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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Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Sirach, Chapter 17, Verse 4
He put fear of them in all flesh, and gave them
dominion over beasts and birds.
has made us greater than the animals and lesser than the angels. Yet, God in
his majesty gave us the power to co-create with Him the human race. Children
are a gift they are to not to fear
their parents like the animals do but children are to have holy fear of their
parents which is to give them love and honor. Indeed the family is a physical
representation of the Holy Trinity. It is interesting to note that God started
the human race through a family (Adam and Eve) and Christ’s first miracle was
at the wedding in Cana which is traditionally the Gospel for the second Sunday
in ordinary time or the second Sunday after Epiphany.
On the third day there was a wedding in
Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus
and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. When
the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”
are an essential part of God’s will for all of creation.
For as a young man marries a virgin, your
Builder shall marry you; And as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride so shall
your God rejoice in you. (Is. 62:5)
Catechism of the Catholic Church
III. THE LOVE OF
HUSBAND AND WIFE
The fecundity of marriage
The gift of a child
2373Sacred Scripture and the Church's traditional practice
see in large families a sign of God's blessing and the parents' generosity.
2374Couples who discover that they are sterile suffer
greatly. "What will you give me," asks Abraham of God,
"for I continue childless?" And Rachel cries to her husband Jacob,
"Give me children, or I shall die!"
2375Research aimed at reducing human sterility is to be
encouraged, on condition that it is placed "at the service of the human
person, of his inalienable rights, and his true and integral good according to
the design and will of God."
2376Techniques that entail the dissociation of husband and
wife, by the intrusion of a person other than the couple (donation of sperm or
ovum, surrogate uterus), are gravely immoral. These techniques
(heterologous artificial insemination and fertilization) infringe the child's
right to be born of a father and mother known to him and bound to each other by
marriage. They betray the spouses' "right to become a father and a mother
only through each other."
2377Techniques involving only the married couple (homologous
artificial insemination and fertilization) are perhaps less reprehensible, yet
remain morally unacceptable. They dissociate the sexual act from the
procreative act. The act which brings the child into existence is no longer an
act by which two persons give themselves to one another, but one that
"entrusts the life and identity of the embryo into the power of doctors and
biologists and establishes the domination of technology over the origin and
destiny of the human person. Such a relationship of domination is in itself
contrary to the dignity and equality that must
be common to parents and children." "Under the moral aspect
procreation is deprived of its proper perfection when it is not willed as the
fruit of the conjugal act, that is to say, of the specific act of the spouses'
union . . . . Only respect for the link between the meanings of the conjugal
act and respect for the unity of the human being make possible procreation in
conformity with the dignity of the person."
2378A child is not something owed to one, but is a gift. The
"supreme gift of marriage" is a human person. A child may
not be considered a piece of property, an idea to which an alleged "right
to a child" would lead. In this area, only the child possesses genuine
rights: the right "to be the fruit of the specific act of the conjugal
love of his parents," and "the right to be respected as a person from
the moment of his conception."
2379The Gospel shows that physical sterility is not an
absolute evil. Spouses who still suffer from infertility after
exhausting legitimate medical procedures should unite themselves with the
Lord's Cross, the source of all spiritual fecundity. They can give expression
to their generosity by adopting abandoned children or performing demanding
services for others.
Questions about the life and family values of TV talk show host Oprah
Winfrey have surfaced after reports emerged that she has participated in both a
pro-abortion conference and made a cameo appearance in a pro-homosexual television
episode. Winfrey was the keynote speaker at a luncheon held by a group whose
priority this year is to ensure that minors, without parental consent, maintain
their access to contraceptives and abortion. Human Life International issued a
press release objecting to Winfrey’s presence saying it lent great support to
the anti-life agenda of the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy
Prevention (G-CAPP), which arranged the luncheon at the Omni Hotel at the CNN
Center in Atlanta, Ga., as part of its 5th annual conference-“Building Bridges:
Preparing for the Future.” In describing one of the major functions of G-CAPP,
its chair, activist Jane Fonda, the now-estranged wife of CNN mogul Ted Turner,
has said: “One of our missions is to help people understand that just saying
‘no’ doesn’t work anymore.” Winfrey’s cameo appearance on the “coming out”
episode of the TV show “Ellen” in 1997 has also raised concerns over promotion
this New Year 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:
Knowing what factors will diminish the effectiveness of my work or words if
neglected (Proverbs 18:15)
guard with care the faith that we have received from the Church, for without
ceasing, under the action of God's Spirit, this deposit of great price, as if
in an excellent vessel, is constantly being renewed and causes the very vessel
that contains it to be renewed."
to Christ, the new birth of Baptism, the gift of the Holy
Spirit and the Body and Blood of Christ received as food have made us
"holy and without blemish," just as the Church herself, the Bride of
Christ, is "holy and without blemish." Nevertheless the new life
received in Christian initiation has not abolished the frailty and weakness of
human nature, nor the inclination to sin that tradition calls concupiscence, which remains in the baptized such that with the help of the grace
of Christ they may prove themselves in the struggle of Christian life. This is
the struggle of conversion directed toward
holiness and eternal life to which the Lord never ceases to call us.
are God's creatures. He surrounds them with his
providential care. By their mere existence they bless him and give him glory.
Thus men owe them kindness. We should recall the gentleness with which saints
like St. Francis of Assisi or St. Philip Neri treated animals.
