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.
Fifth Sunday of Lent-Passiontide SPINACH DAY Exodus, Chapter 14, Verse 30-31 30 Thus the LORD saved Israel on that day from the power of...
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
SIXTH DAY (Wednesday, 7th Week of Easter)
If Thou take Thy grace away, nothing pure in man will stay, All his good is turn'd to ill.
The Gift of Understanding
Understanding, as a gift of the Holy Spirit, helps us to grasp the meaning of the truths of our holy religion BY faith we know them, but by Understanding we learn to appreciate and relish them. It enables us to penetrate the inner meaning of revealed truths and through them to be quickened to newness of life. Our faith ceases to be sterile and inactive, but inspires a mode of life that bears eloquent testimony to the faith that is in us; we begin to "walk worthy of God in all things pleasing, and increasing in the knowledge of God."
Come, O Spirit of Understanding, and enlighten our minds, that we may know and believe all the mysteries of salvation; and may merit at last to see the eternal light in Thy Light; and in the light of glory to have a clear vision of Thee and the Father and the Son. 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.
Saul FEARED David all the more and
was his enemy ever after.
was pursued by Saul, but David never returned the enemy status to Saul. No, David
knew our only enemy is anything that opposes the love of God. Saul was seduced
by the world, the flesh and the devil. These are our enemies. Love brings unity
in its truest form. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are not three but one and
one in Love. This unity of love is reflected in the married life and the life
of the religious.
of The Most Reverend Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of
to Priests, Deacons, Religious and the Lay Faithful of the Diocese of Phoenix
on the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist
My beloved Brothers and
Sisters in Christ,
4. I invite you in this Exhortation to
“put out into the deep” (Lk 5:4). Whether your faith in the Eucharist is
strong or weak, whether you consider the Church your Home or you have recently
decided to disassociate, or even if you have no faith at all, my sincere hope
is that a true “Eucharistic amazement” will be ignited within you.
5. The People of Israel faced many
obstacles, challenges, and sufferings as they crossed the desert and entered
the Promised Land. But God had assured them of His presence and guidance on
their arduous sojourn. In the Ark of the Covenant, they recognized the presence
of God. Into battles and in dangerous lands, wherever the Israelites went, the
Ark went with them because it assured them that God would be with them to fight
their battles, to care for them and protect them. For this reason, the Ark
became a powerful and enduring image of God’s presence.
6. When the People of Israel were
preparing to cross the Jordan river and enter the Promised Land, Joshua
stressed the importance of following the Ark: “When you see the ark of the
covenant of the Lord being carried, you are to set out from your positions and
follow it… so that you can see the way to go, since we have never been this way
before” (Josh. 3:2-4). This instruction was addressed to a people who would
face the dangers of the crossing and the challenges and threats that awaited
them in an unknown land. To be continued…
Every Wednesday is
Dedicated to St. Joseph
The Italian culture has
always had a close association with St. Joseph perhaps you could make
Wednesdays centered around Jesus’s Papa. Plan an Italian dinner of pizza or
spaghetti after attending Mass as most parishes have a Wednesday evening Mass.
You could even do carry out to help restaurants. If you are adventurous, you
could do the Universal Man Plan: St. Joseph style. Make the evening a family
night perhaps it could be a game night. Whatever you do make the day special.
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