Elijah’s Whisper – My Whisper

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Elijah’s Whisper – My Whisper

Bubbles2 Then the LORD said (to Elijah), “Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will be passing by.”  A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the LORD – but the LORD was not in the wind.  After the wind there was an earthquake – but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake there was fire – but the LORD was not in the fire. After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound.  When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak and went and stood at the entrance of the cave. A voice said to him, “Elijah, why are you here?” 1 Kings 19:11-13

Why are YOU here, beloved?

Was it to discover magnificent colors? Was it to find colorful music or awesome videos? Was it just curiosity? Was it accidental? Were you really looking for God, for Hope, for true LOVE somewhere in this menagerie we call the web?

silenceOr were you just hiding in a cave, waiting on the Lord to Whisper in your ear – a Word – LIFE! Life, it’s in You! And YOU are beautiful in the Eyes of God, no matter what the world may say or think.

You are Loved!!

Every day the Lord whispers in our ears – Words of HOPE, Words of LOVE, and maybe not even words – just His JOY in our hearts.

Let’s follow the Scriptures of our daily Mass and see if we can catch those Words – simple but beautiful – Whispers to the Wind . . .

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03-17-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 17, 2018
(St. Patrick, Bishop)
Nicodemus, one of their members who had come to him (Jesus) earlier, said to them, “Does our law condemn a man before it first hears him and finds out what he is doing?”  Jn_7:40-53

The laws of morality and justice really did exist in the time of Jesus.  But just like today, it seemed the popular opinion reigned over all.  He who has the loudest mouth wins. What a sorry state of existence!  Stay strong to your faith, beloved!  And regardless of what “they” think or publish, the Truth is still and always will be our King!  And His name is Jesus!

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03-16-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 16, 2018
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.  Ps_34

If the current status of the world breaks our hearts, if our own health or relationships suffer.  If we’re downtrodden, or lonely, or broken in any way, remember the LORD is close at hand.  He will lift us up.  And we will survive!

Trust in Jesus and know that He is always there for us, beloved!

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03-15-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 15, 2018
In continuation of His discourse with the Jews from yesterday’s reading, Jesus said, “I came in the name of my Father, but you do not accept me; yet if another comes in his own name, you will accept him.  How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God?”  Jn_5:31-47

When logic, physical proof and the testimony of others cannot convince one of the Truth of the matter.  Then there is not much hope left for that one to ever be saved.  Salvation begins with belief in our own hearts.  And God wants nothing less than every one of us to be saved.  God Himself said of Jesus, “Listen to Him!”  It’s really not that hard, beloved.  All we have to do is start disconnecting from all the other untruths that bombard us from the time we awake until we lay our heads down for rest.  Then God will fill in the space.  Love will fill in the space.  And love will lead us directly to that Eternal Salvation we so desire, and God so desires!

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03-14-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 14, 2018
Jesus answered the Jews: “My Father is at work until now, so I am at work.” For this reason they tried all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the sabbath but he also called God his own father, making himself equal to God.  Jn_5:17-30

If you ever got into an argument or debate with someone who was clearly and unquestionably wrong, you’d come to find that no matter how much proof you provide them, you will never convince them otherwise.

Jesus seemed to be fighting that battle constantly with the Pharisees.  When He helped people on a Sabbath, they complained that He was breaking  the law, even though He proved, with their own words, that the wellbeing of people should always take priority.

And when they repeatedly asked Jesus to prove His identity, not only was it proven by His miraculous deeds, but as we heard today, He could not describe His authority and relationship with God, His Father, any clearer.

Yet, the Pharisee’s response was always one of judgment and blame. Rather than listen and understand, it was easier for them – just to call Jesus a blasphemer.

You see, the Pharisees main problem was that they insisted that they were the only authorityThey made the rules, they judged, and they convicted.  And together with their Roman occupiers, the Pharisees believed that they even held the power of life and death; all in the name, and in name only, of God.

