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In our heart, in the heart of each of you, let there be always the joyous certainty that the Lord is near, that He does not abandon us, that He is near to us and that He surrounds us with His love. Thank you!

— Pope Benedict’s last words at his last General Audience, today

He who avoids prayer is avoiding everything that is good.

— Saint John of the Cross

There is no other remedy for this evil of giving up prayer than to begin again.

— Saint Teresa of Avila

Give me such love for God and men, as will blot out all hatred and bitterness.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Just as no great travels are necessary to see the beauty of creation, so no great ecstasies are needed to discover the love of God. But you have to be still and wait so that you can realize that God is not in the earthquake, the storm, or the lightning, but in the gentle breeze with which he touches your back.

— Henri Nouwen

Where God is unknown, nothing is known.

— Saint John of the Cross
"Whether we realize it or not, in our hearts we yearn for God, and so when we come into contact with someone close to God, our hearts are moved."
— Fr John Bartunek, LC

"Whether we realize it or not, in our hearts we yearn for God, and so when we come into contact with someone close to God, our hearts are moved."

— Fr John Bartunek, LC

I say to myself: “I will not mention him, I will speak in his name no more.”

But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones; I grow weary holding it in, I cannot endure it.

— Jeremiah 20:9

Though the grass withers and the flower wilts, the word of our God stands forever.

— Isaiah 40:8

Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.

— Romans 12:2

God, Food, Sex, Law

Question:

I was taught that when Jesus died on the cross a new covenant was formed. I thought this meant that everything before no longer holds true. If that is right, then why does the church enforce Lev 18? If its wrong, why don’t they enforce Lev 11?


Answer (made rebloggable by request):

Wow, I wish more people would ask this question!

It’s often one of the basic misunderstandings that leads some of the New Atheists to assume (incorrectly) that believers in Christ treat the minor dietary prescriptions of the Law of Moses with the same reverence as the New Commandment to love one another as Christ has loved us. So much would become clearer were they to pay attention to what the Church says about the Bible… (sigh).

Read all the way through Matthew 5, and you can see how Jesus really surprised his contemporaries. First he talks about not abolishing the law but bringing it to completion (verse 17), but then goes on to give a completely new (more intense) interpretation of some of its precepts (verses 21-22, verses 27-28) and then apparently completely reverse some others (verses 31-32, verses 33-34, verses 38-39, verses 43-44). Most importantly, and this has bearing on your question about Leviticus 11's dietary regulations, Jesus will at one point specifically declare that all foods are clean and that those dietary regulations are now superseded (Mark 7:19; the whole section is worth reading for context).

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Hello Father! Any books to recommend to a young adult who was never was proactive in his faith, but recently wants to try again? I have a lot of friends who were just "Catholic" because their parents were, but stopped going to Mass as soon as they went to college. God bless! - Anonymous

Sure! The YouCat, and anything by Peter Kreeft with a topic that interests you. Then Edward Sri on the Mass and Fr John Bartunek on prayer. Plus the saint who might inspire you most and maybe even this.

May God bless you abundantly!

- Father Shane

Don’t worry about how to speak about the Lord. When you allow him to enter into your heart, he will give you words.

— Brother Elias (a Trappist quoted in Henri Nouwen’s “The Genesee Diary”)

If there were no God, there would be no atheists.

— G. K. Chesterton

"I struggle with distractions when I pray…"

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