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Wednesday, March 1, 2017 Ash Wednesday

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I am He who blots out your transgressions-search within the ashes and find a deep quest for perseverance with the Lord
Deuteronomy, Chapter 8, Verse 5-6 5 So you must know in your heart that, even as a man disciplines his son, so the LORD, your God, disciplines you. 6 Therefore, keep the commandments of the LORD, your God, by walking in his ways and fearing him.
When we fear the Lord our contentment does not come from any absence of problems but from knowingly choosing how to respond to them righteously. God does not want to squash our dreams with His commandments. No he listens and smiles like we do when we see and hear the dreams of a child. Yet, He knows that all dreams must be founded in reality and the truth. When our dreams work against His commandments; our dreams work against us. Every dream must have a foundation of love and in some way must increase the life, liberty or the happiness of others.
Yes, on the Day of Judgment the homes of the poor will be honored more than the gr…

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Shrove Tuesday

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Deuteronomy, Chapter 7, Verse 24-25 17If you say to yourselves, “These nations are more numerous than we. How can we dispossess them?” 18 do not be afraid of them. Rather, remember clearly what the LORD, your God, did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt: 19 the great testing’s which your own eyes have seen, the signs and wonders, the strong hand and outstretched arm with which the LORD, your God, brought you out. The same also will he do to all the peoples of whom you are now afraid.
We in America have much to be afraid of If we have not been obedient to God’s word but If we have been obedient we also have nothing to fear from those nations and peoples which hate us.
We on our own have no power to defeat the devil and his evil forces but with God fighting for us nothing can defeat us. Do you believe this?
Then we as a people must be a nation, that follows the precepts of the Lord or clearly we too will be dispossessed of our land. You must know that those who are loyal to God’s commandments …

Monday, February 27, 2017 Pure Monday

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Deuteronomy, Chapter 6, Verse 24-25 24The LORD commanded us to observe all these statutes in fear of the LORD, our God, that we may always have as good a life as we have today. 25 This is our justice before the LORD, our God: to observe carefully this whole commandment he has enjoined on us.”
Today reflect on Christ’s mind given in the gospel.
“To you who hear I say, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well, and from the person, who takes your cloak, do not withhold even your tunic. Give to everyone who asks of you, and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same. If you lend money to…

Sunday, February 26, 2017 Quinquagesima

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"We are going up to Jerusalem" -- a setting of the stage for the pilgrimage of Lent, and the one thing we must bring with us: charity. [Also, traditional time for going to confession] 
Deuteronomy, Chapter 6, Verse 13 The LORD, your God, shall you fear; him shall you serve, and by his name shall you swear.
Whom do you serve? What is the first thing you think of when you get up or the last thing before you sleep? We all serve something; whom or what do you serve?
FOLLOW ONE MASTER ONLY
What a sad life does he lead who wants both to please the world and to serve God! It is a great mistake to make, my friends. Apart from the fact that you are going to be unhappy all the time, you can never attain the stage at which you will be able to please the world and please God. It is as impossible a feat as trying to put an end to eternity. Take the advice that I am going to give you now and you will be less unhappy: give yourselves wholly to God or else wholly to the world. …

Saturday, February 25, 2017

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The Lord's kindness is everlasting to those who fear him.


Deuteronomy, Chapter 6, Verse 1-2 1 This then is the commandment, the statutes and the ordinances, which the LORD, your God, has commanded that you be taught to observe in the land you are about to cross into to possess, 2 so that you, that is, you, your child, and your grandchild, may fear the LORD, your God, by keeping, as long as you live, all his statutes and commandments which I enjoin on you, and thus have long life.
Those that fear the Lord have a great love for Him. “If you love me you will keep my commandments” (Jn. 14:15)
Put to death, then, the parts of you that are earthly: immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and the greed that is idolatry. Because of these the wrath of God is coming upon the disobedient. By these you too once conducted yourselves, when you lived in that way. But now you must put them all away: anger, fury, malice, slander, and obscene language out of your mouths. Stop lying to one another…

Friday, February 24, 2017 (Repost)

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A faithful friend is a life-saving remedy, such as he who fears God finds; For he who fears God behaves accordingly, and his friend will be like himself.
Deuteronomy, Chapter 5, Verse 29 Would that they might always be of such a mind, to fear me and to keep all my commandments! Then they and their descendants would prosper forever.
Our loving God knew Israel would become full of hubris and haughtiness and forget the commandments that He enjoined them and they needed a savior. Let us not be like the Angels of God who fell from heaven by an act of pride and rebellion by refusing to honor Mary the Mother of God. Let us be like unto Gabriel who on announcing the conception of Christ said to Mary:
"Hail" "Full of Grace" "The Lord is with you"[1]
Let us this day emulate Christ’s mother and ours: Mary and never weary of union with Christ through the most Holy Eucharist. This day try to spend some time in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.
As you prepare for the season…