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.
Monday, August 13, 2018
ST. HIPPOYTUS-LEFT HANDERS DAY-FILET MIGNON DAY
Chapter 11, Verse 23
By faith Moses was
hidden by his parents for three months after his birth, because they saw that
he was a beautiful child, and they were not afraid
of the king’s edict.
Moses parents must
have had a great enjoyment of life for how else they could have refused to kill
a beautiful child of God and be not afraid of the king’s edict. Their fearwas set aside by their love and by the
faith they had in the love of their God.
Christ advices us in today’s gospel that “Not everyone
who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord, ‘will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the
one who does the will of my Father in heaven.” (Mathew 7:21) The will of the
Father is that we be filled with love. God is love therefore if we are to have
a covenant with God the highest and holiest point of this relationship and the
very condition for eternal life is the union of the soul to God by love. Christ
was reiterating that life cannot exist where the love of God is not, and the
love of God cannot exist where there is rebellion against Him. The Ten
Commandments that Moses gave began with “thou shall not” were summed up by
Christ into two great commandments which is “Thou shalt love God” and “Thou
shalt love thy neighbor”. Therefore, the yielding of the mind and heart to
selfish sins or thoughts of lust, murder or any dozens of evil actions is as
sinful as the act. The core of sin is the soul of man twisting itself out of
the right relationship with God.
Amoris LætitiaLove in Marriage Love is generous (101-102)
love another, we must first love
ourselves. Paul’s hymn to love, however, states that love “does not seek its
own interest,” nor “seek what is its own”. This same idea is expressed in
another text: “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to
the interests of others” (Phil 2:4). The Bible makes it clear that generously
serving others is far more noble than loving ourselves. Loving ourselves is
only important as a psychological
prerequisite for being able to love others: “If a man is mean to himself, to
whom will he be generous? “No one is meaner than the man who is grudging to
himself.” (Sir 14:5-6). Saint Thomas Aquinas explains that “it is more proper
to charity to desire to love than to desire to be loved,” indeed, “mothers, who
are those who love the most, seek to love more than to be loved.” Consequently, love can transcend and overflow
the demands of justice, “expecting nothing in return” (Lk 6:35), and the
greatest of loves can lead to “laying down one’s life” for another (cf. Jn
15:13). Can such generosity, which enables us to give freely and fully, really
be possible? Yes, because it is demanded by the Gospel: “You received without
pay, give without pay” (Mt 10:8).
The North Korean cult of
personality surrounding its ruling family, the Kim family, has
existed in North Korea for decades and can be found in many examples of North
Korean culture.The personality cult began soon after Kim Il-sung took power in 1948 and was greatly
expanded after his death in 1994. While other countries have had cults of
personality to various degrees (such as Joseph Stalin's in the Soviet Union),
the pervasiveness and extreme nature of North Korea's personality cult
surpasses that of Stalin or Mao Zedong. The cult is also marked by the
intensity of the people's feelings for and devotion to their leaders, and the
key role played by a Confucianized ideology of familism
both in maintaining the cult and thereby in sustaining the regime itself. The
cult of personality surrounding the Kim family requires total loyalty and
subjugation to the Kim family and establishes the country as a one-man
dictatorship through successive generations. There is even widespread belief
that Kim Il-sung "created the world" and that Kim Jong-il controlled
the weather. Korean society, traditionally Confucian, places a strong emphasis on
paternal hierarchy and loyalty. North Korean authorities have co-opted portions
of Christianity and Buddhism, and adapted them to their own uses, while greatly
restricting all religions in general
as they are seen as a threat to the regime. An example of this can be seen in
the description of Kim Il-sung as a god,and Kim Jong-il as the son
of a god or "Sun of the Nation".
The Saint of today-St. Hippoytus was a priest and a
person of some importance in the Church in Rome who in his book, “The Apostolic
Traditions”, displays the liturgical life of the Christian at Rome in the first
centuries. Of interest is the tradition of the hours.
"All the faithful, men and women, upon rising in the morning before
beginning work, should wash their hands and pray to God."
"When you are at home, pray at the third hour and praise God. But if you
are away when this hour comes, pray in your heart to God. For at this hour
Christ was nailed to the Cross."
"In a similar way you should pray again at the sixth hour. For at the time
when Christ was nailed to the Cross, there came a great darkness. Prayer should
therefore be said in imitation of Him who prayed at that hour, viz., Christ
before His death."
"The ninth hour too should be made perfect by prayer and praise . . . in
that hour Christ was pierced by the spear."
"Once more ought you to pray before you go to bed."
midnight rise from your bed, wash yourself and pray. If you have a wife, pray
together in antiphonal fashion. If she is not yet of the faith, withdraw and
pray alone and return again to your place. If you are bound by the bond of
marriage duties, do not cease your prayers, for you are not stained thereby. It
is necessary that we pray at that hour (i.e., Matins), for at that hour all creation
is resting and praising God. Stars, trees, water are as if they were standing
still; all the hosts of angels are holding divine services together with the
souls of the just. They are praising almighty God at that hour." What an
Sunrise-Lauds: "In like
manner rise and pray at the hour at which the cock crows . . . full of hope
look forward to the day of eternal light that will shine upon us eternally
after the resurrection from the dead." Motivation for these "hour
prayers" of the early Christians was the conviction that daily they were
reliving Christ's death and resurrection. Every new day was a day of
resurrection, and daily they were raised with Christ on the Cross. It is an
example that should spur us on to give the Mass, the Breviary, and
the Bible the place of honor in our lives.
