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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Thursday, November 21, 2019
FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION
Luke, Chapter 1, verse 50:
His mercy is from age to age to those who fear
Christ the King
is drawing near. We are to rejoice in her son just as Mary did in her Canticle
of Praise when she entered the house of Zechariah.
“My soul proclaims
the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For he has
looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me
blessed.The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is
his name.His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him. He has
shown might with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart. He has
thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly.The
hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty.He
has helped Israel his servant, remembering his mercy,according to
his promise to our fathers, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”
I would like to focus on the words from “age to
age”. In physics, spacetime (also space–time, space time or space–time
continuum) is any mathematical model that combines space and time into a single
interwoven continuum. As I understand it what has been done in the past
and in the future continues forever rippling through time and space from “age
to age”. If this is the case let us follow Mary’s example and develop in
ourselves Holy fear through her virtues of: humility, generosity, chastity,
patience, self-control and of course love.
of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
THE Blessed Virgin
was presented in the temple at Jerusalem by her pious parents, Joachim and Ann,
there to be educated in the service and the law of the Lord in order that she
might be guarded against the defilements of the world. From this we learn:
Joachim and Ann
offered to the Lord their only and most beloved child and gave her up entirely
to His service. Great as the sacrifice was, they yet made it. The preservation
of the innocence of their daughter was to them above all else. Parents, God
requires of you that you should not merely offer your children to Him in the
temple, but that you should take care to keep them pure and holy, as living
temples which have been consecrated in Baptism.
Mary gives and
dedicates herself to God as soon as she is capable of serving Him, and that
without any reservation, for all time, and irrevocably.
then, shall we give ourselves in earnest to God? True, we have been given to
Him in holy Baptism, we have been consecrated as His temples, we have renounced
the devil and the world, we have vowed to live only for God, and this vow we
have, perhaps, often renewed; but have we kept it?
we gave with one hand have we not taken it away with the other? Have we not
denied the temple of our hearts by shameful lusts, lived for the world and
vanity more than for God? Ah, when shall we give ourselves up to God sincerely
and forever? Perhaps when we are old! But will God accept our offering then?
He be pleased that we begin to serve Him only when we can no longer serve the
world? That we first begin to live for Him when our life is soon to cease? No;
God is a jealous Lord and is not pleased with a heart divided between Him and
creatures. He requires us to love Him with all our heart and all our soul, and
to serve Him with all our powers. Let us, then, do this, and do it from our
youth; let us keep ourselves in body and soul undefiled for the Lord; such
love, and such love only, will He reward as perfect.
O God, Who wast pleased that the
blessed Mary, ever virgin, the habitation of the Holy Ghost, should oh this day
be presented in the temple, grant, we beseech Thee, that by her intercession we
may deserve to be presented in the temple of Thy glory.
From the beginning, and before the
world, was I created, and unto the world to come I shall not cease to be, and
in the holy dwelling-place I have ministered before Him. And so was I established
in Sion, and in the holy city likewise I rested, and my power was in Jerusalem.
And I took root in an honorable people, and in the portion of my God His
inheritance, and my abode is in the full assembly of saints.
GOSPEL. Luke xi.
it came to pass, as He spoke these things, a certain woman from the crowd
lifting up her voice said to Him: Blessed is the womb that bore Thee, and the
paps that gave Thee suck. But He said: Yea rather, blessed are they who hear
the word of God and keep it.
By His answer Jesus
would have us understand that His Mother was not to be blessed merely because
she bore Him, the Son of God, but rather because she at all times endeavored to
keep the word of God in her heart and to observe it in her life. If you would
be blessed, learn to be not only a hearer, but a doer, of the word of God.
on the mystery of Mary's temporary dwelling in the sanctuary of the Old
Covenant as a preparation for the approaching season of Advent.
the order of contemplative nuns closest to you and visit their monastery (you
may want to request their prayers and you might consider supporting them
financially), they are the privileged souls who, by the grace of their
vocation, are even here below dwellers in the house of the Lord.
is “The great American Smokeout” day which incourages smokers to quit or cut
down on the habit. When I was a soldier, I often cautioned my troops on the
dangers, to which one young lieutenant retorted one day, “You know it is better
to smoke in this life then the next”.
