Tuesday, October 9, 2018


A Message from Bishop Olmsted from Diocese of Phoenix on Vimeo.

LEIF ERIKSON DAY

John, Chapter 14, Verse 21-24
21 Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.” 22 Judas, not the Iscariot, said to him, “Master, [then] what happened that you will reveal yourself to us and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me.



This is the indwelling of the Father and the Son, when we have this we reflect our own perfected beauty. Think of a beauty queen and compare it to the face of mother Teresa; which portraits beauty more? When we have the indwelling the truth is never far from us; think of Thomas More and when we have the indwelling we have joy and our earthly work is not a burden but light. If you are not happy perhaps you should reflect are you observing Christ' commandments? First seek the kingdom and all grace will be added to you. When we have the indwelling the spirit compels us to acts of mercy. The traditional enumeration of the corporal works of mercy is as follows:


·         To feed the hungry;
·         To give drink to the thirsty;
·         To clothe the naked;
·         To harbor the harborless;
·         To visit the sick;
·         To ransom the captive;
·         To bury the dead.

The spiritual works of mercy are:


·         To instruct the ignorant;
·         To counsel the doubtful;
·         To admonish sinners;
·         To bear wrongs patiently;
·         To forgive offences willingly;
·         To comfort the afflicted;
·         To pray for the living and the dead.

In a sense when we have the indwelling we are like Mary the great mother of God and are compelled to acts of mercy; they are not just a list but a way of being.

Amoris Lætitia[1] Love in Marriage; Love bears all things (111-113)

Paul’s list ends with four phrases contain­ing the words “all things”. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Here we see clearly the countercultural power of a love that is able to face whatever might threaten it. This is about more than simply put­ting up with evil; it has to do with the use of the tongue. The holding one’s peace” about what may be wrong with another person. Limiting judgment, checking the impulse to issue a firm and ruthless condemnation: “Judge not and you will not be judged.”  Although it runs contrary to the way we normally use our tongues, God’s word tells us: “Do not speak evil against one another, brothers and sisters” (Jas 4:11). Being willing to speak ill of another person is a way of asserting ourselves, venting resentment and envy without concern for the harm we may do. We often forget that slander can be quite sinful; it is a grave offense against God when it seriously harms another person’s good name and causes damage that is hard to repair. Hence God’s word forthrightly states that the tongue “is a world of iniquity” that “stains the whole body” (Jas 3:6); it is a “restless evil, full of deadly poison” (3:8). Whereas the tongue can be used to “curse those who are made in the likeness of God,” love cherishes the good name of others, even one’s enemies.

Married couples joined by love speak well of each other; they try to show their spouse’s good side, not their weakness and faults. In any event, they keep silent rather than speak ill of them. This is not merely a way of acting in front of others; it springs from an interior attitude. Far from ingenuously claiming not to see the problems and weaknesses of others, it sees those weaknesses and faults in a wider context. It recognizes that these failings are a part of a bigger picture. We have to realize that all of us are a complex mixture of light and shadows. The other person is much more than the sum of the little things that annoy me. Love does not have to be perfect for us to value it. The other person loves me as best they can, with all their limits, but the fact that love is imperfect does not mean that it is untrue or unreal. It is real, albeit limited and earthly. If I expect too much, the other person will let me know, for he or she can neither play God nor serve all my needs. Love coexists with imperfection. It “bears all things” and can hold its peace before the limitations of the loved one.

Leif Erikson Day[2]

Leif Erikson Day serves to honor Viking Explorer Leif Erikson and celebrate Nordic-American Heritage.  Erikson is believed to have been the first European to set foot on the North American continent, having done so nearly 500 years before Christopher Columbus.  He established a settlement called Vinland and although its exact location is not known, it is believed that it is near L'anse aux Meadows, in Newfoundland, Canada, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 1925, Leif Erikson was officially recognized by President Calvin Coolidge as the first explorer to discover the continent. It took another four decades for the day to become official when, in 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared October 9th as Leif Erikson Day. In 2015, President Barack Obama reproclaimed the day and called upon Americans to celebrate the day appropriately in honor of Nordic-American heritage and the explorers that embarked on the expeditions that led to the creation of the United States.


Leif Erikson Day Facts & Quotes

·         Leif Erikson was actually born in Iceland, but his family was Norwegian. He died in Greenland in the year 1020.
·         On October 9, 1825, the first wave of Norwegian immigrants arrived on US soil in New York City. Between 1825 and 1925, nearly one-third of Norway's population immigrated to the US.
·         Erikson named his settlement Vinland or Wineland due to the many grape vines that he discovered there.
·         There are more than 4.5 million Americans with Norwegian ancestry living in the US today, of which 55% live in the Upper Midwest states.
·         Histories have been written and more will be written of the Norwegians in America, but no man can tell adequately of the tearing asunder of tender ties, the hardships and dangers crossing the deep, the work and worry, the hopes and fears, the laughter and tears, of men and women who with bare hands carved out of a wilderness a new kingdom. - Rønning, N. N., from the book Fifty Years in America

Leif Erikson Day Top Events and Things to Do

·         Purchase a Leif Ericson Millennium Commemorative Coin from the US Mint. The coins were released at the beginning of the century however you can purchase some from collectors online or even try to find them in public circulation.
·         Visit one of the many Leif Erikson statues in the United States. There are statues in Boston, Milwaukee, Chicago, Cleveland, Virginia, Seattle, Minnesota and North Dakota.
·         Take a trip to Iceland, Norway or Greenland and visit the homelands of Leif Erikson.
·         Take a trip to UNESCO site of L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland, Canada. This is believed to be the site of Erikson's first New World settlement.
·         Watch a movie about Vikings and Leif Erikson. Some movies include: Leif Ericson (2000) and The Vikings (1958), The Viking Sagas (1995) and The 13th Warrior (1999).

The Way[3]

"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."

99.  Engrave in your memory those words which struck you while praying and repeat them slowly many times throughout the day.

Daily Devotions
·         Drops of Christ’s Blood
·         Pray the 54 Day Rosary
·         Total Consecration Day 28



[1] Pope Francis, Encyclical on Love.
[3]http://www.escrivaworks.org/book/the_way-point-1.htm



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