But, while all along refusing to learn and understand, little did they know, that their power was actually miniscule, compared to the true power of God the Father, which was made manifest in Jesus.

The Pharisees may have been able to allow physical life, and cause physical death.  But only God had the power to bring physical death back to life.  Only God had the power of resurrection.  And only God had the power to offer Eternal Life to those deserving of it.

And, while the Pharisees may have been able to judge others according to their own, man-made laws, only God, only Jesus, could judge people according to the Faith in their hearts, and according to the goodness of their actions.

The prophet Isaiah reminds us today that our God is a very merciful and loving God.  And Jesus, at the same time, reminds us that Eternal Life does not come without true Faith, true Belief in Him, and without  true love expressed in our every action.

If we are truly seeking that gracious Gift of Eternal Life with God, then we must always keep in mind – that it is WE who are accountable for ourselves in the end.

And Jesus and the Holy Spirit will always be there to help – when we BELIEVE!

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03-13-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 13, 2018
“Along both banks of the river, fruit trees of every kind shall grow; their leaves shall not fade, nor their fruit fail.  Every month they shall bear fresh fruit, for they shall be watered by the flow from the sanctuary. Their fruit shall serve for food, and their leaves for medicine.”   Ez_47:1-9,12

The river of everlasting life.

The fountain of youth.

The water from the side of Christ.

The Church of God.

The Sacraments.

The healing.

The sacred communion of the Body of Christ (us), all the saints in heaven and Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, in the Mass, and in our hearts.

The living Word of God, from Jesus, through the evangelists, and into our minds, and into our hearts.

Our healing of the world by sharing that Word,
by sharing that life-giving river of Love.

The water, the trees, the leaves, the fruit,
the food, the medicine, the LIFE!

From beginning to end . . .

The Love of God!

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03-12-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 12, 2018
Thus says the LORD: Lo, I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; The things of the past shall not be remembered or come to mind.  Instead, there shall always be rejoicing and happiness in what I create;   Is_65:17-21

“No more crying there, we are going to see the king . . .
Alleluia, Alleluia, we’re going to see the king!”

Jesus, King!

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03-11-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 11, 2018
(4th Sunday Lent, B, Laetare Sunday)
Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”  For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish  but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.    Jn_3:14-21


We can’t be saved, beloved, unless we recognize our NEED to BE saved!

You see, Jesus did not come to punish us.  He did not come to throw cold water on all our fun.  He did not come to create a huge organization of titles and hierarchy and organization and complication!  Jesus came because of God’s unfathomable LOVE for us.  A love He wants to share.  A love He wants us to enjoy as well.  Jesus came to free us from our own disorders and show us a better way – the BEST way to live!  But we first have to find those disorders in ourselves.  Yes, it’s easy to see all the wrong in “the world.”  But what is it in ourselves that with a little bit of change will change the world as well?  When we can find our own NEED to be saved, then we’ll want everyone else we love to be saved by Jesus too. And eventually, everyone else we love will become every living being, every loved creation of God on this planet.

It’s Lent, beloved!  It’s time for us to look inside and find the needs.  And then to let Jesus do the saving!

“For God SO love us that He gave . . . .”

And there, we’ll discover true JOY!

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03-10-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 10, 2018
Jesus told a parable about two men, one proud and haughty and the other ashamed and humble:  “…the (humble) tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, ‘O God, be merciful to me a sinner.’ I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” Lk_18:9-14

If we take the highest place, beloved, there is only direction we can go: down.  But if we take a lower place, although we can go lower still, we can also be saved, redeemed and even exalted!  We are justified because in recognizing our imperfection we give God the space to perfect us!  And blessed are we, then!

