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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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Matthew, Chapter 27, verse 54 54The centurion and the men with him who were keeping watch over Jesus feared greatly when they saw the earthquake and all that was happening, and they said, “Truly, this was the Son of God!”

In this clip John Wayne plays the centurion. If John Wayne says it; it must be so.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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Monday, April 27, 2015

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Matthew, Chapter 15, verse 32 32Jesus summoned his disciples and said, “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, for they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, for fear they may collapse on the way.”
This chapter of Matthew records the feeding of the four thousand. Some would say that God has no fear but here we see that Christ had fear for the welfare of the multitude. He knows our needs and is concerned for them. After all in today’s gospel He states, “I am the good shepherd… I know my sheep, and mine know me.” (John 10:14)
Christ knows that even if our hearts desires are in the right place and we have perfect self-control we must acknowledge the legitimate needs of the body. We are both spirit and body; the perfection of the creator, which the fallen angels despise. We must care for both because both are the gift of God.
Christ says, “They have been with me now for three days and have had nothing to eat”. I suggest that …

Sunday, April 26, 2015

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Saturday, April 24, 2015

Matthew, Chapter 14, verse 5 5Although he wanted to kill him, he feared the people, for they regarded him as a prophet.

This verse talks about Herod as he wanted to kill John the Baptist. Herod’s main problem was he could not control his emotions. When he wanted his brother’s wife He took her. When he wanted Salome to dance He bribed her. Lastly his fear gave into pride the pride of looking like a fool and he forgot his fear of the people and killed John.

Friday, April 24, 2015

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Matthew, Chapter 10, verse 31
31So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

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Matthew, Chapter 10, verse 28 28And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.
Today is the Feast of Saint Fidelis who became a martyr and was murdered for his faith on this day in 1622, while traveling back to his home church after preaching in Seewis, Switzerland to former Catholics who had converted to Calvinism.
Saint Fidelis on the day of his martyrdom preached with great energy, he exhorted the Catholics to constancy in the faith. After a Calvinist had discharged his musket at him in the Church, the Catholics entreated him to leave the place. He answered that death was his gain and his joy, and that he was ready to lay down his life in God's cause. On his road back to Grüsch, he met twenty Calvinist soldiers with a minister at their head. They called him a false prophet, and urged him to embrace their sect. He answered: "I am sent to you to confute, not to embrace your …

Thursday, April 23, 2015

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Psalm, Chapter 66, verse 16 26 Come and hear, all you who fear God, while I recount what has been done for me.
It is just that we recount how God has removed our faults and how he imputes no guilt on us when we sincerely repent and turn away from our sins and ask for forgiveness. Once He has freed us, it is then that we can gratefully receive the counsels of the Holy Spirit which show us our path.
The Shema Yisraelwhich is the same prayer the Christ prayed every morning tells us that God is to be loved.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your Heart, and with all your soul, and with your entire mind, and with all your strength. Christ is the living example of God’s love for us. His heart could not rest until He repaid our debt. His soul was so tormented for love of us that He sweated blood in the garden for us. His mind was ever on us when He multiplied the loaves or healed the sick and with all His strength He offered his life a…

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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Matthew, Chapter 10, verse 26 26 “Therefore do not be afraid of them. Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret 
that will not be known.
Christ’s message here is to have courage under persecution. Yes, if they killed Christ what will they do to us. Look at what is going on in the Middle East, there is no doubt it will be here but Christ reassures us to do not be afraid.
In today’s first reading (Acts 8:1-8) we see that there was a severe persecution of the followers of Christ in Jerusalem promulgated by Saul; who by the grace of God was converted and became the apostle to the gentiles Paul. We must not give up hope and we must pray for our persecutors; perhaps Christ will send us another Paul.
Therefore do not be afraidfor everyone who believes in the Son has eternal life, and Christ has told us the He will raise us on the last day. (John 6:40) This month Pope Francis asks us to pray that our brothers and sisters who are being persecuted may feel the consoling presence o…

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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Matthew, Chapter 2, verse 21-22 21 He rose, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go back there. And because he had been warned in a dream, he departed for the region of Galilee.
Joseph was the first Christopher (Christ bearer) in most representations of St. Joseph we see him carrying Jesus. Let us this day carry Jesus to our Galilee's. That is the common, gritty worlds in which we live.

