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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Thursday, January 11,2018
Sirach, Chapter 17, Verse 8-10
8 He put fear
of him into their hearts to show them the grandeur of his works, 9 that they might describe the wonders of
his deeds 10 and praise
his holy name.
·Glorious Walking and Delicious Repasts. The Lake District Lancashire and Cumbria,
England Long and narrow, Windermere is a ribbon lake. The poet William
Wordsworth described England’s Lake District as “the loveliest spot that man
has ever known.”
·Grandeur transcends any language. It is the
primary attraction of Denali National
Park, but it’s not the only draw. Visitors return from the 6-million-acre
park with tales of grizzlies, moose, and golden eagles; of sweeping vistas of
subarctic tundra, glaciers, and the massive peaks of the Alaska Mountain Range.
Desert Island Maine is a place of craggy grandeur. Visitors will find
extraordinary Oceanside drives, surf-battered bluffs, off-island
whale-watching, and lobster shacks with a view. Some of the nation’s loveliest
walking and bicycling paths (they become cross-country ski trails offseason)
join 120 miles of moderate hiking trails, all offering great views.
·The West’s Most Scenic Mountains: Grand Teton National Park Wyoming, U.S.A.
Craggy, glacier-chiseled, and rising to 7,000-plus feet above the floor of
Wyoming’s Jackson Hole Valley (itself more than 6,000 feet above sea level),
the dramatic peaks of Grand Teton National Park win America’s topographical
beauty pageant. With no foothills to mar the view, the oft-photographed Tetons
dominate the skyline with a grandeur that’s starkly primeval.
·The White Continent Antarctica: Antarctica’s large icebergs form when glacier pieces
break off into the ocean. Antarctica— Terra Australis Incognita, “the unknown
land of the south”— is the surreal seventh continent at the bottom of the
world, a place of ethereal beauty and unequivocal grandeur that inspired the
great explorers of old and captures the hearts of adventurers today. The
limitless landscape of ice, sea, and sky comes in a million shades of blue, and
jagged, snowy mountain peaks and glistening glaciers dwarf anything ever made
by man. It is the ultimate, end-of-the-earth expedition, the world’s most
Oak Creek Sedona, Arizona: West Fork Oak Creek is a popular trail. There is
a pleasant little stream that ripples along the canyon floor as you hike it
where you can look up at the dizzying cliffs that tower above it. During this
hike you will meditate on each of the ways you may have been walking away from
God; marking each of the conciliations as you cross the stream multiple times.
On the return hike, you will meditate using the walking towards God considerations
as you cross the stream. Remember every journey away from something is a
journey toward something— the left side meditations are the seven deadly sins
and the right is the Beatitudes of Christ.
of the Catholic Church
IV. OFFENSES AGAINST THE
DIGNITY OF MARRIAGE
2380 Adultery refers to marital infidelity. When two partners, of whom
at least one is married to another party, have sexual relations - even
transient ones - they commit adultery. Christ condemns even adultery of mere
desire. The sixth commandment and the New Testament forbid adultery absolutely.
The prophets denounce the gravity of adultery; they see it as an image of the
sin of idolatry.
2381 Adultery is an injustice. He who commits adultery fails in his
commitment. He does injury to the sign of the covenant which the marriage bond
is, transgresses the rights of the other spouse, and undermines the institution
of marriage by breaking the contract on which it is based. He compromises the
good of human generation and the welfare of children who need their parents'
Trafficking Awareness Day is dedicated to raising awareness of sexual slavery
and human trafficking worldwide. Today, there are between 21-30 million
people enslaved in the world, more than at any time in human history. Every
day, modern slavery can be recognized: children
become soldiers; young women are forced into prostitution and migrant
workers exploited in the workforce. Human Trafficking Awareness Day
seeks to end this slavery, return rights to individuals and make the world a
safer place for all inhabitants. Human Trafficking Awareness Day started in
2007, when the U.S. Senate designated January 11th as National Human
Trafficking Awareness Day in the hopes of raising awareness to combat human
trafficking. It began as a U.S. initiative, and the United Nations has started
to highlight this topic and work towards global awareness with days such as
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.
Trafficking Awareness Facts & Quotes
most common form of human trafficking is sexual exploitation, accounting for
79% of human trafficking victims. These victims of sexual exploitation are
predominantly women and girls.
to UNICEF, 2 million children are estimated to be trafficking victims of sex
trade each year. 20% of traffic victims are children.
average age of a girl being forced into the US domestic sex slavery market is
average cost of a slave around the world is $90.
is slavery in the modern age. Every year thousands of people, mainly women and
children, are exploited by criminals who use them for forced labor or the sex
trade. No country is immune. Almost all play a part, either as a source of
trafficked people, transit point or destination. - United Nations
Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.
Trafficking Awareness Top Events and Things to Do
to children about strangers and make sure they memorize important addresses and
888-373-7888 to your phone. This is number to the National Human
Trafficking Resources Hotline.
a donation to an organization fighting human trafficking.
the signs and indicators of human trafficking so that you can learn to
recognize it and report it. US Homeland
Security offers a training online free of charge.
a movie about human trafficking. Our picks: Taken (2008), Trade
(2007), Human Trafficking (2005), The Pink Room(2011), Nefarious
(2011) and Lilya 4-ever (2002).
