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.
Rogation Tuesday Acts, Chapter 16, verse 27-30 27 When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew [his] sword...
Monday, May 9, 2016
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Malachi, Chapter 1, verse 6
6 A son honors his father, and a servant fears
his master; If, then, I am a father, where is the honor due to me? And if I am
a master, where is the fear due to me?
To honor someone is to live by
the principles they have given us. That is we follow those doctrines whether
they are watching us or not, but a servant who fears his master will not live by the values given but will only
follow them if they are being watched or if there is a reward.
you love someone you honor them by being true to them, your trust and faith in
them and the principles they give are incorruptible.
immortal! Light Divine! Visit Thou these hearts of Thine, And our inmost being
The Gift of Knowledge
The gift of Knowledge enables the soul to evaluate created things at their
true worth--in their relation to God. Knowledge unmasks the pretense of
creatures, reveals their emptiness, and points out their only true purpose as
instruments in the service of God. It shows us the loving care of God even in
adversity, and directs us to glorify Him in every circumstance of life. Guided
by its light, we put first things first, and prize the friendship of God beyond
all else. "Knowledge is a fountain of life to him that possesseth
Come, O Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, and grant that I may perceive the will
of the Father; show me the nothingness of earthly things, that I may realize
their vanity and use them only for Thy glory and my own salvation, looking ever
beyond them to Thee, and Thy eternal rewards. 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."
PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
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.