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03-09-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 9, 2018
(St. Frances of Rome, Religious)
One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him, “Which is the first of all the commandments?”  Jesus replied, “The first is this: ‘Hear, O Israel!  The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’  The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'”   Mk_12:28-34

If you were to sum up the entire Bible in two sentences, beloved, these would be those two.  Love God and love neighbor!  Want peace?  Want comfort?  Want salvation?  If we can keep our lives filled with these two loves, then all the frustrations, all the challenges, all the failures in life can be overcome, or at least soothed enough to keep on keeping on.

It’s all about Love!  And that’s exactly what Jesus taught us!

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03-08-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 8, 2018
(St. John of God, Religious)
Jesus said, “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.”  Lk_11:14-23

Jesus came to gather His faithful together.  But not all came.  And not all believed His words.  There were the oblivious.  There were the obstinate.  There were the skeptics.  Sometimes the gathering took a little more work.  And sometimes it just seemed hopeless.  But He never gave up on anyone.  And neither should we, beloved.  We are called to do our very best at gathering.  But when it doesn’t seem possible, leave it in God’s hands and God who knows all things will see it to its optimal climax.  But we are never to do anything that would scatter His faithful.  We can scatter the seed of His love,  but never discourage a believer or even a prospect from the hope of God’s love.  There is always hope.  Pray for them!  Pray for us, beloved!

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03-07-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 7, 2018
(Ss. Perpetua and Felicity, Martyrs)
Moses said, “what great nation has statutes and decrees that are as just as this whole law which I am setting before you today?  “However, take care and be earnestly on your guard not to forget the things which your own eyes have seen, nor let them slip from your memory as long as you live, but teach them to your children and to your children’s children.”  Dt_4:1,5-9

Jesus said to his His disciples, “whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do so will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven.  But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”  Mt_5:17-19

“. . . but without the Lord, there is no ____”

The heart may beat, but without the Lord there is no heart.

The sun may shine, but without the Lord there is no sun.

The job may pay, but without the Lord there is no job.

The mind may create, but without the Creator there is no creation, and without creation there is no mind.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul, with all your strength and all your mind, because without the Lord there is nothing!

And with Him, you can be called “greatest” in His kingdom, where you and He will become ONE!

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03-06-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 6, 2018
Peter approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive him?  As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.   Mt_18:21-35

OK, I’m not the only one going crazy with all these numbers.  While Jesus was playing around with 7’s, I keep getting stuck on 9’s, today being 3/6.  If you take 3×6 you get 18, which added together is 1+8=9.  And if you take it one step further, it’s 03-06-18.  That’s 3+6=9 and 1+8=9 and if you put them all together you get 9+9=18 which is again 1+8=9. Of course today’s Gospel couldn’t be from anywhere but – Mt 18.

So how many times do we need to forgive – as many as all the numbers in the world add up to, with a bunch of zero’s to boot.  And that’s just endless!  Or at least it’s something more than zero!

Mercy me!

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03-05-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 5, 2018
The people were so angry at Jesus that: They rose up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town had been built, to hurl him down headlong.  But he passed through the midst of them and went away.  Lk_4:24-30

Did you ever see someone, beloved, who was so fiercely angry, so in rage that they even forgot who they were angry with?  It’s called blind rage.  It can engulf us, if we let it, and just gobble us up!  It is the epitome of evil.

Yesterday God gave His people, the Israelites, the guidelines for avoiding evil in all its forms.  We call them the Ten Commandments.  Today we can see the blinding force of that evil and how pure love can escape right through the midst of it.

If we can keep Jesus and love in the forefront of our thoughts and actions, beloved, we too can walk right through the midst of any evil that comes our way.  NO, it’s not easy, but with Jesus at our side, we CAN do all things, even this!

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03-04-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 4, 2018
(3rd Sunday Lent, B)
In those days, God delivered all these commandments:
“I, the LORD am your God,
You shall not have other gods besides me.
You shall not take the name of the LORD, your God, in vain.
Remember to keep holy the sabbath day.
Honor your father and your mother,
You shall not kill.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male or female slave, nor his ox or ass, nor anything else that belongs to him.”

