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.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Romans, Chapter 8, Verse 19-21
creation awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the children of God; 20 for creation was made subject to
futility, not of its own accord but because of the one who subjected it, in hope21 that creation
itself would be set free from slavery to corruption and share in the glorious
freedom of the children of God.
Justly we like creation
await the revelation: Christ Jesus and to celebration of His birth at
Christmas. He by his birth, death and resurrection made us dead to sin and
alive to God.
SEASON OF ADVENT & CHRISTMAS
Advent season in the Northern Hemisphere is normally cold, dark and the days
are short. Traditions such as Thanksgiving and Christmas have been established
to help dispel the psychological fear that develops as a result of the
darkness. However, in the Southern Hemisphere the days are long and warm.
This is a good time if you have the means to take a winter’s
break and go to a warmer climate to give you a chance to create a brighter
spirit. However, if this is not possible we can greatly reduce our fears by
getting some sun for 10 or 15 minutes a day. Try to walk at the brightest time
of the day, or if you have a sun window to sit in the sun. This would also be a
good time to pray. Through prayer the
Holy Spirit strengthens us from the inside and the sun charges us from the
spending some time exercising daily will definitely dispel our fears. We are
both physical and spiritual and having a balance of physical, mental, emotional
and spiritual activities will make us resilient to the darkness in the world. I
find hiking a wonderful anecdote to the blues and fears. I hike as often as I
can; using the Beatitudes as discussed in the Preface as a meditation as I
is also important to reach out to others. We can strengthen ourselves by being
with and for others. No matter what your cultural background this season will
provide many ethnic opportunities to celebrate together. Think of the giant
Redwoods they are the largest trees in the world. These trees survive by
intertwining their roots because the ground is so hard the Redwood cannot
strike a taproot to hold itself up but by supporting each other they become the
largest trees in the world.
COURAGE FOR THE MODERN WORLD 2017 #2017CALENDAR
Authored by Mr. Richard H. Havermale Jr.This book is the continuation of my first book based on more than 365 references in the Bible to fear, dread, and that in fact our God encourages us to "BE NOT AFRAID". To do this we must be in the presence of our Lord and talk to Him. I recommend you develop the habit of spending 10-15 minutes a day with our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel or if that is not available some other quiet place where you can be in the presence of our Lord. Read the daily entry and reflect on it asking our Lord and His mother to talk to your heart and reveal to you the will of the Father and then Do it. The layout of this book is to list and reflect on the books of the bible Sirach through Revelations. In the early part of September my search of the verses dealing with fear and being afraid was completed; so I asked the Lord what do I, do now. After some reflection I realize that the fruit of fear in the Lord is the Theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Love which ultimately results in Peace of the Lord. As a consequence the month of September will deal with Peace, October with Love and the month of November will be reflections on Faith and Hope. After Thanksgiving for the season of Advent and Christmas this work uses a multitude of references that reflect the Christmas season. There are many theologians who state that the eighth deadly sin is fear itself. 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. Saint John Paul II in his writings and talks also tells us to BE NOT AFRAID. In fear or anger we walk away from God. Our Lord, Jesus Christ taught us how to walk back toward God in His sermon on the mount through the Beatitudes. Each of the beatitudes is the antidote for the opposite deadly sins.