ADVENT

CHRISTMAS IS ALMOST HERE AND WE MUST GET READY. IF WE KNEW JESUS WAS COMING TO OUR HOUSE TO VISIT ON CHRISTMAS EVE, WHAT WOULD WE DO DIFFERENT?
ADVENT. THIS IS A WAY TO PREPARE OUR SOULS FOR JESUS BIRTH, WHAT CAN WE DO DIFFERENT DURING THE NEXT 4 WEEKS. PRAY? BE MORE FORGIVING? GENEROUS? KIND? Just asking, it is up to all of you to decide for yourselves, how to get ready.

1. SUNDAY, NOV. 30 was the 1st Sunday of Advent.
2. SUNDAY, DEC. 2 was the 2nd Sunday.
At a certain point in life, the profound desires and cravings of our heart reach a point of eruption in us. Yet at the same time comes the awareness that we cannot bring about what we want-we do not have inside us what is needed to fulfill and satisfy our longings. And so, with our infinite yearnings we turn to the Infinite and cry, “Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down.” Our experience of helplessness before the fact of our boundless human need moves us to ask for fellowship with God’s Son, Jesus Christ the Lord. The nature of our desire assures us as we enter into ADVENT that we are not lacking in any spiritual gift as we wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. “The Lord of the house is coming.” “Be watchful! Be alert!” (Magnificat.)

Read the CANTICLE OF TOBIT 13:1-6
PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, you are with us always, even to the end of the world, yet we do not always know your presence. Free us from whatever hinders you from taking full possession of our inner house and our outer world by the power of your Spirit, you who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen

TRUE HUMAN DIGNITY MEANS RESPECT FOR ALL HUMAN LIFE

BEFORE I MENTION ANYTHING ELSE, PLEASE GO VOTE BUT BEFORE YOU DO, LOOK UP THE CANDIDATES PERSONAL MORALS AND OPINIONS AND ON THE BALLOT QUESTIONS BE SURE TO LOOK UP WHAT YOU ARE ACTUALLY VOTING FOR. BE SURE THE CANDIDATE RESPECTS ALL LIFE, FROM CONCEPTION TO DEATH. BE SURE HE/SHE DID NOT VOTE OR TALK ABOUT APPROVING ASSISTED SUISIDE, PRO CHOICE, EUTHANASIA OR ANY OTHER KIND OF DISRESPECT FOR HUMAN LIFE AND DIGNITY. BE SURE THE QUESTIONS AREN’T GIVING THE STATE PERMISSION TO DO SOMETHING YOU DON’T APPROVE OF, FOR INSTANCE, WHAT ARE THE BOND ISSUES FOR? BE SURE YOU DO VOTE TO THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITY AND LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES. REMEMBER, YOU WILL BE VOTING ALL YOUR LIFE.

THE Catholic Church is well know for being “pro-life” However, we are not just talking about contraception and abortion. We believe GOD ALOONE IS THE LORD OVER LIFE AND DEATH.
Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains for ever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end. (catechism 2258)
God not only created us in his divine image (see Genesis 1:27), God also loves us profoundly. God’s plan offers us an eternal destiny. That love is made tangible in the Son of God, Jesus, who took on human flesh to bring us salvation through his life, death, and Resurrection. Thanks to Jesus Christ, we can become children of God.

Created in the image of the one God and equally endowed with rational souls, all men have the same nature and the same origin. Redeemed by the sacrifice of Christ, all are called to participate in the same divine beatitude: all therefore enjoy an equal dignity. (Catechism 1934)

The equality of men rests essentially on their dignity as persons and the rights the flow from it. (Catechism 1935)

God’s Fifth Commandment should not be taken for granted. After all, it was given to us by the God of love, the Author of life: “You shall not kill” (Exodus 20:13 and Deuteronomy 5:17). This command of God is a broad ban on killing human persons. Direct involvement or acting as an accomplice in a murder, suicide, abortion, or euthanasia, is forbidden. Further, while legitimate self-defense is excusable, the killing and maiming of unarmed civilians in wartime is not (see Catechism 2259-2283)
This right to life ethos extends to the spiritual and physical welfare of persons. On the spiritual side, we must care for the souls of others. We must not scandalize people or lead them to do evil.
Scandal takes on a particular gravity by reason of the authority of those who cause it or the weakness of those who are scandalized. It prompted our Lord to utter this curse: “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”(Matt 18:6)Catechism 2285)

