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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Genesis, Chapter 46, Verse 3
Then he said: I am God,the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you a great
At times God asks us to go
down into our personal Egypt’s; so he can make us more by raising us up.
will observe your statutes; do not utterly forsake me. – Psalm 119:8
is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will
receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. –
is your “Egypt”? What is your temptation, your land of (empty) promise? What
has placed you under bondage? For some it could be that “dream” job across the
country. For others it could be that big house, or luxury car. Chances are, if
you find yourself saying something like, “Things would better if I could
only…”, then you have an “Egypt” of your own. In most cases your “Egypt” is
really just another heap of steaming trouble, bundled in empty hope and wrapped
with false promise. God knows that humility, and a sense of self-worth centered
in God’s grace and not in “things” and “stuff” is what leads to a heart that is
not been made cynical by the disappointments of materialism. A humble and
compassionate heart is softer, fertile ground made ready and willing to love.
We must find contentment in the immutable, in the unwavering God. Only then
will the distractions, the idols, and the daily lies we tell ourselves to feel
okay… only then will they start to fall away and we can be fully Present. Being
Present means to exist fully in the now, in this moment. Not
regretting the past, not worrying about the future, but fully mindful and
present in the moment at hand. Then you would be able to give this text
your full attention, and not simply a cursory scan. You would find yourself
really listening to someone speaking, and not simply waiting for a chance to
talk. And most importantly, your find yourself fully enjoying the presence of
someone close to you, fully mindful that in an instant they could be gone. Our
personal “Egypt” is a always a source of bondage and domination. We find
ourselves broken through our pursuit of it, and God forbid, we attain it! Then
we realize that its promise and hope were dust and dreams and there is nothing
of substance to sustain us. Where do we turn to now? We’ve already spent
ourselves trying to attain our own personal “Egypt”? We turn back to God. He is
always ready and willing to perform the next personal Exodus out of another
personal Egypt. And you will need God’s help, for the wisdom of the
world and its Pharaohs will rise up to stop you the very moment you start to
trust God’s immutable providence for your life: Wake up. Spread the blood
of lamb on the lintels of your soul. Ask God for salvation from bondage to your
own personal Egypt, and God will act in your life.
Tradition, when St. Veronica saw Jesus fall beneath the weight of the cross He
carried to his pending crucifixion, she was so moved with pity she pushed
through the crowd past the Roman Soldiers to reach Jesus. She used her veil to
wipe the blood and sweat from His face. The soldiers forced her away from Jesus
even as He peered at her with gratitude. She bundled her veil and did not look
at it again until she returned home. When she finally unfolded the
veil--history does not clarify exactly what kind of material the veil was made
from--it was imprinted with an image of Christ's face.
Some stories have
alluded to St. Veronica being present at the beheading of St. John the Baptist.
Others claim Veronica (Bernice) was a woman whom Jesus cured from a blood issue
before His arrest in Jerusalem. There is no reference to the biography of St.
Veronica in the canonical Gospels. Her act of kindness and charity is
represented in the Sixth of the Fourteen Stations of the Cross. St. Veronica is
believed to be buried in the tomb in Soulac or in the church of St. Seurin at Bordeaux,
France. Her veil (the Veronica) is kept at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican
” In character, in manner, in style, in
all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
We live in a complicated world; with taxes
and devices and every imaginable complication the world can provide. Wouldn’t
it be nice if we could just take some time to keep things simple? To winnow
life down to the bare essentials and hold onto it like the precious thing it
is? Simplicity Day encourages you to do just that, to let go of all of life’s
complications and live a day… simple. Simplicity Day was born out of a need to
be free from the complications of the world and to allow ourselves to just be simple.
Celebrate life through simplicity by turning off your devices, getting rid of
complicated things and just let life be about living for a day. One of the
great conundrums of the modern world is that the more opportunities and options
you have the less happy you’re going to be. Some of the happiest people in the
world have been determined to be those who live in uncivilized areas concerning
themselves only with what they’re going to eat that day and where a good place
to sleep is. We can learn much from them, though few of us would want to go to
such extremes. However, we can all benefit from just cutting out the things
that make our lives difficult. Simplicity Day is about getting rid of these
complications and culling from your life what doesn’t bring you joy.
How to Celebrate Simplicity Day
away from the computer and find a sunny nook with a cup of tea and a book to
pass the time.
in the forests or through fields and just feel the sun on your skin and the
sounds of birds and insects. These moments will be the ones that can truly set
you free. During these long moments take the time to relax and consider how you
want to proceed in your life.
can you cut out that buries you under complications that bring no benefits? Are
there people or things you can remove that will make your life a little happier
each day by the removal of these complications?
questions can lead you to a simpler, happier life. Wouldn’t it be nice to have
peace of mind? Simplicity Day can lead the way.