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Monthly Archives: January 2013
How many times do you hear: I never go to Mass, I’m a good person, but I don’t follow any faith or “religion” but I’m “Spiritual”.
The bigger question is, what “Spirit” are you following? If you’re not following Jesus Christ, then you need to ask yourself this question. The reason we are Christian is the fact we follow Jesus Christ. We do what He tells us to do. Especially in regards to “obedience”.
Todays gospel reminds us that the devil, who is also “Spiritual” knows Jesus Christ to be the Son of God. All “Spirits” know Him. The evil ones are the ones who refuse to follow Him. They do everything in their power not to follow Him. They do not believe Him. To “Believe” means to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so. Thus we “Listen” to what He tells us to do, because we know it to be the correct path. We do it because we love Him.
Ask yourself again, what “spirit” am I following if I am not following Jesus Christ?
At the end of the gospels, all of them, by the end of our Lords ministry, all the Disciples of Christ, know who He is. “Who do you say that I am?”.
When we seek Him, we can find Him. We desire only to stay with Him. In “Communion” with Him. To receive Him and for Him to receive us. To love and serve Him. In all that we do. He makes it known, He is with us, in love. Without a doubt. His presence we encounter in the Holy Eucharist, becomes His presence in us, that we may share Him with all we encounter.
“Gospel, Mark 1:21-28
21 They went as far as Capernaum, and at once on the Sabbath he went into the synagogue and began to teach.
22 And his teaching made a deep impression on them because, unlike the scribes, he taught them with authority.
23 And at once in their synagogue there was a man with an unclean spirit, and he shouted,
24 ‘What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Holy One of God.’
25 But Jesus rebuked it saying, ‘Be quiet! Come out of him!’
26 And the unclean spirit threw the man into convulsions and with a loud cry went out of him.
27 The people were so astonished that they started asking one another what it all meant, saying, ‘Here is a teaching that is new, and with authority behind it: he gives orders even to unclean spirits and they obey him.’
28 And his reputation at once spread everywhere, through all the surrounding Galilean countryside.
Calling ALL Catholics! Answer The Call! Bishops Call for Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage for Life
From the USCCB –
On January 22nd and January 25th our nation will remember the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
Since that tragic decision, more than 55 million children’s lives have been lost to abortion, and the lives of millions of their parents have been shattered.
As part of the bishops’ recent call to prayer, “Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage” will take place January 19-27, 2013.
■Novena – Sign up for daily emails below, or text “9days” to 99000 to receive it through daily text messages!
■Youth and young adult activities (“Pro-Life Profiles” and a high school age video contest)
■Closing Eucharistic Holy Hour
Please go to the link HERE to the USCCB Page and Sign Up to receive daily email messages during the novena!
Only God can use “unorthodox” ways to pull a soul closer to Him, that they may seek Him where He truly is.
I’m on my way home from the grocery store, and I hear a rock song on the radio. Bad Company’s “Burning Sky”.
The opening lyrics are: (Blast of “Thunder”) The sky is burnin’ I believe my soul’s on fire, You are, I’m learning, the key to my desire.
All I think of is our Lord. My soul is on fire with desire for Him. I look forward to Holy Mass tonight as I could not make it to an early Mass.
The song itself is very “Unorthodox”. But the lyrics are very biblical. Reigniting my soul into a state of burning for Him in a much greater way to seek Him where He is.
How many times do we look at how our Lord, and how He became “Man” and think how “unorthodox” it was for Him, God, to do this for us.
Unorthodox meaning, contrary to what is usual, traditional, or accepted; not orthodox.
How many times do you hear that Vatican II was so Unorthodox, but YET it is another way our Lord SEEN how much the world was drifting away from Him and needed to come down closer again to the level of “Thought” once again to bring souls closer to Him. It’s not to say that the soul should stay in this condition, but rather seek the higher planes where He truly is. To never stop searching in HIGHER places where He can be found. What is unorthodox to some, is a calling to others. A calling to pull closer to Him.
When we think of how our Lord called the first Apostles, the “Orthodox” thought, how unorthodox. Who is this man who eats with sinners? They did not stay in their state of sin but rather grew in faith to love and serve Him, in proper form.
