Showing posts from August, 2016

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”
Revelation, Chapter 15, Verse 4 Who will not fear you, Lord, or glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All the nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.”
We glorify God when we are righteous as he is righteous who makes the rain fall on both the good and the evil.
A righteous person, no matter how blameless, will always take humanity’s failures personally.
A righteous person has reverence for both God and those He created.
Reverence is "a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe; veneration".The word "reverence" in the modern day is often used in relationship with religion. This is because religion often stimulates the emotion through recognition of God, the supernatural, and the ineffable. Reverence involves a humbling of the self in respectful recognition of something perceived to be greater than the self. Thus religion is common…

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Revelation, Chapter 14, Verse 6-7Then I saw another angel flying high overhead, with everlasting good news_to announce to those who dwell on earth, to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people. He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, for his time has come to sit in judgment. Worship him who made heaven and earth and sea and springs of water.”
Note in Revelations [14:6–13] Three angels proclaim imminent judgment on the pagan world, calling all peoples to worship God the creator. Babylon (Rome) will fall, and its supporters will be tormented forever.
In Revelations [14:6] there is Everlasting good news: that God’s eternal reign is about to begin, therefore, Fear not, for God is with you! Trust in Him as you would a mighty fortress in adversity.
September is traditionally the month of the Angels
Paul in Colossians states of Christ, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth, the visible a…

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Revelation, Chapter 11, Verse 18 The nations raged, but your wrath has come, and the time for the dead to be judged, and to recompense your servants, the prophets, and the holy ones and those who fear your name, the small and the great alike, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.”
This verse refers to the blowing of the seventh trumpet which proclaims the coming of God’s reign after the victory over diabolical powers. End of time prophesies can be very frightening and confusing. Yet, we need not fear: all we need do is seek the shelter of Christ’s church and to do what we can to do His Holy will. Pope Francis recently commented that humankind will bring about the end of the world unless we rein in our rapacious greed. You might want to peruse Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ Of The Holy Father Francis On Care For Our Common Home.
Amoris Lætitia[1]Love in MarriageLove forgives (105-108)
Once we allow ill will to take root in our hearts, it leads to deep resentment. The op…

Monday, August 29, 2016 Passion of St. John the Baptist

Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man, and kept him in custody. (Mark 6:20) 
Revelation, Chapter 11, Verse 10-11 10 The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and be glad and exchange gifts because these two prophets tormented the inhabitants of the earth. 11But after the three and a half days, a breath of life from God entered them. When they stood on their feet, great fear fell on those who saw them.
The two great witnesses as mentioned here are the spirits of righteousness and truth. The world delights in destruction and will pay almost any price to avoid the truth. Yet, if a man aligns himself with the one who had risen on the third day, the breath of life from God will enter him. A man resurrected in the risen Lord is a fearful thing for he cannot be brought and he is clothed in the power of God: All the world fears a man that will stand on his feet.
Passion of Saint John the Baptist[1]
There is no doubt that blessed John suffered imprisonment and chai…

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Weep over lost souls and rejoice over converted ones. 
Revelation, Chapter 2, Verse 10 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.
Christians today are pressed on all sides. Yes, we are being tested by our government, the press, and the media. We may even find by our own families and neighbors. This is the work of the evil one; resist him and he will flee. Remain faithful until death by not giving up hope and when you fall get back up and follow our Lord. Today is another pagan day of celebration. MTV Video Music Awards[1] The MTV Video Music Awards is an annual award show that seeks to honor achievements in the music video industry.  Conceptualized by MTV, the show has been hosted by MTV since its inception in 1984.  The award ceremony is usually televised live from either a venue in Los…

Saturday, August 27, 2016 Saint Monica

Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon those who fear him, upon those who count on his mercy, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive through famine. (Ps. 33:18-19)
Revelation, Chapter 1, Verse 17-18 17When I caught sight of him, I fell down at his feet as though dead. He touched me with his right hand and said, “Do not be afraid. I am the first and the last,18the one who lives. Once I was dead, but now I am alive forever and ever. I hold the keys to death and the netherworld.
All have sinned; all are unjust. Have you ever thought “Now comes the reckoning for his blood” as Joseph’s brothers did (OT: coat of many colors). Yet, the Lord has touched us, and it is important to note that he has touched us with his right hand; signifying power, forgiveness and authority saying, “Do not be afraid”.
Saint Pope John Paul II was an example of someone who walked through the valley of the shadow of death and feared no evil. The Lord’s rod and staff sustained him through the nightmare …

