Psalm 34, verse 5-12
5 I sought the Lord, and he answered me, delivered me from all my FEARS. 6 Look to him and be radiant, and your faces may not blush for shame. 7 This poor one cried out and the Lord heard, and from all his distress he saved him. 8 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he saves them. 9 Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the stalwart one who takes refuge in him. 10 Fear the Lord, you his holy ones; nothing is lacking to those who fear him. Come, children, listen to me; I will teach you fear of the Lord. 11 The rich grow poor and go hungry but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. 12 Come, children, listen to me; I will teach you fear of the Lord.
While taking a prayer filled hike in the Round Lake, New York; I asked our Lord on the hike to communicate to me as we walked along the way. The Lord spoke to my heart and said that in this world there are two kinds of people those that give and those that get. He said amazingly those that get never get enough and those who give always get enough.
As we walked Christ pointed out to me the things that I should be giving to others.
As I started the hike, I noticed the sign with the map of the hike was reversed and if I did not study it closely, I would be lost. Christ urged me to:
· Give good directions.
Walking along I met others walking or riding bikes coming from the opposite direction that looked rather glum and miserable. Christ urged me to greet them. As I did, I noticed their expression changed from glum to happy.
· Give greetings.
Walking along I heard music from a tavern near the trail. Christ urged me to:
· Give music and song to gladding other hearts.
Walking along I met a small turtle that on seeing me tucked into his shell. Christ urged me to:
· Give others respect and privacy.
Walking along I passed a stream and notice the path was shady. Christ urged me to:
· Give refreshment to others.
Finally, as I was walking along as the Lord answered me, I noticed He had delivered me from all my fears.
Seven Founders of the Orders of Servite’s
These seven men were the founders of the Servite Order, a community instituted for the special purpose of cultivating the spirit of penance and contemplating the passion of Christ and Mary's Seven Sorrows. Due to the spirit of humility cherished by the members of the Order, their accomplishments are not too widely known. But in the field of home missions’ great things are to their credit, and certainly they have benefited millions by arousing devotion to the Mother of Sorrows. The Breviary tells us that in the midst of the party strife during the thirteenth century, God called seven men from the nobility of Florence. In the year 1233 they met and prayed together most fervently. The Blessed Mother appeared to each of them individually and urged them to begin a more perfect life. Disregarding birth and wealth, in sackcloth under shabby and well-worn clothing they withdrew to a small building in the country. It was September 8, selected so that they might begin to live a more holy life on the very day when the Mother of God began to live her holy life. Soon after, when the seven were begging alms from door to door in the streets of Florence, they suddenly heard children's voices calling to them, "Servants of holy Mary." Among these children was St. Philip Benizi, then just five months old. Hereafter they were known by this name, first heard from the lips of children. In the course of time they retired into solitude on Monte Senario and gave themselves wholly to contemplation and penance. Leo XIII canonized the Holy Founders and introduced today's feast in 1888.
Catechism of the Catholic Church
I. The life of man: knowing and loving God
2 In order for this call to resound throughout the earth, Christ sent the apostles he had chosen, giving them the mandate to announce the Gospel: "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And know that I am with you always, until the end of the world" (Mt 28:19-20). Strengthened by this mission, the apostles "went out to preach everywhere, the Lord collaborating with them and confirming the Word with the signs that accompanied it" (Mk 16:20).
Today is my mother Rosella’s birthday (RIP)
Feb 17, 1927-Feb 2, 2002
Please say a Hail Mary for her soul.
Today is also the National Congress of Mothers later known as the PTO which was established in 1897. Motherhood is tough these days don’t forget to pray for mothers of today.
The New Stay-at-Home Mom (Does not just eat bon bons and watch “Charmed” on TV)
Forget everything you've heard about stay-at-home moms. A new generation is starting their own; businesses, blogging and working at home. These women are known as WAHM’s (Work At Home Moms) proving women can be nurturing while increasing the net income of a family while overseeing that the family comes first. Great families start with great couples; great parents which means a great family. If we want to make America great it starts here. The model for any mother is of course the original work at home mom which is Mary mother of God. Today say the Seven Sorrows of Mary Rosary.
Moms: Here is an original children’s story I have written a long time ago. Enjoy
THE TREE OF HAPPINESS
Sir Michael was, Guardian of the
Throne, to the King of Utopia, Richard. Utopia was a Kingdom like many others
of that age, Most the Knights to the King had long forgot their oaths of duty
and selfless service. Most of them were heavily involved in petty schemes or
feuds with other Knights and spend a great deal of time and energy in
self-promotion. In order to afford these pursuits of big-headedness they
extracted heavy taxes from the peasants. The sons of these Knights were worse
than their fathers and had much time for idle pleasures and failed to train
properly as Knights of the Realm. These youth wasted much of their time in
satisfying selfish pleasures, such as taking magical powders which made the
takers have visions and feel a great sense of well-being. In addition, many of
these Knights to be were in the habit of drinking strong drinks to excess and
going about mistreating the daughters and sons of the peasants. To be continued tomorrow.
Attend a Horse Show
Visit the annual Arabian Horse Show in Scottsdale, Arizona to watch over 2,400 horses compete for a chance at winning the coveted gold title. In between the competitions, there are plenty of kids’ activities like an ice cream social, pony painting (ceramic ponies, not real ones), and art contests. And the best part, kids 17 and under are free.
· Total Consecration to St. Joseph Day 3