Ash Wednesday Deuteronomy, Chapter 18, Verse 21-22 21 Should you say to yourselves, “How can we recognize that a word is one the LORD has not spoken?”, 22 if a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD but the word does not come true, it is a word the LORD did not speak. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; do not fear him. Even saints at times may have spoken presumptuously. Let us meditate on the words of Padre Pio, “Love and fear must go united together, fear without love becomes cowardice. Love without fear becomes presumption. When there is love without fear, love runs without prudence and without restraint, without taking care where it is going.” This is the great beauty of the Holy Spirit for it tells us when even a very holy person speaks not every word they speak comes from God. We error sometimes in this way, making men into gods; but a heart that is filled with the spirit of God is filled with quiet joy and even if the person were to be impriso
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
Wednesday after laetare Sunday: end of mid-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
Full Worm Moon According to the almanac we are having a Full Worm Moon-plan to take your family or grandchildren fishing! Hummingbirds are migrating North now; look for them. Monday 2 nd Week in Lent PURIM-MEATBALLDAY-HOLI Proverbs, Chapter 31, Verse 30 Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting; the woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Woman is the key to the salvation of the world. It is the miracle of God that the salvation of mankind was deposited in the care of the Virgin Mary and likewise in the physical sense the material world through the modern woman who is faithful to the precepts of the Lord. Such a woman knows the secret to raising children to be happy and successful is to do it in a home overflowing with love. A woman of faith truly knows: God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in distress. Therefore, we fear not, though the earth be shaken, and mountains plunge into the depths of the sea. A woman of Influence
Romans, Chapter 8, verse 14-15 14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear , but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, “Abba, Father!” By the sacrifice of Christ, we are the adopted children of God, who feared none, and by whose sufferings and glory we share; by reason of the Holy Spirits presence within us. We are thus giving us a new life and relationship with God. ( Novena to the Holy Spirit ) To some is giving the gift of tongues. To which many years ago (40 to be exact February 1975) at the birth of my first born daughter I had gone to the Gunpowder Inn, in Bermuda, to celebrate her birth, with a couple of Native American friends. At the time I was in the Navy Seabees and we worked together. When I had got there, all of the sudden, I got an overwhelming feeling that I needed to speak in tongues to P. Graves and I did. I felt stupid an
Plough Monday ORTHODOX CHRISTMAS-DISTAFF DAY Psalm 2, verse 11 Serve the LORD with fear ; exult with trembling , accept correction lest he become angry and you perish along the way when his anger suddenly blazes up. Blessed are all who take refuge in him! To fully understand this verse, we must know who the writer is referring to. In verse 10 the writer states “ Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear. Our God is a just God and to “those who have been given much; much is required”; to quote the spider man movie. Kings (and the 1 percent’ers) to be wise must humble themselves. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of the needle then for a rich man to get into heaven. The "Eye of the Needle" has been claimed to be a gate in Jerusalem, which opened after the main gate was closed at night. A camel could only pass through this smaller gate if it was stooped and had its baggage removed.  I a
Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter ST MATTHIAS-Novena St. Rita-Chicken Dance Day Jeremiah, Chapter 42, Verse 11-16 11 Do not FEAR the king of Babylon, as you do now. Do not FEAR him—oracle of the LORD—for I am with you to save you, to rescue you from his power. 12 I will take pity on you, so that he will have pity on you and let you return to your land. 13 But if you keep saying, “We will not stay in this land,” thus disobeying the voice of the LORD, your God, 14 and saying, “No, we will go to the land of Egypt, where we will not see war, nor hear the trumpet alarm, nor hunger for bread. There we will live!” 15 then listen to the word of the LORD, remnant of Judah: Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: If you are set on going to Egypt and settling down there once you arrive, 16 the sword you FEAR shall overtake you in the land of Egypt; the hunger you dread shall pursue you to Egypt and there you shall die. Faith is always a great multiplier in overcom
Leviticus, Chapter 25, Verse 17 Do not deal unfairly with one another, then; but stand in fear of your God. I, the LORD, am your God. Our loving God wants us free and He demands that we out of love treat each other with love and fairness. In the Jewish calendar God specified that we are to rest one out of seven days but it goes further with a rest after seven weeks ending in a year of Jubilee after the 49 th year called a Shemitah. The Shemitah Year is the seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle mandated by the Torah for the Land of Israel and still observed in contemporary Judaism. When Moses received the Levitical law, God gave the commandment to rest on the seventh day… the Sabbath. Moses also applied the cycles of "seven" to weeks and years . A cycle of seven weeks points to the 50th day, called Pentecost. And a cycle of seven sets of seven years points to the 50th year, the year of Jubilee. The year of Jubilee is based on letting the land rest
LABOR DAY John 20, Verse 26 Now a week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, “ Peace be with you.” Are the doors of you heart locked? Are you without faith? Perhaps Christ will stand someday in your midst as he did Thomas. I came to you in weakness and fear and much trembling, and my message and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of spirit and power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God. Doubt  Preachers have called Thomas the "Doubter." Few have touched upon his cynicism. Over and over, Thomas heard the witness of the followers. But, Thomas wanted more than proof positive. ("Inspect and touch," literally meant "to see and thrust.") He stepped beyond skepticism into cynicism. A week later, Jesus again appear with the greeting of
DAY 7 - MOTHER MOST CHASTE, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF COURAGE! GOD'S WORD "Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD." (Psalm 27:14) HEROES' WORDS "Fortitude is the disposition of soul which enables us to despise all inconveniences and the loss of things not in our power." -St. Augustine "I know well that the greater and more beautiful the work is, the more terrible will be the storms that rage against it." -St. Faustina "Moreover, Christians are born for combat, whereof the greater the vehemence, the more assured, God willing, the triumph: 'Have confidence; I have overcome the world' (Jn 16:33)." -Pope Leo XIII "Though the path is plain and smooth for men of good will, he who walks it will not travel far, and will do so only with difficulty, if he does not have good feet: that is, courage and a persevering spirit." -St. John of the Cross MEDITATION Fortitude is the mor