A few days ago, I read a post over at Patheos, No Room for God in this “Adoration of the Magi”
I have to disagree with the assessment of the painting…
What this painting does reveal, is the look on the “kings” of the world today, who, for the first time, are realizing Jesus Christ truly is King. Psalms 72:11, “May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him!.” We are all kings in our own right, and in His, we are only children. Ask yourself, honestly, what will be the frist thing I do, when I see His face for the first time. Yes, you will be amazed, but the moment you realize He is Lord, the soul is thrown into a deep state of “Repentance”. Purgatory on earth for those who find Him now, Purgatory for those who did not, after death of the body, do. The moment begins with the understanding that you hurt Him through your sins and lack of love. You sought the things of this world rather than Him first. In every moment in your past, in everything you have done and didn’t do, you missed His love. You didn’t listen to Him. You didn’t do everything He told you to do. The reflection of yourself, in the Son of God on the Cross who became sin but had no sin in Him. Seeing yourself as you truly are. A sinner. Seeing Him as He truly is. THEE same Innocent Child who when we see Him, we understand as the centurion “Surely he was the Son of God!”. This is the beginning of Fear of the Lord. I feel the painting captures the “look”, quite honestly.
“Do not think that your present state is a punishment from Heaven, because you would be wrong, but be certain that your present state is willed by God for the salvation of your soul.” ~St.Padre Pio
Remember the scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark, when the Ark is opened for the first time. The “Bad Guys” were captivated in Wonder and Awe at first, but then “melted”. Yeah, it’s just like that. Our hearts “Melt” from being frozen in sin and we realize the answer to the question God asks, “What have you done”. Genesis 4:10 The answer: Psalm 51:4 “Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight.”
I had that look on my face for many years and at times even now, still do. He has taught me through repentance, that He is still with me and joy and hope overtakes the “look” every time. In His time. In His suffering. In His forgivness.
Reminds me of the opening song in Les Miserables; “Look Down”. As many do need to “”Look Down” from their personal thrones on high, they have placed themselves in.
Take into account not what the The Kings brought Him, but what they walked away with after seeing Him. They ( The Wise Men) didn’t go back to King Herod (the sinful way). No. They took a different route.
Where did Judas run back to after seeing His Face? “So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.” Matthew 27:5
Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth, for I am God unrivalled. By my own self I swear it, what comes from my mouth is truth, a word irrevocable: before me every knee shall bend, by me every tongue shall swear. – Isaiah 45:22-23
Our Lord’s precious shoulder that carries the weight not just of our sins, but of the entire world in love. How strong He is.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Last night I was in a lot of physical pain. I have osteoarthritis along with degenerative disks in my back and neck. Add a pinched nerve and well, it’s just painful at times to do basic things. As I prayed last night, I focused on the our Lord’s painful shoulder wound. How could I not join my suffering with His when His is the only suffering there truly is. I offered it up to Him.
It is related in the annals of Clairvaux that St. Bernard asked our Lord which was His greatest unrecorded suffering, and Our Lord answered: “I had on My Shoulder, while I bore My Cross on the Way of Sorrows, a grievous Wound, which was more painful than the others, and which is not recorded by men. Honor this wound with thy devotion, and I will grant thee whatsoever thou dost ask through its virtue and merit. And in regard to all those who shall venerate this Wound, I will remit to them all their venial sins, and will no longer remember their mortal sins.”
When I awoke this morning, I had no pain what so ever. I hadn’t taken any medication before heading to bed. My bed is not what you would call comfortable in any way. I was full of joy and my husband even asked me what I was so happy about. HA! All I could say was, God is Wonderful and He just does that.
The pain I have is much less intense today, especially when I focus on Him and the weight His precious shoulder continues to carry today. When I feel the physical pain, I am reminded of the mental anguish and physical pain my sins have caused Him. I never want to be the cause of that pain to anyone ever again.
O Loving Jesus, meek Lamb of God, I miserable sinner, salute and worship the most Sacred Wound of Thy Shoulder on which Thou didst bear Thy heavy Cross, which so tore Thy flesh and laid bare Thy Bones as to inflict on Thee an anguish greater than any other wound of Thy Most Blessed Body. I adore Thee, O Jesus most sorrowful; I praise and glorify Thee, and give Thee thanks for this most sacred and painful Wound, beseeching Thee by that exceeding pain, and by the crushing burden of Thy heavy Cross to be merciful to me, a sinner, to forgive me all my mortal and venial sins, and to lead me on towards Heaven along the Way of Thy Cross. Amen
One Our Father and three Hail Marys following the above paryer.