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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Monday, October 14, 2019
COLUMBUS DAY (Observed)
Chapter 1, Verse 5-8
5Through him we have received the
grace of apostleship, to bring about the obedience of faith, for the sake of his name, among all the Gentiles, 6 among whom are
you also, who are called to belong to Jesus Christ; 7 to all the
beloved of God in Rome, called to be holy. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord
Jesus Christ.8 First, I give thanks
to my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is heralded throughout the
Christ has called all of us as Paul states to holiness and apostleship.
"The apostolate of the laity derives from their Christian vocation
and the Church can never be without it." These words come from the opening
lines of the “Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity” (Apostolicam Actuositatem). This
particular document on the laity shows that the Church is dependent on the
apostolate of all people. But the term “apostolate” seems so daunting; clearly
the word is rooted in the idea of being an apostle. I tend to think back to the
Twelve Apostles, which creates a certain amount of anxiety. How can I even
think about living up to the great examples of these twelve? Yet they are
our example, and our apostleship is essential to the life of the Church. In the
Church we tend to use the word apostle quite a bit and in many different ways.
It appears in terms such as: apostolic, apostolate, and apostleship. To find a
secular answer, I looked up the word “apostle” in a Merriam-Webster dictionary.
In using a dictionary, my hope was that I might come to a better understanding
of what it means to be an apostle. The first definition that I came
across for apostle was "one sent on
a mission." This first meaning really helps expand the idea of the New
Evangelization in simple terms. The discovery of this definition led me to
formulate the following question: "What is our mission as baptized
Catholics?" This is a very important
question that has been the subject of major debate. A simple answer is that we
are called to go out into the world around us and proclaim the Good News of our
Lord, Jesus Christ. How this is accomplished is a decision that must be made by each one of us. We must find our own niche in the greater
mission of Christ. We have been given a divine mission that we must go out and complete.
Day is the celebration of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas
on October 12, 1492. Christopher Columbus was an Italian-born explorer who
discovered the Americas for the Spanish King in 1492. King Ferdinand of Spain
sponsored the expedition west in the hopes of sailing to India. In August of
1492, Columbus set off into the Atlantic with three ships, the Nina, the Pinta
and the Santa Maria. Two months later he would set foot on the Bahamas and
establish settlements on Hispanola Island (now Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Upon his return to Spain, he spoke of gold in the New World and thus the
Americas were opened up for European colonization. In 1937, President Franklin
D. Roosevelt declared October 12th every year as Columbus Day. In the US,
Columbus Day is celebrated by all US states except for Hawaii, South Dakota and
Alaska. Columbus Day now occurs on the second Monday in October each
Day Facts & Quotes
was the first state to officially recognize and celebrate Columbus Day in 1906.
Columbus' first settlement on Hispaniola Island was called Villa de Navidad
1971, the official holiday was moved to the second Monday in October in order
to give workers in the US a long weekend. This was part of the Uniform Monday
those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. - Robert F. Kennedy
can never cross the ocean
unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. - Christopher Columbus
Day Top Events and Things To Do
a Columbus Day Parade. The parade in New York City is one of the largest.
some good Italian food.
the Library of Congress's online exhibit 1492: An Ongoing Voyage.
a scavenger hunt for the neighborhood kids and let them become Explorers for
to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s
Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state
legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as
a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles
of charity, unity and fraternity. The Knights was formed to render financial
aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to
sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual
fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational,
charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works. The
history of the Order shows how the foresight of Father Michael J. McGivney,
whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about
what has become the world's foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society. The
Order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its
life insurance, annuity and long-term care programs, and has contributed time
and energy worldwide to service in communities. The Knights of Columbus has grown
from several members in one council to 15,342 councils and 1.9 million
members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland,
the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands,
Cuba, Guatemala, Guam, Saipan, Lithuania, Ukraine, and South Korea. Visit from Isaac(part of the 7-day feast of Sukkot)
years after he had sent Ishmael away, Abraham went to visit his son, swearing
to Sarah that he would not dismount his camel in Ishmael’s vicinity. Abraham
arrived at midday and met Ishmael’s wife, a Moabite woman. He asked her, “Where
replied, “He and his mother went to bring fruits and dates from the
me some bread and water,” Abraham asked of her, “for I am tired from the rigors
of the journey through the wilderness.”
have neither water nor bread,” she answered
told her, “When Ishmael comes, say to him, ‘An old man came from the land of
Canaan to see you, and he said that you should change the threshold of your
house, which is not good for you.’”
