Joshua, Chapter 24, Verse 14
Now, therefore, FEAR the LORD and serve him completely and sincerely. Cast out the gods your ancestors served beyond the river and in Egypt and serve the LORD.
Joshua was telling the Israelites that it was a day for decision-making, a day for clarifying what they worship and to what they will give their ultimate allegiance.
In a sermon by Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas she states:
“Put away the gods that your ancestors served...” Joshua declares. Doing that requires an act of self-examination.
· What are the gods that I serve?
· What does my bank statement or my credit card statement say about my values?
· What does the way I spend my free time say about what matters most to me?
· How does the way that I treat family-members and co-workers, neighbors and friends show which gods I serve?
· To what do I give my best, most focused attention and care?
· What do I Really care about?
· What motives really drive me?
· What goals really draw me forward?
· Are there compulsive patterns of thought or behavior to which I am excessively attached?
You and I can go to church and say very sincerely that we worship God, but in the hurly-burly of daily life there are all kinds of lesser gods that tug at us and clamor for our attention and our devotion.
Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. (Mt. 5:3)
Catechism of the Catholic Church
PART ONE: THE PROFESSION OF FAITH
SECTION ONE-"I BELIEVE" - "WE BELIEVE"
CHAPTER THREE-MAN'S RESPONSE TO GOD
Article 2-WE BELIEVE
The Apostles Creed
I believe in
God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary
Under Pontius Pilate He was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
The Nicene Creed
in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation, he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered died and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
Porters of St. Joseph by joining them in fasting: Reparations for offenses and blasphemies against God and the Blessed Virgin MaryUnite in the work of the
· Do not fear struggle; courage itself often intimidates temptations, and they dare not attack us. Courage, God is.
· St. Anthony Novena 2-on thirteen consecutive Tuesdays.
Tuesday: Litany of St. Michael the Archangel
· Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus
· it’s National Kouign Amann Day