We couldn't redefine marriage if we wanted to!


Lec # 56- 6th Sunday of OT- Sun, May 12, 2012- Fr. Vincent Bresowar

My brothers and sisters in Christ, Freedom is not having the ability to do whatever we want. Freedom is equal rights across the board, but equal rights to what is true and good. Freedom is having the ability, the opportunity to choose to do what is right.

I think we have been duped by modernism, by this invading humanism, to believe that all people deserve equal rights, regardless if the right is good or bad. And that to be able to choose to do that which is wrong, is a right we should all have, regardless if it harms the common good.  

Case in point, North Carolina voters rightly chose to uphold the civil definition of marriage this past week. If anyone has been paying attention to the news, this issue of marriage has been the pervading story of the week. The executive branch of the federal government, somewhat unsurprisingly so, came out in full support of defining civil marriage as one which should exist for both heterosexual and homosexual couples. So that has kind of brought marriage back to the forefront of politics this week and a lot of people have been talking about it. So of course I decided we needed to broach this subject less there be any confusion about where we stand as Catholics who believe that God is God and He has the last say.

It is a difficult issue for sure, with proponents of changing the traditional definition of marriage arguing that it is a religious point to deny this right to all peoples who desire it, and that to do so is unfair. And then of course, all the name-calling begins.

No argument against, no matter how sound in reason and steeped in historical fact, regardless of one’s religious background, will be accepted if the outcome is not a total redefining of marriage in our ever “evolving” society.

That has been the word of the week; we are so “evolved” now that we no longer need traditional definitions as they have been understood for all of human history with respect to marriage and procreation. We’ve moved beyond that as many have declared, including the leader of this country.

All that said and done, we understand as Christians that Truth is Truth, that God exist regardless of one’s belief in that fact, and that we humans are made in God’s image and likeness. He has a plan for us, a perfect plan which is built into our very nature as humans beings, as male and female. To promote the health of family and marriage, and life in the public square, is not forcing our religion down people’s throats, but is rather participating in a conversation and fighting for Truth, for our good and the common good of society. Jesus did not shy away from the public square, and neither should we. And as taxpayers, we have right to have an opinion and not be called bigots and religious fanatics for doing so.

To be Catholic is something greater than to be a citizen of this country. We are citizens of Heaven first, Heaven is home, and that’s where we are going, as members of the Body of Christ. We are adopted sons and daughters of God because of our baptism. So we are not just biological beings, we are spiritual beings heading towards an eternal paradise and trying to bring as many people with us as possible.

How do we stay connected and see our life through this lens if we openly adopted attitudes which are against God’s design for humanity? Designs revealed through his Son and his mystical body. We won’t stay connected, we’ll easily buy the lie that our “evolved” society and media would like us to adopt. That marriage is a “right” for all. Just like children are “rights” as some people would believe, not gifts to be given to us, but rights we are owed. Children are total gifts, and no one is owed a child.

But if we would like to see things more clearly, we can do so by following today’s Gospel, and making it our personal code of ethics. If we love as Christ loved, to the end, to death, for others, then we will see the world as He sees the world, and the confusion, and false ideologies that are thrown in our face every day, well, we will find it easy to sift through the garbage and find the Truth.

What is the Truth? Pilate asked Jesus the same question when Truth was standing right in front of him. Pilate represents the blind world, the world which cannot see Truth, and so it tries to redefine it as something it is not. Jesus did not come to die for relativism.
No greater love then this, to lay down one’s life for ones friends.  If you love me, keep my commands. If you abide in me, I will abide in you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, have faith in me, so that where I am, you may also be. And remember, if the world hates you, it hated me first. If it persecutes you, remember it persecuted me as well.

It’s not popular to stand up for what is right and good and true.

Jesus never said that to follow Him and his design revealed by Him through the Father was going to be easy for humanity. He never told us that! In fact, he showed quite the opposite, that to follow and understand the truth to the end, is going to take self-denial, self-sacrifice, a willingness to take up the cross and to die for others. Marriage requires the same, in the beginning God created them, male and female he created them. For this reason a man leaves his mother and clings to his wife and the two become one flesh. An imperfect image of the perfect Trinity. The Father gives to the son, and the son receives perfectly the father, and the love that pours forth is the Holy Spirit.

