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.
12 I, it is I who comfort you. Can you then
fear mortals who die, human beings
who are just grass, 13 and forget the
LORD, your maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of
earth? All the day you are in constant dread
of the fury of the oppressor when he prepares himself to destroy; but where is
the oppressor’s fury?
Imagine the joy of the Apostles when at the
resurrection of Christ they finally realized this. That they could no longer be
controlled by powerful men who would die just like the grass and that they were
already on the winning side. Imagine the peace they must have felt when they
knew evil was conquered. Imagine the comfort they felt for they knew the
presence of God.
speaker invites everyone to turn their attention back to God, "the rock
from which you were hewn," the same God of their ancestors. He says that
God will make the wilderness and the desert surrounding Zion into a garden as
nice as Eden.
voice breaks in, saying that he will save the people swiftly. Heaven and earth
will both vanish, but his salvation will endure forever. With a little
sprinkling of ultimate justice and righteousness. Righteous people shouldn't
worry about the naysayers who make fun of them—they're just going to be
devoured like wool getting munched on by moths.
speaker calls on God to awake and reveal his strength again, since he was the
same person who killed the evil sea serpent Rahab and dried up the sea so that
Israel could cross and return to Zion and salvation.
God's voice comes back into the prophetic monologue. He is the one who comforts
Israel, and he's confused as to why they would be afraid of mere mortals (like
the Babylonians). After all, if they get into any trouble, they should know
that they're going to get released from oppression right away.
said, Israel has drunk from the bowl of God's wrath, making it stagger around
like someone totally deluded. Its children are all caught by God's wrath, too. So,
who can save Israel? God will give the cup of wrath to Israel's enemies
instead, and Israel will receive mercy from now on. Probably one of the
few times that someone was pleased to have their beverage confiscated.
O Mother most
merciful, pray for the souls in Purgatory!
PRAYER OF ST.
GERTRUDE THE GREAT O Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of
Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world
today, for all the holy souls in Purgatory and for sinners everywhere— for
sinners in the Universal Church, for those in my own home and for those within
my family. Amen.
PRAYER FOR THE
DYING O Most Merciful Jesus, lover of souls, I pray Thee, by the agony of Thy
most Sacred Heart, and by the sorrows of Thine Immaculate Mother, to wash in
Thy Most Precious Blood the sinners of the whole world who are now in their agony
and who will die today. Heart of Jesus, once in agony, have mercy on the dying!
ON EVERY DAY OF
THE NOVENA V. O Lord, hear my prayer; R. And let my cry come unto Thee. O God,
the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant unto the souls of Thy
servants and handmaids the remission of all their sins, that through our devout
supplications they may obtain the pardon they have always desired, Who livest
and reignest world without end. Amen.
SATURDAY O Lord
God Almighty, I beseech Thee by the Precious Blood which gushed forth from the
sacred side of Thy divine Son Jesus in the presence of and to the great sorrow
of His most holy Mother, deliver the souls in Purgatory, and among them all,
especially that soul which has been most devout to this noble Lady, that it may
come quickly into Thy glory, there to praise Thee in her, and her in Thee,
through all the ages. Amen. Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory Be
Ninth Day - Today Bring Me The Souls Who Have Become Lukewarm.
Jesus, you are Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm souls into the abode of Your
Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your pure love let these tepid souls,
who, like corpses, filled You with such deep loathing, be once again set
aflame. O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of Your mercy and
draw them into the very ardor of Your love; and bestow upon them the gift of
holy love, for nothing is beyond Your power.
turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls who are nonetheless enfolded in the
Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter
Passion of Your Son and by His three-hour agony on the Cross: let them, too,
glorify the abyss of Your mercy. Amen