Lord & Giver of Life – Fr. Corapi’s first talk

Fr. Corapi said that a DVD of the conference will be made and I imagine will be available through his website.  I took fairly extensive notes, but even if all my scrawls were decipherable, they’re a bare-bones skeleton and convey only a fraction of what Fr. Corapi said.

The speakers and Mass were on a raised stage with a backdrop of a large banner with the conference title: Lord & Giver of Life. As it was the feast of the Assumption, there was a statue of Our Lady of Fatima during all the talks. I and several thousand others were seated at the “Floor” level, where the ice would be during a hockey game and the three tiers of seating were pretty much filled with people. I found it easier to look at one of the large screens flanking the stage or the overhead thingie with a large screen on each of four sides.

No one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit
Fr. C walked in carrying a hockey stick, tribute to the Buffalo Sabres, and reportedly said (I didn’t catch it), “Let the games begin.”

The laughter and applause was the first of many responses by the thousands of people; the day punctuated by applause, sustained and at times, thunderous. At times it seemed like rallying the troops. Later in the day, Fr. Corapi said his purpose was to “confirm the brethren” and that it was up to the brethren, those present to reach out to others. In his early comments, Fr. C quoted a statistic that only 20% of Catholics attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation and that (my paraphrase) that 20% had their work cut out for them.

“The Holy Spirit is given to those who obey, not to the disobedient” was the first statement on the topic of the Holy Spirit. This was one of the underlying themes of the day.

“No one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit” was the next statement (Catholic Catechism paragraph 683 quotes 1 Corinthians 12:3)

A second theme, or perhaps they were all variations of one theme, was that when one is out of touch with God, one is out of touch with reality. In other words, insanity. If you eliminate God, it’s no surprise there are problems. Twenty years ago, his seminary instructor said if (unreadable) get rid of religion, and replace it with the religion of secular humanism, you’ll see a death wish.

Ask yourself, “Do I have a personal relationship with Jesus, the Father, the Holy Spirit?”

Don’t use (the imperfect behavior of those in the Church) as an excuse or cop-out to do nothing.

The definition of theological virtue of charity: the theological virtue by which we love God above all things for his own sake and love our neighbor as a (didn’t catch) out of love for God.

Love of God is vertical, empowering you to love your neighbor, which is horizontal. Vertical and horizontal are the Cross.

Love is a decision, not a feeling.  We may not always feel like loving.  Similar to marriage.  Jesus is the bridegroom, the Church is the bride.  A priest is espoused to the Church.  Sustained through the Holy Spirit. We need the fire of the Holy Spirit.

St. Augustine: (the) heart is restless until it rests in God.

Do so in your own place and your own vocation; you don’t need to be a street preacher. (Whether or not Fr. C was referring to them or this was already in his talk and they just happen to illustrate it, one can’t help but think of the stridently anti-Catholic “street preachers” outside the arena.)

One of the worst consequences of sin is the removal of leadership.  Good, enlightened leadership is removed. 

The Founding Fathers wanted God in this country.  The country has been hijacked by a secular humanistic philosophy.

Fr. Corapi talked about the ten cities with the highest poverty levels. He said, “I am not a politician but (unreadable) but I will engage in my mission.  Fr. C said he gave up his tax exempt status and that tax exempt status is used as a lever to keep mouths shut.  … masquerade under prudential judgment.  …  You can not be Catholic and be pro-choice.  (thunderous applause – this marks the beginning of the day being punctuated by sustained applause. The applause wasn’t for Fr. Corapi himself, as much as people like him, but for proclaiming the Good News.)

We have a crisis of faith, morality, and leadership.  There is no proportionate reason (to vote for someone) so forcibly allied with the forces of death.

Fr. Corapi mentioned Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical about the “the most serious duty of transmitting human life” which has reverberated ever since.  He also mentioned the Winnipeg statement in which the Canadian bishops rejected Humanae Vitae.

(I can’t read my scrawl of the next sentence – something about priests leading astray.)  Fr. C said he’s making not a political but a moral statement.  And that people will misconstrue what he says anyway. Fr. Corapi then returned to the topic of the ten cities with the highest poverty level.

The moral demise of a nation always precedes the ultimate demise.  …(unreadable) … To change that is to be open to the Holy Spirit.  He quoted Albert Einstein’s definition that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  The poor elect those who keep them poor.  Fr. C then attributed “the Ten Cannots” to Abe Lincoln, but when I looked it up, it seems that’s a misattribution.  It was written by Rev. Boetscher as described in this Lincoln Presenters post.

“The 10 Cannots”

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.

You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatreds.
You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
Written by Rev. Boetscher

Fr. Corapi continued:  All the problems are because out of (unreadable) with the Holy Spirit.  How can you see when in darkness (sin).  (unreadable) one person at a time.

Fr. Corapi quoted St. Jean Marie Vianney who said (this is mostly from my memory, something along the lines of) “I’m delighted to be your pastor; I’m scared to be your pastor” and went on to say, “You don’t go to heaven alone.  You’ll take others with you, up or down.”

Strive for Excellence 

Work hard.  Fr. Corapi related that when he was young, he learned to box and that he was scared not to be good at boxing, not so much to be good at boxing, but going home if he didn’t do well.  Strive for excellence.  Be the best (at what you do).  If you’re a plumber, be the best plumber you can be.  (unreadable) thinks the world owes them a living.

The pendulum (unreadable) too much to either extreme – capitalism to socialism.  In 1891, Pope Leo XIII wrote Rerum Novarum, Pope Leo XIII’s 1891 encyclical on Capital and Labor.  (If) you think socialism will help the poor, it will reduce everyone to the same level of poverty.  All the extra money goes to the government to expand power.  (missed segue) The Holy Spirit is power and courage.


One Response to Lord & Giver of Life – Fr. Corapi’s first talk

  1. mts says:

    We’re lucky to have Fr. Corapi’s lecture series’ on our local Relevant Radio station; he’s a breath of fresh air. In style, he reminds me of the spoken word work of Henry Rollins, and the old middle of the night musings of Dr. Gene Scott. The words of the Intelligent Angry Man Who Is Not to Be Trifled With. But unlike the latter two (whose views are/were often quite off the chart), it is refreshing and good to hear Basic Catholic Doctrine from a heavier hand.

    Too bad he’s a little known figure in the greater world. If our Protestant brethren can buy air time for shows, why can’t he have one? I’m sure his personality would work for a lot of guys who think religion and faith are feminine interests best for women and children, and maybe he can draw them in.

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