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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Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Chapter 40, verse 9:
Go up onto a high
mountain, Zion, herald of good news! Cry out at the top of your voice,
Jerusalem, herald of good news! Cry out, do not fear! Say to the cities
of Judah: Here is your God!
Christ delights in us if we delight
in Him we should also delight in others.
One of my favorite representations of the Lords
delight with us is a statue of Joseph and the baby Jesus. Jesus and Joseph are
playing.Joseph is slightly bent with
the baby Jesus giggling crawling over the back of Joseph and peeking over his
shoulder looking at his face in peek a boo fashion and delight is all over both
of their faces. How can we fear when
we have a God who loves us so!
In times of tribulation when we feel courage being
drained from our souls let us remember the courage of blessed Saint Joseph
reflecting on his courage, strength and of course gentleness with our Lord
Jesus. In times of trouble let us call on the aid of St. Joseph reflecting on
this portion of the litany of Saint Joseph.
”St. Joseph, Renowned offspring of David, Light of
Patriarchs, Spouse of the Mother of God, Chaste guardian of the Virgin, Foster
father of the Son of God, Diligent protector of Christ, Head of the Holy
Family, Joseph most just, Joseph most chaste, Joseph most prudent, Joseph most
strong, Joseph most obedient, Joseph most faithful, Mirror of patience, Lover
of poverty, Model of artisans, Glory of home life, Guardian of virgins, Pillar
of families, Solace of the wretched, Hope of the sick, Patron of the dying,
Terror of demons, Protector of Holy Church.Pray for Us!”
In need, sorrow, and dejection the
best means to relieve our distressed hearts is humble and confiding prayer, in
which we can pour out our hearts before God, and give ourselves up to His love
and mercy, as did Anna, the sorrowful mother of Samuel the prophet, Josaphat in
painful uncertainty, Susanna falsely accused and condemned to death, and
innumerable other servants of God. These all prayed to God and were delivered
from their afflictions, receiving help and consolation. St. James therefore
admonishes us, “Is any one of you sad? let him pray” (James v. 13); and St.
Paul, encourages us not to be solicitous about anything, but in everything by
prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, to let our requests be known to
God. Are you, then, sad and discouraged? Lift up your soul to God, and say with
David, “Give joy to the soul of Thy servant, for to Thee, O Lord, I have lifted
up my soul” (Ps. Ixxxv. 4).
What does it mean to rejoice in the
It means to be glad in remembering the grace by which God called us to the true
faith, and gave us the hope of eternal salvation, and to rejoice even in all
our tribulations and adversities for the Lord’s sake, as St. Paul did (n. Cor.
vii. 4). It also admonishes us to give a good example by modesty and an
edifying life, and to fix our desires on God, Who will never fail us if we make
our wants known to Him by prayer and supplication, and give Him thanks for
In what does the peace of God
It consists in a good conscience, such as St. Paul enjoyed. It is this peace,
this tranquility of the soul, which sustained the holy martyrs in their agonies,
and consoled others under persecution for Christ s sake (St. Matt. v. 11, 12).
shrine of Our Lady of Loreto is located on the Adriatic coast of Italy, three
hours from Rome. It is the third-largest shrine to Mary in Europe, next to
Lourdes and Fatima. The ministry of the shrine is the hospitality shown to
pilgrims especially through the sacrament of penance.
title "Our Lady of Loreto" is associated with the Holy House of
Loreto in Italy, the house of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
miraculously transported by the angels from Palestine to Europe.
house of the Holy Family in Nazareth has always been the object of Christian
veneration. Shortly after 313, St. Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine, built
a basilica over this holy abode. The Saracens invaded the Holy Land in 1090,
plundering and destroying Christian shrines, including Constantine’s basilica.
Under the ruble, the Holy House was found intact.
the twelfth century, another basilica was built to protect the holy dwelling.
In 1219 or 1220 St. Francis of Assisi visited the Holy House in Nazareth. So
did King St. Louis IX of France, when he was leading a crusade to liberate the
1263, when the Muslims overpowered the crusaders, the basilica was again
destroyed but, once more, the Holy House was found intact.
the crusaders were completely driven out of the Holy Land in 1291, the Holy
May 10, 1291, a parish priest, Fr. Alexander Georgevich in the town of
Tersatto, Dalmatia, (present-day Croatia) noticed the sudden appearance of a
small building resting on a plot of land. Puzzled, he prayed about it, and in a
dream saw the Blessed Virgin Mary, who explained that the structure was the
house of the Holy Family, brought there by the power of God.
