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Friday, March 16, 2017

Fitness Friday

When King Jehoiakim and all his officers and princes heard his words, the king sought to have him killed. But Uriah heard of it and fled in fear to Egypt.

Both Jeremiah and Uriah spoke of the destruction of Israel. Jeremiah stood his ground and said kill me my blood is in your hands. Uriah fled was captured and killed; Jeremiah lived. Face your fears! This is what Christ meant when he said we must become like little children again to enter the Kingdom of God. That is we approach the pressures of life with all its troubles, fears and problems as an opportunity for belief. “Having moved through our fears we can begin to reach our hand into the gift of the fountain of God’s grace.[1]

Today might be a good day to plan to take your children or grandchildren fishing. According to Maude Farris-Luse, the oldest recorded living human being, fishing and mustard plasters were the secret to her longevity. Treat every day as a gift from God; each one is unique and unlike any other as it unfolds realize what happens today will only happen once in the entire history of the universe.

Aids in Battle[2] The Word of God useful for our warfare with evil

These biblical passages provide aids in warfare for those who will ponder and act upon the truths they teach us. Recite them as battle cries in the heat of the conflict. Call on Jesus Christ, our Champion when the battle is fierce, turn your eyes to our victorious commander and place your confidence in Him.

·         To this end the Son of God appeared that He might destroy the works of the Devil. 1 Jn 3: 8
·         Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
·         That at the name of Jesus every knee should bend of those in heaven, on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father.
·         Disarming the Principalities and Powers, He displayed them openly, leading them away in triumph by force of [the Cross]. Col 2: 15
·         Now has come the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God


In the beginning God asks Adam, Where are you? Adam had sinned and so he hid from God? After Cain killed Able God asked him, “Where is your brother? Yet again according to catholic tradition Saint Peter was fleeing from crucifixion in Rome at the hands of the government, and along the road outside the city he meets the risen Jesus and this time it is Peter who asks the question in Latin "Quo vadis?" “Where are you going?” to which Jesus replies, "Romam eo iterum crucifigi" ("I am going to Rome to be crucified again"). Peter thereby gains the courage to continue his ministry and returns to the city, to eventually be martyred by being crucified upside-down. Confession is our own turning like Peter around to walk with our Lord: to carry our cross with Him and to suffer with Him if need be. Confession is something you do with your mouth and with your mind, heart and actions. Confession should always be individual, spoken and specific. It is customary for devout Catholics to go to confession frequently and the saints have recommended that we go at least once a month. Yet in recent years some parishes have seen a decline in the number of confessions. It is not that we are having a decline in sin; it is because our hearts have become worldly. Will we have the hearts to see our Lord as He passes us by and even say to Him “Quo Vadis”: have we become so worldly that we have lost a sense of sin? Has our no fault culture convinced us to keep walking in the opposite direction of our Lord thinking “I’m OK, you’re OK, no matter what choices we have made. Yes, God loves us just the way we are, but he loves us too much to keep us fat, dumb and happy. We need to experience his forgiveness so that we can heal, and grow. “It is better to confess one’s sins than to harden one’s heart.” (Pope St. Clement I)

In Sedona there is a statue that is called “Quo Vadis” (Where are you going?) that is located in the garden of the St. John Vianney Catholic Church. 180 St. John Vianney Lane, Sedona AZ
Daily Devotions

·         Drops of Christ’s Blood
·         Nineveh 90 Day 75
·         Manhood of the Master-Day 6 week 7
·         Lenten Calendar Day 31
·         Do 40 min. in front of the Blessed Sacrament.
·         Fitness Friday
·         Please pray for me and this ministry

[1] J. Brian Bransfield, Living the Beatitudes-A Journey of Life in Christ.
[2]Thigpen, Paul. Manual for Spiritual Warfare. TAN Books.
[3] Hahn, Scott, Signs of Life; 40 Catholic Customs and their biblical roots. Chap. 28. Confession.

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