Daily Mass Quotes – March 2014

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Elijah’s Whisper – My Whisper

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

Why are YOU here, beloved?

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

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

You are Loved!!

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

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

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03-31-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

The LORD spoke through the prophet Isaiah saying, “I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the things of the past shall not be remembered or come to mind. Instead, there shall always be rejoicing and happiness in what I create;“  Is 65:17-21

Jesus offers us all a new heaven and a new earth, just for the asking.  Imagine a life of rejoicing and happiness.  Come to Jesus and discover true Life.  Eternal life with God forever.

P.S. I always love discovering new Ludovico songs that I hadn’t heard before.  This was my end of March discovery.  With the blessings of our Lord – hope you enjoy too . . .

03-30-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(Fourth Sunday Lent A)
Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will give you light.” Eph 5:8-14

Are we lost in the frustrations of work or road?
Are we befuddled by the cost of living or entrenched in the amusement of our cell phones?
Are we disheartened by evil occurring all around us, or even to us in the world today?

St. Paul says, “Awake!” “Arise!”  There is more to life than the darkness of the world.  Turn to Christ, beloved and you will truly begin to see the light.  The light of Truth.  The Light of HOPE.  The light of LOVE.  And allow the Lord and not the world to be your shepherd!

And another . . .

03-29-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

Jesus said, “everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.“  Lk 18:9-14

Link to Matt Redman song "Mercy"There is a certain reality to the premise that once one reaches the top of the ladder there is only one place to go (down).  Whereas from the bottom looking up, the possibilities are endless.  Jesus’ whole life was telling us that it is not how we look to other people, but to God.  And God is seeking the servant who puts the love of Him and neighbor ahead of all.  We are all sinners, beloved, and we have all done marvelous deeds as well.  When we recognize our true position in relationship to God, then the beauty of others overshadows everything and we find ourselves, like the tax collector in today’s Gospel reading, seeking His mercy and offering Him praise.  Thank you Jesus!

03-28-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him, “Which is the first of all the commandments?”  Jesus replied, “The first is this: Hear, O Israel!  The Lord our God is Lord alone!  You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.  The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  There is no other commandment greater than these.”   Mk 12:28-34

LOVE!

03-27-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

Jesus said, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste and house will fall against house.“  Lk 11:14-23
We can expound on this to say: every country and every city, every town and every business, every community and every household, every brother and sister and every husband and wife.  We’ve just got to get on the same page if we ever want to rid the world of war and division.  And the only way we can do this is through Jesus.

Jesus continued, “if it is by the finger of God that I drive out demons, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you.” ibid.  And it is and it has.  Want to live in the “Kingdom of God” beloved?  Believe and it shall be!  It is a beautiful world out there.  We just have to choose to see the beauty, to see the goodness instead of the evil.  It’s there, all around us!

Jesus said, “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” ibid.  Want to live in a world of peace beloved?  Let’s make it that way!  GATHER!
God bless!

03-26-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

Jesus said, “whoever obeys and teaches these commandments
will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”  Mt 5:17-19

One of the most awesome Gifts that God has given to the children He created, to us, is the Gift of Free Will.  Through that gift, we ourselves have the ability to create or destroy.  We have the ability to choose happiness or sorrow in whatever situation we may be in.  And we have the ability to seek out the Goodness in life, and to pass that on to others, or to make the lives of other people miserable by the poor choices we ourselves have made.

You see, Free Will can be either
Exhilarating or Exasperating.

And to keep us from self-annihilation, God gave us some Guidelines, some Rules.

If you can imagine a world with lots of cars, but no roads, or speed limits, or stop signs, then you might just get a glimpse of Life without God’s Commandments.

In our first reading today, we hear Moses reminding and instructing the Israelites, after 40-years of wandering in the desert, to never forget the God who safely brought them to that point.  You see, they were about to enter the land that God had promised to their ancestors, some 700-years earlier.  And Moses wanted to give them the absolute best chance of survival, they could possibly have, because he knew that there would  be temptations, and pitfalls, and even disaster, if they didn’t stay on God’s road – if they did not observe and follow those Ten Commandments.

