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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Friday, July 12, 2019
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.
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
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
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
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
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