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MAY 2 Monday of the Third Week of Easter

 

Baruch, Chapter 6, Verse 2-4

2 When you reach Babylon you will be there many years, a long time—seven generations; after that I will bring you back from there in peace. 3 And now in Babylon you will see gods of silver and gold and wood, carried shoulder high, to cast fear upon the nations. 4 Take care that you yourselves do not become like these foreigners and let not such FEAR possess you.

 

Do not let fear possess you! Sometimes people lose hope when they enter a strange land. John McCain highlights in his book Character is Destiny[1]  the hopefulness of John Winthrop who left the security of his native country to face the dangers of an unknown world to create and shape the character of a new civilization in America. Is there still hope in this country He helped found? Only if we have hope! 

John was a puritan and followed the idea that they are to be in the world but not of the world. They should not love earthly pleasures but neither should they shun the blessings of God. To be humble and grateful and give hope to others, by being faithful and encouraging in their own society. John believed men should strive to build a shining city on the hill by putting one’s duty to God and community before one’s own personal desires and to never despair. 

He wrote and preached the sermon, “Model of Christian Charity” to give hope to others. He led always by example and never, never gave up hope. 

Pride the mark of the Devil[2] 


·       The Humble Catholic knows who he is.  He knows there is a God. He knows that God has given him the gift of life and the gift of free will to use that life as he wills. He knows that the greatest use of such free will is to surrender it, and wish only what He wills, even in times that seem good and bad.

·       The Humble Catholic knows that he has sinned, that he has spurned His gift in ways large and small. He knows too that the Son of God died for his sins and offers him the Divine Mercy that can forgive all. He knows that he can never presume that forgiveness in the slightest, but also that to doubt the desire of the Lord to give him such mercy is to doubt the unfathomable love of God, and that this is hurtful to Him.

·       The Humble Catholic knows that God is present with us. He is not an abstract concept or an unfeeling creator of the cosmos. He is Love. He is the Love that he can feel and share. He knows that his Lord is present, body, blood, soul and divinity, in the Eucharist. He knows that adoring such presence or receiving it at Holy Mass helps him to feel that love. He knows also that he feels at home, that he feels an inner peace, when he extends that love to others.

·       The Humble Catholic knows that all have good in them. He knows that he cannot see the turmoil, the trouble or the questions they may hold under the surface. He knows that they undergo many of the same troubles and questions he has. He knows that they, like him, often concern themselves with what may be wrong in them and overlook what is right. He knows that they deserve to be reminded of the good in them and to be affirmed for kindnesses that otherwise may go unnoticed.

·       The Humble Catholic knows that even though he cannot understand the ways of God, it is good to spend time trying, asking, praying. He knows that it is important not to neglect his God, but to trust in Him, to offer Him his worries, his successes, his failures.

·       The Humble Catholic knows, in this age when man is tempted to think highly of his own power, his own ability to understand some things with science and his ability to control in some ways his physical environment, that man is tempted to write his own laws of morality, to decide who may make decisions for others and to decide rights based on principles of pleasure. The Humble Catholic knows that, as Christ demonstrated, the greatest principle is not to desire pleasure, but to desire giving, not to matter most, but to matter least.

·       The Humble Catholic knows that His Church has stood for these principles, steady and unshaking over the centuries. It still holds fast to beliefs and views that may not meet the fancies of the day, but honor the wisdom and caring of its Founder. The Church is deserving of his unwavering gratitude and obedience. He knows that obedience to those who have devoted their lives to serving it is not obedience to such persons, but to the One they serve.

·       The Humble Catholic knows that there are truths. He knows that there are ways that lead to an everlasting opportunity to praise the Lord and share in the joy of knowing Him. He knows that, rather than fear anything on this earth, all he has to do is reach out and ask, with an honest and sincere heart, to be accepted by Him.  If he does this, he knows that he will receive more than he can begin to imagine.

