Daily Mass Quotes – September 2013

09-30-13 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

09-30-13
(St. Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church)
In response to an argument His disciples were having about
who was the greatest among them, Jesus said,
Whoever receives this child in my name receives me,
and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.
For the one who is least among all of you is the one
who is the greatest
.
”  Lk 9:46-50

Jesus - Child - blue butterflyOnce there was a farmer who caught his prize pig
wallowing around in the mud with the other pigs.  So he gently
attempted to coax her out without hurting her or the other pigs’ feelings.
And she replied, asking – if she saw a man step into a “cow pie”
should she keep him out of the farm?

You see, beloved, that prize pig just didn’t get it.
And neither did the disciples.
Jesus’ point about greatness wasn’t about the privilege
of being His disciple.  It was about adulterating
one’s life with the trivial concerns of the world:
who’s the greatest, who’s the richest, who needs to be knocked
down a step so that one can look greater in the eyes
of themselves and of an uncaring world.

It’s not about how great I am,
it’s about how great I can make others be,
by introducing them to Jesus!

It’s ABOUT saving “the Children” who ALL belong to God!
(no matter how ‘old’ they may be)

May our Loving God bless you all,
and keep you safe from the will of the world!

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09-29-13 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

09-29-13
(26th Sunday Ordinary Time, C)
Jesus told a parable about two men.
One was wealthy and content and comfortable,
while the other was poor and miserable and hungry.
The poor man begged for his survival, while the rich man just ignored him.
Both men died, and to Abraham and the poor man Lazarus in heaven,
the rich man pleaded for mercy.  The tables turned, and  . . .
Abraham replied, ‘My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented. Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established
to prevent anyone from crossing who might wish to go from our side to yours or from your side to ours.’  Lk 16:19-31

What a calling we have, beloved, to bring as many as we possibly can
to the side of Jesus, before it’s too late for them.

The parable goes on to show that the rich man, even in the flames of
the netherworld, never changed his attitude toward Lazarus.
He NEVER “got it.”

And the “it” is –
LOVE!
.

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09-28-13 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

09-28-13
Jesus said to his disciples,
“Pay attention to what I am telling you.
The Son of Man is to be handed over to men.”  Lk 9:43b-45

Ever feel like we’re living in a world of too many words?
From text, to voicemail, to email, to cell phones,
from radio to TV to movies to newspapers.
It just gets to be too much.

So what happens to the really important stuff?
Well, there’s riots and uprisings and wars.
And they all wonder,
IS ANYBODY LISTENING?

Jesus said, PAY ATTENTION!
This one is REALLY important!!!
They’re going to KILL God!

But you know what, beloved?
It just CAN NOT be done!

So let them shout and riot and proclaim all kinds of evil as
“politically acceptable” and morally fair and relatively OK.
But WE know better.
Jesus IS Alive.
And He WILL be back to sift and to save.
So just hang in there, gentle one, and LISTEN
~ to the Whispers ~

They’re in your heart!

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09-27-13 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

09-27-13
(St. Vincent De Paul, Priest)
Jesus said to His disciples, Who do the crowds say that I am?  Lk 9:18-22
They replied with what they heard through the air, the rumors, the gossip, the hearsay.  The crowds were those who saw Jesus from a distance.  They may have caught a word or two.  They may have seen a miracle.  But they weren’t with Him all the time, like the disciples were.  So they may not have caught the big picture of who Jesus really was and is.

So Jesus asked them a second time,But who do you say that I am?
Now that question should have received a totally different answer.  Some pondered, some had no idea, yet Peter responded immediately, The Christ of God.”  Maybe it was just parroting what he heard Jesus say earlier.  Maybe he truly understood, for a moment, because later he still struggled with what being “the Christ of God” really meant.

What about us, beloved?  Do we truly know who Jesus is?  We see a crucifix hanging on the neck of a rapper whose every other word is a curse.  We see a cross on the desk of the salesman who would have you sell your first born to get his profit.  We see Jesus tattooed on the arms of the guy who forced his girlfriend to get an abortion.  And our own Church dismisses its volunteers as coldly as the corporate world.  Does ANYONE really know what the LOVE of Jesus is all about???

