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, November 16, 2019
Psalm 112, Verse 7-8
7He shall not fear an ill report; his heart is steadfast, trusting the LORD. 8His heart is tranquil, without fear,
till at last he looks down on his foes.
This is the blessed state of the righteous. Yes, we
are in a battle and yes in our modern world the news cycles are all in league
with the unholy secularized world. Do not fear the ill reporters or the Facebook
fanatics. Remember God tests those he loves yet during the trial those that are
faithful can still hear the whisper of encouragement.
Why doesn’t God stop human beings from committing
Evil’s continuing presence among us is a mystery we can’t fully figure out in
this life. Nevertheless, we can say this much: God allows evil because He’s
powerful enough to bring out of even the greatest evil a much greater good. The
crucifixion of Jesus Christ provides a vivid illustration of this reality.
According to the Gospel, when “Satan entered into Judas,” one of the twelve
Apostles, he went out to betray Jesus (see Lk 22: 3– 4). So, the worst evil we
can imagine— the torture and murder of God’s innocent Son— occurred through the
Devil’s influence. Yet the triumph of the empty tomb transformed the horror of
the Cross. Satan was thwarted. When Jesus rose from the dead, He displayed God’s
power to bring out of the greatest of evils an even greater good: the world’s
redemption. Meanwhile, our days in this life provide a season for God to test,
purify, strengthen, and perfect us, making us fit to live with Him forever in
heaven. To that end, the demons serve as useful tools for Him as they
constantly test us by tempting us, so that we become purer and stronger and
closer to perfection every time we resist the temptation. In this sense, we
might say, quoting St. Augustine: “As an artist, God makes use even of the
is no offense, however serious, that the Church cannot forgive. "There is
no one, however wicked and guilty, who may not confidently hope for
forgiveness, provided his repentance is honest. Christ who died for all men
desires that in his Church the gates of forgiveness should always be open to
anyone who turns away from sin.
the presence of Christ, who is Truth itself, the truth of each man's
relationship with God will be laid bare. The Last Judgment will reveal even to
its furthest consequences the good each person has done or failed to do during
his earthly life:
All that the
wicked do is recorded, and they do not know. When "our God comes, he does
not keep silence. “.. . he will turn towards those at his left hand.
"I placed my poor little ones on earth for you. I as their head was seated
in heaven at the right hand of my Father - but on earth my members were
suffering, my members on earth were in need. If you gave anything to my
members, what you gave would reach their Head. Would that you had known that my
little ones were in need when I placed them on earth for you and appointed them
your stewards to bring your good works into my treasury. But you have placed
nothing in their hands; therefore, you have found nothing in my presence."
the Lord's Prayer reveals us to ourselves at the same time that it
reveals the Father to us.
O man, you did not
dare to raise your face to heaven, you lowered your eyes to the earth, and
suddenly you have received the grace of Christ all your sins have been
forgiven. From being a wicked servant you have become a good son.... .
Then raise your eyes to the Father who has begotten you through Baptism, to the
Father who has redeemed you through his Son, and say: "Our Father.....
" But do not claim any privilege. He is the Father in a special way only
of Christ, but he is the common Father of us all, because while he has begotten
only Christ, he has created us. Then also say by his grace, "Our
Father," so that you may merit being his son.
Friendship: key to sharing
your spiritual gifts
Our triune God shares His truth, beauty and wisdom or
personhood with each of us. God’s desire for us is that we thrive, and He takes
action to ensure that we do. We can tap into God’s grace and power if we do His
will for us and listen to Him. Matthew Kelly in his book “Rediscovering
Catholicism” recommends that in order to share our spiritual gifts we need to
have a real practical plan. Here is his Plan for evangelization via friendship:
first starts with prayer taking time in the “classroom of silence” and ask God
to point out two to five people in your life who would most benefit from a
greater knowledge and appreciation of Christ and the church. Write down the
names of those people. Mentally attach one of their names to a finger of your
right hand and think what life would be like without those fingers.
for those people every day for the next month, by name, every day. Make
yourself available to God for them. Tell God that you would like to help them
discover the benefits of living a life of virtue and the adventure of walking
you have prayed for them for a month, contact each of them and arrange to spend
an hour or two with each of them personally. No agenda or preaching; just be
present with each other. Take them to lunch, walk, golf, coffee make it fun and
enjoy. Talk with them what is going on in their lives-listen.
this once a month with each person individually for three to six months; don’t
talk about God, religion, or the Church; unless they bring it up.
six months invite them to a local homeless shelter, soup kitchen or some other
good work the Lord leads you to and after having formed a friendship; now would
be a good time to discuss the place of God in our lives.
time if they seem to have an interest in drawing closer to God; give them a
good book on the spiritual life that will challenge them to think, change,
grow; become the best version of their self.
you get together each month talk about the book ideas. What did they like about
the book? Or didn’t like. What parts is a challenge? What parts is a comfort?
How does it make you want to live differently?
they are ready invite them to one of your church programs or outreaches.
Afterward, invite them for a meal or coffee and talk.
the five friendships and then invite them to do the same with five. Now go back
to the Lord and ask for five more. This is how we bring about the new
evangelization and build a Kingdom of God.
