This blog is based on references in the Bible to fear. God wills that we “BE NOT AFRAID”. Many theologians state that the eighth deadly sin is fear. It is fear and its natural animal reaction to fight or flight that is the root cause of our failings to create a Kingdom of God on earth. By “the power of the Holy Spirit” we can be witnesses and “communicators” of a new and redeemed humanity “even to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:7 8). This blog is dedicated to Mary the Mother of God.
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Monday, May 9, 2016
In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.
Malachi, Chapter 1, verse 14
is the cheat who has in his flock an intact male, and vows it, but sacrifices
to the LORD a defective one instead; For a great king am I, says the LORD of
hosts, and my name is feared among the nations.
Traditionally in Judaism
there are seven names given for God. The seven names of God that, once written,
cannot be erased because of their holiness are the Tetragrammaton, El, Elohim,
Eloah, Elohai, El Shaddai, Tzevaot.
Tetragrammaton is YHWH
or I am that I am.
El simply means God and
is used in the names of IsraEL, AngEL.
Elohim means He is power
of powers Eloah is the singular form of Elohim.
Elohai mean “My God”.
El Shaddai means “God Almighty”
Tzevaot means “God the
armies of Israel”.
Names are important. Most of us remember the elementary school playground
and the mean names kids called each other. Author and speaker, Kary Oberbrunner,
states that we all have a secret name that the One who made us gives us.
Oberbrunner said, “My name is Kary, and I have a girl’s name.” He was no
stranger to mean names on the playground. He went on to say that each of us has
1.Our birth name – the name assigned to us when we arrive
in this world
2.Our given names – the names assigned to us as we walk
through the world. These names can be positive and negative, ranging from
successful, beautiful, star athlete to those names assigned by mean kids, like
concentration camp victim, stupid, addict.
3.Our secret name – the name granted to us by God
Oberbrunner said the problem is our birth names and given names don’t ever fill
up the void inside us. We pretend and wear masks.
What would God call you?
When Christ called his apostles; He revealed to some of them God’s name for
them. Sons of Thunder for John and James and for Simon son of John, He called
him Peter which means “Rock”.
Thou in toil
art comfort sweet, Pleasant coolness in the heat, solace in the midst of woe.
The Gift of Fortitude
The Gift of Fortitude By the gift of Fortitude the soul is strengthened
against natural fear, and supported to the end in the performance of duty.
Fortitude imparts to the will an impulse and energy which move it to undertake
without hesitancy the most arduous tasks, to face dangers, to trample under
foot human respect, and to endure without complaint the slow martyrdom of even
lifelong tribulation. "He that shall persevere unto the end, he shall be
Come, O Blessed Spirit of Fortitude, uphold my soul in time of trouble and
adversity, sustain my efforts after holiness, strengthen my weakness, give me
courage against all the assaults of my enemies, that I may never be overcome
and separated from Thee, my God and greatest Good. Amen.
Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.
ACT OF CONSECRATION TO
THE HOLY SPIRIT
On my knees before the great multitude of
heavenly witnesses, I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of
God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your
justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul.
In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness
to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against
You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for
Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I
cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch
over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His
Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and
stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep
me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace, O Holy
Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere,
"Speak Lord for Your servant heareth." Amen.
PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
O Lord Jesus Christ,
Who, before ascending into heaven, did promise to send the Holy Spirit to
finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant
the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your
grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the
perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are
eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of
Your divine truth, the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way
of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my
cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that
oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know
myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that
I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I
may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to
displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Your true disciples and
animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.
Chapter 26, Verse 5-7 5They have known about
me from the start, if they are willing to testify, that I have lived my life as
a Pharisee, the strictest party of our religion. 6But now I am standing
trial because of my hope in the
promise made by God to our ancestors. 7 Our twelve tribes hope to attain to that promise as they
fervently worship God day and night; and on account of this hope I am accused by Jews, O king. Paul clearly explains that his entire life was in
preparation for the hope of Israel, Christ Jesus, who Israel did not recognize
as the son of God. Paul states that the prophets and Moses had foretold that
the Christ would suffer, and as first to be raised from the dead, he would
proclaim light to both God’s people and the Gentiles. The resurrection is God’s
promise to Israel. Paul like Christ ultimately was a victim of intolerance. Twenty Fifth Sunday after Pentecost GOSPEL Matthew 13: 24 – 30 At that time
Jesus spoke this parable…
feast of saint anthony, abbot Sirach,
Chapter 22, Verse 16A wooden beam firmly bonded into a building is not loosened by an
earthquake; So the mind firmly resolved after careful deliberation will not be afraid at any time.
