SAINT MARTHA by Jennifer Hubbard

Jennifer Hubbard resides in Newtown, CT. The younger of her two children, Catherine Violet, was a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. (I just had to post this.)

She approached him boldly, asking outright, LORD, DO YOU NOT CARE THAT MY SISTER HAS LEFT ME BY MYSELF TO DO THE SERVING? TELL HER TO HELP ME.(Lk 10:40). I empathize with her exasperation and frustration.  Even if the answer were, “Of course I do,” she’d beg to differ.  Later, her brother has died, she is tired and weary and, still, she runs, and falls at his feet.  I picture him consoling her uncontrollable sobs.  Then she squares her shoulders and lays fault directly on him. LORD, IF YOU HAD BEEN HERE, MY BROTHER WOULD NOT HAVE DIED(Jn. 11:21). When my body is weak and my tears stream to the floor, Martha asks boldly what I only dare whisper, “Do you see how hard this is? Do you really care, because if you really did you’d do something?”

Despite my frustration and weary accusations he never leaves me.  He meets me in the moment when I miss my little one more than my heart can bear and when the pain suffocates.  He meets me squarely in the moment of my brashness and leaves no room for me to question if he cares.  He tells me, NOW JESUS LOVED MARTHA AND HER SISTER AND LAZARUS (Jn 11:5). He did not simply care for Martha.  He more than cared, he LOVED Martha.  Just as he consoled her, he consoles me.  He slows my heartbeat and restores my breathing. He brings a peace to my soul and lifts my face to him, allowing the sun to dry my tears.  In this I know I am loved.

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MEDITATION OF THE DAY-WHY THOSE WHO DO THE FATHER’S WILL…

WHY THOSE WHO DO THE FATHER’S WILL ARE JESUS’ MOTHER AND BROTHERS

The first lesson us by Paul is that we are called to the grace of baptism not because of the merits of our good works but solely because of the goodness of God, NOT BECAUSE OF ANY RIGHTEOUS DEEDS WE HAD DONE BUT BECAUSE OF HIS MERCY…Peter and Andrew are called, not from the Temple where they were praying or sacrificing or engaging in works of piety and mercy and love, but called from the sea where they were rowing and diligently plying their trade of catching fish. Fishing requires no special kind of lowliness and virtue.

Moreover, Paul tells us that in baptism a regeneration and renovation takes place through THE BATH OF REBIRTH AND RENEWAL BY THE HOLY SPIRIT, which makes us very like to Christ in our life, our conduct, and our works, because it was to this that we have been predestined.  Consequently, he writes to the Galatians: ALL OF YOU WHO ARE BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST HAVE CLOTHED YOURSELVES WITH CHRIST. To clothe oneself with Christ, however, means to reflect Christ and make him visible in our life and conduct…

If the virtue and righteousness and holiness of the Apostles and all the saints is merely imaginary, does that mean that Christ is, therefore, merely an imaginary Redeemer and Savior?  That Adam and Satan had much more power to destroy than Christ and God have to save?  If the power of the Holy Spirit in the Apostles was only imaginary, how were they able to perform real works of virtue? Can an imaginary or a painted tree bear real fruits?… These are fruits that were truly present in the Apostles… The Apostles and countless martyrs have already laid down their lives for Christ and suffered cruel torments for the sake of righteousness with great patience and strength of soul and constancy and, even more, with love and a spirit of joy…and with a great desire to suffer even much more.

Saint Lawrence of Brindisi.(1697) was minister general of the Capuchins.(Magnificat)

MEDITATION OF THE DAY(AN EVIL GENERATION)

RISEN SIGN

An evil generation

loses

what little it has-

demands

what has already been given:

A sign of contradiction.

It cannot perceive

the pure and present heart

that pumps the sea.

Laden with shame

it sinks and is swallowed,

in darkness is drained, unceasingly sighs

and retreats.

LET THE HILLS FALL ON US-

it cries for relief.

To the roots of the mountains

the sign descends,

dead and buried

alive.

The heart beyond halt

like a geyser

will rise

splitting stones

leaving behind

shreds of clothes

springing with those

who had long been

consigned.

They stand and break

like turning tides

on a guilty shore.

