOLE WINFIELD, MARCO SIBAJA and JENNY BARCHFIELD

(AP) Pope Francis greets Argentines inside the Metropolitan Cathedral in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July...
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Pope Francis has shown the world his rebellious side, urging young Catholics to shake up the church and make a "mess" in their dioceses by going out into the streets to spread the faith. It's a message he put into practice by visiting one of Rio's most violent slums and opening the church's World Youth Day on a rain-soaked Copacabana Beach.

Francis was elected pope on a mandate to reform the church, and in four short months he has started doing just that: He has broken long-held Vatican rules on everything from where he lays his head at night to how saints are made. He has cast off his security detail to get close to his flock, and his first international foray as pope has shown the faithful appreciate the gesture.

He's going further Friday, meeting with a small group of young convicts. He'll also hear confessions from some Catholic youth and then head back to Copacabana beach for a Stations of the Cross procession.

Dubbed the "slum pope" for his work with the poor, Francis received a rapturous welcome in the Varginha shantytown on Thursday, part of a slum area of northern Rio so violent it's known as the Gaza Strip. The 76-year-old Argentine seemed entirely at home, wading into cheering crowds, kissing people young and old and telling them the Catholic Church is on their side.

"No one can remain insensitive to the inequalities that persist in the world!" Francis told a crowd of thousands who braved a cold rain and stood in a muddy soccer field to welcome him. "No amount of peace-building will be able to last, nor will harmony and happiness be attained in a society that ignores, pushes to the margins or excludes a part of itself."

It was a message aimed at reversing the decline in the numbers of Catholics in most of Latin America, with many poor worshippers leaving the church for Pentecostal and evangelical congregations. Those churches have taken up a huge presence in favelas, or shantytowns such as Varginha, attracting souls with nuts-and-bolts advice on how to improve their lives.

The Varginha visit was one of the highlights of Francis' weeklong trip to Brazil, his first as pope and one seemingly tailor-made for the first pontiff from the Americas.
The surprise, though, came during his encounter with Argentine pilgrims, scheduled at the last minute in yet another sign of how this spontaneous pope is shaking up the Vatican's staid and often stuffy protocol.

He told the thousands of youngsters, with an estimated 30,000 Argentines registered, to get out into the streets and spread their faith and make a "mess," saying a church that doesn't go out and preach simply becomes a civic or humanitarian group.

"I want to tell you something. What is it that I expect as a consequence of World Youth Day? I want a mess. We knew that in Rio there would be great disorder, but I want trouble in the dioceses!" he said, speaking off the cuff in his native Spanish. "I want to see the church get closer to the people. I want to get rid of clericalism, the mundane, this closing ourselves off within ourselves, in our parishes, schools or structures. Because these need to get out!"

Apparently realizing the radicalness of his message, he apologized in advance to the bishops at home.

Later Thursday, he traveled in his open-sided car through a huge crowd in the pouring rain to a welcoming ceremony on Copacabana beach. It was his first official event with the hundreds of thousands of young people who have flocked to Rio for World Youth Day. Vatican officials estimated the crowd at 1 million.

Cheering pilgrims from 175 nations lined the beachfront drive to catch a glimpse of the pontiff, with many jogging along with the vehicle behind police barricades. The car stopped several times for Francis to kiss babies - and take a long sip of his beloved mate, the traditional Argentine tea served in a gourd with a straw, which was handed up to him by someone in the crowd.

After he arrived at the beach-front stage, though, the crowd along the streets melted away, driven home by the pouring rain that brought out vendors selling the plastic ponchos that have adorned cardinals and pilgrims alike during this unseasonably cold, wet week.

In an indication of the havoc wreaked by four days of steady showers, organizers made an almost unheard-of change in the festival's agenda, moving the Saturday vigil and climactic Sunday Mass to Copacabana Beach from a rural area 30 miles (50 kilometers) from the city center. The terrain of the area, Guaratiba, had turned into a vast field of mud, making the overnight camping plans of pilgrims untenable.
The news was welcome to John White, a 57-year-old chaperone from the Albany, New York, diocese who attended the past five World Youth Days and complained that organization in Rio was lacking.

"I'm super relieved. That place is a mud pit and I was concerned about the kid's health and that they might catch hypothermia," he said. "That's great news. I just wish the organizers would have told us."

Francis' visit to the Varginha slum followed in the footsteps of Pope John Paul II, who visited two such favelas during a 1980 trip to Brazil, and Mother Teresa, who visited Varginha itself in 1972. Her Missionaries of Charity order has kept a presence in the shantytown ever since.

Like Mother Teresa, Francis brought his own personal history to the visit: As archbishop of Buenos Aires, then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio frequently preached in the poverty-wracked slums of his native city, putting into action his belief that the Catholic Church must go to the farthest peripheries to preach and not sit back and wait for the most marginalized to come to Sunday Mass.

Francis' open-air car was mobbed on a few occasions as he headed into Varginha's heavily policed, shack-lined streets, but he never seemed in danger. He was showered with gifts as he walked down one of the slum's main drags without an umbrella to shield him from the rain. A well-wisher gave him a paper lei to hang around his neck and he held up another offering - a scarf from his favorite soccer team, Buenos Aires' San Lorenzo.
"Events like this, with the pope and all the local media, get everyone so excited," said Antonieta de Souza Costa, a 56-year-old vendor and resident of Varginha. "I think this visit is going to bring people back to the Catholic Church."

