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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]
“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.
[ 354 – 430 A.D. ]
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]
I have recently written the text to 5 Children\’s Picture Books (artwork needs to be done by someone who can draw…I can\’t). Anyway, upon hearing this, my 12 year old grandson asked me to write a story with him as the central character. I immediately went home and wrote, \”Fetch,\” a short story wherein my grandson is a wizard, but is unaware of it, but discovers it as the story unfolds. I like the story so much that I intend to turn it into a Mid-Grade book. Thanks, Darren for the inspiration!
Where does your inspiration come from? Hopefully, you take cues from your friends and family, your environment, and your life. Turn them into stories, and see what happens. God works through all these things. Take advantage of that gift, and use it in your stories. God Bless!
“THE QUALITY OF MERCY”
“I have no one with me but Luke.” —2 Timothy 4:11
When Paul wrote his second letter to Timothy, Luke was the only one with him. Although Paul was on trial, everyone had abandoned him (2 Tm 4:16).
Luke seems to have had a heart of mercy for the lonely and abandoned. Only in Luke’s Gospel do we meet the penitent woman (Lk 7:37), the good Samaritan (Lk 10:33), the prodigal son (Lk 15:12), Lazarus the beggar (Lk 16:20), the thankful healed Samaritan leper (Lk 17:16), the tax collector in the Temple (Lk 18:10), Zacchaeus the tax collector (Lk 19:2), and the “good thief” (Lk 23:40). These are just a few of the people that only Luke records as receiving God’s mercy.
As in Luke’s time, our world is increasingly overflowing with lonely and abandoned people. Although many are innocent victims of others’ sins, we have also caused our own problems. We have begun to receive the just wages of our sins (Rm 6:23). Although we deserve to suffer, we can receive and give mercy because Jesus met the demands of justice on Calvary. “Blest are they who show mercy, mercy shall be theirs” (Mt 5:7).
Prayer: Lord, have mercy on me and on others through me.
Promise: “The harvest is rich but the workers are few; therefore ask the harvest-Master to send w…[Read more]
The Lord follows his preachers
The Lord sends his disciples out to preach in twos in order to teach us silently that whoever fails in charity toward his neighbour should by no means take upon himself the office of preaching.Beloved brothers, our Lord and Saviour sometimes gives us instruction by words and sometimes by actions. His very deeds are our commands; and whenever he acts silently he is teaching us what we should do. For example, he sends his disciples out to preach two by two, because the precept of charity is twofold – love of God and of one’s neighbour.
Rightly is it said that he sent them ahead of him into every city and place where he himself was to go. For the Lord follows after the preachers, because preaching goes ahead to prepare the way, and then when the words of exhortation have gone ahead and established truth in our minds, the Lord comes to live within us. To those who preach Isaiah says: Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight the paths of our God. And the psalmist tells them: Make a way for him who rises above the sunset. The Lord rises above the sunset because from that very place where he slept in death, he rose again and manifested a greater glory. He rises above the sunset because in his resurrection he trampled underfoot the dea…[Read more]
Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery, Scott Kelly
Dear Mr. Kelly (Scott), whomever else this may concerns, everyone both on/ff of here:,
Thank you, doing this because I feel that I only know your twin brother (Mark https://astronautmarkkelly.com) more then I know you. Even through I only him through Gabby Giffords https://giffords.org (his wife) and what happened to her. I am sure that there are others whom are like me regarding this. By the way I am also a twin as well, but we are fraternal and really as close as you guys are. I have only read the prologue and can’t wait the rest of it as soon I get a chance to.
Think thats it for now.
Thank you, again, in advance.
Jessica A Bruno (waybeyondfedup)
A Catholic pastor–stands up for Catholic teaching!
“…Catholics in Britain know about Brompton #Oratory —it’s in London’s grandest shopping street in Knightsbridge…Lesser known, but in a sense more significant from the historical point of view, is the Birmingham Oratory—founded by Cardinal (now Blessed) John Henry #Newman and visited by Pope Benedict XVI on his visit to Britain in 2010. And more recent years have seen the founding of an #Oxford Oratory—fulfilling Newman’s dream and establishing a popular community in St. Aloysius Church on the Woodstock Road in this university city, packed every Sunday and with lots of #young people…
But #Bournemouth ? It somehow seemed an unlikely place for an Oratory, and there was a certain sense of ‘Er…are you sure?’…The answer, it seems, is definitely yes. St. Philip #Neri ’s ideas on evangelization—joy, friendship, an emphasis on beauty and celebration—fit in rather well…”
“…Sudden changes in the life of a parish come rarely. But on the first weekend in October, at St. Wenceslaus in Wahoo, Nebraska, (USA) Father Joseph Faulkner announced an unexpected decision on the liturgy: The parish would celebrate Mass #adOrientem — both the priest and the people facing the altar in the same direction — for a year.
St. Wenceslaus joins a slow stream of parishes that are experiencing liturgical renewal through returning to the ad orientem (facing the east) position in the celebration of the ordinary form of the Mass…”
ASHAMED OF MERCY?
“I am not ashamed of the gospel.” —Romans 1:16
I wonder if deep down we don’t proclaim the Good News more fervently because we are embarrassed that the guilty receive unmerited mercy. The rapist, terrorist, abortionist, murderer, and other wrongdoers confess their sins (Ps 32:5), repent and sin no more (Jn 8:11), accept and live their Baptism, and their sins are simply forgiven. They receive eternal life in heaven (see Lk 23:42-43). They seem to not receive the punishment due to their sins. “There is no condemnation now for those who are in Jesus Christ” (Rm 8:1). To law-abiding citizens, this can look unfair.
