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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"Johanninise the souls of our priests and bishops. Please, Lord, grant a Priestly Pentecost."
The Gift of Fear
The gift of Fear fills us with a sovereign respect for God, and makes us dread nothing so much as to offend Him by sin. It is a fear that arises, not from the thought of hell, but from sentiments of reverence and filial submission to our heavenly Father. It is the fear that is the beginning of wisdom, detaching us from worldly pleasures that could in any way separate us from God. "They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts, and in His sight will sanctify their souls."
Come, O blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, penetrate my inmost heart, that I may set you, my Lord and God, before my face forever, help me to shun all things that can offend You, and make me worthy to appear before the pure eyes of Your Divine Majesty in heaven, where You live and reign in the unity of the ever Blessed Trinity, God world without end. Amen.
Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father SEVEN TIMES.
ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
On my knees I before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Your purity, the unerring keenness of Your justice, and the might of Your love. You are the Strength and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light, and listen to Your voice, and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You, by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds, and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore You, Adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace O Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere, "Speak Lord for Your servant heareth." Amen.
PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit on Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord with the sign of Your true disciples, and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.
therefore, that they are not gods; do not fear
the words of Saint John Paul the Great in confronting the gods of this age: money, love, self, happiness, equality and celebrity.
never defeated by evil; once that road is taken, rather than defeating evil, one will instead be defeated by evil.
is the outcome of a long and demanding battle which is only won when evil is
defeated by good. Flee what is evil and hold fast to what is good. Peace
is a good to be promoted with good: it is a good for individuals, for
families, for nations and for all humanity; yet it is one which needs to be
maintained and fostered by decisions and actions inspired by good. "Repay
no one evil for evil" (Rom 12:17). The one way out of the
vicious circle of requiting evil for evil is "Do not be overcome by evil,
but overcome evil with good" (Rom 12:21). At its deepest level,
evil is a tragic rejection of the demands of love. Moral good, on the
other hand, is born of love, shows itself as love and is directed towards love.
All this is particularly evident to Christians, who know that their membership
in the one mystical Body of Christ sets them in a particular relationship not
only with the Lord but also with their brothers and sisters. The inner logic of
Christian love, which in the Gospel is the living source of moral goodness,
leads even to the love of one's enemies: "If your enemy is hungry, feed
him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink" (Rom
St. Julia was a noble virgin of Carthage, who, when the city was taken by Genseric
in 489, was sold for a slave to a pagan merchant of Syria named Eusebius. Under
the most mortifying employments of her station, by cheerfulness and patience
she found a happiness and comfort which the world could not have afforded. All
the time she was not employed in her master's business was devoted to prayer
and reading books of piety. Her master, who was charmed with her fidelity and
other virtues, carried her with him on one of his voyages to Gaul. Having
reached the northern part of Corsica, he cast anchor, and went on shore to join
the pagans of the place in an idolatrous festival. Julia was left at some
distance, because she would not be defiled by the superstitious ceremonies
which she openly reviled. Felix, the governor of the island, who was a bigoted
pagan, asked who this woman was who dared to insult the gods. Eusebius informed
him that she was a Christian, and that all his authority over her was too weak
to prevail with her to renounce her religion, but that he found her so diligent
and faithful he could not part with her. The governor offered him four of his
best female slaves in exchange for her. But the merchant replied, "No; all
you are worth will not purchase her; for I would freely lose the most valuable
thing I have in the world rather than be deprived of her." However, the
governor, while Eusebius was drunk and asleep, took upon him to compel her to
sacrifice to his gods. He offered to procure her liberty if she would comply.
The Saint made answer that she was as free as she desired to be as long as she
was allowed to serve Jesus Christ. Felix, thinking himself derided by her
undaunted and resolute air, in a transport of rage caused her to be struck on
the face, and the hair of head to be torn off, and lastly, ordered her to be
hanged on a cross till she expired. Certain monks of the isle of Gorgon carried
off her body; but in 768 Desiderius, King of Lombardy, removed her relics to
Breseia, where her memory is celebrated with great devotion. St. Julia, whether
free or a slave, whether in prosperity or in adversity, was equally fervent and
devout. She adored all the sweet designs of Providence; and far from
complaining, she never ceased to praise and thank God under all his holy
appointments, making them always the means of her virtue and sanctification.
God, by an admirable chain of events, raised her by her fidelity to the honor
of the saints, and to the dignity of a virgin and martyr.
Excerpted from Butler's Lives of the
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Merchant Marine refers to either United States civilian mariners, or to U.S.
civilian and federally owned merchant vessels. Both the civilian mariners and the merchant vessels
are managed by a combination of the government and private sectors, and engage
in commerce or transportation of goods and services in and out of the navigable waters of the United States. The Merchant Marine primarily
transports cargo and passengers during peacetime; in times of war, the Merchant
Marine can be an auxiliary to the United States Navy, and can be called upon to deliver
military personnel and materiel for the military. Merchant Marine
officers may also be commissioned as military officers by the Department of
Defense. This is commonly achieved by commissioning unlimited tonnage Merchant
Marine officers as Strategic Sealift
Officers in the United States Navy
mariners move cargo and passengers between nations and within the United
States, and operate and maintain deep-sea merchant ships, tugboats,
excursion vessels, charter boats and other waterborne craft on the oceans, the Great Lakes,
rivers, canals, harbors, and other waterways.