WATCH OUT FOR YESTERDAY’S DEMONS…..

EVERY MORNIING WE ARISE AFRESH IN CHRIST OUR LIGHT. ancient Christian writers warn against “Morning demons”: yesterday’s worries and grievances returning to poison the new day. (Magnificat)
The One that rules over men in justice Is like the morning light at sunrise on a cloudless morning, making the greensward sparkle after rain. (2 Sm 23:3-4)

PRAYER: LORD JESUS CHRIST, you have brought us safely to the new day, as you have promised to bring us safely to dwell with you one day in your kingdom of light. Defend us against all that would weigh us down and slow our steps, so that we may run with delight in the way of your Gospel, who live and reign with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

INTERCESSIONS: JESUS CHRIST is our light and our life. To him we pray:
R: O LORD OF SALVATION, BLESS YOUR PEOPLE!

Grant us fresh hope at the beginning of this day:-that we may live it for your glory and our neighbor’s good. R

Relieve us of the burden of old worries and stored grievances:-that we may pass through the narrow gate that leads to the kingdom. R

Protect us from recurring fears:- that all may know the joy of your love. R

THIS ALL MEANS: DON’T WORRY ABOUT YESTERDAY, IT IS GONE BY AND YOU CAN’T CHANGE IT; DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE FUTURE, IT’S IN GOD’S HANDS; DON’T WORRY ABOUT TODAY, JUST DO THE BEST YOU CAN AND LET GOD DO THE REST. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

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PRAY FOR THE KIDS COMING ACROSS THE BORDER FROM SOUTH AMERICA

THE PROTESTS AND THE NEWS MEDIA IS MISLEADING US ALL WHEN IT COMES TO THE CHILDREN BEING HELD BECAUSE THEY CAME ACROSS THE BORDER. WE ARE ONLY HEARING WHAT THEY WANT US TO HEAR.
I was just listening to Catholic Radio, it seems that the Catholic Relief Services have offered to help feed and find clothes for these children. They are willing to find homes for as many of these children as possible. And they have homes where these kids can stay until they have to go to their immigration hearing.
I would assume that if CRS is offering help, that other Christian organizations are doing the same thing. The person from CRS said that even though they had offered to help these children, they have heard nothing from Homeland Security, Immigration or the Obama Administration.
The person being interviewed said that even though the press and the Govt. are showing all these protests, etc., CRS has not seen evidence of all this hate against these children. There is only one side being shown, which seems to show that Americans hate these poor kids. It is obvious that this country cannot handle all these children, but it would be nice if the Govt. would consider what will happen to these kids if they are sent back, will they be added to all the rest who hate America? Are we making future friends or enemies?
It is time the border is secured and no more children or adults are allowed through.
We can win a war, but we can’t close a border? Really?
And in the meantime, I am not sure what we can do, but it seems that the Govt should be reaching out to these Christian Organizations for help.
I realize that we can’t allow kids to come here illegally anymore than adults, but since Obama seems to be making allowances for adults to stay, why is it any different for children. Obama alone has to answer for this mess, he is the one who chose NOT TO ENFORCE OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS, AND NOW THAT THE CHILDREN ARE HERE, ALL OF A SUDDEN HE CARES. Also,OUR CONGRESS, who don’t seem to be able to get a law on immigration sent to Obama, ALSO NEED TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE, AND NOW THESE CHILDREN WILL SUFFER.
Who can we talk to urge the Govt to seek help? All I can see now is that the Govt actions are fostering more hate for America by the way the news is showing the protests and Homeland Security’s inaction.
WILL THESE CHILDREN BECOME OUR ENEMYS IN LATER YEARS BECAUSE OF HOW WE TREAT THEM NOW? HOW ABOUT THE WORDS,” SEND US YOUR TIRED,YOU POOR……SHOULD WE ADD, CHILDREN ENDANGERED BY POVERTY AND CRIME AND DRUG LORDS????
Surely our big, powerful Govt. can close the border, stop the kids and adults from coming in, and take care of the ones who are here? At least until they can find safe places for them to go?

