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A very strange thing happened the other day. Someone who left the faith told me, “I read the bible many times and it did nothing for me”. Humm, I thought..

Technically, the bible doesn’t do anything for anyone, if it’s not applied. Although Sacred, and most definitely the Word of God, it’s what YOU do with it that matters. You can read “Sacred Scripture” until the end of eternity, but until you actually “practice” what He is saying, it doesn’t do anything. Until it is “Applied” to the “wounds” it’s not going to “heal”. I may make you desire to read more, but “practice” makes “perfect.” When its “applied” the Word becomes Flesh and dwells within you.

Imagine receiving a “prescription” from the “Doctor”, getting it filled (buying a bible), reading the “Directions” and not taking the “Medicine” but simply placing it in the cupboard waiting for results.

A person can study medicine their entire life, but until they actually “practice” medicine, all the reading, all the studying, all the tests and most assuredly all the degrees earned, all the time spent learning, means nothing and becomes dust. When put into “practice”, it blossoms. It becomes “alive”. You live it and grow with it. It becomes your life. You eat, sleep, dream and live “medicine”. You continue to “grow”, to study more while practicing and applying..

Thus, there is no difference “practicing” the faith, you become One with God…

“How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” “Practice”.

Living the faith, is practicing the faith. “Applying” the faith in every aspect of life. Never missing a dose of the “Medicine” from the “Doctor” of your soul..

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He Is Risen Indeed!


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3 So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb. 4 They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first; 5he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in. 6 When Simon Peter arrived after him, he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, 7 and the cloth that had covered his head, not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place. 8 Then the other disciple also went in, the one who had arrived at the tomb first, and he saw and believed. 9 For they did not yet understand the scripture that he had to rise from the dead. 10Then the disciples returned home. – John, chapter 20 3-10

Alleluia! Christ is Risen!

Yesterday when I arrived at Church to dress the Altar for Easter, I had gotten there very early and spent, as I normally do, most of my time in prayer while preparations were taking place. While pondering St. Mary Magdalene and placing myself in her shoes, (Read here: Empty Tomb – Pope Francis Homily Added) our Lord filed me with great joy being the first one there to prepare for the celebration. After thirty minutes the first helper arrived. t was one of our maintenance men and the first thing he said to me was: “I ran all the way here!”

I smiled and laughed so hard and asked him, “Are you Saint Peter?” Then explained to him what I had been pondering. It filled me with awe.

He is risen indeed!

Acts 10:40-43

God raised up Jesus on the third day and granted that he be seen, not by all, but only by such witnesses as had been chosen beforehand by God – by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commissioned us to preach to the people and to bear witness that he is the one set apart by God as judge of the living and the dead. To him all the prophets testify, saying that everyone who believes in him has forgiveness of sins through his name.

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Endangered


After yesterday’s election and the results, for a brief second I was taken by worry which soon dissipated and by the time Holy Mass concluded this morning was quickly turned into joy. Yesterday’s win by secular America was a win for the faithful. We are officially marginalized. It is the finalization on paper that the Practicing Catholic who adheres to God is now officially on the endangered list. It is His words “Behold, I come quickly” changing into action. Those who believe they have won, have lost, what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul.

This morning at Holy Mass, during the gospel, I heard the words, “You can have the US, but you can never have my Church”. I then began to focus more on the gospel which was Luke 14: 25 – 33.

25 Now great multitudes accompanied him; and he turned and said to them,
26 “If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.
27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?
29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him,
30 saying, `This man began to build, and was not able to finish.’
31 Or what king, going to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and take counsel whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?
32 And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an embassy and asks terms of peace.
33 So therefore, whoever of you does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.

I smiled and understood completely that He means what He says and we must drop everything including every ounce of faith in our neighbors, family and country and place it ALL in Christ. Take comfort! It is good to be the endangered souls of faith in the world of sin. If you are in Christ, it makes no difference where you are in exile.

Thank you Lord for this day, and all of them you have given to us, that I may be faithful to you and love you for all eternity. Amen

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The Holy Bible


Last night in my Bible Study class, we were discussing the Holy Bible and how every word in it, was like a seed that grows and the sprout of knowledge, heads in a different direction from the next, but in the end it all ties together in “Wisdom”. When you continually read and learn it, a soul can see this as plain as day. Thus, Divine.

What sparked this conversation? We are currently studding the Book of Joshua. In chapters 3 through 5, (Crossing the Jordan). I was blasted with light while at class tonight and the similarities of AFTER three days, God would perform miracles, Jesus rose from the dead on the third day, The Israelite would be traveling a road they had never been on, Jesus traveled to the dead, a road He had not been on before, the 12 tribes VS 12 Apostles and most of all, the Rocks from the Jordan and “You are Peter and upon this rock I will build my church”. The ark of God will lead the way. – Jesus is the way and the truth.

As I look back through my life, I can see the entire book itself as a spiritual bar of soap. When I first started to read the bible, my soul was not ready to comprehend it. Everything confused me and nothing made sense. I didn’t know where to find the “Life Giving Water” to use this “Spiritual Soap” correctly. What good is soap without water? After a while it began to look like a reference book. When I began again to read it and then ponder & “SEEK” the meaning of what I was actually reading. Rather then believe I knew what was being said. Then the trickle of water I needed with this bar of spiritual soap began to cleanse my soul. Or should I say, it pointed me in the direction where to find the “Shower“.

Not only did it point the way to the shower, but it pointed me in the direction of where to find food, a home and clothing.

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‘Woman, Where Are They?’


I can not tell you how beautiful today’s Mass this morning has been for me. My words can never express the pure BEAUTY of the LOVE our Lord has for the soul. Today at mass, I could see our Lord, The Master Carpenter with the hammer in one of his firm hands and His chisel in His other, strike at the block of wood that is my soul, knocking off the sin or the weight that should not be there, forming me into who He is creating me to be.The sin splintering into fragments, not to be used for anything but dust to the floor, to be swept away.

How long I have carried this extra weight that should not be there. Added only by my accuser, the evil one. And where is he? Running to the hills at the sight of Our Lord Jesus Christ who has overcome him. Through my repentance, I can see now my Lord asks me also, ‘Woman, Where Are They? Go and do not sin any more.’

Today’s gospel reading: John 8:1-11 Christ and the adulterous woman

When God sheds light on the sinners conscious, the sinner repents. Fully! Or should I say, is given the GRACE to repent by God. This is mercy. When that light is shed, the accuser, or evil one, also see it and try to steal that light by adding darkness to it and TRY to seduce the soul into thinking it is not God’s mercy but His accusations and JUSTICE. Although God is Just, it is His MERCY He is offering first.

When our LORD wrote with His finger in the dust, “And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.” Our LORD wrote the law in the sand leaving the sins to the wind to blow away…

Our Lord here, was also giving the accusers the time to throw themselves at His feet and beg for mercy, because they had seen with their own “Conscious” the sins they also had committed. Rather then do so, they walked away, carrying the weight of their sins with them.

Where are the accusers of all our sins after we confess them? Constantly bringing them up in the conscience to NOT commit them again, is the Holy Spirit, so we keep an eye on the path to our Lord. Constantly bringing them up to TEMPT us, is the accusers. The ones who are guilty themselves who do not repent.

In my personal reflection on this scripture, I look around and can see no one accusing me anymore, but rather who was accusing me, and can finally stand up, and walk closer to Him again in repentance.

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