Monthly Archives: April 2019

Blaming The Faith

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Pondering: Religion is the cause of more problems today than anything!

When I hear that statement, I can’t help but think of  Nero blaming the Christians for the burning of Rome. Granted, he ordered the burning and if one in his army had been baptized, but was only following his orders, he is a follower of Nero, and not our Lord.

“This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” . Lv 19:18 “Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against your own people. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.”

If someone states, I am a christian, and rams his car through people on purpose to kill them, he is either seriously psychotic or demonic or, he is not a Christian, but rather follows his own design and not that of our Lord. To BE a Christian, is to be what our Lord called us to be. His follower. His disciple. His children. Remember: “He will baptize you with the holy Spirit and fire. ”

What the world assumes to be “christian” is nothing more then secularism looking directly back at them in the mirror. “Don’t JUDGE ME”!  Well, “By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?”  I do judge you by the actions you take and words you say. Its how a conscious is formed through right reason and logic, with grace.

The constant blame today toward Christians being bigots,  when they refuse to go with the flow of the Religion of Secularism, in which Politicians and “Scholars” (in quotes because Wisdom never changes but knowledge does) assume to present “their” truth, that a human being in the womb has no rights, or that a man can be a woman, or a woman can be a man, or marriage does not mean one woman and one man for the growth and strength of a prosperous society, that we must be able to pass legislation to make it easier for people to kill themselves through assisted suicide, is the religion of secularism. Not Christianity. Its time to check the facts of the faith in which we place in our Lord.

“Your truth is not my truth.” No! Your truth is not Truth at all, but its truly misplaced faith placed in society and political leaders and not in Jesus Christ. Bigotry is intolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself. Truth is not an opinion. Its the Truth.

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

 

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Persecution

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1 Corinthians 12:12-27  One Body with many members

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Say our name. We are Christians! We worship Christ!

Day 4 Divine Mercy Novena

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Today bring to Me those who do not believe in God and those who do not know Me, 

I was thinking also of them during My bitter Passion, and their future zeal comforted My Heart. Immerse them in the ocean of My mercy.”  

Most compassionate Jesus, You are the Light of the whole world. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who do not believe in God and of those who as yet do not know You. Let the rays of Your grace enlighten them that they, too, together with us, may extol Your wonderful mercy; and do not let them escape from the abode which is Your Most Compassionate Heart.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of those who do not believe in You, and of those who as yet do not know You, but who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Draw them to the light of the Gospel. These souls do not know what great happiness it is to love You. Grant that they, too, may extol the generosity of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.

*Our Lord’s original words here were “the pagans.” Since the pontificate of Pope John XXIII, the Church has seen fit to replace this term with clearer and more appropriate terminology.

If you are a Christian NOT being persecuted, you are doing Christianity wrong.

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Easter: Seek The Living

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“Do not be afraid!
I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified.
He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said.
Come and see the place where he lay.
Then go quickly and tell his disciples,
‘He has been raised from the dead, 
and he is going before you to Galilee;
there you will see him.’
Behold, I have told you.”

 

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Holy Saturday: Silence

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But there is much rejoicing!

My LORD! He has come to open the gate! For the tears of sorrow, have been turned into joy! The Key is found! The Gate is open!

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O Sacred Head Surrounded

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1 O sacred head, surrounded
by crown of piercing thorn!
O bleeding head, so wounded,
so shamed and put to scorn!
Death’s pallid hue comes o’er thee,
the glow of life decays;
yet angel-hosts adore thee,
and tremble as they gaze.

2 Thy comeliness and vigour
is withered up and gone,
and in thy wasted figure
I see death drawing on.
O agony and dying!
O love to sinners free!
Jesu, all grace supplying,
turn thou thy face on me.

3 In this thy bitter passion,
good Shepherd, think of me
with thy most sweet compassion,
unworthy though I be:
beneath thy cross abiding
for ever would I rest,
in thy dear love confiding,
and with thy presence blest

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Restoration

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Pondering while seeing a Notre Dame Rose Window necklace: We should remember:

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?

May the restoration come quickly and may we remember that just as the Cathedral has burned, so do we as we seek to be restored by our Lord, Jesus Christ.

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Holy Thursday: Examination

0100359_christ-the-servantWhat does it mean to examine something but to look deep and see if there is something wrong and if there is, a cure is available.

As I contemplate this Holy Thursday, the words of the disciples come to my heart. The beginning of the examination of conscious. After the fact of the sin, the harm we cause, can not be changed, but is forgiven. Driving us, not to commit that harm ever again on another. 

Is it I, Lord? And another asked, is it I Lord? Is it I Lord? Humility asks if I have caused harm and seeks to rectify it. Pride does not. All but one, returned to our Lord, to ask pardon for having inflicted harm on Him.  One, did not and took the Bread of Life into his own hands. Not turning back to Christ, but away from Him.  

All of us have betrayed our Lord . All of us. All of us have. Its called sin.  The difference is, we are still here and have a choice to turn back like the rest of the twelve did, through The Sacrament of Reconciliation, thus enabling us to receive our Lord again, in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  

After this, and the leaving of Judas, we find our Lord already washing the feet of those who would turn back to Him.  Proving again, He loved us first. The question that remains to be answered? Do you love Him?

Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come
to pass from this world to the Father.
He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.
The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over.
So, during supper, 
fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power 
and that he had come from God and was returning to God, 
he rose from supper and took off his outer garments.
He took a towel and tied it around his waist.
Then he poured water into a basin 
and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist.

 

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Holy Week – Building Up Again

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The out pouring of hearts in regards to the burning of Notre Dame Cathedral has been a silent moment of pure grace, in which I pray we all hold on to. Notre Dame, intercede for us.

