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.
Sunday, March 17, 2019
Second Sunday of Lent,
feast of st.
27, verse 1:
LORD is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? The LORD is my
life’s refuge; of whom should I be afraid?
verse is and should be our declaration of faith.Let us commit it to memorization and repeat
it to ourselves daily or when fear and doubt rears its ugly head within our
depths.Doing this will help us trust
the Lord and develop a true relationship of love with the Trinity through
prayer.God will become our sanctuary
and we will be able to put away our fears and rest in the arms of God.
will no longer have to pretend that we are not afraid for we will trust the
Lord with our whole being offering our lives, families, time and treasure with
total peace.We will be able to sleep
and awaken easily.The old Navajo adage
will no longer apply to us; you cannot
wake a person who is pretending to be asleep; due to our faith in God.
our reliance in Him we will be able to say with King David, “I believe that I
shall see the bounty of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD
with courage; be stouthearted and wait for the LORD.” (Psalm 27:13-14).
the Introit to-day the Church asks of God the grace to fall -no more into sin: Remember,
O God, Thy bowels of compassion, and Thy mercies that are from the beginning of
the world, lest at any time our enemies rule over us; deliver us, O God, from
all our tribulations. To Thee, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul. In Thee, O
God, I put my trust, let me not be ashamed; (Ps. xxiv.).
Prayer. O God, Who
beholdest us destitute of every virtue, preserve us both inwardly and
outwardly, that we may be defended from all adversities in body, and purified
from all evil thoughts in mind.
EPISTLE, i. Thess.
Brethren: We pray and beseech you in the Lord Jesus,
that as you have received of us, how you ought to walk, and to please God, so
also you would walk, that you may abound the more. For you know what precepts I
have given to you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification:
that you should abstain from fornication, that every one of you should know how
to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor: not in the passion of lust,
like the gentiles that know not God: and that no man overreach, nor circumvent
his brother in business: because the Lord is the avenger of all these things,
as we have told you before, and have testified: for God hath not called us unto
uncleanness, but unto sanctification.
Explanation. St. Paul exhorts
all Christians to live chastely and honestly, and continually to aspire to
higher perfection. Such is the will of God, Who has called us to holiness, and
will punish severely all impurity and injustice.
Prayer. Grant, O Lord,
that, according to my vocation, I may never be addicted to earthly and fleshly
lusts like the heathen, who know Thee not, but may live in modesty, chastity,
and holiness, and adorn my name as a Christian with good works. Amen.
for this Sunday Paul exhorts us to keep up our progress and we hear the story
of the Transfiguration as a heartening foretaste of Christ's ultimate triumph.
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 taber nacles, 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 am well pleased:
hear ye Him. And the disciples 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.
was Jesus transfigured before His disciples on Mount Tabor?
To give them a manifest proof of His divinity.
To prevent all doubt on their part when they should see Him on Mount Calvary.
To encourage all the faithful to patience under agony and suffering.
To show us how our glorified bodies shall rise from the dead (i. Cor. xv. 52).
Why did Moses and
Elias appear with Our Lord?
To testify that Jesus was the Savior of the word spoken of by the law and the
Transfiguration reminds us that the joys sown by God in life are not finishing
lines; rather they are the lights he gives us during our earthly pilgrimage in
order that “Jesus alone” may be our Law and his word the criterion that directs
our existence.” (Pope Benedict XVI, Angelus, February 28, 2010)
Pray: Pray for strength today to continue
your Lenten promises and fasting with this prayer from Catholic
Relief Services. . . .
Act: It’s the second Sunday of Lent, but
there are three more to go. Rededicate yourself to your Lenten promises today
and enter the week ready to tackle what’s ahead.
PATRICK was born towards the close of the
fourth century, but the place of his birth is not positively known. Britain and
Scotland both claim the honor, but the best authorities seem to agree upon
Brittany, in France. In his sixteenth year he was carried into captivity by
certain barbarians, who took him into Ireland, where he was obliged to keep
cattle on the mountains and in the forests, in hunger and nakedness, amidst
snows, rain, and ice. The young man had recourse to God with his whole heart in
fervent prayer and fasting and from that time faith and the love of God
acquired continually new strength in his tender soul. After six months spent in
slavery under the same master St. Patrick was admonished by God in a dream to
return to his own country, and informed that a ship was then ready to sail
thither. He went at once to the seacoast, though at a great distance, and found
the vessel. After three days sail, they made land, but wandered twenty-seven
days through deserts, and were a long while distressed for want of provisions.
Patrick assured the company that if they would address themselves with their
whole hearts to the true God He would hear and succor them. They did so, and on
the same day met with a herd of swine. From that time provisions never failed
them, till on the twenty-seventh day they came into a country that was
cultivated and inhabited. Some years afterwards he was again led captive but
recovered his liberty after two months. When he was at home with his parents,
God manifested to him, by divers’ visions, that He destined him to the great
work of the conversion of Ireland. The writers of his life say that after his
second captivity he travelled into Gaul and Italy, and saw St. Martin, St.
