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April 17, 2019

Gift 2

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PAROQUIA – Nssa. Sra. Do Rosário

Residência Nssa. Sra. de Fátima         25 March, 2019                      XLIX:1

Trav. Carlos Portes, 171

Cx. P. 101

62.900-000 Russas, Ceará                   e-mail: [email protected]

BRAZIL                                                      http://www.egfbenya.com

 

Dear Collaborators, Family, Benefactors, Friends and Colleagues:

 

Every true gift presents a dynamic, not necessarily in its physical structure but in its sequence and resonance of mystery. The essence of a gift is always somewhat mysterious because it represents something beyond the one who presents it. The presenter of the gift is actually a messenger. The physical structure of a gift usually runs its material course but the spirit in which it is presented is immortal; at times even eternal.

Gifts of collective virtue can run centuries, even millennia to emerge and then to manifest. The gift of Faith, the blessing of Benevolence, a tradition of Freedom, the inheritance of Spirit all find their beginning in inspirations rooted so deeply in antiquity that we have no exact references as to their origins. Brutalized and rejected in a profane world, the virtue of such gifts defines the unique immortality of each one. No vice cannot match nor overcome their Virtue.

These timeless gifts seem to appear, disappear and then reappear at crucial times in specific places where necessity demands their presence. They are, as has been stated, “immortal offers of benevolence”. Finance, politics and convenience play little part in the dynamic of their presence or absence. Actual need defines the dynamic of each gift.

The immortality of a gift can run to various depths, breadths and limits known only by the Creator. The gift itself assumes immortality through the Almighty who inspired the gift. Profound immortality of benevolence, many times defines the greatness of the giver and/or recipient. Sacred Scripture in various faiths is replete with mortals who received gifts of profound character of which those recipients were completely unaware. These recipients became, messengers (prophets) of the Giver, Almighty God. Even in more recent times recipients of gifts in research, exploration and investigation have been marked by greatness through the discoveries bequeath through them; Churchill, Newton, Columbus, Mendel, Sheldrake are only a few whose gifts still influence progress.

The Eternal Gift is one and only one. It has many forms, each form manifest in different ways in different epics. The arrival of the Savior, celebrated in the Hanukkah-Yuletide-Christmas season is a gift, complete in itself. However, the manifestation of that gift, the Savior and Salvation itself, was to take time, one complete generation; intense and harsh in itself. That intensity and harshness grew until it culminated in the GLORY; the Passion, Death and Resurrection of the Savior Jesus Christ within one 24 hour period.

We celebrate that Passion and Glory in the Pascal Mystery of Passover and Easter. Rejected by the world as it emerged, IT remains rejected in the world today bringing persecution, exclusion and suffering to those who try to follow His Call. Yet to those who accept that Call, imperfect as we may be, Almighty God bequeaths and sustains with the Gift of “Life in Christ”, immortalizing ALL His followers.

Join us as we celebrate this Gift in Jesus Christ witnessing by our vocations, lives, works and ministries for the World:

 

“A Blessed Pascal-Easter Season to all!”

Gratefully, In the SAVIOR

 

Pe. Ed Benya, S.J.

November 24, 2018

A Gift

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UNISINOS – RESIDÊNCIA CONCEIÇÃO

 

Residência Conceição                                              8 November,, 2018                XLVIII:3

UNISINOS

Cx. P. 101

93.022-630 São Leopoldo, RS                                  e-mail: [email protected]

BRAZIL                                                                     http://www.egfbenya.com

 

Dear Benefactors, Family, Colleagues, Friends and Collaborators:

 

A gift is an extension, a risk through which one goes beyond one’s self. Through some degree of virtue an individual attempts to surpass his or her limits and reach to another. All gifts are initially offers. If accepted they become links, even bridges from one individual to another so that isolation of individuality transforms to a communion, perhaps even a union of autonomy.

 

A true gift always presents some degree of mystery, of virtue as charity and kindness that in itself can be recognized but never measured. It is a message of offer, an immortal offer of benevolence.

 

The man and woman united in marriage, children and parents in the communion of family, the faithful in blessing with the Almighty all exemplify the dynamic of giving as offer, reception, gratitude. That dynamic characterizes every gift.