Try to let go of all those preconceived notions.  Even get rid of all those fancy words like sanctification, salvation, justification and redemption.  And just ponder the LOVE.  Look through the Gospels and notice that every time Jesus got upset – it was because the LOVE was missing.  They just didn’t get it.  What did He teach?  What did He do?  It ALL came out of His LOVE, and that’s exactly how He wants us to be!

How do we treat our coworkers?  How do we treat our volunteers – they should be treated more highly than gold, for they are working for nothing!  How do we communicate with our children?  And how do we communicate with our parents?  IS IT ALL BASED ON LOVE?  If it is, beloved, then we truly are getting to know Jesus.  So, “Who do YOU say that I am?”  Jesus is the PURITY of Love!

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but beginning of LIFE – in the Kingdom!

09-26-13 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

09-26-13
(Sts. Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs)
The LORD spoke through the prophet Haggai saying,
Consider your ways! 
You have sown much, but have brought in little;
you have eaten, but have not been satisfied;
you have drunk, but have not been exhilarated;
have clothed yourselves, but not been warmed;
And whoever earned wages,
earned them for a bag with holes in it.
“ 
Hg 1:1-8

Hmmmm, something to think about.
Are the “weeds” of the world eating up our crops?
Or are we carefully discerning what goes into our eyes and ears and hearts and minds?
Is the junk food we eat just loading us with fat, instead of nourishing our strength?
Is our drink making us woozy or temporarily hyped, instead of exhilarating us?
Do our clothes elicit evil thoughts, or glorify and warm us?
And beyond the unmanageable costs of food and transportation today,
what is it that’s eating away at our pocketbooks?
Are we helping out the disadvantaged?

God is saying, beloved, that we are to be as loving about ourselves as we should be towards others, as we should be toward God Himself.  You see, what we’re really craving is to know Him better.  To know that God loves us so much that He only wants the very best for us as well.  Let’s make it our aim today, beloved, to find His Love within, and all around us and to give a little bit back.  Is it tough?  That’s exactly what Jesus is here for!

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09-25-13 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

09-25-13
Jesus summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority over
all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them to proclaim
the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.“  Lk 9:1-6

Now we might say this quote has direct relevance to the
Sacrament of Holy Orders, in which the bishops and priests,
the successors of the Apostles, have been (summoned and) ordained
by God to offer all of us the Sacraments of Reconciliation,
Anointing of the Sick and the faculty of preaching
the Gospel (as well as deacons).

And that is true.
And it is quite a beautiful gift that Jesus has given
to the “Chosen” twelve and to the Church.

But just suppose (and God forbid we ever actually get to that point),
suppose we did not have the Ordained to offer those Sacraments to us any more.
You know, we do have a shortage of priests. And the Christian world is
under siege by the evil one, who would like nothing less than
to see all of us gone.

Well you know what?
Just by our baptisms we ourselves are ordained, as well,
into the common and holy priesthood of Jesus.  We have been given,
not only the ability, but the desire to read the Bible,
the Good News, ourselves.

We have been given the ability to both physically and spiritually
heal our brothers and sisters through modern medical science
and through our compassion for one another.

And we CAN dispel the demons of depression and loneliness,
of hopelessness and evil works just by speaking the words
of Christ’s love to each other, by caring.

And Jesus calls us all to do just that.
So REJOICE, beloved!
And then, GO and help others do the same!
For we are loved, beyond imagination.

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09-24-13 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

09-24-13
In the middle of an important sermon, Jesus learned that his mother and cousins were looking for him on the other side of a huge crowd.  He answered, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it.”  Lk 8:19-21

We all know that sometimes, we just have to prioritize, when multiple, priority emergencies occur simultaneously.  It would not have been easy for Jesus to reach
his mom because of the crowd, beside the fact that the whole reason the crowd was
there was for Him.  He was preaching about God!  And within that preaching,
Jesus taught that God comes above all, even above our earthly loved ones.