Ishmael returned from the wilderness, she told him what had happened. Ishmael
understood his father’s message, and he sent his mother to find a wife for him
from his father’s house.
years later, Abraham again went to visit his son, and again he swore to Sarah
that he would not get off his camel while there. Abraham arrived at midday and
found Ishmael’s new wife, Fatimah. He asked her, “Where is Ishmael?”
replied, “He and his mother went to herd camels in the wilderness.”
give me some bread and water,” he asked of her, “for I am tired from the rigors
of the journey through the wilderness.”
brought forth bread and water and gave them to him.
stood and prayed to G‑d, and Ishmael’s house was filled with bounty and
blessing. When Ishmael came back, his wife told him what had happened, and he
understood that his father still loved him, even though he was a bandit.
then on, Abraham and Ishmael continued to visit each other.
and Isaac Debate Circumcision
when Ishmael was visiting Abraham, he got into an altercation with his brother
Isaac. Ishmael said to Isaac, "I am more beloved to G‑d than you, since I
[agreed to be] circumcised at the age of 13, but you were circumcised as a baby
and could not refuse."
Ishmael continued to visit each other
·Isaac retorted, "All that you have
sacrificed to G‑d was three drops of blood. But I am now 37 years old, yet if G‑d
desired that I be slaughtered, I would not refuse."
the Holy One, blessed be He, "This is the moment!"
then commanded Abraham, “Please take your son, your only one, whom you love,
Isaac, and go away to the land of Moriah and bring him up there for an offering
on one of the mountains, of which I will tell you."
next morning, Abraham and Isaac, accompanied by Ishmael and Abraham’s servant Eliezer, set out for what was to be Abraham’s tenth
and final test, the Akeidah.
Ishmael repented and made up with his brother Isaac, and when it came time to
bury their father Abraham, Ishmael honored his brother by letting Isaac go
and Isaac—Rational and Suprarational
mystics explain that the key difference between Isaac and Ishmael can be found
in the debate the two had over circumcision. Ishmael initially claimed that his
connection to G‑d was greater, for he was circumcised when he was 13 years old,
fully cognizant of what would happen. Isaac, on the other hand, claimed a
superior connection due to his being circumcised when he was eight days old, an
age at which the child is not aware of what is going on.
difference can also be discerned in the circumstances of their births. Ishmael
was born in a natural manner, while Isaac was miraculously born to Sarah, who
was originally barren.
Ishmael signifies a thoughtful and rational relationship with G‑d, while Isaac
expresses the dimension beyond reason, the willingness to accept even that
which cannot be understood. This is why Isaac was chosen to father the Nation
of Israel, for the relationship between G‑d and His people is one that
transcends the natural and the rational.
As Catholics, we are mindful
and profess in our Creed that Christ will come again to judge the living and
the dead. The Second Vatican Council's "Dogmatic Constitution on the
Church" states, "Already the final age of the world is with us and
the renewal of the world is irrevocably under way; it is even now anticipated
in a certain real way, for the Church on earth is endowed already with a
sanctity that is real though imperfect" (No. 48). To try to grasp the
when, what and how of this Second Coming and last judgment, we really need to
glean the various passages in Sacred Scripture to see how our Church has
interpreted them. They are united in one drama. Our Lord in the Gospel spoke of
His second coming. He indicated that various signs would mark the event.
1.Mankind would suffer from famine,
pestilence and natural disasters.
2.False prophets who claim to be the
Messiah will deceive and mislead people.
3.Nations will wage war against each
4.The Church will endure persecution.
