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, April 16, 2020
Thursday in the Octave of Easter or Easter
Isaiah, Chapter 51, verse 7
Hear me, you who know justice, you people who have my
teaching at heart: Do not fear the
reproach of others; remain firm at their reviling’s.
God’s justice and what teaching should we have at heart?
Testament established the seven laws of Noah, or the Noahide Laws which were
given by God as binding on all of humanity. Any person who adheres to these is
regarded as righteous and is assured a place in the world to come.
Engage in Incest, Adultery or Homosexuality.
Eat of a Live Animal
7.Do establish Functioning Courts of Law
said to his disciples; “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the
prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.” (Mt. 5:17)
Thursday in the
Octave of Easter or Easter Thursday is a day for Commemoration of the
departed which is a Slavic tradition. Thursday of the Dead is described as a
universal day for visiting tombs, engaged in most diligently by townspeople,
followed by fellaheen ("peasants"), and then Bedouins. Women
would go to the cemetery before sunrise to pray for the departed and distribute
bread cakes known as kaʿak
("the yellow roll") and dried fruit to the poor, to children, and to
relatives. Children would also receive painted eggs, generally yellow in color.
The sharing of this tradition between Christians and Muslims is thought to date
back to at least the 12th century when Saladin urged Muslims to adopt Christian
customs in order to promote religious tolerance in the region.
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.
THURSDAY O Lord
God Almighty, I beseech Thee by the Precious Body and Blood of Thy divine Son
Jesus, which He Himself, on the night before His Passion, gave as meat and
drink to His beloved Apostles and bequeathed to His holy Church to be the
perpetual Sacrifice and life-giving nourishment of His faithful people, deliver
the souls in Purgatory, but most of all, that soul which was most devoted to
this Mystery of infinite love, in order that it may praise Thee therefore,
together with Thy divine Son and the Holy Spirit in Thy glory forever. Amen.
Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory Be.
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
Shallow minds are easily scandalized at
the thought that, despite Christ Jesus' divine mission and His heroic
earnestness in fulfilling it, despite the limitless possibilities of the
Sacrifice of Calvary glorified in the power of the Resurrection, even now so
many human souls are still sick and diseased, even dead in sin and seemingly
lost in impenitence. But think for a moment of some definite astounding force
in nature, as for instance lightning, or even better, of so simple a force as
the stroke of a hammer or the approach of a lighted match; notice the vast
difference in the effects produced on a block of granite, on a cake of ice, and
on a keg of powder. Even so, the definite effect of the same graces upon
different individual souls depends on the receptivity of each. Yet never doubt,
the doors of the treasury of the merits and fruits of Calvary are wide open;
the fountains of the Savior are pouring out heavenly waters to purify and cure
and refresh souls; the invitation goes out to all:
"Come, eat My bread, and drink the wine which
I have mingled for you. All you that thirst come to the waters, and you that
have no money, make haste, buy, and eat come ye, buy wine and milk without
money! Come! to experience the virtue of the waters, and of the food, and of
the medicine, and of the fire. Come and drink lest you die of thirst! Come and
eat lest your soul hunger and starve! Come, approach the fire of My charity, to
be stirred out of your spiritual coldness and numbness!"
The Apostles must have been
astonished at their power to heal the bodies of the faithful while on the road
when Christ sent them out before His death. Yet, the greatest power was to come
after His death and resurrection. Jesus made it perfectly clear that the power
to forgive sins is far greater than the power to heal. (Mk. 2:9) Jesus healed
people of every disease as a sign of the greater work of forgiveness of sins.
For in the gospel he states, “That you
may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sin.” (Mk
2:10) The physical signs were there for the sake of a spiritual reality. “Is anyone among you sick?
