06-21-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

June 21, 2018
(St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious)
Like a fire there appeared the prophet Elijah whose words were as a flaming furnace. . . .
You were taken aloft in a whirlwind of fire, in a chariot with fiery horses. You were destined, it is written, in time to come to put an end to wrath before the day of the LORD, to turn back the hearts of fathers toward their sons, and to re-establish the tribes of Jacob.  Blessed is he who shall have seen you, and who falls asleep in your friendship.  Sir_48:1-14

Ahhh, to fall in love with the prophets!  In the midst of their cruel and deranged generations, the prophets overcame, the prophets taught, and the prophets gave the example, time after time, of the life and the love of God. Jesus often referred to the prophet’s words in His teachings.  And Elijah greeted Jesus in his transfiguration (Mt_17:3).  Jesus even referred to John the Baptist as Elijah (Mt_11:13-14), as the messenger, the one who would prepare the way for the Lord (Is_40:3).

When we actually think about it – we might ask, How many testimonies does the world need to finally believe?  Jesus IS the Christ, the Savior, the Son of God.  And the prophets are there to point our way.  Even God, the Father, Himself tells us to “Listen” (Mt_17:5)!

And in our belief, we follow His command, “to Love” (Jn_15:12).

And in our listening, gee, we never know when Elijah, when God the Holy Spirit will be chatting with us through a friend or even a stranger.  Listen and Love!

God is there with you always, beloved; lifting and encouraging, strengthening and inspiring YOU to BE Elijah too!

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06-20-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

June 20, 2018
Jesus said to his disciples: “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father.”  Mt_6:1-6,16-18

If we’re not doing it out of our love for others, if we’re not doing it out of obligation to a boss or a superior, we should be doing it out of our love for God and not for our own self-aggrandizement.  That’s righteousness!  And the same can be said for humility.  We don’t humble ourselves so that people can say “Oh isn’t he humble.”  Then we’re really not humble at all, we’re actually conceited!

Righteousness and humility are FOR God alone.  Yes, in the end it kinda makes us feel good too.  But that shouldn’t be our sole reason either.  It is God’s will for us!  It builds His kingdom, both here and now and for eternity.  And THAT should be our primary Goal in life!  That’s our baptismal promise!

All for the Glory of God!

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06-19-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

June 19, 2018
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, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.  Mt_5:43-48

LOVE!

Happy Anniversary Honey!
42, though not counting!
Always and forever.

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06-18-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

June 18, 2018
King Ahab’s wife, Jezebel wrote letters in Ahab’s name and, having sealed them with his seal, sent them to the elders and to the nobles who lived in the same city with Naboth.  This is what she wrote in the letters: “Proclaim a fast and set Naboth at the head of the people.  Next, get two scoundrels to face him and accuse him of having cursed God and king.  Then take him out and stone him to death.”  1_Kgs_21:1-16

Now THAT’s a nasty lady, who had more power than she deserved! And, in this case, all because Naboth wouldn’t give to Ahab his ancestral home . . .

It’s just a good reminder, beloved, to NEVER COMPLAIN, especially to people who have the power to destroy your reputation, the power to take advantage of, or kill others, or even YOU!  Sometimes, or maybe always, it’s better to ‘zip the lip than to let ‘er rip.’  Our words should always reflect the goodness of others and not their deficiencies.   And when it’s too hard to bear – pray to God and remember what Jesus gave – for our salvation!

Jesus said, “offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one to him as well. If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand him your cloak as well. Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him for two miles. Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.”   Mt_5:38-42

For Naboth, he would have been a whole lot better off, losing his garden than his life, and in the end, his garden as well.

GIVE!

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06-17-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

June 17, 2018
(11th Sunday Ordinary Time, B)
Brothers and sisters: We are always courageous, although we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight.  2_Cor_5:6-10

Jesus said to the crowds: “This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and through it all the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how.”  Mk_4:26-34

Well, since the time of Jesus, we’ve learned a lot more about how plants grow, about what makes them grow better and how to nourish and protect them from disease and predators.  But their actual germination and growth may still be a bit of a mystery to some.  And some things we just have to place in the hands of faith, in the hands of God.  Sometimes as hard as we try, all our efforts lead to disaster.  And sometimes, with the least bit of our effort, everything works better than we could have even imagined.  FAITH!  The trick is, to remember that everything is in God’s hands.  We just need to learn the best way to work with Him and the best way to deal with the uncontrollable.

