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  • KNOW JESUS — NO FEAR

    “I say to you who are My friends: Do not be afraid.” —Luke 12:4

    “You did not receive a spirit of slavery leading you back into fear, but a spirit of adoption” (Rm 8:15). Satan, however, tries to make us lifelong slaves through the fear of death (Heb 2:15). In this battle against fear, we can claim Jesus’ victory by accepting the grace to:
    fear the Lord. “He who fears the Lord is never alarmed, never afraid; for the Lord is his Hope” (Sir 34:14),
    fear going to hell (Lk 12:5),
    have faith in Jesus, Who said to Jairus after his daughter had died: “Do not fear; only believe” (Mk 5:36, our transl), and
    love everyone, even enemies, for “complete love casts out all fear” (1 Jn 4:18, our transl).
    Jesus commands us: “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body and can do no more” (Lk 12:4). He adds: “Fear nothing” (Lk 12:7). In the Scriptures, God commands us 365 times: “Do not fear.” Because the Lord always graces us to obey His commands, we constantly have the grace to be free from the fear of man. Jesus says: “Do not live in fear, little flock. It has pleased your Father to give you the kingdom” (Lk 12:32). In Christ, you are fearless.

    Prayer: Father, send me the Spirit of courage (see 2 Tm 1:7) to face the fears in my lif…[Read more]

  • Everywhere a spotless sacrifice is being offered to my name

    True sacrifices are acts of compassion to ourselves or others, done with God in mind. Such acts have no other object than the relief of distress or the giving of happiness. Finally, the only true happiness is the one the psalmist speaks of: but for myself, I take joy in clinging to God. From all this it follows that the whole redeemed city (that is to say, the congregation or community of the saints) is offered to God as our sacrifice through the great High Priest who offered himself to God for us so that we might be the body belonging to so great a head. He took on the form of a servant and suffered for us. It was under this form that he both offered and was offered: at the same time mediator, and priest, and sacrifice.A true sacrifice is anything that we do with the aim of being united to God in holy fellowship – anything that is directed towards that supreme good and end in which alone we can be truly blessed. It follows that even an act of compassion towards men is not a sacrifice, if it is not done for the sake of God. Although it is performed by man, sacrifice is still a divine thing, as the Latin word indicates: “sacri-ficium,” “holy-doing” or “holy-making.” Man himself can be a sacrifice, if…[Read more]

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  • JUST NOW

    “He did so to manifest His own justice.” —Romans 3:25

    “Just yesterday, I was just just, just as he was.” The preceding sentence contains grammatically correct English. It shows the many usages of the word “just.” The sentence can be more clearly stated: “As recently as yesterday, I was merely fair, exactly as he was.” The English word “just” is just plain confusing.
    Similarly, throughout the history of Christianity, most notably from the time of the Protestant Reformation, the words “just,” “justice,” and “justification” have been taught and understood in ways that are confusing. Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you the truth (Jn 16:13) about justice by prayerfully meditating on the following truths:
    God is just.
    “Both law and prophets bear witness” to God’s justice (Rm 3:21).
    The justice of God “works through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe” (Rm 3:22).
    “All men are now undeservedly justified by the gift of God, through the redemption wrought in Christ Jesus” (Rm 3:24).
    “You must perceive that a person is justified by his works and not by faith alone” (Jas 2:24).
    After praying about these Scriptures, look up grace, faith, and justice in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (see the Catechism’s index for help). Let the Spirit t…[Read more]

  • Behold, I shall save my people.

    A homily
    of
    St Augustine
    [ 354 – 430 A.D. ]
    on
    St John’s Gospel

    What does it mean, to be drawn by delight? ‘Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.’ There is a certain desire of the heart to which the bread of heaven appeals. Moreover, if the poet can say: ‘Everyone is drawn by his delight’, not by necessity but by delight, not by compulsion but by sheer pleasure, then how much more must we say that a man is drawn by Christ, when he delights in truth, in blessedness, in holiness and in eternal life, all of which mean Christ?‘No-one can come to me unless the Father draws him.’ You must not imagine that you are being drawn against your will, for the mind can also be drawn by love. Nor should we be afraid of being taken to task by those who take words too literally and are quite unable to understand divine truths, and who might object to these words of scripture, saying: How can I believe of my own free will if I am drawn? In reply I say this: It is not enough to be drawn of your own free will, because you can be drawn by delight as well.
    Or must we assume that the bodily senses have their delights, while the mind is not allowed to have any? But if the soul has no delights, how can scripture s…[Read more]

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