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, March 28, 2020
Chapter 29, verse 13-14
13 The Lord said: Since this people draws near with
words only and honors me with their lips alone, though their hearts are far
from me, And fear of me has become mere precept of
human teaching, 14 Therefore I will
again deal with this people in surprising and wondrous fashion: The wisdom of
the wise shall perish, the prudenceof the prudent
This verse deals with
spiritual blindness and perversity of the Israeli Leaders. The Israelis failed
to apply the standards of God’s covenant in their military and political plans.
They failed to pray and offer to God their concerns and because of their
unbelief they merely made a show of their piety. They rejected the advice of
their prophet’s. Nothing ever changes. The key to living a life fearlessly is
to have our hearts close to God’s. When we do this we will soon discover that
the mind is designed to implement your heart’s desire. Is your heart at peace?
What are the desires of your heart? What should the desires of our hearts be?
The old Baltimore catechism states that our purpose and our desires should be
to know, love and serve the Lord.
According to the Catechism
of the Catholic Church:
1718 The Beatitudes respond to the natural desire for
happiness. This desire is of divine origin: God has placed it in the human
heart in order to draw man to the One who alone can fulfill it: We all want to
live happily; in the whole human race there is no one who does not assent to
this proposition, even before it is fully articulated. How is it, then, that I
seek you, Lord? Since in seeking you, my God, I seek a happy life, let me seek
you so that my soul may live, for my body draws life from my soul and my soul
draws life from you. God alone satisfies.
our desires are not on God, we become spiritually ill. Christ implemented the
sacrament of reconciliation to heal our hearts. Our Holy Father, Pope Francis recently commented that
without daily prayer, regular participation in the Sacraments of the Eucharist
and Reconciliation, daily contact with God’s Word, and a “spirituality
translated into charity,” we may die spiritually. Pope Francis went on to list
15 spiritual “sicknesses” that are “more usual” in “our life”. The 15 include
not being self-critical and thinking oneself indispensable, “Martha-ism”
(excessive Martha-like busyness), hardheartedness, excessive planning, failing
to work with others, “spiritual Alzheimer’s” (forgetting one’s spiritual
journey), and rivalry and vainglory. Other spiritual sicknesses, the Pope
added, include existential “schizophrenia” (living a double life that is “often
dissolute”), gossip, careerism and flattering superiors, indifference to
others, a severe “funeral face” (rather than self-deprecating good humor), the
“disease of closed circles,” and “worldly profit, exhibitionism” (through
“calumniating, defaming, and discrediting others,” even in the media “in the
name of justice and transparency”). These temptations, he continued, are a
danger to every Christian and every community. Saturday
of the Fourth Week of Lent
Prayer. MAY our devotion be made fruitful
by Thy grace, we beseech Thee, O Lord, for the fasts we have undertaken will become
profitable to us only if they are pleasing to Thy mercy.
EPISTLE. Isaias xlix. 8-15.
saith the Lord: In an acceptable time I have heard thee, and in the day of salvation
I have helped thee: and I have preserved thee, and given thee to be a covenant
of the people, that thou mightest raise up the earth, and possess the
inheritances that were destroyed : that thou mightest say to them that are
bound : Come forth : and to them that are in darkness : Show yourselves. They
shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in every plain. They shall
not hunger, nor thirst, neither shall the heat nor the sun strike them: for He
that is merciful to them, shall be their shepherd, and at the fountains of
waters He shall give them drink. And I will make all My mountains a way, and My
paths shall be exalted. Behold these shall come from afar, and behold these
from the north and from the sea, and these from the south country. Give praise,
O ye heavens, and rejoice, O earth; ye mountains, give praise with jubilation:
because the Lord hath comforted His people, and will have mercy on His poor
ones. And Sion said: The Lord hath forsaken me, and the Lord hath forgotten me.
Can a woman forget her infant, so as not to have pity on the son of her womb?
and if she should forget, yet will not I forget thee, saith the Lord Almighty.
GOSPEL. John viii. 12-20.