1294, with the Moslem invasion of Albania, the house disappeared again. According
to the testimony of shepherds, it was seen on December 10 of that year born
aloft by angels over the Adriatic Sea. This time the Holy House came to rest in
a wooded area four miles from Recanati, Italy. As the news spread fast,
thousands flocked there, and many miracles took place at the site.
to contrary circumstances, twice again the house was moved, finally coming to
rest in the town of Loreto, Italy, its present location.
miracles continued to occur in connection with pilgrimages to the house,
deputations were sent to Nazareth to determine its origins in 1292, in 1296,
and in 1524. All three declared that the measurements of the house corresponded
to the visible foundations of the house of Nazareth.
1871 at the suggestion of Cardinal Bartolini, Professor Ratti of the University
of Rome was given mortar and stones from the house at Loreto, and similar
materials from houses in Nazareth. Ignorant of which was which, Prof. Ratti
ascertained that the composition of the material from the house of Loreto while
not original to Italy was identical to that of the material from Nazareth.
striking facts about the house in Loreto are that it has no foundations. The
walls rest on a plot that was part field and part road, a sure indication that
it was not built there but placed there. The style of the house of Loreto is
not Italian but Eastern. And the original door was on the long side of the
house, indicating that it was a dwelling and not a church.
a great basilica houses the dwelling of the holiest of families. From 1330,
practically all the Popes have considered Loreto the greatest shrine of
Christendom. Bulls in favor of the shrine were issued by Pope Sixtus IV in 1491
and by Julius II in 1507. While the miracle of the translation of the house is
not a matter of faith, Innocent XII, in the seventeenth century, appointed a
special Mass for the Feast of the Translation of the Holy House. Numerous
saints have visited the house-relic.
pilgrims enter the small precinct, they read on the threshold, “Hic Verbum caro
factum est” – “Here the Word became flesh”. Above the altar inside the holy
house is an ancient statue of Our Lady holding the Infant Jesus, known as Our
Lady of Loreto.
Rights Day commemorates the day on which the United Nations issued the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), a document
drafted by representatives from all regions of the world, which outlined
fundamental human rights to be universally protected. The Declaration contains
30 articles that touch on rights to freedom, justice, peace, dignity, education
and health care, amongst other rights.
On December 10, 1948, the United Nations proclaimed the UDHR in an effort to help
define equal rights that all humans on the planet deserve and can help the
world achieve lasting freedom, justice and peace. Human
Rights Day was officially declared by the United Nations in 1950. It is celebrated
on December 10th each year and is marked by speeches and activities designed to
bring attention to the issues surrounding the most pressing Human Rights issues
Human Rights Day
Facts & Quotes
United Nations Declaration of Human Rights was one of their first declarations
and came about after the atrocities perpetrated upon humans during World War II
were brought to light.
the past decade, armed conflict has killed 2 million children, disabled another
4-5 million, left 12 million homeless and orphaned another million.
I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong
impulse to see it tried on him personally. - Abraham Lincoln
did not invent human rights. In a very real sense... human rights invented
America. - Jimmy Carter
have cherished the ideal a democratic and free society... it is an ideal for
which I am prepared to die. - Nelson Mandela, President of South Africa, who
was imprisoned from 1964-1990.
Human Rights Day
Top Events and Things to Do
yourself on current human rights fights such as genocide by terrorist groups,
slavery and trafficking and child labor around the world.
involved with a local human rights organization.
a documentary about human rights issues and violations. Some recommendations: Invisible
Children (2006), Girl Rising (2013) and Nefarious (2011).
U.S. is not the only country to recognize the importance of religious liberty.
The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights--a foundational document for
international law, created by representatives from all over the
world--recognizes this basic human right in Article 18: “Everyone has the right
to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to
change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with
others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching,
practice, worship and observance”. Clearly, the framers of this document relied
on human reason and saw the need for governments to recognize this civil right.
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