That didn’t mean that Jesus didn’t love his mother. In reality, He was probably
pretty concerned about what she wanted, since she felt it was important enough to interrupt His preaching.  But the preaching had to keep its consistency, integrity
and importance, otherwise it would have been meaningless, if Jesus taught one thing
and did another.  So instead of just ignoring the request, Jesus used it to emphasize
the value and the dignity of every person who followed His teachings.  They were important enough to Jesus to be called His mother and brothers.
And that’s pretty awesome, beloved.
That’s pretty Christian!

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09-23-13 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

09-23-13
(St. Pius of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio))
Jesus said to the crowd:
“No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel

or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lampstand
so that those who enter may see the light.
For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible,
and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light.”   Lk 8:16-18

Got any secrets, beloved?
Not any more!
Jesus says ALL will be revealed.
So, no sense in hiding any more.
Probably better off not doing it at all.
We are to make that light within us – shine in the darkness.
And not only will it reveal places we shouldn’t go,
but we will become the lights that will brighten the lives of
others too.

Jesus IS the light of Life!
And Jesus is the lampstand upon which we reside.

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09-22-13 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

09-22-13
(25th Sunday Ordinary Time C)
Jesus taught His disciples about Prudence, Priorities and Prosperity,
for living in a world of non-sense, yet being a part of God’s Wisdom.

He did this by telling a parable about a shrewd business man who was threatened
with the loss of his job.  Unlike today’s lack of business scruples, where WE are shown
the door with no warning, the man was given one last chance before “the axe” was dropped.  And with that chance he used all of his wisdom to preserve his integrity
in the outside world and so allow the possibility of opportunities for survival
after he was fired.  He was Prudent and he Prioritized survival over Greed
when the chips were down.
In the end he Prospered, because his shrewdness paid off in the
impression he made on his boss.

The analogy was made to how we deal with the Gifts (the Job) God has given us.
Are we using them Prudently and Prioritizing His will over ours?
Or are we squandering those gifts for our own self-serving greed?
Are we trying to serve both our own greed and the Lord at the same time,
and ending up serving neither effectively?  Jesus said,
“No servant can serve two masters.
He will either hate one and love the other,
or be devoted to one and despise the other.”  Lk 16:1-13

If we can learn to deal with the non-sense of the world
in a Prudent, and just, and trustworthy way, while
preserving our own integrity by Prioritizing God
over “self,” then we too will find,
in the end, the Prosperity
of LIFE in His Kingdom
forever!

And that’s quite an AWESOME deal, beloved!

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09-21-13 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

09-21-13
(St. Matthew, Apostle/Evangelist)
Jesus selected Matthew, a tax collector, and said to him, Follow me.
The Pharisees rejected all people they considered as sinners,
tax collectors included.
They were dismayed at Jesus for entertaining those types of people.
Jesus responded,
Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.
Go and learn the meaning of the words,
‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’
I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”  Mt 9:9-13

The Pharisees were all about Sacrifice for sin.
All about ritual and show.
Jesus said that God is not interested in sacrifice.
And Jesus came to take the sacrifice part of worship out of our hands,
and be rid of it once and for all.
He did that by being the ultimate sacrifice himself.
And through it, we enter a whole new means of worship.
It is the worship shown by our actions,
our mercy, forgiveness and love.

An interesting thought came to me this afternoon (20th),
the day before I turn a new decade,
the day before my thoughts of who is old and who I am become One.
I thought, that if Heaven is full of only the most pure,
then I will never ever get there if there is anyone in my thoughts,
in my life that I have any resentment against.
Can you imagine running into those blasted guys or gals who fired you
that first or second or third time, or even this past Wednesday
from the volunteer job that you did for the past 20 years!!!
NO!
There must be no resentment.
“God desires mercy, not sacrifice.”
No holding in the grudge.  No retribution.
No thinking they’ll go to hell because of you . . .
(Because they would probably not even remember your name.)

Peace

Instead, and only by the grace of God, with the help of Jesus,
we are to forgive and forget and be at PEACE with that!
And someday when we come face to face with old Mr. Greedy Pants in heaven,
we’ll be able to say . . .
? ? ?
(something nice that actually comes from our heart)

. . . Still working on that one . . .

