“What is TRUTH?”
“What is Truth?” is a question that was posed to Jesus as he stood trial before Pontius Pilate. (Jn 18:38) This is a question that is posed by the world. Jesus tells us that HE is this Truth (Jn 14:6, 18:37), and that the Truth will make us free (Jn 8:32). The world likes to tell us that there is no truth, that truth is relative to each person. As Josef Ratzinger said when he addressed the conclave that would elect him Pope: “We are building a dictatorship of relativism that does not recognize anything as definitive and whose ultimate goal consists solely of one’s own ego and desires.” This ‘dictatorship of relativism’ is the way of the world. Anyone who claims to know objective truth is labeled as a bigot or a fundamentalist. It is a crime in the world to speak truth, because truth can make people uncomfortable. “We, however, have a different goal: the Son of God, the true man. He is the measure of true humanism. An ‘adult’ faith is not a faith that follows the trends of fashion and the latest novelty; a mature adult faith is deeply rooted in friendship with Christ. It is this friendship that opens us up to all that is good and gives us a criterion by which to distinguish the true from the false, and deceit from truth.”
Christ reminds us that faith—trust in him is not blinding, but rather enlightening and helps us to know truth. Pope Francis has also spoken several times about the errors of relativism. Once when in Korea, he observed that “The spirit of the world,” he said, tempts us with “the deceptive light of relativism, which obscures the splendor of truth and, shaking the earth beneath our feet, pushes us toward the shifting sands of confusion and despair.” The Popes of modernity have been to us what the prophet Jeremiah was to his people, as he reminds us in the first reading today “Cursed is the one who trusts in human beings, who seeks his strength in flesh…Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD.” The relativism of the world undermines human dignity, as it makes me the center of my own universe, the creator and arbiter of my own truth. Seeking and knowing the truth, which doesn’t blind, but enlightens, does not enslave, but make us free, requires me to open my heart to be humble. The “dictatorship” of relativism is combated with humility, charity, and the clarity that comes from Truth.
In Christ, Fr. Casey
Lent Schedule 2019
Ash Wednesday services: 7:30am, 12:15pm, 7pm (bilingual)
Bible Study -Time line with Jeff Cavins on Wednesdays at 7pm, during Lent.
The Parish will be offering Eucharistic Adoration in the main church every Friday during lent after the 8:00am morning mass until the 6:00pm evening mass. Please sign up for your Eucharistic Adoration Hour.
Schedule Stations of the Cross is every Friday during lent, 7:00pm, March 8 thru April 19th
In additional, our parish will be hosting a live “Stations of the Cross” with our youth and community. The event will take place Friday April 19th at 1:00pm, outside on church property.
Confessions will be heard during Lent every Monday & Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm.
Lenten Mission is on March 12th & 13th in English and March 14th in Spanish.