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Sunday, January 1, 2017 SOLEMNITY OF MARY-NEW YEARS DAY

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Genesis, Chapter 3, verse 8-10: 8 When they heard the sound of the LORD God walking about in the garden at the breezy time of the day, the man and his wife hid themselves from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 The LORD God then called to the man and asked him: Where are you? 10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden; but I was afraid, because I was naked, so I hid.”
Before the fall both Adam and Eve were unafraid of being exposed to God and they were innocent in that they knew not that they were naked.  Adam states I heard the sound of you in the garden. We do not know what the sound of God is from the verse.  Was it the same sound as a man walking in the garden? Or was it the sound of a rushing wind? We do not know; but Adam heard God and he was afraid because he was naked. On the cross our Lord who always heard the Father was now utterly alone,…And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, 'Eloi, eloi, lama sabachthani?' which means, 'My God, my God, …

Saturday, December 31, 2016 New Years Eve

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John, Chapter 1, verse 3-5 3 All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be 4 through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; 5 the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Now is the time to reject all hubris and pride of life acknowledging our dependence upon God.  He is our strength and speed whoever has a Holy fear God delights in.  
Saint Slyvester/New Years
The night of the Holy Saint Sylvester, the last night of the year, has always been the night of fun. Every year Berlin hosts one of the largest New Year's Eve celebrations in all of Europe, attended by over a million people. The focal point is the Brandenburg Gate, where midnight fireworks are centered. Germans toast the New Year with a glass of Sekt (German sparkling wine) or champagne. The saint of this day, Pope Sylvester I, according to legend is the man who healed from leprosy and baptized the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great.
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Friday, December 30, 2016 Feast of the Holy Family

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Colossians, Chapter 3, Verse 15 And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful.
Today would be a good day to rest in the Lord and go to Mass and receive His body and blood.  As we receive realize that He has given us peace with God and saved us.  Such is the love of our God, the Father!  After Mass follow the Exhortation given from the 1896 edition of Goffines Divine Instructions.
Ponder with care on the truths and doctrines which the holy Church has laid before thee in the epistles and gospels; thank God with thy whole heart for the great favors and benefits which thou hast received in the incarnation and birth of Jesus Christ; examine thyself also whether thy faith is living and efficient, that thou mayest have the hope of being a child and heir of God; ask thyself whether, during the past year, Christ has been thy fall or thy resurrection? Hast thou confessed Him in heart and deed, or hast thou been a Christian o…

Thursday, December 29, 2016

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“Lord, now let your servant go in peace; your word has been fulfilled: my own eyes have seen the salvation which you prepared in the sight of every people, a light to reveal you to the nations
and the glory of your people Israel.”

Psalm, Chapter 135, verse 20: House of Levi, bless the LORD! You who fear the LORD, bless the LORD!
How can I a sinner, bless the Lord; the creator of all? In what we think, in what we see, in what we love and in where we use our natural talents; in our strengths. This is the prayer of Israel; the prayer that Christ himself said.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your Heart, and with all your soul, and with your entire mind, and with all your strength.
Four prayers that will change your life[1]
All prayers are of equal importance before God, whether you are praying for patience with an excitable child or praying to make ends meet until your next paycheck. Prayer is simple and can be done any time. &qu…

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 Feast of Holy Innocents

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If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just and will  forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing.
Psalms, Chapter 128, verse 1:9 Blessed are all who fear the LORD, and who walk in his ways.
Those who fear the Lord work to not react to their feelings but act from the principle of God’s unconditional love to empower others even at personal cost.  They practice the three cardinal virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity.  The act of blessing works both ways and all are bless’;both those who receive and those who give. This was the lesson of the third day of Christmas; today in the song the 12 days of Christmas the 4th day we sing of the Four Calling Birds which represent the four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. During the upcoming year it would make a worthy project to read them all. These gospels will help us to be persons of courage. For Christmas my wonderful wife brought me three coffee mugs on being 1) a man of courage 2) a man of strength and 3) a man of wisdom. It …