He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him
and anoint [him] with oil in the name of the Lord, and the
prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If
he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.” (Jas. 5:14-15) This is the
sacrament we know as the Anointing of the Sick. It must be noted that grave physical suffering is often
accompanied by a great spiritual trial. Sacramental anointing gives us the
grace we need to face our trials. Oils have been used for millennia to convey
the grace and health of God. Anointing helps us transform physical suffering
into something more deeply curative, something truly releasing. Don’t wait! At
the first sign of serious ailment seek the aid of Christ through this
All Christian life is a preparation for death. We
cannot predict the moment of our passing, but we should be prepared for it both
remotely and near term when our death is imminent. It is best to prepare far in
advance by making a lifetime habit of confession and reception of the Holy
Eucharist. However, if seriously ill do not wait to take action. Confession
must be made while we are still thinking clearly and have the energy for the task,
and we should make arrangements to receive sacramental anointing. Do not rely
on others to do this for you. It is important for you, if you are able, to
contact the hospital chaplain or priest. Remember there is more after our death
for the church teaches us that after our death there is judgment, heaven and
hell. Do not be a nilly willy and avoid thinking about death and we should
remind ourselves that death is a normal part of life and we should have a sense
of humor and it is not a license to make others miserable. We should try to get
our affairs in order so to make it easier on others. We should choose a
Catholic cemetery for the burial of our mortal remains, as a sign of our belief
in the resurrection of the body. Our flesh has been divinized in baptism, made
one the flesh of Jesus in Holy Communion, and so its repose is a matter of some
consequence. We should keep in mind that at our death as said by Cardinal
Newman, “Life is changed, not ended” and “All who ever lived still live.”
Marie Bernarde ('Bernadette') Soubirous
was the eldest child of an impoverished miller. At the age of fourteen she was
ailing and undersized, sensitive and of pleasant disposition but accounted
backward and slow. Between 11 February and 16 July 1858, in a shallow cave on
the bank of the river Gave, she had a series of remarkable experiences. On
eighteen occasions she saw a very young and beautiful lady, who made various
requests and communications to her, pointing out a forgotten spring of water
and enjoining prayer and penitence. The lady eventually identified herself as
the Virgin Mary, under the title of 'the Immaculate Conception'. Some of these
happenings took place in the presence of many people, but no one besides
Bernadette claimed to see or hear 'the Lady', and there was no disorder or
emotional extravagance. After the appearances ceased, however, there was an epidemic
of false visionaries and morbid religiosity in the district, which increased
the reserved attitude of the church authorities towards Bernadette's
experiences. For some years she suffered greatly from the suspicious disbelief
of some and the tactless enthusiasm and insensitive attentions of others; these
trials she bore with impressive patience and dignity. In 1866 she was admitted
to the convent of the Sisters of Charity at Nevers. Here she was more sheltered
from trying publicity, but not from the 'stuffiness' of the convent superiors
nor from the tightening grip of asthma. 'I am getting on with my job,' she
would say. 'What is that?' someone asked. 'Being ill,' was the reply. Thus, she
lived out her self-effacing life, dying at the age of thirty-five. The events
of 1858 resulted in Lourdes becoming one of the greatest pilgrim shrines in the
history of Christendom. But St Bernadette took no part in these developments;
nor was it for her visions that she was canonized, but for the humble
simplicity and religious trustingness that characterized her whole life.
Patron: Bodily ills; illness; Lourdes,
France; people ridiculed for their piety; poverty; shepherdesses; shepherds;
sick people; sickness.
Seventh Day - Today Bring Me the Souls Who Especially Venerate and
Glorify My Mercy.
Jesus, whose Heart is Love Itself, receive into the abode of Your Most
Compassionate Heart the souls of those who particularly extol and venerate the
greatness of Your Mercy. These souls are mighty with the very power of God
Himself. In the midst of all afflictions and adversities they go forward,
confident in Your Mercy. These souls are united to Jesus and carry all mankind
on their shoulders. These souls will not be judged severely, but Your mercy
will embrace them as they depart from this life.
turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls who glorify and venerate Your greatest
attribute, that of Your fathomless mercy, and who are enclosed in the Most
Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls are a living Gospel; their hands are
full of deeds of mercy and their spirit, overflowing with joy, sings a canticle
of mercy to You, O Most High! I beg You O God: Show them Your mercy according
to the hope and trust they have placed in You. Let there be accomplished in
them the promise of Jesus, who said to them, "I Myself will defend as My
own glory, during their lifetime, and especially at the hour of their death,
those souls who will venerate My fathomless mercy."