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.
Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter APPARITION OF ST. MICHAEL-3 RD SHIFT WORKERS DAY Psalm 2, verse 11 Serve the LORD with fear ...
Sunday, August 5, 2018
Monday, August 6, 2018
FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION
2, Verse 12
So then, my beloved,
obedient as you have always been, not only when I am present but all the more
now when I am absent, work out your salvation with fear and trembling.
Be good even when no one is watching is the old man’s
advice. We who are chosen by the Lord are the light bearers showing the way to
the will of God in a dark world. The world is a turbulent place fraught with
evil beyond imagining. We must be wise as parents of children who build a home
with both a prayer room and a storm cellar for the times when a tornado might
come. Our church is such a home both a prayer room and storm cellar against the
This is the second
commemoration during the liturgical year of the miracle of the Transfiguration.
(The first, on the second Sunday in Lent, recalls Christ's divinity, while
today emphasizes His triumph and glory.
GOSPEL Matt xvii
that time: Jesus taketh unto Him Peter and James, and John his brother, and
bringeth them up into a high mountain apart: and He was transfigured before
them. And His face did shine as the sun: and His garments became white as snow.
And behold there appeared to them Moses and Elias talking with Him. And Peter,
answering, said to Jesus: Lord, it is good for us to be here: if Thou wilt, let
us make here three tabernacles, one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for
Elias. And as he was yet speaking, behold a bright cloud overshaded them. And
lo a voice out of the cloud saying: This is My beloved Son, in Whom I arn well
pleased: hear ye Him. And the disciple’s hearing, fell upon their face: and
were very much afraid. And Jesus came and touched them: and said to them:
Arise, and fear not. And they lifting up their eyes saw no one, but only Jesus.
And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying: Tell the
vision to no man, till the Son of man be risen from the dead.
Why was Jesus transfigured before His
disciples on Mount Thabor?
1. To give them a
manifest proof of His divinity.
2. To prevent all
doubt on their part when they should see Him on Mount Calvary.
3. To encourage
all the faithful to patience under agony and suffering.
4. To show us how
our glorified bodies shall rise from the dead (i. Cor. xv. 52).
Why did Moses and Elias appear with Our
testify that Jesus, was the Savior of the world, spoken of by the law and the
vision happened in the night. As they went down the mountain early the next
morning, Jesus bade them not to tell any one what they had seen till he should
be risen from the dead. In the Transfiguration Christ enjoyed for a short while
that glorified state which was to be permanently His after His Resurrection on
Easter Sunday. The splendor of His inward Divinity and of the Beatific Vision
of His soul overflowed on His body and permeated His garments so that Christ
stood before Peter, James, and John in a snow-white brightness. The purpose of
the Transfiguration was to encourage and strengthen the Apostles who were
depressed by their master’s prediction of His own Passion and Death. The
Apostles were made to understand that His redeeming work has two phases: The
Cross, and glory—that we shall be glorified with Him only if we first suffer
Beer Float Day is celebrated on August 6th every year. Between the luxurious
vanilla ice-cream and the sumptuous root beer foam, how can any individual
resist this delightful beverage? This amazingly refreshing summer treat has its
own special day to celebrate its undeniable brilliance. Towards the end of the
19th century, a gentleman named Frank Wisner created the first root beer float.
Strangely, this float was nicknamed the “black cow.” If you are wondering how
to make one of these superb drinks, then simply add a scoop of vanilla
ice-cream to a cold glass of root beer. The taste of root beer float makes the
taste buds tingle with utter excitement. To celebrate Root Beer Float Day why
not create your own float? Make the float colourful and presentable so that
other people can see you have really made an effort for this special occasion!
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.Don't be so touchy. The least thing offends you. it's necessary to
weigh one's words well before speaking to you even on the most trivial matter. Don't
be annoyed if I tell you that you are... unbearable. Unless you change, you
will never be of any use.