Friday, November 22, 2013

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, USA: Homily for Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of same-sex 'marriage'

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Springfield, Illinois

* Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki, Bishop of Springfield in Illinois

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

We are gathered here today in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for a special Holy Hour before the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament to participate in "Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Same-Sex Marriage." 

I wish to preface my reflections by saying that I am conducting this prayer service and am speaking to you now with great reluctance. I did not seek to enter any controversy and I don't relish being part of one. But I have given this matter a great deal of thought and prayer, which has led me to the conviction that God is calling me to speak out and conduct these prayers.

In our prayers, we must be open to hear where God is leading us and to embrace the path that He offers. That is a much different starting point than beginning with our own wants, desires, and conclusions. That is why we pray every day, "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."

Our prayers at this time are prompted by the fact that the Governor of Illinois today is signing into Illinois law the redefinition of civil marriage, introducing not only an unprecedented novelty into our state law, but also institutionalizing an objectively sinful reality.

It is not hateful to say that an immoral action is sinful. On the contrary, the most compassionate thing we can do is help people to turn away from sin. To ignore another person's wrongful actions is a sign of apathy or indifference, while fraternal correction is motivated by love for that person's well-being, as can be seen by the fact that our Lord Jesus himself urged such correction. Indeed, the call to repentance is at the heart of the Gospel, as Jesus proclaimed, "The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the Good News"(Mark 1:15).

The above is from and is continued here: Catholic.Org - Bishop Thomas Paprocki Homily on same sex 'marriage'.

*This wonderful and courageous Bishop needs our prayers as I am sure he is coming under a storm of attack for doing this.  It is such a breath of fresh air to see a Bishop standing up for the truth and not being afraid of the media or anyone else, to boldly proclaim the Truth of the Gospel message.  We will remember Bishop Thomas in our prayers and perhaps thank him also for what he is doing for the Church and for Christ and for the salvation of souls.  May the Lord bless him abundantly and give him strength at this time and Our Lady Mother of the Church, pray for and protect him always.  

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