Wednesday coming up is the Feast of the Assumption of
the Blessed Virgin Mary and just as Mary's assumption into heaven signifies her
purity of body and soul, so too does it remind us of her freedom from the
curses of the Fall, such as having to live by the sweat of one's brow on a land
that yields only thorns and thistles (Gen. 3.18,19). It is perhaps for this
reason that the Feast or the Octave of the Assumption was a favorite time for blessing
the scene of man's labors, especially those related to the
production of food. In Western Europe, for example, fields would often be
blessed by the parish priest, while in America and Latin countries Assumption
Day is traditionally the occasion for blessing the fishing fleets of coastal
towns. Also tying into this theme of nature is the German and Austrian time
Mary is invoked for assistance or thanked for the autumn harvest of grains.
This period lasts from Assumption Day until September 15, the Feast of the
Seven custom of Our Lady's Thirty Days(Frauendreissiger),
during which Sorrow of the Blessed Virgin. Legend states that nature is
particularly benign during this time: snakes do not bite, wild animals do not
attack, and food picked within the thirty days is especially wholesome.
Finally, parts of England and Ireland observe Our Lady's Health Bathing,
where bathing in rivers, lakes, the ocean, or any natural body of water is
considered particularly good for one's health.
generous and plan a trip with friends and family for a little of our Lady’s
”When you’re a failure in
Hollywood, that’s like starving to death outside a banquet hall, with smells of
Filet Mignon driving you crazy.” ~
There is a cut of meat that is the very definition of luxury and
decadence, one that falls from the lips of the common people and the rich
debutante royalty of Hollywood in equal measure. Filet Mignon is French for
“dainty fillet” and first found its way into the world in the 1906 book,” TheFour Million”. Filet Minion Day celebrates the history
of this steak and the delicious role it has played in exquisite meals. Tenderloin. The very word
implies a rich and succulent meal that absolutely melts on the tongue, but even
in this most perfect cut of meat, there is a portion that is unquestionably the
best. This portion is the fabled Filet Mignon. This delicious cut is served in
4 to 8oz portions and comes prepared in one of three varieties, seared in a
pan, grilled over coals or the most famous, wrapped in bacon. The bacon is
typically added to enrich the piece with fat, as Filet Mignon tends to
leanness. Even though it comes from the tenderloin, there are still multiple
cuts of Filet Mignon one can choose to indulge in. The prime cut is the most
popular and is available from any form of cattle, the Angus Cut, however, comes
specifically from vegetarian fed beef and is far and away one of the best forms
of beef available. If you’re truly feeling decadent, you can purchase a 32oz
whole Filet Mignon Roast. It may set you back about $65 a pound (That’s $130)
but it’ll be worth every succulent bite.
to Celebrate Filet Mignon Day
If you don’t have a talent with cooking, you can head out to
your local steakhouse and enjoy an expertly prepared cut of Filet Mignon. If
you’re feeling more adventurous you can head down to your local butcher and get
an excellent cut of meat that you can prepare yourself! Marinate it in a
wonderful sauce while you get the coals ready, wrap it in bacon, and set it
upon the grill to cook. Gently though! Filet Mignon is best-served medium rare
so that the soft tender nature of the meat will be preserved. This is just the
first step on enjoying Filet Mignon Day, but it doesn’t have to be the last!
Australia’s carpetbag steak combines two of the country’s most celebrated
products: fresh, sea-bright oysters and (ideally) free-range, grass-fed beef.
The name of this specialty derives from the shape of the finished dish. Although
many recipes call for broiling the steaks or grilling them over charcoal, those
methods tend to dry out the meat and prevent its beefy juices from mingling
into the oozy lushness of the salty oysters. Better to sauté the steaks for a
moistly tender result with maximum flavor contrast.
equipment: Kitchen string and a trussing needle or small satay-type skewers 4
filet mignon steaks, each about 2 inches thick or 7 to 8 ounces Salt and
freshly ground black pepper 8 medium-size oysters, as freshly shucked as
possible 6 tablespoons (¾ stick) unsalted butter 2 tablespoons finely chopped
fresh flat-leaf parsley 2 to 3 anchovy fillets (optional), finely mashed
1. Using a very
sharp knife with a thin blade, cut a 2-inch-long horizontal slit on the edge of
each steak to make a pocket about 2 inches deep.
salt and pepper onto both sides of each oyster. Slip 2 oysters, side by side,
into the pocket of each steak.
3. Close the
opening of each pocket, either by sewing it shut using kitchen string and a
trussing needle, or by fastening it with a small skewer. Pat the steaks dry on
both sides with paper towels.
4. Heat 3
tablespoons of the butter in a large, heavy skillet, preferably cast-iron or
copper, over moderate heat. When the bubbling subsides, arrange the oyster-stuffed
steaks in the skillet, making sure that they do not touch one another.
5. Cook the
steaks on one side until lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes, then turn them over
and lightly brown them on the second side, about 3 to 4 minutes time. Reduce
the heat to low and cook the steaks, turning them frequently, 7 minutes longer
for very rare steak, or 9 to 10 minutes for medium-rare. Anything more cooked
than that will hardly be worth eating. Transfer the steaks to individual
6. Melt the
remaining 3 tablespoons of butter in the skillet and stir in the parsley. Spoon
some of the parsley butter over each steak before serving. If you like the edgy
sophistication that anchovies can impart, stir the mashed fillets into the
parsley butter before spooning itover
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."
40.You are curious and inquisitive, prying and nosey. Are you not
ashamed that even in your defects you are not much of a man? Be a man: and
instead of poking into other people's lives seek to acquire a true knowledge of