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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Sunday, June 10, 2018
THIRD SUNDAY after
S. Ord. Time)
Chapter 5, verse 9-10:
at the catch of fish they had made seized him and all those with him, 10
and likewise James
and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners of Simon. Jesus said to Simon,
“Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”
the boat came to shore these men these fishermen; forsook everything. They gave
up their careers, businesses, families and were committed 100 percent to the mission
of Christ and they followed Him. Is there anything or anyone in this world that
you would give up everything to follow? These men were not perfect specimens as
disciples; yet; our Lord chose them: and through them as imperfect as they
were, He created His bride the Holy Roman Catholic church; which is still ran
by far from perfect men. If today you hear his voice saying do not be afraid;
Third Sunday after Pentecost
Because of God's mercy, the Holy Spirit works to build
the kingdom of God even in sinful souls.
Commentary for the Readings in the Extraordinary Form:
Third Sunday after Pentecost
"Rejoice with me, because I have found my sheep that was lost'. . .There
will be joy in heaven oer one sinner who repents, more than over ninety-nine
just who have no need of repentance" (Gospel).
"The Sacred Heart for the world, the
world for the Sacred Heart," was the theme of last Friday's Feast. Today
we witness the mutual search between the Divine Heart and our heart. In the Introit the sinner voices his sense
of being "alone" in his inner struggles, so often beyond all human
aid. This life is a warfare against "your adversary the devil;"
nevertheless be "steadfast in the faith;" hear the call to
resist." Ultimate victory is "in Christ Jesus" (Epistle). Who of us could ever doubt the Love of the
Sacred Heart after reading this Gospel? Who of us on earth would not add to His
joy in heaven by leading some soul back to His Sacred Heart?
from My Sunday Missal, Confraternity of the Precious Blood.
This Sunday focuses on God's mercy, the Holy Spirit
works to build the kingdom of God even in sinful souls.
Scripture and the Church teach us that we have three
divinely ordained purposes that give our lives meaning:
to save our eternal souls and help save the souls of others (that salvation,
the Church teaches, is God's free gift but requires our cooperation through
faith in God, obedience to his commandments, and repentance of our grave sins).
our God-given talents to build God's kingdom here on earth.
The third of these life goals, sanctity, is central to
building Catholic character. At the end of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says
something that is stunning: "Be thou made perfect, as your heavenly Father
is perfect" (Mt 5:48). St. Gregory put it this way: "The goal of a
virtuous life is to become like God." Scripture tells us, "God is
love" (1 Jn 4:16). If we want to be like God, our vocation is to love. The
essence of love is to sacrifice for the sake of another, as Jesus did. Love is
self-gift. What, then, is our goal if we want to develop Catholic character in
our children and ourselves? Look to the character of Christ: A life of
The high goal of Christ-like character builds on a
base of what the Church calls "natural virtues." Among the natural
virtues that families and schools should nurture are the four advanced by the
ancient Greeks, named in Scripture (Wis 8:7), and adopted by the Church as "the
cardinal virtues": prudence, which enables us to judge what we should do;
justice, which enables us to respect the rights of others and give them what
they are due; fortitude, which enables us to do what is right in the face of
difficulties; temperance, which enables us to control our desires and avoid
abuse of even legitimate pleasures. These natural virtues are developed through
effort and practice, aided by God's grace. To develop a Christ-like character,
however, we need more than the natural virtues. We also need the three
supernatural, or "theological," virtues:
1.Faith in God, which enables us to
believe in God and the teachings of his church.
2.Hope in God, which leads us to view
eternal life as our most important goal and to place total trust in God.
3.Love of God, which enables us to
love God above all things and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God.
The three theological virtues are considered
supernatural because they come from God and have as their purpose our
participation in God's divine life. As the Catechism (1813) teaches, the
theological virtues are not separate from the natural virtues; rather, they
"are the foundation of Christian moral activity; they animate it and give
it its special character." The Catholic writer Peter Kreeft points out,
"The Christian is prudent, just, courageous, and self-controlled out of
faith in God, hope in God, and love of God." The supernatural virtues,
like the natural virtues, grow stronger through our effort and practice, in
cooperation with God's grace.
St. Peter prescribes sobriety and
watchfulness as necessary means for resisting the attacks of the devil, who by
day and night goes about seeking whom he may devour. Woe to those who, by
reason of their drunkenness, (The term drunkard applies to any person who is
caught up in the addiction cycle, whether it is drink, gambling, drugs or sex.)
live in a continual night and lie in the perpetual sleep of sin! How will it be
with them if, suddenly awakened from this sleep by death, they find themselves
standing, burdened with innumerable and unknown sins, before the judgment-seat
of God? For who can number the sins, committed in and by reason of drunkenness,
which the drunkard either accounts as trifles, easily pardoned, or else, not
knowing what he has thought, said, and done in his fit of intoxication,
considers to be no sins at all? Will the divine Judge, at the last day, thus
reckon? Will He also find no sin in them? Will He let go unpunished the
infamous deeds and the scandals of their drunkenness? He Who demands strict
account of every word spoken in vain, will He make no inquiry of so many
shameful, scandalous, and blasphemous sayings, of so much time wasted, of so much
money squandered, of so many neglects of the divine service, of the education
of children, of the affairs of home, and of innumerable other sins? Will they
be able to excuse themselves before this Judge by saying that they did not know
what they were doing? Or that what they did was for want of reflection, or in
jest? Or that they were not strong, and could not bear much? Will not such
excuses rather witness against them that they are the worthier of punishment
for having taken more than their strength could bear, thereby depriving
themselves of the use of reason, making themselves like brutes, and, of their
own free will, taking on themselves the responsibility for all the sins of
which their drunkenness was the occasion? What, then, awaits them? What else
than the fate of the rich glutton who, for his gluttony, was buried in hell?