We must protect people from bodily harm through illicit scientific research or experimental practices that disregard the bodily integrity of a person. This protection extends to crime as well: kidnapping, hostage taking, terrorism, violence, torture, and violations or abuse against another’s body.(Catechism 2292-2298)

Concern for the physical welfare of persons equals respecting the health or other persons-treating it as a gift. This includes making sure people have sufficient food, housing, clothing, health care, basic education, employment or social assistance. It assures care for the sick, disabled, and elderly. It also protects people from the abuses of alcohol, drugs, and human trafficking. Any harmful endangerments to the human person must be avoided or prevented. (Catechism 2288-2291)

Finally, the sanctity of human life leads to offering care and respect for the dead. The bodies of the dead must be treated with respect and charity, in faith, and hope of the Resurrection. The burial of the dead is a corporal work of mercy; it honors the children of God, who are temples of the Holy Spirit (Catechism 2300)

CHRISTIAN ARE TO RESPECT HUMAN LIFE FROM ITS ORIGIN AT CONCEPTION TO THE NATURAL END OF A PERSON’S LIFE ON EARTH–IT’S A WAY OF LIFE, FROM THE WOMB TO THE TOMB.

Every human life, from the moment of conception until death, is sacred because the human person has been willed for its own sake in the image and likeness of the living and holy God.(Catechism 2319)
__________________________________________________-Written by Pat Gohn (taken from the Catholic Digest, Oct. 2014) Pat Gohn is the author of BLESSED, BEAUTIFUL, AND BODACIOUS: CELEBRATING THE GIFT OF CATHOLIC WOMANHOOD.

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AGAIN, GO VOTE: THE PEOPLE WE PUT IN OFFICE WILL DECIDE THE LAWS OF THIS COUNTRY, WHICH IN TURN WILL DECIDE IF HUMAN LIFE WILL BE PROTECTED FROM CONCEPTION UNTIL DEATH. And truthfully, right now, there is very little respect for human life in this Country.

God bless you all.

HALLOWED BE THY NAME

THE IMAGES EVOKED BY THE LORD’S prayer vividly illustrate our life. Humanity stands or falls by the things that are mentioned in it. If this is realized we can begin to make progress. If it is not realized, or not taken seriously, we sink and decline. that is the real key to the GRIM PICTURE OF LIFE TODAY. And this phrase, HALLOWED BE THY NAME, teaches us to pray for the worthy ideal for the unassailable, holy, venerated standard. Unless they have something of supreme value, something at the center of their being which they can venerate, human beings gradually deteriorate. Human nature is so constituted that it must have something holy that it can worship, otherwise, it becomes cramped and distorted, and instead of a holy object of veneration something else will take its place…l
The WORD OF GOD should evoke and receive the great veneration this phrase suggests, praise, reverence, awe. This effects the realization of those fundamental categories of life I referred to just now. The NAME OF GOD is the HOLY OF HOLIES, THE CENTRAL SILENCE, THE THING THAT ABOVE ALL OTHERS CALLS FOR HUMBLE APPROACH. We not only ought to believe in the truth at the center of our being, in the purpose of our existence, but we should also bear testimony to this belief by the proper fulfillment of our life’s purpose. We should subjugate everything to this law of holiness and reject everything that does not harmonize with it. GOD, THE GREAT OBJECT OF HUMAN VENERATION, WILL THEN ALSO BE OUR WHOLE LIFE.
By: Father Alfred Delp, S.J. (d1945) was a German Jesuit priest condemned to death by the Nazis in Berlin, Germany.

When I read this I saw our Country today. Is it not true that the farther this Country goes from God the more we sink and decline? Since the majority of the people in this Country do not worship anyone but themselves and anything except what they themselves want, are we not deteriorating? The only solution I can see is more prayer for our Country and it’s people, that they will eventually turn back to God.

PRAYER: When we say the Our Father, we must mean every word: OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE THY NAME, Thy Kingdom 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, lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil. Amen.

God bless you all, Pray for this Country that it’s people will turn back to Jesus Christ our Lord.

GOD IS MYSTERY

A quick prayer tonight. Nothing controversial. Cor 2:16: Who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to counsel him?