The Great American
Smokeout is an informal holiday aimed at encouraging citizens to quit or plan
to quit smoking. Smoking is a habit that involves consumption of tobacco smoke,
which has been shown to cause a variety of cancers, most notably lung and mouth
cancer. Lung cancer is currently the leading cause of Cancer death in the
United States and the most preventable type of cancer worldwide. The Great
American Smokeout is promoted by the American Cancer
Society and is held on the third Thursday of November each year in an effort to
reduce cases of preventable cancers, reduce secondhand smoke and improve the health
of all Americans.
Great American Smokeout Facts &
holiday began in 1970, when a man in Massachusetts asked people to give up smoking
for one day, and donate the money saved to the local high school scholarship
to the Center for Disease Control, smoking is responsible for 1 in 3 cancer-related
deaths, and 1 in 5 deaths from any cause. Worldwide, tobacco use causes
more than 5 million deaths per year.
Center for Disease Control state that life expectancy for smokers is 10 years
less than that of non-smokers.
Center for Disease Control states that middle-aged man who smokes, triples his
risk of dying from some type of heart disease.
Doctors Smoke Camels than Any Other Cigarette - line used in 1949 commercial
for Camel Cigarettes.
Great American Smokeout Top Events
and Things to Do
you are a smoker, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for support in quitting. You can
also get help from organizations like smokefree.gov
event like soccer or softball as a way to have fun and otherwise help smokers
take their minds off of smoking.
to someone you know who smokes and challenge them to quit for the day.
out sugarless gum to otherwise smokers as friendly gesture to promote an
movies and documentaries that aim to uncover the tobacco industry and impact of
1) The Insider (1999)
2) Addiction Incorporated (2011)
3) Dying for a Smoke (1992)
4) Smoke & Mirrors: A History of Denial (2000)
Day seeks to promote human thought, new ideas and critical thinking to confront
today's challenges. Philosophy refers to the study of knowledge,
experience, existence and reality. According to the United Nations, philosophy
provides the conceptual bases of principles and values on which world peace
justice and equality. World Philosophy Day was proclaimed by UNESCO
in 2005. Since then, every third Thursday of November has served as a celebration
of philosophical knowledge.
World Philosophy Day Facts &
Descartes is considered to be the father of modern Western philosophy. He is
widely credited with being the first to use the concept of reason to develop
the natural sciences.
He lived from 1596 to 1650.
of Miletus is widely considered to be the father of philosophy. He was a Greek
philosopher, mathematician and astronomer that lived around 624-546BC.
in philosophy means that concept and external reality correspond. – George
Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, a German philosopher of the late enlightenment period.
World Philosophy Day Top Events and
Things to Do
awareness on social media by using the hashtags #WorldPhilosophyDay,
#PhilosophyDay and #PhilosophyandCooperation.
in to the live webcast of the philosophical debates on UNESCO’s website. It can
be streamed in French or English at the UNESCO site.
a movie that touches on philosophy. Some suggestions are: The Matrix
(1999), Blade Runner (1982) and Being There (1979).
to the Philosophy Foundation. Any money raised is put towards providing
specialist teachers to schools that need it most but can’t afford it. The
organization aims to support young people in higher education studying
a book on philosophy. Some suggestions are: Plato’s Republic, Critique
of Pure Reason and A History of Western Philosophy.
World Television Day celebrates the daily value of
television as a symbol of communication and globalization. Television is one of
the single greatest technological advances of the 20th century, serving to
educate, inform, entertain and influence our decisions and opinions. It
is estimated that approximately 90% of homes around the world have televisions;
however, with the introduction of internet broadcasting, the number is
declining in favor of computers. World Television Day was proclaimed by the United Nations
in 1996. It is celebrated annually on November 21.
