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Friday, April 26, 2024

 

April 26 

Arbor Day 

Arbor Day (or Arbour; from the Latin arbor, meaning tree) is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant trees. 

Today, many countries observe such a holiday. Though usually observed in the spring, the date varies, depending on climate and suitable planting season.

I think it would be amazing to honor a tree every month like the 
Celts. With each new moon, a different tree or plant would be honored.

April

Honoring the Beautiful Alder Tree!

Old World Customs

At the time of the Spring Equinox, or Ostara, the Alder is flourishing on riverbanks, roots in the water, bridging that spiritual space between both heaven and earth. The Alder tree, called Fearn by the Celts, and pronounced fairin, is a time for making spiritual decisions. Whistles were once made out of Alder shoots, so it's an ideal wood for making a pipe or flute if you're musically inclined.

Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter

OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL 

Acts, Chapter 13, verse 26

My brothers, children of the family of Abraham, and those others among you who are GOD-FEARING, to us this word of salvation has been sent. 

Is there no end to the Hubris of man, who has no fear of God, making himself the purveyors of good and evil? 

In the United States and France, during the Age of enlightenment two forms of government were established; one was God fearing and the other made reason, science, and the Egoism of Man into modernist gods. 

America’s revolution although immersed in the ideology of the age of enlightenment retained its fear of God which was indeed been our salvation. Whereas France lost its fear of God and as a result found no salvation in man; thus, began the reign of terror and Napoleonic wars. God is no tyrant; his church although flawed is his Kingdom on earth there is no other way to salvation.

 


A number of novel ideas about religion developed with the Enlightenment, including Deism and talk of atheism. Deism, according to Thomas Paine, is the simple belief in God the Creator, with no reference to the Bible or any other miraculous source. Instead, the Deist relies solely on personal reason to guide his creed, which was eminently agreeable to many thinkers of the time. Atheism was much discussed, but there were few proponents. Wilson and Reill note that, "In fact, very few enlightened intellectuals, even when they were vocal critics of Christianity, were true atheists. Rather, they were critics of orthodox belief, wedded rather to skepticism, deism, vitalism, or perhaps pantheism." Some followed Pierre Bayle and argued that atheists could indeed be moral men. Many others like Voltaire held that without belief in a God who punishes evil, the moral order of society was undermined. That is, since atheists gave themselves to no Supreme Authority and no law, and had no fear of eternal consequences, they were far more likely to disrupt society. Bayle (1647–1706) observed that in his day, "prudent persons will always maintain an appearance of [religion].". He believed that even atheists could hold concepts of honor and go beyond their own self-interest to create and interact in society. Locke said that if there were no God and no divine law, the result would be moral anarchy: every individual "could have no law but his own will, no end but himself. He would be a god to himself, and the satisfaction of his own will the sole measure and end of all his actions".[1]

Our Lady of Good Counsel[2]

On the Feast of Saint Mark, April 25, 1467, the people of Genazzano, Italy witnessed a marvelous sight. A cloud descended upon an ancient church dedicated to Our Lady of Good Counsel. When the cloud disappeared, an image of Our Lady and the Child Jesus was revealed which had not been there before. The image, on a paper-thin sheet, was suspended miraculously. Soon after the image's appearance many miracles were attributed to the intercession of Our Lady of Good Counsel. Because of this, Pope Paul II ordered an investigation and the results have been preserved. It was later discovered that the very same image had been seen in a church dedicated to the Annunciation in Scutari, Albania. The image in this church was said to have arrived there in a miraculous manner. Now, the image had been transported from Albania miraculously to avoid sacrilege from Moslem invasion. A commission of enquiry determined that a portrait from the church was indeed missing. An empty space the same size as the portrait was displayed for all to see. Many miracles continue to be attributed to Our Lady of Good Counsel. Pope Saint Pius V, for example, credited victory in the Battle of Lepanto to Her intercession. Several Popes have approved the miraculous image. In 1682 Pope Innocent XI had the portrait crowned with gold. On July 2, 1753, Pope Benedict XIV approved the Scapular of Our Lady of Good Counsel, and was the first to wear it.

Arbor Day[3]

 

Arbor Day is a celebration of trees and their importance to providing shelter, stabilization for the ground, and beauty to the beholder. While Arbor Day is a US holiday, several other countries have adopted similar observances including Japan, Australia, Korea and Yugoslavia. In 1970, President Richard Nixon declared Arbor Day a federal holiday and it is observed the last Friday in April each year.

 

Arbor Day Facts & Quotes

 

·         The first Arbor Day was celebrated April 10, 1872, in the State of Nebraska. More than 1 million trees were planted in Nebraska as they celebrated the first Arbor Day.

·         A single tree can absorb as much as 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year and can sequester 1 ton of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old.

·         Newspaper editor, Julius Sterling Morton began Arbor Day to help bring attention to the importance of trees.

·         Since the Yellowstone Fires of 1988, the Arbor Day Foundation has partnered with the US Forest Service. Through this partnership, over 25 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted.

·         The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second-best time is now. –Proverb

 

Arbor Day Top Events and Things to Do



·         Plant a tree.

·         Visit a nursery and consider buying some plants.

·         Organize a neighborhood beautification project.

·         Hold a paper drive.  Use the recycling proceeds to purchase a special tree.

 

Catechism of the Catholic Church

PART FOUR: CHRISTIAN PRAYER

SECTION ONE-PRAYER IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

CHAPTER TWO-THE TRADITION OF PRAYER

Article 1-AT THE WELLSPRINGS OF PRAYER

IN BRIEF

2661 By a living transmission -Tradition - the Holy Spirit in the Church teaches the children of God to pray.

2662 The Word of God, the liturgy of the Church, and the virtues of faith, hope, and charity are sources of prayer.

THIS WE BELIEVE

PRAYERS AND TEACHINGS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Examination of Conscience

What sins have I committed of thought, word, deed and omission, against God, neighbor, and self?

Fitness Friday

 

·         Try the St. Joseph Universal Man Plan May 1st is the Feast of St. Joseph the worker. 

NIC’s Corner 

Stop Pancreatic Cancer

 

Local action. Nationwide impact. This is PanCAN PurpleStride, the ultimate walk to end pancreatic cancer!

On April 27, 2024, pancreatic cancer survivors, families, caregivers, researchers and supporters will take steps together at nearly 60 PurpleStride events across the nation to honor everyone affected by the disease. It’s an inspirational day to celebrate survivors, honor those we lost and turn the nation purple!

Your participation and fundraising help pancreatic cancer patients in your community by:

  • Offering free, personalized support and resources through PanCAN Patient Services
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  • Supporting PanCAN’s research priorities of finding an early detection strategy and accelerating treatments
  • Creating hope – because a five-year survival rate of 13% is just not acceptable

Ready to take action to improve outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients? Register for free and start fundraising today!

Event

Shenandoah Apple Blossom FestivalApril 26 thru May 5-- Take in the small-town charm of Winchester, VA, in this 6-day celebration of spring. First held in 1924, the annual festival packs a wallop of more than 30 events into its lineup: band competitions, dances, parades, carnival, a 10K race, the coronation of Queen Shenandoah and so much more, attracting crowds in excess of 250,000.

Daily Devotions

·         Unite in the work of the Porters of St. Joseph by joining them in fasting: Today's Fast: Growth of Catholic Families and Households

·         Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

·         Offering to the sacred heart of Jesus

·         Make reparations to the Holy Face

·         Drops of Christ’s Blood

·         Universal Man Plan

 

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