 

Value of a gift can be variable, at least in the profane sense. Some gifts, financially are priceless yet of minimal practical value, a gem, a crystal, a pearl. Others are simple but of immediate value as is food for the starving. Many times the simplest of gifts (a kind word, gentle encouragement) sustain a person in life.

 

The dynamics of offer, reception and gratitude define every legitimate gift. Time span for that dynamic can be short, a few seconds as when a life is saved, OR it may take years to realize as that of an innocent saved from threat of a glowing yet vicious attraction. Individuals, families, communities, nations, entire cultures may be tempted as such.

 

The true gift always originates in virtue, some blessing of God. Among these the Christmas gift, the Christmas present holds a certain universal meaning. The mystery of virtue presents a special brilliance in the Christmas gift. No matter how many we receive, each is unique. Even replicates of the same gift have unique origins in virtue.

 

The most profound of gifts are the most mysterious, powerful in their message, challenging in reception, enduring in gratitude. The Christmas gift is an essential of the Hanukkah-Yuletide-Christmas season. We celebrate the Original Christmas Gift each year at this season; the arrival of the Savior, completely subtle, uniquely infinite in His presence with the Promise of Redemption, a Promise to be realized within one human generation.

 

Present and receive gifts especially now. Be grateful! We here in Brazil remain most grateful to you and to God for your benevolence. Celebrate with us the arrival of The Original Christmas Gift; the One, Jesus Christ. Have a BLESSED 2019. We continue:

 

Gratefully, In HIM

 

Pe. Ed Benya, S.J.

September 11, 2018

Discipline

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UNISINOS – RESIDÊNCIA CONCEIÇÃO

 

Residência Conceição                                              22 August, 2018                      XLVIII:2

UNISINOS

Cx. P. 101

93.022-630 São Leopoldo, RS                                  e-mail: [email protected]

BRAZIL                                                                     http://www.egfbenya.com

 

Dear Collaborators, Benefactors, Friends, Family and Colleagues:

 

Discipline is a sobering word. With connotations of threat and even pain, we know that it is necessary, especially as self-discipline, if anyone is to face the world, navigate in it and progress without falling to it. As with Love, Discipline is acquired and developed rather than merely learned. It has a cost, a price in terms of effort. Lack of discipline has an even greater cost and that cost can be mortal. It is through Discipline that we show Love.

 

A major challenge of childhood and adolescence is to become disciplined in some basic sense so that we can begin to navigate life, receive vocations and develop within the vocation to which God calls. Parents, ministers, pastors, instructors and professors are indispensible to this process of acquiring discipline.

 

Complications arise in that they too are acquiring discipline. Husband and wife are learning to be parents. Instructors are learning to be educators.  Pastors are learning to be shepherds. Preachers are learning to be messengers. Ministers are learning to bestow.

 

At some stage in this dynamic, the external function of acquiring discipline broadens to the internal function of developing self-discipline. Rigor of acquisition can easily become perverted into a brutality and even violence of mere training. In place of charitable virtue, the bitterness of vice, even hatred can arise. Personal and collective degeneracy can ensue. Solid theistic Judeo-Christian Universal formation through the sacramental family, parish and communion are crucial. They have no substitutes.

 

The 72 years since I entered this world, 44 years of religious life and 34 years in the Priesthood of Jesus Christ have seen absolute necessity of this dynamic of discipline and self-discipline. Imperfect in me, to be sure, it has still allowed me to exercise mobility of mind, body, spirit and transcendence in responding to the Call of Almighty God. That mobility has found strength, depth and focus in all of you, your support both material and spiritual during this entire vocation. Your presence during this continuing process has been and remains a most distinct Blessing, a unique Gift from Almighty God. For this I do thank you as I remain

 

Most gratefully in Jesus Christ

 

Pe. Ed Benya, S.J.

April 30, 2018

Reality of Salvation

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PAROQUIA – Nssa. Sra. Do Rosário

 

Residência Nssa. Sra. de Fátima   19 February, 2018              XLVIII:1

Trav. Carlos Portes, 171

62.900-000 Russas, Ceará                        e-mail: [email protected]

BRASIL                                                             http://www.egfbenya.com

 

Dear Benefactors, Friends, Collaborators, Family and Colleagues:

 

Salvation is a reality; objective in its presence, mysterious by measure, challenging to witness. By one presence, one stroke, one conquest, The One Redeemer realized Salvation. Quite simple for revelation, divine in recognition, it is impossible to explain. The most profound of scholars can explain it no better that the most innocent of children. Yet it calls. The Creator-Redeemer-Sustainer calls THROUGH Redemption TO Salvation.

