Fr. Corapi – Second Talk

 Fr. Corapi’s DVD of this conference is here with a note that the estimated shipping date is September 2, which is this Wednesday.

Fr. Corapi started the second talk by mentioning the spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12 (probably verses 3b to 11):

And no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.
There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit;
there are different forms of service but the same Lord;
there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone.
To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit.
To one is given through the Spirit the expression of wisdom; to another the expression of knowledge according to the same Spirit;
to another faith by the same Spirit; to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit;
to another mighty deeds; to another prophecy; to another discernment of spirits; to another varieties of tongues; to another interpretation of tongues.
But one and the same Spirit produces all of these, distributing them individually to each person as he wishes.

(This translation grates on me; I can’t wait til there’s  a decent translation of Scripture.)

Fr. Corapi continued that the Holy Spirit is the gift that contains all gifts.

The next section concerned sin. 
“Divorce and all divisions relate back to sin.”

Fr. Corapi quoted someone who said, “live holy, believe in sin” and a connected thought of moral theology in the light of Veritatis Splendor, Pope John Paul II’s encyclical on The Splendor of Truth),  and the Catechism.

Fr. Corapi  gave several examples of times when clergy have not preached on sin and/or avoided doing so, such as saying it’s a bad choice, but never sin.   One time was when Fr. Corapi was asked to speak (apparently early in his preaching before his reputation became known).  The priest who invited him, who said, “I have good people, so don’t talk about sin. … (instead) talk about love.”

 Fr. Corapi’s aside: “Lack of love (covers?) a lot of sin.” 

The priest inviting Fr. Corapi: “Speak only of positive things, not negative things.”

Fr. Corapi’s to the Buffalo audience: What happens to an electrical current if you have only a positive (unreadable)?   The lights go out and darkness falls.

The only ordinary means of forgiveness of serious sin after Baptism is the sacrament of Penance (Reconciliation, whichever name, my note)

Fr. Corapi returned to the topic of excellence:  moral excellence and spiritual excellence.

Be in a state of grace: do all you can do to be in a state of grace.

There is a difference between committing a sin and living in sin, shackled by sin.  If you fall, go to Confession.    

If you don’t believe in Satan, fallen angels … you’re a heretic

Speaking of the sex abuse scandals that made the news in 2002, Fr. Corapi told of a time when a woman approached him in an airport and said how angry she was at (priests).  Fr. Corapi said, “You think you’re angry?  I’m angry.  You don’t have to dress like this in public.”

He continued that for a while, (unreadable) embarrassed to be in public, but you can’t have that attitude.

The context of the preceding is:  Preserve yourself in a state of grace.  There are two kinds of people: people who make excuses and people who make it happen (winners and losers).  The essential principles to make it happen are the same whether in sports, business, or being in a state of grace.

Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Fr. Corapi started by saying a person receives the Holy Spirit at Baptism, not at Confirmation.

(The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are listed in Isaiah 11:2-3a:  The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, A spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD, and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.)

Wisdom  is seeing God at work in our lives and in the world.  Events have a deeper meaning.  (unreadable) judgment become more clear.

 Fr. Corapi segued into abortion because my next not is: “What else would it be in the womb, except a human being? … not a potential human being, but a human being with potential.”

If you can rationalize and justify abortion, you can rationalize and justify anything.

 Be soft-hearted, not soft-headed.

Weak leadership (in the Church today) because the laity didn’t demand (strong leadership).  The laity must strive for excellence.

 Understanding:  The gift by which self-evident principles are known.

Fr. Corapi said that a better translation of the verse “Do not judge so that you will not be judge.”  (Matthew 7:1; Luke 6:36) is “Do not condemn so that you will not be condemned.”  We must make moral judgments.  When one is about to cross the street, if there is traffic coming, you make the judgment not to cross the street.

“Situation ethics” is bankrupt.  Intrinsic evil can’t be justified.

 Counsel: The only statement I have for this gift is:  In philosophy, you can only know causes by their effects. 

 Strength/Fortitude is the ability to overcome fear and willingness to take risks, to stand up for what is right in spite of rejection.  Doing good and enduring evil especially if difficult. 

 Guilty silence not okay.  The world would be different if we lived our faith.  Western Europe debilitated because they left their faith.

 Fr. Corpapi said his audiences know what they are in for, and that someone said he is preaching to the choir.  But Jesus confirmed the brethren and Fr. Corapi’s talks are to confirm the brethren for them to go out into the world.  He said those in authority are too embarrassed to talk about the battle aspect with Satan and his crew.  Jesus said, “I am who am.”  Satan says, “I am who am not.”

 An older woman once told Fr. Corapi that his greatest gift was not preaching, leaving him momentarily puzzled.  Then she said that his greatest gift was, “You don’t give a fat rat’s a- –  what people think.”  Fr. Corapi said we’re like salt that’s lost its taste if we’re worried about what others think.

 Knowledge:  Fr. Corapi talked about ”public divine revelation” and the three elements of Scripture, Tradition, Magisterium.  Sacred Tradition has equal weight with Scripture.  Scripture is the written word of God; Sacred Tradition is the oral word of God.  Jesus under inspiration of the Holy Spirit passed it on to Magisterium, the authentic interpreter of spoken or written word.

Fear of the Lord/Piety:  deep respect for Christ.   (unreadable) before God with humility.

 Fear of the Lord: wonder and awe.  Realization that God is the perfection of all our heart’s and mind’s desires. 

Filial (son) fear is not servile (servant) fear.  It’s respect, the respect a son has for his father.  Don’t have to agree, but do have to respect.

Fr. Corapi wrapped up his talk by saying that we know the last chapter of the book, for us to begin to live that reality, then begin to radiate (—).  The darker the night sky, the brighter the stars shine.  You are those stars.

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