DAY 42 - MARY, QUEEN OF CONFESSORS, PRAY FOR US
YOU MADE US FOR YOURSELF
PRAY A ROSARY
- Rosary of the Day: Joyful Mysteries
- Traditional 54 Day Rotation: Glorious Mysteries
Job, Chapter 21, Verse 9
Their homes are safe, without FEAR, and the rod of God is not upon them.
With the current political climate of today-China, COVID dictatorial measures, New World Order takeover, Sanctuary Cities, Gangs etc.; we may not be feeling safe in our homes. We may feel God’s rod is upon us. Yet, we learn that God does not wish to destroy us but bring about the best in us. The wages of sin are usually destruction, but God is mercy. As in the parable of the wheat and tares God allows the weeds to grow with the wheat. We often ask with Job, “Why do the wicked keep on living, grow old, become mighty in power? Mercy!
Zophar & His Asps
· Zophar decides to beat a dead horse.
· Not literally.
· He tells Job that the wicked get what they deserve from God.
· For good measure, he adds that the venom of asps will poison people's stomachs and kill the sinners. Well that's graphic.
Job Refutes Zophar
· Job sticks to his guns.
· The wicked, he says, go unpunished all the time. Not that he's cool with that. He prays for the sinners' destruction, and then tells Zophar to stop being so depressing.
The Economy of God is comprised of three Churches
· the Church Militant (Latin: Ecclesia militans), which consists of Christians on earth who struggle as soldiers of Christ against sin, the devil, and "the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places";
· the Church Penitent (Latin: Ecclesia poenitens), also called the Church Suffering (Latin: Ecclesia dolens) or the Church Expectant (Latin: Ecclesia expectans), which in the theology of certain churches, especially that of the Catholic Church, consists of those Christians currently in Purgatory; and
These divisions are known as the "three states of the Church," especially within Catholic ecclesiology. However, the actual language used in the Catechism of the Catholic Church states that “The three states of the Church… at the present time some of his disciples are pilgrims on earth. Others have died and are being purified, while still others are in glory, contemplating ‘in full light, God himself triune and one, exactly as he is.'”
In systems of theology which reject the doctrine of Purgatory, such as Lutheranism, and most other Protestant denominations, the Churches Militant and Triumphant are together known as the two states of the Church. These divisions are often discussed in the context of the doctrine of the communion of saints; although Christians may be physically separated from each other by the barrier of death, they nonetheless remain united to each other in one Church, and support each other in prayer.
St. Michael Helper of the Sick and Dying
Saint Michael the Archangel was the protector of Israel and is also traditionally known as “The Medicine of God.” Saint Michael as the military captain of the church of God has a great interest in the happenings of his people, their calamities and he does not overlook their calls for his aid. Let us therefore have recourse to him in times of sickness. He will most certainly come to our assistance bringing the healing graces of the Redeeming Blood. Yet, if it is the will of the father that we depart from this world Saint Michael does not abandon us for he is especially our advocate at our hour of death and assists at every deathbed for it is part of his office to receive the souls of the elect on their quitting the flesh. When the last hour of our earthly career draws near, we are confronted by that awful moment when our soul must leave the body which it has loved so much, to pass through the narrow portal of death, satanic hosts like raving lions will make a last attack upon our souls. But we need not fear (but be at peace) if during life we have had devotion to the Precious Blood and have been faithful in venerating St. Michael and imploring his aid. He will cover us with his strong shield and lead us safely through the midst of our enemies.
35 Promises of God cont.
“If any of you is lacking in
wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be
given you.”-James 1:5