If you want to know what is going on, why there is SO much visible evil today, the answer to your question to what is going on is very simple.
Grace. God’s grace to see things as they are, to repent and to run back to Him. That is what is happening – “Where sin increased, grace overflowed all the more”
Use this time wisely. Get things in order. Get back on His path. Make a change for the better. For the good.
I have seen some lately, painting with a broad brush, in regards to the sex abuse in the Catholic Church. Most of which are bundling ALL Catholics together as being evil and pedophiles. To those who refuse to see the big picture in regards to this being a much bigger problem and not just Catholic, but being a serious offence in every walk of life, taking place in every institution, I offer you my prayers.
Do you know why a leopard hangs around the well? For an easy meal. It is not there to help anyone but itself to those who do not see it camouflaged before it kills. It preys on the “least”.
A leopard doesn’t change its spots. It uses them for camouflage. If one states they are a teacher, coach, priest preacher, father, mother etc, but makes a decision to use that profession as a mask for evil to sin, they are not a teacher, coach priest etc, but simply a predator in a mask, like a leopard at the well seeking another meal.
To those who say “Once a priest, always a priest” I answer you, yes. But never forget, what our Lord demanded of “The True Disciple.”
To the “leopards”, He sees you – REPENT. Only He can change your spots.
Notice the rope for the “leopard”. As long as it stays a “leopard”, it can not climb to escape.
While everyone stands, sits, kneels, shouts, boycotts, fights with this man or that, or this group or that one….
We must never forget what we have been called to be first…
“For through the law I died to the law, that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me.”
According to the “media” there is a “civil war” inside the Catholic Church over “doctrine”….
Has it dawned on anyone that there really isn’t? Can the left index finger declare war against the right index finer on the same “Body”? The only “war” that exists, is between souls out of communion with our Lord, and our Lord. “Enter through the narrow gate.” comes to heart and mind.
“Jesus answered and said to him, “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.” – John 14:23
Today, please pray for Religious Freedom and support the Little Sisters of the Poor as they head to the US Supreme Court.
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Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.
BREAKING: FROM THE BECKET FUND FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY
Today is also the Anniversary of Patrick Henry’s famous “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death”
“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!”
Photos of Holy Mass taking place on the Pennsylvania Turnpike as thousands get stuck on the way home from #MarchForLife to end Abortion.
Jesus Christ is LORD. Not government. Not political leaders. Not unjust laws. Jesus Christ is LORD of the USA the entire universe. That is why we march for life. All life is sacred. We must end abortion, euthanasia and all things contrary to the Culture of Life. Repent and believe in the Good News.
“He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
I could not agree more… As this “idolatry” is where our Lord called me from.
Walter Brueggemann on Idolatry – ANNOTATE
God and guns? Old Testament scholar and theologian, Walter Brueggemann, shines a light on nationalism and idolatry in the American church.
Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone! Therefore, you shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength. Take to heart these words which I enjoin on you today. Drill them into your children. Speak of them at home and abroad, whether you are busy or at rest.
Ecology of Pope Francis.
LISTEN UP! What Pope Francis is saying, (IMHO) is when you place love of God, Abba Father, above ALL ELSE, there would be no need to talk about a clean environment, saving abused animals, ending abortion etc. because it would BE CLEANER, they would be “saved” because placing your love for Him above all else, trickles down and shows in your love for all His creation and creatures. “Right Praise” and “Right Worship” becomes doing what is right and just. Faith and works. Its the love relationship.”“If you love me, you will keep my commandments” <–click there
End of rant. It all starts with YOU! “Who do YOU say that I am?” LIVE IT!
the branch of biology that deals with the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings.
Our Lords way of “Global Warming”
EDIT TO ADD: Pope Francis today in Philly 9/26/2015
EDIT TO ADD: Beautiful! Shared with me today on Twitter 10/3/2015
Yes Lord. I love You.
Please, also read “Light Pollution” written February of last year.
EDIT TO ADD: 10/4/2015 I had never read the below article before tonight and it brought me great JOY to do so. Please read it fully at the link provided. It originally was posted 2/10/15 but was recently posted 10/1/15 again. I am starting to see that this post is shaping to be the Ecology of Abba Father. Glory, praise and honor to our Lord. We are called to be stewards of His creation and that includes being “our brothers keepers”. Love for Him above all else is a written guarantee, backed by Him, for love of neighbor. Love of neighbor is a written guarantee of love for all creation and creatures.
The image of man, formed from the dust of the earth and enlivened with the breath of God, is a description of relationships rather than origins. It succinctly describes our unbreakable bond with creation and our relationship with God, the source of all life. The image of man naming the creatures formed from the earth implies our responsibility for creation, and is echoed in the recent encyclical of Pope Francis. In the spirit of Genesis, it is a sacred duty to care for the creation entrusted to us.
The Creator’s reflection that “it is not good that man should be alone” takes us to the heart of our humanity. The Creator has endowed us with a restless longing that cannot flourish in isolation. Our humanity is whole only to the extent that it finds itself in relationships both with God and with each other.From the Catholic Herald: by Bishop David McGough
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Remember when they didn’t care about this Child and you will understand why they don’t care about the one in the womb.
‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Must watch and listen from Bishop elect Robert Barron
Mary, Mother of God my mother, Queen of Peace, ask your Son Jesus to
give me the gift of peace. Pray for me for peace; peace in my heart, peace
of mind and of soul, peace in my family, peace with all whom I meet, the
peace of Jesus.
Jesus, my Lord and Savior, my Brother, King of Peace, I come to you
with Mary, Queen of Peace, to ask you humbly for a new outpouring of the
gift of peace. Pour out on me your Holy Spirit of Peace.
Give me peace, Jesus, peace within myself, peace in my family, peace in
my everyday life. Give peace to my nation, and to all nations, peace among
all peoples, peace in the world.
Jesus, my mediator with the Father, take me to the Father to pray for
Father, Father of Jesus, our Father, my Father, I come to you with your
Son Jesus. In Him and with Him and through Him I pray for peace.
Taken from Mary Pages
I seen a photo of a woman. Her hands were bound along with her legs. Her head was held over a basin. Her throat was slashed and the blood drained out of her naked body into the basin. How much more brutalization of Christians will convince you that this is evil. That this IS the evil one committing these atrocities through “Secularism” in Iraq? And through silence of this, in the rest of the world? How much more silence do you think we can we endure from the world? I WILL NOT POST THE PHOTO out of respect.
“Those who remain silent are responsible.” -St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)
Must read! Yes! This is taking place today!
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
The Demon Wolves of ISIS: Ancient Assyria Reborn
Lord Byron’s poem The Destruction of Sennacherib begins with the line, “The Assyrian came down like a wolf on the fold.”
My friend Paul Thigpen makes the link between the warlords of the Islamic State (IS) and their historic predecessors, the warlike Assyrians.
Two ancient civilizations jockeyed for power in what is now the nation of Iraq: Babylon to the south and Assyria to the North.
The Assyrian Empire was centered on the exact geographical territory that Islamic State now claims–Eastern Syria and Northern Iraq.
Assyria emerged as a territorial state in the 14th century B.C. Its territory covered approximately the northern part of modern Iraq. The first capital of Assyria was Assur, located about 150 miles north of modern Baghdad on the west bank of the Tigris River. The city was named for its national god, Assur, from which the name Assyria is also derived.
While the Babylonian Empire was known for its accomplishments in learning, architecture, and the arts, the Assyrians were known as experts in warfare. Cruel, bloodthirsty and proud, they bragged about their military victories and heartless oppression of their victims.
Continue reading above at the link…
Lord Jesus Christ, most merciful Saviour of the world, we humbly beseech You, by Your most Sacred Heart, that all the sheep who stray out of Your fold may in one days be converted to You, the Shepherd and Bishop of their souls, who lives and reigns with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, world without end.
When a nation worships the above images more than God, you see the nation pushing all her citizens off the cliff into the pit, justifying gay marriage and abortion like its nothing. Don’t worship these images, worship God and you will understand very quickly abortion is murder is there is no such thing as gay marriage. You will learn quickly that true charity, is love, and given in love from the heart. Not from a separate account from the government that they dip into it for (fill in the blank) reasons hidden from those who pay into it.
“I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. You shall have none other gods before me. You shall not make you any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth: You shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, And showing mercy to thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.”
Marriage is not about the love you have for your partner, but the love you have for God. You love God first and you’re neighbor as you love yourself. You love your “spouse” because: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” Christ IS the “Spouse” of your soul.
Please do not “Assume” that by my posting this I hate anyone. Because I don’t. I love everyone. Homosexuality may or may not be a choice. That is not the issue. Having sexual relations outside of the bonds of marriage is the issue not only for homosexuals but straight singles as well. Marriage is designed for having CHILDREN. Look at what sex outside of marriage (because it feels good) is doing to society. Just look.
Lord deliver us from the government and all who seek not your face nor to do Your will, who falsely swear they are one nation under you, when they worship not you but themselves. Lord have mercy on us and convert this nation back to serving only you Lord. I ask you in the most Holy Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
“Our world needs to be converted by God, it needs His forgiveness, His love, it needs a new heart.” Pope Benedict XVI
“From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us” Acts 17:26-27
Lord Jesus Christ, most merciful Saviour of the world, we humbly beseech You, by Your most Sacred Heart, that all the sheep who stray out of Your fold may in one day be converted to You, the Shepherd and Bishop of their souls, who lives and reigns with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, world without end.
Father, hear our prayers for the salvation of the world. Grant Mercy to all souls that turned away from You. Open their hearts and minds with Your light.
Gather Your children from the east and the west, from the north and the south.
Have mercy O God on those who do not know You. Bring them out of darkness into Your light. You are our saving God Who leads us in our salvation. Protect us from evil.
Bless and praise You O Lord, hear our prayers and answer us. You, our Savior, are the hope of all the ends of the Earth and the distant seas. May Your way be known upon Earth; among all nations Your salvation.
We put the world in Your hands; fill us with Your love. Grant us peace through Christ, our Lord.
Almighty, everlasting God,
Who in Thy beloved Son,
King of the whole world,
hast willed to restore all things anew;
grant in Thy Mercy that all the families of nations,
rent asunder by the wound of sin,
may be subjected to His most gentle rule.
Who with Thee lives and reigns world without end.