It’s very much the same as what we have done with our own children.  Because we love them, we don’t want to see them get hurt.  But it’s always their own Free Will Choice that decides their destiny.  All we can do is teach them the Guidelines.

And that’s exactly what Jesus wants all of us to do – with everyone we meet.  But just as with our children, we won’t get anywhere by beating them up with restrictions to their lives.  If we force rules upon other people that they see as making their lives miserable, they’ll never observe them, no matter how good they are for them.

Instead, we’re going to show them a whole NEW FREEDOM, that they may have never imagined even exists.

It’s called the Freedom of God’s Love.

If we can Love one another, beyond the – sometimes silly, or stupid, or even reckless actions – we always seem to do.  If we can forgive others just as we did with our own children . . .
– then, all the misery of guilt, and anger, and hatred in our lives, and in theirs – will simply dissolve away . . .
– and all that will be left –

will be the Glorious Joy of Life . . .

Life with God forever.

And there is no greater Choice than that!

03-25-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord)
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”  Lk 1:26-38

Total submission,
to be the Mother of God!

Some thirty years later there would be another submission, in order to be the Savior of the world, Jesus said, “My Father, if it is not possible that this cup pass without my drinking it, your will be done!”  Mt 26:42

When we can submit ourselves to God as Jesus and Mary did.  Maybe with some questions, maybe with a side request, but in total commitment to God – there will, without a doubt, be great things to come – for the world and for us!

03-24-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

Jesus spoke the truth to the people, trying to get them to open their eyes and change some of their errant ways.  And their response:
They rose up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town had been built, to hurl him down headlong. But he passed through the midst of them and went away.  Lk 4:24-30

It isn’t always easy to listen to words of correction.  We tend to get defensive and angry and bitter.  And when we’re in that state of mind, all the Goodness in our lives passes away, just as Jesus did to the mob seeking his life.  And that’s why we have Lent.  It’s a time for discipline.  It’s a time for cleaning up some of our errant ways.  It’s a time to listen and quench the emotional responses, and not let one ounce of the beauty and goodness of life slip through the midst of us.  For we are His children.  And He only created the very Best!

God bless, beloved!

03-23-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(Third Sunday of Lent, A)
Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again;  but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst;  the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”  Jn 4:5-42

The water Jesus gives is His Life – for the life of the world.  And when that LIFE (Jesus) dwells within us, nothing in this world can ever come close to the fulfillment we receive from Him.  That is “true life.”  That is eternal life!

Come, beloved, and LIVE!

samaritan-woman-at-the-well01sm(Link to Woman at the Well homily and additional links)

03-22-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

Jesus speaks of a father’s forgiveness, even after a rebellious son disowns him.  And then He gives another example of the unforgiving brother who was grudgingly dedicated to his father.
The father explains to the son,  “My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours. But now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.” Lk 15:1-3, 11-32

Who is it beloved, who has come in from the blue and invaded our territory?  Who gets all the favor after all of our years of seniority?Should they be welcomed?  Should they be forgiven?  Jesus says, rejoice!  For every time one of the “lost” is found – there is reason to be glad – and that just makes us one step closer to our own eternal happiness!  Rejoice!

03-21-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

“The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
by the Lord has this been done,
and it is wonderful in our eyes
?” 

Mt 21:33-43, 45-46

Don’t shoot the messenger!
(no matter how rejectable they may seem)
God will never give up on us.
Listen and discover the message!
It may be as quiet as a whisper
to the wind!

03-20-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose hope is the LORD.  He is like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its roots to the stream: it fears not the heat when it comes, its leaves stay green.  In the year of drought it shows no distress, but still bears fruit.“  Jer 17:5-10

What a beautiful picture of our hope.  In the past year I’ve lost two huge 50 ft. tall pine trees in the wind because of a drought a couple years ago.  With shallow roots there was nothing to nourish them and nothing to hold them up against the storms.

Unlike those shallow rooted trees, our FAITH in the Lord is the tap root that always nourishes us and strengthens us, even in the storms of life.  And when this earthly life is complete we will continue growing always in the Lord, bearing fruit that will last!

