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.
Thursday, January 23, 2020
nine days for
Psalm 56, Verse 3-5
3 My foes treat me harshly all the day;
yes, many are my attackers. O Most High, 4 when I am afraid, in
you I place my trust. 5 I praise the word of
God; I trust in God, I do not fear.
What can mere flesh do to me?
Trust in God and not the world; we must be in the world but not of the
world. Christ in His Sermon on the Mount taught us how our lifestyle is to be.
1.Be not afraid but
be brave in the world loving even the loveless.
become prideful and self-important but show humility; reverence
and respect to all: for they are created by the hand of God.
3.Do not envy the wicked;
but let your desire be to be kind remembering they must account for themselves before God;
respect and be loyal to them.
4.Let your anger be at
injustice; showing patience, compassion and forgiveness to the sinner.
5.Be temperate and do all things in
moderation; do not greedily take things to yourself but share your
wealth with those in need. Remember to show true charity by helping
them with their troubles thus empowering them to become greater; to pursue
6.Do not become slothful or
failing to resist evil but be diligent to build the Kingdom of God;
one day and one person at a time: begin with yourself.
7.Do not be gluttonous; avoid excess
and exclusivity (the country club mentality) but be temperate; sacrifice,
give up and surrender to the Spirit of God.
8.Do not look on others as objects to
be used for lustful needs but see them as created by the hand of God;
your chase purpose is to help them achieve God’s dream for them.
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Intercession: May all who have
experienced sexual abuse receive justice, healing, and God’s peace.
Prayers: Our Father, 3 Hail Mary’s,
reports have once again exposed the terrible abuses that many have suffered at the
hands of a member of the Catholic clergy. Our hearts ache for the grave harm
that has been inflicted on our brothers and sisters. Words alone cannot express
our sorrow, shame and disappointment that such affronts to human dignity have
been carried out within our Church. It is our prayer and hope that all who have
experienced abuse will find the healing and justice they so rightly deserve,
knowing that they are never alone. For, “only by confronting our own failure in
the face of crimes against those we are charged to protect can the Church resurrect
a culture of life where the culture of death has prevailed”.
Oct. 3, 1955, Bob Keeshan stepped onto a nautical-themed set wearing a
captain's cap and a jacket with big, kangaroolike pockets. He smiled into the
camera and became a television icon. Keeshan would play Captain Kangaroo for 36
years--more than 9,000 performances--to the amusement and betterment of
generations of delighted children.
died (January 23, 2004) at a hospital in Windsor, Vt., after a long illness.
Though no cause of death was announced, he had suffered from cardiac problems since
the 1980s. He was 76. Unmistakable with his brushy mustache and bowl haircut,
the Captain passed time with his good friend Mr. Green Jeans (Hugh
"Lumpy" Brannum), visited with puppet animals such as Bunny Rabbit,
whom he scolded for eating too many carrots, and Mr. Moose, who loved
knock-knock jokes. The animal characters were voiced by Cosmo "Gus"
Allegretti. Ahead of his time in recognizing the importance of early learning,
Keeshan's Captain built confidence and intellectual development in children who
were having too much fun to notice the lessons. "Play is the work of
children," he said. "It's very serious stuff. And if it's properly
structured in a developmental program, children can blossom." Captain
Kangaroo most will remember--a grandfatherly figure (though Keeshan was just 28
at the beginning) who spoke directly to the camera, with no audience, no
children in the cast, no intermediaries in the conversation he was having with
his at-home viewers. "One of the reasons I work in television today,"
said David Kleeman, executive director of the Chicago-based American Center for
Children and Media, "is because, when I was 4 or 5, I said `Hello' to
Captain Kangaroo when he came on the screen, and he said `Hello' back to me. I
really believed that he was talking to me. And I think he would have agreed.
We're losing the generation of children's TV hosts who made a new mass medium
personal--who could talk into the camera as though we were the only person on
the other side."
later life Keeshan spoke often about the importance of good parenting. `Role
models' "Parents are the ultimate role models for children," he said.
"Every word, movement and action has an effect. No other person or outside
force has a greater influence on a child than the parent." [Emphasis added]
insisted that viewers must always feel special, never just part of a huge
audience. He screened advertising to assure that what he considered
exploitative commercials would never be shown. Over the years, his stewardship
of "Captain Kangaroo" was abundantly rewarded. The show won six Emmy
Awards, three Gabriel’s for "uplifting" programming from a Catholic
media group and three Peabody Awards.
and Drink at the Crab, Wine & Beer Festival
Mendocino County, California is home to a lot of
fishermen, grape growers, winemakers and brew masters. This 10-day countywide festival is a celebration of all their
efforts. It takes place in the middle of the long winter season when things are
a little bit slower, allowing more time to partake in fine seafood, wine and