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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Saturday, March 10, 2018


DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME TOMORROW

Jeremiah, Chapter 10, Verse 2
Thus says the LORD: Do not learn the ways of the nations, and have no fear of the signs in the heavens, even though the nations fear them.

What are the ways of the nations? The making of idols is the way of nations. Have you been worshiping idols? Think about it. Our idols are expressed in what we love, in what we think, in the things we see, and what we work for.

Lord, thank you for helping me see more clearly than ever that “what I am” is your gift to me and “what I become” is my gift back to you.” (Poem by Melvin Banggollay)

He did not create us out of necessity; He did not need us. He did not create us out of justice; He owed us nothing. No, it is to His sheer love that we owe our existence. Therefore, we must strive to be humble in accepting our mistakes, to know how to say, “I was wrong.” You have good qualities—great qualities. Are you not a marvel of creation, made in the image of God? You are a masterpiece of His love, wounded, disfigured by sin, but remade by the Redeemer, more beautiful than before—and at what a price! Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil by good. One drowns very quickly in gall. Keep watch, therefore, over your soul; swallow the bitterness, as Jesus swallowed the vinegar on Calvary, and know how to smile at those who cause you pain. Poverty, austerity, fasting, prayer, and the gift of miracles, without love of our brothers, all are pure illusion. Jesus, meek and humble of heart, give me Your Heart to love my neighbor. The doctrine of abandonment, which sees God in everything, will make you marvelously available for this work. This is one of its richest secrets, for it obliges us to renounce, when necessary, our own views and our little personal plans, even our plans for sanctification. This total abandonment is the pinnacle of holiness and love, because it identifies us more perfectly with Jesus, who lived only to do the will of His Father.[1]

Preparing for Battle[2] Know Your Weapons

The weapon of Sacred Sacraments



1.      Baptism. Baptism is a sacrament of liberation and deliverance from Satan and his realm.
2.      Reconciliation. Each time we sin, the Devil strengthens his grip on us; that is why it’s so important to go to sacramental Confession regularly
3.      The Eucharist. Mass is a great defense against the assault of the Devil. Before Him the all-conquering power, the demons must flee. “We must return from that Table like lions breathing fire, having become terrifying to the Devil!”
4.      Confirmation. To confirm means to make strong.
5.      Anointing of the Sick. Illness, especially serious illness, can be a trial in which Satan comes to tempt us to be overcome by fear, discouragement, doubt, and even despair.
6.      Matrimony. The Devil’s first attack on the human race was focused on a married couple. The home must become a sanctuary, a holy place, a fortress against Satan’s assaults.
7.      Holy Orders. The sacrament through which Christ’s mission for the Church continues to be exercised until the end of the world.



Novena of St. Joseph[3]

This novena prayer, although short is sufficient. It would be better of course to add, if time permits, three Hail Mary’s or say five times the Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be to the Father, or to use some of the many well-loved novena prayers from other sources. Remember that prayers must be said with the lips in order to gain the indulgences. This novena begins on March 10 and ends on March 19.

Prayer

O dear and good St. Joseph who so lovingly cared for your little family at Nazareth, pray for all workingmen and their families. Help us all to enjoy a happy Christian family life. Be a father to us all and watch over us even as you cherished the Blessed Virgin Mary and her Holy Child. Patron of the Universal Church, pray for us.

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I give you my heart and soul.

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, assist me in my last agony.

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, may I breathe forth my soul in peace with you.

7 years for each invocation. Plenary, under usual conditions, if any one of three is said daily for a month. S. Pen., Oct. 12, 1936.

Daylight Saving Time Begins Tomorrow[4]

Daylight Savings time had begun in an effort to help save energy and provide workers with more hours of serviceable daylight during the long summer days.  Daylight Savings Time was first introduced in the U.S. in 1918.  However, it was not until 1966, when the Uniform Act was passed, that all states had to either observe DST or pass a state law to abstain.

Daylight Saving Time Begins Facts

·         Benjamin Franklin first proposed the idea of DST in 1784.  He wrote An Economical Project for the Journal of Paris, wherein he discussed the cost of oil for lamps as well as working while it was dark, and sleeping while it was day.
·         Daylight Savings Time changes at 2:00 a.m.  This time is selected in an effort to provide the least amount of inconvenience to businesses and citizens.
·         Hawaii and Arizona do not use DST.  Up until 2006, Indiana only used DST in part of the state.

Daylight Saving Time Begins Top Events and Things to Do

·         Move your clocks forward 1 hour before bed on Saturday night before the Daylight Saving Time day in March.
·         Go to bed an hour earlier Saturday night before the Daylight Saving Time day.
·         Get outside and enjoy the extra hour of daylight.
·         Replace the batteries in the smoke alarm and carbon dioxide monitors.
·         Clean out the medicine cabinet.  Dispose of all medicines properly.

Daily Devotions
·         Drops of Christ’s Blood
·         Nineveh 90 Day 69
·         Manhood of the Master-Day 7 week 6
·         Lenten Calendar Day 25
·         Do 30 min. in front of the Blessed Sacrament.
·         Please pray for me and this ministry



[1] d'Elbée, Jean C.J. (2013-12-10). I Believe in Love: A Personal Retreat Based on the Teaching of St. Therese of Lisieux
[2]Thigpen, Paul. Manual for Spiritual Warfare. TAN Books.
[3]Prayer Source: All Day With God by Blanche Jennings Thompson


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