 

Saints are called by its power. Sinners are driven by its mystery. Intellects are confused by its totality. Tyrants are maddened by its omnificence. The redeemed are guided by its power. Scholars are confounded by its simplicity, historians are challenged by its intensity.

 

At one point, within some 36 hours, The Redeemer faced, accepted and discharged the one, unique and complete task of Salvation, the defeat of evil with a victory so complete that many actually have fear to consider it. They are more content in ignoring it. Yet that same Redeemer calls beyond contentment. He calls to Peace, and His perseverance in that call is constant.

 

We celebrate Him and His victory in the Eucharistic sacrifice each day, but more publically in the Lenten-Pascal Season. Never capable of fully grasping Salvation completely, we do well to allow it to grasp us, NOT as possession, but as Gift as we at least try to relinquish to His call in our lives, vocations and ministries, our sins and weaknesses notwithstanding.

 

Join us in this “surrender” as we recognize our limits, confess our wrongs and proceed by Conversion in Witness to the Savior, Jesus Christ professing by our lives and works to and for the World:

 

“A Blessed Easter to all and for all!”

 

Most gratefully in Jesus Christ

 

Pe. Ed Benya, S.J.

December 23, 2017

Christmas 2017: Navigating

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UNISINOS – RESIDÊNCIA CONCEIÇÃO

 

Residência Conceição                                              24 November, 2017                 XLVII:3

UNISINOS

Cx. P. 101

93.022-630  São Leopoldo, RS                                  e-mail: [email protected]

BRAZIL                                                                     http://www.egfbenya.com

 

Dear Family, Friends, Benefactors, Colleagues and Collaborators:

 

Migration, immigration, peregrination: these are words of fluidity; biological, animal, human. They abound in Creation and Creation abounds with them. Life itself is one continuous migration, from the moment of our inception, to conception, birth into the World and finally birth into Eternity. Many, if not most of us might prefer life less varied, more stable, more predictable, sedentary, controlled, and stunted life of impediment. The situation of the slave may be repugnant to our politics, but it is most inviting to our ego. Ask any addict to food, drugs, sex, violence or drink. Yet besides being dull, absolute predictability and control are impossible. The Call to virtue, as well as confusion and vice, all guarantee instability, unpredictability and variety, for better or for worse.

 

However we are called beyond submission to vice, beyond the unknown and the unforeseen, beyond slavery. We are called to foresee, to venture and to Hope. A steady, intense daily grind in work, projects, ministries, challenges and problems can tire even exhaust an individual. An occasional rest is necessary, lest a person become depressed and fall prey to the slavery of addiction.

 

Many prefer addiction to the Sacramental Call of Hope. Addiction is immediate in its gratification but devastating in its degeneracy. It stunts and destroys migration; physical, mental, spiritual and sacramental. Many addicts however focus on the gratification with little or no attention to degeneracy which is usually subtle, profound and ruthless. Not only individuals but entire populations, nations and cultures can embrace addiction and, as with individuals, they thus embrace their own impedance, degradation and demise.

 

Our human condition was, in fact condemned to the slavery of addiction to impediment and destruction. Mired in addiction, we instituted the slavery of chattels, violence and dominance, promoting and legalizing such addiction. Such legislation and institution is historical and abounds even today. Yet as it was historically, it remains today; degrading, devastating, degenerating.

 

Our Creator realized this. Thus He came; Himself, Personally in us, by Himself and through Himself to redeem us, our Savior Jesus Christ. We celebrate His arrival in this annual Yuletide-CHRISTMAS season.

 

No matter where you are in the world when this message reaches you, I wish you:

A most SACRAMENTAL Hanukkah-Yuletide-Christmas season and a Blessed New Year of 2018!

 

Gratefully in Jesus Christ

 

Pe. Ed Benya, S.J.