GOD IS MYSTERY. The maker of the universe dwells in light inaccessible, so bright that it blinds the probing eye, the questioning mind. Yet this awesome God has taken on a human face and a human name in Jesus, his Son and Word, the Good Shepherd who carries his stumbling sheep to safe pasture.MAGNIFICAT

Proverbs 30:4-5: “WHO HAS GONE UP to heaven and come down again-who has cupped the wind in his hands? Who has bound up the waters in a cloak-who has marked out all the ends of the earth? What is his name, what is his son’s name, if you know it?” Every word of God is tested: he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

PRAYER: O GOD HIDDEN IN LIGHT INACCESSIBLE, you have revealed the face of your love in Jesus Christ, our Lord. Grant us the grace to worship you with reverence and to entrust ourselves to you in love, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen

GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

GOD JUST IS…

Sorry for missing a few days, but I came across an article in the Oct. CATHOLIC DIGEST about “Fear of the Lord” I’m not printing all of the article, it may be on line if you want to look. Basically someone asked Father Roland Guilmain about that question when we also say God is love.
Father said that he was raised in a generation where the concept of sin was accepted. He was taught that God would punish him if he sinned and didn’t go to confession. Because of that, he pictured God as a punishing and angry God. It wasn’t until he was in college that he learned differently and here is what he said:
“He was not a punishing God, but rather a God of unconditional, faithful, merciful, and forgiving love. With that insight I began what would be a lifelong adventure of relating with God”
“At this point we have to remember that God is totally other than what we are. God just IS; we are created beings. God is all powerful, all-knowing, mysterious, frightening. We cannot reduce him to only what we can think or imagine. That would make him too small. Only God can grant us the capacity to grasp some truth about his being. This is where holy fear becomes the beginning of wisdom.”
“In NO MAN IS AN ISLAND, THOMAS MERTON defines holy fear ‘as the knowledge of our selves in the presence of God’s holiness. It is the knowledge of ourselves in his love, and it sees how far we are from being what his love would have us be…….’
“……He is referring to what is called filial fear of the anxiety caused by the thought of being separated from God or displeasing him. It’s based on love and keeps us away from sin. This gift of fear will eventually unite us so closely to god that nothing can separate us from him. In this sense, then it is the beginning of wisdom. This gift of the Holy Spirit corresponds with humility, which make us know our true value and eliminated the presumption of believing ourselves to be better than we are.”
‘This fear of the Lord produces in us a horror for sin and gives us the strength to overcome temptations. At a deeper level it enables us to cling to God with profound reverence and avoid even insignificant acts that are signs of imperfection. It reverences everything that is divine. then, even more profoundly, it detaches us from the things of the earth and grants us a poverty of spirit by which we seek union God and avoid all that could separate us from him?”
“The Spirit of our loving Father offers us this way to unite ourselves with the Most Blessed Trinity. Let us be grateful and pray daily for the gift of the fear of the Lord.”

This seems to be a very good explanation of God and His love for us.

PRAYER: Our Father Who art in Heaven,……………………Hopefully, you all know the Our Father by Heart, if not you can find it on line. It is a wonderful prayer to learn and use daily.
God bless you all.

LETTER OF SAINT PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS 12:31-13:13

This scripture was the first reading at Mass today. I love this reading, to tell the truth it always brings tears to my eyes.
BROTHERS AND SISTERS: STRIVE EAGERLY FOR THE GREATEST SPIRITUAL GIFTS. BUT I SHALL SHOW YOU A STILL MORE EXCELLENT WAY.
IF I SPEAK IN HUMAN AND ANGELIC tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, love is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing. For we know partially and we prophesy partially, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things. At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known. SO FAITH, HOPE, LOVE REMAIN, THESE THREE; BUT THE GRREATEST OF THESE IS LOVE. The word of the Lord.

Wow, if only we all went by this, how much better the world would be. Just how much better Marriages would be. We must pray for more love and forgiveness for ourselves and others.

PRAYER: IN JOY WE PRAY: LORD DRAW ALL PEOPLE TO YOURSELF! Where there is hatred, let us sow love. Where there is darkness let us bring light. Where there is sadness, let us bring joy.
Lord God of light, you have shone upon our darkness and set us free through the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Grant us the grace to live in the freedom of the children of God, that where we walk this day, we may bring light, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen