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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Tuesday, July 3, 2018
FEAST OF ST. THOMAS-DOG DAYS BEGIN
Acts, Chapter 5, verse 10-11
10 At once, she fell down at his feet
and breathed her last. When the young men entered they found her dead, so they
carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these
Many years ago, there used to be a TV commercial the
used the expression, “Don’t mess with mother nature,” for if you do bad things
will happen. Others might call it Karma. In Luke’s “Acts” we see that the
leadership of the early church produced growth naturally.
1.Purity-the leaders didn’t settle for anything less than integrity.
2.Power-the leaders modeled an attractive, supernatural power that met human
3.Persecution-opposition served to strengthen the leaders and their convictions.
4.Proclamation-the leaders eagerly communicated their message.
leaders clearly laid out their top priority, which made decisions easier.
the midst adversity, leaders maintained an attitude of gratitude and praised
God for everything.
leaders kept right on influencing others, living a life of conviction, not
Amoris LætitiaLooking to Jesus: The Vocation of the Family-The
family and the Church (86-88)
inner joy and deep comfort, the Church looks to families. For they bear
witness, in a credible way, to the beauty of marriage as indissoluble and
perpetually faithful. Within the family ‘which could be called a domestic
church’ which reflects, through grace, the mystery of the Holy Trinity. ‘Here
one learns endurance and the joy of work, fraternal love, generous; even
repeated forgiveness and above all divine worship in prayer
Church is a family of families, constantly enriched by the lives of all those
domestic churches. The Church is good for the family, and the family is good
for the Church. The safeguarding of the Lord’s gift in the sacrament of
matrimony is a concern not only of individual families but of the entire Christian
experience of love in families is a perennial source of strength for the life
of the Church. The work of marriage is a constant summons to make this love
grow and deepen. Through their union in love, the couple experiences the beauty
of fatherhood and motherhood, and shares plans, trials, expectations and
concerns; they learn care for one another and mutual forgiveness. In this love,
they celebrate their happy moments and support each other in the difficult
passages of their life together… The beauty of this mutual, gratuitous gift,
the joy which comes from a life that is born and the loving care of all family
members from toddlers to seniors is the true vocation of the family and the
every marriage there are the joys of spring and the dog days of summer. Feast of St Thomas
Thomas was one of Jesus' disciples. He is best known for being the one disciple
who wanted proof of Jesus' resurrection. St. Thomas is celebrated with a feast
day in both the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches. He is often referred to
as Doubting Thomas, and also the name The Twin. Many Christians see themselves
in St. Thomas because he doubted the resurrection until he received proof from
Christ himself. He also confessed to not understanding Jesus when Christ told
his disciples at the Last Supper that he was preparing a place for them.
early church text claims that Thomas was the only witness to the Assumption of
Mary into heaven. As her body entered heaven, she dropped her girdle.
Medieval art often depicts Thomas catching the girdle.
didn't believe the apostles when they saw Jesus the first time after the
resurrection. He saw Jesus himself during his second appearance and
touched the wounds on his hands and side (John 20:24-29).
tradition says that Thomas traveled to eastern lands, including Persia, to
evangelize to the people there about Jesus. He is thought to have settled
feast day is held July 3, but sermons the following Sunday may also mention St.
Thomas and faith. Originally the feast day for St. Thomas was on Dec. 21, the
shortest day of the year. All sorts of traditions surrounded the day,
including serving meat pies and charitable
Thomas Top Events and Things to Do
writings by St. Thomas. Several early church documents bearing Thomas'
name are popular, including the Gospel of Thomas, which is a collection of
Jesus' sayings. Other texts include the Acts of Thomas and the Infancy
Gospel of Thomas. None of these texts were included in the Bible.
of Indians claim to be descendants of the Christians that Thomas helped to
convert. Join them on a pilgrimage in Paylador to the traditional spot of
Thomas' tomb, Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral of the Syro-Malabar Archdiocese of
Trichur (Kerala, India).
you are a single
woman try an ancient custom performed on the Feast of St. Thomas to get an idea
who you will marry. Unmarried Austrian women would climb into bed over a
stool, throw their shoes with toes pointing downward toward the bedroom door,
and then sleep with their head at the foot of the bed. Women who
performed this ritual were thought to dream about their future husbands.
a blessing prayer for your property on the feast of St. Thomas. An
ancient custom was for farmers and their sons or hands to drive off evil
spirits in preparation for Christmas. They were sprinkling holy water
across the land, while other family members stayed inside and prayed the
these counsels slowly. Pause to meditate on these thoughts. They are things
that I whisper in your ear-confiding them-as a friend, as a brother, as a
father. And they are being heard by God. I won't tell you anything new. I will
only stir your memory, so that some thought will arise and strike you; and so
you will better your life and set out along ways of prayer and of Love. And in
the end you will be a more worthy soul."
what you have just said, but in a different tone, without anger, and your
argument will gain in strength and, above all, you won't offend God.
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"
DAY 51 - OUR LADY OF FATIMA, PRAY FOR US SEEKING HARMONY There are actually three wounds that ravage souls and bring spiritual death to them by turning away from God. St. John speaks of these evils when he says: "For all that is in the world - the lust of the flesh [craving for sensual gratification] and the lust of the eyes [greedy longings of the mind] and the pride of life [assurance in one's own resources or in the stability of earthly things] - these do not come from the Father but are from the world [itself]" (1 Jn 2:16). This triple slavery, which replaces the original harmony, is order overthrown. Christ came to restore the order that had been destroyed; with this end in view, he gave us the three evangelical counsels (or counsels of perfection). Poverty (counters lust of the eyes): To be poor in spirit is to realize that nothing we have is worth more than the kingdom of God. Knowing this, we become willing to part with anything we have if it hinders us from rece
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
Let Freedom Ring: Freedom from Envy 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 Envy" by Fr. Bill Peckman It is the green-eyed monster that mocks what it fee
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