Posted by: Joe of St. Thérèse | August 28, 2009

Reflection for 22nd Su in OT

Deut 4, 1-2. 6-8; Ps 15, 2-5; James 1, 17-18. 21-22. 27; Mk 7, 1-8. 14-15. 21-23

“Whoever walks blamelessly and does justice; who thinks the truth in his heart”

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen!

What is Justice?

The Catechism defines Justice as the following:

Justice is the moral virtue that consists in the constant and firm will to give their due to God and neighbor

a. Justice towards God.

This justice is called the virtue of Religion, it is our point of reference for justice towards neighbor.

Justice towards God is our actions towards him. In the West here are a few things of note:

Adoration
1. A genuflection is made with the RIGHT knee towards the Tabernacle, where Jesus is really present. This does NOT mean half doing so, right knee to the FLOOR. (Now don’t go hurting yourselves, if you’re not physically able to do so, make a bow of some type)
2. In some places the DOUBLE genuflection is still in force, when Jesus is exposed. This is when BOTH KNEES touch the FLOOR. (Also, again, don’t go hurting yourselves if you can’t do so)

Contrition
1. At the words “mea culpa” (my fault) one strikes their breast as an act of sorrow, mourning for the sins that one’s committed. (Also done at the Domine non sum dignus). (Ref Lk 8, 13)
2. In the EF, the priest bows at the Confiteor as representation of the sins he’s committed as well as symbolically, those of the congregation, and the Cross of Christ.

Thanksgiving
1. The last words of the Mass are Deo Gratias. Words of thanksgiving for all that God has done for us, allowing us the graces of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass :).

Supplication
1. There are many Religious orders who pray constantly for our needs. In some places the prayers of the Faithful are not said aloud at Mass, this is because of the public celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours, which has various prayers asking for supplication for our needs. 🙂

b. Justice towards Man.

There will always be dispute about how to go about solving problems in society, yet inspite of these problems, there are objective things that can be agreed to as far as justice towards man.

1. The RIGHT to Life

There is no “social justice” without the right to life. Even if you think the government should be responsible for everything that you do, how can the government help you if you’re dead? How can you get free healthcare if you’re dead? How can you immigrate if you’re dead? In short you can’t.

Because of our belief in the Right to life, consequently, there are a few principles that must be upheld.

a. Abortion is morally evil and completely wrong. It is the sheeding of innocent blood (Prov 16, 6-7). It is not justifiable under ANY circumstances. Abortion takes the life of a human baby whether you want to admit it or not. When humans procreate, they do not create other species besides humans.

b. Euthanasia is morally evil and completely wrong as well. It’s basically an extremely late term abortion. To not let people die of natural death is beneath their dignity, your own dignity as well. It puts you in the hands of playing God, which you are not…

c. Contraception is morally evil and completely wrong. Contraception objectifies people into pleasure machines, and you also eliminate the procreation part of the sexual act. Some people say, what if you don’t want a baby? Well first thing that the act was designed to create life. There is no such a thing as un-intended pregnancy for those that willfully do the act…Everyone knows the results of the sexual act, Biology 101. If you don’t want a kid, don’t have sex, it’s really that simple. 🙂

d. So called gay marriage is also morally evil do the Biology and intrinsic design of man and woman. Even if you were “made” gay, everyone is called to chastity, no matter what your orientation is.

Justice is one of the 4 Cardinal Virtues. And there’s much more to this than I am saying, but I pray that all are able to recognize that Justice, Life, and Liturgy are all connected to one another.

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen!

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