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Saturday, January 31, 2015

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Jeremiah, Chapter 5, verse 22: 22 Should you not fear me—oracle of the LORD—should you not tremble before me?  I made the sandy shore the sea’s limit, which by eternal decree it may not overstep. Toss though it may, it is to no avail; though its billows roar, they cannot overstep.
Announce the Second Joyful Mystery
THE VISITATIONDesired Spiritual Fruit:Love of Neighbor
1.Now Mary went into the hill country. And she entered the house of Zachary and saluted Elizabeth. (Luke 1:39-40)
2.When Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe in her womb leapt. And she was filled with the Holy Spirit. (Luke 1:41)
3.And she cried out, "Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb!" (Luke 1:42)
4."And blessed is she who has believed, because the things promised her by the Lord shall be accomplished." (Luke 1:45)
5.And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my savior; for He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid." (Luk…

Friday, January 30, 2015

Jeremiah, Chapter 2, verse 19:
19 Your own wickedness chastises you, your own infidelities punish you.  Know then, and see, how evil and bitter is your forsaking the LORD, your God, And your showing no fear of me, oracle of the Lord, the GOD of hosts.
The Second Sorrowful Mystery

THE SCOURGING AT THE PILLAR

Desired Spiritual Fruit: Mortification of the senses

1.They bound Jesus and delivered Him to Pilate. And Pilate asked Him, "Art thou the king of the Jews?" (Mark 15:1-2) 2.Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world.  But thou sayest it; I am a king." (John 18:36-37) 3."This is why I was born, and why I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth." (John 18:37) 4.Then Pilate said, “I find no guilt in this man. I will therefore chastise Him and release Him." (Luke 23:4, 16) 5.Pilate then took Jesus and had Him scourged. (John 19:1) 6.Oppressed and condemned, He was taken away, a man of suffering. (Isa. 53:8, 3) 7.Though He was harshly treate…

Thursday, January 29, 2015

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Jeremiah, Chapter 1, verse 8: 8Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you—oracle of the LORD.
The Luminous Mysteries

Announce the First Luminous Mystery

THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD

Desired Spiritual Fruit: Gratitude for the gift of Faith

1.In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the desert of Judea and saying “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matt. 3:1-2) 2.Then people from Jerusalem, all of Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him.  They were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins. (Matt. 3:5-6) 3.“I indeed baptize you with water for repentance.” But he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to bear.” (Matt. 3:11) 4.“He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Matt. 3:11) 5.Then Jesus came from Galilee to John, at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. (Matt. 3:13) 6.But John would have hindered him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and you come to me?” (Matt. 3:14) 7.But Jesus, an…

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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Isaiah, Chapter 59, verse 19: 19Those in the west shall fear the name of the LORD, and those in the east, his glory, Coming like a pent-up stream driven on by the breath of the LORD.
Chapter 59 of Isaiah is about the effects of sin and how it delays our salvation.  God is faithful because once we acknowledge the nature of our transgressions; God provides the divine intervention needed to save us.  The proud (those from the West) fear the name of the Lord for they in order to be saved must acknowledge Him as King of heaven and earth rather than themselves. On the other hand, those from the East must acknowledge his glory or His teachings on justice and mercy given to His disciples being careful to avoid complacency. Another version of the bible puts this verse differently; “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him”.By comparing these two versions of the bible we can learn that the enemy to our spiritual progress may sometimes be…

Monday, January 26,2015

1Timothy, Chapter 5, verse 20: 20Reprimand publicly those who do sin, so that the rest also will be afraid.
I selected a verse from 1Timothy since today is the feast of Timothy and Titus.  As you can see here there is nothing timid about Timothy.  He goes for the throat.  However, this verse is directed toward the Presbyters of the Church: in other words our priests and religious. 
How many of our proclaimed catholic brothers and sisters who hold public offices, are also in favor of pro-choice rights, thus promulgating the destruction of the unborn go unchallenged. Are not these public sinners? Should are presbyters reprimand them publicly or are they the ones who are afraid?

Yesterday ended our Churches 9 day coming together in prayer to pray for a culture of life for the end of the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the U.S. and on January 22 our nation marked the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Since that tragic decision, more than 56 million children's l…

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Isaiah, Chapter 57, verse 11:
17Whom did you dread and fear, that you told lies, And me you did not remember nor take to heart? Am I to keep silent and conceal, while you show no fear of me?

Christ in today's gospel is calling us to ignore the lies the world and those who are cool and to repent.  Our Gods love is so strong that he will no longer allow us continue in our sinfulness.  He wants and demands we get with the program.  “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:15)

Bishop Fulton Sheen is one of his weekly addresses in February 1999 entitled "Truth - Forgotten Ideal"  stated:
Submission is one of the deepest needs of the human heart. After a century and a half of false liberalism, in which it was denied that anything is true, and that it makes no difference what you believe, the world reacted to totalitarianism. It grew tired of its freedom, just as children in progressive schools grow tired o…

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Isaiah, Chapter 54, verse 14:
17In justice shall you be established, far from oppression, you shall not fear, from destruction, it cannot come near.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Psalm, Chapter 85, verse 10: 10Near indeed is his salvation for those who fear him; glory will dwell in our land.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

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Wednesday, 21 January, 2015