September 16, 2017

Smoke

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UNISINOS – RESIDÊNCIA CONCEIÇÃO

 

Residência Conceição                                              18 August, 2017                      XLVII:2

UNISINOS

Cx. P. 101

93.001-970 São Leopoldo, RS                                  e-mail: [email protected]

BRAZIL                                                                     http://www.egfbenya.com

 

Dear Friends, Benefactors, Collaborators, Colleagues and Family:

 

Smoke is an indistinct word in itself! Broad in form (noun, verb, adjective) it can have many meanings. Context says everything .In years past, “Smoke?” was a simple introductory offer that helped break initial tensions of encounter. A simple cigarette could initiate proceedings between common people. Today that is in decline.

“Smoke! Fire!” can be an alarm, a call to awareness and action, as an emergency arises. Centuries and even decades past that call was a community alarm to mobilization as neighbors of a settlement, town or village quickly gathered to face a sudden common threat; unplanned fire. “Smoked” perishables (meats, cheese, etc.) have a history dating from millennia past as “smoking” was a basic necessary method of preservation. Still available today, such commodities are more a luxury than a necessity.

Many North American Indians, indigenous peoples used tobacco as a fuel for pipes of peace between their villages and peoples of distance, persons of different origin as the “peace pipe” served as a symbol of welcome, calm and even reconciliation. Notwithstanding its hazards and abuses, tobacco can still serve as a distinct symbol for and of these peoples. Many indigenous Peoples used “smoke signals” to convey messages in spacious but relatively close geographic regions to rapidly inform allies of a crucial event or sudden change of plan.

The “smoke signal” also makes its presence in at least one very European setting but quite universal in its scope. With a variability that is highly unpredictable, the “Ecclesiastical Conclave” convenes cardinals of the Catholic Church at each vacancy of the “Chair of Peter”, usually when the Bishop of Rome dies but also when he formally resigns. In conclave, these men are sealed in conference with NO contact with the outside world. They receive food indirectly as they are charged with the task of selecting (by vote, proclamation or appointment) a successor to the Vicar of Christ. Their only contact with the outside world is by “smoke signals”; twice in the morning and twice in the afternoon UNTIL they find a Vicar. Votes are taken these 4 times each day until someone, either among them or external, receives two thirds PLUS 1 of the voting cardinals present. Ballots are burned after each vote. IFF the vote does NOT achieve the 2/3 + 1, the ballots are burned with a chemical mixture yielding black smoke. IFF the necessary count is achieved or surpassed, the ballots are burned with another chemical mix rendering white smoke, a sign of a successor. The “smoke signal” is crucial.

Thus Catholic ecclesiastics and American Indians use the smoke signal as an essential tool of communications. Our personal communication can seem “smoky” at times especially if we are not in complete control (which for most of the time we are NOT).

Among religious, that “smokiness” can be profuse. Yet Almighty God always proceeds in and for clarity. That clarity has been most profound these 33 years since I was ordained especially in the benevolence and charity He has shown in and through you. I do thank you as I also thank God as I pray that He bless you and your families always.

 

Gratefully in Jesus Christ

April 3, 2017

Celebrations: LENTEN-EASTER 2017

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PAROQUIA – Nssa. Sra. Do Rosário

 

Residência Nssa. Sra. de Fátima                      11 March, 2017                        XLVII:1

Trav. Carlos Portes, 171

62.900-000 Russas, Ceará                                e-mail: [email protected]

BRASIL                                                              http://www.egfbenya.com

 

Dear Friends, Benefactors, Collaborators, Colleagues and Family:

 

Celebrations are crucial to our “being”. They help define us. Some celebrations are strictly hedonistic; debauchery in their origin and manner; a drunken binge, a divorce, an abortion, mere degradation. Some celebrations are of a singular moment; conception, Baptism, Confirmation, Bar Mitzvah. Others are remembrances as an annual event, commemoration of a personal step, a rite of passage, a dynamic; birthdays marriage, ordination, maturation, victory in life.

 

A celebration may be stark or sobering; national victories in combat, battle and even war whose costs temper the joy of victory. Personal victories over proclivities, addictions and degeneration are humble memorials to degradation that is recognized and conquered each day in small, short, certain steps, not by our own power but by virtue in Almighty God. Saint Paul had a least one such memorial in him whose origin he called a “thorn of Satan”. He apparently had to face it each day and had various degrees of success in that battle. He prayed to be completely free of it but God left him to face it each day as a reminder of his dependence on the Savior.

 

However, most celebrations are joyful. Usually on an annual basis, we thank God for a unique, singular blessing without which we would not be where we are. Birthdays into this world are instituted by relatives for family rather than celebrations of an event by children who have no recollection of the date or event.