PRAY: OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BY THY NAME, THY KINDOM 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

DEAR JESUS, PLEASE HELP THESE POOR CHILDREN, SAVE THEM FROM EVIL, GIVE THEM SANCTUARY IN THIS COUNTRY OR ELSEWHERE, PLEASE ENCOURAGE OUR GOVT. TO SEEK HELP FROM THE CHRISTIAN ORGANIZATIONS WHO KNOW HOW TO HELP POOR CHILDREN, AND PLEASE KEEP THEM SAFE, GIVE THEM SHELTER AND FOOD AND A SAFE PLACE TO LIVE. EVENTUALLY, HELP THEM TO KNOW YOU, LOVE YOU AND SERVE YOU SO THEY CAN BE HAPPY WITH YOU IN HEAVEN.

DO CATHOLICS WORSHIP MARY?

This article appeared in our bulletin today.
CATHOLICS BELIEVE THAT WORSHIP IS DUE TO GOD ALONE. Catholics do, however, venerate Mary. In other words, we HONOR OUR BLESSED MOTHER with great reverence and devotion BECAUSE SHE IS THE MOTHER OF GOD.
Mary is the most beautiful model of total submission to the will of God. CATHOLICS DO NOT VIEW MARY AS EQUAL TO CHRIST, BUT RATHER venerate Mary because of her relationship to Christ.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains, “MARY’S ROLE IN THE CHURCH IS INSEPARABLE FROM HER UNION WITH CHRIST AND FLOWS DIRECTLY FROM IT” (page 964)
Article by Fr. Paul Murray

PRAYER: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus,
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen

Note: you will notice that the first half of this prayer is from the bible, the words Elizabeth spoke to Mary when John jumped in her womb. The Hail Mary is one of the prayers said on the Rosary beads, along with the Our Father, the I believe in God and the Glory Be to the Father.

FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND, JULY 4-7,GOD BLESS OUR SERVICE MEN/WOMEN

LORD JESUS CHRIST, your cross stands upon Mount Calvary as our guard and our shade, our shield and protection. guard and keep us through this night until morning breaks, for you live and reign with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
BLESSING: MAY THE LORD GRANT A PEACEFUL NIGHT AND A PERFECT END TO US AND TO ALL OUR ABSENT BROTHERS AND SISTERS. AMEN (Magnificat)

I want to thank all of our Service men and women, active, reserve and retired, National Guard, and Coast Guard, and all who protect and serve our Country so that we can be free to celebrate this July 4th Holiday every year. Mar God bless you all and keep you safe.

FORTNIGHT FOR FREEDOM-TO SERVE, NOVENA, DAY 7, 7-1/ DAY 8, 7/2 AND DAY 9, 7/3

HI ALL,  these are the last 3 days of the Novena, I am posting now since my internet will be down until after the 4th.

DAY SEVEN, OPENING PRAYER:  Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in us the fire of your love.

TODAY’S REFLECTION:  The human person has a right to religious freedom.  This freedom means that all men are to be immune from coercion on the part of individuals or of social groups and of any human power, in such wise that in matters religious no one is to be forced to act in a manner contrary to his own beliefs…This right of the human person to religious freedom is to be recognized in the constitutional law whereby society is governed.  Thus it is to become a civil right.  (From the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on Religious Liberty, 1965) Please say the Daily Prayer:

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DAILY PRAYER FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY:

ALMIGHT GOD, FATHER OF ALL NATIONS,

FOR FREEDOM YOU have set us free in Christ Jesus.

WE PRAISE AND BLESS you for the gift of religious liberty, the foundation of human rights, justice and the common good.

GRANT TO OUR LEADERS the wisdom to protect and promote our liberties.

BY YOUR GRACE MAY WE HAVE THE COURAGE TO DEFEND THEM FOR OURSELVES AND FOR ALL THOSE WHO LIVE IN THIS BLESSED LAND.

