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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

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Deuteronomy, Chapter 28, Verse 10 All the peoples of the earth will see that the name of the LORD is proclaimed over you, and they will be afraid of you.
Christ's death on the cross was the fulfillment of the proclaiming of God’s name to all the peoples of the world; for over His head was placed a notice King of the Jews.
 It is interesting to note that the notice was printed in three languages Hebrew, Latin and Greek. These three cultures in a sense represented the characteristics of God. The Hebrew’s were Gods people and represented the good of man and brought the idea that the person was created by God and is more valuable than the universe.  Latin the language of the Romans brought the idea that truth is the highest value and the Greeks culture brought the idea of beauty being the greatest value. In Christ’s death is represented all three values. That a good God died for man; true to the end; and His shame was turned by love to beauty.
Today is the Feast of the Archangels Mic…

Monday, September 28, 2015

Deuteronomy, Chapter 25, Verse 17-18 17Bear in mind what Amalek did to you on the journey after you left Egypt, 18how he surprised you along the way, weak and weary as you were, and struck down at the rear all those who lagged behind; he did not fear God.
How shall we deal with truly evil people?
In Judaism, the Amalekites came to represent the archetypal enemy of the Jews. In the Jewish folklore the Amalekites are considered to be the symbol of evil. This concept has been used by some Hassidic rabbis (particularly the Baal Shem Tov) to represent atheism or the rejection of God. Elliot Horowitz and Josef Stern suggest that Amalekites have come to represent an "eternally irreconcilable enemy" that wants to murder Jews, and that Jews in post-biblical times sometimes associate contemporary enemies with Haman or Amalekites, and that some Jews believe that pre-emptive violence is acceptable against such enemies.[1] The truly wicked are animals as the bible mentions they are wolves …

Sunday, September 27, 2015

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Deuteronomy, Chapter 20, Verse 8The officials shall continue to speak to the army: “Is there anyone who is afraid and weakhearted? Let him return home, or else he might make the hearts of his fellows melt as his does.”Fear begets fear and Faith begets faith. After today our Pope will be on his way back home let us be of good courage and maintain faith with our bishops and religious. Do not fear and continue in faith with our fathers knowing that St. Michael, the archangel, is the guardian angel and protector of the Catholic Church. Tonight is the fourth red moon. Some believe this is a harbinger of the end times. Pope Leo XIII by divine enlightenment was revealed the struggles of the Church against the powers of hell and it was revealed to him that hell would be conquered by the intervention of God led by St. Michael the warrior angel. Pope Leo instituted the prayer of St. Michael after Mass.Saint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our protection against the wickedness an…

Saturday, September 26, 2015

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Deuteronomy, Chapter 20, Verse 2-32When you are drawing near to battle, the priest shall come forward and speak to the army, 3and say to them, “Hear, O Israel! Today you are drawing near for battle against your enemies. Do not be weakhearted or afraid, alarmed or frightened by them.We are in a battle with the forces of darkness. Our priest the Pope of our church is saying to us “Do not be afraid”. He is reminding us that the love of God is like a pebble that is dropped on the smooth surface of a pond. When God’s love truly pierces our hearts, as the pebble on the pond, our own love will ripple outward perfectly in symmetry with the universe, embracing everything in its path with His reflected glory.When God’s love truly pierces our hearts we reflect with sorrow on our sins and transgressions. We as Lord Tennyson praised long develop a mantra “To Strive, To Seek, To Find and not to Yield.” We seek to develop within ourselves genuine compunction of heart.Compunction is a deep and last s…

Friday, September 25, 2015

Deuteronomy, Chapter 20, Verse 1When you go out to war against your enemies and you see horses and chariots and an army greater than your own, you shall not be afraid of them, for the LORD, your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt, will be with you.God imagines the world without war; this is why He sent His son to bring peace to the world. Yet, we are still at war for our enemy is not just evil men but the devil and his cohort. Therefore, when our enemy brings forth horse and chariot and all manner of evils; do not be afraid for the victory has already been won! Trust in Jesus who will send St. Michael the Archangel to defend us and cover us with his strong shield and lead us safely through the midst of our enemy.Our prayer then is having fought the good fight and having a lifetime of devotion to the Blood of Jesus that when the last hour of our earthly life draws near and we await the awful moment when our soul must leave our bodies it will be St. Michael that will defend …

Thursday, September 24, 2015

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Deuteronomy, Chapter 19, Verse 16-2016If a hostile witness rises against someone to accuse that person of wrongdoing, 17the two parties in the dispute shall appear in the presence of the LORD, in the presence of the priests and judges in office at that time,18and the judges must investigate it thoroughly. If the witness is a false witness and has falsely accused the other,19 you shall do to the false witness just as that false witness planned to do to the other. Thus shall you purge the evil from your midst. 20The rest shall hear and be afraid, and never again do such an evil thing as this in your midst.21Do not show pity. Life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, and foot for foot!This is some pretty hard stuff. Yet, we should not be namby-pamby either. There should be a system of justice and we should be just people. Christ reminds us that if we want justice we must be just ourselves. Answer by Fr. John Echert[1] on 6/12/2001:The Gospel of St. Matthew records these…

