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.
Sunday, February 25, 2018
Second Sunday in Lent
Isaiah, Chapter 50, verse 10
Who among you fears the LORD,
heeds his servant’s voice? Whoever walks in darkness, without any light, yet
trust in the name of the LORD and rely upon their God!
English Standard version of the bible states this verse accordingly, “Who
among you fears the Lord and obeys the voice of his servant?Let him who walks in darkness and has no
light trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God.”
has been said the body is an excellent servant but a poor master. When we obey
the voice of our servant the body it ultimately leads to our destruction and eventually
we walk in darkness. Yet, when we trust in the Lord and master our bodies from
addiction and or lusts of the flesh we thrive. God’s ultimate wish is for us to
thrive. The Lord offers a choice to those who walk in darkness: either trust in
the true light, or walk in their false light and suffer the consequences.
1:12-15 “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he
is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to
them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for
God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is
tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust
hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth
let our sacrifice be in your presence today as we follow you unreservedly; for
those who trust in you cannot be put to shame. And now we follow you with our
whole heart, we fear you and we pray
to you. Do not let us be put to shame, but deal with us in your kindness and
great mercy. (Dn. 3:40-42)
Whom do you serve? What is the
first thing you think of when you get up or the last thing before you sleep? We
all serve something; whom or what do you serve?
FOLLOW ONE MASTER ONLY
a sad life does he lead who wants both to please the world and to serve God! It
is a great mistake to make, my friends. Apart from the fact that you are going
to be unhappy all the time, you can never attain the stage at which you will be
able to please the world and please God. It is as impossible a feat as trying
to put an end to eternity. Take the advice that I am going to give you now and
you will be less unhappy: give yourselves wholly to God or else wholly to the
world. Do not look for and do not serve more than one master, and once you have
chosen the one you are going to follow, do not leave him. You surely remember
what Jesus Christ said to you in the Gospel: you cannot serve God and Mammon;
that is to say, you cannot follow the world and the pleasures of the world and
Jesus Christ with His Cross. Of course you would be quite willing to follow God
just so far and the world just so far! Let me put it even more clearly: you
would like it if your conscience, if your heart, would allow you to go to the
altar in the morning and the dance in the evening; to spend part of the day in
church and the remainder in the cabarets or other places of amusement; to talk
of God at one moment and the next to tell obscene stories or utter calumnies
about your neighbor; to do a good turn for your next-door neighbor on one
occasion and on some other to do him harm; in other words, to do good and speak
well when you are with good people and to do wrong when you are in bad company.
There are many and varied ways in which sin and evil are presented to us in
an attractive way.
In The Home--Seeking God's Presence
·Although you are not a priest, as a baptized
Catholic you have a power that you do not realize. St. Paul, in his letter,
told the Ephesians this truth (Eph. 1:19): "How very great is his power
that works in us is the same as the mighty strength which He used when He
raised Christ from death and seated Him at his right side in the heavenly
world. " Think about that for awhile! The power of prayer is greater than
·Although we do not have the power of an ordained
priest, we can ask God to protect and bless our homes. It is good for us to
keep blessed water in our homes and use it frequently. If we wish to ask God's
blessing on our own homes, we can say a simple prayer of blessing and then
sprinkle holy water in each room. Such a prayer of blessing could be something
like the following:
·"Heavenly Father, we ask your blessing upon
our home. In the name of your Son Jesus we ask to be delivered from sin and all
evil influence. Protect us from sickness, accidents, theft and all domestic
tragedies. We place our home under the Lordship of Jesus and consecrate ourselves
to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. May all who live here receive your blessing of
peace and love."
·An "Our Father" and "Hail
Mary" could also be recited.
·The consecration of the family and the home to
the Sacred Heart of Jesus is another beautiful Catholic custom. We need to have
a crucifix and pictures of the Sacred Heart and Our Blessed Lady in our homes.
We want home to be a sacred place.
·There needs to be a place in the home where the
members of the family come together to pray. In some Mexican families the
custom of having a little altar with pictures or statues, not only of Jesus,
Mary and the saints, but also pictures of members of the family is observed. It
reminds us to pray for them.
recapitulates time spent in the desert, other forms of asceticism have accrued
to its observance. Unessential travel and diversion are discouraged. In former
times, certain forms of entertainment,
such as live theatre and secular music, were banned, as was the holding of
court. Weddings were also
forbidden in the early Church; even after this changed, the Solemn Nuptial
Blessing could not be given during a Lenten wedding. Finally, married couples
were once admonished to abstain from conjugal
relations during this time (as they were admonished to do during all
solemn fasts and feasts). Again, the principle is the same: withdrawal from the
preoccupations of the flesh in order to focus on the spirit.
plan to do at least one Novena for the calendar year for yourself and for your
Family. I always plan to do the Divine Mercy Novena by hiking for nine Saturdays
starting on the Saturday before Divine Mercy Sunday.
often learn our doctrine much more deeply and effectively simply by celebrating
the feasts and fasts of the Church.
fact in Orthodox Judaism the calendar is the catechism of Israel. According to
Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, “On the
pinions of time which bear us through life, God has inscribed the eternal words
of His soul-inspiring doctrine, making days and weeks, months and years the
heralds to proclaim His truths. Nothing would seem more fleeting than these
elements of time, but to them God has entrusted the care of His holy things,
thereby rendering them more imperishable and more accessible.”
2698 The Tradition
of the Church proposes to the faithful certain rhythms of praying intended to
nourish continual prayer. Some are daily, such as morning and evening prayer,
grace before and after meals, the Liturgy of the Hours. Sundays, centered on
the Eucharist, are kept holy primarily by prayer. The cycle of the liturgical
year and its great feasts are also basic rhythms of the Christian's life of
one knows human nature better than the God who created it. The book of Genesis
tells us that the Lord God made the world in six days and rested on the
seventh. He rested not because he was weary-God does not tire-but because He wanted
to provide a model for human labor and rest. The Church calendar coincides with
the cosmic rhythms of God. The Church calendar reflects this fact: That Christ rose from the dead in payment
for our sins and is the Jewish Messiah that was hoped for.
technically only the last fourteen days of Lent explicitly consider the
sufferings of our Lord, the Stations of the Cross (a.k.a. the Way of the Cross)
have long been a popular Lenten devotion for any or all of the forty days
(though they tend to be done on Fridays). These fourteen scenes from the via
dolorosa, the sorrowful path that Christ took while carrying His cross to
Golgotha, help direct one's heart to the mysterium fidei of our Lord's selfless