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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12-15-19 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

December 15, 2019
(3rd Sunday of Advent, A)
Be patient, brothers and sisters, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You too must be patient. Make your hearts firm, because the coming of the Lord is at hand.  Jas_5:7-10

Come Lord Jesus!

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12-14-19 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

December 14, 2019
(St. John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church)
Blessed is he who shall have seen you and who falls asleep in your friendship. Sir_48:1-4,9-11

And to see God is to let go of seeing anything else, including our own passions and pains.  Sometimes, beloved those pains are there to open our eyes to God’s friendship and not to give us cause to blame Him or abandon Him.  God wants all our love.  Not just a little piece on Sundays, not just in those times of pain or pleasure, but all the time.  John of the Cross, John the Baptist, John the Evangelist and Jesus call us to follow the narrow path, the path without distractions.  Doing that is our best road to God’s friendship, our best road to heaven!

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12-13-19 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

December 13, 2019
(St. Lucy, Virgin and Martyr)
Jesus said,  “John came neither eating nor drinking, and they said, ‘He is possessed by a demon.’  The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they said, ‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is vindicated by her works.” Mt_11:16-19

By our Baptisms, beloved, and through our Confirmation we have received the gifts of the Holy Spirit which help us to discern, through God’s wisdom, the truth of God’s works.  Look inside, beloved, and know that God WILL save us from this corrupt and crooked world.  Seek His truth and you will be saved, in Christ’s love and mercy.  May our loving God bless you always!

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12-12-19 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

December 12, 2019
(Our Lady of Guadalupe)
A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. Rv_11:19a;12:1-6a,10ab

And her name is MARY!

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12-11-19 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

December 11, 2019
Jesus said to the crowds: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”  Mt_11:28-30

Jesus offers us the gift of peace.  He doesn’t tell us that life will always go exactly the way WE want it to go.  He doesn’t tell us that we’ll never have troubles, or pains, or difficulties.  But He does tell us, that IF we follow His lead, it will be a lot less painful than if we do not.

You see, the way of Christ’s peace is a way of Love.  Jesus tells us that IF our lives are filled with anxiety, it’s not that anxieties don’t come to everyone, but with Love in the picture, we can learn to accept them much better than when we allow them to entangle us in fear and hatred and anger.  And when we allow that, it then reflects on everyone else we come in contact with and our peace is even farther away.

Do we want peace?
We have to find it within ourselves first.

Do we want love?
We have to first love ourselves.

Are other people frustrating and aggravating, and always seem to rub us the wrong way?  Yes, they are. But the only way we’ll ever find that peace of Christ is by loving them anyway!

I always had, and still have, a hard time with people who insist on driving inches from the back end of my car.  So, with the Lord’s help, I found a way to get over it.  I’ve moved my rear view mirror so that I cannot see anything behind me.  I drive the speed limit and when that’s not good enough for the person behind me, they can do whatever they want, but it will not bother me, unless, of course they hit me.

And even then, after a bunch of prayer and a whole lot of love, I can deal with that too.

You see, there are all kinds of ways that we can live in peace.  But the best of all is that Love of Jesus.  His yoke is easy and His burden is light!

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12-10-19 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

December 10, 2019
Like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs, Carrying them in his bosom, and leading the ewes with care.   Is_40:1-11

Jesus said to his disciples: “What is your opinion? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray?  And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray.  In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.”  Mt_18:12-14

What awesome Love God has for us, beloved.  Yes, we stray.  Yes, we forget.  But God always seeks us out, regardless of those errors in our ways.  Remember Him, especially in our need.  And prepare our hearts to ALWAYS remember and worship Him in the meantime!

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12-09-19 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

December 9, 2019
(The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
The Angel Gabriel said to Mary, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.”  Lk_1:26-38

This “handmaid of the Lord,” our blessed mother, according to the Church came into the world, at her very conception pure and clean of all stain of sin.  She IS the Immaculate Conception, the purest vessel created to hold the very person of God in the man Jesus Christ.  Blessed are you Mother Mary and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.  Be our mother too, and keep us always close to you!

Link to more on our Blessed Mother:

The Birth of Mary – the Mother of God

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12-08-19 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

December 8, 2019
(2nd Sunday Advent, A)
On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom.  The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD, and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.  . . .
Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; the calf and the young lion shall browse together, with a little child to guide them.  The cow and the bear shall be neighbors, together their young shall rest; the lion shall eat hay like the ox. The baby shall play by the cobra’s den, and the child lay his hand on the adder’s lair. 

St. Paul wrote, “Brothers and sisters:  Whatever was written previously was written for our instruction, that by endurance and by the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”  Rom_15:4-9

John the Baptist said, “I am baptizing you with water, for repentance, but the one who is coming after me is mightier than I.  I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”   Mt_3:1-12


Little boy was walking down the street on a bright and sunny, winter morning; when suddenly, a mighty snowball hit him smack on the back of his head.  Before he could turn around,  his assailant was long gone.  And yet, the shock, the surprise, the injustice of it all, changed that little boy’s entire life.

Next day, Little Boy was walking down that same street.  But this time, he had his hat on.  And this time, he walked on the other side of the road.  And this time, he watched.  For this time, when that assailant jumped out to pummel a little girl with another mighty snowball, the little boy rushed out to intercept it.  And, as that assailant bolted away, the little girl, who continued on her journey, was oblivious to her salvation.

This happened day after day, as other, unsuspecting boys and girls, and even adults, were saved by the little boy.  In time, the little boy grew stealthier, and the assailant more cunning.

And all the while, off to the side, a keenly observant shopkeeper, was silently witnessing the unfolding of a miracle.  Yet inside, he still worried, that one day, that little boy might truly get himself hurt, as: the snowballs turned into mud-balls, and the mud-balls into rocks, and the rocks into arrows, into bullets, into bombs, into insidious abuses of the media and the internet.

And then one day it happened.  The little boy was killed.  But not before becoming very close friends with the shop-keeper, and sharing his reason for being there.

You see, his very life was a Gift to all humanity.  And that Gift would be proclaimed to a world, oblivious to its constant salvation.  And the shop-keeper would spread the news of the Little Boy’s mission of love, and peace, and justice.  And by signs, and symbols, and stories, and wonders WE would slowly begin to recognize His Gifts, and to share those Gifts, and to become like Him . . . changing the world, one soul at a time.

So the next time it snows, beloved, we might, just remember, that behind those fine flakes of beauty and safety and security, there’s a Little Boy obliterating snowballs, so that WE might be Saved!

Segue(Now for just a moment let’s switch seasons) . . .

On a cozy couch, in the shade of a sunny veranda, with an impeccable view of the blue Mediterranean, sipping on a piña colada, listening to our favorite tunes, with the fragrant smell of the sea, and the pines, and the flowers, in the soft summer breeze, the only thing better might be swimming in a vat of chocolate –

OR . . . Finding a favorite Verse in today’s set of Scriptures . . . because, they are CHOCK full of favorites!

Justice, and Peace, and Encouragement,
– Gifts of the Holy Spirit,
– Mercy, and Love and Truth,
– Baptism, Glory and Harmony,
– Wild Honey and Heaven,
– Stumps and Sprouts,
– and of course, Repentance;

It’s all there in our readings on this:  Second Sunday of Advent.

St. Paul tells us that the whole point of the Scriptures is to Encourage us with Hope and to Teach us Endurance.

And the Prophet Isaiah speaks of God’s Faithfulness to His promises and His uncompromising Love for us.  For just as God promised King David, the son of Jesse, an Eternal descendancy of Kingship, even though those descendants fell into ruin like the “Stump” of a dead tree, God would raise a bud of Hope from those barren roots: a Little Boy in a manger and an empty tomb with a Gift!

Not a box under a tree,
but a blessing,
right there, IN you and me.
A blessing of peace and harmony.

The conversion of assailants and victims, without fuss.
Our unprecedented Love of those who disagree with us.

Petting the lion without fear, and
taking the paw of the mighty bear.

You see, we have this tendency of building fortresses of protection around us, all the while, dying of loneliness.  And in the meantime, God is telling us to Trust in Him.  He has given us the Gift of Eternal Life – in communion with Him and with one another.  All we need do, is open the doors of our hearts to receive it, with a little belief and repentance.

This Season of Advent is all about: breaking down fortress walls, opening doors, and recognizing that Gift.  The Gift that our “Little Boy,” Jesus, has so freely given to us, on these, His altars of Sacrifice (Cross) and Love (Eucharist).

By our baptisms, we have been saved from that mighty “Snowball” of deceit.

Now, with the help of the Holy Spirit,
it’s OUR turn to save others!

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12-07-19 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

December 7, 2019
(St. Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
The Prophet Isaiah said, “No longer will your Teacher hide himself, but with your own eyes you shall see your Teacher, while from behind, a voice shall sound in your ears: “This is the way; walk in it,” when you would turn to the right or to the left.”  Is_30:19-21,_23-26

Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and curing every disease and illness.  Mt_9:35–10:1,5a,6-8

Prophesied from of old.  Fulfilled in your hearing!  Jesus IS our Teacher and healer and life.  Listen and Follow!

A very blessed anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day today to all veterans and their families.  And may our loving God bless and protect us all!

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12-06-19 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

December 6, 2019
(St. Nicholas, Bishop)
Thus says the Lord GOD: But a very little while, and Lebanon shall be changed into an orchard, and the orchard be regarded as a forest! On that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book; And out of gloom and darkness, the eyes of the blind shall see. The lowly will ever find joy in the LORD, and the poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.  Is_29:17-24

As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out, “Son of David, have pity on us!” When he entered the house, the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I can do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they said to him. Then he touched their eyes and said, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.”  Mt_9:27-31

Prophesy fulfilled!  How strong is our faith, beloved?  Strong enough to receive healing?  Strong enough to renew our hope in God, in the eternal life He promises us.  When we truly believe, it WILL be done for us, as well.  Have Faith!

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12-05-19 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

December 5, 2019
Jesus said to his disciples: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.”
“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.  The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.”

And God’s will is that we should love Him and one another.  He is our rock of salvation!

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12-04-19 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

December 4, 2019
On this mountain the LORD of hosts will provide for all peoples a feast of rich food and choice wines, juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.  On this mountain he will destroy the veil that veils all peoples, the web that is woven over all nations; he will destroy death forever.  The Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from all faces; the reproach of his people he will remove from the whole earth; for the LORD has spoken.  Is_25:6-10a

What glorious Hope we hear in the words of the prophet in this Advent Season.  It is this Hope that will lift us from the valleys of depression and desolation and loneliness.  It is the hope for sustenance, for companionship and for peace.  It is a peace that begins in our own hearts, as we place all our trust in Jesus.  And it is the hope and faith that all He spoke of will one day be ours – on that “Mountain,” the mountain of Love!

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12-03-19 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

December 3, 2019
(St. Francis Xavier, Priest)
Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.”  Lk_10:21-24

On that day, There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD, as water covers the sea.   Is_11:1-10

And all who are open to the Word of the Lord will hear and listen and follow and believe and live forever!

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12-02-19 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

December 2, 2019
Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith. I say to you, many will come from the east and the west, and will recline with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the banquet in the Kingdom of heaven.”   Mt_8:5-11

And that’s all of us, beloved, whether we are an Israelite descendant or never have been.  All the world who believes in and has faith in Jesus will be there.  We can count on it!

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12-01-19 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

December 1, 2019
(First Sunday of Advent)
Jesus said, “Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”   Mt_24:37-44

Happy Advent, beloved!
Like every day, a time for preparation!
Though a special preparation!

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11-30-19 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 30, 2019
(St. Andrew, Apostle)
St. Paul wrote, ‘For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’  But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed?  And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard?  And how can they hear without someone to preach?  And how can people preach unless they are sent?  As it is written,  ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!’ Rom_10:9-18

Yes, beloved, aside from all the complaining, aside from all the rebellion and discontent, aside from all the actual hardships, there is Good News.  And it’s not all about all the worldly, transient ‘bad’ news.  It’s about an eternal life of love and peace.  It’s about how we can even bring that life of peace and love to our current existence.  All we need do is listen to and follow and become those “beautiful feet” in our own world!

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11-29-19 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 29, 2019
The Prophet Daniel saw in a vision, One like a son of man coming, on the clouds of heaven; When he reached the Ancient One and was presented before him, He received dominion, glory, and kingship; nations and peoples of every language serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away, his kingship shall not be destroyed.  Dn_7:2-14

He is our Jesus.  Awaiting our return to Him.  Are we ready?  Are we excited?  Already in our hearts, we will become truly ONE when that day comes.  Open those hearts today then, to the love that binds us all in that Kingdom!

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11-28-19 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 28, 2019
May we “bless the God of all, who has done wondrous things on earth; Who fosters people’s growth from their mother’s womb, and fashions them according to his will! May he grant you joy of heart and may peace abide among you; May his goodness toward us endure in Israel to deliver us in our days.”  Sir_50:22-24


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11-27-19 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 27, 2019
Mocking the God of Israel, the Babylonian king and his entourage drank from the holy vessels stolen from the Temple.
Suddenly, opposite the lampstand, the fingers of a human hand appeared, writing on the plaster of the wall in the king’s palace.  When the king saw the wrist and hand that wrote, his face blanched; his thoughts terrified him, his hip joints shook, and his knees knocked. . . .  Daniel explained the writing, saying, the God in whose hand is your life breath and the whole course of your life, you did not glorify. By him were the wrist and hand sent, and the writing set down.  “This is the writing that was inscribed: MENE, TEKEL, and PERES. These words mean: MENE, God has numbered your kingdom and put an end to it; TEKEL, you have been weighed on the scales and found wanting; PERES, your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”  Dn_5:1-6,13-14,16-17,23-28

Jesus said to the crowd: “They will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name. It will lead to your giving testimony.  Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute.  . . . You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.” Lk_21:12-19

As we come, just a few days, from the end of the Church’s Calendar Year, our readings also speak of endings.  And endings are not always the most wonderful of things, when what preceded them WAS itself, wonderful.

After years of prosperity in Egypt, the Israelites had to go through slavery, death, walls of water; hunger, thirst and isolation before they ever reached their Promised Land.  And when they began to fall away from God in their new land of prosperity, they again had to face slavery and persecution in Babylon and Assyria.  But when those Babylonians respected their Jewish subjects, even they, found themselves blessed by God’s grace.

As evil as King Nebuchadnezzar was, he respected the talents and wisdom of Daniel, Hananiah, Azariah and Mishael.  And for that he was blessed.  But when his son Belshazzar, abused Israel’s God, his end was made perfectly clear in the “writing on the wall.”

Jesus reminds us, again today, that endings are usually difficult.  Just because we’ve devoted our lives to God, doesn’t necessarily mean that our transition from a mortal life to
a spiritual, eternal Life – will be easy.  And actually, in many places, where people live in anti-Christian environments, their Faith will make the ending of their mortal lives even more difficult, through persecution and isolation.

It’s easy to say, when we’re not in that crucible of suffering, that in whatever physical anguish we may be going through, we can get a little consolation, knowing that there’s always someone with a situation that is worse.  But it’s difficult to remember that – when we’re burning in the fire.

And that’s exactly WHY, we pray for one another!

Yes, endings are usually difficult, and life gives us a billion examples of reasons to bear it, like the chick from the egg, the butterfly from the cocoon, the baby from the womb, and the freedom of our spiritual lives from this earthly, bodily bondage.

The reward of the NEW will always make the suffering of the OLD bearable!  And Jesus promises us – GLORY.

All we have to do is persevere in our Faithfulness. And give Thanks to the God – who loves us – no matter what!

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11-26-19 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 26, 2019
Jesus said, “All that you see here, the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.”  Then they asked him, “Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?”  Lk_21:5-11

Natural disasters, human destruction and war, awesome heavenly observations; they’ve been occurring for time immeasurable.  And yet, people live and die every day.  So what IS the sign that we will be ready for the ultimate end of it all?

It’s a sign in our very hearts. Can we live every day without fear, without guilt, without allowing the pain of others to become our pain?  Are we living the Kingdom now?  And that doesn’t mean that we don’t care for other people’s pain.  As a matter of fact, it may be even more painful for us than for them, because we understand that the reason for much of their pain is their not understanding God and life and death and heaven.

When we can give our lives over to God. When we can trust in Jesus 100%.  Then we’ll begin to understand that the only thing that really matters is . . . that LOVE that Jesus so vehemently tried to teach us.  Allow it to root in your hearts, beloved, and then, truly LIVE!

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11-25-19 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 25, 2019
(St. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr)
Daniel was resolved not to defile himself with the king’s food or wine. . . .
Daniel said to the steward whom the chief chamberlain had put in charge of Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, “Please test your servants for ten days. Give us vegetables to eat and water to drink.  Then see how we look in comparison with the other young men who eat from the royal table, and treat your servants according to what you see.” . . .
To these four young men God gave knowledge and proficiency in all literature and science, and to Daniel the understanding of all visions and dreams. Dn_1:1-6,8-20

As we begin this last week of the Church year, the Lord reminds us of the importance of honesty, humility and faithfulness in our lives.

The king of Babylon was honestly wealthy, extremely proud, and ruthless to the extent that anyone who was not faithful to him alone was eliminated on the spot.

So when Daniel laid challenge to accepting the king’s hospitality of food, the chamberlain who was accountable for polishing these manly trophies of the king’s battle conquest, feared for his very life.

You see, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah honestly knew that they had a greater King than any blood-thirsty human could ever make himself out to be.  And in their bold humility and unwavering faith in the God of their forefathers, they were willing to risk their lives, rather than breaking their dietary covenant with Him.

Evangelical Protestants call Daniel’s Vegan, Kosher diet “the Daniel Fast.”  And they hold to that fasting tradition, in a yearly reminder of the Prophet’s faithfulness to God.

You see, whether it is our Faithfulness in giving, like the poor widow, or our humbly keeping rules, like Daniel and his companions, or even the extreme of martyrdom, like Catherine of Alexandria, God has a very special place for His faithful children.  For it’s in our integrity – of honesty, humility and faithfullness – in every aspect of our lives, that we ARE brothers and sisters in this community that we call the Body of Christ.

And THAT’S Jesus’ reminder to us, every day that we come to His Table of love.

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11-24-19 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 24, 2019
(Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe)
As Jesus (our King) hung on His cross of death, Above him there was an inscription that read, “This is the King of the Jews.”  Lk_23:35-43

A few weeks ago I was asked by the parent of one of our School children what the INRI meant above the crucifix.  I explained that it meant Jesus, King of the Jews in one of those ancient languages of His time.  I remembered that the I represented Jesus because those languages, didn’t have a J.  And I also remembered that the R stood for Rex which means King.  So it makes sense that the other I would stand for Jews or Israel.  but I couldn’t quite pop off the meaning of the N.  So, thanks be to God for Google, we quickly found an answer to that one too.

The N would be the word for Nazorean.  Jesus the Nazorean, King of the Jews.  The more definitive answer comes from John’s Gospel, Jn 19:19 where it says, Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, “Jesus the Nazorean, the King of the Jews.” Jn_19:19  It continues, Now many of the Jews read this inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. Jn_19:20  Here’s the Latin version: (Latin: Iēsus Nazarēnus, Rēx Iūdaeōrum).

Interestingly there is actually an inscribed wooden plaque called the “Titulus Crucis” that is considered an actual or a replica of the original, located in a Church in Rome, The Basilica of Saint Croce of Gerusalemme.

Titulus Crucis

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And thanks be to God for our Historians!

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11-23-19 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 23, 2019
(St. Clement I, Pope and Martyr)
I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart;
I will declare all your wondrous deeds.
I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, Most High.  Ps 9

In all things, beloved, we give thanks to God.  The good and the bad, the blessings and the challenges.  In all things, we give thanks for the breath to give God praise.  And when that breath is gone, we give thanks to be with Him forever!

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11-22-19 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 22, 2019
(St. Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr)
On the anniversary of the day on which the Gentiles had defiled it (the Sanctuary of the Temple), on that very day it was reconsecrated with songs, harps, flutes, and cymbals.  All the people prostrated themselves and adored and praised Heaven, who had given them success. 1_Mc_4:36-37,52-59

In tribute to St. Cecilia, patroness of musicians, in recognition of the holiness of God’s Temple and in joy and thanksgiving for all God has blessed us with (in the temples of our own bodies), we praise Him and Jesus, who offered Himself in love for us!

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11-21-19 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 21, 2019
(Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
And Mary said, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.  For he has looked upon his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.”  Lk_1:46-55

“Looked upon” from the creation of the world!  Blessed and proclaimed holy for all time. This is our Blessed Mother!

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11-20-19 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 20, 2019
It happened that seven brothers with their mother were arrested and tortured with whips and scourges by the king, to force them to eat pork in violation of God’s law.  Most admirable and worthy of everlasting remembrance was the mother, who saw her seven sons perish in a single day, yet bore it courageously because of her hope in the Lord.  2_Mc_7:1,20-31

Concluding His ‘Parable of the Talents,’ Jesus said, “I tell you, to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” Lk_19:11-28

Today’s readings remind us that the Lord does not want us to sit by idly, waiting for His promise of resurrection and eternal life – without standing up for Him now.  He wants us to grow in our faith.  He wants us to multiply His believers by sharing His love, and to expect that when we DO grow in our faith and in numbers, even more responsibility will be given to us as His disciples.

In other words, we might say that God is not looking for bankers, but for investment brokers.  And we become those brokers when we’re willing to take a little risk, like offering a smile to someone who’s having a rough day, like, offering a prayer to someone who’s hurting, even when it was not asked for.

When we’re willing to step out of the crowd and not agree with the immorality, the injustice, and the ignorance of our world – about what “respect for human dignity” really means, then we’re being those investment brokers that God wants us to be.

Today we heard a little more of the Maccabean story that we just heard in our Sunday Reading a couple of weeks ago.  It was a time of merciless and brutal persecution of the Jews by the ruthless, Roman King Antiochus.  And the story shows us, not only the fearless courage of the seven brothers who died for their faith, but also of their loving mother who encouraged them, despite their suffering.

It reminds us of our own Spiritual Mother, Mary, inspiring us by her passion, through the brutal torture and crucifixion of Her beloved Son.  And it reminds us that she’s still here with us today, bringing us hope, giving us strength, and pointing us always, to the love, the promise and the blessings of Jesus.

As we finish out these last two weeks before our Advent Season begins, our Scriptures prepare us for endings.  And the history of the Israelite Nation was filled with endings:  from the ending of Egyptian exile, to the ending of Babylonian exile, from the ending of life under Roman persecution, to the ending of an Old Covenant under Moses.

And in every case, all the suffering of their persecution ended in New Life.  With the ending of the Old Mosaic Covenant, Jesus offers all of us His New Covenant of Hope and Promise and Eternal Life.  And it’s all available through our investment and sharing of  His Love with the world!

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11-19-19 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 19, 2019
At that time Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town. . . .  And again He was interrupted by someone seeking to know Him.  His name was Zacchaeus.  But unlike the blind man from yesterday, who sought physical healing, Zacchaeus was in need of spiritual healing, for as a tax collector he was despised by his own people and lived in great guilt for having betrayed them for the sake of his own wealth and that of the Roman occupiers.  Thus, without a word, Zacchaeus was healed.  And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house because this man too is a descendant of Abraham.”  Lk_19:1-10

As are we, beloved, as are we!
Seek Him and be healed!

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11-18-19 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 18, 2019
(St.Elizabeth of Hungary, OFS)
As Jesus approached Jericho a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging, and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening.  They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.”  He shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!”  Lk_18:35-43

Even though blind, the man knew that something very important was happening.  And when he learned that it was Jesus, his heart leaped for joy, as this was finally his chance for healing.  And nothing was going to stop him from getting the attention of Jesus.  How are we doing in our own quest for Jesus, beloved?  Do we recognize when He is near?  Do we pray for His help – knowing, in faith, that it will come? Jesus is awaiting our reliance on Him.  Ask, trust, and in your faith, believe – and you will be healed!