A prudent mind firmly
resolved is undisturbed by violent and conflicting thoughts. Sometimes we all
have senseless thoughts and feelings which shake us but faith is a firm anchor
for our thoughts. We indeed do have the power within ourselves to choose not to
react to impulsive thoughts. Sacredness ·Holiness consists in friendship with God. If we
would be in any sense the friends of God, we must have at least that desire for holiness without which such friendship
would be impossible; growth in the knowledge of God is the deepening of this
friendship. ·To know God is to know self and if we know ourselves
well, we know have one or two prominent sins that have dogged our life’s path
for years, and against these we struggle bravely and are conscious that God is
The Bible for some is stuffy, overblown, and boring.
So and so, son of so and so did such and such a thing to this ruler and then X,
Y, and Z happened. (Snore.) Well, that may be a Dull Fest, but Psalms
will set the record straight. Think fire and brimstone, giant sea monsters,
cannibals, and even drunks. Yeah, ancient poetry is juicy. Psalms is one of the
longest books of the Bible, but that's because it's actually a collection of
150 poems about life back in the day. We're talking Real Housewives of the Negev. The
Bible mostly comprises stories, prophecies, and laws, but Psalms brings the
poetic punch. Most of the Psalms are attributed to David, the Israelites'
greatest and most famous king. Turns out King David was a poet too—yeah, he did
know it. The Psalms are all written in Hebrew, and have been jazzed up, classed
up, and mistranslated ever since they were written starting 3,000 years ago.
Part of Psalms' appeal is its poetry. If Levi…
Leviticus, Chapter 25, Verse 17Do not deal unfairly with one
another, then; but stand in fear of
your God. I, the LORD, am your God.
Our loving God wants us
free and He demands that we out of love treat each other with love and
fairness. In the Jewish calendar God specified that we are to rest one out of seven
days but it goes further with a rest after seven weeks ending in a year of
Jubilee after the 49th year called a Shemitah.
The Shemitah Year is the seventh year
of the seven-year agricultural cycle mandated by the Torah for the Land of
Israel and still observed in contemporary Judaism. When Moses received the
Levitical law, God gave the commandment to rest on the seventh day… the
Sabbath. Moses also applied the cycles of "seven" to weeks
and years. A cycle of seven weeks points to the 50th day, called Pentecost.
And a cycle of seven sets of seven years points to the 50th year, the year of
Jubilee. The year of Jubilee is based on letting the land rest every seventh
14 For those who
are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.15 For you did not
receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a
spirit of adoption, through which we cry, “Abba, Father!”
By the sacrifice of Christ, we are the adopted children
of God, who feared none, and by whose sufferings and glory we share; by reason
of the Holy Spirits presence within us. We are thus giving us a new life and relationship
with God. (Novena to the Holy
some is giving the gift of tongues. To which many years ago (40 to be exact February
1975) at the birth of my first born daughter I had gone to the Gunpowder Inn, in Bermuda,
Deuteronomy, Chapter 3, Verse 22Do not fear them, for it is the LORD, your God,
who will fight for you. What are the demons in your life? Do not
fear them, for it is the Lord who fights for you! The Lord will send His angels
around those who fear Him. These heavenly spirits shield us from danger and
assist us in both our spiritual and temporal needs. Angels instruct us and
mentor us in the virtues. Ask your guardian angel to be your spiritual director
and be open to change. It is also a good practice to ask for angelic help
throughout our day. There are nine choirs of angels and three hierarchies three
within three. Remember to ask their
assistance about every two hours throughout your day
2, verse 11Serve
the LORD with fear; exult with trembling, accept correction lest
he become angry and you perish along the way when his anger suddenly blazes up.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him! To
fully understand this verse, we must know who the writer is referring to. In
verse 10 the writer states “Now
therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord
with fear.Our God is a just God and
to “those who have been given much; much is required”; to quote the spider man
movie. Kings (and the 1 percent’ers) to be wise must humble themselves. It is
easier for a camel to go through the eye of the needle then for a rich man to
get into heaven. The
"Eye of the Needle" has been claimed to be a gate in Jerusalem, which
opened after the main gate was closed at night. A camel could only pass through
this smaller gate if it was stooped and had its baggage removed. I also with
this verse picture Mary Magda…
Deuteronomy, Chapter 18, Verse 21-22 21 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. 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 God is filled with
quiet joy and even if the person were to be imprisoned, they can find true
to the almanac we are having a Full Worm Moon-plan to take your family or grandchildren
fishing! Hummingbirds are migrating North now; look for them. Monday 2nd Week in Lent PURIM-MEATBALLDAY-HOLI
Proverbs, Chapter 31,
Verse 30Charm is deceptive
and beauty fleeting; the woman who fears
the LORD is to be praised. Woman is the key to the salvation of the world. It is
the miracle of God that the salvation of mankind was deposited in the care of
the Virgin Mary and likewise in the physical sense the material world through
the modern woman who is faithful to the precepts of the Lord. Such a woman
knows the secret to raising children to be happy and successful is to do it in
a home overflowing with love. A woman of faith truly knows: God
is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in distress. Therefore, we
fear not, though the earth be shaken, and mountains plunge into the depths of
the sea. A woman of Influence
hour is coming, in fact has come, when the v…