Television Day Facts & Quotes
stimulates the economy by providing countless avenues for jobs. Over 1.2
million people in the European Union alone are employed in the media sector
France, 63% of children
between the age of 0 and 15 live in a household with 4 screens (TV, computer,
creates authority. When something is shown on TV it has a particular authority
about it because you know that you and millions of other people are seeing it
and that professionals have produced it.
Canada, nearly 95% of people aged 18-34 watch TV each month, which results in
12 and a half hours of weekly TV watching.
is a medium because anything well done is rare. - Fred Allen, American comedian
and radio show host
Chapter 23, Verse 27Thus, all who dwell
on the earth shall know, all who remain in the world shall understand, that
nothing is better than the fear of
the Lord, nothing sweeter than obeying the commandments of the Lord. What happens
when those who dwell on the earth no longer know God and what should we do when
it becomes abundantly clear to us that our duty to God is threatened by the
governments of men? The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Churchaddresses the issue of when and how St. Peter's teaching that obedience to
God comes before obedience to men as it applies in the modern Christian's life. Presciently, or perhaps better, prophetically, Pope
Benedict XVI foresaw and foresees increasing conflict between American
Catholics and a public authority increasingly secularized and increasingly
hostile to the moral values of its Catholic citizens. The conflict is caused by
the increasing demands of the State to &qu…
Chapter 25, Verse 6 The crown of the elderly, wide
experience; their glory, the fear of the Lord. We used to say in
the military to the younger troops fresh out of high school that joined the
military that beyond showing us normal military courtesy they really should
listen and follow what we do because “We survived youth.” The fact is
experience is the best teacher and experience teaches us that God is real, and
the older ones have learned that fear
of the Lord is more than a crown of glory it is the key to reaching old age. One of the most curious phenomenon of our modern society
is that by the year 2020 we will have five generations working together: Each
with different values and views of life. The Johnsons report
that each generation has been influenced by the major historical events, social
trends, and cultural phenomena of its time. These forces shape ideas about
everything from expectations and perceptions about what the workplace will
provide and how employees should…
CARNIVAL FRIDAY Sirach,
Chapter 22, Verse 18Small stones lying on an open
height will not remain when the wind blows; So, a timid mind based on foolish
plans cannot stand up to fear of any kind. The wind
is often used as a representation of the Holy Spirit in the bible. I wonder if
this verse expresses the trinity of love which compels us to protect life and
preserve the liberty to pursue the will of the Father in our lives. Human Life and
Dignity For the Church, there
is no distinction between defending human life and promoting the dignity of the
human person. Pope Benedict XVI writes in Caritas in
Veritate. . . that "The Church forcefully
maintains this link between life ethics and social ethics, fully aware that 'a
society lacks solid foundations when, on the one hand, it asserts values such
as the dignity of the person, justice and peace, but then, on the other hand,
radically acts to the contrary by allowing or tolerating a variety of ways in
which human life is devalued …
Carnival Monday PLAY MORE CARDS
DAY Psalm 19, Verse 10-11 10 The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The statutes of the
LORD are true, all of them just;11 More desirable than gold,
than a hoard of purest gold, Sweeter also than honey or drippings from the
Lord showed no fear of the money changers or the priests when He overturned the
tables in holy zeal for the statutes of the Lord. Is the Holy Spirit moving you
to make a real change today? Are you being called to be holier, stronger, more
committed to God and better prepared for the trials and persecution of our
world? Consider the message of The Holy League. The Holy League
History-Pope St. Pius V formed the original
Holy League in response to the dire situation in which Christian Europe found
itself in 1571. Small bands of Catholic men and remnant armies from various
nations came together under the spiritual leadership of the saintly pontiff and
the military leadership of Don John of Austria. By prayer and fasting, …
25, Verse 10-12 10 How
great is the one who finds wisdom, but none is greater than the one who fears the Lord. 11Fear of the Lord surpasses all else. To whom can we compare the one
who has it? 12
of the Lord is the beginning of loving him, and fidelity is the beginning of
clinging to him. If only congress was afraid
of the Lord as a prime motivator! The quality of mercy is
not strain’d; it droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place beneath.
