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.
FEAST OF ST. JOHN OF CAPISTRANO Job, Chapter 21, Verse 28 And to mortals he said: See: the fear of the Lord is wisdom; and avo...
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Thursday of the
Third Week of Lent
4, Verse 14
That day the
LORD exalted Joshua in the sight of all Israel,and so during
his whole life they feared him as
they had feared Moses.
Sometimes we are
tempted to follow any leader who is popular. We forget God’s warning about
following the proud and evil hearted, for
lo, the day is coming, blazing like an oven, when all the proud and all
evildoers will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire,
leaving them neither root nor branch, says the LORD of hosts. (Mal 3: 19)
We may think
that following the leadership of our bishops is a waste of time. You have said, “It is useless to serve God;
what do we gain by observing God’s requirements, and by going about as mourners-before
the LORD of hosts? But we call the arrogant blessed; for evildoers not only
prosper but even test God and escape.” (Mal 3:14-15)
God knows the
heart of a man and if his heart be true God raises that man up as He did Joshua
and Moses. God is not a God of the past and continues to this day in the action
of raising a man up and He does so in our Priests and Bishops. Just like an
architect that uses rocks and sticks to become temples or bridges God uses men
to build his Kingdom. Strive therefore to be God’s man or woman. Emulate Joshua
in proclaiming, if it is displeasing to
you to serve the LORD, choose today whom you will serve, the gods your
ancestors served beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose country
you are dwelling. As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD. (Joshua
We should have a
holy fear of our Priest and Bishops. We should follow their guidance as we
would a beloved father or brother. Like Joshua that led the armies of God today
the Bishop of Phoenix asks us men to enter into the breach.
Bishop of Phoenix, I begin this letter with a clarion call
and clear charge to you, my sons and brothers in Christ: Men, do not hesitate
to engage in the battle that is raging around you, the battle that is wounding
our children and families, the battle that is distorting the dignity of both
women and men. This battle is often hidden, but the battle is real. It is
primarily spiritual, but it is progressively killing the remaining Christian
ethos in our society and culture, and even in our own homes. If we fail to enter the breach in the wall
Young Catholic men will have a
devastating impact on the Church in America in the coming decades, as older men
pass away and young men fail to remain and marry in the Church, accelerating
the losses that have already occurred.
The world is under
attack by Satan, as our Lord said it would be (cf. 1 Pt 5:8–14). This battle is
occurring in the Church herself, and the devastation is all too evident. Since
AD 2000, fourteen million Catholics have left the Faith, parish religious
education of children has dropped by 24 percent, Catholic school attendance has
dropped by 19 percent, infant baptism has dropped by 28 percent, adult baptism
has dropped by 31 percent, and sacramental Catholic marriages have dropped by
41 percent. This is a serious breach, a gaping hole in Christ’s battle lines.
So, I call upon
you to open your minds and hearts to Him, the Savior who strengthens you to
step into the breach!
propitiation increase Thy people subject to Thee, O Lord, we beseech Thee, and
make them ever servants of Thy commandments.
Jer. vii. 1-7.
In those days the
word of the Lord came to me, saying x Stand in the gate of the house of the
Lord, and proclaim there this word, and say: Hear ye the word of the Lord, all
ye men of Juda, that enter in at these gates, to adore the Lord. Thus, saith
the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Make your ways and your doings good: and
I will dwell with you in this place. Trust not in lying words, saying: The
temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, it is the temple of the Lord. For
if you will order well your ways, and your doings: if you will execute judgment
between a man and his neighbor, if you oppress not the stranger, the
fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, and walk
not after strange gods to your own hurt, I will dwell with you in this place:
in the land which I gave to your fathers from the beginning and forever, saith
the Lord Almighty.
Luke iv. 38-44.
At that time Jesus, rising up out of the synagogue,
went into Simon’s house. And Simon’s wife’s mother was taken with a great
fever, and they besought Him for her. And standing over her, He commanded the
fever, and it left her. And immediately rising, she ministered to them. And
when the sun was down, all they that had any sick with divers’ diseases brought
them to Him. But He laying His hands on every one of them, healed them. And
devils went out from many, crying out and saying: Thou art the Son of God. And
rebuking them He suffered them not to speak, for they knew that He was Christ.
And when it was day, going out He went into a desert place, and the multitudes
sought Him, and came unto Him: and they stayed Him that He should not depart
from them. To whom He said: To other cities also I must preach the kingdom of God:
for therefor am I sent. And He was preaching in the synagogues of Galilee.
(During times when we wish to express
repentance, and especially during Lent, it is customary to pray the seven
penitential psalms. The penitential designation of these psalms dates back to
the seventh century. Prayerfully reciting these psalms will help us to
recognize our sinfulness, express our sorrow and ask for God’s forgiveness.) Today
we will focus on Psalm 38.
No, we are not talking about mops or
brooms (although we are very thankful for them, of course!) but Something
on A Stick Day is all about celebrating foods we love to eat – that
just happen to come on a stick! Who doesn’t love relaxed finger food that you
can pick up by the stick and eat? So, whether it’s a toffee apple, camp-fire
sausage, cheese cubes on a toothpick, ice cream bar, lollipop or other lovely
treats, feel free to indulge in them on this day! Or why not try the favourite
American food on a stick if you can – the famous corn dog? What about planning
an entire meal of a starter, main course and dessert all on sticks? Easy,
informal, and fun – and very little cleaning up to do afterwards! What a great
theme for a dinner party to have on Something on a Stick Day!
Is a traditional seasoned
grilled meat on a stick for the Feast of St. Bart. While stationed in Belgium
many years ago with my young daughter Nicole there were none of the American
fast food places in close vicinity, but there were frites stands. Nicole loved
Belgium frites, which are “French Fries” with an attitude. We used to joke that
someday we will open our own Frite stand and on the placard we would proudly
proclaim the name of our stand, “DICK AND NIC’S FRITES AND SHASLIKS”.