Addressing Varginha's residents, Francis acknowledged that young people in particular have a sensitivity toward injustice.

"You are often disappointed by facts that speak of corruption on the part of people who put their own interests before the common good," Francis told the crowd. "To you and all, I repeat: Never yield to discouragement, do not lose trust, do not allow your hope to be extinguished."

It was a clear reference to the violent protests that paralyzed parts of the country in recent weeks as Brazilians furious over rampant corruption and inefficiency within the country's political class took to the streets.

Francis blasted what he said was a "culture of selfishness and individualism" that permeates society today, demanding that those with money and power share their wealth and resources to fight hunger and poverty.

"It is certainly necessary to give bread to the hungry - this is an act of justice. But there is also a deeper hunger, the hunger for a happiness that only God can satisfy," he said.
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Associated Press writer Bradley Brooks contributed to this report.
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The scriptures are not the only resources one has in their faith and walk and life, it's the center of our's, but is not all inclusive. There is the human interaction, the whole aspect of living out our faith and sharing that is prevalent throughout it. We have not been given a simple system or guide book, or check list, God is always about a relationship with Him, and where he leads us. Too many get caught up into the legalism of it all, has been that way from the beginning, and God is not pleased with that, if that is your basis of faith. We are to move in spirit, not just the letter or word, and this means ample times and consideration where one is not able to find a direct link to scripture, yet with a heart of empathy, God's empathy, we know when and where it's necessary to make the right decision. I like to attest, my only job is to plant a seed, a seed of hope, to inspire people to want more from themselves, for their lives, for their hearts, and for them to open up a dialog with the Lord, in their own way, own manner, as long as they are talking to God, he will answer, and he will help them in all of their states of being, no matter where they are at, He's there for you, and it's not a matter of being good enough, for he accepts you for who you are, no matter who you are, as long as you have breath of life, He is accessible and one you can turn to, even if all others turn against you, this is just a given.

The core aspects, basic fundamental's. Jesus died on the cross for the atonement of all sin for all of mankind, it's not a gift all will receive because they chose not to, but it's a gift available to them at any given moment, all they have to do is say Yes, Lord, I receive you, and I will accept your Love. Let him work out your nature, being, and situation, He's the good Shepard, he will not abandon his flock, and he will always give you what is best for you in all ways. A child may think in their mind, that eating only candy is their desire, and ask God for this, Knowing, as a parent does, that it's not good for them, the same scenario goes for those of us in the position of need, and begging God for it. It's always a good idea to ask God, what you should really be praying for in the first place, the answer may surprise you. If I had some prayers answered in the manner I desired at the time, the results would have been a total disaster, always trust in his gentle and educated way beyond you, or anybodies understandings in this area.

Beyond this, our Lord works behind the scenes for all of us, well past what any of us could fathom, it's a little thing for us to spend some time daily in reflection upon this, and if the very least, a simple short prayer would be better then going through out your day ignoring your prayer life. He is spending time 24/7 behind the scenes for us, in comparison, and HIS provisions are more then adequate, if we rely on them, not our own. If he cares that much, to spend that much time for us, it's very little on our end to at least reflect back upon it, and just tell him, Thank you for your Love! In prayer, in deed, in action.

Current society, a giant thing we are all guilty of, and it's partiality.

The ones that are sick need the healer more then the rest, and our interaction with others in society, with it's media driven, must be this picture perfect person, horrible witness towards humanity. I found those that are not well to do, that lack in the areas of physical beauty, to be the most rich and beautiful of all. I some times am disturbed by bumping into people, made to feel so low, less then human, and all because they lack the money, trait's, looks, etc. to conform with societies typical roll, and I am there to uplift their spirits alone, hopefully planting the seeds of truth as well. I look at society, and laugh at times, wasted energy on useless stuff, so many in need, but boasting about owning this, or just focused upon some negative tangent, and no joy, but just thinking they are doing God's will, but the reality is, they are enslaved to it all. We are here to serve, not be served, we are here to listen, not just to speak, and we are here to make a difference, not be conformed to the world, but to show Love as our Lord has shown his Love for us as well.

We are all God's children, regardless of faith "a chosen thing", we were made in His image, and it's the whole, if you want to get to fullness of it all, you want to dig deeper, it's through the Catholic faith itself that guides and leads it in the best context. Do I say, continue being on the side line as one from an outside faith and you are getting into heaven? Nope, but I am saying, get what I'm conveying here now, right, correct, and get it now, rather then waiting until your last moment, at the very least, please, hear what I have to say before making a decision, for I would be heartbroken if you just wrote off it all, while continuing on your current path, in limitations along your walk with the Lord, for he wants and desires a deeper union and collaboration with all of mankind! Still though, I reflect upon my own life, my walk, where I was strong in some areas, weak in others, and it's a journey for me, it will be for you. May God bless you with what is good for you, may you see his gentle, loving in hand in warm embrace in your life, and may you really see Him in truth, and in fullness like you never have before who He is about, and your special roll as His child in this world.

Pax Christi

Brian

Please check back for future updates soon. God bless you in all ways and may you draw closer to him every day, hour and moment!

Pax Christi,

Brian