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
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
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
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…
EMBER WEDNESDAY-ROSH HASHANAH “For the
mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not
depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed, says the Lord,
who has compassion on you.”-Is 54:10 Psalm 64, Verse 10Every person fears and proclaims God’s actions, they ponder his deeds. Those who follow the commandments of
God will be glad for their trust is in Him who is. Whoever is filled with God’s
spirit will have an upright heart and is joyful. Generosity is their watchword.
Days?Ember Wednesday of September. (Also called the Michaelmas Embertide because of its proximity to St. Michael's Day. See Ember Days.) Commemoration of the restoration of Jerusalem after the Babylonian exile.
The term “Ember Days” is derived from the Latin term QuatuorTempora, which literally means “four times.” There are four
sets of Ember Days each calendar year; three days each – Wednesday, Friday, and
Saturday. Ember Days fall at the start of a new season an…
Today is my grandson Joshua's birthday please pray for his intentions. 2 Corinthians, Chapter 7, Verse 5For even when we came into Macedonia,
our flesh had no rest, but we were afflicted in every way—external conflicts,
internal fears. The devil
is the author of fear. The opposite
of fear is not bravery but love.
Christ showed his love for us by breaking the power of the devil by overcoming
death. He showed us His love by sharing our human nature. He asks us in the
gospel to love as He loved. ”I give you a new commandment: love one another as
I have loved you.” (John 13:34) Christ therefore restores Gods original intend
to give man life eternal and voiding the death that the devil had brought into
the world. The fear of death is a fear based on the false conception that death marks the end of a
person’s kindred with God. Jesus deliberately allied himself with us in order
to be a merciful and faithful high priest in our behalf; expiating our sins as
one who experienced the same tests…
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…
23RD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOSTE (32nd
S. Ord. Time) Ecclesiastes,
Chapter 9, Verse 2Everything is the
same for everybody: the same lot for the just and the wicked, for the good, for
the clean and the unclean, for the one who offers sacrifice and the one who
does not. As it is for the good, so it is for the sinner; as it is for the one
who takes an oath, so it is for the one who fears
an oath. God seems to bestow divine favor or disfavor (love
or hatred) indiscriminately on the just and wicked alike. More ominously, the
arbitrariness and inevitability of death and adversity confront every human
being, whether good or bad.Human
reason and experience ends at death with its finality and annihilating power
often cruelly negates the supreme value—life, and with it, all possibilities.
Faith in eternal life has its foundation only in hope and trust in God’s
promise and in God’s love. The author confesses his inability to imprison God
in a fixed and predictable way of acting. Thus he ponders a prac…