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.
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Monday, December 18, 2017
Exodus, Chapter 3, Verse 6
I am the God of
your father, he continued, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of
Jacob.Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
Today we reflect on Moses in God’s presence. His majesty was so
great the Law giver was even afraid to look him in the eye and hid his face
just as Adam after the fall hid. Yet, God’s love was so great He sent His son
so we may look upon his face and even dare to gaze into the eyes of God in the
infant son, Christ, Immanuel.
art He "who didst appear to Moses in the burning bush." "I have
seen the affliction of My people in Egypt, and I have heard their cry because
of the rigor of them that are over the works. And knowing their sorrow, I am
come down to deliver them out of the hands of the Egyptians and to bring them
out of that land into a good and spacious land, into a land that floweth with
milk and honey" (Exod. 3:7 f.). Thus spoke the Lord to Moses from the bush
which burned but was not consumed, which is a figure of God's condescension to
assume the weakness of human nature. The human nature of Christ is united to
the burning divine nature, and yet it is not consumed. As Moses approached the
burning bush, so we approach the divine Savior in the form of a child in the
crib, or in the form of the consecrated host, and falling down we adore Him.
"Put off the shoes from thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is
holy ground. . . . I am who am" (Exod. 3:5, 14). O Adonai, almighty God!
Mighty in the weakness of a child, and in the helplessness of the Crucified!
Thou, almighty God, mighty in the wonders that Thou hast worked! Mighty in
guiding, sustaining, and developing Thy Church! "The gates of hell shall
not prevail against it" (Matt. 16:18). "Come with an outstretched arm
to redeem us." This is the cry of the Church for the second coming of
Christ on the last day. The return of the Savior brings us plentiful
redemption. "Come, ye blessed of My Father, possess you the kingdom
prepared for you" (Matt. 25-34).
from The Light of the World by Benedict Baur, O.S.B.
Francis of Assisi began the custom of the nativity scenes when he
celebrated Christmas with his brothers at Greccio in 1223 with a Bethlehem
scene which included live animals. This tradition quickly spread and people
began to construct their own nativity scenes in their homes. Children take a
great joy in helping to set up a nativity scene. The crèche may be made from
various materials. Simplicity and beauty go often hand in hand. You may set up
your entire scene at the beginning of Advent, leaving the crib empty for the
Christ Child to arrive on Christmas Eve. Or you may set up the scene slowly,
day by day . . . Mary and Joseph can also 'travel' to Bethlehem, as they move
slowly across your room every day until they reach the cave." (excerpted
from "Celebrating Advent as a Family"
they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to
her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a
manger, because there was no room for them in the inn." (Luke 2:6-7)
Pray: Add this
"O Antiphon" to your daily or meal-time prayer today: "O Leader
of the House of Israel, giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai: come to rescue us
with your mighty power." (Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers,
Revised Edition, 76)
During this Advent season let us take up the nature of God by
reflecting on these traits that make us a model for our children and our
sisters and brothers in Christ. Today reflect on:
Realizing that all I have belongs to God and using it for His purposes
(II Corinthians 9:6)
fruits of the Spirit are perfections that the Holy Spirit forms in us as
the first fruits of eternal glory. The tradition of the Church lists twelve of
them: "charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity,
gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, chastity."
2227 Children in turn contribute to the
growth in holiness of their parents. Each and everyone should be generous and tireless
in forgiving one another for offenses, quarrels, injustices, and neglect.
Mutual affection suggests this. The charity of Christ demands it.
2373 Sacred Scripture and the Church's
traditional practice see in large
families a sign of God's blessing and the parents'
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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
Dear U.S. Grace Force, I believe we are facing a watershed moment. I am feeling we need to be in intense prayer right now. Today, I received on strong calling that we should do a 54 Day Novena of intense mortification and prayer from All Saints (November 1) to Christmas (December 24). I don't know where folks are at. For some, this may be overkill since we just finished a 54 Day Novena. For others, they may be sensing what I am sensing, and want to go all in. Then, after receiving this calling, I was made aware of what of these two blood brothers, Fr. James Blount and Fr. Tony Blount, have already prepared. The Blount Fathers are in exact sync with all of us. LET'S JOIN THEM!! All of the information is here: https:// queenofpeacemedia.com/54days/ Here is a short video in which the Blount Fathers (brothers) explain this prayer campaign:
Holy Thursday Jeremiah, Chapter 30, verse 10-11 10 But you, my servant Jacob, do not FEAR ! —oracle of the LORD—do not be dismayed, Israel! For I will soon deliver you from places far away, your offspring from the land of their exile; Jacob shall again find rest, secure, with none to frighten him, 11 for I am with you—oracle of the LORD—to save you. I will bring to an end all the nations among whom I have scattered you; but you I will not bring to an end. I will chastise you as you deserve, I will not let you go unpunished. Secularist and pagans still tremble with fear because of God. Why? People fear what they do not understand or have to compete with. Every person is born with the spirit of God within them; it is the spirit of truth which they have lost or suppressed. Christ referred to this when he told the parable of the sower. The seed is the spirit of truth (spirit of God) that the sower sows. Christ tells us, “A sower went out to sow. and as he sowed, s
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