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Banished To Save You


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Adam and Eve banished from the Garden of Eden by an angel, Illustration Gustave Doré

That moment you see.

Banished to where? Exile. Why? To save you because I love you.

As I was reading tweets tonight, one came across from Mark Heart:

“So many of us are so ashamed of what we we’ve done that we hide our face from God.”

Without hesitation, I responded: “And He asks still: Where are you? Not to condemn, but to help us fix the problem.”

I therefore, found myself being pulled in to ponder the scripture of Genesis 3. As I read and pondered the text, although read it thousands of time, what jumped out to me was verse 22.

22 Then the LORD God said: See! The man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil! Now, what if he also reaches out his hand to take fruit from the tree of life, and eats of it and lives forever?

It was in that moment, the love our Lord has for us peaked in my heart. If Adam and Eve were allowed to stay, in the state they were in, having already disobeyed our Lord, and had eaten the fruit from the tree of Life, disobeying again, would it then have made them unsaveable? I am reminded of the words, I’m doing this for your own good.

You can read the same Scripture passage a 1000 times, and only in His time, are you able to see what He has been saying and doing, all along. It was after the fall of Adam and Eve, after our Lord asks, “Where are you” and before Adam & Eve are banished. He protected them from eating of the tree of Life in the fallen, out of grace state they were in. And the plan of Salvation was spoken.  The plan of Salvation of our Lord Jesus Christ, as John wrote:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.”John 1:1 

Going further to verse 14:

And the Word became flesh
and made his dwelling among us,
and we saw his glory,
the glory as of the Father’s only Son,
full of grace and truth.

As I continue to ponder this and pray, 1 Corinthians 11 – Tradition of the Institution becomes even more paramount for us all, taking into consideration,  we have the gifts of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, which is detrimental, to use, to repent and to use, as so not to receive in a manner unworthy, the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which if we did so, would keep us hiding and ashamed. So when our Father asks us: “Where are you?”, He already knows where we are. He wants to know if we know where we are, as we are not where we belong. That being with Him.

Be not afraid to answer Him, do not continue to hide from Him, or to bring all your shame from sin to Him. He is there for you to help you fix it all because He loves you so.

“Go and announce the Kingdom of Heaven is close at hand”. 

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His Transfiguration


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“While he was still speaking, behold,
a bright cloud cast a shadow over them,
then from the cloud came a voice that said,
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
listen to him.”

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“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
listen to him.”

 

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“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
listen to him.”

I hear you Lord

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When The Bottom Falls Out


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I went to grab a bowl from my cabinet for dinner tonight and when I did, I found this…

Before finding this, and keep in mind it was one of my favorite bowls, I had received an email from my daughter’s teacher in regards to her struggling with behavior issues again, requesting a meeting. My youngest daughter is on the Autism Spectrum and problems arise when her routine changes.

Before receiving the email, I had been struggling with other family issues pertaining to my oldest daughter, and my middle daughter is struggling with both issues with her sisters on top of being a very emotional preteen. SO , things have been slightly tense trying to carry it all, not very easily,  and coming to realize that I can not fix anything, but I can hope in our Lord and pray.

My favorite bowl. When I pulled it down and noticed the bottom had fallen out, all I could think of was, “This too?”. I’m not a materialistic person. The loss of the bowl was a split second of loss, as I got back to the real issues with my girls, which also, I was not able to fix today. So I pray and place it all once again into our Lord hands.

I sat down and pondered for a moment of all that was taking place. Got back up an pulled that bottomless bowl from the trash and was reminded to cling to our Lord. Stop struggling.

When things in this world are tough, and everything seems to go so bad that the bottom falls out, cling to our Lord even tighter and don’t let go. When the bottom falls out, your left with the top.  And that is how a “halo” is made.

A beautiful quote from St. Faustina:

Sister Faustina wrote of her experiences at the behest of the Lord Jesus:
My daughter, I demand that you devote all your free moments to writing about My goodness and mercy. It is your office and your assignment throughout your life to continue to make known to souls the great mercy I have for them and to exhort them to trust in My bottomless mercy. (1586)

“O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of Mercy for us, I trust in You.”

And this.. is the side of that favorite bowl. His word was not broken.

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Peace


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“He comes in splendor, the King who is our peace; the whole world longs to see him”

Merry Christmas

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Post US Election Observation


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I need to make one thing very clear to some Catholics on facebook, (edit to add: and Catholics all over “social media”) attacking other Catholics who voted for Trump. Remember when we had Primary’s in this country and the same folks who were FORCED to vote for Trump in the General Election, did NOT in any way support Trump and choose another candidate? No. You don’t. Because you can’t see past the beam in your own eye while you try to pick the sliver out of your neighbors eye.