So it is with the husband who gives to his wife, and his wife receives him, and the fruit of this total gift of husband and wife is the child.

Sacrifice, self-gift, Love, charity… none of this comes with great ease, and yet when we live it in the way the Lord designed it, with faith, then it becomes easy to see why redefining marriage to be something it is not is an offence against family, is an offence against society, and ultimately is an offense against God himself. And I don’t really care what others say, if others believe that or not, it’s who we are as Christians, and if we are going to call ourselves so, we should live as such even if it means that others hate us and call us all sorts of names and spout lies. While the world rejoices, we may weep, but our weeping will turn to Joy.

If we persevere to the end, if we remain in him, he will remain in us, and no matter what happens, if we are the right side of Truth, then we won, and hopefully Jesus will bring a lot of souls home through us because we remained faithful to the end, and did not let the world shape our opinions of what is true and what is not true. 

Don't mess with the Lord's design, marriage is what it is, we can't redefine it even if we want to.


Lec # 56- 6th Sunday of OT- Sun, May 12, 2012- Fr. Vincent Bresowar

My brothers and sisters in Christ, Freedom is not having the ability to do whatever we want. Freedom is equal rights across the board, but equal rights to what is true and good. Freedom is having the ability, the opportunity to choose to do what is right.

I think we have been duped by modernism, by this invading humanism, to believe that all people deserve equal rights, regardless if the right is good or bad. And that to be able to choose to do that which is wrong, is a right we should all have, regardless if it harms the common good.  

Case in point, North Carolina voters rightly chose to uphold the civil definition of marriage this past week. If anyone has been paying attention to the news, this issue of marriage has been the pervading story of the week. The executive branch of the federal government, somewhat unsurprisingly so, came out in full support of defining civil marriage as one which should exist for both heterosexual and homosexual couples. So that has kind of brought marriage back to the forefront of politics this week and a lot of people have been talking about it. So of course I decided we needed to broach this subject less there be any confusion about where we stand as Catholics who believe that God is God and He has the last say.

It is a difficult issue for sure, with proponents of changing the traditional definition of marriage arguing that it is a religious point to deny this right to all peoples who desire it, and that to do so is unfair. And then of course, all the name-calling begins.

No argument against, no matter how sound in reason and steeped in historical fact, regardless of one’s religious background, will be accepted if the outcome is not a total redefining of marriage in our ever “evolving” society.

That has been the word of the week; we are so “evolved” now that we no longer need traditional definitions as they have been understood for all of human history with respect to marriage and procreation. We’ve moved beyond that as many have declared, including the leader of this country.

All that said and done, we understand as Christians that Truth is Truth, that God exist regardless of one’s belief in that fact, and that we humans are made in God’s image and likeness. He has a plan for us, a perfect plan which is built into our very nature as humans beings, as male and female. To promote the health of family and marriage, and life in the public square, is not forcing our religion down people’s throats, but is rather participating in a conversation and fighting for Truth, for our good and the common good of society. Jesus did not shy away from the public square, and neither should we. And as taxpayers, we have right to have an opinion and not be called bigots and religious fanatics for doing so.

To be Catholic is something greater than to be a citizen of this country. We are citizens of Heaven first, Heaven is home, and that’s where we are going, as members of the Body of Christ. We are adopted sons and daughters of God because of our baptism. So we are not just biological beings, we are spiritual beings heading towards an eternal paradise and trying to bring as many people with us as possible.

How do we stay connected and see our life through this lens if we openly adopted attitudes which are against God’s design for humanity? Designs revealed through his Son and his mystical body. We won’t stay connected, we’ll easily buy the lie that our “evolved” society and media would like us to adopt. That marriage is a “right” for all. Just like children are “rights” as some people would believe, not gifts to be given to us, but rights we are owed. Children are total gifts, and no one is owed a child.

But if we would like to see things more clearly, we can do so by following today’s Gospel, and making it our personal code of ethics. If we love as Christ loved, to the end, to death, for others, then we will see the world as He sees the world, and the confusion, and false ideologies that are thrown in our face every day, well, we will find it easy to sift through the garbage and find the Truth.