Monday, April 20, 2015

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Malachi, Chapter 3, verse 19-21
19For the day is coming, blazing like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble, And the day that is coming will set them on fire, leaving them neither root nor branch, says the LORD of hosts. 20But for you who fear my name, the sun of justice will arise with healing in its wings; and you will go out leaping like calves from the stall 21 and tread down the wicked; They will become dust under the soles of your feet, on the day when I take action, says the LORD of hosts.
Speaking of fire today is another pagan holiday, National Marijuana day. We should pray today for those who use drugs and we should pray for our country which is also in a drug induced stupor. Also today, I ask you to pray for the soul of Diane the mother of my seven children and four grandchildren who recently died of cancer.
Our world nowadays is full of cancers of sorts in our education, government, labor management, and in our media. Our Lord asks us to not be afra…

Sunday, April 19, 2015

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Malachi, Chapter 3, verse 16 16 Then those who fear the LORD spoke with one another, and the LORD listened attentively; a record book was written before him of those who fear the LORD and esteem his name.
The people during the time of the prophet Malachi were perplexed. Why is it that evildoers prosper and even mock God and escape? The prophet is reassuring those who loved the Lord that nothing escapes God and if we have Holy fear and love the Lord we will be taken care of. 
Many of the behaviors of evil people lead directly to success; the biggest liar and manipulator on the sales team will usually be the top salesperson, for example. The evil person develops skill in seeing how to get the optimal outcome in every situation, and is willing to take whatever the actions are to get that most desirable outcome… which is why they so often get there. These people are NOT being blessed, they are reaping the “rewards” of their evil in the same way that a child cheating on a test gets a higher…

Saturday, April 18, 2015

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Malachi, Chapter 3, verse 5 I will draw near to you for judgment, and I will be swift to bear witness against sorcerers, adulterers, and perjurers, those who deprive a laborer of wages, Oppress a widow or an orphan, or turn aside a resident alien, without fearing me, says the LORD of hosts.
The God of Abraham bears witness to evil, which is the use of people as objects. Our God is a just God who wishes us to be free of sorcerers, adulterers, perjurers, and enslavement of any kind. In modern terms God wants us free of sex, drugs and rock & roll.
The entertainment industry uses sex; sex sells pure and simple. It diverts us from the true nature of our sexuality. That sex is a gift you give to someone to bring a new creation into the world. It is a gift that must be given freely, faithfully, and totally open to life.
Sorcery is a Greek word that is closely related with Pharmakeia, and in fact is where our English word Pharmacy comes from. The indiscriminate use of drugs rob us of our soul…

Friday, April 17, 2015

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Psalm, Chapter 27, verse 7 7 Though an army encamp against me, my heart does not fear; Though war be waged against me, even then do I trust. In today’s video Father Kubicki relays a story of an imprisoned Bishop in Vietnam who did have an army encamped against him and his trust and victory through Christ.
In today’s book study of Character is Destiny[1] Eric Hoffer is McCain’s example of a man who demonstrates for us the characteristic of INDUSTRY.  Christ asks us to carry our cross daily to be industrious in our living out the gospel. Hoffer was a longshoreman, author, and philosopher who explained the purpose of freedom in the way we develop our societies.
Hoffer in his writing argued that honest labor gave purpose and dignity to a man. Hoffer’s ideas and thoughts confront our culture’s obsession with individualism, hedonism, and minimalism by portraying the value of industry in man.
Hoffer who was blinded as a youth for eight years due to a fall had an insatiable hunger for the readin…