Heavenly Father, you are the Creator and we are all your children. Make us truly one. Protect us from the division in families, in communities, in the Church and in the world.
Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Savior who died for us and saved us. Now as your disciples, you send us forth to proclaim the good news of salvation in you throughout the world. May we be worthy witnesses. Show us the way to self-denial, embrace of the cross, and following you. Raise among us true servant leaders who have a passion for souls.
Holy Spirit, you are the agent of evangelization who sends us to engage in spiritual warfare. Equip us with the armor of God and weapons of righteousness. Help us to preserve unity in the Spirit through the bond of peace. May we stand together as your holy warriors.
Triune God, you are three Persons in one God. In you we have one baptism, one faith, one hope. We are one body. Help us to truly become united in mind and heart, in vision and mission, to be one with the Father through the Son and in the Spirit.
Mama Mary, you are our beloved Mother. We are your offspring who strive to keep God's commands, bear witness to Jesus, and wage war in the Spirit against the enemy. Cover us with your mantle of protection, keeping us in your loving embrace always.
We as the people of God live by the Spirit and not by the flesh. “Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires.” (v.24). We are to avoid the works of the flesh. “Now the works of the flesh are obvious: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy, outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness, dissensions, factions, occasions of envy, drinking bouts, orgies, and the like.” (v.19-21a).
December 12, 2016 (C-Fam) – With his job still on the line, the newly appointed UN independent expert for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights laid out a provocative agenda for his 3-year term a couple weeks ago. “This mandate will cover every country under the sun and under the moon,” Thai Professor Vitit Muntarbhorn is reported to have said, further antagonizing countries that have already promised not to cooperate with him.
SYDNEY, Australia, July 15, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney denounced efforts to "bully" Australians into accepting same-sex "marriage", as efforts to legalize it there ramp up in the wake of similar capitulations in the United States and Ireland.
Speaking to a packed congregation at a July 12 annual Marriage Mass, the archbishop said "powerful forces" are "determined to silence any opposition" and "bully" us all into accepting the deconstruction and redefinition of a fundamental institution."
Marriage is a "comprehensive bodily, psychological and spiritual union between a man and a woman whereby they become "one flesh" and so found a family," Fisher told his listeners, who included some 30 couples celebrating 50 and more years of marriage.
And it brings together "man and woman, sex and love, love and babies, parents and children."
"To say this is not to criticize anyone," he stated, adding that "we know and love others with same-sex attraction, who understandably want their friendships to last and be honoured," as well as people whose marriages have failed, or who cannot bear children.
Marriage, Fisher stated, also bears witness to "our God-given mission to love not just with a self-serving, romantic, heart-shaped Valentine"s Day sort of love, but with a self-giving, redemptive, cross-shaped Easter Day sort of love."
The prelate may have been taking a swipe with these words at the current Australian Marriage Equality campaign to legalize same-sex "marriage", which shows supporters holding their hands in a heart shape - which is also AME's logo.
Fisher's strong stance underscores the battle over same-sex "marriage" now roiling Australia, with AME claiming support of 442 organizations, 65 MPs and 37 senators and media accounts claiming public support of 70 percent.
The Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference May 28 pastoral letter "Don't Mess With Marriage" was protested by some parents and in some Catholic schools, with a few Sydney students lighting the letter on fire, reports Catholic News Service.
There also appears to be political brinksmanship around the issue, with Labor Party opposition leader Bill Shorten introducing a bill to legalize same-sex "marriage" on June 1, and Buzzfeed reporting June 30 that two Liberal backbenchers plan to co-sponsor a cross-party private member's bill August 11 - evidently news to Shorten.
Liberal Prime Minister Tony Abbott is expected to face increasing pressure when MPs return to the House August 10 to allow a vote on legalizing same-sex "marriage."
A Catholic opposed to homosexual "marriage," Abbott must contend with lobbying both by the libertarian faction in his party and by his own sister, who is engaged to a woman, according to Reuters.
As Archbishop Fisher noted in his homily, "voices in our culture write off as benighted and bigoted those who stand by marriage as traditionally understood." "Real marriage illuminates our understanding of the Christ-to-Church relationship," Fisher said. "In turn, it strengthens our resolve to support marriages, so they really can be faithful, fruitful, final unions of people of opposite sex, while also supporting and loving people in other situations too."
Archbishop Fisher's homily can be read here.
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