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.
An evil report he shall not fear; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.
19, verse 14
You shall not insult the deaf, or put a stumbling block in front of the
blind, but you shall fear your God. I
am the LORD.
Be like your Heavenly
Father; God is not a bully. Christ was often confronted by the bullies of his
time. When the Pharisees heard that he
had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of
them [a scholar of the law]tested him by asking, “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He
said to him, “You shall love the Lord,
your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is
like it:You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and
the prophets depend on these two commandments.” (Mt. 22:34-40)
The modern world
attempts to bully the faithful in abandoning their relationship with the Lord.
Saint Pope Pius X was a pope, who resisted the bullying of the modern world by
establishing an oath against modernism.
The crux of this oath has five main points:
1.I profess that God is the origin and end of all
2.I accept and acknowledge the external proofs of
revelation, that is, divine acts and especially miracles and prophecies as the
surest signs of the divine origin of the Christian religion.
3.I believe with equally firm faith that the
Church, the guardian and teacher of the revealed word, was personally instituted
by the real and historical Christ.
4.I sincerely hold that the doctrine of faith was
handed down to us from the apostles through the orthodox Fathers in exactly the
same meaning and always in the same purport.
5.I hold with certainty and sincerely confess
that faith is not a blind sentiment of religion welling up from the depths of
the subconscious under the impulse of the heart and the motion of a will
trained to morality; but faith is a genuine assent of the intellect to truth.
Christ himself calls his true followers the "salt of the earth."
and the "light of the world." These are titles of honor, surely, and
of the greatest distinction. Christ is putting his true follower on almost a
level with himself. He was the light of the world; he was the salt of the
earth. He it was who gave men the knowledge of the true nature of God, as shown
by the Incarnation. He it was who gave this life its flavor, who gave this life
its meaning, its preservation. By his death and resurrection he took away the
sting of death, and removed its eternal corruption, by the guarantee and
promise of a resurrection to an eternal life. This every Christian knows, and
this knowledge every Christian helps to bring to those who are ignorant of it,
if he lives his life daily and sincerely. The Christian, who does this, is
really another Christ; he is continuing his work of salvation during his years
on earth. He is the salt, of the earth and the light of the world. How many of
us, can truly say that these honorable titles, which Christ gives to his
followers, are given to us? In true humility, we can all say that we are far
from worthy of any such honorable titles. Yet in all sincerity too, many if not
the majority among us, are doing their little bit of Christ's work, in
cultivating their own small comer of his vineyard. Those parents, who teach the
Christian way of life to their children by word, and especially by example, are
spreading the Christian faith. The workmen, whether in office or factory, which
shows that they are Christians by their honesty, charity for their fellowmen,
their respect for God, and the things of God, in their speech, are spreading
their Christian faith. All those who show moderation in their personal
expenditures, and donate some of their savings to help their brothers, their
fellow men who are in need, these are true disciples of Christ and are
cooperating with him in bringing God's children back to their Father who is in
heaven. Unlike the salt that has lost its flavor, and the light that is kept
under the bushel, the Christian who has thus behaved can change his attitude,
provided he is aided by God's grace which is never refused. He can become once
more what he ought to be--a life-preserver for his neighbor. Life on earth is
short. The demands of our Christian life may not always be easy, but we know
that if we live up to them, we are other Christs. We are continuing his great
work by our own good example to our neighbor, and we are giving glory to God,
and are earning for ourselves the eternal light of heaven. Excerpted from The Sunday Readings by Fr. Kevin O'Sullivan, O.F.M.
The Super Bowl is the season final championship game of National Football
League (NFL) in the United States of America. The matchup for this game
is the winning teams of the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American
Football Conference (AFC). Super Bowl 1 was held in February of 1967. The
2016 game was Super Bowl 50. The Super Bowl is one of the most watched
television events in the United States. Nielsen Media Research, in had over
114.4 million viewers in 2015. It is held on the first Sunday in
·The 2017 Super Bowl is at NRG Stadium in
Houston, Texas, on February 5th. It is the 3rd time that Houston will be
the host of the Super Bowl.
·In 2015, the price of a 30 second commercial
during the Super Bowl, was over $4.5 million dollars.
·Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest eating
day of the year - after Thanksgiving. According the National Chicken
Council, in 2015 a total of 1.25 million chicken wings were eaten during the
·The winner receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Vince Lombardi was the coach for the Green Bay Packers who won the first
two Super Bowls back-to-back.
·The record for the most points scored by a
single team during a Super Bowl, is held by San Francisco. San Francisco
scored a total of 55 points against Denver in Super Bowl XXIV.
Bowl Top Events and Things to Do
·Attend the Super Bowl. You can purchase
second-hand tickets through various online marketplaces. According to Seat
Geek, the average price for a ticket in 2015 was $2,670.
·Have a Super Bowl party with friends and family.
·Organize or purchase boxes in a football pool.
A football pool is a table that contains all of the score combinations
based on the last digit of each team’s score. The score numbers are drawn
at random after all boxes are assigned. Because of this, the odds of
winning are the same regardless of each participant’s knowledge of the game.
·Watch the Super Bowl commercials.
Commercials for the big game are the most expensive on TV and for many,
more entertaining than the game.
·Make guacamole. This is the quintessential
(and healthy!) super bowl dip.
Auxilium Christianorum - Praying for Persecuted Priests Monday, May 24 is the Feast of Mary Mother of the Church. It is also the Feast of Mary Help of Christians (Auxilium Christianorum). Please consider joining this Auxilium Christianorum family to pray daily for our holy and courageous persecuted priests. The Church teaches us that it is divided into the Church Triumphant (which includes the members of the Church in heaven), the Church Suffering (this includes the members of the Church in purgatory), and the Church Militant (this refers to those members of the Church who are alive in this world). Because we are part of the Church Militant, we are in a spiritual warfare and this spiritual warfare requires that we recognize, as Saint Paul teaches us "For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places." ( Ephesians 6:12 ) The me
Switch of Manliness Legacy OUR LADY OF CZESTOCHOWA Acts, Chapter 10, verse 1-4 1 Now in Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of the Cohort called the Italica, 2 devout and God-fearing along with his whole household, who used to give alms generously to the Jewish people and pray to God constantly. 3 One afternoon about three o’clock, he saw plainly in a vision an angel of God come into him and say to him, “Cornelius.” 4 He looked intently at him and seized with FEAR , said, “What is it, sir?” He said to him, “Your prayers and almsgiving have ascended as a memorial offering before God. Cornelius’ Cohort was an auxiliary unit of archers, men who are expert at hitting a mark or target. Sin is the act of violating God's will. Sin can also be viewed as anything that violates the ideal relationship between an individual and God, or as any diversion from the ideal order for human living. To sin has been defined as "to miss the mark" to have a harden
Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter PINOT GRIGIO DAY John, Chapter 14, verse 27 Peace, I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or AFRAID . Shalom, which means peace, is a Hebrew salutation. Yet Christ tells us that HIS shalom is different. It is a gift of salvation a messianic blessing. Through the spirit we are born again, sons and daughters of the eternal. The world and its attractions to sin lose its sparkle to us. Yes, we may fall from time to time, but the spirit and peace of Christ is always with us, and we rise up again. 10 things happy professionals do before 10 a.m.  Success often seems like a visionary goal — a feat in life that’s attempted only after many strides, plenty of pitfalls and a healthy serving of endurance. However, for those who consider themselves fulfilled by their career, it’s not only a sense of accomplishment and an impressive LinkedIn profile that defines
Introduction to Philippians  Philippi, in northeastern Greece, was a city of some importance in the Roman province of Macedonia. Lying on the great road from the Adriatic coast to Byzantium, the Via Egnatia, and in the midst of rich agricultural plains near the gold deposits of Mt. Pangaeus, it was in Paul’s day a Roman town, with a Greek-Macedonian population and a small group of Jews. Originally founded in the sixth century B.C. as Krenides by the Thracians, the town was taken over after 360 B.C. by Philip II of Macedon, the father of Alexander the Great, and was renamed for himself, “Philip’s City.” The area became Roman in the second century B.C. On the plains near Philippi in October 42 B.C., Antony and Octavian decisively defeated the forces of Brutus and Cassius, the slayers of Julius Caesar. Octavian (Augustus) later made Philippi a Roman colony and settled many veterans of the Roman armies there. Paul established at Philippi the first Christian community in Europe. He c
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost Acts, Chapter 27, verse 29 FEARING that we would run aground on a rocky coast, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for day to come. Paul was under arrest and was an inmate on a prison ship bound for Rome, when the ship he was on, was in danger of being sunk. Yet, God had not abandoned Paul. His faith saved him and also the crew. Paul in this case really did lead from behind. The Law of Influence : An Inmate Takes Command (Acts 27:4-44)  1. Paul built trust which influences his jailer, Julius, to allow special privileges, noting his trustworthiness. 2. He took the initiative by stepping in when action was needed. 3. He possessed good judgment through his use of wisdom and experience. 4. He spoke with authority and credibility based on earlier actions. 5. He showed optimism and confidence by speaking boldly. 6. He gave encouragement to the hopeless that feared their
LOVE LITIGATING LAWYERS DAY Acts, Chapter 23, verse 10 The dispute was so serious that the commander, AFRAID that Paul would be torn to pieces by them, ordered his troops to go down and rescue him from their midst and take him into the compound. During Paul’s time the Jewish people were divided into two camps. Paul in his fearlessness had spoken the truth and it struck a nerve with both sects wanting his death. How often is truth and reason ignored? Men find it easier to fall into camps and rationalize or justify their actions. Christ tells us to use reason much as He did with Thomas and believe. God has given us intelligent foresight as well as the Holy Spirit. The Virtue of Foresight: A Mark of Wisdom  The ancient philosophers identified man ’ s capacity for thought by the use of different words for perceiving reality: sensus (the five senses), imaginatio (the ability of the mind to recall pictures from the past or paint pictures of the future), ratio (the abil
OUR LADY OF SORROWS 2 Corinthians, Chapter 9, Verse 3-4 3 Nonetheless, I sent the brothers so that our boast about you might not prove empty in this case, so that you might be ready, as I said, 4 for FEAR that if any Macedonians come with me and find you not ready, we might be put to shame (to say nothing of you) in this conviction. Christ died for all. This was Paul’s message, yet he was not blind to cultural distrusts, nor should we be, we should be aware of them and work to bring the peace of Christ to all. At once [Jesus] spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” (Mt. 14:27) Let’s Play Who Hates Who!  Indian nationalists hate Muslims, Christians, Whites, Asians and Blacks. Really everyone who is not a Hindu. Chinese nationalists hate Whites, Blacks, Jews, Southeast Asians and the non-Han people of China. Remember Huax? Korean nationalists hate Japanese, Chinese, Whites, Jews, and Blacks. Remember Hacienda? Vietnamese nationalists hate
Oktoberfest September 17-Oct . 3. Raise a stein to Oktoberfest . This annual, 16-day celebration of all thing’s beer kicks off in late September in Munich. Can’t make it to Germany? Bring your taste for brewski to these US Oktoberfest events . Oktoberfest  Remember no carousing or drunkenness!!! Oktoberfest is a 16-day folk festival celebrated in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is also the world’s largest Volksfest , which are German events that combine beer festivals with traveling funfairs. Oktoberfest first emerged on October 12, 1910 when King Ludwig I married Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Citizens of Munich celebrated the marriage in fields leading to the city gates. These fields were named ‘Theresienwiese’ in honor of the Princess. The wedding celebrations ended on October 17th with horse races and until 1960, horse races were held annually. Eventually, carnivals, amusement rides, food booths, beer tents and parades were all added to the celebrations
2 Corinthians, Chapter 11, Verse 3 But I am AFRAID that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts may be corrupted from a sincere [and pure] commitment to Christ. Paul was concerned here about the faithfulness of the church knowing that where the mind goes so does the heart and soul. We are often plagued by worldly hearts. Let us listen to the words of Saint John Vianney: The World is Everything and God is Nothing!  If people would do for god what they do for the world, my dear people, what a great number of Christians would go to Heaven! But if you, dear children, had to pass three or four hours praying in a church, as you pass them at a dance or in a cabaret, how heavily the time would press upon you! If you had to go to a great many different places in order to hear a sermon, as you go for your pastimes or to satisfy your avarice and greed, what pretexts there would be, and how many detours would be taken to avoid going at all. But nothing is
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