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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Sunday, October 21, 2018
Sunday af.Pentecost (29th S Ord Time)
Romans, Chapter 12,Verse 9-10
9 Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good;10love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in
In other words, behave like a Christian. You cannot
separate leadership from relationships. Do not assume that everyone will follow
you or your ideas because you are a designated leader or that your knowledge
qualifies you to lead. People are not interested in what you know but only if
you really care. Therefore, be sincere; if you really care about someone you
will tell them what they need to know and not necessarily what they like to
hear. Paul in this chapter guides us on how to lead through relationships.
loyal to colleagues and treat others like brothers or sisters (v.10).
preference to others—honor the desires of others above your own (v.10).
hospitable—look for ways to meet the needs of others (v.13).
good for evil—act, don’t react, when others hurt you (v.14).
with others—treat others needs or victories as your own (v.15).
open-minded towards others—seek to connect with anyone you speak to (v. 16).
everyone with respect—this is a compliment to any person (v.17).
everything possible to keep peace—choose wisely which hills to die on (v.18).
10.Remove revenge from your life—let
God judge others; you love them.
Amoris LætitiaPassionate love, the erotic dimension of love (150-152)
God himself created sexuality, which is a marvelous gift to his
creatures. If this gift needs to be cultivated and directed, it is to prevent
the “impoverishment of an authentic value.”Saint John Paul II rejected the claim that the
Church’s teaching is “a negation of the value of human sexuality”, or that the
Church simply tolerates sexuality “because it is necessary for procreation.”
Sexual desire is not something
to be looked down upon, and “and there can be no attempt whatsoever to call
into question its necessity.” To those who fear
that the training of the passions and of sexuality detracts from the
spontaneity of sexual love, Saint John Paul II replied that human persons are
“called to full and mature spontaneity in their relationships,” a maturity that
“is the gradual fruit of a discernment of the impulses of one’s own heart.”
This calls for discipline and self-mastery, since every human person “must learn, with perseverance and
consistency, the meaning of his or her body.” Sexuality
is not a means of gratification or entertainment; it is an interpersonal language
wherein the other is taken seriously, in his or her sacred and inviolable
dignity. As such, “the human heart comes to participate, so to speak, in
another kind of spontaneity.” In this context, the erotic appears as a
specifically human manifestation of sexuality. It enables us to discover “the
nuptial meaning of the body and the authentic dignity of the gift.” In his
catechesis on the theology of the body, Saint John Paul II taught that sexual
only is “a source of fruitfulness and procreation,” but also possesses “the
capacity of expressing love: that love precisely in which the human person
becomes a gift.” A healthy sexual desire, albeit closely joined to a pursuit of
pleasure, always involves a sense of wonder, and for that very reason can
humanize the impulses. In no way, then, can we consider the erotic dimension
of love simply as a permissible evil
or a burden to be tolerated for the good of the family. Rather, it must be seen as gift from God that
enriches the relationship of the spouses. As a passion sublimated by a love respectful of the dignity of the
other, it becomes a “pure, unadulterated affirmation” revealing the marvels of
which the human heart is capable. In this way, even momentarily, we can feel
that “life has turned out good and happy.”
At that time, the Pharisees going
consulted among themselves how to ensnare Jesus in His speech. And they sent to
Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying: Master, we know that Thou art a
true speaker, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest Thou for any
man: for Thou dost not regard the person of men. Tell us, therefore, what dost
Thou think, is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not? But Jesus, knowing
their wickedness, said: Why do you tempt Me, ye hypocrites? Show Me the coin of
the tribute. And they offered Him a penny. And Jesus saith to them: Whose image
and inscription is this? They say to Him: Caesar’s. Then He saith to them:
tender therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things
that are God’s.
are hypocrites? Those
who, in order to deceive their neighbors, show themselves outwardly pious,
while within they are full of evil dispositions and malice; who have honey on
the tongue, but gall in the heart; who, like scorpions, sting when one least
expects it. Such men are cursed by God (Mai. i. 14). The Lord hateth a mouth
with a double tongue (Prov. viii. 13).
See, the eyes of the LORD are upon those who fear him, upon
those who hope for his kindness, to deliver them from death and preserve them
in spite of famine.