But in the meantime, beloved, we keep on praying.
And we thank God that
we’ve got a few more, albeit “old”, years to get there!
AMEN.

May our loving God bless you (all) always,
in Christ’s and my LOVE!
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p.s. The pic is of my cousin and I who have, and always will be – best friends.
Circa ’63, Photo Booth Fun in Monticello, NY

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09-20-13 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

09-20-13
(St. Andrew Kim Taegon, Priest, and Paul Chŏng Ha-sang, and Companions, Martyrs)
St. Paul wrote to Timothy, But you, man of God, avoid all this.  Instead,
pursue righteousness, devotion,
faith, love, patience, and gentleness.

Compete well for the faith.  Lay hold of eternal life,
to which you were called when you made the noble confession
in the presence of many witnesses.“  1 Tm 6:2c-12

How do I know, beloved, how strong I am until they stick that
sword through my own heart.  O how many swords will it take
until I can come home?
But just keep on keepin’ on, and when it’s all through
we’ll know.  Then we’ll know . . .

God bless!

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09-19-13 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

09-19-13
(St. Januarius)
Jesus addressed a Pharisee who complained about the company He kept.
Many Pharisees were very notoriously intolerant of anyone who,
in their opinion, were sinners.
Jesus responded with another piercing parable,
to which He concluded, in reference
to the “sinful woman” who was anointing His feet:
she has shown great love.  But the one to
whom little is forgiven, loves little.
  Lk 7:36-50

It was a full moon day for this Child of God.
Ever have those full moon days, beloved?
They’re all forgiven.
I love a lot.
And I am just grateful that at least Jesus loves me, yet.
Praise God!
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09-18-13 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

09-18-13
(St. Joseph of Cupertino)
Jesus said that contrary to the foolishness of children’s banter,
wisdom is vindicated by all her children.  Lk 7:31-35

And Paul writing to Timothy about Jesus said,
Undeniably great is the mystery of devotion,
Who (Jesus) was manifested in the flesh, vindicated in the spirit,
seen by angels, proclaimed to the Gentiles,
believed in throughout the world,
taken up in glory.  1 Tm 3:14-16

Wisdom, doesn’t always come in pretty packages.
St. Joseph of Cupertino was one of those unpretty packages.
Yet he was wise beyond human understanding.
His devotion to Jesus so great that he defied gravity.
Ever feel so immersed in Love, beloved,
that all of time and space seems to disappear?
That’s what Jesus wants of us.
And not just love of Him alone (though Him first),
love of all God’s children!
And then there is the GLORY!
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09-17-13 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

09-17-13
(St. Robert Bellarmine)
Jesus said to the dead man,
‘Young man, I tell you, arise!’
The dead man sat up and began to speak,
and Jesus gave him to his mother.  Lk 7:11-17

Know anyone who’s “dead,” beloved?
Someone who could be awoken by the love of Jesus?
By a simple touch and a word of compassion,
given by you or I?

Or maybe it’s us who are the dead ones . . .
What would it take to wake us up.
Jesus is waiting for us to speak.
Don’t give up just yet, sweet one.
Our Mother needs us.
Come!

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09-16-13 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

09-16-13
(St. Cornelius, Pope and Cyprian, Bishop and Martyrs)
A Roman centurion sent friends to tell him (Jesus),
‘Lord, do not trouble yourself,
for I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof.
Therefore, I did not consider myself worthy to come to you;
but say the word and let my servant be healed.’“  Lk 7:1-10

Worthiness.
How worthy are we, beloved, to even approach
the Lord God?  How bold are we to ask His help.
And yet, He is always willing to help at our asking.
Cleanse us Lord, that we may be worthy,
always!

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09-15-13 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

09-15-13
(24th Sunday Ordinary Time C)
Jesus said, “I tell you,” “there will be more joy in heaven
over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people
who have no need of repentance.  Lk 15:1-32

Found – the lost sheep, found – the lost coin,
found – the lost son.
The Pharisees had a real problem with Jesus entertaining the “sinners.”
You see those were the “untouchables,” according to the Pharisees.
Because if they were touched they would make the toucher dirty as well.
Jesus had no problem touching the untouchable.
As a matter of fact, by His simple touch many of them were healed!
Sometimes all it takes, beloved, is a simple touch.
Maybe it’s time to reach out and touch ‘the lost.’
And who knows, they just might end up
being our best of friends!
And nothing would make Jesus happier!

