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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Saturday, August 10, 2019
FEAST OF ST. LAWRENCE
Chapter 8, Verse 8
one had a bad word to say about her, for she feared God greatly.
Think what it would be like if you could hear what
others say about you? Would no one have a bad word to say about you? How is
War had been declared between God and Nebuchadnezzar,
god against God. Each divinity has an acting human representative. Judith and
Holofernes. Judith is a model of Jewish observance. She is a widow whom all
knows that she is under the protection of God. She is a strong woman, with the
fear of God. Judith counsels the elders of the city Bethulia, that is a
mountain stronghold that prevents Holofernes from marching on Jerusalem. The
people are thirsty the cisterns are empty all is hopeless, and the elders want
to quit. Judith challenges their resolve. She scolds the elders for limiting
God to human understanding. "You cannot plumb the depths of the human heart or grasp the
workings of the human mind; how then can you fathom God, who has made all these
things, or discern his mind, or understand his plan?” Judith prepares
for war with prayer. Her call for action has 3 parts.
1.They must set an example because the fate of the nation, the temple, and
the people depend on them.
2.They must be grateful to God for this test their affliction is a proof
of God’s love for them.
3.They must remember that God tests those He loves and never doubt his
fidelity in the midst of their sufferings.
prayer illustrates three principles of Holy War
in God. Do not trust in horses or chariots. Trust in armament is the same as
trusting in another god-it is idolatry.
comes from God. Frequently the power of God comes from a chosen person; Moses,
David, Jesus, Peter and Judith or Mary Mother of God. The weapons of God are
not the same as man. God’s chosen instrument is sometimes weak.
belongs to the lowly and vulnerable. The weak have no hope except in the power
of God. Judith calls on God to win the victory.
is the patron of cooks-today, have a BBQ in honor of his death for the faith.
This young deacon and
heroic martyr is numbered among those saints who were most highly venerated by
the ancient Roman Church. Even though we have no genuine account of St.
Lawrence's martyrdom, we do possess considerable evidence from most ancient
times regarding the particulars of his passion. Legendary Acts tell how
Lawrence was a disciple of Pope Sixtus II (257-258), who dearly loved him
because of his special talents, but principally because of his innocence; in
spite of his youth, the Pope numbered him among the seven deacons of Rome and
raised him to the position of archdeacon. As such, Lawrence had the immediate
care of the altar and was at the side of the saintly Pope whenever he offered
the holy Sacrifice; to him also was confided the administration of the goods of
the Church and the responsibility of caring for the poor. During the
persecution of Emperor Valerian (253-260), Sixtus II and his four deacons were
martyred. Lawrence was dispersing items in the house of a certain Narcissus, a
blind man named Crescentius asked for healing help by the imposition of hands.
The holy deacon made the Sign of the Cross over him and the man began to see.
From his relations with Pope Sixtus, it was known that he acted as the steward
over the Church's property. He was arrested and while in prison Lawrence cured
the blind Lucillus and several other blind persons. Ordered by the authorities
to surrender the treasures of the Church, Lawrence asked for two days’ time
during which to gather them. The request was granted, and he brought together
the poor and the sick that he had supported. These he led to the judge.
"Here are the treasures of the Church!" Lawrence was tortured,
scourged, and scorched with glowing plates; in
other words, Barbequed alive. In the midst of excruciating pain, he prayed:
"Lord Jesus Christ, God from God, have mercy on Your servant!" And he
besought the grace of faith for the bystanders. At a certain point the soldier
Romanus exclaimed: "I see before you an incomparably beautiful youth.
Hasten and baptize me." He had observed how an angel dried the wounds of
Lawrence with a linen cloth during his passion. Again, during the night, he was
dragged before the judge and threatened with immediate death. But he replied:
"My God I honor and Him alone I serve. Therefore, I do not fear your torments; this night shall
become as brightest day and as light without any darkness." When placed
upon the glowing gridiron, he jested with his executioners and the cruel
tyrant. "Now you may turn me over,
my body is roasted enough on this side." Shortly after this had been
done, he cried again: "At last I am finished; you may now take from me and
eat." Then turning to God in prayer: "I thank You, O Lord, that I am
permitted to enter Your portals." To comfort him during his torments God
said to him: "My servant, do not be afraid.
I am with you." He was put to death upon the Viminal Hill and buried on
the Tiburtinian Way.
Jamie Gavin made
headlines worldwide in 1985 when he became the world's youngest heart and lung
transplant patient in Harefield hospital, Middlesex. Jamie's surgery was
regarded as a success and he returned to Dublin to his brother John and his three
sisters Leslie, Katie and Melanie. He was able to live a normal life to a
certain extent and attended school with his friends, despite having to
regularly return to England for tests and checkups, as well Crumlin hospital in
Dublin. The bravery of Jamie was recognized a year after his surgery when
Princess Diana presented him with a child of courage award. Tragedy
struck the household when Jamie passed away from lymphoma at the age of 11.
