A Day of Joy, a Day of Grief

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  1. Mario

    Mario Powers

    Please pray for me. For the first time in 16 months I returned to the nursing home today.:ROFLMAO: In the last week I petitioned the nursing home to allow me to distribute Holy Communion without using plastic bags. Today I learned I will not be allowed to distribute Holy Communion at all!:mad:

    I was told this restriction comes down from the State level. If so, it is simply authorities, especially the Governor, afraid of any spike in covid-19 cases. Cuomo's embarrassment at the start of the "pandemic" regarding nursing homes must never be repeated. :rolleyes:

    And who suffers to provide this "protection": Catholics who long for Jesus! As I research this more thoroughly, pray that I find the necessary loophole. May Bishop Lucia come to my aid!:coffee:

    Lord have Mercy!
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  2. Fede

    Fede Archangels

    This is truly sad. When Im at Mass lately I offer rhe Holy Eucharist foe those who cannot receive it. I will continue to do this. I so hope you can somehow find a person who is moved by the Holy Spirit.
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  3. HeavenlyHosts

    HeavenlyHosts Powers

    Praying, Mario.
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  4. miker

    miker Powers

    Terry- This is so sad to learn. For the state to withhold the spiritual nourishment of the Body of Christ from these poor people just breaks my heart. As Fede already noted above, I too will offer my communions in Union with your patients.
  5. Rain

    Rain Powers


    1. Gutsy Grannies: the case of the Hebrew Midwives
    In Exodus 15, the vicious old King of Egypt commands the Hebrew midwives, Shiphrah and Purah, to kill Hebrew babies if they are boys. But, in perhaps the first recorded instance of civil disobedience in all of human literature, these gutsy grannies refuse to obey the king’s edict. “The midwives feared God; they did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but they let the boys live.”

    2. Feisty Fighters: the case of Saul’s unjust edict
    In I Samuel 14, King Saul decides that everyone will be going on a compulsory fast for the day. Unfortunately, Jonathan doesn’t hear about the new law, and he tucks into a yummy honeycomb that he finds in the forest. Saul is incensed and puts a bounty on Jonathan’s head. Luckily Saul’s soldiers recognize that this is unjust and refuse to comply. Jonathan lives to see another day. Yay!

    3. Badass Queen #1: Vashti and her refusal to be objectified
    King Ahasuerus goes on a bender for seven days – stuffing his face with food and drink and carousing with his friends. In a drunken stupor, the King demands that Queen Vashti come and show off her body, wearing nothing much beyond her royal crown. Vashti is shocked, and outright refuses his unreasonable edict. Of course, the king is pissed! “According to law, what must be done to Queen Vashti?” he asks. (Esther 1:15). Ultimately she pays a high price for her civil disobedience. The king strips Vashti of her royal position and banishes her from his presence, possibly ordering her killed.

    4. Badass Queen #2: Esther and her kairos moment
    After Vashti is chucked out, Esther becomes queen. Luckily she’s got a lot of courage as well. Her mentor Mordecai is gutted to hear about a new law calling for the destruction of the Jews. He asks Esther to intervene with the king. But unfortunately, approaching the king without an invitation is against the law of the land. Esther decides to intervene in this great injustice anyway, saying, “Then I shall go to the king, though it is contrary to the law; and if I am to perish, I shall perish” (4:16).

    5. Fearless Friends: the case of the golden statue
    In Daniel 3, King Nebuchadnezzar (noticing a pattern of tyrant kings here?) erects a massive golden statue for everyone to bow down to. An edict goes out that when the bell rings, everyone must bow down and worship the king’s erection. Of course we know the story from Sunday School, three courageous buddies, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, refuse and get tossed into the fire for their efforts.

    6. Daring Daniel: the case of outlawed prayer
    In Daniel 6, King Darius puts out a tough new law stating that no-one can pray to anyone other than the king for 30 days. Daniel says, No way! He openly flaunts the new rule by praying in his bedroom with the windows open for all to see, and ends up tossed to the lions for his troubles.

    7. Cunning Gurus: the case of the foreigners who will not comply
    The first to practice civil disobedience in the New Testament are the foreign wise men who come to worship Jesus. Herod commands them to return and tell him where Jesus is located (so he can have Jesus “taken out”). But they ignore this order and return home via a different highway. It's interesting to note that these guys were rich and powerful, carrying a lot of stuff. They wouldn’t have been traveling alone. So perhaps these foreigners also lead the first act of mass civil disobedience.

    8. Heroic Preachers: the case of outlawed speech
    In Acts 4, Peter and John are commanded to stop preaching the gospel. It seems their efforts to speak of an upside-down kingdom, which will be good news for the poor and bad news for the rich and powerful are treading on some toes. They keep speaking of Jesus, and ultimately in Acts 5 they end up being thrown in prison.

    9. Audacious Apostle: the case of a muzzled missionary
    Christians will sometimes quote Romans 13 to demonstrate why we should obey the law of the land. However, this passage asks us to submit to the government, not obey the government. These are two different things, as I have written here. In fact, the author of Romans, Paul, defied the civil authorities, was arrested him for preaching the good news, and witnessed to the guards while he was in jail (Acts 16:16–40).