WE ASK THIS through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our patroness,

AND IN THE NAME OF YOUR SON, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

WITH WHOM YOU LIVE  and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

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DAY 8, JULY 2:   OPENING PRAYER:  Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in us the fire of your love.

TODAY’S REFLECTION:  We are sadly aware that religious liberty in many other parts of the world is in much greater peril.  Our obligation at home is to defend religious liberty robustly, but we cannot overlook the much graver plight that religious believers, most  of them  Christian, face around the world…If religious liberty is eroded here at home, American defense of religious liberty abroad is less credible…  Therefore it is our task to strengthen religious liberty at home…so that we might defend it more vigorously abroad. (From “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty”, US Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2012″

PLEASE GO ABOVE TO THE DAILY PRAYER FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY:

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DAY 9, JULY 3:  OPENING PRAYER;  Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in us the fire of your love.

TODAY’S REFLECTION:  WHAT we ask is nothing more than that our God-given right to religious liberty be respected.  We ask nothing less than that the Constitution and laws of the United States, which recognize that right, be respected.  In insisting that our liberties as Americans be respected, we know as bishops that what our Holy Father said is true.  This work belongs to “an engaged, articulate, and well-formed Catholic laity endowed with a strong critical sense vis-a-vis the dominant culture.” (From “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty US Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2012.)

PLEASE GO TO DAILY PRAYER FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY ABOVE:

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CLOSING PRAYER OF THE NINE DAY NOVENA FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM-TO SERVE

O GOD, who gave one origin to all peoples and willed to gather from them one family for yourself, fill all hearts, we pray, with the fire of your love and kindle in them a desire for the just advancement of their neighbor, that, through the good things which you richly bestow upon all, each human person may be brought to perfection, every division may be removed, and equity and justice may be established in human society. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. AMEN.

FORTNIGHT FOR FREEDOM, NOVENA, DAY 5, 6/29 and DAY 6, June 30.

Sorry I am including two days but something happened to the one I blogged last night.

DAY 5:

OPENING PRAYER: COME, HOLY SPIRIT, FILL THE HEARTS OF YOUR FAITHFUL AND ENKINDLE IN US THE FIRE OF YOUR LOVE.

TODAY’S REFLECTION:  The civil rights movement was an essentially religious movement, a call to awaken consciences…In his famous LETTER FROM BERMINGHAM JAIL IN 1963, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. boldly said, ” The goal of America is freedom…I would agree with St. Augustine that ‘an unjust law is no law at all’…How does one determine when a law is just or unjust?  A just law is a manmade code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law.”

(From Our First, Most Cherished Liberty US Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2012)

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DAILY PRAYER FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY – TO SERVE

ALMIGHTY GOD, Father of all nations,

FOR FREEDOM YOU have set us free in Christ Jesus.

WE PRAISE AND BLESS you for the gift of religious liberty, the foundation of human rights, justice and the common good.

GREANT TO OUR LEADERS the wisdom to protect and promote our liberties.

BY YOUR GRACE may we have the courage to defend them for ourselves and for all those who live in this blessed land.

WE ASK THIS through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our patroness,

AND IN THE NAME OF your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit.

WITH WHOM YOU LIVE AND REIGN, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

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DAY 6 -NOVENA

OPENING PRAYER:  Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in us the fire of your love.

TODAY’S REFLECTION;  It is a sobering thing to contemplate our government enacting an unjust law. An unjust law cannot be obeyed. In the face of an unjust law, an accommodation is not to be sought, especially by resorting to equivocal words and deceptive practices,  If we face today the prospect of unjust laws, then Catholics in America, in solidarity with our fellow citizens, must have the courage not to obey them.  No American desires this.  No Catholic welcomes it, but if it should fall upon us, we must discharge it as a duty of citizenship and an obligation of faith.  (From, our First, Most Cherished Liberty, US Conference of Catholic Bishops. 2012)

PLEASE GO TO DAILY PRAYER ABOVE FOR DAY 6