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?
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?
You are Loved, beloved!!
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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Quotes for Reflection:
St. Paul wrote: “Brothers and sisters: On the subject of fraternal charity
you have no need for anyone to write you, for you yourselves have
been taught by God to love one another.” 1 Thes 4:9-11
Another month has passed, beloved.
Never to be lived again.
And the Message again, is LOVE!
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May our Loving God bless you always!
You ARE Loved!
St. Paul wrote: “This is the will of God, your holiness:
that you refrain from immorality,” 1 Thes 4:1-8
Hmmm, that’s getting more and more difficult in today’s
immoral world. From accidental hits on the internet to horrible movies,
we try our hardest to refrain from the cursing, using the Lord’s Name in vain,watching indecent TV and movies. It’s all around us.
So what do we do?
Pray for the Holy Spirit’s protection for our eyes, for our ears,
and especially for our thoughts. The further we can keep away from
the immorality of the world, the closer we can come to
that “will of God,” our holiness!
In Jesus’ parable about the ten virgins awaiting entrance to a
wedding feast, He stressed the importance of our preparedness.
His conclusion was:
“Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”
– when the end and the judgment will come. Mt 25:1-13
Be Prepared beloved – in moral purity!
(The Passion of John the Baptist)
St. Paul wrote: “may the Lord make you increase
and abound in love for one another and for all,
just as we have for you, so as to strengthen your hearts,
to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming
of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones. Amen.” 1 Thes 3:7-13
Throughout this letter of St. Paul to the Thessalonians
he encourages the infant Church and instructs the early Christians
in what it means to be a follower of Jesus.
It’s not always an easy task, but the rewards are worth every
ounce of pain. To love one another even at the cost of death,
is the greatest love that can be offered in this life.
And in the end, we will have gained eternal life
with Jesus and God the Father, just as did
John the Baptist!
(St. Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
St. Paul wrote further: “in receiving the word of God from hearing us,
you received it not as the word of men, but as it truly is, the word of God,
which is now at work in you who believe.” 1 Thes 2:9-13
St. Augustine – inspiration of a turn-around in life and
the most effective use of incredible wisdom and intelligence.
A restless heart!
St. Paul wrote to the Church in Thessalonica,
“With such affection for you, we were determined to share with you
not only the Gospel of God, but our very selves as well,
so dearly beloved had you become to us.” 1 Thes 2:1-8
This is what being a Christian is all about.
“We give thanks to God always for all of you, remembering you
in our prayers, unceasingly calling to mind your work of faith
and labor of love and endurance in hope of our Lord Jesus Christ,
before our God and Father,” 1 Thes 1:1-5, 8b-10
In an upside down world of recognition, when was
the last time you were praised, beloved?
Well, here is your praise, long overdue . . .
YOU ARE LOVED!
You are remembered for your faith, your love and your endurance.
And you are thanked!
Thank you, beloved, just for coming here to visit.
To take just a moment out of your hectic day to reflect on how much
you are truly loved and how much you and I love our God.
May God bless you always!
and I love you too : )
(21st Sunday Ordinary Time, C)
After a week of inquiries and discussions about the Kingdom of Heaven,
today, again Jesus was asked how many would be saved. He replied,
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you,
will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.
After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door,
then will you stand outside knocking and saying, ‘Lord, open the
door for us.’ He will say to you in reply,
‘I do not know where you are from.’” Lk 13:22-30
Jesus often spoke of the urgency of being prepared.
Opportunity often only comes along once.
Never let the opportunity of being a good Christian witness,
or helper, or even savior of another soul, slip by, beloved.
For that just may be the door that will let us into His Kingdom.
Always walk in LOVE!
(St. Bartholomew, (Nathanael) Apostle)
Jesus said of Nathanael,
“Here is a true child of Israel. There is no duplicity in him.” Jn 1:45-51
Ever wonder, beloved, if He would say the same of us?
Are we single minded, and is that mind one of “good” and righteousness?
Or are filled with duplicity, sometimes honest but sometimes not?