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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Deuteronomy, Chapter 18, Verse 21-2221 Should you say to yourselves, “How can we recognize that a word is one the LORD has not spoken?”, 22 if a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD but the word does not come true, it is a word the LORD did not speak. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; do not fear him.
Today is the Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest (Padre Pio) who is one of my wife’s patron saints. Yet, even saints at times may have spoken presumptuously. Let us meditate on the words of Padre Pio, “Love and fear must go united together, fear without love becomes cowardice. Love without fear becomes presumption. When there is love without fear, love runs without prudence and without restraint, without taking care where it is going.”This is the great beauty of the Holy Spirit for it tells us when even a very holy person speaks not every word they speak comes from God. We error sometimes in this way, making men into gods; but a heart that is filled with the spirit of…

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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Deuteronomy, Chapter 17, Verse 18-20
18 When he is sitting upon his royal throne, he shall write a copy of this law upon a scroll from the one that is in the custody of the levitical priests. 19 It shall remain with him and he shall read it as long as he lives, so that he may learn to fear the LORD, his God, and to observe carefully all the words of this law and these statutes, 20 so that he does not exalt himself over his kindred or turn aside from this commandment to the right or to the left, and so that he and his descendants may reign long in Israel.

Monday, September 21, 2015

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Deuteronomy, Chapter 17, Verse 12-13 12 Anyone who acts presumptuously and does not obey the priest who officiates there in the ministry of the LORD, your God, or the judge, shall die. Thus shall you purge the evil from Israel. 13 And all the people, on hearing of it, shall fear, and will never again act presumptuously.

There are two meanings for the word presumption.
An act or instance of taking something to be true or adopting a particular attitude toward something, especially at the start of a chain of argument or action.Behavior perceived as arrogant, disrespectful, and transgressing the limits of what is permitted or appropriate."he lifted her off the ground and she was enraged at his presumption"synonyms:brazenness,audacity,boldness,audaciousness,temerity,arrogance,presumptuousness,forwardness;cockiness,insolence,impudence,bumptiousness,impertinence,effrontery,cheek,cheekiness; rudeness,impoliteness,disrespect,familiarity;informal nerve, chutzpah,…

Sunday, September 20, 2015

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Mark, Chapter 9, Verse 31-32 31 He was teaching his disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men and they will kill him, and three days after his death he will rise.” 32 But they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to question him.
Many times we are afraid to ask a question of the Lord because we do not want to know the answer. We measure success with an earthly yardstick and not a heavenly one. Christ asks us to trust in Him. The heavenly yardstick is this as spoken by Michael the Archangel, “Who is like God?
We are in a battle with the world, the flesh and the Devil. Let us remember that St. Michael, along with our Guardian Angel stand to defend us from perdition. No harm can come to the children of God who place their trust in the Precious Blood. We must not be afraid to ask for Michaels help and to always call on Mary the Queen of Angels whose children we are through Christ. We must not be afraid to question science, literature, or art in it…

Saturday, September 19, 2015

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Deuteronomy, Chapter 14, Verse 22-23 22Each year you shall tithe all the produce of your seed that grows in the field;23 then in the place which the LORD, your God, chooses as the dwelling place of his name you shall eat in his presence the tithe of your grain, wine and oil, as well as the firstlings of your herd and flock, that you may learn always to fear the LORD, your God.
The way I read this is God wants you to celebrate life; you shall eat in his presence the tithe of your produce. Imagine what the world would be like if everyone did this! If we all took time off with a tenth of the money we made to celebrate with God and our family and friends together. What a different world it would be. Imagine all the celebrations you would attend. Maybe we should all strive to take a 40 day retreat/celebration. Save your money for this!
What is on your bucket list; perhaps the Lord wants us to cross off some of those things in His presence.
If I were young again this is how I would budget: 10…

Friday, September 18, 2015

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Psalm 49, Verse 6-7 6 Why should I fear in evil days, with the iniquity of my assailants surrounding me, 7of those who trust in their wealth and boast of their abundant riches?
With the election cycle upon us let us take these verses to heart. Why should I fear evil in the future or the injustice of our nation on the faithful? Instead we should look seriously at the candidates for their faith in God and their virtues. Look and see which of the candidates have the virtues of our Lady: humility, generosity, chastity, patience, temperance and love of fellow man.
It is not the economy in coin; but the bankruptcy of our cultural heart that is killing this nation that sacrifices the future of children for the future of the mother. No amount of future happiness or gain in liberty is worth the life of an innocent. Know that life is greater than liberty and liberty is greater than wealth.
Beloved: Teach and urge these things. Whoever teaches something different and does not agree with the sou…

Wednesday, September 17, 2015

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Deuteronomy, Chapter 13, Verse 11-12
11 You shall stone that person to death, for seeking to lead you astray from the LORD, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 12 And all Israel shall hear of it and fear, and never again do such evil as this in your midst.