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Fools Gold

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“Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.”

While a man relishes in the fleeting glory of a Cubs win, or a Trump victory, he must always keep in mind that all that glitters is not gold, and this worldly “glory” is but fleeting to the Glory of our Lord Jesus Christ, which never fades nor the relishing in, come to demise simply at the next world series or presidential election, but is forever eternal.

If we seek the Eternal Glory of our Lord, we must never be content in the “consolation prizes” but simply in our Lords own consolation, that in this life, we come to know, through His Word and His promise to those who endure until the very end.

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Mercy Before Judgement

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“How much wrong we do to God and his grace when we affirm that sins are punished by his judgment before putting first that they are forgiven by his mercy! It is truly so. We have to put mercy before judgment, and in every case God’s judgment will always be in the light of his mercy.”” – Pope Francis

How many times do we jump off the “cliff of assuming” the worst about someone, some event or the opinion of others before first exerting the gift of mercy,through listening to what it being said, paying attention to what is being done (seeing the bigger picture) and examining the facts of the matter at hand? How often do we truly “ponder” what it means to have a listening heart of love for that cry from our neighbor before passing judgement on what they are trying to do or say? One of the most wonderful gifts of mercy is simply listening to someone. To hear them and locate where they are. Meaning, to see with our Lord’s heart, the struggle they are in and to try to lend a hand to help them up and out of it. An extra set of ears, just being there for them, is mercy.

Most times rather than listen to our neighbor seeking help, we quickly pull out that sword of righteousness and finish them off with our own pride, which doesn’t do our Lord’s gift of patience much good, nor does it give much honor, praise or glory back to Him if we don’t switch gears and use the gift of humility. When we extend the gift of mercy through listening, we are actually using the gift of patience we have obtained by the Holy Spirit through our own tribulations. Tribulations, much the same as our neighbors are also going through. Never forget where you came from.

Do you remember the “STOP! DROP! AND ROLL!” fire safety technique taught to us as children? When engaging in discussions the same can be applied to our faith. STOP speaking and listen. DROP the assumption you have of the neighbor. AND ROLL away the stone preventing you from being merciful first, before trying to help them to roll away the stone you feel is holding them back. That little extension of mercy, can and often times is a hidden gift to you from our Lord, that you just can’t see yet. Think about what is being said and use discernment to see what God is telling you to do and say. Think of all the times you were in that situation and how many wrong turns you also took before “listening” to our Lord’s direction on how to get out. Not what “you” think you should do and say. Never jump to conclusions because with our Lord, with the repentant sinners life, conclusions regarding ourselves, once held by the penitent in regards to our own lives and ideas, change drastically for the better when we use His grace in the way it was intended to be used, trusting completely in His mercy and accepting His judgement. Peace!

Psalm Chapter 40

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Absolute Joy Of Christ

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“You will show me the path to life,
abounding joy in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever.” Psalm 16:11

I love serving the homeless. I have been very close in many ways to walking in their shoes. I don’t have much to give, but what I have, I have no problem giving to those who have less than I do. Its said in this world that “the one with the most toys wins”. I couldn’t disagree more with this worldly statement. I know for a fact that the less attachment to the things in this world you have , the more peace in Christ you attain.

Yesterday as I was walking to Our Lady of the Rosary Church in San Diego, I noticed a man laying on the ground. As I got closer, without even thinking about it, I looked through my purse and found a few dollars. He was sleeping and the more looked at his face the more I seen our Lord. I couldn’t believe how much he reminded me of our Lord.

I tucked the money I had into his jacket and he never knew it. I continued on to our Lady of the Rosary, purchased a few things I needed, along with a few St. Nicholas Holy Cards. On my way back, I noticed I still had two dollars in my purse. The man was still laying on the ground and I tucked two more dollars into his coat with a St. Nicholas Holy Card.

He never knew I was there and the joy this brought to me is growing. Glory, praise and honor to our Lord. I LOVE serving Him in this way. All I can do, I can do for Him. ALl I have to give, I can give for Him. Please pray for this man and all our homeless brothers and sisters.

The prayer on the holy card I tucked into his jacket read:

God, Our Father, we pray that through Your intercession of St. Nicholas, you will protect our children. Keep them safe from harm and help them grow and become worthy in Your sight. Give them strength to keep their Faith in You; and to keep alive their joy in your creation. Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen

St. Nicholas, Patron of Children, pray for us. All Saints of our Lord, pray for us. Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on us all

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On Earth As It Is In Heaven

Ever wonder why people are placed in your life that you know had a reason behind it?

In Matthew 6:10 “your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Our Lord is teaching us how to pray to God the Father. When I ponder this, the first thought is, what is Heaven and who is there and what are they doing? Many have the false idea that they will be surrounded by their friends and it would be a party atmosphere of drinking and good times, never taking into account, God is there and we are there for Him. Not to party with our friends. Much in the same way life is to be. I’m not trying to say you should not have good times here or that it isn’t good times there, but rather, if God is not part of your daily life here on earth, or in your idea of heaven, and it is all about Him, chances are your in the wrong place here on earth. “”no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him.”