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09-14-13 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

09-14-13
(Exaltation of the Holy Cross)
St. Paul said, Brothers and sisters:
Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.
Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave,
coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance,
he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death,
even death on a cross.  Phil 2:6-11

What a beautiful song of the profession of our faith!

So, even though Jesus is God the Son,
He did not ‘lord’ it over us.
Even though we may be doctors or professors,
or famous lawyers or movie stars,
if Jesus didn’t lord being God over us,
what right do we have to lord our earthly earned
professions or wealth or position over others???
For, in essence, we would never be where we are unless
God allowed it, anyway.

So what’s the difference between the poor beggar on the streets
and you or I, beloved?
Maybe he himself has a Ph.D., but was the victim of a greedy,
and selfish corporate world, and is now the victim of a world that thinks
that anyone over 50 is too old to employ.  Who am I to judge him?
But who I AM is a child of God who just may care enough
for that poor guy, that I’d give him my lunch,
that I’d give him my movie money.

crossJesus gave us,
in our poverty of soul, His LIFE,
hanging in humility . . .
Our GOD!

That WE may have LIFE
through Him!

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09-13-13 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

09-13-13
(St. John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
Jesus said, Can a blind person guide a blind person? . . .
Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye,
but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own?
How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove
that splinter in your eye,’ when you do not even notice the
wooden beam in your own eye?“  Lk 6:39-42

Oh how blind we may be sometimes, beloved.
Sometimes it makes us wonder if we should open these
mouths at all, ever . . . Probably not.
Except to exalt in the most Holy Name of Jesus.
He is our Savior.
He is our Heavenly Optometrist!
Help us to see clearly, Lord.
That ALL we may see
is YOU!

splinter beam eye

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09-12-12 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

09-12-13
(Feast of the Holy Name of Mary)
St. Paul wrote, Brothers and sisters:
Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,

heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
bearing with one another and forgiving one another, . .
as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.

And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection.
And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, . .
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, . .
with gratitude in your hearts to God.  Col 3:12-17

And Jesus said, For the measure with which you measure
will in return be measured out to you.  Lk 6:27-38

What beautiful advise!  What TRUTH.
I’m sitting here reading these Scriptures, listening to Ludovico Einaudi‘s
In a Time LapseKnow I’ve mentioned Ludovico many times over
in past blogs.  He’s in my Holy Matrimony – A Reflection video.
I just love his beautiful piano masterpieces.
We RES-S-SONATE-E-E-E.
As we resonate with Jesus and with St. Paul.
Wanna resonate in:
“heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility,
gentleness, and patience?”
Listen to Ludovico while reading the Scriptures, beloved.
Then send me a comment that you do too!

And may our loving God bless YOU always,
as we are Together Forever in Christ’s Love!
TFICL

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09-11-13 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

09-11-13
Jesus said, Blessed are you who are poor,
for the Kingdom of God is yours.  Lk 6:20-26

Did you ever notice how really difficult it is to express concern or offer help to people who are comfortable in their wealth or their well-being, compared with the ease at which people who are struggling in life accept a helping hand or a word of hope?  (And please keep in mind that I said difficult, not impossible.)

Jesus discussed this difficulty with His disciples in terms of Beatitudes.  His implications were: blessed are those in need, for they are open to accepting help, and making changes, and listening to others – and even offering help to others, despite their hardships.  But woe to those who are comfortable, because they will usually not listen to anyone.

It reminded me of a little story:
Once, there were two boats floating down the rapids of a river.  One was a yacht and the other was a little log raft.  The people in the yacht were drinking and partying and having a grand old time.  While the people on the little wooden raft were rowing, and balancing, and doing all they could to miss the boulders and stay afloat.