It is twice blest: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes. William Shakespeare Saint Thomas Aquinas’ thoughts on fear
1. Fear is a shrinking back from evil. Hence, we cannot fear God in
himself, for God is infinite goodness. But one is said to fear God in
the sense of fearing the evil of being separated from God by sin, and in the
sense of fearing to incur his punishments for sin.
2. Fear is called servilefearwhen it is the dread of punishment
alone. It is called filialfearor chaste fear
when it is…
Sirach, Chapter 4, Verse 17-18 17 “I will walk with them in disguise, and
at first I will test them with trials. Fear
and dread I will bring upon them and
I will discipline them with my constraints. When their hearts are fully with
me, 18then I will set them again on the straight
path and reveal my secrets to them. Do
you walk with others and engage or walk away? Are you tested with trials? Are
you constrained? Then bring your hearts to the Lord.
‘Walk with sinners, open the Book, break the Bread’ The story opens with two
people going the wrong way. In Luke’s Gospel, Jerusalem is the spiritual center
of gravity: it is the locale of the Last Supper, the cross, the resurrection
and the sending of the Spirit. It is the charged place where the drama of
salvation unfolds. So, in walking away from the capital city, these two
erstwhile disciples of Jesus are going against the grain. Jesus joins them on
their journey—though we are told that they are pr…
Psalm 15, Verse 1-5 1 LORD, who may
abide in your tent?Who may dwell on your holy mountain? 2Whoever
walks without blame,doing what is right, speaking truth from the
heart; 3 Who does not
slander with his tongue, does no harm to a friend, never defames a neighbor; 4
Who disdains the wicked, but
honors those who fear the LORD; Who
keeps an oath despite the cost, 5lends no money at interest, accepts no bribe against the innocent. In life we are
always moving toward the future. Our destination is life eternal with our
creator. In our little sailboat of life, we tend to be either moving toward God
by taking advantage of His graces which provide the wind for our sails or we do
nothing but drift. Napoleon Hill
noted in his manuscript on a book he never published entitled “Outwitting the
devil” stated drifting was one of the tools the devil uses to keep us off tack
and not sailing towards God’s mountain. A Protection
against drifting lies within easy reach of every human being …
Chapter 26, Verse 3A good wife is a
generous gift bestowed upon him who fears
the Lord. So, does this mean that if you don’t fear the Lord you
are to be cursed with a bad wife? I don’t think that is the message here
though; the point is that if our primary relationship with the Lord is right
then as a natural result all our relationships will be improved. If you fear
the Lord, that is Love the Lord, then you will love those around you and not
see others as objects to be used but as persons of worth and dignity. As a husband
seek to love your wife as Christ loved the church giving Himself up for her. Today we are a community living in the fulfillment of faith
in Christ and He asks us to do something unthinkable, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man
and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and
drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my
Thursday after Sexagesima-Carnival holy face (Day 5) FRANCISCO AND JACINTA
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 we have one or
two prominent sins that have dogged our life’s path for years, and against
these we str…
1 Samuel, Chapter
28, Verse 20Immediately Saul fell full length on the ground, in great fear because of Samuel’s message. He had
no strength left, since he had eaten nothing all that day and night. Christ is the strength of the weak and the humble and
the confidence of those who trust in him. Christ says to us, “My sheep hear my voice,
says the Lord; I know them, and they follow me. (Jn. 10:27) Saul was in
great fear because the spirit of God had long ago left him, and he no longer
heard the voice of God. In desperation now that Samuel had died was to have the
witch of Endor act as a medium to conjure up the spirit of Samuel to help save
him from the Philistines. Saul broke his own laws by seeking the aid of a
sorcerer. The Israelites were a Holy people and Saul could not understand the Ends never justify the means. No, we
must be calm and listen to the voice of he that was the epitome of fairness and
justice that took upon Himself our sins to the cross and thus be…