THE word Purgatory is sometimes taken to mean a place,
sometimes as an intermediate state between Hell and Heaven. It is, properly
speaking, the condition of souls which, at the moment of death, are in the
state of grace, but which have not completely expiated their faults, nor
attained the degree of purity necessary to enjoy the vision of God. Purgatory
is, then, a transitory state which terminates in a life of everlasting
happiness. It is not a trial by which merit may be gained or lost, but a state
of atonement and expiation. The soul has arrived at the term of its earthly
career; that life was a time of trial, a time of merit for the soul, a time of
mercy on the part of God. This time once expired, nothing but justice is to be
expected from God, whilst the soul can neither gain nor lose merit. She remains
in the state in which death found her; and since it found her in the state of
sanctifying grace, she is certain of never
forfeiting that happy state, and of arriving at the eternal possession of God.
Nevertheless, since she is burdened with certain debts of temporal punishment,
she must satisfy Divine Justice by
enduring this punishment in its entire rigor. Such is the significance of the
word Purgatory, and the condition of the souls which are there. On this subject
the Church proposes two truths clearly defined as dogmas of faith: first, that
there is a Purgatory; second that the souls which are in Purgatory may be
assisted by the suffrages of the faithful, especially by the Holy Sacrifice of
Mission Sunday– a day that leads us to the heart of our Christian
faith – leads us to mission! Your generosity on World Mission Sunday supports
the work of priests, religious and lay leaders in the Missions who share our
faith with those most in need. This year we can even “chat” with our chief
missionary, Pope Francis, and learn more about his missions and missionaries.
Learn more at ChatWithThePope.org Chat – Pray – Give this World Mission Sunday.
day in 1964 was the premier of the movie, “My Fair Lady.” It is one of my
daughter Nicole’s favorite movies.
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."
1'Minutes of silence'. Leave silence for those
whose hearts are dry. We Catholics, children of God, speak with our Father who
is in heaven.
Ash Wednesday Deuteronomy, Chapter 18, Verse 21-22 21 Should you say to yourselves, “How can we recognize that a word is one the LORD has not spoken?”, 22 if a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD but the word does not come true, it is a word the LORD did not speak. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; do not fear him. Even saints at times may have spoken presumptuously. Let us meditate on the words of Padre Pio, “Love and fear must go united together, fear without love becomes cowardice. Love without fear becomes presumption. When there is love without fear, love runs without prudence and without restraint, without taking care where it is going.” This is the great beauty of the Holy Spirit for it tells us when even a very holy person speaks not every word they speak comes from God. We error sometimes in this way, making men into gods; but a heart that is filled with the spirit of God is filled with quiet joy and even if the person were to be impriso
Full Worm Moon According to the almanac we are having a Full Worm Moon-plan to take your family or grandchildren fishing! Hummingbirds are migrating North now; look for them. Monday 2 nd Week in Lent PURIM-MEATBALLDAY-HOLI Proverbs, Chapter 31, Verse 30 Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting; the woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Woman is the key to the salvation of the world. It is the miracle of God that the salvation of mankind was deposited in the care of the Virgin Mary and likewise in the physical sense the material world through the modern woman who is faithful to the precepts of the Lord. Such a woman knows the secret to raising children to be happy and successful is to do it in a home overflowing with love. A woman of faith truly knows: God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in distress. Therefore, we fear not, though the earth be shaken, and mountains plunge into the depths of the sea. A woman of Influence
Wednesday after laetare Sunday: end of mid-lent  Jeremiah, Chapter 26, verse 19 Did Hezekiah, king of Judah, and all Judah condemn him to death? Did he not fear the LORD and entreat the favor of the LORD, so that the LORD had a change of heart regarding the evil he had spoken against them? We, however, are about to do great evil against ourselves.” Have you ever been around people who cannot handle the truth! Speaking the truth got Jeremiah in dire straits. Unmoving, the temple officials and elders trashed Jeremiah nonetheless they were too afraid to kill him. Dire Straits  · At the beginning of Jehoiakim's reign, God tells Jeremiah to stand in the court of the temple and speak to all the people and cities of Judah. They're getting another chance to repent. Maybe they'll actually listen this time. · If the people don't finally come to their senses, God's going to do the same thing to Jerusalem that he did to Shiloh up
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
