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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Friday, January 16, 2018
Friday after Ash Wednesday
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Chapter 40, verse 9:
9 Go up onto a
high mountain, Zion, herald of good news! Cry out at the top of your voice, Jerusalem,
herald of good news! Cry out, do not fear! Say to the cities of Judah: Here
is your God!
Christ delights in us if we
delight in Him we should also delight in others.
One of my favorite representations of the Lords
delight with us is a statue of Joseph and the baby Jesus. Jesus and Joseph are
playing.Joseph is slightly bent with
the baby Jesus giggling crawling over the back of Joseph and peeking over his
shoulder looking at his face in peek a boo fashion and delight is all over both
of their faces. How can we fear when
we have a God who loves us so!
In times of tribulation when we feel courage being
drained from our souls let us remember the courage of blessed Saint Joseph
reflecting on his courage, strength and of course gentleness with our Lord
Jesus. In times of trouble let us call on the aid of St. Joseph reflecting on
this portion of the litany of Saint Joseph.
”St. Joseph, Renowned offspring of David, Light of
Patriarchs, Spouse of the Mother of God, Chaste guardian of the Virgin, Foster
father of the Son of God, Diligent protector of Christ, Head of the Holy
Family, Joseph most just, Joseph most chaste, Joseph most prudent, Joseph most
strong, Joseph most obedient, Joseph most faithful, Mirror of patience, Lover
of poverty, Model of artisans, Glory of home life, Guardian of virgins, Pillar
of families, Solace of the wretched, Hope of the sick, Patron of the dying,
Terror of demons, Protector of Holy Church.Pray for Us!”
Friday after Ash Wednesday-Fast
Read: Today we are reminded of the practice of fasting on Fridays
during Lent. Read this reflection on why we fast on Fridays in the weeks
leading up to Easter Sunday.
Reflect: Pope Francis said of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving,
"All three exclude the need for appearances: what counts is not
appearances; the value of life does not depend on the approval of others or on
success, but on what we have inside us."
—Ash Wednesday Homily, 2014
"Blessed are you, Lord, God of all
you make us hunger and thirst for
Blessed are you, Lord, God of all
you call us to true fasting:
to set free the oppressed,
to share our bread with the hungry,
to shelter the homeless and to clothe
—Catholic Household Blessings and
Act: Many often choose something to give up during all of Lent—not
just on Fridays—as a way of fasting. Practice self-discipline and choose
something to refrain from until Easter. Challenge yourself!
Chinese New Year or Spring Festival celebrates a year of hard work and gives
people the opportunity to wish for a lucky new year. It is China's most
important festival and involves family reunions, elaborate decorations and
giving red envelopes. Chinese New Year is based on the Chinese Lunar Calendar
and usually falls between January 21 and February 20. The Calendar functions on
a 12 year animal cycle that many associate with the celebration.
New Year Facts & Quotes
is the Year of the Dog according to the Chinese animal zodiac cycle.
Chinese New Year is celebrated as the Spring Festival in China. It is the
nation's most important festival.
child receives a monetary gift for New Year. The gift is wrapped in a red
wish you happiness that comes from within, the best of luck to keep you pushing
and peace in all days of the New Year. - Gong Xi Fa Cai, Popular New Year song
New Year Top Events and Things to Do
a popular Chinese New Year song called Gonf Xi Fa Cai.
your house. It is customary for Chinese to clean their homes in preparation for
the New Year and the fresh start.
your red envelopes for the kids. This is considered lucky money for children.
a Chinese New Year Festival in a town near you. Most large cities in the US
have a Chinatown district that will host events and pageants.
together with friends and create a long dragon on sticks. One person gets to
create the head, and the remainder creates the long flowy tail. Remember to use
There are many and varied ways in which sin and evil are presented to us in
an attractive way. Avoid them as you would a viper in the desert.
The Kingdom Of Darkness and Forbidden Power
·Witchcraft or superstitious magic is used to
produce effects that are beyond the power of man. These effects may be good or
bad and are brought about by the use of magical words or gestures, or the use
of magical herbs, powders, liquids or similar things. There is often a specific
invocation of the devil. Physical evils are directed against individuals
because of hatred or jealousy. We have all heard about sticking pins in dolls,
the evil eye, the eating of cursed food or drinking a liquid, that through the
power of darkness is to cause harm, sickness, or death. This is witchcraft.
Today, witches can be found almost everywhere, and often they are presented in
a positive light. Just remember everyone involved in false worship, seeking
forbidden knowledge, or using forbidden power should be absolutely avoided.
·There is also an increased interest in African
witchcraft-- voodooism. The gods of voodooism are good and bad. Usually a
voodoo service begins after sunset and ends in the early morning. It often
includes a bloody sacrifice of a goat or chicken. There is prayer and singing.
The gods are supposed to briefly enter into the persons during the ritual.
·In voodooism and witchcraft, Catholic objects
such as images of saints, crucifixes, candles, holy water and Catholic prayers
are sometimes used, as well as other objects and prayers. Do not be fooled by
the apparent religious nature of what happens.
·If you have any objects or written prayers that
have been used in witchcraft or given you by a witch, they should be completely
If you have been involved
in witchcraft you must renounce the
devil, renounce the witchcraft in which you have been involved and all witchcraft,
ask God's pardon, and confess your sin to a priest. In Confession (the
Sacrament of Reconciliation) there is Divine Power needed to free one from the
influence of evil.
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
FEAST OF SAINT MARTIN/VETERANS DAY Acts, Chapter 26, Verse 5-7 5 They have known about me from the start, if they are willing to testify, that I have lived my life as a Pharisee, the strictest party of our religion. 6 But now I am standing trial because of my hope in the promise made by God to our ancestors. 7 Our twelve tribes hope to attain to that promise as they fervently worship God day and night; and on account of this hope I am accused by Jews, O king. Paul clearly explains that his entire life was in preparation for the hope of Israel, Christ Jesus, who Israel did not recognize as the son of God. Paul states that the prophets and Moses had foretold that the Christ would suffer, and as first to be raised from the dead, he would proclaim light to both God’s people and the Gentiles. The resurrection is God’s promise to Israel. Paul like Christ ultimately was a victim of intolerance.  Twenty Fifth Sunday after Pentecost  GOSPEL Matthew 13: 24 –
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
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
feast of saint anthony, abbot Sirach, Chapter 22, Verse 16 A wooden beam firmly bonded into a building is not loosened by an earthquake; So the mind firmly resolved after careful deliberation will not be afraid at any time. A prudent mind firmly resolved is undisturbed by violent and conflicting thoughts. Sometimes we all have senseless thoughts and feelings which shake us but faith is a firm anchor for our thoughts. We indeed do have the power within ourselves to choose not to react to impulsive thoughts. Sacredness  · Holiness consists in friendship with God. If we would be in any sense the friends of God, we must have at least that desire for holiness without which such friendship would be impossible; growth in the knowledge of God is the deepening of this friendship. · To know God is to know self and if we know ourselves well, we know have one or two prominent sins that have dogged our life’s path for years, and against these we struggle
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
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
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
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