At that time: Jesus spoke
to the multitudes of the Jews, saying I am the light of the world: he that
followeth Me, walketh not in darkness, but shall have the light of life. The
Pharisees therefore said to Him: Thou givest testimony of Thy self: Thy
testimony is not true. Jesus answered, and said to them: Although I give
testimony of Myself, My testimony is true: for I know whence I came, and
whither I go: but you know not whence I come, or whither I go. You judge according
to the flesh: I judge not any man. And if I do judge, My judgment is true;
because I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent Me. And in your law it
is written, that the testimony of two men is true. I am one that give testimony
of Myself: and the Father that sent Me, giveth testimony of Me. They said
therefore to Him: Where is Thy Father? Jesus answered: Neither Me do you know,
nor My Father: if you did know Me, perhaps you would know My Father also. These
words Jesus spoke in the treasury, teaching in the temple: and no man laid
hands on Him, because His hour was not yet come.
No, we are not talking about mops or
brooms (although we are very thankful for them, of course!) but Something
on A Stick Day is all about celebrating foods we love to eat – that
just happen to come on a stick! Who doesn’t love relaxed finger food that you
can pick up by the stick and eat? So, whether it’s a toffee apple, camp-fire
sausage, cheese cubes on a toothpick, ice cream bar, lollipop or other lovely
treats, feel free to indulge in them on this day! Or why not try the favorite
American food on a stick if you can – the famous corn dog? What about planning
an entire meal of a starter, main course and dessert all on sticks? Easy,
informal, and fun – and very little cleaning up to do afterwards! What a great
theme for a dinner party to have on Something on a Stick Day!
Is a traditional seasoned
grilled meat on a stick for the Feast of St. Bart. While stationed in Belgium
many years ago with my young daughter Nicole there were none of the American
fast food places in close vicinity, but there were frites stands. Nicole loved
Belgium frites, which are “French Fries” with an attitude. We used to joke that
someday we will open our own Frite stand and on the placard we would proudly
proclaim the name of our stand, “DICK AND NIC’S FRITES AND SHASLIKS”.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter ST MATTHIAS-Novena St. Rita-Chicken Dance Day Jeremiah, Chapter 42, Verse 11-16 11 Do not FEAR the king of Babylon, as you do now. Do not FEAR him—oracle of the LORD—for I am with you to save you, to rescue you from his power. 12 I will take pity on you, so that he will have pity on you and let you return to your land. 13 But if you keep saying, “We will not stay in this land,” thus disobeying the voice of the LORD, your God, 14 and saying, “No, we will go to the land of Egypt, where we will not see war, nor hear the trumpet alarm, nor hunger for bread. There we will live!” 15 then listen to the word of the LORD, remnant of Judah: Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: If you are set on going to Egypt and settling down there once you arrive, 16 the sword you FEAR shall overtake you in the land of Egypt; the hunger you dread shall pursue you to Egypt and there you shall die. Faith is always a great multiplier in overcom
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
LABOR DAY John 20, Verse 26 Now a week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, “ Peace be with you.” Are the doors of you heart locked? Are you without faith? Perhaps Christ will stand someday in your midst as he did Thomas. I came to you in weakness and fear and much trembling, and my message and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of spirit and power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God. Doubt  Preachers have called Thomas the "Doubter." Few have touched upon his cynicism. Over and over, Thomas heard the witness of the followers. But, Thomas wanted more than proof positive. ("Inspect and touch," literally meant "to see and thrust.") He stepped beyond skepticism into cynicism. A week later, Jesus again appear with the greeting of
DAY 7 - MOTHER MOST CHASTE, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF COURAGE! GOD'S WORD "Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD." (Psalm 27:14) HEROES' WORDS "Fortitude is the disposition of soul which enables us to despise all inconveniences and the loss of things not in our power." -St. Augustine "I know well that the greater and more beautiful the work is, the more terrible will be the storms that rage against it." -St. Faustina "Moreover, Christians are born for combat, whereof the greater the vehemence, the more assured, God willing, the triumph: 'Have confidence; I have overcome the world' (Jn 16:33)." -Pope Leo XIII "Though the path is plain and smooth for men of good will, he who walks it will not travel far, and will do so only with difficulty, if he does not have good feet: that is, courage and a persevering spirit." -St. John of the Cross MEDITATION Fortitude is the mor