What is the Truth? Pilate asked Jesus the same question when Truth was standing right in front of him. Pilate represents the blind world, the world which cannot see Truth, and so it tries to redefine it as something it is not. Jesus did not come to die for relativism.
No greater love then this, to lay down one’s life for ones friends.  If you love me, keep my commands. If you abide in me, I will abide in you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, have faith in me, so that where I am, you may also be. And remember, if the world hates you, it hated me first. If it persecutes you, remember it persecuted me as well.

It’s not popular to stand up for what is right and good and true.

Jesus never said that to follow Him and his design revealed by Him through the Father was going to be easy for humanity. He never told us that! In fact, he showed quite the opposite, that to follow and understand the truth to the end, is going to take self-denial, self-sacrifice, a willingness to take up the cross and to die for others. Marriage requires the same, in the beginning God created them, male and female he created them. For this reason a man leaves his mother and clings to his wife and the two become one flesh. An imperfect image of the perfect Trinity. The Father gives to the son, and the son receives perfectly the father, and the love that pours forth is the Holy Spirit.

So it is with the husband who gives to his wife, and his wife receives him, and the fruit of this total gift of husband and wife is the child.

Sacrifice, self-gift, Love, charity… none of this comes with great ease, and yet when we live it in the way the Lord designed it, with faith, then it becomes easy to see why redefining marriage to be something it is not is an offence against family, is an offence against society, and ultimately is an offense against God himself. And I don’t really care what others say, if others believe that or not, it’s who we are as Christians, and if we are going to call ourselves so, we should live as such even if it means that others hate us and call us all sorts of names and spout lies. While the world rejoices, we may weep, but our weeping will turn to Joy.

If we persevere to the end, if we remain in him, he will remain in us, and no matter what happens, if we are the right side of Truth, then we won, and hopefully Jesus will bring a lot of souls home through us because we remained faithful to the end, and did not let the world shape our opinions of what is true and what is not true. 

Lion at the Pulpit


Lec # 53- 5th Sun of Easter- May 6th, 2012
Fr. Bresowar

My brothers and sisters in Christ; I’ve been so encouraged lately by the number bishops finally standing up for the Truth, the life and teachings of Jesus Christ safeguarded and passed down through his holy body, the Church for the last 2000 years. It has been a long time coming!

In a time where we are being heavily criticized for our own Christian values, for our belief in God, in a highly secularized society… the bishops are finally starting to defend the Truth… often times cleaning our up our own house first. We have to get our house in order for what lies ahead, we are going to need to be united as Christians against this oncoming attack of religious freedom.

Just this past week I read of a bishop in Ohio, Bishop George Murry who instructed Mercy College School of Nursing in Youngstown to disinvite State Representative ********  who supports abortion-on-demand, from delivering its commencement address.

Finally, the bishops are saying “No more!” You cannot come into a Roman Catholic university in a diocese where I am the bishop, and speak publically, and be honored, if you are so against the fundamental right to human life. A grave distortion of what it means to be a human being, that is to be pro-choice under any circumstance.

Now this representative, who claims to be Catholic, responded by saying he was disappointed in the bishop’s decision, (really, what happen to obedience to our bishops?) and reminded people that he has fought hard for many social justice issues during his career. Great! That’s great! Good! But you’re not coming to speak at a Catholic University when you are openly supporting the destruction of human life in the womb. It’s just not going to happen.

We cannot, anymore, claim a gray area in Catholic social teaching. Meaning we cannot claim to be a champion of social justice, a good Catholic, and while at the same time support the irrational destruction of human life in the womb under the guise of women’s rights. That’s goes against the social doctrine of the dignity of the human person. You either are Catholic all the way, and adopt her teachings as a way of life, or you separate yourself from the vine. But don’t try to be both. That’s what the bishop is saying here. There is no gray when it comes to the teachings of the Church. To be Catholic means to be one, to be united with Jesus our Head. IT does not mean to become our own Jesus.