And place even that in His Hands!

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06-16-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

June 16, 2018
Jesus said, “Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.’
Anything more is from the Evil One.”   Mt_5:33-37

That means, beloved, no lying, no cheating, no promises not kept.  Be honest and straight-forward.  That’s our call, that’s God’s call!  And, in it all, trust in Jesus!

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06-15-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

June 15, 2018
But the word of the LORD came 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_Kgs_19:9a,11-16

Jesus said, “If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body thrown into Gehenna.”  Mt 5:27-32

If there’s one thing that’s certain about Jesus’ teaching, it’s that there are no loopholes.  No – “Yeah buts.”  No – “But, what ifs.”  A vow is a vow.  A sin is a sin.  And hell is unquestionably hell, especially if we cause others to sin.

Yes! We’ve learned that God is merciful.  But, the question is: What have we done to show God that we deserve His mercy?  Have we cut off our hands to prove that we’ll never commit those sins again?  Have we gouged out our eyes?

In today’s world the priest will tell us that between our concupiscence and Satan’s constant temptation, we can be forgiven our sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation as many times as are necessary.  But is that really obedience to this directive of Jesus?  Do we really NOT want to do those sins any more?

Is hell – a strong enough driving force to change our hearts, to change our desires?

It’s really something to think about!
It’s really something to pray about!

Because, we know that God is NOT going to beat us up for those sins, here and now.  We do a pretty good job of that all by ourselves.  Between the natural consequences of our wrong doing, the guilt we live in when we make those mistakes, and a legal system that is just as happy punishing the unproven innocent, as it is the obviously guilty; we might think that all of that should be enough to keep us on the straight and narrow.

And yet, we don’t call the ‘path of righteousness’ narrow because it would be easy, and neither did Jesus.

Which brings us back to Elijah.

You see, Elijah had just about enough of the nasty world that he was living in.  He devoted his life to following that narrow path, and it seemed to be leading nowhere.  So in fear of his life, Elijah hid in a cave, praying for death.

But instead of death, the Lord gave Elijah one last directive – to restructure the kingdom and to appoint a successor for himself.  And the message didn’t come by any of the typical or expected means.  It came in a whisper.

It was the whisper of guilt, the whisper of prayer, the whisper of redemption.  And it IS the whisper of awakening for us, brothers and sisters.

Are we hiding in a cave?

Are we trapped in an endless cycle of reconciliation and repetition of our sins?

Jesus tells us to just – “Cut it out!”

Listen for the directive that the Holy Spirit is constantly whispering in the deepest core of our souls.

Follow the narrow path.

And discover the incredible Freedom of Righteousness that makes us Fearless in the sight of treachery, Hope-filled in a hopeless world and LOVED beyond our wildest imaginations.

It certainly IS a much better prospect than Gehenna.

And Jesus will give us all the strength we’ll ever need.

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06-14-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

June 14, 2018
Jesus said, “if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” Mt_5:20-26

It’s a very fine line, this line of righteousness.  Jesus tells us that we’re not to be angry at anyone!  Not the driver who cut us off, not the cashier who seemed unmoved by our urgency to get somewhere else, and not even our employees or kids who seem to have totally lost their sense of hearing.  We are NOT to be impatient, or angry, or vindictive.  And knowing that our rewards for those actions are the eternal fires of hell, we have all the more reason for dousing the fires in our own hearts.  When we can replace them with streams of life-giving LOVE (that we can only have through the Holy Spirit), then not only will those fires of hell be erased from our future, but even our present will be filled with peace.  The peace that only LOVE can bring!

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06-13-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

June 13, 2018
(St. Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church)
Elijah prayed, “Answer me, LORD!  Answer me, that this people may know that you, LORD, are God and that you have brought them back to their senses.”  The LORD’s fire came down and consumed the burnt offering, wood, stones, and dust, and it lapped up the water in the trench. Seeing this, all the people fell prostrate and said, “The LORD is God! The LORD is God!” 1_Kgs_18:20-39

Jesus said, “whoever obeys and teaches these commandments
will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”  Mt_5:17-19

You know, blue is one of my favorite colors.  We see it in the sky on cloudy days.  We see it in wedding dresses.  We see it on doves and carnations, on the stars of our flag, and on the cloth of our altar.  It is such a refreshing color, so clean and so pure.

Well, OK, by now I’m sure that some of you might be wondering if I’m is either color blind or have just totally lost it!  But, if I can convince enough people, that this color (white) IS blue; or make it a law, that from now on, this color must be called “blue,” then, generations from now, this color truly WILL be called “blue.”

And yet, all the while, somewhere among the masses, there will still be small groups of people, who have learned, and believe, the TRUTH about Blue, even though the majority of everyone else is LOST.

Today’s Scriptures speak to us about the Lost and the Found.  You see, beyond the wandering sheep who think that the grass might be greener on the other side of the pasture, sometimes, being Lost is a Place, or a State of Mind, or a Belief System – that someone else has led us TO, or FORCED us to go to.

The Israelites, for example, in the time of Elijah the Prophet, were brainwashed by some evil rulers to believe that their God: the Lord who Created them, who Loved them, and who Saved them, also abandoned them.  And they were convinced or forced to believe that a FALSE god, by the name of Baal, was really their god.

You know, sometimes we can be so LOST and not even know it.

And sometimes it takes a fire from heaven to open our eyes;  that ‘ah hah’ moment, or maybe just an ‘oops’ moment.

Oops, I forgot to thank God before eating.

Oops, I forgot to ask the Lord’s help before tackling that tough problem.

Oops, I forgot to hold my temper before I said something I shouldn’t have.

You see, being Lost can come in all kinds of different forms.

Jesus found that many of the people of His time were quite Lost too.  Misguided by power-hungry religious leaders, they really didn’t know which Way was right and which was simply forced upon them without their even knowing it.

So Jesus gently reset their compass, pointing the Way back to His Father.  Lighting up the right path for them to follow.

“No, God’s commandments had not been changed.”

“Yes, there were still consequences for disobedience.”

And “Hoorah for those who found their Way, and taught that Way to their Lost neighbors.”

You see, white, is really NOT “blue,” although BOTH are equally beautiful.

St. Anthony was a perfect example of one of those guiding lights for the lost.  As a Franciscan Friar, in the same time period as St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony was revered as a preacher and teacher of God’s Truth.  As a matter of fact, St. Francis used St. Anthony to teach Theology to his Friars.

You see, St. Anthony’s intense Love for God and Trust in Jesus helped recover so many lost souls, that he was declared a Doctor of the Church and became the patron saint of the lost.  And the cool part, is that there is nothing but ourselves, holding us back from being the same; when we keep our blues and our whites, our loves and our likes all in their proper perspective!

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Litany of the Lost – to St. Anthony of Padua

Lord, have mercy. – LORD, HAVE MERCY.
Christ, have mercy. – CHRIST, HAVE MERCY.
Lord, have mercy. – LORD, HAVE MERCY.

For those of us who have lost our health,

– ST ANTHONY, PRAY FOR US. (Repeat after each line.)

For those of us who have lost our peace of mind,
For those of us who have lost our housing,
For those of us who have lost our financial security,
For those of us who have lost a loved one,
For those of us who have lost our dreams,
For those of us who have lost our talents,
For those of us who have lost our initial zeal,
For those of us who have lost our sobriety,
For those of us who have lost their faith,
For those of us who have lost our self-respect,
For those of us who have lost our perspective,
For those of us who have lost our innocence,
For those of us who have lost our independence,
For those of us who have lost peace within our families,
For those of us who have lost civil peace,
For those of us who have lost our trust in others,
For those of us who have lost our virtue,
For those of us who have lost our home,
For those of us who have lost our job,

For those of us who have lost (please add your own particular loss), – ST ANTHONY, PRAY FOR US.

Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world,
– HAVE MERCY ON US.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world,
– HAVE MERCY ON US.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world,
– HAVE MERCY ON US.