When the yacht caught up with the little raft, the people on the raft yelled out to those on the yacht to slow down, because there was a treacherous waterfalls coming up ahead.  They tried to explain that if they stayed close to the shore, they could avoid the falls.  But the happy, drunk, care-free people in the yacht, just mocked and laughed at them, and ignored their warning, as they continued on their disastrous way.

When the raft reached the other side of the waterfalls, the people on it noticed huge chunks of the yacht floating by.  And lying on one of the chunks of wood was the half-drowned and tattered body of a young woman.  They cried out to help her.  But when they reached out to give her aid, she just pushed them away saying, “What help can YOU possibly give to me!”

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 If we ever get to feeling like we’re floating on a raft of poverty, or loneliness, or even just hunger for Good News in the rapids of a world filled with war, and abuse and nonsense;  when we see God’s Church getting more and more empty, and that yacht of self-indulgence getting more and more crowded; that’s when we hang on just a little bit tighter, beloved, because we know that, as Jesus promised, we are Blessed . . .

Blessed in our poverty, but wealthy beyond compare in Love, when we keep that raft of our faith close to the shore of Jesus.

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09-10-13 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

09-10-13
St. Paul wrote:  Brothers and sisters: As you received Christ Jesus the Lord,
walk in him, rooted in him and built upon him and established in the faith
as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
See to it that no one captivate you with an empty, seductive philosophy
according to the tradition of men, according to the elemental powers
of the world and not according to Christ.  Col 2:6-15

Eucharist aRooted in Love.

Abounding in Thanksgiving.

According to Christ.

Brothers and Sisters.

FOREVER!

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09-09-13 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

09-09-13
(St. Peter Claver, Priest)
Only in God be at rest, my soul,
for from him comes my hope.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
my stronghold;
I shall not be disturbed.
“ 
PS 62

As we start a new week, beloved, let’s bring a little of
Sunday’s Joy, Glory and Hope along with us.
When we’re tired, when we’re feeling hopeless,
when we don’t know how we’ll stand another minute of it,
THEN, sing this song in your soul,
and find the strength of the Holy Spirit,
the strength of Jesus!

My rockThis is Mexican Hat in Utah
And link to – John Michael Talbot’s version of song (my favorite)

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09-08-13 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

09-08-13
(Twenty third Sunday, Ordinary time C)
(The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
– – – Discipleship – – –
Jesus said to the crowds, If anyone comes to me
without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters,
and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.
Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.
In the same way, anyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions
cannot be my disciple.  Lk 14:25-33

Single minded focus.  Jesus is telling us, in extreme terms,
that IF He does not come first in our lives, then we are not to make believe
that we are His disciples.  Because He knows that all those other
things or people will drag us away and water us down
from being that “true” disciple of His.

Carrying our crosses may not always be easy.
But, as we’ve said before, IT IS WELL WORTH IT!
And Jesus is here to help us.
ALWAYS.

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09-07-13 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

09-07-13
St. Paul wrote to the Colossians, Brothers and sisters:
You once were alienated and hostile in mind because of evil deeds;
God has now reconciled you in the fleshly Body of Christ through his death,
to present you holy, without blemish, and irreproachable before him,
provided that you persevere in the faith,  Col 1:21-23

Holy and without blemish!
Is that not the most awesome characteristics possible!
And all we need do, beloved, is persevere in the Faith.
Continue to always learn more about Jesus.
Be loving and caring to everyone,
even in the face of adversity!

. . . and the Kingdom will be YOURS,
in Christ Jesus forever!

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09-06-13 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

09-06-13
St. Paul, speaking to the Church in Colossae, said,
Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn of all creation.
For in him were created all things in heaven and
on earth, the visible and the invisible, . . .

He is before all things, and in him
all things hold together.  Col 1:15-20

If we were to build a castle or a bridge,
or a skyscraper, or even just a little table, and there
was no glue or mortar, no bolts or rope, no rivets or nails
to hold it together, it may stand for a little while,
but in time it will collapse.

Jesus is the builder and His buildings will never collapse.
His buildings are us, beloved, and He IS the glue.
We are held together by the blood of His cross.
And through that blood we will have
eternal life.