    10. Just Jesus: our ultimate guide and role model
    Finally, and most importantly we have the example of Jesus.

    Today, those same subversive angels might say to Americans, “Pledge allegiance to Jesus and nothing else.” And every American would recognize the political implications of that statement.

    Born in the middle of an oppressive Roman Empire, even the words used to announce his birth were considered provocative, to say the least (Lk 2:10-11). By adopting language usually used to announce a new Emperor, the angels illegally claimed that Jesus, not Caesar, was the true king, responsible for bringing peace and justice to the earth.

    The very first public act of Jesus and the disciples was to break the law of the land by picking grain on the Sabbath (Mk 2:23). This was just the first of many provocative, rule-breaking actions.

    Ultimately, Jesus was executed as a rebel by the establishment, who found him too great a threat. The God of the entire universe chose to be killed as a criminal on a cross, hanging between two felons. It was the ultimate act of subversive love and vulnerability. And that one beautiful act changed literally everything...

    So, how then should we live?

    We follow a subversive Jesus and a host of feisty saints. Jesus commanded us to follow God’s law first and foremost - to love God above all else. And the litmus test of that love for God, is whether we love our neighbors (as ourselves). And the litmus test of whether we love our neighbors is whether we love our enemies.

    Man’s law cannot dictate our ethics. There will be times when it is designed to stop us from pursuing God and his law of love.

    Then we will have a choice to make.
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  6. Mario

    Mario Powers

    Well, my friend, if you are suggesting I give out Holy Communion anyway, to rush into it may cause me to be banished entirely from the nursing home.:cautious: First I'll go through "proper channels." And I won't dally in that regard. We'll see. Perseverance is a virtue, you know.:)

    Safe in the Father's Arms!
  7. Mary Crowder

    Mary Crowder Archangels

    Mario, so very sad! I pray that Our Lord will find a way for you, and for those who very much want to receive our Lord in the most Blessed Sacrament!
  8. Jo M

    Jo M Powers

    Prayers Mario. Another terrible decision by Governor Cuomo. :(
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  9. FatimaPilgrim

    FatimaPilgrim Powers

    Will you follow God’s law, or Caesar’s? What a horrible choice to be forced to make, but a blessing as well. My prayers for your fortitude to stand for Truth
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  10. andree

    andree Powers

    When reading your post Mario I had a flash thought of when the Virgin Mary kissed a makeup case in Garabandal. People were horrified because they did not know that it had been used as a pyx to bring communion during the Spanish Civil war. Not sure if the person carrying had permission from the Bishop, that one I leave to you. I'll pray for you on this one, may the Holy Spirit guide you.
  11. DesertStar7

    DesertStar7 To Jesus + through Mary @-}---

  12. Mario

    Mario Powers

    Actually, FP, this morning I spoke with a fellow deacon who has never been fully restricted from the nursing home at which he serves, though the administration had enforced social distancing on his part. Basically, that restriction has been lifted. However, they had told John that their take on the Health regulations (similar to my nursing home's attitude) precluded the giving of Holy Communion when rotating on the floors. John told me he discretely ignored that injunction. He was reported for his defiance and threatened with dismissal. John told them that reception of the Eucharist is essential for Catholics and if they were to deny him the freedom to give Holy Communion to those who desired it, he would walk. He said the denial of Holy Communion is not explicitly stated in the regs, and he is careful about sanitation. His administration backed off. Also, during Holy Mass at the same facility, a nurse called out Fr. Fritzen for distributing Holy Communion; he ignored her saying, "I'm a priest; it's what I do."

    So initially, when visiting on the floors I plan on doing as Deacon John has done. I will eventually be called to task. We'll see how it plays out. The supervisor I'm under is new this past Friday (a good non-Catholic I know). She went to bat for me, but the administration shot her down. So I understand her dilemma, but will discretely distribute Holy Communion myself.

    It's a war out there! Lord have Mercy!

    Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you shall have no life within you.
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2021
  13. Mario

    Mario Powers

    Just so, we shouldn't beat up on Cuomo, JoM. The State regs don't explicitly mention Holy Communion. In the nursing home, aides do help feed certain of the more debilitated residents. The logic in my mind is Catholics need the gift of the Eucharist and if my hands are properly sanitized, how is that significantly different than what aides do.

    Lord have Mercy!
  14. FatimaPilgrim

    FatimaPilgrim Powers

    You are on my beads, brother. The front line has come to you and we have your back
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  15. HeavenlyHosts

    HeavenlyHosts Powers

    Prayers, Mario.
  16. Don_D

    Don_D ¡Viva Cristo Rey!

    Yes prayers for you and for all those who you are blessed to bring some comfort and comradeship to during your day Mario.
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  17. RoryRory

    RoryRory Perseverance

    Prayers. So important
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  18. miker

    miker Powers

    “Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves.“

    praying for you Terry.
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