Blessings, beloved, always!

tap root

03-19-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
The angel of the Lord appeared to him (Joseph) in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home, for it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 
Mt 1:16, 18-21, 24a

03-18-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
The LORD spoke through the prophet Isaiah saying, “Though your sins be like scarlet, they may become white as snow;
Is 1:10, 16-20

. . . IF we allow His forgiveness in our lives.
And that just may take a little humility!

Jesus said, “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”  Mt 23:1-12

What greater exaltation could there be than being forgiven of ALL of our transgressions against the Lord.  When we think that we can do it all on our own – cleanse ourselves, reconcile with our neighbor and come to God clean – then we’re just fooling ourselves.  When we can humble ourselves enough to accept God’s help, then we’ll find that only through God can we do all things.  Only with God is true forgiveness found, beloved!

03-17-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(St. Patrick, Bishop)

clover crossJesus spoke with His disciples about being merciful to others, about not judging and condemning but forgiving instead.  And He said, “For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.
Lk 6:36-38

Hmmm, there we go again with that “Golden Rule.”  Remember cutting that favorite cake or pie of ours, and then distributing the pieces.  Did we take the biggest?  Did we give it to our favorite friend?  Or did we give it to our most despised enemy!!

Piece of Cake

Funny how we learn at so young an age the joys of giving vs the guilt of selfishness.  Jesus tells us to go beyond just the joy of giving to our favorite friends.  He says that we should give our best, even to our enemies.  Instead of spite, we give.  And you know what – that enemy just might become a new favorite and someone who would stand up for us when all of our other, supposed favorites, abandon us!

Deep heart blessings to you, beloved!
Happy St. Patrick’s day.

03-16-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(2nd Sunday of Lent, A)
The LORD said to Abram (prefiguring Jesus), “I will bless you; I will make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.“  “All the communities of the earth shall find blessing in you.”  Gn 12:1-4a

A couple thousand years later another voice spoke.  This time, God spoke to Jesus on the mountain, as he was transfigured before his disciples, saying,  “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”  Mt 17:1-9

The Blessing!  The Command!
And in Him, we all find blessing!
Jesus Christ our Lord!

03-15-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

Moses said to the Israelites:  “today the LORD is making this agreement with you: you are to be a people peculiarly his own, as he promised you; and provided you keep all his commandments, he will then raise you high in praise and renown and glory above all other nations he has made, and you will be a people sacred to the LORD, your God, as he promised.”  Dt 26:16-19

Seems there is always an “if, then” relationship between mankind and God.  The Bible calls them covenants.  IF we’re good, God will reward us.  (And that’s kinda like the mutual fund or stock market good – it might not show up in immediate, short-term gains, but IF we hang in there and don’t give up – it will should show up in the long-term).   But, IF we mess up, then God is always willing to forgive – IF we recognize that “mess-up” and then repent!

That might sound a little hard!  Because we are not supposed to treat others that way.  Jesus says we are supposed to forgive and forgive and forgive “7 X 70 times.”  We are even supposed to: “love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father,” as Jesus says in Mt 5:43-48  So what’s the deal???

Remember the Gospel (Good News) – that “God loves us no matter what!“  Well, we’re supposed to do the same thing: Love no matter what.  And I’m sure God knows that this is impossible in our fallen human state.  But all things are possible for God!  When we can come to knowing God so well that He becomes internal to us.  When our thoughts can become His thoughts, then and only then, will we come close to being able to accomplish the impossible.

What have we ever done on our own, and come to see it to fruition?  We can never reach that ‘epitome’ of richness.  We study years and years on a favorite subject only to wind up doing something totally different.  We work our tails off to get that promotion or special job, only to be refused and refused over and over again.  Well guess what, beloved – IT’s NOT IN OUR HANDS!  And the harder we try, the further we will get from anything we want, and the more frustrated we get!

Give it over to God.  Give it UP!  And somehow HE will get us to where HE wants us – wherever that is!  But LOVE all in the process and enjoy the ride – it’s the only one we have!

God bless, beloved!

