Author Archives: Msgr Maury Voity

On preparing for military action

Just about anyone who has served in a supervisory or command position in the Armed Forces of the United States has studied the works of Sun Tzu. He was the author of The Art of War, a book about warfare and military strategy that has been an integral part of military training and planning since it was written in, would you believe, somewhere around 500 BC! In light of current events, I wonder if those in charge have ever read this highly valuable work of instruction and tried to put it into practice.

 

Evening Prayer Jan. 3

Cast your kindly light upon your faithful, Lord, we pray,
and with the splendor of your glory
set their hearts ever aflame,
that they may never cease to acknowledge their Savior
and may truly hold fast to him.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
— Amen.

 

What children can teach us.

I was watching the news on one of the three broadcast networks yesterday.

They had a story about a class of third-grade students. One of them had lost everything in a fire at his house several days ago.

These little ones organized a drive to make sure that this little boy had presents for Christmas. When asked why they did it, these seven-and eight-year olds said, “because he is our classmate and our friend. We hug each other when we are sad, and we hug each other when we are happy. We care about each other and help each other whenever we can. That’s what we’re supposed to do.”

How about that, folks? These little kids hit the nail on the head. Hopefully they will continue to think this way as they grow up.

Remember, no one is born with hatred or bigotry. It has to be learned, and the people kids learn this from are the ones who will be held accountable one day.

 

Evening Prayer for Jan. 2

Feast of Sts. Basil and Gregory:

O God,
who were pleased to give light to your Church
by the example and teaching of
the Bishops Saints Basil and Gregory,
grant, we pray,
that in humility we may learn your truth
and practice it faithfully in charity.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
— Amen.

 

 

World Day of Prayer for Peace

In addition to this being the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, today is also the World Day of Prayer for Peace. Here is an appropriate prayer:

O God, Creator of the universe, who extends your paternal concern over every creature and guides the events of history to the goal of salvation, we acknowledge your fatherly love when you break the resistance of mankind and, in a world torn by strife and discord, you make us ready for reconciliation. Renew for us the wonders of your mercy; send forth your Spirit that he may work in the intimacy of hearts, that enemies may begin to dialogue, that adversaries may shake hands and peoples may encounter one another in harmony. May all commit themselves to the sincere search for true peace which will extinguish all arguments, for charity which overcomes hatred, for pardon which disarms revenge. Amen.

Saint Pope John Paul II

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Just thought that some of you may not remember that tomorrow is not only New Year’s Day 2020, but it is also the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, which is a Holyday of Obligation in the Catholic Church. Just a friendly reminder!

Settling in for New Year’s

Don’t plan to leave the house anymore today. It’s safer because traffic will be heavy, and some of those drivers shouldn’t be on the road. I live in a very quiet senior community where the sidewalks are rolled up early. However it has always amazed me how many of these folks are up at midnight to set off their fireworks! Go figure! Anyhow HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!

A New Year

OK, folks! It’s a new year and I have made some sort of resolution to publish more on this blog this year. On my other platforms I avoid any controversy, but I throw some in on this blog. Let us pray for our country and for each other. Let us treat each other with civility, respect and kindness.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Friday, May 5

In our first reading (Acts 9:1-20) we read about the familiar story of the conversion of St. Paul. Jesus intervened in a very dramatic way. After identifying himself, he struck Saul blind and advised him to go to Damascus and wait for a sign. That sign came in the person of Ananias who was sent by the Lord to cure his blindness. His eyes were opened and he was baptized. From that time he became Paul, the great preacher to the Gentiles. How many times have we been blinded to the things right in front of us, specifically our faith and how we translate that faith in our lives and our relationships with others?

In the Gospel reading for today (John 6:52-59)the people were arguing and trying to understand how Jesus could give us his flesh to eat. They looked at this as canibalism. Jesus tries to explain it in his capacity as Son of God and Son of Man. The point is that, in Jesus, God has enfleshed himself in our humanity. So, in an unexplainable way, fully known only to God, we now have a physical body and blood relationship with our Lord. God the Father, always caring about the welfare of his children, gives us a special food and drink necessary for our salvation. We should see Christ – body and blood, soul and divinity, in this special food which is offered to us at every Mass and be thankful for this very special presence of God among us.

Peace in the Holy Land

I watched with interest today at the Press Statements at the White House with President Trump and President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority. Both spoke of their hopes for peace in the Holy Land. Earlier this year Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel visited with Pres. Trump.

While all of the talk was good to hear, I certainly hope that one day there will be peace in the Holy Land. It can be done but it will be very difficult to achieve.

Listening to this, I recalled my own experiences during my many visits to the Holy Land.. I especially remember one day at the Temple Gate in Jerusalem when I had a chance encounter with two elderly men. One was a rabbi, the other a Palestine and they knew I was a priest. In discussing all of the violence and problems in the area, both men told me the same thing. 

They said that all they wanted, and what most of the people wanted, was to live in peace; to be able to raise their children without fear; to enjoy family life; to be able work; to live in a spirit of peace and friendship. I wondered why that wasn’t being achieved. They both said it was the politicians on both sides. The people wanted none of the violence and constant tensions.

So that was from both sides of the story, which if you look at what they said, are pretty much both the same. I have heard pretty much the same thing from similar people around Israel and Palestine. 

Hopefully the politicians on both sides will listen to their own people, their average citizens; and just maybe, if they do, peace will finally come to a land too long suffering.