Our secular society demands justice and punishment. Simply browse the comments in any social media outlet when a grave act of injustice occurs. Victims cry out for healing and restitution. Lawyers press for damages, and then some. Bystanders scream for punishment, even before a criminal trial.
The gospel of Christ (Rm 1:16) proclaims that Jesus is our Justice (1 Cor 1:30). Accordingly, He handles all the demands of justice for all parties. The gospel also proclaims that “God is rich in mercy” (Eph 2:4), and that God repays any damages that have occurred (see Jl 2:25). Jesus receives the punishment in place of sinners and pours out m…[Read more]
I am God’s wheat and shall be ground by the teeth of wild animals
A letter to the Romans
St Ignatius of Antioch
[ 35 – 108 A.D. ]
No earthly pleasures, no kingdoms of this world can benefit me in any way. I prefer death in Christ Jesus to power over the farthest limits of the earth. He who died in place of us is the one object of my quest. He who rose for our sakes is my one desire.I am writing to all the churches to let it be known that I will gladly die for God if only you do not stand in my way. I plead with you: show me no untimely kindness. Let me be food for the wild beasts, for they are my way to God. I am God’s wheat and shall be ground by their teeth so that I may become Christ’s pure bread. Pray to Christ for me that the animals will be the means of making me a sacrificial victim for God.
The time for my birth is close at hand. Forgive me, my brothers. Do not stand in the way of my birth to real life; do not wish me stillborn. My desire is to belong to God. Do not, then, hand me back to the world. Do not try to tempt me with material things. Let me attain pure light. Only on my arrival there can I be fully a human being. Give me the privilege of imitating the passion of my God. If you have him in your heart, you will understand what I wish. You wil…[Read more]
“…the answer to increased #vocations isn’t beyond our capability. Unfortunately, our chanceries have often spent too much time and money searching for vocations in all the wrong places. Increasing vocations is not a matter of more conferences, retreats, publications, advertising, and slide shows. These things have minimal effects…There is a communal reluctance to admit wherein the vocations successes are gaining traction. #Traditional dioceses and Traditional Orders are producing the lion’s share of vocations…There is only one diocese in all of the United States that is obedient to even the most recent 2011 General Instruction of the Roman Missal. The GIRM calls for instituted acolytes and lectors…We have largely evicted men from the sanctuary…we need a more visibly identifiable clergy. The most proper dress of a priest is the cassock…I cannot tell you how many times I have been stopped for a question, blessing, or confession. If I am not visibly identified, I am invisible as an available priest…Lincoln, Nebraska and Guadalajara, Mexico are perhaps the best two Dioceses in the Americas at promoting vocations. Why aren’t all of the other dioceses copying them?…”
“In the Novus Ordo the priest is instructed, in the 1970 Missal, to turn to the right and face the people six times. He is told to turn and face the people once during the Initial Rite, once at the Liturgy of the Eucharist, and four times during the Rite of Communion. On two of these occasions, he is to complete the circle. The other four times he turns back to his left. Surprised? You should be because the rubrics, largely ignored for nearly fifty years, presupposes that the Mass is being offered #adOrientem . In the Traditional #Latin Mass, there are seven turns… The turns are done to the right because the Roman Rite is emphasizing the Right hand of God…”
From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death, Caitlin Doughty, and Landis Blair (Illustrations)
Dear Ms Doughty, Mr. Landis, whomever else this may concerns, everyone both on/ff of here:,
I am back here again with a another review of Ms Doughty’s latest book. It is pretty much my last one (best – selling).
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: & Other Lessons from The Crematory
WOW what a memoir this turned out to be for the most part. Nowadays with all of whats going on around us. Now, just wish that others will follow suit with this, but also for birth and beyond. This also goes with us. At the same time just wish there was more to it because I for one have always had a fascination with this and beyond. Especially, when we are no longer here and beyond.
At the the moment I’m pretty much done with it and it is the same feeling as last time. Expect for the mid to late term abortion in it. In which can’t believe it happened how it happened. I mean it/they are too far remove from where their parent/grandparents/even more generations before that. Because it/they didn’t it/they to go through went they th…[Read more]
CALLED AND LOVED BY NAME
“Greetings from Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called…” —Romans 1:1
Paul was very conscious of being “called to be an apostle” (Rm 1:1). He was also quite aware that he was writing to those “called to belong to Jesus Christ” (Rm 1:6) and “called to holiness, grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Rm 1:7). Being called was so important to the early Church that the root meaning of the word we translate “church” is “the called out.” The early Christians considered themselves to be the elect, the specially chosen, “the called out,” called to a special love of the Lord.
For human beings, to be special implies exclusivity, not inclusivity. If everyone’s special, no one’s special. Therefore, we may not feel specially chosen, because we know that God loves everyone. However, the Lord is not bound by our limitations. He can love everyone with a personalized, individualized love. He made each of us as one-of-a-kind. He knows each of us so much better than we can ever know ourselves. He loves each of us not with a generic love; rather, He calls, knows, and loves us each by name (Is 43:1). He has numbered the hairs of our heads (Mt 10:30) and has counted our tears (Ps 56:9). He knows and cares about our c…[Read more]