(Luke xvi. 22.) Yes, that shall be the place and the portion of the drunkard!
There shall they in vain sigh for a drop of water. There, for all the pleasures
and satisfactions which they had in the world, as many pains and torments shall
now lay hold of them (Apoc. xviii. 7); there shall they be compelled to drain
the cup of God s anger to the dregs, as they, in life, forced others into
drunkenness. This is what they have to hope for, for St. Paul says expressly
that drunkards shall not possess the kingdom of God (i. Cor. vi. 10). What then
remains for them but to renounce either their intemperance or heaven? But how
rare and difficult is the true conversion of a drunkard! This is the teaching
of experience. Will not such a one, therefore, go to ruin?
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
First Saturday ST. BASIL/9 th Day of Christmas -MOTIVATION DAY Psalm 23, verse 4: 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will FEAR no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me. Saint Pope John Paul II was an example of someone who walked through the valley of the shadow of death and feared no evil. The Lord’s rod and staff sustained him through the nightmare of the Nazis and the Communists. Both were evil empires devoted to the destruction of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all except for the few selected elite. These empires systematically replaced God with the rule of the chosen ones of the State. People from both the Fatherland and the Motherland sat by and watched the evil grow without taking decisive action, making the adage ‘ All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men (or women) do nothing.’ Remember to measure our nation and our politics with Gods Rod (Rods were often used in an
Let Freedom Ring: Freedom from Treason My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, At a word from You the devil and his minions flee in terror. You are the source of all truth. You are the source of all strength. By the power of your Cross and Resurrection, we beseech You, O Lord To extend Your saving arm and to send Your holy angels To defend us as we do battle with Satan and his demonic forces. Exorcise, we pray, that which oppresses Your Bride, The Church, So that within ourselves, our families, our parishes, our dioceses, and our nation We may turn fully back to You in all fidelity and trust. Lord, we know if You will it, it will be done. Give us the perseverance for this mission, we pray. Amen Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception...pray for us St. Joseph...pray for us St. Michael the Archangel...pray for us (the patron of your parish )... pray for us (your confirmation saint)...pray for us "Freedom from Treason" by Fr. James Altman Dear family, the very word "treason"
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Introduction to the book of Zechariah  The prophecies of First Zechariah can be dated to the late sixth century B.C., contemporary with those of Haggai; the oracles of Second Zechariah are somewhat later. The most striking feature of First Zechariah is a series of visions in which the prophet describes the centrality of Jerusalem, its Temple, and its leaders, who function both in the politics of the region and of the Persian empire and in God’s universal rule. These visions clearly relate to the Temple restoration begun in 520 B.C. The prophet is acutely aware of the devastation that comes from disobedience to God’s word, as had been spoken by God’s prophetic emissaries. Yet, it was now clear in this century after the rebuilding of the Temple and the repatriation of many of the exiles, that Judah would not soon regain political autonomy and a Davidic king. So, the various poems, narratives, oracles, and parables of Second Zechariah maintain the hope of previous prophets by depicti
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Shrove Tuesday MARDI GRAS Exodus , Chapter 20, Verse 18-20 Now as all the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the blast of the shofar and the mountain smoking, they became AFRAID and trembled. So, they took up a position farther away and said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, or we shall die.” Moses answered the people, “Do not be AFRAID , for God has come only to test you and put the FEAR of him upon you so you do not sin.” The Israelite’s were afraid and preferred to have Moses mediate for them with God rather than having a real relationship with God. What is love? In his text On Loving God , St. Bernard surveys the four types of love that Christians experience as they grow in their relationship with God: loving one's self, selfish love, loving God as God, and loving one's self in God. St. Bernard reminds us that not only did God give us life, but H
Let Freedom Ring: Freedom from Vengeance My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, At a word from You the devil and his minions flee in terror. You are the source of all truth. You are the source of all strength. By the power of your Cross and Resurrection, we beseech You, O Lord To extend Your saving arm and to send Your holy angels To defend us as we do battle with Satan and his demonic forces. Exorcise, we pray, that which oppresses Your Bride, The Church, So that within ourselves, our families, our parishes, our dioceses, and our nation We may turn fully back to You in all fidelity and trust. Lord, we know if You will it, it will be done. Give us the perseverance for this mission, we pray. Amen Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception...pray for us St. Joseph...pray for us St. Michael the Archangel...pray for us (the patron of your parish )... pray for us (your confirmation saint)...pray for us "Freedom from Vengeance" by Fr. James Altman Dear family, vengeance sounds a whole lot l