 

I find myself pondering this moment, in regards to how many times we burn ourselves down by our sins, becoming nothing but heaps of ash, and therefore repenting, turning back to our Lord, we come to realize with His grace, it is He who remains unscathed, to rebuild the temple within us back up, “I Am reminded: “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”, as He has created us to be. Lent begins with ash, and ends with Resurrection.

Its not worth getting upset about what Notre Dame may look like after it is rebuilt as they petition the architects to come together.. What matters is if our Lord is present. I ponder Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan and how he turned the concentration camp in Vietnam into a cathedral and the palm of his hand into an altar. He turned his shirt pocket into a tabernacle.

Even as many were amazed at him—
so marred were his features,
beyond that of mortals
his appearance, beyond that of human beings— Isaiah 52:14

Something else grabbed my attention today.

For all the people complaining about all that money being pledged to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral and NOT to feed the poor, it was not Jesus who said that, but Judas.

The Anointing at Bethany.

Then Judas the Iscariot, one [of] his disciples, and the one who would betray him, said,“Why was this oil not sold for three hundred days’ wages* and given to the poor?”He said this not because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief and held the money bag and used to steal the contributions.e

The building is the house of the Community where the Church comes together to feed the hungry. “He said, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The teacher says, my appointed time draws near; in your house I shall celebrate the Passover with my disciples.” The building belongs to the French Gov. The Vatican gives what it has. Just as anyone else, who can give what they can.

Today, this Tuesday of Holy Week, is the day before “Spy Wednesday”.  The day in which Judas, after turning his back on the Light, grabbed hold of his idol in the dark instead and sold our Lord for thirty pieces of silver. We all may want to ponder what that 30 pieces of silver bought him, and keep our Lord.

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Oh Lord…. Notre Dame!

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Oh Lord…. Notre Dame is on fire. Its bad…

 

I am reminded: “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”

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Although heartbreaking, be at peace.

Lord Jesus Christ, may we move closer to You and unite our suffering to Your suffering, for the conversion of hearts. In all our heartbreak, it is You, O Lord who remain for all time and all eternity. Amen

Prayers for all.

Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.

— St. Teresa of Avila

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Pondering Two Cups: Salvation And Wrath

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Two Cups

As I sit and pray during this Palm Sunday at Holy Mass, after receiving our Lord, my mind turned to the Cup of Salvation.

What exactly is the Cup of Salvation, I pondered.

As I sat in prayer, my heart grabbed on to Life in Christ. The Cup of Salvation being the Cup of Life given to the only begotten Son. His Life! As I pondered more, the cup of wrath came to my thoughts. Wrath being what comes to us, when we do not live in Christ. When we do our own will. When we disregard the other. This came, as we have free will, with a choice to make.  Wrath? Or Salvation?

I pondered more deeply, how wrath has been my way (sinfulness) in this world without our Lord, and how Salvation is what we work on as we continue to drink His cup. As we take on His Life, passing over our own, therefore with His joy and His peace, the wrath we deserve, has already been paid.

Thank you Lord, I love You too.

 

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Palm Sunday 2019

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 “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.” John 12:23

Let us remember this holy week, to always sing  Hosanna in the highest! and refrain from chanting Crucify Him!, daily in our dealings with others. May we remember always the face of our Lord, keeping Him always in mind, body and spirit. Let us go with Him to the cross, and be crucified with our Suffering Messiah in Love with Him.

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Full text of Benedict XVI: ‘The Church and The Scandal of Sexual Abuse’

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I ask my readers to please, please read the full text at Catholic News Agency 

Its a must.

Edit to add 4/11/19 8:12 AM

After reading it:

The entire writing in his words, is thought provoking. Heart moving. I need time to read it a few times, ponder & pray before commenting

EDIT TO ADD: 4/11/19 @ 5:15 PM

In reading his letter, I remembered my post from 2015:

The Temptation Of The Sexual Revolution

 

 

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Unplanned

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My little Jessica

If you are contemplating abortion, and scared to death about the child you are carrying, don’t be. I was 20 when my daughter Jessica was born. I do not regret a thing about bringing her into this world, because every soul on earth suffers in one way or another. She is a gift from God to me, that held this soul of mine together during a very disobedient time in my life. I often say that if it was not for her entering my life when she did, I wouldn’t be writing about this today.  It was 1987, I was scared to tell my mom, but I knew I needed to tell her. I was having complications, so I went in to see the Doctor who actually delivered me. When the news came that I was indeed pregnant, in front of my mom and my sister, the Doctor asked me if I wanted to keep it. Without hesitation, I said yes. I honestly couldn’t believe he had asked me that, and those words damaged me later on in life.

I was exhausted when she came, had no clue what life was truly about but I had to learn fast. I did not have a clue about what it was to be a parent when she came. She was born on the Feast of The Little Flower and Baptized on St. Valentines Day. I did know that this little soul God gave me to care for, for Him, was a much needed anchor to my life. I was 20 years old, dirt poor, single and entered into a failed marriage simply because I was pregnant. Life was hard, really hard. But it became much harder when I said no to the life of another child entering into our life.  Please see my post: The Pain Of Abortion

There is a lot more to this story with my daughter, but, the fact remains that life is amazingly better because of her being here. There is no one else on earth, who can say they truly grew up with me, but her. I love this woman.

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Here we are today, 32 years later and that child became a very independent strong beautiful woman with a B.S. in Natural Resources, full of life and a life worth living Please let your child live. Life is not just about you. Life is about all of us.

No one is immune from suffering, neither was our Lord. Please do not listen to the talking heads telling you to murder your child through abortion. Let your child live, your life is not about you.

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There is a fantastic movie out in theaters that each and every soul needs to see.

I highly suggest it.

 

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