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, September 10, 2018
MUHARRAN (ISALMIC NEW YEAR)
Chapter 1, Verse 5-7
5 Through him we have
received the grace of apostleship, to bring about the obedience of faith, for
the sake of his name, among all the Gentiles, 6 among
whom are you also, who are called to belong to Jesus Christ;7 to all the beloved of God in Rome,
called to be holy. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord
Romans, through the Caesars, sought peace among men by the liberal use of the
displays of power and majesty; using fear as a tool for total control and
subjugation. This was the Pax Romana. Christ, the son of God, by His sacrifice
showed the Romans another way; the true way via the church and the Precious
Blood to obtain a far greater peace; peace with God and finally peace with our
selves. This is the triumph of the Cross.
a parent we can be more effective if we remember that using fear as a tool to
total control and subjugation is not the way of Christ.
little child kicks and screams because he thinks, —or perhaps because he knows
from experience, —that in order to avoid a scene you will give in to him and
let him have what he wants. You must prove to him that this is a mistaken idea of
his. You are not going to give in.
not get angry. Do not slap.
firmly, "No; when you stop screaming I will speak to you." Then leave
the child alone in a safe room. Or, if he must be in the room with you, do not
notice him. Keep busy with something or other.
a while, say quietly, "Little Jesus does not like screaming and kicking.
He loves you and He does not want you to do that."
Keep quiet. Be patient.
the child slows down at times, waits to see if you will give in, and then
starts up again, do not worry. He is showing that he begins to understand.
Ignore him. Finally, he will yield. He may fall asleep.
or three performances like this will end the bad habit and establish a good one
Be gentle; but be firm and consistent. Remain very calm and silent.
(1st first month of the Islamic calendar), is the holiest month after Ramadan.
This month is most recommended by Muhammad to fast and worship in.
Islamic method of dating was invented by Umar ibn Al-Khattab, a close friend of
Muhammad. He was the second Islamic Caliph (rulers) and in the year 638
he standardized the many calendars of the Arabian Peninsula.
Islamic calendar is lunar cycle based and contains twelve months that make up a
total of 354.36 days together.
are parallels between this holiday and the day of Ashura. Ashura
commemorates what Muslims believe is Moses crossing the Red Sea to escape the
oppressive Pharaoh on Ashura. Similarly, the Islamic New Year marks
Muhammad's crossing the desert between Mecca and Medina to escape the
oppressive Quraish nobles. For both observances, Muhammad recommended
Muslims to fast.
Islamic calendar is abbreviated A.H. or Anno Hegirae in Western languages.
The first date on the Islamic calendar, 1,1 Muharram A.H. corresponds to
July 16, year 622.
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parents traditionally tell their children of Muhammad's escape from Mecca to
Medina on this night.
a Islamic New Year Celebration. In Indonesia, the government holds
various parades and marches to celebrate the Islamic New Year. This
includes chanting songs called kidung.
more about Muhammad's journey from Mecca to Medina by reading his biography,
The Sealed Nectar.
For an increase in Faith, Hope and Love
in the world
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen was a universally popular
evangelist, radio/TV personality, writer and missionary. He is most known for
his television series, “Life is Worth Living” which had a viewing audience of
over 30 million people. Archbishop
Fulton J. Sheen was also national director of the Society for the Propagation
of the Faith from 1950 to 1966. In February 1951, he inaugurated a World
Mission Rosaryduring his radio address, The Catholic Hour.
“We must pray, and not for ourselves, but for the world,” he exhorted. “To this
end, I have designed the World Mission Rosary.” Praying this Rosary, Archbishop
Sheen said, would “aid the Holy Father and his Society for the Propagation of
the Faith by supplying him with practical support, as well as prayers, for the
poor mission territories of the world.” Each decade of that World Mission
Rosary calls to mind an area where the Church continues her evangelizing
mission: green for
the forests and grasslands of Africa; blue for the ocean surrounding the
islands of the Pacific; white symbolizing Europe, the seat of the Holy Father,
shepherd of the world; redcalling
to mind the fire of faith that brought missionaries to the Americas, and yellow, the
morning light of the east, for Asia. Archbishop Sheen said, “Peace will
come only when the hearts of the world have changed. When the World Mission
Rosary is completed, one has embraced all continents, all people in prayer.”
reminds us of the double love of
God and neighbor.
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."
55.If you don't get up at a fixed time you will never carry out your
plan of life.