Your third party candidate didn’t win. Clinton didn’t win. And when THIS Catholic voted for Trump, I held my nose and voted, doing my civic duty, because NEITHER candidate was, in my mind, worthy of the title of President of the USA. As for your third party Candidate? I live in California, and a vote for ANY candidate not a Democrat, doesn’t matter because this state is so blue, its dead. I have grown tired of being accused of Trump Worship or any political leader worship simply because I didn’t vote for YOUR guy, by those who obviously do not understand that there ARE people in this country who do not worship political leaders, NOR the “Idols” we create for ourselves which separate us from our Lord.

Adding to the pettiness of the communist & socialist protests in the streets, by engaging in the same Anti-Catholic rhetoric as they do, falsely accusing your Brothers & Sisters in Christ, and attacking back with prideful hurt “feelings” because you can’t yet live the Beatitudes, brings NOTHING to the Glory of our Lord. I highly suggest you put away your political rantings reeking of idol worship hidden behind the banner of “Social Justice”, which truly exposes your false piety, and lack of love for neighbor and return to your first Love. 1 John 4:18.

Here is the thing about the political left and political right. They both practice the same religion of nationalism. The hate on one side, is no different than the hate on the other side. I beg my brothers & sister in Christ, to pull closer to our Lord. Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Hold fast and tight to our Lord. Practice what is preached. Pray more and LOVE anyway. – Peg Demetris

Jesus Christ is LORD

 

 

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Word And Deed Working Together In Harmony


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Today’s message from Pope Francis comes after a morning I have spent bringing our Lord in the Eucharist to a Nursing Facility.

As I heard our Holy Fathers message, I was reminded of another video I posted this morning on my Facebook page. One where I did not see a Rhythmic Gymnast, but rather how word, deed and our Lord’s grace come together to fulfill the needs of the weakest among us. We should be “flexible” not “ridged” to His voice, and His grace, willing to say yes to Him, without thinking of self first,  at a moments notice. Allowing Him to do the work, though us in exile. Just as we do the work in exile, through Him. Praise, glory and honor to our Lord.

 

Pope Francis: God is real, too many Christians are fake

 

 

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The Road


One of the biggest mistakes we can make on the road back home to our Lord, is to think for even a second, I was put here to “Protect” God. There is a huge difference between admonishing the sinner and protecting God. How often we ponder the Crucifixion of our Lord and think, I would have done something to stop that if I were there! We crucify our Lord over and over again, every time we sin. Just as the world does. The difference between the two is that the soul in love with our Lord understands He rose from the dead, and gave his life that we can be forgiven. It was God’s will. His forgiveness is always on the table, free for the taking like Dad’s car keys, but we must seek Him, and ask for it. “I absolve you of your sins” is the definitive yes. We know being His children, we we take His forgiveness and go into the world, its not to say we wont get scratches on His “car” or in worse cases, crash it through our sinfulness. We will. But He still allows us to take it. When we take it and we are not responsible, the damage comes quick. Sometimes before we even leave the driveway or get the key in the ignition. We must understand that His forgiveness came at a price and to be responsible for any “damage” that occurs after to this brand new car is our own fault. The worldly soul doesn’t ask but assumes its okay to take the car, takes it and the motor burns out because he didn’t realize the “car” needed more oil and a new filter. Prayer is the oil that fills our lamps. The new filter can be found in confession. If the filter is plugged with sin, nothing can get through to the rest of the motor.

God wants us to take His forgiveness, but to be careful, not to be afraid and never leave the car in fear it may become damaged, but rather to do what we need to accomplish the tasks He asked us to perform for Him.

When we make the mistake of thinking we can protect God, we are acting just as Simon Peter did in regards to our Lord and the will of God, that He should die for our sins and be raised on the third day. When Jesus predicts His death, “Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you! Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” Parking the car, hands on the steering wheel, sitting inside not doing a thing God asked of us.

When we think we are to protect God, we are denying the very fact He is God and does not need our protection. From anything or anyone. His will be done, no matter how painful we know it will be for us and the one committing the sin, in order that His plans are solidified. Not ours. Later on we see where St. Peter denied Christ three times. In the world we live, while we are in the “Spirit” we see the crimes (sins) being committed against God and far to often believe we need to protect God, when the realization is, we need just not to deny Him and admonish the sinner. Allowing God to do the job that needs to be done. Be it in any way He wills. Our job is to present the TRUTH at every turn. When we choose not to, we are committing the sin of omission and are just as guilty as the one we are watching fall into the pit of sin. “Omission” is the failure to do something one can and ought to do. If this happens advertently and freely a sin is committed. Some times, when we think we are protecting God, we tend to do to much and start blaming and pointing fingers rather then simply correcting the sinner with truth thinking we are doing good. This is the “Protecting” of God that I am speaking about. The truth is, when placed in this position we are actually to be protecting ourselves against doing this. “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Deny yourself, not God. God still loves the sinner as much as He loves you and His will is to bring both of us home. Not one over the other. We are called to protect God’s (children) and the seeds we are sowing in them, He will make grow. If any damage is done to the “car” on the trip, tell Him right away. He can fix that.

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