A TEACHING MOMENT-OFFER IT UP

This was not the Blog I had planned for this AM but our Deacon Dave wrote in the church bulletin about a subject I have been talking about ever since I had breast cancer in 2001 or 2001.  My mother used to say this to me, it may be a Catholic way of praying that goes back hundreds of years, but it makes sense. OFFER IT UP…offer your suffering up for another, here it is:

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“I remember when I was much younger when I would stub my toe, get a cut on my finger, had a stomach ache, or just plain felt ill, my mother said I should, ‘offer it up.’ I often wondered just what that meant. Through the years, I would use those those words often, but her meaning never really sunk in deeply until I had encountered other types of sufferings later on in life.

Her explanation still rings in my ears. “Offer up your pain and suffering to God as a sacrifice.” My reply was often, ‘to what? For what?’ The teachings of the Church had not been firmly embedded in me at the time. I had no heard of ‘REDEMPTIVE SUFFERING’and if I had, I probably wouldn’t have understood it fully.

In short, redemptive suffering is attaching whatever pain, suffering, or discomfort you may have to Christ’s suffering on the cross for relief for the souls in Purgatory, for the specific relief of someone else’s pain and suffering, or given to God to be used as He sees fit.

It isn’t that Christ did not suffer enough, so that he needs our miseries to be added to his: it is just that he allows us to be part of the healing out of pure love.  The simplest and clearest analogy I’ve heard is that of a mother, baking a chocolate cake in the kitchen. She has everything she needs and doesn’t need anything or anyone else to help. In comes her little three year old daughter who says, ‘Mumma, can I help?’ And love receives. Love doesn’t say, ‘No thanks, I have enough, goodbye.’ So mother says, ‘Sure, honey.’ and the little girl throws in her attempt with a half beaten egg and mess of flower.

Shift gears. God doesn’t NEED our help. But if we offer our painful feet, our pesky cold, our cancer , our heart problems, our annoyance with the person who just cut us off in traffic to God and say, ‘GOD, PLEASE TAKE THIS___________as a gift and unite it to your suffering on the cross. Use it for.._____________or whatever way you wish.’  That is making the best possible use of suffering. WHY WASTE IT?”

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And there you have it.  WHY WASTE IT? Don’t think this is easy. Sometime the pain and suffering is so much you can’t think…teach others in your family to help you think about “Offering it up” when you are in extreme suffering that never seems to end. This is what is so wrong and so hard about assisted suicide, which is so wrong, and devastating, but sometime may seem the only answer for you or those who love you. Remember GOD HAS A PLAN, so offer up your suffering for someone who is worse off than you. Teach your family to do the same things.  It does mater, God does listen, He does have a plan for you and He is in control. (Suffering on this earth may get you straight to heaven, we won’t know until we get there)

PRAYER;  Heavenly Father, you cannot be outdone in generosity, for you have given us the gift of life in the Spirit. Give us the grace to be open to this gift, that we may serve you and our brothers and sisters. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

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THE UNITED STATES, TRUMP ADMIN, WITCHES AND US.

Some of you may have heard the press being excited again because the witches in Our Country, the U.S., are calling up some kind of bad signs against the Trump Admin, which means they are against us and Our Country.  I would not ordinarily mention this, except when they all get together and call up more EVIL, they are calling up the Devil. When the Devil is called, he comes, which brings more trouble for us and our Country.  They may target Trump, BUT ANYTIME EVIL IS CALLED AGAINST THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, IT IS LEASHED AGAINST US AND OUR COUNTRY.  I put that in caps because it is so important. When Evil is unleashed, it is unleashed against us since it is our Government.

HERE IS WHAT WE CAN DO….PRAY, anytime and all the time. However, Jesus told St. Faustina,about praying at 3 o’clock each day. He called  it the HOUR OF GREAT MERCY. He said, “At three o’clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This  is the hour of great mercy for the whole world. I will allow you to enter into My mortal sorrow. In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My passion.”   As second time he told St. Faustina, “………In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking; it was the hour of grace for the whole world – mercy triumphed over justice……………………….”

NOW, you could pray for evil on those witches, but as Jesus said, “They know not what they do.”  SO, we pray, for OUR COUNTRY, FOR OUR CITIZENS, FOR OUR GOVERNMENT AND THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, FOR OUR CONGRESSMEN/WOMEN, AND WE PRAY FOR THOSE WHO ARE SO ANGRY, AND SO FILLED WITH HATE, THAT THEY WILL LEARN TO LOVE AND FOR THEIR CONVERSION.

So folks, that is how we overcome Evil in this Country and the World. If you and I all pray at 3PM every day, are as often as we think of it, say a one line prayer,ASK JESUS for a blanket of protection over our Government and our leaders.  THINK  how powerful that will be against Evil in this country and the world. Remember, it is always 3PM somewhere, so there will be praying almost continually. GOD ALWAYS WINS, AND WE NEED HIM NOW.

GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DO WE DO WHAT GOD WANTS US TO DO?

Consider John the Baptist: He was a fiery preacher who drew great crowds…and then everything fell apart.

Jesus, whom John had hoped would be the promised Messiah, seemed to be moving in a different direction from what John anticipated. Jesus seemed to be “wasting” his time curing people who were crippled and blind and deaf

John was arrested and thrown into jail. If Jesus was the Messiah, something wasn’t working. The Romans were still in control and there had been no great shift in power.

Then there was John’s death, as senseless as a drive by shooting: Killed for the price of a dance, because of a king who got drunk at a party and made a promise to a teenage girl… killed by some guard who grumbled about having to get up late and go chop off the head of someone he didn’t even know.

