PRAISE THE LORD FOR THE LORD IS GOOD

WELL I KNOW YOUR TROUBLE,
Oh, my servant true,
You are very weary-
I was weary too;
But that toil shall make you
Some day all my own–
And the end of sorrow
Shall be near my throne.
(Hymn, no author.)

Who, then is the faithful and prudent servant, whom the master has put in charge of his household to distribute to them their food at the proper time? (Mt 24:45)

The Lord is most extravagant in his love for us, his sometimes most unreliable servants. How foolish to give our liver–our time, our attention, our obedience–to mere idols who can love no one. Martha was rebuked not for her work but for allowing her work to make her lose sight of love.

PRAYER: O LORD OUR GOD, you have called all those who bear the name of your son to serve one another and the world around us by the works of faith and love. By the intercession of Saint Martha, renew our zeal for the tasks you have given us, that we may serve the coming of your kingdom, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Magnificat)

(Sorry I have missed some days, the internet has been unreliable here at times) Hopefully better in a couple weeks.

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STOP THE WORLD, I WANT TO GET OFF

THIS WAS ON A BUMPER STICKER AROUND THE 60’S. This was how the priest started his sermon this morning. We all wondered where he was going with that statement.
Gospel according to Matthew 13:24-43
Jesus proposed another parable to the crowds, saying: “The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off. When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well. The slaves of the householder came to him and said, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where have the weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ His slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn.”‘”
…………………..”Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” He said in reply, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man, the field is the world, the good seed the children of the kingdom. The weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. Just as weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all who cause others to sin and all evildoers. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears ought to hear.” The Gospel of the Lord.

Now, the priest said that in the 60’s there was still a lot of evil in the world, wars, nuke’s, and drugs and other stuff going on here at home. Then he said, there is still evil in the world, unending wars, and things going on here at home. For instance, at a Festival that was held locally this summer. There were thousands of people and when they left the place was trashed, trash everywhere, things broken and in general, people did what they wanted and didn’t care about anyone else. The town actually had to ask for volunteers to help clean up the mess. His point, there is still evil everywhere, and we all have a choice. If you want to, you can chose to retreat to your own little corner of the world and try to avoid everything you can, but it might not work. Or you can chose to make a difference. Remember the parable, you don’t light a candle and hide it under a bushel basket?

His point and mine….there will always be evil in the world and His angles will pluck out the evil ones and send them to the fiery furnace and the good will go to Heaven. We have a choice, and God actually expects US TO DO SOMETHING GOOD AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE, EVEN IF WE START WITH JUST LIGHTING A LITTLE CANDLE, AND THEN ANOTHER, ETC. I AM SURE THAT GOD LOOKS DOWN ON US AND SAYS JUST WHAT THE SONG SAYS, “I looked up and said to God why don’t you do something? and GOD SAID, I DID…I MADE YOU! What are you going to do today to change the world?

PRAYER: O GOD, IN YOUR LOVE, you have sown the good news of the Gospel in the wilderness of the world and brought it to flower and fruit through the Death and Resurrection of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Grant us the wisdom to recognize your love at work in hiddenness, the faith to trust in your love at work in weakness, the hope of live by your love at work in darkness, that all the world may grow to the fullness of life you offer in the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

KATERI TEKAKWITHA- AMERICAN SAINT

ON MONDAY, JUNE 14, the Church celebrate Kateri Tekakwitha, who I believe was the first American woman saint. She was born around 1656 in the Mohawk village of Ossernenon, now Auriesville, New York. She lost her parents and brother in a small pox epidemic at the age of four. From her youth, she evinced and interior innocence, refusing her relatives attempts to arrange a marriage. She embraced the faith at the age of twenty and entered the Jesuit mission at Sault Saint Louis near Montreal. There, Kateri devoted herself to good works and praying for her fellow Mohawks. At the age of twenty-three she made a public vow of perpetual virginity. Kateri died of illness in 1680. Fifteen minutes after her death, her pockmarked face grew clear and luminous.

PRAYER: O GOD OF ALL NATIONS, you called Saint Kateri to a life of prayer and to witness to the intensity of love committed to Jesus Christ. Through her example and intercession, inspire many young men and women to follow your Son even when he leads them away from familiar surroundings by the beauty of the Gospel. We make our prayer in his name, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

CONFESSION, WHY?- MY FAITH STORY, CONT’D

IF ANYONE WANTS, I CAN GIVE YOU THE CATHOLIC DEFINITION FROM THE CATECHISM.
HOWEVER, this is what I know. Jesus told the Apostles to forgive sins. He said something like: “Go out and forgive sins, the sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven, the sins you shall retain, they are retained”. In other words, if someone asked an Apostle to forgive their sins and the Apostle didn’t think they were sorry and planning to try to avoid that sin in the future, he would not forgive the sin.

The Catholic Church came to the conclusion that Jesus meant for Priests, Bishops, and the Pope to be able to forgive sins since the take the place of the Apostles. Remember, Peter was made the first Pope when Jesus said,” upon this Rock I shall build My Church” and he was talking about Peter.