There’s a goal! Let us strive to be people of
True and honest and devoted to
After the death of her husband and sons, Naomi intended
to return from Moab to her home in Bethlehem, alone. But her
daughter-in-law Ruth insisted, “Do not ask me to abandon or forsake you!
For wherever you go, I will go, wherever you lodge I will lodge,
your people shall be my people, and your God my God.” Ru 1
What and awesome story of a dedicated and loyal daughter-in-law!
Not an Israelite herself, Ruth chose God.
And the reward for her choice . . . She married into the family
that would eventually make her the Grandmother of King David,
in the Line of Jesus himself (according to Matthew’s genealogy, Ch 1).
What greater testimony of how God loves
ALL of mankind.
While the Israelites were to assist in bringing the Savior
into the world, through Mary, it never excluded
all whom the Israelites called Gentiles
from receiving that same salvation
through Jesus Christ.
Praise be, to our Loving God!
Praise be, that YOU are His beloved too!
(The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Jesus told another Kingdom parable about a wedding feast that
a king gave for his son. Seemed everyone invited had excuses for not coming.
So the attendants were sent out to find whoever they could – to come.
And they filled the house with guests. Yet the guests still had to
be worthy of being in the presence of the King.
Jesus concluded with the moral:
“Many are invited, but few are chosen.” Mt 22:1-14
Of course all of this had relevance to Israel, the Pharisees and the Gentiles
of Jesus’ time. But we can also see the relevance for us.
We can’t just waltz into Heaven unprepared – by carrying sin
in our hearts. Even though Jesus paid the price for our sin,
we need to be as holy at heart as we can be, by our own doing,
by our own wanting. Jesus will help us to do this, if we let him.
Then, we will be among the “few chosen,” beloved,
you and me and whoever will accept the
invitation that’s offered to everyone!
Hail Holy Queen, Mother of mercy,
Our life, our sweetness, and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.
To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping
in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us.
And after this, our exile,
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement O loving O sweet Virgin Mary.
V. Pray for us O Holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
(St. Pius X, Pope)
In another parable about the Kingdom of Heaven,
Jesus emphasized the generosity of God, and the nature of man.
When the last to be hired were paid the same wage as the first,
the first grumbled at what they thought was injustice.
The landowner said,
‘Are you envious because I am generous?’
and Jesus concluded (thus it will be in the Kingdom of Heaven)
“the last will be first, and the first will be last.” Mt 20:1-16
If we keep our eyes and hearts focused on that Kingdom, beloved,
on God, and on Jesus, and on us doing the very best we can
at whatever it is we do, without comparison,
without judgment, and without envy –
it just won’t matter if we’re first or last.
Because that Kingdom will already be in our hearts!
(St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot and Doctor of the Church)
Jesus said to His disciples, “For men this is impossible,
but for God all things are possible.” Mt 19:23-30
So what is it, beloved, that is so impossible for you?
Jesus tells us to let go of what shackles us
and cling only to His Love.
And in that, all things are possible.
For God is Love!
. . . ____________ aside . . .
St. Bernard of Clairvaux is not the same saint from
which the famous life saving dogs were named. That was
St. Bernard of Menthon who built a hospice in the Swiss Alps
in the 11th century. The most famous St. Bernard dog was
named Berry (or Barry) and saved between 40-100 people.
A young man who was seeking the path to God’s Kingdom, asked Jesus
what was necessary. Jesus answered that first, one must
follow the Commandments of God, given to Moses.
Then, He said . . .
“If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and
give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.
Then come, follow me.” Mt 19:16-22
What is it that’s holding us back, beloved?
What are we so attached to that might be blocking our path.
Jesus says, let it go! Then, COME!
And He will show us the WAY.
(20th Sunday Ordinary Time, C)
“Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us
and persevere in running the race that lies before us
while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader
and perfecter of faith.” Heb 12:1-4
. . . That says it all.
