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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Ember Wednesday


Romans, Chapter 16, Verse 19-20
19 For while your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, I want you to be wise as to what is good, and simple as to what is evil; 20 then the God of peace will quickly crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.

Not fear but revere!  This is Holy fear which acknowledges, He that is, and that we exist in and through Him by the saving grace of Christ and the action of the Holy Spirit. The opposite of revere is to despise. There are many in our country and world who despise the Lord. How did this come about? According to the US Army Leadership manual[1] followers tend to ask two questions:  1) Is the leader powerful? 2) Does he care about me?

To get to Holy fear we must know that God has power (thus acting accordingly by following his commandments) and know that He cares about us. To not do this we will fear, tolerate or despise our Lord but if we acknowledge His power and His love we will have reverence and according to the second part of this verse, “Glory will dwell in our land.”

When we know that in truth that God does care about us and that He has real power over us we trust and respect Him and are at peace!

Does He care about me?
Does He  have power?
Trusted and Respected

Ember Days?[2]

The term “Ember Days” is derived from the Latin term Quatuor Tempora, which literally means “four times.” There are four sets of Ember Days each calendar year; three days each – Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Ember Days fall at the start of a new season and they are ordered as days of fast and abstinence. The significance of the days of the week are that Wednesday was the day Christ was betrayed, Friday was the day He was crucified, and Saturday was the day He was entombed. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, the purpose of Ember Days, “besides the general one intended by all prayer and fasting, was to thank God for the gifts of nature, to teach men to make use of them in moderation, and to assist the needy.”

The Four Occurrences of Ember Days are as Follows:

·         Winter: the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after the Feast of St. Lucy.

·         Spring: the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after Ash Wednesday.

·         Summer: the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after Pentecost.

·         Fall: the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday after the Feast of the Holy Cross.

St. Januarius[3]

Little is known about St. Januarius. He was Bishop of Benevento in Campania. He died near Naples, about the year 305, martyred under the persecution of Emperor Diocletian. Around the year 400 the relics of St. Januarius were moved to Naples, which honors Januarius as a patron saint. He supposedly protected Naples from a threatened eruption of the volcano Mt. Vesuvius. The "miracle of Januarius" has world-wide fame. At least three times a year—on his feast day, December 16 and the first Sunday of May—the sealed vial with congealed blood of the saint liquifies, froths and bubbles up. This miraculous event has occurred every year, with rare exceptions. Popular tradition holds that the liquefaction is a sign that the year will be preserved from disasters. (In 1939, the beginning of World War II, the blood did not bubble up.)

Things to Do:

·         Find out more about this "miracle of Januarius", including pictures.
·         Have an Italian dinner.
·         If you live close to New York city you can participate in The Feast of San Gennaro celebrated in lower Manhattan.
·         Read more about St. Januarius at EWTN.

St. Raphael[4]

Saint Raphael is one of the three archangels mentioned in the bible in the book of Tobit. He is the angel of peace, health and joy. We should call upon his help in conquering the devils influence and overcoming the flesh. He is the angel sent by God to guide and guard, to heal and save. He is forever watchful, and tender and helpful along with our own guardian angel. When tempted call upon the help of Saint Raphael; he is more powerful than a ninja turtle.

On 3 August 1992 during the morning prayers I received the following message from the Holy Angel Raphael. The Holy Raphael spoke:

"Coming in the Name of my Lord and Master Jesus Christ, to bring you the following message destined for all the youth of the earth.
I bring a special blessing from my Lord and Master, the Lord Jesus Christ. His love goes out to them and all who are true to Him. He calls all youth to unite into a large army at the helm my Master, the Lord Jesus Christ and his beloved mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, who together will lead them to victory.
Therefore, everyone who joins this army shall carry with them a medallion, with on one side hereof the image of my Lord and Master, dressed as King, with in his left hand the sceptre and in the other hand the staff with the cross. Thereby the following writing: “Christus Vincit, Christus regnat, Christus imperat.” On the other side thereof must be the image of the mother of my Master, with on her arm my Master, depicted as a child. In the hand of my Master is the globe with above that the cross and the hand of the Blessed Virgin. Hereby the three titles that belong to her: “Queen of Peace, Queen of the Universe and Queen, Our Lady of All Peoples.”
This is your assignment: let these shields or medallions be made according to the description given above. After that these shields or medals must be blessed by a God-anointed. Spread them over all the earth. Of everyone who joins this army, the following is expected: with conviction of faith, pray the rosary every day and carry this rosary always with you. Attached to this rosary shall be the above described shield or medallion, so that everyone knows that my Master, the Lord Jesus Christ and his mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary stand behind them and protect them.
All who wish, can join this army under the same conditions, so that they can form a mighty army together with the youth, and so call a halt to the needless slaughter of the unborn children in the mother’s womb. They shall avoid the places where sin is openly committed against purity, and also occasions were Satanic music   plays to please their ears, because in this way is the message spread of hatred and loveless behaviour. They shall divert their eyes from all immoral depictions of the human body. All of you, join, and so stop the evil in this world.
Place this message for affirmation before the supreme shepherd of the Church of my Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, so that he can give his blessing to this task. Urge also your near relatives to give their full support in fulfilling this task.
Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum.” 

35 Promises of God[5] cont.

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me.”
-Ps 23:4

The Way[6]

"Read 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.  'Not by bread alone does man live, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God', said our Lord. Bread and word! Host and prayer. Otherwise, you will not live a supernatural life.

Daily Devotions
·         Drops of Christ’s Blood
·         Pray the 54 Day Rosary
·         Total Consecration Day 8

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