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The Seeds of Abraham

In 15 Audio on 2015/07/10 at 12:00 AM

http://www.ewtn.com/vondemand/audio/file_index.asp?SeriesId=7092&pgnu=1

1. Abraham Part I
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
seedofabraham01.mp3
Abram – God’s call/his weakness and fidelity
2. Abraham Part II
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
seedofabraham02.mp3
Abram – Living the Promise of God
3. Abraham Part III
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
seedofabraham03.mp3
Abraham – New Covenant with Abraham
4. Abraham Part IV
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
seedofabraham04.mp3
Abraham – Isaac
5. Abraham Part V
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
seedofabraham05.mp3
Isaac – Jacob and Essau
6. Isaac
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
seedofabraham06.mp3
Isaac – Jacob and Essau II
7. Jacob Part I
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
seedofabraham07.mp3
Jacob waits for Rachel (Jacob the trickster is tricked.)
8. Jacob Part II
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
seedofabraham08.mp3
Conflicts in the family
9. Jacob Part III
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
seedofabraham09.mp3
Problems Jacob and his family encounter on their return
10. Joseph
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
seedofabraham10.mp3
Joseph is sold into slavery
11. Joseph Part II
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
seedofabraham11.mp3
Joseph in slavery – The Lord is with him
12. Joseph Part III
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
seedofabraham12.mp3
Joseph meets his brothers
13. Joseph Part IV
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
seedofabraham13.mp3
Joseph reconciles with his brothers
14. Joseph Part V
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
seedofabraham14.mp3
The death of Jacob
15. Moses Part I
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
seedofabraham15.mp3
The killing of Hebrew boys and the birth of Moses in the book of Exodus
16. Moses Part II
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
seedofabraham16.mp3
Moses’ call
17. Moses Part III
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
seedofabraham17.mp3
Moses meets Aaron and the people and begins to lead his people
18. Moses Part IV
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
seedofabraham18.mp3
Pharoah’s heart hardens
19. Moses Part V
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
seedofabraham19.mp3
Pharaoh lets Yawheh’s people go
20. Moses Part VI
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
seedofabraham20.mp3
The First Born of Yahweh begin their journey
21. Moses Part VII
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
seedofabraham21.mp3
Yahweh delivers the Israelites and leads them through the desert
22. Moses Part VIII
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
seedofabraham22.mp3
Travels and reunion with Jethro
23. Moses Part IX
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
seedofabraham23.mp3
The law
24. Moses and idolatry
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
seedofabraham25.mp3
The golden calf and the founding of the priestly class of the Levites
25. Moses and Our Lord
Host – Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
seedofabraham26.mp3
The presence of the Lord passes by Moses

 

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In God We Trust?

In 16 Deacon Ruben Tamayo on 2015/04/10 at 12:00 AM

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God gives us every reason to trust Him. We read throughout both the Old and New Testaments that God is trustworthy not just a few times but many times. One such example is Psalm 145: “The LORD is trustworthy in every word, and faithful in every work.”
The Bible is also littered with plenty of examples of humanity deciding that God and His ways should not be trusted, doing things their way, and then suffering the painful consequences of their petulance and obstinacy. Here are just a few examples:
Adam and Eve disobey God, not because their lives aren’t all good and full of blessings, but because the serpent plants a seed of doubt in them about God’s love for them.
After growing impatient waiting to conceive Abraham’s child as God had promised, Sarah takes matters into her own hands and has Abraham lie with her maidservant Hagar so that Abraham may have the child God promised Him.
The Israelites create a golden calf and worship it despite the great miracles God performed for them simply because Moses took “too long” to return from his meeting with God at Mt. Sinai.
In Luke chapter 11, the Pharisees accuse Jesus of driving out demons with the help of Satan himself even after witnessing Jesus feed thousands with just five loaves of bread and two fish, bringing back to life the widow’s son, and healing many others.
So, why does this pattern, i.e. our continually turning our backs on God despite His proven faithfulness to us, keep repeating over and over throughout all of history and in our lives today? The short answer is because we provide Satan with an opening to drive a wedge, pride, between us and God. God is always trustworthy. How about us humans? Sadly not so much. St. Teresa of Avila says this well: “Consider seriously how quickly people change, and how little trust is to be had in them; and hold fast to God, who does not change.”
Satan, whom Jesus calls the “Father of Lies” (John 8:44) appeals to our pride and attachment to earthly vices to convince us that he is the one who is trustworthy, not God. After all, God doesn’t give us what we want when we snap our fingers so God must be lying when He tells us that He loves us. God even lets us suffer – what kind of love is that?! We are foolish to fall for these lies!!!

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This is reminiscent of the scene from the Disney animated film, the Jungle Book, where Kaa, the serpent, hypnotizes the young boy Mowgli while singing: “Trust in me, just in me, shut your eyes, trust in me.” Kaa obviously doesn’t care about the well-being of the boy – he just wants to gain control of him to eat him. “Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” from 1 Peter 5:8 comes to mind as well.
The good news is that God gives us free will and Satan has no power over us. But we must grow in humility and recognize that we always need God’s help – God who is always trustworthy. St. Vincent de Paul provides great advice on this point: “The most powerful weapon to conquer the devil is humility. For, as he does not know at all how to employ it, neither does he know how to defend himself from it.”
Reflection based on the Mass readings for the 3rd Thursday of Lent 2015: Jeremiah 7:23-28, Psalm 95, and Luke 11:14-23)

Beatitudes

In 15 Audio on 2014/09/19 at 12:00 AM

http://www.ewtn.com/vondemand/audio/file_index.asp?SeriesId=6005&pgnu=1

1. Introduction & the 1st Beatitude
Host – Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR
3721.mp3
Introduction & the 1st Beatitude
2. The 2nd Beatitude
Host – Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR
3722.mp3
3. The 2nd Beatitude – Part 2
Host – Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR
3723.mp3
4. The 3rd Beatitude
Host – Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR
3724.mp3
5. The 4th Beatitude and the Eucharist
Host – Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR
3725.mp3
6. The 4th Beatitude and Prayer as Thirst
Host – Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR
3726.mp3
7. The 5th Beatitude
Host – Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR
3727.mp3
8. The 5th Beatitude – Part 2
Host – Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR
3728.mp3
9. The 6th Beatitude
Host – Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR
3729.mp3
10. The 6th Beatitude and Chastity
Host – Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR
3730.mp3
11. The 7th Beatitude & the Peace of Christ
Host – Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR
3731.mp3
12. The 7th Beatitude – Being a Peacemaker
Host – Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR
3732.mp3
13. The 8th Beatitude
Host – Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR
3733.mp3