Let us pray:  All loving God, You have given us in St Anthony the patron of the lost, as an intercessor of those who are in need of Your mercy. Listen to his voice as he calls out to You on our behalf, and grant those things which will help us grow in Your love. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
– AMEN.

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06-12-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

June 12, 2018
Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”   Mt_5:13-16

Ever consider yourself as “the light of the world,” beloved?  You ARE!  Jesus tells us so!  Go, therefore, and shine that light for all to see.  A smile, a compliment, a generous tip – all in the Name of Jesus!  Let people know that God is blessing them with His love – as much as you are blessed in abundance!

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06-11-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

June 11, 2018
(St. Barnabas, Apostle)
When Barnabas arrived in Antioch and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced and encouraged them all to remain faithful to the Lord in firmness of heart, for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith. And a large number of people was added to the Lord.   Acts_11:21b-26;12:1-3

REJOICE!
ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER!
ALWAYS REMAIN FAITHFUL TO THE LORD!
BE GOOD!
REMEMBER THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT IS ALWAYS WITH YOU!
And you will lead others to Christ, just as He wanted.

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06-10-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

June 10, 2018
(Tenth Sunday Ordinary Time B)
For this momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to what is seen but to what is unseen; for what is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal.  
2_Cor_4:13-5:1

Eternal life through this momentary affliction – an Eternal Weight of Glory!  The strength of endurance that will lead us through and Jesus’ promise of salvation always in our sight!

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06-09-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

June 9, 2018
(Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Beloved: I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingly power: proclaim the word; be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient; convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching.  For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity, will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to the truth and will be diverted to myths.  2_Tm_4:1-8

And OH what a sad day that will be, beloved!  OH what a sad day IT IS!  Keep on keeping on!  God will bless us all with patience, tolerance, endurance and His love, just as He did with Mary!

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06-08-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

June 8, 2018
(Most Sacred Heart of Jesus)
Since it was preparation day, in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath, for the sabbath day of that week was a solemn one, the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken and they be taken down.  So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus.  But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs, but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately blood and water flowed out.  Jn_19:31-37

Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

V. Lord, have mercy on us.
R. Christ, have mercy on us.
V. Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
R. Christ, graciously hear us.
V. God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father, have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Spirit in the Virgin Mother’s womb, [etc:  R. Have mercy on us.]

Heart of Jesus, substantially united to the Word of God.
Heart of Jesus, of infinite majesty.
Heart of Jesus, holy temple of God.
Heart of Jesus, tabernacle of the Most High.
Heart of Jesus, house of God and gate of heaven.

Heart of Jesus, glowing furnace of charity.
Heart of Jesus, vessel of justice and love.
Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love.
Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues.Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise.
Heart of Jesus, King and center of all hearts.

Heart of Jesus, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Heart of Jesus, in whom dwells all the fullness of the Godhead.
Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father was well pleased.
Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received.
Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills.

Heart of Jesus, patient and rich in mercy.
Heart of Jesus, rich to all who call upon You.
Heart of Jesus, fount of life and holiness.
Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our offenses.
Heart of Jesus, overwhelmed with reproaches.

Heart of Jesus, bruised for our iniquities.
Heart of Jesus, obedient even unto death.
Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance.
Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation.
Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection.

Heart of Jesus, our peace and reconciliation.
Heart of Jesus, victim for our sins.
Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who hope in You.
Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in You.
Heart of Jesus, delight of all saints.

V. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
R. spare us, O Lord.
V. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
R. graciously hear us, O Lord.
V. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
R. have mercy on us.

V. Jesus, meek and humble of Heart,
R. Make our hearts like unto Thine.

Let us pray.

Almighty and eternal God, look upon the Heart of Thy most beloved Son and upon the praises and satisfaction which He offers Thee in the name of sinners; and to those who implore Thy mercy, in Thy great goodness, grant forgiveness in the name of the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who livest and reignest with Thee forever and ever. Amen.
Ref: EWTN.com

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06-07-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

June 7, 2018
This saying is trustworthy:  If we have died with him we shall also live with him; if we persevere we shall also reign with him. But if we deny him he will deny us.  If we are unfaithful he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself.  Remind people of these things and charge them before God to stop disputing about words.   2_Tm_2:8-15

OH, aren’t we so very good at that, beloved: disputing about words.  Is it history or is it myth?  Is it in the Bible or Traditional doctrine?  Latin Mass or English?  Am I Catholic or Protestant?  We are all God’s children, beloved!  And I really don’t thing God cares what we call ourselves, as long as it reflects His love for us and our love for one another!  PEACE be with you always, beloved – in Jesus’ Name, AMEN!

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06-06-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

June 6, 2018
(St. Norbert, Bishop)
God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control.  So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord   2_Tm_1:1-3,6-12

Power, love and self-control!  Are you embarrassed, beloved, to pray at dinner in a restaurant?  Are you embarrassed to let your work friends know that you go to Church every week?  Are you embarrassed to let others know what God has done in your life.  Maybe it’s not earth-shaking, but even if its something as simple as lifting your spirits when everything seems to be going wrong – THAT’s worth shouting about!  Because when others hear about the awesome love of our God.  When they see YOU not embarrassed, it just might spark a renewal or a new-born faith in them!  And that’s exactly what God is looking for.  Let the Spirit work in you, and you’ll be amazed at where your life will go!  And never forget to thank Jesus for bringing His Spirit to all of us!

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06-05-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

June 5, 2018
(St. Boniface, Bishop and Martyr)
Some Pharisees and Herodians were sent to Jesus to ensnare him in his speech.  They asked, “Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not? Should we pay or should we not pay?”  Jesus replied, “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”  They were utterly amazed at him.   Mk_12:13-17

Whose law takes precedence, the law of our secular world, or the law of God?  Of course, the law of God always takes precedence, but it includes honesty in our secular world.  If the land in which we live requires the payment of a tax.  It is our obligation to pay it, if we want to keep our residence in that land.  Likewise, our bodies have been consecrated to God in our baptisms.  Thus we have an obligation to use them for His greater glory:  following His laws and commandments to Love Him and our neighbor.  You see, beloved, it’s as simple as the face on a coin, and the faces of one another – formed in the image of God!

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06-04-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

June 4, 2018
Beloved:  May grace and peace be yours in abundance through knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. . . . make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, virtue with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with devotion, devotion with mutual affection, mutual affection with love.   2_Pt_1:2-7

LOVE!  It’s not always easy!  But boy, is it worth it!  Peter today gives us a road map.  And through it, God will reward us with His peace.  A peace that can only be attained through LOVE!

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06-03-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

June 3, 2018
(Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ)
Moses took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, saying, “This is the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words of his.”  Ex_24:3-8

An old covenant of redemption from slavery in Egypt to a new life with God in a “promised land” and many descendants.

Brothers and sisters:  When Christ came as high priest of the good things that have come to be, . . . he entered once for all into the sanctuary, not with the blood of goats and calves
but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.  Heb_9:11-15

A new covenant of redemption from sin with a promise of eternal life with Jesus and the support of the Holy Spirit now and always!

On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, . . . Jesus instructed His disciples to prepare for the Passover. . . . While they were eating, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is my body.”  Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it. He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many.”   Mk_14:12-16,22-26

The institution of the Sacrament of the Most Holy Body and Blood of our Lord.  The New Covenant.  And we, beloved, have been SO blessed by God to be able to partake in Jesus in this Eucharistic way EVERY DAY!  Blessed be God.  And blessed be this Sacred Body of Christ, our Church!

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06-02-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

June 2, 2018
(Ss. Marcellinus and Peter, martyrs)
O God, you are my God whom I seek;
for you my flesh pines and my soul thirsts
like the earth, parched, lifeless and without water. . . .
Thus will I bless you while I live;
lifting up my hands, I will call upon your name.
As with the riches of a banquet shall my soul be satisfied,
and with exultant lips my mouth shall praise you.
R. My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.  Ps 63

Nothing can quench a soul thirsting for the Lord, except Jesus.
Let Him fill you will all the refreshment you will ever need and want!  For He IS our God!  Jesus!

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06-01-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

June 1, 2018
(St. Justin, Martyr)
St. Peter said, “Beloved: The end of all things is at hand.  Therefore be serious and sober-minded so that you will be able to pray.”   1_Pt 4:7-13

Early in the morning, as they were walking along, they saw the fig tree withered to its roots.  Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look!  The fig tree that you cursed has withered.” Jesus said to them in reply, “Have faith in God.  Amen, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it shall be done for him. Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours.”  Mk_11:11-26

It might seem odd how the story of the fruitless fig tree sandwiches the story of Jesus cleansing the temple.  And we might even wonder why Jesus would curse a tree for not bearing fruit when it wasn’t even the season for producing figs.  You know, those are some pretty good questions.  Yet when we look at the bigger picture, somehow it all seems to make more sense.

From our Gospel passage today, we heard how Jesus entered the Temple area the evening before, and got a good feel for everything that was going on there.  You might say it was kind of a reconnoitering.

If you ever got a bad feeling based on something someone said or did: a hockey player being allowed to fight in the middle of a game, the media blatantly lying, a child playing a violent video game, then you have an inkling of the feeling that Jesus must have had on entering His Father’s house that evening.

You can just picture His restless night, contemplating what He would do the next day.  What He would do to teach; what He would do to change some nasty habits, that were just not right.

And the lesson began with His disciples, and with a very unsuspecting fig tree.  You see, as the fig tree, throughout the Old Testament, represented Israel, Jesus was showing His disciples that just because Israel looked pretty, all leafed out, it was as unproductive as the fruitless fig tree.  And Jesus was saying that there is NO acceptable season for a lack of productivity toward God on the part of His chosen people.  They really should have known better!

And just like the cursed fig tree, they would be judged, they would be cursed for their wrong-doing.  Thus we have Jesus, rebuking the money-changers in a very animated display of making a point.

  • No!  Unsportsmanlike conduct should not be tolerated.
  • No! The media should be held accountable for truth in their reporting.
  • No! Children, as well as adults, should not be immersed in viewing violence, illicit relationships and drug abuse, because it only leads to more of the same – in real life – as we are all well aware.

And to bring it all to a climax, Jesus tells His disciples that with TRUE Faith in God, mountains CAN be moved and societies CAN be changed, and sins CAN be forgiven.  And that’s something we should all seek from the very core of our hearts, because Judgment WILL be coming!

So how, then, do we prepare ourselves for that Judgment?

St. Peter gives us both the ‘Cliff Notes’ answer, when he says,  “Let your LOVE for one another be intense,” and the ‘Judgment for Dummies’ answer, that goes something like this:

Pray for strength.  Be hospitable.  Stay in God’s Word.  Serve others.  Pray – in thanksgiving.  Glorify God in everything. Forgive others.  Pray – in supplication for our needs.  Have Faith in God.  And don’t do these things – just out of self-preservation, in order to be saved at the Final Judgment.  Do them out of Love, just as Jesus gave to us the ultimate example of what love really means.

And when we’re all done understanding all of that, we REJOICE!  Because rejoicing not only makes us feel better, but it brings joy to others as well.  Rejoicing causes others to love as Jesus loves.  And rejoicing even lengthens our lives.

You know, brothers and sisters, IF nothing else, God wants us
to be thankful and joyful.

And that’s – ONE fruitful fig tree!

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05-31-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 31, 2018
(Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. . . .
And Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.   Lk_1:39-56

Mary received not only the acknowledgement of her cousin Elizabeth, but also of John, in Elizabeth’s womb.  And in sincere humility, Mary cried out as well, praising her God and rejoicing in her spirit.

Do we recognize when our spirit rejoices within us, beloved? Do we recognize when it grieves?  There are things in this world that truly grieve our spirits: whenever life is devoid of love.  And there are equally, things that make us rejoice: the smile of a child, the glory of nature, the love of a friend!  Seek out the rejoicing, beloved, and then let it shine in your countenance.  It is contagious.  And the more you give it, the more it will come back to you!!!  Praise be to God!

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05-30-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 30, 2018
Since you have purified yourselves by obedience to the truth for sincere brotherly love, love one another intensely from a pure heart.  You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and abiding word of God, for: “All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of the field; the grass withers, and the flower wilts; but the word of the Lord remains forever.” This is the word that has been proclaimed to you.   1_Pt_1:18-25

TIME!
If we think there is no such thing as a time machine, we haven’t lived very much of this thing we call life.  For, depending on our life situation, time can either creep along like a snail or zip by faster than we want it.

When we focus our time machine on the past, we can see all the joys and the sorrows, the fun times and the challenges, and wonder where all that time went.

When we look at our present and it seems that the years are just flying by, maybe that means that we’re being too focused on the past or the future and we’re missing a good part of the present.

And when time seems to have just come to a standstill, maybe we’re just totally bored with where we are and really need a new focus for our present.  That’s when people get grumpy and picky and are not very pleasant to be around. Just too much time on their hands!

Maybe that’s a good time to pick up our Bibles and learn a little more about Jesus, about “The Word.”  OR, maybe that’s the time we need to put it down and start applying that Word to real life.

Today, let’s pray for a revelation!  Lord please help us to discern the best way that You want for us to use these ‘time machines’ that You’ve called life, both in the Love of You and of everyone we ever come in contact with! Our bodies may wither and our thoughts may fade, but we know that Your Word will last forever!

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05-29-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 29, 2018
Peter began to say to Jesus, “We have given up everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, there is no one who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel who will not receive a hundred times more now in this present age…”   Mk_10:28-31

“for my sake and for the sake of the Gospel…”  What have we given up, beloved, for the sake of Jesus?  Maybe it was as simple as an extra hour of sleep in order to go to an early Mass.  Maybe it was as mediocre as skipping a meal or stopping to feed a hungry street beggar with a couple of quarters.  Maybe it was as difficult as losing a child or a parent because of your faith.  Jesus promises that whatever our loss is, FOR HIS SAKE, we will be compensated in the age to come (and even now) with much much more and much much better.  Hang in there beloved, the best is yet to come!

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05-28-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 28, 2018
Jesus said to His disciples, “Children, how hard it is to enter the Kingdom of God!  It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God.”  They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For men it is impossible, but not for God.  All things are possible for God.”   Mk_10:17-27

So we can’t buy our way into heaven (all those donations don’t count a lick!)  We can’t work our way into heaven (so neither do all those soup kitchen days count.)  We can’t status our way in (pope or pauper).  All we can do is pray.  And prayer also means that we place all our dependence upon God.  Only God can get us into heaven.  And all God wants us to do is love.  Love with our money, love with all our actions, love with all our mind and strength and heart.  And God will see us there!

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05-27-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 27, 2018
(Most Holy Trinity Sunday)
Jesus approached (His disciples) and said to them, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”  Mt_28:16-20

Testimony – ALL power . . .,
Commission – Go, therefore . . ., and
Ratification – Signed in blood, ALWAYS with you!

The Triune Witness.
The Triune Love.
The Triune God.

Creator, Redeemer, Sanctifier.

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05-26-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 26, 2018
(St. Philip Neri, Priest)
Beloved:  Is anyone among you suffering?  He should pray.
Is anyone in good spirits?  He should sing a song of praise.
Is anyone among you sick?  He should summon the presbyters of the Church, and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up.  If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.   Jas_5:13-20

What beautiful words, beloved!  What a beautiful reminder of how efficacious prayer can be when it’s done in faith.  Prayers of thanksgiving!  Prayers of healing!  Prayers of forgiveness!  Ask, Jesus says, (in my Name) and it will be done for you!

PRAY!

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05-25-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 25, 2018
(St. Pope Gregory VII, Hildebrand)
Jesus said, “from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’  So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” Mk_10:1-12

Not easy words in a world lax in sin.  But Jesus clearly called divorce sin, especially when the picture includes adultery.  Definitely a challenging social issue today.  How strong are we, beloved, to keep to that command?  Jesus tells us, it’s important!

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05-24-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 24, 2018
Come now, you rich, weep and wail over your impending miseries.  Jas_5:1-6

Blessed are the poor in spirit; the Kingdom of heaven is theirs!  Mt_5:3

Jesus said to his disciples:  “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.”  Mk_9:41-50

Tough words again today!  Helps us to review our lives and see where we are headed.  Are our riches our material wealth the priority of our lives?  Do we need a priority adjustment?  Are we blessed because we’re poor and suffering?  Or does that poverty mean something else?  As we said yesterday – poverty of spirit!

Is our lifestyle negatively influencing those who do not know any better, like the children?  How about our language?  How about our sense of revenge or forgiveness?  Are we showing love, or just hatred and anger in all the workings of our lives – our job, our boss, our president, even our pastor?

Jesus warns us today to always keep a check on all those thoughts and actions.  Yes, lots of things might rub against us negatively.  The question is, how are we managing them?  If it’s not something we can change, then why let it get us all in a tizzy!  Move on!  Create your own bubble of happiness with Jesus as your center.  He and the Holy Spirit will see you through, whatever it is you’re struggling with (even death).  Count on it!

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05-23-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 23, 2018
Beloved: Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we shall go into such and such a town, spend a year there doing business, and make a profit” – you have no idea what your life will be like tomorrow.  You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears. Instead you should say, “If the Lord wills it, we shall live to do this or that.”  Jas_4:13-17

Jesus said, “There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me. For whoever is not against us is for us.”   Mk_9:38-40

Funny thing, this thing we call human nature.  It has this constant upward pull, much like gravity has a constant downward pull.

And in our upward bound nature we seem to crave accomplishment, and we love to be proud of what we’ve accomplished.

In our youth, we wanted to climb that ladder of advancement in our jobs.  We wanted to make more and more money so we could have all the good things in life. And we wanted to do it all independently of others.  The greater the challenge, the higher the competition, the happier we were – when we independently won that prize.

But all along, we were, also constantly fighting gravity.  Gravity that wanted nothing more than to knock us down and push us back into the mud, where it all began.

By the time we became a little older and wiser, we began to realize that the fight really wasn’t worth it.  Either we were constantly losing, or we found that the prize we won was really nothing more than just another gimmick – that didn’t last very long anyway.

So we came to the point in life of making one of two choices.  We either gave up on life and fell into gravity’s despair and hopelessness; or, we discovered that we can do a whole lot more – with a little help.  And you know what?  Finding good help, especially these days, could sometimes be pretty hard to do!

And that’s where the Holy Spirit comes in.

You see, the Holy Spirit leads us up to Jesus, and Jesus leads us up to God the Father.  And there could be – no greater help in life – than from it’s very Creator.

Now, the only way the Holy Spirit will enter our lives is – if and when we finally let go of that concept of independence, and recognize our own – Poverty of Spirit.  Jesus said, “Blessed are the Poor in Spirit” – and THERE is the reason.

With the Holy Spirit on our side, and in our hearts, we learn that He IS the ONLY way to true upward mobility. And when we realize THAT, then we also realize that we really have nothing to boast about – in ourselves.

In the poverty of our own spirits, we boast about the Holy Spirit instead!  We boast about Jesus and God the Father – for ALL they  have done for us. . .  Because it is only through this awesome, and merciful, and loving God, that we can ever overcome the gravity of life.

And you know what else?

As we heard in Mark’s Gospel today: there are no special groups,  no privileged few, no “Greatest” in the Kingdom of God . . .  ALL who Believe, and Rely, and Trust in Jesus will find that Kingdom right there in their own hearts, right there in their neighbor, who just might be fighting that same demon of gravity and independence that they fought with for so long themselves.

Jesus said, “Whoever is not against us is FOR us!”

So, in our union with the Holy Spirit, beloved, we too can make the boast: “Blessed be the Name of our Lord Jesus, forever!”

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05-22-18 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

May 22, 2018
(St. Rita of Cascia, Augustinian Sister)
Submit yourselves to God. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.  Jas_4:1-10

Jesus said, “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”  Mk_9:30-37

Certainly not the ways of the world, beloved!  So how devoted can we be to God rather than the world?  Is it worth skipping a meal, stopping to give that beggar a coin or some food, not watching that nasty movie?  God only tells us what’s really good for us.  When we listen to him and avoid all the vices that hurt ourselves and others, we are told life WILL get better.  Maybe we can start by just cutting down on our own complaining.  OK, it’s raining, we needed the rain.  OK, they were rude to us, lets pray for them.  OK, nothing that’s happening around us makes any sense at all, let’s overcome it by offering the world the Sense of God!  God WILL see us through, when we rely on Him.   And that we can count on!

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