Well, there it is, beloved!  The 10-big ones, all summed up by Jesus as Love God and Love your neighbor!  If whatever we do is not out of love for God and neighbor, then we probably shouldn’t be doing it.  Peace!

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03-03-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 3, 2018
Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing, nor do you consider that it is better for you that one man should die instead of the people, so that the whole nation may not perish.”
He did not say this on his own, but since he was high priest for that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not only for the nation, but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God.   Jn_11:45-56

So, according to John, there really was a little more to the elimination of Jesus by the Jewish leaders, than just jealousy and hatred.  Caiaphas was fulfilling a prophesy that went all the way back to Isaiah.  A prophesy that said that salvation would come through blood, through sacrifice.  And Jesus was the one!  Though Caiaphas didn’t really know who Jesus truly was.

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03-02-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 2, 2018
Jesus said the Pharisees, “Did you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes?’
Therefore, I say to you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit.” Mt_21:33-43,45-46

In the Gospel accounts, Jesus repeatedly warned the Pharisees to change their ways, or else suffer the loss of God’s favor.  And if they did not change their self-centered basis for leadership, that Special Favor of God would instead come to those who DID believe in Jesus and follow Him.

Of course, it’s easy for us to look back and say, “Yes, Jerusalem fell and the Church grew,” though not without its own struggles and suffering.  And here we are, still, 2000-years later, while maybe still struggling and suffering, we do have 2000-years of experience in what works and what doesn’t.

And yet, the Pharisees themselves had their own historical records of what happened, for example, to the grumbling Israelites in the Sinai Desert . . .

Of what happened to the Prophets who tried to warn and correct  their leaders, from wandering too far from God’s guidance.

Even this story of Joseph and his brothers, amazingly prefigured, precisely, the events in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus (Gn_37:3-28a) …  Where the Pharisees were portrayed by the jealous brothers of Joseph.  Where the betrayal, sale, and death of Jesus were foretold in the sale and loss of Joseph; in which Joseph was as good as dead to his brothers and to his Father, Jacob.

And later on, in their time of starvation and need, how those same brothers of Joseph would come to discover his resurrection in Egypt, where he was loved and respected by a nation of strangers.  And how it was through that Risen brother, that all of Israel was SAVED!

Yet most of the leading Pharisees didn’t see it. And neither do many people in our own time.  They either forgot or ignored the warning, that it’s only through – our brother Jesus, that we will be saved too.

But, thanks be to God, WE know it!

Now it’s our turn – to remind those who forgot.

Because, Eternal Life is just too precious to lose –
over a bad choice!

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03-01-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

March 1, 2018
Thus says the LORD: Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings, who seeks his strength in flesh, whose heart turns away from the LORD.   Jer_17:5-10

But . . .

Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.  Ps 40

Hope in the Lord Jesus, beloved!  When we live “in Him” all things are possible and there is peace!


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02-28-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 28, 2018
As Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the Twelve disciples aside by themselves, and said to them on the way, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death, and hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and scourged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day.” Mt_20:17-28

You know, beloved, sometimes the most important things are said ‘along the way;’ not among the crowds, not at dinner, not in the company of strangers, but in the spur of the moment, in the intimacy of brotherhood.  Jesus revealed to His disciples – EXACTLY what was going to happen to him.  And yet, the disciples were so engrossed in themselves, or so baffled by the statement, that it went in one ear and out the other, IF the first ear had even caught it!

And it bothered Jesus enough that he had to reiterate what he had said over and over again, and then reincorporate his prophesy.  He said, “whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave. Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  ibid.

Are we waiting, hanging on those moments of closeness when He will speak to us, beloved; a word of truth, a word that may hurt, but a word of hope!  It may not come in a dream.  It may not come from a cloud.  It just may come from Jesus through a friend, or even an enemy.  Hope in Jesus, beloved.  And listen, as if it were the last words you will ever hear!  Because sometimes it’s between the lines that the most important words are said!