P.S. Happy Ides

03-14-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.‘  But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment,“  Mt 5:20-26

Righteousness goes pretty far beyond just the ten commandments.  Remember yesterday’s quote on the Golden Rule.  And then holiness goes even further.  And Jesus want’s us all to be as holy as His Father.  All we need do is start with one little step at a time.

God bless you, beloved.

P.S. Happy Pi day! (3.14…)

03-13-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

Two good quotes in today’s Gospel reading:  Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.“  Mt 7:7-12

And we always seem to throw in the caveat “if it be God’s will,” because we really don’t believe!  Try believing first, beloved, then ask – and see what miracles just might happen!

Jesus also said, “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the law and the prophets.”  Ibid

And there’s that good old “golden rule.”  But don’t do unto them because you want them to do something unto you.  Do it with absolutely no expectation of repayment.  And often there will be no repayment – but just wait.  Someday you just may be in need of help, or caring, or love – it will come and then you just may be surprised!

03-12-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

Jesus said, “At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because at the preaching of Jonah they repented, and there is something greater than Jonah here.
Lk 11:29-32

So the keys being – there will be a final judgment!  We DO need to repent always!  “Oh D#@$!”  “Sorry Lord!”  As simple as that!  Recognize our oopses and ask forgiveness.  God forgives.  And make sure we do too.  (Especially while driving and at the office).  BECAUSE there is something greater than Jonah here – it’s Jesus!  It’s eternal life!  Pray beloved, pray always!

03-11-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

The Lord said, through the prophet Isaiah “My Word shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.“  Is 55:10-11

The Word of Love.  The Word of Jesus.
Not void, but totally fulfilled in His living and in His dying.
Stay always in His Word, beloved, and you will be blessed, ALWAYS!

03-10-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

The LORD said to Moses, “Speak to the whole assembly of the children of Israel and tell them: Be holy, for I, the LORD, your God, am holy.  Lv 19:1-2, 11-18

Why?

Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him.  And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.  Mt 25:31-46

There WILL be a judgment.

So BE HOLY, beloved!

03-09-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(First Sunday of Lent, A)
The second Creation story in the Book of Genesis culminates in Adam and Eve’s Fall from God’s grace, when they lost their trust, their faith in Him and moved it to themselves.  Genesis says, “Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized that they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.
Gn 2:7-9; 3:1-7

Isn’t it sad how self-centeredness leads us to guilt and shame. Yet, God-centeredness will always lead us to Freedom and Joy.   Today we read about these two different ends of the spectrum.  Adam and Eve’s failure to resist temptation; their failure to trust in God’s Word and God’s promise.  And on the other end, Jesus’ total reliance on His Father to help him Conquer Satan’s temptations after His 40-day fast.

Then if we move from the Genesis story to the very last Chapter of the Gospel of Luke, St. Luke tells another story about two men who were traveling back home from Jerusalem after the events of Jesus’ passion, death and (rumors of His) resurrection.  They were sad about the whole event, because they were expecting a different ending.

And on the way, the resurrected Jesus approached them and explained the reason for it all, though they didn’t recognize Him.  And while they were at dinner, “He took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight. Then they said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning [within us] while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us?  They set out at once and returned to Jerusalem where they found gathered together the eleven and those with them who were saying, ‘The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!’ Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.
Lk 24:13-35

Two totally different “eye opening” experiences – one in which distrust and greed led to guilt and shame, and another in which trust and open hearts led to a joy so great that the story just had to be shouted out in excitement!

When we trust in our Lord and God, Jesus, we can’t help but live our lives in Joy, even when the traffic is a strain, the washer stops working and the weather is trying to get us down.  Jesus will always protect and strengthen us from all of Satan’s attempts to tempt us with self-centeredness, and anger, and depression.

So, PRAISE the Lord, beloved, praise the Lord!!!!