An evil generation

tries to ignore

what it cannot hide.

by Rita A. Simmonds an award-winning poet who lives in Brooklyn,NY with here two sons

this seems to go with the above poem all too well.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/07/21/second-undercover-video-features-planned-parenthood-abortion-doctor-haggling-over-the-price-of-aborted-fetuses-group-claims/

SHE PONDERED THESE THINGS IN HER HEART

by Rita A. Simmonds

I HAVE two boys, ages seven and eight. After Mass one morning a woman asked me, “What energetic boys! Are they your Grandchildren?”  Ouch! Though I did have my children in my early 40’s and technically that makes me old enough to be their grandmother, when I’m asked that question it always leaves a sting that can linger for hours, giving me plenty of time to be tempted by such thoughts as: You’re too old to have these overactive kids.  It’s obvious you’re not able to keep up with them. And then I get extremely angry with my children for being so visibly out of my control.

As the boys race out the door and down the sidewalk to greet their father who is just coming in from the night shift, I notice more than ever how he moves like an old man.  He has advance stage neuroendocrine cancer and is still fighting to live as normal a life as possible.  He’s also nine years my senior.  the boys enthusiastically offer to carry his bags. They know he’s not well, and they’re always more than happy to help. Later that day, my older son remarks, “Dad, even though you’re sick, you always have a smile on your face.”

I’m made to see that our children are given, not for me to control, but as a gift, as the spark and simplicity of God’s love that makes a noticeable difference in the world.

(Rita A. Simmonds is an award-winning poet who lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two children)

O GOD, OUR HEALER AND OUR GOOD

I WILL HEAL THEIR FEFECTION, I WILL LOVE THEM FREELY (Hos. 14:5)

I SAW my people’s ways, but I will heal them and lead them: I will give full comfort to them and to those who mourn for them. I, the Creator, who gave them life.  Peace, peace to the far and the near, says the Lord; and I will heal them. (Isaiah 57:18-19)

O GOD our Healer and our Good, you sent your Son to cure the world’s sickness by taking upon himself the burden of its guilt. Heal the diseased vision that causes us to mistake evil for good; heal the sickened mind that causes us to mistake selfishness for love; head the unhealthy habits that we have made our own, so that we may stand before you, whole in body; soul, and spirit, to sing your praise for ever with all the saints, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

WHAT HAPPENS IN HEAVEN WHEN WE PRAY?

After all the bad stuff going on, I just had to add this email from a friend. She said, “this is one of the nicest e-mails I have seen:  I hope you all feel the same.

I DREAMT THAT I WENT TO HEAVEN AND AN ANGEL WAS showing me around. We walked side-by-side inside a large workroom filled with angels.  My angel guide stopped in front of the first section and said, “This is the Receiving Section. Here, all petitions to God said in prayer are received.

I looked around in this area, and it was terribly busy with so many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps from the people all over the world.

Then we moved on down a long corridor until we reached the second section.

The angel then said to me, “This is the Packaging and Delivery Section. Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are processed and delivered to the living persons who asked for them.”  I noticed again how busy it was there.  There were many angels working hard at that station, since so many blessings had been requested and were being packaged for delivery to Earth.

Finally at the farthest end of the long corridor we stopped at the door of a very small station. To my great surprise, only one angel was seated there, idly doing nothing. “This is the Acknowledgment Section, my angel friend quietly admitted to me.  He seemed embarrassed. “How is it that there is no work going on here? I asked.”

“So sad,” the angel sighed. “After people receive the blessings that they asked for, very few send back acknowledgments.”

“How does one acknowledge God’s blessings?” I asked.

“Simple,” the angel answered.  Just say, “Thank you, Lord.”

“What blessings should they acknowledge?” I asked.

“IF YOU HAVE food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy, and if you get this on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity.”

“IF YOU woke up this morning with more health than illness.  You are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this day.”

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

GAY MARRIAGE-MORE PROBLEMS TO COME

THIS FROM THE AVE MARIA RADIO SITE: https://avemariaradio.net/for-next-step-towards-equality-democrats-want-to-eliminate-these-two-words-from-federal-law/

As we pointed out yesterday in one of our featured articles yesterday (http://ow.ly/3y1zkF) the floodgates have opened on the many many ways that homosexuals and their allies seek to push their agenda far beyond “marriage.” Yesterday we pointed out that we now have to be worried about insurance coverage for Churches. Now two more stories today: 1) Democrats have proposed a new bill to strike the words “husband” and “wife” from all federal laws and 2) A homosexual man has filed a $70 million lawsuit against Bible publishers Zondervan and Thomas Nelson, alleging that their version of the Bible that refers to homosexuality as a sin violates his constitutional rights and has caused him emotional distress. Anyone who believed that the gay agenda was satisfied by the Obergfell decision was sadly mistaken.

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