ANYWAY, Part of my Faith Journey includes Confession. I made my first Confession and then my First Communion when I was about 7 years old. This is when it occurred to me, and I think most kids, that they are really Catholic Christians. It is always a little intimidating going to church to confess something I did wrong to a Priest. Think about it. Talking to Jesus, whom you do not have to face, is quite a bit easier than looking a Priest( who represents Jesus on earth) in the face and saying you broke a Commandment, or saying that you are doing something wrong and need help to start over.
However, once I tell the Priest what I have done wrong, and what I am trying to correct, and he gives me some advice and a penance, and tells me I am forgiven, a load is off my shoulders and on to Our Lords and I no long have to worry about my sins. The penance can be a few prayers or correcting something that a person has done that needs to be fixed.
Now, I mentioned the other day that The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that a Priest has to disclose what someone said in Confession. A Lawyer cannot disclose what a client says to him, a counselor can’t disclose what a client said to him and a Priest cannot disclose what a person says to him, no mater what it is. When a Priest becomes a Priest, this is the Oath he makes to God, and it cannot be broken. It has been that way for 2000 years and the Court in Louisiana cannot change that. A Priest would die if necessary to keep that secret. Once I or any Catholic confesses sins to a Priest, they are never mentioned again. And, it always good to realize that the Priest hears so many sins in Confession that there is no way he is going to remember mine or anyones’, and he has heard them all. So a Catholic can feel secure that his/her secrets are safe with the Priest in the Confessional.

This is why I say that we are well on the way to Persecution of Christian in this Country. A Catholic Hospital may have to close, if ordered by Obamacare to perform abortions, and Priest may have to go to jail rather than break his Oath of Confession, is this just the beginning????I hope not, but it doesn’t look good.

PRAY FOR THIS COUNTRY: OK GOD OUR CREATOR,
from your provident hand we have received our
right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
You have called us as your people and given us
the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God
and your Son, Jesus Christ.
Through the power and working of your Hold Spirit,
you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,
bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel
to every corner of society.

We ask you to bless us
in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart
to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard
on behalf of the rights of your Church
and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.

Grant, we pray, Oh heavenly Father
a clear and untied voice to all your sons and daughters
gathered in your Church
in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
so that, with every trial withstood
and every danger overcome
for the sake of our children, our grandchildren, and
all who come after us-
this great land will always be “one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

LET US PUT INTO GOD’S HAND OUR HEART,OUR SOUL…….

LORD OF ALL HOPEFULNESS, Lord of all joy,
whose trust, ever child-like, no cares can destroy,
Be there at our waking, and give us, we pray,
Your bliss in our hearts, Lord,
at the break of the day
LORD OF ALL EAGERNESS, Lord of all faith,
Whose strong hands were skilled
at the plane and the lathe,
Be there at our labors, and give us, we pray,
Your strength in our hearts, Lord,
at the noon of the day.

I love this song, but don’t know the name or the author. It is in Magnificat.
This hymn can be sung to the tune used for BE THOU MY VISION.

LET the Lord, your God, show us what way we should take and what we should do.
(Jer 42:3)
Let us put into God’s hands our heart, our soul, the deep recesses of our being wherein dwell those beliefs and thoughts that govern our actions, so that He may guide us in the ways of the Gospel. (Magnificat)

PRAYER: O GOD OUR FATHER, you sent your only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, to be our way, our truth, and our life. At this morning hour, we life our hearts to you in prayer and ask that you will guide us through this day according to your will, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

LISTEN CAREFULLY-TO THE MASTER’S (GOD’S) INSTRUCTIONS

LISTEN CAREFULLY, MY SON, TO THE MASTER’S INSTRUCTIONS, AND ATTEND TO THEM WITH THE EAR OF YOUR HEART. (Rule of Saint Benedict)

Saint Benedict, the father of Western monasticism, built his own life of prayer and praise on the WORD OF GOD. He directed that all those who would follow in his footsteps, whether as monks or, in more recent times, as lay oblates, begin their daily prayer with PSALM 95 so that they might be reminded to keep open the “ear of the heart.”

PRAYER: O GOD, you called Saint Benedict into the wilderness to dwell with you in solitude and into the heart of a community to dwell with you in service to others. Through his intercession, lead us by your word to hear and heed your will for us this day and every day, through Christ our Lord. Amen (Magnificat)

TAKE TIME OUT EACH DAY TO PRAY!

LOUISANNA SUPREME??COURT RULES ABOUT CONFESSION

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE LOUISANNA SUPREME COURT HAS RULED THAT PRIESTS HAVE TO REVEL WHAT WAS TOLD TO THEM IN CONFESSION. THAT IF SOMEONE CONFESSES MURDER OR SOMEONE DANGEROUS TO THE COMMUNITY THEY ARE OBLIGED TO REPORT THEM TO THE POLICE.

WELL, HAVE NO FEAR, THE PRIEST CANNOT TELL WHAT IS CONFESSED TO HIM IN THE CONFESSIONAL. IF HE DID HE WOULD BE EXCUMMINATED, PERIOD, NO EXCUSES OR CONDITIONS. SO THEY WILL HAVE TO JAIL THE PRIEST BECAUSE HE WON’T TALK. WHEN DO OUR AMERICAN COURTS START PUTTING PRIEST IN JAIL.

I WILL WRITE MORE ON THIS LATER BUT RIGHT NOW, I WOULD LIKE TO MENTION THAT AWHILE AGO I MENTIONED THAT SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE WE ARE IN STEP 4 IN THE 5 STEPS TO PERSECUTION. EITHER THIS RULING SHOWS THAT WE ARE IN THE 4TH STEP OR WE HAVE PROGRESSED TO NUMBER 5.

THIS COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED ON THE IDEA OF FREEDOM OF RELIGION. WHEN THE STATE AND COURTS AND GOVERNMENTS START TELLING CHRISTIANS OR ANY OTHER RELIGION WHAT THEY CAN DO AND CAN’T DO, THEY ARE TAKING AWAY OUR FREEDOM OF RELIGION.

I HAVE TO DO MORE RESEARCH ON THIS, BUT THOUGHT YOU MIGHT LIKE TO KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON IN AMERICA.