Germanus of Auxerre, and Pope Celestine, and that he received his mission and
the apostolical benediction from this Pope, who died in 432. Great opposition
was made to his episcopal consecration and mission, both by his own relations
and by the clergy; but the Lord, whose will he consulted by earnest prayer,
supported him, and he persevered in his resolution. He forsook his family, sold
his birthright and dignity to serve strangers, and consecrated his soul to God,
to carry His name to the ends of the earth. In this disposition he passed into
Ireland to preach the Gospel, penetrating into the remotest corners; and such
was the fruit of his preaching’s and sufferings that he baptized an infinite
number of people. He ordained everywhere clergymen, induced women to live in
holy widowhood and continence, consecrated virgins to Christ, and instituted
monks. He took nothing from the many thousands whom he baptized, but gave
freely of his own, both to pagans and Christians, distributed large alms to the
poor in the provinces where he passed, and maintained and educated many children,
whom he trained to serve at the altar. The happy success of his labors cost him
many persecutions. He died and was buried at Down, in Ulster. His body was
found there in a church of his name in 1185 and translated to another part of
the same church.
bind unto myself today the power of God to hold and lead, His eye to watch, his
might to stay, His ear to hearken to my need; the wisdom of my God to teach,
his hand to guide, his shield to ward; the word of God to give me speech, his
heavenly host to be my guard. Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ
behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to
comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet,
Christ in danger, Christ in the hearts of all that love me, Christ in the mouth
of friend and stranger. Amen
is a good day to honor St. Patrick by trying typical Irish fare: corned beef
and cabbage, soda bread, scones, stew, Shepherd's pie, potatoes in various
forms and the famous beer and spirits of Ireland. For dessert, try making the
Irish Porter Cake.
the Lorica (Breastplate) of St. Patrick. Here is an older translation — pray it with your family after your rosary tonight.
Patrick used the three-leaf shamrock to explain the Trinity to non-Christians.
The leaves stood for the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
5.5 million pints of Irish Guinness stout are consumed on an average day. On
St. Patrick's Day, nearly 13 million are consumed.
the shamrock, a three-leaf clover is a St. Patrick's Day tradition. The
official three-leaf clover is known scientifically as Trifolium dubium however
clovers can also have more leaves. Four-leaf clovers are said to be lucky,
however the odds of finding one are about 1 to 10,000.
love of God and his fear grew in me more and more, as did the faith, and my
soul was roused, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred
prayers and in the night, nearly the same. - St. Patrick
- used when clinking glasses with friends at a bar (equivalent of Cheers or
Patrick's Day Top Events and Things to Do
green! In some parts of the world, the custom is to pinch people who aren't
wearing the color of shamrocks.
a St. Patrick's Day parade. Major cities like Chicago, New York, San
Francisco, Dallas, and Boston host marching bands and floats.
heart of any Irish neighborhood is its local pub. Share a couple of green
with friends at a local Irish pub or try Magner's (Bulmer's) apple cider as an
Patrick was a brave and humble man. Have you been putting off something
because you are afraid to do it? Do it today in honor of St. Patrick's
we consider God valued the human person as so precious enough to die for, we
should make a concerted effort to aid others.
giving of Alms has everything to do with devotions and piety. Almsgiving is a
powerful form of prayer. “Prayer and
fasting are good, but better than either is almsgiving accompanied by
righteousness…It is better to give alms than to store up gold; for almsgiving
saves one from death and expiates every sin. Those who regularly give alms
shall enjoy a full life” (Tob 12:8-9) To give alms is to give to God. If we
are giving alms righteously then most likely we are doing it though some form
of fasting giving from our substance. The giving of Alms should not
philanthropy with a smiling photo op and boost to our pride. The earliest
Christians knew they could not make a good Communion if they neglected the
poor. St. Ignatius noted that the twin marks of heresy are the neglect of the
poor and neglect of the Eucharist. “The mystery of the poor is this: that they
are Jesus and what you do for them you do to him.” (Dorothy Day) The Eucharist
is the key to a civilization of love. It saves us from misguided tenderness and
feel-good philanthropy, because it gives us the grace to sacrifice as Jesus
did. Our main focus must be widows and orphans. (Single parents and children)
“Widows and orphan are to be revered like the altar of sacrifice.” (Pope Paul
VI) We should give as much as we can and we should give it responsibly making
sure the alms are not wasted.
in their almsgiving, for example, do fast offerings in addition to tithing.
This offering accompanies a monthly 24-hour fast. All the money that would have
been spent to buy food during those 24 hours is donated to the Church for the
purpose of feeding the hungry and caring for the needy.
Declarations of Victory from the Word of God
When you become weakened
and the outcome of the war seems uncertain, recall in faith that God’s ultimate
triumph is secure.
are of God, dear children, and have overcome him, because greater is He who is
in you than he who is in the world. 1 Jn 4: 4
LORD goes forth like a mighty man, like a man of war He stirs up His fury; He
cries out, He shouts aloud; He shows Himself mighty against His foes. Is 42: 13
LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the
stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? The LORD is my light and my
salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom
shall I be afraid? Though a host encamp against me, my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. One thing have I asked of
the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all
the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in His
temple. For He will hide me in His shelter in the day of trouble; He will
conceal me under the cover of His tent, He will set me upon a high rock. And
now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies round about me; and I will
offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to
the LORD. . . . I believe that I shall see the goodness of the
LORD in the land of the living! Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your
heart take courage; yes, wait for the LORD! Ps 27: 1– 6, 13– 14
behold, your enemies, O LORD, for, behold, Your enemies shall perish; all
evildoers shall be scattered. Ps 92: 9
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."
your duty 'now', without looking back on 'yesterday', which has already passed,
or worrying over 'to-morrow', which may never come for you.