5.Worse yet, the faith of many will
grow cold and they will abandon the faith, even betraying and hating one
6.St. Paul describes a "mass
apostasy" before the Second Coming, which will be led by the "son of
perdition," the "Man of Lawlessness," the "adversary who
exalts himself above every so-called god proposed for worship." This
"lawless one" is part of the work of Satan, and with power, signs,
wonders and seductions will bring to ruin those who have turned from the truth.
7.However, "the Lord Jesus will
destroy him with the breath of His mouth and annihilate him by manifesting His
own presence." The Catechism affirms, "God's triumph over the revolt
of evil will take the form of the last judgment after the final cosmic upheaval
of this passing world" (No. 667).
8.Our Lord will come suddenly.
"The Son of Man in His day will be like the lightening that flashes from
one end of the sky to the other" St. Peter predicts, "The day of the
Lord will come like a thief and on that day the heavens will vanish with a
roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire and the earth and all its deeds
will be made manifest" (2 Pt 3:10).
9.Death will be no more. The dead
shall rise and those souls who have died will be united again to their bodies.
All will have a glorious, transformed, spiritualized body as St. Paul said,
"He will give a new form to this lowly body of ours and remake it
according to the pattern of His glorified body...".
10.At this time, the final, or general
judgment will occur. Jesus said, "Those who have done right shall rise to
life; the evildoers shall rise to be damned". Our Lord described this
judgment as follows: "When the Son of Man comes in His glory, escorted by
all the angels of heaven, He will sit upon His royal throne and all the nations
will be assembled before Him. Then He will separate them into two groups, as a
shepherd separated sheep from goats" Here each person will have to account
for his conduct and the deepest secrets of his soul will come to light. How
well each person has responded to the prompting of God's grace will be made
clear. Our attitude and actions toward our neighbor will reflect how well we
have loved our Lord. "As often as you did it for one of My least brothers,
you did it for Me". Our Lord will judge us accordingly. For those who have
died and already have faced the particular judgment, their judgment will stand.
Those living at the time of the Second Coming will receive judgment.
a.Those who have rejected the Lord in
this life, who have sinned mortally, who have no remorse for sin and do not
seek forgiveness, will have condemned themselves to hell for all eternity.
b."By rejecting grace in this
life, one already judges oneself, receives according to one's works and can
even condemn oneself for all eternity by rejecting the Spirit of love
(Catechism, No. 678).
c.The souls of the righteous will
enter heavenly glory and enjoy the beatific vision and those who need
purification will undergo it.
We do not know when the
Second Coming will occur. Jesus said, "As to the exact day or hour, no one
knows it, neither the angels in heaven nor even the Son, but only the Father.
Be constantly on the watch! Stay awake! You do not know when the appointed time
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…
OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP Jonah, Chapter 1,
verse 16:Seized with great fear of the LORD, the men offered
sacrifice to the LORD and made vows.Christ shows us real men sacrifice.Those leaders, who stop seeking new challenges; stop
growing, inevitably stop leading. John Maxwell states, “When we stop
sacrificing, we stop succeeding.”If
you want to become a great leader, you must be willing to make
is no success without sacrifice. Every person who has achieved any success in
life has made sacrifices to do so. 2.Leaders
are often asked to give up more than others. Leaders have to give up their
rights. Leaders need to learn how to put others ahead of themselves. It’s not
easy, but you need to give up more than the people you lead.3.You
must keep giving up, to stay up. John Maxwell takes the Law of Sacrifice even
further when he states that ‘If leaders have to give up to go up, then they
have to give up even more to stay up’. Today’s success is the greatest thread
FEAST OF THE VISITATION OF
MARYZephaniah, Chapter 3, Verse 15-1615 The LORD has removed
the judgment against you, he has turned away your enemies; The King of Israel,
the LORD, is in your midst, you have no further misfortune to FEAR. 16 On that day, it shall be said to
Jerusalem: Do not FEAR, Zion, do not
be discouraged!Zephaniah like many prophets
closes by offering the Israelites a plan for repentance that invites the people
to walk in it. He navigates the path back to God, outlining it this way.1.Wait for