 

Catechism of the Catholic Church

PART ONE: THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

SECTION TWO I. THE CREEDS

CHAPTER TWO-I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, THE ONLY SON OF GOD

The Good News: God has sent his Son 

422 'But when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.' This is 'the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God': God has visited his people. He has fulfilled the promise he made to Abraham and his descendants. He acted far beyond all expectation - he has sent his own 'beloved Son'.

 

423 We believe and confess that Jesus of Nazareth, born a Jew of a daughter of Israel at Bethlehem at the time of King Herod the Great and the emperor Caesar Augustus, a carpenter by trade, who died crucified in Jerusalem under the procurator Pontius Pilate during the reign of the emperor Tiberius, is the eternal Son of God made man. He 'came from God', 'descended from heaven', and 'came in the flesh'. For 'the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. . . and from his fullness have we all received, grace upon grace.'

 

424 Moved by the grace of the Holy Spirit and drawn by the Father, we believe in Jesus and confess: 'You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.' On the rock of this faith confessed by St. Peter, Christ built his Church.


"To preach. . . the unsearchable riches of Christ"

 

425 The transmission of the Christian faith consists primarily in proclaiming Jesus Christ in order to lead others to faith in him. From the beginning, the first disciples burned with the desire to proclaim Christ: "We cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard." It and they invite people of every era to enter into the joy of their communion with Christ:

 

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life - the life was made manifest, and we saw it, and testify to it, and proclaim to you the eternal life which was with the Father and was made manifest to us - that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you may have fellowship with us; and our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. and we are writing this that our joy may be complete.

 

At the heart of catechesis: Christ

 

426 "At the heart of catechesis we find, in essence, a Person, the Person of Jesus of Nazareth, the only Son from the Father. . .who suffered and died for us and who now, after rising, is living with us forever." To catechize is "to reveal in the Person of Christ the whole of God's eternal design reaching fulfilment in that Person. It is to seek to understand the meaning of Christ's actions and words and of the signs worked by him." Catechesis aims at putting "people . . . in communion . . . with Jesus Christ: only he can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Holy Trinity."

 

427 In catechesis "Christ, the Incarnate Word and Son of God, . . . is taught - everything else is taught with reference to him - and it is Christ alone who teaches - anyone else teaches to the extent that he is Christ's spokesman, enabling Christ to teach with his lips. . . Every catechist should be able to apply to himself the mysterious words of Jesus: 'My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.'"

 

428 Whoever is called "to teach Christ" must first seek "the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus"; he must suffer "the loss of all things. . ." in order to "gain Christ and be found in him", and "to know him and the power of his resurrection, and (to) share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that if possible (he) may attain the resurrection from the dead".

 

429 From this loving knowledge of Christ springs the desire to proclaim him, to "evangelize", and to lead others to the "yes" of faith in Jesus Christ. But at the same time the need to know this faith better makes itself felt. To this end, following the order of the Creed, Jesus' principal titles - "Christ", "Son of God", and "Lord" (article 2) - will be presented. the Creed next confesses the chief mysteries of his life - those of his Incarnation (article 3), Paschal mystery (articles 4 and 5) and glorification (articles 6 and 7).

Daily Devotions

·       Unite in the work of the Porters of St. Joseph by joining them in fasting: Today's Fast: Restoring the Church

·       Eat waffles and Pray for the assistance of the Angels

·       Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

·       Manhood of the Master-week 11 day 2



·       Offering to the sacred heart of Jesus

·       Make reparations to the Holy Face

·       Total Consecration to Mary Day 5

·       Novena to the Holy Face Day 6

·       Monday: Litany of Humility

·       Drops of Christ’s Blood

·       Universal Man Plan

·       Nineveh 90-Day 18



[1] McCain, John and Salter, Mark. (2005) Character is destiny. Random House, New York.

[2] http://thehumblecatholic.com/who-humble-catholic/



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