Thoughts from La Paz

Christ the King In the Extraordinary Form Calendar, next Sunday is the Feast of Christ the King, in the Ordinary Form Christ the King is, of course, the last Sunday of the liturgical year, in November.

“If to Christ our Lord is given all power in heaven and on earth; if all men, purchased by his precious blood, are by a new right subjected to his dominion; if this power embraces all men, it must be clear that not one of our faculties is exempt from his empire. He must reign in our minds, which should assent with perfect submission and firm belief to revealed truths and to the doctrines of Christ. He must reign in our wills, which should obey the laws and precepts of God. He must reign in our hearts, which should spurn natural desires and love God above all things, and cleave to him alone. He must reign in our bodies and in our members, which should serve as instruments for the interior sanctification of our souls, or to use the words of the Apostle Paul, as instruments of justice unto God.”

Powerful words, pa’ahrful I tell ya, worthy of contemplation anytime. The entire encyclical is worth reading. When we order our lives around Jesus Christ, everything else falls into place. Much easier said than done, but true.

I’ve been learning this week more about human trafficking – which would include women, men, children, human organs, those who work in pornography – and global efforts to help bring an end to it. It’s a near-impossible task it seems, as the market is so huge, the money keeps rolling in, and the laborers in the vineyard are so few.

Charity – caritas in the Latin – or love as it is commonly called today, is the greatest spiritual gift which we receive from God. Without it, we are nothing.

When our eyes are truly opened to what is going on in the world around us – many things are not as evident in settled semi-rural areas – it becomes impossible not to want the best for others, because we have to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.

He must reign in our minds, which should assent with perfect submission and firm belief to revealed truths and to the doctrines of Christ. He must reign in our wills, which should obey the laws and precepts of God. He must reign in our hearts, which should spurn natural desires and love God above all things, and cleave to him alone.

We’ve grown accustomed today to government paid social workers, who do very good work. But giving taxes over to the government so that the government will do what we should be doing, is really not getting into the spirit of charity here. One could argue the technicalities all day long, but in the end, it’s always best to keep things simple.

Are you, or anyone you love, struggling with things such as might be involved in human trafficking, starting with the lowest level which would be pornography? If so, do you pray for the people involved in it, or do you simply participate in their sin and allow and encourage them to continue? Might you be involved in more serious sin?

One can look at all sorts of things – such as undocumented immigrants who may work for a lesser wage. Or the fact that the I-10 corridor through New Orleans is a hotspot for human trafficking, drug trafficking, and just about everything else wicked which might come our way. I-10 gives way to I-55 and I-59; and I-59, believe it or not, lies within St. Jane de Chantal Parish as you exit Louisiana from Mississippi.

Jesus Christ is King, and it is always good to rejoice in that fact. Mired in the muck of humanity as we might be from time to time, we need to count our blessings and give thanks for the great good which the Lord has done in all of our lives. Living well is not for the faint of heart. But the Lord calls us ever onward, to grow in virtue and spiritual perfection; to be with Him forever.

Christus Vincit, Christus Regnat, Christus Imperat.

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