It’s a mystical union, it’s embracing and living the life of Christ, even when we have to make tough decisions following natural consequences for our actions, like getting pregnant outside of marriage. It’s being one with the Head of the Church who is Jesus, who is the supreme principle of unity and who prayed that we would be one, just as he and his father are one. Unfortunately, we as Christians have spent the last 600 years not as one Church, but as divided. Starting with the great Protestant schism, which was the fault of humans, and certainly not designed by God. God does not want 40,000 different Christian denominations, that goes against his great desire for unity. The reformation, which was a disaster at every level, was never ordained by God, but rather was a result of sin and pride of certain individuals, mostly Catholic individuals, after all Luther was a disgruntled Catholic priest, John Calvin was a Catholic, so was Zwingly, Henry the 8th wanted a divorce and it was not allowed by the pope; so he declared himself the head of the Church in England. Corruption in the Church not just by the reformers but really throughout the Church history has torn apart the body of Christ to a point now where people believe that one Church is as good as another and many people as a result go Church shopping, not based on the Eucharist or the other sacraments, but on less important things like who the preacher is, or what kind of music the church has. Which is sad… and it really is our fault. I’ve always believed though you cannot judge the Catholic church based on those in history who failed to live up to what she teaches in her doctrine, and there are many who have failed, but rather we must look to the saints who lived the teachings of the Church and were triumphant in their quest to brings souls to Christ. We can find corruption in certain individuals, even popes, throughout the history of the Catholic Church, but even so, the Holy Spirit never abandoned her, and she is still Holy because of her union with Jesus, even with her sinful members.

The early Church was not so divided, she had a sense of peace, and they grew in numbers in the Holy Spirit, as we heard today in the first reading in the Acts of the Apostles. And they were one in mind and heart! They were united around the Eucharist!

And now, we have about 40,000 different denominations of Christianity, you get nothing the resembled the early Church. And That is ridiculous and sad!

Jesus prayed that we would be one as his heavenly father is one. Connected to the vine, he is the vine, we are the branches! His prayer will be answered, for there is only one Church in Heaven and that is the mystical Body of Christ. Do we believe that Jesus wanted unity? Of course. Do we believe that his prayer will be answered? I hope so, because he is God so he has the power to answer that prayer. There is no division in Heaven, that those of us who would separate ourselves through grave sin, and refuse to repent and be reconciled will be gathered up, and thrown out and burned is true, but if we remain in Him, when we enter the Kingdom, the Church is universal, the Church is one, one with the lamb the division caused by sin and pride, by idolatry, by false idealogies, by a violent atheism, by false doctrines such as sola-scriptura, sola-fide, once saved always saved, made up doctrines, all the divisions that exist within the Body of Christ here on earth, will not exist in the kingdom. There is only one Body of Christ, and it is one, holy, and it is Catholic (by definition).

The Church triumphant in Heaven, the Church militant here on Earth, and the Church suffering in Purgatory! Salvation comes through no one else except Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ and his Church are one. So there is no other Church in Heaven except the one Catholic Church.  

Those of us, protestant, Catholic, muslim, hindu, jewish, whatever, those of us fortunate enough to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, will do so through the grace which comes from Christ through his Holy Catholic Church. It is a beautiful thing, it’s a glorious reality.

However, We who are Catholic now here on earth, should not adopt the attitude that we are better, for that leads to pride and a lack of humility which causes division, for certainly there are many who are non-Catholics now who will enter the kingdom of God before us, where they will join the Church triumphant.

But we should continue to champion the Truth here, in humility, because the Truth sets sinner free, ourselves included, and not yield to a world, which wants to redefine the truth for the sake of convenience. For convenience separated from God goes to the same place everything else does that is separated from God. That’s to an eternal Hell!

We must follow the example of our Holy Father Pope Benedict and continue to work towards unity as Catholics with each other, and with our separated brothers and sisters. Always trying to heal the wounds of division while here on earth;  the best and most appropriate way to do this is to actually take Jesus at his word and trust his Church which he works through. Faithfulness to the teachings and authority of his Church is why we are still here, it’s why we have a bible really, it’s why we have the Eucharist still; and it is the easiest and most effective way to remain in Him, to remain attached to the vine.

So long as there is sin, there will be division, in and out of the Church, but we already know who wins in the end, so let us pray especially for the grace to remain in Him, as he is in us, and have the courage to follow the Holy Spirit, through our bishops, like the one from Ohio who at a certain cost to his own popularity, defended the Truth, lived his Catholicism and promoted unity by adhering to the timeless teachings of the Catholic Church.