This does not appear to be the stuff of greatness. But Jesus said that John was one of the greatest who ever lived.

Where did this greatness come from?

John the Baptist tried to do what was given him to do, and do it for God, and do it with God.

And  when my efforts, insignificant as they may seem to be, are connected with God, I AM INVOLVED IN SOMETHING COLOSSAL, SOMETHING GREAT.

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How do you know what God wants you to do? Ask Him. Here is a prayer I say now, every day. I got it from a book by Scott Hann and his wife, HOME TO ROME. Her father taught her to say this prayer and it works for me:

“Lord, let me be what you want me to be, do what you want me to do and go where you want me to go.” I love you.”

And then pay attention to your day, and what God puts before you.

 

SABBATH WORSHIP

RELIGION…is the virtue which helps us to show due worship to God as the source and goal of all things, an obligation which is strictly binding, but cannot be paid in full…It falls short of being a species of the cardinal virtue of justice, because, although we certainly owe God worship, we can never pay God a worship that is equal to his worth, except as we join Jesus in his worship of the Father. As Son of God Jesus alone can offer that full measure…

The natural law as well as the first three to the TEN COMMANDMENTS (Ex 20:2-11; Dt 5:6-15) require that we worship God, since as intelligent creatures we must in truth recognize him as our Creator and need to express this by word and gesture in the human community, as we express every other important truth. To be silent about the greatness of God is completely unnatural..

The first three Commandments demand that first we worship God alone and not idols; second, that we honor his NAME; third, that we keep the Sabbath. The  universal natural law which this third COMMANDMENT implements is that we set aside proper time for worship. Hence the early Church used its freedom from the ceremonial precepts of the law (Col. 2:16) to choose Sunday, the day of the Resurrection, in place of the Sabbath to indicate the new creation of the New Covenant.   (by Father Benedict M. Ashley,O.P. who was a prominent theologian, and the author of several books.)

DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE LEGAL PROTECTION OF UNBORN CHILDREN

I planned on writing this on Friday, Jan. 22, the day of the Pro Life March in San Francisco and Sat. Jan 23, the day of the Pro Life March in Washington DC, but am just getting to it today. Jan. 22 was the DAY OF PRAYER for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children In all the dioceses of the United States of America. It is the day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion. The liturgical celebrations for that day could be the Mass “For Giving Thanks to God for the Gift of Human Life, or “For the Preservation of Peace and Justice.  The following MEDITATION FOR THAT DAY expresses our love and preservation of Human Life perfectly. By:  Servant of God Dorothy Day,who was the founder of the Catholic Worker movement and died, 1980.

DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE LIGAL PROTECTION OF UNCORN CHILDREN:

I am meditating. I am thinking of what I have come to think of as fundamental to our search for peace, for non-violence. A flood of water (and Christ is living water) washes out sins–all manner of filth, degradation, fear, horror.  He is also the Word. And studying the New Testament, and its commentators, I have come in this my seventy-sixth year, to think of a few holy words of Jesus as the greatest comfort of my life: “Judge not…Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us…Forgive seventy times seven times.” All words of our Lord and Savior. “I have knowledge of salvation through forgiveness of my sins,” Zechariah sang in his canticle.

And so, when it comes to divorce, birth control, abortion, I must write in this way. The teaching of Christ, the Word, must be upheld. Held up though one would think that it is completely beyond us–out of our reach, impossible to follow. I believe Christ is our Truth and is with us always. We may stretch towards it, falling short, failing seventy times seven, but forgiveness is always there. He is a kind and loving judge. And so are 99% of the priests in the confessional. The verdict there is always “not guilty” even though our “firm resolve with the help of his grace to confess our sins, do penance, and amend our lives” may seem a hopeless proposition. It always contains, that act of contrition, the phrase, “to confess our sins,’ even though we have just finished confessing them, which indicates that the priest know, and we know, and we want to be honest about it, that we will be back in that confessional, again and again.

I believe in the sacraments. I believe grace is conferred through the sacraments. I believe the priest is empowered to forgive sins. Grace is defined as “participation in the divine life,” so little by little we are putting off the old man and putting on the new.

ACTUALLY, “PUTTING ON CHRIST.”

 

SHE PONDERED THESE THINGS IN HER HEART

TURN YOUR EYES OF MERCY TOWARD ME: by Rachel Oberman-Magnificat

MERCY DOES not come easily to me, as it frequently contradicts my desire for human justice.  As a wife and mother, I have often felt myself to be deficient in this virtue.  I asked a friend whom I consider to be merciful how one acquires a greater fund of mercy.  She said that by discerning God’s mercy in our own lives we become able to bestow it more freely on others.  This stumped me at first, as I tend to take for granted God’s mercy, placing more emphasis on the places where my sense of justice is offended.

That week, in fact, I was very angry at my husband.  I knew I was acting unreasonably yet I clung to my resentment.  I was looking for God’s mercy but finding instead only reasons to be aggrieved.  I said something rude, but instead of reacting, my husband said nothing.  He looked at me with a tenderness that I recognized for the first time as God’s mercy in my life.  He said that I looked tired and asked if he could help.  I felt that he was looking at me as God does, accepting my limits and loving me nonetheless.  I was filled with a new awareness of a gift freely given and I understood for perhaps the first time that I need mercy at precisely the moments when I feel most self-righteous.  Seeing God’s mercy in my husband’s eyes increases my desire to look on others with that same tender gaze.  (Rachel Oberman lives in Brooklyn with her husband and five daughters. She is an adjunct professor of English at New York City College of Technology.)