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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Thursday, May 12, 2016
Malachi, Chapter 3, verse 5
5I 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; our very selves when we cannot
say no to them. This could be any addictive substance whether it comes from a
bottle, package or the internet. The only way to recover our sanity is through
God or as 12 steppers say, “having a higher power than themselves”. A careful
examination of the 12
step program reveals it is basically a form of repentance or confession and
coming back to God.
1.We admit we are powerless.
2.We believe in a greater
3.We turn our will over to
4.We search our souls of
5.We admit our wrongs to
ourselves and others.
6.We are ready for God to
remove our defects.
7.We ask Him to remove our
8.We list all we have harmed
and be willing to correct the harm we have caused.
9.We made amends except where
to do so would cause more harm.
10.We continue to build strength
and virtue; promptly making corrections as needed.
11.We pray and meditate daily.
12.We carry (the cross) the
message to others.
Music is a gift from God just as sex is but, we
must listen to the truth. Music can be noise that blatantly drowns out the truth.
Many musicians and media personalities are perjurers of the truth. Their
message is that of hopelessness and the objectification of women and people.
Choose music that lifts up people rather than enslaves them to the ideas of the
modern secular society of hedonism, materialism and minimalism.
Our God will not turn a blind eye to those who
enslave others economically either; or not care for our modern widows and
orphans, which are single moms and fatherless children. Nor will our Lord,
allow us to make slaves of immigrants to our country.
No we must be a righteous people, good to all; as
wounds--our strength renews; on our dryness pour Thy dew, Wash the stains of
The Gift of Counsel
The gift of Counsel endows the soul with supernatural prudence,
enabling it to judge promptly and rightly what must done, especially in
difficult circumstances. Counsel applies the principles furnished by Knowledge
and Understanding to the innumerable concrete cases that confront us in the
course of our daily duty as parents, teachers, public servants, and Christian
citizens. Counsel is supernatural common sense, a priceless treasure in the
quest of salvation. "Above all these things, pray to the Most High, that
He may direct thy way in truth."
Come, O Spirit of Counsel, help and guide me in all my ways, that I may
always do Thy holy will. Incline my heart to that which is good; turn it away
from all that is evil, and direct me by the straight path of Thy commandments
to that goal of eternal life for which I long.
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."
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…
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…
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
1 Samuel, Chapter
28, Verse 20Immediately Saul fell full length on the ground, in great fear because of Samuel’s message. He had
no strength left, since he had eaten nothing all that day and night. Christ is the strength of the weak and the humble and
the confidence of those who trust in him. Christ says to us, “My sheep hear my voice,
says the Lord; I know them, and they follow me. (Jn. 10:27) Saul was in
great fear because the spirit of God had long ago left him, and he no longer
heard the voice of God. In desperation now that Samuel had died was to have the
witch of Endor act as a medium to conjure up the spirit of Samuel to help save
him from the Philistines. Saul broke his own laws by seeking the aid of a
sorcerer. The Israelites were a Holy people and Saul could not understand the Ends never justify the means. No, we
must be calm and listen to the voice of he that was the epitome of fairness and
justice that took upon Himself our sins to the cross and thus be…
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
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…
ST. ISIDORE THE FARMER 2 Samuel, Chapter 10, Verse 19When
Hadadezer’s vassal kings saw themselves vanquished by Israel, they made peace
with the Israelites and became their subjects. After this, the Arameans were afraid to give further aid to the
Ammonites. God was with David and he now defeats the Syrians and
the Ammonites. The life of David was that of a warrior and this was David’s
last victory before his fall with Bathsheba and the murder of Uriah from
David’s hand. All life is a battle and sometimes we fail but like David let us
always return to the Lord. Do not be afraid of anything that
you are going to suffer. Indeed, the devil will throw some of you into prison,
that you may be tested, and you will face an ordeal for ten days. Remain
faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. (Rv. 2:10) Let us build up our gratitude to the Lord for his
saving graces. “Lord Jesus Christ, you are the strength or the weak
and the confidence of those who trust in you. Be my secure c…
SACRED HEART OF JESUS-GLOBAL ROSARY Romans,
Chapter 5,Verse 3-53 Not only that, but we even boast
of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, 4
and endurance, proven
character, and proven character, hope,5 and hope does not disappoint,
because the love of God has been
poured out into our hearts through the holy Spirit that has been given to us. Paul is telling us that Christ has
brought God’s love for us to the forefront while justification and
righteousness recede to the background. We have a new life at peace with God.
This peace leads us to confidence and compels us to live a new life. Christ
died for us while we were at our worst. As difficult to believe or accept as
that might be, we have the proof of it in our hearts where God’s love has
placed the Holy Spirit to guide us in the new life. Faith triumphs in trouble. Feast of the Most
Sacred Heart of Jesus ALTHOUGH many pious souls
had been accustomed, in the silence of their secluded lives, to venerate the
Samuel, Chapter 3, Verse 11Ishbaal
was no longer able to say a word to Abner, he feared him so. This is a twisted tale of the leaders of Israel that
are being divided in loyalties to either David or the son of Saul “Ishbaal”.
Money, Power, Sex and Violence are involved. Hmmm sounds like this could be
America splitting between Hillary and the Donald. Do not trust in these things
but in He that is. Aspire to live a tranquil life, to
mind your own affairs, and to work with your [own] hands, as we instructed you,that you may conduct yourselves
properly toward outsiders and not depend on anyone. 1
Thessaonians 4:11-12 Ishbaalwas one of the four sons of King
Saul, born c. 1047 BC. He was chosen as the second king over the Kingdom of Israel, which then
consisted of all the twelve tribes of the Israelites, after the death of his
father and three brothers at the Battle of Mount Gilboa. He was proclaimed king
over Israel by Abner,
the captain of Saul's army after his fat…