Friday, August 26, 2016

Jude, Chapter 1, Verse 22-23 22On those who waver, have mercy;23save others by snatching them out of the fire; on others have mercy with fear, abhorring even the outer garment stained by the flesh.
Save others by snatching them out of the fire. Jude is advising us to be prudent when you save others. There is almost no way you can pull others from a fire without being burnt; unless you are wearing protective garments.
You cannot save unbelievers by hanging out in the bar with them or partying with them.
Jude states the even the very garments of the godless are to be abhorred because of their contagion or in more simplistic terms we cannot have the same lifestyle as the godless. No we must be in the world but not of the world. Christ in His Sermon on the Mount taught us how our lifestyle is to be.
1.Be not afraid but be brave in the world loving even the loveless. 2.Do not become prideful and self-important but show humility; reverence and respect to all: for they are created by the hand of …

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Jude, Chapter 1, Verse 12 These are blemishes on your love feasts,as they carouse fearlessly and look after themselves. They are waterless clouds blown about by winds, fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead and uprooted.
Jude is talking about people who only come to church for the food and drink or for social interaction. God will not be mocked. Maintain your life with God first then glory in Him with others. Remember God is your true spouse via the Holy Spirit. Love the Lord by spending time alone with Him. Plan to make use of the US National Park Service and get out there where He can speak to you in that still small voice.
Max Oliva, in “The Masculine Spirit”[1] recommends a four step process to the art of reflecting.
1.Get to a special place of quiet for you where you are able to slow down as Christ stated, “Let us go off by ourselves to some place where we will be alone and you can rest awhile.” (Mark 6:31) 2.Promote self-searching and look for deeper meanings. Look where you ar…

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 Feast of Saint Bartholomew

1 John, Chapter 4, Verse 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love.
Our Lord showed no fear of the money changers or the priests when He overturned the tables in holy zeal for the statutes of the Lord. Is the Holy Spirit moving you to make a real change today? Are you being called to be holier, stronger, more committed to God and better prepared for the trials and persecution of our world? Consider the message of The Holy League.
St Bartholomew[1]
The Feast of St. Bartholomew commemorates the life of Jesus' disciple Bartholomew.  It is observed in both the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches.  St. Bartholomew is thought to have been from Galilee and was probably one Jesus' first followers. Traditionally, Bartholomew is believed to have been a Jewish law scholar who was a close friend with the apostle Philip. He is credited with converting many to Christianity, in particula…

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

2 Peter, Chapter 2, Verse 4-10 4 For if God did not spare the angels when they sinned, but condemned them to the chains of Tartarus and handed them over to be kept for judgment; 5and if he did not spare the ancient world, even though he preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, together with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the godless world; 6 and if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah [to destruction], reducing them to ashes, making them an example for the godless [people] of what is coming;7 and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man oppressed by the licentious conduct of unprincipled people 8 (for day after day that righteous man living among them was tormented in his righteous soul at the lawless deeds that he saw and heard), 9 then the Lord knows how to rescue the devout from trial and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment,10 and especially those who follow the flesh with its depraved desire and show contempt for lordship.
In life we ar…

Monday, August 22, 2016 Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

1 Peter, Chapter 3, Verse 13-16 13Now who is going to harm you if you are enthusiastic for what is good?14 But even if you should suffer because of righteousness, blessed are you. Do not be afraid or terrified with fear of them,15but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope,16 but do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who defame your good conduct in Christ may themselves be put to shame.
Archbishop Sheen explained that suffering is an integral part of becoming a new person in Christ by the giving up the self and ego in sacrifice to the other.
On the marriage of my oldest son his little brother was asked to say something at the reception. Vincent got up (he is 6’6”) and while all eyes were on him stated, “First Chris called Kate and there was the telephone ring: then there was a bond establish and the trust ring began: then after some…