Science is a great gift to
mankind, yet it does not erase the fear of death; only Christ can do this. In fact,
we are engaged in a great spiritual battle where our fears are the very chains
that enslave us. Napoleon Hill writes in
his tale “Outwitting the Devil”
his thoughts on fear during an imaginary interview with the devil to obtain his
Go ahead and describe your clever tricks, Your Majesty.
A. One of my
cleverest devices for mind control is fear. I plant the seed of fear in the
minds of people, and as these seeds germinate and grow, through use, I control
the space they occupy. The six most effective fears are the fear of poverty,
criticism, ill health, loss of love, old age, and death.
Which of these six fears serves you most often, your majesty?
The first and the last-poverty and death! At one time or another during life I
tighten my grip on all people through one or both of these. I plant these fears
in the minds of people so deftly that they believe them to be their own
creation. I accomplish his end by making people believe I am standing just
beyond the entrance gate of the next life, waiting to claim them after death
for eternal punishment. Of course, I cannot punish anyone, except in that
person's own mind, through some form of fear-but fear of the thing which does
not exist is just as useful to me as fear of that which does exist. All forms
of fear extend the space I occupy in the human mind.
thoughts may not be theologically correct; he still makes a strong case as does
our God that fear is the root of
Chapter 26, Verse 5-7 5They have known about
me from the start, if they are willing to testify, that I have lived my life as
a Pharisee, the strictest party of our religion. 6But now I am standing
trial because of my hope in the
promise made by God to our ancestors. 7 Our twelve tribes hope to attain to that promise as they
fervently worship God day and night; and on account of this hope I am accused by Jews, O king. Paul clearly explains that his entire life was in
preparation for the hope of Israel, Christ Jesus, who Israel did not recognize
as the son of God. Paul states that the prophets and Moses had foretold that
the Christ would suffer, and as first to be raised from the dead, he would
proclaim light to both God’s people and the Gentiles. The resurrection is God’s
promise to Israel. Paul like Christ ultimately was a victim of intolerance. Twenty Fifth Sunday after Pentecost GOSPEL Matthew 13: 24 – 30 At that time
Jesus spoke this parable…
feast of saint anthony, abbot Sirach,
Chapter 22, Verse 16A wooden beam firmly bonded into a building is not loosened by an
earthquake; So the mind firmly resolved after careful deliberation will not be afraid at any time.
A prudent mind firmly
resolved is undisturbed by violent and conflicting thoughts. Sometimes we all
have senseless thoughts and feelings which shake us but faith is a firm anchor
for our thoughts. We indeed do have the power within ourselves to choose not to
react to impulsive thoughts. Sacredness ·Holiness consists in friendship with God. If we
would be in any sense the friends of God, we must have at least that desire for holiness without which such friendship
would be impossible; growth in the knowledge of God is the deepening of this
friendship. ·To know God is to know self and if we know ourselves
well, we know have one or two prominent sins that have dogged our life’s path
for years, and against these we struggle bravely and are conscious that God is
The Bible for some is stuffy, overblown, and boring.
So and so, son of so and so did such and such a thing to this ruler and then X,
Y, and Z happened. (Snore.) Well, that may be a Dull Fest, but Psalms
will set the record straight. Think fire and brimstone, giant sea monsters,
cannibals, and even drunks. Yeah, ancient poetry is juicy. Psalms is one of the
longest books of the Bible, but that's because it's actually a collection of
150 poems about life back in the day. We're talking Real Housewives of the Negev. The
Bible mostly comprises stories, prophecies, and laws, but Psalms brings the
poetic punch. Most of the Psalms are attributed to David, the Israelites'
greatest and most famous king. Turns out King David was a poet too—yeah, he did
know it. The Psalms are all written in Hebrew, and have been jazzed up, classed
up, and mistranslated ever since they were written starting 3,000 years ago.
Part of Psalms' appeal is its poetry. If Levi…
Leviticus, Chapter 25, Verse 17Do 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 49th 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 every seventh
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
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,
Deuteronomy, Chapter 3, Verse 22Do not fear them, for it is the LORD, your God,
who will fight for you. What are the demons in your life? Do not
fear them, for it is the Lord who fights for you! The Lord will send His angels
around those who fear Him. These heavenly spirits shield us from danger and
assist us in both our spiritual and temporal needs. Angels instruct us and
mentor us in the virtues. Ask your guardian angel to be your spiritual director
and be open to change. It is also a good practice to ask for angelic help
throughout our day. There are nine choirs of angels and three hierarchies three
within three. Remember to ask their
assistance about every two hours throughout your day
2, verse 11Serve
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 also with
this verse picture Mary Magda…
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 imprisoned, they can find true
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 2nd Week in Lent PURIM-MEATBALLDAY-HOLI
Proverbs, Chapter 31,
Verse 30Charm 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
hour is coming, in fact has come, when the v…