Sunday, June 18, 2017

Do the 30 day St. Joseph workshop for fathers day!

SUNDAY June 17

Judith, Chapter 2, Verse 28
Fear and dread of him fell upon all the inhabitants of the coastland, upon those in Sidon and Tyre, and those who dwelt in Sur and Ocina, and the inhabitants of Jamnia. Those in Azotus and Ascalon also feared him greatly.

The people of Israel by ignoring the elephant in the room which was Nebuchadnezzar and thus wounding his ego along with all the people West of Syria are now a target and they are afraid; very afraid.

·         Nebuchadnezzar’s siege of Jerusalem will succeed.
·         Nebuchadnezzar declares his intention of taking revenge on the whole world (Sounds like the God man from N. Korea)
·         Nebuchadnezzar is represented by his general in chief, Holofernes; Yahwah by the holy woman Judith.
·         Holofernes army is 120,000 troops and 12,000 calalry.
·         Fear extends to the whole earth.

"If we want to understand the meaning of Corpus Christi, the best thing to do is simply to look at the liturgical form in which the Church celebrates and expounds the significance of this feast. Over and above the elements common to all Christian feasts, there are three components especially that constitute the distinctive shape of the way we celebrate this day.
"First there is what we are doing right now, meeting together around the Lord, standing before the Lord, for the Lord, and thus standing side by side together. Next there is walking with the Lord, the procession. And finally there is the heart and the climax of it, kneeling before the Lord, the adoration, glorifying him and rejoicing in his presence." (Excerpted from God Is Near Us, by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger,)

Father’s Day

On this Father’s Day take a walk with your Father and being powerless and humble with him with all graciousness thank him for his love and assistance in helping you find your path in life.

Yesterday I took a prayer filled hike in the Round Lake, New York area. I asked our Lord on the hike to speak to me as we walked along the way. The Lord spoke to my heart and said that in this world there are two kinds of people those that give and those that get. He said amazingly those that get never get enough and those who give always get enough.  

 As we walked Christ pointed out to me the things that I should be giving to others.

As I started the hike I noticed the sign with the map of the hike was reversed and if I did not study it closely I would be lost. Christ urged me to:

  • Give good directions.

Walking along I met others walking or riding bikes coming from the opposite direction and they looked rather glum and miserable. Christ urged me to greet them. As I did I noticed their expression changed from glum to happy.

  • Give greetings.

Walking along I heard music from a tavern near the trail. Christ urged me to:

  • Give music and song to gladding others hearts.

Walking along I met a small turtle that on seeing me tucked into his shell. Christ urged me to:

  • Give others respect and privacy.

Walking along I passed a stream and notice the path was shady. Christ urged me to:

  • Give refreshment to others.

Finally as I was walking along as the Lord answered me I noticed He had delivered me from all my fears.

Father's Day Facts & Quotes[2]

·         In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared the third Sunday in June as Father's Day.  It became a permanent holiday in 1972 when President Richard Nixon proclaimed that the third Sunday in June would remain Father's Day.
·         Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd first came up with the idea for Father's Day after hearing a Mother's Day sermon in church.  She was raised by her father and wanted to honor him.
·         In 2014, 4% of all U.S. children lived only with their fathers.
·         It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father. - Pope John XXIII
·         When one has not had a good father, one must create one. - Frederich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Father's Day Top Events and Things to Do

·         Arrange a BBQ and invite all of the fathers in your family.
·         Spend the day with Dad doing one of his favorite activities: fishing, golfing, hiking.
·         Complete one of dad's chores or projects as a surprise. If it's something you don't know how to do, offer to help and learn.
·         Take the President's Fatherhood's  Pledge.

Daily Devotions/Prayers

·         Drops of Christ’s Blood
·         Novena to the Sacred Heart


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