Nations may stand for a time.
Leaders may stand for a time.
But the test of time can only be found IN Jesus Christ.
Pray, beloved, for those who don’t know.
And pray for those who refuse to believe.
We are ONE humanity,
Created, lost, then found and saved
in Christ Jesus!

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09-05-13 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

09-05-13
Jesus asked Simon Peter to drop his nets for a catch of fish, after Simon and his companions worked hard all night and caught nothing.  The resulting catch
was so abundant that it took their breath away.
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said,
“Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” 
For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized him and all those with him,
and likewise James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners of Simon.
Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.”
When they brought their boats to the shore, they
left everything and followed him.
 Lk 5:1-11

Astonishment to the extreme!
What or who could so astonish us today, beloved,
that we would be willing to give up everything?
We are so bombarded with TV, video, the real and the wildly contrived,
that our senses probably wouldn’t know a miracle if we saw one!
But know that Jesus IS with us every day.
What are the miracles that happen in our lives?
A child’s smile to brighten the day of a lonely person.
A visitor to a totally unvisited website.
A short road trip with no cutoffs, no deer, and no accidents!
A friendly business proprietor.
Hope for a better tomorrow – that’s a miracle in itself!

Do we see all those miracles?
Do we thank Jesus for helping us to make it through?
And then, do we ask him to be with those innocents in Syria,
or Africa, or Korea, or the Middle East?
Please Lord, we are sinners, help us learn how to
live together in peace and LOVE!

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09-04-13 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

09-04-13
Jesus said, To the other towns also I must proclaim
the good news of the Kingdom of God,
because for this purpose
I have been sent.
  Lk 4:38-44

The Good News, that God loves EVERYONE!
As SHOULD we, beloved!
As should we.

emptied of self, to LOVE . . .

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09-03-13 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

09-03-13
(St. Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church)
St. Paul said, God did not destine us for wrath,
but to gain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us,
so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live together with him.
Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up,“  1 Thes 5:1-6, 9-11

There is an urgency, an awareness and an authority needed and found
in following Jesus.  Demons CAN be expelled when Jesus is
our advocate.  And He IS our advocate when we just ask;
when we believe, when we’re awake and aware.
It’s not time to sleep in the slumber of amnesia, beloved!
It’s time to encourage one another with
His Love and with His strength, so that TOGETHER
we can build up His Body,
our Church!

God bless you always!

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09-02-13 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

09-02-13
St. Paul said, We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters,
about those who have fallen asleep (died),
so that you may not grieve
like the rest, who have no hope. 

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus,
bring with him those who have fallen asleep.  1 Thes 4:13-18

THE BIG HOPE!
Yes, we may hope for no rain on our vacation.
We may hope for finding the perfect mate.
We may even hope for winning the lottery.
But in all of life, the Greatest of all hopes is that Death is not the end.
That there IS something better, something more to come.
That HOPE is – Eternal Life with Jesus, in His Kingdom,
the Kingdom of God!

But beyond it being a Hope of the Unknown,
like the lottery or the weather,
we KNOW, that Jesus WILL come back for us.
We WILL live again and death is not the end!
Jesus IS our MODEL.
Jesus IS our God . . .

– You and I, beloved.
It makes all the difference in LIFE
and death!

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09-01-13 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

09-01-13
(22nd Sunday Ordinary Time, C)
Jesus said, every one who exalts himself will be humbled,
but the one who humbles himself will be exalted. Lk 14:1, 7-14

biff-back-to-the-futureShhhhhh . . .

Remember that bully kid, Biff,
in Back to the Future?
If you ever watch the whole series,
it’s fun to see what happens in the end
to the one who exalted himself
and the family who were humble.

Maybe we think that it’s all just Hollywood.
But ever run into that bully kid from your
Junior High days, years later?
Same story!

Jesus is always right!  So stop fretting over it.
May He bless you with the strength to survive it –
if you’re in the midst of it now.
But know, in consolation, beloved,
that the future is in God’s hands.
And God is JUST!

Just wait and see.
It’ll all be worth it!

Link to Today’s homily (“Who’s Poor”)

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Happy September beloved!
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