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
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 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
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…
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. …