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02-27-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 27, 2018
In advising His disciples about who they should follow or not, of what they should do and not, and of the importance or insignificance of titles, Jesus said, “The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” Mt_23:1-12

In the end, God is the only One we should follow, obey and exalt.  Jesus is our God and we have His words, actions and beliefs all down in writing!  “Follow me,” Jesus says!  And don’t be too great in your own sight!

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02-26-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 26, 2018
Jesus said to his disciples: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.  “Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and gifts will be given to you;  Lk_6:36-38

And who was it who asked, “What is truth?”

So Pilate said to him, “Then you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say I am a king.  For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”  Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”  Jn_18:37-38

Today Jesus gives us Words of Truth!
And God our Father says, “Listen to Him!”

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02-25-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 25, 2018
(Second Sunday of Lent, B)
the LORD’s messenger called to Abraham from heaven and said: “I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you acted as you did in not withholding from me your beloved son, I will bless you abundantly and make your descendants as countless as the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore; your descendants shall take possession of the gates of their enemies, and in your descendants all the nations of the earth shall find blessing – all this because you obeyed my command.”  Gn_22:1-2,9a,10-13,15-18

In the descendants of Abraham WE find blessing!  We find salvation and the forgiveness of our sins, through Jesus, a descendant of Abraham, a Jew.  And like Abraham, and like Jesus we learn obedience to God’s will – Love!  When we can obediently love, even when hatred and anger and jealousy and rebellion are tugging at our heart-strings, then we WILL find the blessing given to us through Abraham and his descendants.  God’s love is there for us, beloved.  All we need do is open our hearts to find it.  Jesus is the way, and the Truth, and the life.  Follow Him!

Homily link for today:
“Mother May I ?”

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02-24-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 24, 2018
Moses spoke to the people, saying: “This day the LORD, your God, commands you to observe these statutes and decrees.  Be careful, then, to observe them with all your heart and with all your soul.   Dt_26:16-19

And Jesus made it even simpler, although, not totally.  Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father,”   Mt_5:43-48

Well, OK, maybe not exactly easy as pie, but we can start with loving those who are a little different from us.  And then we can work on our enemies.  Just keep on loving!!!

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02-23-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 23, 2018
(St. Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr)
Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment,”  Mt_5:20-26

Sin knows no bounds, beloved.  And like yeast it grows.  So Jesus warns us to not even let it get started in the least of our thoughts and actions.  “So, be pure as I am pure.” says the Lord!

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02-22-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 22, 2018
(The Chair of St. Peter, Apostle)
Jesus said, “And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”  Mt_16:13-19

Thus, the supreme authority of the Church on earth had been passed on by Jesus to St. Peter, his Apostle.  And Peter passed it on to Pope Linus, then Pope Cletus, Pope Clement and so forth, all the way up to Pope Francis, our present day Pope.  These men led our Church, sometimes in good ways, sometimes not so good.  But all of them form a sacred lineage going all the way back to Peter and Jesus.  We call it Apostolic Succession.  And in honor of that sacred lineage we celebrate that position of Bishop in our Church today, by his seat or Cathedra, and the home location of every bishop in the world, his Cathedral.  Through these men, we are governed, sanctified through the Sacraments and taught all of the sacred traditions of our faith.  Thanks be to God and to Jesus for beginning our organization, our united Body of Christ!

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02-21-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 21, 2018
(St. Peter Damian, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
Jesus said, “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah.”  Lk_11:29-32

. . when the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast and all of them, great and small, put on sackcloth. . . . When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way, he repented of the evil that he had threatened to do to them; he did not carry it out.   Jon_3:1-10

Want a sign, beloved?  Maybe instead of looking at all the evil in the world and crying woes, if we begin to focus on all the tiny and incredible miracles all around us, we’ll recognize that all of life is a sign of God’s incredible Love for us!  That’s GRACE!

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02-20-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 20, 2018
So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it. Is_55:10-11

Jesus said, “This is how you are to pray:
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;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

So was it said.
So shall it be done!

The Word of God!


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02-19-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 19, 2018
‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father.  Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’  Mt_25:31-46

Hungry, thirsty, stranger, naked, ill and in prison?  When Lord, did we see you in any of those conditions?  Whenever you saw one of these least of my brethren!  Did we turn on the TV today, beloved?  Did we read the newspapers?  Did we walk outside or drive to the store and not see any of these?  There are so many in our world today, beloved, who are begging our help.  It’s Lent!  Let’s try to take notice and offer a little help, if we can!  And Jesus will say the same to us!  Whenever you helped the least of these my brothers and sisters, you did it for me!

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02-18-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 18, 2018
(2nd Sunday Lent, B)
The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan.  Mk_1:12-15

Ever been in the desert, beloved?  Lost, hot, hungry, alone!  Noah was, in the boat for 40-days and nights.  Moses was, in the Sinai for 4o-years.  And Jesus was, tempted by Satan there.  It’s not a lot of fun in the desert.  But it’s good to know that we have Jesus on our side, whenever we get to be in that situation.  He’s been there.  He knows exactly what it’s like to fight with Satan in the desert.  Rely on Him, beloved, and He will give you the strength to endure, the wisdom to know what to say or do and the courage to survive it.  And then . . . well, and then we strengthen ourselves for the next bout!  He IS our Savior!  Count on Him!

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02-17-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 17, 2018
(The Seven Holy Founders of the Servite Order)
Jesus said, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.  I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” Lk_5:27-32

Are we healthy, beloved?  Or is there something within us that needs healing?  Maybe it’s not that cough or that endless sinus stuffiness, that’s really getting us down.  But maybe we need a little spiritual healing too.  Maybe in some way or another we all do.  The question is, do we recognize that need?  Jesus, our healer, is here to help.  All we need do is find that need and ask His help.  There IS an answer!

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02-16-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 16, 2018
Fasting?  The Lord says: “This, rather, is the fasting that I wish: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; Setting free the oppressed, breaking every yoke; Sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless; Clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own.”
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your wound shall quickly be healed; Your vindication shall go before you, and the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer, you shall cry for help, and he will say: Here I am!   Is_58:1-9a

Before we can truly appreciate the stars and the heavens, we have to understand the atmosphere and the smog, and the clouds and the fog.  We have to climb down from the mountain tops to the bogs and the city streets, from the mansions to the trailer parks, from the glitter to the slums.  When we can understand who we really are and how far we are from the heavens, then we can begin to climb out of the soil and into the air, out of the air and into the space, out of the space and into the universe.  And even then we’re still no closer than the soil of our beginnings, relative to God.   If we really want to understand God, beloved, we need to begin by understanding one another.  We need to begin by helping the needy and sharing their burdens.  And out of the darkness of the space we enter, even in the dimness of our own feeble light, there, we will find … God!

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02-15-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

February 15, 2018
(Thursday after Ash Wednesday)
Moses said, “I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the LORD, your God, heeding his voice, and holding fast to him.”  Dt_30:15-20

Moses, and our Father, and Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, and all the saints are still pleading for our correct response to that proposal every day.  With every breath we take – CHOOSE LIFE!!!!

Jesus said, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”  Lk_9:22-25

You see, beloved, that Choice for LIFE is not always the easy way out.  We may have to endure some tough situations.  We may have to keep those ashes on our foreheads and endure those funny looks, endure the embarrassment, and yet hold our pride in our God to ourselves, as we smile through it all.   As time goes on we’ll find that ashes really are an easier cross to bear than many others that come our way.  And if we can keep the ashes, if we can maintain our discipline through lent, when the really tough crosses come along, we can then endure them too!  Because we know that losing this life of pride, of selfishness, of me first will only lead to life eternal with God!

Choose Life, beloved!  Jesus did!

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