03-08-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(St. John of God)
The Lord spoke through the Prophet Isaiah saying, “If you remove from your midst oppression, false accusation and malicious speech; If you bestow your bread on the hungry and satisfy the afflicted; Then light shall rise for you in the darkness, and the gloom shall become for you like midday;“  Is 58:9b-14

God promises that all will go well for those who do good.  That doesn’t mean that their lives will necessarily be a bed of roses.  As a matter of fact it might even be harder than if they were bad.  But what it does mean is that they WILL be able to handle all the little “issues” in life much better, much calmer and might even pass through those issues totally unscathed.  While those same events would devastate one who’s conscience is filled with guilt and fear.  God will take care of the righteous.  Just try Him on that.  You won’t be disappointed!

03-07-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(Sts. Perpetua and Felicity, Martyrs)
The Lord said through the Prophet Isaiah, “This, rather, is the fasting that I wish: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; setting free the oppressed, breaking every yoke; sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless; clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own. Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your wound shall quickly be healed;“  Is 58:1-9a
Jesus said, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them?  The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.
Mt 9:14-15

So why do people fast?
Well, there are actually many reasons.

Probably the most common reason that people fast today is because it’s required before any medical surgery.  Ever wonder why?  Well, I’ve always thought it was just because those doctors didn’t want us vomiting on them in the middle of their procedure  (Now, I’m not a medical doctor – so this is going to be simple).  And that statement is almost true, but there is a little more to it besides.

From what I’ve read, during anesthesia, the muscles in our throat relax, and it’s possible for our stomach contents to migrate over into our lungs, while we’re laying down.  And then we could get a bacterial infection there in our lungs, which would not be very good for us.

So we fast.

Fasting might also be used to control overeating, for weight loss.  Unfortunately this could be bad for some of our bodily organs if we don’t do it in a medically friendly way.

As Catholics, we fast at Lent as a sign of our reverence for God.  It says that we love God enough, that we are willing to suffer a little for Him.  It also humbles us in a way that gives us just a glimpse of the suffering that the truly poor and hungry people around the world are going through.  And that just might spark our compassion to offer them some help, from our abundance.

In the Bible, people fasted as a way of asking God’s mercy for their sins.  Unfortunately, their fasting became a self-righteous show that was done to glorify themselves in front of others.  And this is the type of fasting that the Prophet Isaiah was chastising the people for in today’s first reading.  God didn’t want their false pride.  He wanted their action in helping the needy.

Jesus often called the Pharisees hypocrites for the same reason.  They fasted to, supposedly, please God.  And yet, they were overly strict with the poor, who were actually more important to God than was their fasting.  St. James said, what good does saying,
Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ do for the poor, without giving them the things they need for the body.” (Jam 2:16)  It would all be – just hot air.  Jesus often said, God wants mercy,
not sacrifice.

And then another reason people fasted in the Bible was to get God’s attention, to get God to come back and be in their presence again.  It was kind of a “pay-it-forward” philosophy . . .  If I show God that I’m humble, maybe he’ll forgive me and come back.

So when John the Baptist’s disciples asked Jesus why He and His disciples didn’t fast as they did, Jesus simply replied, that they didn’t need to fast so that God could come to them – because HE was already there with them!  They just didn’t realize that Jesus IS Immanuel, which means, “God is with us.”

And Jesus is with us, beloved, in Spirit, today as well.

As we begin this Season of Lent again, we really do not HAVE TO fast, if it’s something that can harm our health.  But what we should do instead, is anything within that group of tasks that Isaiah described in the quote above and Jesus described in Matthew 25: when He said, “whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.

And what they did was:
Feed the hungry,
– they Gave drink to the thirsty,
Welcomed the stranger,
Clothed the naked, and
Visited the ill or imprisoned.

Today we call these acts, the Works of Mercy.
And that IS Exactly – what will please God.

It’s up to us!

We ARE the presence of Jesus
in the world today!

.     .     .     .     .     .     .     .

Corporal Works of Mercy
1. Feed the Hungry

2. Give Drink to the Thirsty
3. Shelter the Homeless
4. Clothe the Naked
5. Care for the Sick
6. Help the Imprisoned
7. Bury the Dead

Spiritual Works of Mercy
1. Share Knowledge

2. Give Advise to those who need it
3. Comfort those who Suffer
4. Be Patient with Others
5. Forgive those who hurt you
6. Correct those who need it with love
7. Pray always for others

03-06-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

Today I have set before you life and prosperity, death and doom . . .  Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live, by loving the LORD, your God, heeding his voice, and holding fast to him.“  Moses from Dt 30:15-20
(proclaimed some 3300 years ago)

Choose L I F E, beloved – Always choose LIFE!

