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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Wednesday, May 11, 2016
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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.