Matthew 18:3: and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven

Heaven is home. Who is at home? God of course, but also all the souls who have done His will. In the Church, the title of Saint refers to a person who has been formally canonized or officially recognized by the Catholic Church, and is therefore believed to be in Heaven. Sometimes the word “saint” is used to refer to Christians still sojourning here on earth. We immediately think that when a loved one dies, they definitely go straight to heaven. We can’t say that with 100% certainty. We don’t know what was in their heart. And by being in this way, we are in fact judging that soul and we are called not to do that, even though it is in a good way or for the better. We are still making a judgement that only God can make. We HOPE they are in heaven. This is why we NEVER stop praying for them. Just as the Saints never stop praying. Saints do not have power of their own, but only that granted by God. No, I do not worship the Saints, I honor them. Much in the way anyone might reflect on a relative that has passed away and casually said after a death, for example, “Oh mom, I miss you, I love you, send me some help to get through this loss”, your asking for spiritual help. This is what I do in prayer to the Saints who have gone home to our Lord. In Revelation 5:8 “And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.”. The Saints are interceding for us. They are presenting our petitions, or prayers to God on our behalf. When this takes place, be it God’s will, they are answered, therefor giving the person on earth, the grace to carry out the task asked with God’s approval, because He so willed it. We pray, they pray, God answers. This is why prayer is so important.

First let me comment on God’s Will. What is God’s Will in heaven? What is God’s will on earth? One in the same. To be surrounded by His children back at home, with Him in love for eternity. From the Caticisim of the Catholic Church – 1023 Those who die in God’s grace and friendship and are perfectly purified live for ever with Christ. They are like God for ever, for they “see him as he is,” face to face
Seeing as we are exiles, and not perfect, we can only see Him now, face to face in our neighbors faces and the grace He grants to do His will.

When a prayer is answered by God, many “behind the scenes” events tend to take place. Grace comes in many forms. An action on the part of the person seeking intercession from God, due to an action be it from another person or themselves, places them into a situation needing Gods help. When the person seeks the help of God, a request via prayer is made. Either by the person that caused the condition, or the person who is effected by the condition, or who has witnessed the condition. Sometimes, it can be totally random, meaning, a person who has no idea of the condition taking place to another, but prays to God for help to those in that condition or state of being. Either way, the first prayer is made. The second part of the prayer comes in the form of the Saints hearing the cry’s for help from the “Church Militant”. Knowing that God the Father, can not look upon sin and we are a sinful people, the Saints in Heaven bring the petitions before our Lord, where God’s will is granted, or denied. We here in exile, then can see our prayers being answered in how we live and in the choices we make to either listen to Gods voice, or ignore it. By choosing to love God or love the world. When we see the hungry, do we feed them or do we mock them. When we see the homeless, to we house them or do we ignore them. When our neighbor needs help, do we help them or do we talk about them? When we see everything around us and act on God’s grace to do what is right and just, because we love Him, we are doing His will.

“Lord, let me never be parted from you.”

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Amen

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

Just a general observation today that I can not help but ponder.

Upon attending mass this morning and seeing the wonderful display of Our Lady of Guadalupe inside our church, I was brought to question something. Something so sad I can not help but mention it. If I am missing something here, or anyone finds fault with what I am about to say, I am sorry. Forgive me, and help to change the way I am seeing this today.

In 1531 a “Lady from Heaven” appeared to a humble Native American at Tepeyac, a hill northwest of what is now Mexico City.
She identified herself as the ever virgin Holy Mary, Mother of the True God for whom we live, of the Creator of all things, Lord of heaven and the earth.
She made a request for a church to be built on the site, and submitted her wish to the local Bishop. When the Bishop hesitated, and requested her for a sign, the Mother of God obeyed without delay or question to the Church’s local Bishop, and sent her native messenger to the top of the hill in mid-December to gather an assorment of roses for the Bishop.
After complying to the Bishop’s request for a sign, She also left for us an image of herself imprinted miraculously on the native’s tilma, a poor quality cactus-cloth, which should have deteriorated in 20 years but shows no sign of decay 479 years later and still defies all scientific explanations of its origin.
It apparently even reflects in Her eyes what was in front of her in 1531.
Her message of love and compassion, and her universal promise of help and protection to all mankind, as well as the story of the apparitions, are described in the “Nican Mopohua”, a 16th century document written in the native Nahuatl language.
There is reason to believe that at Tepeyac Mary came in her glorified body, and her actual physical hands rearranged the roses in Juan Diego’s tilma, which makes this apparition very special.

As I arrived at mass this morning, in the courtyard were many tents set up and scores of souls celebrating the feast day set for tomorrow. Vendors were selling statues and other items, including lots of food in booths. It was a carnival atmosphere. Many souls gathering together to eat, drink and celebrate. Its a feast! But where are they when our Lord is calling to them. Granted I am sure Mama Mary is honored, but at the price of leaving her Son, our Lord unattended, I can only ask for forgiveness and see no need to partake of this sort of feast.

Yesterday, I was saddened because I had received many calls from souls sitting in our Blessed Sacrament chapel, who had no one to release them. For the past few weeks, since Thanksgiving, many of our Adorers have stopped attending and we have been left with gaping holes in our Adoration schedule, in where the same souls sit with our Lord, in prayer, for several hours longer then the one hour they had signed up for. Keep in mind, our parish is over 70% Hispanic, but there has been a huge lack of response to get the over four thousand parishoners to participate in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

When Our Lady of Guadalupe first requested that a “church” be built in 1531, one was built. The “Church” is the place to worship her Son. The “Church” is where holy mass, the True Feast, is celebrated. From the Holy Mass, we attain Our Lord in complete humility in the Blessed Sacrament, and for the past few weeks, He is being left alone in the “Church”, His mother, our Holy Mother, requested to be built.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, through your intercession, I beg of you to ask our Lord to bring all God’s children back to the “Church” you requested to be built. To worship our Lord, to love God with our entire heart, mind, strength, body and soul. To place Him above all, including our own wants and needs. Abba Father forgive us and wake us up to Your needs, Most Merciful. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen

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