God to remove the cancerous
population. (vv. 8-11)2.Trust God
to restore a remnant of humble,
obedient men and women. (vv. 12-13)3.Look to
God and rejoice that he has taken
away your guilt. (vv. 14-15)4.Hope in
God to renew your peace and strength
(vv. 16-17)5.Allow God
to recover the appointed feasts and
the lost people (vv. 18-20)Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin MaryTHIS day is
called the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, because on it Mary visited
SAINTS PETER & PAULMicah, Chapter 7,
verse 17They will lick the
dust like a snake, like crawling things on the ground; They will come quaking
from their strongholds; they will tremble in FEAR of you, the LORD, our
God.Micah’s name means “who
is like Yahweh”. Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10) Let us this day
practice silence as much as possible and contemplate on our God and Savior. Say
the Shema Yisrael and call on the Holy Spirit to make this day a turning
point in your life. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you realize the universe is more
than what we can see, touch and feel. We are not crawly things and we need not
build strongholds.May our fear, be the
Holy fear, of men of God. This day let us ask the Holy Spirit to help us to
know God is without limitations. Help us in the quiet of this day to realize
that Jesus Christ, the begotten son of the Living God, came to have mercy on me
a sinner. In our silence, we may this day discover, we are a useless servant
yet we are …
Introduction to the
book of HaggaiHaggai’s words concern conditions in the Persian
province of Judah at the beginning of the reign of the Persian king Darius I
(522–486 B.C.). The community in Judah is struggling with its identity in light
of the loss of its statehood through the demise of the monarchy and the
destruction of the Temple. Haggai’s oracles address both these problems. First,
the provincial government, despite its subordination to Persian domination, is
seen as the legitimate heir to the Davidic monarchy; the governor Zerubbabel,
himself a descendant of the Davidic line, and the high priest Joshua together
provide political, economic, and religious leadership for the survivors of the
Babylonian destruction and the returnees from the Babylonian exile who live
together in Judah. Still, the possibility for restoration of Davidic rule is
not relinquished but rather is shifted to the future. Second, the Temple’s
ruined state is addressed by a rebuilding program. The prophet…
Introduction to the
book of Micah This book
consists of a collection of speeches, proclamations of punishment and of
salvation, attributed to the prophet Micah which consists almost entirely of
prophecies of punishment, and prophecies of salvation. The second section moves
from prophecies of punishment to confidence in God’s salvation. Micah was a
contemporary of the prophet Isaiah. His prophetic activity was during the
reigns of three kings of Judah: Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah. It identifies him
as a resident of Moresheth, a village in the Judean foothills. Micah during the
reign of Hezekiah went from his small town to proclaim the word of the Lord in
the capital, and his announcements of judgment against Jerusalem moved the king
and the people to repentance. Unlike Isaiah, who was a native of the holy city,
Micah was an outsider from the countryside and must have been a controversial
figure. He would have been unpopular with the leaders whom he condemned and the
wealthy whom he cr…
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
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.12I
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 overcoming odds
take the story of Gl…
FIRST MARTYRS OF THE CHURCH
OF ROME Psalm 5, Verse 8But I, through the
abundance of your mercy*,
will enter into your house. I will bow down toward your holy sanctuary out of FEAR of you.Psalm five is a
lament contrasting the security of the house of God with the danger of the
company of evildoers (BLM/PP/CNN?!). The psalmist therefore prays that God will
hear and grant the protection and joy of the Temple. We as Catholics have more
than a temple, we have our Lord present to us in the tabernacle. His mercy is
never ending.Purgatory Pray
for those detained. A
widow, desperate because her husband had committed suicide by throwing himself
into a river, came to Ars and met the Curé upon leaving the church. He bent
toward her and told her, “He is saved.” As she made a gesture of incredulity,
the saint repeated emphatically, “I tell you that he is saved. He is in
Purgatory, and you must pray for him. Between the parapet of the bridge and the
water he had time to make an act of repentance. …