Thursday, December 24, 2020
The importance of Christ coming in human form is something that we are particularly aware of during this Covid lockdown Episode 4 of “A Priest on a Medical Leave of Absence because of Chemo” Podcast-- Father John Hollowell Fatherjohnhollowell Thursday, December 24, 2020
Episode 4 of "A Catholic Priest on Medical Leave because of Chemo" Podcast
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12 Years ago at St. Meinrad Archabbey, on September 25th, 2008, Archbishop Daniel Buechlein ordained me to the diaconate.
He said, from the Rite of Ordination:
"Believe what you read. Teach what you believe. Practise what you teach." and later "May God, who has begun this good work in you, bring it to fulfillment!"
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God not in the wind, not in the Earthquake, not in the fire…
After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound. When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak.
Do we want God to be loud? Do we want God to be earthquakes and fire and wind?
Certainly that is how his appearance is described throughout the Old Testament, most notably on Sinai. Thunder, wind, earthquakes and fire. What is going on there? I have no doubt that there was fire, thunder, terror, fear, earthquakes, smoke etc.
So how is it that God is a whisper?
I think we can safely say that what is happening is perfection coming into contact with sin.
God is perfect, unchanging…. He never left us in the sense that He is always sustaining everything that exists, always in every moment willing the existence, but also He can be said to have left in the sense that He’s not present in the world of the Old Testament in the way that He was in the Garden.
and so when He comes back into the story of humanity…that is an epic clash that produces thunder, smoke, earthquakes, lightning, etc.
one analogy: An asteroid travels silently through space, but when it hits the Earth’s atmosphere, there is fire, smoke, thunder and potentially earthquakes and explosions if it makes it to the Earth’s surface. So is God when he appears in our world.
Or, to use another analogy, just as two opposites air masses colliding can create a thunderstorm so it is when the perfect God encounters the brokenness and sin of humanity.
So although there is smoke and fire and lightning, that is a result of perfection coming back into our atmosphere. Those things are effects of God drawing near, but God is not in those fireworks.
We know that God ultimately has the plan of being able to be in our presence without the accompanying pyrotechnics. He ultimately takes on human flesh, thus he’s able to walk about and be in our midst in a way that doesn’t produce the accompanying effects that we see in the Old Testament. God “hides” his glory in human flesh.
In conclusion, Christ is stillness. He is peace. He is rest for the weary. Let us seek refuge in Him away from the pyrotechnics of our world on a daily basis.
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103 years after our Lord requested that France be consecrated to His Sacred Heart, it happened.
We are 103 after our Blessed Mother requested that Russia be consecrated to Her Immaculate Heart. We pray that will happen as our Blessed Mother requested.
"Although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to little ones." - Matthew 11:25
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
"As the driver and Officer Moore, whose weapon was holstered, were outside their vehicles, he was shot four times by the subject who fled the scene. Officer Moore, who was wearing a bullet-resistant vest, was shot in the chest, the left thigh, and twice in his face. He was taken to Wishard Memorial Hospital where he remained in a coma until being taken off life support."
The entire text of the eulogy can be found here: https://on-this-rock.blogspot.com/2011/01/officer-david-moore-martyr-for-freedom.html
Officer David S. Moore from Ron Shelnutt Productions on Vimeo.
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Christ could foresee all time. If he saw that for 1500 years people would be "confused" thinking He meant His LITERAL Flesh and Blood, surely He would have indicated, just one time, that he was speaking metaphorically by slipping in "like" or some other metaphorical indicator.
In NONE of these verses does He do that.
Matthew 26:26 “This is my body”
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It also takes in the reality of a post-Covid 19 world.
Can't reccomend it enough. Read it here: https://www.imaginethis.actsxxix.org/
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The proper response back: "Okay, so say for a second it is "elder" do you call for an elder when you are sick and does he come and anoint with oil and is that seen as forgiving sins?"
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Tuesday morning I had an MRI and a visit to get my spot on my head checked out. They originally told me after surgery that I would have a bruise in that spot for a couple of weeks, and so I sat around and waited for it to get better, but it just wasn't getting over the hump.
So this past Sunday I sent a picture of it to my neurosurgeon and he got back in touch with me and schedule an MRI for Tuesday.
So when they had a chance to look at the MRI, they saw an infection beneath the skull.
The only way to clean it out is to go back in, take off the part of the skull from surgery, rinse it out, check to see how deep the infection goes, and then NOT put the skull back on but leave it off, treat the body with a month or more of antibiotics, wear a helmet, and then at some point a few months down the road, have another surgery to put in a titanium plate where the skull was.
So that all happened this week and I was released yesterday from the hospital. I'm looking at antibiotics via IV everyday for the next month, radiation can resume in about two weeks, and then I'll have a surgery to go back in and replace the skull section with titanium in about 7 weeks.
So this bump in the road set me back about a month total, but I'm totally fine with it, and trust in God's Divine Providence.
Here's a photo of me from Sunday, the day I was released:
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Here's a link you can donate to a scholarship fund that Roncalli High School has set up in honor of my parents. It will help with financial assistance to families who desire a Catholic education!
Donate here if able: https://e.givesmart.com/events/gjp/
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I shared some of the more practical benefits of celibacy.
The one lady who spoke after me did a nice job, but she said celibacy started in the early middle ages, when in fact it began right from the beginning centuries of the Church.
If you want to listen, my comments are at 44:40 of the clip. You can click here: