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.
War had been declared
between God and Nebuchadnezzar, god against God. Each divinity has a an acting
human representative. Judith and Holofernes. Judith is a model of Jewish
observance. She is a widow whom all knows that she is under the protection of
God. She is a strong woman, with the fear of God. Judith counsels the elders of
the city Bethulia, that is a mountain stronghold that prevents Holofernes from
marching on Jerusalem. The people are thirsty the cisterns are empty all is
hopeless and the elders want to quit. Judith challenges their resolve. She
scolds the elders for limiting God to human understanding. "You cannot plumb the depths of the human heart
or grasp the workings of the human mind; how then can you fathom God, who has
made all these things, or discern his mind, or understand his plan?” Judith
prepares for war with prayer. Her call for action has 3 parts.
1.They must set
an example because the fate of the nation, the temple, and the people depend on
2.They must be
grateful to God for this test their affliction is a proof of God’s love for
remember that God tests those He loves and never doubt his fidelity in the
midst of their sufferings.
Judith’s prayer illustrates three
principles of Holy War
·Trust in God. Do not trust in horses or
chariots. Trust in armament is the same as trusting in another god-it is
·Power comes from God. Frequently the power of God
comes from a chosen person; Moses, David, Jesus, Peter and Judith or Mary
Mother of God. The weapons of God are not the same as man. God’s chosen
instrument is sometimes weak.
·Victory belongs to the lowly and vulnerable. The
weak have no hope except in the power of God. Judith calls on God to win the victory.
The Summer Solstice marks the beginning of the summer season in the Northern
Hemisphere. On this day, the North Pole is tilted towards the Sun at the
highest degree of angle. Places in the Northern Hemisphere experience the
longest hours of sunlight throughout the year on this day. The history of the
Summer Solstice is rooted in both ancient mysticism and nature. This day takes
place somewhere around June 20th or 21st each year.
Summer Solstice Facts
the Summer Solstice, the North Pole receives 24 hours of daylight, and the
South Pole receives 24 hours of darkness.
comes from the Latin words for "Sun" and "to stop."
Native American tribes celebrated the Summer Solstice by holding "sun
the summer solstice, the Earth's axis is tilted the most, up to 26° .
Summer Solstice Top Events and
Things to Do
a bonfire to celebrate the arrival of summer.
the day with the Sun Salutation and some additional yoga exercises.
fishing - it is the longest fishing day of the year.
the polar circle and enjoy nearly 24 hours of daylight.
International Yoga Day
Yoga Day celebrates yoga, an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice.
Today, yoga, which originated in India, is one of the world's most popular
pastime activities. In September of 2014, India’s Prime Minister proposed the
establishment of an International Day of Yoga to promote international peace
and cooperation. His request was granted by the United Nations General Assembly
in December, 2014 in an effort to highlight the benefits of yoga to physical
well-being and to world peace and development.
In a recent homily, Pope Francis reminded listeners that practices like yoga
aren't capable of opening our hearts up to God. "You can take a million
catechetical courses, a million courses in spirituality, a million courses in
yoga, Zen and all these things. But all of this will never be able to give you.
freedom," he explained. While yoga was just one example offered among
many, the Holy Father touched on a matter of great debate among faithful
Catholics who happen to prefer this kind of exercise.
Can Catholics participate in yoga? The answer is a bit more nuanced
than one might think. Catholics should not participate in any of the
"spiritual" aspects associated with yoga, but technically can do the
actual physical exercises. However, many people who practice yoga caution that
it is often difficult, if not impossible, to separate the exercises from the
meditations. For example, a common mantra repeated in yoga is "So'ham"
that roughly translates to "I am the universal self". This focus on
the self is contrary to the focus on God to which we are called. In the words
of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI: "Christian prayer... flees from impersonal
techniques or from concentrating on oneself, which can create a kind of rut,
imprisoning the person praying in a spiritual privatism which is incapable of a
free openness to the transcendental God" The Pope tells us that only the
Holy Spirit can "move the heart" and make it "docile to the
Lord, docile to the freedom of love". If we are seeking a zen-like peace
from yoga meditation, then we are seeking peace from the wrong source.
But is it possible to combine exercise and prayer? Founders of
SoulCore, a core workout that combines isometric exercises with praying the
rosary, say that it is. Deanne Miller and Colleen Scariano explained that their
new exercise movement is born from the desire to nourish both body and soul
through exercise. Miller explained, "in our physical movement, when tied
to prayer-strengthening from the inside-out-we are FULLY ALIVE." www.soulcoreproject.com