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This Holy Week and the Rest of Your Life (Fr. Corapi on dour situation in the world)
fratres ^ | April 9, 2009 | Fr. John Corapi

Posted on 05/05/2009 1:09:17 PM PDT by NYer

Fr. John Corapi

Fr. John Corapi

As I write this it is safe to say that there is more fear, insecurity, uncertainty, and distrust of authority than at any other time in my lifetime of over sixty years. This can be said for the United States and for most other countries in the Western world, probably the entire world. 


The secular and worldly thinker will come up with a veritable flock of cackling, screeching, barking, whining and screaming excuses. 

They will all be wrong.

To understand our tenuous position, one must go to the order of causes rather than mere effects. The serious illness we see manifest socially, economically, and politically has its origin in the moral and spiritual realm. 

To be blunt and to the point, it concerns that “dour combat with the forces of evil” that haunts the entire history of humanity. 

We have divorced God in the public sphere. We have evicted the Owner of the house, forgetting that nature abhors a vacuum. If we reject the One that is Goodness and Truth, then it is guaranteed that He will be replaced by the one who is the “father of lies and murderer from the beginning,” as Jesus referred to the ancient adversary of man-Satan or the devil. 

If you don’t believe that you don’t believe in the existence of either the enemy or the war…You will have little chance to survive.

The newest spectator sport in America is watching the disintegration of the great nations of the world on the cable news networks. Each day there is more drama and adventure in the news than the wildest of fiction. Every day you have to worry

What’s next?” 

Mass murders multiply-in the workplace, in schools, public places, private homes. It is a frightening and sobering spectacle. The pundits marvel: How could it happen? Who could do that? The unthinkable becomes commonplace. The largest corporations vaporized in the twinkling of an eye. The net worth of millions of people cut in half in a matter of months. The politicians bluster and threaten. CEOs of major corporations fired by politicians, one wonders if the banking industry, the auto industry, the energy industries, etc. will soon be nationalized. Will the United States end up like some insolvent Third-World country. Will we bring wheelbarrows full of dollars to the checkout counter at Walmart soon for a few household items?

Why wonder?
We’ve divorced God.
Countries call abortion the “law of the land.” 

Can such societies that espouse what is tantamount to genocide be pleasing to God? 
Can they survive for long?

Please recall that this:

During Holy Week we celebrate the victory of Jesus Christ over all of this avalanche of sin, Satan, and death. He nailed it to the Cross. “Dying He destroyed our death. Rising He restored our life.” It is necessary that we enter into the Paschal mystery one person at a time, fully and seriously. Live in a state of grace. Do not persist in sin, for your life and mine is shorter than we think. The only way a family, a school, a parish, a city, a country, or a world can be healed is one person at a time.

All of the suffering and darkness of Good Friday finds its meaning in the burst of Light that is Easter morning. All of the fear, the insecurity, and the uncertainty; all of the betrayal, the mockery, and the suffering are vanquished by the glory of the Cross. No pain, no gain! No cross, no crown! No battle, no glory.

So stop worrying! 

Trust the Lord Jesus...

After all, He is the Savior, and only He is the Savior. Place your trust in Him. All of this is really small potatoes. It simply provides a proving ground for saints. That’s all. We have no lasting dwelling in this valley of tears. It is the crucible wherein imperfect human beings are transformed by the fire of trial and the power of grace into the pure gold of God’s holy ones.

In the twinkling of an eye this will be over and we’ll stand before Jesus, Who will wipe away every tear, and having been faithful to our Faith we’ll hear those beautiful words:

“Well done my good and faithful servant! Now at last enter into the joy of your Master’s house.”

A blessed Holy Week to you, and may the Light and glory of Easter comfort you in your struggles and confirm you in your faith.

Fr. John Corapi

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To: markomalley

Catholics and Protestants alike need to stand united against abortion and other sins of our nation. If we don’t stand for something, we will fall for anything, as the saying goes. Every generation seems to grow weaker and more liberal. Church isn’t as important to them as it was to us growing up. God help us all.

21 posted on 05/05/2009 8:20:11 PM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: Northern Yankee

Great read. Thanks, Jay.

22 posted on 05/05/2009 8:29:50 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: NYer

Father Corapi tells it the way it is.

23 posted on 05/05/2009 9:13:57 PM PDT by DarthVader (Liberalism is the politics of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
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To: DarthVader

Would that more *real people* were called to speak to the multitudes one at a time as this great man does.

I try never to miss him whenever he is on. And after having heard his exhortation to pray the Rosary, I took it to heart and I pray it every day. On the subway to work. The ride is precisely the right amount of time. A woman has told me that she is now doing the same, and I have seen another one take out her Rosary and kiss the Cross and pray briefly and then put it away. And a young Chinese man asked me if I had another of the pamphlets they give out at our church on praying the Rosary.

At my age I know I cannot save the world. But Father is correct, the Rosary can.

24 posted on 05/06/2009 4:18:37 AM PDT by Appleby
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To: maxwellsmart_agent
I would like very much to know the feelings of this good man of Christ on Obama speaking at the commencement at Notre Dame, given Obama’s statements on abortion.

This will give you some insight into his feelings towards the president. Here is his comment following the Obama victory.


The American people have now made it abundantly clear who they want to lead them, and the policies and practices that this president-elect has represented for some time, they can now claim as their own. Actions have consequences, and I am sure God has duly noted what our priorities are in the US of A. Economic matters would seem to take precedence over moral matters; money more important than life itself to most people (I guess they don’t consider almost 50,000,000 innocent children murdered by abortion part of life). Now we shall see what the fruit of such a tree will be. I predict that we won’t have to wait long. In recent months we have seen “corrections” in the stock market, housing market, and banking industries. Now we’ll see if God orchestrates a “correction” in a country and a world that has demonstrated quite clearly that it prefers convenience and wealth to life itself. Regardless of whatever happens next, remember there is still a God in Heaven and He loves you. He is infinitely merciful—and He is infinitely just as well.

God Bless You

Fr. John Corapi

Emphasis, mine. He wrote this immediately following the election of the new president. Prophetic, isn't it.

25 posted on 05/06/2009 6:40:46 AM PDT by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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To: Angry_White_Man_Syndrome

Father Corapi ping

26 posted on 05/06/2009 6:44:45 AM PDT by Hoosier Catholic Momma (Arkansas resident of Hoosier upbringing--Yankee with a southern twang)
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To: A.A. Cunningham
“Friday 8 May at 10:00 AM EDT.” Yyyesss! ;-) Thanks.
27 posted on 05/06/2009 9:20:57 AM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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