Father Brian Park's Podcast

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Homilies and other talks given by Fr. Brian Park - Pastor of the Church of St. Michael in St. Michael, MN and the Church of St. Albert in Albertville, MN

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Priests, Politics, and Giving Everything to God
Oct 19 2020 13 mins  
DIRECTORY ON THE MINISTRY AND LIFE OF PRIESTS Authorized and approved by Pope John Paul II (Holy Thursday - 1994) 33. Political and Social Obligation • The priest, as servant of the universal Church, cannot tie himself to any historical contingency, and therefore must be above any political party. He cannot take an active role in political parties or labor unions, unless, according to the judgement of the ecclesiastical authority, the rights of the Church and the defense of common good require it. In fact, even if these are good things in themselves, they are nevertheless foreign to the clerical state since they can constitute a grave danger of division in the ecclesial communion. • Like Jesus (John 6:15 ff.), the priest ought to refrain from actively engaging himself in politics, as it often happens, in order to be a central point of spiritual fraternity. All the faithful, therefore, must always be able to approach the priest without feeling inhibited for any reason. • The priest will remember that it does not fall on the shoulders of the Pastors of the Church to intervene directly in political activities and in social organizations. This task, in fact, forms part of the lay faithful vocation, in which they work by their own initiative together with their fellow citizens. Nevertheless, [the priest] will not be absent in the effort to form in them an upright conscience. • The reduction of his mission to temporal tasks, of a purely social or political nature, is foreign to his ministry, and does not constitute a triumph but rather a grave loss to the Church's evangelical fruitfulness. Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship Catholic Bishops of the United States 92. Catholic teaching challenges voters and candidates, citizens and elected officials, to consider the moral and ethical dimensions of public policy issues. In light of ethical principles, we bishops offer the following policy goals that we hope will guide Catholics as they form their consciences and reflect on the moral dimensions of their public choices. Not all issues are equal; these ten goals address matters of different moral weight and urgency. Some involve intrinsically evil acts, which can never be approved. Others involve affirmative obligations to seek the common good. 1) Address the preeminent requirement to protect the weakest in our midst—innocent unborn children—by restricting and bringing to an end the destruction of unborn children through abortion and providing women in crisis pregnancies the supports they need to make a decision for life. 2) Keep our nation from turning to violence to address fundamental problems—a million abortions each year to deal with unwanted pregnancies, euthanasia and assisted suicide to deal with the burdens of illness and disability, the destruction of human embryos in the name of research, the use of the death penalty to combat crime, and imprudent resort to war to address international disputes. 3) Protect the fundamental understanding of marriage as the life-long and faithful union of one man and one woman and as the central institution of society; promote the complementarity of the sexes and reject false "gender" ideologies; and provide better support for family life morally, socially, and economically, so that our nation helps parents raise their children with respect for life, sound moral values, and an ethic of stewardship and responsibility. 4) Achieve comprehensive immigration reform that offers a path to citizenship, treats immigrant workers fairly, prevents the separation of families, maintains the integrity of our borders, respects the rule of law, and addresses the factors that compel people to leave their own countries. 5) Help families and children overcome poverty: ensuring access to and choice in education, as well as decent work at fair, living wages and adequate assistance for the vulnerable in our nation, while also helping to overcome widespread hunger and pov(continued)

2018 Archdiocesan Men's Conference - Talk on Prayer
Mar 12 2018 45 mins  
Father Brian Park's Top 15 Favorite Quotes about Prayer: 1. "The greatest deception, and deepest source of unhappiness, is the illusion of finding life by excluding God" -St. John Paul II 2. "Great is the mystery of the faith!" The Church professes this mystery in the Apostles' Creed and celebrates it in the sacramental liturgy, so that the life of the faithful may be conformed to Christ in the Holy Spirit to the glory of God the Father. This mystery, then, requires that the faithful believe in it, that they celebrate it, and that they live from it in a vital and personal relationship with the living and true God. This relationship is prayer. (CCC 2558) 3. "Prayer is a vital necessity." "Prayer and Christian life are inseparable." (CCC 2744 & 2745) 4. "Prayer is the raising of one's mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God." (CCC 2559) 5. "The air which we breathe, the bread which we eat, the heart which throbs in our bosoms, are not more necessary for man that he may live as a human being, than is prayer for the Christian that he may live as a Christian." -St. John Eudes 6. "The sole cause of man's unhappiness is his inability to stay quiet in his room." -Blaise Pascal 7. "If you want to stop sinning, commit yourself to never stop praying." -St. Teresa of Avila 8. "Those who pray are certainly saved; those who do not pray are certainly damned." -St. Alphonsus Liguori 9. "The glorious duty of man: to pray and to love…I often think that when we come to adore the Lord, we would receive everything we ask for, if we would ask with living faith and with a pure heart." -St. John Vianney 10. "Prayer makes your heart bigger until it is capable of holding the gift of God Himself." -St. Teresa of Calcutta 11. "The more you pray, the more you want to pray.... It's like a fish that starts by swimming near the surface of the water, then plunges and goes on swimming deeper and deeper. The soul plunges, is swallowed up, loses itself in the delights of conversation with God." -St. John Vianney 12. "Lord, teach me to love prayer, teach me to love what will occupy my mind for all eternity." -Blessed John Henry Newman 13. "Never cease praying." 1 Thess. 5:17 14. "We must remember God more often than we draw breath." (CCC 2697) 15. He who humbles himself will be exalted; humility is the foundation of prayer, only when we humbly acknowledge that "we do not know how to pray as we ought," are we ready to receive freely the gift of prayer. "Man is a beggar before God." (CCC 2559)

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