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11-17-19 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 17, 2019
(33rd Sunday Ordinary Time, C)
Jesus said to His disciples, “they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name.  It will lead to your giving testimony. Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute. You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death.  You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”  Lk_21:5-19

THAT’s our Redeemer and Savior.
So fear NOT, beloved, Jesus is with us.
He IS our love and our life and our Hope!

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11-16-19 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 16, 2019
(St. Gertrude the Great, Virgin)
Jesus told his disciples a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. . . .
Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them? I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”  Lk_18:1-8

Never give up on your prayer, beloved.  And then have Faith that God’s will be done according to your supplications.

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11-15-19 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

November 15, 2019
(St. Albert the Great, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
All men were by nature foolish who were in ignorance of God, and who from the good things seen did not succeed in knowing him who is, and from studying the works did not discern the artisan; But either fire, or wind, or the swift air, or the circuit of the stars, or the mighty water, or the luminaries of heaven, the governors of the world, they considered gods.  Wis_13:1-9

Jesus said, “Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it. I tell you, on that night there will be two people in one bed; one will be taken, the other left.  And there will be two women grinding meal together; one will be taken, the other left.”  They said to him in reply, “Where, Lord?”  He said to them, “Where the body is, there also the vultures will gather.”  Lk_17:26-37

It was one of those high-speed, action video games, where the enemy pops up out of nowhere, and takes away one of our limited, three-lives.  If we reacted too quickly we will have wasted our chance, and lost a life.  And if we reacted too slowly, we will have been obliterated – before we even knew what happened.  And in between, there are gads and gads of distractions – to take our Focus OFF the Goal.

But there’s always that third option.  The option that takes a little effort. The option that takes a little practice, that takes a little wisdom.  You see, it’s in those “Instructions,” where the answer is found; those Instructions that most people never even glance at, where that third redeeming option is clearly spelled out.  There, in big bright letters, it reads: “Be Prepared.”

Now, if we were to move this scenario to our Scripture readings today, we’ll see the exact same concept.  We’ll see that our Goal is the Kingdom or Reign of God.  We’ll see that the enemy is the Devil or Satan, and that our distractions are all of those “things” of the world. Things that satisfy our bodily cravings.

You see, the reason that they are distractions, is because they’re so absolutely wonderful to our senses . . .  All the sights and tastes and smells, the beauty of nature, the wonder of touch.  All of God’s awesome Creation, that we could so easily worship instead of God.

Do you remember when color television first came out?  It was so incredibly beautiful, after all those years of drab black and white, that we just couldn’t take our eyes off it.  And over time, it reeled us into the sin of ignoring our spouses and our children, for all its beauty.  It reeled us into buying things we couldn’t afford and probably didn’t need anyway.  It reeled us into worship!

And it led us into becoming a society where no one even talks to one another any more, without doing it through a screen. In the meantime, we just lost two more lives, rather than keeping our focus on the Goal, on our God.

Jesus tells His disciples and everyone who will listen to Him, to read and reread that Instruction Book.  And that Book IS Him!

If we can keep our focus OFF the distractions. And that doesn’t mean not appreciating them, for all the beauty they give us as God’s Creations, but just, to keep them in their proper perspective.

And IF we can keep our focus on the Goal, on that Kingdom that Jesus initiated in the hear-and-now; the Kingdom of Love for God and for our neighbor.

And IF we can stay Prepared, knowing the distractions, and knowing the insidious attacks of the Evil one – to get us off track.  Then, not only will we survive, with ALL of our lives intact, but God will welcome us – when His Time – for our reunion comes.

Jesus made the point, over and over again, to Be Prepared NOW and to know that the Kingdom of God is in our midst.

He told us not to worry or fret about a particular time for His final coming, and not to seek out signs or warnings.  Because, if we think we can wait until the end – to get prepared, then our one-time shot will be too late.  And if we think we can fill our minds with all the theology, and religion, and adoration, and rosaries, that we can stand, then, that’s all nice, but it’s still missing the point, as well.

All Jesus wants of us – is to live our lives, to live this Kingdom – in Love with Him and with one another.  And to allow the Holy Spirit to be our Shield of Bodily and Spiritual protection.  For with that Shield, He will guarantee our destiny AT His Table and IN His Kingdom – FOREVER.

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