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Friday, April Fools Day, 2016

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Baruch, Chapter 6, Verse 14 Each has in its right hand an ax or dagger, but it cannot save itself from war or pillage. Thus it is known they are not gods; do not fear them.
Baruch who was the scribe of Jeremiah argues against the temptation to worship Babylonian gods. He sets forth reasons such as they are weak, helpless, attended by unworthy ministers who use these frightening gods with weapons to enslave and control the masses and in like manner the priests frightened the Jews into condemning Christ. To this Peter testifies, “The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus whom you handed over and denied in Pilate’s presence, when he had decided to release him. You denied the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. The author of life you put to death, but God raised him from the dead; of this we are witnesses.”(Act 3:13-15) Christ now compels us-Do not fear. We are blessed because we are …

Easter Thursday, March 31, 2016

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Baruch, Chapter 6, Verse 2-4 2 When you reach Babylon you will be there many years, a long time—seven generations; after that I will bring you back from there in peace. 3 And now in Babylon you will see gods of silver and gold and wood, carried shoulder high, to cast fear upon the nations.4Take care that you yourselves do not become like these foreigners and let not such fear possess you.
Do not let fear possess you!
Sometimes people lose hope when they enter a strange land. John McCain highlights in his book Character is Destiny[1]the hopefulness of John Winthrop who left the security of his native country to face the dangers of an unknown world to create and shape the character of a new civilization in America. Is there still hope in this country He helped found? Only if we have hope!
John was a puritan and followed the idea that they are to be in the world but not of the world. They should not love earthly pleasures but neither should they shun the blessings of God. To be humble and g…

Easter Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Baruch, Chapter 3, Verse 7 This is why you put into our hearts the fear of you: that we may call upon your name, and praise you in our exile, when we have removed from our hearts all the wickedness of our ancestors who sinned against you.
What we are talking about is the effects of having the sins of our forefathers having a negative influence on us. This is often referred to as generational sin.
Generational Sin[1]
It is very important to remember that the sins of previous generations can be visited upon the present generation, as well as our sins today being visited on future generations. The Bible says in Exodus 20:5 (where God gives us His First Commandment to have no strange gods before Him), Exodus 34:7, Numbers 14:18, & Deuteronomy 5:9, that the punishment for sins can be given to the 3rd and 4th succeeding generations.
You may want to think about that while you are considering committing a mortal sin. Do you really want the punishment for your sin given to your baby daughter,…

Easter Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Lamentations, Chapter 3, Verse 57 You drew near on the day I called you; you said, “Do not fear!”
“Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon those who fear him, upon those who count on his mercy, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive through famine.” (Ps. 33:18-19)
Everyone deserves to experience some unconditional love and many go to great lengths to find it and do not. We were created for love but not earthly love. Earthly love is but a foretaste of the love God has for you. Today love someone with no conditions; just love them. For love alone holds the secret to life. There is hope in the midst of calamity.
Benedict XVI's definition of love…"To love someone is to desire that person's good, AND to take effective steps to secure it"[1]
Easter Tuesday[2]
Why does Jesus greet His disciples with the words, “Peace be to you?” 1. Because He came to restore to men that peace with God, with themselves, with their neighbor, which sin had destroyed. 2. Because peac…

Easter Monday, March 27, 2016

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Jeremiah, Chapter 46, Verse 27-28 27 But you, my servant Jacob, do not fear; do not be dismayed, Israel! Listen! I will deliver you from far-off lands; your offspring, from the land of their exile. Jacob shall again find rest, secure, with none to frighten him. 28 You, Jacob my servant, must not fear—oracle of the LORD—for I am with you; I will make an end of all the nations to which I have driven you, But of you I will not make an end: I will chastise you as you deserve, I cannot let you go unpunished.

Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce the news to his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them.
They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.” (Mt. 28:8-10)

Has your Lenten sacrifice been less than you wanted and is Easter been an emotional letdown? Well? Welcome to the hum…

Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016

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Jeremiah, Chapter 44, Verse 10 To this day they have not been crushed down, nor have they shown fear. They have not followed my law and my statutes that I set before you and your ancestors.
God knows the human heart we tend to trust in our human strength, or our clout, or our wealth, or weapons. God knows and He wants us to trust in Him not any of these things. Even to this very day we have not learned this lesson we in America have learned to trust in the strength of our Army; which is the greatest Army in the world and have forgotten the true basis of our strength which is printed on our money: In God We Trust. Many people in high offices like to play the prophet: but “A wise person is superior to a prophet” (Bava Basra 12a) Think a prophet can see the future but a wise person can see the present. God asks us to be present to each other each and every day. Live in the Present!
Words of wisdom Saint Teresa of Avila:
“I am afraid that if we begin to put our trust in human help, some of…

Holy Saturday and the Easter Vigil, March 27, 2016

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Jeremiah, Chapter 42, Verse 11-16 11 Do not fear the king of Babylon, as you do now. Do not fear him—oracle of the LORD—for I am with you to save you, to rescue you from his power.12 I will take pity on you, so that he will have pity on you and let you return to your land.13 But if you keep saying, “We will not stay in this land,” thus disobeying the voice of the LORD, your God, 14 and saying, “No, we will go to the land of Egypt, where we will not see war, nor hear the trumpet alarm, nor hunger for bread. There we will live!”15 then listen to the word of the LORD, remnant of Judah: Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: If you are set on going to Egypt and settling down there once you arrive, 16 the sword you fear shall overtake you in the land of Egypt; the hunger you dread shall pursue you to Egypt and there you shall die.
Faith is always a great multiplier in overcoming odds take the story of Glen Cunningham who beat the odds to go on to compete at the Olympics.
Glenn Vern…

Good Friday, March 25, 2016

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Jeremiah, Chapter 41, Verse 18 They were afraid of the Chaldeans, because Ishmael, son of Nethaniah, had slain Gedaliah, son of Ahikam, whom the king of Babylon had set over the land.
We fear violent people just as the Jews did in Jeremiah because they remind us of our frailty and of our eventual death. 
God is stronger than the Devil and his entire posse. God is stronger than all the communists, atheists, politicians, and propaganda ministers of our age. Our Lady tells us to not fear them, but fear God and pray.
The wrath of God is indeed being revealed from heaven against every impiety and wickedness of those who suppress the truth by their wickedness. For what can be known about God is evident to them, because God made it evident to them. Ever since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what he has made. As a result, they have no excuse; for although they knew God they did not accord him gl…