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, March 17, 2020
Tuesday in the
Third Week of Lent
feast of st. Patrick
Chapter 3, Verse 40-42
40 So let our sacrifice be in your presence
today and find favor before you; for those who trust in you cannot be put to
shame.41 And now we follow you with our whole
heart, we fear you and we seek your
face. Do not put us to shame, 42 but deal with us
in your kindness and great mercy.
your way of living been less than you wanted? Well? Welcome to the human
condition. Emotions are what being human is about. Imagine the emotions of
Peter after the resurrection. If your emotions or sinfulness despite your best
efforts have left, you flat. You are human. Remember the disciples on the road
to Emmaus; they were at left flat at the loss of the Christ. Like Peter they
felt they could have done more. Today walk with our Lord tell Him all.
a sermon by Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas she states:
away the gods that your ancestors served...” Joshua declares. Doing that
requires an act of self-examination. Spend at least five minutes with each
question, even if all you do is listen to your heart.
are the gods that I serve?
does my bank statement or my credit card statement say about my values?
does the way I spend my free time say about what matters most to me?
does the way that I treat family-members and co-workers, neighbors and friends
show which gods I serve?
what do I give my best, most focused attention and care?
do I Really care about?
motives really drive me?
goals really draw me forward?
there compulsive patterns of thought or behavior to which I am excessively
You and I can go to church and say
very sincerely that we worship God, but in the hurly-burly of daily life there
are all kinds of lesser gods that tug at us and clamor for our attention and
GRACIOUSLY hear us, O
almighty and merciful God, and~ favorably grant to us the gifts of wholesome
iv. Kings iv. 1-7.
those days a certain woman of the wives of the prophets cried to Eliseus,
saying: Thy servant my husband is dead, and thou knowest that thy servant was
one that feared the Lord, and behold the creditor is come to take away my two
sons to serve him. And Eliseus said to her: What wilt thou have me do for thee?
Tell me, what hast thou in thy house? And she answered: I thy handmaid have
nothing in my house but a little oil, to anoint me. And he said to her: Go,
borrow of all thy neighbor’s empty vessels not a few. And go in, and shut thy
door, when thou art within, with thy sons: and pour out thereof into all those
vessels, and when they are full take them away. So, the woman went, and shut
the door upon her, and upon her sons: they brought her the vessels, and she
poured in. And when the vessels were full, she said to her son: Bring me yet a
vessel. And he answered: I have no more. And the oil stood. And she came and
told the man of God. And he said: Go, sell the oil, and pay thy creditor: and
thou and thy sons live of the rest.
Matt, xviii. 15-22.
At that time Jesus said to
His disciples: If thy brother shall offend against thee, go, and rebuke him
between thee and him alone. If he shall hear thee, thou shalt gain thy brother.
And if he will not hear thee, take with thee one or two more: that in the mouth
of two or three witnesses every word may stand. And if he will not hear them:
tell the Church. And if he will not hear the Church, let him be to thee as the
heathen and publican. Amen I say to you, whatsoever you shall bind upon earth,
shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever you shall loose upon earth, shall
be loosed also in heaven. Again, I say to you, that if two of you shall consent
upon earth, concerning anything whatsoever they shall ask, it shall be done to
them by My Father Who is in heaven. For where there are two or three gathered
together in My name, there am I in the midst of them. Then came Peter unto Him
and said: Lord, how often shall my brother offend against me, and I forgive
him? till seven times? Jesus saith to him: I say not to thee, till seven times;
but till seventy times seven times.
(During times when we wish to express
repentance, and especially during Lent, it is customary to pray the seven
penitential psalms. The penitential designation of these psalms’ dates back to
the seventh century. Prayerfully reciting these psalms will help us to
recognize our sinfulness, express our sorrow and ask for God’s forgiveness.)
PATRICK was born towards the close of the
fourth century, but the place of his birth is not positively known. Britain and
Scotland both claim the honor, but the best authorities seem to agree upon
Brittany, in France. In his sixteenth year he was carried into captivity by
certain barbarians, who took him into Ireland, where he was obliged to keep
cattle on the mountains and in the forests, in hunger and nakedness, amidst
snows, rain, and ice. The young man had recourse to God with his whole heart in
fervent prayer and fasting and from that time faith and the love of God
acquired continually new strength in his tender soul. After six months spent in
slavery under the same master St. Patrick was admonished by God in a dream to
return to his own country, and informed that a ship was then ready to sail
thither. He went at once to the seacoast, though at a great distance, and found
the vessel. After three days sail, they made land, but wandered twenty-seven
days through deserts, and were a long while distressed for want of provisions.
Patrick assured the company that if they would address themselves with their whole
hearts to the true God He would hear and succor them. They did so, and on the
same day met with a herd of swine. From that time provisions never failed them,
till on the twenty-seventh day they came into a country that was cultivated and
inhabited. Some years afterwards he was again led captive but recovered his
liberty after two months. When he was at home with his parents, God manifested
to him, by divers’ visions, that He destined him to the great work of the
conversion of Ireland. The writers of his life say that after his second
captivity he travelled into Gaul and Italy, and saw St. Martin, St. Germanus of
Auxerre, and Pope Celestine, and that he received his mission and the
apostolical benediction from this Pope, who died in 432. Great opposition was
made to his episcopal consecration and mission, both by his own relations and
by the clergy; but the Lord, whose will he consulted by earnest prayer,
supported him, and he persevered in his resolution. He forsook his family, sold
his birthright and dignity to serve strangers, and consecrated his soul to God,
to carry His name to the ends of the earth. In this disposition he passed into
Ireland to preach the Gospel, penetrating into the remotest corners; and such
was the fruit of his preaching’s and sufferings that he baptized an infinite
number of people. He ordained everywhere clergymen, induced women to live in
holy widowhood and continence, consecrated virgins to Christ, and instituted
monks. He took nothing from the many thousands whom he baptized, but gave
freely of his own, both to pagans and Christians, distributed large alms to the
poor in the provinces where he passed, and maintained and educated many
children, whom he trained to serve at the altar. The happy success of his
labors cost him many persecutions. He died and was buried at Down, in Ulster.