After giving the Israelites all the reasons for believing, worshiping
and serving the LORD alone, Joshua, the successor of Moses,
gave them the choice, and professed himself:
“As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Jos 24:14-29
Separated from all the ritual and hub-bub, all the
memorials and icons and statues, all the memorized prayers and Scripture,
ONLY one thing stands and remains –
We WILL serve the Lord!
Joshua addressed all the people: “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: . . .
‘I gave you a land that you had not tilled and cities that you
had not built, to dwell in; you have eaten of vineyards and
olive groves which you did not plant.'” Jos 24:1-13
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever; Ps 136
Awesome in His sight, we are His treasure.
And all he gives to us, purely by his mercy, we do not always deserve.
Yet, He gives and gives and gives.
Do we recognize the GIFT, beloved.
Do we appreciate the Gift.
Jesus said, “what God has joined together, man must not separate.” Mt 19:3-12
Not only our spouses, but our children, our friends, our jobs, our Church,
(The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Mary said, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior . . .” Lk 1:39-56
Yes, beloved, when we too proclaim how great the Lord is,
our spirits WILL rejoice, just as Mary’s did.
And then we’ll begin to truly feel –
the Kingdom of God
Blessed BE the Name of the Lord!
(Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr)
In teaching His disciples how to settle disputes,
Jesus said, “If your brother sins against you,
go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.
If he listens to you, you have won over your brother.
If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you,
so that every fact may be established on the testimony
of two or three witnesses. . . .”
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.” Mt 18:15-20
On our testimony, is His Glory!
As Moses passed the ‘baton’ to Joshua,
to lead the Israelites into their “Promised Land,” he said,
“Be brave and steadfast . . .”
“It is the LORD who marches before you;
he will be with you and will never fail you or forsake you.
So do not fear or be dismayed.” Dt 31:1-8
One of my favorite quotes!
If we always FOLLOW the will of the Lord,
He will always march before us.
Our call, then beloved, is not to cower before circumstances,
but to be BRAVE and Steadfast, always!
Moses said to the Israelites encamped in the desert,
“you too must befriend the alien, for you
were once aliens yourselves…” Dt 10:12-22
Forgive us our trespasses – AS WE FORGIVE . . .
Do unto others – as we would have them do unto us.
Judge not, – lest you be judged.
Ever notice, beloved, that whatever we loathe eventually
becomes ours, or we ourselves.
Yet, whatever we long for – eventually comes to be as well.
It all goes back to that Scripture reading of yesterday about Faith.
Believe and it shall be done for you.
Don’t dwell and stress out on what we dislike, rather
focus on what we would like, focus on the goodness of others,
of the weather, of the gifts God has given us, and
even more will be given to you.
(19th Sunday Ordinary Time, C)
St. Paul tells us that:
“Faith is the realization of what is hoped for
and evidence of things not seen.” Heb 11:1-2, 8-19
In the Nicene Creed we say – “I believe in one God, the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. . . .”
That takes FAITH.
Yes, I can believe what was written about in the past.
But can I really believe in what is “hoped for”?
Can I really believe in Heaven and Hell?
And it’s easy to say “yes” to that.
But do we – really???
If we do, then we put our actions where our mouth is.
Then it really is important to be “good,” to be the best us we can be!
Because we surely don’t want hell,
and we certainly would like heaven.
Jesus said, “Do not be afraid any longer, little flock,
for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom. . . .
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.”
Message today is – Truly Believe, beloved!
And then LIVE it!
(St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr)
Jesus said to his disciples: “Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies,
it remains just a grain of wheat;” Jn 12:24-26
There’s so much more to come!!!
Jesus said, “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Mt 16:24-28
I always liked this verse because from a world’s point of view,
it makes no sense. And it really took me quite a while to actually
get it myself. For, you see, when the only “life” we know
is the one we have from birth to death, then how
could we possibly gain or find anything
after we die? But when we understand life as much more
than from birth to death. When we truly understand the Eternal
nature of Life, then it puts a whole different perspective on the whole thing.
When my life is based only on worldly things and I fight
to gain, maintain or keep them, I’m losing the
importance of other people, the importance of Jesus, of God.
But when I can let go of those worldly concerns, and
prioritize others, prioritize God, then, in essence, I’m losing
that worldly life of my own for the sake of gaining Life Eternal
with Jesus. And that’s worth all the difference!
(St. Dominic, Priest)
Jesus asked his disciples, “who do you say that I am?” Mt 16:13-23
Wow, good question!
Good question to ask ourselves every day.
Who is Jesus to me?
Prophet? King? Legend? Friend? Savior?
Someone who died for me – for ME?
Or is He someone so far our of sight and mind, that I don’t even know???
Maybe every day I can read just a little more.
Maybe ever day, I can just think about this guy
who loves me so much, that He WOULD give His life
that I might LIVE!
HE DID Beloved!
Now it’s up to us to truly get to know Him!
And to let Him rule our lives.
Jesus said, “It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.”
The Gentile woman said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps
that fall from the table of their masters.” Then Jesus said to her in reply,
“O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.”
And her daughter was healed from that hour. Mt 15: 21-28
Interesting turn of phrases by Jesus here. Was Jesus actually
calling this woman a dog? You see in their time, a dog was just about
all there was that was lower than a woman or a child. And yet her response
of respect and persistence merited a title change from “dog” to “woman”.
Not only did her faith merit entitlement,
but she even received that very “food of the children” –
she received the healing miracle of Jesus that she originally requested!
A little bit of faith and persistence
goes a long way, beloved!
So, hang in there, and believe.
(The Transfiguration of the Lord)
Then from the cloud came a voice that said,
“This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” Lk 9:28b-36
How many signs does it take, beloved, for us to finally
and completely place our trust in Him?
The prophet Daniel had visions of His Kingship even earlier:
“I saw: One like a Son of man coming, on the clouds of heaven;
When he reached the Ancient One and was presented before him,
the one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship;
all peoples, nations, and languages serve him.” Dn 7:9-10, 13-14
He IS our Lord, beloved!
We are to Believe, Listen, Love and Serve.
P.S. Happy Birthday Mary Ann!
What a blessed day to have been born!
I love you always!
The children of Israel lamented,
“Would that we had meat for food! But now we are famished;
we see nothing before us but this manna.” Nm 11:4b-15
It not only drove Moses to the brink,
but God wasn’t very happy either.
Do we, beloved, bemoan our every itch, or do we count
the innumerable blessings we have, instead!
There was another hungry crowd in today’s Gospel.
But they too were already being fed by the Word of Jesus.
Knowing they were hungry, Jesus fed them food also.
And out of a mere 5 loaves of bread and two fish . . .
Those who ate were about five thousand men, not
counting women and children. Mt 14:13-21
Jesus feeds us too, beloved!
(18th Sunday Ordinary Time, C)
Jesus told the story of a rich man, living without God and
pondering his future to himself . . .
I shall say to myself, “Now as for you, you have so many good things
stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!”’
But God said to him, ‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you;
and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’ Lk 12:13-21
It wasn’t a problem of wealth. And it wasn’t a problem of saving.
It was a problem of Godless greed. Everything in his life was
centered on his own comfort and “happiness,” with no thought
for those around him.
May God have pity on us and bless us;
may he let his face shine upon us.
So may your way be known upon earth;
among all nations, your salvation. Ps 67
Always respect the Lord and seek His salvation.
Jesus said, “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place
and in his own house.” Mt 13:54-58
Sometimes, beloved, the answer to all our prayers is staring
us right in the face – in our own house.
Are we open to recognize Him . . .
in our daughter or son, or husband or wife,
or mother or father or neighbor?
Jesus said, “Be opened,” honor all,
then we will be able to see,
and able to hear!
(Saint Alphonsus Liguouri, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord, mighty God!
My soul yearns and pines for the courts of the LORD.
My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Ps 84
No greater Love . . .
Lord, live in me and dwell in me,
and not in me alone, but in all of us,
so that we may live together
. . . . . . .
Happy August beloved!
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