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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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Seven Founders of
the Order of Servites

Genesis 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10
Psalm 29:1-4, 9-10
Mark 8:14-21

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"Are your minds completely blinded? Have you eyes but no sight?" —Mark 8:17-18

Jesus was appalled at His disciples' spiritual blindness. They were blinded to the significance of the two multiplications of the loaves and fishes. They were blinded to Who Jesus was. This blindness would eventually lead His disciples to abandon Jesus on Calvary.

Spiritual blindness caused Jesus' death on the cross. It caused the Third Reich, the Holocaust of six million Jews, slavery for centuries, and countless other atrocities. Spiritual blindness causes starvation, racism, the sexual abuse of children, mass murder from abortion, etc.

Spiritual blindness is caused by the god of the present age (2 Cor 4:4) and by our complicity with the evils of this god of selfishness and secular humanism. Spiritual blindness is caused by sin. The darkness of sin blinds us (1 Jn 2:11), blinds us to being blind (Jn 9:40), and causes us to blind ourselves (see Is 29:9). Whole nations, cities, and even churches (see Rv 3:17) can become spiritually blind.

Jesus has divided the world into two groups — those going blind and those receiving sight (Jn 9:39). Repent, go to Confession, and let Jesus heal you of blindness.

Prayer:  Father, through my monthly celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, restore my sight and keep me from going spiritually blind.

Promise:  "Noah found favor with the Lord." —Gn 6:8

Praise:  The Servite founders honored God in their service and gave their hearts to Him and the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our tape Spiritual Blindness on audio AV 65-1 or video V-65.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 25, 2014

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