The International Day of Tolerance seeks to promote
tolerance, respect, appreciation and cooperation amongst the world's different
cultures. Tolerance refers to the recognition and acceptance of looks,
opinions, beliefs and practices that differ from one's own. Tolerance is
considered the backbone of human rights
and fundamental freedoms as people are naturally different. Tolerance allows mixed
communities to thrive and ensures that all humans are equally important. The International Day of
Tolerance was designated by the United Nations
General Assembly in 1996. It has since been celebrated annually on November 16
by those who strive to unite the world through mutual understanding and
Day for Tolerance Facts & Quotes
can counter intolerance in 5 ways:
1) Fighting intolerance with law
2) Fighting intolerance with education
3) Fighting intolerance with access to information
4) Fighting intolerance by individual awareness
5) Fighting intolerance with local solutions
is the fear or hatred of strangers. It is another word for intolerance.
are an estimated 939 active hate groups in the United States alone. Some of the
biggest is the Ku Klux Klan and the Neo-Nazis.
originated early in history during the slave trade where differences in race
were not tolerated. One of the most recent and most well-known examples of
intolerance was the Holocaust during World War II, where religion was not
the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher. – Dalai Lama,
Important monk from the Gelug School.
Day for Tolerance Top Events and Things to Do
awareness of social media by using the hashtags
#InternationalDayforTolerance, #ToleranceDay and #LoveNotHateTolerate.
event in your community. Sports have shown to be a universal remedy for
tolerance issues. Organizing a sporting event in your community, something as
simple as a basketball or baseball game, can bring your community closer
together and make everyone a little more tolerant.
a movie about tolerance. Some suggestions are: Schindler’s List (1993), Invictus
(2009), Selma (2014), and Hotel Rwanda (2004).
the impact of tolerance on your society, its policies and your life. How does
this compare to other societies? Do a bit of research to see how different
types of governments and policies impact tolerance in a society.
a book about tolerance. Some suggestions are: The Intolerance of Tolerance,
Just a Drop of Water and Goblinheart.
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
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…
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…
Fifth Sunday after
Pentecost (14th S. Ord. Time)Haggai, Chapter 2, verse 5This is the commitment I made to you when
you came out of Egypt. My spirit remains in your midst; do not fear!The
prophet here is assuring the people of God’s presence. During the time of exile
under the reign of Darius people needed to be reminded of God’s presence. How
blessed we are that as Catholics and Non-Catholics we have God in our very
presence in the Sanctuary of the Blessed Sacrament. Each time we visit our soul
is filled with grace; it is like a river that flows to the sea and with each
visit our soul receives a small stream of love and kindness so that it grows
fuller and stronger on the way.Jesus
awaits us in there; let us not refuse to meet Him in adoration, contemplating
Him in full faith; opening ourselves to making amends for the offenses and
crimes we and the world has committed. Let our adoration never cease.Speak Lord; your servant is listeningUltimately, discernment leads to the
to the book of Zechariah The prophecies of
First Zechariah can be dated to the late sixth century B.C., contemporary with
those of Haggai; the oracles of Second Zechariah are somewhat later. The most
striking feature of First Zechariah is a series of visions in which the prophet
describes the centrality of Jerusalem, its Temple, and its leaders, who
function both in the politics of the region and of the Persian empire and in
God’s universal rule. These visions clearly relate to the Temple restoration
begun in 520 B.C. The prophet is acutely aware of the devastation that comes from
disobedience to God’s word, as had been spoken by God’s prophetic emissaries.
Yet, it was now clear in this century after the rebuilding of the Temple and
the repatriation of many of the exiles, that Judah would not soon regain
political autonomy and a Davidic king. So, the various poems, narratives,
oracles, and parables of Second Zechariah maintain the hope of previous prophets
by depicting …
Chapter 9, verse 5-65Ashkelon
will see it and be AFRAID; Gaza too will be in great anguish; Ekron
also, for its hope will wither. The king will disappear from Gaza, Ashkelon
will not be inhabited, 6
and the illegitimate will rule in Ashdod.Ashkelon was a coastal
city of the Philistines usually at war with Israel. What God is saying to the
Israelite’s is that He has got their backs and is in the process of restoring
Israel. God’s mercy is so great that not only does he restore Israel but, God
the Father, eventually will restore all those who have Holy Fear. “The Son of
Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal
life.” (John 3:14-15)“The fact
that Jesus suffered for us means that our suffering now has somewhere to go.
Our pain, our battle with sin, our struggle to truly believe in him, all of
this can be laid within the wounds of Christ and healed.When we carry
our scars alone, they blind us. They paralyze us. They prevent us from
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
Overview of JulyThe month of July is
dedicated to The Precious Blood of Jesus. The entire month falls within the
liturgical season of Ordinary
Time, which is
represented by the liturgical color green. This symbol of hope is the color of
the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope of reaping the eternal
harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a glorious resurrection. It is used
in the offices and Masses of Ordinary Time. July is usually hot and a time for relaxing. It is also the time when
crops planted in the Spring are maturing and growing. Just as the crops are
dependent upon summer rains not only to grow but to survive so our spiritual
development is dependent upon our frequenting the sacraments and receiving the
Blood of Christ. The main feasts of this month are St. Junipero Serra (July 1)
(statue was a BLM execution victim), St. Thomas the Apostle (July
3), St. Maria Goretti, (July 6), St. Augustine Zhao Rong (July
9), St. Benedict (July 11), St. Henry (July 13),…