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Life can be very hard. It helps to know where it is all going. "The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it." Flannery O'Connor

Oro Valley Catholic Fr. John Arnold

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Life can be very hard. It helps to know where it is all going. "The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it." Flannery O'Connor

    Fire, a Cloud and the Life of Grace: Pentecost

    Fire, a Cloud and the Life of Grace: Pentecost

    At Pentecost, the nature of God is revealed for our benefit. We respond to that grace, body and soul, when we try to grow in understanding and participation in Divine Life. God allows us to see something of the Divine interior life in today’s feast. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel [Prudence], Fortitude [Courage], Knowledge, Piety [Reverence], and Fear of the Lord [Wonder and Awe in God’s Presence]. (cf. Is 11:1-2) The Fruits of these gifts of the Holy Spirit are an increase in Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Generosity, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Modesty, Self-control, Chastity. This is the life of grace, not self-condemnation and fear.
    The music "Lift thine eyes" is performed by the St. Mark Schola under license from One License A-726294.

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    The Visible lifts our eyes to the Invisible: the Ascension of the Lord - Ep. 32

    The Visible lifts our eyes to the Invisible: the Ascension of the Lord - Ep. 32

    St. John Henry Newman, reflecting on the inadequacy of earthly pleasures compared to heaven, wrote:

    . . . from sad experience I am too sure that whatever is created, whatever is earthly, pleases but for a time and then palls and is a weariness. I believe that there is nothing at all here below that I would not at length get sick of. I believe, that though I had all the means of happiness that this life could give, yet in time I would tire of living, feeling everything trite and dull and unprofitable. John Henry Newman, Everyday Meditations (Manchester, N.H.: Sophia Institute Press, 2013), 164.

    The Ascension lifts our eyes to the Most Holy Trinity and the Kingdom of Heaven. The music "Lift Thine Eyes" is performed by our St. Mark Schola under license from One License A-726294

    • 26 min
    Breathing, doing and loving: The Holy Spirit - Ep. 31

    Breathing, doing and loving: The Holy Spirit - Ep. 31

    The Gospel of John begins as does the Book of Genesis, “In the beginning…” The Gospel witnesses to how God is remaking his creation. John the Baptist on the first day of the Gospel of John calls God’s people to repent. Out of his group of disciples, John sends two, Andrew the brother of Simon Peter, and another disciple to follow Jesus, who John the Baptist calls the “Lamb of God.” The Gospel says,“Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come, and you will see.” Jn. 1:38-39
    Musice performed by St. Mark Schola under license from OneLicense A-726294

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    The Princess Bride: True love, fairy tales and the Gospel- Ep. 30

    The Princess Bride: True love, fairy tales and the Gospel- Ep. 30

    The Gospel is the true story of true love, the Divine Bridegroom Christ for his bride the Church. The Princess Bride is effective and heart-warming as a movie because it imitates the story of the Gospel. Love broken by separation (Adam and Eve) and love restored by the bridegroom’s relentless search for his bride down into the depths of sin and death. It seems too good to be true, if you have a heart for true love distorted by distrust of God. As Buttercup and her true love escape Humperdinck by fleeing into the dread, fire spurting, quicksand filled Fire Swamp with rodents of unusual size, she says to Westley, “We’ll never survive!” Westley rightly responds, “Nonsense. You’re only saying that because no one ever has.” Well, we know that’s not true. In fact, the Bridegroom has gone to prepare a place for us and will return for us. The Gospel is the pattern of True Love.

    Music composed and performed by Russ Ronnenbaum

    • 25 min
    Do you like yourself just the way you are? - Ep. 29

    Do you like yourself just the way you are? - Ep. 29

    There is a great story about the English Catholic novelist Graham Greene who had converted to Catholicism and then fallen away. When in Italy, he had the chance to meet St. Padre Pio and at the last minute, he cancelled his appointment. When asked why, Greene said, “I believe that man can change me, and I like myself the way that I am.” What do you think? Good enough for eternity?
    Music by the St. Mark Choir under OneLicense A-726294

    • 26 min
    Fleeing and Believing: Divine Providence- Ep. 28

    Fleeing and Believing: Divine Providence- Ep. 28

    “Oh, how foolish you are! How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke! " Lk. 24:13-35 When the early Church preached about the unblemished lamb of God, the apostles were using typology. Jesus is being understood by reference to the type of the Passover sacrificial lamb as found in the Old Testament. Typology is the Early Christian use of pre-figurations (events, realities, and signs) that point forward to and are fulfilled in Jesus, such as the sacrificial lamb. It is how the apostles were taught by the Lord to read sacred scripture. It is how God's Divine Providence uses history to reveal the meaning of human life.

    Music performed under license from One License A-726294 by Russ Ronnebaum and Gina McCann.

    • 26 min

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