Oro Valley Catholic

Fr. John Arnold

“If other ages felt less, they saw more, even though they saw with the blind, prophetical, unsentimental eye of acceptance, which is to say, of faith. In the absence of this faith now, we govern by tenderness. It is a tenderness which, long cut off from the person of Christ, is wrapped in theory. When tenderness is detached from the source of tenderness, its logical outcome is terror. It ends in forced-labor camps and in the fumes of the gas chamber.” - Flannery O'Connor, Mystery and Manners
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The Zombie Apocalypse and Advent
The Zombie Apocalypse and AdventThe Secular World And Christ The KingCormac McCarthy, Jesus And The End Of The World
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time “All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”  ― Cormac McCarthy, The Road The Road, Cormac McCarthy's dismal story of post-apocalyptic destruction is just the most recent retelling of the Gospel in Mark 13.  McCarthy imagines that when all human institutions are destroyed, life become unbelievably grim - cannibals, roving armies of brigands, nothing to eat. McCarthy's writing is beautiful: “Years later he'd stood in the charred ruins of a library where blackened books lay in pools of water. Shelves tipped over. Some rage at the lies arranged in their thousands row on row. He picked up one of the books and thumbed through the heavy bloated pages. He'd not have thought the value of the smallest thing predicated on a world to come. It surprised him. That the space which these things occupied was itself an expectation.”  ― Cormac McCarthy, The Road In Jesus' story, the institution of the Temple will be destroyed and cosmic destruction will follow. McCarthy's story just fleshes out the prophecy of Jesus. Both Jesus’ prophecy and The Road end on a note of hope.  “Carry the fire.”  ― Cormac McCarthy, The Road "And then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in the clouds' with great power and glory, and then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the end of the earth to the end of the sky." Mark 13 Help is Coming! The readings for the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time are found here: bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/111421.cfm Music: O Fortuna by MIT Concert Choir is licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.
Nov 12 2021
32 mins
Women, Men and God In The Gospel Of MarkFriendship With GodThe Way through A Desacralized CultureFor all, for the many and the servant leaderRomance, Marriage and ParentingThe Valley Of The Shadow Of DeathDemons, Obsessions and DisciplesThe Demons Believe And TrembleAre we made in the image of God or the machine?Nietszche, Grammar and GodRomeo and Juliet - Love and VirtueThe Not-So-Lost Ark of the Covenant - The AssumptionMind the Gap - This World and the One to ComeThe Supernatural, the Latin Mass and Ecclesial CommunionWhat does a Shepherd look like?The Mystery of the Church and the PoliticalSigns, Hope and Disbelief