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Monday, July 24, 2017

Fear not! Stand your ground, and you will see the victory the LORD will win for you today.

2 Maccabees, Chapter 8, Verse 12-13
When Judas learned of Nicanor’s advance and informed his companions about the approach of the army, 13 those who were fearful and those who lacked faith in God’s justice deserted and got away.

Nicanor had plans to after the defeat of Judas to enslave the Jews as a tribute to be paid to the Romans. The slave traders follow Nicanor like vultures in wait for a meal. Judas’ troops were outnumbered by 3 to 1 due to some of Judas’ army deserted in advance of the enemy selling whatever property that is left but the faithful prepared for battle.[1]

Battle Ready[2]

Before our Blessed Lord began his public work He went into the desert to pray and fast for 40 days. Before He endured His passion and death on the cross He was in the Garden of Gethsemane consumed in prayer. The example of Christ is clear. Repeatedly the scriptures point out that Jesus prayed constantly. If, He who is the Son of God took prayer so seriously and made it a necessity, then who are we to not see the importance of this powerful connection with God. Prayer is essential to be prepared for the battles we face in this world. It is essential in order for us to have the strength to stand up against the forces that seek to destroy the Catholic Church and/or anything that is ordered, true and holy. One of the most important forms of prayer for every warrior of Christ is the ROSARY. Over and over again we hear from popes, saints and even the Blessed Mother herself (in Church approved apparitions), to make the ROSARY a disciplined part of our daily life. 

   "Get my weapon." - St. Padre Pio, speaking about the rosary

National Tequila Day[3] another Hedonistic holiday--Note: Humility and its source know that all goodness comes from the Spirit of God and not this spirit. 
National Tequila Day is dedicated to recognizing Tequila, a distilled alcoholic beverage made from the blue agave plant and the main alcohol in a margarita.  Blue agave plants produce sugars such as fructose, which are ideal for preparing tequila.  The plant only grows in the rich and sandy soil of Jalisco, Mexico at altitudes of 1,500 meters.

To make tequila, the heart or piƱa of the plant is removed when the plant is approximately 12 years old, and weighs around 40-90kg.  The heart is then heated to extract sap which is fermented and distilled into tequila.  According to history, the Aztecs created fermented beverages from the agave plant prior to arrival of Spaniards in 1521.  The origins of National Tequila Day are not well understood, however, it appears that National Tequila Day began to emerge around the late 1990s. This holiday is celebrated every year on July 24.

Today is my millennial daughter Nicole Patience’s (Victorious Patience) birthday; hopefully she is eating cake and not slamming shots! I ask your prayers.

"Vaya con Dios, mi amor"

Daily Devotions/Prayers
·         Drops of Christ’s Blood
·         Novena of St. Ann-Day 8

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