Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Acts, Chapter 27, verse 17
They hoisted it aboard, then used cables to undergird the ship. Because of their fear that they would run aground on the shoal of Syrtis, they lowered the drift anchor and were carried along in this way.
Seamen of Paul’s time often to save a ship in heavy seas would pass a cable several times under and around a ship and tightening it on deck, to prevent the working and parting of the timbers and planks in a gale. Additionally to prevent the ship from getting stuck in the quicksand of the shoal of Syrtis the seamen lowered the drift anchor.
The church is our boat using a metaphor and with the current world situation with the persecution of Christians, not only in the Middle East, but throughout the world; to which could be added the storms given the church by secularists and atheists; our church is definitely being assaulted by an evil Northeasterner. We need to pass the cables around our church and put out the drift anchor to keep from being lost.
The cables that bind our church are the seven sacraments. We need to use them all. If single, consider Holy Orders; if parents encourage your children in seeking vocations; get married, if you are living with another, and be open to children; go to confession and mass; baptize your children and be confirmed by the priests; seek healing of your body and soul when seriously ill.
Let your prayers be your drift anchor.
Only one thing is important -- eternal salvation. Only one thing, therefore, is to be feared--sin? Sin is the result of ignorance, weakness, and indifference The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Light, of Strength, and of Love. With His sevenfold gifts He enlightens the mind, strengthens the will, and inflames the heart with love of God. To ensure our salvation we ought to invoke the Divine Spirit daily, for "The Spirit helpeth our infirmity. We know not what we should pray for as we ought. But the Spirit Himself asketh for us."
Full Buck Moon
According to the almanac today we are having a Full Buck Moon; plan to spend some time if you are not a hunter out hiking with your children or grandchildren.
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