 

Wedding anniversaries are celebrations of initial attraction between a man and a woman, but, given time and virtue, develop into celebrations of victories large and small over temptation, doubt and personal limits as the “two become one” in Almighty God.

 

Consecration to the Creator, personal or public, merits celebration especially considering the hedonistic onslaught that such consecration must endure.

 

However all legitimate celebration carries an aspect of sobriety, recognizing that one has overcome a challenge beyond one’s self. Humble gratitude is the hallmark.

 

One annual celebration is steeped in sobriety; the Passion, Death and Resurrection of the Savior. Our participation is indisputable as culprits for the event. Yet His Compassion, Mercy and Charity are the arms with which He conquered evil. We gratefully mark that conquest in the humble preparation and celebration of the Lenten-Pascal Season. Join us in this CELEBRATION with a:

 

most BLESSED LENTEN-EASTER Season!

Gratefully in Jesus Christ

December 13, 2016

LAW

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UNISINOS – RESIDÊNCIA CONCEIÇÃO

 

Residência Conceição                                              29 November, 2016                 XLVI:3

UNISINOS

Cx. P. 101

93.001-970 São Leopoldo, RS                                  e-mail: [email protected]

BRAZIL                                                                     http://www.egfbenya.com

 

 

Dear Friends, Family, Colleagues, Collaborators and Benefactors:

 

LAW is a term that implies authority and substance of truth. Mathematical laws may well be invariable. Physical and chemical laws are solid. Biological laws are dynamic while Social laws can be flexible. Even Political laws can have a guiding function.

 

“The Law of God” however is a basic term; foreboding in its suggestion, infinite in its scope and thoroughly useful in its application. Originally given as 10 commandments, Jesus Christ reduced that Law to two; Love of God and love of neighbor. These are clear enough in their decrees yet challenging in their application because they have a vibrancy that functions ONLY by the action of the Spirit of God, The Holy Spirit. Without that Spirit the Law reduces to “foreboding suggestion” which arouses in many (if not most) of us…fear; fear of error, fear of retribution. Since the demands of the world operate without mercy, those fears of error and retribution are reinforced thus strengthening the foreboding suggestion of the Law of God.

 

However with even minimal courage on our part, the Spirit of God allows us to expand, proceeding beyond fear, perceiving the infinite in personal experience of Almighty God. Thus begins the unique Witness, the Testimony of each saint, mysterious in its fullness yet profoundly simple in its depth. Class, intelligence, race, origin or status present no barriers. The laborer, scholar, manager, soldier, constable, follower or leader all have equal access to that Spirit. The Law of God becomes a guide more than a threat as that Spirit gently informs. Virtue is defined and develops. The sinner must still face temptation and at times may even fall. However Virtue dominates as we learn to recover in constant Hope.

 

The Savior himself, Jesus Christ made solid use of that Law. His personal rigor on HIMSELF was brutal, FAR from the MERCY He shows us in the sequence of falls and recoveries that mark our navigation of this life. Prayer, Fast and Abstinence marked and informed the Command He had of the apostles and disciples He had called to follow him. We tend to forget that personal rigor in our attempts to “follow Him”. He did NOT exempt Himself from the Law but “born under the law” followed it with The Spirit that He graciously offers us. Nor does He however expect that same rigor of us, but a sacramental, merciful rigor, firm and vibrant in its application as we trod this life.

 

We celebrate His conception and birth at this Advent-Christmas season. I pray that your personal celebration be mercifully rigorous in Him as I wish you a:

BLESSED Hanukkah-Yuletide-CHRISTMAS season and HAPPY NEW YEAR of 2017!

Gratefully in Christ

 

Ed Benya, S.J.

September 24, 2016

Time as relative

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UNISINOS – RESIDÊNCIA CONCEIÇÃO

 

Residência Conceição                                      30 August, 2016                     XLVI:2

UNISINOS

Cx. P. 101

93.001-970 São Leopoldo, RS                          e-mail: [email protected]

BRAZIL                                                              http://www.egfbenya.com

 

 

Dear Family, Friends, Colleagues, Benefactors and Collaborators:

 

Time is a relative measure of sequence; objective in count yet subjective in accuracy. A year is defined by a planetary revolution, its orbit, around a star. However a year varies with the planet and the star. In the case of the earth and the sun, that revolution takes 12 months or 365.25 days (366 days on leap year); variable because of yearly spatial lag in completion of the orbit.