His body was found there in a church of his name in 1185 and translated to
another part of the same church.
bind unto myself today the power of God to hold and lead, His eye to watch, his
might to stay, His ear to hearken to my need; the wisdom of my God to teach,
his hand to guide, his shield to ward; the word of God to give me speech, his
heavenly host to be my guard. Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ
behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to
comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet,
Christ in danger, Christ in the hearts of all that love me, Christ in the mouth
of friend and stranger.Amen
is a good day to honor St. Patrick by trying typical Irish fare: corned beef
and cabbage, soda bread, scones, stew, Shepherd's pie, potatoes in various
forms and the famous beer and spirits of Ireland. For dessert, try making the
Irish Porter Cake.
the Lorica (Breastplate) of St. Patrick. Here is an older translation — pray it with your family after your rosary tonight.
Patrick used the three-leaf shamrock to explain the Trinity to non-Christians.
The leaves stood for the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
5.5 million pints of Irish Guinness stout are consumed on an average day. On
St. Patrick's Day, nearly 13 million are consumed.
the shamrock, a three-leaf clover is a St. Patrick's Day tradition. The
official three-leaf clover is known scientifically as Trifolium dubium however
clovers can also have more leaves. Four-leaf clovers are said to be lucky,
however the odds of finding one are about 1 to 10,000.
love of God and his fear grew in me more and more, as did the faith, and my
soul was roused, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred
prayers and in the night, nearly the same. - St. Patrick
- used when clinking glasses with friends at a bar (equivalent of Cheers or
Patrick's Day Top Events and Things to Do
green! In some parts of the world, the custom is to pinch people who aren't
wearing the color of shamrocks.
a St. Patrick's Day parade. Major cities like Chicago, New York, San
Francisco, Dallas, and Boston host marching bands and floats.
heart of any Irish neighborhood is its local pub. Share a couple of green
with friends at a local Irish pub or try Magner's (Bulmer's) apple cider as an
Patrick was a brave and humble man. Have you been putting off something
because you are afraid to do it? Do it today in honor of St. Patrick's
When we consider God valued the human
person as so precious enough to die for, we should make a concerted effort to
The giving of Alms has everything to do
with devotions and piety. Almsgiving is a powerful form of prayer. “Prayer and fasting are good, but better
than either is almsgiving accompanied by righteousness…It is better to give
alms than to store up gold; for almsgiving saves one from death and expiates
every sin. Those who regularly give alms shall enjoy a full life” (Tob
12:8-9) To give alms is to give to God. If we are giving alms righteously then
most likely we are doing it though some form of fasting giving from our
substance. The giving of Alms should not philanthropy with a smiling photo op
and boost to our pride. The earliest Christians knew they could not make a good
Communion if they neglected the poor. St. Ignatius noted that the twin marks of
heresy are the neglect of the poor and neglect of the Eucharist. “The mystery
of the poor is this: that they are Jesus and what you do for them you do to
him.” (Dorothy Day) The Eucharist is the key to a civilization of love. It saves
us from misguided tenderness and feel-good philanthropy, because it gives us
the grace to sacrifice as Jesus did. Our main focus must be widows and orphans.
(Single parents and children) “Widows and orphan are to be revered like the
altar of sacrifice.” (Pope Paul VI) We should give as much as we can and we
should give it responsibly making sure the alms are not wasted.
Mormons in their almsgiving, for example,
do fast offerings in addition to tithing. This offering accompanies a monthly
24-hour fast. All the money that would have been spent to buy food during those
24 hours is donated to the Church for the purpose of feeding the hungry and
caring for the needy.
Declarations of Victory from the Word of God When you become weakened
and the outcome of the war seems uncertain, recall in faith that God’s ultimate
triumph is secure.
are of God, dear children, and have overcome him, because greater is He who is
in you than he who is in the world. 1 Jn 4: 4
LORD goes forth like a mighty man, like a man of war He stirs up His fury; He
cries out, He shouts aloud; He shows Himself mighty against His foes. Is 42: 13
LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the
stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? The LORD is my light and my
salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom
shall I be afraid? Though a host encamp against me, my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. One thing have I asked of
the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all
the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in His
temple. For He will hide me in His shelter in the day of trouble; He will
conceal me under the cover of His tent, He will set me upon a high rock. And
now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies round about me; and I will
offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to
the LORD. . . . I believe that I shall see the goodness of the
LORD in the land of the living! Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your
heart take courage; yes, wait for the LORD! Ps 27: 1– 6, 13– 14
behold, your enemies, O LORD, for, behold, your enemies shall perish; all
evildoers shall be scattered. Ps 92: 9
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