It always cracks me up when I hear them say “pro-choice.”
We ALL have choice.  God blessed us all with free will.  But the choice isn’t choice, it’s LIFE or death.  If they don’t choose LIFE, then they’ve chosen death!  Guess some people must, just like death???  Never made any sense to me!  But who am I?  There’s not a lot that makes much sense in the world today, save for Jesus and Truth!

God bless,
Love!

03-05-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(Ash Wednesday, A)
Even now, says the LORD, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God.
Jl 2:12-18

So, why do we fast in the Season of Lent?  Well, it speaks of fasting in the Bible as a means of coming closer to God.  A way of reminding ourselves of our dependence on God.  A way of reminding ourselves to keep pure, to avoid sin.  But the Bible also says in multiple places, as well as in the Words of Jesus, that if our fasting is done to bring attention to ourselves from others – then that fasting is not only useless towards God, but it’s  just the opposite of why we fast in the first place.  It’s not a pride thing, it’s a humility thing – just between God and us!

St. Paul implored the members of the Church in Corinth, “We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.  For our sake he (God) made him (Jesus) to be sin who did not know sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him (Jesus).”
2 Cor 5:20-6:2

BE RECONCILED, beloved.  God Loves you!

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

A blessed Lent to you, beloved.

03-04-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

Jesus said, “But many that are first will be last, and the last will be first.”  Mk 10:28-31

The point was, that we are not to be constantly dwelling on what we gave, for the sake of it meriting  us a spot in the front of the line.  It really doesn’t matter where we are in line – just that we’re in the correct one!

Praise the Lord, beloved.
Always!

03-03-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(St. Katharine Drexel)
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

What is it that seems so impossible for us, beloved?
We’re just 2-days away from the beginning of Lent.  Is there something that I think I really can’t do without?  Maybe it’s my morning coffee.  Maybe it’s my evening snack.  Maybe it’s TV, or chocolate, or even sex.

chocolates
Try giving it up for a little while and then see if you can get what Jesus was saying about rich people.  Well, we’re all rich in some way.  Let’s see if we can be poor in just one thing this lent. And give some of our excess to those who have nothing!
Just ask God for help – for ALL things are possible for God!

God bless you, my beloved!

03-02-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

(Eighth Sunday Ordinary Time A)
Jesus said to his disciples:  “No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and mammon.  Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life . . . “  Mt 6:24-34

When we serve the Lord, brothers and sisters in Christ, all fears and worries from the material world will fade away.  The Lord will see us through the financial disaster of the world.  The Lord will see us through mishaps and accidents.  The Lord will even see us through death itself.  Because from the world’s point of view, death is the end.  But from the Lord’s viewpoint it is just the beginning.  And what a glorious beginning it will be, beloved!

For unlike the world, the Lord LOVES us with all his being – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  And He will never forget us!

Happy March dear ones.
And in a few days – Happy Lent!

March Homily – “God’s Tracking Numbers

03-01-14 Catholic Daily Mass Quotes

Jesus said, “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.”  Mk 10:13-16

So what’s so great about children?  Well, children fully understand that they can not completely fend for themselves.  Their parents feed them, keep them clothed and sheltered.   Their parents provide them entertainment.  Their teachers train them.  And they can’t drive themselves around, so the rely completely on others for survival.

They may not think of it in those terms, but they just know.  Jesus is saying that we adults also need to have that kind of trust and reliance on God.  When we can accept His Kingdom, just as a child accepts the assistance of others – acknowledging that we can not do it all by ourselves – then we will be welcomed into that Kingdom forever!

May He bless you always, beloved children!

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Happy March beloved!
Please stop by and visit February’s Daily Mass Quotes too…
Link below.

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in monthly subcategories of – “Whispers

Link to Previous Month’s Whispers

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