Recognizing indicators of human
trafficking is key to identifying victims and helping them find assistance.
for someone who:
not free to leave or come and go as he/she wishes
unpaid, paid very little, or paid only through tips
excessively long and/or unusual hours
not allowed breaks or suffers under unusual restrictions at work
a large debt and is unable to pay it off
recruited through false promises concerning the nature and conditions of
security measures exist in work and/or living locations (e.g. opaque windows,
boarded-up windows, bars on windows, barbed wire, security cameras, etc.)
fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense or nervous/paranoid
unusually fearful or anxious behavior after mention of law enforcement
·Shows signs of physical and/or
sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement or torture
·Has few or no personal possessions
·Is not in control of his/her own
money, has no financial records or bank account
·Is not in control of his/her own
identification documents (ID or passport)
·Is not allowed or able to speak for
themselves (a third party may insist on being present and/or translating)
·Claims of just visiting and
inability to clarify where he/she is staying/address
·Lack of knowledge of whereabouts
and/or do not know what city he/she is in
·Loss of sense of time
·Has numerous inconsistencies in
his/her story Hungary https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_trafficking_in_Hungary
Hungary is a source, transit, and destination country for women and girls subjected to trafficking in persons, specifically forced prostitution and a source country for men and women in conditions of forced labor. Women from Hungary are forced into prostitution in the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Greece, and the United States. Women from eastern Hungary are subjected to forced prostitution in Budapest and areas in Hungary along the Austrian border. Roma women and girls who grow up in Hungarian orphanages are highly vulnerable to internal forced prostitution. Men from Western Europe travel to Budapest for the purpose of adult sex tourism, some of which may involve the exploitation of trafficking victims. Men and women are subjected to conditions of forced labor within Hungary. Women from Romania and Ukraine are transported through Hungary to the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, and the United Arab Emirates where they are subsequently subjected to forced prostitution; some of these victims may be exploited in Hungary before they reach their final destination country.
The Government of Hungary does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so. The government demonstrated law enforcement progress in 2009, including amending Paragraph 175/b of its criminal code to increase penalties for cases involving child victims of human trafficking under the age of 12 as well as an increase in the number of traffickers convicted and sentenced to time in prison, though it did not prosecute or convict any labor trafficking offenders. The government demonstrated mixed progress in improving victim assistance during the reporting period; while it allocated funding for a new NGO-run shelter that opened in March 2010 and guaranteed funding through June 2011, the shelter did not assist any victims during the reporting period. Moreover, the shelter is permitted only to assist Hungarian victims, excluding the assistance of any potential foreign victims. More should be done to ensure all victims have access to assistance. The lack of victim assistance funding by the government in 2008 and most of 2009 may have resulted in a decrease in victims assisted in 2009. U.S. State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons placed the country in "Tier 2 Watchlist" in 2017.
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
Judith, Chapter 10, Verse 16 When you stand before him, have no fear in your heart; give him the report you have given us, and he will treat you well.” Judith prepares for war with prayer and by the enhancement of her beauty. She is so strikingly beautiful that in this verse one of the guards of the Assyrian camp advises her to be confident in the presence of Holofernes. Beauty and the Beast  After bathing (during a drought) she uses all the human arts available to her to make herself beautiful and captivating: perfumed ointment, hair, clothing and jewelry. She understands the goodness of her body. She knows physical beauty is good and comes from God. She also knows that the power of her beauty comes from within her, from her holiness, from her faithfulness to God. Since both her exterior and interior beauty come from God, her beauty must be devoted to the service of God. God intends to use her beauty as a weapon to liberate the people. She will wield the weapon t
30 Days of Women and Herbs – Frauendreissiger Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) 2 Maccabees, Chapter 15, Verse 8 He urged his men not to fear the attack of the Gentiles, but mindful of the help they had received in the past from Heaven, to expect now the victory that would be given them by the Almighty. As an old, retired military man it was common for us to say while we were loading our magazines with bullets, “Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition." We knew that without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Optimists see steppingstones where pessimists see stumbling blocks. Heavenly Intercession  "Stretching out his right hand, Jeremiah presented a gold sword to Judas. As he gave it to him, he said 'Accept this holy sword as a gift from God; with it you shall crush your adversaries.' " —2 Maccabees 15:15-16 Nicanor planned to slaughter the Jews on th
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
Fifth Week of Lent Friday of Sorrows HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY Jeremiah, Chapter 23, Verse 4 I will raise up shepherds for them who will shepherd them so that they need no longer FEAR or be terrified; none shall be missing—oracle of the LORD. During the season of Lent, we offer our suffering up to Christ to unite with His suffering and as our shepherd, He guides us through this time to bring us into his glory. The Presence of God  For Jews, there was only one Temple. It was the one place on earth that could truly be called holy. It was the place where God’s Spirit dwelt. The Temple was a place where they could withdraw from the pollutions of the world and know God’s presence in purity. As Christians by the action of Christ we, our bodies, are the temple of God, and He is always with us. No longer was God’s presence and his purifying ritual confined to a single geographic location. No longer were they the exclusive privilege of a single ethnic group. Now the
Saturday of the Fifth Week of Lent Jeremiah, Chapter 26, verse 19 Did Hezekiah, king of Judah, and all Judah condemn him to death? Did he not FEAR the Lord and entreat the favor of the Lord, so that the Lord had a change of heart regarding the evil he had spoken against them? We, however, are about to do great evil against ourselves.” Have you ever been around people who cannot handle the truth! Speaking the truth got Jeremiah in dire straits. Unmoving, the temple officials and elders trashed Jeremiah nonetheless they were too afraid to kill him. Dire Straits  At the beginning of Jehoiakim's reign, God tells Jeremiah to stand in the court of the temple and speak to all the people and cities of Judah. They're getting another chance to repent. Maybe they'll actually listen this time. If the people don't finally come to their senses, God's going to do the same thing to Jerusalem that he did to Shiloh up north: it'll be devastated, but the