The Freedom of True Love

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Xlibris Corporation, Oct 11, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography
 

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Contents

Family of Origin
1
High School at St Henrys
11
College Life at St Henrys and the Novitiate
24
Major Seminary at Battleford and Pine Hills
31
Ministry at Alemany High School
37
Principal of Bishop ODowd High School
45
Pastor of St FERDINAND AND THE Church
64
Sabbatical Year
74
The Ministry of Television
78
Pastor of Little Flower Church
82
Pastor of Sacred Heart Church
87
Pastor of Most Precious Blood Church
95
Reduced Active Ministry
112
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About the author (2010)

As a member of the religious congregation known as the Missionary Oblates of MaryImmaculate, Fr. Frank Wagner, O.M.I., received his obedience or orders after his PriestlyOrdination in 1957 to serve in the mission fi eld of the United States of America.Born and reared in rural poverty in the midst of the Great Depression, he has experienceda signifi cant cultural change in the country which he loves for the freedom andopportunities that it offers to all people so that a major population explosion has beenhis life experience not only in the state of California where he has served for almost allof his 50 years but throughout the rest of the country and thus he has seen the economicsituation come full circle.The Gospel of Jesus Christ which he has preached for over 50 years is, in his opinion,the way to true freedom. As its message of love and compassion is truly internalized andlived by those claiming to believe it, genuine freedom is realized.Fr. Frank writes this book because of his concern that so many in our American cultureend up being enslaved through one or the other of the basic human weaknesses that arepart of the human condition. Such living detracts from the strength that is needed forus to accomplish our purpose to be the best that we can be.He is vitally concerned about the need for those of His Church at all levels to look atthemselves honestly, and thus end up stronger in virtuous living as they join together ina supportive Community so that neither the inner addictions not outside infl uences willend up transforming our nation into a society that is no longer free.He attempts to reach out to those in his Church who are major participants in andcontributors to the culture of secularity that is the current dominant lifestyle of thepeople of our country.The book has been judged to be an excellent dissertation on the Lord's diffi cult teachingof love for the sinner while at the same time being detestful of the sin. In the process,it strongly supports the major themes as well as the theology of the Second VaticanCouncil.

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