 

Yet time is crucial in daily function of awakening, prayer, feeding, work, relaxation and rest. It then extends to seasonal activities of cultivation, hunting, fishing, culture and preservation. It continues to annual operations of commerce, evaluation and renewal. These diverse activities then present their own timing variability depending on region, climate, environment, condition and age of the individual. We tend to move more slowly with age.

 

Holy Scripture nicely captures the relativity of all timing by recognizing that before Almighty God

 

“…one day is as a thousand years…and a thousand years are as one day..”.

 

Such variability may be nerve-wracking for researchers, philosophers and educators attempting to quantify dynamic systems, but that same variability provides Hope for pilgrims and sinners trying to navigate this life. The absolute truth or error of that navigation lies solely by the Judgment of God for which all of us can be grateful. The Creator inspires Saint Paul to recognize that we are in the “End Times”. So it is. However, the precise length of this End Time is known only to the Almighty.

 

This is most inspiring to those of us particularly prone to error. The promise of recovery, new beginning after a fall, is the Promise of Salvation. Salvation is characterized by patience; patience of the Creator towards His creatures, a patient charity that should extend within and through each of us for one another AND patience with ourselves.

 

These 32 years of ordination have seen the blessing of patient charity of all of you with me as I navigate this life, vocation and hemisphere with falls and errors, but also in witness and with gains, all blessings of Almighty God. I thank that same Almighty God and I thank you for that patient charity. It extends in ways you cannot even imagine.

Gratefully in Christ

 

Ed Benya, S.J.

February 29, 2016

Cancellation

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PAROQUIA – Nssa. Sra. Do Rosário

 

Residência Nssa. Sra. de Fátima                      24 February, 2016                    XLVI:1

Trav. Carlos Portes, 171

62.900-000 Russas, Ceará                                e-mail: [email protected]

BRASIL                                                              http://www.egfbenya.com

 

Dear Friends, Benefactors, Collaborators, Family, and Colleagues:

 

“Cancellation” is one of a number of sobering words. It indicates an end, term or completion, loss of function, usually in sadness, suggesting relief at best, seldom associated with joy. A cancelled order becomes null. A cancelled seal or stamp may be collectible but the original function to verify has ended.

 

Various disciplines and careers use cancellation in distinct application. A cancelled class, lecture or debate may bring a sigh of relief, but the educational dynamic is altered. A cancelled trial or experiment may eliminate tension, but the problem in question remains unresolved.

 

Cancellations in nature can be especially subtle, hardly perceived as they begin or even progress; yet profound, sometimes irreversible in their effects. Cancelled digestive functions can lead to malnutrition, even starvation and death. Cancelled skeletal structure can lead to physical collapse, even breakage. Cancelled neural functions can lead to dementia or mental collapse. Cancelled reproductive functions can lead to sterility on an individual and collective level; even population crash and extinction in plants, animals and humans. Such cancellations present distinct questions usually in a multi-generational sequence. Dynamics of Creation can revert to a basic or ground state. The researcher, intellectual and prophet may recognize and fortell them, but a day-to-day navigator hardly perceives them until their depth seems abysmal. By then only brute discipline can restore the agronomic, selvic, social and ambiental health that stewardship demands.

 

Cancelled sacramental functions can lead to spiritual regression, closure and pagan ritual where individuals and even entire groups exist merely for immediate pleasure or security with little concern beyond one’s self. Transcendental cancellation is uniquely insidious, completely grounded in deceit and confusion. Such spiritual cancellation crushed us through the fall of our first parents. We wallowed in the “ground state of evil” unable to exit on our own in the face of that evil, itself a cancellation of life, requiring a resurgence of body and spirit. In the “fullness of time” our Redeemer arrived. In one solid intense strike He conquered evil; cancelled it.

 

We celebrate that conquest with distinct intensity during the Quaresmal-Pascal season, with humble contrition and sober celebration in Communion with each other and with Jesus Christ, the Redeemer. Join us in this Communion iff you wish with a healthy penance and solid conversion; life that is redeemed in Salvation.

 

Have a most BLESSED LENTEN-EASTER Season!

Gratefully in Jesus Christ

Ed Benya, S.J.

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