Romans, Chapter 8, verse 14-15 14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15 For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear , but you received a spirit of adoption, through which we cry, “Abba, Father!” By the sacrifice of Christ, we are the adopted children of God, who feared none, and by whose sufferings and glory we share; by reason of the Holy Spirits presence within us. We are thus giving us a new life and relationship with God. ( Novena to the Holy Spirit ) To some is giving the gift of tongues. To which many years ago (40 to be exact February 1975) at the birth of my first born daughter I had gone to the Gunpowder Inn, in Bermuda, to celebrate her birth, with a couple of Native American friends. At the time I was in the Navy Seabees and we worked together. When I had got there, all of the sudden, I got an overwhelming feeling that I needed to speak in tongues to P. Graves and I did. I felt stupid an
Plough Monday ORTHODOX CHRISTMAS-DISTAFF DAY Psalm 2, verse 11 Serve the LORD with fear ; exult with trembling , accept correction lest he become angry and you perish along the way when his anger suddenly blazes up. Blessed are all who take refuge in him! To fully understand this verse, we must know who the writer is referring to. In verse 10 the writer states “ Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear. Our God is a just God and to “those who have been given much; much is required”; to quote the spider man movie. Kings (and the 1 percent’ers) to be wise must humble themselves. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of the needle then for a rich man to get into heaven. The "Eye of the Needle" has been claimed to be a gate in Jerusalem, which opened after the main gate was closed at night. A camel could only pass through this smaller gate if it was stooped and had its baggage removed.  I a
Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter ST MATTHIAS-Novena St. Rita-Chicken Dance Day Jeremiah, Chapter 42, Verse 11-16 11 Do not FEAR the king of Babylon, as you do now. Do not FEAR him—oracle of the LORD—for I am with you to save you, to rescue you from his power. 12 I will take pity on you, so that he will have pity on you and let you return to your land. 13 But if you keep saying, “We will not stay in this land,” thus disobeying the voice of the LORD, your God, 14 and saying, “No, we will go to the land of Egypt, where we will not see war, nor hear the trumpet alarm, nor hunger for bread. There we will live!” 15 then listen to the word of the LORD, remnant of Judah: Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: If you are set on going to Egypt and settling down there once you arrive, 16 the sword you FEAR shall overtake you in the land of Egypt; the hunger you dread shall pursue you to Egypt and there you shall die. Faith is always a great multiplier in overcom
Leviticus, Chapter 25, Verse 17 Do not deal unfairly with one another, then; but stand in fear of your God. I, the LORD, am your God. Our loving God wants us free and He demands that we out of love treat each other with love and fairness. In the Jewish calendar God specified that we are to rest one out of seven days but it goes further with a rest after seven weeks ending in a year of Jubilee after the 49 th year called a Shemitah. The Shemitah Year is the seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle mandated by the Torah for the Land of Israel and still observed in contemporary Judaism. When Moses received the Levitical law, God gave the commandment to rest on the seventh day… the Sabbath. Moses also applied the cycles of "seven" to weeks and years . A cycle of seven weeks points to the 50th day, called Pentecost. And a cycle of seven sets of seven years points to the 50th year, the year of Jubilee. The year of Jubilee is based on letting the land rest
LABOR DAY John 20, Verse 26 Now a week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, “ Peace be with you.” Are the doors of you heart locked? Are you without faith? Perhaps Christ will stand someday in your midst as he did Thomas. I came to you in weakness and fear and much trembling, and my message and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of spirit and power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God. Doubt  Preachers have called Thomas the "Doubter." Few have touched upon his cynicism. Over and over, Thomas heard the witness of the followers. But, Thomas wanted more than proof positive. ("Inspect and touch," literally meant "to see and thrust.") He stepped beyond skepticism into cynicism. A week later, Jesus again appear with the greeting of
DAY 7 - MOTHER MOST CHASTE, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF COURAGE! GOD'S WORD "Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD." (Psalm 27:14) HEROES' WORDS "Fortitude is the disposition of soul which enables us to despise all inconveniences and the loss of things not in our power." -St. Augustine "I know well that the greater and more beautiful the work is, the more terrible will be the storms that rage against it." -St. Faustina "Moreover, Christians are born for combat, whereof the greater the vehemence, the more assured, God willing, the triumph: 'Have confidence; I have overcome the world' (Jn 16:33)." -Pope Leo XIII "Though the path is plain and smooth for men of good will, he who walks it will not travel far, and will do so only with difficulty, if he does not have good feet: that is, courage and a persevering spirit." -St. John of the Cross MEDITATION Fortitude is the mor