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 SAINT MARTIN/VETERANS DAY Acts, Chapter 26, Verse 5-7 5 They 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. 6 But 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 –
feast of saint anthony, abbot Sirach, Chapter 22, Verse 16 A 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Introduction to Psalms  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
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